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  1. Reduction in thermal conductivity of BiSbTe lump

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    Ahmad, Kaleem; Wan, C.; Al-Eshaikh, M. A.; Kadachi, A. N.

    2017-03-01

    In this work, systematic investigations on the thermal conductivities of BiSbTe lump, microstructured pristine BiSbTe bulk and single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)/BiSbTe bulk nanocomposites were performed. BiSbTe lumps were crushed to form a coarse powder (200 µm) and effect of particle size reduction on the effective thermal conductivity of BiSbTe (200 µm) bulk were analyzed. For further reduction in the conductivity, a two pronged strategy has been employed. First, additional refinement of BiSbTe (200 µm) were performed through ball milling in an inert environment. Second, SWCNTs in 0.75, and 1.0 vol% were distributed uniformly in the fine BiSbTe ball milled powder. The results showed that the effective thermal conductivities decrease with the reduction in the particle size from lump to BiSbTe (200 µm) bulk as well as with the addition of SWCNTs accompanied by further refinement of BiSbTe particles. The significant reduction in thermal conductivities of the lump was achieved for pure BiSbTe (200 µm) bulk and 0.75 vol% of SWCNTs/BiSbTe composite. This can be ascribed to the enhanced phonon scattering by the grain boundaries between the nanostructured BiSbTe particles as well as the interfaces between BiSbTe and the low dimensional carbon nanotubes.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of electrically stressed Sb/Bi-Sb-Te multilayered films

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    Liao, Chien-Neng; Chang, Chih-Yu; Chu, Hsu-Shen

    2010-03-15

    Electrically stressed Bi-Sb-Te thin films have demonstrated markedly enhanced Hall mobility and moderately reduced carrier concentration. To lower electrical resistivity further, a Sb-inserted Bi-Sb-Te multilayer structure was prepared through consecutively sputtering Bi-Sb-Te and Sb layers followed by electric current stressing. The electrically stressed Sb/Bi-Sb-Te film demonstrates high carrier concentration and enhanced Hall mobility. We propose that the additional Sb supply suppresses electromigration-induced Sb depletion in crystal lattices, thus maintains high carrier concentration of the Bi-Sb-Te film. The presented approach provides a simple means to optimize thermoelectric properties of Bi-Sb-Te films.

  3. Dislocation conduction in Bi-Sb topological insulators

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    Hamasaki, Hiromu; Tokumoto, Yuki; Edagawa, Keiichi

    2017-02-01

    Previous theoretical works have predicted that when a specific condition is satisfied, dislocations in three-dimensional topological insulators form one-dimensional gapless states, which are topologically protected against disorder scattering. Here, the predicted dislocation conduction is experimentally investigated in Bi-Sb topological insulators. High-density dislocations with the Burgers vector satisfying the conductivity condition are introduced into Bi-Sb single crystals by plastic deformation. Conductivity measurements for deformed and undeformed samples and those for the deformed samples in different orientations show excess conductivity due to dislocation conduction.

  4. BiSb and spin-related thermoelectric phenomena

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    Heremans, Joseph P.; Jin, Hyungyu; Zheng, Yuanhua; Watzman, Sarah J.; Prakash, Arati

    2016-05-01

    This article reviews the factors limiting the figure of merit zT of conventional thermoelectrics especially at cryogenic temperatures and then highlights modern approaches used to increase zT below 200 K. Two type of materials are discussed. The first are BiSb alloys, relatively conventional thermoelectrics in which the zT is enhanced by using resonant levels. The second is the spin- Seebeck effect (SSE), a new solid-state energy conversion technology. Classical thermoelectric and SSE physics are combined to provide new concepts, like magnon-drag, in which we hope to increase the performance of solid-state coolers by exploiting the spin degree of freedom.

  5. Giant tunable Rashba spin splitting in a two-dimensional BiSb monolayer and in BiSb/AlN heterostructures

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    Singh, Sobhit; Romero, Aldo H.

    2017-04-01

    The search for novel two-dimensional giant Rashba semiconductors is a crucial step in the development of the forthcoming nanospintronic technology. Using first-principles calculations, we study a stable two-dimensional crystal phase of BiSb having buckled honeycomb lattice geometry, which is yet unexplored. The phonon, room temperature molecular dynamics, and elastic constant calculations verify the dynamical and mechanical stability of the monolayer at 0 K and at room temperature. The calculated electronic band structure reveals the direct band gap semiconducting nature of a BiSb monolayer with the presence of a highly mobile two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) near the Fermi level. Inclusion of spin-orbit coupling yields the giant Rashba spin-splitting of a 2DEG near the Fermi level. The calculated Rashba energy and Rashba splitting constant are 13 meV and 2.3 eVÅ, respectively, which are amongst the largest yet known Rashba spin splitting parameters in 2D materials. We demonstrate that the strength of the Rashba spin splitting can be significantly tuned by applying in-plane biaxial strain on the BiSb monolayer. The presence of the giant Rashba spin splitting together with the large electronic band gap (1.6 eV) makes this system of peculiar interest for optoelectronics applications. Furthermore, we study the electronic properties of BiSb/AlN heterostructures having a lattice mismatch of 1.3% at the interface. Our results suggest that a BiSb monolayer and BiSb/AlN heterostructure systems could be potentially used to develop highly efficient spin field-effect transistors, optoelectronics, and nanospintronic devices. Thus, this comprehensive study of two-dimensional BiSb systems can expand the range of possible applications in future spintronic technology.

  6. Prediction and control of spin polarization in a Weyl semimetallic phase of BiSb

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    Singh, Sobhit; Garcia-Castro, A. C.; Valencia-Jaime, Irais; Muñoz, Francisco; Romero, Aldo H.

    2016-10-01

    By means of first-principle calculations, we report a stoichiometric crystal structure of BiSb with broken space-inversion symmetry. This structure is insulating in bulk and has nontrivial band topology. We observe a pressure driven Weyl semimetallic electronic phase transition in this BiSb system without a crystal phase change. The obtained Weyl semimetallic phase exists in the 4.0-6.0 GPa pressure range. We find that a total of 12 pairs of Weyl points, 12 monopoles and 12 antimonopoles, exist in the Brillouin zone. Additionally, the spin texture of the bulk BiSb compound appears to be electrically controllable when the interlink between pressure and an electric field is exploited. This produces novel manipulable topological transport properties in this system.

  7. Thermal transport properties of nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films prepared by sputter deposition

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    Liao, C.-N.; Wang, Y.-C.; Chu, H.-S.

    2008-11-15

    Grain-size dependent thermal conductivity of sputtered nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films was measured by a 3{omega} method. By changing deposition temperature from 100 deg. C to room temperature, the mean grain size of the Bi-Sb-Te films decreased from 83 to 26 nm and the lattice thermal conductivity reduced from 0.79 to 0.45 W/mK proportionally. The effect of grain boundary on lattice thermal conductivity can be described by an effective thermal boundary resistance that was determined in the range of 0.56-1.8x10{sup -8} m{sup 2}K/W for the nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films studied.

  8. High-Pressure Crystal Structure, Lattice Vibrations, and Band Structure of BiSbO4.

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    Errandonea, Daniel; Muñoz, Alfonso; Rodríguez-Hernández, Placida; Gomis, Oscar; Achary, S Nagabhusan; Popescu, Catalin; Patwe, Sadeque J; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2016-05-16

    The high-pressure crystal structure, lattice-vibrations, and electronic band structure of BiSbO4 were studied by ab initio simulations. We also performed Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and diffuse-reflectance measurements, as well as synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction. High-pressure X-ray diffraction measurements show that the crystal structure of BiSbO4 remains stable up to at least 70 GPa, unlike other known MTO4-type ternary oxides. These experiments also give information on the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameters. Calculations properly describe the crystal structure of BiSbO4 and the changes induced by pressure on it. They also predict a possible high-pressure phase. A room-temperature pressure-volume equation of state is determined, and the effect of pressure on the coordination polyhedron of Bi and Sb is discussed. Raman- and infrared-active phonons were measured and calculated. In particular, calculations provide assignments for all the vibrational modes as well as their pressure dependence. In addition, the band structure and electronic density of states under pressure were also calculated. The calculations combined with the optical measurements allow us to conclude that BiSbO4 is an indirect-gap semiconductor, with an electronic band gap of 2.9(1) eV. Finally, the isothermal compressibility tensor for BiSbO4 is given at 1.8 GPa. The experimental (theoretical) data revealed that the direction of maximum compressibility is in the (0 1 0) plane at ∼33° (38°) to the c-axis and 47° (42°) to the a-axis. The reliability of the reported results is supported by the consistency between experiments and calculations.

  9. Impurity states in the magnetic topological insulator V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3

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    Peixoto, Thiago R. F.; Bentmann, Hendrik; Schreyeck, Steffen; Winnerlein, Martin; Seibel, Christoph; Maaß, Henriette; Al-Baidhani, Mohammed; Treiber, Katharina; Schatz, Sonja; Grauer, Stefan; Gould, Charles; Brunner, Karl; Ernst, Arthur; Molenkamp, Laurens W.; Reinert, Friedrich

    2016-11-01

    The ferromagnetic topological insulator V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 has been recently reported as a quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) system. Yet the microscopic origins of the QAH effect and the ferromagnetism remain unclear. One key aspect is the contribution of the V atoms to the electronic structure. Here the valence band of V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 thin films was probed in an element-specific way by resonant photoemission spectroscopy. The signature of the V 3 d impurity band was extracted and exhibits a high density of states near the Fermi level, in agreement with spin-polarized first-principles calculations. Our results indicate the occurrence of a ferromagnetic superexchange interaction mediated by the observed impurity band, contributing to the ferromagnetism in this system.

  10. Evidence for surface-generated photocurrent in (Bi,Sb)2Se3and(Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films

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    Pan, Yu; Richardella, Anthony; Yao, Bing; Lee, Joon Sue; Flanagan, Thomas; Kandala, Abhinav; Samarth, Nitin; Yeats, Andrew; Mintun, Peter; Awschalom, David

    2015-03-01

    Illumination with circularly polarized light is known produce a helicity-dependent photocurrent in topological insulators such as Bi2Se3 [e.g. Nature Nanotech. 7, 96 (2012)]. However, the exact origin of this effect is still unclear since it is observed with photons well above the bulk band gap. We report measurements of the polarization-dependent photocurrent in a series of (Bi,Sb)2Se3 thin films with different carrier concentrations and find that the photocurrent is enhanced as we increase the population of the surface states. This finding is supported by a study of helicity-dependent photocurrents in back-gated (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films, where the chemical potential is varied electrostatically. By illuminating our samples at different wavelengths, we show that the helicity-dependent photocurrent is enhanced when the photon energy approaches the energy difference between the lowest and first excited (unoccupied) topological surface states. This leads us to attribute the helicity-dependent photocurrent in topological insulators to optical excitations between these two spin-textured surface states. We will also discuss experiments imaging the spatial variation of these helicity-dependent photocurrents. This work is supported by ONR.

  11. Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of New Photocatalyst ZnBiSbO4 under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Luan, Jingfei; Chen, Mengjing; Hu, Wenhua

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, ZnBiSbO4 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of ZnBiSbO4 had been characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscope and UV-visible spectrometer. ZnBiSbO4 crystallized with a pyrochlore-type structure and a tetragonal crystal system. The band gap of ZnBiSbO4 was estimated to be 2.49 eV. The photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine was realized under visible light irradiation with ZnBiSbO4 as a catalyst compared with nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) and CdBiYO4. The results showed that ZnBiSbO4 owned higher photocatalytic activity compared with N-TiO2 or CdBiYO4 for the photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine under visible light irradiation. The reduction of the total organic carbon, the formation of inorganic products, SO42− and NO3−, and the evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of indigo carmine during the photocatalytic process. One possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of indigo carmine was obtained. The phytotoxicity of the photocatalytic-treated indigo carmine (IC) wastewater was detected by examining its effect on seed germination and growth. PMID:24879521

  12. Scanning thermoelectric microscopy of local thermoelectric behaviors in (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films

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    Zhao, Kunyu; Zeng, Huarong; Xu, Kunqi; Yu, Huizhu; Li, Guorong; Song, Junqiang; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we develop scanning thermoelectric microscopy (STeM) on the basis of commercial atomic force microscope. The nanoscale thermoelectric behaviors of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 (BST) thin films were studied. 3ω-technique was used for thermal conductivity imaging and quantitative thermal characterization. By acquiring the unique Seebeck information from 2ω frequency component, nanoscale thermoelectric images were firstly obtained, exhibiting remarkably inhomogeneous distribution of local Seebeck coefficient in the thin films. Positive thermoelectric response is revealed by the modulation of temperature difference between thermal tip and sample, corresponding to p-type conduction within BST sample.

  13. Study of the circular photo-galvanic effect in electrically gated (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films

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    Pan, Yu; Pillsbury, Timothy; Richardella, Anthony; Flanagan, Thomas; Samarth, Nitin

    Illumination with circularly polarized light is known to produce a helicity dependent photocurrent in topological insulators such as Bi2Se3 [Nature Nanotech. 7, 96 (2012)]. Symmetry considerations suggest that this ``circular photo-galvanic effect'' (CPGE) arises purely from the surface. However, whether or not the CPGE is directly related to optical excitations from the helical surface states is still under debate. To clarify the origin of the CPGE, we first compare the helicity dependent photocurrent in intrinsic (Bi,Sb)2Te3 to Cr doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films in which the Dirac surface states are perturbed by magnetic coupling. Secondly, we discuss the tunable CPGE in electrically gated (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films excited by optical excitations at different wavelengths. The dependence on the chemical potential and the photon energy of the excitation unveils the origin of the CPGE. Funded by ONR.

  14. Cyclotron resonance and Faraday rotation in topological insulator (Bi,Sb)2 Te3

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    Shao, Yinming; Post, Kirk; Wu, Jhih-Sheng; Richardella, Anthony; Lee, Joon Sue; Fogler, Michael; Samarth, Nitin; Basov, Dimitri

    Using magneto-optical spectroscopy, we have explored the complex electronic structure of (Bi,Sb)2 Te3 (BST) film. From the magneto-optical transmission spectra, we extracted the cyclotron resonance (CR) energy, and subsequently measured the broadband Faraday rotation spectra (FR). From these complementary FR-CR datasets, we were able to identify the conducting channels associated with the topological surface states of the film at the interface with the substrate and with the amorphous capping layer on top of the film. According to the FR data the two surfaces are dominated by carriers of opposite sign, in accord with earlier transport measurements. These results elucidate the origin of the zero-field optical response, observed previously, and give direct evidence of significant SS contribution using a bulk sensitive probe.

  15. Kinetic versus thermodynamic control over growth process of electrodeposited Bi/BiSb superlattice nanowires.

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    Dou, Xincun; Li, Guanghai; Lei, Hechang

    2008-05-01

    The growth mechanism of the electrodeposited single crystalline nanowires is generally considered to follow a three-dimensional to two-dimensional (2D) transition mode, and as for the 2D growth, it is ordinarily considered as a plane growth mode (layer-by-layer growth mechanism). We report in this Letter the growth of Bi/BiSb superlattice nanowires by adopting a charge-controlled pulse electrodeposition technique, and to our best knowledge, different growth modes of the nanowires, the 2D plane growth mode, the tilted plane growth mode, and the curved plane growth mode, were first observed. These growth modes were gathered and analyzed from the perspectives of crystal growth as well as kinetics and thermodynamics. It is shown that the superlattice nanowires are good structures for studying the growth mechanism of electrodeposited nanowires. This work will deeply benefit the understanding of the growth process of the electrodeposited nanowires and provide important experiment data to crystal growth theory.

  16. Magneto-resistive property study of direct and indirect band gap thermoelectric Bi-Sb alloys

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    Das, Diptasikha; Malik, K.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Das, D.; Chatterjee, S.; Banerjee, Aritra

    2014-08-01

    We report magneto-resistive properties of direct and indirect band gap Bismuth-Antimony (Bi-Sb) alloys. Band gap increases with magnetic field. Large positive magnetoresistance (MR) approaching to 400% is observed. Low field MR experiences quadratic growth and at high field it follows a nearly linear behavior without sign of saturation. Carrier mobility extracted from low field MR data depicts remarkable high value of around 5 m2V-1s-1. Correlation between MR and mobility is revealed. We demonstrate that the strong nearly linear MR at high field can be well understood by classical method, co-build by Parish and Littlewood, Nature 426, 162 (2003) and Phys. Rev. B 72, 094417 (2005).

  17. Effect of Uniform Dispersion of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes on the Thermoelectric Properties of BiSbTe-Based Nanocomposites

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    Ahmad, Kaleem; Wan, Chunlei; Al-Eshaikh, Mohammad A.

    2017-02-01

    Thermoelectric properties of BiSbTe-based bulk nanocomposites by incorporation of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in different (0.0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5) vol.% were investigated from 300 K to 500 K. SWCNTs were uniformly dispersed in BiSbTe via a combination of ultra-sonication, magnetic stirring and mild ball milling. Fine BiSbTe powder was formed by crushing and ball milling the lumps in an inert environment. The composites demonstrate grain boundary structures exhibiting a three-dimensional network of one-dimensional flexible SWCNTs in BiSbTe bulks. The homogenous distribution of SWCNTs in BiSbTe drastically changes the transport properties of the composites. At 0.5 vol.% of SWCNTs, the effective thermal conductivity decreases suggesting the increased phonon scattering. Meanwhile, at 1.0 vol.% and 1.5 vol.%, the conductivities of the composites somehow increases attributed to homogenous distribution of SWCNTs in the BiSbTe matrix. The increased electrical resistivity with the addition of SWCNTs implies the enhanced scattering of carriers at the grain boundaries and SWCNTs/BiSbTe interfaces. The dimensionless figure of merit somewhat decreases with the addition of 0.5 vol.% SWCNTs. The results suggest that the figure of merit can be improved by optimizing the SWCNT composition below 0.5 vol.% by adequately tailoring the thermoelectric transport.

  18. Enhancement of power factor by energy filtering effect in hierarchical BiSbTe3 nanostructures for thermoelectric applications

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    Sabarinathan, M.; Omprakash, M.; Harish, S.; Navaneethan, M.; Archana, J.; Ponnusamy, S.; Ikeda, H.; Takeuchi, T.; Muthamizhchelvan, C.; Hayakawa, Y.

    2017-10-01

    The bismuth antimony telluride hierarchical nanostructures were synthesized by hydrothermal method using dodecanethiol as a capping agent. The flower like nanosheets with the length of 500-600 nm and thickness about 60-70 nm were obtained. XRD pattern confirmed that the formation of single phase BiSbTe3. The Raman spectroscopy measurement clearly revealed the vibration modes of BiSbTe3. The composition of synthesized compounds were homogeneous and it confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The maximum value of Seebeck coefficient and power factor were 171 μV/K and 74.78 μW/mK2, respectively for nanosheets which contains spherical shaped morphology at room temperature. The enhancement of Seebeck coefficient was due to energy dependent scattering of the charge carriers at the nanograin interfaces.

  19. High rate dry etching of (BiSb)2Te3 film by CH4/H2-based plasma

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    Song, Junqiang; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong

    2014-10-01

    Etching characteristics of p-type (BiSb)2Te3 films were studied with CH4/H2/Ar gas mixture using an inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-reactive ion etching (RIE) system. The effects of gas mixing ratio, working pressure and gas flow rate on the etch rate and the surface morphology were investigated. The vertical etched profile with the etch rate of 600 nm/min was achieved at the optimized processing parameters. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis revealed the non-uniform etching of (BiSb)2Te3 films due to disparate volatility of the etching products. Micro-masking effects caused by polymer deposition and Bi-rich residues resulted in roughly etched surfaces. Smooth surfaces can be obtained by optimizing the CH4/H2/Ar mixing ratio.

  20. Pressure evolution of electrical transport in the 3D topological insulator (Bi,Sb) 2 (Se,Te) 3

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    Jeffries, J. R.; Butch, N. P.; Vohra, Y. K.; ...

    2015-03-18

    The group V-VI compounds|like Bi2Se3, Sb2Te3, or Bi2Te3|have been widely studied in recent years for their bulk topological properties. The high-Z members of this series form with the same crystal structure, and are therefore amenable to isostructural substitution studies. It is possible to tune the Bi-Sb and Te-Se ratios such that the material exhibits insulating behavior, thus providing an excellent platform for understanding how a topological insulator evolves with applied pressure. We report our observations of the pressure-dependent electrical transport and crystal structure of a pseudobinary (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 compound. Similar to some of its sister compounds, the (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 pseudobinary compound undergoesmore » multiple, pressure-induced phase transformations that result in metallization, the onset of a close-packed crystal structure, and the development of distinct superconducting phases.« less

  1. Using anodic aluminum oxide templates and electrochemical method to deposit BiSbTe-based thermoelectric nanowires

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    Kuo, Hsin-Hui; Kuo, Chin-Guo; Yen, Chia-Ying; Yang, Cheng-Fu

    2014-02-01

    In this study, the cyclic voltammetry method was first used to find the reduced voltages and anodic peaks of Bi3+, Sb3+, and Te4+ ions as the judgments for the growth of the (Bi,Sb)2 - x Te3 + x -based materials. Ethylene glycol (C2H6O2) was used as a solvent, and 0.3 M potassium iodide (KI) was used to improve the conductivity of the solution. Two different electrolyte formulas were first used: (a) 0.01 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.01 M SbCl3, and 0.01 M TeCl4 and (b) 0.015 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.005 M SbCl3, and 0.0075 M TeCl4. The potentiostatic deposition process was first used to find the effect of reduced voltage on the variation of compositions of the (Bi,Sb)2 - x Te3 + x -based materials. After finding the better reduced voltage, 0.01 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.01 M SbCl3, and 0.01 M TeCl4 were used as the electrolyte formula. The pulse deposition process was successfully used to control the composition of the (Bi,Sb)2 - x Te3 + x -based materials and grow the nanowires in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates.

  2. Band Structure of Topological Insulator BiSbTe1.25Se1.75.

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    Lohani, H; Mishra, P; Banerjee, A; Majhi, K; Ganesan, R; Manju, U; Topwal, D; Kumar, P S Anil; Sekhar, B R

    2017-07-04

    We present our angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) and density functional theory results on quaternary topological insulator (TI) BiSbTe1.25Se1.75 (BSTS) confirming the non-trivial topology of the surface state bands (SSBs) in this compound. We find that the SSBs, which are are sensitive to the atomic composition of the terminating surface have a partial 3D character. Our detailed study of the band bending (BB) effects shows that in BSTS the Dirac point (DP) shifts by more than two times compared to that in Bi2Se3 to reach the saturation. The stronger BB in BSTS could be due to the difference in screening of the surface charges. From momentum density curves (MDCs) of the ARPES data we obtained an energy dispersion relation showing the warping strength of the Fermi surface in BSTS to be intermediate between those found in Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 and also to be tunable by controlling the ratio of chalcogen/pnictogen atoms. Our experiments also reveal that the nature of the BB effects are highly sensitive to the exposure of the fresh surface to various gas species. These findings have important implications in the tuning of DP in TIs for technological applications.

