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  1. New insights into the application of the valence rules in Zintl phases-Crystal and electronic structures of Ba7Ga4P9, Ba7Ga4As9, Ba7Al4Sb9, Ba6CaAl4Sb9, and Ba6CaGa4Sb9

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    He, Hua; Stoyko, Stanislav; Bobev, Svilen

    2016-04-01

    Crystals of three new ternary pnictides-Ba7Al4Sb9, Ba7Ga4P9, and Ba7Ga4As9 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements in molten Al or Pb fluxes. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the three phases are isotypic, crystallizing in the orthorhombic Ba7Ga4Sb9-type structure (space group Pmmn, Pearson symbol oP40, Z=2), for which only the prototype is known. The structure is based on TrPn4 tetrahedra (Tr=Al, Ga; Pn=P, As, Sb), connected in an intricate scheme into 1D-ribbons. Long interchain Pn-Pn bonds (dP-P>3.0 Å; dAs-As>3.1 Å; dSb-Sb>3.3 Å) account for the realization of 2D-layers, separated by Ba2+ cations. Applying the classic valance rules to rationalize the bonding apparently fails, and Ba7Ga4Sb9 has long been known as a metallic Zintl phase. Earlier theoretical calculations, both empirical and ab-initio, suggest that the possible metallic properties originate from filled anti-bonding Pn-Pn states, and the special roles of the "cations" in this crystal structure. To experimentally probe this hypothesis, we sought to synthesize the ordered quaternary phases Ba6CaTr4Sb9 (Tr=Al, Ga). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction work confirms Ba6.145(3)Ca0.855Al4Sb9 and Ba6.235(3)Ca0.765Ga4Sb9, with Ca atoms preferably substituting Ba on one of the three available sites. The nuances of the five crystal structures are discussed, and the chemical bonding in Ba7Ga4As9 is interrogated by tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations.

  2. Conductor-backed coplanar waveguide resonators of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O on LaAlO3

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    Miranda, F. A.; Bhasin, K. B.; Stan, M. A.; Kong, K. S.; Itoh, T.

    1992-01-01

    Conductor-backed coplanar waveguide (CBCPW) resonators operating at 10.8 GHz have been fabricated from Tl-Ba-Ca-O (TBCCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) thin films on LaAlO3. The resonators consist of a coplanar waveguide (CPW) patterned on the superconducting film side of the LaAlO3 substrate with a gold ground plane coated on the opposite side. These resonators were tested in the temperature range from 14 to 106 K. At 77 K, the best of our TBCCO and YBCO resonators have an unloaded quality factor (Qo) 7 and 4 times, respectively, larger than that of a similar all-gold resonator. In this study, the Qo's of the TBCCO resonators were larger than those of their YBCO counterparts throughout the aforementioned temperature range.

  3. New insights into the application of the valence rules in Zintl phases—Crystal and electronic structures of Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}P{sub 9}, Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}As{sub 9}, Ba{sub 7}Al{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}, Ba{sub 6}CaAl{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}, and Ba{sub 6}CaGa{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}

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    He, Hua; Stoyko, Stanislav; Bobev, Svilen

    2016-04-15

    Crystals of three new ternary pnictides—Ba{sub 7}Al{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}, Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}P{sub 9}, and Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}As{sub 9} have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements in molten Al or Pb fluxes. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the three phases are isotypic, crystallizing in the orthorhombic Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}-type structure (space group Pmmn, Pearson symbol oP40, Z=2), for which only the prototype is known. The structure is based on TrPn{sub 4} tetrahedra (Tr=Al, Ga; Pn=P, As, Sb), connected in an intricate scheme into 1D-ribbons. Long interchain Pn–Pn bonds (d{sub P–P}>3.0 Å; d{sub As–As}>3.1 Å; d{sub Sb–Sb}>3.3 Å) account for the realization of 2D-layers, separated by Ba{sup 2+} cations. Applying the classic valance rules to rationalize the bonding apparently fails, and Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}Sb{sub 9} has long been known as a metallic Zintl phase. Earlier theoretical calculations, both empirical and ab-initio, suggest that the possible metallic properties originate from filled anti-bonding Pn–Pn states, and the special roles of the “cations” in this crystal structure. To experimentally probe this hypothesis, we sought to synthesize the ordered quaternary phases Ba{sub 6}CaTr{sub 4}Sb{sub 9} (Tr=Al, Ga). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction work confirms Ba{sub 6.145(3)}Ca{sub 0.855}Al{sub 4}Sb{sub 9} and Ba{sub 6.235(3)}Ca{sub 0.765}Ga{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}, with Ca atoms preferably substituting Ba on one of the three available sites. The nuances of the five crystal structures are discussed, and the chemical bonding in Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}As{sub 9} is interrogated by tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations. - Graphical abstract: The new Zintl phases—Ba{sub 7}Al{sub 4}Sb{sub 9}, Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}P{sub 9}, and Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}As{sub 9}, and their quaternary variants Ba{sub 6}CaTr{sub 4}Sb{sub 9} (Tr=Al, Ga)—crystallize in the Ba{sub 7}Ga{sub 4}Sb{sub 9} structure type. The structures are based

  4. Structural, elastic and electronic properties of C14-type Al2M (M=Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases

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    Lishi, Ma; Yonghua, Duan; Runyue, Li

    2017-02-01

    The structural and mechanical properties, Debye temperatures and anisotropic sound velocities of the Laves phases Al2M (M=Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) with C14-type structure were investigated using the first-principles corresponding calculations. The corresponding calculated structural parameters and formation enthalpies are in good agreement with the available theoretical values, and Al2Ca has the best phase stability. The mechanical properties, including elastic constants, bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, and Poisson ratio ν, were deduced within the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. The brittleness and ductility were estimated by the values of Poisson ratio, B/G and Cauchy pressure. Moreover, the elastic anisotropy was investigated by calculating and discussing several anisotropy indexes. Finally, the electronic structures were used to illustrate the bonding characteristics of C14-Al2M (M=Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) phases.

  5. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3:C, BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors.

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    Kumar, Pratik; Bahl, Shaila; Sahare, P D; Kumar, Surender; Singh, Manveer

    2015-12-01

    This paper investigates the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors for different doses and bleaching durations. The results have also been compared with the commercially available Landauer Al2O3:C (Luxel®) dosemeter. Nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is known to be a sensitive thermoluminescent phosphor, but its OSL response is hardly reported. At first, pellets of nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu powder were prepared by adding Teflon as a binder. Their OSL signal was compared with that of the material in pure form, i.e. without adding the binder (in 100:1 ratio). It was observed that adding the binder does not appreciably affect the OSL intensity. On comparison with the commercially available Al2O3:C from Landauer, it was found that K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is around 15 times less sensitive than Al2O3:C. 'Homemade' BaFCl:Eu phosphor has also been studied. The intensity of BaFCl:Eu was ∼20 times more than the standard Al2O3:C dosemeter and ∼200 times more sensitive than K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu in the dose range of 13-200 cGy. OSL dosemeters are believed to give luminescence signal even if they are read before, i.e. multiple reading may be possible under suitable conditions after single exposure. This was also checked for all the prepared dosemeters and it was found that Al2O3:C showed the least decrease of <2 %, followed by BaFCl:Eu of 15 % and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu with 20 %. Finally, Al2O3:C and BaFCl:Eu phosphors were also studied for their optical bleaching durations to which the respective signals get completely removed so that the phosphor can be re-used. It was observed that BaFCl:Eu is bleached faster and more easily than Al2O3:C.

  6. Heavy metals in cement phases: on the solubility of Mg, Cd, Pb and Ba in Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Prodjosantoso, A.K.; Kennedy, B.J

    2003-07-01

    The compounds formed when the divalent cations Mg{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, Ba{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} are present during the preparation of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} have been studied using X-ray microanalysis and diffraction methods. The smaller Mg cations are found to partially substitute for Ca{sup 2+}, and structural refinements show that Mg preferentially occupies the smaller six-coordinate sites in Ca{sub 3-x}Mg{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}. When Ba is present, it preferentially occupies the larger eight- and nine-coordinate sites. X-ray microanalysis suggests that Pb and Cd are lost from the samples during the preparation process. The diffraction patterns show a small decrease in the lattice parameters, suggesting that a defect structure of the type Ca{sub 3-x}(vac){sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} is formed. The distribution of products formed on hydration of the doped Ca{sub 3-x}M{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} is found to be very different than that observed for the undoped material.

  7. Equiatomic AEAuX (AE=Ca-Ba, X=Al-In) Intermetallics: A Systematic Study of their Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Properties.

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    Benndorf, Christopher; Stegemann, Frank; Seidel, Stefan; Schubert, Lea; Bartsch, Manfred; Zacharias, Helmut; Mausolf, Bernhard; Haarmann, Frank; Eckert, Hellmut; Pöttgen, Rainer; Janka, Oliver

    2017-01-31

    The three intermetallic compounds SrAuGa, BaAuAl and BaAuGa were synthesised from the elements in niobium ampoules. The Sr compound crystallises in the orthorhombic KHg2 -type structure (Imma, a=465.6(1), b=771.8(2), c=792.6(2) pm, wR2 =0.0740, 324 F(2) values, 13 variables), whereas the Ba compounds were both found to crystallise in the cubic non-centrosymmetric LaIrSi-type structure (P21 3, BaAuAl: a=696.5(1) pm; wR2 =0.0427, 446 F(2) values, 12 variables; BaAuGa: a=693.49(4) pm, wR2 =0.0717, 447 F(2) values, 12 variables). The samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction and their structures refined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The title compounds, along with references from the literature (CaAuAl, CaAuGa, CaAuIn, and SrAuIn), were characterised further by susceptibility measurements and (27) Al and (71) Ga solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Theoretical calculations of the density of states (DOS) and the NMR parameters were used for the interpretation of the spectroscopic data. The electron transfer from the alkaline-earth metals and the group 13 elements onto the gold atoms was investigated through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), classifying these intermetallics as aurides.

  8. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  9. Influences of CaO on Crystallization, Microstructures, and Properties of BaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 Glass-Ceramics

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    Li, Bo; Tang, Bo; Xu, Mingjiang

    2015-10-01

    We have developed BaO-CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramics with high thermal coefficient of expansion (TCE) to overcome thermal mismatch at board level. The crystalline phases include quartz (major), cristobalite (minor), and bazirite BaZrSi3O9 (minor). Calculations from whole-pattern fitting show that the crystallinity varies slightly within the range of 33.48% to 34.89%, while the mass fraction of the phases changes remarkably with the CaO content. This indicates that CaO cannot promote crystallization of Ba-Al-B-Si glass, but effectively suppresses the phase transformation from quartz to cristobalite, making the thermal expansion curves linear. An empirical equation for the TCE versus the temperature and the amount of CaO is established. Furthermore, the densification mechanism of Ca modifiers is revealed. Due to its higher field strength than Ba, substitution of Ca increases the glass viscosity and inhibits ion diffusion. Excessive CaO is thus harmful to the density, bending strength, and electrical properties. The sample with 10 wt.% CaO sintered at 950°C exhibited high bending strength (154.1 MPa) and high TCE (12.38 ppm/°C) as well as good electrical properties ( ɛ = 6.2, tan δ = 5 × 10-4, ρ = 3.8 × 1012 Ω cm).

  10. Formation of multinary intermetallics from reduction of perovskites by aluminum flux: M(3)Au(6+)(x)()Al(26)Ti (M = Ca, Sr, Yb), a stuffed variant of the BaHg(11) type.

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    Latturner, Susan E; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2004-01-12

    New intermetallic phases were synthesized by reacting oxidic perovskites and gold metal in aluminum flux. The combination of MTiO(3) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) and Au metal in excess molten aluminum produces quaternary compounds M(3)Au(6+)(x)()Al(26)Ti with a stuffed BaHg(11) structure type. An analogue with M = Yb was also synthesized; it shows mixed valent behavior.

  11. Ag-Al-Ca

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/97.etType="URL"/> 'Systems from Ag-Al-Ca to Au-Pd-Si' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter 'Ag-Al-Ca' with the content:

  12. Interlayer states arising from anionic electrons in the honeycomb-lattice-based compounds A e AlSi (A e =Ca , Sr, Ba)

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    Lu, Yangfan; Tada, Tomofumi; Toda, Yoshitake; Ueda, Shigenori; Wu, Jiazhen; Li, Jiang; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Zhang, Yaoqing; Hosono, Hideo

    2017-03-01

    We report that the interlayer states common to the compounds A e AlSi (A e =Ca , Sr, Ba) arise from F-center-like electrons arrayed in periodic cavities. The SrPtSb-type intermetallic phases exhibit electrons localized to columns of the trigonal bipyramidal A e3A l2 cages running perpendicular to the honeycomb layers. Ab initio calculations in combination with hard/soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopic measurements reveal that these features correspond to the anionic electrons that hybridize with apical Al 3 pz orbitals from the honeycomb layers above and below. Extra bands with a significant dispersion along the kz direction therefore contribute to the Fermi level in contrast to the apparent two-dimensional connectivity of the bonding in the compounds, and completely account for the presence of interlayer states. Our study demonstrates how the cage centers may serve as electronically important crystallographic sites, and extend the anionic electron concept into honeycomb lattice compounds.

  13. An Investigation of Armenite, BaCa2Al6Si9O302H2O.H2O Molecules and H Bonding in Microporous Silicates

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    Geiger, C. A.; Gatta, G.; Xue, X.; McIntyre, G.

    2012-12-01

    The crystal chemistry of armenite, ideally BaCa2Al6Si9O30.2H2O, a double-ring structure belonging to the milarite group, was studied to better understand the nature of extra-framework "Ca-oxygen-anion-H2O-molecule quasi-clusters" and H bonding behavior in microporous silicates. Neutron and X-ray single-crystal diffraction and IR powder and 1H NMR spectroscopic measurements were made. Four crystallographically independent Ca and H2O molecule sites were refined from the diffraction data, whereby both sites appear to have partial occupancies such that locally a Ca atom can have only a single H2O molecule bonded to it through an ion-dipole interaction. The Ca cation is further bonded to six O atoms of the framework forming a quasi cluster around it. The neutron results give the first static description of the protons in armenite, allowing bond distances and angles relating to the H2O molecules and H bonds to be determined. The IR spectrum of armenite is characterized in the OH-stretching region at RT by two broad bands at roughly 3470 and 3410 cm-1 and by a single H2O bending mode at 1654 cm-1. At 10 K four intense OH bands are located at 3479, 3454, 3401 and 3384 cm-1 and two H2O bending modes at 1650 and 1606 cm-1. The 1H MAS NMR spectrum shows a single strong resonance near 5.3 ppm and a smaller one near 2.7 ppm. The former can be assigned to H2O molecules bonded to Ca and the latter to weakly bonded H2O located at a site at the center of the structural double ring and it is partially occupied. The nature of H bonding in the microporous Ca-bearing zeolites scolecite, wairakite and epistilbite are also analyzed. The average OH stretching wavenumber shown by the IR spectra of armenite (~3435 cm-1) and scolecite (~3430 cm-1) are similar, while the average OH wavenumbers for wairakite (~3475 cm-1) and epistilbite (~3500 cm-1) are greater. In all cases the average OH stretching wavenumber is more similar to that of liquid water (~3400 cm-1) than of ice (~3220 cm-1). The

  14. Crystalline orientations of Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O(x) grains on MgO, SrTiO3, and LaAlO3 substrates

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    Liou, S. H.; Wu, C. Y.

    1992-01-01

    Crystalline orientations of Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O(x) grains in magnetron sputtered films on MgO (001), SrTiO3 (001), and LaAlO3 (001) substrates were investigated by scanning electron microscopy. In contrast to the nearly single crystalline films on the lattice matched substrates SrTiO3 and LaAlO3, films on the MgO (001) substrate, being polycrystalline in nature, exhibit several preferred in-plane grain orientations. These orientations agree well with a simplified theory of near-coincidence site lattices between Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O(x) and MgO.

  15. High-temperature tribological properties of NiCoCrAlY-WSe2-BaF2·CaF2 solid lubricant coatings prepared by plasma spraying

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    Chen, X. H.; Yuan, X. J.; Xia, J.; Yu, Z. H.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, NiCoCrAlY-WSe2-BaF2·CaF2 solid lubricant coatings were produced on a substrate by plasma spray and investigated at the high temperature, such as 500 °C and 800 °C. The structure of the coatings was characterized using XRD pattern and scanning electron microscopy. The TC1 (83wt% NiCoCrAlY) coating has a low friction coefficient at 500C, where the WSe2 is a good solid lubricant. The TC2 (65wt% NiCoCrAlY) coating has the low friction coefficient (0.279) at 800°C, due to the formation of BaCrO4 on the surfaces. As a result, the TC2 coating has the optimal tribological property in the wide temperature.

  16. Electronic structure of Ca, Sr, and Ba under pressure.

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    Animalu, A. O. E.; Heine, V.; Vasvari, B.

    1967-01-01

    Electronic band structure calculations phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure electronic band structure calculations for fcc phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure electronic band structure calculations for fcc phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure

  17. Magnetic comparison of BaCa and BaSr substituted hexaferrite powders

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    González-Angeles, A.; Lipka, J.; Grusková, A.; Sláma, J.; Jančárik, V.; Slugeň, V.

    2010-03-01

    Results on magnetic studies of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12-2x(ZnTi)xO19 and Ba0.75Ca0.25Fe12-2x(ZnTi)xO19, where x = 0.2 to 0.6, ferromagnetic powders prepared by mechanical alloying are discussed. The structural and magnetic properties of the resulting powders were analyzed by thermo-magnetic analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. Curie temperature, Tc decreased dramatically (drop ~ 39%) for BaCa samples, whilst for BaSr samples remained almost without change (diminution ~ 2%) at x <= 0.2. SEM studies showed that all the particles present nearly hexagonal platelet shape.

  18. On the quasi-1D magnetic behavior of Ba 2MnCoAl 2F 14, Ba 2MnCuAl 2F 14 and related compounds

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    le Lirzin, A.; Darriet, J.; Georges, R.; Soubeyroux, J. L.

    1992-02-01

    Two new fluorides Ba 2MnCoAl 2F 14 and Ba 2MnCoAl 2F 14, isostructural with the natural compound usovite Ba 2CaMgAl 2F 14, have been synthesized. The nuclear structures of both compounds, refined from neutron diffraction data, give evidence for strongly disordered bimetallic chains MnCu or MnCo along the b-axis: two new theoretical treatments are suggested in order to account for the magnetic behavior of each compound but, due to their intrinsic limitations, they are in fact applied here to solid solutions between the parent compound and BaMnAlF 7, namely Ba 2Mn 1+ yCu 1- yAl2F14 and Ba 2Mn1+ yCo1- yAl 2F 14, leading to a rather good agreement with the measured values of the susceptibilities.

  19. Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variations in environmental and biological sources: A survey of marine and terrestrial systems

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    Peek, Stephanie; Clementz, Mark T.

    2012-10-01

    The relative concentrations of strontium to calcium (Sr/Ca) and barium to calcium (Ba/Ca) in mammalian bioapatite are common biogeochemical indicators for trophic level and/or dietary preferences in terrestrial foodwebs; however, similar research in marine foodwebs is lacking. This study combined environmental and biological Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca data from both terrestrial and marine settings from 62 published books, reports, and studies along with original data collected from 149 marine mammals (30 species) and 83 prey items (18 species) and found that variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of biological and environmental samples are appreciably different in terrestrial and marine systems. In terrestrial systems, environmental sources account for most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios. In contrast, environmental sources in marine systems (i.e., seawater) are comparatively invariant, meaning most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios originate from biological processes. Marine consumers, particularly non-mammalian and mammalian vertebrates, show evidence of biopurification of Ca relative to Sr and Ba, similar to what is observed in terrestrial systems; however, unlike terrestrial systems, variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of environmental sources are overprinted by bioaccumulation of Sr and Ba at the base of marine foodwebs. This demonstrates that in marine systems, spatial or temporal differences may have little to no effect on Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of marine vertebrates, making Sr/Ca, and to a lesser extent Ba/Ca, potentially useful global proxies for trophic level and dietary preferences of marine vertebrates.

  20. R3Au(6+x)Al26T (R = Ca, Sr, Eu, Yb; T = early transition metal): a large family of compounds with a stuffed BaHg11 structure type grown from aluminum flux.

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    Latturner, Susan E; Bilc, Daniel; Mahanti, S D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2009-02-16

    A collection of new quaternary intermetallic compounds with a cubic, stuffed BaHg(11) structure type has been synthesized by the combination of a divalent rare earth or alkaline earth metal R, an early transition metal T, and gold in an excess of molten aluminum. Structural characterization of these R(3)Au(6+x)Al(26)T compounds by powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction indicates that the unit cell varies with the radii of the early transition metal T and the rare earth/alkaline earth R as expected. The element T (where T = group 4, 5, 6, and 7 element) appears to be responsible for the stabilization of up to 43 different members of the R(3)Au(6+x)Al(26)T family of compounds. Varying amounts of disorder and trends in partial occupancies of the Au stuffed site--the site that is vacant in the parent compound BaHg(11)--are also indicated by the diffraction studies of this family of compounds. Magnetic susceptibility data reveals that the transition metal atoms in these materials do not possess local magnetic moments. For the magnetic rare earth containing materials, the europium compounds undergo a ferromagnetic transition at 10 K, and the ytterbium analogues show mixed valent behavior. Band structure calculations also support a mixed valent state for Yb in these compounds.

  1. Gulf of Alaska and California bamboo corals: Ba/Ca and Sr/Ca records

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    Sauthoff, W.; LaVigne, M.; Hill, T. M.; Roark, E.; Dunbar, R. B.; Guilderson, T. P.; Spero, H. J.

    2012-12-01

    Deep-sea bamboo coral communities form on seamounts and along continental margins with near global distribution. Bamboo [Isididae] corals record surrounding ocean geochemistry presenting reliable proxy records of changes in seawater conditions, including productivity and nutrient content. Here we investigate bamboo coral specimens from the California margin and Gulf of Alaska (634-1288 m water depth; ~37oN-48oN), to provide insight into latitudinal and temporal differences in eastern Pacific Ocean climate processes. Past oceanic conditions were reconstructed in this investigation by trace element analyses (Ba/Ca, Sr/Ca) using laser ablation ICP-MS, using a 85 μm spot size at 10 μm/s, 4.45 J/cm2 fluence, and 10 Hz repetition rate. Two California specimens show differences in mean Ba/Ca content: 13.73 compared to 18.55 μmol/mol, which we attribute to differences in collection depth (T1104 A10: 833 m and T1100 A04: 1288 m, respectively). Gulf of Alaska corals show a more subdued nutrient signal with lower mean Ba/Ca values of 10.56 and 10.05 μmol/mol across a narrower depth range (ALV3803 #3: 720 m; ALV3803 #5: 634 m, respectively). This trend of increasing Ba/Ca with depth is in consensus with eastern Pacific dissolved barium and California margin bamboo coral depth transects. Sr/Ca content was uniform between four coral specimens with values ranging from 3.01 to 3.06 mmol/mol. Coral chronologies were compared against indices of climate oscillations, including El Niño Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation, using time series based upon radiocarbon dating. The corals investigated here show a limited connection with El Niño Southern Oscillation; longer-term changes related Pacific Decadal Oscillation may be evidenced in this climate archive.

  2. Vacuum ultraviolet thin films. I - Optical constants of BaF2, CaF2, LaF3, MgF2, Al2O3, HfO2, and SiO2 thin films. II - Vacuum ultraviolet all-dielectric narrowband filters

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    Zukic, Muamer; Torr, Douglas G.; Spann, James F.; Torr, Marsha R.

    1990-01-01

    An iteration process matching calculated and measured reflectance and transmittance values in the 120-230 nm VUV region is presently used to ascertain the optical constants of bulk MgF2, as well as films of BaF2, CaF2, LaF3, MgF2, Al2O3, HfO2, and SiO2 deposited on MgF2 substrates. In the second part of this work, a design concept is demonstrated for two filters, employing rapidly changing extinction coefficients, centered at 135 nm for BaF2 and 141 nm for SiO2. These filters are shown to yield excellent narrowband spectral performance in combination with narrowband reflection filters.

  3. Piezoelectric and Dielectric Properties of Multilayered BaTiO3/(Ba,Ca)TiO3/CaTiO3 Thin Films.

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    Zhu, Xiao Na; Gao, Ting Ting; Xu, Xing; Liang, Wei Zheng; Lin, Yuan; Chen, Chonglin; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2016-08-31

    Highly oriented multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films were fabricated on Nb-doped (001) SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The configurations of multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films are designed with the thickness ratio of 1:1:1 and 2:1:1 and total thickness ∼300 nm. Microstructural characterization by X-ray diffraction indicates that the as-deposited thin films are highly c-axis oriented and large in-plane strain is determined in BaTiO3 and CaTiO3 layers. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies reveal an intense in-plane polarization component, whereas the out-of-plane shows inferior phase contrast. The optimized combination is found to be the BaTiO3-(Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3-CaTiO3 structure with combination ratio 2:1:1, which displays the largest domain switching amplitude under DC electric field, the largest room-temperature dielectric constant ∼646, a small dielectric loss of 0.03, and the largest dielectric tunability of ∼50% at 400 kV/cm. These results suggest that the enhanced dielectric and tunability performance are greatly associated with the large in-plane polarization component and domain switching.

  4. Method of forming superconducting Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films

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    Wessels, Bruce W.; Marks, Tobin J.; Richeson, Darrin S.; Tonge, Lauren M.; Zhang, Jiming

    1993-01-01

    A method of forming a superconducting Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O film is disclosed, which comprises depositing a Ba-Ca-Cu-O film on a substrate by MOCVD, annealing the deposited film and heat-treating the annealed film in a closed circular vessel with TlBa.sub.2 Ca.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x and cooling to form said superconducting film of TlO.sub.m Ba.sub.2 Ca.sub.n-1 Cu.sub.n O.sub.2n+2, wherein m=1,2 and n=1,2,3.

  5. Superconductivity in Al-substituted Ba8Si46 clathrates

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    Li, Yang; Garcia, Jose; Chen, Ning; Liu, Lihua; Li, Feng; Wei, Yuping; Bi, Shanli; Cao, Guohui; Feng, Z. S.

    2013-05-01

    There is a great deal of interest vested in the superconductivity of Si clathrate compounds with sp3 network, in which the structure is dominated by strong covalent bonds among silicon atoms, rather than the metallic bonding that is more typical of traditional superconductors. A joint experimental and theoretical investigation of superconductivity in Al-substituted type-I silicon clathrates is reported. Samples of the general formula Ba8Si46-xAlx, with different values of x were prepared. With an increase in the Al composition, the superconducting transition temperature TC was observed to decrease systematically. The resistivity measurement revealed that Ba8Si42Al4 is superconductive with transition temperature at TC = 5.5 K. The magnetic measurements showed that the bulk superconducting Ba8Si42Al4 is a type II superconductor. For x = 6 sample Ba8Si40Al6, the superconducting transition was observed down to TC = 4.7 K which pointed to a strong suppression of superconductivity with increasing Al content as compared with TC = 8 K for Ba8Si46. Suppression of superconductivity can be attributed primarily to a decrease in the density of states at the Fermi level, caused by reduced integrity of the sp3 hybridized networks as well as the lowering of carrier concentration. These results corroborated by first-principles calculations showed that Al substitution results in a large decrease of the electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which also explains the decreased superconducting critical temperature within the BCS framework. The work provided a comprehensive understanding of the doping effect on superconductivity of clathrates.

  6. Luminescence and Site Occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2 Ca(BO3)2

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2011-01-01

    A green phosphor Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction method under a reductive atmosphere. The luminescence and site occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are investigated. Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows one green band (537 nm) under 400 nm near ultraviolet excitation which is suitable for UV LED. Ca2+ and Ba2+ ions in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are replaced by Eu2+ ions, the Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows a dissymmetrical emission band. The influence of Eu2+ doping concentrations on the emission intensity of Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ is studied. It is found that the emission intensity is influenced by the Eu2+ concentration and reaches the maximum value at 2% Eu2+. According to the Dexter theory, the concentration quenching mechanisms of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are the d-dinteraction.

  7. Examining the utility of coral Ba/Ca as a proxy for river discharge and hydroclimate variability at Coiba Island, Gulf of Chirquí, Panamá.

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    Brenner, Logan D; Linsley, Braddock K; Dunbar, Robert B

    2017-02-15

    Panamá's extreme hydroclimate seasonality is driven by Intertropical Convergence Zone rainfall and resulting runoff. River discharge (Q) carries terrestrially-derived barium to coastal waters that can be recorded in coral. We present a Ba/Ca record (1996-1917) generated from a Porites coral colony in the Gulf of Chiriquí near Coiba Island (Panamá) to understand regional hydroclimate. Here coral Ba/Ca is correlated to instrumental Q (R=0.67, p<0.001), producing a seasonally-resolved Reduced Major Axis regression of Ba/Ca (μmol/mol)=Q (m(3)/s)×0.006±0.001 (μmol/mol)(m(3)/s)(-1)+4.579±0.151. Our results support work in the neighboring Gulf of Panamá that determined seawater Ba/Ca, controlled by Q, is correlated to coral Ba/Ca (LaVigne et al., 2016). Additionally, the Coiba coral Ba/Ca records at least 5 El Niño events and identified 22 of the 37 wet seasons with below average precipitation. These data corroborate the Q proxy and provide insight into the use of coral Ba/Ca as an El Niño and drought indicator.

  8. Ba/Ca coral-based proxy of tropical hydrology: Yucatan Peninsula case study

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    Gonneea, M. E.; Cohen, A. L.; Charette, M. A.

    2011-12-01

    The barium/calcium ratio (Ba/Ca) in corals growing on fringing reefs of the Yucatan Peninsula is a potentially powerful tool with which to reconstruct seasonally resolved, multicentury-long records of precipitation (both seasonally-forced as well as episodic events). The Yucatan Peninsula is a carbonate platform with minimal surface flow, thus groundwater is the major vector for freshwater transport to the coast. The basic premise for this work is that elements enriched in groundwater (such as Ba) are delivered via submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) to the coastal waters of the Yucatan Peninsula and that the magnitude of SGD is positively correlated with precipitation. Delivery of Ba enriched groundwater elevates coastal Ba concentrations and high/low rainfall events are recorded as high/low Ba/Ca ratios in the coral skeleton. Recent quantification of groundwater discharge to coastal waters of the Yucatan Peninsula showed that discharge was three times higher at the end of the wet season relative to the dry season. This strongly suggests that precipitation drives the delivery of fresh groundwater to coastal waters (and the reef). The Ba/Ca ratio of seawater is linearly dependent on salinity, thus this is an excellent tracer of terrestrially source fresh water. Initial Ba/Ca data generated from two corals (Siderastrea spp.) collected live on the Yucatan reefs demonstrate a positive correlation with rainfall; both corals record Hurricane Isadore as a substantial Ba/Ca spike in the 2002 annual growth band.

  9. Superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric BaAl4 derived structures

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    Kneidinger, F.; Salamakha, L.; Bauer, E.; Zeiringer, I.; Rogl, P.; Blaas-Schenner, C.; Reith, D.; Podloucky, R.

    2014-07-01

    Ternary intermetallics Ep-T-X, crystallizing in ordered variants of the BaAl4 structure type, have been investigated systematically with respect to their formation and stability. For this, a comprehensive overview of the BaAl4 derivative structure types including group-subgroup relations was established. Special emphasis was laid on compounds where inversion symmetry is missing in the respective crystal structures and where superconductivity is observed at low temperatures. EpTX3 compounds crystallize in the noncentrosymmetric BaNiSn3 structure type (space-group I4mm; a ≈0.4 and c ≈1 nm), an ordered ternary derivative of BaAl4. Superconductivity below 3 K was found for seven members of this series, as evidenced from heat capacity and electrical resistivity measurements. Although the Rashba-like spin-orbit coupling in noncentrosymmetric systems can enable a mixture of spin-singlet and spin-triplet pairs in the superconducting condensate, the experimental data basically indicate a predominant s-wave superconducting state in all of these compounds. For this family of compounds, fully relativistic density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the electronic structure and phonon properties were done. Despite the different size of spin-orbit coupling depending on the actual choice of elements for Ep, T, and X that result in different spin-orbit splittings of the Fermi surfaces, the experimental observation of a prevalent spin-singlet pairing in the superconducting phases of the EpTX3 compounds is supported.

  10. Bulk superconductivity in Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 and TlBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 9 phases

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    Sulpice, A.; Giordanengo, B.; Tournier, R.; Hervieu, M.; Maignan, A.; Martin, C.; Michel, C.; Provost, J.

    1988-09-01

    Well-crystallized Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 phases have been observed superconducting or normal below 108 K depending on their stoichiometry. This observation is an evidence that a (Cu IL&.zbnd;O -) mixed valence induced by vacancies or substitution on different sites gives rise to superconductivity in this phase. The new phase TlBa 2Ca 2CuO 9 which intrinsically contains a mixed valence has been observed as having a sharp transition to bulk superconductivity in the Meissner effect at a critical temperature of 120 K. This temperature is much higher than the recently observed one.

  11. Consequences of Ca multisite occupation for the conducting properties of BaTiO3

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    Zulueta, Y. A.; Dawson, J. A.; Leyet, Y.; Anglada-Rivera, J.; Guerrero, F.; Silva, R. S.; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2016-11-01

    In combination with the dielectric modulus formalism and theoretical calculations, a newly developed defect incorporation mode, which is a combination of the standard A- and B-site doping mechanisms, is used to explain the conducting properties in 5 mol% Ca-doped BaTiO3. Simulation results for Ca solution energies in the BaTiO3 lattice show that the new oxygen vacancy inducing mixed mode exhibits low defect energies. A reduction in dc conductivity compared with undoped BaTiO3 is witnessed for the incorporation of Ca. The conducting properties of 5 mol% Ca-doped BaTiO3 are analyzed using molecular dynamics and impedance spectroscopy. The ionic conductivity activation energies for each incorporation mode are calculated and good agreement with experimental data for oxygen migration is observed. The likely existence of the proposed defect configuration is also analyzed on the basis of these methods.

  12. Effect of local environment on crossluminescence kinetics in SrF2:Ba and CaF2:Ba solid solutions

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    Terekhin, M. A.; Makhov, V. N.; Lebedev, A. I.; Sluchinskaya, I. A.

    2015-10-01

    Spectral and kinetic properties of extrinsic crossluminescence (CL) in SrF2:Ba(1%) and CaF2:Ba(1%) are compared with those of intrinsic CL in BaF2 and are analyzed taking into account EXAFS data obtained at the Ba LIII edge and results of first-principles calculations. The CL decay time was revealed to be longer in SrF2:Ba and CaF2:Ba compared to BaF2. This fact contradicts the expected acceleration of luminescence decay which could result from an increased overlap of wave functions in solid solutions due to shortening of the Ba-F distance obtained in both EXAFS measurements and first-principles calculations. This discrepancy is explained by the effect of migration and subsequent non-radiative decay of the Ba(5p) core holes in BaF2 and by decreasing of the probability of optical transitions between Ba(5p) states and the valence band in SrF2:Ba and CaF2:Ba predicted by first-principles calculations.

  13. Ba/Ca Ratios in North Pacific Bamboo Corals Record Changes in Intermediate Water Biogeochemistry

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    Serrato Marks, G.; LaVigne, M.; Hill, T. M.; Sauthoff, W.; Guilderson, T. P.; Roark, E. B.; Dunbar, R. B.

    2015-12-01

    Trace elemental ratios preserved in the skeleton of bamboo corals, which live for hundreds of years at >500m depth, have been utilized as archives of deep-ocean conditions. However, it was previously unclear whether trace element data from these corals were internally reproducible and could therefore be used as reliable climate proxies. This study tests the internal reproducibility of Ba/Ca in the calcite of nine bamboo corals to further develop a new proxy for dissolved Ba in seawater (BaSW). Trace element LA-ICP-MS data were collected along three replicate radii of varying lengths of the calcitic internodes of well-dated corals collected live from the Gulf of Alaska (720m and 643m) and the California Margin (870m, 1012m, 1295m, 1500m, 1521m, 1954m, and 2054m; samples from 1295-1521m are not yet dated). Data were aligned using visible bands measured with a petrographic microscope to account for irregular growth. Ba/Ca data filtered with a 50μm (1.5-2 year) moving average were reproducible within each coral to 2.9 ± 2.1% (n=3 radii/coral, 9 corals), suggesting that regional geochemical signals are recorded as reproducible Ba/Ca signals on >annual timescales. Coral Ba/Ca presents an excellent proxy for BaSW, which has been found to be correlated with refractory nutrients (e.g. silicate) and oxygen minima. Increasing BaSW with depth and increased variability near 1000m suggests that BaSW is not constant with depth or with time. Several factors, including barite saturation state, particulate organic carbon (POC) remineralization rate, and particle sinking time, may be involved in the observed changes in BaSW. Further examination of such mechanisms could provide new insights into modern changes in deep-sea biogeochemistry.

  14. Climate, productivity, and intermediate water nutrients: new records from bamboo coral Ba/Ca

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    Lavigne, M.; Hill, T. M.; Spero, H. J.; Guilderson, T. P.

    2010-12-01

    A geochemical nutrient proxy from deep-sea corals would provide decadal to centennial scale records of intermediate-water nutrient dynamics. Such records could be used to determine how intermediate water masses (300-2000m) are affected by decadal scale climate change (e.g. Pacific Decadal Oscillation) via carbon cycling, export production, and intermediate water-mass circulation/ventilation. Because seawater barium (BaSW ) has a nutrient-like distribution in the water-column (similar to silicate), Ba/Ca records have been used to trace upwelled nutrient supply in shallow water surface corals isolated from terrestrial barium sources. Here we show the first calibration of a nutrient proxy from skeletal barium preserved in the calcitic internodes of bamboo corals. Our calibration was calculated from a depth transect (500-2000m) of Isidella and Keratoisis corals spanning a silicate and (BaSW ) gradient on the California Margin (Ba/Ca coral (µmol/mol) = 0.117 BaSW (nmol/kg ) + 0.835; R2 = 0.88; n = 29). The strong linear correlation between Ba/Ca coral and BaSW suggests that coral Ba/Ca is a reliable recorder of seawater barium (and, therefore, silicate). We find a distribution coefficient (DBa) for bamboo coral Ba/Ca of 1.3±0.1, similar to that of other corals (surface and deep-sea dwelling) and inorganic calcium carbonate precipitation experiments (DBa = 1.2-1.5). This implies that, as true for other carbonates, Ba incorporation is primarily driven by ionic substitution and holds promise as a globally applicable nutrient proxy in bamboo corals. High-resolution Ba/Ca timeseries records sampled via LA-ICP-MS in two co-located California Margin corals (Pioneer Seamount; 830m; 37°22’27”N) co-vary with ~decadal-scale variations in silicate and nitrate measured at 500m depth (CalCOFI line 80 sta. 60; 34°8’60”N). This suggests that high-resolution records of bamboo coral Ba/Ca can be used to reconstruct broad changes in intermediate water nutrients driven by

  15. High-pressure densified solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides (Ca/Sr, Ca/Ba, Sr/Ba) and their high-temperature thermoelectric properties

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    Gürsoy, M.; Takeda, M.; Albert, B.

    2015-01-15

    Solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides were synthesized and densified by spark plasma sintering at 100 MPa. The high-temperature thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficients, electrical and thermal diffusivities, heat capacities) were measured between room temperature and 1073 K. CaB{sub 6}, SrB{sub 6}, BaB{sub 6} and the ternary hexaborides Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}B{sub 6}, Ca{sub x}Ba{sub 1−x}B{sub 6}, Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1−x}B{sub 6} (x = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75) are n-type conducting compounds over the whole compositional and thermal ranges. The values of the figure of merit ZT for CaB{sub 6} (ca. 0.3 at 1073 K) were found to be significantly increased compared to earlier investigations which is attributed to the densification process. - Highlights: • Solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides were synthesized. • High-temperature thermoelectric properties of mixed calcium borides are excellent. • Spark plasma source densification results in high ZT values. • Borides are rare-earth free and refractory materials.

  16. Site-related near-infrared luminescence in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr, Ba):Fe{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Li, Y.J.; Ma, Y.Y.; Ye, S.; Hu, G.P.; Zhang, Q.Y.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Intense 700–850 nm NIR emissions in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr, Ba):1%Fe{sup 3+} has been obtained. • The NIR emissions can be ascribed to the octahedral Fe{sup 3+} sites. • The site symmetry of Fe{sup 3+} in CA{sub 6} and SA{sub 6} may be lower than that in BA{sub 6}. • The phosphors may be potentially applied in the high-resolution bioimaging. - Abstract: Intense and broad near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL) peaks locating at 777, 808 and 810 nm is observed for BaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+}, CaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (CA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+} and SrAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+}, respectively. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra show that Fe{sup 3+} ions substitute for the different types of Al{sup 3+} sites simultaneously. Meanwhile, the luminescence of Fe{sup 3+} in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr and Ba) are ascribed to octahedral Fe{sup 3+}. In addition, the site symmetry of Fe{sup 3+} in CA{sub 6}/SA{sub 6} is lower compared with BA{sub 6}, deduced from the photoluminescence excitation (PLE), EPR and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. These phosphors can be considered as good candidates for the applications in the field of high-resolution bioimaging.

  17. Migration behaviour of twaite shad Alosa fallax assessed by otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca profiles.

    PubMed

    Magath, V; Marohn, L; Fietzke, J; Frische, M; Thiel, R; Dierking, J

    2013-06-01

    Individual migration behaviour during the juvenile and adult life phase of the anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax in the Elbe estuary was examined using otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca profiles. Between hatching and the end of the first year of life, juveniles showed two migration patterns. Pattern one exhibited a single downstream migration from fresh water to the sea with no return into fresh water. In contrast, pattern two showed a first migration into the sea, then a return into fresh water and, finally, a second downstream migration into marine water. This first report of migration plasticity for A. fallax points to different exposure times to estuarine threats depending on the migration strategy. In adults, high Sr:Ca and low Ba:Ca in the majority of individuals confirmed prior reports of a primarily marine habitat use. Patterns reflecting spawning migrations were rarely observed on otoliths, possibly due to the short duration of visits to fresh water.

  18. Adsorption of Ba2+ by Ca-exchange clinoptilolite tuff and montmorillonite clay.

    PubMed

    Chávez, M L; de Pablo, L; García, T A

    2010-03-15

    The adsorption of barium by Ca-exchanged clinoptilolite and montmorillonite is presented. The kinetics of adsorption of Ba(2+) were evaluated contacting 1g portion of each adsorber with 100mL 0.1N BaCl(2) for 200 h. Adsorption by Ca-clinoptilolite is defined by second-order kinetics of rate constant K(v) 8.232 x 10(-2) g mg(-1)h(-1) and maximum removal of 71.885 mg g(-1). It is a two-stage process initiated by a rapid uptake of Ba(2+) followed by more moderate kinetics. The adsorption isotherms were determined contacting 0.2g of each adsorber with 10 mL 0.1-0.005N BaCl(2)+CaCl(2) solution, Ba(2+)/Ca(2+) ratio 1, for periods of 7 days for the tuff and 2 days for the clay. The equilibrium adsorption is described by the Langmuir model, of equilibrium constant K 0.0151 L mg(-1) and maximum adsorption of 15.29 mg g(-1). The adsorption of Ba(2+) by Ca-exchanged montmorillonite also follows a second-order reaction of rate constant K(v) 3.179 x 10(-2) g mg(-1)h(-1), and calculated separation of 36.74 mg g(-1); the Langmuir isotherm is defined by the constant K 0.034 L mg(-1) and maximum adsorption of 15.29 mg g(-1). X-ray diffraction shows that the exchange of Ba(2+) modifies the d(001) of Ca-montmorillonite from 15.4 to 12.4A.

  19. Ca, Sr and Ba stable isotopes reveal the fate of soil nutrients along a tropical climosequence

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    Bullen, Thomas D.; Chadwick, Oliver A.

    2016-01-01

    Nutrient biolifting is an important pedogenic process in which plant roots obtain inorganic nutrients such as phosphorus (P) and calcium (Ca) from minerals at depth and concentrate those nutrients at the surface. Here we use soil chemistry and stable isotopes of the alkaline earth elements Ca, strontium (Sr) and barium (Ba) to test the hypothesis that biolifting of P has been an important pedogenic process across a soil climosequence developed on volcanic deposits at Kohala Mountain, Hawaii. The geochemical linkage between these elements is revealed as generally positive site-specific relationships in soil mass gains and losses, particularly for P, Ba and Ca, using the ratio of immobile elements titanium and niobium (Ti/Nb) to link individual soil samples to a restricted compositional range of the chemically and isotopically diverse volcanic parent materials. At sites where P is enriched in surface soils relative to abundances in deeper soils, the isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons (< 10 cm depth) are lighter than those of the volcanic parent materials and trend toward those of plants growing on fresh volcanic deposits. In contrast the isotope composition of exchangeable Ba in deeper soil horizons (> 10 cm depth) at those sites is consistently heavier than the volcanic parent materials. The isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca and Sr trend toward heavier compositions with depth more gradually, reflecting increasing leakiness from these soils in the order Ba < Sr < Ca and downward transfer of light biocycled Ca and Sr to deeper exchange sites. Given the long-term stability of ecosystem properties at the sites where P is enriched in surface soils, a simple box model demonstrates that persistence of isotopically light exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons requires that the uptake flux to plants from those near-surface layers is less than the recycling flux returned to the surface as

  20. Structural, optical and electrical properties of GdAlO3:Eu3+Ba2+

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    Selvalakshmi, T.; Tamilarasi, S.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2015-06-01

    Effect of Ba2+ ions concentration on the photoluminescence of GdAlO3:Eu3+ Ba2+ phosphor is investigated. The phosphors are synthesized by citrate-based sol-gel method and the formation of orthorhombic phase GdAlO3 is confirmed by XRD analysis. Kubelka-Munk function is used to estimate the band gap and the value varies with concentration of Ba2+ is observed. Photoluminescence spectra show a strong red emission peak at 616 nm corresponding to5D0→7F2 transition and its intensity increase with the addition of Ba2+ ions. The presence of Eu3+ and Ba2+ ions in GdAlO3 strongly influences the dielectric property of GdAlO3.

  1. Is otolith microchemistry (Sr: Ca and Ba:Ca ratios) useful to identify Mugil curema populations in the southeastern Caribbean Sea?

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    Avigliano, E; Callicó-Fortunato, R; Buitrago, J; Volpedo, A V

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential use of otolith microchemistry (Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios) to identify silver mullet, Mugil curema, populations in Southeastern Caribbean Sea. Fish samples were collected in 7 areas of Nueva Esparta State (Venezuela). The otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios and water Sr:Ca were determined (by ICP-OES and EDTA volumetric method). Otoliths Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios and Sr:Ca partition coefficient of mullets in Cubagua island (south of the State) were significantly different from ratios in La Guardia (north of the State). A discriminant analysis of otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios separated Cubagua Island from La Guardia values. These results suggest the existence of different mullet groups in the Southeastern Caribbean Sea. For this, the simultaneous use of Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios could be a potential tool to identify populations in the study area.

  2. Influence of Ca Substitution on Piezoelectric Properties of Ba1-x Ca x TiO3

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    Nguyen, Van Khien; Le, Thi Hong Phong; Tran, Thi Kim Chi; Truong, Van Chuong; Than, Trong Huy; Le, Van Hong

    2017-02-01

    Ca has been partially substituted for Ba in the structure of BaTiO3 to investigate the influence on its dielectric relaxation time and piezoelectric properties. Ba1-x Ca x TiO3 samples with x = 0.120, 0.140, 0.142, 0.144, 0.146, 0.148, 0.150, 0.152, and 0.160 were fabricated by the solid-state reaction method. The phase composition of the samples was identified by x-ray diffraction analysis. The impedance versus frequency characteristic in a range from 100 Hz to 2.5 MHz was measured at room temperature for all samples in both disk and cylinder shape. The results showed that Ca substitution considerably affected the piezoelectric properties of the fabricated samples. The piezoelectric properties were improved and optimized for x = 0.148, for which the relaxation time reached its minimal value. The relationship between the dielectric relaxation time and piezoelectric properties was found to be associated with structural phase competition as identified by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis.

  3. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

    DOEpatents

    Ginley, David S.; Hietala, Vincent M.; Hohenwarter, Gert K. G.; Martens, Jon S.; Plut, Thomas A.; Tigges, Chris P.; Vawter, Gregory A.; Zipperian, Thomas E.

    1994-10-25

    A process for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO.sub.3 crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O.sub.3, followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry.

  4. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

    DOEpatents

    Ginley, D.S.; Hietala, V.M.; Hohenwarter, G.K.G.; Martens, J.S.; Plut, T.A.; Tigges, C.P.; Vawter, G.A.; Zipperian, T.E.

    1994-10-25

    A process is disclosed for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO[sub 3] crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O[sub 3], followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry. 8 figs.

  5. LiF/CaF2/LiBaF3 ternary fluoride eutectic scintillator

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    Hishinuma, Kosuke; Kamada, Kei; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yamaji, Akihiro; Pejchal, Jan; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-04-01

    LiF/CaF2/LiBaF3 ternary eutectic scintillators were grown by the µ-PD method. In the solidified eutectic the phases were uniformly distributed in the transverse direction and aligned along the growth direction. For the Eu-doped samples, the expected emission peak observed at 425 nm was ascribed to Eu2+ 5d-4f transition from Eu:CaF2 under X-ray excitation. The LiF/CaF2/LiBaF3 ternary eutectic scintillators showed a light yield around 7,000 photons/neutron and decay time of 260 ns (73.6%) and 50 ns (26.4%).

  6. Multi-colony calibrations of coral Ba/Ca with a contemporaneous in situ seawater barium record

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    LaVigne, Michèle; Grottoli, Andréa G.; Palardy, James E.; Sherrell, Robert M.

    2016-04-01

    The coral skeleton barium to calcium ratio (Ba/Cacoral), a proxy for seawater barium concentrations (BaSW), has been interpreted as a tracer of upwelling based on the characteristic "nutrient like" depth profile of BaSW. However, in some tropical regions, such as the Gulf of Panamá, substantial influence of terrestrial runoff inputs and differences between the vertical distribution of BaSW and that of the major nutrients (nitrate and phosphate) in the upper water column can complicate the interpretation of Ba/Cacoral as an upwelled nutrient proxy. In the Gulf of Panamá, contemporaneous Ba/Cacoral records from multiple colonies of Porites lobata, Pavona gigantea, and Pavona clavus corals record a nearly twofold change in surface water BaSW as a 20-70% increase in skeletal Ba/Ca with excellent correlation among Ba/Ca records from co-located colonies (r = 0.86-0.99). These results provide, for the first time, an absolute calibration of the coral Ba proxy with a contemporaneous BaSW record. Compiling the Ba/Cacoral records from three co-located colonies of each species into taxon-specific composite regressions reveals strong statistically significant correlations with the BaSW time-series record (p < 0.001). Differences among taxa in regression slope, y-intercept, and average distribution coefficient, as well as a demonstration of the application of the P. clavus calibration to a previously published Ba/Cacoral record, emphasize the necessity of using taxon-specific calibrations to reconstruct changes in BaSW with accuracy. These results support the application of Ba/Cacoral to reconstruct past changes in absolute BaSW concentrations, adding an important tool to the collection of geochemical proxies for reconstructing surface ocean biogeochemical processes in the past.

  7. Mechanochemical synthesis of MgF2 - MF2 composite systems (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Scholz, G.; Breitfeld, S.; Krahl, T.; Düvel, A.; Heitjans, P.; Kemnitz, E.

    2015-12-01

    The capability of mechanochemical synthesis for the formation of MgF2-MF2 (M: Ca, Sr, Ba) composites, solid solutions or well-defined compounds was tested applying a fluorination of different fluorine-free metal sources with NH4F directly at milling. No evidence was found for a substitution of Mg2+ with Ca2+ (Sr2+, Ba2+) ions, or vice versa, in rutile or fluorite structure. However, an equimolar ratio of Mg2+ to the second cation allows the mechanochemical synthesis of tetrafluoromagnesates, MMgF4, which is more and more hampered the smaller the radius of the cation M2+ is. BaMgF4 is formed even phase pure from the acetates, SrMgF4 can only be observed in a mixture accompanied by the binary fluorides. In addition, 19F MAS NMR spectra along with calculations of 19F isotropic chemical shift values according to the superposition model point to the formation of a metastable phase of CaMgF4, which disappears at thermal treatment and decomposes into the binary fluorides CaF2 and MgF2.

  8. Superconductivity in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O System:. Synthesis, Characterization and Mechanism

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    Ganguli, A. K.; Swamy, K. S. Nanjunda; Subbanna, G. N.; Rajumon, M. K.; Sarma, D. D.; Rao, C. N. R.

    Synthesis and characterization of some of the members of the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O system are presented. Tc in both the TlCan-1Ba2CunO2n+3 and Tl2Can-1Ba2CunO2n+4 series increase with the number of Cu-O layers, n; Tc in the latter series with two Tl-O layers are generally higher than in the former with a single Tl-O layer. Tl in the cuprates is in the 3+ state while Cu is in the 1+ and 2+ states, showing the importance of oxygen holes. The concentration of these holes seems to increase with the number of Tl-O layers.

  9. Molecular Determinant for Specific Ca/Ba Selectivity Profiles of Low and High Threshold Ca2+ Channels

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    Cens, Thierry; Rousset, Matthieu; Kajava, Andrey; Charnet, Pierre

    2007-01-01

    Voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCC) play a key role in many physiological functions by their high selectivity for Ca2+ over other divalent and monovalent cations in physiological situations. Divalent/monovalent selection is shared by all VGCC and is satisfactorily explained by the existence, within the pore, of a set of four conserved glutamate/aspartate residues (EEEE locus) coordinating Ca2+ ions. This locus however does not explain either the choice of Ca2+ among other divalent cations or the specific conductances encountered in the different VGCC. Our systematic analysis of high- and low-threshold VGCC currents in the presence of Ca2+ and Ba2+ reveals highly specific selectivity profiles. Sequence analysis, molecular modeling, and mutational studies identify a set of nonconserved charged residues responsible for these profiles. In HVA (high voltage activated) channels, mutations of this set modify divalent cation selectivity and channel conductance without change in divalent/monovalent selection, activation, inactivation, and kinetics properties. The CaV2.1 selectivity profile is transferred to CaV2.3 when exchanging their residues at this location. Numerical simulations suggest modification in an external Ca2+ binding site in the channel pore directly involved in the choice of Ca2+, among other divalent physiological cations, as the main permeant cation for VGCC. In LVA (low voltage activated) channels, this locus (called DCS for divalent cation selectivity) also influences divalent cation selection, but our results suggest the existence of additional determinants to fully recapitulate all the differences encountered among LVA channels. These data therefore attribute to the DCS a unique role in the specific shaping of the Ca2+ influx between the different HVA channels. PMID:17893194

  10. X-Ray Data on Extraterrestrial CA Dialuminate (CaAl4O7)

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    Weber, D.; Ross, C. R., II; Bischoff, A.

    1993-07-01

    After the first discovery of Ca-dialuminate (CaAl4O7) in Allende [1], in recent years this phase has been found in several carbonaceous chondrites. Ca- dialuminate is a major phase in Ca,Al-rich inclusions from ALH85085 (e.g., [2]) and a dominating phase in CAIs from Acfer 182 ([3,4]). X-ray data on Ca-dialuminate are known from synthetic (e.g., [5-8]; cell constants) and terrestrial CaAl4O7 ([9]; only d-spacings), but are not available from extraterrestrial Ca-dialuminate. We report here the results of the first X-ray study of extraterrestrial Ca- dialuminate. The data (Table 1) were obtained by microdiffraction using a Rigaku PSPC microdiffractometer at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut. Ni-filtered Cr radiation was used with a direct beam diameter of about 50 micrometers. This powder diffraction method allows in situ measurement of polycrystalline Ca- dialuminate in a thin section. The CaAl4O7-rich inclusion 022/9 described in [4], consisting of a ~200-micrometer-sized core of Ca-dialuminate surrounded by layers of melilite and Ca-pyroxene, was chosen for analysis. The polycrystalline core contains only a small number of tiny inclusions (especially perovskite) and is therefore an excellent candidate for an X-ray study. For determination of the d-spacings of Ca-dialuminate an external standard (Ag6Ge10P12) was used for detector calibration. A large number of reflections could be indexed based upon comparison with the X-ray pattern of synthetic CaAl4O7 available in the JCPDS compilation [7]. The comparison was simplified because of the high purity of CaAl4O7 in inclusion 022/9 [4], and suggests the same structure for synthetic and extraterrestrial Ca-dialuminate. For determination of lattice parameters (cell constants, cell volume) refinement calculations were made based on 14 reflections (Table 1). The data for extraterrestrial CaAl4O7 shown in Table 1 indicate a close similarity to those obtained for synthetic CaAl4O7. The cell constants a, b, and therefore the cell

  11. Phase controlled synthesis of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles with high uniformity

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    Wang, S. F.; Li, Q.; Zu, X. T.; Xiang, X.; Liu, W.; Li, S.

    2016-12-01

    (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles were successfully synthesized through modifying the atomic ratio of polysaccharide and chelating agent at an optimal sintering temperature. In the process, the polysaccharide plays an important role in drastically shrinking the precursor during the gel drying process. In the metal-complex structure, M2+ ion active sites were coordinated by -OH of the water molecules except for EDTA anions. The MFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles exhibited enhanced magnetic properties when compared with nano-MFe2O4 of similar particle size synthesized by other synthesis route reported in the literature. In particular, the sintering temperature improves the crystallinity and increases the hysteresis loop squareness ratio of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite nanoparticles significantly.

  12. Crystal structure and superconductivity in (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy

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    Akimoto, J.; Kawaguchi, K.; Sohma, M.; Hayakawa, H.; Gotoh, Y.; Oosawa, Y.; Tokiwa, K.; Iyo, A.; Ihara, H.

    1997-02-01

    A new solid-solution superconductor, (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy with the tetragonal lattice parameters a = 3.849(2) Å and c = 21.496(3) Å, has been synthesized by the high-temperature and high-pressure technique. The structure refinement of the as-prepared (Cu,Hg)-1245 by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method confirmed the substitutional composition (Cu0.76Hg0.24)Ba2Ca4Cu5O12.45, whose cationic composition was close to that obtained by chemical analysis. The additional Cu atoms at the mercury site construct the chain-like oxygen coordination. The superstructure observed in Cu-1245 disappeared by the partial substitution of mercury for copper in the present (Cu,Hg)-1245. The structure refinement of the as-prepared Hg-1245 revealed the mercury-site deficiency of about 20%.

  13. Stability of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O Superconducting Thin Films

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    Siegal, M.P.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.; Padilla, R.R.; Provencio, P.N.

    1999-08-23

    We report the stability of TlBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Tl-1212) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (T1-2212) thin films and by inference, the stability of TlBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 9} (Tl-1223) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} (Tl-2223) thin films, under a variety of conditions. In general, we observe that the stability behavior of the single Tl-O layer materials (Tl-1212 and Tl-1223)are similar and the double Tl-O layer materials (Tl-2212 and Tl-2223) are similar. All films are stable with repeated thermal cycling to cryogenic temperatures. Films are also stable in acetone and methanol. Moisture degrades film quality rapidly, especially in the form of vapor. Tl-1212 is more sensitive to vapor than Tl-2212. These materials are stable to high temperatures in either N{sub 2}, similar to vacuum for the cuprates, and O{sub 2} ambients. While total degradation of properties (superconducting and structural) occur at the same temperatures for all phases, 600 C in N{sub 2} and 700 C in O{sub 2}, the onset of degradation occurs at somewhat lower temperatures for Tl-1212 than for Tl-2212 films. In all cases, sample degradation is associated with Tl depletion from the films.

  14. Thermogynamics of Genesis of Ca-Al-Inclusions in Chrondrites

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    Shornikov, S. I.

    2013-09-01

    The semi-empirical model was used for thermodynamic calculations of composition changes in the Ca-Al-Inclusions in chondrites during their evaporation and condensation. The presented model discussed with the Grossman approaches.

  15. Observations of Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report 5-(sigma) tangent column detections of Al and Fe, and strict 3-(sigma) tangent column upper limits for Ca(+) in Mercury's exosphere obtained using the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I telescope. These are the first direct detections of Al and Fe in Mercury's exosphere. Our Ca(-) observation is consistent with that reported by The Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

  16. A first principles study on newly proposed (Ca/Sr/Ba)Fe2Bi2 compounds with their parent compounds

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    Sundareswari, M.; Jayalakshmi, D. S.; Viswanathan, E.

    2016-02-01

    The structural, electronic, bonding and magnetic properties of newly proposed iron-based compounds viz., CaFe2Bi2, SrFe2Bi2, BaFe2Bi2 with their Fermi surface topology are reported here for the first time by means of first principles calculation. All these properties of newly proposed compounds are compared and analysed along with their respective parent compounds namely (Ca,Sr,Ba)Fe2As2.

  17. Elastic, magnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of the CaBaCo4O7 multiferroic

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    Kazei, Z. A.; Snegirev, V. V.; Vorob'ev, G. P.; Popov, Yu. F.; Vyalykh, D. K.; Kozeeva, L. P.; Kameneva, M. Yu.

    2016-12-01

    The structural, elastic, magnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of the CaBaCo4O7 multiferroic are experimentally studied and compared with the properties of the related YBaCo4O7 cobaltite, where Y3+ ions substitute for Ca2+ ions. Unlike the frustrated YBaCo4O7 magnet, the softening of Young's modulus and the hysteresis in the Δ E( T)/ E 0 curve of ferrimagnetic CaBaCo4O7 in the paramagnetic region are weak, and the anomaly during the magnetic transition increases by almost an order of magnitude. This difference can point to different characters of the development of a long-range magnetic order in these two cobaltites. The distortion of the crystal structure that removes the frustrations of exchange interactions is found to correlate with the magnetic behavior of the cobaltites under study. The magnetization curves of the Ca cobaltite have two steps below 15 K, which can point to the presence of a metastable state in a high magnetic field. The study of the longitudinal and transverse magnetoelectric effects in a pulsed magnetic field demonstrates that their magnitudes are maximal near T C and change their character from linear to quadratic during passage through this temperature.

  18. Hysteresis and relaxation in TlBa2Ca2Cu3Oy superconducting polycrystals

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    Batista-Leyva, A. J.; Cobas, R.; Orlando, M. T. D.; Altshuler, E.

    2003-08-01

    We study the hysteresis and relaxation of both intragranular and intergranular properties of TlBa2Ca2Cu3Oy (Tl-1223) superconducting polycrystals between 80 and 120 K. The samples have been prepared using a technique involving the mixing of grains of different sizes before the final sintering. The grains show a sizeable reversible magnetization, while vortices inside the grain behave as three-dimensional objects. The transport critical current is strongly hysteretic, with features that distinguish our Tl-1223 samples from 'standard' YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO), (Hg, Re)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+delta (HBCCO) and (Bi, Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10-delta (BSCCO) polycrystals. The preparation method improves the transport properties of the samples. The relaxation of the transport critical current density, in the presence of trapped fields, is reported here for the first time in this system, as far as we know. A phenomenological model can qualitatively describe the transport properties, where the intragrain magnetization affects the intergranular junctions, but a precise quantitative description is not achieved. The differences in the shape of the transport measurements, for different polycrystalline systems, are also well described by the model.

  19. Electrocaloric Effect of Lead-Free (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O3 Ferroelectric Ceramic

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    Kim, You Seok; Yoo, Juhyun

    2015-08-01

    In this study, (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O3 ferroelectric ceramic was fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction process. The electrocaloric effect was investigated using P- E hysteresis loop characteristics in a wide temperature range from room temperature to 135°C. The results showed that the temperature change Δ T could be calculated as a function of temperature using Maxwell's relation, reaching a maximum value of ~0.096°C at 110°C under an applied electric field of 15.3 kV/cm.

  20. Rare gases and Ca, Sr, and Ba in Apollo 17 drill-core fines

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    Pepin, R. O.; Dragon, J. C.; Johnson, N. L.; Bates, A.; Coscio, M. R., Jr.; Murthy, V. R.

    1975-01-01

    Trapped gas isotopic compositions and spallation gas concentrations as functions of depth in the Apollo 17 drill core were determined from mass spectrometer studies by means of correlation techniques. The distribution of He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe as well as Ca, Sr, and Ba was investigated, and rare-gas spallation and neutron capture profiles are compared with attention to proposed depositional models for the Taurus-Littrow regolith. The data exclude a sedimentation pattern similar to that found at the Apollo 15 site but are possibly compatible with long-term continuous accretion models or models of very recent rapid accumulation of regolith.

  1. Hyper- and hypobaric processing of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O superconductors

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    Goretta, K. C.; Routbort, J. L.; Shi, Donglu; Chen, J. G.; Hash, M. C.

    1989-11-01

    Tl-based superconductors of initial composition Tl:Ca:Ba:Cu equal to 2:2:2:3 and 1:3:1:3 were heated in oxygen at pressures of 10(sup 4) to 6 (times) 10(sup 5) Pa. The 2:2:2:3 composition formed primarily the 2-layer superconductor with zero resistance from 77 to 104 K. The 1:3:1:3 composition formed nearly phase pure 3-layer superconductor with a maximum zero resistance temperature of 120 K. Application of hyperbaric pressure influenced phase purities and transition temperatures slightly; phase purities decreased significantly with application of hypobaric pressures.

  2. Fabrication and chemical composition of RF magnetron sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O high Tc superconducting thin films

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    Subramanyam, G.; Radpour, F.; Kapoor, V. J.; Lemon, G. H.

    1990-01-01

    The preparation of TlCaBaCuO superconducting thin films on (100) SrTiO3 substrates is described, and the results of their characterization are presented. Sintering and annealing the thin films in a Tl-rich ambient yielded superconductivity with a Tc of 107 K. The results of an XPS study support two possible mechanisms for the creation of holes in the TlCaBaCuO compound: (1) partial substitution of Ca(2+) for Tl(3+), resulting in hole creation, and (2) charge transfer from Tl(3+) to the CuO layers, resulting in a Tl valence between +3 and +1.

  3. Thermodynamic stability of radiogenic Ba in CsAlSi2O6 pollucite

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    Jaffe, John; van Ginhoven, Renée; Jiang, Weilin

    2013-03-01

    Pollucite, a zeolite-like nanoporous aluminosilicate structure with nominal composition CsAlSi2O6, has been suggested as a nuclear waste storage form for fission-product radioactive isotopes of cesium, especially 137Cs. One factor affecting the long-term stability of this waste form is the valence change associated with the beta decay that converts Cs into barium. We have used first-principles density functional total energy calculations to evaluate the thermodynamic stability of pollucite with Ba replacing Cs at regular lattice sites with respect to the precipitation of Ba, Cs or their oxides. We included small clusters of substitutional BaCs as well as localized complexes of BaCs with compensating electron donor defects, specifically Cs vacancies and interstitial oxygen. We conclude that Cs-Ba pollucite is thermodynamically stable against precipitation of Cs or its oxide, but that partial precipitation of Ba or BaO may be thermodynamically favored under some conditions. Even this change may be kinetically limited, however. Fuel Cycle Research and Development, U.S. Department of Energy Waste Form Campaign

  4. Metal-semiconductor-transition observed in Bi2Ca(Sr, Ba)2Co2O8+δ single crystals

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    Dong, Song-Tao; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Zhang, Lun-Yong; Chen, Y. B.; Yao, Shu-Hua; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Shan-Tao; Gu, Zheng-Bin; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2014-07-01

    Electrical property evolution of Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ single crystals (AE = Ca, Sr and Ba) is systematically explored. When AE changes from Ca to Ba, the electrical property of Bi2Ca2Co2O8+δ and Bi2Sr2Co2O8+δ demonstrates semiconductor-like properties. But Bi2Ba2Co2O8+δ shows the metallic behavior. Analysis of temperature-dependent resistance substantiates that from metallic Bi2Ba2Co2O8+δ to semiconductor-like Bi2Sr2Co2O8+δ can be attributed to Anderson localization. However the semiconductor behaviour of Bi2Sr2Co2O8+δ and Bi2Ca2Co2O8+δ is related to electronic correlations effect that is inferred by large negative magnetoresistance (˜70%). The theoretical electronic structures and valence X-ray photoemission spectroscopy substantiate that there is a relative large density of state around Fermi level in Bi2Ba2Co2O8+δ compared with other two compounds. It suggests that Bi2Ba2Co2O8+δ is more apt to be metal in this material system.

  5. Ferromagnetism at room temperature in La{endash}Ba{endash}Ca{endash}Mn{endash}O thin films

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    Hong, Nguyen Hoa; Sakai, Joe; Imai, Syozo

    2001-06-01

    The effects of substitution of Ca by Ba in La{sub 1{minus}x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (LCMO) with x{lt}0.5 were investigated systematically in order to clarify the role of the size of the A cations. As for the La{sub 1{minus}x}(Ba{endash}Ca){sub x}MnO{sub 3} (LBCMO) films of ferromagnetic metallic (FMM) region (x=0.2; 0.3; and 0.4), by doping Ba, the ferromagnetic transition temperature (T{sub C}) and the insulator-to-metal (IM) transition temperature (T{sub IM}) were improved about 30{endash}60 K, compared with those of LCMO thin films with the same ratio of Mn{sup 3+}:Mn{sup 4+}. Especially, La{sub 0.7}Ba{sub 0.1}Ca{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} thin films have an anomalously high T{sub C} (about room temperature) and a T{sub IM} of 275 K under zero field. In the ferromagnetic insulating (FMI) region (x=0.15; 0.1), the Ba doping enables the IM transition and remarkably heightens the T{sub C} as well. The phase diagram shows that in the slightly doped region (x{lt}0.5), Ba doping has made the FMM phase significantly expanded. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  6. A new (Ba, Ca) (Ti, Zr)O3 based multiferroic composite with large magnetoelectric effect

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    Naveed-Ul-Haq, M.; Shvartsman, Vladimir V.; Salamon, Soma; Wende, Heiko; Trivedi, Harsh; Mumtaz, Arif; Lupascu, Doru C.

    2016-01-01

    The lead-free ferroelectric 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 − 0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BCZT) is a promising component for multifunctional multiferroics due to its excellent room temperature piezoelectric properties. Having a composition close to the polymorphic phase boundary between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases, it deserves a case study for analysis of its potential for modern electronics applications. To obtain magnetoelectric coupling, the piezoelectric phase needs to be combined with a suitable magnetostrictive phase. In the current article, we report on the synthesis, dielectric, magnetic, and magnetoelectric characterization of a new magnetoelectric multiferroic composite consisting of BCZT as a piezoelectric phase and CoFe2O4 (CFO) as the magnetostrictive phase. We found that this material is multiferroic at room temperature and manifests a magnetoelectric effect larger than that of BaTiO3 −CoFe2O4 bulk composites with similar content of the ferrite phase. PMID:27555563

  7. A new (Ba, Ca) (Ti, Zr)O3 based multiferroic composite with large magnetoelectric effect

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    Naveed-Ul-Haq, M.; Shvartsman, Vladimir V.; Salamon, Soma; Wende, Heiko; Trivedi, Harsh; Mumtaz, Arif; Lupascu, Doru C.

    2016-08-01

    The lead-free ferroelectric 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 ‑ 0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BCZT) is a promising component for multifunctional multiferroics due to its excellent room temperature piezoelectric properties. Having a composition close to the polymorphic phase boundary between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases, it deserves a case study for analysis of its potential for modern electronics applications. To obtain magnetoelectric coupling, the piezoelectric phase needs to be combined with a suitable magnetostrictive phase. In the current article, we report on the synthesis, dielectric, magnetic, and magnetoelectric characterization of a new magnetoelectric multiferroic composite consisting of BCZT as a piezoelectric phase and CoFe2O4 (CFO) as the magnetostrictive phase. We found that this material is multiferroic at room temperature and manifests a magnetoelectric effect larger than that of BaTiO3 ‑CoFe2O4 bulk composites with similar content of the ferrite phase.

