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  1. Fermi states and anisotropy of Brillouin zone scattering in the decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal

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    Rogalev, V. A.; Gröning, O.; Widmer, R.; Dil, J. H.; Bisti, F.; Lev, L. L.; Schmitt, T.; Strocov, V. N.

    2015-10-01

    Quasicrystals (QCs) are intermetallic alloys that have excellent long-range order but lack translational symmetry in at least one dimension. The valence band electronic structure near the Fermi energy EF in such materials is of special interest since it has a direct relation to their unusual physical properties. However, the Fermi surface (FS) topology as well as the mechanism of QC structure stabilization are still under debate. Here we report the first observation of the three-dimensional FS and valence band dispersions near EF in decagonal Al70Ni20Co10 (d-AlNiCo) QCs using soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We show that the FS, formed by dispersive Al sp-states, has a multicomponent character due to a large contribution from high-order bands. Moreover, we discover that the magnitude of the gap at the FS related to the interaction with Brillouin zone boundary (Hume-Rothery gap) critically differs for the periodic and quasiperiodic directions.

  2. Electronic valence bands in decagonal Al-Ni-Co

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    Theis, W.; Rotenberg, Eli; Franke, K. J.; Gille, P.; Horn, K.

    2003-09-01

    Valence-band photoemission from the s-p region of the tenfold and the two inequivalent twofold surfaces of quasicrystalline decagonal Al71.8Ni14.8Co13.4 reveals strongly dispersing bands. These exhibit a free-electron-like dispersion along quasiperiodic and periodic directions of the decagonal quasicrystal. The experimental photoemission maps are reproduced in detail by a model in which parabolic bands emanate from a set of reciprocal lattice vectors. A parity rule for the principal zone centers is observed.

  3. A comparative scanning tunneling spectroscopy investigation of the (12110)-surface of decagonal Al-Ni-Co and the (100)-surface of its approximant Y-Al-Ni-Co

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    Mäder, Ruben; Widmer, Roland; Gröning, Pierangelo; Ruffieux, Pascal; Steurer, Walter; Gröning, Oliver

    2010-07-01

    We present a low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy study of the local density of states (LDOS) on the (12110)-surface of the decagonal quasicrystal d-Al-Ni-Co and the (100)-surface of its structurally closely related approximant Y-Al-Ni-Co in the range of ±1 eV around the Fermi energy. The LDOS of both surfaces are dominated by a large parabolic pseudogap centered at the Fermi energy, which can be attributed to the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism or to an orbital hybridization. Superimposed on this large pseudogap, a spatially varying fine structure is revealed, whose spatial distribution correlates with the structures of both of the surfaces. This fine structure shows narrow peaks and pseudogaps exhibiting typical energy widths between 50 and 150 meV. The spatial extent of these localized states is of the order of the width of the topographic features, which is about 0.45 nm. Our findings show that specific electronic states are localized on equivalent topographic features regardless of the presence of periodic or quasiperiodic long-range order. We interpret this result as an indication that the fine structure in the LDOS is dominated much more by the complex short-range order than by the presence of the quasiperiodic long-range order.

  4. Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry

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    Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Lin, Chaney; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Andronicos, Christopher L.; Distler, Vadim V.; Eddy, Michael P.; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; MacPherson, Glenn J.; Steinhardt, William M.; Yudovskaya, Marina; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2015-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of a natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry. The quasicrystal, with composition Al71Ni24Fe5, was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13, the first natural quasicrystal to be identified, was found in the same meteorite. The new quasicrystal was found associated with steinhardtite (Al38Ni32Fe30), Fe-poor steinhardtite (Al50Ni40Fe10), Al-bearing trevorite (NiFe2O4) and Al-bearing taenite (FeNi). Laboratory studies of decagonal Al71Ni24Fe5 have shown that it is stable over a narrow range of temperatures, 1120 K to 1200 K at standard pressure, providing support for our earlier conclusion that the Khatyrka meteorite reached heterogeneous high temperatures [1100 < T(K) ≤ 1500] and then rapidly cooled after being heated during an impact-induced shock that occurred in outer space 4.5 Gya. The occurrences of metallic Al alloyed with Cu, Ni, and Fe raises new questions regarding conditions that can be achieved in the early solar nebula. PMID:25765857

  5. Friction Anisotropy: A unique and intrinsic property of decagonal quasicrystals

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    Mulleregan, Alice; Park, Jeong Young; Salmeron, Miquel; Ogetree, D.F.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.; Brenner, J.; Dubois, J.M.

    2008-06-25

    We show that friction anisotropy is an intrinsic property of the atomic structure of Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystals and not only of clean and well-ordered surfaces that can be prepared in vacuum [J.Y. Park et al., Science (2005)]. Friction anisotropy is manifested both in nanometer size contacts obtained with sharp atomic force microscope (AFM) tips as well as in macroscopic contacts produced in pin-on-disc tribometers. We show that the friction anisotropy, which is not observed when an amorphous oxide film covers the surface, is recovered when the film is removed due to wear. Equally important is the loss of the friction anisotropy when the quasicrystalline order is destroyed due to cumulative wear. These results reveal the intimate connection between the mechanical properties of these materials and their peculiar atomic structure.

  6. Atomic Scale coexistence of Periodic and quasiperiodic order in a2-fold A1-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal surface

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    Park, Jeong Young; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miquel; Ribeiro,R.A.; Canfield, P.C.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2005-11-14

    Decagonal quasicrystals are made of pairs of atomic planes with pentagonal symmetry periodically stacked along a 10-fold axis. We have investigated the atomic structure of the 2-fold surface of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface consists of terraces separated by steps of heights 1.9, 4.7, 7.8, and 12.6{angstrom} containing rows of atoms parallel to the 10-fold direction with an internal periodicity of 4{angstrom}. The rows are arranged aperiodically, with separations that follow a Fibonacci sequence and inflation symmetry. The results indicate that the surfaces are preferentially Al-terminated and in general agreement with bulk models.

  7. A pentagonal cluster in certain approximants to decagonal quasicrystals.

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    Boström, M; Hovmöller, S

    2001-10-01

    A certain pentagonal cluster occurring in several approximants to the decagonal quasicrystal is discussed. The term 'cluster' is used here to denote a structure motif which is a certain assemblage of coordination polyhedra. The cluster resembles a wheel with an 'axis' and a 'tyre'. It is built up of seven intergrown icosahedra. The 'wheel cluster' builds up structures of infinite strands or nets perpendicular to the pentagonal wheel cluster axis. The wheel cluster is the main constituent of the decagonal approximant structure types Al3Mn, Al60Mn11Ni4 and Ga137Mn123.

  8. Fermi states and anisotropy of Brillouin zone scattering in the decagonal Al–Ni–Co quasicrystal

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    Rogalev, V. A.; Gröning, O.; Widmer, R.; Dil, J. H.; Bisti, F.; Lev, L. L.; Schmitt, T.; Strocov, V. N.

    2015-01-01

    Quasicrystals (QCs) are intermetallic alloys that have excellent long-range order but lack translational symmetry in at least one dimension. The valence band electronic structure near the Fermi energy EF in such materials is of special interest since it has a direct relation to their unusual physical properties. However, the Fermi surface (FS) topology as well as the mechanism of QC structure stabilization are still under debate. Here we report the first observation of the three-dimensional FS and valence band dispersions near EF in decagonal Al70Ni20Co10 (d-AlNiCo) QCs using soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We show that the FS, formed by dispersive Al sp-states, has a multicomponent character due to a large contribution from high-order bands. Moreover, we discover that the magnitude of the gap at the FS related to the interaction with Brillouin zone boundary (Hume–Rothery gap) critically differs for the periodic and quasiperiodic directions. PMID:26443439

  9. Crystallographic Features and State Stability of the Decagonal Quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu Alloy System

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    Nakayama, Kei; Mizutani, Akito; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-11-01

    In the Al-Co-Cu alloy system, both the decagonal quasicrystal with the space group of Poverline{10}m2 and its approximant Al13Co4 phase with monoclinic Cm symmetry are present around 20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu. In this study, we examined the crystallographic features of prepared Al-(30 - x) at. % Co-x at. % Cu samples mainly by transmission electron microscopy in order to make clear the crystallographic relation between the decagonal quasicrystal and the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure. The results revealed a coexistence state consisting of decagonal quasicrystal and approximant Al13Co4 regions in Al-20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu alloy samples. With the help of the coexistence state, the orientation relationship was established between the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure and the decagonal quasicrystal. In the determined relationship, the crystallographic axis in the quasicrystal was found to be parallel to the normal direction of the (010)m plane in the Al13Co4 structure, where the subscript m denotes the monoclinic system. Based on data obtained experimentally, the state stability of the decagonal quasicrystal was also examined in terms of the Hume-Rothery (HR) mechanism on the basis of the nearly-free-electron approximation. It was found that a model based on the HR mechanism could explain the crystallographic features such as electron diffraction patterns and atomic arrangements found in the decagonal quasicrystal. In other words, the HR mechanism is most likely appropriate for the stability of the decagonal quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu alloy system.

  10. X-ray standing wave study of Si clusters on a decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal surface

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    Woodruff, D. P.; Ledieu, J.; Lovelock, K. R. J.; Jones, Robert G.; Deyko, A.; Wearing, L. H.; McGrath, R.; Chaudhuri, A.; Li, H. I.; Su, S. Y.; Mayer, A.; Stanisha, N. A.; Diehl, R. D.

    2015-03-01

    Quantitative adsorption structure determinations on quasicrystals are scarce because most techniques for measuring surface structures are not well suited to the complex and infinite unit cells of quasicrystals. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique presents a solution to these problems because it can be made inherently surface sensitive and does not involve extensive computational effort. We describe a method for applying this technique to adsorbates on quasicrystals, with specific application to a submonolayer of Si atoms on a decagonal Al-Co-Ni surface. We demonstrate the sensitivity of the technique to both adsorption site and geometry, leading to the conclusion that the Si atoms, which form six-atom pentagonal clusters, have an average height of 1.77 ±0.05 Å above pentagonal hollow sites, with a significant height variation among the Si atoms in the cluster. In particular, the central Si atom sits more deeply than the five surrounding Si atoms, which are, on average, 2.7 Å away from the central Si atom. Although this study was performed on a decagonal quasicrystal that is periodic perpendicular to the surface, we describe how the technique can be applied to cases with no periodicity.

  11. Electronic structure investigations of quasicrystals

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    Rotenberg, E.; Theis, W.; Horn, K.

    2004-08-01

    We present a review of the determination of density of states (DOS) of quasicrystals using valence band photoemission spectroscopy. The absence of fine or spiky structure in the angle-integrated DOS of quasicrystals suggests the possibility of delocalized electronic states. These were confirmed with angle-resolved photoemission studies, which clearly establish the presence of dispersing features attributed to momentum-dependent bandstructure. Such dispersing states are observed not only for deeper-lying sp states, but also for d-derived bands near the Fermi level. Data from three different high symmetry surfaces of decagonal Al-Ni-Co, an ideal model system, are presented. We find that only a few dominant reciprocal lattice vectors are sufficient to describe the quasiperiodic potential, and the implications for electronic properties are discussed.

  12. Orthorhombic phases with large unit cells coexisting with the decagonal quasicrystal in an AlCoNiTb alloy

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    Yu, R.C. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy Jilin Univ., Changchun . Dept. of Physics); Li, X.Z.; Zhang, Z.; Kuo, K.H. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy); Xu, D.P.; Su, W.H. . Dept. of Physics)

    1994-11-15

    Elser and Henley suggested that if the irrational golden number [tau] = (1 + [radical]5)/2 associated with the three mutually orthogonal, equivalent twofold axes in an IQC (icosahedral quasicrystal) is approximated by a rational ratio of two consecutive Fibonacci numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, [hor ellipsis], F[sub 0] = 0, F[sub 1] = 1, and F[sub n+1] = F[sub n] + F[sub n[minus]1]), such as F[sub n+1]/F[sub n] = 1/0, 1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, [hor ellipsis], then a cubic crystalline phase generally called an approximant will result. Such an analysis has been extended later to 2-dimensional decagonal quasicrystals (DQCs). If the irradiation [tau] along two mutually orthogonal, non-equivalent, quasiperiodic twofold directions perpendicular to the periodic tenfold axis of a DQC is replaced by rational ratios F[sub n+1]/F[sub n], an orthorhombic approximant with a large unit cell will form. This not only explains the existing orthorhombic Al-TM (transitional metals) phases with large unit cells, such as Al[sub 60]Mn[sub 11]Ni[sub 4] and Al[sub 3]Mn, but also predicts many new approximants with even larger unit cells some of which have been found experimentally afterwards.

  13. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; Lovelady, Heather H.; McLaughlin, Keith; Rabson, David A.

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of the organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.

  14. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; ...

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of themore » organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.« less

  15. Synthesis of AlNiCo core/shell nanopowders

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    Genc, A. M.; Akdeniz, M. V.; Ozturk, T.; Kalay, Y. E.

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic core/shell nanostructures have been recently received much interest owing to their utmost potential in permanent magnetic applications. In the present work, AlNiCo permanent magnet powders were synthesized by ball milling and a core/shell nanostructure was obtained using RF induced plasma. The effects of particle size and nanoshell structure on the magnetic properties were investigated in details. The coercivity of AlNiCo powders was found to increase with decreasing particle size, exclusively nanopowders encapsulated with Fe3O4 shell showed the highest coercivity values. The shell structure produced during plasma reaction was found to form a resistant layer against oxidation of metallic nanoparticles.

  16. Microstructure evolution during annealing of TiAl/NiCoCrAl multilayer composite prepared by EB-PVD

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    Zhang, Rubing; Zhang, Deming; Chen, Guiqing; Wang, Yuesheng

    2014-07-01

    TiAl/NiCoCrAl laminate composite sheet with a thickness of 0.4–0.6 mm as well as a dimension of 150 mm × 100 mm was fabricated successfully by using electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) method. The annealing treatment was processed at 1123 and 1323 K for 3 h in a high vacuum atmosphere, respectively. The phase composition and microstructure of TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based on the sheet characterization and results of the microstructure evolution during annealing treatment process, the diffusion mechanism of interfacial reaction in TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminate was investigated and discussed.

  17. A Compton scattering study on the Hume-Rothery mechanism of AlCu TM (TM: transition metal) quasicrystals

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    Okada, J. T.; Sakurai, Y.; Watanabe, Y.; Ishikawa, R.; Yokoyama, Y.; Hiraoka, N.; Itou, M.; Nanao, S.

    2006-08-01

    The electron momentum distributions in icosahedral Al64Cu23Fe13, icosahedral Al63Cu23Ru13 and decagonal Al65Cu15Co20 quasicrystals have been studied using the high-resolution Compton scattering technique. The electron-per-atom ratios (e/a) of the quasicrystals were determined quantitatively for the first time from the Compton profiles. The radii of the Fermi spheres were evaluated from the values of e/a on the basis of the free-electron model. Comparisons between the radius of the Fermi spheres and the size of the quasi-Brillouin zones show that the icosahedral quasicrystals meet the empirical matching condition, while the decagonal quasicrystal does not do this so well. This implies that the Hume-Rothery mechanism works for the formation of the pseudogap near the Fermi level in the icosahedral quasicrystals, although it operates only slightly in the decagonal quasicrystal.

  18. Effects of Quenching Media on Phase Transformation Characteristics and Hardness of Cu-Al-Ni-Co Shape Memory Alloys

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    Saud, Safaa N.; Hamzah, E.; Abubakar, T.; Farahany, S.; Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the investigation on the effects of various thermal treatments and quenching media on the phase transformation behaviour of Cu-Al-Ni-Co shape memory alloys (SMAs). The transformation temperatures were determined using a differential scanning calorimeter. The variation of cooling rates had a consequential effect on the phase transformation characteristics of the Cu-Al-Ni-Co SMAs. Nevertheless, the transformation temperature peaks were varied in terms of location as well as heat flow. The results indicated that there was an improvement in transformation temperatures whenever ice water was used as quenching medium. It was also observed that the forward transformation temperatures were higher than the reverse transformation. It was verified that the required heat for the transformation of martensite into austenite was more than the transformation of austenite into martensite. Moreover, thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpy and entropy, tended to decrease and increase as a result of the changes in the cooling rates of each medium. To clarify the variations of the structures and properties of Cu-Al-Ni-Co SMA quenched samples, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and Vickers hardness were used.

  19. Foreword: Quasicrystals at Interfaces

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    Fournée, Vincent; Ledieu, Julian; Thiel, Patricia

    2008-08-01

    R, Mungan M, Steurer W 2008 Bulk and surface structure of the clean and adsorbate-covered decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314006 [7] Diehl R D et al 2008 Gas adsorption on quasicrystalline surfaces J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314007 [8] Quasicrystalline surfaces crystalline overlayers studied by reflection high-energy electron diffraction J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314008 [9] Duguet T, Ledieu J, Dubois J M and Fournée V 2008 Surface alloys as interfacial layer between quasicrystalline and periodic materials J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314009 [10] Bergman C, Girardeaux C, Perrin-Pellegrino C, Gas P, Dubois J M and Rivier N 2008 Contact angles of liquid metals on quasicrystals J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314010 [11] Dubois J M, Fournée V, Thiel P A and Belin-Ferré E 2008 Measurements of contact angles of water on Al-based intermetallic surfaces J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314011 [12] Park J Y and Thiel P A 2008 Atomic scale friction and adhesion properties of quasicrystal surfaces J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 314012

  20. Quantitative adsorbate structure determination for quasicrystals using x-ray standing waves.

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    Diehl, R D; Li, H I; Su, S Y; Mayer, A; Stanisha, N A; Ledieu, J; Lovelock, K R J; Jones, Robert G; Deyko, A; Wearing, L H; McGrath, R; Chaudhuri, A; Woodruff, D P

    2014-09-05

    The quantitative structure determination of adsorbed species on quasicrystal surfaces has so far appeared to present insurmountable problems. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique offers a simple solution, without extensive data sets or large computations. Its application to quasicrystals raises several conceptual difficulties that are related to the phase problem in x-ray diffraction. We demonstrate their solution for the case of Si atoms adsorbed on the decagonal Co-rich modification of the Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal to determine the local structure, comprising 6-atom clusters in particular hollow sites.

  1. Quantitative Adsorbate Structure Determination for Quasicrystals Using X-Ray Standing Waves

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    Diehl, R. D.; Li, H. I.; Su, S. Y.; Mayer, A.; Stanisha, N. A.; Ledieu, J.; Lovelock, K. R. J.; Jones, Robert G.; Deyko, A.; Wearing, L. H.; McGrath, R.; Chaudhuri, A.; Woodruff, D. P.

    2014-09-01

    The quantitative structure determination of adsorbed species on quasicrystal surfaces has so far appeared to present insurmountable problems. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique offers a simple solution, without extensive data sets or large computations. Its application to quasicrystals raises several conceptual difficulties that are related to the phase problem in x-ray diffraction. We demonstrate their solution for the case of Si atoms adsorbed on the decagonal Co-rich modification of the Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal to determine the local structure, comprising 6-atom clusters in particular hollow sites.

  2. Detection of phonon and phason modes in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals by reconstructing their structure in hyperspace

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    Hielscher, J.; Martinsons, M.; Schmiedeberg, M.; Kapfer, S. C.

    2017-03-01

    Phasons are additional degrees of freedom which occur in quasicrystals alongside the phonons known from conventional periodic crystals. The rearrangements of particles that are associated with a phason mode are hard to interpret in physical space. We reconstruct the quasicrystal structure by an embedding into extended higher-dimensional space, where phasons correspond to displacements perpendicular to the physical space. In dislocation-free decagonal colloidal quasicrystals annealed with Brownian dynamics simulations, we identify thermal phonon and phason modes. Finite phononic strain is pinned by phasonic excitations even after cooling down to zero temperature. For the phasonic displacements underlying the flip pattern, the reconstruction method gives an approximation within the limits of a multi-mode harmonic ansatz, and points to fundamental limitations of a harmonic picture for phasonic excitations in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals.

  3. Detection of phonon and phason modes in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals by reconstructing their structure in hyperspace.

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    Hielscher, J; Martinsons, M; Schmiedeberg, M; Kapfer, S C

    2017-03-08

    Phasons are additional degrees of freedom which occur in quasicrystals alongside the phonons known from conventional periodic crystals. The rearrangements of particles that are associated with a phason mode are hard to interpret in physical space. We reconstruct the quasicrystal structure by an embedding into extended higher-dimensional space, where phasons correspond to displacements perpendicular to the physical space. In dislocation-free decagonal colloidal quasicrystals annealed with Brownian dynamics simulations, we identify thermal phonon and phason modes. Finite phononic strain is pinned by phasonic excitations even after cooling down to zero temperature. For the phasonic displacements underlying the flip pattern, the reconstruction method gives an approximation within the limits of a multi-mode harmonic ansatz, and points to fundamental limitations of a harmonic picture for phasonic excitations in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals.

  4. Electronic, magnetic and Fermi properties investigates on quaternary Heusler NiCoCrAl, NiCoCrGa and NiFeCrGa

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    Wei, Xiao-Ping; Zhang, Ya-Ling; Chu, Yan-Dong; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Sun, Ting; Guo, Peng; Deng, Jian-Bo

    2015-07-01

    Using the full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis method within the framework of density functional theory, we study the electronic, magnetic and Fermi properties of three quaternary Heusler compounds: NiCoCrAl, NiCoCrGa and NiFeCrGa. Results identify that these compounds are half-metallic ferromagnets with integer spin magnetic moment, and their spin moments follow the Slater-Pauling rule. Accordingly, the origin of gap and magnetic moment are also discussed. In addition, the Fermi surface is further plotted to explore the behavior of electronic states in the vicinity of Fermi level for these compounds. Finally, we argue the influence of tetragonal deformation on electronic and magnetic properties. Meanwhile, the possible L21 disorder is also discussed for NiCoCrAl and NiCoCrGa.

  5. NISXW study of Si adsorbed on an Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal

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    Stanisha, Nick; Chaudhuri, Anindita; Ledieu, Julian; Li, Hsin; Su, Stephanie; Mayer, Andreas; Lovelock, Kevin; Jones, Robert; Wearing, Lisa; Woodruff, David; Diehl, Renee

    2013-03-01

    The normal incidence standing x-ray wavefield (NISXW) technique has never before been applied to the determination of adsorption structures on quasicrystals, even though it is quite clear that, under the right conditions, x-ray standing waves do exist in quasicrystals. This omission may be due to a misconception that the relationship between the phase of the standing waves and the atoms at a quasicrystal surface is arbitrary. We have performed a NISXW experiment for the adsorption of Si atoms on the nominally 10-fold surface of the decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal. NISXW spectra were obtained for a Si coverage of about 0.3, for two different angles of incidence: normal to the 10-fold surface, and at an angle of about 60 ∘ from the surface normal. These angles correspond to two strong x-ray reflections of the quasicrystal. The intensity of the Si 1s photoemission signal was measured in order to determine the location of the Si atoms.order to accurately model the 5-fold symmetry of the surface, our analysis employed a 200 Å x 200 Å x 8 Å structure model for the quasicrystal. The results indicate that the Si atoms have an average height of 1.80 Å above the surface, and are arranged in 6-atom pentagonal clusters centered at points of 5-fold symmetry. This study demonstrates the feasibility for using NISXW as a structural tool for adsorbed atoms or molecules on quasicrystal surfaces.

  6. Toward theories of friction and adhesion on quasicrystals

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    Rabson, D. A.

    2012-09-01

    It has long been known that quasicrystal surfaces show low sliding friction and adhesion, features that have led to practical applications, notably in cookware. Several mechanisms have been proposed for how quasiperiodicity might result in low friction and low adhesion. These include mechanical characteristics (stiffness and hardness), electronic properties, phonon propagation, surface topography at atomic length scales, and relatively irrational spacings between the atoms of the two sliding surfaces (“superlubricity”). Recent work by Park et al. finds an eightfold anisotropy in the coefficient of sliding friction between a decagonal quasicrystal surface and a passivated probe. This giant anisotropy epitomizes in a single experiment the difference between periodicity and aperiodicity, yet theoretical explanations of the effect remain controversial.

  7. Structural disorder in the decagonal Al-Co-Ni. I. Patterson analysis of diffuse x-ray scattering data

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    Kobas, Miroslav; Weber, Thomas; Steurer, Walter

    2005-06-01

    The three-dimensional (3D) difference Patterson (autocorrelation) function of a disordered quasicrystal (Edagawa phase) has been analyzed. 3D diffuse x-ray diffraction data were collected in situ at 300, 1070, and 1120 K. A method, the punch-and-fill technique, has been developed for separating diffuse scattering and Bragg reflections. Its potential and limits are discussed in detail. The different Patterson maps are interpreted in terms of intercluster correlations as a function of temperature. Both at high and low temperatures, the clusters decorate the vertices of the same quasiperiodic covering. At low temperatures, for the disordered part of the structure, short-range intercluster correlations are present, whereas at higher temperatures, medium-range intercluster correlations are formed. This indicates disorder mainly inside clusters at low temperatures, whereas at higher temperatures disorder takes place inside larger superclusters. Qualitatively, the Patterson maps may be interpreted by intercluster correlations mainly inside pentagonal superclusters below 1120 K, and inside the larger decagonal superclusters at 1120 K. The results of our diffraction study are published in two parts. Part I focuses on the 3D Patterson analysis based on experimental data, Part II reports modeling of structural disorder in decagonal Al-Co-Ni.

  8. Generation of terahertz hollow beams by a photonic quasi-crystal flat lens

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    Feng, Bo; Liu, Exian; Wang, Ziming; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Hongfei; Wang, Shuo; Liang, Taiyuan; Xiao, Wei; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-06-01

    We have designed a decagonal photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) flat lens, which turns an incident terahertz (THz) plane wave into a hollow beam easily and flexibly. The features of the THz hollow beam can be controlled by varying the parameters of a point defect in the center of the lens, i.e., the PQC flat lens can be used as a flexible tool for THz optical captivity or optical tweezer. The results showing that an airy disk, whose mean beam width is similar to the incident wavelength and power-in-the-bucket (PIB) is more than 96%, can be generated in the far field.

  9. Multiple quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys

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    He, Zhanbing; Li, Hua; Ma, Haikun; Li, Guowu

    2017-01-01

    By means of atomic-resolution high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, we found three types of giant approximants of decagonal quasicrystal in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys, where each type contains several structural variants possessing the same lattice parameters but different crystal structures. The projected structures of these approximants along the pseudo-tenfold direction were described using substructural blocks. Furthermore, the structural relationship and the plane crystallographic groups in the (a, c) plan of these structural variants was also discussed. The diversity of quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters was shown to be closely related to the variety of shield-like tiles and their tiling patterns. PMID:28084405

  10. Approximants of icosahedral quasicrystals: Atomic structure, inherent defects, and superstructural ordering

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    Dmitrienko, V. E. Chizhikov, V. A.

    2006-07-15

    The structural features of approximants of icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals and new unusual approximants (rhombohedral AlPd and cubic Al{sub 68}Pd{sub 20}Ru{sub 12}) are considered. It is shown that most approximants can be described in terms of universal local ordering of atoms, in which the nearest neighbors of each atom occupy the vertices of an almost ideal dodecahedron: the so-called dodecahedral local ordering. A set of general atomic motifs in the approximants of different orders is found for quasicrystals of different types. It is shown that the dodecahedral local ordering can be easily described by the project method, in which the basis vectors directed along icosahedral threefold axes are used. Different types of defects inherent in dodecahedral local ordering are analyzed.

  11. Multiple quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys

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    He, Zhanbing; Li, Hua; Ma, Haikun; Li, Guowu

    2017-01-01

    By means of atomic-resolution high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, we found three types of giant approximants of decagonal quasicrystal in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys, where each type contains several structural variants possessing the same lattice parameters but different crystal structures. The projected structures of these approximants along the pseudo-tenfold direction were described using substructural blocks. Furthermore, the structural relationship and the plane crystallographic groups in the (a, c) plan of these structural variants was also discussed. The diversity of quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters was shown to be closely related to the variety of shield-like tiles and their tiling patterns.

  12. Structural disorder in the decagonal Al-Co-Ni. II. Modeling

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    Kobas, Miroslav; Weber, Thomas; Steurer, Walter

    2005-06-01

    The hydrodynamic theory of phasonic and phononic disorder is applied successfully to describe the short-range disordered structure of a decagonal Al{sub 71.5}Co{sub 14.6}Ni{sub 13.9} quasicrystal (Edagawa phase, superstructure type I). Moreover, model calculations demonstrate that the main features of diffuse scattering can be equally well described by phasonic disorder and fivefold orientational disorder of clusters. The calculations allow us to distinguish the different cluster types published so far and the best agreement with experimental data could be achieved with the mirror-symmetric Abe cluster. Modeling of phason diffuse scattering associated with the S1 and S2 superstructure reflections indicate disorder of superclusters. The former show basically intercluster correlations inside quasiperiodic layers, while the latter exhibit intra- and inter-cluster correlations, both between adjacent and inside quasiperiodic layers. The feasibility, potential, and limits of the Patterson method in combination with the punch-and-fill method employed is shown on the example of a phasonic disordered rhombic Penrose tiling. A variation of the elastic constants does not change qualitatively the way phasonic disorder is realized in the local quasicrystalline structure. For the same model system it is also shown that phasonic fluctuations of the atomic surfaces yield average clusters in the cut space, which correspond to fivefold orientationally disordered clusters.

  13. Hyperuniformity of quasicrystals

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    Oǧuz, Erdal C.; Socolar, Joshua E. S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Torquato, Salvatore

    2017-02-01

    Hyperuniform systems, which include crystals, quasicrystals, and special disordered systems, have attracted considerable recent attention, but rigorous analyses of the hyperuniformity of quasicrystals have been lacking because the support of the spectral intensity is dense and discontinuous. We employ the integrated spectral intensity Z (k ) to quantitatively characterize the hyperuniformity of quasicrystalline point sets generated by projection methods. The scaling of Z (k ) as k tends to zero is computed for one-dimensional quasicrystals and shown to be consistent with independent calculations of the variance, σ2(R ) , in the number of points contained in an interval of length 2 R . We find that one-dimensional quasicrystals produced by projection from a two-dimensional lattice onto a line of slope 1 /τ fall into distinct classes determined by the width of the projection window. For a countable dense set of widths, Z (k ) ˜k4 ; for all others, Z (k ) ˜k2 . This distinction suggests that measures of hyperuniformity define new classes of quasicrystals in higher dimensions as well.

  14. The Crystallography of Quasicrystals

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    Rabson, David Alan

    A century ago, E. S. Fedorov, A. Schonflies, and W. Barlow, working independently, classified the 230 distinct symmetry groups of objects repeated periodically in three-dimensional space. The 230 space groups determine the symmetries of macroscopic properties and provide crystallographers with their most important tool in deducing structure; as such, they find use in biology, organic chemistry, and virology as well as in physics, geology, and materials science. With the discovery in 1984 of quasicrystals, well-ordered but aperiodic metallic alloys with crystallographically forbidden rotational symmetries, the need arose to develop a space-group theory for these new materials. Based on the work by Rokhsar, Wright, and Mermin^1 in two dimensions, Rabson, Mermin, Rokhsar, and Wright have classified all quasicrystal and crystal three -dimensional axial space groups.^2 Our classification, proceeding in reciprocal space, is elementary, does not rely on projecting higher-dimensional crystallographic space groups, and is valid for arbitrary rotational symmetry. As an additional illustration of quasicrystallographic space groups, I derive and demonstrate algorithms that produce two-dimensional tilings of rhombi with each of the possible plane-group symmetries.^3 While the analogous task for crystallographic plane groups is trivial, the lack of translational symmetry in a quasicrystal tiling makes these constructions interesting. Since the symmetry of a quasicrystal appears more naturally in reciprocal than in direct space, it is not surprising that some of the resulting tilings seem intricate, although in fact their symmetries are quite simple. ftn^1 Acta Cryst. A44, 197-211 (1988). ^2 "The Space Groups of Axial Crystals and Quasicrystals," preprint. ^3See also Rabson, Ho, and Mermin, Acta Cryst. A44, 678 (1988) and Acta Cryst. A45, 538 (1989).

  15. Quasicrystals and Quantum Computing

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    Berezin, Alexander A.

    1997-03-01

    In Quantum (Q) Computing qubits form Q-superpositions for macroscopic times. One scheme for ultra-fast (Q) computing can be based on quasicrystals. Ultrafast processing in Q-coherent structures (and the very existence of durable Q-superpositions) may be 'consequence' of presence of entire manifold of integer arithmetic (A0, aleph-naught of Georg Cantor) at any 4-point of space-time, furthermore, at any point of any multidimensional phase space of (any) N-particle Q-system. The latter, apart from quasicrystals, can include dispersed and/or diluted systems (Berezin, 1994). In such systems such alleged centrepieces of Q-Computing as ability for fast factorization of long integers can be processed by sheer virtue of the fact that entire infinite pattern of prime numbers is instantaneously available as 'free lunch' at any instant/point. Infinitely rich pattern of A0 (including pattern of primes and almost primes) acts as 'independent' physical effect which directly generates Q-dynamics (and physical world) 'out of nothing'. Thus Q-nonlocality can be ultimately based on instantaneous interconnectedness through ever- the-same structure of A0 ('Platonic field' of integers).

  16. Octonacci photonic quasicrystals

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    Brandão, E. R.; Costa, C. H.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Mello, V. D.

    2015-08-01

    We study theoretically the transmission spectra in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals, made up of SiO2(A) and TiO2(B) materials, organized following the Octonacci sequence, where the nth-stage of the multilayer Sn is given by the rule Sn =Sn-1Sn-2Sn-1 , for n ⩾ 3 and with S1 = A and S2 = B . The expression for transmittance was obtained by employing a theoretical calculation based on the transfer-matrix method. For normally incident waves, we observe that, for a same generation, the transmission spectra for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) waves are equal, at least qualitatively, and they present a scaling property where a self-similar behavior is obtained, as an evidence that these spectra are fractals. The spectra show regions where the omnidirectional band gaps emerges for specific generations of Octonacci photonic structure, except to TM waves. For TE waves, we note that all of them have almost the same width, for different generations. We also report the localization of modes as a consequence of the quasiperiodicity of the heterostructure.

  17. Ab initio study of W-Al-Co-Ni : An approximant of the decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal

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    Hassdenteufel, Kai H.; Oganov, Artem R.; Katrych, Sergiy; Steurer, Walter

    2007-04-01

    We have performed ab initio simulations of binary and ternary periodic model structures based on the W phase in order to investigate chemical bonding, its response to pressure, and structural relaxations accompanying the substitution of Co by Ni. Our results support previous conclusions that the maximization of Al-Co and Ni-Ni interactions is favorable for reaching the lowest-energy state. The valence electron localization function (ELF) indicates partially covalent bonding supporting the formation of energetically favorable atomic clusters. The existence of a pseudogap in the calculated electronic density of states close to the Fermi level suggests electronic stabilization according to the Hume-Rothery-type mechanism. High-pressure simulations of binary W-(Al,Co) up to 90GPa reveal increasing puckering of the atomic layers perpendicular to the pseudotenfold b axis. Furthermore, the basic pentagonal columnar clusters become distorted, leading to shorter distances between neighboring Co atoms. The structural changes in the vicinity of the distorted clusters point to local changes in the chemical bonding as reflected in the valence ELF.

  18. Planar scanning method for detecting refraction characteristics of two-dimensional photonic quasi-crystal wedge-shaped prisms.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Tan, Wei; Liu, Exian; Hu, Haili; Fan, Zhigang; Zhang, Tianhua; Zhang, Xiong

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a planar scanning method is proposed. This novel method adapts two monitors moving along double planar tracks that can be used to detect refraction characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) wedge-shaped prisms. Refraction of a decagonal Penrose-type PQC prism is analyzed for a given incident beam and two polarization modes at different incident positions in the prism using this method. Refraction from the prism is irregular, indicating that nonuniformity in the arrangement of scatterers in the prism causes Bragg-like scattering irregularities. Numerical results show that this method can be used for guiding the design of a 2D PQC prism and for the analysis of its refraction characteristics.

  19. Excitonic polaritons in Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Hendrickson, J; Richards, B C; Sweet, J; Khitrova, G; Poddubny, A N; Ivchenko, E L; Wegener, M; Gibbs, H M

    2008-09-29

    The fabrication and characterization of light-emitting one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals based on excitonic resonances is reported. The structures consist of high-quality GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells grown by molecular-beam epitaxy with wavelength-scale spacings satisfying a Fibonacci sequence. The polaritonic (resonant light-matter coupling) effects and light emission originate from the quantum well excitonic resonances. Measured reflectivity spectra as a function of detuning between emission and Bragg wavelength are in good agreement with excitonic polariton theory. Photoluminescence experiments show that active photonic quasicrystals, unlike photonic crystals, can be good light emitters: While their long-range order results in a stopband similar to that of photonic crystals, the lack of periodicity results in strong emission.

  20. Sensing dipole fields at atomic steps with combined scanning tunneling and force microscopy.

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    Park, Jeong Young; Sacha, G M; Enachescu, M; Ogletree, D F; Ribeiro, R A; Canfield, P C; Jenks, C J; Thiel, P A; Sáenz, J J; Salmeron, M

    2005-09-23

    The electric field of dipoles localized at the atomic steps of metal surfaces due to the Smoluchowski effect were measured from the electrostatic force exerted on the biased tip of a scanning tunneling microscope. By varying the tip-sample bias the contribution of the step dipole was separated from changes in the force due to van der Waals and polarization forces. Combined with electrostatic calculations, the method was used to determine the local dipole moment in steps of different heights on Au(111) and on the twofold surface of an Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal.

  1. Luminescence properties of a Fibonacci photonic quasicrystal.

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    Passias, V; Valappil, N V; Shi, Z; Deych, L; Lisyansky, A A; Menon, V M

    2009-04-13

    An active one-dimensional Fibonacci photonic quasi-crystal is realized via spin coating. Luminescence properties of an organic dye embedded in the quasi-crystal are studied experimentally and compared to theoretical simulations. The luminescence occurs via the pseudo-bandedge mode and follows the dispersion properties of the Fibonacci crystal. Time resolved luminescence measurement of the active structure shows faster spontaneous emission rate, indicating the effect of the large photon densities available at the bandedge due to the presence of critically localized states. The experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations for steady-state luminescence spectra.

  2. Photonic crystals, amorphous materials, and quasicrystals

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    Edagawa, Keiichi

    2014-01-01

    Photonic crystals consist of artificial periodic structures of dielectrics, which have attracted much attention because of their wide range of potential applications in the field of optics. We may also fabricate artificial amorphous or quasicrystalline structures of dielectrics, i.e. photonic amorphous materials or photonic quasicrystals. So far, both theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted to reveal the characteristic features of their optical properties, as compared with those of conventional photonic crystals. In this article, we review these studies and discuss various aspects of photonic amorphous materials and photonic quasicrystals, including photonic band gap formation, light propagation properties, and characteristic photonic states. PMID:27877676

  3. Surfaces of Intermetallics: Quasicrystals and Beyond

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    Yuen, Chad

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to characterize surfaces of intermetallics, including quasicrystals. In this work, surface characterization is primarily focused on composition and structure using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) performed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions.

  4. Diophantine equations related to quasicrystals: A note

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    Pelantová, E.; Perelomov, A. M.

    1998-06-01

    We give the general solution of three Diophantine equations in the ring of integer of the algebraic number field ${\\bf Q}[{\\sqr 5}]$. These equations are related to the problem of determination of the minimum distance in quasicrystals with fivefold symmetry.

  5. Omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Barriuso, Alberto G; Monzón, Juan J; Yonte, Teresa; Felipe, Angel; Sánchez-Soto, Luis L

    2013-12-02

    We determine the optimal thicknesses for which omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals occurs. By capitalizing on the idea of wavelength- and angle-averaged reflectance, we assess in a consistent way the performance of the different systems. Our results indicate that some of these aperiodic arrangements can largely over-perform the conventional photonic crystals as omnidirectional reflection is concerned.

  6. Magnetism in icosahedral quasicrystals: current status and open questions

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    Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-07-02

    Progress in our understanding of the magnetic properties of R-containing icosahedral quasicrystals (R = rare earth element) from over 20 years of experimental effort is reviewed. This includes the much studied R-Mg-Zn and R-Mg-Cd ternary systems, as well as several magnetic quasicrystals that have been discovered and investigated more recently including Sc-Fe-Zn, R-Ag-In, Yb-Au-Al, the recently synthesized R-Cd binary quasicrystals, and their periodic approximants. In many ways, the magnetic properties among these quasicrystals are very similar. However, differences are observed that suggest new experiments and promising directions for future research.

  7. Atomic structure solution of the complex quasicrystal approximant Al77Rh15Ru8 from electron diffraction data.

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    Samuha, Shmuel; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Grushko, Benjamin; Kolb, Ute; Meshi, Louisa

    2014-12-01

    The crystal structure of the novel Al77Rh15Ru8 phase (which is an approximant of decagonal quasicrystals) was determined using modern direct methods (MDM) applied to automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) data. The Al77Rh15Ru8 E-phase is orthorhombic [Pbma, a = 23.40 (5), b = 16.20 (4) and c = 20.00 (5) Å] and has one of the most complicated intermetallic structures solved solely by electron diffraction methods. Its structural model consists of 78 unique atomic positions in the unit cell (19 Rh/Ru and 59 Al). Precession electron diffraction (PED) patterns and high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) images were used for the validation of the proposed atomic model. The structure of the E-phase is described using hierarchical packing of polyhedra and a single type of tiling in the form of a parallelogram. Based on this description, the structure of the E-phase is compared with that of the ε6-phase formed in Al-Rh-Ru at close compositions.

  8. Eighteenth-century forms of quasicrystals.

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    Pina, Carlos M; López-Acevedo, Victoria

    2016-01-01

    A careful inspection of the drawings and baked clay models created by the mineralogist Romé de L'Isle in the 18th century has revealed the existence of a number of intriguing forms with pentagonal symmetries. These forms cannot be classified in any of the 32 crystal classes. They can thus be considered the first crystallographic descriptions of polyhedral forms found in quasicrystals two centuries later. This paper presents a symmetry analysis of the fascinating drawings and clay models with pentagonal symmetries described in the book Cristallographie published in 1783 by Romé de L'Isle, as well as a comparison with quasicrystals recently synthesized. The paper also briefly discusses what could induce Romé de L'Isle to consider forms with pentagonal symmetries as plausible crystal forms.

  9. Discussion on the surface science of quasicrystals

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    Thiel, P.A.

    2008-05-01

    This paper contains a short review of four aspects of the surface science of quasicrystals, together with a list of challenges for the scientific community in the near future. The first issue concerns the ability of surface science to shed light on bulk atomic structure. The second is the use of surfaces as quasiperiodic templates, particularly for films of periodic metals. Here, enforcing quasiperiodicity in the film may lead to unusual magnetic, tribological or adsorption properties. The third aspect concerns the effects of surface phasons and phonons on dynamical interactions with adsorbates, such as sticking coefficient, as well as on diffusion between the surface and near-surface region. The final area is tribology, where studies of quasicrystals have suggested that both adhesion and phononic friction may be important.

  10. Fibonacci, quasicrystals and the beauty of flowers

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-01-01

    The appearance of Fibonacci sequences and the golden ratio in plant structures is one of the great outstanding puzzles of biology. Here I suggest that quasicrystals, which naturally pack in the golden ratio, may be ubiquitous in biological systems and introduce the golden ratio into plant phyllotaxy. The appearance of golden ratio-based structures as beautiful indicates that the golden ratio may play a role in the development of consciousness and lead to the aesthetic natural selection of flowering plants. PMID:23072998

  11. Fibonacci, quasicrystals and the beauty of flowers.

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-12-01

    The appearance of Fibonacci sequences and the golden ratio in plant structures is one of the great outstanding puzzles of biology. Here I suggest that quasicrystals, which naturally pack in the golden ratio, may be ubiquitous in biological systems and introduce the golden ratio into plant phyllotaxy. The appearance of golden ratio-based structures as beautiful indicates that the golden ratio may play a role in the development of consciousness and lead to the aesthetic natural selection of flowering plants.

  12. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers.

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles

    2014-12-19

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of 'defects', which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1-0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum.

  13. Levitated crystals and quasicrystals of metamaterials

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    Wang, Zhehui; Morris, Christopher; Goree, John A

    2012-07-25

    New scientific and technological opportunities exist by marrying dusty plasma research with metamaterials. Specifically, by balancing control and self-assembly, certain laboratory plasmas can become a generic levitation platform for novel structure formation and nanomaterial synthesis. We propose to experimentally investigate two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) levitated structures of metamaterials and their properties. Such structures can self assemble in laboratory plasmas, similar to levitated dust crystals which were discovered in the mid 1990's. Laboratory plasma platform for metamaterial formation eliminates substrates upon which most metamaterials have to be supported. Three types of experiments, with similar setups, are discussed here. Levitated crystal structures of metamaterials using anisotropic microparticles are the most basic of the three. The second experiment examines whether quasicrystals of metamaterials are possible. Quasicrystals, discovered in the 1980's, possess so-called forbidden symmetries according to the conventional crystallography. The proposed experiment could answer many fundamental questions about structural, thermal and dynamical properties of quasicrystals. And finally, how to use nanoparticle coated microparticles to synthesize very long carbon nanotubes is also described. All of the experiments can fit inside a standard International Space Station locker with dimensions of 8-inch x 17-inch X 18-inch. Microgravity environment is deemed essential in particular for large 3D structures and very long carbon nanotube synthesis.

  14. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles

    2014-01-01

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of ‘defects’, which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1–0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum. PMID:25523102

  15. The quasicrystal model of cluster systems in condensed matter

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    Melnikov, G.

    2017-01-01

    The paper proposes a quasicrystal model of the structure of clusters. The model is based on the similarity of the structure of clusters and macroscopic structure of quasicrystals. It offers a formula to calculate the radii of successive coordination spheres in quasicrystalline films. The formula is based on the properties of Fibonacci sequence and characteristics of the power potential of interaction between particles.

  16. Mean Field Theories of Icosahedral Quasicrystals.

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    Troian, Sandra Marina

    In 1984 Shechtman et al. discovered a metallic solid (Al(,86)Mn(,14)) with diffraction spots as sharp as those of crystals but with icosahedral point group symmetry, known to be incompatible with translational symmetry. One of the interesting crystallographic questions posed by the discovery of quasicrystals, as these materials are now called, is why does the atomic density assume an icosahedrally symmetric configuration in preference to conventional periodic crystalline forms. To address this question, we use a phenomenological approach based on the Landau theory of crystal formation (Landau, 1937) to ascertain whether any of the conventional elementary approaches to crystal formation might not contain metastable (or even stable) quasicrystalline solutions hitherto overlooked because of the almost universal prejudice that positional ordering must be periodic. Alexander and McTague (1978) touched on the possibility of icosahedrally symmetric structures using a (single order parameter) Landau free energy. We reexamine and extend their model and find that there are three distinct icosahedral stationary points to the free energy, although none of them is ever globally stable compared with more conventional competing structures like the body-centered cubic, hexagonal, or smectic. Which periodic form is favored depends on the temperature range investigated. We find that two of these stationary points are not even local minima of the free energy. We generalize this model by constructing a Landau theory for two or three-component systems, which appear to give a region of the phase diagram in which icosahedral quasicrystalline ordering is the state of lowest free energy. The quasicrystals are stabilized by special geometric ratios between the length scales characterizing the components. Three components are required to stabilize a two-dimensional quasicrystal but two components suffice to stabilize a three-dimensional one. We present results for two different ratios

  17. In situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy observation of the phason-strain relaxation process in an Al-Cu-Co-Si decagonal quasicrystal

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    Edagawa, Keiichi; Mandal, Pranabananda; Hosono, Kaoru; Suzuki, Kunio; Takeuchi, Shin

    2004-11-01

    Transition process from a rational approximant state, which is regarded as containing a uniform phason strain in a quasicrystalline state, to the quasicrystalline state in the Al-Cu-Co-Si system has been observed by in situ high-temperature high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The tiling pattern changing with lapse of time in the HRTEM image has been analyzed, and the spatial and temporal variations of the phason field have been deduced. The results show that two types of processes lead the phason-strain relaxation: one is the shrink of the area with the uniform strain by shifting the boundaries and the other a continuous strain-relaxation in the area outside of the boundary. Such processes arise from a combination of collective and successive phason flips like domino-toppling along different symmetry directions.

  18. Multiple scattering of light in three-dimensional photonic quasicrystals.

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    Ledermann, Alexandra; Wiersma, Diederik S; Wegener, Martin; von Freymann, Georg

    2009-02-02

    Recent experiments on three-dimensional icosahedral dielectric photonic quasicrystals have shown several unexpected features: transmitted femtosecond pulses developed a trailing "diffusive" exponential tail and the sum of (zeroth-order) transmittance and reflectance was well below unity. These experimental findings have previously been ascribed to sample imperfections. Here, we analyze these findings by using 3D periodic approximants of the ideal photonic quasicrystals. We show that the experimental observations can be explained in terms of multiple scattering of light within these structures, i.e., in terms of intrinsic rather than purely extrinsic quasicrystal properties.

  19. Lasing action in gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays.

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    Chang, Shih-Pang; Sou, Kuok-Pan; Chen, Chieh-Han; Cheng, Yuh-Jen; Huang, Ji-Kai; Lin, Chung-Hsiang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2012-05-21

    We report the observation of lasing action from an optically pumped gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays. The nanorods were fabricated from a GaN substrate by patterned etching, followed by epitaxial regrowth. The nanorods were arranged in a 12-fold symmetric quasicrystal pattern. The regrowth grew hexagonal crystalline facets and core-shell multiple quantum wells (MQWs) on nanorods. Under optical pumping, multiple lasing peaks resembling random lasing were observed. The lasing was identified to be from the emission of MQWs on the nanorod sidewalls. The resonant spectrum and mode field of the 12-fold symmetric photonic quasicrystal nanorod arrays is discussed.

  20. Fibonacci optical lattices for tunable quantum quasicrystals

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    Singh, K.; Saha, K.; Parameswaran, S. A.; Weld, D. M.

    2015-12-01

    We describe a quasiperiodic optical lattice, created by a physical realization of the abstract cut-and-project construction underlying all quasicrystals. The resulting potential is a generalization of the Fibonacci tiling. Calculation of the energies and wave functions of ultracold atoms loaded into such a lattice demonstrate a multifractal energy spectrum, a singular continuous momentum-space structure, and the existence of controllable edge states. These results open the door to cold atom quantum simulation experiments in tunable or dynamic quasicrystalline potentials, including topological pumping of edge states and phasonic spectroscopy.

  1. About the atomic structures of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Quiquandon, Marianne; Gratias, Denis

    2014-01-01

    This paper is a survey of the crystallographic methods that have been developed these last twenty five years to decipher the atomic structures of the icosahedral stable quasicrystals since their discovery in 1982 by D. Shechtman. After a brief recall of the notion of quasiperiodicity and the natural description of Z-modules in 3-dim as projection of regular lattices in N>3-dim spaces, we give the basic geometrical ingredients useful to describe icosahedral quasicrystals as irrational 3-dim cuts of ordinary crystals in 6-dim space. Atoms are described by atomic surfaces (ASs) that are bounded volumes in the internal (or perpendicular) 3-dim space and the intersections of which with the physical space are the actual atomic positions. The main part of the paper is devoted to finding the major properties of quasicrystalline icosahedral structures. As experimentally demonstrated, they can be described with a surprisingly few high symmetry ASs located at high symmetry special points in 6-dim space. The atomic structures are best described by aggregations and intersections of high symmetry compact interpenetrating atomic clusters. We show here that the experimentally relevant clusters are derived from one generic cluster made of two concentric triacontahedra scaled by τ and an external icosidodecahedron. Depending on which ones of the orbits of this cluster are eventually occupied by atoms, the actual atomic clusters are of type Bergman, Mackay, Tsai and others….

  2. Self-assembly of two-dimensional binary quasicrystals: a possible route to a DNA quasicrystal

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    Reinhardt, Aleks; Schreck, John S.; Romano, Flavio; Doye, Jonathan P. K.

    2017-01-01

    We use Monte Carlo simulations and free-energy techniques to show that binary solutions of penta- and hexavalent two-dimensional patchy particles can form thermodynamically stable quasicrystals even at very narrow patch widths, provided their patch interactions are chosen in an appropriate way. Such patchy particles can be thought of as a coarse-grained representation of DNA multi-arm ‘star’ motifs, which can be chosen to bond with one another very specifically by tuning the DNA sequences of the protruding arms. We explore several possible design strategies and conclude that DNA star tiles that are designed to interact with one another in a specific but not overly constrained way could potentially be used to construct soft quasicrystals in experiment. We verify that such star tiles can form stable dodecagonal motifs using oxDNA, a realistic coarse-grained model of DNA.

  3. Spin waves in one-dimensional bicomponent magnonic quasicrystals

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    Rychły, J.; Kłos, J. W.; Mruczkiewicz, M.; Krawczyk, M.

    2015-08-01

    We studied a finite Fibonacci sequence of Co and Py stripes aligned side by side and in direct contact with each other. Calculations based on a continuous model, including exchange and dipole interactions, were performed for structures feasible for fabrication and characterization of the main properties of magnonic quasicrystals. We have shown the fractal structure of the magnonic spectrum with a number of magnonic gaps of different widths. Moreover, localization of spin waves in quasicrystals and the existence of surface spin waves in finite quaiscrystal structure is demonstrated.

  4. Magnetic moments and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in quasicrystals

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    Andrade, Eric

    Motivated by the intrinsic non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in the heavy-fermion quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15, we study the low-temperature behavior of dilute magnetic impurities placed in metallic quasicrystals. We find that a large fraction of the magnetic moments are not quenched down to very low temperatures, leading to a power-law distribution of Kondo temperatures, accompanied by a non-Fermi-liquid behavior, in a remarkable similarity to the Kondo-disorder scenario found in disordered heavy-fermion metals. This work was supported by FAPESP (Brazil) Grant No. 2013/00681-8.

  5. Periodic almost-Schrödinger equation for quasicrystals.

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    Blinov, Igor V

    2015-07-24

    A new method for finding electronic structure and wavefunctions of electrons in quasiperiodic potential is introduced. To obtain results it uses slightly modified Schrödinger equation in spaces of dimensionality higher than physical space. It enables to get exact results for quasicrystals without expensive non-exact calculations.

  6. Icosahedral quasicrystal decoration models. I. Geometrical principles

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    Mihalkovic, M. |; Zhu, W.; Henley, C.L.; Oxborrow, M. |

    1996-04-01

    It is proposed that quasicrystal structure determination should include the calculation of cohesive energies using realistic potentials. A class of atomic decoration models for {ital i}-AlMn is then presented, adopting the {open_quote}{open_quote}canonical-cell{close_quote}{close_quote} tiling geometry, with {open_quote}{open_quote}Mackay icosahedron{close_quote}{close_quote} clusters placed on all its nodes. The remaining atomic positions are based, as far as possible, on the known structure of {alpha}-AlMnSi. These models guarantee good local packing of the atoms, whose displacements away from {open_quote}{open_quote}ideal{close_quote}{close_quote} positions are specified by only a moderate number of parameters. Certain atomic sites are uncertain as regards their occupancy and/or chemistry; variations of the decoration rules on these sites must be compared, in order to discover the correct one. Our models are well adapted to be relaxed under an effective Hamiltonian to optimize the cohesive energy; we show how the energies found in such relaxations can be used to extract an effective tile-tile Hamiltonian, as would be needed for future studies of phason elasticity and the development of long-range order. In addition, we clarify concepts needed for decoration models in general (in particular, the ways in which elaborate, more realistic decorations may be evolved from simpler ones). We also show that these decoration models are closely related, but not identical, to quasiperiodic structures defined using six-dimensional formalism. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  7. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-11-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure are studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup is experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  8. Topological equivalence between the Fibonacci quasicrystal and the Harper model.

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    Kraus, Yaacov E; Zilberberg, Oded

    2012-09-14

    One-dimensional quasiperiodic systems, such as the Harper model and the Fibonacci quasicrystal, have long been the focus of extensive theoretical and experimental research. Recently, the Harper model was found to be topologically nontrivial. Here, we derive a general model that embodies a continuous deformation between these seemingly unrelated models. We show that this deformation does not close any bulk gaps, and thus prove that these models are in fact topologically equivalent. Remarkably, they are equivalent regardless of whether the quasiperiodicity appears as an on-site or hopping modulation. This proves that these different models share the same boundary phenomena and explains past measurements. We generalize this equivalence to any Fibonacci-like quasicrystal, i.e., a cut and project in any irrational angle.

  9. Multiple diffraction in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Fan, C. Z.; Weber, Th.; Deloudi, S.; Steurer, W.

    2011-07-01

    In order to reveal its influence on quasicrystal structure analysis, multiple diffraction (MD) effects in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal have been investigated in-house on an Oxford Diffraction four-circle diffractometer equipped with an Onyx™ CCD area detector and MoKα radiation. For that purpose, an automated approach for Renninger scans (ψ-scans) has been developed. Two weak reflections were chosen as the main reflections (called P) in the present measurements. As is well known for periodic crystals, it is also observed for this quasicrystal that the intensity of the main reflection may significantly increase if the simultaneous (H) and the coupling (P-H) reflections are both strong, while there is no obvious MD effect if one of them is weak. The occurrence of MD events during ψ-scans has been studied based on an ideal structure model and the kinematical MD theory. The reliability of the approach is revealed by the good agreement between simulation and experiment. It shows that the multiple diffraction effect is quite significant.

  10. Holographically formed three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal through a lab-made single diffractive optical element.

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    Harb, Ahmad; Torres, Faraon; Ohlinger, Kris; Lin, Yuankun; Lozano, Karen; Xu, Di; Chen, Kevin P

    2010-09-13

    Large-area three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystals are fabricated through a holographic lithography method using a lab-made diffractive optical element and a single laser exposure. The diffractive optical element consists of five polymer gratings symmetrically orientated around a central opening. The fabricated Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal shows ten-fold rotational symmetry. The Laue diffraction pattern from the photonic quasi-crystal is observed to be similar to that of the traditional alloy quasi-crystal. A golden ratio of 1.618 is also observed for the radii of diffraction rings, which has not been observed before in artificial photonic quasicrystals.

  11. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-08-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ~4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals--dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices.

  12. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10-8Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van't Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10-6Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  13. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M.; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S.; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-01

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl2), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl2O4), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry 18O/16O and 17O/16O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability. PMID:22215583

  14. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal.

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-31

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al(63)Cu(24)Fe(13), is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl(2)), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl(2)O(4)), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥ 10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry (18)O/(16)O and (17)O/(16)O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability.

  15. Observation and Structure Determination of an Oxide Quasicrystal Approximant

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    Förster, S.; Trautmann, M.; Roy, S.; Adeagbo, W. A.; Zollner, E. M.; Hammer, R.; Schumann, F. O.; Meinel, K.; Nayak, S. K.; Mohseni, K.; Hergert, W.; Meyerheim, H. L.; Widdra, W.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first observation of an approximant structure to the recently discovered two-dimensional oxide quasicrystal. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and surface x-ray diffraction in combination with ab initio calculations, the atomic structure and the bonding scheme are determined. The oxide approximant follows a 32 .4.3.4 Archimedean tiling. Ti atoms reside at the corners of each tiling element and are threefold coordinated to oxygen atoms. Ba atoms separate the TiO3 clusters, leading to a fundamental edge length of the tiling 6.7 Å.

  16. Modeling liquid-liquid phase transitions and quasicrystal formation

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    Skibinsky, Anna

    In this thesis, studies which concern two different subjects related to phase transitions in fluids and crystalline solids are presented. Condensed matter formation, structure, and phase transitions are modeled using molecular dynamics simulations of simple discontinuous potentials with attractive and repulsive interactions. Novel phase diagrams are proposed for quasicrystals, crystals, and liquids. In the first part of the thesis, the formation of a quasicrystal in a two dimensional monodisperse system is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations of hard sphere particles interacting via a two-dimensional square-well potential. It is found that for certain values of the square-well parameters more than one stable crystalline phase can form. By quenching the liquid phase at a very low temperature, an amorphous phase is obtained. When this the amorphous phase is heated, a quasicrystalline structure with five-fold symmetry forms. From estimations of the Helmholtz potentials of the stable crystalline phases and of the quasicrystal, it is concluded that within a specific temperature range, the observed quasicrystal phase can be the stable phase. The second part of the thesis concerns a study of the liquid-liquid phase transition for a single-component system in three dimensions, interacting via an isotropic potential with a repulsive soft-core shoulder at short distance and an attractive well at an intermediate distance. The potential is similar to potentials used to describe such liquid systems as colloids, protein solutions, or liquid metals. It is shown that the phase diagram for such a potential can have two lines of first-order fluid-fluid phase transitions: one separating a gas and a low-density liquid (LDL), and another between the LDL and a high-density liquid (HDL). Both phase transition lines end in a critical point, a gas-LDL critical point and, depending on the potential parameters, either a gas-HDL critical point or a LDL-HDL critical point. A

  17. Magnetism in rare-earth quasicrystals: RKKY interactions and ordering

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    Thiem, Stefanie; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-04-01

    We study magnetism in simple models for rare-earth quasicrystals, by considering Ising spins on a quasiperiodic tiling, coupled via RKKY interactions. Computing these interactions from a tight-binding model on the tiling, we find that they are frustrated and strongly dependent on the local environment. Although such features are often associated with spin glass behaviour, we show using Monte Carlo simulations that the spin system has a phase transition to a low-temperature state with long-range quasiperiodic magnetic order.

  18. Photonic quasi-crystal fiber with high birefringence

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    Liu, Hongfei; Xiao, Wei; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Exian; Feng, Bo; Wang, Ziming; Liang, Taiyuan; Wang, Shuo; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-03-01

    A high-birefringence photonic quasi-crystal fiber (HB-PQF) based on SiO2 is proposed. The relationships between birefringence and structure parameters and between beat length and structure parameters are researched by finite difference beam propagation method. With the optimization of fiber structure parameters, the birefringence is 1.4207×10-2, which is two orders of magnitude higher than the normally used fiber when the wavelength is 1.55 μm. The radius of the fiber is 6.5 μm. The HB-PQF in a communication sensor will have important application prospects.