  3. Using anodic aluminum oxide templates and electrochemical method to deposit BiSbTe-based thermoelectric nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    In this study, the cyclic voltammetry method was first used to find the reduced voltages and anodic peaks of Bi3+, Sb3+, and Te4+ ions as the judgments for the growth of the (Bi,Sb)2 - x Te3 + x-based materials. Ethylene glycol (C2H6O2) was used as a solvent, and 0.3 M potassium iodide (KI) was used to improve the conductivity of the solution. Two different electrolyte formulas were first used: (a) 0.01 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.01 M SbCl3, and 0.01 M TeCl4 and (b) 0.015 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.005 M SbCl3, and 0.0075 M TeCl4. The potentiostatic deposition process was first used to find the effect of reduced voltage on the variation of compositions of the (Bi,Sb)2 - xTe3 + x-based materials. After finding the better reduced voltage, 0.01 M Bi(NO3)3-5H2O, 0.01 M SbCl3, and 0.01 M TeCl4 were used as the electrolyte formula. The pulse deposition process was successfully used to control the composition of the (Bi,Sb)2 - xTe3 + x-based materials and grow the nanowires in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. PMID:24502697

  4. Uncooled antenna-coupled terahertz detectors with 22 μs response time based on BiSb/Sb thermocouples

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    Huhn, Anna K.; Spickermann, Gunnar; Ihring, Andreas; Schinkel, Uwe; Meyer, Hans-Georg; Haring Bolívar, Peter

    2013-03-01

    We report on fast terahertz detectors based on antenna-coupled BiSb/Sb thermoelements operating at room temperature. A response time of the thermocouples as low as 22 μs and a noise equivalent power of 170 pW/√Hz at 1 kHz modulation frequency is measured in air at room temperature. The integration capability of these mass producible devices enables large-scale detector arrays for real-time terahertz imaging applications. Due to the fast response time, multiplexing of the detectors can be used to reduce the required readout circuits.

  5. Magnetic susceptibility of Dirac fermions, Bi-Sb alloys, interacting Bloch fermions, dilute nonmagnetic alloys, and Kondo alloys

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    Buot, Felix A.; Otadoy, Roland E. S.; Rivero, Karla B.

    2017-03-01

    Wide ranging interest in Dirac Hamiltonian is due to the emergence of novel materials, namely, graphene, topological insulators and superconductors, the newly-discovered Weyl semimetals, and still actively-sought after Majorana fermions in real materials. We give a brief review of the relativistic Dirac quantum mechanics and its impact in the developments of modern physics. The quantum band dynamics of Dirac Hamiltonian is crucial in resolving the giant diamagnetism of bismuth and Bi-Sb alloys. Quantitative agreement of the theory with the experiments on Bi-Sb alloys has been achieved, and physically meaningful contributions to the diamagnetism has been identified. We also treat relativistic Dirac fermion as an interband dynamics in uniform magnetic fields. For the interacting Bloch electrons, the role of translation symmetry for calculating the magnetic susceptibility avoids any approximation to second order in the field. The expressions for magnetic susceptibility of dilute nonmagnetic alloys give a firm theoretical foundation of the empirical formulas used in fitting experimental results. The unified treatment of all the above calculations is based on the lattice Weyl-Wigner formulation of discrete phase-space quantum mechanics. For completeness, the magnetic susceptibility of Kondo alloys is also given since Dirac fermions in conduction band and magnetic impurities exhibit Kondo effect.

  6. LOW TEMPERATURE THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF Bi-Sb ALLOYS WITH PARTIAL SUBSTITUTION OF Ag OR Zn FOR Sb

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    Huang, R. J.; Cai, F. S.; Gong, L. H.; Li, L. F.; Evans, D.

    2008-03-03

    Bi-Sb-Ag and Bi-Sb-Zn alloys with the general formula of Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15-x}Ag{sub x}(x = 0, 1, 3, 5, 7) and Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15-x}Zn{sub x}(x = 1, 3, 5, 7), respectively, were prepared by mechanical alloying and subsequent pressure-less sintering. The phase structures of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction. Thermoelectric properties were investigated by measuring electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The results show that the figure-of-merit of sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 14}Ag{sub 1} reach a maximum value of 2.16x10{sup -3} K{sup -1} at 219 K, which is twice as large as that of the reference sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15}. The value of 1.58x10{sup -3} K{sup -1} for figure-of-merit was obtained in the sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 14}Zn{sub 1} at 155 K, which is about 78 percent larger than that of the reference sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15} at the same temperature. The maximum figure-of-merit value is obviously shifted towards lower temperature region.

  7. Switching of charge-current-induced spin polarization in the topological insulator BiSbTeSe2

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    Yang, Fan; Ghatak, Subhamoy; Taskin, A. A.; Segawa, Kouji; Ando, Yuichiro; Shiraishi, Masashi; Kanai, Yasushi; Matsumoto, Kazuhiko; Rosch, Achim; Ando, Yoichi

    2016-08-01

    The charge-current-induced spin polarization is a key property of topological insulators for their applications in spintronics. However, topological surface states are expected to give rise to only one type of spin polarization for a given current direction, which has been a limiting factor for spin manipulations. Here, we report that in devices based on the bulk-insulating topological insulator BiSbTeSe2, an unexpected switching of spin polarization was observed upon changing the chemical potential. The spin polarization expected from the topological surface states was detected in a heavily electron-doped device, whereas the opposite polarization was reproducibly observed in devices with low carrier densities. We propose that the latter type of spin polarization stems from topologically trivial two-dimensional states with a large Rashba spin splitting, which are caused by a strong band bending at the surface of BiSbTeSe2 beneath the ferromagnetic electrode used as a spin detector. This finding paves the way for realizing the "spin transistor" operation in future topological spintronic devices.

  8. Enhanced thermoelectric figure-of-merit in Bi-Sb-Te nanocomposites with homogenously dispersed oxide ceramic ZrO2 nanoparticles

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    Madavali, B.; Kim, H. S.; Lee, K. H.; Hong, S. J.

    2017-06-01

    In this research, p-type BiSbTe/ZrO2 nanocomposite powders were fabricated by high-energy ball milling. Different weight percentages of ZrO2 (2, 4, and 6 wt. %) nanoparticles were incorporated into the bulk (BiSbTe) matrix by consolidation of as-synthesized nanocomposites (NCs) powder by spark plasma sintering at 673 K. The phase and existence of ZrO2 nano-inclusions was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy-selected area electron diffraction analysis. The Seebeck coefficient of the BiSbTe/ZrO2 NCs was significantly improved (˜36% for 4 wt. % added NCs) by a decrease in the carrier concentration and energy filtering effect, whereas the thermal conductivity was much reduced via strong scattering of carriers/phonons. The peak thermoelectric figure-of-merit (1.34 ± 0.06) was obtained for BiSbTe into which 2 wt. % ZrO2 was dispersed, which was approximately 20% greater than that of the undispersed sample. The hardness of the nanocomposites was significantly improved (˜27%) due to grain-boundary hardening and a dispersion strengthening mechanism.

  9. Pressure evolution of electrical transport in the 3D topological insulator (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3

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    Jeffries, Jason; Butch, N. P.; Vohra, Y. K.; Weir, S. T.

    2014-03-01

    The group V-VI compounds--like Bi2Se3, Sb2Te3, or Bi2Te3--have been widely studied in recent years for their bulk topological properties. The high-Z members of this series form with the same crystal structure, and are therefore amenable to isostructural substitution studies. It is possible to tune the Bi-Sb and Te-Se ratios such that the material exhibits insulating behavior, thus providing an excellent platform for understanding how a topological insulator evolves with applied pressure. We report our observations of the pressure-dependent electrical transport and compare that behavior with other binary V-VI compounds under pressure. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  10. Great enhancements in the thermoelectric power factor of BiSbTe nanostructured films with well-ordered interfaces.

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    Chang, Hsiu-Cheng; Chen, Chun-Hua; Kuo, Yung-Kang

    2013-08-07

    An innovative concept of twin-enhanced thermoelectricity was proposed to fundamentally resolve the high electrical resistance while not degrading the phonon scattering of the thermoelectric nanoassemblies. Under this frame, a variety of highly oriented and twinned bismuth antimony telluride (BixSb2-xTe3) nanocrystals were successfully fabricated by a large-area pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique on insulated silicon substrates at various deposition temperatures. The significant presence of the nonbasal- and basal-plane twins across the hexagonal BiSbTe nanocrystals, which were experimentally and systematically observed for the first time, evidently contributes to the unusually high electrical conductivity of ~2700 S cm(-1) and the power factor of ~25 μW cm(-1) K(-2) as well as the relatively low thermal conductivity of ~1.1 W m(-1) K(-1) found in these nanostructured films.

  11. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film.

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    Li, W; Claassen, M; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B; Jia, T; Zhang, C; Rebec, S; Lee, J J; Hashimoto, M; Lu, D-H; Moore, R G; Moodera, J S; Devereaux, T P; Shen, Z-X

    2016-09-07

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.

  12. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui -Zu; ...

    2016-09-07

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Finally, our resultsmore » demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.« less

  13. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2016-01-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy. PMID:27599406

  14. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2016-09-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.

  15. Great enhancements in the thermoelectric power factor of BiSbTe nanostructured films with well-ordered interfaces

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    Chang, Hsiu-Cheng; Chen, Chun-Hua; Kuo, Yung-Kang

    2013-07-01

    An innovative concept of twin-enhanced thermoelectricity was proposed to fundamentally resolve the high electrical resistance while not degrading the phonon scattering of the thermoelectric nanoassemblies. Under this frame, a variety of highly oriented and twinned bismuth antimony telluride (BixSb2-xTe3) nanocrystals were successfully fabricated by a large-area pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique on insulated silicon substrates at various deposition temperatures. The significant presence of the nonbasal- and basal-plane twins across the hexagonal BiSbTe nanocrystals, which were experimentally and systematically observed for the first time, evidently contributes to the unusually high electrical conductivity of ~2700 S cm-1 and the power factor of ~25 μW cm-1 K-2 as well as the relatively low thermal conductivity of ~1.1 W m-1 K-1 found in these nanostructured films.An innovative concept of twin-enhanced thermoelectricity was proposed to fundamentally resolve the high electrical resistance while not degrading the phonon scattering of the thermoelectric nanoassemblies. Under this frame, a variety of highly oriented and twinned bismuth antimony telluride (BixSb2-xTe3) nanocrystals were successfully fabricated by a large-area pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique on insulated silicon substrates at various deposition temperatures. The significant presence of the nonbasal- and basal-plane twins across the hexagonal BiSbTe nanocrystals, which were experimentally and systematically observed for the first time, evidently contributes to the unusually high electrical conductivity of ~2700 S cm-1 and the power factor of ~25 μW cm-1 K-2 as well as the relatively low thermal conductivity of ~1.1 W m-1 K-1 found in these nanostructured films. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Morphologies, XRD patterns, SEM compositions and room-temperature thermoelectric properties of the series of (015) oriented Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 nanocolumns (Fig. S1-S3), (00l) oriented

  16. Order, miscibility, and electronic structure of Ag(Bi,Sb)Te2 alloys and (Ag,Bi,Sb)Te precipitates in rocksalt matrix. A first-principles study

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    Barabash, V.; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2010-02-23

    Using first-principles density-functional theory calculations and cluster expansion, we predict that AgBiTe2 -AgSbTe2 alloys exhibit D4 cation order at all temperatures below melting and are fully miscible down to the room temperature and below. We also discuss the miscibility and ordering on the cation sublattice in quasiternary (Ag,Bi,Sb)Te alloys with general composition, within the subclass of structures with rocksalt topology (relevant for the case of coherent precipitates in a rocksalt matrix, e.g., in PbTe). The band structures of the AgBiTe2 and AgSbTe2 compounds and the evolution of the Fermi-surface topology at low hole dopings are presented. We use these results to refine the interpretation of the recent experimental measurements on naturally doped AgSbTe2 samples reported by Jovovic and Heremans [Phys. Rev. B 77, 245204 (2008)] and present a simplified model of the band dispersion near the valence-band maximum.

  17. Evolution of thermoelectric performance for (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys from cutting waste powders to bulks with high figure of merit

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    Fan, Xi‧an; Cai, Xin zhi; Han, Xue wu; Zhang, Cheng cheng; Rong, Zhen zhou; Yang, Fan; Li, Guang qiang

    2016-01-01

    Bi2Te3 based cutting waste powders from cutting wafers were firstly selected as raw materials to prepare p-type Bi2Te3 based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Through washing, reducing, composition correction, smelting and resistance pressing sintering (RPS) process, p-type (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloy bulks with different nominal stoichiometries were successfully obtained. The evolution of microstructure and TE performance for (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys were investigated in detail. All evidences confirmed that most of contaminants from line cutting process such as cutting fluid and oxides of Bi, Sb or Te could be removed by washing, reducing and smelting process used in this work. The carrier content and corresponding TE properties could be adjusted effectively by appropriate composition correction treatment. At lastly, a bulk with a nominal stoichiometry of Bi0.44Sb1.56Te3 was obtained and its' dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) was about 1.16 at 90 °C. The ZT values of Bi0.36Sb1.64Te3 and Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 alloy bulks could also reach 0.98 and 1.08, respectively. Different from the conventional recycling technology such as hydrometallurgy extraction methods, the separation and extraction of beneficial elements such as Bi, Sb and Te did not need to be performed and the Bi2Te3 based bulks with high TE properties could be directly obtained from the cutting waste powders. In addition, the recycling technology introduced here was green and more suitable for practical industrial application. It can improve material utilization and lower raw material costs of manufacturers.

  18. Pressure evolution of electrical transport in the 3D topological insulator (Bi,Sb) 2 (Se,Te) 3

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    Jeffries, J. R.; Butch, N. P.; Vohra, Y. K.; Weir, S. T.

    2015-03-18

    The group V-VI compounds|like Bi2Se3, Sb2Te3, or Bi2Te3|have been widely studied in recent years for their bulk topological properties. The high-Z members of this series form with the same crystal structure, and are therefore amenable to isostructural substitution studies. It is possible to tune the Bi-Sb and Te-Se ratios such that the material exhibits insulating behavior, thus providing an excellent platform for understanding how a topological insulator evolves with applied pressure. We report our observations of the pressure-dependent electrical transport and crystal structure of a pseudobinary (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 compound. Similar to some of its sister compounds, the (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 pseudobinary compound undergoes multiple, pressure-induced phase transformations that result in metallization, the onset of a close-packed crystal structure, and the development of distinct superconducting phases.

  19. Crystal growth and physical property of Bi-Sb-Te-Se topological insulator and CuxBi2Se3 topological superconductor materials

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    Gu, Genda; Yang, Alina; Schneeloch, John; Xu, Zhijun; Tranquada, John; Zhoa, J. G.; Pan, Z. H.; Yang, H. B.; Si, W. D.; Valla, T.

    2012-02-01

    The discovery of 3D topological insulator and topological superconductor materials opens up a new research field in the condensed matter physics. In order to exploit the novel surface properties of these topological insulators, it is crucial to achieve a bulk-insulating state in these topological insulator crystals. Unfortunately, all available topological insulator crystals are not bulk-insulating. We have grown a number of Bi-Se, Bi-Te, Sb-Te-Se, Bi-Sb-Se, Bi-Sb-Te-Se and Bi-Sb-Te-Se-S topological insulator single crystals by using 5N and 6N pure elements. We have measured the physical properties on these single crystals. We have studied the effect of growth condition and impurity on the bulk electrical conductivity of these single crystals. We try to answer two questions if it is possible to grow the bulk-insulating topological insulator single crystals and which maximum resistivity of these topological insulator single crystals we can grow. We have also grown a number of CuxBi2Se3 topological superconductor single crystals.

  20. Thermal Stability of P-Type BiSbTe Alloys Prepared by Melt Spinning and Rapid Sintering

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    Zheng, Yun; Tan, Gangjian; Luo, Yubo; Su, Xianli; Yan, Yonggao; Tang, Xinfeng

    2017-01-01

    P-type BiSbTe alloys have been widely implemented in waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources below 600 K, which may involve assorted environments and conditions, such as long-term service, high-temperature exposure (generally 473–573 K) and mechanical forces. It is important to evaluate the service performance of these materials in order to prevent possible failures in advance and extend the life cycle. In this study, p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 commercial zone-melting (ZM) ingots were processed by melt spinning and subsequent plasma-activated sintering (MS-PAS), and were then subjected to vacuum-annealing at 473 and 573 K, respectively, for one week. The results show that MS-PAS samples exhibit excellent thermal stability when annealed at 473 K. However, thermal annealing at 573 K for MS-PAS specimens leads to the distinct sublimation of the element Te, which degrades the hole concentration remarkably and results in inferior thermoelectric performance. Furthermore, MS-PAS samples annealed at 473 K demonstrate a slight enhancement in flexural and compressive strengths, probably due to the reduction of residual stress induced during the sintering process. The current work guides the reliable application of p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 compounds prepared by the MS-PAS technique. PMID:28772978

  1. Thermal Stability of P-Type BiSbTe Alloys Prepared by Melt Spinning and Rapid Sintering.

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    Zheng, Yun; Tan, Gangjian; Luo, Yubo; Su, Xianli; Yan, Yonggao; Tang, Xinfeng

    2017-06-06

    P-type BiSbTe alloys have been widely implemented in waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources below 600 K, which may involve assorted environments and conditions, such as long-term service, high-temperature exposure (generally 473-573 K) and mechanical forces. It is important to evaluate the service performance of these materials in order to prevent possible failures in advance and extend the life cycle. In this study, p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te₃ commercial zone-melting (ZM) ingots were processed by melt spinning and subsequent plasma-activated sintering (MS-PAS), and were then subjected to vacuum-annealing at 473 and 573 K, respectively, for one week. The results show that MS-PAS samples exhibit excellent thermal stability when annealed at 473 K. However, thermal annealing at 573 K for MS-PAS specimens leads to the distinct sublimation of the element Te, which degrades the hole concentration remarkably and results in inferior thermoelectric performance. Furthermore, MS-PAS samples annealed at 473 K demonstrate a slight enhancement in flexural and compressive strengths, probably due to the reduction of residual stress induced during the sintering process. The current work guides the reliable application of p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te₃ compounds prepared by the MS-PAS technique.

  2. Transport studies on Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films with nearly quantized anomalous Hall effect

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    Liu, Minhao; Richardella, Anthony; Kandala, Abhinav; Wang, Wudi; Yazdani, Ali; Samarth, Nitin; Ong, N. Phuan

    2015-03-01

    We describe measurements of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnetic Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films (6-8 QL thickness) grown on (111) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The Fermi level is tuned close to the neutral point by tuning the growth flux ratios of Cr, Bi and Sb. Transport measurements were carried out in a dilution fridge at a base temperature of 20 mK. By tuning the chemical potential with a back gate on the STO substrate, we observed an anomalous Hall effect as high as 0.95h/e2, with a coercive field ~ 0.15 T and a narrow transition between positive/negative Hall plateaus. Transport measurements in a non-local configuration showed a Hall-effect-like non-local resistance with a systematic dependence on the back gate voltage and with pronounced peaks which resembled the non-local resistance of the quantum Hall effect. The non-local signal has a maximum that coincides with the maximum in Hall conductivity, indicating the edge channel as its origin. Our results show that the edge channel manifests itself in various transport properties even though the Hall resistance is not perfectly quantized. Supported by DARPA SPAWAR Grant No. N66001-11-1-4110 and MURI grant on Topological Insulators (ARO W911NF-12-1-0461).

  3. All-inorganic nanocrystals as a glue for BiSbTe grains: design of interfaces in mesostructured thermoelectric materials.

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    Son, Jae Sung; Zhang, Hao; Jang, Jaeyoung; Poudel, Bed; Waring, Al; Nally, Luke; Talapin, Dmitri V

    2014-07-14

    Nano- and mesostructuring is widely used in thermoelectric (TE) materials. It introduces numerous interfaces and grain boundaries that scatter phonons and decrease thermal conductivity. A new approach has been developed for the rational design of the interfaces in TE materials by using all-inorganic nanocrystals (NCs) that serve as a "glue" for mesoscopic grains. For example, circa 10 nm Bi NCs capped with (N2H5)4Sb2Te7 chalcogenidometallate ligands can be used as an additive to BiSbTe particles. During heat treatment, NCs fill up the voids between particles and act as a "glue", joining grains in hot-pressed pellets or solution-processed films. The chemical design of NC glue allowed the selective enhancement or decrease of the majority-carrier concentration near the grain boundaries, and thus resulted in doped or de-doped interfaces in granular TE material. Chemically engineered interfaces can be used as to optimize power factor and thermal conductivity.

  4. Critical evaluation of strategies for single and simultaneous determinations of As, Bi, Sb and Se by hydride generation inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry.

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    Welna, Maja; Szymczycha-Madeja, Anna; Pohl, Pawel

    2017-05-15

    A systematic study of hydride generation (HG) of As, Bi, Sb and Se from solutions containing As(III), As(V), Bi(III), Sb(III), Sb(V), Se(IV) and Se(VI) was presented. Hydrides were generated in a gas-liquid phase separation system using a continuous flow vapor generation accessory (VGA) by mixing acidified aqueous sample, HCl and sodium borohydride reductant (NaBH4) solutions on-line. For detection, a simultaneous axially viewed inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) was applied. Effects of the HCl concentration (related to sample and additional acid solutions) and type of the pre-reducing agents used for reduction of As(V), Sb(V) and Se(VI) into As(III), Sb(III) and Se(IV) on the analytical responses of As, Bi, Sb and Se were studied and discussed. Two compromised HG reaction conditions for simultaneous measurements of As+Bi+Sb (CC1) or As+Sb+Se (CC2) were established. It was found that choice of the pre-reductant prior to formation of the hydrides is critical in obtaining the dependable results of the analysis. Accordingly, for a As(III)+As(V)+Bi(III)+Sb(III)+Sb(V) mixture and using CC1, thiourea/thiourea-ascorbic acid interfered in Bi determination and hence, total As+Sb could be measured. If L-cysteine/L-cysteine-ascorbic acid were used, measurements of total Bi+Sb was possible in these HG reaction conditions. For a As(III)+As(V)+Sb(III)+Sb(V)+Se(IV)+Se(VI) mixture and using CC2, thiourea/thiourea-ascorbic acid and L-cysteine/L-cysteine-ascorbic acid influenced HG of Se but ensured total As+Sb determination. In contrast, heating a sample solution with HCl, although did not pre-reduce As(V) and Sb(V), assured quantitative reduction of Se(VI) to Se(IV). Finally, considering all favorable pre-reducing and HG conditions, methodologies for reliable determination of total As, Bi, Sb and Se by HG-ICP-OES were proposed. Strategies for single-, two- and three-element measurements were evaluated and validated, obtaining the detection limits

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of BiMgVO 5

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    Benmokhtar, S.; El Jazouli, A.; Chaminade, J. P.; Gravereau, P.; Guillen, F.; de Waal, D.

