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  1. Cu nanoclusters with aggregation induced emission enhancement.

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    Jia, Xiaofang; Li, Jing; Wang, Erkang

    2013-11-25

    A facile and versatile method for preparing water-soluble, stable, luminescent Cu nanoclusters (NCs) via the process of size-focusing etching from nonluminescent nanocrystals is presented. Using glutathione as a model ligand, the smallest cluster, Cu2 , is selectively synthesized to form a nearly monodisperse product, eliminating the need for tedious size fractionation. Evolution of photoluminescence and absorption spectra reveal that the formation of stable cluster species occurs through surface etching. Intriguingly, the as-prepared CuNCs exhibit an aggregation-induced emission enhancement effect. The CuNCs emit a faint light when dispersed in aqueous solution, but generate a striking fluorescence intensity enhancement upon aggregation. Armed with these attractive properties, the emissive CuNCs are expected to open new opportunities for the construction of light-emitting diodes, chemosensors, and bioimaging systems. PMID:23670847

  2. Aggregation induced enhanced emission of 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole.

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    Malakar, Ashim; Kumar, Manishekhar; Reddy, Anki; Biswal, Himadree T; Mandal, Biman B; Krishnamoorthy, G

    2016-07-01

    In this study, the aggregation induced emission enhancement (AIEE) of 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole (HPBI) is reported. To investigate the AIEE process of HPBI, absorption/fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging and field emission scanning electron microscopy were employed. A comparative study with 2-phenylbenzimidazole (PBI) divulges the significance of the hydroxyl group in the AIEE process. Further, molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out with explicit solvent molecules to follow the aggregation process of HPBI with time. The obtained molecular dynamics simulation results not only predicted the formation of aggregates but also provided detailed insight and information on the molecular interactions. The cellular studies showed aggregates yield higher fluorescence in the visible region inside HeLa cells in comparison to monomeric compounds which failed to exhibit any visible fluorescence inside the cell. The obtained aggregates were further found to be biocompatible and therefore can be used for bio-imaging applications. PMID:27334264

  3. Ultrasmall Organic Nanoparticles with Aggregation-Induced Emission and Enhanced Quantum Yield for Fluorescence Cell Imaging.

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    Xu, Suying; Bai, Xilin; Ma, Jingwen; Xu, Minmin; Hu, Gaofei; James, Tony D; Wang, Leyu

    2016-08-01

    The use of fluorescence probes for biomedical imaging has attracted significant attention over recent years owing to their high resolution at cellular level. The probes are available in many formats including small particle size based imaging agents which are considered to be promising candidates, due to their excellent stabilities. Yet, concerns over the potential cytotoxicity effects of inorganic luminescent particles have led to questions about their suitability for imaging applications. Exploration of alternatives inspired us to use organic fluorophores with aggregation-induced emission (AIE), prepared by functionalizing the amine group on tetraphenylethene with 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl isocyanate. The as-synthesized novel AIE fluorophore (TPE-F) display enhanced quantum yield and longer lifetime as compared with its counterparts (4,4',4″,4‴-(ethene-1,1,2,2-tetrayl)tetraaniline, TPE-AM). Furthermore, the TPE-F was encapsulated into small-size organic nanoparticles (NPs; dynamic light scattering size, ∼10 nm) with polysuccinimide (PSI). The biocompatibility, excellent stability, bright fluorescence, and selective cell targeting of these NPs enable the as-prepared TPE-F NPs to be suitable for specific fluorescence cell imaging. PMID:27349933

  4. Aggregation induced emission enhancement from Bathophenanthroline microstructures and its potential use as sensor of mercury ions in water.

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    Mazumdar, Prativa; Das, Debasish; Sahoo, Gobinda Prasad; Salgado-Morán, Guillermo; Misra, Ajay

    2014-04-01

    Bathophenanthroline (BA) microstructures of various morphologies have been synthesized using a reprecipitation method. The morphologies of the particles are characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) methods. An aqueous dispersion of BA microstructures shows aggregation induced emission enhancement (AIEE) compared to BA in a good solvent, THF. This luminescent property of aggregated BA hydrosol is used for the selective detection of trace amounts of mercury ion (Hg(2+)) in water. It is observed that Hg(2+) ions can quench the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of BA aggregates even at very low concentrations, compared to other heavy metal ions e.g. nickel (Ni(2+)), manganese (Mn(2+)), cadmium (Cd(2+)), cobalt (Co(2+)), copper (Cu(2+)), ferrous (Fe(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+)). This strong fluorescence quenching of aggregated BA in the presence of Hg(2+) ions has been explained as a complex interplay between the ground state complexation between BA and Hg(2+) ions and external heavy atom induced perturbation by Hg(2+) ions on the excited states of the fluorophore BA. PMID:24569390

  5. Aggregation-induced emission from gold nanoclusters for use as a luminescence-enhanced nanosensor to detect trace amounts of silver ions.

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    Li, Bingzhi; Wang, Xi; Shen, Xin; Zhu, Wanying; Xu, Lei; Zhou, Xuemin

    2016-04-01

    Several research have reported that silver ions (Ag(+)) could enhance the photoluminescence of some kinds of gold nanoclusters (AuNCs), and redox reaction involved mechanisms were recognized as the main reason to cause such phenomenon. However, in this work, we found that Ag(+) could enhance the luminescence of aggregation-induced emission gold nanoclusters (AIE-AuNCs) without valence state change. Upon addition of Ag(+), the luminescence of AIE-AuNCs enhanced instantly by 7.2 times with a red-shift of emission peak and a complete restoration of luminescence features was observed when Ag(+) was removed. A cost-effective, rapid-response, highly sensitive and selective method to detect trace amount of Ag(+) has thereby been established using AIE-AuNCs as a nanosensor. This analytical method exhibited a linear range of 0.5nM-20μM with a limit of detection of 0.2nM and it showed great promise for Ag(+) monitoring in environmental water. PMID:26773614

  6. Time-dependent aggregation-induced enhanced emission, absorption spectral broadening, and aggregation morphology of a novel perylene derivative with a large D-π-A structure.

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    Yang, Long; Yu, Yuyan; Zhang, Jin; Ge, Feijie; Zhang, Jianling; Jiang, Long; Gao, Fang; Dan, Yi

    2015-05-01

    Strong aggregation-caused quenching of perylene diimides (PDI) is changed successfully by simple chemical modification with two quinoline moieties through C=C at the bay positions to obtain aggregation-induced enhanced emission (AIEE) of a perylene derivative (Cya-PDI) with a large π-conjugation system. Cya-PDI is weakly luminescent in the well-dispersed CH(3)CN or THF solutions and exhibits an evident time-dependent AIEE and absorption spectra broadening in the aggregated state. In addition, morphological inspection demonstrates that the morphology of the aggregated form of Cya-PDI molecules changed from plate-shaped to rod-like aggregates under the co-effects of time and water. An edge-to-face arrangement of aggregation was proposed and discussed. The fact that the Cya-PDI aggregates show a broad absorption covering the whole visible-light range and strong intermolecular interaction through π-π stacking in the solid state makes them promising materials for optoelectric applications. PMID:25643930

  7. Fluorescent turn-on detection and assay of water based on 4-(2-dimethylaminoethyloxy)-N-octadecyl-1,8-naphthalimide with aggregation-induced emission enhancement.

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    Sun, Yang; Liang, Xuhua; Wei, Song; Fan, Jun; Yang, Xiaohui

    2012-11-01

    The photophysical properties of 4-(2-dimethylaminoethyloxy)-N-octadecyl-1,8-naphthalimide (DON) consisting of donor and acceptor units were investigated in different solutions. Changing from a non-polar to a polar solvent increased the solvent interaction and both the excitation and emission spectra were shifted to longer wavelength and intensity decreased through taking advantage of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations and spectral analyses revealed that such fluorophores were capable of sensing protons by intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). Empirical and quantum mechanical calculations showed that the electron donating effect of the dimethylamino group decreased the change in dipole moment on excitation which resulted in a fluorescence quantum yield remarkably enhanced as the solvent polarity increased. In alkaline media the fluorescence of DON was quenched owing to photoinduced electron transfer being disabled in acidic media. The pK(a) of the 1,8-naphthailimide dye was 6.70, which defines the dye as a highly efficient "off-on" switch. DON exhibited a typical aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) behavior that it is virtually nonemissive in organic solvent but highly luminescent in water, as a result of the restriction of free intramolecular rotation of a C-N bond and the non-planar configuration in the aggregate state. The hydrophobicity of octadecyl group provided DON with a fluorescent response to water based on AIEE and the water-dependent spectral characteristics of DON, and the AIEE of DON caused by the effect of water and formation of J-aggregation states. In the range of 0-79.8% (v/v), the fluorescence intensity of DON in acetone solution increased as a linear function of the water content. The optimum detection limits were of 0.011%, 0.0021%, and 0.0033% of water in acetone, ethanol, and acetonitrile, respectively. Satisfactory reproducibility, reversibility and a short response time

  8. The Fixed Propeller-Like Conformation of Tetraphenylethylene that Reveals Aggregation-Induced Emission Effect, Chiral Recognition, and Enhanced Chiroptical Property.

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    Xiong, Jia-Bin; Feng, Hai-Tao; Sun, Jian-Ping; Xie, Wen-Zhao; Yang, Dong; Liu, Minghua; Zheng, Yan-Song

    2016-09-14

    The propeller-like conformation of tetraphenylethylene (TPE) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) effect was partially and completely fixed by intramolecular cyclization for the first time. The immobilization of propeller-like conformation was found to show great advantages in determining the enantiomer purity, identifying the chiral amines. The completely fixed conformers are resolved into M- and P-enantiomer, which showed mirror imaged CD and almost quantitative fluorescence quantum yield. Furthermore, it also showed a mirror and large circularly polarized luminescence dissymmetric factor, depending on the helicity of the enantiomer. The result provides the most direct and persuasive evidence for AIE via the restriction of intramolecular rotation and finds the new insight of the compounds in chiroptical property. PMID:27564514

  9. Benzo[c,d]indole-Containing Aza-BODIPY Dyes: Asymmetrization-Induced Solid-State Emission and Aggregation-Induced Emission Enhancement as New Properties of a Well-Known Chromophore.

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    Shimizu, Soji; Murayama, Ai; Haruyama, Takuya; Iino, Taku; Mori, Shigeki; Furuta, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Nagao

    2015-09-01

    A series of symmetric and asymmetric benzo[c,d]indole-containing aza boron dipyrromethene (aza-BODIPY) compounds was synthesized by a titanium tetrachloride-mediated Schiff-base formation reaction of commercially available benzo[c,d]indole-2(1H)-one and heteroaromatic amines. These aza-BODIPY analogues show different electronic structures from those of regular aza-BODIPYs, with hypsochromic shifts of the main absorption compared to their BODIPY counterparts. In addition to the intense fluorescence in solution, asymmetric compounds exhibited solid-state fluorescence due to significant contribution of the vibronic bands to both absorption and fluorescence as well as reduced fluorescence quenching in the aggregates. Finally, aggregation-induced emission enhancement, which is rare in BODIPY chromophores, was achieved by introducing a nonconjugated moiety into the core structure. PMID:26212774

  10. Gelation process visualized by aggregation-induced emission fluorogens

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    Wang, Zhengke; Nie, Jingyi; Qin, Wei; Hu, Qiaoling; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Alkaline-urea aqueous solvent system provides a novel and important approach for the utilization of polysaccharide. As one of the most important polysaccharide, chitosan can be well dissolved in this solvent system, and the resultant hydrogel material possesses unique and excellent properties. Thus the sound understanding of the gelation process is fundamentally important. However, current study of the gelation process is still limited due to the absence of direct observation and the lack of attention on the entire process. Here we show the entire gelation process of chitosan LiOH-urea aqueous system by aggregation-induced emission fluorescent imaging. Accompanied by other pseudo in situ investigations, we propose the mechanism of gelation process, focusing on the formation of junction points including hydrogen bonds and crystalline. PMID:27337500

  11. Gelation process visualized by aggregation-induced emission fluorogens.

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    Wang, Zhengke; Nie, Jingyi; Qin, Wei; Hu, Qiaoling; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Alkaline-urea aqueous solvent system provides a novel and important approach for the utilization of polysaccharide. As one of the most important polysaccharide, chitosan can be well dissolved in this solvent system, and the resultant hydrogel material possesses unique and excellent properties. Thus the sound understanding of the gelation process is fundamentally important. However, current study of the gelation process is still limited due to the absence of direct observation and the lack of attention on the entire process. Here we show the entire gelation process of chitosan LiOH-urea aqueous system by aggregation-induced emission fluorescent imaging. Accompanied by other pseudo in situ investigations, we propose the mechanism of gelation process, focusing on the formation of junction points including hydrogen bonds and crystalline. PMID:27337500

  12. Gelation process visualized by aggregation-induced emission fluorogens

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    Wang, Zhengke; Nie, Jingyi; Qin, Wei; Hu, Qiaoling; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-06-01

    Alkaline-urea aqueous solvent system provides a novel and important approach for the utilization of polysaccharide. As one of the most important polysaccharide, chitosan can be well dissolved in this solvent system, and the resultant hydrogel material possesses unique and excellent properties. Thus the sound understanding of the gelation process is fundamentally important. However, current study of the gelation process is still limited due to the absence of direct observation and the lack of attention on the entire process. Here we show the entire gelation process of chitosan LiOH-urea aqueous system by aggregation-induced emission fluorescent imaging. Accompanied by other pseudo in situ investigations, we propose the mechanism of gelation process, focusing on the formation of junction points including hydrogen bonds and crystalline.

  13. The synthesis and aggregation-induced near-infrared emission of terrylenediimide-tetraphenylethene dyads.

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    Xie, Nuo-Hua; Li, Chong; Liu, Jun-Xia; Gong, Wen-Liang; Tang, Ben Zhong; Li, Guigen; Zhu, Ming-Qiang

    2016-04-30

    We design and synthesize terrylenediimide-tetraphenylethene dyads, which exhibit featured aggregation-induced near-infrared fluorescence with a maximum emission wavelength of up to 800 nm. PMID:27035468

  14. Tetraphenylethene-2-Pyrone Conjugate: Aggregation-Induced Emission Study and Explosives Sensor.

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    Mahendran, Vaithiyanathan; Pasumpon, Kamaraj; Thimmarayaperumal, Solaimalai; Thilagar, Pakkirisamy; Shanmugam, Sivakumar

    2016-05-01

    Design and synthesis of a novel tetraphenylethene-2-pyrone (TPEP) conjugate exhibiting donor-acceptor characteristics is reported. The localized frontier molecular orbitals (DFT studies) and the solvent polarity dependent photoluminescence characteristics directly corroborate the presence of intramolecular charge transfer character in TPEP. TPEP is poorly emissive in the solution state. In contrast, upon aggregation (THF/water mixtures), TPEP exhibits aggregation-induced emission enhancement. Upon aggregation, dyad TPEP forms a fluorescent nanoaggregate which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy imaging studies. The luminescence nanoaggregates were elegantly exploited for selective detection of nitro aromatic compounds (NACs). It was found that nanoaggregates of TPEP were selectively sensing the picric acid over the other NACs. Efficiency of the quenching process was further evaluated by the Stern-Volmer equation. TPEP-based low-cost fluorescent test strips were developed for the selective detection of picric acid. PMID:27050365

  15. Aggregation-induced emission: a simple strategy to improve chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Zhang, Lijuan; He, Nan; Lu, Chao

    2015-01-20

    The emergence of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) has opened up a new avenue for scientists. There is a great demand for the development of a new generation chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (CRET) acceptors with AIE characteristics due to the aggregation-caused chemiluminescence (CL) quenching effect commonly observed in the conventional fluorophore CL acceptors at high concentrations. However, the systematical studies involving in AIE-amplified CL are still scarce. Herein, it is the first report that the gold nanocluster aggregates (a type of well-defined AIE molecules) are used to study their influence on the bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate (TCPO)-H2O2 CL reaction. Interestingly, the AIE molecules in the diluted solution are unable to boost the CL signal of the TCPO-H2O2 system, but their aggregates display a strongly enhanced CL emission compared to their counterparts of fluorophore molecules, thanks to the unique AIE effect of gold nanoclusters. In comparison to rhodamine B with the aid of an imidazole catalyst, the detection limit of the gold nanocluster aggregate-amplified CL probe for H2O2 (S/N = 3) is low in the absence of any catalyst. Finally, the other two typical AIE molecules, Au(I)-thiolate complexes and 9,10-bis[4-(3-sulfonatopropoxyl)-styryl]anthracene (BSPSA), are investigated to verify the generality of the AIE molecule-amplified CL emissions. These results demonstrate effective access to highly fluorescent AIE molecules with practical applications in avoiding the aggregation-induced CL quenching at high concentrations, which can be expected to provide a novel and sensitive platform for the CL amplified detection. PMID:25526522

  16. Aggregation-induced emission molecules in layered matrices for two-color luminescence films.

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    Guan, Weijiang; Lu, Jun; Zhou, Wenjuan; Lu, Chao

    2014-10-14

    We fabricated two-color luminescence ultrathin films (UTFs) composed of the layered double hydroxide host-aggregation-induced emission guests by LBL assembly. The fabricated UTFs were simple, tunable, controllable and highly luminescent. Moreover, reversible thermochromic luminescence further exhibited their potential in practical applications. PMID:25154856

  17. Dual-responsive aggregation-induced emission-active supramolecular nanoparticles for gene delivery and bioimaging.

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    Dong, Ruijiao; Ravinathan, Screenath P; Xue, Lizhe; Li, Nan; Zhang, Yingjian; Zhou, Linzhu; Cao, Chengxi; Zhu, Xinyuan

    2016-06-28

    Dual-responsive aggregation-induced emission-active supramolecular fluorescent nanoparticles are reported, which have the ability to undergo a unique morphological transition combining with a cooperative optical variation in response to pH and light stimuli. The dynamic supramolecular nanoparticles show excellent biocompatibility and effective plasmid DNA condensation capability, further achieving efficient in vitro gene delivery and bioimaging. PMID:27251637

  18. Aggregation-Induced Resonance Raman Optical Activity (AIRROA): A New Mechanism for Chirality Enhancement.

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    Zajac, Grzegorz; Kaczor, Agnieszka; Pallares Zazo, Ana; Mlynarski, Jacek; Dudek, Monika; Baranska, Malgorzata

    2016-05-01

    Raman optical activity (ROA) spectroscopy is hampered by low sensitivity, with limited possibilities for enhancing the signal. In the present study, we report a new mechanism whereby chirality is enhanced using the resonance resulting from supramolecular aggregation. We have named this mechanism aggregation-induced resonance Raman optical activity (AIRROA). As an example, we study J-aggregates of astaxanthin (AXT), which show strong absorption of circularly polarized light in the range of ROA excitation. The implications of aggregation-induced signal enhancement for chiroptical spectroscopy are discussed. PMID:27057926

  19. Discriminatory detection of cysteine and homocysteine based on dialdehyde-functionalized aggregation-induced emission fluorophores.

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    Mei, Ju; Wang, Yijia; Tong, Jiaqi; Wang, Jian; Qin, Anjun; Sun, Jing Zhi; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a concept-proof work of using fluorescence (FL) "turn-on" probes for the discriminatory detection of cysteine (Cys) over homocysteine (Hcy). The fluorogens are provided with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristic and functionalized with two aldehyde-groups (DMTPS-ALD and TPE-ALD). All the detections were carried out in a biocompatible medium (10 mM HEPES buffer and DMSO, pH 7.4). In principle, the formation of thiazinane/thiazolidine through the chemical reaction of aldehydes on the probe molecules and the residue of Cys/Hcy determines the selective recognition of Cys and Hcy over other amino acids and glucose. The FL responses originate from the AIE property of thiazinane/thiazolidine resultants, which have low solubility and precipitate (aggregate) in the detection medium. The discrimination between Cys and Hcy comes from the difference in reaction kinetics of TPE-ALD/DMTPS-ALD with Cys and Hcy, thereby the FL responses show different time courses and intensity enhancement. It is worth noting that TPE-ALD outshined the other two probes in performance with fast response, a high FL enhancement up to 16-fold, high sensitivity, and good specificity and selectivity. Moreover, its FL response threshold at 250 μM is very close to the lower limit of the normal level of Cys in human plasma, which implies that TPE-ALD could be applied as a potential indicator of Cys deficiency. PMID:23193021

  20. Fluorogens with Aggregation Induced Emission: Ideal Photoacoustic Contrast Reagents Due to Intramolecular Rotation.

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    Geng, Junlong; Liao, Lun-De; Qin, Wei; Tang, Ben Zhong; Thakor, Nitish; Liu, Bin

    2015-02-01

    Exogenous contrast agents with high sensitivity are highly desirable for photoacoustic (PA) imaging. In this work, we show that fluorogens with aggregation induced emission (AIE) characteristics are born with strong PA signals. In addition, we find that the PA signal of conventional fluorophores could be significantly enhanced through conjugation with tetraphenylethene (TPE), an iconic AIE fluorogen. Taking 2,3-bis[4-(diphenylamino)phenyl]fumaronitrile (TPAFN) as an example, conjugation between TPAFN and TPE affords 2,3-bis(4-(phenyl(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)phenyl)amino)phenyl) fumaroni-trile (TPETPAFN), a molecule with significant AIE characteristics, which shows 170% higher PA signals as compared to that of TPAFN. The higher PA signal of TPETPAFN is mainly ascribed to the enhanced molecular rotation, which is beneficial to its thermal expansion upon light absorption. Moreover, the significantly reduced PA signals for TPETPAFN in solvents with high viscosity or as nanoparticles further highlight the contribution of molecular rotation on PA signals. PMID:26353745

  1. Utilising tetraphenylethene as a dual activator for intramolecular charge transfer and aggregation induced emission.

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    Zhang, Guo-Feng; Aldred, Matthew P; Gong, Wen-Liang; Li, Chong; Zhu, Ming-Qiang

    2012-08-11

    We report a simple design and synthesis of a donor-acceptor tetraphenylethene-naphthalimide (TPE-NI) dyad, in which TPE acts both as an electron-donor for intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and activator for aggregation induced emission (AIE). Strong solvent-dependent photoluminescence covering almost the whole visible spectrum and AIE in its nanoparticle state compared to its solution state are demonstrated. PMID:22745935

  2. Bio-/Chemosensors and Imaging with Aggregation-Induced Emission Luminogens.

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    Zhan, Chi; You, Xue; Zhang, Guanxin; Zhang, Deqing

    2016-08-01

    Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) luminogens show abnormal fluorescent behavior; they are non-emissive in solution, but they become strongly emissive after aggregation. Sensing and imaging are the major applications of AIE luminogens. By properly manipulating the aggregation and deaggregation of AIE molecules, various bio-/chemosensors have been developed. Moreover, AIE molecules with targeting groups have been devised for imaging of organelles and cancer cells. In this account, we report our recent work on the application of AIE luminogens for the construction of bio-/chemosensors and imaging. PMID:27427427

  3. Photoactivatable aggregation-induced emission fluorophores with multiple-color fluorescence and wavelength-selective activation.

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    Peng, Lu; Zheng, Yue; Wang, Xiaoyan; Tong, Aijun; Xiang, Yu

    2015-03-01

    Photoactivatable (caged) fluorophores are widely used in chemistry, materials, and biology. However, the development of such molecules exhibiting photoactivable solid-state fluorescence is still challenging due to the aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) effect of most fluorophores in their aggregate or solid states. In this work, we developed caged salicylaldehyde hydrazone derivatives, which are of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics upon light irradiation, as efficient photoactivatable solid-state fluorophores. These compounds displayed multiple-color emissions and ratiometric (photochromic) fluorescence switches upon wavelength-selective photoactivation, and were successfully applied for photopatterning and photoactivatable cell imaging in a multiple-color and stepwise manner. PMID:25644036

  4. Aggregation-Induced Emission Mechanism of Dimethoxy-Tetraphenylethylene in Water Solution: Molecular Dynamics and QM/MM Investigations.

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    Sun, Guangxu; Zhao, Yi; Liang, WanZhen

    2015-05-12

    Molecular dynamics simulations and combined quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics calculations are employed to investigate dimethoxy-tetraphenylethylene (DMO-TPE) molecules in water solution for their detailed aggregation process and the mechanism of aggregation-induced emission. The molecular dynamics simulations show that the aggregates start to appear in the nanosecond time scale, and small molecular aggregates appear at low concentration; whereas the large aggregates with a chain-type structure appear at high concentration, and the intramolecular rotation is largely restricted by a molecular aggregated environment. The average radical distribution demonstrates that the waters join the aggregation process and that two types of hydrogen bonds between DMO-TPE and water molecules are built with the peaks at about 0.5 and 0.7 nm, respectively. The spectral features further reveal that the aggregates dominantly present J-type aggregation although they fluctuate between J-type and H-type at a given temperature. The statistical absorption, emission spectra, and the aggregation-induced emission enhancement with respect to the solution concentration agree well with the experimental measurements, indicating the significant effect of molecular environments on the molecular properties. PMID:26574424

  5. Aggregation-induced emission active tetraphenylethene-based sensor for uranyl ion detection.

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    Wen, Jun; Huang, Zeng; Hu, Sheng; Li, Shuo; Li, Weiyi; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-11-15

    A novel tetraphenylethene-based fluorescent sensor, TPE-T, was developed for the detection of uranyl ions. The selective binding of TPE-T to uranyl ions resulted in a detectable signal owing to the quenching of its aggregation-induced emission. The developed sensor could be used to visually distinguish UO2(2+) from lanthanides, transition metals, and alkali metals under UV light; the presence of other metal ions did not interfere with the detection of uranyl ions. In addition, TPE-T was successfully used for the detection of uranyl ions in river water, illustrating its potential applications in environmental systems. PMID:27439180

  6. Highly selective fluorogenic multianalyte biosensors constructed via enzyme-catalyzed coupling and aggregation-induced emission.

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    Wang, Xiaorui; Hu, Jinming; Zhang, Guoying; Liu, Shiyong

    2014-07-16

    The development of a highly selective and fast responsive fluorogenic biosensor for diverse analytes ranging from bioactive small molecules to specific antigens is highly desirable but remains a considerable challenge. We herein propose a new approach by integrating substrate-selective enzymatic reactions with fluorogens exhibiting aggregation-induced emission feature. Tyrosine-functionalized tetraphenylethene, TPE-Tyr, molecularly dissolves in aqueous media with negligible fluorescence emission; upon addition of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and H2O2, effective cross-linking occurs due to HRP-catalyzed oxidative coupling of tyrosine moieties in TPE-Tyr. This leads to fluorescence emission turn-on and fast detection of H2O2 with high sensitivity and selectivity. As a validation of the new strategy's generality, we further configure it into the biosensor design for glucose through cascade enzymatic reactions and for pathologically relevant antigens (e.g., human carcinoembryonic antigen) by combining with the ELISA kit. PMID:24983204

  7. Multistimuli-Responsive Luminescence of Naphthalazine Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission

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    Yao, Xiang; Ru, Jia-Xi; Xu, Cong; Liu, Ya-Ming; Dou, Wei; Tang, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Guo-Lin; Liu, Wei-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive luminescent materials, which are dependent on changes in physical molecular packing modes, have attracted more and more interest over the past ten years. In this study, 2,2-dihydroxy-1,1-naphthalazine was synthesized and shown to exhibit different fluorescence emission in solution and solid states with characteristic aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties. A remarkable change in the fluorescence of 2,2-dihydroxy-1,1-naphthalazine occurred upon mechanical grinding, heating, or exposure to solvents. According to the characterization by solid-state fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray powder diffraction, the fluorescence change could be attributed to transitions between two structurally different polymorphs. These significant properties could also give 2,2-dihydroxy-1,1-naphthalazine more potential applications as a multifunctional material. PMID:26478843

  8. Aggregation-Induced-Emissive Molecule Incorporated into Polymeric Nanoparticulate as FRET Donor for Observing Doxorubicin Delivery.

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    Han, Xiongqi; Liu, De-E; Wang, Tieyan; Lu, Hongguang; Ma, Jianbiao; Chen, Qixian; Gao, Hui

    2015-10-28

    Tetraphenylethene (TPE) derivatives characterized with distinct aggregation-induced-emission, attempted to aggregate with doxorubicin (Dox) to formulate the interior compartment of polymeric nanoparticulate, served as fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) donor to promote emission of acceptor Dox. Accordingly, this FRET formulation allowed identification of Dox in complexed form by detecting FRET. Important insight into the Dox releasing can be subsequently explored by extracting complexed Dox (FRET) from the overall Dox via direct single-photon excitation of Dox. Of note, functional catiomers were used to complex with FRET partners for a template formulation, which was verified to induce pH-responsive release in the targeted subcellular compartment. Hence, this well-defined multifunctional system entitles in situ observation of the drug releasing profile and insight on drug delivery journey from the tip of injection vein to the subcellular organelle of the targeted cells. PMID:26448180

  9. Fluorogenic Thorium Sensors Based on 2,6-Pyridinedicarboxylic Acid-Substituted Tetraphenylethenes with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics.

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    Wen, Jun; Dong, Liang; Hu, Sheng; Li, Weiyi; Li, Shuo; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescent sensor based on tetraphenylethene (TPE) modified with 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (PDA) that shows aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics for thorium recognition with remarkable fluoresence enhancement response has been synthesized. This sensor is capable of visually distinguishing Th(4+) among lanthanides, transition metals, and alkali metals under UV light. Th(4+) can be detected by the naked eye at ppb levels owing to the AIE phenomenon. The sensor showed high selectivity for Th(4+) compared to all other metals tested, and this recognition displayed good anti-interference qualities. This study represents the first application of a AIE fluorescence sensor in actinide metal recognition and it has potential applications in environmental systems for thorium ion detection. PMID:26419754

  10. Mechanochromic Luminescence and Aggregation Induced Emission of Dinaphthoylmethane β-Diketones and Their Boronated Counterparts.

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    Butler, Tristan; Morris, William A; Samonina-Kosicka, Jelena; Fraser, Cassandra L

    2016-01-20

    Mechanochromic luminescence has been observed in many boron coordinated β-diketonate (BF2bdk) complexes. Recently, it was shown that the metal-free methoxy-substituted dinaphthoylmethane β-diketone (dnmOMe) also displayed aggregation induced emission (AIE), solvatochromism, and high contrast mechanochromic luminescence (ML) that recovered rapidly at room temperature. In order to understand how substituents and boron coordination affect solution and solid-state optical properties, a series of methoxy- and bromo-substituted derivatives (dnm, dnmOMe, dnmBr, and dnmBrOMe) and their corresponding boron complexes (BF2dnm, BF2dnmOMe, BF2dnmBr, and BF2dnmBrOMe) were synthesized and their AIE, ML, and room temperature recovery properties were compared. All boron complexes exhibited red-shifted absorption and emission, in addition to larger solution and solid-state quantum yields than β-diketones. While AIE studies show increased emission for dnmOMe and dnmBrOMe, the emission of corresponding boron complexes diminished upon aggregation. However, boron complexes were still strongly emissive in the solid state. ML properties were investigated using spin-cast films. Smearing resulted in the appearance of blue-green emission in ligands and a color change from green to yellow-orange in boron complexes. Bromide substituted derivatives showed increased room temperature recovery times compared to other dnm ligands, and boron complexes show only partial recovery over several days. PMID:26735315

  11. Aggregation-Induced-Emission-Active Macrocycle Exhibiting Analogous Triply and Singly Twisted Möbius Topologies.

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    Wang, Erjing; He, Zikai; Zhao, Engui; Meng, Luming; Schütt, Christian; Lam, Jacky W Y; Sung, Herman H Y; Williams, Ian D; Huang, Xuhui; Herges, Rainer; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-08-10

    Molecules with Möbius topology have drawn increasing attention from scientists in a variety of fields, such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and material science. However, synthetic difficulties and the lack of functionality impede their fundamental understanding and practical applications. Here, we report the facile synthesis of an aggregation-induced-emission (AIE)-active macrocycle (TPE-ET) and investigate its analogous triply and singly twisted Möbius topologies. Because of the twisted and flexible nature of the tetraphenylethene units, the macrocycle adjusts its conformations so as to accommodate different guest molecules in its crystals. Moreover, theoretical studies including topological and electronic calculations reveal the energetically favorable interconversion process between triply and singly twisted topologies. PMID:26177730

  12. An aggregation-induced-emission platform for direct visualization of interfacial dynamic self-assembly.

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    Li, Junwei; Li, Yuan; Chan, Carrie Y K; Kwok, Ryan T K; Li, Hongkun; Zrazhevskiy, Pavel; Gao, Xiaohu; Sun, Jing Zhi; Qin, Anjun; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-12-01

    An in-depth understanding of dynamic interfacial self-assembly processes is essential for a wide range of topics in theoretical physics, materials design, and biomedical research. However, direct monitoring of such processes is hampered by the poor imaging contrast of a thin interfacial layer. We report in situ imaging technology capable of selectively highlighting self-assembly at the phase boundary in real time by employing the unique photophysical properties of aggregation-induced emission. Its application to the study of breath-figure formation, an immensely useful yet poorly understood phenomenon, provided a mechanistic model supported by direct visualization of all main steps and fully corroborated by simulation and theoretical analysis. This platform is expected to advance the understanding of the dynamic phase-transition phenomena, offer insights into interfacial biological processes, and guide development of novel self-assembly technologies. PMID:25363745

  13. An Aggregation-Induced-Emission Platform for Direct Visualization of Interfacial Dynamic Self-Assembly**

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    Chan, Carrie Y.K.; Kwok, Ryan T.K.; Li, Hongkun; Zrazhevskiy, Pavel; Gao, Xiaohu; Sun, Jing Zhi; Qin, Anjun; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-01-01

    An in-depth understanding of dynamic interfacial self-assembly processes is essential for a wide range of topics in theoretical physics, materials design, and biomedical research. However, direct monitoring of such processes is hampered by the poor imaging contrast of a thin interfacial layer. We report in situ imaging technology capable of selectively highlighting self-assembly at the phase boundary in real time by employing the unique photophysical properties of aggregation-induced emission. Its application to the study of breath-figure formation, an immensely useful yet poorly understood phenomenon, provided a mechanistic model supported by direct visualization of all main steps and fully corroborated by simulation and theoretical analysis. This platform is expected to advance the understanding of the dynamic phase-transition phenomena, offer insights into interfacial biological processes, and guide development of novel self-assembly technologies. PMID:25363745

  14. Self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptides into microtubes with "turn on" fluorescence using an aggregation-induced emission molecule.

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    Na, Na; Mu, Xiaoyan; Liu, Qiuling; Wen, Jiying; Wang, Fangfang; Ouyang, Jin

    2013-10-01

    The self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptides (l-Phe-l-Phe) into microtubes with "turn on" bright yellow green fluorescence was described, which was achieved using an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) molecule of 9,10-bis[4-(3-sulfonatopropoxyl)-styryl] anthracene (BSPSA) sodium. PMID:24045462

  15. Fluorescence Aggregation-Caused Quenching versus Aggregation-Induced Emission: A Visual Teaching Technology for Undergraduate Chemistry Students

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    Ma, Xiaofeng; Sun, Rui; Cheng, Jinghui; Liu, Jiaoyan; Gou, Fei; Xiang, Haifeng; Zhou, Xiangge

    2016-01-01

    A laboratory experiment visually exploring two opposite basic principles of fluorescence of aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) and aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is demonstrated. The students would prepared two salicylaldehyde-based Schiff bases through a simple one-pot condensation reaction of one equiv of 1,2-diamine with 2 equiv of…

  16. Far-red/near-infrared fluorescent bioprobes based on biocompatible nanoparticles with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for bioimaging applications

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    Qin, Wei; Ding, Dan; Liu, Bin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2013-09-01

    Light emission of 2-(2,6-bis((E)-4-(diphenylamino)styryl]-4H-pyran-4-ylidene}malononitrile (TPA-DCM) is weakened by aggregate formation. Attaching tetraphenylethene (TPE) units as terminals to TPA-DCM dramatically changes its emission behavior: the resulting fluorogen 2-(2,6-bis((E)-4-(phenyl(4'-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4- yl)amino)styryl)-4H-pyran-4-ylidene)malononitrile (TPE-TPA-DCM) is more emissive in the aggregate state, showing a novel phenomenon of aggregation-induced emission (AIE). Formulation of TPE-TPA-DCM using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the polymer matrix yields uniformly sized protein nanoparticles (NPs) with high brightness and low cytotoxicity. Applications of the fluorogen-loaded BSA NPs for in vitro and in vivo far-red/near-infrared (FR/NIR) bioimaging are successfully demonstrated using MCF-7 breast cancer cells and a murine hepatoma-22 (H22) tumorbearing mice model, respectively. The AIE-active fluorogen-loaded BSA NPs show excellent cancer cell uptake and prominent tumor targeting ability in vivo due to the enhanced permeability and retention effect.

  17. Fabrication of aggregation induced emission active luminescent chitosan nanoparticles via a "one-pot" multicomponent reaction.

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    Wan, Qing; Liu, Meiying; Xu, Dazhuang; Mao, Liucheng; Tian, Jianwen; Huang, Hongye; Gao, Peng; Deng, Fengjie; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2016-11-01

    Chitosan based nanomaterials have been extensively examined for biomedical applications for their biodegradability, low toxicity, biological activity and low cost. In this work, a novel strategy for fabrication of luminescent polymeric nanoparticles (LPNs) based on aggregation induced emission (AIE) dye and water soluble chitosan (WS-Chitosan) were firstly developed via a highly efficient mercaptoacetic acid (MA) locking imine reaction. In this multicomponent reaction (MCR), MA serves as "lock" to connect 9,10-Bis(aldehydephenl)anthracene dye (An-CHO) and amino-containing WS-Chitosan under mild reaction conditions. The obtained WS-Chitosan@An-CHO LPNs show strong yellow emission and great water dispersibility. Biological evaluation results demonstrated that synthetic luminescent polymeric nanoparticles possess desirable cytocompatibility and distinct imaging properties. Therefore, we have developed a facile and useful method to fabricate AIE active nanoprobes with desirable properties for various biomedical applications. This strategy should be a general and easy handling tool to fabricate many other AIE dye based materials. PMID:27516264

  18. Redox-responsive nanoparticles with Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE) characteristic for fluorescence imaging.

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    Cheng, Weiren; Wang, Guan; Pan, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Yong; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Ye

    2014-08-01

    The redox environment between intracellular compartments and extracellular matrix is significantly different, and the cellular redox homeostasis determines many physiological functions. Here, redox-responsive nanoparticles with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristic for fluorescence imaging are developed by encapsulation of fluorophore with redox "turn-on" AIE characteristic, TPE-MI, into the micelles of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)- and cholesterol (CE)-conjugated disulfide containing poly(amido amine)s. The redox-responsive fluorescence profiles of the nanoparticles are investigated after reaction with glutathione (GSH). The encapsulation of TPE-MI in micelles leads to a higher efficiency and red shift in emission, and the fluorescence intensity of the nanoparticles increases with the concentration of GSH. Confocal microscopy imaging shows that the nanoparticles can provide obvious contrast between the intracellular compartments and the extracellular matrix in MCF-7 and HepG2 cells. So the nanoparticles with PEG shells and low cytotoxicity are promising to provide fluorescence bioimaging with a high contrast and for differentiation of cellular redox environment. PMID:24771703

  19. Study on photophysical and aggregation induced emission recognition of 1,8-naphthalimide probe for casein by spectroscopic method

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    Sun, Yang; Liu, Zhen; Liang, Xuhua; Fan, Jun; Han, Quan

    2013-05-01

    A novel water-soluble 1,8-naphthalimide derivative 1, bearing two acetic carboxylic groups, exhibited fluorescent turn-on recognition for casein based on the aggregation induced emission (AIE) character. The photophysical properties of 1 consisting of donor and acceptor units were investigated in different solutions. The fluorescence intensity decreased through taking advantage of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) and self-association emission with increasing solvent polarity. Moreover, the spectral red-shift and intensity quench in protic solvents were caused by the excited-state hydrogen bond strengthening effect. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations revealed that 1 exhibited a strong TICT character. The AIE mechanism of 1 with casein was due to 1 docked in the hydrophobic cavity between sub-micelles and bound with Tyr and Trp residues, resulting in the aggregation of 1 on the casein surface and emission enhancement. Based on this, a novel casein assay method was developed. The proposed exhibited a good linear range from 0.1 to 22 μg mL-1, with the detection limit of 2.8 ng mL-1. Satisfactory reproducibility, reversibility and a short response time were realized. This method was applied to the determination of casein in milk powder samples and the results were in good agreement with the result of Biuret method.

  20. Development of Functional Nanomaterials with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics and Exploration of Their Biological Applications

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    Hong, Yuning

    2011-12-01

    The development of fluorescent biosensors with high sensitivity, selectivity, and biocompatibility is of critical importance to bioscience and biotechnology because it offers a direct visualization tool for the detection of biological macromolecules and the monitoring of biological events under real and living conditions. Most of the conventional organic fluorophores exhibit remarkably bright emission in their dilute solutions but become weakly or even nonemissive when aggregated or in solid state, which has greatly limited the scope of their applications. An opposite phenomenon has recently been discovered: a group of nonluminescent molecules are induced to emit efficiently by aggregate formation. "Aggregation-induced emission" (AIE) is coined for this novel effect. Attracted by the intriguing phenomenon and its fascinating perspectives, we have launched a new program directed towards the development of new AIE materials and exploration of their biological applications. A new class of water-soluble AIE luminogens are designed and synthesized. Hydrophilic groups such as hydroxyl, sulfonate, and amino groups are introduced to make the AIE molecules readily soluble in water. Being practically non-emissive in water, these AIE dyes are lightened up when bound to biomacromolecules, such as proteins and DNA, thus enabling the quantitation and visualization of biomacromolecules in aqueous solutions and in electrophoretic gels. The AIE luminogens are sensitive to microenvironment inside the biomolecules and their fluorescent intensity can readily reflect the global stability of the biomolecules. In this work, we employ the AIE luminogens as fluorescent reporters for the monitoring of G-quadruplex DNA folding, protein unfolding by denaturant and protein misfolding into amyloid fibrils. Thanks to the AIE characteristics, the delicate information on the conformational transition of the biomolecules can be revealed. In addition, lipophilic AIE luminogens form highly emissive

  1. Near-infrared fluorescence amplified organic nanoparticles with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for in vivo imaging

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    Geng, Junlong; Zhu, Zhenshu; Qin, Wei; Ma, Lin; Hu, Yong; Gurzadyan, Gagik G.; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Bin

    2013-12-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence signals are highly desirable to achieve high resolution in biological imaging. To obtain NIR emission with high brightness, fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) are synthesized by co-encapsulation of 2,3-bis(4-(phenyl(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)phenylamino)phenyl)fumaronitrile (TPETPAFN), a luminogen with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics, and a NIR fluorogen of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine bis(trihexylsilyloxide) (NIR775) using 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[methoxy(polyethylene glycol)-2000] as the encapsulation matrix. The good spectral overlap between the emission of TPETPAFN and the absorption of NIR775 leads to efficient energy transfer, resulting in a 47-fold enhancement of the NIR775 emission intensity upon excitation of TPETPAFN at 510 nm as compared to that upon direct excitation of NIR775 at 760 nm. The obtained fluorescent NPs show sharp NIR emission with a band width of 20 nm, a large Stokes shift of 275 nm, good photostability and low cytotoxicity. In vivo imaging study reveals that the synthesized NPs are able to provide high fluorescence contrast in live animals. The Förster resonance energy transfer strategy overcomes the intrinsic limitation of broad emission spectra for AIE NPs, which opens new opportunities to synthesize organic NPs with high brightness and narrow emission for potential applications in multiplex sensing and imaging.Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence signals are highly desirable to achieve high resolution in biological imaging. To obtain NIR emission with high brightness, fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) are synthesized by co-encapsulation of 2,3-bis(4-(phenyl(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)phenylamino)phenyl)fumaronitrile (TPETPAFN), a luminogen with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics, and a NIR fluorogen of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine bis(trihexylsilyloxide) (NIR775) using 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[methoxy(polyethylene glycol)-2000

  2. Aggregation-Induced Emission of Platinum(II) Metallacycles and Their Ability to Detect Nitroaromatics.

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    Chowdhury, Aniket; Howlader, Prodip; Mukherjee, Partha Sarathi

    2016-05-23

    Two new acceptors containing platinum-carbazole (1) and platinum-triphenylamine (2) backbones with bite angles of 90° and 120°, respectively, have been synthesised and characterised. Reactions of the rigid acceptor 1 with linear dipyridyl-based donors (3 and 4) generated [4+4] self-assembled molecular squares (5 and 6), and similar treatments with acceptor 2 instead of 1 yielded [6+6] self-assembled molecular hexagons (7 and 8). The metallacycles were characterised by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy ((1) H and (31) P) and ESI-MS. The geometries of the metallacycles were optimised by using the PM6 method. When aggregates of the metallacycles were formed by adding hexane solutions in dichloromethane, aggregation-induced emission was observed for metallacycles 5 and 7, and aggregation-caused quenching was observed for metallacycles 6 and 8. The formation of aggregates was verified by dynamic light scattering and TEM analyses. Macrocycles 5 and 7 are white-light emitters in THF. Moreover, their high luminescence in both solution and the solid state was utilised for the recognition of nitroaromatic explosives. PMID:27106871

  3. Aggregation-induced emissive nanoparticles for fluorescence signaling in a low cost paper-based immunoassay.

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    Engels, Jan F; Roose, Jesse; Zhai, Demi Shuang; Yip, Ka Man; Lee, Mei Suet; Tang, Ben Zhong; Renneberg, Reinhard

    2016-07-01

    Low cost paper based immunoassays are receiving interest due to their fast performance and small amounts of biomolecules needed for developing an immunoassay complex. In this work aggregation-induced emissive (AIE) nanoparticles, obtained from a diastereoisomeric mixture of 1,2-di-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-1,2-diphenylethene (TPEDH) in a one-step top-down method, are characterized through Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Zeta potential. By measuring the Zeta potential before and after labeling the nanoparticles with antibodies we demonstrate that the colloidal system is stable in a wide pH-range. The AIE-active nanoparticles are deposited on chitosan and glutaraldehyde modified paper pads overcoming the common aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) effect. Analyte concentrations from 1000ng and below are applied in a model immunocomplex using Goat anti-Rabbit IgG and Rabbit IgG. In the range of 7.81ng-250ng, linear trends with a high R(2) are observed, which leads to a strong increase of the blue fluorescence from the TPEDH nanoparticles. PMID:27037781

  4. Structure-Dependent cis/trans Isomerization of Tetraphenylethene Derivatives: Consequences for Aggregation-Induced Emission.

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    Zhang, Chong-Jing; Feng, Guangxue; Xu, Shidang; Zhu, Zhenshu; Lu, Xianmao; Wu, Jien; Liu, Bin

    2016-05-17

    The isomerization and optical properties of the cis and trans isomers of tetraphenylethene (TPE) derivatives with aggregation-induced emission (AIEgens) have been sparsely explored. We have now observed the tautomerization-induced isomerization of a hydroxy-substituted derivative, TPETH-OH, under acidic but not under basic conditions. Replacing the proton of the hydroxy group in TPETH-OH with an alkyl group leads to the formation of TPETH-MAL, for which the pure cis and trans isomers were obtained and characterized by HPLC analysis and NMR spectroscopy. Importantly, cis-TPETH-MAL emits yellow fluorescence in DMSO at -20 °C whereas trans-TPETH-MAL shows red fluorescence under the same conditions. Moreover, the geometry of cis- and trans-TPETH-MAL remains unchanged when they undergo thiol-ene reactions to form cis- and trans-TPETH-cRGD, respectively. Collectively, our findings improve our fundamental understanding of the cis/trans isomerization and photophysical properties of TPE derivatives, which will guide further AIEgen design for various applications. PMID:27071955

  5. Ultrabright organic dots with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for cell tracking.

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    Feng, Guangxue; Tay, Chor Yong; Chui, Qi Xiang; Liu, Rongrong; Tomczak, Nikodem; Liu, Jie; Tang, Ben Zhong; Leong, David Tai; Liu, Bin

    2014-10-01

    Noninvasive fluorescence cell tracking provides critical information on the physiological displacement and translocation of actively migrating cells, which deepens our understanding of biomedical engineering, oncological research, stem cell transplantation and therapies. Non-viral fluorescent protein transfection based cell tracing has been widely used but with issues related to cell type-dependent expression, lagged readout, immunogenicity and mutagenesis. Alternative cell tracking methods are therefore desired to attain reliable, stable, and efficient labeling over a long time. In this work, we have successfully developed ultra-bright organic dots with aggregation-induced emission (AIE dots) and demonstrated their capabilities for cellular imaging and cell tracking. The AIE dots possess high fluorescence, super photostability, and excellent cellular retention and biocompatibility. As compared to commonly used pMAX-GFP plasmid labeling approach, the organic AIE dots showed excellent cell labeling on all tested human cell lines and superior tracing performance, which opens up new opportunities in the cell-based immunotherapies and other related biological researches. PMID:25002264

  6. Aggregation-Induced Emission Luminogen-Embedded Silica Nanoparticles Containing DNA Aptamers for Targeted Cell Imaging.

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Song, Panshu; Peng, Lu; Tong, Aijun; Xiang, Yu

    2016-01-13

    Conventional fluorophores usually undergo aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ), which limits the loading amount of these fluorophores in nanoparticles for bright fluorescence imaging. On the contrary, fluorophores with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics are strongly fluorescent in their aggregate states and have been an ideal platform for developing highly fluorescent nanomaterials, such as fluorescent silica nanoparticles (FSNPs). In this work, AIE luminogens based on salicylaldehyde hydrazones were embedded in silica nanoparticles through a facile noncovalent approach, which afforded AIE-FSNPs emitting much brighter fluorescence than that of some commercial fluorescein-doped silica and polystyrene nanoparticles. These AIE-FSNPs displaying multiple fluorescence colors were fabricated by a general method, and they underwent much less fluorescence variation due to environmental pH changes compared with fluorescein-hybridized FSNPs. In addition, a DNA aptamer specific to nucleolin was functionalized on the surface of AIE-FSNPs for targeted cell imaging. Fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry studies both revealed highly selective fluorescence staining of MCF-7 (a cancer cell line with nucleolin overexpression) over MCF-10A (normal) cells by the aptamer-functionalized AIE-FSNPs. The fluorescence imaging in different color channels was achieved using AIE-FSNPs containing each of the AIE luminogens, as well as photoactivatable fluorescent imaging of target cells by the caged AIE fluorophore. PMID:26653325

  7. Aggregation-Induced Emission in a Hyperbranched Poly(silylenevinylene) and Superamplification in Its Emission Quenching by Explosives.

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    Lu, Ping; Lam, Jacky W Y; Liu, Jianzhao; Jim, Cathy K W; Yuan, Wangzhang; Xie, Ni; Zhong, Yongchun; Hu, Qin; Wong, Kam Sing; Cheuk, Kevin K L; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2010-05-12

    A silicon-containing hyperbranched polymer (hb-P1/2) with σ*-π* conjugation was prepared in a good yield and high molecular weight by rhodium-catalyzed alkyne polyhydrosilylation of 1,2-bis(4-ethynylphenyl)-1,2-diphenylethene (1) with tris(4-dimethylsilylphenyl)amine (2). The polymer was thermally stable, losing merely 5% of its weight when heated to ≈445 °C. Whereas hb-P1/2 was weakly luminescent when molecularly dissolved, it became highly emissive when supramolecularly aggregated, showing an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) phenomenon. A superamplification effect was observed when the AIE nanoaggregates were used as fluorescent chemosensor for explosive detection: the quenching efficiency was greatly increased in a nonlinear fashion with increasing quencher concentration. PMID:21590975

  8. Effect of Amide Hydrogen Bonding Interaction on Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Naphthalene Diimide Amphiphiles with Aggregation Induced Emission.

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    Ghule, Namdev V; La, Duong Duc; Bhosale, Rajesh S; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Raynor, Aaron M; Bhosale, Sheshanath V; Bhosale, Sidhanath V

    2016-04-01

    In the present work, two new naphthalene diimide (NDI) amphiphiles, NDI-N and NDI-NA, were successfully synthesized and employed to investigate their self-assembly and optical properties. For NDI-NA, which contains an amide group, aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) was demonstrated in the presence of various ratios of methylcyclohexane (MCH) in chloroform, which led to the visual color changes. This new amide-containing NDI-NA amphiphile formed nanobelt structures in chloroform/MCH (10:90, v/v) and microcup-like morphologies in chloroform/MCH (5:95, v/v). The closure of these microcups led to the formation of vesicles and microcapsules. The structural morphologies gained from the solvophobic control of NDI-NA were confirmed by various complementary techniques such as infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. In the absence of the amide moiety in NDI-N, no self-assembly was observed, indicating the fundamental role of H-bonding in the self-association process. PMID:27308233

  9. Nucleic acid-induced tetraphenylethene probe noncovalent self-assembly and the superquenching of aggregation-induced emission.

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    Chen, Jian; Wang, Yan; Li, Wenying; Zhou, Huipeng; Li, Yongxin; Yu, Cong

    2014-10-01

    Superquenching of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) has been utilized in biosensing for the first time. A positively charged tetraphenylethene derivative (compound 1) showed no emission in an aqueous buffer solution. A single-stranded DNA (a polyanion) induced aggregation of compound 1, and strong compound 1 aggregate emission was observed. When the DNA was labeled with a quencher molecule, compound 1 aggregate emission was efficiently quenched. On the basis of this observation, a new, simple, sensitive and selective DNA methyltransferase (MTase) assay has been developed. A quencher-labeled double-stranded DNA could induce aggregation of compound 1, and superquenching of compound 1 AIE was observed. In the presence of MTase and an endonuclease, the DNA could be specifically methylated and cleaved into single-stranded DNA fragments. The quencher molecule was released, and a turn-on emission signal was detected. PMID:25203656

  10. Aggregation Induced Emission Mediated Controlled Release by Using a Built-In Functionalized Nanocluster with Theranostic Features.

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    Zhou, Zhan; Zhang, Cheng Cheng; Zheng, Yuhui; Wang, Qianming

    2016-01-14

    We report biological evaluation of a novel nanoparticle delivery system based on 1,1,2-triphenyl-2-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-ethene (TPE-OH, compound 1), which has tunable aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics. Compound 1 exhibited no emission in DMSO. In aqueous media, compound 1 aggregated, and luminescence was observed. The novel membrane-cytoplasm-nucleus sequential delivery strategy could induce apoptosis in four different kinds of cancer cells (including three adherent cell lines and one suspension cell line). The nanoparticles remained in the cytoplasm with intense blue emissions, whereas doxorubicin was observed in the nucleus with striking red luminescence. The nanoassembly was internalized in cells through an energy-dependent process. Three sorts of chemical inhibitors were used to clarify the endocytosis mechanism based on the AIE type prodrug. Furthermore, we have developed the first AIE theranostic system where drug targeting and release have been applied in an animal model. PMID:26689502

  11. Bioorthogonal Turn-On Probe Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics for Cancer Cell Imaging and Ablation.

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    Yuan, Youyong; Xu, Shidang; Cheng, Xiamin; Cai, Xiaolei; Liu, Bin

    2016-05-23

    Bioorthogonal turn-on probes have been widely utilized in visualizing various biological processes. Most of the currently available bioorthogonal turn-on probes are blue or green emissive fluorophores with azide or tetrazine as functional groups. Herein, we present an alternative strategy of designing bioorthogonal turn-on probes based on red-emissive fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission characteristics (AIEgens). The probe is water soluble and non-fluorescent due to the dissipation of energy through free molecular motion of the AIEgen, but the fluorescence is immediately turned on upon click reaction with azide-functionalized glycans on cancer cell surface. The fluorescence turn-on is ascribed to the restriction of molecular motion of AIEgen, which populates the radiative decay channel. Moreover, the AIEgen can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon visible light (λ=400-700 nm) irradiation, demonstrating its dual role as an imaging and phototherapeutic agent. PMID:27079297

  12. Aggregation-induced emission of diarylamino-π-carborane triads: effects of charge transfer and π-conjugation.

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    Cho, Yang-Jin; Kim, So-Yoen; Cho, Minji; Han, Won-Sik; Son, Ho-Jin; Cho, Dae Won; Kang, Sang Ook

    2016-04-14

    Carborane-based donor-π-acceptor triads (D-π-A-π-D) bearing triarylamine moieties were synthesised. All the monomeric triads showed a blue-green emission in a dilute solution, which was assigned as an intramolecular charge-transfer (CT) emission. The intramolecular CT emission showed large Stokes shifts at a higher solvent polarity. The intramolecular CT emission further shifted to a longer wavelength with the increase in π-conjugation. Interestingly, a strong red emission was observed in highly concentrated solutions or in the solid state, which was assigned as an aggregation-induced emission (AIE). Moreover, the AIE strongly depended on solvent polarity. A large Stokes shift in AIE was attributed to the strong CT character. The changes in the dipole moment for the AIE state and monomer emission were evaluated using the Lippert-Mataga relationship. The density functional theory calculations showed that the change in electron distribution between the aryl amino group (highest occupied molecular orbital, HOMO) and the carborane moiety (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital, LUMO) indicates the intramolecular CT character, and the emission colour changes were attributed to the HOMO-LUMO energy gap controlled by the π-extension of the phenylene linker. The electrochemical properties such as oxidation and reduction potentials were consistent with theoretical calculation results. The emission properties were affected by two main factors: solvent polarity and solubility. PMID:26996491

  13. Photostable fluorescent organic dots with aggregation-induced emission (AIE dots) for noninvasive long-term cell tracing

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    Li, Kai; Qin, Wei; Ding, Dan; Tomczak, Nikodem; Geng, Junlong; Liu, Rongrong; Liu, Jianzhao; Zhang, Xinhai; Liu, Hongwei; Liu, Bin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Long-term noninvasive cell tracing by fluorescent probes is of great importance to life science and biomedical engineering. For example, understanding genesis, development, invasion and metastasis of cancerous cells and monitoring tissue regeneration after stem cell transplantation require continual tracing of the biological processes by cytocompatible fluorescent probes over a long period of time. In this work, we successfully developed organic far-red/near-infrared dots with aggregation-induced emission (AIE dots) and demonstrated their utilities as long-term cell trackers. The high emission efficiency, large absorptivity, excellent biocompatibility, and strong photobleaching resistance of the AIE dots functionalized by cell penetrating peptides derived from transactivator of transcription proteins ensured outstanding long-term noninvasive in vitro and in vivo cell tracing. The organic AIE dots outperform their counterparts of inorganic quantum dots, opening a new avenue in the development of fluorescent probes for following biological processes such as carcinogenesis.

  14. Synthesis and Design of Aggregation-Induced Emission Surfactants: Direct Observation of Micelle Transitions and Microemulsion Droplets.

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    Guan, Weijiang; Zhou, Wenjuan; Lu, Chao; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-12-01

    The direct visualization of micelle transitions is a long-standing challenge owing to the intractable aggregation-caused quenching of light emission in the micelle solution. Herein, we report the synthesis of a surfactant with a tetraphenylethene (TPE) core and aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics. The transition processes of surfactant micelles and the microemulsion droplets (MEDs) formed by the surfactant with a TPE core were clearly visualized by a high-contrast fluorescence imaging method. The fluorescence intensity of the MEDs decreased as the size of MEDs increased as a result of weakening of the restriction of intramolecular rotation (RIR). The results of this study deepen our understanding of micelle-transition processes and provide solid evidence in favor of the hypothesis that the AIE phenomenon has its origin in the RIR of fluorophores in the aggregate state. PMID:26473748

  15. Photostable fluorescent organic dots with aggregation-induced emission (AIE dots) for noninvasive long-term cell tracing

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    Li, Kai; Qin, Wei; Ding, Dan; Tomczak, Nikodem; Geng, Junlong; Liu, Rongrong; Liu, Jianzhao; Zhang, Xinhai; Liu, Hongwei; Liu, Bin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Long-term noninvasive cell tracing by fluorescent probes is of great importance to life science and biomedical engineering. For example, understanding genesis, development, invasion and metastasis of cancerous cells and monitoring tissue regeneration after stem cell transplantation require continual tracing of the biological processes by cytocompatible fluorescent probes over a long period of time. In this work, we successfully developed organic far-red/near-infrared dots with aggregation-induced emission (AIE dots) and demonstrated their utilities as long-term cell trackers. The high emission efficiency, large absorptivity, excellent biocompatibility, and strong photobleaching resistance of the AIE dots functionalized by cell penetrating peptides derived from transactivator of transcription proteins ensured outstanding long-term noninvasive in vitro and in vivo cell tracing. The organic AIE dots outperform their counterparts of inorganic quantum dots, opening a new avenue in the development of fluorescent probes for following biological processes such as carcinogenesis. PMID:23359649

  16. Unusual Aggregation-Induced Emission of a Coumarin Derivative as a Result of the Restriction of an Intramolecular Twisting Motion.

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    Bu, Fan; Duan, Ruihong; Xie, Yujun; Yi, Yuanping; Peng, Qian; Hu, Rongrong; Qin, Anjun; Zhao, Zujin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-11-23

    Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is commonly observed for propeller-like luminogens with aromatic rotors and stators. Herein, we report that a coumarin derivative containing a seven-membered aliphatic ring (CD-7) but no rotors showed typical AIE characteristics, whereas its analogue with a five-membered aliphatic ring (CD-5) exhibited an opposite aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) effect. Experimental and theoretical results revealed that a large aliphatic ring in CD-7 weakens structural rigidity and promotes out-of-plane twisting of the molecular backbone to drastically accelerate nonradiative excited-state decay, thus resulting in poor emission in solution. The restriction of twisting motion in aggregates blocks the nonradiative decay channels and enables CD-7 to fluoresce strongly. The results also show that AIE is a general phenomenon and not peculiar to propeller-like molecules. The AIE and ACQ effects can be switched readily by the modulation of molecular rigidity. PMID:26439884

  17. Probe Intracellular Trafficking of a Polymeric DNA Delivery Vehicle by Functionalization with an Aggregation-Induced Emissive Tetraphenylethene Derivative.

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    Han, Xiongqi; Chen, Qixian; Lu, Hongguang; Ma, Jianbiao; Gao, Hui

    2015-12-30

    Characteristic aggregation-induced quenching of π-fluorophores imposed substantial hindrance to their utilization in nanomedicine for insight into microscopic intracellular trafficking of therapeutic payload. To address this obstacle, we attempted to introduce a novel aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorophore into the cationic polymer, which was further used for formulation of a gene delivery carrier. Note that the selective restriction of the intramolecular rotation of the AIE fluorophore through its covalent bond to the polymer conduced to immense AIE. Furthermore, DNA payload labeled with the appropriate fluorophore as the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) acceptor verified a facile strategy to trace intracellular DNA releasing activity relying on the distance limitation requested by FRET (AIE fluorophore as FRET donor). Moreover, the hydrophobic nature of the AIE fluorophore appeared to promote colloidal stability of the constructed formulation. Together with other chemistry functionalization strategies (including endosome escape), the ultimate formulation exerted dramatic gene transfection efficiency. Hence, this report manifested a first nanomedicine platform combining AIE and FRET for microscopic insight into DNA intracellular trafficking activity. PMID:26634294

  18. A Simple Fluorescence Probe Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE) Property for the Detection of Mg(2+) Ions.

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    Bian, Yan-Jiang; Wang, Lu-Qiong; Cao, Fu-Xiang; Tang, Li-Jun

    2016-01-01

    A simple aggregation-induced emission-based fluorescence probe (1) for Mg(2+) was synthesized by condensation of benzene-1, 2-diamine with 5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzaldehyde, This compound shows favourable character of the AIE-active molecules. More importantly, after addition of Mg(2+) to probe (1) in acetonitrile, the solution changed from colorless to yellow colour solution under ultraviolet (UV) radiation obtained from hand-held UV lamp, this finding suggested that probe (1) can be used to detect Mg(2+) by colorimetric detection. Detection limit can reach 2.31 × 10(-5) M(-1). The practical value of the selective and sensitive fluorescence indicators was confirmed by its application to detection of magnesium ion in acetonitrile. PMID:26547420

  19. A pyrene-benzthiazolium conjugate portraying aggregation induced emission, a ratiometric detection and live cell visualization of HSO3(.).

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    Diwan, Uzra; Kumar, Virendra; Mishra, Rakesh K; Rana, Nishant Kumar; Koch, Biplob; Singh, Manish Kumar; Upadhyay, K K

    2016-07-27

    The present study deals with the photophysical property of a pyrene-benzthiazolium conjugate R1, as a strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) probe exhibiting long wavelength emission in the red region. Unlike traditional planar polyaromatic hydrocarbons whose aggregation generally quenches the light emission, the pyrene based R1 was found to display aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property along with simultaneous increase in its quantum yield upon increasing the water content of the medium. The R1 exhibits high specificity towards HSO3(-)/SO3(2-) by interrupting its own ICT producing there upon a large ratiometric blue shift of ∼220 nm in its emission spectrum. The lowest detection limit for the above measurement was found to be 8.90 × 10(-8) M. The fluorescent detection of HSO3(-) was also demonstrated excellently by test paper strip and silica coated TLC plate incorporating R1. The live cell imaging of HSO3(─) through R1 in HeLa cells was studied using fluorescence microscopic studies. The particle size and morphological features of R1 and R1-HSO3(-) aggregates in aqueous solution were characterized by DLS along with SEM analysis. PMID:27251947

  20. Highly Efficient Far Red/Near-Infrared Solid Fluorophores: Aggregation-Induced Emission, Intramolecular Charge Transfer, Twisted Molecular Conformation, and Bioimaging Applications.

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    Lu, Hongguang; Zheng, Yadan; Zhao, Xiaowei; Wang, Lijuan; Ma, Suqian; Han, Xiongqi; Xu, Bin; Tian, Wenjing; Gao, Hui

    2016-01-01

    The development of organic fluorophores with efficient solid-state emissions or aggregated-state emissions in the red to near-infrared region is still challenging. Reported herein are fluorophores having aggregation-induced emission ranging from the orange to far red/near-infrared (FR/NIR) region. The bioimaging performance of the designed fluorophore is shown to have potential as FR/NIR fluorescent probes for biological applications. PMID:26576818

  1. Dual-modal MRI contrast agent with aggregation-induced emission characteristic for liver specific imaging with long circulation lifetime.

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    Chen, Yilong; Li, Min; Hong, Yuning; Lam, Jacky W Y; Zheng, Qichang; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-07-01

    We herein report a novel dual-modal MRI contrast agent, TPE-2Gd, for both magnetic and fluorescence imaging. TPE-2Gd consists of a hydrophobic tetraphenylethene (TPE) fluorophore and two hydrophilic gadolinium (Gd) diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid moieties. As an amphiphilic molecule, TPE-2Gd aggregates into micelles at a high concentration in aqueous medium. These aggregates are highly emissive, showing an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristic. TPE-2Gd is used as a fluorescent agent for cell imaging, which demonstrates negligible cytotoxicity and excellent photostability owing to its AIE property. As a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent, TPE-2Gd exhibits similar longitudinal relaxivity in water (R1,TPE-2Gd = 3.36 ± 0.10 s(-1) per mM of Gd(3+)) as those commercial agents (e.g., Magnevist, R1,magnevist = 3.70 ± 0.02 s(-1) per mM of Gd(3+)). Compared with Magnevist, the circulation lifetime of TPE-2Gd nanoaggregates in living rats is extended from 10 min to 1 h. With relatively high specificity to the liver, the MR imaging could remain hyperintense in liver even after 150 min post injection. These TPE-2Gd nanoparticles can be excreted gradually via renal filtration due to the disassembly of the nanoparticles into small molecules during circulation. TPE-2Gd could thus potentially be used as a liver specific MRI contrast agent for clinical diagnosis. PMID:24942209

  2. Color- and morphology-controlled self-assembly of new electron-donor-substituted aggregation-induced emission compounds.

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    Niu, Caixia; Zhao, Liu; Fang, Tao; Deng, Xuebin; Ma, Hui; Zhang, Jiaxin; Na, Na; Han, Jingsa; Ouyang, Jin

    2014-03-11

    Four electron-donor-substituted aggregation-induced emission (AIE) compounds, N,N'-bis(4-methoxylsalicylidene)-p-phenylenediamine (BSPD-OMe), N,N'-bis(4-methylsalicylidene)-p-phenylenediamine (BSPD-Me), N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-p-phenylenediamine (BSPD), and N,N'-bis(4-hydroxylsalicylidene)-p-phenylenediamine (BSPD-OH), are designed and synthesized. They are all found to exhibit controlled self-assembly behaviors and good thermal properties. By changing the terminal electron-donor groups, they are controlled to self-assemble into three emission colors (green, yellow, and orange) and four morphologies (microblocks, microparticles, microrods, and nanowires) in THF/water mixtures. Their self-assembled structures were investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fluorescent microscopy images, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) techniques. In addition, the emission colors of BSPD-OH can be successfully controlled to three colors (green → yellow → orange) through simply changing the water fraction (fw). Their thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) results indicate that their thermal decomposition temperatures (Td, corresponding to 5% weight loss) range from 282 to 319 °C. Their differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data show that BSPD-OH bears a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 118 °C. The good Td and Tg values will ensure them to be luminogens for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The theoretical calculations and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of BSPD-OMe and BSPD suggest that the stronger electron donor substituent can twist the molecular conformation, decrease the degree of π conjugation, increase the energy gap, and then induce the emission colors' blue shift and morphology variation. The results are meaningful in controlling the emission colors and self-assembly shapes of these derivatives, and they also provide a novel but facile way to get color-tunable AIE luminogens for OLEDs. PMID

  3. Selective and Sensitive Detection of Heavy Metal Ions in 100% Aqueous Solution and Cells with a Fluorescence Chemosensor Based on Peptide Using Aggregation-Induced Emission.

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    Neupane, Lok Nath; Oh, Eun-Taex; Park, Heon Joo; Lee, Keun-Hyeung

    2016-03-15

    A fluorescent peptidyl chemosensor for the detection of heavy metal ions in aqueous solution as well as in cells was synthesized on the basis of the peptide receptor for the metal ions using an aggregation-induced emission fluorophore. The peptidyl chemosensor (1) bearing tetraphenylethylene fluorophore showed an exclusively selective turn-on response to Hg(2+) among 16 metal ions in aqueous buffered solution containing NaCl. The peptidyl chemosensor complexed Hg(2+) ions and then aggregated in aqueous buffered solution, resulting in the significant enhancement (OFF-On) of emissions at around 470 nm. The fluorescent sensor showed a highly sensitive response to Hg(2+), and about 1.0 equiv of Hg(2+) was enough for the saturation of the emission intensity change. The detection limit (5.3 nM, R(2) = 0.99) of 1 for Hg(2+) ions was lower than the maximum allowable level of Hg(2+) in drinking water by EPA. Moreover, the peptidyl chemosensor penetrated live cells and detected intracellular Hg(2+) ions by the turn-on response. PMID:26872241

  4. Facile preparation and biological imaging of luminescent polymeric nanoprobes with aggregation-induced emission characteristics through Michael addition reaction.