  19. Photonic quantum well composed of photonic crystal and quasicrystal

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    Xu, Shaohui; Zhu, Yiping; Wang, Lianwei; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Paul K.

    2014-02-01

    A photonic quantum well structure composed of photonic crystal and Fibonacci quasicrystal is investigated by analyzing the transmission spectra and electric field distributions. The defect band in the photonic well can form confined quantized photonic states that can change in the band-gap of the photonic barriers by varying the thickness ratio of the two stacking layers. The number of confined states can be tuned by adjusting the period of the photonic well. The photons traverse the photonic quantum well by resonance tunneling and the coupling effect leads to the high transmission intensity of the confined photonic states.

  20. Icosahedral and Other Quasicrystal Phases in Magnetic Alloy Systems

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    1990-09-12

    comoositions at slower wheel speeds we fabrica t ed single-phase quasicrystals with no x-ray evidence of amorphous or crystalline structures present. The...experimental work confirmed that Mn itself shows a larger local moment in quasicrystalline alloys (1.2 - 1.5 IB/Mn, average) than in related crystalline ... structures (0 - 0.5 ItB/Mn), possibly because some of the Mn atoms them occupy the Ih site. The need existed to 1) find QC’s that more readily

  1. What periodicities can be found in diffraction patterns of quasicrystals?

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    Wolny, Janusz; Kozakowski, Bartlomiej; Kuczera, Pawel; Pytlik, Lucjan; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2014-03-01

    The structure of quasicrystals is aperiodic. Their diffraction patterns, however, can be considered periodic. They are composed solely of series of peaks which exhibit a fully periodic arrangement in reciprocal space. Furthermore, the peak intensities in each series define the so-called `envelope function'. A Fourier transform of the envelope function gives an average unit cell, whose definition is based on the statistical distribution of atomic coordinates in physical space. If such a distribution is lifted to higher-dimensional space, it becomes the so-called atomic surface - the most fundamental feature of higher-dimensional analysis.

  2. NMR and NQR study of the thermodynamically stable quasicrystals

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    Shastri, A.

    1995-02-10

    {sup 27}Al and {sup 61,65}Cu NMR measurements are reported for powder samples of stable AlCuFe and AlCuRu icosahedral quasicrystals and their crystalline approximants, and for a AlPdMn single grain quasicrystal. Furthermore, {sup 27}Al NQR spectra at 4.2 K have been observed in the AlCuFe and AlCuRu samples. From the quadrupole perturbed NMR spectra at different magnetic fields, and from the zero field NQR spectra, a wide distribution of local electric field gradient (EFG) tensor components and principal axis system orientations was found at the Al site. A model EFG calculation based on a 1/1 AlCuFe approximant was successful in explaining the observed NQR spectra. It is concluded that the average local gradient is largely determined by the p-electron wave function at the Al site, while the width of the distribution is due to the lattice contribution to the EFG. Comparison of {sup 63}Cu NMR with {sup 27}Al NMR shows that the EFG distribution at the two sites is similar, but that the electronic contribution to the EFG is considerably smaller at the Cu site, in agreement with a more s-type wave function of the conduction electrons.

  3. Self-similarity and self-inversion of quasicrystals

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    Madison, A. E.

    2014-08-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals played a revolutionary role in the condensed matter science and forced to renounce the dogma of the classical crystallography that the regular filling of the space by identical blocks is reduced solely to the Fedorov space groups. It is shown that aperiodic crystals, apart from the similarity, exhibit the self-inversion property. In a broadened sense, the self-inversion implies the possible composition of the inversion with translations, rotations, and homothety, whereas pure reflection by itself in a circle can be absent as an independent symmetry element. It is demonstrated that the symmetry of aperiodic tilings is described by Schottky groups (which belong to a particular type of Kleinian groups generated by the linear fractional Möbius transformations); in the theory of aperiodic crystals, the Schottky groups play the same role that the Fedorov groups play in the theory of crystal lattices. The local matching rules for the Penrose fractal tiling are derived, the problem of choice of the fundamental region of the group of motions of a quasicrystal is discussed, and the relation between the symmetry of aperiodic tilings and the symmetry of constructive fractals is analyzed.

  4. Vortex quasi-crystals in mesoscopic superconducting samples

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    Wang, Jing-Kun; Zhang, Wei; R, Sá de Melo C. A.

    2016-08-01

    There seems to be a one to one correspondence between the phases of atomic and molecular matter (AMOM) and vortex matter (VM) in superfluids and superconductors. Crystals, liquids, and glasses have been experimentally observed in both AMOM and VM. Here, we propose a vortex quasi-crystal state which can be stabilized due to boundary and surface energy effects for samples of special shapes and sizes. For finite sized pentagonal samples, it is proposed that a phase transition between a vortex crystal and a vortex quasi-crystal occurs as a function of magnetic field and temperature as the sample size is reduced. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274009, 11434011, and 111522436), the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922000), the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant Nos. 10XNL016 and 16XNLQ03), and the Program of State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices (Grant No. KF201404).

  5. Stability of icosahedral quasicrystals in a simple model with two-length scales

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    Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Pingwen; Shi, An-Chang

    2017-03-01

    The phase behaviour of a free energy functional with two length scales is examined by comparing the free energy of different candidate phases including three-dimensional icosahedral quasicrystals. Accurate free energy of the quasicrystals has been obtained using the recently developed projection method. The results reveal that the icosahedral quasicrystal and body-centred-cubic spherical phase are the stable ordered phases of the model. Furthermore, the difference between the results obtained from the projection method and the one-mode approximation has been analyzed in detail. The present study extends previous results on two-dimensional systems, demonstrating that the interactions between density waves at two length scales can stabilize two- and three-dimensional quasicrystals.

  6. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Minimal chaos, stochastic webs, and structures of quasicrystal symmetry

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    Zaslavskiĭ, G. M.; Sagdeev, Roal'd. Z.; Usikov, D. A.; Chernikov, A. A.

    1988-10-01

    The relationship between the problem of the symmetry of a plane tiling and the properties of nonintegrable dynamic systems is reviewed. The formation of stochastic layers and a stochastic web in the motion of linear and nonlinear oscillators subjected to a perturbation is discussed in detail. Emphasis is placed on research on the symmetry properties of a stochastic web with a fractal structure of a quasicrystal type. Structures with a quasicrystal symmetry form as a result of an interaction of two types of symmetries: translational and rotational. Various characteristics of structures with a quasicrystal symmetry are discussed: the distributions of stable and unstable points, the state density, and the Fourier spectrum. Quasicrystal structures in solid state physics, hydrodynamics, botany, and ornamental art are discussed.

  7. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy.

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-06-12

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn6Mg3Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn6Mg3Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn3MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials.

  8. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn 3 MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials. PMID:26066096

  9. High-resolution electron microscopy analysis of structural defects in a (2/1, 5/3)-type approximant of a decagonal quasicrystal of an Al-Pd-Mn alloy

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    Yu, D.P.; Ren, G.; Zhang, Z.

    1996-10-01

    Structural defects were analyzed by means of high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) in a crystalline (2/1, 5/3)-type Fibonacci approximant of an Al-Pd-Mn alloy system. A kind of stacking fault is observed with a projected displacement vector R parallel to the [{minus}3 0 29] direction; its amplitude {vert_bar}R{vert_bar} = 2a sin 18 deg = 1.19 nm, and its habit plane lies in the (1 0 1) plane. Two kinds of domain boundaries have been found and the domains are related by a 180 deg rotation around the c-axis plus a displacement along the [3 0 {minus}29] or the [{minus}3 0 {minus}29] direction in a plane perpendicular to the b-axis. The domain boundary planes are the {l_brace}1 0 1{r_brace} planes.

  10. Evidence from x-ray and neutron powder diffraction patterns that the so-called icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals of MnAl/sub 6/ and other alloys are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L.

    1987-06-01

    It is shown that the x-ray powder diffraction patterns of rapidly quenched MnAl/sub 6/ and Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/ and the neutron powder diffraction pattern of MnAl/sub 5/ are compatible with the proposed 820-atom primitive cubic structure. The values found for the edge of the unit cube are 23.365 A (x-ray) and 23.416 A (neutron) for MnAl/sub 6/ and 24.313 A (x-ray) for Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/.

  11. Photonic band gap spectra in Octonacci metamaterial quasicrystals

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    Brandão, E. R.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Fulco, U. L.

    2017-02-01

    In this work we study theoretically the photonic band gap spectra for a one-dimensional quasicrystal made up of SiO2 (layer A) and a metamaterial (layer B) organized following the Octonacci sequence, where its nth-stage Sn is given by the inflation rule Sn =Sn - 1Sn - 2Sn - 1 for n ≥ 3 , with initial conditions S1 = A and S2 = B . The metamaterial is characterized by a frequency dependent electric permittivity ε(ω) and magnetic permeability μ(ω) . The polariton dispersion relation is obtained analytically by employing a theoretical calculation based on a transfer-matrix approach. A quantitative analysis of the spectra is then discussed, stressing the distribution of the allowed photonic band widths for high generations of the Octonacci structure, which depict a self-similar scaling property behavior, with a power law depending on the common in-plane wavevector kx .

  12. Omnidirectional bandgaps in Fibonacci quasicrystals containing single-negative materials.

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    Deng, Xin-Hua; Liu, Jiang-Tao; Huang, Jie-Hui; Zou, Liner; Liu, Nian-Hua

    2010-02-10

    The band structure and bandgaps of one-dimensional Fibonacci quasicrystals composed of epsilon-negative materials and mu-negative materials are studied. We show that an omnidirectional bandgap (OBG) exists in the Fibonacci structure. In contrast to the Bragg gaps, such an OBG is insensitive to the incident angle and the polarization of light, and the width and location of the OBG cease to change with increasing Fibonacci order, but vary with the thickness ratio of both components, and the OBG closes when the thickness ratio is equal to the golden ratio. Moreover, the general formulations of the higher and lower band edges of the OBG are obtained by the effective medium theory. These results could lead to further applications of Fibonacci structures.

  13. Controlled Magnetic Reversal and Frustration in Artificial Quasicrystals

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    Bhat, Vinayak

    2014-03-01

    Recent studies of ferromagnetic (FM) antidot arrays have been restricted to simple periodic lattices (square, triangular, etc.). We have fabricated artificial FM quasicrystals (AFQ), which are aperiodic antidot lattices that are self-similar, retain definite rotational symmetry, and consist of a multiply-connected network of permalloy film segments. We focus on Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) constructed from film segments of two lengths (d1 = 810 nm -1618 nm, d2 = 500 nm - 1 μ m), width W ~ 100 nm, and thickness t = 25 nm. Static and dynamic magnetizations were studied using DC magnetometry, broadband (BB) FMR, and micromagnetic simulations (MS). Reproducible ``knee'' anomalies observed in the hysteretic, low-field DC magnetization M(H,T) signal a series of abrupt transitions between ordered magnetization textures, concluding in a smooth evolution into a saturated state. Numerous FMR mode signatures quantitatively reproduce in opposite DC field sweeps in the near-saturated regime, which suggests pinning of the magnetization parallel to the AD edges and confinement of domain walls at P2T vertices control segment polarization and reversal. Novel ``asymmetric'' modes, defined by their presence on only one side of the field origin in a given sweep, are observed only in the reversal regime, and accompany knee anomalies in M(H,T). MS agree with experimental DC hysteresis loops and FMR spectra, and indicate that systematic control of magnetic reversal and domain wall motion can be achieved via tiling design, offering a new paradigm of magnonic quasicrystals. AFQ also behave as novel artificial spin ice systems that exhibit non-stochastic switching due to their aperiodicity and inequivalent pattern vertices. MS indicate pinned Dirac monopoles and confined magnetic avalanches exist in AFQ. Research supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194.

  14. Dynamical x-ray diffraction from an icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal

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    Kycia, S.

    1996-04-23

    Primary extinction effects in diffraction from single grains of Al-Pd- Mn, and presumably many other FCI alloys, may be significant and should be corrected for prior to use of diffraction data in structural determinations. Probes based on dynamical diffraction effects, such as x-ray standing wave fluorescence, multiple beam interference, and x-ray transmission topographs, may now be used to study the bulk and surface structure of some quasicrystals. The observation of dynamical diffraction from icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn is a striking confirmation of the fact that quasicrystals can present a degree of structural perfection comparable to that found in the best periodic intermetallic crystals.

  15. Measuring the Thermophysical and Structural Properties of Glass-Forming and Quasicrystal-Forming Liquids

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Bradshaw, Richard C.; Rogers, Jan R.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Kelton, Ken F.

    2006-01-01

    The thermophysical properties of glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys show many interesting features in the undercooled liquid range. Some of the features in the thermophysical property curves are expected to reflect changes in the structure and coordination of the liquid. These measurements require containerless processing such as electrostatic levitation to access the undercooled liquid regime. An overview of the state of the art in measuring the thermophysical properties and structure of undercooled liquid glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys will be presented, along with the status of current measurements.

  16. Theoretical investigation on a general class of 2D quasicrystals with the rectangular projection method

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    Yue, Yang-Yang; Lu, Rong-er; Yang, Bo; Huang, Huang; Hong, Xu-Hao; Zhang, Chao; Qin, Yi-Qiang; Zhu, Yong-Yuan

    2016-10-01

    We take a theoretical investigation on the reciprocal property of a class of 2D nonlinear photonic quasicrystal proposed by Lifshitz et al. in PRL 95, 133901 (2005). Using the rectangular projection method, the analytical expression for the Fourier spectrum of the quasicrystal structure is obtained explicitly. It is interesting to find that the result has a similar form to the corresponding expression of the well-known 1D Fibonacci lattice. In addition, we predict a further extension of the result to higher dimensions. This work is of practical importance for the photonic device design in nonlinear optical conversion progresses.

  17. Surface Tension and Viscosity of Quasicrystal-Forming Ti-Zr-Ni Alloys

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    Hyers, R. W.; Bradshaw, R. C.; Rogers, J. R.; Rathz, T. J.; Lee, G. W.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.

    2003-01-01

    The surface tension and viscosity of quasicrystal-forming Ti-Zr-Ni alloys were measured over a range of temperature, including both stable and undercooled liquids by an Electrostatic Levitation (ESL) technique. ESL is a containerless technique which allows processing of samples without contact, greatly reducing contamination and increasing access to the metastable undercooled liquid. The measured viscosity is typical of glass-forming alloys of similar composition to the quasicrystal-forming alloys studied here, while the surface tension shows an anomaly at deep undercoolings.

  18. Self Assembly of Soft Matter Quasicrystals and Their Approximants

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    Iacovella, Christopher; Keys, Aaron; Glotzer, Sharon

    2012-02-01

    The discovery of soft-matter quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants [1-4] hints at a unique thermodynamic mechanism underlying their stability. In the past, specific interaction potentials have been contrived to stabilize QCs and their approximants in computer simulations, but such interactions are difficult to achieve in colloidal systems. Here, we use molecular simulation to demonstrate an alternative approach for assembling dodecagonal QCs and their approximants based solely on particle functionalization and shape [5]. Our approach replaces complex energetic interactions with simpler-to-achieve bonded and excluded-volume interactions, encouraging the formation of structures with low surface contact area, including non-close-packed and polytetrahedral structures. We argue that this mechanism can be widely exploited to assemble QCs and approximants in colloidal systems, and may further elucidate the formation of soft matter QCs in experiment [1-4]. [4pt] [1] G. Ungar, et al., Science 299 (2003) [0pt] [2] X. Zeng, et al., Nature 428, (2004) [0pt] [3] S. Lee, M.J. Bluemle, F.S. Bates, Science, 330 (2010) [0pt] [4] S. Fischer, et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 108, (2011) [0pt] [5] C.R. Iacovella, A.S. Keys, S.C. Glotzer, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., in press (2011) arXiv:1102.5589

  19. The effect of temperature, interaction range, and pair potential on the formation of dodecagonal quasicrystals in core-corona systems

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    Pattabhiraman, Harini; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-03-01

    A two-dimensional dodecagonal quasicrystal was previously reported by Dotera et al (2014 Nature 506 208) in a system of particles interacting with a hard core of diameter σ and a repulsive square shoulder of diameter δ =1.40σ . In the current work, we examine the formation of this quasicrystal using bond orientational order parameters, correlation functions and tiling distributions. We find that this dodecagonal quasicrystal forms from a fluid phase. We further study the effect of the width of the repulsive shoulder by simulating the system over a range of values of δ. For the range of densities and temperatures considered, we observe the formation of the dodecagonal quasicrystal between δ =1.30σ and 1.44σ . We also study the effect of shape of the interaction potential by simulating the system using three other interaction potentials with two length scales, namely hard-core plus a linear ramp, modified exponential, or Buckingham (exp-6) potential. We observe the presence of the quasicrystal in all three systems. However, depending on the shape of the potential, the formation of the quasicrystal takes place at lower temperatures (or higher interaction strengths). Using free-energy calculations, we demonstrate that the quasicrystal is thermodynamically stable in the square-shoulder and linear-ramp system.

  20. The effect of temperature, interaction range, and pair potential on the formation of dodecagonal quasicrystals in core-corona systems.

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    Pattabhiraman, Harini; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-03-08

    A two-dimensional dodecagonal quasicrystal was previously reported by Dotera et al (2014 Nature 506 208) in a system of particles interacting with a hard core of diameter σ and a repulsive square shoulder of diameter [Formula: see text]. In the current work, we examine the formation of this quasicrystal using bond orientational order parameters, correlation functions and tiling distributions. We find that this dodecagonal quasicrystal forms from a fluid phase. We further study the effect of the width of the repulsive shoulder by simulating the system over a range of values of δ. For the range of densities and temperatures considered, we observe the formation of the dodecagonal quasicrystal between [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]. We also study the effect of shape of the interaction potential by simulating the system using three other interaction potentials with two length scales, namely hard-core plus a linear ramp, modified exponential, or Buckingham (exp-6) potential. We observe the presence of the quasicrystal in all three systems. However, depending on the shape of the potential, the formation of the quasicrystal takes place at lower temperatures (or higher interaction strengths). Using free-energy calculations, we demonstrate that the quasicrystal is thermodynamically stable in the square-shoulder and linear-ramp system.

  1. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrehedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    2003-01-01

    By investigating the properties of quasicrystals and quasicrystal-forming liquid alloys, we may determine the role of ordering of the liquid phase in the formation of quasicrystals, leading to a better fundamental understanding of both the quasicrystal and the liquid. A quasicrystal is solid characterized by a symmetric but non-periodic arrangement of atoms, usually in the form of an icosahedron (12 atoms, 20 triangular faces). It is theorized that the short-range order in liquids takes this same form. The degree of ordering depends on the temperature of the liquid, and affects many of the liquid s properties, including specific heat, viscosity, and electrical resistivity. The MSFC role in this project includes solidification studies, phase diagram determination, and thermophysical property measurements on the liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys, all by electrostatic levitation (ESL). The viscosity of liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys is measured by the oscillating drop method, both in the stable and undercooled liquid state. The specific heat of solid, undercooled liquid, and stable liquid are measured by the radiative cooling rate of the droplets.

  2. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ∼4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals—dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices. PMID:27515779

  3. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ Exchange, Sorption of m-Dinitrobenzene, and Smectite Quasicrystal Dynamics

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    The fate of organic compounds in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds on surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference sme...

  4. Crystal electric field excitations in quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Flint, R.; Kong, T.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; de Boissieu, M.; Lory, P.-F.; Beutier, G.; Hiroto, T.

    All of the known quasicrystals with local moments exhibit frustration and spin glass-like behavior at low temperature. The onset of the spin freezing temperature is believed to be affected by the crystal electric field (CEF) splitting of the local moments. The quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 and its related icosahedral quasicrystal phase, i-Tb-Cd, form a set of model systems to explore how magnetism evolves from a conventional lattice (approximant phase) to an aperiodic quasicrystal. Though TbCd6 shows long-range antiferromagnetic ordering (TN = 24 K), only spin glass like behavior is observed in i-Tb-Cd with a spin freezing temperature of TF = 6 K. To investigate further, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of TbCd6 and observed two distinct CEF excitations at low energies which points to a high degeneracy of the CEF levels related to the Tb surrounding with almost icosahedral symmetry. Work at Ames Laboratory was supported by the DOE, BES, Division of Materials Sciences & Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources at Institut Laue-Langevin, France.

  5. Analytical solutions for some defect problems in 1D hexagonal and 2D octagonal quasicrystals

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    Wang, X.; Pan, E.

    2008-05-01

    We study some typical defect problems in one-dimensional (1D) hexagonal and two-dimensional (2D) octagonal quasicrystals. The first part of this investigation addresses in detail a uniformly moving screw dislocation in a 1D hexagonal piezoelectric quasicrystal with point group 6mm. A general solution is derived in terms of two functions \\varphi_1, \\varphi_2, which satisfy wave equations, and another harmonic function \\varphi_3. Elementary expressions for the phonon and phason displacements, strains, stresses, electric potential, electric fields and electric displacements induced by the moving screw dislocation are then arrived at by employing the obtained general solution. The derived solution is verified by comparison with existing solutions. Also obtained in this part of the investigation is the total energy of the moving screw dislocation. The second part of this investigation is devoted to the study of the interaction of a straight dislocation with a semi-infinite crack in an octagonal quasicrystal. Here the crack penetrates through the solid along the period direction and the dislocation line is parallel to the period direction. We first derive a general solution in terms of four analytic functions for plane strain problem in octagonal quasicrystals by means of differential operator theory and the complex variable method. All the phonon and phason displacements and stresses can be expressed in terms of the four analytic functions. Then we derive the exact solution for a straight dislocation near a semi-infinite crack in an octagonal quasicrystal, and also present the phonon and phason stress intensity factors induced by the straight dislocation and remote loads.

  6. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  7. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices.

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    Brajuskovic, V; Barrows, F; Phatak, C; Petford-Long, A K

    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  8. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; ...

    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. In addition, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1Dmore » avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.« less

  9. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. In addition, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  10. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism. PMID:27694973

  11. Dissipative soliton generation in an active ring resonator based on magnonic quasicrystal with Fibonacci type structure

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    Grishin, S. V.; Beginin, E. N.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2013-07-01

    This study reports on the experimental investigations of a magnetostatic surface wave (MSSW) propagation in a magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) with Fibonacci type structure. It is shown that such structure has a greater number of band gaps and narrower pass bands located between them than a periodic structure. These features of the MQC and three-wave decay of the MSSW are used in a MQC active ring resonator for the eigenmode selection and dissipative soliton self-generation.

  12. Light transport through the band-edge states of Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Dal Negro, Luca; Oton, Claudio J; Gaburro, Zeno; Pavesi, Lorenzo; Johnson, Patrick; Lagendijk, Ad; Righini, Roberto; Colocci, Marcello; Wiersma, Diederik S

    2003-02-07

    The propagation of light in nonperiodic quasicrystals is studied by ultrashort pulse interferometry. Samples consist of multilayer dielectric structures of the Fibonacci type and are realized from porous silicon. We observe mode beating and strong pulse stretching in the light transport through these systems, and a strongly suppressed group velocity for frequencies close to a Fibonacci band gap. A theoretical description based on transfer matrix theory allows us to interpret the results in terms of Fibonacci band-edge resonances.

  13. Unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals: Evidence from neutron powder diffraction patterns that AlCrFeMnSi, AlCuLiMg, and TiNiFeSi icosahedral quasicrystals are twins of cubic crystals containing about 820 or 1,012 atoms in a primitive unit cube

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-11-01

    A unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals, combining the twinned-cubic-crystal theory and the Penrose-tiling-six-dimensional-projection theory, is described. Values of the primitive-cubic lattice constant for several quasicrystals are evaluated from x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The fact that the low-angle diffraction maxima can be indexed with cubic unit cells provides additional support for the twinned-cubic-crystal theory of icosahedral quasicrystals.

  14. Atomic structure of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals and consequences for magnetism

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    Yamada, T.; Takakura, H.; Kong, T.; Das, P.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Kreyssig, A.; Beutier, G.; Canfield, P. C.; de Boissieu, M.; Goldman, A. I.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the six-dimensional (6D) structural refinement of three members of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals (R = Gd, Dy, Tm) via synchrotron x-ray diffraction from single-grain samples, and show that this series is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 quasicrystal. However, our refinements suggest that the R occupancy on the Yb icosahedron sites within the Tsai-type atomic cluster is approximately 80%, with the balance taken up by Cd. Similarities between the i-R -Cd series and i-ScZn7.33, and their differences with i-YbCd5.7 and i-Ca15Cd85 , indicate that there are at least two subclasses of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals. We further show from x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS) measurements on a set of closely related Tb1 -xYxCd6 1/1 approximants that the dilution of the magnetic R ions on the icosahedron within the Tsai-type cluster by nonmagnetic Y disrupts the commensurate magnetic ordering in the approximant phase.

  15. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions.

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    Asimow, Paul D; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-06-28

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe(2+) 0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  16. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-01-01

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe2+0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68–73Fe11–16Cu10–12Cr1–4Ni1–2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors. PMID:27298357

  17. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; ...

    2016-06-28

    Here, we designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe0.252+)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in thismore » experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.« less

  18. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-06-28

    Here, we designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe0.252+)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  19. Orientation relationship between the T structure and the icosahedral quasicrystal in the Zn-Mg-Al alloy system

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    Nakayama, Kei; Watanabe, Junya; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-08-01

    To understand the crystallographic relation between the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure, we have investigated the crystallographic features of prepared Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples, mainly by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that there existed three kinds of regions: that is, C14-Laves, approximant-T, and icosahedral-quasicrystal regions, in Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples with the composition of Zn-36at.%Mg-9at.%Al. Among these regions, in particular, we tried to determine an orientation relationship between neighboring icosahedral-quasicrystal and approximant-T regions. Based on the determined relationship, for instance, four threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the T structure were found to be parallel to four of ten threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the icosahedral quasicrystal. It was thus understood that the atomic arrangements of the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure are likely to resemble each other.

  20. Investigations of the Electronic Properties and Surface Structures of Aluminium-Rich Quasicrystalline Alloys

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    Barrow, Jason A.

    2003-01-01

    The work presented in this dissertation has investigated three distinct areas of interest in the field of quasicrystals: bulk structure, transport properties, and electronic structure. First, they have described the results of a study which explored the fundamental interactions between the atomic species of the icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. The goal of this work was to determine whether the pseudo-MacKay or Bergman type clusters have a special stability or are merely a geometric coincidence. This was carried out by using laser vaporization to produce gas-phase metal clusters, which were analyzed using time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Both the kinetic and thermodynamic stabilities of the clusters were probed. The data indicated no special stability for either pseudo-MacKay or Bergman type clusters as isolated units. This, however, is not proof that these clusters are simply a geometric coincidence. It is possible that such clusters only have stability in the framework of the bulk matrix and do not exist as isolated units. Next, they have reported their investigations of the bulk thermal transport properties of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co two dimensional quasicrystal in the temperature range 373K-873K. The properties of a sample oriented along the periodic axis and another oriented along the aperiodic axis were measured. A high degree of anisotropy was observed between the aperiodic and periodic directions. Additionally, the properties were measured for a sample miscut to an orientation 45° off-axis. The properties of the miscut sample were shown to have good agreement with a theoretical model used to describe thermal transport in metallic single crystals. This model only considers thermal transport by a free-electron gas; therefore, agreement with experimental data suggests the validity of the Drude free-electron model for the decagonal Al-Ni-Co at these temperatures. Consequently, the observed anisotropy may be adequately described using classical transport

  1. Bloch-like surface waves in Fibonacci quasi-crystals and Thue-Morse aperiodic dielectric multilayers

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    Koju, Vijay; Robertson, William M.

    2016-09-01

    Bloch surface waves (BSWs) in periodic dielectric multilayer structures with surface defect have been extensively studied. However, it has recently been recognized that quasi-crystals and aperiodic dielectric multilayers also support Bloch-like surface waves (BLSWs). In this work, we numerically show the existence of BLSWs in Fibonacci quasi-crystals and Thue-Morse aperiodic dielectric multilayers using the prism coupling technique. We compare the surface field enhancement and penetration depth of BLSWs in these structures with that of BSWs in their periodic counterparts.

  2. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-17

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10{sup −8}Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van’t Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10{sup −6}Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  3. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ exchange, sorption of m-dinitrobenzene, and smectite quasicrystal dynamics.

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    Chatterjee, Ritushree; Laird, David A; Thompson, Michael L

    2008-12-15

    The fate of organic contaminants in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds to surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference smectites that vary in location and amount of layer charge, SPV (a Wyoming bentonite) and SAz-1 were initially Ca- and K-saturated and then equilibrated with mixed 0.01 M KCl and 0.005 M CaCl2 salt solutions both with and without the presence of 200 mg L(-1) m-dinitrobenzene (m-DNB). In general, sorption of m-DNB increased with the amount of K+ in the system for both clays, and the SPV sorbed more m-DNB than the SAz-1. Sorption of m-DNB increased the preference of Ca-SPV for K+ relative to Ca2+ but had little effect on K+-Ca2+ selectivity for K-SPV. Selectivity for K+ relative to Ca2+ was slightly higher for both K-SAz-1 and Ca-SAz-1 in the presence of m-DNB than in its absence. Distinct hysteresis loops were observed for the K+-Ca2+ cation exchange reactions for both clays, and the legacy of having been initially Ca- or K-saturated influenced sorption of m-DNB by SPV but had little effect for SAz-1. Suspension X-ray diffraction was used to measure changes in d-spacing and the relative thickness of smectite quasicrystals during the cation exchange and m-DNB sorption reactions. The results suggest that interactions among cation exchange and organic sorption reactions are controlled byan inherently hysteretic complex feedback process that is regulated by changes in the size and extent of swelling of smectite quasicrystals.

  4. X-Ray and Electrostatic Levitation Undercooling Studies in Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystals Forming Alloys

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    Rogers, J. R.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Woo, G. L.; Hannet, L.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The first undercooling nucleation measurements of electrostatic-levitated droplets of TiZrNi alloys that form the icosahedral quasicrystal phase (i-phase) are presented. The reduced undercooling for crystallization decreases with an increasing polytetrahedral order of the primary solidifying phase, supporting the existence of a developing icosahedral short-range order in the undercooled liquid. X-ray diffraction measurements made at the Advance Photon Source on levitated liquid droplets of these alloys at their liquidus temperatures, however, show no evidence for increased icosahedral order. This suggests that significant ordering only occurs below the melting temperature.

  5. Insights into plant consciousness from neuroscience, physics and mathematics: a role for quasicrystals?

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-09-01

    There is considerable debate over whether plants are conscious and this, indeed, is an important question. Here I look at developments in neuroscience, physics and mathematics that may impact on this question. Two major concomitants of consciousness in animals are microtubule function and electrical gamma wave synchrony. Both these factors may also play a role in plant consciousness. I show that plants possess aperiodic quasicrystal structures composed of ribosomes that may enable quantum computing, which has been suggested to lie at the core of animal consciousness. Finally I look at whether a microtubule fractal suggests that electric current plays a part in conventional neurocomputing processes in plants.

  6. Insights into plant consciousness from neuroscience, physics and mathematics: A role for quasicrystals?

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    2012-01-01

    There is considerable debate over whether plants are conscious and this, indeed, is an important question. Here I look at developments in neuroscience, physics and mathematics that may impact on this question. Two major concomitants of consciousness in animals are microtubule function and electrical gamma wave synchrony. Both these factors may also play a role in plant consciousness. I show that plants possess aperiodic quasicrystal structures composed of ribosomes that may enable quantum computing, which has been suggested to lie at the core of animal consciousness. Finally I look at whether a microtubule fractal suggests that electric current plays a part in conventional neurocomputing processes in plants. PMID:22899055

  7. Pseudomorphic growth of a single element quasiperiodic ultrathin film on a quasicrystal substrate.

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    Ledieu, J; Hoeft, J T; Reid, D E; Smerdon, J A; Diehl, R D; Lograsso, T A; Ross, A R; McGrath, R

    2004-04-02

    An ultrathin film with a periodic interlayer spacing was grown by the deposition of Cu atoms on the fivefold surface of the icosahedral Al70Pd21Mn9 quasicrystal. For coverages from 5 to 25 monolayers, a distinctive quasiperiodic low-energy electron diffraction pattern is observed. Scanning tunneling microscopy images show that the in-plane structure comprises rows having separations of S=4.5+/-0.2 A and L=7.3+/-0.3 A, whose ratio equals tau=1.618... within experimental error. The sequences of such row separations form segments of terms of the Fibonacci sequence, indicative of the formation of a pseudomorphic Cu film.

  8. Fundamental solutions in a half space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal and their applications

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    Wang, T.; Li, X. Y.; Zhang, X.; Müller, R.

    2015-04-21

    Fundamental phonon-phason field in a half-infinite space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal is derived, on the basis of general solutions in terms of quasi-harmonic functions, by virtue of the trial-and-error technique. Extended Boussinesq and Cerruti problems are studied. Appropriate potential functions are assumed and corresponding fundamental solutions are explicitly derived in terms of elementary functions. The boundary integral equations governing the contact and crack problems are constructed from the present fundament solutions. The obtained analytical solutions can serve as guidelines for future indentation tests via scanning probe microscopy and atomic force microscopy methods.

  9. Photofabrication of two-dimensional quasi-crystal patterns on UV-curable molecular azo glass films.

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    Guo, Miaocai; Xu, Zeda; Wang, Xiaogong

    2008-03-18

    In this work, two-dimensional surface quasi-crystal patterns were developed by using a novel azobenzene-containing amorphous material (IAC-4), which was newly synthesized for the application. IAC-4 contains a core of isosorbide moiety and two push-pull type azo chromophores as the inner part. The periphery of IAC-4 is functionalized with four cinnamate groups, which can undergo [2+2] photocycloaddition reaction upon UV light irradiation. The molecular design can allow IAC-4 to readily form surface relief structures upon Ar+ laser irradiation, and the formed structures can be further stabilized through a photo-cross-linking reaction induced by UV light irradiation. On the basis of the material, two-dimensional (2D) quasi-crystal structures with different rotation symmetries were successfully fabricated on the IAC-4 films by using the dual-beam multiple exposure technique. In contrast to the approach using photoresist, the quasi-crystal structures were fabricated through the photoinduced mass migration, and no subsequent wet-etch or dry-etch step was required in the process. The quasi-crystal structures with rotation symmetry as high as 60-fold could be feasibly fabricated through this approach. The surface patterns and fabrication method can be potentially applied in areas such as optics, communications, and security inspection.

  10. Geometry induced sequence of nanoscale Frank–Kasper and quasicrystal mesophases in giant surfactants

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    Yue, Kan; Huang, Mingjun; Marson, Ryan L.; He, Jinlin; Huang, Jiahao; Zhou, Zhe; Wang, Jing; Liu, Chang; Yan, Xuesheng; Wu, Kan; Guo, Zaihong; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Wei; Ni, Peihong; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2016-11-28

    Frank–Kasper (F-K) and quasicrystal phases were originally identified in metal alloys and only sporadically reported in soft materials. These unconventional sphere-packing schemes open up possibilities to design materials with different properties. The challenge in soft materials is how to correlate complex phases built from spheres with the tunable parameters of chemical composition and molecular architecture. Here, we report a complete sequence of various highly ordered mesophases by the self-assembly of specifically designed and synthesized giant surfactants, which are conjugates of hydrophilic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane cages tethered with hydrophobic polystyrene tails. We show that the occurrence of these mesophases results from nanophase separation between the heads and tails and thus is critically dependent on molecular geometry. Variations in molecular geometry achieved by changing the number of tails from one to four not only shift compositional phase boundaries but also stabilize F-K and quasicrystal phases in regions where simple phases of spheroidal micelles are typically observed. These complex self-assembled nanostructures have been identified by combining X-ray scattering techniques and real-space electron microscopy images. Brownian dynamics simulations based on a simplified molecular model confirm the architecture-induced sequence of phases. Our results demonstrate the critical role of molecular architecture in dictating the formation of supramolecular crystals with “soft” spheroidal motifs and provide guidelines to the design of unconventional self-assembled nanostructures.

  11. First observation of ferromagnetic order in an artificial 2D quasicrystal

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    Farmer, Barry; Bhat, Vinayak; Balk, Andrew; Unguris, John; de Long, Lance

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic order in bulk quasicrystals is not well understood and known materials exhibit short-range, spin-glass order. We patterned ferromagnetic (FM) thin films into artificial quasicrystals, a new class of metamaterials that exhibits complex magnetic reversal and dynamics that can be controlled via tiling design. We analyzed two-dimensional SEMPA images of magnetization textures of Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) patterned into Permalloy. The diverse, asymmetric vertex coordinations drive novel, non-stochastic switching and complex spin-ice behaviors that reflect the influence of vertex domain wall energies. Monte Carlo and OOMMF simulation analyses of SEMPA images of slowly grown, never-field-cycled P2T reveal low energy, long-range ordered sublattices that form building blocks of a ground state. A fully ordered ground state is unresolved without long-range dipolar interactions that stabilize a magnetically ordered state with a net moment. Our P2T constitute a set of quasicrystalline metamaterials in which frustration and magnetic order among classical Ising spins can be directly studied. Kentucky research supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194. ALB acknowledges support under the Cooperative Research Agreement between the University of Maryland and NIST.

  12. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  13. Long-range magnetic order in models for rare-earth quasicrystals

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    Thiem, Stefanie; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    We take a two-step theoretical approach to study magnetism of rare-earth quasicrystals by considering Ising spins on quasiperiodic tilings, coupled via Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interactions. First, we compute RKKY interactions from a tight-binding Hamiltonian defined on the two-dimensional quasiperiodic tilings. We find that the magnetic interactions are frustrated and strongly dependent on the local environment. This results in the formation of clusters with strong bonds at certain patterns of the tilings that repeat quasiperiodically. Second, we examine the statistical mechanics of Ising spins with these RKKY interactions, using extensive Monte Carlo simulations. Although models that have frustrated interactions and lack translational invariance might be expected to display spin-glass behavior, we show that the spin system has a phase transition to low-temperature states with long-range quasiperiodic magnetic order. Additionally, we find that in some of the systems spin clusters can fluctuate much below the ordering temperature.

  14. Structure of periodic crystals and quasicrystals in ultrathin films of Ba-Ti-O

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L.

    2016-01-07

    Here, we model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the brightmore » protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations.« less

  15. Self-generation of dissipative solitons in magnonic quasicrystal active ring resonator

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    Grishin, S. V.; Beginin, E. N.; Morozova, M. A.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2014-02-01

    Self-generation of dissipative solitons in the magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) active ring resonator is studied theoretically and experimentally. The developed magnonic crystal has quasiperiodic Fibonacci type structure. Frequency selectivity of the MQC together with the parametric three-wave decay of magnetostatic surface spin wave (MSSW) leads to the dissipative soliton self-generation. The transfer matrix method is used to describe MQC transmission responses. Besides, the model of MQC active ring resonator is suggested. The model includes three coupled differential equations describing the parametric decay of MSSW and two differential equations of linear oscillators describing the frequency selectivity of MQC. Numerical simulation results of dissipative soliton self-generation are in a fair agreement with experimental data.

  16. Amended tunneling model to explain the anisotropy of the glassy properties of crystals and quasicrystals

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    Anghel, Dragos-Victor; Churochkin, Dmitry

    2012-02-01

    The low temperature acoustic and thermal properties of amorphous, glassy materials are remarkably similar and they can be explained to a large extent by assuming that the material contains a large number of dynamic defects. These dynamic defects are tunneling systems and are modeled by an ensemble of two-level systems (TLS). Crystals with defects--with a large enough amount of disorder--exhibit also glass-like properties, but these properties are not so universal and, even more, they are not isotropic. In Phys. Rev. B 75, 064202 (2007) we proposed an amended model for the description of the interaction of two-level systems with arbitrary strain fields. Here we show how this model explains the anisotropy of the glass-like properties of disordered crystals and quasicrystals.

  17. Self-generation of dissipative solitons in magnonic quasicrystal active ring resonator

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    Grishin, S. V. Beginin, E. N.; Morozova, M. A.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2014-02-07

    Self-generation of dissipative solitons in the magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) active ring resonator is studied theoretically and experimentally. The developed magnonic crystal has quasiperiodic Fibonacci type structure. Frequency selectivity of the MQC together with the parametric three-wave decay of magnetostatic surface spin wave (MSSW) leads to the dissipative soliton self-generation. The transfer matrix method is used to describe MQC transmission responses. Besides, the model of MQC active ring resonator is suggested. The model includes three coupled differential equations describing the parametric decay of MSSW and two differential equations of linear oscillators describing the frequency selectivity of MQC. Numerical simulation results of dissipative soliton self-generation are in a fair agreement with experimental data.

  18. Adsorption sites on icosahedral quasicrystal surfaces: Dark stars and white flowers

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    Unal, B.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2009-01-12

    From other work, two preferred sites have been suggested for metals and semimetals adsorbed on the fivefold surfaces of icosahedral, Al-based quasicrystals. Because of their appearance in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, these sites are known as dark stars and white flowers. In this paper, we analyze four bulk structural models in physical space to determine the types, chemical decorations, and densities of the dark star - and, to a lesser extent, the white flower - adsorption sites for the fivefold planes of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn. We find that the chemical decorations of these sites are heterogeneous, even within a single model. Both features are also structurally heterogeneous, according to STM measurements, and the structural variation is consistent with the bulk structure models. Finally, from the models, the density of dark stars in the planes correlates with the step height. This may explain previous experimental observations of different properties for different terraces.

  19. Structure of periodic crystals and quasicrystals in ultrathin films of Ba-Ti-O

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L.

    2016-01-07

    Here, we model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the bright protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations.

  20. Mixed-mode crack tip loading and crack deflection in 1D quasicrystals

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    Wang, Zhibin; Scheel, Johannes; Ricoeur, Andreas

    2016-12-01

    Quasicrystals (QC) are a new class of materials besides crystals and amorphous solids and have aroused much attention of researchers since they were discovered. This paper presents a generalized fracture theory including the J-integral and crack closure integrals, relations between J1, J2 and the stress intensity factors as well as the implementation of the near-tip stress and displacement solutions of 1D QC. Different crack deflection criteria, i.e. the J-integral and maximum circumferential stress criteria, are investigated for mixed-mode loading conditions accounting for phonon-phason coupling. One focus is on the influence of phason stress intensity factors on crack deflection angles.

  1. Metallic-covalent bonding conversion and thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants

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    Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru

    2014-08-01

    In this article, we review the characteristic features of icosahedral cluster solids, metallic-covalent bonding conversion (MCBC), and the thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants. MCBC is clearly distinguishable from and closely related to the well-known metal-insulator transition. This unique bonding conversion has been experimentally verified in 1/1-AlReSi and 1/0-Al12Re approximants by the maximum entropy method and Rietveld refinement for powder x-ray diffraction data, and is caused by a central atom inside the icosahedral clusters. This helps to understand pseudogap formation in the vicinity of the Fermi energy and establish a guiding principle for tuning the thermoelectric properties. From the electron density distribution analysis, rigid heavy clusters weakly bonded with glue atoms are observed in the 1/1-AlReSi approximant crystal, whose physical properties are close to icosahedral Al-Pd-TM (TM: Re, Mn) quasicrystals. They are considered to be an intermediate state among the three typical solids: metals, covalently bonded networks (semiconductor), and molecular solids. Using the above picture and detailed effective mass analysis, we propose a guiding principle of weakly bonded rigid heavy clusters to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by optimizing the bond strengths of intra- and inter-icosahedral clusters. Through element substitutions that mainly weaken the inter-cluster bonds, a dramatic increase of ZT from less than 0.01 to 0.26 was achieved. To further increase ZT, materials should form a real gap to obtain a higher Seebeck coefficient.

  2. Metallic-covalent bonding conversion and thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants.

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    Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru

    2014-08-01

    In this article, we review the characteristic features of icosahedral cluster solids, metallic-covalent bonding conversion (MCBC), and the thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants. MCBC is clearly distinguishable from and closely related to the well-known metal-insulator transition. This unique bonding conversion has been experimentally verified in 1/1-AlReSi and 1/0-Al12Re approximants by the maximum entropy method and Rietveld refinement for powder x-ray diffraction data, and is caused by a central atom inside the icosahedral clusters. This helps to understand pseudogap formation in the vicinity of the Fermi energy and establish a guiding principle for tuning the thermoelectric properties. From the electron density distribution analysis, rigid heavy clusters weakly bonded with glue atoms are observed in the 1/1-AlReSi approximant crystal, whose physical properties are close to icosahedral Al-Pd-TM (TM: Re, Mn) quasicrystals. They are considered to be an intermediate state among the three typical solids: metals, covalently bonded networks (semiconductor), and molecular solids. Using the above picture and detailed effective mass analysis, we propose a guiding principle of weakly bonded rigid heavy clusters to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by optimizing the bond strengths of intra- and inter-icosahedral clusters. Through element substitutions that mainly weaken the inter-cluster bonds, a dramatic increase of ZT from less than 0.01 to 0.26 was achieved. To further increase ZT, materials should form a real gap to obtain a higher Seebeck coefficient.

  3. Diffuse Scattering and Phason Fluctuations in the Zn-Mg-Sc Icosahedral Quasicrystal and Its Zn-Sc Periodic Approximant

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    Boissieu, M. de; Francoual, S.; Kaneko, Y.; Ishimasa, T.

    2005-09-02

    We report on the absolute scale measurement of the x-ray diffuse scattering in the ZnMgSc icosahedral quasicrystal and its periodic approximant. Whereas the diffuse scattering in the approximant is purely accounted for by thermal diffuse scattering, an additional signal is observed in the quasicrystal. It is related to phason fluctuations as indicated by its Q{sub per}{sup 2} dependence. Moreover, when compared to previous measurements carried out on the i-AlPdMn phase, we find that the amount of diffuse scattering is smaller in the i-ZnMgSc phase, in agreement with larger phason elastic constants in this phase. This is confirmed by the observation of a large number of weak Bragg peaks having a high Q{sub per} reciprocal space component.

  4. Diffuse scattering and phason fluctuations in the Zn-Mg-Sc icosahedral quasicrystal and its Zn-Sc periodic approximant.

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    de Boissieu, M; Francoual, S; Kaneko, Y; Ishimasa, T

    2005-09-02

    We report on the absolute scale measurement of the x-ray diffuse scattering in the ZnMgSc icosahedral quasicrystal and its periodic approximant. Whereas the diffuse scattering in the approximant is purely accounted for by thermal diffuse scattering, an additional signal is observed in the quasicrystal. It is related to phason fluctuations as indicated by its Q(2)(per) dependence. Moreover, when compared to previous measurements carried out on the i-AlPdMn phase, we find that the amount of diffuse scattering is smaller in the i-ZnMgSc phase, in agreement with larger phason elastic constants in this phase. This is confirmed by the observation of a large number of weak Bragg peaks having a high Q(per) reciprocal space component.

  5. Valence Change Driven by Constituent Element Substitution in the Mixed-Valence Quasicrystal and Approximant Au-Al-Yb

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    Matsukawa, Shuya; Tanaka, Katsumasa; Nakayama, Mika; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Imura, Keiichiro; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Kashimoto, Shiro; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2014-03-01

    Quantum criticality has been considered to be specific to crystalline materials such as heavy fermions. Very recently, however, the Tsai-type quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15 has been reported to show unusual quantum critical behavior. To obtain a deeper understanding of this new material, we have searched for other Tsai-type cluster materials. Here, we report that the metal alloys Au44Ga41Yb15 and Ag47Ga38Yb15 are members of the 1/1 approximant to the Tsai-type quasicrystal and that both possess no localized magnetic moment. We suggest that the Au-Al-Yb system is located near the border of the divalent and trivalent states of the Yb ion; we also discuss a possible origin of the disappearance of magnetism, associated with the valence change, by the substitution of the constituent elements.

  6. Studies of Nucleation, Growth, Specific Heat, and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Croat, T. K.; Gangopadhyay, A.; Holland-Moritz, D.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, Thomas J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    Undercooling experiments and thermal physical property measurements of metallic alloys on the International Space Station (ISS) are planned. This recently-funded research focuses on fundamental issues of the formation and structure of highly-ordered non-crystallographic phases (quasicrystals) and related crystal phases (crystal approximants), and the connections between the atomic structures of these phases and those of liquids and glasses. It extends studies made previously by us of the composition dependence of crystal nucleation processes in silicate and metallic glasses, to the case of nucleation from the liquid phase. Motivating results from rf-levitation and drop-tube measurements of the undercooling of Ti/Zr-based liquids that form quasicrystals and crystal approximants are discussed. Preliminary measurements by electrostatic levitation (ESL) are presented.

  7. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Lowe, M.; McGrath, R.; Sharma, H. R.; Yadav, T. P.; Fournée, V.; Ledieu, J.

    2015-03-07

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  8. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Rathz, T. J.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The local atomic structures of undercooled liquid metals are presumed to be icosahedral; this order is incompatible with translational periodicity, constituting a barrier to the nucleation of the crystal phase. The extended atomic structure of the icosahedral quasicrystal (i-phase) is similar to that presumed in the undercooled liquid. Therefore, a comparison of the maximum undercooling in alloys that form the i-phase with those that form crystal phases provides a probe of the liquid structure.

  9. Ordering and dynamics of the central tetrahedron in the 1/1 Zn6Sc periodic approximant to quasicrystal.

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    Euchner, Holger; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Schober, Helmut; Rols, Stephane; Mihalkovič, Marek; Tamura, Ryuji; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; de Boissieu, Marc

    2012-10-17

    Periodic approximants to quasicrystals offer a unique opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of their quasicrystal counterparts. We present a detailed study of the order-disorder phase transition occurring at about 160 K in the Zn(6)Sc cubic approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal i-MgZnSc. This transition goes along with an anti-parallel ordering of the tetrahedra located at the centres of large atomic clusters, which are packed on a bcc lattice. Single crystal x-ray diffuse scattering shows that the tetrahedra display pre-transitional short range ordering above T(c) (Yamada et al 2012 in preparation). Using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) we clearly evidence this short range order to be dynamical in nature above T(c). The QENS data are consistent with a model of tetrahedra 'jumping' between almost equivalent positions, which is supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This demonstrates a unique dynamical flexibility of the Zn(6)Sc structure even at room temperature.

  10. Fundamentals in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals: Green tensor, dislocation key-formulas and dislocation loops

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    Lazar, Markus; Agiasofitou, Eleni

    2014-12-01

    The present work provides fundamental quantities in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals. In a clear and straightforward manner, the three-dimensional Green tensor of generalized elasticity theory and the extended displacement vector for an arbitrary extended force are derived. Next, in the framework of dislocation theory of quasicrystals, the solutions of the field equations for the extended displacement vector and the extended elastic distortion tensor are given; that is, the generalized Burgers equation for arbitrary sources and the generalized Mura-Willis formula, respectively. Moreover, important quantities of the theory of dislocations as the Eshelby stress tensor, Peach-Koehler force, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for general dislocations. The application to dislocation loops gives rise to the generalized Burgers equation, where the displacement vector can be written as a sum of a line integral plus a purely geometric part. Finally, using the Green tensor, all other dislocation key-formulas for loops, known from the theory of anisotropic elasticity, like the Peach-Koehler stress formula, Mura-Willis equation, Volterra equation, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for quasicrystals.

  11. Microstructural evolutions and hardness during heat treatment of Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal alloy

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    Karaköse, Ercan; Keskin, Mustafa

    2012-07-01

    The microhardness and microstructural characteristics and subsequent heat treatment of conventionally solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal were investigated by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) together with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and Vickers microhardness tester. XRD analysis indicated that the conventionally solidified samples showed a quasicrystalline icosahedral phase (i-phase) together with cubic β-AlFe, tetragonal θ-Al2Cu, and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 crystal phases. However, the i-phase together with cubic β-AlFe and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 phases observed heat threaded samples. As-cast and subsequently heat-treated quasicrystal samples were measured using a microhardness test device. Vickers microindentation tests were carried out on the heat-treated quasicrystal samples with the load ranging from 1 to 500 mN at room temperature. The melting point of the i-phase was determined as 900°C by DTA examinations.

  12. Intrinsic electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties of single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 icosahedral quasicrystal: Experiment and modeling

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    Dolinšek, J.; Vrtnik, S.; Klanjšek, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Smontara, A.; Smiljanić, I.; Bilušić, A.; Yokoyama, Y.; Inoue, A.; Landauro, C. V.

    2007-08-01

    In order to test for the true intrinsic properties of icosahedral i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals, we performed investigations of magnetism, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity on a single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 quasicrystal grown by the Czochralski technique. This sample shows superior quasicrystallinity, an almost phason-free structure, and excellent thermal stability. Magnetic measurements revealed that the sample is best classified as a weak paramagnet. Electrical resistivity exhibits a negative temperature coefficient with ρ4K=3950μΩcm and R=ρ4K/ρ300K=1.8 , whereas the thermopower exhibits a sign reversal at T=278K . Simultaneous analysis of the resistivity and thermopower using spectral-conductivity model showed that the Fermi energy is located at the minimum of the pseudogap in the spectral conductivity σ(ɛ) . Thermal conductivity is anomalously low for an alloy of metallic elements. Comparing the physical properties of the investigated single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 quasicrystal to literature reports on polycrystalline i-Al-Cu-Fe material, we conclude that there are no systematic differences between the high-quality single-crystalline and polycrystalline i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals, except for the hindering of long-range transport by grain boundaries in the polycrystalline material. The so far reported physical properties of i-Al-Cu-Fe appear to be intrinsic to this family of icosahedral quasicrystals, regardless of the form of the material.

  13. Tetrahedron dynamics in the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Kaneko, Y; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2013-03-20

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and molecular dynamics study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare it to recently published results obtained for the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn(6)Sc. Both phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from large atomic clusters which contain a tetrahedral shell at the cluster centre and are packed either quasiperiodically or on a bcc lattice. Using quasielastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that in the quasicrystal the tetrahedra display a dynamics similar to that observed in the 1/1-approximant: the tetrahedra behave as a 'single molecule' and reorient dynamically on a timescale of the order of a few ps. The tetrahedra reorientation is accompanied by a large distortion of the surrounding cluster shells which provide a unique dynamical flexibility to the quasicrystal. However, whereas in the 1/1-approximant the tetrahedron reorientation is observed down to T(c) = 160 K, where a phase transition takes place, in the quasicrystal the tetrahedron dynamics is gradually freezing from 550 to 300 K, similarly to a glassy system.

  14. 8x8 and 10x10 Hyperspace Representations of SU(3) and 10-fold Point-Symmetry Group of Quasicrystals

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    Animalu, Alexander

    2012-02-01

    In order to further elucidate the unexpected 10-fold point-symmetry group structure of quasi-crystals for which the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Daniel Shechtman, we explore a correspondence principle between the number of (projective) geometric elements (points[vertices] + lines[edges] + planes[faces]) of primitive cells of periodic or quasi-periodic arrangement of hard or deformable spheres in 3-dimensional space of crystallography and elements of quantum field theory of particle physics [points ( particles, lines ( particles, planes ( currents] and hence construct 8x8 =64 = 28+36 = 26 + 38, and 10x10 =100= 64 + 36 = 74 + 26 hyperspace representations of the SU(3) symmetry of elementary particle physics and quasicrystals of condensed matter (solid state) physics respectively, As a result, we predict the Cabibbo-like angles in leptonic decay of hadrons in elementary-particle physics and the observed 10-fold symmetric diffraction pattern of quasi-crystals.

  15. Wide quantum critical region of valence fluctuations: Origin of robust quantum criticality in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51 under pressure

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2015-03-01

    The mechanism of the emergence of robust quantum criticality in the heavy- electron quasicrystal YR15Al34Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the quasicrystal and its crystalline approximant, which contain concentric shell structures with Yb and Al-Au clusters, we show that a set of quantum critical points of the first-order valence transition of Yb appears as spots in the ground-state phase diagram. Their critical regions overlap each other, giving rise to a wide quantum critical region. This well explains the robust criticality observed in YR15Al34Au51 under pressure, and predicts the emergence of the common criticality in the crystalline approximant under pressure. The wider critical region in the quasicrystal than that in the crystalline approximant in the T-P phase diagram and the field-induced valence-crossover "region" in the T-H phase diagram are predicted to appear.

  16. Lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2014-02-05

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and computational study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare these to the lattice dynamics of the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc. The two phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from the same atomic clusters, which are packed either quasiperiodically or on a body centered cubic lattice, respectively. Using inelastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that the vibrational spectra of these three systems are very similar, however, they contain a clear signature of the increasing structural complexity from approximant to quasicrystal.

  17. DNA, dichotomic classes and frame synchronization: a quasi-crystal framework.

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    Giannerini, Simone; Gonzalez, Diego Luis; Rosa, Rodolfo

    2012-06-28

    In this article, we show how a new mathematical model of the genetic code can be exploited for investigating the almost periodic properties of DNA and mRNA protein-coding sequences. We present the main mathematical features of the model and highlight its connections with both number theory and group theory. The group theoretic framework presents interesting analogies with the theory of crystals. Moreover, we exploit the information provided by dichotomic classes, binary variables naturally derived from the mathematical model, in order to build statistical classifiers for retrieving and predicting the normal reading frame used by the ribosome in protein synthesis. The results show that coding sequences possess a local informational structure that can be related to frame synchronization processes. The information for retrieving the normal reading frame, which implies the existence of short-range correlations and almost periodic structures related to the organization of codons, offers an interesting analogy with the properties of quasi-crystals. From a theoretical point of view, our results might contribute to clarifying the relation between biological information and shape in nucleic acids and proteins. Also, from the point of view of applications, we present new promising tools for designing efficient algorithms for frame synchronization, which plays a crucial role in faithful synthesis of proteins.

  18. Preparation and wear resistance of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal and polyamide composite materials

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    Wang, Xinlu; Li, Xuesong; Zhang, Zhenjiang; Zhang, Shanshan; Liu, Wanqiang; Wang, Limin

    2011-07-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni icosahedral quasicrystal powders (Ti-QC), prepared by mechanical alloying and then annealing in a vacuum furnace, were used as a novel filler material in polyamide 12 (PA12). The melt processability of the composite was studied using a Haake torque rheometer. This indicates that PA12/Ti-QC composites can be melt-processed into a wear-resistant material. Further, these composites, fabricated by compression molding, were tested in sliding wear against a polished bearing steel counterface. The results from wear testing show that the addition of Ti-QC filler to PA12 enhances wear resistance and reduces volume loss by half compared with neat PA12. Furthermore, it is found that the hardness of the composite increases with increasing content of Ti-QC filler. In addition, PA12/Ti-QC composites exhibit a slightly higher crystallization temperature and better thermal stability than PA12. These combined results demonstrate that Ti-QC filler may be a desirable alternative when attempting to increase the wear resistance of PA12.

  19. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc–Zn icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-01-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = −0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye–Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of ‘high-Q perp’ reflections. PMID:27437112

  20. Precipitates in a quasicrystal-strengthened Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy

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    Zupanič, Franc; Wang, Di; Gspan, Cristian; Bončina, Tonica

    2015-08-15

    In this work, an Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy was studied containing a primary and eutectic icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in the as-cast microstructure. Special attention was given to a transmission electron microscopy investigation of precipitates formed within the aluminium solid solution (Al{sub ss}) at different temperatures. At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates (θ′) were formed. At 300 °C, icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed with a crystallographic orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss.} The rods of the T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) which were precipitated above 400 °C, also had a specific orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss}. The primary and eutectic IQC microstructural constituent started to transform rapidly to the T-phase and Be{sub 4}Al(Mn,Cu) at 500 °C. - Highlights: • In a quasicrystal-strengthened Al-alloy several types of precipitates can form. • At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates formed (Al{sub 2}Cu-θ′). • The icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed at 300 °C. • T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) precipitated at temperatures above 400 °C. • The precipitation of different phases did not have a strong effect on hardness.

  1. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal.

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-07-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = -0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye-Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of 'high-Q perp' reflections.

  2. Optical reflectivity as a simple diagnostic method for testing structural quality of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Brien, Valerie; Dauscher, Anne; Machizaud, Francis

    2006-08-15

    The optical reflectivity of Al-based and Ti-based quasicrystalline and approximant samples were investigated versus the quality of their structural morphology using optical reflectometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The different structural morphologies were obtained using three different preparation processes: sintering, pulsed laser deposition, and reactive cathodic magnetron sputtering. The work demonstrates that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity is extremely sensitive to different and very fine aspects of the microstructure: sizes of grains smaller than 50 nm, slight local diffuse disorder, and shifts away from the icosahedral crystallographic structure (approximants). The work explains why the optical properties of the same kind of quasicrystals found in literature sometimes reveal a different behavior from one author to another. The study then confirms the work of some authors and definitely shows that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity over the 30 000-50 000 cm{sup -1} domain is characterized by a decreasing function made of steps. It also shows that this behavior can be interpreted thanks to the cluster hierarchy of the model of Janot [Phys. Rev. B 53, 181 (1996)].

  3. Magnetoresistance in i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd)

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    Saraswat, Garima; Popović, Dragana; Kong, Tai; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    We use magnetoresistance (MR) to probe the electronic properties of the recently discovered binary quasicrystals (QCs) i-Gd-Cd and i-Y-Cd, with and without local magnetic moments, respectively. DC magnetization has revealed spin-glass freezing in i-Gd-Cd at a temperature Tf = 4 . 6 K. MR was measured at 1 . 6 <= T (K) <= 300 and in magnetic fields H up to 12 T. The most interesting behavior is observed in i-Gd-Cd, in which the MR exhibits thermo-magnetic history dependence at low T. In particular, there is a clear difference between the ZFC and FC values of the low-field positive MR. In contrast, the i-Y-Cd MR does not depend on magnetic history. The onset of the history dependent MR at T ~ 20 K >Tf , when the QC with local magnetic moments is cooled in a high field of 12 T, may be related to the formation of magnetic clusters above Tf, as inferred from the magnetization and specific heat studies. Possible mechanisms responsible for the striking coupling between charge transport and local magnetic environment observed in the MR will be discussed. Work at the NHMFL supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-1307075, the NSF Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-0654118 and the State of Florida. Work at Ames Lab (TK, SLB and PCC) supported by the U.S. D.O.E / B.E.S under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  4. Long range ordered magnetic and atomic structures of the quasicrystal approximant in the Tb-Au-Si system

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    Gebresenbut, Girma; Svante Andersson, Mikael; Beran, Přemysl; Manuel, Pascal; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin; Pay Gomez, Cesar

    2014-08-01

    The atomic and magnetic structure of the 1/1 Tb(14)Au(70)Si(16) quasicrystal approximant has been solved by combining x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The atomic structure is classified as a Tsai-type 1/1 approximant with certain structural deviations from the prototype structures; there are additional atomic positions in the so-called cubic interstices as well as in the cluster centers. The magnetic property and neutron diffraction measurements indicate the magnetic structure to be ferrimagnetic-like below 9 K in contrast to the related Gd(14)Au(70)Si(16) structure that is reported to be purely ferromagnetic.