    2004-11-01

    The new vanadate BiMgVO 5 has been prepared and its structure has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction: space group P21/n, a=7.542(6) Å, b=11.615(5) Å, c=5.305(3) Å, β=107.38(5)°, wR2=0.0447, R=0.0255. The structure consists of [Mg 2O 10] and [Bi 2O 10] dimers sharing their corners with [VO 4] tetrahedra. The ranges of bond lengths are 2.129-2.814 Å for Bi-O; 2.035-2.167 Å for Mg-O and 1.684-1.745 Å for V-O. V-O bond lengths determined from Raman band wavenumbers are between 1.679 and 1.747 Å. An emission band overlapping the entire visible region with a maximum around 650 nm is observed.

  6. Evolution of thermoelectric performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys from cutting waste powders to bulks with high figure of merit

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    Fan, Xi'an; Cai, Xin zhi; Han, Xue wu; Zhang, Cheng cheng; and others

    2016-01-15

    Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based cutting waste powders from cutting wafers were firstly selected as raw materials to prepare p-type Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Through washing, reducing, composition correction, smelting and resistance pressing sintering (RPS) process, p-type (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks with different nominal stoichiometries were successfully obtained. The evolution of microstructure and TE performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys were investigated in detail. All evidences confirmed that most of contaminants from line cutting process such as cutting fluid and oxides of Bi, Sb or Te could be removed by washing, reducing and smelting process used in this work. The carrier content and corresponding TE properties could be adjusted effectively by appropriate composition correction treatment. At lastly, a bulk with a nominal stoichiometry of Bi{sub 0.44}Sb{sub 1.56}Te{sub 3} was obtained and its' dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) was about 1.16 at 90 °C. The ZT values of Bi{sub 0.36}Sb{sub 1.64}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks could also reach 0.98 and 1.08, respectively. Different from the conventional recycling technology such as hydrometallurgy extraction methods, the separation and extraction of beneficial elements such as Bi, Sb and Te did not need to be performed and the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based bulks with high TE properties could be directly obtained from the cutting waste powders. In addition, the recycling technology introduced here was green and more suitable for practical industrial application. It can improve material utilization and lower raw material costs of manufacturers. - Graphical abstract: Three kinds of typical morphologies for the fractographs: typical lamellar structure, agglomerated submicron-sized granules and dispersed cubic particles from the initial cutting waste powders. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based wastes were directly selected as raw materials for TE

  7. Cathodic Deposition of Components in BiSbTe Ternary Compounds as Thermoelectric Films Using Choline-Chloride-Based Ionic Liquids

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    Golgovici, Florentina; Cojocaru, Anca; Nedelcu, Marin; Visan, Teodor

    2010-09-01

    This paper reports electrodeposition of BiTe, SbTe, and BiSbTe films using ionic liquids based on choline chloride (ChCl) and malonic acid mixtures (1:1 moles) at 80°C to 85°C. The electrolyte contained bismuth and/or antinomy species and tellurium species with 1.5 mM to 50 mM concentrations; Pt sheet, Pt mesh, and Pt wire were used for working, auxiliary, and quasireference electrodes, respectively. Cyclic voltammograms revealed the beginning and cathodic peak of pure Te deposition; at more negative potentials simultaneous codeposition of binary or ternary compounds as limiting currents or a series of peaks were observed. Correspondingly, two or three dissolution (stripping) anodic peaks were observed. Nyquist and Bode impedance spectra show differences in Pt behavior due to its polarization at various cathodic potentials. Equivalent-circuit components providing the best fit to the data were calculated. Deposition of BiSbTe films on copper plates was also performed by electrolysis at controlled potentials or current pulses. Some measurements of Seebeck coefficients of the obtained films were carried out.

  8. Structural, electrical and magneto-electric characteristics of BiMgFeCeO6 ceramics

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    Parida, Kalpana; Dehury, Sujit Kumar; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-12-01

    The polycrystalline sample of double perovskite BiMgFeCeO6 was prepared by a standard ceramics processing technique (high-temperature solid-state reaction). Preliminary structural analysis using X-ray diffraction data has exhibited the formation of the material in orthorhombic system. Detailed studies of electrical properties (permittivity (dielectric constant), tangent loss, electrical modulus, conductivity and impedance) of the material as a function of frequency (1 kHz-1 MHz) at different temperatures (25-500 °C) have provided many interesting results on conduction mechanism, structure-properties relationship, etc. An important role of interface in getting high dielectric material has been realized. The existence of space charge polarization and Maxwell-Wagner relaxation in the material, particularly at low frequencies and high temperatures, has been observed. Nyquist plots discuss the temperature-dependent contributions of grain, grain boundary and electrode effect. The nature and existence of the hysteresis loop confirmed the ferroelectric characteristics of the material at room temperature. Study of dc conductivity of the compound with temperature exhibits presence of negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) characteristics in it. An optical energy band gap of ∼2.9 eV was determined from the UV-visible absorbance spectrum. A unique data on magneto-electric (ME) coefficient, measured by varying dc bias magnetic field, was obtained.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of BiMgVO{sub 5}

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    Benmokhtar, S.; El Jazouli, A. . E-mail: a.eljazouli@univh2m.ac.ma; Chaminade, J.P.; Gravereau, P.; Guillen, F.; Waal, D. de

    2004-11-01

    The new vanadate BiMgVO{sub 5} has been prepared and its structure has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction: space group P21/n, a=7.542(6)A, b=11.615(5)A, c=5.305(3)A, {beta}=107.38(5){sup o}, wR2=0.0447, R=0.0255. The structure consists of [Mg{sub 2}O{sub 10}] and [Bi{sub 2}O{sub 10}] dimers sharing their corners with [VO{sub 4}] tetrahedra. The ranges of bond lengths are 2.129-2.814A for Bi-O; 2.035-2.167A for Mg-O and 1.684-1.745A for V-O. V-O bond lengths determined from Raman band wavenumbers are between 1.679 and 1.747A. An emission band overlapping the entire visible region with a maximum around 650nm is observed.

  10. Influence of Nano-3%Al2O3 on the Properties of Low Temperature Sn-58Bi (SB) Lead-free Solder Alloy

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    Amares, S.; Ervina Efzan, M. N.; Durairaj, Rajkumar; Niakan, Aliasghar

    2017-06-01

    This work studies the melting temperature, wettability, metallurgical and hardness properties of the Sn-58Bi (SB) lead-free solder alloy incorporated with nano-3%Al2O3. The melting temperature was observed at 143.44°C upon the additions of the nano-3%Al2O3 with a low contact angle of 20.4°. A well-distributed microstructure with narrower lamellar structure and finer intermetallic compounds and Sn grains was detected for the nano-3%Al2O3 added SB solder alloy. Hardness evaluation based on the Vickers hardness value was as high as 17.1Hv. Overall, the Sn-58Bi + 3% Al2O3 solder alloy appears to harvest beneficial results for these properties and can be used as potential replacement in the current electronic packaging industry.

  11. Crystal growth and physical property of Bi-Sb-Te-Se topological insulator materials, and Cu-Bi-Se and Sn-In-Te topological superconductors

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    Gu, Genda; Yang, Alina; Schneeloch, J.; Zhong, R. D.; Xu, Z. J.; Tranquada, J. M.; Pan, Z. H.; Si, W. D.; Shi, X. Y.; Li, Q.; Valla, T.

    2013-03-01

    The discovery of 3D topological insulator materials and topological superconductor opens up a new research field in the condensed matter physics. We have grown a number of Bi-Sb-Te-Se topological insulator, and Cu-Bi-Se and Sn-In-Te topological superconductor single crystals. We have measured the physical properties on these single crystals. We have studied the effect of growth condition and impurity on the bulk electrical conductivity of these single crystals. We try to answer two questions for the topological insulator materials if it is possible to grow the bulk-insulating topological insulator single crystals and Which maximum resistivity of these topological insulator single crystals we can grow. For the topological superconductor, we have got the bulk superconducting single crystals with a maximum Tc =4.5K. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 and the DOE Center for Emergent Superconductivity.

  12. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui -Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D. -H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z. -X.

    2016-09-07

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Finally, our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.

  13. [Determination of Sb and Bi in 24 international geological reference materials by using pressurized acid digestion-ICP-MS].

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    Hu, Zhao-chu; Gao, Shan; Liu, Xiao-ming; Yuan, Hong-lin; Liu, Ye; Diwu, Chun-rong

    2007-12-01

    The authors studied in detail the memory effect of Bi, Sb, As and Te in ICP-MS. The produced memory effects of these element were in the order of Bi>Sb>Te>As. Bi was seriously adsorbed by the polypropylene sample storing bottle and the sample introduction system in the low nitric acid medium (0.01%-1% HNO3). The washout effect of 0.1% HF was found to be better than those of 6% HNO3 and 0.1% HClO4. Under the given experiment conditions, the instrumental limit of detection was 0.001 and 0.0001 ng x mL(-1) for Sb and Bi, respectively. The authors report the determination of Sb and Bi in 24 international geological reference materials by using pressurized acid digestion-ICP-MS (including AGV-2, BHVO-2, BCR-2, etc.). Most of the results were found to be in reasonable agreement with the reported values in the literature. The authors' determined values of Sb for GSR-1 (granite; 0.30 microg x g(-1)) and JP-1 (peridotite; 0.045 microg x g(-1)) are obviously higher than those reported values. This is attributed to the efficient pressurized acid digestion, which is generally much more efficient than conventional wet digestions for insoluble minerals.

  14. Effects of Silver and Antimony Content in Lead-Free High-Temperature Solders of Bi-Ag and Bi-Sb on Copper Substrate

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    Nahavandi, M.; Hanim, M. A. Azmah; Ismarrubie, Z. N.; Hajalilou, A.; Rohaizuan, R.; Fadzli, M. Z. Shahrul

    2014-02-01

    Replacing high-temperature leaded solders with lead-free alternatives is an important issue in the electronics industry. This study investigates the viability of lead-free Bi-Ag and Bi-Sb solder alloys, ranging in composition from 1.5 to 5 wt.% Ag and Sb. The effects of melting point, wetting angle, microstructure, and morphology were analysed by differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive x-ray analysis. The results showed that all tested alloys had suitable melting temperatures, ranging from 271 to 276°C. The wetting angle increased by raising the Sb content, but, in contrast, by increasing the wt.% of Ag, the wetting angle decreased. A Cu-rich phase was present in all Bi-Ag alloys, The Cu-rich phase was also present in decreasing amounts with increasing Sb, but, with 5Sb, there was no Cu-rich phase, and a Cu3Sb intermetallic compound was present in the interface and as precipitates in the solder. Grooving along Cu grain boundaries was observed at the interface for the rest of the alloys.

  15. Preparation of Ag/AgCl/BiMg{sub 2}VO{sub 6} composite and its visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Guo, Rui; Zhang, Gaoke; Liu, Jiu

    2013-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: A novel composite photocatalyst Ag/AgCl/BiMg{sub 2}VO{sub 6} was synthesized by depositing Ag/AgCl nanoparticles on BiMg{sub 2}VO{sub 6} substrate via a precipitation–photoreduction method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer (UV–vis DRS). The photocatalyst showed high and stable photocatalytic activity for photocatalytic degradation of acid red G under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). In addition, the active ·O{sub 2}{sup −} and h{sup +}, as main reactive species, played the major roles during the reaction process. The high photocatalytic activity of the composite may be related to the efficient electron–hole pairs separation at the photocatalyst interfaces, as well as the surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles formed on AgCl particles in the degradation reaction.

  16. Comparison of crystal growth and thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi-Se-Te and p-type Bi-Sb-Te nanocrystalline thin films: Effects of homogeneous irradiation with an electron beam

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    Takashiri, Masayuki Imai, Kazuo; Uyama, Masato; Nishi, Yoshitake; Hagino, Harutoshi; Miyazaki, Koji; Tanaka, Saburo

    2014-06-07

    The effects of homogenous electron beam (EB) irradiation on the crystal growth and thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi-Se-Te and p-type Bi-Sb-Te thin films were investigated. Both types of thin films were prepared by flash evaporation, after which homogeneous EB irradiation was performed at an acceleration voltage of 0.17 MeV. For the n-type thin films, nanodots with a diameter of less than 10 nm were observed on the surface of rice-like nanostructures, and crystallization and crystal orientation were improved by EB irradiation. The resulting enhancement of mobility led to increased electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power factor for the n-type thin films. In contrast, the crystallization and crystal orientation of the p-type thin films were not influenced by EB irradiation. The carrier concentration increased and mobility decreased with increased EB irradiation dose, possibly because of the generation of defects. As a result, the thermoelectric power factor of p-type thin films was not improved by EB irradiation. The different crystallization behavior of the n-type and p-type thin films is attributed to atomic rearrangement during EB irradiation. Selenium in the n-type thin films is more likely to undergo atomic rearrangement than the other atoms present, so only the crystallinity of the n-type Bi-Se-Te thin films was enhanced.

  17. Effect of Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 addition on the electrical properties of Si-Mn modified on SrTiO3

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    Roh, Yoon-ah; Masaki, Takaki; Yoon, Dae-Ho

    2015-05-01

    Single-Crystalline Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) has been widely used in many fields such as catalyst, semiconductors and dielectrics. SrTiO3 is a typical perovskite-type oxide, the physical properties of which strongly depend on its chemical composition, structure, shape, size, and crystallinity. In this work, the effects of Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 addition on the nanostructure and the dielectric properties of Si-Mn modified SrTiO3 were investigated to develop nano-sized particles and low-temperature-fired SrTiO3-based ceramics with stable temperature characteristics. The dielectric constant of SrTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 was found to range from 900 to 1200 at 1 kHz for samples sintered at 1200°C. This new composition, SrTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3, can be applied as a nano-sized dielectric materials in various fields.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of (1-x)Bi(Mg{sub 2/3}Sb{sub 1/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} piezoceramics

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    Upadhyay, Ashutosh; Dwivedi, Saurabh; Pandey, Rishikesh; Singh, Akhilesh Kumar

    2016-05-23

    We present here the comprehensive x-ray diffraction and polarization-electric field hysteresis studies on (1-x)Bi(Mg{sub 2/3}Sb{sub 1/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} piezoceramics with x = 0.52, 0.56 and 0.60. The powder x-ray diffraction data reveals the presence of tetragonal phase for all the compositions. The saturation of hysteresis loop is observed for x ≤ 0.56.

  19. Phase transition and chemical order in the ferroelectric perovskite (1-x)Bi(Mg3/4W1/4)O3-xPbTiO3 solid solution system

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    Stringer, C. J.; Eitel, R. E.; Shrout, T. R.; Randall, C. A.; Reaney, I. M.

    2005-01-01

    Building on the ferroelectric family based on the Bi(Me+3)O3-PbTiO3 solid solutions, the complex solid solution (1-x )Bi(Mg3/4W1/4)O3-xPbTiO3 [(1-x)BMW-xPT] was investigated. This system was found to exhibit a broad morphotropic phase boundary at x ˜0.48mol% PbTiO3 with a corresponding Curie temperature of 205°C separating pseudocubic and tetragonal ferroelectric phases. Based on dielectric, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and calorimetric data, a simple dielectric phase field diagram was established. On further structural analysis with diffraction contrast transmission electron microscopy along with XRD, evidence of B-site chemical ordering was found for the (1-x )Bi(Me'Me″)O3-xPbTiO3 perovskite family.

  20. Electric field induced lattice strain in pseudocubic Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-modified BaTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Fujii, Ichiro; Iizuka, Ryo; Ueno, Shintaro; Nakashima, Kouichi; Wada, Satoshi; Nakahira, Yuki; Sunada, Yuya; Magome, Eisuke; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2016-04-25

    Contributions to the piezoelectric response in pseudocubic 0.3BaTiO{sub 3}-0.1Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-0.6BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction under electric fields. All of the lattice strain determined from the 110, 111, and 200 pseudocubic diffraction peaks showed similar lattice strain hysteresis that was comparable to the bulk butterfly-like strain curve. It was suggested that the hysteresis of the lattice strain and the lack of anisotropy were related to the complex domain structure and the phase boundary composition.

  1. Synthesis and structural studies on (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}−xPbTiO{sub 3} piezoceramics

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    Upadhyay, Ashutosh Pandey, Rishikesh Anand, Shashwat Singh, Akhilesh K.

    2014-04-24

    We present here the structural studies on (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}−xPbTiO{sub 3} (BMT-xPT) piezoceramics with x=0.28, 0.37 and 0.45 using powder x-ray diffraction data. Rietveld refinement of powder x-ray diffraction data reveals the tetragonal structure (space group P4mm) for the compositions with x>0.40 and rhombohedral (space group R3m) for the compositions with x<0.30 of BMT-xPT ceramics. The morphotropic phase boundary is found for the intermediate composition with 0.30

  2. Structural and dielectric properties of BaTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 thin films fabricated by chemical solution deposition

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    Moki, Shota; Kimura, Junichi; Kaneko, Noriyuki; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2014-09-01

    Thin films of the BaTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 (BT-BMT) solid-solution system were fabricated with the aim of achieving a stable temperature coefficient of capacitance (TCC) favorable for high-temperature electronics. A single perovskite phase with pseudocubic symmetry was obtained for the films fabricated by chemical solution deposition on (111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si substrates in the composition range of x = 0-0.80 for (1 - x)BT-xBMT. BMT added to the BaTiO3-based films enhanced the crystallinity of the perovskite phase and resulted in saturated P-E hysteresis behavior with remanent polarization of up to 13 µC/cm2. BMT addition led to gradual dielectric relaxation, which also resulted in stable TCC behavior with a relative dielectric constant of approximately 400 in the temperature range of RT - 400 °C, especially for the BT-BMT films with x = 0.20-0.40.

  3. Domain wall and interphase boundary motion in (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}–xPbTiO{sub 3} near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Tutuncu, Goknur; Chen, Jun; Fan, Longlong; Fancher, Chris M.; Zhao, Jianwei; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2016-07-28

    Electric field-induced changes in the domain wall motion of (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}–xPbTiO{sub 3} (BMT-xPT) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) where x = 0.37 (BMT-37PT) and x = 0.38 (BMT-38PT), are studied by means of synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Through Rietveld analysis and profile fitting, a mixture of coexisting monoclinic (Cm) and tetragonal (P4mm) phases is identified at room temperature. Extrinsic contributions to the property coefficients are evident from electric-field-induced domain wall motion in both the tetragonal and monoclinic phases, as well as through the interphase boundary motion between the two phases. Domain wall motion in the tetragonal and monoclinic phases for BMT-37PT is larger than that of BMT-38PT, possibly due to this composition's closer proximity to the MPB. Increased interphase boundary motion was also observed in BMT-37PT. Lattice strain, which is a function of both intrinsic piezoelectric strain and elastic interactions of the grains (the latter originating from domain wall and interphase boundary motion), is similar for the respective tetragonal and monoclinic phases.

  4. The motley family of polar compounds (MV)[M(X{sub 5-x}X Prime {sub x})] based on anionic chains of trans-connected M{sup (III)}(X,X Prime ){sub 6} octahedra (M=Bi, Sb; X, X Prime =Cl, Br, I) and methylviologen (MV) dications

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    Leblanc, Nicolas; Mercier, Nicolas; Allain, Magali; Toma, Oksana; Auban-Senzier, Pascale; Pasquier, Claude

    2012-11-15

    The search for hybrid organic-inorganic materials remains a great challenge in the field of ferroelectrics. Following the discovery of the room temperature ferroelectric material (MV)[BiI{sub 3}Cl{sub 2}] (MV{sup 2+}: methylviologen) exhibiting the highest polarization value in the field of hybrid ferroelectrics, we report here nine new hybrids with the general formulation (MV)[M{sup (III)}X{sub 5-x}X Prime {sub x}] (M=Bi, Sb; X, X Prime =Cl, Br, I): (MV)[BiCl{sub 3.3}Br{sub 1.7}] (1), (MV)[BiCl{sub 1.3}Br{sub 3.7}] (2), (MV)[BiBr{sub 3.2}I{sub 1.8}] (3), (MV)[SbCl{sub 5}] (4), (MV)[SbBr{sub 5}] (5), (MV)[SbCl{sub 3.8}Br{sub 1.2}] (6), (MV)[SbCl{sub 2.4}Br{sub 2.6}] (7), (MV)[SbI{sub 3}Cl{sub 2}] (8) and (MV)[SbBr{sub 3.8}I{sub 1.2}] (9). Depending on the presence of polar chains or not, and on the coupling of polar chains, two types of centrosymmetrical structures [C1] and [C2] and two types of polar structures [P1] and [P2] are defined. (2) undergoes a paraelectric-to-relaxor ferroelectric transition around 100-150 K depending of the frequency showing that the Curie temperature, T{sub C}, of (MV)[BiBr{sub 5}] (243 K) can be modulated by the substitution of Br by Cl. The most interesting family is the [P2] type because the syn coupling of polar chains is in favor of high polarization values, as in (MV)[BiI{sub 3}Cl{sub 2}]. Five of the nine new hybrids, (4), (6-9), which have the [P2] type structure are potential ferroelectrics. - Graphical abstract: The methylviologen haloantimonate (MV)[SbX{sub 5-x}X Prime {sub x}] families (X, X Prime =Cl, Br, I) - [P1] and [P2] are the two kinds of polar structures - and view of the (MV)[SbBr{sub 3.8}I{sub 1.2}] hybrid based on chiral polar chains which are in syn coupling. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nine hybrids based on methylviologen and halometalate chains have been discovered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The polar nature of chains is due to the ns{sup 2} stereoactivity of Sb{sup (III)} or Bi{sup (III

  5. High piezoelectric performance and temperature dependence of ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Bi(Mg0.5Zr0.5)O3–PbTiO3 near morphotropic phase boundary

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    Fan, Longlong; Chen, Jun; Wang, Qi; Deng, Jinxia; Yu, Ranbo; Xing, Xianran

    2014-07-01

    According to consideration on the average radius of B-site cation of BiMeO3, we reported that the Bi(Mg0.5Zr0.5)O3–xPbTiO3 compound at the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of x=0.58 possesses a piezoelectric coefficient d33 as high as 306 pC/N. The optimal piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties near the MPB might be attributed to its lower lattice distortion, as described by change of FWHM value for {1 1 1}PC peaks. Furthermore, Bi(Mg0.5Zr0.5)O3–xPbTiO3 displayed stable ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties over a temperature range from ambient temperature to above 160 °C, as exhibited by temperature dependence polarization and strain versus electric field curves and thermal depoling process.

