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

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

    1990-01-01

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

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

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    Deadmore, Daniel L.; Sliney, Harold E.

    1987-01-01

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

  3. Evaluation of minimum yields for planar channeling in CaF 2 and BaF 2

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    Saitoh, Kazuo; Kobayakawa, Mikio; Niwa, Hiroaki; Tanemura, Seita

    1980-04-01

    Minimum yields for planar channeling in CaF 2 and BaF 2 have been calculated using an average potential model. The use of the Lentz-Jensen ionic potential gives results consistent with the experimental data. The validity of the model and the dependence of the minimum yields on the potential are discussed.

  4. Monte Carlo Simulation of Gamma-Ray Response of BaF2 and CaF2

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    Gao, Fei; Xie, YuLong; Wang, Zhiguo; Kerisit, Sebastien N.; Wu, Dangxin; Campbell, Luke W.; Van Ginhoven, Renee M.; Prange, Micah P.

    2013-12-01

    We have employed a Monte Carlo (MC) method to study intrinsic properties of two alkaline-earth halides, namely BaF2 and CaF2, relevant to their use as radiation detector materials. The MC method follows the fate of individual electron-hole (e-h) pairs and thus allows for a detailed description of the microscopic structure of ionization tracks created by incident γ-ray radiation. The properties of interest include the mean energy required to create an e-h pair, W, Fano factor, F, the maximum theoretical light yield, and the spatial distribution of e-h pairs resulting from γ-ray excitation. Although W and F vary with incident photon energy at low energies, they tend to constant values at energies higher than 1 keV. W is determined to be 18.9 and 19.8 eV for BaF2 and CaF2, respectively, in agreement with published data. The e-h pair spatial distributions exhibit a linear distribution along the fast electron tracks with high e-h pair densities at the end of the tracks. Most e-h pairs are created by interband transition and plasmon excitation in both scintillators, but the e-h pairs along fast electron tracks in BaF2 are slightly clustered, forming nanoscale domains and resulting in the higher e-h pair densities than in CaF2. Combining the maximum theoretical light yields calculated for BaF2 and CaF2 with those obtained for CsI and NaI shows that the theoretical light yield decreases linearly with increasing band gap energy.

  5. Enhanced processability of ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF glass in microgravity

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    Torres, Anthony; Ganley, Jeff; Maji, Arup; Tucker, Dennis; Starodubov, Dmitry

    2013-06-01

    Fluorozirconate glasses, such as ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF), have the potential for optical transmission from 0.3 μm in the UV to 7 μm in the IR region. However, crystallites formed during the fiber drawing process prevent this glass from achieving its desired transmission range. The temperature at which the glass can be drawn into a fiber is known as the working range, defined as (Tx - Tg), bounded by the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the crystallization temperature (Tx). In contrast to silica glasses, the working temperature range for ZBLAN glass is extremely narrow. Multiple ZBLAN samples were subject to a heating and quenching test apparatus on the parabolic aircraft, under a controlled 0-g and hyper-g environment and compared with 1-g ground tests. The microgravity duration on board Zero-G Corporation parabolic aircraft is approximately 20 seconds and the hyper-g intervals are approximately 56 seconds. Optical microscopy examination elucidates crystal growth in ZBLAN is suppressed when processed in a microgravity environment. The crystallization temperature, Tx, at which crystals form increased, therefore, significantly broadening the working temperature range for ZBLAN.

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  7. Spectroscopy of laser properties of Nd(3+)-doped CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Caird, John A.; Chase, L. L.; Smith, L. K.; Nielsen, N. D.; Krupke, William F.

    1990-03-01

    The optical properties of Nd(3+) in CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2 were investigated in order to determine if these materials are useful as laser-pumped amplifier media. The CaF2:Nd crystal was found to not be useful because the impurities tend to cluster at very low concentration, leading to the formation of nonluminescent centers. On the other hand, the Nd(3+) centers in BaF2 exhibit unacceptably low transition strengths. SrF2:Nd appears to have adequate absorption strength, and, in addition, to have a remarkably long emission lifetime of 1280 microns. A maximum doping of 0.20 atomic percent Nd(3+) can be tolerated in SrF2 without the occurrence of detrimental clustering. The peak emission cross section of SrF2:Nd is 1.7 x 10(exp -20) sq cm at 1036.5 nm. Direct measurement of the gain spectrum of SrF2:Nd(3+) reveals the presence of the F-4(sub 3/2) yields G-2(sub 9/2) excited state absorption lines, although the impact on the emission cross section is minor.

  8. Optical and structural properties of LaF3 thin films.

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    Bischoff, Martin; Gäbler, Dieter; Kaiser, Norbert; Chuvilin, Andrey; Kaiser, Ute; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2008-05-01

    LaF(3) thin films of different thicknesses were deposited on CaF(2) (111) and silicon substrates at a relatively low substrate temperature of 150 degrees C. Optical (transmittance, reflectance, refractive index, and extinction coefficient) and mechanical (morphology and crystalline structure) properties have been investigated and are discussed. It is shown that LaF(3) thin films deposited on CaF(2) (111) substrates are monocrystalline and have a bulklike dense structure. Furthermore, it is presented that low-loss LaF(3) thin films can be deposited not only by boat evaporation but also by electron beam evaporation. PMID:18449239

  9. Atomized BaF2-CaF7 for Better-Flowing Plasma-Spray Feedstock

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Stanford, Malcolm K.

    2008-01-01

    Atomization of a molten mixture of BaF2 and CaF2 has been found to be superior to crushing of bulk solid BaF2- CaF2 as a means of producing eutectic BaF2-CaF2 powder for use as an ingredient of the powder feedstock of a high-temperature solid lubricant material known as PS304. Developed to reduce friction and wear in turbomachines that incorporate foil air bearings, PS304 is applied to metal substrates by plasma spraying. The constituents of PS304 are: a) An alloy of 80 weight percent Ni and 20 weight percent Cr, b) Cr2O3, c) Ag, and d) The BaF2-CaF2 eutectic, specifically, 62 weight percent BaF2 and 38 weight percent CaF2. The superiority of atomization as a means of producing the eutectic BaF2-CaF2 powder lies in (1) the shapes of the BaF2-CaF2 particles produced and (2) the resulting flow properties of the PS304 feedstock powder: The particles produced through crushing are angular, whereas those produced through atomization are more rounded. PS304 feedstock powder containing the more rounded BaF2-CaF2 particles flows more freely and more predictably, as is preferable for plasma spraying.

  10. Light scattering and computer simulation studies of superionic pure and La-doped BaF2

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    Rammutla, K. E.; Comins, J. D.; Erasmus, R. M.; Netshisaulu, T. T.; Ngoepe, P. E.; Chadwick, A. V.

    2016-03-01

    A combination of both Raman and Brillouin scattering experiments as well as Molecular Dynamics (MD) was used to study the superionic behaviour of BaF2 doped with a wide range of LaF3 concentrations (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 50 mol%). Raman spectroscopy reveals that for undoped BaF2 and those doped with 5% and 10% LaF3, the room temperature spectra show the usual T2g symmetry mode at 241 cm-1 whereas for those doped with 20%, 30% and 50% LaF3, the dominant Raman mode is of the Eg symmetry situated at ∼263, 275 and 286 cm-1, respectively. The Raman linewidths show near linear increases with temperature followed by rapid increases above the characteristic transition temperatures (Tc), being at 1200, 850, 800, 975, 950 and 920 K for LaF3 concentrations of 0, 5, 10, 20, 30 and 50; respectively. The temperature dependence of the squares of the Brillouin frequencies (ΔωB)2 of the LA and TA acoustic modes respectively related to elastic constants C11 and C44 showed linear decreases followed by significant deviations around the same temperatures (Tc), at which the Raman linewidths start to show substantial increases. The complementary studies using MD simulations show that the diffusion coefficients increase markedly above the same temperatures observed experimentally. The extrinsic fluorine ion trajectories were also determined from the MD simulations to better understand the mechanisms of diffusion.

  11. LaF3 insulators for MIS structures

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    Sher, A.; Tsuo, Y. H.; Moriarty, J. A.; Miller, W. E.; Crouch, R. K.; Seiber, B. A.

    1979-01-01

    Thin films of LaF3 deposited on Si or GaAs substrates have been observed to form blocking contacts with very high capacitances. This results in comparatively hysteresis-free and sharp C-V (capacitance-voltage) characteristics for MIS structures. Such structures have been used to study the interface states of GaAs with increased resolution and to construct improved photocapacitive infrared detectors.

  12. Labelling of silica microspheres with fluorescent lanthanide-doped LaF3 nanocrystals

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    Zhang, Yong; Lu, Meihua

    2007-07-01

    Fluorescent microspheres have been demonstrated to be useful in a variety of biological applications. Fluorescent silica or polymer microspheres have been produced by incorporation of chromophores into the microspheres, which usually produces microspheres with nonuniform sizes and reduced fluorescence. Here we present a simple and straightforward method to produce silica microspheres with fluorescent lanthanide-doped LaF3 nanocrystals grown on the surface. LaF3 nanocrystals are in situ grown on silica microspheres of different sizes to form a raspberry-like structure. The microspheres exhibit strong fluorescence and the colour could be altered by changing the lanthanide ions doped in LaF3 nanocrystals.

  13. Properties of AlF3 and LaF3 films at 193nm

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    Xue, Chunrong; Shao, Jianda

    2010-10-01

    In order to develop low loss, high-performance 193nm Fluoride HR mirrors and anti-reflection coatings, LaF3 and AlF3 materials, used for a single-layer coating, were deposited by a molybdenum boat evaporation process. Various microstructures that formed under different substrate temperatures and with deposition rates were investigated. The relation between these microstructures (including cross section morphology, surface roughness and crystalline structure), the optical properties (including refractive index and optical loss) and mechanical properties (stress) were investigated. Furthermore, AlF3 used as a low-index material and LaF3 used as a high-index material were designed and deposited for multilayer coatings. Transmittance, reflectance, stress, and the laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) were studied. It is shown that AlF3 and LaF3 thin films, deposited on the substrate at a temperature of 300 °C, obtained good quality thin films with high transmittance and little optical loss at 193 nm. For multilayer coatings, the absorption mainly comes from LaF3. Based on these studies, The thickness of 193nm films was controled by a 1/3 baffle with pre-coating technology. the LaF3/AlF3 AR coantings and HR mirrors at 193nm were designed and deposited. Under the present experimental conditions, the reflectance of LaF3/AlF3 HR mirror is up to 96%, and its transmittance is 1.5%. the LaF3/AlF3 AR coanting's residual reflectance is less than 0.14%, and single-sided transmittance is 93.85%. To get a high-performance 193nm AR coating, super-polished substrate is the best choice.

  14. Luminescence Enhancement of CdTe Nanostructures in LaF3:Ce/CdTe Nanocomposites

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    Yao, Mingzhen; Zhang, Xing; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Joly, Alan G.; Huang, Jinsong; Wang, Qingwu

    2010-11-15

    Radiation detection demands new scintillators with high quantum efficiency, high energy resolution and short luminescence lifetimes. Nanocomposites consisting of quantum dots and Ce3+ doped nanophosphors may be able to meet these requirements. Here we report the luminescence of LaF3:Ce/CdTe nanocomposites which were synthesized by a wet chemistry method. In LaF3:Ce/CdTe nanocomposites the CdTe quantum dots are converted into nanowires, while in LaF3/CdTe nanocomposites no such conversion is observed. The CdTe luminescence in LaF3:Ce/CdTe nanocomposites is enhanced about 5 times, while in LaF3/CdTe nanocomposites no enhancement was observed. Energy transfer, light-re-absorption and surface passivation are likely the reasons for the luminescence enhancement.

  15. LaF3 nanoparticles surface modified with tryptophan and their optical properties

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    Safronikhin, Anatoly; Ehrlich, Heinrich; Lisichkin, Georgy

    2014-10-01

    LaF3 nanoparticles were synthesized by the double-jet precipitation technique in presence of tryptophan (Trp). The product was investigated by TEM, IR, absorption, and luminescence spectroscopies. Interaction of Trp with the nanoparticles results in formation of complexes between Trp and La3+ ions on the nanoparticle surface. Surface density of Trp was found as 0.7 molecule nm-2. It is shown that the modifier effects on LaF3 nanoparticle growth and stability of the surface modified LaF3 colloids. Luminescent properties of LaF3 nanoparticles modified with Trp (Trp@LaF3) are investigated. It is determined that Trp@LaF3 and Trp have the same profiles of excitation and photoluminescence spectra. Effects of pH, ionic strength, and Trp concentration on luminescence intensity are studied. At the same Trp amounts in the systems, Trp@LaF3 luminescence intensity is about 6 times less than Trp luminescence intensity. Such products can be used as luminescent labels.

  16. X-Ray Luminescence of LaF3:Tb3+ and LaF3:Ce3+, Tb3+ Water Soluble Nanoparticles

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    Liu, Y.; Chen, Wei; Wang, Shaopeng; Joly, Alan G.; Westcott, Sarah L.; Woo, Boon K.

    2008-03-15

    Utilizing scintillation nanoparticles as agents for photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment necessitates the use of biocompatible and water soluble nanoparticles. In this article, we report the synthesis and X-ray luminescence of water soluble Ce and Tb doped LaF3 nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are conjugated with folic acid and meso-tetra (o-carboxyphenyl) porphyrin. X-ray luminescence is observed from the nanoparticles in both powder and solution samples. More importantly, singlet oxygen has been detected from the conjugated system following X-ray excitation. These preliminary observations indicate that water-soluble scintillation nanoparticles can be potentially used in photodynamic therapy for deep-tissue cancer treatment.

  17. CaF2:Yb laser ceramics

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    Akchurin, M. Sh.; Basiev, T. T.; Demidenko, A. A.; Doroshenko, M. E.; Fedorov, P. P.; Garibin, E. A.; Gusev, P. E.; Kuznetsov, S. V.; Krutov, M. A.; Mironov, I. A.; Osiko, V. V.; Popov, P. A.

    2013-01-01

    CaF2:Yb fluoride laser ceramics, prepared by hot-forming, exhibit the same optical properties as starting single crystals. Slope efficiency of the Сa0.95Yb0.05F2.05 is equal to 35% in the pulsed mode of laser operation. Decrease of ytterbium concentration in CaF2:Yb samples down to 3 mol.% resulted in the essential improvement of Сa0.97Yb0.03F2.03 thermal conductivity from 3.5 to 4.5 W/m K, but slightly decreased (down to 30%) slope efficiency of the samples under both pulsed and CW mode of operation. Alternative hot-pressing synthesis of CaF2:Yb fluoride laser ceramics provided materials with superior mechanical properties (microhardness Н = 3.2 GPa and fracture toughness К1С = 0.65 МPа m1/2) in comparison with hot-formed and/or single crystal CaF2:Yb specimens. For the first time, lasing has been observed for the novel aforementioned hot-pressed CaF2:Yb ceramics.

  18. Ultraviolet optical and microstructural properties of MgF2 and LaF3 coatings deposited by ion-beam sputtering and boat and electron-beam evaporation

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    Ristau, Detlev; Gunster, Stefan; Bosch, Salvador; Duparre, Angela; Masetti, Enrico; Ferre-Borrull, Josep; Kiriakidis, George; Peiro, Francesca; Quesnel, Etienne; Tikhonravov, Alexander

    2002-06-01

    Single layers of MgF2 and LaF3 were deposited upon superpolished fused-silica and CaF2 substrates by ion-beam sputtering (IBS) as well as by boat and electron beam (e-beam) evaporation and were characterized by a variety of complementary analytical techniques. Besides undergoing photometric and ellipsometric inspection, the samples were investigated at 193 and 633 nm by an optical scatter measurement facility. The structural properties were assessed with atomic-force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, TEM techniques that involved conventional thinning methods for the layers. For measurement of mechanical stress in the coatings, special silicon substrates were coated and analyzed. The dispersion behavior of both deposition materials, which was determined on the basis of various independent photometric measurements and data reduction techniques, is in good agreement with that published in the literature and with the bulk properties of the materials. The refractive indices of the MgF2 coatings ranged from 1.415 to 1.440 for the wavelength of the ArF excimer laser (193 nm) and from 1.435 to 1.465 for the wavelength of the F2 excimer laser (157 nm). For single layers of LaF3 the refractive indices extended from 1.67 to 1.70 at 193 nm to approx1.80 at 157 nm. The IBS process achieves the best homogeneity and the lowest surface roughness values (close to 1 nmrms) of the processes compared in the joint experiment. In contrast to MgF2 boat and e-beam evaporated coatings, which exhibit tensile mechanical stress ranging from 300 to 400 MPa, IBS coatings exhibit high compressive stress of as much as 910 MPa. A similar tendency was found for coating stress in LaF3 single layers. Experimental results are discussed with respect to the microstructural and compositional properties as well as to the surface topography of the coatings.

  19. Investigation of luminescent properties of LaF3:Nd3+ nanoparticles

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    Wyrwas, Marek; Miluski, Piotr; Zmojda, Jacek; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Jelen, Piotr; Sitarz, Maciej; Dorosz, Dominik

    2015-09-01

    Lanthanum fluoride nanoparticles doped with Nd3+ ions obtained via solvothermal method have been presented. Doped nanoparticles were prepared in two-step method. Firstly rare-earth chlorides were synthesized from oxides and then they were used to prepare LaF3 particles. The luminescence spectra shows typical for crystalline materials Stark splitting at 880 nm corresponding 4F3/2 to 4I9/2 level transition and 1060 nm matching 4F3/2 to 4I11/2 level transition. The highest luminescence intensity was achieved for sample doped with 0.75% wt. of Nd3+, and the longest decay time for sample doped with 0.5% wt. which reached 328 μs. The XRD pattern analysis confirmed that obtained material consists of crystalline LaF3, the grain size was estimated from Sherrer's formula and equaled about 25nm.

  20. Influence of ion assistance on LaF3 films deposited by molybdenum boat evaporation.

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    Liu, Ming-Chung; Lee, Cheng-Chung; Kaneko, Masaaki; Nakahira, Kazuhide; Takano, Yuuichi

    2012-05-20

    LaF3 thin films at 193 nm were deposited by the molybdenum boat evaporation with ion-assisted deposition (IAD). Various optical characteristics, stress, and microstructures that formed under different ion-beam voltages of IAD deposition were investigated. The relation between these properties is also discussed. LaF3 films deposited with IAD exhibited small rough surfaces and large optical loss at 193 nm. The largest value of optical loss for films at 193 nm, which were prepared at an ion-beam voltage of 400 V, was 1.55% and the extinction coefficient was smaller than 0.0015. Microstructures and crystalline structures of films were influenced and changed by the ion-assisted deposition process. Tensile stress value of films increased as the ion-beam voltage rose. Refractive index, related to the packing density and microstructures, also increased as the ion-beam voltage rose. PMID:22614587

  1. Improved luminescence in water-soluble hollow LaF3:Eu3+ nanoparticles by introducing Li+ ions

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    Fan, Ting; Lü, Jiantao; Lin, Futian; Zhou, Zifan

    2016-04-01

    Improved red emission in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-coated hollow LaF3:Eu3+ nanoparticles by introducing Li+ ions was found for the first time via a one-step template-free hydrothermal method. The hollow formation can be attributed to self-recrystallization and a local Ostwald ripening thermodynamic process. Pores were clearly seen and widely distributed in all LaF3 nanoparticles. The introduction of Li+ ions did not introduce new crystalline phases and resulted in little change in size and morphology of the LaF3 nanoparticles. The main diffraction peaks were found to shift slightly with the Li+ doping concentrations, which indicates that Li+ changes the crystal field environment of Eu3+. The excitation and red emission intensity both doubled when codoped with 7 mol% Li+ ions. The widely distributed pores and improved luminescence properties of our nanoparticles facilitated the construction of new nanocomposites for novel biological applications.

  2. Local-field effect on the fluorescence relaxation of Tm3+:LaF3 nanocrystals immersed in liquid medium.

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    He, Enjie; Zheng, Hairong; Zhang, Xisheng; Qu, Shixian

    2010-01-01

    Tm(3+):LaF(3) nanocrystals were synthesized with hydrothermal technique. Local-field effect on the radiative relaxation rate was studied in the system of Tm(3+):LaF(3) nanocrystals immersed in several liquid media. The fluorescence lifetime was measured. It was found that the fluorescence decay presented the characteristics of second-order exponential decay, for which the contribution from the ions inside the nanocrystal and ions at the interface of the nanocrystal were distinguished. Investigating the experimental results with proposed models, we found that the surface effect had to be eliminated. For rare earth doped LaF(3) nanocrystals, real-cavity model well explains the influence of surrounding medium on the fluorescence relaxation rate. PMID:19630086

  3. Influence of thermal annealing and ultraviolet light irradiation on LaF3 thin films at 193 nm.

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    Lee, Cheng-Chung; Liu, Ming-Chung; Kaneko, Masaaki; Nakahira, Kazuhide; Takano, Yuuichi

    2005-11-10

    Lanthanum fluoride (LaF3) thin films were prepared by resistive heating evaporation and electron-beam gun evaporation under the same deposition rate, deposition substrate temperature, and vacuum pressure. The coated LaF3 films were then treated by heat annealing and UV light irradiation. The optical properties, microstructures, stress, and laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) at a wavelength of 193 nm were investigated. The surface roughness, optical loss, stress, and LIDT of the films were improved after the annealing. The films had better properties when irradiated by UV light as compared with heat annealing. PMID:16294967

  4. Characterization of LaF 3 coatings prepared at different temperatures and rates

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    Yu, Hua; Shen, Yanming; Cui, Yun; Qi, Hongji; Shao, JianDa; Fan, ZhengXiu

    2008-01-01

    LaF 3 thin films were prepared by thermal boat evaporation at different substrate temperatures and various deposition rates. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Lambda 900 spectrophotometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to study crystal structure, transmittance and chemical composition of the coatings, respectively. Laser-induce damage threshold (LIDT) was determined by a tripled Nd:YAG laser system with a pulse width of 8 ns. It is found that the crystal structure became more perfect and the refractive index increased gradually with the temperature rising. The LIDT was comparatively high at high temperature. In the other hand, the crystallization status also became better and the refractive index increased when the deposition rate enhanced at a low level. If the rate was super rapid, the crystallization worsened instead and the refractive index would lessen greatly. On the whole, the LIDT decreased with increasing rate.

  5. Laser conditioning of LaF 3 MgF 2 dielectric coatings at 248 nm

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    Eva, E.; Mann, K.; Kaiser, N.; Anton, B.; Henking, R.; Ristau, D.; Weissbrodt, P.; Mademann, D.; Raupach, L.; Hacker, E.

    1996-10-01

    Highly reflective LaF3/MgF2 systems for a wavelength of 248 nm on MgF2 and crystalline quartz substrates were investigated. The influence of laser conditioning on damage threshold and absorptance was remarkable in those coatings that had a high initial absorptance. Monitoring with a laser calorimeter revealed the conditioning effect to be a function of the irradiation dose rather than of energy density or pulse rate. Furthermore, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy investigations showed that conditioning induces stoichiometric and structural changes in the multilayers, especially in near-surface sublayers, whereas scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy investigations indicated that the surface remains unchanged.

  6. Solubility of uranium oxide in molten salt electrolysis bath of LiF-BaF2 with LaF3 additive

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    Alangi, Nagaraj; Mukherjee, Jaya; Gantayet, L. M.

    2016-03-01

    The solubility of UO2 in the molten mixtures of equimolar LiF-BaF2(1:1) with LaF3 as additive was studied in the range of 1423 K-1523 K. The molten fluoride salt mixture LiF-BaF2 LaF3 was equilibrated with a sintered uranium oxide pellet at 1423 K, 1473 K, 1523 K and the salt samples were collected after equilibration. Studies were conducted in the range of 10%-50% by weight additions of LaF3 in the equimolar LiF-BaF2(1:1) base fluoride salt bath. Solubility of UO2 increased with rise in LaF3 concentration in the molten fluoride in the temperature range of 1423 K-1523 K. At a given concentration of LaF3, the UO2 solubility increased monotonously with temperature. With mixed solvent, when UF4 was added as a replacement of part of LaF3 in LiF-BaF2(1:1)-10 wt% LaF3 and LiF-BaF2(1:1)-30 wt% LaF3, there was an enhancement of solubility of UO2.

  7. Ultraviolet optical and microstructural properties of MgF2 and LaF3 coatings deposited by ion-beam sputtering and boat and electron-beam evaporation.

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    Ristau, Detlev; Günster, Stefan; Bosch, Salvador; Duparré, Angela; Masetti, Enrico; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Kiriakidis, George; Peiró, Francesca; Quesnel, Etienne; Tikhonravov, Alexander

    2002-06-01

    Single layers of MgF2 and LaF3 were deposited upon superpolished fused-silica and CaF2 substrates by ion-beam sputtering (IBS) as well as by boat and electron beam (e-beam) evaporation and were characterized by a variety of complementary analytical techniques. Besides undergoing photometric and ellipsometric inspection, the samples were investigated at 193 and 633 nm by an optical scatter measurement facility. The structural properties were assessed with atomic-force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, TEM techniques that involved conventional thinning methods for the layers. For measurement of mechanical stress in the coatings, special silicon substrates were coated and analyzed. The dispersion behavior of both deposition materials, which was determined on the basis of various independent photometric measurements and data reduction techniques, is in good agreement with that published in the literature and with the bulk properties of the materials. The refractive indices of the MgF2 coatings ranged from 1.415 to 1.440 for the wavelength of the ArF excimer laser (193 nm) and from 1.435 to 1.465 for the wavelength of the F2 excimer laser (157 nm). For single layers of LaF3 the refractive indices extended from 1.67 to 1.70 at 193 nm to approximately 1.80 at 157 nm. The IBS process achieves the best homogeneity and the lowest surface roughness values (close to 1 nm(rms)) of the processes compared in the joint experiment. In contrast to MgF2 boat and e-beam evaporated coatings, which exhibit tensile mechanical stress ranging from 300 to 400 MPa, IBS coatings exhibit high compressive stress of as much as 910 MPa. A similar tendency was found for coating stress in LaF3 single layers. Experimental results are discussed with respect to the microstructural and compositional properties as well as to the surface topography of the coatings. PMID:12064402

  8. Luminescence and scintillation properties of BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic

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    Luo, Junming; Sahi, Sunil; Groza, Michael; Wang, Zhiqiang; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Burger, Arnold; Kenarangui, Rasool; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Selim, Farida A.

    2016-08-01

    Cerium doped Barium Fluoride (BaF2sbnd Ce) transparent ceramic was fabricated and its luminescence and scintillation properties were studied. The photoluminescence shows the emission peaks at 310 nm and 323 nm and is related to the 5d-4f transitions in Ce3+ ion. Photo peak at 511 keV and 1274 keV were obtained with BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic for Na-22 radioisotopes. Energy resolution of 13.5% at 662 keV is calculated for the BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic. Light yield of 5100 photons/MeV was recorded for BaF2sbnd Ce(0.2%) ceramic and is comparable to its single crystal counterpart. Scintillation decay time measurements shows fast component of 58 ns and a relatively slow component of 434 ns under 662 keV gamma excitation. The slower component in BaF2sbnd Ce(0.2%) ceramic is about 200 ns faster than the STE emission in BaF2 host and is associated with the dipole-dipole energy transfer from the host matrix to Ce3+ luminescence center.

  9. Trigonal LaF3: a novel SRS-active crystal

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    Kaminskii, A. A.; Lux, O.; Hanuza, J.; Rhee, H.; Eichler, H. J.; Zhang, J.; Tang, D.; Shen, D.; Yoneda, H.; Shirakawa, A.

    2014-12-01

    Trigonal fluoride LaF3, widely known as a host crystal for Ln3+-lasants, was found to be an attractive many-phonon Raman material and a subject for the investigation of different χ(3)-nonlinear optical effects. We present the manifestation of photon-phonon interactions related to stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and Raman-induced four-wave mixing (RFWM) processes, initiated by picosecond exсitation at room temperature. Sesqui-octave-spanning Stokes and anti-Stokes frequency comb generation as well as many-step cascaded and cross-cascaded up-conversion χ(3)-nonlinear processes have been observed. The recorded spectral lines originated by SRS and RFWM are identified and attributed to the three observed SRS-promoting phonon modes. The lower limit of the steady-state Raman gain coefficient for near-IR first Stokes generation was estimated. Moreover, a brief review of known Ln3+ : LaF3 laser crystals and SRS-active fluorides is given.

  10. Formation and Luminescence Phenomena of LaF3:Ce3+ Nanoparticles and Lanthanide-Organic Compounds in Dimethyl Sulfoxide

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    Yao, Mingzhen; Joly, Alan G.; Chen, Wei

    2010-01-21

    LaF3:Ce3+ doped nanoparticles were synthesized at different temperatures in dimethyl sulfoxide by the chemical reaction of lanthanum nitrate hydrate and cerium nitrate hexahydrate with ammonium fluoride. The formation of Ce3+ doped LaF3 nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. An intense emission at around 310 nm from the d - f transition of Ce3+ was observed from the LaF3:Ce3+ powder samples. However, in solution samples, the ultraviolet emission from Ce3+ is mostly absent, but intense luminescence is observed in the visible range from blue to red. The emission wavelength of the solution samples is dependent on the reaction time and temperature. More interestingly, the emission wavelength varies with the excitation wavelength. Most likely, this emission is from the metalorganic compounds of Ce3+ or La3+ and DMSO as similar phenomena are also observed when lanthanum nitrate hydrate or cerium nitrate hexahydrate are heated in DMSO.

  11. Toxicity Assessments of Near-infrared Upconversion Luminescent LaF3:Yb,Er in Early Development of Zebrafish Embryos

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    Wang, Kan; Ma, Jiebing; He, Meng; Gao, Guo; Xu, Hao; Sang, Jie; Wang, Yuxia; Zhao, Baoquan; Cui, Daxiang

    2013-01-01

    This study reports the effects of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) LaF3:Yb,Er on zebrafish, with the aim of investigating UCNPs toxicity. LaF3:Yb,Er were prepared by an oleic acid/ionic liquid two-phase system, and characterized by transmission electron microscope and X-ray powder diffraction. 140 zebrafish embryos were divided into six test groups and one control group, and respectively were injected into 5, 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 μg/mL LaF3:Yb,Er@SiO2 solution, and respectively were raised for 5 days. Each experiment was repeated ten times. Results showed that water-soluble LaF3:Yb,Er were successfully prepared, and did not exhibit obvious toxicity to zebrafish embryos under 100 μg/mL, but exhibited chronic toxicities 200 μg/mL in vivo, resulting in malformations and delayed hatching rate and embryonic and larval development. The excretion channels of LaF3:Yb,Er in adult zebrafish were mainly found in the intestine after being injected evenly for 24 h. In conclusion, the exploration of LaF3:Yb,Er for in vivo applications in animals and humans must consider UCNPs biocompatibility. PMID:23606912

  12. LaF3:Ln mesoporous spheres: controllable synthesis, tunable luminescence and application for dual-modal chemo-/photo-thermal therapy

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    Lv, Ruichan; Yang, Guixin; He, Fei; Dai, Yunlu; Gai, Shili; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-11-01

    In this report, uniform LaF3:Ln mesoporous spheres have been synthesized by a facile and mild in situ ion-exchange method using yolk-like La(OH)3:Ln mesoporous spheres as templates, which were prepared through a self-produced bubble-template route. It was found that the structures of the final LaF3:Ln can simply be tuned by adding a polyetherimide (PEI) reagent. LaF3:Ln hollow mesoporous spheres (HMSs) and LaF3:Ln flower-like mesoporous spheres (FMSs) were obtained when assisted by PEI and in the absence of PEI. The up-conversion (UC) luminescence results reveal that the doping of Nd3+ ions in LaF3:Ln can markedly influence the UC emissions of the products. It is interesting that an obvious thermal effect is achieved due to the energy back-transfer from Tm3+ to Nd3+ ions under 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) irradiation. The LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd HMSs show good biocompatibility and sustained doxorubicin (DOX) release properties. In particular, upon 980 nm NIR irradiation, the photothermal effect arising from the Nd3+ doping induces a faster DOX release from the drug release system. Moreover, UC luminescence images of LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd HMSs uptaken by MCF-7 cells exhibit apparent green emission under 980 nm NIR irradiation. Such a multifunctional carrier combining UC luminescence and hyperthermia with the chemotherapeutic drugs should be of high potential for the simultaneous anti-cancer therapy and cell imaging.In this report, uniform LaF3:Ln mesoporous spheres have been synthesized by a facile and mild in situ ion-exchange method using yolk-like La(OH)3:Ln mesoporous spheres as templates, which were prepared through a self-produced bubble-template route. It was found that the structures of the final LaF3:Ln can simply be tuned by adding a polyetherimide (PEI) reagent. LaF3:Ln hollow mesoporous spheres (HMSs) and LaF3:Ln flower-like mesoporous spheres (FMSs) were obtained when assisted by PEI and in the absence of PEI. The up-conversion (UC) luminescence results reveal that the doping of Nd3+ ions in LaF3:Ln can markedly influence the UC emissions of the products. It is interesting that an obvious thermal effect is achieved due to the energy back-transfer from Tm3+ to Nd3+ ions under 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) irradiation. The LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd HMSs show good biocompatibility and sustained doxorubicin (DOX) release properties. In particular, upon 980 nm NIR irradiation, the photothermal effect arising from the Nd3+ doping induces a faster DOX release from the drug release system. Moreover, UC luminescence images of LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd HMSs uptaken by MCF-7 cells exhibit apparent green emission under 980 nm NIR irradiation. Such a multifunctional carrier combining UC luminescence and hyperthermia with the chemotherapeutic drugs should be of high potential for the simultaneous anti-cancer therapy and cell imaging. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The SAED pattern of flower-like LaF3:Yb,Er spheres. FT-IR spectra of the La(OH)3:Ln precursor, LaF3:Ln HMSs and LaF3:Ln FMSs. UC emission spectra of the La(OH)3:Yb/Er(Ho/Tm) precursor, LaF3:Yb/Er(Ho/Tm) HMSs, LaF3:Yb/Er(Ho/Tm) FMSs under 980 nm NIR excitation. CIE chromaticity diagram of LaF3:10% Yb/0.5% Tm/x%Nd (x = 0, 1, 2) under 980 nm NIR excitation. CIE chromaticity diagram of LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd under 980 nm NIR excitation. Infrared thermal images of LaF3:Yb/Er, LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm, and LaF3:Yb/Er/Tm/Nd samples before and after irradiation for 6-8 min under 980 nm laser irradiation with the pump power of 0.6 W cm-2. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04336g

  13. Phase formation in the BaB2O4-BaF2 system

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    Bekker, T. B.; Fedorov, P. P.; Kokh, A. E.

    2012-07-01

    It is shown that the BaB2O4-BaF2 system is quasi-binary with the following eutectics coordinates: 760°C, 59 mol % BaF2, 41 mol % BaB2O4. Due to the intense pyrohydrolysis during the growth of β-BaB2O4 crystals from the 55.6 mol % BaB2O4-44.4 mol % BaF2 composition, the Ba5B4O11 compound is formed in the system. This process leads to the cocrystallization of the β-BaB2O4 and Ba5B4O11 phases and impedes the formation of high-quality crystals.

  14. Luminescent and kinetic properties of the polystyrene composites based on BaF2 nanoparticles

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    Demkiv, T. M.; Halyatkin, O. O.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Gektin, A. V.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.

    2016-02-01

    Luminescence-kinetic properties of polystyrene composites based on BaF2 nanoparticles were studied. The electron emission from the nanoparticles due to the photoelectric effect is the main luminescence excitation mechanism in the case of polystyrene composites loaded with small BaF2 nanoparticles (~20 nm). Scintillation pulse of polystyrene composites possesses only fast decay component with the time constant τ~2 ns, and its emission intensity considerably exceeds the one for pure polystyrene scintillator upon the X-ray excitations.

  15. LaF3 core/shell nanoparticles for subcutaneous heating and thermal sensing in the second biological-window

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    Ximendes, Erving Clayton; Rocha, Uéslen; Kumar, Kagola Upendra; Jacinto, Carlos; Jaque, Daniel

    2016-06-01

    We report on Ytterbium and Neodymium codoped LaF3 core/shell nanoparticles capable of simultaneous heating and thermal sensing under single beam infrared laser excitation. Efficient light-to-heat conversion is produced at the Neodymium highly doped shell due to non-radiative de-excitations. Thermal sensing is provided by the temperature dependent Nd3+ → Yb3+ energy transfer processes taking place at the core/shell interface. The potential application of these core/shell multifunctional nanoparticles for controlled photothermal subcutaneous treatments is also demonstrated.

  16. [Stability of CaF2 at high temperature].

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    Qi, Qingjie; Liu, Jianzhong; Cao, Xinyu; Zhou, Junhu; Zhang, Shuxin; Kefa, Cen

    2002-05-01

    In this paper, the stabilities of CaF2 in atmosphere, dry and moist air at elevated temperatures were studied by gaseous fluorides direct absorption and fluoride ion-selective electrode (ISE) measurements technique supplemented by differential thermal analysis (DTA), chemical analysis (pyrohydrolysis-ISE method) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The principal reaction was shown to be hydrolysis of CaF2 at high temperature and CaF2 were actually hydrolyzed appreciably at about 830 +/- 10 degrees C in moist atmospheres. Kinetics calculation showed that hydrolysis reaction was first order and the activation energy for the hydrolysis was 115 +/- 2 kJ/mol, applicable over the range 850 degrees C-1350 degrees C. The research results will be of significance for fluoride pollution control during coal combustion and clay-brickmaking. PMID:12145925

  17. Improved photoluminescence and thermal stabilization of glycine functionalized LaF3: Ce nanoparticles useful in bioimaging and biotagging

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    Singh, Amit T.; Khandpekar, M. M.

    2015-05-01

    LaF3:Ce nanocrystals doped with glycine have been synthesized from water soluble chlorides and subsequent irradiation by microwave. The XRD spectra confirms the hexagonal phase structure with cell parameter a = b = 7.173 Å and c = 7.211 Å with space group P 3 cl and particle size of 15 nm. The value is in confirmation with the density functional calculation of structural properties by LDA and GGA potentials predicting merohedral twinned structure of tysonite like compounds. The SEM and TEM images show narrow distribution of nanoparticles with hexagonal and assorted morphology having particle size of 25 nm. The SAED pattern confirms the formation of crystallinity of nanocrystals and traces of different elements in the nanocrystals have been detected by EDAX pattern. The FTIR spectrum shows peaks due to weak organic attachments indicating the capping on the core LaF3:Ce by the functional groups of the organic ligands. The UV spectrum shows the presence of multiple absorption edges corresponding to band gap energies at 5.17 eV, 4.87 eV,4.28 eV,3.40 eV indicating the quantum dot structure of inorganic nanocrystals. The photoluminescence of the nanocrystals has been observed by excitation and emission spectra. The peak at 616 nm shows emission of red fluorescence, indicating its possible applications in bio imaging and biotagging. The TGA/DTA graph shows the stable phases of the nanocrystals synthesized.

  18. Eu2+/Eu3+-doped oxyfluoride glass ceramics with LaF3 for white LED color conversion

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    Lee, Sang Hun; Bae, Suk-Rok; Choi, Yong Gyu; Chung, Woon Jin

    2015-03-01

    SiO2-Na2O-Al2O3-LaF3 glasses doped with Eu2+ and Eu3+ were synthesized to realize an inorganic color converter for white LED using 400 nm UV LED. Among various rare earth ions, Eu2+ and Eu3+ showed prominent emission under 400 nm LED excitation. Carbon and EuF3 content were varied to control the ratio of Eu2+ and Eu3+ during the melting process. When the ratio of Eu2+ and Eu3+ within the glass matrix was properly controlled, color coordinates of the photoluminescence spectra could be adjusted to make white colors under 400 nm LED excitation. The emission intensity was increased with subsequent heat treatment which led to the formation of LaF3 nano-crystals. However, almost no conversion was observed when the glasses were actually mounted on UV-LED to make a white LED. Heavy crystallization of the oxyfluoride glasses was thus investigated to improve its scattering of the light source and color conversion efficiency, and its practical feasibility as an inorganic UV-LED color converter was demonstrated.

  19. Increase in the Tb3+ green emission in SiO2-LaF3 nano-glass-ceramics by codoping with Dy3+ ions

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    Velázquez, J. J.; Rodríguez, V. D.; Yanes, A. C.; del-Castillo, J.; Méndez-Ramos, J.

    2010-12-01

    95SiO2-5LaF3 sol-gel derived nano-glass-ceramics single doped with 0.1Dy3+ or 0.1Tb3+ mol % and codoped with 0.1Dy3+ and xTb3+ (x=0.1,0.3) mol % were successfully obtained. XRD and HRTEM measurements confirm the precipitation of LaF3 nanocrystals during the ceramming process, with mean size ranging from 10 to 20 nm and increasing with the thermal treatment temperature. About 75% of lanthanide ions are partitioned into LaF3 nanocrystals, as calculated from luminescence decays. The effect of increasing the Tb3+ concentration and also of codoping with Dy3+ in the Tb3+ green emission from the D54 level have been studied. The energy transfer mechanisms between Tb3+ ions and also between Tb3+-Dy3+ ions, which favor the green emission, have been analyzed.

  20. Paclitaxel conjugated Fe3O4@LaF3:Ce3+,Tb3+ nanoparticles as bifunctional targeting carriers for Cancer theranostics application

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, Rajendiran; Chinnathambi, Shanmugavel; Karthikeyan, Subramani; Aruna, Prakasarao; Ganesan, Singaravelu

    2016-02-01

    The bi-functional Chitosan functionalized magnetite doped luminescent rare earth nanoparticles (Fe3O4@LaF3: Ce3+,Tb3+/chi NPs) as a carrier of paclitaxel (PTX) drug was designed using a co-precipitation and facile direct precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles are spherical in shape with a typical diameter of 19-37 nm respectively. They are water soluble, super paramagnetic and biocompatible, in which the amino groups on the nanoparticles surface are used for the conjugation with an anticancer drug, paclitaxel. The nature of PTX binding with Fe3O4@LaF3: Ce3+,Tb3+/chi nanoparticles were studied using X-ray diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometer and scanning electron micrograph. The nature of interactions between PTX and Fe3O4@LaF3: Ce3+,Tb3+/chi NPs due to complex formation were conceded out by various spectroscopic methods viz., UV-visible, steady state and excited state fluorescence spectroscopy. The photo-physical characterization reveals that the adsorption and release of PTX from Fe3O4@LaF3:Tb3+/chi nanoparticles is quicker when compared with other nanoparticles and also confirms that this may be due to the hydrogen bond formation between the hydroxyl group of drug and amino group of nanoparticles respectively. The maximum loading capacity and entrapment efficiency of 83.69% and 80.51% were attained at a ratio of 5:8 of PTX and Fe3O4@LaF3: Ce3+,Tb3+/chi NPs respectively. In addition with that, antitumoral activity study of PTX conjugated Fe3O4@LaF3:Tb3+/chi nanoparticles exhibits increased cytotoxic effects on A549 lung cancer cell lines than that of unconjugated PTX.

  1. Direct growth of nanocrystalline graphitic carbon films on BaF2 by alcohol CVD

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    Tan, Yan; Nakamura, Atsushi; Kubono, Atsushi

    2016-03-01

    Multilayered nanocrystalline graphitic carbon films were directly formed on BaF2 substrates by the alcohol chemical vapor deposition method using ethanol. Domain size was typically 46 nm as estimated from the peak intensity ratios of G- and D-band of the Raman spectra, which were higher than currently reported values for various dielectric substrates. Sheet resistance measured by the four-probe method was 900 Ω/sq. A possible formation mechanism of the graphitic carbon layer was discussed referring to the results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) for a composition analysis. It was found that the graphitic carbon layers were formed on the BaO surface, which was produced by the oxidization of the BaF2 substrate by the ethanol source.

  2. A solvent extraction route for CaF2 hollow spheres.

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    Guo, Fuqiang; Zhang, Zhifeng; Li, Hongfei; Meng, Shulan; Li, Deqian

    2010-11-21

    A solvent extraction route is proposed to synthesize CaF(2) hollow spheres, which are formed by reversed micelles in a solvent extraction system templating the self-assembly of CaF(2) nanoparticles. PMID:20877846

  3. Highly Efficient FRET System Capable of Deep Photodynamic Therapy Established on X-ray Excited Mesoporous LaF3:Tb Scintillating Nanoparticles.

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    Tang, Yong'an; Hu, Jun; Elmenoufy, Ahmed H; Yang, Xiangliang

    2015-06-10

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for deep-seated tumor is largely impeded by the limited penetration depth of excitation light in tissue. X-ray is considered as an ideal energy source to activate photosensitizers (PSs) located deep within the body with the assistance of scintillating nanoparticles (ScNPs). However, the efficacy under this concept is not satisfying due to the low scintillating luminescence and weak energy transfer from ScNPs to PSs. Here, mesoporous LaF3:Tb ScNPs were successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal process to act as PS carriers and X-ray energy transducers, owing to their good ionizing radiation stopping power and high luminescence efficiency. The formation mechanism of porous structure was elucidated in detail with classical crystallization theory. After a systematic investigation, LaF3:Tb ScNPs with optimized scintillating luminescence were obtained for loading Rose Bengal (RB) to establish an efficient FRET system, owing to their excellent spectral match. The FRET efficiency between ScNPs and RB was calculated to be as high as 85%. Under irradiation, enhanced (1)O2 generation induced by LaF3:Tb-RB nanocomposites via FRET process was detected. This LaF3:Tb-RB FRET system shows great potential to be applied in X-ray stimulated PDT for deep-seated tumors in the future. PMID:25974980

  4. Sputtering of CaF2 Thin Films

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    Pandey, Ratnesh K.; Khan, Saif A.; Avasthi, D. K.; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2011-07-01

    In the present work CaF2 thin films of different thicknesses deposited on Si substrate have been irradiated with 120 MeV Ag ions with equilibrium charge state and electronic sputtering yield as well as emission of smaller particles/nanoclusters has been studied through Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) respectively. The observed results show maximum sputtering yield at smallest thickness and also nanostructure formation for that thickness has been observed through TEM.

  5. Spectroscopy of single Pr3+ ion in LaF3 crystal at 1.5 K

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    Nakamura, Ippei; Yoshihiro, Tatsuya; Inagawa, Hironori; Fujiyoshi, Satoru; Matsushita, Michio

    2014-01-01

    Optical read-out and manipulation of the nuclear spin state of single rare-earth ions doped in a crystal enable the large-scale storage and the transport of quantum information. Here, we report the photo-luminescence excitation spectroscopy results of single Pr3+ ions in a bulk crystal of LaF3 at 1.5 K. In a bulk sample, the signal from a single ion at the focus is often hidden under the background signal originating from numerous out-of-focus ions in the entire sample. To combine with a homemade cryogenic confocal microscope, we developed a reflecting objective that works in superfluid helium with a numerical aperture of 0.99, which increases the signal by increasing the solid angle of collection to 1.16π and reduces the background by decreasing the focal volume. The photo-luminescence excitation spectrum of single Pr3+ was measured at a wing of the spectral line of the 3H4 → 3P0 transition at 627.33 THz (477.89 nm). The spectrum of individual Pr3+ ions appears on top of the background of 60 cps as isolated peaks with intensities of 20–30 cps and full-width at half-maximum widths of approximately 3 MHz at an excitation intensity of 80 W cm−2. PMID:25482137

  6. Optical thermometry based on luminescence behavior of Dy3+-doped transparent LaF3 glass ceramics

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    Bu, Y. Y.; Cheng, S. J.; Wang, X. F.; Yan, X. H.

    2015-11-01

    Dy3+-doped transparent LaF3 glass ceramics were fabricated, and its structures of resulting glass ceramics are studied by the X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Optical temperature sensing of the resulting glass ceramics in the temperature range from 298 to 523 K is studied based on the down-conversion luminescence of Dy3+ ion. By using fluorescence intensity ratio method, the 4I15/2 and 4F9/2 of Dy3+ ions are verified as thermally coupled levels. A minimum S R = 1.16 × 10-4 K-1 is obtained at T = 294 K. By doping Eu3+ ion, the overall emission color of Eu3+-Dy3+ co-doped transparent glass ceramics can be tuned from white to yellow with the temperature increase through energy transfer between Eu3+ and Dy3+. Additionally, the thermal stability of the Dy3+ single-doped transparent glass ceramics becomes higher after doping Eu3+ ion.

  7. Multi-phonon assisted upconversion emission and power dependence studies in LaF3:Er3+ phosphor.

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    Singh, A K; Kumar, K; Pandey, A C; Rai, S B; Kumar, D

    2013-04-01

    LaF3:Er3+ phosphor is synthesized through chemical precipitation method and its upconversion (UC) emission studies have carried out using 532-nm excitation. Phosphor has shown two-photon absorption UV bands at the 325 nm, 342 nm, 383 nm, 403 nm and 411 nm wavelengths. At relatively higher excitation powers multi-phonon assisted energy migration from 2H11/2 (4S3/2) level to the upper 4F3/2, 4F5/2 and 4F7/2 levels has observed and this energy migration opened new channel of emission at 440 nm, 453 nm and 488 nm due to the 4F3/2→4I15/2, 4F5/2→4I15/2 and 4F7/2→4I15/2 transitions, respectively. Temperature dependent UC measurement is also done and observed emission pattern is correlated with the power dependence studies. Upconversion bands at 411 and 488 nm wavelengths have shown reversal in intensity as either excitation power or sample temperature is increased and hence these two bands are found to act as optical switch. Planck blackbody like continuum emission has also observed at higher excitation powers. PMID:23399910

  8. Multi-phonon assisted upconversion emission and power dependence studies in LaF3:Er3+ phosphor

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, K.; Pandey, A. C.; Rai, S. B.; Kumar, D.

    2013-04-01

    LaF3:Er3+ phosphor is synthesized through chemical precipitation method and its upconversion (UC) emission studies have carried out using 532-nm excitation. Phosphor has shown two-photon absorption UV bands at the 325 nm, 342 nm, 383 nm, 403 nm and 411 nm wavelengths. At relatively higher excitation powers multi-phonon assisted energy migration from 2H11/2 (4S3/2) level to the upper 4F3/2, 4F5/2 and 4F7/2 levels has observed and this energy migration opened new channel of emission at 440 nm, 453 nm and 488 nm due to the 4F3/2 → 4I15/2, 4F5/2 → 4I15/2 and 4F7/2 → 4I15/2 transitions, respectively. Temperature dependent UC measurement is also done and observed emission pattern is correlated with the power dependence studies. Upconversion bands at 411 and 488 nm wavelengths have shown reversal in intensity as either excitation power or sample temperature is increased and hence these two bands are found to act as optical switch. Planck blackbody like continuum emission has also observed at higher excitation powers.

  9. Optical properties of CaF2 and Yb3+:CaF2 for laser applications

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    Stäblein, Jörg; Pöhl, Karin; Weisleder, Andreas; v. d. Gönna, Gordon; Töpfer, Thomas; Hein, Joachim; Siebold, Mathias

    2011-06-01

    Highly transparent CaF2 has found many applications from the deep UV- to the IR-range. The optical quality and the laser damage threshold are influenced by the purity and the real structure of the crystal. Both properties strongly depend on raw material quality and growth conditions. Production of pure CaF2 single crystals and their characterization are described. The authorś process enables to produce crystals up to diameters of 425mm with an internal transmittance of higher than 99.7% at 193nm (thickness 100mm) and a homogeneity of refractive index below 1ppm for diameters >200mm. A new approach is the growth of Yb3+ doped CaF2 crystals in such furnaces dedicated to large volumes. The advantage of higher volume is a better homogeneity of the dopant concentration and the diffractive index in the crystal. Critical mechanical properties especially of the doped fluoride have to be taken into account. The growth process has to be adopted carefully to avoid stress, cracks and other crystal defects. Data of refractive index homogeneity and stress birefringence are presented. A comparison of doped and undoped crystals is made and an outlook for further improvement is given. The segregation coefficient of the dopant which is important to be near to one is reported. The ratio Yb3+ /Yb2+ is characterized spectroscopically. Differences between top and bottom of the crystal are shown. Results of the real structure evaluation are presented. The most critical feature for high energy applications which are strength and concentration of small angle grain boundaries are compared with that of undoped crystals.

  10. Improved Upconversion Luminescence in Water-Soluble Yb3+/Er3+ Codoped LaF3 Nanoparticles Through Ca2+ Doping.

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    Liu, Shihu; Zhang, Peng; Li, Daguang; Lan, Min; Wang, Zhe; Qin, Weiping; Zha, Dan; Wang, Lili

    2016-04-01

    Monodisperse water-soluble LaF3: Yb3+/Er3+ nanocrystals (NCs) have been successfully fabricated via a fast, facile, and environmentally-friendly polyol process with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as an amphiphilic surfactant. The obtained NCs with a small size of 18 nm can be well dispersed in hydrophilic solutions. Meanwhile, their upconversion (UC) luminescence intensity was increased through Ca2+ doping due to the decrease of symmetry around rare earth ions. PMID:27451730

  11. Dislocations in YbF3 doped BaF2 crystals

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    Cirlan, Florina; Buse, Gabriel; Nicoara, Irina

    2014-11-01

    Three concentrations of YbF3 -doped BaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum (˜10-1 Pa) using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. In order to study the etch pits morphology and the dislocations density the etching method have been used. This method consists in immersing the cleaved sample in 2N HCl at 60°C for 2 minutes. Small etch pits are developed at the emergence points of the dislocations. The etch pits have triangular or hexagonal shapes, depending on the dopant concentration. The dislocations density depends on the dopant concentration.

  12. Raman Scattering Study of PbSe Grown on (111) BaF2 Substrate

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    Yang, Ai-Ling; Wu, Hui-Zhen; Li, Zhi-Feng; Qiu, Dong-Jiang; Chang, Yong; Li, Jian-Feng; P, McCann J.; X, Fang M.

    2000-08-01

    PbSe films were grown on (111)-oriented BaF2 substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. High resolution x-ray diffraction characterization showed good crystalline quality of PbSe films. Both longitudinal optical phonon at 135 cm-1 and transverse optical phonon at 47.6 cm-1 were observed by Raman scattering measurements. The Raman tensor calculation demonstrates that both transverse-optical and longitudinal-optical (LO) phonons in PbSe crystal are Raman active on (111)-oriented surface. Furthermore, 2LO phonon at about 270 cm-1 and polaron at about 800 cm-1 in PbSe, were also observed. The observed Raman frequencies are in good agreement with theoretical calculations using point ion model.

  13. F 3 - molecular ions in fluoride crystals

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    Radzhabov, E. A.

    2016-02-01

    The UV absorption spectra of F 3 - molecular ions in LaF3, SrF2, CaF2, and BaF2 crystals doped with rare-earth elements are studied. Comparison of radiation-colored and additively colored crystals reveals the absorption bands of F 3 - hole centers in the region near 6 eV. Nonempirical calculations of optical transitions agree well with experimental results.

  14. Sensitized luminescence from water-soluble LaF3:Eu nanocrystals via partially-capped 1,10-phenanthroline: time-gated emission and multiple lifetimes.

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    Irfanullah, Mir; Bhardwaj, Navneet; Chowdhury, Arindam

    2016-08-01

    Water dispersible citrate-capped LaF3:Eu(5%) nanocrystals (NCs) have been partially surface-functionalized by 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) via a ligand exchange method to produce novel water dispersed citrate/phen-capped LaF3:Eu(5%) NCs in which citrate ligands preserve the water dispersibility of the NCs and phen ligands act as sensitizers of surface Eu(3+)-dopant sites. The partial ligand exchange and the formation of water dispersed NCs have been monitored by (1)H NMR spectroscopy, as well as luminescence measurements at different time intervals during the reaction. These NCs display a distinct phen-sensitized Eu(3+)-emission profile with enhanced intensity in water as compared to the emission profile and intensity obtained upon direct excitation. Time-resolved (or time-gated) emission spectroscopy (TRES) has been used to probe PL dynamics of Eu(3+)-sites of LaF3:Eu(5%) NCs by taking advantage of selectively sensitizing surface Eu(3+)-dopant sites by phen ligands as well as by exciting all the Eu(3+)-sites in the NCs upon direct excitation. TRES upon direct excitation of the citrate-capped LaF3:Eu(5%) NCs reveals that Eu(3+)-dopants occupy at least three different sites, each with a different emission profile and lifetime, and emission from purely interior Eu(3+)-sites has been resolved due to their long lifetime as compared to the lifetime of purely surface and near surface Eu(3+)-sites. In contrast, the phen-sensitized emission from citrate/phen-capped LaF3:Eu(5%) NCs displays similar emission profiles and lifetimes in TRES measurements, which reveal that phen truly sensitizes purely surface dopant sites of the NCs in water, all of which have nearly the same local environment. The phen-sensitized Eu(3+)-emission of the NCs in water remains stable even upon addition of various buffer solutions at physiological pH, as well as upon addition of water-miscible organic solvents. Furthermore, the two-photon excitation (λex. = 720 nm) of these water-soluble phen-capped NCs produces bright red Eu(3+) emission, which reveals that these NCs are promising for potential applications in biological imaging. PMID:27435878

  15. Low temperature epitaxy of Ge-Sb-Te films on BaF2 (111) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Thelander, E.; Gerlach, J. W.; Ross, U.; Lotnyk, A.; Rauschenbach, B.

    2014-12-01

    Pulsed laser deposition was employed to deposit epitaxial Ge2Sb2Te5-layers on the (111) plane of BaF2 single crystal substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements show a process temperature window for epitaxial growth between 85 °C and 295 °C. No crystalline growth is observed for lower temperatures, whereas higher temperatures lead to strong desorption of the film constituents. The films are of hexagonal structure with lattice parameters consistent with existing models. X-ray pole figure measurements reveal that the films grow with one single out-of-plane crystal orientation, but rotational twin domains are present. The out-of-plane epitaxial relationship is determined to be Ge2Sb2Te5(0001) || BaF2(111), whereas the in-plane relationship is characterized by two directions, i.e., Ge2Sb2Te5 [-12-10] || BaF2[1-10] and Ge2Sb2Te5[1-210] || BaF2[1-10]. Aberration-corrected high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy was used to resolve the local atomic structure and confirm the hexagonal structure of the films.

  16. Influence of surface coating on structural, morphological and optical properties of upconversion-luminescent LaF3:Yb/Er nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Yadav, Ranvijay; Rai, S. B.

    2016-07-01

    LaF3:Yb/Er (core), LaF3:Yb/Er@LaF3 (core/shell) and LaF3:Yb/Er@LaF3@SiO2 (core/shell/SiO2) nanoparticles were synthesized using citric-acid-based complexation process. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, optical absorption, band-gap energy ( E g), Fourier transform infrared and upconversion emission spectroscopy were employed to investigate the structural, morphological and optical properties of the synthesized core and core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles. These core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles can be well dispersed in aqueous solvents to form clear colloidal solution. The optical band-gap energy was decreased after shell formation due to increase in the crystalline size. The growth of an inactive and porous silica layers simultaneously on the surface of luminescent core-nanoparticles resulting an increase in average crystalline size of the nanoparticles. As-prepared inert shell-coated core/shell nanoparticles show intensive upconversion-luminescence as compared to the seed-core and silica-surface-modified core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles because luminescent ions (Yb3+ and Er3+) ions located at the particle surface were protected from the non-radiative decay arising from surface dangling bonds and capping agent. However, our study revealed that there was only a slight reduction in upconversion efficiency for the silica-modified core/shell nanoparticles, indicating that upconversion properties of the upconversion nanoparticles are largely preserved in the core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles. Absorption and upconversion-luminescence properties were examined for future application in the development of optical devices as well as optical bioprobes.

  17. Investigation of rare nuclear decays with BaF2 crystal scintillator contaminated by radium

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    Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; Cappella, F.; Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R.; Danevich, F. A.; Di Marco, A.; Incicchitti, A.; Poda, D. V.; Polischuk, O. G.; Tretyak, V. I.

    2014-09-01

    The radioactive contamination of a BaF2 scintillation crystal with mass of 1.714 kg was measured over 101 hours in the low-background DAMA/R&D set-up deep underground (3600 m w.e.) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN (LNGS, Italy). The half-life of 212Po (present in the crystal scintillator due to contamination by radium) was measured as = 298.8±0.8( stat.)±1.4( syst.) ns by the analysis of the events' pulse profiles. The 222Rn nuclide is known as 100% decaying via the emission of the particle with T 1/2 = 3.82 d; however, its decay is also energetically allowed with keV. Search for decay chains of events with specific pulse shapes characteristic for or for signals and with known energies and time differences allowed us to set, for the first time, the limit on the branching ratio of 222Rn relatively to decay as % at 90% C.L. (equivalent to limit on partial half-life y). The half-life limits of 212Pb, 222Rn and 226Ra relatively to 2 decays are also improved in comparison with the earlier results.

  18. Neutron response of the LAMBDA spectrometer and neutron interaction length in BaF2

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    Dey, Balaram; Mondal, Debasish; Pandit, Deepak; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Pal, Surajit; Banerjee, K.; Bhattacharya, Srijit; De, A.; Banerjee, S. R.

    2013-11-01

    We report on the neutron response of the LAMBDA spectrometer developed earlier for high-energy γ-ray measurement. The energy dependent neutron detection efficiency of the spectrometer has been measured using the time-of-flight (TOF) technique and compared with that of an organic liquid scintillator based neutron detector (BC501A). The extracted efficiencies have also been compared with those obtained from Monte Carlo GEANT4 simulation. We have also measured the average interaction length of neutrons in the BaF2 crystal in a separate experiment, in order to determine the TOF energy resolution. Finally, the LAMBDA spectrometer has been tested in an in-beam-experiment by measuring neutron energy spectra in the 4He+93Nb reaction to extract nuclear level density parameters. Nuclear level density parameters obtained by the LAMBDA spectrometer were found to be consistent with those obtained by the BC501A neutron detector, indicating that the spectrometer can be efficiently used as a neutron detector to measure the nuclear level density parameter.

  19. Preparation and Properties of Ce3+:BaF2 Transparent Ceramics by Vacuum Sintering.

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    Luo, Junming; Ye, Lifang; Xu, Jilin

    2016-04-01

    Ce0.001Ba0.999F2.001 powders were prepared by a chemical coprecipitation method using Ba(N03)2, KF.2H2O and Ce(NO3)3 6H20 as raw materials. Ce0.001Ba0.999F2.001 transparent ceramics were prepared by vacuum sintering. The results show that the Ce0.001Ba0.999F2.001 powders were blocky, and both powdered and sintered transparent ceramics were composed of BaF2 phases without the secondary phase. The maximum light transmittance of the Ce0.001Ba0.999F2.001 transparent ceramics reached 55%. The fracture morphology shows a cleavage fracture with a few micropores. The fluorescence spectra show that the Ce0.1Ba0.999F2.001 powders displayed emissions at 410 nm, 480 nm and 620 nm under 275 nm excitation. The Ce0.1Ba0.9F2.1 transparent ceramics displayed0emissions at 450 nm and 620 nm under 294 nm excitation. PMID:27451752

  20. EXAFS measurements on Mn doped CaF2 phosphor with different Mn concentrations

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    Patra, N.; Bakshi, A. K.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2016-05-01

    Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) measurements have been carried out on Mn doped CaF2 phosphors with synchrotron radiation at the Mn K edge. Measurements have been carried out on samples prepared with different concentrations of Mn dopants. The data have been analyzed to find out the Mn-F bond lengths and % of Mn doped CaF2 phase in the samples. The change in thermoluminescence glow peak temperature in CaF2:Mn phosphor with variation in Mn concentration has been correlated to the parameters obtained from EXAFS measurements.

  1. Surface modification of CaF 2 in atomic layer scale by electron beam exposure

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    Hwang, S. M.; Izumi, A.; Tsutsui, K.; Furukawa, S.

    1994-12-01

    Surface modification of CaF 2/Si(111) was studied for the purpose of 1 ML adsorption of group-V atoms on a fluoride surface which is applicable to heteroepitaxy of III—V compound semiconductors on CaF 2. By using Rutherford backscattering (RBS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that 1 ML of As and P were successfully adsorbed on a CaF 2 surface, and that a 1 ML self-limiting adsorption of As for the electron beam exposure was realized. Also, we propose a model for the adsorption conditions depending on the substrate temperature during surface modification.

  2. A new one-pot strategy to LaF3:Ce,Tb@SiO2 core-shell nanostructures

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    Liu, Lina; Sun, Ruirui; Zhang, Yongsheng; Qin, Ruifei; Zhang, Dongmei; Tang, Chunjuan; Chen, Linfeng; Liu, Lishuang

    2015-10-01

    LaF3:Ce,Tb@SiO2 core-shell nanostructures were synthesized using a new one-pot reverse microemulsion strategy. One-pot method facilitates the synthetic process of this kind of core-shell nanostructures. The crystalline phase, size, morphology, pore structure and luminescence properties were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen physisorption isotherm, photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra. The results revealed that the core-shell nanostructures have an average diameter of about 27 nm and cores of about 3 nm, and that these nanostructures contain micropores with an average pore diameter of 0.43 nm. The characteristic emissions of Tb3+ were observed under the excitation of Ce3+ 4f-5d transition due to the energy transfer from Ce3+ to Tb3+. LaF3:Ce,Tb@SiO2 nanostructures can disperse well in water and the colloid can emit bright green light under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation.

  3. Multiple-order resonant Raman scattering of the localized molecular rose center in BaF 2

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    Deyhimi, Farzad; Bill, Hans

    1983-11-01

    The rose center in BaF 2 is investigated by resonant Raman scattering. The spectra obtained at liquid-helium temperature show multiple order and combination bands of the internal local modes (up to the sixth order), and associated side bands of the lattice. The temperature dependence of the linewidth of the local-mode transitions has been investigated and is explained as being due to anharmonic coupling to the lattice.

  4. Time- and energy-resolution measurements of BaF2, BC-418, LYSO and CeBr3 scintillators

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    Ackermann, Ulrich; Egger, Werner; Sperr, Peter; Dollinger, Günther

    2015-06-01

    We have investigated the time and energy resolution (TTiming, ∆E/E) of four different scintillator materials BaF2, BC-418, LYSO and CeBr3 at a gamma energy of 511 keV in views of their possible usage for time, energy and position resolution for positron annihilation experiments. The shape of each scintillator was a cylinder with a diameter of 25 mm and a height of 10 mm readout by a Photonis XP2020/URQ photomultiplier tube. The best single time resolution was determined for each photomultiplier-scintillator setup in a three step optimization process. The optimized single time resolutions (FWHM) for BaF2, BC-418, LYSO and CeBr3 were 119 ps, 117 ps, 269 ps and 127 ps, respectively. We measured the energy resolution of the photomultiplier-scintillator setups which show a photopeak in the energy spectrum. The energy resolutions ∆E/E of BaF2, LYSO and CeBr3 were 9.8%, 9.7% and 5.4%, respectively. The overall most promising material for measuring simultaneously time, energy and position resolution for positron annihilation experiments seems to be CeBr3 due to its very good time and energy resolution characteristics.

  5. A neutron scintillator based on transparent nanocrystalline CaF2:Eu glass ceramic

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    Struebing, Christian; Chong, JooYun; Lee, Gyuhyon; Zavala, Martin; Erickson, Anna; Ding, Yong; Wang, Cai-Lin; Diawara, Yacouba; Engels, Ralf; Wagner, Brent; Kang, Zhitao

    2016-04-01

    There are no efficient Eu2+ doped glass neutron scintillators reported due to low doping concentrations of Eu2+ and the amorphous nature of the glass matrix. In this work, an efficient CaF2:Eu glass ceramic neutron scintillator was prepared by forming CaF2:Eu nanocrystals in a 6Li-containing glass matrix. Through appropriate thermal treatments, the scintillation light yield of the transparent glass ceramic was increased by a factor of at least 46 compared to the as-cast amorphous glass. This improvement was attributed to more efficient energy transfer from the CaF2 crystals to the Eu2+ emitting centers. Further light yield improvement is expected if the refractive index of the glass matrix can be matched to the CaF2 crystal.