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    Lv, Qiulan; Wang, Ke; Xu, Dazhuang; Liu, Meiying; Wan, Qing; Huang, Hongye; Liang, Shangdong; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2016-09-01

    Water dispersion aggregation-induced emission (AIE) dyes based nanomaterials have recently attracted increasing attention in the biomedical fields because of their unique optical properties, outstanding performance as imaging and therapeutic agents. The methods to conjugate hydrophilic polymers with AIE dyes to solve the hydrophobic nature of AIE dyes and makeS them widely used in biomedicine, which have been extensively explored and paid great effort previously. Although great advance has been made in the fabrication and biomedical applications of AIE-active polymeric nanoprobes, facile and efficient strategies for fabrication of biodegradable AIE-active nanoprobes are still high desirable. In this work, amphiphilic biodegradable fluorescent organic nanoparticles (PLL-TPE-O-E FONs) have been fabricated for the first time by conjugation of AIE dye tetraphenylethene acrylate (TPE-O-E) with Poly-l-Lysine (PLL) through a facile one-step Michael addition reaction, which was carried out under rather mild conditions, included air atmosphere, near room temperature and absent of metal catalysts or hazardous reagents. Due to the unique AIE properties, these amphiphilic copolymers tend to self-assemble into high luminescent water dispersible nanoparticles with size range from 400 to 600nm. Laser scanning microscope and cytotoxicity results revealed that PLL-TPE-O-E FONs can be internalized into cytoplasm with negative cytotoxicity, which implied that PLL-TPE-O-E FONs are promising for biological applications. PMID:27311129

  5. Live Cell MicroRNA Imaging Using Exonuclease III-Aided Recycling Amplification Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission Luminogens.

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    Min, Xuehong; Zhang, Mengshi; Huang, Fujian; Lou, Xiaoding; Xia, Fan

    2016-04-13

    Enzyme-assisted detection strategies of microRNAs (miRNAs) in vitro have accomplished both great sensitivity and specificity. However, low expression of miRNAs and a complex environment in cells induces big challenges for monitoring and tracking miRNAs in vivo. The work reports the attempt to carry miRNA imaging into live cells, by enzyme-aided recycling amplification. We utilize facile probes based yellow aggregation-induced emission luminogens (AIEgens) with super photostable property but without quencher, which are applied to monitor miRNAs not only from urine sample extracts (in vitro) but also in live cells (in vivo). The assay could distinguish the cancer patients' urine samples from the healthy urine due to the good specificity. Moreover, the probe showed much higher fluorescence intensity in breast cancer cells (MCF-7) (miR-21 in high expression) than that in cervical cancer cells (HeLa) and human lung fibroblast cells (HLF) (miR-21 in low expression) in more than 60 min, which showed the good performance and super photostability for the probe in vivo. As controls, another two probes with FAM/Cy3 and corresponding quenchers, respectively, could perform miRNAs detections in vitro and parts of in vivo tests but were not suitable for the long-term cell tracking due to the photobleach phenomena, which also demonstrates that the probe with AIEgens is a potential candidate for the accurate identification of cancer biomarkers. PMID:27011025

  6. Aggregation-induced emission behavior of a pH-controlled molecular shuttle based on a tetraphenylethene moiety.

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    Han, Xie; Cao, Meijiao; Xu, Zhiqiang; Wu, Di; Chen, Zhao; Wu, Anxin; Liu, Sheng Hua; Yin, Jun

    2015-10-14

    Tetraphenylethene (TPE) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) behavior as a popular backbone is applied widely in the construction of functional supramolecular systems. In this work, a TPE-based linear molecule having amide and amine units is synthesized. Its ammonium template is used to construct the N-hetero crown ether-based [2]rotaxane by the template-directed clipping approach. Their structures are well-characterized by NMR, MALDI-TOF-MS and elemental analysis. Owing to the existence of the amide unit, [2]rotaxane possesses the function of a molecular shuttle. The shuttling motion of the macrocycle component between the ammonium station and the amide station can be driven by external acid-base stimuli in solution, accompanied by changes in visual behavior. Investigation on their AIE behavior shows that (1) ammonium reaches the aggregation state almost in the presence of same water with the deprotonated form of ammonium; (2) the [2]rotaxane that the macrocycle component locates at the site of ammonium forms the aggregation state in the presence of less water than the deprotonated [2]rotaxane that the macrocycle component locates at the site of the amide, attributed to stronger interaction between the crown ether component and the TPE unit of the template component when the distance between the two is shorter. The result indicates that the shuttling motion of the macrocycle component can adjust the aggregation state of AIE molecules. PMID:26284316

  7. A fluorescent assay for γ-glutamyltranspeptidase via aggregation induced emission and its applications in real samples.

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    Hou, Xianfeng; Zeng, Fang; Wu, Shuizhu

    2016-11-15

    γ-Glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) plays crucial roles in some physiological processes. Herein a turn-on fluorescent probe for γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) assay based on aggregation-induced-emission (AIE) effect and the enzyme-induced transformation of hydrophilicity to hydrophobicity has been developed by functionalizing tetraphenylethylene (TPE) derivative with two γ-glutamyl amide groups, which simultaneously work as recognition units and hydrophilic groups. When the γ-glutamyl amide groups are cleaved through GGT enzymatic reaction, the hydrophobic reaction product readily aggregate and correspondingly strong blue fluorescence can be observed, as a result of activated AIE process. By virtue of the probe's good solubility in totally aqueous solution, high sensitivity and excellent photostability, the probe can be employed to detect GGT level in human serum samples. Furthermore, the probe can be used for imaging endogenous GGT in living A2780 cells. Hence, the probe holds great promise for acting as a convenient one-step straightforward assay for GGT detection in diagnostic-related applications, and also it could provide a useful approach for conducting pathological analysis for diseases involving GGT. PMID:27183282

  8. Platelet-collagen adhesion enhances platelet aggregation induced by binding of VWF to platelets

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    Laduca, F.M.; Bell, W.R.; Bettigole, R.E. State Univ. of New York, Buffalo )

    1987-11-01

    Ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (RIPA) was evaluated in the presence of platelet-collagen adhesion. RIPA of normal donor platelet-rich plasma (PRP) demonstrated a primary wave of aggregation mediated by the binding of von Willebrand factor (VWF) to platelets and a secondary aggregation wave, due to a platelet-release reaction, initiated by VWF-platelet binding and inhibitable by acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). An enhanced RIPA was observed in PRP samples to which collagen had been previously added. These subthreshold concentrations of collagen, which by themselves were insufficient to induce aggregation, caused measurable platelet-collagen adhesion. Subthreshold collagen did not cause microplatelet aggregation, platelet release of ({sup 3}H)serotonin, or alter the dose-responsive binding of {sup 125}I-labeled VWF to platelets, which occurred with increasing ristocetin concentrations. However, ASA inhibition of the platelet release reaction prevented collagen-enhanced RIPA. These results demonstrate that platelet-collagen adhesion altered the platelet-release reaction induced by the binding of VWF to platelets causing a platelet-release reaction at a level of VWF-platelet binding not normally initiating a secondary aggregation. These findings suggest that platelet-collagen adhesion enhances platelet function mediated by VWF.

  9. Fluorescent turn-on sensing of bacterial lipopolysaccharide in artificial urine sample with sensitivity down to nanomolar by tetraphenylethylene based aggregation induced emission molecule.

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    Jiang, Guoyu; Wang, Jianguo; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Guanxin; Liu, Yaling; Lin, He; Zhang, Guilan; Li, Yongdong; Fan, Xiaolin

    2016-11-15

    A tetraphenylethylene based aggregation induced emission (AIE) probe, TPEPyE, bearing a positively charged pyridinium pendant was designed and synthesized. The positively charged TPEPyE can efficiently bind to the negatively charged lipopolysaccharide (LPS) through electrostatic interactions between the two oppositely charged species. As a result, upon the addition of LPS into the PBS solution of TPEPyE, this probe aggregated immediately onto the surface of LPS and resulted over 22-fold of fluorescence enhancement. TPEPyE exhibited good selectivity and high sensitivity toward LPS in PBS buffer solution and the detection limit was calculated to be 370 pM (3.7ng/mL). More notably, TPEPyE also retained good sensitivity and selectivity in artificial urine system (with much higher ionic strength) with the detection limit down to nanomolar. Moreover, this probe can also make a distinction between gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), making it a promising sensor for clinical monitoring of urinary tract infections. PMID:27155117

  10. A Suite of Tetraphenylethylene-Based Discrete Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycles: Controllable Structure and Stoichiometry, Aggregation-Induced Emission, and Nitroaromatics Sensing.

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    Yan, Xuzhou; Wang, Haoze; Hauke, Cory E; Cook, Timothy R; Wang, Ming; Saha, Manik Lal; Zhou, Zhixuan; Zhang, Mingming; Li, Xiaopeng; Huang, Feihe; Stang, Peter J

    2015-12-01

    Materials that organize multiple functionally active sites, especially those with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties, are of growing interest due to their widespread applications. Despite promising early architectures, the fabrication and preparation of multiple AIEgens, such as multiple tetraphenylethylene (multi-TPE) units, in a single entity remain a big challenge due to the tedious covalent synthetic procedures often accompanying such preparations. Coordination-driven self-assembly is an alternative synthetic methodology with the potential to deliver multi-TPE architectures with light-emitting characteristics. Herein, we report the preparation of a new family of discrete multi-TPE metallacycles in which two pendant phenyl rings of the TPE units remain unused as a structural element, representing novel AIE-active metal-organic materials based on supramolecular coordination complex platforms. These metallacycles possess relatively high molar absorption coefficients but weak fluorescent emission under dilute conditions because of the ability of the untethered phenyl rings to undergo torsional motion as a non-radiative decay pathway. Upon molecular aggregation, the multi-TPE metallacycles show AIE-activity with markedly enhanced quantum yields. Moreover, on account of their AIE characteristics in the condensed state and ability to interact with electron-deficient substrates, the photophysics of these metallacycles is sensitive to the presence of nitroaromatics, motivating their use as sensors. This work represents a unification of themes including molecular self-assembly, AIE, and fluorescence sensing and establishes structure-property-application relationships of multi-TPE scaffolds. The fundamental knowledge obtained from the current research facilitates progress in the field of metal-organic materials, metal-coordination-induced emission, and fluorescent sensing. PMID:26550682

  11. Novel functional conjugative hyperbranched polymers with aggregation-induced emission: synthesis through one-pot "A2+B4" polymerization and application as explosive chemsensors and PLEDs.

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    Wu, Wenbo; Ye, Shanghui; Yu, Gui; Liu, Yunqi; Qin, Jingui; Li, Zhen

    2012-01-01

    With the aim to develop new tetraphenylethylene (TPE)-based conjugated hyperbranched polymer, TPE units, one famous aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active group, are utilized to construct hyperbranched polymers with three other aromatic blocks, through an "A2+B4" approach by using one-pot Suzuki polycondensation reaction. These three hyperbranched polymers exhibit interesting AIEE behavior and act as explosive chemsensors with high sensitivity both in the nanoparticles and solid states. This is the first report of the AIE activity of the TPE-based conjugated hyperbranched polymers. Their corresponding PLED devices also demonstrate good performance. PMID:22134953

  12. Aggregation-Induced Emission Active Metal-Free Chemosensing Platform for Highly Selective Turn-On Sensing and Bioimaging of Pyrophosphate Anion.

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    Gogoi, Abhijit; Mukherjee, Sandipan; Ramesh, Aiyagari; Das, Gopal

    2015-07-01

    We report the synthesis of a metal-free chemosensor for highly selective sensing of pyrophosphate (PPi) anion in physiological medium. The novel phenylbenzimidazole functionalized imine containing chemosensor (L; [2,6-bis(((4-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)phenyl)imino) methyl)-4 methyl phenol]) could sense PPi anion through "turn-on" colorimetric and fluorimetric responses in a very competitive environment. The overall sensing mechanism is based on the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) phenomenon. Moreover, a real time in-field device application was demonstrated by sensing PPi in paper strips coated with L. Interestingly, detection of intracellular PPi ions in model human cells could also be possible by fluorescence microscopic studies without any toxicity to these cells. PMID:26059015

  13. Effect of Amide Hydrogen Bonding Interaction on Supramolecular Self‐Assembly of Naphthalene Diimide Amphiphiles with Aggregation Induced Emission

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    Ghule, Namdev V.; La, Duong Duc; Bhosale, Rajesh S.; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Raynor, Aaron M.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In the present work, two new naphthalene diimide (NDI) amphiphiles, NDI‐N and NDI‐NA, were successfully synthesized and employed to investigate their self‐assembly and optical properties. For NDI‐NA, which contains an amide group, aggregation‐induced emission enhancement (AIEE) was demonstrated in the presence of various ratios of methylcyclohexane (MCH) in chloroform, which led to the visual color changes. This new amide‐containing NDI‐NA amphiphile formed nanobelt structures in chloroform/MCH (10:90, v/v) and microcup‐like morphologies in chloroform/MCH (5:95, v/v). The closure of these microcups led to the formation of vesicles and microcapsules. The structural morphologies gained from the solvophobic control of NDI‐NA were confirmed by various complementary techniques such as infrared spectroscopy, X‐ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. In the absence of the amide moiety in NDI‐N, no self‐assembly was observed, indicating the fundamental role of H‐bonding in the self‐association process. PMID:27308233

  14. A Red to Near-IR Fluorogen: Aggregation-Induced Emission, Large Stokes Shift, High Solid Efficiency and Application in Cell-Imaging.

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    Wang, Yi Jia; Shi, Yang; Wang, Zhaoyang; Zhu, Zhenfeng; Zhao, Xinyuan; Nie, Han; Qian, Jun; Qin, Anjun; Sun, Jing Zhi; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-07-01

    A tetraphenylethene (TPE) derivative modified with the strong electron acceptor 2-dicyano-methylene-3-cyano-4,5,5-trimethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran (TCF) was obtained in high yield by a simple two-step reaction. The resultant TPE-TCF showed evident aggregation-induced emission (AIE) features and pronounced solvatochromic behavior. Changing the solvent from apolar cyclohexane to highly polar acetonitrile, the emission peak shifted from 560 to 680 nm (120 nm redshift). In an acetonitrile solution and in the solid powder, the Stokes shifts are as large as 230 and 190 nm, respectively. The solid film emits red to near-IR (red-NIR) fluorescence with an emission peak at 670 nm and a quantum efficiency of 24.8 %. Taking the advantages of red-NIR emission and high efficiency, nanoparticles (NPs) of TPE-TCF were fabricated by using tat-modified 1,2-distearoylsn-glycero-3-phosphor-ethanol-amine-N-[methoxy-(polyethyl-eneglycol)-2000] as the encapsulation matrix. The obtained NPs showed perfect membrane penetrability and high fluorescent imaging quality of cell cytoplasm. Upon co-incubation with 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) in the presence of tritons, the capsulated TPE-TCF nanoparticles could enter into the nucleus and displayed similar staining properties to those of DAPI. PMID:27265326

  15. A 1,3-indandione-functionalized tetraphenylethene: aggregation-induced emission, solvatochromism, mechanochromism, and potential application as a multiresponsive fluorescent probe.

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    Tong, Jiaqi; Wang, Yijia; Mei, Ju; Wang, Jian; Qin, Anjun; Sun, Jing Zhi; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-04-14

    A tetraphenylethene (TPE) derivative substituted with the electron-acceptor 1,3-indandione (IND) group was designed and prepared. The targeted IND-TPE reserves the intrinsic aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property of the TPE moiety. Meanwhile, owing to the decorated IND moiety, IND-TPE demonstrates intramolecular charge-transfer process and pronounced solvatochromic behavior. When the solvent is changed from apolar toluene to highly polar acetonitrile, the emission peak redshifts from 543 to 597 nm. IND-TPE solid samples show an evident mechanochromic process. Grinding of the as-prepared powder sample induces a redshift of emission from green (peak at 515 nm) to orange (peak at 570 nm). The mechanochromic process is reversible in multiple grinding-thermal annealing and grinding-solvent-fuming cycles, and the emission of the solid sample switches between orange (ground) and yellow (thermal/solvent-fuming-treated) colors. The mechanochromism is ascribed to the phase transition between amorphous and crystalline states. IND-TPE undergoes a hydrolysis reaction in basic aqueous solution, thus the red-orange emission can be quenched by OH(-) or other species that can induce the generation of sufficient OH(-). Accordingly, IND-TPE has been used to discriminatively detect arginine and lysine from other amino acids, due to their basic nature. The experimental data are satisfactory. Moreover, the hydrolyzation product of IND-TPE is weakly emissive in the resultant mixture but becomes highly blue-emissive after the illumination for a period by UV light. Thus IND-TPE can be used as a dual-responsive fluorescent probe, which may extend the application of TPE-based molecular probes in chemical and biological categories. PMID:24615918

  16. Eccentric loading of fluorogen with aggregation-induced emission in PLGA matrix increases nanoparticle fluorescence quantum yield for targeted cellular imaging.

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    Geng, Junlong; Li, Kai; Qin, Wei; Ma, Lin; Gurzadyan, Gagik G; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Bin

    2013-06-10

    A simple strategy is developed to prepare eccentrically or homogeneously loaded nanoparticles (NPs) using poly (DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) as the encapsulation matrix in the presence of different amounts of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the emulsifier. Using 2,3-bis(4-(phenyl(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)-phenyl)amino)-phenyl)-fumaronitrile (TPETPAFN), a fluorogen with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics, as an example, the eccentrically loaded PLGA NPs show increased fluorescence quantum yields (QYs) as compared to the homogeneously loaded ones. Field emission transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence lifetime measurements reveal that the higher QY of the eccentrically loaded NPs is due to the more compact aggregation of AIE fluorogens that restricts intramolecular rotations of phenyl rings, which is able to more effectively block the non-radiative decay pathways. The eccentrically loaded NPs show far red/near infrared emission with a high fluorescence QY of 34% in aqueous media. In addition, by using poly([lactide-co-glycolide]-b-folate [ethylene glycol]) (PLGA-PEG-folate) as the co-encapsulation matrix, the obtained NPs are born with surface folic acid groups, which are successfully applied for targeted cellular imaging with good photostability and low cytotoxicity. Moreover, the developed strategy is also demonstrated for inorganic-component eccentrically or homogeneously loaded PLGA NPs, which facilitates the synthesis of polymer NPs with controlled internal architectures. PMID:23404950

  17. Stable and Size-Tunable Aggregation-Induced Emission Nanoparticles Encapsulated with Nanographene Oxide and Applications in Three-Photon Fluorescence Bioimaging.

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    Zhu, Zhenfeng; Qian, Jun; Zhao, Xinyuan; Qin, Wei; Hu, Rongrong; Zhang, Hequn; Li, Dongyu; Xu, Zhengping; Tang, Ben Zhong; He, Sailing

    2016-01-26

    Organic fluorescent dyes with high quantum yield are widely applied in bioimaging and biosensing. However, most of them suffer from a severe effect called aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ), which means that their fluorescence is quenched at high molecular concentrations or in the aggregation state. Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is a diametrically opposite phenomenon to ACQ, and luminogens with this feature can effectively solve this problem. Graphene oxide has been utilized as a quencher for many fluorescent dyes, based on which biosensing can be achieved. However, using graphene oxide as a surface modification agent of fluorescent nanoparticles is seldom reported. In this article, we used nanographene oxide (NGO) to encapsulate fluorescent nanoparticles, which consisted of a type of AIE dye named TPE-TPA-FN (TTF). NGO significantly improved the stability of nanoparticles in aqueous dispersion. In addition, this method could control the size of nanoparticles' flexibly as well as increase their emission efficiency. We then used the NGO-modified TTF nanoparticles to achieve three-photon fluorescence bioimaging. The architecture of ear blood vessels in mice and the distribution of nanoparticles in zebrafish could be observed clearly. Furthermore, we extended this method to other AIE luminogens and showed it was widely feasible. PMID:26641528

  18. Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Based Ratiometric/Turn-on Fluorescent Chemosensors for Citrate Detection in the Near-Infrared Region by an Aggregation-Induced Emission Mechanism.

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    Hang, Yandi; Wang, Jian; Jiang, Tao; Lu, Niannian; Hua, Jianli

    2016-02-01

    This work reports two new diketoprrrolopyrrole-based fluorescent chemosensors (DPP-Py1 and DPP-Py2) using symmetrical diamides as recognition groups for selective and fast detection of citrate in the near-infrared region. To our delight, DPP-Py1 is a ratiometric sensor, whereas DPP-Py2 is a turn-on fluorescent sensor. It is worth noting that DPP-Py1 has higher accuracy and sensitivity with a relatively lower detection limit (1.8 × 10(-7) M) and better stability in different pH buffers than DPP-Py2. Scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering analyses, (1)H NMR titration, and 2D-NOESY NMR suggested that the fluorescence increment of the probes DPP-Py1 and DPP-Py2 for citrate could probably originate from aggregation-induced emission (AIE) on the basis of the complexation of the pyridinium-based symmetrical diamides, DPPs, with carboxyl anions of citrate. Our work may provide a simpler and faster means for qualitative and quantitative analysis of citrate through an AIE mechanism. PMID:26745355

  19. In vivo tumor-targeted dual-modal fluorescence/CT imaging using a nanoprobe co-loaded with an aggregation-induced emission dye and gold nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Jimei; Li, Chan; Zhang, Xu; Huo, Shuaidong; Jin, Shubin; An, Fei-Fei; Wang, Xiaodan; Xue, Xiangdong; Okeke, C I; Duan, Guiyun; Guo, Fengguang; Zhang, Xiaohong; Hao, Jifu; Wang, Paul C; Zhang, Jinchao; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2015-02-01

    As an intensely studied computed tomography (CT) contrast agent, gold nanoparticle has been suggested to be combined with fluorescence imaging modality to offset the low sensitivity of CT. However, the strong quenching of gold nanoparticle on fluorescent dyes requires complicated design and shielding to overcome. Herein, we report a unique nanoprobe (M-NPAPF-Au) co-loading an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) red dye and gold nanoparticles into DSPE-PEG(2000) micelles for dual-modal fluorescence/CT imaging. The nanoprobe was prepared based on a facile method of "one-pot ultrasonic emulsification". Surprisingly, in the micelles system, fluorescence dye (NPAPF) efficiently overcame the strong fluorescence quenching of shielding-free gold nanoparticles and retained the crucial AIE feature. In vivo studies demonstrated the nanoprobe had superior tumor-targeting ability, excellent fluorescence and CT imaging effects. The totality of present studies clearly indicates the significant potential application of M-NPAPF-Au as a dual-modal non-invasive fluorescence/X-ray CT nanoprobe for in vivo tumor-targeted imaging and diagnosis. PMID:25542798

  20. A series of poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide] copolymers with anthracene-derived fluorophores showing aggregation-induced emission properties for bioimaging

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    Lu, Hongguang; Su, Fengyu; Mei, Qian; Zhou, Xianfeng; Tian, Yanqing; Tian, Wenjing; Johnson, Roger H.; Meldrum, Deirdre R.

    2011-01-01

    A series of new poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide]-based amphiphilic copolymers were synthesized through a radical copolymerization of a monomeric/hydrophobic fluorophore possessing aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property with N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide. Photophysical properties were investigated using UV-Vis absorbance and fluorescence spectrophotometry. Influences of the polymer structures with different molar ratios of the AIE fluorophores on their photophysical properties were studied. Results show that the AIE fluorophores aggregate in the cores of the micelles formed from the amphiphilic random copolymers and polymers with more hydrophobic AIE fluorophores facilitate stronger aggregations of the AIE segments to obtain higher quantum efficiencies. The polymers reported herein have good water solubility, enabling the application of hydrophobic AIE materials in biological conditions. The polymers were endocytosed by two experimental cell lines, human brain glioblastoma U87MG cells and human esophagus premalignant CP-A, with a distribution into the cytoplasm. The polymers are non-cytotoxic to the two cell lines at a polymer concentration of 1 mg/mL. PMID:22287826

  1. Light-Up Probes Based on Fluorogens with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics for Monoamine Oxidase-A Activity Study in Solution and in Living Cells.

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    Shen, Wei; Yu, Jiajun; Ge, Jingyan; Zhang, Ruoyu; Cheng, Feng; Li, Xuefeng; Fan, Yong; Yu, Shian; Liu, Bin; Zhu, Qing

    2016-01-13

    Fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIEgens) have emerged as a powerful and versatile platform for the development of novel biosensors. In this study, a series of water-soluble fluorescent probes based on tetraphenylethylene (TPE) were designed and synthesized for the detection of monoamine oxidases (MAOs) based on specific interactions between the probes and the proteins. Among the six probes developed, t-TPEM displays a significant fluorescence increase upon introduction of MAOs. Of particular significance is that the fluorescence of t-TPEM in the presence of MAO-A is 21-fold higher than other proteins including MAO-B. Lineweaver-Burk plots reveal that t-TPEM acts as an uncompetitive inhibitor of MAO-A with Ki = 17.1 μM, which confirms its good binding affinity toward MAO-A. Furthermore, a cell imaging experiment reveals that t-TPEM is able to selectively monitor the activity of MAO-A which is localized in mitochondria of MCF-7 cells. PMID:26666866

  2. Hydrogen bond-assisted aggregation-induced emission and application in the detection of the Zn(ii) ion.

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    Wang, Dan; Li, Shu-Mu; Li, Yu-Fei; Zheng, Xiang-Jun; Jin, Lin-Pei

    2016-05-28

    The compounds of 3-aminopyridine-2-carboxylic acid with K(+) (1) and Zn(2+) (2) were found to be AIE-active. The AIE behaviours could be attributed to the restriction of intramolecular rotation (RIR) and vibration (RIV) via hydrogen bonds, resulting in rigidity enhancement of the molecules. An AIE-based fluorescence turn on chemosensor for the Zn(ii) ion has been developed in aqueous media with high selectivity and sensitivity. PMID:27126357

  3. Phenyl Ring Dynamics in a Tetraphenylethylene-Bridged Metal-Organic Framework: Implications for the Mechanism of Aggregation-Induced Emission

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    Shustova, Natalia B.; Ong, Ta-Chung; Cozzolino, Anthony F.; Michaelis, Vladimir K.; Griffin, Robert G.; Dincã, Mircea

    2012-01-01

    Molecules that exhibit emission in the solid state, especially those known as aggregation-induced emission (AIE) chromophores, have found applications in areas as varied as light-emitting diodes and biological sensors. Despite numerous studies, the mechanism of fluorescence quenching in AIE chromophores is still not completely understood. To this end, much interest has focused on understanding the low frequency vibrational dynamics of prototypical systems such as tetraphenylethylene (TPE), in the hope that such studies would provide more general principles towards the design of new sensors and electronic materials. We hereby show that a perdeuterated TPE-based metal-organic framework (MOF) serves as an excellent platform for studying the low energy vibrational modes of AIE-type chromophores. In particular, we use solid-state 2H and 13C NMR experiments to investigate the phenyl ring dynamics of TPE cores that are coordinatively trapped inside a MOF and find a phenyl ring flipping energy barrier of 43(6) kJ/mol. DFT calculations are then used to deconvolute the electronic and steric contributions to this flipping barrier. Finally, we couple the NMR and DFT studies with variable temperature X-ray diffraction experiments to propose that both the ethylenic C=C bond twist and the torsion of the phenyl rings are important for quenching emission in TPE, but that the former may gate the latter. To conclude, we use these findings to propose a set of design criteria for the development of tunable turn-on porous sensors constructed from AIE-type molecules, particularly as applied to the design of new multifunctional MOFs. PMID:22889020

  4. Phenyl Ring Dynamics in a Tetraphenylethylene-Bridged Metal-Organic Framework: Implications for the Mechanism of Aggregation-Induced Emission

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    Shustova, Natalia B; Ong, Ta-Chung; Cozzolino, Anthony F; Michaelis, Vladimir K; Griffin, Robert G; Dinc,; #259; Mircea,

    2013-03-12

    Molecules that exhibit emission in the solid state, especially those known as aggregation-induced emission (AIE) chromophores, have found applications in areas as varied as light-emitting diodes and biological sensors. Despite numerous studies, the mechanism of fluorescence quenching in AIE chromophores is still not completely understood. To this end, much interest has focused on understanding the low-frequency vibrational dynamics of prototypical systems, such as tetraphenylethylene (TPE), in the hope that such studies would provide more general principles toward the design of new sensors and electronic materials. We hereby show that a perdeuterated TPE-based metal–organic framework (MOF) serves as an excellent platform for studying the low-energy vibrational modes of AIE-type chromophores. In particular, we use solid-state 2H and 13C NMR experiments to investigate the phenyl ring dynamics of TPE cores that are coordinatively trapped inside a MOF and find a phenyl ring flipping energy barrier of 43(6) kJ/mol. DFT calculations are then used to deconvolute the electronic and steric contributions to this flipping barrier. Finally, we couple the NMR and DFT studies with variable-temperature X-ray diffraction experiments to propose that both the ethylenic C=C bond twist and the torsion of the phenyl rings are important for quenching emission in TPE, but that the former may gate the latter. To conclude, we use these findings to propose a set of design criteria for the development of tunable turn-on porous sensors constructed from AIE-type molecules, particularly as applied to the design of new multifunctional MOFs.

  5. Phenyl ring dynamics in a tetraphenylethylene-bridged metal-organic framework: implications for the mechanism of aggregation-induced emission.

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    Shustova, Natalia B; Ong, Ta-Chung; Cozzolino, Anthony F; Michaelis, Vladimir K; Griffin, Robert G; Dincă, Mircea

    2012-09-12

    Molecules that exhibit emission in the solid state, especially those known as aggregation-induced emission (AIE) chromophores, have found applications in areas as varied as light-emitting diodes and biological sensors. Despite numerous studies, the mechanism of fluorescence quenching in AIE chromophores is still not completely understood. To this end, much interest has focused on understanding the low-frequency vibrational dynamics of prototypical systems, such as tetraphenylethylene (TPE), in the hope that such studies would provide more general principles toward the design of new sensors and electronic materials. We hereby show that a perdeuterated TPE-based metal-organic framework (MOF) serves as an excellent platform for studying the low-energy vibrational modes of AIE-type chromophores. In particular, we use solid-state (2)H and (13)C NMR experiments to investigate the phenyl ring dynamics of TPE cores that are coordinatively trapped inside a MOF and find a phenyl ring flipping energy barrier of 43(6) kJ/mol. DFT calculations are then used to deconvolute the electronic and steric contributions to this flipping barrier. Finally, we couple the NMR and DFT studies with variable-temperature X-ray diffraction experiments to propose that both the ethylenic C═C bond twist and the torsion of the phenyl rings are important for quenching emission in TPE, but that the former may gate the latter. To conclude, we use these findings to propose a set of design criteria for the development of tunable turn-on porous sensors constructed from AIE-type molecules, particularly as applied to the design of new multifunctional MOFs. PMID:22889020

  6. Rational design of aggregation-induced emission luminogen with weak electron donor-acceptor interaction to achieve highly efficient undoped bilayer OLEDs.

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    Chen, Long; Jiang, Yibin; Nie, Han; Hu, Rongrong; Kwok, Hoi Sing; Huang, Fei; Qin, Anjun; Zhao, Zujin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-10-01

    In this work, two tailored luminogens (TPE-NB and TPE-PNPB) consisting of tetraphenylethene (TPE), diphenylamino, and dimesitylboryl as a π-conjugated linkage, electron donor, and electron acceptor, respectively, are synthesized and characterized. Their thermal stabilities, photophysical properties, solvachromism, fluorescence decays, electronic structures, electrochemical behaviors, and electroluminescence (EL) properties are investigated systematically, and the impacts of electron donor-acceptor (D-A) interaction on optoelectronic properties are discussed. Due to the presence of a TPE unit, both luminogens show aggregation-induced emission, but strong D-A interaction causes a decrease in emission efficiency and red-shifts in photoluminescence and EL emissions. The luminogen, TPE-PNPB, with a weak D-A interaction fluoresces strongly in solid film with a high fluorescence quantum yield of 94%. The trilayer OLED [ITO/NPB (60 nm)/TPE-PNPB (20 nm)/TPBi (40 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (100 nm)] utilizing TPE-PNPB as a light emitter shows a peak luminance of 49 993 cd m(-2) and high EL efficiencies up to 15.7 cd A(-1), 12.9 lm W(-1), and 5.12%. The bilayer OLED [ITO/TPE-PNPB (80 nm)/TPBi (40 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (100 nm)] adopting TPE-PNPB as a light emitter and hole transporter simultaneously affords even better EL efficiencies of 16.2 cd A(-1), 14.4 lm W(-1), and 5.35% in ambient air, revealing that TPE-PNPB is an eximious p-type light emitter. PMID:25254940

  7. Conjugated polymer amplified far-red/near-infrared fluorescence from nanoparticles with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for targeted in vivo imaging.

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    Ding, Dan; Li, Kai; Qin, Wei; Zhan, Ruoyu; Hu, Yong; Liu, Jianzhao; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Bin

    2013-03-01

    Fluorescence-amplified far-red/near-infrared (FR/NIR) nanoparticles (NPs) are synthesized by co-encapsulation of conjugated polymer donor (poly[9,9-bis(2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethyl)fluorenyldivinylene]; PFV) and a fluorogen acceptor (2-(2,6-bis((E)-4-(phenyl(4'-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4-yl)amino)styryl)-4H-pyran-4-ylidene)malononitrile; TPE-TPA-DCM) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics using biocompatible bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the encapsulation matrix. The good spectral overlap and close proximity between PFV and TPE-TPA-DCM in BSA NPs result in a 5.3-fold amplified TPE-TPA-DCM emission signal via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The obtained PFV/TPE-TPA-DCM co-loaded BSA NPs are spherical in shape with a large Stokes shift of ∼223 nm and low cytotoxicity. The BSA matrix allows further functionalization with arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide to yield fluorescent probes for specific recognition of integrin receptor-overexpressed cancer cells. The advantage of PFV amplified FR/NIR signal from TPE-TPA-DCM is further demonstrated in cellular and in vivo imaging using HT-29 colon cancer cells and a murine hepatoma H22 tumor-bearing mouse model, respectively. The high FR/NIR fluorescence and specific cancer targeting ability by RGD surface functionalization make the PFV/TPE-TPA-DCM co-loaded BSA-RGD NPs a unique FR/NIR fluorescent probe for cellular imaging and in vivo tumor diagnosis in a high contrast and selective manner. PMID:23184536

  8. T-shaped monopyridazinotetrathiafulvalene-amino acid diad based chiral organogels with aggregation-induced fluorescence emission.

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Yucun; Jin, Longyi; Yin, Bingzhu

    2016-08-14

    A series of pyridazine coupled tetrathiafulvalene T-shaped derivatives with varying amino acid moieties have been synthesized and their gelation properties were studied in various organic solvents. Among these derivatives, two gelators bearing glycine or phenylalanine units display efficient gelation in aromatic and polar solvents. Interestingly, these gelators, except for the gelator containing two tryptophan units, are able to gel DMF via a solution-to-gel transformation when triggered with sonication for less than 20 s or cooled below zero. A number of experiments revealed that these gelator molecules self-assembled into elastically interpenetrating three-dimensional chiral fibrillar aggregates. Importantly, all of the resulting gels result in a dramatic enhancement of the fluorescence intensity compared with their hot solution in spite of the absence of a conventional fluorophore unit and the fluorescence was effectively quenched by the introduction of C60. Moreover, the gelators can be utilized for the removal of different types of toxic molecules, such as aromatic solvents and cationic dyes, from wastewater. PMID:27418524

  9. Exquisite 1D Assemblies Arising from Rationally Designed Asymmetric Donor-Acceptor Architectures Exhibiting Aggregation-Induced Emission as a Function of Auxiliary Acceptor Strength.

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    Singh, Roop Shikha; Mukhopadhyay, Sujay; Biswas, Arnab; Pandey, Daya Shankar

    2016-01-11

    One-dimensional nanostructures with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties have been fabricated to keep the pace with growing demand from optoelectronics applications. The compounds 2-[4-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)benzylidene]malononitrile (PM1), 2-{4-[4-(pyridin-2-yl)piperazin-1-yl]-benzylidene}malononitrile (PM2), and 2-{4-[4-(pyrimidin-2-yl)piperazin-1-yl]benzylidene}malononitrile (PM3) have been designed and synthesized by melding piperazine and dicyanovinylene to investigate AIE in an asymmetric donor-acceptor (D-A) construct of A'-D-π-A- topology. The synthetic route has been simplified by using phenylpiperazine as a weak donor (D), dicyanovinylene as an acceptor (A), and pyridyl/pyrimidyl groups (PM2/PM3) as auxiliary acceptors (A'). It has been established that A' plays a vital role in triggering AIE in these compounds because the same D-A construct led to aggregation-caused quenching upon replacing A' with an electron-donating ethyl group (PM1). Moreover, the effect of restricted intramolecular rotation and twisted intramolecular charge transfer on the mechanism of AIE has also been investigated. Furthermore, it has been clearly shown that the optical disparities of these A'-D-π-A architectures are a direct consequence of comparative A' strength. Single-crystal X-ray analyses provided justification for role of intermolecular interactions in aggregate morphology. Electrochemical and theoretical studies affirmed the effect of the A' strength on the overall properties of the A'-D-π-A system. PMID:26615814

  10. pH-Regulated Reversible Transition Between Polyion Complexes (PIC) and Hydrogen-Bonding Complexes (HBC) with Tunable Aggregation-Induced Emission.

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    Tian, Sidan; Liu, Guhuan; Wang, Xiaorui; Wu, Tao; Yang, Jinxian; Ye, Xiaodong; Zhang, Guoying; Hu, Jinming; Liu, Shiyong

    2016-02-17

    The mimicking of biological supramolecular interactions and their mutual transitions to fabricate intelligent artificial systems has been of increasing interest. Herein, we report the fabrication of supramolecular micellar nanoparticles consisting of quaternized poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-PQDMA) and tetrakis(4-carboxylmethoxyphenyl)ethene (TPE-4COOH), which was capable of reversible transition between polyion complexes (PIC) and hydrogen bonding complexes (HBC) with tunable aggregation-induced emission (AIE) mediated by solution pH. At pH 8, TPE-4COOH chromophores can be directly dissolved in aqueous milieu without evident fluorescence emission. However, upon mixing with PEO-b-PQDMA, polyion complexes were formed by taking advantage of electrostatic interaction between carboxylate anions and quaternary ammonium cations and the most compact PIC micelles were achieved at the isoelectric point (i.e., [QDMA(+)]/[COO(-)] = 1), as confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurement. Simultaneously, fluorescence spectroscopy revealed an evident emission turn-on and the maximum fluorescence intensity was observed near the isoelectric point due to the restriction of intramolecular rotation of TPE moieties within the PIC cores. The kinetic study supported a micelle fusion/fission mechanism on the formation of PIC micelles at varying charge ratios, exhibiting a quick time constant (τ1) relating to the formation of quasi-equilibrium micelles and a slow time constant (τ2) corresponding to the formation of final equilibrium micelles. Upon deceasing the pH of PIC micelles from 8 to 2 at the [QDMA(+)]/[COO(-)] molar ratio of 1, TPE-4COOH chromophores became gradually protonated and hydrophobic. The size of micellar nanoparticles underwent a remarkable decrease, whereas the fluorescence intensity exhibited a further increase by approximately 7.35-fold, presumably because of the formation of HBC micelles comprising cationic PQDMA

  11. From Dark to Light to Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET): Polarity-Sensitive Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE)-Active Tetraphenylethene-Fused BODIPY Dyes with a Very Large Pseudo-Stokes Shift.

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    Şen, Esra; Meral, Kadem; Atılgan, Serdar

    2016-01-11

    The work presented herein is devoted to the fabrication of large Stokes shift dyes in both organic and aqueous media by combining dark resonance energy transfer (DRET) and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in one donor-acceptor system. In this respect, a series of donor-acceptor architectures of 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) dyes substituted by one, two, or three tetraphenylethene (TPE) luminogens were designed and synthesised. The photophysical properties of these three chromophore systems were studied to provide insight into the nature of donor-acceptor interactions in both THF and aqueous media. Because the generation of emissive TPE donor(s) is strongly polarity dependent, due to its aggregation-induced emission (AIE) feature, one might expect the formation of appreciable fluorescence emission intensity with a very large pseudo-Stokes shift in aqueous media when considering FRET process. Interestingly, similar results were also recorded in THF for the chromophore systems, although the TPE fragment(s) of the dyes are non-emissive. The explanation for this photophysical behaviour lies in the DRET. This is the first report on combining two energy-transfer processes, namely, FRET and DRET, in one polarity-sensitive donor-acceptor pair system. The accuracy of the dark-emissive donor property of the TPE luminogen is also presented for the first time as a new feature for AIE phenomena. PMID:26617068

  12. The fluorescent bioprobe with aggregation-induced emission features for monitoring to carbon dioxide generation rate in single living cell and early identification of cancer cells.

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    Chen, Didi; Wang, Huan; Dong, Lichao; Liu, Pai; Zhang, Yahui; Shi, Jianbing; Feng, Xiao; Zhi, Junge; Tong, Bin; Dong, Yuping

    2016-10-01

    A novel fluorescent probe, tris (2-(dimethylamino) ethyl)-4,4',4″-(1H-pyrrole-1,2,5-triyl) tribenzoate (TPP-TMAE), with aggregation-enhanced emission (AEE) feature showed a simple, highly selective, specific, and instant response to trace amount carbon dioxide (CO2). Because of this special characteristic, TPP-TMAE is ideal to be a biomarker for in-situ monitoring of the CO2 generation rate during the metabolism of single living cell. The rates in single living HeLa cell, MCF-7 cell, and MEF cell were 6.40 × 10(-6)±6.0 × 10(-8) μg/h, 5.78 × 10(-6)±6.0 × 10(-8) μg/h, and 4.27 × 10(-7)±4.0 × 10(-9) μg/h, respectively. The distinct responses of TPP-TMAE to CO2 generated from cancer cells and normal cells suggested TPP-TMAE as a useful tool for deeper understanding metabolism process and distinguishing cancer cells from normal cells during the early diagnosis of cancers. PMID:27372422

  13. Photon enhanced thermionic emission

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    Schwede, Jared; Melosh, Nicholas; Shen, Zhixun

    2014-10-07

    Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission (PETE) is exploited to provide improved efficiency for radiant energy conversion. A hot (greater than 200.degree. C.) semiconductor cathode is illuminated such that it emits electrons. Because the cathode is hot, significantly more electrons are emitted than would be emitted from a room temperature (or colder) cathode under the same illumination conditions. As a result of this increased electron emission, the energy conversion efficiency can be significantly increased relative to a conventional photovoltaic device. In PETE, the cathode electrons can be (and typically are) thermalized with respect to the cathode. As a result, PETE does not rely on emission of non-thermalized electrons, and is significantly easier to implement than hot-carrier emission approaches.

  14. Using fluorine-containing amphiphilic random copolymers to manipulate the quantum yields of aggregation-induced emission fluorophores in aqueous solutions and the use of these polymers for fluorescent bioimaging

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    Lu, Hongguang; Su, Fengyu; Mei, Qian; Tian, Yanqing; Tian, Wenjing; Johnson, Roger H.; Meldrum, Deirdre R.

    2012-01-01

    Two new series of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorophore-containing amphiphilic copolymers possessing the segments of a monomeric AIE fluorophore, N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA), [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride (MATMA), and/or 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (TFEMA) were synthesized. Photophysical properties were investigated using UV-Vis absorbance and fluorescence spectrofluorometry. The increases of molar fractions of the hydrophobic AIE fluorophores and/or the trifluoroethyl moieties result in the higher quantum yields of the AIE fluorophores in the polymers. Using 1-mol% of AIE fluorophores with the tuning of molar fractions of TFEMA, 40% quantum yield was achieved, whereas only less than 10% quantum yield was obtained for the polymers without the TFEMA segments. The quantum yield difference indicates the importance of the fluorine segments for getting high quantum yields of the AIE fluorophores. These polymers were explored for fluorescent bioimaging using human brain glioblastoma U87MG and human esophagus premalignant CP-A cell lines. All the polymers are cell permeable and located in the cellular cytoplasma area. Cellular uptake was demonstrated to be through endocytosis, which is time and energy dependent. The polymers are non-cytotoxic to the two cell lines. Because the polymers contain 19F segments, we studied the spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) and spin-spin relaxation time (T2) of these polymers. T1 and T2 are the two important parameters for the evaluations of the capacity of these polymers for further applications in 19F magnetic resonance imaging (19F MRI). Structure influence on T1 and T2, especially for T2, was observed. These new multifunctional materials are the first series of fluorinated polymers with AIE fluorophores for bioapplications. PMID:23397360

  15. Concentrating Aggregation-Induced Fluorescence in Planar Waveguides: A Proof-of-Principle

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    Banal, James L.; White, Jonathan M.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.; Wong, Wallace W. H.

    2014-01-01

    The photophysical properties of fluorescent dyes are key determinants in the performance of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). First-generation dyes – coumarin, perylenes, and rhodamines - used in LSCs suffer from both concentration quenching in the solid-state and small Stokes shifts which limit the current LSC efficiencies to below theoretical limits. Here we show that fluorophores that exhibit aggregation-induced emission (AIE) are promising materials for LSC applications. Experiments and Monte Carlo simulations show that the optical quantum efficiencies of LSCs with AIE fluorophores are at least comparable to those of LSCs with first-generation dyes as the active materials even without the use of any optical accessories to enhance the trapping efficiency of the LSCs. Our results demonstrate that AIE fluorophores can potentially solve some key limiting properties of first-generation LSC dyes. PMID:24844675

  16. Probing the self-assembly and stability of oligohistidine based rod-like micelles by aggregation induced luminescence.

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    Frisch, Hendrik; Spitzer, Daniel; Haase, Mathias; Basché, Thomas; Voskuhl, Jens; Besenius, Pol

    2016-06-15

    The synthesis and self-assembly of a new C2-symmetric oligohistidine amphiphile equipped with an aggregation induced emission luminophore is reported. We observe the formation of highly stable and ordered rod-like micelles in phosphate buffered saline, with a critical aggregation concentration below 200 nM. Aggregation induced emission of the luminophore confirms the high stability of the anisotropic assemblies in serum. PMID:26972230

  17. Aggregation-induced emission—fluorophores and applications

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    Hong, Yuning

    2016-06-01

    Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is a novel photophysical phenomenon found in a group of luminogens that are not fluorescent in solution but are highly emissive in the aggregate or solid state. Since the first publication of AIE luminogens in 2001, AIE has become a hot research area in which the number of research papers regarding new AIE molecules and their applications has been increasing in an exponential manner. Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators ranked AIE no.3 among the Top 100 Research Frontiers in the field of Chemistry and Materials Science in 2013. In this review, I will give a general introduction of the AIE phenomenon, discuss the structure-property relationship of the AIE lumingens and summarize the recent progress in the applications including as light-emitting materials in optoelectronics, as chemosensors and bioprobes, and for bioimaging (total 69 references cited).

  18. Optical antenna enhanced spontaneous emission.

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    Eggleston, Michael S; Messer, Kevin; Zhang, Liming; Yablonovitch, Eli; Wu, Ming C

    2015-02-10

    Atoms and molecules are too small to act as efficient antennas for their own emission wavelengths. By providing an external optical antenna, the balance can be shifted; spontaneous emission could become faster than stimulated emission, which is handicapped by practically achievable pump intensities. In our experiments, InGaAsP nanorods emitting at ∼ 200 THz optical frequency show a spontaneous emission intensity enhancement of 35 × corresponding to a spontaneous emission rate speedup ∼ 115 ×, for antenna gap spacing, d = 40 nm. Classical antenna theory predicts ∼ 2,500 × spontaneous emission speedup at d ∼ 10 nm, proportional to 1/d(2). Unfortunately, at d < 10 nm, antenna efficiency drops below 50%, owing to optical spreading resistance, exacerbated by the anomalous skin effect (electron surface collisions). Quantum dipole oscillations in the emitter excited state produce an optical ac equivalent circuit current, I(o) = qω|x(o)|/d, feeding the antenna-enhanced spontaneous emission, where q|x(o)| is the dipole matrix element. Despite the quantum-mechanical origin of the drive current, antenna theory makes no reference to the Purcell effect nor to local density of states models. Moreover, plasmonic effects are minor at 200 THz, producing only a small shift of antenna resonance frequency. PMID:25624503

  19. Optical antenna enhanced spontaneous emission

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    Eggleston, Michael S.; Messer, Kevin; Zhang, Liming; Yablonovitch, Eli; Wu, Ming C.

    2015-01-01

    Atoms and molecules are too small to act as efficient antennas for their own emission wavelengths. By providing an external optical antenna, the balance can be shifted; spontaneous emission could become faster than stimulated emission, which is handicapped by practically achievable pump intensities. In our experiments, InGaAsP nanorods emitting at ∼200 THz optical frequency show a spontaneous emission intensity enhancement of 35× corresponding to a spontaneous emission rate speedup ∼115×, for antenna gap spacing, d = 40 nm. Classical antenna theory predicts ∼2,500× spontaneous emission speedup at d ∼ 10 nm, proportional to 1/d2. Unfortunately, at d < 10 nm, antenna efficiency drops below 50%, owing to optical spreading resistance, exacerbated by the anomalous skin effect (electron surface collisions). Quantum dipole oscillations in the emitter excited state produce an optical ac equivalent circuit current, Io = qω|xo|/d, feeding the antenna-enhanced spontaneous emission, where q|xo| is the dipole matrix element. Despite the quantum-mechanical origin of the drive current, antenna theory makes no reference to the Purcell effect nor to local density of states models. Moreover, plasmonic effects are minor at 200 THz, producing only a small shift of antenna resonance frequency. PMID:25624503

  20. Aggregation-induced fabrication of fluorescent organic nanorings: selective biosensing of cysteine and application to molecular logic gate.

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    Mati, Soumya Sundar; Chall, Sayantani; Bhattacharya, Subhash Chandra

    2015-05-12

    Self-aggregation behavior in aqueous medium of four naphthalimide derivatives has exhibited substitution-dependent, unusual, aggregation induced emission enhancement (AIEE) phenomena. Absorption, emission, and time-resolved study initially indicated the formation of J-type fluorescent organic nanoaggregates (FONs). Simultaneous applications of infrared spectroscopy, theoretical studies, and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements explored the underlying mechanism of such substitution-selective aggregation of a chloro-naphthalimide organic molecule. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) visually confirmed the formation of ring like FONs with average size of 7.5-9.5 nm. Additionally, naphthalimide FONs also exhibited selective and specific cysteine amino acid sensing property. The specific behavior of NPCl aggregation toward amino acids was also employed as a molecular logic gate in information technology (IT). PMID:25893428

  1. Value of the Debris of Reduction Sculpture: Thiol Etching of Au Nanoclusters for Preparing Water-Soluble and Aggregation-Induced Emission-Active Au(I) Complexes as Phosphorescent Copper Ion Sensor.

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    Shu, Tong; Su, Lei; Wang, Jianxing; Lu, Xin; Liang, Feng; Li, Chenzhong; Zhang, Xueji

    2016-06-01

    Chemical etching of gold by thiols has been known to be capable of generating nonluminescent gold(I) complexes, e.g., in size-focusing synthesis of atomically precise gold nanoclusters (GNCs). These nonluminescent gold(I) complexes have usually been considered as useless or worthless byproducts. This study shows a promising potential of thiol etching of GNCs to prepare novel water-soluble and phosphorescent gold(I) materials for sensing application. First, cysteamine-induced etching of GNCs is used to produce nonluminescent oligomeric gold(I)-thiolate complexes. Then, cadmium ion induces the aggregation of these oligomeric complexes to produce highly water-soluble ultrasmall intra-aggregates. These intra-aggregates can phosphoresce both in dilute aqueous solutions and in the solid phase. Studies on the effect of pH on their phosphorescent emission reveal the importance of the interaction between the amino groups of the ligands and cadmium ion for their phosphorescent emission property. Furthermore, Cu(2+) ion is found to quickly quench the phosphorescent emission of the intra-aggregates and simultaneously cause a Cu(2+)-concentration-dependent peak wavelength shift, enabling the establishment of a novel colorimetric sensor for sensitive and selective visual sensing of Cu(2+). PMID:27175974

  2. Assembly of naphthalenediimide conjugated peptides: aggregation induced changes in fluorescence.

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    Basak, Shibaji; Nanda, Jayanta; Banerjee, Arindam

    2013-08-01

    Naphthalenediimide appended peptide based self-assembly was studied. Interestingly, an aggregation induced drastic change in the fluorescence property and gel formation were observed depending on the solvent composition (chloroform : methylcyclohexane) at a fixed concentration of 1.6 mM at room temperature. PMID:23799544

  3. Iron-Carbonyl Aqueous Vesicles (MCsomes) by Hydration of [Fe(CO){CO(CH2)5CH3}(Cp)(PPh3)] (FpC6): Highly Integrated Colloids with Aggregation-Induced Self-Enhanced IR Absorption (AI-SEIRA).

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    Murshid, Nimer; Wang, Xiaosong

    2015-12-21

    Self-assembly of hydrophobic molecules into aqueous colloids contradicts common chemical intuition, but has been achieved through hydration of [Fe(CO){CO(CH2)5CH3}(Cp)(PPh3)] (FpC6). FpC6 has no surface activity, no NMR signals in D2O and no critical aggregation concentration (CAC) in H2O. The molecule, however, contains both acyl and terminal CO groups that are prone to being hydrated. By adding water to a solution in THF, self-assembly of FpC6 can be initiated through water-carbonyl interactions (WCIs) with the highly polarized acyl CO groups. This aggregation subsequently enhances the hydration of the acyl CO groups and also induces the WCI of otherwise unhydrated terminal CO groups. The resultant metal-carbonyl aggregates have been proved to be bilayer vesicles with iron complexes exposed towards water and alkyl chains forming inner walls (MCsomes). These MCsomes show high structure integration upon dilution due to the hydrophobic nature of the building blocks. The highly polarized CO groups on the surface of the MCsomes result in a negative zeta potential (-65 mV) and create a local electric field, which significantly enhances the IR absorption of CO groups by more than 100-fold. This is the first discovery of aggregation-induced self-enhanced IR absorption (AI-SRIRA) without the assistant of external dielectric substrates. Highly integrated MCsomes are, therefore, promising as a novel group of materials, for example, for IR-based sensing and imaging. PMID:26563745

  4. Bismuth-Based Coordination Polymers with Efficient Aggregation-Induced Phosphorescence and Reversible Mechanochromic Luminescence.

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    Toma, Oksana; Allain, Magali; Meinardi, Francesco; Forni, Alessandra; Botta, Chiara; Mercier, Nicolas

    2016-07-01

    Two bismuth coordination polymers (CPs), (TBA)[BiBr4 (bp4mo)] (TBA=tetrabutylammonium) and [BiBr3 (bp4mo)2 ], which are based on the rarely used simple ditopic ligand N-oxide-4,4'-bipyridine (bp4mo), show mechanochromic luminescence (MCL). High solid-state phosphorescence quantum yields of up to 85 % were determined for (TBA)[BiBr4 (bp4mo)] (λem =540 nm). Thorough investigations of the luminescence properties combined with DFT and TDDFT calculations revealed that the emission is due to aggregation-induced phosphorescence (AIP). Upon grinding, both samples became amorphous, and their luminescence changed from yellow to orange and red, respectively. Heating or exposure to water vapor led to the recovery of the initial luminescence. These materials are the first examples of mechanochromic phosphors based on bismuth(III). PMID:27166740

  5. Hybrid nanoantennas for directional emission enhancement

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    Rusak, Evgenia; Staude, Isabelle Decker, Manuel; Sautter, Jürgen; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Powell, David A.; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2014-12-01

    Plasmonic and dielectric nanoparticles offer complementary strengths regarding their use as optical antenna elements. While plasmonic nanoparticles are well-known to provide strong decay rate enhancement for localized emitters, all-dielectric nanoparticles can enable high directivity combined with low losses. Here, we suggest a hybrid metal-dielectric nanoantenna consisting of a gold nanorod and a silicon nanodisk, which combines all these advantages. Our numerical analysis reveals a giant enhancement of directional emission together with simultaneously high radiation efficiency (exceeding 70%). The suggested hybrid nanoantenna has a subwavelength footprint, and all parameters and materials are chosen to be compatible with fabrication by two-step electron-beam lithography.

  6. STATUS OF DIAMOND SECONDARY EMISSION ENHANCED PHOTOCATHODE

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    RAO,T.; BEN-ZVI, I.; CHANG, X.; GRIMES, J.; GROVER, R.; ISAKOVIC, A.; SMEDLEY, J.; TODD, R.; WARREN, J.; WU, Q.

    2007-05-25

    The diamond secondary emission enhanced photocathode (SEEP) provides an attractive alternative for simple photo cathodes in high average current electron injectors. It reduces the laser power required to drive the cathode, simultaneously isolating the cathode and the FW cavity from each other, thereby protecting them from contamination and increasing their life time. In this paper, we present the latest results on the secondary electron yield using pulsed thermionic and photo cathodes as primary electron sources, shaping the diamond using laser ablation and reactive ion etching as well as the theoretical underpinning of secondary electron generation and preliminary results of modeling.

  7. Enhanced UV upconversion emission using plasmonic nanocavities.

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    El Halawany, Ahmed; He, Sha; Hodaei, Hossein; Bakry, Ahmed; Razvi, Mir A N; Alshahrie, Ahmed; Johnson, Noah J J; Christodoulides, Demetrios N; Almutairi, Adah; Khajavikhan, Mercedeh

    2016-06-27

    Upconversion of near infrared (NIR) into ultraviolet (UV) radiation could lead to a number of applications in bio-imaging, diagnostics and drug delivery. However, for bare nanoparticles, the conversion efficiency is extremely low. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate strongly enhanced upconversion emission from an ensemble of β-NaYF4:Gd3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ @NaLuF4 core-shell nanoparticles trapped in judiciously designed plasmonic nanocavities. In doing so, different metal platforms and nanostructures are systematically investigated. Our results indicate that using a cross-shape silver nanocavity, a record high enhancement of 170-fold can be obtained in the UV band centered at a wavelength of 345 nm. The observed upconversion efficiency improvement may be attributed to the increased absorption at NIR, the tailored photonic local density of states, and the light out-coupling characteristics of the cavity. PMID:27410563

  8. A novel nanoscale organic-inorganic hybrid system with significantly enhanced AIE in aqueous media.

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    Zheng, Tingting; Xu, Jia-Long; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Zhang, Jian; Jiao, Xiuling; Wang, Ting; Chen, Dairong

    2016-05-25

    We report the design and fluorescence properties of a novel aggregation-induced emission (AIE) system obtained by grafting carboxyl group conjugated AIE molecules onto monodispersed colloidal GaOOH nanocubes. Compared with nanoaggregates formed in mixed solvents, as-formed nanohybrids avoid contact with a "good" solvent, restrict the molecular motions more efficiently and show a significantly enhanced AIE. PMID:27147199

  9. Enhanced line emission from laser-produced plasmas

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    Timmer, C.; Srivastava, S. K.; Hall, T. E.; Fucaloro, A. F.

    1991-01-01

    This communication reports the first systematic study on background gas-induced spectral-line-emission enhancement from laser-produced plasmas. Line emission from aluminum plasmas was enhanced by factors of up to 35 by the introduction of He, Ne, Xe, or N2. The enhancement has been attributed to three-body recombination.

  10. A highly selective fluorescent probe for sulfide ions based on aggregation of Cu nanocluster induced emission enhancement.

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    Li, Zenghe; Guo, Song; Lu, Chao

    2015-04-21

    In this study, S(2-) ions were found to enhance the fluorescence of cysteine-capped Cu nanoclusters (Cu NCs). High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) measurements, zeta potential and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements demonstrated that the S(2-) ion-induced aggregation of the Cu NCs contributed to the fluorescence enhancement of the dispersed Cu NCs. Based on these findings, a highly selective fluorescent probe was developed for the determination of H2S using the S(2-) ion-enhanced fluorescence of the as-prepared Cu NCs. The relative fluorescence intensity was proportional to the concentration of S(2-) in the range from 0.2 to 50 μM. The detection limit (S/N = 3) was 42 nM. The proposed method has been successfully applied to determine H2S produced from toys called "Fart Bomb" with recoveries of 97.6-101.8%. The results of the proposed method were in good agreement with those determined by a standard methylene blue method. This work is not only of importance for a better understanding of the aggregation induced emission (AIE) properties of the Cu NCs but also of great potential to find extensive biological applications for H2S. PMID:25697240

  11. Aggregation-Induced Delayed Fluorescence Based on Donor/Acceptor-Tethered Janus Carborane Triads: Unique Photophysical Properties of Nondoped OLEDs.

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    Furue, Ryuhei; Nishimoto, Takuro; Park, In Seob; Lee, Jiyoung; Yasuda, Takuma

    2016-06-13

    Luminescent materials consisting of boron clusters, such as carboranes, have attracted immense interest in recent years. In this study, luminescent organic-inorganic conjugated systems based on o-carboranes directly bonded to electron-donating and electron-accepting π-conjugated units were elaborated as novel optoelectronic materials. These o-carborane derivatives simultaneously possessed aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) capabilities, and showed strong yellow-to-red emissions with high photoluminescence quantum efficiencies of up to 97 % in their aggregated states or in solid neat films. Organic light-emitting diodes utilizing these o-carborane derivatives as a nondoped emission layer exhibited maximum external electroluminescence quantum efficiencies as high as 11 %, originating from TADF. PMID:27145481

  12. Engineering photonic and plasmonic light emission enhancement

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    Lawrence, Nathaniel

    Semiconductor photonic devices are a rapidly maturing technology which currently occupy multi-billion dollar markets in the areas of LED lighting and optical data communication. LEDs currently demonstrate the highest luminous efficiency of any light source for general lighting. Long-haul optical data communication currently forms the backbone of the global communication network. Proper design of light management is required for photonic devices, which can increase the overall efficiency or add new device functionality. In this thesis, novel methods for the control of light propagation and confinement are developed for the use in integrated photonic devices. The first part of this work focuses on the engineering of field confinement within deep subwavelength plasmonic resonators for the enhancement of light-matter interaction. In this section, plasmonic ring nanocavities are shown to form gap plasmon modes confined to the dielectric region between two metal layers. The scattering properties, near-field enhancement and photonic density of states of nanocavity devices are studied using analytic theory and 3D finite difference time domain simulations. Plasmonic ring nanocavities are fabricated and characterized using photoluminescence intensity and decay rate measurements. A 25 times increase in the radiative decay rate of Er:Si02 is demonstrated in nanocavities where light is confined to volumes as small as 0.01( ln )3. The potential to achieve lasing, due to the enhancement of stimulated emission rate in ring nanocavities, is studied as a route to Si-compatible plasmon-enhanced nanolasers. The second part of this work focuses on the manipulation of light generated in planar semiconductor devices using arrays of dielectric nanopillars. In particular, aperiodic arrays of nanopillars are engineered for omnidirectional light extraction enhancement. Arrays of Er:SiNx, nanopillars are fabricated and a ten times increase in light extraction is experimentally demonstrated

  13. Enhancing Eu(3+) magnetic dipole emission by resonant plasmonic nanostructures.

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    Hussain, Rabia; Kruk, Sergey S; Bonner, Carl E; Noginov, Mikhail A; Staude, Isabelle; Kivshar, Yuri S; Noginova, Natalia; Neshev, Dragomir N

    2015-04-15

    We demonstrate the enhancement of magnetic dipole spontaneous emission from Eu3+ ions by an engineered plasmonic nanostructure that controls the electromagnetic environment of the emitter. Using an optical microscope setup, an enhancement in the intensity of the Eu3+ magnetic dipole emission was observed for emitters located in close vicinity to a gold nanohole array designed to support plasmonic resonances overlapping with the emission spectrum of the ions. PMID:25872041

  14. Lateral aggregation induced by magnetic perturbations in a magnetorheological fluid based on non-Brownian particles.

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    Moctezuma, R E; Donado, F; Arauz-Lara, J L

    2013-09-01

    A study of lateral aggregation, induced by an oscillatory field, in a magnetorheological fluid based on non-Brownian magnetic particles is presented. We investigate the behavior of chains formed by the particles, due to the simultaneous application of a static magnetic field and a sinusoidal magnetic field transverse to each other. We show that the effective oscillating field enhances the aggregation process. We discuss this result in terms of an effective particle concentration induced by the oscillating field when chains oscillate angularly and sweep the area around them. The oscillating field produces a lateral aggregation similar to that observed in systems composed of Brownian particles which is induced by thermal fluctuations. We study the effect of the oscillating field on the angular amplitude described by single chains. It is observed that the angular amplitude decreases as the frequency of the oscillating field increases; we discuss this behavior numerically in terms of a simple model for this system. Lateral aggregation is studied in detail in isolated pairs of chains of equal length at several conditions of separation and displacement. From the results, a phase diagram is obtained showing the conditions under which aggregation is possible. PMID:24125266

  15. Jupiter's Various Auroral Emission Enhancements Observed by Hisaki/EXCEED

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    Tao, Chihiro

    2016-07-01

    Onboard a JAXA Earth-orbiting platform, the planetary telescope Hisaki monitors extreme ultraviolet emissions from Jovian aurora and Io plasma torus continuously. Hisaki succeeded to detect sporadic, large auroral power enhancements displaying both short- (<1 planetary rotation) and long-term (>a few rotations) variations and their modulations by Io's volcanic activity over several weeks. The spectral information taken by Hisaki enables us to investigate (1) the time variation of the auroral electron precipitating fluxes during these emission enhancements, (2) the occurrence statistics of polar-dominant events, and (3) the associated magnetospheric dynamics for these emission enhancement events using Knight's aurora acceleration theory. Expected collaborative observations with Juno will be discussed.

  16. Acoustic emission beamforming for enhanced damage detection

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    McLaskey, Gregory C.; Glaser, Steven D.; Grosse, Christian U.

    2008-03-01

    As civil infrastructure ages, the early detection of damage in a structure becomes increasingly important for both life safety and economic reasons. This paper describes the analysis procedures used for beamforming acoustic emission techniques as well as the promising results of preliminary experimental tests on a concrete bridge deck. The method of acoustic emission offers a tool for detecting damage, such as cracking, as it occurs on or in a structure. In order to gain meaningful information from acoustic emission analyses, the damage must be localized. Current acoustic emission systems with localization capabilities are very costly and difficult to install. Sensors must be placed throughout the structure to ensure that the damage is encompassed by the array. Beamforming offers a promising solution to these problems and permits the use of wireless sensor networks for acoustic emission analyses. Using the beamforming technique, the azmuthal direction of the location of the damage may be estimated by the stress waves impinging upon a small diameter array (e.g. 30mm) of acoustic emission sensors. Additional signal discrimination may be gained via array processing techniques such as the VESPA process. The beamforming approach requires no arrival time information and is based on very simple delay and sum beamforming algorithms which can be easily implemented on a wireless sensor or mote.

  17. Pulsed Laser-Driven Molecular Self-assembly of Cephalexin: Aggregation-Induced Fluorescence and Its Utility as a Mercury Ion Sensor.

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    Singh, Pradeep Kumar; Prabhune, Asmita; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2015-11-01

    A fluorescent self-assembly of cephalexin is obtained by pulsed laser irradiation process. An intense fluorescence emission is found in the self-assembled form due to occurrence of a typical aggregation-induced emission in cephalexin molecules. It is observed that fluorescence quenching of the self-assembled fluorescent nanostructures occurs in the presence of extremely low Hg(++) ions concentrations (10(-7) m) as compared to other heavy metal ions e.g. Ferrous (Fe(++) ), Manganese (Mn(++) ), Magnesium (Mg(++) ), Cobalt (Co(++) ), Nickel (Ni(++) ) and Zinc (Zn(++) ) at the same concentrations. PMID:26333412

  18. Photonic band-edge-induced enhancement in absorption and emission

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    Ummer, Karikkuzhi Variyath; Vijaya, Ramarao

    2015-01-01

    An enhancement in photonic band-edge-induced absorption and emission from rhodamine-B dye doped polystyrene pseudo gap photonic crystals is studied. The band-edge-induced enhancement in absorption is achieved by selecting the incident angle of the excitation beam so that the absorption spectrum of the emitter overlaps the photonic band edge. The band-edge-induced enhancement in emission, on the other hand, is possible with and without an enhancement in band-edge-induced absorption, depending on the collection angle of emission. Through a simple set of measurements with suitably chosen angles for excitation and emission, we achieve a maximum enhancement of 70% in emission intensity with band-edge-induced effects over and above the intrinsic emission in the case of self-assembled opals. This is a comprehensive effort to interpret tunable lasing in opals as well as to predict the wavelength of lasing arising as a result of band-edge-induced distributed feedback effects.

  19. Enhancement of LIBS emission using antenna-coupled microwave.

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    Khumaeni, Ali; Motonobu, Tampo; Katsuaki, Akaoka; Masabumi, Miyabe; Ikuo, Wakaida

    2013-12-01

    Intensified microwave coupled by a loop antenna (diameter of 3 mm) has been employed to enhance the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) emission. In this method, a laser plasma was induced on Gd₂O₃ sample at a reduced pressure by focusing a pulsed Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 10 ns, 5 mJ) at a local point, at which electromagnetic field was produced by introducing microwave radiation using loop antenna. The plasma emission was significantly enhanced by absorbing the microwave radiation, resulting in high-temperature plasma and long-lifetime plasma emission. By using this method, the enhancement of Gd lines was up to 32 times, depending upon the emission lines observed. A linear calibration curve of Ca contained in the Gd₂O₃ sample was made. The detection limit of Ca was approximately 2 mg/kg. This present method is very useful for identification of trace elements in nuclear fuel and radioactive materials. PMID:24514526

  20. Enhanced radiative auger emission from lithiumlike20Ca17+

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    Bernstein, E. M.; Clark, M. W.; Tanis, J. A.; Graham, W. G.; Morgan, T. J.; Stöckli, M. P.; Berkner, K. H.; Schlachter, A. S.; Stearns, J. W.

    1991-03-01

    Radiative Auger emission (RAE) from lithiumlike20Ca17+ projectiles excited in collisions with He has been measured. The intensity of RAE photons relative to Kα x-ray emission is enhanced by a factor of 10 17 compared with theoretical calculations for ions with few electron vacancies. The enhancement of RAE for Ca17+ is consistent with the results reported previously for lithiumlike16S13+ and23V20+ and indicates a systematic dependence on Z. Both the enhancement and the relative RAE transition rate increase with Z.