  6. Solidifying Mn/Bi in a Magnetic Field

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    Decarlo, J. L.; Pirich, Ron G.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes experiments in directional solidification of eutectic Mn/Bi in magnetic field. Study determines whether effects of gravitationally-induced convection reduced or eliminated by magnetic field. Morphological, thermal, and magnetic analyses done on samples grown at various speeds and various applied strengths. Magnetic effects similar to those of low gravity.

  7. Domain wall and interphase boundary motion in (1-x)Bi(Mg 0.5 Ti 0.5 )O 3 –xPbTiO 3 near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Tutuncu, Goknur; Chen, Jun; Fan, Longlong; Fancher, Chris M.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Zhao, Jianwei; Jones, Jacob L.

    2016-07-28

    Electric field-induced changes in the domain wall motion of (1-x)Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3–xPbTiO3 (BMT-xPT) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) where x = 0.37 (BMT-37PT) and x =0.38 (BMT-38PT), are studied by means of synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Through Rietveld analysis and profile fitting, a mixture of coexisting monoclinic (Cm) and tetragonal (P4mm) phases is identified at room temperature. Extrinsic contributions to the property coefficients are evident from electric-field-induced domain wall motion in both the tetragonal and monoclinic phases, as well as through the interphase boundary motion between the two phases. Domain wall motion in the tetragonal and monoclinic phases for BMT-37PT is larger than that of BMT-38PT, possibly due to this composition's closer proximity to the MPB. Increased interphase boundary motion was also observed in BMT-37PT. Lattice strain, which is a function of both intrinsic piezoelectric strain and elastic interactions of the grains (the latter originating from domain wall and interphase boundary motion), is similar for the respective tetragonal and monoclinic phases.

  8. Grain size dependent phase stabilities and presence of a monoclinic (Pm) phase in the morphotropic phase boundary region of (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} piezoceramics

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    Upadhyay, Ashutosh; Singh, Akhilesh Kumar E-mail: aksingh.mst@itbhu.ac.in

    2015-04-14

    Results of the room temperature structural studies on (1−x)Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} ceramics using Rietveld analysis of the powder x-ray diffraction data in the composition range 0.28 ≤ x ≤ 0.45 are presented. The morphotropic phase boundary region exhibits coexistence of monoclinic (space group Pm) and tetragonal (space group P4 mm) phases in the composition range 0.33 ≤ x ≤ 0.40. The structure is nearly single phase monoclinic (space group Pm) in the composition range 0.28 ≤ x ≤ 0.32. The structure for the compositions with x ≥ 0.45 is found to be predominantly tetragonal with space group P4 mm. Rietveld refinement of the structure rules out the coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases in the morphotropic phase boundary region reported by earlier authors. The Rietveld structure analysis for the sample x = .35 calcined at various temperatures reveals that phase fraction of the coexisting phases in the morphotropic phase boundary region varies with grain size. The structural parameters of the two coexisting phases also change slightly with changing grain size.

  9. Role of point defects in bipolar fatigue behavior of Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 modified (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3 relaxor ceramics

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    Kumar, Nitish; Ansell, Troy Y.; Cann, David P.

    2014-04-01

    Lead-free Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3-(Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3 (BMT-BKT-BNT) ceramics have been shown to exhibit large electromechanical strains under high electric fields along with negligible fatigue under strong electric fields. To investigate the role of point defects on the fatigue characteristics, the composition 5BMT-40BKT-55BNT was doped to incorporate acceptor and donor defects on the A and B sites by adjusting the Bi/Na and Ti/Mg stoichiometries. All samples had pseudo-cubic symmetries based on x-ray diffraction, typical of relaxors. Dielectric measurements showed that the high and low temperature phase transitions were largely unaffected by doping. Acceptor doping resulted in the observation of a typical ferroelectric-like polarization with a remnant polarization and strain hysteresis loops with significant negative strain. Donor-doped compositions exhibited characteristics that were indicative of an ergodic relaxor phase. Fatigue measurements were carried out on all of the compositions. While the A-site acceptor-doped composition showed a small degradation in maximum strain after 106 cycles, the other compositions were essentially fatigue free. Impedance measurements were used to identify the important conduction mechanisms in these compositions. As expected, the presence of defects did not strongly influence the fatigue behavior in donor-doped compositions owing to the nature of their reversible field-induced phase transformation. Even for the acceptor-doped compositions, which had stable domains in the absence of an electric field at room temperature, there was negligible degradation in the maximum strain due to fatigue. This suggests that either the defects introduced through stoichiometric variations do not play a prominent role in fatigue in these systems or it is compensated by factors like decrease in coercive field, an increase in ergodicity, symmetry change, or other factors.

  10. Role of point defects in bipolar fatigue behavior of Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} modified (Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} relaxor ceramics

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    Kumar, Nitish Ansell, Troy Y.; Cann, David P.

    2014-04-21

    Lead-free Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} (BMT-BKT-BNT) ceramics have been shown to exhibit large electromechanical strains under high electric fields along with negligible fatigue under strong electric fields. To investigate the role of point defects on the fatigue characteristics, the composition 5BMT-40BKT-55BNT was doped to incorporate acceptor and donor defects on the A and B sites by adjusting the Bi/Na and Ti/Mg stoichiometries. All samples had pseudo-cubic symmetries based on x-ray diffraction, typical of relaxors. Dielectric measurements showed that the high and low temperature phase transitions were largely unaffected by doping. Acceptor doping resulted in the observation of a typical ferroelectric-like polarization with a remnant polarization and strain hysteresis loops with significant negative strain. Donor-doped compositions exhibited characteristics that were indicative of an ergodic relaxor phase. Fatigue measurements were carried out on all of the compositions. While the A-site acceptor-doped composition showed a small degradation in maximum strain after 10{sup 6} cycles, the other compositions were essentially fatigue free. Impedance measurements were used to identify the important conduction mechanisms in these compositions. As expected, the presence of defects did not strongly influence the fatigue behavior in donor-doped compositions owing to the nature of their reversible field-induced phase transformation. Even for the acceptor-doped compositions, which had stable domains in the absence of an electric field at room temperature, there was negligible degradation in the maximum strain due to fatigue. This suggests that either the defects introduced through stoichiometric variations do not play a prominent role in fatigue in these systems or it is compensated by factors like decrease in coercive field, an increase in ergodicity, symmetry change, or other factors.

  11. Large magnetoelectric response in modified BNT based ternary piezoelectric [72.5(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3)-22.5(Bi1/2K1/2TiO3)-5(BiMg1/2Ti1/2O3)]-magnetostrictive (NiFe2O4) particulate (0-3) composites

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    Tyagi, Mintu; Kumari, Mukesh; Chatterjee, Ratnamala; Sharma, Puneet

    2015-05-01

    Lead free ternary solid solution 72.5(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3)-22.5(Bi1/2K1/2TiO3)-5(BiMg1/2Ti1/2O3) with effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of 180 pC/N has been prepared. Further, particulate composites consisting of (1-x)[72.5(BNT)-22.5(BKT)-5(BMgT)]-xNiFe2O4 (NFO) (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) were synthesized, and its structural, magnetoelectric (ME), magnetostrictive, magnetic, and ferroelectric properties were studied. Large ME voltage coefficient, (αE) ˜ 73 mV/cmOe accompanied by high d33 ˜ 125 pC/N, and magnetostrictive strains, (λ11) ˜ -18 × 10-6, were obtained for x = 0.2 composite. The present study demonstrates an environmental-friendly ME particulate composite for future applications.

  12. Materials Data on ZnBiSbO5 (SG:61) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-09-30

    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

  13. Materials Data on FeBiSbS4 (SG:62) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-05

    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

  14. Materials Data on Ba2BiSbO6 (SG:148) 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

  15. Materials Data on Cs4BiSbCl12 (SG:141) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-04

    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

  16. Preparation of (Bi, Sb) 2S 3 semiconductor films by photochemical deposition method

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    Sasaki, H.; Shibayama, K.; Ichimura, M.; Masui, K.

    2002-04-01

    The photochemical deposition (PCD) technique has the advantages of economy, the capability of large area deposition and of a fast reaction rate. In this report, the PCD method using UV light of an ultra-high pressure mercury lamp was applied to form (Bi x, Sb 1- x) 2S 3 semiconducting compounds from solutions containing BiCl 3 and/or SbCl 3 Na 2S 2O 3 at pH in the acidic range 1-3. The pH of the solution was adjusted with the addition of dilute HCl solution. The substrate for the film deposition was pretreated onto the commercial pyrex-glass plate surface with the well-known solution agent of Pd activator plus Sn sensitizer. In the PCD process, the film is only deposited onto the irradiated region of the substrate so as to make a pattern using the mask. This deposition process shows the heterogeneous nucleation and growth mechanism on the substrate surface. The deposition rate of the film using a 500 W mercury lamp was about 1 μm/30 min. The crystallization characteristics of the amorphous (Bi 2S 3) deposits were studied by means of X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis (DSC) and optical transmitted spectra evaluation in order to clarify the amorphous to crystal phase transformation. The amorphous deposits showed gradual light absorption in a wide range of optical wavelengths. On the contrary, annealed film showed a sharp absorption edge near 800 nm. The crystallization temperature of the amorphous deposits was about 250-300°C.

  17. Recent Advances in the Growth of Bi-Sb-Te-Se Thin Films

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    Wang, Guoyu; Endicott, Lynn; Uher, Ctirad

    2011-08-01

    Thin films of Bi₂Te₃, Sb₂Te₃ and Bi₂Se₃ have been intensively studied during the past ten years both as the best thermoelectric materials operating near room temperature and also as an excellent material with which to explore the newly-discovered form of quantum matter called topological insulators (TI). In this review, we first recapitulate the fundamental properties of bulk forms of these materials, then discuss recent progress in fabrication of thin films and superlattices of these narrowgap semiconductors, discuss their transport properties relevant to their effectiveness as thermoelectric materials, and finally give an outlook on this material system for both fundamental study and applications in thermoelectric energy conversion.

  18. Materials Data on Ca3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-27

    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

  19. Materials Data on Ba3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-26

    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

  20. Materials Data on Sr3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-27

    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

  1. Materials Data on Ba3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-27

    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

  2. Materials Data on Sr3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-26

    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

  3. Sb concentration dependent structural and resistive properties of polycrystalline Bi-Sb alloys

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    Malik, K.; Das, Diptasikha; Mondal, D.; Chattopadhyay, D.; Deb, A. K.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Banerjee, Aritra

    2012-10-01

    Polycrystalline Bi1-xSbx alloys have been synthesized over a wide range of antimony concentration (0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) by solid state reaction method. In depth structural analysis using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and temperature dependent resistivity (ρ) measurement of synthesized samples have been performed. XRD data confirmed single phase nature of polycrystalline samples and revealed that complete solid solution is formed between bismuth and antimony. Rietveld refinement technique, utilizing maud software, has been used to perform detailed structural analysis of the samples and lattice parameters of polycrystalline Bi1-xSbx alloys have been estimated. Lattice parameter and unit cell volume decreases monotonically with increasing antimony content. The variation of lattice parameters with antimony concentration depicts a distinct slope change at x = 0.12. Band gap (Eg) has been estimated from the thermal variation of resistivity data, with the 12% Sb content sample showing maximum Eg. It has been observed that with increasing antimony concentration the transition from direct to indirect gap semiconductor is intimately related to the variation of the estimated lattice parameters. Band diagram for the polycrystalline Bi1-xSbx alloy system has also been proposed.

  4. Materials Data on Ca3BiSb (SG:221) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-10-27

    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. Materials Data on BiSb2Os (SG:225) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-05

    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

  6. Measurement of Activity of Indium in Liquid Bi-In-Sn Alloys by EMF Method

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    Kumar, M. R.; Mohan, S.; Behera, C. K.

    2016-08-01

    The electrochemical technique based on a molten salt electrolyte galvanic cell has been used to measure the activity of indium in liquid Bi-In-Sn alloys in the temperature range of 723 K to 855 K along three ternary sections. The activity of tin in Bi-Sn binary alloys has also been measured by the same technique in the above temperature range. The activity of indium in Bi-In-Sn alloys shows negative deviation from Raoult's law for most of the compositions and slight positive deviations for a few indium-rich compositions. The ternary excess molar free energies have been calculated by Darken's treatment. Isoactivity curves at 813 K in the ternary Bi-In-Sn alloys were derived by combining the activity data of In-Sn and Bi-In alloys. The values of excess molar free energy obtained in this study are compared with those calculated from the Muggianu model at 813 K.

  7. Electromotive Force Measurements in the Ternary System Bi-In-Zn

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    Knott, Sabine; Li, Zuoan; Wang, C.-H.; Mikula, Adolf

    2010-12-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the ternary Bi-In-Zn system were determined with the electromotive force (EMF) method using a liquid electrolyte. Four different cross sections with constant In/Bi ratios of 1:2, 1:1, 2:1, and 9:1 were applied to measure the thermodynamic properties of the ternary system in the temperature range between the liquidus temperature of the alloys and 973 K (700 °C). Zinc was added in steps of 5 at. pct from 5 to 90 pct. The partial free energies of Zn in liquid Bi-In-Zn alloys were determined as a function of concentration and temperature. The integral Gibbs free energy and the integral enthalpy of the ternary system at 873 K (600 °C) were calculated by Gibbs-Duhem integration. The ternary interaction parameters were evaluated using the Redlich-Kister-Muggianu polynomials.

  8. Routes to probe Bismuth induced strong-coupling superconductivity in bimetallic BiIn alloys.

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    Gandhi, Ashish Chhaganlal; Wu, Sheng Yun

    2017-08-25

    We report the observation of strong electron-phonon coupling in intergranular linked BiIn superconductors over an infinite range mediated by low-lying phonons. An enhanced superconducting transition temperature was observed from the magnetization, revealing a main diamagnetic Meissner state below TC(0) = 5.86(1) K and a critical field HC(0) = 1355(15) Oe with an In2Bi phase of the composite sample. The electron-phonon coupling to low lying phonons is found to be the leading mechanism for observed strong-coupling superconductivity in the BiIn system. Our findings suggest that In2Bi is in the strong-coupling region with TC(0) = 5.62(1) K, λep = 1.45, ωln = 45.92 K and α = 2.23. The estimated upper critical field can be well-described by a power law with α value higher than 2, consistent with the strong electron-phonon coupling.

  9. Characterization of Low-Melting-Point Sn-Bi-In Lead-Free Solders

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    Li, Qin; Ma, Ninshu; Lei, YongPing; Lin, Jian; Fu, HanGuang; Gu, Jian

    2016-11-01

    Development of lead-free solders with low melting temperature is important for substitution of Pb-based solders to reduce direct risks to human health and the environment. In the present work, Sn-Bi-In solders were studied for different ratios of Bi and Sn to obtain solders with low melting temperature. The microstructure, thermal properties, wettability, mechanical properties, and reliability of joints with Cu have been investigated. The results show that the microstructures of the Sn-Bi-In solders were composed of β-Sn, Bi, and InBi phases. The intermetallic compound (IMC) layer was mainly composed of Cu6Sn5, and its thickness increased slightly as the Bi content was increased. The melting temperature of the solders was around 100°C to 104°C. However, when the Sn content exceeded 50 wt.%, the melting range became larger and the wettability became worse. The tensile strength of the solder alloys and solder joints declined with increasing Bi content. Two fracture modes (IMC layer fracture and solder/IMC mixed fracture) were found in solder joints. The fracture mechanism of solder joints was brittle fracture. In addition, cleavage steps on the fracture surface and coarse grains in the fracture structure were comparatively apparent for higher Bi content, resulting in decreased elongation for both solder alloys and solder joints.

  10. Mechanical properties of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 solid solutions obtained by directional crystallization and spark plasma sintering

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    Lavrent'ev, M. G.; Osvenskii, V. B.; Pivovarov, G. I.; Sorokin, A. I.; Bulat, L. P.; Bublik, V. T.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the temperature dependence of the mechanical strength at uniaxial compression for solid solutions based on bismuth and antimony chalcogenides, which were prepared by three methods: (i) vertical zone melting (VZM), (ii) hot extrusion, and (iii) spark plasma sintering (SPS). In the samples of solid solutions obtained by VZM and extrusion, a brittle-ductile transition was observed in a wised temperature interval of 200-350°C. In nanostructured SPS samples, transition from brittle to plastic fracture was observed within 170-200°C. The room-temperature strength of nanostructured samples was eight to nine times as large as that of VZM samples, and the stress-strain curves of these materials were significantly different. At a temperature of about 300°C, the strength of nanostructured solid solutions decreases to nearly zero.

  11. Enhanced power factor and high-pressure effects in (Bi,Sb){sub 2}(Te,Se){sub 3} thermoelectrics

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com; Morozova, Natalia V.; Korobeinikov, Igor V.; Vokhmyanin, Alexander P.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Lukyanova, Lidia N.; Usov, Oleg A.; Kutasov, Vsevolod A.; Manakov, Andrey Y.; Likhacheva, Anna Y.; Ancharov, Alexey I.; Berger, Ivan F.; Kulbachinskii, Vladimir A.; Okada, Taku

    2015-04-06

    We investigated the effects of applied high pressure on thermoelectric, electric, structural, and optical properties of single-crystalline thermoelectrics, Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, Bi{sub x}Sb{sub 2−x}Te{sub 3} (x = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6), and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2.73}Se{sub 0.27} with the high thermoelectric performance. We established that moderate pressure of about 2–4 GPa can greatly enhance the thermoelectric power factor of all of them. X-ray diffraction and Raman studies on Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3} found anomalies at similar pressures, indicating a link between crystal structure deformation and physical properties. We speculate about possible mechanisms of the power factor enhancement and suppose that pressure/stress tuning can be an effective tool for the optimization of the thermoelectric performance.

  12. Theoretical prediction of thermodynamic activities of liquid Au-Sn-X (X=Bi, Sb, Zn) solder systems

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    Awe, O. E.; Oshakuade, O. M.

    2017-02-01

    Molecular interaction volume model has been theoretically used to predict the thermodynamic activities of tin in Au-Sn-Bi and Au-Sn-Sb and the thermodynamic activity of zinc in Au-Sn-Zn at experimental temperatures 800 K, 873 K and 973 K, respectively. On the premise of agreement between the predicted and experimental values, we predicted the activities of the remaining two components in each of the three systems. This prediction was extended from three cross-sections to five cross-sections, and to temperature range 400-600 K, relevant for applications. Iso-activities were plotted. Results show that addition of tin reduces the tendency for chemical short range order in both Au-Sb and Au-Zn systems, while addition of gold and bismuth, respectively, reduce the tendency for chemical short range order in Sn-Sb and Au-Sn systems. Also, we found that, in the desired high-temperature region for applications, while a combination of chemical order and miscibility of components exist in both Au-Sn-Bi and Au-Sn-Zn systems, only chemical order exist in the Au-Sn-Sb system. Results, further show that increase in temperature reduces the phase separation tendency in Au-Sn-Bi system.

  13. High Curie temperature BiInO3-PbTiO3 films.

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    Lee, Sun Young; Wang, Wei; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2014-06-14

    High Curie temperaturepiezoelectricthin films of xBiInO3-(1-x)PbTiO3 (x = 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, and 0.25) were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. It was found that the tetragonality of films decreased with increasing BI content. The dielectric constant and transverse piezoelectric coefficient (e31,f ) exhibit the highest values of 665 and -13.6 C/m(2) at x = 0.20. Rayleigh analyses were performed to identify the extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity with different x. The composition with x = 0.20 also exhibits the largest extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity. The Curie temperature (TC ) is increased with increasing x content from 558 to 633 °C; TC at x = 0.20 is about 584 °C.

  14. High Curie temperature BiInO3-PbTiO3 films

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    Lee, Sun Young; Wang, Wei; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2014-01-01

    High Curie temperature piezoelectric thin films of xBiInO3-(1-x)PbTiO3 (x = 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, and 0.25) were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. It was found that the tetragonality of films decreased with increasing BI content. The dielectric constant and transverse piezoelectric coefficient (e31,f) exhibit the highest values of 665 and −13.6 C/m2 at x = 0.20. Rayleigh analyses were performed to identify the extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity with different x. The composition with x = 0.20 also exhibits the largest extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity. The Curie temperature (TC) is increased with increasing x content from 558 to 633 °C; TC at x = 0.20 is about 584 °C. PMID:25316952

  15. Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of GaBi, InBi and InGaBi

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    Keen, B.; Makin, R.; Stampe, P. A.; Kennedy, R. J.; Piper, L. F. J.; McCombe, B.; McConville, C. F.; Durbin, S. M.

    2014-03-01

    Recent interest in bismuth alloys of III-V semiconductors for infrared and far-infrared device applications, specifically GaAsBi and InAsBi, has indicated that further study of the III-Bi family of binary compounds would be of great help in improving the quality of these material systems. While immiscibility issues have so far frustrated the growth of GaBi and AlBi, InBi is less problematic, and we have grown it by molecular beam epitaxy on (001) GaAs substrates. However, regions of varying composition exist across the substrate due to poor wetting of the surface. In an effort to improve film quality we have continued to refine the growth parameters by adjusting substrate temperature, beam flux ratio, and deposition rate. Characterization of these films has been performed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Additionally, we have explored growth of GaBi and In1-xGaxBi at low Ga mole fractions, and modeled this using molecular dynamics simulations. This work is supported by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York Collaborations Fund.

  16. Metal-Silicate Partitioning of Bi, In, and Cd as a Function of Temperature and Melt Composition

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    Marin, Nicole; Righter, K.; Danielson, L.; Pando, K.; Lee, C.