  8. Al substituted Ba ferrite films with high coercivity and excellent squareness for low noise perpendicular recording layer

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    Feng, J.; Matsushita, N.; Watanabe, K.; Nakagawa, S.; Naoe, M.

    1999-04-01

    Al substituted BaM (Al-BaM) ferrite films with composition of BaAlxFe12-xO19 (x=0,1,2) were deposited using facing targets sputtering apparatus on SiOx/Si wafers with a Pt seed layer. A postannealing process is necessary to crystallize the films. It was confirmed that the substrate temperature Ts is also one of the important parameters for the magnetic properties of the postannealed films. Al-BaM ferrite films exhibit the Ts dependence of magnetic properties different from that of simple BaM ones. With increase of the Al content x in Al-BaM ferrite films, 4πMs decreased, while Hc and the anisotropy field HA increased. It was found that acicular shape grains formed more easily in Al-BaM ferrite films than in simple BaM ones. The squareness S⊥ increased largely by substitution of Al for Fe. The Al-BaM ferrite films with high Hc⊥ (˜3 kOe) and large S⊥(˜0.9) may be applicable as perpendicular magnetic recording layers with low noise level.

  9. Co{sub 2}FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions with BaO and MgO/BaO barriers

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    Rogge, J.; Schmalhorst, J.; Hütten, A.; Hetaba, W.

    2015-07-15

    We succeed to integrate BaO as a tunneling barrier into Co{sub 2}FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). By means of Auger electron spectroscopy it could be proven that the applied annealing temperatures during BaO deposition and afterwards do not cause any diffusion of Ba neither into the lower Heusler compound lead nor into the upper Fe counter electrode. Nevertheless, a negative tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of -10% is found for Co{sub 2}FeAl (24 nm) / BaO (5 nm) / Fe (7 nm) MTJs, which can be attributed to the preparation procedure and can be explained by the formation of Co- and Fe-oxides at the interfaces between the Heusler and the crystalline BaO barrier by comparing with theory. Although an amorphous structure of the BaO barrier seems to be confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it cannot entirely be ruled out that this is an artifact of TEM sample preparation due to the sensitivity of BaO to moisture. By replacing the BaO tunneling barrier with an MgO/BaO double layer barrier, the electric stability could effectively be increased by a factor of five. The resulting TMR effect is found to be about +20% at room temperature, although a fully antiparallel state has not been realized.

  10. Magnetic behaviour of the MTbF{sub 6} fluoroterbates (M=Cd, Ca, Sr, ({alpha}/{beta})-Ba)

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    Josse, M.; El-Ghozzi, M.; Avignant, D.; Andre, G.; Bouree, F.; Isnard, O.

    2012-01-15

    Neutron powder diffraction has been performed on the MTbF{sub 6} fluorides (M=Cd, Ca, Sr, ({alpha}/{beta})-Ba). Four of these fluorides (Cd, Ca, Sr, {beta}-Ba) are built of a (pseudo-) tetragonal packing of [TbF{sub 6}]{sup 2-} chains and only differs by the chains relative orientations. Thus this series represents a valuable opportunity to evaluate the Tb{sup 4+}-Tb{sup 4+} magnetic interactions. All the compounds displayed antiferromagnetic order (T{sub N}=2.70 K (Cd), 2.15 K (Ca), 2.60 K (Sr), 2.10 K ({beta}-Ba)), except for the {alpha} form of BaTbF{sub 6}. The crystal structure of this latter fluoroterbate has also been investigated by means of high-resolution neutron powder diffraction. From Neutron Powder Diffraction data, CdTbF{sub 6} and {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} magnetic structures were determined, together with the metamagnetic behaviour of {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} as a function of an external magnetic field. A tentative phase diagram is then given for {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6}. Advantage was taken of the polymorphism of the BaTbF{sub 6} fluoroterbate to analyse, on the basis of topological parameters such as bond distances and angles, the magnetic behaviour of its {alpha} and {beta} forms. It was shown that superexchange interactions are present in {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6}, and that these interactions may also rule the magnetic behaviour of the other MTbF{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, Cd) tetravalent terbium fluorides. - Graphical abstract: Powder neutron diffraction revealed magnetic order in four of the five investigated fluoroterbates, while crystal chemical analyses of {alpha} and {beta} forms of BaTbF{sub 6} evidenced the existence of superexchange interactions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Five fluoroterbates are investigated by Powder Neutron Diffraction (PND). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Four of them are antiferromagnetically ordered at 1.4 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic structures of {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} and CdTbF{sub 6} are determined. Black

  11. Competing exchange interactions in multiferroic and ferrimagnetic CaBaCo4O7

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    Fishman, R. S.; Bordács, S.; Kocsis, V.; Kézsmárki, I.; Viirok, J.; Nagel, U.; Rõõm, T.; Puri, A.; Zeitler, U.; Tokunaga, Y.; Taguchi, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2017-01-01

    Competing exchange interactions can produce complex magnetic states together with spin-induced electric polarizations. With competing interactions on alternating triangular and kagome layers, the swedenborgite CaBaCo4O7 may have one of the largest measured spin-induced polarizations of ˜1700 nC/cm2 below its ferrimagnetic transition temperature at 70 K. Upon rotating our sample about c =[0 ,0 ,1 ] while the magnetic field is fixed along [1 ,0 ,0 ] , the threefold splitting of the spin-wave frequencies indicates that our sample is hexagonally twinned. Magnetization measurements then suggest that roughly 20% of the sample is in a domain with the a axis along [1 ,0 ,0 ] and that 80% of the sample is in one of two other domains with the a axis along either [-1 /2 ,√{3 }/2 ,0 ] or [-1 /2 ,-√{3 }/2 ,0 ] . Powder neutron-diffraction data, magnetization measurements, and terahertz (THz) absorption spectroscopy reveal that the complex spin order in each domain can be described as a triangular array of bitetrahedral c -axis chains ferrimagnetically coupled to each other in the a b plane. The electric-field dependence of bonds coupling those chains produces the large spin-induced polarization of CaBaCo4O7 .

  12. Characterization of MeWO 4 (Me = Ba, Sr and Ca) nanocrystallines prepared by sonochemical method

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    Thongtem, Titipun; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Somchai

    2008-09-01

    Metal tungstates (MeWO 4, Me = Ba, Sr and Ca) were successfully prepared using the corresponding Me(NO 3) 2·2H 2O and Na 2WO 4·2H 2O in ethylene glycol by the 5 h sonochemical process. The tungstate phases with scheelite structure were detected with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Their calculated lattice parameters are in accord with those of the JCPDS cards. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the presence of nanoparticles composing the products. Their average sizes are 42.0 ± 10.4, 18.5 ± 5.1 and 13.1 ± 3.3 nm for Me = Ba, Sr and Ca, respectively. Interplanar spaces of the crystals were also characterized with high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). Their crystallographic planes are aligned in systematic array. Six different vibration wavenumbers were detected using Raman spectrometer and are specified as ν1(A g), ν3(B g), ν3(E g), ν4(B g), ν2(A g) and free rotation. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra provided the evidence of scheelite structure with W-O anti-symmetric stretching vibration of [WO 4] 2- tetrahedrons at 786-883 cm -1. Photoluminescence emission of the products was detected over the range of 384-416 nm.

  13. Competing exchange interactions in multiferroic and ferrimagnetic CaBaCo4O7

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    Fishman, R. S.; Bordács, S.; Kocsis, V.; ...

    2017-01-23

    Competing exchange interactions can produce complex magnetic states together with spin-induced electric polarizations. With competing interactions on alternating triangular and kagome layers, the swedenborgite CaBaCo4O7 may have one of the largest measured spin-induced polarizations of ~1700 nC/cm2 below its ferrimagnetic transition temperature at 70 K. Upon rotating our sample about c = [0,0,1] while the magnetic field is fixed along [1,0,0], the threefold splitting of the spin-wave frequencies indicates that our sample is hexagonally twinned. In addition, magnetization measurements then suggest that roughly 20% of the sample is in a domain with the a axis along [1,0,0] and that 80%more » of the sample is in one of two other domains with the a axis along either [-1/2,√3/2, 0] or [-1/2, -√3/2, 0] . Powder neutron-diffraction data, magnetization measurements, and terahertz (THz) absorption spectroscopy reveal that the complex spin order in each domain can be described as a triangular array of bitetrahedral c-axis chains ferrimagnetically coupled to each other in the ab plane. In conclusion, the electric-field dependence of bonds coupling those chains produces the large spin-induced polarization of CaBaCo4O7 .« less

  14. Hardness of CaF2 and BaF2 solid lubricants at 25 to 670 deg C

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    Deadmore, Daniel L.; Sliney, Harold E.

    1987-01-01

    Plastic deformation is a prominent factor in determining the lubricating value of solid lubricants. Little information is available and its direct measurement is difficult so hardness, which is an indirect measure of this property was determined for fluoride solid lubricant compositions. The Vickers hardness of BaF2 and CaF2 single crystals was measured up to 670 C in a vacuum. The orientation of the BaF2 was near the (013) plane and the CaF2 was about 16 degrees from the degrees from the (1'11) plane. The BaF2 has a hardness of 83 kg/sq mm at the 25 C and 9 at the 600 C. The CaF2 is 170 at 25 C and 13 at 670 C. The decrease in hardness in the temperature range of 25 to 100 C is very rapid and amounts to 40% for both materials. Melts of BaF2 and CaF2 were made in a platinum crucible in ambient air with compositions of 50 to 100 wt% BaF2. The Vickers hardness of these polycrystalline binary compositions at 25 C increased with increasing CaF2 reaching a maximum of 150 kn/sq mm near the eutectic. The polycrystalline CaF2 was 14% softer than that of the single crystal surface and BsF2 was 30% harder than the single crystal surface. It is estimated that the brittle to ductile transition temperature for CaF2 and BaF2 is less than 100 C for the conditions present in the hardness tester.

  15. The initial 41Ca/40Ca ratios in two type A Ca-Al-rich inclusions: Implications for the origin of short-lived 41Ca

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    Liu, Ming-Chang

    2017-03-01

    This paper reports new 41Ca-41K isotopic data for two Type A CAIs, NWA 3118 #1Nb (Compact Type A) and Vigarano 3138 F8 (Fluffy Type A), from reduced CV3 chondrites. The NWA CAI is found to have carried live 41Ca at the level of (4.6 ± 1.9) ×10-9 , consistent with the proposed Solar System initial 41Ca /40Ca = 4.2 ×10-9 by Liu et al. (2012a). On the other hand, the Vigarano CAI does not have resolvable radiogenic 41K excesses that can be attributed to the decay of 41Ca. Combined with the 26Al data that have been reported for these two CAIs, we infer that the 41Ca distribution was not homogeneous when 26Al was widespread at the canonical level of 26Al /27Al = 5.2 ×10-5 . Such a 41Ca heterogeneity can be understood under two astrophysical contexts: in situ charged particle irradiation by the protoSun in the solar nebula that had inherited some baseline 10Be abundance from the molecular cloud, and Solar System formation in a molecular cloud enriched in 26Al and 41Ca contaminated by massive star winds. That said, more high quality 41Ca data are still needed to better understand the origin of this radionuclide.

  16. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Do Kim, Keum; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization – voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization.

  17. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-08

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization - voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization.

  18. Giant thermal vibrations in the framework compounds Ba1 -xSrxAl2O4

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    Kawaguchi, S.; Ishii, Y.; Tanaka, E.; Tsukasaki, H.; Kubota, Y.; Mori, S.

    2016-08-01

    Synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments were performed on the network compounds Ba1 -xSrxAl2O4 at temperatures between 15 and 800 K. The ferroelectric phase of the parent BaAl2O4 is largely suppressed by substituting a small amount of Sr for Ba and disappears for x ≥0.1 . Structural refinements reveal that the isotropic atomic displacement parameter Biso in the bridging oxygen atom is largely independent of temperature and retains an anomalously large value in the adjacent paraelectric phase even at the lowest temperature. The Biso systematically increases as x increases, exhibiting an especially large value for x =0.5 . According to previous electron diffraction experiments for Ba1 -xSrxAl2O4 with x ≥0.1 , strong thermal diffuse scattering occurs at two reciprocal points relating to two distinct soft modes at the M and K points over a wide range of temperatures below 800 K [Y. Ishii et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 19154 (2016), 10.1038/srep19154]. Although the latter mode disappears at approximately 200 K, the former does not condense, at least down to 100 K. The anomalously large Biso observed in this study is ascribed to these soft modes existing in a wide temperature range.

  19. Oxygen excess in the '114' cobaltite hexagonal structure: The ferrimagnet CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.50}

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    Pralong, V.; Caignaert, V.; Sarkar, T.; Lebedev, O.I.; Duffort, V.; Raveau, B.

    2011-09-15

    The study of the oxidation of the '114' orthorhombic cobaltite CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, using first electrochemistry and then soft chemistry based on oxidation by NaClO, has allowed a new phase, CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.50}, to be prepared topotactically. The structural study of this phase shows that its hexagonal structure, closely related to that of orthorhombic CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, is curiously similar to that of the members of the LnBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} series, in spite of its excess oxygen. Its magnetic study shows that this phase, like CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, is ferrimagnetic with the same T{sub C} (60 K), but differently exhibits an unusual magnetic hysteresis. This exceptional behavior of CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} with respect to oxidation as well as the magnetic properties of CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.50} is interpreted in terms of the presence of defects due to oxidation. - Graphical Abstract: The study of the oxidation of the '114' orthorhombic cobaltite CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, using first electrochemistry and then soft chemistry based on oxidation by NaClO, has allowed a new phase, CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.50}, to be prepared topotactically. The structural study of this phase shows that its hexagonal structure, closely related to that of orthorhombic CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, is curiously similar to that of the members of the LnBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} series, in spite of its oxygen excess. Its magnetic study shows that this phase, like CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, is ferrimagnetic. Highlights: > Topotactic oxidation by means of electrochemistry and soft chemistry of the '114' orthorhombic cobaltite CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}. > This new phase, CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.5} shows an hexagonal structure, is closely related to that of orthorhombic mother phase CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}. > CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7.5} is ferrimagnetic and exhibits an unusual magnetic hysteresis, due to defect pinning centers.

  20. Fluorescence and phosphorescence properties of the low temperature forms of the MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds

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    Clabau, Frederic; Garcia, Alain; Bonville, Pierre; Gonbeau, Danielle; Le Mercier, Thierry; Deniard, Philippe; Jobic, Stephane

    2008-06-15

    The fluorescence and phosphorescence properties of Europium-doped MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) are reinvestigated and discussed on the basis of the propensity of an activator to agglomerate with an oxygen vacancy. Due to a stronger attraction of the anion vacancy towards Eu{sup 2+} cations going from BaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} to SrAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} and CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} host lattices, the interpretation of the fluorescence spectra turns out to be less trivial in the Ca and Sr host lattices than in the Ba one and requests the account for Eu{sup 2+} cations lying at alkaline-earth sites with or without vacancy in their neighborhood. Phosphorescence in these compounds is highlighted. - Graphical abstract: The Eu{sup 2+}-doped MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, and Ba) aluminosilicates exhibit a bluish white luminescence, which can last several minutes after the removal of the excitation. The account for Eu{sup 2+} cations coupled with defects is required to explain fluorescence spectra.

  1. Aluminian Low-Ca Pyroxene in a Ca-Al-rich Chondrule from the Semarkona Meteorite

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2006-01-01

    A Ca-AI-rich chondrule (labeled G7) from the Semarkona LL3.0 ordinary chondrite (OC) consists of 73 vol% glassy mesostasis, 22 vol% skeletal forsterite. 3 vol% fassaite (i.e., Al-Ti diopside), and 2 vol% Al-rich, low-Ca pyroxene. The latter phase, which contains up to 16.3 wt% A1203, is among the most AI-rich, low-Ca pyroxene grains ever reported. It is inferred that 20% of the tetrahedral sites and 13% of the octahedral sites in this grain are occupied by Al. Approximately parallel optical extinction implies that the Al-rich, low-Ca pyroxene grains are probably orthorhombic, consistent with literature data that show that A1203 stabilizes the orthoenstatite structure relative to protoenstatite at low pressure. The order of crystallization in the chondrule was forsterite, AI-rich low-Ca pyroxene, and fassaite; the residual liquid vitrified during chondrule quenching. Phase relationships indicate that, for a G7-composition liquid at equilibrium, spinel and anorthite should crystallize early and orthopyroxene should not crystallize at all. The presence of AI-rich orthopyroxene in G7 is due mainly to the kinetic failure of anorthite to crystallize; this failure was caused by quenching of the G7 precursor droplet. Aluminum preferentially enters the relatively large B tetrahedra of orthopyroxene; because only one tetrahedral size occurs in fassaite, this phase contains higher mean concentrations of Al2O3 than the Al-rich orthopyroxene (17.8 and 14.7 wt%, respectively). Chondrule G7 may have formed by remelting an amoeboid olivine inclusion that entered the OC region of the solar nebula during an episode of chondrule formation.

  2. TlCaBaCuO high Tc superconducting microstrip ring resonators designed for 12 GHz

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    Subramanyam, G.; Kapoor, V. J.; Chorey, C. M.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1993-01-01

    Microwave properties of sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O thin films were investigated by designing, fabricating, and testing microstrip ring resonators. Ring resonators designed for 12 GHz fundamental resonance frequency, were fabricated and tested. From the unloaded Q values for the resonators, the surface resistance was calculated by separating the conductor losses from the total losses. The penetration depth was obtained from the temperature dependence of resonance frequency, assuming that the shift in resonance frequency is mainly due to the temperature dependence of penetration depth. The effective surface resistance at 12 GHz and 77 K was determined to be between 1.5 and 2.75 mOmega, almost an order lower than Cu at the same temperature and frequency. The effective penetration depth at 0 K is approximately 7000 A.

  3. Vortex fluctuation in HgBa 2Ca 3Cu 4O 10+δ

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    Kim, Mun-Seog; Kim, Wan-Seon; Lee, Sung-Ik; Yu, Seong-Cho; Itskevich, E. S.; Kuzemskaya, I.

    1997-08-01

    Reversible magnetization with the external magnetic fields of 1 T ≤ H ≤ 5 T parallel to the c-axis has been measured for the grain aligned HgBa2Ca3Cu4O10+δ. A strong vortex fluctuation effect was clearly observed and the magnetization is well described by the vortex fluctuation model. From this analysis, the penetration depth λab(0) = 1583 Å and the effective interlayer spacing s = 44.6 Å were estimated. However, the value of s is significantly larger than the lattice parameter c = 19 Å, which is different from the prediction of the vortex fluctuation model. From the model on superconducting fluctuations proposed by Koshelev, in which not only the critical fluctuations at the lowest Landau level but also the Gaussian fluctuations at higher Landau levels were considered, the different value of s = 15.4 Å was obtained.

  4. Liquid Be, Ca and Ba. An orbital-free ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Rio, B. G. del; González, L. E.

    2015-08-17

    Several static and dynamic properties of liquid beryllium (l-Be), liquid calcium (l-Ca) and liquid barium (l-Ba) near their triple point have been evaluated by the orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics method (OF-AIMD), where the interaction between valence electrons and ions is described by means of local pseudopotentials. These local pseudopotentials used were constructed through a force-matching process with those obtained from a Kohn-Sham ab initio molecular dynamics study (KS-AIMD) of a reduced system with non-local pseudopotentials. The calculated static structures show good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor which has been linked to the existence of a marked icosahedral short-range order in the liquid. As for the dynamic properties, we obtain collective density excitations whose associated dispersion relations exhibit a positive dispersion.

  5. Multiple caloric effects in geometrically frustrated "114" CaBaCo4O7 Cobaltite

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    Dhanasekhar, C.; Das, A. K.; Venimadhav, A.

    2016-11-01

    We have investigated the magnetocaloric and electrocaloric effects in "114" CaBaCo4O7 (CBCO) sample prepared by solid state method. Magnetization study has revealed the ferrimagnetic transition (TC) at 60 K and another transition at 66 K. Observation of irreversibility and first order nature of magnetic transition above TC has suggested a complicated magnetic nature of the system. A maximum magnetic entropy change of ~6.8 J/Kg-K has been found at TC and further a broadening of the entropy peak with the increase of magnetic field indicates the field induced transition above TC. From temperature dependent pyrocurrent measurements, we have measured the electric polarization under different electric fields and the change in isothermal electrocaloric entropy is found to be ~0.50 J-m-3 K-1 (for 150 kV/m) just above magnetic transition temperature.

  6. Divalent europium doped CaF2 and BaF2 nanocrystals from ionic liquids

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    Anghel, Sergiu; Golbert, Sebastian; Meijerink, Andries; ...

    2016-10-11

    A new, facile and quick synthesis method for Eu2+ doped the alkaline earth fluorides was developed using ionic liquids as solvent, precursor and capping agent. Reductive atmosphere and very high temperatures were avoided, while still attaining the desired structure, small particle sizes and divalent oxidation state of the lanthanide. Here, this opens the door for the development of new Ln2+ doped nanomaterials. The successful Eu2+ incorporation was proven by optical spectroscopic measurements which showed the spin and parity allowed f-d transitions of Eu2+ in CaF2:Eu2+/BaF2:Eu2+. 4f7-4f7 transitions could be observed at low temperatures (7 K).

  7. Variation of Ca, Sr, Ba and Mg in the otolith of mudskipper in west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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    Sarimin, A S; Ghaffar, M A; Mohamed, C A R

    2009-02-01

    A study on elemental composition in the otolith of giant mudskipper, Periophthalmodon schlosseri, was done from June to October 2003. Specimens were obtained from the mangrove areas of Kuala Selangor, Sepang and Melaka in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 70 sagitta otoliths were analyzed to detect variation of Sr, Ba and Mg, replacing the natural chemical composition of the otolith, which is the calcium carbonate (CaCO3). The average ratio of Sr:Ca was 0.11 x 10(-4), Ba:Ca was 5.7 x 10(-3) and Mg:Ca was 0.2 x 10(-3). Strong correlation (R > 0.8) between fish body size and otolith weight ofmudskipper (p < 0.01) also found during this study.

  8. Solid-Phase Equilibria for Metal-Silicon-Oxygen Ternary Systems I: Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba

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    1990-07-01

    both Sr and Ba to their respective disilicides . An intermediate situation exists for the Ca oxides and silicates, in which excess Si can react with CaO...Si depends on their structural and electrical properties , and significant amounts of research would be required to grow such films and evaluate their... properties . The phase diagrams in Figs. 2-4 can also be used to estimate whether or not various forms of the new oxide superconductors are compatible

  9. Phase formation, structural and microstructural characterization of novel oxynitride-perovskites synthesized by thermal ammonolysis of (Ca,Ba)MoO 4 and (Ca,Ba)MoO 3

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    Logvinovich, D.; Aguirre, M. H.; Hejtmanek, J.; Aguiar, R.; Ebbinghaus, S. G.; Reller, A.; Weidenkaff, A.

    2008-09-01

    Reactions of AMoO 4 and AMoO 3 ( A=Ca 2+, Ba 2+) with ammonia were investigated at 873 K< T<1123 K with the particular intention to synthesize novel oxynitride-perovskites of the general composition AMo(O,N) 3 and to study their crystal structure. CaMo(O,N) 3 and BaMo(O,N) 3 were prepared by thermal ammonolysis of the corresponding CaMoO 3 and BaMoO 3 precursors at T=898 and 998 K, respectively. The structural parameters of the oxynitrides were obtained from Rietveld refinements of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. CaMo(O,N) 3 crystallizes in the GdFeO 3 distorted perovskite structure with orthorhombic space group Pbnm and a=5.5029(1) Å, b=5.5546(1) Å, c=7.8248(1) Å as determined by X-ray powder diffraction. Its O/N content refined from the neutron diffraction data corresponds to the composition CaMoO 1.7(1)N 1.3(1). BaMo(O,N) 3 crystallizes in the cubic perovskite structure with space group Pm3¯ m and a=4.0657(1) Å as determined by X-ray powder diffraction. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a complex microstructure for both CaMoO 3 and CaMoO 1.7(1)N 1.3(1) represented by twin domains of different orientation.

  10. Crystallization kinetics of BaO-Al2O3-SiO2 glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Hyatt, Mark J.

    1988-01-01

    Barium aluminosilicate glasses are being investigated as matrix materials in high-temperature ceramic composites for structural applications. Kinetics of crystallization of two refractory glass compositions in the barium aluminosilicate system were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From variable heating rate DTA, the crystallization activation energies for glass compositions (wt percent) 10BaO-38Al2O3-51SiO2-1MoO3 (glass A) and 39BaO-25Al2O3-35SiO2-1MoO3 (glass B) were determined to be 553 and 558 kJ/mol, respectively. On thermal treatment, the crystalline phases in glasses A and B were identified as mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2) and hexacelsian (BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2), respectively. Hexacelsian is a high-temperature polymorph which is metastable below 1590 C. It undergoes structural transformation into the orthorhombic form at approximately 300 C accompanied by a large volume change which is undesirable for structural applications. A process needs to be developed where stable monoclinic celsian, rather than hexacelsian, precipitates out as the crystal phase in glass B.

  11. Al-Ca and Al-Fe metal-metal composite strength, conductivity, and microstructure relationships

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    Kim, Hyong June

    2011-01-01

    Deformation processed metal-metal composites (DMMC’s) are composites formed by mechanical working (i.e., rolling, swaging, or wire drawing) of two-phase, ductile metal mixtures. Since both the matrix and reinforcing phase are ductile metals, the composites can be heavily deformed to reduce the thickness and spacing of the two phases. Recent studies have shown that heavily drawn DMMCs can achieve anomalously high strength and outstanding combinations of strength and conductivity. In this study, Al-Fe wire composite with 0.07, 0.1, and 0.2 volume fractions of Fe filaments and Al-Ca wire composite with 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09 volume fractions of Ca filaments were produced in situ, and their mechanical properties were measured as a function of deformation true strain. The Al-Fe composites displayed limited deformation of the Fe phase even at high true strains, resulting in little strengthening effect in those composites. Al-9vol%Ca wire was deformed to a deformation true strain of 13.76. The resulting Ca second-phase filaments were deformed to thicknesses on the order of one micrometer. The ultimate tensile strength increased exponentially with increasing deformation true strain, reaching a value of 197 MPa at a true strain of 13.76. This value is 2.5 times higher than the value predicted by the rule of mixtures. A quantitative relationship between UTS and deformation true strain was determined. X-ray diffraction data on transformation of Al + Ca microstructures to Al + various Al-Ca intermetallic compounds were obtained at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Electrical conductivity was measured over a range of true strains and post-deformation heat treatment schedules.

  12. Energy transfer between Eu-Mn and photoluminescence properties of Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ solid solution

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    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Yuhua; Liu, Bitao; Li, Feng

    2010-08-01

    In order to evaluate the energy transfer between Eu-Mn in Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17 solid solution, Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ phosphors were prepared by flux method. The crystal structure and the morphology of the solid solution were demonstrated by x-ray dirrfactometer and scanning electron microscopy. The photoluminescence mechanisms were explained by the energy transfer of Eu2+ to Mn2+ and the Dexter theory. A redshift of green emission peak and a decrease in decay time with the increase in Mn2+ concentration were observed. These phenomena are attributed to the formation of Mn2+ paired centers after analysis by a method of Pade approximations.

  13. Large piezoelectric effect in Pb-free Ba(Ti,Sn)O3-x(Ba,Ca)TiO3 ceramics

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    Xue, Dezhen; Zhou, Yumei; Bao, Huixin; Gao, Jinghui; Zhou, Chao; Ren, Xiaobing

    2011-09-01

    We designed a Pb-free pseudo-binary system, Ba(Sn0.12Ti0.88)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)O3 (BTS-xBCT), characterized by a phase boundary starting from a tricritical triple point of a paraelectric cubic phase, ferroelectric rhombohedral, and tetragonal phases. The optimal composition BTS-30BCT exhibits a high piezoelectric coefficient d33 ˜ 530 pC/N at room temperature. In view of the recent report of high piezoelectricity in another Pb-free system BZT-BCT (Liu and Ren, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 257602 (2009)), which possesses a similar tricritical triple point in the phase diagram, it seems that forming a suitable phase boundary starting from a tricritical triple point could be an effective way to develop high-performance Pb-free piezoelectrics.

  14. Superconducting and normal-state properties of APd2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Johnston, D. C.

    2013-06-01

    The synthesis and crystallography, magnetic susceptibility χ, magnetization M, specific heat Cp, in-plane electrical resistivity ρ, and in-plane magnetic penetration depth measurements are reported for single crystals of APd2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) versus temperature T and magnetic field H. The crystals were grown using PdAs self-flux. CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 crystallize in a collapsed body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (I4/mmm), whereas BaPd2As2 crystallizes in the primitive tetragonal CeMg2Si2-type structure (P4/mmm), in agreement with literature data. The ρ(T) data exhibit metallic behavior for all three compounds. Bulk superconductivity is reported for CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 below Tc=1.27 and 0.92 K, respectively, whereas only a trace of superconductivity is found in BaPd2As2. No other phase transitions were observed. The χ(T) and M(H) data reveal anisotropic diamagnetism in the normal state, with χc>χab for CaPd2As2 and BaPd2As2, and χc<χab for SrPd2As2. The normal and superconducting state data indicate that CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 are conventional type-II nodeless s-wave electron-phonon superconductors. The electronic superconducting state heat capacity data for CaPd2As2, which has an extremely sharp heat capacity jump at Tc, are analyzed using our recent elaboration of the α-model of the BCS theory of superconductivity, which indicates that the s-wave gap in this compound is anisotropic in momentum space.

  15. Relieving geometrical frustration through doping in the Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 swedenborgites

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    Nath Panja, Soumendra; Kumar, Jitender; Dengre, Shanu; Nair, Sunil

    2016-12-01

    The geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet DyBaCo4O7 is investigated through a combination of x-ray diffraction, magnetization and dielectric measurements. Systematic doping in the series Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 causes a lifting of the geometrical frustration resulting in a structural transition from a trigonal P31c to an orthorhombic Pbn2 1 symmetry at x  =  0.4. This structural transition can also be accessed as a function of temperature, and all our orthorhombic specimens exhibit this transition at elevated temperatures. The temperature at which this structural transition occurs is observed to scale linearly with the mean ionic radius of the R site ion. However, CaBaCo4O7 which has an equal number of Co2+ and Co3+ ions clearly violates this quasilinear relationship, indicating that charge ordering could also play a critical role in stabilizing the orthorhombic distortion in this system. Using thermoremanent magnetization measurements to circumvent the problem of the large paramagnetic background arising from Dy3+ ions, we chart out the phase diagram of the Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 series.

  16. Relieving geometrical frustration through doping in the Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 swedenborgites.

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    Nath Panja, Soumendra; Kumar, Jitender; Dengre, Shanu; Nair, Sunil

    2016-12-07

    The geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet DyBaCo4O7 is investigated through a combination of x-ray diffraction, magnetization and dielectric measurements. Systematic doping in the series Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 causes a lifting of the geometrical frustration resulting in a structural transition from a trigonal P31c to an orthorhombic Pbn2 1 symmetry at x  =  0.4. This structural transition can also be accessed as a function of temperature, and all our orthorhombic specimens exhibit this transition at elevated temperatures. The temperature at which this structural transition occurs is observed to scale linearly with the mean ionic radius of the R site ion. However, CaBaCo4O7 which has an equal number of Co(2+) and Co(3+) ions clearly violates this quasilinear relationship, indicating that charge ordering could also play a critical role in stabilizing the orthorhombic distortion in this system. Using thermoremanent magnetization measurements to circumvent the problem of the large paramagnetic background arising from Dy(3+) ions, we chart out the phase diagram of the Dy1-x Ca x BaCo4O7 series.

  17. LiCaAl/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3+/

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    Payne, S.A.; Chase, L.L.; Newkirk, H.W.; Smith, L.K.; Krupke, W.F. )

    1988-11-01

    The authors report the discovery of a new laser, LiCaAIF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3/ (Cr/sup 3+/ :LiCAF). The intrinsic (extrapolated maximum) slope efficiency was found to be 67 percent. For comparison, they also measured the intrinsic slope efficiencies of BeAl/sub 2/O/sub 4/:Cr/sup 3+/ (alexandrite), Na/sub 3/Ga/sub 2/Li/sub 3/F/sub 12/:Cr/sup 3+/, and ScBO/sub 3/:Cr/sup 3+/, and obtained values of 65,28, and 26 percent, respectively. The tuning range of LiCaAIF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3+/ was determined to be at least 720-840 nm. The conventional spectroscopic properties, such as the absorption, emission, and emission lifetimes as a function of temperature, are reported as well.

  18. The effect of Al-substitution on superconducting type-I clathrate Ba8Si46

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    Liu, Lihua; Bi, Shanli; Chen, Ning; Li, Feng; Liu, Yang; Cao, Guohui; Li, Yang

    2014-11-01

    A series of samples with the chemical formula Ba8Si46-xAlx (x = 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8) were prepared by arc melting, ball milling and washing with diluted HCl. The lattice parameter of Ba8Si46-xAlx increases linearly with the increase of nominal Al content x. The composition analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) shown that the actual Al contents in clathrates are lager than the nominal compositions because the dilute Al-contained impurity phases were washed out. The experimental results show that the minimum incorporation of Al into clathrate structure is expected to be about 3 at ambient pressure, which is in agreement with a first-principle simulation. The Al substitution for Si results in the decrease of superconducting transition temperature TC, which can be explained on the BCS theoretical frame. The electron density of state at Fermi level N(EF) decreases with the increment of x except for an abnormal increase for the sample x = 6. Such sample has a higher spatial symmetry of the structure in which all the six Si atoms at 6c sites were substituted by Al atoms. Its higher N(EF) causes to a higher TC. In addition, we calculated the phonon-dispersion relations and vibrational density of states for Al-doped silicon clathrates. The high frequency acoustic branch has a red shift from 430 cm-1 to 420 cm-1 with the doping of Al. The decreased frequency of bond-stretching vibration modes is another reason for the suppression of TC induced by Al substitution.

  19. Electronic structures of non-half-metallic antiferromagnetic double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A = Ca, Sr, and Ba)

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    Kim, I. G.; Park, M. S.

    2005-03-01

    Recently, double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A= Ca and Sr) of the Fm3m space group were proposed experimentally to be half-metallic antiferromagnets.ootnotetextUehara, Yamada, and Kimishima, Solid St. Commun. 129, 385 (2004). The electronic structures and magnetism of the double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A= Ca, Sr, and Ba) were determined within the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory using the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method.ootnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, and Freeman, PRB 24, 864 (1981). The A= Ca case shows metallic ferrimagnetism as the most stable phase, with magnetic moments of 1.15;μB for V and -0.53;μB for Mo, whereas the Sr and Ba cases are calculated to be almost non-magnetic metals. Comparing the calculated density of states, we find that the heavier A implies stronger hybridization between the divalent atom sp states and the transition metal atom d states. The stronger sp-d hybridization is considered to be responsible for the suppression of magnetism for the Sr and Ba cases. These results, at least for the Fm3m space group, are in contrast with the recent experimental result proposing half-metallic antiferromagnetism for A= Ca and Sr.

  20. New observations on the pressure dependence of luminescence from Eu2+-doped MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides.

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    Su, Fu Hai; Chen, Wei; Ding, Kun; Li, Guo Hua

    2008-05-29

    The luminescence from Eu(2+) ions in MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides has been investigated under the pressure range of 0-8 GPa. The emission band originating from the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ions in CaF2 and SrF2 shows the red-shift as increasing pressure with pressure coefficients of -17 meV/GPa for CaF2 and -18 meV/GPa for SrF2. At atmospheric pressure, the emission spectrum of BaF2:Eu(2+) comprises two peaks at 2.20 and 2.75 eV from the impurity trapped exciton (ITE) and the self-trapped exciton (STE), respectively. As the pressure is increased, both emission peaks shift to higher energies, and the shifting rate is slowed by the phase transition from the cubic to orthorhombic phase at 4 GPa. Due to the phase transition at 4-5 GPa pressure, the ITE emission disappears gradually, and the STE emission is gradually replaced by the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+). Above 5 GPa, the pressure behavior of the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) in BaF2:Eu(2+) is the same as the normal emission of Eu(2+) in CaF2 and SrF2 phosphors.

  1. Ca12InC13-x and Ba12InC18H4: alkaline-earth indium allenylides synthesized in AE/Li flux (AE = Ca, Ba).

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    Blankenship, Trevor V; Dickman, Matthew J; van de Burgt, Lambertus J; Latturner, Susan E

    2015-02-02

    Two new complex main-group metal carbides were synthesized from reactions of indium, carbon, and a metal hydride in metal flux mixtures of an alkaline earth (AE = Ca, Ba) and lithium. Ca(12)InC(13-x) and Ba(12)InC(18)H(4) both crystallize in cubic space group Im3̅ [a = 9.6055(8) and 11.1447(7) Å, respectively]. Their related structures are both built on a body-centered-cubic array of icosahedral clusters comprised of an indium atom and 12 surrounding alkaline-earth cations; these clusters are connected by bridging monatomic anions (either H(-) or C(4-)) and allenylide anions, C(3)(4-). The allenylide anions were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and hydrolysis studies. Density of states and crystal orbital Hamilton population calculations confirm that both compounds are metallic.

  2. Anomalous phase diagram of ferroelectric (Ba,Ca)TiO3 single crystals with giant electromechanical response.

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    Fu, Desheng; Itoh, Mitsuru; Koshihara, Shin-ya; Kosugi, Taichi; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2008-06-06

    We report the anomalous phase evolution in ferroelectric single crystals Ba1-xCaxTiO3 (0.02Ca ions in the Ba-site play an important role in the exotic natures of Ba1-xCaxTiO3.

  3. Effects of Codoping with Ga and P on Thermoelectric Properties of Ba8Al16Si30 Clathrate System

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Ueda, Takahiro; Okamoto, Kazuya

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of Codoping With Ga and P on the thermoelectric properties of the Ba8Al16Si30 clathrate system, attempting to optimize the carrier concentration. The elastic properties, which are important for design of thermoelectric devices, were investigated by ultrasonic testing. Ga/P-codoped specimens with nominal compositions Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) were prepared by arc melting and spark plasma sintering and their Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured. Analytical studies revealed that the total content of Al and Ga, expressed as atoms per formula unit, increased to 15.65 at nominal x = 2.0, exceeding the maximum content (y = 15.16) of Al for the Ba8Al y Si46-y clathrate system. Ultrasonic tests determined the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio to be 102.55 GPa, 40.14 GPa, 76.85 GPa, and 0.2775, respectively, for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0). The Hall carrier concentration decreased from ˜1.0 × 1021 cm-3 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to ˜6.3 × 1020 cm-3 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0), suggesting that Ga/P codoping may be useful for tuning the carrier concentration. The value of the Seebeck coefficient at ˜320 K increased from -46 μV K-1 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to -67 μV K-1 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0). The dimensionless thermoelectric figure␣of merit ZT at 900 K improved from ˜0.4 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to ˜0.47 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0).

  4. Effects of Codoping with Ga and P on Thermoelectric Properties of Ba8Al16Si30 Clathrate System

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Ueda, Takahiro; Okamoto, Kazuya

    2017-03-01

    We have investigated the effects of Codoping With Ga and P on the thermoelectric properties of the Ba8Al16Si30 clathrate system, attempting to optimize the carrier concentration. The elastic properties, which are important for design of thermoelectric devices, were investigated by ultrasonic testing. Ga/P-codoped specimens with nominal compositions Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) were prepared by arc melting and spark plasma sintering and their Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured. Analytical studies revealed that the total content of Al and Ga, expressed as atoms per formula unit, increased to 15.65 at nominal x = 2.0, exceeding the maximum content ( y = 15.16) of Al for the Ba8Al y Si46- y clathrate system. Ultrasonic tests determined the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio to be 102.55 GPa, 40.14 GPa, 76.85 GPa, and 0.2775, respectively, for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0). The Hall carrier concentration decreased from ˜1.0 × 1021 cm-3 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to ˜6.3 × 1020 cm-3 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0), suggesting that Ga/P codoping may be useful for tuning the carrier concentration. The value of the Seebeck coefficient at ˜320 K increased from -46 μV K-1 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to -67 μV K-1 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0). The dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ZT at 900 K improved from ˜0.4 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to ˜0.47 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0).

  5. Al- and Cu-doped BaSi2 films on Si(111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy and evaluation of depth profiles of Al and Cu atoms

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    Ajmal Khan, M.; Takeishi, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Saito, T.; Suemasu, T.

    The main objective of the present work is to evaluate and compare the depth profiles of Al and Cu atoms in in-situ doped BaSi2. Furthermore, it is also desired to investigate and compare the carrier concentration of Al-doped as well as Cu-doped BaSi2 films and qualify as a potential dopant-candidate for more efficient solar cells of BaSi2. During the experiment, reactive deposition epitaxy and molecular beam epitaxy were used to develop the samples. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), were used to determine the structure, depth profile and composition of the already grown films. The electrical properties were characterized by Hall measurement using the van der Pauw method. In case of Al-doped BaSi2 films, it was not encouraging result due to diffusion and segregation of Al in both the surface and BaSi2/ Si interface regions. On the other hand, those phenomena were not observed for Cu-doped BaS2 films. Heavily Cu-doped BaSi2 showed n+ conductivity, differently from our prediction.

  6. Tilting structures in inverse perovskites, M3TtO (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu; Tt = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb).

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    Nuss, Jürgen; Mühle, Claus; Hayama, Kyouhei; Abdolazimi, Vahideh; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-06-01

    Single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments were performed for a series of inverse perovskites, M3TtO (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu; Tt = tetrel element: Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) in the temperature range 500-50 K. For Tt = Sn, Pb, they crystallize as an 'ideal' perovskite-type structure (Pm3m, cP5); however, all of them show distinct anisotropies of the displacement ellipsoids of the M atoms at room temperature. This behavior vanishes on cooling for M = Ca, Sr, Eu, and the structures can be regarded as `ideal' cubic perovskites at 50 K. The anisotropies of the displacement ellipsoids are much more enhanced in the case of the Ba compounds. Finally, their structures undergo a phase transition at ∼ 150 K. They change from cubic to orthorhombic (Ibmm, oI20) upon cooling, with slightly tilted OBa6 octahedra, and bonding angles O-Ba-O ≃ 174° (100 K). For the larger Ba(2+) cations, the structural changes are in agreement with smaller tolerance factors (t) as defined by Goldschmidt. Similar structural behavior is observed for Ca3TtO. Smaller Tt(4-) anions (Si, Ge) introduce reduced tolerance factors. Both compounds Ca3SiO and Ca3GeO with cubic structures at 500 K, change into orthorhombic (Ibmm) at room temperature. Whereby, Ca3SiO is the only representative within the M3TtO family where three polymorphs can be found within the temperature range 500-50 K: Pm3m-Ibmm-Pbnm. They show tiny differences in the tilting of the OCa6 octahedra, expressed by O-Ca-O bond angles of 180° (500 K), ∼ 174° (295 K) and 170° (100 K). For larger M (Sr, Eu, Ba), together with smaller Tt (Si, Ge) atoms, pronounced tilting of the OM6 octahedra, and bonding angles of O-M-O ≃ 160° (295 K) are observed. They crystallize in the anti-GdFeO3 type of structure (Pbnm, oP20), and no phase transitions occur between 500 and 50 K. The observed phase transitions are all accompanied by multiple twinning, in terms of pseudo-merohedry or reticular pseudo-merohedry.

  7. Ionic, electronic and ion-diffusion controlled relaxation processes in CaF2, BaF2 and LiBaF3 crystals

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    Ziraps, V.; Kulis, P.; Tale, I.; Veispals, A.

    The ionic, electronic and anion-diffusion controlled thermally stimulated relaxation (TSR) processes at 80-700 K in CaF2 BaF2 and LiBaF3 crystals (X-ray irradiated or non-irradiated) have been investigated by means of ionic conductivity, ionic thermally stimulated (TS) depolarization current (TSDC); as well as current (TSC), luminescence (TSL) and bleaching (TSB) techniques. Above 250-290 K broad and overlapping anion TSDC peaks and correlated TSB stages are detected. The TSB kinetics is initiated and controlled by anion detrapping and interaction with the localized charges, i.e., the anion-diffusion controlled TSR processes take place in fluorides. The TSL and TSC data for LiBaF3 indicate that the lifetime and drift of electrons at 80-250 K is very small because of deep retrapping. The main TSL peaks at 132K, 170K and 220 K are caused by Vk center detrapping and hole-diffusion controlled tunnel recombination within pairs like .

  8. Effect of reaction time and (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios on crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al layered double Hydroxide

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    Heraldy, E.; Nugrahaningtyas, K. D.; Sanjaya, F. B.; Darojat, A. A.; Handayani, D. S.; Hidayat, Y.

    2016-02-01

    Ca-Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides (Ca-Mg-Al-LDH) compounds were successfully synthesized from brine water and AlCl3.6H2O as the starting materials by coprecipitation method. The product result was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR). The effects of the reaction time and the molar ratios of the raw material on the crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al-LDH were examining. Results show that increasing reaction time (30; 60 and 90 min.) could improve the crystallinity and monodispersity of layered double hydroxide compounds particles. The well-defined Ca-Mg- Al-LDH could be prepared with (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios 0.5.

  9. Half metallic ferromagnetism in alkaline-earth metal nitrides XN (X=Ca, Sr and Ba): A first principles study

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    Palanichamy, R. Rajeswara; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Cinthia, A. Jemmy; Murugan, A.; Meenaatci, A. T. Asvini; Iyakutti, K.

    2013-11-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical and magnetic properties of 3 alkaline-earth metal nitrides (XN: X=Ca, Sr, and Ba) are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using the Vienna ab-initio simulation code. At ambient pressure all the 3 nitrides are stable in the ferromagnetic state with a cubic NaCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that these materials are half metallic ferromagnets at normal pressure. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from NaCl (B1) to CsCl (B2) phase is observed in CaN, SrN and BaN. On further increasing the pressure, a half metallic to metallic transition is also observed in these nitrides. Ferromagnetism is quenched in all the 3 nitrides at high pressures.

  10. Alkaline earth lead and tin compounds Ae2Pb, Ae2Sn, Ae = Ca, Sr, Ba, as thermoelectric materials.

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    Parker, David; Singh, David J

    2013-10-01

    We present a detailed theoretical study of three alkaline earth compounds Ca2Pb, Sr2Pb and Ba2Pb, which have undergone little previous study, calculating electronic band structures and Boltzmann transport and bulk moduli using density functional theory. We also study the corresponding tin compounds Ca2Sn, Sr2Sn and Ba2Sn. We find that these are all narrow band gap semiconductors with an electronic structure favorable for thermoelectric performance, with substantial thermopowers for the lead compounds at temperature ranges from 300 to 800 K. For the lead compounds, we further find very low calculated bulk moduli-roughly half of the values for the lead chalcogenides, suggestive of soft phonons and hence low lattice thermal conductivity. All these facts indicate that these materials merit experimental investigation as potential high performance thermoelectrics. We find good potential for thermoelectric performance in the environmentally friendly stannide materials, particularly at high temperature.

  11. Alkaline earth lead and tin compounds Ae2Pb, Ae2Sn, Ae=Ca,Sr,Ba, as thermoelectric materials

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    Parker, David S; Singh, David J

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed theoretical study of three alkaline earth compounds Ca2Pb, Sr2Pb and Ba2Pb, which have undergone little previous study, calculating electronic band structures and Boltzmann transport and bulk moduli using density functional theory. We also study the corresponding tin compounds Ca2 Sn, Sr2 Sn and Ba2 Sn. We find that these are all narrow band gap semiconductors with an electronic structure favorable for thermoelectric performance, with substantial thermopowers for the lead compounds at temperature ranges from 300 to 800 K. For the lead compounds, we further find very low calculated bulk moduli - roughly half of the values for the lead chalcogenides, suggestive of soft phonons and hence low lattice thermal conductivity. All these facts indicate that these materials merit experimental investigation as potential high performance thermoelectrics. We find good potential for thermoelectric performance in the environmentally friendly stannide materials, particularly at high temperature.

  12. Ca(AlH4)2, CaAlH5, and CaH2+6LiBH4: Calculated dehydrogenation enthalpy, including zero point energy, and the structure of the phonon spectra.

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    Marashdeh, Ali; Frankcombe, Terry J

    2008-06-21

    The dehydrogenation enthalpies of Ca(AlH(4))(2), CaAlH(5), and CaH(2)+6LiBH(4) have been calculated using density functional theory calculations at the generalized gradient approximation level. Harmonic phonon zero point energy (ZPE) corrections have been included using Parlinski's direct method. The dehydrogenation of Ca(AlH(4))(2) is exothermic, indicating a metastable hydride. Calculations for CaAlH(5) including ZPE effects indicate that it is not stable enough for a hydrogen storage system operating near ambient conditions. The destabilized combination of LiBH(4) with CaH(2) is a promising system after ZPE-corrected enthalpy calculations. The calculations confirm that including ZPE effects in the harmonic approximation for the dehydrogenation of Ca(AlH(4))(2), CaAlH(5), and CaH(2)+6LiBH(4) has a significant effect on the calculated reaction enthalpy. The contribution of ZPE to the dehydrogenation enthalpies of Ca(AlH(4))(2) and CaAlH(5) calculated by the direct method phonon analysis was compared to that calculated by the frozen-phonon method. The crystal structure of CaAlH(5) is presented in the more useful standard setting of P2(1)c symmetry and the phonon density of states of CaAlH(5), significantly different to other common complex metal hydrides, is rationalized.

  13. Electrochemical properties of mixed conducting (La,M)(CoFe) oxide perovskites (M=3DSr, Ca, and Ba)

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    Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Bates, J.L.

    1996-04-01

    Electrical properties and oxygen permeation properties of solid mixed-conducting electrolytes (La,M)(CoFe) oxide perovskites (M=3DSr, Ca, and Ba) have been characterized. These materials are potentially useful as passive membranes to separate high purity oxygen from air and as the cathode in a fuel cell. Dilatometric linear expansion measurements were performed as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure to evaluate the stability.

  14. CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 crystals’ optical anisotropy parameters

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    Snetkov, I. L.; Yakovlev, A. I.; Palashov, O. V.

    2015-09-01

    Using the original method, based on measurements of thermally induced depolarization, the optical anisotropy parameters of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 cubic crystals were measured and compared with what is known from the literature. Euler angles of crystallographic axis orientation [C], in which the thermally induced depolarization is minimal, were determined using experimental results for studied fluorides.

  15. A Comparative Study of Si-BaSO4 and Si-CaSO4 Pyrotechnic Time-Delay Compositions

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    Tichapondwa, Shepherd M.; Focke, Walter W.; del Fabbro, Olinto; Gisby, John; Kelly, Cheryl

    2016-07-01

    Slow-burning Si-BaSO4 pyrotechnic delay compositions are employed commercially for intermediate to long-time delays. However, there is very little information on this composition available in open literature. The reactivity of this composition was therefore characterized and compared to that of Si-CaSO4. The Si-BaSO4 composition supported combustion in the range of 20-60 wt% Si in the bomb calorimeter. However, burning was only sustained between 20 and 40 wt% Si in rigid aluminum tubes, with burning rates of between 8.4 and 16 mm s-1. These values are comparable to those for the Si-CaSO4 system (6.9-12.5 mm s-1). However, the CaSO4-based formulations tended to have higher energy output and produced more transient pressure compared to the barium sulfate compositions. Both formulations were insensitive to impact, friction, and electrostatic discharge stimuli. The reaction products were a complex mixture that contained crystalline phases in addition to an amorphous phase. Although barium sulfate is insoluble in water and decidedly nontoxic, the reaction products produced by the Si-BaSO4 compositions were found to release soluble barium ions when contacted with water. This ranged from 50 to 140 mg per gram of barium sulfate reacted.

  16. The “irreversibility line” of a Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 single crystal: Evidence for a phase transition

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    Giordanengo, B.; Genicon, J. L.; Sulpice, A.; Chaussy, J.; Tournier, R.; Frison, J. C.; Chaminade, J. P.; Pouchard, M.; Etourneau, J.

    1990-08-01

    The irreversibility line H *(T) of a Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 single crystal varies as {ie1147-1} and diverges below 20 K. These phenomena could be related to a breakdown field of a weak superconductivity induced in BaO-TlO-TIO-BaO layer blocks by superconducting CuO layer blocks. The magnetization at the transition can be calculated assuming the existence of a second order phase transition.

  17. A propos de la ferroeléctricité dans BaAl 2O 4

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    Huang, Sui-Yang; Von Der Mühll, Régnault; Ravez, Jean; Chaminade, Jean Pierre; Hagenmuller, Paul; Couzi, Michel

    1994-03-01

    Structural, ferroelectric, pyroelectric, and optical properties of ceramics and crystals of BaAl 2O 4 have been investigated. A refinement of the atomic positions has been carried out from the X-ray powder data. BaAl 2O 4 shows anomalous behavior of the dielectric and pyroelectric properties: the dielectric constant ɛ 'r is very weak; its maximal value at Curie temperature for a crystal oriented along the hexagonal c-axis is about 15 and that of a ceramic of compactness 0.89 is around 7.5. The Curie-Weiss constant is relatively weak ( C = 125). The behavior of the spontaneous polarization Ps is unexpected with respect to that of classical ferroelectric materials: Ps increases with decreasing temperature from Tc and decreases again after having reached a maximum at 200 K. A model based on ferrielectric behavior and supported by the Landau equation has been proposed. La structure et les propriétés ferroélectriques, pyroélectriques et optiques de céramiques et de cristaux du composé BaAl 2O 4 ont été étudiées. Un affinement des positions atomiques a été entrepris à partir du spectre de diffraction X sur poudre. BaAl 2O 4 présente un comportement anormal des propriétés diélectriques et pyroélectriques: la constante diélectrique ɛ' r est faible, sa valeur maximale à Tc est voisine de 15 pour les cristaux et de 7,5 pour des céramiques de compacité 0,89. La constante de Curie est aussi relativement faible ( C = 125). Le comportement de la polarisation spontaneé Ps diffère de celui des matériaux ferroélectriques "classiques": Ps augmente lorsque T décroı̂t en-dessous de Tc pour atteindre un maximum à T = 200 K suivi d'une décroissance. Un modèle de comportement ferriélectrique s'appuyant sur la relation de Landau pourrait justifier les propriétés observées.

  18. Crystal structures and chemistry of double perovskites Ba{sub 2}M(II)M'(VI)O{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, M'=Te, W, U)

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    Fu, W.T. Au, Y.S.; Akerboom, S.; IJdo, D.J.W.

    2008-09-15

    Structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}M(II)M '(VI)O{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, M'=Te, W, U) at room temperature have been investigated by the Rietveld method using X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. For double perovskites with M=Sr, the observed space groups are I2/m (M' =W) and R3-bar (M'=Te), respectively. In the case of M=Ca, the space groups are either monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n (M'=U) or cubic Fm3-bar m (M'=W and Te). The tetragonal and orthorhombic symmetry reported earlier for Ba{sub 2}SrTeO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaUO{sub 6}, respectively, were not observed. In addition, non-ambient X-ray diffraction data were collected and analyzed for Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} in the temperature range between 80 and 723 K. It was found that the rhombohedral R3-bar structure exists in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} above room temperature between the monoclinic and the cubic structure, whereas the cubic Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} undergoes a structural phase transition at low temperature to the tetragonal I4/m structure. - Graphical abstract: Evolution of structures as function of temperature in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} (left) and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} (right). The existence of two phase region in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} can be clearly seen by the progressive increase of the rhombohedral R3-bar phase marked by asterisk (*)

  19. Optical properties of A Fe2As2 (A =Ca , Sr, and Ba) single crystals

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    Dai, Y. M.; Akrap, Ana; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Homes, C. C.

    2016-11-01

    The detailed optical properties have been determined for the iron-based materials A Fe2As2 , where A =Ca , Sr, and Ba, for light polarized in the iron-arsenic (a-b) planes over a wide frequency range, above and below the magnetic and structural transitions at TN=138 , 195, and 172 K, respectively. The real and imaginary parts of the complex conductivity are fit simultaneously using two Drude terms in combination with a series of oscillators. Above TN, the free-carrier response consists of a weak, narrow Drude term, and a strong, broad Drude term, both of which show only a weak temperature dependence. Below TN there is a slight decrease of the plasma frequency but a dramatic drop in the scattering rate for the narrow Drude term, and for the broad Drude term there is a significant decrease in the plasma frequency, while the decrease in the scattering rate, albeit significant, is not as severe. The small values observed for the scattering rates for the narrow Drude term for T ≪TN may be related to the Dirac conelike dispersion of the electronic bands. Below TN new features emerge in the optical conductivity that are associated with the reconstruction Fermi surface and the gapping of bands at Δ1≃45 -80 meV, and Δ2≃110 -210 meV. The reduction in the spectral weight associated with the free carriers is captured by the gap structure; specifically, the spectral weight from the narrow Drude term appears to be transferred into the low-energy gap feature, while the missing weight from the broad term shifts to the high-energy gap.

  20. Optical properties of AFe2As2 ( A=Ca , Sr, and Ba) single crystals

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    Dai, Y. M.; Akrap, Ana; Bud'ko, S. L.; ...

    2016-11-23

    The detailed optical properties have been determined for the iron-based materials A Fe2 As2 , where A = Ca , Sr, and Ba, for light polarized in the iron-arsenic (a-b) planes over a wide frequency range, above and below the magnetic and structural transitions at TN = 138 , 195, and 172 K, respectively. The real and imaginary parts of the complex conductivity are fit simultaneously using two Drude terms in combination with a series of oscillators. Above TN, the free-carrier response consists of a weak, narrow Drude term, and a strong, broad Drude term, both of which show only a weak temperature dependence. Below TN there is a slight decrease of the plasma frequency but a dramatic drop in the scattering rate for the narrow Drude term, and for the broad Drude term there is a significant decrease in the plasma frequency, while the decrease in the scattering rate, albeit significant, is not as severe. The small values observed for the scattering rates for the narrow Drude term for Tmore » $$\\ll$$ TN may be related to the Dirac conelike dispersion of the electronic bands. Below TN new features emerge in the optical conductivity that are associated with the reconstruction Fermi surface and the gapping of bands at Δ1 ≃ 45 – 80 meV, and Δ2 ≃ 110 – 210 meV. In conclusion, the reduction in the spectral weight associated with the free carriers is captured by the gap structure; specifically, the spectral weight from the narrow Drude term appears to be transferred into the low-energy gap feature, while the missing weight from the broad term shifts to the high-energy gap.« less

  1. Actinide chemistry in Allende Ca-Al-rich inclusions

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    Murrell, M. T.; Burnett, D. S.

    1987-01-01

    Fission track radiography is used to investigate the U and Th microscale distribution in a set of Allende-meteorite Ca-Al-rich inclusions. In the Type B inclusions, the major phases melilite and fassaite are important actinide host phases, and on the rims of Type B inclusions and throughout all other inclusions studied, perovskite is the dominant actinide host phase. Results suggest that neither alteration nor loss or gain of an actinide-rich phase appears to have been an important Th/U fractionation mechanism, and that volatility differences may be the dominant factor. Th/U and rare earth element abundance patterns for the spinel and perovskite rim suggest rim formation by volatilization of interior material, and within the constraints of the brief time scale required for this heating, several mechanisms for spinel-perovskite rim formation are possible.

  2. Actinide chemistry in Allende Ca-Al-rich inclusions

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    Murrell, M. T.; Burnett, D. S.

    1987-04-01

    Fission track radiography is used to investigate the U and Th microscale distribution in a set of Allende-meteorite Ca-Al-rich inclusions. In the Type B inclusions, the major phases melilite and fassaite are important actinide host phases, and on the rims of Type B inclusions and throughout all other inclusions studied, perovskite is the dominant actinide host phase. Results suggest that neither alteration nor loss or gain of an actinide-rich phase appears to have been an important Th/U fractionation mechanism, and that volatility differences may be the dominant factor. Th/U and rare earth element abundance patterns for the spinel and perovskite rim suggest rim formation by volatilization of interior material, and within the constraints of the brief time scale required for this heating, several mechanisms for spinel-perovskite rim formation are possible.

  3. Field enhanced bulk conductivity of acceptor-doped BaTi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}O{sub 3-x} ceramics

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    Maso, Nahum; Sinclair, Derek C.; West, Anthony R.; Prades, Marta; Beltran, Hector; Cordoncillo, Eloisa

    2010-08-09

    The electrical properties of Ca-doped BaTiO{sub 3} are very different when Ca substitutes onto Ba or Ti sites. The p-type semiconductivity of Ti-substituted ceramics increases reversibly by one to two orders of magnitude under a dc-bias voltage of {<=}100 V cm{sup -1}, whereas Ba-substituted ceramics show little sensitivity to a dc bias. This increase in BaTi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}O{sub 3-x}, studied over the temperature range 150-600 deg. C, is independent of electrode material and atmosphere and is attributed to ionization of underbonded O{sup 2-} ions adjacent to acceptor-doped Ca{sup 2+} ions.

  4. Interfacial chemical reaction and multiple gap state formation on three layer cathode in organic light-emitting diode: Ca/BaF{sub 2}/Alq{sub 3}

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    Kim, Tae Gun; Kim, Jeong Won; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin; Lee, Seung Mi

    2015-07-14

    A three layer cathode is a promising stack structure for long lifetime and high efficiency in organic light-emitting diodes. The interfacial chemical reactions and their effects on electronic structures for alkaline-earth metal (Ca, Ba)/Alq{sub 3} [tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminum] and Ca/BaF{sub 2}/Alq{sub 3} are investigated using in-situ X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as molecular model calculation. The BaF{sub 2} interlayer initially prevents direct contact between Alq{sub 3} and the reactive Ca metal, but it is dissociated into Ba and CaF{sub 2} by the addition of Ca. As the Ca thickness increases, the Ca penetrates the interlayer to directly participate in the reaction with the underlying Alq{sub 3}. This series of chemical reactions takes place irrespective of the BaF{sub 2} buffer layer thickness as long as the Ca overlayer thickness is sufficient. The interface reaction between the alkaline-earth metal and Alq{sub 3} generates two energetically separated gap states in a sequential manner. This phenomenon is explained by step-by-step charge transfer from the alkaline-earth metal to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital states of Alq{sub 3}, forming new occupied states below the Fermi level.

  5. Incommensurate modulations of relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.24Ba0.76Nb2O6 (CBN24) and Ca0.31Ba0.69Nb2O6 (CBN31).

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    Graetsch, Heribert A; Pandey, Chandra Shehkar; Schreuer, Jürgen; Burianek, Manfred; Mühlberg, Manfred

    2014-08-01

    CBN crystals show a one- and a two-dimensionally modulated modification. The former is isotypic with orthorhombic Ba4Na2Nb10O30 and the latter with the tetragonal tungsten bronze type of crystal structure. The orthorhombic form irreversibly transforms to the tetragonal polymorph at the ferroelectric phase transition near 603 K. Orthorhombic and tetragonal CBN24 slightly differ in the distribution of the Ba and Ca atoms over the incompletely filled Me1 and Me2 sites. The tetragonal symmetry is further broken in orthorhombic CBN24 by different amplitudes of the positional modulations of O atoms which are symmetrically equivalent in the TTB structure. A similar orthorhombic phase of CBN31 could be obtained by quenching from 1473 K.

  6. Sulfation and Desulfation Behavior of Pt-BaO/MgO-Al2O3 NOx Storage Reduction Catalyst.

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    Jeong, Soyeon; Kim, Do Heui

    2016-05-01

    The comparative study between Pt-BaO/Al2O3 and Pt-BaO/MgO-Al2O3 gives the information about the effect of MgO addition to Al2O3 support on the sulfation and desulfation behavior of Pt-BaO/MgO-Al2O3 NOx storage reduction catalyst. The sulfated two samples were analyzed by using element analysis (EA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2 temperature programmed reaction (H2 TPRX) and NOx uptake measurement. The amount of sulfur uptake on 2 wt% Pt-20 wt% BaO/Al2O3 and 2 wt% Pt-20 wt% BaO/MgO-Al2O3 are almost identical as 0.45 and 0.40 of S/Ba, respectively, which yields the drastic decrease in NOx uptake for both sulfated samples. However, after desulfa- tion with H2 at 600 degrees C, the residual sulfur amount on MgO-Al2O3 supported catalyst is three times larger than that on Al2O3 supported one, indicating that sulfur species formed on the former are more stable than those on the latter. It is also well corresponding to the H2 TPRX results where the main H2S peak from MgO-Al2O3 supported sample is observed at higher temperature than Al2O3 supported one, resulting in the lower NOx uptake activity of former sample than the latter one. Meanwhile, after desulfation of MgO-Al2O3 supported sample at 700 degrees C and 800 degrees C, the activity is recovered more significantly due to the removal of the large amount of sulfur while Al2O3 supported one decreases monotonically due to the sintering of Pt crystallite and the formation of BaAl2O4 phase. It is summarized that MgO-Al2O3 supported catalyst enhances the thermal stability of the catalyst, however, forms the stable sulfate species, which needs to be improved to develop the more sulfur resistant NSR catalyst system.

  7. Enthalpies of formation of CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19 (hibonite) by high temperature, alkali borate solution calorimetry

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    Geiger, C. A.; Kleppa, O. J.; Grossman, L.; Mysen, B. O.; Lattimer, J. M.

    1988-01-01

    Enthalpies of formation were determined for two calcium aluminate phases, CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19, using high-temperature alkali borate solution calorimetry. The aluminates were synthesized by multiple-cycle heating and grinding stoichiometric mixtures of CaCO3 and Al2O3, and the products were characteized by X-ray diffraction and SEM microbeam analysis. The data on impurities (CaAl4O7 was found to be about 89.00 percent pure by weight and the CaAl12O19 samples about 91.48 percent pure) were used to correct the heat of solution values of the synthetic products. The enthalpies of formation, at 1063 K, from oxides, were found to be equal to -(25.6 + or - 4.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl4O7 and -(33.0 + or - 9.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl12O19; the respective standard enthalpies of formation from elements, at 298 K, were estimated to be -4007 + or - 5.2 kJ/g.f.w. and -10,722 + or - 12 kJ/g.f.w.

  8. Physical Characterization of Pure and Substituted Tetragonal LaBaCaCu3O7-δ Superconductor

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Narlikar, A. V.

    The high Tc superconductor, forming the focus of the present review, presents an interesting situation where, despite its oxygen content close to 7.0, the system prefers to crystallize in tetragonal structure, as distinct from exhaustively studied orthorhombic RE:123 (REBa2Cu3O7, RE = rare earth) compounds. Its optimum Tc is decided by the cation intermixing at various sites, unlike that in case of normal RE:123, where all cationic sites are fully occupied and fixed, leaving the anionic sites free for oxygen filling. In this, we review the rich crystal chemistry of this compound and discuss it in conjunction with its unusual superconducting properties. The article is divided in five parts: (1) first we discuss variously reported interesting finer structural details and superconductivity of pristine LaBaCaCu3O7-δ (La:1113) superconductor. The La, Ba and Ca sites are found to be intermixed with respect to their nominal sites of the standard RE:123 structure. (2) We examine the structural aspects and superconductivity of La1-xRExBaCaCu3O7 (RE = Nd, Dy, Sm and Pr). Unlike RE:123 and 124 compounds, the RE:1113 compounds form only with light rare earths such as La, Pr and Nd. Pr:1113 compound is found to be an insulator with Pr moments ordering magnetically at around 8 K, unlike at 17 K for Pr:123. (3) Studies of Pr substitution reveal that relative Tc depression due to Pr in the (La,Nd)1-xPrxBaCaCu3O7 system is less in comparison to that found for La or Nd site Pr substituted (La,Nd)1- xPrxBa2Cu3O7. (4) The results of superconductivity and structural details are reviewed for LaBaCaCu3-xMxO7 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Ga and Zn) and finally (5) we summarize our conclusions. The results in terms of Tc depression due to these impurities in the parent La:1113 system are seen as similar to those observed for RE:124 (REBa2Cu4O8) and Nd:214 (Nd2-xCexCuO4), but are different from RE:123 and La:214. The results of structural details, superconductivity and magnetic ordering presented in

  9. Improvement of critical current density in thallium-based (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) superconductors

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    Ren, Z. F.; Wang, C. A.; Wang, J. H.; Miller, D. J.; Goretta, K. C.

    1995-01-01

    Epitaxial (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) ((Tl,Bi)-1223) thin films on (100) single crystal LaAlO3 substrates were synthesized by a two-step procedure. Phase development, microstructure, and relationships between film and substrate were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Resistance versus temperature, zero-field-cooled and field cooled magnetization, and transport critical current density (J(sub c)) were measured. The zero-resistance temperature was 105-111 K. J(sub c) at 77 K and zero field was greater than 2 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm. The films exhibited good flux pinning properties.

  10. Tracing Environmental Variation Over The Past 130 Years In The Barents Sea: Mineral Ratio (Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, And Mn/Ca) Evidence In Shells Of The Circumpolar Greenland Cockle, Serripes groenlandicus

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    Henkes, G. A.; Ambrose, W. G.; Johnson, B. J.; Carroll, M. L.; McMahon, K. W.; Denisenko, S. G.; Thorrold, S. R.

    2007-12-01

    In order to quantify the impacts of human induced climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems it is crucial to establish high-resolution proxies to record regional environmental variability. The Barents Sea region is highly influenced by the annual recession and precession of Arctic sea ice and, as an ecosystem is extremely sensitive to seasonal to decadal climatic changes. Long-lived, sessile, marine bivalves have the potential to provide detailed oceanographic and biological proxy information from the Barents Sea in locations where historic, long- term data logging does not exist. Here, we present preliminary mineral ratio evidence (Mg, Sr, Ba, Mn) for Barents Sea environmental variation from shells of the circumpolar Greenland cockle, Serripes groenlandicus, over the past 130 years from 4 different locations in Norwegian and Russian waters. For all mineral ratios there are clear seasonal trends corresponding with dark winter growth checks on the external surface of each individual. The seasonal patterns of Mg and Sr show progressive change. On average for 9 individuals, Mg/Ca was 10.6 percent greater and Sr/Ca was 5.5 percent lower on the winter checks compared to other values, while Ba/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios show peaks during the middle of the summer growth period. Mineral patterns from the Pechora Sea region are particularly pronounced, which may be related to the influence freshwater from summer river discharge. While the mineral data are initially compelling enough to demonstrate clear seasonal periodicity and inter-annual variation, we believe that a multi-proxy approach to interpreting the information obtained from these bivalves is critical. Therefore, parallel to this study, we are examining external, incremental growth and organic carbon isotopes of shell material from the same collection of bivalves.

  11. Disappearance of superconductivity in the solid solution between (Ca4Al2O6)(Fe2As2) and (Ca4Al2O6)(Fe2P2) superconductors.

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    Shirage, Parasharam M; Kihou, Kunihiro; Lee, Chul-Ho; Takeshita, Nao; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Iyo, Akira

    2012-09-19

    The effect of alloying the two perovskite-type iron-based superconductors (Ca(4)Al(2)O(6))(Fe(2)As(2)) and (Ca(4)Al(2)O(6))(Fe(2)P(2)) was examined. While the two stoichiometric compounds possess relatively high T(c)'s of 28 and 17 K, respectively, their solid solutions of the form (Ca(4)Al(2)O(6))(Fe(2)(As(1-x)P(x))(2)) do not show superconductivity over a wide range from x = 0.50 to 0.95. The resultant phase diagram is thus completely different from those of other typical iron-based superconductors such as BaFe(2)(As,P)(2) and LaFe(As,P)O, in which superconductivity shows up when P is substituted for As in the non-superconducting "parent" compounds. Notably, the solid solutions in the non-superconducting range exhibit resistivity anomalies at temperatures of 50-100 K. The behavior is reminiscent of the resistivity kink commonly observed in various non-superconducting parent compounds that signals the onset of antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic long-range order. The similarity suggests that the suppression of the superconductivity in the present case also has a magnetic and/or structural origin.