  1. Quantifying Emissions from the Eagle Ford Shale Using Ethane Enhancement

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    Roest, G. S.; Schade, G. W.

    2014-12-01

    Emissions from unconventional oil and natural gas exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale have been conjectured as a contributing factor to increasing ozone concentrations in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, which is on track to be designated as a nonattainment area by the EPA. Primary species found in natural gas emissions are alkanes, with C3 and heavier alkanes acting as short-lived VOCs contributing to regional ozone formation. Methane emissions from the industry are also a forcing mechanism for climate change as methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Recent studies have highlighted a high variability and uncertainties in oil and natural gas emissions estimates in emissions inventories. Thus, accurately quantifying oil and natural gas emissions from the Eagle Ford Shale is necessary to assess the industry's impacts on climate forcing and regional air quality. We estimate oil and natural gas emissions in the Eagle Ford Shale using in situ ethane measurements along southwesterly trajectories from the Gulf of Mexico, dominantly during the summertime. Ethane enhancement within the drilling area is estimated by comparing ethane concentrations upwind of the shale, near the Texas coastline, to downwind measurements in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, Odessa, and Amarillo. Upwind ethane observations indicate low background levels entering Texas in the Gulf of Mexico air masses. Significant ethane enhancement is observed between the coast and San Antonio, and is attributed to oil and natural gas operations due to the concurrent enhancements of heavier alkanes. Using typical boundary layer depths and presuming homogenous emissions across the Eagle Ford shale area, the observed ethane enhancements are used to extrapolate an estimate of oil and natural gas industry emissions in the Eagle Ford. As oil and natural gas production in the area is projected to grow rapidly over the coming years, the impacts of these emissions on regional air quality will need to be thoroughly

  2. Large spontaneous emission rate enhancement in grating coupled hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Sreekanth, Kandammathe Valiyaveedu; Krishna, Koduru Hari; De Luca, Antonio; Strangi, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    Hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM), a sub-wavelength periodic artificial structure with hyperbolic dispersion, can enhance the spontaneous emission of quantum emitters. Here, we demonstrate the large spontaneous emission rate enhancement of an organic dye placed in a grating coupled hyperbolic metamaterial (GCHMM). A two-dimensional (2D) silver diffraction grating coupled with an Ag/Al2O3 HMM shows 18-fold spontaneous emission decay rate enhancement of dye molecules with respect to the same HMM without grating. The experimental results are compared with analytical models and numerical simulations, which confirm that the observed enhancement of GCHMM is due to the outcoupling of non-radiative plasmonic modes as well as strong plasmon-exciton coupling in HMM via diffracting grating. PMID:25209102

  3. SHOCK-ENHANCED AMMONIA EMISSION IN THE EGG NEBULA

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    Dinh-V-Trung; Chiu, P.J.; Lim, Jeremy E-mail: pjchiu@asiaa.sinica.edu.tw

    2009-07-20

    We present high angular resolution observations of the NH{sub 3}(1, 1), (2, 2), and (3, 3) inversion transitions from the Egg nebula, the archetypical protoplanetary nebula. The spatial distribution and kinematics of the emission in all three lines show four distinct components or lobes that are aligned with the polar and equatorial directions. The kinematics of the NH{sub 3} emission is also found to follow a clear pattern: redshifted emission in the south and west and blueshifted emission in the north and east. The morphology and spatial kinematics of NH{sub 3} emission are shown to have strong similarity to that observed previously in molecular hydrogen emission and CO emission which arise from the shocked molecular gas. We also find that the higher lying inversion transition NH{sub 3} (2, 2) and (3, 3) are stronger in the polar direction in comparison to the lower transition NH{sub 3} (1, 1). We conclude that the NH{sub 3} emission traces the warm molecular gas, which is shocked and heated by the interaction between the high-velocity outflows and the surrounding envelope. The presence of strong ammonia emission associated with the shock fronts and the lack of the emission at the center of the nebula indicate that the abundance of ammonia is significantly enhanced by shocks, a situation very similar to that found in outflows from protostars.

  4. Plasmon-enhanced emission from single fluorescent proteins

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    Donehue, Jessica E.; Haas, Beth L.; Wertz, Esther; Talicska, Courtney N.; Biteen, Julie S.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, we use evaporated gold nanoparticle films (GNPFs) as substrates for plasmon-enhanced imaging of two fluorescent proteins (FPs): mCherry and YFP. Through single-molecule epifluorescence microscopy, we show enhancement of single FP emission in the presence of GNPFs. The gold-coupled FPs demonstrate emission up to four times brighter and seven times longer lived, yielding order-of-magnitude enhancements in total photons detected. Ultimately, this results in increased localization accuracies for single-molecule imaging. Furthermore, we introduce preliminary results for enhancement of mCherry-labeled TcpP membrane proteins inside live Vibrio cholerae cells coupled to GNPFs. Our work indicates that plasmonic substrates are uniquely advantageous for super-resolution imaging and that plasmon-enhanced imaging is a promising technique for improving live cell single-molecule microscopy.

  5. A hybrid nanoantenna for highly enhanced directional spontaneous emission

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    Chou, R. Yuanying; Lu, Guowei Shen, Hongming; He, Yingbo; Cheng, Yuqing; Perriat, Pascal; Martini, Matteo; Tillement, Olivier; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-06-28

    Spontaneous emission modulated by a hybrid plasmonic nanoantenna has been investigated by employing finite-difference time-domain method. The hybrid nanoantenna configurations constituted by a gap hot-spot and of a plasmonic corrugated grating and a metal reflector sandwiching a SiO{sub 2} thin layer which appears promising for high spontaneous emission enhancement devices. Simulation assays show that the coupling between the gap-antenna and plasmonic corrugations reaches an ultra-high near-field enhancement factor in the excitation process. Moreover, concerning the emission process, the corrugations concentrate the far-field radiated power within a tiny angular volume, offering unprecedented collection efficiency. In the past decades, many kinds of optical antennas have been proposed and optimized to enhance single molecule detection. However, the excitation enhancement effect for single individual or dimmer plasmonic nanostructure is limited due to intrinsic nonradiative decay of the nanoparticle plasmon and quantum tunneling effect. The proposed hybrid configuration overwhelms the enhancement limit of single individual plasmonic structure. The findings provide an insight into spontaneous emission high enhancement through integrating the functions of different metallic nanostructures.

  6. Enhanced NH3 emission from swine liquid waste

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    Lee, S.; Robarge, W. P.; Walker, J. T.

    2010-12-01

    Swine animal feeding operations are sources of emissions for various gases [ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic carbons (VOCs)], and fine particulate matter. Gaseous emissions from simple aqueous systems are typically controlled by temperature, pH, wind speed, total dissolved concentration of the chemical species of interest (e.g. NH3+NH4+ = TAN), and the Henry’s law constant. Ammonia emissions from three different sources [ammonium sulfate (AS), swine anaerobic lagoon liquid (SLL), and pit liquid (SPL) from swine housing units] were evaluated using a small flow-through teflon-lined chamber (SFTC; 0.3m × 0.2m × 0.15m) under controlled laboratory conditions. The SFTC was designed for 100% collection efficiency of NH3 gas emitted from the liquids. The internal volume of the chamber, 9 L, was exchanged 1.1 times per minute. All three liquid formulations exhibit the expected response in emissions with changes in temperature and pH. However, NH3 emissions from the SPL and SLL are ~5 times those from pure solutions of AS. Furthermore, the enhancement in NH3 emissions was a function of TAN concentration, decreasing in intensity at higher TAN and approaching rates comparable to the pure solutions of AS. The difference in emissions with solutions of equivalent TAN suggests a synergistic mechanism that is enhancing NH3 emissions in SPL and SLL. Concurrent measurements as part of the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study at the swine operations originally sampled for SPL and SLL document the emissions of CO2, H2S and VOCs (primarily acetic, propionic and butyric acids) at levels that are comparable to observed NH3 emissions. To date, only additions of NaHCO3 to the SPL and SLL have been found to enhance NH3 emissions and exhibit the same response to increasing TAN as exhibited by the original SPL and SLL solutions. Possible reactions that could enhance emissions will be discussed.

  7. Emission enhancement from metallodielectric-capped ZnO films

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    Ni, W. H.; An, J.; Lai, C. W.; Ong, H. C.; Xu, J. B.

    2006-07-01

    Emission enhancement from ZnO thin films coated with Al /AlOx has been studied by photoluminescence spectroscopy. While Al exhibits a moderate enhancement on ZnO, the introduction of an ultrathin AlOx spacer can increase the luminescence significantly. By examining the dependence of light emission of Al /AlOx/ZnO on AlOx thickness, we found, other than the surface plasmon mediation, a short-ranged nonradiative channel that plays a crucial role in determining that the overall emission enhancement is also present. Based on a simple analytical model, it is found that the nonradiative process is strongly dependent on (AlOxthickness)-6 and therefore its origin is suggested to be of Förster type. Finally, an AlOx spacer with thickness of 5nm is found to be adequate to eliminate the unwanted quenching effect.

  8. Emission enhancement of microlens on OLED with different layer structures

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    Ho, Yu-Hsuan; Fang, Jheng-Hao; Lee, Jiun-Haw; Wei, Mao-Kuo; Lin, Hoang-Yan

    2008-04-01

    Low out-coupling efficiency is one of the most critical problems in organic light-emitting device (OLED) application. Only 20~30% of the emitting light from OLED can propagate into air [1]. Therefore, several methods have been utilized to extract more light from device. Here, we use the microlens array attached on device to couple out wave-guiding mode in the glass substrate. We found that, the luminous enhancement behavior has great dependence on OLED structure. When light emitted in the layered structure of OLED, the wide angle interference and multi-beam interference occurred, and far-field emission profile change simultaneously. For different emission profile, microlens array film shows a different enhancement behavior. For a conventional OLED device, the most critical interference will occur at the electron transport layer (ETL). We fabricated a series of OLEDs with different ETL thicknesses to investigate the influence to the optical properties, such as spectrum, CIE coordinate change, and emission profile at different view angles. By controlling the emission dipole position, we investigate the relation between the emission profile and the efficiency enhancement by microlens array attachment. When increasing the ETL thicknesses from 30nm to 150nm, the weaker micro cavity effect results in broader spectrum and more light extracted. In these devices, the luminous enhancement varies from 25.1% to 51.3%.

  9. Enhanced nighttime gas emissions from a lake

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    Podgrajsek, E.; Sahlée, E.; Rutgersson, A.

    2016-05-01

    Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are two important greenhouse gases. Previous studies have shown that lakes can be important natural sources of atmospheric CH4 and CO2. It is therefore important to monitor the fluxes of these gases between lakes and the atmosphere in order to understand the processes that govern the exchange. Most previous lake flux studies are based on chamber measurements, by using the eddy covariance method, the resolution in time and in space of the fluxes is increased, which gives more information on the governing processes. Eddy covariance measurements at a Swedish lake show that both methane fluxes (FCH4 ) and carbon dioxide fluxes (FCO2 ) experience high nighttime fluxes for a large part of the data set (largest median FCH4night ≈ 13 nmol m2 s-1 and smallest median FCH4day ≈ 4.0 nmol m-2 s-1, largest median FCO2night ≈ 0.2 μmol m2 s-1 and smallest median FCO2day ≈ 0.02 μmol m-2 s-1, with larger variability during night). For the diel cycle of the CH4 fluxes it is suggested that water side convection could enhance the transfer velocity, transport CH4 rich water to the surface, as well as trigger ebullition. The high nighttime CO2 fluxes could to a large extent be explained with enhanced transfer velocities due to water side convection. If gas fluxes are not measured during nighttime, when water side convection normally is generated, periods of potential high gas flux might be missed and estimations of the total amount of gas released from lakes to the atmosphere will be biased.

  10. Enhanced radiative Auger emission from lithiumlike 16S13+

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    Bernstein, E. M.; Clark, M. W.; Oglesby, C. S.; Tanis, J. A.; Graham, W. G.; McFarland, R. H.; Morgan, T. J.; Johnson, B. M.; Jones, K. W.

    1990-03-01

    The radiative Auger emission (RAE) from 0.94-6.25-MeV/u 16S13+ (lithiumlike) projectiles excited in collisions with He target atoms has been measured. For these highly stripped ions the intensity of RAE photons relative to Kα x-ray emission is enhanced by about a factor of five compared with theoretical calculations and an earlier experimental measurement for S ions with few electron vacancies. The enhancement of RAE for S13+ is qualitatively similar to results reported previously for lithiumlike 23V20+; however, some differences between S and V are evident.

  11. Enhanced field emission of plasma treated multilayer graphene

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    Khare, Ruchita T.; More, Mahendra A.; Gelamo, Rogerio V.; Late, Dattatray J. E-mail: csrout@iitbbs.ac.in; Rout, Chandra Sekhar E-mail: csrout@iitbbs.ac.in

    2015-09-21

    Electron emission properties of multilayer graphene (MLG) prepared by a facile exfoliation technique have been studied. Effect of CO{sub 2} Ar, N{sub 2}, plasma treatment was studied using Raman spectroscopy and investigated for field emission based application. The CO{sub 2} plasma treated multilayer graphene shows an enhanced field emission behavior with a low turn on field of 0.18 V/μm and high emission current density of 1.89 mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied field of 0.35 V/μm. Further the plasma treated MLG exhibits excellent current stability at a lower and higher emission current value.

  12. Spontaneous emission enhancement of colloidal CdSe nanoplatelets

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    Yang, Zhili; Pelton, Matthew; Waks, Edo

    Colloidal CdS /CdSe/CdS nanoplatelets synthesized recently are high efficient nano-emitters and gain media for nanoscale lasers and other nonlinear optical devices. They are characterized as quantum well structure due to energy gap difference between core CdSe and shell CdS, of which the luminescent wavelength could be tuned precisely by their thickness of growth. However, the influence of environment on the material's optical properties and further enhancement of the emission to implement nanoscale systems remains to be investigated. Here we demonstrate spontaneous emission rate enhancement of these CdSe nanoplatelets coupled to a photonic crystal cavity. We show clearly the photoluminescent spectrum modification of the nanoplatelets emission and an averaged Purcell enhancement factor of 3.1 is achieved when they are coupled to carefully-designed nanobeam photonic crystal cavities compared to the ones on unpatterned surface in our experiment of lifetime measurement. Also the phenomenon of cavity quality factor increasing is observed when increasing intensity of pumping, which attributes to saturable absorption of the nanoplatelets. Our success in enhancement of emission from these nanoplatelets here paves the road to realize actual nanoscale integrated systems such as ultra-low threshold micro-cavity lasers.

  13. Tunable graphene antennas for selective enhancement of THz-emission.

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    Filter, R; Farhat, M; Steglich, M; Alaee, R; Rockstuhl, C; Lederer, F

    2013-02-11

    In this paper, we will introduce THz graphene antennas that strongly enhance the emission rate of quantum systems at specific frequencies. The tunability of these antennas can be used to selectively enhance individual spectral features. We will show as an example that any weak transition in the spectrum of coronene can become the dominant contribution. This selective and tunable enhancement establishes a new class of graphene-based THz devices, which will find applications in sensors, novel light sources, spectroscopy, and quantum communication devices. PMID:23481830

  14. Suppression of Photocyclization: Stabilization of an Aggregation-Induced Tetraaryldistyrylbenzene Emitter.

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    Freudenberg, Jan; Rominger, Frank; Bunz, Uwe H F

    2016-06-20

    The synthesis of 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(2,6-difluorophenyl)di(styryl)benzene by using a conventional synthetic sequence, including Diels-Alder and Horner reactions is reported. The target is an effective aggregation-induced emitter. It is photostable with respect to electrocyclization, due to the presence of the fluorine substituents. This compound undergoes photochemical trans/cis isomerization of its styryl double bonds. PMID:27124375

  15. Field Enhanced Thermionic Electron Emission from Oxide Coated Carbon Nanotubes

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    Day, Christopher; Jin, Feng; Liu, Yan; Little, Scott

    2006-03-01

    We have created a novel nanostructure by coating carbon nanotubes with a thin functional oxide layer. The structure was fabricated by sputter deposition of a thin film of oxide materials on aligned carbon nanotubes, which were grown on a tungsten substrate with plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. This structure combines the low work function of the oxide coating with a high field enhancement factor introduced by carbon nanotubes and we have demonstrated that it can be used as a highly efficient electron source. A field enhancement factor as high as 2000 was observed and thermionic electron emission current at least an order of magnitude higher than the emission from a conventional oxide cathode was obtained.

  16. Enhanced PM10 bounded PAHs from shipping emissions

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    Pongpiachan, S.; Hattayanone, M.; Choochuay, C.; Mekmok, R.; Wuttijak, N.; Ketratanakul, A.

    2015-05-01

    Earlier studies have highlighted the importance of maritime transport as a main contributor of air pollutants in port area. The authors intended to investigate the effects of shipping emissions on the enhancement of PM10 bounded polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and mutagenic substances in an industrial area of Rayong province, Thailand. Daily PM10 speciation data across two air quality observatory sites in Thailand during 2010-2013 were collected. Diagnostic binary ratios of PAH congeners, analysis of variances (ANOVA), and principal component analysis (PCA) were employed to evaluate the enhanced genotoxicity of PM10 during the docking period. Significant increase of PAHs and mutagenic index (MI) of PM10 were observed during the docking period in both sampling sites. Although stationary sources like coal combustions from power plants and vehicular exhausts from motorway can play a great role in enhancing PAH concentrations, regulating shipping emissions from diesel engine in the port area like Rayong is predominantly crucial.

  17. Aggregation-Induced Resonance Raman Optical Activity (AIRROA) and Time-Dependent Helicity Switching of Astaxanthin Supramolecular Assemblies.

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    Dudek, Monika; Zajac, Grzegorz; Kaczor, Agnieszka; Baranska, Malgorzata

    2016-08-18

    New methods for enhancing the Raman optical activity (ROA) signal are desirable due to the low efficiency of ROA, demanding otherwise high sample concentrations, high laser powers, and/or long acquisition times. Previously, we have demonstrated a new phenomenon, aggregation-induced resonance ROA (AIRROA), that produces significant enhancement of the ROA signal provided that the excitation wavelength coincides with the absorption of the measured species and that the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) signal in the range of this absorption is nonzero. In this work, analyzing three very different supramolecular astaxanthin aggregates (H1, H2, and J), we confirm the phenomenon and demonstrate that aggregation itself is not enough to enhance the ROA signal and that the above-mentioned conditions are necessary for induction of the resonance ROA effect. Additionally, by analyzing the changes in the ECD spectra of the H1 assembly, we demonstrate that the supramolecular helicity sign switches with time, which is dependent on the prevalence of kinetic or thermodynamic stabilization of the obtained aggregates. PMID:27438433

  18. Plasmonic nanogaps for broadband and large spontaneous emission rate enhancement

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    Edwards, Anthony P.; Adawi, Ali M.

    2014-02-07

    We present the optical properties of a plasmonic nanogap formed between a silver metallic nanoparticle and an extended silver film that shows a strong enhancement in the spontaneous emission rate over the whole visible range. In particular, we use three-dimensional finite difference time domain calculations to study the spontaneous emission rate and the quantum efficiency of an emitting material placed within the gap region as a function of the geometrical parameters of the plasmonic nanogap. Our calculations reveal that the enhancements in the total decay rate can be divided into two regions as a function of wavelength; region I spans the wavelength range from 350 nm to 500 nm and peaks at approximately at 400 nm. Region II covers the spectral range between 500 nm and 1000 nm. The enhancements in total decay rate in region I are mainly dominated by Ohmic losses by the metal, while the enhancements in total decay rate in region II are mainly dominated by radiative decay rate enhancements. Furthermore, our calculations show over 100 times enhancement in the spontaneous emission rate in region II. We combine this with quantum efficiency enhancements of almost 30 times from materials with low intrinsic quantum efficiencies and only a small reduction in efficiency from those with high intrinsic quantum efficiencies. All results appear easily achievable using realistic geometrical parameters and simple synthesis techniques. These results are attributed to the strong field confinements in the nanogap region. The structures are of high interest for both the fundamental understanding of light mater interactions under extreme electromagnetic field confinements and also potential applications in quantum optics and Raman spectroscopy.

  19. Thermodynamics of photon-enhanced thermionic emission solar cells

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    Reck, Kasper; Hansen, Ole

    2014-01-13

    Photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE) cells in which direct photon energy as well as thermal energy can be harvested have recently been suggested as a new candidate for high efficiency solar cells. Here, we present an analytic thermodynamical model for evaluation of the efficiency of PETE solar cells including an analysis of the entropy production due to thermionic emission of general validity. The model is applied to find the maximum efficiency of a PETE cell for given cathode and anode work functions and temperatures.

  20. Photoluminescence and spontaneous emission enhancement in metamaterial nanostructures

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    Singh, M. R.; Cox, J. D.; Brzozowski, M.

    2014-02-01

    We present a theory for the photoluminescence (PL) and spontaneous emission of semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots—QDS) doped in a metamaterial heterostructure. The heterostructure is formed by fabricating a split-ring resonator and metallic rod metamaterial on a dielectric substrate. QDs are doped near the interface in the heterostructure. Our results indicate that the PL and spontaneous emission of the QDs are enhanced in the presence of the metamaterial when the exciton and surface plasmon frequencies are resonant. These findings are consistent with recent experimental studies. The present study can be used to make new types of nanoscale optical devices for sensing, switching and imaging applications based on metamaterials.

  1. Emission Enhancement of Sound Emitters using an Acoustic Metamaterial Cavity

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    Song, Kyungjun; Lee, Seong-Hyun; Kim, Kiwon; Hur, Shin; Kim, Jedo

    2014-01-01

    The emission enhancement of sound without electronic components has wide applications in a variety of remote systems, especially when highly miniaturized (smaller than wavelength) structures can be used. The recent advent of acoustic metamaterials has made it possible to realize this. In this study, we propose, design, and demonstrate a new class of acoustic cavity using a double-walled metamaterial structure operating at an extremely low frequency. Periodic zigzag elements which exhibit Fabry-Perot resonant behavior below the phononic band-gap are used to yield strong sound localization within the subwavelength gap, thus providing highly effective emission enhancement. We show, both theoretically and experimentally, 10 dB sound emission enhancement near 1060 Hz that corresponds to a wavelength approximately 30 times that of the periodicity. We also provide a general guideline for the independent tuning of the quality factor and effective volume of acoustic metamaterials. This approach shows the flexibility of our design in the efficient control of the enhancement rate. PMID:24584552

  2. Enhanced marine sulphur emissions offset global warming and impact rainfall.

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    Grandey, B S; Wang, C

    2015-01-01

    Artificial fertilisation of the ocean has been proposed as a possible geoengineering method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The associated increase in marine primary productivity may lead to an increase in emissions of dimethyl sulphide (DMS), the primary source of sulphate aerosol over remote ocean regions, potentially causing direct and cloud-related indirect aerosol effects on climate. This pathway from ocean fertilisation to aerosol induced cooling of the climate may provide a basis for solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering. In this study, we investigate the transient climate impacts of two emissions scenarios: an RCP4.5 (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5) control; and an idealised scenario, based on RCP4.5, in which DMS emissions are substantially enhanced over ocean areas. We use mini-ensembles of a coupled atmosphere-ocean configuration of CESM1(CAM5) (Community Earth System Model version 1, with the Community Atmosphere Model version 5). We find that the cooling effect associated with enhanced DMS emissions beneficially offsets greenhouse gas induced warming across most of the world. However, the rainfall response may adversely affect water resources, potentially impacting human livelihoods. These results demonstrate that changes in marine phytoplankton activity may lead to a mixture of positive and negative impacts on the climate. PMID:26293204

  3. Enhanced marine sulphur emissions offset global warming and impact rainfall

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    Grandey, B. S.; Wang, C.

    2015-08-01

    Artificial fertilisation of the ocean has been proposed as a possible geoengineering method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The associated increase in marine primary productivity may lead to an increase in emissions of dimethyl sulphide (DMS), the primary source of sulphate aerosol over remote ocean regions, potentially causing direct and cloud-related indirect aerosol effects on climate. This pathway from ocean fertilisation to aerosol induced cooling of the climate may provide a basis for solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering. In this study, we investigate the transient climate impacts of two emissions scenarios: an RCP4.5 (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5) control; and an idealised scenario, based on RCP4.5, in which DMS emissions are substantially enhanced over ocean areas. We use mini-ensembles of a coupled atmosphere-ocean configuration of CESM1(CAM5) (Community Earth System Model version 1, with the Community Atmosphere Model version 5). We find that the cooling effect associated with enhanced DMS emissions beneficially offsets greenhouse gas induced warming across most of the world. However, the rainfall response may adversely affect water resources, potentially impacting human livelihoods. These results demonstrate that changes in marine phytoplankton activity may lead to a mixture of positive and negative impacts on the climate.

  4. Enhanced marine sulphur emissions offset global warming and impact rainfall

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    Grandey, B. S.; Wang, C.

    2015-01-01

    Artificial fertilisation of the ocean has been proposed as a possible geoengineering method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The associated increase in marine primary productivity may lead to an increase in emissions of dimethyl sulphide (DMS), the primary source of sulphate aerosol over remote ocean regions, potentially causing direct and cloud-related indirect aerosol effects on climate. This pathway from ocean fertilisation to aerosol induced cooling of the climate may provide a basis for solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering. In this study, we investigate the transient climate impacts of two emissions scenarios: an RCP4.5 (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5) control; and an idealised scenario, based on RCP4.5, in which DMS emissions are substantially enhanced over ocean areas. We use mini-ensembles of a coupled atmosphere-ocean configuration of CESM1(CAM5) (Community Earth System Model version 1, with the Community Atmosphere Model version 5). We find that the cooling effect associated with enhanced DMS emissions beneficially offsets greenhouse gas induced warming across most of the world. However, the rainfall response may adversely affect water resources, potentially impacting human livelihoods. These results demonstrate that changes in marine phytoplankton activity may lead to a mixture of positive and negative impacts on the climate. PMID:26293204

  5. Self-emission and enhancement of laser-induced emission of electrons from ferroelectrics

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    Geissler, K. K.; Meineke, A.; Riege, H.; Handerek, J.

    1994-02-01

    We report on laser-induced electron emission (LIEE) from ferroelectrics (FE) at 266, 355 and 532 nm wavelength. The self-emission of charges up to 20 nC/cm 2 with kinetic energies up to several keV was observed with PLZT ceramics at laser-pulse energy densities of 13 mJ/cm 2 and a pulse width of 5 ns FWHM after high-voltage-induced polarization switching. The driving electric field is generated by the laser-induced change of the spontaneous polarization in a time scale of 1 ns. The dependence of the emission on the laser-pulse energy density is shown and the relation between the enhancement of LIEE and the laser-induced self-emission is discussed.

  6. Engineering a Dual-Layer Chitosan-Lactide Hydrogel To Create Endothelial Cell Aggregate-Induced Microvascular Networks In Vitro and Increase Blood Perfusion In Vivo.

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    Kim, Sungwoo; Kawai, Toshiyuki; Wang, Derek; Yang, Yunzhi

    2016-08-01

    Here, we report the use of chemically cross-linked and photo-cross-linked hydrogels to engineer human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) aggregate-induced microvascular networks to increase blood perfusion in vivo. First, we studied the effect of chemically cross-linked and photo-cross-linked chitosan-lactide hydrogels on stiffness, degradation rates, and HUVEC behaviors. The photo-cross-linked hydrogel was relatively stiff (E = ∼15 kPa) and possessed more compact networks, denser surface texture, and lower enzymatic degradation rates than the relatively soft, chemically cross-linked hydrogel (E = ∼2 kPa). While both hydrogels exhibited nontoxicity, the soft chemically cross-linked hydrogels expedited the formation of cell aggregates compared to the photo-cross-linked hydrogels. Cells on the less stiff, chemically cross-linked hydrogels expressed more matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity than the stiffer, photo-cross-linked hydrogel. This difference in MMP activity resulted in a more dramatic decrease in mechanical stiffness after 3 days of incubation for the chemically cross-linked hydrogel, as compared to the photo-cross-linked one. After determining the physical and biological properties of each hydrogel, we accordingly engineered a dual-layer hydrogel construct consisting of the relatively soft, chemically cross-linked hydrogel layer for HUVEC encapsulation, and the relatively stiff, acellular, photo-cross-linked hydrogel for retention of cell-laden microvasculature above. This dual-layer hydrogel construct enabled a lasting HUVEC aggregate-induced microvascular network due to the combination of stable substrate, enriched cell adhesion molecules, and extracellular matrix proteins. We tested the dual-layer hydrogel construct in a mouse model of hind-limb ischemia, where the HUVEC aggregate-induced microvascular networks significantly enhanced blood perfusion rate to ischemic legs and decreased tissue necrosis compared with both no treatment and

  7. Synthesis of Well-Defined Oligo(2,5-dialkoxy-1,4-phenylene vinylene)s with Chiral End Groups: Unique Helical Aggregations Induced by the Chiral Chain Ends.

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    Yorsaeng, Sakkawet; Kato, Yuka; Tsutsumi, Ken; Inagaki, Akiko; Kitiyanan, Boonyarach; Fujiki, Michiya; Nomura, Kotohiro

    2015-11-16

    Oligo(2,5-dialkoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene)s containing three different chiral alkoxy substituents on the phenyl end groups with structurally regular (all trans) controlled repeat units have been prepared; these compounds showed highly enhanced aggregation-induced circular dichroism (AICD; formation of supramolecular polymers), and an inversion of the CD signal was observed even with the same end groups under certain conditions. PMID:26441371

  8. Identification of the epitope for a monoclonal antibody that blocks platelet aggregation induced by type III collagen.

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    Glattauer, V; Werkmeister, J A; Kirkpatrick, A; Ramshaw, J A

    1997-01-01

    A library of eight conformation-dependent monoclonal antibodies that react with distinct epitopes on native human type III collagen has been examined for the ability of these antibodies to inhibit platelet aggregation induced by this collagen. Six of these antibodies had no effects; one, 1E7-D7/Col3, delayed the onset and slowed the rate of platelet aggregation, while another, 2G8-B1/Col3, completely inhibited aggregation. In order to identify the epitope recognized by this inhibitory antibody, a series of peptides that could fold to form triple-helical fragments was examined. Each peptide included six Gly-Xaa-Yaa triplets from the human type III collagen sequence, where Xaa and Yaa represent the particular amino acids in the sequence, and a C-terminal (Gly-Pro-Hyp)4 sequence to enhance triple-helical stability. Using these peptides we have identified the epitope as a nine-amino-acid sequence, GLAGAOGLR (where O is the one-letter code for 4-hydroxyproline), starting at position 520 in the human type III collagen helical domain. This sequence is proximal to the site proposed for the interaction of type III collagen with alpha2beta1-integrin of platelets. PMID:9173900

  9. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission for solar concentrator systems

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    Schwede, Jared W.; Bargatin, Igor; Riley, Daniel C.; Hardin, Brian E.; Rosenthal, Samuel J.; Sun, Yun; Schmitt, Felix; Pianetta, Piero; Howe, Roger T.; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Melosh, Nicholas A.

    2010-09-01

    Solar-energy conversion usually takes one of two forms: the `quantum' approach, which uses the large per-photon energy of solar radiation to excite electrons, as in photovoltaic cells, or the `thermal' approach, which uses concentrated sunlight as a thermal-energy source to indirectly produce electricity using a heat engine. Here we present a new concept for solar electricity generation, photon-enhanced thermionic emission, which combines quantum and thermal mechanisms into a single physical process. The device is based on thermionic emission of photoexcited electrons from a semiconductor cathode at high temperature. Temperature-dependent photoemission-yield measurements from GaN show strong evidence for photon-enhanced thermionic emission, and calculated efficiencies for idealized devices can exceed the theoretical limits of single-junction photovoltaic cells. The proposed solar converter would operate at temperatures exceeding 200°C, enabling its waste heat to be used to power a secondary thermal engine, boosting theoretical combined conversion efficiencies above 50%.

  10. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission for solar concentrator systems.

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    Schwede, Jared W; Bargatin, Igor; Riley, Daniel C; Hardin, Brian E; Rosenthal, Samuel J; Sun, Yun; Schmitt, Felix; Pianetta, Piero; Howe, Roger T; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Melosh, Nicholas A

    2010-09-01

    Solar-energy conversion usually takes one of two forms: the 'quantum' approach, which uses the large per-photon energy of solar radiation to excite electrons, as in photovoltaic cells, or the 'thermal' approach, which uses concentrated sunlight as a thermal-energy source to indirectly produce electricity using a heat engine. Here we present a new concept for solar electricity generation, photon-enhanced thermionic emission, which combines quantum and thermal mechanisms into a single physical process. The device is based on thermionic emission of photoexcited electrons from a semiconductor cathode at high temperature. Temperature-dependent photoemission-yield measurements from GaN show strong evidence for photon-enhanced thermionic emission, and calculated efficiencies for idealized devices can exceed the theoretical limits of single-junction photovoltaic cells. The proposed solar converter would operate at temperatures exceeding 200 degrees C, enabling its waste heat to be used to power a secondary thermal engine, boosting theoretical combined conversion efficiencies above 50%. PMID:20676086

  11. Enhanced X-ray Emission from Early Universe Analog Galaxies

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    Brorby, Matthew; Kaaret, Philip; Prestwich, Andrea H.; Mirabel, I. Felix; Feng, Hua

    2016-04-01

    X-rays from binaries containing compact objects may have played an important role in heating the early Universe. Here we discuss our findings from X-ray studies of blue compact dwarf galaxies (BCDs), Lyman break analogs (LBAs), and Green Pea galaxies (GP), all of which are considered local analogs to high redshift galaxies. We find enhanced X-ray emission per unit star-formation rate which strongly correlates with decreasing metallicity. We find evidence for the existence of a L_X-SFR-Metallicity plane for star-forming galaxies. The exact properties of X-ray emission in the early Universe affects the timing and morphology of reionization, both being observable properties of current and future radio observations of the redshifted 21cm signal from neutral hydrogen.

  12. Effects of enhanced cathode electron emission on Hall thruster operation

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    Raitses, Y.; Smirnov, A.; Fisch, N. J.

    2009-05-15

    Interesting discharge phenomena are observed that have to do with the interaction between the magnetized Hall thruster plasma and the neutralizing cathode. The steady-state parameters of a highly ionized thruster discharge are strongly influenced by the electron supply from the cathode. The enhancement of the cathode electron emission above its self-sustained level affects the discharge current and leads to a dramatic reduction in the plasma divergence and a suppression of large amplitude, low frequency discharge current oscillations usually related to an ionization instability. These effects correlate strongly with the reduction in the voltage drop in the region with the fringing magnetic field between the thruster channel and the cathode. The measured changes in the plasma properties suggest that the electron emission affects the electron cross-field transport in the thruster discharge. These trends are generalized for Hall thrusters of various configurations.

  13. Effects of Enhanced Eathode Electron Emission on Hall Thruster Operation

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    Y. Raitses, A. Smirnov and N. J. Fisch

    2009-04-24

    Interesting discharge phenomena are observed that have to do with the interaction between the magnetized Hall thruster plasma and the neutralizing cathode. The steadystate parameters of a highly ionized thruster discharge are strongly influenced by the electron supply from the cathode. The enhancement of the cathode electron emission above its self-sustained level affects the discharge current and leads to a dramatic reduction of the plasma divergence and a suppression of large amplitude, low frequency discharge current oscillations usually related to an ionization instability. These effects correlate strongly with the reduction of the voltage drop in the region with the fringing magnetic field between the thruster channel and the cathode. The measured changes of the plasma properties suggest that the electron emission affects the electron cross-field transport in the thruster discharge. These trends are generalized for Hall thrusters of various configurations.

  14. Regimes of enhanced electromagnetic emission in beam-plasma interactions

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    Timofeev, I. V.; Annenkov, V. V.; Arzhannikov, A. V.

    2015-11-15

    The ways to improve the efficiency of electromagnetic waves generation in laboratory experiments with high-current relativistic electron beams injected into a magnetized plasma are discussed. It is known that such a beam can lose, in a plasma, a significant part of its energy by exciting a high level of turbulence and heating plasma electrons. Beam-excited plasma oscillations may simultaneously participate in nonlinear processes resulting in a fundamental and second harmonic emissions. It is obvious, however, that in the developed plasma turbulence the role of these emissions in the total energy balance is always negligible. In this paper, we investigate whether electromagnetic radiation generated in the beam-plasma system can be sufficiently enhanced by the direct linear conversion of resonant beam-driven modes into electromagnetic ones on preformed regular inhomogeneities of plasma density. Due to the high power of relativistic electron beams, the mechanism discussed may become the basis for the generator of powerful sub-terahertz radiation.

  15. Regimes of enhanced electromagnetic emission in beam-plasma interactions

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    Timofeev, I. V.; Annenkov, V. V.; Arzhannikov, A. V.

    2015-11-01

    The ways to improve the efficiency of electromagnetic waves generation in laboratory experiments with high-current relativistic electron beams injected into a magnetized plasma are discussed. It is known that such a beam can lose, in a plasma, a significant part of its energy by exciting a high level of turbulence and heating plasma electrons. Beam-excited plasma oscillations may simultaneously participate in nonlinear processes resulting in a fundamental and second harmonic emissions. It is obvious, however, that in the developed plasma turbulence the role of these emissions in the total energy balance is always negligible. In this paper, we investigate whether electromagnetic radiation generated in the beam-plasma system can be sufficiently enhanced by the direct linear conversion of resonant beam-driven modes into electromagnetic ones on preformed regular inhomogeneities of plasma density. Due to the high power of relativistic electron beams, the mechanism discussed may become the basis for the generator of powerful sub-terahertz radiation.

  16. Spontaneous emission enhancement in micropatterned GaN

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    Niehus, M.; Sanguino, P.; Monteiro, T.; Soares, M. J.; Schwarz, R.

    2004-10-01

    With two interfering pulses from the fourth harmonic of a Nd-YAG laser we burnt a periodic lattice structure into the surface of GaN thin films. The lattice period of this permanent grating could be controlled between less than one and several tens of microns. Above the decomposition threshold, nitrogen evades from the sample surface, and the residual metallic gallium accumulates in the form of tiny droplets at the surfaces. The patterned structure shows structural similarities with microcavities. The question arises if the residual metallic gallium may act as a partially reflecting mirror. To test this hypothesis, we studied the steady-state and transient photoluminescence through the modulation of light emerging from the ubiquitous broad "yellow" photoluminescence band. The microlattice is evidenced by energy-equidistant spontaneous emission enhancement peaks in the steady-state photoluminescence spectra. We suggest that the partial reflection due to the residual metallic gallium leads to the observed enhancement effect.

  17. Enhanced acetylene emission near the north pole of Jupiter

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    Drossart, Pierre; Bezard, Bruno; Encrenaz, Therese; Atreya, Sushil; Lacy, John; Serabyn, Eugene; Tokunaga, Alan

    1986-01-01

    The present paper is concerned with observations of acetylene fundamental and hot band vibrational emission lines from the planet Jupiter. It is pointed out that the observation of a polar bright spot in the atmosphere of Jupiter is characterized by an enhancement in the individual lines of C2H2 which can be interpreted as an enhancement in the acetylene abundance. However, a purely thermal effect, on non-LTE phenomena cannot be excluded. The intensity of the observed hot band lines is also consistent with either hypothesis. The reported observations were performed with a cooled Fabry-Perot Grating Spectrometer (FPGS). Observations and instrumentation are considered in detail along with the calculation of synthetic spectra on the basis of a line-by-line computation, and the interpretation of the obtained data.

  18. Enhanced acetylene emission near the north pole of Jupiter

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    Drossart, P.; Bezard, B.; Atreya, S.; Lacy, J.; Serabyn, E.

    1986-01-01

    The present paper is concerned with observations of acetylene fundamental and hot band vibrational emission lines from the planet Jupiter. It is pointed out that the observation of a polar bright spot in the atmosphere of Jupiter is characterized by an enhancement in the individual lines of C2H2 which can be interpreted as an enhancement in the acetylene abundance. However, a purely thermal effect, or non-LTE phenomena cannot be excluded. The intensity of the observed hot band lines is also consistent with either hypothesis. The reported observations were performed with a cooled Fabry-Perot Grating Spectrometer (FPGS). Observations and instrumentation are considered in detail along with the calculation of synthetic spectra on the basis of a line-by-line computation, and the interpretation of the obtained data.

  19. The quantum mechanics of ion-enhanced field emission and how it influences microscale gas breakdown

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    Li, Yingjie; Go, David B.

    2014-09-14

    The presence of a positive gas ion can enhance cold electron field emission by deforming the potential barrier and increasing the tunneling probability of electrons—a process known as ion-enhanced field emission. In microscale gas discharges, ion-enhanced field emission produces additional emission from the cathode and effectively reduces the voltage required to breakdown a gaseous medium at the microscale (<10 μm). In this work, we enhance classic field emission theory by determining the impact of a gaseous ion on electron tunneling and compute the effect of ion-enhanced field emission on the breakdown voltage. We reveal that the current density for ion-enhanced field emission retains the same scaling as vacuum cold field emission and that this leads to deviations from traditional breakdown theory at microscale dimensions.

  20. Emissivity enhancement coatings for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) radiator applications

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    Yue, J.J.; Cockeram, B.V.

    1998-12-01

    Ten emissivity enhancing coatings (ZrO{sub 2} + 18% TiO{sub 2} + 10% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, ZrC, Fe{sub 2}TiO{sub 5}, ZrTiO{sub 4}, ZrO{sub 2} + 8% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} + 2% HfO{sub 2}, TiC, TiC + 5% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + 5% TiO{sub 2}, ZrB{sub 2}, and ZrB{sub 2} + 10% MoSi{sub 2}) deposited on Mo, Nb, and Haynes 230 substrates were evaluated for potential use in thermophotovoltaic (TPV) radiator applications. Emissivity testing of as-coated and annealed coupons indicate that 5 of the 10 Vacuum Plasma Spray (VPS) coating candidates have promise (ZrO{sub 2} + 18% TiO{sub 2} + 10% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, ZrC, Fe{sub 2}TiO{sub 5}, ZrTiO{sub 4}, ZrO{sub 2} + 8% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} + 2% HfO{sub 2}). Four of the ten coatings have emissivity values that are too low to be of further interest (TiC, TiC + 5% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + 5% TiO{sub 2}, ZrB{sub 2}, and ZrB{sub 2} + 10% MoSi{sub 2}). The final coating was mostly Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and exhibited excessive evaporation during vacuum annealing with a significant decrease in emissivity. Base metal powder, which was added to the bond layer of all coatings to improve coating adhesion, was detected in the top layer of the coatings. Differences in reactive interaction between the base metal powder and coating during vacuum annealing produced varying changes in emissivity. A small decrease in emissivity was observed for the ZrC coating deposited on niobium, which agrees with the limited interaction between the niobium base metal particles and the ZrC coating detected in SEM/EDS examinations. A large decrease in emissivity was observed for the ZrC coating deposited on Haynes 230, and significant interaction between the base metal particles and ZrC coating was observed.

  1. Enhanced field emission from reduced graphene oxide polymer composites.

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    Viskadouros, Georgios M; Stylianakis, Minas M; Kymakis, Emmanuel; Stratakis, Emmanuel

    2014-01-01

    Results on electron field emission (FE) from reduced graphene oxide (rGO):poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) composite layers are presented. Three different FE cathodes were tested and compared: rGO layers on (a) n(+)-Si, (b) composite films with different rGO:P3HT ratios, (c) rGO layers on composite films with different rGO:P3HT ratios. Experiments show that there is a critical rGO:P3HT ratio in which the field-emission performance is remarkably improved. Notably, such performance is always superior to that of the optimum rGO/n(+)-Si cathode. On the contrary, it is inferior to that attained upon deposition of a second rGO layer on top of the rGO:P3HT composite showed the best FE performance that showed turn-on field of as low as ~0.9 V/μm and field enhancement factor of ~1900. The contributions of the composite film morphology as well as the role of rGO sheet-substrate interaction on the emission performance are evaluated and discussed. PMID:24320752

  2. Enhanced control of mercury emissions through modified speciation

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    Livengood, C.D.; Mendelsohn, M.H.

    1997-07-01

    In anticipation of possible regulations regarding mercury emissions, research efforts sponsored by DOE, EPRI, and others are investigating the risks posed by mercury emissions, improved techniques for measuring those emissions, and possible control measures. The focus in the control research is on techniques that can be used in conjunction with existing flue-gas-cleanup (FGC) systems in order to minimize additional capital costs and operational complexity. Argonne National Laboratory has supported the DOE Fossil Energy Program for over 15 years with research on advanced environmental control technologies. The emphasis in Argonne`s work has been on integrated systems that combine control of several pollutants. Specific topics have included spray drying for sulfur dioxide and particulate-matter control with high-sulfur coal, combined sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides control technologies, and techniques to enhance mercury control in existing FGC systems. The latter area has focused on low-cost dry sorbents for use with fabric filters or electrostatic precipitators and techniques for improving the capture of mercury in wet flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. This paper presents results from recent work that has studied the effects of several oxidizing agents in combination with typical flue-gas species (e.g., nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide) on the oxidation of Hg{sup 0}.

  3. Origin of enhanced field emission characteristics postplasma treatment of multiwalled carbon nanotube array

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    Lee, Kyu; Lim, Seong Chu; Lee, Young Hee; Choi, Young Chul

    2008-08-11

    Field emission properties of chemical-vapor-deposition-grown multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with plasma treatment have been investigated. Origin of the enhanced field emission current was interpreted in terms of surface morphology of MWCNTs, work function, field enhancement factor, and emission area. Contrary to the general belief, the change in the work function increased slightly with the plasma treatment time, whereas the field enhancement factor decreased. We found that the number of emittable MWCNTs played a dominant role in the current enhancement.

  4. The influence of the crystal structure on aggregation-induced luminescence of derivatives of aminobenzoic acid

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    Nosova, D. A.; Zarochentseva, E. P.; Vysotskaya, S. O.; Klemesheva, N. A.; Korotkov, V. I.

    2014-12-01

    The luminescence of three derivatives of 2-(phenylamino)-benzoic acid (N-phenylanthranilic, mefenamic, and niflumic acids) in benzene solution, in the polycrystalline state, and in the hexamethylbenzene matrix is studied. In the crystalline state, these compounds exhibit intense aggregation-induced luminescence. An increase in luminescence is also observed in the impurity crystal. The hexamethylbenzene crystal lattice restricts the mobility of molecules, thus ensuring the rigidity of the molecular structure of acids, which decreases the efficiency of nonradiative electron energy degradation. The main reason for the increase in the luminescence intensity in the case of fixation in a crystalline matrix is the formation of intramolecular hydrogen bonds and dimers of acid molecules.

  5. Cavity-enhanced light emission from electrically driven carbon nanotubes

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    Pyatkov, Felix; Fütterling, Valentin; Khasminskaya, Svetlana; Flavel, Benjamin S.; Hennrich, Frank; Kappes, Manfred M.; Krupke, Ralph; Pernice, Wolfram H. P.

    2016-06-01

    An important advancement towards optical communication on a chip would be the development of integratable, nanoscale photonic emitters with tailored optical properties. Here we demonstrate the use of carbon nanotubes as electrically driven high-speed emitters in combination with a nanophotonic cavity that allows for exceptionally narrow linewidths. The one-dimensional photonic crystal cavities are shown to spectrally select desired emission wavelengths, enhance intensity and efficiently couple light into the underlying photonic network with high reproducibility. Under pulsed voltage excitation, we realize on-chip modulation rates in the GHz range, compatible with active photonic networks. Because the linewidth of the molecular emitter is determined by the quality factor of the photonic crystal, our approach effectively eliminates linewidth broadening due to temperature, surface interaction and hot-carrier injection.

  6. Enhancing Laser Induced Plasma Emissions using Various Excitation Modalities

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    Johnson, Lewis; Akpovo, Charlemagne; Gebreegziabher, Samson; Martinez, Jorge, Jr.

    2008-11-01

    Detection of hazardous materials with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) requires a detailed understanding of the sample matrix as well as the surrounding environment. We report on our efforts to understand and manipulate the continuum and atmospheric levels while enhancing surface and substrate material identifications. Comparisons are made between: single pulse (SP) nanosecond (ns); SP femtosecond (fs); SP fs-self-channeled (fs-sc); Dual pulse (DP) ns; DP ns -- fs; and DP ns fs-sc; and multi--pulse Continuous Wave (CW) plasmas formed on the sample surface. Plasma emission spectra from atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen, as well as aluminum and Copper substrates, and hazardous oxygen and nitrogen rich materials residues are analyzed.

  7. Optimized LWIR enhancement of nanosecond and femtosecond LIBS uranium emission

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    Akpovo, Codjo A.; Ford, Alan; Johnson, Lewis

    2016-05-01

    A carbon dioxide (CO2) transverse electrical breakdown in atmosphere (TEA), pulsed laser was used to enhance the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) spectral signatures of uranium under nanosecond (ns) and femtosecond (fs) ablation. The peak areas of both ionic and neutral species increased by one order of magnitude for ns-ablation and two orders of magnitude for fs-ablation over LIBS when the CO2 TEA laser was used with samples of dried solutions of uranyl nitrate hexahydrate (UO2(NO3)2·6H2O) on silicon wafers. Electron temperature and density measurements show that the spectral emission improvement from using the TEA laser comes from plasma reheating.

  8. Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission for Solar Concentrator Systems

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    Schwede, Jared; Bargatin, Igor; Riley, Dan; Hardin, Brian; Howe, Roger; Melosh, Nick; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2010-03-01

    Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission (PETE) is a newly proposed method of solar energy harvesting which combines quantum and thermal processes into a single electricity generating mechanism. The proposed PETE device can be thought of as a synthesis of a photovoltaic (PV) cell and thermionic converter, and the process is expected to overcome some of the challenges which limit either of its intellectual antecedents. Because PETE can harvest the energy of sub-bandgap photons and recover heat produced by thermalization and recombination, possible PETE conversion efficiencies exceed the theoretical limits of single junction PV cells. A PETE converter operates most efficiently at high temperatures, which would allow the waste heat of the device to be used to power a secondary thermal cycle. Principles of PETE operation and limiting efficiencies are described.

  9. Solar energy conversion with photon-enhanced thermionic emission

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    Kribus, Abraham; Segev, Gideon

    2016-07-01

    Photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE) converts sunlight to electricity with the combined photonic and thermal excitation of charge carriers in a semiconductor, leading to electron emission over a vacuum gap. Theoretical analyses predict conversion efficiency that can match, or even exceed, the efficiency of traditional solar thermal and photovoltaic converters. Several materials have been examined as candidates for radiation absorbers and electron emitters, with no conclusion yet on the best set of materials to achieve high efficiency. Analyses have shown the complexity of the energy conversion and transport processes, and the significance of several loss mechanisms, requiring careful control of material properties and optimization of the device structure. Here we survey current research on PETE modeling, materials, and device configurations, outline the advances made, and stress the open issues and future research needed. Based on the substantial progress already made in this young topic, and the potential of high conversion efficiency based on theoretical performance limits, continued research in this direction is very promising and may yield a competitive technology for solar electricity generation.

  10. Hybrid Silicon Nanophotonic Devices: Enhancing Light Emission, Modulation, and Confinement

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    Briggs, Ryan Morrow

    Silicon has become an increasingly important photonic material for communications, information processing, and sensing applications. Silicon is inexpensive compared to compound semiconductors, and it is well suited for confining and guiding light at standard telecommunication wavelengths due to its large refractive index and minimal intrinsic absorption. Furthermore, silicon-based optical devices can be fabricated alongside microelectronics while taking advantage of advanced silicon processing technologies. In order to realize complete chip-based photonic systems, certain critical components must continue to be developed and refined on the silicon platform, including compact light sources, modulators, routers, and sensing elements. However, bulk silicon is not necessarily an ideal material for many active devices because of its meager light emission characteristics, limited refractive index tunability, and fundamental limitations in confining light beyond the diffraction limit. In this thesis, we present three examples of hybrid devices that use different materials to bring additional optical functionality to silicon photonics. First, we analyze high-index-contrast silicon slot waveguides and their integration with light-emitting erbium-doped glass materials. Theoretical and experimental results show significant enhancement of spontaneous emission rates in slot structures. We then demonstrate the integration of vanadium dioxide, a thermochromic phase-change material, with silicon waveguides to form micron-scale absorption modulators. It is shown experimentally that a 2-mum long waveguide-integrated device exhibits broadband modulation of more than 6.5 dB at wavelengths near 1550 nm. Finally, we demonstrate polymer-on-gold dielectric-loaded surface-plasmon waveguides and ring resonators coupled to silicon waveguides with 1.0+/-0.1 dB insertion loss. The plasmonic waveguides are shown to support a single surface mode at telecommunication wavelengths, with strong

  11. Aggregation emission properties of oligomers based on tetraphenylethylene.

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    Wang, Weizhi; Lin, Tingting; Wang, Min; Liu, Tian-Xi; Ren, Lulu; Chen, Dan; Huang, Shu

    2010-05-13

    A series of eight derivatives based on tetraphenylethylene were prepared, and two of these, i.e., 1,1-bis(4-phenylcarbonyl)-2,2-diphenylethylene (2), 1,1,2,2-tetrakis(4-phenylcarbonyl)phenylethylene (4), were characterized crystallographically. Because the rigidity and steric hindrance in the molecular structure enhanced regularly from sample 5 to 8, UV-visible absorption and PL spectra of 5-8 show the transition from aggregation-induced emission (AIE) to aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) behavior. Solid fluorescence lifetime characterization shows that samples with less steric hindrance and more interaction in or between molecules will result in a short fluorescence lifetime. All samples 5-8 become more emissive when their chains are induced to aggregate by adding water into their acetonitrile solutions. Cyclic voltammetry measurements taken give the band gap of sample 5-8 as 2.88, 2.70, 2.56, and 2.43 eV, and theoretical calculations also support these bad gap results. Conformational simulations also suggest that the origin of transition from AIE to AIEE behavior is due to the restricted intramolecular rotations of the aromatic rings in samples. PMID:20408586

  12. Bright Solid-State Emission of Disilane-Bridged Donor-Acceptor-Donor and Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Chromophores.

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    Shimada, Masaki; Tsuchiya, Mizuho; Sakamoto, Ryota; Yamanoi, Yoshinori; Nishibori, Eiji; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2016-02-01

    The development of disilane-bridged donor-acceptor-donor (D-Si-Si-A-Si-Si-D) and acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-Si-Si-D-Si-Si-A) compounds is described. Both types of compound showed strong emission (λem =ca. 500 and ca. 400 nm, respectively) in the solid state with high quantum yields (Φ: up to 0.85). Compound 4 exhibited aggregation-induced emission enhancement in solution. X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structures of 2, 4, and 12 had no intermolecular π-π interactions to suppress the nonradiative transition in the solid state. PMID:26822564

  13. Enhanced eumelanin emission by stepwise three-photon excitation

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    Kerimo, Josef; Rajadhyaksha, Milind; DiMarzio, Charles A.

    2011-03-01

    Eumelanin fluorescence from Sepia officinalis and black human hair was activated with near-infrared radiation and multiphoton excitation. A third order multiphoton absorption by a step-wise process appears to be the underlying mechanism. The activation was caused by a photochemical process since it could not be reproduced by simple heating. Both fluorescence and brightfield imaging indicate the near-infrared irradiation caused photodamage to the eumelanin and the activated emission originated from the photodamaged region. At least two different components with about thousand-fold enhanced fluorescence were activated and could be distinguished by their excitation properties. One component was excited with wavelengths in the visible region and exhibited linear absorption dependence. The second component could be excited with near-infrared wavelengths and had a third order dependence on the laser power. The third order dependence is explained by a step-wise excited state absorption (ESA) process since it could be observed equally with the CW and femtosecond lasers. The new method for photoactivating the eumelanin fluorescence was used to map the melanin content in human hair.

  14. Numerical and experimental studies of enhanced electron emission from functionalized carbon nanotube emitters

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    Jin, Feng; Little, Scott; Alzubi, Feras

    2007-03-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were grown using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method. The CNTs were further functionalized by coating their surface with a thin layer of low work function oxide emissive materials. The electron emission capability of the coated CNT emitters was greatly improved with the low work function emissive layer, particularly at high temperature. Thermionic emission current three orders magnitude higher was observed. The emission properties of the oxide coated CNTs were measured and characterized over a wide temperature and field ranges. It was found that neither the Fowler-Nordheim theory for field emission nor the Richardson theory for thermionic emission were adequate to describe the electron emission characteristics of these emitters in certain range of temperature and field. However, by adopting a general electron emission formulism developed by Murphy and Good, we were able to simulate the electron emission from the coated CNTs over the whole temperature and field range and fit the experimental data.

  15. Spatially uniform enhancement of single quantum dot emission using plasmonic grating decoupler

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    Kumar, Arunandan; Weeber, Jean-Claude; Bouhelier, Alexandre; Eloi, Fabien; Buil, Stéphanie; Quélin, Xavier; Nasilowski, Michel; Dubertret, Benoit; Hermier, Jean-Pierre; Colas des Francs, Gérard

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a spatially uniform enhancement of individual quantum dot (QD) fluorescence emission using plasmonic grating decouplers on thin gold or silver films. Individual QDs are deposited within the grating in a controlled way to investigate the position dependency on both the radiation pattern and emission enhancement. We also describe the optimization of the grating decoupler. We achieve a fluorescence enhancement ~3 times higher than using flat plasmon film, for any QD position in the grating. PMID:26577533

  16. Spatially uniform enhancement of single quantum dot emission using plasmonic grating decoupler.

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    Kumar, Arunandan; Weeber, Jean-Claude; Bouhelier, Alexandre; Eloi, Fabien; Buil, Stéphanie; Quélin, Xavier; Nasilowski, Michel; Dubertret, Benoit; Hermier, Jean-Pierre; Colas des Francs, Gérard

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a spatially uniform enhancement of individual quantum dot (QD) fluorescence emission using plasmonic grating decouplers on thin gold or silver films. Individual QDs are deposited within the grating in a controlled way to investigate the position dependency on both the radiation pattern and emission enhancement. We also describe the optimization of the grating decoupler. We achieve a fluorescence enhancement ~3 times higher than using flat plasmon film, for any QD position in the grating. PMID:26577533

  17. Spatially uniform enhancement of single quantum dot emission using plasmonic grating decoupler

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    Kumar, Arunandan; Weeber, Jean-Claude; Bouhelier, Alexandre; Eloi, Fabien; Buil, Stéphanie; Quélin, Xavier; Nasilowski, Michel; Dubertret, Benoit; Hermier, Jean-Pierre; Colas Des Francs, Gérard

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate a spatially uniform enhancement of individual quantum dot (QD) fluorescence emission using plasmonic grating decouplers on thin gold or silver films. Individual QDs are deposited within the grating in a controlled way to investigate the position dependency on both the radiation pattern and emission enhancement. We also describe the optimization of the grating decoupler. We achieve a fluorescence enhancement ~3 times higher than using flat plasmon film, for any QD position in the grating.

  18. Enhanced ultraviolet emission of ZnO microrods array based on Au surface plasmon

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    Feng, Wen-po; Jing, Ai-hua; Li, Jing-hua; Liang, Gao-feng

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the Au/ZnO hybrid microstructure was fabricated by assembling Au nanoparticles (NPs) onto the surface of ZnO microrods, and an obviously improved ultraviolet (UV) emission of ZnO is observed in the hybrid microstructure. About 27-fold enhancement ratio of the UV emission to the green band emission of ZnO is achieved. The underlying enhanced mechanism of the UV emission intensities can be ascribed to the charge transfer and the efficient coupling between ZnO excitons and Au surface plasmon (SP).

  19. Enhanced biogenic emissions of nitric oxide and nitrous oxide following surface biomass burning

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    Anderson, Iris C.; Levine, Joel S.; Poth, Mark A.; Riggan, Philip J.

    1988-01-01

    Recent measurements indicate significantly enhanced biogenic soil emissions of both nitric oxide (NO) and nitrous oxide (N2O) following surface burning. These enhanced fluxes persisted for at least six months following the burn. Simultaneous measurements indicate enhanced levels of exchangeable ammonium in the soil following the burn. Biomass burning is known to be an instantaneous source of NO and N2O resulting from high-temperature combustion. Now it is found that biomass burning also results in significantly enhanced biogenic emissions of these gases, which persist for months following the burn.

  20. PHOTONIC CRYSTAL SURFACE ENHANCED UPCONVERSION EMISSION OF YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ NANOPARTICLES

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Li, Jun; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Yong; Zhou, Dacheng

    2015-11-01

    The opal photonic crystals made of polystyrene microspheres with 155, 230, 270 or 410 nm in diameter were used to enhance upconversion (UC) emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles, respectively. The red or green UC emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles can be selectively enhanced when the red or green UC emission wavelength overlapped with the photonic bandgaps of opals, which is attributed to Bragg reflection of photonic bandgap. In addition, when the 980 nm excitation light wavelength was in the region of the photonic bandgap, red and green UC emissions of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles were enhanced due to the enhancement of excitation field.

  1. Enhancement of magnetic dipole emission at yellow light in optical metamaterials

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    Hu, Wenliang; Yi, Ningbo; Sun, Shang; Cui, Lin; Song, Qinghai; Xiao, Shumin

    2015-09-01

    Here we demonstrate the control of magnetic dipole spontaneous emission at yellow light by magnetic metamaterials. By embedding magnetic dipole into a magnetic metamaterial consisting of arrays of paired silver strips, the radiative emission enhancement and the Purcell factor around 590 nm has been dramatically increased to 110 and 180 respectively. Moreover, the enhancements are found to be robust to variation of dipole's positions and structure geometries, showing nice fabrication tolerance for practical applications.

  2. Homogeneous linewidths of Rhodamine 6G at room temperature from cavity-enhanced spontaneous emission rates

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    Barnes, M.D.; Whitten, W.B.; Arnold, S.; Ramsey, J.M. )

    1992-11-15

    Fluorescence lifetimes of Rhodamine 6G in levitated micron-sized droplets have been measured using a time-correlated photon counting technique. The coupling of emission into spherical cavity modes of the droplet results in significant emission rate enhancements which allow estimation of the homogeneous linewidth at room temperature.

  3. Carbon-containing cathodes for enhanced electron emission

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    Cao, Renyu; Pan, Lawrence; Vergara, German; Fox, Ciaran

    2000-01-01

    A cathode has electropositive atoms directly bonded to a carbon-containing substrate. Preferably, the substrate comprises diamond or diamond-like (sp.sup.3) carbon, and the electropositive atoms are Cs. The cathode displays superior efficiency and durability. In one embodiment, the cathode has a negative electron affinity (NEA). The cathode can be used for field emission, thermionic emission, or photoemission. Upon exposure to air or oxygen, the cathode performance can be restored by annealing or other methods. Applications include detectors, electron multipliers, sensors, imaging systems, and displays, particularly flat panel displays.

  4. Nitrous oxide emissions with enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers in rainfed system

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    The use of enhanced efficiency nitrogen (N) fertilizers can increase crop N utilization and lead to lower emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O). To determine potential benefit of four enhanced efficiency fertilizers with rain-fed corn production in central Pennsylvania, USA, N2O emissi...

  5. Enhanced electron-hole droplet emission from surface-oxidized silicon photonic crystal nanocavities.

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    Sumikura, Hisashi; Kuramochi, Eiichi; Taniyama, Hideaki; Notomi, Masaya

    2016-01-25

    We have observed electron-hole droplet (EHD) emission enhanced by silicon photonic crystal (Si PhC) nanocavities with a surface oxide. The EHD is employed as a massive emitter that remains inside the nanocavity to achieve efficient cavity-emitter coupling. Time-resolved emission measurements demonstrate that the surface oxide greatly reduces the nonradiative annihilation of the EHDs and maintains them in the PhC nanocavities. It is found that the surface-oxidized Si PhC nanocavity enhances EHD emission in addition to the Purcell enhancement of the resonant cavity, which will contribute to works on Si light emission and the cavity quantum electrodynamics of electron-hole condensates. PMID:26832491

  6. Enhanced stimulated emission in ZnO thin films using microdisk top-down structuring

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    Nomenyo, K.; Kostcheev, S.; Lérondel, G.; Gadallah, A.-S.; Rogers, D. J.

    2014-05-05

    Microdisks were fabricated in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films using a top-down approach combining electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. These microdisk structured thin films exhibit a stimulated surface emission between 3 and 7 times higher than that from a reference film depending on the excitation power density. Emission peak narrowing, reduction in lasing threshold and blue-shifting of the emission wavelength were observed along with enhancement in the emitted intensity. Results indicate that this enhancement is due to an increase in the internal quantum efficiency combined with an amplification of the stimulated emission. An analysis in terms of waveguiding is presented in order to explain these effects. These results demonstrate that very significant gains in emission can be obtained through conventional microstructuration without the need for more onerous top-down nanostructuration techniques.

  7. Enhancement of the short wavelength upconversion emission in inverse opal photonic crystals.

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    Wu, Hangjun; Zhu, Jialun; Yang, Zhengwen; Yan, Dong; Wang, Rongfei; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yu, Xue; Yang, Yong; Zhou, Dacheng; Yin, Zhaoyi

    2014-05-01

    Upconversion luminescence properties of Yb-Tb codoped Bi4Ti3O12 inverse opals have been investigated. The results show that the upconversion emission can be modulated by the photonic band gap. More significantly, in the upconversion inverse opals, the excited-state absorption of Tb3+ is greatly enhanced by the suppression of upconversion spontaneous emissions of the intermediate excited state, and thus the short wavelength upconversion emission from Tb3+ is considerably improved. We believe that the present work will be valuable for not only the foundational study of upconversion emission modifications but also new optical devices in upconversion displays and short wavelength upconversion lasers. PMID:24734648

  8. Photonic Crystals-Inhibited Spontaneous Emission: Optical Antennas-Enhanced Spontaneous Emission

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    Yablonovitch, Eli

    Photonic crystals are also part of everyday technological life in opto-electronic telecommunication devices that provide us with internet, cloud storage, and email. But photonic crystals have also been identified in nature, in the coloration of peacocks, parrots, chameleons, butterflies and many other species.In spite of its broad applicability, the original motivation of photonic crystals was to create a ``bandgap'' in which the spontaneous emission of light would be inhibited. Conversely, the opposite is now possible. The ``optical antenna'' can accelerate spontaneous emission. Over 100 years after the radio antenna, we finally have tiny ``optical antennas'' which can act on molecules and quantum dots. Employing optical antennas, spontaneous light emission can become faster than stimulated emission.

  9. Broadband Enhancement of Spontaneous Emission in Two-Dimensional Semiconductors Using Photonic Hypercrystals.

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    Galfsky, Tal; Sun, Zheng; Considine, Christopher R; Chou, Cheng-Tse; Ko, Wei-Chun; Lee, Yi-Hsien; Narimanov, Evgenii E; Menon, Vinod M

    2016-08-10

    The low quantum yield observed in two-dimensional semiconductors of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has motivated the quest for approaches that can enhance the light emission from these systems. Here, we demonstrate broadband enhancement of spontaneous emission and increase in Raman signature from archetype two-dimensional semiconductors: molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) by placing the monolayers in the near field of a photonic hypercrystal having hyperbolic dispersion. Hypercrystals are characterized by a large broadband photonic density of states due to hyperbolic dispersion while having enhanced light in/out coupling by a subwavelength photonic crystal lattice. This dual advantage is exploited here to enhance the light emission from the 2D TMDs and can be utilized for developing light emitters and solar cells using two-dimensional semiconductors. PMID:27420735

  10. Highly enhanced spontaneous emission with nanoshell-based metallodielectric hybrid antennas

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    Cheng, Yuqing; Lu, Guowei; shen, Hongming; Wang, Yuwei; He, Yingbo; Chou, R. Yuanying; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-09-01

    The metallodielectric hybrid nanoantenna integrating plasmonic nanostructures with dielectric planar substrate can improve the spontaneous emission greatly. We demonstrated that the performances of the hybrid antenna can be substantially optimized with specific plasmonic nanostructures by employing finite-difference time-domain method. The hybrid antenna with core-shell nanostructure can enhance spontaneous emission greatly rather than the individual spherical nanoparticle. Moreover, the performances of the hybrid antenna can be boosted further through using asymmetrical nanoshell. The mechanism of the high enhancement effect is due to the hybrid structure being able to couple efficiently with the electric field by a larger dipolar moment. And the emission directivity of the hybrid antenna is able to be modified by adjusting the geometry of the plasmonic nanostructures. The results should be beneficial for various fundamental and applied research fields, including single molecule fluorescence and surface enhance Raman spectroscopy, etc. The enhancement of spontaneous emission is in demand in fundamental interests and various applied research fields. However, the electromagnetic enhancement of single plasmonic nanostructure is limited due to intrinsic loss of metal materials and quantum tunneling effect which also limits the ability of enhancement of spontaneous emission. Interestingly, it was found that hybrid structures can provide higher enhancement effect. This study is about a kind new type of optical antenna to control spontaneous emission of single emitter, i.e. a metallodielectric hybrid nanoantenna integrating plasmonic nanostructures with dielectric planar substrate which can improve the spontaneous emission greatly. We demonstrated that the performances of the hybrid antenna can be substantially optimized with specific plasmonic nanostructures by employing finite-difference time-domain method. The hybrid antenna with core-shell nanostructure can enhance

  11. Enhanced forward emission of YAG:Ce³⁺ phosphor with polystyrene nanosphere coating.

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    Ge, Zhongyang; Piquette, Alan; Mishra, Kailash C; Klotzkin, David

    2015-07-01

    A common configuration for solid-state lighting is a blue LED combined with a phosphor platelet that emits in the yellow and green. Inherently, the light from the phosphor is emitted isotropically, but in most applications it is desirable to tailor the angular emission so that more light is emitted forward. In this work we demonstrate an effective forward emission enhancement for a YAG:Ce(3+) phosphor platelet by coating the surface with several layers of 600 nm diameter polystyrene nanospheres. After the application of the optimal concentration of three layers of nanospheres, the normal direction emission of YAG:Ce(3+) increased about 27% by focusing the emission from high angles into the forward direction through the mechanism of Mie scattering. This angular emission tailoring technique did not reduce the total emitted power. This is a convenient way to tailor the emission angles for applications like projector display and automotive forward lighting. PMID:26193147

  12. Chemically linked AuNP-alkane network for enhanced photoemission and field emission.

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    Xie, Xian Ning; Gao, Xingyu; Qi, Dongchen; Xie, Yilin; Shen, Lei; Yang, Shuo-Wang; Sow, Chorng Haur; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2009-09-22

    Size and ligand effects are the basis for the novel properties and applications of metallic nanoparticles (NPs) in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, and biotechnology. This work reports the first observation of enhanced photoelectron emission from metallic Au NPs ligated by alkanethiols. The enhancement is based on a conceptually new mechanism: the AuNP provides electrons while the alkane ligand emits electrons due to its low or negative electron affinity. Moreover, the AuNP-ligand chemical bonding is found to significantly facilitate the transmission of photoexcited electrons from the AuNP to the ligand emitter. Consequently the smooth NP film, which is a typical low-aspect-ratio two-dimensional structure, exhibits strong and stable field emission behavior under photoillumination conditions. The photoenhanced field emission is related to the interband and surface plasmon transitions in AuNPs, and a photoenhancement factor of up to approximately 300 is observed for the AuNP-based field emission. This is highly remarkable because field emission is often based on one-dimensional, high-aspect-ratio nanostructures (e.g., nanotubes and nanowires) with geometrical field enhancement effect. The chemical linkage of electron-supplying AuNP and electron-emitting alkane ligand represents a fundamentally new mechanism for efficient photoexcitation and emission. Being low-temperature/solution processable, and inkjet printable, AuNPs may be a flexible material system for optoelectronic applications such as photodetection and photoenhanced field emission. PMID:19769404

  13. Isoprene emission from a subarctic peatland under enhanced UV-B radiation.

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    Tiiva, Päivi; Rinnan, Riikka; Faubert, Patrick; Räsänen, Janne; Holopainen, Toini; Kyrö, Esko; Holopainen, Jarmo K

    2007-01-01

    Isoprene is a reactive hydrocarbon with an important role in atmospheric chemistry, and emissions from vegetation contribute to atmospheric carbon fluxes. The magnitude of isoprene emissions from arctic peatlands is not known, and it may be altered by increasing UV-B radiation. Isoprene emission was measured with the dynamic chamber method from a subarctic peatland under long-term enhancement of UV-B radiation targeted to correspond to a 20% loss in the stratospheric ozone layer. The site type of the peatland was a flark fen dominated by the moss Warnstorfia exannulata and sedges Eriophorum russeolum and Carex limosa. The relationship between species densities and the emission was also assessed. Isoprene emissions were significantly increased by enhanced UV-B radiation during the second (2004) and the fourth (2006) growing seasons under the UV-B exposure. Emissions were related to the density of E. russeolum. The dominant moss, W. exannulata, proved to emit small amounts of isoprene in a laboratory trial. Subarctic fens, even without Sphagnum moss, are a significant source of isoprene to the atmosphere, especially under periods of warm weather. Warming of the Arctic together with enhanced UV-B radiation may substantially increase the emissions. PMID:17888116

  14. Resonance enhancement of spin-polarized electron emission

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    Gerchikov, L. G. Mamaev, Yu. A.; Yashin, Yu. P.; Vasiliev, D. A.; Kuz'michev, V. V.; Ustinov, V. M.; Zhukov, A. E.; Vasiliev, A. P.; Mikhrin, V. S.