  6. Influence of BaF2 and activator concentration on broadband near-infrared luminescence of Pr3+ ions in gallo-germanate glasses.

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Kowal, Martyna; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Zmojda, Jacek; Dorosz, Jan; Dorosz, Dominik; Pisarski, Wojciech A

    2016-02-01

    Thermal stability and broadband NIR luminescence of Pr(3+) doped gallo-germanate glasses with BaF2 have been studied. The thermal factors are larger for glass samples with low BaF2 content exhibiting good thermal stability against devitrification. Luminescence due to (1)D2 → (1)G4 transition of Pr(3+) was measured under 450 nm excitation. The (1)D2 measured lifetimes depend critically on activator concentration, but remain nearly unchanged with BaF2 content. The emission linewidth, the emission cross-section, the figure of merit (FOM) and the σem x FWHM product are relatively large, suggesting that Pr(3+)-doped gallo-germanate glasses with presence of BaF2 are promising as gain media for broadband near-infrared amplifiers. PMID:26906818

  7. Influence of CaF2 on the Viscosity and Structure of Manganese Ferroalloys Smelting Slags

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    Park, Joo Hyun; Ko, Kyu Yeol; Kim, Tae Sung

    2015-04-01

    Addition of CaF2 to the CaO-SiO2-MnO (CaO/SiO2 = 0.5) system, which corresponds qualitatively to a silicomanganese ferroalloy smelting slag, affected not only the critical (crystallization) temperature ( T CR) but also the viscosity at high temperatures, and its influence on slag properties was strongly dependent on the content of MnO in the slag. The viscosity of CaF2-free 10 mass pct MnO slag was relatively high, i.e., about 10 dPa s at 1773 K (1500 °C), but decreased continuously upon addition of CaF2 to the system. In contrast, the viscosity of the 40 pct MnO system was very low, i.e., 1 dPa s at 1773 K (1500 °C), and CaF2 did not have a large effect. This indicates that Mn2+ is a strong network modifier in manganese ferroalloy smelting slags. Nevertheless, CaF2 addition was very effective at decreasing the viscosity of low MnO slags at low temperatures. The activation energy for the viscous flow of silicate melts decreased linearly in response to CaF2 addition, but this tendency was less pronounced in the more basic composition of the slag. The effect of CaF2 on the viscosity and activation energy for viscous flow of melts was analyzed quantitatively using micro-Raman spectra of quenched glass samples and the silicate polymerization index, i.e., Q3/Q2 ratio. The polymerization index decreased continuously with increasing CaF2 content in less basic (10 pct MnO or C/S = 0.5) slags, whereas it was not affected by CaF2 content in highly basic (40 pct MnO and C/S = 1.0) slags. Bulk thermophysical properties of the CaO-SiO2-MnO-CaF2 slags were quantitatively correlated with the structural information of the slags.

  8. Analysis of laser durability of CaF2 for optical lithography

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    Grabosch, Guenter; Parthier, Lutz; Natura, Ute; Poehl, Karin; Letz, Martin; Muehlig, Christian; Knapp, Konrad

    2005-02-01

    Photolithography is a key technolgoy for the production of semiconductor devices. It supports the continuing trend towards higher integration density of microelectronic devices. The material used in the optics of lithography tools has to be of extremely high quality to ensure the high demand of the imaging. Due to its properties CaF2 is a material of choice for the application in lithography systems. Because of the compexity of the lithography tools single lenses or lens system modules cannot be replaced. Therefore the lens material has to last the full lifetime of the tool without major degradation. According to the roadmap for next generation of optical lithography tools, like immersion lithography, the requirements of CaF2 for radiation hardness are increasing considerably. We will present a detailed analysis of the key factors influencing the laser hardness covering the complete production chain. Some aspects of the evaluation methods for testing CaF2 laser durability will be presented.

  9. Synchrotron spectroscopy of confined carriers in CdF2-CaF2 superlattices

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    Ivanovskikh, K. V.; Hughes-Currie, R. B.; Reid, M. F.; Wells, J.-P. R.; Sokolov, N. S.; Reeves, R. J.

    2016-03-01

    Luminescence spectroscopic and temporal dynamic properties of high energy elementary excitations in CdF2-CaF2 superlattices have been studied utilising excitation with vacuum ultraviolet and X-ray synchrotron radiation while comparing the results with those obtained for CdF2 and CaF2 bulk crystals. It is shown that the optical properties of the superlattice structures are determined by exciton emission in the CdF2 monolayers. The experimental manifestations of exciton confinement phenomena are discussed.

  10. Relaxation and interaction of electronic excitations induced by intense ultra short light pulses in BaF2 scintillator

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    Kirm, M.; Nagirnyi, V.; Vielhauer, S.; Feldbach, E.

    2011-06-01

    Excitation density effects have a pronounced influence on relaxation processes in solids. They come into play in scintillating and dosimetric materials exposed to ionizing radiation or in laser materials operating in intense ultraviolet light fields. The scientific understanding of the underlying process is poor, mainly because most of the studies of light emitting materials under short wavelength excitation have been performed at weak and moderate excitation intensities due to limited availability of powerful light sources. Disembodied data on excitation density effects have been reported for wide-gap dielectrics studied by luminescence spectroscopy, by using such excitation sources as powerful ion beams,1,2pulsed electron beams,2,3 and wide-band hard X-ray synchrotron radiation.4 It is obvious that such non-selective excitation is a good tool for revealing density-related phenomena in these materials in general, but for investigating specific features of relaxation processes in insulators, light sources with well defined parameters are necessary. Since the shortwavelength free electron laser (FEL) technology has been devised by an international consortium at HASYLAB of DESY, resulting in the development of TESLA Test facility (TTF)5 and later in the construction of a dedicated FEL source FLASH in Hamburg,6 more advanced studies became possible. The range of interests towards this light source covers the fields from material science and various other branches of physics to structural biology. The pioneering luminescence study revealed excitation density effects in the decay of Ce3+ 5d-4f luminescence in Y3Al5O12 crystals and luminescence of BaF2 crystals in UV-visible range.7 These results motivated systematic investigations of excitation density effects in wide gap crystals using FEL8,9 and high-harmonic-generated VUV radiation,10 and, at lower energies, femtosecond laser pulses in the UV.11,12 The main goal of the present work is to analyze the same phenomenon in wide-band gap BaF2 crystals, where luminescence centres of different origin (self-trapped excitons and cross-luminescence) are present. Using models developed for explaining the non-linear behaviour of luminescence and exciton-exciton interaction effects causing scintillator non-proportionalities,10,13 simulations of luminescence decay curves are performed. Possible quenching effects in the cross-luminescence decay of BaF2 under XUV excitation have been analyzed by Terekhin et al.14

  11. Ultra-precision process of CaF2 single crystal

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    Yin, Guoju; Li, Shengyi; Xie, Xuhui; Zhou, Lin

    2014-08-01

    This paper proposes a new chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process method for CaF2 single crystal to get ultraprecision surface. The CMP processes are improving polishing pad and using alkaline SiO2 polishing slurry with PH=8, PH=11 two phases to polish, respectively, and the roughness can be 0.181nm Rq (10μm×10μm). The CMP process can't get high surface figure, so we use ion beam figuring (IBF) technology to obtain high surface figure. However, IBF is difficult to improve the CaF2 surface roughness. We optimize IBF process to improve surface figure and keep good surface roughness too. Different IBF incident ion energy from 400ev to 800ev does not affect on the surface roughness obviously but the depth of material removal is reverse. CaF2 single crystal can get high precision surface figure (RMS=2.251nm) and still keep ultra-smooth surface (Rq=0.207nm) by IBF when removal depth is less than 200nm. The researches above provide important information for CaF2 single crystal to realize ultra-precision manufacture.

  12. Thermoluminescent dosimetric properties of CaF2:Tm produced by combustion synthesis

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    de Vasconcelos, D. A. A.; Barros, V. S. M.; Khoury, H. J.; Asfora, V. K.; Oliveira, R. A. P.

    2016-04-01

    Calcium Fluoride is one of the oldest known thermoluminescent materials and is considered to be one of the most sensitive. This work presents the dosimetric properties results of CaF2:Tm produced by combustion synthesis. The X-ray diffraction confirmed that CaF2 was successfully produced. TL emission spectra, obtained using a Hammamatsu optical spectrometer, have the same lines of commercial CaF2:Tm, although transitions 3P0→3F4 (455 nm) and 1G4→3H6 (482 nm) are shown to be proportionally more intense. The deconvolution technique was employed and seven glow peaks were found similar to the commercial CaF2:Tm. A linear dose response curve was obtained for the range 0.1 mGy to 100 Gy, with the onset of a supralinear behavior at 50 Gy up to 100 Gy. The minimum measurable dose for gamma was around 100 μGy for a 6.0 mm diameter by 1.0 mm in thickness pellet. No significant fading was observed in 60 days of storage, within experimental uncertainties, showing that the main dosimetric peak is stable.

  13. Vacuum ultraviolet Mach-Zehnder interferometer with CaF2 optics

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    Smith, P. L.; Lombardi, G. G.; Cardon, B. L.; Parkinson, W. H.

    1981-01-01

    CaF2 beam splitters and compensation and test cell windows have been installed in a VUV Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Results of an evaluation of their performance in the VUV, namely, a measurement of the oscillator strength (f value) of the resonance transition at atomic xenon at 146.9610 nm are reported.

  14. Progress in the development of a PET scanner based on BaF2 scintillator and photosensitive wire chambers.

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    Tavernier, S; Bruyndonckx, P; Guerard, B; Zhang, S

    1991-01-01

    The work presented is part of a design study for a Positron Emission Tomograph (PET) scanner based on the use of BaF2 scintillator and photosensitive wire chambers. The detection efficiency for gamma radiation of 511 keV is found close to 100% for a sufficiently large crystal. For a matrix of small and elongated crystals as one would use in a PET scanner (5 x 5 x 50 mm3) we obtained 6 photoelectrons per 511 keV deposited. The following variants and alternatives were also studied: operation of the wire chamber at atmospheric pressure; double readout where the crystals are read on one side with a photomultiplier to give time and energy resolution, and on the other side with a wire chamber to localise the event; and Csl photocathodes. Encouraging results have been obtained for each of these, but particularly the Csl photocathodes look very promising. PMID:1839856

  15. Investigation on nanoscale processes on the BaF2(111) surface in various solutions by frequency modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Kobayashi, Naritaka; Kawamura, Ryuzo; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y.; Nakabayashi, Seiichiro

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we have directly observed nanoscale processes that occur on BaF2(111) surfaces in various solutions using liquid-environment frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) with a true atomic resolution. In addition, to investigate atomic-scale mechanisms of crystal growth process of BaF2, we determined a suitable solution for atomic-resolution FM-AFM imaging of the BaF2(111) surface. For undersaturated solutions, the surface is roughened by barium hydroxo complexes in the case of high pH, whereas by dissolution and proton or water molecule adsorption throughout the surface in the case of low pH. On the other hand, for supersaturated solutions, the surface shows two-dimensional nucleation and growth (σ = 0.1) and three-dimensional crystal growth with tetrahedral structures (σ = 1), where σ is the degree of supersaturation. The atomic-resolution imaging of the BaF2(111) surface has been demonstrated in potassium fluoride (KF) and the supersaturated (σ = 0.1 and 1) solutions, wherein atomically flat terraces are shown at least for about 30 min.

  16. Spectroscopic properties of Pr3+ and Er3+ ions in lead-free borate glasses modified by BaF2

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Pisarski, Wojciech A.; Dorosz, Dominik; Dorosz, Jan

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free oxyfluoride borate glasses singly doped with Pr3+ and Er3+ were prepared and next investigated using absorption and luminescence spectroscopy. In the studied glass system, barium oxide was substituted by BaF2. Two luminescence bands of Pr3+ located at visible spectral region are observed, which correspond to 3P0-3H4 (blue) and 1D2-3H4 (reddish orange) transitions, respectively. The luminescence bands due to 1D2-3H4 transition of Pr3+ are shifted to shorter wavelengths, when BaO was substituted by BaF2. Near-infrared luminescence spectra of Er3+ ions in lead-free borate glasses modified by BaF2 correspond to 4I13/2-4I15/2 transition. Their spectral linewidths increase with increasing BaF2 concentration. The changes in measured lifetimes of rare earth ions are well correlated with the bonding parameters calculated from the optical absorption spectra.

  17. Effect of NiCr Clad BaF2·CaF2 Addition on Wear Performance of Plasma Sprayed Chromium Carbide-Nichrome Coating

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    Du, Lingzhong; Huang, Chuanbing; Zhang, Weigang; Zhang, Jingmin; Liu, Wei

    2010-03-01

    NiCr clad BaF2·CaF2 fluoride eutectic powders were added into chromium carbide-nichrome feedstock to improve the tribological properties of NiCr-Cr3C2 coating, and the structures, mechanical, and ball-on-disk sliding wear performance of the coating were characterized. The results show that NiCr cladding can effectively decrease the density and thermophysical difference between the feedstock components, while alleviate the decarburization and oxidization of the constituent phases, and form the coating with a uniform and dense microstructure. However, the addition of BaF2·CaF2 has a negative effect on mechanical properties of the coating. When the temperature reaches 500 °C, the BaF2·CaF2 eutectic is soften by the heat and smeared by the counterpart, thus the low shear stress lubricating film forms between the contact surface, that improves the tribological properties dramatically. At this temperature, the dominant wear mechanisms also change from splats spallation and abrasive wear at room temperature to plastic deformation and plawing by the counterpart. Within the temperature range from 600 to 800 °C, the friction coefficient, the wear rates of NiCr/Cr3C2-10% BaF2·CaF2 coating and its coupled Si3N4 ball are 20%, 40%, and 75% lower than those of the NiCr/Cr3C2 coating, respectively. The NiCr/Cr3C2-BaF2·CaF2 coating shows superior wear performance to the NiCr/Cr3C2 coating without lubricant additive.

  18. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of Pb2+:CaF2 crystals

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    Nicoara, I.; Paraschiva, M.; Stef, M.; Stef, F.

    2012-08-01

    CaF2 crystals doped with various concentrations of PbF2 (0.4, 0.5, 1 and 2 mol%) were grown in vacuum, in a shaped graphite furnace using the vertical Bridgman method. The optical absorption spectra reveal the four characteristic UV absorption bands (labeled A, B, C and D) of the Pb2+ ions. As the PbF2 concentration increases, the structure of the bands become clearly visible, that is characteristic for the ns 2 ions in various hosts. High intensity emission bands in the near UV spectral region have been observed. The dependence on the Pb2+ concentration of the optical absorption and emission of the Pb2+:CaF2 crystals were not reported before.

  19. Diode-pumped femtosecond mode-locked Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 laser

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    Zhu, Jiangfeng; Zhang, Lijuan; Gao, Ziye; Wang, Junli; Wang, Zhaohua; Su, Liangbi; Zheng, Lihe; Wang, Jingya; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2015-03-01

    A passively mode-locked femtosecond laser based on an Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 disordered crystal was demonstrated. The Y3+-codoping in Nd : CaF2 markedly suppressed the quenching effect and improved the fluorescence quantum efficiency and emission spectra. With a fiber-coupled laser diode as the pump source, the continuous wave tuning range covering from 1042 to 1076 nm was realized, while the mode-locked operation generated 264 fs pulses with an average output power of 180 mW at a repetition rate of 85 MHz. The experimental results show that the Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 disordered crystal has potential in a new generation diode-pumped high repetition rate chirped pulse amplifier.

  20. Studies of the facetting of the polished (100) face of CaF 2

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    Deuster, V.; Schick, M.; Kayser, Th.; Dabringhaus, H.; Klapper, H.; Wandelt, K.

    2003-04-01

    The present paper deals with studies of the facetting of the polished (1 0 0) surface of CaF 2 during annealing and growth in UHV using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). First morphological modifications of the polished surfaces become visible at temperatures of T=874 K. Surfaces annealed at T=974 K exhibit a micro-roughening with pyramidal protrusions and corresponding depressions. LEED studies indicate the evolution of {1 1 1} facets. Reflexes from the (1 0 0) surface are not seen. After growth of about 660 monolayers of CaF 2 at T=1093 K and a saturation ratio S=33 from the vapor phase, larger pyramid-like or hip roof-like crystallites are developed. The results of AFM height profiles as well as of the LEED investigations indicate again the formation of {1 1 1} facets as proved by their angles of 54.7 o with the base (1 0 0) surface. This shows that the crystallites are homoepitaxially grown on the underlying CaF 2 substrate.

  1. Studies of the Facetting of the Polished (100) Face of CaF2

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    Dabringhaus, H.; Schick, M.; Wandelt, K.; Deuster, V.; Kayser, Th.; Klapper, H.

    2003-12-01

    The present paper deals with studies of the facetting of the polished (100) surface of CaF2 during annealing and growth in UHV using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). First morphological modifications of the polished surfaces become visible at temperatures of T = 874 K. Surfaces annealed at T = 974 K exhibit a micro-roughening with pyramidal protrusions and corresponding depressions. LEED studies indicate the evolution of {111} facets. Reflexes from the (100) surface are not seen. After growth of about 660 monolayers of CaF2 at T = 1093 K and a saturation ratio S = 33 from the vapor phase, larger pyramid-like or hip roof-like crystallites are developed. The results of AFM height profiles as well as of the LEED investigations indicate again the formation of {111} facets as proved by their angles of 54.7° with the base (100) surface. This shows that the crystallites are homoepitaxially grown on the underlying CaF2 substrate.

  2. Cryogenic Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index Measurements of CaF2 and Infrasil 301

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    Frey, Bradley J.; Leviton, Douglas B.; Madison, TImothy J.

    2007-01-01

    In order to enable high quality lens design using calcium fluoride (CaF2) and Heraeus Infrasil 30 (Infrasil) at cryogenic temperatures, we have measured the absolute refractive index of prisms of these two materials using the Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, as a function of both wavelength and temperature. For CaF2, we report absolute refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) at temperatures ranging from 25 to 300 K at wavelengths from 0.4 to 5.6 micrometers; for Infrasil we cover temperatures ranging from 35 to 300K and wavelengths from 0.4 to 3.6 micrometers. We investigate the interspecimen variability between measurements of two unrelated samples of CaF2, and we also compare our results for Infrasil to previous measurements fo Corning 7980 fused silica. Finally, we provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures and compare those results to other data found in the literature.

  3. Fractal and multifractal characteristics of swift heavy ion induced self-affine nanostructured BaF2 thin film surfaces.

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    Yadav, R P; Kumar, Manvendra; Mittal, A K; Pandey, A C

    2015-08-01

    Fractal and multifractal characteristics of self-affine surfaces of BaF2 thin films, deposited on crystalline Si ⟨1 1 1⟩ substrate at room temperature, were studied. Self-affine surfaces were prepared by irradiation of 120 MeV Ag(9+) ions which modified the surface morphology at nanometer scale. The surface morphology of virgin thin film and those irradiated with different ion fluences are characterized by atomic force microscopy technique. The surface roughness (interface width) shows monotonic decrease with ion fluences, while the other parameters, such as lateral correlation length, roughness exponent, and fractal dimension, did not show either monotonic decrease or increase in nature. The self-affine nature of the films is further confirmed by autocorrelation function. The power spectral density of thin films surfaces exhibits inverse power law variation with spatial frequency, suggesting the existence of fractal component in surface morphology. The multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis based on the partition function approach is also performed on virgin and irradiated thin films. It is found that the partition function exhibits the power law behavior with the segment size. Moreover, it is also seen that the scaling exponents vary nonlinearly with the moment, thereby exhibiting the multifractal nature. PMID:26328566

  4. LAMBDA: Large Area Modular BaF2 Detector Array for the measurement of high energy γ rays

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    Mukhopadhyay, S.; Bhattacharya, Srijit; Pandit, Deepak; Ray, A.; Pal, Surajit; Banerjee, K.; Kundu, S.; Rana, T. K.; Bhattacharya, S.; Bhattacharya, C.; De, A.; Banerjee, S. R.

    2007-11-01

    A large BaF 2 detector array along with its dedicated CAMAC electronics and VME based data acquisition system has been designed, constructed and installed successfully at VECC, Kolkata for studying high energy γ rays ( >8 MeV). The array consists of 162 detector elements. The detectors were fabricated from bare barium fluoride crystals (each measuring 35 cm in length and having cross-sectional area of 3.5×3.5 cm2). The basic properties of the detectors (energy resolution, time resolution, efficiency, uniformity, fast to slow ratio, etc.) were studied exhaustively. Complete GEANT3 Monte Carlo simulations were performed to optimize the detector design and also to generate the response function. The detector system has been used successfully to measure high energy photons from 113Sb, formed by bombarding 145 and 160 MeV 20Ne beams on a 93Nb target. The measured experimental spectra are in good agreement with those from a modified version of the statistical model code CASCADE. In this paper, we present the complete description of this detector array along with its in-beam performance.

  5. Optical characterization of Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses in absence and presence of BaF2

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    Han, Kexuan; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Shunbin; Guo, Yanyan; Zhou, Dechun; Yu, Fengxia

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, Two new Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses (one presence of BaF2) doped with 1mol% Tm2O3 were prepared by melt-quenching technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), the absorption, Raman, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured. The Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters, emission cross section, absorption cross section, and gain coefficient of Tm3+ ions were comparatively investigated. After the BaF2 introduced, the glass showed a better thermal stability, lower phonon energy and weaker OH‑ absorption coefficient, meanwhile, a larger ~1.8 μm emission cross section σem (7.56 × 10‑21 cm2) and a longer fluorescence lifetime τmea (2.25 ms) corresponding to the Tm3+: 4F3 → 3H6 transition were obtained, which is due to the addition of fluoride in glass could reduce the quenching rate of hydroxyls and raise the cross-relaxation (3H6 + 3H4 → 3F4 + 3F4) rate. Our results suggest that the Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glass with BaF2 might be potential to the application in efficient ~1.8 μm lasers system.

  6. Optical characterization of Tm(3+) doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses in absence and presence of BaF2.

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    Han, Kexuan; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Shunbin; Guo, Yanyan; Zhou, Dechun; Yu, Fengxia

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, Two new Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses (one presence of BaF2) doped with 1mol% Tm2O3 were prepared by melt-quenching technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), the absorption, Raman, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, emission cross section, absorption cross section, and gain coefficient of Tm(3+) ions were comparatively investigated. After the BaF2 introduced, the glass showed a better thermal stability, lower phonon energy and weaker OH(-) absorption coefficient, meanwhile, a larger ~1.8 μm emission cross section σem (7.56 × 10(-21) cm(2)) and a longer fluorescence lifetime τmea (2.25 ms) corresponding to the Tm(3+): (4)F3 → (3)H6 transition were obtained, which is due to the addition of fluoride in glass could reduce the quenching rate of hydroxyls and raise the cross-relaxation ((3)H6 + (3)H4 → (3)F4 + (3)F4) rate. Our results suggest that the Tm(3+) doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glass with BaF2 might be potential to the application in efficient ~1.8 μm lasers system. PMID:27506152

  7. Enhanced 2.0 microm emission and gain coefficient of transparent glass ceramic containing BaF2: Ho3+,Tm3+ nanocrystals.

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    Zhang, W J; Zhang, Q Y; Chen, Q J; Qian, Q; Yang, Z M; Qiu, J R; Huang, P; Wang, Y S

    2009-11-01

    Transparent glass ceramic containing BaF(2):Ho(3+),Tm(3+) nanocrystals has been prepared by melt quenching and subsequent thermal treatment. The precipitation of BaF(2) nanocrystals was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Intense 2.0 microm fluorescence originating from Ho(3+): (5)I(7) --> (5)I(8) transition was achieved upon excitation with 808 nm laser diode. A large ratio of forward Tm(3+) --> Ho(3+) energy transfer constant to that of backward process indicated high efficient energy transfer from Tm(3+)((3)F(4)) to Ho(3+)((5)I(7)), benefited from the reduced ionic distances of Tm(3+)-Tm(3+) and Tm(3+)-Ho(3+) pairs and low phonon energy environment with the incorporation of rare-earth ions into the precipitated BaF(2) nanocrystals. The results indicate that glass ceramic is a promising candidate material for 2.0 microm laser. PMID:19997333

  8. Optical characterization of Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses in absence and presence of BaF2

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    Han, Kexuan; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Shunbin; Guo, Yanyan; Zhou, Dechun; Yu, Fengxia

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, Two new Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses (one presence of BaF2) doped with 1mol% Tm2O3 were prepared by melt-quenching technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), the absorption, Raman, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured. The Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters, emission cross section, absorption cross section, and gain coefficient of Tm3+ ions were comparatively investigated. After the BaF2 introduced, the glass showed a better thermal stability, lower phonon energy and weaker OH− absorption coefficient, meanwhile, a larger ~1.8 μm emission cross section σem (7.56 × 10−21 cm2) and a longer fluorescence lifetime τmea (2.25 ms) corresponding to the Tm3+: 4F3 → 3H6 transition were obtained, which is due to the addition of fluoride in glass could reduce the quenching rate of hydroxyls and raise the cross-relaxation (3H6 + 3H4 → 3F4 + 3F4) rate. Our results suggest that the Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glass with BaF2 might be potential to the application in efficient ~1.8 μm lasers system. PMID:27506152

  9. Femtosecond laser-induced subwavelength ripples on Al, Si, CaF2 and CR-39

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    Bashir, Shazia; Shahid Rafique, M.; Husinsky, Wolfgang

    2012-03-01

    The formation of self-organized subwavelength ripples on Al, Si, CaF2 and CR-39 induced by 25 fs laser pulses at central wavelength of 800 nm has been observed under certain experimental conditions. In case of Al subwavelength gratings with periodicities ranging from 20 to 220 nm are reported. For CaF2 the periodicity goes up to 625 nm. In case of Si, nano-gratings have the periodicity of 10-100 nm. The interspacing of these gratings is 60 nm in case of CR-39. These features which are significantly shorter than incident laser wavelength are observed at the irradiation fluence slightly higher than the ablation threshold regardless of the target material. In addition to these nanoripples, classical or microripples with an average spacing of 1-2 μm have also been registered on irradiated surfaces of Al and Si. These microripples have appeared at fluence higher than that is required for nanoripple-formation. It has been found that the formation of the laser-induced ripples is strongly dependent and quite sensitive to the incident laser fluence and the selection of material.

  10. Fluoride rinse effect on retention of CaF2 formed on enamel/dentine by fluoride application.

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    Falcão, Amanda; Masson, Nadia; Leitão, Tarcísio Jorge; Botelho, Juliana Nunes; Ferreira-Nóbilo, Naiara de Paula; Tabchoury, Cínthia Pereira Machado; Tenuta, Livia Maria Andaló; Cury, Jaime Aparecido

    2016-01-01

    Calcium fluoride-like materials ("CaF2") formed on dental surfaces after professional fluoride application are unstable in the oral environment but can be retained longer with a daily NaF mouthrinse. We tested the effect of twice daily 0.05% NaF rinses on the retention of "CaF2" formed on enamel and dentine after applying acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF). "CaF2" formed on enamel/dentine by APF application significantly decreased after exposure to artificial saliva and the 0.05% NaF rinse was ineffective to avoid this reduction. These findings suggest that the combination of APF and 0.05% NaF is not clinically relevant, either for caries or dental hypersensitivity. PMID:27050937

  11. Estimation Model for Electrical Conductivity of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 Slags

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    Shi, Guan-yong; Zhang, Ting-an; Dou, Zhi-he; Niu, Li-ping

    2016-04-01

    Electrical conductivity is one of the most important properties of molten slags. It has an important influence on process parameter selection of the electroslag remelting process. In the present work, a new model for estimating electrical conductivity of high-temperature slags has been proposed via calculating the conductivity by electrical conductivity of pure substances and interaction parameters between the different components in the slag has been proposed. In this model, the Arrhenius law is used to describe the relationship between electrical conductivity and temperature of slags. This model has been successfully applied to the CaF2-Al2O3, CaF2-CaO, and CaO-Al2O3, as well as CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 systems, and the calculated results are in good agreement with the measured values.

  12. Neutron beam tests of CsI(Na) and CaF2(Eu) crystals for dark matter direct search

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    Guo, C.; Ma, X. H.; Wang, Z. M.; Bao, J.; Dai, C. J.; Guan, M. Y.; Liu, J. C.; Li, Z. H.; Ren, J.; Ruan, X. C.; Yang, C. G.; Yu, Z. Y.; Zhong, W. L.; Huerta, C.

    2016-05-01

    In recent decades, inorganic crystals have been widely used in dark matter direct search experiments. To contribute to the understanding of the capabilities of CsI(Na) and CaF2(Eu) crystals, a mono-energetic neutron beam is utilized to study the properties of nuclear recoils, which are expected to be similar to signals of dark matter direct detection. The quenching factor of nuclear recoils in CsI(Na) and CaF2Eu, as well as an improved discrimination factor between nuclear recoils and γ backgrounds in CsI(Na), are reported.

  13. Laser damage and ablation of differently prepared CaF2(111) surfaces

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    Sils, J.; Reichling, M.; Matthias, E.; Johansen, H.

    1999-12-01

    Ablation thresholds and damage behavior of cleaved and polished CaF2(111) surfaces produced by single shot irradiation with 248 nm/14 ns laser pulses have been investigated using the photoacoustic mirage technique and scanning electron microscopy. The standard polishing yields an ablation threshold of typically 20 J/cm2. When surfaces are polished chemo-mechanically the threshold is raised to 43 J/cm2. Polishing by diamond turning leads to intermediate values around 30 J/cm2. Cleaved surfaces possess no well-defined damage threshold. The damage topography of conventionally polished surfaces shows ablation of flakes across the laser heated area with cracks along the cleavage planes. In the case of chemo-mechanical polishing only a few cracks appear. Diamond turned surfaces show small optical absorption, but cracks and ablation of tiles. The origin of such different damage behavior is discussed.

  14. LiF and CaF2: Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters.

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    Tsuda, M; Ohizumi, Y; Mori, T

    1980-01-01

    A study has been made of the characteristics of the LiF glow curve as a function of annealing temperature and time. Two annealing methods with different annealing time were studied. The annealing by a hot air stream may anneal quickly. The annealing method affects the shape of the glow curve. If the annealing procedure and the measurement time after irradiation are constant, the fading does not affect the results, except over a long time for uses in personnel dosimetry. For LiF, TLD-600 had a higher sensitivity for 60Co gamma rays than TLD-100 and -700 by a factor of 1.23. For CaF2: Dy, glow curves of unusual shape were obtained, and its relative response was several times greater than that of normal phosphors. PMID:7434378

  15. Luminescence emission of natural fluorite and synthetic CaF2:Mn (TLD-400)

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    Topaksu, Mustafa; Correcher, Virgilio; Garcia-Guinea, Javier

    2016-02-01

    The luminescence properties of natural white fluorite indicate that it could be employed as radiation dosimeter similarly to synthetic CaF2:Mn (TLD-400). The cathodoluminescence emission of the natural sample (two maxima) meanwhile TLD-400 (one peak) exhibits a different behaviour associated with the chemical composition. The mineral sample displays (i) a significant UV-blue emission associated with different structural defects (negligible in the synthetic sample) and (ii) a shift of the green emission to higher wavelengths respect to the TLD-400. The green induced TL emission also shows significant differences in intensity (higher in TLD-400) and sensitivity. Both samples display a complex induced green TL glow curve that could not be analysed assuming the model based on the discrete trap distribution. The Tm-Tstop method indicates the presence of close overlapping groups of components linked probably to a continuum in the trap distribution rather than a single trapping level.

  16. Void superlattice formation in electron irradiated CaF 2: Theoretical analysis

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    Kuzovkov, V. N.; Kotomin, E. A.; Merzlyakov, P.; Zvejnieks, G.; Li, K. D.; Ding, T. H.; Wang, L. M.

    2010-10-01

    CaF 2 is widely adopted as deep-UV window material and thin film optical coating. The void superlattice was observed experimentally under electron irradiation at room temperature. We performed kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) simulations of the initial stages of the process when short- and intermediate-range order of defects in small Ca colloids and larger interstitial aggregates (F 2 gas voids) is created. The kMC model includes fluorine interstitial-vacancy pair creation, defect diffusion, similar defect attraction and dissimilar defect recombination. Special attention is paid to the statistical analysis of the defect aggregate distribution functions under different conditions (dose rate, defect migration and recombination rates). These simulations demonstrate that under certain conditions the dissimilar aggregate recombination is strongly suppressed which stimulates growth of mobile interstitial aggregates that is a precondition for further void ordering into a superlattice.

  17. Commissioning the DANTE array of BaF2 detectors at TRIUMF-ISAC using a fast-timing lifetime measurement

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    Cross, D. S.; Ball, G. C.; Garrett, P. E.; Triambak, S.; Williams, S. J.; Andreoiu, C.; Churchman, R.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Hackman, G.; Leslie, J. R.; Orce, J. N.; Sumithrarachchi, C. S.; Svensson, C. E.

    2011-08-01

    The Di-pentagonal Array for Nuclear Timing Experiments (DANTE) is an array of ten BaF2 detectors used in conjunction with the 8π gamma-ray spectrometer at the TRIUMF-ISAC radioactive-ion beam facility. DANTE is used to conduct direct lifetime measurements of nuclear excited states in the picosecond - nanosecond range. This, in turn, will aid in probing the collective structures of deformed nuclei. The capability of DANTE to measure nanosecond-scale lifetimes is demonstrated by using a 152Eu source. The half-life of the Iπ = 21+ state of 152Sm is measured to be 1.426 ± 0.018 ns.

  18. The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments: A 4{pi} BaF2 Detector for Neutron Capture Measurements at LANSCE

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    Ullmann, J.L.; Esch, E.-I.; Haight, R.C.; Hunt, L.; O'Donnell, J.M.; Reifarth, R.; Agvaanluvsan, U.; Alpizar, A.; Hatarik, R.; Bond, E.M.; Bredeweg, T.A.; Kronenberg, A.; Rundberg, R.S.; Vieira, D.J.; Wilhelmy, J.B.; Folden, C.M.; Hoffman, D.C.; Greife, U.; Schwantes, J.M.; Strottman, D.D.

    2005-05-24

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) is a 162-element 4{pi} BaF2 array designed to make neutron capture cross-section measurements on rare or radioactive targets with masses as little as one milligram. Accurate capture cross sections are needed in many research areas, including stellar nucleosynthesis, advanced nuclear fuel cycles, waste transmutation, and other applied programs. These cross sections are difficult to calculate accurately and must be measured. The design and initial performance results of DANCE is discussed.

  19. FACTORS AFFECTING THE USE OF CAF2:MN THERMOLUMINESCENT DOSIMETERS FOR LOW-LEVEL ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION MONITORING

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    An investigation was made of factors affecting the use of commercially-produced CaF2:Mn thermoluminescent dosimeters for low level environmental radiation monitoring. Calibration factors and self-dosing rates were quantified for 150 thermoluminescent dosimeters. Laboratory studie...

  20. Orientation epitaxy of Ge1–xSnx films grown on single crystal CaF2 substrates

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    A. J. Littlejohn; Zhang, L. H.; Lu, T. -M.; Kisslinger, K.; and Wang, G. -C.

    2016-03-15

    Ge1–xSnx films were grown via physical vapor deposition below the crystallization temperature of Ge on single crystal (111) and (100) CaF2 substrates to assess the role of Sn alloying in Ge crystallization. By studying samples grown at several growth temperatures ranging from 250 °C to 400 °C we report temperature-dependent trends in several of the films' properties. X-ray diffraction theta vs. two-theta (θ/2θ) scans indicate single orientation Ge1–xSnx(111) films are grown on CaF2(111) substrates at each temperature, while a temperature-dependent superposition of (111) and (100) orientations are exhibited in films grown on CaF2(100) above 250 °C. This is the firstmore » report of (111) oriented Ge1–xSnx grown on a (100) oriented CaF2 substrate, which is successfully predicted by a superlattice area matching model. These results are confirmed by X-ray diffraction pole figure analysis. θ/2θ results indicate substitutional Sn alloying in each film of about 5%, corroborated by energy dispersive spectroscopy. In addition, morphological and electrical properties are measured by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Hall mobility measurements and are also shown to be dependent upon growth temperature.« less

  1. Transmission and reflection studies of thin films in the vacuum ultraviolet

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    Peterson, Lennart R.

    1989-01-01

    Both the transmittance and reflectance of 2 mm thick MgF2 substrates and of thin films of BaF2, CaF2, LaF3, MgF2, Al2O3, HfO2, and SiO2 deposited on these substrates were measured for the wavelength range 120 nm to 230 nm. Results for BaF2, LaF2 and MgF2 show promise as being good materials from which interference filters can be made. The software and related hardware needed to take large amounts of data automatically in future measurements of the transmittance and reflectance was developed.

  2. Microstructure and properties of the composite magnets fabricated with Nd-Fe-B powders coated with CaF2

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    Zheng, Liyun; Xin, Honghui; Bi, Wenchao; Zhu, Minggang; Li, Wei; Zhou, Dong

    2014-05-01

    Nd-Fe-B powders were coated with CaF2 by three different chemical synthesis methods, named as A: One-step direct precipitation, B: One-step slow dropping, and C: Two-step process. The CaF2-coated Nd-Fe-B powders were hot-pressed and then hot-deformed to fabricate composite magnets. The microstructures, electrical resistivities, and magnetic properties of the Nd-Fe-B composite magnets obtained with different coating methods and parameters were investigated. The results showed that the thickness and continuity of CaF2 coating depended on the coating methods with different Ca(NO3)2 concentrations and coating time. When the Ca(NO3)2 concentration was 2 mol/l, the CaF2 coating synthesized by one-step direct precipitation was a loose and discontinuous film, while the CaF2 coating synthesized by one-step dropping for 30 min was a continuous and dense film, and its thickness reached to 410-450 nm. If the Ca(NO3)2 concentration was further increased to 5.5 mol/l, the thickness of CaF2 reached to 710-900 nm. The electrical resistivities of the composite magnets prepared by one-step slow dropping for 30 min with the Ca(NO3)2 concentrations of 2 and 5.5 mol/l were approximately 680 and 890 μΩ cm, which was a 195% and 287% increase, respectively, compared to that of the corresponding magnet prepared with uncoated Nd-Fe-B powders. The coercivities of the composite magnets decreased with increasing thickness of CaF2, while the remanence had only a slight reduction. The composite magnet fabricated by a two-step process achieved both higher maximum energy product ((BH)m = 47.2 MG Oe) and electrical resistivity (847 μΩ cm).

  3. Transient liquid assisted nucleation mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-δ in coated conductor films derived by BaF2 process

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    Gu, Zhao-Hui; Yang, Wen-Tao; Bai, Chuan-Yi; Guo, Yan-Qun; Lu, Yu-Ming; Liu, Zhi-Yong; Lu, Qi; Shu, Gang-Qiang; Cai, Chuan-Bing

    2015-09-01

    It is significant for low-cost preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors to make clear the mechanism of orientation, copper segregation, and nucleation density in BaF2-derived YBCO crystallization. In the present work, a distinct nucleation mechanism was proposed based on a transient liquid phase induced by the size effect as well as near-equilibrium assumption. With this scheme the nucleation of YBCO prepared by metal-organic deposition (MOD) or the physical vapor deposition BaF2 process was semi-quantitatively analyzed, revealing that the direct driving force for nucleation is YBCO supersaturation in the liquid phase. The theoretical analysis on the nucleation orientation portion is evidenced by the experimental result. Project supported by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant Nos. 13111102300 and 11dz1100302), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174193 and 51202141), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CBA00105), and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2260700).

  4. Spectroscopic properties and energy transfer analysis of Tm3+-doped BaF2-Ga2O3-GeO2-La2O3 glass.

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    Yu, Shenglei; Yang, Zhongmin; Xu, Shanhui

    2010-05-01

    This paper reports on the spectroscopic properties and energy transfer analysis of Tm(3+)-doped BaF(2)-Ga(2)O(3)-GeO(2)-La(2)O(3) glasses with different Tm(2)O(3) doping concentrations (0.2, 0.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5, 4.0 wt%). Mid-IR fluorescence intensities in the range of 1,300 nm-2,200 nm have been measured when excited under an 808 nm LD for all the samples with the same pump power. Energy level structure and Judd-Ofelt parameters have been calculated based on the absorption spectra of Tm(3+), cross-relaxation rates and multi-phonon relaxation rates have been estimated with different Tm(2)O(3) doping concentrations. The maximum fluorescence intensity at around 1.8 mum has been obtained in Tm(2)O(3)-3 wt% sample and the maximum value of calculated stimulated emission cross-section of Tm(3+) in this sample is about 0.48 x 10(-20) cm(2) at 1,793 nm, and there is not any crystallization peak in the DSC curve of this sample, which indicate the potential utility of Tm(3+)-doped BaF(2)-Ga(2)O(3)-GeO(2)- La(2)O(3) glass for 2.0-microm optical fiber laser. PMID:20204685

  5. Fluorine-ion conductivity of different technological forms of solid electrolytes R 1- y M y F3- y (LaF3 Type ) ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R Are Rare Earth Elements)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated the conductivity of some representatives of different technological forms of fluoride-conducting solid electrolytes R 1- y M y F3- y ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R are rare earth elements) with an LaF3 structure: single crystals, cold- and hot-pressing ceramics based on a charge prepared in different ways (mechanochemical synthesis, solid-phase synthesis, and fragmentation of single crystals), polycrystalline alloys, etc. It is shown (by impedance spectroscopy), that different technological forms of identical chemical composition ( R, M, y) exhibit different electrical characteristics. The maximum conductivity is observed for the single-crystal form of R 1- y M y F3- y tysonite phases, which provides (in contrast to other technological forms) the formation of true volume ion-conducting characteristics.

  6. Ab-initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of Calcium Fluoride (CaF2)

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    Bohara, Bir; Franklin, Lashounda; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    We have performed first principle, local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of cubic calcium fluorite (CaF2) . Our non-relativistic computations employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). We discuss the electronic energy bands, including the large band gap, total and partial density of states, electron and hole effective masses, and the bulk modulus. Our calculated, indirect (X- Γ) band gap is 12.98 eV; it is 1 eV above an experimental value of 11.8 eV. The calculated bulk modulus (82.89 GPA) is excellent agreement with the experimental result of 82.0 +/-0.7. Our predicted equilibrium lattice constant is 5.42Å. Acknowledgments: This work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR], and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy, National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE-NA-0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  7. Responsivity enhancement of mid-infrared PbSe detectors using CaF2 nano-structured antireflective coatings

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    Weng, Binbin; Qiu, Jijun; Yuan, Zijian; Larson, Preston R.; Strout, Gregory W.; Shi, Zhisheng

    2014-01-01

    The CaF2 nano-structures grown by thermal vapor deposition are presented. Significant responsivity improvement (>200%) of mid-infrared PbSe detectors incorporating a 200 nm nano-structured CaF2 coating was observed. The detector provides a detectivity of 4.2 × 1010 cm . Hz1/2/W at 3.8 μm, which outperforms all the reported un-cooled PbSe detectors. Structural investigations show that the coating is constructed by tapered-shape nanostructures, which creates a gradient refractive-index profile. Analogy to moth-eye antireflective mechanism, the gradient refractive-index nanostructures play the major roles for this antireflection effect. Some other possible mechanisms that help enhance the device performance are also discussed in the work.

  8. White upconversion luminescence in CaF2:Yb(3+)/Eu(3+) powders via the incorporation of Y(3+) ions.

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    Li, Yangyang; Guo, Junjie; Liu, Xiaohui; Aidilibike, Tuerxun; Qin, Weiping

    2016-06-28

    White upconversion luminescence (UCL) was achieved under 980 nm excitation in the CaF2:Yb(3+)/Eu(3+) material using Y(3+) to adjust the luminescence performance. In this luminescent system, Yb(3+) not only plays the role of a sensitizer of Eu(3+), but also generates green fluorescence from Yb(3+) dimers (2-Yb(3+)) by cooperative transitions in the CaF2 matrix. One of the primary colors of green corresponds to the 2-Yb(3+) cooperative emission exactly. Eu(3+) acts as an activator for emitting red and blue fluorescence simultaneously. Interestingly, the color of the UCL can be controlled by adjusting the doping concentration of Y(3+) ions, and white UCL was realized when the concentration of Y(3+) was 1%. PMID:27265683

  9. Specific spectroscopic and laser properties of Tm3+ ions in hot-formed CaF2 laser ceramics

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    Doroshenko, M. E.; Papashvili, A. G.; Alimov, O. K.; Martynova, K. A.; Konyushkin, V. A.; Nakladov, A. N.; Osiko, V. V.; Jelinkova, H.; Sulc, J.; Nemec, M.

    2016-01-01

    The formation of new Tm3+ tetragonal optical centers with spectroscopic properties different from those for regular ones in hot-formed CaF2 ceramics is observed. The influence of the new centers’ formation on the fluorescence and laser properties of the 2 μm 3F4-3H6 transition under ~795 nm laser diode excitation is studied.

  10. Swift heavy ion irradiation of CaF2 - from grooves to hillocks in a single ion track.

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    Gruber, Elisabeth; Salou, Pierre; Bergen, Lorenz; El Kharrazi, Mourad; Lattouf, Elie; Grygiel, Clara; Wang, Yuyu; Benyagoub, Abdenacer; Levavasseur, Delphine; Rangama, Jimmy; Lebius, Henning; Ban-d'Etat, Brigitte; Schleberger, Marika; Aumayr, Friedrich

    2016-10-12

    A novel form of ion-tracks, namely nanogrooves and hillocks, are observed on CaF2 after irradiation with xenon and lead ions of about 100 MeV kinetic energy. The irradiation is performed under grazing incidence (0.3°-3°) which forces the track to a region in close vicinity to the surface. Atomic force microscopy imaging of the impact sites with high spatial resolution reveals that the surface track consists in fact of three distinct parts: each swift heavy ion impacting on the CaF2 surface first opens a several 100 nm long groove bordered by a series of nanohillocks on both sides. The end of the groove is marked by a huge single hillock and the further penetration of the swift projectile into deeper layers of the target is accompanied by a single protrusion of several 100 nm in length slowly fading until the track vanishes. By comparing experimental data for various impact angles with results of a simulation, based on a three-dimensional version of the two-temperature-model (TTM), we are able to link the crater and hillock formation to sublimation and melting processes of CaF2 due to the local energy deposition by swift heavy ions. PMID:27518588

  11. Deformation luminescence produced during application and release of pressure on to gamma-irradiated CaF2:RE crystals.

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    Kher, R S; Brahme, N; Banerjee, M; Dhoble, S J; Khokhar, M S K

    2006-01-01

    Calcium fluoride CaF2 is an interesting host lattice for rare earth (RE) activators. CaF2 crystals doped with different concentrations of Dy, Ce, Er and Gd have been grown by the Bridgman technique and their deformation luminescence (DL) induced by room temperature gamma irradiation has been recorded. When a uniaxial pressure is applied on to gamma-irradiated CaF2:RE crystals, initially the DL intensity increases with time, attains a maximum value and then it decreases with time. Although the DL intensity produced during the release of pressure is less, its rise and decay behaviours are similar to that obtained during the application of pressure. The DL intensity depends on dopant, concentration of dopant, irradiation doses and mass of the load or applied pressure. It is suggested that the moving dislocation produced during deformation of crystals capture holes from hole trapped centres (like perturbed Vk centre) and the subsequent radiative recombination of the dislocation holes with electrons give rise to DL. PMID:16698970

  12. Photothermal Conversion of Color Centers in {CaF}2 Crystals: A Process Underlying the Use of Crystals as a Holographic Medium

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    Shcheulin, A. S.; Angervaks, A. E.; Ryskin, A. I.

    2015-09-01

    Photothermal effects in a holographic medium of calcium fluoride crystals with color centers ({CaF}2) are discussed. It is shown that photochromism of this crystal makes it possible to record volume holograms within its volume and to change their physical properties by photothermal treatments. The diffusion-drift mechanism of a hologram recording in {CaF}2 includes the conversion of centers and their redistribution over the crystal bulk. Depending on the readout wavelength, it is possible to read out amplitude, amplitude phase, or phase holograms. The opportunity to record thick holograms in {CaF}2 and their high resistance with respect to non-coherent illumination at an elevated temperature allows forming narrow-band angular and spectral holographic filters in {CaF}2.

  13. The evaluation of CaF 2:Mn-polyethylene detectors with the aid of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)

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    Henniger, Jürgen; Horlbeck, Bernd; Hübner, Klaus; Prokert, Konrad

    1982-12-01

    A serious problem in using TL detectors for neutron dosimetry is their low sensitivity to fast neutrons. Therefore, radiator-detector combinations are employed. But in this case the restricted temperature stability of the radiator material is disadvantageous. This difficulty can be overcome by using the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). The production of suitable detectors for OSL dosimetry and a convenient evaluation equipment are described. The results given for CaF 2:Mn-polyethylene detectors show that OSL evaluation is useful for dosimetry in mixed neutron gamma fields.

  14. Structural properties of Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (111) BaF2 substrates

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    Fornari, Celso I.; Rappl, Paulo H. O.; Morelhão, Sérgio L.; Abramof, Eduardo

    2016-04-01

    Structural properties of topological insulator bismuth telluride films grown epitaxially on (111) BaF2 with a fixed Bi2Te3 beam flux were systematically investigated as a function of substrate temperature and additional Te flux. A layer-by-layer growth mode is observed since the early stages of epitaxy and remains throughout the whole deposition. Composition of the epitaxial films produced here stays between Bi2Te3 and Bi4Te5, as determined from the comparison of the measured x-ray diffraction curves with calculations. The substrate temperature region, where the growth rate remains constant, is found to be the most appropriate to obtain ordered Bi2Te3 films. Line width of the L = 18 Bi2Te3 diffraction peaks as low as 140 arcsec was obtained, indicating high crystalline quality. Twinning domains density rises with increasing growth temperature and reducing Te extra flux. X-ray reflectivity curves of pure Bi2Te3 films with thickness from 165 to 8 nm exhibited well defined interference fringes, evidencing homogeneous layers with smooth surface. Our results demonstrate that Bi2Te3 films with very well controlled structural parameters can be obtained. High structural quality Bi2Te3 films as thin as only eight quintuple layers grown here are promising candidates for intrinsic topological insulator.

  15. Influence of some impurities on the emission properties of CaF2:YbF3 crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Nicoara, Irina; Cirlan, Florina; Para, Irina; Velazquez, Matias; Buse, Gabriel

    2015-12-01

    Various concentrations of YbF3 -doped and NaF or PbF2 co-doped CaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. Room temperature absorption spectra have been obtained using a Shimadzu 1650PC spectrophotometer. Photoluminescent properties in IR spectral range were analyzed using a spectrofluorimeter Horiba Fluorolog 3. An IR laser diode at 932 nm was also used an directly injected in the equipment. The emission spectra are influenced by the concentration of co-dopant added to the melt, and the excitation wavelength. The high emission peak at 979 nm overlaps with the absorption peak. The highest intensity in the IR emission (around 1029 nm) is obtained for CaF2:0.72 mol% YbF3 crystal by excitation at 932 nm (diode lamp).

  16. Nonlinear luminescence response of CaF2:Eu and YAlO3:Ce to single-ion excitation

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    Liu, Peng; Zhang, Yanwen; Xiao, Haiyan; Xiang, Xia; Wang, Xuelin; Weber, William J.

    2014-01-21

    Pulse-height of CaF2:Eu and YAlO3:Ce scintillators to single H+, He+ and O3+ ions are measured over a continuous energy range using a time-of-flight (TOF) - scintillator - photoelectric multiplier tube (PMT) apparatus. A nonlinear response of the scintillators under ionizing ion irradiation is quantitatively evaluated by considering energy partitioning process. The results show that, in a differential energy deposition region with negligible displacement damage, the low, medium and high excitation energy deposition density (Dexci) produced by H+, He+ and O3+ ions irradiation, respectively, have significantly different impacts on the response characteristics of these two benchmark scintillators. For CaF2:Eu, the scintillation efficiency under ion irradiation monotonically decreases with increasing excitation-energy density. In contrast, the response efficiency of YAlO3:Ce scintillation initially increases with excitation-energy density at low excitation-energy densities, goes through a maximum, and then decreases with further increasing excitation-energy density. The fundamental mechanism causing these different response behaviours in the scintillators is based on the competition between the scintillation response and the nonradiative quenching process under different excitation densities, which is also the main origin of the nonlinear response of scintillators to irradiation.

  17. Deformation of as-cast LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic salt between 500 and 1015 K

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    Raj, S. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    Results are presented on compression tests conducted on as-cast LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic specimens at nominal strain rates between 1.8 x 10 to the -6th/sec and 0.25/sec over the temperature range 500-1015 K. In all instances, the stress-strain curves showed broad maxima, with negative strain-hardening rates after the peak stress sigma(max). It was found that, at low temperatures and high stresses, the CaF2 lamellae are rigid while the LiF matrix exhibits extensive transgranular cavitation, while at high temperatures and low stresses the CaF2 lamellae break down and spheroidize while the LiF matrix does not cavitate. It was concluded that the mechanical properties of the as-cast hypereutectic LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 are governed by the rate of deformation of the CaF2 phase. It is suggested that, for thermal energy storage applications, a spheroidal microstructure is more desirable than a lamellar structure.

  18. Effects of CaF2 Coating on the Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Tungsten Inert Gas Welded AZ31 Magnesium Alloy Joints

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    Shen, Jun; Wang, Linzhi; Peng, Dong; Wang, Dan

    2012-11-01

    The effects of CaF2 coating on the macromorphologies of the welded seams were studied by morphological analysis. Microstructures and mechanical properties of butt joints welded with different amounts of CaF2 coatings were investigated using optical microscopy and tensile tests. The welding defects formed in the welded seams and the fracture surfaces were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. An increase in the amount of CaF2 coating deteriorated the appearances of the welded seams but it improved the weld penetration depth and the depth/width ( D/ W) ratio of the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welded joints. The α-Mg grains and Mg17(Al,Zn)12 intermetallic compound (IMC) were coarser in the case of a higher amount of CaF2 coating. The increase in the amount of CaF2 coating reduced the porosities and total length of solidification cracks in the fusion zone (FZ). The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) value and elongation increased at first and then decreased sharply.

  19. Ba(OH)2 Equilibria in the System Ba-O-H-F, With Application to the Formation of Ba2YCu3O6.5 + x From BaF2-Precursors

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    Cook, L. P.; Wong-Ng, W.; Feenstra, R.

    2005-01-01

    The ex situ process for fabricating Ba2YCu3O6.5 + x superconducting tapes from BaF2- based precursors involves a hydration/oxidation reaction at ≈730 °C to 750 °C generally written as: (2BaF2+Y+3Cu)(amorphous)+(2H2O+2.25O2)(g)→Ba2YCu3O6.5+x(s)+4HF(g). However, microscopic observations of partially processed films suggest the presence of a transient liquid phase during conversion. Alternatively, the conversion reaction can be rewritten as the sum of several intermediate steps, including the formation of a barium hydroxide liquid: (BaF2)(amorphous)+2H2O(g)→Ba(OH)2(liq)+2HF(g). To evaluate the possibility of a hydroxide liquid conversion step, thermodynamic calculations on the stability of Ba(OH)2(liq) have been completed from 500 °C to 900 °C at 0.1 MPa ptotal. Based on currently available data, the calculated phase diagrams suggest that a viable hydroxide reaction path exists in the higher part of this temperature range. The calculations indicate that Ba(OH)2(liq) may be stable at log pH2O (Pa) values from ≈4 to 5, provided log pHF (Pa) values can be maintained below 0 to −1. Limited experimental confirmation is provided by results of an experiment on BaF2(s) at 815 °C, 0.1 MPa pH2O, in which essentially all F at the surface was replaced by O. It is therefore possible that processing routes exist for producing Ba2YCu3O6.5 + x based on the presence of a Ba(OH)2 liquid, which might have an effect on conversion rates and texturing in the superconducting film. PMID:27308108

  20. Resistance switching memory characteristics of CaF2/Si/CaF2 resonant-tunneling quantum-well heterostructures sandwiched by nanocrystalline Si secondary barrier layers

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    Kuwata, Yuya; Suda, Keita; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2016-07-01

    A novel resistance switching memory using CaF2/Si/CaF2 resonant-tunneling quantum well heterostructures sandwiched by nanocrystalline Si (nc-Si) as secondary barrier layers has been proposed and the room temperature current–voltage characteristics of the basic resistance switching memory operation have been demonstrated. A resistance switching voltage of 1.0 V, a peak current density of approximately 42 kA/cm2, and an ON/OFF ratio of 2.8 were observed. In particular, more than 28000 write-read-erase cyclic memory operations have been demonstrated by applying pulsed input voltage sequences, which suggests better endurance than the device using a CaF2/CdF2/CaF2 heterostructure.

  1. Exploring the retention properties of CaF2 nanoparticles as possible additives for dental care application with tapping-mode atomic force microscope in liquid.

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    Wasem, Matthias; Köser, Joachim; Hess, Sylvia; Gnecco, Enrico; Meyer, Ernst

    2014-01-13

    Amplitude-modulation atomic force microscopy (AM-AFM) is used to determine the retention properties of CaF2 nanoparticles adsorbed on mica and on tooth enamel in liquid. From the phase-lag of the forced cantilever oscillation the local energy dissipation at the detachment point of the nanoparticle was determined. This enabled us to compare different as-synthesized CaF2 nanoparticles that vary in shape, size and surface structure. CaF2 nanoparticles are candidates for additives in dental care products as they could serve as fluorine-releasing containers preventing caries during a cariogenic acid attack on the teeth. We show that the adherence of the nanoparticles is increased on the enamel substrate compared to mica, independently of the substrate roughness, morphology and size of the particles. PMID:24455460

  2. NIR-to-NIR two-photon excited CaF2:Tm3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles: multifunctional nanoprobes for highly penetrating fluorescence bio-imaging.

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    Dong, Ning-Ning; Pedroni, Marco; Piccinelli, Fabio; Conti, Giamaica; Sbarbati, Andrea; Ramírez-Hernández, Juan Enrique; Maestro, Laura Martínez; Iglesias-de la Cruz, Maria Carmen; Sanz-Rodriguez, Francisco; Juarranz, Angeles; Chen, Feng; Vetrone, Fiorenzo; Capobianco, John A; Solé, José García; Bettinelli, Marco; Jaque, Daniel; Speghini, Adolfo

    2011-11-22

    In this study, we report on the remarkable two-photon excited fluorescence efficiency in the "biological window" of CaF(2):Tm(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles. On the basis of the strong Tm(3+) ion emission (at around 800 nm), tissue penetration depths as large as 2 mm have been demonstrated, which are more than 4 times those achievable based on the visible emissions in comparable CaF(2):Er(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles. The outstanding penetration depth, together with the fluorescence thermal sensitivity demonstrated here, makes CaF(2):Tm(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles ideal candidates as multifunctional nanoprobes for high contrast and highly penetrating in vivo fluorescence imaging applications. PMID:21957870

  3. Exploring the retention properties of CaF2 nanoparticles as possible additives for dental care application with tapping-mode atomic force microscope in liquid

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    Köser, Joachim; Hess, Sylvia; Gnecco, Enrico; Meyer, Ernst

    2014-01-01

    Summary Amplitude-modulation atomic force microscopy (AM-AFM) is used to determine the retention properties of CaF2 nanoparticles adsorbed on mica and on tooth enamel in liquid. From the phase-lag of the forced cantilever oscillation the local energy dissipation at the detachment point of the nanoparticle was determined. This enabled us to compare different as-synthesized CaF2 nanoparticles that vary in shape, size and surface structure. CaF2 nanoparticles are candidates for additives in dental care products as they could serve as fluorine-releasing containers preventing caries during a cariogenic acid attack on the teeth. We show that the adherence of the nanoparticles is increased on the enamel substrate compared to mica, independently of the substrate roughness, morphology and size of the particles. PMID:24455460

  4. CO2 laser irradiation enhances CaF2 formation and inhibits lesion progression on demineralized dental enamel-in vitro study.

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    Zancopé, Bruna R; Rodrigues, Lívia P; Parisotto, Thais M; Steiner-Oliveira, Carolina; Rodrigues, Lidiany K A; Nobre-Dos-Santos, Marinês

    2016-04-01

    This study evaluated if Carbon dioxide (CO2) (λ 10.6 μm) laser irradiation combined with acidulated phosphate fluoride gel application (APF gel) enhances "CaF2" uptake by demineralized enamel specimens (DES) and inhibits enamel lesion progression. Thus, two studies were conducted and DES were subjected to APF gel combined or not with CO2 laser irradiation (11.3 or 20.0 J/cm(2), 0.4 or 0.7 W) performed before, during, or after APF gel application. In study 1, 165 DES were allocated to 11 groups. Fluoride as "CaF2 like material" formed on enamel was determined in 100 DES (n = 10/group), and the surface morphologies of 50 specimens were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) before and after "CaF2" extraction. In study 2, 165 DES (11 groups, n = 15), subjected to the same treatments as in study 1, were further subjected to a pH-cycling model to simulate a high cariogenic challenge. The progression of demineralization in DES was evaluated by cross-sectional microhardness and polarized light microscopy analyses. Laser at 11.3 J/cm(2) applied during APF gel application increased "CaF2" uptake on enamel surface. Laser irradiation and APF gel alone arrested the lesion progression compared with the control (p < 0.05). Areas of melting, fusion, and cracks were observed. CO2 laser irradiation, combined with a single APF application enhanced "CaF2" uptake on enamel surface and a synergistic effect was found. However, regarding the inhibition of caries lesion progression, no synergistic effect could be demonstrated. In conclusion, the results have shown that irradiation with specific laser parameters significantly enhanced CaF2 uptake by demineralized enamel and inhibited lesion progression. PMID:26873502

  5. In vitro degradation, cytocompatibility and hemolysis tests of CaF2 doped TiO2-SiO2 composite coating on AZ31 alloy

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    Li, Bing; Chen, Yun; Huang, Wei; Yang, Wenzhong; Yin, Xiaoshuang; Liu, Ying

    2016-09-01

    In this study, a CaF2 doped TiO2-SiO2 composite coating was successfully coated onto AZ31 alloy by sol-gel method. Electrochemical tests, in vitro degradation, direct cellular experiment and hemolysis tests were conducted and the results showed that the CaF2 doped TiO2-SiO2 composite coating can not only improve the corrosion resistance, but also enhance the biocompatibility of AZ31 alloy. XRD, SEM and EDX were also performed to characterize the crystalline structures, morphologies and chemical compositions of the coatings.

  6. Glass structure and NIR emission of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in oxyfluoride BaF2-Al2O3-B2O3 glasses

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    Shinozaki, Kenji; Pisarski, Wojciech; Affatigato, Mario; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2015-12-01

    The glass structure, photoluminescence properties of Eu3+, Judd-Ofelt analysis, and near infrared emissions of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in the oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics of 1Eu2O3- or 1Er2O3-doped 50BaF2-xAl2O3-(50 - x)B2O3 (x = 0-25 mol%) were investigated. It was clarified on the ground of Raman scattering spectroscopy and F1s and O1s XPS measurements that the glass with no Al2O3 (1Er2O3-50BaF2-50B2O3) is composed of BO3, BO2F and BO3F units with F-Ba bonds. The glasses with 25Al2O3 (1Er2O3-50BaF2-25Al2O3-25B2O3) is mainly composed of BO3- and Al(O,F)x units. Existence of non-bridging oxygen was not detected by O1s-XPS spectra. It was proposed that these structures are largely affected on crystallization behavior, e.g., the glass with no Al2O3 forms BaF2 and β-BaB2O4 due to Ba-F bonds and the glass with 25Al2O3 forms BaAlBO3F2 because the glass structure composed of BO3 and Al(O,F) units is similar to the BaAlBO3F2 crystal structure. Judd-Ofelt parameters of Er3+ and Eu3+ in the glasses showed almost the same values in Ω4 and Ω6 for each glass, on the other hand Ω2 decreased with addition of Al2O3. The emission spectra of Er3+ at 1.5 μm in the glasses and glass-ceramics with BaAlBO3F2 crystals showed broad peaks. It is proposed that oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics based on the BaF2-Al2O3-B2O3 system have a high potential for optical device applications such as broadband optical amplifiers.

  7. Self-organization of color centers in holograms recorded in additively colored CaF2 crystals

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    Shcheulin, Aleksandr S.; Angervaks, Aleksandr E.; Veniaminov, Andrey V.; Zakharov, Viktor V.; Fedorov, Pavel P.; Ryskin, Aleksandr I.

    2015-09-01

    The structurization of holographic planes in holograms recorded in CaF2 crystal with color centers was found. It is apparent in the formation of spiral bundles, which pierce the holographic planes. It testifies to the self-organization process of color centers in these planes. This process is supposed to be linked with colloidal centers, 2D metal islets in the crystal lattice, whose formation and decay on hologram recording at temperatures of 150-190 °C may be considered as a dynamic phase transition that facilitates the generation of stable spatially inhomogeneous (dissipative) structures in the form of bundles. They arise on hologram recording and are frozen on cooling of the crystal after the recording process is finished.

  8. Directionally solidified Eu doped CaF2/Li3AlF6 eutectic scintillator for neutron detection

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    Kamada, Kei; Hishinuma, Kousuke; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Pejchal, Jan; Ohashi, Yuji; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-12-01

    Eu doped CaF2/Li3AlF6 eutectics were grown by μ-PD method. The directionally solidified eutectic with well-aligned 600 nm diameter Eu:CaF2 scintillator fibers surrounded with Li3AlF6 was prepared. The grown eutectics showed an emission peak at 422 nm ascribed to Eu2+ 4f-5d transition from Eu:CaF2 scintillation fiber. Li concentration in the Eu:CaF2-Li3AlF6 eutectic is around 0.038 mol/cm3,which is two times higher than that of LiCaAlF6 single crystal (0.016 mol/cm3). The light yield of Eu:CaF2-Li3AlF6 eutectic was around 7000 ph/neutron. The decay time was about 550 ns (89%) and 1450 ns (11%).

  9. Spatially selective Er/Yb-doped CaF2 crystal formation by CO2 laser exposure

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    Kim, Dong-Seon; Lee, Jin-Ho; Lim, Ki-Soo

    2014-10-01

    We report the glass-ceramic precipitation on the oxyfluoride glass surface by spatially selective annealing with a CO2 laser and a heat gun exposure. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the formation of major CaF2 and miner Ca2SiO4 nanoparticles. We observed ∼100 nm nanoparticle aggregation by tunneling electron microscopy and element distribution in glass and crystal phases. Spatial distribution of glass ceramics near the glass surface was probed by confocal fluorescence microscope by using much enhanced emission from the Er ions in the laser-treated area. Strong emissions at 365 nm excitation and visible up-conversion emissions at 980 nm excitation also indicated well incorporation of Er and Yb ions into a crystalline environment.

  10. Spatially selective Er/Yb-doped CaF2 crystal formation by CO2 laser exposure

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    Kim, Dong-Seon; Lee, Jin-Ho; Lim, Ki-Soo

    2015-04-01

    We report the glass-ceramic precipitation on the oxyfluoride glass surface by spatially selective annealing with a CO2 laser and a heat gun exposure. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the formation of major CaF2 and miner Ca2SiO4 nanoparticles. We observed ∼100 nm nanoparticle aggregation by tunneling electron microscopy and element distribution in glass and crystal phases. Spatial distribution of glass ceramics near the glass surface was probed by confocal fluorescence microscope by using much enhanced emission from the Er ions in the laser-treated area. Strong emissions at 365 nm excitation and visible up-conversion emissions at 980 nm excitation also indicated well incorporation of Er and Yb ions into a crystalline environment.