    2013-01-01

    The origin of volatile elements in the Earth, Moon and Mars is not known; however, several theories have been proposed based on volatile elements such as In, As, Se, Te and Zn which are in lower concentration in the Earth, Moon, and Mars than in chondrites. Explanations for these low concentrations are based on two contrasting theories for the origin of Earth: equilibrium core formation versus late accretion. One idea is that the volatiles were added during growth of the planets and Moon, and some mobilized into the metallic core while others stayed in the mantle (e.g., [1]). The competing idea is that they were added to the mantles after core formation had completed (e.g., [2]). Testing these ideas involves quantitative modeling which can only be performed after data is obtained on the systematic metal-silicate partitioning behavior of volatile elements with temperature, pressure and melt composition. Until now, such data for Bi, In, and Cd has been lacking. After conducting a series of high pressure, high temperature experiments, the metal-silicate partition coefficients of Bi, In, and Cd as a function of temperature and melt composition can be used to evaluate potential conditions under which terrestrial planets differentiated into core and mantle, and how they acquired volatiles.

  17. Bi-sulphotellurides associated with Pb - Bi - (Sb ± Ag, Cu, Fe) sulphosalts: an example from the Stan Terg deposit in Kosovo

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    Kołodziejczyk, Joanna; Pršek, Jaroslav; Voudouris, Panagiotis Ch.; Melfos, Vasilios

    2017-08-01

    New mineralogical and mineral-chemical data from the Stan Terg deposit, Kosovo, revealed the presence of abundant Bi-sulphotellurides associated with Bi- and Sb-sulphosalts and galena in pyrite-pyrrhotite-rich skarn-free ore bodies (ores without skarn minerals). The Bi-bearing association comprises Bi-sulphotellurides (joséite-A, joséite-B, unnamed phase A with a chemical formula close to (Bi,Pb)2(TeS)2, unnamed phase B with a chemical composition close to (Bi,Pb)2.5Te1.5S1.5), ikunolite, cosalite, Sb-lillianite, members of the kobellite series and Bi-jamesonite. Compositional trends of the Bi-sulphotellurides suggest lattice-scale incorporation of Bi-(Pb)-rich module and/or admixture with submicroscopic PbS layers in modulated structures, or complicated Bi-Te substitution. Cosalite is characterized by high Sb (max. 3.94 apfu), and low Cu and Ag (up to 0.72 apfu of Cu+Ag). Jamesonite from this mineralization has elevated Bi content, from 0.85 to 2.30 apfu. The negligible content of Au and Ag in the Bi-sulphotellurides, the low content of Ag in Bi-sulphosalts, together with the lack of Au-Ag bearing phases in the mineralization, indicate either ore deposition from fluid(s) depleted in precious metals, or physico-chemical conditions of ore formation preventing Au and Ag precipitation at the deposit site. The temperature of initial mineralization may have exceeded 400 °C as suggested by the lamellar exsolution textures observed in lillianite, which indicate breakdown textures from decomposition of high-temperature initial crystals. Non-stoichiometric phases among the Bi-sulphosalts and sulphotellurides studied at Stan Terg reflect modulated growth processes in a metasomatic environment.

  18. β -detected NMR of 8Li+ in Bi, Sb, and the topological insulator Bi0.9Sb0.1

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    MacFarlane, W. A.; Tschense, C. B. L.; Buck, T.; Chow, K. H.; Cortie, D. L.; Hariwal, A. N.; Kiefl, R. F.; Koumoulis, D.; Levy, C. D. P.; McKenzie, I.; McGee, F. H.; Morris, G. D.; Pearson, M. R.; Song, Q.; Wang, D.; Hor, Y. S.; Cava, R. J.

    2014-12-01

    We report the NMR Knight shift and spin-lattice relaxation of 8Li+ implanted ˜100 nm into single crystals of semimetallic Sb, Bi, and topologically insulating Bi0.9Sb0.1. We find small negative shifts (of order 100 ppm) in all three. In the insulator, the shift is nearly temperature independent, while in Bi and Sb it becomes more negative at low temperature without following the bulk susceptibility, suggesting two distinct temperature dependent contributions, possibly from the orbital and spin response. However, a simple model is unable to account for the observed shift. The spin-lattice relaxation differs in both scale and temperature dependence in all three. It is Korringa-like in Bi and remarkably is fastest in the insulating alloy and slowest in Sb with the highest bulk carrier density. These surprising results call for detailed calculations, but phenomenologically demonstrate that β -detected NMR of implanted 8Li+ is sensitive to the magnetic response of low-density carriers. The prospects for depth-resolved studies of conventional and topological surface states at lower implantation energies are good.

  19. In-situ Observation of Size and Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Sb-Te Nanowire in FIB Trimming

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    Chien, Chia-Hua; Lee, Ping-Chung; Tsai, Wei-Han; Lin, Chien-Hung; Lee, Chih-Hao; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    In this report, the thermoelectric properties of a Bi0.8Sb1.2Te2.9 nanowire (NW) were in-situ studied as it was trimmed from 750 down to 490 and 285 nm in diameter by a focused ion beam. While electrical and thermal conductivities both indubitably decrease with the diameter reduction, the two physical properties clearly exhibit different diameter dependent behaviors. For 750 and 490 nm NWs, much lower thermal conductivities (0.72 and 0.69 W/m-K respectively) were observed as compared with the theoretical prediction of Callaway model. The consequence indicates that in addition to the size effect, extra phonon scattering of defects created by Ga ion irradiation was attributed to the reduction of thermal conductivities. As the NW was further trimmed down to 285 nm, both the electrical and thermal conductivities exhibited a dramatic reduction which was ascribed to the formation of amorphous structure due to Ga ion irradiation. The size dependence of Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit (ZT) show the maximum at 750 nm, then decrease linearly with size decrease. The study not only provides the thoroughly understanding of the size and defect effects on the thermoelectric properties but also proposes a possible method to manipulate the thermal conductivity of NWs via ion irradiation. PMID:27030206

  20. In-situ Observation of Size and Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Sb-Te Nanowire in FIB Trimming

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    Chien, Chia-Hua; Lee, Ping-Chung; Tsai, Wei-Han; Lin, Chien-Hung; Lee, Chih-Hao; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-03-01

    In this report, the thermoelectric properties of a Bi0.8Sb1.2Te2.9 nanowire (NW) were in-situ studied as it was trimmed from 750 down to 490 and 285 nm in diameter by a focused ion beam. While electrical and thermal conductivities both indubitably decrease with the diameter reduction, the two physical properties clearly exhibit different diameter dependent behaviors. For 750 and 490 nm NWs, much lower thermal conductivities (0.72 and 0.69 W/m-K respectively) were observed as compared with the theoretical prediction of Callaway model. The consequence indicates that in addition to the size effect, extra phonon scattering of defects created by Ga ion irradiation was attributed to the reduction of thermal conductivities. As the NW was further trimmed down to 285 nm, both the electrical and thermal conductivities exhibited a dramatic reduction which was ascribed to the formation of amorphous structure due to Ga ion irradiation. The size dependence of Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit (ZT) show the maximum at 750 nm, then decrease linearly with size decrease. The study not only provides the thoroughly understanding of the size and defect effects on the thermoelectric properties but also proposes a possible method to manipulate the thermal conductivity of NWs via ion irradiation.

  1. Nanocomposites from Solution-Synthesized PbTe-BiSbTe Nanoheterostructure with Unity Figure of Merit at Low-Medium Temperatures (500-600 K).

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    Xu, Biao; Agne, Matthias T; Feng, Tianli; Chasapis, Thomas C; Ruan, Xiulin; Zhou, Yilong; Zheng, Haimei; Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Snyder, Gerald Jeffrey; Wu, Yue

    2017-03-01

    A scalable, low-temperature solution process is used to synthesize precursor material for Pb-doped Bi0.7 Sb1.3 Te3 thermoelectric nanocomposites. The controllable Pb-doping leads to the increase in the optical bandgap, thus delaying the onset of bipolar conduction. Furthermore, the solution synthesis enables nanostructuring, which greatly reduces thermal conductivity. As a result, this material exhibits a zT = 1 over the 513-613 K range. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Studies on Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Bi-Sb-Te Based Alloys by Gas Atomization and Hot Extrusion Processes

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    Park, Ki-Chan; Madavali, Babu; Kim, Eun-Bin; Koo, Kyung-Wan; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2016-10-01

    p-Type Bi2Te3 + 75% Sb2Te3 based thermoelectric materials were fabricated via gas atomization and the hot extrusion process. The gas atomized powder showed a clean surface with a spherical shape, and expanded in a wide particle size distribution (average particle size 50 μm). The phase of the fabricated extruded and R-extruded bars was identified using x-ray diffraction. The relative densities of both the extruded and R-extruded samples were measured by Archimedes principle with ˜98% relative density. The R-extruded bar exhibited finer grain microstructure than that of single extrusion process, which was attributed to a recrystallization mechanism during the fabrication. The R-extruded sample showed improved Vickers hardness compared to the extruded sample due to its fine grain microstructure. The electrical conductivity improved for the extruded sample whereas the Seebeck coefficient decreases due to its high carrier concentration. The peak power factor, ˜4.26 × 10-3 w/mK2 was obtained for the single extrusion sample, which is higher than the R-extrusion sample owing to its high electrical properties.

  3. Studies on Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Bi-Sb-Te Based Alloys by Gas Atomization and Hot Extrusion Processes

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    Park, Ki-Chan; Madavali, Babu; Kim, Eun-Bin; Koo, Kyung-Wan; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2017-05-01

    p-Type Bi2Te3 + 75% Sb2Te3 based thermoelectric materials were fabricated via gas atomization and the hot extrusion process. The gas atomized powder showed a clean surface with a spherical shape, and expanded in a wide particle size distribution (average particle size 50 μm). The phase of the fabricated extruded and R-extruded bars was identified using x-ray diffraction. The relative densities of both the extruded and R-extruded samples were measured by Archimedes principle with ˜98% relative density. The R-extruded bar exhibited finer grain microstructure than that of single extrusion process, which was attributed to a recrystallization mechanism during the fabrication. The R-extruded sample showed improved Vickers hardness compared to the extruded sample due to its fine grain microstructure. The electrical conductivity improved for the extruded sample whereas the Seebeck coefficient decreases due to its high carrier concentration. The peak power factor, ˜4.26 × 10-3 w/mK2 was obtained for the single extrusion sample, which is higher than the R-extrusion sample owing to its high electrical properties.

  4. Enhanced figure of merit in nanostructured (Bi,Sb)2Te3 with optimized composition, prepared by a straightforward arc-melting procedure.

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    Serrano-Sánchez, F; Gharsallah, M; Nemes, N M; Biskup, N; Varela, M; Martínez, J L; Fernández-Díaz, M T; Alonso, J A

    2017-07-24

    Sb-doped Bi2Te3 is known since the 1950s as the best thermoelectric material for near-room temperature operation. Improvements in material performance are expected from nanostructuring procedures. We present a straightforward and fast method to synthesize already nanostructured pellets that show an enhanced ZT due to a remarkably low thermal conductivity and unusually high Seebeck coefficient for a nominal composition optimized for arc-melting: Bi0.35Sb1.65Te3. We provide a detailed structural analysis of the Bi2-xSbxTe3 series (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) based on neutron powder diffraction as a function of composition and temperature that reveals the important role played by atomic vibrations. Arc-melting produces layered platelets with less than 50 nm-thick sheets. The low thermal conductivity is attributed to the phonon scattering at the grain boundaries of the nanosheets. This is a fast and cost-effective production method of highly efficient thermoelectric materials.

  5. Bi-O covalency in PbTiO3-BiInO3 with enhanced ferroelectric properties: Synchrotron radiation diffraction and first-principles study

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    Wang, Fangfang; Fan, Longlong; Ren, Yang; Chen, Jun; Xing, Xianran

    2014-06-01

    High-TC ferroelectric (1 - x)PbTiO3-xBiInO3 shows a sustainable spontaneous polarization in tetragonal phase by amount of BiInO3 augmented. It is rare and interesting that weak ferroelectric In3+ substitution does not reduce ferroelectricity as most of BiMeO3 materials. To understand this abnormality behavior, the structure and the cation displacements are studied by means of synchrotron radiation diffraction. The cation displacements of A-site atoms and B-site atoms exhibit a coupling property. Their sustainedly increasing trend is quantitatively associated with spontaneous polarization. Moreover, the structure, the valence electron density distributions, electron localization function, and Bader analysis have been researched on the chemical bond in (1 - x)PbTiO3-xBiInO3 through first-principles calculations here. Although In atoms substitution reduces the covalency degree, this loss is offset by enhanced covalency between Bi-O bonds. The crucial role of Bi atom substitution not only contributes to enhance the covalency but also promotes the polarization.

  6. SR-BI as target in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease - A comprehensive appraisal of the cellular functions of SR-BI in physiology and disease.

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    Hoekstra, Menno

    2017-03-01

    High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered an anti-atherogenic lipoprotein species due to its role in reverse cholesterol transport. HDL delivers cholesterol esters to the liver through selective uptake by scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI). In line with the protective role for HDL in the context of cardiovascular disease, studies in mice and recently also in humans have shown that a disruption of normal SR-BI function predisposes subjects to the development of atherosclerotic lesions and cardiovascular disease. Although SR-BI function has been studied primarily in the liver, it should be acknowledged that the SR-BI protein is expressed in multiple tissues and cell types across the body, albeit at varying levels between the different tissues. Given that SR-BI is widely expressed throughout the body, multiple cell types and tissues can theoretically contribute to the atheroprotective effect of SR-BI. In this review the different functions of SR-BI in normal physiology are highlighted and the (potential) consequences of cell type-specific disruption of SR-BI function for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease susceptibility discussed. It appears that hepatocyte and platelet SR-BI inhibit respectively the development of atherosclerotic lesions and thrombosis, suggesting that SR-BI located on these cell compartments should be regarded as being a protective factor in the context of cardiovascular disease. The relative contribution of SR-BI present on endothelial cells, steroidogenic cells, adipocytes and macrophages to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease remains less clear, although proper SR-BI function in these cells does appear to influence multiple processes that impact on cardiovascular disease susceptibility.

  7. Slurry sampling flow injection chemical vapor generation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the determination of trace Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi in cosmetic lotions.

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    Chen, Wei-Ni; Jiang, Shiuh-Jen; Chen, Yen-Ling; Sahayam, A C

    2015-02-20

    A slurry sampling inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method has been developed for the determination of Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi in cosmetic lotions using flow injection (FI) vapor generation (VG) as the sample introduction system. A slurry containing 2% m/v lotion, 2% m/v thiourea, 0.05% m/v L-cysteine, 0.5 μg mL(-1) Co(II), 0.1% m/v Triton X-100 and 1.2% v/v HCl was injected into a VG-ICP-MS system for the determination of Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi without dissolution and mineralization. Because the sensitivities of the analytes in the slurry and that of aqueous solution were quite different, an isotope dilution method and a standard addition method were used for the determination. This method has been validated by the determination of Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi in GBW09305 Cosmetic (Cream) reference material. The method was also applied for the determination of Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi in three cosmetic lotion samples obtained locally. The analysis results of the reference material agreed with the certified value and/or ETV-ICP-MS results. The detection limit estimated from the standard addition curve was 0.025, 0.1, 0.2, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.03 ng g(-1) for Ge, As, Cd, Sb, Hg and Bi, respectively, in original cosmetic lotion sample.

  8. Defect studies in MBE grown GaSb{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} layers

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    Segercrantz, N.; Kujala, J.; Tuomisto, F.; Slotte, J.; Song, Y.; Wang, S.

    2014-02-21

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy in Doppler broadening mode is used to study epitaxial layers of GaSb{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} on undoped GaSb. The samples were grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy at different temperatures and with different Bi/Sb beam equivalent pressure ratios resulting in Bi concentrations of 0–0.7 %. The results show a relationship between the growth parameters and Doppler broadening parameters. Incorporating Bi into GaSb decreases the vacancy concentration in the epitaxial layers compared to the sample with no Bi in the epitaxial layer.

  9. Difference in expression patterns of placental cholesterol transporters, ABCA1 and SR-BI, in Meishan and Yorkshire pigs with different placental efficiency

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    Hong, Linjun; Xu, Xiangdong; Huang, Ji; Lei, Minggang; Xu, Dequan; Zhao, Shuhong; Yu, Mei

    2016-01-01

    Cholesterol is a key cell membrane component and precursor of steroid hormones. The maternal cholesterol is an important exogenous cholesterol source for the developing embryos and its transportation is mediated by ABCA1 and SR-BI. Here we reported that during the peri-implantation period in pigs, ABCA1 was expressed by uterine luminal epithelium (LE) and interestingly, its expression was more abundantly in LE on mesometrial side of uterus. However, SR-BI was expressed primarily by LE, glandular epithelial cells (GE) and trophoblast cells (Tr). During the placentation period, the expression levels of ABCA1 and SR-BI proteins at epithelial bilayer and placental areolae were significantly higher in Chinese Meishan pigs compared to Yorkshire pigs. Consisitently, mRNA levels of HMGCR, the rate-limiting enzyme for cholesterol synthesis, were significantly higher in Meishan placentas than in Yorkshire placentas. Our findings revealed the routes of transplacental cholesterol transport mediated by ABCA1 and SR-BI in pigs and indicated that ABCA1 related pathway may participate in anchoring the conceptus to the mesometrial side of uterus. Additionally, an ABCA1 dependent compensatory mechanism related to the placental efficiency in response to the smaller placenta size in Meishan pigs was suggested. PMID:26852751

  10. Finite Element-Assisted Assessment of the Thermo-cyclic Characteristics of Leads Soldered with SnAgCu(+Bi,In) Alloys

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    Lis, Adrian; Nakanishi, Kohei; Matsuda, Tomoki; Sano, Tomokazu; Minagawa, Madoka; Okamoto, Masahide; Hirose, Akio

    2017-03-01

    Solder joints between leads and printed circuit boards in thin small outline packages were produced with conventional Sn1.0Ag0.7Cu (SAC107) and Sn3.0Ag0.7Cu (SAC305) solders as well as various solder alloys with gradually increasing amounts of Bi (up to 3.0 wt.%) and In (up to 1.0 wt.%) within the SAC107 base solder. The reliability of soldered leads in temperature cycle (TC) tests improved most with solder alloys containing both Bi (1.6 wt.%) and In (0.5 wt.%). Microindentation and electron probe microanalysis mappings revealed that the effect originates from a combination of solution and precipitation strengthening of the initial SAC alloy. The distribution of inelastic strain accumulation (ISA), as a measure for degradation, was determined in the solder joints by finite element calculations. It was shown that defects in the solder proximal to the lead (<60-75 μm) strongly impact the reliability and provoke crack initiation around the defect where the highest ISA is located. In particular, similar TC performance can be expected for defect-free joints and for those whose defects exceed the threshold distance from the lead (>60-75 μm), which was underpinned by similar cracking characteristics along the lead-solder interface. The ISA was confirmed to be lower in SAC+Bi/In alloys owing to their enhanced elasto-plastic properties. Moreover, the addition of a thin Cu coating on the leads could improve the joint reliability, as suggested by the calculation of the ISA and the acceleration factor.

  11. Finite Element-Assisted Assessment of the Thermo-cyclic Characteristics of Leads Soldered with SnAgCu(+Bi,In) Alloys

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    Lis, Adrian; Nakanishi, Kohei; Matsuda, Tomoki; Sano, Tomokazu; Minagawa, Madoka; Okamoto, Masahide; Hirose, Akio

    2017-07-01

    Solder joints between leads and printed circuit boards in thin small outline packages were produced with conventional Sn1.0Ag0.7Cu (SAC107) and Sn3.0Ag0.7Cu (SAC305) solders as well as various solder alloys with gradually increasing amounts of Bi (up to 3.0 wt.%) and In (up to 1.0 wt.%) within the SAC107 base solder. The reliability of soldered leads in temperature cycle (TC) tests improved most with solder alloys containing both Bi (1.6 wt.%) and In (0.5 wt.%). Microindentation and electron probe microanalysis mappings revealed that the effect originates from a combination of solution and precipitation strengthening of the initial SAC alloy. The distribution of inelastic strain accumulation (ISA), as a measure for degradation, was determined in the solder joints by finite element calculations. It was shown that defects in the solder proximal to the lead (<60-75 μm) strongly impact the reliability and provoke crack initiation around the defect where the highest ISA is located. In particular, similar TC performance can be expected for defect-free joints and for those whose defects exceed the threshold distance from the lead (>60-75 μm), which was underpinned by similar cracking characteristics along the lead-solder interface. The ISA was confirmed to be lower in SAC+Bi/In alloys owing to their enhanced elasto-plastic properties. Moreover, the addition of a thin Cu coating on the leads could improve the joint reliability, as suggested by the calculation of the ISA and the acceleration factor.

  12. Theory versus experiment for a family of single-layer compounds with a similar atomic arrangement: (Tl,X )/Si(111 )√{3 }×√{3 }(X =Pb,Sn,Bi,Sb,Te,Se)

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    Matetskiy, A. V.; Kibirev, I. A.; Mihalyuk, A. N.; Eremeev, S. V.; Gruznev, D. V.; Bondarenko, L. V.; Tupchaya, A. Y.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2017-08-01

    Two-dimensional compounds made of one monolayer of Tl and one-third monolayer of Pb, Bi, Te, or Se (but not of Sn or Sb) on Si(111) have been found to have a similar atomic arrangement which can be visualized as a √{3 }×√{3 } -periodic honeycomb network of chained Tl trimers with atoms of the second adsorbate occupying the centers of the honeycomb units. Structural and electronic properties of the compounds have been examined in detail theoretically using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and experimentally using low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) observations. It has been found that though structural parameters of the compounds are very similar for all species, the only common feature of their band structure is a considerable spin-splitting of the surface-state bands, while other basic electronic properties vary greatly with a change of species. The Tl-Pb compound is strongly metallic with two metallic surface-state bands; the Tl-Bi compound is also metallic but with a single metallic band; the Tl-Te and Tl-Se compounds appear to be insulators.