    2009-04-15

    Resonance enhancement of the quantum yield of polarized electrons from photocathodes based on strained short-period semiconductor superlattices is studied. The superlattice is a constituent of a Fabry-Perot optical cavity formed by the outer surface of the photocathode and the distributed Bragg reflector. An increase in the quantum yield by an order of magnitude is observed in the wavelength region corresponding to the maximum degree of polarization of photoemission.

  15. Embedding plasmonic nanostructure diodes enhances hot electron emission.

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    Knight, Mark W; Wang, Yumin; Urban, Alexander S; Sobhani, Ali; Zheng, Bob Y; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2013-04-10

    When plasmonic nanostructures serve as the metallic counterpart of a metal-semiconductor Schottky interface, hot electrons due to plasmon decay are emitted across the Schottky barrier, generating measurable photocurrents in the semiconductor. When the plasmonic nanostructure is atop the semiconductor, only a small percentage of hot electrons are excited with a wavevector permitting transport across the Schottky barrier. Here we show that embedding plasmonic structures into the semiconductor substantially increases hot electron emission. Responsivities increase by 25× over planar diodes for embedding depths as small as 5 nm. The vertical Schottky barriers created by this geometry make the plasmon-induced hot electron process the dominant contributor to photocurrent in plasmonic nanostructure-diode-based devices. PMID:23452192

  16. Enhanced hard x-ray emission from microdroplet preplasma

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    Anand, M.; Kahaly, S.; Ravindra Kumar, G.; Krishnamurthy, M.; Sandhu, A.S.; Gibbon, P.

    2006-05-01

    We perform a comparative study of hard x-ray emission from femtosecond laser plasmas in 15 {mu}m methanol microdroplets and Perspex target. The hard x-ray yield from droplet plasmas is {approx_equal}68 times more than that obtained from solid plasmas at 2x10{sup 15} W cm{sup -2}. A 10 ns prepulse at about 5% of the main pulse appears to be essential for hard x-ray generation from droplets. Hot electron temperature of 36 keV is measured from the droplets at 8x10{sup 14} W cm{sup -2}, whereas a three times higher intensity is needed to obtain similar hot electron temperatures from Perspex plasmas. Particle-in-cell simulations with very long scale-length density profiles support experimental observations.

  17. Temperature enhancement of secondary electron emission from hydrogenated diamond films

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    Stacey, A.; Prawer, S.; Rubanov, S.; Akhvlediani, R.; Michaelson, Sh.; Hoffman, A.

    2009-09-15

    The effect of temperature on the stability of the secondary electron emission (SEE) yield from approx100-nm-thick continuous diamond films is reported. At room temperature, the SEE yield was found to decay as a function of electron irradiation dose. The SEE yield is observed to increase significantly upon heating of the diamond surface. Furthermore, by employing moderate temperatures, the decay of the SEE yield observed at room temperature is inhibited, showing a nearly constant yield with electron dose at 200 deg. C. The results are explained in terms of the temperature dependence of the electron beam-induced hydrogen desorption from the diamond surface and surface band bending. These findings demonstrate that the longevity of diamond films in practical applications of SEE can be increased by moderate heating.

  18. Enhanced electron field emission from CuO nanoplate arrays decorated with Au nanoparticles

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    Li, Fei; Wu, Shumao; Zhang, Liangji; Li, Zhen

    2015-09-01

    A simple and controllable method was reported for the decoration of CuO nanoplate arrays with Au nanoparticles. It had been achieved through the reaction between Sn2+ and AuCl4 - in the presence of CuO nanoplate arrays. The structure and electron field emission properties of CuO nanoplate arrays decorated with different amounts of Au nanoparticles were investigated. The results demonstrated a remarkable enhancement of field emission performance of CuO nanoplate arrays decorated with Au nanoparticles. The effect of Au amount on the field emission performance was studied in detail, and excellent field emission properties such as a low turn-on electric field of 6.7 V/μm and a high field enhancement factor of 516 could be realized from the optimized sample. On the basis of experimental results, a possible mechanism for the formation of the CuO nanoplate arrays decorated with Au nanoparticles was speculated.

  19. Influence of substrates in ZnO devices on the surface plasmon enhanced light emission.

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    Cheng, Peihong; Li, Dongsheng; Yang, Deren

    2008-06-01

    The substrates in emitting structure were found to have an influence on the surface plasmon mediated light emission of ZnO films. Ag film mediated photoluminescence was quenched for ZnO on silicon substrate but enhanced for ZnO on quartz or sapphire substrate. Through a theoretical simulation, the quenching for ZnO on silicon substrate is ascribed to the power lost to the substrate mode nonradiatively at the expense of the power coupled to the SP mode. The substrate with a high refractive index may capture and dissipate the emitting power which limits the efficiency of SP mediated light extraction. Therefore, a proper arrangement of the refractive index of the substrate and emitting layers in the device structure is decisive for the SP coupled light emission enhancement. Base on the theoretical analysis, a four-layered structure was advanced to recover SP mediated emission enhancement from ZnO film on silicon substrate. PMID:18545602

  20. Surface and waveguide collection of Raman emission in waveguide-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Zilong; Zervas, Michalis N; Bartlett, Philip N; Wilkinson, James S

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate Raman spectroscopy on a high index thin film tantalum pentoxide waveguide and compare collection of Raman emission from the waveguide end with that from the waveguide surface. Toluene was used as a convenient model analyte, and a 40-fold greater signal was collected from the waveguide end. Simulations of angular and spatial Raman emission distributions showed good agreement with experiments, with the enhancement resulting from efficient collection of power from dipoles near the surface into the high-index waveguide film and substrate, combined with long interaction length. The waveguide employed was optimized at the excitation wavelength but not at emission wavelengths, and full optimization is expected to lead to enhancements comparable to surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy in robust low-cost metal-free and nanostructure-free chips. PMID:27607994

  1. The development and testing of emissivity enhancement coatings for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) radiator applications

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    Cockeram, B.V.; Measures, D.P.; Mueller, A.J.

    1999-03-01

    One requirement of a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) radiator is to efficiently emit photons at high temperatures to TPV cells for conversion to electric power. Because many candidate radiator materials with adequate structural properties display low emissivity, coatings or other surface modifications are required for enhancement of emissivity. Six plasma sprayed coatings and one textured surface demonstrated adequate thermal stability and emittance values of 0.8 or greater. Promising attributes of modified surfaces are identified.

  2. Monitoring and inhibition of insulin fibrillation by a small organic fluorogen with aggregation-induced emission characteristics.

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    Hong, Yuning; Meng, Luming; Chen, Sijie; Leung, Chris Wai Tung; Da, Lin-Tai; Faisal, Mahtab; Silva, Daniel-Adriano; Liu, Jianzhao; Lam, Jacky Wing Yip; Huang, Xuhui; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2012-01-25

    Amyloid fibrillation of proteins is associated with a great variety of pathologic conditions. Development of new molecules that can monitor amyloidosis kinetics and inhibit fibril formation is of great diagnostic and therapeutic value. In this work, we have developed a biocompatible molecule that functions as an ex situ monitor and an in situ inhibitor for protein fibrillation, using insulin as a model protein. 1,2-Bis[4-(3-sulfonatopropoxyl)phenyl]-1,2-diphenylethene salt (BSPOTPE) is nonemissive when it is dissolved with native insulin in an incubation buffer but starts to fluoresce when it is mixed with preformed insulin fibril, enabling ex situ monitoring of amyloidogenesis kinetics and high-contrast fluorescence imaging of protein fibrils. Premixing BSPOTPE with insulin, on the other hand, inhibits the nucleation process and impedes the protofibril formation. Increasing the dose of BSPOTPE boosts its inhibitory potency. Theoretical modeling using molecular dynamics simulations and docking reveals that BSPOTPE is prone to binding to partially unfolded insulin through hydrophobic interaction of the phenyl rings of BSPOTPE with the exposed hydrophobic residues of insulin. Such binding is assumed to have stabilized the partially unfolded insulin and obstructed the formation of the critical oligomeric species in the protein fibrillogenesis process. PMID:22191699

  3. Bright and photostable fluorescent probe with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for specific lysosome imaging and tracking.

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    Ouyang, Jiang; Zang, Qiguang; Chen, Wansong; Wang, Liqiang; Li, Shuo; Liu, Ren-Yu; Deng, Yuanyuan; Liu, Zhao-Qian; Li, Juan; Deng, Liu; Liu, You-Nian

    2016-10-01

    We develop a new lysosome-targeting AIE fluorescent probe tetraphenylethene-morpholine (TPE-MPL), by incorporating a typical lysosome-targeting moiety of morpholine into a stable tetraphenylethene skeleton. Due to both the AIE and antenna effects, TPE-MPL possesses superior photostability, appreciable tolerance to microenvironment change and high lysosome targeting ability. Our findings confirm that TPE-MPL is a well-suited imaging agent for targeting lysosome and tracking dynamic movement of lysosome. Moreover, due to its synthetic accessibility, TPE-MPL could be further modified as a dual-functional probe for lysosome, thereby gain further insight into the role of lysosome in biomedical applications. PMID:27474306

  4. Intriguing emission properties of triphenylamine-carborane systems.

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    Kim, So-Yoen; Cho, Yang-Jin; Jin, Guo Fan; Han, Won-Sik; Son, Ho-Jin; Cho, Dae Won; Kang, Sang Ook

    2015-06-28

    Electron donor-acceptor (D-A) systems with a triphenylamino moiety (D) and ortho-carborane (A) show three kinds of intriguing emissions that can be attributed to the local excited state, the intramolecular charge-transfer state, and the aggregation-induced emission state. The emission behaviors depend on which positions of the carborane are substituted. PMID:26013604

  5. Ion beam enhanced emission of charged particles from hot graphite

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    Lozano, J.; Kessel, Q. C.; Pollack, E.; Smith, W. W.

    2001-07-01

    Thermal desorption spectroscopy of ions from positively biased graphite (grafoil) has been investigated by measuring the energies of the emitted ions with a hemispherical electrostatic analyzer and the masses with a residual gas analyzer under ultra-high vacuum conditions. Potassium is one of the ions emitted at temperatures above 800 °C. The present data show that under near threshold conditions (4V), ions appear with well-defined energies equal approximately to the bias voltage minus 4V. This phenomenon can be greatly enhanced by prior bombardment with an ion beam. It is not clear whether these energies are the result of resonant process on the hot surface or simply due to a process attributable to surface chemistry. At higher biases the peaks broaden in energy and the energy deficit increases.

  6. Characteristic emission enhancement in the atmosphere with Rn trace using metal assisted LIBS

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    Hashemi, M. M.; Parvin, P. Moosakhani, A.; Mortazavi, S. Z.; Reyhani, A.; Majdabadi, A.; Abachi, S.

    2014-06-15

    Several characteristic emission lines from the metal targets (Cu, Zn and Pb) were investigated in trace presence of radon gas in the atmospheric air, using Q-SW Nd:YAG laser induced plasma inside a control chamber. The emission lines of metal species are noticeably enhanced in (Rn+air), relative to those in the synthetic air alone. Similar spectra were also taken in various sub-atmospheric environments in order to determine the optimum pressure for enhancement. Solid-state nuclear track detectors were also employed to count the tracks due to alpha particles for the activity assessment.

  7. Characteristic emission enhancement in the atmosphere with Rn trace using metal assisted LIBS

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    Hashemi, M. M.; Parvin, P.; Moosakhani, A.; Mortazavi, S. Z.; Majdabadi, A.; Reyhani, A.; Abachi, S.

    2014-06-01

    Several characteristic emission lines from the metal targets (Cu, Zn and Pb) were investigated in trace presence of radon gas in the atmospheric air, using Q-SW Nd:YAG laser induced plasma inside a control chamber. The emission lines of metal species are noticeably enhanced in (Rn+air), relative to those in the synthetic air alone. Similar spectra were also taken in various sub-atmospheric environments in order to determine the optimum pressure for enhancement. Solid-state nuclear track detectors were also employed to count the tracks due to alpha particles for the activity assessment.

  8. Improvement of plasmonic enhancement of quantum dot emission via an intermediate silicon-aluminum oxide interface

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    Wing, Waylin J.; Sadeghi, Seyed M. Campbell, Quinn

    2015-01-05

    We studied the emission of quantum dots in the presence of plasmon-metal oxide substrates, which consist of arrays of metallic nanorods embedded in amorphous silicon coated with a nanometer-thin layer of aluminum oxide on the top. We showed that the combined effects of plasmons and the silicon-aluminum oxide interface can lead to significant enhancement of the quantum efficiency of quantum dots. Our results show that such an interface can significantly enhance plasmonic effects of the nanorods via quantum dot-induced exciton-plasmon coupling, leading to partial polarization of the quantum dots' emission.

  9. Enhancement of field emission properties of cyanoacrylate carbon nanotube arrays by laser treatment

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    Liu, Yuming; Fan, Shou Shan

    2004-08-01

    Cyanoacrylate-carbon nanotube arrays are prepared by embedding carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays grown on silicon substrate in cyanoacrylate adhesive. Upon laser treatment, enhanced field emission properties are obtained. Moreover, the binding force between the carbon nanotubes and the substrate is strengthened by the cyanoacrylate adhesive. When the field emission current is large enough at high electric field, the carbon nanotubes cannot be pulled out of the substrate by electric field force. A large field emission current can be obtained from cyanoacrylate-carbon nanotube arrays at relatively low voltage just by decreasing the distance between the anode and the cathode.

  10. Note: Enhancement of the extreme ultraviolet emission from a potassium plasma by dual laser irradiation

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    Higashiguchi, Takeshi Yamaguchi, Mami; Otsuka, Takamitsu; Nagata, Takeshi; Ohashi, Hayato; Li, Bowen; D’Arcy, Rebekah; Dunne, Padraig; O’Sullivan, Gerry

    2014-09-15

    Emission spectra from multiply charged potassium ions ranging from K{sup 3+} to K{sup 5+} have been obtained in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectral region. A strong emission feature peaking around 38 nm, corresponding to a photon energy of 32.6 eV, is the dominant spectral feature at time-averaged electron temperatures in the range of 8−12 eV. The variation of this emission with laser intensity and the effects of pre-pulses on the relative conversion efficiency (CE) have been explored experimentally and indicate that an enhancement of about 30% in EUV CE is readily attainable.

  11. Plasmonic emission enhancement of colloidal quantum dots in the presence of bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Sadeghi, S. M.; Hatef, A.; Meunier, M.; Nejat, A.; Campbell, Q.

    2014-04-07

    We studied plasmonic features of bimetallic nanostructures consisting of gold nanoisland cores semi-coated with a chromium layer and explored how they influence emission of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots. We showed that, compared with chromium-covered glass substrates without the gold cores, the bimetallic nanostructures could significantly enhance the emission of the quantum dots. We studied the impact of the excitation intensity and thickness of the chromium layer on this process and utilized numerical means to identify the mechanisms behind it. Our results suggest that when the chromium layer is thin, the enhancement process is the result of the bimetallic plasmonic features of the nanostructures. As the chromium layer becomes thick, the impact of the gold cores is screened and the enhancement mostly happens mostly via the field enhancement of chromium nanoparticles in the absence of significant energy transfer from the quantum dots to these nanoparticles.

  12. Fluorescent emission enhancement by aluminium nanoantenna arrays in the near UV

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    Dorh, N.; Sarua, A.; Stokes, J.; Hueting, N. A.; Cryan, M. J.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate fluorescence enhancement of a laser dye, using aluminium nanoantenna arrays designed for the near UV range. A series of nanorod arrays were fabricated by focused ion beam milling then spin-coated with a dye with an intrinsic quantum yield (QY) in the range 0.5 to 0.6. Scanning confocal photoluminescence measurements of the arrays show up to 1.9× enhancement of the fluorescence signal compared to the reference on glass. The observed near UV fluorescence enhancement is affected by the relatively high intrinsic QY of the dye and coupling to an array mode. FDTD modelling predicts strong dependence of the emission on angle, with maximum emission at high angles with respect to normal. The model predicts that using a lens with a numerical aperture of 0.9 would lead to an enhancement of up to ∼6×.

  13. Surface-plasmon-enhanced lasing emission based on polymer distributed feedback laser

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    Zhang, Dingke E-mail: shijianchen@gmail.com; Chen, Shijian E-mail: shijianchen@gmail.com; Huang, Yingzhou; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Yanping; Ma, Dongge

    2015-01-14

    Optical losses associated with the metallic contacts necessary for charge injection are an obstacle to the development of electrically pumped organic lasers. In this work, we show that it is possible to overcome these losses by introducing surface plasmons (SPs) in a distributed feedback laser to enhance the lasing emission. We perform a detailed study of the SPs influence on the lasing emission. We experimentally show that enhanced lasing emission has been successfully achieved in the presence of a metal electrode. The laser emission is strongly dependent on the thickness of Ag layer. By optimizing the thickness of Ag layer, surface-plasmon-enhanced lasing emission has been achieved with much reduced thresholds and higher intensity. When the thickness of the Ag layer increases to 50 nm, the device exhibits ten-fold emission intensity and a fifth of excitation threshold comparing with Ag-free one. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) results show that large field intensity is built at the 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-i-propyl-6-(1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidyl-9-enyl) -4H-pyran:/poly(9-vinylcarbazole)Ag interface, which could lead to a strong coupling between lasing and SPs, and consequently a much enhanced laser emission at the photon energy of around 2.02 eV (615 nm). Our FDTD simulations gave an explanation of the effects of the SPs on lasing operation in the periodic structures. The use of SPs would lead to a new class of highly efficient solid-state laser sources and provide a new path to achieve electrically pumped organic lasers.

  14. Surface-plasmon-enhanced lasing emission based on polymer distributed feedback laser

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    Zhang, Dingke; Chen, Shijian; Huang, Yingzhou; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Yanping; Ma, Dongge

    2015-01-01

    Optical losses associated with the metallic contacts necessary for charge injection are an obstacle to the development of electrically pumped organic lasers. In this work, we show that it is possible to overcome these losses by introducing surface plasmons (SPs) in a distributed feedback laser to enhance the lasing emission. We perform a detailed study of the SPs influence on the lasing emission. We experimentally show that enhanced lasing emission has been successfully achieved in the presence of a metal electrode. The laser emission is strongly dependent on the thickness of Ag layer. By optimizing the thickness of Ag layer, surface-plasmon-enhanced lasing emission has been achieved with much reduced thresholds and higher intensity. When the thickness of the Ag layer increases to 50 nm, the device exhibits ten-fold emission intensity and a fifth of excitation threshold comparing with Ag-free one. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) results show that large field intensity is built at the 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-i-propyl-6-(1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidyl-9-enyl)-4H-pyran:/poly(9-vinylcarbazole)Ag interface, which could lead to a strong coupling between lasing and SPs, and consequently a much enhanced laser emission at the photon energy of around 2.02 eV (615 nm). Our FDTD simulations gave an explanation of the effects of the SPs on lasing operation in the periodic structures. The use of SPs would lead to a new class of highly efficient solid-state laser sources and provide a new path to achieve electrically pumped organic lasers.

  15. Effect of enhanced leachate recirculated (ELR) landfill operation and gas extraction on greenhouse gas emissions

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    Samir, Sonia

    The bioreactor/ enhanced leachate recirculated (ELR) landfill operation with the addition of moisture/ leachate to the landfill, accelerate the process of landfill waste decomposition; and increase the generation of LFG over a shorter period of time. Since emissions from the landfills are directly related to the gas generation, the increase in gas generation might also increase the emission from the landfill. On the contrary, the presence of gas extraction is suggested to mitigate the fugitive emissions from the landfills. Therefore, the motivation of the current study was to evaluate the effect of ELR operation as well as the gas extraction on the greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill. The current study was conducted in the City of Denton Landfill, Texas. Methane emission was investigated using a portable FID and static flux chamber technique from the landfill surface. Emission was measured from an ELR operated cell (cell 2) as well as a conventional cell (cell 0) in the City of Denton Landfill. Methane emission for cell 2 varied from 9544.3 ppm to 0 ppm while for cell 0, it varied from 0 ppm to 47 ppm. High spatial variations were observed during monitoring from both cells 0 and cell 2 which could be recognized as the variation of gas generation below the cover soil. The comparison between emissions from the slope and surface of the landfill showed that more methane emission occurred from the slopes than the top surface. In addition, the average landfill emission showed an increasing trend with increase in temperature and decreasing trend with increasing precipitation. The effect of ELR operation near the recirculation pipes showed a lag period between the recirculation and the maximum emission near the pipe. The emission near the pipe decreased after 1 day of recirculation and after the initial decrease, the emission started to increase and continued to increase up to 7 days after the recirculation. However, approximately after 10 days of recirculation, the

  16. Enhancing spontaneous emission rates of molecules using nanopatterned multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials.

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    Lu, Dylan; Kan, Jimmy J; Fullerton, Eric E; Liu, Zhaowei

    2014-01-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures have been extensively used to manipulate the spontaneous light emission rate of molecules and their radiative efficiency. Because molecules near a metallic surface experience a different environment than in free space, their spontaneous radiative emission rate is generally enhanced. Such enhancement, measured by means of the Purcell factor, arises as a consequence of the overlap between the surface plasmon mode frequency and the emission spectrum of the molecule. However, such overlap is available only for a few narrow bands of frequency due to the limited plasmonic materials existing in nature. Although this limitation can be overcome by using hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs)—a type of nanoscale artificial material with hyperbolic dispersion relations—the Purcell factor and the radiative power have remained relatively low. Here, we show that by nanopatterning a hyperbolic metamaterial made of Ag and Si multilayers, the spontaneous emission rate of rhodamine dye molecules is enhanced 76-fold at tunable frequencies and the emission intensity of the dye increases by ~80-fold compared with the same hyperbolic metamaterial without nanostructuring. We explain these results using a dynamic Lorentzian model in the time domain. PMID:24390565

  17. Enhancing spontaneous emission rates of molecules using nanopatterned multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Lu, Dylan; Kan, Jimmy J.; Fullerton, Eric E.; Liu, Zhaowei

    2014-01-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures have been extensively used to manipulate the spontaneous light emission rate of molecules and their radiative efficiency. Because molecules near a metallic surface experience a different environment than in free space, their spontaneous radiative emission rate is generally enhanced. Such enhancement, measured by means of the Purcell factor, arises as a consequence of the overlap between the surface plasmon mode frequency and the emission spectrum of the molecule. However, such overlap is available only for a few narrow bands of frequency due to the limited plasmonic materials existing in nature. Although this limitation can be overcome by using hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs)--a type of nanoscale artificial material with hyperbolic dispersion relations--the Purcell factor and the radiative power have remained relatively low. Here, we show that by nanopatterning a hyperbolic metamaterial made of Ag and Si multilayers, the spontaneous emission rate of rhodamine dye molecules is enhanced 76-fold at tunable frequencies and the emission intensity of the dye increases by ~80-fold compared with the same hyperbolic metamaterial without nanostructuring. We explain these results using a dynamic Lorentzian model in the time domain.

  18. Microwave plasma CVD-grown graphene-CNT hybrids for enhanced electron field emission applications

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    Kaushik, Vishakha; Shukla, A. K.; Vankar, V. D.

    2014-12-01

    The growth and electron emission characteristics were investigated from a hybrid structure of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and multilayer layer graphene (MLG) deposited on silicon substrate coated with iron catalyst and an interlayer of aluminium. The hybrid structures were synthesized in a two-step process by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition technique. The formation of MWCNTs takes place by absorption and precipitation of carbon radicals into the catalyst particles. Thereafter, ample carbon forms MLG on tip of the MWCNTs resulting in a MLG-MWCNTs hybrid nanostructure. MLG was observed to grow branching out of the tips and sidewalls of the MWCNTs and is expected to attach by Van der Walls bonds. Transmission electron microscopy and micro-Raman spectroscopy confirmed the crystalline nature of the hybrid structures. Electron emission studies were carried out using a diode-type field emission setup. The enhancement factor was found to be ~3,500 for bare MWCNTs, ~4,070 to ~5,000 for hybrid structures and ~6,500 for N-doped MLG-MWCNTs hybrid structures. Modification in the defects structure and enhancement of emission sites are suggested to be responsible for the increase of the field emission characteristics.

  19. Is predictive emission monitoring an acceptable low cost alternative to continuous emission monitoring for complying with enhanced monitoring requirements?

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    Jernigan, J.R.

    1995-12-01

    Title VII of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (the {open_quotes}Act{close_quotes}) expanded and clarified the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) enforcement capabilities under the Act. Section 702 of the 1990 Amendments clarified EPA`s ability to require sources to provide information. Additionally, Section 702(b) required EPA to promulgate rules on enhanced monitoring and compliance certifications by adding a new section 114(a)(3) of the Act which states in part: {open_quotes}The Administrator shall in the case of any person which is the owner or operator of a major stationary source, and any in the case of any other person, require enhanced monitoring and submission of compliance certifications. Compliance certifications shall include (A) identification of the applicable requirement that is the basis of the certification, (B) the method used for determining the compliance status of the source, (C) the compliance status, (D) whether compliance is continuous or intermittent, (E) such other facts as the Administrator may require...{close_quotes} The 1990 Amendments contained several other changes that either relate directly to section 114(a)(3) or provide additional indications of the intent behind the new section. First, section 504(b) of the Amendments permits the Administrator to promulgate appropriate tests methods and monitoring requirements for determining compliance. That section states that {open_quotes}continuous emissions monitoring need not be required if alternative methods are available that provide sufficiently reliable and timely information for determining compliance.{close_quotes} This paper will describe Predictive Emission Systems (PEMS) and how the applications of PEMS may be a low cost, accurate, and acceptable alternative to Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) for complying with Enhanced Monitoring requirements.

  20. Large spontaneous-emission enhancements in metallic nanostructures: towards LEDs faster than lasers.

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    Tsakmakidis, Kosmas L; Boyd, Robert W; Yablonovitch, Eli; Zhang, Xiang

    2016-08-01

    Recent progress in the design and realization of optical antennas enclosing fluorescent materials has demonstrated large spontaneous-emission enhancements and, simultaneously, high radiation efficiencies. We discuss here that an important objective of such work is to increase spontaneous-emission rates to such a degree that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can possess modulation speeds exceeding those of typical semiconductor lasers, which are usually in the range ~20-50 GHz. We outline the underlying physics that enable large spontaneous-emission enhancements in metallic nanostructures, and we then discuss recent theoretical and experimentally promising results, where enhancements larger than a factor of ~300 have been reported, with radiation efficiencies exceeding 50%. We provide key comparative advantages of these structures in comparison to conventional dielectric microcavity designs, namely the fact that the enhancement of spontaneous emission can be relatively nonresonant (i.e., broadband) and that the antenna nanostructures can be spectrally and structurally compatible for integration with a wide class of emitters, including organic dyes, diamond nanocrystals and colloidal quantum dots. Finally, we point out that physical insight into the underlying effects can be gained by analyzing these metallic nanostructures in their equivalent-circuit (or nano-antenna) model, showing that all main effects (including the Purcell factor) can adequately be described in that approach. PMID:27505759

  1. Purcell factor based understanding of enhancements in surface plasmon-coupled emission with DNA architectures.

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    Venkatesh, S; Badiya, Pradeep Kumar; Ramamurthy, Sai Sathish

    2016-01-14

    We demonstrate the successful application of DNA thin films as dynamic bio-spacers in a surface plasmon-coupled emission platform. Site-directed DNA modification using silver and carbon nanomaterials resulted in an amplified Purcell factor (PF) and >130-fold fluorescence enhancements. We present unique architectures of DNA as a plasmonic spacer in metal-dielectric-metal substrates. PMID:26651026

  2. Enhanced-efficiency nitrogen fertilizers: potential role in nitrous oxide emission mitigation

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    Enhanced-efficiency N fertilizers (EENF) have potential for mitigating N2O emissions from N fertilized cropping systems. A synopsis of EENF characteristics is presented. Stabilized EENFs contain nitrification and/or urease inhibitors. Slow-release EENFs contain N components that are slowly releas...

  3. Enhanced Field-Emission Performance from Carbon Nanotube Emitters on Nickel Foam Cathodes

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    Song, Meng; Xu, Peng; Han, Lijing; Yi, Lan; Wang, Xu; Li, Zhenhua; Shang, Xuefu; Wang, Xiumin; Wu, Huizhen; Zhao, Pei; Song, Yenan; Wang, Miao

    2016-04-01

    We present a three-dimensionally configured cathode with enhanced field-emission performance formed by combining carbon nanotube (CNT) emitters with a nickel foam (NiF) substrate via a conventional screen-printing technique. The CNT/NiF cathode has low turn-on electric field of 0.53 V μm-1 (with current density of 10 μA cm-2) and threshold electric field of 0.87 V μm-1 (with current density of 0.1 mA cm-2), and a very high field enhancement factor of 1.4 × 104. The porous structure of the NiF substrate can greatly improve the field-emission properties due to its large specific surface area that can accommodate more CNTs and increase the emitter density, as well as its high electrical and thermal conductivities that facilitate current transition and heat dissipation in the cathode. Most importantly, the local electric field was also enhanced by the multistage effect resulting from the rough metal surface, which furthermore leads to a high field enhancement factor. We believe that this improved field-emission performance makes such cathodes promising candidates for use in various field-emission applications.

  4. Spectral broadening effects of spontaneous emission and density of state on plasmonic enhancement in cermet waveguides.

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    Chen, Keyong; Feng, Xue; Zhang, Chao; Cui, Kaiyu; Huang, Yidong

    2013-01-14

    Based on the full integration formula of Purcell factor (PF) deduced from Fermi's Golden Rule, the plasmonic enhancement in Au(1-α)S3N4(α) cermet waveguides is evaluated with the joint impact of finite emission linewidth and the broadening of PF spectrum. The calculation results indicate that the PF would be significantly degraded by the two broadening effects though the SPP resonance frequency can be tuned with different volume fractions (α) of Si3N4. It is also found that the critical emission linewidth is approximately linear to the PF spectrum linewidth. Thus in order to achieve strong plasmonic enhancement, both the emission and PF spectrum linewidths should be dramatically reduced. PMID:23388935

  5. Plasmon-mediated emergence of collective emission and enhanced quantum efficiency in quantum dot films

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    Praveena, M.; Mukherjee, Arnab; Venkatapathi, Murugesan; Basu, J. K.

    2015-12-01

    We present experimental and theoretical results on monolayer colloidal cadmium selenide quantum dot films embedded with tiny gold nanoparticles. By varying the density of the embedded gold nanoparticles, we were able to engineer a plasmon-mediated crossover from emission quenching to enhancement regime at interparticle distances for which only quenching of emission is expected. This crossover and a nonmonotonic variation of photoluminescence intensity and decay rate, in experiments, is explained in terms of a model for plasmon-mediated collective emission of quantum emitters which points to the emergence of a new regime in plasmon-exciton interactions. The presented methodology to achieve enhancement in optical quantum efficiency for optimal doping of gold nanoparticles in such ultrathin high-density quantum dot films can be beneficial for new-generation displays and photodetectors.

  6. Enhanced expression of Aggrus (T1alpha/podoplanin), a platelet-aggregation-inducing factor in lung squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Kato, Yukinari; Kaneko, Mika; Sata, Makoto; Fujita, Naoya; Tsuruo, Takashi; Osawa, Motoki

    2005-01-01

    Aggrus (T1alpha/podoplanin, known as a specific marker for type I alveolar cells or lymphatic endothelial cells) is a transmembrane sialoglycoprotein that aggregates platelets. Previously, we showed that upregulated expression of Aggrus occurs in colorectal tumors or testicular tumors and could be associated with platelet-aggregating activity and metastatic ability. In testicular tumors, Aggrus is specifically expressed in seminoma. The present study investigates Aggrus expression in human primary lung cancer tissues of different types. Microarray analysis demonstrated that aggrus was significantly expressed in squamous cell carcinoma (10/15; 66.7%). Immunohistochemical analysis also showed that the incidence of positive staining in sections of squamous cell carcinoma (7/8; 87.5%) was higher than that in adenocarcinoma (2/13; 15.4%). Furthermore, Aggrus expression was detected in a squamous cell carcinoma cell line, NCI-H226, by real-time PCR. These findings indicated that overexpression of Aggrus occurred in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. Therefore, Aggrus could be a useful diagnostic marker for squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. PMID:16006773

  7. Optical emission enhancement in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy using micro-torches

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    Liu, L.; Huang, X.; Li, S.; Lu, Yao; Chen, K.; Lu, Y. F.

    2016-03-01

    A cost effective method for optical emission enhancement in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has been proposed in this research. The pulsed Nd:YAG laser with a wavelength of 532 nm was used for sample ablation and plasma generation. A cost effective commercial butane micro-torch was put parallel to the sample surface to generate a small flame above the surface. The laser-induced plasma expanded in the flame environment. The time-resolved optical emission intensity and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) have been observed with and without micro torch. For laser with pulse energy of 20 mJ, the relationship between optical emission intensity and delay time indicates that signal intensities have been greatly enhanced in the initial several microseconds when using micro torch. The time-resolved study of signal-to-noise ratio shows that the maximum SNR occurs at the delay time of 2 μs. The laser energy effects on the enhancements of optical emission intensity and SNR have also been analyzed, which indicates that the enhancement factors are both delay time and laser energy dependent. The maximum enhancement factors for both optical emission intensity and SNR gradually decreases with the laser energy increase. The limits of detection (LODs) for aluminum (Al) and molybdenum (Mo) in steel have been estimated, which shows that the detection sensitivity has been improved by around 4 times. The LODs of Al and Mo have been reduced from 18 to 6 ppm and from 110 to 36 ppm in LIBS, respectively. The method of LIBS by a micro torch has been demonstrated to be a cost effective method for detection sensitivity improvement, especially in the situation of low laser pulse energy.

  8. High Current Emission from Patterned Aligned Carbon Nanotubes Fabricated by Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Cui, Linfan; Chen, Jiangtao; Yang, Bingjun; Jiao, Tifeng

    2015-12-01

    Vertically, carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were successfully fabricated on hexagon patterned Si substrates through radio frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition using gas mixtures of acetylene (C2H2) and hydrogen (H2) with Fe/Al2O3 catalysts. The CNTs were found to be graphitized with multi-walled structures. Different H2/C2H2 gas flow rate ratio was used to investigate the effect on CNT growth, and the field emission properties were optimized. The CNT emitters exhibited excellent field emission performance (the turn-on and threshold fields were 2.1 and 2.4 V/μm, respectively). The largest emission current could reach 70 mA/cm2. The emission current was stable, and no obvious deterioration was observed during the long-term stability test of 50 h. The results were relevant for practical applications based on CNTs.

  9. High Current Emission from Patterned Aligned Carbon Nanotubes Fabricated by Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Cui, Linfan; Chen, Jiangtao; Yang, Bingjun; Jiao, Tifeng

    2015-12-01

    Vertically, carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were successfully fabricated on hexagon patterned Si substrates through radio frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition using gas mixtures of acetylene (C2H2) and hydrogen (H2) with Fe/Al2O3 catalysts. The CNTs were found to be graphitized with multi-walled structures. Different H2/C2H2 gas flow rate ratio was used to investigate the effect on CNT growth, and the field emission properties were optimized. The CNT emitters exhibited excellent field emission performance (the turn-on and threshold fields were 2.1 and 2.4 V/μm, respectively). The largest emission current could reach 70 mA/cm(2). The emission current was stable, and no obvious deterioration was observed during the long-term stability test of 50 h. The results were relevant for practical applications based on CNTs. PMID:26666912

  10. Enhanced field emission of vertically aligned core-shelled carbon nanotubes with molybdenum oxide encapsulation

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    Yu, J.; Chua, Daniel H. C.; Sow, C. H.; Wee, Andrew T. S.

    2009-06-01

    The field emission characteristics of the core-shelled nanostructures obtained by directly coating molybdenum oxide onto vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) was investigated. A metal-organic chemical vapor deposition technique was used with Mo(CO){sub 6} as the precursor and films deposited at process temperatures of 200, 400, and 700 deg. C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction were used to study and understand the material properties of the deposited coatings. Enhanced field emission performance was observed for molybdenum oxide coated MWNT samples at 400 deg. C with a turn-on field of 1.33 V mum{sup -1} and a field enhancement factor beta estimated to be approx7000. The enhanced performance may be due to both the shape of the coated emitters and a decrease in the effective barrier height.

  11. Vertically-Aligned Single-Crystal Nanocone Arrays: Controlled Fabrication and Enhanced Field Emission.

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    Duan, Jing Lai; Lei, Dang Yuan; Chen, Fei; Lau, Shu Ping; Milne, William I; Toimil-Molares, M E; Trautmann, Christina; Liu, Jie

    2016-01-13

    Metal nanostructures with conical shape, vertical alignment, large ratio of cone height and curvature radius at the apex, controlled cone angle, and single-crystal structure are ideal candidates for enhancing field electron-emission efficiency with additional merits, such as good mechanical and thermal stability. However, fabrication of such nanostructures possessing all these features is challenging. Here, we report on the controlled fabrication of large scale, vertically aligned, and mechanically self-supported single-crystal Cu nanocones with controlled cone angle and enhanced field emission. The Cu nanocones were fabricated by ion-track templates in combination with electrochemical deposition. Their cone angle is controlled in the range from 0.3° to 6.2° by asymmetrically selective etching of the ion tracks and the minimum tip curvature diameter reaches down to 6 nm. The field emission measurements show that the turn-on electric field of the Cu nanocone field emitters can be as low as 1.9 V/μm at current density of 10 μA/cm(2) (a record low value for Cu nanostructures, to the best of our knowledge). The maximum field enhancement factor we measured was as large as 6068, indicating that the Cu nanocones are promising candidates for field emission applications. PMID:26666466

  12. The role of microwaves in the enhancement of laser-induced plasma emission

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    Khumaeni, Ali; Akaoka, Katsuaki; Miyabe, Masabumi; Wakaida, Ikuo

    2016-08-01

    We studied experimentally the effect of microwaves (MWs) on the enhancement of plasma emission achieved by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). A laser plasma was generated on a calcium oxide pellet by a Nd:YAG laser (5 mJ, 532 nm, 8 ns) in reduced-pressure argon surrounding gas. A MW radiation (400 W) was injected into the laser plasma via a loop antenna placed immediately above the laser plasma to enhance the plasma emission. The results confirmed that when the electromagnetic field was introduced into the laser plasma region by the MWs, the lifetime of the plasma was extended from 50 to 500 µs, similar to the MW duration. Furthermore, the plasma temperature and electron density increased to approximately 10900 K and 1.5×1018 cm-3, respectively and the size of the plasma emission was extended to 15 mm in diameter. As a result, the emission intensity of Ca lines obtained using LIBS with MWs was enhanced by approximately 200 times compared to the case of LIBS without MWs.

  13. Water-processed carbon nanotube/graphene hybrids with enhanced field emission properties

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    Song, Meng; Xu, Peng; Song, Yenan; Wang, Xu; Li, Zhenhua; Shang, Xuefu; Wu, Huizhen; Zhao, Pei; Wang, Miao

    2015-09-01

    Integrating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene into hybrid structures provides a novel approach to three dimensional (3D) materials with advantageous properties. Here we present a water-processing method to create integrated CNT/graphene hybrids and test their field emission properties. With an optimized mass ratio of CNTs to graphene, the hybrid shows a significantly enhanced field emission performance, such as turn-on electric field of 0.79 V/μm, threshold electric field of 1.05 V/μm, maximum current density of 0.1 mA/cm2, and field enhancement factor of ˜1.3 × 104. The optimized mass ratio for field emission emphasizes the importance of both CNTs and graphene in the hybrid. We also hypothesize a possible mechanism for this enhanced field emission performance from the CNT/graphene hybrid. During the solution treatment, graphene oxide behaves as surfactant sheets for CNTs to form a well dispersed solution, which leads to a better organized 3D structure with more conducting channels for electron transport.

  14. Water-processed carbon nanotube/graphene hybrids with enhanced field emission properties

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    Song, Meng; Xu, Peng; Wang, Xu; Wu, Huizhen; Wang, Miao E-mail: miaowang@css.zju.edu.cn; Song, Yenan; Li, Zhenhua; Zhao, Pei E-mail: miaowang@css.zju.edu.cn; Shang, Xuefu

    2015-09-15

    Integrating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene into hybrid structures provides a novel approach to three dimensional (3D) materials with advantageous properties. Here we present a water-processing method to create integrated CNT/graphene hybrids and test their field emission properties. With an optimized mass ratio of CNTs to graphene, the hybrid shows a significantly enhanced field emission performance, such as turn-on electric field of 0.79 V/μm, threshold electric field of 1.05 V/μm, maximum current density of 0.1 mA/cm{sup 2}, and field enhancement factor of ∼1.3 × 10{sup 4}. The optimized mass ratio for field emission emphasizes the importance of both CNTs and graphene in the hybrid. We also hypothesize a possible mechanism for this enhanced field emission performance from the CNT/graphene hybrid. During the solution treatment, graphene oxide behaves as surfactant sheets for CNTs to form a well dispersed solution, which leads to a better organized 3D structure with more conducting channels for electron transport.

  15. Enhancement of Laser Induced Breakdown Emission in the Presence of External Magnetic Field

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    Rai, Virendra N.; Zhang, Hansheng; Yueh, Fang Y.; Singh, Jagdish P.

    2001-04-01

    Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a useful method for determining the elemental composition in solid, liquid and gaseous samples. Elemental analysis of sample is accomplished by measuring the emission of the elemental atom or ions present in the plasma from any kind of samples. The ability to form and study the plasma on unprepared sample makes LIBS a very attractive analytical technique. Various techniques have been used for enhancing the analytical characteristics of the plasma sources used for elemental analysis. Many complicated magnetic field geometries have been used earlier with various types of plasma sources to enhance the plasma emission. In this paper characterization of laser induced plasma emission from Manganese (Mn) in liquid solution is presented. The plasma was formed in between the poles of two magnets with 1200 Gauss pole strength separated by 5 mm. The effect of magnetic field on various emission properties was studied. An one and half times enhancement in the intensity of Mn emission line at 403.076, 403.307 and 403.449 nm was observed for the laser intensity below 1.5x10e12 W/cm2. The intensity of Mn line decreases at higher laser intensity in the presence of magnetic field. This decrease in the emission at higher laser intensity seems to be due to turbulence as a result of laser induced shock as well as generation of instability in the plasma in the presence of magnetic field. The calibration curve for Mn was obtained in an optimized condition in the absence and presence of magnetic field. The limit of detection for Mn in liquid was found to be 0.63 PPM in the presence of magnetic field, which is less in comparison to the absence of magnetic field ( 0.87 PPM). * Visiting Scientist from Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore-452 013 (INDIA)

  16. Enhanced emission from an ensemble of inverted atoms in the presence of another isotopic species

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    Manassah, Jamal T.

    2016-04-01

    The emission flux from a slab of two homogeneously-broadened isotope species ensembles is analyzed. Initially one of the species is coherently nearly all inverted, the atoms of the other species are in the ground state. The slab thickness is less than the wavelength of the resonant transition radiation. In particular, in a narrow band of the slab thickness centered at 237λ/500, the emission flux from the species mixture for different detunings between the two species resonance frequencies is shown to be greatly enhanced over its value where only a single species is present.

  17. Gold nanorod-enhanced light emission in quantum-dot-doped polymer nanofibers.

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    Yang, Xianguang; Xu, Rui; Bao, Dinghua; Li, Baojun

    2014-08-13

    One-dimensional nanomaterials have attracted great interest in both fundamental research and technological applications because they can function as device elements and be used to effectively generate, guide, and detect light. Here we report a gold nanorod-enhanced light emission in quantum-dot-doped polymer nanofibers. By incorporating gold nanorods into quantum-dot-doped polymer nanofiber, a 67% increment in 600 nm red light emission efficiency was obtained with an extinction coefficient of 100 cm(-1), a low excitation power operation of 100 nW, and a 100 min increment in photostability. PMID:25027239

  18. Hyperthermia restores apoptosis induced by death receptors through aggregation-induced c-FLIP cytosolic depletion.

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    Morlé, A; Garrido, C; Micheau, O

    2015-01-01

    TRAIL is involved in immune tumor surveillance and is considered a promising anti-cancer agent owing to its limited side effects on healthy cells. However, some cancer cells display resistance, or become resistant to TRAIL-induced cell death. Hyperthermia can enhance sensitivity to TRAIL-induced cell death in various resistant cancer cell lines, including lung, breast, colon or prostate carcinomas. Mild heat shock treatment has been proposed to restore Fas ligand or TRAIL-induced apoptosis through c-FLIP degradation or the mitochondrial pathway. We demonstrate here that neither the mitochondria nor c-FLIP degradation are required for TRAIL-induced cell death restoration during hyperthermia. Our data provide evidence that insolubilization of c-FLIP, alone, is sufficient to enhance apoptosis induced by death receptors. Hyperthermia induced c-FLIP depletion from the cytosolic fraction, without apparent degradation, thereby preventing c-FLIP recruitment to the TRAIL DISC and allowing efficient caspase-8 cleavage and apoptosis. Hyperthermia-induced c-FLIP depletion was independent of c-FLIP DED2 FL chain assembly motif or ubiquitination-mediated c-FLIP degradation, as assessed using c-FLIP point mutants on lysine 167 and 195 or threonine 166, a phosphorylation site known to regulate ubiquitination of c-FLIP. Rather, c-FLIP depletion was associated with aggregation, because addition of glycerol not only prevented the loss of c-FLIP from the cytosol but also enabled c-FLIP recruitment within the TRAIL DISC, thus inhibiting TRAIL-induced apoptosis during hyperthermia. Altogether our results demonstrate that c-FLIP is a thermosensitive protein whose targeting by hyperthermia allows restoration of apoptosis induced by TNF ligands, including TRAIL. Our findings suggest that combining TRAIL agonists with whole-body or localized hyperthermia may be an interesting approach in cancer therapy. PMID:25675293

  19. Bias-enhanced post-treatment process for enhancing the electron field emission properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Saravanan, A.; Huang, B. R.; Sankaran, K. J.; Tai, N. H.; Dong, C. L.; Lin, I. N.

    2015-03-16

    The electron field emission (EFE) properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films were markedly improved via the bias-enhanced plasma post-treatment (bep) process. The bep-process induced the formation of hybrid-granular structure of the diamond (bep-HiD) films with abundant nano-graphitic phase along the grain boundaries that increased the conductivity of the films. Moreover, the utilization of Au-interlayer can effectively suppress the formation of resistive amorphous-carbon (a-C) layer, thereby enhancing the transport of electrons crossing the diamond-to-Si interface. Therefore, bep-HiD/Au/Si films exhibit superior EFE properties with low turn-on field of E{sub 0} = 2.6 V/μm and large EFE current density of J{sub e} = 3.2 mA/cm{sup 2} (at 5.3 V/μm)

  20. Enhancement of emission currents in plasma electron sources based on a low-pressure arc discharge

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    Koval, T. V.; Devyatkov, V. N.; Hung, Nguyen Bao

    2015-11-01

    The paper reports on a theoretical and experimental study of the discharge plasma generation with an enhanced electron emission current in a plasma electron source based on a low-pressure arc discharge with a grid-stabilized plasma emission boundary. The source operates at a pressure in the working chamber of p = 0.02-0.05 Pa (Ar), accelerating voltage of up to Ua = 10 kV, and longitudinal magnetic field for electron beam transport of up to Bz = 0.1 T. The experiments show that in the mode of electron emission from the plasma, the voltage Ud between the cathode and grid electrode changes its sign. The numerical simulation demonstrates that the plasma potential and voltage Ud depend on the electric field penetrating from the acceleration gap into the discharge region through the grid meshes, and on the discharge current, gas pressure, geometric transparency of the grid, and gas kind. It is shown that the main mechanisms responsible for the increase in the discharge current and electron emission current from the plasma are associated with secondary ion-electron emission from the emission electrode and with positive feedback between the region of cathode plasma generation and the channel of electron beam transport.

  1. Enhanced light emission from germanium microdisks on silicon by surface passivation through thermal oxidation

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    Xu, Xuejun; Hashimoto, Hideaki; Sawano, Kentarou; Nohira, Hiroshi; Maruizumi, Takuya

    2016-05-01

    We have observed enhanced direct-gap light emission from undoped and n-doped germanium microdisks on silicon. The enhancement is attributed mainly to increased carrier density due to surface passivation of the dry-etched sidewall. The enhancement factor increases as the disk size decreases, approaching 4 for microdisks with radii of 1 µm. To achieve maximum enhancement and not modify the geometric structure of resonators, 450-500 °C is found to be the best temperature window. Thermal oxidation is also effective for the degraded interface induced by sputtered Al2O3. These results indicate that thermal oxidation is a promising method suitable for fabrication of low-threshold germanium lasers.

  2. Directional fluorescence emission co-enhanced by localized and propagating surface plasmons for biosensing.

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    Wang, Yi; Wu, Lin; Wong, Ten It; Bauch, Martin; Zhang, Qingwen; Zhang, Jinling; Liu, Xiaohu; Zhou, Xiaodong; Bai, Ping; Dostalek, Jakub; Liedberg, Bo

    2016-04-14

    We investigated the simultaneous excitation of localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and propagating surface plasmons (PSPs) on a thin metallic film with an array of nanoholes for the enhancement of fluorescence intensity in heterogeneous bioassays. Experiments supported by simulations reveal that the co-excitation of PSP and LSP modes on the nanohole array in a Kretschmann configuration allows for fluorescence enhancement of about 10(2) as compared to a flat Au surface irradiated off-resonance. Moreover, this fluorescence signal was about 3-fold higher on the substrate supporting both PSPs and LSPs than that on a flat surface where only PSPs were resonantly excited. Simulations also indicated the highly directional fluorescence emission as well as the high fluorescence collection efficiency on the nanohole array substrate. Our contribution attempts to de-convolute the origin of this enhancement and identify further ways to maximize the efficiency of surface plasmon-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy for implementation in ultra-sensitive bioassays. PMID:27010223

  3. ZnO/Ag composite nanorod arrays for surface-plasmon-enhanced emission study

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    Pal, Anil Kumar E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com; Mohan, D. Bharathi E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com

    2014-04-24

    The surface plasmon resonance enhanced emission through coupling of surface plasmons and exciton band energies is studied in hybrid ZnO/Ag nanostructure. The catalytic growth of ZnO nanorods is controlled in seed mediated growth by altering size distribution of Ag nanoislands. X-ray diffraction shows a predominant (002) crystal plane confirming the preferential growth of ZnO nanorods on as-deposited Ag. Increase of surface roughness in Ag film by post deposition annealing process enhances the light emission due to momentum matching between surface plasmons and excitons as well as a red shift of 32 meV occurs due to multi phonon and phonon-exciton interaction.

  4. Experimental demonstration of enhanced self-amplified spontaneous emission by an optical klystron.

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    Penco, G; Allaria, E; De Ninno, G; Ferrari, E; Giannessi, L

    2015-01-01

    We report the first experimental evidence of enhancement of self-amplified spontaneous emission, due to the use of an optical klystron. In this free-electron laser scheme, a relativistic electron beam passes through two undulators, separated by a dispersive section. The latter converts the electron-beam energy modulation produced in the first undulator in density modulation, thus enhancing the free-electron laser gain. The experiment has been carried out at the FERMI facility in Trieste. Powerful radiation has been produced in the extreme ultraviolet range, with an intensity a few orders of magnitude larger than in pure self-amplified spontaneous emission mode. Data have been benchmarked with an existing theoretical model. PMID:25615469

  5. Experimental Demonstration of Enhanced Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission by an Optical Klystron

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    Penco, G.; Allaria, E.; De Ninno, G.; Ferrari, E.; Giannessi, L.

    2015-01-01

    We report the first experimental evidence of enhancement of self-amplified spontaneous emission, due to the use of an optical klystron. In this free-electron laser scheme, a relativistic electron beam passes through two undulators, separated by a dispersive section. The latter converts the electron-beam energy modulation produced in the first undulator in density modulation, thus enhancing the free-electron laser gain. The experiment has been carried out at the FERMI facility in Trieste. Powerful radiation has been produced in the extreme ultraviolet range, with an intensity a few orders of magnitude larger than in pure self-amplified spontaneous emission mode. Data have been benchmarked with an existing theoretical model.

  6. Engineering plasmon-enhanced Au light emission with planar arrays of nanoparticles.

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    Walsh, Gary F; Dal Negro, Luca

    2013-02-13

    By systematically investigating the light emission and scattering properties of arrays of Au nanoparticles with varying size and separation, we demonstrate tunability and control of metal photoluminescence and unveil the critical role of near-field plasmonic coupling for the engineering of active metal nanostructures. We show that the decay of photoexcited electron-hole pairs into localized surface plasmons (LSPs) dramatically modifies the Au emission wavelength, line shape, and quantum efficiency depending both on particles size and separation. In particular, in arrays with near-field coupled nanoparticles we demonstrate broad light scattering and emission spectra that scale differently with respect to nanoparticle size due to the enhanced LSP nonradiative decay caused by near-field interparticle coupling. Our experimental results are fully supported by semianalytical extinction simulations based on rigorous coupled wave analysis, which demonstrate the importance of tuning plasmonic near-field coupling for the engineering of active devices based on light emitting arrays of metallic nanoparticles. PMID:23339774

  7. Strongly Enhanced THz Emission caused by Localized Surface Charges in Semiconducting Germanium Nanowires

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    Lee, Woo-Jung; Ma, Jin Won; Bae, Jung Min; Jeong, Kwang-Sik; Cho, Mann-Ho; Kang, Chul; Wi, Jung-Sub

    2013-01-01

    A principal cause of THz emission in semiconductor nanostructures is deeply involved with geometry, which stimulates the utilization of indirect bandgap semiconductors for THz applications. To date, applications for optoelectronic devices, such as emitters and detectors, using THz radiation have focused only on direct bandgap materials. This paper reports the first observation of strongly enhanced THz emission from Germanium nanowires (Ge NWs). The origin of THz generation from Ge NWs can be interpreted using two terms: high photoexcited electron-hole carriers (Δn) and strong built-in electric field (Eb) at the wire surface based on the relation . The first is related to the extensive surface area needed to trigger an irradiated photon due to high aspect ratio. The second corresponds to the variation of Fermi-level determined by confined surface charges. Moreover, the carrier dynamics of optically excited electrons and holes give rise to phonon emission according to the THz region. PMID:23760467

  8. Quantum-coherence-enhanced surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

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    Dorfman, Konstantin E; Jha, Pankaj K; Voronine, Dmitri V; Genevet, Patrice; Capasso, Federico; Scully, Marlan O

    2013-07-26

    We investigate surface plasmon amplification in a silver nanoparticle coupled to an externally driven three-level gain medium and show that quantum coherence significantly enhances the generation of surface plasmons. Surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation is achieved in the absence of population inversion on the spasing transition, which reduces the pump requirements. The coherent drive allows us to control the dynamics and holds promise for quantum control of nanoplasmonic devices. PMID:23931365

  9. ENHANCED WARM H{sub 2} EMISSION IN THE COMPACT GROUP MID-INFRARED ''GREEN VALLEY''

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    Cluver, M. E.; Ogle, P.; Guillard, P.; Appleton, P. N.; Jarrett, T. H.; Rasmussen, J.; Lisenfeld, U.; Verdes-Montenegro, L.; Antonucci, R.; Bitsakis, T.; Charmandaris, V.; Boulanger, F.; Egami, E.; Xu, C. K.; Yun, M. S.

    2013-03-10

    We present results from a Spitzer mid-infrared spectroscopy study of a sample of 74 galaxies located in 23 Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs), chosen to be at a dynamically active stage of H I depletion. We find evidence for enhanced warm H{sub 2} emission (i.e., above that associated with UV excitation in star-forming regions) in 14 galaxies ({approx}20%), with 8 galaxies having extreme values of L(H{sub 2} S(0)-S(3))/L(7.7 {mu}m polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon), in excess of 0.07. Such emission has been seen previously in the compact group HCG 92 (Stephan's Quintet), and was shown to be associated with the dissipation of mechanical energy associated with a large-scale shock caused when one group member collided, at high velocity, with tidal debris in the intragroup medium. Similarly, shock excitation or turbulent heating is likely responsible for the enhanced H{sub 2} emission in the compact group galaxies, since other sources of heating (UV or X-ray excitation from star formation or active galactic nuclei) are insufficient to account for the observed emission. The group galaxies fall predominantly in a region of mid-infrared color-color space identified by previous studies as being connected to rapid transformations in HCG galaxy evolution. Furthermore, the majority of H{sub 2}-enhanced galaxies lie in the optical ''green valley'' between the blue cloud and red sequence, and are primarily early-type disk systems. We suggest that H{sub 2}-enhanced systems may represent a specific phase in the evolution of galaxies in dense environments and provide new insight into mechanisms which transform galaxies onto the optical red sequence.

  10. Enhanced Warm H2 Emission in the Compact Group Mid-infrared "Green Valley"

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    Cluver, M. E.; Appleton, P. N.; Ogle, P.; Jarrett, T. H.; Rasmussen, J.; Lisenfeld, U.; Guillard, P.; Verdes-Montenegro, L.; Antonucci, R.; Bitsakis, T.; Charmandaris, V.; Boulanger, F.; Egami, E.; Xu, C. K.; Yun, M. S.

    2013-03-01

    We present results from a Spitzer mid-infrared spectroscopy study of a sample of 74 galaxies located in 23 Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs), chosen to be at a dynamically active stage of H I depletion. We find evidence for enhanced warm H2 emission (i.e., above that associated with UV excitation in star-forming regions) in 14 galaxies (~20%), with 8 galaxies having extreme values of L(H2 S(0)-S(3))/L(7.7 μm polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon), in excess of 0.07. Such emission has been seen previously in the compact group HCG 92 (Stephan's Quintet), and was shown to be associated with the dissipation of mechanical energy associated with a large-scale shock caused when one group member collided, at high velocity, with tidal debris in the intragroup medium. Similarly, shock excitation or turbulent heating is likely responsible for the enhanced H2 emission in the compact group galaxies, since other sources of heating (UV or X-ray excitation from star formation or active galactic nuclei) are insufficient to account for the observed emission. The group galaxies fall predominantly in a region of mid-infrared color-color space identified by previous studies as being connected to rapid transformations in HCG galaxy evolution. Furthermore, the majority of H2-enhanced galaxies lie in the optical "green valley" between the blue cloud and red sequence, and are primarily early-type disk systems. We suggest that H2-enhanced systems may represent a specific phase in the evolution of galaxies in dense environments and provide new insight into mechanisms which transform galaxies onto the optical red sequence.

  11. Forest Thinning Dramatically Enhances Ozone Flux due to Reactions With Elevated Emissions of Biogenic Hydrocarbons

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    Goldstein, A. H.; McKay, M.; Kurpius, M. R.; Schade, G. W.

    2003-12-01

    Forests are routinely managed for timber production and fire suppression by thinning and harvesting. The impact of these activities on biosphere-atmosphere exchange of reactive trace gases is profound, but has rarely been studied in the field. Here we present simultaneous observations of ozone and terpene fluxes before, during, and after pre-commercial thinning of a ponderosa pine plantation at Blodgett Forest (1300 m elevation on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA). We previously reported that monoterpene emissions increased by an order of magnitude during and following forest thinning (Schade and Goldstein, GRL 2003). We also previously reported that half the daytime ozone flux to this ecosystem under normal summertime conditions (no disturbance) was due to gas-phase chemical loss, and we suggested that this ozone loss was occurring by reactions with biogenically emitted terpenes whose lifetime was short enough that they reacted before escaping the forest canopy (Kurpius and Goldstein, GRL 2003). Here we report that ozone loss was also dramatically enhanced during and following thinning, and we link these observations to confirm that the chemical ozone loss in the canopy was indeed due to reaction with biogenically emitted compounds whose emission was enhanced by disturbance. Based on the magnitudes of ozone flux due to chemical loss and the measured terpene fluxes, we infer that the emissions of previously undetected short-lived terpenes are approximately 15-20 times those of a-pinene during thinning, and 30-50 times those of a-pinene during summer and fall. Since a-pinene accounts for approximately 25% of the total monoterpenes we routinely measure with our automated in-situ GC instrumentation, we conclude that emissions of highly reactive terpenoid compounds could have been drastically under measured in previous field campaigns and that emissions of unidentified reactive terpenes could be 5-10 times larger than emissions of total terpenes

  12. The negative feedback between anthropogenic ozone pollution and enhanced ocean emissions of iodine

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    Cuevas, Carlos A.; Prados-Roman, Cristina; Fernandez, Rafael P.; Kinnison, Douglas E.; Lamarque, Jean-Francois; Saiz-Lopez, Alfonso

    2015-04-01

    Natural emissions of iodine compounds from the oceans efficiently destroy atmospheric ozone reducing its positive radiative forcing effects in the troposphere. Emissions of inorganic iodine have been experimentally shown to depend on the deposition to the oceans of tropospheric ozone, whose concentrations have significantly increased (40%) since 1850 as a result of human activities. In this work a chemistry-climate model is used to quantify the current ocean emissions of inorganic iodine and evaluate the impact that the anthropogenic increase of tropospheric ozone has had on the natural cycle of iodine in the marine environment since pre-industrial times. Our results indicate that the human driven enhancement of tropospheric ozone has doubled the oceanic inorganic iodine emissions following the reaction of ozone with iodide at the sea surface. The consequent build-up of atmospheric iodine, with maximum enhancements of up to 70% with respect to preindustrial times in continental pollution outflow regions, has in turn accelerated the ozone chemical loss over the oceans with strong spatial patterns. We suggest that this ocean-atmosphere interaction represents a negative geochemical feedback loop by which current ocean emissions of iodine act as a natural buffer for ozone pollution and its radiative forcing in the global marine environment. This feedback represents a potentially important link between climate change and tropospheric O3 since the oceanic emissions of iodine are not only linked to surface O3, but also to SST and wind speed and might also be linked to climatically driven changes in the state of the world oceans.

  13. Enhanced light emission from large-area monolayer MoS₂ using plasmonic nanodisc arrays.

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    Butun, Serkan; Tongay, Sefaattin; Aydin, Koray

    2015-04-01

    Single-layer direct band gap semiconductors such as transition metal dichalcogenides are quite attractive for a wide range of electronics, photonics, and optoelectronics applications. Their monolayer thickness provides significant advantages in many applications such as field-effect transistors for high-performance electronics, sensor/detector applications, and flexible electronics. However, for optoelectronics and photonics applications, inherent monolayer thickness poses a significant challenge for the interaction of light with the material, which therefore results in poor light emission and absorption behavior. Here, we demonstrate enhanced light emission from large-area monolayer MoS2 using plasmonic silver nanodisc arrays, where enhanced photoluminescence up to 12-times has been measured. Observed phenomena stem from the fact that plasmonic resonance couples to both excitation and emission fields and thus boosts the light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Reported results allow us to engineer light-matter interactions in two-dimensional materials and could enable highly efficient photodetectors, sensors, and photovoltaic devices, where photon absorption and emission efficiency highly dictate the device performance. PMID:25729895

  14. Molecular hot electroluminescence due to strongly enhanced spontaneous emission rates in a plasmonic nanocavity.

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    Chen, Gong; Li, Xiao-Guang; Zhang, Zhen-Yu; Dong, Zhen-Chao

    2015-02-14

    We have recently demonstrated anomalous relaxationless hot electroluminescence from molecules in the tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope [Dong et al., Nat. Photonics, 2010, 4, 50]. In the present paper, based on physically realistic parameters, we aim to unravel the underlying physical mechanism using a multiscale modeling approach that combines classical generalized Mie theory with the quantum master equation. We find that the nanocavity-plasmon-tuned spontaneous emission rate plays a crucial role in shaping the spectral profile. In particular, on resonance, the radiative decay rate can be enhanced by three-to-five orders of magnitude, which enables the radiative process to occur on the lifetime scale of picoseconds and become competitive to the vibrational relaxation. Such a large Purcell effect opens up new emission channels to generate the hot luminescence that arises directly from higher vibronic levels of the molecular excited state. We also stress that the critical role of resonant plasmonic nanocavities in tunneling electron induced molecular luminescence is to enhance the spontaneous radiative decay through plasmon enhanced vacuum fluctuations rather than to generate an efficient plasmon stimulated emission process. This improved understanding has been partly overlooked in previous studies but is believed to be very important for further developments of molecular plasmonics and optoelectronics. PMID:25565003

  15. Milk protein suspensions enriched with three essential minerals: Physicochemical characterization and aggregation induced by a novel enzymatic pool.

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    Lombardi, Julia; Spelzini, Darío; Corrêa, Ana Paula Folmer; Brandelli, Adriano; Risso, Patricia; Boeris, Valeria

    2016-04-01

    Structural changes of casein micelles and their aggregation induced by a novel enzymatic pool isolated from Bacillus spp. in the presence of calcium, magnesium or zinc were investigated. The effect of cations on milk protein structure was studied using fluorescence and dynamic light scattering. In the presence of cations, milk protein structure rearrangements and larger casein micelle size were observed. The interaction of milk proteins with zinc appears to be of a different nature than that with calcium or magnesium. Under the experimental conditions assayed, the affinity of each cation for some groups present in milk proteins seems to play an important role, besides electrostatic interaction. On the other hand, the lowest aggregation times were achieved at the highest calcium and zinc concentrations (15 mM and 0.25 mM, respectively). The study found that the faster the aggregation of casein micelles, the less compact the gel matrix obtained. Cation concentrations affected milk protein aggregation kinetics and the structure of the aggregates formed. PMID:26803666

  16. Tuning of Aggregation Enhanced Emission and Solid State Emission from 1,8-Naphthalimide Derivatives: Nanoaggregates, Spectra, and DFT Calculations.

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    Srivastava, Ashish Kumar; Singh, Avinash; Mishra, Lallan

    2016-07-01

    Four new 1,8-naphthalimide based compounds, 4-(1,3-dioxo-1H,3H-benzo[de]isoquinolin-2-ylmethyl)-benzoic acid (LH), 4-(1,3-dioxo-1H,3H-benzo[de]isoquinolin-2-ylmethyl)-benzoic acid methyl ester (LMe), 4-(1,3-dioxo-1H,3H-benzo[de]isoquinolin-2-ylmethyl)-benzoyl chloride (LCl), and 4-(1,3-dioxo-1H,3H-benzo[de]isoquinolin-2-ylmethyl)-benzoic acid hydrazide (LN) are synthesized and characterized using spectral data and X-ray crystallography. They form nanoaggregates in aqueous-DMF solution and exhibited aggregation enhanced emission. The nanoaggregates are characterized using their scanning electron and atomic force microscopy images. The emission intensity follows the order as LH > LMe > LCl > LN. Their photophysical properties are recorded both in solution and in the solid-state and are correlated with the nature of benzoic acid derivatives owing to the combinatorial effect of π-π stacking and intermolecular and intramolecular interactions. The density functional theory calculations empower the understanding of their molecular and cumulative electronic behaviors. Antiparallel dimeric interactions in the solid-state extend a herringbone arrangement to LH and 2D channel and stair-like arrangement for LCl and LN, respectively. PMID:27294534

  17. Enhanced terahertz emission by coherent optical absorption in ultrathin semiconductor films on metals.

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    Ramakrishnan, Gopakumar; Ramanandan, Gopika K P; Adam, Aurèle J L; Xu, Man; Kumar, Nishant; Hendrikx, Ruud W A; Planken, Paul C M

    2013-07-15

    We report on the surprisingly strong, broadband emission of coherent terahertz pulses from ultrathin layers of semiconductors such as amorphous silicon, germanium and polycrystalline cuprous oxide deposited on gold, upon illumination with femtosecond laser pulses. The strength of the emission is surprising because the materials are considered to be bad (amorphous silicon and polycrystalline cuprous oxide) or fair (amorphous germanium) terahertz emitters at best. We show that the strength of the emission is partly explained by cavity-enhanced optical absorption. This forces most of the light to be absorbed in the depletion region of the semiconductor/metal interface where terahertz generation occurs. For an excitation wavelength of 800 nm, the strongest terahertz emission is found for a 25 nm thick layer of amorphous germanium, a 40 nm thick layer of amorphous silicon and a 420 nm thick layer of cuprous oxide, all on gold. The emission from cuprous oxide is similar in strength to that obtained with optical rectification from a 300 μm thick gallium phosphide crystal. As an application of our findings we demonstrate how such thin films can be used to turn standard optical components, such as paraboloidal mirrors, into self-focusing terahertz emitters. PMID:23938530

  18. Fluorinated counterion-enhanced emission of rhodamine aggregates: ultrabright nanoparticles for bioimaging and light-harvesting.