  5. Quasicrystals at extreme conditions: The role of pressure in stabilizing icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 at high temperature

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Park, Changyong; ...

    2015-11-20

    Icosahedrite, the first natural quasicrystal with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, was discovered in several grains of the Khatyrka meteorite, a unique CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. The presence in the meteorite fragments of icosahedrite strictly associated with high-pressure phases like ahrensite and stishovite indicates a formation conditions at high pressures and temperatures, likely during an impact-induced shock occurred in contact with the reducing solar nebula gas. In contrast, previous experimental studies on the stability of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe, which were limited to ambient pressure, indicated incongruent melting at ~1123 K, while high-pressure experiments carried out at room temperature showed structural stability up to aboutmore » 35 GPa. These data are insufficient to experimentally constrain the formation and stability of icosahedrite under extreme conditions. Here we present the results of in situ high pressure experiments using diamond anvil cells of the compressional behavior of synthetic icosahedrite up to ~50 GPa at room temperature. Simultaneous high P-T experiments have been also carried out using both laser-heated diamond anvil cells combined with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (at ~42 GPa) and multi-anvil apparatus (at 21 GPa) to investigate the structural evolution of icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 and crystallization of possible coexisting phases. The results demonstrate that the quasiperiodic symmetry of icosahedrite is retained over the entire experimental pressure range explored. In addition, we show that pressure acts to stabilize the icosahedral symmetry at temperatures much higher than previously reported. Based on our experimental study, direct crystallization of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals from an unusual Al-Cu-rich melt would be possible but limited to a narrow temperature range beyond which crystalline phases would form, like those observed in the Khatyrka meteorite. Here, an alternative mechanism would consist in late formation of

  6. Transmission properties of a Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials and their usage as multi-channel filters

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    Charkhesht, Ali; Pashaei Adl, Hamid; Roshan Entezar, Samad

    2014-03-01

    One of the interesting phenomena appearing in Fibonacci quasi-crystals is wave localization, so that the field becomes spatially confined in some suitable regions, or delocalized in some other parts. Many theoretical works have been written on this interesting subject. The periodic Fibonacci structure properties lead to a transmission spectrum that exhibits some band gap, and it is possible to control these band gaps by the generation number of this structures. All these properties make Fibonacci quasi-crystals materials very attractive from an optical point of view. Accordingly, the transmission properties of Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials are investigated with the transfer matrix method. It is shown that the periodic structures created by repeating the Fibonacci quasi-crystal generations, have some omnidirectional band gaps at the single-negative frequency region. Moreover, it is shown these band gaps depends on the number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell. In other words, when generation number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell increases, some sub band gaps appears within this omnidirectional band gap. In this work by using Fibonacci quasi-periodic structures we demonstrate that by increasing Generation Number of Unit cell, some omnidirectional sub-gaps will appear which can be used as a multichannel filter.

  7. Icosahedral quasicrystal decoration models. II. Optimization under realistic Al-Mn potentials

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    Mihalkovic, M. |; Zhu, W.; Henley, C.L.; Phillips, R.

    1996-04-01

    We have constructed and relaxed over 200 different finite structure models for the quasicrystal {ital i}-AlMn based on decorations of the {open_quote}{open_quote}canonical-cell tiling.{close_quote}{close_quote} We adopted {ital ab} {ital initio}-based pair potentials with strong Friedel oscillations, which reproduce the phase diagram of real Al-Mn intermetallic crystal structures fairly well. Our various decoration rules encompass cases with face-centered icosahedral (FCI) symmetry and with simple icosahedral (SI) symmetry, and include additional variations in the occupancy and/or chemistry of certain site types. Each decoration was applied to 11 distinct periodic approximants of the tiling. We found that (i) the relaxed atomic positions of each site type can be closely approximated by fixed positions on each tile type, even though the environments (beyond the first neighbor) are inequivalent. (ii) Models with simple icosahedral (SI) space-group symmetry were better than those with face-centered icosahedral (FCI) space-group symmetry. (iii) {open_quote}{open_quote}Loose{close_quote}{close_quote} decorations, containing voids almost large enough for an atom, were better than the {open_quote}{open_quote}dense{close_quote}{close_quote} decorations which were suggested by packing considerations. (iv) Our results depended on using the realistic potentials; {ital short}-range potentials favor the {open_quote}{open_quote}dense{close_quote}{close_quote} structures, and many details depend on the second or further oscillations in the potentials. (v) For our best model, there is relatively little variation of the energy when tiles are rearranged, i.e., a {ital random}-{ital tiling} {ital model} is a good zero-order description of the system. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  8. Probing of the pseudogap via thermoelectric properties in the Au-Al-Gd quasicrystal approximant

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    Ishikawa, Asuka; Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2017-03-01

    The pseudogap of the recently discovered Au-Al-Gd quasicrystal approximant crystal (AC) is investigated over a wide electron-per-atom (e /a ) ratio of ˜0.5 using thermoelectric properties as an experimental probe. This Au-Al-Gd AC provides an ideal platform for fine probing of the pseudogap among a number of known ACs because the Au-Al-Gd AC possesses an extraordinarily wide single-phase region with respect to the variation in the electron concentration [A. Ishikawa, T. Hiroto, K. Tokiwa, T. Fujii, and R. Tamura, Phys. Rev. B 93, 024416 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.024416], in striking contrast to, for instance, binary stoichiometric C d6R ACs. As a result, a salient peak structure is observed in the Seebeck coefficient, S , with the composition as well as that of the power factor S2σ , in addition to a gradual variation in the conductivity, σ , and S . These two features are directly associated with rapid and slow variations, respectively, of spectral conductivity σ (E ) , and hence the fine structure inside the pseudogap, in the vicinity of the Fermi level EF. Based on the observed continuous variation of the Fermi wave vector reported in the previous experimental work, fine tuning of EF toward an optimal position was attempted, which led to the successful observation of a sharp peak in S2σ with a value of ˜270 μ W /m .K2 at 873 K. This is the highest value ever reported among both Tsai-type and Bergman-type compounds. The dimensionless figure of merit was determined as 0.026 at 873 K, which is also the highest reported among both Tsai-type and Bergman-type compounds.

  9. Effect of LiH on electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal

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    Liu, Dongyan; Zhao, Zhen; Luo, Tianhao; Xing, Cheng; Fei, Liang; Lin, Jing; Hou, Jianhua; Jiang, Dayong; Liu, Wanqiang; Wang, Limin

    2016-02-01

    The electrochemical hydrogen storage properties and mechanisms of the Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal + xLiH(x = 3, 6 and 9 wt.%) system are investigated and discussed in this paper. A composite material in the Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal and system has been synthesized moderately by means of mechanical milling under an argon atmosphere, which can avoid reaction of releasing of hydrogen during the process of milling. The results indicate that the addition of LiH significantly improves the electrochemical characteristics of composite material. The maximum discharge capacity increases from 220.1 mAh/g to 292.3 mAh/g on Ti55V10Ni35 + 6 wt.% LiH, and the cycling stability is also enhanced too. In addition, the high rate dischargeability (HRD) is ameliorated remarkably, and the value of HRD value at 240 mA/g rises by 78.1%-87.8% for Ti55V10Ni35 + 6 wt.% LiH alloy electrodes. The improvement of characteristics of the electrochemical hydrogen storage characteristics may be attributed to LiH, which has excellent electrochemical activity.

  10. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Shibazaki, Yuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Higo, Yuji; Mao, H.-K.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2014-01-01

    The first natural-occurring quasicrystal, icosahedrite, was recently discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a new CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Its finding raised fundamental questions regarding the effects of pressure and temperature on the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the quasicrystal structure relative to possible isochemical crystalline or amorphous phases. Although several studies showed the stability at ambient temperature of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe up to ~35 GPa, the simultaneous effect of temperature and pressure relevant for the formation of icosahedrite has been never investigated so far. Here we present in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe using multianvil device to explore possible temperature-induced phase transformations at pressures of 5 GPa and temperature up to 1773 K. Results show the structural stability of i-AlCuFe phase with a negligible effect of pressure on the volumetric thermal expansion properties. In addition, the structural analysis of the recovered sample excludes the transformation of AlCuFe quasicrystalline phase to possible approximant phases, which is in contrast with previous predictions at ambient pressure. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of icosahedrite. PMID:25070248

  11. Antiferromagnetic order and the structural order-disorder transition in the Cd6Ho quasicrystal approximant

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    Kreyssig, Andreas; Beutier, Guillaume; Hiroto, Takanobu; Kim, Min Gyu; Tucker, Gregory S.; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji; Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-09-22

    It has generally been accepted that the orientational ordering of the Cd4 tetrahedron within the Cd6 R quasicrystal approximants is kinetically inhibited for R = Ho, Er, Tm and Lu by steric constraints. Our high-resolution X-ray scattering measurements of the Cd6Ho quasicrystal approximant, however, reveal an abrupt (first-order) transition to a monoclinic structure below T S = 178 K for samples that have ‘aged’ at room temperature for approximately one year, reopening this question. Using X-ray resonant magnetic scattering at the Ho L 3-edge we have elucidated the nature of the antiferromagnetic ordering below T N = 8.5 K in Cd6Ho. The magnetic Bragg peaks are found at the charge forbidden H + K + L = 2n + 1 positions, referenced to the high-temperature body-centred cubic structure. In general terms, this corresponds to antiferromagnetic arrangements of the Ho moments on adjacent clusters in the unit cell as previously found for Cd6Tb.

  12. Schottky effect in the i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant

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    Jazbec, S.; Kashimoto, S.; Koželj, P.; Vrtnik, S.; Jagodič, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Dolinšek, J.

    2016-02-01

    The analysis of low-temperature specific heat of rare-earth (RE)-containing quasicrystals and periodic approximants and consequent interpretation of their electronic properties in the T →0 limit is frequently hampered by the Schottky effect, where crystalline electric fields lift the degeneracy of the RE-ion Hund's rule ground state and introduce additional contribution to the specific heat. In this paper we study the low-temperature specific heat of a thulium-containing i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant, both being classified as "Schottky" systems. We have derived the crystal-field Hamiltonian for pentagonal symmetry of the crystalline electric field, pertinent to the class of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants, where the RE ions are located on fivefold axes of the icosahedral atomic cluster. Using the leading term of this Hamiltonian, we have calculated analytically the Schottky specific heat in the presence of an external magnetic field and made comparison to the experimental specific heat of the investigated quasicrystal and approximant. When the low-temperature specific heat C is analyzed in a C /T versus T2 scale (as it is customarily done for metallic specimens), the Schottky specific heat yields an upturn in the T →0 limit that cannot be easily distinguished from a similar upturn produced by the electron-electron interactions in exchange-enhanced systems and strongly correlated systems. Our results show that extraction of the electronic properties of RE-containing quasicrystals from their low-temperature specific heat may be uncertain in the presence of the Schottky effect.

  13. Computational study of low-friction quasicrystalline coatings via simulations of thin film growth of hydrocarbons and rare gases

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    Setyawan, Wahyu

    Quasicrystalline compounds (QC) have been shown to have lower friction compared to other structures of the same constituents. The abscence of structural interlocking when two QC surfaces slide against one another yields the low friction. To use QC as low-friction coatings in combustion engines where hydrocarbon-based oil lubricant is commonly used, knowledge of how a film of lubricant forms on the coating is required. Any adsorbed films having non-quasicrystalline structure will reduce the self-lubricity of the coatings. In this manuscript, we report the results of simulations on thin films growth of selected hydrocarbons and rare gases on a decagonal Al73Ni10Co17 quasicrystal (d-AlNiCo). Grand canonical Monte Carlo method is used to perform the simulations. We develop a set of classical interatomic many-body potentials which are based on the embedded-atom method to study the adsorption processes for hydrocarbons. Methane, propane, hexane, octane, and benzene are simulated and show complete wetting and layered films. Methane monolayer forms a pentagonal order commensurate with the d-AlNiCo. Propane forms disordered monolayer. Hexane and octane adsorb in a close-packed manner consistent with their bulk structure. The results of hexane and octane are expected to represent those of longer alkanes which constitute typical lubricants. Benzene monolayer has pentagonal order at low temperatures which transforms into triangular lattice at high temperatures. The effects of size mismatch and relative strength of the competing interactions (adsorbate-substrate and between adsorbates) on the film growth and structure are systematically studied using rare gases with Lennard-Jones pair potentials. It is found that the relative strength of the interactions determines the growth mode, while the structure of the film is affected mostly by the size mismatch between adsorbate and substrate's characteristic length. On d-AlNiCo, xenon monolayer undergoes a first-order structural

  14. Structure and morphology of the tenfold surface of decagonal Al{sub 71.8}Ni{sub 14.8}Co{sub 13.4} in its low-temperature random tiling type-I modification

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    Sharma, H.R.; Franke, K.J.; Theis, W.; Riemann, A.; Foelsch, S.; Rieder, K.H.; Gille, P.

    2004-12-15

    We have investigated the structure and morphology of the tenfold surface of decagonal Al{sub 71.8}Ni{sub 14.8}Co{sub 13.4} by highly surface sensitive He atom scattering (HAS), high resolution low energy electron diffraction(SPA-LEED), and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The SPA-LEED patterns reveal more than 500 individual diffraction spots in the k-vector range of vertical bar k{sub parallel} vertical bar <3 A{sup -1}. The positions of all observed diffraction spots agree with the surface projections of the reciprocal lattice structure of the type-I bulk phase. HAS shows identical spot positions as SPA-LEED, thus demonstrating a top surface layer with long range quasicrystalline order and a reciprocal lattice structure consistent with that of a bulk truncated surface. SPA-LEED peak widths are found to vary between different diffraction orders. Based on an analysis of a randomized Fibonacci sequence, this is linked to the random nature of the tiling of the type-I structure. STM measurements reveal a surface morphology characterized by rough single-height steps separating terraces with widths on the order of 100 A. Two different surface terminations are observed, a coarse and a fine one, frequently coexisting on single terraces. The fine structure termination directly reflects the atomic structure of a bulk truncated surface, allowing a random rhombic tiling to be identified. In order to compare diffraction, real-space data, and atomic structure models, the Patterson function and autocorrelation of the surface structure, respectively, are studied. This allows an understanding of the coarse structure termination as consisting of subunits of a few atoms each arranged statistically on sites defined by the atomic tiling of the bulk tenfold planes.

  15. Structure and morphology of the tenfold surface of decagonal Al71.8 Ni14.8 Co13.4 in its low-temperature random tiling type-I modification

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    Sharma, H. R.; Franke, K. J.; Theis, W.; Riemann, A.; Fölsch, S.; Gille, P.; Rieder, K. H.

    2004-12-01

    We have investigated the structure and morphology of the tenfold surface of decagonal Al71.8Ni14.8Co13.4 by highly surface sensitive He atom scattering (HAS), high resolution low energy electron diffraction(SPA-LEED), and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The SPA-LEED patterns reveal more than 500 individual diffraction spots in the k -vector range of ∣k‖∣<3Å-1 . The positions of all observed diffraction spots agree with the surface projections of the reciprocal lattice structure of the type-I bulk phase. HAS shows identical spot positions as SPA-LEED, thus demonstrating a top surface layer with long range quasicrystalline order and a reciprocal lattice structure consistent with that of a bulk truncated surface. SPA-LEED peak widths are found to vary between different diffraction orders. Based on an analysis of a randomized Fibonacci sequence, this is linked to the random nature of the tiling of the type-I structure. STM measurements reveal a surface morphology characterized by rough single-height steps separating terraces with widths on the order of 100Å . Two different surface terminations are observed, a coarse and a fine one, frequently coexisting on single terraces. The fine structure termination directly reflects the atomic structure of a bulk truncated surface, allowing a random rhombic tiling to be identified. In order to compare diffraction, real-space data, and atomic structure models, the Patterson function and autocorrelation of the surface structure, respectively, are studied. This allows an understanding of the coarse structure termination as consisting of subunits of a few atoms each arranged statistically on sites defined by the atomic tiling of the bulk tenfold planes.

  16. Local atomic structure and the valence band structure of the rhombic-triacontahedral quasicrystal, its 1/1 approximant, and the Mackay-icosahedral quasicrystal in the Al-Mg-Pd alloy system

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    Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Mizutani, Uichiro; Yamaguchi, Shinji; Fukunaga, Toshiharu; Mizuno, Takayuki; Tanaka, Nobuo

    1998-11-01

    The rhombic-triacontahedral-type quasicrystal (RT-QC), its (1/1, 1/1, 1/1) approximant (RT-1/1) and the Mackay-icosahedral-type quasicrystal (MI-QC) can be formed in the Al-Mg-Pd system. The radial distribution function RDF(r) spectra of the three compounds is derived from neutron diffraction experiments. Powdered x-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement is also carried out to determine the atomic structure of the RT-1/1, and the refined data are converted to the RDF(r). The interatomic distance of the Al-Pd pair in the RT-1/1 and RT-QC is found to be remarkably shortened relative to that calculated from the hard sphere model with Goldschmidt radii. In the MI-QC, the interatomic distance of the Al-Pd pair is further shortened. In addition, the shortening of the interatomic distance is also observed in the Mg-Pd pair. The valence band spectra studied by the x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and soft x-ray spectroscopy clearly show the formation of the bonding and antibonding states associated with the Al-Pd and Mg-Pd atomic pairs in the MI-QC. The results are consistent with the shortening of the interatomic distances derived from the structure analysis. The reason for the possession of the highest resistivity in the MI-QC among the three compounds is attributed to the formation of the covalent bonding between Al-Pd and Mg-Pd atomic pairs.

  17. Composition dependence of the electronic properties of Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru-Si semimetallic quasicrystals

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    Pierce, F. S.; Bancel, P. A.; Biggs, B. D.; Guo, Q.; Poon, S. J.

    1993-03-01

    Electronic transport properties and specific heats of ordered icosahedral phase alloys in the Al-Cu-Ru-Si and Al-Cu-Fe systems are examined, and comparison with high-quality rhombohedral (3/2) approximant phase samples of Al-Cu-Fe is made. Strong temperature dependence and sensitivity to composition changes of these properties are observed. The similarity of transport properties between the icosahedral (i) and rhombohedral (r) phases of Al62.5Cu26.5Fe11 is noted. The results can be qualitatively interpreted in terms of band structure. There appears to be sufficient evidence for a rapidly varying conductivity spectrum σ(E) in the ordered i phases. However, important questions concerning the physics of these semimetallic quasicrystals remain to be answered.

  18. Microstructure properties and microhardness of rapidly solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal alloy

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    Karaköse, Ercan; Keskin, Mustafa

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents differences in the microstructure and microhardness properties of conventional casting (ingot) and rapidly solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal (QC) alloys. The phases present in the Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 ingot alloy were determined to be icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) Ψ-Al65Cu20Fe15, cubic β-AlFe, tetragonal θ-Al2Cu, and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 phases, whereas only IQC Ψ-Al65Cu20Fe15 and cubic β-AlFe phases were identified in the rapidly solidified alloy. The microhardness value of the melt spun alloy was measured to be approximately 790 kg/mm2. Microhardness increases with increasing solidification rates.

  19. Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal/ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene composites as biomaterials for acetabular cup prosthetics.

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    Anderson, Brian C; Bloom, Paul D; Baikerikar, K G; Sheares, Valerie V; Mallapragada, Surya K

    2002-04-01

    Polymer composites of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were investigated for use in acetabular cup prosthetics. The wear properties of the Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE samples and a 440 steel ball counterface were measured. The mechanical strength of the Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE composites was compared to UHMWPE and alumina/UHMWPE. The biocompatibility of the composite material was tested using a direct contact cytotoxicity assay. Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE demonstrated lower volume loss after wear and higher mechanical strength than UHMWPE. This composite material also showed no increase in counterface wear or cytotoxicity relative to UHMWPE. These combined results demonstrate that Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE composites are promising candidate materials for acetabular cup prosthetics.

  20. Observation of a dodecagonal oxide quasicrystal and its complex approximant in the SrTiO3-Pt(1 1 1) system

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    Schenk, Sebastian; Förster, Stefan; Meinel, Klaus; Hammer, René; Leibundgut, Bettina; Paleschke, Maximilian; Pantzer, Jonas; Dresler, Christoph; Schumann, Florian O.; Widdra, Wolf

    2017-04-01

    We report on the formation of a SrTiO3-derived dodecagonal oxide quasicrystal (OQC) at the interface to Pt(1 1 1). This is the second observation of a two-dimensional quasicrystal in the class of oxides. The SrTiO3-derived OQC exhibits strong similarities to the BaTiO3-derived OQC with respect to the local tiling geometry. However, the characteristic length scale of the SrTiO3-derived OQC is 1.8% smaller. Coexisting with the OQC a large scale approximant structure with a monoclinic unit cell is identified. It demonstrates the extraordinary level of complexity that oxide approximant structures can reach.

  1. Design of an As2Se3-based photonic quasi-crystal fiber with highly nonlinear and dual zero-dispersion wavelengths

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    Zhao, Tongtong; Lou, Shuqin; Su, Wei; Wang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    We propose an As2Se3-based highly nonlinear photonic quasi-crystal fiber with dual zero-dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs). Using a full-vector finite element method, the proposed fiber is optimized to obtain high nonlinear coefficient, low confinement loss and two zero-dispersion points by optimizing the structure parameters. Numerical results demonstrate that the proposed photonic quasi-crystal fiber (PQF) has dual ZDWs and the nonlinear coefficient up to 2600 W-1 km-1 within the wavelength range from 2 to 5.5 μm. Due to the introduction of the large air holes in the third ring of the proposed fiber, the ability of confining the fundamental mode field can be improved effectively and thus the low confinement loss can be obtained. The proposed PQF with high nonlinearity and dual ZDWs will have a number of potential applications in four-wave mixing, super-continuum generation, and higher-order dispersion effects.

  2. Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}: A quasicrystal showing the de haas-van Alphen effect

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    Haanappel, E.G.; Kycia, S.W.; Harmon, B.N.; Canfield, P.C.; Goldman, A.I.; Rabson, D.A.; Thompson, J.D.; Mueller, F.M.

    1995-07-01

    We have measured the de Haas-van Alphen effect in the icosahedral quasicrystal Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}. We have found two well-defined frequencies with the magnetic field parallel to a five-fold axis, and two different ones with the field parallel to a two-fold axis. On increasing the temperature, the amplitude of the oscillations substantially decreased, suggesting that the carriers have large masses.

  3. Additional evidence from x-ray powder diffraction patterns that icosahedral quasi-crystals of intermetallic compounds are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-07-01

    Analysis of the measured values of Q for the weak peaks (small maxima, usually considered to be background fluctuations, noise) on the x-ray powder diffraction curves for 17 rapidly quenched alloys leads directly to the conclusion that they are formed by an 820-atom or 1012-atom primitive cubic structure that by icosahedral twinning produces the so-called icosahedral quasi-crystals.

  4. Unoccupied electronic states of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals: Evidence of image potential resonance and pseudogap

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    Maniraj, M; Rai, Abhishek; Barman, S R; Krajci, M; Schlagel, Deborah L; Lograsso, Thomas A; Horn, K

    2014-09-01

    We study the unoccupied region of the electronic structure of the fivefold symmetric surface of an icosahedral (i) Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. A feature that exhibits parabolic dispersion with an effective mass of (1.15±0.1)me and tracks the change in the work function is assigned to an image potential resonance because our density functional calculation shows an absence of band gap in the respective energy region. We show that Sn grows pseudomorphically on i-Al-Pd-Mn as predicted by density functional theory calculations, and the energy of the image potential resonance tracks the change in the work function with Sn coverage. The image potential resonance appears much weaker in the spectrum from the related crystalline Al-Pd-Mn surface, demonstrating that its strength is related to the compatibility of the quasiperiodic wave functions in i-Al-Pd-Mn with the free-electron-like image potential states. Our investigation of the energy region immediately above EF provides unambiguous evidence for the presence of a pseudogap, in agreement with our density functional theory calculations.

  5. Crystal electric field excitations in the quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Lory, P. -F.; Flint, R.; ...

    2017-02-07

    Here, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the quasicrystal approximant, TbCd6, grown using isotopically enriched 112Cd. Both quasielastic scattering and distinct inelastic excitations were observed below 3 meV. The intensity of the quasielastic scattering measured in the paramag- netic phase diverges as TN ~ 22 K is approached from above. The inelastic excitations, and their evolution with temperature, are well characterized by the leading term, Bmore » $$0\\atop{2}$$O$$0\\atop{2}$$, of the crystalline electric field (CEF) level scheme for local pentagonal symmetry for the rare-earth ions [1] indicating that the Tb moment is directed primarily along the unique local pseudo-five-fold axis of the Tsai-type clusters. We also find good agreement between the inverse susceptibility determined from magnetization measurements using a magnetically diluted Tb0.05Y0.95Cd6 sample and that calculated using the CEF level scheme determined from the neutron measurements.« less

  6. Magnetic and transport properties of i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd-Tm)

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    Kong, Tai; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Jesche, Anton; McArthur, John; Kreyssig, Andreas; Goldman, Alan I.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2014-07-01

    We present a detailed characterization of the recently discovered i-R-Cd (R=Y,Gd-Tm) binary quasicrystals by means of x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent dc and ac magnetization, temperature-dependent resistance, and temperature-dependent specific heat measurements. Structurally, the broadening of x-ray diffraction peaks found for i-R-Cd is dominated by frozen-in phason strain, which is essentially independent of R. i-Y-Cd is weakly diamagnetic and manifests a temperature-independent susceptibility. i-Gd-Cd can be characterized as a spin glass below 4.6 K via dc magnetization cusp, a third order nonlinear magnetic susceptibility peak, a frequency-dependent freezing temperature, and a broad maximum in the specific heat. i-R-Cd (R=Ho-Tm) is similar to i-Gd-Cd in terms of features observed in thermodynamic measurements. i-Tb-Cd and i-Dy-Cd do not show a clear cusp in their zero-field-cooled dc magnetization data, but instead show a more rounded, broad local maximum. The resistivity for i-R-Cd is of order 300μΩ cm and weakly temperature dependent. The characteristic freezing temperatures for i-R-Cd (R=Gd-Tm) deviate from the de Gennes scaling, in a manner consistent with crystal electric field splitting induced local moment anisotropy.

  7. Crystal electric field excitations in the quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Lory, P.-F.; Flint, R.; Kong, T.; Hiroto, T.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; de Boissieu, M.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the quasicrystal approximant, TbCd6, grown using isotopically enriched 112Cd. Both quasielastic scattering and distinct inelastic excitations were observed below 3 meV. The intensity of the quasielastic scattering measured in the paramagnetic phase diverges as TN˜22 K is approached from above. The inelastic excitations, and their evolution with temperature, are well characterized by the leading term, B20O20 , of the crystal electric field (CEF) level scheme for local pentagonal symmetry for the rare-earth ions [S. Jazbec et al., Phys. Rev. B 93, 054208 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.054208] indicating that the Tb moment is directed primarily along the unique local pseudofivefold axis of the Tsai-type clusters. We also find good agreement between the inverse susceptibility determined from magnetization measurements using a magnetically diluted Tb0.05Y0.95Cd6 sample and that calculated using the CEF level scheme determined from the neutron measurements.

  8. Optical reflectance and omnidirectional bandgaps in Fibonacci quasicrystals type 1-D multilayer structures containing exponentially graded material

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    Singh, Bipin K.; Thapa, Khem B.; Pandey, Praveen C.

    2013-06-01

    A theoretical study of optical reflectance and reflection bands of 1-D photonic quasi-crystals (Fibonacci type arrangement) composed of exponentially graded material is presented. The proposed structures consist of two different layers, one of them is of constant refractive index (L) and the other one is of exponentially graded refractive index (S) dielectric materials. Four different generations (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th) of the Fibonacci sequence for 10 periods in one dimension (1-D) are considered and compared in view of their optical reflectance and bandgaps for both TE and TM polarisations. Also, we proposed some heterostructures made by the combination of different Fibonacci generations and their periods to obtain suitable omnidirectional reflection band. We used the transfer matrix method (TMM) to obtain the reflectance, bandgaps and omnidirectional reflectional bandgaps (ODR) of such structures in near infrared spectrum (800-2200 nm) at different angles of incidence. We show that ODR exists in these types of structures. The number of ODRs and total bandgap depend on the Fibonacci generations. Extraordinary ODR bandgaps are obtained in the case of heterostructures formed by the combination of different generations of the Fibonacci sequence. The ODR for these structures is similar to the ODR of photonic crystals containing left-handed materials. This work would be useful to study the Fibonacci type photonic crystals having graded index materials and also it will open new window to design several photonic crystal devices like sensors, reflectors, etc. in the infrared region.

  9. A study of optical reflectance and localization modes of 1-D Fibonacci photonic quasicrystals using different graded dielectric materials

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    Singh, Bipin K.; Pandey, Praveen C.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we present an analytical study on the reflection properties of light through one-dimensional (1-D) quasi-periodic multilayer structures. The considered structures are as follows: F7, F8, F9, (F2)10, (F3)10 and some combinations such as: [(F2)10 (F7) (F2)10], [(F2)10 (F8) (F2)10], [(F3)10 (F7) (F3)10], [(F3)10 (F8) (F3)10], [(F2)10(F3)10], [(F2)10 (F7) (F3)10] and [(F2)10 (F8) (F3)10], where (Fj)n represents n period of the Fibonacci sequence of jth generation. These multilayer structures are considered of two types of layers. One type of layer is considered of graded material like normal, linear or exponential graded material, and the second type of layer is considered of constant refractive index material. Transfer matrix method is utilized to calculate the reflection spectra and localization modes of such structures in the frequency range 150-450 THz. This work would provide the basis of understanding of the effect of graded materials on the reflection and localization modes in Fibonacci photonic quasicrystal structures and obtained spectra can be used in the recognition of grading of materials. The considered heterostructures provide the broad reflection band and some localization modes in the calculated region.

  10. Giant Surfactants based on Precisely Functionalized POSS Nano-atoms: Tuning from Crystals to Frank-Kasper Phases and Quasicrystals

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    In creating new functional materials for advanced technologies, precisely control over functionality and their hierarchical ordered structures are vital for obtaining the desired properties. Giant polyhedra are a class of materials which are designed and constructed via deliberately placing precisely functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and fullerene (C60) molecular nano-particles (MNPs) (so-called ``nano-atoms'') at the vertices of a polyhedron. Giant surfactants are consisted of polymer tail-tethered ``nano-atoms'' which are deliberately and precisely functionalized POSS or C60 molecular nano-particles (MNPs). The ``nano-atom'' heads and polymer tails thus have drastic chemical differences to impart amphiphilicity. These giant surfactants capture the essential structural features of their small-molecule counterparts in many ways but possess much larger sizes, and therefore, they are recognized as size-amplified versions of small molecule surfactants. Two of the most illustrating examples are a series of novel giant tetrahedra and a series of giant giant surfactants as building blocks to construct into hierarchical ordered super-lattice structures ranging from crystals, Frank-Kasper phases and quasicrystals in the condensed bulk states, reveals evidently the interconnections between soft matters and hard matters in sharing their common structures and fundamental knowledge. This work was supported by National Science Foundation (DMR-1409972).

  11. Development of an icosahedral quasicrystal and two approximants in the Ca-Au-Sn system: syntheses and structural analyses.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-11-15

    The realm of Tsai-type (YCd(6)-type) quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants (ACs) continues to expand to the east in the periodic table. The heavy tetrel Sn is now one of the major components in the new Ca(15.0(5))Au(60.0(4))Sn(25.0(2)) (atom %) icosahedral QC and in the corresponding 1/1 and 2/1 ACs. (The 2/1 AC with Yb is also established.) Single-crystal X-ray diffraction on a 1/1 AC gives the refined formula of Ca(3)Au(14.36(3))Sn(4.38(5)) in space group Im3, a = 15.131(1) Å, whereas a representative 2/1 AC gives Ca(13)Au(47.2(1))Sn(28.1(1)), Pa3 and a = 24.444(1) Å. Both ACs contain five-shell multiply endohedral triacontahedral clusters as the common building blocks, as in the parent structure of YCd(6). The 2/1 AC also contains four Ca(2)-dimer-centered prolate rhombohedra (PRs) in the unit cell. The long-range order between triacontahedra and PRs in the 2/1 AC is the same as those in Bergman-type 2/1 ACs. A TB-LMTO-ASA calculation on an ideal 1/1 AC model reveals a shallow pseudogap in the total densities-of-states data around the Fermi energy, as expected. The depth of the pseudogap is considerably enhanced through interactions between the Ca 3d states and s and p states of Au and Sn.

  12. Atomic-scale structure of the fivefold surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal: A quantitative x-ray photoelectron diffraction analysis

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    Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Huan, C. H.; Wee, A. T.; van Hove, M. A.; Fadley, C. S.; Shi, F. J.; Rotenberg, E.; Barman, S. R.; Paggel, J. J.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2004-04-01

    The atomic-scale structure of the fivefold symmetric surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal is investigated quantitatively by comparing x-ray photoelectron diffraction simulations to experiment. The observed fivefold symmetry of the diffraction patterns indicates that the surface is quasicrystalline with no hint of a reconstruction from the bulk structure. In analyzing the experimental data, many possible bulk terminations have been tested. Those few that fit best to the data have in common that they contain an Al-rich surface layer followed by a dense mixed Al/Pd/Mn layer. These best terminations, while not identical to each other, are suggested to form terraces coexisting on a real surface. Structural relaxations of the quasicrystal surface are also analyzed: mixing several best-fit terminations gives average best-fit interlayer spacing changes of Δd12=-0.057 Å and Δd24=+0.159 Å. These results are in good agreement with a prior structure determination by low-energy electron diffraction on a sample that was prepared in a different manner.

  13. Atomic scale structure of the 5-fold surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal: A quantitative X-Ray photoelectron diffraction analysis

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    Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Huan, C.H.A.; Wee, A.T.S.; Van Hove, M.A.; Fadley, C.S.; Shi, F.J.; Rotenberg, E.; Barman, S.R.; Paggel, J.J.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2004-02-11

    The atomic scale structure of the 5-fold symmetric surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal is investigated quantitatively by comparing x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) simulations to experiment. The observed 5-fold symmetry of the diffraction patterns indicates that the surface is quasicrystalline with no hint of a reconstruction from the bulk structure. In analyzing the experimental data, many possible bulk terminations have been tested. Those few that fit best to the data have in common that they contain an Al-rich surface layer followed by a dense mixed Al/Pd/Mn layer. These best terminations, while not identical to each other, are suggested to form terraces coexisting on a real surface. Structural relaxations of the quasicrystal surface are also analyzed: mixing several best-fit terminations gives average best-fit interlayer spacing changes of Dd12 = -0.057 Angstrom, Dd24 = +0.159 Angstrom. These results are in good agreement with a prior structure determination by LEED on a sample that was prepared in a different manner.

  14. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge)

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    Hailu Gebresenbut, Girma; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2013-04-01

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  15. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge).

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    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Gómez, Cesar Pay

    2013-04-03

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  16. Root lattices and quasicrystals

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    Baake, M.; Joseph, D.; Kramer, P.; Schlottmann, M.

    1990-10-01

    It is shown that root lattices and their reciprocals might serve as the right pool for the construction of quasicrystalline structure models. All noncrystallographic symmetries observed so far are covered in minimal embedding with maximal symmetry.

  17. Root lattices and quasicrystals

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    Baake, M.; Joseph, D.; Kramer, P.; Schlottmann, M.

    1990-10-01

    It is shown how root lattices and their reciprocals might serve as the right pool for the construction of quasicrystalline structure models. All non-periodic symmetries observed so far are covered in minimal embedding with maximal symmetry.

  18. Studies of Icosahedral Quasicrystals

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    1986-08-01

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  19. Scanning tuneeling microscopy studies of fivefold surfaces of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals and of thin silver films on those surfaces

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    Unal, Baris

    2008-01-01

    The present work in this dissertation mainly focuses on the clean fivefold surfaces of i-Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals as well as the nucleation and growth of Ag films on these surfaces. In addition, Ag film growth on NiAl(110) has been explored in the frame of this dissertation. First, we have investigated the equilibration of a fivefold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal at 900-915 K and 925-950 K, using Omicron variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Annealing at low temperatures resulted in many voids on some terraces while the others were almost void-free. After annealing at 925-950K, void-rich terraces became much rarer. Our STM images suggest that through growth and coalescence of the voids, a different termination becomes exposed on host terraces. All of these observations in our study indicate that even after the quasicrystalline terrace-step structure appears, it evolves with time and temperature. More specifically, based on the STM observations, we conclude that during the annealing a wide range of energetically similar layers nucleate as surface terminations, however, with increasing temperature (and time) this distribution gets narrower via elimination of the metastable void-rich terraces. Next, we have examined the bulk structural models of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal in terms of the densities, compositions and interplanar spacings for the fivefold planes that might represent physical surface terminations. In our analyses, we mainly have focused on four deterministic models which have no partial or mixed occupancy but we have made some comparisons with an undeterministic model. We have compared the models with each other and also with the available experimental data including STM, LEED-IV, XPD and LEIS. In all deterministic models, there are two different families of layers (a pair of planes), and the nondeterministic model contains similar group of planes. These two families differ in terms of the chemical decoration of

  20. Fine Structure of Diffuse Scattering Rings in Al-Li-Cu Quasicrystal: A Comparative X-ray and Electron Diffraction Study

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    Donnadieu, P.; Dénoyer, F.

    1996-11-01

    A comparative X-ray and electron diffraction study has been performed on Al-Li-Cu icosahedral quasicrystal in order to investigate the diffuse scattering rings revealed by a previous work. Electron diffraction confirms the existence of rings but shows that the rings have a fine structure. The diffuse aspect on the X-ray diffraction patterns is then due to an averaging effect. Recent simulations based on the model of canonical cells related to the icosahedral packing give diffractions patterns in agreement with this fine structure effect. Nous comparons les diagrammes de diffraction des rayon-X et des électrons obtenus sur les mêmes échantillons du quasicristal icosaèdrique Al-Li-Cu. Notre but est d'étudier les anneaux de diffusion diffuse mis en évidence par un travail précédent. Les diagrammes de diffraction électronique confirment la présence des anneaux mais ils montrent aussi que ces anneaux possèdent une structure fine. L'aspect diffus des anneaux révélés par la diffraction des rayons X est dû à un effet de moyenne. Des simulations récentes basées sur la décomposition en cellules canoniques de l'empilement icosaédrique produisent des diagrammes de diffraction en accord avec ces effects de structure fine.

  1. Quasicrystals at extreme conditions: The role of pressure in stabilizing icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 at high temperature

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Park, Changyong; Tkachev, Sergey; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Mao, H. -K.; Hemley, Russell J.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2015-11-20

    Icosahedrite, the first natural quasicrystal with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, was discovered in several grains of the Khatyrka meteorite, a unique CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. The presence in the meteorite fragments of icosahedrite strictly associated with high-pressure phases like ahrensite and stishovite indicates a formation conditions at high pressures and temperatures, likely during an impact-induced shock occurred in contact with the reducing solar nebula gas. In contrast, previous experimental studies on the stability of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe, which were limited to ambient pressure, indicated incongruent melting at ~1123 K, while high-pressure experiments carried out at room temperature showed structural stability up to about 35 GPa. These data are insufficient to experimentally constrain the formation and stability of icosahedrite under extreme conditions. Here we present the results of in situ high pressure experiments using diamond anvil cells of the compressional behavior of synthetic icosahedrite up to ~50 GPa at room temperature. Simultaneous high P-T experiments have been also carried out using both laser-heated diamond anvil cells combined with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (at ~42 GPa) and multi-anvil apparatus (at 21 GPa) to investigate the structural evolution of icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 and crystallization of possible coexisting phases. The results demonstrate that the quasiperiodic symmetry of icosahedrite is retained over the entire experimental pressure range explored. In addition, we show that pressure acts to stabilize the icosahedral symmetry at temperatures much higher than previously reported. Based on our experimental study, direct crystallization of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals from an unusual Al-Cu-rich melt would be possible but limited to a narrow temperature range beyond which crystalline phases would form, like those observed in the Khatyrka meteorite. Here, an

  2. Icosahedral quasicrystals of intermetallic compounds are icosahedral twins of cubic crystals of three kinds, consisting of large (about 5000 atoms) icosahedral complexes in either a cubic body-centered or a cubic face-centered arrangement or smaller (about 1350 atoms) icosahedral complexes in the beta-tungsten arrangement.

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    Pauling, L

    1989-11-01

    The twofold-axis electron-diffraction photographs of icosahedral quasicrystals are of three kinds, reflecting three different structures of the cubic crystals that by icosahedral twinning form the quasicrystals. The first kind, represented by Al(13)Cu(4)Fe(3), contains two very large icosahedral complexes, each of about 4680 atoms, in the body-centered arrangement, with six smaller icosahedral complexes (104 atoms each) in the principal interstices. The second kind, represented by Al(5)Mn, contains four of the very large complexes in the face-centered arrangement (cubic close packing), with four of the smaller clusters in the interstices. The third kind, represented by Al(6)CuLi(3), contains eight icosahedral complexes, each of about 1350 atoms, in the beta-W arrangement. The supporting evidence for these cubic structures is discussed as well as other evidence showing that the simple quasicrystal theory, which states that quasicrystals do not involve any translational identity operations, has to be modified.

  3. A comparative study of the magnetic properties of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) and the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14).

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    Wang, P; Stadnik, Z M; Al-Qadi, K; Przewoźnik, J

    2009-10-28

    We report on measurements of the dc and ac magnetic susceptibility, (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra, and specific heat of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), and of the ac magnetic susceptibility of the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14). These alloys are shown to be spin glasses. For the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), spin freezing occurs at T(f) = 4.3 K, and the frequency dependence of T(f) is well accounted for by the Vogel-Fulcher and power laws. Spin freezing in the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) occurs in two stages: at T(f(1)) = 3.7 K, Gd spins develop short-range correlations but continue to fluctuate, and then long-range freezing is achieved at T(f(2)) = 2.4 K. The frequency dependences of T(f(1)) and T(f(2)) can be accounted for by means of the Vogel-Fulcher law and the critical slowing down dynamics. It is shown that the spin freezing in both alloys is a nonequilibrium phenomenon rather than a true equilibrium phase transition. The (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) confirm that the Gd spins are frozen at 1.5 K and are fluctuating at 4.6 K. The magnetic specific heat exhibits a maximum at a temperature that is 30% larger than T(f(1)), but the temperature derivative of the magnetic entropy peaks at T(f(1)). The Debye temperature of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) is 199(1) K as determined from the Mössbauer data, and 205(2) K as determined from the specific heat data.

  4. Ordering and growth of rare gas films (Xe, Kr, Ar, and Ne) on the pseudo-ten-fold quasicrystalline approximant Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface.

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    Petucci, J; Karimi, M; Huang, Y-T; Curtarolo, S; Diehl, R D

    2014-03-05

    Adsorption of the rare gases Kr, Ar, and Ne on the complex alloy surface Al₁₃Co₄(100) was studied using grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) computer simulations. This surface is an approximant to the ten-fold decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystalline surface, on which rare gas adsorption was studied previously. Comparison of adsorption results on the periodic Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface with those of the quasiperiodic Al-Ni-Co surface indicates some similarities, such as layer-by-layer growth, and some dissimilarities, such as the formation of Archimedes tiling phases (Mikhael et al 2008 Nature 454 501, Shechtman et al 1984 Phys. Rev. Lett. 53 1951, Macia 2006 Rep. Prog. Phys. 69 397, Schmiedeberg et al 2010 Eur. Phys. J. E 32 25-34, Kromer et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 218301, Schmiedeberg and Stark 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 218302). The conditions under which Archimedes tiling phases (ATP) emerge on Al₁₃Co₄(100) are examined and their presence is related to the gas-gas and gas-surface interaction parameters.

  5. Hofstadter butterfly of a quasicrystal

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    Fuchs, Jean-Noël; Vidal, Julien

    2016-11-01

    The energy spectrum of a tight-binding Hamiltonian is studied for the two-dimensional quasiperiodic Rauzy tiling in a perpendicular magnetic field. This spectrum known as a Hofstadter butterfly displays a very rich pattern of bulk gaps that are labeled by four integers, instead of two for periodic systems. The role of phason-flip disorder is also investigated in order to extract genuinely quasiperiodic properties. This geometric disorder is found to only preserve main quantum Hall gaps.

  6. Quasicrystal-reinforced Mg alloys

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    Kyun Kim, Young; Tae Kim, Won; Hyang Kim, Do

    2014-01-01

    The formation of the icosahedral phase (I-phase) as a secondary solidification phase in Mg–Zn–Y and Mg–Zn–Al base systems provides useful advantages in designing high performance wrought magnesium alloys. The strengthening in two-phase composites (I-phase + α-Mg) can be explained by dispersion hardening due to the presence of I-phase particles and by the strong bonding property at the I-phase/matrix interface. The presence of an additional secondary solidification phase can further enhance formability and mechanical properties. In Mg–Zn–Y alloys, the co-presence of I and Ca2Mg6Zn3 phases by addition of Ca can significantly enhance formability, while in Mg–Zn–Al alloys, the co-presence of the I-phase and Mg2Sn phase leads to the enhancement of mechanical properties. Dynamic and static recrystallization are significantly accelerated by addition of Ca in Mg–Zn–Y alloy, resulting in much smaller grain size and more random texture. The high strength of Mg–Zn–Al–Sn alloys is attributed to the presence of finely distributed Mg2Sn and I-phase particles embedded in the α-Mg matrix. PMID:27877660

  7. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Quasicrystals

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    Becker, Russell S.; Kortan, A. Refik

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * EXPERIMENTAL * X-RAY DIFFRACTION * SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY * STRUCTURE MODELLING BASED ON STM * COMPARISON WITH MODELS BASED ON BULK STUDIES * CONCLUSION * REFERENCES

  8. Topological pumping over a photonic Fibonacci quasicrystal

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    Verbin, Mor; Zilberberg, Oded; Lahini, Yoav; Kraus, Yaacov E.; Silberberg, Yaron

    2015-02-01

    Quasiperiodic lattices have recently been shown to be a nontrivial topological phase of matter. Charge pumping—one of the hallmarks of topological states of matter—was recently realized for photons in a one-dimensional off-diagonal Harper model implemented in a photonic waveguide array. However, if the relationship between topological pumps and quasiperiodic systems is generic, one might wonder how to observe it in the canonical and most studied quasicrystalline system in one dimension—the Fibonacci chain. This chain is expected to facilitate a similar phenomenon, yet its discrete nature hinders the experimental study of such topological effects. Here, we overcome this obstacle by utilizing the topological equivalence of a family of quasiperiodic models which ranges from the Fibonacci chain to the Harper model. Implemented in photonic waveguide arrays, we observe the topological properties of this family, and perform a topological pumping of photons across a Fibonacci chain.

  9. TOPICAL REVIEW: Photonic and phononic quasicrystals

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    Steurer, Walter; Sutter-Widmer, Daniel

    2007-07-01

    This review focuses on the peculiarities of quasiperiodic order for the properties of photonic and phononic (sonic) heterostructures. The most beneficial feature of quasiperiodicity is that it can combine perfectly ordered structures with purely point-diffractive spectra of arbitrarily high rotational symmetry. Both are prerequisites for the construction of isotropic band gap composites, in particular from materials with low index contrast, which are required for numerous applications. Another interesting property of quasiperiodic structures is their scaling symmetry, which may be exploited to create spectral gaps in the sub-wavelength regime. This review covers structure/property relationships of heterostructures based on one-dimensional (1D) substitutional sequences such as the Fibonacci, Thue Morse, period-doubling, Rudin Shapiro and Cantor sequence as well as on 1D modulated structures, further on 2D tilings with 8-, 10-, 12- and 14-fold symmetry as well as on the pinwheel tiling, the Sierpinski gasket and on curvilinear tilings and, finally, on the 3D icosahedral Penrose tiling.

  10. Marquardt’s Facial Golden Decagon Mask and Its Fitness with South Indian Facial Traits

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    Gandikota, Chandra Sekhar; Yadagiri, Poornima K; Manne, Ranjit; Juvvadi, Shubhaker Rao; Farah, Tamkeen; Vattipelli, Shilpa; Gumbelli, Sangeetha

    2016-01-01

    Introduction The mathematical ratio of 1:1.618 which is famously known as golden ratio seems to appear recurrently in beautiful things in nature as well as in other things that are seen as beautiful. Dr. Marquardt developed a facial golden mask that contains and includes all of the one-dimensional and two-dimensional geometric golden elements formed from the golden ratio and he claimed that beauty is universal, beautiful faces conforms to the facial golden mask regardless of sex and race. Aim The purpose of this study was to evaluate the goodness of fit of the golden facial mask with the South Indian facial traits. Materials and Methods A total of 150 subjects (75 males & 75 females) with attractive faces were selected with cephalometric orthodontic standards of a skeletal class I relation. The facial aesthetics was confirmed by the aesthetic evaluation of the frontal photographs of the subjects by a panel of ten evaluators including five orthodontists and five maxillofacial surgeons. The well-proportioned photographs were superimposed with the Golden mask along the reference lines, to evaluate the goodness of fit. Results South Indian males and females invariably show a wider inter-zygomatic and inter-gonial width than the golden mask. Most of the South Indian females and males show decreased mid-facial height compared to the golden mask, while the total facial height is more or less equal to the golden mask. Conclusion Ethnic or individual discrepancies cannot be totally ignored as in our study the mask did not fit exactly with the South Indian facial traits but, the beauty ratios came closer to those of the mask. To overcome this difficulty, there is a need to develop variants of golden facial mask for different ethnic groups. PMID:27190951

  11. Five-fold symmetry in crystalline quasicrystal lattices

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    Caspar, Donald L. D.; Fontano, Eric

    1996-01-01

    To demonstrate that crystallographic methods can be applied to index and interpret diffraction patterns from well-ordered quasicrystals that display non-crystallographic 5-fold symmetry, we have characterized the properties of a series of periodic two-dimensional lattices built from pentagons, called Fibonacci pentilings, which resemble aperiodic Penrose tilings. The computed diffraction patterns from periodic pentilings with moderate size unit cells show decagonal symmetry and are virtually indistinguishable from that of the infinite aperiodic pentiling. We identify the vertices and centers of the pentagons forming the pentiling with the positions of transition metal atoms projected on the plane perpendicular to the decagonal axis of quasicrystals whose structure is related to crystalline η phase alloys. The characteristic length scale of the pentiling lattices, evident from the Patterson (autocorrelation) function, is ∼τ2 times the pentagon edge length, where τ is the golden ratio. Within this distance there are a finite number of local atomic motifs whose structure can be crystallographically refined against the experimentally measured diffraction data. PMID:8962038

  12. Synthesis of nanocrystalline (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel powder by mechanical milling of quasicrystalline materials.

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    Yadav, T P; Mukhopadhyay, N K; Tiwari, R S; Srivastava, O N

    2007-02-01

    In the present study, attempts have been made to synthesize the nano-crystalline (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel powders by ball milling and subsequent annealing. An alloy of Al70Co15Ni15, exhibiting the formation of a complex intermetallic compound known as decagonal quasicrystal is selected as the starting material for mechanical milling. It is interesting to note that this alloy is close to the stoichiometry of aluminum and transition metal atoms required to form the aluminate spinel. The milling was carried out in an attritor mill at 400 rpm for 40 hours with ball to powder ratio of 20 : 1 in hexane medium. Subsequent to this annealing was performed in an air ambience for 10, 20, and 40 h at 600 degrees C in side the furnace in order to oxidize the decagonal phase and finally to form the spinel structure. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of nano-sized decagonal phase after milling and then (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel type phase after annealing. The XRD studies reveal the lattice parameter to be 8.075 angstroms and the lattice strain as 0.6%. The XRD and TEM explorations of spinel phase indicate the average grain size to be approximately 40 nm.

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of laser induced surface melting in orthorhombic Al13Co4

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    Sonntag, S.; Roth, J.; Trebin, H.-R.

    2010-10-01

    Laser induced surface melting of the aluminum-cobalt alloy Al13Co4 is investigated. For the simulations of the lattice ions we use molecular dynamics, while for the time evolution of the electron temperature a generalized heat-conduction equation is solved. Energy transfer between the sub-systems is allowed by an electron-phonon coupling term. This combined treatment of the electronic and atomic systems is an extension of the well-known two-temperature model [Anisimov et al. in JETP Lett. 39(2), 1974]. The alloy shows large structural affinity to decagonal quasicrystals, which have an in-plane five-fold symmetry,while in perpendicular direction the planes are stacked periodically. As a consequence we observe slight anisotropic melting behavior.

  14. Electrically tunable graphene plasmonic quasicrystal metasurfaces for transformation optics

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    Zeng, Chao; Liu, Xueming; Wang, Guoxi

    2014-01-01

    The past few years have witnessed tremendous achievements of transformation optics applied to metallic plasmonic systems. Due to the poor tunability of metals, however, the ultimate control over surface plasmons remains a challenge. Here we propose a new type of graphene plasmonic (GP) metasurfaces by shaping the dielectrics underneath monolayer graphene into specific photonic crystals. The radial and axial gradient-index (GRIN) lenses are implemented to demonstrate the feasibility and versatility of the proposal. It is found that the designed GP-GRIN lenses work perfectly well for focusing, collimating, and guiding the GP waves. Especially, they exhibit excellent performances in the THz regime as diverse as ultra-small focusing spot (λ0/60) and broadband electrical tunability. The proposed method offers potential opportunities in exploiting active transformational plasmonic elements operating at THz frequencies. PMID:25042132

  15. Singular Spectrum of Lebesgue Measure Zerofor One-Dimensional Quasicrystals

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    Lenz, Daniel

    The spectrum of one-dimensional discrete Schr\\"odinger operators associated to strictly ergodic dynamical systems is shown to coincide with the set of zeros of the Lyapunov exponent if and only if the Lyapunov exponent exists uniformly. This is used to obtain Cantor spectrum of zero Lebesgue measure for all aperiodic subshifts with uniform positive weights. This covers, in particular, all aperiodic subshifts arising from primitive substitutions including new examples as e.g. the Rudin-Shapiro substitution. Our investigation is not based on trace maps. Instead it relies on an Oseledec type theorem due to A. Furman and a uniform ergodic theorem due to the author.

  16. Spectrum of Lebesgue Measure Zero for Jacobi Matrices of Quasicrystals

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    Beckus, Siegfried; Pogorzelski, Felix

    2013-09-01

    We study one-dimensional random Jacobi operators corresponding to strictly ergodic dynamical systems. We characterize the spectrum of these operators via non-uniformity of the transfer matrices and vanishing of the Lyapunov exponent. For aperiodic, minimal subshifts satisfying the so-called Boshernitzan condition this gives that the spectrum is supported on a Cantor set with Lebesgue measure zero. This generalizes earlier results for Schrödinger operators.

  17. No inherent glassiness in a Penrose tiling quasicrystal

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    Strandburg, K.J.; Dressel, P.R.

    1988-11-01

    Consideration of the structure of the Penrose pattern has led to speculation that a system with a Penrose tiling ground state might be subject to inherent glassy behavior. Monte Carol simulations show, using a simple model of the energetics, that there is no inherent glassiness in the Penrose tiling. Thermodynamic quantities measured are completely reversible, displaying no observable hysterisis, and the system may be easily cooled from a highly disordered configuration into its lowest energy state. 11 refs., 7 figs.

  18. Role of Smectite Quasicrystal Dynamics in Adsorption of Dinitrophenol

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    Understanding sorption mechanisms and processes is critical for predicting the fate of organic pollutants in soils and for development of effective remediation strategies for contaminated soils. Novel X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used to investigate processes associated with the adsorptio...

  19. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, J.E.; Goldman, A.I.; Anderson, I.E.; Ellis, T.W.; McCallum, R.W.; Sordelet, D.J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates is disclosed wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture. 3 figs.

  20. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, Jeffrey E.; Goldman, Alan I.; Anderson, Iver E.; Ellis, Timothy W.; McCallum, R. William; Sordelet, Daniel J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture.

  1. Specific heat properties of polariton modes in quasicrystals

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    Mauriz, P. W.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Vasconcelos, M. S.

    2001-05-01

    We investigate the thermodynamical properties of plasmon polaritons that propagate in multiple semiconductor layers arranged in a quasiperiodical fashion. This quasiperiodicity can be of the so-called deterministic (or controlled) disorder type, i.e., they are neither random nor periodic. Also, they are characterized by the nature of their Fourier spectrum, which can be dense pure point (Fibonacci sequence) or singular continuous (Thue-Morse sequence). The sequences are described in terms of a series of generations that obey peculiar recursion relations. We present both analytical and numerical studies on the temperature dependence of the polariton's specific heat associated with the generation number n=1,2,3,... for their multiscale fractal energy spectra. We show that when T-->0, the specific heat displays oscillations and when T-->∞, the specific heat goes to zero with T-2 (because the energy spectrum considered is bounded).

  2. The Mpemba Effect, Shechtman's Quasicrystals and Student Exploration Activities

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    Balazovic, Marek; Tomasik, Boris

    2012-01-01

    In the 1960s, Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba and his teacher published a paper with the title "Cool?" in this journal (Mpemba and Osborne 1969 "Phys. Educ." 4 172-5). They claimed that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water. The paper not only led to a wave of discussion, and more publications about this topic, but also to a whole series…

  3. Na8Au9.8(4)Ga7.2 and Na17Au5.87(2)Ga46.63: The diversity of pseudo 5-fold symmetries in the Na-Au-Ga system

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Corbett, John D.; Miller, Gordon J.

    2013-11-01

    The Na-rich part (~30% Na) of the Na-Au-Ga system between NaAu2, NaGa4, and Na22Ga39 has been found to contain the ternary phases Na8Au9.8(4)Ga7.2 (I) and Na17Au5.87(2)Ga46.63 (II), according to the results of single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. I is orthorhombic, Cmcm, a=5.3040(1), b=24.519(5), c=14.573(3) Å, and contains a network of clusters with local 5-fold symmetry along the a-axis. Such clusters are frequent building units in decagonal quasicrystals and their approximants. II is rhombohedral, R3¯m, a=16.325(2), c=35.242(7) Å, and contains building blocks that are structurally identical to the Bergman-type clusters as well as fused icosahedral units known with active metals, triels and late transition elements. II also contains a polycationic network with elements of the clathrate V type structure. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations using linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods on idealized models of I and II indicate that both compounds are metallic with evident pseudogaps at the corresponding Fermi levels. The overall Hamilton bond populations are generally dominated by Au-Ga and Au-Au bonds in I and by Ga-Ga bonds in II; moreover, the Na-Au and Na-Ga contributions in I are unexpectedly large, ~20% of the total. A similar involvement of sodium in covalent bonding has also been found in the electron-richer i-Na13Au12Ga15 quasicrystal approximant.

  4. Microstructural characterization of the dispersed phases in Al-Ce-Fe system

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    Ayer, Raghavan; Angers, L. M.; Mueller, R. R.; Scanlon, J. C.; Klein, C. F.

    1988-07-01

    Analytical electron microscopy studies were conducted on a rapidly solidified Al-8.8Fe-3.7Ce alloy and arc melted buttons of aluminum rich Al-Fe-Ce alloys to determine the characteristics of the metastable and equilibrium phases. The rapidly solidified alloy consisted of binary and ternary metastable phases in the as-extruded condition. The binary metastable phase was identified to be Al6Fe, while the ternary metastable phases were identified to be Al10Fe2Ce and Al20Fe5Ce. The Al20Fe5Ce was a decagonal quasicrystal while the Al10Fe2Ce phase was determined to have an orthorhombic crystal structure belonging to space group Cmmm, Cmm2, or C222. Microscopy studies of RS alloy and cast buttons annealed at 700 K established the equilibrium phases to be Al13Fe4, Al4Ce, and an Al13Fe3Ce ternary phase which was first identified in the present study. The crystal structure of the equilibrium ternary phase was determined to be orthorhombic with a Cmcm or Cmc2 space group. The details of X-ray microanalysis and convergent beam electron diffraction analysis are described.

  5. Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} and Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63}: The diversity of pseudo 5-fold symmetries in the Na–Au–Ga system

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Corbett, John D. Miller, Gordon J.

    2013-11-15

    The Na-rich part (∼30% Na) of the Na–Au–Ga system between NaAu{sub 2}, NaGa{sub 4}, and Na{sub 22}Ga{sub 39} has been found to contain the ternary phases Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} (I) and Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63} (II), according to the results of single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. I is orthorhombic, Cmcm, a=5.3040(1), b=24.519(5), c=14.573(3) Å, and contains a network of clusters with local 5-fold symmetry along the a-axis. Such clusters are frequent building units in decagonal quasicrystals and their approximants. II is rhombohedral, R3{sup ¯}m, a=16.325(2), c=35.242(7) Å, and contains building blocks that are structurally identical to the Bergman-type clusters as well as fused icosahedral units known with active metals, triels and late transition elements. II also contains a polycationic network with elements of the clathrate V type structure. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations using linear muffin–tin-orbital (LMTO) methods on idealized models of I and II indicate that both compounds are metallic with evident pseudogaps at the corresponding Fermi levels. The overall Hamilton bond populations are generally dominated by Au–Ga and Au–Au bonds in I and by Ga–Ga bonds in II; moreover, the Na–Au and Na–Ga contributions in I are unexpectedly large, ∼20% of the total. A similar involvement of sodium in covalent bonding has also been found in the electron-richer i-Na{sub 13}Au{sub 12}Ga{sub 15} quasicrystal approximant. - Graphical abstract: Multiply-endohedral Bergman-related clusters in the structure of Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.9(1)}Ga{sub 46.6.} Display Omitted - Highlights: • Two new compounds with the local 5-fold symmetry have been investigated. • Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} is an orthorhombic approximant of the Na{sub 13}Au{sub 12}Ga{sub 15} quasicrystal. • Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63} represents a rhombohedral distortion of the Bergman-type phases.