  13. ApoA-I induces S1P release from endothelial cells through ABCA1 and SR-BI in a positive feedback manner.

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    Liu, Xing; Ren, Kun; Suo, Rong; Xiong, Sheng-Lin; Zhang, Qing-Hai; Mo, Zhong-Cheng; Tang, Zhen-Li; Jiang, Yue; Peng, Xiao-Shan; Yi, Guang-Hui

    2016-12-01

    Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), which has emerged as a pivotal signaling mediator that participates in the regulation of multiple cellular processes, is derived from various cells, including vascular endothelial cells. S1P accumulates in lipoproteins, especially HDL, and the majority of free plasma S1P is bound to HDL. We hypothesized that HDL-associated S1P is released through mechanisms associated with the HDL maturation process. ApoA-I, a major HDL apolipoprotein, is a critical factor for nascent HDL formation and lipid trafficking via ABCA1. Moreover, apoA-I is capable of promoting bidirectional lipid movement through SR-BI. In the present study, we confirmed that apoA-I can facilitate the production and release of S1P by HUVECs. Furthermore, we demonstrated that ERK1/2 and SphK activation induced by apoA-I is involved in the release of S1P from HUVECs. Inhibitor and siRNA experiments showed that ABCA1 and SR-BI are required for S1P release and ERK1/2 phosphorylation induced by apoA-I. However, the effects triggered by apoA-I were not suppressed by inhibiting ABCA1/JAK2 or the SR-BI/Src pathway. S1P released due to apoA-I activation can stimulate the (ERK1/2)/SphK1 pathway through S1PR (S1P receptor) 1/3. These results indicated that apoA-I not only promotes S1P release through ABCA1 and SR-BI but also indirectly activates the (ERK1/2)/SphK1 pathway by releasing S1P to trigger their receptors. In conclusion, we suggest that release of S1P induced by apoA-I from endothelial cells through ABCA1 and SR-BI is a self-positive-feedback process: apoA-I-(ABCA1 and SR-BI)-(S1P release)-S1PR-ERK1/2-SphK1-(S1P production)-(more S1P release induced by apoA-I).

  14. Headspace trapping of the hydrides on a Pd(II)-coated graphite adsorptive bar as a microextraction method for ETV-ICP-MS determination of Se, Te and Bi in seawater and human hair samples.

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    Xiong, Chaomei; Hu, Bin

    2010-04-15

    A new, simple and sensitive method by combining headspace Pd(II)-coated graphite bar microextraction (GBME) with electrothermal vaporization-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ETV-ICP-MS) was developed for the determination of trace Se, Te and Bi in seawater and human hair. In this method, the graphite bar was coated with Pd(II) and then used for headspace trapping of the hydrides of Se(IV), Te(IV) and Bi(III). The graphite bar with enriched hydrides of analytes was inserted directly into the graphite tube and subsequently determined by ETV-ICP-MS according to the established temperature program. The experimental parameters, which may affect the extraction and vaporization of target analytes, were systematically investigated and the optimal experimental conditions were established. Under the optimal conditions, the detection limits of the method were 8.6, 2.6 and 0.2 ng l(-1) and the relative standard deviations (RSDs) were 7.0%, 6.2% and 8.0% (C=0.20 microg l(-1), n=7) for Se, Te and Bi, respectively. Linearity was obtained over the range of 0.05-20.00, 0.01-5.00 and 0.01-20.00 microg l(-1) with the correlation coefficients of 0.9942, 0.9997 and 0.9976 for Se, Te and Bi, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied for the determination of trace Se, Te and Bi in seawater and human hair samples. In order to validate the method, the proposed method has also been applied for the determination of trace Se, Te and Bi in the certified material of GBW07601 human hair, and the determined values were in good agreement with the certified values.

  15. [Quantitatively determining trace elements Co and Bi in gelatin by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry method--applying IEC model to correct the spectral interference of Fe to Co].

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    Du, Bao-An; Shen, Shi-Gang; Li, Zhi-Ting; Xu, Jian-Zhong; Ma, Li-Qian; Sun, Han-Wen

    2005-01-01

    By ICP-AES, the authors established the method to quantitatively determine the trace elements Co and Bi in gelatin. The authors processed the unknown sample with wet digesting method. Trace elements in gelatin could be quantitatively determined at the same time. To correct the spectral interference of Fe to Co at specific wavelength, the Interelement Correction(IEC) model was established. The results of the experiment showed that the IEC model could effectively erase the spectral interference of Fe to Co. The result of the spectral correction was greatly superior to the result where the spectral interference weren't corrected by the IEC model. The method was accurate, quick with high performance and wide linear range. The linear correlation coefficient of the tested elements was over 0.999 90. The relative standard deviation (RSD%) was less than 2.00%. The recovery rates were in the range of 98%-107%.

  16. Atomic-level structural correlations across the morphotropic phase boundary of a ferroelectric solid solution: xBiMg1/2Ti1/2O3-(1$-$x)PbTiO3

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    Datta, Kaustuv; Neder, Reinhard B.; Chen, Jun; ...

    2017-03-28

    Revelation of unequivocal structural information at the atomic level for complex systems is uniquely important for deeper and generic understanding of the structure property connections and a key challenge in materials science. Here in this paper we report an experimental study of the local structure by applying total elastic scattering and Raman scattering analyses to an important non-relaxor ferroelectric solid solution exhibiting the so-called composition-induced morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), where concomitant enhancement of physical properties have been detected. The powerful combination of static and dynamic structural probes enabled us to derive direct correspondence between the atomic-level structural correlations and reportedmore » properties. The atomic pair distribution functions obtained from the neutron total scattering experiments were analysed through big-box atom-modelling implementing reverse Monte Carlo method, from which distributions of magnitudes and directions of off-centred cationic displacements were extracted. We found that an enhanced randomness of the displacement-directions for all ferroelectrically active cations combined with a strong dynamical coupling between the A- and B-site cations of the perovskite structure, can explain the abrupt amplification of piezoelectric response of the system near MPB. Finally, altogether this provides a more fundamental basis in inferring structure-property connections in similar systems including important implications in designing novel and bespoke materials.« less

  17. Pb-Bi-Ag-Cu-(Hg) chemistry of galena and some associated sulfosalts. A review and some new data from Colorado California and Pennsylvania

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    Foord, Eugene E.; Shawe, Daniel R.

    1989-01-01

    Galena, associated with Pb-Bi-Ag sulfosalts and simple sulfides, contains varied amounts of Ag and Bi in the Dandy vein system, Idarado mine, Ouray, Colorado; the Jackass mine, Darwin District, California; and the Leadville district, Colorado. Silver- and bismuth-bearing galena associated with minor amounts of pyrite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite occur at the Pequea mine, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Ag and Bi contents in the Dandy suite of galena range from about 1.4 to 3.4 and 2.5 to 6.5 wt.% respectively, and are comparable or lower in galena from the other localities. Exsolved matildite is present in galena from the Dandy, Jackass and Leadville localities. The presence in significant amounts of both Ag and Bi in a Pb-rich sulfide system is necessary for formation of PbSss (galena solid-solution). If Ag (especially) and Bi (to a lesser extent) are absent, the galena formed will be essentially pure PbS. Some minor Sb may substitute for Bi. Compositional data for all of the galena samples are in agreement with a previously proposed linear relationship between a and Ag-Bi(Sb) content. Matildite and seven additional Pb-Bi-Ag-Cu sulfosalts have been identified from the Dandy vein system, based on electron-microprobe analyses and some X-ray powder-diffraction data.

  18. Uncooled Thermopile Infrared Detector Linear Arrays with Detectivity Greater Than 10(super script9) cmHZ(super script 1/2)/W

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    Foote, Marc C.; Jones, Eric W.; Caillat, Thierry

    1997-01-01

    We have fabricated 63-element linear arrays of micromachined thermopile infrared detectors on silicon substrates. Each detector consists of a suspended silicon nitride membrane with 11 thermocouples of sputtered Bi-Te and Bi-Sb-Te films.

  19. Refinement of Mg{sub 2}Si reinforcement in a commercial Al–20%Mg{sub 2}Si in-situ composite with bismuth, antimony and strontium

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    Nordin, Nur Azmah; Farahany, Saeed Ourdjini, Ali; Abu Bakar, Tuty Asma; Hamzah, Esah

    2013-12-15

    Refinement by addition elements of Al–Mg{sub 2}Si alloys is known to result in a change of primary Mg{sub 2}Si morphology. In this paper, the effects of Bi, Sb and Sr on the characteristic parameters of Al–20%Mg{sub 2}Si in-situ composite have been investigated by computer aided cooling curve thermal analysis and microstructural inspection. Size, density and aspect ratio measurements showed that additions of 0.4 wt.% Bi, 0.8 wt.% Sb and 0.01 wt.% Sr refined the Mg{sub 2}Si reinforcement. Exceeding these concentrations, however, resulted in coarsening of Mg{sub 2}Si particles with no change in the morphology. The results also showed that addition elements caused a decrease in the nucleation and growth temperatures of Mg{sub 2}Si particles. The refining effect of Bi, Sb and Sr is likely to be related to the effect of oxide bifilms suspended in the composite melt as favored nucleation substrates for Mg{sub 2}Si particles. - Highlight: • 0.4 wt.%, 0.8 wt.% and 0.01 wt.% is the optimum content for Bi, Sb and Sr addition. • Exceeding optimum concentration resulted in the coarsening of reinforcements. • Nucleation and growth temperatures decrease with addition of Bi, Sb and Sr. • The refining effect of Bi, Sb and Sr is likely to be related to the oxide bifilms.

  20. Stabilization of Thermoelectric Properties of the Cu/Bi0.48Sb1.52Te3 Composite for Advantageous Power Generation

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    Xie, Dewen; Xu, Jingtao; Liu, Zhu; Liu, Guoqiang; Shao, Hezhu; Tan, Xiaojian; Jiang, Haochuan; Jiang, Jun

    2016-09-01

    Bi2Te3 thermoelectric materials have been developed for refrigeration around room temperature. But the ZT values decrease quickly above 400 K, which need to be improved for applications in power generation. In the present work, P-type Cu/BiSbTe alloys have been prepared via a zone melting method followed by spark plasma sintering. Due to the effects of Cu powders, the as-prepared materials exhibit a shift of the peak Seebeck coefficient value towards higher temperature and suppressed lattice thermal conductivity with increasing Cu powders. A peak ZT value as high as 0.87 has been obtained around 500 K in the BiSbTe alloy with 1 wt.% Cu powder addition, and the ZT values stabilize above 0.8 from 375 K to 550 K. This high and stable value for BiSbTe alloys at such a high temperature is very attractive for its application in power generation devices.

  1. Stabilization of Thermoelectric Properties of the Cu/Bi0.48Sb1.52Te3 Composite for Advantageous Power Generation

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    Xie, Dewen; Xu, Jingtao; Liu, Zhu; Liu, Guoqiang; Shao, Hezhu; Tan, Xiaojian; Jiang, Haochuan; Jiang, Jun

    2017-05-01

    Bi2Te3 thermoelectric materials have been developed for refrigeration around room temperature. But the ZT values decrease quickly above 400 K, which need to be improved for applications in power generation. In the present work, P-type Cu/BiSbTe alloys have been prepared via a zone melting method followed by spark plasma sintering. Due to the effects of Cu powders, the as-prepared materials exhibit a shift of the peak Seebeck coefficient value towards higher temperature and suppressed lattice thermal conductivity with increasing Cu powders. A peak ZT value as high as 0.87 has been obtained around 500 K in the BiSbTe alloy with 1 wt.% Cu powder addition, and the ZT values stabilize above 0.8 from 375 K to 550 K. This high and stable value for BiSbTe alloys at such a high temperature is very attractive for its application in power generation devices.

  2. STM studies of topological phase transition in (Bi,In)2Se3

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    Zhang, Wenhan; Wang, Xueyun; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Wu, Weida; Weida Wu Team; Sang-Wook Cheong Collaboration

    Topological insulators (TI) are a class of materials with insulating bulk and metallic surface state, which is the result of band inversion induced by strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The transition from topological phase to non-topological phase is of great significance. In theory, topological phase transition is realized by tuning SOC strength. It is characterized by the process of gap closing and reopening. Experimentally it was observed in two systems: TlBi(S1-xSex)2 and (Bi1-xInx)2 Se3 where the transition is realized by varying isovalent elements doping concentration. However, none of the previous studies addressed the impact of disorder, which is inevitable in doped systems. Here, we present a systematic scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy study on (Bi1-xInx)2 Se3 single crystals with different In concentrations across the transition. Our results reveal an electronic inhomogeneity due to the random distribution of In defects which locally suppress the topological surface states. Our study provides a new angle of understanding the topological transition in the presence of strong disorders. This work is supported by NSF DMR-1506618.

  3. Baicalin promotes cholesterol efflux by regulating the expression of SR-BI in macrophages

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    Yu, Renchao; Lv, Yuexia; Wang, Juanling; Pan, Nana; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Xiaxia; Yu, Haichu; Tan, Lijuan; Zhao, Yunhe; Li, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Intake of a high dosage of baicalin has previously been shown to attenuate hyperlipidemia induced by a high-fat diet. Baicalin functions as an activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ), which is the key regulator of reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that baicalin could promote cholesterol efflux in macrophages through activating PPAR-γ. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate-stimulated THP-1 cells were treated with oxidized low-density lipoprotein and (3H)-cholesterol for 24 h, and the effects of baicalin on cholesterol efflux were evaluated in the presence of apolipoprotein A-1 (ApoA-1), or high-density lipoprotein subfraction 2 (HDL2) or subfraction 3 (HDL3). The expression levels of scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), PPAR-γ and liver X receptor-α (LXRα) were detected and specific inhibitors or activators of SR-BI, PPAR-γ and LXRα were applied to investigate the mechanism. Treatment of THP-1 macrophages with baicalin significantly accelerated HDL-mediated, but not ApoA-1-mediated cholesterol efflux. However, baicalin treatment increased the expression of SR-BI at the mRNA and protein levels in a dose- and time-dependent manner, and pre-treatment with the SR-BI inhibitor BLT-1 and SR-BI small interfering RNA significantly inhibited baicalin-induced cholesterol efflux. Furthermore, baicalin increased the expression of PPAR-γ and LXRα, and the application of specific agonists and inhibitors of PPAR-γ and LXRα changed the expression of SR-BI, as well as cholesterol efflux. It may be concluded that baicalin induced cholesterol efflux from THP-1 macrophages via the PPAR-γ/LXRα/SR-BI pathway. PMID:28105139

  4. Baicalin promotes cholesterol efflux by regulating the expression of SR-BI in macrophages.

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    Yu, Renchao; Lv, Yuexia; Wang, Juanling; Pan, Nana; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Xiaxia; Yu, Haichu; Tan, Lijuan; Zhao, Yunhe; Li, Bo

    2016-12-01

    Intake of a high dosage of baicalin has previously been shown to attenuate hyperlipidemia induced by a high-fat diet. Baicalin functions as an activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ), which is the key regulator of reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that baicalin could promote cholesterol efflux in macrophages through activating PPAR-γ. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate-stimulated THP-1 cells were treated with oxidized low-density lipoprotein and ((3)H)-cholesterol for 24 h, and the effects of baicalin on cholesterol efflux were evaluated in the presence of apolipoprotein A-1 (ApoA-1), or high-density lipoprotein subfraction 2 (HDL2) or subfraction 3 (HDL3). The expression levels of scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), PPAR-γ and liver X receptor-α (LXRα) were detected and specific inhibitors or activators of SR-BI, PPAR-γ and LXRα were applied to investigate the mechanism. Treatment of THP-1 macrophages with baicalin significantly accelerated HDL-mediated, but not ApoA-1-mediated cholesterol efflux. However, baicalin treatment increased the expression of SR-BI at the mRNA and protein levels in a dose- and time-dependent manner, and pre-treatment with the SR-BI inhibitor BLT-1 and SR-BI small interfering RNA significantly inhibited baicalin-induced cholesterol efflux. Furthermore, baicalin increased the expression of PPAR-γ and LXRα, and the application of specific agonists and inhibitors of PPAR-γ and LXRα changed the expression of SR-BI, as well as cholesterol efflux. It may be concluded that baicalin induced cholesterol efflux from THP-1 macrophages via the PPAR-γ/LXRα/SR-BI pathway.

  5. In-situ Observation and Differential Thermal Analysis of MnBi in High Magnetic Fields

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    Miyazaki, Daiki; Mitsui, Yoshifuru; Abematsu, Ken-ichi; Takahashi, Kohki; Watanabe, Kazuo; Uda, Satoshi; Koyama, Keiichi

    For investigating in-field process of melting and solidification visually and quantitatively, in-situ observation system with differential thermal analysis (DTA) utilized in high temperature and in high magnetic field was developed. Decomposition processes of the bulk sample of ferromagnetic MnBi were directly observed with collecting DTA data under high magnetic field of 10 T for the 290-770 K temperature range. When the temperature was over decomposition point (ferromagnetic MnBi → paramagnetic Mn1.08Bi + liquid), liquid phase appeared on the sample surface. Furthermore, when the temperature was over peritectic temperature (∼ 700 K: paramagnetic Mn1.08Bi → Mn + liquid), the sample surface was broken and a large quantity of the liquid phase appeared from the sample. The in-situ observation also suggested that the decomposition temperature increased from 620 K for a zero field to 638 K for a magnetic field of 10 T.

  6. Immunomodulatory activity of a Chinese herbal drug Yi Shen Juan Bi in adjuvant arthritis

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    Perera, Pathirage Kamal; Li, Yunman; Peng, Cheng; Fang, Weirong; Han, Caifeng

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the immunomodulating mechanisms of a Chinese herbal medicine Yi Shen Juan Bi (YJB) in treatment of adjuvant arthritis (AA) in rats. Materials and Methods: Levels of serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) were measured by the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Expression of TNF-α mRNA and IL-1β mRNA in synovial cells was measured with the semi-quantitative technique of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), while caspase-3 was examined by western blot analysis. Results: The administration of YJB significantly decreased the production of serum TNF-α and IL-1β. It also decreased significantly the TNF-α mRNA, IL-1β mRNA, and caspase-3 expression in synoviocytes. Conclusions: YJB produces the immunomodulatory effects by downregulating the over-activated cytokines, while it activates caspase-3, which is the key executioner of apoptosis in the immune system. This may be the one of the underlying mechanisms that explains how YJB treats the rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:20711367

  7. Thickness Dependence of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in Magnetic Topological Insulator Films.

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    Feng, Xiao; Feng, Yang; Wang, Jing; Ou, Yunbo; Hao, Zhenqi; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Zuocheng; Zhang, Liguo; Lin, Chaojing; Liao, Jian; Li, Yongqing; Wang, Li-Li; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Wang, Yayu; He, Ke; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-08-01

    The evolution of the quantum anomalous Hall effect with the thickness of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2 Te3 magnetic topological insulator films is studied, revealing how the effect is caused by the interplay of the surface states, band-bending, and ferromagnetic exchange energy. Homogeneity in ferromagnetism is found to be the key to high-temperature quantum anomalous Hall material.

  8. Thermoelectric Materials for Low Temperature Cooling

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    2009-10-02

    Grauer , Y. S. Hor and R. J. Cava, Mat. Res. Bull. 44 1926 (2009). 4. Accomplishments/New Findings: Bi-Sb The elements Bi and Sb form a...students Christopher Holmes-Parker, David Grauer and Clifford Engle summer research.

  9. Tailoring exchange couplings in magnetic topological-insulator/antiferromagnet heterostructures

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    He, Qing Lin; Kou, Xufeng; Grutter, Alexander J.; Yin, Gen; Pan, Lei; Che, Xiaoyu; Liu, Yuxiang; Nie, Tianxiao; Zhang, Bin; Disseler, Steven M.; Kirby, Brian J.; Ratcliff, William, II; Shao, Qiming; Murata, Koichi; Zhu, Xiaodan; Yu, Guoqiang; Fan, Yabin; Montazeri, Mohammad; Han, Xiaodong; Borchers, Julie A.; Wang, Kang L.

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic topological insulators such as Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 provide a platform for the realization of versatile time-reversal symmetry-breaking physics. By constructing heterostructures exhibiting Néel order in an antiferromagnetic CrSb and ferromagnetic order in Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3, we realize emergent interfacial magnetic phenomena which can be tailored through artificial structural engineering. Through deliberate geometrical design of heterostructures and superlattices, we demonstrate the use of antiferromagnetic exchange coupling in manipulating the magnetic properties of magnetic topological insulators. Proximity effects are shown to induce an interfacial spin texture modulation and establish an effective long-range exchange coupling mediated by antiferromagnetism, which significantly enhances the magnetic ordering temperature in the superlattice. This work provides a new framework on integrating topological insulators with antiferromagnetic materials and unveils new avenues towards dissipationless topological antiferromagnetic spintronics.

  10. Tailoring exchange couplings in magnetic topological-insulator/antiferromagnet heterostructures.

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    He, Qing Lin; Kou, Xufeng; Grutter, Alexander J; Yin, Gen; Pan, Lei; Che, Xiaoyu; Liu, Yuxiang; Nie, Tianxiao; Zhang, Bin; Disseler, Steven M; Kirby, Brian J; Ratcliff Ii, William; Shao, Qiming; Murata, Koichi; Zhu, Xiaodan; Yu, Guoqiang; Fan, Yabin; Montazeri, Mohammad; Han, Xiaodong; Borchers, Julie A; Wang, Kang L

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic topological insulators such as Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 provide a platform for the realization of versatile time-reversal symmetry-breaking physics. By constructing heterostructures exhibiting Néel order in an antiferromagnetic CrSb and ferromagnetic order in Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3, we realize emergent interfacial magnetic phenomena which can be tailored through artificial structural engineering. Through deliberate geometrical design of heterostructures and superlattices, we demonstrate the use of antiferromagnetic exchange coupling in manipulating the magnetic properties of magnetic topological insulators. Proximity effects are shown to induce an interfacial spin texture modulation and establish an effective long-range exchange coupling mediated by antiferromagnetism, which significantly enhances the magnetic ordering temperature in the superlattice. This work provides a new framework on integrating topological insulators with antiferromagnetic materials and unveils new avenues towards dissipationless topological antiferromagnetic spintronics.

  11. Improved mechanical properties of thermoelectric (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3 by nanostructuring

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    Lavrentev, M. G.; Osvenskii, V. B.; Parkhomenko, Yu. N.; Pivovarov, G. I.; Sorokin, A. I.; Bulat, L. P.; Kim, H.-S.; Witting, I. T.; Snyder, G. J.; Bublik, V. T.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.

    2016-10-01

    Temperature-dependent strength of Bi-Sb-Te under uniaxial compression is investigated. Bi-Sb-Te samples were produced by three methods: vertical zone-melting, hot extrusion, and spark plasma sintering (SPS). For zone-melted and extruded samples, the brittle-ductile transition occurs over a temperature range of 200-350 °C. In nanostructured samples produced via SPS, the transition is observed in a narrower temperature range of 170-200 °C. At room temperature, the strength of the nanostructured samples is higher than that of zone-melted and extruded samples, but above 300 °C, all samples decrease to roughly the same strength.