  11. Highly effective and isotropic pinning in epitaxial Fe(Se,Te) thin films grown on CaF2 substrates

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    Braccini, V.; Kawale, S.; Reich, E.; Bellingeri, E.; Pellegrino, L.; Sala, A.; Putti, M.; Higashikawa, K.; Kiss, T.; Holzapfel, B.; Ferdeghini, C.

    2013-10-01

    We report on the isotropic pinning obtained in epitaxial Fe(Se,Te) thin films grown on CaF2(001) substrate. High critical current density values - larger than 1 MA/cm2 in self field and liquid helium - are reached together with a very weak dependence on the magnetic field and a complete isotropy. Analysis through transmission electron microscopy evidences the presence of defects looking like lattice disorder at a very small scale, between 5 and 20 nm, which are thought to be responsible for such isotropic behavior in contrast to what was observed on SrTiO3, where defects parallel to the c-axis enhance pinning in that direction.

  12. pH-responsive drug delivery system based on luminescent CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)-poly(acrylic acid) hybrid microspheres.

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    Dai, Yunlu; Zhang, Cuimiao; Cheng, Ziyong; Ma, Ping'an; Li, Chunxia; Kang, Xiaojiao; Yang, Dongmei; Lin, Jun

    2012-03-01

    In this study, we design a controlled release system based on CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) composite microspheres, which were fabricated by filling the pH-responsive PAA inside CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) hollow spheres via photopolymerization route. The CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) hollow spheres prepared by hydrothermal route possess mesoporous structure and show strong green fluorescence from Tb(3+) under UV excitation. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), a widely used anti-cancer drug, was used as a model drug to evaluate the loading and controlled release behaviors of the composite microspheres due to the good biocompatibility of the samples using MTT assay. The composite carriers provide a strongly pH-dependent drug release behavior owing to the intrinsic property of PAA and its interactions with DOX. The endocytosis process of drug-loaded microspheres was observed using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and the in vitro cytotoxic effect against SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells of the DOX-loaded carriers was investigated. In addition, the extent of drug release could be monitored by the altering of photoluminescence (PL) intensity of CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+). Considering the good biocompatibility, high drug loading content and pH-dependent drug release of the materials, these hybrid luminescent microspheres have potential applications in drug controlled release and disease therapy. PMID:22196902

  13. Epitaxial growth of Ca(x)Sr(1-x)F2 layers on CaF2 by vacuum evaporation

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    Norton, Nicholas G.; Knight, K. S.

    The evaporation and epitaxial growth on single crystal CaF2 substrates of CaF2/SrF2 mixtures are investigated. The evaporated films are studied with X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. The X-ray diffraction results show that the evaporation of yCaF2(+) (1 - y)srF2 mixtures from a single boat, with y in the range 0 to 1, result in single phase, mixed crystals of composition CaxSr1-xF2. If Vegard's law is assumed to apply it is found experimentally that the film composition is the same as that of the source. For the evaporation of CaF2 and SrF2 onto cleaved CaF2 crystals it is shown that the best quality epitaxial films are obtained at substrate temperatures of 400 C. Over 400 C there is broadening of the X-ray diffraction spots from the overlayer compared with those from the substrate. Below 400 C there is a tendency for the epitaxial films to delaminate from the substrate.

  14. Erase-mode recording characteristics of photochromic CaF2, SrTiO3, and CaTiO3 crystals.

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    Duncan, R. C., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Erase-mode optical recording characteristics of photochromic crystal wafers of CaF2:La,Na; CaF2:Ce,Na; SrTiO3:Ni,Mo,Al; and CaTiO3:Ni,Mo have been measured. An argon laser operating at 5145 A was used for both optical recording and optical readout. Sensitometric curves of optical-density change versus logarithm of exposure are shown for a number of erase-beam intensities between 0.2 mW/sq cm and 2 W/sq cm. In this range, time-intensity reciprocity holds for the CaF2 materials but fails for the titanates, particularly at low intensities. The dependences of sensitivity, gamma, and maximum transmission contrast ratio on wafer thickness and material are discussed. Wafers of SrTiO3, CaTiO3, and CaF2 exhibiting approximately equal maximum contrast ratios have relative sensitivities approximately in the ratio 5:2:1, respectively, at an erase intensity of 1 W/sq cm.

  15. Analysis of single- and double-barrier tunneling diode structures using ultrathin CaF2/CdF2/Si multilayered heterostructures grown on Si

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    Suda, Keita; Kuwata, Yuya; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2015-04-01

    The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of single-barrier and double-barrier tunneling diode structures using CaF2/CdF2/Si ultrathin multilayered heterostructures grown on Si substrates have been theoretically analyzed and their material parameters, such as the conduction band discontinuity (ΔEC) at the heterointerface and effective mass (m*), have been evaluated by fitting simulation with the measured I-V characteristics. ΔEC between the ultrathin (1-3 nm) CaF2 and Si layers and m* for CaF2 were found to be 1.5-2.3 eV and 0.3-1.0m0, respectively. A clear thickness dependence of these parameters was observed, and the deviations of m* and ΔEC were approximately 30-50%, which probably originated from the thin layer thicknesses in atomic order. Using the estimated values derived from the single-barrier tunneling diodes, m* for CdF2 was also estimated to be 0.36m0 by fitting simulation of double-barrier diodes. These results will contribute to clarifying the design principle of tunneling devices with CaF2 and enhancing quantitative studies on electron transport in atomically thin multilayered heterostructures.

  16. Effect of cryogenic temperature on spectroscopic and laser properties of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 crystal

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    Švejkar, Richard; Šulc, Jan; Němec, Michal; Jelínková, Helena; Doroshenko, Maxim E.; Nakladov, Andrei N.; Osiko, Vjatcheslav V.

    2016-03-01

    The laser and spectroscopic properties of crystal Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 at temperature range 80 - 300 K, which is appropriate for generation of radiation around 2.7 um is presented. The sample of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 (concentration Er(0.04), La(0.12):Ca(0.77)Sr(0.07)) had plan-parallel face-polished faces without anti-reflection coatings (thickness 8.2 mm). During spectroscopy and laser experiments the Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 was attached to temperature controlled copper holder and it was placed in vacuum chamber. The transmission and emission spectra of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 together with the fluorescence decay time were measured in dependence on temperature. The excitation of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 was carried out by a laser diode radiation (pulse duration 5 ms, repetition rate 20 Hz, pump wavelength 973 nm). Laser resonator was hemispherical, 140 mm in length with at pumping mirror (HR @ 2.7 µm) and spherical output coupler (r = 150 mm, R = 95 % @ 2.5 - 2.8 µm). Tunability of laser at 80 K in range 2690 - 2765 nm was obtained using MgF2 birefringent filter. With decreasing temperature of sample the fluorescence lifetime of manifold 4I11/2 (upper laser level) became shorter and intensity of up-conversion radiation was increasing. The highest slope efficiency with respect to absorbed power was 2.3 % at 80 K. The maximum output of peak amplitude power was 0.3 W at 80 K, i.e. 1.5 times higher than measured this value at 300 K. The wavelength generated by Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 laser (2.7 µm) is relatively close to absorption peak of water (3 µm) and so, one of the possible usage should be in medicine and spectroscopy.

  17. Kinetics of Isothermal Melt Crystallization in CaO-SiO2-CaF2-Based Mold Fluxes

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    Seo, Myung-Duk; Shi, Cheng-Bin; Baek, Ji-Yeon; Cho, Jung-Wook; Kim, Seon-Hyo

    2015-10-01

    A kinetic study for isothermal melt crystallization of CaO-SiO2-CaF2-based mold fluxes with different basicity of 0.94 and 1.34 has been carried out systematically by DSC measurements. The kinetic parameters were determined by Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. The average Avrami exponent of cuspidine (3CaO·2SiO2·CaF2) crystallization for mold flux of lower basicity (0.94) is calculated to be 3.1, implying that the crystallization mode is instantaneous nucleation followed by 3-dimensional growth. For the mold flux of higher basicity (1.34), the average Avrami exponent of cuspidine equals to 3.4, strongly suggesting that the growth is still 3 dimensional but the nucleation should be continuous. It was found that the effective crystallization rate constant for both mold fluxes increases as the crystallization temperature decreases, showing that the crystallization rate could be governed by nucleation rate. The negative effective activation energy indicates an anti-Arrhenius behavior for crystallization of the mold fluxes studied. Therefore, it is concluded that the melt crystallization for the commercial mold fluxes will be determined by thermodynamics of nucleation which is relevant to degree of undercooling. The morphology of cuspidine crystals observed by SEM agreeds well with the isothermal crystallization kinetics results.

  18. Laser performance of diode-pumped Nd, Y-codoped CaF 2-SrF 2 mixed crystal

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    Liu, J.; Fan, M. W.; Su, L. B.; Jiang, D. P.; Ma, F. K.; Zhang, Q.; Xu, J.

    2014-03-01

    A disordered Nd, Y-codoped CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal was obtained by the temperature gradient technique (TGT). The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the crystal were measured at room temperature. Diode-pumped continuous-wave (CW) and Q-switched laser operations were demonstrated at 1056 nm with a 0.65 at.% Nd, 10 at.% Y-codoped crystal, for the first time to our knowledge. The CW output power of 724 mW was obtained in a compact linear cavity. Also the Q-switched pulse characteristics of Nd, Y:CaF2-SrF2 laser crystal were reported based on Cr4+:YAG saturable absorbers in a folded cavity. The shortest pulse width of 110 ns and the highest peak power of 383 W were obtained when the initial transmission of the Cr4+:YAG crystals was 90%. The dependence of the operational parameters on the pump power was also investigated experimentally.

  19. Void lattice formation in electron irradiated CaF2: Statistical analysis of experimental data and cellular automata simulations

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    Zvejnieks, G.; Merzlyakov, P.; Kuzovkov, V. N.; Kotomin, E. A.

    2016-02-01

    Calcium fluoride (CaF2) is an important optical material widely used in both microlithography and deep UV windows. It is known that under certain conditions electron beam irradiation can create therein a superlattice consisting of vacancy clusters (called a void lattice). The goal of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to perform a quantitative analysis of experimental TEM images demonstrating void lattice formation, we developed two distinct image filters. As a result, we can easily calculate vacancy concentration, vacancy cluster distribution function as well as average distances between defect clusters. The results for two suggested filters are similar and demonstrate that experimental void cluster growth is accompanied by a slight increase of the void lattice constant. Secondly, we proposed a microscopic model that allows us to reproduce a macroscopic void ordering, in agreement with experimental data, and to resolve existing theoretical and experimental contradictions. Our computer simulations demonstrate that macroscopic void lattice self-organization can occur only in a narrow parameter range. Moreover, we studied the kinetics of a void lattice ordering, starting from an initial disordered stage, in a good agreement with the TEM experimental data.

  20. Energy deposition by heavy ions: additivity of kinetic and potential energy contributions in hillock formation on CaF2.

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    Wang, Y Y; Grygiel, C; Dufour, C; Sun, J R; Wang, Z G; Zhao, Y T; Xiao, G Q; Cheng, R; Zhou, X M; Ren, J R; Liu, S D; Lei, Y; Sun, Y B; Ritter, R; Gruber, E; Cassimi, A; Monnet, I; Bouffard, S; Aumayr, F; Toulemonde, M

    2014-01-01

    Modification of surface and bulk properties of solids by irradiation with ion beams is a widely used technique with many applications in material science. In this study, we show that nano-hillocks on CaF2 crystal surfaces can be formed by individual impact of medium energy (3 and 5 MeV) highly charged ions (Xe(22+) to Xe(30+)) as well as swift (kinetic energies between 12 and 58 MeV) heavy xenon ions. For very slow highly charged ions the appearance of hillocks is known to be linked to a threshold in potential energy (Ep) while for swift heavy ions a minimum electronic energy loss per unit length (Se) is necessary. With our results we bridge the gap between these two extreme cases and demonstrate, that with increasing energy deposition via Se the Ep-threshold for hillock production can be lowered substantially. Surprisingly, both mechanisms of energy deposition in the target surface seem to contribute in an additive way, which can be visualized in a phase diagram. We show that the inelastic thermal spike model, originally developed to describe such material modifications for swift heavy ions, can be extended to the case where both kinetic and potential energies are deposited into the surface. PMID:25034006

  1. A viscoplastic model with application to LiF-22 percent CaF2 hypereutectic salt

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    Freed, A. D.; Walker, K. P.

    1990-01-01

    A viscoplastic model for class M (metal-like behavior) materials is presented. One novel feature is its use of internal variables to change the stress exponent of creep (where n is approximately = 5) to that of natural creep (where n = 3), in accordance with experimental observations. Another feature is the introduction of a coupling in the evolution equations of the kinematic and isotropic internal variables, making thermal recovery of the kinematic variable implicit. These features enable the viscoplastic model to reduce to that of steady-state creep in closed form. In addition, the hardening parameters associated with the two internal state variables (one scalar-valued, the other tensor-valued) are considered to be functions of state, instead of being taken as constant-valued. This feature enables each internal variable to represent a much wider spectrum of internal states for the material. The model is applied to a LiF-22 percent CaF2 hypereutectic salt, which is being considered as a thermal energy storage material for space-based solar dynamic power systems.

  2. Radiation Damage Effects in Far Ultraviolet Filters and Substrates

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    Keffer, Charles E.; Torr, Marsha R.; Zukic, Muamer; Spann, James F.; Torr, Douglas G.; Kim, Jongmin

    1993-01-01

    New advances in VUV thin film filter technology have been made using filter designs with multilayers of materials such as Al2O3, BaF2, CaF2, HfO2, LaF3, MgF2, and SiO2. Our immediate application for these filters will be in an imaging system to be flown on a satellite where a 2 X 9 R(sub E) orbit will expose the instrument to approximately 275 krads of radiation. In view of the fact that no previous studies have been made on potential radiation damage of these materials in the thin film format, we report on such an assessment here. Transmittances and reflectances of BaF2, CaF2, HfO2, LaF3, MgF2, and SiO2 thin films on MgF2 substrates, Al2O3 thin films on fused silica substrates, uncoated fused silica and MgF2, and four multilayer filters made from these materials were measured from 120 nm to 180 nm before and after irradiation by 250 krads from a Co-60 gamma radiation source. No radiation-induced losses in transmittance or reflectance occurred in this wavelength range. Additional postradiation measurements from 160 nm to 300 nm indicated a 3 - 5% radiation-induced absorption near 260 nm in some of the samples with MgF2 substrates. From these measurements it is concluded that far ultraviolet filters made from the materials tested should experience less that 5% change from exposure to up to 250 krads of high energy radiation in space applications.

  3. Growth of CsLiB6O10 thin films on Si substrate by pulsed laser deposition using SiO2 and CaF2 as buffer layers

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    Yeo, J. S.; Akella, A.; Huang, T. F.; Hesselink, L.

    1998-03-01

    CsLiB6O10 (CLBO) thin films are grown on Si (100) and (111) substrates using lower index SiO2 and CaF2 as buffer layers by pulsed KrF (248 nm) excimer laser ablation of stoichiometric CLBO targets over a temperature range of 425 to 725°C. A CaF2 buffer layer is grown on Si by laser ablation while SiO2 is prepared by standard thermal oxidation. From extended x-ray analysis, it is determined that CaF2 is growth with preferred orientation on Si (100) at temperatures lower than 525°C while on Si (111) substrate, CaF2 is grown epitaxially over the temperature range; this agrees well with observed reflection high energy electron diffraction patterns. X-ray 2θ-scans indicate that crystalline CLBO are grown on SiO2/Si and CaF2/Si (100). Analysis of reflectance spectra from CLBO/SiO2/Si yields the absorption edge at 182 nm. Surface roughness of the CaF2 and CLBO/CaF2/Si film are 19 and 15 nm, respectively. This relatively rough surface caused by the ablation of wide bandgap CaF2 and CLBO limits the application of CLBO for waveguiding measurement.

  4. Influence of Pb2+ ions on the morphology of etch pits and dislocation density of CaF2:YbF3 crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Stef, Florica; Buse, Gabriel; Nicoara, Irina

    2012-08-01

    Various concentrations YbF3 -doped CaF2 and Pb2+ - codoped crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum (˜ 10-1 Pa) using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. In order to study the etch pits morphology and the dislocations density we used the chemical etching method. This method consists in immersing the cleaved sample in 4NHCl at 60°C for 5 minutes. Small pits are developed at the emergence points of the dislocations. The etch pits have hexagonal shapes for pure CaF2 crystal and triangular sahpes for doped crystals. The dislocations density depends also on the dopant or on the codopant concentration.

  5. Enhanced upconversion emission in crystallization-controllable glass-ceramic fiber containing Yb(3+)-Er(3+) codoped CaF2 nanocrystals.

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    Peng, Wencai; Fang, Zaijin; Ma, Zhijun; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-10-01

    Functional nanocrystal-containing materials have been a hot topic in recent years. However, few researches have focused on functional nanocrystals contained in optical glass fibers. In this research, transparent CaF2 glass-ceramic was prepared by a melt-quenching method. Greatly enhanced upconversion luminescence was observed after heat treatment. By applying a novel method called melt-in-tube, precursor fiber free of crystals was fabricated at the drawing temperature where the clad was softened while the core was melted. Glass-ceramic fiber with fiber core containing Yb(3+)-Er(3+) codoped CaF2 nanocrystals was obtained after heat treatment at a relatively low temperature. Electron probe micro-analyzer measurement shows no obvious element diffusion between the core and clad. Greatly enhanced upconversion emission was detected in the glass-ceramic fiber excited by a 980 nm laser, suggesting the developed glass-ceramic fiber is a promising material for upconversion laser. PMID:27576586

  6. Ca-induced structural transformation of the single-domain Si(001) surface: CaF2/Si(001)-4° off

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    Kim, Hidong; Dugerjav, Otgonbayar; Arvisbaatar, Amarmunkh; Motlak, Moaaed; Seo, Jae M.

    2014-05-01

    By scanning tunneling microscopy and synchrotron photoemission spectroscopy, it has been found that through CaF2 exposure to the single-domain Si(001)-4° off surface held at 750 °C, Si dimers on Si(001) terraces are replaced preferentially by dissociated Ca atoms while F atoms are desorbed. The resulting 2 × 3 reconstruction saturates the (001) terraces at a coverage between 0.1 and 0.3 monolayers. Additional CaF2 exposure triggers a structural transformation to a stable hill-and-valley structure composed of wider (001)-2 × 3 terraces and compensating facets comprised of (11 17) and (11 13) units, both with a 6 × 1 surface reconstruction. This study demonstrates that the periodic width of the single domain Si(001) surface can be modulated through adsorbing Ca atoms while maintaining one-dimensional symmetry along the DB steps and the semiconducting nature of the surface.

  7. Initial CaF2 reactions on Si(1 1 4)-2 × 1: Isolated silicides, faceting and partial CaF adsorption

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    Kim, Hidong; Duvjir, Ganbat; Dugerjav, Otgonbayar; Li, Huiting; Seo, Jae M.

    2015-12-01

    When CaF2 molecules are deposited on Si(1 1 4)-2 × 1 held at 500 °C, two kinds of isolated and symmetric Ca-silicide units are initially formed. With increasing CaF2 deposition to 0.4 ML, instead of the terrace being filled with them, a trench composed of (1 1 3) and (1 1 7) facets appears on the surface as a result of substrate etching induced by dissociated F atoms. Selectively on this (1 1 3) facet, a 2 × 2 CaF overlayer is formed uniformly. In the present studies, using scanning tunneling microscopy and synchrotron photoemission spectroscopy, the origins of such isolation of Ca-silicide units on the (1 1 4) terrace as well as selective adsorption of CaF on the (1 1 3) facet have been disclosed.

  8. To PLAnetary Transit or not? An extremely large field of view camera with a CaF2 component tested in thermo-vacuum

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    Bergomi, M.; Magrin, D.; Farinato, J.; Viotto, V.; Ragazzoni, R.; Brunelli, A.; Dima, M.; Christiansen, P.; Ghigo, M.; Laubier, D.; Pasquier, H.; Piazza, D.; Pagano, I.; Piotto, G.; Basile, G.; Catala, C.

    2012-09-01

    Because of its nicely chromatic behavior, Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) is a nice choice for an optical designer as it can easily solve a number of issues, giving the right extra degree of freedom in the optical design tuning. However, switching from tablet screens to real life, the scarcity of information -and sometimes the bad reputation in term of fragility- about this material makes an overall test much more than a "display determination" experiment. We describe the extensive tests performed in ambient temperature and in thermo-vacuum of a prototype, consistent with flight CTEs, of a 200mm class camera envisaged for the PLATO (PLAnetary Transit and Oscillations of Stars) mission. We show how the CaF2 lens uneventfully succeeded to all the tests and handling procedures, and discuss the main results of the very intensive test campaign of the PLATO Telescope Optical Unit prototype.

  9. CaF2-Based Near-Infrared Photocatalyst Using the Multifunctional CaTiO3 Precursors as the Calcium Source.

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    Huang, Shouqiang; Guo, Shengjuan; Wang, Qingji; Zhu, Nanwen; Lou, Ziyang; Li, Liang; Shan, Aidang; Yuan, Haiping

    2015-09-16

    Multistage formation of fluoride upconversion agents from the related-semiconductor precursors provides a promising route for the fabrication of near-infrared (NIR) photocatalysts with high photocatalytic activities. Herein, the cotton templated CaTiO3 "semiconduction" precursors (C-CaTiO3) were used to synthesize the NIR photocatalyst of Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+-(CaTiO3/CaF2/TiO2) (C-ETYCCT), and the functions of the Ca2+ source for CaF2 and the heterostructure formations were displayed by C-CaTiO3. The generated CaF2 acted as the host material for the lanthanide ions, and the heterostructures were constructed among anatase, rutile, and the remaining CaTiO3. The induced oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ ions enabled the samples to utilize most of the upconversion luminescence for photocatalysis. The NIR driven degradation rate of methyl orange (MO) over C-ETYCCT reached 52.34%, which was 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than those of Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+-(CaTiO3/TiO2) (C-ETYCT) and Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+-(CaTiO3/CaF2) (C-ETYCC), respectively. The degradation rates of MO and salicylic acid over C-ETYCCT with UV-vis-NIR light irradiation were also much higher than those of other samples, which were mainly results of the contributions of its high upconversion luminescence and the efficient electron-hole pair separation. PMID:26305907

  10. Thermo-optical measurements of ytterbium doped ceramics (Sc2O3, Y203, Lu203, YAG) and crystals (YAG, CaF2) at cryogenic temperatures

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    Le Garrec, B.; Cardinali, V.; Bourdet, G.

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we report the measurements of the specific heat, the density and the thermal diffusivity at room and cryogenic temperatures of Ytterbium doped cubic sesquioxides (Sc2O3, Y2O3, Lu2O3) ceramics and of Ytterbium doped crystals (YAG, CaF2). These materials appear to have very interesting properties for setting up high average power laser chains useful for plasma physics and for inertial fusion energy drivers.

  11. Microstructural properties of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films fabricated from BaF2/SrF2/TiO2 amorphous multilayers using the combinatorial precursor method

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    Takeuchi, I.; Chang, K.; Sharma, R.P.; Bendersky, L.A.; Chang, H.; Xiang, X.-D.; Stach, E.A.; Song, C.-Y.

    2001-01-12

    We have investigated the microstructure of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films fabricated from BaF2/SrF2/TiO2 amorphous multilayers. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction studies show that a controlled thermal treatment can interdiffuse the multilayers so as to create predominantly single-phase epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films. High resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy investigation of the processed films shows that they consist of large epitaxial grains of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 with atomically sharp interfaces with the LaAlO3 substrates. In addition, we have identified regions where polycrystalline and amorphous phases exist in small pockets in the film matrix. The results here indicate that the combinatorial thin-film synthesis using precursors can produce (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films in combinatorial libraries which exhibit properties similar to those films made by conventional techniques.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  13. Evolution of the CaF2:Tm (TLD-300) glow curve as an indicator of beam quality for low-energy photon beams

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    Muñoz, I. D.; Avila, O.; Gamboa-deBuen, I.; Brandan, M. E.

    2015-03-01

    We study the high- to low- temperature signal ratio (HLTR) of the CaF2:Tm glow curve as a function of beam quality for low-energy photon beams with effective energy between 15.2 and 33.6 keV, generated with W, Mo and Rh anodes. CaF2:Tm dosemeters (TLD-300) were exposed to x-rays and 60Co gamma-rays. Glow curves were deconvoluted into 7 peaks, using computerized glow curve deconvolution and HLTR was evaluated. Air kerma and dose in water were between 2.1-15.0 mGy and 49.8-373.8 mGy, respectively. All peaks in the glow curve showed a linear response with respect to air kerma and dose in water. HLTR values decreased monotonically between 1.029  ±  0.010 (at 15.2 keV) and 0.821  ±  0.011 (33.6 keV), and no effects due to the use of different anode/filter combinations were observed. The results indicate a relatively high value of HLTR (about 1 for 17 keV effective energy, or 3 keV μm-1 track-average LET) and a measurable dependence on the photon beam quality. Comparison of these photon data with HLTR for ions shows good quantitative agreement. The reported evolution of the CaF2:Tm glow curve could facilitate the estimation of the effective energy of unknown photon fields by this technique.

  14. Simple thermodynamic model for the specific heat of the fluorite crystals PbF2, CaF2, and SrCl2

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    Bouteiller, Yves

    1992-04-01

    The excess specific heat for SrCl2, PbF2, and CaF2 fluorite crystals has been computed by means of statistical mechanics using a model derived from the Welch and Dienes phenomenological model for phase transitions. The enthalpy is written in a form that partly takes the long-range interactions into consideration. It is shown that the transition temperature is always attained for low defect concentrations, as experimentally found by Schröter and Nöltig. The calculations are in quantitative agreement with available experimental data.

  15. Tensile properties of HA 230 and HA 188 after 400 and 2500 hour exposures to LiF-22CaF2 and vacuum at 1093 K

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    1990-01-01

    The solid-to-liquid phase transformation of the nominal LiF-20CaF2 eutectic at 1043 K is considered to be an ideal candidate thermal energy storage mechanism for a space based low temperature Brayton cycle solar dynamic system. Although Co, Fe, and Ni superalloys are thought to be suitable containment materials for LiF based salts, long term containment is of concern because molten fluorides are usually corrosive and Cr can be lost into space through evaporation. Two examples of commercially available superalloys in sheet form, the Ni-base material HA 230 and the Co-base material Ha 88, have been exposed to molten LiF-22CaF2, its vapor, and vacuum, at 1093 K, for 400 and 2500 hr. Triplicate tensile testing of specimens subjected to all three environments have been undertaken between 77 to 1200 K. Comparison of the weight gain data, microstructure, and tensile properties indicate that little, if any, difference in behavior can be ascribed to the exposure environment.

  16. Temperature-dependent refractive index measurements of CaF2, Suprasil 3001, and S-FTM16 for the Euclid near-infrared spectrometer and photometer

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    Leviton, Douglas B.; Miller, Kevin H.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Grupp, Frank U.

    2015-09-01

    Using the Cryogenic High Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we measured absolute refractive indices at temperatures from 100 to 310 K at wavelengths from 0.42 to 3.6 microns for CaF2, Suprasil 3001 fused silica, and S-FTM16 glass in support of lens designs for the Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer (NISP) for ESA's Euclid dark energy mission. We report absolute refractive index, dispersion (dn/dλ), and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) for these materials. In this study, materials from different melts were procured to understand index variability in each material. We provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures. For calcium fluoride (CaF2) and S-FTM16, we compare our current measurements with CHARMS measurements of these materials made in the recent past for other programs. We also compare Suprasil 3001's indices to those of other forms of fused silica we have measured in CHARMS.

  17. Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index Measurements of Caf2, Suprasil 3001, and S-FTM16 for the Euclid Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer

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    Leviton, Douglas B.; Miller, Kevin H.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Grupp, Frank D.

    2015-01-01

    Using the Cryogenic High Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we measured absolute refractive indices at temperatures from 100 to 310 K at wavelengths from 0.42 to 3.6 microns for CaF2, Suprasil 3001 fused silica, and S-FTM16 glass in support of lens designs for the Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer (NISP) for ESA's Euclid dark energy mission. We report absolute refractive index, dispersion (dn/d?), and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) for these materials. In this study, materials from different melts were procured to understand index variability in each material. We provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures. For calcium fluoride (CaF2) and S-FTM16, we compare our current measurements with CHARMS measurements of these materials made in the recent past for other programs. We also compare Suprasil 3001's indices to those of other forms of fused silica we have measured in CHARMS.

  18. Formation and investigation of ultrathin layers of Co2FeSi ferromagnetic alloy synthesized on silicon covered with a CaF2 barrier layer

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    Grebenyuk, G. S.; Gomoyunova, M. V.; Pronin, I. I.; Vyalikh, D. V.; Molodtsov, S. L.

    2016-03-01

    Ultrathin (∼2 nm) films of Co2FeSi ferromagnetic alloy were formed on silicon by solid-phase epitaxy and studied in situ. Experiments were carried out in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) using substrates of Si(1 1 1) single crystals covered with a 5 nm thick CaF2 barrier layer. The elemental and phase composition as well as the magnetic properties of the synthesized films were analyzed by photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation and by magnetic linear dichroism in photoemission of Fe 3p and Co 3p electrons. The study shows that the synthesis of the Co2FeSi ferromagnetic alloy occurs in the temperature range of 200-400 °C. At higher temperatures, the films become island-like and lose their ferromagnetic properties, as the CaF2 barrier layer is unable to prevent a mass transfer between the film and the Si substrate, which violates the stoichiometry of the alloy.

  19. A Density Model Based on the Modified Quasichemical Model and Applied to the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 Electrolyte

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    Robelin, Christian; Chartrand, Patrice

    2007-12-01

    A theoretical model for the density of multicomponent inorganic liquids based on the modified quasichemical model has been presented in a previous article. In the present article, this model is applied to the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 electrolyte. By introducing in the Gibbs energy of the liquid phase, temperature-dependent molar volume expressions for the pure fluorides and oxides, and pressure-dependent excess parameters for the binary (and sometimes higher-order) interactions, it is possible to reproduce, and eventually predict, the molar volume and the density of the multicomponent liquid phase using standard interpolation methods. All available density data for the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 liquid were collected and critically evaluated, and optimized pressure-dependent model parameters have been found. This new volumetric model can be used with Gibbs energy minimization software, to calculate the molar volume and the density of cryolite-based melts used for the electroreduction of alumina in Hall-Héroult cells.

  20. Preparation and Electrochemical Characterization of Aluminium Liquid Battery Cells With Two Different Electrolytes (NaCl-BaCl2-AlF3-NaF and LiF-AlF3-BaF2).

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    Napast, Viktor; Moškon, Jože; Homšak, Marko; Petek, Aljana; Gaberšček, Miran

    2015-01-01

    The possibility of preparation of operating rechargeable liquid battery cells based on aluminium and its alloys is systematically checked. In all cases we started from aluminium as the negative electrode whereas as the positive electrode three different metals were tested: Pb, Bi and Sn. Two types of electrolytes were selected: Na(3)AlF(6) -AlF(3) - BaCl(2) - NaCl and Li(3)AlF(3) - BaF(2). We show that some of these combinations allowed efficient separation of individual liquid layers. The cells exhibited expected voltages, relatively high current densities and could be charged and discharged several times. The capacities were relatively low (120 mAh in the case of Al-Pb system), mostly due to unoptimised cell construction. Improvements in various directions are possible, especially by hermetically sealing the cells thus preventing salt evaporation. Similarly, solubility of aluminium in alloys can be increased by optimising the composition of positive electrode. PMID:26680707

  1. Reel-to-reel x-ray diffraction and Raman microscopy analysis of differentially heat-treated Y BaF2 Cu precursor films on metre-length RABiTS

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    Venkataraman, K.; Lee, D. F.; Leonard, K.; Heatherly, L.; Cook, S.; Paranthaman, M.; Mika, M.; Maroni, V. A.

    2004-06-01

    Reel-to-reel x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman micro-spectroscopy are being evaluated as potential diagnostic tools for on-line feedback in the manufacturing of long-length coated conductors. To facilitate this evaluation, a procedure based on differentially heat-treated Y-BaF2-Cu precursors exposed to time-synchronized phase composition gradients has been developed. Two time-gradient-processed Y Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) tapes of different thicknesses were fabricated using this procedure. The two techniques (used in combination) provided detailed phase and microstructure information as a function of temperature and heat treatment time and identified the same optimum processing time domain windows. More importantly, these deduced optimum times were found to be in close agreement with transport Jc measurements on replicate tapes. In addition, Raman data provided unambiguous identification of key intermediate phases such as BaF2, CuO, Y2Cu2O5, and barium cuprates. Using these results, a hypothetical Y-BaF2-Cu to YBCO reaction mechanism is proposed.

  2. Effects of CaF2 vis-a-vis TiO2 as nucleating agent in SiO2-Al2O3-CaO glass-ceramics

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    Mukherjee, Debasis Pradip; Datta, Tanmoy; Das, Sudip Kumar

    2013-06-01

    The independent effects of CaF2 and TiO2 on the glass-ceramics based on SiO2-Al2O3-CaO system have been investigated. The crystallization behavior, microstructure, mechanical properties and chemical resistance of the glass-ceramics were studied by Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), FTIR, mechanical and chemical resistance measurements. The CaF2 containing glass ceramics are found to be much superior to that of TiO2 containing glass ceramics on the basis of sintering strength, mechanical and chemical properties.

  3. Temperature dependence of the elastic moduli and damping for polycrystalline LiF-22 pct CaF2 eutectic salt

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    Wolfenden, A.; Lastrapes, G.; Duggan, M. B.; Raj, S. V.

    1991-01-01

    Young's and shear moduli and damping were measured for as-cast polycrystalline LiF-(22 mol pct)CaF2 eutectic specimens as a function of temperature using the piezoelectric ultrasonic composite oscillator technique. The shear modulus decreased with increasing temperature from about 40 GPa at 295 K to about 30 GPa at 1000 K, while the Young modulus decreased from about 115 GPa at 295 K to about 35 GPa at 900 K. These values are compared with those derived from the rule of mixtures using elastic moduli data for LiF and CaF2 single crystals. It is shown that, while the shear modulus data agree reasonably well with the predicted trend, there is a large discrepancy between the theoretical calculations and the Young modulus values, where this disagreement increases with increasing temperature.

  4. Tensile properties of haynes alloy 230 and inconel 617 after long exposures to LiF-22CaF2 and vacuum at 1093 K

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1994-12-01

    As a part of a study of a space-based thermal energy storage system utilizing the latent heat of fusion of the eutectic salt LiF-20CaF2 (mole%), the two wrought Ni-base superalloys Haynes alloy 230 and Inconel 617 were subjected to molten salt, its vapor, and vacuum for periods as long as 10,000 h at 1093 K. Following exposure, the microstructures were characterized, and samples from each superalloy were tensile tested between 77 and 1200 K. Neither the structure nor mechanical properties revealed evidence for additional degradation due to exposures to the salt. Although some loss in tensile properties was noted, particularly at 77 K, this reduction could be ascribed to the influence of simple aging at 1093 K.

  5. On the application of CaF2:Eu and SrF2:Eu phosphors in LED based phototherapy lamp

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    Belsare, P. D.; Moharil, S. V.; Joshi, C. P.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2013-06-01

    In the last few years the interest of scientific community has been increased towards solid state lighting based on LEDs because of their superior advantages over the conventional fluorescent lamps. As the GaN based LEDs are easily available efforts of the researchers are now on making the new phosphors which are excitable in the near UV region (360-400nm) for solid state lighting. This paper reports the photoluminescence characteristics of CaF2:Eu and SrF2:Eu phosphor prepared by wet chemical method. The violet emission of these phosphors with near UV excitation can be useful in making a phototherapy lamp based on LEDs for treating various skin diseases like acne vulgaris and hyperbilirubinemia.

  6. Characterization of the tribological coating composition 77 wt % CaF2 - 23 wt % Li F fused to IN-750 alloy

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    Deadmore, D. L.; Sliney, H. E.

    1986-01-01

    A coating composed of 77 wt % CaF2 - 23 wt % LiF fused on IN-750 nickel-based alloy was studied using SEM, XRD, EDX, and optical microscopic methods. The surfaces examined were the as-fused coating with no subsequent treatment, the coating after ultrasonic cleaning in water, and the uncoated polished and etched metal. It was found that the coating reacts during fusion with Ti and Nb rich inclusions in the alloy. Numerous small rectangular crystallites of Ca(Ti,Nb) oxide are formed beneath an overlay of fused fluoride composition. These crystallines are stubby and appear to be embedded in the metal substrate surface. It is known from previous studies that this coating-alloy system has good tribological properties in extreme conditions, such as liquid fluorine. It has been concluded from the present study that the short firmly embedded crystalline protuberances contribute to the coating adherence and thereby to enhanced coating wear life.

  7. Al15Ge4Ni3: A new intergrowth structure with Cu3Au- and CaF2-type building blocks

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Jandl, Isabella; Effenberger, Herta S.; Herzig, Peter; Richter, Klaus W.

    2015-05-01

    The new ternary compound Al15Ge4Ni3 (τ2 in the system Al-Ge-Ni) was synthesized in single crystalline form by a special annealing procedure from samples located in the three phase fields [L+Al+τ2] and [L+Ge+τ2]. The crystal structure of Al15Ge4Ni3 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound crystallizes in a new structure type in space group I4¯3m, Pearson Symbol cI88, cubic lattice parameter a=11.405(1) Å. Phase diagram investigations indicate stoichiometric composition without considerable homogeneity range; τ2 melts peritectically at T=444 °C. The crystal structure of Al15Ge4Ni3 shows a unique combination of simple Cu3Au- and CaF2-type building blocks: a three dimensional network of CaF2-type units, formed by Ni and Al atoms, is interspaced by clusters (Al6Ge8) resembling unit cells of the Cu3Au-type. Both structural motifs are connected by Al-Ge bonds. The ground state energy of the compound was obtained by DFT calculations and the densities of states were analyzed in detail. In addition, electron density maps were calculated in four different sections through the unit cell using the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method. The bonding situation in Al15Ge4Ni3 was discussed combining results from electronic calculations with the analysis of the coordination of atoms.

  8. Dense and nanometric electronic excitations induced by swift heavy ions in an ionic CaF2 crystal: Evidence for two thresholds of damage creation

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    Toulemonde, M.; Benyagoub, A.; Trautmann, C.; Khalfaoui, N.; Boccanfuso, M.; Dufour, C.; Gourbilleau, F.; Grob, J. J.; Stoquert, J. P.; Costantini, J. M.; Haas, F.; Jacquet, E.; Voss, K.-O.; Meftah, A.

    2012-02-01

    CaF2 crystals as representatives of the class of ionic nonamorphizable insulators were irradiated with many different swift heavy ions of energy above 0.5 MeV/u providing a broad range of electronic energy losses (Se). Beam-induced modifications were characterized by Channeling Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (C-RBS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), complemented by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results from C-RBS give evidence of significant damage appearing above a Se threshold of 5 ± 2 keV/nm. A second critical Se appears around 18 ± 3 keV/nm; below this value the damage as function of ion fluence saturates at 20%, while above this the damage saturation level increases with Se, reaching ˜60% for ions of Se = 30 keV/nm. XRD measurements also show effects indicating two threshold values. Above 5 keV/nm, the widths of the XRD reflection peaks increase due to the formation of nanograins, as seen by TEM, while a significant decrease of the peak areas only occurs above 18 keV/nm. The track radii deduced from C-RBS measurements are in agreement with those extracted from the fluence evolution of the widths of the XRD peaks. Moreover, track radii deduced from the peak area analysis are slightly smaller but in agreement with previous track observations by high resolution electron microscopy. Calculations based on the inelastic thermal spike model suggest that the lower threshold at 5 keV/nm is linked to the quenching of the molten phase, whereas the threshold at 18 keV/nm can be interpreted as quenching of the boiling phase. The results of CaF2 are compared with other nonamorphizable materials such as LiF and UO2.

  9. Investigation of ion induced damage in KBr, YAG:Ce, CaF2:Eu and CsI:Tl irradiated by various-energy protons

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    Lin, L. Y.; Leitner, D.; Benatti, C.; Perdikakis, G.; Krause, S. W.; Rencsok, R.; Nash, S.; Wittmer, W.

    2015-03-01

    New experimental results on the scintillation processes for KBr, YAG:Ce, CaF2:Eu and CsI:Tl crystals under H2+ irradiation for the energy range of 600-2150 keV/u are systematically reported. The scintillation light yield was measured as a function of accumulated particle fluence at the rare isotope ReAccelerator (ReA) facility of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). The data indicates that YAG:Ce and CsI:Tl can maintain stable luminescence under continuous ion bombardment for at least a total fluence of 1.8×1012 ions/mm2 in the energy range used for this experiment. On the other hand, the luminescence of CaF2:Eu shows a rapid initial decay but then maintains a nearly constant luminescence yield. The extraordinary scintillation response of KBr is initially enhanced under ion bombardment, approaches a maximum, and then eventually decays. The scintillation efficiency of the CsI:Tl scintillator is superior to the other materials. The stability of the measured beam profile width deducted from the different scintillator materials in static beam conditions was also investigated as a function of irradiation time. We observed that the low-energy H2+ bombardment (25 keV/u) on the YAG:Ce scintillator can lead to the significant degradation of the scintillation yields. Different scintillation degradation responses for the low- and high-energy bombardments can be attributed to the transmission loss of the emitted light inside the crystal caused by displacement damages.

  10. Effect of SiO2 on the Crystallization Behaviors and In-Mold Performance of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 Slags for Drawing-Ingot-Type Electroslag Remelting

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    Shi, Cheng-Bin; Li, Jing; Cho, Jung-Wook; Jiang, Fang; Jung, In-Ho

    2015-10-01

    The crystallization characteristics of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with varying amounts of SiO2 were experimentally studied. The effects of slag crystallization behaviors on the horizontal heat transfer and lubrication performance in drawing-ingot-type electroslag remelting (ESR) were also evaluated in terms of as-cast ingots surface quality and drawing-ingot operation. The results show that increasing SiO2 addition from 0 to 6.8 mass pct strongly suppresses the crystallization of ESR type CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags. The crystallization temperature of the studied slags decreases with the increase in SiO2 addition. The liquidus temperatures of the slags also show a decreasing trend with increasing SiO2 content. In CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(SiO2) slags, faceted 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 crystals precipitate first during continuous cooling of the slag melts, followed by the formation of CaF2 at lower temperatures. 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 was confirmed to be the dominant crystalline phase in the studied slags. CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with a small amount of SiO2 addition are favorable for providing sound lubrication and horizontal heat transfer in mold for drawing-ingot-type ESR, which consequently bring the improvement in the surface quality of ESR ingot and drawing-ingot operating practice as demonstrated by plant trials.

  11. Development of very high Jc in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 thin films grown on CaF2

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    Tarantini, C.; Kametani, F.; Lee, S.; Jiang, J.; Weiss, J. D.; Jaroszynski, J.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Eom, C. B.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2014-12-03

    Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 is the most tunable of the Fe-based superconductors (FBS) in terms of acceptance of high densities of self-assembled and artificially introduced pinning centres which are effective in significantly increasing the critical current density, Jc. Moreover, FBS are very sensitive to strain, which induces an important enhancement in critical temperature,Tc, of the material. In this study we demonstrate that strain induced by the substrate can further improve Jc of both single and multilayer films by more than that expected simply due to the increase in Tc. The multilayer deposition of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 on CaF2 increases the pinning force density (Fp=Jc xmore » μ₀H) by more than 60% compared to a single layer film, reaching a maximum of 84 GN/m3 at 22.5 T and 4.2 K, the highest value ever reported in any 122 phase.« less

  12. Development of very high Jc in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 thin films grown on CaF2.

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    Tarantini, C; Kametani, F; Lee, S; Jiang, J; Weiss, J D; Jaroszynski, J; Hellstrom, E E; Eom, C B; Larbalestier, D C

    2014-01-01

    Ba(Fe(1-x)Co(x))(2)As(2) is the most tunable of the Fe-based superconductors (FBS) in terms of acceptance of high densities of self-assembled and artificially introduced pinning centres which are effective in significantly increasing the critical current density, J(c). Moreover, FBS are very sensitive to strain, which induces an important enhancement in critical temperature, T(c), of the material. In this paper we demonstrate that strain induced by the substrate can further improve J(c) of both single and multilayer films by more than that expected simply due to the increase in T(c). The multilayer deposition of Ba(Fe(1-x)Co(x))(2)As(2) on CaF2 increases the pinning force density (F(p) = J(c) × µ0H) by more than 60% compared to a single layer film, reaching a maximum of 84 GN/m(3) at 22.5 T and 4.2 K, the highest value ever reported in any 122 phase. PMID:25467177

  13. Storing Hydrogen, by Enhancing Diamond Powder Properties under Hydrogen Plasma with CaF2 and KF for Use in Fuel Cells

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    Ochoa, Franklyn E. Colmenares

    2006-12-04

    A fuel cell is like a battery that instead of using electricity to recharge itself, it uses hydrogen. In the fuel cell industry, one of the main problems is storing hydrogen in a safe way and extracting it economically. Gaseous hydrogen requires high pressures which could be very dangerous in case of a collision. The success of hydrogen use depends largely on the development of an efficient storage and release method. In an effort to develop a better hydrogen storage system for fuel cells technology this research investigates the use of 99% pure diamond powder for storing hydrogen. Mixing this powder with a calcium fluoride and potassium fluoride compound in its solid form and treating the surface of the powder with hydrogen plasma, modifies the surface of the diamond. After some filtration through distilled water and drying, the modified diamond is treated with hydrogen. We expect hydrogen to be attracted to the diamond powder surface in higher quantities due to the CaF2 and KF treatment. Due to the large surface area of diamond nanopowder and the electronegative terminal bonds of the fluorine particles on the structure's surface, to the method shows promise in storing high densities of hydrogen.

  14. A high-resolution digital dosimetric system for spatial characterization of radiation fields using a thermoluminescent CaF2:Dy crystal.

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    Atari, N A; Svensson, G K

    1986-01-01

    A high-resolution digital dosimetric system has been developed for the spatial characterization of radiation fields. The system comprises the following: 0.5-mm-thick, 25-mm-diam CaF2:Dy thermoluminescent crystal; intensified charge coupled device video camera; video cassette recorder; and a computerized image processing subsystem. The optically flat single crystal is used as a radiation imaging device and the subsequent thermally stimulated phosphorescence is viewed by the intensified camera for further processing and analysis. Parameters governing the performance characteristics of the system were measured. A spatial resolution limit of 31 +/- 2 microns (1 sigma) corresponding to 16 +/- 1 line pairs/mm measured at the 4% level of the modulation transfer function has been achieved. The full width at half maximum of the line spread function measured independently by the slit method or derived from the edge response function was found to be 69 +/- 4 microns (1 sigma). The high resolving power, speed of readout, good precision, wide dynamic range, and the large image storage capacity make the system suitable for the digital mapping of the relative distribution of absorbed doses for various small radiation fields and the edges of larger fields. PMID:3724696

  15. High-resolution digital dosimetric system for spatial characterization of radiation fields using a thermoluminescent CaF2:Dy crystal

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    Atari, N.A.; Svensson, G.K.

    1986-05-01

    A high-resolution digital dosimetric system has been developed for the spatial characterization of radiation fields. The system comprises the following: 0.5-mm-thick, 25-mm-diam CaF2:Dy thermoluminescent crystal; intensified charge coupled device video camera; video cassette recorder; and a computerized image processing subsystem. The optically flat single crystal is used as a radiation imaging device and the subsequent thermally stimulated phosphorescence is viewed by the intensified camera for further processing and analysis. Parameters governing the performance characteristics of the system were measured. A spatial resolution limit of 31 +/- 2 microns (1 sigma) corresponding to 16 +/- 1 line pairs/mm measured at the 4% level of the modulation transfer function has been achieved. The full width at half maximum of the line spread function measured independently by the slit method or derived from the edge response function was found to be 69 +/- 4 microns (1 sigma). The high resolving power, speed of readout, good precision, wide dynamic range, and the large image storage capacity make the system suitable for the digital mapping of the relative distribution of absorbed doses for various small radiation fields and the edges of larger fields.

  16. Development of very high Jc in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 thin films grown on CaF2

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    Tarantini, C.; Kametani, F.; Lee, S.; Jiang, J.; Weiss, J. D.; Jaroszynski, J.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Eom, C. B.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2014-01-01

    Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 is the most tunable of the Fe-based superconductors (FBS) in terms of acceptance of high densities of self-assembled and artificially introduced pinning centres which are effective in significantly increasing the critical current density, Jc. Moreover, FBS are very sensitive to strain, which induces an important enhancement in critical temperature, Tc, of the material. In this paper we demonstrate that strain induced by the substrate can further improve Jc of both single and multilayer films by more than that expected simply due to the increase in Tc. The multilayer deposition of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 on CaF2 increases the pinning force density (Fp = Jc × µ0H) by more than 60% compared to a single layer film, reaching a maximum of 84 GN/m3 at 22.5 T and 4.2 K, the highest value ever reported in any 122 phase. PMID:25467177

  17. Fluoride evaporation and crystallization behavior of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(TiO2) slag for electroslag remelting of Ti-containing steels

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    Shi, Cheng-bin; Cho, Jung-wook; Zheng, Ding-li; Li, Jing

    2016-06-01

    To elucidate the behavior of slag films in an electroslag remelting process, the fluoride evaporation and crystallization of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(TiO2) slags were studied using the single hot thermocouple technique. The crystallization mechanism of TiO2-bearing slag was identified based on kinetic analysis. The fluoride evaporation and incubation time of crystallization in TiO2-free slag are found to considerably decrease with decreasing isothermal temperature down to 1503 K. Fish-bone and flower-like CaO crystals precipitate in TiO2-free slag melt, which is accompanied by CaF2 evaporation from slag melt above 1503 K. Below 1503 K, only near-spherical CaF2 crystals form with an incubation time of less than 1 s, and the crystallization is completed within 1 s. The addition of 8.1wt% TiO2 largely prevents the fluoride evaporation from slag melt and promotes the slag crystallization. TiO2 addition leads to the precipitation of needle-like perovskite (CaTiO3) crystals instead of CaO crystals in the slag. The crystallization of perovskite (CaTiO3) occurs by bulk nucleation and diffusion-controlled one-dimensional growth.

  18. Structural and thermal characterization of CaO-MgO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glasses

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    Kansal, Ishu; Goel, Ashutosh; Tulyaganov, Dilshat U.; Rajagopal, Raghu R.; Ferreira, Jose M.

    2012-08-01

    The paper presents the influence of varying CaO/MgO ratio on the structure and thermal properties of CaO-MgO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glasses. A series of eight glass compositions in the glass forming region of diopside (CaMgSi2O6) - fluorapatite [Ca5(PO4)3F] - wollastonite (CaSiO3) ternary system have been designed and synthesized by varying diopside/wollastonite ratio in glasses. The as prepared melt-quenched glasses have been characterized for their structure by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and magic angle spinning (MAS)-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Silicon is predominantly present as Q2 (Si) species, while phosphorus tends to coordinate in orthophosphate environment in all the investigated glasses. The change in CaO/MgO ratio had an insignificant affect on the structure of glasses. The thermal sintering and crystallization parameters for the studied glasses have been obtained from differential thermal analysis (DTA) while crystalline phase fractions in the sintered glass-ceramics have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction adjoined with Rietveld refinement. Diopside, fluorapatite, wollastonite and pseudowollastonite have crystallized as the main crystalline phases in all the glass-ceramics with their content varying with respect to variation in CaO/MgO ratio in glasses. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been used to shed light on the microstructure of glass-ceramics. The possible implications of structure and sintering behaviour of glasses on their bioactivity have been discussed.

  19. Capillary and van der Waals interactions on CaF2 crystals from amplitude modulation AFM force reconstruction profiles under ambient conditions

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    Calò, Annalisa; Robles, Oriol Vidal; Santos, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    Summary There has been much interest in the past two decades to produce experimental force profiles characteristic of the interaction between nanoscale objects or a nanoscale object and a plane. Arguably, the advent of the atomic force microscope AFM was instrumental in driving such efforts because, in principle, force profiles could be recovered directly. Nevertheless, it has taken years before techniques have developed enough as to recover the attractive part of the force with relatively low noise and without missing information on critical ranges, particularly under ambient conditions where capillary interactions are believed to dominate. Thus a systematic study of the different profiles that may arise in such situations is still lacking. Here we employ the surfaces of CaF2, on which nanoscale water films form, to report on the range and force profiles that might originate by dynamic capillary interactions occurring between an AFM tip and nanoscale water patches. Three types of force profiles were observed under ambient conditions. One in which the force decay resembles the well-known inverse-square law typical of van der Waals interactions during the first 0.5–1 nm of decay, a second one in which the force decays almost linearly, in relatively good agreement with capillary force predicted by the constant chemical potential approximation, and a third one in which the attractive force is almost constant, i.e., forms a plateau, up to 3–4 nm above the surface when the formation of a capillary neck dominates the tip–sample interaction. PMID:25977852

  20. Preliminary Experiments and Determination of the Thermal Gradient in a 12.7 mm CaF2 Furnace Assembly, Humboldt State University Piston-Cylinder Laboratory

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    Schwab, B. E.

    2004-12-01

    A 12.7 mm piston-cylinder laboratory has been established at Humboldt State University. A series of double-thermocouple (DTC) experiments were performed to measure the thermal profile of the furnace assembly following the procedures of Pickering et al. (1998, Amer. Min.). Furnace assemblies consist of a 304 stainless base plug, CaF&_{2} sleeve, straight-walled graphite heater tube, crushable MgO inner parts, and lower graphite plug and ring which allow for extrusion of the graphite heater tube during shortening of the sleeve and MgO pieces. Careful measurement of pre- and post-run assembly parts indicate an average 30-35% shortening of the assembly. DTC results show a thermal peak that is displaced \\sim2.0 mm above the center of the effective furnace, defined as the length of inner MgO pieces post-run. This offset is in the same direction (upward, toward base plug), but slightly less than the offset described by Pickering et al. (1998). A secondary measure of the thermal profile using spinel growth via reaction between MgO and Al_{2}O_{3} assembly parts (e.g., Watson et al., 2002, CMP) is underway. A single partial melting experiment was performed at 1.0 GPa and 1330\\degC for 72 hours using intermediate peridotite starting material INT-A in a graphite-lined Pt capsule with vitreous carbon spheres as a melt sink. Phase compositions were determined by electron microprobe and mass balance calculations were made to determine melt fraction and mineral mode. Initial calculations yield glass:olivine:cpx:opx:spinel proportions of: 5.0:54.2:15.9:23.9:1.1. These preliminary results correspond well with previous work performed at the University of Oregon on the same starting material (Schwab and Johnston, 2001). The best match is with a 1315\\degC experiment (INT-A13) in terms of mode (6.9:53.7:13.4:25.0:1.0) and glass composition, indicating that the temperature of this initial experiment may be slightly cooler than the target temperature, however the results of this interlaboratory comparison are still within the \\pm10-15\\deg$C temperature uncertainty of the piston cylinder apparatus. Additional calibration experiments are ongoing.

  1. Effect of ZnO addition on bioactive CaO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glass-ceramics containing apatite and wollastonite.

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    Kamitakahara, M; Ohtsuki, C; Inada, H; Tanihara, M; Miyazaki, T

    2006-07-01

    Some ceramics show bone-bonding ability, i.e. bioactivity. Apatite formation on ceramics is an essential condition to bring about direct bonding to living bone when implanted into bony defects. A controlled surface reaction of the ceramic is an important factor governing the bioactivity and biodegradation of the implanted ceramic. Among bioactive ceramics, glass-ceramic A-W containing apatite and wollastonite shows high bioactivity, as well as high mechanical strength. In this study, glass-ceramics containing zinc oxide were prepared by modification of the composition of the glass-ceramic A-W. Zinc oxide was selected to control the reactivity of the glass-ceramics since zinc is a trace element that shows stimulatory effects on bone formation. Glass-ceramics were prepared by heat treatment of glasses with the general composition: xZnOx(57.0-x)CaOx35.4SiO(2)x7.2P(2)O(5)x0.4CaF(2) (where x=0-14.2mol.%). Addition of ZnO increased the chemical durability of the glass-ceramics, resulting in a decrease in the rate of apatite formation in a simulated body fluid. On the other hand, the release of zinc from the glass-ceramics increased with increasing ZnO content. Addition of ZnO may provide bioactive CaO-SiO(2)-P(2)O(5)-CaF(2) glass-ceramics with the capacity for appropriate biodegradation, as well as enhancement of bone formation. PMID:16765885

  2. Annealing of electron damage in mid-IR transmitting fluoride glass

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Doremus, Robert H.

    1986-01-01

    Damage in ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3 glass induced by high-energy electrons was studied by ESR and optical spectroscopy. An optical absorption band at 314 nm in the irradiated glass annealed rapidly above about 50 C, probably by a second-order reaction at room temperature; the ESR lines annealed very slowly at room temperature.

  3. SiO2 and CaF2 Behavior During Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Their Effect on Slag Detachability of the CaO-CaF2-SiO2 Type ENiCrFe-7-Covered Electrode

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    Wang, Huang; Qin, Renyao; He, Guo

    2016-07-01

    The metallurgical behavior during shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and the slag detachability of the CaO-CaF2-SiO2 type ENiCrFe-7-covered electrodes was investigated. The results indicated that the slag detachability could be improved as the SiO2 in the flux coatings decreased. When the SiO2 in the flux coating was 10.9 pct, about 28.3 pct CaF2 resulted in the best slag detachability. The CaF2 and SiO2 in the flux coating interacted during SMAW to form gaseous SiF4 to be evacuated. In the reactions, one SiO2 consumed two CaF2, leading to the reduction of the ratio of CaF2/SiO2. After comparing the slag compositions, the best slag detachability was obtained at CaO:CaF2:SiO2 = 1.7:1.8:1, but the worst slag detachability appeared at CaO:CaF2:SiO2 = 1.3:0.9:1. The XRD analysis revealed that the oxides and fluorides in the slags preferred to gather together to form cuspidine and other complex phases. If the CaF2 was dominant in the slags, they intended to form homogenous porous microstructures that were relatively strong and would most likely detach from the weld metal in blocks, exhibiting good slag detachability. If the cuspidine phase was dominant, the slags exhibited a `rock strata'-like microstructure in the intergranular area. Such microstructure was very fragile and could be broken into fine powders that were easily embedded in the weld ripples, leading to slag adhesions. This work provides the researcher with a wealth of information and data, which will also be beneficial to the welding material producers and users.

  4. SiO2 and CaF2 Behavior During Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Their Effect on Slag Detachability of the CaO-CaF2-SiO2 Type ENiCrFe-7-Covered Electrode

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    Wang, Huang; Qin, Renyao; He, Guo

    2016-09-01

    The metallurgical behavior during shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and the slag detachability of the CaO-CaF2-SiO2 type ENiCrFe-7-covered electrodes was investigated. The results indicated that the slag detachability could be improved as the SiO2 in the flux coatings decreased. When the SiO2 in the flux coating was 10.9 pct, about 28.3 pct CaF2 resulted in the best slag detachability. The CaF2 and SiO2 in the flux coating interacted during SMAW to form gaseous SiF4 to be evacuated. In the reactions, one SiO2 consumed two CaF2, leading to the reduction of the ratio of CaF2/SiO2. After comparing the slag compositions, the best slag detachability was obtained at CaO:CaF2:SiO2 = 1.7:1.8:1, but the worst slag detachability appeared at CaO:CaF2:SiO2 = 1.3:0.9:1. The XRD analysis revealed that the oxides and fluorides in the slags preferred to gather together to form cuspidine and other complex phases. If the CaF2 was dominant in the slags, they intended to form homogenous porous microstructures that were relatively strong and would most likely detach from the weld metal in blocks, exhibiting good slag detachability. If the cuspidine phase was dominant, the slags exhibited a `rock strata'-like microstructure in the intergranular area. Such microstructure was very fragile and could be broken into fine powders that were easily embedded in the weld ripples, leading to slag adhesions. This work provides the researcher with a wealth of information and data, which will also be beneficial to the welding material producers and users.

  5. Mechanical properties of Haynes Alloy 188 after exposure to LiF-22CaF2, air, and vacuum at 1093 K for periods up to 10,000 hours

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    Whittenberger, J.D. )

    1992-08-01

    As part of a program to provide reassurance that the cobalt-base superalloy Haynes Alloy 188 can adequately contain a LiF-CaF2 eutectic thermal energy storage salt, 4900- and 10,000-hr exposures of Haynes Alloy 188 to LiF-22CaF2, its vapor, vacuum, and air at 1093 K have been undertaken. Following such exposures, the microstructure has been characterized and the 77 to 1200 K tensile properties measured. In addition, 1050 K vacuum creep-rupture testing of as-received and molten salt- and vacuum-exposed samples has been undertaken. Although slight degradation of the mechanical properties of Haynes Alloy 188 due to prior exposure was observed, basically none of the losses could be ascribed to a particular environment. Hence, observed decreases in properties are due to thermal aging effects, not corrosive attack. In view of these findings, Haynes Alloy 188 is still deemed to be suitable for containment of the eutectic LiF-CaF2 thermal energy storage media. 8 refs.

  6. Effect of ZrO(2) additions on the crystallization, mechanical and biological properties of MgO-CaO-SiO(2)-P(2)O(5)-CaF(2) bioactive glass-ceramics.

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    Li, H C; Wang, D G; Meng, X G; Chen, C Z

    2014-06-01

    A series of ZrO(2) doped MgO-CaO-SiO(2)-P(2)O(5)-CaF(2) bioactive glass-ceramics were obtained by sintering method. The crystallization behavior, phase composition, morphology and structure of glass-ceramics were characterized. The bending strength, elastic modulus, fracture toughness, micro-hardness and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of glass-ceramics were investigated. The in vitro bioactivity and cytotoxicity tests were used to evaluate the bioactivity and biocompatibility of glass-ceramics. The sedimentation mechanism and growth process of apatites on sample surface were discussed. The results showed that the mainly crystalline phases of glass-ceramics were Ca(5)(PO4)3F (fluorapatite) and β-CaSiO(3). (β-wollastonite). m-ZrO(2) (monoclinic zirconia) declined the crystallization temperatures of glasses. t-ZrO(2) (tetragonal zirconia) increased the crystallization temperature of Ca(5)(PO4)(3)F and declined the crystallization temperature of β-CaSiO(3). t-ZrO(2) greatly increased the fracture toughness, bending strength and micro-hardness of glass-ceramics. The nanometer apatites were induced on the surface of glass-ceramic after soaking 28 days in SBF (simulated body fluid), indicating the glass-ceramic has good bioactivity. The in vitro cytotoxicity test demonstrated the glass-ceramic has no toxicity to cell. PMID:24780435

  7. Influence of heat treatments upon the mechanical properties and in vitro bioactivity of ZrO2-toughened MgO-CaO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glass-ceramics.

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    Li, Huan-Cai; Wang, Dian-Gang; Meng, Xiang-Guo; Chen, Chuan-Zhong

    2014-09-01

    Zirconia-toughened MgO-CaO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glass-ceramics are prepared using sintering techniques, and a series of heat treatment procedures are designed to obtain a glass-ceramic with improved properties. The crystallization behavior, phase composition, and morphology of the glass-ceramics are characterized. The bending strength, elastic modulus, fracture toughness, and microhardness of the glass-ceramics are investigated, and the effect mechanism of heat treatments upon the mechanical properties is discussed. The bioactivity of glass-ceramics is then evaluated using the in vitro simulated body fluid (SBF) soaking test, and the mechanism whereby apatite forms on the glass-ceramic surfaces in the SBF solution is discussed. The results indicate that the main crystal phase of the G-24 sample undergoing two heat treatment procedures is Ca5(PO4)3F (fluorapatite), and those of the G-2444 sample undergoing four heat treatment procedures are Ca5(PO4)3F and β-CaSiO3 (β-wollastonite). The heat treatment procedures are found to greatly influence the mechanical properties of the glass-ceramic, and an apatite layer is induced on the glass-ceramic surface after soaking in the SBF solution. PMID:25280855

  8. Influence of local structural disorders on spectroscopic properties of multi-component CaF2-Bi2O3-P2O5-B2O3 glass ceramics with Cr2O3 as nucleating agent

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    Suresh, S.; Narendrudu, T.; Yusub, S.; Suneel Kumar, A.; Ravi Kumar, V.; Veeraiah, N.; Krishna Rao, D.

    2016-01-01

    Multi-component CaF2-Bi2O3-P2O5-B2O3 glasses doped with different concentrations of Cr2O3 were crystallized through heat treatment. The prepared glass ceramic samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Spectroscopic studies viz., optical absorption, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Raman and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) were carried out. The XRD, SEM and DTA studies indicated that the samples contain different crystalline phases. Results of optical absorption and EPR studies pointed out the gradual conversion of chromium ions from Cr3 + state to Cr6 + state with an increase of Cr2O3 content from 0.1 to 0.5 mol%. The results of FTIR, Raman and EPR studies revealed that Cr6 + ions participate in the glass network in tetrahedral positions and seemed to increase the polymerization of the glass ceramics. The quantitative analysis of results of the spectroscopic studies further indicated that the glasses crystallized with low concentration of Cr2O3 are favourable for solid state laser devices.

  9. Mechanical properties of Haynes Alloy 188 after exposure to LiF-22CaF2, air, and vacuum at 1093 K for periods up to 10,000 hours

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1992-01-01

    As part of a program to provide reassurance that the cobalt-base superalloy Haynes Alloy 188 can adequately contain a LiF-CaF2 eutectic thermal energy storage salt, 4900- and 10,000-hr exposures of Haynes Alloy 188 to LiF-22CaF2, its vapor, vacuum, and air at 1093 K have been undertaken. Following such exposures, the microstructure has been characterized and the 77 to 1200 K tensile properties measured. In addition, 1050 K vacuum creep-rupture testing of as-received and molten salt- and vacuum-exposed samples has been undertaken. Although slight degradation of the mechanical properties of Haynes Alloy 188 due to prior exposure was observed, basically none of the losses could be ascribed to a particular environment. Hence, observed decreases in properties are due to thermal aging effects, not corrosive attack. In view of these findings, Haynes Alloy 188 is still deemed to be suitable for containment of the eutectic LiF-CaF2 thermal energy storage media.

  10. Direct determination of the NaF/AlF3 molar ratio by Raman spectroscopy in NaF-AlF3-CaF2 melts at 1000 °C.

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    Malherbe, Cedric; Gilbert, Bernard

    2013-09-17

    For the last 40 years, Raman spectroscopy has been very useful in investigating the structure of corrosive molten salts, such as the cryolite-based melts widely used as electrolyte in the Hall-Heroult process. Even if this process remains the most economically efficient for metallic aluminum electro-production, it suffers from a high energy loss, which is dependent on the melt composition. Therefore, controlling the chemical composition of the electrolyte is essential. The present paper proposes to apply Raman spectroscopy for the direct determination of the NaF-AlF3 molar ratio in NaF-AlF3-CaF2-based melts. Despite the experimental difficulties, a calibration curve based on equilibria taking place in the melt has been developed and the procedure has been successfully compared to industrial samples of known compositions. The possible exportation of the laboratory scale procedure to an industrial environment application for the control of the Hall-Heroult process is finally discussed. PMID:23988269

  11. Multifunctional hollow CaF2:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Mn(2+)-poly(2-Aminoethyl methacrylate) microspheres for Pt(IV) pro-drug delivery and tri-modal imaging.