  12. Phase, Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Microwave Sintered La and Ca Modified BaTiO{sub 3} Ceramics

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    Sonia, S.; Patel, R. K.; Kumar, P.; Prakash, Chandra; Agrawal, D. K.

    2011-11-22

    Lanthanum and calcium modified barium titanate, Ba{sub (1-x)}La{sub x}Ti{sub (1-x/4)}O{sub 3}/BLT and Ba({sub 1-x})Ca{sub x}TiO{sub 3}/BCT, where x = 0.02, ferroelectric ceramic samples were synthesized in single perovskite phase by microwave processing technique. Sintering temperature was optimized at 1100 deg. C for 1h. Presence of pore free micron size uniform grains suggested the advantage of using microwave sintering process. Transition temperature (T{sub c}) decreases with the substitution of La content in BT system. Temperature coefficient of capacitance is negligible from RT temperature to 75 deg. C for BLT ceramic samples. Polarization vs. electric field (P-E) hysteresis loop study confirms the ferroelectric nature of the modified BT ceramic samples.

  13. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P. Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Maglione, M.; Shimamura, K.

    2014-04-14

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba{sub 0.850}Ca{sub 0.150})(Ti{sub 0.900}Zr{sub 0.100})O{sub 3} ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba{sub 0.857}Ca{sub 0.143})(Ti{sub 0.928}Zr{sub 0.072})O{sub 3} to (Ba{sub 0.953}Ca{sub 0.047})(Ti{sub 0.427}Zr{sub 0.573})O{sub 3}. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba{sub 0.838}Ca{sub 0.162})(Ti{sub 0.854}Zr{sub 0.146})O{sub 3} composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d{sub 31} and k{sub 31} of 93 pC.N{sup −1} and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K)

  14. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P.; Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Shimamura, K.; Maglione, M.

    2014-04-01

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba0.850Ca0.150)(Ti0.900Zr0.100)O3 ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO2-ZrO2 solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba0.857Ca0.143)(Ti0.928Zr0.072)O3 to (Ba0.953Ca0.047)(Ti0.427Zr0.573)O3. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba0.838Ca0.162)(Ti0.854Zr0.146)O3 composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d31 and k31 of 93 pC.N-1 and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K).

  15. Fabrication and properties of (Hg,Pb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ silver-sheathed tapes

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    Su, J. H.; Sastry, P. V. P. S. S.; van der Laan, D. C.; Schwartz, J.

    2002-05-01

    (Hg,Pb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (HgPb1223) samples have been fabricated by wrapping Pb0.2Ba2Ca2Cu3Oy precursor powder within Ag foil and pressing or rolling. The precursor/Ag composite is then reacted with CaHgO2 in sealed reaction quartz glass tubes. The XRD pattern of as-prepared tapes shows only one superconducting phase, HgPb1223, was obtained, in agreement with the Tc measurements showing an onset critical temperature (Tc) of about 132 K. The microstructures of these tapes examined by ESEM show defects such as cracks, voids, sausaging, and non-superconducting phases, resulting from mechanical deformation and sintering. Although the localized grain alignment of the silver interface has been observed, globally the HgPb1223 grains are almost randomly aligned, in agreement with magneto-optical images. The irreversibility behavior and the temperature dependence of magnetic (intragrain) critical current density Jc,m, estimated by using Bean's model, are also reported. The average transport Jc,t of the HgPb1223 tapes was ˜103A/cm2 at 4.2 K and self-field, only 1/1000 of Jc,m, which was ˜106A/cm2. The much lower transport Jc,t is explained in terms of grain-linking and defects mentioned above.

  16. Structural, electronic and mechanical properties of alkaline earth metal oxides MO (M=Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Cinthia, A. Jemmy; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Iyakutti, K.

    2015-04-01

    The structural, electronic and mechanical properties of alkaline earth metal oxides MO (M=Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) in the cubic (B1, B2 and B3) phases and in the wurtzite (B4) phase are investigated using density functional theory calculations as implemented in VASP code. The lattice constants, cohesive energy, bulk modulus, band structures and the density of states are computed. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental and the other available theoretical results. Electronic structure reveals that all the five alkaline earth metal oxides exhibit semiconducting behavior at zero pressure. The estimated band gaps for the stable wurtzite phase of BeO is 7.2 eV and for the stable cubic NaCl phases of MgO, CaO, SrO and BaO are 4.436 eV, 4.166 eV, 4.013 eV, and 2.274 eV respectively. A pressure induced structural phase transition occurs from wurtzite (B4) to NaCl (B1) phase in BeO at 112.1 GPa and from NaCl (B1) to CsCl (B2) phase in MgO at 514.9 GPa, in CaO at 61.3 GPa, in SrO at 42 GPa and in BaO at 14.5 GPa. The elastic constants are computed at zero and elevated pressures for the B4 and B1 phases for BeO and for the B1 and B2 phases in the case of the other oxides in order to investigate their mechanical stability, anisotropy and hardness. The sound velocities and the Debye temperatures are calculated for all the oxides using the computed elastic constants.

  17. First principles study of Ca in BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3

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    Fongkaew, Ittipon; T-Thienprasert, Jiraroj; Limpijumnong, Sukit

    2015-11-01

    BaTiO3-Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 is one of the promising candidates as a high-temperature relaxor with a high Curie temperature and several preferred dielectric characteristics. It has been found experimentally for a long time that adding calcium to BaTiO3-Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 improves its temperature characteristic of the capacitance [J. Electron. Mater. 39, 2471]. In this study, Calcium (Ca) defects in perovskite BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 have been studied based on first-principles calculations. In both BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3, our calculations showed that Ca atom energetically prefers to substitute for the cations, that is Ba, Bi, Na and Ti, depending on the growth conditions. In most cases, Ca predominantly substitutes on the A-site without providing additional electrical carriers (serve as either neutral defects or self-compensating defects). The growth conditions where Ca can be forced to substitute for B-site (with limited amount) and the conditions where Ca can be forced to serve as an acceptor are identified. Details of the local structures, formation energies and electronic properties of these Ca defects are reported.

  18. Structural, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of Ba2XOsO6 (X = Li, Na, Ca) double perovskites

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    Faizan, M.; Khan, S. H.; Murtaza, G.; Khan, A.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Hussain, S.; Ali, M. A.

    2016-11-01

    The double perovskite oxides have diverse applications in the fields such as magnetism and spintronics. We report on the structural, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites Ba2XOsO6 (X = Li, Na, Ca) calculated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. For the treatment of the exchange-correlation energy, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Wu and Cohen (WC-GGA), Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof (PBE-GGA), Engel-Vosko's (EV-GGA) and GGA plus Hubbard U parameter (GGA+ U) have been utilized. The calculated lattice constant, band structure and density of states are found in good agreement with the existing experimental and theoretical results. In particular, we present theoretical calculation of the bulk modulus of these compounds which, according to our knowledge, has not been reported. The calculation of elastic parameters suggests that these compounds possess ductile nature. The GGA+ U approach provides better band gap results as compared to others approximations. The density of states shows that Ba-5 p, Ba-4 f, Os-5 d and O-2 p states contribute majorly in the conduction and valence bands. The calculated magnetic moments of all these compounds reveal ferromagnetic nature. These compounds seem to possess half-metallic properties which may make them useful candidates for spintronics device applications.

  19. Effects of pressure and distortion on superconductivity in Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Zhang, Jian-Bo; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Lin, Hai-Qing; Ma, Yong-Chang; Wang, Nan-Lin; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2015-11-01

    The systematic evolution of the structural, vibrational, and superconducting properties of nearly optimally doped Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8+δ with pressure up to 30 GPa is studied by x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. No phase transformation is observed in the studied pressure regime. The obtained lattice parameters and unit-cell volume continuously decrease with pressure by following the expected equation of state. The axial ratio of c/a exhibits an anomaly starting from 9 GPa. At such a pressure level, the deviation from the nonlinear variation of the phonon frequencies is detected. Both the above observations indicate the enhancement of the distortion upon compression. The superconducting transition temperature is found to exhibit a parabolic behavior with a maximum of 114 K around 7 GPa. We demonstrate that the interplay between the intrinsic pressure variables and distortion controls the superconductivity.

  20. Thermoelectric properties of Al substituted misfit cobaltite Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9 at low temperature

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    Liu, Yi; Chen, Hong-mei; Hu, Jin-lian; Tang, Xu-bing; Li, Hai-jin; Wang, Wei

    2014-07-01

    Thermoelectric properties of Al substituted compounds Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9 ( x = 0, 0.03, 0.05), prepared by a sol-gel process, have been investigated in the temperature range 305-20 K. The results indicate that after Al substitution for Co in Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9, the direct current electrical resistivity and thermopower increase due to the reduction of carrier concentration. Experiments show that Al substitution results in decreased lattice thermal conductivity. The figure of merit of temperature behavior suggests that Ca3(Co0.97Al0.03)4O9 would be a promising candidate thermoelectric material for high-temperature thermoelectric application.

  1. Research and analysis on the thin films sputtered by the Ba-Al-S:Eu target fabricated by powder sintering

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    Zhang, Dongpu; Xu, Fang; Yu, Zhinong; Xue, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Europium-doped barium thioaluminate (BaAl2S4:Eu) is currently the most efficient blue phosphor for inorganic thin film electroluminescent (iEL) device. To produce the full-color EL device, several kinds of blue-emitting layer were attempted and tested. As a key point of blue-emitting layer fabrication, single target sputtering deposition is an effective method. In this work, new structural target is introduced and the fabricated process is expatiated. The PL spectra of as fabricated targets show that both of two, 3mol% and 5mol% europium-doped, have blue emitting property. According to the PL spectra excited by 290nm, 300nm and 320nm ultraviolet, emission peaks located in the region near 470nm. So the as-fabricated targets can be used in single target sputtering deposition on thin film of BaAl2S4:Eu. XRD pattern indicates that there are 4 different phases, barium tetraaluminum sulfide (BaAl4S7), barium sulfide (BaS), europium sulfide (EuS) and barium aluminum oxide (BaAl2O4), in target 1. Besides these four compounds, other two phases, aluminum sulfide (Al2S3) and barium thioaluminate (BaAl2S4), are detected in target 2. Considering the analysis results, especially the hydrolyzation of Al2S3, target 1 is more suitable for sputtering deposition of BaAl2S4:Eu thin film. XPS and X-ray Fluorescence patterns describe the precise molar ratio of each element. In target 1 the relative atom concentration of barium, aluminum, sulfur and oxygen can be calculated from the pattern and molar ratio is about 9:33:41:17. Molar ratio of barium and europium is about 1:0.03. In short, the barium thioaluminate doped by europium sputtering target 1 is better to be applied in the fabrication of blue-emitting layer in inorganic electro-luminescent devices.

  2. Theoretical survey on M@C80 (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba): Behavior of different alkaline earth metal impacting the chemical stability and electronic properties

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    Cui, Jin-Bo; Guo, Yi-Jun; Li, Qiao-Zhi; Zhao, Pei; Zhao, Xiang

    2016-08-01

    Structures of mono-metallofullerenes M@C80 (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba) that separated in early experiment are determined owning the C2v(31920)-C80 cage. The change rule of properties for M@C80 (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba) influenced by different inner metal are discussed. As the trapped metal changes from calcium to barium, performance of thermodynamic stabilities for M@C2v(31920)-C80, M@C2v(31922)-C80, and M@D5h(31923)-C80 are significantly different. Orbital analysis suggests that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMOs) of Ca@C2v(31920)-C80 and Ca@D5h(31923)-C80 are mostly located on the trapped metal, whereas reduction reactions of Ca@C2v(31920)-C80 and Ca@D5h(31923)-C80 occur on the fullerene cage. Natural electron configuration analyses demonstrates that the decentralized electron back-donation of Ba@C2v(31920)-C80 would take responsible for the instability of itself. Electronic properties such as electron affinities and ionization potentials are significantly affected by encapsulated metal are also found. Computational UV-visible-NIR spectra for M@C2v(31920)-C80 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) are in perfect accord with the spectra obtained experimentally.

  3. Ca(2+) and CaM are involved in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted fluoride accumulation in tea plants (Camellia sinesis L.).

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    Zhang, Xian-Chen; Gao, Hong-Jian; Wu, Hong-Hong; Yang, Tian-Yuan; Zhang, Zheng-Zhu; Mao, Jing-Dong; Wan, Xiao-Chun

    2015-11-01

    Tea plant (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. kuntze) is known to be a fluoride (F) and aluminum (Al(3+)) hyper-accumulator. Previous study showed that pre-treatment of Al(3+) caused a significant increase of F accumulation in tea plants. However, less is known about the intricate network of Al(3+) promoted F accumulation in tea plants. In this study, the involvement of endogenous Ca(2+) and CaM in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted F accumulation in tea plants was investigated. Our results showed that Al(3+) induced the inverse change of intracellular Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity and stimulated Ca(2+) trans-membrane transport in the mature zone of tea root. Also, a link between internal Ca(2+) and CaM was found in tea roots under the presence of Al(3+). In order to investigate whether Ca(2+) and CaM were related to F accumulation promoted by Al(3+) pretreatment, Ca(2+) chelator EGTA and CaM antagonists CPZ and TFP were used. EGTA, CPZ, and TFP pretreatment inhibited Al(3+)-induced increase of Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity and CaM content in tea roots, and also significantly reduced Al(3+)-promoted F accumulation in tea plants. Taken together, our results suggested that the endogenous Ca(2+) and CaM are involved in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted F accumulation in tea roots.

  4. Uniaxial-strain mechanical detwinning of CaFe2As2 and BaFe2As2 crystals: Optical and transport study

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    Tanatar, M. A.; Blomberg, E. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Kim, M. G.; Ni, N.; Thaler, A.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Goldman, A. I.; Mazin, I. I.; Prozorov, R.

    2010-05-01

    The parent compounds of iron-arsenide superconductors, AFe2As2 (A=Ca,Sr,Ba) , undergo a tetragonal to orthorhombic structural transition at a temperature TTO in the range 135-205 K depending on the alkaline-earth element. Below TTO the free standing crystals split into equally populated structural domains, which mask intrinsic, in-plane, anisotropic properties of the materials. Here we demonstrate a way of mechanically detwinning CaFe2As2 and BaFe2As2 . The detwinning is nearly complete, as demonstrated by polarized light imaging and synchrotron x-ray measurements, and reversible, with twin pattern restored after strain release. Electrical resistivity measurements in the twinned and detwinned states show that resistivity, ρ , decreases along the orthorhombic ao axis but increases along the orthorhombic bo axis in both compounds. Immediately below TTO the ratio ρbo/ρao=1.2 and 1.5 for Ca and Ba compounds, respectively. Contrary to CaFe2As2 , BaFe2As2 reveals an anisotropy in the nominally tetragonal phase, suggesting that either fluctuations play a larger role above TTO in BaFe2As2 than in CaFe2As2 or that there is a higher temperature crossover or phase transition.

  5. Specific-heat of polycrystalline (Hg,Pb)Ba 2Ca 2C 3O 8+δ near T c

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    Jeandupeux, O.; Schilling, A.; Büchi, S.; Guo, J. D.; Ott, H. R.

    1994-12-01

    We have measured the specific heat of polycrystalline (Hg,Pb)Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ between 60 K and 200 K with a calorimeter based on the standard continuous-heating method. The occurence of an anomaly in Cp( T)/ T peaking at Tc for these samples clearly shows that superconductivity is a bulk phenomenon in this type of compound. After subtraction of a fitted background, we deduce a value of ΔCp/ Tc≈27 mJ/mole K 2 for a 15% Pb-doped sample containing ≈60% of Hg-1223. An as-prepared sample containing Hg 0.8Pb 0.2Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ as the dominant phase shows a distinct anomaly in the specific heat data at Tc=130 K and at Tc=115 K for a specimen cut from the same initial sample after oxygen annealing. The size and the shape of the specific heat anomalies are very similar, irrespective of the value of Tc and thus hole-dopping level.

  6. Rapid stability of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Liu, Shujuan; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Jiping; Shi, Xiujing; Zhao, Yingying; Zhang, Dawei

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we report a rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics (BCaxT+BTCe8) (x = 10, 20, 24, 30 mol%) prepared by separate doping Ca2+ and Ce4+ ions. Double hysteresis loops are identified in the aged BCaxT+BTCe8 samples; meanwhile, the polarization of these loops present a rapid decrease within very short aging time (about 1 h), and then the polarization remains almost unchanged over the followed ~1000 h. This phenomenon is not reported in previous researches. Raman scattering spectrum indicates that oxygen vacancies are generated because of Ca2+ ions entering into Ti sites partly in the BCaxT+BTCe8 samples, and then the oxygen vacancies are quantitatively characterized by half of the Ce3+ content through the XPS test. The emergence of the aging phenomenon is explained through the defect dipole reorientation mechanism. The larger radius of Ca2+ ions is further discussed as a possible reason for the rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization. It may provide an effective design method from the viewpoint of the ionic radius to accelerate polarization stability, and thus to facilitate the possible practical applications of the aging effect.

  7. Rapid stability of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Liu, Shujuan; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Jiping; Shi, Xiujing; Zhao, Yingying; Zhang, Dawei

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we report a rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics (BCaxT+BTCe8) (x = 10, 20, 24, 30 mol%) prepared by separate doping Ca2+ and Ce4+ ions. Double hysteresis loops are identified in the aged BCaxT+BTCe8 samples; meanwhile, the polarization of these loops present a rapid decrease within very short aging time (about 1 h), and then the polarization remains almost unchanged over the followed ~1000 h. This phenomenon is not reported in previous researches. Raman scattering spectrum indicates that oxygen vacancies are generated because of Ca2+ ions entering into Ti sites partly in the BCaxT+BTCe8 samples, and then the oxygen vacancies are quantitatively characterized by half of the Ce3+ content through the XPS test. The emergence of the aging phenomenon is explained through the defect dipole reorientation mechanism. The larger radius of Ca2+ ions is further discussed as a possible reason for the rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization. It may provide an effective design method from the viewpoint of the ionic radius to accelerate polarization stability, and thus to facilitate the possible practical applications of the aging effect. PMID:28004752

  8. Hexamer clusters in MeF2:Yb3+ (Me = Ca,Sr,Ba)

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.; Nazemnikh, A. D.

    2011-10-01

    The electronic structure and g factors of simple impurity centers and hexamer ytterbium clusters in fluorites have been calculated in terms of the exchange charge model. Preliminarily, their local crystal structures have been calculated in the framework of the shell model with the inclusion of lattice distortions near the impurity. Crystal structure and g factors have been calculated of linear cluster Yb-F-Yb-F oriented along a trigonal axis in BaF2.

  9. Surface structures of ternary iron arsenides AFe2As2 ( A=Ba , Sr, or Ca)

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    Gao, Miao; Ma, Fengjie; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Xiang, Tao

    2010-05-01

    By the first-principles electronic structure calculations, we find that energetically the most favorable cleaved AFe2As2(001) surface is A -terminated with either 2×2 or 1×2 order. For BaFe2As2 , the surface Ba atoms are predominantly in a 2×2 order. A low-temperature cleaving may generate a metastable As-terminated surface. The As-terminated surface in the antiferromagnetic orthorhombic BaFe2As2 also takes a 2×2 order, resulting from the buckling of the surface As atoms and giving rise to a switchable 2×2 scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) pattern upon varying the applied bias. In a 1×2 -ordered A -terminated surface, the high-density spots in the STM image do not directly correspond to the positions of surface atoms. Our results are consistent with the STM observations and resolve the discrepancy between different experimental groups. The study helps establish a physical picture to understand the cleaved AFe2As2 surfaces.

  10. Defect-induced wetting on BaF 2(111) and CaF 2(111) at ambient conditions

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    Cardellach, M.; Verdaguer, A.; Fraxedas, J.

    2011-12-01

    The interaction of water with freshly cleaved (111) surfaces of isostructural BaF2 and CaF2 single crystals at ambient conditions (room temperature and under controlled humidity) has been studied using scanning force microscopy in different operation modes and optical microscopy. Such surfaces exhibit contrasting behaviors for both materials: while on BaF2(111) two-dimensional water layers are formed after accumulation at step edges, CaF2(111) does not promote the formation of such layers. We attribute such opposed behavior to lattice match (mismatch) between hexagonal water ice and the hexagonal (111) surfaces of BaF2(CaF2). Optical microscope images reveal that this behavior also determines the way the surfaces become wetted at a macroscopic level.

  11. Magnetic and electronic transitions in charge-ordered Nd 0.50Ca 0.47Ba 0.03MnO 3 manganite

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    Mavani, K. R.; Paulose, P. L.

    The ABO 3 type charge-ordered antiferromagnetic Nd 0.50Ca 0.50MnO 3 (NCMO) manganite is doped at A-site by 3%of Ba 2+ for Ca 2+. The resulting system, Nd 0.50Ca 0.47Ba 0.03MnO 3 (NCBMO), is studied for the effects of Ba doping on the magnetic and electronic properties. On application of magnetic field to NCBMO, strongly correlated successive sharp metamagnetic and electronic transitions are observed from antiferromagnetic-insulating to ferromagnetic-metallic state at 2.5 K. The critical magnetic field ( Hc) required for metamagnetism is found to reduce drastically from 15 T for undoped NCMO to 3 T for NCBMO. On increasing the temperature, the Hc of NCBMO passes through a minimum. This behavior of Hc of NCBMO contrasts to that of NCMO. The results are discussed in context of A-site cation disorder and size.

  12. Synthesis, Crystal and Electronic Structures of the Pnictides AE3TrPn3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga; Pn = P, As)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav; Voss, Leonard; He, Hua; ...

    2015-09-24

    New ternary arsenides AE3TrAs3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga) and their phosphide analogs Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements at high temperatures. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that Sr3AlAs3 and Ba3AlAs3 adopt the Ba3AlSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oC56, space group Cmce, Z = 8). This structure is also realized for Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3. Likewise, the compounds Sr3GaAs3 and Ba3GaAs3 crystallize with the Ba3GaSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oP56, space group Pnma, Z = 8). Both structures are made up of isolated pairs of edge-shared AlPn4 and GaPn4 tetrahedra (Pn = pnictogen, i.e.,more » P or As), separated by the alkaline-earth Sr2+ and Ba2+ cations. In both cases, there are no homoatomic bonds, hence, regardless of the slightly different atomic arrangements, both structures can be rationalized as valence-precise [AE2+]3[Tr3+][Pn3-]3, or rather [AE2+]6[Tr2Pn6]12-, i.e., as Zintl phases.« less

  13. Luminescent properties of BaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Mn2+ phosphor for white LED

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    Shen, Changyu; Li, Ke

    2010-10-01

    BaAl2Si2O8:xEu2+, yMn2+ was prepared by high-temperature solid state reaction and X-ray powder diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of it. It was found experimentally that, its emission peaks situated at 420 nm and 570 nm respectively under excitation of 380 nm irradiation. The emission peaks at 420 nm originate from the transition 5d to 4f of Eu2+ ions that occupy the Ba2+ sites in the crystal of BaAl2Si2O8, while the 580nm emission is attributed to the energy transfer from Eu2+ ions to Mn2+ ions. The white light can be obtained by combining the 380 nm chip with the phosphor. When the concentrations of the Eu2+ ions and Mn2+ ions were 0.05 mol and 0.35 mol respectively, the sample presented intense white emitting. The near-ultraviolet InGaN-based BaAl2Si2O8:0.05Eu2+, 0.35Mn2+ LED achieves good color rendering of 85 with the CIE coordinate of (0.3183, 0.3036).

  14. P- T- X controls on Ca and Na distribution between Mg-Al tourmaline and fluid

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    Berryman, Eleanor J.; Wunder, Bernd; Rhede, Dieter; Schettler, Georg; Franz, Gerhard; Heinrich, Wilhelm

    2016-04-01

    Ca-Na partitioning between tourmaline and a coexisting fluid is investigated in the system CaO-Na2O-B2O3-Al2O3-MgO-SiO2-H2O-Cl between 0.2-4.0 GPa and 500-700 °C. The synthesis experiments produced a mineral assemblage of tourmaline, coesite/quartz, and in some cases additional phases, typically comprising <1 wt% of the solid product. The synthesized tourmalines are solid solutions of dravite [NaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)], "oxy-uvite" (i.e. "Ca-Mg-O root name") [CaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O], and magnesio-foitite [☐(Mg2Al)Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)]. Starting materials comprised a fluid of constant ionic strength (2.00 m) and an oxide mixture with a constant Mg/Al ratio. As a result, the number of vacancies at the X site and the Mg/Al ratio of tourmaline crystals synthesized at the same temperature vary only slightly. The major solid solution is Ca-Na exchange at the X site via the exchange vector X Ca W O[ X Na W (OH)]-1, with the exchange vector X (Ca☐)[ X Na2]-1 serving as a secondary Ca-incorporation mechanism. Tourmaline's X-site composition reflects the fluid composition, whereby the Ca (or Na) concentration in the fluid corresponds with the Ca (or Na) content in tourmaline at each pressure and temperature. At 0.2 GPa, 700 °C, Ca preferentially partitions into tourmaline, producing the most Ca-rich tourmaline crystals synthesized here. At pressures >1.0 GPa, Ca partitions preferentially into the fluid, resulting in Na-dominant tourmaline compositions. Temperature has a secondary effect on Ca-Na partitioning, with higher temperatures correlating with increased Ca incorporation in tourmaline. Based on the experimental findings, tourmaline is expected to have Ca-rich compositions when it forms in low pressure, high-temperature Ca-rich rocks, consistent with the current record of tourmaline occurrence. The bulk Mg/Al ratio and the pH of the tourmaline-forming system may also affect Ca incorporation in tourmaline, but remain to be investigated experimentally.

  15. CaFeAl mixed oxide derived heterogeneous catalysts for transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel.

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    Lu, Yongsheng; Zhang, Zaiwu; Xu, Yunfeng; Liu, Qiang; Qian, Guangren

    2015-08-01

    CaAl layered double oxides (LDO) were prepared by co-precipitation and calcined at 750°C, and then applied to biodiesel production by transesterification reaction between methanol and soybean oil. Compared with characteristics of CaFe/LDO and CaAl/LDO, CaFeAl/LDO had the best performance based on prominent catalytic activity and stability, and achieved over 90% biodiesel yield, which stayed stable (over 85%) even after 8 cycles of reaction. The optimal catalytic reaction condition was 12:1M-ratio of methanol/oil, reaction temperatures of 60°C, 270rpm stirring rate, 60min reaction time, and 6% weight-ratio of catalyst/oil. In addition, the CaFeAl/LDO catalyst is insoluble in both methanol and methyl esters and can be easily separated for further reaction, turning it into an excellent alternative for biodiesel synthesis.

  16. Investigation on photoluminescence properties and defect chemistry of GdAlO3:Dy3+ Ba2+ phosphors

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    Selvalakshmi, Thangaraj; Sellaiyan, Selvakumar; Uedono, Akira; Semba, Takaaki; Bose, Arumugam Chandra

    2016-08-01

    GdAlO3:Dy3+ Ba2+ phosphors are synthesized by citrate-based sol-gel method. Photoluminescence and positron annihilation studies are used to investigate the emission and defect chemistry of the phosphors respectively. The strong yellow (Dy3+) emission properties of phosphors are discussed for various concentrations of Dy3+ ions. Upon the addition of Ba2+ ion, an enhancement in emission intensity is observed due to the lattice distortions around Dy3+ ion. The positron studies indicate the presence of defects at crystallite boundaries, vacancy clusters and large voids in the materials. The influence of Ba2+ ion on the photoluminescence and lattice distortion around Dy3+ is also explored.

  17. Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8- x superconducting films deposited by aerosol and their hysteretic ac losses

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    Conde-Gallardo, A.; Klein, T.; Escribe-Filippini, C.; Marcus, J.; Lopez-Rios, T.; Jergel, M.

    1998-04-01

    ac susceptibility measurements have been performed on Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8- x superconducting films. The films were grown in two steps: first Ba-Ca-Cu-Ag-O precursor films have been prepared by spraying an aerosol on MgO substrates and the Tl was then subsequently introduced by diffusion into the precursor films. The most favourable preparation conditions have been determined by comparing the structural and magnetic properties of the films. A detailed study of the ac susceptibility shows that the ac losses are due to intragrain bulk hysteretic pinning eventhough small geometrical barriers contributions could also be observed.

  18. Geometry and Vibrational Spectra of the Alkaline Earth Dihalides. III. MgCl2, CaCl2, SrCl2 and BaCl2.

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    The infrared spectra of MgCl2 , CaCl2, SrCl2 and BaCl2 trapped in solid krypton matrices at 20K are reported. From precise measurements of changes in...the vibrational modes on isotopic substitution, a linear configuration for MgCl2 and CaCl2 is confirmed and an apex angle of 120 degrees is...established for SrCl. For BaCl2 the bond angle has been estimated at 100 degrees. Using a valence force field a set of force constants has been obtained from

  19. Crystal and Magnetic Structures of the Oxide Sulfides CaCoSO and BaCoSO.

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    Salter, Edward J T; Blandy, Jack N; Clarke, Simon J

    2016-02-15

    CaCoSO, synthesized from CaO, Co, and S at 900 °C, is isostructural with CaZnSO and CaFeSO. The structure is non-centrosymmetric by virtue of the arrangement of the vertex-sharing CoS3O tetrahedra which are linked by their sulfide vertices to form layers. The crystal structure adopts space group P63mc (No. 186), and the lattice parameters are a = 3.7524(9) Å and c = 11.138(3) Å at room temperature with two formula units in the unit cell. The compound is highly insulating, and powder neutron diffraction measurements reveal long-range antiferromagnetic order with a propagation vector k = (1/3, 1/3, 1/2). The magnetic scattering from a powder sample can be modeled starting from a 120° arrangement of Co(2+) spin vectors in the triangular planes and then applying a canting out of the planes which can be modeled in the magnetic space group C(c)c (space group 9.40 in the Belov, Neronova, and Smirnova (BNS) scheme) with Co(2+) moments of 2.72(5) μ(B). The antiferromagnetic structure of the recently reported compound BaCoSO, which has a very different crystal structure from CaCoSO, is also described, and this magnetic structure and the magnitude of the ordered moment (2.75(2) μ(B)) are found by experiment to be similar to those predicted computationally.

  20. Ba'id al Jimalah tungsten prospect, Najd region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Lofts, P. G.

    The Ba'id al Jimalah tungsten prospect is located in the NE of the Arabian Shield, at 25°09'N, 42°41'E. Mineralization is associated with a late-Proterozoic, porphyritic microgranite emplaced in folded, fine-grained clastic rocks of the Murdama group, within an aureole of biotite-rich hornfels. The microgranite forms a 30 m-thick sill and numerous smaller sills and dikes cropping out along two low, sub-parallel ridges and several small hills in an area 700 m square. The form of the intrusion at depth is uncertain. It is slightly to intensely sericitized, in places greisenized, and is enriched in Li, F and Rb. Wolframite occurs with minor cassiterite, scheelite and sulfides in quartz veins cutting both microgranite and hornfelsed wall-rock. The veins have a dominant trend of 110-115°, and are thicker and more numerous in the microgranite. Gangue minerals include plagioclase and potassium feldspar, muscovite, sericite, fluorite and minor siderite. A major Najd fault trending 130-135° probably controlled magma emplacement and subsequent hydrothermal and pneumatolytic activity. A percussion drilling program, restricted to the outcrop of the sill on the north ridge, has outlined 800,000 tonnes grading 0.10% WO 3 and 0.01% Sn.

  1. Stabilization of metastable ferroelectric Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 by breaking Ca-site selectivity via crystallization from glass

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    Masuno, Atsunobu; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Okajima, Toshihiro; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Arai, Yasutomo; Yu, Jianding; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    2013-01-01

    The thermal stability and dielectric and structural properties of ferroelectric Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) prepared by crystallization from glass are investigated. The Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 compounds with x < 0.10 are thermally stable phases, while those with x ≥ 0.10 are metastable phases. The ferroelectric transition temperature drastically decreases from 470 to 220°C with increasing x. Crystal structure analyses reveal that one of two possible Ba sites is occupied by Ca in the stable phase region, while Ca-site selectivity is broken in the metastable phase region. The Ca-site selectivity introduces local distortion and makes the crystal lattice unstable. However, the local distortion is suppressed by the occupancy of Ca into both Ba sites. Accordingly, the metastable ferroelectric phase can be obtained beyond the substitution limit of Ca by crystallization from the glassy state. The stabilization mechanism provides possible wide control of the functionality of materials by expanding the composition range. PMID:24145958

  2. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2 Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics with glass additive.

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    Im, In-Ho; Chung, Kwang-Hyun

    2014-12-01

    We have investigated the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive as a function of sintering temperatures. With adding BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive, diffusivity of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics was increased. The dispersion constant γ of BZT-BCT ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass was changed from 1.9683 to 1.7673 by decreasing sintering temperature ranging from 1450 degrees C to 1350 degrees C, while 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics at sintered 1450 degrees C showed γ = 1.5055. The piezoelectric properties such as electromechanical coupling factor (k(p)) and piezoelectric constant (d33) of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive sintered at 1400 degrees C showed similar values compared with 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics without BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive sintered at 1450 degrees C. The addition of BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive can be of help to decrease sintering temperature of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics.

  3. Ba/Ca in Planktonic Foraminifera as a Recorder of Freshwater Input to the Ocean: Proxy Refinement in the Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea

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    Gibson, K.

    2015-12-01

    In the study of paleoclimate, the past several decades have seen large strides in the advancement of proxies designed to reconstruct changes in sea surface temperature (SST); however, techniques for reconstructing ocean salinity are less well developed. The ratio of Ba/Ca in planktic foraminiferal tests has shown initial promise as a tool for reconstructing salinity in continental margin sites near river mouths. In these environments, Ba/Ca shows an inverse correlation with salinity, and often a less clear correlation to nutrients or indicators of productivity, as is more typical in open-ocean settings. An ideal area in which to apply and test foraminiferal Ba/Ca as a proxy for freshwater input is the Western Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP), where temperatures are relatively stable, but large variations in precipitation are today driven by the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and strength of the Australian-Indonesian monsoon. Foraminiferal Ba/Ca in sediments proximal to a river mouth should therefore reflect changes in riverine input, which in turn reflect variations in precipitation on different timescales. We present here planktic foraminiferal δ18O, Ba/Ca, and Mg/Ca records spanning the last glacial-interglacial transition from marine sediment cores in the Gulf of Papua, located in the WPWP. The δ18O records show an increase in the magnitude of glacial-interglacial (G-IG) δ18O change (∆18O) moving away from the coastline and the mouth of the primary local freshwater source, the Fly River. The reduced amplitude in G-IG ∆18O in the cores closer to shore, manifested by more negative δ18O values before ~20 kyr ago, is likely due to freshwater input from the Fly River, with the effects diminishing with distance from the Fly River source. Temperature and sea level are also changing over the deglaciation, however, contributing to the signal recorded in the calcite δ18O. We use planktic Mg/Ca analyses and independent records of sea level change to isolate the

  4. Lead-Free Piezoelectric (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O3 Thin Films for Biocompatible and Flexible Devices.

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    Scarisoreanu, N D; Craciun, F; Ion, V; Birjega, R; Bercea, A; Dinca, V; Dinescu, M; Sima, L E; Icriverzi, M; Roseanu, A; Gruionu, L; Gruionu, G

    2017-01-11

    In this work, we report the synthesis of functional biocompatible piezoelectric (1 - x)Ba(Ti0.8Zr0.2)TiO3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3, x = 0.45 (BCZT45), thin films with high piezoelectric properties. Pulsed-laser-based techniques, classical pulsed-laser deposition and matrix-assisted pulsed-laser evaporation, were used to synthesize the BCZT45 thin films. The second technique was employed in order to ensure growth on polymer flexible Kapton substrates. The BCZT45 thin films grown by both techniques show similar structural properties and high piezoelectric coefficient coupling between the mechanical loading and electrical potential. While it has long been shown that the electrical potential favors biological processes like osteogenesis, the assessment of cell adhesion and osteogenic differentiation onto BCZT materials has not yet been demonstrated. We prove here for the first time that BCZT 45 coatings on Kapton polymer substrates provide optimal support for osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in the bone marrow.

  5. Polarization-induced enhancement of photoluminescence in Pr3+ doped ferroelectric diphase BaTiO3-CaTiO3 ceramics

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    Zou, Hua; Peng, Dengfeng; Wu, Guangheng; Wang, Xusheng; Bao, Dinghua; Li, Jun; Li, Yanxia; Yao, Xi

    2013-08-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra impacted by electric polarization in Pr3+ doped diphase (1-x)BaTiO3-xCaTiO3 (x = 0.4-0.7) ceramics were studied systematically. The transparent electrode of indium tin oxide was deposited on both surfaces of ceramics to reduce experimental errors and then PL properties were characterized with and without polarization. An enhancement in PL intensity of ˜100% was obtained in the Ba1-xCaxTiO3 (x = 0.7) ceramics with polarization. It was found that the PL intensity increased the same level whether the poling direction was up or down. With the x increases, the enhanced factor decreased first and then increased, which ascribed to the ratio of the tetragonal Ba0.77Ca0.23TiO3 and orthorhombic Ba0.1Ca0.9TiO3 in the diphase ceramics. The investigation of UV-Vis reflective spectrum and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy spectrum demonstrated that the polarization effect on the PL was attributed to the change of band gap of host by a local electric field around Pr3+ doped in Ba0.1Ca0.9TiO3. The local electric field was supposed to be produced by the remanent polarization from ferroelectric Ba0.77Ca0.23TiO3 matrix. The band gap of the host became smaller in the polarized sample, which suggests that an increase in the band gap excitation of the host, i.e., increasing the PL intensity.

  6. Divalent europium doped CaF2 and BaF2 nanocrystals from ionic liquids

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    Anghel, Sergiu; Golbert, Sebastian; Meijerink, Andries; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2016-10-11

    A new, facile and quick synthesis method for Eu2+ doped the alkaline earth fluorides was developed using ionic liquids as solvent, precursor and capping agent. Reductive atmosphere and very high temperatures were avoided, while still attaining the desired structure, small particle sizes and divalent oxidation state of the lanthanide. Here, this opens the door for the development of new Ln2+ doped nanomaterials. The successful Eu2+ incorporation was proven by optical spectroscopic measurements which showed the spin and parity allowed f-d transitions of Eu2+ in CaF2:Eu2+/BaF2:Eu2+. 4f7-4f7 transitions could be observed at low temperatures (7 K).

  7. Ultraslow fluctuations in the pseudogap states of HgBa2CaCu2O6 +δ

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    Itoh, Yutaka; Machi, Takato; Yamamoto, Ayako

    2017-03-01

    We report the transverse relaxation rates 1 /T2 's of the 63Cu nuclear spin-echo envelope for double-layer high-Tc cuprate superconductors HgBa2CaCu2O6 +δ from underdoped to overdoped. The relaxation rate 1 /T2 L of the exponential function (Lorentzian component) shows a peak at 220 -240 K in the underdoped (Tc=103 K) and the optimally doped (Tc=127 K) samples but no peak in the overdoped (Tc=93 K) sample. The enhancement in 1 /T2 L suggests a development of the zero frequency components of local field fluctuations. Ultraslow fluctuations are hidden in the pseudogap states.

  8. (Hg, Sb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ thick films on YSZ substrates

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    Li, J. Q.; Lam, C. C.; Peacock, G. B.; Hyatt, N. C.; Gameson, I.; Edwards, P. P.; Shields, T. C.; Abell, J. S.

    2000-02-01

    Superconducting thick films of (Hg, Sb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+icons/Journals/Common/delta" ALT="delta" ALIGN="MIDDLE"/> have been fabricated on polycrystalline yttria-stabilized-zirconia substrates utilizing an Hg-free precursor film reacted with Hg vapour, released from a solid Hg source, in a sealed quartz tube. The resulting films have been studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ac susceptibility and resistance measurement techniques. A high quality Hg(Sb)-1223 superconducting thick film on YSZ can be fabricated by using a pre-melted Hg-free precursor film. The zero resistance superconducting transition temperature in the post-growth oxygenated thick film is in excess of 130 K and the transport critical current density for the film is 510 A cm-2 at 77 K.

  9. The photo-catalytic activities of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) microparticles

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    Zhang, Fan; Shi, Yuanji; Zhao, Zongshan; Song, Weijie; Cheng, Yang

    2014-02-01

    For the good performance of apatite-based materials in the removal of dyes and their environment-friendly advantage, five kinds of apatite microparticles of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) were synthesized by a simple precipitation method and their photo-catalytic properties were invested. Better performance in the decolorization of methyl orange (MO) under the assistance of H2O2 than that of TiO2 were obtained for all the MPs. The photo-catalytic activity was mainly affected by surface area, energy band, impurity, crystallinity and crystal structure. The DFT calculation results demonstrated that the 2p of O and 3p of P in PO43- played the main role in the photo-catalytic process. This work would be helpful to design and synthesize low cost apatite materials with good photo-catalytic performance.

  10. Magnetic properties of the TlBa2Ca2Cu3Oy with TC ~130K

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    Mikusu, S.; Watanabe, G.; Tokiwa, K.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.; Watanabe, T.

    2009-03-01

    We reported that maximum TC values for Tl system superconductors TlBa2Ca2Cu3Oy (Tl-1223) can be controlled by slightly varying the starting composition. From the DC magnetization measurements, we estimated intragrain critical current densities (JC) and irreversibility fields (Birr) of Tl-1223 samples with different maximum TC values (~130 K and 120 K). These results were compared with those values for previously reported optimally-doped Hg-1223. It is found that, in the Birr -T curve at temperatures above 77K, Birr values of the Tl-1223 samples with TC~130K shows slightly higher values than that of the Tl-1223 samples with low TC and Hg-1223 samples.

  11. The effects of processing sequences on the microwave surface resistance of TlCaBaCuO

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    Martens, J. S.; Zipperian, T. E.; Ginley, D. S.; Hietala, V. M.; Tigges, C. P.

    1991-06-01

    The effects of several microelectronic processing sequences on the high-frequency surface resistance of the high-temperature superconducting thin films in the TlCaBaCuO system have been examined. These processes include an acid etch, Br/alcohol etches, positive and negative photoresist sequences, and exposure to de-ionized water. The surface resistance decreases during the Br etch, remains constant during the negative photoresist process, and increases moderately during the positive photoresist sequence and on exposure to water. The surface resistance increases dramatically on exposure to the acid solution as might be expected from other work. The effects of extended exposures to de-ionized water and to Br etches on surface resistance are also presented.

  12. Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) Anti-Perovskite Compounds

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    Ullah, Imran; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Muzzamil, M.; Amin, N.; Saleh, M.

    2016-06-01

    We employed first-principles calculations to predict the structural and optoelectronic properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) anti-perovskite compounds using an all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. Optimized structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure is calculated using different exchange-correlation potentials which reveal that the investigated compounds are narrow direct band gap semiconductors. A direct narrow band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone emphasises the optical activity of these compounds. Prediction of the optical properties, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and refractive index along with reflectivity and optical conductivity, reveals the importance of these compounds in the visible and near UV optoelectronic devices industry.

  13. Fabrication and chemical composition of rf magnetron sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O high T sub c superconducting thin films

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    Subramanyam, G.; Radpour, F.; Kapoor, V.J.; Lemon, G.H. )

    1990-08-01

    High-temperature superconducing Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O (TlCaBaCuO) thin films were fabricated by rf magnetron sputtering on strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}) substrates. Thin films of 0.5--0.7-{mu}m thickness were deposited by pure argon sputtering from a single composite powder target of Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} at an rf power of 250 W and a pressure of 5 mTorr. As-deposited thin films were sintered and annealed in a thallium-rich ambient to obtain superconductivity with a zero resistance temperature ({ital T}{sub {ital c}0}) at 107 K. X-ray diffraction results showed highly {ital c}-axis oriented films with Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} (2223) and Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub {ital x}} (2122) phases present. Auger electron spectroscopy survey and depth profiles were performed to determine the compositional uniformity and impurity contents of the thin films. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy high-resolution spectra were obtained at the surface, in the bulk, and near the interface with the substrate. Our XPS results support two possible mechanisms for the creation of holes in the TlCaBaCuO compound: (1) partial substitution of Ca{sup 2+} for Tl{sup 3+} and (2) charge transfer from Tl{sup 3+} to the CuO layers resulting in a valence of Tl between +3 and +1 states and the creation of holes in the CuO layers. In addition, a wet chemical etching process was developed for patterning the as-deposited TlCaBaCuO thin films. A 125-{mu}m-wide line was formed using standard photolithography and wet chemical etching which, after heat treatments, showed superconductivity with a {ital T}{sub {ital c}0} of 80 K.

  14. Insulator-metal transition by the substitution of Ho, Y or Ca for Pr in PrBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ

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    Tomkowicz, Z.; Lunkenheimer, P.; Knebel, G.; Bałanda, M.; Pacyna, A. W.; Zaleski, A. J.

    Comparative studies of electrical transport in the non-superconducting part of the R 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system (R=Ho, Y; x>0.60) and in the Pr 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system ( x≤0.5) have been carried out for ceramic samples. Electrical conduction of all samples at low temperatures can be described by the formula σ= σ0+ axTn, where n≅1 for the Ho- and Y-systems and 1≤ n≤1.88 for the Ca-system. For Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δσ0≠0 and σ0→0 as x→1, but for Pr 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δσ0=0. Selected samples of the Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system were substituted with gold, which blocks the conduction of chains. For gold substituted Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 2.92Au 0.08O 7- δ samples σ0=0. We conclude that the suppression of superconductivity in the Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system is connected with a metal-insulator (M-I) transition in planes (at x≈0.6), but chains are still conducting and become insulating only in the limit x=1. The electrical conduction of chains is dominated by tunneling, being possible due to the pronounced texture of samples. To get further insight into the mechanism of suppression, we studied also Sr- and Ca-substituted, oxygenated and deoxygenated samples. No superconductivity was obtained although it is known that Pr loses its anomalous properties in deoxygenated samples and Ca induces superconductivity in the deoxygenated Y 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system.

  15. Frequency dependent dielectric properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ superconductor

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    Mumtaz, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Khan, Sajid

    2012-01-01

    The frequency dependent dielectric properties such as dielectric constants (ɛ/r, ɛ//r), absolute dielectric loss |tanδ|, and ac-conductivity (σac) of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ (M = Si, Ge, Sn, y = 0, 1) superconductor have been investigated by means of capacitance (C) and conductance (G) measurements with the test frequency (f) in the range of 10 KHz to 10 MHz at various temperatures from superconducting state to normal conducting state. The negative capacitance has been observed in all Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ samples. The large values of negative dielectric constant (ɛ/r) at lower frequencies and temperatures are linked with reduced thermal vibrations of the atoms due to which polarizability has been enhanced. The decreased value of dielectric constant observed in the Ge-doped samples may possibly be linked with its greater electronegativity (EN) and less polarization. The electronegativity of Si and Sn has approximately the same values as that of Cu, so almost all the dielectric properties do not vary significantly in Si-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2 Ca2(Cu2Si1)O10-δ and Sn-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu2Sn1)O10-δ samples. These experimental investigations on dielectric properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ superconductor have shown lower dielectric loss and higher ac-conductivity at all frequencies and temperatures as compared to that of other high Tc superconductor families. The decreased dielectric loss in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ samples suggests that the polarization is most likely arising from the charge carriers between Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2O4-δ charge reservoir layer and conducting CuO2/MO2 planes; since the charge reservoir layer has localized charge carriers at Ba+2, Tl+3, and Cu+2 sites, whereas CuO2/MO2 planes contain mobile charge carriers, which are displaced from their equilibrium position by external applied ac-field.

  16. First-principles investigation of point defect and atomic diffusion in Al2Ca

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    Tian, Xiao; Wang, Jia-Ning; Wang, Ya-Ping; Shi, Xue-Feng; Tang, Bi-Yu

    2017-04-01

    Point defects and atomic diffusion in Al2Ca have been studied from first-principles calculations within density functional framework. After formation energy and relative stability of point defects are investigated, several predominant diffusion processes in Al2Ca are studied, including sublattice one-step mechanism, 3-jump vacancy cycles and antistructure sublattice mechanism. The associated energy profiles are calculated with climbing image nudged elastic band (CI-NEB) method, then the saddle points and activation barriers during atomic diffusion are further determined. The resulted activation barriers show that both Al and Ca can diffuse mainly mediated by neighbor vacancy on their own sublattice. 3-jump cycle mechanism mediated by VCa may make some contribution to the overall Al diffusion. And antistructure (AS) sublattice mechanism can also play an important role in Ca atomic diffusion owing to the moderate activation barrier.

  17. Contrasting Effects of Ca{sup 2+} and Ho{sup 3+} Substitutions on Superconductivity and Excess conductivity of (Ho{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x})(Ba{sub 2-y}Ho{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}

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    Maulud, M. F.; Hamidi, Z. S.; Yusof, A. A.; Yusof, M. I. M.; Yahya, A. K.

    2010-07-07

    Effects of Ho{sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+} substitutions in (Ho{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x})(Ba{sub 2-y}Ho{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}ceramics on normal and superconducting state behaviour were investigated. Electrical resistivity measurements showed increasing Ho{sup 3+} substitution at Ba{sup 2+} site (x = 0, 0.4, y = 0-0.4) caused normal state resistivity to change from metal-like to semimetal/semiconductor-like behaviour and suppressed T{sub c} from 89 K (y = 0) to 72 K (y = 0.4) while substitution of Ca{sup 2+} for Ho{sup 3+}((x = 0.2) 0.4, (y 0.4)) revives metallic behaviour of the normal state with increasing x. Excess conductivity analysis based on Asmalazov-Larkin theory showed 2D to 3D transition for all superconducting samples but with contrasting effects of the substitutions on AL{sub 2D} and AL{sub 3D} constants. The resistivity and excess conductivity results indicate effective hole filling Ho{sup 3+} and hole doping by by Ca{sup 2+} substitutions.

  18. Magnetisation studies of phase co-existence in Gd{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}BaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5}

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    Thirumurugan, N.; Bharathi, A.; Arulraj, A.; Sundar, C.S.

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The series Gd{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}BaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5} was synthesised by solid state reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetisation studies were carried out in the 4-300 K temperature range in magnetic fields upto 16 Tesla. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Results were used to formulate the T versus Ca fraction, phase diagram. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Evidence for Magnet-electronic phase separation is shown for the first time in the compound. -- Abstract: Magnetic properties of hole doped, oxygen deficient double perovskite compounds, Gd{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}BaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5}, have been investigated. Ferromagnetic transition temperatures increase and the anti-ferromagnetic transition temperatures decrease with Ca substitution leading to stabilisation of ferromagnetisim for x {>=} 0.05. A detailed study of the ferromagnetic phase indicates the presence of double hysterisis loops for Ca fractions, 0.05 {<=} x {<=} 0.2 in the 50-200 K temperature range, suggestive of the co-existence of two ferromagnetic phases with different co-ercivities. Based on the magnetisation and transport measurements a phase diagram is proposed for Ca doped GdBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5}.

  19. Irreversibility line and flux pinning properties in a multilayered cuprate superconductor of Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (Tc = 105 K)

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    Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Shivagan, D. D.; Tanaka, Y.; Kito, H.; Kodama, Y.

    2008-07-01

    Irreversibility line (IL) and flux pinning properties were investigated for a Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (F-0234) multilayered cuprate superconductor with a Tc of 105 K. The intragrain critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr) were determined by using Bean's critical state model for the grain-aligned sample (nominal composition Ba2Ca3Cu4O8.7F1.3). The irreversibility line (IL) of F-0234 is much lower than that of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy ((Cu, C)-1234) and HgBa2Ca3Cu4Oy (Hg-1234) in spite of the spacing between the superconducting blocks of F-0234 (7.3 Å) being much thinner. The double logarithmic plot of Birr field versus [1-(T/Tc) ] analysis hints that the flux line melting model has been adopted. An anisotropy factor of 65 was calculated from a 3D to 2D crossover field of about 0.95 T. Due to the high anisotropy of this system, a low IL has resulted. The flux pinning force density Fp ( ≈JcB) exhibits scaling behaviour when the magnetic field B is normalized by the Birr field. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and the reduced magnetic field bmax = 0.2 agrees with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.

  20. In vitro synthesis of amorphous Mg-, Ca-, Sr- and Ba-carbonates: What do we learn about intracellular calcification by cyanobacteria?

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    Cam, N.; Georgelin, T.; Jaber, M.; Lambert, J.-F.; Benzerara, K.

    2015-07-01

    Some cyanobacteria, including Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora, which was isolated from Lake Alchichica (Mexico), can form intracellular carbonates. This contradicts the common paradigm that cyanobacterial calcification is always extracellular and suggests that calcification might be controlled by these cyanobacterial species. Intracellular carbonates have several peculiar characteristics: they are relatively small (between 60 and 500 nm), they are poorly crystalline, and they have Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios much higher than the solution in which the cells grow. It is therefore crucial to understand whether these unique features may indicate the involvement of specific biological processes. Here, in vitro abiotic syntheses were performed to synthesize Mg-, Ca-, Sr- and Ba-containing carbonates with compositions, crystallinities and sizes close to those observed in intracellularly calcifying cyanobacteria. Precipitates were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopies coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction. The size and the poor crystallinity of cyanobacterial intracellular carbonates could be mimicked under these abiotic conditions. It was shown that similarly to Mg, elements such as Sr and Ba can favor stabilization of poorly crystalline carbonates. In contrast, the differential partitioning of Sr, Ba and Ca between the solution and the solids as observed in cyanobacteria could not be mimicked in vitro. This provides keys to a better understanding of biological processes involved in the formation of intracellular carbonates by some cyanobacteria, including the involvement of membrane transporters.

  1. Structural properties of the copper oxide carbonate Ba 4CaCu 2O 6 + δCO 3 ( δ ≈ 0)

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    Kikuchi, Mami; Izumi, Fujio; Kikuchi, Masae; Ohshima, Eriko; Morii, Yukio; Shimojo, Yutaka; Syono, Yasuhiko

    1995-02-01

    The structure parameters of Ba 4CaCu 2O 6 + δCO 3 were refined by Rietveld analysis of angle-dispersive neutron powder diffraction data. The stoichiometric metal composition was confirmed by X-ray microanalysis. Iodometry showed that the amount of excess oxygen, δ, was nearly zero. The carbon content and infrared absorption spectrum of the compound gave evidence for the inclusion of CO 32- ions in its crystal lattice. Ba 4CaCu 2O 6CO 3 is tetragonal with the P4/mmm space group and lattice parameters of a = 5.7879(2) Å and c = 8.1409(3) Å. Ba atoms occupy positions corresponding to the A site in ABO 3 whereas Ca, Cu and C atoms are located at positions corresponding to the B site. Two copper sites are contained in the structure of Ba 4CaCu 2O 6CO 3: Cu(1) and Cu(2). If weak bonds between the Cu atoms and O atoms in the CO 32- ion are neglected, Cu(1) and Cu(2) are taken as coordinated to four O(1) atoms and two O(2) atoms, respectively. Bond-valence sum calculations showed that the oxidation state of Cu is 2.48 for Cu(1) and 1.66 for Cu(2). The splitting and large thermal parameters of O atoms contained in the CO 32- ion revealed its highly disordered orientation.

  2. Mechanochemical synthesis, structure, and properties of solid solutions of alkaline earth metal fluorides: Ma1-xMbxF2 (M: Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Heise, M.; Scholz, G.; Düvel, A.; Heitjans, P.; Kemnitz, E.

    2016-10-01

    The capability of mechanochemical synthesis for the formation of solid solutions of alkaline earth metal fluorides Ma1-xMbxF2 (M: Ca, Sr, Ba) was tested by fluorination of metal acetates and metal hydroxides with ammonium fluoride directly at milling. Evidence was found for a mutual substitution of cations on their lattice positions in Ca1-xSrxF2 and Ba1-xSrxF2 samples. For the Ba/Ca-system this synthesis route is only partially successful. X-ray diffraction and 19F MAS NMR spectroscopy were used to characterize all samples concerning their crystal structure and local fluorine coordination. Calculations of 19F chemical shifts with the superposition model along with probability calculations for the intensity of the individual 19F lines, performed in dependence on the molar composition of the samples, perfectly agree with the experimental findings. The fluoride ion conductivity of as-prepared samples, determined by temperature dependent DC conductivity measurements, is significantly higher than those of crystalline binary fluorides. Moreover, a higher F- ion conductivity is observed for samples with higher mixing grade in the Ca/Sr-and the Ba/Sr-systems.

  3. Single Phase Melt Processed Powellite (Ba,Ca) MoO{sub 4} For The Immobilization Of Mo-Rich Nuclear Waste

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    Brinkman, Kyle; Marra, James; Fox, Kevin; Reppert, Jason; Crum, Jarrod; Tang, Ming

    2012-09-17

    Crystalline and glass composite materials are currently being investigated for the immobilization of combined High Level Waste (HLW) streams resulting from potential commercial fuel reprocessing scenarios. Several of these potential waste streams contain elevated levels of transition metal elements such as molybdenum (Mo). Molybdenum has limited solubility in typical silicate glasses used for nuclear waste immobilization. Under certain chemical and controlled cooling conditions, a powellite (Ba,Ca)MoO{sub 4} crystalline structure can be formed by reaction with alkaline earth elements. In this study, single phase BaMoO{sub 4} and CaMoO{sub 4} were formed from carbonate and oxide precursors demonstrating the viability of Mo incorporation into glass, crystalline or glass composite materials by a melt and crystallization process. X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy indicated a long range ordered crystalline structure. In-situ electron irradiation studies indicated that both CaMoO{sub 4} and BaMoO{sub 4} powellite phases exhibit radiation stability up to 1000 years at anticipated doses with a crystalline to amorphous transition observed after 1 X 10{sup 13} Gy. Aqueous durability determined from product consistency tests (PCT) showed low normalized release rates for Ba, Ca, and Mo (<0.05 g/m{sup 2}).

  4. Coexisting charge and magnetic orders in the dimer-chain iridate Ba5AlIr2O11

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    Terzic, J.; Wang, J. C.; Ye, Feng; ...

    2015-06-29

    In this paper, we have synthesized and studied single-crystal Ba5AlIr2O11 that features dimer chains of two inequivalent octahedra occupied by tetravalent Ir4+(5d5) and pentavalent Ir5+(5d4) ions, respectively. Ba5AlIr2O11 is a Mott insulator that undergoes a subtle structural phase transition near TS=210K and a magnetic transition at TM=4.5K; the latter transition is surprisingly resistant to applied magnetic fields μoH≤12T but more sensitive to modest applied pressure (dTM/dp ≈ +0.61K/GPa). All results indicate that the phase transition at TS signals an enhanced charge order that induces electrical dipoles and strong dielectric response near TS. It is clear that the strong covalency andmore » spin-orbit interaction (SOI) suppress double exchange in Ir dimers and stabilize a novel magnetic state that is neither S=3/2 nor J=1/2, but rather lies in an “intermediate” regime between these two states. Finally, the novel behavior of Ba5AlIr2O11 therefore provides unique insights into the physics of SOI along with strong covalency in competition with double-exchange interactions of comparable strength.« less

  5. AlF4- induces Ca2+ oscillations in guinea-pig ileal smooth muscle.

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    Himpens, B; Missiaen, L; Droogmans, G; Casteels, R

    1991-02-01

    The effects of different compounds that inhibit the isolated plasma-membrane Ca2+/Mg2(+)-ATPase on the cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) and on the corresponding force development have been examined in smooth muscle of the longitudinal layer of the guinea-pig ileum. F-, in the presence of Al3+, induced an increase of the resting force and of the amplitude of the superimposed phasic contractions. The increase of resting force was associated with an increased level of basal [Ca2+]i while the phasic contractions were accompanied by concomitant oscillations in [Ca2+]i. Comparable contractions could be induced by vanadate and the calmodulin antagonist calmidazolium. The oscillations of [Ca2+]i and of force elicited by AlF4- were not modified by adrenergic or cholinergic blocking agents but were inhibited by verapamil. These phasic contractions were not affected by depleting the intracellular Ca2+ stores with ryanodine. This finding excludes a cytosolic origin of these oscillations. However, hyperpolarization and complete depolarization of the cells inhibited the oscillations. It is concluded that AlF4-, vanadate and calmidazolium induce cytoplasmic Ca2+ oscillations possibly by acting at the plasma membrane. Indeed all these substances affect by different mechanisms the isolated plasma-membrane Ca2+/Mg2(+)-ATPase. The generation of membrane-linked Ca2+ oscillations could therefore be related to an inhibition of the plasma-membrane Ca2+ pump resulting in an increase of [Ca2+]i. This change in [Ca2+]i could be responsible for the pronounced changes of the electrical and mechanical activity of this tissue.

  6. Reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) in air condition

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    Zhang Cuimiao; Yang Jun; Lin Cuikun; Li Chunxia; Lin Jun

    2009-07-15

    In general, the reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in solids needs an annealing process in a reducing atmosphere. In this paper, it is of great interest and importance to find that the reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} can be realized in a series of alkaline-earth metal aluminum silicates MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) just in air condition. The Eu{sup 2+}-doped MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) powder samples were prepared in air atmosphere by Pechini-type sol-gel process. It was found that the strong band emissions of 4f{sup 6}5d{sup 1}-4f{sup 7} from Eu{sup 2+} were observed at 417, 404 and 373 nm in air-annealed CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}, SrAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} and BaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}, respectively, under ultraviolet excitation although the Eu{sup 3+} precursors were employed. In addition, under low-voltage electron beam excitation, Eu{sup 2+}-doped MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} also shows strong blue or ultraviolet emission corresponding to 4f{sup 6}5d{sup 1}-4f{sup 7} transition. The reduction mechanism from Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in these compounds has been discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: It is of great importance to find that the reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} can be realized in a series of alkaline-earth metal aluminum silicates MAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) just in air condition.

  7. M2Ba2Sn6 (m =yb, ca): metallic zintl phases with a novel tin chain substructure.

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    Ge, Ming-Hui; Corbett, John D

    2007-05-14

    The compounds M2Ba2Sn6 (M = Yb, Ca) have been synthesized by solid-state reactions in welded Ta tubes at high temperature. Their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies to be orthorhombic; space group Cmca (No. 64); Z = 8; a = 15.871(3), 15.912 (3) A; b = 9.387(2), 9.497(2) A; c = 17.212(3), 17.184(3) A; and V = 2564.3(9), 2597.0(9) A3, respectively. These contain infinite tin chains along constructed from butterflylike 3-bonded Sn tetramers interconnected by pairs of 2-bonded Sn. The chains are further interconnected into corrugated layers by somewhat longer Sn-Sn bonds along c. The compounds with the chains alone would be Zintl phases, but the interchain bonding makes them formally one-electron rich per formula unit. The electronic structures calculated by extended Hückel and TB-LMTO-ASA methods indicate that these compounds are metallic but with a deep pseudogap at the Fermi level. States that bind the extra electrons lie just below EF and involve important Yb(Ca)-Sn contributions. The origin of metallic Zintl phases is briefly discussed.

  8. Chemical spray pyrolysis of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O high-T(sub c) superconductors for high-field bitter magnets

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    Derochemont, L. Pierre; Zhang, John G.; Squillante, Michael R.; Hermann, A. M.; Duan, H. M.; Andrews, Robert J.; Kelliher, Warren C.

    1991-01-01

    The deposition of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O thick films by spray pyrolyzing a Ba-Ca-Cu-O precursor film and diffusing thallium into the film to form the superconducting phase is examined. This approach was taken to reduce exposure to thallium and its health and safety hazards. The Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O system was selected because it has very attractive features which make it appealing to device and manufacturing engineering. Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O will accommodate a number of superconducting phases. This attribute makes it very forgiving to stoichiometric fluctuations in the bulk and film. It has excellent thermal and chemical stability, and appears to be relatively insensitive to chemical impurities. Oxygen is tightly bound into the systems, consequently there is no orthorhombic (conductor) to tetragonal (insulator) transition which would affect a component's lifetime. More significantly, the thallium based superconductors appear to have harder magnetic properties than the other high-Tc oxide ceramics. Estimates using magnetoresistance measurements indicate that at 77 K Tl2Ba2CaCu2O10 will have an upper critical field, H(sub c2) fo 26 Tesla for applied fields parallel to the c-axis and approximately 1000 Tesla for fields oriented in the a-b plane. Results to date have shown that superconducting films can be reproducibly deposited on 100 oriented MgO substrates. One film had a zero resistance temperature of 111.5 K. Furthermore, x ray diffraction analysis of the films showed preferential c-axis orientation parallel to the plane of the substrate. These results have now made it possible to consider the manufacture of a superconducting tape wire which can be configured into a topology useful for high-field magnet designs. The research which leads to the preparation of these films and plans for further development are reviewed.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of ATiO{sub 3}–Pr thin films prepared by a photochemical method (where A = Ba and Ca)

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    Cabello, G.; Lillo, L.; Caro, C.; Seguel, M.; Buono-Core, G.E.; Huentupil, Y.; Chornik, B.; Carrasco, C.; Rodríguez, C.A.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • A method of photochemical deposition has been used to the preparation of (Ba,Ca)TiO{sub 3} thin films doped Pr(III). • The (Ba,Ca)TiO{sub 3}/Pr(III) films under 375 nm excitation shows emissions attributable to {sup 1}D{sub 2} → {sup 3}H{sub 4} transition of Pr ion. • These PL signals decreased above 10 mol% of Pr(III). • Analysis suggests the presence of intermediate energy levels in the band gap influences in the PL processes. - Abstract: This article reports the characterization and optical properties of (Ba,Ca)TiO{sub 3} thin films doped with Pr at different proportions (0–15 mol%). The films were deposited on Si (1 0 0) and quartz substrates using a photochemical method and post-annealed at 900 °C. The evaluation of photo-reactivity of the precursor complexes was monitored by UV–vis and FT-IR spectroscopy. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that Ba, Ca, Ti, O and Pr are present in the form of perovskite. Under UV light excitation (375 nm) the (Ba,Ca)TiO{sub 3}–Pr films show the characteristic emissions ascribed to {sup 1}D{sub 2} → {sup 3}H{sub 4} transition of Pr{sup 3+} ion. The optical measurements show the presence of intermediate energy levels in the band gap which influence the emission processes.

  10. Revised structural phase diagram of (Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3})-(BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3})

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    Keeble, Dean S.; Thomas, Pam A.; Benabdallah, Feres; Maglione, Mario; Kreisel, Jens

    2013-03-04

    The temperature-composition phase diagram of barium calcium titanate zirconate (x(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3})-(1 - x)(BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}); BCTZ) has been reinvestigated using high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction. Contrary to previous reports of an unusual rhombohedral-tetragonal phase transition in this system, we have observed an intermediate orthorhombic phase, isostructural to that present in the parent phase, BaTiO{sub 3}, and we identify the previously assigned T-R transition as a T-O transition. We also observe the O-R transition coalescing with the previously observed triple point, forming a phase convergence region. The implication of the orthorhombic phase in reconciling the exceptional piezoelectric properties with the surrounding phase diagram is discussed.

  11. Single phase melt processed powellite (Ba,Ca)MoO4 for the immobilization of Mo-rich nuclear waste

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    Brinkman, Kyle; Fox, Kevin; Marra, James; Reppert, Jason; Crum, Jarrod; Tang, Ming

    2013-02-01

    Cs is one of the more problematic fission product radionuclides to immobilize due to its high volatility at elevated temperatures, ability to form water soluble compounds, and its mobility in many host materials. The hollandite structure is a promising crystalline host for Cs immobilization and has been traditionally fabricated by solid state sintering methods. This study presents the structure and performance of Ba{sub 1.0}Cs{sub 0.3}A{sub 2.3}Ti{sub 5.7}O{sub 16}; A = Cr, Fe, Al hollandite fabricated by melt processing. Melt processing is considered advantageous given that melters are currently in use for High Level Waste (HLW) vitrification in several countries. This work details the impact of Cr additions that were demonstrated to i) promote the formation of a Cs containing hollandite phase and ii) maintain the stability of the hollandite phase in reducing conditions anticipated for multiphase waste form processing.

  12. Mössbauer spectroscopy study of Al distribution in BaAlxFe12-xO19 thin films

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    Przybylski, M.; Żukrowski, J.; Harward, I.; Celiński, Z.

    2015-05-01

    Barium hexagonal ferrite (BaM) films grown on Si are a good candidate material for new-generations of on-wafer microwave devices operating at frequencies above 40 GHz. Doping BaM with Al increases the value of anisotropy field even more, and in combination with a large value of remanence, would allow one to create a self-biasing material/structure that would eliminate the need for permanent bias magnets in millimeter wave devices. To examine the occupation of Fe sublattices by Al ions, we carried out Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) measurements at room temperature and zero magnetic field (after magnetizing the samples in a strong magnetic field). The spectra can be reasonably fitted with three components (sub-spectra) corresponding to different Fe sublattices. There are significant changes in the spectra with the addition of Al: The magnetic hyperfine field decreases for all three components, and their relative contributions also change remarkably. These observations are in agreement with the fact that the Al substitutes Fe, thus lowering the component contributions and the value of the hyperfine field. In addition, our previous XRD analysis indicates increasing grain misalignment with Al content, further supporting the CEMS data.

  13. Luminescent nitridophosphates CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , SrP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , BaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , and BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2.).

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    Pucher, Florian J; Marchuk, Alexey; Schmidt, Peter J; Wiechert, Detlef; Schnick, Wolfgang

    2015-04-20

    Nitridophosphates MP2 N4 :Eu(2+) (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) and BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2+) have been synthesized at elevated pressures and 1100-1300 °C starting from the corresponding azides and P3 N5 with EuCl2 as dopant. Addition of NH4 Cl as mineralizer allowed for the growth of single crystals. This led to the successful structure elucidation of a highly condensed nitridophosphate from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data (CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) (P63 , no. 173), a=16.847(2), c=7.8592(16) Å, V=1931.7(6) Å(3) , Z=24, 2033 observed reflections, 176 refined parameters, wR2 =0.096). Upon excitation by UV light, luminescence due to parity-allowed 4f(6) ((7) F)5d(1) →4f(7) ((8) S7/2 ) transition was observed in the orange (CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =575 nm), green (SrP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =529 nm), and blue regions of the visible spectrum (BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2+) and BaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =450 and 460 nm, respectively). Thus, the emission wavelength decreases with increasing ionic radius of the alkaline-earth ions. The corresponding full width at half maximum values (2240-2460 cm(-1) ) are comparable to those of other known Eu(2+) -doped (oxo)nitrides emitting in the same region of the visible spectrum. Following recently described quaternary Ba3 P5 N10 Br:Eu(2+) , this investigation represents the first report on the luminescence of Eu(2+) -doped ternary nitridophosphates. Similarly to nitridosilicates and related oxonitrides, Eu(2+) -doped nitridophosphates may have the potential to be further developed into efficient light-emitting diode phosphors.

  14. The Ba/Ca record of corals from the Southern Gulf of Mexico: contributions from land-use changes, fluvial discharge and oil-drilling muds.

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    Carriquiry, José D; Horta-Puga, Guillermo

    2010-09-01

    The Ba/Ca in the growth bands of Montastraea faveolata from the Veracruz Reef System was used to reconstruct the long-term environmental change associated to anthropogenic activity in the Southern Gulf of Mexico (SGM). The 168-yr coral record shows two periods of distinct Ba concentrations: a pre-industrial period (1835-1965: 7.54 micromol/mol) followed by an industrial one (1966-2000: 8.57 micromol/mol). As human population quadrupoled during the latter, sediment load in the fluvial discharge also increased due to changes in land-use, yielding a 14% increase in the Ba-levels. A remarkable finding is that the periods at which the coral Ba/Ca ratio losses its correlation with fluvial discharge coincide exactly with peak periods of high barite consumption (used for oil drilling) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, and the onset of oil drilling in the SGM. This finding suggests that barite may be one of the dominant sources for dissolved-Ba in the SGM.