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    Shulov, Ievgen; Oncul, Sule; Reisch, Andreas; Arntz, Youri; Collot, Mayeul; Mely, Yves; Klymchenko, Andrey S

    2015-11-21

    The key to ultrabright fluorescent nanomaterials is the control of dye emission in the aggregated state. Here, lipophilic rhodamine B derivatives are assembled into nanoparticles (NPs) using tetraphenylborate counterions with varied fluorination levels that should tune the short-range dye ordering. Counterion fluorination is found to drastically enhance the emission characteristics of these NPs. Highly fluorinated counterions produce 10-20 nm NPs containing >300 rhodamine dyes with a fluorescence quantum yield of 40-60% and a remarkably narrow emission band (34 nm), whereas, for other counterions, aggregation caused quenching with a weak broad-band emission is observed. NPs with the most fluorinated counterion (48 fluorines) are ∼40-fold brighter than quantum dots (QD585 at 532 nm excitation) in single-molecule microscopy, showing improved photostability and suppressed blinking. Due to exciton diffusion, revealed by fluorescence anisotropy, these NPs are efficient FRET donors to single cyanine-5 acceptors with a light-harvesting antenna effect reaching 200. Finally, NPs with the most fluorinated counterion are rather stable after entry into living cells, in contrast to their less fluorinated analogue. Thus, the present work shows the crucial role of counterion fluorination in achieving high fluorescence brightness and photostability, narrow-band emission, efficient energy transfer and high intracellular stability of nanomaterials for light harvesting and bioimaging applications. PMID:26482443

  19. Microscale gas breakdown: ion-enhanced field emission and the modified Paschen’s curve

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    Go, D. B.; Venkattraman, A.

    2014-12-01

    Gas breakdown at microscale dimensions has been of great interest to the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and plasma communities for nearly 15 years as the first reports of deviations from traditional theory began to emerge. Since those first reports, a significant amount of work has investigated why gas breakdown deviates from the classic Paschen’s Law when the dimensions are in the range of 1-10 µm. Nearly universally, these deviations that form the so-called modified Paschen’s curve have been attributed to electron field emission, where electrons directly tunnel from the cathode into the gas due to the very high electric fields at microscale dimensions. Furthermore, because of ionization in the gas gap, field emission is enhanced by positive ions and thus is inherently coupled to the gas and discharge dynamics. Progress in understanding the mechanisms and physics of this process has in turn led to new ideas and devices that capitalize on the high surface-to-volume ratio in microscale dimensions and take advantage of cathode emission processes. This topical review summarizes and analyzes the numerous experimental, computational and analytical works on breakdown at microscale dimensions, discusses implications and new areas emerging in microscale devices that take advantage of field emission and presents perspectives looking ahead at new opportunities for field emission-driven microplasmas.

  20. Enhanced winter soil frost reduces methane emission during the subsequent growing season in a boreal peatland.

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    Zhao, Junbin; Peichl, Matthias; Nilsson, Mats B

    2016-02-01

    Winter climate change may result in reduced snow cover and could, consequently, alter the soil frost regime and biogeochemical processes underlying the exchange of methane (CH4 ) in boreal peatlands. In this study, we investigated the short-term (1-3 years) vs. long-term (11 years) effects of intensified winter soil frost (induced by experimental snow exclusion) on CH4 exchange during the following growing season in a boreal peatland. In the first 3 years (2004-2006), lower CH4 emissions in the treatment plots relative to the control coincided with delayed soil temperature increase in the treatment plots at the beginning of the growing season (May). After 11 treatment years (in 2014), CH4 emissions were lower in the treatment plots relative to the control over the entire growing season, resulting in a reduction in total growing season CH4 emission by 27%. From May to July 2014, reduced sedge leaf area coincided with lower CH4 emissions in the treatment plots compared to the control. From July to August, lower dissolved organic carbon concentrations in the pore water of the treatment plots explained 72% of the differences in CH4 emission between control and treatment. In addition, greater Sphagnum moss growth in the treatment plots resulted in a larger distance between the moss surface and the water table (i.e., increasing the oxic layer) which may have enhanced the CH4 oxidation potential in the treatment plots relative to the control in 2014. The differences in vegetation might also explain the lower temperature sensitivity of CH4 emission observed in the treatment plots relative to the control. Overall, this study suggests that greater soil frost, associated with future winter climate change, might substantially reduce the growing season CH4 emission in boreal peatlands through altering vegetation dynamics and subsequently causing vegetation-mediated effects on CH4 exchange. PMID:26452333

  1. Enhanced SOA formation from mixed anthropogenic and biogenic emissions during the CARES campaign

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    Shilling, John E.; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Fast, Jerome D.; Kleinman, Lawrence I.; Alexander, M. L.; Canagaratna, Manjula R.; Fortner, Edward; Hubbe, John M.; Jayne, John T.; Sedlacek, Art; Setyan, Ari; Springston, S.; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Zhang, Qi

    2013-02-21

    The CARES campaign was conducted during June, 2010 in the vicinity of Sacramento, California to study aerosol formation and aging in a region where anthropogenic and biogenic emissions regularly mix. Here, we describe measurements from an Aerodyne High Resolution Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS), an Ionicon Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS), and trace gas detectors (CO, NO, NOx) deployed on the G-1 research aircraft to investigate ambient gas- and particle-phase chemical composition. AMS measurements showed that the particle phase is dominated by organic aerosol (OA) (85% on average) with smaller concentrations of sulfate (5%), nitrate (6%) and ammonium (3%) observed. PTR-MS data showed that isoprene dominated the biogenic volatile organic compound concentrations (BVOCs), with monoterpene concentrations generally below the detection limit. Using two different metrics, median OA concentrations and the slope of plots of OA vs. CO concentrations (i.e., ΔOA/ΔCO), we contrast organic aerosol evolution on flight days with different prevailing meteorological conditions to elucidate the role of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions on OA formation. Airmasses influenced predominantly by biogenic emissions had median OA concentrations of 2.9 μg/m3 and near zero ΔOA/ΔCO. Those influenced predominantly by anthropogenic emissions had median OA concentrations of 4.7 μg/m3 and ΔOA/ΔCO ratios of 35 - 44 μg/m3ppmv. When biogenic and anthropogenic emissions mix, OA levels are dramatically enhanced with median OA concentrations of 11.4 μg/m3 and ΔOA/ΔCO ratios of 77 - 157 μg/m3ppmv. Taken together, our observations show that production of OA is enhanced when anthropogenic emissions from Sacramento mix with isoprene-rich air from the foothills. A strong, non-linear dependence of SOA yield from isoprene is the mechanistic explanation for this enhancement most consistent with both the gas- and particle-phase data. If these observations are found to be robust

  2. Energetic Charged Particle Emission from Hydrogen-Loaded pd and ti Cathodes and its Enhancement by He-4 Implantation

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    Lipson, A. G.; Miley, G. H.; Lipson, A. G.; Lyakhov, B. F.; Roussetski, A. S.

    2006-02-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate reproducible emissions of energetic alphas and protons appearing in an energy range where both cosmic ray interference and possible alpha emissions from contamination (e.g., radon) is assumed to be negligible. We also show that He4 doping of Pd and Ti cathodes leads to a significant enhancement of the energetic charged particles emission (ECPE). This measurement of the emissions of energetic (MeV) particles, in a region of low background interference plus their enhancement by He4 doping provides very strong support for the existence of LENR processes in the crystalline lattice of deuterated metals.

  3. Enhanced trion emission from colloidal quantum dots with photonic crystals by two-photon excitation.

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    Xu, Xingsheng

    2013-01-01

    For colloidal quantum dots, the ongoing biggest problem is their fluorescence blinking. Until now, there is no generally accepted model for this fluorescence blinking. Here, two-photon excited fluorescence from CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals on silicon nitride photonic crystals is studied using a femtosecond laser. From analysis of the spectra and decay processes, most of the relative trion efficiency is larger than 10%, and the largest relative trion efficiency reaches 46.7%. The photonic crystals enhance the trion emission of CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals, where the enhancement is due to the coupling of the trion emission to the leaky mode of the photonic crystal slab. Moreover, the photonic crystals enhance the Auger-assisted trapping efficiency of electrons/holes to surface states, and then enhance the efficiency of the generations of charge separation and DC electric field, which modifies the trion spectrum. Therefore, a model is present for explaining the mechanism of fluorescence blinking including the effect of the environment. PMID:24231669

  4. Arrays of nanorods composed of ZnO nanodots exhibiting enhanced UV emission and stability

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    Yin, Y.; Sun, Y.; Yu, M.; Liu, X.; Yang, B.; Liu, D.; Liu, S.; Cao, W.; Ashfold, Michael N. R.

    2014-08-01

    A novel one-step coating and assembly approach for fabricating well-defined ZnO nanodot/SiO2 nanorod arrays by hydrolysis-recrystallization growth from 1-D ZnO nanorods is described. The resultant composite nanorod arrays exhibit much enhanced UV emission efficiencies and excellent stability, and thus offer particular promise for application in UV emission devices operating in harsh environments.A novel one-step coating and assembly approach for fabricating well-defined ZnO nanodot/SiO2 nanorod arrays by hydrolysis-recrystallization growth from 1-D ZnO nanorods is described. The resultant composite nanorod arrays exhibit much enhanced UV emission efficiencies and excellent stability, and thus offer particular promise for application in UV emission devices operating in harsh environments. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Suggested reaction scheme for the chemical processes occurring in this work; TEM images of ZnO NRs treated with 50 μL of TEOS; the diameter distribution of the ZnO NDs inside the ZnO/SiO2 NRs; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of NRs after O2 and Ar plasma treatment; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of NRs after annealing in O2 and in Ar; plot showing the time dependence of the relative UV emission intensity of the as-grown ZnO NRs and the TEOS-treated ZnO NRs immersed in an aqueous buffer solution at pH = 9.18; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of the silica powders formed by hydrolysis and condensation reactions of TEOS; PL spectra of SiO2 powder after annealing in O2 at 300, 600 and 900 °C. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01558d

  5. Simultaneous excitation and emission enhancements in upconversion luminescence using plasmonic double-resonant gold nanorods

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    Liu, Xin; Yuan Lei, Dang

    2015-10-01

    The geometry and dimension of a gold nanorod (GNR) are optimally designed to enhance the fluorescence intensity of a lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystal placed in close proximity to the GNR. A systematic study of the electromagnetic interaction between the upconversion emitter of three energy levels and the GNR shows that the enhancement effect arising from localized electric field-induced absorption can be balanced by the negative effect of electronic transition from an intermediate state to the ground state of the emitter. The dependence of fluorescence enhancement on the emitter-GNR separation is investigated, and the results demonstrate a maximum enhancement factor of 120 folds and 160 folds at emission wavelengths 650 and 540 nm, respectively. This is achieved at the emitter-GNR separation ranging from 5 to 15 nm, depending on the initial quantum efficiency of the emitter. The modified upconversion luminescence behavior by adjusting the aspect ratio of the GNR and the relative position of the emitter indicates the dominate role of excitation process in the total fluorescence enhancement. These findings are of great importance for rationally designing composite nanostructures of metal nanoparticles and upconversion nanocrystals with maximized plasmonic enhancement for bioimaging and sensing applications.

  6. Simultaneous excitation and emission enhancements in upconversion luminescence using plasmonic double-resonant gold nanorods

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    Liu, Xin; Yuan Lei, Dang

    2015-01-01

    The geometry and dimension of a gold nanorod (GNR) are optimally designed to enhance the fluorescence intensity of a lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystal placed in close proximity to the GNR. A systematic study of the electromagnetic interaction between the upconversion emitter of three energy levels and the GNR shows that the enhancement effect arising from localized electric field-induced absorption can be balanced by the negative effect of electronic transition from an intermediate state to the ground state of the emitter. The dependence of fluorescence enhancement on the emitter-GNR separation is investigated, and the results demonstrate a maximum enhancement factor of 120 folds and 160 folds at emission wavelengths 650 and 540 nm, respectively. This is achieved at the emitter-GNR separation ranging from 5 to 15 nm, depending on the initial quantum efficiency of the emitter. The modified upconversion luminescence behavior by adjusting the aspect ratio of the GNR and the relative position of the emitter indicates the dominate role of excitation process in the total fluorescence enhancement. These findings are of great importance for rationally designing composite nanostructures of metal nanoparticles and upconversion nanocrystals with maximized plasmonic enhancement for bioimaging and sensing applications. PMID:26468686

  7. Simultaneous excitation and emission enhancements in upconversion luminescence using plasmonic double-resonant gold nanorods.

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    Liu, Xin; Yuan Lei, Dang

    2015-01-01

    The geometry and dimension of a gold nanorod (GNR) are optimally designed to enhance the fluorescence intensity of a lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystal placed in close proximity to the GNR. A systematic study of the electromagnetic interaction between the upconversion emitter of three energy levels and the GNR shows that the enhancement effect arising from localized electric field-induced absorption can be balanced by the negative effect of electronic transition from an intermediate state to the ground state of the emitter. The dependence of fluorescence enhancement on the emitter-GNR separation is investigated, and the results demonstrate a maximum enhancement factor of 120 folds and 160 folds at emission wavelengths 650 and 540 nm, respectively. This is achieved at the emitter-GNR separation ranging from 5 to 15 nm, depending on the initial quantum efficiency of the emitter. The modified upconversion luminescence behavior by adjusting the aspect ratio of the GNR and the relative position of the emitter indicates the dominate role of excitation process in the total fluorescence enhancement. These findings are of great importance for rationally designing composite nanostructures of metal nanoparticles and upconversion nanocrystals with maximized plasmonic enhancement for bioimaging and sensing applications. PMID:26468686

  8. Highly enhanced green emission from InGaN quantum wells due to surface plasmon resonance on aluminum films

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    Tateishi, Kazutaka; Okamoto, Koichi Tamada, Kaoru; Funato, Mitsuru; Kawakami, Yoichi

    2015-03-23

    Photoluminescence (PL) from InGaN/GaN quantum wells was highly enhanced by the surface plasmon (SP) resonance on aluminum thin films. The enhancement ratio of green emission reached 80, which was much larger than the previously reported enhancements on silver films. The resulting large enhancement should be attributed to an ∼20-fold enhancement of the excitation efficiency and ∼4-fold enhancement of the emission efficiency by the excitation and emission spectra. The temperature dependence of the PL intensities and the time-resolved PL measurements were also performed to understand the detailed mechanism. We concluded that the resonance between the excitation light and the SP on the Al surface should improve the excitation efficiency, i.e., the light absorption efficiency. This result suggests that the Al films have an extraordinary photon confinement effect, which are unique properties of plasmonics with Al and should be useful for new and wider applications.

  9. Plasmonic enhanced emissions from cubic NaYF4:Yb: Er/Tm nanophosphors

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    Sudheendra, L.; Ortalan, Volkan; Dey, Sanchita; Browning, Nigel D.; Kennedy, I.M.

    2011-01-01

    A metal shell was used in this study to provide significant enhancement of the up-converted emission from cubic NaYF4 nanoparticles, creating a valuable composite material for labeling in biology and other applications – use of the cubic form of the material obviates the need to undertake a high temperature transformation to the naturally more efficient hexagonal phase. The NaYF4 matrix contained ytterbium sensitizer and an Erbium (Er) or Thulium (Tm) activator. The particle sizes of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were in the range of 20–40 nm with a gold shell thickness of 4–8 nm. The gold shell was macroscopically amorphous. The synthesis method was based on a citrate chelation. In this approach, we exploited the ability of the citrate ion to act as a reductant and stabilizer. Confining the citrate ion reductant on the nanophosphor surface rather than in the solution was critical to the gold shell formation. The plasmonic shell enhanced the up-conversion emission of Tm from visible and near-infrared regions by up to a factor of 8, in addition to imparting a visible color arising from the plasmon absorption of the gold shell. The up-conversion enhancement observed with Tm and Er were different for similar gold coverages, with local crystal field changes as a possible route to enhance up-conversion emission from high symmetry structural hosts. These novel up-converting nanophosphor particles combine the phosphor and features of a gold shell, providing a unique platform for many biological imaging and labeling applications. PMID:21709812

  10. Effect of plasmonic losses on light emission enhancement in quantum-wells coupled to metallic gratings

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    Sadi, Toufik; Oksanen, Jani; Tulkki, Jukka

    2013-12-14

    Recent experimental work has shown significant luminescence enhancement from near-surface quantum-well (QW) structures using metallic grating to convert surface plasmon (SP) modes into radiative modes. This work introduces a detailed theoretical study of plasmonic losses and the role of SPs in improving light extraction from grated light-emitting QW structures, using the fluctuational electrodynamics method. The method explains experimental results demonstrating emission enhancement, light scattering, and plasmonic coupling in the structures. We study these effects in angle-resolved reflectometry and luminescence setups in InGaN QW structures with silver grating. In contrast to experiments, our model allows direct calculation of the optical losses. The model predicts that the plasmonic coupling and scattering increases light emission by a factor of up to three compared to a flat semiconductor structure. This corresponds to reducing the absorption losses from approximately 93% in the ungrated metallic structure to 75% in the grated structure. Lower losses are associated with a significant emission enhancement enabled by the SPs of silver/GaN interfaces, which are present in the blue/green wavelength range, and can be optimized by carefully nanostructuring the metal layer and by the positioning of the QW. In general, the enhancement results from the interplay of mode scattering, conversion of SP energy directly into light, and losses in the metallic grating. The reported losses are very high when compared to the losses present in modern light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Albeit, our work provides tools needed for further optimization of plasmonic light extraction, eventually leading to highly efficient LEDs.

  11. Emission enhancement mechanism of GaN:Eu by Mg codoping

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    Sekiguchi, Hiroto; Takagi, Yasufumi; Otani, Tatsuki; Okada, Hiroshi; Wakahara, Akihiro

    2013-01-01

    Mg codoping into Eu-doped GaN strongly affects the two dominant optical sites A (620.3 nm) and B (622.3 nm) and dramatically improves the optical characteristics obtained from Eu3+ ions. To clarify the mechanism of the enhanced emission, the effects of the Mg concentration on the excitation and emission processes were evaluated by considering the excitation power dependence of photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved PL at various temperatures. The excitation cross section σex, which reflected the excitation process, did not depend on the Mg concentration but strongly on the optical site, which was attributed to the different energy transfer processes of the two optical sites. σex for site A was three times larger than that for site B, indicating higher excitation efficiency for site A. Mg codoping dramatically increased the number of Eu ions in site A that remain active at room temperature (RT) and the 5D0 lifetime at RT, indicating the suppression of nonradiative components during the emission process. Therefore, the optical properties were markedly enhanced by Mg codoping.

  12. Single particle optical investigation of gold shell enhanced upconverted fluorescence emission

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    Green, Kory; Lim, Shuang Fang; Hallen, Hans

    2014-03-01

    Upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) excited in the near IR offer novel advantages as fluorescent contrast agents, allowing for background free bio-imaging. However, their fluorescence brightness is hampered by low quantum efficiency due to the low absorption cross section of Ytterbium and Erbium ions in the near IR. We enhance the efficiency of these particles by investigating the plasmonic coupling of 30nm diameter core NaYF4: Yb, Er upconverting particles (UCNPs) with a gold shell coating. An enhancement of green emission by a factor of five and a three times overall increase in emission intensity has been achieved for single particle spectra. UV-Vis absorption has confirmed the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the gold shell to the near IR and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images demonstrates successful growth of a gold shell around the upconversion particle. Time-resolved spectroscopy shows that gold shell coupling changes the lifetime of the energy levels of the Erbium ion that are relevant to the emission process.

  13. Highly enhanced and temporally stable field emission from MWCNTs grown on aluminum coated silicon substrate

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    Sreekanth, M.; Ghosh, S. Patra, R.; Srivastava, P.

    2015-06-15

    In this work, a detailed field emission study of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) grown on Si and Al coated Si substrates is reported. Morphological and microstructural studies of the films show higher entanglement of CNTs in the case of CNT/Si film as compared to CNT/Al/Si film. Raman studies show that the defect mediated peak (D) is substantially suppressed as compared to graphitic peak (G) resulting in significant reduction in I{sub D}/I{sub G} value in CNT/Al/Si film. Field emission (FE) current density of CNT/Al/Si film (∼25 mA/cm{sup 2}) is significantly higher as compared to that of CNT/Si film (∼1.6 mA/cm{sup 2}). A substantial improvement in temporal stability is also observed in CNT/Al/Si film. This enhancement in field emission current is attributed to strong adhesion between substrate and CNTs, low work function, high local field enhancement factor at the CNT tips and less entanglement of CNTs grown on Al/Si. The temporally stable CNT/Al/Si cold cathode can be a potential candidate to replace conventional electron sources in prototype devices.

  14. Highly enhanced and temporally stable field emission from MWCNTs grown on aluminum coated silicon substrate

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    Sreekanth, M.; Ghosh, S.; Patra, R.; Srivastava, P.

    2015-06-01

    In this work, a detailed field emission study of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) grown on Si and Al coated Si substrates is reported. Morphological and microstructural studies of the films show higher entanglement of CNTs in the case of CNT/Si film as compared to CNT/Al/Si film. Raman studies show that the defect mediated peak (D) is substantially suppressed as compared to graphitic peak (G) resulting in significant reduction in ID/IG value in CNT/Al/Si film. Field emission (FE) current density of CNT/Al/Si film (˜25 mA/cm2) is significantly higher as compared to that of CNT/Si film (˜1.6 mA/cm2). A substantial improvement in temporal stability is also observed in CNT/Al/Si film. This enhancement in field emission current is attributed to strong adhesion between substrate and CNTs, low work function, high local field enhancement factor at the CNT tips and less entanglement of CNTs grown on Al/Si. The temporally stable CNT/Al/Si cold cathode can be a potential candidate to replace conventional electron sources in prototype devices.

  15. Distinct roles of GPVI and integrin α2β1 in platelet shape change and aggregation induced by different collagens

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    Jarvis, Gavin E; Atkinson, Ben T; Snell, Daniel C; Watson, Steve P

    2002-01-01

    Various platelet membrane glycoproteins have been proposed as receptors for collagen, in some cases as receptors for specific collagen types. In this study we have compared the ability of a range of collagen types to activate platelets. Bovine collagen types I–V, native equine tendon collagen fibrils and collagen-related peptide (CRP) all induced platelet aggregation and shape change. Responses were abolished in FcRγ chain-deficient platelets, which also lack GPVI, indicating a critical dependence on the GPVI/FcRγ chain complex. Responses to all collagens were unaffected in CD36-deficient platelets. A monoclonal antibody (6F1) which binds to the α2 integrin subunit of human platelets had a minimal effect on the rate and extent of aggregation induced by the collagens; however, it delayed the onset of aggregation following addition of all collagens. For shape change, 6F1 abolished the response induced by collagen types I and IV, substantially attenuated that to collagen types II, III and V, but only partially inhibited Horm collagen. Simultaneous blockade of the P2Y1 and P2Y12 receptors, and inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase demonstrated that CRP can activate platelets independently of ADP and TxA2; however, responses to the collagens were dependent on these mediators. This study confirms the importance of the GPVI/FcRγ chain complex in platelet responses induced by a range of collagen agonists, while providing no evidence for collagen type-specific receptors. It also provides evidence for a modulatory role of α2β1, the significance of which depends on the collagen preparation. PMID:12183336

  16. Method and apparatus for enhancing surface absorption and emissivity in optical pulsed infrared nondestructive evaluation

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    Duan, Yuxia; Zhang, Cunlin; Jin, Wanping; Wu, Naiming

    2009-07-01

    In the application of optical pulsed infrared NDE, the visible light absorption and IR emissivity of the detected object must be considered. One of the simple methods is spraying paint on the highly reflective and low IR emissivity surface before testing. However, for some materials such as with pore space in the surface or easily to be corrupted have to be pretreated by other method and apparatus. Two kinds of apparatus for surface pretreating are designed according to the dimension of the detected object and the testing conditions. One apparatus is independent of the former detecting system, and the other is an improvement of the former system. The basic principle of the two apparatus is covering a flexible membrane of high light absorption and IR emissivity on the specimen surface by vacuum pumping. The paper also present the applications of the method, including the detection of the metal mesh material and the honeycomb structures with aluminum coating. The experimental results show that the technique of covering thin film by vacuum pump is effective for enhancing surface absorption and emissivity; moreover, it does not pollute or damage the sample. The application of the technique has practical significance, because it extends the scope of the application of the optical pulsed thermography nondestructive evaluation.

  17. Direct observation of enhanced emission sites in nitrogen implanted hybrid structured ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Panda, Kalpataru; Sundaravel, B.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Chen, Huang-Chin; Lin, I.-Nan

    2013-02-07

    A hybrid-structured ultrananocrystalline diamond (h-UNCD) film, synthesized on Si-substrates by a two-step microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (MPECVD) process, contains duplex structure with large diamond aggregates evenly dispersed in a matrix of ultra-small grains ({approx}5 nm). The two-step plasma synthesized h-UNCD films exhibit superior electron field emission (EFE) properties than the one-step MPECVD deposited UNCD films. Nitrogen-ion implantation/post-annealing processes further improve the EFE properties of these films. Current imaging tunnelling spectroscopy in scanning tunnelling spectroscopy mode directly shows increased density of emission sites in N implanted/post-annealed h-UNCD films than as-prepared one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show increased sp{sup 2} phase content and C-N bonding fraction in N ion implanted/post-annealed films. Transmission electron microscopic analysis reveals that the N implantation/post-annealing processes induce the formation of defects in the diamond grains, which decreases the band gap and increases the density of states within the band gap of diamond. Moreover, the formation of nanographitic phase surrounding the small diamond grains enhanced the conductivity at the diamond grain boundaries. Both of the phenomena enhance the EFE properties.

  18. Enhanced flashover strength in polyethylene nanodielectrics by secondary electron emission modification

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    Wang, Weiwang; Li, Shengtao; Min, Daomin

    2016-04-01

    This work studies the correlation between secondary electron emission (SEE) characteristics and impulse surface flashover in polyethylene nanodielectrics both theoretically and experimentally, and illustrates the enhancement of flashover voltage in low-density polyethylene (LDPE) through incorporating Al2O3 nanoparticles. SEE characteristics play key roles in surface charging and gas desorption during surface flashover. This work demonstrates that the presence of Al2O3 nanoparticles decreases the SEE coefficient of LDPE and enhances the impact energy at the equilibrium state of surface charging. These changes can be explained by the increase of surface roughness and of surface ionization energy, and the strong interaction between nanoparticles and the polymer dielectric matrix. The surface charge and flashover voltage are calculated according to the secondary electron emission avalanche (SEEA) model, which reveals that the positive surface charges are reduced near the cathode triple point, while the presence of more nanoparticles in high loading samples enhances the gas desorption. Consequently, the surface flashover performance of LDPE/Al2O3 nanodielectrics is improved.

  19. Enhancing field emission performance of aligned Si nanowires via in situ partial oxidization.

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    Qian, Zhongjian; Liu, Xianyun; Yang, Ye; Yin, Qiaoxia

    2014-08-01

    Partially oxidized Si nanowire (NW) arrays have been achieved via a combinatorial process of selectively etching Si wafer to obtain vertically aligned single crystalline Si NW arrays and subsequent in situ partially oxidizing the as-etched bare Si NWs. The resultant Si products are Si-SiOx nanocable-like structures consisting of single-crystalline Si NW inner cores and outer shells of insulating SiOx. Field emission measurements demonstrate that surface partial oxidization enhances the field emission current of the as-etched bare Si NWs effectively, which can be ascribed to the outer shell of insulating SiOx that has small electron affinity (0.6-0.8 eV) and can protect Si NW inner cores. The results indicate that the partially oxidized Si NW arrays would act as the excellent field emitters in the future vacuum micro- and nano-electronic devices. PMID:25936088

  20. Particle acceleration and wave emissions associated with the formation of auroral cavities and enhancements

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    Winglee, R. M.; Dusenbery, P. B.; Pritchett, P. L.; Persoon, A. M.; Waite, J. H., Jr.; Moore, T. E.; Burch, J. L.; Collin, H. L.; Slavin, J. A.

    1988-01-01

    A unified model is presented which interrelates the various processes involved in auroral particle acceleration and the associated wave emissions, and it is shown how energy is coupled from the magnetosphere into the ionosphere. The phenomena in the magnetotail which can provide the source of free energy for the perpendicular electrostatic shocks are identified along with the associated potential structures in the nightside auroral region. The characteristics of the particle acceleration produced by the shock are described, including efficiency and energy transport between magnetospheric and ionospheric plasmas, the properties of the particle distributions throughout the shock region and return current regions, and the associated wave emissions. The source of free energy for the generation of ion conics is identified, as are the signatures for the formation of plasma cavities and/or enhancements.

  1. Cavity-enhanced spontaneous emission rates for rhodamine 6-G in levitated microdroplets

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    Barnes, M.D.; Whitten, W.B.; Ramsey, J.M. ); Arnold, S. )

    1992-01-01

    Fluorescence decay kinetics of Rhodamine 6-G molecules in levitated glycerol microdroplets (4--20 microns in diameter) have been investigated to determine the effects of spherical cavity resonances on spontaneous emission rates. For droplet diameters greater than 10 microns, the fluorescence lifetime is essentially the same as in bulk glycerol. As the droplet diameter is decreased below 10 microns, bi-exponential decay behavior is observed with a slow component whose rate is similar to bulk glycerol, and a fast component whose rate is as much as a factor of 10 larger than the bulk decay rate. This fast component is attributed to cavity enhancement of the spontaneous emission rate and, within the weak coupling approximation, a value for the homogeneous linewidth at room temperature can be estimated from the fluorescence lifetime data.

  2. Cavity-enhanced spontaneous emission rates for rhodamine 6-G in levitated microdroplets

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    Barnes, M.D.; Whitten, W.B.; Ramsey, J.M.; Arnold, S.

    1992-11-01

    Fluorescence decay kinetics of Rhodamine 6-G molecules in levitated glycerol microdroplets (4--20 microns in diameter) have been investigated to determine the effects of spherical cavity resonances on spontaneous emission rates. For droplet diameters greater than 10 microns, the fluorescence lifetime is essentially the same as in bulk glycerol. As the droplet diameter is decreased below 10 microns, bi-exponential decay behavior is observed with a slow component whose rate is similar to bulk glycerol, and a fast component whose rate is as much as a factor of 10 larger than the bulk decay rate. This fast component is attributed to cavity enhancement of the spontaneous emission rate and, within the weak coupling approximation, a value for the homogeneous linewidth at room temperature can be estimated from the fluorescence lifetime data.

  3. Enhanced terahertz emission from a multilayered low temperature grown GaAs structure

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    Rihani, Samir; Faulks, Richard; Beere, Harvey E.; Farrer, Ian; Evans, Michael; Ritchie, David A.; Pepper, Michael

    2010-03-01

    We report the use of a multilayered structure comprising of alternating layers of low temperature grown GaAs and high temperature grown AlAs, as a terahertz (THz) photoconductive antenna emitter and receiver. Devices based on 10×10 μm2 mesa defined photoconductive gaps were fabricated on the multilayered structure, and a comparison made to conventional planar devices. The mesa defined photoconductive antennas allowed successive contact through the multilayered structure, which resulted in an increase in THz emission power and detection responsivity with increasing number of layers in contact with the antenna electrodes. A comparison with a conventional single layered device, processed in an identical mesa geometry, confirmed that the enhancement in THz emission is solely due to the multilayered nature of the device, whereas the improved receiver performance can be partially attributed to the mesa geometry.

  4. Enhancement of Tb-Yb quantum cutting emission by inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Wang, Qi; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Zhengwen; Yin, Zhaoyi; Zhou, Dacheng; Wang, Siqin

    2016-04-01

    Yb3+, Tb3+ co-doped YPO4 inverse opal photonic crystal was prepared directly by sol-gel technique in combination with self-assembly method. With the influence of the photonic band gap, quantum cutting emission of Tb3+, Yb3+ was investigated in photonic crystals by photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime. The result clearly shows that, when the spontaneous emission of donor Tb3+ is inhibited by photonic band gap, Tb3+-Yb3+ quantum cutting quantum efficiency from Tb3+ to Yb3+ could be enhanced from 131.2% to 140.5%. The mechanisms for the influence of the photonic band gap on quantum cutting process of Tb3+ and Yb3+ are discussed. We believe that the present work will be valuable for the foundational study of quantum cutting energy transfer process and application of quantum cutting optical devices in spectral modification materials for silicon solar cells.

  5. Enhancement of multiphoton emission from single CdSe quantum dots coupled to gold films.

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    LeBlanc, Sharonda J; McClanahan, Mason R; Jones, Marcus; Moyer, Patrick J

    2013-04-10

    Single molecule time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots (QDs) localized near a rough gold thin film demonstrates significant enhancement of multiphoton emission while at the same time showing a decrease in single photon emission. A rigorous analysis of time-resolved photon correlation spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime data on single quantum dots at room temperature reveals an increase in radiative recombination rate of multiexcitons that is much higher than expected and, perhaps more significantly, is not correlated with concomitant increases in single exciton recombination rates. We believe that these results confirm a stronger coupling of multiexcitons to plasmon modes via a coupling to plasmon multipole modes. PMID:23510412

  6. Directional fluorescence emission co-enhanced by localized and propagating surface plasmons for biosensing

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    Wang, Yi; Wu, Lin; Wong, Ten It; Bauch, Martin; Zhang, Qingwen; Zhang, Jinling; Liu, Xiaohu; Zhou, Xiaodong; Bai, Ping; Dostalek, Jakub; Liedberg, Bo

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the simultaneous excitation of localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and propagating surface plasmons (PSPs) on a thin metallic film with an array of nanoholes for the enhancement of fluorescence intensity in heterogeneous bioassays. Experiments supported by simulations reveal that the co-excitation of PSP and LSP modes on the nanohole array in a Kretschmann configuration allows for fluorescence enhancement of about 102 as compared to a flat Au surface irradiated off-resonance. Moreover, this fluorescence signal was about 3-fold higher on the substrate supporting both PSPs and LSPs than that on a flat surface where only PSPs were resonantly excited. Simulations also indicated the highly directional fluorescence emission as well as the high fluorescence collection efficiency on the nanohole array substrate. Our contribution attempts to de-convolute the origin of this enhancement and identify further ways to maximize the efficiency of surface plasmon-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy for implementation in ultra-sensitive bioassays.We investigated the simultaneous excitation of localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and propagating surface plasmons (PSPs) on a thin metallic film with an array of nanoholes for the enhancement of fluorescence intensity in heterogeneous bioassays. Experiments supported by simulations reveal that the co-excitation of PSP and LSP modes on the nanohole array in a Kretschmann configuration allows for fluorescence enhancement of about 102 as compared to a flat Au surface irradiated off-resonance. Moreover, this fluorescence signal was about 3-fold higher on the substrate supporting both PSPs and LSPs than that on a flat surface where only PSPs were resonantly excited. Simulations also indicated the highly directional fluorescence emission as well as the high fluorescence collection efficiency on the nanohole array substrate. Our contribution attempts to de-convolute the origin of this enhancement and identify further ways to maximize

  7. Color-switchable, emission-enhanced fluorescence realized by engineering C-dot@C-dot nanoparticles.

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    Guo, Zhen; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Lianqun; Li, Haiwen; Wang, Hongmei; Andreazza-Vignolle, Caroline; Andreazza, Pascal; Zhao, Dongxu; Wu, Yihui; Wang, Quanlong; Zhang, Tao; Jiang, Keming

    2014-12-10

    This paper reports the preparation and properties of color-switchable fluorescent carbon nanodots (C-dots). C-dots that emit dark turquoise and green-yellow fluorescence under 365 nm UV illumination were obtained from the hydrothermal decomposition of citric acid. Dark green fluorescent C-dots were obtained by conjugating prepared C-dots to form C-dot@C-dot nanoparticles. After successful conjugation of the C-dots, the fluorescence emission undergoes a blue-shift of nearly 20 nm (∼0.15 eV) under UV excitation at 370 nm. The C-dots emit goldenrod, green-yellow, and gold light under excitation at 455 nm, which shows that the prepared C-dots are color-switchable. Furthermore, conjugation of the C-dots results in enhanced, red-shifted absorption of the π-π* transition of the aromatic sp(2) domains due to the conjugated π-electron system. N incorporation in the carbon structure leads to a degree of dipoles for all the aromatic sp(2) bonds. The enhanced absorption in a wide range from 226 to 601 nm indicates extended conjugation in the C-dot@C-dot structure. The time-resolved average lifetimes for the three different types of C-dots prepared in this study are 7.10, 7.65, and 4.07 ns. The radiative rate (reduced decay lifetime) increases when the C-dots are conjugated in the C-dot@C-dot nanoparticles, leading to the enhanced fluorescence emission. The fluorescence emission of the C-dot@C-dot nanoparticles can be used in applications such as flow cytometry and cell imaging. PMID:25408428

  8. Ultrasensitive detection of waste products in water using fluorescence emission cavity-enhanced spectroscopy.

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    Bixler, Joel N; Cone, Michael T; Hokr, Brett H; Mason, John D; Figueroa, Eleonora; Fry, Edward S; Yakovlev, Vladislav V; Scully, Marlan O

    2014-05-20

    Clean water is paramount to human health. In this article, we present a technique for detection of trace amounts of human or animal waste products in water using fluorescence emission cavity-enhanced spectroscopy. The detection of femtomolar concentrations of urobilin, a metabolic byproduct of heme metabolism that is excreted in both human and animal waste in water, was achieved through the use of an integrating cavity. This technique could allow for real-time assessment of water quality without the need for expensive laboratory equipment. PMID:24799690

  9. Ultrasensitive detection of waste products in water using fluorescence emission cavity-enhanced spectroscopy

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    Bixler, Joel N.; Cone, Michael T.; Hokr, Brett H.; Mason, John D.; Figueroa, Eleonora; Fry, Edward S.; Yakovlev, Vladislav V.; Scully, Marlan O.

    2014-01-01

    Clean water is paramount to human health. In this article, we present a technique for detection of trace amounts of human or animal waste products in water using fluorescence emission cavity-enhanced spectroscopy. The detection of femtomolar concentrations of urobilin, a metabolic byproduct of heme metabolism that is excreted in both human and animal waste in water, was achieved through the use of an integrating cavity. This technique could allow for real-time assessment of water quality without the need for expensive laboratory equipment. PMID:24799690

  10. Predawn enhancement of 6300-A emission observed near the plasmapause from the Isis-2 spacecraft.

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    Shepherd, G. G.; Brace, L. H.; Whitteker, J. H.

    1973-01-01

    Data from several Isis-2 spacecraft passes are described in which the 6300-A atomic oxygen red line photometer mapped intensity steps resembling the predawn enhancement. Comparison with the electron density measured at the spacecraft indicates a plasmapause influence on the 6300-A emission rate, in that the intensity varies roughly inversely with the electron density at 1400 km. A simple calculation demonstrates the idea that field line opacity differences for photoelectrons are significant across the plasmapause. The measured electron temperatures are inadequate to account for the 6300-A excitation, thus confirming that it must arise from another mechanism.

  11. Enhanced UV and suppressed defect related emission in yttrium doped zinc oxide

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    Sharma, Vikas; Vyas, Rishi; Sachdev, K.; Kumar, Parmod Malik, Hitendra K.; Rana, Geeta; Asokan, K.

    2014-04-24

    Yttrium doped ZnO (YZO) synthesized through conventional solid state reaction method using ZnO and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as starting material. The formation of YZO compounds were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Photoluminescence measurements revealed an enhanced ultra-violet (UV) and suppressed defect related emission in YZO which is due to reduction in the concentration of the defects related to oxygen interstitials (O{sub i}) and zinc vacancy (V{sub Zn}) of ZnO.

  12. Fluorinated counterion-enhanced emission of rhodamine aggregates: ultrabright nanoparticles for bioimaging and light-harvesting

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    Shulov, Ievgen; Oncul, Sule; Reisch, Andreas; Arntz, Youri; Collot, Mayeul; Mely, Yves; Klymchenko, Andrey S.

    2015-10-01

    The key to ultrabright fluorescent nanomaterials is the control of dye emission in the aggregated state. Here, lipophilic rhodamine B derivatives are assembled into nanoparticles (NPs) using tetraphenylborate counterions with varied fluorination levels that should tune the short-range dye ordering. Counterion fluorination is found to drastically enhance the emission characteristics of these NPs. Highly fluorinated counterions produce 10-20 nm NPs containing >300 rhodamine dyes with a fluorescence quantum yield of 40-60% and a remarkably narrow emission band (34 nm), whereas, for other counterions, aggregation caused quenching with a weak broad-band emission is observed. NPs with the most fluorinated counterion (48 fluorines) are ~40-fold brighter than quantum dots (QD585 at 532 nm excitation) in single-molecule microscopy, showing improved photostability and suppressed blinking. Due to exciton diffusion, revealed by fluorescence anisotropy, these NPs are efficient FRET donors to single cyanine-5 acceptors with a light-harvesting antenna effect reaching 200. Finally, NPs with the most fluorinated counterion are rather stable after entry into living cells, in contrast to their less fluorinated analogue. Thus, the present work shows the crucial role of counterion fluorination in achieving high fluorescence brightness and photostability, narrow-band emission, efficient energy transfer and high intracellular stability of nanomaterials for light harvesting and bioimaging applications.The key to ultrabright fluorescent nanomaterials is the control of dye emission in the aggregated state. Here, lipophilic rhodamine B derivatives are assembled into nanoparticles (NPs) using tetraphenylborate counterions with varied fluorination levels that should tune the short-range dye ordering. Counterion fluorination is found to drastically enhance the emission characteristics of these NPs. Highly fluorinated counterions produce 10-20 nm NPs containing >300 rhodamine dyes with a

  13. Cattle Manure Enhances Methanogens Diversity and Methane Emissions Compared to Swine Manure under Rice Paddy.

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    Kim, Sang Yoon; Pramanik, Prabhat; Bodelier, Paul L E; Kim, Pil Joo

    2014-01-01

    Livestock manures are broadly used in agriculture to improve soil quality. However, manure application can increase the availability of organic carbon, thereby facilitating methane (CH4) production. Cattle and swine manures are expected to have different CH4 emission characteristics in rice paddy soil due to the inherent differences in composition as a result of contrasting diets and digestive physiology between the two livestock types. To compare the effect of ruminant and non-ruminant animal manure applications on CH4 emissions and methanogenic archaeal diversity during rice cultivation (June to September, 2009), fresh cattle and swine manures were applied into experimental pots at 0, 20 and 40 Mg fresh weight (FW) ha-1 in a greenhouse. Applications of manures significantly enhanced total CH4 emissions as compared to chemical fertilization, with cattle manure leading to higher emissions than swine manure. Total organic C contents in cattle (466 g kg-1) and swine (460 g kg-1) manures were of comparable results. Soil organic C (SOC) contents were also similar between the two manure treatments, but dissolved organic C (DOC) was significantly higher in cattle than swine manure. The mcrA gene copy numbers were significantly higher in cattle than swine manure. Diverse groups of methanogens which belong to Methanomicrobiaceae were detected only in cattle-manured but not in swine-manured soil. Methanogens were transferred from cattle manure to rice paddy soils through fresh excrement. In conclusion, cattle manure application can significantly increase CH4 emissions in rice paddy soil during cultivation, and its pretreatment to suppress methanogenic activity without decreasing rice productivity should be considered. PMID:25494364

  14. Herschel HIFI Observations of O2 toward Orion: Special Conditions for Shock Enhanced Emission

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    Chen, Jo-Hsin; Goldsmith, Paul F.; Viti, Serena; Snell, Ronald; Lis, Dariusz C.; Benz, Arnold; Bergin, Edwin; Black, John; Caselli, Paola; Encrenaz, Pierre; Falgarone, Edith; Goicoechea, Javier R.; Hjalmarson, Åke; Hollenbach, David; Kaufman, Michael; Melnick, Gary; Neufeld, David; Pagani, Laurent; van der Tak, Floris; van Dishoeck, Ewine; Yıldız, Umut A.

    2014-10-01

    We report observations of molecular oxygen (O2) rotational transitions at 487 GHz, 774 GHz, and 1121 GHz toward Orion Peak A. The O2 lines at 487 GHz and 774 GHz are detected at velocities of 10-12 km s-1 with line widths ~3 km s-1 however, the transition at 1121 GHz is not detected. The observed line characteristics, combined with the results of earlier observations, suggest that the region responsible for the O2 emission is sime9'' (6 × 1016 cm) in size, and is located close to the H 2 Peak 1 position (where vibrationally excited H2 emission peaks), and not at Peak A, 23'' away. The peak O2 column density is sime1.1 × 1018 cm-2. The line velocity is close to that of the 621 GHz water maser emission found in this portion of the Orion Molecular Cloud, and having a shock with velocity vector lying nearly in the plane of the sky is consistent with producing maximum maser gain along the line of sight. The enhanced O2 abundance compared to that generally found in dense interstellar clouds can be explained by passage of a low-velocity C shock through a clump with preshock density 2 × 104 cm-3, if a reasonable flux of UV radiation is present. The postshock O2 can explain the emission from the source if its line-of-sight dimension is sime10 times larger than its size on the plane of the sky. The special geometry and conditions required may explain why O2 emission has not been detected in the cores of other massive star-forming molecular clouds.

  15. Herschel HIFI observations of O{sub 2} toward Orion: special conditions for shock enhanced emission

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    Chen, Jo-Hsin; Goldsmith, Paul F.; Viti, Serena; Snell, Ronald; Lis, Dariusz C.; Benz, Arnold; Bergin, Edwin; Black, John; Hjalmarson, Åke; Caselli, Paola; Encrenaz, Pierre; Falgarone, Edith; Hollenbach, David; Kaufman, Michael; Melnick, Gary; Neufeld, David; Pagani, Laurent; and others

    2014-10-01

    We report observations of molecular oxygen (O{sub 2}) rotational transitions at 487 GHz, 774 GHz, and 1121 GHz toward Orion Peak A. The O{sub 2} lines at 487 GHz and 774 GHz are detected at velocities of 10-12 km s{sup –1} with line widths ∼3 km s{sup –1}; however, the transition at 1121 GHz is not detected. The observed line characteristics, combined with the results of earlier observations, suggest that the region responsible for the O{sub 2} emission is ≅9'' (6 × 10{sup 16} cm) in size, and is located close to the H {sub 2} Peak 1 position (where vibrationally excited H{sub 2} emission peaks), and not at Peak A, 23'' away. The peak O{sub 2} column density is ≅1.1 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup –2}. The line velocity is close to that of the 621 GHz water maser emission found in this portion of the Orion Molecular Cloud, and having a shock with velocity vector lying nearly in the plane of the sky is consistent with producing maximum maser gain along the line of sight. The enhanced O{sub 2} abundance compared to that generally found in dense interstellar clouds can be explained by passage of a low-velocity C shock through a clump with preshock density 2 × 10{sup 4} cm{sup –3}, if a reasonable flux of UV radiation is present. The postshock O{sub 2} can explain the emission from the source if its line-of-sight dimension is ≅10 times larger than its size on the plane of the sky. The special geometry and conditions required may explain why O{sub 2} emission has not been detected in the cores of other massive star-forming molecular clouds.

  16. Cattle Manure Enhances Methanogens Diversity and Methane Emissions Compared to Swine Manure under Rice Paddy

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    Kim, Sang Yoon; Pramanik, Prabhat; Bodelier, Paul L. E.; Kim, Pil Joo

    2014-01-01

    Livestock manures are broadly used in agriculture to improve soil quality. However, manure application can increase the availability of organic carbon, thereby facilitating methane (CH4) production. Cattle and swine manures are expected to have different CH4 emission characteristics in rice paddy soil due to the inherent differences in composition as a result of contrasting diets and digestive physiology between the two livestock types. To compare the effect of ruminant and non-ruminant animal manure applications on CH4 emissions and methanogenic archaeal diversity during rice cultivation (June to September, 2009), fresh cattle and swine manures were applied into experimental pots at 0, 20 and 40 Mg fresh weight (FW) ha−1 in a greenhouse. Applications of manures significantly enhanced total CH4 emissions as compared to chemical fertilization, with cattle manure leading to higher emissions than swine manure. Total organic C contents in cattle (466 g kg−1) and swine (460 g kg−1) manures were of comparable results. Soil organic C (SOC) contents were also similar between the two manure treatments, but dissolved organic C (DOC) was significantly higher in cattle than swine manure. The mcrA gene copy numbers were significantly higher in cattle than swine manure. Diverse groups of methanogens which belong to Methanomicrobiaceae were detected only in cattle-manured but not in swine-manured soil. Methanogens were transferred from cattle manure to rice paddy soils through fresh excrement. In conclusion, cattle manure application can significantly increase CH4 emissions in rice paddy soil during cultivation, and its pretreatment to suppress methanogenic activity without decreasing rice productivity should be considered. PMID:25494364

  17. Labeling thiols on proteins, living cells, and tissues with enhanced emission induced by FRET.

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Xijun; Mei, Bin; Zhang, Dongxin; Tang, Anming; An, Linna; He, Xiaoxiao; Jiang, Jun; Liang, Gaolin

    2013-01-01

    Using N-(2-Aminoethyl)maleimide-cysteine(StBu) (Mal-Cys) as a medium, protein thiols were converted into N-terminal cysteines. After a biocompatible condensation reaction between the N-terminal cysteine and fluorescent probe 2-cyanobenzothiazole-Gly-Gly-Gly-fluorescein isothiocyanate (CBT-GGG-FITC), a new fluorogenic structure Luciferin-GGG-FITC was obtained. The latter exhibits near one order of magnitude (7 folds) enhanced fluorescence emission compared to the precursor moiety due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) effect between the newly formed luciferin structure and the FITC motif. Theoretical investigations revealed the underlying mechanism that satisfactorily explained the experimental results. With this method, enhanced fluorescence imaging of thiols on proteins, outer membranes of living cells, translocation of membrane proteins, and endothelial cell layers of small arteries was successfully achieved. PMID:24343586

  18. Enhancing mammalian hearing by a balancing between spontaneous otoacoustic emissions and spatial coupling

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    Liu, Zonghua; Li, Baowen; Lai, Ying-Cheng

    2012-04-01

    Nonlinear dynamics has provided significant insights into the origin of frequency discrimination and signal amplification underlying mammalian hearing. Existing signal amplification models, however, tend to ignore two basic known aspects of the hearing: spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs) and intrinsic dynamical coupling in the cochlea. We construct and study a class of coupled-oscillator models to remedy this deficiency. Our analysis and computations reveal that the interplay and balance between the two aspects can naturally explain the phenomena of frequency discrimination and signal amplification and, more strikingly, the origin of hearing loss, all at a quantitative level. In the presence of SOAEs, there exists a critical coupling threshold below which hearing loss can occur, suggesting enhancement of coupling as a potentially effective therapeutic strategy to restore or even significantly enhance hearing.

  19. Labeling Thiols on Proteins, Living Cells, and Tissues with Enhanced Emission Induced by FRET

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Xijun; Mei, Bin; Zhang, Dongxin; Tang, Anming; An, Linna; He, Xiaoxiao; Jiang, Jun; Liang, Gaolin

    2013-12-01

    Using N-(2-Aminoethyl)maleimide-cysteine(StBu) (Mal-Cys) as a medium, protein thiols were converted into N-terminal cysteines. After a biocompatible condensation reaction between the N-terminal cysteine and fluorescent probe 2-cyanobenzothiazole-Gly-Gly-Gly-fluorescein isothiocyanate (CBT-GGG-FITC), a new fluorogenic structure Luciferin-GGG-FITC was obtained. The latter exhibits near one order of magnitude (7 folds) enhanced fluorescence emission compared to the precursor moiety due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) effect between the newly formed luciferin structure and the FITC motif. Theoretical investigations revealed the underlying mechanism that satisfactorily explained the experimental results. With this method, enhanced fluorescence imaging of thiols on proteins, outer membranes of living cells, translocation of membrane proteins, and endothelial cell layers of small arteries was successfully achieved.

  20. Enhanced light emission from carbon nanotubes integrated in silicon micro-resonator

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    Noury, Adrien; Le Roux, Xavier; Vivien, Laurent; Izard, Nicolas

    2015-08-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes are considered a fascinating nanomaterial for photonic applications and are especially promising for efficient light emitters in the telecommunication wavelength range. Furthermore, their hybrid integration with silicon photonic structures makes them an ideal platform to explore their intrinsic properties. Here we report on the strong photoluminescence enhancement from carbon nanotubes integrated in silicon ring resonator circuits under two pumping configurations: surface-illuminated pumping at 735 nm and collinear pumping at 1.26 μ {{m}}. Extremely efficient rejection of the non-resonant photoluminescence was obtained. In the collinear approach, an emission efficiency enhancement by a factor of 26 has been demonstrated in comparison with the classical pumping scheme. This demonstration paves the way for the development of integrated light sources in silicon based on carbon nanotubes.

  1. Enhanced Field Emission from Argon Plasma-Treated Ultra-sharp α-Fe2O3Nanoflakes

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    2009-01-01

    Hematite nanoflakes have been synthesized by a simple heat oxide method and further treated by Argon plasmas. The effects of Argon plasma on the morphology and crystal structures of nanoflakes were investigated. Significant enhancement of field-induced electron emission from the plasma-treated nanoflakes was observed. The transmission electron microscopy investigation shows that the plasma treatment effectively removes amorphous coating and creates plenty of sub-tips at the surface of the nanoflakes, which are believed to contribute the enhancement of emission. This work suggests that plasma treatment technique could be a direct means to improve field-emission properties of nanostructures. PMID:20596290

  2. Enhanced Field Emission from Vertically Oriented Graphene by Thin Solid Film Coatings

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    Bagge-Hansen, Michael

    Recent progress and a coordinated national research program have brought considerable effort to bear on the synthesis and application of carbon nanostructures for field emission. At the College of William and Mary, we have developed field emission arrays of vertically oriented graphene (carbon nanosheets, CNS) that have demonstrated promising cathode performance, delivering emission current densities up to 2 mA/mm2 and cathode lifetime >800 hours. The work function (φ) of CNS and other carbonaceous cathode materials has been reported to be φ˜4.5-5.1 eV. The application of low work function thin films can achieve several orders of magnitude enhancement of field emission. Initially, the intrinsic CNS field emission was studied. The mean height of the CNS was observed to decrease as a function of operating time at a rate of ˜0.05 nm/h (I 1˜40 muA/mm2). The erosion mechanism was studied using a unique UHV diode design which allowed line-of-site assessment from the field emission region in the diode to the ion source of a mass spectrometer. The erosion of CNS was found to occur by impingement of hyperthermal H and O neutrals and ions generated at the surface oxide complex of the Cu anode by electron stimulated desorption. Techniques for minimizing this erosion are presented. The Mo2C (φ˜3.7 eV) beading on CNS at previously reported carbide formation temperatures of ˜800°C was circumvented by physical vapor deposition of Mo and vacuum annealing at ˜300°C which resulted in a conformal Mo2C coating and stable field emission of 1˜50 muA/mm2. For a given applied field, the emission current was >102 greater than uncoated CNS. ThO2 thin film coatings were presumed to be even more promising because of a reported work function of φ ˜2.6 eV. The fundamental behavior of the initial oxidation of polycrystalline Th was studied in UHV (p<1x10-11 Torr), followed by studies of thin film coatings on Ir and thermionic emission characteristics. Although a work function of 3

  3. Final LDRD report : enhanced spontaneous emission rate in visible III-nitride LEDs using 3D photonic crystal cavities.

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    Fischer, Arthur Joseph; Subramania, Ganapathi S.; Coley, Anthony J.; Lee, Yun-Ju; Li, Qiming; Wang, George T.; Luk, Ting Shan; Koleske, Daniel David; Fullmer, Kristine Wanta

    2009-09-01

    The fundamental spontaneous emission rate for a photon source can be modified by placing the emitter inside a periodic dielectric structure allowing the emission to be dramatically enhanced or suppressed depending on the intended application. We have investigated the relatively unexplored realm of interaction between semiconductor emitters and three dimensional photonic crystals in the visible spectrum. Although this interaction has been investigated at longer wavelengths, very little work has been done in the visible spectrum. During the course of this LDRD, we have fabricated TiO{sub 2} logpile photonic crystal structures with the shortest wavelength band gap ever demonstrated. A variety of different emitters with emission between 365 nm and 700 nm were incorporated into photonic crystal structures. Time-integrated and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements were performed to measure changes to the spontaneous emission rate. Both enhanced and suppressed emission were demonstrated and attributed to changes to the photonic density of states.

  4. Localized-surface-plasmon enhanced emission from porous silicon by gold nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Hui; An, Zhenghua; Ren, Qijun; Wang, Hengliang; Mao, Feilong; Chen, Zhanghai; Shen, Xuechu

    2011-12-01

    The porous silicon (PS) samples, decorated by Au nanoparticles (NPs) possessing localized-surface-plasmon (LSP) resonance, are prepared by the conventional anodization method. Photoluminescence (PL) is studied systematically, in particular, its dependence on the excitation power. It is found that undecorated PS samples exhibit a saturation behavior in PL intensity with increasing the pumping laser power, while the luminescence of Au-decorated PS hybrid samples have a purely linear dependence on the excitation power. In the linear response region of PS samples, addition of metal NPs layer moderately suppresses the emission while, in the saturation region, the net emission is enhanced by approximately up to 4-fold. Several possible mechanisms are discussed. We believe that the observed PL enhancement in saturation region is dominantly due to the resonant coupling between the LSP of Au NPs and the electronic excitation of PS, which inhibits the nonradiative Auger recombination process at high excitation power. These results indicate that the plasmon effect could be useful for designing even more efficient optoelectronic devices such as super bright light emitting devices and solar cells with high efficiencies. Despite many challenges, Au NPs can potentially be applied to introduce LSP resonance for the future silicon-based optoelectronics or photonics. PMID:22409018

  5. Enhanced field emission from lanthanum hexaboride coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes: Correlation with physical properties

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    Patra, Rajkumar; Ghosh, S.; Sheremet, E.; Rodriguez, R. D.; Lehmann, D.; Zahn, D. R. T.; Jha, Menaka; Ganguli, A. K.; Schmidt, H.; Schulze, S.; Hietschold, M.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2014-10-28

    Detailed results from field emission studies of lanthanum hexaboride (LaB{sub 6}) coated multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) films, pristine LaB{sub 6} films, and pristine MWCNT films are reported. The films have been synthesized by a combination of chemical and physical deposition processes. An impressive increase in field enhancement factor and temporal stability as well as a reduction in turn-on field and threshold field are observed in LaB{sub 6}-coated MWCNTs compared to pristine MWCNT and pristine LaB{sub 6} films. Surface morphology of the films has been examined by scanning electron microscopy. Introduction of LaB{sub 6} nanoparticles on the outer walls of CNTs LaB{sub 6}-coated MWCNTs films is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The presence of LaB{sub 6} was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results and further validated by the Raman spectra. Raman spectroscopy also shows 67% increase in defect concentration in MWCNTs upon coating with LaB{sub 6} and an upshift in the 2D band that could be attributed to p-type doping. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy studies reveal a reduction in the work function of LaB{sub 6}-coated MWCNT with respect to its pristine counterpart. The enhanced field emission properties in LaB{sub 6}-coated MWCNT films are correlated with a change in microstructure and work function.

  6. Fermi/GBM Detection of Transient Enhanced Emission from SGR J1550-5418

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    Kaneko, Yuku; Gogus, Ersin; Kouveliotou, Chryssa; Granot, Jonathan; Ramirez-Ruiz, Enrico; van der Horst, Alexander J.; Watts, Anna L.; Finger, Mark H.; Gehrels, Neil; Pe'Er, Asaf; van der Klis, Michiel; von Kienlin, Andreas; Wachter, Stefanie; Wilson-Hodge, Colleen A.; Woods, Peter M.

    On 2009 January 22, SGR J1550-5418 (previously known as AXP 1E 1547.0-5408) went into a very active bursting episode, and Fermi/GBM detected ˜450 bursts from this source on this day alone. Within the GBM data at the onset of this intense bursting period, we identified underlying enhanced persistent emission with coherent pulsation. We present the detailed timing and spectral analysis of the enhanced emission, which revealed intriguing properties: (i) clear pulsations up to ˜110 keV at the spin period of the neutron star, (ii) spectra requiring a blackbody component with a temperature of ˜17 keV in addition to a power law, and (iii) pulsed fraction that is strongly energy dependent and peaks in 50-74 keV. The estimated area of the blackbody emitting region is very small: ˜0.4 km2 (roughly a few ×10-5 of the neutron star surface area), which may correspond to the size of magnetically-confined hot plasma in the twisted magnetic field near the star's surface.

  7. Long range emission enhancement and anisotropy in coupled quantum dots induced by aligned gold nanoantenna

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    Tripathi, L. N.; Praveena, M.; Valson, Pranay; Basu, J. K.

    2014-10-20

    Quantum dot arrays have been projected as the material of choice for next generation displays and photodetectors. Extensive ongoing research aims at improving optical and electrical efficiencies of such devices. We report experimental results on non-local long range emission intensity enhancement and anisotropy in quantum dot assemblies induced by isolated and partially aligned gold nanoantennas. Spatially resolved photoluminescence clearly demonstrate that the effect is maximum, when the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance of the nanoantenna is resonant with the emission maxima of the quantum dots. We estimated the decay length of this enhancement to be ∼2.6 μm, which is considerably larger than the range of near field interaction of metal nanoantenna. Numerical simulations qualitatively capture the near field behavior of the nanorods but fail to match the experimentally observed non-local effects. We have suggested how strong interactions of quantum dots in the close packed assemblies, mediated by the nanoantennas, could lead to such observed behavior.

  8. INTENSITY ENHANCEMENT OF O VI ULTRAVIOLET EMISSION LINES IN SOLAR SPECTRA DUE TO OPACITY

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    Keenan, F. P.; Mathioudakis, M.; Doyle, J. G.; Madjarska, M. S.; Rose, S. J.; Bowler, L. A.; Britton, J.; McCrink, L.

    2014-04-01

    Opacity is a property of many plasmas. It is normally expected that if an emission line in a plasma becomes optically thick, then its intensity ratio to that of another transition that remains optically thin should decrease. However, radiative transfer calculations undertaken both by ourselves and others predict that under certain conditions the intensity ratio of an optically thick to an optically thin line can show an increase over the optically thin value, indicating an enhancement in the former. These conditions include the geometry of the emitting plasma and its orientation to the observer. A similar effect can take place between lines of differing optical depths. While previous observational studies have focused on stellar point sources, here we investigate the spatially resolved solar atmosphere using measurements of the I(1032 Å)/I(1038 Å) intensity ratio of O VI in several regions obtained with the Solar Ultraviolet Measurements of Emitted Radiation instrument on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory satellite. We find several I(1032 Å)/I(1038 Å) ratios observed on the disk to be significantly larger than the optically thin value of 2.0, providing the first detection (to our knowledge) of intensity enhancement in the ratio arising from opacity effects in the solar atmosphere. The agreement between observation and theory is excellent and confirms that the O VI emission originates from a slab-like geometry in the solar atmosphere, rather than from cylindrical structures.

  9. Enhanced field electron emission properties of hierarchically structured MWCNT-based cold cathodes

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    Gautier, Loïck-Alexandre; Le Borgne, Vincent; Al Moussalami, Samir; El Khakani, My Ali

    2014-02-01

    Hierarchically structured MWCNT (h-MWCNT)-based cold cathodes were successfully achieved by means of a relatively simple and highly effective approach consisting of the appropriate combination of KOH-based pyramidal texturing of Si (100) substrates and PECVD growth of vertically aligned MWCNTs. By controlling the aspect ratio (AR) of the Si pyramids, we were able to tune the field electron emission (FEE) properties of the h-MWCNT cathodes. Indeed, when the AR is increased from 0 (flat Si) to 0.6, not only the emitted current density was found to increase exponentially, but more importantly its associated threshold field (TF) was reduced from 3.52 V/μm to reach a value as low as 1.95 V/μm. The analysis of the J- E emission curves in the light of the conventional Fowler-Nordheim model revealed the existence of two distinct low-field (LF) and high-field (HF) FEE regimes. In both regimes, the hierarchical structuring was found to increase significantly the associated β LF and β HF field enhancement factors of the h-MWCNT cathodes (by a factor of 1.7 and 2.2, respectively). Pyramidal texturing of the cathodes is believed to favor vacuum space charge effects, which could be invoked to account for the significant enhancement of the FEE, particularly in the HF regime where a β HF as high as 6,980 was obtained for the highest AR value of 0.6.

  10. Visualization of GaN surface potential using terahertz emission enhanced by local defects

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    Sakai, Yuji; Kawayama, Iwao; Nakanishi, Hidetoshi; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2015-01-01

    Wide-gap semiconductors have received significant attention for their advantages over existing semiconductors in energy-efficient power devices. To realize stable and reliable wide-gap semiconductor devices, the basic physical properties, such as the electric properties on the surface and at the interface, should be revealed. Here, we report visualization of terahertz (THz) emission from the surface of GaN, which is excited by ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulses. We found that the THz emission is enhanced by defects related to yellow luminescence, and this phenomenon is explained through the modification of band structures in the surface depletion layer owing to trapped electrons at defect sites. Our results demonstrate that the surface potential in a GaN surface could be detected by laser-induced THz emission. Moreover, this method enables feasible evaluation of the distribution of non-radiative defects, which are undetectable with photoluminescence, and it contributes to the realization normally-off GaN devices. PMID:26350203

  11. N-type organic luminescent materials based on siloles with aggregation-enhanced emission

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    Quan, Changyun; Nie, Han; Zhao, Zujin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-09-01

    Simplifying the configurations of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) without sacrificing device performances is of high practical importance to shorten fabrication procedures and cut down cost. In view of this, organic active materials for OLEDs are anticipated to possess multiple functions, including high solid-state emission efficiency, efficient hole- and/ or electron transport ability, etc. To realize this purpose, we designed a series of bifunctional materials consisting of a silole core and electron-transporting functional groups, such as dimesitylboryl and diphenylphosphoryl groups. These silole derivatives show aggregation-enhanced emission (AEE) characteristics and afford high emission efficiencies in the solid films. The presence of these electron-withdrawing substituents lowers the LUMO energy levels as revealed by cyclic voltammetry, and allows for efficient electron transport ability of the luminogens. The double-layer OLEDs fabricated using these silole derivatives as light-emitting and electron-transporting layers simultaneously show good electroluminescence performances, which are almost equal to those of triple-layer OLEDs with an additional electrontransporting layer (TPBi), revealing that they are excellent n-type light emitters. These results demonstrate that the combination of AEE-active luminogens with charge transport groups at molecular level is a promising design for multifunctional solid-state light emitters.

  12. Ultrafast spontaneous emission of copper-doped silicon enhanced by an optical nanocavity

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    SUMIKURA, HISASHI; KURAMOCHI, EIICHI; TANIYAMA, HIDEAKI; NOTOMI, MASAYA

    2014-01-01

    Dopants in silicon (Si) have attracted attention in the fields of photonics and quantum optics. However, the optical characteristics are limited by the small spontaneous emission rate of dopants in Si. This study demonstrates a large increase in the spontaneous emission rate of copper isoelectronic centres (Cu-IECs) doped into Si photonic crystal nanocavities. In a cavity with a quality factor (Q) of ~16,000, the photoluminescence (PL) lifetime of the Cu-IECs is 1.1 ns, which is 30 times shorter than the lifetime of a sample without a cavity. The PL decay rate is increased in proportion to Q/Vc (Vc is the cavity mode volume), which indicates the Purcell effect. This is the first demonstration of a cavity-enhanced ultrafast spontaneous emission from dopants in Si, and it may lead to the development of fast and efficient Si light emitters and Si quantum optical devices based on dopants with efficient optical access. PMID:24853336

  13. Visualization of GaN surface potential using terahertz emission enhanced by local defects.

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    Sakai, Yuji; Kawayama, Iwao; Nakanishi, Hidetoshi; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2015-01-01

    Wide-gap semiconductors have received significant attention for their advantages over existing semiconductors in energy-efficient power devices. To realize stable and reliable wide-gap semiconductor devices, the basic physical properties, such as the electric properties on the surface and at the interface, should be revealed. Here, we report visualization of terahertz (THz) emission from the surface of GaN, which is excited by ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulses. We found that the THz emission is enhanced by defects related to yellow luminescence, and this phenomenon is explained through the modification of band structures in the surface depletion layer owing to trapped electrons at defect sites. Our results demonstrate that the surface potential in a GaN surface could be detected by laser-induced THz emission. Moreover, this method enables feasible evaluation of the distribution of non-radiative defects, which are undetectable with photoluminescence, and it contributes to the realization normally-off GaN devices. PMID:26350203

  14. Enhancement of intrinsic emission from ultrathin ZnO films using Si nanopillar template

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    2012-01-01

    Highly efficient room-temperature ultraviolet (UV) luminescence is obtained in heterostructures consisting of 10-nm-thick ultrathin ZnO films grown on Si nanopillars fabricated using self-assembled silver nanoislands as a natural metal nanomask during a subsequent dry etching process. Atomic layer deposition was applied for depositing the ZnO films on the Si nanopillars under an ambient temperature of 200°C. Based on measurements of photoluminescence (PL), an intensive UV emission corresponding to free-exciton recombination (approximately 3.31 eV) was observed with a nearly complete suppression of the defect-associated, broad-range visible emission peak. As compared to the ZnO/Si substrate, the almost five-times-of-magnitude enhancement in the intensity of PL, which peaked around 3.31 eV in the present ultrathin ZnO/Si nanopillars, is presumably attributed to the high surface/volume ratio inherent to the Si nanopillars. This allowed considerably more amount of ZnO material to be grown on the template and led to markedly more efficient intrinsic emission. PMID:22616734

  15. Fabrication and characterization of plasmonic nanocone antennas for strong spontaneous emission enhancement.

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    Hoffmann, Björn; Vassant, Simon; Chen, Xue-Wen; Götzinger, Stephan; Sandoghdar, Vahid; Christiansen, Silke

    2015-10-01

    Plasmonic antennas are attractive nanostructures for a large variety of studies ranging from fundamental aspects of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale to industry-relevant applications such as ultrasensitive sensing, enhanced absorption in solar cells or solar fuel generation. A particularly interesting feature of these antennas is that they can enhance the fluorescence properties of emitters. Theoretical calculations have shown that nanocone antennas provide ideal results, but a high degree of manufacturing precision and control is needed to reach optimal performance. In this study, we report on the fabrication of nanocones with base diameters and heights in the range of 100 nm with variable aspect ratios using focused ion beam milling of sputtered nano-crystalline gold layers. The controlled fabrication process allows us to obtain cones with tailored plasmon resonances. The measured plasmon spectra show very good agreement with finite-difference time-domain calculations. Theoretical investigations predict that these nanocones can enhance the spontaneous emission rate of a quantum emitter by several hundred times while keeping its quantum efficiency above 60%. PMID:26376922

  16. Fabrication and characterization of plasmonic nanocone antennas for strong spontaneous emission enhancement

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    Hoffmann, Björn; Vassant, Simon; Chen, Xue-Wen; Götzinger, Stephan; Sandoghdar, Vahid; Christiansen, Silke

    2015-10-01

    Plasmonic antennas are attractive nanostructures for a large variety of studies ranging from fundamental aspects of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale to industry-relevant applications such as ultrasensitive sensing, enhanced absorption in solar cells or solar fuel generation. A particularly interesting feature of these antennas is that they can enhance the fluorescence properties of emitters. Theoretical calculations have shown that nanocone antennas provide ideal results, but a high degree of manufacturing precision and control is needed to reach optimal performance. In this study, we report on the fabrication of nanocones with base diameters and heights in the range of 100 nm with variable aspect ratios using focused ion beam milling of sputtered nano-crystalline gold layers. The controlled fabrication process allows us to obtain cones with tailored plasmon resonances. The measured plasmon spectra show very good agreement with finite-difference time-domain calculations. Theoretical investigations predict that these nanocones can enhance the spontaneous emission rate of a quantum emitter by several hundred times while keeping its quantum efficiency above 60%.