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    Deng, Xiaoran; Dai, Yunlu; Liu, Jianhua; Zhou, Ying; Ma, Ping'an; Cheng, Ziyong; Chen, Yinyin; Deng, Kerong; Li, Xuejiao; Hou, Zhiyao; Li, Chunxia; Lin, Jun

    2015-05-01

    Combining the multi-modal medical imaging with cancer therapy in one single system has attracted the great interests for theranostic purpose. In this paper, CaF2:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Mn(2+)-poly(2-Aminoethyl methacrylate) (UCHNs-PAMA) hybrid microspheres were successfully fabricated. The synthetic route to the nanocomposite based on a facile hydrothermal method for fabrication of hollow upconversion (UC) nanospheres at first and then post-filling the PAMA interiorly through photo-initiated polymerization. The UCHNs showed orange fluorescence under 980 nm near infrared (NIR) laser excitation, which provided the upconverting luminescence (UCL) imaging modality. Meanwhile, the presence of functional Mn(2+) and Yb(3+) offered the enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) imaging, respectively. Thanks to introducing amine groups-containing PAMA inside the hollow nanospheres, the Pt(IV) pro-drug, c,c,t-Pt(NH3)2Cl2(OOCCH2CH2COOH)2 (DSP), can be conveniently bonded on the polymer network to construct a nanoscale anti-cancer drug carrier. The UCHNs-PAMA-Pt(IV) nanocomposite shows effective inhibition for Hela cell line via MTT assay. In contrast, Pt(IV) pro-drug and UCHNs-PAMA microspheres behave little cytotoxicity to Hela cells. This should be attributed the fact that the anti-cancer ability can be recovered only when Pt(IV) pro-drug was reduced to Pt(II)-drug in cellular environment. Furthermore, the in vivo experiments on small mice also confirm that the hybrid microspheres have relatively low toxic side effects and high tumor inhibition rate. These findings show that the multifunctional hybrid microspheres have potential to be used as UCL/MR/CT tri-modal imaging contrast agent and anti-cancer drug carriers. PMID:25736505

  12. Influence of strontium on structure, sintering and biodegradation behaviour of CaO-MgO-SrO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glasses

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    Goel, Ashutosh; Rajagopal, Raghu R.; Ferreira, Jose M.

    2011-11-01

    The present study investigates the influence of SrO on structure, apatite forming ability, physico-chemical degradation and sintering behaviour of melt-quenched bioactive glasses with composition: mol.% (36.07 – x) CaO – x SrO - 19.24 MgO – 5.61 P2O5 – 38.49 SiO2 – 0.59 CaF2, where x varies between 0 – 10. The detailed structural analysis of glasses has been made by infra red spectroscopy (FTIR) and magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MAS-NMR). Silicon was predominantly present as Q2 (Si) species while phosphorus was found in orthophosphate type environment in all the investigated glasses. The apatite forming ability of glasses was investigated by immersion of glass powders in simulated body fluid (SBF) for time durations varying between 1 h – 7 days. While increasing Sr2+/Ca2+ ratio in glasses did not affect the structure of glasses significantly, their apatite forming ability was decreased considerably. Further, physico-chemical degradation of glasses has been studied in accordance with ISO 10993-14 “Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 14: Identification and quantification of degradation products from ceramics” in Tris HCl and citric acid buffer and the possible implications of ion release profile from glasses in different solutions has been discussed. The addition of strontium in glasses led to a 7-fold decrease in chemical degradation of glasses in Tris-HCl. The sintering of glass powders rendered glass-ceramics (GCs) with varying degree of crystallinity and good flexural strength (98-131 MPa) where the mechanical properties depend on the nature and amount of crystalline phases present in GCs.

  13. Particle Size Effects on Flow Properties of PS304 Plasma Spray Feedstock Powder Blend

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher; Eylon, Daniel

    2002-01-01

    The effects of BaF2-CaF2 particle size and size distribution on PS304 feedstock powder flowability have been investigated. Angular BaF2-CaF2 eutectic powders were produced by comminution and classified by screening to obtain 38 to 45 microns 45 to 106 microns, 63 to 106 microns, 45 to 53 microns, 63 to 75 microns, and 90 to 106 microns particle size distributions. The fluorides were added incrementally from 0 to 10 wt% to the other powder constituents of the PS304 feedstock: nichrome, chromia, and silver powders. The flow rate of the powder blends decreased linearly with increasing concentration of the fluorides. Flow was degraded with decreasing BaF2-CaF2 particle size and with increasing BaF2-CaF2 particle size distribution. A semiempirical relationship is offered to describe the PS304 powder blend flow behavior. The Hausner Ratio confirmed the funnel flow test results, but was slightly less sensitive to differences in BaF2-CaF2 particle size and size distribution. These findings may have applicability to other powders that do not flow easily, such as ceramic powders.

  14. Particle Morphology Effects on Flow Characteristics of PS304 Plasma Spray Coating Feedstock Powder Blend

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher; Eylon, Daniel

    2002-01-01

    The effects of BaF2-CaF 2 particle morphology on PS304 feedstock powder flow ability have been investigated. BaF2-CaF2 eutectic powders were fabricated by comminution (angular) and by gas atomization (spherical). The fluoride powders were added incrementally to the other powder constituents of the PS304 feedstock: nichrome, chromia, and silver powders. A linear relationship between flow time and concentration of BaF2-CaF2 powder was found. Flow of the powder blend with spherical BaF2-CaF2 was better than the angular BaF2-CaF2. Flow ability of the powder blend with angular fluorides decreased linearly with increasing fluoride concentration. Flow of the powder blend with spherical fluorides was independent of fluoride concentration. Results suggest that for this material blend, particle morphology plays a significant role in powder blend flow behavior, offering potential methods to improve powder flow ability and enhance the commercial potential. These findings may have applicability to other difficult-to-flow powders such as cohesive ceramics.

  15. Pulsed periodic laser excitation of upconversion luminescence for deep biotissue visualization

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    Pominova, D. V.; Ryabova, A. V.; Linkov, K. G.; Romanishkin, I. D.; Kuznetsov, S. V.; Rozhnova, J. A.; Konov, V. I.; Loschenov, V. B.

    2016-08-01

    Emission spectral properties and quantum efficiency of upconversion particles NaYF4, SrF2, LaF3, BaF2 и CaF2, doped with rare earth ions pair Yb3+–Er3+ were studied using continuous wave (CW) and pulsed periodic excitation modes in the near infrared (NIR) spectral range. Analysis of the obtained results showed that the intensity ratio of upconversion luminescence in green and red spectral ranges depends on excitation pulse duration. Thus, by changing the pulse duration the spectral properties of upconversion luminescence can be controlled. Crystals with higher phonon energy are more sensitive to the change of pumping mode. Interpretation of results was performed on the rate equation model basis. Using numerical methods for all energy levels involved in the upconversion process the population and depopulation dynamics were obtained with respect to the duration of the excitation pulses. It was shown that about 30 ms was required for the complete population of 4F9/2 state, from which the luminescence in the red spectral range occurs. When the pulse duration was less than 30 ms, the 4F9/2 population did not reach a steady state and the intensity of the luminescence in the red part of the spectrum was reduced. The theoretical dependence of the upconversion luminescence intensity in the green and red ranges of the excitation pulse duration for NaYF4:Yb0.2–Er0.02 composition was obtained and demonstrates good agreement with the experimental results.

  16. Materials Data on LaF3 (SG:139) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  17. Materials Data on LaF3 (SG:185) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  18. Crystallization of heavy metal fluoride glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Bruce, Allan J.; Doremus, R. H.; Moynihan, C. T.

    1984-01-01

    The kinetics of crystallization of a number of fluorozirconate glasses were studied using isothermal and dynamic differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The addition of the fluorides LiF, NaF, AlF3, LaF3 to a base glass composition of ZrF4-BaF2 reduced the tendency to crystallize, probably by modifying the viscosity-temperature relation. ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF glass was the most stable against devitrification and perhaps is the best composition for optical fibers with low scattering loss. Some glasses first crystallize out into metastable beta-BaZr2F10 and beta-BaZrF6 phases, which transform into the most stable alpha-phases when heated to higher temperatures. The size of the crystallites was estimated to be about 600 A from X-ray diffraction.

  19. Energy transfer and non-linear optical properties at near ultraviolet wavelengths: rare earth 4f->5d transitions in crystals and glasses. Progress report, June 1, 1985-May 31, 1986. [Ce-doped CaF2 and LiYF4

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    Hamilton, D.S.

    1986-01-01

    The project has considered several aspects of how high-fluence, near-ultraviolet laser light modifies the optical properties of cerium-doped crystals. Illumination of CeT :CaF2 at 308 nm leads to a two-photon photoionization and the subsequent creation of photochromic color centers. A one-photon photobleaching of these centers and the finite electron acceptor density leads to a complex but solvable rate equation. The electron acceptors are trivalent cerium ions at quasi-cubic sites, which become divalent following the electron capture. The photo-bleaching involves the photoionization of the divalent cerium ions, with the electron returning to the original tetragonal symmetry site. Thermoluminescence measurements are used to study the thermally activated recombination radiation. Measurements of optical gain and loss in CeT :LiYF4 are presented.

  20. Development of infrared sensors using energy transfer/energy upconversion processes: Study of laser excited fluorescence in rare Earth ion doped crystals

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    Nash-Stevenson, S. K.; Reddy, B. R.; Venkateswarlu, P.

    1994-01-01

    A summary is presented of the spectroscopic study of three systems: LaF3:Ho(3+), LaF3:Er(3+) and CaF2:Nd(3+). When the D levels of Ho(3+) in LaF3 were resonantly excited with a laser beam of 640 nm, upconverted emissions were detected from J (416 nm), F (485 nm), and E (546 nm) levels. Energy upconverted emissions were also observed from F and E levels of Ho(3+) when the material was excited with an 800 nm near infrared laser. When the D levels of Er(3+) in LaF3 were resonantly excited with a laser beam of 637 nm, upconverted emissions were detected from the E (540 nm) and P (320, 400, and 468 nm) levels. Energy upconverted emissions were also observed from F, E, and D levels of Er(3+) when the material was resonantly excited with an 804 nm near infrared laser. When the D levels of Nd(3+) in CaF2 were resonantly excited with a laser beam of 577 nm, upconverted emissions were detected from the L (360 and 382 nm), K (418 nm), and I (432 nm) levels. Very weak upconverted emissions were detected when this system was irradiated with a near infrared laser. The numbers in parentheses are the wavelengths of the emissions.

  1. Thermal Effects on a Low Cr Modification of PS304 Solid Lubricant Coating

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; Yanke, Anne M.; DellaCorte, Christopher

    2004-01-01

    PS304 is a high temperature composite solid lubricant coating composed of Ni-Cr, Cr2O3, BaF2-CaF2 and Ag. The effect of reducing chromium content on the formation of voids in the Ni-Cr particles after heat treatment in PS304 coating was investigated. Coatings were prepared with Ni-20Cr or Ni-10Cr powder and in various combinations with the other constituents of PS304 (i.e., chromia, silver and eutectic BaF2-CaF2 powders) and deposited on metal substrates by plasma spray. Specimens were exposed to 650 C for 24 hr or 1090 C for 15 hr and then examined for changes in thickness, coating microstructure and adhesion strength. Specimens with Ni-10Cr generally had less thickness increase than specimens with Ni-20Cr, but there was great variance in the data. Reduction of chromium concentration in Ni-Cr powder tended to reduce the appearance of voids in the Ni-Cr phase after heat exposure. The presence of BaF2-CaF2 resulted in a significant increase in coating adhesion strength after heat treatment, while coatings without BaF2-CaF2 had no significant change. Chemical composition analysis suggested that the void formation was due to oxidation of chromium in the Ni-Cr constituent.

  2. Red-to-violet and near-infrared-to-green energy upconversion in LaF3:Er(3+)

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    Reddy, B. R.; Nash-Stevenson, S. K.

    1994-01-01

    When the (sup 4)F(sub 9/2) state was resonantly excited, emission was detected from the higher states (sup 4)S(sub 3/2)((sup 2)H(sub 11/2), (sup 4)G(sub 11/2), and (sup 2)P(sub 3/2) in addition to the resonant emission. Two- and three-photon processes were found to be responsible in populating the (sup 4)S(sub 3/2) and the (sup 2)P(sub 3/2) states, respectively. Energy upconversion efficiencies into the (sup 4)S(sub 3/2) and the (sup 2)P(sub 3/2) states were found to be 7.2 x 10(exp -3) and 1.4 x 10(exp -4), respectively. When the (sup 4)I(sub 9/2) state was resonantly excited we detected green emission from the (sup 4)S(sub 3/2)((sup 2)H(sub 11/2)). The energy upconversion efficiency of this process was found to be 1.4 x 10(exp -3).

  3. Photoelectron Experiments and Studies of X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure in Alkaline-Earth and Rare - Fluorides.

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    Gao, Yuan

    Alkaline-earth fluorides and rare-earth trifluorides possess technological importance for applications in multi -layer electronic device structures and opto-electronic devices. Interfaces between thin films of YbF _3 and Si(111) substrates were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. Results of YbF_3 /Si(111) were compared with those of TmF _3/Si(111). While electrons in the Si valence band are prevented from occupying the empty 4f levels in TmF_3 at the interface by the on -site Coulomb repulsion energy, the charge transfer from Si to YbF_3 is possible because the totally filled 4f states in Yb still lie below the Si valence band maximum. The theory of x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) is incomplete except for a few particularly simple special cases. A Bragg reflection model was developed to qualitatively explain the oscillations in XANES, in terms of the scattering of the photoelectron wave between families of lattice planes as set out by the Bragg condition for backscattering. The model was found to represent the data for systems with nearly free electron like conduction bands reasonably well. High resolution CaF_2 fluorine K edge XANES was used as a prototype to understand XANES in more depth on systems with strong core hole effects. Unlike previous work which involved multiple scattering cluster calculations that include only short range order effects, both the long range order and the symmetry breaking core holes are included in a new bandstructure approach in which the core hole is treated with a supercell technique. A first principles calculation with the use of pseudopotentials successfully reproduced all the main features of the first 15 eV of the fluorine K edge in CaF_2 which had not been explained with the cluster calculations. A comparison of the theoretical and experimental fluorine K edges in CaF_2 and BaF _2 was used to identify the structure related features. The possibility of multi-electron excitations being responsible for higher energy features in the XANES was investigated by comparing the energy loss satellites in the fluorine 1s x-ray photoelectron spectra with features at corresponding energies in the fluorine K edge absorption spectra. Finally the fluorine K edges in the rare-earth trifluorides LaF_3, CeF _3, NdF_3, SmF _3, EuF_3, DyF _3 and YbF_3 were explored for the first time with the high resolution x -ray absorption spectroscopy. The near edge part of the fluorine K edges in all seven rare-earth trifluorides was found not to be dominated by the Bragg peaks because of the short life time of the photoelectron and the low crystal symmetry.

  4. Materials Data on BaF2 (SG:225) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  5. An APD for the efficient detection of the fast scintillation component of BaF2

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    Hitlin, D. G.; Kim, J. H.; Trevor, J.; Hoenk, M.; Hennessy, J.; Jewell, A.; Farrell, R.; McClish, M.

    2016-07-01

    Barium fluoride crystals are the baseline choice for the calorimeter of the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab. By the fast (decay time 0.9 ns) 220 nm scintillation component and discriminating against the larger slow (decay time 630 ns) 300 nm component, it is possible to build a radiation-hard calorimeter with good energy and time resolution and high rate capability. This requires a solid state photosensor with high quantum efficiency at 220 nm, discrimination against the 300 nm component and good rise and decay times. Progress on the development of such a sensor is presented.

  6. NUCLEATION OF YBA(2)CU(3)O(7-D) IN THE BAF(2) PROCESS

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    WU,L.; SOLOVYOV,V.F.; WIESMANN,H.J.; ZHU,Y.; SUENAGA,M.

    2001-06-24

    The nucleation of the c-axis aligned and non-c-axis YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {approximately}6.1} (YBCO) from precursor films on [001]-cut SrTiO{sub 3} was investigated for the so-called BaF{sub 2} process. Specimens with different thickness were quenched from 735 C, then studied by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques. Preceding the formation of YBCO nuclei, three intermediate phases of (Y,Ba) oxy-fluoride and a transition phase without F were found in the precursor films. These were structurally and chemically related to the nuclei of YBCO which was found to be deficient in Cu relative to its stoichiometric composition.

  7. BAF(2) POST-DEPOSITION REACTION PROCESS FOR THICK YBCO FILMS.

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    SUENAGA,M.; SOLOVYOV,V.F.; WU,L.; WIESMANN,H.J.; ZHU,Y.

    2001-07-12

    The basic processes of the so-called BaF{sub 2} process for the formation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, YBCO, films as well as its advantages over the in situ formation processes are discussed in the previous chapter. The process and the properties of YBCO films by this process were also nicely described in earlier articles by R. Feenstra, et al. Here, we will discuss two pertinent subjects related to fabrication of technologically viable YBCO conductors using this process. These are (1) the growth of thick (>> 1 {micro}m) c-axis-oriented YBCO films and (2) their growth rates. Before the detail discussions of these subjects are given, we first briefly discuss what geometrical structure a YBCO-coated conductor should be. Then, we will provide examples of simple arguments for how thick the YBCO films and how fast their growth rates need to be. Then, the discussions in the following two sections are devoted to: (1) the present understanding of the nucleation and the growth process for YBCO, and why it is so difficult to grow thick c-axis-oriented films (> 3 {micro}m), and (2) our present understanding of the YBCO growth-limiting mechanism and methods to increase the growth rates. The values of critical-current densities J{sub c} in these films are of primary importance for the applications,. and the above two subjects are intimately related to the control of J{sub c} of the films. In general, the lower the temperatures of the YBCO formation are the higher the values of J{sub c} of the films. Thus, the present discussion is limited to those films which are reacted at {approx}735 C. This is the lowest temperature at which c-axis-oriented YBCO films (1-3 {micro}m thick) are comfortably grown. It is also well known that the non-c-axis oriented YBCO platelets are extremely detrimental to the values of J{sub c} such that their effects on J{sub c} dwarf essentially all of other microstructural effects which control J{sub c}. Hence, the discussion given below is mainly focused on how to avoid the growth of these crystallites when the films are thick and/or the growth rates are high.

  8. The Effects of a Magnetic Field on the Crystallization of a Fluorozirconate Glass

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Lapointe, Michael R.; Jia, Zhiyong

    2006-01-01

    An axial magnetic field of 0.1T was applied to ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fibers during heating to the glass crystallization temperature. Scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to identify crystal phases. It was shown that fibers exposed to the magnetic field did not crystallize while fibers not exposed to the field did crystallize. A hypothesis based on magnetic work was proposed to explain the results and tested by measuring the magnetic susceptibilities of the glass and crystal.

  9. Effect of microgravity on crystallization of ZBLAN fibers

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    Tucker, Dennis S.

    1994-01-01

    ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AIF3-NaF (ZBLAN) optical fiber was flown on board the NASA's KC-135 microgravity aircraft to determine the effects of microgravity on crystal growth in this material. Fiber samples were placed in evacuated quartz ampoules and heated to the crystallization temperature in 0g, 1g, and 2g. The 1g and 2g samples were observed to slump and crystallize. The 0g samples showed no evidence of crystallization.

  10. Effects of Gravity on ZBLAN Glass Crystallization

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Ethridge, Edwin C.; Smith, G. A.; Workman, G.

    2003-01-01

    The effects of gravity on the crystallization of ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3- NaF glasses have been studied utilizing NASA's KC135 and a sounding rocket, Fibers and cylinders of ZBLAN glass were heated to the crystallization temperature in unit and reduced gravity. When processed in unit gravity the glass crystallized, but when processed in reduced gravity, crystallization was suppressed. A possible explanation involving shear thinning is presented to explain these results.

  11. Water Atomization of Barium Fluoride: Calcium Fluoride for Enhanced Flow Characteristics of PS304 Feedstock Powder Blend

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher

    2003-01-01

    PS304 is a plasma spray deposited solid lubricant coating with feedstock composed of NiCr, Cr2O3, Ag, and BaF2-CaF2 powders. The effects of rounded BaF2-CaF2 particles on the gravity-fed flow characteristics of PS304 feedstock have been investigated. The BaF2-CaF2 powder was fabricated by water atomization using four sets of process parameters. Each of these powders was then characterized by microscopy and classified by screening to obtain 45 to 106 micron particles and added incrementally from 0 to 10 wt% to the other constituents of the PS304 feedstock, namely nichrome, chromia, and silver powders. The relationship between feedstock flow rate, measured with the Hall flowmeter, and concentration of fluorides was found to be linear in each case. The slopes of the lines were between those of the linear relationships previously reported using angular and spherical fluorides and were closer to the relationship predicted using the rule of mixtures. The results offer a fluoride fabrication technique potentially more cost-effective than gas atomization processes or traditional comminution processes.

  12. 10.1142/9789813109636_fmatter + BaF2 Reaction Studied by TALYS1.4 Toolkit

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    Lü, Cui-Juan; Ma, Chun-Wang

    The neutron induced reactions on the 138Ba and 19F nuclei are investigated by using the optical model implanted in the Talys1.4 toolkit. The results of the n + 138Ba and n + 19F reactions within the incident energy ranging from 1 keV to 30MeV are calculated and compared to the measured results.

  13. An overview of DANCE: a 4II BaF[2] detector for neutron capture measurements at LANSCE.

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    Ullmann, J. L.

    2004-01-01

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture experiments (DANCE) is a 162-element, 4{pi} BaF{sub 2} array designed to make neutron capture cross-section measurements on rare or radioactive targets with masses as little as 1 mg. Accurate capture cross sections are needed in many research areas, including stellar nucleosynthesis, advanced nuclear fuel cycles, waste transmutation, and other applied programs. These cross sections are difficult to calculate accurately and must be measured. Up to now, except for a few long-lived nuclides there are essentially no differential capture measurements on radioactive nuclei. The DANCE array is located at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE, which is a continuous-spectrum neutron source with useable energies from below thermal to about 100 keV. Data acquisition is done with 320 fast waveform digitizers. The design and initial performance results, including background minimization, will be discussed.

  14. Synthesis and the luminescent properties of the Nd3+ ions doped three kinds of fluoride nanocrystals in organic solvents

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    Chen, Zhuo; Tian, Changyong; Bo, Shuhui; Liu, Xinhou; Zhen, Zhen

    2015-10-01

    Oleic acid (OA)-modified LaF3:Nd, NaYF4:Nd and CaF2:Nd nanocrystals (NCs) with the different Nd3+ ion concentration (2% and 5%) have been prepared. The structure and morphology of NCs were identified by XRD, TEM, FT-IR and TGA. The size of OA-modified NC is a mean diameter of 5-10 nm and can be dispersed in common organic solvents to form a transparent solution. The optical loss of NCs in organic solvent is the first time to discuss in this work. The luminescence properties of NCs were also characterized and studied by fluorescence spectrometer. The nanoparticles in solid and in the solution all exhibited the strong emission at the 1060 nm when the materials were excited around 800 nm. Compared with the LaF3 and CaF2 matrix, NaYF4 as the host can protect the Nd3+ ions more efficiently away from the nonradiative transitions. The longest luminescent lifetime of the solid NaYF4:2%Nd NCs was up to 136 μs, and the little difference of the fluorescence lifetime existed between the NCs in solid state and in solution. The low optical loss in organic solvent indicated that the Nd3+ ions-doped fluoride NCs are promising materials for optical amplification fields.

  15. Fluoride glass starting materials - Characterization and effects of thermal treatment

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    Chen, William; Dunn, Bruce; Shlichta, Paul; Neilson, George F.; Weinberg, Michael C.

    1987-01-01

    The production of heavy metal fluoride (HMF) glasses, and the effects of thermal treatments on the HMF glasses are investigated. ZrF4, BaF2, AlF3, LaF3, and NaF were utilized in the synthesis of zirconium-barium-lanthanum-aluminum-sodium fluoride glass. The purity of these starting materials, in particular ZrF4, is evaluated using XRD analysis. The data reveal that low temperature heating of ZrF4-H2O is effective in removing the water of hydration, but causes the production of ZrF4 and oxyfluorides; however, dehydration followed by sublimation results in the production of monoclinic ZrFe without water or oxyfluoride contaminants.

  16. Crystallization And Viscosity Of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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    Moynihan, C. T.; Mossadegh, R.; Crichton, S. N.; Gupta, P. K.; Drexhage, M. G.

    1986-05-01

    Shear viscosity data for a glassforming ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-A1F3 composition covering the range from the highly fluid melt down to the glass transition (10-1 to 1013 P) have been collected from five sources. The viscosity temperature dependence is highly non-Arrhenius and cannot be described by three parameter expressions such as the Fulcher equation. The four parameter Cohen-Grest equation, however, does give a good fit to the data, possibly allowing interpolation in the range of intermediate viscosity important for fiber drawing where data is currently lacking. The viscosity data are compared with crystallization temperatures obtained by DSC during heating and cooling at 10K/min.

  17. Observation of anti-stokes fluorescence cooling in thulium-doped glass

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    Hoyt; Sheik-Bahae; Epstein; Edwards; Anderson

    2000-10-23

    We report the first observation of anti-Stokes fluorescence cooling in a thulium-doped solid with pump excitation at 1.82 &mgr;m

  18. Graphene Q-switched Ho(3+)-doped ZBLAN fiber laser at 1190  nm.

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    Liu, Shujing; Zhu, Xiushan; Zhu, Gongwen; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Zong, Jie; Wiersma, Kort; Chavez-Pirson, Arturo; Norwood, R A; Peyghambarian, N

    2015-01-15

    We report Q-switched pulse operation of holmium (Ho(3+))-doped ZrF(4)-BaF(2)-LaF(3)-AlF(3)-NaF (ZBLAN) at ∼1190  nm in an all-fiber ring laser by using a fiber-optic graphene saturable absorber, which was fabricated by depositing graphene onto the flat surface of a side-polished D-shaped fiber. Stable Q-switched operation was established at a pump power of 180 mW with a repetition rate of 24 kHz and pulse width of 5.7 μs. When the pump power was increased to 1125 mW, 0.44 μJ Q-switched pulses with a repetition rate of 111 kHz and a pulse width of 0.8 μs were generated. PMID:25679830

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Nd(3+)-Doped CaF2 Nanoparticles.

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    Yuan, Dan; Li, Weiwei; Mei, Bingchu; Song, Jinghong

    2015-12-01

    The Ca(1-x)F(2+x):Nd(x) nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical direct precipitation method. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Image analyzer, absorption spectrum and transmittance were taken to characterization the phases, morphologies, sizes, size distribution and optical properties of the samples. The results indicate that the Ca(1-x)F(2+x):Nd(x) samples can be rationally modified in size and morphology by altering the Nd3+ ions doping concentration. With increasing concentration of Nd3+ ions, the particle size decreased from 24 to 14 nm, the intensity of the diffraction peaks decreased, the Ca(1-x)F(2+x):Nd(x) particles aggregated ion of the formed clusters which should have an effect on both speed and orientation of the particles growth. The transmittance of ceramics with a thickness of 2 mm showed that the transmittance can reach 90% when the doping concentration was 5%, which should be profitable for LD pumping. PMID:26682406

  20. Biomedical graphite and CaF2 preparation and measurement at PRIME Lab

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    Jackson, George S.; Einstein, Jane A.; Kubley, Tom; Martin, Berdine; Weaver, Connie M.; Caffee, Marc

    2015-10-01

    The biomedical program at PRIME Lab has prepared radiocarbon and 41Ca as tracers for a variety of applications. Over the last decade several hundred 14C samples and several thousand 41Ca samples have been measured per year. Biomedical samples pose challenges that are relatively rare in the AMS community. We will discuss how to prepare and compensate for samples that have isotope ratios above the dynamic range of AMS, high interference rates, and small samples sizes. In the case of 41Ca, the trade off in the chromatography between yield and sample cleanliness will be analyzed. Secondary standards that have isotope ratios commonly encountered in our applications are routinely prepared. We use material from the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurement: IRMM-3701/4, 3701/5, and 3701/6 and a standard produced by PRIME Lab for 41Ca. We use International Atomic Energy Agency's IAEA C-3, IAEA C-7, IAEA C-8, and a ∼12.5× modern oxalic acid secondary standard supplied by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 14C. We will discuss our precision, reproducibility, and the relative agreement between our measured and the reported values for these materials.

  1. Spectroscopic Studies of Pulsed-Laser-Induced Damage Sites in Heated CaF2 Crystals

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    Bozlee, Brian J.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Teel, Randy W.

    1999-09-01

    Proceedings contain all papers presented at the 13th Symposium on Optical Materials for High-Powered Lasers, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, 28 Sept. - 1 Oct. 1998.

  2. Spectroscopic, luminescent and laser properties of nanostructured CaF2:Tm materials

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    Lyapin, A. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Garibin, E. A.; Malov, A. V.; Osiko, V. V.; Ryabochkina, P. A.; Ushakov, S. N.

    2013-08-01

    The laser quality transparent СаF2:Tm fluoride ceramics has been prepared by hot forming. Comparative study of absorption and emission spectra of СаF2:Tm (4 mol.% TmF3) ceramic and single crystal samples demonstrated that these materials possess almost identical spectroscopic properties. Laser oscillations of СаF2:Tm ceramics were obtained at 1898 nm under diode pumping, with the slope efficiency of 5.5%. Also, the continuous-wave (CW) laser have been obtained for СаF2:Tm single crystal at 1890 nm pumped by a diode laser was demonstrated.

  3. Brillouin lasing with a CaF2 whispering gallery mode resonator.

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    Grudinin, Ivan S; Matsko, Andrey B; Maleki, Lute

    2009-01-30

    Stimulated Brillouin scattering with both pump and Stokes beams in resonance with whispering gallery modes of an ultrahigh Q calcium fluoride resonator is demonstrated for the first time. The resonator is pumped with 1064 nm light and has 3 muW Brillouin lasing threshold. The scattering is observed due to the unique morphology of the resonator reducing the phase mismatch between the optical modes and the hypersound wave. PMID:19257418

  4. EPR study of electron bombarded alkali- and alkaline-earth halide crystal surfaces

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Lad, R. A.

    1975-01-01

    An EPR study of electron bombarded LiF, NaCl, KCl, CaF2 and BaF2 polycrystalline surfaces has shown that small metal particles are formed on the surfaces of the crystals. Identification was made from CESR signals. The symmetric line-shape of the signals, even at 77 K, indicated that the particles were less than 0.5 micron in diameter. Signals due to F centers were observed in LiF but not in the other halides. Implications to metal deposition are considered.

  5. Properties of fluoride microresonators for mid-IR applications

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    Grudinin, Ivan S.; Mansour, Kamjou; Yu, Nan

    2016-05-01

    We study crystalline fluoride microresonators for mid-infrared applications. Whispering gallery mode resonators were fabricated with BaF$_2$, CaF$_2$ and MgF$_2$ crystals. The quality factors were measured at wavelengths of 1.56 {\\mu}m and 4.58 {\\mu}m. The impacts of fabrication technique, impurities, multiphonon absorption and surface water are investigated. It is found that MgF2 resonators have room temperature Q factor of $8.3\\times 10^6$ at wavelength of 4.58 {\\mu}m, limited by multiphonon absorption.

  6. A multiple pulse zero crossing NMR technique, and its application to F-19 chemical shift measurements in solids

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    Burum, D. P.; Elleman, D. D.; Rhim, W.-K.

    1978-01-01

    A simple multiple-pulse 'zero crossing technique' for accurately determining the first moment of a solid-state NMR spectrum is introduced. This technique was applied to obtain the F-19 chemical shift versus pressure curves up to 5 kbar for single crystals of CaF2 (0.29 + or - 0.02 ppm/kbar) and BaF2 (0.62 + or - 0.05 ppm/kbar). Results at ambient temperature and pressure are also reported for a number of other fluorine compounds. Because of its high data rate, this technique is potentially several orders of magnitude more sensitive than similar CW methods.

  7. Élimination du bore du silicium par plasma inductif sous champ électrique

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    Combes, R.; Morvan, D.; Picard, G.; Amouroux, J.

    1993-05-01

    We analyzed purification mechanisms of silicon by inductive plasma with a fluoride slag. The aim is to study boron elimination from doped electronic grade silicon in function of the nature of the slag to obtain a photovoltaic grade silicon. The steady began with the calculation and the comparison of the stability diagram of boron compounds in presence of CaF2, BaF2 and MgF2. This study led us to conclude that BaF2 is the better slag for silicon purification. This has been confirmed by experience. In a second time, we made purifications under electric bias to enhance slag efficiency. We noticed that BaF2 is more sensitive to electric bias than other slags. Nous avons analysé le mécanisme de purification du silicium sous plasma inductif en présence d'un laitier fluoré. L'objectif principal est d'étudier l'élimination du bore du silicium électronique dopé en fonction de la nature du fluorure pour obtenir un silicium de qualité photovoltaïque. L'étude a commencé par l'établissement et la comparaison de diagrammes des composés du bore en présence de CaF2, de MgF2 et de BaF2. Nous avons déduit de cette première étude que BaF2 est le meilleur laitier pour la purification du silicium. Ceci a été corroboré par l'expérience. Nous avons ensuite opéré en présence d'un champ électrique dans le but d'améliorer encore l'efficacité des laitiers. Nous avons constaté que BaF2 est plus sensible au champ électrique que les deux autres laitiers utilisés.

  8. Epitaxy versus oriented heterogeneous nucleation of organic crystals on ionic substrates

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    Sarma, K. R.; Shlichta, P. J.; Wilcox, W. R.; Lefever, R. A.

    1997-04-01

    It is plausible to assume that epitaxy is a special case of heterogeneous nucleation in which a restrictive crystallographic relationship exists between substrate and deposit orientations. This would mean that epitaxial substrates should always induce a perceptible reduction in the critical supercooling for nucleation of the deposit. To test this hypothesis, the critical supercoolings of six organic compounds were measured on glass and 11 single-crystal cleaved substrates including (0001) graphite, (001) mica, (111) BaF 2, SrF 2, and CaF 2, and (100) KCl, KBr, KI, NaCl, NaF, and LiF. Reductions in supercooling (with reference to glass substrates) were checked many times for repeatability and reproducibility and shown in almost all cases to have a standard deviation of 1 C or less. Acetanilide, benzoic acid, and p-bromochlorobenzene showed a wide range of supercooling reductions and were oriented on all crystalline substrates. Naphthalene and p-dibromobenzene showed only slight supercooling reductions but were oriented on all substrates, including glass. Benzil showed strong supercooling reductions only for mica and KI but was oriented not only in these cases but also with KI, BaF 2, CaF 2, and graphite. There was little correlation between degree of lattice match and either supercooling reduction or degree of preferred orientation. These results suggest that, for the systems and geometry studied, forces such as molecular dipole binding and growth anisotropy had a stronger effect than lattice match.

  9. Evaluation of Advanced Solid Lubricant Coatings for Foil Air Bearings Operating at 25 and 500 C

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Fellenstein, James A.; Benoy, Patricia A.

    1998-01-01

    The tribological properties of one chrome oxide and one chrome carbide based solid lubricant coating were evaluated in a partial-arc foil bearing at 25 and 500 C. Start/stop bearing operation up to 20,000 cycles were run under 10 kPa (1.5 psi) static deadweight load. Bearing friction (torque) was measured during the test. Specimen wear and SEM/EDS surface analyses were conducted after testing to understand and elucidate the tribological characteristics observed. The chrome oxide coating which contains both (Ag) and (BaF2/CaF2) for low and high temperature lubrication, exhibited low friction in sliding against Al2O3 coated foils at 25 and 500 C. The chrome carbide coating, which lacked a low temperature lubricant but contained BaF2/CaF2 as a high temperature lubricant, exhibited high friction at 25 C and low friction at 500 C against both bare and Al2O3 coated superalloy foil surfaces. Post test surface analyses suggest that improved tribological performance is exhibited when a lubricant film from the coating transfers to the foil surface.

  10. Tribological and microstructural comparison of HIPped PM212 and PM212/Au self-lubricating composites

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    Bogdanski, Michael S.; Sliney, Harold E.; Dellacorte, Christopher

    1992-01-01

    The feasibility of replacing the silver with the volumetric equivalent of gold in the chromium carbide-based self-lubricating composite PM212 (70 wt. percent NiCo-Cr3C2, 15 percent BaF2/CaF2 eutectic) was studied. The new composite, PM212/Au has the following composition: 62 wt. percent NiCo-Cr3C2, 25 percent Au, 13 percent BaF2/CaF2 eutectic. The silver was replaced with gold to minimize the potential reactivity of the composite with possible environmental contaminants such as sulfur. The composites were fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIPping) and machined into pin specimens. The pins were slid against nickel-based superalloy disks. Sliding velocities ranged from 0.27 to 10.0 m/s and temperatures from 25 to 900 C. Friction coefficients ranged from 0.25 to 0.40 and wear factors for the pin and disk were typically low 10(exp -5) cu mm/N-m. HIPped PM212 measured fully dense, whereas PM212/Au had 15 percent residual porosity. Examination of the microstructures with optical and scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of pores in PM212/Au that were not present in PM212. Though the exact reason for the residual porosity in PM212/Au was not determined, it may be due to particle morphology differences between the gold and silver and their effect on powder metallurgy processing.

  11. Tribological and microstructural comparison of HIPped PM212 and PM212/Au self-lubricating composites

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    Bogdanski, Michael S.; Sliney, Harold E.; Dellacorte, Christopher

    1992-01-01

    The feasibility of replacing the silver with the volumetric equivalent of gold in the chromium carbide-based self-lubricating composite PM212 (70 wt percent NiCo-Cr3C2, 15 percent BaF2/CaF2 eutectic) was studied. The new composite, PM212/Au has the following composition: 62 wt percent NiCo-Cr3C2, 25 percent Au, 13 percent BaF2/CaF2 eutectic. The silver was replaced with gold to minimize the potential reactivity of the composite with possible environmental contaminants such as sulfur. The composites were fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIPping) and machined into pin specimens. The pins were slid against nickel-based superalloy disks. Sliding velocities ranged from 0.27 to 10.0 m/s and temperatures from 25 to 900 C. Frictions coefficients ranged from 0.25 to 0.40 and wear factors for the pin and disk were typically low 10(exp -5) cu mm/N-m. HIPped PM212 measured fully dense, whereas PM212/Au had 15 percent residual porosity. Examination of the microstructures with optical and scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of pores in PM212/Au that were not present in PM212. Though the exact reason for the residual porosity PM212/Au was not determined, it may be due to practice morphology differences between the gold and silver and their effect on powder metallurgy processing.

  12. Simultaneous measurement of (n,{gamma}) and (n,fission) cross sections with the DANCE 4{pi} BaF2 array

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    Bredeweg, T. A.; Fowler, M. M.; Bond, E. M.; Chadwick, M. B.; Hunt, L. F.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Rundberg, R. S.; Schwantes, J. M.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Becker, J. A.; Clement, R. R. C.; Esch, E.-I.; Macri, R. A.; Wu, C.-Y.; Ethvignot, T.; Granier, T.; Yurkon, J. E.

    2006-03-13

    Neutron capture cross section measurements on many of the actinides are complicated by low-energy neutron-induced fission, which competes with neutron capture to varying degrees depending on the nuclide of interest. Measurements of neutron capture on 235U using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) have shown that we can partially resolve capture from fission events based on total photon calorimetry (i.e. total {gamma}-ray energy and {gamma}-ray multiplicity per event). The addition of a fission-tagging detector to the DANCE array will greatly improve our ability to separate these two competing processes so that improved neutron capture and (n,{gamma})/(n,fission) cross section ratio measurements can be obtained. The addition of a fission-tagging detector to the DANCE array will also provide a means to study several important issues associated with neutron-induced fission, including (n,fission) cross sections as a function of incident neutron energy, and total energy and multiplicity of prompt fission photons. We have focused on two detector designs with complementary capabilities, a parallel-plate avalanche counter and an array of solar cells.

  13. Application of a volume holographic grating in a CaF2 crystal for measuring linear displacements with nanoscale accuracy

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    Shcheulin, A. S.; Angervaks, A. E.; Kupchikov, A. K.; Verkhovskii, E. B.; Ryskin, A. I.

    2014-12-01

    A holographic method for measuring linear displacements based on the use of a highly stable volume scale hologram recorded in an additively colored calcium fluoride crystal with photochromic color centers is proposed and experimentally approved. The essence of this method lies in measuring and analyzing harmonic signals formed during linear displacement of crystal with a volume hologram in an external interference field. A physical model of the formation of harmonic signals in photodetectors when measuring displacements is considered, and a mathematical method for calculating linear displacements by plotting a Lissajous figure is substantiated. A laboratory breadboard of a device for measuring linear displacements in a range of 10 mm, limited by the aperture of crystal with a recorded 8.7-mm-thick hologram, is designed. When using a scale hologram with a period of 2.18 μm and a 632.8-nm He-Ne laser for reading this hologram, the error in measuring displacements by this method is 9 nm at a resolution of 3 nm.

  14. Neutron contribution to CaF2:Mn thermoluminescent dosimeter response in mixed (n/y) field environments.

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    DePriest, Kendall Russell; Griffin, Patrick Joseph

    2003-07-01

    Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs), particularly CaF{sub 2}:Mn, are often used as photon dosimeters in mixed (n/{gamma}) field environments. In these mixed field environments, it is desirable to separate the photon response of a dosimeter from the neutron response. For passive dosimeters that measure an integral response, such as TLDs, the separation of the two components must be performed by postexperiment analysis because the TLD reading system cannot distinguish between photon- and neutron-produced response. Using a model of an aluminum-equilibrated TLD-400 (CaF{sub 2}:Mn) chip, a systematic effort has been made to analytically determine the various components that contribute to the neutron response of a TLD reading. The calculations were performed for five measured reactor neutron spectra and one theoretical thermal neutron spectrum. The five measured reactor spectra all have experimental values for aluminum-equilibrated TLD-400 chips. Calculations were used to determine the percentage of the total TLD response produced by neutron interactions in the TLD and aluminum equilibrator. These calculations will aid the Sandia National Laboratories-Radiation Metrology Laboratory (SNL-RML) in the interpretation of the uncertainty for TLD dosimetry measurements in the mixed field environments produced by SNL reactor facilities.

  15. Neutron Contribution to CaF2:Mn Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Response in Mixed (n/y) Field Environments

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    DEPRIEST, KENDALL R.

    2002-11-01

    Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs), particularly CaF{sub 2}:Mn, are often used as photon dosimeters in mixed (n/{gamma}) field environments. In these mixed field environments, it is desirable to separate the photon response of a dosimeter from the neutron response. For passive dosimeters that measure an integral response, such as TLDs, the separation of the two components must be performed by post-experiment analysis because the TLD reading system cannot distinguish between photon and neutron produced response. Using a model of an aluminum-equilibrated TLD-400 chip, a systematic effort has been made to analytically determine the various components that contribute to the neutron response of a TLD reading. The calculations were performed for five measured reactor neutron spectra and one theoretical thermal neutron spectrum. The five measured reactor spectra all have dosimetry quality experimental values for aluminum-equilibrated TLD-400 chips. Calculations were used to determined the percentage of the total TLD response produced by neutron interactions in the TLD and aluminum equilibrator. These calculations will aid the Sandia National Laboratories-Radiation Metrology Laboratory (SNL-RML) in the interpretation of the uncertainty for TLD dosimetry measurements in the mixed field environments produced by SNL reactor facilities.

  16. Nanocomposite containing CaF2 nanoparticles: Thermal cycling, wear and long-term water-aging

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    Weir, Michael D.; Moreau, Jennifer L.; Levine, Eric D.; Strassler, Howard D.; Chow, Laurence C.; Xu, Hockin H. K.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives Fluoride (F) releasing dental restoratives are promising to promote remineralization and combat caries. The objectives of this study were to develop nanocomposite containing calcium fluoride nanoparticles (nCaF2), and to investigate the long-term mechanical durability including wear, thermal-cycling and long-term water-aging behavior. Methods Two types of fillers were used: nCaF2 with a diameter of 53 nm, and glass particles of 1.4 μm. Four composites were fabricated with fillers of: (1) 0% nCaF2 + 65% glass; (2) 10% nCaF2 + 55% glass; (3) 20% nCaF2 + 45% glass; (4) 30% nCaF2 + 35% glass. Three commercial materials were also tested. Specimens were subjected to thermal-cycling between 5 °C and 60 °C for 105 cycles, three-body wear for 4×105 cycles, and water-aging for 2 years. Results After thermal-cycling, the nCaF2 nanocomposites had flexural strengths in the range of 100-150 MPa, five times higher than the 20-30 MPa for resin-modified glass ionomer (RMGI). The wear scar depth showed an increasing trend with increasing nCaF2 filler level. Wear of nCaF2 nanocomposites was within the range of wear for commercial controls. Water-aging decreased the strength of all materials. At 2 years, flexural strength was 94 MPa for nanocomposite with 10% nCaF2, 60 MPa with 20% nCaF2, and 48 MPa with 30% nCaF2. They are 3-6 fold higher than the 15 MPa for RMGI (p < 0.05). SEM revealed air bubbles and cracks in a RMGI, while composite control and nCaF2 nanocomposites appeared dense and solid. Significance Combining nCaF2 with glass particles yielded nanocomposites with long-term mechanical properties that were comparable to those of a commercial composite with little F release, and much better than those of RMGI controls. These strong long-term properties, together with their F release being comparable to RMGI as previously reported, indicate that the nCaF2 nanocomposites are promising for load-bearing and caries-inhibiting restorations. PMID:22429937

  17. Investigation of the Environmental Durability of a Powder Metallurgy Material

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    Ward, LaNita D.

    2004-01-01

    PM304 is a NASA-developed composite powder metallurgy material that is being developed for high temperature applications such as bushings in high temperature industrial furnace conveyor systems. My goal this summer was to analyze and evaluate the effects that heat exposure had on the PM304 material at 500 C and 650 C. The material is composed of Ni-Cr, Ag, Cr2O3, and eutectic BaF2-CaF2. PM304 is designed to eliminate the need for oil based lubricants in high temperature applications, while reducing friction and wear. However, further investigation was needed to thoroughly examine the properties of PM304. The effects of heat exposure on PM304 bushings were investigated. This investigation was necessary due to the high temperatures that the material would be exposed to in a typical application. Each bushing was cut into eight sections. The specimens were heated to 500 C or 650 C for time intervals from 1 hr to 5,000 hrs. Control specimens were kept at room temperature. Weight and thickness measurements were taken before and after the bushing sections were exposed to heat. Then the heat treated specimens were mounted and polished side by side with the control specimens. This enabled optical examination of the material's microstructure using a metallograph. The specimens were also examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The microstructures were compared to observe the effects of the heat exposure. Chemical analysis was done to investigate the interactions between Ni-Cr and BaF2-CaF2 and between Cr2O3 and BaF2-CaF2 at high temperature. To observe this, the two compounds that were being analyzed were mixed in a crucible in varied weight percentages and heated to 1100 C in a furnace for approximately two hours. Then the product was allowed to cool and was then analyzed by X-ray diffraction. Interpretation of the results is in progress.

  18. Some electronic and magnetic properties of Fluoride ion in Fluoride structure nanocrystals

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    Imtani, Ali Nasir

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of the environment potential around Fluoride ion on some important electronic and magnetic properties such as dipole polarisability, moment of oscillator strengths S(k) and magnetic susceptibility. The theoretical procedure is based on the variational-perturbation theory with two parameter trial functions incorporated in an ionic model. We estimate these properties in four cases for Fluoride ion; free ion, ion under different potentials, ion in the crystals and ion in nanocrystal, CdF2, CaF2, PbF2, SrF2 and BaF2. Our results indicate that these properties vary with ion environments and the free state of Fluoride ion has higher values and there is linearity behaviour of these properties with lattice constant. For Fluoride ion in nanocrystal, we have found that there is an extra parameter that can also affect the dipole polarisability, the number of ions in the structure.

  19. Electronic structure of fluorides: general trends for ground and excited state properties

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    Cadelano, E.; Cappellini, G.

    2011-05-01

    The electronic structure of fluorite crystals are studied by means of density functional theory within the local density approximation for the exchange correlation energy. The ground-state electronic properties, which have been calculated for the cubic structures CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, CdF2, HgF2, β-PbF2, using a plane waves expansion of the wave functions, show good comparison with existing experimental data and previous theoretical results. The electronic density of states at the gap region for all the compounds and their energy-band structure have been calculated and compared with the existing data in the literature. General trends for the ground-state parameters, the electronic energy-bands and transition energies for all the fluorides considered are given and discussed in details. Moreover, for the first time results for HgF2 have been presented.

  20. The Cryogenic, High-Accuracy, Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS): A New Facility for Cryogenic Infrared through Vacuum Far-Ultraviolet Refractive Index Measurements

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    Frey, Bradley J.; Leviton, Douglas B.

    2004-01-01

    The optical designs of future NASA infrared (IR) missions and instruments, such as the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) Near-Mixed Camera (NIRCam), will rely on accurate knowledge of the index of refraction of various IR optical materials at cryogenic temperatures. To meet this need, we have developed a Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS). In this paper we discuss the completion of the design and construction of CHARMS as well as the engineering details that constrained the final design and hardware implementation. In addition, we will present our first light, cryogenic, IR index of refraction data for LiF, BaF2, and CaF2, and compare our results to previously published data for these materials.

  1. Tribological Performance of PM300 Solid Lubricant Bushings for High Temperature Applications

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    Striebing, Donald R.; Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher; Rossi, Anne M.

    2007-01-01

    PM300 is a high temperature solid lubricant material produced through conventional powder metallurgy processing. PM300 is a combination of metal binder (NiCr), hardener (Cr2O3) and lubricant (Ag and BaF2/CaF2) phases and is in commercial use in high temperature furnace conveyors. In this paper, the tribological characteristics of PM300 are evaluated using a newly developed bushing test rig in which PM300 bushings are loaded against rotating steel shafts at temperatures from 25 to 650 C. The data shows that friction and wear are low to moderate and that the lubrication performance (friction) improves with increasing temperature. Several alternative PM300 compositions are evaluated which do not contain silver and are targeted at aircraft gas turbine applications in which environmental compatibility of silver is a concern. It is expected that the data resulting from this research will further the commercialization of this technology.

  2. The Evaluation of a Modified Chrome Oxide Based High Temperature Solid Lubricant Coating for Foil Gas Bearings

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    DellaCorte, Chris

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes the friction and wear performance of PS304, a modified chrome oxide based coating, for foil gas bearings. PS304 contains 60 wt% NiCr binder, 20 wt% Cr2O3 hardener, and 10 wt% each Ag, and BaF2/CaF2 lubricants. For evaluation, the coating is plasma spray deposited onto test journals which are slid against a superalloy partial arc foil bearing. The test load was 10 KPa (1.5 psi) and the bearings were run under start/stop cyclic conditions. The data show good wear performance of the bearing, especially at temperatures above 25 deg. C. Bearing friction was moderate (micron approx. or equal to 0.4) over the entire temperature range. Based upon the results obtained, the PS304 coating has promise for high temperature, oil-free turbomachinery applications.

  3. Preliminary Evaluation of PS300: A New Self-Lubricating High Temperature Composite Coating for Use to 800 C

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    Dellacorte, C.; Edmonds, B. J.

    1995-01-01

    This paper introduces PS300, a plasma sprayed, self-lubricating composite coating for use in sliding contacts at temperatures to 800 C. PS300 is a metal bonded chrome oxide coating with silver and BaF2/CaF2 eutectic solid lubricant additives. PS300 is similar to PS200, a chromium carbide based coating, which is currently being investigated for a variety of tribological applications. In pin-on-disk testing up to 650 C, PS300 exhibited comparable friction and wear properties to PS200. The PS300 matrix, which is predominantly chromium oxide rather than chromium carbide, does not require diamond grinding and polishes readily with silicon carbide abrasives greatly reducing manufacturing costs compared to PS200. It is anticipated that PS300 has potential for sliding bearing and seal applications in both aerospace and general industry.

  4. Effects of Humidity On the Flow Characteristics of PS304 Plasma Spray Feedstock Powder Blend

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher

    2002-01-01

    The effects of environmental humidity on the flow characteristics of PS304 feedstock have been investigated. Angular and spherical BaF2-CaF2 powder was fabricated by comminution and by atomization, respectively. The fluorides were added incrementally to the nichrome, chromia, and silver powders to produce PS304 feedstock. The powders were dried in a vacuum oven and cooled to a Tom temperature under dry nitrogen. The flow of the powder was studied from 2 to 100 percent relative humidity (RH) The results suggest that the feedstock flow is slightly degraded with increasing humidity below 66 percent RH and is more affected above 66 percent RH. There was no flow above 88 percent RH. Narrower particle size distributions of the angular fluorides allowed flow up to 95 percent RH. These results offer guidance that enhances the commercial potential for this material system.

  5. Fluorescence and phosphorescence of photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation

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    Viehmann, W.; Eubanks, A. G.; Bredekamp, J. H.

    1974-01-01

    The fluorescence and phosphorescence of photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation were investigated using a Sr-90/Y-90 beta emitter as the electron source. Spectral emission curves of UV grade, optical grade, and electron-irradiated samples of MGF2 and LiF, CaF2, BaF2, sapphire, fused silica, and UV transmitting glasses were obtained over the spectral range of 200 nm to 650 nm. Fluorescence yields, expressed as the number of counts in a solid angle of 2 pi steradian per 1MeV of incident electron energy deposited, were determined on these materials utilizing photomultiplier tubes with cesium telluride, bialkali, and trialkali (S-20) photocathodes, respectively.

  6. Far Ultraviolet Refractive Index of Optical Materials for Solar Blind Channel (SBC) Filters for HST Advanced Camera for Surveys

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    Leviton, Douglas B.; Madison, Timothy J.; Petrone, Peter

    1998-01-01

    Refractive index measurements using the minimum deviation method have been carried out for prisms of a variety of far ultraviolet optical materials used in the manufacture of Solar Blind Channel (SBC) filters for the HST Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). Some of the materials measured are gaining popularity in a variety of high technology applications including high power excimer lasers and advanced microlithography optics operating in a wavelength region where high quality knowledge of optical material properties is sparse. Our measurements are of unusually high accuracy and precision for this wavelength region owing to advanced instrumentation in the large vacuum chamber of the Diffraction Grating Evaluation Facility (DGEF) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Index values for CaF2, BaF2, LiF, and far ultraviolet grades of synthetic sapphire and synthetic fused silica are reported and compared with values from the literature.

  7. Giantically blue-shifted visible light in femtosecond mid-IR filament in fluorides.

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    Dormidonov, A E; Kompanets, V O; Chekalin, S V; Kandidov, V P

    2015-11-01

    A giant blue shift (more than 3000 nm) of an isolated visible band of supercontinuum was discovered and studied in the single filament regime of Mid-IR femtosecond laser pulse at powers slightly exceeding critical power for self-focusing in fluorides. At the pulse central wavelength increasing from 3000 nm to 3800 nm the spectral maximum of the visible band is shifted from 570 nm and 520 nm up to 400 nm and 330 nm for BaF(2) and CaF(2), respectively, its spectral width (FWHM) being reduced from 50 - 70 nm to 14 nm. It is shown that the formation of this narrow visible wing is a result of the interference of the supercontinuum components in the anomalous group velocity dispersion regime. PMID:26561190

  8. Density Measurement of Molten Alkaline-Earth Fluorides Using Archimedean Dual-Sinker Method

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    Takeda, Osamu; Yanagase, Kei-ichi; Anbo, Yusuke; Aono, Masahiro; Hoshino, Yosuke; Sato, Yuzuru

    2015-11-01

    The densities of molten alkaline-earth fluorides ({MgF}2, {CaF}2, {SrF}2, and {BaF}2) were measured over the temperature range from 1526 K to 1873 K at ambient pressure using an Archimedean dual-sinker densitometer designed and set up by the authors. The volume difference between two sinkers was precisely determined by considering the wetting conditions between tungsten sinkers and water; appropriate experimental techniques were developed. The wetting condition became unstable when the sinkers were being moved for immersion in water, because the sinkers were moved in a direction that increased the contact angle. The wetting condition became stable when the sinkers were pulled up from the water, because the sinkers were moved in a direction that decreased the contact angle. The force exerted by the surface tension was efficiently canceled, and the volume difference became constant when the sinkers were pulled up. In this study, the total uncertainty was about 0.3 % at a maximum. The densities measured at high temperatures showed good linearity, with small scatter, over a wide temperature range. The densities and molar volumes increased in the following order: {MgF}2, {CaF}2, {SrF}2, and {BaF}2. The thermal-expansion coefficients showed anomalous behavior. The large thermal-expansion coefficient of {MgF}2 is attributed to a decrease in the cohesive force as a result of a partial loss of the coulombic force, because of the high charge density.

  9. Commercial Production of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glass Fiber in Space

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Workman, Gary L.; Smith, Guy A.

    1998-01-01

    International Space Station Alpha (ISSA) will provide a platform not only for materials research but also a possible means to produce products in space which cannot be easily produced on the ground. Some products may even be superior to those now produced in unit gravity due to the lack of gravity induced convection effects. Our research with ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN glass) has shown that gravity does indeed play a major role in the crystallization behavior of this material. At the present time ZBLAN is being produced on earth in fiber optic form for use in surgical lasers and fiber optic lasers among other applications. High attenuation coefficients, however, have kept this material from being used in other applications such as long haul data transmission links. The high attenuation coefficients are due to impurities which can be removed through improved processing techniques and crystals which can only be removed or prevented from forming by processing in a reduced gravity environment.

  10. ZBLAN Microgravity Study

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    Workman, Gary L.; Smith, Guy A.; OBrien, Sue; Adcock, Leonard

    1995-01-01

    One of the greatest obstacles with the fluorozirconate ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AIF3-NaF) is the problem of devitrification. Fluoride glasses have a narrow working range and the viscosity is a strong function of temperature. Rates of nucleation and growth of crystals in the glass depend on the viscosity, making these glasses unstable and prone to crystallization. The viscosity of ZBLAN at the drawing temperature is low, usually between two to five poise, so it is difficult to obtain fibers from their preform melts without crystallization. The preforms usually contain heterogeneous nuclei which grow into microcrystallites above the glass transition temperature, T(g). Since microcrystallites in an optical fiber cause extrinsic light scattering losses of the optical signal, fiber drawing must be completed in a short time to minimize the generation of light scattering centers. To keep these losses to a minimum and to fabricate low scattering loss fibers and other optical components, this research deals with the possibility of minimizing crystallite formation by removing the gravitational influence of solutal segregation of the ZBLAN elements. This report reviews the early work on the KC-135 aircraft, the development of the ZBLAN Rocket Experiment, preparations at the White Sands Missile Range, analysis of the flight and ground test results, lessons learned and future experimentation.

  11. High Purity Zirconium Tetrafluoride For Fluoride Glass Applications

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    Withers, Howard P.; Monk, V. A.; Cooper, G. A.

    1989-06-01

    A totally anhydrous process has been developed for the preparation of high purity zirconium tetrafluoride for use in low loss fluoride glass applications. The ZrF4 purityis 99.99997% with respect to all transition elements (excluding HO based on analysis by spark source mass spectrometry (SSMS) and graphite furnace/atomic absorption spectroscopy (GF/AA). The only transition elements detected by these techniques were Fe, Ni and Cr, while Co and Cu were consistently below the detection limits. The anhydrous nature of the process, which is strictly maintained by the choice of reactants, affords product with very low oxide and hydroxide content. Total oxygen concentrations of less than 10 ppm have been measured by the inert gas fusion technique. A ZBLAN glass composition prepared using this ZrF4 showed extremely low UV absorption having an absorption constant of 1 cm-1 at 198 nm. ZrF4 from this process was also used in a ZBLAN glass fiber whose minimum optical loss was measured at 6.3 dB/km over 150 meters of fiber. The process is straightforward to scale up and has also been demonstrated to be useful for the preparation of HfF4, BaF2, A1F3 and LaF3.

  12. Radiation hardening of strengthened optical fibers and development of new fluoride glasses

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    Mohr, R. K.; Simmons, J. H.; Moynihan, C. T.; Barkatt, A.; Hojaji, H.; Williams, C.; Boulos, M. S.; Gbogi, E. O.; Chung, K. H.

    1982-04-01

    Two independent studies were conducted under this contract: (1) Radiation hardening of compressively strengthened optical fibers; (2) Development of new fluoride glasses. In the first study two preform fabrication processes based on phase separable, leachable alkali borosilicate glasses were evaluated for producing radiation hardened fibers. The first process, known as partial leaching, was found to yield low numerical aperture fibers with moderately high attenuation. Ultra-clean glass melting facilities and extensive composition studies would be required to correct these faults. This was beyond the resources of the contract. The second process, known as molecular stuffing, was used to produce alkali-modified high silica glasses doped with cerium oxide as a radiation hardening agent. Radiation damage kinetic tests were run on these glasses by irradiating the samples with 4-40 ns pulses of 15 MeV electrons and observing the absorption spectra for the time range 0.0000001 sec to 0.1 sec following the electron pulses. The results of these tests show that cerium is not effective, within the time range studies, in suppressing the radiation induced absorption for the high silica glasses tested. In the second study, under this contract, glasses in the HfF4-BaF2-LaF3 family were studied. The effects on glass forming of additions including PbF2, CsF, GdF3 and AlF3 glass was studied.

  13. Rare-earth doped colour tuneable up-conversion ZBLAN phosphor for enhancing photocatalysis

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    Méndez-Ramos, J.; Acosta-Mora, P.; Ruiz-Morales, J. C.; Sierra, M.; Redondas, A.; Ruggiero, E.; Salassa, L.; Borges, M. E.; Esparza, P.

    2015-03-01

    Rare-earth doped ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fluoride glasses have been successfully synthesized showing outstanding UV-VIS up-conversion luminescence of Er3+ and Tm3+, sensitized by Yb3+ ions, under near-infrared excitation at 980 nm. The ratio between blue, green and red up-conversion emission bands can be adjusted by varying the pump power density of the incident infrared radiation, resulting in a controlled tuneability of the overall emitting colour from greenish to yellowish. Additionally, the observed high energy UV intense up-conversion emissions are suitable to enhance photocatalytic activity of main water-splitting semiconductor electrodes (such as TiO2) used in sustainable production of hydrogen. Photocatalysis and photolysis degradation of methylene blue in water under sun-like irradiation using benchmark photocatalyst (TiO2 Degussa P25) have been boosted by 20% and by a factor of 2.5 respectively, due to the enhancement of UV radiation that reaches the TiO2 particles by the addition of ZBLAN powder into a slurry-type photo-reactor. Hence, up-conversion ZBLAN phosphors contribute to demonstrate the possibility of transforming the incoming infrared radiation into the UV region needed to bridge the gap of photocatalytic semiconductors.

  14. Increasing the working temperature range of ZrF-BaF-LaF-AlF-NaF glass through microgravity processing

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    Torres, Anthony; Ganley, Jeff; Maji, Arup; Tucker, Dennis; Starodubov, Dmitry

    2014-03-01

    Fluorozirconate glasses, such as ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF), have the potential for optical transmission from 0.3 μm in the ultraviolet to 7 μm in the infrared regions. However, crystallites formed during the fiber-drawing process prevent this glass from achieving its desired transmission range. The temperature at which the glass can be drawn into a fiber is known as the working range, defined as (Tx-Tg), bounded by the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the crystallization temperature (Tx). In contrast to silica glasses, the working temperature range for ZBLAN glass is extremely narrow. Multiple ZBLAN samples were subjected to a heating and quenching test apparatus on the parabolic aircraft under a controlled μ-g and hyper-g environments and compared with 1-g ground tests. Optical microscopy examination elucidates that crystal growth in ZBLAN is suppressed and initiates at a later temperature when processed in a microgravity environment. Thus, the crystallization temperature, Tx, at which the crystals form has increased. The glass transition temperature, Tg, remains constant, as crystallization does not occur until approximately 360°C for this composition of ZBLAN. Therefore, the working temperature range for ZBLAN has been broadened.

  15. High T(sub c) thin film superconductors: Preparation, patterning and characterization

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    Azoulay, J.

    A conventional oil-pumped vacuum system equipped with resistively heated tungsten boat sources was used for evaporation of bismuth- or yttrium-based cuprates for high T(sub c) thin film superconductors. A well-ground mixture with atomic proportions of bismuth, SrF2, CaF2 and copper for bismuth-based material, and of YF3, BaF2 and copper for yttrium-based material, was inserted into the boat and then resistively evaporated onto different substrates such as MgO, ZrO2 and SrTiO3 kept at room temperature. Yttrium-based thin films were found to have a better quality upon reduction of fluorine in the constituents. Thus, films prepared with an yttrium BaF2 and copper mixture show a metallic-like behavior, sharper transition and higher zero-resistance temperature as compared with that of films obtained by using a YF2 constiuent instead of yttrium. Bismuth-based thin films were found to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the copper constiuent ended the evaporation process and was subsequently fully oxidized at 400 C. Bismuth-based patterned films were easily obtained by using a lift-off photolithographic method. Typical thickness of the films was measured to be about 0.5 micron after heat treatment.

  16. Cold shock induces apoptosis of dorsal root ganglion neurons plated on infrared windows.

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    Aboualizadeh, Ebrahim; Mattson, Eric C; O'Hara, Crystal L; Smith, Amanda K; Stucky, Cheryl L; Hirschmugl, Carol J

    2015-06-21

    The chemical status of live sensory neurons is accessible with infrared microspectroscopy of appropriately prepared cells. In this paper, individual dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons have been prepared with two different protocols, and plated on glass cover slips, BaF2 and CaF2 substrates. The first protocol exposes the intact DRGs to 4 °C for between 20-30 minutes before dissociating individual neurons and plating 2 hours later. The second protocol maintains the neurons at 23 °C for the entire duration of the sample preparation. The visual appearance of the neurons is similar. The viability was assessed by means of trypan blue exclusion method to determine the viability of the neurons. The neurons prepared under the first protocol (cold exposure) and plated on BaF2 reveal a distinct chemical signature and chemical distribution that is different from the other sample preparations described in the paper. Importantly, results for other sample preparation methods, using various substrates and temperature protocols, when compared across the overlapping spectral bandwidth, present normal chemical distribution within the neurons. The unusual chemically specific spatial variation is dominated by a lack of protein and carbohydrates in the center of the neurons and signatures of unraveling DNA are detected. We suggest that cold shock leads to apoptosis of DRGs, followed by osmotic stress originating from ion gradients across the cell membrane leading to cell lysis. PMID:26000346

  17. Static evaluation of surface coatings for compliant gas bearings in an oxidizing atmosphere to 650 C

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    Bhushan, B.; Gray, S.

    1978-01-01

    Hard wear-resistant coatings and soft low shear strength coatings were developed for an air-lubricated compliant journal bearing for a future automotive gas turbine engine. The coatings were expected to function in either 540 or 650 C ambient. Soft lubricant coatings were generally limited in temperature. Therefore emphasis was on the hard wear-resistant coatings. The coating materials covered were TiC, B4C, Cr3C2, WC, SiC, CrB2, TiB2, Cr2O3, Al2O3, Si3N4, Tribaloy 800, CaF2, CaF2-BaF2 eutectic, Ni-Co, silver, CdO-graphite and proprietary compounds. The coatings on test coupons were subjected to static oven screening tests. The test consisted of exposure of material samples in an oven for 300 h at the maximum temperature (540 or 650 C) and ten temperature cycles from room temperature to the maximum service temperature. On the basis of the specimen examinations the following coatings were recommended for future wear tests: TiC (sputtered), Cr2O3 (sputtered), Si3N4 (sputtered), CdO and graphite (fused), Kaman DES (a proprietary coating), CrB2 (plasma sprayed), Cr3C2 (detonation gun) and NASA PS-106 (plasma sprayed).

  18. Experimental observations of temperature effects in the near-field regime of the Casimir-Polder interaction

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    Passerat de Silans, T.; Laliotis, A.; Maurin, I.; Gorza, M.-P.; Chaves de Souza Segundo, P.; Ducloy, M.; Bloch, D.