  15. Structural, dielectric and electrocaloric properties in lead-free Zr-doped Ba0.8Ca0.2TiO3 solid solution

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    Asbani, B.; Gagou, Y.; Dellis, J.-L.; Lahmar, A.; Amjoud, M.; Mezzane, D.; Kutnjak, Z.; El Marssi, M.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate in the present work the additional data points (x=0.02, 0.06 and 0.08) to the previous reported paper (Asbani et al., 2015) [21] that sufficiently enrich to understand the EC properties and underlying phase diagram of the lead-free Ba0.8Ca0.2Ti(1-x)ZrxO3 (xBCTZ) system. X-ray diffraction analysis performed at room temperature, confirms a continuous tetragonal solid solution with P4mm (No. 99) space group that evolved to pseudo-cubic symmetry for the high Zr-content compounds. Ferroelectric and paraelectric behaviors were highlighted using P-E hysteresis data versus temperature. Phase transition was confirmed by dielectric permittivity measurements versus temperature showing a decrease of the Curie temperature when Zr-content increases. From P-E hysteresis recording the electrocaloric temperature change (ΔT) was calculated that ranged in between 0.12 and 0.27 K and the electrocaloric responsivity (ξ) in 0.15 to 0.34×10-6 K·m/V under 7.95 kV/cm applied electric field. The zero-field entropy is compared to electrocaloric isothermal entropy to estimate the extent the EC is being under-driven.

  16. Mössbauer spectroscopy study of Al distribution in BaAl{sub x}Fe{sub 12−x}O{sub 19} thin films

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    Przybylski, M. Żukrowski, J.; Harward, I.; Celiński, Z.

    2015-05-07

    Barium hexagonal ferrite (BaM) films grown on Si are a good candidate material for new-generations of on-wafer microwave devices operating at frequencies above 40 GHz. Doping BaM with Al increases the value of anisotropy field even more, and in combination with a large value of remanence, would allow one to create a self-biasing material/structure that would eliminate the need for permanent bias magnets in millimeter wave devices. To examine the occupation of Fe sublattices by Al ions, we carried out Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) measurements at room temperature and zero magnetic field (after magnetizing the samples in a strong magnetic field). The spectra can be reasonably fitted with three components (sub-spectra) corresponding to different Fe sublattices. There are significant changes in the spectra with the addition of Al: The magnetic hyperfine field decreases for all three components, and their relative contributions also change remarkably. These observations are in agreement with the fact that the Al substitutes Fe, thus lowering the component contributions and the value of the hyperfine field. In addition, our previous XRD analysis indicates increasing grain misalignment with Al content, further supporting the CEMS data.

  17. Calcium-Ca/AlCl4/2-thionyl chloride cell - Performance and safety

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    Meitav, A.; Peled, E.

    1982-03-01

    Tests to determine the effect of concentration and temperature on the conductivity of Ca(AlCl4)2-thionyl chloride solutions, to assess the discharge performance of the Ca/Ca(AlCl4)2-thionyl chloride cell at varying temperatures and electrolyte concentrations, and to study the safety of the cell during charging and reversal in comparison to a LiAlCl4 electrolyte-based cell are reported. Flat cells were examined for discharge and cylindrical cells with a reference electrode were used for electrodeposition experiments. Conductivity was found to increase when temperature decreased in the Ca(AlCl4)2 solutions, with a preferred concentration set at 0.7 M for low temperatures and 1.25 M in the range 10-60 C. No anodic disintegration was observed with lithium cathodes, although an explosion hazard remained. Finally, sandwich-like Ca/Ca(AlCl4)2-thionyl chloride cells possessed the energy density of the Li-SO2 cells, and were also impossible to charge or overdischarge, indicating a suitability for high rate multicell battery applications.

  18. Phosphate-sulfide assemblages and Al/Ca ratios in type-3 chondrites

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    Rubin, A. E.; Grossman, J. N.

    1985-01-01

    Electron microscopic examinations were carried out on various chondrites to re-examine previously reported anomalously high Al/Ca ratios. Polished thin sections of the three CV3, two CO3 and the Krymka LL3 chondrites were scanned to characterize the phosphate-sulfide inclusions. The formation of the assemblages was interpreted as proceeding in five steps, starting with the formation of metal grains with early nebular material and finishing with a reaction between schreibersite with Ca, O and Cl to form merrillite and chloropatite. The abundances of the observed assemblages were not high enough to imply Al/Ca ratios similar to whole-rocks. It is concluded that the specimens were originally examined with a broader electron beam than used to examine standard samples, and resulted in the anomalously high Al/Ca ratios.

  19. Microwave Dielectric Properties for Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 A(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 (A=Ba, Sr, and Ca) Ceramics

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    Furuya, Mitsuru; Ochi, Atsushi

    1994-09-01

    For a high-Q dielectric resonator at microwave frequencies, complex perovskite-structured Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 A(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 (A=Ba, Sr, and Ca) ceramics have been developed. A(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 effects on the crystal structure, microstructure, and microwave characteristic of Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 (BMT) were investigated. Ba(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 (BMW) decreased the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency ( TCF) for BMT. Sr(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 (SMW) and Ca(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 (CMW) increased it. Zero TCF was obtained for the BMT/BMW=95/5 composition. With 0.5 mol% BMW content, dielectric loss quality, Q d, reached a maximum (40000 at 10 GHz).

  20. Ca and In co-doped BaFeO3-δ as a cobalt-free cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Jian; Lam, Kwun Yu; Saccoccio, Mattia; Gao, Yang; Chen, Dengjie; Ciucci, Francesco

    2016-08-01

    We report Ba0·95Ca0·05Fe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BCFI), a novel cobalt-free perovskite, as a promising cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). We synthesize this new material, and systematically characterize its lattice structure, thermal stability, chemical composition, electrical conductivity, and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. The cubic phase of BaFeO3-δ is stabilized by light isovalent and lower-valence substitution, i.e., 5% Ca2+ in the Ba2+ site and 5% In3+ in the Fe3+/Fe4+ site, in contrast with the typical approach of substituting elements of higher valence. Without resorting to co-doping strategy, the phase of BaFe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BFI) is rhombohedral, while Ba0·95Ca0·05FeO3-δ (BCF) is a mixture of the cubic phase together with BaFe2O4 impurities. The structure of BCFI is cubic from room temperature up to 900 °C with a moderate thermal expansion coefficient of 23.2 × 10-6 K-1. Thanks to the large oxygen vacancy concentration and fast oxygen mobility, BCFI exhibits a favorable ORR activity, i.e., we observe a polarization resistance as small as 0.038 Ω cm2 at 700 °C. The significantly enhanced performance, compared with BFI and BCF, is attributed to the presence of the cubic phase and the large oxygen vacancies brought by the isovalent substitution in the A-site and lower-valence doping in the B-site.

  1. Pressure effects on the superconducting transition in nH-CaAlSi

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    Boeri, L.; Kim, J. S.; Giantomassi, M.; Razavi, F. S.; Kuroiwa, S.; Akimitsu, J.; Kremer, R. K.

    2008-04-01

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the effects of pressure on Tc of the hexagonal layered superconductors nH-CaAlSi ( n=1 , 5, and 6), where nH denotes the different stacking variants that were recently discovered. Experimentally, the pressure dependence of Tc has been investigated by measuring the magnetic susceptibility of single crystals up to 10 kbars. In contrast to previous results on polycrystalline samples, single crystals with different stacking sequences display different pressure dependences of Tc . 1H-CaAlSi shows a decrease in Tc with pressure, whereas 5H - and 6H-CaAlSi exhibit an increase in Tc with pressure. Ab initio calculations for 1H -, 5H -, and 6H-CaAlSi reveal that an ultrasoft phonon branch associated with out-of-plane vibrations of the Al-Si layers softens with pressure, leading to a structural instability at high pressures. For 1H-CaAlSi , the softening is not sufficient to cause an increase in Tc , which is consistent with the present experiments but adverse to previous reports. For 5H and 6H , the softening provides the mechanism to understand the observed increase in Tc with pressure. Calculations for hypothetical 2H and 3H stacking variants reveal qualitative and quantitative differences.

  2. Effect of Ca addition on the damping capacity of Mg-Al-Zn casting alloys

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    Jun, Joong-Hwan; Moon, Jung-Hyun

    2015-07-01

    The influences of Ca addition on the microstructures and damping capacities of AZ91-(0˜2)%Ca casting alloys were investigated, on the basis of the results of X-ray diffractometry, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and vibration tests in a single cantilever mode. The amount of intermetallic compounds decreased with increasing Ca content up to 0.5%, above which it increased; the average cell size showed the opposite tendency. All alloys exhibited similar damping levels in the strain-amplitude independent region. Considering the very low solubility of Ca in the matrix, and that most of the Ca elements are consumed by the formation of the Al2Ca phase and incorporation into the Mg17Al12 phase, this would be ascribed to the almost identical concentrations of Ca solutes distributed in the matrix. In the strain-amplitude dependent region, however, the AZ91-0.5%Ca alloy possessed the maximum damping capacity. From the viewpoint of microstructural evolution with Ca addition, the number density of compound particles is considered to be the principal factor affecting the damping behavior in the strain-amplitude dependent region.

  3. Formation Mechanism of CaS-Bearing Inclusions and the Rolling Deformation in Al-Killed, Low-Alloy Steel with Ca Treatment

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    Xu, Guang; Jiang, Zhouhua; Li, Yang

    2016-08-01

    The existing form of CaS inclusion in Ca-treated, Al-killed steel during secondary refining process was investigated with scanning electron microscopy and an energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results of 12 heats industrial tests showed that CaS has two kinds of precipitation forms. One form takes place by the direct reaction of Ca and S, and the other takes place by the reaction of CaO in calcium aluminates with dissolved Al and S in liquid steel. Thermodynamic research for different precipitation modes of CaS under different temperature was carried out. In particular, CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagrams and component activities of calcium aluminates were calculated by the thermodynamic software FactSage. By thermodynamic calculation, a precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion was established by fixing the sulfur content. The quantity of CaS, which was precipitated in a reaction between [Al], [S] and (CaO), can be calculated and predicted based on the precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion. Electron probe microanalysis and EDS were used for observing rolling deformation of different types of CaS-bearing inclusions during the rolling process. Low modification of calcium aluminates wrapped by CaS has different degrees of harm to steel in the rolling process. A thick CaS layer can prevent some fragile calcium aluminates from being crushed during the rolling process. Some oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion contains little CaS performed better deformation during the rolling process, but when CaS in oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion becomes more, it will cause the whole inclusion to lose plastic yielding ability. The plastic deformation region of CaS-bearing inclusion in a CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagram is confirmed.

  4. Crystal structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6}

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    Fu, W.T. Akerboom, S.; IJdo, D.J.W.

    2007-05-15

    Structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6} have been studied by the profile analysis of X-ray diffraction data. The end members, Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6}, have the space group I2/m (tilt system a {sup 0} b {sup -} b {sup -}) and Fm3-barm (tilt system a {sup 0} a {sup 0} a {sup 0}), respectively. By increasing the Ca concentration, the monoclinic structure transforms to the cubic one via the rhombohedral R3-bar phase (tilt system a {sup -} a {sup -} a {sup -}) instead of the tetragonal I4/m phase (tilt system a {sup 0} a {sup 0} c {sup -}). This observation supports the idea that the rhombohedral structure is favoured by increasing the covalency of the octahedral cations in Ba{sub 2} MM'O{sub 6}-type double perovskites, and disagrees with a recent proposal that the formation of the {pi}-bonding, e.g., d {sup 0}-ion, determines the tetragonal symmetry in preference to the rhombohedral one. - Graphical abstract: Enlarged sections showing the evolution of the basic (222) and (400) reflections in Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6}. Tick marks below are the positions of Bragg's reflections calculated using the space groups I2/m (x=0), R3-bar (x=0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) and Fm3-barm (x=1), respectively.

  5. Growth of epitaxial Ba 2YCu 3O 7- x films on LaAlO 3 (001)

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    Siegal, Michael P.; Phillips, Julia M.; Hsieh, Yong-Fen; Marshall, J. H.

    1990-12-01

    We report the ex situ growth of 1000 and 2000 Å epitaxial Ba 2YCu 3O 7- x ( BYCO) filmsonLaAlO3 (001 with surface morphologies and crystallinity generally associated with high quality in situ films. Films are grown by co-depositing BaF 2, Y and Cu in a stoichiometric ratio within 1% of 2:1:3, followed by annealing in a two-stage process in a tube furnace. By optimizing the annealing conditions, excellent crystallinity is obtained, with χ min∼ 2-4] from Rutherford backscattering/channeling. These films have sharp superconducting resistance transitions at 90-91 K. Critical current densities at 77 K are ∼ 10 6 A/cm 2 in zero magnetic field and ⪅ 10 5 A/cm 2 in H=0.9 T oriented perpendicular to the ab plane of the films.

  6. Self-organized homo-epitaxial growth in nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal crossing lines patterned by laser in glass

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    Shinozaki, K.; Abe, S.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2015-11-01

    Crystallization processing of glasses is important as a novel technique for the development of new optical materials, and laser-induced crystallization provides a new challenge in science and technology of materials. Nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal lines with crossing, bending, and spiral shapes were patterned at the surface of 2NiO-49BaF2-24.5Al2O3-24.5B2O3 (mol%) and 2.9NiO-48.5BaF2-24.3Al2O3-24.3B2O3 (mol%) glasses by laser irradiation (Yb:YVO4 laser with a wavelength of 1080 nm) and the orientation state of BaAlBO3F2 crystals was examined from birefringence image observations. The birefringence images indicate that the growth of highly c-axis oriented BaAlBO3F2 crystals follows along the laser scanning direction even if the laser scanning direction changes, and in particular the direction of the c-axis of BaAlBO3F2 crystals changes gradually at the crossing and bending points. The model of "self-organized homo-epitaxial growth" is proposed for the crystal orientation at the crossing and bending points, as a new crystal growth science and engineering beyond the wise providence of nature.

  7. Ab initio calculation of half-metallic ferromagnetism in zinc-blende (CaN)1/(AlN)x and (CaN)x/(AlN)1 (x=2, 3) (001) superlattices

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    Song, Xiao-Sheng; Dong, Shengjie; Zhao, Hui

    2014-09-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigated the electronic and magnetic properties of zinc-blende (CaN)1/(AlN)x and (CaN)x/(AlN)1 (x=2, 3) superlattices in the (001) direction. With a total magnetic moment of 1 μB for (CaN)1/(AlN)2, 2 μB for (CaN)2/(AlN)1, 1 μB for (CaN)1/(AlN)3, and 3 μB for (CaN)3/(AlN)1, these four superlattices show very stable half-metallic ferromagnetic behaviors. The analysis of the partial density of states reveals that the p-d hybridization of N and Ca is responsible for the magnetization. Besides, it is shown that the magnetic properties of these multilayer superlattices can be controlled by changing the ratio of the layer numbers of dissimilar materials.

  8. X-ray Diffraction Analysis on Post Treatment of Ca-Mg-Al-Layered Double Hydroxide Slurry

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    Heraldy, E.; Nugrahaningtyas, K. D.; Heriyanto

    2017-02-01

    This research objectives to study post treatment on Ca-Mg-Al-Layered Double Hydroxide (Ca-Mg-Al-LDH) slurry which was prepared from brine water by cooling treatment. The cooling rate was varied from 1 to 3 °C/min by using stirring and without stirring, and the cooling time was done at 0, 30 minutes and 24 hours. The quantitative X-ray diffraction (QXRD) was employed on Ca-Mg-Al-LDH using Le Bail refinement method. The refinement results found another Mg-Al-LDH and Ca-Al-LDH phases, such as Mg(OH)2, Al(OH)3 and CaCO3. The highest phase composition on material Ca-Mg-Al-LDH using Le Bail refinement was showed by Al(OH)3.

  9. Synthesis, Crystal and Electronic Structures of the Pnictides AE3TrPn3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga; Pn = P, As)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav; Voss, Leonard; He, Hua; Bobev, Svilen

    2015-09-24

    New ternary arsenides AE3TrAs3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga) and their phosphide analogs Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements at high temperatures. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that Sr3AlAs3 and Ba3AlAs3 adopt the Ba3AlSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oC56, space group Cmce, Z = 8). This structure is also realized for Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3. Likewise, the compounds Sr3GaAs3 and Ba3GaAs3 crystallize with the Ba3GaSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oP56, space group Pnma, Z = 8). Both structures are made up of isolated pairs of edge-shared AlPn4 and GaPn4 tetrahedra (Pn = pnictogen, i.e., P or As), separated by the alkaline-earth Sr2+ and Ba2+ cations. In both cases, there are no homoatomic bonds, hence, regardless of the slightly different atomic arrangements, both structures can be rationalized as valence-precise [AE2+]3[Tr3+][Pn3-]3, or rather [AE2+]6[Tr2Pn6]12-, i.e., as Zintl phases.

  10. Effect of cations on methane adsorption by NaY, MgY, CaY, SrY, and BaY zeolites

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    Talu, O.; Zhang, S.Y.; Hayhurst, D.T. )

    1993-12-09

    Methane isotherms on NaY, MgY, CaY, SrY, and BaY zeolites are measured between 25 and 70[degree]C and upto 6760 kPa. All isotherms are of type I. The initial heat of adsorption for divalent cationic forms decreased with decreasing charge density (CaY > MgY > SrY > BaY) except for MgY. Similar anamoly was observed for methane adsorption on MgX (Zhang, S. Y.; Talu, O.; Hayhurst, D. T. J. Phys. Chem. 1991, 95, 1722) and it is attributed to incomplete dehydration (activation) at normal activation temperatures. The cation type significantly affected adsorption properties even at loadings as high as 7.5 molecules/cavity. CaY has the largest capacity per weight, but the methane pore density decreased in order of decreasing cationic size (BaY > SrY > CaY > MgY > NaY) at 25[degrees]C and 5200 kPa fugacity. This unexpected result is attributed to possible differences in molecular packing around the cations at high loadings. The data were satisfactorily correlated by the virial isotherm model. 29 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. M{sup II}Ge(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba): Crystal structure, phase transitions and thermal expansion

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    Popa, Karin; Wallez, Gilles; Bregiroux, Damien; Loiseau, Pascal

    2011-10-15

    Three earth alkali-germanium monophosphates M{sup II}Ge(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) were prepared by solid state reaction and their structures, previously unknown, studied by Rietveld analysis. BaGe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and high-temperature {beta}-SrGe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (space group C2/m, Z=2) are fully isotypic with yavapaiite, whereas CaGe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and low-temperature {alpha}-SrGe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (C2/c, Z=4) are distorted derivatives. The phase transition between the two forms is observed for the first time. The thermal expansion, resulting from several structural mechanisms, is very anisotropic. - Graphical abstract: The superstructure of SrGe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} at room temperature ({alpha}) results from the off-centering of cation Sr{sup II}. Highlights: > Crystal structures of yavapaiite-type M{sup II}Ge(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) have been solved. > Distortion and superstructure result from Ca and Sr off-centering. > A global scheme for the polymorphism of yavapaiites is proposed.

  12. Experimental determination of the partition coefficient for Ba in Neogloboquadrina dutertrei suggests calcification occurs in a Ba-enriched microenvironment

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    Fehrenbacher, J. S.; Russell, A. D.; Davis, C. V.; Spero, H. J.; Chu, E.

    2015-12-01

    The Ba/Ca ratio in several spinose planktic foraminifer species varies as a function of the Ba/Ca concentration of seawater and is not affected by other parameters such as the seawater salinity, temperature and pH (Honisch et al., 2011). Since seawater Ba concentration is linearly related to Ba in nearshore environments, Ba/Ca ratios in spinose species shows promise as an indicator of past changes in monsoon strength and river runoff (e. g. Weldeab et al. 2007). In contrast, the non-spinose foraminifers often have intrashell variability in Ba/Ca, with Ba/Ca ratios much higher than expected for the range of Ba concentrations observed in the ocean. Furthermore, the Ba/Ca ratio can vary by over a factor of 10 within a single specimen. This suggests either 1) the partition coefficient for Ba in non-spinose species differs from that determined for spinose species, or 2) non-spinose species calcify in a micro-environment that is enriched in Ba. We conducted experiments on live specimens to determine the partition coefficient for Ba in the non-spinose foraminifer N. dutertrei. Specimens were collected via plankton net from the Southern California Bight and cultured at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, Santa Catalina Island during the summer of 2013-2015. We use isotopically labeled seawater (87Sr) to identify discrete portions of calcite that grew in culture. We use laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for trace element analyses and to identify ocean grown vs. culture grown calcite. We show that the partition coefficient is similar to the spinose species: N. dutertrei incorporates Ba as a function of seawater chemistry. We conclude from these observations that N. dutertrei forms its calcite from fluids enriched in Ba, and hypothesize that this process occurs via attachment to organic-rich particles such as marine snow.

  13. Structural and magnetic investigations of CaBaCo4-xFexO7 solid solutions

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    Turkin, D. I.; Bazuev, G. V.; Korolev, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    Solid solutions of CaBaCo4-xFexO7 (x=0, 0.05, 0.2, 1, 2) were synthesized by glycine-nitrate combustion process. Their structural and magnetic properties were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. In the examined range of the solid solutions, their crystal lattice symmetry changes from orthorhombic with space group Pbn21 (00.5). The magnetic measurements revealed that even small doping (x=0.05) of the transition metal sublattice noticeably suppresses ferrimagnetism of the parent compound and induces an AF transition at 88 K. An increase in the doping concentration lowers the frustration parameter |θCW|/TC from 17.2 (for x=0.05) to 13.7 (for x=2) and strengthens the antiferromagnetic interactions, which manifests itself in the Curie-Weiss temperature (θCW) growth. The samples with x=0.05 and x=0.2 also show an additional magnetic transition at temperatures Tg (55 and 70 K respectively). The temperature irreversibility between the ZFC and FC magnetization curves may suggest the formation of a spin-glass state below that temperature.

  14. Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin film high frequency filters on 3 inch sapphire substrates

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    Schneidewind, H.; Manzel, M.; Stelzner, T.

    2002-08-01

    Modern communication systems require densely packed frequency channels in the expensive frequency bands. Therefore high temperature superconducting (HTS) high frequency filters are of increasing importance, taking advantage of their outstanding properties namely steep filter skirts, low insertion loss, and furthermore reduced mass and volume compared to conventional cavity or dielectric resonator systems. Within the framework of a German BMBF pilot project a HTS equiped satellite repeater will be developed to demonstrate the performance advantage of HTS. For that purpose we prepare filters on double-sided Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin films on CeO 2 buffered 3 inch sapphire substrates. The HTS films are prepared in the two-step process by sputtering an amorphous thallium free precursor and following oxythallination. The critical temperature and spatial distribution of critical current density at 77 K, both measured by inductive techniques, show values above 100 K or 1 MA/cm 2, respectively. We use a dielectric resonator technique at 3.9 GHz and power levels up to some mT to determine the films surface resistance. We present measurements of input filters made from our double-sided 3 inch films.

  15. Epitaxial Tl2Ba2CaCu2OX thin film dc SQUIDs operating at 99 K

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    Wang, Jing; Han, Bing; Xu, Fengzhi; Chen, Genghua; Yang, Qiansheng; Lu, Rongtao; He, Ming; Yan, Shaolin

    2004-10-01

    Epitaxial Tl2Ba2CaCu2OX thin film dc superconducting quantum interference devices (dc SQUIDs) have been fabricated on bicrystal SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. By using the Tl-2212 single phase film, a flux noise density, SPHgr1/2, of 2.0 × 10-5PHgr0 Hz-1/2 at liquid nitrogen temperature was obtained in the white noise region, which is more than one order of magnitude lower than previous Tl-based SQUIDs made by multiphase thin films. The Tl-2212 thin film bicrystal grain boundary Josephson junctions have demonstrated resistively shunted junction (RSJ) behaviour. The characteristic voltage, VC, which is the product of critical current IC and junction resistance RN, was 45 µV at 95 K. The dependence of the critical current on temperature near TC (105 K) was measured as I_{\\mathrm {C}} (T)\\sim (1-T / T_{\\mathrm {C}})^{1.5\\mbox {--} 1.98} . The dc SQUIDs can operate at temperatures up to 99 K.

  16. Multi-Centennial Record of North Atlantic Freshwater Variability since the Little Ice Age Archived in Coralline Algal Ba/Ca

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    Chan, P. T. W.; Halfar, J.; Adey, W.; Zack, T.

    2014-12-01

    Declining Arctic sea-ice cover in recent decades has driven large-scale freshwater transport into the North Atlantic, possibly influencing the strength of the Meridional Overturning Circulation and even global climate. However, due to the lack of long-term oceanographic observations, little is known about the natural freshwater variability of the Northwestern Atlantic. Crustose coralline algae Clathromorphum compactum are extremely long-lived shallow marine calcareous plants that are abundant along the subarctic eastern Canadian coastline. They are particularly well-suited as recorders of paleoclimate signals due to the formation of annual growth increments, allowing for the precise calendar dating and geochemical sampling of hard tissue. Here, we provide the first annually-resolved multi-centennial record of coralline algal Ba/Ca from Labrador, Canada, as a proxy for North Atlantic freshwater variability extending well into the Little Ice Age (LIA) (1665 AD). Barium-to-calcium ratios (Ba/Ca) from coralline algae have previously been used as an indicator of freshwater runoff. This is because barium-rich clay sediments are transported by terrestrial runoff into coastal waters, and barium is released from the clay minerals upon encountering more alkaline elements present in seawater. We observe higher algal barium concentrations during the LIA, followed by a steady decline to recent times. In addition, coralline algal Ba/Ca shows significant positive relationships to Hudson Strait runoff, as well as Canadian Arctic and North Atlantic sea-ice extent. This suggests that more riverine Ba is transported from the Hudson Strait into the Labrador Sea during periods of increased sea-ice cover. Multiyear sea-ice can block incoming solar radiation thereby diminishing the effects of nutrient scavenging by phytoplankton, resulting in a more conservative transport of Ba into northern Labrador. However as sea-ice continues to thin, more sunlight is able to penetrate through the

  17. Morphology and photoluminescence of BaAl12O19:Mn2+ green phosphor prepared by flux method

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    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Yu-Hua; Liu, Bi-Tao; Liu, Ji-Di

    2010-12-01

    This paper reports that the green phosphor BaAl11.9O19:0.1Mn2+ is prepared by a flux assisted solid state reaction method. The effect of flux systems on the crystal structure, morphology and luminescent properties of the phosphor are studied in detail. The samples are characterized by the application of x-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscopy patterns, luminescent spectra and decay curves. The results show that a pure phase BaAl12O19 can be achieved at the firing temperature above 1300 °C by adding the proper flux system, the firing temperature is reduced at least 200 °C in comparison with the conventional solid state reaction method. Maximum photoluminescence emission intensity is observed at 517 nm for (AlF3+Li2CO3) flux system under vacuum ultraviolet region (147 nm) excitation. The photoluminescence emission intensity and the decay time of these phosphor is found to be more superior to that of the corresponding sample prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method implying the suitability of this route for the preparation of display device worthy phosphor materials.

  18. Suppression of superconductivity with Pr substitution in Nd 1- xPr xBaCaCu 3O 7 system

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Cardoso, Claudio A.; de Lima, O. F.; Singh, Rajvir; Narlikar, A. V.; Yelon, W. B.; Malik, S. K.

    1999-05-01

    The structural, superconducting and magnetic properties of Nd 1- xPr xBaCaCu 3O 7 system with x=0.0, 0.10, 0.25, 0.35, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 have been investigated. X-ray diffraction results reveal that Pr substitutes isostructurally in NdBaCaCu 3O 7 (Nd:1113) superconductor with complete solubility. The superconducting transition temperature ( Tc), measured by ac susceptibility technique, decreases with increasing x. However, suppression of Tc with increasing Pr substitution is less in Nd:1113 superconductor compared to that reported for Nd 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7 system. Interestingly, in the fully Pr substituted compounds of the above series, i.e., in PrBaCaCu 3O 7 and PrBa 2Cu 3O 7, the Pr moments order antiferromagnetically with TN of 10 and 17 K, respectively. The present results along those reported earlier [V.P.S. Awana, J. Horvat, S.X. Dou, A. Sedky, A.V. Narlikar, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 182 (1998) L280; V.P.S. Awana, S.X. Dou, S.K. Malik, Rajvir Singh, A.V. Narlikar, D.A. Landinez Tellez, J.M. Ferreira, J. Albino Aguiar, S. Uma, E. Gmelin, W.B. Yelon, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 187 (1998) 192], clearly suggest that there is a correlation between the Tc suppression due to Pr and the magnetic ordering temperature of the fully substituted Pr moments in these systems. The TN may be taken to be a measure of the strength of hybridization between the Pr-4f electrons with Cu-O conduction band, and hence a lower TN may imply a less deleterious effect on superconductivity.

  19. HPHT synthesis, structure and electrical properties of type-I clathrates Ba{sub 8}Al{sub x}Si{sub 46−x}

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    Liu, Binwu; Jia, Xiaopeng; Sun, Hairui; Sun, Bing; Zhang, Yuewen; Liu, Haiqiang; Kong, Lingjiao; Huo, Dexuan; Ma, Hongan

    2016-01-15

    Clathrate compounds Ba{sub 8}Al{sub x}Si{sub 46−x} were successfully synthesized using the method of high-pressure and high-temperature (HPHT). In this process, we used BaSi{sub 2} as one of the starting materials in place of Ba metals, which reduces the complexity of the program caused by the extremely high chemical reactivity. By using this method, the processing time was reduced from few days to an hour. X-ray diffraction and structural refinement indicated this composition crystallized in type-I clathrate phase. Bond length analysis showed the Ba atoms in small dodecahedron had spherical thermal ellipsoids while those in large tetrakaidecahedron displayed anisotropic thermal ellipsoids. The negative Seebeck coefficient indicated transport processes were dominated by electrons as carriers, and increased with the increasing temperature. The electrical properties, including Seebeck coefficient and Power factor, were greatly enhanced by Al substitution. - Graphical abstract: Left: The cavity structure diagram of a China-type large volume cubic high-pressure apparatus, and the Type-I clathrate structure of sample synthesized using HPHT. Middle: X-ray Rietveld refinement profile for Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 46} and element mapping for Ba{sub 8}Al{sub 16}Si{sub 30}. Right: Temperature dependence of Seebeck coefficient for Ba{sub 8}Al{sub x}Si{sub 46−x} prepared by HPHT. - Highlights: • HPHT is a simple and rapid synthetic approach. • We use BaSi{sub 2} as one of the starting materials replacing Ba metals. • The processing time reduces from few days to an hour. • Structure determination is refined by Rietveld analysis of XRD data. • Variable temperature electrical properties are characterized.

  20. Monolithic translucent BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors for laser-driven solid state lighting

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    Cozzan, Clayton; Brady, Michael J.; O'Dea, Nicholas; Levin, Emily E.; Nakamura, Shuji; DenBaars, Steven P.; Seshadri, Ram

    2016-10-01

    With high power light emitting diodes and laser diodes being explored for white light generation and visible light communication, thermally robust encapsulation schemes for color-converting inorganic phosphors are essential. In the current work, the canonical blue-emitting phosphor, high purity Eu-doped BaMgAl10O17, has been prepared using microwave-assisted heating (25 min) and densified into translucent ceramic phosphor monoliths using spark plasma sintering (30 min). The resulting translucent ceramic monoliths convert UV laser light to blue light with the same efficiency as the starting powder and provide superior thermal management in comparison with silicone encapsulation.

  1. Sol-gel processing of precursor for high- Tc superconductors: influence of rhenium on the synthesis of Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x

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    Sin, A.; Odier, P.; Núñez-Regueiro, M.

    2000-03-01

    A sol-gel method for processing precursors of mercury-cuprates is described. It uses the gelification of a solution by acrylamide polymerisation and may be applied to concentrated solutions if a proper stabilisation of the cations is ensured. The method is described here for Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x and Re 0.25Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x but may serve to other precursors. Barium carbonate contamination is avoided in a large extent and Re-addition even helps by its efficient combination at low temperature with barium species. The precursor, with Re, might be handled without complicated precautions. Superconductors have been prepared in this way with an excellent homogeneity and high Tc.

  2. Giant electrocaloric effect in lead-free Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti1-xSnxO3 ceramics with tunable Curie temperature

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    Wang, Xiangjian; Tian, Fang; Zhao, Chunlin; Wu, Jiagang; Liu, Yang; Dkhil, Brahim; Zhang, Ming; Gao, Zhipeng; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-12-01

    Electrocaloric effect in lead-free Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti1-xSnxO3 ceramics is studied using an indirect method. The Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti0.875Sn0.125O3 ceramic located near a multi-phase point shows best electrocaloric performance, which provides further experimental evidence for optimizing electrocaloric properties through constructing multiphase coexistence. Giant electrocaloric efficiency (˜0.4 K mm/kV) is achieved in this ceramic at about room temperature at a low electric field of 6 kV/cm. While large electrocaloric temperature (˜0.63 K) is obtained by further enhancing electric field (20 kV/cm), a decrease in electrocaloric efficiency (0.32 K mm/kV) is simultaneously observed, which is attributed to phase transition from first-order to more diffusive second-order under higher electric field.

  3. The Density and Compressibility of BaCO3-SrCO3-CaCO3-K2CO3-Na2CO3-Li2CO3 Liquids: New Measurements and a Systematic Trend with Cation Field Strength

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    Hurt, S. M.; Lange, R. A.; Ai, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The volumetric properties of multi-component carbonate liquids are required to extend thermodynamic models that describe partial melting of the deep mantle (e.g. pMELTS; Ghiorso et al., 2003) to carbonate-bearing lithologies. Carbonate in the mantle is an important reservoir of carbon, which is released to the atmosphere as CO2 through volcanism, and thus contributes to the carbon cycle. Although MgCO3 is the most important carbonate component in the mantle, it is not possible to directly measure the 1-bar density and compressibility of MgCO3 liquid because, like other alkaline-earth carbonates, it decomposes at a temperature lower than its melting temperature. Despite this challenge, Liu and Lange (2003) and O'Leary et al. (2015) showed that the one bar molar volume, thermal expansion and compressibility of the CaCO3 liquid component could be obtained by measuring the density and sound speeds of stable liquids in the CaCO3-Li2CO3-Na2CO3-K2CO3 quaternary system at one bar. In this study, this same strategy is employed on SrCO3- and BaCO3-bearing alkali carbonate liquids. The density and sound speed of seven liquids in the SrCO3-Li2CO3-Na2CO3-K2CO3 quaternary and three liquids in the BaCO3-Li2CO3-Na2CO3-K2CO3 quaternary were measured from 739-1367K, with SrCO3 and BaCO3 concentrations ranging from 10-50 mol%. The density measurements were made using the double-bob Archimedean method and sound speeds were obtained with a frequency-sweep acoustic interferometer. The molar volume and sound speed measurements were used to calculate the isothermal compressibility of each liquid, and the results show the volumetric properties mix ideally with composition. The partial molar volume and compressibility of the SrCO3 and BaCO3 components are compared to those obtained for the CaCO3 component as a function of cation field strength. The results reveal a systematic trend that allows the partial molar volume and compressibility of the MgCO3 liquid component to be estimated.

  4. Electronic structure and unusual superconducting properties of of CaAlSi and SrAlSi

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    Mazin, Igor I.; Papaconstantopoulos, Dimitris

    2004-03-01

    We report full-potential LAPW calculations for CaAlSi and SrAlSi in ordered structures and in the virtual crystal approximation, at normal and elevated pressures. We also estimate the electron-phonon coupling using either frozen-phon calculations at the zone center, or the rigid muffin tin approximation. We conclude that there is no simple way to explain the recently reported qualitative disparity in the superconducting properties of the two compounds. An assumption of an ultrasoft phonon mode, on the other hand, allows to reconcile in a reasonable way the experimental findings with the theory.

  5. XPS and NMR analysis on 12CaO•7Al2O3

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    Pan, R. K.; Feng, S.; Tao, H. Z.

    2017-01-01

    12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7) glass was prepared by the melt quenching method. The glass transition temperature (T g) and the crystallization temperature (T c) of C12A7 glass are about 1050 K and 1194 K, respectively, measured by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The structure of C12A7 glass was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) as well as magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MAS-NMR). Analysis shows that Al coordination number is about four in C12A7 glass, in which AlO4 tetrahedrons and bridging oxygens (BO) constitute the glass network. Ca2+ produces a few of non-bridging oxygens (NBO), which become neighbours of Al.

  6. Influence of simultaneous doping of Sb and Pb on phase formation, superconducting and microstructural characteristics of HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ

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    Giri, Rajiv; Tiwari, R. S.; Srivastava, O. N.

    2007-01-01

    We report systematic studies of structural, microstructural and transport properties of (Hg 0.80Sb 0.2- xPb x)Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ (where x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) compounds. Bulk polycrystalline samples have been prepared by two-step solid-state reaction route at ambient pressure. It has been observed that simultaneous substitution of Sb and Pb at Hg site in oxygen deficient HgO δ layer of HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ cuprate high- Tc superconductor leads to the formation of Hg-1223 as the dominant phase. Microstructural investigations of the as grown samples employing scanning electron microscopy reveal single crystal like large grains embodying spiral like features. Superconducting properties particularly transport current density ( Jct) have been found to be sensitive to these microstructural features. As for example (Hg 0.80Sb 0.05Pb 0.15)Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ compound which exhibits single crystal like large grains (∼50 μm) and appears to result through spiral growth mechanism, shows highest Jct (∼1.85 × 10 3 A/cm 2) at 77 K. A possible mechanism for the generation of spiral like features and correlation between microstructural features and superconducting properties have been put forward.

  7. Band-gap tuning and magnetic properties of heterovalent ions (Ba, Sr and Ca) substituted BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Katyal, S. C.

    2016-05-01

    A Comparative study of heterovalent Ba, Sr and Ca ions substitution on the structural, vibrational, optical and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles was carried out. The distorted rhombohedral structure was confirmed from both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques in pure BiFeO3 and Bi0.85A0.15FeO3 (A= Ba, Sr and Ca) samples. UV-Visible spectroscopy results show that the band-gap of BiFeO3 nanoparticles can be tuned by heterovalent ions substitution from 2.12 eV for BiFeO3 to 2.10, 2.06 and 2.03 eV for Ca, Sr and Ba substituted BiFeO3 nanoparticles respectively. The magnetic measurements indicate enhancement in magnetization for heterovalent A2+ substituted BiFeO3 samples and the magnetization increases with increase of ionic radius of the substituted ions.

  8. On the characterization of Bi MO 2NO 3 ( M=Pb, Ca, Sr, Ba) materials related with the Sillén X 1 structure

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    Ziegler, Peter; Grigoraviciute, Inga; Gibson, Katharina; Glaser, Jochen; Kareiva, Aivaras; Meyer, H.-Jürgen

    2004-10-01

    The compounds BiMO2NO3, with M=Pb, Ca, Sr, and Ba, were obtained as single-phase products from solid-state reactions in an atmosphere of nitrous gases. The oxide nitrates with Pb and Ca crystallize in the tetragonal space group I4/mmm with two formula units per unit cell; the oxide nitrates with Sr and Ba crystallize in the orthorhombic space group Cmmm with four formula units per unit cell. Lattice parameters at room temperature are a=397.199(4), c=1482.57(2) pm for M=Pb; a=396.337(5), c=1412.83(3) pm for M=Ca; a=1448.76(3), b=567.62(1), c=582.40(1) pm for M=Sr and a=1536.50(8), b=571.67(3), c=597.55(3) pm for M=Ba. The structures, which were refined by powder X-ray diffraction, consist of alternating [BiMO2]+ and [NO3]- layers stacked along the direction of the long axis. IR and thermogravimetric data are also given. The various M2+ cations in BiMO2NO3 are compatible with each other; therefore and because of their layer-type structure, these compounds are interesting precursors for oxide materials, e.g., the HTSC compounds (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Can-1CunOx.

  9. Coral Ba/Ca records of sediment input to the fringing reef of the southshore of Moloka'i, Hawai'i over the last several decades

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    Prouty, N.G.; Field, M.E.; Stock, J.D.; Jupiter, S.D.; McCulloch, M.

    2010-01-01

    The fringing reef of southern Moloka’i is perceived to be in decline because of land-based pollution. In the absence of historical records of sediment pollution, ratios of coral Ba/Ca were used to test the hypothesis that sedimentation has increased over time. Baseline Ba/Ca ratios co-vary with the abundance of red, terrigenous sediment visible in recent imagery. The highest values at One Ali’i are near one of the muddiest parts of the reef. This co-varies with the lowest growth rate of all the sites, perhaps because the upstream Kawela watershed was historically leveed all the way to the nearshore, providing a fast-path for sediment delivery. Sites adjacent to small, steep watersheds have ∼decadal periodicities whereas sites adjacent to mangrove forests have shorter-period fluctuations that correspond to the periodicity of sediment transport in the nearshore, rather than the watershed. All four sites show a statistically significant upward trend in Ba/Ca.

  10. Influence of MO/MF2 modifiers (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) on spectroscopic properties of Eu3+ ions in germanate and borate glasses

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    Zur, Lidia; Janek, Joanna; Pietrasik, Ewa; Sołtys, Marta; Pisarska, Joanna; Pisarski, Wojciech A.

    2016-11-01

    Series of Eu3+-doped lead-free germanate and borate glasses were synthesized. The MO glass modifiers (M = Ca, Sr or Ba) were partially or totally substituted by MF2 in chemical composition. In contrast to samples modified by CaO/CaF2 or SrO/SrF2, the germanate glass samples containing BaO and/or BaF2 are fully amorphous, while the lead-free borate glasses are fully amorphous, independently from glass modifiers. Effect of glass modifiers on spectroscopic properties of Eu3+ were systematically investigated. For that reason, excitation and emission spectra of Eu3+ ions in examined systems were registered. Based on the emission spectra, ratio of integrated luminescence intensity of the 5D0 → 7F2 transition to that of the 5D0 → 7F1 transition (R factor) was calculated. Moreover, the luminescence decay curves were collected and the luminescence lifetimes of the 5D0 excited state of Eu3+ ions were determined in function of MF2 concentration.

  11. Fabrication and Characterization of PrBa2[CuxM1-x]3O7 (M=Ga, Al ,x=0.2) Epitaxial Thin Films

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    Kandel, Hom; Chen, Tar-Pin; Seo, Hye-Won; Iliev, Milko; Wadekar, Paritosh; Cui, Jing-Biao; Chen, Quark; Watanabe, Fumiya

    2010-03-01

    We have fabricated epitaxial thin films of highly resistive material PrBa2(Cu1-xMx)3O7 (M=Al, Ga, x = 0.2) by substituting Cu with Ga and Al in PrBa2Cu3O7.The electrical resistivity in these materials are many orders higher than in PrBa2Cu3O7 at 77K, which will provide an effective potential barrier to YBa2Cu3O7 in high Tc S-I-S Josephson junction. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman and temperature dependent resistivity measurements were performed to characterize the thin films. We will discuss the results of Raman spectroscopy with regard to the site detection of incorporated dopants in PrBa2(Cu1-xMx)3O7 and transport studies with regard to the mechanism of hopping conductivity.

  12. Investigation of Carbon ion-implanted waveguides in tungsten bronze (Ca0.28Ba0.72)0.25(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.75Nb2O6 single crystal

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    Jiao, Yang; Wang, Chuan-Kui; Li, Zong-Liang; Ren, Ying-Ying

    2014-09-01

    Planar optical waveguides were fabricated in (Ca0.28Ba0.72)0.25(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.75Nb2O6 (CSBN25) crystal by 6.0-MeV C+ ion implantation with fluences of 2, 4 and 6 × 1014 ions/cm2 at room temperature. The mode parameters, refractive indices profiles are measured and the refractive indices behavior in the waveguide region is discussed. The shape of nuclear energy loss distribution of the C+ implantation was similar to those of the waveguide refractive index profiles, which means an inherent relationship between the waveguide formation and the energetic energy deposition. The extraordinary refractive index has a small positive change in the surface region after the implantation.

  13. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in A2FeReO6 (A =Ca ,Sr ,andBa ) oxides

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    Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Ernst, A.

    2016-07-01

    A systematic electronic structure study of A2FeReO6 (A =Ba ,Sr ,andCa ) has been performed by employing the local-spin-density approximation (LSDA) and LSDA +U methods using the fully relativistic spin-polarized Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band-structure method. We investigated the effects of the subtle interplay between spin-orbit coupling, electron correlations, and lattice distortion on the electronic structure of double perovskites. Ca2FeReO6 has a large distortion in the Fe-O-Re bond, and the electronic structure is mainly determined by electron correlations and lattice distortion. In the Ba -Sr -Ca row, the correlation effects at the Fe site are increased. The correlations at the Re site are small in the Ba- and Sr-based compounds but significant in Ca2FeReO6 . Ca2FeReO6 behaves like an insulator only if considered with a relatively large value of Coulomb repulsion Ueff=2.3 eV at the Re site in addition to Ueff=3.1 eV at the Fe site. Ca2FeReO6 possesses a phase transition at 140 K where the metal-insulator transition (MIT) occurs between metallic high-temperature and insulating low-temperature phases. The spin and orbital magnetic moments are linear functions of temperature before and after the MIT but change abruptly at the point of the phase transition. From theoretically calculated magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE), we found that the easy axis of magnetization for the low-temperature phase is along the b direction, in agreement with experimental data. We found that the major contribution to the MAE is due to the orbital magnetic anisotropy at the Re site. X-ray-absorption spectra and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Re, Fe, and Ba L2 ,3 and Fe, Ca, and O K edges were investigated theoretically in the frame of the LSDA +U method. A qualitative explanation of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra shape is provided by an analysis of the corresponding selection rules, orbital character, and occupation numbers of individual orbitals

  14. Photoluminescence of A- and B-site Eu3+-substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 phosphors

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    Sletnes, M.; Lindgren, M.; Valmalette, J. C.; Wagner, N. P.; Grande, T.; Einarsrud, M.-A.

    2016-05-01

    The photoluminescence of two series of A- and B-site Eu3+ substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 double perovskite phosphor materials, (SrxBa1-x)1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaWyMo1-yO6 and (SrxBa1-x)2Ca0.96Eu0.02Li0.02WyMo1-yO6 (x and y=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1), were studied systematically as a function of stoichiometry and crystal structure. The Eu3+ lattice sites controlled by co-doping with either K or Li were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The variation in integrated emission intensity and emission colour over the experimental matrix was examined using statistical tools, and the observed trends were rationalized based on the physical and electronic structure of the phosphors. Phosphors with Eu on B-site with maximum Sr content had remarkably higher emission intensities than all other materials, but the emission was more orange than red due to domination of the 5D0-7F1 (595 nm) transition of Eu3+. The relative intensities of the 5D0-7F2 (615 nm) and 5D0-7F1 transitions of Eu3+, and thus the red-shift of the emission, decreased linearly with increasing Sr content in the A-site Eu-substituted phosphors, and reached a maximum for Sr1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaW0.25Mo0.75O6. A maximum external quantum efficiency of 17% was obtained for the phosphor Sr2Ca0.7Eu0.15Li0.15W0.5Mo0.5O6 with Eu on B-site.

  15. Ca-,Al-rich inclusions in the unique chondrite ALH85085 - Petrology, chemistry, and isotopic compositions

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    Kimura, M.; El Goresy, A.; Palme, H.; Zinner, E.

    1993-05-01

    A comprehensive study is performed for the Ca-,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) in the unique chondrite ALH85085. The ALH85085 inclusions are smaller (5-80 microns) and more refractory than their counterparts in carbonaceous chondrites. The study includes 42 inclusions for petrography and mineralogy, 15 for bulk major and minor element chemical composition, six for Mg-Al isotopic systematics, 10 for Ca isotopes, nine for Ti isotopes, and six for trace element abundances. In addition, oxygen-isotopic compositions were determined in minerals from a single inclusion. No correlation is found between mineralogy, major element chemistry, and trace element abundances. It is further shown that the high-temperature geochemical behavior of ultrarefractory trace elements is decoupled from that of the major elements Ca and Ti (Ti is correlated with the relatively volatile elements Nb and Yb) implying that perovskite is of only minor importance as carrier of ultrarefractories.

  16. Enhanced piezoelectric and mechanical properties of AlN-modified BaTiO3 composite ceramics.

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    Xu, Dan; Wang, Lidong; Li, Weili; Wang, Wei; Hou, Yafei; Cao, Wenping; Feng, Yu; Fei, Weidong

    2014-07-14

    BaTiO3-xAlN (BT-xAlN) composite ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction sintering. The effects of the AlN content on the crystalline structures, densities, and electrical and mechanical properties of the BT ceramics were investigated. The BT-1.5%AlN ceramic exhibits a good piezoelectric constant of 305 pC N(-1) and an improved Vickers hardness of 5.9 GPa. The enhanced piezoelectricity originates from interactions between defect dipoles and spontaneous polarization inside the domains due to the occurrence of local symmetry, caused by the preferential distribution of the Al(3+)-N(3-) pairs vertical to the c axis. The hardening of the material is attributed to the improved density, and particle and grain boundary strengthening. Our work indicates that if a suitable doping ion pair is designed, lead-free ceramic systems prepared from ordinary raw materials by a conventional sintering method have a high probability of exhibiting good piezoelectric and mechanical properties simultaneously.

  17. Low loss composition of BaxSryCa1-x-yTiO3: Ba0.12-0.25Sr0.35-0.47Ca0.32-0.53TiO3

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Chang, Hauyee; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2001-01-01

    A dielectric thin-film material for microwave applications, including use as a capacitor, the thin-film comprising a composition of barium strontium calcium and titanium of perovskite type (Ba.sub.x Sr.sub.y Ca.sub.1-x-y)TiO.sub.3. Also provided is a method for making a dielectric thin film of that formula over a wide compositional range through a single deposition process.

  18. Effect of alloying elements Al and Ca on corrosion resistance of plasma anodized Mg alloys

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    Anawati, Asoh, Hidetaka; Ono, Sachiko

    2016-04-01

    Plasma anodizing is a surface treatment used to form a ceramic-type oxide film on Mg alloys by the application of a high anodic voltage to create intense plasma near the metal surface. With proper selection of the process parameters, the technique can produce high quality oxide with superior adhesion, corrosion resistance, micro-hardness, wear resistance and strength. The effect of alloying element Al on plasma anodizing process of Mg alloys was studied by comparing the anodizing curves of pure Mg, AZ31, and AZ61 alloys while the effect of Ca were studied on AZ61 alloys containing 0, 1, and 2 wt% Ca. Anodizing was performed in 0.5 M Na3PO4 solution at a constant current density of 200 Am-2 at 25°C. Anodic oxide films with lava-like structure having mix composition of amorphous and crystal were formed on all of the alloys. The main crystal form of the oxide was Mg3(PO4)2 as analyzed by XRD. Alloying elements Al and Ca played role in modifying the plasma lifetime during anodization. Al tended to extend the strong plasma lifetime and therefore accelerated the film thickening. The effect of Ca on anodizing process was still unclear. The anodic film thickness and chemical composition were altered by the presence of Ca in the alloys. Electrochemical corrosion test in 0.9% NaCl solution showed that the corrosion behavior of the anodized specimens depend on the behavior of the substrate. Increasing Al and Ca content in the alloys tended to increase the corrosion resistance of the specimens. The corrosion resistance of the anodized specimens improved significantly about two orders of magnitude relative to the bare substrate.

  19. Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+} ions activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors

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    Du, Peng; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Under 393 nm excitation, strong red emission located at 615 nm was observed in all the samples. • The Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor exhibited the strongest PL properties. • The CIE chromaticity coordinate of Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor was (0.647,0.352). • The color purity of Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor was 92.8%. • Strong CL properties were observed in the Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor. - Abstract: Eu{sup 3+}-activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra as well as X-ray diffraction patterns were measured to characterize the fabricated samples. Under 393 nm excitation, strong red emissions located at ∼615 nm corresponding to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of Eu{sup 3+} ions were observed in all the samples. Compared with other Eu{sup 3+} ions activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Sr, Ba) phosphors, Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor exhibited the strongest red emission intensity with better Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage chromaticity coordinate and higher color purity. Furthermore, the CL results indicated that the Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor had excellent luminescence properties.

  20. Hydrogen sorption behavior of CaAl1.5Li0.5

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    Bereznitsky, Matvey; Mogilyanski, Dmitry; Jacob, Isaac

    2016-04-01

    The hydrogen sorption properties of an alloy with nominal composition CaAl1.5Li0.5 have been investigated in a pursuit for hydrogen-absorbing Li-containing intermetallics. X-ray analysis of the original alloy indicated a coexistence of three closely related Laves phases. The maximum hydrogen capacity, recorded at about 6 MPa and 300 °C, was approximately 2.5 H atoms per formula unit (f.u.). Pressure-composition (p-c) isotherm measurements were taken in the temperature range between 350 and 450 °C up to pressures of 133 kPa. Thermodynamic parameters are derived for two plateau regions in the p-c isotherms. Analysis of these parameters and supporting evidence from X-ray patterns of hydrogenated and dehydrogenated samples suggest: (a) an initial irreversible disproportionation of the original alloy and (b) subsequent reversible hydrogenations, featuring reversible disproportionations of CaAl2 and LiAl intermetallic compounds. Attempts to form additional Li-containing intermetallics, namely CaAlLi, TiMn2- x Li x (x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.6) and TiAl2- x Li x (x = 0.3, 0.5), and to hydrogenate them, are reported in brief.

  1. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} and LiCaAlF{sub 6}

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    Marshall, C.D.; Payne, S.A.; Krupke, W.F.

    1996-05-14

    Ce{sup 3+}-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF{sub 6} type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} and LiSrGaF{sub 6}, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator. 10 figs.

  2. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 and LiCaAlF.sub.6

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    Marshall, Christopher D.; Payne, Stephen A.; Krupke, William F.

    1996-01-01

    Ce.sup.3+ -doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF.sub.6 type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF.sub.6 and LiSrGaF.sub.6, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator.

  3. NMR probe of pseudogap characteristics in CaAl2-xSi2+x

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    Lue, C. S.; Wang, S. Y.; Fang, C. P.

    2007-06-01

    We report the results of a Al27 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study of CaAl2-xSi2+x , near the stoichiometric composition with x=0 . The low-temperature NMR relaxation rates for stoichiometric (x=0) and nonstoichiometric ( x=-0.1 and 0.1) compounds follow a Korringa law, associated with a finite density of carriers at the Fermi level. High-temperature relaxation rates for x⩾0 go over to a semiconductorlike activated form, providing information about the electronic structure near the Fermi energy. The results are consistent with pseudogap features identified by recent band-structure calculations. An analysis of the pseudogap change vs composition further points out that the band-filling picture is proper for the understanding of the NMR observations in CaAl2-xSi2+x .

  4. Different microstructure and dielectric properties of Ba{sub 1-x}Ca {sub x}TiO{sub 3} ceramics and pulsed-laser-ablated films

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    Cheng Xiaorong; Shen Mingrong . E-mail: mrshen@suda.edu.cn

    2007-09-04

    A comparative study of the microstructure and dielectric properties between Ba{sub 1-x}Ca {sub x}TiO{sub 3} (BCT) ceramics and films were performed in the whole Ca concentration range of x = 0-1. The ceramics were prepared by conventional solid-state reaction technique and the films by the method of pulsed-laser deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study of the BCT ceramics exhibited a pure tetragonal phase for x = 0-0.25, a tetragonal-orthorhombic diphase for x = 0.25-0.85 and a pure orthorhombic phase for x = 0.90-1.00. And the dielectric phase transition temperature from tetragonal to cubic was marginally affected by the Ca doping into BaTiO{sub 3}. However, BCT films deposited on Pt/Si/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates showed a different microstructure and dielectric properties. Tetragonal-orthorhombic diphase was not found in the BCT films for x = 0.25-0.85, and a large decrease of the Curie point and diffuse phase transition were observed in the BCT films. Based on the compositional analysis, such phenomena were ascribed to the occupancy of some Ca{sup 2+} to the Ti{sup 4+} sites in the BCT films.

  5. Eu(2+)-Activated Alkaline-Earth Halophosphates, M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) for NUV-LEDs: Site-Selective Crystal Field Effect.

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    Kim, Donghyeon; Kim, Sung-Chul; Bae, Jong-Seong; Kim, Sungyun; Kim, Seung-Joo; Park, Jung-Chul

    2016-09-06

    Eu(2+)-activated M5(PO4)3X (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds providing different alkaline-earth metal and halide ions were successfully synthesized and characterized. The emission peak maxima of the M5(PO4)3Cl:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds were blue-shifted from Ca to Ba (454 nm for Ca, 444 nm for Sr, and 434 nm for Ba), and those of the Sr5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (X = F, Cl, Br) compounds were red-shifted along the series of halides, F → Cl → Br (437 nm for F, 444 nm for Cl, and 448 nm for Br). The site selectivity and occupancy of the activator ions (Eu(2+)) in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) crystal lattices were estimated based on theoretical calculation of the 5d → 4f transition energies of Eu(2+) using LCAO. In combination with the photoluminescence measurements and theoretical calculation, it was elucidated that the Eu(2+) ions preferably enter the fully oxygen-coordinated sites in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds. This trend can be well explained by "Pauling's rules". These compounds may provide a platform for modeling a new phosphor and application in the solid-state lighting field.

  6. Critical current densities and irreversibility field of high-Tc Ba2Ca3Cu4O(O,F)2 superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Shivagan, D. D.; Tanaka, Y.

    2008-03-01

    The superconductivity in apical fluorine system of Ba2Ca3Cu4O10-yFy: the fourth member of Ba2Can-1CunO2n(O,F)2 homologous series is significant to study as it deals with the novel phenomenon of superconductivity like co-existence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism, in-equivalent and non-similar charge distribution in the CuO2 planes in a unit cell etc. The polycrystalline samples of Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (F-0234) were synthesized under high pressure and showed sharp superconducting transitions temperature at 105 K. From the DA magnetization hysteresis loops, we determined the intragrain critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr) using Bean's critical state model. The irreversibility line(IL) of F-0234 is higher than that for optimally-doped Bi-2212. However, IL much lower than that of Cu-1212 (Y-123) although the spacing of F-0234 (7.3 Å) is much thinner than that of Cu-1212.

  7. The Al-Rich Part of the System CaO-Al 2O 3-MgO . Part I. Phase Relationships

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    Göbbels, M.; Woermann, E.; Jung, J.

    1995-12-01

    In the Al-rich part of the ternary system CaO-Al 2O 3MgO two new ternary phases Ca 2Mg 2Al 28O 46 (CAM-I) and CaMg 2Al 16O 27 (CAM-II) with limited solid solution ranges were found. Due to the fact that the compositions of the Mg-rich end members of these solid solutions lie on the join between hibonite (CaAl 12O 19) and spinel (MgAl 2O 4), the model of the crystal structures of these phases can be constructed by a suitable combination of hibonite and spinel units. Both phases, CAM-I and CAM-II, exhibit solid solution ranges described by a substitution mechanism also found in the binary spinel phase, MgAl 2O 4: 3 Mg 2+ = 2 Al 3+ + □. Thus the ternary phases can be expressed by the chemical formulas. Ca 2Mg 2-3 xAl 28+2 x□ xO 46 for CAM-I with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.30 and CaMg 2-3 yAl 16+2 y□ yO 27 for CAM-II with 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.2.

  8. Synthesis of Ca-substituted Y1-xCaxBa2Cu4O8 at ambient pressure using CuI

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    Zheng, X. G.; Suzuki, M.; Xu, C.; Kuriyaki, H.; Hirakawa, K.

    1996-02-01

    Ca-substituted Y124 superconductors Y 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 4O 8 ( x = 0.05, 0.1) were synthesized at ambient oxygen pressure by a solid-state reaction method which used CuI instead of the conventional CuO. Experimental results showed a promoting effect of copper iodide on the formation of the 124 phase at normal oxygen pressure. Tc determined from the Meissner effect was 88 K for x = 0.05 and 90 K for x = 0.1. For the same Ca-substitution rates Tc(zero-resistance) of 80.5 K and 82.0 K was obtained respectively.

  9. Magnetic and microstructural properties of Al substituted M-type Ca-Sr hexaferrites

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    Yang, Yujie; Wang, Fanhou; Liu, Xiansong; Shao, Juxiang; Huang, Duohui

    2017-01-01

    In the current study, Al substituted M-type Ca-Sr hexaferrites, with composition Ca0.6Sr0.1La0.3Fe12-xAlxO19 (0≤x≤1.4), have been prepared using the conventional ceramic techniques. The phase composition of the magnetic powders was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD data show that the magnetic powders with Al content (x) from 0 to 0.8 show α-Fe2O3 as a second phase, while the magnetic powders with x from 1.0 to 1.4 consist of pure magnetoplumbite without any other impurity phases. A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was used to observe the morphologies of the magnetic powders. FE-SEM images of the magnetic powders show the hexagonal platelet-like shape. The magnetic properties of the magnetic powders were measured by a physical property measurement system-vibrating sample magnetometer (PPMS-VSM). The saturation magnetization (Ms) linearly decreases with Al content (x) from 0 to 1.4. While the remanent magnetization (Mr) first increases with Al content (x) from 0 to 0.2 and then decreases when Al content (x)≥0.2. However, the coercivity (Hc) increases with Al content (x) from 0 to 1.4.

  10. Improvement of critical current density in thallium-based (Tl,Bi)Sr{sub 1.6}Ba{sub 0.4}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} superconductors

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    Ren, Z.F.; Wang, C.A.; Wang, J.H.

    1994-12-31

    Epitaxial (Tl,Bi)Sr{sub 1.6}Ba{sub 0.4}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Tl,Bi)-1223 thin films on (100) single crystal LaAlO{sub 3} substrates were synthesized by a two-step procedure. Phase development, microstructure, and relationships between film and substrate were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Resistance versus temperature, zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetization, and transport critical current density (J{sub c}) were measured. The zero-resistance temperature was 105-111 K. J{sub c} at 77 K and zero field was > 2 x 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2}. The films exhibited good flux pinning properties.

  11. Effect of Eu substitution on superconductivity in Ba{sub 8−x}Eu{sub x}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} clathrates

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    Liu, Lihua; Bi, Shanli; Peng, Bailu; Li, Yang

    2015-05-07

    The silicon clathrate superconductor is uncommon as its structure is dominated by strong Si-Si covalent bonds, rather than the metallic bond, that are more typical of traditional superconductors. To understand the influence of large magnetic moment of Eu on superconductivity for type-I clathrates, a series of samples with the chemical formula Ba{sub 8−x}Eu{sub x}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} (x = 0, 0.5, 1, and 2) were synthesised in which Eu occupied Ba sites in cage center. With the increase of Eu content, the cubic lattice parameter decreases monotonically signifying continuous shrinkage of the constituting (Ba/Eu)@Si{sub 20} and (Ba/Eu)@Si{sub 24} cages. The temperature dependence of magnetization at low temperature revealed that Ba{sub 8}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} is superconductive with transition temperature at T{sub C} = 5.6 K. The substitution of Eu for Ba results in a strong superconductivity suppression; Eu-doping largely decreases the superconducting volume and transition temperature T{sub C}. Eu atoms enter the clathrate lattice and their magnetic moments break paired electrons. The Curie-Weiss temperatures were observed at 3.9, 6.6, and 10.9 K, respectively, for samples with x = 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0. Such ferromagnetic interaction of Eu can destroy superconductivity.

  12. Thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6) solid solution.

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Swallow, Jessica; Ohno, Saneyuki; Aydemir, Umut; Bux, Sabah; Snyder, G Jeffrey

    2014-11-14

    Zintl phases are attractive for thermoelectric applications due to their complex structures and bonding environments. The Zintl compounds Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6)and Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6) have both been shown to have promising thermoelectric properties, with zT values of 0.6 and 0.7, respectively, when doped to control the carrier concentration. Alloying can often be used to further improve thermoelectric materials in cases when the decrease in lattice thermal conductivity outweighs reductions to the electronic mobility. Here we present the high temperature thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6)solid solution. Undoped and optimally Zn-doped samples were investigated. X-ray diffraction confirms that a full solid solution exists between the Al and In end-members. We find that the Al : In ratio does not greatly influence the carrier concentration or Seebeck effect. The primary effect of alloying is thus increased scattering of both charge carriers and phonons, leading to significantly reduced electronic mobility and lattice thermal conductivity at room temperature. Ultimately, the figure of merit is unaffected by alloying in this system, due to the competing effects of reduced mobility and lattice thermal conductivity.

  13. Long-range magnetic order in the 5d(2) double perovskite Ba2CaOsO6: comparison with spin-disordered Ba2YReO6.

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    Thompson, C M; Carlo, J P; Flacau, R; Aharen, T; Leahy, I A; Pollichemi, J R; Munsie, T J S; Medina, T; Luke, G M; Munevar, J; Cheung, S; Goko, T; Uemura, Y J; Greedan, J E

    2014-07-30

    The B-site ordered double perovskite Ba2CaOsO6 was studied by dc magnetic susceptibility, powder neutron diffraction and muon spin relaxation methods. The lattice parameter is a = 8.3619(6) Å at 280 K and cubic symmetry [Formula: see text] is retained to 3.5 K with a = 8.3462(7) Å. Curie-Weiss susceptibility behaviour is observed for T > 100 K and the derived constants are C = 0.3361(3) emu K mol(-1) and ΘCW = -156.2(3) K, in excellent agreement with literature values. This Curie constant is much smaller than the spin-only value of 1.00 emu K mol(-1) for a 5d(2) Os(6+) configuration, indicating a major influence of spin-orbit coupling. Previous studies had detected both susceptibility and heat capacity anomalies near 50 K but no definitive conclusion was drawn concerning the nature of the ground state. While no ordered Os moment could be detected by powder neutron diffraction, muon spin relaxation (µSR) data show clear long-lived oscillations indicative of a continuous transition to long-range magnetic order below TC = 50 K. An estimate of the ordered moment on Os(6+) is ∼ 0.2 μB, based upon a comparison with µSR data for Ba2YRuO6 with a known ordered moment of 2.2 μB. These results are compared with those for isostructural Ba2YReO6 which contains Re(5+), also 5d(2), and has a nearly identical unit cell constant, a = 8.36278(2) Å-a structural doppelgänger. In contrast, Ba2YReO6 shows ΘCW = - 616 K, and a complex spin-disordered and, ultimately, spin-frozen ground state below 50 K, indicating a much higher level of geometric frustration than in Ba2CaOsO6. The results on these 5d(2) systems are compared to recent theory, which predicts a variety of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic ground states. In the case of Ba2CaOsO6, our data indicate that a complex four-sublattice magnetic structure is likely. This is in contrast to the spin-disordered ground state in Ba2YReO6, despite a lack of evidence for structural disorder

  14. Electronic structure and O vacancy formation/migration in La0.825(Mg/Ca/Ba)0.125CoO3

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    Omotayo Akande, Salawu; Gan, Li-Yong; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2016-04-01

    The effect of A-site hole doping (Mg2+, Ca2+ or Ba2+) on the electronic and magnetic properties as well as the O vacancy formation and migration in perovskite LaCoO3 is studied using first-principles calculations. All three dopants are found to facilitate O vacancy formation. Substitution of La3+ with Ba2+/Mg2+ yields the lowest O vacancy formation energy for low/intermediate spin Co, implying that not only the structure but also the spin state of Co is a key parameter. Only for low spin Co the ionic radius is correlated with the O migration barrier. Enhanced migration for intermediate spin Co is ascribed to the availability of additional space at the transition state.

  15. Thermal transformation of quaternary compounds in NaF-CaF{sub 2}-AlF{sub 3} system

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    Zaitseva, Julia N.; Yakimov, Igor S.; Kirik, Sergei D.

    2009-08-15

    Details of quaternary compounds formation in the system NaF-CaF{sub 2}-AlF{sub 3} are specified. To achieve this aim, the samples of phases NaCaAlF{sub 6} and Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14} have been obtained by high-temperature solid-phase synthesis. Their thermal behavior when heated up to 800 deg. C has been studied using the methods of high-temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis (TA). The system under consideration can be regarded as a quasibinary section CaF{sub 2}-NaAlF{sub 4}, where at T=745-750 deg. C invariant equilibrium is implemented with the phases CaF{sub 2}-NaCaAlF{sub 6}-Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14}-(liquid melt)-(NaAlF{sub 4}). The peculiarity of the equilibrium is NaAlF{sub 4} metastability at normal pressure. Below the equilibrium temperature the quaternary phase Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14} is stable and NaCaAlF{sub 6} above this temperature. The phase NaCaAlF{sub 6} fixed by rapid quenching from high temperatures and when heated up to 640 deg. C decomposes, yielding Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14}. Further heating in vacuum at temperature up to 740 deg. C results in decomposition of Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14} into CaF{sub 2} and Na{sub 3}AlF{sub 6}. The expected reverse transformation of Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14} into NaCaAlF{sub 6} has not been observed under experimental conditions. Transformations in bulk samples reveal direct and reverse transformation of quaternary phases. Synopsis: Thermal transformation of the quaternary compounds in system (NaF-CaF{sub 2}-AlF{sub 3}) was investigated using high-temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis (TA). In the system the invariant equilibrium is implemented with the phases CaF{sub 2}-NaCaAlF{sub 6}-Na{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}F{sub 14}-(liquid melt)-(NaAlF{sub 4}) at T=745-750 deg. C. - Graphical Abstract: The paper concerns of a small piece of the ternary system (NaF-CaF{sub 2}-AlF{sub 3}) which is very important for

  16. The ternary yttrium sulfides, CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, and BaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}: Structures and properties

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    Lowe-Ma, C.K.; Vanderah, T.A.; Smith, T.E.

    1995-07-01

    X-ray single-crystal structure determinations have confirmed that CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4} crystallizes in the orthorhombic [Yb{sub 3}S{sub 4}]-type structure whereas SrY{sub 2}S{sub 4} and BaY{sub 2}S{sub 4} adopt the orthorhombic [CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}] structure. Both structure types feature three-dimensional frameworks build of edge- and corner-sharing [YS{sub 6}] octahedra. CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, in space group Pnma, has cell dimensions a = 12.953(3) {angstrom}, b = 3.8835(5) {angstrom}, c = 13.081(3) {angstrom}, Vol = 658.0(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4, and D{sub x} = 3.494 g/cm{sup 3} (M{sub f} = 346.1). SrY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, in Pmnb, has a = 3.9775(6), b = 11.974(2), c = 14.294(2) {angstrom}, Vol = 680.8(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4, and D{sub x} = 3.841 g/cm{sup 3} for M{sub F} = 393.7; BaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, in Pmnb, has a = 4.0263(2), b = 12.2134(8), c = 14.484(1) {angstrom}, Vol = 712.23(9) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4, and D{sub x} = 4.135 g/cm{sup 3} for M{sub f} = 443.4. Room temperature X-ray powder diffraction data for all three compounds and high-temperature unit cells for CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4} are also reported. The overall average linear thermal expansion of CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}f are also reported. The overall average linear thermal expansion of CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4} upon heating was found to be approximately 11.9 x 10{sup {minus}6}/{degrees}K as compared to that of 7.2 x 10{sup {minus}6}{degrees}K found for ZnS. The onset oxidative decomposition temperatures for CaY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, SrY{sub 2}S{sub 4}, and BaY{sub 2}S{sub 4} were observed to be 545, 565, and 590{degrees}C, respectively, as compared to 530{degrees}C for ZnS. The properties of these compounds indicate that they are potentially useful as infrared window materials.