  17. Enhanced Field Emission Studies on Niobium Surfaces Relevant to High Field Superconducting Radio-Frequency Devices

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    Tong Wang

    2002-09-18

    Enhanced field emission (EFE) presents the main impediment to higher acceleration gradients in superconducting niobium (Nb) radiofrequency cavities for particle accelerators. The strength, number and sources of EFE sites strongly depend on surface preparation and handling. The main objective of this thesis project is to systematically investigate the sources of EFE from Nb, to evaluate the best available surface preparation techniques with respect to resulting field emission, and to establish an optimized process to minimize or eliminate EFE. To achieve these goals, a scanning field emission microscope (SFEM) was designed and built as an extension to an existing commercial scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the SFEM chamber of ultra high vacuum, a sample is moved laterally in a raster pattern under a high voltage anode tip for EFE detection and localization. The sample is then transferred under vacuum to the SEM chamber equipped with an energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometer for individual emitting site characterization. Compared to other systems built for similar purposes, this apparatus has low cost and maintenance, high operational flexibility, considerably bigger scan area, as well as reliable performance. EFE sources from planar Nb have been studied after various surface preparation, including chemical etching and electropolishing, combined with ultrasonic or high-pressure water rinse. Emitters have been identified, analyzed and the preparation process has been examined and improved based on EFE results. As a result, field-emission-free or near field-emission-free surfaces at ~140 MV/m have been consistently achieved with the above techniques. Characterization on the remaining emitters leads to the conclusion that no evidence of intrinsic emitters, i.e., no fundamental electric field limit induced by EFE, has been observed up to ~140 MV/m. Chemically etched and electropolished Nb are compared and no significant difference is observed up to ~140 MV/m. To

  18. Digital contrast enhancement of 18Fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography images in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Pandey, Anil Kumar; Sharma, Sanjay Kumar; Agarwal, Krishan Kant; Sharma, Punit; Bal, Chandrasekhar; Kumar, Rakesh

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The role of 18fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) is limited for detection of primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) due to low contrast to the tumor, and normal hepatocytes (background). The aim of the present study was to improve the contrast between the tumor and background by standardizing the input parameters of a digital contrast enhancement technique. Materials and Methods: A transverse slice of PET image was adjusted for the best possible contrast, and saved in JPEG 2000 format. We processed this image with a contrast enhancement technique using 847 possible combinations of input parameters (threshold “m” and slope “e”). The input parameters which resulted in an image having a high value of 2nd order entropy, and edge content, and low value of absolute mean brightness error, and saturation evaluation metrics, were considered as standardized input parameters. The same process was repeated for total nine PET-computed tomography studies, thus analyzing 7623 images. Results: The selected digital contrast enhancement technique increased the contrast between the HCC tumor and background. In seven out of nine images, the standardized input parameters “m” had values between 150 and 160, and for other two images values were 138 and 175, respectively. The value of slope “e” was 4 in 4 images, 3 in 3 images and 1 in 2 images. It was found that it is important to optimize the input parameters for the best possible contrast for each image; a particular value was not sufficient for all the HCC images. Conclusion: The use of above digital contrast enhancement technique improves the tumor to background ratio in PET images of HCC and appears to be useful. Further clinical validation of this finding is warranted. PMID:26917889

  19. Enhanced amplified spontaneous emission in a quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal.

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    Cao, Mingxuan; Zhang, Yating; Song, Xiaoxian; Che, Yongli; Zhang, Haiting; Yan, Chao; Dai, Haitao; Liu, Guang; Zhang, Guizhong; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-07-01

    Quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (QD-PDLCs) were prepared by photoinitiated polymerization and sealed in capillary tubes. The concentration of QDs in the PDLC was 1 wt%. Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of the quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals was observed with 532 nm wavelength laser excitation. The threshold for ASE was 6 mJ cm(-2), which is much lower than that for homogeneous quantum dot-doped polymer (25 mJ cm(-2)). The threshold for ASE was dramatically enhanced when the working temperature exceeded the clearing point of the liquid crystal; this result demonstrates that multi-scattering caused by the liquid crystals effectively improved the path length or dwell time of light in the gain region, which played a key role in decreasing the threshold for ASE. PMID:27196786

  20. Dual-wavelength laser induced breakdown spectroscopic technique for emission enhancement in vacuum

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    Antony, Jobin K.; Vasa, Nilesh J.; SridharRaja, V. L. N.; Laxmiprasad, A. S.

    2013-07-01

    A novel approach of dual-wavelength LIBS with a single Nd3+:YAG laser is proposed and demonstrated for lunar-simulant analysis in high vacuum conditions. Laser ablation was performed at 355 nm/532 nm wavelength, and subsequently, the plasma was reexcited with the fundamental (1064 nm) wavelength. The interpulse delay was adjusted by varying the optical path length. A significant line intensity enhancement up to a factor of 3 was observed for many of the dominant emission lines of the lunar simulant sample. A theoretical model for understanding the mechanism behind the intensity improvements of dual-wavelength configurations is also discussed. Experimentally observed plasma temperature was comparable with theoretically estimated plasma temperature of silicon, which is the major constituent of lunar simulant.

  1. AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula region

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    Tavani, M.; Striani, E.; Bulgarelli, A.; Gianotti, F.; Trifoglio, M.; Pittori, C.; Verrecchia, F.; Argan, A.; Trois, A.; de Paris, G.; Vittorini, V.; D'Ammando, F.; Sabatini, S.; Piano, G.; Costa, E.; Donnarumma, I.; Feroci, M.; Pacciani, L.; Del Monte, E.; Lazzarotto, F.; Soffitta, P.; Evangelista, Y.; Lapshov, I.; Chen, A.; Giuliani, A.; Marisaldi, M.; Di Cocco, G.; Labanti, C.; Fuschino, F.; Galli, M.; Caraveo, P.; Mereghetti, S.; Perotti, F.; Pucella, G.; Rapisarda, M.; Vercellone, S.; Pellizzoni, A.; Pilia, M.; Barbiellini, G.; Longo, F.; Picozza, P.; Morselli, A.; Prest, M.; Lipari, P.; Zanello, D.; Cattaneo, P. W.; Rappoldi, A.; Giommi, P.; Santolamazza, P.; Lucarelli, F.; Colafrancesco, S.; Salotti, L.

    2010-09-01

    AGILE is detecting an increased gamma-ray flux from a source positionally consistent with the Crab Nebula. Integrating during the period 2010-09-19 00:10 UT to 2010-09-21 00:10 UT the AGILE-GRID detected enhanced gamma-ray emission above 100 MeV from a source at Galactic coordinates (l,b) = (184.6, -6.0) +/- 0.4 (stat.) +/- 0.1 (syst.) deg, and flux F > 500 e-8 ph/cm2/sec above 100 MeV, corresponding to an excess with significance above 4.4 sigma with respect to the average flux from the Crab nebula (F = (220 +/- 15)e-8 ph/cm^2/sec, Pittori et al., 2009, A&A, 506, 1563).

  2. Imaging of biophoton emission from electrostimulated skin acupuncture point jg4: effect of light enhancers.

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    Slawinski, Janusz; Gorski, Zbigniew

    2008-05-01

    Using an ultrasensitive CCD camera, an extremely low light intensity from the acupuncture-sensitive point JG4 at the left hand was recorded. As the intensity of the light was very weak and the time of electrostimulation exceeded the recommended period, the quality of biophoton images was poor. Chemiluminescent and fluorescent hydrophilic, hydrophobic and amphyphilic molecular probes were used to: (i) ensure penetration of probes into skin, (ii) enhance the intensity of BP emission, (iii) shorten time and (iv) obtain information about mechanisms of biophotons generation in EAP-sensitive points and channels. The results obtained partially fulfilled expectations and indicate on the necessity to elaborate special techniques of probes deposition on the skin. PMID:18697617

  3. Enhanced amplified spontaneous emission in a quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal

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    Cao, Mingxuan; Zhang, Yating; Song, Xiaoxian; Che, Yongli; Zhang, Haiting; Yan, Chao; Dai, Haitao; Liu, Guang; Zhang, Guizhong; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-07-01

    Quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (QD-PDLCs) were prepared by photoinitiated polymerization and sealed in capillary tubes. The concentration of QDs in the PDLC was 1 wt%. Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of the quantum dot-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals was observed with 532 nm wavelength laser excitation. The threshold for ASE was 6 mJ cm‑2, which is much lower than that for homogeneous quantum dot-doped polymer (25 mJ cm‑2). The threshold for ASE was dramatically enhanced when the working temperature exceeded the clearing point of the liquid crystal; this result demonstrates that multi-scattering caused by the liquid crystals effectively improved the path length or dwell time of light in the gain region, which played a key role in decreasing the threshold for ASE.

  4. Thermally enhanced field emission from a laser-illuminated tungsten tip: temperature rise of tip

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    Lee, M. J. G.; Reifenberger, R.; Robins, E. S.; Lindenmayr, H. G.

    1980-09-01

    Thermal field emission of electrons has been investigated from a tungsten field emitter illuminated by the focused beam of a laser operating at a range of wavelengths in the visible region of the spectrum. The temperature rise of the tip is determined as a function of the displacement of the focused spot of light along the shank, and of its polarization. The experimental data are compared with the results of a first-principle calculation of the temperature rise, based on an experimental investigation of the intensity distribution within the focused spot of light and of the geometry of the field emitter. The comparison shows that when the laser beam is focused close to the tip the temperature rise is anomalously large; evidence is presented which suggests that the temperature rise of the tip is substantially enhanced by diffraction effects.

  5. Enhancement of molecular sensitivity in positron emission tomography with quantum correlation of γ-ray photons

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    Sato, K.; Kobayashi, Y.

    2015-05-15

    Enhancement of molecular sensitivity in positron emission tomography (PET) has long been discussed with respect to imaging instrumentation and algorithms for data treatment. Here, the molecular sensitivity in PET is discussed on the basis of 2-dimensional coincident measurements of 511 keV γ ray photons resultant from two-photon annihilation. Introduction of an additional selection window based on the energy sum and difference of the coincidently measured γ ray photons, without any significant instrumental and algorithmic changes, showed an improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) by an order of magnitude. Improvement of performance characteristics in the PET imaging system was demonstrated by an increase in the noise equivalent count rate (NECR) which takes both the SNR and the detection efficiency into consideration. A further improvement of both the SNR and the NECR is expected for the present system in real clinical and in-vivo environments, where much stronger positron sources are employed.

  6. Enhanced field emission properties of ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction nanowires.

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    Wang, Guojing; Li, Mingyang; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Liao, Jiecui; Li, Zhengcao

    2016-06-01

    A simple approach to Ag2S quantum dot (QD) modification was used to tune the field emission (FE) properties of ZnO nanowire arrays (NWAs). By a simple and facile successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) approach, Ag2S QDs were uniformly and densely packed on ZnO nanowires (NWs) to form ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction structures. The FE properties of ZnO NWAs were effectively tuned by controlling the amount of Ag2S QDs. The turn-on field first reduces and then increases as the amount of Ag2S QDs increases, while the trend of the field-enhancement factor is inverse. This is attributed to the clustering of Ag2S QDs into nanoparticles (NPs) which cover the nanowire tips, as SILAR cycles increase. PMID:27142998

  7. o-Carborane-based anthracene: a variety of emission behaviors.

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    Naito, Hirofumi; Morisaki, Yasuhiro; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2015-04-20

    An o-carborane-based anthracene was synthesized, and single crystals, with incorporated solvent molecules, were obtained from the CHCl3 , CH2 Cl2 , and C6 H6 solutions. The anthracene ring in the crystal is highly distorted by the formation of a π-stacked dimer between the anthracene units. The crystals exhibited a variety of emission behaviors such as aggregation-induced emission (AIE), crystallization-induced emission (CIE), aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ), and multichromism. PMID:25729004

  8. Simulation Modeling of an Enhanced Low-Emission Swirl-Cascade Burner

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    Ala Qubbaj

    2004-09-01

    ''Cascade-burners'' is a passive technique to control the stoichiometry of the flame through changing the flow dynamics and rates of mixing in the combustion zone with a set of venturis surrounding the flame. Cascade-burners have shown advantages over other techniques; its reliability, flexibility, safety, and cost makes it more attractive and desirable. On the other hand, the application of ''Swirl-burners'' has shown superiority in producing a stable flame under a variety of operating conditions and fuel types. The basic idea is to impart swirl to the air or fuel stream, or both. This not only helps to stabilize the flame but also enhances mixing in the combustion zone. As a result, nonpremixed (diffusion) swirl burners have been increasingly used in industrial combustion systems such as gas turbines, boilers, and furnaces, due to their advantages of safety and stability. Despite the advantages of cascade and swirl burners, both are passive control techniques, which resulted in a moderate pollutant emissions reduction compared to SCR, SNCR and FGR (active) methods. The present investigation will study the prospects of combining both techniques in what to be named as ''an enhanced swirl-cascade burner''. Natural gas jet diffusion flames in baseline, cascade, swirl, and swirl-cascade burners were numerically modeled using CFDRC package. The thermal, composition, and flow (velocity) fields were simulated. The numerical results showed that swirl and cascade burners have a more efficient fuel/air mixing, a shorter flame, and a lower NOx emission levels, compared to the baseline case. The results also revealed that the optimal configurations of the cascaded and swirling flames have not produced an improved performance when combined together in a ''swirl-cascade burner''. The non-linearity and complexity of the system accounts for such a result, and therefore, all possible combinations, i.e. swirl numbers (SN) versus venturi diameter ratios (D/d), need to be considered.

  9. Enhanced field electron emission properties of hierarchically structured MWCNT-based cold cathodes

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    2014-01-01

    Hierarchically structured MWCNT (h-MWCNT)-based cold cathodes were successfully achieved by means of a relatively simple and highly effective approach consisting of the appropriate combination of KOH-based pyramidal texturing of Si (100) substrates and PECVD growth of vertically aligned MWCNTs. By controlling the aspect ratio (AR) of the Si pyramids, we were able to tune the field electron emission (FEE) properties of the h-MWCNT cathodes. Indeed, when the AR is increased from 0 (flat Si) to 0.6, not only the emitted current density was found to increase exponentially, but more importantly its associated threshold field (TF) was reduced from 3.52 V/μm to reach a value as low as 1.95 V/μm. The analysis of the J-E emission curves in the light of the conventional Fowler-Nordheim model revealed the existence of two distinct low-field (LF) and high-field (HF) FEE regimes. In both regimes, the hierarchical structuring was found to increase significantly the associated βLF and βHF field enhancement factors of the h-MWCNT cathodes (by a factor of 1.7 and 2.2, respectively). Pyramidal texturing of the cathodes is believed to favor vacuum space charge effects, which could be invoked to account for the significant enhancement of the FEE, particularly in the HF regime where a βHF as high as 6,980 was obtained for the highest AR value of 0.6. PMID:24484649

  10. Enhanced γ -Ray Emission from Neutron Unbound States Populated in β Decay

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    Tain, J. L.; Valencia, E.; Algora, A.; Agramunt, J.; Rubio, B.; Rice, S.; Gelletly, W.; Regan, P.; Zakari-Issoufou, A.-A.; Fallot, M.; Porta, A.; Rissanen, J.; Eronen, T.; ńystö, J.; Batist, L.; Bowry, M.; Bui, V. M.; Caballero-Folch, R.; Cano-Ott, D.; Elomaa, V.-V.; Estevez, E.; Farrelly, G. F.; Garcia, A. R.; Gomez-Hornillos, B.; Gorlychev, V.; Hakala, J.; Jordan, M. D.; Jokinen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Kondev, F. G.; Martínez, T.; Mendoza, E.; Moore, I.; Penttilä, H.; Podolyák, Zs.; Reponen, M.; Sonnenschein, V.; Sonzogni, A. A.

    2015-08-01

    Total absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate the β -decay intensity to states above the neutron separation energy followed by γ -ray emission in Br,8887 and 94Rb. Accurate results are obtained thanks to a careful control of systematic errors. An unexpectedly large γ intensity is observed in all three cases extending well beyond the excitation energy region where neutron penetration is hindered by low neutron energy. The γ branching as a function of excitation energy is compared to Hauser-Feshbach model calculations. For 87Br and 88Br the γ branching reaches 57% and 20%, respectively, and could be explained as a nuclear structure effect. Some of the states populated in the daughter can only decay through the emission of a large orbital angular momentum neutron with a strongly reduced barrier penetrability. In the case of neutron-rich 94Rb the observed 4.5% branching is much larger than the calculations performed with standard nuclear statistical model parameters, even after proper correction for fluctuation effects on individual transition widths. The difference can be reconciled by introducing an enhancement of 1 order of magnitude in the photon strength to neutron strength ratio. An increase in the photon strength function of such magnitude for very neutron-rich nuclei, if it proves to be correct, leads to a similar increase in the (n ,γ ) cross section that would have an impact on r process abundance calculations.

  11. Enhancement of Exciton Emission in Lead Halide-Based Layered Perovskites by Cation Mixing.

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    Era, Masanao; Komatsu, Yumeko; Sakamoto, Naotaka

    2016-04-01

    Spin-coated films of a lead halide, PbX: X = I and Br, layered perovskites having cyclohexenylethyl ammonium molecule as an organic layer, which were mixed with other metal halide-based layered perovskites consisting of various divalent metal halides (for example, Ca2, Cdl2, FeI2, SnBr2 and so on), were prepared. The results of X-ray diffraction measurements exhibited that solid solution formation between PbX-based layered perovskite and other divalent metal halide-based layered perovskites was observed up to very high molar concentration of 50 molar% in the mixed film samples when divalent cations having ionic radius close to that of Pb2+ were employed. In the solid solution films, the exciton emission was much enhanced at room temperature. Exciton emission intensity of Pbl-based layered perovskite mixed with Cal-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) is about 5 times large that of the pristine Pbl-based layered perovskite, and that of PbBr-based layered perovskite mixed with SnBr-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) was also about 5 times large that of the pristine PbBr-based layered perovskite at room temperature. PMID:27451628

  12. Aqueous Phase Synthesis and Enhanced Field Emission Properties of ZnO-Sulfide Heterojunction Nanowires

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    Wang, Guojing; Li, Zhengcao; Li, Mingyang; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Liao, Jiecui

    2016-01-01

    ZnO-CdS, ZnO-ZnS, and ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction structures were fabricated using low-temperature, facile and simple aqueous solution approaches. The polycrystalline sulfide shells effectively enhance the field emission (FE) properties of ZnO nanowires arrays (NWAs). This results from the formation of the staggered gap heterointerface (ZnO-sulfide) which could lead to an energy well at the interfaces. Hence, electrons can be collected when an electric field is applied. It is observed that ZnO-ZnS NWAs have the lowest turn-on field (3.0 Vμm−1), compared with ZnO-CdS NWAs (6.3 Vμm−1) and ZnO-Ag2S NWAs (5.0 Vμm−1). This may be associated with the pyramid-like ZnS shell which increases the number of emission nanotips. Moreover, the Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) plot displays a nonlinear relationship in the low and high electric field regions caused by the double well potential effect of the heterojunction structures. PMID:27387653

  13. Facile fabrication of hierarchical ZnO microstructures assisted with PAMPSA and enhancement of green emission

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    Huang, Qiang; Cun, Tangxiang; Zuo, Wenbin; Liu, Jianping

    2015-03-01

    We report the fabrication of hierarchically microstructured flower-like ZnO by a facile and single-step procedure involving poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPSA) assisted aqueous chemical method. The shapes and sizes can be controlled just by varying the concentrations of the water-soluble polymer. When a suitable PAMPAS concentration was utilized, uniform well-defined and mono-dispersed chrysanthemum-like ZnO microstructures based on nanorod building blocks were obtained. The formation mechanism of the hierarchical structure was presented. The structured studies using XRD, HRTEM and SAED reveal these ZnO nanorods are composed of a single phase nature with wurtzite structure and grow along with the c-axis. FTIR spectrum indicated the incorporation of a trace of PAMPSA into ZnO crystals. HRTEM, Raman and XPS analyses showed that the hierarchical ZnO microstructures contain high concentration of oxygen vacancies which enable them exhibiting a significant intense deep-level emission centered at green luminescence in its photoluminescence spectra. They also show enhanced photocatalytic efficiency in degradation of methylene blue. It is hoped that the present work may provide a simple method to fabricate ZnO hierarchical microstructures and a positive relationship among polar plane, oxygen vacancy and green emission.

  14. Aqueous Phase Synthesis and Enhanced Field Emission Properties of ZnO-Sulfide Heterojunction Nanowires.

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    Wang, Guojing; Li, Zhengcao; Li, Mingyang; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Liao, Jiecui

    2016-01-01

    ZnO-CdS, ZnO-ZnS, and ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction structures were fabricated using low-temperature, facile and simple aqueous solution approaches. The polycrystalline sulfide shells effectively enhance the field emission (FE) properties of ZnO nanowires arrays (NWAs). This results from the formation of the staggered gap heterointerface (ZnO-sulfide) which could lead to an energy well at the interfaces. Hence, electrons can be collected when an electric field is applied. It is observed that ZnO-ZnS NWAs have the lowest turn-on field (3.0 Vμm(-1)), compared with ZnO-CdS NWAs (6.3 Vμm(-1)) and ZnO-Ag2S NWAs (5.0 Vμm(-1)). This may be associated with the pyramid-like ZnS shell which increases the number of emission nanotips. Moreover, the Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) plot displays a nonlinear relationship in the low and high electric field regions caused by the double well potential effect of the heterojunction structures. PMID:27387653

  15. Enhanced γ -Ray Emission from Neutron Unbound States Populated in β Decay

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    Tain, J. L.; Valencia, E.; Algora, A.; Agramunt, J.; Rubio, B.; Rice, S.; Gelletly, W.; Regan, P.; Zakari-Issoufou, A. -A.; Fallot, M.; et al

    2015-08-01

    Total absorption spectroscopy was used to investigate the β -decay intensity to states above the neutron separation energy followed by γ -ray emission in 87,88Br and 94Rb. Accurate results were obtained thanks to the careful control of systematic errors. An unexpectedly large γ intensity was observed in all three cases extending well beyond the excitation energy region where neutron penetration is hindered by low neutron energy. The γ branching as a function of excitation energy was compared to Hauser-Feshbach model calculations. For 87Br and 88Br the branching reaches 57% and 20% respectively, and could be explained as a nuclear structuremore » effect. Some of the states populated in the daughter can only decay through the emission of a large orbital angular momentum neutron with a strongly reduced barrier penetrability. In the case of neutron-rich 94Rb the observed 4.5% branching is much larger than the calculations performed with standard nuclear statistical model parameters, even after proper correction for fluctuation effects on individual transition widths. The difference can be reconciled introducing an enhancement of one order-of-magnitude in the photon strength to neutron strength ratio. An increase in the photon strength function of such magnitude for very neutron-rich nuclei, if it proved to be correct, leads to a similar increase in the (n, γ) cross section that would have an impact on r process abundance calculations.« less

  16. Negative space charge effects in photon-enhanced thermionic emission solar converters

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    Segev, G.; Weisman, D.; Rosenwaks, Y.; Kribus, A.

    2015-07-06

    In thermionic energy converters, electrons in the gap between electrodes form a negative space charge and inhibit the emission of additional electrons, causing a significant reduction in conversion efficiency. However, in Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission (PETE) solar energy converters, electrons that are reflected by the electric field in the gap return to the cathode with energy above the conduction band minimum. These electrons first occupy the conduction band from which they can be reemitted. This form of electron recycling makes PETE converters less susceptible to negative space charge loss. While the negative space charge effect was studied extensively in thermionic converters, modeling its effect in PETE converters does not account for important issues such as this form of electron recycling, nor the cathode thermal energy balance. Here, we investigate the space charge effect in PETE solar converters accounting for electron recycling, with full coupling of the cathode and gap models, and addressing conservation of both electric and thermal energy. The analysis shows that the negative space charge loss is lower than previously reported, allowing somewhat larger gaps compared to previous predictions. For a converter with a specific gap, there is an optimal solar flux concentration. The optimal solar flux concentration, the cathode temperature, and the efficiency all increase with smaller gaps. For example, for a gap of 3 μm the maximum efficiency is 38% and the optimal flux concentration is 628, while for a gap of 5 μm the maximum efficiency is 31% and optimal flux concentration is 163.

  17. Planet-Induced Emission Enhancements in HD 179949: Results from McDonald Observations

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    Gurdemir, L.; Redfield, S.; Cuntz, M.

    2012-04-01

    We monitored the Ca II H and K lines of HD 179949, a notable star in the southern hemisphere, to observe and confirm previously identified planet induced emission (PIE) as an effect of star-planet interaction. We obtained high resolution spectra (R~53000) with a signal-to-noise ratio S/N >~50 in the Ca II H and K cores during 10 nights of observation at the McDonald Observatory. Wide-band echelle spectra were taken using the 2.7-m telescope. Detailed statistical analysis of Ca II K revealed fluctuations in the Ca II K core attributable to planet induced chromospheric emission. This result is consistent with previous studies by Shkolnik et al. (2003). Additionally, we were able to confirm the reality and temporal evolution of the phase shift of the maximum of star-planet interaction previously found. However, no identifiable fluctuations were detected in the Ca II H core. The Al I λ3944Å line was also monitored to gauge if the expected activity enhancements are confined to the chromospheric layer. Our observations revealed some variability, which is apparently unassociated with planet-induced activity.

  18. Bismuth induced enhanced green emission from terbium ions and their complex in thin films.

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    Kaur, Gagandeep; Kumar, Brijesh; Verma, R K; Rai, S B

    2014-07-28

    Bismuth nanoparticles (NPs) have been prepared by the pulsed laser ablation technique using the third harmonics of a Nd-YAG laser. UV-absorption and TEM micrographs show Bi NPs of spherical shape with the average particle size ranging from 15 to 20 nm. These NPs were dispersed with Tb(3+) ions and their complex with salicylic acid (Sal) in polyvinyl alcohol to obtain thin films. The influence of Bi NPs on the emissive properties of Tb(3+) ions and the [Tb(Sal)3(phen)] complex has been studied by luminescence spectroscopy using 266 nm and 355 nm as excitation wavelengths. The luminescence intensity of Tb(3+) ions complexed with Sal in the thin polymer films increased significantly as compared to the Tb(3+) ions in the presence of Bi NPs on excitation at 355 nm. However, terbium ions in the case of the [Tb(Sal)3(phen)] complex together with NPs show an intense and extended emission spectrum in the 375-700 nm range for transitions arising from (5)D3 and (5)D4 levels to different (7)F(J) levels on 266 nm excitation. The luminescence enhancement has also been supported by lifetime measurements. PMID:24911968

  19. Enhanced 1.0 μm emission and simultaneously suppressed upconversion emission in Yb:PbF2 laser crystal codoped with NaF

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    Zhang, P. X.; Yin, J. G.; Hang, Y.; Yin, J. P.

    2013-04-01

    Na-codoped and only Yb-doped Yb:PbF2 crystals were successfully grown using the vertical Bridgman method. The influence of the ions codoped with Na+ on the distribution coefficients has been studied. Enhanced ˜1.0 μm emission and simultaneously suppressed upconversion emission was observed for Yb:PbF2 crystals codoped with 2 mol% NaF. A time-resolved spectroscopy study showed that the ions codoped with Na+ lengthen the fluorescence lifetime by 6%. Absorption spectra were also studied and showed that the ions codoped with Na+ can effectively suppress the formation of Yb2+ ions.

  20. CO in Hickson compact group galaxies with enhanced warm H2 emission: Evidence for galaxy evolution?

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    Lisenfeld, U.; Appleton, P. N.; Cluver, M. E.; Guillard, P.; Alatalo, K.; Ogle, P.

    2014-10-01

    Context. Galaxies in Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs) are believed to experience morphological transformations from blue, star-forming galaxies to red, early-type galaxies. Galaxies with a high ratio between the luminosities of the warm H2 to the 7.7 μm PAH emission (so-called Molecular Hydrogen Emission Galaxies, MOHEGs) are predominantly in an intermediate phase, the green valley. Their enhanced H2 emission suggests that the molecular gas is affected in the transition. Aims: We study the properties of the molecular gas traced by CO in galaxies in HCGs with measured warm H2 emission in order to look for evidence of the perturbations affecting the warm H2 in the kinematics, morphology and mass of the molecular gas. Methods: We observed the CO(1-0) emission of 20 galaxies in HCGs and complemented our sample with 11 CO(1-0) spectra from the literature. Most of the galaxies have measured warm H2 emission, and 14 of them are classified as MOHEGs. We mapped some of these galaxies in order to search for extra-galactic CO emission. We analyzed the molecular gas mass derived from CO(1-0), MH2, and its kinematics, and then compared it to the mass of the warm molecular gas, the stellar mass and star formation rate (SFR). Results: Our results are the following. (i) The mass ratio between the CO-derived and the warm H2 molecular gas is in the same range as found for field galaxies. (ii) Some of the galaxies, mostly MOHEGs, have very broad CO linewidths of up to 1000 km s-1 in the central pointing. The line shapes are irregular and show various components. (iii) In the mapped objects we found asymmetric distributions of the cold molecular gas. (iv) The star formation efficiency (=SFR/MH2) of galaxies in HCGs is very similar to isolated galaxies. No significant difference between MOHEGs and non-MOHEGs or between early-type and spiral galaxies has been found. In a few objects the SFE is significantly lower, indicating the presence of molecular gas that is not actively forming stars

  1. Enhanced emission of quantum dots embedded within the high-index dielectric regions of photonic crystal slabs

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    See, Gloria G.; Naughton, Matt S.; Xu, Lu; Nuzzo, Ralph G.; Kenis, Paul J. A.; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a method for combining sputtered TiO2 deposition with liquid phase dip-coating of a quantum dot (QD) layer that enables precise depth placement of QD emitters within a high-index dielectric film, using a photonic crystal (PC) slab resonator to demonstrate enhanced emission from the QDs when they are located at a specific depth within the film. The depth of the QDs within the PC is found to modulate the resonant wavelength of the PC as well as the emission enhancement efficiency, as the semiconducting material embedded within the dielectric changes its spatial overlap with the resonant mode.

  2. L1599B: Cloud Envelope and C+ Emission in a Region of Moderately Enhanced Radiation Field

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    Goldsmith, Paul F.; Pineda, Jorge L.; Langer, William D.; Liu, Tie; Requena-Torres, Miguel; Ricken, Oliver; Riquelme, Denise

    2016-06-01

    We study the effects of an asymmetric radiation field on the properties of a molecular cloud envelope. We employ observations of carbon monoxide (12CO and 13CO), atomic carbon, ionized carbon, and atomic hydrogen to analyze the chemical and physical properties of the core and envelope of L1599B, a molecular cloud forming a portion of the ring at ≃27 pc from the star Λ Ori. The O8 star provides an asymmetric radiation field that produces a moderate enhancement of the external radiation field. Observations of the [C ii] fine structure line with the GREAT instrument on SOFIA indicate a significant enhanced emission on the side of the cloud facing the star, while the [C i], 12CO and 13CO J = 1–0 and 2–1, and 12CO J = 3–2 data from the Purple Mountain Observatory and APEX telescopes suggest a relatively typical cloud interior. The atomic, ionic, and molecular line centroid velocities track each other very closely, and indicate that the cloud may be undergoing differential radial motion. The H i data from the Arecibo GALFA survey and the SOFIA/GREAT [C ii] data do not suggest any systematic motion of the halo gas, relative to the dense central portion of the cloud traced by 12CO and 13CO.

  3. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission from p-GaAs with nonequilibrium Cs overlayers

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    Zhuravlev, A. G.; Romanov, A. S.; Alperovich, V. L.

    2014-12-22

    Photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE), which is promising for increasing the efficiency of solar energy conversion, is studied during cesium deposition on the As- and Ga-rich p-GaAs(001) surfaces and subsequent relaxation in the nonequilibrium Cs overlayer by means of photoemission quantum yield spectroscopy adapted for systems with time-variable parameters. Along with direct photoemission of “hot” electrons excited by light above the vacuum level, the spectra contain PETE contribution of “thermalized” electrons, which are excited below the vacuum level and emit in vacuum due to thermalization up in energy by phonon absorption. Comparing the measured and calculated spectra, the effective electron affinity and escape probabilities of hot and thermalized electrons are obtained as functions of submonolayer Cs coverage. The minima in the affinity and pronounced peaks in the escape probabilities are observed for Cs deposition on both the As- and Ga-rich surfaces. Possible reasons for the low mean values of the electron escape probabilities and for the observed enhancement of the probabilities at certain Cs coverages are discussed, along with the implications for the PETE device realization.

  4. Singular value decomposition filtering for enhanced signal extraction from two-dimensional beam emission spectroscopy measurements

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    Shafer, M. W.; McKee, G. R.; Schlossberg, D. J.

    2008-10-15

    The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of extracted turbulence features from beam emission spectroscopy (BES) data is significantly enhanced via application of singular value decomposition (SVD) methods. BES measures two-dimensional localized density fluctuations in DIII-D. The SNR of core turbulence characteristics is typically limited by noise arising from electronic noise, photon noise, and fluctuations in the observed neutral beam. SVD filtering has led to a significant enhancement in the SNR, reducing errors in time-resolved measurements of core turbulence characteristics, including correlation lengths, decorrelation rates, and group velocities. The SVD filtration technique is applied to BES data by combining multiple physically adjacent sampling locations to extract spatially correlated signals while partially removing unwanted incoherent noise. Using approximately half of the singular value weighted modes to reconstruct turbulence signals is found to improve SNR by up to a factor of 4, while maintaining the spatial structure of the turbulence. Unique aspects of application of SVD to broadband turbulence data are discussed.

  5. Localized surface plasmon resonance enhanced ultraviolet emission and F-P lasing from single ZnO microflower

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    Lin, Yi; Li, Jitao; Xu, Chunxiang; Fan, Xuemei; Wang, Baoping

    2014-10-01

    In this work, monodispersed ZnO microflowers are fabricated by a vapor phase transport method, and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are directly decorated on the surface of the ZnO microflowers. The micro-photoluminescence of a single ZnO microflower demonstrates that the near band-edge emission is tremendously enhanced while the defect-related emission is completely suppressed after Au decoration. The average enhancement factor reaches up to 65 fold. The enhancement mechanism is assumed to be the electron transfer from excited Au NPs to the ZnO microflower induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance based on the time-resolved photoluminescence. The enhanced F-P lasing from a single ZnO sample is further realized.

  6. Enhanced Mn2+ emission in ZnS:Mn nanoparticles by surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles

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    Zhou, Shuyao; Chu, Xueying; Li, Jinhua; Fang, Fang; Fang, Xuan; Wei, Zhipeng; Chen, Feng; Wang, Xiaohua

    2014-07-01

    The Mn2+ emission of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles was enhanced by a simple procedure. 3-Mercaptopropionic acid was used as a complexing agent in the synthesis of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles. Sulfydryl groups of 3-mercaptopropionic acid acted as bridging groups, to form composites of ZnS:Mn and Au nanoparticles. The peak wavelength of Au surface plasmons was red-shifted by 5 nm upon compositing. The intensity of Mn2+ emission at 590 nm because of the 4T1-6A1 transition was enhanced by 469% from the effects of the surface plasmon resonance. The enhancement was greatly influenced by the ratio of ZnS:Mn and Au. Enhancement was primarily attributed to localized surface plasmon resonance on the Au nanoparticle surface.

  7. Au nanorod decoration on NaYF₄:Yb/Tm nanoparticles for enhanced emission and wavelength-dependent biomolecular sensing.

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    Kannan, Palanisamy; Abdul Rahim, Ferhan; Chen, Rui; Teng, Xue; Huang, Ling; Sun, Handong; Kim, Dong-Hwan

    2013-05-01

    We introduce gold nanorods (GNRs) decoration on NaYF4:Yb/Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) by functionalizing the UCNCs with polyamidoamine generation 1 (PAMAM G1) dendrimer, followed by a single-step seed-mediated growth of long-range GNRs to enhance "biological window" upconversion emission. The up-conversion emission of GNR-decorated UCNCs can be enhanced beyond the level typically obtainable using shell-like structures up to 27-fold enhancement. Also, the enhancement can be tuned at different wavelength regions by varying the GNR aspect ratio. The GNR-decorated UCNC is further modified with 2-thiouracil for nonenzymatic detection of uric acid, revealing a detection limit as 1 pM. PMID:23591121

  8. Localized surface plasmon resonance enhanced ultraviolet emission and F-P lasing from single ZnO microflower

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    Lin, Yi; Li, Jitao; Xu, Chunxiang Fan, Xuemei; Wang, Baoping

    2014-10-06

    In this work, monodispersed ZnO microflowers are fabricated by a vapor phase transport method, and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are directly decorated on the surface of the ZnO microflowers. The micro-photoluminescence of a single ZnO microflower demonstrates that the near band-edge emission is tremendously enhanced while the defect-related emission is completely suppressed after Au decoration. The average enhancement factor reaches up to 65 fold. The enhancement mechanism is assumed to be the electron transfer from excited Au NPs to the ZnO microflower induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance based on the time-resolved photoluminescence. The enhanced F-P lasing from a single ZnO sample is further realized.

  9. Photosensized Controlling Benzyl Methacrylate-Based Matrix Enhanced Eu3+ Narrow-Band Emission for Fluorescence Applications

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    Lee, Jiann-Fong; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Lee, Geneh-Siang; Tseng, Shao-Chin; Lin, Mei-Hsiang; Liau, Wen-Bin

    2012-01-01

    This study synthesized a europium (Eu3+) complex Eu(DBM)3Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu3+ energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of π–π interactions between the ligands and the Eu3+-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu3+ emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material. PMID:22489178

  10. Investigation of intermittent enhancement of ion emission from a tungsten surface using the field-ion microscope.

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    Weizer, V. G.

    1971-01-01

    The blinking effect, or the intermittent enhancement of ion emission, which is observed when a few parts per million neon are added to the imaging gas in a helium-tungsten field-ion microscope, has been investigated. Measurements of the characteristic quantities involved - i.e., blinking rate, voltage limits, etc. - and their variation with temperature, field, and gas pressure, are described.

  11. Enhanced near infrared emission from the partially vitrified Nd{sup 3+} and silver co-doped zeolite Y

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    Lin, Hui E-mail: fujii@eedept.kobe-u.ac.jp; Chu Rong Gui, Sa; Imakita, Kenji; Fujii, Minoru E-mail: fujii@eedept.kobe-u.ac.jp

    2014-01-21

    Near infrared (NIR) emission from the Nd{sup 3+} doped zeolite Y was strongly enhanced by partially vitrifying the zeolite structure via extra loading silver ions and post annealing. Under the low annealing temperatures at 450 °C and 650 °C, the states of the loaded silver were determined to be the co-existence of the isolated Ag{sup 0} atoms, the Ag{sup +} ions, and the Ag{sub 2}{sup +} dimers. However, there was no enhancement in the NIR emission by the introduction of these small silver clusters. Under higher annealing temperature at 900 °C where the lattice of the zeolite Y was partially collapsed into the amorphous phase, strong NIR emission enhancement at 1064 nm with a factor of 6.8 was observed. The partial vitrification process by the co-loading of silver and post heat-treatment had strong effect on eliminating the H{sub 2}O molecules, which can greatly enhance the NIR emission.

  12. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers: A multi-site comparison of the effects on nitrous oxide emissions and agronomic performance

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    The need to understand the effects of enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF) for their effect on nitrous oxide emissions and agronomic performance was the motivation underpinning this multi-location study across North America. Research locations participating in this study included Ames, IA; Auburn, ...

  13. C60 as an Active Smart Spacer Material on Silver Thin Film Substrates for Enhanced Surface Plasmon Coupled Emission

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    Mulpur, Pradyumna; Podila, Ramakrishna; Ramamurthy, Sai Sathish; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah; Rao, Apparao M.

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we present the use of C60 as an active spacer material on a silver (Ag) based surface plasmon coupled emission (SPCE) platform. In addition to its primary role of protecting the Ag thin film from oxidation, the incorporation of C60 facilitated the achievement of 30-fold enhancement in the emission intensity of rhodamine b (RhB) fluorophore. The high signal yield was attributed to the unique π-π interactions between C60 thin films and RhB, which enabled efficient transfer of energy of RhB emission to Ag plasmon modes. Furthermore, minor variations in the C60 film thickness yielded large changes in the enhancement and angularity properties of the SPCE signal, which can be exploited for sensing applications. Finally, the low-cost fabrication process of the Ag-C60 thin film stacks render C60 based SPCE substrates ideal, for the economic and simplistic detection of analytes. PMID:25785916

  14. Enhancement mechanism of field electron emission properties in hybrid carbon nanotubes with tree- and wing-like features

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    Yang, G.M.; Yang, C.C.; Xu, Q.; Zheng, W.T.; Li, S.

    2009-12-15

    In this work, the tree-like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with branches of different diameters and the wing-like CNTs with graphitic-sheets of different densities were synthesized by using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The nanostructures of the as-prepared hybrid carbon materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The structural dependence of field electron emission (FEE) property was also investigated. It is found that both of the tree- and wing-like CNTs exhibit a lower turn-on field and higher emission current density than the pristine CNTs, which can be ascribed to the effects of branch size, crystal orientation, and graphitic-sheet density. - Graphical abstract: Tree-like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with branches and the wing-like CNTs with graphitic-sheets were synthesized by using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The structural dependence of field electron emission property was also investigated.

  15. Inhibition and enhancement of the spontaneous emission of quantum dots in micropillar cavities with radial-distributed Bragg reflectors.

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    Jakubczyk, Tomasz; Franke, Helena; Smoleński, Tomasz; Sciesiek, Maciej; Pacuski, Wojciech; Golnik, Andrzej; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger; Grundmann, Marius; Kruse, Carsten; Hommel, Detlef; Kossacki, Piotr

    2014-10-28

    We present a micropillar cavity where nondesired radial emission is inhibited. The photonic confinement in such a structure is improved by implementation of an additional concentric radial-distributed Bragg reflector. Such a reflector increases the reflectivity in all directions perpendicular to the micropillar axis from a typical value of 15-31% to above 98%. An inhibition of the spontaneous emission of off-resonant excitonic states of quantum dots embedded in the microcavity is revealed by time-resolved experiments. It proves a decreased density of photonic states related to unwanted radial leakage of photons out of the micropillar. For on-resonance conditions, we find that the dot emission rate is increased, evidencing the Purcell enhancement of spontaneous emission. The proposed design can increase the efficiency of single-photon sources and bring to micropillar cavities the functionalities based on lengthened decay times. PMID:25181393

  16. Engineering Stacks of V-Shaped Polyaromatic Compounds with Alkyl Chains for Enhanced Emission in the Solid State.

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    Sekiguchi, Shoya; Kondo, Kei; Sei, Yoshihisa; Akita, Munetaka; Yoshizawa, Michito

    2016-06-01

    A V-shaped bisanthracene derivative with three butyl groups formed two types of emissive solids that display bluish green and blue fluorescence (ΦF =72 and 32 %, respectively), depending on the preparation conditions. The crystal and powder X-ray analyses reveal that the highly emissive solid adopts a head-to-head arrangement with discrete stacks of the anthracene moieties, whereas the moderately emissive solid adopts a head-to-tail arrangement without the stacks. The obtained molecular arrangements are transformed by thermal stimuli accompanying the change in fluorescence. Furthermore, large enhancements of dye emissions (12-45-fold) through highly efficient host-guest energy transfer were achieved in the solid state by adding minute amounts of various fluorescent dyes (e.g. rubrene and Nile red) to the V-shaped compound. PMID:27121653

  17. Shape-dependent localized surface plasmon enhanced UV-emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Lin, Ying; Liu, Xing Qiang; Wang, Ti; Chen, Chao; Wu, Hao; Liao, Lei; Liu, Chang

    2013-03-01

    Two-dimensional arrays of Al nanoparticles (NPs) were used to demonstrate the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) enhanced UV light emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition. Well defined NP arrays with different shapes were fabricated on the surface of ZnO by electron-beam lithography. A theoretical analysis based on the finite-difference time-domain method was carried out to show the shape dependence of the LSPR wavelength. Time resolved photoluminescence and temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements suggested that the Al NPs arrays increase the radiative recombination rate by the resonance coupling between the localized surface plasmons and the excitons of the ZnO. By top excitation of the Al NP arrays coupled with ZnO, a 2.6-fold enhancement in peak photoluminescence intensity was measured. The enhancement strongly depended on the NP’s shape, revealing an important way of geometrical tuning the UV-emission.

  18. Shape-dependent localized surface plasmon enhanced UV-emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition.

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    Lin, Ying; Liu, Xing Qiang; Wang, Ti; Chen, Chao; Wu, Hao; Liao, Lei; Liu, Chang

    2013-03-29

    Two-dimensional arrays of Al nanoparticles (NPs) were used to demonstrate the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) enhanced UV light emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition. Well defined NP arrays with different shapes were fabricated on the surface of ZnO by electron-beam lithography. A theoretical analysis based on the finite-difference time-domain method was carried out to show the shape dependence of the LSPR wavelength. Time resolved photoluminescence and temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements suggested that the Al NPs arrays increase the radiative recombination rate by the resonance coupling between the localized surface plasmons and the excitons of the ZnO. By top excitation of the Al NP arrays coupled with ZnO, a 2.6-fold enhancement in peak photoluminescence intensity was measured. The enhancement strongly depended on the NP's shape, revealing an important way of geometrical tuning the UV-emission. PMID:23466715

  19. Spontaneous organisation of ZnS nanoparticles into monocrystalline nanorods with highly enhanced dopant-related emission

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    Manzoor, K.; Aditya, V.; Vadera, S. R.; Kumar, N.; Kutty, T. R. N.

    2005-07-01

    A natural self-assembly process of semiconductor nanoparticles leading to the formation of doped, monocrystalline nanorods with highly enhanced dopant-related luminescence properties is reported. ˜4 nm sized, polycrystalline ZnS nanoparticles of zinc-blende (cubic) structure, doped with Cu+-Al3+ or Mn2+ have been aggregated in the aqueous solution and grown into nanorods of length ˜400 nm and aspect ratio ˜12. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images indicate crystal growth mechanisms involving both Ostwald-ripening and particle-to-particle oriented-attachment. Sulphur sulphur catenation is proposed for the covalent-linkage between the attached particles. The nanorods exhibit self-assembly mediated quenching of the lattice defect-related emission accompanied by multifold enhancement in the dopant-related emission. This study demonstrates that the collective behavior of an ensemble of bare nanoparticles, under natural conditions, can lead to the formation of functionalized (doped) nanorods with enhanced luminescence properties.

  20. Strongly enhanced ultraviolet emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO plasmonic hybrid nanostructure

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Xiaodong; Mao, Shengcheng; Wu, Hua; Guo, Xia; Ji, Yuan; Han, Xiaodong

    2016-02-01

    We present the surface plasmon polariton (SPP)-enhanced ultraviolet (UV) emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO hybrid nanostructure. We achieved approximately 20- and 8-fold enhancements of the UV-emitting intensities from Au-SPP coupled nanometre- and micrometre-scaled ZnO wires through an optimized 5 nm-thick SiO2 spacer compared to that obtained from bare ZnO on a Si substrate without SPP coupling. Cathodoluminescence measurements and simulations demonstrated that the plasmonic hybrid nanostructure enables the strong localization of the SPP field, resulting in significantly enhanced UV emission. This plasmonic structure paves the way to nanoscale UV-optical lasers and sensors.

  1. Strongly enhanced ultraviolet emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO plasmonic hybrid nanostructure.

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Xiaodong; Mao, Shengcheng; Wu, Hua; Guo, Xia; Ji, Yuan; Han, Xiaodong

    2016-02-11

    We present the surface plasmon polariton (SPP)-enhanced ultraviolet (UV) emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO hybrid nanostructure. We achieved approximately 20- and 8-fold enhancements of the UV-emitting intensities from Au-SPP coupled nanometre- and micrometre-scaled ZnO wires through an optimized 5 nm-thick SiO2 spacer compared to that obtained from bare ZnO on a Si substrate without SPP coupling. Cathodoluminescence measurements and simulations demonstrated that the plasmonic hybrid nanostructure enables the strong localization of the SPP field, resulting in significantly enhanced UV emission. This plasmonic structure paves the way to nanoscale UV-optical lasers and sensors. PMID:26818908

  2. Plasmonic enhancement in upconversion emission of La2O3:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor via introducing silver metal nanoparticles

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    Tiwari, S. P.; Kumar, K.; Rai, V. K.

    2015-11-01

    In the present work, authors have synthesized silver (Ag) nanoparticle (NP) embedded La2O3:Er3+/Yb3+ powder phosphor. The synthesis method has resulted in silver oxide-lanthanum oxide composite material. Through subsequent heat treatment of sample in pellet form, the silver metal nanoparticles were formed. The presence of plasmonic Ag NPs in the matrix is confirmed by various techniques. Large enhancement in downconversion as well as upconversion emission intensity of Er3+ ions at various concentrations of Ag NPs is obtained. Large enhancement in the upconversion emission intensity is correlated to the reduction in decay time of 4S3/2 level in the presence of Ag NPs, and possible reasons for intensity enhancement are discussed. The application of phosphor in fingermark detection is demonstrated.

  3. Enhanced field-emission of silver nanoparticle-graphene oxide decorated ZnO nanowire arrays.

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    Wang, Guojing; Li, Zhengcao; Li, Mingyang; Liao, Jiecui; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Shi, Chuanqing

    2015-12-21

    This work presents a new method to improve the field emission (FE) properties of semiconductors decorated with low-cost graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and trace amounts of noble metal. The Ag/GO/ZnO composite emitter exhibited efficient FE properties with a low turn-on field of 1.4 V μm(-1) and a high field enhancement factor of 7018. The excellent FE properties of the Ag/GO/ZnO composite can be attributed to the tunneling effect of electrons through the heterojunction. The FE properties of the Ag/GO/ZnO composite are slightly better than those of the Ag/ZnO composite which forms an energy well that collects electrons on interfaces when an electric field is applied. This behavior is associated with heterostructures that offer more contact points and protrusions between ZnO nanowire arrays (NWAs) and Ag/GO, which leads to easier electron transfer. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterise the connection and evolution of the ZnO NWAs and Ag/GO composites. PMID:26565977

  4. Can a breathing biocover system enhance methane emission reduction from landfill?

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    Lu, Wen-Jing; Chi, Zi-Fang; Mou, Zi-Shen; Long, Yu-Yang; Wang, Hong-Tao; Zhu, Yong

    2011-07-15

    Based on the aerothermodynamic principles, a kind of breathing biocover system was designed to enhance O(2) supply efficiency and methane (CH(4)) oxidation capacity. The research showed that O(2) concentration (v/v) considerably increased throughout whole profiles of the microcosm (1m) equipped with passive air venting system (MPAVS). When the simulated landfill gas SLFG flow was 771 g m(-3) d(-1) and 1028 g m(-3) d(-1), the O(2) concentration in MPAVS increased gradually and tended to be stable at the atmospheric level after 10 days. The CH(4) oxidation rate was 100% when the SLFG flow rate was no more than 1285 g m(-3) d(-1), which also was confirmed by the mass balance calculations. The breathing biocover system with in situ self-oxygen supply can address the problem of O(2) insufficient in conventional landfill covers and/or biocovers. The proposed system presents high potential for improving CH(4) emission reduction in landfills. PMID:21592654

  5. Enhancement of low-energy electron emission in 2D radioactive films.

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    Pronschinske, Alex; Pedevilla, Philipp; Murphy, Colin J; Lewis, Emily A; Lucci, Felicia R; Brown, Garth; Pappas, George; Michaelides, Angelos; Sykes, E Charles H

    2015-09-01

    High-energy radiation has been used for decades; however, the role of low-energy electrons created during irradiation has only recently begun to be appreciated. Low-energy electrons are the most important component of radiation damage in biological environments because they have subcellular ranges, interact destructively with chemical bonds, and are the most abundant product of ionizing particles in tissue. However, methods for generating them locally without external stimulation do not exist. Here, we synthesize one-atom-thick films of the radioactive isotope (125)I on gold that are stable under ambient conditions. Scanning tunnelling microscopy, supported by electronic structure simulations, allows us to directly observe nuclear transmutation of individual (125)I atoms into (125)Te, and explain the surprising stability of the 2D film as it underwent radioactive decay. The metal interface geometry induces a 600% amplification of low-energy electron emission (<10 eV; ref. ) compared with atomic (125)I. This enhancement of biologically active low-energy electrons might offer a new direction for highly targeted nanoparticle therapies. PMID:26076306

  6. Enhanced Amplified Spontaneous Emission in Perovskites Using a Flexible Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Reflector.

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    Stranks, Samuel D; Wood, Simon M; Wojciechowski, Konrad; Deschler, Felix; Saliba, Michael; Khandelwal, Hitesh; Patel, Jay B; Elston, Steve J; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B; Schenning, Albertus P H J; Debije, Michael G; Riede, Moritz K; Morris, Stephen M; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-08-12

    Organic-inorganic perovskites are highly promising solar cell materials with laboratory-based power conversion efficiencies already matching those of established thin film technologies. Their exceptional photovoltaic performance is in part attributed to the presence of efficient radiative recombination pathways, thereby opening up the possibility of efficient light-emitting devices. Here, we demonstrate optically pumped amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) at 780 nm from a 50 nm-thick film of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite that is sandwiched within a cavity composed of a thin-film (∼7 μm) cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) reflector and a metal back-reflector. The threshold fluence for ASE in the perovskite film is reduced by at least two orders of magnitude in the presence of the CLC reflector, which results in a factor of two reduction in threshold fluence compared to previous reports. We consider this to be due to improved coupling of the oblique and out-of-plane modes that are reflected into the bulk in addition to any contributions from cavity modes. Furthermore, we also demonstrate enhanced ASE on flexible reflectors and discuss how improvements in the quality factor and reflectivity of the CLC layers could lead to single-mode lasing using CLC reflectors. Our work opens up the possibility of fabricating widely wavelength-tunable "mirror-less" single-mode lasers on flexible substrates, which could find use in applications such as flexible displays and friend or foe identification. PMID:25989354

  7. Enhancement of low-energy electron emission in 2D radioactive films

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    Pronschinske, Alex; Pedevilla, Philipp; Murphy, Colin J.; Lewis, Emily A.; Lucci, Felicia R.; Brown, Garth; Pappas, George; Michaelides, Angelos; Sykes, E. Charles H.

    2015-09-01

    High-energy radiation has been used for decades; however, the role of low-energy electrons created during irradiation has only recently begun to be appreciated. Low-energy electrons are the most important component of radiation damage in biological environments because they have subcellular ranges, interact destructively with chemical bonds, and are the most abundant product of ionizing particles in tissue. However, methods for generating them locally without external stimulation do not exist. Here, we synthesize one-atom-thick films of the radioactive isotope 125I on gold that are stable under ambient conditions. Scanning tunnelling microscopy, supported by electronic structure simulations, allows us to directly observe nuclear transmutation of individual 125I atoms into 125Te, and explain the surprising stability of the 2D film as it underwent radioactive decay. The metal interface geometry induces a 600% amplification of low-energy electron emission (<10 eV; ref. ) compared with atomic 125I. This enhancement of biologically active low-energy electrons might offer a new direction for highly targeted nanoparticle therapies.

  8. A search for Ca II emission enhancement in stars resulting from nearby giant planets

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    Saar, S. H.; Cuntz, M.

    2001-07-01

    We present a search for periodicities (Pchr) in the chromospheric Caii infrared triplet emission of several stars (τ Boo, 51 Peg, υ And, ρ1 Cnc, ρ CrB, 70 Vir and GL 876) which may be directly attributable to interaction with close-in giant planets. Activity enhancements could arise from increased non-radiative heating and dynamo action in planet-induced tidal bulges (with Pchr~Porb/2), or from interactions between the stellar and planetary magnetic fields (with Pchr~Porb). We compare both Pchr and the phase dependence of the activity with the planetary orbital period Porb, the orbital phase, and models. No significant Pchr or phase dependence attributable to planets can be clearly identified. We place approximate upper limits on the amplitude of any planet-induced activity. We identify a possible stellar rotation period for GL 876, and support previous period determinations for four other stars. We discuss the results and possible directions of future research.

  9. The effect of Ar neutral beam treatment of screen-printed carbon nanotubes for enhanced field emission

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    Kyung, Se Jin; Park, Jae Beom; Park, Byung Jae; Min, Kyung Seok; Lee, June Hee; Yeom, Geun Young; Shin, Yong Sook; Park, Chong Yun

    2007-04-15

    This study examined the effectiveness of an Ar neutral beam as a surface treatment for improving the field emission properties of screen-printed carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A short period of the neutral beam treatment on tape-activated CNTs enhanced the emission properties of the CNTs, showing a decrease in the turn-on field and an increase in the number of emission sites. The neutral beam treatment appeared to render the CNT surfaces more actively by exposing more CNTs from the CNT paste without cutting or kinking the already exposed long CNT emitters. The treated CNTs emitted more electrons than the CNTs treated using other methods. When the field emission properties were measured after the neutral beam treatment, the turn-on field decreased from 1.65 to 0.60 V/{mu}m and the emission field at 1 mA/cm{sup 2} decreased from 3.10 to 2.41 V/{mu}m. After the neutral beam treatment for 10 s, there was an improvement in the stability of the emission current at a constant electric field. It is expected that the neutral beam treatment introduced in this study will provide an easy way of improving the emission intensity and stability of screen-printed CNT emitters.

  10. Enhancing the emission directionality of organic light-emitting diodes by using photonic microstructures

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    Zhang, Shuyu; Turnbull, Graham A. E-mail: idws@st-andrews.ac.uk; Samuel, Ifor D. W. E-mail: idws@st-andrews.ac.uk

    2013-11-18

    We report microstructured organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with directional emission based on efficient solution-processable europium-OLEDs patterned by solvent assisted microcontact molding. The angle dependence of the light emission is characterized for OLEDs with square-array photonic crystals with periods between 275 nm and 335 nm. The microstructured devices have emission patterns strongly modified from the Lambertian emission of planar OLEDs and can approximately double the emitted power in a desired angle range in both s- and p-polarizations. The modified emission is attributed to light diffracted out of the waveguide modes of the OLEDs.

  11. Room temperature enhanced red emission from novel Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals uniformly dispersed in nanofibers.

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    Zhang, Yongzhe; Liu, Yanxia; Li, Xiaodong; Wang, Qi Jie; Xie, Erqing

    2011-10-14

    Achieving red emission from ZnO-based materials has long been a goal for researchers in order to realize, for instance, full-color display panels and solid-state light-emitting devices. However, the current technique using Eu(3+) doped ZnO for red emission generation has a significant drawback in that the energy transfer from ZnO to Eu(3+) is inefficient, resulting in a low intensity red emission. In this paper, we report an efficient energy transfer scheme for enhanced red emission from Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals by fabricating polymer nanofibers embedded with Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals to facilitate the energy transfer. In the fabrication, ZnO nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed in polymer nanofibers prepared by the high electrical field electrospinning technique. Enhanced red emission without defect radiation from the ZnO matrix is observed. Three physical mechanisms for this observation are provided and explained, namely a small ZnO crystal size, uniformity distribution of ZnO nanocrystals in polymers (PVA in this case), and strong bonding between ZnO and polymer through the -OH group bonding. These explanations are supported by high resolution transmission emission microscopy measurements, resonant Raman scattering characterizations, photoluminescence spectra and photoluminescence excitation spectra measurements. In addition, two models exploring the 'accumulation layer' and 'depletion layer' are developed to explain the reasons for the more efficient energy transfer in our ZnO nanocrystal system compared to that in the previous reports. This study provides an important approach to achieve enhanced energy transfer from nanocrystals to ions which could be widely adopted in rare earth ion doped materials. These discoveries also provide more insights into other energy transfer problems in, for example, dye-sensitized solar cells and quantum dot solar cells. PMID:21914938

  12. Room temperature enhanced red emission from novel Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals uniformly dispersed in nanofibers

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    Zhang, Yongzhe; Liu, Yanxia; Li, Xiaodong; Jie Wang, Qi; Xie, Erqing

    2011-10-01

    Achieving red emission from ZnO-based materials has long been a goal for researchers in order to realize, for instance, full-color display panels and solid-state light-emitting devices. However, the current technique using Eu3 + doped ZnO for red emission generation has a significant drawback in that the energy transfer from ZnO to Eu3 + is inefficient, resulting in a low intensity red emission. In this paper, we report an efficient energy transfer scheme for enhanced red emission from Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals by fabricating polymer nanofibers embedded with Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals to facilitate the energy transfer. In the fabrication, ZnO nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed in polymer nanofibers prepared by the high electrical field electrospinning technique. Enhanced red emission without defect radiation from the ZnO matrix is observed. Three physical mechanisms for this observation are provided and explained, namely a small ZnO crystal size, uniformity distribution of ZnO nanocrystals in polymers (PVA in this case), and strong bonding between ZnO and polymer through the -OH group bonding. These explanations are supported by high resolution transmission emission microscopy measurements, resonant Raman scattering characterizations, photoluminescence spectra and photoluminescence excitation spectra measurements. In addition, two models exploring the 'accumulation layer' and 'depletion layer' are developed to explain the reasons for the more efficient energy transfer in our ZnO nanocrystal system compared to that in the previous reports. This study provides an important approach to achieve enhanced energy transfer from nanocrystals to ions which could be widely adopted in rare earth ion doped materials. These discoveries also provide more insights into other energy transfer problems in, for example, dye-sensitized solar cells and quantum dot solar cells.

  13. Synthesis of Peptide-Based Hybrid Nanobelts with Enhanced Color Emission by Heat Treatment or Water Induction.

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    Liu, Xingcen; Zhu, Pengli; Fei, Jinbo; Zhao, Jie; Yan, Xuehai; Li, Junbai

    2015-06-22

    We demonstrate that an inorganic lanthanide ion (Tb(3+)) or organic dye molecules were encapsulated in situ into diphenylalanine (FF) organogels by a general, simple, and efficient co-assembly process, which generated peptide-based hybrid nanobelts with a range of colored emissions. In the presence of a photosensitizer (salicylic acid), the organogel can serve as an excellent molecular-donor scaffold to investigate FRET to Tb(3+). More importantly, heat treatment or water induction instigated a morphology transition from nanofibers to nanobelts, after which the participation of guest molecules in the FF assembly was promoted and the stability and photoluminescence emission of the composite organogels were enhanced. PMID:25965918

  14. Analysis of light-emission enhancement of low-efficiency quantum dots by plasmonic nano-particle.

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    Huang, Jinxi; Hu, Hao; Wang, Zhewei; Li, Wenyuan; Cang, Ji; Shen, Jianqi; Ye, Hui

    2016-04-18

    In this paper, a nano-pillar array integrated near quantum dots (QDs), which serves as a Purcell cavity as well as a column antenna, is studied in order to enhance the spontaneous emission (SE) rate of low emission efficiency QDs. A systematic analysis for treating the isolated nano-pillar and loose ordered pillar is demonstrated by solving the electromagnetic field equations. As an illustrative example of potential applications, we proposed a new structure that Germanium (Ge) QDs are located in close proximity to the isolated Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) nano-pillar to raise its efficiency. From the results of numerical calculation, it is predicted that ITO pillars with slim (e.g., the radius is 25 nm and the height is 500 nm) and flat morphology (e.g., the radius is 40 nm and the height is 60 nm) exhibit superior enhancement over 20 folds. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation is utilized for demonstrating the distinctive enhancement when QDs radiate at surface plasmonic resonance frequency of ITO nano-pillar. It can be found that the QDs emission enhancement profile accords with our results obtained from numerical analysis. PMID:27137293

  15. Modification of polymer velvet cathode via metallic Mo coating for enhancement of high-current electron emission performances

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    Xiong, Ying; Wang, Bing; Yi, Yong; Xia, Liansheng; Zhang, Huang

    2013-09-15

    The effect of surface Mo coating on the high-current electron emission performances for polymer velvet cathode has been investigated in a diode with A-K gap of 11.5 cm by the combination of time-resolved electrical diagnostic and temporal pressure variation. Compared with uncoated polymer velvet cathode under the single-pulsed emission mode, the Mo-coated one shows lower outgassing levels (∼0.40 Pa L), slower cathode plasma expansion velocity (∼2.30 cm/μs), and higher emission stability as evidences by the change in cathode current, temporal pressure variation, and diode perveance. Moreover, after Mo coating, the emission consistency of the polymer velvet cathode between two adjacent pulses is significantly improved in double-pulsed emission mode with ∼500 ns interval between two pulses, which further confirms the effectiveness of Mo coating for enhancement of electron emission performance of polymer velvet cathodes. These results should be of interest to the high-repetitive high-power microwave systems with cold cathodes.

  16. Enhancement of K{sub {alpha}} emission through efficient hot electron generation in carbon nanotubes on intense laser pulse irradiation

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    Chakravarty, U.; Arora, V.; Naik, P. A.; Chakera, J. A.; Srivastava, H.; Srivastava, A.; Kumbhare, S. R.; Gupta, P. D.; Varma, G. D.

    2012-09-01

    Near complete absorption of the energy of intense ultra-short laser pulses (45 fs, intensity {approx}1.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} to 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}) is observed in carbon nanotubes deposited on a planar molybdenum substrate. The hollow structure of the nanotube plasma facilitates resonant electric field enhancement during its ionization phase. This resonantly enhanced localized field at a density much larger than the critical density n{sub c} leads to efficient hot electron generation, which results in enhanced K{sub {alpha}} emission of Mo at 17.5 keV. It is observed that for nanotubes, depending on the degree of hollowness, there is an optimum laser intensity for maximum x-ray enhancement compared to a planar uncoated target.

  17. Enhancement in light emission and electrical efficiencies of a silicon nanocrystal light-emitting diode by indium tin oxide nanowires

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    Huh, Chul Kim, Bong Kyu; Ahn, Chang-Geun; Kim, Sang-Hyeob; Choi, Chel-Jong

    2014-07-21

    We report an enhancement in light emission and electrical efficiencies of a Si nanocrystal (NC) light-emitting diode (LED) by employing indium tin oxide (ITO) nanowires (NWs). The formed ITO NWs (diameter < 50 nm) are compactly knitted and have a tendency to grow perpendicularly above the surface. The electrical characteristics of Si NC LED were significantly improved, which was attributed to an enhancement in the current spreading property due to densely interconnecting ITO NWs. In addition, light output power and wall-plug efficiency from the Si NC LED were enhanced by 45% and 38%, respectively. This was originated from an enhancement in the escape probability of the photons generated in the Si NCs due to multiple scatterings at the surface of ITO NWs acting as a light waveguide. We show here that the use of the ITO NWs can be very useful for realizing a highly efficient Si NC LED.

  18. Hydroxylamine diffusion can enhance N₂O emissions in nitrifying biofilms: a modeling study.

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    Sabba, Fabrizio; Picioreanu, Cristian; Pérez, Julio; Nerenberg, Robert

    2015-02-01

    Wastewater treatment plants can be significant sources of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. However, little is known about N2O emissions from biofilm processes. We adapted an existing suspended-growth mathematical model to explore N2O emissions from nitrifying biofilms. The model included N2O formation by ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) via the hydroxylamine and the nitrifier denitrification pathways. Our model suggested that N2O emissions from nitrifying biofilms could be significantly greater than from suspended growth systems under similar conditions. The main cause was the formation and diffusion of hydroxylamine, an AOB nitrification intermediate, from the aerobic to the anoxic regions of the biofilm. In the anoxic regions, hydroxylamine oxidation by AOB provided reducing equivalents used solely for nitrite reduction to N2O, since there was no competition with oxygen. For a continuous system, very high and very low dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations resulted in lower emissions, while intermediate values led to higher emissions. Higher bulk ammonia concentrations and greater biofilm thicknesses increased emissions. The model effectively predicted N2O emissions from an actual pilot-scale granular sludge reactor for sidestream nitritation, but significantly underestimated the emissions when the NH2OH diffusion coefficient was assumed to be minimal. This numerical study suggests an unexpected and important role of hydroxylamine in N2O emission in biofilms. PMID:25539140

  19. Substantial enhancement of red emission intensity by embedding Eu-doped GaN into a microcavity

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    Inaba, Tomohiro; Lee, Dong-gun; Wakamatsu, Ryuta; Kojima, Takanori; Mitchell, Brandon; Capretti, Antonio; Gregorkiewicz, Tom; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi

    2016-04-01

    We investigate resonantly excited photoluminescence from a Eu,O-codoped GaN layer embedded into a microcavity, consisting of an AlGaN/GaN distributed Bragg reflector and a Ag reflecting mirror. The microcavity is responsible for a 18.6-fold increase of the Eu emission intensity at ˜10K, and a 21-fold increase at room temperature. We systematically investigate the origin of this enhancement, and we conclude that it is due to the combination of several effects including, the lifetime shortening of the Eu emission, the strain-induced piezoelectric effect, and the increased extraction and excitation field efficiencies. This study paves the way for an alternative method to enhance the photoluminescence intensity in rare-earth doped semiconductor structures.