    2014-07-01

    We investigate the temperature dependence of the Casimir-Polder interaction on the electrostatic limit. This unusual phenomenon relies on the coupling between a virtual atomic transition and a thermal excitation of surface polariton modes. We first focus on the scenario in which a Cs(8P3/2) atom is next to a CaF2 or BaF2 surface. Our theoretical predictions show a strong temperature dependence of the van der Waals coefficient at experimentally accessible conditions. A series of spectroscopic measurements performed in a specially designed Cs vapor cell containing a CaF2 tube is presented. Our results illustrate the sensitivity of atom-surface interaction experiments to the quality and chemical stability of the surface material and emphasize the need for using more durable materials, such as sapphire. Finally, we discuss selective reflection experiments with Cs(7D3/2) in an all-sapphire cell that clearly demonstrate a temperature-dependent van der Waals coefficient.

  19. Near-infrared photocatalysts of BiVO4/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ with enhanced upconversion properties

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    Huang, Shouqiang; Zhu, Nanwen; Lou, Ziyang; Gu, Lin; Miao, Chen; Yuan, Haiping; Shan, Aidang

    2014-01-01

    Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO).Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional tables and figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr05266d

  20. Synthesis and down-conversion luminescence properties of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped AlF3-PbF2-CaF2 powders

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    Liu, Fangchao; Han, Qun; Liu, Tiegen; Chen, Yaofei; Du, Yang; Yao, Yunzhi

    2015-08-01

    Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped oxy-fluoride powders with varying Er/Yb concentration were prepared by a melt quenching method at various sintering temperature. The effect of the Er/Yb doped concentration and sintering temperature were analyzed by using optical absorption and emission techniques. The Judd-Ofelt theory has been used to evaluate the three intensity parameters (Ωλ, where λ = 2, 4 and 6) and calculate the oscillator strengths (fc). Ultraviolet-to-visible emissions were observed under the excitation of a 325 nm CW laser. It was found that the down-conversion fluorescence intensity changes with the sintering temperature and Er/Yb content ratio, the results were explained with the level transitions in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped systems. The intensity ratios (intensity of 437 nm as reference) of the luminescence spectra that the samples sintered at various temperature are relevant to Ω6 parameter which indicates the vibration amplitude of the Er-O distance. The sintering temperature also has an influence on the intensity ratios via affecting the thermalization of the excited 4I15/2 level.

  1. Spectroscopic and laser properties of Tm3+ optical centers in CaF2 crystal under 795 nm diode laser excitation

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    Doroshenko, M. E.; Alimov, O. K.; Papashvili, A. G.; Martynova, K. A.; Konyushkin, V. A.; Nakladov, A. N.; Osiko, V. V.

    2015-12-01

    The dynamics of Tm3+ optical center formation with increasing thulium concentration and the influence of different optical centers on the fluorescence and laser properties of the 2 μm 3F4-3H6 transition under ~795 nm laser diode excitation is studied.

  2. A method for compensating the polarization aberration of projection optics in immersion lithography

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    Jia, Yue; Li, Yanqiu; Liu, Lihui; Han, Chunying; Liu, Xiaolin

    2014-08-01

    As the numerical aperture (NA) of 193nm immersion lithography projection optics (PO) increasing, polarization aberration (PA) leads to image quality degradation seriously. PA induced by large incident angle of light, film coatings and intrinsic birefringence of lens materials cannot be ignored. An effective method for PA compensation is to adjust lens position in PO. However, this method is complicated. Therefore, in this paper, an easy and feasible PA compensation method is proposed: for ArF lithographic PO with hyper NA (NA=1.2), which is designed by our laboratory, the PA-induced critical dimension error (CDE) can be effectively reduced by optimizing illumination source partial coherent factor σout. In addition, the basic idea of our method to suppress pattern placement error (PE) is to adopt anti-reflection (AR) multi-layers MgF2/LaF3/MgF2 and calcium fluoride CaF2 of [111] crystal axes. Our simulation results reveal that the proposed method can effectively and quantificationally compensate large PA in the optics. In particular, our method suppresses the dynamic range of CDE from -12.7nm ~ +4.3nm to -1.1nm ~ +1.2nm, while keeping PE at an acceptable level.

  3. Microroughness analysis of thin film components for VUV applications

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    Ferre-Borrull, Josep; Duparre, Angela; Steinert, Joerg; Ristau, Detlev; Quesnel, Etienne

    2000-11-01

    For the roughness characterization of optical surfaces a new procedure based on the analysis of their power spectral density (PSD) functions has been developed. The method consists of the fitting of the PSD obtained from Atomic Force Microscopy measurements at different scan sizes to mathematical models. With this procedure the micro- structural properties of optical surfaces and coatings can be represented by a reduced set of numbers that correspond to the characteristic parameters of the mathematical models. For optical coatings this method allows a separate study of the influence of the substrate and layers on the overall sample roughness. As an example, the method is applied to MgF2 and LaF3 films for VUV applications. We investigated a set of single layers deposited onto superpolished Caf2, fused silica and Si substrates. The samples were deposited by ion beam sputtering, boat and e- beam evaporation. A comparison of the influence of the substrate on the development of the roughnesses and lateral structures has been performed, as well as a study of the dependence of the roughness properties of the coatings on the deposition process. Complementary investigations of roughness-related scattering consisting of measurements of Total Scatter at 193 nm and 633 nm and calculation of expected scattering based on the theory are presented.

  4. Nonstoichiometry in inorganic fluorides: I. Nonstoichiometry in MF m - RF n ( m < n ≤ 4) systems

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    Sobolev, B. P.

    2012-05-01

    The manifestation of gross nonstoichiometry in MF m - RF n systems ( m < n ≤ 4) has been studied. Fluorides of 34 elements, in the systems of which phases of practical interest are formed, are chosen. To search for new phases of complex composition, a program for studying the phase diagrams of the condensed state (˜200 systems) has been carried out at the Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences. The main products of high-temperature interactions of the fluorides of elements with different valences ( m ≠ n) are grossly nonstoichiometric phases of two structural types: fluorite (CaF2) and tysonite (LaF3). Systems of fluorides of 27 elements ( M 1+ = Na, K; M 2+ = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; R 3+ = Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu; R 4+ = Zr, Hf, Th, U) are selected; nonstoichiometric M 1 - x R x F m(1 - x) + nx phases, which are of greatest practical interest, are formed in these systems. The gross nonstoichiometry in inorganic fluorides is most pronounced in 80 MF2 - RF3 systems ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; R are rare earth elements). The problems related to the growth of single crystals of nonstoichiometric phases and basic fields of their application as new fluoride multicomponent materials, the properties of which are controlled by the defect structure, are considered.

  5. Nonstoichiometric fluorides—Solid electrolytes for electrochemical devices: A review

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2007-09-01

    The solid electrolytes with fluorine-ion conductivity that were revealed during the analysis of the phase diagrams of the MF m - RF n systems within the program of search for new multicomponent fluoride crystalline materials carried out at the Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, are described. The most widespread and promising materials are the nonstoichiometric phases with fluorite (CaF2) and tysonite (LaF3) structures, which are formed in the MF2- RF3 systems ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, or Pb; R = Sc, Y, or La-Lu). These phases have superionic fluorine conductivity due to the anion sublattice disorder. The ionic conductivity of crystals of both structure types has been studied and the limits of its change with composition and temperature are determined. Nonstoichiometric fluorides are used as solid electrolytes in chemical sensors, fluorine sources, and batteries. The prospects of the use of fluorine-ion conductors in solid-state electrochemical devices, principles of their operation, and the problems of optimization of their composition are discussed.

  6. High power mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in a single-mode ZBLAN fiber pumped by amplified picosecond pulses at 2 μm

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    Liu, Kun; Liu, Jiang; Shi, Hongxing; Tan, Fangzhou; Jiang, Yijian; Wang, Pu

    2015-03-01

    We report high power all fiber mid-infrared (mid-IR) supercontinuum (SC) generation in a single-mode ZBLAN (ZrF4- BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) fiber with up to 21.8 W average output power from 1.9 to beyond 3.8 μm pumped by amplified picosecond pulses from a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) based on small-core single-mode thulium-doped fiber (TDF) with injected seed pulse width of 24 ps and repetition of 93.6 MHz at 1963 nm. The optical-optical conversion efficiency from the 793 nm pump laser of the last stage thulium-doped fiber amplifier (TDFA) to mid-IR SC output is 17%. It is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest average power mid-IR SC generation in a ZBLAN fiber to date. In addition, a noise-like fiber oscillator based on a nonlinear loop mirror (NOLM) with wavepacket width of ~1.4 ns and repetition rate of 3.36 MHz at 1966 nm is also used as a seed of the MOPA for mid-IR SC generation in the ZBLAN fiber. At last, a mid-IR SC from 1.9 to beyond 3.6 μm with average output power of 14.3W, which is limited by injected noise-like pulses power, is generated. The optical-optical conversion efficiency from the 793 nm pump laser of the last stage TDFA to mid-IR SC output is 14.9%. This proves the amplified noise-like pulses are also appropriate for high power mid-IR SC generation in the ZBLAN fiber.

  7. Highly stable, monolithic, single-mode mid-infrared supercontinuum source based on low-loss fusion spliced silica and fluoride fibers.

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    Yin, Ke; Zhang, Bin; Yao, Jinmei; Yang, Linyong; Chen, Shengping; Hou, Jing

    2016-03-01

    A 0.8 to 4.5 μm highly stable all-fiber spliced mid-infrared supercontinuum (SC) source was presented. The joint between the single-mode (SM) pump silica fiber and the ZBLAN fiber (ZrF4 - BaF2 - LaF3 - AlF3 - NaF, a type of fluoride fiber) was fusion spliced, which greatly improved the SC's stability. The low-loss splicing was guaranteed by the similar mode field areas of the fundamental mode LP(01) of the silica and ZBLAN fibers. At the splicing joint the ZBLAN fiber enveloped the silica fiber, thus increasing the robustness of the splice. A low splicing loss of less than 0.1 dB was calculated, which ensured that the whole SC source was very reliable. The SC had a maximal average power of 550.8 mW with a 1.5 dB spectral bandwidth ranging from 2642 to 4065 nm. In particular, the SC power for λ>3.8  μm was measured to be 116.1 mW with a power ratio of ∼21.1% of the total SC power. Perfect Gaussian beam profiles of the SC source demonstrated its SM operation. Over 12 h of continuous operation of this SC source showed its outstanding power stability with a root mean square variation of 0.59%, which also demonstrated the high quality of the fusion spliced joint. PMID:26974087

  8. Excitation of the S-1(0) State of Trivalent Praseodymium in Insulating Crystals

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    Levey, Christopher Gerrit

    In this dissertation we present an investigation of the fluorescence and two-photon absorption properties of the ('1)S(,0) state of Pr('3+) in LaF(,3) and several other crystal hosts. The high-lying (4f('2)) ('1)S(,0) state of Pr('3+) is of particular interest because it is the closest of the meta-stable rare earth levels to the next configuration of opposite parity (the 4f5d band), and this proximity varies from host to host. However, the ('1)S(,0) state has received relatively little attention because its energy is beyond the range of dye lasers and frequency doubling crystals. We excite the ('1)S(,0) state directly, through a two-photon excited state absorption process, and indirectly, through pumping the 4f5d band. In most host materials the ('1)S(,0) level of Pr('3+) lies above the lowest 4f5d band component, and consequently only 4f5d band emission is observed. In LaF(,3), however, the ('1)S(,0) state lies below the band, and only the ('1)S(,0) emission is observed. In Pr('3+):CaF(,2) there are sites with each of these properties, and both ('1)S(,0) and 4f5d emission are observed, with a relative strength that is concentration dependent. Two-photon absorption from the ('3)H(,4) ground state into the ('1)S(,0) state is doubly forbidden by the two-photon spin and J selection rules ((DELTA)S = 0 and (DELTA)J <= 2), and we have not observed this transition. However, we do observe a two-photon absorption into the ('1)S(,0) state from each of the lowest two Stark components of the meta-stable ('1)D(,2) state. These transitions are allowed by all two-photon selection rules, though not for all polarizations, and we observe a strong polarization dependence. We also observe line narrowing of this transition as a smaller subset of the ('1)D(,2) population is excited, and we see homogeneous broadening of the transition as the temperature is raised to 77K. The ('1)S(,0) lifetime is much shorter than that predicted by the Judd-Ofelt theory, and is only weakly concentration dependent. We account for the short lifetime with a modification of the theory to make it more appropriate for transitions involving one state which is very close to the next opposite parity configuration.

  9. Monte Carlo simulations of electron thermalization in alkali iodide and alkaline-earth fluoride scintillators

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Xie, YuLong; Campbell, Luke W.; Gao, Fei; Kerisit, Sebastien N.

    2012-07-01

    A Monte Carlo model of electron thermalization in inorganic scintillators, which was developed and applied to CsI in a previous publication [Wang et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 064903 (2011)], is extended to another material of the alkali halide class, NaI, and to two materials from the alkaline-earth halide class, CaF2 and BaF2. This model includes electron scattering with both longitudinal optical (LO) and acoustic phonons as well as the effects of internal electric fields. For the four pure materials, a significant fraction of the electrons recombine with self-trapped holes and the thermalization distance distributions of the electrons that do not recombine peak between approximately 25 and 50 {per_thousand}nm and extend up to a few hundreds of nanometers. The thermalization time distributions of CaF2, BaF2, NaI, and CsI extend to approximately 0.5, 1, 2, and 7 ps, respectively. The simulations show that the LO phonon energy is a key factor that affects the electron thermalization process. Indeed, the higher the LO phonon energy is, the shorter the thermalization time and distance are. The thermalization time and distance distributions show no dependence on the incident {gamma}-ray energy. The four materials also show different extents of electron-hole pair recombination due mostly to differences in their electron mean free paths (MFPs), LO phonon energies, initial densities of electron-hole pairs, and static dielectric constants. The effect of thallium doping is also investigated for CsI and NaI as these materials are often doped with activators. Comparison between CsI and NaI shows that both the larger size of Cs+ relative to Na+, i.e., the greater atomic density of NaI, and the longer electron mean free path in NaI compared to CsI contribute to an increased probability for electron trapping at Tl sites in NaI versus CsI.

  10. Photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation - Fluorescence and phosphorescence

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    Viehmann, W.; Eubanks, A. G.; Pieper, G. F.; Bredekamp, J. H.

    1975-01-01

    The fluorescence and phosphorescence of photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation have been investigated using a Sr-90/Y-90 beta emitter as the electron source. Spectral emission curves of UV-grade, optical-grade, and electron-irradiated samples of MgF2 and LiF, and of CaF2, BaF2, sapphire, fused silica, and UV-transmitting glasses were obtained over the 200-650-nm spectral range. Fluorescence yields were determined on these materials utilizing photomultiplier tubes with cesium telluride, bialkali, and trialkali (S-20) photocathodes, respectively. Optical-grade MgF2 and LiF, as well as electron-irradiated UV-grade samples of these two materials, show enhanced fluorescence due to color-center formation and associated emission bands in the blue and red wavelength regions. Large variations in fluorescence intensities were found in UV-grade sapphire samples of different origins, particularly in the red end of the spectrum, presumably due to various amounts of chromium-ion content. Phosphorescence decay with time is best described by a sum of exponential terms, with time constants ranging from a few minutes to several days.

  11. Correlation between 19F environment and isotropic chemical shift in barium and calcium fluoroaluminates.

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    Body, M; Silly, G; Legein, C; Buzaré, J-Y

    2004-04-19

    High-speed MAS (19)F NMR spectra are recorded and reconstructed for 10 compounds from BaF(2)-AlF(3) and CaF(2)-AlF(3) binary systems which leads to the determination of 77 isotropic (19)F chemical shifts in various environments. A first attribution of NMR lines is performed for 8 compounds using a superposition model as initially proposed by B. Bureau et al. The phenomenological parameters of this model are then refined to improve the NMR line assignment. A satisfactory reliability is reached with a root-mean-square (RMS) deviation between calculated and measured values equal to 6 ppm. The refined parameters are then successfully tested on alpha-BaCaAlF(7) whose structure was recently determined. Finally, the isotropic chemical shift ranges are defined for shared, unshared, and "free" fluorine atoms encountered in the investigated binary systems. So, the fluorine surroundings can be deduced from the NMR line positions in compounds whose structure is unknown. Such an approach can also be applied to fluoride glasses. PMID:15074964

  12. Tribological and mechanical comparison of sintered and HIPped PM212 - High temperature self-lubricating composites

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Sliney, Harold E.; Bogdanski, Michael S.

    1992-01-01

    Selected tribological, mechanical and thermophysical properties of two versions of PM212 (sintered and hot isostatically pressed, HIPped) are compared. PM212, a high temperature self-lubricating composite, contains 70 wt percent metal bonded chromium carbide, 15 wt percent CaF2/BaF2 eutectic and 15 wt percent silver. PM212 in the sintered form is about 80 percent dense and has previously been shown to have good tribological properties from room temperature to 850 C. Tribological results of a fully densified, HIPped version of PM212 are given. They are compared to sintered PM212. In addition, selected mechanical and thermophysical properties of both types of PM212 are discussed and related to the tribological similarities and differences between the two PM212 composites. In general, both composites display similar friction and wear properties. However, the fully dense PM212 HIPped composite exhibits slight lower friction and wear than sintered PM212. This may be attributed to its generally higher strength properties. The sintered version displays stable wear properties over a wide load range indicating its promise for use in a variety of applications. Based upon their properties, both the sintered and HIPped PM212 have potential as bearing and seal materials for advanced high temperature applications.

  13. Tribological and mechanical comparison of sintered and hipped PM212: High temperature self-lubricating composites

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Sliney, Harold E.; Bogdanski, Michael S.

    1992-01-01

    Selected tribological, mechanical and thermophysical properties of two versions of PM212 (sintered and hot isostatically pressed, HIPped) are compared. PM212, a high temperature self-lubricating composite, contains 70 wt percent metal bonded chromium carbide, 15 wt percent CaF2/BaF2 eutectic and 15 wt percent silver. PM212 in the sintered form is about 80 percent dense and has previously been shown to have good tribological properties from room temperature to 850 C. Tribological results of a fully densified, HIPped version of PM212 are given. They are compared to sintered PM212. In addition, selected mechanical and thermophysical properties of both types of PM212 are discussed and related to the tribological similarities and differences between the two PM212 composites. In general, both composites display similar friction and wear properties. However, the fully dense PM212 HIPped composite exhibits slight lower friction and wear than sintered PM212. This may be attributed to its generally higher strength properties. The sintered version displays stable wear properties over a wide load range indicating its promise for use in a variety of applications. Based upon their properties, both the sintered and HIPped PM212 have potential as bearing and seal materials for advanced high temperature applications.

  14. Vacuum tribological behaviour of self lubricant quasicrystalline composite coatings

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    Garcí de Blas, F. J.; Román, A.; de Miguel, C.; Longo, F.; Muelas, R.; Agüero, A.

    2003-09-01

    High temperature resistant self-lubricant coatings are needed in space vehicles for components that operate at high temperatures and/or under vacuum. Thick composite lubricant coatings containing quasicrystalline alloys (QC) as the hard phase for wear resistance, have been deposited by thermal spray. The coatings also comprise lubricating materials (silver and BaF2-CaF2 eutectic) and NiCr as the tough component. This paper describes the vacuum tribological properties of TH103, a coating belonging to this family, with excellent microstructural quality. The coating was deposited by HVOF and tested under vacuum on a pin-on-disc tribometer. Different loads, linear speeds and pin materials were studied. The pin scars and disc wear tracks were characterized by EDS-SEM. A minimum mean steady friction coefficient of 0.32 was obtained employing a X-750 Ni superalloy pin in vacuum conditions under 10 N load and 15 cm/s linear speed, showing moderate wear of the disc and low wear of the pin.

  15. Composition optimization of chromium carbide based solid lubricant coatings for foil gas bearings at temperatures to 650 C

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    Dellacorte, Christopher

    1987-01-01

    A test program to determine the optimum composition of chromium carbide based solid lubricant coatings for compliant gas bearings is described. The friction and wear properties of the coatings are evaluated using a foil gas bearing test apparatus. The various coatings were prepared by powder blending, then plasma sprayed onto Inconel 718 test journals and diamond ground to the desired coating thickness and surface finish. The journals were operated against preoxidized nickel-chromium alloy foils. The test bearings were subjected to repeated start/stop cycles under a 14 kPa (2 psi) bearing unit load. The bearings were tested for 9000 start/stop cycles or until the specimen wear reached a predetermined failure level. In general, the addition of silver and eutectic to the chromium carbide base stock significantly reduced foil wear and increased journal coating wear. The optimum coating composition, PS212 (70 wt% metal bonded Cr3C2, 15 wt% Ag, 15% BaF2/CaF2 eutectic), reduced foil wear by a factor of two and displayed coating wear well within acceptable limits. The load capacity of the bearing using the plasma-sprayed coating prior to and after a run-in period was ascertained and compared to polished Inconel 718 specimens.

  16. Tribological composition optimization of chromium-carbide-based solid lubricant coatings for foil gas bearings at temperatures to 650 C

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    Dellacorte, Christopher

    1988-01-01

    The determination of the tribilogically optimum composition of chromium-carbide-based solid lubricant coatings using a foil gas bearing test apparatus is described. The coatings contain a wear resistant chromium carbide `base stock' with the lubricant additives silver and BaF2-CaF2 eutectic. The coating composition is optimized for air-lubricated foil gas bearings at temperatures ranging from 25 to 650 C. The various compositions were prepared by powder blending, then plasma sprayed onto Inconel 718 test journals and diamond ground to the desired coating thickness and surface finish. The journals were operated against preoxidized Ni-Cr alloy foils, and the test bearings were subjected to repeated start-stop cycles under a bearing unit of 14 kPa. Sliding contact between the coated journal and the smooth foil occurs during bearing start-up before lift-off or hydrodynamic lubrication by the air film and during bearing coast-down. The bearings were tested for 9000 start-stop cycles or until specimen reached a predetermined failure level.

  17. High-Temperature Solid Lubricants Developed by NASA Lewis Offer Virtually "Unlimited Life" for Oil-Free Turbomachinery

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Valco, Mark J.

    1999-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center is capitalizing on breakthroughs in foil air bearing performance, tribological coatings, and computer analyses to formulate the Oil-free Turbomachinery Program. The program s long-term goal is to develop an innovative, yet practical, oil-free aeropropulsion gas turbine engine that floats on advanced air bearings. This type of engine would operate at higher speeds and temperatures with lower weight and friction than conventional oil-lubricated engines. During startup and shutdown, solid lubricant coatings are required to prevent wear in such engines before the self-generating air-lubrication film develops. NASA s Tribology Branch has created PS304, a chrome-oxide-based plasma spray coating specifically tailored for shafts run against foil bearings. PS304 contains silver and barium fluoride/calcium fluoride eutectic (BaF2/CaF2) lubricant additives that, together, provide lubrication from cold start temperatures to over 650 C, the maximum use temperature for foil bearings. Recent lab tests show that bearings lubricated with PS304 survive over 100 000 start-stop cycles without experiencing any degradation in performance due to wear. The accompanying photograph shows a test bearing after it was run at 650 C. The rubbing process created a "polished" surface that enhances bearing load capacity.

  18. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite.

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    Weil, Matthias

    2015-06-01

    Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II) dialuminium tetra-deca-fluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14), with Fe(2+) cations replacing the Mg(2+) cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-anti-prisms (point group symmetry 2), [FeF6] octa-hedra (point group symmetry -1) and [AlF6] octa-hedra that are condensed into undulating (2) ∞[CaFeAl2F14](4-) layers parallel (100). The Ba(2+) cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I), versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II)], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310 (15)Fe0.690 (15)Al2F14 [model (I)] and Ba2CaFe0.90 (1)Al2F14 [model (II)]. PMID:26090139

  19. Friction and Wear Characteristics of a Modified Composite Solid Lubricant Plasma Spray Coating

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    Stanford, M. K.; DellaCorte, C.

    2004-01-01

    LCR304 is a solid lubricant coating composed of Ni-10Cr, Cr2O3, BaF2-CaF2 and Ag and developed for dimensional stability in high temperature air. This coating is a modification of PS304, which differs in that the Ni-Cr constituent contains 20wt% Cr. The tribological characteristics of LCR304 were evaluated by pin-on-disk and foil air bearing rig testing from 25 to 650 C and compared to previous test results with PS304. For both tests, the friction coefficient decreased as temperature increased from 25 to 650 C. Wear generally decreased with increasing temperature for all pin-on-disk tests. LCR304 coated components produced the least wear of Inconel X-750 counterface materials at 427 and 650 C. These results indicate that the LCR304 coating has potential as a replacement for PS304 in, for example, low cycle (minimum wear) applications where dimensional stability is imperative.

  20. Self-lubricating coatings for high-temperature applications

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    Sliney, Harold E.

    1987-01-01

    Some present-day aeropropulsion systems impose severe demands on the thermal and oxidative stability of lubricant, bearing, and seal materials. These demands will be much more severe for operational systems around the turn of the century. Solid lubricants with maximum temperature capabilities of about 1100 C are known. Unfortunately, none of the solid lubricants with the highest temperature capabilities are effective below approximately 400 C. However, research shows that silver and stable fluorides, such as calcium and barium fluoride act synergistically to provide lubrication from below room temperature to approximately 900 C. Plasma-sprayed, self-lubricating composite coatings that were developed at Lewis are described. Background information is given on coatings, designed as PS100 and PS101, that contain the solid lubricants in a Nichrome matrix. These coatings have low friction coefficients over a wide temperature range, but they have inadequate wear resistance for some long-duration applications. Wear resistance was dramatically improved in a recently developed coating PS200, by replacing the Nichrome matrix material with metal-bonded chromium carbide containing dispersed silver and calcium fluoride/barium fluoride eutectic (CaF2/BaF2). The lubricants control friction and the carbide matrix provides excellent wear resistance. Successful tests of these coatings are discussed.

  1. Core-shell-shell heterostructures of α-NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) with remarkably enhanced upconversion luminescence.

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    Su, Yue; Liu, Xiuling; Lei, Pengpeng; Xu, Xia; Dong, Lile; Guo, Xianmin; Yan, Xingxu; Wang, Peng; Song, Shuyan; Feng, Jing; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-07-01

    Core-shell-shell heterostructures of α-NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) have been successfully fabricated via the thermal decomposition method. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), upconversion luminescence (UCL) spectroscopy, etc. Under 980 nm excitation, the emission intensities of the UCNPs are remarkably enhanced after coating the MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba) shell. Among these samples, CaF2 coated UCNPs show the strongest overall emission, while BaF2 coated UCNPs exhibit the longest lifetime. These results demonstrate that alkaline earth metal fluorides are ideal materials to improve the UCL properties. Meanwhile, although the lattice mismatch between the ternary NaREF4 core and the binary MF2 (M = Sr and Ba) shell is relatively large, the successfully synthesized NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 indicates a new outlook on the fabrication of heterostructural core-shell UCNPs. PMID:27327414

  2. Thermal lensing compensation optics for high power lasers

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    Scaggs, Michael; Haas, Gil

    2011-03-01

    Athermalization of focusing objectives is a common technique for optimizing imaging systems in the infrared where thermal effects are a major concern. The athermalization is generally done within the spectrum of interest and not generally applied to a single wavelength. The predominate glass used with high power infrared lasers in the near infrared of one micron, such as Nd:YAG and fiber lasers, is fused silica which has excellent thermal properties. All glasses, however, have a temperature coefficient of index of refraction (dn/dT) where as the glass heats up its index of refraction changes. Most glasses, fused silica included, have a positive dn/dT. A positive dn/dT will cause the focal length of the lens to decrease with a temperature rise. Many of the fluoride glasses, like CaF2, BaF2, LiF2, etc. have a negative dn/dT. By applying athermalization techniques of glass selection and optical design, the thermal lensing in a laser objective of a high power laser system can be substantially mitigated. We describe a passive method for minimizing thermal lensing of high power laser optics.

  3. Investigation of Thermal Processing on the Properties of PS304: A Solid Lubricant Coating

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    Benoy, Patricia A.; Williams, Syreeta (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The effect of thermal processing on PS304, a solid lubricant coating, was investigated. PS304 is a plasma sprayed solid lubricant consisting of 10% Ag and 10% BaF2 and CaF2 in a eutectic mixture for low and high temperature lubricity respectively. In addition, PS304 contains 20% Cr2O3 for increased hardness and 60% NiCr which acts as a binder. All percents are in terms of weight not volume. Previous research on thermal processing (NAG3-2245) of PS304 revealed that substrate affected both the pre- and post-anneal hardness of the plasma spray coating. The objective of this grant was to both quantify this effect and determine whether the root cause was an artifact of the substrate or an actual difference in hardness due to interaction between the substrate and the coating. In addition to clarifying past research developments new data was sought in terms of coating growth due to annealing.

  4. The activity of calcium in calcium-metal-fluoride fluxes

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    Ochifuji, Yuichiro; Tsukihashi, Fumitaka; Sano, Nobuo

    1995-08-01

    The standard Gibbs energy of reaction Ca (1) + O (mass pct, in Zr) = CaO (s) has been determined as follows by equilibrating molten calcium with solid zirconium in a CaO crucible: Δ G° = -64,300(±700) + 19.8(±3.5) T J/mol (1373 to 1623 K) The activities of calcium in the CaOsatd-Ca- MF2 ( M: Ca, Ba, Mg) and CaOsatd-Ca-NaF systems were measured as a function of calcium composition at high calcium contents at 1473 K on the basis of the standard Gibbs energy. The activities of calcium increase in the order of CaF2, BaF2, and MgF2 at the same calcium fraction of these fluxes. The observed activities are compared with those estimated by using the Temkin model for ionic solutions. Furthermore, the possibility of the removal of tramp elements such as tin, arsenic, antimony, bismuth, and lead from carbon-saturated iron by using calcium-metal-fluoride fluxes is discussed.

  5. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite

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    Weil, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II) dialuminium tetra­deca­fluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14), with Fe2+ cations replacing the Mg2+ cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-anti­prisms (point group symmetry 2), [FeF6] octa­hedra (point group symmetry -1) and [AlF6] octa­hedra that are condensed into undulating 2 ∞[CaFeAl2F14]4− layers parallel (100). The Ba2+ cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I), versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II)], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310 (15)Fe0.690 (15)Al2F14 [model (I)] and Ba2CaFe0.90 (1)Al2F14 [model (II)]. PMID:26090139

  6. Charge Compensation in RE3+ (RE = Eu, Gd) and M+ (M = Li, Na, K) Co-Doped Alkaline Earth Nanofluorides Obtained by Microwave Reaction with Reactive Ionic Liquids Leading to Improved Optical Properties

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    Lorbeer, C; Behrends, F; Cybinska, J; Eckert, H; Mudring, Anja -V

    2014-01-01

    Alkaline earth fluorides are extraordinarily promising host matrices for phosphor materials with regard to rare earth doping. In particular, quantum cutting materials, which might considerably enhance the efficiency of mercury-free fluorescent lamps or SC solar cells, are often based on rare earth containing crystalline fluorides such as NaGdF4, GdF3 or LaF3. Substituting most of the precious rare earth ions and simultaneously retaining the efficiency of the phosphor is a major goal. Alkaline earth fluoride nanoparticles doped with trivalent lanthanide ions (which are required for the quantum cutting phenomenon) were prepared via a microwave assisted method in ionic liquids. As doping trivalent ions into a host with divalent cations requires charge compensation, this effect was thoroughly studied by powder X-ray and electron diffraction, luminescence spectroscopy and 23Na, 139La and 19F solid state NMR spectroscopy. Monovalent alkali ions were codoped with the trivalent lanthanide ions to relieve stress and achieve a better crystallinity and higher quantum cutting abilities of the prepared material. 19F-magic angle spinning (MAS)-NMR-spectra, assisted by 19F{23Na} rotational echo double resonance (REDOR) studies, reveal distinct local fluoride environments, the populations of which are discussed in relation to spatial distribution and clustering models. In the co-doped samples, fluoride species having both Na+ and La3+ ions within their coordination sphere can be identified and quantified. This interplay of mono- and trivalent ions in the CaF2 lattice appears to be an efficient charge compensation mechanism that allows for improved performance characteristics of such co-doped phosphor materials.

  7. Nonstoichiometry in inorganic fluorides: 2. Ionic conductivity of nonstoichiometric M 1 - x R xF2 + x and R 1 - y M yF3 - y crystals ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R are rare earth elements)

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    Sobolev, B. P.; Sorokin, N. I.

    2014-11-01

    The peak manifestation of nonstoichiometry in fluoride systems in the number of phases with valuable properties and wide homogeneity ranges is 45 MF2- RF3 systems, where M = Ca, Sr, Ba and R are 15 rare earth elements from La to Lu and Y (with Pm and Sc excluded). A deviation from stoichiometry in crystals of the M 1 - x R xF2 + x (CaF2 fluorite type) and R 1 - y M yF3 - y (LaF3 tysonite type) phases is responsible for the fluorine superionic conductivity σ. The range of variation in σ with changes in the qualitative ( M, R) and quantitative ( x, y) compositions in both structure types is very wide. The σ value changes by a factor of 108 in the M 1 - x R xF2 + x phases (at 500 K) and by a factor of 106 in the R 1 - y M yF3 - y phases (at 293 K). Changing compositions, one can also obtain crystals with σ values large enough for their use as fluorine-conducting solid electrolytes. Phases promising for solid electrolytes were revealed in the MFm- RFn systems ( m < n ≤ 4), which were studied within the program of searching for new multicomponent fluoride materials at the Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences (IC RAS). Superionic conductivity is one of the peak manifestations of the influence of defect structure of nonstoichiometric crystals on their properties. The subject of this review is the results of the studies performed at the IC RAS on the ionic conductivity of single crystals of the M 1 - x R xF2 + x and R 1 - y M yF3 - y nonstoichiometric phases.

  8. The Effects of Gravity on the Crystallization Behavior of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Smith, Guy A.

    2004-01-01

    Heavy metal fluoride glasses are used in such applications as fiber lasers and laser amplifiers. ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) is one of the more commonly used heavy metal fluoride glasses. ZBLAN is an infrared transmitter and has a theoretical attenuation coefficient of 0.002 db/km. However, due to impurities and small crystallites this attenuation coefficient has not been achieved to date. ZBLAN is a fragile glass which can lead to rapid crystallization, if the glass is not cooled rapidly to below the glass transition temperature or if the glass is reheated near the crystallization temperature for any period of time. Studies carried on at Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama in Huntsville since 1993 have shown that heating ZBLAN glass at the crystallization temperature in reduced gravity results in a suppression of crystallization when compared to ZBLAN processed in unit gravity. These studies utilized NASA's KC-135 aircraft and the Conquest sounding rocket. In the first series of experiments, short lengths of ZBLAN fiber were heated to the crystallization temperature in reduced gravity on board the KC- 135 and the Conquest sounding rocket and compared with fibers heated in unit gravity. The fibers processed in reduced gravity showed no evidence of crystallization when studied with x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. However, the fibers processed in unit gravity were completely crystallized. Subsequent experiments included heating small pieces of ZBLAN glass at the crystallization temperature while viewing with a video camera to follow the crystallization phenomenon. In this experiment crystallization was observed in reduced gravity, however, it was suppressed when compared to heating in unit gravity. In the most recent experiment on board the KC-135, rapid thermal analysis of ZBLAN was performed. A mechanism to explain the observations has been proposed. This mechanism is based on shear thinning whereby, the glass undergoes a reduction in viscosity in the 10(exp 5) - 10(exp 7) poise range, allowing more rapid diffusion and thus crystallization. It is proposed that this mechanism is suppressed in reduced gravity. An experiment is presently being conducted to test this theory. With increased knowledge of ZBLAN behavior in reduced gravity, three low earth orbit tiber drawing facilities have been designed. One would be suitable for use on the International Space Station, another while aboard the Space Shuttle and the third system is a fully automated facility which would operate independently of the ISS or Shuttle in a free float mode. The primary benefits of free floating a facility in LEO includes a higher quality of microgravity and reduced safety concerns since it is not in a manned environment.

  9. Generation of broadband mid-infrared supercontinuum radiation in cascaded soft-glass fibers

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    Kneis, C.; Robin, T.; Cadier, B.; Brilland, Laurent; Caillaud, Celine; Troles, Johann; Manek-Hönninger, I.; Eichhorn, M.; Kieleck, C.

    2016-03-01

    The generation of mid-infrared (mid-IR) radiation, ranging from 2 - 5 μm, is getting much attention in recent years thanks to many applications it can be used for, e.g. in free space optical communication, range finding, counter measures and remote chemical sensing systems. It also plays an increasing role in medicine, for instance in optical tissue ablation or optical coherence tomography, owing to the high water absorption in that wavelength range. In this research study, a ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fluoride fiber is pumped by a Q-switched mode-locked (QML) thulium (Tm3+)- doped double-clad silica fiber laser, emitting at around 2 μm, to generate mid-IR supercontinuum (SC). Further spectral broadening of this SC radiation is achieved by coupling it into a chalcogenide arsenide-selenide (AsSe) photonic crystal fiber (PCF). An output power of 24 W at 2 μm has been achieved in QML operation for the Tm3+-doped fiber laser. The SC output power from the ZBLAN fiber has been 7.8 W with a spectrum extending to approximately 4.1 μm. For further wavelength broadening experiments, a long-wave-pass filter with a 3 dB edge around 3.6 μm has been implemented between the ZBLAN and the AsSe fiber to cut out the residual pump light at 2 μm and the radiation between 2 μm and 3.5 μm. The pump power was approximately 120 mW with a spectrum from 3.5 μm to 3.9 μm. First proof of principal experiments has been performed with 20 mW of averaged output power and a spectrum extending to 4.9 μm. The coupling efficiency of the SC radiation from the ZBLAN fiber into the AsSe fiber has been around 30%.

  10. Mechanisms for the Crystallization of ZBLAN

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Tucker, Dennis S.; Kaukler, William; Antar, Basil

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this ground based study is to test the hypothesis that shear thinning (the non-Newtonian response of viscosity to shear rate) is a viable mechanism to explain the observation of enhanced glass formation in numerous low-g experiments. In 1-g, fluid motion results from buoyancy forces and surface tension driven convection. This fluid flow will introduce shear in undercooled liquids in 1-g. In low-g it is known that fluid flows are greatly reduced so that the shear rate in fluids can be extremely low. It is believed that some fluids may have weak structure in the absence of flow. Very small shear rates could cause this structure to collapse in response to shear resulting in a lowering of the viscosity of the fluid. The hypothesis of this research is that: Shear thinning in undercooled liquids decreases the viscosity, increasing the rate of nucleation and crystallization of glass forming melts. Shear in the melt can be reduced in low-g, thus enhancing undercooling and glass formation. The viscosity of a model glass (lithium di-silicate, L2S) often used for crystallization studies has been measured at very low shear rates using a dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer. Our results are consistent with increasing viscosity with a lowering of shear rates. The viscosity of L2S may vary as much as an order of magnitude depending on the shear rate in the temperature region of maximum nucleation and crystal growth. Classical equations for nucleation and crystal growth rates, are inversely related to the viscosity and viscosity to the third power respectively. An order of magnitude variation in viscosity (with shear) at a given temperature would have dramatic effects on glass crystallization Crystallization studies with the heavy metal fluoride glass ZBLAN (ZrF2-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) to examine the effect of shear on crystallization are being initiated. Samples are to be melted and quenched under quiescent conditions at different shear rates to determine the effect on crystallization. The results from this study are expected to advance the current scientific understanding of glass formation in low-g and glass crystallization under glass molding conditions and will improve the scientific understanding of technological processes such as fiber pulling, bulk amorphous alloys, and glass fabrication processes.

  11. Understanding the role of gravity in the crystallization suppression of ZBLAN glass

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    Torres, Anthony Samuel

    Fluorozirconate glasses, such as ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF), have the potential for optical transmission from 0.3 μm in the UV to 7 μm in the IR region. However, crystallites formed during the fiber drawing process prevent this glass from achieving its low loss-capability. Other researchers have shown that microgravity processing leads to suppressed crystal growth in ZBLAN glass, which can lead to lower transmission loss in the desired mid-IR range. However, the mechanism governing crystal growth suppression has not been thoroughly investigated. In the present research multiple ZBLAN samples were subjected to a heating and quenching test apparatus on a parabolic aircraft under controlled μ-g and hyper-g environments and compared with 1-g ground tests. Optical microscopy (transmission and polarized) along with SEM examination elucidates that crystal growth in ZBLAN is suppressed when processed in a microgravity environment. Hence crystallization occurs at a higher temperature in μ-g and the working temperature range at which the fiber can be manufactured has been extended. We postulate that the fundamental process of nano-scale mass transfer (lack of buoyancy driven convection) in the viscous glass is the mechanism responsible for crystal growth suppression in microgravity. Suppressing molecular mobility within the semi-molten glass starves nucleating crystallites and prevents any further growth. A COMSOL Multi-Physics model was developed to show the velocity contours due to convection processes in a 1-g, μ-g, and hyper-g environment. Analytical models show that while suppressing convection is relevant at fiber drawing temperatures (360°C), mass transfer due to diffusion dominates at higher temperatures leading to crystal growth at temperatures ≥400°C. ZBLAN fibers are also known for their poor handling ability. Therefore an analysis of the thermal degradation of ZBLAN optical fibers based on fracture mechanics was also conducted. Conditions of crack initiation and stable versus unstable crack growth leading to fiber fracture were analyzed to explain behavior observed from controlled flexure tests of ZBLAN optical fibers exposed to various temperatures.

  12. Single-frequency, single-polarization holmium-doped ZBLAN fiber laser

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    Zhu, X.; Zong, J.; Miller, A.; Wiersma, K.; Norwood, R. A.; Prasad, N. S.; Chavez-Pirson, A.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2013-02-01

    We present the performance of a single frequency, single-polarization holmium (Ho3+)-doped ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3- AlF3-NaF) fiber laser at 1200 nm. This distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) fiber laser was developed by splicing a 22 mm long highly Ho3+-doped ZBLAN fiber to a pair of silica fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). The successful fusion splicing of silica fiber to ZBLAN fiber, with their very different melting temperatures, was accomplished by using NP Photonics proprietary splicing technique. The 3 mol% Ho3+-doped ZBLAN fiber had a core diameter of 6.5 μm and a cladding diameter of 125 μm. The threshold of this laser was seen to be about 260 mW, and when the pump power was 520 mW, the output power was about 10 mW. The efficiency of the 1200 nm single-frequency fiber laser, i.e. the ratio of the output power to the launched pump power, was about 3.8%. The linewidth of the 1200 nm single-frequency fiber laser was estimated to be about 100 kHz by comparing the measured frequency noise of the 1200 nm single-frequency fiber laser with that of 1 μm NP Photonics single-frequency fiber lasers whose linewidths have been measured to be in the 1- 10 kHz range. The relative intensity noise of this DBR all-fiber laser was measured to be < 110 dB/Hz at the relaxation oscillation peak and the polarization extinction ratio was measured to be > 19 dB. Due to its low phonon energy and long radiative lifetimes, rare-earth-doped ZBLAN allows various transitions that are typically terminated in silica glass, resulting in ultraviolet, visible, and infrared rare-earth doped ZBLAN lasers. Therefore, our results highlight the exciting prospect that the accessible wavelength range of single-frequency DBR fiber lasers can be expanded significantly by using rare-earth-doped ZBLAN fibers.

  13. Single mode optical fiber based devices and systems for mid-infrared light generation, communication and metrology

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    Kulkarni, Ojas P.

    Fiber-optic systems and devices for broadband mid-infrared light generation, communication and optical metrology are developed in this thesis. Using the nonlinear properties of low mid-infrared loss ZrF4-BaF 2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fiber, a mid-infrared supercontinuum (SC) laser based on a thulium-doped fiber amplifier (TDFA) with spectrum extending from ˜1.9-4.5 microm is demonstrated. A higher efficiency, power-scalable, all-fiber integrated mid-infrared light source is realized capable of generating ˜0.7 W time-average power in wavelengths beyond 3.8 microm. The novelty of the laser lies in its two-step spectral shifting architecture. First, amplified laser diode pulses at 1.55 microm are used to generate a SC extending beyond 2 microm in standard SMF using modulation-instability initiated pulse break-up. A TDFA stage is then used to amplify the ˜2 microm components in the standard SMF continuum. By subsequently coupling the amplified ˜2 microm pulses in to a ZBLAN fiber, an SC with up to ˜2.6 W average power, and ˜9% optical conversion efficiency from the power-amp pump to mid-IR output is demonstrated. The two-step methodology leads to extension in the long wavelength edge of the SC from 4.2 microm to ˜4.5 microm, compared to previously demonstrated systems and ˜2.5 times higher optical efficiency in generating wavelengths beyond 3.8 microm. Numerical simulations are also presented based on solving the generalized non-linear Schrodinger equation to verify and extend experimental results. A broadband surface-normal optical modulator for communication applications with operation demonstrated over 1200--2400 nm is also presented. The modulator uses free-carrier effect in GaAs and mode selectivity of SMF to generate up to ˜43% modulation depth with a maximum operating speed of ˜270 MHz. The broad wavelength range of operation of the modulator can potentially enable higher throughput wavelength-division multiplexed optical network architectures based on broadband light sources. Finally, an optical probe for detection of porosity defects in automotive parts is presented. The probe relies on the spatial coherence properties of SMF output to detect defects as small as ˜50 microm lateral dimensions in bores down to 5 mm diameter. The probe uses a novel two-directional scattering-based non-contact approach to detect and classify defects on surfaces, where human inspection is labor-intensive.

  14. Visible and Mid-Infrared Supercontinuum Generation and Their Respective Application to Three-Dimensional Imaging and Stand-off Reflection Spectroscopy

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    Kumar, Malay

    The thesis describes broadband supercontinuum (SC) generation in optical fibers for both the visible and mid-infrared regions of the spectrum, and their respective application to 3D imaging and stand-off reflection spectroscopy. Both SC sources leverage mature telecom technology, and are based on a common all-fiber integrated platform comprising a ˜1.55 mum distributed feedback seed laser diode amplified to high peak powers in two stages of cladding pumped Erbium or Erbium-Ytterbium fiber amplifiers. A visible SC extending from 0.45--1.20 mum with 0.74 W of time-averaged power is demonstrated using a two step process. The output of the Er-Yb power amplifier is frequency doubled to ˜0.78 mum using a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, followed by non-linear spectral broadening in 2m of high nonlinearity photonic crystal fiber. Numerical simulations based on solving the generalized non-linear Schrodinger equation are also presented to verify the underlying SC generation mechanisms and predict further improvements. The above SC source is used in a Fourier domain line scan interferometer to measure the height and identify shape defects of ˜300 mum high solder balls in a ball grid array. The 3D imaging system has an axial resolution of ˜125 nm, transverse resolution of ˜15 mum, and an angular measurement range between 20 to 60 degrees depending on the sample surface roughness. The mid-infrared SC source is generated by pumping a 9m long ZrE 4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fiber to obtain a spectrum spanning 0.8--4.3 mum with 3.9 W time-averaged power. The output power is linearly scalable with pump power, but requires optimization of the critical splices and thermal management of the gain fiber and pump diodes to ensure stable high power operation. Finally, an application of the mid-IR SC is demonstrated by measuring the diffuse reflection spectra of solid samples at a stand-off distance of 5 m and 100 ms integration time. The samples can be distinguished using a correlation algorithm based on distinct spectral features in the reflection spectrum. Signal to noise ratio calculations show that the distance is limited by space constraints in our lab and can be extended to ˜150 m.

  15. Photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation: fluorescence and phosphorescence.

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    Viehmann, W; Eubanks, A G; Pieper, G F; Bredekamp, J H

    1975-09-01

    The fluorescence and phosphorescence of photomultiplier window materials under electron irradiation have been investigated using a Sr(90)-Y(90) beta emitter as the electron source. Spectral emission curves of uv-grade, optical-grade, and electron-irradiated samples of MgF(2) and LiF, and of CaF(2), BaF(2), sapphire, fused silica, and uv-transmitting glasses were obtained over the 200-650-nm spectral range. Fluorescence yields, expressed as the number of counts in a solid angle of 2pi sr/MeV of incident electron energy deposited [MeV(-1) (2pi sr)(-1)], were determined on these materials utilizing photomultiplier tubes with cesium telluride, bialkali, and trialkali (S-20) photocathodes, respectively. Typical yields observed with a uv/visible sensitive bialkali cathode range from 10 MeV(-1) (2pi sr)(-1) for uv-grade MgF(2) to approximately 200 MeV(-1) (2pi sr)(-1) for CaF(2). For comparison, sodium-activated cesium iodide, one of the most efficient scintillator materials, yields about 700 MeV(-1) (2pi sr)(-1). High-purity fused silica has the lowest yield, approximately 6 MeVW(-1) (2pi sr)(-1). Optical-grade MgF(2)and LiF, as well as electron-irradiated uv-grade samples of these two materials, show enhanced fluorescence due to color-center formation and associated emission bands in the blue and red wavelength regions. Large variations in fluorescence intensities were found in uv-grade sapphire samples of different origins, particularly in the red end of the spectrum, presumably due to various amounts of chromium-ion content. Phosphorescence decay with time is best described by a sum of exponential terms, with time constants ranging from a few minutes to several days. Phosphorescence intensity expressed as a fraction of the steady-state fluorescence intensity is an extremely sensitive measure of crystalline perfection and purity. This fraction ranges from a high of approximately 10(-2) for some fluoride samples to a low of

  16. Chromatic correction for a VIS-SWIR zoom lens using optical glasses

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    Zhao, Yang; Williams, Daniel J. L.; McCarthy, Peter; Visconti, Anthony J.; Bentley, Julie L.; Moore, Duncan T.

    2015-09-01

    With the advancement in sensors, hyperspectral imaging in short wave infrared (SWIR 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm) now has wide applications, including night vision, haze-penetrating imaging, etc. Most conventional optical glasses can be material candidates for designing in the SWIR as they transmit up to 2.2 μm. However, since SWIR is in the middle of the glasses' major absorption wavebands in UV and IR, the flint glasses in SWIR are less dispersive than in the visible spectrum. As a result, the glass map in the SWIR is highly compressed, with crowns and flints all clustering together. Thus correcting for chromatic aberration is more challenging in the SWIR, since the Abbé number ratio of the same glass combination is reduced. Conventionally, fluorides, such as CaF2 and BaF2, are widely used in designing SWIR system due to their unique dispersion properties, even though they are notorious for poor manufacturability or even high toxicity. For lens elements in a zoom system, the ray bundle samples different sections of the each lens aperture as the lens zooms. This creates extra uncertainty in correcting chromatic aberrations. This paper focuses on using only commercially available optical glasses to color-correct a 3X dual-band zoom lens system in the VIS-SWIR. The design tools and techniques are detailed in terms of material selections to minimize the chromatic aberrations in such a large spectrum band and all zoom positions. Examples are discussed for designs with different aperture stop locations, which considerably affect the material choices.

  17. The effect of prolonged exposure to 750 C air on the tribological performance of PM212

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    Bemis, Kirk; Bogdanski, Michael S.; Dellacorte, Christopher; Sliney, Harold E.

    1994-01-01

    The effect of prolonged exposure to 750 C air on the tribological performance and dimensional stability of PM212, a high temperature, self-lubricating composite, is studied. PM212, by weight, contains 70 percent metal-bonded Cr3C2, 15 percent BaF2/CaF2 eutectic, and 15 percent silver. Rub blocks were fabricated from PM212 by cold isostatic pressing followed by sintering. Prior to tribo-testing, the rub blocks were exposed to 750 C air for periods ranging from 100 to 1000 hours. Then, the rub blocks were slid against nickel-based superalloy disks in a double-rub-block tribometer in air under a 66 N load at temperatures from 25 to 750 C with a sliding velocity of 0.36 m/s. Unexposed rub blocks were tested for baseline comparison. Friction coefficients ranged from 0.24 to 0.37 for the unexposed rub blocks and from 0.32 to 0.56 for the exposed ones. Wear for both the composite blocks and superalloy disks was typically in the moderate to low range of 10(exp -5) to 10(exp -6) mm(exp 3)/N-m. Friction and wear data were similar for the rub blocks exposed for 100, 500, and 1000 hours. Prolonged exposure to 750 C air increased friction and wear of the PM212 rub blocks at room temperature, but their triboperformance remained unaffected at higher temperatures, probably due to the formation of lubricious metal oxides. Dimensional stability of the composite was studied by exposing specimens of varying thicknesses for 500 hours in air at 750 C. Block thicknesses were found to increase with increased exposure time until steady state was reached after 100 hours of exposure, probably due to oxidation.

  18. Investigations on spectroscopic properties of Dy3+ doped zinc telluro-fluoroborate glasses for laser and white LED applications

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    Suthanthirakumar, P.; Marimuthu, K.

    2016-12-01

    A new series of Zinc telluro-fluoroborate glasses (ZTFB) doped with Dy3+ ions with the chemical composition (30-x) B2O3 + 30TeO2 + 16ZnO + 10ZnF2 + 7CaF2 + 7BaF2 + xDy2O3 (where x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1 and 2 in wt%) have been synthesized by the conventional melt quenching technique and the prepared glass samples were characterized through XRD, FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR optical absorption, photoluminescence and decay spectral measurements. The XRD patterns have been recorded to confirm the amorphous nature. The FTIR spectral measurements were carried out to identify the functional groups present in the title glasses. From the energy band positions of the absorption spectra, bonding parameters (βbar and δ) have been calculated to identify the covalent/ionic nature of the metal-ligand bond present in the prepared glasses. The Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters Ωλ (λ = 2, 4 and 6) have been calculated from the oscillator strengths of the different absorption bands to understand the nature of the ligand environment around the Dy3+ ions. The radiative parameters such as transition probability (A), stimulated emission cross-section (σPE), radiative lifetime (τR) and branching ratios (βR) corresponding to the 4F9/2 → 6H15/2, 4F9/2 → 6H13/2, and 4F9/2 → 6H11/2 emission transitions have been determined using JO parameters and the refractive index values. The CIE chromaticity coordinates were calculated from the luminescence spectra to explore the dominant emission colour of the title glasses and the obtained results were discussed in detail and reported.

  19. New infrared detectors and solar cells

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    Sher, A.

    1979-01-01

    The inventions and published papers related to the project are listed. The research with thin films of LaF3 deposited on GaAs substrates is reported along with improvements in photocapacitative MIS infrared detectors.

  20. Molecular simulation investigation on the interaction between barrier-to-autointegration factor dimer or its Gly25Glu mutant and LEM domain of emerin.

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    Shang, Yu-Dong; Zhang, Ji-Long; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Hong-Xing; Zheng, Qing-Chuan

    2014-11-01

    The interaction between barrier-to-autointegration factor dimer (BAF2) and LEM domain of emerin (Em(LEM)) was studied by molecular simulation methods. Nonspecific fragment of double-strand DNA molecule was docked with each chain of BAF2 by ZDOCK program. The model of DNA2:BAF2:Em(LEM) was thus constructed. The mutant Gly25Glu of BAF2 was manually constructed to explore the detailed effect of the mutation on the binding of BAF2 and Em(LEM). It has been experimentally suggested that point mutation Gly25Glu can disturb the binding between BAF2 and Em(LEM). Then, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed on DNA2:BAF2(WT):Em(LEM) and DNA2:BAF2(MT):Em(LEM) complexes. 30ns trajectories revealed that the trajectory fluctuations of MT complex are more violent than that of the WT complex. Further, the binding free energy analysis showed that the electronegative residues Asp57, Glu61 and Asp65 from chain A, glu36 from chain B of BAF2 mainly contribute to interact with Em(LEM). Besides, a stable π-π stack between trp62 and phe39 from BAF2(WT) chain B is destroyed by Glu25 in BAF2(MT). As a result, trp62 forms an interaction with glu25, and phe39 converts to strengthen affinity to Em(LEM). On the other hand, Trp62 from chain A also forms a strong interaction with MT Glu25. Thus, with the docking of DNA, BAF2(MT) has higher affinity with Em(LEM) than BAF2(WT). PMID:25462326

  1. Broadband reflectance coatings for vacuum ultraviolet application

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    Herzig, Howard; Fleetwood, C. M., Jr.; Flint, B. K.

    1987-01-01

    An experimental investigation has obtained results indicating that neither LaF3 nor LiYF4 are acceptable alternatives to MgF2 as coatings for vacuum-deposited aluminum mirrors from which high UV reflectance down to 1150 A is required. Nevertheless, LaF3 may prove useful in those specialized applications in which the suppression of lower wavelength emissions, such as the 1216-A hydrogen line, is desirable.

  2. [Study on the vacuum ultraviolet transmittance of barium fluoride crystals at different temperature].

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    Peng, Ru-Yi; Fu, Li-Ping; Tao, Ye

    2014-03-01

    Two VUV-grade BaF2 windows with 0.5 mm-thick and 1 mm-thick respectively were selected to study the transmittance variety with the temperature. The results show that the cutoff wavelength of BaF2 crystals will shift towards the long wave with the increase in temperature. In a certain temperature range, BaF2 crystals can depress 130.4 nm radiation well, and also has a high transmittance at 135.6 nm. Compared with the reported method in which SrF2 crystals can be applied to suppress 130.4 nm stray light by heating, BaF2 crystal can inhibit the 130. 4 nm emission line completely, and thus reduce the power consumption of the device at the same time. This indicates that BaF2 crystals can play an important role in the ionosphere optical remote sensing detection. PMID:25208398

  3. Hydrothermally synthesized barium fluoride nanocubes for thermoluminescence dosimetry

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    Bhadane, Mahesh S.; Dahiwale, S. S.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dhole, S. D.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we report a hydrothermally synthesized Dy doped BaF2 (BaF2:Dy) nanocubes and its Thermoluminescence studies. The synthesized BaF2:Dy samples was found to posses FCC structure and having average size ~ 60-70 nm, as revealed through X-Ray Diffraction. Cubical morphology having size ~90 nm was observed from TEM analysis. The 60Co γ- ray irradiated BaF2:Dy TL dosimetric experiments shows a pre-dominant single glow peak at 153 °C, indicating a single level trap present as a metastable state. Furthermore, BaF2:Dy nanophosphor shows a sharp linear response from 10 Gy to 3 kGy, thus it can be applicable as a gamma dosimeter.

  4. Nonlinear surface acoustic waves in cubic crystals

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    Kumon, Ronald Edward

    Model equations developed by Hamilton, Il'inskii, and Zabolotskaya [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 105, 639-651 (1999)] are used to perform theoretical and numerical studies of nonlinear surface acoustic waves in a variety of nonpiezoelectric cubic crystals. The basic theory underlying the model equations is outlined, quasilinear solutions of the equations are derived, and expressions are developed for the shock formation distance and nonlinearity coefficient. A time-domain equation corresponding to the frequency-domain model equations is derived and shown to reduce to a time-domain equation introduced previously for Rayleigh waves [E. A. Zabolotskaya, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 91, 2569-2575 (1992)]. Numerical calculations are performed to predict the evolution of initially monofrequency surface waves in the (001), (110), and (111) planes of the crystals RbCl, KCl, NaCl, CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, C (diamond), Si, Ge, Al, Ni, Cu in the moverline 3m point group, and the crystals Cs-alum, NH4- alum, and K-alum in the moverline 3 point group. The calculations are based on measured second- and third- order elastic constants taken from the literature. Nonlinearity matrix elements which describe the coupling strength of harmonic interactions are shown to provide a powerful tool for characterizing waveform distortion. Simulations in the (001) and (110) planes show that in certain directions the velocity waveform distortion may change in sign, generation of one or more harmonies may be suppressed and shock formation postponed, or energy may be transferred rapidly to the highest harmonics and shock formation enhanced. Simulations in the (111) plane show that the nonlinearity matrix elements are generally complex-valued, which may lead to asymmetric distortion and the appearance of low frequency oscillations near the peaks and shocks in the velocity waveforms. A simple transformation based on the phase of the nonlinearity matrix is shown to provide a reasonable approximation of asymmetric waveform distortion in many cases. Finally, numerical simulations are corroborated by measured pulse data from an external collaboration with P. Hess, A. Lomonosov, and V. G. Mikhalevich. Pulsed waveforms in the (001) and (111) planes of crystalline silicon are quantitatively reproduced, and two distinct regions of nonlinear distortion are confirmed to exist in the (001) plane.

  5. PS300 Tribomaterials Evaluated at 6500C by Bushing Test Rig

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    Striebing, Donald R.; DellaCorte, Christopher

    2004-01-01

    A new facility has been developed to test the tribological behavior (friction and wear) of PS300 solid lubricant bushings at high temperatures. PS300 is a commercially available solid lubricant invented at the NASA Glenn Research Center. It can be prepared as a plasma spray coating or as a free-standing powder metallurgy component, designated PM300. PS300 and PM300 composites are designed to lubricate sliding components at temperatures above the capability of today's best oils, greases, and solid lubricants. One of the primary applications being pursued for PM300 is the development of bushings for use in high-temperature machinery. Examples include inlet guide vane bushings for gas turbines and conveyors, and bearings for industrial furnaces and ovens. Encouraging preliminary field trials indicate that PS300 and PM300 lubricant materials have been commercialized successfully in several industrial applications. However, the lack of laboratory performance data has hindered further commercialization especially for new applications that differ significantly from the established experience base. The purpose of the newly developed bushing test rig will be to determine the performance characteristics of PM300, and other materials, under conditions closely matching intended applications. The data will be used to determine engineering friction and wear rates and to estimate the life expectancy of bushings for new applications. In the new rig, the bushing is loaded against a rotating shaft inside a furnace enclosure (see the preceding photograph). Loads can vary from 5 to 200 N, speeds from 1 to 400 rpm, and temperatures from 25 to 800 C. Furnace temperature, bushing temperature, shaft speed, and torque are monitored during the test, and wear of both the bushing and the shaft is measured after testing is completed. Initially, PM300 bushings will be evaluated and compared with lower temperature, traditional bushing materials like graphite and porous bronze. The baseline PM304 composition is 60 wt% NiCr (a binder), 20 wt% Cr2O3 (a hardener), 10 wt% BaF2/CaF2 (a high-temperature lubricant), and 10 wt% Ag (a low-temperature lubricant). Future research efforts will include determining the effects of load, sliding speed, and temperature on tribological performance and, possibly, tailoring composition for specific applications. We expect that the availability of measured performance data will enhance the market penetration of PM300 technology.

  6. Enhanced electrochemical properties of fluoride-coated LiCoO2 thin films.

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    Lee, Hye Jin; Kim, Seuk Buom; Park, Yong Joon

    2012-01-01

    The electrochemical properties of fluoride-coated lithium cobalt oxide [LiCoO2] thin films were characterized. Aluminum fluoride [AlF3] and lanthanum fluoride [LaF3] coating layers were fabricated on a pristine LiCoO2 thin film by using a spin-coating process. The AlF3- and LaF3-coated films exhibited a higher rate capability, cyclic performance, and stability at high temperature than the pristine film. This indicates that the AlF3 and LaF3 layers effectively protected the surface of the pristine LiCoO2 film from the reactive electrolyte. PMID:22221488

  7. Chitosan conjugation: a facile approach to enhance the cell viability of LaF₃:Yb,Er upconverting nanotransducers in human breast cancer cells.

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    Gayathri, Sethuraman; Ghosh, Oriparambil Sivaraman Nirmal; Sudhakara, P; Viswanath, Annamraju Kasi

    2015-05-01

    In this study, chitosan functionalized LaF3:Yb,Er upconverting nanotransducers (UCNTs) with controlled size and shape have been successfully synthesized by a facile one pot precipitation method. The chitosan encapsulated UCNTs show bright upconversion fluorescence upon excitation with 974 nm NIR region. The average crystallite size of UCNTs about 7.6 nm was achieved using chitosan mediated synthesis. The FTIR result confirms the chitosan coating over the LaF3:Yb,Er nanoparticles. Due to the surface modification using natural biopolymer chitosan, the as-prepared nanocrystals show excellent biocompatibility even at high dose at 200 μg/ml. To the best of our knowledge the presented work is the first report on in vitro analysis of chitosan conjugated LaF3:Yb,Er upconverting nanocrystals in human breast (MCF-7) cancer cells. These nanotransducers can be used as luminescent probes for bioimaging and deep tissue cancer therapeutic applications. PMID:25659702

  8. Nanosecond image processing using stimulated photon echoes.

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    Xu, E Y; Kröll, S; Huestis, D L; Kachru, R; Kim, M K

    1990-05-15

    Processing of two-dimensional images on a nanosecond time scale is demonstrated using the stimulated photon echoes in a rare-earth-doped crystal (0.1 at. % Pr(3+):LaF(3)). Two spatially encoded laser pulses (pictures) resonant with the (3)P(0)-(3)H(4) transition of Pr(3+) were stored by focusing the image pulses sequentially into the Pr(3+):LaF(3) crystal. The stored information is retrieved and processed by a third read pulse, generating the echo that is the spatial convolution or correlation of the input images. Application of this scheme to high-speed pattern recognition is discussed. PMID:19768008

  9. Microstructures and properties of superconducting Y-ErBaCuO thin films obtained from disordered Y-ErBaF2Cu films

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    Cikmach, P.; Diociaiuti, M.; Fontana, A.; Giovannella, C.; Iannuzzi, M.; Lucchini, C.; Merlo, V.; Messi, R.; Paoluzi, L.; Scopa, L.

    1991-01-01

    The preparation procedure used to obtain superconducting thin films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering of a single mosaic target is described in detail. The single mosaic target is composed of (Y-Er), BaF2, and Cu.

  10. Microstructures and properties of superconducting Y-Er-BaCu-O thin films obtained from disordered Y-Er-BaF2-Cu films

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    Cikmach, P.; Diociaiuti, M.; Fontana, A.; Giovannella, C.; Iannuzzi, M.; Lucchini, C.; Messi, R.; Paoluzi, L.; Scopa, L.; Tripodi, P.

    1990-01-01

    Since the first reports on superconducting thin films obtained by evaporating BaF2, Cu and Y(sup 1), or Yb or Er(sup 2), several others have followed. All these reports describe thin films prepared by means of molecular beam cells or electron guns. Researchers show that films with similar properties can be obtained by radio frequency sputtering of a single mosaic target composed by Y-Er, BaF2 and Cu. Process steps are described.

  11. Titanium dioxide/calcium fluoride nanocrystallite for efficient dye-sensitized solar cell. A strategy of enhancing light harvest

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    Wang, Zubin; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Chen, Xiaoxu; Chen, Haiyan; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-02-01

    Enhancement of light harvest for dye excitation is a persistent objective in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). We present here the fabrication of titanium dioxide/calcium fluoride (TiO2/CaF2) photoanodes for efficient DSSC applications. Owing to the interference effect of incident light beams reflected from TiO2/CaF2 and CaF2/electrolyte interfaces, the light intensity and therefore dye excitation have been markedly enhanced. The crystal structure and therefore photovoltaic performance are optimized by adjusting CaF2 dosage. A maximum power conversion efficiency of 7.66% is measured from the DSSC employing TiO2/0.5 wt% CaF2 nanocrystallite in comparison with 6.02% for the solar cell with pristine TiO2 anode.