  6. Antiferromagnetic order in the Cd6R (R = rare earth) quasicrystal approximants

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    Goldman, Alan; Kim, Min Gyu; Beutier, Guillaume; Kreyssig, Andreas; Hiroto, Takanobu; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Kim, Jong Woo; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-03-01

    Many theoretical treatments of spins on aperiodic lattices support the notion of long-range antiferromagnetic order. However, to date, there has been no experimental confirmation of long-range magnetic order in quasicrystalline systems. The absence of long-range magnetic order extends to crystalline approximant phases of the icosahedral structures as well. Surprisingly, the 1/1 approximant to the Cd-Mg-R icosahedral phases, Cd6 R , appears to be an exception to the rule. Here, we report on the results of x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements on Cd6 R approximants which show that long range antiferromagnetic order is, indeed, realized. For R = Tb and Ho, viewing the structure as a body-centered cubic packing of Tsai clusters, we find that the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the corner of the unit cell are antiferromagnetically correlated with the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the body-center of the unit cell. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. Work at the Tokyo University of Science was supported by KAKENHI (Grant No. 20045017)

  7. Core and valence level photoemission and photoabsorption study of icosahedral Al Pd Mn quasicrystals

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    Horn, K.; Theis, W.; Paggel, J. J.; Barman, S. R.; Rotenberg, E.; Ebert, Ph; Urban, K.

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structure of quasicrystalline Al-Pd-Mn is investigated by means of valence and core level photoelectron spectroscopy. Variations of the photoionization cross section in the constituents' valence electronic levels as a function of photon energy are used to identify contributions from the different atomic species, in particular near the Pd 4d Cooper minimum. Resonant photoemission at the Mn 2p absorption edge shows the contribution of the Mn 3d states to the density of states in a region near the Fermi level. The asymmetry of Pd 3d and Mn 2p core level photoemission lines, and its difference for emission from metallic and quasicrystalline phases, are utilized to infer the contributions of the different constituents to the density of states at the Fermi level.

  8. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Surface Structures of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystals

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    Cai, Tanhong

    2001-01-01

    Three papers are included in this dissertation. The first paper: ''Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED studies'', is in press with ''Surface Science''. The second paper: ''An STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface'' is submitted to ''Physical Review B, Rapid Communication''. The third paper: ''Pseudomorphic starfish: arrangement of extrinsic metal atoms on a quasicrystalline substrate'' is submitted to ''Nature''. Following the third paper are general conclusions and appendices that document the published paper ''Structural aspects of the three-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn'' (appearing in volume 461, issue 1-3 of ''Surface Science'' on page L521-L527, 2000), the design as well as the specifications of the aluminum evaporator used in the aluminum deposition study in this dissertation, an extended discussion of the aluminum deposition on the quasicrystalline surface, and the STM database.

  9. Self-assembly of hydrogen-bonded two-dimensional quasicrystals

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    Wasio, Natalie A.; Quardokus, Rebecca C.; Forrest, Ryan P.; Lent, Craig S.; Corcelli, Steven A.; Christie, John A.; Henderson, Kenneth W.; Kandel, S. Alex

    2014-03-01

    The process of molecular self-assembly on solid surfaces is essentially one of crystallization in two dimensions, and the structures that result depend on the interplay between intermolecular forces and the interaction between adsorbates and the underlying substrate. Because a single hydrogen bond typically has an energy between 15 and 35 kilojoules per mole, hydrogen bonding can be a strong driver of molecular assembly; this is apparent from the dominant role of hydrogen bonding in nucleic-acid base pairing, as well as in the secondary structure of proteins. Carboxylic acid functional groups, which provide two hydrogen bonds, are particularly promising and reliable in creating and maintaining surface order, and self-assembled monolayers of benzoic acids produce structure that depends on the number and relative placement of carboxylic acid groups. Here we use scanning tunnelling microscopy to study self-assembled monolayers of ferrocenecarboxylic acid (FcCOOH), and find that, rather than producing dimeric or linear structures typical of carboxylic acids, FcCOOH forms highly unusual cyclic hydrogen-bonded pentamers, which combine with simultaneously formed FcCOOH dimers to form two-dimensional quasicrystallites that exhibit local five-fold symmetry and maintain translational and rotational order (without periodicity) for distances of more than 400 ångströms.

  10. Ionic Strength-Induced Formation of Smectite Quasicrystals Enhances Nitroaromatic Compound Sorption

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    The influence of ionic strength on nitroaromatic compound sorption from water by K+- and Ca2+-saturated smectite (SWy-2) was examined. The results indicated that sorption of 1,3-dinitrobenzene by K-SWy-2 increased up to 2.2 times as KCl ionic strength increased from 0.01 to 0.30 M. In contrast, sorp...

  11. Ab initio density-functional calculations in materials science: from quasicrystals over microporous catalysts to spintronics

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    Hafner, Jürgen

    2010-09-01

    During the last 20 years computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on materials science, not only in promoting a deeper understanding of the fundamental physical phenomena, but also enabling the computer-assisted design of materials for future technologies. The backbone of atomic-scale computational materials science is density-functional theory (DFT) which allows us to cast the intractable complexity of electron-electron interactions into the form of an effective single-particle equation determined by the exchange-correlation functional. Progress in DFT-based calculations of the properties of materials and of simulations of processes in materials depends on: (1) the development of improved exchange-correlation functionals and advanced post-DFT methods and their implementation in highly efficient computer codes, (2) the development of methods allowing us to bridge the gaps in the temperature, pressure, time and length scales between the ab initio calculations and real-world experiments and (3) the extension of the functionality of these codes, permitting us to treat additional properties and new processes. In this paper we discuss the current status of techniques for performing quantum-based simulations on materials and present some illustrative examples of applications to complex quasiperiodic alloys, cluster-support interactions in microporous acid catalysts and magnetic nanostructures.

  12. The Mpemba effect, Shechtman’s quasicrystals and student exploration activities

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    Balážovič, Marek; Tomášik, Boris

    2012-09-01

    In the 1960s, Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba and his teacher published a paper with the title ‘Cool?’ in this journal (Mpemba and Osborne 1969 Phys. Educ. 4 172-5). They claimed that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water. The paper not only led to a wave of discussion, and more publications about this topic, but also to a whole series of new experiments, with the aim of verifying this apparent thermodynamic absurdity and finding an adequate explanation. Here we give a review with references to explanations and we offer some proposals for experimental student work in this area. We not only introduce the Mpemba effect as a paradoxical physics phenomenon, but also present a strong educational message that the Mpemba story brings to teachers and their students. This message also creates a bridge between this phenomenon and the discovery for which the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded. It leads to critical adoption of traditional knowledge and encourages resilience in investigative exploration of new things.

  13. Modeling of the Kinetics of Metal Film Growth on 5-Fold Surfaces of Icosohedral Quasicrystals

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    Evans, J. W.; Unal, B.; Fournee, V.; Ghosh, C.; Liu, D.-J.; Jenks, C. J.; Thiel, P. A.

    2007-03-01

    During submonolayer deposition of metals on 5-f icosohedral Al- Pd-Mn and Al-Cu-Fe surfaces, experimental evidence for several system points to heterogeneous nucleation of islands at specific ``dark star'' trap sites. We model this phenomenon using a mean-field rate equation formulation for Ag on Al-Pd-Mn, where data is available for both the flux and temperature dependence of the island density. We also utilize a more sophisticated kinetic Monte Carlo simulation approach to analyze an atomistic lattice-gas model (for an appropriate ``disordered-bond-network'' of nearest-neighbor adsorption sites) describing nucleation of starfish islands observed by STM for Al on Al-Cu-Fe. Finally, we briefly describe multilayer growth morphologies (which can display kinetic roughening or quantum size effects), but which also generally reflect the submonolayer island distribution. B. Unal et al. PRB 75 (2007); C. Ghosh et al. Phil. Mag. 86 (2006) 831; Surf. Sci. 600 (2006) 1110; V. Fournee et al. PRL 95 (2005) 155504.

  14. One dimensional resonant Fibonacci quasicrystals: noncanonical linear and canonical nonlinear effects.

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    Werchner, M; Schafer, M; Kira, M; Koch, S W; Sweet, J; Olitzky, J D; Hendrickson, J; Richards, B C; Khitrova, G; Gibbs, H M; Poddubny, A N; Ivchenko, E L; Voronov, M; Wegener, M

    2009-04-13

    A detailed experimental and theoretical study of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of different Fibonacci-spaced multiple-quantum-well structures is presented. Systematic numerical studies are performed for different average spacing and geometrical arrangement of the quantum wells. Measurements of the linear and nonlinear (carrier density dependent) reflectivity are shown to be in good agreement with the computational results. As the pump pulse energy increases, the excitation-induced dephasing broadens the exciton resonances resulting in a disappearance of sharp features and reduction in peak reflectivity.

  15. Tailoring microstructure of Mg–Zn–Y alloys with quasicrystal and related phases for high mechanical strength

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    Singh, Alok

    2014-01-01

    The occurrence of a stable icosahedral (i-) phase, which is quasicrystalline with an icosahedral (fivefold) symmetry, on the equilibrium phase diagram of Mg–Zn–RE (RE = Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho or Er) alloys opened up an interesting possibility of developing a new series of magnesium alloys for structural applications. Alloys based on the i-phase have been studied for the past 14 years. Ultra-high strengths combined with good ductility have been shown. Here we show two strategies for tailoring microstructures for very high strengths in Mg–Zn–Y alloys. One of them involves strengthening by a fine distribution of rod-like precipitates, where the matrix grain size is not critical. The alloy is solutionized at a high temperature of 480 °C to dissolve a large part of the i-phase, followed by a high temperature extrusion (∼430 °C) and a low temperature ageing to reprecipitate phases with fine size distribution. At first, phase transformations involved in this procedure are described. The closeness of the structure of the precipitates to the i-phase is brought out. By this procedure, tensile yield strengths of over 370 MPa are obtained in grain sizes of 20 μm. In another strategy, the alloys are chill cast and then extruded at low temperatures of about 250 °C. Ultra-fine grains are produced by enhanced recrystallization due to presence of the i-phase. At the same time nano-sized precipitates are precipitated dynamically during extrusion from the supersaturated matrix. Ultra-high tensile strengths of up to 400 MPa are obtained in combination with ductility of 12 to 16%. Analysis of the microstructure shows that strengthening by the i-phase occurs by enhanced recrystallization during extrusion. It produces ultra-fine grain sizes to give very high strengths, and moderate texture for good ductility. Fine distribution of the i-phase and precipitates contribute to strengthening and provide microstructre stability. Ultra-high strength over a very wide range of grain sizes is thus demonstrated, by utilizing different strengthening effects. PMID:27877701

  16. Structure of Bergman-type W-TiZrNi approximants to quasicrystal, analyzed by lattice inversion method

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    Huang, H.; Meng, D. Q.; Lai, X. C.; Liu, T. W.; Long, Y.; Hu, Q. M.

    2014-08-01

    The combined interatomic pair potentials of TiZrNi, including Morse and Inversion Gaussian, are successfully built by the lattice inversion method. Some experimental controversies on atomic occupancies of sites 6-8 in W-TiZrNi are analyzed and settled with these inverted potentials. According to the characteristics of composition and site preference occupancy of W-TiZrNi, two stable structural models of W-TiZrNi are proposed and the possibilities are partly confirmed by experimental data. The stabilities of W-TiZrNi mostly result from the contribution of Zr atoms to the phonon densities of states in lower frequencies.

  17. Band gaps and transmission spectra in generalized Fibonacci σ(p,q) one-dimensional magnonic quasicrystals.

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    Costa, C H O; Vasconcelos, M S

    2013-07-17

    We employ a microscopic theory to investigate spin wave (magnon) propagation through their dispersion and transmission spectra in magnonic crystals arranged to display deterministic disorder. In this work the quasiperiodic arrangement investigated is the well-known generalized Fibonacci sequence, which is characterized by the σ(p,q) parameter, where p and q are non-zero integers. In order to determine the bulk modes and transmission spectra of the spin waves, the calculations are carried out for the exchange dominated regime within the framework of the Heisenberg model and taking into account the random phase approximation. We have considered magnetic materials that have a ferromagnetic order, and the transfer-matrix treatment is applied to simplify the algebra. The results reveal that spin wave spectra display a rich and interesting magnonic pass- and stop-bands structures, including an almost symmetric band gap distribution around of a mid-gap frequency, which depends on the Fibonacci sequence type.

  18. Band gaps and transmission spectra in generalized Fibonacci σ(p,q) one-dimensional magnonic quasicrystals

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    Costa, C. H. O.; Vasconcelos, M. S.

    2013-07-01

    We employ a microscopic theory to investigate spin wave (magnon) propagation through their dispersion and transmission spectra in magnonic crystals arranged to display deterministic disorder. In this work the quasiperiodic arrangement investigated is the well-known generalized Fibonacci sequence, which is characterized by the σ(p,q) parameter, where p and q are non-zero integers. In order to determine the bulk modes and transmission spectra of the spin waves, the calculations are carried out for the exchange dominated regime within the framework of the Heisenberg model and taking into account the random phase approximation. We have considered magnetic materials that have a ferromagnetic order, and the transfer-matrix treatment is applied to simplify the algebra. The results reveal that spin wave spectra display a rich and interesting magnonic pass- and stop-bands structures, including an almost symmetric band gap distribution around of a mid-gap frequency, which depends on the Fibonacci sequence type.

  19. Thermal Evaporation Loss Measurements on Quasicrystal (Ti-Zr-Ni) and Glass Forming (Vit 106 and Vit 106a) Liquids

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    Blodgett, M. E.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.

    2015-04-01

    Thermal evaporation loss measurements made using the electrostatic levitation (ESL) technique for one binary Ti-Zr, two ternary Ti-Zr-Ni, and two glass-forming (Vit 106 and Vit 106a) alloy liquids are reported. The containerless environment enables measurements not only for the equilibrium liquids but also for the metastable supercooled liquids. The data follow the Langmuir equation when the activity coefficient of the solute atoms, a measure for the deviation from the ideal solution behavior, is taken into account. An estimate for the activity coefficient of Ni in the Ti-Zr liquid is made from these data, demonstrating the effectiveness of ESL for such measurements.

  20. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystal and Polytetrahedral-Phase Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, T. J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2003-01-01

    From extensive ground based work on the phase diagram and undercooling studies of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys, have clearly identified the composition of three different phases with progressively increasing polytetrahedral order such as, (Ti/Zr), the C14 Laves phase, and the i-phase, that nucleate directly from the undercooled liquid. The reduced undercooling decreases progressively with increasing polytetrahedral order in the solid, supporting Frank s hypothesis. A new facility for direct measurements of the structures and phase transitions in undercooled liquids (BESL) was developed and has provided direct proof of the primary nucleation of a metastable icosahedral phase in some Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. The first measurements of specific heat and viscosity in the undercooled liquid of this alloy system have been completed. Other than the importance of thermo-physical properties for modeling nucleation and growth processes in these materials, these studies have also revealed some interesting new results (such as a maximum of C(sup q, sub p) in the undercooled state). These ground-based results have clearly established the necessary background and the need for conducting benchmark nucleation experiments at the ISS on this alloy system.

  1. An Icosahedral Quasicrystal and Its 1/0 Crystalline Approximant in the Ca–Au–Al System

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    Pham, Joyce; Kreyssig, Andreas; Goldman, Alan I.; Miller, Gordon J.

    2016-10-17

    A new icosahedral quasicrystalline phase, CaAu4.5–xAl1.5+x [0.11 ≤ x ≤ 0.40(6); CaAu4.4Al1.6, aQC = 5.383(4) Å, and Pm35], and its lowest-order 1/0 cubic crystalline approximant phase, CaAu3+xAl1–x [0 ≤ x ≤ 0.31(1); a = 9.0766(5)–9.1261(8) Å, Pa3(No. 205), and Pearson symbol cP40], have been discovered in the Ca-poor region of the Ca–Au–Al system. In the crystalline approximant, eight [Au3–xAl1+x] tetrahedra fill the unit cell, and each tetrahedron is surrounded by four Ca atoms, thus forming a three-dimensional network of {Ca4/4[Au3–xAl1+x]} tetrahedral stars. A computational study of Au and Al site preferences concurs with the experimental results, which indicate a preference for near-neighbor Au–Al interactions over Au–Au and Al–Al interactions. Analysis of the electronic density of states and the associated crystal orbital Hamilton population curves was used to rationalize the descriptions of CaAu4.5–xAl1.5+x [0.11 ≤ x ≤ 0.46(6)] and CaAu3+xAl1–x [0 ≤ x ≤ 0.31(1)] as polar intermetallic species, whereby Ca atoms engage in polar covalent bonding with the electronegative, electron-deficient [Au3–xAl1+x] tetrahedral clusters and the observed phase width of the crystalline approximant.

  2. Tailoring microstructure of Mg-Zn-Y alloys with quasicrystal and related phases for high mechanical strength.

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    Singh, Alok

    2014-08-01

    The occurrence of a stable icosahedral (i-) phase, which is quasicrystalline with an icosahedral (fivefold) symmetry, on the equilibrium phase diagram of Mg-Zn-RE (RE = Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho or Er) alloys opened up an interesting possibility of developing a new series of magnesium alloys for structural applications. Alloys based on the i-phase have been studied for the past 14 years. Ultra-high strengths combined with good ductility have been shown. Here we show two strategies for tailoring microstructures for very high strengths in Mg-Zn-Y alloys. One of them involves strengthening by a fine distribution of rod-like [Formula: see text] precipitates, where the matrix grain size is not critical. The alloy is solutionized at a high temperature of 480 °C to dissolve a large part of the i-phase, followed by a high temperature extrusion (∼430 °C) and a low temperature ageing to reprecipitate phases with fine size distribution. At first, phase transformations involved in this procedure are described. The closeness of the structure of the [Formula: see text] precipitates to the i-phase is brought out. By this procedure, tensile yield strengths of over 370 MPa are obtained in grain sizes of 20 μm. In another strategy, the alloys are chill cast and then extruded at low temperatures of about 250 °C. Ultra-fine grains are produced by enhanced recrystallization due to presence of the i-phase. At the same time nano-sized precipitates are precipitated dynamically during extrusion from the supersaturated matrix. Ultra-high tensile strengths of up to 400 MPa are obtained in combination with ductility of 12 to 16%. Analysis of the microstructure shows that strengthening by the i-phase occurs by enhanced recrystallization during extrusion. It produces ultra-fine grain sizes to give very high strengths, and moderate texture for good ductility. Fine distribution of the i-phase and precipitates contribute to strengthening and provide microstructre stability. Ultra-high strength over a very wide range of grain sizes is thus demonstrated, by utilizing different strengthening effects.

  3. Wireless sensor network for irrigation application in cotton

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A wireless sensor network was deployed in a cotton field to monitor soil water status for irrigation. The network included two systems, a Decagon system and a microcontroller-based system. The Decagon system consists of soil volumetric water-content sensors, wireless data loggers, and a central data...

  4. Soil moisture and plant canopy temperature sensing for irrigation application in cotton

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    A wireless sensor network was deployed in a cotton field to monitor soil water status for irrigation. The network included two systems, a Decagon system and a microcontroller-based system. The Decagon system consists of soil volumetric water-content sensors, wireless data loggers, and a central data...

  5. Enhanced Energy Density in Permanent Magnets using Controlled High Magnetic Field during Processing

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    Rios, Orlando; Carter, Bill; Constantinides, Steve

    2016-05-05

    This ORNL Manufacturing Demonstraction Facility (MDF) technical collaboration focused on the use of high magnetic field processing (>2Tesla) using energy efficient large bore superconducting magnet technology and high frequency electromagnetics to improve magnet performance and reduce the energy budget associated with Alnico thermal processing. Alnico, alloys containing Al, Ni, Co and Fe, represent a class of functional nanostructured alloys, and show the greatest potential for supplementing or replacing commercial Nd-based rare-earth alloy magnets.

  6. [Non-empirical interatomic potentials for transition metals]. Progress report

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    Not Available

    1993-05-01

    The report is divided into the following sections: potential-energy functions for d-band metals, potential-energy functions for aluminides and quasicrystals, electronic structure of complex structures and quasicrystals, potential-energy functions in transition-metal oxides, applications to defect structure and mechanical properties, and basic theory of interatomic potentials.

  7. [Non-empirical interatomic potentials for transition metals

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    Not Available

    1993-01-01

    The report is divided into the following sections: potential-energy functions for d-band metals, potential-energy functions for aluminides and quasicrystals, electronic structure of complex structures and quasicrystals, potential-energy functions in transition-metal oxides, applications to defect structure and mechanical properties, and basic theory of interatomic potentials.

  8. Trends in the synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles through reverse microemulsions in hydrocarbon media.

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    Khadzhiev, Salambek N; Kadiev, Khusain M; Yampolskaya, Galina P; Kadieva, Malkan Kh

    2013-09-01

    In recent years, more and more attention is given to production and use of nanoparticles dispersed in hydrocarbon medium and synthesized in reverse microemulsions. In this article the data and research results on synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions are summarized. The major attention is paid to thermochemical approach for nanoparticle synthesis in reverse microemulsions with precursors of Мо, Al, Ni, Co and Fe oxides being active components of the catalysts for petroleum chemistry and refinery. A high efficiency of native crude oil surfactants for the production of catalyst nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions has been found.

  9. Magnetic features of Fe-Cr-Co alloys with tailoring chromium content fabricated by spark plasma sintering

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    Rastabi, Reza Amini; Ghasemi, Ali; Tavoosi, Majid; Ramazani, Mazaher

    2017-03-01

    Structural and magnetic characterization of Fe-Cr-Co alloys during milling, annealing and consolidation processes was the goal of this study. In this regards, different powder mixtures of Fe80-xCrxCo20 (15≤x≤35) were mechanically milled in a planetary ball mill and then were consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The produced samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). According to achieved results, the structure of as-milled samples in different compositions consists of single α phase solid solution with coercivity and saturation of magnetization in the range of 110-200 Oe and 150-220 emu/g, respectively. The magnetic properties of consolidated samples depend on the kinds of formed precipitates in microstructure and the maximum values of coercive force and saturation of magnetization obtained in Fe55Cr25Co20 magnetic (with single α phase) alloy were 107 Oe and Ms 172 emu/g, respectively. In fact, the formation of non-magnetic σ and γ phases has a destructive effect on magnetic properties of consolidated samples with higher Cr content. Since such magnet requires less cobalt, and contains similar magnetic feature with superior ductility compare to the AlNiCo 5, it could be considered as a promising candidate for employing instead of AlNiCo 5.

  10. Effect of a ductility layer on the tensile strength of TiAl-based multilayer composite sheets prepared by EB-PVD

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    Zhang, Rubing; Zhang, Yaoyao; Liu, Qiang; Chen, Guiqing; Zhang, Deming

    2014-09-15

    TiAl/Nb and TiAl/NiCoCrAl laminate composite sheets with a thickness of 0.4–0.6 mm and dimensions of 150 mm × 100 mm were successfully fabricated by electron beam physical vapor deposition. The microstructures of the sheets were examined, and their mechanical properties were compared with those of TiAl monolithic sheet produced by electron beam physical vapor deposition. Tensile testing was performed at room temperature and 750 °C, and the fracture surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Among the three microlaminate sheets, the TiAl/NiCoCrAl micro-laminate sheet had the best comprehensive properties at room temperature, and the TiAl/Nb micro-laminate sheet showed the ideal high-temperature strength and plasticity at 750 °C. The result was discussed in terms of metal strengthening mechanism. - Highlights: • TiAl-based multilayer foils was fabricated successfully by using EB-PVD method; • The tensile properties and micro-fracture morphologies of the sheet were investigated; • The deformation behavior of the multilayer foils was discussed.

  11. Development of improved high temperature coatings for IN-792 + HF

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    Profant, D. D.; Naik, S. K.

    1981-01-01

    The development for t-55 l712 engine of high temperature for integral turbine nozzles with improved thermal fatigue resistance without sacrificing oxidation/corrosion protection is discussed. The program evaluated to coating systems which comprised one baseline plasma spray coating (12% Al-NiCoCrALY), three aluminide coatings including the baseline aluminide (701), two CoNiCrAly (6% Al) + aluminide systems and four NiCoCrY + aluminide coating were evaluated. The two-step coating processes were investigated since it offered the advantage of tailoring the composition as well as properly coating surfaces of an integral or segmented nozzle. Cyclic burner rig thermal fatigue and oxidation/corrosion tests were used to evaluate the candidate coating systems. The plasma sprayed 12% Al-NiCoCrAlY was rated the best coating in thermal fatigue resistance and outperformed all coatings by a factor between 1.4 to 2.5 in cycles to crack initiation. However, this coatings is not applicable to integral or segmented nozzles due to the line of sight limitation of the plasma spray process. The 6% Al-CoNiCrAlY + Mod. 701 aluminide (32 w/o Al) was rated the best coating in oxidation/corrosion resistance and was rated the second best in thermal fatigue resistance.

  12. Annual report to W-2188 multi-state research project "Characterizing Mass and Energy Transport at Different Vadose Zone Scales"

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    Results of our studies on soil water sensors were conveyed to manufacturers, including Acclima, Inc. and Decagon, Inc. Four invited presentations on soil water sensing for irrigation management were made to irrigation conferences in the Central and Southern High Plains (Nebraska and Texas). Eleven i...

  13. An Infiltration Exercise for Introductory Soil Science

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    Barbarick, K. A.; Ippolito, J. A.; Butters, G.; Sorge, G. M.

    2005-01-01

    One of the largest challenges in teaching introductory soil science is explaining the dynamics of soil infiltration. To aid students in understanding the concept and to further engage them in active learning in the soils laboratory course, we developed an exercise using Decagon Mini-Disk Infiltrometers with a tension head (h[subscript o]) of 2 cm.…

  14. Multi-body forces and the energetics of transition metals, alloys, and semiconductors

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    Carlsson, A.E.

    1992-01-01

    Progress over the past year is divided into 3 areas: potential-energy functions for transition-metal aluminides; electronic structure and energetics of complex structures and quasicrystals; and ceramic materials (PdO, PtO).

  15. Multi-body forces and the energetics of transition metals, alloys, and semiconductors. Annual progress report, (1991--1992)

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    Carlsson, A.E.

    1992-11-01

    Progress over the past year is divided into 3 areas: potential-energy functions for transition-metal aluminides; electronic structure and energetics of complex structures and quasicrystals; and ceramic materials (PdO, PtO).

  16. Proliferation of anomalous symmetries in colloidal monolayers subjected to quasiperiodic light fields

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    Mikhael, Jules; Schmiedeberg, Michael; Rausch, Sebastian; Roth, Johannes; Stark, Holger; Bechinger, Clemens

    2010-01-01

    Quasicrystals provide a fascinating class of materials with intriguing properties. Despite a strong potential for numerous technical applications, the conditions under which quasicrystals form are still poorly understood. Currently, it is not clear why most quasicrystals hold 5- or 10-fold symmetry but no single example with 7- or 9-fold symmetry has ever been observed. Here we report on geometrical constraints which impede the formation of quasicrystals with certain symmetries in a colloidal model system. Experimentally, colloidal quasicrystals are created by subjecting micron-sized particles to two-dimensional quasiperiodic potential landscapes created by n = 5 or seven laser beams. Our results clearly demonstrate that quasicrystalline order is much easier established for n = 5 compared to n = 7. With increasing laser intensity we observe that the colloids first adopt quasiperiodic order at local areas which then laterally grow until an extended quasicrystalline layer forms. As nucleation sites where quasiperiodicity originates, we identify highly symmetric motifs in the laser pattern. We find that their density strongly varies with n and surprisingly is smallest exactly for those quasicrystalline symmetries which have never been observed in atomic systems. Since such high-symmetry motifs also exist in atomic quasicrystals where they act as preferential adsorption sites, this suggests that it is indeed the deficiency of such motifs which accounts for the absence of materials with e.g., 7-fold symmetry. PMID:20406907

  17. A flux-mnemonic permanent magnet brushless machine for wind power generation

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    Yu, Chuang; Chau, K. T.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2009-04-01

    In this paper, the concept of flux mnemonics is newly extended to the wind power generator. By incorporating a small magnetizing winding into an outer-rotor doubly salient AlNiCo permanent magnet (PM) machine, a new flux-mnemonic PM brushless wind power generator is proposed and implemented. This generator can offer effective and efficient air-gap flux control. First, the characteristics of the proposed generator are analyzed by using the finite element method. Second, the closed-loop flux control is devised to achieve a constant generated voltage under time-varying wind speeds. Finally, the experimental results are given to verify the validity of the proposed generator and control system.

  18. Soil moisture sensor calibration for organic soil surface layers

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    Bircher, S.; Andreasen, M.; Vuollet, J.; Vehviläinen, J.; Rautiainen, K.; Jonard, F.; Weihermüller, L.; Zakharova, E.; Wigneron, J.-P.; Kerr, Y. H.

    2015-12-01

    This paper's objective is to present generic calibration functions for organic surface layers derived for the soil moisture sensors Decagon ECH2O 5TE and Delta-T ThetaProbe ML2x, using material from northern regions, mainly from the Finish Meteorological Institute's Arctic Research Center in Sodankylä and the study area of the Danish Center for Hydrology HOBE. For the Decagon 5TE sensor such a function is currently not reported in literature. Data were compared with measurements from underlying mineral soils including laboratory and field measurements. Shrinkage and charring during drying were considered. For both sensors all field and lab data showed consistent trends. For mineral layers with low soil organic matter (SOM) content the validity of the manufacturer's calibrations was demonstrated. Deviating sensor outputs in organic and mineral horizons were identified: for the Decagon 5TE apparent relative permittivities at a given moisture content decreased for increased SOM content, which was attributed to an increase of bound water in organic materials with large surface areas compared to the studied mineral soils. ThetaProbe measurements from organic horizons showed stronger non-linearity in the sensor response and signal saturation in the high level data. The derived calibration fit functions between sensor response and volumetric water content hold for samples spanning a wide range of humus types with differing SOM characteristics. This strengthens confidence in their validity under various conditions, rendering them highly suitable for large-scale applications in remote sensing and land surface modeling studies. Agreement between independent Decagon 5TE and ThetaProbe time series from an organic surface layer at the Sodankylä site was significantly improved when the here proposed fit functions were used. Decagon 5TE data also well-reflected precipitation events. Thus, Decagon 5TE network data from organic surface layers at the Sodankylä and HOBE sites are

  19. Soil moisture sensor calibration for organic soil surface layers

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    Bircher, Simone; Andreasen, Mie; Vuollet, Johanna; Vehviläinen, Juho; Rautiainen, Kimmo; Jonard, François; Weihermüller, Lutz; Zakharova, Elena; Wigneron, Jean-Pierre; Kerr, Yann H.

    2016-04-01

    This paper's objective is to present generic calibration functions for organic surface layers derived for the soil moisture sensors Decagon ECH2O 5TE and Delta-T ThetaProbe ML2x, using material from northern regions, mainly from the Finnish Meteorological Institute's Arctic Research Center in Sodankylä and the study area of the Danish Center for Hydrology (HOBE). For the Decagon 5TE sensor such a function is currently not reported in the literature. Data were compared with measurements from underlying mineral soils including laboratory and field measurements. Shrinkage and charring during drying were considered. For both sensors all field and lab data showed consistent trends. For mineral layers with low soil organic matter (SOM) content the validity of the manufacturer's calibrations was demonstrated. Deviating sensor outputs in organic and mineral horizons were identified. For the Decagon 5TE, apparent relative permittivities at a given moisture content decreased for increased SOM content, which was attributed to an increase of bound water in organic materials with large specific surface areas compared to the studied mineral soils. ThetaProbe measurements from organic horizons showed stronger nonlinearity in the sensor response and signal saturation in the high-level data. The derived calibration fit functions between sensor response and volumetric water content hold for samples spanning a wide range of humus types with differing SOM characteristics. This strengthens confidence in their validity under various conditions, rendering them highly suitable for large-scale applications in remote sensing and land surface modeling studies. Agreement between independent Decagon 5TE and ThetaProbe time series from an organic surface layer at the Sodankylä site was significantly improved when the here-proposed fit functions were used. Decagon 5TE data also well-reflected precipitation events. Thus, Decagon 5TE network data from organic surface layers at the Sodankylä and

  20. Magnesium silicide intermetallic alloys

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    Li, Gh.; Gill, H. S.; Varin, R. A.

    1993-11-01

    Methods of induction melting an ultra-low-density magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) intermetallic and its alloys and the resulting microstructure and microhardness were studied. The highest quality ingots of Mg2Si alloys were obtained by triple melting in a graphite crucible coated with boron nitride to eliminate reactivity, under overpressure of high-purity argon (1.3 X 105 Pa), at a temperature close to but not exceeding 1105 °C ± 5 °C to avoid excessive evaporation of Mg. After establishing the proper induction-melting conditions, the Mg-Si binary alloys and several Mg2Si alloys macroalloyed with 1 at. pct of Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, Zn, Mn, Cr, and Fe were induction melted and, after solidification, investigated by optical microscopy and quantitative X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Both the Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectic in the binary alloys exhibited a small but systematic increase in the Si content as the overall composition of the binary alloy moved closer toward the Mg2Si line compound. The Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the as-solidified Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectics in the Mg-Si binary alloys decreased with increasing Mg (decreasing Si) content in the eutectic. This behavior persisted even after annealing for 75 hours at 0.89 pct of the respective eutectic temperature. The Mg-rich eutectic in the Mg2Si + Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, and Zn alloys contained sections exhibiting a different optical contrast and chemical composition than the rest of the eutectic. Some particles dispersed in the Mg2Si matrix were found in the Mg2Si + Cr, Mn, and Fe alloys. The EDS results are presented and discussed and compared with the VHN data.

  1. Quasicrystallography from Bn lattices

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    Koca, M.; Koca, N. O.; Al-Mukhaini, A.; Al-Qanabi, A.

    2014-11-01

    We present a group theoretical analysis of the hypercubic lattice described by the affine Coxeter-Weyl group Wa (Bn). An h-fold symmetric quasicrystal structure follows from the hyperqubic lattice whose point group is described by the Coxeter-Weyl group W (Bn) with the Coxeter number h=2n. Higher dimensional cubic lattices are explicitly constructed for n = 4,5,6 by identifying their rank-3 Coxeter subgroups and maximal dihedral subgroups. Decomposition of their Voronoi cells under the respective rank-3 subgroups W (A3), W (H2)×W (A1) and W (H3)lead to the rhombic dodecahedron, rhombic icosahedron and rhombic triacontahedron respectively. Projection of the lattice B4 describes a quasicrystal structure with 8-fold symmetry. The B5 lattice leads to quasicrystals with both 5fold and 10 fold symmetries. The lattice B6 projects on a 12-fold symmetric quasicrystal as well as a 3D icosahedral quasicrystal depending on the choice of subspace of projections. The projected sets of lattice points are compatible with the available experimental data.

  2. Phenomenological Magnetic Model in Tsai-Type Approximants

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    Sugimoto, Takanori; Tohyama, Takami; Hiroto, Takanobu; Tamura, Ryuji

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by recent discovery of canted ferromagnetism in Tsai-type approximants Au-Si-RE (RE = Tb, Dy, Ho), we propose a phenomenological magnetic model reproducing their magnetic structure and thermodynamic quantities. In the model, cubic symmetry ($m\\bar{3}$) of the approximately-regular icosahedra plays a key role in the peculiar magnetic structure determined by a neutron diffraction experiment. Our magnetic model does not only explain magnetic behaviors in the quasicrystal approximants, but also provides a good starting point for the possibility of coexistence between magnetic long-range order and aperiodicity in quasicrystals.

  3. Diffraction studies of the structure of glasses and liquids

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    Moss, S.C.

    1989-01-01

    At the University of Houston, our program on glasses and liquids has continued with emphasis on melanin; vitreous TiO{sub 2}; metallic glasses/quasicrystals, including the computer modelling of quasicrystals via icosahedral glass models; and the structure of C{sup +} ion-beam deposited carbon films. The development of a dedicated glass and liquid diffractometer (GLAD) at the Argonne IPNS, under the direction of Dr. David L. Price, has entered the prototype stage. We are now quite close to a fully operating facility and commissioning should take place in the Spring 1990 with beam time available for participating scientists, on state-of-the-art experiments, shortly thereafter.

  4. A short guide to pure point diffraction in cut-and-project sets

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    Richard, Christoph; Strungaru, Nicolae

    2017-04-01

    We briefly review the diffraction of quasicrystals and then give an elementary alternative proof of the diffraction formula for regular cut-and-project sets, which is based on Bochner’s theorem from Fourier analysis. This clarifies a common view that the diffraction of a quasicrystal is determined by the diffraction of its underlying lattice. To illustrate our approach, we will also treat a number of well-known explicitly solvable examples. We dedicate this work to Tony Guttmann on the occasion of his 70th birthday

  5. Superlubricity in quasicrystalline twisted bilayer graphene

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    Koren, Elad; Duerig, Urs

    2016-05-01

    The unique atomic positions in quasicrystals lead to peculiar self-similarity and fractal-like structural morphology. Accordingly, many of the material properties are supposed to manifest exceptional characteristics. In this Rapid Communication, we explain through numerical simulations the fundamental and peculiar aspects of quasicrystals wearless friction manifested in a 30° twisted bilayer graphene system. In particular, the sliding force exhibits a fractal structure with distinct area correlations due to the natural mixture between both periodic and aperiodic lateral modulations. In addition, zero power scaling of the sliding force with respect to the contact area is demonstrated for a geometric sequence of dodecagonal elements.

  6. Fabrication of ten-fold photonic quasicrystalline structures

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    Sun, XiaoHong Wu, YuLong; Liu, Wen; Liu, Wei; Han, Juan; Jiang, Lei

    2015-05-15

    Compared to periodic crystals, quasicrystals have higher point group symmetry and are more favorable in achieving complete band-gaps. In this report, a top-cut prism interferometer is designed to fabricate ten-fold photonic quasicrystalline structures. By optimizing the exposing conditions and material characteristics, appropriate quasicrystals have been obtained in the SU8 photoresist films. Atomic Force Microscopy and laser diffraction are used to characterize the fabricated structures. The measurement results show the consistence between the theoretical design and experiments. This will provide guidance for the large-area and fast production of ten-fold quasicrystalline structures with high quality.

  7. Icosahedral quasicrystalline (Ti1.6V0.4Ni)100-xScx alloys: Synthesis, structure and their application in Ni-MH batteries

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    Hu, Wen; Yi, Jianhong; Zheng, Biju; Wang, Limin

    2013-06-01

    Thanks to the revolutionary discovery of 5-fold symmetry contributed by Shechtman, quasicrystal is now recognized as another solid-state existing form. As the second largest class of quasicrystals, titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals are very promising for hydrogen storage applications owing to their inherent abundant interstitial sites and favorable hydrogen-metal chemistry. In this context, (Ti1.6V0.4Ni)100-xScx (x=0.5-6) quaternary icosahedral quasicrystals have been successfully synthesized via arc-melting and subsequent melt-spinning techniques, and then their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen is explored. When the molar ratio of Sc addition is under 1%, a maximum discharge capacity of about 270 mA h g-1 can be delivered. With further increasing Sc amount to 6%, good cycling stability as well as significantly retarded self-discharge rate (capacity retention 94% after 24 h relaxation) is observed. But meanwhile, the discharge capacities fall into 250-240 mA h g-1, and the electrocatalytic activity improvement is highly demanded.

  8. Dirac Sea and its Evolution

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    Volfson, Boris

    2013-09-01

    The hypothesis of transition from a chaotic Dirac Sea, via highly unstable positronium, into a Simhony Model of stable face-centered cubic lattice structure of electrons and positrons securely bound in vacuum space, is considered. 13.75 Billion years ago, the new lattice, which, unlike a Dirac Sea, is permeable by photons and phonons, made the Universe detectable. Many electrons and positrons ended up annihilating each other producing energy quanta and neutrino-antineutrino pairs. The weak force of the electron-positron crystal lattice, bombarded by the chirality-changing neutrinos, may have started capturing these neutrinos thus transforming from cubic crystals into a quasicrystal lattice. Unlike cubic crystal lattice, clusters of quasicrystals are "slippery" allowing the formation of centers of local torsion, where gravity condenses matter into galaxies, stars and planets. In the presence of quanta, in a quasicrystal lattice, the Majorana neutrinos' rotation flips to the opposite direction causing natural transformations in a category comprised of three components; two others being positron and electron. In other words, each particle-antiparticle pair "e-" and "e+", in an individual crystal unit, could become either a quasi- component "e- ve e+", or a quasi- component "e+ - ve e-". Five-to-six six billion years ago, a continuous stimulation of the quasicrystal aetherial lattice by the same, similar, or different, astronomical events, could have triggered Hebbian and anti-Hebbian learning processes. The Universe may have started writing script into its own aether in a code most appropriate for the quasicrystal aether "hardware": Eight three-dimensional "alphabet" characters, each corresponding to the individual quasi-crystal unit shape. They could be expressed as quantum Turing machine qubits, or, alternatively, in a binary code. The code numerals could contain terminal and nonterminal symbols of the Chomsky's hierarchy, wherein, the showers of quanta, forming the

  9. Developing effective ground and space-based soil moisture sensing techniques for irrigating cotton in coastal plain soils

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    Qiao, Xin

    Irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture sensor readings has gained popularity in the past few decades since it can enhance crop yield while saving water. Such method is limited since the representativeness of an individual soil moisture sensor measurement is questionable in a large field with variable soil type and texture. The optimum location of soil moisture sensors needs to be determined within such a production field for effective sensor-based irrigation scheduling. Therefore, the first object of this study was to investigate the optimum sensor location and the number of moisture sensors required for irrigating cotton in coastal plain soils. Replicated tests were conducted during 2012, 2013, and 2014 growing seasons in a cotton field located at the Edisto Research and Education Center of Clemson University, on a typical coastal plain soil. The test field was divided into different management zones based on soil electrical conductivity (EC) measurements. Soil moisture sensors including AquaSpy, Sentek EasyAg-50, Decagon EC-5, Watermark 200SS, and 503 DR Hydroprobe neutron probe access tubes were installed side by side in plots of each management zone. Irrigation treatments were based on sensor readings from various management zones. Results showed that irrigation based on sensor readings from higher electrical conductivity zones, can stabilize or even enhance yield while increasing water use efficiency (WUE) significantly. The second objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of soil moisture sensors mentioned above to determine the most accurate and affordable sensor technology for irrigation scheduling. Season long soil moisture readings of AquaSpy, Sentek EasyAg-50, Decagon EC-5, and Watermark 200SS sensors were collected and compared to neutron probe readings. The results showed that Sentek EasyAg-50 sensor performed the best among tested sensors compared to neutron probe readings with coefficient of determination, R2 = 0.847 and root mean

  10. Bragg resonances and Zener tunneling in quasiperiodic two-dimensional optical lattices and photonic crystals

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    Shchesnovich, Valery S.

    2007-09-15

    Nonresonant Zener tunneling in decagonal quasiperiodic structures in two spatial dimensions is defined by its relation to Bragg resonance and is studied by direct numerical simulations and an analytical approach. It is shown that, in the shallow lattice limit, the tunneling dynamics about the Bragg resonances is described by the multilevel Landau-Zener-Majorana models, which capture the essential peaks of the complicated Fourier spectrum. The results have applications to dynamics of cold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates in quasiperiodic optical lattices, light propagation in quasiperiodic photonic crystals, and ultrasonic experiments with quasiperiodic structures.

  11. Design and evaluation of improved magnetic stir bars for single-mode microwave reactors.

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    Obermayer, David; Damm, Markus; Kappe, C Oliver

    2013-08-14

    Magnetic stirring in sealed cylindrical vessels designed for use in single-mode microwave instruments is typically less than optimal, and is not comparable to the efficient agitation that can be generally obtained in a round-bottomed flask fitted with a suitable magnetic stir bar or using overhead mechanical stirring systems. A new "vertical blade" stir bar design that improves the stirring performance in the very narrow, flow-constricting microwave vessels has been developed and evaluated for several different transformations where stirring and efficient agitation are known to be of importance. The better performance of these novel stirrers compared to the traditional cylindrical stir bar design is not only due to the geometry of the stirrer but also to the utilization of a magnetic material with a stronger magnetic transmission force (Sm2Co17) compared to standard ferrite or AlNiCo alloys. For all three tested cases involving solid/liquid, liquid/liquid and highly viscous reaction systems, the new vertical blade stirrers showed a distinctively improved performance resulting in higher conversions and/or product yields.

  12. Nature of the interfaces between the constituent phases in the high entropy alloy CoCrCuFeNiAl.

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    Welk, Brian A; Williams, Robert E A; Viswanathan, Gopal B; Gibson, Mark A; Liaw, Peter K; Fraser, Hamish L

    2013-11-01

    The interfaces between the phase separated regions in the dendritic grains of laser-deposited samples of the high entropy alloy CoCrCuFeNiAl have been studied using aberration-corrected analytical (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM). The compositional variations have been determined using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) in (S)TEM. It was found that between B2, consisting mainly of Al, Ni, Co, and Fe, and disordered bcc phase, consisting mainly of Cr and Fe, there is a transition region, approximately 1.5 nm in width, over which the chemical composition changes from the B2 to that of the bcc phase. The crystal structure of this interfacial region is also B2, but with very different sublattice occupancy than that of the adjacent B2 compound. The structural aspects of the interface between the ordered B2 phase and the disordered bcc phase have been characterized using high angle annular dark-field (HAADF) imaging in STEM. It has been determined that the interfaces are essentially coherent, with the lattice parameters of the two B2 regions and the disordered bcc phase being more or less the same, the uncertainty arising from possible relaxations from the proximity of the surfaces of the thin foils used in imaging of the microstructures. Direct observations show that there is a planar continuity between all three constituent phases.

  13. Predicting Pathways for Synthesis of Ferromagnetic τ Phase in Binary Heusler Alloy Al-55 pct Mn Through Understanding of the Kinetics of ɛ-τ Transformation

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    Palanisamy, Dhanalakshmi; Singh, Shailesh; Srivastava, Chandan; Madras, Giridhar; Chattopadhyay, Kamanio

    2016-12-01

    This paper outlines the detailed procedure for the synthesis of pure ferromagnetic τ phase in binary Heusler Al-55 pct Mn alloy in bulk form through casting route without any addition of stabilizers. To obtain the processing domain for the formation of the τ phase from high-temperature ɛ phase, isothermal transformation experiments were carried out. The structure and microstructure were characterized by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies. The τ phase start times were obtained through magnetic measurements. In order to tune the casting conditions for the formation of this phase, thermal modeling was carried out to predict the heat extraction rates for copper molds of different diameters (2 to 12 mm) containing hot solids during casting process. This enabled us to estimate the diameter of the mold to be used for obtaining τ phase directly during casting. It was concluded through experimental verification that 10-mm-diameter casting in copper mold is suitable to obtain complete τ phase. A saturation magnetization of 116 emu/g at 10 K was measured for such samples. The Curie point for the τ phase was found to be 668 K (395 °C). Additionally, the cast rod exhibits a compressive strength of 1170 MPa which is higher than those of both ferrites and AlNiCo magnets.

  14. Atomic-scale chemical imaging and quantification of metallic alloy structures by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

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    Lu, Ping; Zhou, Lin; Kramer, M J; Smith, David J

    2014-02-04

    Determination of atomic-scale crystal structure for nanostructured intermetallic alloys, such as magnetic alloys containing Al, Ni, Co (alnico) and Fe, is crucial for understanding physical properties such as magnetism, but technically challenging due to the small interatomic distances and the similar atomic numbers. By applying energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mapping to the study of two intermetallic phases of an alnico alloy resulting from spinodal decomposition, we have determined atomic-scale chemical composition at individual lattice sites for the two phases: one is the B2 phase with Fe0.76Co0.24 -Fe0.40Co0.60 ordering and the other is the L2(1) phase with Ni0.48Co0.52 at A-sites, Al at B(Ι)-sites and Fe0.20Ti0.80 at B(ΙΙ)-sites, respectively. The technique developed through this study represents a powerful real-space approach to investigate structure chemically at the atomic scale for a wide range of materials systems.

  15. Modeling the Value Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets at End-of-Life

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    Cong, Liang; Jin, Hongyue; Fitsos, Pete; ...

    2015-05-21

    Permanent magnets containing rare earth elements (REEs) such as Dysprosium and Neodymium offer an advantage over non-REE containing magnets (e.g. ferrite or AlNiCo) in terms of power relative to size. However, REE availability has varied significantly in recent years leading to volatility in the cost of rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs). The supply of REEs can be increased by recycling consumer products and industrial machinery that contain REPMs at product end-of-life (EOL). This paper discusses the REE recovery process for EOL products. The optimal dismantling of products is examined with an emphasis placed on obtaining used REPMs. The challenge ofmore » collecting, managing, transporting, and processing used products is addressed through the development of a cost model for REPM recovery. This model is used to investigate several EOL strategies for recovering REPMs. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to identify the key factors that influence value recovery economics. A hard disk drive serves as a case study for model demonstration.« less

  16. Modeling the Value Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets at End-of-Life

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    Cong, Liang; Jin, Hongyue; Fitsos, Pete; McIntyre, Timothy; Yih, Yuehwern; Zhao, Fu; Sutherland, John W.

    2015-05-21

    Permanent magnets containing rare earth elements (REEs) such as Dysprosium and Neodymium offer an advantage over non-REE containing magnets (e.g. ferrite or AlNiCo) in terms of power relative to size. However, REE availability has varied significantly in recent years leading to volatility in the cost of rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs). The supply of REEs can be increased by recycling consumer products and industrial machinery that contain REPMs at product end-of-life (EOL). This paper discusses the REE recovery process for EOL products. The optimal dismantling of products is examined with an emphasis placed on obtaining used REPMs. The challenge of collecting, managing, transporting, and processing used products is addressed through the development of a cost model for REPM recovery. This model is used to investigate several EOL strategies for recovering REPMs. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to identify the key factors that influence value recovery economics. A hard disk drive serves as a case study for model demonstration.

  17. Atomic-scale Chemical Imaging and Quantification of Metallic Alloy Structures by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

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    Lu, Ping; Zhou, Lin; Kramer, M. J.; Smith, David J.

    2014-01-01

    Determination of atomic-scale crystal structure for nanostructured intermetallic alloys, such as magnetic alloys containing Al, Ni, Co (alnico) and Fe, is crucial for understanding physical properties such as magnetism, but technically challenging due to the small interatomic distances and the similar atomic numbers. By applying energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mapping to the study of two intermetallic phases of an alnico alloy resulting from spinodal decomposition, we have determined atomic-scale chemical composition at individual lattice sites for the two phases: one is the B2 phase with Fe0.76Co0.24 -Fe0.40Co0.60 ordering and the other is the L21 phase with Ni0.48Co0.52 at A-sites, Al at BΙ-sites and Fe0.20Ti0.80 at BΙΙ-sites, respectively. The technique developed through this study represents a powerful real-space approach to investigate structure chemically at the atomic scale for a wide range of materials systems. PMID:24492747

  18. Investigation of the Influence of Selected Soil and Plant Properties from Sakarya, Turkey, on the Bioavailability of Trace Elements by Applying an In Vitro Digestion Model.

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    Altundag, Huseyin; Albayrak, Sinem; Dundar, Mustafa S; Tuzen, Mustafa; Soylak, Mustafa

    2015-11-01

    The main aim of this study was an investigation of the influence of selected soil and plant properties on the bioaccessibility of trace elements and hence their potential impacts on human health in urban environments. Two artificial digestion models were used to determine trace element levels passing from soil and plants to man for bioavailability study. Soil and plant samples were collected from various regions of the province of Sakarya, Turkey. Digestive process is started by addition of soil and plant samples to an artificial digestion model based on human physiology. Bioavailability % values are obtained from the ratio of the amount of element passing to human digestion to element content of soil and plants. According to bioavailability % results, element levels passing from soil samples to human digestion were B = Cr = Cu = Fe = Pb = Li < Al < Ni < Co < Ba < Mn < Sr < Cd < Na < Zn < Tl, while element levels passing from plant samples to human digestion were Cu = Fe = Ni = Pb = Tl = Na = Li < Co < Al < Sr < Ba < Mn < Cd < Cr < Zn < B. It was checked whether the results obtained reached harmful levels to human health by examining the literature.

  19. Morphology of single inhalable particle inside public transit biodiesel fueled bus.

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    Shandilya, Kaushik K; Kumar, Ashok

    2010-01-01

    In an urban-transit bus, fueled by biodiesel in Toledo, Ohio, single inhalable particle samples in October 2008 were collected and detected by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM/EDS). Particle size analysis found bimodal distribution at 0.2 and 0.5 microm. The particle morphology was characterized by 14 different shape clusters: square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, agglomerate, sphere, triangle, oblong, strip, line or stick, and unknown, by quantitative order. The square particles were common in the samples. Round and triangle particles are more, and pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, strip, line or sticks are less. Agglomerate particles were found in abundance. The surface of most particles was coarse with a fractal edge that can provide a suitable chemical reaction bed in the polluted atmospheric environment. The three sorts of surface patterns of squares were smooth, semi-smooth, and coarse. The three sorts of square surface patterns represented the morphological characteristics of single inhalable particles in the air inside the bus in Toledo. The size and shape distribution results were compared to those obtained for a bus using ultra low sulfur diesel.

  20. Field-scale soil moisture space-time geostatistical modeling for complex Palouse landscapes in the inland Pacific Northwest

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    Chahal, M. K.; Brown, D. J.; Brooks, E. S.; Campbell, C.; Cobos, D. R.; Vierling, L. A.

    2012-12-01

    Estimating soil moisture content continuously over space and time using geo-statistical techniques supports the refinement of process-based watershed hydrology models and the application of soil process models (e.g. biogeochemical models predicting greenhouse gas fluxes) to complex landscapes. In this study, we model soil profile volumetric moisture content for five agricultural fields with loess soils in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Using a combination of stratification and space-filling techniques, we selected 42 representative and distributed measurement locations in the Cook Agronomy Farm (Pullman, WA) and 12 locations each in four additional grower fields that span the precipitation gradient across the Palouse. At each measurement location, soil moisture was measured on an hourly basis at five different depths (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm) using Decagon 5-TE/5-TM soil moisture sensors (Decagon Devices, Pullman, WA, USA). This data was collected over three years for the Cook Agronomy Farm and one year for each of the grower fields. In addition to ordinary kriging, we explored the correlation of volumetric water content with external, spatially exhaustive indices derived from terrain models, optical remote sensing imagery, and proximal soil sensing data (electromagnetic induction and VisNIR penetrometer)

  1. Holographic fabrication of 3D photonic crystal templates with 4, 5, and 6-fold rotational symmetry using a single beam and single exposure

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    Lowell, David; George, David; Lutkenhaus, Jeffery; Philipose, Usha; Zhang, Hualiang; Lin, Yuankun

    2016-03-01

    A method of fabricating large-volume three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystal and quasicrystal templates using holographic lithography is presented. Fabrication is accomplished using a single-beam and single exposure by a reflective optical element (ROE). The ROE is 3D printed support structure which holds reflecting surfaces composed of silicon or gallium arsenide. Large-volume 3D photonic crystal and quasicrystal templates with 4-fold, 5-fold, and 6-fold symmetry were fabricated and found to be in good agreement with simulation. Although the reflective surfaces were setup away from the Brewster's angle, the interference among the reflected s and p-polarizations still generated bicontinuous structures, demonstrating the flexibility of the ROE. The ROE, being a compact and inexpensive alternative to diffractive optical elements and top-cut prisms, facilitates the large-scale integration of holographically fabricated photonic structures into on-chip applications.

  2. Light Localisation and Lasing

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    Ghulinyan, Mher; Pavesi, Lorenzo

    2014-12-01

    List of contributors; Preface; 1. Light propagation and emission in complex photonic media W. L. Vos, A. Lagendijk and A. P. Mosk; 2. Transport of localized waves via modes and channels A. Genack and Z. Shi; 3. Modes structure and interaction in random lasers M. Leonetti and C. Lopez; 4. Ordered and disordered light transport in couple microring resonators S. Mookherjea; 5. One-dimensional photonic quasicrystals M. Ghulinyan; 6. 2D pseudo-random and deterministic aperiodic lasers H. Cao, H. Noh and L. Dal Negro; 7. 3D photonic quasicrystal and deterministic aperiodic structures A. Ledermann, M. Renner and G. von Freymann; 8. Cavity quantum electrodynamics with three-dimensional photonic bandgap crystals W. L. Vos and L. A. Woldering; References; Index.

  3. Pressure-Driven Quantum Criticality and T/H Scaling in the Icosahedral Au-Al-Yb Approximant

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    Matsukawa, Shuya; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Imura, Keiichiro; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2016-06-01

    We report on ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under pressure of the Au-Al-Yb alloy, a crystalline approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal that shows unconventional quantum criticality. In describing the susceptibility as χ(T)-1 - χ(0)-1 ∝ Tγ, we find that χ(0)-1 decreases with increasing pressure and vanishes to zero at the critical pressure Pc ≃ 2 GPa, with γ ( ≃ 0.5) unchanged. We suggest that this quantum criticality emerges owing to critical valence fluctuations. Above Pc, the approximant undergoes a magnetic transition at T ≃ 100 mK. These results are contrasted with the fact that, in the quasicrystal, the quantum criticality is robust against the application of pressure. The applicability of the so-called T/H scaling to the approximant is also discussed.

  4. Templated quasicrystalline molecular layers

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    Smerdon, Joe; Young, Kirsty; Lowe, Michael; Hars, Sanger; Yadav, Thakur; Hesp, David; Dhanak, Vinod; Tsai, An-Pang; Sharma, Hem Raj; McGrath, Ronan

    2014-03-01

    Quasicrystals are materials with long range ordering but no periodicity. We report scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observations of quasicrystalline molecular layers on five-fold quasicrystal surfaces. The molecules adopt positions and orientations on the surface consistent with the quasicrystalline ordering of the substrate. Carbon-60 adsorbs atop sufficiently-separated Fe atoms on icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe to form a unique quasicrystalline lattice whereas further C60 molecules decorate remaining surface Fe atoms in a quasi-degenerate fashion. Pentacene (Pn) adsorbs at tenfold-symmetric points around surface-bisected rhombic triacontahedral clusters in icosahedral Ag-In-Yb. These systems constitute the first demonstrations of quasicrystalline molecular ordering on a template. EPSRC EP/D05253X/1, EP/D071828/1, UK BIS.

  5. One dimensional 1H, 2H and 3H

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    Vidal, A. J.; Astrakharchik, G. E.; Vranješ Markić, L.; Boronat, J.

    2016-05-01

    The ground-state properties of one-dimensional electron-spin-polarized hydrogen 1H, deuterium 2H, and tritium 3H are obtained by means of quantum Monte Carlo methods. The equations of state of the three isotopes are calculated for a wide range of linear densities. The pair correlation function and the static structure factor are obtained and interpreted within the framework of the Luttinger liquid theory. We report the density dependence of the Luttinger parameter and use it to identify different physical regimes: Bogoliubov Bose gas, super-Tonks-Girardeau gas, and quasi-crystal regimes for bosons; repulsive, attractive Fermi gas, and quasi-crystal regimes for fermions. We find that the tritium isotope is the one with the richest behavior. Our results show unambiguously the relevant role of the isotope mass in the properties of this quantum system.

  6. The determination of the solidification paths and the liquidus surface in the quasicrystalline region of the Al-Cu-Ru systems

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    Haines, Scott

    1995-12-06

    Objective is to determine if conventional slow-growth methods will be successful for growing single quasicrystals in this system. Reaction schemes, isopleths, and a ternary liquidus diagram were constructed using DTA, XRD, microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Results suggest a peak in the liquidus near the predicted compositions of Al65Cu23Ru12 or Al65Cu20Ru15 in the face-centered icosahedral phase field. Further study is needed to verify the existence of a congruently melting phase. There appears to be composition for which slow-growth methods will produce a single-quasicrystal. Directional solidification studies were done on Al65Cu25Ru10.

  7. Quantum emulation of quasiperiodic systems

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    Senaratne, Ruwan; Geiger, Zachary; Fujiwara, Kurt; Singh, Kevin; Rajagopal, Shankari; Weld, David

    2016-05-01

    Tunable quasiperiodic optical traps can enable quantum emulation of electronic phenomena in quasicrystals. A 1D bichromatic lattice or a Gaussian beam intersecting a 2D square lattice in a direct analogy of the ``cut-and-project'' construction can be used to create tunable 1D quasiperiodic potentials for cold neutral atoms. We report on progress towards the observation of singular continuous diffraction patterns, fractal energy spectra, and Bloch oscillations in these synthetic quasicrystals. We will also discuss the existence of edge states which can be topologically pumped across the lattice by varying a phasonic parameter. We acknowledge support from the ONR, the ARO and the PECASE and DURIP programs, the AFOSR, the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the President's Research Catalyst Award from the University of California Office of the President.