  20. Lifetime Reduction and Enhanced Emission of Single Photon Color Centers in Nanodiamond via Surrounding Refractive Index Modification

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    Khalid, Asma; Chung, Kelvin; Rajasekharan, Ranjith; Lau, Desmond W.M.; Karle, Timothy J.; Gibson, Brant C.; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana

    2015-01-01

    The negatively-charged nitrogen vacancy (NV−) center in diamond is of great interest for quantum information processing and quantum key distribution applications due to its highly desirable long coherence times at room temperature. One of the challenges for their use in these applications involves the requirement to further optimize the lifetime and emission properties of the centers. Our results demonstrate the reduction of the lifetime of NV− centers, and hence an increase in the emission rate, achieved by modifying the refractive index of the environment surrounding the nanodiamond (ND). By coating the NDs in a polymer film, experimental results and numerical calculations show an average of 63% reduction in the lifetime and an average enhancement in the emission rate by a factor of 1.6. This strategy is also applicable for emitters other than diamond color centers where the particle refractive index is greater than the refractive index of the surrounding media. PMID:26109500

  1. Polarization-dependent enhanced photoluminescence and polarization-independent emission rate of quantum dots on gold elliptical nanodisc arrays.

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    Zhu, Qiangzhong; Zheng, Shupei; Lin, Shijie; Liu, Tian-Ran; Jin, Chongjun

    2014-07-01

    We have fabricated gold (Au) elliptical nanodisc (ND) arrays via three-beam interference lithography and electron beam deposition of gold. The enhanced photoluminescence intensity and emission rate of quantum dots (QDs) near to the Au elliptical NDs have been studied by tuning the nearest distance between quantum dots and Au elliptical NDs. We found that the photoluminescence intensity is polarization-dependent with the degree of polarization being equal to that of the light extinction of the Au elliptical NDs, while the emission rate is polarization-independent. This is resulted from the plasmon-coupled emission via the coupling between the QD dipole and the plasmon nano-antenna. Our experiments fully confirm the evidence of the plasmophore concept proposed recently in the interaction of the QDs with metal nanoparticles. PMID:24898688

  2. Strong enhancement of terahertz emission from GaAs in InAs/GaAs quantum dot structures

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    Estacio, Elmer; Pham, Minh Hong; Takatori, Satoru; Cadatal-Raduban, Marilou; Nakazato, Tomoharu; Shimizu, Toshihiko; Sarukura, Nobuhiko; Somintac, Armando; Defensor, Michael; Awitan, Fritz Christian B.; Jaculbia, Rafael B.; Salvador, Arnel; Garcia, Alipio

    2009-06-08

    We report on the intense terahertz emission from InAs/GaAs quantum dot (QD) structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Results reveal that the QD sample emission was as high as 70% of that of a p-type InAs wafer, the most intense semiconductor emitter to date. Excitation wavelength studies showed that the emission was due to absorption in strained undoped GaAs, and corresponds to a two order-of-magnitude enhancement. Moreover, it was found that multilayer QDs emit more strongly compared with a single layer QD sample. At present, we ascribe the intense radiation to huge strain fields at the InAs/GaAs interface.

  3. Lifetime Reduction and Enhanced Emission of Single Photon Color Centers in Nanodiamond via Surrounding Refractive Index Modification

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    Khalid, Asma; Chung, Kelvin; Rajasekharan, Ranjith; Lau, Desmond W. M.; Karle, Timothy J.; Gibson, Brant C.; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana

    2015-06-01

    The negatively-charged nitrogen vacancy (NV-) center in diamond is of great interest for quantum information processing and quantum key distribution applications due to its highly desirable long coherence times at room temperature. One of the challenges for their use in these applications involves the requirement to further optimize the lifetime and emission properties of the centers. Our results demonstrate the reduction of the lifetime of NV- centers, and hence an increase in the emission rate, achieved by modifying the refractive index of the environment surrounding the nanodiamond (ND). By coating the NDs in a polymer film, experimental results and numerical calculations show an average of 63% reduction in the lifetime and an average enhancement in the emission rate by a factor of 1.6. This strategy is also applicable for emitters other than diamond color centers where the particle refractive index is greater than the refractive index of the surrounding media.

  4. Ultrasound-induced emission enhancement based on structure-dependent homo- and heterochiral aggregations of chiral binuclear platinum complexes.

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    Komiya, Naruyoshi; Muraoka, Takako; Iida, Masayuki; Miyanaga, Maiko; Takahashi, Koichi; Naota, Takeshi

    2011-10-12

    Instant and precise control of phosphorescent emission can be performed by ultrasound-induced gelation of organic liquids with chiral, clothespin-shaped trans-bis(salicylaldiminato)Pt(II) complexes, anti-1. Nonemissive solutions of racemic, short-linked anti-1a (n = 5) and optically pure, long-linked anti-1c (n = 7) in organic liquids are transformed immediately into stable phosphorescent gels upon brief irradiation of low-power ultrasound. Emission from the gels can be controlled by sonication time, linker length, and optical activity of the complexes. Several experimental results indicated that structure-dependent homo- and heterochiral aggregations and ultrasound-control of the aggregate morphology are key factors for emission enhancement. PMID:21894951

  5. Enhanced light emission from Si nanocrystals produced using SiOx/SiO2 multilayered silicon-rich oxides

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    Yoon, Jong-Hwan

    2015-07-01

    The light emission from Si nanocrystals (NCs) produced in SiO2 by annealing of SiOx/SiO2 multilayered silicon-rich oxide (SRO) is examined as a function of the SiOx layer thickness. Multilayered SRO structures are shown to produce a significant increase in emission intensities with a large redshift of spectra as compared with a single-layer SRO film. A multilayered SRO film with ∼6-nm thick SiO1.45 layers exhibits a 13-fold increase in the emission intensity with a redshift of ∼70 nm relative to a single-layer SiO1.45 SRO film with a thickness equivalent to the total SiO1.45 layer thickness in the multilayered film. The transmission electron microscopy analyses indicate that the enhancement of the emission intensity with the redshift of spectrum is caused by the enhanced aggregation of phase separated Si atoms in the former SiOx layers due to the hindering of interlayer diffusion of Si by the neighboring SiO2 layers.

  6. 2D XANES-XEOL mapping: observation of enhanced band gap emission from ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Guo, Xiaoxuan; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2014-05-01

    Using 2D XANES-XEOL spectroscopy, it is found that the band gap emission of ZnO nanowire arrays is substantially enhanced i.e. that the intensity ratio between the band gap and defect emissions increases by more than an order of magnitude when the excitation energy is scanned across the O K-edge. Possible mechanisms are discussed.Using 2D XANES-XEOL spectroscopy, it is found that the band gap emission of ZnO nanowire arrays is substantially enhanced i.e. that the intensity ratio between the band gap and defect emissions increases by more than an order of magnitude when the excitation energy is scanned across the O K-edge. Possible mechanisms are discussed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XEOL spectra with different excitation energies. X-ray attenuation length vs. photon energy. Details of surface defects in ZnO NWs. The second O K-edge and Zn L-edge 2D XANES-XEOL maps. Comparison of the first and second TEY at O K-edge and Zn L-edge scans, respectively. Raman spectra of the ZnO NWs with different IBGE/IDE ratios. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01049c

  7. Sn-doped In2O3 nanowires: enhancement of electrical field emission by a selective area growth

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    2012-01-01

    Selective area growth of single crystalline Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) nanowires synthesized via vapor–liquid–solid (VLS) method at 600°C was applied to improve the field emission behavior owing to the reduction of screen effect. The enhanced field emission performance reveals the reduction of turn-on fields from 9.3 to 6.6 V μm−1 with increase of field enhancement factors (β) from 1,621 to 1,857 after the selective area growth at 3 h. Moreover, we find that the screen effect also highly depends on the length of nanowires on the field emission performance. Consequently, the turn-on fields increase from 6.6 to 13.6 V μm−1 with decreasing β values from 1,857 to 699 after the 10-h growth. The detailed screen effect in terms of electrical potential and NW density are investigated in details. The findings provide an effective way of improving the field emission properties for nanodevice application. PMID:23259411

  8. Plasmon-enhanced stimulated emission of Rhodamine 6 G in nanoporous alumina

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    Ibrayev, N. Kh; Zeinidenov, A. K.

    2014-11-01

    Properties of stimulated emission of Rhodamine 6 G in porous alumina matrix have been investigated. The characteristics of stimulated emission were examined upon excitation of the samples by second harmonic of Nd: YAG laser in the longitudinal form. It is established that when the pumping source power is equal to 0.38 MW cm-2 on the background spectrum of laser-induced fluorescence the narrow strip of the stimulated emission with a peak wavelength of 566 nm appears. Further increase in the power density of the pumping source leads to a narrowing of the band of stimulated emission and an increase in its intensity. The presence of silver NPs in porous alumina lowers the threshold of stimulated emission of the dye.

  9. Synthesis of cinnolines via Rh(iii)-catalysed dehydrogenative C-H/N-H functionalization: aggregation induced emission and cell imaging.

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    Mayakrishnan, Sivakalai; Arun, Yuvaraj; Balachandran, Chandrasekar; Emi, Nobuhiko; Muralidharan, Doraiswamy; Perumal, Paramasivan Thirumalai

    2016-02-14

    Rhodium catalysed dehydrogenative C-H/N-H functionalization was developed to construct phthalazino[2,3-a]-/indazolo[1,2-a]cinnolines by reacting N-phenyl phthalazine/indazole with alkynes. The synthesized compounds exhibit prominent fluorescence properties in solid and aggregation states. Their application in cell imaging was investigated using various cancer cell lines. PMID:26754143

  10. Effect of target composition on the emission enhancement observed in Double-Pulse Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    Cristo Foretti, G.; Legnaioli, S.; Palleschi, V.; Salvetti, A.; Tognoni, E.

    2008-02-01

    The effect of the matrix composition on the emission enhancement observed in Double-Pulse (DP) Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) was studied for several pure metal targets (Al, Au, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Pt, Si and W). The measurements were performed in air by using a dual-pulse Nd:YAG ns laser emitting 60mJ pulses at 1064nm wavelength. The measurement of the emission enhancement for neutral and ionic lines of all the samples showed a wide range of results. Very low enhancement was observed in Pb, Ni and Mn while the highest values of enhancement were obtained in Cu, Al and Au. The space-averaged thermodynamic parameters of the induced plasmas in DP and in SP LIBS were calculated and the enhancement of ablated atomized mass in DP case was spectroscopically estimated in all the targets. A correlation seems to exist between the ablated atomized mass enhancement and the plasma temperature increase in the DP configuration. An attempt was made to correlate the increase of these two quantities with the melting point and heat, boiling point and heat, reflectivity and ionization energy of the metal. No evident correlation was found. At the opposite, a correlation was observed between the ablated atomized mass enhancement and the thermal diffusivity of the metal. A simple picture is proposed to explain the experimental findings. It is hypothesized that different mass ablation mechanisms prevail depending on the experimental configuration. It may be expected that in the SP case mass ablation is dominated by vaporization, while in the DP case it is dominated by phase explosion and/or melt expulsion.

  11. Biochar Amendment to the Soil Surface Reduces Fumigant Emissions and Enhances Soil Microorganism Recovery.

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    Shen, Guoqing; Ashworth, Daniel J; Gan, Jay; Yates, Scott R

    2016-02-01

    During soil fumigation, it is ideal to mitigate soil fumigant emissions, ensure pest control efficacy, and speed up the recovery of the soil microorganism population established postapplication. However, no current fumigant emission reduction strategy can meet all these requirements. In the present study, replicated soil columns were used to study the effect of biochar derived from rice husk (BR) and green waste (BG) applied to the soil surface on 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) and chloropicrin (CP) emissions and soil gas distribution, and on microorganism population re-establishment. Relative to fumigated bare soil (no emission reduction strategy), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) treatments, BR gave dramatic emission reductions for both fumigants with no obvious emission peak, whereas BG was very effective only for 1,3-D. With BR application, the concentration of fumigant in the soil gas was higher than in the bare soil and ATS treatment. After the soil column experiment, mixing the BR with the fumigated soil resulted in higher soil respiration rates than were observed for HDPE and ATS treatments. Therefore, biochar amendment to the soil surface may be an effective strategy for fumigant emission reduction and the recovery of soil microorganism populations established postapplication. PMID:26726779

  12. Extended π-conjugated molecules derived from naphthalene diimides toward organic emissive and semiconducting materials.

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    Li, Yonghai; Zhang, Guanxin; Yang, Ge; Guo, Yunlong; Di, Chong'an; Chen, Xin; Liu, Zitong; Liu, Huiying; Xu, Zhenzhen; Xu, Wei; Fu, Hongbing; Zhang, Deqing

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, a new synthetic way to modify naphthalene diimide (NDI) at "shoulder" positions is reported. The key step of the transformation is the intramolecular cyclization involving ethynyl and imidecarbonyl groups. The structure of the intermediate pyrylium cation was confirmed by X-ray crystal structural analysis. New conjugated molecules 1a-g were successfully synthesized in acceptable yields. Their absorption and fluorescence spectra were measured. Among them 1c-f are strongly emissive in solutions. Furthermore, 1b-f are also fluorescent in their solid states; in particular, 1b exhibits a typical aggregation-induced enhanced emission feature. Yellow-emissive microfibrils of 1d show potential optical waveguide behavior. HOMO/LUMO energies of 1a-f were determined based on their cyclic voltammograms. The results also reveal that HOMO/LUMO energies of these new conjugated molecules are influenced by the two flanking moieties. Notably, the thin film of 1c that is emissive shows p-type semiconducting behavior with hole mobility up to 0.0063 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) based on the transfer and output characteristics of the OFET (organic field effect transistor). PMID:23461275

  13. Enhanced-efficiency fertilizers in nitrous oxide emissions from urea applied to sugarcane.

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    Soares, Johnny R; Cantarella, Heitor; Vargas, Vitor P; Carmo, Janaina B; Martins, Acácio A; Sousa, Rafael M; Andrade, Cristiano A

    2015-03-01

    The environmental benefits of producing biofuels from sugarcane have been questioned due to greenhouse gas emissions during the biomass production stage, especially nitrous oxide (NO) associated with nitrogen (N) fertilization. The objective of this work was to evaluate the use of nitrification inhibitors (NIs) dicyandiamide (DCD) and 3,4 dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP) and a controlled-release fertilizer (CRF) to reduce NO emissions from urea, applied at a rate of 120 kg ha of N. Two field experiments in ratoon cycle sugarcane were performed in Brazil. The treatments were (i) no N (control), (ii) urea, (iii) urea+DCD, (iv) urea+DMPP, and (v) CRF. Measurements of NO fluxes were performed using static chambers with four replications. The measurements were conducted three times per week during the first 3 mo and biweekly afterward for a total of 217 and 382 d in the first and second seasons, respectively. The cumulative NO-N emissions in the first ratoon cycle were 1098 g ha in the control treatment and 1924 g ha with urea (0.7% of the total N applied). Addition of NIs to urea reduced NO emissions by more than 90%, which did not differ from those of the plots without N. The CRF treatment showed NO emissions no different from those of urea. The results were similar in the second ratoon: the treatment with urea showed NO emissions of 0.75% of N applied N. Application of NIs resulted in a strong reduction in NO emissions, but CRF increased emissions compared with urea. We therefore conclude that both NIs can be options for mitigation of greenhouse gas emission in sugarcane used for bioenergy. PMID:26023961

  14. Polarization-dependent enhanced photoluminescence and polarization-independent emission rate of quantum dots on gold elliptical nanodisc arrays

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    Zhu, Qiangzhong; Zheng, Shupei; Lin, Shijie; Liu, Tian-Ran; Jin, Chongjun

    2014-06-01

    We have fabricated gold (Au) elliptical nanodisc (ND) arrays via three-beam interference lithography and electron beam deposition of gold. The enhanced photoluminescence intensity and emission rate of quantum dots (QDs) near to the Au elliptical NDs have been studied by tuning the nearest distance between quantum dots and Au elliptical NDs. We found that the photoluminescence intensity is polarization-dependent with the degree of polarization being equal to that of the light extinction of the Au elliptical NDs, while the emission rate is polarization-independent. This is resulted from the plasmon-coupled emission via the coupling between the QD dipole and the plasmon nano-antenna. Our experiments fully confirm the evidence of the plasmophore concept proposed recently in the interaction of the QDs with metal nanoparticles.We have fabricated gold (Au) elliptical nanodisc (ND) arrays via three-beam interference lithography and electron beam deposition of gold. The enhanced photoluminescence intensity and emission rate of quantum dots (QDs) near to the Au elliptical NDs have been studied by tuning the nearest distance between quantum dots and Au elliptical NDs. We found that the photoluminescence intensity is polarization-dependent with the degree of polarization being equal to that of the light extinction of the Au elliptical NDs, while the emission rate is polarization-independent. This is resulted from the plasmon-coupled emission via the coupling between the QD dipole and the plasmon nano-antenna. Our experiments fully confirm the evidence of the plasmophore concept proposed recently in the interaction of the QDs with metal nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The thickness of the Al2O3 layer with different cycle numbers; SEM image of the Au ND array covered with QDs; the electric field distribution of the Au elliptical ND at two LSPR wavelengths; the emission properties of the QD-ND hybrid system with the excitation light of

  15. Proton triggered emission and selective sensing of picric acid by the fluorescent aggregates of 6,7-dimethyl-2,3-bis-(2-pyridyl)-quinoxaline.

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    Mazumdar, Prativa; Maity, Samir; Shyamal, Milan; Das, Debasish; Sahoo, Gobinda Prasad; Misra, Ajay

    2016-03-14

    A heteroatom containing organic fluorophore 6,7-dimethyl-2,3-bis-(2-pyridyl)-quinoxaline (BPQ) is weakly emissive in solution but its emission properties are highly enhanced in the aggregated state due to the restriction of intramolecular rotation (RIR) and large amplitude vibrational modes, demonstrating the phenomenon, aggregation induced emission enhancement (AIEE). It has strong proton capture capability, allowing reversible fluorescence switching in basic and acidic medium and the emission color changes from blue to green in the aggregated state through protonation. It has been explained as a competition between intramolecular charge transfers (ICTs) and the AIEE phenomena at a lower pH range (pH ∼1-4). Such behavior enables it as a fluorescent pH sensor for detection in acidic and basic medium. Morphologies of the particles are characterized using optical and field emission scanning electron microscopic (FESEM) studies. The turn off fluorescence properties of aggregated BPQ have been utilized for the selective detection of picric acid and the fluorescence quenching is explained due to ground state complexation with a strong quenching constant, 7.81 × 10(4) M(-1). PMID:26608816

  16. Order of magnitude enhancement in neutron emission with deuterium-krypton admixture operation in miniature plasma focus device

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    Verma, Rishi; Lee, P.; Lee, S.; Springham, S. V.; Tan, T. L.; Rawat, R. S.; Krishnan, M.

    2008-09-08

    The effect of varied concentrations of deuterium-krypton (D{sub 2}-Kr) admixture on the neutron emission of a fast miniature plasma focus device was investigated. It was found that a judicious concentration of Kr in D{sub 2} can significantly enhance the neutron yield. The maximum average neutron yield of (1{+-}0.27)x10{sup 4} n/shot for pure D{sub 2} filling at 3 mbars was enhanced to (3.14{+-}0.4)x10{sup 5} n/shot with D{sub 2}+2% Kr admixture operation, which represents a >30-fold increase. More than an order of magnitude enhancement in the average neutron yield was observed over the broader operating range of 1-4 mbars for D{sub 2}+2% Kr and D{sub 2}+5% Kr admixtures.

  17. Enhanced rice production but greatly reduced carbon emission following biochar amendment in a metal-polluted rice paddy.

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    Zhang, Afeng; Bian, Rongjun; Li, Lianqing; Wang, Xudong; Zhao, Ying; Hussain, Qaiser; Pan, Genxing

    2015-12-01

    Soil amendment of biochar (BSA) had been shown effective for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and alleviating metal stress to plants and microbes in soil. It has not yet been addressed if biochar exerts synergy effects on crop production, GHG emission, and microbial activity in metal-polluted soils. In a field experiment, biochar was amended at sequential rates at 0, 10, 20, and 40 t ha(-1), respectively, in a cadmium- and lead-contaminated rice paddy from the Tai lake Plain, China, before rice cropping in 2010. Fluxes of soil carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) were monitored using a static chamber method during the whole rice growing season (WRGS) of 2011. BSA significantly reduced soil CaCl2 extractable pool of Cd, and DTPA extractable pool of Cd and Pb. As compared to control, soil CO2 emission under BSA was observed to have no change at 10 t ha(-1) but decreased by 16-24% at 20 and 40 t ha(-1). In a similar trend, BSA at 20 and 40 t ha(-1) increased rice yield by 25-26% and thus enhanced ecosystem CO2 sequestration by 47-55% over the control. Seasonal total N2O emission was reduced by 7.1, 30.7, and 48.6% under BSA at 10, 20, and 40 t ha(-1), respectively. Overall, a net reduction in greenhouse gas balance (NGHGB) by 53.9-62.8% and in greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI) by 14.3-28.6% was observed following BSA at 20 and 40 t ha(-1). The present study suggested a great potential of biochar to enhancing grain yield while reducing carbon emission in metal-polluted rice paddies. PMID:26213131

  18. The cell aggregating propensity of probiotic actinobacterial isolates: isolation and characterization of the aggregation inducing peptide pheromone.

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    Muthu Selvam, Ramu; Vinothini, Gopal; Palliyarai Thaiyammal, Sethuramalingam; Latha, Selvanathan; Chinnathambi, Arunachalam; Dhanasekaran, Dharumadurai; Padmanabhan, Parasuraman; Ali Alharbi, Sulaiman; Archunan, Govindaraju

    2016-01-01

    The auto-aggregating ability of a probiotic is a prerequisite for colonization and protection of the gastrointestinal tract, whereas co-aggregation provides a close interaction with pathogenic bacteria. Peptide pheromone mediated signaling has been studied in several systems. However, it has not yet been explored in prokaryotes, especially actinobacteria. Hence, in the present study, the diffusible aggregation promoting factor was purified from the culture supernatant of a potent actinobacterial probiont and characterized using 20 different actinobacterial cultures isolated from the gut region of chicken and goat. The results showed that the pheromone-like compound induces the aggregation propensity of treated isolates. The factor was found to be a heat stable, acidic pH resistant, low molecular weight peptide which enhances the biofilm forming ability of other actinobacterial isolates. The aggregation promoting factor represents a bacterial sex factor (pheromone) and its characterization confirms its usage in the probiotic formulation. PMID:26754920

  19. Developing Real-Time Emissions Estimates for Enhanced Air Quality Forecasting

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    Exploring the relationship between ambient temperature, energy demand, and electric generating unit point source emissions and potential techniques for incorporating real-time information on the modulating effects of these variables using the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Uni...

  20. Enhancement of field emission and photoluminescence properties of graphene-SnO2 composite nanostructures.

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    Ding, Jijun; Yan, Xingbin; Li, Jun; Shen, Baoshou; Yang, Juan; Chen, Jiangtao; Xue, Qunji

    2011-11-01

    In this study, the SnO(2) nanostructures and graphene-SnO(2) (G-SnO(2)) composite nanostructures were prepared on n-Si (100) substrates by electrophoretic deposition and magnetron sputtering techniques. The field emission of SnO(2) nanostructures is improved largely by depositing graphene buffer layer, and the field emission of G-SnO(2) composite nanostructures can also further be improved by decreasing sputtering time of Sn nanoparticles to 5 min. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the SnO(2) nanostructures revealed multipeaks, which are consistent with previous reports except for a new peak at 422 nm. Intensity of six emission peaks increased after depositing graphene buffer layer. Our results indicated that graphene can also be used as buffer layer acting as interface modification to simultaneity improve the field emission and PL properties of SnO(2) nanostructures effectively. PMID:21967167

  1. Enhancements in Deriving Smoke Emission Coefficients from Fire Radiative Power Measurements

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    Ellison, Luke; Ichoku, Charles

    2011-01-01

    Smoke emissions have long been quantified after-the-fact by simple multiplication of burned area, biomass density, fraction of above-ground biomass, and burn efficiency. A new algorithm has been suggested, as described in Ichoku & Kaufman (2005), for use in calculating smoke emissions directly from fire radiative power (FRP) measurements such that the latency and uncertainty associated with the previously listed variables are avoided. Application of this new, simpler and more direct algorithm is automatic, based only on a fire's FRP measurement and a predetermined coefficient of smoke emission for a given location. Attaining accurate coefficients of smoke emission is therefore critical to the success of this algorithm. In the aforementioned paper, an initial effort was made to derive coefficients of smoke emission for different large regions of interest using calculations of smoke emission rates from MODIS FRP and aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements. Further work had resulted in a first draft of a 1 1 resolution map of these coefficients. This poster will present the work done to refine this algorithm toward the first production of global smoke emission coefficients. Main updates in the algorithm include: 1) inclusion of wind vectors to help refine several parameters, 2) defining new methods for calculating the fire-emitted AOD fractions, and 3) calculating smoke emission rates on a per-pixel basis and aggregating to grid cells instead of doing so later on in the process. In addition to a presentation of the methodology used to derive this product, maps displaying preliminary results as well as an outline of the future application of such a product into specific research opportunities will be shown.

  2. Does uncus effusus enhance methane emissions from grazed pastures on peat?

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    Henneberg, A.; Elsgaard, L.; Sorrell, B. K.; Brix, H.; Petersen, S. O.

    2015-10-01

    Methane (CH4) emissions from drained organic soils are generally low, but internal gas transport in aerenchymatous plants may result in local emission hotspots. In a paired-sample field study at three different sites we measured fluxes of CH4 with static chambers from adjacent sampling quadrats with and without Juncus effusus during four field campaigns. At all three sites, CH4 was observed in the soil at all sampling depths (5 to 100 cm), and in most cases both above and below the groundwater table. During spring, local maxima suggested methanogenesis also took place above the water table at all three sites. We found significant CH4 emissions at all three sites, but emission controls were clearly different. Across the three sites, average emission rates (±1 SE) for sampling quadrats with and without J. effusus were 1.47 ± 0.28 and 1.37 ± 0.33 mg CH4 m-2 h-1, respectively, with no overall effect of J. effusus on CH4 emissions. However, a significant effect of J. effusus was seen at one of the three sites. At this site, local CH4 maxima were closer to the soil surface than at the other sites, and the upper soil layers were dryer. This could have affected both root CH4 accessibility and CH4 oxidation respectively, and together with limited gas diffusivity in the soil column, cause elevated CH4 emissions from J. effusus. We conclude that J. effusus has the potential to act as point sources of CH4 from drained peatlands, but more studies on the specific conditions under which there is an effect, are needed before the results can be used in modelling of CH4 emissions.

  3. Does Juncus effusus enhance methane emissions from grazed pastures on peat?

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    Henneberg, A.; Elsgaard, L.; Sorrell, B. K.; Brix, H.; Petersen, S. O.

    2015-06-01

    Methane (CH4) emissions from drained organic soils are generally low, but internal gas transport in aerenchymatous plants may result in local emission hotspots. In a paired-sample field study at three different sites we measured fluxes of CH4 with static chambers from adjacent sampling quadrats with and without Juncus effusus during four field campaigns. At all three sites, CH4 was observed in the soil at all sampling depths (5-100 cm), and in most cases both above and below the groundwater table. During spring, local maxima suggested methanogenesis took place above the water table at all three sites. We found significant CH4 emissions at all three sites, but emission controls were clearly different. Across the three sites, average emission rates (±1 SE) for sampling quadrats with and without J. effusus were 1.47 ± 0.28 and 1.37 ± 0.33 mg CH4 m-2 h-1 respectively, with no overall effect of J. effusus on CH4 emissions, but a significant effect at one of the three sites. At this site, local CH4 maxima were closer to the soil surface than at the other sites, and the upper soil layers were dryer. This could have affected both root CH4 accessibility and CH4 oxidation respectively, and together with limited gas diffusivity in the soil column, cause elevated CH4 emissions from J. effusus. We conclude that aerenchymatous plants has the potential to act as point sources of CH4 from drained peatlands, but more studies on the specific conditions under which there is an effect, are needed before the results can be used in modelling of CH4 emissions.

  4. Enhanced Atlantic sea-level rise relative to the Pacific under high carbon emission rates

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    Krasting, J. P.; Dunne, J. P.; Stouffer, R. J.; Hallberg, R. W.

    2016-03-01

    Thermal expansion of the ocean in response to warming is an important component of historical sea-level rise. Observational studies show that the Atlantic and Southern oceans are warming faster than the Pacific Ocean. Here we present simulations using a numerical atmospheric-ocean general circulation model with an interactive carbon cycle to evaluate the impact of carbon emission rates, ranging from 2 to 25 GtC yr-1, on basin-scale ocean heat uptake and sea level. For simulations with emission rates greater than 5 GtC yr-1, sea-level rise is larger in the Atlantic than Pacific Ocean on centennial timescales. This basin-scale asymmetry is related to the shorter flushing timescales and weakening of the overturning circulation in the Atlantic. These factors lead to warmer Atlantic interior waters and greater thermal expansion. In contrast, low emission rates of 2 and 3 GtC yr-1 will cause relatively larger sea-level rise in the Pacific on millennial timescales. For a given level of cumulative emissions, sea-level rise is largest at low emission rates. We conclude that Atlantic coastal areas may be particularly vulnerable to near-future sea-level rise from present-day high greenhouse gas emission rates.

  5. Train-borne Measurements of Enhanced Wet Season Methane Emissions in Northern Australia - Implications for Australian Tropical Wetland Emissions

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    Deutscher, N. M.; Griffith, D. W.; Paton-Walsh, C.

    2008-12-01

    We present the first transect measurements of CH4, CO2, CO and N2O taken on the Ghan railway travelling on a N-S transect of the Australian continent between Adelaide (34.9°S, 138.6°E) and Darwin (12.5°S, 130.9°E). The Ghan crosses Australia from the mainly agricultural mid-latitude south through the arid interior to the wet-dry tropical savannah south of and around Darwin. In the 2008 wet season (February) we observed a significant latitudinal gradient of CH4 increasing towards the north. The same pattern was observed in the late 2008 wet season (March-April), with a smaller latitudinal gradient. These will be compared with a dry season transect, to be undertaken in September/October 2008. The Air Pollution Model (TAPM), a regional scale prognostic meteorological model, is used to estimate the surface methane source strength required to explain the observed latitudinal gradient in CH4 in the wet season, and investigate the source type. Fluxes from cattle and termites together contribute up to 25% of the enhancements seen, leaving wetlands as the major source of wet season methane in the Australian tropics. Wetlands are the largest natural source of methane to the atmosphere, and tropical wetlands are responsible for the majority of the interannual variation in methane source strength. We attempt to quantify the annual methane flux contributed by anaerobic organic breakdown due to wet- season flooding in tropical Northern Territory.

  6. EISCAT observations of pump-enhanced plasma temperature and optical emission excitation rate as a function of power flux

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    Bryers, C. J.; Kosch, M. J.; Senior, A.; Rietveld, M. T.; Yeoman, T. K.

    2012-09-01

    We analyze optical emissions and enhanced electron temperatures induced by high power HF radio waves as a function of power flux using the EISCAT heater with a range of effective radiated powers. The UHF radar was used to measure the electron temperatures and densities. The Digital All Sky Imager was used to record the 630.0 nm optical emission intensities. We quantify the HF flux loss due to self-absorption in the D-region (typically 3-11 dB) and refraction in the F-region to determine the flux which reaches the upper-hybrid resonance height. We find a quasi-linear relationship between the HF flux and both the temperature enhancement and the optical emission excitation rate with a threshold at ˜37.5 μWm-2. On average ˜70% of the HF flux at the upper-hybrid resonance height goes in to heating the electrons for fluxes above the threshold compared to ˜40% for fluxes below the threshold.

  7. Signal enhancement of neutral He emission lines by fast electron bombardment of laser-induced He plasma

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    Suyanto, Hery; Pardede, Marincan; Hedwig, Rinda; Marpaung, Alion Mangasi; Ramli, Muliadi; Lie, Tjung Jie; Abdulmadjid, Syahrun Nur; Kurniawan, Koo Hendrik; Tjia, May On; Kagawa, Kiichiro

    2016-08-01

    A time-resolved spectroscopic study is performed on the enhancement signals of He gas plasma emission using nanosecond (ns) and picosecond (ps) lasers in an orthogonal configuration. The ns laser is used for the He gas plasma generation and the ps laser is employed for the ejection of fast electrons from a metal target, which serves to excite subsequently the He atoms in the plasma. The study is focused on the most dominant He I 587.6 nm and He I 667.8 nm emission lines suggested to be responsible for the He-assisted excitation (HAE) mechanism. The time-dependent intensity enhancements induced by the fast electrons generated with a series of delayed ps laser ablations are deduced from the intensity time profiles of both He emission lines. The results clearly lead to the conclusion that the metastable excited triplet He atoms are actually the species overwhelmingly produced during the recombination process in the ns laser-induced He gas plasma. These metastable He atoms are believed to serve as the major energy source for the delayed excitation of analyte atoms in ns laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) using He ambient gas.

  8. Enhanced adhesion and field emission of CuO nanowires synthesized by simply modified thermal oxidation technique.

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    Tang, C M; Wang, Y B; Yao, R H; Ning, H L; Qiu, W Q; Liu, Z W

    2016-09-30

    Metal oxide nanowires (NWs) can be easily grown by the thermal oxidation method, but the low adhesion between the NWs and the substrate restricts their practical applications in functional devices. In this work, the conventional hotplate technique is simply modified by introducing one or two stainless steel plates to supply a more stable oxidation environment, which is found to be beneficial to the growth and adhesion of CuO NWs on the Cu substrate. In detail, the Cu foils were heated on the hotplate directly, on one plate over the hotplate, and between two plates over the hotplate at 400 °C in ambient condition. It is found that the NWs obtained between two plates exhibit large length and diameter with moderate density. The sufficient activated oxygen, stable temperature, and proper temperature gradient configuration caused by the two plates accelerate the formation of CuO NWs, and result in the longest NWs with enhanced adhesion. The grain-boundary diffusion and Kirkendall effect are proposed to explain the mechanism of NWs growth and the formation of cracks. The NWs obtained between two plates also showed the best field emission properties, with lowest turn-on field (5.31 V μm(-1)) and threshold field (9.8 V μm(-1)). Excellent field emission properties and enhanced NW-substrate adhesion indicate that these NW arrays could be potentially used as the cathode of field emission displays. PMID:27560484

  9. Considerable Enhancement of Emission Yields of [Au(CN)2(-)] Oligomers in Aqueous Solutions by Coexisting Cations.

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    Wakabayashi, Ryo; Maeba, Junichi; Nozaki, Koichi; Iwamura, Munetaka

    2016-08-01

    The photophysical properties of [Au(CN)2(-)] oligomers in aqueous solutions were investigated as functions of coexisting cations as well as the viscosity and temperature of solutions. A solution of [Au(CN)2(-)] in the concentration range of 0.03-0.2 mol/dm(3) exhibited emission peaks at 460-480 nm because of the presence of oligomers larger than trimers. Although the emission yields (ϕem) of K[Au(CN)2] solutions were <1%, it considerably increased to 43% when 1.0 mol/dm(3) tetraethylammonium chloride (Et4NCl) was added. The lifetimes of the main emission bands were also significantly varied with additional salts, e.g., KCl, 15 ns; Et4NCl, 520 ns. The time-resolved emission measurements of [Au(CN)2(-)] in a water/glycerol mixture indicated that the lifetimes were almost directly proportional to the inverse of the viscosity of the solution. On the other hand, the intrinsic lifetimes of dimers and trimers with weak emission in shorter wavelength regions were very short and independent of the viscosity of the solutions and coexisting cations (dimer, ∼25 ps; trimer, ∼2 ns). These results indicated that the deactivation of the excited-state [Au(CN)2(-)]n oligomers (n ≥ 4) was dominated by the dissociation of the oligomers to a shorter species (dimer or trimer). The hydrophobic interactions between tetraalkylammonium cations and CN ligands remarkably stabilized the larger oligomers and suppressed the dissociation of the excited-state oligomers, which enhanced the emission yield of the oligomers. This work provides a new method of "exciplex tuning" by changing the environment of excited-state [Au(CN)2(-)]n oligomers. PMID:27391559

  10. Using a fourth-generation cavity enhanced spectrometer to isotopically investigate nitrous oxide emissions from biochar amended soils.

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    Grabenhofer, Jutta; Dercon, Gerd; Heiling, Maria; Mayr, Leo; Resch, Christian; Hood-Nowotny, Rebecca

    2016-04-01

    Research into the impacts of biochar on key processes in the nitrogen cycle is important to understand biochar's potential role in sustainable agriculture. There is conflicting evidence that biochar can reduce globally significant greenhouse gas emissions, especially N2O, one of the most important greenhouse gases in agriculture. However to date there is little information on the mechanisms involved. The source of N2O is dependent on the physical, chemical and biological status of the soil at a microbial scale and we need to understand how biochar influences it. Using the 15N2O gas flux method combined with gross rate measurements of nitrification and modelling, it should be possible to determine the parameters which drive N2O emissions and to evaluate the specific impact of biochar on these important N loss processes. To date the scope of isotopic studies on nitrous oxide emissions have been limited, due in part to technical and infrastructural access to complex and expensive mass spectrometry. With the advent of laser based systems these logistical and analytical constraints could be overcome and allow for a deeper and geographically more representative, understanding and assessment of the role of biochar in reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soil. In this study we have developed a simple method for investigated nitrous oxide emissions from soils amended with biochar, employing state of the art stable isotope techniques, using a fourth-generation cavity enhanced absorption technique a variant of conventional Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy (CRDS) for measurement of isotopes of nitrous oxide. We will present methodologies used and results from these experiments, techniques that should path the way for a greater global understand nitrous oxide emissions from soils.

  11. Correction: Charge-tunnelling and self-trapping: common origins for blinking, grey-state emission and photoluminescence enhancement in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Osborne, M. A.; Fisher, A. A. E.

    2016-07-01

    Correction for `Charge-tunnelling and self-trapping: common origins for blinking, grey-state emission and photoluminescence enhancement in semiconductor quantum dots' by M. A. Osborne, et al., Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 9272-9283.

  12. Enhanced electrical properties and field emission characteristics of AZO/ZnO-nanowire core-shell structures.

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    Huang, Jheng-Ming; Tsai, Shang-You; Ku, Ching-Shun; Lin, Chih-Ming; Chen, San-Yuan; Lee, Hsin-Yi

    2016-06-01

    The electrical properties and field-emission characteristics of ZnO nanowires (ZnO-NWs) fabricated using a vapor-liquid-solid method were systematically investigated. In particular, we explored the effects of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films (thickness 4-100 nm) deposited on ZnO-NWs using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) method on the optoelectronic properties. The results show that the sheet resistance of net-like ZnO-NW structures can be significantly improved, specifically to become ∼1/1000 of the sheet resistance of the as-grown ZnO-NWs, attaining less than 10 Ω Sq(-1). The emission current density measured at the maximum field was roughly quadrupled relative to that of the as-grown ZnO-NWs. The data of the enhanced field-emission characteristics show that, with the ALD system, the AZO films of small resistance are readily coated on a structure with a high aspect ratio and the coating radius is controlled relative to the turn-on voltage and current density. The ultrathin AZO film from a one-monolayer coating process also significantly improved emission properties through modification of the effective work function at the AZO/ZnO-NW surface. PMID:27210896

  13. Enhanced field emission characteristics of boron doped diamond films grown by microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition

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    Koinkar, Pankaj M.; Patil, Sandip S.; Kim, Tae-Gyu; Yonekura, Daisuke; More, Mahendra A.; Joag, Dilip S.; Murakami, Ri-ichi

    2011-01-01

    Boron doped diamond films were synthesized on silicon substrates by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) technique. The effect of B 2O 3 concentration varied from 1000 to 5000 ppm on the field emission characteristics was examined. The surface morphology and quality of films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The surface morphology obtained by SEM showed variation from facetted microcrystal covered with nanometric grains to cauliflower of nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) particles with increasing B 2O 3 concentration. The Raman spectra confirm the formation of NCD films. The field emission properties of NCD films were observed to improve upon increasing boron concentration. The values of the onset field and threshold field are observed to be as low as 0.36 and 0.08 V/μm, respectively. The field emission current stability investigated at the preset value of ˜1 μA is observed to be good, in each case. The enhanced field emission properties are attributed to the better electrical conductivity coupled with the nanometric features of the diamond films.

  14. Janus all-cis-1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexafluorocyclohexane: A Molecular Motif for Aggregation-Induced Enhanced Polarization.

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    Pratik, Saied Md; Nijamudheen, Abdulrahiman; Datta, Ayan

    2016-08-01

    Recently synthesized all-cis-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexafluorocyclohexane is the least stable among all possible configurational isomers of 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexafluorocyclohexane. This molecule has a remarkably large dipole moment (6.2 D) as well as high facial polarization. Solid-state, dispersion-corrected DFT (DFT-D3) calculations are performed on the crystalline phase of all-cis-1,2,3,4,5,6- hexafluorocyclohexane, which reveal that dispersion interactions play a crucial role in its stabilization. A number of thermodynamically favorable orientations of dimers, trimers and tetramers are demonstrated for this molecule. Parallel-stacked aggregates, from dimers to higher-order aggregates, which are absent in the crystal, are found to be thermodynamically most favorable due to the presence of strong short-range C-H⋅⋅⋅F-C intermolecular hydrogen-bonding networks. Because of their cooperative nature, binding energies, dipole moments, and polarizations per molecule increase from monomer to tetramer, whereas the HOMO-LUMO gaps follow the opposite trend. Based on the DFT-D3 calculations, it is proposed that this parallel-stacked arrangement can be further extended to prepare stable a 1D crystal such that a large dipole moment and macroscopic polarizations can arise, which might be useful in designing electronic and nonlinear optical devices. Because the molecule has conformational flexibility, the potential energy surface is investigated for ring flipping and the effects of fluorine substitution are studied by comparing the barrier with respect to cyclohexane and all-cis-1,2,3-trifluorocyclohexane. PMID:27124861

  15. Aggregation induced Raman scattering of squaraine dye: Implementation in diagnosis of cervical cancer dysplasia by SERS imaging.

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    Narayanan, Nisha; Karunakaran, Varsha; Paul, Willi; Venugopal, Karunakaran; Sujathan, K; Kumar Maiti, Kaustabh

    2015-08-15

    The extent of squaraine dye aggregation that reflects on surface enhanced Raman signal scattering (SERS) intensity upon adsorption on nano-roughened gold surface has been investigated. Here we have synthesized a serious of six squaraine dyes consisting of two different electron donor moiety i.e. 1,1,2-trimethyl-1H-benzo[e]indole and 2-methylbenzo[d]thiazole which modulates the chemisorptions and hydrophobicity being designated as SQ1, SQ2, SQ3, SQ4, SQ5 and SQ6. Interestingly, SQ2 (mono lipoic acid appended), SQ5 and SQ6 (conjugated with hexyl and dodecyl side chain) squaraine derivatives having more tendency of aggregation in DMSO-water mixed solvent showed significant increase of Raman scattering in the fingerprint region when chemisorbed on spherical gold nanoparticles. Two sets of SERS nanotags were prepared with colloidal gold nanoparticle (Au-NPs size: 40 nm) by incorporating Raman reporters SQ2 and SQ5 followed by thiolated PEG encapsulation (SH-PEG, SH-PEG-COOH) denoted as AuNPs-SQ2-PEG and AuNPs-SQ5-PEG. Further conjugation of these nanotag with monoclonal antibodies specific to over expressed receptors, EGFR and p16/Ki-67 in cervical cancer cell, HeLa showed prominent SERS mapping intensity and selectivity towards cell surface and nucleus. The fast and accurate recognition obtained by antibody triggered SERS-nanotag has been compared with conventional time consuming immunocytochemistry technique which prompted us to extend further investigation using real patient cervical smear sample for a non-invasive, ultrafast and accurate diagnosis. PMID:25801955

  16. Direct observation and mechanism for enhanced field emission sites in platinum ion implanted/post-annealed ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Panda, Kalpataru E-mail: phy.kalpa@gmail.com; Inami, Eiichi; Sugimoto, Yoshiaki; Sankaran, Kamatchi J.; Tai, Nyan Hwa; Lin, I-Nan

    2014-10-20

    Enhanced electron field emission (EFE) properties for ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films upon platinum (Pt) ion implantation and subsequent post-annealing processes is reported, viz., low turn-on field of 4.17 V/μm with high EFE current density of 5.08 mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied field of 7.0 V/μm. Current imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) mode in scanning tunneling spectroscopy directly revealed the increased electron emission sites density for Pt ion implanted/post-annealed UNCD films than the pristine one. The high resolution CITS mapping and local current–voltage characteristic curves demonstrated that the electrons are dominantly emitted from the diamond grain boundaries and Pt nanoparticles.

  17. Fluorescent dendritic organogels based on 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole: emission enhancement and multiple stimuli-responsive properties.

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    Chen, Hui; Feng, Yu; Deng, Guo-Jun; Liu, Zhi-Xiong; He, Yan-Mei; Fan, Qing-Hua

    2015-07-27

    A new highly efficient and versatile poly(benzyl ether) dendritic organogelator HPB-G1 with 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (HPB) at the focal point has been designed and synthesized. HPB-G1 can form stable organogels toward various apolar and polar organic solvents. Further studies revealed that intermolecular multiple π-π stacking interactions are the main driving forces for the formation of the organogels. Notably, dendron HPB-G1 exhibited a significantly enhanced emission in the gel state in contrast to weak emission in solution. Most interestingly, these dendritic organogels exhibited multiple stimuli-responsive behaviors upon exposure to environmental stimuli, including temperature, sonication, shear stress, and the presence of anions, metal cations, acids/bases, thus leading to reversible sol-gel phase transitions. PMID:26095320

  18. Enhanced spectral emissivity of CeO2 coating with cauliflower-like microstructure

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    Huang, Jianping; Li, Yibin; He, Xiaodong; Song, Guangping; Fan, Chenglei; Sun, Yue; Fei, Weidong; Du, Shanyi

    2012-10-01

    Cerium dioxide is a transparent oxide with high refractive index (from 1.6 to 2.5 at 633 nm) in the visible and near-IR spectral regions. However, little attention has been paid to its optical property in mid-IR (2.5-25 μm). Here we report that the cauliflower-like microstructured CeO2 coating deposited by electron beam physical vapor deposition technique shows high emissivity up to 0.9 at 873 K in the mid-IR spectral region. The high emissivity is attributed to the coupling between free propagating waves and space-variant polarizations caused by the cauliflower-like microstructure. This high emissivity coating shows a potential application in high temperature components.

  19. Self-Restricted Green Fluorescent Protein Chromophore Analogues: Dramatic Emission Enhancement and Remarkable Solvatofluorochromism.

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    Deng, Hongping; Yu, Chunyang; Gong, Lidong; Zhu, Xinyuan

    2016-08-01

    The confinement effect of the β-barrel defines the emission profiles of the chromophores of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family. Here, we describe the design strategy and mimicking of confinement effects via the chromophore itself, termed the self-restricted effect. By systematically tailoring the GFP core, a family of 2,5-dialkoxy-substituted GFP chromophore analogues is found to be highly emissive and show remarkable solvatofluorochromism in fluid solvents. Fluorescence quantum yield (QY) and lifetime measurements, in combination with theoretical calculations, illustrate the mechanism relying on inhibition of torsional rotation around the exocyclic CC bond. Meanwhile, theoretical calculations further reveal that the electrostatic interaction between the solvent and the imidazolinone oxygen can contribute to suppress the radiationless decay channel around the exocyclic C═C double bond. Our findings put forward a universal approach toward unlocked highly emissive GFPc analogues, potentially promoting the understanding of the photophysics and biochemical application of GFP chromophore analogues. PMID:27404318

  20. Tip-geometry enhanced cooling of field emission from the n-type semiconductor

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    Chung, M. S. Choi, J. Y.; Mayer, A.; Miskovsky, N. M.; Cutler, P. H.

    2014-02-24

    The cooling effect of field emission from an n-type semiconductor was theoretically investigated in quest for a solid state cooler. The vacuum potential was exactly expressed in terms of the semiconductor cathode geometry. This leaded to the more accurate configuration-dependent calculations of the energy exchange and the cooling power. It has been shown that a sharper tip of semiconductor can yield either a larger field emission current density or a larger energy exchange, according to the applied bias. For an atomic size tip, the n-Si cathode yielded the cooling power density Γ = 2.0, 75, and 713 W/cm{sup 2} at temperature T = 300, 600, and 900 K, respectively. This implies that an optimized configuration of an n-Si cathode produces a significant electron emission cooling, especially at high temperatures.

  1. Optimally enhanced optical emission in laser-induced air plasma by femtosecond double-pulse

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    Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Jiang, Yuanfei; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Tingfeng; Huang, Xuri; Jin, Mingxing; Ding, Dajun

    2013-10-01

    In laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, a femtosecond double-pulse laser was used to induce air plasma. The plasma spectroscopy was observed to lead to significant increase of the intensity and reproducibility of the optical emission signal compared to femtosecond single-pulse laser. In particular, the optical emission intensity can be optimized by adjusting the delay time of femtosecond double-pulse. An appropriate pulse-to-pulse delay was selected, that was typically about 50 ps. This effect can be especially advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, plasma channel, and so on.

  2. Optimally enhanced optical emission in laser-induced air plasma by femtosecond double-pulse

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    Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Jiang, Yuanfei; Ding, Dajun; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Tingfeng; Huang, Xuri; Jin, Mingxing

    2013-10-15

    In laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, a femtosecond double-pulse laser was used to induce air plasma. The plasma spectroscopy was observed to lead to significant increase of the intensity and reproducibility of the optical emission signal compared to femtosecond single-pulse laser. In particular, the optical emission intensity can be optimized by adjusting the delay time of femtosecond double-pulse. An appropriate pulse-to-pulse delay was selected, that was typically about 50 ps. This effect can be especially advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, plasma channel, and so on.

  3. The effect of warming and enhanced ultraviolet radiation on gender-specific emissions of volatile organic compounds from European aspen.

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    Maja, Mengistu M; Kasurinen, Anne; Holopainen, Toini; Julkunen-Tiitto, Riitta; Holopainen, Jarmo K

    2016-03-15

    Different environmental stress factors often occur together but their combined effects on plant secondary metabolism are seldom considered. We studied the effect of enhanced ultraviolet (UV-B) (31% increase) radiation and temperature (ambient +2 °C) singly and in combination on gender-specific emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from 2-year-old clones of European aspen (Populus tremula L.). Plants grew in 36 experimental plots (6 replicates for Control, UV-A, UV-B, T, UV-A+T and UV-B+T treatments), in an experimental field. VOCs emitted from shoots were sampled from two (1 male and 1 female) randomly selected saplings (total of 72 saplings), per plot on two sampling occasions (June and July) in 2014. There was a significant UV-B×temperature interaction effect on emission rates of different VOCs. Isoprene emission rate was increased due to warming, but warming also modified VOC responses to both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Thus, UV-A increased isoprene emissions without warming, whereas UV-B increased emissions only in combination with warming. Warming-modified UV-A and UV-B responses were also seen in monoterpenes (MTs), sesquiterpenes (SQTs) and green leaf volatiles (GLVs). MTs showed also a UV × gender interaction effect as females had higher emission rates under UV-A and UV-B than males. UV × gender and T × gender interactions caused significant differences in VOC blend as there was more variation (more GLVs and trans-β-caryophyllene) in VOCs from female saplings compared to male saplings. VOCs from the rhizosphere were also collected from each plot in two exposure seasons, but no significant treatment effects were observed. Our results suggest that simultaneous warming and elevated-UV-radiation increase the emission of VOCs from aspen. Thus the contribution of combined environmental factors on VOC emissions may have a greater impact to the photochemical reactions in the atmosphere compared to the impact of individual factors acting alone. PMID

  4. Hyperbolic-metamaterial antennas for broadband enhancement of dipole emission to free space

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    Valagiannopoulos, C. A.; Mirmoosa, M. S.; Nefedov, I. S.; Tretyakov, S. A.; Simovski, C. R.

    2014-10-28

    Dipole emitters used in nano optics and nanophotonics (e.g., fluorescent molecules or quantum dots) are weak radiators and thus detecting the radiation of a single emitter gets possible only if it is significantly enhanced. For this enhancement, one often utilizes resonant nanoantennas (Purcell's effect); this method, however, requires the exact knowledge of source location and radiation frequency which constitute a significant drawback. One known possibility for broadband location-insensitive radiation enhancement is to use a layer of the so-called hyperbolic metamaterial. However, the enhanced radiated energy is mainly directed into the volume of the lossy medium, where it is lost to heating. In this work, we suggest specific shapes of macroscopic hyperbolic metamaterial samples to open radiation windows for enhanced radiation to free space. We show that hyperbolic media slabs with properly shaped macroscopic grooves convert the evanescent waves produced by a dipole into waves traveling in free space, which results in the enhancement of useful radiation by one to two orders of magnitude. That level of enhancement of radiation into free-space which is also wideband and of non-resonant nature has not been reported up to now. These results may open possibilities for realization of broadband and directive antennas, where the primary radiators are randomly positioned fluorescent molecules or quantum dots.

  5. Green light emission from terbium doped silicon rich silicon oxide films obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Podhorodecki, A.; Zatryb, G.; Misiewicz, J.; Wojcik, J.; Wilson, P. R. J.; Mascher, P.

    2012-11-01

    The effect of silicon concentration and annealing temperature on terbium luminescence was investigated for thin silicon rich silicon oxide films. The structures were deposited by means of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The structural properties of these films were investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy and Raman scattering. The optical properties were investigated by means of photoluminescence and photoluminescence decay spectroscopy. It was found that both the silicon concentration in the film and the annealing temperature have a strong impact on the terbium emission intensity. In this paper, we present a detailed discussion of these issues and determine the optimal silicon concentration and annealing temperature.

  6. Green light emission from terbium doped silicon rich silicon oxide films obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.

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    Podhorodecki, A; Zatryb, G; Misiewicz, J; Wojcik, J; Wilson, P R J; Mascher, P

    2012-11-30

    The effect of silicon concentration and annealing temperature on terbium luminescence was investigated for thin silicon rich silicon oxide films. The structures were deposited by means of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The structural properties of these films were investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy and Raman scattering. The optical properties were investigated by means of photoluminescence and photoluminescence decay spectroscopy. It was found that both the silicon concentration in the film and the annealing temperature have a strong impact on the terbium emission intensity. In this paper, we present a detailed discussion of these issues and determine the optimal silicon concentration and annealing temperature. PMID:23110801

  7. INVESTIGATION OF THE LIGHT ENHANCED EMISSION OF MERCURY FROM NATURALLY ENRICHED SUBSTRATES. (R827622E02)

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    Incident radiation has been reported to facilitate mercury release from soils. In this study the influence of light on mercury emissions from substrates amended with pure synthetic mercury species, and from naturally and anthropogenically mercury-enriched substrates were inves...

  8. Enhanced reduced sulfur emission from manures of beef cattle fed distiller's byproducts

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    Reduced sulfur compounds are normal products of manure decomposition which are emitted from confined animal feeding operations (CAFO). These compounds not only contribute to nuisance odors, but with recent EPA regulations, H2S emissions in excess of 100 lbs per day must be reported by the livestock...

  9. Abatement of ammonia emissions from swine lagoons using polymer enhanced solid-liquid separation

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    A study was conducted to determine the effects of solid-liquid separation of liquid swine manure on ammonia emissions from lagoons. This determination was done at full-scale in two contiguous swine production units that had similar animal production management. One of these units was maintained as a...

  10. Feeding Distiller's Byproducts May Enhance Reduced Sulfur Emissions from Cattle Feedlots

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    Reduced sulfur compounds are normal products of manure decomposition which are emitted from confined animal feeding operations (CAFO). These compounds not only contribute to nuisance odors, but with recent EPA regulations, H2S emissions in excess of 100 lbs per day must be reported by the livestock...

  11. Data quality enhancement and knowledge discovery from relevant signals in acoustic emission

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    Mejia, Felipe; Shyu, Mei-Ling; Nanni, Antonio

    2015-10-01

    The increasing popularity of structural health monitoring has brought with it a growing need for automated data management and data analysis tools. Of great importance are filters that can systematically detect unwanted signals in acoustic emission datasets. This study presents a semi-supervised data mining scheme that detects data belonging to unfamiliar distributions. This type of outlier detection scheme is useful detecting the presence of new acoustic emission sources, given a training dataset of unwanted signals. In addition to classifying new observations (herein referred to as "outliers") within a dataset, the scheme generates a decision tree that classifies sub-clusters within the outlier context set. The obtained tree can be interpreted as a series of characterization rules for newly-observed data, and they can potentially describe the basic structure of different modes within the outlier distribution. The data mining scheme is first validated on a synthetic dataset, and an attempt is made to confirm the algorithms' ability to discriminate outlier acoustic emission sources from a controlled pencil-lead-break experiment. Finally, the scheme is applied to data from two fatigue crack-growth steel specimens, where it is shown that extracted rules can adequately describe crack-growth related acoustic emission sources while filtering out background "noise." Results show promising performance in filter generation, thereby allowing analysts to extract, characterize, and focus only on meaningful signals.

  12. The effect of enhanced-efficiency fertilizers on nitrous oxide emissions from various cropping systems

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    Nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated cropping systems with different N sources applied at N rates ranging from 0 to 246 kg N ha-1 from 2007-2009 near Fort Collins, CO will be emphasized in this presentation. Nitrous oxide fluxes were measured weekly using static, vented chambers and gas chromatog...

  13. Observation of enhanced field emission properties of Au/TiO2 nanocomposite

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    Patil, Girish P.; Bagal, Vivekanand S.; Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; Late, Dattatray J.; More, Mahendra A.; Chavan, Padmakar G.

    2016-05-01

    Simple and low-cost method of thermal annealing was used to decorate Gold (Au) nanoparticles on aligned TiO2 nanotubes. The aligned TiO2 nanotubes were decorated by Au nanoparticles with an average diameter of 9, 18 and 28 nm (aligned TiO2 nanotubes referred as specimen A and TiO2 nanotubes decorated by Au nanoparticles with average diameter of 9, 18 and 28 nm are referred as specimen B, C and D, respectively). The detailed characterization such as structural, morphological and elemental analysis of TiO2 and Au/TiO2 nanocomposite have been carried out using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the meticulous comparative field emission characteristics of the aligned TiO2 nanotubes and Au/TiO2 nanocomposite have been performed. The turn-on field defined for the current density of 10 μA/cm2 has been found to be 3.9, 2.8, 3.2 and 3.7 V/μm for specimen A, B, C and D, respectively. The observed low turn-on field of specimen B has been found to be superior than the other semiconducting nanocomposites reported in the literature. The emission current stability over a period of 3 h is found to be better for all the specimens. To the best of our knowledge, a systematic field emission study of Au/TiO2 nanocomposite has not been explored. The observed superior field emission study of Au/TiO2 nanocomposite indicates their possible use in micro/nanoelectronic devices.

  14. A proposal and a theoretical analysis of an enhanced surface plasmon coupled emission structure for single molecule detection

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    Uddin, Shiekh Zia; Tanvir, Mukhlasur Rahman; Talukder, Muhammad Anisuzzaman

    2016-05-01

    We propose a structure that can be used for enhanced single molecule detection using surface plasmon coupled emission (SPCE). In the proposed structure, instead of a single metal layer on the glass prism of a typical SPCE structure for fluorescence microscopy, a metal-dielectric-metal structure is used. We theoretically show that the proposed structure significantly decreases the excitation volume of the fluorescently labeled sample, and simultaneously increases the peak SPCE intensity and SPCE power. Therefore, the signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity of an SPCE based fluorescence microscopy system can be significantly increased using the proposed structure, which will be helpful for enhanced single molecule detection, especially, in a less pure biological sample.

  15. Sensitivity enhancement of a grating-based surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE) biosensor chip using gold thickness

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    Yuk, Jong Seol; Guignon, Ernest F.; Lynes, Michael A.

    2014-01-01

    We describe a novel approach to enhance the sensitivity of a grating-based surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE) sensor by increasing the thickness of the metal film used in this system. The calculated optical properties of grating-based SPR spectra were significantly affected by both grating depth and by gold thickness. Higher angular sensitivity could be achieved at short wavelengths and under in situ measurement (analysis under aqueous condition). We confirmed the predicated enhancements of SPCE response using Alexa Fluor 647-labeled anti-mouse IgG immobilized on the SPCE sensor chips. Grating-coupled SPCE sensor chips can be used as a useful tool for high contents analysis of chemical and biomolecular interactions.

  16. Enabling enhanced emission and low-threshold lasing of organic molecules using special Fano resonances of macroscopic photonic crystals

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    Zhen, Bo; Chua, Song-Liang; Lee, Jeongwon; Rodriguez, Alejandro W.; Liang, Xiangdong; Johnson, Steven G.; Joannopoulos, John D.; Soljačić, Marin; Shapira, Ofer

    2013-01-01

    The nature of light interaction with matter can be dramatically altered in optical cavities, often inducing nonclassical behavior. In solid-state systems, excitons need to be spatially incorporated within nanostructured cavities to achieve such behavior. Although fascinating phenomena have been observed with inorganic nanostructures, the incorporation of organic molecules into the typically inorganic cavity is more challenging. Here, we present a unique optofluidic platform comprising organic molecules in solution suspended on a photonic crystal surface, which supports macroscopic Fano resonances and allows strong and tunable interactions with the molecules anywhere along the surface. We develop a theoretical framework of this system and present a rigorous comparison with experimental measurements, showing dramatic spectral and angular enhancement of emission. We then demonstrate that these enhancement mechanisms enable lasing of only a 100-nm thin layer of diluted solution of organic molecules with substantially reduced threshold intensity, which has important implications for organic light-emitting devices and molecular sensing. PMID:23918363

  17. Suppression and enhancement of distortion-product otoacoustic emissions by interference tones above f(2). I. Basic findings in rabbits.

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    Martin, G K; Stagner, B B; Jassir, D; Telischi, F F; Lonsbury-Martin, B L

    1999-10-01

    The present study measured interference-response areas (IRAs) for distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) at 2f(1)-f(2), 3f(1)-2f(2), and 2f(2)-f(1). The IRAs were obtained in either awake or anesthetized rabbits, or in anesthetized guinea pigs and mice, by sweeping the frequencies and levels of an interference tone (IT) around a set of f(1) and f(2) primary tones, at several fixed frequencies and levels, while plotting the effects of the IT on DPOAE level. An unexpected outcome was the occurrence of regions of suppression and/or enhancement of DPOAE level when the IT was at a frequency slightly less than to more than an octave above f(2). The IRA of the 2f(1)-f(2) DPOAE typically displayed a high-frequency (HF) lobe of suppression, while the 2f(2)-f(1) emission often exhibited considerable amounts of enhancement. Moreover, for the 2f(2)-f(1) DPOAE, when enhancement was absent, its IRA usually tuned to a region above f(2). Whether or not suppression/enhancement was observed depended upon primary-tone level and frequency separation, as well as on the relative levels of the two primaries. Various physiological manipulations involving anesthesia, eighth-nerve section, diuretic administration, or pure-tone overstimulation showed that these phenomena were of cochlear origin, and were not dependent upon the acoustic reflex or cochlear-efferent activity. The aftereffects of applying diuretics or over-exposures revealed that suppression/enhancement required the presence of sensitive, low-level DPOAE-generator sources. Additionally, suppression/enhancement were general effects in that, in addition to rabbits, they were also observed in mice and guinea pigs. Further, corresponding plots of DPOAE phase often revealed areas of differing phase change in the vicinity of the primary tones as compared to regions above f(2). These findings, along with the effects of tonal exposures designed to fatigue regions above f(2), and instances in which DPOAE level was dependent

  18. Observations of volatile organic compounds during ARCTAS - Part 1: Biomass burning emissions and plume enhancements

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    Hornbrook, R. S.; Blake, D. R.; Diskin, G. S.; Fuelberg, H. E.; Meinardi, S.; Mikoviny, T.; Sachse, G. W.; Vay, S. A.; Weinheimer, A. J.; Wiedinmyer, C.; Wisthaler, A.; Hills, A.; Riemer, D. D.; Apel, E. C.

    2011-05-01

    Mixing ratios of a large number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were observed by the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA) on board the NASA DC-8 as part of the Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites (ARCTAS) field campaign. Many of these VOCs were observed concurrently by one or both of two other VOC measurement techniques on board the DC-8: proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and whole air canister sampling (WAS). A comparison of these measurements to the data from TOGA indicates good agreement for the majority of co-measured VOCs. The ARCTAS study, which included both spring and summer deployments, provided opportunities to sample a large number of biomass burning (BB) plumes with origins in Asia, California and Central Canada, ranging from very recent emissions to plumes aged one week or more. For this analysis, identified BB plumes were grouped by flight, source region and, in some cases, time of day, generating 40 individual plume groups, each consisting of one or more BB plume interceptions. Normalized excess mixing ratios (EMRs) to CO were determined for each of the 40 plume groups for up to 19 different VOCs or VOC groups, many of which show significant variability, even within relatively fresh plumes. This variability demonstrates the importance of assessing BB plumes both regionally and temporally, as emissions can vary from region to region, and even within a fire over time. Comparisons with literature confirm that variability of EMRs to CO over an order of magnitude for many VOCs is consistent with previous observations. However, this variability is often diluted in the literature when individual observations are averaged to generate an overall regional EMR from a particular study. Previous studies give the impression that emission ratios are generally consistent within a given region, and this is not necessarily the case, as our results show. For some VOCs, earlier assumptions may lead to

  19. Self-Assembled Gold Nanoclusters for Bright Fluorescence Imaging and Enhanced Drug Delivery.

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    Yahia-Ammar, Akram; Sierra, Daniel; Mérola, Fabienne; Hildebrandt, Niko; Le Guével, Xavier

    2016-02-23

    Nanoparticles combining enhanced cellular drug delivery with efficient fluorescence detection are important tools for the development of theranostic agents. Here, we demonstrate this concept by a simple, fast, and robust protocol of cationic polymer-mediated gold nanocluster (Au NCs) self-assembly into nanoparticles (NPs) of ca. 120 nm diameter. An extensive characterization of the monodisperse and positively charged NPs revealed pH-dependent swelling properties, strong fluorescence enhancement, and excellent colloidal and photostability in water, buffer, and culture medium. The versatility of the preparation is demonstrated by using different Au NC surface ligands and cationic polymers. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements give insight into the aggregation-induced emission phenomenon (AIE) by tuning the Au NC interactions in the self-assembled nanoparticles using the pH-dependent swelling. In vitro studies in human monocytic cells indicate strongly enhanced uptake of the NPs compared to free Au NCs in endocytic compartments. The NPs keep their assembly structure with quite low cytotoxicity up to 500 μg Au/mL. Enhanced drug delivery is demonstrated by loading peptides or antibodies in the NPs using a one-pot synthesis. Fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry confirmed intracellular colocalization of the biomolecules and the NP carriers with a respective 1.7-fold and 6.5-fold enhanced cellular uptake of peptides and antibodies compared to the free biomolecules. PMID:26845515

  20. Enhanced phosphorescence emission by incorporating aromatic halides into an entangled coordination framework based on naphthalenediimide.

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    Martínez-Martínez, Virginia; Sola Llano, Rebeca; Furukawa, Shuhei; Takashima, Yohei; López Arbeloa, Iñigo; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2014-08-25

    Phosphorescence emission at room temperature is turned on in an entangled porous coordination polymer (PCP) with naphthalenediimide (NDI) as chromophore, by incorporating halogenated guests into the pores. The phosphorescent efficiency is drastically increased by the incorporation of aromatic halide guests in comparison with the incorporation of nonaromatic derivatives. Aromatic halide guests trigger a structural transformation, which allows a strong interaction with the NDI ligand in the framework through charge-transfer complexation, and provides an extra population process of the triplet state. The long-lived photoinduced triplet states, with an emission wavelength in the red region of the visible spectrum, demonstrated by this PCP, may open the door for potential uses, for example, as singlet-oxygen generators or for bio-imaging applications. PMID:24953198

  1. An Enhanced GINGERSimulation Code with Harmonic Emission and HDF5IO Capabilities

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    Fawley, William M.

    2006-09-01

    GINGER [1] is an axisymmetric, polychromatic (r-z-t) FEL simulation code originally developed in the mid-1980's to model the performance of single-pass amplifiers. Over the past 15 years GINGER's capabilities have been extended to include more complicated configurations such as undulators with drift spaces, dispersive sections, and vacuum chamber wakefield effects; multi-pass oscillators; and multi-stage harmonic cascades. Its coding base has been tuned to permit running effectively on platforms ranging from desktop PC's to massively parallel processors such as the IBM-SP. Recently, we have made significant changes to GINGER by replacing the original predictor-corrector field solver with a new direct implicit algorithm, adding harmonic emission capability, and switching to the HDF5 IO library [2] for output diagnostics. In this paper, we discuss some details regarding these changes and also present simulation results for LCLS SASE emission at {lambda} = 0.15 nm and higher harmonics.

  2. Coupling of Ag Nanoparticle with Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals as a Novel Strategy for Upconversion Emission Enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) Nanoparticles.

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Wang, Yida; Li, Jun; Yang, Jianzhi; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2015-11-18

    Rare-earth-ion-doped upconversion (UC) nanoparticles have generated considerable interest because of their potential application in solar cells, biological labeling, therapeutics, and imaging. However, the applications of UC nanoparticles were still limited because of their low emission efficiency. Photonic crystals and noble metal nanoparticles are applied extensively to enhance the UC emission of rare earth ions. In the present work, a novel substrate consisting of inverse opal photonic crystals and Ag nanoparticles was prepared by the template-assisted method, which was used to enhance the UC emission of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles. The red or green UC emissions of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles were selectively enhanced on the inverse opal substrates because of the Bragg reflection of the photonic band gap. Additionally, the UC emission enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles induced by the coupling of metal nanoparticle plasmons and photonic crystal effects was realized on the Ag nanoparticles included in the inverse opal substrate. The present results demonstrated that coupling of Ag nanoparticle with inverse opal photonic crystals provides a useful strategy to enhance UC emission of rare-earth-ion-doped nanoparticles. PMID:26496243

  3. AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ 4C +01.02

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    Verrecchia, F.; Lucarelli, F.; Pittori, C.; Bulgarelli, A.; Tavani, M.; Fioretti, V.; Zoli, A.; Piano, G.; Striani, E.; Vercellone, S.; Donnarumma, I.; Cardillo, M.; Gianotti, F.; Trifoglio, M.; Giuliani, A.; Mereghetti, S.; Caraveo, P.; Perotti, F.; Chen, A.; Argan, A.; Costa, E.; Del Monte, E.; Evangelista, Y.; Feroci, M.; Lazzarotto, F.; Lapshov, I.; Pacciani, L.; Soffitta, P.; Sabatini, S.; Vittorini, V.; Pucella, G.; Rapisarda, M.; Di Cocco, G.; Fuschino, F.; Galli, M.; Labanti, C.; Marisaldi, M.; Pellizzoni, A.; Pilia, M.; Trois, A.; Barbiellini, G.; Vallazza, E.; Longo, F.; Morselli, A.; Picozza, P.; Prest, M.; Lipari, P.; Zanello, D.; Cattaneo, P. W.; Rappoldi, A.; Colafrancesco, S.; Parmiggiani, N.; Ferrari, A.; Antonelli, A.; Giommi, P.; Salotti, L.; Valentini, G.; D'Amico, F.