  12. Microstructural characterization in nanocrystalline ceramic thin films

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    Kim, Hakkwan

    The primary objective of this research is to investigate the effects of process variables on microstructure in several fluoride and oxide thin films prepared by vapor deposition, in order to predict the properties and behaviors of nanocrystalline thin film materials. There are three distinct stages of this research. The first stage focuses on measuring of the porosity in polycrystalline thin films of a variety of fluorides as a function of the substrate temperature during deposition, and discussing the mechanism by which the porosity varies as a function of the process variables. We have measured the porosity in thin films of lithium fluoride (LiF), magnesium fluoride (MgF2), barium fluoride (BaF 2) and calcium fluoride (CaF2) using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a quartz crystal thickness monitor. The porosity is very sensitive to the substrate temperature and decreases as the substrate temperature increases. Consistent behavior is observed among all of the materials in this study. The second stage is to understand the film microstructure including grain growth and texture development, because these factors are known to influence the behavior and stability of polycrystalline thin films. This study focuses on grain growth and texture development in polycrystalline lithium fluoride thin films using dark field (DF) transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is demonstrated that we can isolate the size distribution of <111> surface normal grains from the overall size distribution, based on simple and plausible assumptions about the texture. The {111} texture formation and surface morphology were also observed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and AFM, respectively. The grain size distributions become clearly bimodal as the annealing time increases, and we deduce that the short-time size distributions are also a sum of two overlapping peaks. The smaller grain-size peak in the distribution corresponds to the {111}-oriented grains which do not grow significantly, while all other grains increase in size with annealing time. A novel feature of the LiF films is that the {111} texture component strengthens with annealing, despite the absence of growth for these grains, through the continued nucleation of new grains. The third stage focuses on the evaluation of triple junction energy in nanocrystalline ZrO2 thin films. Grain boundaries and triple junctions are important aspects of the microstructure of most crystalline materials, and it is necessary to understand them to be able to predict the behavior of bulk polycrystals and polycrystalline thin films. Triple junctions, where three grains or grain boundaries meet, become increasingly important in nanocrystalline materials where they occupy an increasing fraction of the total volume of the material. It would therefore be of great significance to know whether, and if so how triple junction energy varies. In this study we evaluate triple junction energies in nanocrystalline ZrO2 thin films using thickness mapping images produced by energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), which enable us to measure the surface topography associated with grain boundaries and triple junctions. In our films, the triple junction energy is deduced to be either zero (within the accuracy of the measurement) for most, but significantly positive for a few of the junctions.

  13. The Growth and Characterization of Germanium-Carbon Alloy Thin Films and Solid Phase Equilibria for Metal-Silicon - Ternary Systems: Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, Barium, Scandium, Yttrium, Lanthanum, Titanium, Zirconium and Hafnium

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    Yuan, Haojie

    1992-09-01

    Thin films of pure germanium-carbon alloys (Ge _{rm x}C _{rm 1-x} with 0 <=q x <=q 1) have been grown on Si and Al_2O_3 substrates by pulsed laser ablation in a high vacuum chamber. The films were analyzed by x-ray 0-20 diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), conductivity measurements and optical absorption spectroscopy. The analyses of these new materials showed that films of all compositions were amorphous, free of contamination and uniform in composition. By changing the film composition, the optical band gap of these semiconducting films was varied from 0.00 eV to 0.85 eV for x = 0.0 to 1.0 respectively. According to the AES results, the carbon atoms in the Ge-C alloy thin film samples have a bonding structure that is a mixture of sp^2 and sp^3 hybridizations. The presence of the sp^2 C is apparently what causes the bandgap of amorphous Ge-C alloys to decrease with increasing carbon concentration. The solidus portion of the ternary phase diagrams of the type M-Si-O, where M = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Sc, Y, La, Ti, Zr and Hf have been derived at 298K and 1 atm oxygen partial pressure by investigating the bulk reactions possible in these systems. These phase diagrams, which have been determined by experiments and by calculations using thermodynamic data available, can be used to predict the occurrence of the reaction products or the stability of the phases present at the interfaces between different solid materials. Hence, they provide guides in designing thin film structures and in selecting candidate materials to form chemically stable interfaces. A research effort has been made on the investigation of the growth of diamond thin films from a carbon containing solid-CI_4, using laser ablation technique. The film grown by laser ablation from CI _4 is mainly composed of carbon with very small amount of oxygen and iodine as indicated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data. The Auger electron spectroscopy result shows that the film grown contains a mixture of sp^2 and sp^3 hybridized carbon. By using x-ray powder diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements methods, we studied the chemical stability of candidate interlayer materials between YBa _2Cu_3O _7-delta and Si. The results show that CaF_2 reacts with YBCO while BaF_2 is chemically stable with YBCO. LaGaO_3 and Ca _2SiO_4 are chemically stable with Si and more investigations need to be made on the reactivity between Ca_2SiO _4 and YBCO.

  14. Capillary-force-induced formation of luminescent polystyrene/(rare-earth-doped nanoparticle) hybrid hollow spheres.

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    Chen, Min; Xie, Lin; Li, Fuyou; Zhou, Shuxue; Wu, Limin

    2010-10-01

    This paper presents a "one-pot" procedure to synthesize polystyrene/(rare-earth-doped nanoparticles) (PS/REDNPs) hybrid hollow spheres via the in situ diffusion of organic core into inorganic shell under strong capillary force. In this approach, when carboxyl-capped PS colloids were deposited by different REDNPs in aqueous medium, such as LaF3:Eu3+, LaF3:Ce3+-Tb3+, and YVO4:Dy3+, PS/REDNPs inorganic-organic hybrid hollow spheres could be directly obtained via the in situ diffusion of core PS chains into the voids between rare-earth-doped nanoparticles through the strong capillary force. Not only is the synthetic procedure versatile and very simple, but also the obtained hybrid hollow spheres are hydrophilic and luminescent and could be directly used in chemical and biological fields. PMID:20828167

  15. Investigation of Water-Soluble X-ray Luminescence Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Activation

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    Liu, Yuanfang; Chen, Wei; Wang, Shaopeng; Joly, Alan G.

    2008-01-28

    In this letter, we report the synthesis of LaF3:Tb3+-MTCP (meso-Tetra(4-carboxyphenyl) porphine) nanoparticle conjugates and investigate the energy transfer as well as singlet oxygen generation following X-ray irradiation. Our observations indicate that LaF3:Tb3+-MTCP nanoparticle conjugates are efficient photodynamic agents that can be initiated by X-rays at a reasonably low dose. The addition of folic acid to facilitate targeting to folate receptors on tumor cells has no effect on the quantum yield of singlet oxygen in the nanoparticle-MTCP conjugates. Our pilot studies indicate that water-soluble scintillation nanoparticles can be potentially used to activate photodynamic therapy as a promising deep cancer treatment.

  16. Measurement of the 19F(α,n) Cross Section for Nuclear Safeguards Science

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    Reingold, C. S.; Cizewski, J. A.; Peters, W. A.; Clement, R. R. C.; Bardayan, D. W.; Smith, M. S.; Stech, E.; Strauss, S.; Tan, W. P.; Wiescher, M.; Madurga, M.; Vandle Collaboration

    2013-10-01

    A precise measurement of the 19F(α,n) cross section will improve Non Destructive Assays (NDA) of UF6 and other actinide-fluoride samples via neutron detection techniques. We will determine the cross section with two complementary approaches. First, we will bombard a LaF3 target with a pulsed 4He beam from the Notre Dame FN tandem accelerator; second, we will send a fluorine beam from the ORNL tandem through a pure helium gas target. The neutron spectra from both of these reactions will be measured using the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE), and coincident γ rays with a HPGe detector. We report here on data taken with VANDLE and a HPGe detector on a LaF3 target. My poster outlines the motivation for this experiment, explains the stages of this experiment, the current experimental setup, and preliminary data. This work is supported by the NNSA.

  17. Some metal-graphite and metal-ceramic composites for use as high energy brake lining materials

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    Bill, R. C.

    1974-01-01

    Materials were studied as candidates for development as potential new aircraft brake lining materials. These families were (1) copper-graphite composites; (2) nickel-graphite composites; (3) copper - rare-earth-oxide (gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) or lanthanum oxide (La2O3)) composites and copper - rare-earth-oxide (La2O3) - rare-earth-fluoride (lanthanum fluoride (LaF3)) composites; (4) nickel - rare-earth-oxide composites and nickel - rare-earth-oxide - rare-earth-fluoride composites. For comparison purposes, a currently used metal-ceramic composite was also studied. Results showed that the nickel-Gd2O3 and nickel-La2O3-LaF3 composites were comparable or superior in friction and wear performance to the currently used composite and therefore deserve to be considered for further development.

  18. Hyperfine Structure of the Singlet DEUTERIUM(2) - Triplet HYDROGEN(4) Transition in PRASEODYMIUM:LANTHANUM - Measured Using Photon Echo Modulation Spectroscopy.

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    Whittaker, Edward Anthony

    After a brief description of the relevant physical properties of the Pr('3+);LaF(,3) system, the method of photon echo modulation spectroscopy is explained. The results of an experiment to measure the hyperfine structure of the ('1)D(,2)((GAMMA)(,1))-('3)H(,4)((GAMMA)(,1)) transition in Pr('3+):LaF(,3) using the echo modulation method are presented. The hyperfine transition frequencies and linewidths for the ('1)D(,2) level were found to be 3.72 MHz (70 kHz), 4.79 MHz (60 kHz) and 8.51 MHz (30 kHz). A separate result gives new information concerning the relative orientation of the principle axes systems of the effective hyperfine Hamiltonians of the ('1)D(,2)-('3)H(,4) levels. This information is displayed using a new graphical method and suggests that there is intrinsically a great deal of symmetry in the relative orientation parameter.

  19. Measurement of the 19F(α,n) Cross Section for Nuclear Safeguards Science

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    Reingold, C. S.; Cizewski, J. A.; Burcher, S.; Manning, B.; Peters, W. A.; Clement, R. R. C.; Smith, M. S.; Bardayan, D. W.; Stech, E.; Tan, W. P.; Madurga, M.; Ilyushkin, S.; Thompson, S.; Vandle Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    A precise measurement of the 19F(α,n) cross section will improve Non Destructive Assays (NDA) of UF6 and other actinide-fluoride samples via neutron detection techniques. The cross section will be determined with two complementary approaches. We have already bombarded a LaF3 target with a pulsed 4He beam from the Notre Dame FN tandem accelerator; next, we will send a fluorine beam from the ORNL tandem through a pure helium gas target. The neutron spectra from both of these reactions will be measured using the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE), and coincident γ rays with a HPGe detector. We report here on data taken with VANDLE and a HPGe detector on a LaF3 target. This poster outlines the motivation for this experiment, explains the stages of this experiment, and presents both of our experimental setups and preliminary data. A precise measurement of the 19F(α,n) cross section will improve Non Destructive Assays (NDA) of UF6 and other actinide-fluoride samples via neutron detection techniques. The cross section will be determined with two complementary approaches. We have already bombarded a LaF3 target with a pulsed 4He beam from the Notre Dame FN tandem accelerator; next, we will send a fluorine beam from the ORNL tandem through a pure helium gas target. The neutron spectra from both of these reactions will be measured using the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE), and coincident γ rays with a HPGe detector. We report here on data taken with VANDLE and a HPGe detector on a LaF3 target. This poster outlines the motivation for this experiment, explains the stages of this experiment, and presents both of our experimental setups and preliminary data. This work is supported by the NNSA, NSF, and DOE.

  20. Preparation of lanthanum trifluoride nanoparticles surface-capped by tributyl phosphate and evaluation of their tribological properties as lubricant additive in liquid paraffin

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    Li, Zhiwei; Hou, Xiao; Yu, Laigui; Zhang, Zhijun; Zhang, Pingyu

    2014-02-01

    LaF3 nanoparticles surface-capped by tributyl phosphate (denoted as TBP-LaF3) were prepared by in situ surface modification route. The size, morphology and phase structure of as-prepared TBP-LaF3 nanoparticles were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The thermal stability of as-synthesized TBP-LaF3 nanoparticles was evaluated based on thermogravimetric analysis, and their tribological properties as additive in liquid paraffin were evaluated with a four-ball friction and wear tester. Moreover, the morphology of worn steel surfaces was analyzed with a scanning electron microscope, and the composition and chemical state of typical elements on worn steel surfaces were examined with an X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. Results show that as-synthesized TBP-LaF3 nanoparticles possess good thermal stability and excellent anti-wear and load-carrying capacities as well as good friction-reducing ability. This is because, on the one hand, TBP as the surface-modifier is able to improve the dispersibility of LaF3 nanoparticles in liquid paraffin and allows good adsorption of LaF3 nanoparticles on sliding steel surfaces. On the other hand, active P element of TBP can form tribochemical reaction film on sliding steel surfaces. As a result, the boundary lubricating film consisting of adsorbed LaF3 nanoparticles and tribochemical reaction film results in greatly improved friction-reducing and anti-wear abilities as well as load-carrying capacity of the lubricant base stock and gives rise to significantly reduced friction and wear of the steel-steel sliding pair.

  1. Thermal quenching of thermoluminescence in TLD-200, TLD-300 and TLD-400 after β-irradiation

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    Kafadar, Vural E.

    2011-02-01

    The dosimetric characteristics of many TL materials are influenced by changes in location, size and shape of the glow curves due to changes in the heating rate. In this study, the effect of heating rate on the integrated peak areas of CaF 2:Dy (TLD-200), CaF 2:Tm (TLD-300) and CaF 2:Mn (TLD-400) crystals have been investigated after β-irradiation. It was observed that the peak temperatures of all peaks shifted to the high temperature sides and the integrated peak areas decrease as the heating rate increases due to thermal quenching, whose efficiency increases as temperature increases.

  2. Ionic conductivity of ScF3 single crystals (ReO3 type)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Karimov, D. N.; Grebenev, V. V.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-03-01

    Electrical conductivity σ of ScF3 single crystals (sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, ReO3 structure type) has been studied by impedance spectroscopy and compared with the electrical conductivity of rare earth HoF3 (β-YF3 type) and LaF3 (tysonite type) trifluorides. ScF3 crystals obtained by Bridgman directional solidification have ionic conductivity σ = 4 × 10-8 S/cm at 673 K. It is smaller than the σ values for LaF3 (sp. gr. Poverline 3 c1) and HoF3 (sp. gr. Pnma) single crystals by a factor of 104-105. The low conductivity of ScF3 crystals is due to the weak coordinating ability (coordination number CN = 6) and low electronic polarizability (α cat = 1.1 Å3) of Sc3+ ions. Mobile V F + vacancies and less mobile interstitial V i - ions (defects are formed according to the Frenkel mechanism) are involved in the ion transport. HoF3 and LaF3 single crystals have a high coordinating ability (CN = 9 for Ho3+ and CN = 11 for La3+) and a high electronic polarizability of cations (α cat = 1.6-1.9 Å3 for Ho3+ and α cat = 2.2 Å3 for La3+). Only mobile V F + vacancies (defects are formed according to the Schottky mechanism) are involved in ion transport.

  3. Interfacial reactions and microstructure of BaTiO 3 films prepared using fluoride precursor method

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    Fujihara, Shinobu; Schneller, Theodor; Waser, Rainer

    2004-01-01

    Interfacial reactions of BaF 2 and TiO 2 were investigated in preparing BaTiO 3 thin films using a fluoride precursor method. Trifluoroacetate solutions were prepared from barium acetate, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, CF 3COOH) with additives such as water and acetylacetone. The solutions were deposited on platinized Si wafers by spin-coating, were pyrolysed at 400 °C in air and were finally heated typically at 700 °C in a water vapor atmosphere. The perovskite BaTiO 3 phase was obtained although a small portion of BaF 2 remained unreacted. Thus, the films were characterized as the mixture of BaTiO 3, BaF 2, and amorphous TiO 2. Influence of the solution chemistry on the phase evolution and microstructure was examined in order to discuss the reaction pathway of the perovskite phase.

  4. Nanocrystallization in Fluorochlorozirconate Glass-Ceramics

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    Alvarez, Carlos J.; Liu, Yuzi; Leonard, Russell L.; Johnson, Jacqueline A.; Petford-Long, Amanda K.

    2014-01-01

    Heat treating fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glasses nucleates nanocrystals in the glass matrix, resulting in a nanocomposite glass-ceramic that has optical properties suitable for use as a medical imaging plate. Understanding the way in which the nanocrystal nucleation proceeds is critical to controlling the optical behavior. The nucleation and growth of nanocrystals in FCZ glass-ceramics was investigated with in situ transmission electron microscopy heating experiments. The experiments showed the nucleation and growth of previously unreported BaF2 nanocrystals in addition to the expected BaCl2 nanocrystals. Chemical analysis of the BaF2 nanocrystals shows an association with the optically active dopant previously thought only to interact with BaCl2 nanocrystals. The association of the dopant with BaF2 crystals suggests that it plays a role in the photoluminescent (PL) properties of FCZ glass-ceramics. PMID:24707056

  5. AES analysis of barium fluoride thin films

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    Kashin, G. N.; Makhnjuk, V. I.; Rumjantseva, S. M.; Shchekochihin, Ju. M.

    1993-06-01

    AES analysis of thin films of metal fluorides is a difficult problem due to charging and decomposition of such films under electron bombardment. We have developed a simple algorithm for a reliable quantitative AES analysis of metal fluoride thin films (BaF 2 in our work). The relative AES sensitivity factors for barium and fluorine were determined from BaF 2 single-crystal samples. We have investigated the dependence of composition and stability of barium fluoride films on the substrate temperature during film growth. We found that the instability of BaF 2 films grown on GaAs substrates at high temperatures (> 525°C) is due to a loss of fluorine. Our results show that, under the optimal electron exposure conditions, AES can be used for a quantitative analysis of metal fluoride thin films.

  6. Sum frequency generation spectroscopy of imidazolium-based ionic liquids with cyano-functionalized anions at the solid salt-liquid interface.

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    Peñalber, Chariz Y; Baker, Gary A; Baldelli, Steven

    2013-05-16

    A surface-sensitive nonlinear vibrational spectroscopic technique, sum frequency generation (SFG), has been used to study cyano-containing ionic liquids in contact with two different solid salt surfaces. Specifically, the interfacial chemistry of BaF2(111) single-crystal and solid NaCl{100} surfaces in contact with ionic liquids such as [BMIM][SCN], [BMIM][DCA], [BMIM][TCM], and [EMIM][TCB] has been investigated. Spectral features in both C-H and C-N stretching regions were assigned, with a detailed discussion of the nature of surface interactions and ordering of the ionic liquid ions at the interface of the different crystals. Results showed that [BMIM](+) cations adhered closely via Coulombic interactions to the negatively charged NaCl{100} surface, while [SCN](-), [TCM](-), and [DCA](-) anions revealed a strong electrostatic affinity to the positively charged BaF2(111) surface. Ions of the ionic liquid adsorbed to the solid salt surface to form a Helmholtz-like electric double layer. The linear [SCN](-) anion has a particularly strong affinity to the BaF2(111) surface, resulting in a first layer of anions directly in contact with BaF2(111) containing an effective negative surface excess charge. This promoted ordering of the cations in the second layer to counter the charge excess. At the BaF2(111)-[EMIM][TCB] interface, however, a strongly bound layer of anions populating the first layer resulted in a much larger counterion charge delivered near the crystal salt surface than required to effectively neutralize the initial surface charge from the crystal. As a result, strong resonances from the cation were observed at the BaF2(111) surface, suggesting a more complicated structure of the double layer at the interface than a simple Helmholtz-type model. PMID:23650965

  7. Optical transitions of Ho(3+) in oxyfluoride glasses and upconversion luminescence of Ho(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped oxyfluoride glasses.

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    Feng, Li; Wu, Yinsu

    2015-05-01

    Optical properties of Ho(3+)-doped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses have been investigated on the basis of the Judd-Ofelt theory. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, radiative transition probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios and radiative lifetimes have been calculated for different glass compositions. Upconversion emissions were observed in Ho(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses under 980nm excitation. The effects of composition, concentration of the doping ions, and excitation pump power on the upconversion emissions were also systematically studied. PMID:25703369

  8. Lead-barium fluoroborate glass ceramics doped with Nd3+ or Er3+

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    Petrova, O. B.; Sevostjanova, T. S.; Anurova, M. O.; Khomyakov, A. V.

    2016-02-01

    Lead-barium fluoroborate glasses in the PbF2-BaF2-B2O3, PbF2-BaO-B2O3, and PbO- BaF2-B2O3 systems doped with rare-earth ions (Nd3+ or Er3+) are synthesized and studied. It is shown that, based on these glasses, it is possible to produce transparent glass ceramics with fluoride crystalline phases, including ceramics with one crystalline phase of the fluorite structure. The spectral and luminescent properties of the doped glasses, glass ceramics, and polycrystalline complex fluorides containing Pb, Ba, and rare ions are studied.

  9. Optical transitions of Tm3+ in oxyfluoride glasses and compositional and thermal effect on upconversion luminescence of Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped oxyfluoride glasses.

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    Feng, Li; Wu, Yinsu; Liu, Zhuo; Guo, Tao

    2014-01-24

    Optical properties of Tm(3+)-doped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses have been investigated on the basis of the Judd-Ofelt theory. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, radiative transition probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios and radiative lifetimes have been calculated for different glass compositions. Upconversion emissions were observed in Tm(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses under 980 nm excitation. The effects of composition, concentration of the doping ions, temperature, and excitation pump power on the upconversion emissions were also systematically studied. PMID:24051289

  10. Mechanisms for Species-Selective Oriented Crystal Growth at Organic Templates

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    Kewalramani,S.; Kim, K.; Evmenenko, G.; Zschack, P.; Karapetrova, E.; Bai, J.; Dutta, P.

    2007-01-01

    Langmuir monolayers floating on supersaturated aqueous subphases can act as templates for the growth of oriented inorganic films--a 'bioinspired' nucleation process. We have performed in situ grazing incidence x-ray diffraction studies of the selective nucleation of BaClF and BaF2 under fatty acid monolayers. The arrangement of the fatty acid headgroups, the monolayer charge, and ion-specific effects all play important roles in selecting the inorganic species. When the monolayer is in a neutral state, both BaClF and BaF2 nucleate at the interface and are well aligned, but when the monolayer headgroup is deprotonated, only oriented BaF2 grows at the interface. We also observe an enhanced alignment of BaF2 crystals during growth from highly supersaturated solutions, presumably due to reorganization of preformed crystals at the organic template. These results show that a delicate interplay between multiple factors governs the oriented growth of inorganic films at organic templates.

  11. Recent Research with the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (dance) at the LOS Alamos Neutron Science Center

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    Ullmann, J. L.

    2014-09-01

    The DANCE detector at Los Alamos is a 160 element, nearly 4π BaF2 detector array designed to make measurements of neutron capture on rare or radioactive nuclides. It has also been used to make measurements of gamma-ray multiplicity following capture and gamma-ray output from fission. Several examples of measurements are briefly discussed.

  12. 181Hf-Labelled rat serum transferrin: Influence of temperature on the metal-binding configurations

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    Appel, H.; Duffield, J.; Taylor, D. M.; Then, G. M.; Thies, W.-G.

    1987-04-01

    A181Hf-labelled rat serum transferrin sample was studied at different temperatures between 100 K and 346 K using a fast BaF2 TDPAC setup. Relaxation effects were observed in the liquid serum as well as in the frozen serum sample. The temperature dependence of the correlation time has been determined. Different relaxation modes are discussed.

  13. Photon absorption graphs: 1 keV to 10 MeV

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    Bom, V. R.; Hollander, R. W.

    1983-01-01

    Photon absorption graphs for H2 (liquid), He (liquid), Be, C, Al, Ar (gas), Fe, Cn, Ge, Kr (gas), Mo, Sn, Xe (gas), Dy, An, Pb, U, NaI, NE102A, Kapton, Mylar, Hostaphan, polyethylene, and BaF2 are presented.

  14. The improved scintillation crystal lead tungstate scintillation for PET

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    Wan, Youbao; WU, Rurong; Xiao, Linrong; Zhang, Jianxin; Yang, Peizhi; Yan, Hui

    2009-07-01

    As a valuable material for the detecting of γ-ray, PbWO4 and BaF2:PbWO4 crystals were grown by a novel multi-crucible temperature gradient system developed by ourselves. Utilizing a topical partial heating method, this system can form a topical partial high temperature in its hearth. Thus this system could melt raw materials in step by step as requirement. The advantage of this method is that there would be solid obstruct left on the melt in the procedure of the crystal growing up. The left obstruct could prevent the volatilization of the component in the melt. Hence it is helpful for the composition homogenization in the crystal. The system also offers a sustaining device for multi-crucibles and thus it can grow many crystals simultaneity. The optical properties and scintillation properties of the crystals were studied. The results reveal that the ions doping improves the scintillation properties of the crystal. The transmittance spectra show that the transmittance of BaF2:PbWO4 crystals are better than that of PbWO4 crystals. For the PbWO4 crystals, their absorption edge is at 325nm, and their maximum transmittance is 68%. For the BaF2:PbWO4 crystals, their absorption edge is at 325nm and their maximum transmittance is upto76%. The X-ray excited luminescence spectra shows that the luminescence peak is at 420nm for the samples of PbWO4 crystal while the peak is at 430nm for the samples of BaF2:PbWO4 crystal respectively. The luminescence intensity of the samples of BaF2:PbWO4 crystal is about two times than that of PbWO4 crystal. And their peak shape is different for the two kind of crystal. The light yield of BaF2:PbWO4 crystals is about 2.9 times than that of PbWO4 crystal Analyzing these scintillation properties, we find that the VPb 3+ and VO- defects do harm for the optical properties of the crystal. Ions doping method could reduce the defect concentration and improving its illumination performance of the crystal. Specially, the doped F- ions in O2- site can induce the aberrance of the [WO4]2- tetrahedron and form [WO3F]- tetrahedron which has more active blue light yield, thus improve the light yield of the crystal. The improved light yield of BaF2:PbWO4 crystals is valuable for the medical diagnosing instrument PET and CT with high resolving power

  15. [Using barium fluoride fine particles as stationary phase for TLC/FTIR analysis].

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    Liu, Xi; Pan, Qing-hua; Ding, Jie; Zhu, Qing; He, An-qi; Yue, Shi-juan; Li, Xiao-pei; Hu, Li-ping; Xia, Jin-ming; Liu, Cui-ge; Wei, Yong-ju; Yu, Jiang; Yang, Zhan-lan; Zhu, Xi; Xu, Yi-zhuang; Wu, Jin-guang

    2011-07-01

    In situ TLC/FTIR technique has tremendous potential in the analysis of complex mixtures. However, the progress in this technique was quite slow. The reason is that conventional stationary phase such as silica gel etc. has strong absorption in FTIR spectrum and thus brings about severe interference in the detection of samples. To solve the problem, the authors propose to use barium fluoride fine particles as stationary phase of TLC plate. The reasons are as follows: Barium fluoride wafer has been extensively used as infrared window in FTIR experiments and it has no absorbance in an IR region between 4 000 and 800 cm'. As a matter of fact, the atomic mass of barium and fluoride is quite large, thus the normal vibration of BaF2 lattice is limited in far-IR region and low frequency part of mid-IR region. Therefore, the interference caused by IR absorption of stationary phase can be resolved if BaF2 is used as stationary phase of TLC plate. Moreover, BaF2 is quite stable and insolvable in water and most organic solvents and it will not be dissolved by mobile phase or react with samples in TLC separation. Additionally, decreasing the particle size of BaF2 is very important in TLC/FTIR analysis technique. The reason is two-fold: First, decreasing the particle size of stationary phase is helpful to improving the efficiency of separation by TLC plate; second, decreasing the size of BaFz particle can improve the quality of FTIR spectra by alleviating the problem of light scattering. By optimizing the synthetic conditions, fine particles of barium fluoride were obtained. SEM results indicate that the size of the BaF2 particles is around 500 nm. FTIR spectrum of the BaF2 particles shows that no absorption of impurity was observed. Moreover, the elevation of baseline caused by light scattering is insignificant. The authors have developed a new technique named "settlement volatilization method" to prepare TLC plate without polymeric adhesive that may bring about significant interference in FTIR analysis. Preliminary TLC experiments proved that the TLC plate using BaF2 fine particles as stationary phase can separate rhodamine B from methylene blue successfully. Applications of barium fluoride fine particles as stationary phase have bright perspective in the development of new in-situ TLC/FTIR analysis techniques. PMID:21942020

  16. Effect of Halide Flux on Physicochemical Properties of MgCl2-Based Molten Salts for Accelerating Zirconium Production: Thermodynamic Assessment

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    Shin, Jae Hong; Park, Joo Hyun

    2016-07-01

    The effective halide flux additive for increasing the density of MgCl2 mixture and for decreasing the activity of MgCl2 was investigated in order to improve the reaction efficiency between gaseous ZrCl4 and fresh Mg melt to produce zirconium sponge. Thermochemical computation using FactSageTM software was primarily carried out, followed by the experimental confirmation. The addition of CaCl2, BaCl2, MgF2, and CaF2 to the molten MgCl2 increases the density of the melts, indicating that these halide additives can be a candidate to increase the density of the MgCl2-based molten salts. Among them, BaCl2, MgF2, and CaF2 are the useful additives. The activity of MgCl2 can be reduced by the addition of BaCl2, KCl, NaCl, MgF2, and CaF2, among which the CaF2 is the most effective additive to reduce the activity of MgCl2 with the strongest negative deviation from an ideality. Thus, the addition of CaF2 to the MgCl2, forming the MgCl2-CaF2 binary melt, is the most effective way not only to increase the density of the melt but also to decrease the activity of MgCl2, which was experimentally confirmed. Consequently, the production rate of zirconium sponge by magnesiothermic reduction process can be accelerated by the addition of CaF2.

  17. The influence of restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media on 3He relaxation

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    Alakshin, E. M.; Gazizulin, R. R.; Zakharov, M. Yu.; Klochkov, A. V.; Morozov, E. V.; Salikhov, T. M.; Safin, T. R.; Safiullin, K. R.; Tagirov, M. S.; Shabanova, O. B.

    2015-01-01

    This is an experimental study of the spin kinetics of 3He in contact with diamagnetic samples of inverse opals SiO2, and LaF3 nanopowder. It is demonstrated that the nuclear magnetic relaxation of the absorbed 3He occurs due to the modulation of dipole-dipole interaction by the quantum motion in the two-dimensional film. It is found that the relaxation of liquid 3He occurs through a spin diffusion to the absorption layer, and that the restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media has an influence on the 3He relaxation.

  18. Construction of prototypes of a new class of infrared detectors

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    Sher, A.

    1976-01-01

    A class of infrared detectors is proposed and experimental results are presented for a prototype device. The material used is LaF3, an ionic conductor with a capacitance that varies exponentially with temperature. The detectivity of a prototype detector is estimated from measured signal voltages and incident power, and a Johnson noise voltage calculated from the measured resistance. For the parameters characterizing this device the estimated detectivity is consistent with a theoretical prediction. The theory further predicts an optimum detectivity for much thinner devices than the prototypes.

  19. Simultaneous determination of tantalum and hafnium in silicates by neutron activation analysis

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    Greenland, L.P.

    1968-01-01

    A neutron activation procedure suitable for the routine determination of tantalum and hafnium in silicates is described. The irradiated sample is fused with sodium peroxide and leached, and the insoluble hydroxides are dissolved in dilute hydrofluoric acid-hydrochloric acid. After LaF3 and AgCl scavenges, tantalum and hafnium are separated by anion exchange. Tantalum is obtained radiochemically pure; 233Pa and 95Zr contaminants in the hafnium fraction are resolved by ??-ray spectrometry. The chemical yield of the procedure is detemined after counting by re-irradiation. Values for the 8 U.S. Geological Survey standard rocks are reported. ?? 1968.

  20. Nature of ThF bonding in crystalline and glassy states using EXAFS and XANES

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    Rao, K. J.; Wong, J.; Shafer, M. W.

    1984-11-01

    A binary glass of thorium and hafnium tetrafluorides (with dopant concentrations of LaF 3) has been investigated using EXAFS and XANES analysis of the L Ill edge spectra of thorium. Results of EXAFS analysis indicate that there is no change in the number of nearest neighbors of thorium ions. However, the intensity of the white line in XANES is significantly higher in the glass. This increase in intensity has been explained semiquantitatively in terms of enhanced covalency of ThF bonding. Since the coordination number of Th 4+ remains constant in both crystalline and glassy states, covalency enhancement seems to be a general characteristic of glassy state of ionic materials.

  1. Nanostructured LaF{sub 3}:Ce Quantum Dot Nuclear Radiation Detector

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    Guss, P., Guise, R., Reed, M., Mukhopadhyay, S., Yuan, D.

    2010-11-01

    Many radioactive isotopes have low energy X-rays and high energy gamma rays of interest for detection. The goal of the work presented was to demonstrate the possibility of measuring both low-energy X-rays and relatively high-energy gamma rays simultaneously using the nano-structured lanthanum bromide, lanthanum fluoride, or cerium bromide. The key accomplishments of the project was the building and acquisition of the LaF3:Ce nanocomposite detectors. Nanocomposite detectors are sensitive to {gamma}’s as well as n’s and X-rays.

  2. Spectroscopic study of Eu3+ doped LaF, nanoparticles prepared with different PH values.

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    Tian, Yu; Zheng, Hairong; Cui, Min; Fu, Zhengxing; Gao, Dangli; Gao, Wei

    2011-11-01

    Europium doped lanthanide fluoride (LaF3) nanoparticles were prepared through a hydrothermal method with different PH values of precursor complex solution. The influence of PH value on the luminescence properties is investigated. It was found that the local symmetry of doped ions reduced with the increase of PH value, leading to the increase of the inversion symmetry ratio. The fluorescence quenching was observed for small nanoparticles, which was attributed to the large amount of OH groups absorbed to the surface of the nanoparticles. PMID:22413299

  3. Low temperature epitaxial growth of Ge on cube- textured Ni

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    GIARE, C; Palazzo, J; Goyal, Amit; WANG, G; LU, T

    2012-01-01

    Quasi- single crystal Ge films were grown on [001]<010> textured Ni substrate at a temperature of 350 oC using an insulating buffer layer of CaF2. A direct deposition of Ge on Ni at 350 oC was shown to alloy with Ni. From x- ray pole figure analysis, it was shown that Ge grew epitaxially with the same orientation as CaF2 and the dispersions in the out- of- plane and in- plane directions were found to be 1.7 0.1o and 6 1o, respectively. In the out- of- plane direction, Ge[111]||CaF2[111]||Ni[001]. In addition, the Ge consisted of four equivalent in- plane oriented domains such that two mutually orthogonal directions: Ge 211 and Ge 011 are parallel to mutually orthogonal directions: Ni 110 and Ni 110 , respectively of the Ni(001) surface. This was shown to be originated from the four equivalent in- plane oriented domains of CaF2 created to minimize the mismatch strain between CaF2 and Ni in those directions.

  4. Bi-material crystalline whispering gallery mode microcavity structure for thermo-opto-mechanical stabilization

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    Itobe, Hiroki; Nakagawa, Yosuke; Mizumoto, Yuta; Kangawa, Hiroi; Kakinuma, Yasuhiro; Tanabe, Takasumi

    2016-05-01

    We fabricated a calcium fluoride (CaF2) whispering gallery mode (WGM) microcavity with a computer controlled ultra-precision cutting process. We observed a thermo-opto-mechanical (TOM) oscillation in the CaF2 WGM microcavity, which may influence the stability of the optical output when the cavity is employed for Kerr comb generation. We studied experimentally and numerically the mechanism of the TOM oscillation and showed that it is strongly dependent on cavity diameter. In addition, our numerical study suggests that a microcavity structure fabricated with a hybrid material (i.e. CaF2 and silicon), which is compatible with an ultra-high Q and high thermal conductivity, will allow us to reduce the TOM oscillation and stabilize the optical output.

  5. Standardized cell samples for midIR technology development

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    Kastl, Lena; Rommel, Christina E.; Kemper, Björn; Schnekenburger, Jürgen

    2015-03-01

    The application of midIR spectroscopy towards human cell and tissue samples is impaired by the need for technical solutions and lacking sample standards for technology development. We here present the standardization of stable test samples for the continuous development and testing of novel optical system components. We have selected cell lines representing the major cellular skin constituents keratinocytes and fibroblasts (NIH-3T3, HaCaT). In addition, two skin cancer cell types (A-375 and SK-MEL-28 cells) were analyzed. Cells were seeded on CaF2 substrates and measured dried and under aqueous medium as well as fixated and unfixated. Several independent cell preparations were analyzed with an FTIR spectrometer in the wave number range from 1000 - 4000 cm-1. The obtained data demonstrate that fixed and dehydrated cells on CaF2 can be stored in pure ethanol for several weeks without significant losses in quality of the spectral properties. The established protocol of cell seeding on CaF2 substrates, chemical fixation, dehydration, storage under ethanol and air-drying is suitable for the production of reliable midIR standards. The retrieved spectra demonstrate that fixed cells on CaF2 can be prepared reproducibly; with stable midIR spectral properties over several weeks and properties mimicking reliable unfixed cells. Moreover, the fixated samples on CaF2 show clear differences in the cell type specific spectra that can be identified by principle component analysis. In summary, the standardized cell culture samples on CaF2 substrates are suitable for the development of a midIR device and the optimization of the specific midIR spectra.

  6. Response of TL materials to diagnostic radiology X radiation beams.

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    Maia, Ana F; Caldas, Linda V E

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to carry out a direct performance comparison among some known types of TLDs-three types of CaSO(4):Dy pellets, sintered Al(2)O(3) pellets, LiF:Mg,Ti (Harshaw TLD-100), CaF(2):Dy (Harshaw TLD-200) and CaF(2):Mn (Harshaw TLD-400)-in the energy and dose ranges of diagnostic radiology beams. Several dosimetric characteristics were evaluated, such as reproducibility, sensitivity, calibration curves, lower dose limits and energy dependence. PMID:20097569

  7. Energy transfer and non-linear optical properties at near ultraviolet wavelengths: Rare earth 4f yields 5d transitions in crystals and glasses

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    Hamilton, D. S.

    1992-08-01

    The following topics were studied: two-photon transitions from 4f ground state to 5d excited states in Ce(3+):CaF2; optical absorption and photoionization measurements from excited state of Ce(3+):Y3Al5O12; excited state photoionization of Ce(3+) ions in Ce(3+):CaF2; optical gain and loss studies in Ce(3+):LiYF4; Gd yields Cr energy transfer in Cr(3+):GSGG, Cr(3+):GSAG, and Cr(3+):GGG crystals; nonradiative relaxation in Ce(3+) doped crystals and glasses; and grating formation in impurity doped crystals.

  8. Optimal moderator materials at various proton energies considering photon dose rate after irradiation for an accelerator-driven ⁹Be(p, n) boron neutron capture therapy neutron source.

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    Hashimoto, Y; Hiraga, F; Kiyanagi, Y

    2015-12-01

    We evaluated the accelerator beam power and the neutron-induced radioactivity of (9)Be(p, n) boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) neutron sources having a MgF2, CaF2, or AlF3 moderator and driven by protons with energy from 8 MeV to 30 MeV. The optimal moderator materials were found to be MgF2 for proton energies less than 10 MeV because of lower required accelerator beam power and CaF2 for higher proton energies because of lower photon dose rate at the treatment position after neutron irradiation. PMID:26272165

  9. Skylab ultraviolet stellar astronomy experiment S019

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    Ocallaghan, F. G.; Henize, K. G.; Wray, J. D.

    1977-01-01

    An objective-prism stellar spectrograph of 15-cm aperture was flown on all three Skylab missions. The wavelength region from 1300 A to 5000 A was covered by a special optical system containing a combination of reflecting telescope optics, a CaF2 objective prism, and an achromatized field-corrector lens system of CaF2 and LiF. Observations of 188 star fields, each covering 4.0 x 5.0 deg of arc, were conducted at the Skylab antisolar airlock with the aid of an articulated mirror system which allowed acquisition within a 30 by 360 deg band of the sky.

  10. Metal fluoride coatings prepared by ion-assisted deposition

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    Bischoff, Martin; Sode, Maik; Gäbler, Dieter; Bernitzki, Helmut; Zaczek, Christoph; Kaiser, Norbert; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2008-09-01

    ArF lithography technology requires minimization of optical losses due to scattering and absorption. Consequently, it is necessary to optimize the coating process of metal fluorides. The properties of metal fluoride thin films are mainly affected by the deposition methods, their parameters (temperature and deposition rate) and the vacuum conditions. A substrate temperature of more than 300°C is a condition for high density and low water content of metal fluorides. Therefore, a substrate temperature of 150°C results in inhomogeneous films with high water content. Until now, the best results were achieved by boat evaporation. This paper will demonstrate that most of the common metal fluorides like MgF2, AlF3, and even LaF3 can be deposited by electron beam evaporation. In comparison to other deposition methods, the prepared thin films have the lowest absorption in the VUV spectral range. Furthermore, metal fluoride thin films were prepared by ion assistance. It will be demonstrated, that they have less water content, high packing density, and low absorption in the VUV spectral range. In this study, single layers of LaF3 and AlF3 and antireflection coatings were prepared by electron beam evaporation with and without ion-assistance. The mechanical, structural, and optical properties were examined and discussed.

  11. Reactive ion-beam-sputtering of fluoride coatings for the UV/VUV range

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    Schink, Harald; Kolbe, Jurgen; Zimmermann, F.; Ristau, Detlev; Welling, Herbert

    1991-06-01

    Fluoride coatings produced by thermal evaporation suffer from high scatter losses ageing and cracking due to high tensile stress. These problems impose severe limitations to the production of low loss multilayer coatings for the VUV range. A key position for improved performance is the microstructure of the layers. The aim of our investigations is to improve the microstructure of A1F3- and LaF3-'' films by ionbeamsputtering. Scatter measurements of single layers revealed lower values for lBS than for boat evaporation. Unfortunately sputtered fluoride films nave high absorption losses caused by decomposition of the coating material. By sputtering in reactive atmospheres and annealing we were able to reduce the absorption losses significantly. Antireflective as well as high reflective coatings were produced. Reflection and transmission values were obtained with a VUV-spectrophotometer. Damage tests at the 193 mu ArF laser wavelength were performed at the Laser-Laboratorium Gttingen. Key words: ion-beamsputtering fluoride films UVcoatings VUV-coatings color-center laser damage A]. F3 MgF2 LaF3. 1.

  12. Si and GaAs photocapacitive MIS infrared detectors

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    Sher, A.; Tsuo, Y. H.; Moriarty, J. A.; Miller, W. E.; Crouch, R. K.

    1980-01-01

    Improvement of the previously reported photocapacitive MIS infrared detectors has led to the development of exceptional room-temperature devices. Unoptimized peak detectivities on the order of 10 to the 13th cm sq rt Hz/W, a value which exceeds the best obtainable from existing solid-state detectors, have now been consistently obtained in Si and GaAs devices using high-capacitance LaF3 or composite LaF3/native-oxide insulating layers. The measured spectral response of representative samples is presented and discussed in detail together with a simple theory which accounts for the observed behavior. The response of an ideal MIS photocapacitor is also contrasted with that of both a conventional photoconductor and a p-i-n photodiode, and reasons for the superior performance of the MIS detectors are given. Finally, fundamental studies on the electrical, optical, and noise characteristics of the MIS structures are analyzed and discussed in the context of infrared-detector applications.

  13. Microstructural and ionic transport studies of hydrothermally synthesized lanthanum fluoride nanoparticles

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    Patro, L. N.; Kamala Bharathi, K.; Ravi Chandra Raju, N.

    2014-12-01

    This article presents the structural and transport characteristics of hydrothermally synthesized LaF3 nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 35nm. The phase formation of the material is confirmed by both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. In addition, phase purity of the LaF3 nanoparticles is corroborated by micro-Raman spectroscopy studies. The complex impedance plots at different temperatures reveal that the conductivity is predominantly due to the intrinsic bulk grains and the conductivity relaxation is non-Debye in nature. The frequency variation of conductivity exhibits dispersion at higher frequencies that can be explained with the frame work of Almond-West formalism. The conduction process is controlled by the mobility of the charge carriers and the charge of transport of mobile fluoride ions occur through hopping mechanism. The scaling behavior of both frequency dependence of conductivity and complex impedance plots at different temperatures confirm that the relaxation mechanism of the mobile fluoride ions is independent of temperature.

  14. Photoluminescence of cerium fluoride and cerium-doped lanthanum fluoride nanoparticles and investigation of energy transfer to photosensitizer molecules.

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    Cooper, Daniel R; Kudinov, Konstantin; Tyagi, Pooja; Hill, Colin K; Bradforth, Stephen E; Nadeau, Jay L

    2014-06-28

    CexLa1-xF3 nanoparticles have been proposed for use in nanoscintillator-photosensitizer systems, where excitation of nanoparticles by ionizing radiation would result in energy transfer to photosensitizer molecules, effectively combining the effects of radiotherapy and photodynamic therapy. Thus far, there have been few experimental investigations of such systems. This study reports novel synthesis methods for water-dispersible Ce0.1La0.9F3/LaF3 and CeF3/LaF3 core/shell nanoparticles and an investigation of energy transfer to photosensitizers. Unbound deuteroporphyrin IX 2,4-disulfonic acid was found to substantially quench the luminescence of large (>10 nm diameter) aminocaproic acid-stabilized nanoparticles at reasonable concentrations and loading amounts: up to 80% quenching at 6% w/w photosensitizer loading. Energy transfer was found to occur primarily through a cascade, with excitation of "regular" site Ce(3+) at 252 nm relayed to photosensitizer molecules at the nanoparticle surface through intermediate "perturbed" Ce(3+) sites. Smaller (<5 nm) citrate-stabilized nanoparticles were coated with the bisphosphonate alendronate, allowing covalent conjugation to chlorin e6 and resulting in static quenching of the nanoparticle luminescence: ∼50% at ∼0.44% w/w. These results provide insight into energy transfer mechanisms that may prove valuable for optimizing similar systems. PMID:24827162

  15. Spin Hamiltonian Spectroscopy in PRASEODYMIUM(3):LANTHANUM Trifluoride.

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    Otto, Frederick William

    An optically detected anticrossing in solid state laser spectroscopy produced by cross-relaxation is reported. Spin -spin cross-relaxation between the ^{141 }Pr and ^{19}F spin reservoirs in Pr^{+3}:LaF _3 and its influence on the ^{141}Pr NMR spectrum is observed. The detection technique employed combines optical pumping and hole burning with either an external magnetic field sweep or rf resonance saturation producing slow transient changes in resonant laser transmission. At a certain value of the external magnetic field, where the energy level splittings of Pr and F spins match, a level repulsion and discontinuity of the Pr^{+3} NMR lines is observed. This effect is interpreted as the "anticrossing" of the combined Pr-F spin-spin reservoir energy states. The Zeeman - Quadrupole Hamiltonian spectrum of the lowest hyperfine optical ground state manifold of Pr^ {+3}:LaF_3 is mapped out over a wide range of Zeeman magnetic fields. A new method is proposed for dynamically polarizing nuclei by means of optical pumping, using resonant cross-relaxation between rare spins and spin reservoirs.

  16. Upconversion studies on Yb3+/Er3+ doped CeO2 and CeF3 phosphors: Enhanced near infrared emission

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, K.; Rai, S. B.; Kumar, D.

    2013-09-01

    Upconversion emission in CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ and CeO2: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors is studied using 976 nm diode laser excitation and the emission results are compared. The Ce3+ ion is found to interact with Er3+ ion that enhances the energy transfer rate among the levels of Er3+ ion. The increased energy transfer rate enables increase in the infrared emission (˜1530 nm) at the expense of visible upconversion emission. An intense emission at ˜1530 nm due to the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition of Er3+ ion, with least emission in the UV/visible region, is observed in the CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor. The emission intensity of 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition is also compared for LaF3, CeF3 and LaF3 hosts and it is found that the emission intensity is maximum for CeF3 host. The CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor is found suitable for optical amplifiers, laser materials and infrared imaging probes around 1530 nm.

  17. Studies of EPR spectra and defect structure for Er³⁺ ions in BaF₂ and SrF₂ crystals.

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    Li, Hui; Kuang, Xiao-Yu; Mao, Ai-Jie; Li, Cheng-Gang

    2013-02-01

    The local lattice structure and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra have been studied systematically by diagonalizing 364 × 364 complete energy matrices for a f(11) ion in a trigonal ligand-field. By simulating the calculated Stark levels and EPR parameters to the experimental results, the shift parameters are determined for Er(3+) ions in BaF(2) and SrF(2). The results show that the trigonal center is attributed to an interstitial F(-) ion located at the [111] axis of the cube, and the nearest ligand close to the charge compensator has a displacement towards central ion by 0.042Å for L center in BaF(2):Er(3+) and 0.026Å for J center in SrF(2):Er(3+), respectively. Moreover, the relationships between g-factors and shift parameter ΔZ as well as orbit reduction factor k' are discussed. PMID:23220532

  18. A New Data Acquisition System for TDPAC

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    Zuo, Yi; Yuan, Daqing; Zheng, Yongnan; Wang, Zhiqian; Fan, Ping; Zhou, Dongmei; Wu, Yongle; Zhu, Jiliang; Zhu, Shengyun

    2010-03-01

    A new data acquisition system for TDPAC measurements with a 6 BaF2-detectors spectrometer has been developed using multi-channel TDC and ADC. The major advantage of this system is that most of functions is implemented by the software instead of the hardware, so that the electronics of the system is rather simple and easily adjusted. Also, there is no limit on the numbers of energy windows, and it is easy to add more detectors.

  19. Linear free energy relationship rate constants and basicities of N-substituted phenyl glycines in positronium-glycine complex formation

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    Chen, Rongti; Liang, Jiachang; Du, Youming; Cao, Chun; Yin, Dinzhen; Wang, Shuying; Zhang, Tianbao

    1987-06-01

    Complex formation between positronium and glycine derivatives in solution is discussed and the complex reaction rate constants obtained by means of a positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer with BaF 2 detectors. Rate constants mainly depend on the conjugation effect at the benzene ring and the induction effect of the substituents at the phenyl. There is a linear free energy relationship between rate constants and basicities of N-substituted phenyl glycines in orthopositronium-glycine complex formation.

  20. TDPAC studies of181Hf-labelled transferrin: Comparison between human and rat serum transferrin

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    Appel, H.; Duffield, J.; Taylor, D. M.; Then, G. M.; Thies, W.-G.

    1987-04-01

    A fast BaF2 TDPAC setup was used to study the binding of181Hf to serum transferrin. Two well-defined binding configurations were observed, which are characterized by high EFGs and large asymetry parameter values. The distribution between these configurations depends essentially on the pH of the serum. Small but significant differences between human and rat serum transferrin can be deduced from the electric quadrupole interaction (QI) parameters.

  1. Development of MBE grown Pb-salt semiconductor lasers for the 8.0 to 15.0 micrometer spectral region

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    Miller, M. D.

    1981-01-01

    Diodes lasers are fabricated using multiple source molecular beam expitaxial growth of (PbSn)Te on BaF2 substrates. Methods for crystal growth, crystal transfer, and device fabrication by photolithographic techniques were developed. The lasers operate in the spectra range from 10 microns to 14 microns and at temperatures from 12K to 60K continuous wave and to 95 K pulsed.

  2. Observation of Charge Inversion of an Ionic Liquid at the Solid Salt-Liquid Interface by Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy.

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    Peñalber, Chariz Y; Baldelli, Steven

    2012-04-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy of the ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide [BMIM][DCA], in contact with two different solid salt surfaces, BaF2(111) single crystal and solid NaCl{100}, are discussed in this Letter. This investigation describes the nature of an ionic liquid-(solid) salt interface using SFG, contributing a new understanding to the molecular-level interactions involved in salts, which are conceptually similar compounds (of purely ionic character) but of different physical properties (liquid versus solid at room temperature). Results show the presence of [BMIM](+) at the NaCl{100} surface and [DCA](-) at the BaF2(111) surface. [BMIM](+) cations adhere closely via Coulombic interactions to the negatively charged NaCl{100} surface, while [DCA](-) anions subsequently have a strong electrostatic affinity to the positively charged BaF2(111) surface. Ions of the ionic liquid adsorb to the solid salt surface to form a Helmholtz-like electric double layer. PMID:26286408

  3. The mechanical properties of fluoride salts at elevated temperatures. [candidate thermal energy storage materials for solar dynamic systems

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    Raj, S. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1989-01-01

    The deformation behavior of CaF2 and LiF single crystals compressed in the 111 and the 100 line directions, respectively, are compared with the mechanical properties of polycrystalline LiF-22 (mol pct) CaF2 eutectic mixture in the temperature range 300 to 1275 K for strain rates varying between 7 x 10 to the -7th and 0.2/s. The true stress-strain curves for the single crystals were found to exhibit three stages in an intermediate range of temperatures and strain rates, whereas those for the eutectic showed negative work-hardening rates after a maximum stress. The true stress-strain rate data for CaF2 and LiF-22 CaF2 could be represented by a power-law relation with the strain rate sensitivities lying between 0.05 and 0.2 for both materials. A similar relation was found to be unsatisfactory in the case of LiF.

  4. Lattice dynamics and thermal conductivity of calcium fluoride via first-principles investigation

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    Qi, Yuan-Yuan; Zhang, Tian; Cheng, Yan; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Wei, Dong-Qing; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2016-03-01

    The lattice thermal conductivity of CaF2 is accurately computed from a first-principles theoretical approach based on an iterative solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The second- and third-order interatomic force constants are generated from a real-space finite-difference supercell approach. Then, the force constants for both the second- and third-order potential interactions are used to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity and related physical quantities of CaF2 at temperatures ranging from 30 K to 1500 K. The obtained lattice thermal conductivity 8.6 W/(m.K) for CaF2 at room temperature agrees better with the experimental value than other theoretical data, demonstrating the promise of this parameter-free approach in providing precise descriptions of the lattice thermal conductivity of materials. The obtained dielectric parameters and phonon spectrum of CaF2 accord well with available data. Meanwhile, the temperature dependence curves of the lattice thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and phonon mean free path are presented.

  5. Calcium fluoride nanoparticles induced suppression of Streptococcus mutans biofilm: an in vitro and in vivo approach.

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    Kulshrestha, Shatavari; Khan, Shakir; Hasan, Sadaf; Khan, M Ehtisham; Misba, Lama; Khan, Asad U

    2016-02-01

    Biofilm formation on the tooth surface is the root cause of dental caries and periodontal diseases. Streptococcus mutans is known to produce biofilm which is one of the primary causes of dental caries. Acid production and acid tolerance along with exopolysaccharide (EPS) formation are major virulence factors of S. mutans biofilm. In the current study, calcium fluoride nanoparticles (CaF2-NPs) were evaluated for their effect on the biofilm forming ability of S. mutans in vivo and in vitro. The in vitro studies revealed 89 % and 90 % reduction in biofilm formation and EPS production, respectively. Moreover, acid production and acid tolerance abilities of S. mutans were also reduced considerably in the presence of CaF2-NPs. Confocal laser scanning microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images were in accordance with the other results indicating inhibition of biofilm without affecting bacterial viability. The qRT-PCR gene expression analysis showed significant downregulation of various virulence genes (vicR, gtfC, ftf, spaP, comDE) associated with biofilm formation. Furthermore, CaF2-NPs were found to substantially decrease the caries in treated rat groups as compared to the untreated groups in in vivo studies. Scanning electron micrographs of rat's teeth further validated our results. These findings suggest that the CaF2-NPs may be used as a potential antibiofilm applicant against S. mutans and may be applied as a topical agent to reduce dental caries. PMID:26610805

  6. Low background techniques in CANDLES

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    Nakajima, K.; Iida, T.; Kishimoto, T.; Matsuoka, K.; Nomachi, M.; Umehara, S.; Chan, W. M.; Kakubata, H.; Li, X.; Maeda, T.; Ohata, T.; Temuge, B.; Tetsuno, K.; Trang, V. T. T.; Uehara, T.; Yoshida, S.; Morishita, K.; Ogawa, I.; Sakamoto, K.; Tamagawa, Y.; Yoshizawa, M.; Fushimi, K.; Hazama, R.; Naktani, N.; Suzuki, K.

    2015-08-01

    CANDLES is a double beta decay experiment using 48Ca in CaF2 crystals. The measurement is being performed with prototype detector (CANDLES III) for high sensitive measurement in the future. Recent status of detector improvements and background reduction techniques are described in this paper.

  7. Prevention of enamel demineralization with a novel fluoride strip: enamel surface composition and depth profile

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    Lee, Bor-Shiunn; Chou, Po-Hung; Chen, Shu-Yu; Liao, Hua-Yang; Chang, Che-Chen

    2015-01-01

    There is no topically applicable low concentration fluoride delivery device available for caries prevention. This study was aimed to assess the use of a low concentration (1450 ppm) fluoride strip as an effective fluoride delivery system against enamel demineralization. The enamel surface composition and calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite or toothpaste treatments were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In vitro enamel demineralization was assayed using a pH cycling model and the dissolution of calcium ions from the treated specimens was quantified using ion chromatography. After 24-hr fluoride-strip treatment, the enamel was covered with a CaF2 layer which showed a granular morphology of 1 μm in size. Below the CaF2 layer was a region of mixed fluorapatite and CaF2. Fluoride infiltrated extensively in enamel to produce highly fluorinated fluorohydroxyapatite. In comparison, low-fluoride-level fluorinated fluorohydroxyapatite was formed on the enamel specimen exposed to toothpaste. The treatments with the fluoride strip as short as 1 hr significantly inhibited enamel demineralization. The fluoride strip was effective for topical fluoride delivery and inhibited in vitro demineralization of enamel by forming CaF2 and fluoride-containing apatites at the enamel surface. It exhibited the potential as an effective fluoride delivery device for general use in prevention of caries. PMID:26293361

  8. Calculation and experimental determination of the fast neutron sensitivity of OSL detectors with hydrogen containing radiators

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    Fellinger, Jürgen; Henniger, Jürgen; Hübner, Klaus

    1984-11-01

    Detectors based on optically stimulated luminescence are useful for fast neutron dosimetry. For this one needs the neutron sensitivity of these detectors. We describe a procedure for the calculation of the neutron sensitivity. For CaF 2:Mn embedded in polyethylene the calculated values are compared with experimentally determined neutron sensitivities. There is good agreement.

  9. Microstructure and wear behavior of γ/Al 4C 3/TiC/CaF 2 composite coating on γ-TiAl intermetallic alloy prepared by Nd:YAG laser cladding

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    Liu, Xiu-Bo; Shi, Shi-Hong; Guo, Jian; Fu, Ge-Yan; Wang, Ming-Di

    2009-03-01

    As a further step in obtaining high performance elevated temperature self-lubrication anti-wear composite coatings on TiAl alloy, a novel Ni-P electroless plating method was adopted to encapsulate the as-received CaF 2 in the preparation of precursor NiCr-Cr 3C 2-CaF 2 mixed powders with an aim to decrease its mass loss and increase its compatibility with the metal matrix during a Nd:YAG laser cladding. The microstructure of the coating was examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and the friction and wear behavior of the composite coatings sliding against the hardened 0.45% C steel ring was evaluated using a block-on-ring wear tester at room temperature. It was found that the coating had a unique microstructure consisting of primary dendrites TiC and block Al 4C 3 carbides reinforcement as well as fine isolated spherical CaF 2 solid lubrication particles uniformly dispersed in the NiCrAlTi ( γ) matrix. The good friction-reducing and anti-wear abilities of the laser clad composite coating was suggested to the Ni-P electroless plating and the attendant reduction of mass loss of CaF 2 and the increasing of it's wettability with the NiCrAlTi ( γ) matrix during the laser cladding process.

  10. Verification of threshold activation detection (TAD) technique in prompt fission neutron detection using scintillators containing 19F

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    Sibczynski, P.; Kownacki, J.; Moszyński, M.; Iwanowska-Hanke, J.; Syntfeld-Każuch, A.; Gójska, A.; Gierlik, M.; Kaźmierczak, Ł.; Jakubowska, E.; Kędzierski, G.; Kujawiński, Ł.; Wojnarowicz, J.; Carrel, F.; Ledieu, M.; Lainé, F.

    2015-09-01

    In the present study ⌀ 5''× 3'' and ⌀ 2''× 2'' EJ-313 liquid fluorocarbon as well as ⌀ 2'' × 3'' BaF2 scintillators were exposed to neutrons from a 252Cf neutron source and a Sodern Genie 16GT deuterium-tritium (D+T) neutron generator. The scintillators responses to β- particles with maximum endpoint energy of 10.4 MeV from the n+19F reactions were studied. Response of a ⌀ 5'' × 3'' BC-408 plastic scintillator was also studied as a reference. The β- particles are the products of interaction of fast neutrons with 19F which is a component of the EJ-313 and BaF2 scintillators. The method of fast neutron detection via fluorine activation is already known as Threshold Activation Detection (TAD) and was proposed for photofission prompt neutron detection from fissionable and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) in the field of Homeland Security and Border Monitoring. Measurements of the number of counts between 6.0 and 10.5 MeV with a 252Cf source showed that the relative neutron detection efficiency ratio, defined as epsilonBaF2 / epsilonEJ-313-5'', is 32.0% ± 2.3% and 44.6% ± 3.4% for front-on and side-on orientation of the BaF2, respectively. Moreover, the ⌀ 5'' EJ-313 and side-on oriented BaF2 were also exposed to neutrons from the D+T neutron generator, and the relative efficiency epsilonBaF2 / epsilonEJ-313-5'' was estimated to be 39.3%. Measurements of prompt photofission neutrons with the BaF2 detector by means of data acquisition after irradiation (out-of-beam) of nuclear material and between the beam pulses (beam-off) techniques were also conducted on the 9 MeV LINAC of the SAPHIR facility.

  11. Antibacterial and physical properties of calcium-phosphate and calcium-fluoride nanocomposites with chlorhexidine

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    Cheng, Lei; Weir, Michael D.; Xu, Hockin H. K.; Kraigsley, Alison M.; Lin, Nancy J.; Lin-Gibson, Sheng; Zhou, Xuedong

    2012-01-01

    Objectives Previous studies have developed calcium phosphate and fluoride releasing composites. Other studies have incorporated chlorhexidine (CHX) particles into dental composites. However, CHX has not been incorporated in calcium phosphate and fluoride composites. The objectives of this study were to develop nanocomposites containing amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) or calcium fluoride (CaF2) nanoparticles and CHX particles, and investigate S. mutans biofilm formation and lactic acid production for the first time. Methods Chlorhexidine was frozen via liquid nitrogen and ground to obtain a particle size of 0.62 µm. Four nanocomposites were fabricated with fillers of: Nano ACP; nano ACP+10% CHX; nano CaF2; nano CaF2+10% CHX. Three commercial materials were tested as controls: A resin-modified glass ionomer, and two composites. S. mutans live/dead assay, colony-forming unit (CFU) counts, biofilm metabolic activity, and lactic acid were measured. Results Adding CHX fillers to ACP and CaF2 nanocomposites greatly increased their antimicrobial capability. ACP and CaF2 nanocomposites with CHX that were inoculated with S. mutans had a growth medium pH > 6.5 after 3 d, while the control commercial composites had a cariogenic pH of 4.2. Nanocomposites with CHX reduced the biofilm metabolic activity by 10–20 folds and reduced the acid production, compared to the controls. CFU on nanocomposites with CHX were three orders of magnitude less than that on commercial composite. Mechanical properties of nanocomposites with CHX matched a commercial composite without fluoride. Significance The novel calcium phosphate and fluoride nanocomposites could be rendered antibacterial with CHX to greatly reduce biofilm formation, acid production, CFU and metabolic activity. The antimicrobial and remineralizing nanocomposites with good mechanical properties may be promising for a wide range of tooth restorations with anti-caries capabilities. PMID:22317794

  12. Optical and Nuclear Spin Spectroscopy in PRASEODYMIUM(3+):LANTHANUM Fluoride by Optical Pumping

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    Wald, Lawrence Leroy

    A Stark Modulated Optical Pumping (SMOP) technique was used as a sensitive probe of optical hole-burning to study the effects of nuclear spin interactions in Pr ^{3+}:LaF_3. The results of two experiments are reported. In the first experiment, the SMOP technique is applied for optical detection of the NQR spectrum of the Pr^{3+} optical ground state. Frequency and linewidth variations of the Pr ^{3+} ground state hyperfine levels for different positions within the main ^3 H_4(Gamma1) -^1D_2(Gamma 1) inhomogeneous optical line and satellite transitions of Pr^{3+}:LaF _3 are observed. A linear increase in the broadening of the Pr^{3+} hyperfine transitions, without a shift of central frequency, is measured as the laser is tuned toward the wings of the inhomogeneous optical transition. The linear variation is attributed to electric quadrupole broadening caused by changes in local density of point defects across the Stark broadened optical transition. The optically detected NQR spectra of the satellite transitions associated with Pr ion pairs are shifted in frequency, and for most satellites are narrower in width than the NQR spectra found in the wings of the main inhomogeneous optical line. In the second experiment, direct evidence for the presence of a spin diffusion barrier or "frozen core" in Pr^{3+}:LaF _3 is observed by examining the cross relaxation between the Pr and F nuclei in a magnetic field chosen so that a pair of the optical ground state Pr^ {3+} hyperfine energy levels matches the F splitting or a multiple of the F splitting. This level crossing condition allows resonant flip-flop interactions with the nearest neighbor frozen core fluorine spins to re-populate Pr^{3+} hyperfine levels emptied by laser hole-burning, and is detected as enhanced absorption of the laser beam. The coupling of core fluorine spins to bulk fluorine spins during Pr-F cross-relaxation is measured by NMR of the bulk fluorine spin magnetization. The rate of cross relaxation between the Pr spins and the bulk F spins measured in this way is at least three to four orders of magnitude slower than that expected in the absence of a spin diffusion barrier. This reduction of coupling indicates nearly complete de-tuning of the frozen core F spins immediately surrounding the Pr^{3+} ion, cutting off resonant coupling with the bulk F spins.

  13. Microwave-assisted one-pot synthesis of water-soluble rare-earth doped fluoride luminescent nanoparticles with tunable colors

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    Mi, Cong-Cong; Tian, Zhen-huang; Han, Bao-fu; Mao, Chuan-bin; Xu, Shu-kun

    2012-01-01

    Polyethyleneimine (PEI) functionalized multicolor luminescent LaF3 nanoparticles were synthesized via a novel microwave-assisted method, which can achieve fast and uniform heating under eco-friendly and energy efficient conditions. The as-prepared nanoparticles possess a pure hexagonal structure with an average size of about 12 nm. When doped with different ions (Tb3+ and Eu3+), the morphology and structure of the nanoparticles were not changed, whereas the optical properties varied with doped ions and their molar ratio, and as a result emission of four different colors (green, yellow, orange and red) were achieved by simply switching the types of doping ions (Eu3+ versus Tb3 +) and the molar ratio of the two doping ions. PMID:22879690

  14. Nanoscintillators for radiation detection

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    Hall, Ryan Gregory

    In the search for faster, more effective methods for detection of and protection against radiological weapons, advances in materials for radiation detection are a critical component of any successful strategy. This work focuses on producing inexpensive, but highly sensitive, nanoparticle alternatives to existing single-crystal installations. Attention is given to particular types of promising inorganic scintillators: LaF3, yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG), and SrF2, each one an inorganic host doped with additional elements that encourage luminescent decay and increase effective Z-value. I examine the possible routes to synthesize these compounds, and the difficulties and benefits of each method. After synthesizing these materials, testing was performed to determine comparative performance against each other and commercial solutions, identify structural and compositional characteristics, and explore routes for fixing the scintillators into a detector assembly. The unifying goal is to develop a scintillating material suitable for consistent dosimetry and radio-isotope identification applications.

  15. Spectroscopic, thermal and cw dual-wavelength laser characteristics of Nd:LaF3 single crystal

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    Hong, Jiaqi; Zhang, Lianhan; Li, Jing; Wang, Zhaowei; He, Jingliang; Zhang, Peixiong; Wang, Yaqi; Hang, Yin

    2016-03-01

    A Nd-doped LaF3 crystal was grown by Czochralski method, and the rocking curves of (0 0 2) and (1 1 0) diffraction planes show good crystallinity quality of the as-grown crystal. Room-temperature fluorescence spectrum and transmittance spectrum of Nd:LaF3 crystal were investigated, both indicating probable dual-wavelength emissions at ∼1.04 μm and ∼1.06 μm. The thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of Nd:LaF3 crystal were detailed studied. Cw dual-wavelength laser operation of Nd:LaF3 single crystal at 1040 nm and around 1065 nm with LD pumping was demonstrated. A maximum output power of 302 mW was obtained with a slope efficiency of about 18.5% with respect to the pump power. The results of our study indicate the Nd:LaF3 crystal a promising laser crystal.