  8. Icosahedral quasicrystalline (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx alloys: Synthesis, structure and their application in Ni-MH batteries

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    Hu, Wen; Yi, Jianhong; Zheng, Biju; Wang, Limin

    2013-06-01

    Thanks to the revolutionary discovery of 5-fold symmetry contributed by Shechtman, quasicrystal is now recognized as another solid-state existing form. As the second largest class of quasicrystals, titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals are very promising for hydrogen storage applications owing to their inherent abundant interstitial sites and favorable hydrogen-metal chemistry. In this context, (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx (x=0.5–6) quaternary icosahedral quasicrystals have been successfully synthesized via arc-melting and subsequent melt-spinning techniques, and then their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen is explored. When the molar ratio of Sc addition is under 1%, a maximum discharge capacity of about 270 mA h g⁻¹ can be delivered. With further increasing Sc amount to 6%, good cycling stability as well as significantly retarded self-discharge rate (capacity retention 94% after 24 h relaxation) is observed. But meanwhile, the discharge capacities fall into 250-240 mA h g⁻¹, and the electrocatalytic activity improvement is highly demanded. - Graphical abstract: Quasicrystalline Ti–V–Ni–Sc hydrogen storage materials: Sc addition into Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni alloy forms the icosahedral phase (see picture). With optimal Sc dosage, the anodic cycling stability and self-discharge property are greatly enhanced. - Highlights: • Crystalline disallowed 5-fold symmetry is present in (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx alloys. • Ti-based metastable quasicrystalline alloys can store hydrogen electrochemically. • A maximum discharge capacity of 270 mA h g⁻¹ can be delivered. • Advantageous cycle stability and self-discharge property benefit from Sc addition. • Ti and V dissolution is suppressed by an oxide layer resulting from Sc corrosion.

  9. SimulaTEM: multislice simulations for general objects.

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    Gómez-Rodríguez, A; Beltrán-Del-Río, L M; Herrera-Becerra, R

    2010-01-01

    In this work we present the program SimulaTEM for the simulation of high resolution micrographs and diffraction patterns. This is a program based on the multislice approach that does not assume a periodic object. It can calculate images from finite objects, from amorphous samples, from crystals, quasicrystals, grain boundaries, nanoparticles or arbitrary objects provided the coordinates of all the atoms can be supplied.

  10. Conduction in quasiperiodic and quasirandom lattices: Fibonacci, Riemann, and Anderson models

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    Varma, V. K.; Pilati, S.; Kravtsov, V. E.

    2016-12-01

    We study the ground state conduction properties of noninteracting electrons in aperiodic but nonrandom one-dimensional models with chiral symmetry and make comparisons against Anderson models with nondeterministic disorder. The first model we consider is the Fibonacci lattice, which is a paradigmatic model of quasicrystals; the second is the Riemann lattice, which we define inspired by Dyson's proposal on the possible connection between the Riemann hypothesis and a suitably defined quasicrystal. Our analysis is based on Kohn's many-particle localization tensor defined within the modern theory of the insulating state. In the Fibonacci quasicrystal, where all single-particle eigenstates are critical (i.e., intermediate between ergodic and localized), the noninteracting electron gas is found to be an insulator, due to spectral gaps, at various specific fillings ρ , including the values ρ =1 /gn , where g is the golden ratio and n is any integer; however away from these spectral anomalies, the system is found to be a conductor, including the half-filled case. In the Riemann lattice metallic behavior is found at half filling as well; however, in contrast to the Fibonacci quasicrystal, the Riemann lattice is generically an insulator due to single-particle eigenstate localization, likely at all other fillings. Its behavior turns out to be alike that of the off-diagonal Anderson model, albeit with different system-size scaling of the band-center anomalies. The advantages of analyzing the Kohn's localization tensor instead of other measures of localization familiar from the theory of Anderson insulators (such as the participation ratio or the Lyapunov exponent) are highlighted.

  11. TOPICAL REVIEW: Icosahedral clusters, icosaheral order and stability of quasicrystals—a view of metallurgy

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    Tsai, An Pang

    2008-04-01

    We review the stability of various icosahedral quasicrystals (iQc) from a metallurgical viewpoint. The stability of stable iQcs is well interpreted in terms of Hume-Rothery rules, i.e. atomic size factor and valence electron concentration, e/a. For metastable iQcs, we discuss the role of phason disorder introduced by rapid solidification, in structural stability and its interplay with chemical order and composition. Invited paper.

  12. The Hölder continuity of spectral measures of an extended CMV matrix

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    Munger, Paul E.; Ong, Darren C.

    2014-01-01

    We prove results about the Hölder continuity of the spectral measures of the extended CMV matrix, given power law bounds of the solution of the eigenvalue equation. We thus arrive at a unitary analogue of the results of Damanik, Killip, and Lenz [“Uniform spectral properties of one-dimensional quasicrystals, III. α-continuity,” Commun. Math. Phys.55, 191–204 (2000)] about the spectral measure of the discrete Schrödinger operator. PMID:25316954

  13. A correspondence principle

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    Hughes, Barry D.; Ninham, Barry W.

    2016-02-01

    A single mathematical theme underpins disparate physical phenomena in classical, quantum and statistical mechanical contexts. This mathematical "correspondence principle", a kind of wave-particle duality with glorious realizations in classical and modern mathematical analysis, embodies fundamental geometrical and physical order, and yet in some sense sits on the edge of chaos. Illustrative cases discussed are drawn from classical and anomalous diffusion, quantum mechanics of single particles and ideal gases, quasicrystals and Casimir forces.

  14. Quasi crystals: Studies of stability and phason relaxation

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    Gronlund, L.D.

    1989-01-01

    This dissertation is in two distinct parts. In chapter I the author considers a simple model of solidification based on Landau theory and investigates whether this model can have stable or metastable quasicrystalline solutions. The model is that proposed by Kalugin, Kitaev, and Levitov with an additional local quartic term in the free energy. In this case, the body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal is the global minimum. He assesses the stability of the quasicrystalline solutions and shows that they are not even metastable, being unstable against a collapse to the bcc crystal. In chapter II he proposes a simple model for phason dynamics in quasicrystals. Phason shifts in the Penrose tiling model of quasicrystals appear as flips of rows of tiles, known as worms. When worms cross one another a hierarchy is established in which some of the worms cannot flip until others have. A complex set of constraints on worm flips is thereby introduced by the intricate pattern of worm crossings in quasicrystalline tilings. He introduces a simple model of interacting sets of one-dimensional Ising chains that mimics this set of constraints and study the possible consequences of these constraints for phason dynamics and the relaxation of phason strain in quasicrystals.

  15. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory.

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-12-08

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction.

  16. Diffraction pattern of modulated structures described by Bessel functions

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    Wolny, Janusz; Buganski, Ireneusz; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2016-05-01

    We performed detailed analysis of 1D modulated structure (MS) with harmonic modulation within the statistical approach. By applying two-mode Fourier transform, we were able to derive analytically the structure factor for MS with single harmonic modulation component. We confirmed in a very smooth way that ordinary Bessel functions of the first kind define envelopes tuning the intensities of the diffraction peaks. This applies not only to main reflections of the diffraction pattern but also to all satellites. In the second part, we discussed in details the similarities between harmonically modulated structures with multiple modulations and 1D model quasicrystal. The Fourier expansion of the nodes' positions in the Fibonacci chain gives direct numerical definition of the atomic arrangement in MS. In that sense, we can define 1D quasicrystal as a MS with infinite number of harmonic modulations. We prove that characteristic measures (like v(u) relation typical for statistical approach and diffraction pattern) calculated for MS asymptotically approach their counterparts for 1D quasicrystal as large enough number of modulation terms is taken into account.

  17. Preparation of Al-Cu-Fe-(Sn,Si) quasicrystalline bulks by laser multilayer cladding

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    Feng, Li-ping; Fleury, Eric; Zhang, Guo-sheng

    2012-05-01

    (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x ( x=0, 12, 20, 30) and Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 powders were cladded on a medium carbon steel (45# steel) substrate by laser multilayer cladding, respectively. The phases and properties of the produced quasicrystalline bulks were investigated. It was found that the main phases in the Al65Cu20Fe15 sample were crystalline λ-Al13Fe4 and icosahedral quasicrystal together with a small volume fraction of θ-Al2Cu phase. The volume fraction of icosahedral phase decreased as the Sn content in the (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x samples increased owing to the formation of β-CuSn phase. The increase of Sn content improved the brittleness of the quasicrystal samples. The morphology of the solidification microstructure in the Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 sample changed from elongated shape to spherical shape due to the addition of Si. The nanohardness of the laser multilayer cladded quasicrystal samples was equal to that of the as-cast sample prepared by vacuum quenching. In terms of hardness, the laser cladded Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 quasicrystalline alloy has the highest value among all the investigated samples.

  18. Interfacial free energy and medium range order: Proof of an inverse of Frank's hypothesis

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    Lee, Geun Woo; Cho, Yong Chan; Lee, Byeongchan; Kelton, Kenneth F.

    2017-02-01

    We study the relation of crystal-liquid interfacial free energy and medium range order in the quasicrystal-forming T i37Z r42N i21 liquid from undercooling experiment and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Adding a small amount of Ag to the liquid significantly reduces the degree of undercooling, which is suggestive of small interfacial free energy, and thus very similar atomic configuration between the liquid and the icosahedral quasicrystal phases. Using ab initio MD study, we find that Ag atoms predominantly form a bond with Zr atoms in the short range and, further, Ag-Zr pairs are extended in the liquid, as a medium range order which is identical to the global structural feature reported recently [Liu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 155501 (2010)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.155501. This result may expect extremely small undercooling if the icosahedral medium range order exists in a liquid forming an icosahedral quasicrystal, which implies the ambiguity of clear distinction of heterogeneous and homogeneous nucleation.

  19. Structures beyond crystals

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    Hargittai, István

    2010-07-01

    Dan Shechtman made a seminal observation of the appearance on "non-crystallographic" symmetry in an alloy at the US National Bureau of Standards on April 8, 1982. This day has become known as the date of the discovery of quasicrystals. It was not easy to gain recognition for this discovery and the first printed report about it appeared two and a half years after the observation, which then was followed by an avalanche of publications. This was as if theoreticians and other experimentalists had only been waiting for a pioneer to come out with this revolutionary experiment. The discovery of quasicrystals just as the discovery of the structure of biological macromolecules was part of the development in which the framework of classical crystallography was crumbling and generalized crystallography—the science of structures—has emerged that had long been advanced by J. Desmond Bernal and his pupils. The discovery of quasicrystals offers some lessons about the nature of scientific discovery. This contribution presents selected aspects of the recognition of the importance of structures beyond crystals and is by far not a complete history of the areas involved.

  20. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction. PMID:27929519

  1. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-12-01

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction.

  2. Alumina-Forming MAX Phases in Turbine Material Systems

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    Smialek, James L.; Harder, Bryan J.; Garg, Arnita; Nesbitt, James A.

    2015-01-01

    Coatings for high temperature turbine components are based on low conductivity YSZ thermal barriers and protective NiAl, NiCoCrAlY bond coats. Good oxidation hot corrosion resistance, intermediate CTE, and strain tolerance of Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC MAX phases are thus of special interest. Their alumina scale growth follows a cubic law in accord with FeCrAlY alloys, with oxygen grain boundary diffusivity: Dgb 1.8 x 10-10 exp(-375 kJmole) m3s. Protective cubic kinetics are also found in high pressure burner rig (6 atm., 25 ms) and TGA tests of MAXthal 211Ti2AlC. The initial portion (0.1 hr) is dominated by fast TiO2 growth (with little evidence of scale volatility in high pressure water vapor, as found for SiO2 scales). Bulk Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC substrates show promise as potential bond coats for YSZ TBCs in 1000-1200 C furnace life (500 h) tests. Cr2AlC is proving to be very resistant to 700-900 C Na2SO4 hot corrosion and is of interest for disk alloys. Preliminary diffusion bonded Cr2AlC-superalloy hybrid couples have survived 1000 hr interrupted furnace tests at 800C with no indication of cracking or debonding. Diffusion zones of -NiAl+Cr7C3 were produced in these above 1000 C, but did not grow to any great extent after 1000 hr at 800 C. Processing as coatings presents challenges, however the basic properties of MAX phases provide novel opportunities for high temperature turbine components.

  3. The use of a sequential leaching procedure for assessing the heavy metal leachability in lime waste from the lime kiln at a caustizicing process of a pulp mill.

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    Pöykiö, Risto; Nurmesniemi, Hannu; Kuokkanen, Toivo; Perämäki, Paavo

    2006-12-01

    A five-stage sequential leaching procedure was used to fractionate 13 heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Cr, Zn, Fe, Mn, Al, Ni, Co, As, V, Ba) and sulphur (S) in lime waste from the lime kiln at the causticizing plant of Stora Enso Oyj Veitsiluoto Pulp Mills at Kemi, Northern Finland, into the following fractions: (1) water-soluble fraction (H(2)O), (2) exchangeable fraction (CH(3)COOH), (3) easily reduced fraction (HONH(3)Cl), (4) oxidizable fraction (H(2)O(2)+CH(3)COONH(4)), and (5) residual fraction (HF+HNO(3)+HCl). Although metals were leachable in all fractions, the highest concentrations for most of the metals were observed in the residual fraction (stage 5). It was also notable that the total heavy metal concentrations in lime waste did not exceed the maximal allowable heavy metal concentrations for soil conditioner agents set by the ministry of the Agricultural and Forestry in Finland. The heavy metals concentrations in lime waste were also lower than the maximal allowable heavy metals concentrations of the European Union Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture. The Ca concentration (420 g kg(-1); d.w.) was about 262 times higher than the typical value of 1.6 g kg(-1) (d.w.) in arable land in Central Finland. However, the concentration Mg (0.2 g kg(-1); d.w.) in lime waste was equal to the Mg concentration in arable land in the Central Finland. The lime waste has strongly alkaline pH ( approximately 12.8) and a neutralizing value (i.e. liming effect) of 47.9% expressed as Ca equivalents (d.w.). This indicates lime waste to be a potential soil conditioner and improvement as well as a pH buffer.

  4. Plant canopy gap-size analysis theory for improving optical measurements of leaf-area index

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    Chen, Jing M.; Cihlar, Josef

    1995-09-01

    Optical instruments currently available for measuring the leaf-area index (LAI) of a plant canopy all utilize only the canopy gap-fraction information. These instruments include the Li-Cor LAI-2000 Plant Canopy Analyzer, Decagon, and Demon. The advantages of utilizing both the canopy gap-fraction and gap-size information are shown. For the purpose of measuring the canopy gap size, a prototype sunfleck-LAI instrument named Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies (TRAC), has been developed and tested in two pure conifer plantations, red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb). A new gap-size-analysis theory is presented to quantify the effect of canopy architecture on optical measurements of LAI based on the gap-fraction principle. The theory is an improvement on that of Lang and Xiang [Agric. For. Meteorol. 37, 229 (1986)]. In principle, this theory can be used for any heterogeneous canopies.

  5. Differential refractive index sensor based on photonic molecules and defect cavities.

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    Andueza, Ángel; Pérez-Conde, Jesús; Sevilla, Joaquín

    2016-08-08

    We present a novel differential refractive index sensor prototype based on a matrix of photonic molecules (PM) of soda-lime glass cylinders (εc = 4.5) and two defect cavities. The measured and simulated spectra in the microwave range (8-12 GHz) show a wide photonic stop band with two localized states: the reference state, bound to a decagonal ring of cylinders and the sensing state, bound to the defect cavities. The defect mode is very sensitive to the permittivity of the material inserted in the cavity while the state in the PM remains unperturbed. We find that the response of the sensor is linear. These results can be extrapolated to the visible range due to scale invariance of Maxwell equations.

  6. Quasiperiodic structures via atom-optical nanofabrication

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    Jurdik, E.; Myszkiewicz, G.; Hohlfeld, J.; Tsukamoto, A.; Toonen, A. J.; van Etteger, A. F.; Gerritsen, J.; Hermsen, J.; Goldbach-Aschemann, S.; Meerts, W. L.; van Kempen, H.; Rasing, Th.

    2004-05-01

    We deposit a laser-collimated chromium beam onto a substrate through a quasiperiodic laser standing-wave (SW) tuned above the atomic resonance at the 52Cr transition 7S3→7Po4 at 425.55 nm. This SW is created by interference of five laser beams crossing in one point at mutual angles of 72°. The resulting chromium pattern on the substrate surface mimics the geometry of the SW and it is thus itself quasiperiodic. On a surface area of 0.2×0.2 mm2 the spatial Fourier spectrum of the measured patterns is decagonal. Besides being of fundamental interest, this quasiperiodic nanofabrication via atom optics can find its applications in photonics.

  7. An agronomic field-scale sensor network for monitoring soil water and temperature variation

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    Brown, D. J.; Gasch, C.; Brooks, E. S.; Huggins, D. R.; Campbell, C. S.; Cobos, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    Environmental sensor networks have been deployed in a variety of contexts to monitor plant, air, water and soil properties. To date, there have been relatively few such networks deployed to monitor dynamic soil properties in cropped fields. Here we report on experience with a distributed soil sensor network that has been deployed for seven years in a research farm with ongoing agronomic field operations. The Washington State University R. J. Cook Agronomy Farm (CAF), Pullman, WA, USA has recently been designated a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Long-Term Agro-Ecosystem Research (LTAR) site. In 2007, 12 geo-referenced locations at CAF were instrumented, then in 2009 this network was expended to 42 locations distributed across the 37-ha farm. At each of this locations, Decagon 5TE probes (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA, USA) were installed at five depths (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm), with temperature and volumetric soil moisture content recorded hourly. Initially, data loggers were wirelessly connected to a data station that could be accessed through a cell connection, but due to the logistics of agronomic field operations, we later buried the dataloggers at each site and now periodically download data via local radio transmission. In this presentation, we share our experience with the installation, maintenance, calibration and data processing associated with an agronomic soil monitoring network. We also present highlights of data derived from this network, including seasonal fluctuations of soil temperature and volumetric water content at each depth, and how these measurements are influenced by crop type, soil properties, landscape position, and precipitation events.

  8. Symmetry and Condensed Matter Physics

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    El-Batanouny, M.; Wooten, F.

    2008-03-01

    Preface; 1. Symmetry and physics; 2. Symmetry and group theory; 3. Group representations: concepts; 4. Group representations: formalism and methodology; 5. Dixon's method for computing group characters; 6. Group action and symmetry projection operators; 7. Construction of the irreducible representations; 8. Product groups and product representations; 9. Induced representations; 10. Crystallographic symmetry and space-groups; 11. Space groups: Irreps; 12. Time-reversal symmetry: color groups and the Onsager relations; 13. Tensors and tensor fields; 14. Electronic properties of solids; 15. Dynamical properties of molecules, solids and surfaces; 16. Experimental measurements and selection rules; 17. Landau's theory of phase transitions; 18. Incommensurate systems and quasi-crystals; References; Bibliography; Index.

  9. Anomalies in the Thermophysical Properties of Undercooled Glass-Forming Alloys

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Rogers, Jan R.; Kelton, Kenneth F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup

    2008-01-01

    The surface tension, viscosity, and density of several bulk metallic glass-forming alloys have been measured using noncontact techniques in the electrostatic levitation facility (ESL) at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. All three properties show unexpected behavior in the undercooled regime. Similar deviations were previously observed in titanium-based quasicrystal-forming alloys,but the deviations in the properties of the glass-forming alloys are much more pronounced. New results for anomalous thermophysical properties in undercooled glass-forming alloys will be presented and discussed.

  10. Icosahedral stereographic projections in three dimensions for use in dark field TEM.

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    Bourdillon, Antony J

    2013-08-01

    Thermodynamics require that rapidly cooled crystals and quasicrystals are relatively defective. Yet, without convenient 3-dimensional indexation both at crystal poles and in diffraction planes, or Kikuchi maps, it is difficult to identify the defects by dark field transmission electron microscopy. For two phase Al6Mn, these maps are derived. They relate i-Al6Mn to the standard face centered cubic, matrix crystals. An example of their usefulness in determining interfacial characteristics is described. Indices are integral powers on an irrational number.

  11. Photonic Choke-Joints for Dual-Polarization Waveguides

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    Wollack, Edward J.; U-yen, Kongpop; Chuss, David T.

    2010-01-01

    Photonic choke joint (PCJ) structures for dual-polarization waveguides have been investigated for use in device and component packaging. This interface enables the realization of a high performance non-contacting waveguide joint without degrading the in-band signal propagation properties. The choke properties of two tiling approaches, symmetric square Cartesian and octagonal quasi-crystal lattices of metallic posts, are explored and optimal PCJ design parameters are presented. For each of these schemes, the experimental results for structures with finite tilings demonstrate near ideal transmission and reflection performance over a full waveguide band.

  12. Localized modes in defect-free two-dimensional circular photonic crystals

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    Zhong Wei; Zhang Xiangdong

    2010-01-15

    The localization of electromagnetic waves in defect-free circular photonic crystals (CPCs) is investigated using a multiple-scattering method. It is shown that electromagnetic waves of certain freqencies are localized in some special regions inside a perfect CPC with a high order of rotational symmetry. Localized modes with a high Q factor, greater than 10{sup 6}, are obtained. In particular, some unique localized modes such as circular modes and localized modes for both polarized waves are found in the present system, which are completely different from those in defect-free photonic quasicrystals and periodic structures. Their physical properties are also analyzed.

  13. Thermal Emission Control via Bandgap Engineering in Aperiodically Designed Nanophotonic Devices

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    Maciá, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Aperiodic photonic crystals can open up novel routes for more efficient photon management due to increased degrees of freedom in their design along with the unique properties brought about by the long-range aperiodic order as compared to their periodic counterparts. In this work we first describe the fundamental notions underlying the idea of thermal emission/absorption control on the basis of the systematic use of aperiodic multilayer designs in photonic quasicrystals. Then, we illustrate the potential applications of this approach in order to enhance the performance of daytime radiative coolers and solar thermoelectric energy generators. PMID:28347037

  14. Measures with locally finite support and spectrum.

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    Meyer, Yves F

    2016-03-22

    The goal of this paper is the construction of measures μ on R(n)enjoying three conflicting but fortunately compatible properties: (i) μ is a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, (ii) the Fourier transform μ f μ is also a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, and (iii) μ is not a generalized Dirac comb. We give surprisingly simple examples of such measures. These unexpected patterns strongly differ from quasicrystals, they provide us with unusual Poisson's formulas, and they might give us an unconventional insight into aperiodic order.

  15. Ultrahigh-Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy with Sub-Angstrom-Sized Electron Beams

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    Abe, E.; Pennycook, Stephen J

    2005-01-01

    The scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) with an annular dark-field (ADF) detector provides atomic-resolution incoherent images, whose resolution is dominated, to a good approximation, by the size of convergent electron beams. Improving a spherical aberration of microscope objective lenses has been successful in converging the beam into sub-angstrom scale, promising a remarkably higher resolution for STEM. Here we describe the performance of aberration-corrected 300kV-STEM-the world-best STEM available today. The results clearly demonstrate that a sub-angstrom resolution has been indeed achieved for not only simple structures but also structurally complex systems (quasicrystals).

  16. Ultrahigh-resolution Scanning Transmission Microscopy with Sub-?ngstrom-Sized Electron Beams

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    Abe, E.; Pennycook, Stephen J

    2005-01-01

    The scanning transmission electron microscope(STEM)with an annular dark-field(ADF) detector provides atomic-resolution incoherent images, whose resolution is dominated, to a good approximation, by the size of convergent electron beams. Improving a spherical aberra- tion of microscope objective lenses has been successful in converging the beam into sub- scale, promising a remarkably higher resolution for STEM. Here we describe the performance of aberration-corrected 300kV-STEM - the world-best STEM available today. The results clearly demonstrate that a sub- ngstrom resolution has been indeed achieved for not only simple structures but also structurally complex systems(quasicrystals).

  17. A self-similar transformation for a dodecagonal quasiperiodic covering with T-clusters

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    Liao, Longguang; Zhang, Wenbin; Yu, Tongxu; Cao, Zexian

    2013-06-01

    A single cluster covering for the ship tiling of a dodecagonal quasiperiodic structure is obtained via a self-similar transformation, by which a turtle-like cluster, dubbed as a T-cluster, comprising seven squares, twenty regular triangles and two 30°-rhombuses, is changed into twenty scaled-down T-clusters, each centering at a vertex of the original one. Remarkably, there are three types of transformations according to the distinct configuration of the 20 scaled-down T-clusters. Detailed data for the transformations are specified. The results are expected to be helpful for the study of the physical and structural properties of dodecagonal quasicrystals.

  18. Regular and anomalous quantum diffusion in the Fibonacci kicked rotator

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    Casati, G.; Mantica, G.; Shepelyansky, D. L.

    2001-06-01

    We study the dynamics of a quantum rotator, impulsively kicked according to the almost-periodic Fibonacci sequence. A special numerical technique allows us to carry on this investigation for as many as 10{sup 12} kicks. It is shown that above a critical kick strength, the excitation of the system is well described by regular diffusion, while below this border it becomes anomalous and subdiffusive. A law for the dependence of the exponent of anomalous subdiffusion on the kick strength is established numerically. The analogy between these results and quantum diffusion in models of quasicrystals and in the kicked Harper system is discussed.

  19. Regular and anomalous quantum diffusion in the Fibonacci kicked rotator.

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    Casati, G; Mantica, G; Shepelyansky, D L

    2001-06-01

    We study the dynamics of a quantum rotator, impulsively kicked according to the almost-periodic Fibonacci sequence. A special numerical technique allows us to carry on this investigation for as many as 10(12) kicks. It is shown that above a critical kick strength, the excitation of the system is well described by regular diffusion, while below this border it becomes anomalous and subdiffusive. A law for the dependence of the exponent of anomalous subdiffusion on the kick strength is established numerically. The analogy between these results and quantum diffusion in models of quasicrystals and in the kicked Harper system is discussed.

  20. Diffraction analysis of decorated Fibonacci chains in the average unit-cell approach.

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    Wolny, J; Pytlik, L

    2000-01-01

    A novel approach to diffraction analysis of decorated quasicrystals is discussed. An average unit cell has been constructed for a decorated Fibonacci chain and used for analysis of its diffraction pattern. After some transformation of the scattering vectors, all the diffraction peaks are described by a single envelope function which is characteristic of a given decoration. It has been shown that by knowing several diffraction intensities, in a limited range of the scattering vector, it is possible to reconstruct the envelope function successfully and distinguish between different decorated structures.

  1. Measures with locally finite support and spectrum

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    Meyer, Yves F.

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this paper is the construction of measures μ on Rn enjoying three conflicting but fortunately compatible properties: (i) μ is a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, (ii) the Fourier transform μ^ of μ is also a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, and (iii) μ is not a generalized Dirac comb. We give surprisingly simple examples of such measures. These unexpected patterns strongly differ from quasicrystals, they provide us with unusual Poisson's formulas, and they might give us an unconventional insight into aperiodic order. PMID:26929358

  2. Caged clusters in Al11Ir4: Structural transition and insulating phase

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    Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, C. L.

    2013-08-01

    Using pair potentials fitted to an ab initio database, combined with replica-exchange simulated annealing, we show that the complex, quasicrystal-related Al11Ir4 compound contains a nonstandard version of the “pseudo-Mackay” icosahedral cluster, with nonicosahedral inner Al10Ir and/or Al9Ir clusters that exist in various orientations and account for partial occupancies in the reported structure. We found two different compositions with different orientationally ordered grounds, each doubling the (cubic) unit cell and each reached by a first-order thermal transition. One of these is metallic and the other is insulating.

  3. Reformulation of the Fourier-Bessel steady state mode solver

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    Gauthier, Robert C.

    2016-09-01

    The Fourier-Bessel resonator state mode solver is reformulated using Maxwell's field coupled curl equations. The matrix generating expressions are greatly simplified as well as a reduction in the number of pre-computed tables making the technique simpler to implement on a desktop computer. The reformulation maintains the theoretical equivalence of the permittivity and permeability and as such structures containing both electric and magnetic properties can be examined. Computation examples are presented for a surface nanoscale axial photonic resonator and hybrid { ε , μ } quasi-crystal resonator.

  4. Phenomenological Magnetic Model in Tsai-Type Approximants

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    Sugimoto, Takanori; Tohyama, Takami; Hiroto, Takanobu; Tamura, Ryuji

    Recent neutron diffraction study has reported a curious ferromagnetism in Tsai-type approximants Au-Si-RE (RE=Tb,Dy,Ho), which have the same local structure as quasi-crystals with a translational symmetry simultaneously. In these materials, magnetic moments of rare-earth atoms have a single-ion anisotropy determined locally via spin-orbit coupling around crystal fields satisfying a distorted icosahedral crystal structure. We phenomenologically propose a possible magnetic model reproducing the magnetic structure and the thermodynamical quantities. The corresponding energies of the single-ion anisotropy and RKKY exchange couplings are also estimated by comparing magnetization curves and susceptibility of our model and experiments. Moreover, simulated annealing calculations with the energies in our model coincide with the strange ferromagnetism. In conclusion, a distortion of icosahedral cluster in body-centered cubic structure plays a key role to emerge the peculiar magnetic structure. Our magnetic model does not only explain magnetic behaviors in quasi-crystal approximants, but also can approach to a coexistence of a long-ranged order and a quasi-periodicity.

  5. Diffraction studies of the structure of glasses and liquids: Technical progress report

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    Moss, S.C.

    1989-01-01

    The Houston program on glasses and liquids has continued over the year with an expanded activity into vitreous TiO/sub 2/ and amorphous metals/quasicrystals. The modeling study of vitreous SiO/sub 2/ has been published and the study of amorphous melanin is well underway in-house. We have also begun some promising modeling work on the icosahedral glass model (IGM) for quasicrystals and have completed a preliminary study of epitaxial diamond crystal growth on the (111) silicon crystal surface (initially undertaken to study the expected ''amorphous'' diamond-like phase). The work on GLAD at the Argonne IPNS continues on schedule under the direction of Dr. David L. Price. The status of the Phase I instrument has been published and the Phase II development is underway with an evacuated flight path, additional detectors and a final data acquisition system in progress. It is our expectation that the final instrument will be the most advanced of its kind in the world for the study of a wide variety of problems in glasses, liquids and amorphous materials.

  6. The structure of dodecagonal (Ta,V){sub 1.6}Te imaged by phase-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy

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    Krumeich, F.; Mueller, E.; Wepf, R.A.; Conrad, M.; Reich, C.; Harbrecht, B.; Nesper, R.

    2012-10-15

    While HRTEM is the well-established method to characterize the structure of dodecagonal tantalum (vanadium) telluride quasicrystals and their periodic approximants, phase-contrast imaging performed on an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) represents a favorable alternative. The (Ta,V){sub 151}Te{sub 74} clusters, the basic structural unit in all these phases, can be visualized with high resolution. A dependence of the image contrast on defocus and specimen thickness has been observed. In thin areas, the projected crystal potential is basically imaged with either dark or bright contrast at two defocus values close to Scherzer defocus as confirmed by image simulations utilizing the principle of reciprocity. Models for square-triangle tilings describing the arrangement of the basic clusters can be derived from such images. - Graphical abstract: PC-STEM image of a (Ta,V){sub 151}Te{sub 74} cluster. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C{sub s}-corrected STEM is applied for the characterization of dodecagonal quasicrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The projected potential of the structure is mirrored in the images. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase-contrast STEM imaging depends on defocus and thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For simulations of phase-contrast STEM images, the reciprocity theorem is applicable.

  7. Pushing the limits of crystallography

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    Wolny, Janusz; Buganski, Ireneusz; Kuczera, Pawel; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2016-01-01

    A very serious concern of scientists dealing with crystal structure refinement, including theoretical research, pertains to the characteristic bias in calculated versus measured diffraction intensities, observed particularly in the weak reflection regime. This bias is here attributed to corrective factors for phonons and, even more distinctly, phasons, and credible proof supporting this assumption is given. The lack of a consistent theory of phasons in quasicrystals significantly contributes to this characteristic bias. It is shown that the most commonly used exponential Debye–Waller factor for phasons fails in the case of quasicrystals, and a novel method of calculating the correction factor within a statistical approach is proposed. The results obtained for model quasiperiodic systems show that phasonic perturbations can be successfully described and refinement fits of high quality are achievable. The standard Debye–Waller factor for phonons works equally well for periodic and quasiperiodic crystals, and it is only in the last steps of a refinement that different correction functions need to be applied to improve the fit quality. PMID:27980514

  8. Abrasion resistant coating and method of making the same

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    Sordelet, Daniel J.; Besser, Matthew F.

    2001-06-05

    An abrasion resistant coating is created by adding a ductile phase to a brittle matrix phase during spray coating where an Al--Cu--Fe quasicrystalline phase (brittle matrix) and an FeAl intermetallic (ductile phase) are combined. This composite coating produces a coating mostly of quasicrystal phase and an inter-splat layer of the FeAl phase to help reduce porosity and cracking within the coating. Coatings are prepared by plasma spraying unblended and blended quasicrystal and intermetallic powders. The blended powders contain 1, 5, 10 and 20 volume percent of the intermetallic powders. The unblended powders are either 100 volume percent quasicrystalline or 100 volume percent intermetallic; these unblended powders were studied for comparison to the others. Sufficient ductile phase should be added to the brittle matrix to transform abrasive wear mode from brittle fracture to plastic deformation, while at the same time the hardness of the composite should not be reduced below that of the original brittle phase material.

  9. Optics of nanostructured dielectrics

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    Wiersma, D. S.; Sapienza, R.; Mujumdar, S.; Colocci, M.; Ghulinyan, M.; Pavesi, L.

    2005-02-01

    We discuss the optical transport properties of complex photonic structures ranging from ordered photonic crystals to disordered strongly-scattering materials, with particular focus on the intermediate regime between complete order and disorder. We start by giving an overview of the field and explain the important analogies between the transport of optical waves in complex photonic materials and the transport of electrons in solids. We then discuss amplifying disordered materials that exhibit random laser action and show how liquid crystal infiltration can be used to control the scattering strength of random structures. Also we discuss the occurrence of narrow emission modes in random lasers. Liquid crystals are discussed as an example of a partially ordered system and particular attention is dedicated to quasi-crystalline materials. One-dimensional quasi-crystals can be realized by controlled etching of multi-layer structures in silicon. Transmission spectra of Fibonacci type quasi-crystals are reported and the (self-similar) light distributions of the transmission modes at the Fibonacci band edge are calculated and discussed.

  10. Convection in containerless processing.

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    Hyers, Robert W; Matson, Douglas M; Kelton, Kenneth F; Rogers, Jan R

    2004-11-01

    Different containerless processing techniques have different strengths and weaknesses. Applying more than one technique allows various parts of a problem to be solved separately. For two research projects, one on phase selection in steels and the other on nucleation and growth of quasicrystals, a combination of experiments using electrostatic levitation (ESL) and electromagnetic levitation (EML) is appropriate. In both experiments, convection is an important variable. The convective conditions achievable with each method are compared for two very different materials: a low-viscosity, high-temperature stainless steel, and a high-viscosity, low-temperature quasicrystal-forming alloy. It is clear that the techniques are complementary when convection is a parameter to be explored in the experiments. For a number of reasons, including the sample size, temperature, and reactivity, direct measurement of the convective velocity is not feasible. Therefore, we must rely on computation techniques to estimate convection in these experiments. These models are an essential part of almost any microgravity investigation. The methods employed and results obtained for the projects levitation observation of dendrite evolution in steel ternary alloy rapid solidification (LODESTARS) and quasicrystalline undercooled alloys for space investigation (QUASI) are explained.

  11. Gamma-resonance study of nanopowders with different dispersion and quasicrystalline phases in the Al-Cu-Fe system

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    Frolov, K. V. Mikheeva, M. N.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Nikonov, A. A.; Teplov, A. A.; Shaitura, D. S.; Abuzin, Yu. A.

    2007-11-15

    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy has been used to monitor synthesis of quasicrystals in the Al-Cu-Fe system and study the influence of the size of quasicrystalline particles in powder samples of the Al{sub 63.1}Cu{sub 25.6}Fe{sub 11.3} alloy on the properties of synthesized materials. Quasicrystalline samples of different dispersion with particle sizes from 0.3 to 15 {mu}m have been studied in the temperature range 80-295 K. It is established that iron atoms in an Al{sub 63.1}Cu{sub 25.6}Fe{sub 11.3} quasicrystals occupy four types of structural positions, which differ in the atomic composition of the nearest environment. The results of the analysis suggest the dependence of the hyperfine-interaction parameters on the degree of sample dispersion. The components corresponding to iron atoms in both the surface layer and bulk of microparticles are isolated in the Moessbauer spectra. No magnetic hyperfine splitting has been found in the Moessbauer spectra in the entire temperature range. This fact suggests that a localized magnetic moment is absent in iron atoms.

  12. Discovery of Critical Oxygen Content for Glass Formation in Zr80Pt20 Melt Spun Ribbons

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    D.J. Sordelet; E.A. Rozhkova; X. Yang; M.J. Kramer

    2004-09-30

    Zr{sub 80}Pt{sub 20} alloys may form meta-stable quasicrystals either during devitrification of an amorphous phase or directly upon cooling from a liquid depending on processing conditions. To date, little attention has been given to the role of oxygen on the glass formation or devitrification behavior of Zr-Pt and similar alloys. This study reveals that oxygen content during melt spinning indeed strongly influences the formation of the as-quenched structure. A critical amount of oxygen was found to be required to form amorphous ribbons at a fixed quench rate. At lower oxygen levels (i.e., <500 ppm mass), a fully crystallized is formed; the structure is composed mainly of meta-stable {beta}-Zr with a small fraction of a quasicrystalline phase. At higher oxygen levels, the as-quenched structure transitions to a fully amorphous structure ({approx}1000 ppm mass), and with further oxygen addition forms a mixture of amorphous and quasicrystalline ({approx}1500 ppm mass) or crystalline phases (>2500 ppm mass). Details regarding the structure of the meta-stable {beta}-Zr phase in the low-oxygen ribbons are provided along with a discussion of the structural similarity between this phase and the quasicrystal structure that formed in this alloy.

  13. Abrasion Resistant Coating and Method of making the same

    SciTech Connect

    Sordelet, Daniel J.; Besser, Matthew F.

    1999-06-25

    An abrasion resistant coating is created by adding a ductile phase to a brittle matrix phase during spray coating where an Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline phase (brittle matrix) and an FeAl intermetallic (ductile phase) are combined. This composite coating produces a coating mostly of quasicrystal phase and an inter-splat layer of the FeAl phase to help reduce porosity and cracking within the coating. Coatings are prepared by plasma spraying unblended and blended quasicrystal and intermetallic powders. The blended powders contain 1, 5, 10 and 20 volume percent of the intermetallic powders. The unblended powders are either 100 volume percent quasicrystalline or 100 volume percent intermetallic; these unblended powders were studied for comparison to the others. Sufficient ductile phase should be added to the brittle matrix to transform abrasive wear mode from brittle fracture to plastic deformation, while at the same time the hardness of the composite should not be reduced below that of the original brittle phase material.

  14. Influence irradiation argon ion SnO2 on optical and electrical characteristics

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    Asainov, O.; Umnov, S.; Temenkov, V.

    2017-01-01

    Tin oxide in the form of films has been deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on glass substrates a room temperature. Process was carried out in such mode when the deposited films were conductive. The deposited films were irradiated with argon ions. Have been studied happening at that the changes optical and electric properties of films. Have been investigated optical properties of films in the range of 300-1100 nanometers by means of photometry. For research structure of films was used the x-ray diffractometry. Diffractometric researches have shown that the films deposited on a substrate have crystal structure from shares of a quasicrystal phase and after influence of argon ions she completely became quasicrystal. It is established that change transmission of a film correlates with change her electric resistance. Average value transmission in the range of 380-1100 nanometers as well as the electric resistance of a film with growth of irradiation time increases to the values exceeding initial. At the same time at irradiation time ∼ 13,2 sec. are observed their slight decrease. To this value of irradiation time there corresponds the minimum value of electric resistance and transmission films. Change of transmission coefficient correlates with change of surface resistance.

  15. Crystal structure of 1/0-2/1-1/0 Cu-Al-Sc approximant

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    Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Hirao, Arina; Honma, Takahiro; Mihalkovič, Marek

    2011-07-01

    The new crystal structure of an orthorhombic phase formed at the alloy composition Cu48.1Al36.4Sc15.5 was analyzed by means of the Rietveld method using synchrotron radiation diffraction data. The starting model for this analysis was constructed theoretically using the so-called 'cell constrained melt-quenching technique'. The space group of the final model is Cmmm, and the unit cell includes 49.0 Cu, 39.0 Al and 16.0 Sc atoms. The lattice parameters are a = 8.337(4) Å, b = 22.02(1) Å and c = 8.305(4) Å, which are related to the six-dimensional lattice parameter, a 6D = 6.959 Å, of the corresponding Cu-Al-Sc icosahedral quasicrystal as 1/0, 2/1 and 1/0 approximations, respectively. The characteristics of the structure can be understood as a framework consisting of Sc atoms, which is regarded as a tiling of five local structural units; the largest is an icosahedron similar to that included in the Tsai-type quasicrystal. The second exhibits structural similarity to a Mg2Zn11-type crystal and the third is an octahedron.

  16. Fluctuating transport in microstructures

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    Xie, X.

    1988-01-01

    In this dissertation, we study electronic transport properties of various kinds of quasi-one dimensional (Q1D) systems. The dissertation can be divided into the following categories: (1) Conductance fluctuations and phase coherence in microstructures. We study the conductance fluctuations for three different regimes of electronic transport: ballistic, diffusive and variable-range-hopping (VRH). Various numerical methods are used in the calculations. In the VRH problem, we also examine the possibility of observing the Aharonov-Bohm effect. We develop a technique based on the recursive Kubo formula to study the universal conductance fluctuations in the diffusive regime. Close comparison with relevant experiments is made and good agreement is found. (2) Drude transport properties of quasi-one dimensional systems. In this problem, we calculate the density of states and Drude conductivity for the screened impurity scattering using many body theory. The DOS and conductivity show strong oscillatory behavior as a function of the Fermi-energy. Self-consistency is included in our theory. Good agreement with experiment is found. (3) Transport in quasicrystals. In solving this problem we use the Landauer formula approach. We find that the electrical resistance of a finite 1D Fibonacci-sequence quasicrystal shows strong fluctuations as resonant tunneling occurs through the allowed energy states of the system. Power law localization and self-similarity can be seen in the transport properties. A possible experiment to observe this phenomenon is suggested.

  17. Hydriding of TiZrNiFe nanocompounds

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    Żywczak, A.; Shinya, Daigo; Gondek, Ł.; Takasaki, Akito; Figiel, H.

    2010-01-01

    Ti-based quasicrystals belong to the second largest group of the stable quasicrystals, showing attractive properties as hydrogen storage materials. The Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17 intermetallic compound forms an icosahedral ( i-phase) structure, in which Ti and Zr atoms possess very good chemical affinity for hydrogen absorption. We modified the Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17 compounds by substituting 3d metals (iron) for Ni to obtain amorphous phase. The samples were produced by mechanical alloying. The 3d metal atoms are located in the same positions as nickel. The structural characterization was made by means of XRD measurements. Thermodynamic properties were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). The obtained amorphous phases Ti 45Zr 38Ni (9,13)Fe (8,4) transform to the i-phase at the similar temperature range as Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17. The final concentration of absorbed hydrogen depends on the amount of Fe. When increasing the amount of iron, the hydrogen release temperature becomes lower. After hydriding, the samples decompose into simple metal hydrides.

  18. Structure and hydrogen storage properties of the hexagonal Laves phase Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2}

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    Sahlberg, Martin; Angstroem, Jonas; Zlotea, Claudia; Beran, Premysl; Latroche, Michel; Pay Gomez, Cesar

    2012-12-15

    The crystal structures of hydrogenated and unhydrogenated Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2} Laves phases have been studied by combining several diffraction techniques and it is shown that hydrogen is situated interstitially in the A{sub 2}B{sub 2}-sites, which have the maximum number of scandium neighbours. The hydrogen absorption/desorption behaviour has also been investigated. It is shown that a solid solution of hydrogen forms in the mother compound. The hydrogen storage capacity exceeds 1.7 H/f.u. at 374 K, and the activation energy of hydrogen desorption was determined to 4.6 kJ/mol H{sub 2}. It is shown that these compounds share the same local coordination as Frank-Kasper-type approximants and quasicrystals, which opens up the possibility of finding many new hydride phases with these types of crystal structures. - Graphical abstract: The structure of ScNiAlDx, Sc atoms are shown in purple and Ni/Al atoms in blue and the iso-surfaces of deuterium in yellow. Revealed from refinements of neutron powder diffraction data. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of ScNiAl and ScNiAlDx is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We show the hydrogen storage properties of Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We discuss the possibility to store hydrogen in quasicrystals.

  19. Reflection quasilattices and the maximal quasilattice

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    Boyle, Latham; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-08-01

    We introduce the concept of a reflection quasilattice, the quasiperiodic generalization of a Bravais lattice with irreducible reflection symmetry. Among their applications, reflection quasilattices are the reciprocal (i.e., Bragg diffraction) lattices for quasicrystals and quasicrystal tilings, such as Penrose tilings, with irreducible reflection symmetry and discrete scale invariance. In a follow-up paper, we will show that reflection quasilattices can be used to generate tilings in real space with properties analogous to those in Penrose tilings, but with different symmetries and in various dimensions. Here we explain that reflection quasilattices only exist in dimensions two, three, and four, and we prove that there is a unique reflection quasilattice in dimension four: the "maximal reflection quasilattice" in terms of dimensionality and symmetry. Unlike crystallographic Bravais lattices, all reflection quasilattices are invariant under rescaling by certain discrete scale factors. We tabulate the complete set of scale factors for all reflection quasilattices in dimension d >2 , and for all those with quadratic irrational scale factors in d =2 .

  20. Characteristic chemical shifts of quasicrystalline Zn-Mg-Zr alloys studied by EELS and SXES

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    Koshiya, S.; Terauchi, M.; Ohhashi, S.; Tsai, A. P.

    2013-06-01

    Chemical shifts of the constituent atoms of primitive icosahedral quasicrystal (P-QC), face-centred icosahedral quasicrystal (F-QC) and 1/1-approximant (1/1-AP) of F-QC Zn-Mg-Zr alloys were investigated for the first time using high energy-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and soft-X-ray emission spectroscopy (SXES). Among Zn M-shell and Mg L-shell excitation EELS spectra of P-QC, F-QC and 1/1-AP alloys, only the quasicrystalline alloys showed a chemical shift towards the larger binding energy side. In Zn-L and Zr-L emission SXES spectra, the P-QC and F-QC alloys showed a chemical shift towards larger binding energy side. The magnitudes of the shifts in the Zn-L emission spectra of the quasicrystalline alloys were almost the same as for ZnO. These results strongly suggest a decrease in valence charge in quasicrystalline states. Therefore, it should be concluded that bonding in quasicrystalline states involves a characteristic increase in covalency compared with bonding in corresponding approximant and standard metal crystals.

  1. Trace elements in streambed sediments of small subtropical streams on O'ahu, Hawai'i: Results from the USGS NAWQA program

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    De Carlo, E. H.; Tomlinson, M.S.; Anthony, S.S.

    2005-01-01

    Data are presented for trace element concentrations determined in the <63 ??m fraction of streambed sediment samples collected at 24 sites on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Sampling sites were classified as urban, agricultural, mixed (urban/agricultural), or forested based on their dominant land use, although the mixed land use at selected sampling sites consisted of either urban and agricultural or forested and agricultural land uses. Forest dominated sites were used as reference sites for calculating enrichment factors. Trace element concentrations were compared to concentrations from studies conducted in the conterminous United States using identical methods and to aquatic-life guidelines provided by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. A variety of elements including Pb, Cr, Cu and Zn exceeded the aquatic-life guidelines in selected samples. All of the Cr and Zn values and 16 of 24 Cu values exceeded their respective guidelines. The potential toxicity of elements exceeding guidelines, however, should be considered in the context of strong enrichments of selected trace elements attributable to source rocks in Hawai'i, as well as in the context of the abundance of fine-grained sediment in the streambed of O'ahu streams. Statistical methods including cluster analysis, Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test, correlation analysis, and principal component analysis (PCA) were used to evaluate differences and elucidate relationships between trace elements and sites. Overall, trace element distributions and abundances can be correlated to three principal sources of elements. These include basaltic rocks of the volcanic edifice (Fe, Al, Ni, Co, Cr, V and Cu), carbonate/seawater derived elements (Mg, Ca, Na and Sr), and elements enriched owing to anthropogenic activity (P, Sn, Cd, Sn, Ba and Pb). Anthropogenic enrichment gradients were observed for Ba, Cd, Pb, Sn and Zn in the four streams in which sediments were collected upstream and downstream. The findings

  2. Final Technical Report for the project titled "Manganese Based Permanent Magnet with 40 MGOe at 200°C"

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    Cui, Jun

    2015-12-31

    The objective of project was to develop MnBi based permanent magnet for high temperature application (~150°C). This objective is derived based on MnBi’s unique positive temperature dependence of coercivity, which is doubled from ~1 T at RT to ~2.5 T at 200°C. Because of its limited magnetization (<0.9 T at RT), the MnBi magnet is best suited to fill in the gap between rare earth based NdFeB-Dy or SmCo magnet (20 MGOe) and the AlNiCo magnet (10 MGOe) at 150°C. It is expected that if successfully developed, MnBi will effectively mitigate the world’s demand on Dy. Before this project, the highest LTP content in MnBi powder is about 90% if the quantity of the powder is less than 5 gram (using melt-spin method); or 80% if the quantity is greater than 100 gram (using conventional powder metallurgical method such as arc melting and annealing). After this project, large quantities (5kg/batch) with high LPT phase content (>92 wt%) can be routinely synthesized. This achievement is made possible by the newly developed synthesis method based on conventional metallurgical processing technique involving arc melting, two-stage ingot annealing, grinding, sieving, and vacuum annealing. Before this project, the finest powder particle size is about 35 μm with overall powder composition maintaining at about 85% LTP phase. The reason why LTP phase content is listed along with particle size is because LTP MnBi is easy to decompose when exposed to temperature higher than 350 °C. As result, only low energy ball milling can be used to refine the particle size; moreover, the ball milling time cannot exceed 4 hrs, or else the decomposed LTP MnBi phase will exceed 10%. After this project, the finest powder size is reduced to 1~5 μm while maintain the 90% LTP MnBi phase content. This achievement is made possible by a newly developed cryogenic ball milling system, which provides -70 °C ambient for the rolling container. Before this project, it is not clear if MnBi will

  3. Partitioning the relative contribution of dew and fog to total occult precipitation across a decreasing fog inundation gradient in the Pajaro Valley, CA

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    Farlin, J. P.; Paw U, K. T.

    2015-12-01

    Traditionally, occult precipitation has been difficult to measure, especially given that it can take two predominant forms: fogs and dews. Recent studies have shown that estimates of fog deposition can be made using constructed fog collectors of various styles. Leaf-wetness sensors have also been deployed to try and estimate the relative wetness of leaves during fog events, but coastal systems can integrate both fog deposition and dew condensation, which cannot be differentiated with such sensors alone. We measured fog interception with Decagon Leaf Wetness Sensors (LWSs) outfitted with a 1m2 mesh passive fog collector in areas adjacent to the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) sites in the Pajaro Valley. The LWSs that were deployed were covered with a partial shield or left uncovered. Covering the LWS creates a microclimate that allows discrimination between fog events that horizontally advect droplets that impact individual leaves, and dew events, which condense once dew point temperature is reached. By measuring fog with a standard measurement device (mesh fog collector), and comparing it to LWSs that have either fog exposure or fog exclusion (covered LWSs), we can partition the relative contribution of dew to overall occult precipitation. This would be the first study quantifying the amount of water inputs (horizontally advecting fog) to the amount of recycled water (dew) to gain a greater understanding of the role of occult precipitation in catchment water balances across coastal California.

  4. The Efficiency of Delone Coverings of the Canonical Tilings T^*(A4) and T^*(D6)

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    Papadopolos, Zorka; Kasner, Gerald

    This chapter is devoted to the coverings of the two quasiperiodic canonical tilings T^*(A4) and T^*(D6) T^*(2F), obtained by projection from the root lattices A4 and D6, respectively. In the first major part of this chapter, in Sect. 5.2, we shall introduce a Delone covering C^sT^*(A4) of the 2-dimensional decagonal tiling T^*(A4). In the second major part of this chapter, Sect. 5.3, we summarize the results related to the Delone covering of the icosahedral tiling T^*(D6), CT^*(D6) and determine the zero-, single-, and double- deckings and the resulting thickness of the covering. In the conclusions section, we give some suggestions as to how the definition of the Delone covering might be changed in order to reach some real (full) covering of the icosahedral tiling T^*(D6). In Section 5.2 the definition of the Delone covering is also changed in order to avoid an unnecessary large thickness of the covering.

  5. Enhanced optical transmission through sub-wavelength centered-polygonal hole arrays in silver thin film on silica substrate.

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    Arabi, Hesam Edin; Park, Minkyu; Pournoury, Marzieh; Oh, Kyunghwan

    2011-04-25

    We numerically investigated the enhanced optical transmission through sub-wavelength centered-polygonal hole arrays (CPHA) in a thin Ag film deposited on the silica substrate. In octagonal and decagonal-CPHAs, we observed new hybrid transmission characteristics that were inherited from both crystalline and quasi-crystalline hole arrays. This peculiar nature was attributed to the unique arrangement of CPHAs which can be covered with copies of a single unit cell as in crystalline arrays, and their rotational symmetry as observed in quasi-crystalline arrays. Hybrid natures in CPHAs were further investigated in the transmission spectra and Fourier space representations of the arrays. Contributions from the nearest neighbor hole-to-hole distance to enhanced transmission were analyzed in order to quantify the plasmonic contributions from the Air/Ag interface and Silica/Ag interface. We also investigated the impact of layer structure, Air/Ag/Air versus Air/Ag/Silica in the transmissions and found that in CPHAs in Air/Ag/Silica structures, contributions from the Air/Ag interface became dominant in contrast to crystalline hole arrays with lower fold symmetry.

  6. Application of geotechnical and geophysical field measurements in an active alpine environment

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    Lucas, D. R.; Fankhauser, K.; Springman, S. M.

    2015-09-01

    Rainfall can trigger landslides, rockfalls and debris flow events. When rainfall infiltrates into the soil, the suction (if there is any) is reduced, until positive water pressure can be developed, decreasing the effective stresses and leading to a potential failure. A challenging site for the study of mass movement is the Meretschibach catchment, a location in the Swiss Alps in the vicinity of Agarn, Canton of Valais. To study the effect of rainfall on slope stabilities, the soil characterization provides valuable insight on soil properties, necessary to establish a realistic ground model. This model, together with an effective long term-field monitoring, deliver the essential information and boundary conditions for predicting and validating rainfall- induced slope instabilities using numerical and physical modelling. Geotechnical monitoring, including soil temperature and volumetric water content measurements, has been performed on the study site together with geophysical measurements (ERT) to study the effect of rainfall on the (potential) triggering of landslides on a scree slope composed of a surficial layer of gravelly soil. These techniques were combined to provide information on the soil characteristics and depth to the bedrock. Seasonal changes of precipitation and temperature were reflected in corresponding trends in all measurements. A comparison of volumetric water content records was obtained from decagons, time domain reflectometry (TDR) and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) conducted throughout the spring and summer months of 2014, yielding a reasonable agreement.

  7. Ab initio investigations on the stability of seven-fold approximants

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    Orsini-Rosenberg, Heinrich; Steurer, Walter

    2011-07-01

    The stability of theoretical heptagonal approximants was investigated. No approximant phase has yet been confirmed consisting of all three heptagonal rhomb prototiles. To solve this problem, two new approximant structures were constructed from supertiles taken from the ThB4 and YCrB4 structure types. In order to compare structural stability, the total energy convex hulls were calculated for the ternary systems B-Cr-RE (RE = Dy, Er, Ho, Y), as well as B-Mn-Dy and B-Mn-Y, by means of ab initio calculations, using density functional theory. This included all known stable monary, binary and ternary phases. Additionally, several layered boride structure types, which are not stable in the respective ternary systems but show four-, five-, six- or seven-fold local environments, were included by chemical substitution. In all ternary systems, the theoretical approximants were found to be mechanically stable, but chemically unstable by an amount of energy larger than the margin of error. A tendency towards the stabilization of structures showing five- or 10-fold local environments was observed. This is consistent with the findings of decagonal approximants in the systems B-Ti-Ru and B-Mg-Ru.

  8. A methodology to identify representative configurations of sensors for monitoring soil moisture.

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    Rivera, Diego; Granda, Stalin; Arumí, José Luis; Sandoval, Marco; Billib, Max

    2012-11-01

    Soil moisture is the key link among hydroecological compartments, responding dynamically to sequences of atmospheric processes and management conditions and modulating physical, chemical, and biological processes in the soil. Currently, there are a variety of monitoring techniques to measure, directly or indirectly, the soil moisture. However, some practical issues remain open like the definition a priori of the number, location and depth of the monitoring points, and the impact of failing or poor performance soil moisture sensors. Here, we present a set of techniques, namely Δθ time series, wavelet filtering, and time stability, to identify representative points and monitoring depths through an analysis of hourly soil moisture time series for different configuration of the monitoring network. We used real data from a monitoring network consisting of seven monitoring points, each one with four EC-5 probes (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA) at 20, 40, 60, and 100 cm. The use of simple time series of Δθ allowed us to assess the spatiotemporal influence of the monitoring points, while the wavelet periodograms allowed us to get insight about the response of the monitoring points at different time scales. Both methods are easy to implement or adapt to specific conditions, being coherent to the results derived from time stability analysis. For our case study, we concluded that we could reallocate 16 sensors (out of 28) without a significant loss of information. However, the final decision strongly relies on a deep knowledge of the site features and the objectives of the monitoring network.

  9. Evaluation of non-destructive methods for estimating biomass in marshes of the upper Texas, USA coast

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    Whitbeck, M.; Grace, J.B.

    2006-01-01

    The estimation of aboveground biomass is important in the management of natural resources. Direct measurements by clipping, drying, and weighing of herbaceous vegetation are time-consuming and costly. Therefore, non-destructive methods for efficiently and accurately estimating biomass are of interest. We compared two non-destructive methods, visual obstruction and light penetration, for estimating aboveground biomass in marshes of the upper Texas, USA coast. Visual obstruction was estimated using the Robel pole method, which primarily measures the density and height of the canopy. Light penetration through the canopy was measured using a Decagon light wand, with readings taken above the vegetation and at the ground surface. Clip plots were also taken to provide direct estimates of total aboveground biomass. Regression relationships between estimated and clipped biomass were significant using both methods. However, the light penetration method was much more strongly correlated with clipped biomass under these conditions (R2 value 0.65 compared to 0.35 for the visual obstruction approach). The primary difference between the two methods in this situation was the ability of the light-penetration method to account for variations in plant litter. These results indicate that light-penetration measurements may be better for estimating biomass in marshes when plant litter is an important component. We advise that, in all cases, investigators should calibrate their methods against clip plots to evaluate applicability to their situation. ?? 2006, The Society of Wetland Scientists.

  10. Four-dimensional soil moisture response during an extreme rainfall event at the Landscape Evolution Observatory

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    Troch, Peter A.; Niu, Guo-Yue; Gevaert, Anouk; Teuling, Adriaan; Uijlenhoet, Remko; Pasetto, Damiano; Paniconi, Claudio; Putti, Mario

    2014-05-01

    The Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) at Biosphere 2-The University of Arizona consists of three identical, sloping, 333 m2 convergent landscapes inside a 5,000 m2 environmentally controlled facility. These engineered landscapes contain 1-meter depth of basaltic tephra, ground to homogenous loamy sand. Each landscape contains a spatially dense sensor and sampler network capable of resolving meter-scale lateral heterogeneity and sub-meter scale vertical heterogeneity in moisture, energy and carbon states and fluxes. The density of sensors and frequency at which they can be polled allows for data collection at spatial and temporal scales that are impossible in natural field settings. Each ~600 metric ton landscape has load cells embedded into the structure to measure changes in total system mass with 0.05% full-scale repeatability (equivalent to less than 1 cm of precipitation). This facilitates the real time accounting of hydrological partitioning at the hillslope scale. Each hillslope is equipped with an engineered rain system capable of raining at rates between 3 and 45 mm/hr in a range of spatial patterns. We observed the spatial and temporal evolution of the soil moisture content at 496 5-TM Decagon sensors distributed over 5 different depths during a low-intensity long-duration rainfall experiment in February 2013. This presentation will focus on our modeling efforts to reveal subsurface hydraulic heterogeneity required to explain observed rainfall-runoff dynamics at the hillslope scale.

  11. Optimal width of quasicrystalline slabs of dielectric cylinders to microwave radiation transmission contrast

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    Andueza, Ángel; Wang, Kang; Pérez-Conde, Jesús; Sevilla, Joaquín

    2016-08-01

    Light confinement induced by resonant states in aperiodic photonic structures is interesting for many applications. A particular case of these resonances can be found in 2D quasicrystalline arrangements of dielectric cylinders. These systems present a rather isotropic band gap as well as isolated in-gap photonic states (as a result of spatially localized resonances). These states are built by high symmetry polygonal clusters that can be regarded as photonic molecules. In this paper, we study the transmission properties of a slab of glass cylinders arranged in approximants of the decagonal quasicrystalline structure. In particular, we investigate the influence of the slab width in the transmission contrast between the states and the gap. The study is both experimental and numerical in the microwave regime. We find that the best transmission contrast is found for a width of around three times the radiation wavelength. The transmission in the band gap region is mediated by the resonances of the photonic molecules. If the samples are thin enough, they become transparent except around a resonance of the photonic molecule which reflects the incoming light.

  12. IV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ATOM AND MOLECULAR PULSED LASERS (AMPL'99): Spectral properties of optical anisotropy induced by laser radiation in dye solutions

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    Pikulik, L. G.; Chernyavskii, V. A.; Grib, A. F.

    2000-06-01

    Spectral studies of induced quasi-crystal properties (which can be quantitatively characterised by the difference in the refractive indices of ordinary and extraordinary waves, Δn=no—ne) in Rhodamine 6G and Rhodamine 4C solutions in glycerine excited in the visible and UV ranges of the absorption spectrum are presented. It is demonstrated that the observed spectral dependences of Δn of these dye solutions excited in the visible (long-wavelength) and UV (short-wavelength) ranges of the absorption spectrum can be interpreted in terms of an oscillator model of a molecule. The proposed method for the analysis of induced optical anisotropy in solutions of organic compounds allows the relative orientation of oscillators in a molecule and, thus, the relative orientation of electronic transitions in a molecule to be determined in a reliable way.