    2016-07-01

    AGILE is detecting increased gamma-ray emission above 100 MeV from a position consistent with the flat spectrum radio quasar 4C +01.02 (also known as 5BZQ J0108+0135, PKS 0106+01 and 3FGL J0108.7+0134), recently reported in flaring activity also by Fermi/LAT during the week Jun 6-12 (http://fermisky.blogspot.it).

  4. Enhancement and wavelength-shifted emission of Cerenkov luminescence using multifunctional microspheres.

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    Li, Joanne; Dobrucki, Lawrence W; Marjanovic, Marina; Chaney, Eric J; Suslick, Kenneth S; Boppart, Stephen A

    2015-01-21

    Cerenkov luminescence (CL) imaging is a new molecular imaging modality that utilizes the photons emitted during radioactive decay when charged particles travel faster than the phase velocity of light in a dielectric medium. Here we present a novel agent to convert and increase CL emission at longer wavelengths using multimodal protein microspheres (MSs). The (64)Cu-labeled protein microspheres contain quantum dots (QDs) encapsulated within a high-refractive-index-oil core. Dark box imaging of the MSs was conducted to demonstrate the improvement in CL emission at longer wavelengths. To illustrate the versatile design of these MSs and the potential of CL in disease diagnosis, these MSs were utilized for in vitro cell targeting and ex vivo CL-excited QD fluorescence (CL-FL) imaging of atherosclerotic plaques in rats. It was shown that by utilizing both QDs and MSs with a high-refractive-index-oil core, the CL emission increases by four-fold at longer wavelengths. Furthermore, we demonstrate that these MSs generate both an in vivo and ex vivo contrast signal. The design concept of utilizing QDs and high-index core MSs may contribute to future developments of in vivo CL imaging. PMID:25555157

  5. Simulated carbon emissions from land-use change are substantially enhanced by accounting for agricultural management

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    Pugh, T. A. M.; Arneth, A.; Olin, S.; Ahlström, A.; Bayer, A. D.; Klein Goldewijk, K.; Lindeskog, M.; Schurgers, G.

    2015-12-01

    It is over three decades since a large terrestrial carbon sink (S T) was first reported. The magnitude of the net sink is now relatively well known, and its importance for dampening atmospheric CO2 accumulation, and hence climate change, widely recognised. But the contributions of underlying processes are not well defined, particularly the role of emissions from land-use change (E LUC) versus the biospheric carbon uptake (S L; S T = S L - E LUC). One key aspect of the interplay of E LUC and S L is the role of agricultural processes in land-use change emissions, which has not yet been clearly quantified at the global scale. Here we assess the effect of representing agricultural land management in a dynamic global vegetation model. Accounting for harvest, grazing and tillage resulted in cumulative E LUC since 1850 ca. 70% larger than in simulations ignoring these processes, but also changed the timescale over which these emissions occurred and led to underestimations of the carbon sequestered by possible future reforestation actions. The vast majority of Earth system models in the recent IPCC Fifth Assessment Report omit these processes, suggesting either an overestimation in their present-day S T, or an underestimation of S L, of up to 1.0 Pg C a-1. Management processes influencing crop productivity per se are important for food supply, but were found to have little influence on E LUC.

  6. Enhancement and wavelength-shifted emission of Cerenkov luminescence using multifunctional microspheres

    PubMed Central

    Li, Joanne; Dobrucki, Lawrence W.; Marjanovic, Marina; Chaney, Eric J.; Suslick, Kenneth S.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2015-01-01

    Cerenkov luminescence (CL) imaging is a new molecular imaging modality that utilizes the photons emitted during radioactive decay when charged particles travel faster than the phase velocity of light in a dielectric medium. Here we present a novel agent to convert and increase CL emission at longer wavelengths using multimodal protein microspheres (MSs). The 64Cu-labeled protein microspheres contain quantum dots (QDs) encapsulated within a high-refractive-index-oil core. Dark box imaging of the MSs was conducted to demonstrate the improvement in CL emission at longer wavelengths. To illustrate the versatile design of these MSs and the potential of CL in disease diagnosis, these MSs were utilized for in vitro cell targeting and ex vivo CL-excited QD fluorescence (CL-FL) imaging of atherosclerotic plaques in rats. It was shown that by utilizing both QDs and MSs with a high-refractive-index-oil core, the CL emission increases by four-fold at longer wavelengths. Furthermore, we demonstrate that these MSs generate both an in vivo and ex vivo contrast signal. The design concept of utilizing QDs and high-index core MSs may contribute to future developments of in vivo CL imaging. PMID:25555157

  7. Field enhancement factors and self-focus functions manifesting in field emission resonances in scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Su, Wei-Bin; Lin, Chun-Liang; Chan, Wen-Yuan; Lu, Shin-Ming; Chang, Chia-Seng

    2016-04-01

    Field emission (FE) resonance (or Gundlach oscillation) in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a phenomenon in which the FE electrons emitted from the microscope tip couple into the quantized standing-wave states within the STM tunneling gap. Although the occurrence of FE resonance peaks can be semi-quantitatively described using the triangular potential well model, it cannot explain the experimental observation that the number of resonance peaks may change under the same emission current. This study demonstrates that the aforementioned variation can be adequately explained by introducing a field enhancement factor that is related to the local electric field at the tip apex. The peak number of FE resonances increases with the field enhancement factor. The peak intensity of the FE resonance on the reconstructed Au(111) surface varies in the face-center cubic, hexagonal-close-packed, and ridge regions, thus providing the contrast in the mapping through FE resonances. The mapping contrast is demonstrated to be nearly independent of the tip-sample distance, implying that the FE electron beam is not divergent because of a self-focus function intrinsically involved in the STM configuration.

  8. Field enhancement factors and self-focus functions manifesting in field emission resonances in scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Su, Wei-Bin; Lin, Chun-Liang; Chan, Wen-Yuan; Lu, Shin-Ming; Chang, Chia-Seng

    2016-04-29

    Field emission (FE) resonance (or Gundlach oscillation) in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a phenomenon in which the FE electrons emitted from the microscope tip couple into the quantized standing-wave states within the STM tunneling gap. Although the occurrence of FE resonance peaks can be semi-quantitatively described using the triangular potential well model, it cannot explain the experimental observation that the number of resonance peaks may change under the same emission current. This study demonstrates that the aforementioned variation can be adequately explained by introducing a field enhancement factor that is related to the local electric field at the tip apex. The peak number of FE resonances increases with the field enhancement factor. The peak intensity of the FE resonance on the reconstructed Au(111) surface varies in the face-center cubic, hexagonal-close-packed, and ridge regions, thus providing the contrast in the mapping through FE resonances. The mapping contrast is demonstrated to be nearly independent of the tip-sample distance, implying that the FE electron beam is not divergent because of a self-focus function intrinsically involved in the STM configuration. PMID:26983371

  9. Costs and benefits of an enhanced reduction policy of particulate matter exhaust emissions from road traffic in Flanders

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    Schrooten, Liesbeth; De Vlieger, Ina; Lefebre, Filip; Torfs, Rudi

    We demonstrate that accelerated policies beyond the steady improvement of technologies and the fleet turnover are not always justified by assumptions about health benefits. Between the years 2000 and 2010, particulate matter (PM) exhaust emissions from traffic in Flanders, a region of Belgium, will be reduced by about 44% without taking any extra reduction measures (baseline scenario). The PM emissions from road traffic were calculated using the MIMOSA model. Furthermore, we explored a range of options to increase attempts to reduce PM exhaust emission from traffic in 2010. When installing particle filters on heavy-duty trucks and buses, introducing biodiesel and diesel/hybrid cars, as well as slowing down the increase of private diesel cars, only an extra reduction of about 8% PM can be achieved in Flanders. The costs to achieve this small reduction are very high. To justify these costs, benefits for public health have been calculated and expressed in external costs. We demonstrate that only an enhanced effort to retrofit trucks and buses with particle filters has a net benefit. We have used Monte Carlo techniques to test the validity of this conclusion. It is concluded that a local or national policy that goes beyond European policies is not always beneficial and that additional measures should be assessed carefully.

  10. The time-dependent emission of molecular iodine from Laminaria Digitata measured with incoherent broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

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    Dixneuf, S.

    2009-04-01

    The release of molecular iodine (I2) from the oceans into the atmosphere has been recognized to correlate strongly with ozone depletion events and aerosol formation in the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL), which affects in turn global radiative forcing. The detailed mechanisms and dominant sources leading to the observed concentrations of I2 in the marine troposphere are still under intense investigation. In a recent campaign on the Irish west coast at Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station [1], it was found that significant levels of molecular iodine correlated with times of low tide, suggesting that the emission of air-exposed macro-algae may be a prime source of molecular iodine in coastal areas [2]. To further investigate this hypothesis we tried to detect the I2 emission of the brown seaweed Laminaria digitata, one of the most efficient iodine accumulators among living systems, directly by means of highly sensitive incoherent broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) [3]. IBBCEAS combines a good temporal and spatial resolution with high molecule-specific detection limits [4] comparable to that of typical LP-DOAS. IBBCEAS thus complements LP-DOAS in the search for sources of tropospheric trace gases. In this presentation the first direct observation of the time dependence of molecular iodine emission from Laminaria digitata will be shown. Plants were studied under naturally occurring stress for quasi in situ conditions for many hours. Surprisingly, the release of I2 occurs in short, strong bursts with quasi-oscillatory behaviour, bearing similarities to well known "iodine clock reactions". References [1] Saiz-Lopez A. & Plane, J. M. C. Novel iodine chemistry in the marine boundary layer. Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, L04112 (2004) doi:10.1029/2003GL019215. [2] McFiggans, G., Coe, H., Burgess, R., Allan, J., Cubison, M., Alfarra, M. R., Saunders, R., Saiz-Lopez, A., Plane, J. M. C., Wevill, D. J., Carpenter, L. J., Rickard, A. R. & Monks, P. S. Direct

  11. Base-content dependence of emission enhancements, quantumyields, and lifetimes of cyanine dyes bound to double-strand DNA: Photophysical properties of monomeric and bichromophoric DNA stains

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    Netzel, T.L.; Nafisi, K.; Zhao, M.; Lenhard, J.R.; Johnson, I.

    1995-12-21

    This paper reports fluorescence quantum yield, emission enhancement, and emission lifetime measurements for 10 cyanine dyes complexed to calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA), (dAdT){sub 10}, and (dGdC){sub 6} duplexes. Six of the dyes are linked bichromophores with four cationic charges per molecule, and four are monomers with two cationic charges per molecule. All of the dyes exhibit either bi- or triexponential emission decay kinetics reflecting different dye/ds DNA modes of binding, and the average radiative lifetime for the bichromophores bound to ds DNA is 5.1{+-}0.8 ns. These results are consistent with expectations that binding-induced restriction of torsion about the central methine bridge is responsible for the large emission enhancements of these dyes. Scrutiny of the lengths of average emission lifetime for these 10 dyes on (dAdT){sub 10} and (dGdC){sub 6} duplexes finds that they do not vary as expected if electron transfer (ET) emission quenching were an important process. There are also differences in emission quantum yield between dyes with pyridinium and quinolinium structural components when bound to (dAdT){sub 10} and (dGdC){sub 6} duplexes. These differences are very distinct for the monomeric dyes where pyridinium dyes have 4-fold greater emission yields on (dAdT){sub 10} duplexes and quinolinium dyes have 2-fold greater emission yields on (dGdC){sub 6} duplexes. 68 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  12. Highly Emissive Covalent Organic Frameworks.

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    Dalapati, Sasanka; Jin, Enquan; Addicoat, Matthew; Heine, Thomas; Jiang, Donglin

    2016-05-11

    Highly luminescent covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are rarely achieved because of the aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) of π-π stacked layers. Here, we report a general strategy to design highly emissive COFs by introducing an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) mechanism. The integration of AIE-active units into the polygon vertices yields crystalline porous COFs with periodic π-stacked columnar AIE arrays. These columnar AIE π-arrays dominate the luminescence of the COFs, achieve exceptional quantum yield via a synergistic structural locking effect of intralayer covalent bonding and interlayer noncovalent π-π interactions and serve as a highly sensitive sensor to report ammonia down to sub ppm level. Our strategy breaks through the ACQ-based mechanistic limitations of COFs and opens a way to explore highly emissive COF materials. PMID:27108740

  13. Role of Planar Conformations in Aggregation Induced Spectral Shifts of Supermolecular Oligofluorenols in Solutions and Films: A Combined Experimental and MD/TD-DFT Study.

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    Yuan, Xiangai; Zhang, Wanwan; Xie, Ling-Hai; Ma, Jing; Huang, Wei; Liu, Wenjian

    2015-08-13

    The supramolecular approach of fluorenol polymers brings about excellent self-assembly behavior to fabricate organogels and superstructured thin films through highly directional noncovalent interactions. To understand the aggregation effects on electronic structures, the packing structures and the UV/vis absorption spectra of oligofluorenols (PFOHn, n = 1/3-8), with and without OC8H17 side chains, were studied experimentally and theoretically in crystal, amorphous solids, and solutions, respectively. For the ground state in vacuum the steric repulsion between two adjacent fluorenol units renders the PFOH oligomers twisted in a helix conformation, while the molecular aggregation favors the appearance of planar π-conjugated structures. In comparison with the crystal packing, the content of planar conformation (with the torsion angle less than 20°) is increased in amorphous solids. The hydroxyl groups in oligofluorenols facilitate the formation of hydrogen bonding networks. The red shift in absorption spectra was observed in a systematic experimental study of unsubstituted and substituted oligofluorenols with the increasing concentration both in toluene and chloroform solutions. The subsitituted oligofluorenol R-PFOH1 with only one OC8H17 side chain exhibited a shoulder peak at 430-440 nm, which is different from PFOH1 without side chain and 3R-PFO1 with three OC8H17 side chain. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations, which were carried out on conformation ensembles taken from a series of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, revealed that the increase in the content of planar π-conjugated conformations is correlated to the red shift in the absorption spectra upon increasing the solution concentrations. The aggregation-induced red-shift in absorption spectra of oligofluorenols, as well as the blue-shift for oligothiophenes, was rationalized in a unified way from the increased (and reduced) content of planar conformations in molecular

  14. Biocompatible and Photostable AIE Dots with Red Emission for In Vivo Two-Photon Bioimaging

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    Wang, Dan; Qian, Jun; Qin, Wei; Qin, Anjun; Tang, Ben Zhong; He, Sailing

    2014-03-01

    Bioimaging systems with cytocompatibility, photostability, red fluorescence, and optical nonlinearity are in great demand. Herein we report such a bioimaging system. Integration of tetraphenylethene (T), triphenylamine (T), and fumaronitrile (F) units yielded adduct TTF with aggregation-induced emission (AIE). Nanodots of the AIE fluorogen with efficient red emission were fabricated by encapsulating TTF with phospholipid. The AIE dots enabled three-dimensional dynamic imaging with high resolution in blood vessels of mouse brain under two-photon excitation.

  15. Do cover crops enhance N₂O, CO₂ or CH₄ emissions from soil in Mediterranean arable systems?

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    Sanz-Cobena, A; García-Marco, S; Quemada, M; Gabriel, J L; Almendros, P; Vallejo, A

    2014-01-01

    This study evaluates the effect of planting three cover crops (CCs) (barley, Hordeum vulgare L.; vetch, Vicia villosa L.; rape, Brassica napus L.) on the direct emission of N₂O, CO₂ and CH₄ in the intercrop period and the impact of incorporating these CCs on the emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) from the forthcoming irrigated maize (Zea mays L.) crop. Vetch and barley were the CCs with the highest N₂O and CO₂ losses (75 and 47% increase compared with the control, respectively) in the fallow period. In all cases, fluxes of N₂O were increased through N fertilization and the incorporation of barley and rape residues (40 and 17% increase, respectively). The combination of a high C:N ratio with the addition of an external source of mineral N increased the fluxes of N₂O compared with -Ba and -Rp. The direct emissions of N₂O were lower than expected for a fertilized crop (0.10% emission factor, EF) compared with other studies and the IPCC EF. These results are believed to be associated with a decreased NO₃(-) pool due to highly denitrifying conditions and increased drainage. The fluxes of CO₂ were in the range of other fertilized crops (i.e., 1118.71-1736.52 kg CO₂-Cha(-1)). The incorporation of CC residues enhanced soil respiration in the range of 21-28% for barley and rape although no significant differences between treatments were detected. Negative CH₄ fluxes were measured and displayed an overall sink effect for all incorporated CC (mean values of -0.12 and -0.10 kg CH₄-Cha(-1) for plots with and without incorporated CCs, respectively). PMID:23906854

  16. Enhanced efficiency fertilizer’s effect on cotton yield and greenhouse gas emissions

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    Interest in the use of enhanced-efficiency nitrogen fertilizer (EENFs) sources has increased in recent years due to the potential of these new EENF sources to increase crop yield, while at the same time decreasing N loss from agricultural fields. Nitrogen is the most essential nutrient needed to op...

  17. Enhanced emission of fluorophores on shrink-induced wrinkled composite structures

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    Sharma, Himanshu; Digman, Michelle A.; Felsinger, Natasha; Gratton, Enrico

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a manufacturable and scalable method for creating tunable wrinkled ferromagnetic-metallic structures to enhance fluorescence signals. Thin layers of nickel (Ni) and gold (Au) were deposited onto a pre-stressed thermoplastic (shrink wrap film) polymer. Heating briefly forced the metal films to buckle when the thermoplastic retracted, resulting in multi-scale composite ‘wrinkles’. This is the first demonstration of leveraging the plasmons in such hybrid nanostructures by metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) in the near-infrared wavelengths. We observed more than three orders of magnitude enhancement in the fluorescence signal of a single molecule of goat anti-mouse immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody conjugated to fluorescein isothiocyanate, FITC, (FITC-IgG) by two-photon excitation with these structures. These large enhancements in the fluorescence signal at the nanoscale gaps between the composite wrinkles corresponded to shortened lifetimes due to localized surface plasmons. To characterize these structures, we combined fluctuation correlation spectroscopy (FCS), fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), and two-photon microscopy to spatially and temporally map the hot spots with high resolution. PMID:25383253

  18. Enhanced emission of fluorophores on shrink-induced wrinkled composite structures.

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    Sharma, Himanshu; Digman, Michelle A; Felsinger, Natasha; Gratton, Enrico; Khine, Michelle

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a manufacturable and scalable method for creating tunable wrinkled ferromagnetic-metallic structures to enhance fluorescence signals. Thin layers of nickel (Ni) and gold (Au) were deposited onto a pre-stressed thermoplastic (shrink wrap film) polymer. Heating briefly forced the metal films to buckle when the thermoplastic retracted, resulting in multi-scale composite 'wrinkles'. This is the first demonstration of leveraging the plasmons in such hybrid nanostructures by metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) in the near-infrared wavelengths. We observed more than three orders of magnitude enhancement in the fluorescence signal of a single molecule of goat anti-mouse immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody conjugated to fluorescein isothiocyanate, FITC, (FITC-IgG) by two-photon excitation with these structures. These large enhancements in the fluorescence signal at the nanoscale gaps between the composite wrinkles corresponded to shortened lifetimes due to localized surface plasmons. To characterize these structures, we combined fluctuation correlation spectroscopy (FCS), fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), and two-photon microscopy to spatially and temporally map the hot spots with high resolution. PMID:25383253

  19. Does winter warming enhance cold CO2 emission from temperate continental soils?

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    Kurganova, Irina; Lopes de Gerenyu, Valentin; Khoroshaev, Dmitry

    2016-04-01

    In subboreal and temperate regions, the cold season generally lasts more than 3 months of the year, influencing the carbon cycle in terrestrial ecosystems. The permanent snow pack plays an important role in the functioning of the ecosystem, especially in temperate continental regions, preventing frost penetration into the soil. The extent and duration of the permanent snow pack are predicted to decrease markedly in transitional seasons for many boreal and subboreal regions during the next 50 years. This study focused on: (i) assessment of current winter climate trends in the Moscow region pertaining to the continental temperate region, (ii) comparison of soil temperature regimes at different snow pack depths, (iii) estimation of cold CO2 fluxes from soils under various frozen regime and vegetation cover, and (iv) the contribution of freezing-thawing events to the total cold CO2 emission from soils in the temperate continental region. An experiment with regulated snow cover was established on grassland and bare soil (Luvisols Haplic, Moscow region, 54o50'N, 37o36'E; continental temperate climate). The following winter scenarios were foreseen: (1) reference plot, designated "Ref", with natural depth of snow cover, (2) no-frost, "NoFr" (simulation of deep snow cover using artificial heat insulation material), and (3) no-snow, "NoSn" (without snow cover). We observed inverse trends as the air temperature increased and precipitation decreased, which resulted in a 1-month prolongation of the snow-free period and a decrease in the snow pack over the last 20 years. Soil freezing significantly reduced the cold CO2 fluxes from soils: by 10-70% in the bare areas and by up to double that amount in the grass plots. There were six freezing-thawing cycles (FTC; 1-7 weeks' duration) from October 2014 to early April 2015, which induced CO2 emission pulses of varying intensity. The highest peaks of CO2 emission rate (3-30-fold increase compared to the pre-thawing period) were

  20. An enhanced rate-based emission trading program for NOX: the Dutch model.

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    Sholtz, A M; Van Amburg, B; Wochnick, V K

    2001-12-01

    Since 1997 government and industry in The Netherlands have been engaged in intensive policy discussions on how to design an emission trading program that would satisfy the Government's policy objectives within the national and international regulatory framework and accommodate industry's need for a flexible and cost-effective approach. Early on in the discussion the most promising solution was a rate-based approach, which dynamically allocated saleable emission credits based on a performance standard rate and actual energy used by facilities. All industrial facilities above a threshold of 20 MWth would be judged on their ability to meet this performance rate. Those "cleaner" than the standard can sell excess credits to others with an allocation that is less than their actual NOX emission. With some changes in law, such a design could be made to fit well into the national and EU legislative framework while at the same time uniquely meeting industry's requirement of flexibility toward economic growth and facility expansion. (An analysis of the legislative changes required will be given in a separate paper by Chris Dekkers.) However, the environmental outcome of such a system is not as certain as under an absolute emission cap. At the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), Automated Credit Exchange (ACE), in close cooperation with the working group of government and industry representatives introduced a number of features into the Dutch NOX program allowing full exploitation of market mechanisms while allowing intermediate adjustments in the performance standard rates. The design is geared toward meeting environmental targets without jeopardizing the trading market the program intends to create. The paper discusses the genesis of the two-tier credit system ACE helped to design, explains the differences between primary (fixed) and secondary (variable) credits, and outlines how the Dutch system is expected to

  1. Cyclic side-chain phenylazo naphthalene polymers: enhanced fluorescence emission and surface relief grating formation.

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    Zhang, Hao; Zhou, Nianchen; Zhu, Xing; Chen, Xinrong; Zhang, Zhengbiao; Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Jian; Hu, Zhijun; Zhu, Xiulin

    2012-11-14

    Well-defined cyclic-polymers (cyclic-PAzoMMAs), bearing side-chain phenylazo naphthalene chromophore, were successfully synthesized by the combination of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and copper(I)-catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition "click" reaction, as verified by GPC, (1) H NMR, FTIR, and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The cyclic-PAzoMMA showed higher glass transition temperatures than the linear-PAzoMMA with the same molecular weight. Interestingly, the cyclic-PAzoMMA exhibited deeper modulation depth (M.D.) induced by SRG, larger value of the photoinduced birefringence, increased fluorescence emission, and longer fluorescence lifetime in comparison with its linear counterpart. PMID:22965741

  2. New Cyclotron Targetry to Enhance F-18 clinical Position Emission Tomography

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    J. Michael Doster

    2008-12-19

    This project proposes to develop cyclotron targets that produce F-18 for clinical Positron Emission Tomography (PET) at significantly higher rates than that available from current targetry. This production rate of 18F is directly proportional to the beam current. Higher beam currents would result in increased 18F production but would be accompanied by higher heat loads to the target. The beam power available in most commercial cyclotrons exceeds the heat removal capacity of current target technology by a factor of two to four, significantly limiting the production rate of Fluorine-18.

  3. Interaction of high intensity laser with non-uniform clusters and enhanced X-ray emission

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    Liu, C. S.; Tripathi, V. K.; Kumar, Manoj

    2014-10-15

    Laser irradiated clusters with non-uniform density variation are shown to broaden surface plasmon resonance very significantly. As the clusters get heated and expand hydro-dynamically, the Bremsstrahlung X-ray emission yield passes through a maximum in time. The maximum yield decreases with increase in non-uniformity in the electron density inside the clusters. At higher laser intensity, the nonlinearity in laser cluster interaction may arise even prior to electron heating, via the relativistic mass variation and the nonlinear restoration force on electrons. For clusters with radius less than one tenth of the laser wavelength, the restoration force nonlinearity dominates.

  4. Enhanced energy coupling and x-ray emission in Z-pinch plasma implosions

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    Whitney, K. G.; Thornhill, J. W.; Apruzese, J. P.; Davis, J.; Deeney, C.; Coverdale, C. A.

    2004-08-01

    Recent experiments conducted on the Saturn pulsed-power generator at Sandia National Laboratories [R. B. Spielman et al., in Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Dense Z Pinches, Laguna Beach, CA, 1989, edited by N. R. Pereira, J. Davis, and N. Rostoker (American Institute of Physics, New York, 1989), p. 3] have produced large amounts of x-ray output, which cannot be accounted for in conventional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) calculations. In these experiments, the Saturn current had a rise time of ~180 ns in contrast to a rise time of ~60 ns in Saturn's earlier mode of operation. In both aluminum and tungsten wire-array Z-pinch implosions, 2-4 times more x-ray output was generated than could be supplied according to one-dimensional (1D) magnetohydrodynamic calculations by the combined action of the j×B acceleration forces and ohmic heating (as described by a classical Braginskii resistivity). In this paper, we reexamine the problem of coupling transmission line circuits to plasma fluid equations and derive expressions for the Z-pinch load circuit resistance and inductance that relate these quantities in a 1D analysis to the surface resistivity of the fluid, and to the magnetic field energy that is stored in the vacuum diode, respectively. Enhanced energy coupling in this analysis, therefore, comes from enhancements to the surface resistivity, and we show that plasma resistivities approximately three orders of magnitude larger than classical are needed in order to achieve energy inputs that are comparable to the Saturn experiment x-ray outputs. Large enhancements of the plasma resistivity increase the rate of magnetic field and current diffusion, significantly modify the qualitative features of the MHD, and raise important questions as to how the plasma fluid dynamics converts enhanced energy inputs into enhanced x-ray outputs. One-dimensional MHD calculations in which resistivity values are adjusted phenomenologically are used to illustrate how

  5. Enhancement of EUV emission from a liquid microjet target by use of dual laser pulses

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    Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Rajyaguru, Chirag; Koga, Masato; Kawasaki, Keita; Sasaki, Wataru; Kubodera, Shoichi; Kikuchi, Takashi; Yugami, Noboru; Kawata, Shigeo; Andreev, Alexander A.

    2005-03-01

    Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation at the wavelength of around 13nm waws observed from a laser-produced plasma using continuous water-jet. Strong dependence of the conversion efficiency (CE) on the laser focal spot size and jet diameter was observed. The EUV CE at a given laser spot size and jet diameter was further enhanced using double laser pulses, where a pre-pulse was used for initial heating of the plasma.

  6. Short-term enhancement and suppression of dolphin auditory evoked responses following echolocation click emission.

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    Finneran, James J; Echon, Roxanne; Mulsow, Jason; Houser, Dorian S

    2016-07-01

    Biosonar gain control mechanisms in a bottlenose dolphin were investigated by measuring the auditory steady-state response (ASSR) to an external tone while the animal echolocated. The dolphin performed an echo change-detection task that utilized electronically synthesized echoes with echo delays corresponding to 25- and 50-m target range. During the task, amplitude modulated tones with carrier frequencies from 25 to 125 kHz were continuously presented and the instantaneous electroencephalogram stored for later analysis. ASSRs were extracted from the electroencephalogram by synchronously averaging time epochs temporally aligned with the onset of the external tone modulation cycle nearest to each of the dolphin's echolocation clicks. Results showed an overall suppression of the ASSR amplitude for tones with frequencies near the click center frequencies. A larger, temporary suppression of the ASSR amplitude was also measured at frequencies above 40-50 kHz, while a temporary enhancement was observed at lower frequencies. Temporal patterns for ASSR enhancement or suppression were frequency-, level-, and range-dependent, with recovery to pre-click values occurring within the two-way travel time. Suppressive effects fit the patterns expected from forward masking by the emitted biosonar pulse, while the specific mechanisms responsible for the frequency-dependent enhancement are unknown. PMID:27475154

  7. Observations of nonmethane organic compounds during ARCTAS - Part 1: Biomass burning emissions and plume enhancements

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    Hornbrook, R. S.; Blake, D. R.; Diskin, G. S.; Fried, A.; Fuelberg, H. E.; Meinardi, S.; Mikoviny, T.; Richter, D.; Sachse, G. W.; Vay, S. A.; Walega, J.; Weibring, P.; Weinheimer, A. J.; Wiedinmyer, C.; Wisthaler, A.; Hills, A.; Riemer, D. D.; Apel, E. C.

    2011-11-01

    Mixing ratios of a large number of nonmethane organic compounds (NMOCs) were observed by the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA) on board the NASA DC-8 as part of the Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites (ARCTAS) field campaign. Many of these NMOCs were observed concurrently by one or both of two other NMOC measurement techniques on board the DC-8: proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and whole air canister sampling (WAS). A comparison of these measurements to the data from TOGA indicates good agreement for the majority of co-measured NMOCs. The ARCTAS study, which included both spring and summer deployments, provided opportunities to sample a large number of biomass burning (BB) plumes with origins in Asia, California and central Canada, ranging from very recent emissions to plumes aged one week or more. For this analysis, BB smoke interceptions were grouped by flight, source region and, in some cases, time of day, generating 40 identified BB plumes for analysis. Normalized excess mixing ratios (NEMRs) to CO were determined for each of the 40 plumes for up to 19 different NMOCs or NMOC groups. Although the majority of observed NEMRs for individual NMOCs or NMOC groups were in agreement with previously-reported values, the observed NEMRs to CO for ethanol, a rarely quantified gas-phase trace gas, ranged from values similar to those previously reported, to up to an order of magnitude greater. Notably, though variable between plumes, observed NEMRs of individual light alkanes are highly correlated within BB emissions, independent of estimated plume ages. BB emissions of oxygenated NMOC were also found to be often well-correlated. Using the NCAR Master Mechanism chemical box model initialized with concentrations based on two observed scenarios, fresh Canadian BB and fresh Californian BB, decreases are predicted for the low molecular weight carbonyls (i.e. formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone and methyl ethyl

  8. Optical emission study of a doped diamond deposition process by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Rayar, M.; Supiot, P.; Veis, P.; Gicquel, A.

    2008-08-01

    Standard H2/CH4/B2H6 plasmas (99% of H2 and 1% of CH4, with 0-100ppm of B2H6 added) used for doped diamond film growth are studied by optical emission spectroscopy in order to gain a better understanding of the influence of boron species on the gas phase chemistry. Only two boron species are detected under our experimental conditions (9/15/23Wcm-3 average microwave power density values), and the emission spectra used for studies reported here are B(S1/22-P1/2,3/202) and BH [AΠ1-XΣ+1(0,0)]. Variations of their respective emission intensities as a function of the ratio B /C, the boron to carbon ratio in the gas mixture, are reported. We confirmed that the plasma parameters (Tg, Te, and ne) are not affected by the introduction of diborane, and the number densities of B atoms and BH radical species were estimated from experimental measurements. The results are compared to those obtained from a zero-dimensional chemical kinetic model where two groups of reactions are considered: (1) BHx+H ↔BHx -1+H2 (x=1-3) by analogy with the well-known equilibrium CHx+H set of reactions, which occurs, in particular, in diamond deposition reactors; and (2) from conventional organic chemistry, the set of reactions involving boron species: BHx+C2H2 (x =0-1). The results clearly show that the model based on hydrogen and boron hydrides reactions alone is not consistent with the experimental results, while it is so when taking into account both sets of reactions. Once an upper limit for the boron species number densities has been estimated, axial profiles are calculated on the basis of the plasma model results obtained previously in Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Matériaux et des Hautes Pressions, and significant differences in trends for different boron species are found. At the plasma-to-substrate boundary, [BH] and [B] drop off in contrast to [BH2], which shows little decrease, and [BH3], which shows little increase, in this region.

  9. A comparative study of nitrogen plasma effect on field emission characteristics of single wall carbon nanotubes synthesized by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Kumar, Avshish; Parveen, Shama; Husain, Samina; Ali, Javid; Zulfequar, Mohammad; Harsh; Husain, Mushahid

    2014-12-01

    Vertically aligned single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with large scale control of diameter, length and alignment have successfully been grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The nickel (Ni) as catalyst deposited on silicon (Si) substrate was used to grow the SWCNTs. Field emission (FE) characteristics of the as grown SWCNTs were measured using indigenously designed setup in which a diode is configured in such a way that by applying negative voltage on the copper plate (cathode) with respect to stainless steel anode plate, current density can be recorded. To measure the FE characteristics, SWCNTs film pasted on the copper plate with silver epoxy was used as electron emitter source. The effective area of anode was ∼78.5 mm2 for field emission measurements. The emission measurements were carried out under high vacuum pressure of the order of 10-6 Torr to minimize the electron scattering and degradation of the emitters. The distance between anode and cathode was kept 500 μm (constant) during entire field emission studies. The grown SWCNTs are excellent field emitters, having emission current density higher than 25 mA/cm2 at turn-on field 1.3 V/μm. In order to enhance the field emission characteristics, the as grown SWCNTs have been treated under nitrogen (N2) plasma for 5 min and again field emission characteristics have been measured. The N2 plasma treated SWCNTs show a good enhancement in the field emission properties with emission current density 81.5 mA/cm2 at turn on field 1.2 V/μm. The as-grown and N2 plasma treated SWCNTs were also characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), Raman spectrometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  10. Enhanced ethylene emissions from red and Norway spruce exposed to acidic mists

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    Chen, Yimin; Wellburn, A.R. )

    1989-09-01

    Acidic cloudwater is believed to cause needle injury and to decrease winter hardiness in conifers. During simulations of these adverse conditions, rates of ethylene emissions from and levels of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) in both red and Norway spruce needles increased as a result of treatment with acidic mists but amounts of 1-malonyl(amino)cyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid remained unchanged. However, release of significant quantities of ethylene by another mechanism independent of ACC was also detected from brown needles. Application of exogenous plant growth regulators such as auxin, kinetic, abscisic acid and gibberellic acid (each 0.1 millimolar) had no obvious effects on the rates of basal or stress ethylene production from Norway spruce needles. The kinetics of ethylene formation by acidic mist-stressed needles suggest that there is no active inhibitive mechanism in spruce to prevent stress ethylene being released once ACC has been formed.

  11. Enhanced amplified spontaneous emission using layer-by-layer assembled cowpea mosaic virus

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    Li, Na; Deng, Zhaoqi; Lin, Yuan; Zhang, Xiaojie; Geng, Yanhou; Ma, Dongge; Su, Zhaohui

    2009-01-01

    Layer-by-layer assembly technique was used to construct ultrathin film of cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) by electrostatic interactions, and the film was employed as a precursor on which an OF8T2 film was deposited by spin coating. Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) was observed and improved for the OF8T2 film. Compared with OF8T2 film on quartz, the introduction of CPMV nanoparticles reduced the threshold and loss, and remarkably increased the net gain. The threshold, loss, and gain reached 0.05 mJ/pulse, 6.9 cm-1, and 82 cm-1, respectively. CPMV nanoparticles may enormously scatter light, resulting in a positive feedback, thus the ASE is easily obtained and improved.

  12. Surface structures for enhancement of quantum yield in broad spectrum emission nanocrystals

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    Schreuder, Michael A.; McBride, James R.; Rosenthal, Sandra J.

    2014-07-22

    Disclosed are inorganic nanoparticles comprising a body comprising cadmium and/or zinc crystallized with selenium, sulfur, and/or tellurium; a multiplicity of phosphonic acid ligands comprising at least about 20% of the total surface ligand coverage; wherein the nanocrystal is capable of absorbing energy from a first electromagnetic region and capable of emitting light in a second electromagnetic region, wherein the maximum absorbance wavelength of the first electromagnetic region is different from the maximum emission wavelength of the second electromagnetic region, thereby providing a Stokes shift of at least about 20 nm, wherein the second electromagnetic region comprises an at least about 100 nm wide band of wavelengths, and wherein the nanoparticle exhibits has a quantum yield of at least about 10%. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention.

  13. Enhancing the field emission properties of Se-doped GaN nanowires

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    Li, Enling; Wu, Guishuang; Cui, Zhen; Ma, Deming; Shi, Wei; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-07-01

    Pure and Se-doped GaN nanowires (NWs) are synthesized on Pt-coated Si(111) substrates via chemical vapor deposition. The GaN NWs exhibit a uniform density with an average diameter of 20–120 nm. The structure of the NWs is wurtzite hexagonal, and the growth direction is along [0001]. Field emission measurements show that the Se-doped GaN NWs possess a low turn-on field (2.9 V μm‑1) compared with the pure GaN NWs (7.0 V μm‑1). In addition, density functional theory calculations indicate that the donor states near the Fermi level are mainly formed through the hybridization between Se 4p and N 2p orbitals and that the Fermi level move towards the vacuum level. Consequently, the work functions of Se-doped GaN NWs are lower than those of pure GaN NWs.

  14. Enhancement of the EUV emission of a metallic capillary discharge operated with argon ambient gas

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    Chan, L. S. Tan, D. Saboohi, S. Yap, S. L. Wong, C. S.

    2014-03-05

    In this work, the metallic capillary discharge is operated with two different ambients: air and argon. In the experiments reported here, the chamber is first evacuated to 10{sup −5} mbar. The discharge is initiated by the transient hollow cathode effect generated electron beam, with either air ambient or argon ambient at 10{sup −4} mbar. The bombardment of electron beam at the tip of the stainless steel anode gives rise to a metallic vapor, which is injected into the capillary and initiates the main discharge through the capillary. The EUV emission is measured for different discharge voltages for both conditions and compared. It is found that the metallic capillary discharge with argon ambientis able to produce higher EUV energy compared to that with air ambient.

  15. SIMULATION MODELING OF AN ENHANCED LOW-EMISSION SWIRL-CASCADE BURNER

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    Ala Qubbaj

    2004-04-01

    Based on the physical and computational models outlined in the previous technical progress reports, Natural gas jet diffusion flames in baseline, cascade, swirl, and swirlcascade burners were numerically modeled. The thermal, composition, and flow (velocity) fields were simulated. The temperature, CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2} concentrations, as well as the axial and radial velocity profiles were computed and analyzed. The numerical results showed that swirl and cascade burners have a more efficient fuel/air mixing, a shorter flame, and a lower NOx emission levels, compared to the baseline case. The results also revealed that the optimal configurations of the cascaded and swirling flames have not produced an improved performance when combined together in a ''swirl-cascade burner''.

  16. Use of a biologically active cover to reduce landfill methane emissions and enhance methane oxidation.

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    Stern, Jennifer C; Chanton, Jeff; Abichou, Tarek; Powelson, David; Yuan, Lei; Escoriza, Sharon; Bogner, Jean

    2007-01-01

    Biologically-active landfill cover soils (biocovers) that serve to minimize CH4 emissions by optimizing CH4 oxidation were investigated at a landfill in Florida, USA. The biocover consisted of 50 cm pre-composted yard or garden waste placed over a 10-15 cm gas distribution layer (crushed glass) over a 40-100 cm interim cover. The biocover cells reduced CH4 emissions by a factor of 10 and doubled the percentage of CH4 oxidation relative to control cells. The thickness and moisture-holding capacity of the biocover resulted in increased retention times for transported CH4. This increased retention of CH4 in the biocover resulted in a higher fraction oxidized. Overall rates between the two covers were similar, about 2g CH4 m(-2)d(-1), but because CH4 entered the biocover from below at a slower rate relative to the soil cover, a higher percentage was oxidized. In part, methane oxidation controlled the net flux of CH4 to the atmosphere. The biocover cells became more effective than the control sites in oxidizing CH4 3 months after their initial placement: the mean percent oxidation for the biocover cells was 41% compared to 14% for the control cells (p<0.001). Following the initial 3 months, we also observed 29 (27%) negative CH4 fluxes and 27 (25%) zero fluxes in the biocover cells but only 6 (6%) negative fluxes and 22 (21%) zero fluxes for the control cells. Negative fluxes indicate uptake of atmospheric CH4. If the zero and negative fluxes are assumed to represent 100% oxidation, then the mean percent oxidation for the biocover and control cells, respectively, for the same period would increase to 64% and 30%. PMID:17005386

  17. Characterisation of mineral dust emission in the Middle EAST using the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI)

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    Hennen, M.; Shahgedanova, M.; White, K.

    2015-12-01

    Using the Spinning Enhanced Visual and InfraRed Imager (SEVIRI) on-board Meteosat's second generation satellite (MSG), mineral dust emissions from the Middle East were observed at a high temporal and spatial resolution between the years 2006 and 2013. This research provides a subjective derivation of mineral dust source locations in the Middle East using the thermal infrared Dust RGB product. Focusing on the brightness temperature difference around 10.8 µm channel and their spectral contrast with clear sky conditions, the Dust RGB product has been recognised as a major asset in detecting dust. While the product has already been used to map dust emissions in Sahara and south Africa, this research is the first to map dust emissions in the Middle East using SEVIRI, one of the dustiest regions in the world second only to the Sahara Desert. For every dust storm activation within the Middle East, the point of first emission is derived from visual inspection of each 15 minute image, these points were then recorded in a dust source climatology (DSC) database, along with time and direction of dust movement. To take account of potential errors inherent in this subjective detection method, a degree of confidence is associated with each data point with relevance to time of day (which has a strong effect on ability to detect dust in these products) and weather conditions, in particular presence of clouds. These results are compared with an automated retrieval using Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) measurements form the Moderate Resolution Image Spectrometer (MODIS); which, due to its sun-synchronous orbit allows a measurement of dust in the atmosphere once a day. Differences in the spatial distribution of SEVIRI dust sources and MODIS inferred dust source regions can be explained by inherent transport bias in the latter's low sampling rate and prevailing wind conditions. This database will provide an important tool in further understanding dust emission processes in the region

  18. Selective Purcell enhancement of defect emission in ZnO thin films

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    Lawrie, Benjamin J; Mu, Richard; HaglundJr., Richard F

    2012-01-01

    A zinc interstitial defect present but unobservable in ZnO thin films annealed at 500 C in oxygen or in atmosphere was selectively detected by interaction of the film with an Ag surface-plasmon polariton. The time-dependent differential reflectivity of the ZnO near the ZnO/MgO interface exhibited a subpicosecond decay followed by a several nanosecond recovery, consistent with the Purcell-enhanced Zn interstitial luminescence seen in Ag ZnO heterostructures. Heterostructures annealed at other temperatures showed significantly greater band-edge photoluminescence and no evidence of the Zn interstitial defect.

  19. Emission enhancement and polarization of semiconductor quantum dots with nanoimprinted plasmonic cavities: towards scalable fabrication of plasmon-exciton displays.

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    Cadusch, Jasper J; Panchenko, Evgeniy; Kirkwood, Nicholas; James, Timothy D; Gibson, Brant C; Webb, Kevin J; Mulvaney, Paul; Roberts, Ann

    2015-09-01

    Here we present an application of a high throughput nanofabrication technique to the creation of a plasmonic metasurface and demonstrate its application to the enhancement and control of radiation by quantum dots (QDs). The metasurface consists of an array of cold-forged rectangular nanocavities in a thin silver film. High quantum efficiency graded alloy CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots were spread over the metasurface and the effects of the plasmon-exciton interactions characterised. We found a four-fold increase in the QDs radiative decay rate and emission brightness, compared to QDs on glass, along with a degree of linear polarisation of 0.73 in the emitted field. Such a surface could be easily integrated with current QD display or organic solar cell designs. PMID:26223481

  20. Contrast-enhanced fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas

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    Santhosh, Sampath; Lakshmanan, Ramesh Kumar; Sonik, Bhavay; Padmavathy, Rajagopalan; Gunaseelan, Rajamani Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN) of the pancreas is a rare pancreatic tumor with low malignant potential. It occurs characteristically more often in young women. Radiological and pathological studies have revealed that the tumor is quite different from other pancreatic tumors. Limited information is available in the literature reporting their accumulation of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). Here, we report a case of pancreatic SPN imaged with contrast-enhanced FDG PET/CT. A percutaneous fine needle aspiration from the metabolically active lesion revealed SPN, and it was confirmed with histopathological results. Recurrence or metastasis was not found after 7 months of follow-up. PMID:27095862

  1. Localized surface plasmon enhanced emission of organic light emitting diode coupled to DBR-cathode microcavity by using silver nanoclusters.

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    Khadir, Samira; Chakaroun, Mahmoud; Belkhir, Abderrahmane; Fischer, Alexis; Lamrous, Omar; Boudrioua, Azzedine

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we aim to increase the emission of the standard guest-host organic light emitting diode (OLED) thanks to localized surface plasmon and to investigate this effect in a microcavity. As a first step, we consider thermal deposition of silver clusters within an OLED guest-host stack. We investigate both the influence of the size of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and their position within the OLED heterostructure. Secondly, we study the optimized OLED within a microcavity formed by Al-cathode top mirror and a Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) bottom mirror. The experimental results show a substantial enhancement of the electroluminescence (EL) intensity as well as a reduction of the spectral width at a half maximum. PMID:26368462

  2. Enhanced 2-5 μm emission in Ho3+/Yb3+ codoped halide modified transparent tellurite glasses

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    Zhang, Wenjun; Lin, Jian; Jia, Yujie; Zhang, Shuo; Zhao, Junhong; Sun, Guangyao; Ye, Song; Ren, Junjiang; Rong, Liang

    2015-01-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+ codoped TeO2-WO3-ZnO-ZnX2(X = F, Cl) glasses were prepared by melt-quenching method. The absorption spectra, transmittance spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD) curves, Raman spectra and mid-infrared fluorescence spectra were measured, along with the Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, stimulated emission and absorption cross-sections were calculated to evaluate the effects of halide amount of the spectroscopic properties. It is shown that the introduction of an appropriate amount of halide can further improve the mid-infrared fluorescence intensity through an enhanced phonon-assisted energy transfer between Ho3+/Yb3+ ions and the energy transfer mechanisms are investigated quantitatively in detail by calculating energy transfer microparameters and phonon contribution ratios. The results indicate that this kind of glasses is a promising material for mid-infrared optical fiber.

  3. Enhanced single photon emission from positioned InP/GaInP quantum dots coupled to a confined Tamm-plasmon mode

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    Braun, T.; Baumann, V.; Iff, O.; Schneider, C.; Kamp, M.; Höfling, S.

    2015-01-26

    We report on the enhancement of the spontaneous emission in the visible red spectral range from site-controlled InP/GaInP quantum dots by resonant coupling to Tamm-plasmon modes confined beneath gold disks in a hybrid metal/semiconductor structure. The enhancement of the emission intensity is confirmed by spatially resolved micro-photoluminescence area scans and temperature dependent measurements. Single photon emission from our coupled system is verified via second order autocorrelation measurements. We observe bright single quantum dot emission of up to ∼173 000 detected photons per second at a repetition rate of the excitation source of 82 MHz, and calculate an extraction efficiency of our device as high as 7%.

  4. Emission enhancement and polarization of semiconductor quantum dots with nanoimprinted plasmonic cavities: towards scalable fabrication of plasmon-exciton displays

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cadusch, Jasper J.; Panchenko, Evgeniy; Kirkwood, Nicholas; James, Timothy D.; Gibson, Brant C.; Webb, Kevin J.; Mulvaney, Paul; Roberts, Ann

    2015-08-01

    Here we present an application of a high throughput nanofabrication technique to the creation of a plasmonic metasurface and demonstrate its application to the enhancement and control of radiation by quantum dots (QDs). The metasurface consists of an array of cold-forged rectangular nanocavities in a thin silver film. High quantum efficiency graded alloy CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots were spread over the metasurface and the effects of the plasmon-exciton interactions characterised. We found a four-fold increase in the QDs radiative decay rate and emission brightness, compared to QDs on glass, along with a degree of linear polarisation of 0.73 in the emitted field. Such a surface could be easily integrated with current QD display or organic solar cell designs.Here we present an application of a high throughput nanofabrication technique to the creation of a plasmonic metasurface and demonstrate its application to the enhancement and control of radiation by quantum dots (QDs). The metasurface consists of an array of cold-forged rectangular nanocavities in a thin silver film. High quantum efficiency graded alloy CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots were spread over the metasurface and the effects of the plasmon-exciton interactions characterised. We found a four-fold increase in the QDs radiative decay rate and emission brightness, compared to QDs on glass, along with a degree of linear polarisation of 0.73 in the emitted field. Such a surface could be easily integrated with current QD display or organic solar cell designs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR04042F

  5. Excited-State Proton-Transfer-Induced Trapping Enhances the Fluorescence Emission of a Locked GFP Chromophore

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    The chemical locking of the central single bond in core chromophores of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) influences their excited-state behavior in a distinct manner. Experimentally, it significantly enhances the fluorescence quantum yield of GFP chromophores with an ortho-hydroxyl group, while it has almost no effect on the photophysics of GFP chromophores with a para-hydroxyl group. To unravel the underlying physical reasons for this different behavior, we report static electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer, cis–trans isomerization, and excited-state deactivation in a locked ortho-substituted GFP model chromophore (o-LHBI). On the basis of our previous and present results, we find that the S1 keto species is responsible for the fluorescence emission of the unlocked o-HBI and the locked o-LHBI species. Chemical locking does not change the parts of the S1 and S0 potential energy surfaces relevant to enol–keto tautomerization; hence, in both chromophores, there is an ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer that takes only 35 fs on average. However, the locking effectively hinders the S1 keto species from approaching the keto S1/S0 conical intersections so that most of trajectories are trapped in the S1 keto region for the entire 2 ps simulation time. Therefore, the fluorescence quantum yield of o-LHBI is enhanced compared with that of unlocked o-HBI, in which the S1 excited-state decay is efficient and ultrafast. In the case of the para-substituted GFP model chromophores p-HBI and p-LHBI, chemical locking hardly affects their efficient excited-state deactivation via cis–trans isomerization; thus, the fluorescence quantum yields in these chromophores remain very low. The insights gained from the present work may help to guide the design of new GFP chromophores with improved fluorescence emission and brightness. PMID:26744782

  6. Enhanced Thermionic Emission and Low 1/f Noise in Exfoliated Graphene/GaN Schottky Barrier Diode.

    PubMed

    Kumar, Ashutosh; Kashid, Ranjit; Ghosh, Arindam; Kumar, Vikram; Singh, Rajendra

    2016-03-30

    Temperature-dependent electrical transport characteristics of exfoliated graphene/GaN Schottky diodes are investigated and compared with conventional Ni/GaN Schottky diodes. The ideality factor of graphene/GaN and Ni/GaN diodes are measured to be 1.33 and 1.51, respectively, which is suggestive of comparatively higher thermionic emission current in graphene/GaN diode. The barrier height values for graphene/GaN diode obtained using thermionic emission model and Richardson plots are found to be 0.60 and 0.72 eV, respectively, which are higher than predicted barrier height ∼0.40 eV as per the Schottky-Mott model. The higher barrier height is attributed to hole doping of graphene due to graphene-Au interaction which shifts the Fermi level in graphene by ∼0.3 eV. The magnitude of flicker noise of graphene/GaN Schottky diode increases up to 175 K followed by its decrease at higher temperatures. This indicates that diffusion currents and barrier inhomogeneities dominate the electronic transport at lower and higher temperatures, respectively. The exfoliated graphene/GaN diode is found to have lower level of barrier inhomogeneities than conventional Ni/GaN diode, as well as earlier reported graphene/GaN diode fabricated using chemical vapor deposited graphene. The lesser barrier inhomogeneities in graphene/GaN diode results in lower flicker noise by 2 orders of magnitude as compared to Ni/GaN diode. Enhanced thermionic emission current, lower level of inhomogeneities, and reduced flicker noise suggests that graphene-GaN Schottky diodes may have the underlying trend for replacing metal-GaN Schottky diodes. PMID:26963627

  7. Band edge emission enhancement by quadrupole surface plasmon-exciton coupling using direct-contact Ag/ZnO nanospheres.

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    Zang, Yashu; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Yin, Jun; Li, Kongyi; Yue, Chuang; Wu, Zhiming; Wu, Suntao; Kang, Junyong

    2013-01-21

    Periodic Ag nanoball (NB) arrays on ZnO hollow nanosphere (HNS) supporting structures were fabricated in a large area by a laser irradiation method. The optimized laser power and spherical supporting structure of ZnO with a certain size and separation were employed to aggregate a sputtering-deposited Ag nano-film into an ordered, large-area, and two dimensional Ag NB array. A significant band edge (BE) emission enhancement of ZnO HNSs was achieved on this Ag NB/ZnO HNS hybrid structure and the mechanism was revealed by further experimental and theoretical analyses. With successfully fabricating the direct-contact structure of a Ag NB on the top of each ZnO HNS, the highly localized quadrupole mode surface plasmon resonance (SPR), realized on the metal NBs in the ultraviolet region, can effectively improve the BE emission of ZnO through strong coupling with the excitons of ZnO. Compared with the dipole mode SPR, the quadrupole mode SPR is insensitive to the metal nanoparticle's size and has a resonance frequency in the BE region of the wide band gap materials, hence, it can be potentially applied in related optoelectronic devices. PMID:23196786

  8. Enhancement in field emission current density of Ni nanoparticles embedded in thin silica matrix by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Sarker, Debalaya; Patra, Rajkumar; Srivastava, P.; Ghosh, S.; Kumar, H.; Kabiraj, D.; Avasthi, D. K.; Vayalil, Sarathlal K.; Roth, S. V.

    2014-05-07

    The field emission (FE) properties of nickel nanoparticles embedded in thin silica matrix irradiated with 100 MeV Au{sup +7} ions at various fluences are studied here. A large increase in FE current density is observed in the irradiated films as compared to their as deposited counterpart. The dependence of FE properties on irradiation fluence is correlated with surface roughness, density of states of valence band and size distribution of nanoparticles as examined with atomic force microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering. A current density as high as 0.48 mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied field 15 V/μm has been found for the first time for planar field emitters in the film irradiated with fluence of 5.0 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. This significant enhancement in the current density is attributed to an optimized size distribution along with highest surface roughness of the same. This new member of field emission family meets most of the requirements of cold cathodes for vacuum micro/nanoelectronic devices.

  9. Enhanced field electron emission from aligned diamond-like carbon nanorod arrays prepared by reactive ion beam etching

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    Zhao, Yong; Qin, Shi-Qiao; Zhang, Xue-Ao; Chang, Sheng-Li; Li, Hui-Hui; Yuan, Ji-Ren

    2016-05-01

    Homogeneous diamond-like carbon (DLC) films were deposited on Si supports by a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition system. Using DLC films masked by Ni nanoparticles as precursors, highly aligned diamond-like carbon nanorod (DLCNR) arrays were fabricated by the etching of inductively coupled radio frequency oxygen plasma. The as-prepared DLCNR arrays exhibit excellent field emission properties with a low turn-on field of 2.005 V μm‑1 and a threshold field of 4.312 V μm‑1, respectively. Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were employed to determine the chemical bonding structural change of DLC films before and after etching. It is confirmed that DLC films have good connection with Si supports via the formation of the SiC phase, and larger conductive sp2 domains are formed in the as-etched DLC films, which play essential roles in the enhanced field emission properties for DLCNR arrays.

  10. Effect of enhanced UV-B radiation on methane emission in a paddy field and rice root exudation of low-molecular-weight organic acids.

    PubMed

    He, Yongmei; Zhan, Fangdong; Li, Yuan; Xu, Weiwei; Zu, Yanqun; Yue, Ming

    2016-06-01

    A local rice variety, "Baijiaolaojing", was grown in a paddy field in the Yuanyang rice terraces under ambient and supplemental levels of ultraviolet-B (UV-B, 280-315 nm) radiation. The effects of enhanced UV-B radiation (5 and 10 kJ m(-2) d(-1)) on methane emissions in the paddy field were evaluated using a closed-chamber gas chromatography-based system, and the contents of low-molecular-weight organic acids (LMWOAs) in root exudates were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Peaks in methane emissions in the paddy field were detected at 60, 80 and 100 days after rice transplantation. The highest level of cumulative methane emissions occurred at the tillering stage, followed by the jointing-booting and maturity stages. The lowest level was found at the flowering stage. The enhanced UV-B radiation did not change the seasonal variation in methane emissions in the paddy field; however, it induced a significant increase in the flux of methane emissions at the jointing-booting and maturity stages, as well as a significant increase in the cumulative flux of methane emissions throughout the growth period. In addition, the enhanced UV-B radiation caused an increase in the contents of oxalic acid and succinic acid and a decrease in the contents of tartaric acid and malic acid in rice root exudates. Furthermore, a significant positive correlation (r = 0.725, p < 0.01) was found between the content of oxalic acid and the methane emissions in the paddy field. The results indicated that enhanced UV-B radiation promoted methane emissions in the paddy field, which was closely associated with its impact on the exudation of LMWOAs by rice roots. PMID:27194164

  11. Enhancing the field emission properties of Se-doped GaN nanowires.

    PubMed

    Li, Enling; Wu, Guishuang; Cui, Zhen; Ma, Deming; Shi, Wei; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-07-01

    Pure and Se-doped GaN nanowires (NWs) are synthesized on Pt-coated Si(111) substrates via chemical vapor deposition. The GaN NWs exhibit a uniform density with an average diameter of 20-120 nm. The structure of the NWs is wurtzite hexagonal, and the growth direction is along [0001]. Field emission measurements show that the Se-doped GaN NWs possess a low turn-on field (2.9 V μm(-1)) compared with the pure GaN NWs (7.0 V μm(-1)). In addition, density functional theory calculations indicate that the donor states near the Fermi level are mainly formed through the hybridization between Se 4p and N 2p orbitals and that the Fermi level move towards the vacuum level. Consequently, the work functions of Se-doped GaN NWs are lower than those of pure GaN NWs. PMID:27197556

  12. The synthesis, crystal structure and enhanced blue fluorescence emission of novel antipyrine derivatives

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    Sun, Yi-Feng; Wang, He-Ping; Chen, Yong; Chen, Zhi-Yong; Li, Ji-Kun

    2012-11-01

    Four new antipyrine derivatives were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR spectroscopy, and a representative compound 1b was confirmed based on the X-ray crystallographic analysis. The antipyrine-phenylboronic acid 1b crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c, and displays an E configuration about the Cdbnd N double bond. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of these compounds were investigated. Replacement of a six-membered phenyl group with a five-membered thienyl unit in the antipyrine derivatives resulted in a bathochromic shift approximately 21 nm, while the bithienyl system caused a strong bathochromic effect of 53 nm relative to the substituted phenyl groups. The bithienyl-antipyrine hybrid 1c displayed a turn-on fluorescence response to water, acetic acid (HOAc) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4) in ethanol solution, but no fluorescence response toward alkali. Whereas the free compound was very weakly fluorescent in ethanol, the addition of water, HOAc and H2SO4 leads to an appearance of strong blue fluorescence and a dramatic increase of emission intensity.

  13. Enhancement of aerosol responses to changes in emissions over East Asia by gas-oxidant-aerosol coupling and detailed aerosol processes

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    Matsui, H.; Koike, M.

    2016-06-01

    We quantify the responses of aerosols to changes in emissions (sulfur dioxide, black carbon (BC), primary organic aerosol, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds) over East Asia by using simulations including gas-oxidant-aerosol coupling, organic aerosol (OA) formation, and BC aging processes. The responses of aerosols to NOx emissions are complex and are dramatically changed by simulating gas-phase chemistry and aerosol processes online. Reduction of NOx emissions by 50% causes a 30-40% reduction of oxidant (hydroxyl radical and ozone) concentrations and slows the formation of sulfate and OA by 20-30%. Because the response of OA to changes in NOx emissions is sensitive to the treatment of emission and oxidation of semivolatile and intermediate volatility organic compounds, reduction of the uncertainty in these processes is necessary to evaluate gas-oxidant-aerosol coupling accurately. Our simulations also show that the sensitivity of aerosols to changes in emissions is enhanced by 50-100% when OA formation and BC aging processes are resolved in the model. Sensitivity simulations show that the increase of NOx emissions from 1850 to 2000 explains 70% (40%) of the enhancement of aerosol mass concentrations (direct radiative effects) over East Asia during that period through enhancement of oxidant concentrations and that this estimation is sensitive to the representation of OA formation and BC aging processes. Our results demonstrate the importance of simultaneous simulation of gas-oxidant-aerosol coupling and detailed aerosol processes. The impact of NOx emissions on aerosol formation will be a key to formulating effective emission reduction strategies such as BC mitigation and aerosol reduction policies in East Asia.

  14. Convenient synthesis of stable silver quantum dots with enhanced photoluminescence emission by laser fragmentation

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    Shuang, Li; Ming, Chen

    2016-04-01

    A new strategy for the facile synthesis of very stable and mono-dispersed silver (Ag) quantum dots (QDs) is developed by laser fragmentation of bulk Ag in water using polysorbate 80 as a dispersing and stabilizing agent. The surfactant plays an important role in the formation of size-controlled Ag nano-structures. The Ag QDs have excellent photo-stability of ∼500 h and enhanced photoluminescence (PL) at 510 nm. This has significant implications for selective and ultrasensitive PL probes. Based on laser fragmentation in the biocompatible surfactant solution, our results have opened up a novel paradigm to obtain stable metal QDs directly from bulk targets. This is a breakthrough in the toxicity problems that arise from standard chemical fabrication. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11575102, 11105085, 11275116, and 11375108) and the Fundamental Research Funds of Shandong University, China (Grant No. 2015JC007).

  15. Enhanced high field terahertz emission from plasma wakefields via pulse sharpening by a foil shutter

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    Chen, Zi-Yu

    2016-06-01

    A dual-stage scheme is proposed to generate terahertz (THz) pulses with an extremely high field strength that is in the GV/cm regime from laser-driven plasma wakefields. A thin foil target is employed to act as an optical shutter to sharpen the laser pulse front based on the mechanism of relativistic transparency. The shaped laser pulse then interacts with gaseous density plasmas to generate THz pulses via excitation of net residual transverse currents. Compared to the case of without the foil shutter, THz field strength can be notably enhanced by one order of magnitude. The scheme is numerically demonstrated through one and two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations.

  16. Emission control system for nitrogen oxides using enhanced oxidation, scrubbing, and biofiltration

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    Martinez, A.; Cabezas, J.

    2009-05-15

    Nitric oxide (NO) constitutes about 90% of the nitrogen oxide (NOx) species in the flue gases emitted from combustion processes, but NO is difficult to remove in existing scrubbers due to its low solubility. NO may be oxidized with hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) into soluble species that can be partially removed in wet scrubbers simultaneously with sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and biofilters located downstream of the scrubber can increase the removal efficiency. This article presents the results of a bench-scale evaluation of such an integrated system combining enhanced oxidation, scrubbing, and biofiltration. Main components of the bench-scale system consisted of a quartz tube in a furnace to simulate the NO oxidation stage and two vertical packed bed cylinders constituting the scrubber and the biofilter. Inlet synthetic gas had a concentration of 50 mu L/L of NO. Overall removal efficiency by the integrated system was in the range of 53% to 93% with an average of 79%, absorption accounted for 43% and biofiltration for 36% of the total removal. Key parameters in the operation of the system are the H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:NO mole ratio, the reaction temperature, the liquid to gas flow ratio, and the biofilter residence time. Experimental results suggest a path for optimization of the technology focusing simultaneously in minimizing H{sub 2}O{sub 2} use in the enhanced oxidation stage, reducing water consumption in the scrubber stage and balancing the residence times in the three stages of the integrated system.

  17. Enhanced field emission from cerium hexaboride coated multiwalled carbon nanotube composite films: A potential material for next generation electron sources

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    Patra, Rajkumar; Ghosh, S.; Sheremet, E.; Rodriguez, R. D.; Lehmann, D.; Gordan, O. D.; Zahn, D. R. T.; Jha, M.; Ganguli, A. K.; Schmidt, H.; Schulze, S.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2014-03-07

    Intensified field emission (FE) current from temporally stable cerium hexaboride (CeB{sub 6}) coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Si substrate is reported aiming to propose the new composite material as a potential candidate for future generation electron sources. The film was synthesized by a combination of chemical and physical deposition processes. A remarkable increase in maximum current density, field enhancement factor, and a reduction in turn-on field and threshold field with comparable temporal current stability are observed in CeB{sub 6}-coated CNT film when compared to pristine CeB{sub 6} film. The elemental composition and surface morphology of the films, as examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray measurements, show decoration of CeB{sub 6} nanoparticles on top and walls of CNTs. Chemical functionalization of CNTs by the incorporation of CeB{sub 6} nanoparticles is evident by a remarkable increase in intensity of the 2D band in Raman spectrum of coated films as compared to pristine CeB{sub 6} films. The enhanced FE properties of the CeB{sub 6} coated CNT films are correlated to the microstructure of the films.

  18. Enhancement of the Upconversion Emission by Visible-to-Near-Infrared Fluorescent Graphene Quantum Dots for miRNA Detection.

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    Laurenti, Marco; Paez-Perez, Miguel; Algarra, Manuel; Alonso-Cristobal, Paulino; Lopez-Cabarcos, Enrique; Mendez-Gonzalez, Diego; Rubio-Retama, Jorge

    2016-05-25

    We developed a sensor for the detection of specific microRNA (miRNA) sequences that was based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and ssDNA-UCNP@SiO2. The proposed sensor exploits the interaction between the sp(2) carbon atoms of the GQD, mainly π-π stacking, and the DNA nucleobases anchored on the upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). This interaction brings the GQD to the surface of the ssDNA-UCNP@SiO2 system, enhancing the upconversion emission. On the other hand, hybridization of the single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) chains anchored on the nanoparticles with their complementary miRNA sequences blocks the capacity of the UCNPs to interact with the GQD through π-π stacking. That gives as result a reduction of the fluorescent enhancement, which is dependent on the concentration of miRNA sequences. This effect was used to create a sensor for miRNA sequences with a detection limit of 10 fM. PMID:27153453

  19. Enhancement of positron emission tomography-computed tomography image quality using the principle of stochastic resonance

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    Pandey, Anil Kumar; Sharma, Sanjay Kumar; Sharma, Punit; Singh, Harmandeep; Patel, Chetan; Sarkar, Kaushik; Kumar, Rakesh; Bal, Chandra Sekhar

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Acquisition of higher counts improves visual perception of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) image. Larger radiopharmaceutical doses (implies more radiation dose) are administered to acquire this count in a short time period. However, diagnostic information does not increase after a certain threshold of counts. This study was conducted to develop a post processing method based on principle of “stochastic resonance” to improve visual perception of the PET-CT image having a required threshold counts. Materials and Methods: PET-CT images (JPEG file format) with low, medium, and high counts in the image were included in this study. The image was corrupted with the addition of Poisson noise. The amplitude of the Poisson noise was adjusted by dividing each pixel by a constant 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32. The best amplitude of the noise that gave best images quality was selected based on high value of entropy of the output image, high value of structural similarity index and feature similarity index. Visual perception of the image was evaluated by two nuclear medicine physicians. Results: The variation in structural and feature similarity of the image was not appreciable visually, but statistically images deteriorated as the noise amplitude increases although maintaining structural (above 70%) and feature (above 80%) similarity of input images in all cases. We obtained the best image quality at noise amplitude “4” in which 88% structural and 95% feature similarity of the input images was retained. Conclusion: This method of stochastic resonance can be used to improve the visual perception of the PET-CT image. This can indirectly lead to reduction of radiation dose. PMID:25400362

  20. Enhanced formation of secondary air pollutants and aggravation of urban smog due to crop residue burning emissions in North India

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    Sarkar, Chinmoy; Kumar, Vinod; Sinha, Vinayak

    2013-04-01

    Biomass burning causes intense perturbations to regional atmospheric chemistry and air quality and is a significant global source of reactive pollutants to the atmosphere (Andreae and Merlet, 2001). In November 2012, large areas in North India including New Delhi experienced several weeks of aggravated smog and poor air quality due to the impact of crop residue burning, which is a biannual post harvest activity that occurs during Oct-Nov and April-May every year in the agricultural belts of North western India. In-situ high temporal resolution (1 measurement every minute) measurements of a suite of volatile organic compounds measured using proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) such as acetonitrile (biomass burning tracer) and aromatic hydrocarbons were performed simultaneously with carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone and aerosol mass concentrations (PM 2.5 and PM 10) at a suburban site (30.667°N, 76.729°E and 310 m asl), impacted by air masses that had passed over the burning fields less than 72 hours ago. By using data from the same season but before the post harvest crop residue burning activity had commenced, we were able to quantify enhancements in ambient levels of the measured species due to the crop residue burning activity. When air masses influenced by the fire emissions reached the measurement site, peak values of about 8 ppbV acetonitrile, 4 ppmV CO, 100 ppbV NOx , 30 ppbV toluene and 15 ppbV benzene were observed which represented a factor of 2-5 increase over their ambient levels in the non-fire influenced period. Emission ratios of aromatic hydrocarbons/CO also showed a marked increase. Non fire event (N.F. E.) influenced and fire event (F.E.) influenced air masses had the following emission ratio enhancements: benzene/CO (N.F.E = 3; F.E. = 5), toluene/CO (N.F.E = 4; F.E. = 8.7) and sum of C8 aromatics/CO (N.F.E = 4; F.E. = 7.3) and sum of C9 aromatics/CO (N.F.E = 2.6; F.E. = 3.4). The OH reactivity of air masses which has strong