  12. Fe-Doping Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃.

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    Mun, Hyeona; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Jong-Young; Lee, Jeong Hoon; Lim, Jae-Hong; Park, Hee Jung; Roh, Jong Wook; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-03-05

    The substitutional doping approach has been shown to be an effective strategy to improve ZT of Bi₂Te₃-based thermoelectric raw materials. We herein report the Fe-doping effects on electronic and thermal transport properties of polycrystalline bulks of p-type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃. After a small amount of Fe-doping on Bi/Sb-sites, the power factor could be enhanced due to the optimization of carrier concentration. Additionally, lattice thermal conductivity was reduced by the intensified point-defect phonon scattering originating from the mass difference between the host atoms (Bi/Sb) and dopants (Fe). An enhanced ZT of 1.09 at 300 K was obtained in 1.0 at% Fe-doped Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃ by these synergetic effects.

  13. Infrared studies of topological insulator systems

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    Post, Kirk; Chapler, Brian; Schafgans, Alex; Liu, Mengkun; Wu, Jih-Sheng; Richardella, Anthony; Lee, Joon Sue; Reijnders, Anjan; Lee, Yun Sang; He, Liang; Kou, Xufeng; Novak, Mario; Taskin, Alexey; Segawa, Kouji; Goldflam, Michael; Stinson, H. Theodore; Qi, Xiao Liang; Burch, Kenneth; Wang, Kang; Fogler, Michael; Samarth, Nitin; Ando, Yoichi; Basov, Dimitri

    The theoretical prediction, and subsequent experimental realization, of topological insulator (TI) systems, has vaulted this new class of materials to the vanguard of condensed matter physics. Since their discovery, we have carried out a number of infrared studies on various TI systems, including Bi2Se3, Bi1-xSbx, and Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey crystals as well as Bi2Se3 and (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films. A key element of these works is the revelation that the infrared response of Bi1-xSbx crystals and (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films possess a significant, or even dominant, component from the topologically protected surface states. I will review these works and discuss future prospects of measuring the surface state response through optical spectroscopy techniques

  14. Knockdown expression and hepatic deficiency reveal anatheroprotective role for SR-BI in liver and peripheral tissues

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    Huby, Thierry; Doucet, Chantal; Dachet, Christiane; Ouzilleau,Betty; Ueda, Yukihiko; Afzal, Veena; Rubin, Edward; Chapman, M. John; Lesnik, Philippe

    2006-07-18

    Scavenger receptor SR-BI has been implicated inHDL-dependent atheroprotective mechanisms. We report the generation of anSR-BI conditional knockout mouse model in which SR-BI gene targeting byloxP site insertion produced a hypomorphic allele (hypomSR-BI).Attenuated SR-BI expression in hypomSR-BI mice resulted in 2-foldelevation in plasma total cholesterol (TC) levels. Cre-mediated SR-BIgene inactivation of the hypomorphic SR-BI allele in hepatocytes(hypomSR-BI-KOliver) was associated with high plasma TC concentrations,increased plasma free cholesterol/TC (FC/TC) ratio, and alipoprotein-cholesterol profile typical of SR-BI-/- mice. Plasma TClevels were increased 2-fold in hypomSR-BI and control mice fed anatherogenic diet, whereas hypomSR-BI-KOliver and SR-BI-/- mice developedsevere hypercholesterolemia due to accumulation of FC-rich, VLDL-sizedparticles. Atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI mice was enhanced (2.5-fold)compared with that in controls, but to a much lower degree than inhypomSR-BI-KOliver (32-fold) and SR-BI-/- (48-fold) mice. The lattermodels did not differ in either plasma lipid levels or in the capacity ofVLDL-sized lipoproteins to induce macrophage cholesterol loading.However, reduced atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI-KOliver mice wasassociated with decreased lesional macrophage content as compared withthat in SR-BI-/- mice. These data imply that, in addition to its majoratheroprotective role in liver, SR-BI may exert an antiatherogenic rolein extrahepatic tissues.

  15. Distribution of Be, Al, Se and Bi in the surface waters of the western North Atlantic and Caribbean

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    Measures, C. I.; Grant, B.; Khadem, M.; Lee, D. S.; Edmond, J. M.

    1984-11-01

    The mixed layer distributions of several trace elements have been determined along a detailed transect from Rhode Island to the Panama Canal. When taken together with a new and existing profile data from the North Atlantic and North Pacific, some general inferences emerge as to the processes controlling their concentrations in the surface waters. The large enrichments in Be observed in the upper waters of the North Atlantic relative to the North Pacific appear to be sustained mainly by fluvial inputs. Those of Se are derived from atmospheric transport. Aluminium and Bi also appear to have an aeolian source in the Sargasso Sea. However, in the tropical eastern Pacific, the Al input may be fluvial On this cruise, Be, Al and the Se species were analyzed on board ship within a few hours of collection. The demonstration that this is feasible opens up the prospect of the application of large-scale chemical hydrography to the study of the processes controlling the distribution and water column variability of trace elements in the oceans.

  16. Experimental Verification of Van Vleck Nature of Long-Range Ferromagnetic Order in Vanadium-Doped Three-Dimensional Topological Insulator Sb2Te3

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    2015-01-01

    principle calculations predicted that the insulating magnetic ground state can indeed be obtained by a proper choice of TM dopants, through van Vleck... magnetic TI Cr- and V-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3, where the insulating FM order [21] excludes the RKKY-type interaction and indicates the FM mechanism to be of...Experimental Verification of Van Vleck Nature of Long-Range Ferromagnetic Order in Vanadium-Doped Three-Dimensional Topological Insulator Sb2Te3

  17. Estimation of Phonon and Carrier Thermal Conductivities for Bulk Thermoelectric Materials Using Transport Properties

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    Otsuka, Mioko; Homma, Ryoei; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro

    2016-09-01

    The phonon and carrier thermal conductivities of thermoelectric materials were calculated using the Wiedemann-Franz law, Boltzmann equation, and a method we propose in this study called the Debye specific heat method. We prepared polycrystalline n-type doped bismuth telluride (BiTe) and bismuth antimony (BiSb) bulk alloy samples and measured six parameters (Seebeck coefficient, resistivity, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, magneto-resistivity, and Hall coefficient). The carrier density and mobility were estimated for calculating the carrier thermal conductivity by using the Boltzmann equation. In the Debye specific heat method, the phonon thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity were calculated from the temperature dependence of the effective specific heat by using not only the measured thermal conductivity and Debye model, but also the measured thermal diffusivity. The carrier thermal conductivity was also evaluated from the phonon thermal conductivity by using the specific heat. The ratio of carrier thermal conductivity to thermal conductivity was evaluated for the BiTe and BiSb samples, and the values obtained using the Debye specific heat method at 300 K were 52% for BiTe and <5.5% for BiSb. These values are either considerably larger or smaller than those obtained using other methods. The Dulong-Petit law was applied to validate the Debye specific heat method at 300 K, which is significantly greater than the Debye temperature of the BiTe and BiSb samples, and it was confirmed that the phonon specific heat at 300 K has been accurately reproduced using our proposed method.

  18. Magnetic modulation doping in topological insulators toward higher-temperature quantum anomalous Hall effect

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    Mogi, M. Yoshimi, R.; Yasuda, K.; Kozuka, Y.; Tsukazaki, A.; Takahashi, K. S.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2015-11-02

    Quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), which generates dissipation-less edge current without external magnetic field, is observed in magnetic-ion doped topological insulators (TIs) such as Cr- and V-doped (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3}. The QAHE emerges when the Fermi level is inside the magnetically induced gap around the original Dirac point of the TI surface state. Although the size of gap is reported to be about 50 meV, the observable temperature of QAHE has been limited below 300 mK. We attempt magnetic-Cr modulation doping into topological insulator (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} films to increase the observable temperature of QAHE. By introducing the rich-Cr-doped thin (1 nm) layers at the vicinity of both the surfaces based on non-Cr-doped (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} films, we have succeeded in observing the QAHE up to 2 K. The improvement in the observable temperature achieved by this modulation-doping appears to be originating from the suppression of the disorder in the surface state interacting with the rich magnetic moments. Such a superlattice designing of the stabilized QAHE may pave a way to dissipation-less electronics based on the higher-temperature and zero magnetic-field quantum conduction.

  19. Structure and transport of topological insulators on epitaxial graphene

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    Kally, James; Reifsnyder Hickey, Danielle; Lin, Yu-Chuan; Richardella, Anthony; Lee, Joon Sue; Robinson, Joshua; Mkhoyan, K. Andre; Samarth, Nitin

    Recent advancements in spintronics have shown that a class of materials, topological insulators (TI), can be used as a spin-current generator or detector. Topological insulators have protected surface states with the electron's spin locked to its momentum. To access these surface states, (Bi, Sb)2Te3 can be grown by molecular beam epitaxy to have the Fermi energy near the Dirac point so that transport occurs only through the spin-dependent surface states. Graphene is another 2D material of great interest for spintronics because of its very long spin diffusion length. This is an ideal material to act as a spin channel in devices. The van der Waals nature of the growth exhibited by 2D materials such as (Bi, Sb)2Te3 and graphene allows heterostructures to be formed despite the large lattice mismatch. We explore the structure and transport of (Bi, Sb)2Te3 grown on epitaxial graphene on 6H-SiC substrates for spintronic applications. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN and LEAST, two of the six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  20. Composites of Bi{sub 2-x}Sb{sub x}Te{sub 3} nanocrystals and fullerene molecules for thermoelectricity

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    Kulbachinskii, V.A.; Kytin, V.G.; Popov, M.Yu.; Buga, S.G.; Stepanov, P.B.; Blank, V.D.

    2012-09-15

    New nanocomposite thermoelectric material composed from nanocrystallites of Bi-Sb-Te alloys covered by C{sub 60} molecules has been synthesized and studied. An increase of fullerene content leads to the growth of hole concentration in p-type materials and reduction of electron concentration in n-type materials. The fullerene molecules provide additional scattering of phonons reducing lattice heat conductivity. Reduction of heat conductivity exceeds the reduction of electrical conductivity for fullerene content less than 0.5 volume % and essential enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit. The maximum value of thermoelectric figure of merit equals to 1.17 at 450 K was observed in Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3} composite containing 0.5 volume % C{sub 60} molecules. The experimental results were analyzed in a frame of the model based on the Boltzmann equation. The analysis considers light and heavy electrons and holes and accounts the intervalley scattering of charge carriers. The calculations of the kinetic coefficients shows that the improvement of the thermoelectric figure of merit originates from the reduction of the lattice heat conductivity caused by fullerene molecules. The dependencies of the thermoelectric figure of merit on the acceptor concentration were calculated. - Graphical abstract: New nanocomposite thermoelectric material composed from nanocrystallites of Bi-Sb-Te alloys covered by C{sub 60} molecules has been synthesized and studied. An increase of fullerene content leads to the growth of hole concentration in p-type materials and reduction of electron concentration in n-type materials. The fullerene molecules provide additional scattering of phonons reducing lattice heat conductivity and enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit. The maximum value of thermoelectric figure of merit equal to 1.17 at 450 K was observed in Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3} composite containing 0.5 volume % fullerene molecules. Simulations of thermoelectric

  1. L{sub 3}-subshell alignment of Au and Bi in collisions with 12-55-MeV carbon ions

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    Kumar, Ajay; Choudhury, R. K.; Agnihotri, A. N.; Chatterjee, S.; Misra, D.; Tribedi, L. C.; Kasthurirangan, S.; Sarkadi, L.

    2010-06-15

    Angular distribution of the L x-ray intensities in Au and Bi induced by 12-55-MeV carbon ions has been measured. The L{sub {alpha}}, L{sub {beta}}, and L{sub {gamma}} x-ray intensities were found to be isotropic within experimental uncertainty. The alignment parameter A{sub 20} of the L{sub 3} (2p{sub 3/2}) subshell was deduced from the measured anisotropy parameter {beta} value of the well-resolved L{sub l} line, obtained from the angular distribution of the I{sub Ll}/I{sub L{alpha}}, I{sub Ll}/I{sub L{beta}}, and I{sub Ll}/I{sub L{gamma}} x-ray intensity ratios. The measured A{sub 20} values have been compared with those obtained using theoretical models that involve the plane-wave Born approximation; projectile's energy loss and its Coulomb deflection from the straight-line trajectory, perturbed-stationary-state, and relativistic effects (ECPSSR); and ECPSSR with the intrashell effect.

  2. Lead, Ba and Bi in Antarctic Law Dome ice corresponding to the 1815 AD Tambora eruption: an assessment of emission sources using Pb isotopes

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    Vallelonga, P.; Candelone, J.-P.; Van de Velde, K.; Curran, M. A. J.; Morgan, V. I.; Rosman, K. J. R.

    2003-06-01

    Lead, Ba and Bi concentrations and Pb isotopic compositions have been measured in Antarctic Law Dome (66.8°S, 112.4°E) ice dated from 1814 AD to 1819 AD by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry to investigate the possible deposition of heavy metals from the 1815 AD eruption of Tambora volcano (8.5°S, 117.4°E) in Indonesia. Although volcanic S emissions from Tambora (observed as SO 42-) are present in the Antarctic ice core record, there are grounds to question the origin of the Pb and Bi also deposited at Law Dome from late 1817, as the Pb isotope data suggest this Pb originated from Mount Erebus (77.5°S, 167.2°E) on Ross Island, Antarctica. It is shown that at least 97% of any Pb and Bi emitted from Tambora was removed from the atmosphere within the 1.6 year period required to transport aerosols from Indonesia to Antarctica. Consequently, increased Pb and Bi concentrations observed in Law Dome ice about 1818 AD are attributed to either increased heavy metal emissions from Mount Erebus, or increased fluxes of heavy metals to the Antarctic ice sheet resulting from climate and meteorological modifications following the Tambora eruption. Elevated Ba concentrations, observed from mid-1816 to mid-1818, indicate increased atmospheric loading of rock and soil dust also occurred at the time.

  3. Influence of Ce substitution for Bi in BiVO4 and the impact on the phase evolution and microwave dielectric properties.

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    Zhou, Di; Pang, Li-Xia; Guo, Jing; Qi, Ze-Ming; Shao, Tao; Wang, Qiu-Ping; Xie, Hui-Dong; Yao, Xi; Randall, Clive A

    2014-01-21

    In the present work, the (Bi1-xCex)VO4 (x ≤ 0.6) ceramics were prepared via a solid-state reaction method and all the ceramic samples could be densified below 900 °C. From the X-ray diffraction analysis, it is found that a monoclinic scheelite solid solution can be formed in the range x ≤ 0.10. In the range 0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.60, a composite region with both monoclinic scheelite and tetragonal zircon solid solutions was formed and the content of the zircon phase increased with the calcined or sintering temperature. The refined lattice parameters of (Bi0.9Ce0.1)VO4 are a = 5.1801(0) Å, b = 5.0992(1) Å, c = 11.6997(8) Å, and γ = 90.346(0)° with the space group I112/b(15). The VO4 tetrahedron contracts with the substitution of Ce for Bi at the A site, and this helps to keep the specific tetrahedron chain stable in the monoclinic structure. The microwave dielectric permittivity was found to decrease linearly from 68 to about 26.6; meanwhile, the quality factor (Qf) value increased from 8000 GHz to around 23900 GHz as the x value increased from 0 to 0.60. The best microwave dielectric properties were obtained in a (Bi0.75Ce0.25)VO4 ceramic with a permittivity of ∼47.9, a Qf value of ∼18000 GHz, and a near-zero temperature coefficient of ∼+15 ppm/°C at a resonant frequency of around 7.6 GHz at room temperature. Infrared spectral analysis supported that the dielectric contribution for this system at microwave region could be attributed to the absorptions of structural phonon oscillations. This work presents a novel method to modify the temperature coefficient of BiVO4-type materials. This system of microwave dielectric ceramic might be an interesting candidate for microwave dielectric resonator and low-temperature cofired ceramic technology applications.

  4. Photoluminescence of InGaAs/GaAsBi/InGaAs type-II quantum wells grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Pan, Wenwu; Zhang, Liyao; Zhu, Liang; Song, Yuxin; Li, Yaoyao; Wang, Chang; Wang, Peng; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Fan; Shao, Jun; Wang, Shumin

    2017-01-01

    In x Ga1-x As/GaAs1-y Bi y /In x Ga1-x As (0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.22, 0.035 ≤ y ≤ 0.045) quantum wells (QWs) were grown on GaAs substrates by gas source molecular beam epitaxy for realizing the type-II band edge line-up. Both type-I and type-II transitions were observed in the Bi containing W QWs and the photoluminescence intensity was enhanced in the sample with a high Bi content, which is mainly due to the improvement of carrier confinement. The 8 band k · p model was used to analyze the electronic properties in the QWs and the calculated transition energies fit well with the experiment results. Our study shows that the proposed type-II QW is a promising candidate for realizing GaAs-based near infrared light emitting devices near 1.3 μm.

  5. New type of multijunction thermopile IR detector

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    Sun, Tietun; Guo, Lihui

    1996-09-01

    A newly designed thin-film thermopile infrared detector, which as an absorption layer and a sensitive area on two sides are fabricated using integrated-circuit technology. The device uses a series-connected thermocouples array whose `hot' junction are supported on a thin Myler film of 1 - 3 micrometers thickness. By a special method of fasting the shadow mask, the thermopile with 48 Bi-Sb couples for 2 X 2 mm(superscript 2) area produces a responsivity of 50 - 70 V/W and relaxation time of about 70 ms.

  6. Material compatibility and thermal aging of thermoelectric materials.

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    Gardea, Andrew D.; Nishimoto, Ryan; Yang, Nancy Y. C.; Morales, Alfredo Martin; Whalen, Scott A.; Chames, Jeffrey M.; Clift, W. Miles

    2009-09-01

    In order to design a thermoelectric (TE) module suitable for long-term elevated temperature use, the Department 8651 has conducted parametric experiments to study material compatibility and thermal aging of TE materials. In addition, a comprehensive material characterization has been preformed to examine thermal stability of P- and N-based alloys and their interaction with interconnect diffusion barrier(s) and solder. At present, we have completed the 7-days aging experiments for 36 tiles, from ambient to 250 C. The thermal behavior of P- and N-based alloys and their thermal interaction with both Ni and Co diffusion barriers and Au-Sn solder were examined. The preliminary results show the microstructure, texture, alloy composition, and hardness of P-(Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} and N-Bi{sub 2}(Te,Se){sub 3} alloys are thermally stable up to 7 days annealing at 250 C. However, metallurgical reactions between the Ni-phosphor barriers and P-type base alloy were evident at temperatures {ge} 175 C. At 250 C, the depth (or distance) of the metallurgical reaction and/or Ni diffusion into P-(Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} is approximately 10-15 {micro}m. This thermal instability makes the Ni-phosphor barrier unsuitable for use at temperatures {ge} 175 C. The Co barrier appeared to be thermally stable and compatible with P(Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} at all annealing temperatures, with the exception of a minor Co diffusion into Au-Sn solder at {ge} 175 C. The effects of Co diffusion on long-term system reliability and/or the thermal stability of the Co barrier are yet to be determined. Te evaporation and its subsequent reaction with Au-Sn solder and Ni and Co barriers on the ends of the tiles at temperatures {ge} 175 C were evident. The Te loss and its effect on the long-term required stoichiometry of P-(Bi, Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} are yet to be understood. The aging experiments of 90 days and 180 days are ongoing and scheduled to be completed in 30 days and 150 days, respectively. Material

  7. Selenium, tellurium and precious metal mineralogy in Uchalinsk copper-zinc-pyritic district, the Urals

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    Vikentev, I.

    2016-04-01

    During processing the most of Au, Ag, Se, Te, Pb, Bi, Sb, Hg as well as notable part of Cu, Zn and Cd fail for tailings and became heavy metal pollutants. Modes of occurrence of Au, Ag, Te and Se covers two giant VMS deposits: Uchaly (intensively deformed) and Uzelginsk (altered by late hydrothermal processes) as well as middle-sized Molodezn and West Ozern deposits (nondeformed) have been studied. Mineral forms of these elements as well as their presence in disperse mode in common ore minerals (pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite) have been studied using SEM, EPMA, INAA, ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS.

  8. Study of zinc oxide ceramics

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    Petvkhov, A.P.; Fedotova, O.I.; Rumyantseva, I.A.; Teslenko, S.P.

    1986-01-01

    The authors determined the elemental and phase composition of zinc oxide ceramic (ZOC) by emission spectral (ESA), x-ray phase (XPA), and micro x-ray spectral (MXSA) analysis as well as by the method of electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA). They studied the microstructure on metallographic and scanning electron microscopes using MXSA and ESCA data. Samples of ZOC were synthesized in the system of oxides Zn, Bi, Sb, Co, Mn, Sn, Si, Ni, Mg, Cr and B. The authors found that several mechanisms are responsible for the changes in the parameters of varistors based on zinc oxide ceramic, each of whose contribution depends on the operating conditions of the varistor.

  9. Non-equilibrium Phenomenon between Electron and Lattice Systems Induced by the Peltier Effect

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    Iwasaki, Hideo; Hori, Hidenobu; Sasaki, Shosuke

    2005-08-01

    Temperature distributions of the electron and lattice systems induced by the Peltier effect have been precisely measured by improved Harman method, where the temperature differences (Δ Tel and Δ Tla) have been independently evaluated for several terminal lengths (LV) in thermoelectric materials (Bi,Sb)2Te3. Both temperature distributions have different behaviors in the stationary state, that is, the LV dependences of Δ Tel and Δ Tla show positive and negative curvatures, respectively. It is also indicated that the temperature difference has a linear relation to LV in the whole system and the observed non-equilibrium phenomenon is consistent with a law of the conservation of heat quantity.

  10. Mapping the chemical potential dependence of current-induced spin polarization in a topological insulator

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    Lee, Joon Sue; Richardella, Anthony; Hickey, Danielle Reifsnyder; Mkhoyan, K. Andre; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-10-01

    We report electrical measurements of the current-induced spin polarization of the surface current in topological insulator devices where contributions from bulk and surface conduction can be disentangled by electrical gating. The devices use a ferromagnetic tunnel junction (permalloy/Al 2O3 ) as a spin detector on a back-gated (Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 channel. We observe hysteretic voltage signals as the magnetization of the detector ferromagnet is switched parallel or antiparallel to the spin polarization of the surface current. The amplitude of the detected voltage change is linearly proportional to the applied dc bias current in the (Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 channel. As the chemical potential is tuned from the bulk bands into the surface state band, we observe an enhancement of the spin-dependent voltages up to 300% within the range of the electrostatic gating. Using a simple model, we extract the spin polarization near charge neutrality (i.e., the Dirac point).

  11. Wettability Studies of Pb-Free Soldering Materials

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    Moser, Z.; Gąsior, W.; Pstruś, J.; Dębski, A.