  13. Superconductivity of Au-Ge-Yb Approximants with Tsai-Type Clusters

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    Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Mika; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Tanaka, Katsumasa; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2015-02-01

    We report the emergence of bulk superconductivity in Au64.0Ge22.0Yb14.0 and Au63.5Ge20.5Yb16.0 below 0.68 and 0.36 K, respectively. This is the first observation of superconductivity in Tsai-type crystalline approximants of quasicrystals. The Tsai-type cluster center is occupied by Au and Ge ions in the former approximant, and by an Yb ion in the latter. For magnetism, the latter system shows a larger magnetization than the former. To explain this observation, we propose a model that the cluster-center Yb ion is magnetic. The relationship between the magnetism and the superconductivity is also discussed.

  14. 2D quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals

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    Bauer, Christina; Kobiela, Georg; Giessen, Harald

    2012-01-01

    Nanophotonic structures with irregular symmetry, such as quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals, have gained an increasing amount of attention, in particular as potential candidates to enhance the absorption of solar cells in an angular insensitive fashion. To examine the photonic bandstructure of such systems that determines their optical properties, it is necessary to measure and model normal and oblique light interaction with plasmonic crystals. We determine the different propagation vectors and consider the interaction of all possible waveguide modes and particle plasmons in a 2D metallic photonic quasicrystal, in conjunction with the dispersion relations of a slab waveguide. Using a Fano model, we calculate the optical properties for normal and inclined light incidence. Comparing measurements of a quasiperiodic lattice to the modelled spectra for angle of incidence variation in both azimuthal and polar direction of the sample gives excellent agreement and confirms the predictive power of our model. PMID:23209871

  15. Novel Kac-Moody-type affine extensions of non-crystallographic Coxeter groups

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    Dechant, Pierre-Philippe; Bœhm, Céline; Twarock, Reidun

    2012-07-01

    Motivated by recent results in mathematical virology, we present novel asymmetric {Z}[\\tau ]-integer-valued affine extensions of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2, H3 and H4 derived in a Kac-Moody-type formalism. In particular, we show that the affine reflection planes which extend the Coxeter group H3 generate (twist) translations along two-, three- and five-fold axes of icosahedral symmetry, and we classify these translations in terms of the Fibonacci recursion relation applied to different start values. We thus provide an explanation of previous results concerning affine extensions of icosahedral symmetry in a Coxeter group context, and extend this analysis to the case of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2 and H4. These results will enable new applications of group theory in physics (quasicrystals), biology (viruses) and chemistry (fullerenes).

  16. Luttinger parameter of quasi-one-dimensional para -H2

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    Ferré, G.; Gordillo, M. C.; Boronat, J.

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the ground-state properties of para-hydrogen in one dimension and in quasi-one-dimensional configurations using the path-integral ground-state Monte Carlo method. This method produces zero-temperature exact results for a given interaction and geometry. The quasi-one-dimensional setup has been implemented in two forms: the inner channel inside a carbon nanotube coated with H2 and a harmonic confinement of variable strength. Our main result is the dependence of the Luttinger parameter on the density within the stable regime. Going from one dimension to quasi-one dimension, keeping the linear density constant, produces a systematic increase of the Luttinger parameter. This increase is, however, not enough to reach the superfluid regime and the system always remain in the quasicrystal regime, according to Luttinger liquid theory.

  17. A generalization of the inhomogeneity measure for point distributions to the case of finite size objects

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    Piasecki, Ryszard

    2008-09-01

    The statistical measure of spatial inhomogeneity for n points placed in χ cells each of size k×k is generalized to incorporate finite size objects like black pixels for binary patterns of size L×L. As a function of length scale k, the measure is modified in such a way that it relates to the smallest realizable value for each considered scale. To overcome the limitation of pattern partitions to scales with k being integer divisors of L, we use a sliding cell-sampling approach. For given patterns, particularly in the case of clusters polydispersed in size, the comparison between the statistical measure and the entropic one reveals differences in detection of the first peak while at other scales they well correlate. The universality of the two measures allows both a hidden periodicity traces and attributes of planar quasi-crystals to be explored.

  18. Three-dimensional fundamental thermo-elastic solutions applied to contact problems

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    Wang, Z. P.; Wang, T.; Li, P. D.; Li, X. Y.; Chen, W. Q.; Müller, R.

    2016-11-01

    This paper aims to develop three-dimensional fundamental thermo-elastic solutions for an infinite/half-infinite space of a two-dimensional hexagonal quasi-crystal, which is subjected to a point heat source. Starting from the newly developed general solution in terms of quasi-harmonic potential functions, the corresponding fundamental solutions are derived by means of the trial-and-error technique. Six appropriate potential functions involved in the general solution are observed. The present fundamental solutions are applied to construct boundary integral equations governing the contact problems. Numerical calculations are performed to show the distributions of the thermo-elastic coupling field variables in a half-space subjected to a point thermal source.

  19. Changes in particle morphology during illitization: an experimental study

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    Whitney, G.; Velde, B.

    1993-01-01

    Smectite was reacted at several temperatures between 200??C and 500??C to produce interstratified illite/smectite (I/S) with different proportions of expandable layers. Dispersed and sedimented products were examined using a transmission electron microscope. Particle size and aspect ratio showed no systematic change as a function of reaction extent during RO illitization. However, particles exhibited rounded edges during the early stages of the reaction, suggesting some dissolution of primary smectite. The thickening of particles is thought to be produced by the nucleation and precipitation of secondary illite layers on primary smectite layers. In the most extensively reacted I/S, particles have become aggregated into clumps or quasicrystals by lateral growth of illite layers. In highly illitic I/S, these aggregates took on an overall euhedral form and became crystallographically contiguous, producing single crystal electron diffraction patterns. -from Authors

  20. Periodically distributed objects with quasicrystalline diffraction pattern

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    Wolny, Janusz Strzalka, Radoslaw; Kuczera, Pawel

    2015-03-30

    It is possible to construct fully periodically distributed objects with a diffraction pattern identical to the one obtained for quasicrystals. These objects are probability distributions of distances obtained in the statistical approach to aperiodic structures distributed periodically. The diffraction patterns have been derived by using a two-mode Fourier transform—a very powerful method not used in classical crystallography. It is shown that if scaling is present in the structure, this two-mode Fourier transform can be reduced to a regular Fourier transform with appropriately rescaled scattering vectors and added phases. Detailed case studies for model sets 1D Fibonacci chain and 2D Penrose tiling are discussed. Finally, it is shown that crystalline, quasicrystalline, and approximant structures can be treated in the same way.

  1. Direct imaging of isofrequency contours in photonic structures

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    Regan, Emma C.; Igarashi, Yuichi; Zhen, Bo; Kaminer, Ido; Hsu, Chia Wei; Shen, Yichen; Joannopoulos, John D.; Soljačić, Marin

    2016-01-01

    The isofrequency contours of a photonic crystal are important for predicting and understanding exotic optical phenomena that are not apparent from high-symmetry band structure visualizations. We demonstrate a method to directly visualize the isofrequency contours of high-quality photonic crystal slabs that show quantitatively good agreement with numerical results throughout the visible spectrum. Our technique relies on resonance-enhanced photon scattering from generic fabrication disorder and surface roughness, so it can be applied to general photonic and plasmonic crystals or even quasi-crystals. We also present an analytical model of the scattering process, which explains the observation of isofrequency contours in our technique. Furthermore, the isofrequency contours provide information about the characteristics of the disorder and therefore serve as a feedback tool to improve fabrication processes. PMID:28138536

  2. Complex Ordering of Soft Spheres in Block Polymer Melts

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Zhang, Jingwen; Bates, Frank S.

    2014-03-01

    Hard sphere systems, such as low-z metallic elements and colloids, generally form densely packed crystalline states with BCC, FCC and HCP symmetry. In contrast, a certain self-assembling soft materials including block polymers, surfactants, and dendrimers have the capacity to order into more open crystalline structures. Recently, we have identified five discrete sphere-packing symmetries in poly(styrene- b-isoprene- b-styrene- b-ethylene oxide) (SISO) tetrablock terpolymers: BCC, Frank-Kasper σ-phase, dodecagonal quasicrystal (DQC), Pm 3 n(A15), and non-close-packed hexagonal (sHEX). Some of these packing symmetries have been documented in certain heavy metals and organic dendrimers, and interestingly Landau theory anticipated a similar set of non-close-packed symmetries more than three decades ago. This talk will draw analogies between the ordering of spheres in soft and hard materials. Present address: Rensselaser polytechnic institute, 110 8th st., Tory, NY 12180.

  3. Devitrification of Mechanically Alloyed Zr-Ti-Nb-Cu-Ni-Al Glassy Powders Studied by Time-Resolved X-ray Diffraction

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    Scudino, S.; Sordelet, D.J.; Eckert, J.

    2009-04-13

    The crystallization of mechanically alloyed Zr{sub 67}Ti{sub 6.14}Nb{sub 1.92}Cu{sub 10.67}Ni{sub 8.52}Al{sub 5.75} glassy powder is investigated by time-resolved X-ray diffraction. The powder displays a multi-step crystallization behavior characterized by the formation of a metastable nanoscale quasicrystalline phase during the first stage of the crystallization process. At higher temperatures, coinciding with the second crystallization event, the amorphous-to-quasicrystalline transformation is followed by the precipitation of the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Cu phase (space group I4/mmm) and the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Ni phase (space group I4/mcm). The transformations are gradual and the quasicrystals and the subsequent phases coexist over a temperature interval of about 25K.

  4. Complex Archimedean tiling self-assembled from DNA nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Fei; Liu, Yan; Yan, Hao

    2013-05-22

    Archimedean tilings are periodic polygonal tessellations that are created by placing regular polygons edge-to-edge around a vertex to fill the plane. Here we show that three- and four-arm DNA junction tiles with specifically designed arm lengths and intertile sticky-end interactions can be used to form sophisticated two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) tessellation patterns. We demonstrate two different complex Archimedean patterns, (3(3).4(2)) and (3(2).4.3.4), and the formation of 2D lattices, 3D tubes, and sealed polygon-shaped pockets from the tessellations. The successful growth of hybrid DNA tile motif arrays suggests that it maybe possible to generate 2D quasi-crystals from DNA building blocks.

  5. Local spectroscopy of moiré-induced electronic structure in gate-tunable twisted bilayer graphene

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    Wong, Dillon; Wang, Yang; Jung, Jeil; Pezzini, Sergio; DaSilva, Ashley M.; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Jung, Han Sae; Khajeh, Ramin; Kim, Youngkyou; Lee, Juwon; Kahn, Salman; Tollabimazraehno, Sajjad; Rasool, Haider; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Zettl, Alex; Adam, Shaffique; MacDonald, Allan H.; Crommie, Michael F.

    2015-10-01

    Twisted bilayer graphene (tBLG) forms a quasicrystal whose structural and electronic properties depend on the angle of rotation between its layers. Here, we present a scanning tunneling microscopy study of gate-tunable tBLG devices supported by atomically smooth and chemically inert hexagonal boron nitride (BN). The high quality of these tBLG devices allows identification of coexisting moiré patterns and moiré super-superlattices produced by graphene-graphene and graphene-BN interlayer interactions. Furthermore, we examine additional tBLG spectroscopic features in the local density of states beyond the first van Hove singularity. Our experimental data are explained by a theory of moiré bands that incorporates ab initio calculations and confirms the strongly nonperturbative character of tBLG interlayer coupling in the small twist-angle regime.

  6. Electrically pumped photonic crystal laser constructed with organic semiconductors

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    Cai, Yuan-yuan; Chen, Xiao; Li, Ning; Li, Chang-wei; Wang, Yi-quan

    2017-03-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the lasing action of electrically pumped octagonal quasi-crystal microcavities formed in a layer of conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy- 5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) sandwiched between two electrodes. Lasing from a point-defect microcavity is observed at a wavelength of 606 nm with a narrow linewidth of 0.5 nm, limited by the spectrometer resolution. Due to the properties of the photonic bandgap and localization in photonic crystals, the threshold current for lasing is low at 0.8 mA. The ion injection in the luminescent polymer layer by focused ion beam (FIB) etching technology also contributes to enhancement of the carrier density as well as the mobility, resulting in an increase of MEH-PPV conductivity and a decrease of turn-on voltage.

  7. Fabrication of liquid crystal gratings based on photoalignment technology

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    Lu, Yan-Qing; Hu, Wei; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2013-03-01

    A serial of LC gratings are fabricated mainly based on photoalignment, which include (1) Nematic LC grating with alternating 90° twisted nematic (TN) regions and homogeneous alignment (PA). Both 1D and 2D diffraction gratings are demonstrated by periodic photoalignment of sulfonic azo-dye (SD1) films with a linearly polarized light beam. (2) A polarization independent of 1D/2D LC gratings with alternate orthogonal homogeneously aligned regions. No polarizer is employed. (3) A polarizer-free submillisecond response grating employing dual-frequency LC (DFLC) together with patterned hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) structures. To obtain instantly controllable LC microstructures rather than simple gratings, a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) based a micro-lithography system is developed. It may generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex 2D patterns including quasicrystal structure are demonstrated, which give us more freedom to develop microstructured LC based photonic devices.

  8. Observation of Systematic Variation in Yb Ion Valence as a Function of Interatomic Spacing in Icosahedral Approximant Crystals

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    Hayashi, Minami; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2017-04-01

    We discovered two alloy systems, Pd-Ga-Yb and Pd-Ge-Yb, that belong to the Tsai-type 1/1 approximant to the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal exhibiting the unusual quantum criticality and show a similar behavior to Kondo lattice systems with a magnetically ordered ground state. Combining the results of other Yb-based approximant crystals, we find that there is a systematic variation in the Yb ion valence vs the lattice constant. This proves that the Au-Al-Yb approximant is located at the border of the valence change, in favor of the idea that the valence fluctuation plays a crucial role in the quantum criticality of the Au-Al-Yb system.

  9. Spatially Resolved Distribution Function and the Medium-Range Order in Metallic Liquid and Glass

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    Fang, X. W.; Wang, C. Z.; Hao, S. G.; Kramer, M. J.; Yao, Y. X.; Mendelev, M. I.; Ding, Z. J.; Napolitano, R. E.; Ho, K. M.

    2011-12-01

    The structural description of disordered systems has been a longstanding challenge in physical science. We propose an atomic cluster alignment method to reveal the development of three-dimensional topological ordering in a metallic liquid as it undercools to form a glass. By analyzing molecular dynamic (MD) simulation trajectories of a Cu64.5Zr35.5 alloy, we show that medium-range order (MRO) develops in the liquid as it approaches the glass transition. Specifically, around Cu sites, we observe ``Bergman triacontahedron'' packing (icosahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron) that extends out to the fourth shell, forming an interpenetrating backbone network in the glass. The discovery of Bergman-type MRO from our order-mining technique provides unique insights into the topological ordering near the glass transition and the relationship between metallic glasses and quasicrystals.

  10. Spatially resolved distribution function and the medium-range order in metallic liquid and glass

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    Fang, Xiaowei; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Hao, Shaogang; Kramer, Matthew; Yao, Yongxin; Mendelev, Mikhail; Napolitano, Ralph; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2011-12-23

    The structural description of disordered systems has been a longstanding challenge in physical science. We propose an atomic cluster alignment method to reveal the development of three-dimensional topological ordering in a metallic liquid as it undercools to form a glass. By analyzing molecular dynamic (MD) simulation trajectories of a Cu{sub 64.5}Zr{sub 35.5} alloy, we show that medium-range order (MRO) develops in the liquid as it approaches the glass transition. Specifically, around Cu sites, we observe 'Bergman triacontahedron' packing (icosahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron) that extends out to the fourth shell, forming an interpenetrating backbone network in the glass. The discovery of Bergman-type MRO from our order-mining technique provides unique insights into the topological ordering near the glass transition and the relationship between metallic glasses and quasicrystals.

  11. Octonacci photonic crystals with negative refraction index materials

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    Brandão, E. R.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Anselmo, D. H. A. L.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the optical transmission spectra for s-polarized (TE) and p-polarized (TM) waves in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals on a quasiperiodic multilayer structure made up by alternate layers of SiO2 and metamaterials, organized by following the Octonacci sequence. Maxwell's equations and the transfer-matrix technique are used to derive the transmission spectra for the propagation of normally and obliquely incident optical fields. We assume Drude-Lorentz-type dispersive response for the dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability of the metamaterials. For normally incident waves, we observe that the spectra does not have self-similar behavior or mirror symmetry and it also features the absence of optical band gap. Also for normally incident waves, we show regions of full transmittance when the incident angle θC = 0° in a particular frequency range.

  12. Topologically universal spectral hierarchies of quasiperiodic systems

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    Dana, Itzhack

    2014-05-01

    Topological properties of energy spectra of general one-dimensional quasiperiodic systems, describing also Bloch electrons in magnetic fields, are studied for an infinity of irrational modulation frequencies corresponding to irrational numbers of flux quanta per unit cell. These frequencies include well-known ones considered in works on Fibonacci quasicrystals. It is shown that the spectrum for any such frequency exhibits a self-similar hierarchy of clusters characterized by universal (system-independent) values of Chern topological integers which are exactly determined. The cluster hierarchy provides a simple and systematic organization of all the spectral gaps, labeled by universal topological numbers which are exactly determinable, thus avoiding their numerical evaluation using rational approximants of the irrational frequency. These numbers give both the quantum Hall conductance of the system and the winding number of the edge-state energy traversing a gap as a Bloch quasimomentum is varied.

  13. Localized photonic band edge modes and orbital angular momenta of light in a golden-angle spiral.

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    Liew, Seng Fatt; Noh, Heeso; Trevino, Jacob; Negro, Luca Dal; Cao, Hui

    2011-11-21

    We present a numerical study on photonic bandgap and band edge modes in the golden-angle spiral array of air cylinders in dielectric media. Despite the lack of long-range translational and rotational order, there is a large PBG for the TE polarized light. Due to spatial inhomogeneity in the air hole spacing, the band edge modes are spatially localized by Bragg scattering from the parastichies in the spiral structure. They have discrete angular momenta that originate from different families of the parastichies whose numbers correspond to the Fibonacci numbers. The unique structural characteristics of the golden-angle spiral lead to distinctive features of the band edge modes that are absent in both photonic crystals and quasicrystals.

  14. Non-additive model for specific heat of electrons

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    Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Silva, R.; Mello, V. D.

    2016-10-01

    By using non-additive Tsallis entropy we demonstrate numerically that one-dimensional quasicrystals, whose energy spectra are multifractal Cantor sets, are characterized by an entropic parameter, and calculate the electronic specific heat, where we consider a non-additive entropy Sq. In our method we consider an energy spectra calculated using the one-dimensional tight binding Schrödinger equation, and their bands (or levels) are scaled onto the [ 0 , 1 ] interval. The Tsallis' formalism is applied to the energy spectra of Fibonacci and double-period one-dimensional quasiperiodic lattices. We analytically obtain an expression for the specific heat that we consider to be more appropriate to calculate this quantity in those quasiperiodic structures.

  15. Photonic band gaps of increasingly isotropic crystals at high dielectric contrasts

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    Pollard, M. E.; Parker, G. J.; Charlton, M. D. B.

    2012-03-01

    Photonic band gaps (PBGs) are highly sensitive to lattice geometry and dielectric contrast. Here, we report theoretical and experimental confirmation of PBGs in photonic crystals (PhCs) with increasing levels of structural isotropy. These structures are: a standard 6-fold hexagonal lattice, a locally 12-fold Archimedean-like crystal, a true quasicrystal generated by non-random Stampfli inflation, and a biomimetic crystal based on Fibonacci phyllotaxis. Experimental transmission spectra were obtained at microwave frequencies using high-index alumina (ɛ = 9.61) rods. The results were compared to FDTD-calculated transmission spectra and PWE-calculated band diagrams. Wide and deep (> 60dB) primary TM gaps present in all high-index samples are related to reciprocal space vectors with the strongest Fourier coefficients. Their mid-gap frequencies are largely independent of the lattice geometry for comparable fill factors, whereas the gap ratios shrink monotonically as structural isotropy increases.

  16. Activation of Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystalline surface: fabrication of a fine nanocomposite layer with high catalytic performance

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    Kameoka, Satoshi; Tanabe, Toyokazu; Satoh, Futami; Terauchi, Masami; Tsai, An Pang

    2014-01-01

    A fine layered nanocomposite with a total thickness of about 200 nm was formed on the surface of an Al63Cu25Fe12 quasicrystal (QC). The nanocomposite was found to exhibit high catalytic performance for steam reforming of methanol. The nanocomposite was formed by a self-assembly process, by leaching the Al–Cu–Fe QC using a 5 wt% Na2CO3 aqueous solution followed by calcination in air at 873 K. The quasiperiodic nature of theQC played an important role in the formation of such a structure. Its high catalytic activity originated from the presence of highly dispersed copper and iron species, which also suppressed the sintering of nanoparticles. PMID:27877642

  17. From the Disordered State to the Frank-Kasper Sigma Phase: Readily Tuning the Phase Behavior of Block Polymers via Lithium Salt Addition

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    Irwin, Matthew; Hickey, Robert; Bates, Frank; Lodge, Timothy

    Sphere-forming block copolymers have long been known to assemble onto a body-centered cubic (BCC) lattice, but recent work has demonstrated that with the correct thermal treatments, more exotic morphologies such as dodecagonal quasicrystals or the Frank-Kasper sigma phase can be observed. In this presentation, we show that a similar variety of morphologies can be obtained by simply adding small amounts of lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (LiTFSI), which preferentially partitions into one of the domains. Using small-angle X-ray scattering, we have found that block copolymers, which are disordered when neat, can form spheres with liquid-like packing, BCC crystals, the Frank-Kasper sigma phase, or hexagonally close packed crystals upon increasing the salt loading. This work demonstrates a unique, alternative route to highly segregated sphere-forming block copolymers and examines the universality of the formation of these complex morphologies.

  18. Discovery of a Frank-Kasper sigma phase in sphere-forming block copolymer melts.

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Bluemle, Michael J; Bates, Frank S

    2010-10-15

    Sphere-forming block copolymers are known to self-assemble into body-centered cubic crystals near the order-disorder transition temperature. Small-angle x-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy experiments on diblock and tetrablock copolymer melts have revealed an equilibrium phase characterized by a large tetragonal unit cell containing 30 microphase-separated spheres. This structure, referred to as the sigma (σ) phase by Frank and Kasper more than 50 years ago, nucleates and grows from the body-centered cubic phase similar to its occurrence in metal alloys and is a crystal approximant to dodecagonal quasicrystals. Formation of the σ phase in undiluted linear block copolymers (and certain branched dendrimers) appears to be mediated by macromolecular packing frustration, an entropic contribution to the interparticle interactions that control the sphere-packing geometry.

  19. Frustration and defects in non-periodic solids

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    Mosseri, Rémy; Sadoc, Jean-François

    2014-01-01

    Geometrical frustration arises whenever a local preferred configuration (lower energy for atomic systems, or best packing for hard spheres) cannot be propagated throughout space without defects. A general approach, using unfrustrated templates defined in curved space, have been previously applied to analyse a large number of cases like complex crystals, amorphous materials, liquid crystals, foams, and even biological organizations, with scales ranging from the atomic level up to macroscopic scales. In this paper, we discuss the close sphere packing problem, which has some relevance to the structural problem in amorphous metals, quasicrystals and some periodic complex metallic structures. The role of sets of disclination line defects is addressed, in particular with comparison with the major skeleton occurring in complex large-cell metals (Frank-Kasper phases). An interesting example of 12-fold symmetric quasiperiodic Frank-Kasper phase, and its disclination network, is also described.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and physical properties of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline plasma sprayed coatings

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    Daniel, Sordelet

    1995-11-09

    Our lab has been working with plasma spraying of both high pressure gas atomized (HPGA) and cast and crushed quasicrystal powders. A major component of this research includes comparative studies of PAS coatings formed with starting powders prepared by both techniques. In addition, a thorough investigation of the effects of starting powder particle size on coating microstructure is included. During the course of the overall research, an interest developed in forming Al-Cu-Fe materials with finer grain sizes. Therefore, a brief study was performed to characterize the effect of adding boron to Al-Cu-Fe materials prepared by different techniques. In addition to characterizing the microstructural features of the above materials, oxidation and wear behavior was also examined.

  1. Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb formed on the fivefold surface of icosahedral Ag-In-Yb

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    Sharma, H. R. Smerdon, J. A.; Nugent, P. J.; Ribeiro, A.; McGrath, R.; McLeod, I.; Dhanak, V. R.; Shimoda, M.; Tsai, A. P.

    2014-05-07

    Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb are formed by evaporation on the fivefold surface of the icosahedral (i) Ag-In-Yb quasicrystal under ultra-high vacuum. Lead grows in three dimensional quasicrystalline order and subsequently forms fivefold-twinned islands with the fcc(111) surface orientation atop of the quasicrystalline Pb. The islands exhibit specific heights (magic heights), possibly due to the confinement of electrons in the islands. We also study the adsorption behavior of C{sub 60} on the two allotropes of Pb. Scanning tunneling microcopy reveals that a high corrugation of the quasicrystalline Pb limits the diffusion of the C{sub 60} molecules and thus produces a disordered film, similar to adsorption behavior of the same molecules on the clean substrate surface. However, the sticking coefficient of C{sub 60} molecules atop the Pb islands approaches zero, regardless of the overall C{sub 60} coverage.

  2. Diffraction with a coherent X-ray beam: dynamics and imaging

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    Livet, Frédéric

    2007-01-01

    Methods for carrying out coherent X-ray scattering experiments are reviewed. The brilliance of the available synchrotron sources, the characteristics of the existing optics, the various ways of obtaining a beam of controlled coherence properties and the detectors used are summarized. Applications in the study of the dynamics of speckle patterns are described. In the case of soft condensed matter, the movement of inclusions like fillers in polymers or colloidal particles can be observed and these can reflect polymer or liquid-crystal fluctuations. In hard condensed-matter problems, like phase transitions, charge-density waves or phasons in quasicrystals, the study of speckle fluctuations provides new time-resolved methods. In the domain of lensless imaging, the coherent beam gives the modulus of the sample Fourier transform. If oversampling conditions are fulfilled, the phase can be obtained and the image in the direct space can be reconstructed. The forthcoming improvements of all these techniques are discussed. PMID:17301470

  3. Specific heat of multifractal energy spectra

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    da Silva, L. R.; Vallejos, R. O.; Tsallis, C.; Mendes, R. S.; Roux, S.

    2001-07-01

    Motivated by the self-similar character of energy spectra demonstrated for quasicrystals, we investigate the case of multifractal energy spectra, and compute the specific heat associated with simple archetypal forms of multifractal sets as generated by iterated maps. We considered the logistic map and the circle map at their threshold to chaos. Both examples show nontrivial structures associated with the scaling properties of their respective chaotic attractors. The specific heat displays generically log-periodic oscillations around a value that characterizes a single exponent, the ``fractal dimension,'' of the distribution of energy levels close to the minimum value set to 0. It is shown that when the fractal dimension and the frequency of log oscillations of the density of states are large, the amplitude of the resulting log oscillation in the specific heat becomes much smaller than the log-periodic oscillation measured on the density of states.

  4. The Hume-Rothery Rules for Structurally Complex Alloy Phases

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    Mizutani, Uichiro

    The underlying physics behind the Hume-Rothery rules, which have earned great reputations over the past century in the field of materials science in designing new alloys, is reviewed. The discussion is developed following several key themes: (a) what is the critical depth and width of the pseudo-gap to stabilize a complex metallic alloy?, (b) what does the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism mean?, (c) the existence of FsBz-induced and orbital hybridization-induced pseudo-gaps, (d) the need of distinguishing two different electron concentrations e/a and VEC, (e) are most quasicrystals really scaled in terms of e/a and stabilized via the FsBz-induced pseudo-gap mechanism? The answer is "no".

  5. Photonic band gap in isotropic hyperuniform disordered solids with low dielectric contrast.

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    Man, Weining; Florescu, Marian; Matsuyama, Kazue; Yadak, Polin; Nahal, Geev; Hashemizad, Seyed; Williamson, Eric; Steinhardt, Paul; Torquato, Salvatore; Chaikin, Paul

    2013-08-26

    We report the first experimental demonstration of a TE-polarization photonic band gap (PBG) in a 2D isotropic hyperuniform disordered solid (HUDS) made of dielectric media with a dielectric index contrast of 1.6:1, very low for PBG formation. The solid is composed of a connected network of dielectric walls enclosing air-filled cells. Direct comparison with photonic crystals and quasicrystals permitted us to investigate band-gap properties as a function of increasing rotational isotropy. We present results from numerical simulations proving that the PBG observed experimentally for HUDS at low index contrast has zero density of states. The PBG is associated with the energy difference between complementary resonant modes above and below the gap, with the field predominantly concentrated in the air or in the dielectric. The intrinsic isotropy of HUDS may offer unprecedented flexibilities and freedom in applications (i. e. defect architecture design) not limited by crystalline symmetries.

  6. Broadband multiple responses of surface modes in quasicrystalline plasmonic structure

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    Yuan, Haiming; Jiang, Xiangqian; Huang, Feng; Sun, Xiudong

    2016-01-01

    We numerically study the multiple excitation of surface modes in 2D photonic quasicrystal/metal/substrate structure. An improved rigorous coupled wave analysis method that can handle the quasicrystalline structure is presented. The quasicrystalline lattice, which refers to Penrose tiling in this paper, is generated by the cut-and-project method. The normal incidence spectrum presents a broadband multiple responses property. We find that the phase matching condition determines the excitation frequency for a given incident angle, while the depth of the reflection valley depends on the incident polarization. The modes will split into several sub-modes at oblique incidence, which give rise to the appearance of more responses on the spectrum. PMID:27492782

  7. Magnetic response of aperiodic wire networks based on Fibonacci distortions of square antidot lattices

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    Farmer, B.; Bhat, V. S.; Sklenar, J.; Teipel, E.; Woods, J.; Ketterson, J. B.; Hastings, J. T.; De Long, L. E.

    2015-05-01

    The static and dynamic magnetic responses of patterned ferromagnetic thin films are uniquely altered in the case of aperiodic patterns that retain long-range order (e.g., quasicrystals). We have fabricated permalloy wire networks based on periodic square antidot lattices (ADLs) distorted according to an aperiodic Fibonacci sequence applied to two lattice translations, d1 = 1618 nm and d2 = 1000 nm. The wire segment thickness is fixed at t = 25 nm, and the width W varies from 80 to 510 nm. We measured the DC magnetization between room temperature and 5 K. Room-temperature, narrow-band (9.7 GHz) ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra were acquired for various directions of applied magnetic field. The DC magnetization curves exhibited pronounced step anomalies and plateaus that signal flux closure states. Although the Fibonacci distortion breaks the fourfold symmetry of a finite periodic square ADL, the FMR data exhibit fourfold rotational symmetry with respect to the applied DC magnetic field direction.

  8. Attempts to grow optically coupled Fibonacci-spaced InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells result in surface gratings.

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    Richards, B C; Hendrickson, J; Sweet, J; Khitrova, G; Litvinov, D; Gerthsen, D; Myer, B; Pau, S; Sarid, D; Wegener, M; Ivchenko, E L; Poddubny, A N; Gibbs, H M

    2008-12-22

    An instability in the growth of nonperiodic InGaAs/GaAs multiple quantum well samples, ordinarily of high-quality when grown with equal periods of order of half the wavelength of light in the material, leads to a dramatic microscopic, self-organized surface grating. This effect was discovered while growing quantum wells with two unequal barrier lengths arranged in a Fibonacci sequence to form an optical quasicrystal. A laser beam incident normal to the surface of the sample is diffracted into a propeller-shaped pattern. The sample surface has a distinctly cloudy appearance when viewed along one crystal axis but is mirror-like when the sample is rotated 90 degrees. The instability results in a five-fold increase in the absorption linewidth of the heavy-hole exciton transition. Atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the samples.

  9. Flux quantization on quasicrystalline networks

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    Behrooz, A.; Burns, M.J.; Deckman, H.; Levine, D.; Whitehead, B.; Chaikin, P.M.

    1986-07-21

    We have measured the superconducting transition temperature T-italic/sub c-italic/(H) as a function of magnetic field for a network of thin aluminum wires arranged in two quasicrystalline arrays, a Fibonacci sequence and the eightfold-symmetric version of a Penrose tiling. The quasicrystals have two periods whose ratio sigma is irrational and are constructed of two tiles with irrationally related areas. We find a series of dips in deltaT-italic/sub c-italic/(H) corresponding to favorable arrangements of the flux lattice on the quasicrystalline substrate. The largest dips are found at sigma/sup n-italic/ and the dips approach the zero-field transition temperature as n-italic increases.

  10. Requirements for structure determination of aperiodic crystals

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    Li, X.; Stern, E.A.; Ma, Y. )

    1991-01-15

    Using computer simulation, we compared the Patterson functions of one-dimensional (1D) randomly packed and quasiperiodic Fibonacci lattices with or without disorder, and a 2D Penrose lattice and random packing of pentagons (icosahedral glass model). Based on these comparisons, we derived some empirical guidelines for distinguishing ideal quasicrystals from aperiodic crystals with disorder using diffraction data. In contrast to periodic crystals, it is essential to include the background to obtain correct Patterson functions of the average structure since the background contains unresolved peaks. In particular, a Bragg peak scattering measurement {ital cannot}, in general, determine the structure of aperiodic crystals. Instead, a diffuse scattering measurement is required, which determines the absolute value of the diffraction background, in addition to the Bragg peaks. We further estimate that, dependent upon the disorder present, it is necessary to include up to 75% of the total diffracted intensity in any analysis.

  11. Topological map of the Hofstadter butterfly: Fine structure of Chern numbers and Van Hove singularities

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    Naumis, Gerardo G.

    2016-04-01

    The Hofstadter butterfly is a quantum fractal with a highly complex nested set of gaps, where each gap represents a quantum Hall state whose quantized conductivity is characterized by topological invariants known as the Chern numbers. Here we obtain simple rules to determine the Chern numbers at all scales in the butterfly fractal and lay out a very detailed topological map of the butterfly by using a method used to describe quasicrystals: the cut and projection method. Our study reveals the existence of a set of critical points that separates orderly patterns of both positive and negative Cherns that appear as a fine structure in the butterfly. This fine structure can be understood as a small tilting of the projection subspace in the cut and projection method and by using a Chern meeting formula. Finally, we prove that the critical points are identified with the Van Hove singularities that exist at every band center in the butterfly landscape.

  12. Tunable Bragg extraction of light in photonic quasi crystals: dispersed liquid crystalline metamaterials

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    Rippa, Massimo; Bobeico, Eugenia; Umeton, Cesare P.; Petti, Lucia

    2015-09-01

    By exploiting Metamaterials (MTMs) and Photonic Quasi-Crystals (PQCs), it is possible to realize man-made structures characterized by a selective EM response, which can be also controlled by combining the distinctive properties of reconfigurable soft-matter. By finely controlling lattice parameters of a given photonic structure, it is possible to optimize its extraction characteristics at a precise wavelength, or minimize the extraction of undesired modes. In general, however, once a structure is realized, its extraction properties cannot be varied. To cross this problem, it is possible to combine capabilities offered by both MTMs and PQCs with the reconfigurable properties of smart materials, such as Liquid Crystals (LCs); in this way, a completely new class of "reconfigurable metamaterials" (R-MTM) can be realized. We report here on the realization and characterization of a switchable photonic device, working in the visible range, based on nanostructured photonic quasi-crystals, layered with an azodye-doped nematic LC (NLC). The experimental characterization shows that its filtering effect is remarkable with its extraction spectra which can be controlled by applying an external voltage or by means of a laser light. The vertical extraction of the light, by the coupling of the modes guided by the PQC slab to the free radiation via Bragg scattering, consists of an extremely narrow orange emission band at 621 nm with a full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 8 nm. In our opinion, these results represent a breakthrough in the realization of innovative MTMs based active photonic devices such as tunable MTMs or reconfigurable lasers and active filters.

  13. A study of periodic and aperiodic ferromagnetic antidot lattices

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    Bhat, Vinayak S.

    This thesis reports our study of the effect of domain wall pinning by ferromagnetic (FM) metamaterials [1] in the form of periodic antidot lattices (ADL) on spin wave spectra in the reversible regime. This study was then extended to artificial quasicrystals in the form of Penrose P2 tilings (P2T). Our DC magnetization study of these metamaterials showed reproducible and temperature dependent knee anomalies in the hysteretic regime that are due to the isolated switching of the FM segments. Our dumbbell model analysis [2] of simulated magnetization maps indicates that FM switching in P2T is nonstochastic . We have also acquired the first direct, two-dimensional images of the magnetization of Permalloy films patterned into P2T using scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA). Our SEMPA images demonstrate P2T behave as geometrically frustrated networks of narrow ferromagnetic film segments having near-uniform, bipolar (Ising-like) magnetization, similar to artificial spin ices (ASI). We find the unique aperiodic translational symmetry and diverse vertex coordination of multiply-connected P2T induce a more complex spin-ice behavior driven by exchange interactions in vertex domain walls, which differs markedly from the behavior of disconnected ASI governed only by dipolar interactions. Keywords: Ferromagnetic Antidot Lattices, Metamaterials, Ferromagnetic Resonance, Artificial Quasicrystal, Artificial Spin Ice. [1] VV Kruglyak et al. "Magnonic metamaterials". In: Metamaterial, edited by X.-Y. Jiang (InTech, 2012) (2012). [2] Claudio Castelnovo, Roderich Moessner, and Shivaji L Sondhi. "Magnetic monopoles in spin ice". In: Nature 451.7174 (2008), pp. 42--45.

  14. Processing and synthesis of multi-metallic nano oxide ceramics via liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis

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    Azurdia, Jose Antonio

    -Cu) known for their catalytic properties. These materials then serve as baseline studies for ternary systems, such as Al:(Ni-Co)O, or Al(Ni-Cu)O likely to offer superior catalytic properties because of the relatively high SSA Al2O3. The final chapter returns to photonic materials, in the MgO-Y2O 3 system targeting transparent ceramics through select compositions along the tie-line. The work presented here builds on the MgAl2O 4 spinel material and continues to develop the processing techniques required to achieve transparent nano-grained ceramic materials. Thus the overall goal of this dissertation was to systematically produce novel nano-oxide materials and characterized their material properties. The first chapters focus on solid solutions at low Ni or Co amounts that form phase pure spinels outside the expected composition range, at 21-22 mol % NiO and CoO. Additionally, (NiO)0.22(Al2O3) 0.78 was found to be very stable, as it did not convert to alpha-Al 2O3 plus cubic-NiO on heating to 1200°C for 10 h. The last chapter is a preliminary step toward identifying optimal Y 2O3-MgO powders that can be transparent ceramics. Ball milling led to much higher adsorption of surface species. Preliminary sintering studies of the this system showed that vacuum has the largest effect on lowering the temperature of maximum shrinkage rate by ≤ 80°C.

  15. Petrogenetic significance of minor elements in olivines from diamonds and peridotite xenoliths from kimberlites of Yakutia

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Logvinova, A. M.; Zedgenizov, D. A.; Pokhilenko, N. P.; Malygina, E. V.; Kuzmin, D. V.; Sobolev, A. V.

    2009-11-01

    Peridotite xenoliths and diamonds from kimberlites represent an important source of information about the composition of the continental lithosphere at depths exceeding 120-150 km. Ultramafic (or peridotitic) U(P)-type of geological environment is dominating at these depths compared to eclogitic (E-type). Olivine is the most typical mineral both of peridotite xenoliths and as diamond inclusions in most kimberlites worldwide. In spite of its simple chemical composition it contains a number of petrogenetically significant minor elements such as Ti, Al, Mn, Ca, Cr, Ni, Co in low concentrations, mostly below 0.1 wt.% of oxide except of NiO. More than 500 industrial quality diamonds of size range between 0.8 and 3 mm containing olivine inclusions sometimes associated with enstatite, pyrope, chrome diopside and chromite were selected from current diamond production of nine major Siberian diamond mines. This collection also includes revised olivine diamond inclusions from Arkhangelsk (Russia), Majhgawan (India) diamond mines and Urals (Russia) alluvial mines. More than 30% of studied samples were prepared for analysis of olivines on a single polished surface with diamond. More than 300 peridotite xenoliths were selected for olivine studies from a representative collection from unaltered kimberlites of Udachnaya diamond mine. These xenoliths include low-temperature coarse lherzolites, harzburgites and dunites which are represented by spinel, garnet-spinel and garnet varieties. More than 70 xenoliths of high-temperature porphyroclastic (sheared) lherzolites from Udachnaya are also included in the examined collection. Olivines were analyzed for major and minor elements with a JEOL JXA 8200 electron microprobe at the Max-Planck Institute of Chemistry, Mainz. Special efforts were made to obtain high precision and accuracy in electron microprobe analyses, especially, for Ti, Al, Ni, Co, Ca, Mn and Cr. These elements were analyzed by using long counting time and high beam

  16. Geochemical Proxies as an Effective Tool for Determining Depositional Environments for Burgess Shale-Type Fossil Localities

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    Powell, W.; Handle, K.

    2012-04-01

    A variety of models have been presented to account for the arrest of decay processes in Burgess Shale-type (BST) fossil beds. These models include sustained anoxia, fluctuating oxyclines, and hypersaline brines. Despite being questioned in the published literature, patterns in redox-sensitive metals may differentiate between these chemical environments of deposition. Accordingly, the redox indices V versus Al, V/Sc, Ni/Al, Ni/Co, and Mo were applied to two well-documented North American BST localities: 1) the Wheeler Formation (Utah, USA) with palaeontological characteristics indicating deposition within a fluctuating oxycline; and 2) the Burgess Shale (British Columbia, Canada) with field evidence indicating an association of fossil deposits with hypersaline brine pools. In addition, the chemical characteristics of the Kinzers Formation (Pennsylvania, USA), a BST fossil locality in which details of depositional environment are unclear due to limited outcrop exposure, were compared to those of the Wheeler and Burgess Shale formations. A set of eighty-four Wheeler Shale samples yielded a range of Ni/Co values from 0.6 to 10.5, and V/Sc values up to 27.9. Barren shales cluster along the line that defines the lithogenic maximum for V, whereas fossiliferous samples yielded a scattered distribution of V versus Al values above the lithogenic maximum. Molybdenum content was <1ppm in all Wheeler Shale samples. These data are consistent with deposition under a range of redox conditions, with fossils (both BST and trilobites) correlating with low-oxygen environments. In contrast, a set of 53 samples from the Burgess Shale and associated units yielded a restricted range of both Ni/Co (<6.3; all but two <5.0), and V/Sc (<7.2). Vanadium values correlate with aluminum. Molybdenum content is below the 2ppm detection limit in all but two samples (2 and 3 ppm). Geochemical signatures for barren, trilobite-bearing, and soft-bodied-fossil-bearing samples are indistinguishable. These

  17. Vadose zone monitoring strategies to control water flux dynamics and changes in soil hydraulic properties.

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    Valdes-Abellan, Javier; Jiménez-Martínez, Joaquin; Candela, Lucila

    2013-04-01

    For monitoring the vadose zone, different strategies can be chosen, depending on the objectives and scale of observation. The effects of non-conventional water use on the vadose zone might produce impacts in porous media which could lead to changes in soil hydraulic properties, among others. Controlling these possible effects requires an accurate monitoring strategy that controls the volumetric water content, θ, and soil pressure, h, along the studied profile. According to the available literature, different monitoring systems have been carried out independently, however less attention has received comparative studies between different techniques. An experimental plot of 9x5 m2 was set with automatic and non-automatic sensors to control θ and h up to 1.5m depth. The non-automatic system consisted of ten Jet Fill tensiometers at 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 cm (Soil Moisture®) and a polycarbonate access tube of 44 mm (i.d) for soil moisture measurements with a TRIME FM TDR portable probe (IMKO®). Vertical installation was carefully performed; measurements with this system were manual, twice a week for θ and three times per week for h. The automatic system composed of five 5TE sensors (Decagon Devices®) installed at 20, 40, 60, 90 and 120 cm for θ measurements and one MPS1 sensor (Decagon Devices®) at 60 cm depth for h. Installation took place laterally in a 40-50 cm length hole bored in a side of a trench that was excavated. All automatic sensors hourly recorded and stored in a data-logger. Boundary conditions were controlled with a volume-meter and with a meteorological station. ET was modelled with Penman-Monteith equation. Soil characterization include bulk density, gravimetric water content, grain size distribution, saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil water retention curves determined following laboratory standards. Soil mineralogy was determined by X-Ray difractometry. Unsaturated soil hydraulic parameters were model-fitted through SWRC-fit code and

  18. Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry in glacier forefields: assessment of ecological stability in high alpine environments

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    Meola, M.; Lazzaro, A.; Zeyer, J.

    2012-04-01

    Microbial communities inhabiting recently deglaciated, unvegetated, high alpine soils (e.g. glacier forefields) need to be adapted to fluctuating environmental conditions, such as strong daily and seasonal humidity and temperature variations. Soil-related characteristics (e.g. oligotrophy, pH, water holding capacity, nutrient concentration) may in addition determine the presence of locally adapted microbial communities. Currently little is known on the ecological stability (resistance and resilience) of such an environment. In this project, we aim at understanding ecological stability of microbial communities of alpine glacier forefields through a reciprocal soil transplantation experiment. The study consists in i) determining bacterial phylotypes that may respond to environmental changes and ii) relating biological, chemical and physical data to observed microbial responses. We selected two different glacier forefields located in the Swiss Alps (approximately at 2500 m.a.s.l.) The Griessen forefield (Canton Obwalden) is characterized by a calcareous bedrock, while the Tiefen forefield (Canton Uri) is of siliceous composition. The sites are well characterized in terms of their geography (e.g. exposure, slope) and climatic fluctuations (Lazzaro et al. 2009, Lazzaro et al. 2011). At each site, we incubated stainless steel pots with four different soil treatments (autochthonous untreated, autochthonous sterilized, allochthonous untreated and allochthonous sterilized). The setup was repeated in quadruplicate. Soil temperature and soil moisture at 10 cm depth were measured every hour by Decagon EM 50 sensors (Decagon Devices Inc.). In July (D0), August (D1) and September (D2) 2011, soil aliquots were sampled from the pots for analysis. We plan to further extend the sampling for at least three snow-free seasons (2011-2013). Chemical analysis of the soil encompassed soluble ions, pH and DOC. Bacterial community analysis included microbial biomass (DAPI cell counts), basal

  19. Effects of substrate properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof

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    Sandoval, V. P.; Suarez, F. I.; Victorero, F.; Bonilla, C.; Gironas, J. A.; Vera, S.; Bustamante, W.; Rojas, V.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Green roofs are a sustainable urban development solution that incorporates a growing media (also known as substrate) and vegetation into infrastructures to reach additional benefits such as the reduction of: rooftop runoff peak flows, roof surface temperatures, energy utilized for cooling/heating buildings, and the heat island effect. The substrate is a key component of the green roof that allows achieving these benefits. It is an artificial soil that has an improved behavior compared to natural soils, facilitating vegetation growth, water storage and typically with smaller densities to reduce the loads over the structures. Therefore, it is important to study the effects of substrate properties on green roof performance. The objective of this study is to investigate the physical properties of four substrates designed to improve the behavior of a green roof, and to study their impact on the efficiency of a green roof. The substrates that were investigated are: organic soil; crushed bricks; a mixture of mineral soil with perlite; and a mixture of crushed bricks and organic soil. The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) were measured using a dual needle probe (Decagon Devices, Inc.) at different saturation levels, and the hydraulic properties were measured with a constant head permeameter (hydraulic conductivity) and a pressure plate extractor (water retention curve). This characterization, combined with numerical models, allows understanding the effect of these properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof. Results show that substrates composed by crushed bricks improve the thermal insulation of infrastructures and at the same time, retain more water in their pores. Simulation results also show that the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof strongly depends on the moisture content prior to a rainstorm.

  20. Water Vapor Exchange in a Costa Rican Lower Montane Tropical Forest

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    Andrews, R.; Miller, G. R.; Cahill, A. T.; Moore, G. W.; Aparecido, L. M. T.

    2015-12-01

    Because of high canopy interception in tropical forests, evaporation from wet canopy surfaces makes up a sizeable portion of the total water vapor flux. The modeling complexities presented by changing canopy wetness, along with a scarcity of land-atmosphere flux exchange data from tropical forests, means evapotranspiration (ET) processes have been poorly represented in the tropics in land-surface modeling schemes. To better understand tropical forest ET, we will evaluate the influence of canopy wetness and various micrometeorological data on ET partitioning and total ET flux. We have collected flux data from a lower montane forest in Costa Rica at a newly established AmeriFlux site, which notably has the highest mean annual precipitation of any site in the network. The site features a 39-m canopy tower, equipped with two eddy covariance systems (LI-7200, LI-COR), a CO2/H2O atmospheric profile system (AP200, Campbell Scientific), leaf wetness sensors (LWS, Decagon Devices), sap flow sensors, and a soil respiration chamber (LI-8100A, LI-COR) as well as an array of other micrometeorological sensors. At the site, total ET is driven primarily by available energy, and to a lesser extent, by vapor pressure deficit. Average daily latent energy fluxes peak at values of 160, 75, and 35 W m-2 for dry, partially wet, and wet canopy conditions respectively. Correlations between latent energy flux and all other variables are strongest for drier canopy conditions. Complex relationships between canopy wetness and tropical forest ET cause the environmental controls on these fluxes to be significantly different from those in other biomes. As a result, a new modeling paradigm is needed to more accurately model ET differences between tropical forests and other vegetation types.

  1. In-Situ Measurement of Vertical Bypass Flow Using a Drain Gauge

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    Payne, W. L.; Brooks, E. S.; Sanchez-Murillo, R.

    2012-12-01

    With widespread technological advances in precision fertilizer application in agricultural production there is an increasing need to better understand the subsurface transport and vertical leaching of nitrate fertilizers. Optimizing fertilizer application reduces cost to the grower and improves downstream water supplies. In-situ measurement of nitrate flux is difficult and expensive. In this experiment nitrate transport was measured using a passive capillary drain gauge developed by Decagon Devices in Pullman, WA. The drain gauge measures water flux from a 30 cm diameter soil core 60 cm in length. In this study the drain gauge was installed 0.9 m to 1.5 m below the soil surface in a no-till field in cereal grain production. A potassium bromide tracer was applied using a rainfall simulator over a 5 day period to the drain gage roughly one year following installation of the drain gauge and approximately 3 months after being seeded to spring wheat. Bromide tracer movement was compared to measurements of stable oxygen/hydrogen isotopes, and nitrate in the leachate and from soil water extracted within the soil profile using suction lysimeters. Significant preferential flow occurred during the experiment. Vertical leaching initiated at the 1.5 m depth at a time when the wetting front had just reached the 0.3 cm depth. By the time the wetting front had reached a 1.5 m depth, 18 kg/ha of nitrogen fertilizer had leached beyond the root zone. Once the wetting front reached 1.5 m bromide and stable isotope data indicated that 60% of the total flow occurred through macropore flow. Stable isotope measurements responded similarly to the electrical conductivity and nitrate measurements suggesting their potential use as a groundwater tracer. The nitrate leaching observed in the drain gauge would not have been accounted for if soil moisture measurements alone were used to indicate potential nitrate transport.

  2. Optimizing the decomposition of soil moisture time-series data using genetic algorithms

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    Kulkarni, C.; Mengshoel, O. J.; Basak, A.; Schmidt, K. M.

    2015-12-01

    The task of determining near-surface volumetric water content (VWC), using commonly available dielectric sensors (based upon capacitance or frequency domain technology), is made challenging due to the presence of "noise" such as temperature-driven diurnal variations in the recorded data. We analyzed a post-wildfire rainfall and runoff monitoring dataset for hazard studies in Southern California. VWC was measured with EC-5 sensors manufactured by Decagon Devices. Many traditional signal smoothing techniques such as moving averages, splines, and Loess smoothing exist. Unfortunately, when applied to our post-wildfire dataset, these techniques diminish maxima, introduce time shifts, and diminish signal details. A promising seasonal trend-decomposition procedure based on Loess (STL) decomposes VWC time series into trend, seasonality, and remainder components. Unfortunately, STL with its default parameters produces similar results as previously mentioned smoothing methods. We propose a novel method to optimize seasonal decomposition using STL with genetic algorithms. This method successfully reduces "noise" including diurnal variations while preserving maxima, minima, and signal detail. Better decomposition results for the post-wildfire VWC dataset were achieved by optimizing STL's control parameters using genetic algorithms. The genetic algorithms minimize an additive objective function with three weighted terms: (i) root mean squared error (RMSE) of straight line relative to STL trend line; (ii) range of STL remainder; and (iii) variance of STL remainder. Our optimized STL method, combining trend and remainder, provides an improved representation of signal details by preserving maxima and minima as compared to the traditional smoothing techniques for the post-wildfire rainfall and runoff monitoring data. This method identifies short- and long-term VWC seasonality and provides trend and remainder data suitable for forecasting VWC in response to precipitation.

  3. Field calibrations of soil moisture sensors in a forested watershed.

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    Abbas, Farhat; Fares, Ali; Fares, Samira

    2011-01-01

    Spatially variable soil properties influence the performance of soil water content monitoring sensors. The objectives of this research were to: (i) study the spatial variability of bulk density (ρ(b)), total porosity (θ(t)), clay content (CC), electrical conductivity (EC), and pH in the upper Mākaha Valley watershed soils; (ii) explore the effect of variations in ρ(b) and θ(t) on soil water content dynamics, and (iii) establish field calibration equations for EC-20 (Decagon Devices, Inc), ML2x (Delta-T-Devices), and SM200 (Delta-T-Devices) sensors to mitigate the effect of soil spatial variability on their performance. The studied soil properties except pH varied significantly (P < 0.05) across the soil water content monitoring depths (20 and 80 cm) and six locations. There was a linear positive and a linear inverse correlation between the soil water content at sampling and ρ(b), and between the soil water content at sampling and θ(t), respectively. Values of laboratory measured actual θ(t) correlated (r = 0.75) with those estimated from the relationship θ(t) = 1 - ρ(b)/ρ(s), where ρ(s) is the particle density. Variations in the studied soil properties affected the performance of the default equations of the three tested sensors; they showed substantial under-estimations of the actual water content. The individual and the watershed-scale field calibrations were more accurate than their corresponding default calibrations. In conclusion, the sensors used in this study need site-specific calibrations in order to mitigate the effects of varying properties of the highly weathered tropical soils.

  4. Vadose-zone monitoring strategy to evaluate desalted groundwater effects on hydraulic properties

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    Valdes-Abellan, J.; Candela, L.; Jiménez-Martínez, J.

    2012-04-01

    Desalinated brackish groundwater is becoming a new source of water supply to comply with growing water demands, especially in (semi) arid countries. Irrigation with desalinated or a blend of desalinated and ground/surface water, presents associated impacts on plants, soil and aquifer media. Mixed waters with different salinities can lead to the formation of unexpected chemical precipitates. The use of desalted groundwater for irrigation counts with potential drawbacks, among them: changes of hydraulic properties of soil-aquifer systems (e.g. hydraulic conductivity, porosity) as a consequence of mineral precipitation; root growth blockage and plant uptake of pollutants; as well as leaching of contaminants to groundwater. An experimental plot located at SE Spain, covered by grass and irrigated by sprinklers with a blend of desalted and groundwater from a brackish aquifer, has been monitored in order to characterize at field scale the possible impacts on soil hydraulic properties. The monitoring strategy to control water and heat flux includes traditional and more updated devices. The field instrumentation, vertically installed from the ground surface and spatially distributed, consisted of: ten tensiometers (Soilmoisture Equipment Corp, Goleta, CA, USA) at different depths (two per depth); and, two access tubes (fiber glass, 44mm diameter 2m length) for soil moisture measurements from TRIME-FM TDR probe (Imko GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany). Automatic logging is carried out from a trench located in the border of the experimental plot and it takes in: a set of five 5TE devices (Decagon Devices Inc, Pullman, WA, USA) vertically installed, which measure volumetric water content, electric conductivity and temperature; and additionally, a suction sensor at 0.6m depth. Finally, a periodic sampling of undisturbed soil cores (2m length) takes place for the purpose of imaging porosity changes from environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). First results about water and heat

  5. Evaluation of Two Soil Water Redistribution Models (Finite Difference and Hourly Cascade Approach) Through The Comparison of Continuous field Sensor-Based Measurements

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    Ferreyra, R.; Stockle, C. O.; Huggins, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    following a controlled water application where the study areas were isolated from other water inputs and outputs. We will also report on the assessment of two soil water sensors (Decagon Devices 5TM capacitance probe and UMS T4 tensiometers) for the two soil textural classes in terms of consistency and replicability.

  6. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuck, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-07-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use-efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "spectral reflectance sensors" (SRS sensors; recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration - one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and another that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal timescale, PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different timescales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches for studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  7. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuk, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-02-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "SRS" sensors recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration, one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and the other that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal time scale PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different time scales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well-suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches to studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  8. Unique atom hyper-kagome order in Na4Ir3O8 and in low-symmetry spinel modifications.

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    Talanov, V M; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, M V

    2015-05-01

    Group-theoretical and thermodynamic methods of the Landau theory of phase transitions are used to investigate the hyper-kagome atomic order in structures of ordered spinels and a spinel-like Na4Ir3O8 crystal. The formation of an atom hyper-kagome sublattice in Na4Ir3O8 is described theoretically on the basis of the archetype (hypothetical parent structure/phase) concept. The archetype structure of Na4Ir3O8 has a spinel-like structure (space group Fd\\bar 3m) and composition [Na1/2Ir3/2](16d)[Na3/2](16c)O(32e)4. The critical order parameter which induces hypothetical phase transition has been stated. It is shown that the derived structure of Na4Ir3O8 is formed as a result of the displacements of Na, Ir and O atoms, and ordering of Na, Ir and O atoms, ordering dxy, dxz, dyz orbitals as well. Ordering of all atoms takes place according to the type 1:3. Ir and Na atoms form an intriguing atom order: a network of corner-shared Ir triangles called a hyper-kagome lattice. The Ir atoms form nanoclusters which are named decagons. The existence of hyper-kagome lattices in six types of ordered spinel structures is predicted theoretically. The structure mechanisms of the formation of the predicted hyper-kagome atom order in some ordered spinel phases are established. For a number of cases typical diagrams of possible crystal phase states are built in the framework of the Landau theory of phase transitions. Thermodynamical conditions of hyper-kagome order formation are discussed by means of these diagrams. The proposed theory is in accordance with experimental data.

  9. PREFACE: 6th International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals (APERIODIC'09)

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    Grimm, Uwe; McGrath, Rónán; Degtyareva, Olga; Sharma, Hem Raj

    2010-04-01

    Aperiodic Logo Aperiodic'09, the sixth International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, took place in Liverpool 13-18 September 2009. It was the first major conference in this interdisciplinary research field held in the UK. The conference, which was organised under the auspices of the Commission on Aperiodic Crystals of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), followed on from Aperiodic'94 (Les Diablerets, Switzerland), Aperiodic'97 (Alpe d'Huez, France), Aperiodic'2000 (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Aperiodic'03 (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Aperiodic'06 (Zao, Japan). The next conference in the series will take place in Australia in 2012. The Aperiodic conference series is itself the successor to a series of Conferences on Modulated Structures, Polytypes and Quasicrystals (MOSPOQ), which were held in Marseilles (France) in 1984, Wroclaw (Poland) in 1986, Varanasi (India) in 1988 and Balatonszeplak (Hungary) in 1991. The remit of the conference covers two broad areas of research on aperiodic crystals, incommensurately modulated and composite crystals on the one hand, and quasicrystals on the other hand, sharing the property that they are aperiodically ordered solids. In addition, the conference also featured recent research on complex metal alloys, which are in fact periodically ordered solids. However, the term complex refers to their large unit cells, which may contain thousands of atoms, and as a consequence complex metal alloys share some of the properties of quasicrystalline solids. Aperiodic'09 attracted about 110 participants from across the world, including 20 UK-based scientists (the second largest group after Japan who sent 21 delegates). A particular feature of the conference series is its interdisciplinary character, and once again the range of disciplines of participants included mathematics, physics, crystallography and materials science. The programme started with three tutorial lectures on Sunday afternoon, presenting introductory overviews

  10. Aperiodic Volume Optics

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    Gerke, Tim D.

    Presented in this thesis is an investigation into aperiodic volume optical devices. The three main topics of research and discussion are the aperiodic volume optical devices that we call computer-generated volume holograms (CGVH), defects within periodic 3D photonic crystals, and non-periodic, but ordered 3D quasicrystals. The first of these devices, CGVHs, are designed and investigated numerically and experimentally. We study the performance of multi-layered amplitude computer-generated volume holograms in terms of efficiency and angular/frequency selectivity. Simulation results show that such aperiodic devices can increase diffraction efficiency relative to periodic amplitude volume holograms while maintaining angular and wavelength selectivity. CGVHs are also designed as voxelated volumes using a new projection optimization algorithm. They are investigated using a volumetric diffraction simulation and a standard 3D beam propagation technique as well as experimentally. Both simulation and experiment verify that the structures function according to their design. These represent the first diffractive structures that have the capacity for generating arbitrary transmission and reflection wave fronts and that provide the ability for multiplexing arbitrary functionality given different illumination conditions. Also investigated and discussed in this thesis are 3D photonic crystals and quasicrystals. We demonstrate that these devices can be fabricated using a femtosecond laser direct writing system that is particularly appropriate for fabrication of such arbitrary 3D structures. We also show that these devices can provide 3D partial bandgaps which could become complete bandgaps if fabricated using high index materials or by coating lower index materials with high index metals. Our fabrication method is particularly suited to the fabrication of engineered defects within the periodic or quasi-periodic systems. We demonstrate the potential for fabricating defects within

  11. Amorphic complexity

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    Fuhrmann, G.; Gröger, M.; Jäger, T.

    2016-02-01

    We introduce amorphic complexity as a new topological invariant that measures the complexity of dynamical systems in the regime of zero entropy. Its main purpose is to detect the very onset of disorder in the asymptotic behaviour. For instance, it gives positive value to Denjoy examples on the circle and Sturmian subshifts, while being zero for all isometries and Morse-Smale systems. After discussing basic properties and examples, we show that amorphic complexity and the underlying asymptotic separation numbers can be used to distinguish almost automorphic minimal systems from equicontinuous ones. For symbolic systems, amorphic complexity equals the box dimension of the associated Besicovitch space. In this context, we concentrate on regular Toeplitz flows and give a detailed description of the relation to the scaling behaviour of the densities of the p-skeletons. Finally, we take a look at strange non-chaotic attractors appearing in so-called pinched skew product systems. Continuous-time systems, more general group actions and the application to cut and project quasicrystals will be treated in subsequent work.