  17. Discrete Ba2+ block as a probe of ion occupancy and pore structure in the high-conductance Ca2+ -activated K+ channel

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    1988-01-01

    In this study, high-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels from rat skeletal muscle were incorporated into planar phospholipid bilayers, and discrete blockade of single channels by Ba2+ was studied. With 150 mM K+ held constant in the internal solution, increasing external K+ over the range 100-1,000 mM raises the rate of Ba2+ dissociation. This "enhancement effect," which operates at K+ concentrations 3-4 orders of magnitude higher than those required for the "lockin" effect described previously, depends on applied voltage, saturates with K+ concentration, and is not observed with Na+. The voltage dependence of the Ba2+ off-rate varies with external K+ in a way suggesting that K+, entering the channel from the external side, forces Ba2+ dissociation to the internal solution. With K+ held fixed in the external solution, the Ba2+ off-rate decreases as internal K+ is raised over the range 0- 50 mM. This "lock-in" effect is similar to that seen on the external side (Neyton and Miller, 1988), except that the internal lock-in site is of lower affinity and shows only a fivefold preference for K+ over Na+. All the results taken together argue strongly that this channel's conduction pathway contains four sites of very high affinity for K+, all of which may be simultaneously occupied under normal conducting conditions. According to this view, the mutual destabilization resulting from this high ionic occupancy leads to the unusually high conductance of this K+-specific channel. PMID:3235974

  18. Origin of Ca-Al-rich inclusions. II - Sputtering and collisions in the three-ph8se interstellar medium

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    Clayton, D. D.

    1981-01-01

    The theory put forward by Clayton (1977) for the formation of the Ca-Al-rich inclusions within C3 meteorites is extended to an evolutionary history in a three-phase interstellar medium. Widespread supersonic turbulence in the hot interstellar medium is maintained by supernova shock waves, giving rise to heavy sputtering of the refractory dust. Subsequent reaccumulation with varying dust/gas ratios or varying particle sizes produces isotopically fractionated Ca-Al-rich accumulates. It is thought that the Ca-Al-rich inclusions themselves are formed by the following sequence in the solar system: (1) cold accumulation of larger-than-average Ca-Al-rich particles containing supernova condensate cores into macroscopic (approximately 1 cm) Ca-Al-rich agglomerates, probably by sedimentation; and (2) fusion of the supernova condensates into macroscopic minerals by exothermic chemical reactions that begin when the accumulate has been warmed, thereby releasing energy from the unequilibrated forms accumulated from the interstellar medium.

  19. Tetragonal To Collapsed Tetragonal Phase Transition In BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}

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    Mittal, R.; Mishra, S. K.; Chaplot, S. L.; Ovsyannikov, S. V.; Trots, D. M.; Dubrovinsky, L.; Greenberg, E.; Su, Y.; Brueckel, Th.; Matsuishi, S.; Hosono, H.; Garbarino, G.

    2010-12-01

    Superconductivity in MFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (M = Ba, Ca) compounds appears either at a critical doping level at ambient pressure or in the parent compound itself by application of pressure above a critical value. We report high pressure powder x-ray diffractions studies for these compounds at 300 K up to about 56 GPa using membrane diamond anvil cells. The measurements for BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} show a new tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition at about 22 GPa that remains stable upto 56 GPa. CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} is already known to transform to collapsed phase at 1.7 GPa at 300 K. Our measurements on CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} do not show any post collapsed phase transition on increase of pressure 50 GPa at 300 K. It is important to note that the transition in both compounds occurs when they are compressed to almost the same value of the unit cell volume and attain similar c{sub t}/a{sub t} ratios. We present a detailed analysis of the pressure dependence and structure phase transitions as well as equation of state in these important FeAs compounds that should be useful in the context of possible superconductivity in the collapsed phase.

  20. Temperature-dependent polarized far-infrared optical properties of CaNdAlO 4 single crystal

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    Ma, J. Y.; Bi, C. Z.; Fang, X.; Kamran, M.; Zhao, H. Y.; Zhao, B. R.; Qiu, X. G.

    2008-10-01

    Polarized near-normal incident infrared reflectivity spectra of (1 0 0) CaNdAlO 4 single crystal along the ab plane and c-axis have been measured under different temperatures in the frequency region between 100 and 6000 cm -1. All the spectra are fitted with the factorized form of the dielectric function. Assignment of different phonon modes has been done in both crystalline directions. The dielectric property and optical conductivity of the CaNdAlO 4 crystal are analyzed. The differences between CaNbAlO 4 and SrLaAlO 4 are discussed with respect to vibration frequency and static optical permittivities.

  1. Dissolution of Al2TiO5 inclusions in CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 slags at 1823 K

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    Wang, De-Yong; Liu, Jun; Jiang, Mao-Fa; Tsukihashi, Fumitaka; Matsuura, Hiroyuki

    2011-12-01

    Al-Ti-O inclusions always clog submerged nozzles in Ti-bearing Al-killed steel. A typical synthesized Al2TiO5 inclusion was immersed in a CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 molten slag for different durations at 1823 K. The Al2TiO5 dissolution paths and mechanism were revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Decreased amounts of Ti and Al and increased amounts of Si and Ca at the dissolution boundary prove that inclusion dissolution and slag penetration simultaneously occur. SiO2 diffuses or penetrates the inclusion more quickly than CaO, as indicated by the w(CaO)/ w(SiO2) value in the reaction region. A liquid product (containing 0.7-1.2 w(CaO)/ w(SiO2), 15wt%-20wt% Al2O3, and 5wt%-15wt% TiO2) forms on the inclusion surface when Al2TiO5 is dissolved in the slag. Al2TiO5 initially dissolves faster than the diffusion rate of the liquid product toward the bulk slag. With increasing reaction time, the boundary reaches its largest distance, the Al2TiO5 dissolution rate equals the liquid product diffusion rate, and the dissolution process remains stable until the inclusion is completely dissolved.

  2. Preparation and properties of Eu doped CaAlSiN3 red phosphor

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    He, Pan; Zhang, Ning; Man, Shiqing

    2017-03-01

    The Eu2+ activated CaAlSiN3 phosphor was synthesized by solid-state reaction method under a nitrogen atmosphere at 1550°C for 6h. The phosphors structure was measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD); excitation spectra, emission spectra and decay lifetime were obtained by fluorescence spectrophotometer equipped. It showed a broad excitation band originating from the 4f7-4f65d transition of Eu2+ ion extending to 650nm and the peaking at 467nm; a strong emission band centering at 668nm, and the lifetime of Eu2+ in the CaAlSiN3 host is 1.4227 µs.

  3. Observations of the Minor Species Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report the first detections of Al and Fe, and strict upper limits for Ca(+) in the exosphere of Mercury, using the HIRES spectrometer at the Keck I telescope. We report observed 4-sigma tangent columns of 1.5x10(exp 7) Al atoms per square centimeter at an altitude of 1220 km (1.5 Mercury radii (R(sub M)) from planet center), and that for Fe of 1.6 x 10 per square centimeter at an altitude of 950 km (1.4 R(sub M)). The observed 3-sigma Ca(+) column was 3.9x10(exp 6) ions per square centimeter at an altitude of 1630 km (1.67 R(sub M). A simple model for zenith column abundances of the neutral species were 9.5 x 10(exp 7) Al per square centimeter, and 3.0 x 10(exp 8) Fe per square centimeter. The observations appear to be consistent with production of these species by impact vaporization with a large fraction of the ejecta in molecular form. The scale height of the Al gas is consistent with a kinetic temperature of 3000 - 9000 K while that of Fe is 10500 K. The apparent high temperature of the Fe gas would suggest that it may be produced by dissociation of molecules. A large traction of both Al and Fe appear to condense in a vapor cloud at low altitudes.

  4. EXAFS Study of Refractory Cement Phases: CaAl2O{14}H{20}, Ca2Al2O{13}H{16}, and Ca3Al2O{12}H{12}

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    Richard, N.; Lequeux, N.; Boch, P.

    1995-11-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS and XANES) is used for the first time to characterize the local environment of aluminium and calcium in phases formed by hydration of high-alumina cements. Ca K-edge EXAFS spectrum confirms that C2AH8 is an AFm phase. A location is given for the interlayer aluminium cations, which are in a tetrahedrally coordinated hydrated site. Absorption measurements at the AI K-edge show a structural analogy between CAH{10} and gibbsite AH3. The structural model proposed for CAH{10} is based on two rings of six edge-sharing [ Al(OH)6] ^{3-} octahedra, with Ca^{2+} cations linking them together. High-alumina cements are commonly used for refractory applications. Changes in aluminium and calcium environments during CAH{10} dehydration is therefore investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Dehydration leads to a decrease in the Ca-O distance and reduces the number of oxygen neighbours in the first coordination shell around calcium. La spectroscopie d'absorption des rayons X est utilisée pour la première fois pour caractériser l'environnement local autour de l'aluminium et du calcium dans des phases formées par hydratation de ciments alumineux. Le spectre EXAFS au seuil K du calcium confirme que C2AH8 est une phase AFm. De plus, on indique une position pour les cations aluminium de l'intercouche, qui sont dans un site tétraédrique hydraté. Les expériences d'absorption au seuil K de l'aluminium révèlent une analogie entre la structure de CAH{10} et celle de la gibbsite AH3. Le modèle structural proposé pour CAH{10} est basé sur l'existence de deux anneaux formés chacun de six octaèdres [ Al(OH)6] ^{3-} liés par arêtes, les atomes de calcium assurant un lien entre ces anneaux. Les ciments alumineux sont couramment utilisés pour des applications réfractaires ; c'est pourquoi cette étude suit l'évolution de l'environnement autour du calcium et de l'aluminium au cours de la déshydratation de CAH{10}. Une diminution

  5. Effect of CaF2 on Interfacial Phenomena of High Alumina Refractories with Al Alloy

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    Koshy, Pramod; Gupta, Sushil; Sahajwalla, Veena; Edwards, Phil

    2008-08-01

    An experimental study was conducted to investigate the interfacial phenomena between Al-alloy and industrial grade high alumina refractories containing varying contents of CaF2 at 1250 °C. Interfacial reaction products and phases formed in the heat-treated refractory samples were characterized using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively, while interfacial phenomena including dynamic wetting behavior were analyzed using the sessile drop technique. Refractories containing less than 5 wt pct CaF2 showed good resistance to reactions with the molten alloy, due to the dominance of corundum, and the presence of anorthite at the interface. However, with a further increase in the additive content, a glassy matrix of anorthite with CaF2 was formed. Formation of this phase significantly increased the intensity of reactions resulting in the buildup of an interfacial layer. The study thus revealed the strong catalytic effect of CaF2 on reactions of high alumina refractories with Al-alloy.

  6. Sr isotopic fractionation in Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite

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    Patchett, P.J.

    1980-01-01

    True relative Sr isotopic compositions, determined by double spiking on Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite show up to 1.5??? per mass unit mass fractionation relative to the Earth and bulk chondrites. All abnormal inclusions are light-isotope enriched. A lack of isotopically heavy Sr in inclusions would place constraints on the time, place and mechanism of origin of these objects. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  7. Polymer Coated CaAl-Layered Double Hydroxide Nanomaterials for Potential Calcium Supplement

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    Kim, Tae-Hyun; Lee, Jeong-A; Choi, Soo-Jin; Oh, Jae-Min

    2014-01-01

    We have successfully prepared layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanomaterials containing calcium and aluminum ions in the framework (CaAl-LDH). The surface of CaAl-LDH was coated with enteric polymer, Eudragit®L 100 in order to protect nanomaterials from fast dissolution under gastric condition of pH 1.2. The X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the pristine LDH was well prepared having hydrocalumite structure, and that the polymer effectively coated the surface of LDH without disturbing structure. From thermal analysis, it was determined that only a small amount (less than 1%) of polymer was coated on the LDH surface. Metal dissolution from LDH nanomaterials was significantly reduced upon Eudragit®L 100 coating at pH 1.2, 6.8 and 7.4, which simulates gastric, enteric and plasma conditions, respectively, and the dissolution effect was the most suppressed at pH 1.2. The LDH nanomaterials did not exhibit any significant cytotoxicity up to 1000 μg/mL and intracellular calcium concentration significantly increased in LDH-treated human intestinal cells. Pharmacokinetic study demonstrated absorption efficiency of Eudragit®L 100 coated LDH following oral administration to rats. Moreover, the LDH nanomaterials did not cause acute toxic effect in vivo. All the results suggest the great potential of CaAl-LDH nanomaterials as a calcium supplement. PMID:25490138

  8. Hibonite, Ca2/Al, Ti/24O38, from the Leoville and Allende chondritic meteorites.

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    Keil, K.; Fuchs, L. H.

    1971-01-01

    Hibonite was discovered in light-colored, Ca-Al-Ti-rich and Si-Fe-poor, achondritic inclusions of the Leoville and Allende HL-group chondrites. Two varieties of hibonite occur: one emits a bright red-orange luminescence under electron bombardment and has high amounts of Al2O3 (87.7; 87.9) and low amounts of MgO (0.65; 0.8) and TiO2 (0.68; 0.8). The other emits a bright blue luminescence and is low in Al2O3 (78.7; 79.2) and high in MgO (3.3; 3.7) and TiO2 (6.5; 7.9) (in wt. %). The oxide CaO is about the same in both varieties. It is suggested that the change in the color of the visible luminescence results from changes in composition. The origin of hibonite which occurs in complex mineral assemblages together with anorthite, gelhenite, wollastonite, aluminous diopside, andradite, Ca-pyroxene, perovskite, spinel, taenite, chromite, and pentlandite, and in close proximity to nodules containing calcite, whewellite, forsterite and many of the aforementioned phases, is discussed. The proposition that hibonite and associated phases originated by contact metamorphism and metasomatism of calcite-dolomite bearing assemblages cannot, at this time, be completely ruled out.

  9. Crystallization of Ca-Al-Rich Inclusions: Experimental Studies on the Effects of Repeated Heating Events

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    Paque, Julie M.; Lofgren, Gary E.; Le, Loan

    2000-01-01

    The observed textures and chemistry of Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) are presumed to be the culmination of a series of repeated heating and cooling events in the early history of the solar nebula. We have examined the effects of these heating/cooling cycles experimentally on a bulk composition representing an average Type B Ca-Al-rich inclusion composition. We have tested the effect of the nature of the starting material. Although the most recent and/or highest temperature event prior to incorporation into the parent body dominates the texture and chemistry of the CAI, prior events also affect the phase compositions and textures. We have determined that heating precursor grains to about 1275 C prior to the final melting event increases the likelihood of anorthite crystallization in subsequent higher temperature events and a prior high temperature even that produced dendritic melilite results in melilite that shows evidence of rapid crystallization in subsequent lower temperature events. Prior low temperature pre-crystallization events produce final ran products with pyroxene compositions similar to Type B Ca-Al-rich inclusions, and the glass (residual liquid) composition is more anorthitic than any other experiments to date. The addition of Pt powder to the starting material appears to enhance the ability of anorthite to nucleate from this composition.

  10. Polymer coated CaAl-layered double hydroxide nanomaterials for potential calcium supplement.

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    Kim, Tae-Hyun; Lee, Jeong-A; Choi, Soo-Jin; Oh, Jae-Min

    2014-12-05

    We have successfully prepared layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanomaterials containing calcium and aluminum ions in the framework (CaAl-LDH). The surface of CaAl-LDH was coated with enteric polymer, Eudragit®L 100 in order to protect nanomaterials from fast dissolution under gastric condition of pH 1.2. The X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the pristine LDH was well prepared having hydrocalumite structure, and that the polymer effectively coated the surface of LDH without disturbing structure. From thermal analysis, it was determined that only a small amount (less than 1%) of polymer was coated on the LDH surface. Metal dissolution from LDH nanomaterials was significantly reduced upon Eudragit®L 100 coating at pH 1.2, 6.8 and 7.4, which simulates gastric, enteric and plasma conditions, respectively, and the dissolution effect was the most suppressed at pH 1.2. The LDH nanomaterials did not exhibit any significant cytotoxicity up to 1000 μg/mL and intracellular calcium concentration significantly increased in LDH-treated human intestinal cells. Pharmacokinetic study demonstrated absorption efficiency of Eudragit®L 100 coated LDH following oral administration to rats. Moreover, the LDH nanomaterials did not cause acute toxic effect in vivo. All the results suggest the great potential of CaAl-LDH nanomaterials as a calcium supplement.

  11. Molecular dynamics and reverse Monte Carlo modeling of scheelite-type AWO4 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) W L 3-edge EXAFS spectra

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    Kalinko, Aleksandr; Bauer, Matthias; Timoshenko, Janis; Kuzmin, Alexei

    2016-11-01

    Classical molecular dynamics (MD) and reverse Monte Carlo methods coupled with ab initio multiple-scattering extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) calculations were used for modeling of scheelite-type AWO4 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) W L 3-edge EXAFS spectra. The two theoretical approaches are complementary and allowed us to perform analysis of full EXAFS spectra. Both methods reproduce well the structure and dynamics of tungstates in the outer coordination shells, however the classical MD simulations underestimate the W-O bond MSRD due to a neglect of quantum zero-point-motion. The thermal vibration amplitudes, correlation effects and anisotropy of the tungstate structure were also estimated.

  12. Influence of randomly oriented columnar defects on the irreversible and reversible magnetization of Tl2Ba2CaCu2Ox superconductor

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    Ossandon, J. G.; Thompson, J. R.; Krusin-Elbaum, L.; Kim, H. J.; Christen, D. K.; Song, K. J.; Ullmann, J. L.

    2001-09-01

    Bulk polycrystalline Tl2Ba2CaCu2Ox materials were irradiated with 0.8 GeV protons to introduce randomly oriented columnar defects. Proton fluences up to 8.7×1020 m-2 were used to create defect arrays corresponding to a `matching field' of 1.5 T. Studies were conducted on the superconductive transition temperature, the Meissner fraction, the intragrain persistent current density against the magnetic field and temperature, and the equilibrium magnetization. The magnetization was modelled using London theory with the addition of vortex-defect interactions, yielding physically reasonable parameters.

  13. Characteristics of TlBa[sub 2]Ca[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 9+][sub [delta

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    Kung, P.J.; Maley, M.P.; Wahlbeck, P.G.; Peterson, D.E. )

    1993-04-01

    Crystal structure and superconductivity of the Tl--Ba--Ca--Cu--O powder prepared by a solid-state reaction were studied. The results of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy analyses indicate that the powder of a major single 1223 phase was synthesized with a cauliflower-like morphology; by grinding, the powder was partially transformed to an amorphous phase. The measurement of magnetic hysteresis was also performed in the temperature range of 7--75 K up to 5 T from which the weak field-dependent behavior of critical current density was observed. The as-synthesized powder, with [ital T][sub [ital c

  14. The crystal chemistry of the alkaline-earth apatites A(10)(PO(4))(6)Cu(x)O(y)(H)(z) (A = Ca, Sr and Ba).

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    Baikie, Tom; Ng, George M H; Madhavi, S; Pramana, Stevin S; Blake, Kevin; Elcombe, Margaret; White, T J

    2009-09-14

    The crystal chemistry of the cuprate apatites A(I)(4)A(II)(6)(PO(4))(6)Cu(x)O(y)(H)(z) (A = Ca, Sr and Ba) was investigated by powder X-ray (PXRD) and neutron diffraction (PND) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The refined crystal structures confirmed earlier X-ray diffraction studies that showed copper resides in the apatite channels and additionally, located hydrogen. For all materials copper is primarily divalent (Cu(2+)) but in the calcium and strontium analogues co-exists with minor Cu(3+). This is in contrast with a previous work where Cu(1+) and Cu(2+) were reported.

  15. Effect of local A-site strain on dipole stability in A6GaNb9O30 (A = Ba, Sr, Ca) tetragonal tungsten bronze relaxor dielectrics.

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    Miller, Andrew J; Rotaru, Andrei; Arnold, Donna C; Morrison, Finlay D

    2015-06-21

    A series of isovalently A-site substituted relaxor dielectric tetragonal tungsten bronzes of general formula Ba(6-x-y)Sr(x)Ca(y)GaNb(9)O(30) were investigated. The long-range (average) crystal structure as determined by conventional diffraction techniques varies monotonically according to Vegard's law. The dielectric properties, however, do not display a similar, simple "average size" dependence and instead show a dependence on the statistical size variance, i.e. size mismatch, of the A-cation. The difficulties in Vogel-Fulcher analysis of relative permittivity and the complementary approach of using dielectric loss data fitted to Jonscher's empirical universal dielectric relaxation model is discussed.

  16. Solid-State Reaction Between Fe-Al-Ca Alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO Oxide During Heat Treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C)

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    Liu, Chengsong; Yang, Shufeng; Li, Jingshe; Ni, Hongwei; Zhang, Xueliang

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this study was to control the physicochemical characteristics of inclusions in steel through appropriate heat treatment. Using a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) and pipe furnace, the solid-state reactions between Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide during heat treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C) and the influence of these reactions on the compositions of and phases in the alloy and oxide were investigated by the diffusion couple method. Suitable pretreatment of the oxide using a CSLM and production of the diffusion couple of Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide gave good contact between the alloy and oxide. The diffusion couple was then sealed in a quartz tube with a piece of Ti foil to lower oxygen partial pressure and a block of Fe-Al-Ca alloy was introduced to conduct heat treatment experiments. Solid-state reactions between the alloy and oxide during heat treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C) were analyzed and discussed. A dynamic model to calculate the width of the particle precipitation zone based on the Wagner model of internal oxidation of metal was proposed. This model was helpful to understand the solid-state reaction mechanism between Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide.

  17. Solid-State Reaction Between Fe-Al-Ca Alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO Oxide During Heat Treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C)

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    Liu, Chengsong; Yang, Shufeng; Li, Jingshe; Ni, Hongwei; Zhang, Xueliang

    2017-04-01

    The aim of this study was to control the physicochemical characteristics of inclusions in steel through appropriate heat treatment. Using a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) and pipe furnace, the solid-state reactions between Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide during heat treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C) and the influence of these reactions on the compositions of and phases in the alloy and oxide were investigated by the diffusion couple method. Suitable pretreatment of the oxide using a CSLM and production of the diffusion couple of Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide gave good contact between the alloy and oxide. The diffusion couple was then sealed in a quartz tube with a piece of Ti foil to lower oxygen partial pressure and a block of Fe-Al-Ca alloy was introduced to conduct heat treatment experiments. Solid-state reactions between the alloy and oxide during heat treatment at 1473 K (1200 °C) were analyzed and discussed. A dynamic model to calculate the width of the particle precipitation zone based on the Wagner model of internal oxidation of metal was proposed. This model was helpful to understand the solid-state reaction mechanism between Fe-Al-Ca alloy and Al2O3-CaO-FeO oxide.

  18. Geoenvironmental weathering/deterioration of landfilled MSWI-BA glass.

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    Wei, Yunmei; Saffarzadeh, Amirhomayoun; Shimaoka, Takayuki; Zhao, Chun; Peng, Xuya; Gao, Junmin

    2014-08-15

    Municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash (MSWI-BA) glass serves as a matrix of assorted bottom ash (BA) compounds. Deterioration of the BA glass phases is quite important as they regulate the distribution of a series of toxic elements. This paper studied landfilled MSWI-BA samples from the mineralogical and geochemical viewpoint to understand the deterioration behavior of the BA glass phases as well as mechanisms involved. Bulk analysis by PXRD as well as micro-scale analysis by optical microscopy and SEM/EDX was conducted for such purposes. The results revealed that dissolution of the BA glass phases has resulted in a deterioration layer of 10(0)-10(2)μm thickness after years of disposal. This rapid weathering process is highly relevant to the specific glass characteristics and solution pH. The BA glass phases with more embedded compounds and cracks/fissures tend to be more vulnerable. Moreover, the generally alkaline pH in ash deposit favors a rapid disruption of the glass phase. The weathering products are mainly gel phases (including Al-Si gel, Ca-Al-Si gel, Fe-Al-Si gel etc.) with iron oxide/hydroxide as accessory products. Breakdown of the BA glass phases triggers chemical evolution of the embedded compounds. Based on all the findings above, a model is proposed to illustrate a general evolution trend for the landfilled MSWI-BA glass phases.

  19. Interfacial Reactions Between BaAl2Si2O8 and Molten Al Alloy at 1423 K and 1523 K (1150 °C and 1250 °C)

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    Adabifiroozjaei, E.; Koshy, P.; Pardehkhorram, R.; Rastkerdar, E.; Hart, J.; Sorrell, C. C.

    2016-06-01

    This work investigates the interfacial interactions of Al7075 alloy with BaAl2Si2O8 at high temperatures [1423 K and 1523 K (1150 °C and 1250 °C)]. X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy were used to identify the mineralogical and microstructural changes at the interfaces. The vaporization, migration, and subsequent oxidation of alloying constituents (Mg and Zn) in contact with BaAl2Si2O8 caused intense interfacial phase transformations, forming spinel solid solution, magnesia solid solution, celsian-based solid solution, and barium magnesium silicate solid solution. The driving force for these phase transformations at the reaction front is the interdiffusion processes between Al (or Mg/Zn)-Si and Mg (or Zn)-Ba that occurs owing to the relative elemental gradients. The rate-limiting step of corrosion kinetics was identified to be Ba substitution in the MgO structure. The corrosion mechanism (extensive phase transformation of Ba-celsian by interdiffusion processes) at high temperatures was found to be different from that observed at lower temperatures [1123 K (850 °C)].

  20. A double substitution induced Ca(Mg0.8, Al0.2)(Si1.8, Al0.2)O6:Eu(2+) phosphor for w-LEDs: synthesis, structure, and luminescence properties.

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    Li, Yang; Liu, Wenjing; Wang, Xicheng; Zhu, Ge; Wang, Chuang; Wang, Yuhua

    2015-08-07

    A double substitution induced blue-emitting phosphor Ca(Mg0.8, Al0.2)(Si1.8, Al0.2)O6:Eu(2+) (CMAS:Eu(2+)) was successfully synthesized by a solid-state reaction process, and its structure and luminescence properties were investigated in detail. The crystal structure and chemical composition of the CMAS matrix were analyzed and determined based on Rietveld refinements and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The composition-optimized CMAS:Eu(2+) exhibited a strong blue light, centered at 446 nm upon excitation at 365 nm with the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates of (0.144, 0.113). Under 380 nm excitation, the PL emission intensity area of the optimized phosphor was found to be 46.95% of that of the commercial BaMgAl10O17:Eu(2+) (BAM:Eu(2+)) phosphor and the quantum efficiency of the phosphor is 41.32%. The temperature-dependent PL studies have been investigated which show the thermal stability of the CMAS:Eu(2+) phosphor compared with that of the CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+) (CMS:Eu(2+)) phosphor.

  1. Method of forming a dielectric thin film having low loss composition of Ba.sub.x Sr.sub.y Ca.sub.1-x-y TiO.sub.3 : Ba.sub.0.12-0.25 Sr.sub.0.35-0.47 Ca.sub.0.32-0.53 TiO.sub.3

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Chang, Hauyee; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2000-01-01

    A dielectric thin-film material for microwave applications, including use as a capacitor, the thin-film comprising a composition of barium strontium calcium and titanium of perovskite type (Ba.sub.x Sr.sub.y Ca.sub.1-x-y)TiO.sub.3. Also provided is a method for making a dielectric thin film of that formula over a wide compositional range through a single deposition process.

  2. New oxyfluoride glass with high fluorine content and laser patterning of nonlinear optical BaAlBO{sub 3}F{sub 2} single crystal line

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    Shionozaki, K.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2012-11-01

    A new oxyfluoride glass of 50BaF{sub 2}-25Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-25B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (mol. %) with a large fraction of fluorine, i.e., F/(F + O) = 0.4, was prepared using a conventional melt-quenching method in order to synthesize new glass-ceramics containing nonlinear optical oxyfluoride crystals. The refractive index at 632.8 nm and ultra-violet cutoff wavelength of the glass were 1.564 and {approx}200 nm, respectively. Eu{sup 3+} ions in the glass showed a high quantum yield of 88% in the photoluminescence spectrum in the visible region. BaAlBO{sub 3}F{sub 2} crystals (size: 50-100 nm) showing second harmonic generations were formed through the crystallization of the glass. Lines consisting of BaAlBO{sub 3}F{sub 2} crystals were patterned successfully on the glass surface by laser irradiations (Yb:YVO{sub 4} laser with a wavelength of 1080 nm, laser power of 1.1 W, scanning speed of 8 {mu}m/s). High resolution transmission electron microscope observations combined with a focused ion beam technique indicate that BaAlBO{sub 3}F{sub 2} crystals are highly oriented just like a single crystal. The present study proposes that the new oxyfluoride glass and glass-ceramics prepared have a high potential for optical device applications.

  3. Ca- and Sc-based ternary AlB2-like crystals: a first-principles study

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    Tsetseris, Leonidas

    2017-02-01

    The aluminum diboride (AlB2) crystal structure comprises intercalated metal atoms between honeycomb sheets. In addition to metal diborides, which represent the most common family of AlB2-like structures, many more materials are known to crystallize in this geometry. Here we use first-principles calculations to probe the structural and electronic properties of several such systems. Specifically, we investigate the stability of various polymorphs of CaAuAs, CaAuP, CaCuP, ScAuGe, ScAuSi, Ca2AgSi3 and Ca2AuGe3 and find lattice parameters in excellent agreement with available experimental data. The analysis of densities of states and band structure diagrams show that all materials are metallic. However, the details of band dispersion vary significantly, from typical metals such as CaAuP, to almost semi-metallic behaviour in CaCuP.

  4. Water-Induced Morphology Changes in BaO/gamma-Al2O3 NOx Storage Materials: an FTIR, TPD, and Time-Resolved Synchrotron XRD Study

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    Szanyi,J.; Kwak, J.; Kim, D.; Wang, X.; Chimentao, R.; Hanson, J.; Epling, W.; Peden, C.

    2007-01-01

    The effect of water on the morphology of BaO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based NO{sub x} storage materials was investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption, and time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques. The results of this multispectroscopy study reveal that in the presence of water surface Ba-nitrates convert to bulk nitrates and water facilitates the formation of large Ba(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} particles. The conversion of surface to bulk Ba-nitrates is completely reversible (i.e., after the removal of water from the storage material a significant fraction of the bulk nitrates reconverts to surface nitrates). NO{sub 2} exposure of a H{sub 2}O-containing (wet) BaO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample results in the formation of nitrites and bulk nitrates exclusively (i.e., no surface nitrates form). After further exposure to NO{sub 2}, the nitrites completely convert to bulk nitrates. The amount of NO{sub x} taken up by the storage material, however, is essentially unaffected by the presence of water regardless of whether the water was dosed prior to or after NO{sub 2} exposure. On the basis of the results of this study, we are now able to explain most of the observations reported in the literature on the effect of water on NO{sub x} uptake on similar storage materials.

  5. Absolute refractive indices and thermal coefficients of CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and LiF near 157 nm.

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    Burnett, John H; Gupta, Rajeev; Griesmann, Ulf

    2002-05-01

    We present high-accuracy measurements for wavelengths near 157 nm of the absolute index of refraction, the index dispersion, and the temperature dependence of the index for the ultraviolet optical materials with cubic symmetry: CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and LiF. Accurate values of these quantities for these materials are needed for designs of the lens systems for F2 excimer-laser-based exposure tools for 157-nm photolithography. These tools are expected to use CaF2 as the primary optical material and possibly one of the others to correct for chromatic aberrations. These optical properties were measured by the minimum deviation method. Absolute refractive indices were obtained with an absolute accuracy of 5 x 10(-6) to 6 x 10(-6).

  6. Comparison of Ba/Ca and δOWATER18 as freshwater proxies: A multi-species core-top study on planktonic foraminifera from the vicinity of the Orinoco River mouth

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    Bahr, André; Schönfeld, Joachim; Hoffmann, Julia; Voigt, Silke; Aurahs, Ralf; Kucera, Michal; Flögel, Sascha; Jentzen, Anna; Gerdes, Axel

    2013-12-01

    Past river run-off is an important measure for the continental hydrological cycle and the assessment of freshwater input into the ocean. However, paleosalinity reconstructions applying different proxies in parallel often show offsets between the respective methods. Here, we compare the established foraminiferal Ba/Ca and δOWATER18 salinity proxies for their capability to record the highly seasonal Orinoco freshwater plume in the eastern Caribbean. For this purpose we obtained a data set comprising Ba/Ca and δOWATER18 determined on multiple species of planktonic foraminifera from core tops distributed around the Orinoco River mouth. Our findings indicate that interpretations based on either proxy could lead to different conclusions. In particular, Ba/Ca and δOWATER18 diverge in their spatial distribution due to different governing factors. Apparently, the Orinoco freshwater plume is best tracked by Ba/Ca ratios of G. ruber (pink and sensu lato morphotypes), while δOWATER18 based on the same species is more related to the local precipitation-evaporation balance overprinting the riverine freshwater contribution. Other shallow dwelling species (G. sacculifer, O. universa) show a muted response to the freshwater discharge, most likely due to their ecological and habitat preferences. Extremely high Ba/Ca ratios recorded by G. ruber are attributed to Ba2+-desorption from suspended matter derived from the Orinoco. Samples taken most proximal to the freshwater source do not show pronounced Ba/Ca or δOWATER18 anomalies. Here, the suspension loaded freshwater lid developing during maximum discharge suppresses foraminiferal populations. Both proxies are therefore biased towards dry season conditions at these sites, when surface salinity is only minimally reduced.

  7. Dachiardite-K, (K2Ca)(Al4Si20O48) · 13H2O, a new zeolite from Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Encheva, S.; Petrov, P.; Pekov, I. V.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Britvin, S. N.; Aksenov, S. M.

    2016-12-01

    Dachiardite-K (IMA No. 2015-041), a new zeolite, is a K-dominant member of the dachiardite series with the idealized formula (K2Ca)(Al4Si20O48) · 13H2O. It occurs in the walls of opal-chalcedony veinlets cutting hydrothermally altered effusive rocks of the Zvezdel paleovolcanic complex near the village of Austa, Momchilgrad Municipality, Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. Chalcedony, opal, dachiardite-Ca, dachiardite-Na, ferrierite-Mg, ferrierite-K, clinoptilolite-Ca, clinoptilolite-K, mordenite, smectite, celadonite, calcite, and barite are associated minerals. The mineral forms radiated aggregates up to 8 mm in diameter consisting of split acicular individuals. Dachiardite-K is white to colorless. Perfect cleavage is observed on (100). D meas = 2.18(2), D calc = 2.169 g/cm3. The IR spectrum is given. Dachiardite-K is biaxial (+), α = 1.477 (calc), β = 1.478(2), γ = 1.481(2), 2 V meas = 65(10)°. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, mean of six point analyses, H2O determined by gravimetric method) is as follows, wt %: 4.51 K2O, 3.27 CaO, 0.41 BaO, 10.36 A12O3, 67.90 SiO2, 13.2 H2O, total is 99.65. The empirical formula is H26.23K1.71Ca1.04Ba0.05Al3.64Si20.24O61. The strongest reflections in the powder X-ray diffraction pattern [ d, Å (I, %) (hkl)] are: 9.76 (24) (001), 8.85 (58) (200), 4.870 (59) (002), 3.807 (16) (202), 3.768 (20) (112, 020), 3.457 (100) (220), 2.966 (17) (602). Dachiardite-K is monoclinic, space gr. C2/m, Cm or C2; the unit cell parameters refined from the powder X-ray diffraction data are: a = 18.670(8), b = 7.511(3), c = 10.231(4) Å, β = 107.79(3)°, V= 1366(1) Å3, Z = 1. The type specimen has been deposited in the Earth and Man National Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria, with the registration number 23927.

  8. The critical current density, irreversibility line, and flux pinning properties of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 high-Tc superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.

    2010-05-01

    The high-Tc superconductor of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 (F-0212) is an appealing material for application as it has a simple crystal structure with a highest Tc of 108 K. We have derived the intragrain critical current density (Jc), irreversibility field (Birr), flux pinning properties, etc., for the polycrystalline samples from under doping (Tc=82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc=106 K) from the dc magnetization hysteresis loops. The Jc and Birr properties were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping. Here we show that property of the spacing is crucial to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped Ba2CaCu2O4F2 was reckoned to 118 from a three-dimensional-two-dimensional crossover field of about 0.28 T. The double logarithmic plot of irreversibility field versus [1-(T /Tc)] analysis hints that the flux line melting model is adopted. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and reduced magnetic field bmax=0.2 agree with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.

  9. Lead free Ba0.8Ca0.2TexTi1-xO3 ferroelectric ceramics exhibiting high electrocaloric properties

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    Asbani, B.; Gagou, Y.; Dellis, J.-L.; Trček, M.; Kutnjak, Z.; Amjoud, M.; Lahmar, A.; Mezzane, D.; El Marssi, M.

    2017-02-01

    Direct and indirect electrocaloric measurements were performed on the new Tellurium (Te) doped Ba0.8Ca0.2TiO3 (BCT) ceramics. The effects of Te addition on structural, electrical, and electrocaloric properties of BCT ceramics were investigated. The incorporation of the Te element in the BCT induced the decrease of the Curie temperature and the enhancement of the electrocaloric effect. The significant electrocaloric temperature change ΔT = 1.237 K determined by the direct method was obtained at the relatively moderate field of ˜25 kV/cm in Ba0.8Ca0.2Ti(1-x)TexO3 with x = 0.02. The corresponding electrocaloric responsivity ΔT/ΔE = 0.495 × 10-6 K m V-1 is higher than that observed in pure BCT ceramics and is one of the highest reported so far in lead-free ferroelectric materials. The material's coefficient of performance was determined at the phase transition with a maximal value of 14.7.

  10. Microstructure and superconducting properties of Ca substituted Y(Ba1-xCax)2Cu3O7-δ ceramics prepared by thermal treatment method

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    Dihom, Mustafa Mousa; Shaari, Abdul Halim; Baqiah, Hussein; Al-Hada, Naif Mohammed; Kien, Chen Soo; Azis, Rabaah Syahidah; Kechik, Mohd Mustafa Awang; Talib, Zainal Abidin; Abd-Shukor, Roslan

    The effect of Ca substitution in Ba site of Y(Ba1-xCax)2Cu3O7-δ, (x = 0.00, 0.04, 0.08, 0.1 and 0.125), ceramics prepared by thermal treatment method was investigated. Surface morphology, structural and superconducting were studied using field emission electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and four-probe method. FESEM analysis showed an increasing of samples' grain size, homogeneity and compactness with increasing of Ca substitution. From XRD, the samples had orthorhombic crystal structure of space group Pmmm besides small amount of unknown peaks. The critical temperature (Tc R=zero) decreased from 87 K for the pure sample to 80 K for sample with x = 0.08, and it remained the same for samples with x ⩾ 0.08. Sample with x = 0.04 showed the sharpest superconducting transition (ΔTc), which could be due to good microstructure morphology and better crystallinity.

  11. Dielectric relaxation and electrical conduction mechanism in A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca) Double Perovskite Ceramics: An impedance spectroscopic analysis

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    Halder, Saswata; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2017-03-01

    The AC electrical properties of polycrystalline double perovskite oxides A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca; AHS) synthesized by solid state reaction technique has been explored by using impedance spectroscopic studies. The Rietveld refinement of the room temperature X-ray diffraction data show that Ba2HoSbO6 (BHS) has cubic phase and Sr2HoSbO6 (SHS) and Ca2HoSbO6 (CHS) crystallize in monoclinic phase. The samples show significant frequency dispersion in their dielectric properties. The polydispersive nature of the relaxation mechanism is explained by the modified Cole-Cole model. The scaling behavior of dielectric loss indicate the temperature independence of the relaxation mechanism. The magnitude of the activation energy indicates that the hopping mechanism is responsible for carrier transport in AHS. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the double power law. Impedance spectroscopic data presented in the Nyquist plot (Z" versus Z‧) are used to identify an equivalent circuit along with to know the grain, grain boundary and interface contributions. The constant phase element (CPE) is used to analyze the experimental response of BHS, SHS and CHS comprehending the contribution of different microstructural features to the conduction process. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity shows a semiconducting behavior.

  12. The first-principle study of the electronic, optical and thermoelectric properties of XTiO3 (X = Ca, Sr and Ba) compounds

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    Mubarak, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    The FP-LAPW method is utilized to investigate the elastic, optoelectronic and thermoelectric properties of XTiO3 (X = Ca, Sr and Ba) within the GGA. The calculated lattice constants and bulk modulus are found in agreement with previous studies. The present oxide-perovskite compounds are characterized as elastically stable and anisotropic. CaTiO3 and SrTiO3 are categorized as ductile compounds, whereas the BaTiO3 compound is in the critical region between ductile and brittle. The DOS and the band structure calculations reveal indirect (M-Γ) energy bandgap for the present compounds. The hydrostatic pressure increases the energy bandgap and the width of the valence band. The character of the band structure does not change due to this pressure. The optical parameters are calculated in different radiation regions. Beneficial optics applications are predicted as revealed from the optical spectra. The transport properties are applied as a function of the variable temperatures or carrier concentration. It is found that the compounds under study are classified as a p-type semiconductor. The majority charge carriers responsible for conduction in these calculated compounds are holes rather than electrons.

  13. High-performance tellurium-free thermoelectrics: all-scale hierarchical structuring of p-type PbSe-MSe systems (M = Ca, Sr, Ba).

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    Lee, Yeseul; Lo, Shih-Han; Androulakis, John; Wu, Chun-I; Zhao, Li-Dong; Chung, Duck-Young; Hogan, Timothy P; Dravid, Vinayak P; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2013-04-03

    We present a systematic study of the characterization and thermoelectric properties of nanostructured Na-doped PbSe embedded with 1-4% MSe (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) phases as endotaxial inclusions. The samples were powder-processed by the spark plasma sintering technique, which introduces mesoscale-structured grains. The hierarchical architectures on the atomic scale (Na and M solid solution), nanoscale (MSe nanoprecipitates), and mesoscale (grains) were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. These structures produce a great reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity relative to pristine PbSe without appreciably affecting the power factor. The lattice thermal conductivity can be reduced by up to ∼29% when the second phase is added. The highest ZT value achieved was ∼1.3 at 923 K for both 2% SrSe-and 3% BaSe-containing samples, while the sample containing 4% CaSe showed a ZT value of ∼1.2 at 923 K. The optimal samples have hole carrier concentration of 1-2 × 10(20) cm(-3). We attribute the high ZT values to the combination of broad-based phonon scattering on multiple length scales and favorable charge transport through coherent interfaces between the PbSe matrix and MSe.

  14. Growth of large-domain YBa 2Cu 3O x with new seeding crystals of CaNdAlO 4 and SrLaGaO 4

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    Shi, Donglu; Lahiri, K.; Hull, J. R.; LeBlanc, D.; LeBlanc, M. A. R.; Dabkowski, Antoni; Chang, Y.; Jiang, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Fan, H.

    1995-02-01

    Single crystals of CaNdAlO 4 and SrLaGaO 4 were used as seeds to grow large domains of YBa 2Cu 3O x for levitation applications. These crystals have high melting temperatures (> 1500°C) and similar lattice structures to that of YBa 2Cu 3O x. In a seeded melt-texturing method developed previously, the single crystals of CaNdAlO 4, SrLaGaO 4, and NdBa 2Cu 3O x were used as seeds for comparison. After melt processing, scanning electron microscopy analysis did not reveal any major differences in all these seeded melt-textured samples. However, the levitation forces in the samples seeded with single crystals of CaNdAlO 4 and SrLaGaO 4 increased considerably compared to that of the sample seeded with NdBa 2Cu 3O x. A model is proposed to describe the domain growth mechanism during seeded melt processing.

  15. Transport properties and photo electrochemical characterization of oxygen-deficient ASnO 3- δ (A=Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Zidi, N.; Omeiri, S.; Hadjarab, B.; Bouguelia, A.; Akroun, A.; Trari, M.

    2010-08-01

    The deficient stannate BaSnO 3- δ, prepared at 980 °C in sealed tube, crystallizes in an ideal perovskite structure. The oxide exhibits a blue color, the bandgap is found to be 2.65 eV and the transition is directly allowed. The non-stoichiometry could not be measured, indicating no appreciable oxygen deficiency. Nevertheless, the transport properties were found to change markedly with the heat treatment. BaSnO 3- δ behaves as degenerate SC with a conductivity σ300 K (=1.63 Ω -1 cm -1) and where the level Ef drops above mobility edge to delocalized states. The electric balance leads to a simultaneous reduction of Sn 4+ inducing n-type behavior. The thermal variation of the thermopower indicates an electron mobility μ300 K (=0.013 cm 2 V -1 s -1) thermally activated. The metal-insulating transition is considered of Anderson type due to the random potential to oxygen vacancies. A predominant variable range hopping is predicted from the non-linearity of Ln σ versus T-1 plot. The capacitance measurement ( C-2- V), measured in KOH media, shows a linear behavior from which a flat band potential Vfb (=-0.67 VSCE) and a density ND (=7.59×10 20 cm -3) are determined. The deficient stannates CaSnO 3 and SrSnO 3 are reported for a comparative purpose. The decrease of Eg is ascribed to the increase of the conduction band width when going from Ba to Ca.

  16. Nanoscale polarisation switching and leakage currents in (Ba0.955Ca0.045)(Zr0.17Ti0.83)O3 epitaxial thin films

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata; Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Adireddy, Shiva; Martínez, R.; Silwal, Punam; Scott, J. F.; Ramana, C. V.; Chrisey, Douglas B.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2015-09-01

    This paper investigates the crystal structure, ferroelectric, temperature-dependent leakage current conduction mechanism and the piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) behaviours of (Ba0.955Ca0.045) (Zr0.17Ti0.83)O3-BZT-BCT (x=0.15 ) films at the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of the [(1  -  x) BaZr0.20Ti0.80O3-xBa0.70Ca0.30TiO3] (x=0.50 ) composition. Epitaxial BZT-BCT thin films were grown on conductive La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 (LSCO) layers coated onto MgO (1 0 0) single-crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). High resolution x-ray diffraction (HR-XRD) reciprocal space maps (RSMs) confirmed the epitaxy with in-plane tetragonal symmetry (c  <  a), and Raman spectra also revealed a tetragonal perovskite crystalline lattice structure. Polarisation studies demonstrate that BZT-BCT films exhibit a high saturation polarisation of 148 µC cm-2 and a high recoverable (discharged) energy-storage density of 39.11 J cm-3 at 2.08 MV cm-1. Temperature-dependent P-E hysteresis loops resulted in a decrease in polarisation. Temperature-dependent leakage current behaviour was obtained and possible conduction mechanism is discussed. PPFM images revealed switchable ferroelectric piezoelectric contrasts after the application of a  ±9 V dc voltage on the conductive tip of the piezoresponse force microscope.

  17. Removal of Tin and Copper from Liquid Iron by Al2O3-Saturated Ca-CaCl2 Slags at 1448 to 1648 K

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    Ghosh, Dinabandhu

    2009-08-01

    The removal of tin and copper from liquid iron by Al2O3-saturated Ca-CaCl2 slags was carried out in separate alumina crucibles at 1448 to 1648 K that showed small partition ratios of less than 1. The tin content of the liquid iron typically decreased from its initial value of 50 to 40 wt pct and the (gross) copper content of the iron-copper mixture from 50 to 45 wt pct, at equilibrium. The small refining efficiencies (37 pct, maximum) of the slags, the initial composition of which were, in most cases, Ca-50 wt pct CaCl2, may be attributed to the significant dissolution in them of alumina, up to 42.0 wt pct (29.6 mol pct), in experiments with Sn, and up to 54.4 wt pct (38.6 mol pct), in experiments with Cu. Treating Ca as the solvent, a number of interaction coefficients such as \\varepsilon_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}^{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }} , \\varepsilon_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}^{{{text{CaCl}}_{ 2} }} , \\varepsilon_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}^{text{Sn}} , \\varepsilon_{{{text{CaCl}}_{ 2} }}^{{{text{CaCl}}_{ 2} }} , \\varepsilon_{{{text{CaCl}}_{ 2} }}^{text{Sn}} , and \\varepsilon_{text{Sn}}^{text{Sn}} as well as the activity coefficient γ_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}0 were all determined at 1448 K. The activity of Ca (relative to pure liquid Ca) was obtained as approximately 0.65 to 0.75 in the system. Further, the two partial molar mixing/excess properties of alumina bar{H}_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}M and bar{S}_{{{text{Al}}_{ 2} {text{O}}_{ 3} }}^{XS} in the alumina-saturated Ca-17 pct CaCl2- 37 pct Al2O3 (molar basis) slag were evaluated and found to be -118.3(±10.8) kJ/mol and -0.062(±0.007) kJ/K·mol, respectively, at 1448 to 1648 K. In addition, in view of the reported success of CaC2 as a refining agent, some experiments were carried out with CaC2-CaF2 mixtures in alumina, magnesia, and graphite crucibles at 1873 K, to remove tin from liquid Fe-2 wt pct Sn. However, alumina and magnesia crucibles

  18. Network topology for the formation of solvated electrons in binary CaO-Al2O3 composition glasses.

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    Akola, Jaakko; Kohara, Shinji; Ohara, Koji; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Usuki, Takeshi; Kubo, Takashi; Nakahira, Atsushi; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Weber, J K Richard; Benmore, Chris J

    2013-06-18

    Glass formation in the CaO-Al2O3 system represents an important phenomenon because it does not contain typical network-forming cations. We have produced structural models of CaO-Al2O3 glasses using combined density functional theory-reverse Monte Carlo simulations and obtained structures that reproduce experiments (X-ray and neutron diffraction, extended X-ray absorption fine structure) and result in cohesive energies close to the crystalline ground states. The O-Ca and O-Al coordination numbers are similar in the eutectic 64 mol % CaO (64CaO) glass [comparable to 12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7)], and the glass structure comprises a topologically disordered cage network with large-sized rings. This topologically disordered network is the signature of the high glass-forming ability of 64CaO glass and high viscosity in the melt. Analysis of the electronic structure reveals that the atomic charges for Al are comparable to those for Ca, and the bond strength of Al-O is stronger than that of Ca-O, indicating that oxygen is more weakly bound by cations in CaO-rich glass. The analysis shows that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals occurs in cavity sites, suggesting that the C12A7 electride glass [Kim SW, Shimoyama T, Hosono H (2011) Science 333(6038):71-74] synthesized from a strongly reduced high-temperature melt can host solvated electrons and bipolarons. Calculations of 64CaO glass structures with few subtracted oxygen atoms (additional electrons) confirm this observation. The comparable atomic charges and coordination of the cations promote more efficient elemental mixing, and this is the origin of the extended cage structure and hosted solvated (trapped) electrons in the C12A7 glass.

  19. Petrography, mineralogy, and Mg isotope composition of VICTA: A vigarano CaAl4O7-bearing type A inclusion

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    Greenwood, R. C.; Morse, A.; Long, J. V. P.

    1993-01-01

    Thermodynamic calculations predict that Ca-dialuminate (CaAl4O7) condenses from a cooling gas of solar composition after hibonite and before melilite. Although Ca-dialuminate has now been recorded from Ca Al-rich inclusions (CAI's) in at least 9 meteorites, compared to hibonite it is a relatively rare phase. As pointed out by Michel-Levy et al., the absence of Ca-dialuminate from most hibonite-bearing inclusions poses a serious problem for the condensation model of CAI formation. Here we describe an inclusion which contains abundant CA-dialuminate partially altered to a hercynite-rich (FeAl2O4) assemblage. The evidence from VICTA indicates that compared to all other phases in type A inclusions, Ca-dialuminate is the most susceptible to secondary alteration; a feature which may explain its restricted occurrence. Unaltered Ca-dialuminate and melilite in VICTA display excess Mg-26 indicative of in situ decay of Al-26.

  20. Phase coexistence and ferroelastic texture in high strain (1-x)Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoceramics

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    Ehmke, Matthias C.; Ehrlich, Steven N.; Blendell, John E.; Bowman, Keith J.

    2012-06-01

    Dielectric permittivity and x-ray diffraction measurements were used to identify a region of phase coexistence between the rhombohedral and tetragonal phases near the morphotropic phase boundary in (1-x)Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT). This phase coexistence prevails over a considerable composition and temperature range and is bounded by single rhombohedral or tetragonal phases. The maximum piezoelectric response measured in terms of maximum strain divided by maximum electric field, Smax/Emax, is extraordinarily high, with the largest value of 1310 pm/V for x = 0.45. Electrical poling induces ferroelastic domain textures in both the rhombohedral and tetragonal phases simultaneously, which increases the piezoelectric performance significantly. The stability of that ferroelastic texture is limited by the phase transition at the morphotropic phase boundary, suggesting coupling between both coexisting phases and limiting potential applications. The results were confirmed using in situ temperature dependent synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The findings indicate that the BZT-BCT system is considerably more complex than discussed in initial reports and that this complexity is likely related to the impressive properties that have been previously reported.

  1. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting.

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C; Malakooti, Mohammad H; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A

    2016-03-07

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 ± 5 pm V(-1). Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm(-3). The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices.

  2. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C.; Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 +/- 5 pm V-1. Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm-3. The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices.

  3. Phase transition behaviours near the triple point for Pb-free (1 - x)Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoceramics

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    Gao, Jinghui; Dai, Ye; Hu, Xinghao; Ke, Xiaoqin; Zhong, Lisheng; Li, Shengtao; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Yu; Wang, Dong; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yongbin; Xiao, Hu; Ren, Xiaobing

    2016-08-01

    The reason for the large electromechanical response in Pb-free piezoceramic Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) still remains controversial, and a central issue is whether or not the multi-phase-coexisting point (triple point) in the phase diagram is a thermodynamic tricritical point. In this letter, we study the phase transition behaviour for the ferro-para transitions of BZT-BCT specimens in the vicinity of a triple point. Our results show that latent heat and thermal hysteresis approach zero, while the permittivity peak value is maximized close to the triple-point composition, which suggests that the triple point exhibits nearly tricritical transition behaviours in the BZT-BCT system. Further, the TEM result shows that the domain width is minimized with composition approaching the triple point, which indicates a reduction of the domain wall energy possibly relevant to the tricriticality of the triple point. A sixth-order Landau energy modeling shows that the triple tricritical point provides a free-energy state of near-vanishing polarization anisotropy and thus enhances the piezoelectric response for such a material system.

  4. Reflectors for canning a BaF 2 crystal

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    Sinha, B. K.; Bhattacharya, R.

    1989-03-01

    The performance of BaF 2 crystals with various reflectors like teflon tape, ZrO 2, Al 2O 3 and CaF 2 powders is tested by measuring the energy and time resolution at different energies. It is shown that CaF 2 powder is a somewhat better reflector than the Al 2O 3 powder so far used by different workers. It is also seen that the reflectivity of CaF 2 powder for the BaF 2 emission spectrum is not much inferior to that of teflon tape which is, however, the best reported so far. Based on these observations a method of canning a BaF 2 crystal is proposed.

  5. CaMn2Al10: Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W. -G.; ...

    2015-07-24

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10, a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83μB/Mn, significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈ 9% of Rln2. These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010]/χ[001] ≈ 3.5. A strong power-lawmore » divergence χ(T) ~ T–1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order, an Arrott plot analysis of the magnetization suggests a vanishing low Curie temperature TC ~ 0. Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.« less

  6. CaMn2Al10 : Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W.-G.; Smith, G. J.; Kistner-Morris, J. J.; Zellman, S.; Puri, A.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-07-01

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10 , a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83 μB/Mn , significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈9 % of R ln 2 . These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010 ]/χ[001 ]≈3.5 . A strong power-law divergence χ (T ) ˜T-1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order with a low Curie temperature TC<2 K . Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.

  7. Geochemical modeling of leaching of Ca, Mg, Al, and Pb from cementitious waste forms

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    Martens, E.; Jacques, D.; Van Gerven, T.; Wang, L.; Mallants, D.

    2010-08-15

    Results from extraction tests on cement-waste samples were simulated with a thermodynamic equilibrium model using a consistent database, to which lead data were added. Subsequent diffusion tests were modeled by means of a 3D diffusive transport model combined with the geochemical model derived from the extraction tests. Modeling results of the leached major element concentrations for both uncarbonated and (partially) carbonated samples agreed well with the extraction test using the set of pure minerals and solid solutions present in the database. The observed decrease in Ca leaching with increasing carbonation level was qualitatively predicted. Simulations also revealed that Pb leaching is not controlled by dissolution/precipitation only. The addition of the calcite-cerrusite solid solution and adsorption reactions on amorphous Fe- and Al-oxides improved the predictions and are considered to control the Pb leaching during the extractions tests. The dynamic diffusive leaching tests were appropriately modeled for Na, K, Ca and Pb.

  8. 12CaO-7Al2O3 Electride Hollow Cathode

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    Rand, Lauren P. (Inventor); Williams, John D. (Inventor); Martinez, Rafael A. (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    The use of the electride form of 12CaO-7Al2O3, or C12A7, as a low work function electron emitter in a hollow cathode discharge apparatus is described. No heater is required to initiate operation of the present cathode, as is necessary for traditional hollow cathode devices. Because C12A7 has a fully oxidized lattice structure, exposure to oxygen does not degrade the electride. The electride was surrounded by a graphite liner since it was found that the C12A7 electride converts to it's eutectic (CA+C3A) form when heated (through natural hollow cathode operation) in a metal tube.

  9. Chemical zoning and diffusion of Ca, Al, Mn, and Cr in olivine of springwater pallasite

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    Zhou, Y.; Steele, Ian M.

    1993-01-01

    The pallasites, consisting mainly of Fe-Ni metal and olivine, are thought to represent the interior of a planetary body which slowly cooled from high temperature. Although the olivines are nearly homogeneous, ion microprobe studies revealed variations of Ca, Ti, Co, Cr, and Ni near grain edges. These variations were thought to represent diffusion in response to falling temperature of the parent body. Pallasite cooling rates have been estimated based on kamacite taenite textures but results differ by x100. In principle elemental profiles in olivine can allow estimates of cooling rate if diffusion coefficients are known; in addition, given a cooling rate, diffusion coefficients could be derived. Data are presented which show that apparent diffusion profiles can be measured for Al, Ca, Cr, and Mn which qualitatively agree with expected diffusion rates and have the potential of providing independent estimates of pallasite cooling rates.

  10. Low-temperature heat capacities of CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene and thermal expansion of CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene.

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    Haselton, H.T.; Hemingway, B.S.; Robie, R.A.

    1984-01-01

    Low-T heat capacities (5-380 K) have been measured by adiabatic calorimetry for synthetic CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene. High-T unit cell parameters were measured for CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene by means of a Nonius Guinier-Lenne powder camera in order to determine the mean coefficient of thermal expansion in the T range 25-1200oC. -J.A.Z.

  11. Synthesis, structural characterization and properties of SrAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x}, BaAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x}, and EuAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (x≈0.3–0.4)—Rare examples of electron-rich phases with the BaAl{sub 4} structure type

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    Zhang, Jiliang; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-09-15

    Three solid solutions with the general formula AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba; 0.32(1)≤x≤0.41(1)) have been synthesized via the aluminum self-flux method, and their crystal structures have been established from powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. They are isotypic and crystallize with the well-known BaAl{sub 4} structure type, adopted by the three AEAl{sub 4} end members. In all structures, Ge substitutes Al only at the 4e Wyckoff site. Results from X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy on EuAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} and EuAl{sub 4} indicate that the interactions between the Eu{sup 2+} cations and the polyanionic framework are enhanced in the Ge-doped structure, despite the slightly elevated Fermi level. Magnetic susceptibility measurements confirm the local moment magnetism, expected for the [Xe]4f{sup 7} electronic configuration of Eu{sup 2+} and suggest strong ferromagnetic interactions at cryogenic temperatures. Resistivity data from single-crystalline samples show differences between the title compounds, implying different bonding characteristics despite the close Debye temperatures. A brief discussion on the observed electron count and homogeneity ranges for AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba) is also presented. - Graphical abstract: AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba; 0.32(1)≤x≤0.41(1)), three “electron-rich” phases with BaAl{sub 4} structure type have been synthesized and characterized. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Three BaAl{sub 4}-type ternary aluminum germanides have been synthesized with Eu, Sr and Ba. • Eu, Sr and Ba cations have no apparent influence on the solubility of Ge. • The Ge atoms substitute Al on one of two framework sites, thereby strengthening the interactions between the cations and the polyanionic framework.

  12. Magnetization and transport properties of silver-sheathed (Hg, Re)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+delta tapes

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    Su, J. H.; Sastry, P. V. P. S. S.; Schwartz, J.

    2003-10-01

    (Hg, Re)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+delta ((Hg, Re)-1223) samples have been fabricated by wrapping Re0.2Ba2Ca2Cu3Oy precursor powder within Ag foil and pressing or rolling. The Ag/precursor composite is then reacted with CaHgO2 in sealed reaction tubes. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed only one superconducting phase, (Hg, Re)-1223, in agreement with magnetization measurements showing an onset critical temperature (Tc) of 132 K. The magnetization properties were studied by dc magnetic measurements. The irreversibility line (Hirr), deduced from magnetization hysteresis loops, is approximated by a power law, Hirr ~ (1 - T/Tc)n, with n ~ 2.5, indicating moderate coupling between CuO2 layers compared to YBa2Cu3O7 (n ~ 1.5) and Bi/Tl-based superconductors (n ~ 5.5). The temperature dependence of the magnetization hysteresis loop width DeltaM showed three regimes, dominated by weak links at low temperature (regime I), thermally activated depinning of vortices at intermediate temperature (regime II) and giant flux creep at high temperature (regime III), respectively. Two field dependences were found in the intragrain critical current density (Jmagc) versus applied field at various temperatures: a weak one at lower temperature (leq50 K) and a stronger one at high temperature (geq65 K), indicating a transition from vortex lattice to vortex liquid in the tapes. The transport critical current density (Jtranc) of ~3 × 103 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and self-field was comparable to those for bulk Hg-based superconductors, indicating granular nature of the samples, which was confirmed further by XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and magneto-optical imaging (MOI).

  13. Alkaline Earth Metal Zirconate Perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)) Derived from Molecular Precursors and Doped with Eu(3+) Ions.

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    Drąg-Jarząbek, Anna; John, Łukasz; Petrus, Rafał; Kosińska-Klähn, Magdalena; Sobota, Piotr

    2016-03-24

    The effect of alkaline earth metal alkoxides on the protonation of zirconocene dichloride was investigated. This approach enabled the design of compounds with preset molecular structures for generating high-purity binary metal oxide perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)). Single-source molecular precursors [Ba4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2(η(2) -HOR)2 (HOR)2 Cl4], [Sr4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 (HOR)4 Cl4], [Ca4 Zr2 (μ6-O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 Cl4], and [Ca6 Zr2 (μ2 ,η(2)-OR)12 (μ-Cl)2 (η(2) -HOR)4 Cl6 ]⋅8 CH2 Cl2 were prepared via elimination of the cyclopentadienyl ring from Cp2 ZrCl2 as CpH in the presence of M(OR)2 and alcohol ROH (ROH=CH3OCH2 CH2OH) as a source of protons. The resulting complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds were then thermally decomposed to MCl2 /MZrO3 mixtures. Leaching of MCl2 from the raw powder with deionized water produced highly pure perovskite-like oxide particles of 40-80 nm in size. Luminescence studies on Eu(3+)-doped MZrO3 revealed that the perovskites are attractive host lattices for potential applications in display technology.

  14. Synthesis of Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ via combustion route: Effects of Al2O3 nanoparticles on superconducting properties

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    Mohd Suan, Mohd Shahadan; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2017-02-01

    Combustion reaction was used to synthesis Al2O3 nanoparticles embedded Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ simultaneously. The effects of Al2O3 nanoparticles with nominal molar mass (xmol) of 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.10 towards the critical current density JC of Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ were verified by magnetic measurement. Resulted XRD patterns revealed that the calcined samples consist of pure Al2O3 and Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ phases which had been confirmed by EDX results. The SEM images showed that Al2O3 nanoparticles ( 10 nm) were distributed in polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O7-δ grains and grain boundaries. The presence of higher concentration of Al2O3 nanoparticles has developed Al3+ rich spots which diffused within the YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting matrix to form Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ and was confirmed by EDX analysis. The samples were electrically superconducting at temperature above 85 K as measured by using standard four-probe technique. The magnetic field (H) dependent magnetization (M), M-H hysteresis loops measured at 77 K for xmol≤0.06 samples are significantly improved attributed to the increase of trapped fluxes in the samples. Remarkable increase of magnetic JC (H) in Al2O3 nanoparticles added samples compared to the as prepared polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O7-δ sample indicating strong pinning effect. It is suggested that well-distributed Al2O3 nanoparticles in the polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O7-δ matrix achieved via auto-combustion reaction has efficiently pin the magnetic vortex. The magnetic JC was optimized to 6 kAcm-2 in xmol=0.06 sample. On the other hand, insignificant magnetic JC improvement in xmol≥0.08 samples is probably resulted from the agglomerated Al2O3 nanoparticles in Y1-xAlxBa2Cu3O7-δ phase.

  15. Partition coefficients for Al, Ca, Ti, Cr, and Ni in olivine obtained by melting experiment on an LL6 chondrite

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    Miyamoto, M.; Mikouchi, T.; Mckay, G. A.

    1994-01-01

    We report the partition coefficients for Ca, Al, Ti, Cr, and Ni in olivine obtained through a series of melting experiments on an LL6 chondrite under varying conditions of temperature and oxygen fugacity. It is necessary to examine the variation of partition coefficients up to extremely reducing conditions in order to study meteoritic olivines. For Ca, Al, and Cr, the partition coefficients tend to decrease as temperature increases, but do not change even under extremely reducing conditions.

  16. Crystallization behavior and properties of BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2 glass matrices

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Glass of stoichiometric celsian composition, BaO-Al2O3-SiO2, has a density of 3.39 g/cu cm, a thermal expansion coefficient of 6.6 x 10 to the -6th/C, a glass-transition temperature of 910 C, and a dilatometric softening point of 925 C. On heat treatment, only hexacelsian crystallized out on the surface, but both celsian and hexacelsian were present in the bulk. Effects of cold isostatic pressing (CIP), sintering, and hot-pressing, in the presence and absence of an additive, on the formation of the celsian phase in the glass have been studied. CIP'd samples, after appropriate heat treatments, always crystallized out as celsian, whereas presence of 5-10 wt pct of an additive was necessary for formation of celsian in sintered as well as hot-pressed specimens. Green density increased with CIP'ing pressure but had no effect on sintered density. Hot-pressing resulted in fully dense samples.

  17. Time-Dependent Negative Capacitance Effects in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayers.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Moon, Taehwan; Kwon, Young Jae; An, Cheol Hyun; Kim, Han Joon; Kim, Keum Do; Lee, Young Hwan; Hyun, Seung Dam; Park, Min Hyuk; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-07-13

    The negative capacitance (NC) effects in ferroelectric materials have emerged as the possible solution to low-power transistor devices and high-charge-density capacitors. Although the steep switching characteristic (subthreshold swing < sub-60 mV/dec) has been demonstrated in various devices combining the conventional transistors with ferroelectric gates, the actual applications of the NC effects are still some way off owing to the inherent hysteresis problem. This work reinterpreted the hysteretic properties of the NC effects within the time domain and demonstrated that capacitance (charge) boosting could be achieved without the hysteresis from the Al2O3/BaTiO3 bilayer capacitors through short-pulse charging. This work revealed that the hysteresis phenomenon in NC devices originated from the dielectric leakage of the dielectric layer. The suppression of charge injection via the dielectric leakage, which usually takes time, inhibits complete ferroelectric polarization switching during a short pulse time. It was demonstrated that a nonhysteretic NC effect can be achieved only within certain limited time and voltage ranges, but that these are sufficient for critical device applications.

  18. Crystallization behavior and properties of BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2 glass matrices

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Glass of stoichiometric celsian composition, BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2, is a potential glass-ceramic matrix for high-temperature composites. The glass has a density of 3.39 g/cu cm, thermal expansion coefficient of 6.6 x 10(exp -6)/deg C glass transition temperature of 910 C, and dilatometric softening point of 925 C. On heat treatment, only hexacelsian crystallized out on the surface, but both celsian and hexacelsian were present in the bulk. Effects of cold isostatic pressing (CIP), sintering, and hot pressing, in the presence and absence of an additive, on the formation of the celsian phase in the glass were studied. CIP'ed samples, after appropriate heat treatments, always crystallized out as celsian whereas the presence of 5 to 10 weight percent of an additive was necessary for formation of celsian in sintered as well as hot pressed specimens. Green density increased with CIP'ing pressure but had no effect on sintered density. Hot pressing resulted in fully dense samples.

  19. An Unusual Ca-Ti-Al Silicate in a Type A Allende Inclusion

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    Floss, C.; El Goresy, A.; Palme, H.; Spettel, B.; Zinner, E.

    1992-07-01

    During the investigation of a Type A inclusion from Allende, preparatory to experimental studies designed to address the role of volatilization in CAI formation, we noted an unusual Ca-Ti-Al silicate, previously observed only as rare tiny grains in several CAIs. Here we report the petrography and chemistry of inclusion A44 and preliminary data for this mineral. Petrography: A44 is a large, highly convoluted inclusion that is remarkably unaltered compared to most Allende CAIs. Except for several broken fragments and faulted regions, it is surrounded by a well-defined rim sequence ranging from 50 to 100 microns in width. The core of the inclusion consists of irregular to almost perfectly circular patches of spinel poikilitically enclosed by fassaite and melilite, which are separated by large regions of spinel-free melilite. Several of these spinel framboids surround voids containing wollastonite needles similar to those described by Allen et al. (1978). Minor perovskite is primarily associated with spinel, but is also found within melilite. Several grains of the Ca-Ti-Al silicate are present in the inclusion; their occurrences and chemistry are discussed below. Chemistry: Two fragments (A: 249.6 mg and E: 241.1 mg) were analyzed by INAA. Fragment A is uniformly enriched in refractory lithophiles and siderophiles to 13-20 x C1, except for depletions of W and Mo, due to the increased volatility of both elements under oxidizing conditions (Fegley and Palme, 1985). Fragment E shows a wider range of enrichment factors (14-30 x C1) with a Yb anomaly (Yb/Lu = 0.52 x C1) characteristic of Group III patterns. The presence of a Yb anomaly in E and its absence in A may indicate that the inclusion consists of fragments formed under different nebular conditions. Mg isotopic fractionations are +5.5 +- 2.0 for melilite and +5.0 +- 1.6 for spinel, values typical for Allende CAIs. Ca-Ti-Al Silicate: An unusually Ti- and Ca-rich mineral occurs in three distinct modes. Numerous grains

  20. Biocompatible nanogenerators through high piezoelectric coefficient 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for in-vivo applications.

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    Yuan, Miaomiao; Cheng, Li; Xu, Qi; Wu, Weiwei; Bai, Suo; Gu, Long; Wang, Zhe; Lu, Jun; Li, Huanping; Qin, Yong; Jing, Tao; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-11-26

    Lead-free BZT-BCT (0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3) nanowires with a high piezoelectric coefficient are synthesized and nanogenerators (NGs) composed of them are successfully developed. The studied in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of the NGs shows great potential for their application as in vivo power sources.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of a new borate Ba6Al4B14O33 with building blocks of AlO4, Al4O14, BO3, B6O14, and B6O13

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    Chen, Xuean; Yue, Jianying; Chang, Xinan; Xiao, Weiqiang

    2017-01-01

    A new barium aluminoborate, Ba6Al4B14O33, has been synthesized by the high-temperature solution reaction at 700 °C. The single-crystal XRD analysis showed that it crystallizes in a new structure type with space group P 1 bar, a=7.0070(14) Å, b=13.880(3) Å, c =14.702(3) Å, α=86.48(3)°, β=88.99(3)°, γ=83.46(3)°, V=1417.8(5) Å3, and Z=2. The fundamental building blocks in this structure are AlO4 tetrahedra, BO3 triangles, [Al4O14]16- groups composed of two AlO4 tetrahedra and two AlO5 trigonal bipyramids, [B6O14]10- groups formed by one BO3 triangle bonded to one [B5O12]9- double ring, and [B6O13]8- groups consisting of one BO3 triangle linked to one [B5O11]7- double ring. They are held together via common O atoms to form a 3D network, with intersecting open channels accommodating Ba2+ cations. The existence of both BO3 and BO4 groups is confirmed by FT-IR spectrum and an optical band gap of 3.44 eV is obtained from UV-VIS diffuse reflectance spectrum. Solid-state fluorescence spectrum has also been studied exhibiting the maximum emission peak at around 527 nm. Band structure calculations by the density functional theory method indicate that it is a direct band-gap insulator.