  16. Rare-earth fluorescence in novel oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics

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    Dejneka, Matthew J.

    1998-04-01

    Transparent oxyfluoride glass-ceramics can provide a low- phonon energy fluoride environment for active rare earth ions while maintaining the durability, formability, and mechanical strength of an oxide glass. Fluorescence from RE doped samples indicate substantial partitioning into the fluoride crystals. Eu3+ doped glasses emit only red luminescence from the 5D0, but after treatment emit blue, green, and red luminescence, indicative of a low phonon energy rare earth environment. Er3+ doped samples show broadening and flattening of the 1530 emission band upon heat treatment, making them attractive for broad band amplifiers. Cerammed Pr3+ doped samples exhibit 240 microsecond(s) 1G4 fluorescent lifetimes, which indicates a 1310 nm quantum efficiency of 8%. It was determined that active rare earth partitioning into the LaF3 nanocrystallites that form upon heat treatment are responsible for the novel optical properties of these hybrid materials.

  17. Upconversion energy transfer in Yb3+/Tm3+ doped tellurite glass

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    Żmojda, J.; Dorosz, D.; Kochanowicz, M.; Dorosz, J.

    2011-06-01

    The paper presents energy transfer in tellurite glass from the system TeO2 - GeO2 - PbO - PbF2- BaO - Nb2O5 - LaF3 doped with Yb3+/Tm3+ ions. Under the excitation of 976 nm laser a strong blue emission (477 nm) corresponding to the transition 1G4 --> 3H6 in thulium ions was observed. Analysing the influence of the content of Tm3+ ions on the level of luminescence obtained by the mechanism of upconversion it was established that the most effective energy transfer between Yb 3+--> Tm3+ ions took place in the matrix doped in the following proportion: 1 Yb3+:0.1 Tm3+ (%mol). Based on the non-resonant process of energy transfer between Yb3+ and Tm3+ ions the mechanism of upconversion was discussed.

  18. Upconversion luminescence of Yb 3+/Tb 3+ co-doped tellurite glasses

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    Kochanowicz, Marcin; Zmojda, Jacek; Dorosz, Dominik; Miluski, Piotr; Dorosz, Jan

    2014-05-01

    In the article the upconversion luminescence ofTeO2- GeO2 - PbO - PbF2- BaO - Nb2O5 - LaF3 glass system co-doped withYb 3+ /Tb 3+ under 976 nm laser diode excitation was investigated. The influence of Tb2O3concentration on the luminescent properties was determined. Measured strong luminescence at492, 547, 588, 622 nm correspond to 5D4→7FJ (J=6, 4, 3) transitions. Energy transfer (ET) mechanism involved in observed emission was discussed. The highest upconversion emission intensity was obtained in the tellurite glass co-doped with 0.5 Yb2O3/0.5 Tb2O3 (mol%).

  19. Uniformity Masks Design Method Based on the Shadow Matrix for Coating Materials with Different Condensation Characteristics

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    2013-01-01

    An intuitionistic method is proposed to design shadow masks to achieve thickness profile control for evaporation coating processes. The proposed method is based on the concept of the shadow matrix, which is a matrix that contains coefficients that build quantitive relations between shape parameters of masks and shadow quantities of substrate directly. By using the shadow matrix, shape parameters of shadow masks could be derived simply by solving a matrix equation. Verification experiments were performed on a special case where coating materials have different condensation characteristics. By using the designed mask pair with complementary shapes, thickness uniformities of better than 98% are demonstrated for MgF2 (m = 1) and LaF3 (m = 0.5) simultaneously on a 280 mm diameter spherical substrate with the radius curvature of 200 mm. PMID:24227996

  20. Spectroscopic and Relaxation Study of the Tritium -LABELLED-6 State in PRASEODYMIUM(3+):LANTHANUM-FLUORIDE.

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    Kichinski, Robert Thomas

    1988-12-01

    The relaxation behavior and hyperfine structure of the terminal ^3H_6 <=vel of the ^3P _0 - ^3H_6 transition (5985 A) in Pr^{3+ }:LaF_3 were studied using the excited state photon echo technique. The echo intensity was recorded as a function of pulse separation over nine decades of intensity. The echo signal decays exponentially with a T_2 of 250 nsec and Fourier analysis of the echo modulation yields the nuclear hyperfine splittings of the ^3 H_6<=vel. The fast decay is anomalous and remains so after examination of several possible explanations of this rate. We present stimulated echo data taken on the same transition which confirms the presence of a fast relaxation and indicates that it is due to a population decay out of the ^3 H_6 level. Temperature relaxation data is also presented.

  1. CANDLES project for the study of neutrino-less double beta decay of 48Ca

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    Yoshida, Sei

    2014-09-01

    There is, presently, strong evidence that neutrinos undergo flavor oscillations,and hence must have finite masses. Neutrino-less double beta (0 νββ) decay measurement offers a realistic opportunity to establish the Majorana nature of neutrinos and gives the absolute scale of the effective neutrino mass. CANDLES is the project to search for 0 νββ decay of 48Ca. A distinctive characteristic of 48Ca is the highest Q value (4.3 MeV) among 0 νββ isotopes. Therefore it enables us to measure 0 νββ decay signals in background free contribution. The CANDLES system consists of undoped CaF2 scintillators (CaF2),liquid scintillator (LS), and large photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). A large number of CaF2 crystals in the form of 10 cm cubes are immersed in the LS. Scintillating CaF2 crystals work as an active source detector for 0 νββ decay of 48Ca, together with LS as a multi-purpose detector component to both reject backgrounds and to propagate scintillation photons. PMTs are placed around the LS vessel to detect photons from both scintillators. The simple design concept of CANDLES enables us to increase the 48Ca source amount. 48Ca enrichment is also effective for the high sensitive measurement, because natural abundance of 48Ca is very low (0.19%). We have studied 48Ca enrichment and succeeded in obtaining enriched 48Ca although it is a small amount. Now we have developed the CANDLES III system, which contained with 300kg CaF2 crystals without enrichment, at the Kamioka underground laboratory. New light collection system was installed in 2012, and accordingly photo-coverage has been enlarged by about 80%. Further improvement will be expected in 2014 by installing a detector cooling system in order to increase light emission from CaF2 crystals. The detail of the latest CANDLES III (U.G.) system and its performance will be presented. Recently, we found that gamma rays from neutron captures on materials surrounding detector could be dominant background. These background estimation and prospects of backgrounds shielding will be also discussed.

  2. Calcium Fluoride Precipitation and Deposition From 12 mmol/L Fluoride Solutions With Different Calcium Addition Rates

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    Markovic, M; Takagi, S; Chow, LC; Frukhtbeyn, S

    2009-01-01

    The effects of different Ca-addition rates on calcium fluoride (CaF2) precipitation and deposition were investigated in 12 mmol/L sodium fluoride solutions to which 0.1 mol/L calcium chloride solution was continuously added at average rates of (5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15 or 20) mmol L−1 min−1. The changes in ionic fluoride and calcium concentrations, as well as turbidity, were continuously recorded by F and Ca electrodes, and a fiber optic based spectrophotometer, respectively. The F− concentration decreased and turbidity increased with time indicating precipitation of CaF2. For the systems with Ca-addition rates of (5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, and 20) mmol L−1 min−1, the 1 min CaF2 depositions in the model substrate (cellulose filter paper, pores 0.2 µm) expressed as mean ± SD of deposited F per substrate surface area were (3.78 ± 0.31, 11.45 ± 0.89, 9.31 ± 0.68, 8.20 ± 0.56, 6.63 ± 0.43, and 2.09 ± 0.28) µg/cm2, respectively (n = 10 for each group). The 1-min F depositions did not show positive correlation to Ca-addition rates. The lowest 1-min F deposition was obtained in the systems with the highest Ca-addition rate of 20 mmol L−1 min−1 for which CaF2 precipitation rate reached the maximum value of 0.31 mmol L−1 s−1 almost immediately after beginning of reaction (6 s). The largest 1-min F depositions were obtained from the systems with Ca addition rates of (7.5 to 12.5) mmol L−1 min−1 in which CaF2 precipitation rates continuously increased reaching the maximum values of (0.13 to 0.20) mmol L−1 s−1 after (18 to 29) s, respectively. The 1-min F depositions were greatly enhanced in comparison with the control F solutions that did not have continuous Ca-addition. This indicates that continuous Ca addition that controls the rate of CaF2 formation could be a critical factor for larger F depositions from F solutions. The efficacy of conventional F mouthrinses could be improved with addition of a substance that continuously releases Ca.

  3. Measurement of U-235 Fission Neutron Spectra Using a Multiple Gamma Coincidence Technique

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    Ji Chuncheng; Kegel, G.H.R.; Egan, J.J.; DeSimone, D.J.; Alimeti, A.; Roldan, C.F.; McKittrick, T.M.; Kim, D.-S.; Chen, X.; Tremblay, S.E.

    2005-05-24

    The Los Alamos Model of Madland and Nix predicts the shape of the fission neutron energy spectrum for incident primary neutrons of different energies. Verifications of the model normally are limited to measurements of the fission neutron spectra for energies higher than that of the primary neutrons because the low-energy spectrum is distorted by the admixture of elastically and inelastically scattered neutrons. This situation can be remedied by using a measuring technique that separates fission from scattering events. One solution consists of using a fissile sample so thin that fission fragments can be observed indicating the occurrence of a fission event. A different approach is considered in this paper. It has been established that a fission event is accompanied by the emission of between seven and eight gamma rays, while in a scattering interaction, between zero and two gammas are emitted, so that a gamma multiplicity detector should supply a datum to distinguish a fission event from a scattering event. We proceed as follows: A subnanosecond pulsed and bunched proton beam from the UML Van de Graaff generates nearly mono-energetic neutrons by irradiating a thin metallic lithium target. The neutrons irradiate a 235U sample. Emerging neutron energies are measured with a time-of-flight spectrometer. A set of four BaF2 detectors is located close to the 235U sample. These detectors together with their electronic components identify five different events for each neutron detected, i.e., whether four, three, two, one, or none of the BaF2 detectors received one (or more) gamma rays. We present work, preliminary to the final measurements, involving feasibility considerations based on gamma-ray coincidence measurements with four BaF2 detectors, and the design of a Fission-Scattering Discriminator under construction.

  4. Glass transition and composite formation in InF3-containing oxyfluoroniobate system

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    Savchenko, N. N.; Ignatieva, L. N.; Marchenko, Yu. V.; Bouznik, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    The glasses in the system MnNbOF5-BaF2-InF3 have been firstly synthesized and studied. The thermal parameters of these glasses are analyzed. It was stated that glass of the composition 40MnNbOF5-40BaF2-20InF3 is the most thermal stable in the system under study. By X-ray analysis the compositions of the crystalline phases obtained at the glass thermal treatment were determined: the main phases are Ba3In2F12 and BaNbOF5. By Raman and IR spectra analysis it was stated that the networks of glasses in the system are built by the structural type of the glasses in NbO2F-BaF2 system: (NbOnFm) polyhedra joined oxygen bridges. Indium trifluoride forms InF6 polyhedra, which are embeded between oxyfluoroniobate ions, forming a common networks or forms its own layers from InF6 polyhedra. IR-spectroscopy method showed that at devitrification of the sample 30MnNbOF5-50BaF2-20InF3 the band position and shape change in going from glass state to crystalline. The bands in the range 900-700 cm-1 shift into the low-frequency range and transformed into narrow peaks characteristic for the crystalline state. It was determined that for this sample the IR-spectroscopy method fixes the presence of the crystalline phases at 340°C without time of exposure, despite the fact that X-ray analysis shows an amorphous state for this sample at the same temperature. It was suggested, that controlling the composition and conditions of annealing of the glasses it can be obtain the transparent glass-ceramics of definite composition.

  5. Measurement of U-235 Fission Neutron Spectra Using a Multiple Gamma Coincidence Technique

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    Ji, Chuncheng; Kegel, G. H. R.; Egan, J. J.; DeSimone, D. J.; Alimeti, A.; Roldan, C. F.; McKittrick, T. M.; Kim, D.-S.; Chen, X.; Tremblay, S. E.

    2005-05-01

    The Los Alamos Model of Madland and Nix predicts the shape of the fission neutron energy spectrum for incident primary neutrons of different energies. Verifications of the model normally are limited to measurements of the fission neutron spectra for energies higher than that of the primary neutrons because the low-energy spectrum is distorted by the admixture of elastically and inelastically scattered neutrons. This situation can be remedied by using a measuring technique that separates fission from scattering events. One solution consists of using a fissile sample so thin that fission fragments can be observed indicating the occurrence of a fission event. A different approach is considered in this paper. It has been established that a fission event is accompanied by the emission of between seven and eight gamma rays, while in a scattering interaction, between zero and two gammas are emitted, so that a gamma multiplicity detector should supply a datum to distinguish a fission event from a scattering event. We proceed as follows: A subnanosecond pulsed and bunched proton beam from the UML Van de Graaff generates nearly mono-energetic neutrons by irradiating a thin metallic lithium target. The neutrons irradiate a 235U sample. Emerging neutron energies are measured with a time-of-flight spectrometer. A set of four BaF2 detectors is located close to the 235U sample. These detectors together with their electronic components identify five different events for each neutron detected, i.e., whether four, three, two, one, or none of the BaF2 detectors received one (or more) gamma rays. We present work, preliminary to the final measurements, involving feasibility considerations based on gamma-ray coincidence measurements with four BaF2 detectors, and the design of a Fission-Scattering Discriminator under construction.

  6. Effect of modifier oxides on absorption and emission properties of Eu3+ doped different lithium fluoroborate glass matrices

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    Ratnakaram, Y. C.; Balakrishna, A.; Rajesh, D.

    2012-11-01

    Eu3+ doped lithium fluoroborate glass with different modifier oxides (Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MO where M=Mg, Ca, Cd and Pb) and combinations of modifier oxides (Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MgO+CaO, Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-CdO+PbO) were prepared by means of melt quenching method. These glass samples were analyzed by absorption, photoluminescence and decay curve measurements. The relative merits of thermal correction to the spectral intensities originating from the ground state (7F0) of different absorption bands of Eu3+ are calculated. From the optical absorption measurements and using the Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory, J-O parameters (Ωλλ=2, 4 and 6) have been obtained which are used to predict the radiative properties such as radiative transition probabilities (A), radiative life-times (τR), and branching ratios (βr) for certain transitions in all the glass matrices. From the emission spectra, peak stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) are obtained for the emission transitions, 5D0→7F1, 5D0→7F2, 5D0→7F3 and 5D0→7F4 of Eu3+ in lithium fluoroborate glass matrix with different modifier oxides. The fluorescence decay curves of the 5D0→7F2 transition have been measured and analyzed for all the glass matrices.

  7. Growth, modulation and photoresponse characteristics of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires

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    Kar, J. P.; Das, S. N.; Choi, J. H.; Lee, T. I.; Seo, J.; Lee, T.; Myoung, J. M.

    2011-03-01

    Vertically aligned, c-axis oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were grown on Si substrate by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique, where sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) film was used as an intermediate layer and thermally evaporated barium fluoride (BaF 2) film as a sacrificial layer. The aspect ratio and density of the nanowires were also varied using only Si microcavity without any interfacial or sacrificial layer. The UV detectors inside the microcavity have shown the higher on-off current ratio and fast photoresponse characteristics. The photoresponse characteristics were significantly varied with the aspect ratio and the density of nanowires.

  8. Triple coincidence PALS setup based on fast pulse digitizers

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    Bosnar, D.; Đurđević, B.; Pavelić, L.; Bosnar, S.

    2015-06-01

    We have assembled positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy system that consists of three BaF2 detectors with XP2020URQ PMTs which are directly coupled to DRS4 evaluation board. Both time and energy information of the detected gamma rays are reconstructed. In the off-line analysis, by using selected cuts on energies of gamma rays, double, as well as triple coincidence events can be extracted. The setup is very suitable for the determination of contributions of positronium three gamma annihilations which can be of interest in the investigations of various porous materials.

  9. On-line ion chemistry for the AMS analysis of 90Sr and 135,137Cs

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    Eliades, J.; Zhao, X.-L.; Litherland, A. E.; Kieser, W. E.

    2013-01-01

    The analysis of 90Sr by AMS has so far required the use of very large tandem accelerators in order to separate the isobar 90Zr by the rate-of-energy-loss method. The analysis of 135,137Cs by AMS has never been attempted as the separation of the isobars 135,137Ba by the traditional method requires even higher energies, so that this approach would become prohibitively expensive for routine analysis. Following the successful demonstration of Cl--S- separation by the Isobar Separator, the same apparatus was used to test the separation of other pairs of isobars. Surprisingly effective results were obtained with NO2 gas in the cases of SrF3--ZrF3- and CsF2--BaF2- separations. Reduction factors of ∼4 × 10-6 for ZrF3-/SrF3- and ∼2 × 10-5 for BaF2-/CsF2- were measured. SrF3- and CsF2- are both super-halogen anions and are preferentially produced in the ion source rather than ZrF3- and BaF2- when using the PbF2 matrix-assisted method. Reduction factors for ion source production with such targets of ∼3 × 10-5 for ZrF3--SrF3- and ∼5 × 10-4 for BaF2--CsF2- were found. The combined methods would suggest a theoretical detection sensitivity for 90Sr/Sr ∼6 × 10-16, 135Cs/Cs ∼7 × 10-15 and 137Cs/Cs ∼1 × 10-14, assuming 10 ppm Zr and Ba contamination in the AMS targets. In addition to the earlier Cl--S- separation work, these measurements further illustrate the potential of on-line ion chemical methods for broadening the analytical scope of small AMS systems.

  10. Formation of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting films by ion implantation

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    Nastasi, M.; Tesmer, J. R.; Hollander, M. G.; Smith, J. F.; Maggiore, C. J.

    1988-05-01

    Superconducting thin films were fabricated by ion implanting Y into a base material formed by the coevaporation of BaF2 and Cu. The implantations were carried out at 77 K and resulted in the formation of an amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-F surface layer. Oxygen annealing with the addition of water vapor renders the base material insulating with a room-temperature resistance of 100,000 ohm. An identical annealing treatment on the Y-implanted material produces a superconductor with an onset temperature of 85 K.

  11. Reproducible technique for fabrication of thin films of high transition temperature superconductors

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    Mankiewich, P. M.; Scofield, J. H.; Skocpol, W. J.; Howard, R. E.; Dayem, A. H.

    1987-11-01

    A new process to make films of Y1Ba2Cu3O7 using coevaporation of Y, Cu, and BaF2 on SrTiO3 substrates is reported. The films have high transition temperatures (up to 91 K for a full resistive transition), high critical current densities (10 to the 6th A/sq cm at 81 K), and a reduced sensitivity to fabrication and environmental conditions. Because of the lower reactivity of the films, the authors have been able to pattern them in both the pre-annealed and postannealed states using conventional positive photoresist technology.

  12. Crystal growth of YBCO coated conductors by TFA MOD method

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    Yoshizumi, M.; Nakanishi, T.; Matsuda, J.; Nakaoka, K.; Sutoh, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2008-09-01

    The crystal growth mechanism of TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa 2Cu 3O y has been investigated to understand the process for higher production rates of the conversion process. YBCO films were prepared by TFA-MOD on CeO 2/Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrates. The growth rates of YBCO derived from Y:Ba:Cu = 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3 starting solutions were investigated by XRD and TEM analyses. YBCO growth proceeds in two steps of the epitaxial one from the substrate and solid state reaction. The overall growth rate estimated from the residual amounts of BaF 2 with time measured by XRD is proportional to a square root of P(H 2O). The trend was independent of the composition of starting solutions, however, the growth rate obtained from the 1:1.5:3 starting solutions was high as twice as that of 1:2:3, which could not be explained by the composition of BaF 2 included in the precursor films. On the other hand, the growth rate measured from the thickness of the YBCO quenched film at the same process time showed no difference between the samples of 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3. The epitaxial growth rate of 1:1.5:3 was also the same as the overall growth rate of that, which means there was no solid state reaction to form YBCO after the epitaxial growth. The YBCO growth mechanism was found to be as follows; YBCO crystals nucleate at the surface of the substrate and epitaxially grow into the precursor by layer-by-layer by a manner with trapping unreacted particles. The amounts of YBCO and the unreacted particles trapped in the YBCO film are independent of the composition of the starting solution in this step. Unreacted particles react with each other to form YBCO and pores by solid state reaction as long as there is BaF 2 left in the film. The Ba-poor starting solution gives little BaF 2 left in the film and so the solid state reaction is completed within a short time, resulting in the fast overall growth rate.

  13. Infrared 8- to 15-μm high-efficiency antireflection coating on germanium substrate

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    Ye, Ke-fei; Su, Zhaoxu; Liu, JiaHuan; Yang, Chongming

    1998-08-01

    To increase the strength of infrared high efficiency antireflection coatings is a problem difficult to be resolved. A mixture of BaF2 and CeF2 has been used as a low refractive index material to design and prepare infrared 8 - 11.5 (mu) high efficiency anti-reflection coating to acquire good strength of film layer. The processing conditions of the films deposition have also been introduced. The spectral transmittance measured, physical and chemical properties of the infrared anti-reflection coating are given.

  14. Progress in heavy metal fluoride glasses for infrared fibers

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    Drexhage, M. G.; El-Bayoumi, O. H.; Moynihan, C. T.

    1982-12-01

    The optical and physical characteristics of heavy metal fluoride glasses are reviewed with reference to recent laboratory experiments. In particular, attention is given to comparative optical studies of fluorozirconate and fluorohafnate glasses, refractive index and material dispersion of fluoride glasses, and preliminary results of optical studies of heavy metal fluoride glasses not containing ZrF4 or HfF4. The latter sometimes exhibit extended transparency in the mid-IR relative to that observed in fluorozirconate and fluorohafnate glasses. The effect of the AlF4 content on the optical properties of BaF2/ThF4 glasses is discussed.

  15. Conversion of Oxyfluoride Based Coated Conductors

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    Dan Wesolowski

    2006-11-01

    Direct measurements of HF pressure in equilibrium with the film during the BaF2 process are sorely needed. It is the HF partial pressure that governs the rate at which the film composition is changing and is, therefore, an important factor in controlling the composition/time trajectory of the film. Establishing the composition/time trajectory of both MOD-derived and e-beam derived films for a given set of conditions is another goal for the project. These studies will provide a fundamental understanding of the ex situ process for producing coated conductors.

  16. Prompt γ-rays from the Fast Neutron Induced Fission on 235,238U and 232Th

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    Lebois, M.; Wilson, J. N.; Halipré, P.; Leniau, B.; Matea, I.; Oberstedt, A.; Oberstedt, S.; Verney, D.

    Preliminary results from the first experiment using the LICORNE neutron source at the IPN Orsay are presented. Prompt fission gamma rays from fast-neutron induced fission of 238U, 232Th and 235U were detected. Thick samples of around 50 g of 238U and 232Th are used for the first part of the experiment. An ionisation chamber containing ∼ 10 mg samples of 238U and 235U to provide a fission trigger is used for the second part of the experiment. Gamma rays have been detected using 17 high efficiency BaF2 detectors and 6 LaBr3 scintillator detectors.

  17. Characterization of phase evolution in YBCO coated conductors produced by the ex situ BaF{sub 2} process.

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    Feenstra, R.; List, F. A.; Zhang, Y.; Christen, D. K.; Maroni, V. A.; Miller, D. J.; Feldmann, D. M.; ORNL; Univ. of Wisconsin

    2007-06-01

    Raman microprobe spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the initial nucleation and growth of YBCO in thick precursors by the BaF2 ex situ process. For quenched films of 2 mum thickness, the data indicate a low density of c-axis nuclei near the substrate, apparently due to a reduced oxygen concentration deep inside the precursor layer. Significant non c-axis growth was also observed; the majority of this material nucleates away from the substrate. Measurement of the conversion rate by in situ XRD for films in the range 0.2-2 mum suggest a weak thickness dependence.

  18. Atomic scale control of hexaphenyl molecules manipulation along functionalized ultra-thin insulating layer on the Si(1 0 0) surface at low temperature (9 K).

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    Chiaravalloti, Franco; Dujardin, Gérald; Riedel, Damien

    2015-02-11

    Ultra-thin CaF2 layers are grown on the Si(1 0 0) surface by using a Knudsen cell evaporator. These epitaxial structures are studied with a low temperature (9 K) scanning tunneling microscope and used to electronically decouple hexaphenyl molecules from the Si surface. We show that the ultra-thin CaF2 layers exhibit stripe structures oriented perpendicularly to the silicon dimer rows and have a surface gap of 3.8 eV. The ultra-thin semi-insulating layers are also shown to be functionalized, since 80% of the hexaphenyl molecules adsorbed on these structures self-orients along the stripes. Numerical simulations using time-dependent density functional theory allow comparison of computed orbitals of the hexaphenyl molecule with experimental data. Finally, we show that the hexaphenyl molecules can be manipulated along or across the stripes, enabling the molecules to be arranged precisely on the insulating surface. PMID:25414151

  19. Recovery Behavior of Separating Britholite (Ca3Ce2[(Si,P)O4]3F) Phase from Rare-Earth-rich Slag by Centrifugal Casting

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    Li, Juncheng; Guo, Zhancheng; Yang, Tao; Yue, Zicheng; Ma, Changhao

    2015-05-01

    A new approach to separate britholite phase from the rare-earth-rich slag by super gravity was investigated. With the parameter of G = 500, t = 5 min, T = 1423 K, almost all britholite phase is enriched in the concentrate, while the tailing is made up of CaF2 phase. Under the hypothesis that the RE exists in the slag in terms of RE2O3, with the gravity coefficient G = 500, t = 5 min and T = 1423 K, the mass fraction of RE2O3 in the concentrate is up to 24.67%, while the mass fraction of CaF2 in the tailing is 50.01%. Considering that the mass fraction of RE2O3 is 12.01% in the parallel sample, the recovery ratio of rare earth in the concentrate is up to 76.47% by centrifugal separation.

  20. Some studies on a solid state sulfur probe for coal gasification systems

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    Jacob, K. T.; Rao, D. B.; Nelson, H. G.

    1977-01-01

    Measurements on the solid electrolyte cell (Ar + H(2) + H(2)S/CaS + CaF(2) + (Pt)//CaF(2)//(Pt) + CaF(2) + CaS/H(2) + H(2)+Ar) show that the emf of the cell is directly related to the difference in sulfur potentials established at the Ar + H(2) + H(2)S/electrode interfaces. The electrodes convert the sulfur potential gradient across the calcium fluoride electrolyte into an equivalent fluorine potential gradient. Response time of the probe varies from approximately 9 hr at 990 K to 2.5 hr at 1225 K. The conversion of calcium sulfide and/or calcium fluoride into calcium oxide is not a problem anticipated in commercial coal gasification systems. Suggestions are presented for improving the cell for such commercial applications.

  1. Coupling of phonon-polariton modes at dielectric-dielectric interfaces by the ATR technique

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    Cocoletzi, G. H.; Olvera Hernández, J.; Martínez Montes, G.

    1989-08-01

    We report the calculated ATR dispersion relation of the interface phonon-polariton modes in the prism-dielectric-dielectric configuration. Comparison of electromagnetic dispersion relations (EMDR) with the ATR dispersion relations are presented for three different interfaces: I) GaAs/GaP, II) CdF2/CaF2 and III) CaF2/GaP in two propagation windows, using the Otto and Kretschmann geometries for p-polarized light. We have studied the three cases using angle and frequency scans for each window and geometry. The results indicate that it is possible to excite and detect phonon-polariton modes at the dielectric-dielectric interface.

  2. Structural Phase Transitions in AuIn2 at High Pressure

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    Clark, S. M.; Speziale, S.; Voltolini, M.; Godwal, B. K.; Jeanloz, R.

    2007-12-01

    The intermetallic compound AuIn2 provides an analog for the high-pressure phases of SiO2, as it is initially in the Fm3m fluorite (CaF2) structure. Synchrotron-based angular-dispersive x-ray diffraction (Advanced Light Source beamline 12.2.2) reveals subtle anomalies in the pressure variation of normalized stress (F) versus Eulerian strain (f) around 3 GPa, coinciding with anomalies observed in fusion, transport and optical data, and potentially associated with the onset of an electronic phase transition. Our diamond-cell experiments (gasketted sample with methanol-ethanol pressure medium) show continuous broadening of diffraction peaks beyond 12 GPa, leading to amorphization near 24 GPa. On further increase of pressure, a crystalline phase appears around 28 GPa and persists upon unloading from 30 GPa to about 5 GPa, then reverting back to the original CaF2 phase. We find the sequence of pressure-induced phase transition documented for CaF2 (fluorite structure Fm3m - PbCl2 Pnma - Ni2In-type P63/mmc and a combination of PbCl2 and Ni2In) to be inadequate in fitting the observed high-pressure diffraction patterns of AuIn2. However, the post-cotunnite structure of PbCl2, BaCl2, BaBr2 and SnCl2 (P1121/c, Z=8) is able to account for most of the prominent peaks in our high-pressure diffraction patterns (a=10.983, b=9.875, c=4.350, À=96.6). Many oxides of geophysical interest occur in the CaF2 structure, and study of intermetallic compounds such as AuIn2 may prove useful in suggesting high-pressure metallic phases for these oxides.

  3. Rear leit observation

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    Dawson, P.; Ferguson, A. J. L.; Walmsley, D. G.

    1982-11-01

    We have observed light emission from the rear of CaF 2-roughened Al-I-Au tunnel sandwiches. Like the forward emitted light, its spectral intensity shows a sharp drop at energies > 2.5 eV. We interpret the results in terms of both emissions being mediated by a common surface or interface plasmon; the plasmon is damped above 2.5 eV by excitation of an interband transition in Au.

  4. Study of the light guide system for CANDLES

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    Tsubota, Y.; CANDLES Collaboration

    2008-07-01

    We are trying to observe the neutrinoless double beta decay at Osaka University with the detector system named CANDLES III that uses CaF2(pure) crystals and liquid scintillator. CANDLES III has the photo-coverage of about 30% now. We will install the mirror light guide system to improve this photo-coverage. This means the improvement of the energy resolution. We will report on the result of the experiment to evaluate the performance of this light guide system.

  5. Lubricating Properties of Some Bonded Fluoride and Oxide Coatings for Temperature to 1500 F

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    Sliney, Harold E.

    1960-01-01

    The lubricating properties of some experimental ceramic coatings, diffusion-bonded fluoride coatings, and ceramic-bonded fluoride coatings were determined. The experiments were conducted in an air atmosphere at a sliding velocity of 430 feet per minute and at temperatures from 75 to 1500 F. Several ceramic coatings provided substantial reductions in friction coefficient and rider wear (compared with the unlubricated metals). For example, a cobaltous oxide (CoO) base coating gave friction coefficients of 0.24 to 0.36 within the temperature range of 75 to 1400 F; serious galling and welding of the metal surfaces were prevented. The friction coefficients were higher than the arbitrary maximum (0.2) usually considered for effective boundary lubrication. However, when a moderately high friction coefficient can be tolerated, this type of coating may be a useful antiwear composition. Diffusion-bonded calcium fluoride (CaF2) on Haynes Stellite 21 and on Inconel X gave friction coefficients of 0.1 to 0.2 at 1500 F. Endurance life was dependent on the thermal history of the coating; life improved with increased exposure time at elevated temperatures prior to running. Promising results were obtained with ceramic-bonded CaF2 on Inconel X. Effective lubrication and good adherence were obtained with a 3 to 1 ratio of CaF2 to ceramic. A very thin sintered and burnished film of CaF2 applied to the surface of this coating further improved lubrication, particularly above 1350 F. The friction coefficient was 0.2 at 500 F and decreased with increasing temperature to 0.06-at 1500 F. It was 0.25 at 75 F and 0.22 at 250 F.

  6. Separation of High Order Harmonics with Fluoride Windows

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    Allison, Tom; van Tilborg, Jeroen; Wright, Travis; Hertlein, Marcus; Falcone, Roger; Belkacem, Ali

    2010-08-02

    The lower orders produced in high order harmonic generation can be effciently temporally separated into monochromatic pulses by propagation in a Fluoride window while still preserving their femtosecond pulse duration. We present calculations for MgF2, CaF2, and LiF windows for the third, fifth, and seventh harmonics of 800 nm. We demonstrate the use of this simple and inexpensive technique in a femtosecond pump/probe experiment using the fifth harmonic.

  7. Behavior of nitrogen in a nitrogen-containing chromium-manganese steel during electroslag remelting

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    Linchevskii, B. V.; Rigina, L. G.; Takhirov, A. A.

    2013-06-01

    Electroslag remelting of a high-alloyed steel with high contents of nitrogen, chromium, and manganese in an electroslag furnace has been studied. CaF2-MgO-SiO2 slag developed at TsNIITMASh and allowing remelting process at a temperature of 1520-1560°C is used as a flux. It is found that electroslag remelting of high-alloyed steels with a high nitrogen concentration does not change the nitrogen content.

  8. Heterogeneous core/shell fluoride nanocrystals with enhanced upconversion photoluminescence for in vivo bioimaging

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    Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Liming; Qiu, Hailong; Fan, Rongwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2015-06-01

    We report on heterogeneous core/shell CaF2:Yb3+/Ho3+@NaGdF4 nanocrystals of 17 nm with efficient upconversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) for in vivo bioimaging. Monodisperse core/shell nanostructures were synthesized using a seed-mediated growth process involving two quite different approaches of liquid-solid-solution and thermal decomposition. They exhibit green emission with a sharp band around 540 nm when excited at ~980 nm, which is about 39 times brighter than the core CaF2:Yb3+/Ho3+ nanoparticles. PL decays at 540 nm revealed that such an enhancement arises from efficient suppression of surface-related deactivation from the core nanocrystals. In vivo bioimaging employing water-dispersed core/shell nanoparticles displayed high contrast against the background.We report on heterogeneous core/shell CaF2:Yb3+/Ho3+@NaGdF4 nanocrystals of 17 nm with efficient upconversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) for in vivo bioimaging. Monodisperse core/shell nanostructures were synthesized using a seed-mediated growth process involving two quite different approaches of liquid-solid-solution and thermal decomposition. They exhibit green emission with a sharp band around 540 nm when excited at ~980 nm, which is about 39 times brighter than the core CaF2:Yb3+/Ho3+ nanoparticles. PL decays at 540 nm revealed that such an enhancement arises from efficient suppression of surface-related deactivation from the core nanocrystals. In vivo bioimaging employing water-dispersed core/shell nanoparticles displayed high contrast against the background. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02287h

  9. Phenotypic Consequences of a Spontaneous Loss of Heterozygosity in a Common Laboratory Strain of Candida albicans.

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    Ciudad, Toni; Hickman, Meleah; Bellido, Alberto; Berman, Judith; Larriba, Germán

    2016-07-01

    By testing the susceptibility to DNA damaging agents of several Candida albicans mutant strains derived from the commonly used laboratory strain, CAI4, we uncovered sensitivity to methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) in CAI4 and its derivatives, but not in CAF2-1. This sensitivity is not a result of URA3 disruption because the phenotype was not restored after URA3 reintroduction. Rather, we found that homozygosis of a short region of chromosome 3R (Chr3R), which is naturally heterozygous in the MMS-resistant-related strains CAF4-2 and CAF2-1, confers MMS sensitivity and modulates growth polarization in response to MMS. Furthermore, induction of homozygosity in this region in CAF2-1 or CAF4-2 resulted in MMS sensitivity. We identified 11 genes by SNP/comparative genomic hybridization containing only the a alleles in all the MMS-sensitive strains. Four candidate genes, SNF5, POL1, orf19.5854.1, and MBP1, were analyzed by generating hemizygous configurations in CAF2-1 and CAF4-2 for each allele of all four genes. Only hemizygous MBP1a/mbp1b::SAT1-FLIP strains became MMS sensitive, indicating that MBP1a in the homo- or hemizygosis state was sufficient to account for the MMS-sensitive phenotype. In yeast, Mbp1 regulates G1/S genes involved in DNA repair. A second region of homozygosis on Chr2L increased MMS sensitivity in CAI4 (Chr3R homozygous) but not CAF4-2 (Chr3R heterozygous). This is the first example of sign epistasis in C. albicans. PMID:27206717

  10. Effect of aluminum phosphate additions on composition of three-component plasma-sprayed solid lubricant

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    Jacobson, T. P.; Young, S. G.

    1982-01-01

    Image analysis (IA) and electron microprobe X-ray analysis (EMXA) were used to characterize a plasma-sprayed, self-lubricating coating, NASA LUBE PS106, specified by weight percent as 35NiCr-35Ag-30CaF2. To minimize segregation of the powder mixture during the plasma-spraying procedure, monoaluminum phosphate was added to form agglomerate particles. Three concentrations of AlPO4 were added to the mixtures: 1.25, 2.5, and 6.25 percent by weight. Analysis showed that 1.25 wt% AlPO4 yielded a CaF2 deficiency, 2.5 wt% kept the coating closest to specification, and 6.25 wt% yielded excess CaF2 as well as more impurities and voids and a deficiency in silver. Photomicrographs and X-ray maps are presented. The methods of IA and EMXA complement each other, and the reasonable agreement in the results increases the confidence in determining the coating composition.

  11. Antireflection coatings based on fluoride formulations for organic solar cells

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    Suleimanov, S. Kh.; Berger, P.; Dyskin, V. G.; Dzhanklych, M. U.; Bugakov, A. G.; Dudko, O. A.; Kulagina, N. A.; Kim, M.

    2016-04-01

    An alloy of a mixture of fluorides MgF2 and AlF3 with CaF2 has been obtained in a 3-kW solar furnace. It was supposed that a minor CaF2 additive compensates for the tensile stresses appearing in thin MgF2 and AlF3 films, with their mechanical properties being thereby improved. The results of X-ray phase analysis demonstrated that both components of the mixture are present in the alloy, while the complex oxide CaAl4O7, the formation of which is attributed to the melting in air, is only identified in AlF3: CaF2 = 95: 5 (wt %). The increase in the transmittance of glass and polyethylene terephthalate upon deposition onto their surface of a thin film of the material synthesized in the study is due to the optical properties of AlF3 and MgF2.

  12. Study of the presence of fluorine in the recycled fractions during carbothermal treatment of EAF dust.

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    Menad, N; Ayala, J N; Garcia-Carcedo, Fernando; Ruiz-Ayúcar, E; Hernández, A

    2003-01-01

    Carbothermal treatment tests of electric arc furnace dusts (EAFD) using the Waelz kiln process were carried out in pilot-scale for the production of zinc oxide. The association of halides in the EAFD, and the recycled products, such as zinc oxide fumes and high-grade iron contents fractions were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis. XRD reveals the presence of chlorine and fluorine in the dusts in the form of KCl, NaCl and CaF2. An ultra-pure fraction of zinc was obtained after the Double Leaching Waelz Oxide (DLWO) process was performed on the zinc oxide fumes. The halide contents were reduced to approximately 100 ppm Cl and 700 ppm F. The rest of these elements are in the form of CaF2. About 65% F is volatilised as lead and zinc fluorides, 15% is expected in the magnetic fractions and 20% in non-magnetic fractions as CaF2 and MnF2, respectively. PMID:12909089

  13. Ultra-high resistive and anisotropic CoPd-CaF2 nanogranular soft magnetic films prepared by tandem-sputtering deposition

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    Naoe, Masayuki; Kobayashi, Nobukiyo; Ohnuma, Shigehiro; Iwasa, Tadayoshi; Arai, Ken-Ichi; Masumoto, Hiroshi

    2015-10-01

    Ultra-high resistive and anisotropic soft magnetic films for gigahertz applications are desirable to demonstrate the really practical films. Here we present a study of novel nanogranular films fabricated by tandem-sputtering deposition. Their electromagnetic properties and nanostructure have also been discussed. These films consisted of nanocrystallized CoPd alloy-granules and CaF2 matrix, and a specimen having a composition of (Co0.69Pd0.31)52-(Ca0.31F0.69)48 exhibited distinct in-plane uniaxial anisotropy after uniaxial field annealing with granule growth. Its complex permeability spectra have a ferromagnetic resonance frequency extending to the Super-High-Frequency band due to its higher anisotropy field, and its frequency response was quite well reproduced by a numerical calculation based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. Furthermore, it was clarified that the CaF2-based nanogranular film exhibits a hundredfold higher electrical resistivity than conventional oxide or nitride-based films. Higher resistivity enables the film thickness to achieve a margin exceeding threefold against eddy current loss. The greater resistivity of nanogranular films is attributed to the wide energy bandgap and superior crystallinity of CaF2 matrix.

  14. Application of different TL detectors for the photon dosimetry in mixed radiation fields used for BNCT.

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    Burgkhardt, B; Bilski, P; Budzanowski, M; Böttger, R; Eberhardt, K; Hampel, G; Olko, P; Straubing, A

    2006-01-01

    Different approaches for the measurement of a relatively small gamma dose in strong fields of thermal and epithermal neutrons as used for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) have been studied with various thermoluminescence detectors (TLDs). CaF(2):Tm detectors are insensitive to thermal neutrons but not tissue-equivalent. A disadvantage of applying tissue-equivalent (7)LiF detectors is a strong neutron signal resulting from the unavoidable presence of (6)Li traces. To overcome this problem it is usual to apply pairs of LiF detectors with different (6)Li content. The experimental determination of the thermal neutron response ratio of such a pair at the Geesthacht Neutron Facility (GeNF) operated by PTB enables measurement of the photon dose. In the experimental mixed field of thermal neutrons and photons of the TRIGA reactor at Mainz the photon dose measured with different types of (7)LiF/(nat)LiF TLD pairs agree within a standard uncertainty of 6% whereas the CaF(2):Tm detectors exhibit a photon dose by more than a factor of 2 higher. It is proposed to determine suitable photon energy correction factors for CaF(2):Tm detectors with the help of the (7)LiF/(nat)LiF TLD pairs in the radiation field of interest. PMID:16644976

  15. Status and future prospect of 48Ca double beta decay search in CANDLES

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    Iida, T.; Nakajima, K.; Ajimura, S.; Batpurev, T.; Chan, W. M.; Fushimi, K.; Hazama, R.; Kakubata, H.; Khai, B. T.; Kishimoto, T.; Li, X.; Maeda, T.; Masuda, A.; Matsuoka, K.; Morishita, K.; Nakatani, N.; Nomachi, M.; Noshiro, S.; Ogawa, I.; Ohata, T.; Osumi, H.; Suzuki, K.; Tamagawa, Y.; Tesuno, K.; Trang, V. T. T.; Uehara, T.; Umehara, S.; Yoshida, S.

    2016-05-01

    The observation of neutrino-less double beta decay (0vßß) would be the most practical way to prove the Majorana nature of the neutrino and lepton number violation. CANDLES studies 48Ca double beta decay using CaF2 scintillator. The main advantage of 48Ca is that it has the highest Q-value (4.27 MeV) among all the isotope candidates for 0vßß. The CANDLES III detector is currently operating with 300kg CaF2 crystals in the Kamioka underground observatory, Japan. In 2014, a detector cooling system and a magnetic cancellation coil was installed with the aim to increase light emission of CaF2 scintillator and photo-electron collection efficiency of the photo-multipliers. After this upgrade, light yield was increased to 1000 p.e./MeV which is 1.6 times larger than before. According to data analysis and simulation, main background source in CANDLES is turned out to be high energy external gamma-ray originating neutron capture on the surrounding materials, so called (n,γ). Upgrading the detector by installing neutron and gamma-ray shield can reduce the remaining main backgrounds by two order magnitude. In this report, we discuss the detail of (n,γ) and background reduction by additional shielding.

  16. Study of resin-bonded calcia investment: Part 1. Setting time and compressive strength.

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    Nakai, A

    2000-09-01

    This study was carried out to develop a new titanium casting investment consisting of calcia as the refractory material and a cold-curing resin system as the binder. The setting time of the investment was investigated under different N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine (DMPT) contents in methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA) and benzoyl peroxide (BPO) contents in calcia without any sintering agent. The effects of the sintering agents, which were calcium fluoride (CaF2) and calcium chloride (CaCl2), on the compressive strength of the investments were investigated at room temperature before and after heating to two different temperatures. The shortest setting time (68 minutes) of the investment was obtained at 0.37 DMPT/BPO (1.5 vol% /1.0 mass%) ratio by mass. The highest strength (16.5 MPa) was obtained from the investment which contained 2 mass% CaF2 and was heated to 1,100 degrees C. It was found that the developed calcia investment containing 2 mass% CaF2 has a possibility for use in titanium castings. PMID:11218848

  17. Effects of fluoride on in vitro enamel demineralization analyzed by ¹⁹F MAS-NMR.

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    Mohammed, N R; Kent, N W; Lynch, R J M; Karpukhina, N; Hill, R; Anderson, P

    2013-01-01

    The mechanistic action of fluoride on inhibition of enamel demineralization was investigated using (19)F magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR). The aim of this study was to monitor the fluoride-mineral phase formed on the enamel as a function of the concentration of fluoride ions [F(-)] in the demineralizing medium. The secondary aim was to investigate fluorapatite formation on enamel in the mechanism of fluoride anti-caries efficacy. Enamel blocks were immersed into demineralization solutions of 0.1 M acetic acid (pH 4) with increasing concentrations of fluoride up to 2,262 ppm. At and below 45 ppm [F(-)] in the solution, (19)F MAS-NMR showed fluoride-substituted apatite formation, and above 45 ppm, calcium fluoride (CaF2) formed in increasing proportions. Further increases in [F(-)] caused no further reduction in demineralization, but increased the proportion of CaF2 formed. Additionally, the combined effect of strontium and fluoride on enamel demineralization was also investigated using (19)F MAS-NMR. The presence of 43 ppm [Sr(2+)] in addition to 45 ppm [F(-)] increases the fraction of fluoride-substituted apatite, but delays formation of CaF2 when compared to the demineralization of enamel in fluoride-only solution. PMID:23712030

  18. Thermochemistry of calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide in fluoride slags

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Mitchell, A.

    1990-08-01

    Calcium oxide activity in binary CaF2-CaO and ternary CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 and CaF2-CaO-SiO2 slags has been determined by CO2-slag equilibrium experiments at 1400 °C. The carbonate ca-pacity of these slags has also been computed and compared with sulfide capacity data available in the literature. The similarity in trends suggests the possibility of characterizing carbonate capacity as an alternative basicity index for fluoride-base slags. Slag-D2O equilibrium experi-ments are performed at 1400°C with different fluoride-base slags to determine water solubility at two different partial pressures of D2O, employing a new slag sampling technique. A novel isotope tracer detection technique is employed to analyze water in the slags. The water solubility data found show higher values than the previous literature data by an order of magnitude but show a linear relationship with the square root of water vapor partial pressure. The activity of hydroxide computed from the data is shown to be helpful in estimating water solubility in in-dustrial electroslag remelting (ESR) slags.

  19. Impact of mechanical stress on ferroelectricity in (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films

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    Shiraishi, Takahisa; Katayama, Kiliha; Yokouchi, Tatsuhiko; Shimizu, Takao; Oikawa, Takahiro; Sakata, Osami; Uchida, Hiroshi; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kiguchi, Takanori; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    To investigate the impact of mechanical stress on their ferroelectric properties, polycrystalline (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films were deposited on (111)Pt-coated SiO2, Si, and CaF2 substrates with thermal expansion coefficients of 0.47, 4.5, and 22 × 10-6/ °C, respectively. In-plane X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films deposited on SiO2 and Si substrates were under in-plane tensile strain and that their volume fraction of monoclinic phase decreased as this strain increased. In contrast, films deposited on CaF2 substrates were under in-plane compressive strain, and their volume fraction of monoclinic phase was the largest among the three kinds of substrates. The maximum remanent polarization of 9.3 μC/cm2 was observed for Pt/(Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2/Pt/TiO2/SiO2, while ferroelectricity was barely observable for Pt/(Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2/Pt/TiO2/SiO2/CaF2. This result suggests that the in-plane tensile strain effectively enhanced the ferroelectricity of the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films.

  20. Monte Carlo simulation studies on scintillation detectors and image reconstruction of brain-phantom tumors in TOFPET

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    Mondal, Nagendra Nath

    2009-01-01

    This study presents Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) results of detection efficiencies, spatial resolutions and resolving powers of a time-of-flight (TOF) PET detector systems. Cerium activated Lutetium Oxyorthosilicate (Lu2SiO5: Ce in short LSO), Barium Fluoride (BaF2) and BriLanCe 380 (Cerium doped Lanthanum tri-Bromide, in short LaBr3) scintillation crystals are studied in view of their good time and energy resolutions and shorter decay times. The results of MCS based on GEANT show that spatial resolution, detection efficiency and resolving power of LSO are better than those of BaF2 and LaBr3, although it possesses inferior time and energy resolutions. Instead of the conventional position reconstruction method, newly established image reconstruction (talked about in the previous work) method is applied to produce high-tech images. Validation is a momentous step to ensure that this imaging method fulfills all purposes of motivation discussed by reconstructing images of two tumors in a brain phantom. PMID:20098551

  1. Nonlinear polarization rotation and orthogonal polarization generation experienced in a single-beam configuration

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    Minkovski, N.; Petrov, G. I.; Saltiel, S. M.; Albert, O.; Etchepare, J.

    2004-09-01

    Nonlinear polarization rotation and generation of a polarization component orthogonal to the input beam were observed along fourfold axes of YVO4 and BaF2 crystals. We demonstrate experimentally that in both crystals the angle of rotation is proportional, at low intensities, to the square of the product of the input intensity and the crystal length and is the result of simultaneous action of two third-order processes. This type of nonlinear polarization rotation is driven by the real part of the cubic susceptibility. The recorded energy exchange between the two orthogonal components can exceed 10%. It is to our knowledge the highest energy-conversion efficiency achieved in a single beam nonresonant χ(3) interaction. A simple theoretical model is elaborated to describe the dependence of nonlinear polarization rotation and orthogonal polarization generation on the intensity of the input beam at both low- and high-intensity levels. It reveals the potential contributions from the real and the imaginary parts of the susceptibility tensor. Moreover, this kind of measurement is designed to permit the determination of the magnitude and the sign of the anisotropy of the real part of third-order nonlinearity in crystals with cubic or tetragonal symmetry on the basis of polarization-rotation measurements. The χxxxx(3) component of the third-order susceptibility tensor and its anisotropy sign and amplitude value for BaF2 and YVO4 crystals are estimated and discussed.

  2. Measurement of prompt fission neutron spectrum using a gamma tag double time-of-flight setup

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    Blain, Ezekiel

    Current uncertainties in the prompt fission neutron spectrum have a significant effect of up to 4% on keff for reactor criticality and safety calculations. Therefore, a method was developed at RPI to improve the accuracy of the measurement of the prompt fission neutron spectrum. This method involves using an array of BaF2 gamma detectors to tag that a fission event has occurred, and a double time-of-flight setup to obtain the prompt fission neutron spectrum as a function of incident neutron energy. The gamma tagging method improves upon conventional fission chambers by allowing for much larger sample sizes to be utilized while not suffering from effects of discriminator level on the shape of the prompt fission neutron spectrum. A coincidence requirement on an array of 4 BaF2 gamma detectors is used to determine the timing of the fission event. Furthermore, a method is under development for the use of thin plastic scintillators for measurement of the prompt fission neutron spectrum with low energies. Measurements with spontaneous fission of . {252} Cf show good agreement with previous datasets and current evaluations as well as providing accurate data down to 50 keV with the plastic scintillator detector. Preliminary incident neutron beam analysis was performed with 238U and shows good agreement with the current evaluations demonstrating the feasibility of the gamma tagging method for in beam prompt fission neutron spectrum measurements of various isotopes.

  3. Correlated fluorine diffusion and ionic conduction in the nanocrystalline F(-) solid electrolyte Ba(0.6)La(0.4)F(2.4)-(19)F T1(ρ) NMR relaxation vs. conductivity measurements.

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    Preishuber-Pflügl, F; Bottke, P; Pregartner, V; Bitschnau, B; Wilkening, M

    2014-05-28

    Chemical reactions induced by mechanical treatment may give access to new compounds whose properties are governed by chemical metastability, defects introduced and the size effects present. Their interplay may lead to nanocrystalline ceramics with enhanced transport properties being useful to act as solid electrolytes. Here, the introduction of large amounts of La into the cubic structure of BaF2 served as such an example. The ion transport properties in terms of dc-conductivity values of the F(-) anion conductor Ba1-xLaxF2+x (here with x = 0.4) considerably exceed those of pure, nanocrystalline BaF2. So far, there is only little knowledge about activation energies and jump rates of the elementary hopping processes. Here, we took advantage of both impedance spectroscopy and (19)F NMR relaxometry to get to the bottom of ion jump diffusion proceeding on short-range and long-range length scales in Ba0.6La0.4F2.4. While macroscopic transport is governed by an activation energy of 0.55 to 0.59 eV, the elementary steps of hopping seen by NMR are characterised by much smaller activation energies. Fortunately, we were able to deduce an F(-) self-diffusion coefficient by the application of spin-locking NMR relaxometry. PMID:24728404

  4. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses.

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    Taira, Y; Toyokawa, H; Kuroda, R; Yamamoto, N; Adachi, M; Tanaka, S; Katoh, M

    2013-05-01

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90° collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF2 scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF2 scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured. PMID:23742543

  5. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses

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    Taira, Y.; Toyokawa, H.; Kuroda, R.; Yamamoto, N.; Adachi, M.; Tanaka, S.; Katoh, M.

    2013-05-01

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90° collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF2 scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF2 scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  7. A TEM investigation of the nucleation, growth and structure of HWE grown lead-tin telluride films

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    Snyman, H. C.; Gouws, G. J.; Muller, R. J.

    1984-12-01

    The epitaxial growth of thin films is usually explained in terms of the interfacial energy of the critical nucleus. In a systematic TEM study of the nucleation and growth of (PbSn)Te on (111) BaF 2 substrates strong evidence is found that the post nucleation stage of recrystallisation and reorientation, rather than nucleation, is dominant in determining the degree of epitaxy. Thin films of various thicknesses were grown, in a hot wall epitaxial (HWE) system, onto (111) BaF 2 substrates at 250°C. Using dark field techniques and microdiffraction the recrystallisation processes and degree of epitaxy were studied as a function of overgrowth thickness. It was found that the degree of epitaxy was critically dependent on the film thickness. Films grown on pre-baked substrates changed from completely polycrystalline at an average thickness of 10 nm to a good epitaxially oriented overgrowth at 150 nm. The driving force for this recrystallisation process is explained in terms of the relative stability of (001) and (111) islands. Electron microscopy and microdiffraction provides direct confirmation of the proposed mechanism and its direction.

  8. Experimental study and thermodynamic modelling of the calcium oxide-silicon oxide-aluminum oxide-calcium fluoride system

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    Kim, Dong-Geun

    Mould flux for the continuous casting process is a major concern for the steelmaking industry. Nowadays, more than 90 % of steel is being produced by the continuous casting process, which requires mould flux as an essential additive. The development of mould flux has been achieved by the conventional trial and error approach since it was first introduced in industry in the 1960s. Recently, the interest on the properties of fluorine has increased a lot since it is reported that fluorine has important functions such as playing a critical role on the crystallization behavior, and decreasing the melting point and viscosity of slag. However, the conventional way to find a suitable mould flux is not efficient to face the increasingly stringent requirements of the continuous casting process such as thin slab casting and higher casting speed. Therefore, fundamental phase diagram study on mould flux systems is clearly necessary, and thermodynamic modeling is the most effective way to design new mould flux in terms of time and money saving. The major components of mould flux, the CaO-SiO2-Al2O 3-CaF2 system, are investigated in this study as these four constituents will mostly affect the largest numbers of properties. Unfortunately, fluorine has high volatility at high temperature and high reactivity with other materials. Therefore, the results of previous experiments on F-containing systems are characterized by large discrepancies due to composition alteration and unexpected reactions during the experiment. As literature data show inconsistent results between each other, key phase diagram experiments were performed in this study. The phase diagram experiments were conducted with the quenching method in sealed Pt capsules to prevent fluorine loss during the experiment. The analyses were performed using a FE-SEM equipped with an EDS system, and a newly developed technique which produces more precise quantitative results for the equilibrium phase composition. The CaO liquidus of the CaO-CaF 2 binary system, which the literature data differ from each other by up to 50 mol %, was confirmed. The CaO solubility in solid CaF2 was found for the first time and reaches about 5 mol % at the eutectic temperature. The liquidus of the CaO-Al2O3-CaF2 and CaO-SiO 2-CaF2 systems were carefully studied and the miscibility gap in the CaO-Al2O3-CaF2 system was proved to be much smaller than that reported in literature. Also, thermal analysis was performed using DSC in a Pt crucible. The eutectic temperatures of the CaO-CaF2 and CaAl2O4-CaF2 systems were successfully measured and the alpha to beta-CaF2 polymorphic transition was confirmed. Based on the new experimental data and reliable literature data, thermodynamic modeling of the CaO-SiO2-Al 2O3-CaF2 system was also carried out. The results of thermodynamic calculation can be very beneficial for new mould flux design.

  9. Measuring 19F(α,n) with VANDLE for Nuclear Safeguards

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    Peters, William; Clement, R. C. C.; Smith, M. S.; Pain, S. D.; Thompson, S.; Cizewski, J. A.; Reingold, C.; Manning, B.; Burcher, S.; Bardayan, D. W.; Tan, W.-P.; Stech, E.; Smith, M. K.; Smith, K.; Avetisyan, R.; Long, A.; Battaglia, A.; Marley, S.; Gyurjinyan, A.; Ilyushkin, S.; O'Malley, P. D.; Madurga, M.; Paulauskas, S. V.; Taylor, S.; Febbraro, M.

    2014-09-01

    UF6 is used in many parts of the Uranium Fuel Cycle, and various techniques are used by nonproliferation agencies to monitor and account for the material. One of the most promising non-destructive assay (NDA) methods consists of measuring gross neutron rates induced by uranium-decay alpha particles reacting with the fluorine and emitting a neutron. This method, however, currently lacks reliable nuclear data on the 19F(α,n) reaction cross section to determine an accurate neutron yield rate for a given sample of UF6. We have used the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE) to measure the cross section and coincident neutron spectrum over an energy range pertinent to NDA in a two part experiment: First at Notre Dame with a LaF3 target and a pulsed alpha-particle beam, and second at ORNL with a windowless He-gas target and a 19F beam. The motivation for this measurement and preliminary results will be presented. UF6 is used in many parts of the Uranium Fuel Cycle, and various techniques are used by nonproliferation agencies to monitor and account for the material. One of the most promising non-destructive assay (NDA) methods consists of measuring gross neutron rates induced by uranium-decay alpha particles reacting with the fluorine and emitting a neutron. This method, however, currently lacks reliable nuclear data on the 19F(α,n) reaction cross section to determine an accurate neutron yield rate for a given sample of UF6. We have used the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE) to measure the cross section and coincident neutron spectrum over an energy range pertinent to NDA in a two part experiment: First at Notre Dame with a LaF3 target and a pulsed alpha-particle beam, and second at ORNL with a windowless He-gas target and a 19F beam. The motivation for this measurement and preliminary results will be presented. This work is funded in part by NSF Grant 1068192, DOE Office of Science, and the NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D.

  10. Light-emitting nanocomposites and novel amorphous polymers for optical applications

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    Gipson, Kyle Garrod

    Polymeric optical materials generally are comprised of amorphous polymers that are transparent in at visible wavelengths but exhibit strong absorption bands in the near-infrared making them less useful for many optical applications. Attenuation, which is the absorption per unit length, largely results from the high vibrational energy associated with carbon-hydrogen bonds contained in the polymer backbone. Attenuation can be mitigated by optical amplification utilizing light emitting additives. Investigated in this dissertation are synthesis techniques for the fabrication of light-emitting polymer nanocomposites and their resultant thermal and rheological characteristics for potential use as polymer optical fibers or films. Inorganic nanocrystals doped with optically active rare-earth ions (Tb 3+:LaF3) treated with organic ligands were synthesized in water and methanol in order to produce polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) light-emitting nanocomposites. Two different aromatic ligands (acetylsalicylic acid, ASA and 2-picolinic acid, PA) were employed to functionalize the surface of Tb 3+:LaF3 nanocrystals. We have used infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, elemental analysis, dynamic light scattering, rheological measurements and optical spectroscopy to investigate the nanoparticle structure and composition response of ligand-capped nanocrystals under various synthesis parameters. A theoretical interpretation of particle-to-particle interactions also was conducted which supported our study of the potential of agglomeration within the nanoparticle suspensions. Novel amorphous polymers (e.g. perfluorocyclobutyl aryl ethers, PFCB), which do not exhibit strong C-H vibrations, have been reported to possess excellent optical properties. Little is known of the intrinsic properties of PFCBs (e.g. biphenylvinyl ether, BPVE and hexafluoroisopropylidene vinyl ether, 6F) as well as the behavior of the polymer melt during extrusion. We preformed empirical and experimental thermal and rheological evaluations of BPVE, 6F and polymer nanocomposites of varying loading levels. These studies provide greater understanding of the melt performance of BPVE, 6F and for optically active nanoparticles within PMMA. The data and the use of a fiber melt extrusion modeling package allowed for the construction of viable initial melt fiber extrusion parameters. Many researchers have focused on the development of polymer light-emitting nanocomposites and novel amorphous polymers for optical applications. I, however, have focused particularly on developing a fundamental understanding of the nanoparticle synthesis. My work concentrates on the surface chemistry of the nanoparticle with an emphasis on the interaction between the surface attached ligand and the polymer matrix. This research will aide in the development of a more optimized and compliant polymeric nanocomposites for optical applications.

  11. Gamma Ray Emission Tomography and Angular Correlation Measurements to Study the Distribution and Binding Site of Selenium.

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    Dahni, Anwar

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The distribution of ^ {75}Se in tissue equivalent materials was investigated employing Gamma ray Emission Topography with a rectilinear scanner utilizing NaI(Tl) and BGO detectors. The reconstructed images, using Filtered Back Projection and Iterative techniques were presented in 2D colour and 3D representations. Using a lead collimator of aperture 1.5 x 20 mm and 70 length, the distribution of selenium with variation of volume and concentration was examined and clearly seen. Several corrections such as background, scattering, attenuation compensation and X-ray characteristic suppression, were performed to improve the quality of the images which was evaluated in terms of the fidelity factor. The possibility of quantifying an image was considered with regard to spatial resolution and least detectable concentration. The spatial resolution was measured using two small vials containing the same concentration of selenium, the value obtained was the same as the width of the collimator aperture. The value of the least detectable concentration of selenium however, was difficult to find, due to the many ambiguous factors involved. The binding site of selenium which is based on quadrupole interaction with the surrounding electric field, was investigated employing Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) experiments using NaI(Tl) and BaF_2 detectors. Using NaI(Tl) detectors, it was difficult to observe the perturbation, due to the poor time resolution. The BaF_2 detector according to the literature has a shorter light emission decay time constant (0.6 ns), suggested that a better time resolution than that found with the NaI(Tl) detectors could be obtained. A Perturbed Angular Correlation experiment employing BaF _2 detectors and a fast-slow coincidence system was set up. The time differential PAC of selenium in solution showed an unperturbed angular correlation pattern. The main problem is the very short half life of the intermediate state of ^{75}Se (0.3 ns), making it difficult to observe the perturbation effect. The time resolution of the system (5.4 ns) will need to be improved by an order of magnitude or more for the investigations to continue.

  12. Optical properties and spectroscopic study of different modifier based Pr(3+):LiFB glasses as optical amplifiers.

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    Balakrishna, A; Babu, S; Kumar, Vinod; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Ratnakaram, Y C

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we report the preparation and optical characterization of Pr(3+) doped lithium fluoro borate (LiFB) glasses for six different chemical compositions of Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MO (where M=Mg, Ca, Cd and Pb), Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MgO-CaO and Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-CdO-PbO. The structural and optical properties of these glasses were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), optical absorption and photoluminescence techniques. The optical absorption spectra of Pr(3+) ions in LiFB glasses have been recorded in the UV-VIS-NIR region. The optical absorption data are used to calculate various spectroscopic parameters such as Racah (E(1), E(2), E(3)) and spin-orbit interaction (ξ4f) parameters. Judd-Ofelt (J-O) (Ωλ where λ=2, 4 and 6) intensity parameters were determined by applying J-O theory, which in turn used to calculate the radiative properties such as radiative transition probabilities (A), radiative lifetimes (τR), integrated absorption cross-sections (Σ) and branching ratios (βr) for all emission levels of Pr(3+) ion in different LiFB glass matrices. By using the J-O theory and luminescence parameters, stimulated emission cross sections (σp) of prominent transitions, (3)P0→(3)H4 and (1)D2→(3)H4 of Pr(3+) ion in all LiFB glasses were calculated. (3)P0→(3)H4 possesses higher branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections for the Pr(3+):LiFB(Mg-Ca) glass, which can be used as a best laser excitation. The optical gain parameter (σpxτR) was noticed higher in Pr(3+):LiFB(Mg-Ca) and Pr(3+):LiFB(Cd-Pb) glasses for the transition (3)P0→(3)H4 transition, and these glasses have potential for optical amplification at 488 nm wavelength. PMID:27434876

  13. Influence of modifier oxides on spectroscopic properties of Sm3+ doped lithium fluoroborate glass

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    Ratnakaram, Y. C.; Balakrishna, A.; Rajesh, D.; Seshadri, M.

    2012-11-01

    Sm3+ doped lithium fluoro-borate glasses with different modifier oxides (Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MO where M = Mg, Ca, Cd and Pb) and combinations of modifier oxides (Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-MgO+CaO, Li2B4O7-BaF2-NaF-CdO+PbO) were prepared by means of melt quenching method. These samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, optical absorption and fluorescence techniques at room temperature. The XRD profiles of all the glasses confirm their amorphous nature and the FTIR spectra reveal the presence of BO3 and BO4 units along with the strong OH- groups in the glass matrices. The influence of modifier oxides on Judd-Ofelt (J-O) intensity parameters and intensity of the emission lines are reported. Judd-Ofelt theory is used to study the spectral properties and to calculate the radiative transition probabilities (AT), branching ratios (βR), integrated absorption cross sections (Σ) and radiative lifetimes (τR) for certain spectral transitions. From the emission spectral analysis, emission cross-sections (σP) are calculated for the four emission transitions, 4G5/2 → 6H5/2, 4G5/2 → 6H7/2, 4G5/2 → 6H9/2 and 4G5/2 → 6H11/2 of Sm3+ ion in different lithium fluoro-borate glasses. Among the four transitions, it is observed that the transition 4G5/2 → 6H7/2 has higher emission cross-section (σP) in all the glass matrices, except in Mg, Cd and Mg-Ca glass matrices. The non-exponential nature of the luminescence decay curves of 4G5/2 level of Sm3+ doped glass matrices are also reported.

  14. A low-fluorine solution with a 2:1 F/Ba mole ratio for the fabrication of YBCO films

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    Wu, Wei; Feng, Feng; Zhao, Yue; Tang, Xiao; Xue, Yunran; Shi, Kai; Huang, Rongxia; Qu, Timing; Wang, Xiaohao; Han, Zhenghe; Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2014-03-01

    In previously reported low-fluorine MOD-YBCO studies, the lowest F/Ba mole ratio of the precursor solution was 4.5. Further lowering the F/Ba ratio would bring benefits for the environment, thick film deposition, and an understanding of the heat treatment process. On the other hand, the F/Ba ratio must be at least 2 for full conversion of the Ba-precursor to BaF2 to avoid the formation of BaCO3, which is detrimental to the superconducting performance of YBCO films. In this study, a solution with a 2:1 F/Ba mole ratio was developed, and the fluorine content of this solution was approximately only 10.3% of that used in the conventional TFA-MOD method. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform-infrared spectra (ATR-FT-IR) revealed that BaCO3 was remarkably suppressed in the as-pyrolyzed film—and eliminated at 700 °C. Thus, YBCO films with a critical current density (Jc) of over 5 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T, 200 nm thickness) could be obtained on lanthanum aluminate single-crystal substrates. In situ FT-IR spectra showed that no obvious fluorinated gaseous by-products were detected in the pyrolysis step, which indicated that all F atoms might remain in the film as fluorides. X-ray diffraction θ/2θ scans showed the presence of BaF2—but not of Y F3 or CuF2—in films quenched at 400-800 °C. The formation priority of BaF2 over Y F3 and CuF2 was interpreted by examining the chemical equilibrium of the potential reactions. Our study could enlarge the synthesis window of precursor solutions for MOD-YBCO fabrication, and serve as a foundation for continuously and systematically studying the influence of fluorine content in the precursor solutions.