  12. Orbits of crystallographic embedding of non-crystallographic groups and applications to virology.

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    Twarock, Reidun; Valiunas, Motiejus; Zappa, Emilio

    2015-11-01

    The architecture of infinite structures with non-crystallographic symmetries can be modelled via aperiodic tilings, but a systematic construction method for finite structures with non-crystallographic symmetry at different radial levels is still lacking. This paper presents a group theoretical method for the construction of finite nested point sets with non-crystallographic symmetry. Akin to the construction of quasicrystals, a non-crystallographic group G is embedded into the point group P of a higher-dimensional lattice and the chains of all G-containing subgroups are constructed. The orbits of lattice points under such subgroups are determined, and it is shown that their projection into a lower-dimensional G-invariant subspace consists of nested point sets with G-symmetry at each radial level. The number of different radial levels is bounded by the index of G in the subgroup of P. In the case of icosahedral symmetry, all subgroup chains are determined explicitly and it is illustrated that these point sets in projection provide blueprints that approximate the organization of simple viral capsids, encoding information on the structural organization of capsid proteins and the genomic material collectively, based on two case studies. Contrary to the affine extensions previously introduced, these orbits endow virus architecture with an underlying finite group structure, which lends itself better to the modelling of dynamic properties than its infinite-dimensional counterpart.

  13. Deterministic composite nanophotonic lattices in large area for broadband applications

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    Xavier, Jolly; Probst, Jürgen; Becker, Christiane

    2016-01-01

    Exotic manipulation of the flow of photons in nanoengineered materials with an aperiodic distribution of nanostructures plays a key role in efficiency-enhanced broadband photonic and plasmonic technologies for spectrally tailorable integrated biosensing, nanostructured thin film solarcells, white light emitting diodes, novel plasmonic ensembles etc. Through a generic deterministic nanotechnological route here we show subwavelength-scale silicon (Si) nanostructures on nanoimprinted glass substrate in large area (4 cm2) with advanced functional features of aperiodic composite nanophotonic lattices. These nanophotonic aperiodic lattices have easily tailorable supercell tiles with well-defined and discrete lattice basis elements and they show rich Fourier spectra. The presented nanophotonic lattices are designed functionally akin to two-dimensional aperiodic composite lattices with unconventional flexibility- comprising periodic photonic crystals and/or in-plane photonic quasicrystals as pattern design subsystems. The fabricated composite lattice-structured Si nanostructures are comparatively analyzed with a range of nanophotonic structures with conventional lattice geometries of periodic, disordered random as well as in-plane quasicrystalline photonic lattices with comparable lattice parameters. As a proof of concept of compatibility with advanced bottom-up liquid phase crystallized (LPC) Si thin film fabrication, the experimental structural analysis is further extended to double-side-textured deterministic aperiodic lattice-structured 10 μm thick large area LPC Si film on nanoimprinted substrates. PMID:27941869

  14. High-pressure crystallography of periodic and aperiodic crystals

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    Hejny, Clivia; Minkov, Vasily S.

    2015-01-01

    More than five decades have passed since the first single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure were performed. These studies were applied historically to geochemical processes occurring in the Earth and other planets, but high-pressure crystallography has spread across different fields of science including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and pharmacy. With each passing year, high-pressure studies have become more precise and comprehensive because of the development of instrumentation and software, and the systems investigated have also become more complicated. Starting with crystals of simple minerals and inorganic compounds, the interests of researchers have shifted to complicated metal–organic frameworks, aperiodic crystals and quasicrystals, molecular crystals, and even proteins and viruses. Inspired by contributions to the microsymposium ‘High-Pressure Crystallography of Periodic and Aperiodic Crystals’ presented at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly, the authors have tried to summarize certain recent results of single-crystal studies of molecular and aperiodic structures under high pressure. While the selected contributions do not cover the whole spectrum of high-pressure research, they demonstrate the broad diversity of novel and fascinating results and may awaken the reader’s interest in this topic. PMID:25866659

  15. Spin glasses: redux: an updated experimental/materials survey

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    Mydosh, J. A.

    2015-05-01

    This article reviews the 40+ year old spin-glass field and one of its earliest model interpretations as a spin density wave. Our description is from an experimental phenomenological point of view with emphasis on new spin glass materials and their relation to topical problems and strongly correlated materials in condensed matter physics. We first simply define a spin glass (SG), give its basic ingredients and explain how the spin glasses enter into the statistical mechanics of classical phase transitions. We then consider the four basic experimental properties to solidly characterize canonical spin glass behavior and introduce the early theories and models. Here the spin density wave (SDW) concept is used to explain the difference between a short-range SDW, i.e. a SG and, in contrast, a long-range SDW, i.e. a conventional magnetic phase transition. We continue with the present state of SG, its massive computer simulations and recent proposals of chiral glasses and quantum SG. We then collect and mention the various SG ‘spin-off’s'. A major section uncovers the fashionable unconventional materials that display SG-like freezing and glassy ground states, such as (high temperature) superconductors, heavy fermions, intermetallics and Heuslers, pyrochlor and spinels, oxides and chalogenides and exotics, e.g. quasicrystals. Some conclusions and future directions complete the review.

  16. Effect of groundwater chemistry on the swelling behavior of a Ca-bentonite for deep geological repository

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    Chen, Wen-Chuan; Huang, Wei-Hsing

    The swelling properties of buffer material for high level radioactive waste repository in a near-field environment are of particular importance for achieving the low permeability sealing function. In this study, the free swelling behavior of a potential buffer material Zhisin clay is evaluated under simulated groundwater conditions such as immersion in NaCl, CaCl2, and Na2SO4 solutions at various concentrations. Experimental results indicate that Zhisin clay, being a Ca-bentonite, exhibits reduced swelling strain in salt solutions. The amount of decrease in swelling strain upon saline water intrusion is affected by both the type and concentration of electrolyte. At the same concentration, the swelling strains in CaCl2 solution are lower than those in NaCl solution due to the quasi-crystals formed in the presence of calcium ions. Also, the swells in Na2SO4 solution are found to be lower than those in NaCl solution. This is attributed to the precipitation of CaSO4, which acts as binding agent and results in aggregation of clay particles.

  17. Power-law scaling and fractal nature of medium-range order in metallic glasses.

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    Ma, D; Stoica, A D; Wang, X-L

    2009-01-01

    The atomic structure of metallic glasses has been a long-standing scientific problem. Unlike crystalline metals, where long-range ordering is established by periodic stacking of fundamental building blocks known as unit cells, a metallic glass has no long-range translational or orientational order, although some degrees of short- and medium-range order do exist. Previous studies have identified solute- (minority atom)-centred clusters as the fundamental building blocks or short-range order in metallic glasses. Idealized cluster packing schemes, such as efficient cluster packing on a cubic lattice and icosahedral packing as in a quasicrystal, have been proposed and provided first insights on the medium-range order in metallic glasses. However, these packing schemes break down beyond a length scale of a few clusters. Here, on the basis of neutron and X-ray diffraction experiments, we propose a new packing scheme-self-similar packing of atomic clusters. We show that the medium-range order has the characteristics of a fractal network with a dimension of 2.31, and is described by a power-law correlation function over the medium-range length scale. Our finding provides a new perspective of order in disordered materials and has broad implications for understanding their structure-property relationship, particularly those involving a change in length scales.

  18. Friction and solid-solid adhesion on complex metallic alloys

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    Dubois, Jean-Marie; Belin-Ferré, Esther

    2014-01-01

    The discovery in 1987 of stable quasicrystals in the Al–Cu–Fe system was soon exploited to patent specific coatings that showed reduced friction in ambient air against hard antagonists. Henceforth, it was possible to develop a number of applications, potential or commercially exploited to date, that will be alluded to in this topical review. A deeper understanding of the characteristics of complex metallic alloys (CMAs) may explain why material made of metals like Al, Cu and Fe offers reduced friction; low solid–solid adhesion came later. It is linked to the surface energy being significantly lower on those materials, in which translational symmetry has become a weak property, that is determined by the depth of the pseudo-gap at the Fermi energy. As a result, friction is anisotropic in CMAs that builds up according to the translation symmetry along one direction, but is aperiodic along the other two directions. A review is given in this article of the most salient data found along these lines during the past two decades or so. PMID:27877675

  19. Alloy with metallic glass and quasi-crystalline properties

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    Xing, Li-Qian; Hufnagel, Todd C.; Ramesh, Kaliat T.

    2004-02-17

    An alloy is described that is capable of forming a metallic glass at moderate cooling rates and exhibits large plastic flow at ambient temperature. Preferably, the alloy has a composition of (Zr, Hf).sub.a Ta.sub.b Ti.sub.c Cu.sub.d Ni.sub.e Al.sub.f, where the composition ranges (in atomic percent) are 45.ltoreq.a.ltoreq.70, 3.ltoreq.b.ltoreq.7.5, 0.ltoreq.c.ltoreq.4, 3.ltoreq.b+c.ltoreq.10, 10.ltoreq.d.ltoreq.30, 0.ltoreq.e.ltoreq.20, 10.ltoreq.d+e.ltoreq.35, and 5.ltoreq.f.ltoreq.15. The alloy may be cast into a bulk solid with disordered atomic-scale structure, i.e., a metallic glass, by a variety of techniques including copper mold die casting and planar flow casting. The as-cast amorphous solid has good ductility while retaining all of the characteristic features of known metallic glasses, including a distinct glass transition, a supercooled liquid region, and an absence of long-range atomic order. The alloy may be used to form a composite structure including quasi-crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix. Such a composite quasi-crystalline structure has much higher mechanical strength than a crystalline structure.

  20. Glassy state of native collagen fibril?

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    Gevorkian, S. G.; Allahverdyan, A. E.; Gevorgyan, D. S.; Hu, C.-K.

    2011-07-01

    Our micromechanical experiments show that viscoelastic features of type-I collagen fibril at physiological temperatures display essential dependence on the frequency and speed of heating. For temperatures of 20-30 °C the internal friction has a sharp maximum for a frequency less than 2 kHz. Upon heating the internal friction displays a peak at a temperature Tsoft(v) that essentially depends on the speed of heating v: Tsoft≈70°C for v=1°C/min, and Tsoft≈25°C for v=0.1°C/min. At the same temperature Tsoft(v) Young's modulus passes through a minimum. All these effects are specific for the native state of the fibril and disappear after heat-denaturation. Taken together with the known facts that the fibril is axially ordered as quasicrystal, but disordered laterally, we interpret our findings as indications of a glassy state, where Tsoft is the softening transition.

  1. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Ahmed, N. Khalid; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2014-01-01

    Entropy drives the phase behavior of colloids ranging from dense suspensions of hard spheres or rods to dilute suspensions of hard spheres and depletants. Entropic ordering of anisotropic shapes into complex crystals, liquid crystals, and even quasicrystals was demonstrated recently in computer simulations and experiments. The ordering of shapes appears to arise from the emergence of directional entropic forces (DEFs) that align neighboring particles, but these forces have been neither rigorously defined nor quantified in generic systems. Here, we show quantitatively that shape drives the phase behavior of systems of anisotropic particles upon crowding through DEFs. We define DEFs in generic systems and compute them for several hard particle systems. We show they are on the order of a few times the thermal energy (kBT) at the onset of ordering, placing DEFs on par with traditional depletion, van der Waals, and other intrinsic interactions. In experimental systems with these other interactions, we provide direct quantitative evidence that entropic effects of shape also contribute to self-assembly. We use DEFs to draw a distinction between self-assembly and packing behavior. We show that the mechanism that generates directional entropic forces is the maximization of entropy by optimizing local particle packing. We show that this mechanism occurs in a wide class of systems and we treat, in a unified way, the entropy-driven phase behavior of arbitrary shapes, incorporating the well-known works of Kirkwood, Onsager, and Asakura and Oosawa. PMID:25344532

  2. Self-lubricating, low-friction, wear-resistant Al-based quasicrystalline coatings

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    Silva Guedes de Lima, Bruno Alessandro; Medeiros Gomes, Rodinei; Guedes de Lima, Severino Jackson; Dragoe, Diana; Barthes-Labrousse, Marie-Geneviève; Kouitat-Njiwa, Richard; Dubois, Jean-Marie

    2016-01-01

    Abstract After gas atomization, a quasicrystalline powder based on aluminium was used to prepare a thick coating by high-velocity oxygen-fuel flame torch spraying. This layer was deposited on top of a bond-coat layer on a steel plate. A post-spraying annealing treatment turned the two layers to their stable state, a γ-brass crystal and an icosahedral quasicrystal, respectively. The projection parameters were selected in such a way that the coating behaved like a self-lubricating material, which offered very good wear resistance (duration of pin-on-disk tests superior to 5 km with negligible material loss) and low friction (µ ≤ 6% against sintered tungsten carbide), in contrast to the state of the art. This property was achieved thanks to, on the one hand, excellent bonding to the substrate via the bound coat, and on the other hand, presence at the boundaries between quasicrystalline flakes of a mixture of both threefold and fourfold coordinated carbon originating from spray processing. Application to hard materials used in mechanical devices is appealing, especially because soft, lubricating additives may not be needed, thus considerably increasing the lifetime of the devices and reducing waste of materials. PMID:27877859

  3. Self-lubricating, low-friction, wear-resistant Al-based quasicrystalline coatings.

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    Silva Guedes de Lima, Bruno Alessandro; Medeiros Gomes, Rodinei; Guedes de Lima, Severino Jackson; Dragoe, Diana; Barthes-Labrousse, Marie-Geneviève; Kouitat-Njiwa, Richard; Dubois, Jean-Marie

    2016-01-01

    After gas atomization, a quasicrystalline powder based on aluminium was used to prepare a thick coating by high-velocity oxygen-fuel flame torch spraying. This layer was deposited on top of a bond-coat layer on a steel plate. A post-spraying annealing treatment turned the two layers to their stable state, a γ-brass crystal and an icosahedral quasicrystal, respectively. The projection parameters were selected in such a way that the coating behaved like a self-lubricating material, which offered very good wear resistance (duration of pin-on-disk tests superior to 5 km with negligible material loss) and low friction (µ ≤ 6% against sintered tungsten carbide), in contrast to the state of the art. This property was achieved thanks to, on the one hand, excellent bonding to the substrate via the bound coat, and on the other hand, presence at the boundaries between quasicrystalline flakes of a mixture of both threefold and fourfold coordinated carbon originating from spray processing. Application to hard materials used in mechanical devices is appealing, especially because soft, lubricating additives may not be needed, thus considerably increasing the lifetime of the devices and reducing waste of materials.

  4. David Adler Lectureship Award: A Chance to Grow

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    Canfield, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Having a chance to grow has been a vital, key, aspect to my research career. A successful condensed matter, new materials group thrives when it can have multiple make-measure-think cycles running in parallel and series. The ability to explore phase space and design, discover and grow new compounds is the starting point for many research projects and, sometimes, new fields. In this talk I want to provide an overview of several of the motivations that can lead to sample growth and also provide some examples of how new materials can lead to the intellectual / technical growth of a group as well. Examples will be drawn, as time allows, from work on magnetic, non-magnetic, low-Tc, and high Tc superconductors as well as heavy Fermions, spin-glasses and quasicrystals. Much of this work was supported by the US DOE, Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  5. Photonic density of states of two-dimensional quasicrystalline photonic structures

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    Jia Lin; Bita, Ion; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2011-08-15

    A large photonic band gap (PBG) is highly favorable for photonic crystal devices. One of the most important goals of PBG materials research is identifying structural design strategies for maximizing the gap size. We provide a comprehensive analysis of the PBG properties of two-dimensional (2D) quasicrystals (QCs), where rotational symmetry, dielectric fill factor, and structural morphology were varied systematically in order to identify correlations between structure and PBG width at a given dielectric contrast (13:1, Si:air). The transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) PBGs of 12 types of QCs are investigated (588 structures). We discovered a 12mm QC with a 56.5% TE PBG, the largest reported TE PBG for an aperiodic crystal to date. We also report here a QC morphology comprising ''throwing star''-like dielectric domains, with near-circular air cores and interconnecting veins emanating radially around the core. This interesting morphology leads to a complete PBG of {approx}20% , which is the largest reported complete PBG for aperiodic crystals.

  6. Defect structures in Frank–Kasper type square–triangle tiling of multimodal cage-type mesoporous silicas

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    Sakamoto, Yasuhiro

    2017-03-01

    Multimodal cage-type mesoporous silicas (MCMSs) with Frank–Kasper type square–triangle tiling show a unique defect structure, so-called three-fold symmetric hexagons, or shields, which are caused by phason fluctuations in dodecagonal quasicrystals. We observed and characterized three types of configurations inside shields in both quasiperiodic and periodic 32.4.3.4 tiling of MCMSs by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The high-resolution TEM images of the shields were well explained by polyhedral models, which are the constituents of the Frank–Kasper type tetrahedrally close-packed structures of MCMSs. Shield defects invariably formed because of mismatch in periodic and/or aperiodic square–triangle tiling, and they were also catalyzed by other defects. Multiple shields overlapped with sharing of 30° rhombus units and showed characteristic motifs in the tiling, such as defect-mediated 12-fold wheel and stripe bundle arrangements. Hence, MCMSs with square–triangle tiling would be governed by a random-tiling-like structure stabilized by entropy rather than energy, which results in defect-free tiling.

  7. On the structure of small palladium particles

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    Herrera, R.; Avalos-Borja, M.; Schabes-Retchkiman, P.; Romeu, D.; Jose-Yacaman, M. . Inst. de Fisica); Ponce, F. )

    1989-09-01

    The study of small noble metal particles is becoming increasingly important in many fields in physics (1). The advent of high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) has allowed a deeper understanding of structural aspects of small particles. This work reports the study of particles of palladium with a diameter less than 3 nm. Specimens were prepared by in-situ deposition of Pd onto thin carbon films under near-UHV conditions in the specimen preparation chamber. Faulted decahedral MTP was grown using a recursive (R) growth model which generates infinite, space-filling structures reproducing the structure of crystals, twinned particles and quasicrystals. R growth consists of the formation of a cluster by iterative addition of points (atoms) from a given star vector. The method presented sheds some light on a point that has been controversial in the past about the nature of MTP's. Some authors have claimed that these structures can be considered as FCC twins with a disclination to close the resulting gap. The fact that they can be obtained quite simply from stable smaller units appears to make the disclination unnecessary.

  8. Preparation of SmBiO3 buffer layer on YSZ substrate by an improved chemical solution deposition route

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    Zhu, Xiaolei; Pu, Minghua; Zhao, Yong

    2016-12-01

    A quick route for chemical solution deposition (CSD) has been developed to prepare SmBiO3 (SBO) layers on yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates rapidly by using of solid state decomposition (SSD) technique. The proper conditions for volatilization of lactic acid, which as solvent in precursor coated layer, and SBO growth are 115°C for 30 min and 794°C for 60 min in flowing Ar gas. The coated layers are amorphous structure of mixture oxides and quasi-crystal structure of SBO before and after growth, respectively. The total time by this quick CSD route for organic solvent volatilization, salts decomposed and layer growth is not up to 2 h, which are much less than that needed for traditional CSD of over 10 h. SBO layer is directly epitaxial growth on YSZ substrate without any lattice rotation. SBO layer prepared by this quick route as well as that by traditional route are suitable for the growth of YBCO. The superconducting transition temperature and critical current density of the coated YBCO layer on SBO/YSZ obtained by this quick route are up to 90 K and 1.66 MA/cm2. These results may be the usable reference for continuous preparation of SBO buffer layer on IBAD-YSZ/Ni-based alloy tapes.

  9. Quasicrystalline long-range order in an ABC star block copolymer

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    Dotera, Tomonari

    2009-03-01

    We report the formation of a dodecagonal quasicrystal (DDQC) in a lattice Monte Carlo simulation of a star-shaped three component polymeric alloy. We have observed a series of Archimedean and quasicrystalline phases (4.8^2) ->(3^2.4.3.4) ->DDQC ->(4.6.12) with increase of one component of ABC star polymers. This phase behavior can be regarded as a transition from square tiling to triangle tiling via square-triangle tiling. The simulation is associated with the recent striking experimental manifestation of quasicrystalline order: A mesoscopic tiling pattern with twelvefold symmetry in a three-component star polymer system composed of polyisoprene, polystyrene, and poly (2-vinylpyridine). Since, the same kind of quasicrystalline structures have been found for metal alloys, chalcogenides, and liquid crystals, the present result confirms the universal nature of quasicrystalline long-range order over several hierarchical length scales. [4pt] T. Dotera and T. Gemma, Philos. Mag. 86, 1085 (2006).[0pt] T. Dotera, Phil. Mag. 88, 2245 (2008). [0pt] K. Hayashida, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 195502 (2007).

  10. Growth and electronic structure of alkali-metal adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5}

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    Shukla, A. K.; Dhaka, R. S.; Biswas, C.; Banik, S.; Barman, S. R.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2006-02-01

    We report x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of Na and K adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5} (i-Al-Pd-Mn) quasicrystal. The Na 1s core-level exhibits a continuous linear shift of 0.8 eV towards lower binding energies (BE) with increasing coverage up to one monolayer (ML) saturation coverage. In the case of K/i-Al-Pd-Mn, a similar linear shift in the K 2p spectra towards lower BE is observed. In both cases, the plasmon related loss features are observed only above 1 ML. The substrate core-level peaks, such as Al 2p, do not exhibit any shift with the adlayer deposition up to the highest coverage. Based on these experimental observations and previous studies of alkali metal growth on metals, we conclude that below 1 ML, both Na and K form a dispersed phase on i-Al-Pd-Mn and there is hardly any charge transfer to the substrate. The variation of the adlayer and substrate core-level intensities with coverage indicates layer by layer growth.

  11. Defect structures and structural relationships of the Z and T phases in an Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloy

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    Zhang, L.C. . Lab. of Atomic Imaging of Solids Univ. of Science and Technology, Beijing . State Key Lab. of Advanced Materials); He, A.Q.; Ye, H.Q. . State Key Lab. of Advanced materials)

    1994-01-01

    Al-Li alloys have stirred a lot of interest because of their high mechanical properties/density ratio for aerospace application. Recently, some intermetallic compounds in the vicinity of Al[sub 0.6] (Cu,Zn)[sub 0.1](Li[sub 9]Mg)[sub 0.3], namely the so-called R,Z,C and [tau] phases, have been detected and studied in detail, due to their intimate structural relationship to the T[sub 2] quasicrystal phase. These compounds (including of T phase) and T[sub 2] consist of similar structural units, such as blocks of icosahedra, dodecahedra and tricontahedral, that makes them often intergrow with each other Shiflet, Yang et al. interpreted six types of shear planes in the R phase, implying a structural link between R and T[sub 2] phases, due to transformation behavior from T[sub 2] to R phase. Zhou et al. observed a well defined crystallographic orientation relationship between the R and Z phases possessing the same basic building units in the Al-Li-Cu alloy. In spite of a large amount of work in Al-Li system, little study has gone to the structural defects of other phases and links among them. This paper present the defect structures of the hexagonal Z and the f.c.c. T phases, as well as two types of structural orientation relationships between them.

  12. Liquid crystal gratings from nematic to blue phase

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    Lu, Yan-qing; Hu, Wei; Lin, Xiao-wen; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2012-10-01

    Some of our recent progress on liquid crystal (LC) gratings, from nematic to blue phase, is reviewed in this invited talk. The first kind of grating is fabricated by periodically adjusting the LC directors to form alternate micro phase retarders and polarization rotators in a cell placed between crossed polarizers. The second one is demonstrated by means of photoalignment technique with alternate orthogonal homogeneously-aligned domains. To improve the response time of the gratings, several approaches are also proposed by using dual-frequency addressed nematic LC, ferroelectric LC and blue phase LC, which shows great performance including high transmittance, polarization independency and submillisecond response. At last, to obtain other controllable LC microstructures rather than simple 1D/2D gratings, we develop a micro-lithography system with a digital micro-mirror device as dynamic mask forms. It may instantly generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers and further guides the LC molecule orientations. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex patterns such as quasicrystal structures are demonstrated. Some new applications such as tunable multiport optical switching and vector beam generations are expected.

  13. Deterministic composite nanophotonic lattices in large area for broadband applications

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    Xavier, Jolly; Probst, Jürgen; Becker, Christiane

    2016-12-01

    Exotic manipulation of the flow of photons in nanoengineered materials with an aperiodic distribution of nanostructures plays a key role in efficiency-enhanced broadband photonic and plasmonic technologies for spectrally tailorable integrated biosensing, nanostructured thin film solarcells, white light emitting diodes, novel plasmonic ensembles etc. Through a generic deterministic nanotechnological route here we show subwavelength-scale silicon (Si) nanostructures on nanoimprinted glass substrate in large area (4 cm2) with advanced functional features of aperiodic composite nanophotonic lattices. These nanophotonic aperiodic lattices have easily tailorable supercell tiles with well-defined and discrete lattice basis elements and they show rich Fourier spectra. The presented nanophotonic lattices are designed functionally akin to two-dimensional aperiodic composite lattices with unconventional flexibility- comprising periodic photonic crystals and/or in-plane photonic quasicrystals as pattern design subsystems. The fabricated composite lattice-structured Si nanostructures are comparatively analyzed with a range of nanophotonic structures with conventional lattice geometries of periodic, disordered random as well as in-plane quasicrystalline photonic lattices with comparable lattice parameters. As a proof of concept of compatibility with advanced bottom-up liquid phase crystallized (LPC) Si thin film fabrication, the experimental structural analysis is further extended to double-side-textured deterministic aperiodic lattice-structured 10 μm thick large area LPC Si film on nanoimprinted substrates.

  14. Phase-contrast imaging in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy.

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    Krumeich, F; Müller, E; Wepf, R A

    2013-06-01

    Although the presence of phase-contrast information in bright field images recorded with a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) has been known for a long time, its systematic exploitation for the structural characterization of materials began only with the availability of aberration-corrected microscopes that allow sufficiently large illumination angles. Today, phase-contrast STEM (PC-STEM) imaging represents an increasingly important alternative to the well-established HRTEM method. In both methods, the image contrast is coherently generated and thus depends not only on illumination and collection angles but on defocus and specimen thickness as well. By PC-STEM, a projection of the crystal potential is obtained in thin areas, with the scattering sites being represented either with dark or bright contrast at two different defocus values which are both close to Gaussian defocus. This imaging behavior can be further investigated by image simulations performed with standard HRTEM simulation software based on the principle of reciprocity. As examples for the application of this method, PC-STEM results obtained on metal nanoparticles and dodecagonal quasicrystals dd-(Ta,V)₁.₆Te are discussed.

  15. Group-theoretical analysis of aperiodic tilings from projections of higher-dimensional lattices Bn.

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    Koca, Mehmet; Ozdes Koca, Nazife; Koc, Ramazan

    2015-03-01

    A group-theoretical discussion on the hypercubic lattice described by the affine Coxeter-Weyl group W(a)(B(n)) is presented. When the lattice is projected onto the Coxeter plane it is noted that the maximal dihedral subgroup D(h) of W(B(n)) with h = 2n representing the Coxeter number describes the h-fold symmetric aperiodic tilings. Higher-dimensional cubic lattices are explicitly constructed for n = 4, 5, 6. Their rank-3 Coxeter subgroups and maximal dihedral subgroups are identified. It is explicitly shown that when their Voronoi cells are decomposed under the respective rank-3 subgroups W(A(3)), W(H(2)) × W(A(1)) and W(H(3)) one obtains the rhombic dodecahedron, rhombic icosahedron and rhombic triacontahedron, respectively. Projection of the lattice B(4) onto the Coxeter plane represents a model for quasicrystal structure with eightfold symmetry. The B(5) lattice is used to describe both fivefold and tenfold symmetries. The lattice B(6) can describe aperiodic tilings with 12-fold symmetry as well as a three-dimensional icosahedral symmetry depending on the choice of subspace of projections. The novel structures from the projected sets of lattice points are compatible with the available experimental data.

  16. Use of frit-disc crucibles for routine and exploratory solution growth of single crystalline samples

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    Canfield, Paul C.; Kong, Tai; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Jo, Na Hyun

    2016-01-05

    Solution growth of single crystals from high temperature solutions often involves the separation of residual solution from the grown crystals. For many growths of intermetallic compounds, this separation has historically been achieved with the use of plugs of silica wool. Whereas this is generally efficient in a mechanical sense, it leads to a significant contamination of the decanted liquid with silica fibres. In this paper, we present a simple design for frit-disc alumina crucible sets that has made their use in the growth single crystals from high temperature solutions both simple and affordable. An alumina frit-disc allows for the clean separation of the residual liquid from the solid phase. This allows for the reuse of the decanted liquid, either for further growth of the same phase, or for subsequent growth of other, related phases. In this article, we provide examples of the growth of isotopically substituted TbCd6 and icosahedral i-RCd quasicrystals, as well as the separation of (i) the closely related Bi2Rh3S2 and Bi2Rh3.5S2 phases and (ii) and PrZn11 and PrZn17.

  17. Use of frit-disc crucibles for routine and exploratory solution growth of single crystalline samples

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    Canfield, Paul C.; Kong, Tai; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; ...

    2016-01-05

    Solution growth of single crystals from high temperature solutions often involves the separation of residual solution from the grown crystals. For many growths of intermetallic compounds, this separation has historically been achieved with the use of plugs of silica wool. Whereas this is generally efficient in a mechanical sense, it leads to a significant contamination of the decanted liquid with silica fibres. In this paper, we present a simple design for frit-disc alumina crucible sets that has made their use in the growth single crystals from high temperature solutions both simple and affordable. An alumina frit-disc allows for the cleanmore » separation of the residual liquid from the solid phase. This allows for the reuse of the decanted liquid, either for further growth of the same phase, or for subsequent growth of other, related phases. In this article, we provide examples of the growth of isotopically substituted TbCd6 and icosahedral i-RCd quasicrystals, as well as the separation of (i) the closely related Bi2Rh3S2 and Bi2Rh3.5S2 phases and (ii) and PrZn11 and PrZn17.« less

  18. An explanation of resisted discoveries based on construal-level theory.

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    Fang, Hui

    2015-02-01

    New discoveries and theories are crucial for the development of science, but they are often initially resisted by the scientific community. This paper analyses resistance to scientific discoveries that supplement previous research results or conclusions with new phenomena, such as long chains in macromolecules, Alfvén waves, parity nonconservation in weak interactions and quasicrystals. Construal-level theory is used to explain that the probability of new discoveries may be underestimated because of psychological distance. Thus, the insufficiently examined scope of an accepted theory may lead to overstating the suitable scope and underestimating the probability of its undiscovered counter-examples. Therefore, psychological activity can result in people instinctively resisting new discoveries. Direct evidence can help people judge the validity of a hypothesis with rational thinking. The effects of authorities and textbooks on the resistance to discoveries are also discussed. From the results of our analysis, suggestions are provided to reduce resistance to real discoveries, which will benefit the development of science.

  19. Fourier-Space Crystallography as Group Cohomology

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    Rabson, David; Fisher, Benji

    2001-03-01

    David Mermin has argued persuasively that the theoretical significance of quasicrystals lies not so much in relaxing the requirement of periodicity as in replacing exact identity of a density function (e.g., electronic or mass) under symmetry operations with indistinguishability of correlation functions, as expressed in Fourier space.(N.D. Mermin, Phys. Stat. Sol. (a) 151), 275 (1995) and references. After reviewing the formalism of Fourier-space crystallography (phase functions and gauge transformations), we present a new formulation in the language of cohomology of groups. First we reexpress the classification of space groups in terms of a first cohomology group; we then show how recent work by König and Mermin(A. König and N.D. Mermin, Am. J. Phys. 68), 525 (2000). on band sticking in nonsymmorphic crystals derives naturally from a first homology group and discuss its connection to a second cohomology group. The new language lets us prove generally several theorems previously known only in special cases. Finally, we let the listener decide whether we're just ``speaking prose.''(N.D. Mermin, Rev. Mod. Phys. 64), 3 (1992).

  20. M3(Au,Ge)19 and M(3.25)(Au,Ge)18 (M = Ca, Yb): distinctive phase separations driven by configurational disorder in cubic YCd6-type derivatives.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-05-17

    Exploratory syntheses in the M-Au-Ge (M = Ca, Yb) systems have led to the discovery of two cleanly separated non-stoichiometric phases M(3)Au(approximately 14.4)Ge(approximately 4.6) (I) and M(3.25)Au(approximately 12.7)Ge(approximately 5.3) (II). Single crystal X-ray studies reveal that both (space group Im3) feature body-centered-cubic packing of five-shell multiply endohedral clusters that resemble those in the parent YCd(6) (= Y(3)Cd(18)) and are akin to approximate phases in other quasicrystal systems. However, differences resulting from various disorders in these are distinctive. The innermost cluster in the M(3)Au(approximately 14.4)Ge(approximately 4.6) phase (I) remains a disordered tetrahedron, as in the YCd(6) parent. In contrast, its counterpart in the electron-richer M(3.25)Au(approximately 12.7)Ge(approximately 5.3) phase (II) is a "rattling" M atom. The structural differentiations between I and II exhibit strong correlations between lattice parameters, cluster sizes, particular site occupancies, and valence electron counts.

  1. Digital Alchemy for Materials Design: Colloids and Beyond.

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Karas, Andrew S; Dodd, Paul M; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2015-10-27

    Starting with the early alchemists, a holy grail of science has been to make desired materials by modifying the attributes of basic building blocks. Building blocks that show promise for assembling new complex materials can be synthesized at the nanoscale with attributes that would astonish the ancient alchemists in their versatility. However, this versatility means that making a direct connection between building-block attributes and bulk structure is both necessary for rationally engineering materials and difficult because building block attributes can be altered in many ways. Here we show how to exploit the malleability of the valence of colloidal nanoparticle "elements" to directly and quantitatively link building-block attributes to bulk structure through a statistical thermodynamic framework we term "digital alchemy". We use this framework to optimize building blocks for a given target structure and to determine which building-block attributes are most important to control for self-assembly, through a set of novel thermodynamic response functions, moduli, and susceptibilities. We thereby establish direct links between the attributes of colloidal building blocks and the bulk structures they form. Moreover, our results give concrete solutions to the more general conceptual challenge of optimizing emergent behaviors in nature and can be applied to other types of matter. As examples, we apply digital alchemy to systems of truncated tetrahedra, rhombic dodecahedra, and isotropically interacting spheres that self-assemble diamond, fcc, and icosahedral quasicrystal structures, respectively. Although our focus is on colloidal systems, our methods generalize to any building blocks with adjustable interactions.

  2. Cluster formula of Fe-containing Monel alloys with high corrosion-resistance

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    Li Baozeng; Gu Junjie; Wang Qing; Ji Chunjun; Wang Yingmin; Qiang Jianbing; Dong Chuang

    2012-06-15

    The cluster-plus-glue-atom model is applied in the composition interpretation of Monel alloys. This model considers ideal atomic nearest neighbor configurations among the constituent elements and has been used in understanding compositions of complex alloys like quasicrystals, amorphous alloys, and cupronickels. According to this model, any structure can be expressed by cluster formula [cluster](glue atom){sub x}, x denoting the number of glue atoms matching one cluster. According to this model, two groups of experimental composition series [Fe{sub 1}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub x} and [Fe{sub y}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub 5} were designed which fell close to conventional Fe-containing Monel alloys. The designed alloys after solution treatment plus water quenching, are monolithic FCC Ni-based solid solutions. Among them, the [Fe{sub 1}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub 5} alloy has the highest corrosion resistance in simulated sea water, and its performance is superior to that of industrial Monel 400 alloy. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A stable solid solution model is proposed using our 'cluster-plus-glue-atom model'. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This model is used to develop Monel corrosion resistant alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single FCC structure is easily retained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The alloys show good corrosion properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This work contributes to the general understanding of engineering alloys.

  3. Experimental Evidence of Icosahedral and Decahedral Packing in One-Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Velázquez-Salazar, J. Jesús; Esparza, Rodrigo; Mejía-Rosales, Sergio Javier; Estrada-Salas, Rubén; Ponce, Arturo; Deepak, Francis Leonard; Castro-Guerrero, Carlos; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2011-01-01

    The packing of spheres is a subject that has drawn the attention of mathematicians and philosophers for centuries, and that currently attracts the interest of the scientific community in several fields. At the nanoscale, the packing of atoms affect the chemical and structural properties of the material, and hence, its potential applications. This report describes the experimental formation of five-fold nanostructures by the packing of interpenetrated icosahedral and decahedral units. These nanowires, formed by the reaction of a mixture of metal salts (Au and Ag) in the presence of oleylamine, are obtained when the chemical composition is specifically Ag/Au=3/1. The experimental images of the icosahedral nanowires have a high likelihood with simulated electron micrographs of structures formed by two or three Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal helices roped on a single structure, whereas for the decahedral wires, simulations using a model of adjacent decahedra match the experimental structures. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the synthesis of nanowires formed by the packing of structures with five-fold symmetry. These icosahedral nanowire structures remind those of quasicrystals that can only be formed if at least two atomic species are present and in which icosahedral and decahedral packing has been found for bulk crystals. PMID:21790155

  4. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Ahmed, N. Khalid; ...

    2014-10-24

    Entropy drives the phase behavior of colloids ranging from dense suspensions of hard spheres or rods to dilute suspensions of hard spheres and depletants. Entropic ordering of anisotropic shapes into complex crystals, liquid crystals, and even quasicrystals was demonstrated recently in computer simulations and experiments. The ordering of shapes appears to arise from the emergence of directional entropic forces (DEFs) that align neighboring particles, but these forces have been neither rigorously defined nor quantified in generic systems. In this paper, we show quantitatively that shape drives the phase behavior of systems of anisotropic particles upon crowding through DEFs. We definemore » DEFs in generic systems and compute them for several hard particle systems. We show they are on the order of a few times the thermal energy (kBT) at the onset of ordering, placing DEFs on par with traditional depletion, van der Waals, and other intrinsic interactions. In experimental systems with these other interactions, we provide direct quantitative evidence that entropic effects of shape also contribute to self-assembly. We use DEFs to draw a distinction between self-assembly and packing behavior. We show that the mechanism that generates directional entropic forces is the maximization of entropy by optimizing local particle packing. Finally, we show that this mechanism occurs in a wide class of systems and we treat, in a unified way, the entropy-driven phase behavior of arbitrary shapes, incorporating the well-known works of Kirkwood, Onsager, and Asakura and Oosawa.« less

  5. A Type of Dark Matter May be found by Neutron Emissions

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    Kriske, Richard

    2015-03-01

    This author has previously suggested that Neutrons in Neutron Stars are arranged in a Quasi-Crystal Structure and when they are ejected at Relativistic Velocities maintain some of that structure in forming Very large Nuclei of many Neutrons. When the Neutrons are ejected a Nuclear Electron and a Neutrino are emitted, making Neutron Stars Neutrino Sources, both from the Surface and from the Ejected matter. Likewise large collections of the Ejected matter form Dark Matter in Outer space as they are Super Heavy Hydrogen and sometimes just large Collections of Neutrons. As time passes the Large Collections of Neutrons break apart and form many Super Heavy Hydrogen Nuclei, but of smaller mass. Each breaking produces Neutrino emissions. The Super Heavy Hydrogen combines with Oxygen to produce Super Heavy water, which collects in Comets, on Planets like Earth and on moons such as Europa. Europa should be emitting Neutrinos, as there should be some emissions from the Earth itself and from the Earth's Atmosphere. The Neutrinos emitted from around Black Holes and Neutron stars should be particularly easy to detect, as there should be a lot of them.

  6. Highly Symmetric and Congruently Tiled Meshes for Shells and Domes

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    Rasheed, Muhibur; Bajaj, Chandrajit

    2016-01-01

    We describe the generation of all possible shell and dome shapes that can be uniquely meshed (tiled) using a single type of mesh face (tile), and following a single meshing (tiling) rule that governs the mesh (tile) arrangement with maximal vertex, edge and face symmetries. Such tiling arrangements or congruently tiled meshed shapes, are frequently found in chemical forms (fullerenes or Bucky balls, crystals, quasi-crystals, virus nano shells or capsids), and synthetic shapes (cages, sports domes, modern architectural facades). Congruently tiled meshes are both aesthetic and complete, as they support maximal mesh symmetries with minimal complexity and possess simple generation rules. Here, we generate congruent tilings and meshed shape layouts that satisfy these optimality conditions. Further, the congruent meshes are uniquely mappable to an almost regular 3D polyhedron (or its dual polyhedron) and which exhibits face-transitive (and edge-transitive) congruency with at most two types of vertices (each type transitive to the other). The family of all such congruently meshed polyhedra create a new class of meshed shapes, beyond the well-studied regular, semi-regular and quasi-regular classes, and their duals (platonic, Catalan and Johnson). While our new mesh class is infinite, we prove that there exists a unique mesh parametrization, where each member of the class can be represented by two integer lattice variables, and moreover efficiently constructable. PMID:27563368

  7. Deterministic composite nanophotonic lattices in large area for broadband applications.

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    Xavier, Jolly; Probst, Jürgen; Becker, Christiane

    2016-12-12

    Exotic manipulation of the flow of photons in nanoengineered materials with an aperiodic distribution of nanostructures plays a key role in efficiency-enhanced broadband photonic and plasmonic technologies for spectrally tailorable integrated biosensing, nanostructured thin film solarcells, white light emitting diodes, novel plasmonic ensembles etc. Through a generic deterministic nanotechnological route here we show subwavelength-scale silicon (Si) nanostructures on nanoimprinted glass substrate in large area (4 cm(2)) with advanced functional features of aperiodic composite nanophotonic lattices. These nanophotonic aperiodic lattices have easily tailorable supercell tiles with well-defined and discrete lattice basis elements and they show rich Fourier spectra. The presented nanophotonic lattices are designed functionally akin to two-dimensional aperiodic composite lattices with unconventional flexibility- comprising periodic photonic crystals and/or in-plane photonic quasicrystals as pattern design subsystems. The fabricated composite lattice-structured Si nanostructures are comparatively analyzed with a range of nanophotonic structures with conventional lattice geometries of periodic, disordered random as well as in-plane quasicrystalline photonic lattices with comparable lattice parameters. As a proof of concept of compatibility with advanced bottom-up liquid phase crystallized (LPC) Si thin film fabrication, the experimental structural analysis is further extended to double-side-textured deterministic aperiodic lattice-structured 10 μm thick large area LPC Si film on nanoimprinted substrates.

  8. Color theorems, chiral domain topology, and magnetic properties of Fe(x)TaS2.

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    Horibe, Yoichi; Yang, Junjie; Cho, Yong-Heum; Luo, Xuan; Kim, Sung Baek; Oh, Yoon Seok; Huang, Fei-Ting; Asada, Toshihiro; Tanimura, Makoto; Jeong, Dalyoung; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2014-06-11

    Common mathematical theories can have profound applications in understanding real materials. The intrinsic connection between aperiodic orders observed in the Fibonacci sequence, Penrose tiling, and quasicrystals is a well-known example. Another example is the self-similarity in fractals and dendrites. From transmission electron microscopy experiments, we found that FexTaS2 crystals with x = 1/4 and 1/3 exhibit complicated antiphase and chiral domain structures related to ordering of intercalated Fe ions with 2a × 2a and √3a × √3a superstructures, respectively. These complex domain patterns are found to be deeply related with the four color theorem, stating that four colors are sufficient to identify the countries on a planar map with proper coloring and its variations for two-step proper coloring. Furthermore, the domain topology is closely relevant to their magnetic properties. Our discovery unveils the importance of understanding the global topology of domain configurations in functional materials.

  9. Equivalence classes of Fibonacci lattices and their similarity properties

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    Lo Gullo, N.; Vittadello, L.; Bazzan, M.; Dell'Anna, L.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate, theoretically and experimentally, the properties of Fibonacci lattices with arbitrary spacings. Different from periodic structures, the reciprocal lattice and the dynamical properties of Fibonacci lattices depend strongly on the lengths of their lattice parameters, even if the sequence of long and short segment, the Fibonacci string, is the same. In this work we show that by exploiting a self-similarity property of Fibonacci strings under a suitable composition rule, it is possible to define equivalence classes of Fibonacci lattices. We show that the diffraction patterns generated by Fibonacci lattices belonging to the same equivalence class can be rescaled to a common pattern of strong diffraction peaks thus giving to this classification a precise meaning. Furthermore we show that, through the gap labeling theorem, gaps in the energy spectra of Fibonacci crystals belonging to the same class can be labeled by the same momenta (up to a proper rescaling) and that the larger gaps correspond to the strong peaks of the diffraction spectra. This observation makes the definition of equivalence classes meaningful also for the spectral and therefore dynamical and thermodynamical properties of quasicrystals. Our results apply to the more general class of quasiperiodic lattices for which similarity under a suitable deflation rule is in order.

  10. Bloch-like waves in random-walk potentials based on supersymmetry

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    Yu, Sunkyu; Piao, Xianji; Hong, Jiho; Park, Namkyoo

    2015-01-01

    Bloch's theorem was a major milestone that established the principle of bandgaps in crystals. Although it was once believed that bandgaps could form only under conditions of periodicity and long-range correlations for Bloch's theorem, this restriction was disproven by the discoveries of amorphous media and quasicrystals. While network and liquid models have been suggested for the interpretation of Bloch-like waves in disordered media, these approaches based on searching for random networks with bandgaps have failed in the deterministic creation of bandgaps. Here we reveal a deterministic pathway to bandgaps in random-walk potentials by applying the notion of supersymmetry to the wave equation. Inspired by isospectrality, we follow a methodology in contrast to previous methods: we transform order into disorder while preserving bandgaps. Our approach enables the formation of bandgaps in extremely disordered potentials analogous to Brownian motion, and also allows the tuning of correlations while maintaining identical bandgaps, thereby creating a family of potentials with ‘Bloch-like eigenstates'. PMID:26373616

  11. A new class of aperiodic, long-range ordered artificial spin ices based upon Fibonacci distortions of 2D periodic lattices

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    Woods, Justin; Bhat, Vinayak; Farmer, Barry; Sklenar, Joseph; Teipel, Eric; Ketterson, John; Hastings, J. Todd; de Long, Lance

    2015-03-01

    Artificial spin ice (ASI) systems are composed of nanoscale ferromagnetic segments whose shape anisotropy dictates they behave as mesoscopic Ising spins. Most ASI have segments patterned on periodic lattices and a single vertex topology. We have continuously distorted 2D honeycomb and square lattices such that the pattern vertex spacings follow a Fibonacci chain sequence along primitive lattice directions. The Fibonacci distortion is related to the aperiodic translational symmetry of 2D artificial quasicrystals1 that cannot be viewed as continuous distortions of periodic lattices due to their forbidden (e.g., fivefold) rotational symmetries. In contrast, Fibonacci distortions of 2D periodic lattices can be ``turned on'' by control of the ratio of two lattice parameters d1 and d2. Distortions alter film segments such that pattern vertices are no longer equivalent and traditional spin ice rules are no longer strictly valid. We have performed OOMMF simulations of magnetization reversal for samples having different levels of distortion, and found the magnetic reversal to be dramatically slowed by small distortions (d1/d2 ~ 1). Research at Kentucky is supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194.

  12. Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED Studies

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    Cai, T.; Shi, F.; Shen, Z.; Gierer, M.; Goldman, A.I.; Kramer, M.J.; Jenks, C.J.; Lograsso, T.A.; Delaney, D.W.; Thiel, P.A.; Van, M.A.

    2001-04-15

    We investigate the atomic structure of the fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe alloy, using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and a special dynamical low energy-electron diffraction (LEED) method. STM indicates that the step heights adopt (primarily) two values in the ratio of tau, but the spatial distribution of these two values does not follow a Fibonacci sequence, thus breaking the ideal bulk-like quasicrystalline layer stacking order perpendicular to the surface. The appearance of screw dislocations in the STM images is another indication of imperfect quasicrystallinity. On the other hand, the LEED analysis, which was successfully applied to Al-Pd-Mn in a previous study, is equally successful for Al-Cu-Fe. Similar structural features are found for both materials, in particular for interlayer relaxations and surface terminations. Although there is no structural periodicity, there are clear atomic planes in the bulk of the quasicrystal, some of which can be grouped in recurring patterns. The surface tends to form between these grouped layers in both alloys. For Al-Cu-Fe, the step heights measured by STM are consistent with the thicknesses of the grouped layers favored in LEED. These results suggest that the fivefold Al-Cu-Fe surface exhibits a quasicrystalline layering structure, but with stacking defects.

  13. Materials research and beam line operation utilizing NSLS. Progress report

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    Liedl, G.L.

    1993-06-01

    MATRIX, a participating research team of Midwest x-ray scattering specialists, continues to operate beam line X-18A at NSLS. Operations of this line now provides state-of-the-art capabilities to a wide range of people in the Materials Science and Engineering research community. Improvements of the beam line continue to be a focus of MATRIX. Throughout this past year the emphasis has been shifting towards improvement in ``user friendly`` aspects. Simplified control operations and a shift to single-user personal computer has been a major part of the effort. Over the past year all 232 operational days were fully utilized. Beam line tests coupled with MATRIX members combined to use 284 days. General user demand for use of the beam line continues to be strong and four groups were provided 48 operating days. Research production has been growing as NSLS and the beam line become a more stable type of operation. For 1992 the MATRIX group published six articles. To date, for 1993 the same group has published, submitted, or has in preparation nine articles. Recent research milestones include: the first quantitative structural information on the as-quenched and early stages of decomposition of supersaturated Al-Li alloys; the first quantitative diffuse scattering measurements on a complex system (Co substitute for Cu YBCO superconductor); demonstration of capabilities of a new UHV surface diffraction chamber with in-situ characterization and temperature control (30-1300K); feasibility of phasing structure factors in a quasicrystal using multiple Bragg scattering.

  14. All-optical diode action in asymmetric nonlinear photonic multilayers with perfect transmission resonances

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei V.; Smirnov, Andrey G.

    2011-02-15

    Light propagation in asymmetric Kerr-nonlinear multilayers with perfect transmission resonances is theoretically investigated. It is found that hybrid Fabry-Perot-resonator-photonic-crystal structures of the type (BA){sup k}(AB){sup k}(AABB){sup m} exhibit both pronounced unidirectionality (due to strong spatial asymmetry of the resonant mode) and high transmission (due to the existence of a perfect transmission resonance). This results in nonlinear optical diode action with low reflection losses without need for a pumping beam or input pulse modulation. By slightly perturbing the perfect transmission resonance condition, the operating regime of the optical diode can be tuned, with a tradeoff between minimizing the reflection losses and maximizing the frequency bandwidth where unidirectional transmission exists. Optical diode action is demonstrated in direct numerical simulation, showing >92% transmittance in one direction and about 22% in the other. The effect of perfect transmission resonance restoration induced by nonlinearity was observed analytically and numerically. The proposed geometry is shown to have advantages over previously reported designs based on photonic quasicrystals.

  15. Stimulation of Ideas through Compound-Based Bibliometrics: Counting and Mapping Chemical Compounds for Analyzing Research Topics in Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science.

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    Barth, Andreas; Marx, Werner

    2012-12-01

    Counting compounds (rather than papers or citations) offers a new perspective for quantitative analyses of research activities. First of all, we can precisely define (compound-related) research topics and access the corresponding publications (scientific papers as well as patents) as a measure of research activity. We can also establish the time evolution of the publications dealing with specific compounds or compound classes. Moreover, the mapping of compounds by establishing compound-based landscapes has some potential to visualize the compound basis of research topics for further research activities. We have analyzed the rare earth compounds to give an example of a broad compound class. We present the number of the currently existing compounds and of the corresponding publications as well as the time evolution of the papers and patents. Furthermore, we have analyzed the rare earth cuprates (copper oxides) as an example of a narrower compound class to demonstrate the potential of mapping compounds by compound-based landscapes. We have quantified the various element combinations of the existing compounds and revealed all element combinations not yet realized in the synthesis within this compound class. Finally, we have analyzed the quasicrystal compound category as an example of a compound class that is not defined by a specific element combination or a molecular structure.

  16. Entanglement dynamics for a conditionally kicked harmonic oscillator

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    Arrais, Eric G.; Sales, J. S.; de Almeida, N. G.

    2016-08-01

    The time evolution of the quantum kicked harmonic oscillator (KHO) is described by the Floquet operator which maps the state of the system immediately before one kick onto the state at a time immediately after the next. Quantum KHO is characterized by three parameters: the coupling strength V 0, the so-called Lamb-Dicke parameter η whose square is proportional to the effective Planck constant {{\\hslash }}{{eff}}, and the ratio T of the natural frequency of the oscillator and the kick frequency. To a given coupling strength and depending on T being a natural or irrational number, the phase space of the classical kicked oscillator can display different behaviors, as for example, stochastic webs or quasicrystal structures, thus showing a chaotic or localized behavior that is mirrored in the quantum phase space. On the other hand, the classical limit is studied letting {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} become negligible. In this paper we investigate how the ratio T, considered as integer, rational or irrational, influences the entanglement dynamics of the quantum KHO and study how the entanglement dynamics behaves when varying either V 0 or {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} parameters.

  17. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Ahmed, N. Khalid; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2014-10-24

    Entropy drives the phase behavior of colloids ranging from dense suspensions of hard spheres or rods to dilute suspensions of hard spheres and depletants. Entropic ordering of anisotropic shapes into complex crystals, liquid crystals, and even quasicrystals was demonstrated recently in computer simulations and experiments. The ordering of shapes appears to arise from the emergence of directional entropic forces (DEFs) that align neighboring particles, but these forces have been neither rigorously defined nor quantified in generic systems. In this paper, we show quantitatively that shape drives the phase behavior of systems of anisotropic particles upon crowding through DEFs. We define DEFs in generic systems and compute them for several hard particle systems. We show they are on the order of a few times the thermal energy (kBT) at the onset of ordering, placing DEFs on par with traditional depletion, van der Waals, and other intrinsic interactions. In experimental systems with these other interactions, we provide direct quantitative evidence that entropic effects of shape also contribute to self-assembly. We use DEFs to draw a distinction between self-assembly and packing behavior. We show that the mechanism that generates directional entropic forces is the maximization of entropy by optimizing local particle packing. Finally, we show that this mechanism occurs in a wide class of systems and we treat, in a unified way, the entropy-driven phase behavior of arbitrary shapes, incorporating the well-known works of Kirkwood, Onsager, and Asakura and Oosawa.

  18. PDMS-based photonic and quasi-photonic crystal for LED application

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    Suslik, Lubos; Pudis, Dusan; Goraus, Matej; Durisova, Jana; Hyll, Martin; Kovac, Jaroslav

    2016-12-01

    The photonic crystals (PhCs) and photonic quasi-crystals (PQCs) have the considerable effect on enhancement of extraction efficiency and radiation pattern of light emitting diodes (LEDs). We present thin polymer membranes based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with PhC and PQC patterned surface for direct application on the LED chip. The patterned PDMS surface was achieved by embossing of liquid PDMS (Sylgard 184) on structured photoresist surface prepared by interference lithography. The patterned PhC and PQC modify the Lambertian radiation diagram of conventional LEDs. Radiation properties of LEDs were documented from far-field emission by goniophotometer measurements. Structure quality and symmetry was examined by atomic force microscope and related to the measured diffraction pattern of the PhC and PQC LEDs. The emitting LEDs were also investigated in the near field using the near-field scanning optical microscope. Presented results favor patterned PDMS membranes for the employment in LED emission improvement and with considerable effect on light diffraction.

  19. Hydrological functioning of gullies and inter-rill areas during the initial stage of a developing ecosystem

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    Stähli, Manfred; Hofer, Markus; Völksch, Ingo; Biemelt, Detlef; Gustafsson, David

    2010-05-01

    Gullies up to a few meters wide and up to one meter deep, as well as intermediate rather flat areas (so called inter-rill areas) are the two opposing characteristic surface features of the artificial research catchment 'Chicken Creek' in the vicinity of Cottbus (eastern Germany). They have emerged and intensified during the first five years of the ecosystem development. The present study aims at highlighting their hydrological functioning through a combination of in-situ and remote sensing of near-surface water content with numerical soil hydraulic modelling. A time series of more than one year of near-surface soil water contents was obtained from approximately thirty spatially distributed Decagon sensors at a depth of 10 to 15 cm, as well as from an L-band radiometer positioned on a 10-m high tower facing a footprint area in the research catchment of approximately 100 m2. They were used to verify a one-dimensional soil water and heat transfer model (COUP, Jansson and Karlberg, 2002) simulating surface runoff, infiltration and groundwater recharge for typical gully and inter-rill areas. The model was fed with detailed information about soil hydraulic properties and driven with hourly meteorological data. After calibration the numerical model correlated very well with the soil moisture measurements of the inter-rill areas (R2 = 0.68; root mean square error = 0.028 m3 m-3). This good agreement suggests that the chosen hydraulic properties of the uppermost soil layers are appropriate and that the simulated soil evaporation and snow dynamics are plausible. Also the much less dynamic soil water content in the gullies was reproduced well by the model. The seemingly appropriate simulation of the near-surface water dynamics, suggesting most of the precipitation to infiltrate and percolate to the groundwater, contradicts visual observations that surface runoff is the dominant runoff mechanism during rain storms. This unsolved discrepancy shall be further investigated in the

  20. New instruments for soil physics class: Improving the laboratory and field seminars

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    Klipa, Vladimir; Jankovec, Jakub; Snehota, Michal

    2014-05-01

    Teaching soil science and soil physics is an important part of the curriculum of many programs with focus on technical and natural sciences. Courses of soil science and namely soil physics have a long tradition at the faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Students receive the theoretical foundations about soil classification, soil physics, soil chemistry and soil hydraulic characteristics in the course. In practical seminars students perform measurements of physical, hydraulic and chemical characteristics of soils, thus a comprehensive survey of soil is done in the given site. So far, students had the opportunity to use old, manually operated instrumentation. The project aims to improve the attractiveness of soil physics course and to extend the practical skills of students by introducing new tasks and by involving modern automated equipment. New instruments were purchased with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic under the project FRVS No. 1162/2013 G1. Specifically, two tensiometers T8 with multi-functional handheld read-out unit (UMS, GmbH) and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (Decagon Devices, Inc.) were purchased and incorporated into the course. In addition, newly designed MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (CTU in Prague) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT sensor TMS 2 (TOMST®, s.r.o.), were made freely available for soil physics classes and included into the courses. Online tutorials and instructional videos were developed. Detailed multimedia teaching materials were introduced so that students are able to work more independently. Students will practice operating the digital tensiometer T8 with integrated temperature sensor and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (diameter disk: 4.4 cm, suction range: 0.5 to 7.0 cm of suction) and MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (see Klipa et al., EGU2014-7230) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT

  1. On the origins of the mitotic shift in proliferating cell layers

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    2014-01-01

    Background During plant and animal development, monolayer cell sheets display a stereotyped distribution of polygonal cell shapes. In interphase cells these shapes range from quadrilaterals to decagons, with a robust average of six sides per cell. In contrast, the subset of cells in mitosis exhibits a distinct distribution with an average of seven sides. It remains unclear whether this ‘mitotic shift’ reflects a causal relationship between increased polygonal sidedness and increased division likelihood, or alternatively, a passive effect of local proliferation on cell shape. Methods We use a combination of probabilistic analysis and mathematical modeling to predict the geometry of mitotic polygonal cells in a proliferating cell layer. To test these predictions experimentally, we use Flp-Out stochastic labeling in the Drosophila wing disc to induce single cell clones, and confocal imaging to quantify the polygonal topologies of these clones as a function of cellular age. For a more generic test in an idealized cell layer, we model epithelial sheet proliferation in a finite element framework, which yields a computationally robust, emergent prediction of the mitotic cell shape distribution. Results Using both mathematical and experimental approaches, we show that the mitotic shift derives primarily from passive, non-autonomous effects of mitoses in neighboring cells on each cell’s geometry over the course of the cell cycle. Computationally, we predict that interphase cells should passively gain sides over time, such that cells at more advanced stages of the cell cycle will tend to have a larger number of neighbors than those at earlier stages. Validating this prediction, experimental analysis of randomly labeled epithelial cells in the Drosophila wing disc demonstrates that labeled cells exhibit an age-dependent increase in polygonal sidedness. Reinforcing these data, finite element simulations of epithelial sheet proliferation demonstrate in a generic framework

  2. Spatial and Temporal Variability of Hydraulic Conductivity on Forested Mountain Hillslopes

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    Lopez, P.; Kampf, S.; Elder, K.

    2008-12-01

    Soil hydraulic conductivity is often assumed spatially and temporally stationary, but steep forested hillslopes can exhibit high variability in soil properties. We investigate hydraulic properties of soils on mountain hillslopes in a seasonally snow-covered conifer forest to improve understanding of how this variability affects hillslope subsurface flow and ecosystem response. The hillslopes are at 2900m elevation within the Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado, USA. Two methods are used to determine hydraulic conductivity for the hillslopes: (1) tension infiltrometer measurements, and (2) inverse model simulations. For the first method, a Decagon Mini-disk infiltrometer was used to measure surface hydraulic conductivity at 18 locations. Measurements were collected during summer 2008 twice weekly from May to August. Initial results from field measurements show hydraulic conductivity values ranging from 0.036cm-hr-1 to 3.6cm-hr-1 at 1cm of tension. Infiltrometer values show wider variation in late spring after snowmelt than later in the summer. For the second method, inverse simulations were set up using the variably saturated flow model, HYDRUS 1-D, which simulates vertical soil moisture movement. Inverse simulations identified three parameters of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function including saturated hydraulic conductivity. Inverse simulations were run for the peak snowmelt time period, from May 1st to May 31st, at an hourly time step. The inverse simulation objectives were to minimize errors between modeled and measured soil water contents at 5 and 50 cm depth. Soil moisture was measured in situ at these depths with Vitel Hydra Probes. To force the simulation, snowmelt fluxes were added at the ground surface via an atmospheric boundary condition. Melt fluxes were derived from acoustic snow depth sensors and snow pit measurements of snow density. Results of the HYDRUS 1-D inverse simulations give hydraulic conductivity values ranging from 4.3cm-hr-1

  3. A novel technique to measure subsurface flow velocity

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    Bachmair, S.; Weiler, M.