  2. Identical superconducting gap on different Fermi surfaces of Ca(Al0.5Si0.5)2 with the AlB2 structure

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    Tsuda, S.; Yokoya, T.; Shin, S.; Imai, M.; Hase, I.

    2004-03-01

    Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of Ca(Al0.5Si0.5)2 (CaAlSi), which is a superconductor (transition temperature is 7.7 K) with the AlB2 structure, revealed that superconducting gaps on two Fermi surfaces (FSs) with three-dimensional character around Γ(A) and M(L) in the Brillouin zone provide essentially the same superconducting gap value (˜1.2 meV±0.2 meV). This is in contrast to the case of MgB2, in which different FSs exhibit different gap values. The reduced gap value 2Δ(0)/kBTc of ˜4.2±0.2 classifies CaAlSi as a moderately strong-coupling superconductor.

  3. Acid precipitation and food quality: Effects of dietary Al, Ca and P on bone and liver characteristics in American black ducks and mallards

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    Sparling, D.W.

    1991-01-01

    American black ducks (Anas rubripes) and mallards (A. platyrhynchos) were fed diets varying in concentrations of aluminum (Al). calcium (Ca), and phosphorus (P) for 10 weeks to identify toxic effects of Al under conditions representative of areas with acid precipitation. Femur and liver tissues were analyzed for Al. Ca, and P concentrations and structural characteristics. At two weeks of age, both species demonstrated pronounced differences in femur Al and P concentrations and femur mass from dietary Al and interaction between Ca:P regimen and Al:Low Ca:Low P enhanced Al storage and decreased P and mass in femurs. Femur Ca was lowest in the Low Ca:Low P regimen but was not affected by dietary Al. At 10 weeks, femur and liver Al continued to vary with dietary Al. Elevated Al and reduced Ca lowered modulus of elasticity. Femur P increased with elevated dietary P in black ducks. Elevated dietary P negated some of the effects of dietary A! on femur mass in black ducks. Reduced Ca concentrations weakened bones of both species and lowered both Ca and P. An array of clinical signs including lameness, discoloration of the upper mandible, complete and greenstick fractures, and death were responses to elevated Al and Ca:P regimen. Black ducks seemed to display these signs over a wider range of diets than mallards. Diets of 1,000 mg/kg Al had toxic effects on both species, particularly when combined with diets low in Ca and P.

  4. Network topology for the formation of solvated electrons in binary CaO–Al2O3 composition glasses

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    Akola, Jaakko; Kohara, Shinji; Ohara, Koji; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Usuki, Takeshi; Kubo, Takashi; Nakahira, Atsushi; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Weber, J. K. Richard; Benmore, Chris J.

    2013-01-01

    Glass formation in the CaO–Al2O3 system represents an important phenomenon because it does not contain typical network-forming cations. We have produced structural models of CaO–Al2O3 glasses using combined density functional theory–reverse Monte Carlo simulations and obtained structures that reproduce experiments (X-ray and neutron diffraction, extended X-ray absorption fine structure) and result in cohesive energies close to the crystalline ground states. The O–Ca and O–Al coordination numbers are similar in the eutectic 64 mol % CaO (64CaO) glass [comparable to 12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7)], and the glass structure comprises a topologically disordered cage network with large-sized rings. This topologically disordered network is the signature of the high glass-forming ability of 64CaO glass and high viscosity in the melt. Analysis of the electronic structure reveals that the atomic charges for Al are comparable to those for Ca, and the bond strength of Al–O is stronger than that of Ca–O, indicating that oxygen is more weakly bound by cations in CaO-rich glass. The analysis shows that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals occurs in cavity sites, suggesting that the C12A7 electride glass [Kim SW, Shimoyama T, Hosono H (2011) Science 333(6038):71–74] synthesized from a strongly reduced high-temperature melt can host solvated electrons and bipolarons. Calculations of 64CaO glass structures with few subtracted oxygen atoms (additional electrons) confirm this observation. The comparable atomic charges and coordination of the cations promote more efficient elemental mixing, and this is the origin of the extended cage structure and hosted solvated (trapped) electrons in the C12A7 glass. PMID:23723350

  5. Influence of surface symmetry breaking on the magnetism, collapsing, and three-dimensional dispersion of the Co pnictides A Co2As2 (A =Ba , Sr, Ca)

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    Mansart, Joseph; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Bertran, François; Forget, Anne; Colson, Dorothée; Brouet, Véronique

    2016-12-01

    We use angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) to study the three-dimensional (3D) electronic structure of Co pnictides A Co2As2 with A =Ba , Sr, Ca or a mixture of Sr and Ca. These compounds are isostructural to Fe based superconductors but have one more electron in the Co 3 d orbitals. Going from Ba to Ca, they become more and more 3D, eventually forming a "collapsed" tetragonal phase, where the distance between CoAs layers is markedly reduced. We observe with ARPES the periodicity of the electronic structure as a function of kz (i.e., perpendicularly to CoAs layers) and find that it matches in each case that expected from the distance between the planes in the bulk. However, the electronic structure is better fitted by a calculation corresponding to a slab with two CoAs layers than to the bulk structure. We attribute this to subtle modifications of the 2D electronic structure induced by the truncation of the 3D dispersion at the surface in the ARPES measurement. We further study how this affects the electronic properties. We show that, despite this distortion, the electronic structure of CaCo2As2 is essentially that expected for a collapsed phase. Electronic correlations produce a renormalization of the electronic structure by a factor 1.4, which is not affected by the transition to the collapsed state. On the other hand, a small shift of the Fermi level reduces the density of states in the eg bands and suppresses the magnetic transition expected in CaCo2As2 . Our study evidences that observing the 3D bulk periodicity is not sufficient to ensure bulk sensitivity. It further gives direct information on the role of 3D interactions, mostly governed by Co-As hybridization, among eg and t2 g orbitals. It is also useful to better understand the electronic structure of Fe superconductors and the range of validity of ARPES measurements.

  6. Crystal growth and spectroscopic properties of Cr3+-doped CaGdAlO4

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    Zhang, Zhu; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Sun, Shijia; Yuan, Feifei; Lin, Zhoubin

    2017-04-01

    A Cr3+:CaGdAlO4 single crystal with dimensions of ∅21 × 33 mm3 was grown successfully by Czochralski method for the first time. Its spectral properties including polarized absorption spectra, polarized fluorescence spectra, excitation spectrum and fluorescence decay curves were investigated in detail. The absorption cross-sections at around 573 nm corresponding to the 4A2 → 4T2 transition of Cr3+ ions are 4.75 × 10-20 and 2.56 × 10-20 cm2 for σ- and π-polarizations, respectively. The excitation spectrum shows two broad and intense absorption bands at about 390 nm and 570 nm, which are associated with the 4A2 → 4T1 and 4A2 → 4T2 transitions of Cr3+ ions, respectively. The emission band with peak at around 744 nm is ascribed to the 2E → 4A2 transition of Cr3+ ions, with the emission cross-sections of 5.55 × 10-22 and 5.41 × 10-22 cm2 for σ- and π-polarizations, respectively. The fluorescence lifetime is 4.35 ms at room temperature. The Dq/B value is 2.72, which means that Cr3+ ions occupy the lattice sites with strong crystal field strength. The results show that Cr3+:CaGdAlO4 crystal can be regarded as a potential laser gain medium.

  7. Removal of Phosphorus in Silicon by the Formation of CaAl2Si2 Phase at the Solidification Interface

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    Sun, Liyuan; Wang, Zhi; Chen, Hang; Wang, Dong; Qian, Guoyu

    2017-02-01

    To fully understand the role of CaAl2Si2 phase in concentrating the non-metallic impurity phosphorus, an experiment of directional solidification of Al-70 at. pct Si alloy with extreme small lowering rate 0.05 mm min-1 was carried out. With good dynamic condition for the diffusion of impurity (Ca, Al, P) from silicon to the S/L interface, the CaAl2Si2 phase with 0.6-0.7 at. pct P was successfully observed by Electron Probe Micro Analyzer (EPMA), and its distribution character was originally presented. This impurity phase was widely detected in the refined sample but only at the interface of silicon crystal and Al-Si alloy which contributed to the deep removal of impurity P. The formation mechanism of CaAl2Si2-P phase was thus explored, in which the microsegregation and concentration of element P, Ca, Al in front of S/L interface were crucial. After acid leaching, the P content decreased from the original 23 ppm to below 5 ppm. Compared with normal solidification, a 16 pct higher removal efficiency of P was obtained in this study.

  8. CO₂ sorbents with scaffold-like Ca-Al layered double hydroxides as precursors for CO₂ capture at high temperatures.

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    Chang, Po-Hsueh; Lee, Tai-Jung; Chang, Yen-Po; Chen, San-Yuan

    2013-06-01

    A highly stable high-temperature CO₂ sorbent consisting of scaffold-like Ca-rich oxides (Ca-Al-O) with rapid absorption kinetics and a high capacity is described. The Ca-rich oxides were prepared by annealing Ca-Al-NO₃ layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursors through a sol-gel process with Al(O(i)P)₃ and Ca(NO₃)₂ with Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, and 7:1. XRD indicated that only LDH powders were formed for Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 2:1. However, both LDH and Ca(OH)₂ phases were produced at higher ratios. Both TEM and SEM observations indicated that the Ca-Al-NO₃ LDHs displayed a scaffold-like porous structure morphology rather than platelet-like particles. Upon annealing at 600 °C, a highly stable porous network structure of the CaO-based Ca-Al-O mixed oxide (CAMO), composed of CaO and Ca₁₂Al₁₄O₃₃, was still present. The CAMO exhibited high specific surface areas (up to 191 m(2)g(-1)) and a pore size distribution of 3-6 nm, which allowed rapid diffusion of CO₂ into the interior of the material, inducing fast carbonation/calcination and enhancing the sintering-resistant nature over multiple carbonation/calcination cycles for CO₂ absorption at 700 °C. Thermogravimetric analysis results indicated that a CO₂ capture capacity of approximately 49 wt% could be obtained with rapid absorption from the porous 7:1 CAMO sorbents by carbonation at 700 °C for 5 min. Also, 94-98% of the initial CO₂ capture capability was retained after 50 cycles of multiple carbonation/calcination tests. Therefore, the CAMO framework is a good isolator for preventing the aggregation of CaO particles, and it is suitable for long-term cyclic operation in high-temperature environments.

  9. Uniaxial Strain Effects on Superconducting Transition in Y0.98Ca0.02Ba2Cu4O8

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    Mito, Masaki; Goto, Hiroki; Matsui, Hideaki; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Matsumoto, Kaname; Hara, Hiroshi; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2016-02-01

    The effects of uniaxial strain and hydrostatic pressure on Y0.98Ca0.02Ba2Cu4O8 [called Y0.98(Ca0.02)-124] are investigated via AC magnetic measurements under stress corresponding to a pressure of (at most) 20 GPa. Hydrostatic contraction results in the largest enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc), whose maximum is 99 K, which is slightly lower than the maximum Tc achieved in YBa2Cu4O8 (called Y-124). The Meissner signal disappears at a hydrostatic pressure of approximately 15 GPa. This pressure region representing the Meissner signal is reduced by the out-of-plane contraction (along the c-axis), whereas it is increased by the in-plane contraction (along the c-plane). In the case of Y-124, both uniaxial contractions result in the disappearance of the Meissner signal at approximately 10 GPa prior to reaching the overdoped region. However, by doping Ca into the Y-site, we could investigate uniaxial strain effects characteristic of the so-called 124 structure without causing the stress-induced structural transition through the underdoped, optimally doped, and overdoped regions. Except for the uniaxial contraction along the b-axis, the other contractions (i.e., hydrostatic contraction, and uniaxial contractions along the a- and the c-axes) exhibit consistent compression effects when Tc is normalized by the highest Tc and the stress is normalized by the stress realizing its highest Tc.

  10. A structural study of the proton conducting B-site ordered perovskite Ba3Ca1.18Ta1.82O8.73

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    Verbraeken, Maarten C.; Viana, Hermenegildo A. L.; Wormald, Philip; Irvine, John T. S.

    2011-06-01

    The proton conducting material Ba3Ca1.18Ta1.82O8.73 (BCT18) was synthesized and characterized using diffraction methods and thermal analysis. It was shown that BCT18 is structurally similar to its niobium analogue (BCN18). At synthesis temperatures up to 1500 °C however, BCT18 forms a mixture of Ca- and Ta-site ordered phases, with both 1:1 type and 1:2 type ordering. The phase ratio seems to depend solely on the synthesis conditions, with 1:1 type ordering being the dominant form in most cases. Thermal treatment in vacuum, wet and dry hydrogen, and CO2 suggests that both forms contain defects (CaTa''' and {V_O^{\\bdot \\bdot }} ), allowing the material to absorb water and CO2. The uptake and the release of H2O and of CO2 are all reversible, as evidenced by x-ray diffraction studies and thermal analysis, suggesting that the molecules are present as structural defects ( {OH_O^{\\bdot }} and CO3O × ), rather than surface species or separate hydroxide or carbonate phases. Solid state 1H nuclear magnetic resonance also confirms the presence of protons, and the peak broadening suggests that they are mobile at room temperature.

  11. A structural study of the proton conducting B-site ordered perovskite Ba3Ca1.18Ta1.82O8.73.

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    Verbraeken, Maarten C; Viana, Hermenegildo A L; Wormald, Philip; Irvine, John T S

    2011-06-15

    The proton conducting material Ba(3)Ca(1.18)Ta(1.82)O(8.73) (BCT18) was synthesized and characterized using diffraction methods and thermal analysis. It was shown that BCT18 is structurally similar to its niobium analogue (BCN18). At synthesis temperatures up to 1500 °C however, BCT18 forms a mixture of Ca- and Ta-site ordered phases, with both 1:1 type and 1:2 type ordering. The phase ratio seems to depend solely on the synthesis conditions, with 1:1 type ordering being the dominant form in most cases. Thermal treatment in vacuum, wet and dry hydrogen, and CO(2) suggests that both forms contain defects (Ca(Ta)(''') and V(O)(··)), allowing the material to absorb water and CO(2). The uptake and the release of H(2)O and of CO(2) are all reversible, as evidenced by x-ray diffraction studies and thermal analysis, suggesting that the molecules are present as structural defects (OH(O)(·) and CO(3O)(×)), rather than surface species or separate hydroxide or carbonate phases. Solid state (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance also confirms the presence of protons, and the peak broadening suggests that they are mobile at room temperature.

  12. Synthesis and optical properties of turquoise- and green-colored brownmillerite-type Ba2In2- x- y Mn x Al y O5+ x codoped with manganese and aluminum

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    Jiang, Peng; Yang, Wen-hui; Zhou, Yun-cheng; Kuang, Jian-lei; Li, Yong; Xiao, Ting

    2016-11-01

    Brownmillerite-type oxides Ba2In2- x- y Mn x Al y O5+ x (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6, 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.5) were prepared at 1300°C through solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed that the structure symmetry evolved from orthorhombic to cubic with increasing Mn and Al contents. When y was greater than 0.3, peaks associated with small amounts of BaAl2O4 and Ba2InAlO5 impurities were observed in the XRD patterns. When substituted with a small amount of Mn ( x ≤ 0.3), the Ba2In2- x- y Mn x Al y O5+ x samples exhibited an intense turquoise color. The color changed to green and dark-green with increasing Mn concentration. UV-vis absorbance spectra revealed that the color changed only slightly upon Al doping. The valence state of Mn ions in Ba2In2- x- y Mn x Al y O5+ x was confirmed to be +5 on the basis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis. According to this analysis, the intense turquoise color of the Ba2In2- x- y Mn x Al y O5+ x samples is rooted in the existence of Mn5+; thus, the introduction of Al does not affect the optical properties of the compounds.

  13. Investigation on luminescence properties of Eu2+-doped Ba3Al2O5Cl2 phosphor for near-UV-excited white LEDs.

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    Pawade, V B; Dhoble, S J

    2012-01-01

    Ba3Al2O5Cl2:Eu(2+) phosphor was prepared by combustion synthesis (CS). The prepared phosphor was excited at 329 nm; the phosphors shows an efficient bluish-green wide-band emission centred at 490 nm, which originates from the 4f(6)d(1)  →  4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ions. The excitation spectra of the phosphors have a band centred at 329 nm. It was also characterized by XRD, FT-IR for confirmation of phase purity, and FT-IR analysis indicated the vibrations of metal-oxygen (M-O) groups. SEM shows the morphology of the phosphor at the submicron scale. The results indicate that Ba3Al2O5Cl2:Eu(2+) phosphor may be applicable for solid-state lighting purposes.

  14. Petrography and classification of Ca, Al-rich and olivine-rich inclusions in the Allende CV3 chondrite

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    Kormacki, A. S.; Wood, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    The results of a detailed, systematic petrographic survey of Ca, Al-rich and olivine-rich inclusions in the Allende CV3 chondrite are reported, and a new classification system based on clearly defined and readily applied petrographic criteria is presented. Most Allende inclusions are aggregates containing one or more of three distinct constituents: (1) rimmed concentric objects enriched in Al- and Ti-rich oxide minerals and various amounts of Ca-rich silicates; (2) porous, 'fine-grained' chaotic material enriched in Ca-rich silicates, especially clinopyroxenes and garnets; and (3) porous, 'fine-grained', mafic inclusion matrix, enriched in olivine, pyroxene, and feldspathoids. Two texturally distinct varieties of inclusions consist primarily of inclusion matrix: unrimmed olivine aggregates and rimmed olivine aggregates. Ca, Al-rich inclusions are classified on the basis of the size and abundance of their constituent concentric objects. Some fundamental relationships among Allende inclusions that previusly have not been emphasized are discussed.

  15. Development of very high Jc in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 thin films grown on CaF2

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    Tarantini, C.; Kametani, F.; Lee, S.; Jiang, J.; Weiss, J. D.; Jaroszynski, J.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Eom, C. B.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2014-01-01

    Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 is the most tunable of the Fe-based superconductors (FBS) in terms of acceptance of high densities of self-assembled and artificially introduced pinning centres which are effective in significantly increasing the critical current density, Jc. Moreover, FBS are very sensitive to strain, which induces an important enhancement in critical temperature, Tc, of the material. In this paper we demonstrate that strain induced by the substrate can further improve Jc of both single and multilayer films by more than that expected simply due to the increase in Tc. The multilayer deposition of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 on CaF2 increases the pinning force density (Fp = Jc × µ0H) by more than 60% compared to a single layer film, reaching a maximum of 84 GN/m3 at 22.5 T and 4.2 K, the highest value ever reported in any 122 phase. PMID:25467177

  16. Density and symmetry of unoccupied electronic states of Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8

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    Romberg, H.; Nuecker, N.; Alexander, M.; Fink, J. ); Hahn, D.; Zetterer, T.; Otto, H.H.; Renk, K.F. )

    1990-02-01

    The local density and symmetry of unoccupied electronic states at the O and Cu sites in Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} single crystals has been investigated by measuring O 1{ital s} and Cu 2{ital p} absorption edges. High-energy electron-energy-loss spectroscopy in transmission has been used. There are O 2{ital p}{sub {ital x},{ital y}} states at the Fermi level from the CuO{sub 2} planes and O 2{ital p}{sub {ital z}} states from the BaO and TlO layers. The empty Cu 3{ital d} states have predominantly 3{ital d}{sub {ital x}{sup 2}{minus}{ital y}{sup 2}} symmetry. There is an admixture of about 10% probably with 3{ital d}{sub 3{ital z}{sup 2}{minus}{ital r}{sup 2}} character.

  17. Crystal Growth and Electronic Raman Scattering Study of Model High-Tc Cuprate HgBa2 CaCu2 O6 +Ä

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    Wang, Lichen; Li, Yuan; Luo, Xiangpeng; Li, Jiarui; Yuan Li's Group in ICQM Team

    In this talk, I will report our recent progress on crystal growth of HgBa2CaCu2O6 +x (Hg1212), which possesses a simple tetragonal crystal structure and the highest ambient-pressure Tc (128 K) among all cuprate superconductors with two CuO2 sheets in the primitive cell. Improvement in single-crystal synthesis was made possible by using self-designed high-pressure furnaces and a two-layer encapsulation method, and we demonstrate that the hole concentration can be homogeneously tuned in the underdoped region by post-growth annealing. Our electronic Raman scattering experiments reveal that the maximum of the d-wave superconducting gap increases from single-layer HgBa2CuO4 +x to double-layer Hg1212. In the same spectra, it is found that the characteristic energy of spin excitations, as manifested by the energy of the two-magnon signal, also increases in a nearly proportional fashion. This result is consistent with the idea that magnetic interactions are closely related to the Cooper pairing mechanism.

  18. Average and local structure of the Pb-free ferroelectric perovskites (Sr,Sn)TiO3 and (Ba,Ca,Sn)TiO3

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    Laurita, Geneva; Page, Katharine; Suzuki, Shoichiro; ...

    2015-12-16

    The characteristic structural off -centering of Pb2+ in oxides, associated with its 6s2 lone pair, allows it to play a dominant role in polar materials, and makes it a somewhat ubiquitous component of ferroelectrics. In this work, we examine the compounds Sr0.9Sn0.1TiO3 and Ba0.79Ca0.16Sn0.05TiO3 using neutron total scattering techniques with data acquired at di erent temperatures. In these compounds, previously reported as ferroelectrics, Sn2+ appears to display some of the characteristics of Pb2+. We compare the local and long-range structures of the Sn2+-substituted compositions to the unsubstituted parent compounds SrTiO3 and BaTiO3. Lastly, we find that even at these smallmore » substitution levels, the Sn2+ lone pairs drive the local ordering behavior, with the local structure of both compounds more similar to the structure of PbTiO3 rather than the parent compounds.« less

  19. Development of very high Jc in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 thin films grown on CaF2

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    Tarantini, C.; Kametani, F.; Lee, S.; ...

    2014-12-03

    Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 is the most tunable of the Fe-based superconductors (FBS) in terms of acceptance of high densities of self-assembled and artificially introduced pinning centres which are effective in significantly increasing the critical current density, Jc. Moreover, FBS are very sensitive to strain, which induces an important enhancement in critical temperature,Tc, of the material. In this study we demonstrate that strain induced by the substrate can further improve Jc of both single and multilayer films by more than that expected simply due to the increase in Tc. The multilayer deposition of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 on CaF2 increases the pinning force density (Fp=Jc xmore » μ₀H) by more than 60% compared to a single layer film, reaching a maximum of 84 GN/m3 at 22.5 T and 4.2 K, the highest value ever reported in any 122 phase.« less

  20. Interplay between spin-orbit coupling and strong correlation effects: Comparison of the three osmate double perovskites Ba2A OsO6 (A =Na , Ca, Y)

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    Gangopadhyay, Shruba; Pickett, Warren E.

    2016-04-01

    High formal valence Os-based double perovskites are a focus of current interest because they display strong interplay of large spin-orbit coupling and strong electronic correlation. Here we present the electronic and magnetic characteristics of a sequence of three cubic Os based double perovskites Ba2A OsO6 (A =Na , Ca, Y), with formal valences of Os +7(d1) ,Os +6(d2) , and Os +5(d3) . For these first principles based calculations we apply an "exact exchange for correlated electrons" functional, with exact exchange applied in a hybrid fashion solely to the Os (5 d ) states. While Ba2NaOsO6 is a reported ferromagnetic Dirac-Mott insulator studied previously, the other two show antiferromagnetic ordering while all retain the undistorted cubic structure. For comparison purposes we have investigated only the ferromagnetic ordered phase. A metal-insulator transition is predicted to occur upon rotating the direction of magnetization in all three materials, reflecting the central role of spin-orbit coupling in these small gap osmates. Surprises arising from comparing formal charge states with the radial charge densities are discussed. Chemical shielding factors and orbital susceptibilities are provided for comparison with future nuclear magnetic resonance data.

  1. Diminishing sign anomaly and scaling behavior of the mixed-state Hall resistivity in Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 films containing columnar defects

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    Budhani, R. C.; Liou, S. H.; Cai, Z. X.

    1993-01-01

    The issues of sign reversal of the Hall voltage and scaling between longitudinal (rho(xx)) and Hall (rho(xy)) resistivities are studied in Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 films in which the vortex dynamics is drastically changed by flux pinning at heavy-ion-irradiation-induced linear defects. While the sign anomaly diminishes with increasing defect concentration, the power law rho(xy) is approximately equal to rho(xx) exp beta, beta = 1.85 +/- 0.1, holds even after irradiation. This result shows that the scaling is a universal feature of the mixed state in this system. The sign anomaly, on the other hand, is not consistent with a model that invokes pinning-induced backflow in the vortex core as the mechanism for this effect.

  2. Optical waveguide properties of Ca0.4Ba0.6Nb2O6 crystal formed by oxygen ion irradiation

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    Wang, Tie-Jun; Zhou, Yu-Fan; Yu, Xiao-Fei; Liu, Tao; Zhang, Lian; Song, Hong-Lian; Qiao, Mei; Wang, Xue-Lin

    2015-07-01

    We report the fabrication of a planar optical waveguide in a Ca0.4Ba0.6Nb2O6 crystal by irradiation with 6.0 MeV oxygen ions. We measured the guiding mode by the prism-coupling method at 633 nm and 1539 nm. The near-field intensity distributions were measured by the end-face coupling setup at a wavelength of 633 nm. The reflectivity calculation method (RCM) was used for reconstructing refractive index profiles. SRIM was used to simulate the electronic and nuclear stopping power caused by oxygen ion irradiation, and the finite-difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM) was used to simulate the near-field intensity distributions. Micro-Raman spectra were measured at room temperature in air to study the differences between the substrate and waveguide region.

  3. Low-loss microstrip delay line in Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8

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    Bourne, L.C.; Hammond, R.B.; Robinson, M.; Eddy, M.M.; Olson, W.L.; James, T.W. )

    1990-06-04

    We have fabricated and tested a 1 ns microstrip delay line using thin films of Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}. We determined the loss in the delay line by weakly coupling at the input and output and measuring the width of the fundamental resonance at 461 MHz. At 15 K, the loss was lower than that calculated for an equivalent cryogenic copper line by a factor of 300. Resonance peaks were observable up to 102.7 K. At 77 K and 3.29 GHz, the observed loss was lower than that calculated for an equivalent Cu line by a factor of 10. Power limiting due to film defects occurred at an effective power level in the line of {minus}43 dBm at 15 K.

  4. Structural and dielectric properties of Nd{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 0.77}Ca{sub 0.23}TiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Mazon, T.; Hernandes, A.C.; Souza Filho, A.G.; Moraes, A.P.A.; Ayala, A.P.; Freire, P.T.C.; Mendes Filho, J.

    2005-05-15

    The structural and dielectric properties of both pure and Nd{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 0.77}Ca{sub 0.23}TiO{sub 3} (BCT23) ceramics obtained from solid-state reaction were investigated. The BCT23 ceramics sintered at 1300 deg. C for 3 h showed a dense microstructure without the presence of secondary phases. The use of Nd{sup 3+} as a dopant affected the microstructure of these ceramics. Samples prepared with Nd{sup 3+} exhibit a more homogeneous microstructure without a liquid phase on the grain boundaries. The dielectric constant and Raman scattering measurements indicate that the Curie temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition depends on Nd{sup 3+} content. It shifts toward lower temperatures with Nd{sup 3+} addition.

  5. Synthesis and magnetic susceptibility of M /SUB x/ V/sub 2/O/sub 3//sup +/y solid solutions (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Volkov, V.L.; Milova, G.D.; Perelyaev, V.A.

    1985-12-01

    The authors synthesize and study the magnetic susceptibility of solid solutions of alkaline-earth metal oxides in V/sub 2/O/sub 3/. As the initial substances ultrapure V/sub 2/O/sub 5/, CaCo/sub 3/, BaCO/sub 3/, and SrCO/sub 3/ and chemically pure metavanadates and orthovanadates of alkaline-earth metals were used. The x-ray analysis was carried out on a DRON-2.5 diffractometer with ionization detection of Cu Ka radiation. The magnetic susceptibility was measured by the Faraday method. The authors establish the existence of solid solutions of composition MxV/sub 2/O/sub 3//sup +/y, determine their crystallographic parameters, and study the magnetic susceptibility. The transition temperature of the specimens decreases as the radius of the M/sup 2 +/ ions and the unit-cell parameter c of the crystal decrease.

  6. Closely related magnetic and dielectric transitions in the “114” magnetoelectric Zn-doped CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}

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    Seikh, Md. Motin; Caignaert, V. Preethi Meher, K. R. S.; Maignan, A.; Raveau, B.; Suard, E.

    2014-12-28

    We report on the impact of zinc doping upon the magneto-electric properties of CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}.We show that the presence of less than 1% Zn at the Co sites decreases T{sub C} from 64 K to 48 K and generates two magnetic transitions, concomitant with changes of slope of dielectric permittivity, at 54 K and 77 K, respectively. Powder neutron diffraction and magnetic data show the existence of an incommensurate magnetic phase and a spin-flop transition in this temperature range. The crossover of the magnetodielectric effect of this oxide, from positive below 50 K to negative above this temperature emphasizes the primordial role of the incommensurate magnetic phase in the evolution of these properties.

  7. Unusual layer-dependent charge distribution, collective mode coupling, and superconductivity in multilayer cuprate Ba2Ca3Cu4O8F2.

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    Chen, Yulin; Iyo, Akira; Yang, Wanli; Ino, Akihiro; Arita, M; Johnston, Steve; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Namatame, H; Taniguchi, M; Devereaux, Thomas P; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Z-X

    2009-07-17

    Low energy ultrahigh momentum resolution angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy study on four-layer self-doped high Tc superconductor Ba2Ca3Cu4O8F2 (F0234) revealed fine structure in the band dispersion, identifying the unconventional association of hole and electron doping with the inner and outer CuO2 layers, respectively. For the states originating from two inequivalent CuO2 layers, different energy scales are observed in dispersion kinks associated with the collective mode coupling, with the larger energy scale found in the electron (n-) doped state which also has stronger coupling strength. Given the earlier finding that the superconducting gap is substantially larger along the n-type Fermi surface, our observations connect the mode coupling energy and strength with magnitude of the pairing gap.

  8. Magnetic and electronic properties of Eu0.9Ca0.1BaCo2O5.5+δ with the variation of oxygen stoichiometry

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Kundu, Asish K.; Caignaert, V.; Pralong, V.; Raveau, B.

    2011-05-01

    The effect of the oxygen content on the magnetic and transport properties of the ferromagnetic Eu0.9Ca0.1BaCo2O5.5+δ has been investigated. Unlike the increase in TC with calcium content, paradoxically the TC value decreases as the oxygen content increases, as observed in the undoped phase. Assuming the Kanamori-Goodenough rules apply to this very complex magnetic system, these experiments suggest that the Co3+ disproportionation into Co4+ and Co2+, plays an important role in the appearance of ferromagnetism. The magnetic phase separation scenario of ferromagnetic domains embedded in an antiferromagnetic matrix play an important role in the ferromagnetism of the calcium doped "112" cobaltites. All the samples covering a wide range of oxygen content, exhibit p-type conductivity.

  9. Magnetic irreversibility in (Hg 1- xRe x)Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ: effects of neutron irradiation

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    Altshuler, E.; Chu, C. W.; Orlando, M. T. D.; Sin, A.; Batista-Leyva, A. J.; Buntar, V.; Weber, H. W.

    2002-07-01

    We studied the intragrain magnetic hysteresis of the superconductor (Hg 1- xRe x)Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ δ ( x=0.10, 0.18 and 0.25) close to Tc. From the magnetization curves we determined the temperature dependence of the irreversibility field ( Hirr( T)), and the field dependence of the magnetization curve width ( ΔM( H)). After irradiation to a fluence of 2×10 21 m-2 ( E>0.1 MeV), the magnetization curves moderately increase their symmetry, and sizeable enhancements of Hirr( T) and ΔM( H) are observed. Although the substitution x=0.18 shows the best pinning properties before irradiation, x=0.10 matches-or even surpasses-them afterwards. This suggests that, within our temperature and field window, neutron irradiation plays a far more important role than Re-substitution in enhancing the irreversible behavior in the Hg-1223 system.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Alkaline-Earth Metal (Ca, Sr, and Ba) Doped Nanodimensional LaMnO3 Rare-Earth Manganites

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    Asma, Khalid; Saadat, Anwar Siddiqi; Affia, Aslam

    2013-07-01

    The substitution of divalent cations of alkaline-earth elements in nanodimensional structures of rare-earth manganites produces advanced materials with potential electrical and magnetic functionalities. A systematic investigation of La0.65A0.35MnO3 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) materials synthesized with a modified citrate route adopting ethanol dehydration has been undertaken. The structural and morphological analyses are carried out by using x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. Resistivity measurements are performed in variation with temperature to study the electrical transport properties which are found to vary with the size of the A-site cationic radius. Room temperature magnetic measurements are carried out to investigate the type of magnetic phase present in materials. The stability of the magnetic phase and coercivity are found to be dependent on the size of nanocrystallites.

  11. Unconventional High-Energy-State Contribution to the Cooper Pairing in the Underdoped Copper-Oxide Superconductor HgBa2 Ca2 Cu3 O8 +δ

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    Loret, B.; Sakai, S.; Gallais, Y.; Cazayous, M.; Méasson, M.-A.; Forget, A.; Colson, D.; Civelli, M.; Sacuto, A.

    2016-05-01

    We study the temperature-dependent electronic B1 g Raman response of a slightly underdoped single crystal HgBa2 Ca2 Cu3 O8 +δ with a superconducting critical temperature Tc=122 K . Our main finding is that the superconducting pair-breaking peak is associated with a dip on its higher-energy side, disappearing together at Tc. This result reveals a key aspect of the unconventional pairing mechanism: spectral weight lost in the dip is transferred to the pair-breaking peak at lower energies. This conclusion is supported by cellular dynamical mean-field theory on the Hubbard model, which is able to reproduce all the main features of the B1 g Raman response and explain the peak-dip behavior in terms of a nontrivial relationship between the superconducting gap and the pseudogap.

  12. Transport and magnetization critical current densities in TlBa sub 2 Ca sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x tapes

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    Willis, J.O.; Maley, M.P.; Kung, P.J.; Coulter, J.Y.; Peterson, D.E.; Wahlbeck, P.G.; Bingert, J.F.; Phillips, D.S.

    1992-01-01

    The powder in tube process was used to produce silver-sheathed tapes of TlBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 8+x} (Tl-1223). The powder was produced by thalliating a precursor powder mixture to produce the Tl-2223 phase and then beating to drive off excess Tl and reach the Tl-1223 stoichiometry. The tapes were rolled and pressed, each step followed with a 3 h sintering. The 200 {mu}m thick tapes show little sign of texturing; however, the critical current shows a small ({approximately}50%) dependence on the direction of the applied magnetic field. Both transport and magnetization measurents indicate relatively strong pinning at high temperatures. The 75 K self field critical current density is 62 MA/m{sup 2}. Transport measurements reveal the presence of weak links at all temperatures, but with a relatively weak field dependence above {approx}0.1T.

  13. The coordination complex structures and hydrogen bonding in the three-dimensional alkaline earth metal salts (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) of (4-aminophenyl)arsonic acid.

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    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D

    2017-01-01

    (4-Aminophenyl)arsonic acid (p-arsanilic acid) is used as an antihelminth in veterinary applications and was earlier used in the monosodium salt dihydrate form as the antisyphilitic drug atoxyl. Examples of complexes with this acid are rare. The structures of the alkaline earth metal (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) complexes with (4-aminophenyl)arsonic acid (p-arsanilic acid) have been determined, viz. hexaaquamagnesium bis[hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonate] tetrahydrate, [Mg(H2O)6](C6H7AsNO3)·4H2O, (I), catena-poly[[[diaquacalcium]-bis[μ2-hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonato-κ(2)O:O']-[diaquacalcium]-bis[μ2-hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonato-κ(2)O:O

  14. Rare-Earths Centers (Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}) in MeF{sub 2}(Me = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd) Crystals

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    Nikiforov, A. E.; Chernyshev, V. A.; Volodin, V. P.; Avram, N. M.; Avram, C. N.; Vaida, M.

    2010-08-04

    Rare-earth elements RE{sup 3+}(RE = Sm, Eu, Yb) form impurity centers in fluorite-like crystals MeF{sub 2}(Me = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd). The crystal structure of cubic, trigonal and tetragonal centers in MeF{sub 2} has been investigated in the framework of shell model and pair potential approximation. The crystal field parameters were calculated with the exchange charges model, using the optimized geometry of the doped host matrix. With these parameters we have been calculated the optical spectra and spin-Hamiltonian (g-factors) of RE{sup 3+} in MeF{sub 2}, for some combination of R{sup 3+} and MeF{sup 2}. The obtained results were discussed and comparison with experimental data was made. A good agreement confirms the method and model of calculations.

  15. Unusual Layer-Dependent Charge Distribution, Collective Mode Coupling, and Superconductivity in Multilayer Cuprate Ba2Ca3Cu4O8F2

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    Chen, Yulin; Iyo, Akira; Yang, Wanli; Ino, Akihiro; Arita, M.; Johnston, Steve; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Devereaux, Thomas P.; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Z.-X.; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2011-08-12

    Low energy ultrahigh momentum resolution angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy study on four-layer self-doped high T{sub c} superconductor Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}F{sub 2} (F0234) revealed fine structure in the band dispersion, identifying the unconventional association of hole and electron doping with the inner and outer CuO{sub 2} layers, respectively. For the states originating from two inequivalent CuO{sub 2} layers, different energy scales are observed in dispersion kinks associated with the collective mode coupling, with the larger energy scale found in the electron (n-) doped state which also has stronger coupling strength. Given the earlier finding that the superconducting gap is substantially larger along the n-type Fermi surface, our observations connect the mode coupling energy and strength with magnitude of the pairing gap.

  16. Multiple caloric effects in (Ba0.865Ca0.135Zr0.1089Ti0.8811Fe0.01)O3 ferroelectric ceramic

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    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-07-01

    Multiple caloric effects have been investigated for Fe-doped bulk (Ba0.865Ca0.135Zr0.1089Ti0.8811Fe0.01)O3 (BCZTO-Fe) ferroelectric ceramic. Indirect predictions were made using Maxwell's relations in conjunction with data from experimental observations. It was revealed that bulk BCZTO-Fe has huge untapped potential for solid-state refrigeration. A peak electrocaloric effect of 0.45 K (347 K) was predicted for 0-3 kV.mm-1 electric field, significantly higher than other BCZTO based materials. A maximum elastocaloric cooling of 1.4 K (298 K) was achieved for applied stress of 0-200 MPa. Finally, an unforeseen component of electric field driven caloric effect has been reported as inverse piezocaloric effect, with a maximum temperature change of 0.28 K (298 K).

  17. Critical slowing down and elastic anomaly of uniaxial ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 crystals with tungsten bronze structure

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    Suzuki, K.; Matsumoto, K.; Dec, J.; Łukasiewicz, T.; Kleemann, W.; Kojima, S.

    2014-08-01

    The ferroelectric phase transition of uniaxial Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 single crystals with a moderate effective charge disorder was investigated by Brillouin scattering to clarify the dynamic properties. In the tetragonal paraelectric phase a remarkable softening of the sound velocity of the longitudinal acoustic mode and a significant increase in the sound attenuation were observed close to the Curie temperature TC=527K. The intermediate temperature T* ˜640K and the Burns temperature TB ˜790K were determined from the temperature variation in the sound attenuation. The intense broad central peak (CP) caused by polarization and strain fluctuations due to polar nanoregions was clearly observed in the vicinity of TC. The relaxation time determined by the CP width clearly shows critical slowing down towards TC, reflecting a weakly first-order phase transition under weak random fields.

  18. A comparative study based on the first principles calculations of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) perovskite structure

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    Kamruzzaman, M.; Helal, M. A.; Ara, I. E.; Farid Ul Islam, A. K. M.; Rahaman, M. M.

    2016-10-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic, thermodynamic, vibrational and optical properties of the cubic phase of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) crystals have been carried out based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters, band structures, elastic constants and the elastic moduli of ATiO3 are in good agreement with the theoretical and experimental results. The ferroelectric phenomenon of the crystals has been analyzed based on the nature of their phonon spectra. The phonon frequencies and the Born effective charges have been calculated to elucidate the ferroelectric instability of the cubic phase of ATiO3 by calculating the interatomic forces for several small displacements consistent with the symmetry of modes.

  19. Coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism in HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy : Multiharmonic susceptibility and vortex dynamics study

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    Crisan, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.; Shivagan, D. D.; Shirage, P. M.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.; Cosereanu, L.; Button, T. W.; Abell, J. S.

    2007-12-01

    We have studied the multiharmonic ac susceptibility response of HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy (Hg:1245), a multilayered high-temperature superconductor (HTS) having two crystallographically inequivalent CuO2 planes in a unit cell with very imbalanced carrier concentrations. Vortex melting lines are well described by the commonly accepted model of melting with moderate anisotropy factors of 40-50, depending on the doping level. The diamagnetic response with applied fields parallel to superconducting (a,b) planes also shows a quite robust supercurrent along the c axis. Our results are also discussed in connection with contradictory models and experiments regarding the coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism in HTSs.

  20. The features of structural transformations in lanthanum manganites La{sub 1−x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Sedykh, Vera D.

    2014-10-27

    In this work, the effect of the ionic radius and concentration of a doping element on the features of the structural transformations in polycrystalline lanthanum manganites, La{sub 1−x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} (A = Ca, Sr, Ba), has been studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. For Mössbauer investigations, a small amount of {sup 57}Fe (2 at%) Mössbauer isotope was introduced into the samples. It follows from the analysis of the obtained data that both common features of the structural transformations and differences between them exist in lanthanum manganites depending on ionic radius and concentration of a doping element.

  1. Effect of A-site cations on the broadband-sensitive upconversion of AZrO3:Er3+,Ni2+ (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors

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    Luitel, Hom Nath; Mizuno, Shintaro; Tani, Toshihiko; Takeda, Yasuhiko

    2017-02-01

    We investigated broadband-sensitive upconversion processes in a series of AZrO3 type perovskites codoped with Ni2+ and Er3+, especially giving focus on the effect of the A-site host cations viz. Ca, Sr, Ba. Absorption and Stokes emission of the Ni2+ changed remarkably according to the A-site cations making difference in the Ni2+ to Er3+ energy transfer efficiency. The energy transfer extent from the Ni2+ sensitizers to the Er3+ emitters and the back transfer from the Er3+ to the Ni2+ were studied to clarify the guide for efficient broadband-sensitive upconversion. The Ni2+ to Er3+ energy transfer efficiency and hence the Er3+ upconversion emission intensity was dependent on the extent of overlap between the Er3+ absorption and the Ni2+ emission bands. Larger the overlap, faster was the energy transfer from the Ni2+ to the Er3+, leading to more intense Er3+ upconversion emission. However, back energy transfer from the Er3+ to the Ni2+ due to significant overlap of the Er3+ emission band with the Ni2+ absorption band reduced the upconversion emission intensity. Another important factor is the upconversion efficiency of the Er3+ emitters themselves after the energy transfer from the Ni2+ sensitizers, which was significantly improved when the symmetry around the Er3+ was lowered. As a result of these combined effects, the CaZrO3 host exhibited the most intense Ni2+-sensitized upconversion emission compared to the Sr and Ba analogues. Thus, for the efficient broadband-sensitive upconversion to be realized, a low symmetry host to manifest efficient upconversion of the Er3+ emitters and controlled Ni2+ absorption and emission bands to suppress the back energy transfer while maintaining efficient energy transfer in the forward direction are essential.

  2. Shrinking of anionic polyacrylate coils induced by Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+: a combined light scattering and ASAXS study.

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    Schweins, R; Goerigk, G; Huber, K

    2006-10-01

    Anionic polyacrylate chains (NaPA) form precipitates if alkaline earth cations are added in stoichiometric amounts. Accordingly, precipitation thresholds were established for three different alkaline earth cations Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+). Close to the precipitation threshold, the NaPA chains significantly decrease in size. This shrinking process was followed by means of combined static and dynamic light scattering. Intermediates were generated by varying the ratio [MCl(2)]/[NaPA] with M denoting the respective alkaline earth cation. All experiments were performed at an inert salt level of 0.01M NaCl. Similar coil-to-sphere transitions could be observed with all three alkaline earth cations Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+). Based on these findings, supplementary conventional and anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering experiments using selected intermediates close to the precipitation threshold of SrPA were performed. The distribution of Sr counterions around the polyacrylate chains in aqueous solution provided the desired scattering contrast. Energy-dependent scattering experiments enabled successful separation of the pure-resonant terms, which solely stem from the counterions. The Sr(2+) scattering roughly reflects the monomer distribution of the polyacrylate chains. Different ratios of the concentrations of [ SrCl(2)]/[NaPA] revealed dramatic changes in the scattering curves. The scattering curve at the lowest ratio indicated an almost coil-like behaviour, while at the higher ratios the scattering curves supported the model of highly contracted polymer chains. Most of X-ray scattering experiments on intermediate states revealed compact structural elements which were significantly smaller than the respective overall size of the NaPA particles.

  3. Control of mean ionic radius at Ca site by Sr co-doping for Ce doped LiCaAlF6 single crystals and the effects on optical and scintillation properties

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    Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2014-10-01

    Sr co-doped Ce:LiCaAlF6 [Ce:Li(Ca,Sr)AlF6] crystals with various Ca/Sr ratios were grown by a micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method and effects of Sr co-doping on crystal structure, chemical composition, optical and scintillation properties for Ce:LiCaAlF6 crystals were investigated as a neutron scintillator. High transparent Ce2%:Li(Ca,Sr)AlF6 crystals with 2% and 5% Sr contents were obtained while Ce2%:Li(Ca,Sr)AlF6 crystals with 10% and 20% Sr contents included milky parts in the crystals. a- and c-axis lengths of Ce:Li(Ca,Sr)AlF6 phase systematically increased with an increase of Sr content. In addition to the emission at 284 and 308 nm from Ce3+ ion, emission peaks at 367 nm appeared by Sr co-doping.

  4. Unraveling the resistive switching effect in ZnO/0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 heterostructures

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    Silva, J. P. B.; Vorokhta, M.; Dvořák, F.; Sekhar, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Moreira, J. Agostinho; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2017-04-01

    This work reports the effect of partial oxygen pressure, used in the deposition of the ZnO layer, on the band alignment at ZnO - 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (0.5BZT-0.5BCT) interface and on the resistive switching (RS) behavior of pulsed laser deposited ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterostructures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been employed to measure the valence band offset and the conduction band offset of the ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterojunctions. The valence and conduction band offsets of the ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterostucture with ZnO deposited at 10-2 mbar of partial oxygen pressure were found to be 0.27 and 0.80 eV, respectively. The RS effect in heterostructures is explained on the base of the charge coupling between the switchable polarization of ferroelectric layer and the non-switchable polarization of semiconductor layer. The heterostructure with ZnO deposited at 10-2 mbar of partial oxygen pressure displays optimum RS characteristics, with a switching ratio ≥ 104 and excellent retention and endurance characteristics. The optimum RS characteristics are attributed to a good interface quality with enough carrier concentration in ZnO, as evidenced by XPS.

  5. High mobility field effect transistor based on BaSnO{sub 3} with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate oxide

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    Park, Chulkwon; Kim, Useong; Ju, Chan Jong; Park, Ji Sung; Kim, Young Mo; Char, Kookrin

    2014-11-17

    We fabricated an n-type accumulation-mode field effect transistor based on BaSnO{sub 3} transparent perovskite semiconductor, taking advantage of its high mobility and oxygen stability. We used the conventional metal-insulator-semiconductor structures: (In,Sn){sub 2}O{sub 3} as the source, drain, and gate electrodes, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as the gate insulator, and La-doped BaSnO{sub 3} as the semiconducting channel. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate oxide was deposited by atomic layer deposition technique. At room temperature, we achieved the field effect mobility value of 17.8 cm{sup 2}/Vs and the I{sub on}/I{sub off} ratio value higher than 10{sup 5} for V{sub DS} = 1 V. These values are higher than those previously reported on other perovskite oxides, in spite of the large density of threading dislocations in the BaSnO{sub 3} on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. However, a relatively large subthreshold swing value was found, which we attribute to the large density of charge traps in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as well as the threading dislocations.

  6. Evaluation of lubricating oil preparation procedures for the determination of Al, Ba, Mo, Si and V by high-resolution continuum source FAAS.

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    Amorim Filho, Volnei Resta; Gomes Neto, José Anchieta

    2009-01-01

    Microwave-assisted acid decomposition and oil-in-water emulsification were evaluated as sample pretreatment procedures to determine Al, Ba, Mo, Si and V in lubricating oils by high-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry (HR-CS FAAS). Average recoveries of Al, Ba and V in oil digests (107, 103 and 101%) were close to those obtained for emulsions prepared in kerosene medium (94, 113 and 95%). Average recoveries for Mo were close to 105 and 46% for emulsions and digests, respectively. Improved average recoveries (101%) were obtained for Mo in digests using the analyte addition technique. Silicon was successfully quantified only in digested samples. Limits of quantification for Al, Ba, Mo and V were 1.4, 31.5, 1.5 and 11.4-fold lower than those obtained by line-source FAAS. Enhanced sensitivity, multi-elemental capability, and high sample throughput are among the main advantages of HR-CS FAAS in comparison with the line-source FAAS technique.

  7. Structure determination of Ba5AlF13 by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state NMR and ab initio calculations.

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    Martineau, Charlotte; Allix, Mathieu; Suchomel, Matthew R; Porcher, Florence; Vivet, François; Legein, Christophe; Body, Monique; Massiot, Dominique; Taulelle, Francis; Fayon, Franck

    2016-10-04

    The room temperature structure of Ba5AlF13 has been investigated by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state high-resolution NMR ((19)F and (27)Al) and first principles calculations. An initial structural model has been obtained from electron and synchrotron powder diffraction data, and its main features have been confirmed by one- and two-dimensional NMR measurements. However, DFT GIPAW calculations of the (19)F isotropic shieldings revealed an inaccurate location of one fluorine site (F3, site 8a), which exhibited unusual long F-Ba distances. The atomic arrangement was reinvestigated using neutron powder diffraction data. Subsequent Fourier maps showed that this fluorine atom occupies a crystallographic site of lower symmetry (32e) with partial occupancy (25%). GIPAW computations of the NMR parameters validate the refined structural model, ruling out the presence of local static disorder and indicating that the partial occupancy of this F site reflects a local motional process. Visualisation of the dynamic process was then obtained from the Rietveld refinement of neutron diffraction data using an anharmonic description of the displacement parameters to account for the thermal motion of the mobile fluorine. The whole ensemble of powder diffraction and NMR data, coupled with first principles calculations, allowed drawing an accurate structural model of Ba5AlF13, including site-specific dynamical disorder in the fluorine sub-network.

  8. Infrared study of the vibrational behavior of CrO 42- guest ions matrix-isolated in metal (II) sulfates (Me=Ca, Sr, Ba, Pb)

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    Stoilova, D.; Georgiev, M.; Marinova, D.

    2005-03-01

    Infrared spectra of matrix-isolated CrO 42- guest ions in host sulfate matrices - CaSO 4·2H 2O, SrSO 4, BaSO 4 and PbSO 4 are reported and discussed with respect to the Cr-O stretching and O-Cr-O bending modes. An adequate measure for the CrO 42- guest ion distortion is the site group splitting Δ νas and Δ νmax (the difference between the highest and the lowest wavenumbered components of the stretching and bending modes). When the smaller SO 42- ions are replaced by the larger CrO 42- ions the mean frequencies of the asymmetric stretching and bending modes ( ν and ν) as well as the frequencies of ν1 of the CrO 42- guest ions are shifted to higher wavenumbers as compared to those in the respective neat chromates due to the larger repulsion potential at the host lattice sites (smaller values of the unit-cell volumes of the neat sulfates than those of the neat chromates). The CrO 42- guest ions exhibit three bands corresponding to the ν3 modes as deduced from the site group analysis ( C2 site symmetry in CaSO 4·2H 2O and Cs site symmetry in SrSO 4, BaSO 4 and PbSO 4). However, the bending modes ν4 and ν2 of the CrO 42- guest ions in SrSO 4, BaSO 4 and PbSO 4 show an effectively higher local symmetry than the 'rigorous' crystallographic one (two bands for ν4 and one band for ν2 instead of a triplet and a doublet expected, respectively). Such different apparent site symmetries observed in various spectral regions may be attributed to the different influence of energetic and geometrical distortions of the polyatomic entities at particular site on various modes.

  9. Glass structure and NIR emission of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in oxyfluoride BaF2-Al2O3-B2O3 glasses

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    Shinozaki, Kenji; Pisarski, Wojciech; Affatigato, Mario; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2015-12-01

    The glass structure, photoluminescence properties of Eu3+, Judd-Ofelt analysis, and near infrared emissions of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in the oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics of 1Eu2O3- or 1Er2O3-doped 50BaF2-xAl2O3-(50 - x)B2O3 (x = 0-25 mol%) were investigated. It was clarified on the ground of Raman scattering spectroscopy and F1s and O1s XPS measurements that the glass with no Al2O3 (1Er2O3-50BaF2-50B2O3) is composed of BO3, BO2F and BO3F units with F-Ba bonds. The glasses with 25Al2O3 (1Er2O3-50BaF2-25Al2O3-25B2O3) is mainly composed of BO3- and Al(O,F)x units. Existence of non-bridging oxygen was not detected by O1s-XPS spectra. It was proposed that these structures are largely affected on crystallization behavior, e.g., the glass with no Al2O3 forms BaF2 and β-BaB2O4 due to Ba-F bonds and the glass with 25Al2O3 forms BaAlBO3F2 because the glass structure composed of BO3 and Al(O,F) units is similar to the BaAlBO3F2 crystal structure. Judd-Ofelt parameters of Er3+ and Eu3+ in the glasses showed almost the same values in Ω4 and Ω6 for each glass, on the other hand Ω2 decreased with addition of Al2O3. The emission spectra of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in the glasses and glass-ceramics with BaAlBO3F2 crystals showed broad peaks. It is proposed that oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics based on the BaF2-Al2O3-B2O3 system have a high potential for optical device applications such as broadband optical amplifiers.

  10. Al doping effect on magnetic phase transitions of magnetoelectric hexaferrite Ba0.7Sr1.3Zn2(Fe1-xAlx)12O22

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    Chang, Hun; Lee, Hak Bong; Song, Young-Sang; Chung, Jae-Ho; Kim, S. A.; Oh, I. H.; Reehuis, M.; Schefer, J.

    2012-02-01

    We investigated the effect of Al doping in magnetic properties of the Y-type hexaferrite Ba0.7Sr1.3Zn2(Fe1-xAlx)12O22 (0≤x≤0.12), which exhibit field-induced magnetoelectric polarization. We find that Al doping increases the pitch of a spin helix and enhances c-axis magnetization, stabilizing longitudinal conical phases. These conical phases eventually collapse at x≥ 0.10. These results suggest that competitions between easy-axis and easy-plane anisotropy fields play a key role in generating stable magnetoelectric polarization in Y-type hexaferrites.

  11. Refinement of Eutectic Si in High Purity Al-5Si Alloys with Combined Ca and P Additions

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Li, Jiehua; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Schumacher, Peter; Arnberg, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The effects of combined additions of Ca and P on the eutectic Si in a series of high purity Al-5 wt pct Si alloys have been investigated with the entrained droplet technique and complementary sets of conventional castings. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal analysis were used to investigate the eutectic droplet undercooling and the recalescence undercooling, respectively. Optical microscopy, SEM, EPMA, and TEM were employed to characterize the resultant microstructures. It was found that 250 ppm Ca addition to Al-5Si wt pct alloys with higher P contents leads to a significant increase of the eutectic droplet undercooling. For low or moderate cooling rates, the TEM results underline that Ca additions do not promote Si twinning. Thus, a higher twin density cannot be expected in Ca containing Al-Si alloys after, e.g., sand casting. Consequently, a refinement of the eutectic Si from coarse flake-like to fine plate-like structure, rather than a modification of the eutectic Si to a fibrous morphology, was achieved. This strongly indicates that the main purpose of Ca additions is to counteract the coarsening effect of the eutectic Si imposed by higher P concentrations. Significant multiple Si twinning was observed in melt-spun condition; however, this can be attributed to the higher cooling rate. After DSC heating (slow cooling), most of Si twins disappeared. Thus, the well-accepted impurity-induced twinning mechanism may be not valid in the case of Ca addition. The possible refinement mechanisms were discussed in terms of nucleation and growth of eutectic Si. We propose that the pre-eutectic Al2Si2Ca phase and preferential formation of Ca3P2 deactivate impurity particles, most likely AlP, poisoning the nucleation sites for eutectic Si.

  12. Early development of Al, Ca, and Na compositional gradients in labradorite leached in pH 2 HCl solutions

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    Nesbitt, H. W.; Skinner, W. M.

    2001-03-01

    Labradorite reacted with HCl solution (pH = 2.0) develops leached layers extending to about 500 Å depth after 12 h leaching, and to 1500 Å depth after 143 h leaching. Accurate Al, Ca, and Na compositional depth profiles were measured using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), with compositional accuracy of about 10% and depth resolution of about 50 Å. XPS analyses of pristine K-feldspar and labradorite surfaces yield Ca, Al, Si, and O analyses within about 5% of electron microprobe results. Alkali element analyses are inaccurate due to preferential sputtering or mobility induced by fracture. The accurate compositional depth profiles yield well constrained diffusion coefficients and moving boundary velocities for Ca and Al. Na, Ca, and Al compositional gradients change character after about 2 days of leaching, from a convex upward hyperboloid to a sigmoid shape. Thereafter, the feldspar diffusion front is clearly separated from the surface (where silica dissolution occurs), with the diffusion front migrating into the feldspar at about 4 × 10 -11 cm/s. Al diffuses down the compositional gradient at about 2.5 × 10 -17 cm 2/s and Ca diffuses almost twice as fast (4.0 × 10 -17 cm 2/s). The solution-solid interface and active leaching zone are separated (after 2 days) by a Si-rich zone virtually devoid of Na, Ca, and Al. Diffusion rates through this Si-rich overlayer may be very rapid and approach rates observed in aqueous solutions. Diffusive release of Ca and Al from labradorite cannot be modelled accurately with mathematical solutions where diffusion through homogeneous media is assumed. During leaching, Ca and Al apparently diffuse by "jumping" to, and residing on, previously vacated structural sites of the feldspar. The probability of Ca and Al migrating towards solution consequently is greater than their probability of migrating towards pristine plagioclase, primarily because there are many more "vacant" sites in the leached zone than in pristine

  13. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence studies of CaAl2O4:Dy(3+) phosphor.

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    Ziyauddin, Mohammad; Tigga, Shalinta; Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D P

    2016-02-01

    Calcium aluminate phosphors activated by Dy(3+) have been prepared by a combustion method at a temperature of 600°C. Photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of gamma-irradiated Dy-doped calcium aluminate were investigated. The PL spectrum shows a broad peak around 488 nm and 573 nm, under 347 nm excitation. Thermoluminescence studies were performed for different concentrations of Dy. Optimum intensity of photoluminescence was found for 0.02 mol% concentration of Dy. It was found that initially the peak TL intensity increases with increasing concentration of Dy in the CaAl2O4 host, attains a maximum value for 0.05 mol% concentration and decreases with further increase in the doping concentration due to concentration quenching.

  14. PHASE TRANSITION, DIELECTRIC AND PIEZOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF NaNbO3-Ba0.85Ca0.15(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 LEAD-FREE CERAMICS

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    Lei, Yuqing; Wu, Hong; Lin, Dunmin; Zheng, Qiaoji; Wu, Xiaochun; Fan, Ximing

    2012-09-01

    A new lead-free solid solution of (1-x)NaNbO3-xBa0.85Ca0.15(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 was prepared by a traditional sintering method and its phase transition, dielectric and piezoelectric properties were studied. Ba0.85Ca0.15(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 diffuses into NaNbO3 lattices to form a new solid solution with perovskite structure. The addition of Ba0.85Ca0.15(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3(x≥0.025) transforms NaNbO3 from antiferroelectric to ferroelectric. The diffusive ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition is induced in the ceramics with high concentration of Ba0.85Ca0.15(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3. The ceramics with x = 0.05-0.125 possess large Pr values of 18.6-25.5 μC/cm2. A morphotropic phase boundary between tetragonal and orthorhombic phases is formed at 0.05 < x < 0.15, leading to a significant enhancement of piezoelectric properties. The ceramic with x = 0.125 situated near the morphotropic phase boundary exhibits the optimum piezoelectric properties: d33 = 151 pC/N and kp = 31.6%.

  15. Phase separation enhanced magneto-electric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films.

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    Alberca, A; Munuera, C; Azpeitia, J; Kirby, B; Nemes, N M; Perez-Muñoz, A M; Tornos, J; Mompean, F J; Leon, C; Santamaria, J; Garcia-Hernandez, M

    2015-12-09

    We study the origin of the magnetoelectric coupling in manganite films on ferroelectric substrates. We find large magnetoelectric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films in experiments based on the converse magnetoelectric effect. The magnetization changes by around 30-40% upon applying electric fields on the order of 1 kV/cm to the BaTiO3 substrate, corresponding to magnetoelectric coupling constants on the order of α = (2-5) · 10(-7) s/m. Magnetic anisotropy is also affected by the electric field induced strain, resulting in a considerable reduction of coercive fields. We compare the magnetoelectric effect in pre-poled and unpoled BaTiO3 substrates. Polarized neutron reflectometry reveals a two-layer behavior with a depressed magnetic layer of around 30 Å at the interface. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) shows a granular magnetic structure of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. The magnetic granularity of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 film and the robust magnetoelastic coupling at the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 interface are at the origin of the large magnetoelectric coupling, which is enhanced by phase separation in the manganite.

  16. Phase separation enhanced magneto-electric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films

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    Alberca, A.; Munuera, C.; Azpeitia, J.; Kirby, B.; Nemes, N. M.; Perez-Muñoz, A. M.; Tornos, J.; Mompean, F. J.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.

    2015-01-01

    We study the origin of the magnetoelectric coupling in manganite films on ferroelectric substrates. We find large magnetoelectric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films in experiments based on the converse magnetoelectric effect. The magnetization changes by around 30–40% upon applying electric fields on the order of 1 kV/cm to the BaTiO3 substrate, corresponding to magnetoelectric coupling constants on the order of α = (2–5)·10−7 s/m. Magnetic anisotropy is also affected by the electric field induced strain, resulting in a considerable reduction of coercive fields. We compare the magnetoelectric effect in pre-poled and unpoled BaTiO3 substrates. Polarized neutron reflectometry reveals a two-layer behavior with a depressed magnetic layer of around 30 Å at the interface. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) shows a granular magnetic structure of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. The magnetic granularity of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 film and the robust magnetoelastic coupling at the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 interface are at the origin of the large magnetoelectric coupling, which is enhanced by phase separation in the manganite. PMID:26648002

  17. Kasatkinite, Ba2Ca8B5Si8O32(OH)3 · 6H2O6, a new mineral from the Bazhenovskoe deposit, the Central Urals, Russia

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    Pekov, I. V.; Chukanov, N. V.; Filinchuk, Ya. E.; Zadov, A. E.; Kononkova, N. N.; Epanchintsev, S. G.; Kaden, P.; Kutzer, A.; Göttlicher, J.

    2013-12-01

    A new mineral, kasatkinite, Ba2Ca8B5Si8O32(OH)3 · 6H2O, has been found at the Bazhenovskoe chrysotile asbestos deposit, the Central Urals, Russia in the cavities in rhodingite as a member of two assemblages: (l) on prehnite, with pectolite, calcite, and clinochlore; and (2) on grossular, with diopside and pectolite. Kasatkinite occurs as spherulites or bunches up to 3 mm in size, occasionally combined into crusts. Its individuals are acicular to hair-like, typically split, with a polygonal cross section, up to 0.5 mm (rarely, to 6 mm) in length and to 20 μm in thickness. They consist of numerous misoriented needle-shaped subindividuals up to several dozen μm long and no more than 1 μm thick. Kasatkinite individuals are transparent and colorless; its aggregates are snow white. The luster is vitreous or silky. No cleavage was observed; the fracture is uneven or splintery for aggregates. Individuals are flexible and elastic. The Mohs' hardness is 4-4.5. D meas = 2.95(5), D calc = 2.89 g/cm3. Kasatkinite is optically biaxial (+), α = 1.600(5), β = 1.603(2), γ = 1.626(2), 2 V meas = 30(20)°, 2 V calc = 40°. The IR spectrum is given. The 11B MAS NMR spectrum shows the presence of BO4 in the absence of BO3 groups. The chemical composition of kasatkinite (wt %; electron microprobe, H2O by gas chromatography) is as follows: 0.23 Na2O, 0.57 K2O, 28.94 CaO, 16.79 BaO, 11.57 B2O3, 0.28 Al2O3, 31.63 SiO2, 0.05 F, 9.05 H2O, -0.02 -O=F2; the total is 99.09. The empirical formula (calculated on the basis of O + F = 41 apfu, taking into account the TGA data) is: Na0.11K0.18Ba1.66Ca7.84B5.05Al0.08Si8.00O31.80(OH)3.06F0.04 · 6.10H2O. Kasatkinite is monoclinic, space group P21/ c, P2/ c, or Pc; the unit-cell dimensions are a = 5.745(3), b = 7.238(2), c = 20.79 (1) Å, β = 90.82(5)°, V = 864(1) Å3, Z = 1. The strongest reflections ( d Å- I[ hkl]) in the X-ray powder diffractions pattern are: 5.89-24[012], 3.48-2.1[006], 3.36-24[114]; 3.009-100[, 121, ], 2

  18. Temperature and Frequency Dependent Dielectric Properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ Bulk Superconductor

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    Rahim, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Mumtaz, M.

    2013-07-01

    The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric properties of polycrystalline Cd-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ ( y=0,0.25,0.5,0.75) bulk superconductor samples are investigated. The zero resistivity critical temperature { T c( R=0)} has decreased and normal state resistivity has increased with the increase of Cd-doping in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples. The dielectric properties such as dielectric constants ( ɛ', ɛ″), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and ac-conductivity ( σ ac ) are investigated by measuring the capacitance (C) and conductance (G) in the frequency range of 10 KHz to 10 MHz at different temperature from 80 K to 300 K. The negative capacitance (NC) is observed in all Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples. The large values of NC observed at lower frequencies and temperatures may be due to reduced thermal vibrations and enhanced polarizability of the material. The effect of Cd-doping on bulk properties, dc-resistivity ( ρ) and ac-electrical conductivity ( σ ac ) of these superconductor samples are investigated. The polarization in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples is most likely arising from the displacement of charges in CuO2/CdO2 planes relative to the static charges at Ba2+, Tl3+, and Cu2+ sites in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2O4- δ charge reservoir layers by external applied field.

  19. Electronic structure and properties of isoelectronically substituted compounds Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2-m}M{sub m}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2-m}M{sub m}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8} (M = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra)

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    Ermakov, A.I.; Zharikova, E.A.; Markushin, N.A.

    1994-09-01

    According to cluster calculations, the electronic structures of compounds based on Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8} with isoelectronically substituted barium have some qualitative distinctions. These compounds behave differently upon barium substitution by other elements due to differences in the character of their highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals. Substitution of barium by radium is expected to lead to an increase in oxygen stability without a significant decrease in the critical temperature of superconduction transition T{sub s}. In order to raise T{sub s}, it is of interest to study the systems YBa{sub 2-m}(Be or Mg){sub m}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and YBa{sub 2-m}(Ca, Sr){sub m}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}. On partial substitution of barium by calcium in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}, the mechanism of T{sub s} elevation may involve contraction of the forbidden band due to oxygen sublattice distortions in the vicinity of Ba centers.

  20. Biotic and geochemical (δ18O, δ13C, Mg/Ca, Ba/Ca) responses of Globigerinoides ruber morphotypes to upper water column variations during the last deglaciation, Gulf of Mexico

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    Antonarakou, A.; Kontakiotis, G.; Mortyn, P. G.; Drinia, H.; Sprovieri, M.; Besiou, E.; Tripsanas, E.

    2015-12-01

    Within the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), the Bryant Canyon is exceptional in that rapid sedimentation sustained by high rates of terrigenous sediment delivery and surface marine productivity make this basin an excellent recorder of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic conditions. We present a new 21-kyr record of sea surface temperature (SST) and local salinity changes from the NW GOM (core JPC-26) approximated from combined Globigerinoides ruber morphotype-specific δ18O and Mg/Ca, as well as Ba/Ca, which reflect the subtropical GOM hydrographic dynamics and their relationship to both Mississippi River discharges and climate evolution during the last deglaciation. Overall, the reconstructed SST and SSS-related patterns reveal notable variations in amplitude between the analyzed morphotypes, adding valuable insights to previously published G. ruber (w, mixed) GOM records. Especially during the deglaciation, Bryant Canyon meltwater flooding events (BCDFs) and associated sea surface freshening seem to be more pronounced than the SST reduction. Our Mg/Ca-derived SST records of both morphotypes (G. ruber sensu stricto (s.s.) and G. ruber sensu lato (s.l.)) show comparable general trends, but with important SST differences (ΔT). We interpret down-core ΔT as a record of changing upper water column hydrography, with particular influence from the deglacial meltwater (BCDFs) or Holocene (BCHFs) flooding events. During the warm intervals, the deeper, thicker and probably more seasonally persistent mixed layer led to more uniform thermal conditions for both G. ruber morphotypes and therefore to a minimum ΔT. On the contrary, during the cold and low salinity periods, the shallower mixed layer favored more habitat divergence, and caused a maximum thermal gradient in the well-stratified upper water column. Overall, this supports the notion that G. ruber s.s. is consistently calcifying in warmer waters than G. ruber s.l., either due to a shallower depth habitat or to a more summer

  1. High Permittivity (1 - x)Ba(Zr(0.2)Ti(0.8))O3 - x(Ba(0.7)Ca(0.3))TiO3 (x = 0.45) Epitaxial Thin Films with Nanoscale Phase Fluctuations.

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    Scarisoreanu, Nicu D; Craciun, Floriana; Moldovan, Antoniu; Ion, Valentin; Birjega, Ruxandra; Ghica, Corneliu; Negrea, Raluca F; Dinescu, Maria

    2015-11-04

    Epitaxial (1 - x)Ba(Ti0.8Zr0.2)TiO3 - x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3, x = 0.45 (BCZT 45), thin films have been deposited on (001) SrTiO3 (STO) and (001/100) SrLaAlO4 (SLAO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) confirmed the epitaxial growth of the films. A high structural quality has been evidenced for the BCZT/STO films. Geometric phase analysis (GPA) associated with the HRTEM enabled us to obtain microstrain analysis and the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameter variation on different areas. Tetragonality ratio fluctuations at nanoscale level which are relevant for the existence of nanodomains have been evidenced on the BCZT/STO films. The in-plane dielectric constant has been measured on interdigital electrodes deposited by lift-off technique on the top of the films. High values of dielectric permittivity (>3000) combined with low dielectric loss (<0.01) are obtained for BCZT 45 film deposited on STO substrate, showing nearly constant values between 1 kHz and 10 MHz. The high dielectric permittivity of BCZT thin films was attributed to their high structural quality and to the loss of rotation stability of the polarization associated with the presence of nanodomains. This results into a divergence of fluctuations of polarization direction and a peak of dielectric susceptibility. The enhanced switching of such nanodomain configuration was probed by piezoforce microscopy, by writing and reading domains during topography scanning.