  15. Lead Tungstate and Silicon Photomultipliers for Transmission Z-spectroscopy in Cargo Inspection Systems

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    Langeveld, Willem G. J.; Janecek, Martin

    The bremsstrahlung X-ray spectrum in high-energy, high-intensity X-ray cargo inspection systems is attenuated and modified by cargo materials depending on the cargo atomic number (Z). Spectroscopy of transmitted x rays is thus useful to measure the approximate Z of the cargo. Due to the broad features of the energy spectrum, excellent energy resolution is not required. Such "Z-Spectroscopy" (Z-SPEC) is possible at low enough count rates. A statistical approach, Z-SCAN (Z-determination by Statistical Count-rate ANalysis), can also be used, complementing Z-SPEC at high count rates. Both approaches require fast X-ray detectors and fast digitizers. Z-SPEC, in particular, benefits from very fast scintillators, in order to avoid signal pile-up.Preferentially, Z-SPEC, Z-SCAN and cargo imaging are implemented in a single detector array to reduce system cost, weight, and complexity. To preserve good spatial resolution of the imaging subsystem, dense scintillators are required. Previously, we studied ZnO, BaF2 and PbWO4, as well as suitable photo-detectors, read-out electronics and digitizers. ZnO is not suitable because it self-absorbs its scintillation light. BaF2 emits in the UV, either requiring fast wavelength shifters or UV-sensitive solid state read-out devices, and it also has a long decay time component. PbWO4 is currently the most attractive choice because it does not have these problems, but it is significantly slower and has low light output. There is thus a need for alternative fast high-density scintillators that emit visible light. Alternatively, there is a need for a fast solid-state read-out device that is sensitive to UV light for use with BaF2, or other UV-emitting scintillators. Here, we present results of tests performed with PbWO4 crystals, reflector materials and silicon photomultipliers.

  16. Laser-Induced Damage of Calcium Fluoride

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    Espana, Aubrey L.; Joly, Alan G.; Hess, Wayne P.; Dickinson, J T.

    2004-12-01

    Radiation damage of materials has long been of fundamental interest, especially since the growth of laser technology. One such source of damage comes from UV laser light. Laser systems continue to move into shorter wavelength ranges, but unfortunately are limited by the damage threshold of their optical components. For example, semiconductor lithography is making its way into the 157nm range and requires a material that can not only transmit this light (air cannot), but also withstand the highly energetic photons present at this shorter wavelength. CaF2, an alkaline earth halide, is the chosen material for vacuum UV 157 nm excimer radiation. It can transmit light down to 120 nm and is relatively inexpensive. Although it is readily available through natural and synthetic sources, it is often times difficult to find in high purity. Impurities in the crystal can result in occupied states in the band gap that induce photon absorption [2] and ultimately lead to the degradation of the material. In order to predict how well CaF2 will perform under irradiation of short wavelength laser light, one must understand the mechanisms for laser-induced damage. Laser damage is often a two-step process: initial photons create new defects in the lattice and subsequent photons excite these defects. When laser light is incident on a solid surface there is an initial production of electron-hole (e-h) pairs, a heating of free electrons and a generation of local heating around optically absorbing centers [3]. Once this initial excitation converts to the driving energy for nuclear motion, the result is an ejection of atoms, ions and molecules from the surface, known as desorption or ablation [3]. Secondary processes further driving desorption are photoabsorption, successive excitations of self-trapped excitons (STE's) and defects, and ionization of neutrals by incident laser light [3]. The combination of laser-induced desorption and the alterations to the electronic and geometrical structure of the lattice result in defect formation. In the material CaF2 some of these defects take the form of F-centers, an electron trapped at a halogen vacancy [4], and H-centers, a F2- molecular ion at a single lattice site [5]. While the F-centers are stable, the H-centers are transient but can form into aggregates that are stable. There are many different configurations the defects can take based on the relative position of F and H centers in the lattice and this is extensively discussed in literature [1,4,5]. Once these defects have formed they cause further absorption of light, which ultimately induces particle emission and the production of even more defects. Various forms of laser-induced damage of CaF2 have been studied. For example, the mechanism for photon-stimulated desorption (PSD) of F+ from CaF2 (111) is discussed in ref. 6 and the energy threshold, distribution and kinetics governing electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) is investigated in ref. 7. The desorption of neutral Ca and F atoms has also been explored [1]. In this paper I focus on the emission of ions and neutrals from CaF2 under the irradiation of pulsed laser light at 266 nm, in addition to a brief study of its purity and transmittance.

  17. a Study of Epitaxial Growth of Calcium Fluoride on Silicon

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    Howard, L. K.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The alkaline earth fluorides are good insulators at room temperature and have received significant attention as epitaxial dielectrics on semiconductors, their crystal structure and lattice parameters resembling those of common semiconductors. Such dielectrics enable passivation of semiconductors lacking stable oxides, isolation of devices on one substrate, and fabrication of 3-dimensional epitaxial heterostructures. The CaF_2/Si system was the structure investigated since the room temperature lattice mismatch is only 0.6%. A vacuum system was therefore developed for the deposition of CaF_2 onto silicon, and an RBS system, incorporating detector cooling, developed to establish the dependence of epitaxy on substrate temperature using channeling of 340 keV protons (giving an enhanced depth resolution and improved sensitivity to light elements compared to 2 MeV He^{+ } analysis). Epitaxial growth was obtained on n-type Si(111) and Si(100) substrates at 400-750 ^circC and 575-675^ circC respectively. A reaction between the CaF_2 and silicon occurred at higher temperatures producing non-uniform films. The epitaxy was also dependent on film thickness, the optimum de-channelled fractions obtained in the film of 8.25% and 15.2% for Si(111) and Si(100) substrates respectively were unobtainable for films under 1200 A. The insulator surface morphology was examined using Scanning Electron Microscopy. Epitaxial films on Si(111) were generally smooth, while preferential growth along <110> directions was observed for epitaxial insulators on Si(100), possibly due to slip along the (111) fluorite cleavage planes resulting from differences in the thermal expansion coefficients of CaF_2 and silicon and an increase in lattice mismatch with substrate temperature, although no cracking of the insulator was observed. The insulation and electrical properties of the films were investigated. Film resistivities upto 5E8 Omegacm and breakdown voltages of approximately 1E5 V/cm were obtained from I-V characteristics. The C-V characteristics of several films exhibited large flat -band voltage shifts and significant hysteresis consistent with poor insulator-semiconductor interfaces and contaminated insulators, possibly caused by a comparatively poor deposition vacuum (1E-7 torr rather than 1E-10 torr or better for MBE-grown films), insufficient control over deposition rate, and/or inadequate substrate preparation. Thus good epitaxy of CaF_2 was readily obtainable on Si(111) substrates, but proved more difficult on Si(100). The CaF_2 insulation properties were poor, however, suggesting modifications to the deposition technique and use of higher quality (better than 99%) source material may be necessary to produce satisfactory insulators.

  18. X-ray diffractometric determination of crystalline phase content in bioactive glasses.

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    De Maeyer, E A; Verbeeck, R M

    2001-12-01

    A rapid routine determination of the content of crystalline CaF(2) and Al(2)O(3) inclusions in bioactive glass ceramics is performed using X-ray diffractometry with a standard addition technique. Multiple ratio analysis, even using peaks with different broadenings, indicates that differences in crystallite properties (e.g., crystal imperfection, particle size and morphology, preferred orientation) between the unknown sample and standard do not bias the result. In this respect, an exact match between their crystallographic integrities does not seem to be required for a reliable estimation of the crystalline content with a relative standard deviation of 7%. PMID:11523042

  19. Intergranular fracture of lithium fluoride-22 percent calcium fluoride hypereutectic salt at 800 K

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    Raj, Subramanium V.; Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    1990-01-01

    Substantial strain-hardening was noted during the initial stages of deformation in constant-velocity compression tests conducted on as-cast samples of the LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic salt at 800 K. The deformed specimens exhibited extensive grain-boundary cracking and cavitation, suggesting that such cracking, in conjunction with interfacial sliding, is important for cavity nucleation at grain boundaries and at the LiF-CaF2 interfaces. Cavity growth and interlinkage occur through the preferential failure of the weaker LiF phase.

  20. Towards a measurement of the nuclear clock transition in 229Th

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    Stellmer, Simon; Schreitl, Matthias; Kazakov, Georgy; Yoshimura, Koji; Schumm, Thorsten

    2016-06-01

    We investigate a potential candidate for a future optical clock: the nucleus of the isotope 229Th. Over the past 40 years of research, various experiments have found evidence for the existence of an isomeric state at an energy of a few eV. So far, neither the energy nor the lifetime of the isomer have been determined directly. As the scene is not yet prepared for direct laser excitation, other means of populating the isomer need to be explored. We investigate three different approaches, all of which rely on CaF2 crystals doped with 229Th or 233U. Various kinds of crystal luminescence are discussed in detail.

  1. Generation of ultrashort 90 µJ deep-ultraviolet pulses by dual broadband frequency doubling with β-BaB2O4 crystals at 1 kHz

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    Zhou, Chun; Kanai, Teruto; Watanabe, Shuntaro

    2015-01-01

    Fourth-harmonic pulses of a 1 kHz chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) Ti:sapphire laser have been generated by a scheme of dual broadband frequency doubling with two β-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystals. The pulse energy was 90 µJ with a bandwidth of 2.7 nm (full width at half maximum, FWHM) at a central wavelength of 220 nm. The pulse width was measured to be 45 fs by autocorrelation with the two-photon fluorescence of CaF2, which was much smaller than that (120 fs) obtained by conventional frequency conversion.

  2. Analysis of multiple pulse NMR in solids

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    Rhim, W.-K.; Elleman, D. D.; Vaughan, R. W.

    1973-01-01

    The general problems associated with the removal of the effects of dipolar broadening from solid-state NMR spectra are analyzed. The effects of finite pulse width and H sub 1 inhomogeneity are shown to have limited the resolution of previous pulse cycles, and a new eight-pulse cycle designed to minimize these problems is discussed. Spectra for F-19 in CaF2 taken with this cycle are presented which show residual linewidth near 10 Hz. The feasibility of measuring proton chemical shift tensors is discussed.

  3. Generation of Kerr combs centered at 4.5 μm in crystalline microresonators pumped with quantum-cascade lasers.

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    Savchenkov, Anatoliy A; Ilchenko, Vladimir S; Di Teodoro, Fabio; Belden, Paul M; Lotshaw, William T; Matsko, Andrey B; Maleki, Lute

    2015-08-01

    We report on the generation of mid-infrared Kerr frequency combs in high-finesse CaF2 and MgF2 whispering-gallery-mode resonators pumped with continuous-wave room-temperature quantum cascade lasers. The combs were centered at 4.5 μm, the longest wavelength to date. A frequency comb wider than one half of an octave was demonstrated when approximately 20 mW of pump power was coupled to an MgF2 resonator characterized with quality factor exceeding 10(8). PMID:26258334

  4. Low and moderate doses of caffeine late in exercise improve performance in trained cyclists.

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    Talanian, Jason L; Spriet, Lawrence L

    2016-08-01

    The aim of the present study was to assess if low and moderate doses of caffeine delivered in a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution (CES) late in exercise improved time-trial (TT) performance. Fifteen (11 male, 4 female) cyclists (age, 22.5 ± 0.9 years; body mass, 69.3 ± 2.6 kg; peak oxygen consumption, 64.6 ± 1.9 mL·min(-1)·kg(-1)) completed 4 double-blinded randomized trials. Subjects completed 120 min of cycling at ∼60% peak oxygen consumption with 5 interspersed 120-s intervals at ∼82% peak oxygen consumption, immediately followed by 40-s intervals at 50 W. Following 80 min of cycling, subjects either ingested a 6% CES (PL), a CES with 100 mg (low dose, 1.5 ± 0.1 mg·kg body mass(-1)) of caffeine (CAF1), or a CES with 200 mg (moderate dose, 2.9 ± 0.1 mg·kg body mass(-1)) of caffeine (CAF2). Following the 120-min cycling challenge, cyclists completed a 6-kJ·kg body mass(-1) TT. There was no difference between respiratory, heart rate, glucose, free fatty acid, body mass, hematocrit, or urine specific gravity measurements between treatments. The CAF2 (26:36 ± 0:22 min:s) TT was completed faster than CAF1 (27:36 ± 0:32 min:s, p < 0.05) and both CAF1 and CAF2 TTs were completed faster than PL (28:41 ± 0:38 min:s, p < 0.05). Blood lactate was similar between trials and rose to a greater extent during the TT (p < 0.05). In summary, both doses of caffeine delivered late in exercise improved TT performance over the PL trial and the moderate dose (CAF2) improved performance to a greater extent than the low dose (CAF1). PMID:27426699

  5. Space environmental effects on coated optics

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    Donovan, T. M.; Bennett, J. M.; Gyetvay, S. R.

    1991-01-01

    Several multilayer coated mirror designs developed for potential space applications were tested on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) along with single layer witness coatings deposited on fused silica and a coated CaF2 window. Performance requirements included high mirror reflectivity, low absorption, low scatter, environmental durability, and radiation hardness. The designs were selected in screening tests using combined electron, proton, and simulated solar UV radiation. The purpose of the space test was to validate the above test results and determine the effects of atomic oxygen and contamination on mirror performance.

  6. Determination of the irradiation field at the research reactor TRIGA Mainz for BNCT.

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    Nagels, S; Hampel, G; Kratz, J V; Aguilar, A L; Minouchehr, S; Otto, G; Schmidberger, H; Schütz, C; Vogtländer, L; Wortmann, B

    2009-07-01

    For the application of the BNCT for the excorporal treatment of organs at the TRIGA Mainz, the basic characteristics of the radiation field in the thermal column as beam geometry, neutron and gamma ray energies, angular distributions, neutron flux, as well as absorbed gamma and neutron doses must be determined in a reproducible way. To determine the mixed irradiation field thermoluminescence detectors (TLD) made of CaF(2):Tm with a newly developed energy-compensation filter system and LiF:Mg,Ti materials with different (6)Li concentrations and different thicknesses as well as thin gold foils were used. PMID:19380234

  7. Background-free, highly sensitive surface-enhanced IR absorption of rhodamine 6G molecules deposited onto an array of microholes in thin silver film

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    Danilov, Pavel N.; Gonchukov, Sergey A.; Ionin, Andrey A.; Khmelnitskii, Roman A.; Kudryashov, Sergey I.; Nguyen, Trang T. H.; Rudenko, Andrey A.; Saraeva, Irina N.; Zayarny, Dmitry A.

    2016-05-01

    Selective IR absorption at 1261 cm-1 enhanced by 455 times, was demonstrated for rhodamine 6G molecules, covering a 2D-photonic crystal, represented by a regular array of 4-micron wide holes in a 30 nm thick silver film on a CaF2 substrate. The reference absorption lines were taken near 2900 cm-1, where the IR radiation is freely channeling through the microholes, indicating the reference substrate coverage by the dye molecules for its relative internal calibration. The limit of background-free detection for the analyte was determined at the level ~10-2 monolayer.

  8. Characterization of Vc-Vb Particles Reinforced Fe-Based Composite Coatings Produced by Laser Cladding

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    Qu, K. L.; Wang, X. H.; Wang, Z. K.

    2016-03-01

    In situ synthesized VC-VB particles reinforced Fe-based composite coatings were produced by laser beam melting mixture of ferrovanadium (Fe-V) alloy, boron carbide (B4C), CaF2 and Fe-based self-melting powders. The results showed that VB particles with black regular and irregular blocky shape and VC with black flower-like shape were uniformly distributed in the coatings. The type, amount, and size of the reinforcements were influenced by the content of FeV40 and B4C powders. Compared to the substrate, the hardness and wear resistance of the composite coatings were greatly improved.

  9. Spatially localized measurement of thermal conductivity using a hybrid photothermal technique

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    David H Hurley; Marat Khafizov; Zilong Hua; Rory Kennedy; Heng Ban

    2012-05-01

    A photothermal technique capable of measuring thermal conductivity with micrometer lateral resolution is presented. This technique involves measuring separately the thermal diffusivity, D, and thermal effusivity, e, to extract the thermal conductivity, k=(e2/D)1/2. To generalize this approach, sensitivity analysis was conducted for materials having a range of thermal conductivities. Experimental validation was sought using two substrate materials, SiO2 and CaF2, both coated with thin titanium films. The measured conductivities compare favorably with literature values.

  10. Atomic force microscope studies of fullerene films - Highly stable C60 fcc (311) free surfaces

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    Snyder, Eric J.; Tong, William M.; Williams, R. S.; Anz, Samir J.; Anderson, Mark S.

    1991-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to study 1500 A-thick films of pure C60 grown by sublimation in ultrahigh vacuum onto a CaF2 (111) substrte. Topographs of the films did not reveal the expected close-packed structures, but they showed instead large regions that correspond to a face-centered cubic (311) surface and distortions of this surface. The open (311) structure may have a relatively low free energy because the low packing density contributes to a high entropy of the exposed surface.

  11. Design and fabrication of a multi-purpose soft x-ray array diagnostic system for KSTAR.

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    Lee, Seung Hun; Chai, Kil Byoung; Jang, Siwon; Ko, Won-Ha; Kim, Junghee; Seo, Dongcheol; Lee, Jongha; Bogatu, I N; Kim, Jin-Soo; Choe, Wonho

    2012-10-01

    A multi-purpose soft x-ray array diagnostic system was developed for measuring two-dimensional x-ray emissivity profile, electron temperature, Ar impurity transport, and total radiation power. A remotely controlled filter wheel was designed with three different choices of filters. The electron temperature profile can be determined from the ratio of two channels having different thickness of Be layer, and the Ar impurity concentration transport can be determined from a pair of Ar Ross filters (CaF(2) and NaCl thin films). Without any filters, this diagnostic system can also be used as a bolometer. PMID:23127019

  12. Kosterlitz-Thouless Transition in 4He Films Adsorbed to Rough Calcium Fluoride

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    Luhman, D. R.; Hallock, R. B.

    2006-09-07

    Previous measurements in our lab have shown that the onset of superfluidity at the KT transition, typically seen as a sharp change in the frequency of a smooth-surface quartz crystal microbalance, becomes less identifiable in the presence of increasing surface roughness or disorder, while the peak in the dissipation is unchanged. Using a series of microbalances coated with increasingly rough CaF2, we have extended our measurements to lower 4He film coverages and thus lower temperatures. We find at lower 4He coverages that the presence of disorder on the substrate has a diminished effect on the frequency shift.

  13. Laser-Induced Damage of Calcium Fluoride

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    Espana, A.; Joly, A.G.; Hess, W.P.; Dickinson, J.T.

    2004-01-01

    As advances continue to be made in laser technology there is an increasing demand for materials that have high thresholds for laser-induced damage. Laser damage occurs when light is absorbed, creating defects in the crystal lattice. These defects can lead to the emission of atoms, ions and molecules from the sample. One specific field where laser damage is of serious concern is semiconductor lithography, which is beginning to use light at a wavelength of 157 nm. CaF2 is a candidate material for use in this new generation of lithography. In order to prevent unnecessary damage of optical components, it is necessary to understand the mechanisms for laser damage and the factors that serve to enhance it. In this research, we study various aspects of laser interactions with CaF2, including impurity absorbance and various forms of damage caused by incident laser light. Ultraviolet (UV) laser light at 266 nm with both femtosecond (fs) and nanosecond (ns) pulse widths is used to induce ion and neutral particle emission from cleaved samples of CaF2. The resulting mass spectra show significant differences suggesting that different mechanisms for desorption occur following excitation using the different pulse durations. Following irradiation by ns pulses at 266 nm, multiple single-photon absorption from defect states is likely responsible for ion emission whereas the fs case is driven by a multi-photon absorption process. This idea is further supported by the measurements made of the transmission and reflection of fs laser pulses at 266 nm, the results of which reveal a non-linear absorption process in effect at high incident intensities. In addition, the kinetic energy profiles of desorbed Ca and K contaminant atoms are different indicating that a different mechanism is responsible for their emission as well. Overall, these results show that purity plays a key role in the desorption of atoms from CaF2 when using ns pulses. On the other hand, once the irradiance reaches high levels, like that of the fs case, significant desorption is possible due to multi-photon absorption by the intrinsic material.

  14. Detection of thin film NMR spectrum by Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy

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    Saun, Seung-Bo; Kwon, Sungmin; Lee, Soonchil; Won, Soonho

    2014-03-01

    NMR is widely used in many fields due to its powerful advantages such as nondestructive, chemically selective detection, and local probing. However, because of its low sensitivity, it is difficult to investigate thin film samples by conventional NMR. MRFM is the combined technic of NMR and Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), and it enabled exceptional sensitivity increasement of NMR detection. We succeeded in detecting general thin film NMR spectrum for the first time by modifying the MRFM. CaF2 34nm thin film NMR was detected and we observed 20 Gauss spectrum in proximity to bulk spectrum which is about 10 Gauss.

  15. NMR spin-lattice relaxation time T(1) of thin films obtained by magnetic resonance force microscopy.

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    Saun, Seung-Bo; Won, Soonho; Kwon, Sungmin; Lee, Soonchil

    2015-05-01

    We obtained the NMR spectrum and the spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) for thin film samples by magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM). The samples were CaF2 thin films which were 50 nm and 150 nm thick. T1 was measured at 18 K using a cyclic adiabatic inversion method at a fixed frequency. A comparison of the bulk and two thin films showed that T1 becomes shorter as the film thickness decreases. To make the comparison as accurate as possible, all three samples were loaded onto different beams of a multi-cantilever array and measured in the same experimental environment. PMID:25828244

  16. NMR spin-lattice relaxation time T1 of thin films obtained by magnetic resonance force microscopy

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    Saun, Seung-Bo; Won, Soonho; Kwon, Sungmin; Lee, Soonchil

    2015-05-01

    We obtained the NMR spectrum and the spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) for thin film samples by magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM). The samples were CaF2 thin films which were 50 nm and 150 nm thick. T1 was measured at 18 K using a cyclic adiabatic inversion method at a fixed frequency. A comparison of the bulk and two thin films showed that T1 becomes shorter as the film thickness decreases. To make the comparison as accurate as possible, all three samples were loaded onto different beams of a multi-cantilever array and measured in the same experimental environment.

  17. Technological possibilities of processing the sublimates of electron-beam remelting of niobium to form ferroniobium

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    Chumarev, V. M.; Leont'ev, L. I.; Potapov, V. I.; Udoeva, L. Yu.; Upolovnikova, A. G.

    2012-01-01

    The possibility of melting of ferroniobium from the sublimates of electron-beam remelting of niobium ingots is studied using thermodynamic analysis and a "hot" simulation. The basic requirements for the conditions of processing of sublimates with various (Nb/Al)met ratios are evaluated and determined. A ferroalloy the contents of controlled impurities in which correspond to certain ferroniobium grades of Russian and foreign standards is produced by melting of charges containing the sublimates, a deoxidizer (Fe2O3), and a flux (CaO, CaF2) in an electroslag furnace.

  18. Liquidus Temperatures of Cryolite Melts With Low Cryolite Ratio

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    Apisarov, Alexei; Dedyukhin, Alexander; Nikolaeva, Elena; Tinghaev, Pavel; Tkacheva, Olga; Redkin, Alexander; Zaikov, Yurii

    2011-02-01

    The effect of calcium fluoride on liquidus temperatures of the cryolite melts with a low cryolite ratio (CR) was studied. The systems KF-NaF-AlF3 and KF-LiF-AlF3 with CRs of 1.3, 1.5, and 1.7 have been investigated. The liquidus curves of systems containing CaF2 are different and depend on the K/(K + Na) and K/(K + Li) ratios. In potassium cryolite with CRs of 1.3 and 1.5, the calcium fluoride solubility is low and increases with NaF (LiF) concentration.

  19. On structural and lattice dynamic stability of LaF{sub 3} under high pressure: A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2015-06-24

    Structural and lattice dynamical stability of the LaF3 has been analyzed as a function of hydrostatic compression through first principle electronic band structure calculations. The comparison of enthalpies of various plausible structures calculated at various pressures suggests a phase transition from ambient condition tysonite structure (space group P-3c1) to a primitive orthorhombic structure (space group Pmmn) at a pressure of ∼19.5 GPa, in line with the experimental value of 16 GPa. Further, it is predicted that this phase will remain stable up to 100 GPa (the maximum pressure up to which calculations have been performed in the present work). The theoretically determined equation of state displays a good agreement with experimental data. Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state and compared with the available experimental data. Our lattice dynamic calculations correctly demonstrate that at zero pressure the tysonite structure is lattice dynamically stable whereas the Pmmn structure is unstable lattice dynamically. Further, at transition pressure the theoretically calculated phonon spectra clearly show that the Pmmn phase emerges as lattice dynamically stable phase whereas the tysonite structure becomes unstable dynamically, supporting our static lattice calculations.

  20. Near-infrared emission and energy transfer in tellurite glasses co-doped with erbium and thulium ions

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    Zmojda, Jacek; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Ragin, Tomasz; Dorosz, Dominik; Sitarz, Maciej

    2014-05-01

    In the paper optical properties of 40TeO2 - 20GeO2 - 30(PbO - PbF2)- 10(BaO - Nb2O5 - LaF3) glass system co-doped with Er3+/Tm3+ ions were investigated. The maximum of phonon energy at 790cm-1 in fabricated tellurite glass which was determined by FTIR measurements. Optimisation of glass composition led to the emission at 1820 nm which was observed in results of energy transfer (ET) between Er3+and Tm3+ions under the optical exciting at 976 nm. In order to determine the optimal conditions of ET between exited energy levels of co-doped RE ionsthe dependence of the near-infrared emission upon the thulium ions concentration was studied. In result of that broadband emission in the range from1500 to 1900 nm was achieved owing to the superposition of electronic transition in Er3+ (4I13/2 → 4I15/2) and Tm3+ (3F4 → 3H6) ions.The highest efficiency of energy transfer was obtained in glass co-doped with 0.2Er2O3/0.3 Tm2O3.

  1. Novel luminescent nanoparticles for DNA detection

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    Dong, Ling; Yang, Zhihua; Zhang, Yi; Zhu, Yanyu; Wang, Lun; Wang, Leyu

    2010-05-01

    Highly luminescent LaF 3:Ce 3+/Tb 3+ nanocrystals were successfully prepared and surface functionalized via Layer-by-Layer technology. These as-prepared nanocrystals are highly resistant to photobleaching and pretty dispersible in aqueous solution. Due to the efficient luminescence quenching of the nanocrystals by nucleic acids, a facile fluorescence quenching method was developed for the detection of trace amount of nucleic acids. Under optimal conditions, the fluorescence intensity was proportional to the DNA concentration over the range of 0.60-25.0 μg mL -1 for calf thymus DNA (ct-DNA) and 0.60-30.0 μg mL -1 for herring sperm DNA (hs-DNA), respectively. The corresponding detection limit is 0.21 μg mL -1 for ct-DNA and 0.31 μg mL -1 for hs-DNA, respectively. The results indicated that the reported method is simple and rapid with wide linear range. Also, the recovery and relative standard deviation of this method are reasonable and satisfactory.

  2. Multifunctional inorganic-organic hybrid nanospheres for rapid and selective luminescence detection of TNT in mixed nitroaromatics via magnetic separation.

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    Ma, Yingxin; Huang, Sheng; Wang, Leyu

    2013-11-15

    Rapid, sensitive and selective detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in aqueous solution differentiating from other nitroaromatics and independent of complicated instruments is in high demand for public safety and environmental monitoring. Despite of many methods for TNT detection, it is hard to differentiate TNT from 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) due to their highly similar structures and properties. In this work, via a simple and versatile method, LaF3ːCe(3+)-Tb(3+)and Fe3O4 nanoparticle-codoped multifunctional nanospheres were prepared through self-assembly of the building blocks. The luminescence of these nanocomposites was dramatically quenched via adding nitroaromatics into the aqueous solution. After the magnetic separation, however, the interference of other nitroaromatics including 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), and nitrobenzene (NB) was effectively overcome due to the removal of these coexisting nitroaromatics from the surface of nanocomposites. Due to the formation of TNT(-)-RCONH3(+), the TNT was attached to the surface of the nanocomposites and was quantitatively detected by the postexposure luminescence quenching. Meanwhile, the luminescence intensity is negatively proportional to the concentration of TNT in the range of 0.01-5.0 μg/mL with the 3σ limit of detection (LOD) of 10.2 ng/mL. Therefore, the as-developed method provides a novel strategy for rapid and selective detection of TNT in the mixture solution of nitroaromatics by postexposure luminescence quenching. PMID:24148441

  3. Solid electrolytes for fluoride ion batteries: ionic conductivity in polycrystalline tysonite-type fluorides.

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    Rongeat, Carine; Reddy, M Anji; Witter, Raiker; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2014-02-12

    Batteries based on a fluoride shuttle (fluoride ion battery, FIB) can theoretically provide high energy densities and can thus be considered as an interesting alternative to Li-ion batteries. Large improvements are still needed regarding their actual performance, in particular for the ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte. At the current state of the art, two types of fluoride families can be considered for electrolyte applications: alkaline-earth fluorides having a fluorite-type structure and rare-earth fluorides having a tysonite-type structure. As regard to the latter, high ionic conductivities have been reported for doped LaF3 single crystals. However, polycrystalline materials would be easier to implement in a FIB due to practical reasons in the cell manufacturing. Hence, we have analyzed in detail the ionic conductivity of La(1-y)Ba(y)F(3-y) (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.15) solid solutions prepared by ball milling. The combination of DC and AC conductivity analyses provides a better understanding of the conduction mechanism in tysonite-type fluorides with a blocking effect of the grain boundaries. Heat treatment of the electrolyte material was performed and leads to an improvement of the ionic conductivity. This confirms the detrimental effect of grain boundaries and opens new route for the development of solid electrolytes for FIB with high ionic conductivities. PMID:24444763

  4. Fluoride coatings for vacuum ultraviolet reflection filters.

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    Guo, Chun; Kong, Mingdong; Lin, Dawei; Li, Bincheng

    2015-12-10

    LaF3/MgF2 reflection filters with a high spectral-discrimination capacity of the atomic-oxygen lines at 130.4 and 135.6 nm, which were employed in vacuum ultraviolet imagers, were prepared by molybdenum-boat thermal evaporation. The optical properties of reflection filters were characterized by a high-precision vacuum ultraviolet spectrophotometer. The vulnerability of the filter's microstructures to environmental contamination and the recovery of the optical properties of the stored filter samples with ultraviolet ozone cleaning were experimentally demonstrated. For reflection filters with the optimized nonquarter-wave multilayer structures, the reflectance ratios R135.6 nm/R130.4 nm of 92.7 and 20.6 were achieved for 7° and 45° angles of incidence, respectively. On the contrary, R135.6 nm/R130.4 nm ratio of 12.4 was obtained for a reflection filter with a standard π-stack multilayer structure with H/L=1/4 at 7° AOI. PMID:26836877

  5. Ho:LaF3 single crystal as potential material for 2 μm and 2.9 μm lasers

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    Hong, Jiaqi; Zhang, Lianhan; Zhang, Peixiong; Xu, Min; Hang, Yin

    2016-05-01

    Optical properties of a Ho-doped LaF3 single crystal have been detailed investigated as a promising material for 2 μm and 2.9 μm lasers for the first time. Judd-Ofelt theory was applied to analyze the absorption spectrum to determine the J-O intensity parameters Ωt(t=2,4,6), based on which the emission probabilities, branching ratio and radiative lifetime for the as-grown crystal were all calculated. The stimulated emission cross-sections of the 5I7 → 5I8 and 5I6 → 5I7 transitions were obtained by using the Fuchtbauer-Ladenburg method. The gain cross-section for 2 μm emission becomes positive once the population inversion level reaches 30%. The Ho:LaF3 crystal shows long fluorescence lifetime of 5I7 manifold (25.81 ms) as well as 5I6 manifold (10.37 ms) compared with other Ho3+-doped crystals. It can be proposed that the Ho:LaF3 crystal may be a promising material for 2 μm and 2.9 μm laser applications.

  6. Improving Tribological Properties of Multialkylated Cyclopentanes under Simulated Space Environment: Two Feasible Approaches.

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    Fan, Xiaoqiang; Wang, Liping; Li, Wen; Wan, Shanhong

    2015-07-01

    Space mechanisms require multialkylated cyclopentanes (MACs) more lubricious, more reliable, more durable, and better adaptive to harsh space environments. In this study, two kinds of additives were added into MACs for improving the tribological properties under simulated space environments: (a) solid nanoparticles (tungsten disulfide (WS2), tungsten trioxide (WO3), lanthanum oxide (La2O3), and lanthanum trifluoride (LaF3)) for steel/steel contacts; (b) liquid additives like zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (ZDDP) and molybdenum dialkyldithiocarbamate (MoDTC) for steel/steel and steel/diamond-like carbon (DLC) contacts. The results show that, under harsh simulated space environments, addition of the solid nanoparticles into MACs allows the wear to be reduced by up to one order magnitude, while liquid additives simultaneously reduce friction and wear by 80% and 93%, respectively. Friction mechanisms were proposed according to surface/interface analysis techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS). The role of solid nanoparticles in reducing friction and wear mainly depends on their surface enhancement effect, and the liquid additives are attributed to the formation of tribochemical reaction film derived from ZDDP and MoDTC on the sliding surfaces. PMID:26067481

  7. On the standardization of crystal-field parameters and the multiple correlated fitting technique: Applications to rare-earth compounds

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    Rudowicz, C.; Chua, M.; Reid, M. F.

    2000-09-01

    This work investigates the crystal-field parameter (CFP) sets for rare-earth (RE) ions doped at orthorhombic and/or lower symmetry, i.e. monoclinic or triclinic sites. Two important questions are addressed: (1) How do you compare CFP sets reported by different authors when there can be as many as six numerically different equivalent sets? and (2) How do you distinguish between global and local minima in the multi-parameter fittings? To answer the first question we propose to adopt the standardization of CFP sets. The orthorhombic and/or monoclinic standardization has been carried out for several illustrative CFP sets, including the contributions from various mechanisms, for NdF 3, RE 2Te 4O 11, and RE 3+ in garnet materials. It is shown that adopting a well-defined standardization convention enables meaningful comparison of CFP sets taken from various sources. The analysis of literature data reveals also cases when the CF parameters may be misinterpreted due to the choice of a different representation in the multi-parameter fittings. To answer the second question we propose the multiple correlated fitting technique (MCFT). Using experimental data for Nd 3+ in YAG and LaF 3, MCFT is employed to probe for more reliable CFP sets.

  8. Binary and ternary superlattices self-assembled from colloidal nanodisks and nanorods.

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    Paik, Taejong; Diroll, Benjamin T; Kagan, Cherie R; Murray, Christopher B

    2015-05-27

    Self-assembly of multicomponent anisotropic nanocrystals with controlled orientation and spatial distribution allows the design of novel metamaterials with unique shape- and orientation-dependent collective properties. Although many phases of binary structures are theoretically proposed, the examples of multicomponent assemblies, which are experimentally realized with colloidal anisotropic nanocrystals, are still limited. In this report, we demonstrate the formation of binary and ternary superlattices from colloidal two-dimensional LaF3 nanodisks and one-dimensional CdSe/CdS nanorods via liquid interfacial assembly. The colloidal nanodisks and nanorods are coassembled into AB-, AB2-, and AB6-type binary arrays determined by their relative size ratio and concentration to maximize their packing density. The position and orientation of anisotropic nanocrystal building blocks are tightly controlled in the self-assembled binary and ternary lattices. The macroscopic orientation of the superlattices is further tuned by changing the liquid subphase used for self-assembly, resulting in the formation of lamellar-type binary liquid crystalline superlattices. In addition, we demonstrate a novel ternary superlattice self-assembled from two different sizes of nanodisks and a nanorod, which offers the unique opportunity to design multifunctional metamaterials. PMID:25927895

  9. Gene expression patterns in granulosa cells and oocytes at various stages of follicle development as well as in in vitro grown oocyte-and-granulosa cell complexes

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    MUNAKATA, Yasuhisa; KAWAHARA-MIKI, Ryoka; SHIRATSUKI, Shogo; TASAKI, Hidetaka; ITAMI, Nobuhiko; SHIRASUNA, Koumei; KUWAYAMA, Takehito; IWATA, Hisataka

    2016-01-01

    Follicle development is accompanied by proliferation of granulosa cells and increasing oocyte size. To obtain high-quality oocytes in vitro, it is important to understand the processes that occur in oocytes and granulosa cells during follicle development and the differences between in vivo and in vitro follicle development. In the present study, oocytes and granulosa cells were collected from early antral follicles (EAFs, 0.5–0.7 mm in diameter), small antral follicles (SAFs, 1–3 mm in diameter), large antral follicles (LAFs, 3–7 mm in diameter), and in vitro grown oocyte-and-granulosa cell complexes (OGCs), which were cultured for 14 days after collection from EAFs. Gene expression was analyzed comprehensively using the next-generation sequencing technology. We found top upstream regulators during the in vivo follicle development and compared them with those in in vitro developed OGCs. The comparison revealed that HIF1 is among the top regulators during both in vivo and in vitro development of OGCs. In addition, we found that HIF1-mediated upregulation of glycolysis in granulosa cells is important for the growth of OGCs, but the cellular metabolism differs between in vitro and in vivo grown OGCs. Furthermore, on the basis of comparison of upstream regulators between in vivo and in vitro development of OGCs, we believe that low expression levels of FLT1 (VEGFA receptor), SPP1, and PCSK6 can be considered causal factors of the suboptimal development under in vitro culture conditions. PMID:27108636

  10. Phase transformation and fluorescent enhancement of ErF3 at high pressure

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    Li, Wentao; Ren, Xiangting; Huang, Yanwei; Yu, Zhenhai; Mi, Zhongying; Tamura, Nobumichi; Li, Xiaodong; Peng, Fang; Wang, Lin

    2016-09-01

    Pressure-induced phase transformation and fluorescent properties of ErF3 were investigated here using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence up to 32.1 GPa at room temperature. Results showed that ErF3 underwent a reversible pressure-induced phase transition from the β-YF3-type to the fluocerite LaF3-type at 9.8 GPa. The bulk moduli B0 for low- and high-pressure phases were determined to be 130 and 208 GPa, respectively. Photoluminescencent studies showed that new emission lines belonging to the transition of 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2 appeared during phase transition, suggesting pressure-induced electronic band splitting. Remarkably, significant pressure-induced enhancement of photoluminescence was observed, which was attributed to lattice distortion of the material under high pressure.

  11. Evidence of energy transfer in nanoparticle-porphyrins conjugates for radiation therapy enhancement

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    Kudinov, Konstantin; Cooper, Daniel; Tyagi, Pooja; Bekah, Devesh; Bhattacharyya, Dhrittiman; Hill, Colin; Ha, Jonathan Kin; Nadeau, Jay; Bradforth, Stephen

    2015-03-01

    We report progress towards combining radiation therapy (RT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) using scintillating nanoparticle (NP)-photosensitizer conjugates. In this approach, scintillating NPs are excited by clinically relevant ionizing radiation sources and subsequently transfer energy to conjugated photosensitizers via FRET, acting as an energy mediator between ionizing radiation and photosensitizer molecules. The excited photosensitizers generate reactive oxygen species that can induce local damage and immune response. Advantages of the scheme include: 1) Compared with traditional radiation therapy, a possible decrease of the total radiation dose needed to eliminate the lesion; 2) Compared with traditional PDT, the ability to target deeper and more highly pigmented lesions; 3) The possibility of additional photosensitizing effects due to the scintillation of the nanoparticles. In this work, the photosensitizer molecule chlorin e6 was covalently bound to the surface of LaF3:Ce NPs. After conjugation, the photoluminescence intensity of NPs decreased, and fluorescence lifetime of conjugated chlorin e6 became sensitive to excitation wavelength, suggesting rapid FRET. In addition, scintillation spectra of nanoparticles were measured. Preliminary calculations suggest that the observed scintillation efficiencies are sufficient to enhance RT. In vitro cancer cell studies suggest conjugates are taken up by cells. Survival curves with radiation exposure suggest that the particles alone cause radiosensitization comparable to that seen with gold nanoparticles.

  12. Vacuum deposited optical coatings experiment (AO 138-4)

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    Charlier, Jean

    1991-01-01

    The aim of this experiment was to test the optical behavior of 20 components and coatings subjected to space exposure. Most of them are commonly used for their reflective or transmittive properties in spaceborne optics. They consist in several kind of metallic and dielectric mirrors designed for the 0.12 to 10 microns spectrum, UV, and NIR bandpass filters, visible, and IR antireflecting coatings, visible/IR dichroic beam splitters, and visible beam splitter. The coatings were deposited on various substrates such as glasses, germanium, magnesium fluoride, quartz, zinc selenide, and kanigened aluminum. Several coating materials were used such as Al, Ag, Au, MgF2, LaF3, ThF3, ThF4, SiO2, TiO2, ZrO2, Al2O3, MgO, Ge, and ZnSe. Five samples of each component were manufactured. Two flight samples were mounted in such a way that one was directly exposed to space and the other looking backwards. The same arrangement was used for the spare samples stored on ground in a box identical to the flight one and they were kept under vacuum during the LDEF mission. Finally, one set of reference components was stocked in a sealed box under a dry nitrogen atmosphere. By comparing the preflight and postflight optical performances of the five samples of each component, it is possible to detect the degradations due to the space exposure.

  13. Measured 19F(α,n) with VANDLE for Nuclear Safeguards

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    Peters, William; Clement, R. C. C.; Smith, M. S.; Pain, S.; Febbraro, M.; Pittman, S.; Thomspon, S.; Grinder, M.; Cizewski, J. A.; Reingold, C.; Manning, B.; Burcher, S.; Bardayan, D. W.; Tan, W.-P.; Stech, E.; Smith, M. K.; Avetisyan, R.; Gyurjinyan, A.; Lowe, M.; Ilyushkin, S.; Grzywacz, R.; Madurga, M.; Paulauskas, S. V.; Taylor, S. Z.; Smith, K.

    2015-10-01

    One of the most promising non-destructive assay (NDA) methods to monitor UF6 canisters consists of measuring gross neutron rates induced by uranium-decay alpha particles reacting with the fluorine and emitting a neutron. This method currently lacks reliable nuclear data on the 19F(α,n) reaction cross section to determine an accurate neutron yield rate for a given sample of UF6. We have measured the cross section and coincident neutron spectrum for the alpha-decay energy range using the VANDLE system. This experiment had two parts: first at Notre Dame with a LaF3 target and and a pulsed alpha-particle beam, and second at ORNL with a windowless He-gas target and a 19F beam. The motivation for this measurement and cross section results will be presented. This work is funded in part by the DOE Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Administration SSAA and the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D, and the NSF.

  14. Superconducting thin films of (100) and (111) oriented indium doped topological crystalline insulator SnTe

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    Si, W.; Zhang, C.; Wu, L.; Ozaki, T.; Gu, G.; Li, Q.

    2015-09-01

    Recent discovery of the topological crystalline insulator SnTe has triggered a search for topological superconductors, which have potential application to topological quantum computing. The present work reports on the superconducting properties of indium doped SnTe thin films. The (100) and (111) oriented thin films were epitaxially grown by pulsed-laser deposition on (100) and (111) BaF2 crystalline substrates respectively. The onset superconducting transition temperatures are about 3.8 K for (100) and 3.6 K for (111) orientations, slightly lower than that of the bulk. Magneto-resistive measurements indicate that these thin films may have upper critical fields higher than that of the bulk. With large surface-to-bulk ratio, superconducting indium doped SnTe thin films provide a rich platform for the study of topological superconductivity and potential device applications based on topological superconductors.

  15. Compositional and thermal effect on upconversion luminescence of Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped oxyfluoride glasses.

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    Feng, Li; Su, Qiang; Li, Yan; Zheng, Chunrui; Wang, Cheng; Du, Hongli

    2009-07-01

    The upconversion luminescence properties of Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses were investigated upon excitation with 980 nm diode laser. The visible emission bands centered at 546 and 661 nm correspond to 5F4, 5S2-->5I8 and 5F5-->5I8 transitions were observed. The effect of composition and temperature on the upconversion emission intensity was examined. It was found that the upconversion emission signals decrease with increasing ZnF2 content and temperature. The dependence of the upconversion emission intensity upon the excitation power was also examined, and the upconversion mechanisms were discussed. PMID:19237311

  16. Superconducting thin films of (100) and (111) oriented indium doped topological crystalline insulator SnTe

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    Si, W.; Zhang, C.; Wu, L.; Ozaki, T.; Gu, G.; Li, Q.

    2015-09-01

    Recent discovery of the topological crystalline insulator SnTe has triggered a search for topological superconductors, which have potential application to topological quantum computing. The present work reports on the superconducting properties of indium doped SnTe thin films. The (100) and (111) oriented thin films were epitaxially grown by pulsed-laser deposition on (100) and (111) BaF2 crystalline substrates respectively. The onset superconducting transition temperatures are about 3.8 K for (100) and 3.6 K for (111) orientations, slightly lower than that of the bulk. Magneto-resistive measurements indicate that these thin films may have upper critical fields higher than that of the bulk.more » With large surface-to-bulk ratio, superconducting indium doped SnTe thin films provide a rich platform for the study of topological superconductivity and potential device applications based on topological superconductors.« less

  17. Propagation losses and gain measurements in erbium-doped fluoride glass channel waveguides by use of a double-pass technique.

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    Vasilief, Ion; Guy, Stéphan; Jacquier, Bernard; Boulard, Brigitte; Gao, You Ping; Duverger, Claire; Haquin, Hervé; Nazabal, Virginie; Adam, Jean-Luc; Couchaud, Maurice; Fulbert, Laurent; Cassagnettes, Cédric; Rooms, Frédéric; Barbier, Denis

    2005-08-01

    We have studied Er3+, Yb3+, and Ce3+ codoped microchannel waveguides that were developed by two methods: ionic exchange for heavy metal fluoride glasses [ZrF4-BaF2-AlF3-CeF3 (ZBAC)] and vapor phase deposition for transition metal fluoride glasses [PbF2-ZnF2-GaF3 (PZG)] by using a double-pass technique. For the first time to our knowledge, the measurement of propagation losses and amplification tests were carried out by use of the same experimental setup, leading to complete characterization of the waveguides. Net gains higher than 1 dB/cm were achieved in ZBAC Er/Ce single-mode fluoride glass waveguides. PMID:16078378

  18. Effects of pressure on the fragile nature of fluorozirconates studied by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Tamai, Yoshinori

    2003-03-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations for a multicomponent zirconium fluoride, ZBEN (55ZrF4-17BaF2-5EuF3-23NaF) have been carried out at various temperatures and pressures including those of the molten and glassy states. The effect of pressure on the fragile nature of ZBEN was investigated. The relaxation times were calculated from the decay curves of the intermediate scattering function. The fragile nature of ZBEN was reflected by the obvious non-Arrhenius behavior in the temperature dependence of the relaxation time. The so-called “Angell plot” of the relaxation time was represented by a single curve irrespective of applied pressure; the fragile nature changes negligibly with pressure. This seems to contradict the enhancement of the connectivity of ZrFn polyhedra under high pressure. The origin of the pressure effects is discussed in comparison with those for molecular liquids and covalent-network glasses.

  19. Effect of hydrogen concentration in conventional and IAD coatings on the absorption and laser-induced damage at 10.6 μm

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    Rahe, Manfred; Ristau, Detlev; Schmidt, Holger

    1993-06-01

    In this paper, data of single layers of YbF3, BaF2, YF3, and NaF and multilayer coatings produced by conventional thermal evaporation (boat, e-beam) and ion assisted deposition (IAD) are compared. Hydrogen concentration depth profiling was performed using nuclear reaction analysis based on the reaction 1H(15N, (alpha) (gamma) )12C. Absorption was measured with the aid of a laser calorimeter and a cw CO2 laser. A computer-controlled test facility with a TEA CO2 laser was used for determining the 1-on-1 damage thresholds of the coatings. The results point out that the absorption and damage behavior of coatings for the CO2 laser wavelength are related to the total amount of species containing hydrogen. Most of the IAD coatings exhibit a lower hydrogen contamination than conventional thin films.

  20. Resistive evaporation of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films from a single source

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Goldschmidt, Dan

    1989-06-01

    A new evaporation method of high-temperature superconducting films, the resistive evaporation from a single source, is reported here for the first time. The source material, inserted into a tungsten boat in a conventional vacuum system, consisted of a pulverized mixture of Cu, YF3, and BaF2. The handling of the source material required only grinding and mixing of the raw materials. Its deposition onto SrTiO3 substrates yielding superconducting films with properties very similar to those obtained in a layer-by-layer resistive evaporation of these materials. In particular, a resistive transition onset at 75 K and zero resistance at ˜40 K, and critical currents of 2000 A/cm2 at ≊10 K have been measured. The broad transition may be attributed to a copper concentration gradient, as measured by Auger depth profiling, or to a residual fluorine-rich phase.

  1. Nonlinear transmission of CO2 laser radiation by graphene

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    Sorochenko, V. R.; Obraztsova, Elena D.; Rusakov, P. S.; Rybin, M. G.

    2012-10-01

    The nonlinear transmission of multilayer (~12 layers) graphene at the wavelength λ ~ 10 μm is measured for the first time. The absorption saturation intensity in graphene (~330 kW cm-2) and the ablation threshold of its outer layers (~1 MW cm-2, 0.11 J cm-2) under action of a CO2 laser pulse with a duration of 70 — 85 ns at λ = 10.55 μm are determined. The residual absorption of graphene at its partial saturation was 48 % of the initial value. This is significantly smaller than the value measured previously for samples with a close number of layers at λ = 1.55 μm (92.3 % — 93.8 %). It is shown that the ablation threshold of two graphene layers adjacent to the BaF2 substrate (after successive ablation of outer layers) exceeds 0.27 J cm-2.

  2. YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting films prepared by low pressure post-annealing

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    Wang, Lianhong; Liu, Chong; Fan, Jing

    2014-12-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-δ precursor films are deposited on 2″ LaAlO3 wafer by the co-evaporation technique using Y, BaF2 and Cu as evaporation sources. After deposition, the films are annealed at low-pressure atmosphere with the composition of oxygen and water vapour. Compared with the normal pressure annealing, it is shown that low pressure can greatly improve the superconducting properties of 2″ YBCO films with thickness larger than 500 nm, as the microcrack on films surface becomes unobservable the microwave surface resistance is greatly reduced. Furthermore, it is also revealed that the optimal processing window for making high quality superconducting YBCO films through ex-situ process is relatively small, therefore the ambient in annealing furnace is crucial important and should be precisely controlled.

  3. Proton Radiography With Timepix Based Time Projection Chambers.

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    Biegun, Aleksandra K; Visser, Jan; Klaver, Tom; Ghazanfari, Nafiseh; van Goethem, Marc-Jan; Koffeman, Els; van Beuzekom, Martin; Brandenburg, Sytze

    2016-04-01

    The development of a proton radiography system to improve the imaging of patients in proton beam therapy is described. The system comprises gridpix based time projection chambers, which are based on the Timepix chip designed by the Medipix collaboration, for tracking the protons. This type of detector was chosen to have minimal impact on the actual determination of the proton tracks by the tracking detectors. To determine the residual energy of the protons, a BaF 2 crystal with a photomultiplier tube is used. We present data taken in a feasibility experiment with phantoms that represent tissue equivalent materials found in the human body. The obtained experimental results show a good agreement with the performed simulations. PMID:26701179

  4. Hot Wall Epitaxy And Characterization Of Bismuth And Antimony Thin Films On Barium Fluoride Substrates

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    Collazo, Ramon; Dalmau, Rafael; Martinez, Antonio

    1998-03-01

    We have grown thin films of bismuth and antimony using hot wall epitaxy. The epitaxial films were grown on (111)-BaF2 substrates. The chemical integrity of the films was established using Auger electron spectroscopy and X ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The thickness of the films was measured using an atomic force microscope to establish their growth rate. The crystallographic properties of the films were assessed using x-ray diffraction techniques. Both bismuth and antimony thin films were found to be oriented with the [003] direction perpendicular to the plane of the films. Pole figures of both types of films indicate the epitaxial nature of the films. Bi/Sb multilayer structures were grown using the same growth technique. We will report on the results of the characterization of these films as well as on the growth apparatus and process. Work supported in part by EPSCoR-NSF Grant EHR-9108775 and NCRADA-NSWCDD-92-01.

  5. Optoacoustic measurements of water vapor absorption at selected CO laser wavelengths in the 5-micron region

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    Menzies, R. T.; Shumate, M. S.

    1976-01-01

    Measurements of water vapor absorption were taken with a resonant optoacoustical detector (cylindrical pyrex detector, two BaF2 windows fitted into end plates at slight tilt to suppress Fabry-Perot resonances), for lack of confidence in existing spectral tabular data for the 5-7 micron region, as line shapes in the wing regions of water vapor lines are difficult to characterize. The measurements are required for air pollution studies using a CO laser, to find the differential absorption at the wavelengths in question due to atmospheric constituents other than water vapor. The design and performance of the optoacoustical detector are presented. Effects of absorption by ambient NO are considered, and the fixed-frequency discretely tunable CO laser is found suitable for monitoring urban NO concentrations in a fairly dry climate, using the water vapor absorption data obtained in the study.

  6. Multiphase monitoring by annihilation radiation coincidence mode

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    Vidal, A.; Viesti, G.; Osorio, C.; Pino, F.; Horvath, A.; Barros, H.; Caldogno, M.; Greaves, E. D.; Sajo-Bohus, L.

    2012-02-01

    A multiphase monitoring system employing nuclear techniques is reported, which is aimed to provide a rapid - decision tool in oilfield applications. Liquid phase time variation is monitored employing two large volume BaF2 detectors. The radioisotope source of 22Na is a positron emitter, therefore two antiparallel gammas are produced per decay, and phase flow in pipes is related to the count rate of gamma pulses in coincidence providing information on transient liquid phase during transport. Oil, gas, water fraction measurements were performed at a specialized test station assembled in our laboratory to model a wide range of field operating conditions. The time dependence of the mixed substances is monitored with the two most relevant hydrodynamic parameters, the density (type of the fluid) and the flow rate, in a LabView® environment. Performance of the monitoring system; its limitations and the possibility for further improvements are also provided.

  7. Stability of Grafted Polymer Nanoscale Films toward Gamma Irradiation.

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    Borodinov, Nikolay; Giammarco, James; Patel, Neil; Agarwal, Anuradha; O'Donnell, Katie R; Kucera, Courtney J; Jacobsohn, Luiz G; Luzinov, Igor

    2015-09-01

    The present article focuses on the influence of gamma irradiation on nanoscale polymer grafted films and explores avenues for improvements in their stability toward the ionizing radiation. In terms of applications, we concentrate on enrichment polymer layers (EPLs), which are polymer thin films employed in sensor devices for the detection of chemical and biological substances. Specifically, we have studied the influence of gamma irradiation on nanoscale poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) grafted EPL films. First, it was determined that a significant level of cross-linking was caused by irradiation in pure PGMA films. The cross-linking is accompanied by the formation of conjugated ester, carbon double bonds, hydroxyl groups, ketone carbonyls, and the elimination of epoxy groups as determined by FTIR. Polystyrene, 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl, dimethylphenylsilanol, BaF2, and gold nanoparticles were incorporated into the films and were found to mitigate different aspects of the radiation damage. PMID:26259102

  8. High Accuracy, Absolute, Cryogenic Refractive Index Measurements of Infrared Lens Materials for JWST NIRCam using CHARMS

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    Leviton, Douglas; Frey, Bradley

    2005-01-01

    The current refractive optical design of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) uses three infrared materials in its lenses: LiF, BaF2, and ZnSe. In order to provide the instrument s optical designers with accurate, heretofore unavailable data for absolute refractive index based on actual cryogenic measurements, two prismatic samples of each material were measured using the cryogenic, high accuracy, refraction measuring system (CHARMS) at NASA GSFC, densely covering the temperature range from 15 to 320 K and wavelength range from 0.4 to 5.6 microns. Measurement methods are discussed and graphical and tabulated data for absolute refractive index, dispersion, and thermo-optic coefficient for these three materials are presented along with estimates of uncertainty. Coefficients for second order polynomial fits of measured index to temperature are provided for many wavelengths to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures.

  9. 63Ni (n ,γ ) cross sections measured with DANCE

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    Weigand, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A.; Göbel, K.; Heftrich, T.; Jandel, M.; Käppeler, F.; Lederer, C.; Kivel, N.; Korschinek, G.; Krtička, M.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Ostermöller, J.; Plag, R.; Reifarth, R.; Schumann, D.; Ullmann, J. L.; Wallner, A.

    2015-10-01

    The neutron capture cross section of the s -process branch nucleus 63Ni affects the abundances of other nuclei in its region, especially 63Cu and 64Zn. In order to determine the energy-dependent neutron capture cross section in the astrophysical energy region, an experiment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been performed using the calorimetric 4 π BaF2 array DANCE. The (n ,γ ) cross section of 63Ni has been determined relative to the well-known 197Au standard with uncertainties below 15%. Various 63Ni resonances have been identified based on the Q value. Furthermore, the s -process sensitivity of the new values was analyzed with the new network calculation tool NETZ.

  10. Measurement of the 97Mo(n ,γ ) reaction with the DANCE γ calorimeter array

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    Walker, C. L.; Krtička, M.; Baramsai, B.; Bečvář, F.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Chyzh, A.; Haight, R. C.; Jandel, M.; Kroll, J.; Mitchell, G. E.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Valenta, S.; Wilhelmy, J. B.

    2015-07-01

    Spectra of γ rays following the 97Mo(n ,γ ) reaction were measured as a function of incident neutron energy with the DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array of 160 BaF2 scintillation detectors at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center using an enriched 97Mo target. These spectra were used for the assignment of spins of the 97Mo resonances up to neutron energy En=1.7 keV, as well as in the study of photon strength functions (PSFs) in 98Mo. Analysis of the spectra with the nuclear statistical model showed that they can be well reproduced with the same PSF models which well described the γ decay following slow neutron capture in 95Mo. On the other hand, the spectra are inconsistent with PSFs describing some other experimental data in 98Mo.

  11. Current Status and Performance of the Crystal Ball and TAPS Calorimeter

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    Neiser, Andreas; A2 Collaboration

    2015-02-01

    In the A2 experiment at the Mainz microtron (MAMI) electron accelerator, the production of nucleon resonances and light mesons off protons and nuclei using energy-tagged bremsstrahlung photons is studied. Decay products are measured with two electromagnetic calorimeters: Crystal Ball (CB), whose 672 NaI crystals cover almost the entire solid angle, and TAPS, which consists of 366 BaF2 and 72 PbWO4 crystals in the forward direction. Here, we report on the current performance and status of both detectors after 10 years of operation in Mainz. In addition, we present the new CB high-voltage system, a new fast readout scheme for TAPS, and the planned upgrade of the CB data-acquisition system.

  12. Energetic photons through water: an undergraduate experiment with correlated γ-rays from 22Na

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    La Rocca, P.; Riggi, F.

    2016-07-01

    Measurements of the speed of light have been carried out in the past by the correlation between gamma rays detected in two scintillation detectors. To demonstrate that the speed of gamma rays in a transparent medium is very close to that observed in the vacuum, a time-of-flight experiment was organized in an educational context with undergraduate students, making use of two BaF2 detectors and a small intensity 22Na source. Measurements of time-of-flight spectra were carried out for several values of the distance between the two detectors, allowing us to extract the speed of photons in air. A measurement was also done with an amount of water along the photon path and the result compared with that obtained in air. Various experimental aspects of the interaction of gammas with the detectors were finally addressed through GEANT simulations of the setup to interpret the results.

  13. [A study on the concentration quenching of Tm3+ upconversion luminescence].

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    Chen, B; Wang, H; Huang, S

    2001-06-01

    In this work, we have a designation and preparation of MFT glasses for upconversion, the glasses consisted of TeO2 and fluoride: PbF2, AlF3, BaF2, NaF and the impurity Tm2O3. In this glass system the oxide improve forming ability, the fluorides improve the microscopic environment around RE ions in glasses. In this glass host the content of Tm2O3 achieves to 4% mol and crystallization no occurred. A detail study on the concentration quenching of upconversion luminescence for 1G4-->3H6 and 1D2-->3H4 transitions was completed. The experimental results directed that the quenching concentration was 0.6 mol.% and higher 3 times than in other glasses materials. The cross relaxation and mechanism of concentration quenching were discussed. PMID:12947647

  14. Labr3:Ce scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy

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    Shah, K.S.; Glodo, J.; Klugerman, M.; Moses, W.W.; Derenzo, S.E.; Weber, M.J.

    2002-12-02

    In this paper, we report on a relatively new scintillator -LaBr3 for gamma ray spectroscopy. Crystals of this scintillator have beengrown using Bridgman process. This material when doped with cerium hashigh light output (~;60,000 photons/MeV) and fast principal decayconstant (less than 25 ns). Furthermore, it shows excellent energyresolution for gamma-ray detection. Energy resolution of 3.2 percent(FWHM) has been achieved for 662 keV photons (137Cs source) at roomtemperature. High timing resolution (260 ps - FWHM) has been recordedwith LaBr3-PMT and BaF2-PMT detectors operating in coincidence mode using511 keV positron annihilation gamma-ray pairs. Details of itsscintillation properties, and variation of these properties with changingcerium concentration are reported. Potential applications of thismaterial are also addressed.

  15. Measurement of Neutron Capture Cross Section of 62Ni in the keV-Region

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    Alpizar-Vicente, A. M.; Hatarik, R.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Esch, E.-I.; Haight, R. C.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Greife, U.

    2006-03-13

    The neutron capture cross section of 62Ni, relative to gold as a standard, was determined in the energy range from 250 eV to 100 keV. This energy range covers the region between 5 keV to 20 keV, which is not available in ENDF. Capture events are detected with the 160-fold 4{pi} BaF2 Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. One of the challenges was to process the high count rate of 4 MHz, which required an optimization of the data acquisition software. The neutron energy was determined by the time-of-flight technique using a flight path of 20.25 m. The sample mass of the 96% enriched 62Ni target was 210 mg and it was mounted in a 1.5 {mu}m thick Mylar foil.

  16. A Phase Relation Study of Ba-Y-Cu-O Coated-Conductor Films Using the Combinatorial Approach

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Otani, M.; Levin, I.; Schenck, P.; Yang, Z.; Liu, G.; Cook, L. P.; Feenstra, Roeland; Zhang, W.; Rupich, Marty

    2009-01-01

    Phase relationships in bulk and thin film Ba-Y-Cu-O high-Tc superconductor system were determined at processing conditions relevant for industrial production of coated conductors. Our results demonstrated that the absence of BaY2CuO5 (which has a critical effect on flux pinning) at 735 C--a typical temperature employed in production of coated conductors--in thin films processed in situ from the BaF2 precursor is caused by the sluggish reaction kinetics rather than by the presence of fluorine in the system. Thermodynamic calculations combined with annealing experiments confirmed that BaY2CuO5 is thermodynamically stable but forms at temperatures higher than 735 C.

  17. Fast timing study of a CeBr3 crystal: Time resolution below 120 ps at 60Co energies

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    Fraile, L. M.; Mach, H.; Vedia, V.; Olaizola, B.; Paziy, V.; Picado, E.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-02-01

    We report on the time response of a novel inorganic scintillator, CeBr3. The measurements were performed using a cylindrical crystal of 1-in. in height and 1-in. in diameter at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The time response was measured against a fast reference BaF2 detector. Hamamatsu R9779 and Photonis XP20D0 fast photomultipliers (PMTs) were used. The PMT bias voltages and Constant Fraction Discriminator settings were optimized with respect to the timing resolution. The Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) time resolution for an individual CeBr3 crystal coupled to Hamamatsu PMT is found here to be as low as 119 ps at 60Co energies, which is comparable to the resolution of 107 ps reported for LaBr3(Ce). For 511 keV photons the measured FWHM time resolution for CeBr3 coupled to the Hamamatsu PMT is 164 ps.

  18. Room temperature persistent photoconductivity in p-PbTe and p-PbTe:BaF2

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    de Castro, S.; Soares, D. A. W.; Peres, M. L.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E.

    2014-10-01

    We investigated the persistent photoconductivity effect observed in p-PbTe:BaF2 and undoped p-PbTe films in the temperature range of T = 100-300 K. It was observed that the PPC effect scales with temperature and that there is a transition in the relaxation time behavior around ˜150 K. We found that the transition is caused by the particular dynamics of the hole carries between the energy barriers that characterize the traps originated from disorder present in the samples. The analysis was performed by comparing the theory of the random potential with the experimental data and revealed the presence of both random local potential fluctuations and localized states, which can be attributed to the presence of disorder due BaF2 doping and Te vacancies.

  19. Tapered fluorotellurite microstructured fibers for broadband supercontinuum generation.

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    Wang, Fang; Wang, Kangkang; Yao, Chuanfei; Jia, Zhixu; Wang, Shunbin; Wu, Changfeng; Qin, Guanshi; Ohishi, Yasutake; Qin, Weiping

    2016-02-01

    Fluorotellurite microstructured fibers (MFs) based on TeO2-BaF2-Y2O3 glasses are fabricated by using a rod-in-tube method. Tapered fluorotellurite MFs with varied transition region lengths are prepared by employing an elongation machine. By using a tapered fluorotellurite MF with a transition region length of ∼3.3  cm as the nonlinear medium and a 1560 nm femtosecond fiber laser as the pump source, broadband supercontinuum generation covering from 470 to 2770 nm is obtained. The effects of the transition region length of the tapered fluorotellurite MF on supercontinuum generation are also investigated. Our results show that tapered fluorotellurite MFs are promising nonlinear media for generating broadband supercontinuum light expanding from visible to mid-infrared spectral region. PMID:26907442

  20. In-beam spectroscopic studies of the 44S nucleus

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    Cáceres, L.; Sohler, D.; Grévy, S.; Sorlin, O.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Bastin, B.; Achouri, N. L.; Angélique, J. C.; Azaiez, F.; Baiborodin, D.; Borcea, R.; Bourgeois, C.; Buta, A.; Bürger, A.; Chapman, R.; Dalouzy, J. C.; Dlouhy, Z.; Drouard, A.; Elekes, Z.; Franchoo, S.; Gaudefroy, L.; Iacob, S.; Laurent, B.; Lazar, M.; Liang, X.; Liénard, E.; Mrazek, J.; Nalpas, L.; Negoita, F.; Nowacki, F.; Orr, N. A.; Penionzhkevich, Y.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pougheon, F.; Poves, A.; Roussel-Chomaz, P.; Saint-Laurent, M. G.; Stanoiu, M.; Stefan, I.

    2012-02-01

    The structure of the 44S nucleus has been studied at GANIL through the one proton knock-out reaction from a 45Cl secondary beam at 42 A·MeV. The γ rays following the de-excitation of 44S were detected in flight using the 70 BaF2 detectors of the Château de Cristal array. An exhaustive γγ-coincidence analysis allowed an unambiguous construction of the level scheme up to an excitation energy of 3301 keV. The existence of the spherical 22+ state is confirmed and three new γ-ray transitions connecting the prolate deformed 21+ level were observed. Comparison of the experimental results to shell model calculations further supports a prolate and spherical shape coexistence with a large mixing of states built on the ground state band in 44S.