    2010-12-01

    To better understand subsurface flow (SSF) processes at the hillslope scale, measuring subsurface flow velocity should be of great interest. However, due to the large heterogeneity in time and space, we are faced with the need to continuously measure SSF velocity at several locations within a hillslope over a distance being representative for certain hillslope segments. At present, SSF velocity is either measured by tracer tests over larger distances or via centimeter-scale measurements using heat dissipation or other tracers. This calls for a cheap and easily applicable method to continuously detect subsurface flow velocity in the field over a distance representative for certain hillslope segments. We currently develop a novel technique, which has shown promising results in the laboratory. The technique is based on an automatic salt tracer injection into a small-diameter borehole once the soil matrix has reached saturation. The tracer signal is captured by a 5TE probe (Decagon Devices) measuring soil moisture, electrical conductivity, and temperature every two minutes, which is inserted a few decimetres downslope of the injection point into the soil. The automatic injection is also controlled by the 5TE probe, which is connected to a CR1000 Logger (Campbell Scientific). Once saturated conditions have been established, a plug valve attached to an above-mounted bottle with NaCl solution is opened for 2 seconds and the tracer is injected into the borehole via a small steel tube screened at the bottom. Under saturated conditions the automatic injection is conducted every two hours and the breakthrough curves are analyzed for the mean effective velocity. In a first step, the technique was tested in a sand filled box with constant in- and outflow conditions representing a homogeneous miniature hillslope. Several experimental set-ups differing in hydraulic gradient, distance from injection point to 5TE probe, orientation of 5TE probe, and amount and concentration of

  4. Geophysical measures on a grassland of the high plateaus in the Vercors mountain (French Prealps): analysis of the local and regional hydroclimatic variations

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    Bigot, Sylvain; Rome, Sandra; Biron, Romain; Laurent, Jean-Paul; Lebel, Thierry; Dedieu, Jean-Pierre

    2010-05-01

    Territorial administrators (regional parks and reserves, forestry service, national and regional environnemental services) look for precise scientific elements to understand, prevent or mitigate the consequences of climate change on the ecosystem and on the socioeconomic activities of the French Prealps. They wish for example especially to improve the environmental mapping of ecologically sensitive areas related to agro-pastoral activities and the management of water ressources in the Vercors massif. Geophysical measures at a local scale should allow scientists to validate outputs of regional climate model which are still widely improvable in mountain context. This study present an original network of hydrometeorological measuring equipment installed on a grassland (named ‘Meadow of Darbounouse', 44°58'N - 5°28'E; about 0.8 km²) and located at 1300 m asl elevation on the high plateau of Vercors. This little stony basin (3,8 km of perimeter) surrounded by forested ridge lines and located into the Biological Reserve, represents at the same time a well known grazing land and a place of huge thermal amplitude (i.e. <-30°C in winter and >32°C in summer). Hydropedological variations are there also significant for this karstic catchment area, modulated by summer droughts and possible partial flooding from spring melting snow. Since 2005, an automatic weather Campbell station was installed in the North of the basin, measuring rainfall, temperatures, wind and global radiation. In 2009 several meteorological data loggers (temperature and relative humidity) were installed in suburb of the basin. In complement 24 soil moisture sensors (10HS, Decagon Devices) were buried below the surface of the ground (5 and 15 cm) to measure the dielectric constant (i.e. the volumetric water content) at 6 representative places of the basin. Finally a groundwater data logger (OTT Orpheus Mini) based on a pressure probe and for the storage of water level and temperature was settled in

  5. Estimating water retention curves for sandy soils at the Doñana National Park, SW Spain

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    Prados Garcia, M. Luisa; Vanderlinden, Karl; Guardiola-Albert, Carolina; Giraldez Cervera, Juan Vicente; Guber, Andrey K.; Pachepsky, Yakov A.

    2010-05-01

    The determination of soil water retention curves (SWRC) in the laboratory is a slow and tedious task, which is especially challenging for sandy soils due to their low water retention capacity and large water content changes for small pressure head differences. Due to spatial variability within larger areas and difficulties to obtain minimally disturbed soil samples, especially under dry conditions, laboratory measurements of the SWRCs are only suitable for guidance, as a consequence of their low representativity and accuracy. This work was developed within the framework of a research project on the ecohydrological behaviour of the soil-plant-atmosphere system within the Doñana National Park (SW Spain). In order to characterise the hydrological behaviour of the soils, a good estimation of water retention curves and hydraulic parameters is needed. Ten locations within the study area were equipped with soil moisture sensors (ECH2O-EC20, Decagon Devices Inc.) to monitor volumetric water content at different depths throughout the vadose zone. These data allow the estimation of water fluxes and recharge of the underlying aquifer, which plays a crucial role in the wetland system of the Park, declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserve. In this work three methods for estimating SWRCs were developed and compared. First, sand and kaolin suction tables were used to obtain SWRCs for both minimally disturbed and disturbed samples. Second, SWRC were estimated with HYDRUS-1D using the monitored volumetric soil water content data. Finally, SWRCs were estimated using the additivity hypothesis, based on the idea that SWRCs can be approximated by summing up SWRCs corresponding to different particle-size and pore-space classes of which the soil is composed. Particle-size distributions were determined in the laboratory while water retention data for the different particle-size classes were taken from literature. The comparison of these three methods allowed us to define their strengths

  6. In situ spectral measurements improve the efficiency of light use efficiency models to estimate gross primary productivity in Mediterranean cork oak woodland

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    Cerasoli, S.; Silva, J. M.; Carvalhais, N.; Correia, A.; Costa e Silva, F.; Pereira, J. S.

    2013-12-01

    monthly basis, always around noon, on clear days. At the same time, under canopy PAR was measured by a ceptometer (AccuPAR LP-80, Decagon) and the quantum efficiency of PSII of cork oak leaves was measured by a pulse-modulated fluorometer (miniPAM, Walz). The temporal series of NDVI and PRI were different among the three PFT as well as their relationship with biophysical properties of vegetation. Being the largest intra- and inter-annual variability observed in the herbaceous layer. The spectral indexes were integrated into a LUE model and GPP estimates were performed optimizing individual parameters for each PFT. The cover fraction and varying tower footprints were used to calculate the contribution of each PFT to the overall GPP. The evaluation of the PFT-disaggregated optimization against eddy covariance measurements revealed an increase in the model efficiency when compared with lumped GPP estimates using MODIS spectral data.

  7. A fully automated meltwater monitoring and collection system for spatially distributed isotope analysis in snowmelt-dominated catchments

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    Rücker, Andrea; Boss, Stefan; Von Freyberg, Jana; Zappa, Massimiliano; Kirchner, James

    2016-04-01

    In many mountainous catchments the seasonal snowpack stores a significant volume of water, which is released as streamflow during the melting period. The predicted change in future climate will bring new challenges in water resource management in snow-dominated headwater catchments and their receiving lowlands. To improve predictions of hydrologic extreme events, particularly summer droughts, it is important characterize the relationship between winter snowpack and summer (low) flows in such areas (e.g., Godsey et al., 2014). In this context, stable water isotopes (18O, 2H) are a powerful tool for fingerprinting the sources of streamflow and tracing water flow pathways. For this reason, we have established an isotope sampling network in the Alptal catchment (46.4 km2) in Central-Switzerland as part of the SREP-Drought project (Snow Resources and the Early Prediction of hydrological DROUGHT in mountainous streams). Samples of precipitation (daily), snow cores (weekly) and runoff (daily) are analyzed for their isotopic signature in a regular cycle. Precipitation is also sampled along a horizontal transect at the valley bottom, and along an elevational transect. Additionally, the analysis of snow meltwater is of importance. As the sample collection of snow meltwater in mountainous terrain is often impractical, we have developed a fully automatic snow lysimeter system, which measures meltwater volume and collects samples for isotope analysis at daily intervals. The system consists of three lysimeters built from Decagon-ECRN-100 High Resolution Rain Gauges as standard component that allows monitoring of meltwater flow. Each lysimeter leads the meltwater into a 10-liter container that is automatically sampled and then emptied daily. These water samples are replaced regularly and analyzed afterwards on their isotopic composition in the lab. Snow melt events as well as system status can be monitored in real time. In our presentation we describe the automatic snow lysimeter

  8. Comparison of soil water potential sensors

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    Degre, Aurore; van der Ploeg, Martine; Caldwell, Todd; Gooren, Harm

    2015-04-01

    Temporal and spatial monitoring of soil water potential and soil water content are necessary for quantifying water flow in the domains of hydrology, soil science and crop production as knowledge of the soil water retention curve is important for solving Richards' equation. Numerous measurement techniques exist nowadays that use various physical properties of the soil-water complex to record changes in soil water content or soil water potential. Laboratory techniques are very useful to determine static properties of the soil water retention curve, and have been used to show the impacts of hysteresis. Yet, other spatiotemporal dynamics resulting from for example growing root systems, biological activity, periodic tillage and their impact on the soil structure cannot satisfactory be quantified in static setups in the laboratory. ). To be able to quantify the influence of soil heterogeneity, and spatiotemporal dynamics on the soil water retention curve, an in situ approach combining soil moisture and soil water potential measurements could provide useful data. Such an in situ approach would require sensors that can measure a representative part of the soil water retention curve. The volumetric soil water content is often measured using time domain reflectometry, and has gained widespread acceptance as a standard electronic means of volumetric water content measurement. To measure the soil water potential, water filled tensiometers are used in most studies. Unfortunately, their range remains limited due to cavitation. Recently, several new sensors for use under in situ conditions have been proposed to cover a wider range of pressure head: Polymer tensiometers, MPS (Decagon) and pF-meter (ecoTech). In this study, we present the principles behind each measurement technique. Then we present the results of a fully controlled experiment where we compared two MPS sensors, two pF-meter sensors and two POT sensors in the same repacked soil. It allows us to discuss advantages

  9. Minidisk against ring infiltrometer measurements to assess the saturated hydraulic conductivity in Mediterranean vineyards (Vitis vinifera L.) under Tillage and No-Tillage managements

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    Burguet, Maria; Di Prima, Simone; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Taguas, Encarnación V.; Cerdà, Artemi

    2016-04-01

    is also found in forest and degraded soils. The aim of our work was to test two different ks measuring methodologies -the ring infiltrometer and the mini-disc infiltrometer (Decagon Devices, Pullman, WA.2005), in order to check how the differences in measuring affects to the ks calculations. This would give an idea of which methodology would be more appropriate to use regarding the time-consume, effort and costs of the measuring material. The measurements were carried out during November 2015 at El Celler del Roure, a 25-years old vineyard located in Les Alcusses (Moixent, Spain). The soil managements selected for the study were Conventional Tillage (CT) and No Tillage (NT). A total of 18 infiltration measurements were performed (9 for CT and 9 for NT). In order to homogenize the measuring times, the measuring time for each methodology lasted 1 hour. ks values were calculated derived from Green and Ampt's (1911) and Horton's (1941) equations in order to discuss the impact of the methodologies applied. Statistically significant differences (p=.000) were found when applying both methodologies between CT and NT at both time and measures. However, there is still a need to understand how both methodologies influence in the variation of the parameters used for the Green and Ampt's (1911) and Horton's (1941) models. Acknowledgements: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 603498 (RECARE project). References: Cammeraat, E., Cerdà, A. and Imeson, A.C. 2010. Ecohydrological adaptation of soils following land abandonment in a semiarid environment. Ecohydrology, 3: 421-430. doi:10.1002/eco.161 Cerdà, A. 1997. Seasonal changes of the infiltration rates in a mediterranean scrubland on limestone. Journal of Hydrology, 198: 209-225. doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(96)03295-7 Cerdà, A. 1999. Seasonal and spatial variations in infiltration rates in badland surfaces under

  10. Short- and long-range ordering during the phase transition of the Zn6Sc 1/1 cubic approximant

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Tamura, Ryuji; de Boissieu, Marc

    2013-05-01

    Using in situ x-ray scattering and synchrotron radiation, we have experimentally elucidated the mechanism of the cubic to monoclinic phase transition in the Zn6Sc 1/1 approximant to an icosahedral quasicrystal. The high-temperature cubic phase is described as a bcc packing of a large Tsai-type icosahedral cluster whose center is occupied by an orientationally disordered Zn4 tetrahedron. A clear monoclinic distortion has been found to take place within 2 K around Tc = 157 K, in excellent agreement with the observed anomalies in the electrical resistivity and heat capacity. Also, a rapid variation of the super-structure reflection intensity is observed. The low-temperature monoclinic phase, as determined by single-crystal x-ray diffraction at 40 K, has been confirmed to consist of ordered Zn4 tetrahedra, oriented in an anti-parallel way along the [\\bar {1}0 1] direction. Above Tc, a diffuse scattering signal is observed at the position of the super-structure reflections, which evidences that a short-range ordering of the Zn4 tetrahedra takes place. In a way similar to a second-order phase transition, the correlation length describing this short-range ordering increases rapidly when the temperature diminishes and almost diverges when the temperature is close to Tc, going from 200 Å at 220 K to reach the very large value of 1200 Å at 161 K. Finally, using single-crystal x-ray diffraction, the atomic structure of the low-temperature monoclinic super-structure (space group C2/c) could be solved. The ordering of the Zn4 tetrahedra is accompanied by a strong distortion of the surrounding shells.

  11. Deformation behavior, corrosion resistance, and cytotoxicity of Ni-free Zr-based bulk metallic glasses.

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    Liu, L; Qiu, C L; Chen, Q; Chan, K C; Zhang, S M

    2008-07-01

    Two Ni-free bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) of Zr(60)Nb(5)Cu(22.5)Pd(5)Al(7.5) and Zr(60)Nb(5)Cu(20)Fe(5)Al(10) were successfully prepared by arc-melting and copper mold casting. The thermal stability and crystallization were studied using differential scanning calorimetry. It demonstrates that the two BMGs exhibit very good glass forming ability with a wide supercooled liquid region. A multi-step process of crystallization with a preferential formation of quasicrystals occurred in both BMGs under continuous heating. The deformation behavior of the two BMGs was investigated using quasi-static compression testing. It reveals that the BMGs exhibit not only superior strength but also an extended plasticity. Corrosion behaviors of the BMGs were investigated in phosphate buffered solution by electrochemical polarization. The result shows that the two BMGs exhibit excellent corrosion resistance characterized by low corrosion current densities and wide passive regions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis revealed that the passive film formed after anodic polarization was highly enriched in zirconium, niobium, and aluminum oxides. This is attributed to the excellent corrosion resistance. Additionally, the potential cytotoxicity of the two Ni-free BMGs was evaluated through cell culture for 1 week followed by 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay and SEM observation. The results indicate that the two Ni-free BMGs exhibit as good biocompatibility as Ti-6Al-4V alloy, and thus show a promising potential for biomedical applications.

  12. Structural plasticity: how intermetallics deform themselves in response to chemical pressure, and the complex structures that result.

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    Berns, Veronica M; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2014-10-06

    Interfaces between periodic domains play a crucial role in the properties of metallic materials, as is vividly illustrated by the way in which the familiar malleability of many metals arises from the formation and migration of dislocations. In complex intermetallics, such interfaces can occur as an integral part of the ground-state crystal structure, rather than as defects, resulting in such marvels as the NaCd2 structure (whose giant cubic unit cell contains more than 1000 atoms). However, the sources of the periodic interfaces in intermetallics remain mysterious, unlike the dislocations in simple metals, which can be associated with the exertion of physical stresses. In this Article, we propose and explore the concept of structural plasticity, the hypothesis that interfaces in complex intermetallic structures similarly result from stresses, but ones that are inherent in a defect-free parent structure, rather than being externally applied. Using DFT-chemical pressure analysis, we show how the complex structures of Ca2Ag7 (Yb2Ag7 type), Ca14Cd51 (Gd14Ag51 type), and the 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximant CaCd6 (YCd6 type) can all be traced to large negative pressures around the Ca atoms of a common progenitor structure, the CaCu5 type with its simple hexagonal 6-atom unit cell. Two structural paths are found by which the compounds provide relief to the Ca atoms' negative pressures: a Ca-rich pathway, where lower coordination numbers are achieved through defects eliminating transition metal (TM) atoms from the structure; and a TM-rich path, along which the addition of spacer Cd atoms provides the Ca coordination environments greater independence from each other as they contract. The common origins of these structures in the presence of stresses within a single parent structure highlights the diverse paths by which intermetallics can cope with competing interactions, and the role that structural plasticity may play in navigating this diversity.

  13. Specifics of freezing of Lennard-Jones fluid confined to molecularly thin layers

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    Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V.

    2003-04-01

    Freezing of a Lennard-Jones fluid between solid surfaces was studied using grand canonical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations. We explored the formation of frozen phases of hexagonal and orthorhombic symmetry in mono-, bi-, and tri-layer structures. The freezing transition, the type of lattice, and translational and orientational ordering were identified on the basis of orientational order parameters, in-plane two-body and three-body translational correlation functions, orientational correlation functions, and analysis of molecular mobilities. We have found that the freezing temperature is a nonmonotonous function of the pore width: orthorhombic bi-layer freezes at lower temperatures than hexagonal monolayer and hexagonal bi-layer. As the pore width increases, the transition from a hexagonal monolayer to an orthorhombic bi-layer occurred via disordered liquidlike and quasi-long-range four-fold ordered bi-layers. The latter, "quadratic" structure is characterized by an algebraically decaying four-fold orientational correlation function. The transition from crystalline hexagonal bi-layer to orthorhombic tri-layer occurs through a bi-layer structure with two uncoupled hexagonal monolayers. The quadratic phase was observed also as an intermediate structure during freezing of a liquidlike bi-layer into an orthorhombic quasi-crystal. The formation of the quadratic phase was associated with step-wise densification of fluid, a sharp increase of the local orientational order parameter, and a significant reduction of fluid mobility. In the process of solidification, the system passed through a sequence of high-density jammed structures, in which the four-fold symmetry developed progressively, as the temperature decreased.

  14. History and status of coherent bremsstrahlung

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    Überall, Herbert

    2005-08-01

    Coherent bremsstrahlung research originated with the 1955 papers by Dyson and Uberall, Ter-Mikaelian, and Ferretti. Its intermediate status thirty years later has been documented by Saenz and Uberall in the book Coherent Radiation Sources (A. W. Sáenz and H. Überall, editors), Springer, Berlin 1985. The first precision experiments were carried out by Diambrini-Palazzi et al. (1 960) in Frascati shortly after the theory had been developed; see also Timm (1 969). After experimentation by dozens of electron accelerator laboratories all over the world, there are presently measurements being made by Arends et al. at the University of Mainz (MAMI, 855 MeV), Klein et al. at the University of Bonn (ELSA, 3 GeV), at CERN (20-170 GeV) by Avakian of the Yerevan Physics Institute and others, and with electron energies of 6 GeV at the Jefferson Laboratory, Newport News, VA (F. J. Klein, Catholic University, spokesperson). At Jefferson Lab, linearly polarized quasi-monochromatic coherent-bremsstrahlung photons [peaked at 1.8GeV, with polarization (after collimation) of 84%] are being used for the production (off protons) of ρ and ω mesons among others. Recent theoretical research deals with coherent bremsstrahlung in quasicrystals (Fusina, Langworthy, and Saenz, 2001), and with planar and axial coherent bremsstrahlung in a diamond crystal (Chouffani, Endo, and Uberall 2001-2), both at low energies. In the latter study, in which the concept of axial coherent bremsstrahlung is now stressed (while in the related processes of planar and axial channeling radiation this distinction is well known), photon emission occurs here not necessarily in the forward direction.

  15. Science Using an Electrostatic Levitation Furnace in the MUCAT Sector at the APS

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    Goldman, A.; Kelton, K. F.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    The original motivation for the construction of the BESL prototype was to obtain the first proof of a 50-year-old hypothesis regarding the solidification of liquid metals. Since the 1950s it has been known that under proper conditions liquid metals can be cooled below their melting temperature (undercooled) without crystallizing to the stable solid phase. In 1952 Frank proposed that this was because the atoms in the metallic liquid were arranged with the symmetry of an icosahedron, a Platonic solid consisting of 20 tetrahedra (4-sided pyramid-shaped polyhedra) arranged around a common center. Since this local atomic order is incompatible with the long-range translational periodicity of crystal phases, a barrier is formed to the formation of small regions of the crystal phase, the nucleation barrier. A proof of Frank's hypothesis required a direct correlation between measured icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid and the nucleation barrier. The tendency of sample containers to catalyze nucleation obscured this relation, requiring containerless techniques. Combining containerless processing techniques for electrostatically levitated droplets (ESL) with x-ray synchrotron methods, a team from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and MUCAT at the APS demonstrated an increasing icosahedral order in TiZrNi liquids with decreasing temperature below the melting temperature. The increased icosahedral order caused the transformation of the liquid to a metastable icosahedral quasicrystal phase, instead of the stable tetrahedrally-coordinated crystal intermetallic, giving the first clear demonstration of the connection between the nucleation barrier and the local structure of the liquid, verifying Frank's hypothesis for this alloy.

  16. Role of Hf on Phase Formation in Ti45Zr(38-x)Hf(x)Ni17 Liquids and Solids

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    Wessels, V.; Sahu, K. K.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Huett, V. T.; Canepari, S.; Goldman, A. I.; Hyers, R. W.; Kramer, M. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Kelton, K. F.; Robinson, D.

    2008-01-01

    Hafnium and zirconium are very similar, with almost identical sizes and chemical bonding characteristics. However, they behave differently when alloyed with Ti and Ni. A sharp phase formation boundary near 18-21 at.% Hf is observed in rapidly-quenched and as-cast Ti45Zr38-xHfxNi17 alloys. Rapidly-quenched samples that contain less than 18 at.% Hf form the icosahedral quasicrystal phase, whiles samples containing more than 21 at.% form the 3/2 rational approximant phase. In cast alloys, a C14 structure is observed for alloys with Hf lower than the boundary concentration, while a large-cell (11.93 ) FCC Ti2Ni-type structure is found in alloys with Hf concentrations above the boundary. To better understand the role of Hf on phase formation, the structural evolution with supercooling and the solidification behavior of liquid Ti45Zr38-xHfxNi17 alloys (x=0, 12, 18, 21, 38) were studied using the Beamline Electrostatic Levitation (BESL) technique using 125keV x-rays on the 6ID-D beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. For all liquids primary crystallization was to a BCC solid solution phase; interestly, an increase in Hf concentration leads to a decrease in the BCC lattice parameter in spite of the chemical similarity between Zr and Hf. A Reitveld analysis confirmed that as in the cast alloys, the secondary phase that formed was the C14 below the phase formation boundary and a Ti2Ni-type structure at higher Hf concentrations. Both the liquidus temperature and the reduced undercooling change sharply on traversing the phase formation boundary concentration, suggesting a change in the liquid structure. Structural information from a Honeycutt-Anderson index analysis of reverse Monte Carlo fits to the S(q) liquid data will be presented to address this issue.

  17. Nanoclusters based on pentagondodecahedra with shells in the form of D32, D42, and D50 deltahedra in crystal structures of intermetallic compounds

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    Pankova, A. A.; Ilyushin, G. D.; Blatov, V. A.

    2012-01-15

    The TOPOS software package has been used to form a database of intermetallic compounds containing pentagondodecahedral d clusters (528 crystal structures of intermetallic compounds, 111 topological types, and 47 space symmetry groups). On the whole, 606 atomic d configurations have been selected which are described by 14 point symmetry groups. Examples of nanoclusters are presented which are precursors of the crystal structures of intermetallic compounds with the outer shell in the form of deltahedra D, which are formed above dodecahedra. These nanoclusters are identified in the automatic mode of structural data processing: D32 (K{sub 8}In{sub 6}Ge{sub 40}, Cs{sub 30}Na{sub 3}Sn{sub 162}), D{sub 42} (Ru{sub 3}Be{sub 17}, Y{sub 3}Cd{sub 18}, Ca{sub 3}(Cd{sub 17}Al)), and D{sub 50} (Yb{sub 3}Zn{sub 18}, Ce{sub 3}(Au{sub 14}Sn{sub 3}), Pr{sub 3}Cd{sub 18}, Eu{sub 4}Cd{sub 25}), where 32, 42, and 50 are the numbers of atoms in the shell. Similar deltahedra were found previously in icosahedral nanoclusters (precursors of intermetallic compounds). Structures with the dodecahedral nanocluster precursors containing D42 and D50 deltahedra are approximants of MCd{sub 5.7} (M = Yb or Ca) quasicrystals and belong to the family of MCd{sub 6} (M = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Yb, Y, or Ca).

  18. Ab-initio simulations of materials using VASP: Density-functional theory and beyond.

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    Hafner, Jürgen

    2008-10-01

    During the past decade, computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on solid-state physics and chemistry and on materials science-promoting not only a deeper understanding, but also the possibility to contribute significantly to materials design for future technologies. This development is based on two important columns: (i) The improved description of electronic many-body effects within density-functional theory (DFT) and the upcoming post-DFT methods. (ii) The implementation of the new functionals and many-body techniques within highly efficient, stable, and versatile computer codes, which allow to exploit the potential of modern computer architectures. In this review, I discuss the implementation of various DFT functionals [local-density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA), meta-GGA, hybrid functional mixing DFT, and exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange] and post-DFT approaches [DFT + U for strong electronic correlations in narrow bands, many-body perturbation theory (GW) for quasiparticle spectra, dynamical correlation effects via the adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem (AC-FDT)] in the Vienna ab initio simulation package VASP. VASP is a plane-wave all-electron code using the projector-augmented wave method to describe the electron-core interaction. The code uses fast iterative techniques for the diagonalization of the DFT Hamiltonian and allows to perform total-energy calculations and structural optimizations for systems with thousands of atoms and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for ensembles with a few hundred atoms extending over several tens of ps. Applications in many different areas (structure and phase stability, mechanical and dynamical properties, liquids, glasses and quasicrystals, magnetism and magnetic nanostructures, semiconductors and insulators, surfaces

  19. The theory of spatiotemporal pattern in nonequilibrium systems

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    Olemskoi, Alexander I.; Klepikov, Vyacheslav F.

    2000-11-01

    attractive node which corresponds to the stationary ordered state. Finally, in the region of small values of the order parameter, an absorbing state can arise where the system behaves in a deterministic way. The investigation of quasiperiodic distribution of the type which is observed in quasicrystals is based on the fact that it is generated by the same class of mapping, as incommensurate structures: the long-period structures correspond to points of the monofractal set which is contained in the given multifractal to the maximum extent; the quasicrystal sequence is the most rarely realized. A regular method for constructing this sequence is described and the distribution of wave vectors for which the radiation penetrating the quasicrystal yields the diffraction maxima is found. The mode-locking phenomenon is considered, whose spectra of frequencies and wave vectors represent “the devil's staircase”. In the framework of fractal ideology, the processes are considered which evolve in space-time in a non-local way. It is shown that in the presence of the non-perfect memory the generalized force leads to a flux which is expressed in the form of a fractional integral. Accordingly, increase of the share of dissipative channels leads to the transformation of the wave-type equation into the heat conduction equation. With decrease of the number of channels with the conserved order parameter, a smooth decrease of the order of the spatial derivative occurs. The method developed allows one to obtain not only a linear fractional-order equation of motion, but also to generalize it for the non-linear case. The latter case contains, in particular, such expressions, as the non-linear Schrödinger equation, the Korteweg-de Vries and sine Gordon equations.

  20. FOREWORD: Some thoughts about Jürgen Hafner's work in computational materials science Some thoughts about Jürgen Hafner's work in computational materials science

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    Heine, Volker

    2011-10-01

    Jürgen Hafner started in the early 1970s with pseudopotential calculations on the structures and properties of sp-bonded metals, improving on work done elsewhere [1]. This expanded in four directions: transition metals, molten metals, magnetism and alloys, and combinations of these. As well as electronic structure calculations, he helped to advance the statistical mechanical classical theory of liquids for the molten metals [2]. In magnetism he was one of the pioneers of calculations with non-collinear spins [3, 4]. As well as simple (solid and molten) alloys, he also treated materials with strong chemical interaction such as sulphides and liquids such as arsenic and tellurium [5, 6]. All this fed into two directions which dominated much of his work for many years, namely the theory of glassy metals [7] and that of quasicrystals [8]. One notable result in the latter was to show that it was possible to construct hypothetical materials for which the quasicrystalline state is indeed the lowest energy structure. This displaced the established wisdom of the time that quasicrystals were necessarily metastable forms. In more recent years he has turned to calculations in surface science [9, 10], including catalysis of chemical reactions on surfaces [11, 12]. What really brought Jürgen first to my attention was that he had managed to do a better job than we had of calculations with the new approach of pseudopotentials, particularly regarding the screening part of the calculation. This is very important in alloys where there is a large difference in the electron density in the two types of atom due to their different volumes or valences such as in the phase diagram and structure of LiK or KPb [5, 13]. We have been in contact over many years including one close collaboration and I always learned something new in talking with Jürgen. In the late 1970s in Cambridge we performed phonon calculations on models of amorphous silicon [14], to see if these could distinguish between

  1. Determination of continuous intermediate scale soil moisture, biomass water content and interception using the cosmic-ray neutron intensity method

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    Andreasen, M.; Looms, M. C.; Bogena, H. R.; Sonnenborg, T.; Jensen, K.

    2013-12-01

    The exchange of water and energy between the land surface and the atmosphere is controlled by the amount of water stored in the subsurface (mainly the moisture in the root zone) and the pools above-ground (snow, biomass-water, water retained in surface layers, interception etc.). Therefore measures of the water storage pools within this zone are critical for the prediction of evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge. Soil moisture constitutes in most cases the largest pool of water. The scale of soil moisture measurements are due to considerable spatial and temporal variability important to consider. At present soil moisture within the Ahlergaarde subcatchment (1055 km2) of the Skjern River watershed (2500 km2) (HOBE Danish Hydrologic Observatory) are collected at point scale using Decagon ECH2O 5TE capacitance sensors (30 stations with sensors installed in three depths) and at larger scale (44*44 km) by satellite retrievals (SMOS). However, calibration and validation of a hydrological model with a regular grid of e.g. 500-1000 meter requires measurements at a corresponding scale. Up-scaling of point measurements are possible but inflicted with uncertainties as a substantial amount of points has to be sensed to represent the heterogeneity of the area. A cosmic-ray neutron probe continuously detects the average amount of water (soil moisture, water in the biomass, water in the litter layer, snow and intercepted water) over a circle with a radius of approximately 300 m and depths of 10-70 cm. Several of studies have documented that the cosmic-ray neutron probe provides reliable estimates of soil moisture. Lately, more attention has been given to use the probe for measuring other variables than soil moisture. At sites with extensive or considerable annual variation in vegetation cover, the signal is affected by the change in the biomass-water content of a cropped field (from sprout to harvest) as well as the interception and the wetting/drying of the litter layer

  2. Soil infrastructure evolution and its effect on water transfer processes under contrasted tillage systems with preliminary results

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    Parvin, Nargish; Degré, Aurore; Chélin, Marie; Hiel, Marie-Pierre; Garré, Sarah; Bodson, Bernard

    2014-05-01

    soil structure are usually noticed in the range of 9.8 to 98 hPa, so, we can conclude that there is certainly structural change between WP and conservation practices of ST, NI and NO. In addition, Hwr in ST also shows increase in macroporosity than NI. In our study, there will be also soil moisture sensors (Decagon 10HS, 5TM and ML3 Thetaprobe) to capture the total soil moisture networks in the field under four different trials. The soils from the different trials and also from different depths (0-15, 25-30 and 50-60 cm) were used for zone specific calibration of the sensors. All the experiments will be repeated twice a year. For the specific spatio-temporal comparison, the monitoring results from electrical resistance tomography will be available from the collaborated project of the same faculty.

  3. Soil thermal properties at two different sites on James Ross Island in the period 2012/13

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    Hrbáček, Filip; Láska, Kamil

    2015-04-01

    James Ross Island (JRI) is the largest island in the eastern part of the Antarctic Peninsula. Ulu Peninsula in the northern part of JRI is considered the largest ice free area in the Maritime Antarctica region. However, information about permafrost on JRI, active layer and its soil properties in general are poorly known. In this study, results of soil thermal measurements at two different sites on Ulu Peninsula are presented between 1 April 2012 and 30 April 2013. The study sites are located (1) on an old Holocene marine terrace (10 m a. s. l.) in the closest vicinity of Johann Gregor Mendel (JGM) Station and (2) on top of a volcanic plateau named Johnson Mesa (340 m a. s. l.) about 4 km south of the JGM Station. The soil temperatures were measured at 30 min interval using platinum resistance thermometers Pt100/8 in two profiles up to 200 cm at JGM Station and 75 cm at Johnson Mesa respectively. Decagon 10HS volumetric water content sensors were installed up 30 cm at Johnson Mesa to 50 cm at JGM Station, while Hukseflux HFP01 soil heat flux sensors were used for direct monitoring of soil physical properties at 2.5 cm depth at both sites. The mean soil temperature varied between -5.7°C at 50 cm and -6.3°C at 5 cm at JGM Station, while that for Johnson Mesa varied between -6.9°C at 50 cm and -7.1°C at 10 cm. Maximum active layer thickness estimated from 0 °C isotherm reached 52 cm at JGM Station and 50 cm at Johnson Mesa respectively which corresponded with maximum observed annual temperature at 50 cm at both sites. The warmest part of both profiles detected at 50 cm depth corresponded with maximum thickness of active layer, estimated from 0°C isotherm, reached 52 cm at JGM Station and 50 cm at Johnson Mesa respectively. Volumetric water content at 5 cm varied around 0.25 m3m-3 at both sites. The slight increase to 0.32 m3m-3 was observed at JGM Station at 50 cm and at Johnson Mesa at 30 cm depth. Soil texture analysis showed distinctly higher share of coarser

  4. Spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in a restored reach of an Alpine river

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    Luster, Jörg

    2010-05-01

    In order to assess the effects of river restoration on water quality, the biogeochemical functions of restored river reaches have to be quantified, and soil moisture is a key environmental variable controlling this functionality. Restored sections of rivers often are characterized by a dynamic mosaic of riparian zones with varying exposure to flooding. In this presentation, the spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in riparian soils of a restored reach of the Alpine river Thur in northeastern Switzerland is shown. The study was part of the interdisciplinary project cluster RECORD, which was initiated to advance the mechanistic understanding of coupled hydrological and ecological processes in river corridors. The studied river reach comprised the following three functional processing zones (FPZ) representing a lateral successional gradient with decreasing hydrological connectivity (i.e. decreasing flooding frequency and duration). (i) The grass zone developed naturally on a gravel bar after restoration of the channelized river section (mainly colonized by canary reed grass Phalaris arundinacae). The soil is loamy sand to sandy loam composed of up to 80 cm thick fresh sediments trapped and stabilized by the grass roots. (ii) The bush zone is composed of young willow trees (Salix viminalis) planted during restoration to stabilize older overbank deposits with a loamy fine earth. (iii) The mixed forest is a mature riparian hardwood forest with ash and maple as dominant trees developed on older overbank sediments with a silty loamy fine earth. The study period was between spring 2009 and winter 2009/2010 including three flood events in June, July and December 2009. The first and third flood inundated the grass zone and lower part of the bush zone while the second flood was bigger and swept through all the FPZs. Water contents in several soil depths were measured continuously in 30 minute intervals using Decagon EC-5 and EC-TM sensors. There were six spatial

  5. Stomatal Conductance, Plant Species Distribution, and an Exploration of Rhizosphere Microbes and Mycorrhizae at a Deliberately Leakimg Experimental Carbon Sequestration Field (ZERT)

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    Sharma, B.; Apple, M. E.; Morales, S.; Zhou, X.; Holben, B.; Olson, J.; Prince, J.; Dobeck, L.; Cunningham, A. B.; Spangler, L.

    2010-12-01

    One measure to reduce atmospheric CO2 is to sequester it in deep geological formations. Rapid surface detection of any CO2 leakage is crucial. CO2 leakage rapidly affects vegetation above sequestration fields. Plant responses to high CO2 are valuable tools in surface detection of leaking CO2. The Zero Emission Research Technology (ZERT) site in Bozeman, MT is an experimental field for surface detection of CO2 where 0.15 ton/day of CO2 was released (7/19- 8/15/2010) from a 100m horizontal injection well, HIW, 1.5 m underground with deliberate leaks of CO2 at intervals, and from a vertical injector, VI, (6/3-6/24/2010). The vegetation includes Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion), Dactylis glomerata (Orchard Grass), and other herbaceous plants. We collected soil and roots 1, 3 and 5 m from the VI to determine the responses of mycorrhizal fungi and rhizosphere microbes to high CO2. Mycorrhizal fungi obtain C from root exudates, increase N and P availability, and reduce desiccation, while prokaryotic rhizosphere microbes fix atmospheric N and will be examined for abundance and expression of carbon and nitrogen cycling genes. We are quantifying mycorrhizal colonization and the proportion of spores, hyphae, and arbuscules in vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM) in cleared and stained roots. Stomatal conductance is an important measure of CO2 uptake and water loss via transpiration. We used a porometer (5-40°C, 0-90% RH, Decagon) to measure stomatal conductivity in dandelion and orchard grass at 1, 3, and 5 m from the VI and along a transect perpendicular to the HIW. Dandelion conductance was highest close to the VI and almost consistently higher close to hot spots (circular regions with maximum CO2 and leaf dieback) at the HIW, with 23.2 mmol/m2/s proximal to the hot spot, and 10.8 mmol/m2/s distally. Average conductance in grass (50.3 mmol/m2/s) was higher than in dandelion, but grass did not have high conductance near hot spots. Stomata generally close at elevated CO2

  6. Evaluation of soil sustainability along the Rio Grande in West Texas: changes in salt loading and organic nutrients due to farming practices

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    Cox, C. L.; Ganjegunte, G.; Borrok, D. M.; Lougheed, V.; Ma, L.; Jin, L.

    2011-12-01

    Growing populations demand an increase in the amount of food being produced, which in turn, puts pressure on the productivity and sustainability of soils. The use of flood irrigation from the Rio Grande, which contains high salinity, has greatly increased the sodicity and enhanced leaching of the nutrients in the Rio Grande Basin. To evaluate soil health in this area, Rio Grande, soil water, drainage water, and soils from four different sites were collected during the 2011 irrigation season. Sample sites include two pecan fields (Pecan1 and Pecan 2), one cotton field (Cotton), and one alfalfa field (Alfalfa). Each site was equipped with ECH2O-5TE sensors (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA) to measure soil moisture, temperature, and electrical conductivity (EC), along with lysimeters at depths of 15, 30, and 60 cm to collect soil water samples. Soil solution, irrigation water and drainage water were analyzed for pH, EC (measure of salinity), major cation (Ca, Mg, Na and K) concentrations and soils were analyzed for sodium adsorption ratio (SAR, a measure of sodicity) using standard methods. Soil extraction data suggests that water-soluble cation concentrations increase with depth and are significantly higher in clay-rich soils than sandy ones. Na is the most dominant water-soluble cation with it's concentrations ranging from 0.4 to 5.6 cmolc kg-1. Among all crop types, Cotton soils have the highest amount of water-soluble cations. Preliminary data shows that in the Cotton, Pecan 1 and Pecan 2 sites, soil sodicity increases with depth and becomes greater than 13 mmols1/2 L-1/2 at 30 cm below ground surface, while Alfalfa soils are generally less sodic. Overall, Cotton soils had the highest sodicity, up to 19.2 mmols1/2 L-1/2, which is well above the tolerance level of this crop. Sodicity affects soil permeability, and coincides with areas of high clay content. These observations are in agreement with the facts that pecan orchards are more intensively irrigated and

  7. Analysis of water retention curve as a potential tool in comparing the effect of different soil management in two olive orchard in southern Spain

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    Guzmán, G.; Gómez, J. A.; Giráldez, J. V.

    2010-05-01

    Water soil erosion is one of the major concerns in agricultural areas in Southern Spain, and the use of cover crops has been recommended as an alternative to tillage to prevent, or mitigate, soil erosion. This change of soil management implies a progressive modification of soil chemical, biological and physical properties which to date, have been documented by a limited number of studies. In this communication we describe a methodology based on the modification of the water retention curves of intact cores, present the results obtained in two olive orchards in Southern Spain, and compare them with several chemical and physical properties measured simultaneously in the orchards. The experimental areas were located in Benacazón and Pedrera, Seville province in Southern Spain, and at each location two experimental plots were established. One of the plots was under traditional tillage management and the other under cover crop soil management. The slope at the plots was 12 and 4% respectively. Soil samples were taken at both plots differentiating between the inter tree areas and the under the olive canopy areas, between two different depths: 0-10 cm and 10-20 cm. These resulted in eight different sampling areas (2x2x2). Samples were taken three year after establishing the experiments. Water retention curves of soils were obtained as the average of replications per and using the Eijkelkamp Sand and Sand/Kaolin suction tables (0-500 hPa) and a Decagon's WP4-T dewpoint potentiometer (0-300•106 hPa). The latest was used to determine the residual water content. Experimental water retention curves were to two different models: van Genuchten (1980) and Kosugi (1994). Once modeling was done, the slope value of the curves at the inflexion point, proposed by Dexter (2004a, b, c) to estimate physical quality of soils, was calculated. This study presents and discusses the advantages and problems of the different approaches for determining the water retention curves, the

  8. Fate and Transport of Pharmaceutical Compounds Applied to Turf-Covered Soil

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    Young, M.; Green, R. L.; Devitt, D.; McCullough, M.; Wright, L.; Vanderford, B. J.; Snyder, S. A.

    2012-12-01

    In arid and semi-arid regions, the use of treated wastewater for landscape irrigation is becoming common practice and a significant asset to conserve potable water supplies. Public interest and lack of field-scale data are leading to a concern that compounds found in reuse water could persist in the environment and contaminate groundwater. As part of a larger study, 2-yr experiments were conducted in CA and NV, where reuse water was the primary source of non-ambient water input. A total of 13 compounds were studied, all originating in irrigation water applied to soil covered in turf or left bare. The target compounds included atenolol, atorvastatin, carbamazepine, diazepam, diclofenac, fluoxetine, gemfibrozil, ibuprofen, meprobamate, naproxen, primidone, sulfamethoxazole, triclosan, and trimethoprim. Analytical protocols for all compounds (detection at ng/L range) were established before the study commenced. The goals of the research were to increase available data on the fate and transport of these target compounds in turfgrass/soil systems, and to use these data to assess long-term risk from using water containing these compounds. Experiments conducted at two scales are discussed here: lysimeter-scale and field-scale. At the lysimeter-scale, 24 drainage lysimeters (120 cm thick) were exposed to treated wastewater as an irrigation source. Lysimeters varied by soil type (two types), soil cover (bare- versus turf-covered) and leaching fraction (5% and 25%). Upper and lower boundary conditions were monitored throughout the study. Water samples were collected periodically after water breakthrough. After the study, soil samples were analyzed for compound mass, allowing compound mass balance and removal to be assessed. At the field-scale, passive drain gages (Decagon Devices) were installed in triplicate in fairways at four operational golf courses, one in NV and three in CA, all with histories of using treated wastewater. The gages measure water fluxes through the 60

  9. Photosynthesis, plant growth and nitrogen nutrition in Alaskan tussock tundra: Response to experimental warming

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    Dynes, E.; Welker, J. M.; Moore, D. J.; Sullivan, P.; Ebbs, L.; Pattison, R.

    2009-12-01

    Temperature is predicted to rise significantly in northern latitudes over the next century. The Arctic tundra is a fragile ecosystem with low rates of photosynthesis and low nutrient mineralisation. Rising temperatures may increase photosynthetic capacity in the short term through direct stimulation of photosynthetic rates and also in the longer term due to enhanced nutrient availability. Different species and plant functional types may have different responses to warming which may have an impact on plant community structure. As part of the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) to investigate the effects of warming on arctic vegetation, a series of open top chambers (OTCs) have been established at the Toolik Field Station (68°38’N, 149°36’W, elevation 720 m). This study employs 12 plots; 6 control plots and 6 warming plots covered with OTCs which maintain a temperature on average +1.54 °C degrees higher than ambient temperatures. The response of photosynthesis to temperature was measured using an infra-red gas analyzer (IRGA) with a cooling adaptor to manipulate leaf temperature and determine AMAX in two contrasting species, Eriophorum vaginatum (sedge) and Betula nana (shrub). Temperature within the chamber head of the IRGA was manipulated from 10 through 25 °C. We also measured the leaf area index of plots using a Decagon Accupar Ceptometer to provide insights into potential differences in canopy cover. In both OTC and control plots the photosynthetic rate of B. nana was greater than that of E. vaginatum, with the AMAX of B. nana peaking at 20.08°C and E. vaginatum peaking slightly lower at 19.7°C in the control plots. There was no apparent difference in the temperature optimum of photosynthesis of either species when exposed to the warming treatment. Although there was no difference in temperature optimum there were differences in the peak values of AMAX between treatment and control plots. In the case of B. nana, AMAX was higher in the OTCs than in

  10. [Symmetry types, systems and multiplicity of the structure of adenovirus capsid. II. Rotational facet-groups of five-, three- and two-fold symmetry axes].

    PubMed

    Nász, István; Adám, Eva

    2006-01-08

    horizontally in the middle along the 6 geodetic ribbon like motifs a regular decagonal intersection forms and the capsid can be cut into two equal parts, in which the polypeptides show a 72 degree rotation from each other, but with a proper rotation the polypeptides get into a congruent position, which means 300 or 600 specific facet combinations. The capsid similar to the icosahedron has also 15 virtual mirror planes which divide the capsid into two, identically arranged halves, forming six right angle triangles on each facet, altogether 120 smaller rectangular so-called Mobius-triangles on the surface. In the three-fold symmetry axis of the facets, these triangles in two separate groups of three can be rotated symmetrically with 120 degrees according to the orientation of the polypeptide subunits in a way that the hexon and other polypeptides too nearly cover each other. Consequently, the adenovirus capsid is a symmetrically arranged body in which several various symmetry types and symmetry systems can be found and their structural symmetry elements exist simultaneously and covering each other. The icosahedral symmetry types and systems are valid and functional simultaneously and in parallel with great multiplicity, but the existence of more than 1500 elements in several depth levels, their order of location and distribution make the symmetry of the capsid richer and more complex.

  11. Symmetry types, systems and their multiplicity in the structure of adenovirus capsid. II. Rotational facet groups of five-, three- and two-fold symmetry axes.

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    Nász, I; Adám, Eva

    2006-06-01

    drawn horizontally in the middle along the 6 geodetic ribbon like motifs a regular decagonal intersection forms and the capsid can be cut into two equal parts, in which the polypeptides show a 72 degree rotation from each other, but with a proper rotation the polypeptides get into a congruent position, which means 300 or 600 specific facet combinations. The capsid similar to the icosahedron has also 15 virtual mirror planes which divide the capsid into two, identically arranged halves, forming six right angle triangles on each facet, altogether 120 smaller rectangular so-called Mobius-triangles on the surface. In the three-fold symmetry axis of the facets, these triangles in two separate groups of three can be rotated symmetrically with 120 degrees according to the orientation of the polypeptide subunits in a way that the hexon and other polypeptides too nearly cover each other. Consequently, the adenovirus capsid is a symmetrically arranged body in which several various symmetry types and symmetry systems can be found and their structural symmetry elements exist simultaneously and covering each other. The icosahedral symmetry types and systems are valid and functional simultaneously and in parallel with great multiplicity, but the existence of more than 1500 structural elements in several depth levels, their order of location and distribution make the symmetry of the capsid richer and more complex.

  12. Effects of wildfire on soil water repellency in pine and eucalypt forest in central Portugal

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    Faria, Sílvia; Eufemia Varela, María.; Keizer, Jan Jacob

    2010-05-01

    Soil water repellency is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can be intensified by soil heating during fires. Fire-induced or -enhanced water repellency, together with the loss of plant cover, is widely regarded as a key factor in increased surface runoff and accelerated erosion in recently burnt areas. The present study is part of the EROSFIRE-II project, whose main aim is to assess and predict post-wildfire hydrological and erosion processes at multiple spatial scales, ranging from micro-plot (< 1 m2) to small catchments (< 1 km2). This work concerns the occurrence and severity of topsoil water repellency in the two forest types occurring in the Colmeal study area, i.e. Maritime Pine and eucalypt stands The objectives are: (i) to clarify the role of wildfire, by comparing recently burnt and adjacent long unburned stands; (ii) to determine the temporal patterns in repellency, through monthly measurements during the first year following the wildfire, and relate them to soil moisture variations in particular. The Colmeal study area is located in the Lousã mountain range in central Portugal. The wildfire occurred in August 2008 and consumed a total area of about 70 ha. Within the burnt area, two slopes were selected with the same parent material (schist) but different forest types (Pinus pinaster and Eucaliptus globulus). In addition, two similar but long unburned slopes were selected in the immediate surroundings. For a period of 10 months, starting November 2008, water repellency and moisture content of the 0-5 cm topsoil layer were measured in the field at monthly intervals. Repellency was measured using the ‘Molarity of an Ethanol Droplet' (MED) test, soil moisture content using a DECAGON EC5 sensor. The results revealed a very strong repellency (ethanol classes 6-7) at all four sites during the first sampling period in November 2008, suggesting that the immediate wildfire effects were minor for both forest types. In the subsequent 5 to 6 months, however

  13. Thermal properties of soils: effect of biochar application

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    Usowicz, Boguslaw; Lukowski, Mateusz; Lipiec, Jerzy

    2014-05-01

    Thermal properties (thermal conductivity, heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) have a significant effect on the soil surface energy partitioning and resulting in the temperature distribution. Thermal properties of soil depend on water content, bulk density and organic matter content. An important source of organic matter is biochar. Biochar as a material is defined as: "charcoal for application as a soil conditioner". Biochar is generally associated with co-produced end products of pyrolysis. Many different materials are used as biomass feedstock for biochar, including wood, crop residues and manures. Additional predictions were done for terra preta soil (also known as "Amazonian dark earth"), high in charcoal content, due to adding a mixture of charcoal, bone, and manure for thousands of years i.e. approximately 10-1,000 times longer than residence times of most soil organic matter. The effect of biochar obtained from the wood biomass and other organic amendments (peat, compost) on soil thermal properties is presented in this paper. The results were compared with wetland soils of different organic matter content. The measurements of the thermal properties at various water contents were performed after incubation, under laboratory conditions using KD2Pro, Decagon Devices. The measured data were compared with predictions made using Usowicz statistical-physical model (Usowicz et al., 2006) for biochar, mineral soil and soil with addition of biochar at various water contents and bulk densities. The model operates statistically by probability of occurrence of contacts between particular fractional compounds. It combines physical properties, specific to particular compounds, into one apparent conductance specific to the mixture. The results revealed that addition of the biochar and other organic amendments into the soil caused considerable reduction of the thermal conductivity and diffusivity. The mineral soil showed the highest thermal conductivity and diffusivity

  14. Influence of Relief on Vegetation Factors and Agrotechnical Differentiation Measures in Transylvania Plain

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    Ioana Moraru, Paula; Rusu, Teodor; Bogdan, Ileana; Ioan Pop, Adrian

    2016-04-01

    Transylvanian Plain (TP), with an area of 395.616 hectares, has a special importance for Romanian agriculture being characterized as a region orographically represented by hilly areas hills whereas climatically appears as a plain. Physical-geographical conditions from TP (low level of forestation; climate specific to plains) have resulted in numerous land degradation phenomena: land erosion, landslide, draining of gradient springs and groundwater level. These conditions create a favourable framework for the development of anthropic morphogenetic processes, as well as those triggered by natural mechanisms, thus intensifying the pace and their territorial expansion. Rainfall, through annual distribution and spring-summer pluvial aggressiveness, require the implementation of preservation measures on arable land, particularly for spring cultures. Along with rainfall, more factors are involved: relief, by the high degree of fragmentation and through tilting slopes; vegetation, by the dominance of cultivated plants and by the advanced state of degradation of vegetal grasslands (especially on southern slopes); lithology, by the predominance of loose rocks (sand, marl, sandstone etc.). In order to determine the influence of landscape morphology on the agro-technical characterization of land, 11 HOBO Micro Stations (H21-002) have been implemented from April to October in the locality Caianu, at various altitudes (311-441 m) at exposure coverage (N, NW, W, S, SE, E, NE). HOBO Smart Temp (S-TMB-M002) temperature sensors and Decagon EC-5 (S-SMC-M005) moisture sensors were connected to HOBO Micro Stations. Additionally, in 4 of the 11 sites, tipping bucket rain gauges (RG3-M) were deployed to measure precipitation. Each station stored electronic data regarding ground temperature at 3 depths (10, 20, 30 cm), humidity at a depth of 10 cm, air temperature (1 m) and precipitation. Data were downloaded from the Micro Stations via a laptop computer using HOBOware Pro Software Version

  15. Wireless sensor network deployment for monitoring soil moisture dynamics at the field scale

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    Majone, B.; Bellin, A.; Filippi, E.; Ioriatti, L.; Martinelli, M.; Massa, A.; Toller, G.

    2009-12-01

    We describe a recent deployment of soil moisture and temperature sensors in an apple tree orchard aimed at exploring the interaction between soil moisture dynamics and plant physiology. The field is divided into three parcels with different constant irrigation rates. The deployment includes dendrometers which monitor the variations of the trunk diameter. The idea is to monitor continuously and at small time steps soil moisture dynamics, soil temperature and a parameter reflecting plant stress at the parcel scale, in order to better investigate the interaction between plant physiology and soil moisture dynamics. Other sensors monitoring plant physiology can be easily accommodated within the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). The experimental site is an apple orchard of 5000 m2 located at Cles, province of Trento, Italy, at the elevation of 640 m.a.s.l. In this site about 1200 apple trees are cultivated (cultivar Golden Delicious). The trees have been planted in 2004 in north-south rows 3.5 m apart. The deployment consists of 27 locations connected by a multi hop WSN, each one equipped with 5 soil moisture sensors (capacitance sensors EC-5, decagon Service) at the depths of 10, 20, 30, 50 and 80 cm, and a temperature sensor at the depth of 20 cm, for a total of 135 soil moisture and 27 temperature sensors. The proposed monitoring system is based on totally autonomous sensor nodes which allow both real time and historic data management. The data gathered are then organized in a database on a public web site. The node sensors are connected through an input/output interface to a WSN platform. The power supply consists of a solar panel able to provide 250 mA at 7 V and a 3V DC/DC converter based on a dual frequency high efficient switching regulator. The typical meteorological data are monitored with a weather station located at a distance of approximately 100 m from the experimental site. Great care has been posed to calibration of the capacitance sensors both in the

  16. Effect of window shape on the detection of hyperuniformity via the local number variance

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    Kim, Jaeuk; Torquato, Salvatore

    2017-01-01

    Hyperuniform many-particle systems in d-dimensional space {{{R}}d} , which includes crystals, quasicrystals, and some exotic disordered systems, are characterized by an anomalous suppression of density fluctuations at large length scales such that the local number variance within a ‘spherical’ observation window grows slower than the window volume. In usual circumstances, this direct-space condition is equivalent to the Fourier-space hyperuniformity condition that the structure factor vanishes as the wavenumber goes to zero. In this paper, we comprehensively study the effect of aspherical window shapes with characteristic size L on the direct-space condition for hyperuniform systems. For lattices, we demonstrate that the variance growth rate can depend on the shape as well as the orientation of the windows, and in some cases, the growth rate can be faster than the window volume (i.e. L d ), which may lead one to falsely conclude that the system is non-hyperuniform solely according to the direct-space condition. We begin by numerically investigating the variance of two-dimensional lattices using ‘superdisk’ windows, whose convex shapes continuously interpolate between circles (p  =  1) and squares (p\\to ∞ ), as prescribed by a deformation parameter p, when the superdisk symmetry axis is aligned with the lattice. Subsequently, we analyze the variance for lattices as a function of the window orientation, especially for two-dimensional lattices using square windows (superdisk when p\\to ∞ ). Based on this analysis, we explain the reason why the variance for d  =  2 can grow faster than the window area or even slower than the window perimeter (e.g. like \\ln (L) ). We then study the generalized condition of the window orientation, under which the variance can grow as fast as or faster than L d (window volume), to the case of Bravais lattices and parallelepiped windows in {{{R}}d} . In the case of isotropic disordered hyperuniform systems, we

  17. Algorithmic methods in diffraction microscopy

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    Thibault, Pierre

    account is given on real specimen reconstruction from x-ray data (a yeast cell, and a quasicrystal electron density) and from visible light experiments (insect wings). Simulated data in various multiple-measurements experiments are also reconstructed using a new iterative approach.

  18. Activation of a Ca-bentonite as buffer material

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    Huang, Wei-Hsing; Chen, Wen-Chuan

    2016-04-01

    Swelling behavior is an important criterion in achieving the low-permeability sealing function of buffer material. A potential buffer material may be used for radioactive waste repository in Taiwan is a locally available clayey material known as Zhisin clay, which has been identified as a Ca-bentonite. Due to its Ca-based origin, Zhisin was found to exhibit swelling capacity much lower than that of Na-bentonite. To enhance the swelling potential of Zhisin clay, a cation exchange process by addition of Na2CO3 powder was introduced in this paper. The addition of Na2CO3 reagent to Zhisin clay, in a liquid phase, caused the precipitation of CaCO3 and thereby induced a replacement of Ca2+ ions by Na+ ions on the surface of bentonite. Characterization test conducted on Zhisin clay includes chemical analysis, cation exchange capacity, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetry (TG). Free-swelling test apparatus was developed according to International Society of Rock Mechanics recommendations. A series of free-swelling tests were conducted on untreated and activated specimens to characterize the effect of activation on the swelling capacity of Zhisin clay. Efforts were made to determine an optimum dosage for the activation, and to evaluate the aging effect. Also, the activated material was evaluated for its stability in various hydrothermal conditions for potential applications as buffer material in a repository. Experimental results show that Na2CO3-activated Zhisin clay is superior in swelling potential to untreated Zhisin clay. Also, there exists an optimum amount of activator in terms of improvements in the swelling capacity. A distinct time-swell relationship was discovered for activated Zhisin clay. The corresponding mechanism refers to exchange of cations and breakdown of quasi-crystal, which results in ion exchange hysteresis of Ca-bentonite. Due to the ion exchange hysteresis, activated bentonite shows a post-rise time-swell relationship different than the sigmoid

  19. Soil wetting patterns of vegetation and inter-patches following single and repeated wildfires

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    González, Óscar; Malvar, Maruxa; van den Elsen, Erik; Hosseini, mohammadreza; Coelho, Celeste; Ritsema, Coen; Bautista, Susana; Keizer, Jan Jacob; Cerdà, Artemi

    2015-04-01

    Although wildfires spread in Mediterranean areas are considered a natural processes, the expected increase in fire frequency has raised concerns about the systems' future resilience (Pausas, 2004). Besides more frequent, future wildfires can become more severe and produce more pronounced changes in topsoil properties, vegetation and litter (Cerdá and Mataix-Solera, 2009). To deal with challenges, the EU funded CASCADE and RECARE projects, which are currently assessing soil threats and tipping-points for land degradation in a climatic gradient across Europe. The present research was developed in Portugal and aims to find relationships between fire frequency and soil wetting patterns following single versus repeated wildfires. In September 2012, a wildfire burnt 3000 ha. of Pine stands and shrub vegetation in the vicinity of Viseu district, North-Central Portugal. Analyses according to the available burnt-area maps (1975-2012), discriminated areas that has been burned 1x (called SD) and 4x (called D) times. In order to evaluate the post-fire soil surface moisture patterns, 6 slopes (3 in SD and 3 in D) were selected and a balanced experimental design with 72 soil moisture sensors (EC5 and GS3, from Decagon devices) was implemented under shrubs (n=18) and on bare (n=18) soil environments, at 2.5 cm and 7.5 cm soil depth each. The spatio-temporal occurrence of soil water repellence (SWR) (Keizer et al., 2008; Prats et al., 2013; Santos et al., 2014) was monthly assessed through the MED test at 2.5 cm and 7.5 cm soil depth into 5 sampling points located at regular distances along a transect running from the top to bottom of a selected slope in SD and D. Automatic and totalize rainfall gauges were also installed across the study area. Preliminary results showed that soil wetting patterns and SWR occurrence differs between SD, D sites and, between soil environment (under shrubs and on bare soil areas). SWR were more pronounced on the SD than in D, affecting soil wetting

  20. Physical properties, evaporation and combustion characteristics of nanofluid-type fuels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tanvir, Saad

    Nanofluids are liquids with stable suspension of nanoparticles. Limited studies in the past have shown that both energetic and catalytic nanoparticles once mixed with traditional liquid fuels can be advantageous in combustion applications, e.g., increased energy density and shortened ignition delay. Contradictions in existing literature, scarcity of experimental data and lack of understanding on how the added nanoparticles affect the physical properties as well as combustion characteristics of the resulting fuel motivated us to launch a detailed experimental and theoretical investigation. The surface tension of ethanol and n-decane based nanofluid fuels containing suspended nanoparticles were measured using the pendant drop method by solving the Young-Laplace equation. The results show that surface tension increases both with particle concentration (above a critical concentration) and particle size. This is because the Van der Waals forces between particles at the liquid/gas interface increases surface free energy that overcomes any electrostatic repulsion between the particles and increases surface tension. This present work also reports experimental analysis of the latent heat of vaporization ( Hfg) of nanofluids. Results show that the addition of Ag and Fe nanoparticles in water results is a substantial reduction in Hfg. On the contrary Al addition slightly increases Hfg. Similar observations are made for ethanol based nanofluids. Molecular dynamics simulations showed that the strength of bonding between particles and the fluid molecules is the governing factor in the variation of Hfg upon particle addition. The thermal conductivity was measured using KD2-Pro from Decagon Devices based on the transient line heat source method. The rheological properties of the ethanol and ethanol/nanoparticles suspensions are measured using a StresstechRTM rotational rheometer. Both properties increased with increasing particle concentration. Trends are found to be consistent