  2. Uniaxial-strain mechanical detwinning of CaFe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] and BaFe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] crystals: Optical and transport study

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    Tanatar, M.A.; Blomberg, E.C.; Kreyssig, A.; Kim, M.G.; Ni, N.; Thaler, A.; Bud’ko, S.L.; Canfield, P.C.; Goldman, A.I.; Mazin, I.I.; Prozorov, R.

    2010-10-22

    The parent compounds of iron-arsenide superconductors, AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (A=Ca, Sr, Ba), undergo a tetragonal to orthorhombic structural transition at a temperature T{sub TO} in the range 135-205 K depending on the alkaline-earth element. Below T{sub TO} the free standing crystals split into equally populated structural domains, which mask intrinsic, in-plane, anisotropic properties of the materials. Here we demonstrate a way of mechanically detwinning CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. The detwinning is nearly complete, as demonstrated by polarized light imaging and synchrotron x-ray measurements, and reversible, with twin pattern restored after strain release. Electrical resistivity measurements in the twinned and detwinned states show that resistivity, {rho}, decreases along the orthorhombic a{sub o} axis but increases along the orthorhombic b{sub o} axis in both compounds. Immediately below T{sub TO} the ratio {rho}{sub bo}/{rho}{sub ao} = 1.2 and 1.5 for Ca and Ba compounds, respectively. Contrary to CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} reveals an anisotropy in the nominally tetragonal phase, suggesting that either fluctuations play a larger role above T{sub TO} in BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} than in CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} or that there is a higher temperature crossover or phase transition.

  3. Structural and large magnetocaloric properties of La0.67-xYxBa0.23Ca0.1MnO3 perovskites (0≤x≤0.15)

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    Abassi, Mounira; Dhahri, N.; Dhahri, J.; HLIL, E. K.

    2014-09-01

    La0.67Ba0.23Ca0.1MnO3 doped with different amounts of yttrium (Y) result in the series La0.67-xYxBa0.23Ca0.1MnO3 (LYBCMO) (x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) which was synthesized by conventional solid state ceramics route. All samples show a rhombohedral structure (space group R3 barc) at room temperature. A transition from a paramagnetic to a ferromagnetic phase is observed at Curie temperature, TC. It has been found that the substitution of Y on the La site causes a reduction in TC. Analyses of crystallographic data suggested a strong correlation between structural properties and magnetism. As an example, a relationship between the distortion of MnO6 octahedron and the reduction in Curie temperature. The magnetic entropy change (-ΔS)m was estimated from isothermal magnetization curves. It decreases from 4.91 J/kg K at 350 k (x=0.00) to 4.14 J/kg K at 289 K (x=0.15) with the increase of Y content under μ0H=5 T. The relative cooling power (RCP) is found to be 365 J/kg for La0.67Ba0.23Ca0.1MnO3 and 288 J/kg for La0.52Y0.15Ba0.23Ca0.1MnO3 in the magnetic field change of 5 T. From these results, La0.67-xYxBa0.23Ca0.1MnO3 materials are strongly suggested for use as active refrigerants in magnetic refrigeration technology at near room temperature.

  4. Red/Blue-Shift Dual-Directional Regulation in Blue-Emitting Ca0.8Ba1.2SiO4:Eu2+ Phosphor on Incorporation of Eu2+/Mg2+ Ions

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    He, Lihua; Zou, Xiao; Wang, Tao; Zheng, Qiaoji; Jiang, Na; Xu, Chenggang; Liu, Yongfu; Lin, Dunmin

    2017-03-01

    Blue-emitting phosphors with composition (Ca0.8Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4: yEu2+ ( x = 0 to 0.11, y = 0.01 to 0.08) have been synthesized via a high-temperature solid-state reaction route and the effects of Mg2+ and Eu2+ codoping on their morphology, crystal structure, and luminescence properties were investigated. For (Ca0.8Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4:0.04Eu2+, the color changed from light-blue to deep-blue region with increasing Mg2+ content from x = 0 to x = 0.11. For (Ca0.8Ba1.2)0.93Mg0.07SiO4: yEu2+, the emission band showed the opposite shift with increasing y from 1% to 8%. Interestingly, increasing Mg2+ addition led to significant reduction in the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) from 100 nm to 70 nm. Compared with Mg-free samples, the emission intensity of the Mg-containing material with x = 0.07 was enhanced by ˜100%. The optimum doping levels of Mg2+ and Eu2+ were 0.07 and 0.02 for (Ca0.8 Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4:0.04Eu2+ and (Ca0.8Ba1.2)0.93Mg0.07SiO4: yEu2+, respectively. These results indicate that such materials could be good candidate blue-emitting phosphors for use in solid-state lighting and displays.

  5. Model of Silicon Refining During Tapping: Removal of Ca, Al, and Other Selected Element Groups

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    Olsen, Jan Erik; Kero, Ida T.; Engh, Thorvald A.; Tranell, Gabriella

    2016-12-01

    A mathematical model for industrial refining of silicon alloys has been developed for the so-called oxidative ladle refining process. It is a lumped (zero-dimensional) model, based on the mass balances of metal, slag, and gas in the ladle, developed to operate with relatively short computational times for the sake of industrial relevance. The model accounts for a semi-continuous process which includes both the tapping and post-tapping refining stages. It predicts the concentrations of Ca, Al, and trace elements, most notably the alkaline metals, alkaline earth metal, and rare earth metals. The predictive power of the model depends on the quality of the model coefficients, the kinetic coefficient, τ, and the equilibrium partition coefficient, L for a given element. A sensitivity analysis indicates that the model results are most sensitive to L. The model has been compared to industrial measurement data and found to be able to qualitatively, and to some extent quantitatively, predict the data. The model is very well suited for alkaline and alkaline earth metals which respond relatively fast to the refining process. The model is less well suited for elements such as the lanthanides and Al, which are refined more slowly. A major challenge for the prediction of the behavior of the rare earth metals is that reliable thermodynamic data for true equilibrium conditions relevant to the industrial process is not typically available in literature.

  6. Model of Silicon Refining During Tapping: Removal of Ca, Al, and Other Selected Element Groups

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    Olsen, Jan Erik; Kero, Ida T.; Engh, Thorvald A.; Tranell, Gabriella

    2017-04-01

    A mathematical model for industrial refining of silicon alloys has been developed for the so-called oxidative ladle refining process. It is a lumped (zero-dimensional) model, based on the mass balances of metal, slag, and gas in the ladle, developed to operate with relatively short computational times for the sake of industrial relevance. The model accounts for a semi-continuous process which includes both the tapping and post-tapping refining stages. It predicts the concentrations of Ca, Al, and trace elements, most notably the alkaline metals, alkaline earth metal, and rare earth metals. The predictive power of the model depends on the quality of the model coefficients, the kinetic coefficient, τ, and the equilibrium partition coefficient, L for a given element. A sensitivity analysis indicates that the model results are most sensitive to L. The model has been compared to industrial measurement data and found to be able to qualitatively, and to some extent quantitatively, predict the data. The model is very well suited for alkaline and alkaline earth metals which respond relatively fast to the refining process. The model is less well suited for elements such as the lanthanides and Al, which are refined more slowly. A major challenge for the prediction of the behavior of the rare earth metals is that reliable thermodynamic data for true equilibrium conditions relevant to the industrial process is not typically available in literature.

  7. Thermoluminescence and synchrotron radiation studies on the persistent luminescence of BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+},Dy{sup 3+}

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    Rodrigues, L.C.V.; Stefani, R.; Brito, H.F.; Felinto, M.C.F.C.; Hoelsae, J.; Lastusaari, M.; Laamanen, T.; Malkamaeki, M.

    2010-10-15

    The persistent luminescence materials, barium aluminates doped with Eu{sup 2+} and Dy{sup 3+} (BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+},Dy{sup 3+}), were prepared with the combustion synthesis at temperatures between 400 and 600 {sup o}C as well as with the solid state reaction at 1500 {sup o}C. The concentrations of Eu{sup 2+}/Dy{sup 3+} (in mol% of the Ba amount) ranged from 0.1/0.1 to 1.0/3.0. The electronic and defect energy level structures were studied with thermoluminescence (TL) and synchrotron radiation (SR) spectroscopies: UV-VUV excitation and emission, as well as with X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) methods. Theoretical calculations using the density functional theory (DFT) were carried out in order to compare with the experimental data. - Graphical abstract: BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+},Dy{sup 3+} phosphors: Thermoluminescence glow curve and synchrotron radiation spectra. Persistent luminescence photographs obtained after ceased UV irradiation.

  8. Electronic structure, mechanical, and optical properties of CaO·Al2O3 system: a first principles approach

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    Hussain, A.; Mehmood, S.; Rasool, M. N.; Aryal, S.; Rulis, P.; Ching, W. Y.

    2016-08-01

    A comprehensive study of the structure, bonding, mechanical and optical properties of five stable phases within the calcium aluminate (Ca-Al-O) series with different CaO to Al2O3 proportions has been carried out using the density functional theory based orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals (OLCAO) method. The phases are C3A, C12A7-crystal, CA, CA2, and CA6 and the oxygen deficient C12A7-electride phase. These five stable phases are wide band gap insulators with energy gap values ranging from 3.85 to 4.62 eV. The charge neutral C12A7-crystal has localized defective states in the gap whereas the C12A7-electride phase has a region of metallic bands of about 2 eV wide in the gap. Effective charge and bond order calculations reveal intimate details of electronic structure and bonding in relation to the aluminate contents in the series. It is shown that Al-O bonds dominate the Ca-O bonds in determining the crystal strength with CA6 having the highest and C12A7 having the lowest bond order density. Calculations of elastic coefficients and mechanical properties in these crystals show a high degree of diversity and anisotropic behavior consistent with the bond order calculations. The refractive index values from optical properties calculations are in good agreement with available literature. Other results furnish more insights for the Ca-Al-O series and provide the opportunity for further investigations on similar or more complicated quaternary systems with potential novel properties.

  9. Scintillation characteristics of LiCaAlF6-based single crystals under X-ray excitation

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    Nikl, M.; Bruza, P.; Panek, D.; Vrbova, M.; Mihokova, E.; Mares, J. A.; Beitlerova, A.; Kawaguchi, N.; Fukuda, K.; Yoshikawa, A.

    2013-04-01

    LiCaAlF6-based scintillators are studied under X- and soft gamma-ray excitations. Under nanosecond pulsed soft X-ray laser excitation the scintillation decay is measured with extremely high dynamical resolution and broad time scale. The undoped LiCaAlF6 shows complex temperature dependence of exciton luminescence and tunneling-driven energy transfer process in scintillation decay. In both the Ce and Eu-doped LiCaAlF6 the dominant part of measured scintillation decay is due to prompt recombination of electrons and holes at the doped emission centers. Nevertheless, the measured light yield value is considerably lower with respect to the derived upper limits. Possible origin of its deterioration is discussed.

  10. Characterization of ZrO2 buffer layers for sequentially evaporated Y-Ba-CuO on Si and Al2O3 substrates

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    Valco, George J.; Rohrer, Norman J.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1988-01-01

    Thin film high temperature superconductors have the potential to change the microwave technology for space communications systems. For such applications it is desirable that the films be formed on substrates such as Al2O3 which have good microwave properties. The use of ZrO2 buffer layers between Y-Ba-Cu-O and the substrate has been investigated. These superconducting films have been formed by multilayer sequential electron beam evaporation of Cu, BaF2 and Y with subsequent annealing. The three layer sequence of Y/BaF2/Cu is repeated four times for a total of twelve layers. Such a multilayer film, approximately 1 micron thick, deposited directly on SrTiO3 and annealed at 900 C for 45 min produces a film with a superconducting onset of 93 K and critical temperature of 85 K. Auger electron spectroscopy in conjunction with argon ion sputtering was used to obtain the distribution of each element as a function of depth for an unannealed film, the annealed film on SrTiO3 and annealed films on ZrO2 buffer layers. The individual layers were apparent. After annealing, the bulk of the film on SrTiO3 is observed to be fairly uniform while films on the substrates with buffer layers are less uniform. The Y-Ba-Cu-O/ZrO2 interface is broad with a long Ba tail into the ZrO2, suggesting interaction between the film and the buffer layer. The underlying ZrO2/Si interface is sharper. The detailed Auger results are presented and compared with samples annealed at different temperatures and durations.

  11. Origin of the high permittivity in (La0.4Ba0.4Ca0.2)(Mn0.4Ti0.6)O3 ceramics

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    Li, Ming; Feteira, Antonio; Sinclair, Derek C.

    2005-10-01

    Single-phase cubic (La0.4Ba0.4Ca0.2)(Mn0.4Ti0.6)O3 (LBCMT) was reported by Jha et al. [J. Solid State Chem. 177, 2881 (2004)] to exhibit an extraordinarily high effective permittivity (ɛeff~6980 and 590 at 1 and 100 kHz, respectively) at room temperature. According to x-ray-diffraction analysis, the structure of this perovskite can be fully described on the centrosymmetric space-group Pm3m, which precludes the occurrence of ferroelectricity. In the present work, impedance spectroscopy has shown that LBCMT exhibits a bulk permittivity, Vr~40-45, in accordance with that expected for a cubic, centrosymmetric perovskite. LBCMT is a semiconductor with a bulk resistivity of ~3 kΩ cm at 300 K and an activation energy for conduction of ~0.20 eV which is consistent with an electron hopping conduction mechanism. Finally, it is demonstrated that the high effective permittivity Veff reported previously is not an intrinsic bulk effect arising from hopping conduction between Mn+3 and Mn+4, but is ultimately associated with grain-boundary effects.

  12. Effect of high-energy electron irradiation in an electron microscope column on fluorides of alkaline earth elements (CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2)

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    Nikolaichik, V. I.; Sobolev, B. P.; Zaporozhets, M. A.; Avilov, A. S.

    2012-03-01

    The effect of high-energy (150 eV) electron irradiation in an electron microscope column on crystals of fluorides of alkaline earth elements CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2 is studied. During structural investigations by electron diffraction and electron microscopy, the electron irradiation causes chemical changes in MF2 crystals such as the desorption of fluorine and the accumulation of oxygen in the irradiated area with the formation of oxide MO. The fluorine desorption rate increases significantly when the electron-beam density exceeds the threshold value of ˜2 × 103 pA/cm2). In BaF2 samples, the transformation of BaO into Ba(OH)2 was observed when irradiation stopped. The renewal of irradiation is accompanied by the inverse transformation of Ba(OH)2 into BaO. In the initial stage of irradiation of all MF2 compounds, the oxide phase is in the single-crystal state with a lattice highly matched with the MF2 matrix. When the irradiation dose is increased, the oxide phase passes to the polycrystalline phase. Gaseous products of MF2 destruction (in the form of bubbles several nanometers in diameter) form a rectangular array with a period of ˜20 nm in the sample.

  13. Structural studies of the superconducting La 3.5- x- yY yCa 2 xBa 3.5- xCu 7O z system

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    Subbarao, M. V.; Rajagopal, H.; Sequeira, A.; Kulkarni, R. G.

    1999-06-01

    We have investigated the influence of incorporation of Ca and Y ions on the structural and superconducting properties of La 3.5- x- yY yCa 2 xBa 3.5- xCu 7O z (0.0≤ x= y≤0.7) system by Rietveld refinement using the neutron diffraction data on five samples viz. x= y=0.0 (#1), 0.20 (#2), 0.40 (#3), 0.50 (#4) and 0.70 (#5) along with X-ray diffraction (XRD), resistivity, AC susceptibility and oxygen-content measurements. Samples with 0.20≤ x= y≤0.70 are superconducting and TcR=0 is between 56 and 79 K. Neutron data confirms (i) the occurrence of a single phase tetragonal structure with space group P4/ mmm for all the five samples, (ii) Ca and Y ions substitute onto the La sites, with concomitant displacement of La on to Ba sites, and (iii) increasing x= y from 0.0 to 0.50 decreases La-O(3) bond length from 2.516 to 2.446 Å and increases Cu(2)-O(2) bond length from 2.200 to 2.292 Å with corresponding increase in Tc from 0 to 79 K due to increasing occupancy of Y/Ca at La site. A correlation exists between the Cu(2)-O(2) and La-O(3) bond lengths and the measured Tc values of five samples. Rietveld analysis of XRD data for x= y=0.50 (#4) sample clearly shows the occupancy of Ca ions in the La sites and to small extent 0.03 in Ba sites. Such cation disordering between Ca and La,Ba may give different oxygen contents obtained from neutron data and iodometry.

  14. Effect of Al2O3 Concentration on Density and Structure of (CaO-SiO2)-xAl2O3 Slag

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    Rajavaram, Ramaraghavulu; Kim, Hyelim; Lee, Chi-Hoon; Cho, Won-Seung; Lee, Chi-Hwan; Lee, Joonho

    2017-03-01

    The effect of Al2O3 concentration on the density and structure of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 slag was investigated at multiple Al2O3 mole percentages and at a fixed CaO/SiO2 ratio of 1. The experiments were conducted in the temperature range of 2154 K to 2423 K (1881 °C to 2150 °C) using the aerodynamic levitation technique. In order to understand the relationship between density and structure, structural analysis of the silicate melts was carried out using Raman spectroscopy. The density of each slag sample investigated in this study decreased linearly with increasing temperature. When the Al2O3 content was less than 15 mole pct, density decreased with increasing Al2O3 content due to the coupling of Si (Al), whereas above 20 mole pct density of the slag increased due to the role of Al3+ ion as a network modifier.

  15. Structural and dielectric properties of A(Fe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} [A = Ba, Sr, Ca

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    Dutta, Alo

    2011-04-15

    Graphical abstract: FTIR spectra of BFT, SFT and CFT at room temperature. Research highlights: {yields} The structural and dielectric properties of BaFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3}, SrFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3} and CaFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3}. {yields} Fourier transform infrared spectra show two primary phonon modes of the samples at around 450 cm{sup -1} and 620 cm{sup -1}. {yields} The compounds show significant frequency dispersion in its dielectric properties. {yields} The relaxation mechanism of the samples is modelled by Cole-Cole equation. -- Abstract: The complex perovskite oxide barium iron tantalate (BFT), BaFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3}, strontium iron tantalate (SFT), SrFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3} and calcium iron tantalate (CFT), CaFe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}O{sub 3} are synthesized by a solid-state reaction technique. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data of the samples shows that BFT and SFT crystallize in cubic structure, with lattice parameter a = 4.06 A for BFT and 3.959 A for SFT, whereas CFT crystallizes in orthorhombic structure having lattice parameters a = 5.443 A, b = 5.542 A and c = 7.757 A. Fourier transform infrared spectra show two primary phonon modes of the samples at around 450 cm{sup -1} and 620 cm{sup -1}. The compounds show significant frequency dispersion in its dielectric properties. The complex impedance plane plots of the samples show that the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in these materials is purely a bulk effect arising from the semiconductive grains. The relaxation mechanism of the samples is modelled by Cole-Cole equation. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra are found to follow the power law.

  16. Nanocrystalline Ba{sub 0.97}Ca{sub 0.03}SO{sub 4}:Eu for ion beams dosimetry

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    Lochab, S. P.; Kanjilal, D.; Salah, Numan; Habib, Sami S.; Lochab, Jyoti; Ranjan, Ranju; Aleynikov, V. E.; Rupasov, A. A.; Pandey, A.

    2008-08-01

    Nanoparticles of Ba{sub 0.97}Ca{sub 0.03}SO{sub 4}:Eu have been irradiated by 48 MeV Li{sup 3+}, 75 MeV C{sup 6+}, and 90 MeV O{sup 7+} ion beams with a fluence range of 1x10{sup 9}-1x10{sup 13} ion/cm{sup 2}. The thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves along with the response curves of this nanophosphor have been investigated and compared with those of the corresponding microcrystalline samples. TL glow curve of the nanophosphor exposed to {gamma}-rays has also been included in the letter with the aim of reporting some of the comparative measurements. The glow curves of the ion-beam irradiated nanomaterials are similar in their shapes to those induced by gamma rays, with a shift in the peak positions to the higher temperature side by around 30 K. The TL intensity of the ion-beam irradiated nanomaterials is found to decrease, while going from low to high atomic number (Z) ions (i.e., Li{sup 3+}{yields}O{sup 7+}). Similar trend was also observed in the linearity of the TL response curves. The response curve of Li ion irradiated nanomaterials is sublinear in the whole range of studied fluences. C ion has also a more or less similar response, while the O ion has a sublinear response over a shorter range of 1x10{sup 9}-1x10{sup 12} ion/cm{sup 2}, and above this range the response saturates. These results for the nanomaterials are much better than that of the corresponding microcrystalline sample irradiated by Li{sup 3+} ions. The curve was sublinear up to the fluence 1x10{sup 10} ion/cm{sup 2} and then saturates at higher fluences. The wider sublinear TL response of the nanocrystalline Ba{sub 0.97}Ca{sub 0.03}SO{sub 4}:Eu makes it superior to its corresponding microform and thus makes it a suitable candidate as a dosimeter to be used for detecting the doses of ions, especially the Li and C ions for their application in cancer radiotherapy and radiation biology.

  17. Effect of Ca doping on microstructural and superconducting properties of DyBa2Cu3O7-delta/Caz (0 leq z leq 0.2) ceramics

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    Y Laval, J.; Orlova, T. S.

    2003-10-01

    Using bright-field and energy selective x-ray analysis techniques in transmission electron microscopy, we have studied the effect of Ca doping on the microstructural and superconducting properties in DyBa2Cu3Oy/Caz (z = 0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) ceramics, i.e. for the case when Ca was added in excess to the stoichiometric 123 composition. It was found that in this case approximately half of the added Ca amount entered the 123-lattice. Thus, in the composition with nominal z = 0.1 (0.77 at%) average Ca concentration in the grains was about 0.4 at%. On the basis of measured atomic concentrations and 123 stoichiometry of grains, it was concluded that Ca predominantly substituted Dy in the bulk for all levels of doping (0 leq z leq 0.2), although for z = 0.2 the rate of substitution for Ba also became pronounced. This substitution of Dy3+ by Ca2+ seems to explain the observed decrease in Tc from 92 K in an undoped sample to 74 77 K for compositions with z = 0.1 0.2. Ca segregated in grain boundaries (GBs). The concentration of Ca in most 'clean' (secondary-phase-free) GBs was 1.5 3.5 times higher than in the adjacent grains. Ca segregated in a narrow region (d leq 5 nm) around the GB. In the majority of GBs, Ca substitution for Dy was favoured, although with increasing the doping level from z = 0.1 to z = 0.2 the rate of the substitution for Ba increased. This substitution for Dy most probably explains the obtained dramatic increase of Jc at T leq 0.8 Tc in the Ca-doped samples. Ca segregation in GBs is the most probable reason for the superconductor normal-metal superconductor (SNS) behaviour of the GB network in Ca-doped samples. Ca doping led to a higher proportion of clean GBs, in the sample with z = 0.1, that could be responsible for a slower decrease of Jc with magnetic field in this sample.

  18. Effect of Ca doping on microstructural and superconducting properties of DyBa2Cu3O7-delta/Caz (0 leq z leq 0.2) ceramics

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    Laval, J. Y.; Orlova, T. S.

    2003-10-01

    Using bright-field and energy selective x-ray analysis techniques in transmission electron microscopy, we have studied the effect of Ca doping on the microstructural and superconducting properties in DyBa2Cu3Oy/Caz (z = 0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) ceramics, i.e. for the case when Ca was added in excess to the stoichiometric 123 composition. It was found that in this case approximately half of the added Ca amount entered the 123-lattice. Thus, in the composition with nominal z = 0.1 (0.77 at%) average Ca concentration in the grains was about 0.4 at%. On the basis of measured atomic concentrations and 123 stoichiometry of grains, it was concluded that Ca predominantly substituted Dy in the bulk for all levels of doping (0 leq z leq 0.2), although for z = 0.2 the rate of substitution for Ba also became pronounced. This substitution of Dy3+ by Ca2+ seems to explain the observed decrease in Tc from 92 K in an undoped sample to 74-77 K for compositions with z = 0.1-0.2. Ca segregated in grain boundaries (GBs). The concentration of Ca in most 'clean' (secondary-phase-free) GBs was 1.5-3.5 times higher than in the adjacent grains. Ca segregated in a narrow region (d leq 5 nm) around the GB. In the majority of GBs, Ca substitution for Dy was favoured, although with increasing the doping level from z = 0.1 to z = 0.2 the rate of the substitution for Ba increased. This substitution for Dy most probably explains the obtained dramatic increase of Jc at T leq 0.8 Tc in the Ca-doped samples. Ca segregation in GBs is the most probable reason for the superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor (SNS) behaviour of the GB network in Ca-doped samples. Ca doping led to a higher proportion of clean GBs, in the sample with z = 0.1, that could be responsible for a slower decrease of Jc with magnetic field in this sample.

  19. Distribution of Al atoms in the clathrate-I phase Ba8AlxSi46-x at x = 6.9.

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    Bobnar, Matej; Böhme, Bodo; Wedel, Michael; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Ormeci, Alim; Prots, Yurii; Drathen, Christina; Liang, Ying; Nguyen, Hong Duong; Baitinger, Michael; Grin, Yuri

    2015-07-28

    The clathrate-I phase Ba8AlxSi46-x has been structurally characterized at the composition x = 6.9 (space group Pm3[combining macron]n, no. 223, a = 10.4645(2) Å). A crystal structure model comprising the distribution of aluminium and silicon atoms in the clathrate framework was established: 5.7 Al atoms and 0.3 Si atoms occupy the crystallographic site 6c, while 1.2 Al atoms and 22.8 Si atoms occupy site 24k. The atomic distribution was established based on a combination of (27)Al and (29)Si NMR experiments, X-ray single-crystal diffraction and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

  20. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2016-02-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space

  1. The role of Al, Ba, and Cd dopant elements in tailoring the properties of c-axis oriented ZnO thin films

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    Ali, Dilawar; Butt, M. Z.; Arif, Bilal; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-02-01

    Highly c-axis oriented un-doped ZnO and Al-, Ba-, and Cd-doped ZnO thin films were successfully deposited on glass substrate employing sol-gel spin coating method. XRD analysis showed that all thin films possess hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferred orientation along c-axis. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) was used to study the morphology of thin films. The morphology consists of spherical and non-spherical shape grains. EDX analysis confirms the presence of O, Zn, Al, Ba, and Cd in the relevant thin films. The optical properties of thin films were studied using UV-Vis spectrometer. All thin films possess more than 85% optical transmittance in the visible region. Blue shift in optical band gap Eg has been observed on doping with Al, whereas doping with Ba and Cd resulted in red shift of Eg. Urbach energy Eu of all doped ZnO thin films was found to have excellent correlation with their band gap energy Eg. Moreover, Eg increases while Eu decreases on the increase in crystallite size D. Optical parameters Eg and Eu as well as structural parameters lattice strain and stacking fault probability also show excellent correlation with the B-factor or the mean-square amplitude of atomic vibrations of the dopant elements. Electrical conductivity measurement of the thin films was carried out using two-point probe method. The electrical conductivity was found to increase with the increase in crystallite orientation along c-axis.

  2. Coexisting charge and magnetic orders in the dimer-chain iridate Ba5AlIr2O11

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    Terzic, J.; Wang, J. C.; Ye, Feng; Song, W. H.; Yuan, S. J.; Aswartham, S.; DeLong, L. E.; Streltsov, S. V.; Khomskii, Daniel I.; Cao, G.

    2015-06-29

    In this paper, we have synthesized and studied single-crystal Ba5AlIr2O11 that features dimer chains of two inequivalent octahedra occupied by tetravalent Ir4+(5d5) and pentavalent Ir5+(5d4) ions, respectively. Ba5AlIr2O11 is a Mott insulator that undergoes a subtle structural phase transition near TS=210K and a magnetic transition at TM=4.5K; the latter transition is surprisingly resistant to applied magnetic fields μoH≤12T but more sensitive to modest applied pressure (dTM/dp ≈ +0.61K/GPa). All results indicate that the phase transition at TS signals an enhanced charge order that induces electrical dipoles and strong dielectric response near TS. It is clear that the strong covalency and spin-orbit interaction (SOI) suppress double exchange in Ir dimers and stabilize a novel magnetic state that is neither S=3/2 nor J=1/2, but rather lies in an “intermediate” regime between these two states. Finally, the novel behavior of Ba5AlIr2O11 therefore provides unique insights into the physics of SOI along with strong covalency in competition with double-exchange interactions of comparable strength.

  3. Critical magnetic fields of superconducting aluminum-substituted Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4} clathrate

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    Li, Yang Garcia, Jose; Lu, Kejie; Shafiq, Basir; Franco, Giovanni; Lu, Junqiang; Rong, Bo; Chen, Ning; Liu, Yang; Liu, Lihua; Song, Bensheng; Wei, Yuping; Johnson, Shardai S.; Luo, Zhiping; Feng, Zhaosheng

    2015-06-07

    In recent years, efforts have been made to explore the superconductivity of clathrates containing crystalline frameworks of group-IV elements. The superconducting silicon clathrate is unusual in that the structure is dominated by strong sp{sup 3} covalent bonds between silicon atoms, rather than the metallic bonding that is more typical of traditional superconductors. This paper reports on critical magnetic fields of superconducting Al-substituted silicon clathrates, which were investigated by transport, ac susceptibility, and dc magnetization measurements in magnetic fields up to 90 kOe. For the sample Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4}, the critical magnetic fields were measured to be H{sub C1} = 40.2 Oe and H{sub C2} = 66.4 kOe. The London penetration depth of 4360 Å and the coherence length 70 Å were obtained, whereas the estimated Ginzburg–Landau parameter of κ = 62 revealed that Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4} is a strong type-II superconductor.

  4. Effect of Al and Ca co-doping, in the presence of Te, in superconducting YBCO whiskers growth.

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    Pascale, Lise; Truccato, Marco; Operti, Lorenza; Agostino, Angelo

    2016-10-01

    High-Tc superconducting cuprates (HTSC) such as YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) are promising candidates for solid-state THz applications based on stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with atomic thickness. In view of future exploitation of IJJs, high-quality superconducting YBCO tape-like single crystals (whiskers) have been synthesized from Ca-Al-doped precursors in the presence of Te. The main aim of this paper is to determine the importance of the simultaneous use of Al, Te and Ca in promoting YBCO whiskers growth with good superconducting properties (Tc = 79-84 K). Further, single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) refinements of tetragonal YBCO whiskers (P4/mmm) are reported to fill the literature lack of YBCO structure investigations. All the as-grown whiskers have also been investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Our results demonstrate that the interplay of Ca, Te and Al elements is clearly necessary in order to obtain superconducting YBCO whiskers. The data obtained from SC-XRD analyses confirm the highly crystalline nature of the whiskers grown. Ca and Al enter the structure by replacing the Y and the octahedral coordinated Cu1 site, respectively, as in other similar orthorhombic compounds, while Te does not enter the structure of whiskers but its presence in the precursor is essential to the growth of the crystals.

  5. Luminescence properties of Eu 2+- and Ce 3+-doped CaAl 2S 4 and application in white LEDs

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    Yu, Ruijin; Wang, Jing; Zhang, Jianhui; Yuan, Haibin; Su, Qiang

    2008-03-01

    The Eu 2+- and Ce 3+-doped CaAl 2S 4 phosphors were comparatively synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction and the evacuated sealed quartz ampoule. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that the sample with better crystalline quality was prepared by the evacuated sealed quartz ampoule, resulting in the enhancement of the emission intensity of Eu 2+ ion by a factor of 1.7. The intensive green LEDs were also fabricated by combining CaAl 2S 4:Eu 2+ with near-ultraviolet InGaN chips ( λem=395 nm). The dependence of as-fabricated green LEDs on forward-bias currents shows that it presents good chromaticity stability and luminance saturation, indicating that CaAl 2S 4:Eu 2+ is a promising green-emitting phosphor for a near-UV InGaN-based LED. In addition, the optical properties of CaAl 2S 4:Ce 3+ were systematically investigated by means of diffuse reflectance, photoluminescence excitation and emission, concentrating quenching and the decay curve.

  6. Flash-Heated Wild 2 Particles in the Stardust Aerogel: Anatomy of an Al-Ca-Mg Impact Melt

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    Leroux, H.; Roskosz, M.

    2014-09-01

    Using analytical TEM, chemical maps were recorded on an impact melt from the Stardust aerogel. We show that the impacting particle was a fine-grained refractory assemblage dominated by low and high-Ca pyroxenes and Mg-Al-spinel.

  7. Progress in the material development of LiCaAlF sub 6 :Cr sup 3+ laser crystals

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    Michelle D. Shinn.; Chase, L.L.; Caird, J.A.; Payne, S.A.; Atherton, L.J.; Kway, W.L.

    1990-03-01

    High Cr{sup 3+} doping levels, up to 8 mole percent, and low losses have been obtained with the tunable solid-state laser material LiCaAlF{sub 6}:Cr{sup 3+} (Cr:LiCAF). Measurements and calculations show that high pumping and extraction efficiencies are possible with the improved material. 13 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, Fe, and Ni abundance for a sample of solar analogues

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    López-Valdivia, Ricardo; Bertone, Emanuele; Chávez, Miguel

    2017-01-01

    We report on the determination of chemical abundances of 38 solar analogues, including 11 objects previously identified as super metal-rich stars. We have measured the equivalent widths for 34 lines of 7 different chemical elements (Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, Fe, and Ni) in high-resolution (R ˜ 80 000) spectroscopic images, obtained at the Observatorio Astrofísico Guillermo Haro (Sonora, Mexico), with the Cananea High-resolution Spectrograph. We derived chemical abundances using ATLAS12 model atmospheres and the Fortran code MOOG. We confirmed the super metallicity status of 6 solar analogues. Within our sample, BD+60 600 is the most metal-rich star ([Fe/H]=+0.35 dex), while for HD 166991 we obtained the lowest iron abundance ([Fe/H]=-0.53 dex). We also computed the so-called [Ref] index for 25 of our solar analogues, and we found, that BD+60 600 ([Ref]=+0.42) and BD+28 3198 ([Ref]=+0.34) are good targets for exoplanet search.

  9. Experimentally Produced Spinel Rims on Ca-Al-Rich Inclusion Bulk Compositions

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    Paque, Julie M.; Le, L.; Lofgren, G. E.

    1998-01-01

    Most Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAls) from Allende are surrounded by a series of mineralogically distinct rim layers. Proposed modes of formation for these layers include flash heating, evaporation, and condensation. The innermost of these rim layers is generally spinel (SP), in some cases intergrown with perovskite (PV), and commonly containing varying amounts of secondary iron increasing towards the edge of the CAI. The SP or SP+PV rim is not always contiguous with the other rim layers, indicating that it is probably the result of a separate event. We have produced continuous SP rims on synthetic analogs representing Type A/B1, average Type B, and Type B2 bulk compositions by reheating a solid glass experimental charge to subliquidus crystallization temperatures. This experimental result is consistent with the formation of chondrules; and CAIs by more than one sequence of heating and cooling. Previous work indicated that prior crystallization events produced observable effects in the texture and chemistry of the final run product. Information on the nature of the heating/cooling cycles experienced by CAls and chondrules is important in modeling the environment of their formation. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  10. Structure, magnetic, and microwave properties of thick Ba-hexaferrite films epitaxially grown on GaN/Al2O3 substrates

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    Chen, Z.; Yang, A.; Mahalingam, K.; Averett, K. L.; Gao, J.; Brown, G. J.; Vittoria, C.; Harris, V. G.

    2010-06-01

    Thick barium hexaferrite [BaOṡ(Fe2O3)6] films, having the magnetoplumbite structure (i.e., Ba M), were epitaxially grown on c-axis oriented GaN/Al2O3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition followed by liquid phase epitaxy. X-ray diffraction showed (0,0,2n) crystallographic alignment with pole figure analyses confirming epitaxial growth. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images revealed magnetoplumbite unit cells stacked with limited interfacial mixing. Saturation magnetization, 4πMs, was measured for as-grown films to be 4.1±0.3 kG with a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy field of 16±0.3 kOe. Ferromagnetic resonance linewidth, the peak-to-peak power absorption derivative at 53 GHz, was 86 Oe. These properties will prove enabling for the integration of low loss Ba M ferrite microwave passive devices with active semiconductor circuit elements in systems-on-a-wafer architecture.

  11. Nonlinear absorption and optical strength of BaF{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} at the wavelength of 248 nm

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    Morozov, Nikolai V; Sergeev, P B; Reiterov, V M

    1999-11-30

    An experimental investigation was made of the dependence of the transmission of BaF{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples on the intensity of KrF-laser radiation ({lambda} = 248 nm) pulses of 85 ns duration. The two-photon absorption coefficients were found at {lambda} = 248 nm and their values for these two crystals were 0.5 {+-} 0.2 and 2 {+-} 1 cm Gw{sup -1}. The surface and bulk laser breakdown thresholds were determined for these samples. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  12. Synthesis, characterization and TL response of Ce{sup 3+} activated BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17} phosphor

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    Selot, Anupam; Aynyas, Mahendra; Tiwari, Manoj; Dev, Kapil

    2015-06-24

    Phosphor material BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17} with varying concentration of rare earth Ce{sup 3+} synthesis by combustion method at 500°C. The synthesized phosphor material characterized for their crystallinity and nature by XRD measurements. The thermoluminescecne response of phosphor exhibit TL spectra at 204°c and detailed analysis of kinetic parameter by de convoluted curve. These results show that concentration quenching occur at 5mol% of Ce dopant. The results suggest the possibility of utilizing as a phosphor may be in UV dosimeter and solid state lighting.

  13. Effect of Sn substitution on the para-conductivity of polycrystalline Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3-ySnyO10-δ superconductors

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    Khan, Nawazish Ali; Hassan, Najmul; Nawaz, Sana; Shabbir, Babar; Khan, Sajid; Rizvi, Azhar A.

    2010-04-01

    High quality electrical resistivity ρ(T) versus temperature data of as-prepared and O2-annealed Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3-ySnyO10-δ (y=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, and 1.5) superconductors has been studied for fluctuation-induced phenomena setting in at temperatures well above the critical temperature [Tc(R=0)]. The analysis of the data is done by using Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) and Lawrence-Doniach models for the excess conductivity. We have estimated several physical parameters, including coherence length, interplane coupling strength, exponents, and dimensionality of the fluctuations. The as-prepared and oxygen postannealed samples have shown a cross-over temperature associated with two distinct exponents and the excess conductivity data fits well with the two-dimensional and three-dimensional AL equations. The coherence length along the c-axis [ξc(0)] and the interlayer coupling strength (J) are found to decrease with increased Sn doping. These values are increased after annealing the samples in oxygen atmosphere, which is most likely associated with the approach of carrier concentration in the conducting CuO2/SnO2 planes to the optimum value. The Tc(R=0) and the peak temperature (TP) as determined from the dρ /dT versus temperature plots are also found to decrease with increased Sn substitution, however, these temperatures are improved to higher values after annealing the samples in oxygen atmosphere. The decreased values of Tc(R=0) and TP with increased Sn substitution in the as-prepared samples are most likely arising from the suppression of carrier's density promoted by the increased volume of unit cell and the localization of the carriers at the Sn4+ sites.

  14. Ferroelectric substrate effects on the magnetism, magnetotransport, and electroresistance of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 thin films on BaTiO3

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    Alberca, A.; Munuera, C.; Tornos, J.; Mompean, F. J.; Biskup, N.; Ruiz, A.; Nemes, N. M.; de Andres, A.; León, C.; Santamaría, J.; García-Hernández, M.

    2012-10-01

    La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 optimally doped epitaxial films were grown on ferroelectric BaTiO3 substrates. Electronic transport (magnetoresistance and electroresistance) and magnetic properties showed important anomalies in the temperature interval between 60 and 150 K, below the metal-insulator transition. Scanning probe microscopy revealed changes in BaTiO3 surface morphology at those temperatures. La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 thickness is a critical factor: 120-Å-thick films showed large anomalies sensitive to electric poling of the BaTiO3, whereas the behavior of 150-Å-thick films is closer to that of the reference La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 samples grown on SrTiO3. We propose that, through inhomogenous strain and electric polarization effects, the ferroelectric substrate induces an inhomogenous spin distribution in the magnetic layer. This would imply the coexistence of in-plane and out-of-plane ferromagnetic patches in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, possibly interspersed with antiferromagnetic regions, as it has recently been theoretically predicted. Substrate poling effects are investigated, and a magnetoelectric coupling is demonstrated.

  15. Suppressed 3D conductivity in Mn doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2-yMnyCu3O10-δ superconductors

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    Qurat-ul-Ain, Khan, Nawazish A.

    2013-04-01

    We have synthesised Mn-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2(Ca2-yMny)Cu3O10-δ superconducting samples and studied their Fluctuation Induced Conductivity (FIC) analysis. The Tc(R = 0) and magnitude of diamagnetism are suppressed with increased Mn-doping in the final compound. FIC analyses have shown a suppression of 3D Lawrence and Doniach (LD) regime and a significant enhancement of 2D LD regime of Mn-doping of y = 0.35. In the sample with Mn-doping of y = 0.5, the 3D LD regime vanishes altogether and only 2D LD regime is observed, showing the confinement of superconductivity in the two dimensional planes. The coherence length along the c-axis and the Fermi velocity of the carriers are suppressed with increased Mn doping. Using the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) number [NG] and GL equations, the thermodynamic critical magnetic field Bc(0), the lower critical field Bc1(0), the upper critical field Bc2(0), the critical current density Jc(0), and penetration depth λp.d are determined. The values of critical fields Bc(0) and Bc1(0) increases, despite suppression in the Tc(R = 0) with increased Mn-doping. The values of Jc(0), the penetration depth Λp.d, and inter-layer coupling are suppressed with enhanced Mn-doping. These observations suggested that Mn ions act as sub-nano-scale pinning centers between the CuO2 planes and their presence at the Ca-sites promote the de-coupling of CuO2 planes.

  16. Crystal structure and X-ray photoemission spectroscopic study of A{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Ca; M=Nb, Ta

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    Dutta, Alo; Saha, Sujoy; Sinha, T.P.

    2015-09-15

    The X-ray photoemission spectroscopic (XPS) study of the double perovskite oxides A{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Ca; M=Nb, Ta] synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique has been carried out to investigate the nature of the chemical state of the constituent ions and the bonding between them. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns suggests the monoclinic crystal structure of all the materials at room temperature. The negative and positive chemical shifts of the core level XPS spectrum of O-1s and Nb-3d{sub 3/2}/Ta-4f{sub 5/2} respectively suggest the covalent bonding between Nb/Ta cations and O ion. The change of the bonding strength between the anion and the cations from one material to another has been analyzed. The vibrational property of the materials is investigated using the room temperature Raman spectra. A large covalency of Ta-based compound than Nb compound is confirmed from the relative shifting of the Raman modes of the materials. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of two perovskite oxides CLN and CLT is investigated. XPS study confirms the two different co-ordination environments of Ca and covalent bonding between B-site cations and O-ion. - Highlights: • Ordered perovskite structure obtained by Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns. • Study of nature of chemical bonding by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. • Opposite chemical shift of d-states of Nb/Ta with respect to O. • Covalent bonding between d-states of Nb/Ta and O. • Relative Raman shifts of CLN and CLT substantiate the more covalent character of Ta than Nb.

  17. Dielectric and magnetic properties of xCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–(1 − x)[0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}–0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3}] composites

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    Rani, Jyoti; Yadav, K.L.; Prakash, Satya

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Spinel–perovskite xCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–(1 − x)(0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}–0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3}) composites have been synthesized by solid state reaction method. • Two anomalies in dielectric constant have been identified, and the composites show relaxor behaviour. • The magnetic properties of the composites improve with increasing concentration of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • Enhanced magnetodielectric effect is found, and magnetoelectric coupling has been confirmed by Δϵ ∼ γM{sup 2} relation. • Optical band gap energy of these composites has been reported for the first time. - Abstract: xCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–(1 − x)(0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}–0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3}) composites with x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 have been synthesized by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction analysis and field emission secondary electron microscopy have been used for structural and morphological analysis, respectively. The spinel CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and perovskite 0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}–0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} phase could be identified in the composites. Two anomalies in dielectric constant have been identified: first one is close to ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition of 0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}–0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} ceramic and the other lies near the magnetic transition temperature of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. There is an increase in magnetocapacitance and saturation magnetization of the composites at room temperature with increase in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} content. The magnetoelectric coupling coefficient (γ) was approximated by Δϵ ∼ γM{sup 2} relation. The optical band gap energy of the composites decreases with increase in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} content.

  18. Investigation of the encapsulation of metal cations (Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Ca(2+) and Ba(2+)) by the dipeptide Phe-Phe using natural bond orbital theory and molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Bhunia, Snehasis; Singh, Ajeet; Ojha, Animesh K

    2017-03-01

    Complexes of the dipeptide phenylalanine-phenylalanine (Phe-Phe) with divalent metal cations (Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Ca(2+) and Ba(2+)) were studied at the B3LYP and MP2 levels of theory with the basis sets 6-311++G(d,p) and 6-31 + G(d) in the gas phase. The relative energies of these complexes indicated that cation-π bidentate/tridentate conformations are more favourable than other conformations with uncoordinated rings. These findings were confirmed by the calculated values of thermodynamic parameters such as the Gibbs free energy. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis was carried out to explore the metal-ligand coordination in Phe-Phe-Cu(2+)/Zn(2+) complexes. Possible orbital transitions, types of orbitals and their occupancies were determined for a range of Phe-Phe-Cu(2+)/Zn(2+) complexes. The charge transfer involved in various orbital transitions was explored by considering the second-order perturbation energy. NBO analysis revealed that the change transfer is stronger when the metal cation uses both the 4s + 4p subshells rather than just its 4p subshell. We also performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to check the stability and consistency of the most favourable binding motifs of Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Ca(2+) and Ba(2+) with Phe-Phe over time. The structures of the Phe-Phe-Cu(2+)/Zn(2+)/Ca(2+)/Ba(2+) complexes obtained using MD simulation were found to be in good agreement with those obtained in the DFT-based calculations. Graphical Abstract Conformational search on encapsulation of divalent metal cations (Ca(2+), Zn(2+), Ca(2+), Ba(2+)) by the Phe-Phe dipeptide.

  19. Temperature Dependence of the Surface Energy of the Low-index Planes of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2

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    Bebelis, S.; Nikolopoulos, P.

    2017-02-01

    The temperature dependence of the surface energy γ of the low-index (111), (110) and (100) planes of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 was evaluated for the first time, using a simple method which is based on physical and thermodynamic quantities and considerations. The extrapolated to 0 K surface energy values agree well with the available theoretical data reported in the literature for the (111) plane and are close to those for the (110) plane, whereas they are significantly lower than those for the (100) plane. The calculated γ111 values for 298 K agree well with the corresponding experimentally determined literature values. The calculated γ100/γ111 ratio revealed formation of crystals with truncated octahedron structure in thermodynamic equilibrium. This structure remains practically constant with temperature. The surface energy values of fluoride melts formed by melting of octahedron structures, calculated via extrapolation of the surface energy of the solids to the melting points, were compared with experimentally determined literature values for melts resulting from single or polycrystalline materials.

  20. Effect of Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+) metal ions on the antifungal activity of ZnO nanoparticles tested against Candida albicans.

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    Haja Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Senthil Kumar, Venugopal; Kumaresan, Subramanian; Sasikumar, Seemaisamy

    2015-01-01

    The antifungal ability of pure and alkaline metal ion (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) prepared by the co-precipitation method was tested against the pathogenic yeast, Candida albicans (C. albicans), and the results showed that the Mg-doped ZnO NPs possessed greater effect than the other alkaline metal ion doped ZnO NPs. The impact of the concentration of Mg doped ZnO sample on the growth of C. albicans was also studied. The Minimal Fungicidal Concentration (MFC) of the Mg doped ZnO NPs was found to be 2000 μg/ml for which the growth of C. albicans was completely inhibited. The ZnO:Mg sample (1.5mg/ml) with various concentrations of histidine reduced the fungicidal effect of the nanoparticles against C. albicans, which was deliberately explained by the role of ROS. The ZnO:Mg sample added with 5mM of histidine scavenged the ample amount of generated ROS effectively. The binding of the NPs with fungi was observed by their FESEM images and their electrostatic attraction is confirmed by the zeta potential measurement.

  1. Temperature Dependence of the Surface Energy of the Low-index Planes of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2

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    Bebelis, S.; Nikolopoulos, P.

    2017-03-01

    The temperature dependence of the surface energy γ of the low-index (111), (110) and (100) planes of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 was evaluated for the first time, using a simple method which is based on physical and thermodynamic quantities and considerations. The extrapolated to 0 K surface energy values agree well with the available theoretical data reported in the literature for the (111) plane and are close to those for the (110) plane, whereas they are significantly lower than those for the (100) plane. The calculated γ111 values for 298 K agree well with the corresponding experimentally determined literature values. The calculated γ100/γ111 ratio revealed formation of crystals with truncated octahedron structure in thermodynamic equilibrium. This structure remains practically constant with temperature. The surface energy values of fluoride melts formed by melting of octahedron structures, calculated via extrapolation of the surface energy of the solids to the melting points, were compared with experimentally determined literature values for melts resulting from single or polycrystalline materials.

  2. Studies on the fabrication of Ag/Hg1Ba2Ca1Cu2O6+dgr/CdSe heterostructures using the pulse electrodeposition technique

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    Shivagan, D. D.; Shirage, P. M.; Pawar, S. H.

    2004-03-01

    Metal/superconductor/semiconductor (Ag/Hg1Ba2Ca1Cu2O6+dgr (Hg-1212)/CdSe) heterostructures have been successfully fabricated using the pulse electrodeposition technique. The electrochemical parameters are optimized and diffusion free growth of CdSe on to Ag/Hg-1212 was obtained by employing underpotential deposition and by studying nucleation and growth mechanism during deposition. The heterostructures are characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy studies and low-temperature four-probe electrical resistivity measurements. After the deposition of CdSe, the critical transition temperature of Hg-1212 films was found to be increased from 115 K with Jc (77 K) = 1.7 × 103 A cm-2 to 117.2 K with Jc (77 K) = 1.91 × 103 A cm-2. Tc and Jc (77 K) values were 120.3 K and 3.7 × 103 A cm-2, respectively, when the heterostructure was irradiated with red He-Ne laser. The improvements in superconducting properties of Hg-1212 in Ag/Hg-1212/CdSe heterostructures have been explained at length in this paper.

  3. Phase stability, elastic anisotropy and electronic structure of cubic MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases from first-principles calculations

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    Kong, Yuanyuan; Duan, Yonghua; Ma, Lishi; Li, Runyue

    2016-10-01

    By performing first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation, the phase stability, elastic constant and anisotropy, and density of states of cubic C15-type MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases have been investigated. Optimized equilibrium lattice parameters and formation enthalpies agree well with the available experimental data. Elastic constants C ij have been evaluated, and these C15-type MAl2 Laves phases are mechanically stable due to the meeting of C ij to the mechanical stability criteria. Polycrystalline elastic moduli have been deduced from elastic constants by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Plastic properties were characterized via values of B/G, Poisson’s ratio ν and Cauchy pressure (C 12-C 44). The elastic anisotropy has been considered by several anisotropy indexes (A U , A Z , A shear and A comp), anisotropy of shear modulus, and 3D surface constructions of bulk and Young’s moduli. Additionally, the sound velocity anisotropy and Debye temperature were predicted. Finally, electronic structures were carried out to reveal the underlying phase stability mechanism of these Laves phases.

  4. Excess conductivity analysis for Tl 0.8Hg 0.2Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 9-δ substituted by Sm and Yb

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    Abou-Aly, A. I.; Awad, R.; Ibrahim, I. H.; Abdeen, W.

    2009-02-01

    A series of superconducting samples of type Tl 0.8Hg 0.2Ba 2Ca 2- xR xCu 3O 9-δ, where R=Sm and Yb with 0≤x≤0.15, were prepared in a sealed quartz tube via a solid-state reaction technique. The electrical resistivity ρ(T) was measured as a function of temperature using the conventional dc four-probe technique. The fluctuation conductivity Δσ, above the superconducting transition temperature Tc, was analyzed as a function of temperature using the Aslamazov and Larkin model. It exhibits five different fluctuation regions namely critical (cr), three-dimensional (3D), two-dimensional (2D), one-dimensional (1D) and short-wave (sw). The zero-temperature coherence length, the effective layer thickness of the two dimensional system, the wire cross-sectional area for one dimensional systems and the inter-layer coupling strength were estimated as a function of the substitution-content x. Furthermore, the thermodynamics critical field, lower critical magnetic field, upper critical magnetic field, critical current density and Fermi energy are calculated from the Ginzburg number.

  5. One step synthesis of Bi(Pb)-2223 phase in Bi(Pb)-Sr(Ba)-Ca-Cu nitrate freeze dried powder

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    Badica, P.; Aldica, G.; Mandache, S.

    1999-03-01

    One step synthesis of the superconducting Bi(Pb)-2223 phase during heat treatment for non-equilibrium decomposition of the freeze dried Bi:Pb:Sr:Ba:Ca:0953-2048/12/3/010/img1:0.4:1.8:0.2:2.2:3.0 nitrate powder has been studied. The heating rate was 0953-2048/12/3/010/img2 and samples were maintained in air at 0953-2048/12/3/010/img3C for 0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 60, 90, 240 and 1080 min. Each batch was investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis and ac magnetic susceptibility 0953-2048/12/3/010/img4. Evolution of phases and kinetics of phase formation-decomposition processes were discussed. 0953-2048/12/3/010/img5% of Bi(Pb)-2223 has formed indicating the possibility of lowering the processing time of the freeze dried precursor powders by one order of magnitude comparative to the multistep synthesis route (from hundreds to tens of hours). A 30 min heat treatment step at 0953-2048/12/3/010/img6C performed on the way up to the synthesis temperature is a forthcoming operation in order to block the formation of secondary undesired phases (e.g. 0953-2048/12/3/010/img7.

  6. Legitional behavior of 5,5-diethylbarbituric acid sodium salt (HL) towards Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba(II), spectral, thermal and biological studies

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    Refat, Moamen S.; El-Metwaly, Nashwa M.

    2011-03-01

    A new series of sodium barbital complexes with Alkaline earth metals (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+ ions) was prepared. The molecular formulas for the isolated complexes were suggested basically on the elemental analysis data. The binuclear central were proposed for all investigated complexes. The geometry suggested based on knowing the coordination sits for each complex was built on concerning with the shift observed in IR spectra surround the coordinating groups. The shifts in charge transfer bands appeared in the electronic spectra of the complexes supports the coordination process. The presence of solvent molecules coordinately attached with central metal atoms as well as the conjugated anions was supported based on thermogravimetric analysis. The kinetic parameters were calculated for each complex. The theoretical calculations for the molecular modeling structures reflect an insight about their stability in comparing with the free ligand. The XRD studies were performed and concluding the nanocrystalline feature for all complexes. The biochemical effect of all investigated compounds was performed towards Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria as well as their degradation effect on calf Thymus DNA. The biological performance is the major goal in this study especially with such essential metal ions.

  7. Critical current densities and irreversibility fields of new high- Tc Ba 2CaCu 2O 4(O,F) 2 superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Shivagan, D. D.; Crisan, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Kodama, Y.; Kito, H.; Iyo, A.

    2008-04-01

    Ba2CaCu2O4(O2-yFy) (F-0212), a new high-Tc superconductor (HTSC) including fluorine at an apical site, is an attractive material for application because it shows a highest Tc of 108 K and has thin spacing between conduction layers that is favorable for high critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr). The polycrystalline samples of F-0212 were synthesized under high pressure. A doping state was controlled from under doping (Tc = 82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc = 106 K) via optimally-doping (Tc = 108 K). From the DC magnetization hysteresis loops, we determined the intragrain Jc and Birr using Bean's critical state model. The Jc and Birr properties of F-0212 were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping to via optimally doping state. The irreversibility lines for the optimally- and slightly-over doped F-0212 are higher than optimally-doped Bi-2212. However, they are much lower than that of Cu-1212 (Y-123) though the spacing of F-0212 is thinner than that of Cu-1212. This indicates that property of the spacing is important to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped F-0212 was estimated to 118 from a 3D-2D crossover field of about 0.28 T.

  8. Magnetic behavior of La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 / BaTiO3 bilayers

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    Ordonez, John E.; Gomez, Maria E.; Lopera, Wilson; Marin, Lorena; Pardo, Jose A.; Morellon, Luis; Algarabel, Pedro; Prieto, Pedro

    2013-03-01

    We have grown ferroelectric BaTiO3(BTO) and ferromagnetic La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) onto (001) SrTiO3 and Nb:SrTiO3 by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at pure oxygen atmosphere, and a substrate temperature of 820° C, seeking for a multiferroic behavior in this structure. From x-ray diffraction (XRD) we found lattice parameter aBTO=4.068 Å, and aLCMO=3.804 Å, for each individual layer. In the BTO/LCMO bilayer, (002)-Bragg peak for BTO maintain its position whereas (002) LCMO peak shift to lower Bragg angle indicating a strained LCMO film. Magnetization measurements reveal an increase in the Curie temperature from 170 K to 220 K for the bilayer when LCMO (t = 47 nm) is deposited on BTO (t=52 nm) film, while depositing the BTO (50 nm) above LCMO (48 nm) the Curie temperature remains at values close to that obtained for a LCMO single layer (~175 K), deposited under identical growth parameters This work has been supported by Instituto de Nanociencias de Aragón, Zaragoza, Spain, ``El Patrimonio Autónomo Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento para CT&I FJC'' COLCIENCIAS-CENM Contract RC 275-2011 and Research Project COLCIENCIAS-UNIVALLE.

  9. Millimeter wave characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions with planar equiangular spiral antenna in misaligned Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin film

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    Liu, X.; Wang, P.; Xie, W.; Ma, L. J.; Zhao, X. J.; He, M.; Ji, L.; Zhang, X.

    2015-12-01

    An intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) microbridge with planar equiangular spiral antenna (PESA) is proposed and studied by simulation and experiment. This IJJs circuit is simulated firstly to obtain the minimum of reflection coefficient and pattern. Secondly, IJJs with PESA are fabricated on misaligned Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 superconducting film. The millimeter wave characteristics are investigated by a Febry-Pérot resonator, which consists of a spherical mirror antenna and a plane mirror. At 37.4 GHz, the IJJs and the millimeter wave show an optimum coupling, which deviate from the simulation for only 0.004 GHz. In addition, the extent of the coupling between IJJs and the resonator is discussed at different angle for the polarization direction of the spherical mirror antenna with the microbridge. The result shows that the strongest coupling is obtained at 0-30° angle. Good conformance of measurements and simulations illustrate the effectiveness of our design in strong coupling between sample and resonator.

  10. Multiferroic behavior on nanometric La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 / BaTiO3 bilayers

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    Prieto, Pedro; Ordoñez, John Edward; Gomez, Maria Elena; Lopera, Wilson

    2014-03-01

    We have deposited bilayers of the FM La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 and FE BaTiO3 as a route to design systems with artificial magnetoelectric coupling on LCMO/BTO/Nb:STO system. We maintain a fixed magnetic layer thickness (tLCMO = 48 nm) and varying the thickness of the ferroelectric layer (tBTO = 20, 50, 100 nm). We analyze the influence of the thickness ratio (tBTO/ tLCMO) in electrical and magnetic properties of manganite. From X-ray diffraction analysis we observed that the samples grew textured. Magnetization and transport measurements indicate a possible multiferroic behavior in the bilayer. We found an increase in the Curie and metal-insulator transition temperature in the bilayer in comparison with those for LCMO (48nm)/STO. Hysteresis loops on bilayers show ferromagnetic behavior. This work has been supported by the ``El Patrimonio Autónomo Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento para CT&I FJC'' Colciencias-CENM Research Projects: No. 1106-48-925531 and CI7917-CC 10510 contract 0002-2013 COLCIENCIAS-UNIVALLE.

  11. Large remanent polarization and enhanced magnetic properties in non-quenched Bi(Fe,Ga)O3-(Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O3 multiferroic ceramics

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    Liu, Ningtao; Liang, Ruihong; Liu, Zhen; Zhou, Zhiyong; Xu, Chenhong; Wang, Genshui; Dong, Xianlin

    2017-03-01

    It is a tough issue to release the underlying polarization and magnetization simultaneously in non-quenched polycrystalline BiFeO3 ceramics due to their high conductivity, intensive domain-wall clamping, and long range spiral spin arrangement. Here, 0.75BiFe0.98Ga0.02O3-0.25(Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.10Ti0.90)O3 multiferroic ceramics were fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction with a non-quenched method. The crystalline structure analysis revealed that the ceramics showed a rhombohedral (R3c) perovskite structure. Superior ferroelectricity was observed in the ceramics with high remanent polarization (44 μC/cm2), which has been re-verified by PUND measurement to exclude the contribution of leakage current. Moreover, enhanced ferromagnetism with remanent magnetization (0.20 emu/g) was also obtained at 300 K. We have demonstrated that the observed macroscopic magnetization was attributed to the canting of the spins due to melting away of the spiral structure rather than other Fe-containing impurity phases. The excellent ferroelectric and ferromagnetic performance suggests that this non-quenched lead-free BiFeO3-based ceramics are quite promising multiferroic materials.

  12. Strain Dependent Electronic Structure and Band Offset Tuning at Heterointerfaces of ASnO3 (A=Ca, Sr, and Ba) and SrTiO3

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    Baniecki, John D.; Yamazaki, Takashi; Ricinschi, Dan; Van Overmeere, Quentin; Aso, Hiroyuki; Miyata, Yusuke; Yamada, Hiroaki; Fujimura, Norifumi; Maran, Ronald; Anazawa, Toshihisa; Valanoor, Nagarajan; Imanaka, Yoshihiko

    2017-01-01

    The valence band (VB) electronic structure and VB alignments at heterointerfaces of strained epitaxial stannate ASnO3 (A=Ca, Sr, and Ba) thin films are characterized using in situ X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies, with band gaps evaluated using spectroscopic ellipsometry. Scanning transmission electron microscopy with geometric phase analysis is used to resolve strain at atomic resolution. The VB electronic structure is strain state dependent in a manner that correlated with a directional change in Sn-O bond lengths with strain. However, VB offsets are found not to vary significantly with strain, which resulted in ascribing most of the difference in band alignment, due to a change in the band gaps with strain, to the conduction band edge. Our results reveal significant strain tuning of conduction band offsets using epitaxial buffer layers, with strain-induced offset differences as large as 0.6 eV possible for SrSnO3. Such large conduction band offset tunability through elastic strain control may provide a pathway to minimize the loss of charge confinement in 2-dimensional electron gases and enhance the performance of photoelectrochemical stannate-based devices. PMID:28195149

  13. Theoretical investigations on the magnetocaloric and electrical properties of a perovskite manganite La(0.67)Ba(0.1)Ca(0.23)MnO3.

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    Abassi, Mounira; Mohamed, Za; Dhahri, J; Hlil, E K

    2016-03-21

    An investigation of the magnetic, magnetocaloric and electrical behavior of La(0.67)Ba(0.1)Ca(0.23)MnO3 is presented. The variation of magnetization (M) vs. temperature (T) under 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 T magnetic fields reveals a ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition. Magnetic entropy change, relative cooling power and specific heat for magnetic field variation were conducted using a phenomenological model. Moreover, the electrical resistivity is fitted with the phenomenological percolation model which is based on the phase segregation of ferromagnetic metallic clusters and paramagnetic insulating regions. The equation of the form ΔS(P)(M)(T,H) = - α∫(H)(0)[∂(ln)(ρ)/∂(T)](H)(dH) relates the magnetic order to the transport behavior of our sample. The results show that the as obtained magnetic entropy change values are similar to those determined using data obtained from the investigation of the dependence of magnetization on the temperature and magnetic field.

  14. Phase transition in ABi4Ti4O15 (A=Ca,Sr,Ba) Aurivillius oxides prepared through a soft chemical route

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    Rout, S. K.; Sinha, E.; Hussian, A.; Lee, J. S.; Ahn, C. W.; Kim, I. W.; Woo, S. I.

    2009-01-01

    A series of compounds, CaBi4Ti4O15 (CBT), SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBT), and BaBi4Ti4O15 (BBT), belonging to the Aurivillus-type structure (four layers) has been prepared by a modified chemical route. Different oxalates were precipitated from their respective nitrate solution onto the surface of TiO2 powders. The room temperature x-ray diffraction study reveled that the compounds were having orthorhombic symmetry. Considering the tolerance factor, a significant deformation of the perovskite block is observed and that decreases with increase in ionic radius of A site atom. Temperature dependent dielectric study showed normal ferroelectric to paraelectric transition well above the room temperature except for BBT. The BBT ceramic showed a relaxorlike behavior near phase transition. The quantitative characterization and comparison of relaxor behavior were based on empirical parameters γ and ΔTres. The dielectric relaxation rate follows the Vogel-Fulcher relation with activation energy=0.02 eV and freezing temperature=362 °C. All these measurements confirmed its relaxorlike phase transition.

  15. Structural and impedance spectroscopy properties of La0.8Ba0.1Ca0.1Mn1-xRuxO3 perovskites

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    Chebaane, M.; Talbi, N.; Dhahri, A.; Oumezzine, M.; Khirouni, K.

    2017-03-01

    Polycrystalline samples La0.8Ba0.1Ca0.1Mn1-xRuxO3 (x=0 and 0.075) were prepared by sol-gel-based Pechini method. The X ray diffraction study has shown that all the samples exhibit a single phase with rhombohedral structure (space group R 3 ̅c, no. 167). The complex impedance has been investigated in the temperature range 160-320 K and in the frequency range 40 Hz-1 MHz. The imaginary part of the complex impedance (Z‧‧) frequency dependence revealed one relaxation peak. The Cole-Cole plots of the impedance values exhibited a semi -circular arc that can be described by an R1+(R2//ZCPE) electrical equivalent circuit. The conductance spectra have been investigated by the Jonscher universal power law: G(ω)=GDC+Aωn, where ω is the frequency of the ac field, and n is the exponent. The activation energy obtained both from the conductance and from time relaxation analyses are very similar, and hence the relaxation process may be attributed to the same type of charge carriers.

  16. Spin dynamics, short range order and spin freezing in Y0.5Ca0.5BaCo4O7

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    Stewart, John Ross; Ehlers, Georg; Fouquet, Peter; Mutka, Hannu; Payen, Christophe; Lortz, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    Y0.5Ca0.5BaCo4O7 was recently introduced as a possible candidate for capturing some of the predicted classical spin kagome ground-state features. Stimulated by this conjecture, we have taken up a more complete study of the spin correlations in this compound with neutron scattering methods on a powder sample characterized with high-resolution neutron diffraction and the temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. We have found that the frustrated near-neighbor magnetic correlations involve not only the kagome planes but concern the full Co sublattice, as evidenced by the analysis of the wave-vector dependence of the short-range order. We conclude from our results that the magnetic moments are located on the Co sublattice as a whole and that correlations extend beyond the two-dimensional kagome planes. We identify intriguing dynamical properties, observing high-frequency fluctuations with a Lorentzian linewidth G?20 meV at ambient temperature. On cooling a low-frequency ({approx}1 meV) dynamical component develops alongside the high-frequency fluctuations, which eventually becomes static at temperatures below T {approx} 50 K. The high-frequency response with an overall linewidth of {approx}10 meV prevails at T?2 K, coincident with a fully elastic short-range-ordered contribution.

  17. Strain Dependent Electronic Structure and Band Offset Tuning at Heterointerfaces of ASnO3 (A=Ca, Sr, and Ba) and SrTiO3

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    Baniecki, John D.; Yamazaki, Takashi; Ricinschi, Dan; van Overmeere, Quentin; Aso, Hiroyuki; Miyata, Yusuke; Yamada, Hiroaki; Fujimura, Norifumi; Maran, Ronald; Anazawa, Toshihisa; Valanoor, Nagarajan; Imanaka, Yoshihiko

    2017-02-01

    The valence band (VB) electronic structure and VB alignments at heterointerfaces of strained epitaxial stannate ASnO3 (A=Ca, Sr, and Ba) thin films are characterized using in situ X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies, with band gaps evaluated using spectroscopic ellipsometry. Scanning transmission electron microscopy with geometric phase analysis is used to resolve strain at atomic resolution. The VB electronic structure is strain state dependent in a manner that correlated with a directional change in Sn-O bond lengths with strain. However, VB offsets are found not to vary significantly with strain, which resulted in ascribing most of the difference in band alignment, due to a change in the band gaps with strain, to the conduction band edge. Our results reveal significant strain tuning of conduction band offsets using epitaxial buffer layers, with strain-induced offset differences as large as 0.6 eV possible for SrSnO3. Such large conduction band offset tunability through elastic strain control may provide a pathway to minimize the loss of charge confinement in 2-dimensional electron gases and enhance the performance of photoelectrochemical stannate-based devices.

  18. Electrocaloric effect in Ba0.2Ca0.8Ti0.95Ge0.05O3 determined by a new pyroelectric method

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    Asbani, B.; Dellis, J.-L.; Gagou, Y.; Kaddoussi, H.; Lahmar, A.; Amjoud, M.; Mezzane, D.; Kutnjak, Z.; El Marssi, M.

    2015-09-01

    The present letter explores the electrocaloric effect (ECE) in the lead-free oxide Ba0.8Ca0.2Ti0.95Ge0.05O3 ceramics (BCTG). The electrocaloric responsivity ξ =(\\frac{\\text{d}T}{\\text{d}E}) was determined by two different methods using the Maxwell relationship ξ\\propto≤ft(\\frac{\\partial P}{\\partial T}\\right)E . In a first well-known indirect method, P\\text-E hysteresis loops were measured in a wide temperature range from which the pyroelectric coefficient pE=≤ft(\\frac{\\partial P}{\\partial T}\\right)E and thus ξ were determined by derivation of P(T,~E) data. In the second novel method the pyroelectric coefficient p E and consequently the electrocaloric responsivity ξ were determined by direct measurements of the pyroelectric currents under different applied electric fields. Within the experimental error, good agreement was obtained between two methods with ξ = 0.18 +/- 0.05 \\cdot 10-6 \\text{K}\\cdot \\text{m}\\cdot \\text{V}-1 at about 410 K.

  19. Luminescence properties of a novel green emitting Ba2CaZn2Si6O17:Eu2+ phosphor for white light - Emitting diodes applications

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    Annadurai, G.; Kennedy, S. Masilla Moses; Sivakumar, V.

    2016-05-01

    A novel green emitting Ba2CaZn2Si6O17:Eu2+ (BCZSO:Eu2+) phosphor was synthesized using conventional high temperature solid state reaction method. Powder X-ray diffraction was carried out to confirm the phase formation of the synthesized phosphors. Photoluminescence emission spectrum was recorded under excitation at 340 nm. The BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor exhibited an intense asymmetric green emission band around 502 nm which originated from the 4f65d1 → 4f7 transition of Eu2+ ion. The optimum doping concentration of Eu2+ was found to be 0.06 mol. The energy transfer mechanism among Eu2+ in BCZSO phosphor was found to be a dipole-dipole interaction, and the critical distance (RC) for the Eu2+ ions calculated by the concentration quenching and spectral overlap methods were 23.2 Å and 13.7 Å, respectively. The decay curve of BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphors were discussed. The CIE chromaticity coordinate values (x = 0.259, y = 0.463) of BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor were located in green region and the correlated color temperature was 7571 K. All these properties gave an indication that BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor could be a potential green-emitting phosphor for UV based white light emitting diodes.

  20. Temperature-controlled down-conversion luminescence behavior of Eu(3)(+) -doped transparent MF2 (M = Ba, Ca, Sr) glass ceramics.

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    Zhou, B; E, C Q; Bu, Y Y; Meng, L; Yan, X H; Wang, X F

    2017-03-01

    Eu(3)(+) -doped transparent glass ceramics containing MF2 (M = Ba, Ca, Sr) nanocrystals were fabricated using a melt-quenching method, and the resulting structures were studied using X-ray diffraction. Levels (5) D1 and (5) D0 of Eu(3)(+) ions were verified as thermally coupled levels using the fluorescence intensity ratio method. The fluorescence intensity ratios, optical temperature sensitivity and thermal quenching ratios of the transparent glass ceramics were studied as a function of temperature. With an increase in temperature, the relative sensitivity (SR ) decreased sharply at first, then slowly increased, before finally decreasing. The minimum SR values of GCBaF2 (GCB), GCCaF2 (GCC) and GCSrF2 (GCS) were 2.8 × 10(-4) , 0.8 × 10(-4) and 1.9 × 10(-)(4)  K(-1) at 360, 269 and 319 K, respectively. Glass ceramics with an intense emission intensity can be used to convert the measured spectrum into temperature and may have an important role in temperature detectors.

  1. Shape of spin density wave versus temperature in AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Ba, Eu): A Mössbauer study

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    Błachowski, A.; Ruebenbauer, K.; Żukrowski, J.; Rogacki, K.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J.

    2011-04-01

    Parent compounds AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Ba, Eu) of the 122 family of the iron-based superconductors have been studied by Fe57 Mössbauer spectroscopy in the temperature range 4.2-˜300 K. Spin density waves (SDW) have been found with some confidence. They are either incommensurate with the lattice period or the ratio of the respective periods is far away from the ratio of small integers. SDW shape is very unconventional (i.e., differs from the sinusoidal shape). Magnetic order starts with lowered temperature as narrow sheets of the significant electron spin density separated by areas with very small spin density. Magnetic sheets are likely to be ordered in the alternate antiferromagnetic fashion as the material as a whole behaves similarly to the collinear antiferromagnet. A further lowering of temperature simply expands sheet thickness leading to the near triangular SDW. Finally, sheets fill the whole available space and the almost rectangular shape of the SDW is reached. The substantial maximum amplitude of SDW appears at the temperature just below the magnetic onset temperature, and this maximum amplitude increases slightly with lowering temperature. The square root from the mean squared hyperfine field behaves versus temperature according to the universality class (1,2) (i.e., with the electronic spin space having dimensionality equal to unity and the real space having dimensionality equal to 2). The more or less pronounced tail above transition temperature due to the development of incoherent SDW is seen.

  2. Effect of Ca2+ substitution on impedance and electrical conduction mechanism of Ba1-xCaxZr0.1Ti0.9O3 (0.00≤x≤0.20) ceramics

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    Mondal, Tanusree; Das, Sayantani; Badapanda, T.; Sinha, T. P.; Sarun, P. M.

    2017-03-01

    The Ca modified Ba1-xCaxZr0.1Ti0.9O3 (BCZT) system for x=0.00-0.20 is synthesized by the high-temperature conventional solid state reaction method. The morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between the tetragonal and cubic structure is obtained at room temperature for the composition x=0.15. The doping of Ca facilitates the enhancement of the homogeneity of microstructure and growth of the grain size. The phase transition is also confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. In order to explore the effect of Ca concentration variation on the conduction mechanism of BaZr0.1Ti0.9O3 (BZT) ceramic, the frequency dependent ac impedance spectroscopy technique is used at various temperatures. The effect of Ca doping on the electrical properties of BZT is clearly noticeable. The resistance of the grain (bulk) and the grain boundary is increased as a consequence of the increase in the activation energy of Ca substituted BZT samples. The enhanced resistivity of the Ca substituted BZT ceramics is explained in terms of the decrease in the mobility of the charge carriers associated with the lattice distortion. The electric modulus analysis reveals the enhanced capacitance of BCZT ceramics which is in good agreement with the results obtained from complex impedance analysis.

  3. Microstructure and Fatigue Behavior of Friction Stir-welded Noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca Magnesium Alloy

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    Zhou, L.; Li, Z. Y.; Nakata, K.; Feng, J. C.; Huang, Y. X.; Liao, J. S.

    2016-06-01

    Microstructure and fatigue behavior of friction stir-welded noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca magnesium alloy were investigated. The as-received hot-extruded material consisted of equiaxed α-Mg grains with β-Mg17Al12 and Al2Ca compounds distributed along the grain boundaries. Friction stir welding produced much refined α-Mg grains accompanied by the dissolution of the eutectic β-Mg17Al12 phase, while Al2Ca phase was dispersed homogenously into the Mg matrix. Friction stir welding produced slightly increased hardness and tensile strength in the defect-free welds compared with the base material due to microstructural refinement and uniform distribution of intermetallic compounds. The load-controlled uniaxial tensile high-cycle fatigue tests indicated that fatigue strength of 90 MPa was obtained for the friction stir-welded joint with fatigue crack initiated basically near the specimen's surface and at the retreating side of the joint. Crack propagation was characterized by cleavage and fatigue striations.

  4. Effect of Ca-Doping on the Structure and Morphology of Polycrystalline La0.7(Ba1-xCax)0.3MnO3 (x = 0; 0.03; and 0.05)

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    Winarsih, S.; Kurniawan, B.; Manaf, A.; Saptari, S. A.; Nanto, D.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we report structure and morphology of polycrystalline La0.7(Ba1-xCax)0.3MnO3 (x = 0; 0.03; 0.05). Basically, these materials are perovskite manganites type with the general structure AMnO3 (A= trivalent rare earth with divalent ion-doped) which have been extensively studied due to their interesting physical properties. It was known that the electron transport in this material influenced by ion doped at A site. Doping with different divalent ions should cause the lattice distortion. Hence, double exchange interaction is enhanced. In this study, we prepared our sample through the sol-gel method. It is show that the method has resulted in powder materials with ultra-fine particle size. The effect of Ca+2 and Ba+2 doping on the structure did not make any phase changing, but the lattice parameter of La0.7(Ba1-xCax)0.3MnO3 decreased below × = 0.03. Microstructure observed by scanning electron microscope to the sintered samples indicated that the microstructure is homogeneous with fine size of equiaxed grain morphology. Microanalysis by EDS confirmed there is no significant different between designated composition and measured one. It is concluded that effect of Ca+2 and Ba+2 doped in LaMnO3 has resulted in microstructural and lattice parameter changes. The doped materials are remaining single phase.

  5. On the photo-luminescence properties of sol–gel derived undoped and Dy{sup 3+} ion doped nanocrystalline Scheelite type AMoO{sub 4} (A = Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Jena, Paramananda; Gupta, Santosh K.; Natarajan, V.; Padmaraj, O.; Satyanarayana, N.; Venkateswarlu, M.

    2015-04-15

    Nanocrystalline Scheelite type Dy doped AMoO{sub 4} [where A = Ba, Sr and Ca] samples were prepared by acrylamide assisted sol–gel process and characterized by XRD, FT-Raman, FTIR, SEM and photoluminescence (PL). PL of undoped sample shows blue/green emission in CaMoO{sub 4} and SrMoO{sub 4} but multicolour visible emission leading to near white light in BaMoO{sub 4} nanoparticles; the origin of which is explained. It was observed that on doping 0.5 mol% of Dy{sup 3+} in molybdate samples complete energy transfer takes place in case of SrMoO{sub 4} and BaMoO{sub 4}, but host contributed substantially in Dy doped BaMoO{sub 4} sample, resulting in biexponential decay. It was also observed that symmetry around Dy{sup 3+} decreases as the size of alkaline earth ion increases. Due to combined blue, yellow and red colour emission in dysprosium doped sample; all samples showed near white light emission under UV and near UV excitation.

  6. A re-investigation of the crystal structure and luminescence of BaCa{sub 2}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+}

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    Park, Cheol-Hee; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Yonesaki, Yoshinori; Kumada, Nobuhiro

    2011-06-15

    Barium calcium magnesium silicate (BaCa{sub 2}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8}), a compound whose space group was obtained via X-ray diffraction data, was re-investigated using neutron diffraction techniques. A combined powder X-ray and neutron Rietveld method revealed that BaCa{sub 2}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} crystallizes in the trigonal space group P3-bar (Z=1, a=5.42708(5) A, c=6.79455(7) A, V=173.310(4) A{sup 3}; R{sub p}/R{sub wp}=5.52%/7.63%), instead of the previously believed space group P3-bar m1. The difference in the two structures arises from the displacement of the O2 atom. Blue emission from Ba{sub 0.98}Eu{sub 0.02}Ca{sub 2}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} under 325-nm excitation is ascribed to the 4f{sup 6}5d{sup 1}{yields}4f{sup 7} transitions of Eu{sup 2+} ions at Ba sites and Ca sites. Site assignment of Eu{sup 2+} ions in the titled compound was performed by analysis of emission spectra at temperatures in the range of 4.2-300 K. - Graphical abstract: A combined powder X-ray and neutron Rietveld method reveals that BaCa{sub 2}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} crystallizes in the trigonal space group P3-bar , instead of the previously believed space group P3-bar m1 from X-ray diffraction data. Highlights: > Re-investigation of the structure using neutron diffraction data. > The correct space group is P3-bar , not P3-bar m1. > Identification of Eu{sup 2+} sites using temperature-variable luminescence.{yields} The emission at the shorter wavelength corresponds to the Ba site in the compound.

  7. A new series of oxycarbonate superconductors (Cu(0.5)C(0.5))(m)Ba(m+1)Ca(n-1)Cu(n)O2(m+n)+1

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    Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Kawashima, T.; Matsui, Y.

    1995-01-01

    We found a new series of oxycarbonate superconductors in the Ba-CaCu-C-O system under high pressure of 5 GPa. Their ideal formula is (Cu(0.5)C(0.5)(m)Ba(m+1)Ca(n-1)Cu(n)O2)((m+n)+1) ((Cu,C)-m(m+1)(n-1)n). Thus far, n = 3, 4 members of the m = 1 series, (Cu,C)-1223 and (Cu,C)-1234, have been prepared in bulk while n = 4, 5 members, (Cu,C)-2334 and (Cu,C)-2345, have been prepared for the m = 2 series. (Cu,C)-1223 shows superconductivity below 67 K while T(sub c)'s of other compounds are above 110 K. In particular, (Cu,C)-1234 has the highest T(sub c) of 117 K.

  8. LARGE PIEZOELECTRIC EFFECT IN LOW-TEMPERATURE-SINTERED LEAD-FREE (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 THICK FILMS

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    Feng, Zuyong; Shi, Dongqi; Dou, Shixue; Hu, Yihua; Tang, Xingui

    2012-09-01

    High-quality piezoelectric (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 thick films with dense and homogenous microstructures were fabricated at a low sintering temperature (900°C) using a CuBi2O4 sintering aid. The 10 μm thick film exhibited a high longitudinal piezoelectric constant d33,eff of 210 pC/N with estimated unconstrained d33 value of 560 pC/N very close to that in the corresponding bulks. Such excellent piezoelectric effect in the low-temperature sintered (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 thick films is comparable to the case of lead-based PZT thick films, and may be a promising application in lead-free microdevices such as piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  9. Study of Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu prepared in different gas atmospheres

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    Rezende, Marcos V. dos S.; Valerio, Mário E.G.; Jackson, Robert A.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The effect of different gas atmospheres on the Eu reduction process was studied. • The Eu reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. • Hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization. • Only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. • A model of Eu reduction process is proposed. - Abstract: The effect of different gas atmospheres such as H{sub 2}(g), synthetic air, carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) on the Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction process during the synthesis of Eu-doped BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} was studied using synchrotron radiation. The Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region when the sample are excited at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. The results show that the hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and that only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. A model of Eu reduction process, based on the incorporation of charge compensation defects, is proposed.

  10. On BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor degradation mechanism by vacuum-ultraviolet excitation

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    Bizarri, G.; Moine, B.

    2005-12-01

    Additional to a correct color and a high efficiency, phosphors for plasma display panels must maintain their light output for thousands of hours. Often the degradation is the restricting factor in using phosphors. In this article, the mechanism of luminance decrease in blue-emitting BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor during the operation of the PDPs has been studied. It is shown experimentally that the aging process is mainly due to the vacuum-ultraviolet excitation (VUV). It is demonstrated that the degradation mechanism can be accelerated by using a 193 nm laser excitation. Based on excitation, reflectance, thermoluminescence spectra, and aging or annealing processes by laser excitation, the main causes of the degradation are demonstrated. The aging process can be separated in two different processes according to the temperature: a first one, at low temperature, corresponding to the autoionization of luminescent centers (Eu{sup 2+}{yields}Eu{sup 3+}); and a second one, at high temperature, linked to the formation of traps in the phosphor. These traps induce a perturbation of the energy migration in the phosphor. In addition, the relevant parameters of trap formation are highlighted: density of the VUV excitation, temperature, and atmosphere/pressure surrounding the phosphor. A model of BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor degradation mechanism is proposed.

  11. Production of Eu-doped BaAl2O4 at low temperature via an alternative sol-gel method using PVA as complexing agent

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    Gomes, Manassés A.; Andrade, Adriano B.; Rezende, Marcos V. dos S.; Valerio, Mário E. G.

    2017-03-01

    Europium-doped barium aluminate (BaAl2O4:Eu) was successfully produced using an alternative PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) assisted sol-gel route at low temperature. To find the best conditions of calcination, DTA/TG (Differential Thermal Analysis/ Thermogravimetric Analysis) techniques were used. X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement were used to identify the crystalline phases, as well as to confirm the BaAl2O4 phase formation at 600 °C, a much lower temperature than previously reported in the literature. The crystallite size was estimated using the Scherrer's formalism showing that the prepared samples are in the nanometric scale. XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) measurements showed that only Eu3+ species are present in the matrix after calcinations. Optical characterization was performed by photoluminescence (PL) and radioluminescence (RL) spectra. PL studies showed exciton emissions and the characteristic Eu3+ spectrum. Samples irradiated by X-ray showed emissions associated to the exciton and Eu3+ and Eu2+ transitions. This study showed that calcination temperature greatly influenced the luminescent properties. The reproducibility of the samples was successfully tested.

  12. Structural, morphological and optical investigations on BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} elaborated by a microwave induced solution combustion synthesis

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    Pradal, Nathalie; Potdevin, Audrey; Chadeyron, Genevieve; Mahiou, Rachid

    2011-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Graphical abstract (with Research highlights). This is a paragraph for graphical abstract. Research highlights: {yields} Synthesis of BAM:Eu{sup 2+} by MISCS using different fuel to oxidizer molar ratios. {yields} Both blue and red phosphors were obtained. {yields} Majority of blue phosphors was obtained for fuel-rich synthesis. {yields} A specific morphology was observed for each contribution. -- Abstract: Blue-emitting Eu{sup 2+}-doped barium magnesium aluminate (BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+}) for advanced displays and lighting devices was prepared by a microwave induced solution combustion synthesis using urea as combustion fuel and nitrates as oxidizer. Purity control of as-synthesized blue phosphor particles was undertaken by modifying the fuel to oxidizer molar ratio. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence were used to investigate powders crystallinity, particles size, morphology and luminescent properties, respectively. Fuel-rich urea reactions preferentially lead to pure phases compared to the powders synthesized with a stoichiometric fuel to oxidizer ratio. In both cases, we produce a nearly pure well-crystallized and nanostructured BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+}. Photoluminescence measurements exhibit the characteristic blue emission of Eu{sup 2+} under UV light excitation however a weak red emission associated to Eu{sup 3+} is also detected.

  13. Evolution of structure and magnetic properties for BaFe11.9Al0.1O19 hexaferrite in a wide temperature range

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    Trukhanov, A. V.; Trukhanov, S. V.; Panina, L. V.; Kostishyn, V. G.; Kazakevich, I. S.; Trukhanov, An. V.; Trukhanova, E. L.; Natarov, V. O.; Turchenko, V. A.; Salem, M. M.; Balagurov, A. M.

    2017-03-01

    M-type BaFe11.9Al0.1O19 hexaferrite was successfully synthesized by solid state reactions. Precision investigations of crystal and magnetic structures of BaFe11.9Al0.1O19 powder by neutron diffraction in the temperature range 4.2-730 K have been performed. Magnetic and electrical properties investigations were carried out in the wide temperature range. Neutron powder diffraction data were successfully refined in approximation for both space groups (SG): centrosymmetric #194 (standard non-polar phase) and non-centrosymmetric #186 (polar phase). It has been shown that at low temperatures (below room temperature) better fitting results (value χ2) were for the polar phase (SG: #186) or for the two phases coexistence (SG: #186 and SG: #194). At high temperatures (400-730 K) better fitting results were for SG: #194. It was established coexistence of the dual ferroic properties (specific magnetization and spontaneous polarization) at room temperature. Strong correlation between magnetic and electrical subsystems was demonstrated (magnetoelectrical effect). Temperature dependences of the spontaneous polarization, specific magnetization and magnetoelectrical effect were investigated.

  14. LiCaAlF6 scintillators in neutron and gamma radiation fields

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    Viererbl, L.; Klupák, V.; Vinš, M.; Koleška, M.; Šoltés, J.; Yoshikawa, A.; Nikl, M.

    2016-09-01

    Intentionally doped LiCaAlF6 (LiCAF) single crystals are prospective scintillators, especially for thermal neutron detection through the 6Li(n,t)4He nuclear reaction. Four different LiCAF scintillator samples were tested in various neutron and gamma fields. Two of the tested samples were LiCAF:Eu and LiCAF:Eu,Na single crystals, and another two samples were made of LiCAF:Eu micro crystals dispersed in transparent rubber, with different rubber dimensions. All LiCAF samples contain lithium enriched to6Li. A plutonium-beryllium source was used as a neutron source. The neutron spectrum was modified by moderator and filter to get different ratios between thermal, epithermal and fast neutron fluence rates. The MCNP code was used for calculations of the fluence rates for different configurations. Radionuclides 137Cs and 60Co were applied as gamma radiation sources. The light signal from the scintillator was evaluated with a photomultiplier and a multichannel analyzer. The purpose of this work was to study the characteristics of LiCAF scintillators, especially the ability to discriminate signals from neutron and gamma radiation, which is the basic scintillator condition for neutron detection in mixed neutron-gamma radiation fields. Generally, the discrimination can be done by the pulse height and/or the pulse shape of the evaluated signals. Both methods can be used for a LiCAF scintillator. However, only the pulse height discrimination method is discussed in this paper. The possibility of fast neutron detection with LiCAF scintillators was also tested.

  15. Effect of SiO2 on the Crystallization Behaviors and In-Mold Performance of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 Slags for Drawing-Ingot-Type Electroslag Remelting

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    Shi, Cheng-Bin; Li, Jing; Cho, Jung-Wook; Jiang, Fang; Jung, In-Ho

    2015-10-01

    The crystallization characteristics of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with varying amounts of SiO2 were experimentally studied. The effects of slag crystallization behaviors on the horizontal heat transfer and lubrication performance in drawing-ingot-type electroslag remelting (ESR) were also evaluated in terms of as-cast ingots surface quality and drawing-ingot operation. The results show that increasing SiO2 addition from 0 to 6.8 mass pct strongly suppresses the crystallization of ESR type CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags. The crystallization temperature of the studied slags decreases with the increase in SiO2 addition. The liquidus temperatures of the slags also show a decreasing trend with increasing SiO2 content. In CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(SiO2) slags, faceted 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 crystals precipitate first during continuous cooling of the slag melts, followed by the formation of CaF2 at lower temperatures. 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 was confirmed to be the dominant crystalline phase in the studied slags. CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with a small amount of SiO2 addition are favorable for providing sound lubrication and horizontal heat transfer in mold for drawing-ingot-type ESR, which consequently bring the improvement in the surface quality of ESR ingot and drawing-ingot operating practice as demonstrated by plant trials.

  16. Teaching the Modes of Ca[superscript 2+] Transport between the Plasma Membrane and Endoplasmic Reticulum Using a Classic Paper by Kwan et al.

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    Liang, Willmann

    2009-01-01

    This teaching article uses the report by Kwan et al., "Effects of methacholine, thapsigargin, and La[superscript 3+] on plasmalemmal and intracellular Ca[superscript 2+] transport in lacrimal acinar cells," where the effects of Ca[superscript 2+]-mobilizing agents in regulating Ca[superscript 2+] fluxes were examined under various conditions.…

  17. Ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of BaTi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3}, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.015

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    Ali, Ahmed I.; Hassen, A.; Khang, Nguyen Cao; Kim, Y. S.

    2015-09-15

    Single phase polycrystalline samples of BaTi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3}, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.015, have been prepared by a conventional powder processing method. The Rietveld refinements of X- ray powder diffraction patterns at room temperature indicate that the samples crystallize in tetragonal structure with group symmetry P4mm. Because of the oxygen vacancies, the volume of the unit cell increases with increasing x. Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed that the particle size of pure BTO ceramics was affected by the Al content. Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of pure BTO as well as Al-doped BTO were studied. It was found that the dielectric permittivity (ε′) increases significantly with increasing x while the transition from ferroelectric phase to a paraelectric phase changes slightly. The Curie-Weiss law is verified over a wide temperature range. Both ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of BTO are enhanced by the substitution of Ti{sup 4+} by Al{sup 3+} ions. Piezoelectric strains of Al-doped BTO showed a suitable behavior for application compared with that of pure BTO compound. Finally, the results obtained in this work are discussed and compared with those for similar materials.

  18. How does the spin-state of Co ions affect the insulator-metal transition in Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)?

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    Huang, Xiaokun; Zhang, Weiyi

    2016-11-30

    The misfit layered Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds experience an insulator to metal transition as A's ionic radius increases. This feature is contradictory to the conventional wisdom that larger lattice constant favors insulating rather than metallic state, and is also difficult to be reconciled using the Anderson weak localization theory. In this paper, we show from the first-principles calculation that an insulator-metal transition takes place from a nonmagnetic low-spin state of Co(3+) ions to a hexagonally arranged intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state in CoO2 plane when ionic radius increases from Ca to Ba. The predicted low-spin state of Bi2Ca2Co2O8 and Bi2Sr2Co2O8 and intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state of Bi2Ba2Co2O8 are consistent not only with their measured transport properties, but also with the magnetic-field suppressed specific-heat peak observed at the transition temperature. In agreement with experiments, strong electronic correlation is required to stabilize the low-spin insulator and intermediate-spin low-spin metal.

  19. How does the spin-state of Co ions affect the insulator-metal transition in Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)?

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    Huang, Xiaokun; Zhang, Weiyi

    2016-01-01

    The misfit layered Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds experience an insulator to metal transition as A’s ionic radius increases. This feature is contradictory to the conventional wisdom that larger lattice constant favors insulating rather than metallic state, and is also difficult to be reconciled using the Anderson weak localization theory. In this paper, we show from the first-principles calculation that an insulator-metal transition takes place from a nonmagnetic low-spin state of Co3+ ions to a hexagonally arranged intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state in CoO2 plane when ionic radius increases from Ca to Ba. The predicted low-spin state of Bi2Ca2Co2O8 and Bi2Sr2Co2O8 and intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state of Bi2Ba2Co2O8 are consistent not only with their measured transport properties, but also with the magnetic-field suppressed specific-heat peak observed at the transition temperature. In agreement with experiments, strong electronic correlation is required to stabilize the low-spin insulator and intermediate-spin low-spin metal. PMID:27901119

  20. How does the spin-state of Co ions affect the insulator-metal transition in Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)?

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    Huang, Xiaokun; Zhang, Weiyi

    2016-11-01

    The misfit layered Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds experience an insulator to metal transition as A’s ionic radius increases. This feature is contradictory to the conventional wisdom that larger lattice constant favors insulating rather than metallic state, and is also difficult to be reconciled using the Anderson weak localization theory. In this paper, we show from the first-principles calculation that an insulator-metal transition takes place from a nonmagnetic low-spin state of Co3+ ions to a hexagonally arranged intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state in CoO2 plane when ionic radius increases from Ca to Ba. The predicted low-spin state of Bi2Ca2Co2O8 and Bi2Sr2Co2O8 and intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state of Bi2Ba2Co2O8 are consistent not only with their measured transport properties, but also with the magnetic-field suppressed specific-heat peak observed at the transition temperature. In agreement with experiments, strong electronic correlation is required to stabilize the low-spin insulator and intermediate-spin low-spin metal.

  1. Heat capacities and thermodynamic functions of new nanosized ferro-chromo-manganites LaM0.5 IIFeCrMnO6.5 (MII-Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Kasenov, B. K.; Kasenova, Sh. B.; Sagintaeva, Zh. I.; Turtubaeva, M. O.; Kakenov, K. S.; Esenbaeva, G. A.

    2017-03-01

    The heat capacities of nanosized ferro-chromo-manganites LaM0.5 IIFeCrMnO6.5 (MII-Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) are measured via dynamic calorimetry in the temperature range of 298.15-673 K using an IT-S-400 instrument. It is established that the C°p f( T) function of LaM0.5 IIFeCrMnO6.5 (MII-Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) has λ-type effects, due probably to phase transitions of the second order. Considering the temperatures of the phase transitions, equations of the heat capacity of ferro-chromo-manganites LaM0.5 IIFeCrMnO6.5 (MII-Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) as a function of temperature are derived on the basis of experimental data. Thermodynamic functions H°( T)- H°(298.15), S°( T), and V xx( T) are calculated in the temperature range of 298.15-675 K.

  2. Heavy-ions irradiation dependence of superconducting properties of the Cu-based (Cu,C)Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4O 11- δ

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    Kitô, Hijiri; Iyo, Akira; Hirai, Manabu; Crisan, A.; Tokumoto, Madoka; Okayasu, Satoru; Sasase, Masahito; Sataka, Masao; Ihara, Hideo; Tanaka, Yasumoto

    2003-10-01

    To further enhance the critical current density ( Jc) and irreversibility field ( Hirr) of (Cu 1- xC x)Ba 2Ca n-1 Cu nO 2 n+4- δ ( n=4; hereafter described as (Cu,C)-1234), pinning centers were introduced by heavy-ion irradiation. The polycrystalline samples were irradiated with Au 15+ ions (240 MeV energy) at various fluence of 3.5 × 10 10, 6.5 × 10 10, 1 × 10 11, 2.5 × 10 11 and 5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2. The intragrain Jc was determined from M- H curves using Bean’s critical state model. With increase of the fluence, Jc shows a rapid increase and reaches a maximum value, 4.1 × 10 6 A/cm 2 (77 K and 1 T) for the fluence of 1 × 10 11 ions/cm 2 and above which it decreases slowly. The maximum value of Hirr(77 K), determined by extrapolating Jc curves to a 10 3 A/cm 2 criterion, is about 14.5 T for the 2.5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2. The α value in equation Hirr( T)= Hirr(0)(1- T/ Tc) α decreases from 2.97 for un-irradiated sample to 1.87 for the fluence of 1 × 10 11 ions/cm 2. These results indicate the possibility of Jc(77 K and 1 T) enhancement and reaching a high Hirr(77 K) at the fluence of the 1.5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2.

  3. Optical and scintillation properties of Ce:(Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) crystals

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    Igashira, Takuya; Mori, Masaki; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-02-01

    1% Ce-doped and non-doped (Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) (denoted as GMS, GCS, GSrS and GBS, respectively) single crystals were grown by the Floating Zone (FZ) method to evaluate their optical and scintillation properties. The Ce:GCS and Ce:GSrS samples exhibited scintillation and photoluminescence (PL) around 400 nm due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+. On the other hand, Ce:GMS and Ce:GBS showed much weaker emissions in the wavelength range of 500-650 nm, in which the origin was associated with the host matrices. The PL decay curves were approximated by a double exponential decay function for all the Ce-doped samples. The decay times ranged around 10-30 and 40-90 ns, and faster components coincided with those of the non-doped samples. The scintillation decay curves of Ce-doped samples, on the other hand, were approximated by single exponential functions with slower decay constants than those of PL decay. These constants were very similar to those of non-doped samples. In the X-ray induced afterglow measurements, Ce:GCS exhibited the lowest afterglow level. The pulse height spectrum of these samples showed a full-energy peak under 241Am 5.5 MeV α-ray irradiation. Among these samples, Ce:GSrS exhibited the highest light yield which was around 600 ph/5.5 MeV-α.

  4. Unimolecular and hydrolysis channels for the detachment of water from microsolvated alkaline earth dication (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+) clusters

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    Miliordos, Evangelos; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2014-02-07

    We examine theoretically the three channels that are associated with the detachment of a single water molecule from the aqueous clusters of the alkaline earth dications, [M(H2O)n]2+, M = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, n ≤ 6. These are the unimolecular water loss (M2+(H2O)n-1 + H2O) and the two hydrolysis channels resulting to the loss of hydronium ([MOH(H2O)n-2]+ + H3O+) and Zundel ([MOH(H2O)n-3]+ + H3O+(H2O)) cations. The Potential Energy Curves (PECs) corresponding to those three channels were constructed at the Møller-Plesset second order perturbation (MP2) level of theory with basis sets of double- and triple-ζ quality. We furthermore investigated the water and hydronium loss channels from the mono-hydroxide water clusters with up to four water molecules, [MOH(H2O)n]+, 1 ≤ n ≤ 4. Our results indicate the preference of the hydronium loss and possibly the Zundel cation loss channels for the smallest size clusters, whereas the unimolecular water loss channel is preferred for the larger ones as well as the mono-hydroxide clusters. Although the charge separation (hydronium and Zundel cation loss) channels produce more stable products when compared to the ones for the unimolecular water loss, they also require the surmounting of high energy barriers, a fact that makes the experimental observation of fragments related to these hydrolysis channels difficult.

  5. Superconductivity in Zn-doped tetragonal LaBaCaCu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} systems

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    Singh, R.; Lal, R.; Upreti, U.C.; Suri, D.K.; Narlikar, A.V.; Awana, V.P.; Albino Aguiar, J.; Shahabuddin, M.

    1997-01-01

    Resistivity and ac susceptibility of Zn-doped samples of the LaBaCaCu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (LBCCO) system have been measured for Zn content of 0.5{percent}, 1.0{percent}, 1.5{percent}, 2.0{percent}, 2.5{percent}, and 3.0{percent} at.wt. X-ray diffraction has been used to find the lattice parameters of the samples. The samples remain tetragonal for all the considered concentrations of Zn. Idometry and thermogravimetric analyses have been done to estimate the oxygen content of different samples. Analyzing the resistivity and ac susceptibility data, the following conclusions are drawn about the role of Zn in the LBCCO samples. (1) The conduction mechanism of electrons appears to follow a crossover from the purely metallic regime to the localization regime due to either weak localization or electron-electron interaction effects after about 1.5{percent} Zn. (2) The superconducting transition as revealed by the resistivity vs temperature curves or susceptibility vs temperature curves becomes sharper with Zn increasing content of Zn up to 1.0{percent}. After 1.5{percent} the resistive and ac susceptibility transitions become broader with increasing Zn. (3) T{sub c} depression up to Zn content of 1.0{percent} seems due to direct suppression of the effective pairing interaction, while at and above 2.5{percent} Zn T{sub c} depression is expected to be due to disorder effects such as reduction of density of states at the Fermi energy. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  6. Removal of arsenic from water by Friedel's salt (FS: 3CaO·Al2O3·CaCl2·10H2O).

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    Zhang, Danni; Jia, Yongfeng; Ma, Jiayu; Li, Zhibao

    2011-11-15

    Low levels of arsenic can be effectively removed from water by adsorption onto various materials and searching for low-cost, high-efficiency new adsorbents has been a hot topic in recent years. In the present study, the performance of Friedel's salt (FS: 3CaO·Al(2)O(3)·CaCl(2)·10H(2)O), a layered double hydroxide (LDHs), as an adsorbent for arsenic removal from aqueous solution was investigated. Friedel's salt was synthesized at lower temperature (50°C) compared to traditional autoclave methods by reaction of calcium chloride with sodium aluminate. Kinetic study revealed that adsorption of arsenate by Friedel's salt was fast in the first 12h and equilibrium was achieved within 48 h. The adsorption kinetics are well described by second-order Lageren equation. The adsorption capacity of the synthesized sorbent for arsenate at pH 4 and 7 calculated from Langmuir adsorption isotherms was 11.85 and 7.80 mg/g, respectively. Phosphate and silicate markedly decreased the removal of arsenate, especially at higher pH, but sulfate was found to suppress arsenate adsorption at lower pH and the adverse effect was disappeared at pH ≥ 6. Common metal cations (Ca(2+), Mg(2+)) enhanced arsenate adsorption. The results suggest that Friedel's salt is a potential cost-effective adsorbent for arsenate removal in water treatment.

  7. Blue upconversion luminescence in 12 CaO·7 Al 2O 3:Tm 3 + /Yb 3 + polycrystals

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    Wang, Rui; Liu, Liang; Sun, Jinchao; Qian, Yannan; Zhang, Yushen; Xu, Yanling

    2012-03-01

    The effect of Yb 3 + concentration on the fluorescence of 12 CaO·7 Al 2O 3:Tm 3 + /Yb 3 + polycrystals is investigated. Under the excitation of 980 nm laser, the strong blue (477 nm) emission band is observed and attributed to 1G 4 → 3H 6 of Tm 3 + . The ratio of blue to red emission increases with the increasing of Yb 3 + and remains constant at 10 mol% Yb 3 + . The pump dependence and upconversion mechanisms show that the two-photon cooperative upconversion process is responsible for the enhancement of the blue upconversion emission. The Commission Internationale de l'eclairage chromaticity coordinates (x, y) illustrate that the 12 CaO·7 Al 2O 3:1 mol% Tm 3 + /10 mol% Yb 3 + can emit high-purity blue light.

  8. Effect of structural packing on the luminescence properties in tungsten bronze compounds M{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Yin Xin; Shi Liu; Wei Ang; Wan Dongyun; Wang Yaoming; Huang Fuqiang

    2012-08-15

    Tungsten bronze compounds M{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) were successfully synthesized, and the luminescence properties were investigated. Among the three compounds, Ca{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} showed an obviously broad band of host luminescence at 460 nm with exciting at 269 nm. By doping Eu{sup 3+} into the M sites, Ca{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15}:Eu{sup 3+} displayed strong red emission from Eu{sup 3+} ions characteristic transitions, nearly four times higher than Sr{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15}:Eu{sup 3+} and seven times higher than Ba{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15}:Eu{sup 3+}. Crystal packing factor (PF) was introduced to account for this luminescence difference, lower PF being correlated to higher luminescence intensity for perovskite-related structure. Both the as-prepared compounds and the literature examples were proved to fit this correlation. This can be explained through the influence of the structural packing on the environment distortion and crystal field splitting of the doping site. - Graphical abstract: Tungsten bronze compounds M{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) show the dependence of luminescence properties on structural packing, among which Ca{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} has the superior luminescence. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tungsten bronze compounds were synthesized by solid state reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ca{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} displayed remarkably blue host luminescence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ca{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15}:Eu{sup 3+} showed more intense red emission than M{sub 2}KNb{sub 5}O{sub 15}:Eu{sup 3+} (M=Sr, Ba). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between crystal packing factor and luminescence was obtained.

  9. Synthesis and hydration behavior of calcium zirconium aluminate (Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18}) cement

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    Kang, Eun-Hee; Yoo, Jun-Sang; Kim, Bo-Hye; Choi, Sung-Woo; Hong, Seong-Hyeon

    2014-02-15

    Calcium zirconium aluminate (Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18}) cements were prepared by solid state reaction and polymeric precursor methods, and their phase evolution, morphology, and hydration behavior were investigated. In polymeric precursor method, a nearly single phase Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} was obtained at relatively lower temperature (1200 °C) whereas in solid state reaction, a small amount of CaZrO{sub 3} coexisted with Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} even at higher temperature (1400 °C). Unexpectedly, Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} synthesized by polymeric precursor process was the large-sized and rough-shaped powder. The planetary ball milling was employed to control the particle size and shape. The hydration behavior of Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} was similar to that of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} (C3A), but the hydration products were Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}·6H{sub 2}O (C3AH6) and several intermediate products. Thus, Zr (or ZrO{sub 2}) stabilized the intermediate hydration products of C3A.

  10. Improving green emission of Tb(3)(+) ions in BaO-B2 O3 -P2 O5 glasses by means of Al(3)(+) ions.

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    Kalpana, T; Gandhi, Y; Sudarsan, V; Piasecki, M; Ravi Kumar, V; Veeraiah, N

    2016-11-01

    BaO-B2 O3 -P2 O5 glasses doped with a fixed concentration of Tb(3)(+) ions and varying concentrations of Al2 O3 were synthesized, and the influence of the Al(3)(+) ion concentration on the luminescence efficiency of the green emission of Tb(3)(+) ions was investigated. The optical absorption, excitation, luminescence spectra and fluorescence decay curves of these glasses were recorded at ambient temperature. The emission spectra of terbium ions when excited at 393 nm exhibited two main groups of bands, corresponding to (5) D3  → (7) Fj (blue region) and (5) D4  → 7Fj (green region). From these spectra, the radiative parameters, viz., spontaneous emission probability A, total emission probability AT , radiative lifetime τ and fluorescent branching ratio β, of different transitions originating from the (5) D4 level of Tb(3)(+) ions were evaluated based on the Judd-Ofelt theory. A clear increase in the quantum efficiency and luminescence of the green emission of Tb(3)(+) ions corresponding to (5) D4  → (7) F5 transition is observed with increases in the concentration of Al2 O3 up to 3.0 mol%. The improvement in emission is attributed to the de-clustering of terbium ions by Al(3)(+) ions and also to the possible admixing of wave functions of opposite parities. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. The Relative Nature of Perception: A Response to Cañal-Bruland and van der Kamp (2015)

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    2015-01-01

    Cañal-Bruland and van der Kamp present an argument about the incommensurate relationship between affordance perception and spatial perception in a criticism of Proffitt and Linkenauger’s phenotypic approach to perception. Many of their criticisms are based on a difference in the interpretation of the core ideas underlying the phenotypic approach. The most important of these differences in interpretations concern fundamental assumptions about the nature of the perceptions of size and distance themselves. Extent perception must be relative to the organism; therefore, there can be no veridical perception of space. Also, we argue in the phenotypic approach that space perception is an emergent property of affordance perception; they are not different types of perceptions as Cañal-Bruland and van der Kamp presume. Third, affordance perception need not be perfectly accurate, just good enough. Additionally, affordance perception need not be dichotomous; this presumption likely originates in the methodology typically employed to study affordance perception. Finally, I agree with Cañal-Bruland and van der Kamp that joint research efforts will clarify and improve our understanding of these issues. PMID:27648215

  12. Temperature-dependent phonon Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry of pure and Ca-doped Sr x Ba1-x Nb2O6 ferroelectric ceramics across the phase transition region

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    Peng, Liang; Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Jinzhong; Hu, Zhigao; Wang, Genshui; Dong, Xianlin; Chu, Junhao

    2016-01-01

    Optical phonons and the phase transition of relaxor ferroelectric ceramics Sr x Ba1-x Nb2O6 (SBN) and Ca y (Sr0.5Ba0.5)1-y Nb2O6 (CSBN) with different composition (0.3≤slant x≤slant 0.5 , 0.1≤slant y≤slant 0.2 ) have been investigated by variable-temperature Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry. The anomalous temperature dependence of Tauc gap energy (E t ) is used to fit the phonon energy dependence of the permittivity, and the Raman intensity of some interesting optical phonons can be ascribed to the phase transition from a ferroelectric to a paraelectric structure. The Curie temperature of SBN decreases from 556 to 359 K with increasing Sr composition, which can be attributed to the substitution of smaller Sr2+ for Ba2+. On increasing the Ca composition, however, the phase transition temperature of CSBN remains nearly unchanged at about 350 K. This could be due to the fact that most doped Ca2+ ions move into the oxygen ion site and exhibit no obvious effect on the vibrational properties. Therefore, the general disorder which results from Sr2+ substituting Ba2+ , dominates the phase transition process for SBN-based ferroelectric oxides. Meanwhile, the dielectric functions from 200 to 600 K have been evaluated with the aid of the Tauc-Lorentz model. The electronic transition is located at about 5 eV and decreases with increasing temperature for all the samples. Moreover, the phase transition temperature range derived from the spectroscopic ellipsometry agrees well with that from the Raman scattering. It reveals that the variation of the fundamental energy gap may be associated with the phase transition of SBN ceramics. Both Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry are proven to be a effective method of exploring the phase transition of ferroelectric oxides.

  13. High-Energy-Density Polymer Nanocomposites Composed of Newly Structured One-Dimensional BaTiO3@Al2O3 Nanofibers.

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    Pan, Zhongbin; Yao, Lingmin; Zhai, Jiwei; Fu, Dezhou; Shen, Bo; Wang, Haitao

    2017-02-01

    Flexible electrostatic capacitors are potentially applicable in modern electrical and electric power systems. In this study, flexible nanocomposites containing newly structured one-dimensional (1D) BaTiO3@Al2O3 nanofibers (BT@AO NFs) and the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix were prepared and systematically studied. The 1D BT@AO NFs, where BaTiO3 nanoparticles (BT NPs) were embedded and homogeneously dispersed into the AO nanofibers, were successfully synthesized via an improved electrospinning technique. The additional AO layer, which has moderating dielectric constant, was introduced between BT NPs and PVDF matrixes. To improve the compatibility and distributional homogeneity of the nanofiller/matrix, dopamine was coated onto the nanofiller. The results show that the energy density due to high dielectric polarization is about 10.58 J cm(-3) at 420 MV m(-1) and the fast charge-discharge time is 0.126 μs of 3.6 vol % BT@AO-DA NFs/PVDF nanocomposite. A finite element simulation of the electric-field and electric current density distribution revealed that the novel-structured 1D BT@AO-DA NFs significantly improved the dielectric performance of the nanocomposites. The large extractable energy density and high dielectric breakdown strength suggest the potential applications of the BT@AO-DA NFs/PVDF nanocomposite films in electrostatic capacitors and embedded devices.

  14. Novel and easy access to highly luminescent Eu and Tb doped ultra-small CaF2, SrF2 and BaF2 nanoparticles - structure and luminescence.

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    Ritter, Benjamin; Haida, Philipp; Fink, Friedrich; Krahl, Thoralf; Gawlitza, Kornelia; Rurack, Knut; Scholz, Gudrun; Kemnitz, Erhard

    2017-02-28

    A universal fast and easy access at room temperature to transparent sols of nanoscopic Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) doped CaF2, SrF2 and BaF2 particles via the fluorolytic sol-gel synthesis route is presented. Monodisperse quasi-spherical nanoparticles with sizes of 3-20 nm are obtained with up to 40% rare earth doping showing red or green luminescence. In the beginning luminescence quenching effects are only observed for the highest content, which demonstrates the unique and outstanding properties of these materials. From CaF2:Eu10 via SrF2:Eu10 to BaF2:Eu10 a steady increase of the luminescence intensity and lifetime occurs by a factor of ≈2; the photoluminescence quantum yield increases by 29 to 35% due to the lower phonon energy of the matrix. The fast formation process of the particles within fractions of seconds is clearly visualized by exploiting appropriate luminescence processes during the synthesis. Multiply doped particles are also available by this method. Fine tuning of the luminescence properties is achieved by variation of the Ca-to-Sr ratio. Co-doping with Ce(3+) and Tb(3+) results in a huge increase (>50 times) of the green luminescence intensity due to energy transfer Ce(3+) → Tb(3+). In this case, the luminescence intensity is higher for CaF2 than for SrF2, due to a lower spatial distance of the rare earth ions.

  15. Conduction phenomenon of Al3+ modified lead free (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.92Ba0.08TiO3 electroceramics

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    Borkar, Hitesh; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-05-01

    Choice of proper dopants at A or B-site of ABO3 perovskite structure can modify the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), and hence functional properties of polar systems. The chemical nature of donor or acceptor will significantly influence the fundamental properties. Lead-free ferroelectrics have vast potential to replace the lead-based ceramics. The (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 (NBT-BT) (at x=0.08) near MPB with small substitution of trivalent cations (Al3+) has been synthesized by solid state reaction route. The aim to choose the trivalent cations (Al3+) was its relatively smaller radii than that of Bi3+ cations to develop the antipolar phases in the ferroelectric ceramic. Structural, morphological and elemental compositional analyses were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Secondary electron microscope (SEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), respectively. Ferroelectric studies were carried out on various compositions of (Na0.46Bi0.46-xAlxBa0.08)TiO3 (NBAT-BT) (x=0, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10) electroceramics. It was observed that with increase in concentration of Al the ferroelectricity state changes from soft to hard. Temperature dependent dielectric spectroscopy shows broad dielectric dispersion. The Al doping diminishes the relaxor behavior of NBT-BT ceramics. Impedance spectroscopy shows that electrical resistivity and relaxation frequency decreases with increase in Al-concentration. Modulus spectra indicate that Al significantly change the bulk capacitance of NBT-BT.

  16. Effect of Al2O3 on the Viscosity and Structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO Slags

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    Wang, Zhanjun; Sun, Yongqi; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min; Zhang, Zuotai

    2015-04-01

    The present paper provided a fundamental investigation on the effect of Al2O3 on the viscosity and structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO slags for the purpose of efficiently recycling the valuable elements from the steelmaking slags. The results show that the viscosity of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO-FetO slags slightly increases with increasing Al2O3 content. The degree of the polymerization (DOP) of quenched slags, determined from Raman spectra and magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, is also found to increase with increasing Al2O3 content. It can be deduced that the increasing DOP can promote the formation of gehlenite phase (Ca2Al2SiO7), thus facilitating the formation of higher phosphorous (or vanadium) contained solid solution ( n'Ca2SiO4·Ca3((P or V)O4)2). As Al2O3 content increases up to a specific value, the charge compensating ions which present near [AlO4]-tetrahedra and [FeO4]-tetrahedra are not fully supplied due to the scarcity of Ca2+. In this case, the existing Fe3+ in the melt cannot completely form [FeO4]-tetrahedra and part of Fe3+ would form [FeO6]-octahedra to substitute Ca2+ to modify the slags.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of SiO2-CaO-Na2O-P2O5 containing BaO-Fe2O3 glass-ceramics

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    Leenakul, W.; Kantha, P.; Pisitpipathsin, N.; Rujijanagul, G.; Eitssayeam, S.; Pengpat, K.

    2013-01-01

    The incorporation method was employed to produce bioactive glass-ceramics from the BaFe12O19-SiO2-CaO-Na2O-P2O5 glass system. The ferrimagnetic BaFe12O19 was first prepared using a simple mixed oxide method, where the oxide precursors of 45S5 bioglass were initially mixed and then melted to form glass. The devitrification of Na3Ca6(PO4)5 and Fe3O4 was observed in all of the quenched glass samples. The glass samples were then subjected to a heat treatment schedule for further crystallization. It was found that the small traces of BaFe12O19 phases started to crystallize in high BF content samples of 20 and 40 wt%. These samples also exhibited good magnetic properties comparable to that of other magnetic glass-ceramics. The bioactivity of the BF glass-ceramics improved with increasing BF content as was evident by the formation of bone-like apatite layers on the surface of all of the glass-ceramics after soaking in SBF for 14 days. The results support the use of these bioactive glass-ceramics for hyperthermia treatment within the human body.

  18. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral kulanite Ba(Fe2+,Mn2+,Mg)2(Al,Fe3+)2(PO4)3(OH)3

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Granja, Amanda; Scholz, Ricardo

    2013-11-01

    The mineral kulanite BaFe2Al2(PO4)3(OH)3, a barium iron aluminum phosphate, has been studied by using a combination of electron microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy with EDX shows the mineral is homogenous with no other phases present. The Raman spectrum is dominated by an intense band at 1022 cm-1 assigned to the PO43- ν1 symmetric stretching mode. Low intensity Raman bands at 1076, 1110, 1146, 1182 cm-1 are attributed to the PO43 - ν3 antisymmetric stretching vibrations. The infrared spectrum shows a complex spectral profile with overlapping bands. Multiple phosphate bending vibrations supports the concept of a reduction in symmetry of the phosphate anion. Raman spectrum at 3211, 3513 and 3533 cm-1 are assigned to the stretching vibrations of the OH units. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects on the molecular structure of kulanite to be assessed.

  19. The influence of Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite synthesized from brine water on thermal and mechanical properties of HTlc-EVA composite

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    Karina, Wiwiek Heraldy, Eddy Pramono, Edi; Heriyanto,; Astuti, Shanti

    2016-02-08

    Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite-like compound (Ca-Mg-Al HTlc) was prepared by co-precipitation method using brine water that is well known as the desalination process waste water. The structure of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was determined by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis. Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was studied as a non-halogenated filler in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) matrix. Composites with different filler concentrations were prepared to evaluate the influence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc on thermal and mechanical properties of EVA.The presence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc in the composite has been confirmed by FTIR analysis. Thermal properties of composites show significant reduction of degradation temperature as well as the loading of HTlc in EVA. However, the total enthalpies combustion of composites with 1% and 5% HTlc loadings higher compared to neat EVA. Further, mechanical properties were determined by tensile test. The result shows that tensile strength and elongation at break of composites decrease relatively by Ca-Mg-Al HTlc addition.

  20. The influence of Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite synthesized from brine water on thermal and mechanical properties of HTlc-EVA composite

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    Karina, Wiwiek; Heraldy, Eddy; Pramono, Edi; Heriyanto, Astuti, Shanti

    2016-02-01

    Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite-like compound (Ca-Mg-Al HTlc) was prepared by co-precipitation method using brine water that is well known as the desalination process waste water. The structure of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was determined by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis. Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was studied as a non-halogenated filler in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) matrix. Composites with different filler concentrations were prepared to evaluate the influence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc on thermal and mechanical properties of EVA.The presence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc in the composite has been confirmed by FTIR analysis. Thermal properties of composites show significant reduction of degradation temperature as well as the loading of HTlc in EVA. However, the total enthalpies combustion of composites with 1% and 5% HTlc loadings higher compared to neat EVA. Further, mechanical properties were determined by tensile test. The result shows that tensile strength and elongation at break of composites decrease relatively by Ca-Mg-Al HTlc addition.

  1. Emergence of a fluctuating state in the stuffed tridymite-type oxides Ba1 -xSrxAl2O4

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    Ishii, Y.; Tsukasaki, H.; Tanaka, E.; Kawaguchi, S.; Mori, S.

    2016-11-01

    We investigated the crystal structures and dielectric properties of an improper ferroelectric Ba1 -xSrxAl2O4 (x ≤0.1 ) and revealed that suppressing the condensation of the M -point soft mode involves the emergence of a "fluctuating" state. In the low-Sr-concentration region of x ≤0.06 , crystals exhibit a ferroelectric phase transition at TC from a paraelectric phase with a space group P 6322 (PE phase) to a low-temperature ferroelectric phase with a P 63 structure with doubled a and b axes (FE phase). Additionally, the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant ɛ' exhibits a peak at TC. As x increases, TC decreases substantially, and the peak at TC becomes small. For x ≥0.07 , the peak is barely noticeable and becomes an anomaly at T*≈200 K, indicating that the system possesses another state (FL state) below the T*. The PE phase has been reported to possess two energetically competing soft modes at the M and K points. Electron diffraction (ED) experiments revealed that the superlattice reflections of the FE phase become diffuse scatterings originating from the M -point soft mode as the FE-FL boundary is approached. The K -point soft mode disappears in the FL state, whereas the M -point soft mode survives and fluctuates without condensation. Dark-field (DF) images revealed that the M -point soft mode exhibits coherent motion in nanodomains with sizes of approximately 10 nm in the FL state. The emergence of the FL state is ascribed to enhanced vibration of the AlO4 tetrahedra resulting from the substitution of Sr, which has a smaller ionic radius than Ba.

  2. An analysis of temperature-dependent absorption and photocurrent spectra in BaAl{sub 2}Se{sub 4} layers

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    Hong, K. J.; Jeong, T. S.; Youn, C. J.; Moon, J. D.

    2015-04-28

    The temperature-dependent photoresponse behavior of BaAl{sub 2}Se{sub 4} layers has been investigated through the analysis of optical absorption and photocurrent (PC) spectra. Based on these results, the optical band gap was well expressed by E{sub g}(T) = E{sub g}(0) − 4.39 × 10{sup −4}T{sup 2}/(T + 250), where E{sub g}(0) is estimated to be 3.4205, 3.6234, and 3.8388 eV for the transitions corresponding to the valence band states Γ{sub 3}(A), Γ{sub 4}(B), and Γ{sub 5}(C), respectively. From the PC measurement, three peaks A, B, and C corresponded with the intrinsic transitions from the valence band states of Γ{sub 3}(A), Γ{sub 4}(B), and Γ{sub 5}(C) to the conduction band state of Γ{sub 1}, respectively. According to the selection rule, the crystal field and spin orbit splitting were found to be 0.2029 and 0.2154 eV, respectively, through the direct use of PC spectroscopy. However, the PC intensities decreased with lowering temperature. In the log J{sub ph} versus 1/T plot, the dominant trap level at the high-temperature region was observed and its value was 12.7 meV. This level corresponds to the activation energy for the electronic transition from the shallow donor levels to the edge of the conduction band. It is estimated that the decrease in the PC intensity is caused by trapping centers related to native defects in the BaAl{sub 2}Se{sub 4} layers. Consequently, this trap level limited the PC intensity with decreasing temperature.

  3. Evolution of Inclusions in Fe-13Cr Treated by CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-Based Top Slag

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    Wang, Qi; Wang, Lijun; Zhai, Jun; Li, Jianmin; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2017-02-01

    Experiments were carried out to determine the effect of Al2O3 in the slag of the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO-CaF2 system on the cleanness of Fe-13Cr stainless steel deoxidized by ferrosilicon. Increasing the Al2O3 content in basicity = 2.28 slag can reduce the usage of CaF2 and benefit the obtainment of a good kinetic condition for inclusion removal, but over 21 pct would lead to a higher total oxygen content in the melt and make the inclusion composition more complex. It is found that increasing basicity in 16 pct Al2O3 slag would have a good deoxidation ability and accelerate the transformation from high Al2O3 inclusions to low melting point CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-MgO system inclusions, but basicity over 2.58 would lead to high content of [Al] in liquid steel, which would promote the formation of MgO-Al2O3 inclusions. Therefore, it is not suitable to add a high content of Al2O3 into high-basicity slag. Adding Al2O3 into slag of 2.28 in basicity until a content of 16 pct could achieve inclusion plastication within 45 minutes without Ca treatment, which has potential application in industrial production.

  4. Cation-Poor Complex Metallic Alloys in Ba(Eu)-Au-Al(Ga) Systems: Identifying the Keys that Control Structural Arrangements and Atom Distributions at the Atomic Level.

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Steinberg, Simon; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Pecharsky, Vitalij; Miller, Gordon J; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2015-11-02

    Four complex intermetallic compounds BaAu(6±x)Ga(6±y) (x = 1, y = 0.9) (I), BaAu(6±x)Al(6±y) (x = 0.9, y = 0.6) (II), EuAu6.2Ga5.8 (III), and EuAu6.1Al5.9 (IV) have been synthesized, and their structures and homogeneity ranges have been determined by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Whereas I and II originate from the NaZn13-type structure (cF104-112, Fm3̅c), III (tP52, P4/nbm) is derived from the tetragonal Ce2Ni17Si9-type, and IV (oP104, Pbcm) crystallizes in a new orthorhombic structure type. Both I and II feature formally anionic networks with completely mixed site occupation by Au and triel (Tr = Al, Ga) atoms, while a successive decrease of local symmetry from the parental structures of I and II to III and, ultimately, to IV correlates with increasing separation of Au and Tr on individual crystallographic sites. Density functional theory-based calculations were employed to determine the crystallographic site preferences of Au and the respective triel element to elucidate reasons for the atom distribution ("coloring scheme"). Chemical bonding analyses for two different "EuAu6Tr6" models reveal maximization of the number of heteroatomic Au-Tr bonds as the driving force for atom organization. The Fermi levels fall in broad pseudogaps for both models allowing some electronic flexibility. Spin-polarized band structure calculations on the "EuAu6Tr6" models hint to singlet ground states for europium and long-range magnetic coupling for both EuAu6.2Ga5.8 (III) and EuAu6.1Al5.9 (IV). This is substantiated by experimental evidence because both compounds show nearly identical magnetic behavior with ferromagnetic transitions at TC = 6 K and net magnetic moments of 7.35 μB/f.u. at 2 K. The effective moments of 8.3 μB/f.u., determined from Curie-Weiss fits, point to divalent oxidation states for europium in both III and IV.

  5. The atomic structure of lead-free Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}-(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} by using neutron total scattering analysis

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    Jeong, I.-K.; Ahn, J. S.

    2012-12-10

    We conducted neutron total scattering measurements on lead-free Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}-0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} (BZT-0.5BCT) ceramic at 300 K and 150 K, and studied both long-range and local structures near the morphotropic phase boundary. Despite the long-range phase transition from tetragonal to rhombohedral structures, we found that local atomic structure of BZT-0.5BCT barely changes between 300 K and 150 K. To incorporate both long-range and local structures in a consistent way, we performed reverse Monte Carlo modeling. In BZT-0.5BCT, we found that the Ca substitution on Ba sites causes little impact on the local displacement of Ti ion but enhances octahedral tilting of ZrO{sub 6}, resulting in nonuniform lattice distortion.

  6. Thermodynamics and Structure of CaO-Al2O3-3 Mass Pct B2O3 Slag at 1773 K (1500 °C)

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    Shu, Qifeng; Li, Pengfei; Zhang, Xiang; Chou, Kuochih

    2016-12-01

    Activity values of Al2O3 in CaO-Al2O3-B2O3 systems at 1773 K (1500 °C) were determined experimentally using a gas-copper-slag equilibrium technique. The oxygen partial pressure was controlled by C/CO equilibrium. A negative deviation from ideality was found in measured activity of Al2O3. The activity coefficient of Al2O3 decreases with the increase of CaO/Al2O3 ratio. To interpret the variation of Al2O3 activity with composition, structures of CaO-Al2O3-B2O3 glassy slag were investigated by using Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the number of bridging oxygen decreases with increasing CaO/Al2O3 ratio. With increase of CaO content, the aluminate network was gradually depolymerized, which corresponds to the decrease of the activity coefficient of Al2O3.

  7. CaMn2Al10: Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W. -G.; Smith, G. J.; Kistner-Morris, J. J.; Zellman, S.; Puri, A.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-07-24

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10, a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83μB/Mn, significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈ 9% of Rln2. These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010][001] ≈ 3.5. A strong power-law divergence χ(T) ~ T–1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order, an Arrott plot analysis of the magnetization suggests a vanishing low Curie temperature TC ~ 0. Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.

  8. Texture gradient evolution in Al-5%Ca-5%Zn sheet alloy after tensile deformation at high superplastic strain rate

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    Perez-Prado, M.T.; Cristina, M.C.; Torralba, M.; Ruano, O.A.; Gonzalez-Doncel, G.

    1996-12-15

    Texture inhomogeneities have been found in many materials. Given the significant influence of texture in industrial processes like superplastic forming of complex-shaped components, it is important to study the evolution of texture gradients under different testing conditions, particularly at high strain rates. Strong through-thickness texture-gradients have been observed in hot rolled Al alloys. As a consequence of the severe deformation during the hot rolling process, a well defined Brass texture-component (B-orientation) {l_brace}011{r_brace}<211> develops in the mid layer. The Al-5%Ca-5%Zn sheet alloy deforms superplastically when tested uniaxially at temperatures ranging from 350 to 450 C and at strain rates between 10{sup {minus}5}s{sup {minus}1} and 10{sup {minus}2}s{sup {minus}1}. The B-orientation, however, is not present in the texture of the as-rolled material, but it appears after straining in tension along the transverse direction under certain conditions of temperature and moderately high superplastic strain rates. In this work the evolution of the through-thickness texture-gradient in the Al-5%Ca-5% Zn sheet alloy when tested uniaxially in the transverse direction is investigated. Due to the importance of high strain rates in superplastic forming processes, tests at higher strain rates than those usually reported in the literature have been conducted. Current models which predict the appearance of the B-component are criticized on the light of these new findings.

  9. 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite as a novel visible-light-driven photocatalyst based on upconversion emission

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    Liu, En-Zhou; Fan, Jun; Hu, Xiao-Yun; Hou, Wen-Qian; Dai, Hong-Zhe

    2012-04-01

    A rare-earth free upconversion luminescent material, 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6, is synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The study of fluorescent spectrum indicates that it can convert visible light (550 nm—610 nm) into ultraviolet light (290 nm—350 nm), and two emission peaks at 304 nm and 324 nm are observed under the excitation of 583 nm at room temperature. Subsequently, 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite photocatalyst is prepared and its catalytic activity is evaluated by the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 under visible light irradiation (λ > 515 nm). The results show that 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 is a more effective photocatalyst for CO2 reduction than pure TiO2, their corresponding methanol yields are 179 and 0 μmol/g-cat under the same conditions. Additionally, the mechanism of photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 is proposed.

  10. High-pressure structural configuration and phase transition in celsian, BaAl2Si2O8

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    Curetti, Nadia; Benna, Piera; Bruno, Emiliano

    2016-10-01

    In situ high-pressure X-ray diffraction study was performed on celsian (Cls97Or3) from Jakobsberg, Sweden. A single crystal of celsian was loaded in an ETH-type diamond anvil cell, and unit-cell parameters were measured at 20 different pressures up to 6.0 GPa at room T. The evolution of the unit-cell parameters and volume as a function of pressure shows a discontinuity at P ~ 5.7 GPa indicating a displacive first-order phase transition. The P-V data were fitted by a second-order Birch-Murnaghan EoS only up to 2.55 GPa, because at higher pressures a slight change in the compressional behavior of the unit-cell volume is observed, indicating a pre-transition volume softening. The resulting EoS coefficients are V 0 = 1461.4(1) Å3 and K T0 = 88.1(6) GPa. A second crystal of celsian was loaded in the DAC cell, and single-crystal in situ HP X-ray diffraction was performed at P = 0.0001, 2.1, 4.2, 5.5, 5.9, 6.5 and 7.8 GPa. The data collections between 0 and 5.5 GPa show only a- and b-type reflections confirming the I2/c space group. The appearance of c and d-type reflections at 5.9, 6.5 and 7.8 GPa, the analysis of the systematic absence and the structural refinements define the HP phase transition as an I2/c-P21/c transition. The most significant changes with compression in celsian are the deformation in the Ba polyhedra and the variation in the T-O-T angles.

  11. High-pressure structural configuration and phase transition in celsian, BaAl2Si2O8

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    Curetti, Nadia; Benna, Piera; Bruno, Emiliano

    2017-03-01

    In situ high-pressure X-ray diffraction study was performed on celsian (Cls97Or3) from Jakobsberg, Sweden. A single crystal of celsian was loaded in an ETH-type diamond anvil cell, and unit-cell parameters were measured at 20 different pressures up to 6.0 GPa at room T. The evolution of the unit-cell parameters and volume as a function of pressure shows a discontinuity at P 5.7 GPa indicating a displacive first-order phase transition. The P- V data were fitted by a second-order Birch-Murnaghan EoS only up to 2.55 GPa, because at higher pressures a slight change in the compressional behavior of the unit-cell volume is observed, indicating a pre-transition volume softening. The resulting EoS coefficients are V 0 = 1461.4(1) Å3 and K T0 = 88.1(6) GPa. A second crystal of celsian was loaded in the DAC cell, and single-crystal in situ H P X-ray diffraction was performed at P = 0.0001, 2.1, 4.2, 5.5, 5.9, 6.5 and 7.8 GPa. The data collections between 0 and 5.5 GPa show only a- and b-type reflections confirming the I2/ c space group. The appearance of c and d-type reflections at 5.9, 6.5 and 7.8 GPa, the analysis of the systematic absence and the structural refinements define the H P phase transition as an I2/ c- P21/ c transition. The most significant changes with compression in celsian are the deformation in the Ba polyhedra and the variation in the T-O-T angles.

  12. Thermostimulated luminescence of Ca(Al x Ga1- x )2S4Eu2+ crystals

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    Asadov, E. G.; Kazimova, F. A.; Ibragimova, T. Sh.; Tagiev, K. O.

    2017-02-01

    Thermoluminescence of Ca(AlxGa1-x)2S4:Eu2+ ( x = 0.1-0.3) solid solutions upon UV irradiation has been studied in the course of linear heating. It is established that the observed thermostimulated emission bands are complex, consisting of several strongly overlapped partial maxima. The activation energies, capture cross sections, frequency factors, and concentrations of trap levels responsible for these peaks are determined. The emission intensity and number of components increase with growing aluminum content x.

  13. Thermal neutron imaging with rare-earth-ion-doped LiCaAlF 6 scintillators and a sealed 252Cf source

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    Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yokota, Yuui; Kamada, Kei; Fukuda, Kentaro; Suyama, Toshihisa; Watanabe, Kenichi; Yamazaki, Atsushi; Chani, Valery; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2011-10-01

    Thermal neutron imaging with Ce-doped LiCaAlF 6 crystals has been performed. The prototype of the neutron imager using a Ce-doped LiCaAlF 6 scintillating crystal and a position sensitive photomultiplier tube (PSPMT) which had 64 multi-channel anode was developed. The Ce-doped LiCaAlF 6 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method. A plate with dimensions of a diameter of 50×2 mm 2 was cut from the grown crystal, polished, and optically coupled to PSPMT by silicone grease. The 252Cf source (<1 MBq) was sealed with 43 mm of polyethylene for neutron thermalization. Alphabet-shaped Cd pieces with a thickness of 2 mm were used as a mask for the thermal neutrons. After corrections for the pedestals and gain of each pixel, we successfully obtained two-dimensional neutron images using Ce-doped LiCaAlF 6.

  14. Crystal growth and optical properties of indium doped LiCaAlF6 scintillator single crystals

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    Tanaka, Chieko; Yokota, Yuui; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yamaji, Akihiro; Jary, Vitezslav; Babin, Vladimir; Pejchal, Jan; Ohashi, Yuji; Kamada, Kei; Nikl, Martin; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-03-01

    The In-doped LiCaAlF6 [In:LiCAF] single crystals were grown by the micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method, and the phases, chemical compositions, transmittance and radioluminescence spectra were investigated. All the grown crystals showed high transparency and single phase of LiCAF without visible cracks and inclusions except for the end part of In2%:LiCAF crystal which included the impurity phase. In the radioluminescence spectra of the In:LiCAF crystals under X-ray irradiation, the emission peak around 750 nm was revealed.

  15. Composition and mineralogy of refractory-metal-rich assemblages from a Ca,Al-rich inclusion in the Allende meteorite

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    Bischoff, A.; Palme, H.

    1987-10-01

    Four refractory metal-rich samples (10-190 micrograms) were separated from a single Ca,Al inclusion of the Allende meteorite. Chemical analyses were carried out by INAA; mineral phases from six large fremdlinge and the surrounding inclusion were analyzed by EDS. It is found that three of the four separated samples have variable absolute but similar relative abundances of refractory metals. All six fremdlinge are made up of Ni-rich metal containing 2-9 percent Ir, surrounded by a fine-grained intergrowth of V-magnetite and FeS.

  16. Calcium aluminate silicate Ca2Al2SiO7 single crystal applicable to piezoelectric sensors at high temperature

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    Takeda, Hiroaki; Hagiwara, Manabu; Noguchi, Hiroaki; Hoshina, Takuya; Takahashi, Tomoko; Kodama, Nobuhiro; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2013-06-01

    Ca2Al2SiO7 (CAS) bulk single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. Material constants of the crystal were determined over the driving temperature range of a typical combustion pressure sensor. The electrical resistivity at 800 °C was found to be of the order of 108 Ωcm. We constructed a measurement system for the direct piezoelectric effect at high temperature, and characterized the crystals in a simulated engine cylinder combustion environment. Output charge signal against applied stress was detected at 700 °C. These observations suggest that CAS crystals are superior candidate materials for high temperature for stress sensing.

  17. Efficient Yb³⁺:CaGdAlO₄ bulk and femtosecond-laser-written waveguide lasers.

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    Hasse, Kore; Calmano, Thomas; Deppe, Bastian; Liebald, Christoph; Kränkel, Christian

    2015-08-01

    We report on, to the best of our knowledge, the first fs-laser-written waveguide laser in Yb3+:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CALGO). With Yb:CALGO crystals grown in our labs, we obtained a slope efficiency of 69% and up to 2.4 W of continuous wave (cw) output power in a waveguide-laser configuration. Moreover, bulk laser experiments with Yb:CALGO were performed, and slope efficiencies up to 73%, optical-to-optical efficiencies of 65%, and maximum cw output powers of 3.3 W were reached. These are the highest efficiencies in the laser configuration with Yb:CALGO.

  18. High-resolution continuum source electrothermal absorption spectrometry of AlBr and CaBr for the determination of bromine

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    Huang, Mao Dong; Becker-Ross, Helmut; Florek, Stefan; Heitmann, Uwe; Okruss, Michael

    2008-05-01

    Molecular absorption spectra of AlBr and CaBr, produced in a graphite furnace, were investigated using a high-resolution echelle spectrometer equipped with a xenon short-arc lamp as continuum source. The analytical usability of the spectra for the determination of bromine was studied. To this end, the molecular absorptions of AlBr at 278.914 nm and CaBr at 625.315 nm were evaluated. Apart from strong absorption bands of CaF around 625.3 nm, which disturb the use of CaBr, no spectral interferences were observed for both AlBr and CaBr. Regarding chemical interference with matrix substances, the molecular absorption of AlBr and CaBr is influenced in a different way. While the sensitivity of the CaBr absorption is susceptible to chloride, aluminum, potassium and sodium ions, there is no significant effect on the AlBr absorption. In contrast, the inorganic acids (nitric, phosphoric, and sulfuric) have an influence on AlBr, but not on the CaBr molecular absorption. Therefore, the two methods complement each other and each has its own application area. Regarding real samples, a salt sample from the death sea and an organic pharmaceutical were evaluated. The results were in good agreement with those derived from two independent methods and with an existing reference value. Relative standard deviations were found in the range of 5%. The limit of detection for bromine was about 2 ng for both AlBr and CaBr molecular absorption; the dynamic range was linear at least up to 250 ng Br.

  19. Cross sections for He and Ne isotopes in natural Mg, Al, and Si, He isotopes in CaF2, Ar isotopes in natural Ca, and radionuclides in natural Al, Si, Ti, Cr, and stainless steel induced by 12- to 45-MeV protons

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    Walton, J. R.; Heymann, D.; Yaniv, A.; Edgerley, D.; Rowe, M. W.

    1976-01-01

    Stacks of thin Mg, Al, Si, Ca, CaF2, Ti, and stainless steel foils were bombarded in twelve irradiations by a variable energy cyclotron. Cross sections are reported for He and Ne in natural Mg, Al, and Si, and for He in CaF2, and for Ar in natural Ca, as determined from mass spectrometer analysis of the inert gases. In addition, cross sections of Na-22 in natural Al and Si, of V-48 in natural Ti, and of Cr-51, Mn-52, and Co-57 in stainless steel are reported. From these were deduced Cr-51 and Mn-52 cross sections in natural Cr.

  20. A Comparison of MOCLD With PLD Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 Thin Films on LaAlO3 for Tunable Microwave Applications

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    VanKeuls, F. W.; Mueller, C. H.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Jiang, H.

    2002-01-01

    Historically, tunable dielectric devices using thin crystalline Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 (BST) films deposited on lattice-matched substrates, such as LaAlO3, have generally been grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Highly oriented BST films can be grown by PLD but large projects are hampered by constraints of deposition area, deposition time and expense. The Metal-Organic Chemical Liquid Deposition (MOCLD) process allows for larger areas, faster turnover and lower cost. Several BST films deposited on LaAlO3 by MOCLD have been tested in 16 GHz coupled microstrip phase shifters. They can be compared with many PLD BST films tested in the same circuit design. The MOCLD phase shifter performance of 293 deg. phase shift with 53 V/micron dc bias and a figure of merit of 47 deg./dB is comparable to the most highly oriented PLD BST films. The PLD BST films used here have measured XRD full-width-at-half-maxima (FWHM) as low as 0.047 deg.. The best FWHM of these MOCLD BST films has been measured to be 0.058 deg.