    2008-12-01

    For Pb-free soldering materials, two main substitutes are currently being considered, consisting of Sn-Ag and Sn-Ag-Cu eutectics, both with melting points higher than that of the Sn-Pb eutectic. Therefore, both will require higher soldering temperatures for industrial applications. Also, both eutectics have a higher surface tension than the Sn-Pb eutectic, requiring wettability studies on adding Bi, Sb, and In to the eutectics to decrease the melting points and surface tension. The experimental results for the surface tension were compared with thermodynamic modeling by Butler’s method and were used to create the SURDAT database, which also includes densities for pure metals, binary, ternary, quaternary, and quinary alloys. To model the surface tension, excess Gibbs energies of the molten components were taken from the ADAMIS database. For the case of the Ag-Sn system, enthalpies of formation of Ag3Sn from solution calorimetry were used for checking optimized thermodynamic parameters. In the study of Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Sb liquid alloys, the range of possible Bi compositions for practical applications has been used to formulate a generalized metric of wettability, which was checked by measurements of the influence of In on the Sn-Ag-Cu system.

  12. COEXISTING GALENA, PbS//S//S AND SULFOSALTS: EVIDENCE FOR MULTIPLE EPISODES OF MINERALIZATION IN THE ROUND MOUNTAIN AND MANHATTAN GOLD DISTRICTS, NEVADA.

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    Foord, Eugene E.; Shawe, Daniel R.; Conklin, Nancy M.

    1988-01-01

    Studies of galena and Pb-Bi-Ag-Cu(Hg) sulfosalts of varied compositions in the Round Mountain and Manhattan gold districts of Nevada corroborate the occurrence of several distinct mineralized systems characterized by different mineral compositions and assemblages. The different episodes of mineralization are related to different Cretaceous and Tertiary magmatic-hydrothermal events, although the assignment of specific mineral compositions and associations with dated mineralized systems is still incomplete. At the Fairview mine, galena associated with Pb-Bi-Ag sulfosalts and simple sulfides occurs as intergrowths of discretely different composition controlled by silver and bismuth content. A galena-type phase (Pbs//s//s) with solid solution toward matildite, AgBiS//2(composition Gal//6//0Mat//4//0) was found. If silver and, to a lasser extent, bismuth are absent, the galena formed will be almost pure PbS. Some minor antimony may substitute for bismuth. This study confirms a linear relationship between a cell edge and Ag-Bi(Sb) content for galena containing less than about 15 wt. percent Ag and Bi(Sb).

  13. Mechanisms of Si and Ge diffusion on surfactant terminated (111) silicon and germanium surfaces

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    Zhachuk, R.; Coutinho, J.

    2016-05-01

    Surfactant mediated growth of Ge layers and formation of small Ge clusters on Si(111) are promising assemblage processes with envisioned applications in areas such as nanoelectronics or photovoltaics. They critically depend on migration of Si and Ge adatoms on surfactant terminated Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces. We address Si and Ge adsorption and migration on surfactant (Bi, Sb) terminated (111) surfaces of Si and strained Ge by comprehensively mapping potential energy surfaces using density functional calculations. The main migration paths are identified and corresponding energy barriers are reported. It is shown that the energy barrier for adatom migration through Bi or Sb surfactant trimers (by actually breaking the trimers) is virtually degenerate to the mechanism involving traveling of the adatom around the same surfactant structures. We also find a low-energy anchoring site that is suggested to act as a nucleation structure and to trigger the clustering process. These results suggest a fundamentally new picture for the whole Si(111)sbnd Bi(Sb) epitaxial process.

  14. Electrochemically deposited BiTe-based nanowires for thermoelectric applications

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    Ng, Inn-Khuan; Kok, Kuan-Ying; Rahman, Che Zuraini Che Ab; Saidin, Nur Ubaidah; Ilias, Suhaila Hani; Choo, Thye-Foo

    2014-02-12

    Nanostructured materials systems such as thin-films and nanowires (NWs) are promising for thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration compared to traditional counterparts in bulk, due to their enhanced thermoelectric figures-of-merit. BiTe and its derivative compounds, in particular, are well-known for their near-room temperature thermoelectric performance. In this work, both the binary and ternary BiTe-based nanowires namely, BiTe and BiSbTe, were synthesized using template-assisted electrodeposition. Diameters of the nanowires were controlled by the pore sizes of the anodised alumina (AAO) templates used. Systematic study on the compositional change as a function of applied potential was carried out via Linear Sweep Voltanmetry (LSV). Chemical compositions of the nanowires were studied using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDXS) and their microstructures evaluated using diffraction and imaging techniques. Results from chemical analysis on the nanowires indicated that while the Sb content in BiSbTe nanowires increased with more negative deposition potentials, the formation of Te{sup 0} and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were favorable at more positive potentials.

  15. Micromachined Thermoelectric Sensors and Arrays and Process for Producing

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    Foote, Marc C. (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    Linear arrays with up to 63 micromachined thermopile infrared detectors on silicon substrates have been constructed and tested. Each detector consists of a suspended silicon nitride membrane with 11 thermocouples of sputtered Bi-Te and Bi-Sb-Te thermoelectric elements films. At room temperature and under vacuum these detectors exhibit response times of 99 ms, zero frequency D* values of 1.4 x 10(exp 9) cmHz(exp 1/2)/W and responsivity values of 1100 V/W when viewing a 1000 K blackbody source. The only measured source of noise above 20 mHz is Johnson noise from the detector resistance. These results represent the best performance reported to date for an array of thermopile detectors. The arrays are well suited for uncooled dispersive point spectrometers. In another embodiment, also with Bi-Te and Bi-Sb-Te thermoelectric materials on micromachined silicon nitride membranes, detector arrays have been produced with D* values as high as 2.2 x 10(exp 9) cm Hz(exp 1/2)/W for 83 ms response times.

  16. Thermoelectric Micro-Refrigerator Based on Bismuth/Antimony Telluride

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    Dang, Linh Tuan; Dang, Tung Huu; Nguyen, Thao Thi Thu; Nguyen, Thuat Tran; Nguyen, Hue Minh; Nguyen, Tuyen Viet; Nguyen, Hung Quoc

    2017-03-01

    Thermoelectric micro-coolers based on bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and antimony telluride (Sb2Te3) are important in many practical applications thanks to their compactness and fluid-free circulation. In this paper, we studied thermoelectric properties of bismuth/antimony telluride (Bi/SbTe) thin films prepared by the thermal co-evaporation method, which yielded among the best thermoelectric quality. Different co-evaporation conditions such as deposition flux ratio of materials and substrate temperature during deposition were investigated to optimize the thermoelectric figure␣of merit of these materials. Micron-size refrigerators were designed and fabricated using standard lithography and etching technique. A three-layer structure was introduced, including a p-type layer, an n-type layer and an aluminum layer. Next to the main cooler, a pair of smaller Bi/SbTe junctions was used as a thermocouple to directly measure electron temperature of the main device. Etching properties of the thermoelectric materials were investigated and optimized to support the fabrication process of the micro-refrigerator. We discuss our results and address possible applications.

  17. Fractionation of Li, Be, Ga, Nb, Ta, In, Sn, Sb, W and Bi in the peraluminous Early Permian Variscan granites of the Cornubian Batholith: Precursor processes to magmatic-hydrothermal mineralisation

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    Simons, Beth; Andersen, Jens C. Ø.; Shail, Robin K.; Jenner, Frances E.

    2017-05-01

    The Early Permian Variscan Cornubian Batholith is a peraluminous, composite pluton intruded into Devonian and Carboniferous metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Within the batholith there are: G1 (two-mica), G2 (muscovite), G3 (biotite), G4 (tourmaline) and G5 (topaz) granites. G1-G2 and G3-G4 are derived from greywacke sources and linked through fractionation of assemblages dominated by feldspars and biotite, with minor mantle involvement in G3. G5 formed though flux-induced biotite-dominate melting in the lower crust during granulite facies metamorphism. Fractionation enriched G2 granites in Li (average 315 ppm), Be (12 ppm), Ta (4.4 ppm), In (74 ppb), Sn (18 ppm) and W (12 ppm) relative to crustal abundances and G1 granites. Gallium (24 ppm), Nb (16 ppm) and Bi (0.46 ppm) are not significantly enriched during fractionation, implying they are more compatible in the fractionating assemblage. Sb (0.16 ppm) is depleted in G1-G2 relative to the average upper and lower continental crust. Muscovite, a late-stage magmatic/subsolidus mineral, is the major host of Li, Nb, In, Sn and W in G2 granites. G2 granites are spatially associated with W-Sn greisen mineralisation. Fractionation within the younger G3-G4 granite system enriched Li (average 364 ppm), Ga (28 ppm), In (80 ppb), Sn (14 ppm), Nb (27 ppm), Ta (4.6 ppm), W (6.3 ppm) and Bi (0.61 ppm) in the G4 granites with retention of Be in G3 granites due to partitioning of Be into cordierite during fractionation. The distribution of Nb and Ta is controlled by accessory phases such as rutile within the G4 granites, facilitated by high F and lowering the melt temperature, leading to disseminated Nb and Ta mineralisation. Lithium, In, Sn and W are hosted in biotite micas which may prove favourable for breakdown on ingress of hydrothermal fluids. Higher degrees of scattering on trace element plots may be attributable to fluid-rock interactions or variability within the magma chamber. The G3-G4 system is more boron-rich, evidenced by a higher modal abundance of tourmaline. In this system, there is a stronger increase of Sn compared to G1-G2 granites, implying Sn in tourmaline-dominated mineral lodes may represent exsolution from G4 granites. G1-G4 granite abundances can be accounted for by 20-30% partial melting and 10-40% fractionation of a greywacke source. G5 granites are analogues of Rare Metal Granites described in France and Germany. These granites are enriched in Li (average 1363 ppm), Ga (38 ppm), Sn (21 ppm), W (24 ppm), Nb (52 ppm) and Ta (15 ppm). Within G5 granites, the metals partition into accessory minerals such as rutile, columbite-tantalite and cassiterite, forming disseminated magmatic mineralisation. High observed concentrations of Li, In, Sn, W, Nb and Ta in G4 and G5 granites are likely facilitated by high F, Li and P, which lower melt temperature and promote retention of these elements in the melt, prior to crystallisation of disseminated magmatic mineralisation.

  18. Resonant state due to Bi in the dilute bismide alloy GaAs1-xBix

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    Joshya, R. S.; Ptak, A. J.; France, R.; Mascarenhas, A.; Kini, R. N.

    2014-10-01

    It has been theoretically predicted that isolated Bi forms a resonant state in the valence band of the dilute bismide alloy, GaAs1-xBix. We present ultrafast pump-probe reflectivity measurements of this interesting alloy system, which provide experimental evidence for the resonant state. The reflectivity transients for pump/probe wavelengths λ ~ 860–900 nm have negative amplitude, which we attribute to the absorption of the probe pulse by the pump induced carriers that are localized at the Bi-resonant state. Our measurements show that the lifetime of carriers localized at the resonant state is ~200 ps at 10 K.

  19. Studies of pretreatments in the determination of Zn, Cd, Pb, Cu, Sb and Bi in suspended particulate matter and plankton by differential-pulse anodic-stripping voltammetry with a hanging mercury drop electrode.

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    Gillain, G

    1982-08-01

    The determination of Zn, Cd, Pb, Cu, Sb and Bi by differential-pulse anodic-stripping voltammetry has been applied to samples of plankton and suspended particulate matter after decomposition of organic matter by two methods: low-temperature ashing with microwave-activated oxygen and wet-ashing in pressurized Teflon crucibles. The loss of these elements, and contamination, were studied with a standard reference material. The relative merits of these oxidation techniques are discussed.

  20. Electronic and Transport Properties of Zintl Phase Ae2MgPn2, Ae=Ca,Sr,Ba, P n=As,Sb,Bi in relation to Mg3Sb2

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    Singh, David J; Parker, David S

    2013-01-01

    First principles calculations of the electronic structure and transport properties of Zintl phase Ae2MgP n2, Ae=Ca,Sr,Ba, P n=As,Sb,Bi compounds and Mg3Sb2 are reported. These are discussed in relation to the thermoelectric performance of the compounds and specifically the optimization of carrier concentration. It is found that there are several promising compositions and that the materials that have been studied to date are not fully optimized in terms of doping and may not ultimately be the best thermoelectrics in this family. We additionally report optical properties and show that there are significant differences among the compounds arising from differences in electronic structure and that these differences should be accessible to experiment. This provides a way to test the trends observed here.

  1. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetic insulator heterostructure.

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    Xu, Gang; Wang, Jing; Felser, Claudia; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2015-03-11

    On the basis of ab initio calculations, we predict that a monolayer of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 and GdI2 heterostructure is a quantum anomalous Hall insulator with a nontrivial band gap up to 38 meV. The principle behind our prediction is that the band inversion between two topologically trivial ferromagnetic insulators can result in a nonzero Chern number, which offers a better way to realize the quantum anomalous Hall state without random magnetic doping. In addition, a simple effective model is presented to describe the basic mechanism of spin polarized band inversion in this system. Moreover, we predict that 3D quantum anomalous Hall insulator could be realized in (Bi2/3Cr1/3)2Te3 /GdI2 superlattice.

  2. Thermoelectric microdevice fabricated by a MEMS-like electrochemical process

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Lim, James R.; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are the basis of many rapidly growing technologies, because they combine miniature sensors and actuators with communications and electronics at low cost. Commercial MEMS fabrication processes are limited to silicon-based materials or two-dimensional structures. Here we show an inexpensive, electrochemical technique to build MEMS-like structures that contain several different metals and semiconductors with three-dimensional bridging structures. We demonstrate this technique by building a working microthermoelectric device. Using repeated exposure and development of multiple photoresist layers, several different metals and thermoelectric materials are fabricated in a three-dimensional structure. A device containing 126 n-type and p-type (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thermoelectric elements, 20 microm tall and 60 microm in diameter with bridging metal interconnects, was fabricated and cooling demonstrated. Such a device should be of technological importance for precise thermal control when operating as a cooler, and for portable power when operating as a micro power generator.

  3. Chern half metals: a new class of topological materials to realize the quantum anomalous Hall effect.

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    Hu, Jun; Zhu, Zhenyue; Wu, Ruqian

    2015-03-11

    New topological insulators that demonstrate the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) are a cutting-edge research topic in condensed matter physics and materials science. So far, the QAHE has been observed only in Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 at extremely low temperature. Therefore, it is important to find new materials with large topological band gap and high thermal stability for the realization of the QAHE. On the basis of first-principles and tight-binding model calculations, we discovered a new class of topological phase, Chern half metal, which manifests the QAHE in one spin channel while is metallic in the other spin channel, in Co or Rh deposited graphene. The QAHE is robust in these sytems for the adatom coverage ranging from 2% to 6%. Meanwhile, these systems have large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energies of 5.3 and 11.5 meV, necessary for the observation of the QAHE at reasonably high temperature.

  4. Radioisotope space power generator annual report for the period October 1, 1976-September 30, 1978

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    Elsner, N.B.; Chin, J.; Staley, H.G.; Bass, J.C.; Steeger, E.J.; Gantzel, P.K.; Neill, J.M.

    1980-01-01

    Techniques for fabricating P-type (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se with mesh-type bonds have been developed and are being evaluated for long-term use. In addition, methods for reducing vapor suppression by the use of coatings and/or baffling continue to show gains. The N-type alloy Gd/sub 2/Se/sub 3/ has been shown to be thermally unstable. It undergoes a sluggish cubic-to-orthorhombic phase change below 1000/sup 0/C, with an accompanying degradation in mechanical and thermoelectric properties. Fabrication studies conducted with the (Bi,Sb)/sub 2/(Se,Te)/sub 3/ alloys showed these materials to be sensitive to oxygen contamination if reproducible properties are to be obtained. Preparation of powdered material by explosive techniques was investigated. This technique appears to be useful in preparing homogeneous -325 mesh material, but it does not yield a useful amount of submicron-size powder.

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    Bulat, L. P.; Drabkin, I. A.; Karatayev, V. V.; Osvenskii, V. B.; Parkhomenko, Yu. N.; Pshenay-Severin, D. A.; Sorokin, A. I.

    2014-06-01

    Two factors that are important for proper estimation of the thermoelectric figure of merit of bulk nanostructured materials based on bismuth telluride and its solid solutions have been investigated. First, the anisotropy of the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured (Bi,Sb)2Te3 fabricated by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method was studied experimentally as a function of sintering temperature and pressure. Two measuring methods were used: (a) the Harman method and (b) separate measurements of electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity (laser flash method). Anisotropy and transport property values obtained by these methods are compared. Secondly, the influence of the nanoparticle size distribution on the lattice thermal conductivity was taken into account theoretically for scattering of phonons both on nanoprecipitates with different compositions and orientations and on grain boundaries. The results of estimations based on different theoretical approaches (relaxation-time approximation, Monte Carlo simulations, and effective medium method) are compared using typical size distribution parameters from available experimental data.

  6. Dynamic Ad-Dimer Twisting Assisted Nanowire Self-Assembly on Si(001)

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    Wang, Jian-Tao; Wang, E. G.; Wang, D. S.; Mizuseki, H.; Kawazoe, Y.; Naitoh, M.; Nishigaki, S.

    2005-06-01

    Based on ab initio total energy calculation, we show that a dynamic ad-dimer twisting assisted (DATA) process plays a crucial role in facilitating a novel structural reconstruction involving surface and subsurface atoms on Si(001). It leads to self-assembly of long nanowires of group-V elements (Bi, Sb) in the trenches of surface dimer vacancy lines (DVLs) with a characteristic double-dimer configuration. The key to this is the lowering of the kinetic barrier by the DATA process in conjunction with a favorable interaction between ad-dimers and step edges in DVLs. The present results provide an excellent account for experimental observations and reveal the atomistic origin and the dynamic transformation path for nanowire self-assembly on Si(001).

  7. Thickness dependent band gap of Bi{sub 2-x}Sb{sub x}Te{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1) thin films

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    Patel, M. M.; Soni, P. H. Desai, C. F.

    2016-05-23

    Thin films of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}(Sb) were prepared on alkali halide crystal substrates. Sb content and the film thickness were varied. Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} is a narrow gap semiconductor. Bi-Sb is a continuous solid solution of substitutional type and Sb therefore was used to test its effect on the band gap. The film thickness variation was also taken up. The infra-red absorption spectra were used in the wave number range 400 cm{sup −1} to 4000 cm{sup −1}. The band gap obtained from the absorption data was found to increase with decreasing thickness since the thickness range used was from 30 nm to 170 nm. This is a range corresponding to nanostructures and hence quantum size effect was observed as expected. The band gap also exhibited Sb content dependence. The detail results are have been reported and explained.

  8. Faraday Rotation Due to Surface States in the Topological Insulator (Bi1–xSbx)2Te3

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    Shao, Yinming; Post, Kirk W.; Wu, Jhih-Sheng; Dai, Siyuan; Frenzel, Alex J.; Richardella, Anthony R.; Lee, Joon Sue; Samarth, Nitin; Fogler, Michael M.; Balatsky, Alexander V.; Kharzeev, Dmitri E.; Basov, D. N.

    2016-12-29

    For this research, using magneto-infrared spectroscopy, we have explored the charge dynamics of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films on InP substrates. From the magneto-transmission data we extracted three distinct cyclotron resonance (CR) energies that are all apparent in the broad band Faraday rotation (FR) spectra. This comprehensive FR-CR data set has allowed us to isolate the response of the bulk states from the intrinsic surface states associated with both the top and bottom surfaces of the film. Finally, the FR data uncovered that electron- and hole-type Dirac Fermions reside on opposite surfaces of our films, which paves the way for observing many exotic quantum phenomena in topological insulators.

  9. Faraday Rotation Due to Surface States in the Topological Insulator (Bi1–xSbx)2Te3

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    Shao, Yinming; Post, Kirk W.; Wu, Jhih-Sheng; ...

    2016-12-29

    For this research, using magneto-infrared spectroscopy, we have explored the charge dynamics of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films on InP substrates. From the magneto-transmission data we extracted three distinct cyclotron resonance (CR) energies that are all apparent in the broad band Faraday rotation (FR) spectra. This comprehensive FR-CR data set has allowed us to isolate the response of the bulk states from the intrinsic surface states associated with both the top and bottom surfaces of the film. Finally, the FR data uncovered that electron- and hole-type Dirac Fermions reside on opposite surfaces of our films, which paves the way for observing manymore » exotic quantum phenomena in topological insulators.« less

  10. Local atomic and electronic structures in ferromagnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (BixSb1-x) 2Te3 studied by XAFS and ab initio calculations

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    Liu, Zhen; Wei, Xinyuan; Wang, Jiajia; Pan, Hong; Ji, Fuhao; Ye, Mao; Yang, Zhongqin; Qiao, Shan

    2015-09-01

    The local atomic and electronic structures around the dopants in Cr-doped (BixSb1 -x )2Te3 are studied by x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements and first-principles calculations. Both Cr and Bi are confirmed substituting Sb sites (CrSb and BiSb). The six nearest Te atoms around Cr move towards Cr and shorten the Cr-Te bond lengths to 2.76 Å and 2.77 Å for x =0.1 and x =0.2 , respectively. Importantly, we reveal the hybridization between the Sb/Te p states and Cr d states by the presence of a pre-edge peak at Cr K -absorption edge, which is also supported by our ab initio calculations. These findings provide important clues to understand the mechanism of ferromagnetic order in this system with quantum anomalous Hall effect.

  11. Characterizing the structure of topological insulator thin films

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    Richardella, Anthony; Kandala, Abhinav; Lee, Joon Sue; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-08-01

    We describe the characterization of structural defects that occur during molecular beam epitaxy of topological insulator thin films on commonly used substrates. Twinned domains are ubiquitous but can be reduced by growth on smooth InP (111)A substrates, depending on details of the oxide desorption. Even with a low density of twins, the lattice mismatch between (Bi, Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} and InP can cause tilts in the film with respect to the substrate. We also briefly discuss transport in simultaneously top and back electrically gated devices using SrTiO{sub 3} and the use of capping layers to protect topological insulator films from oxidation and exposure.

  12. Preparation of a gold electrode modified with tri-n-octylphosphine oxide and its application to determination of mercury in the environment.

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    Lexa, J; Stulík, K

    1989-08-01

    A gold film electrode modified with a film of tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) in a PVC matrix has been prepared and tested. Cyclic voltammetric experiments have shown that the electrode is useful for highly selective voltammetric determinations of a number of metals, primarily Hg, Cr, Fe, Bi, Sb, U and Pb. The electrode has been applied to the anodic stripping voltammetric determination of mercury in some environmental samples, such as river sediments. Concentrations of 0.02-50 ppm of mercury can be determined with good precision and accuracy, as demonstrated by analyses of reference materials. A selective decomposition of the samples at laboratory temperature decreases the danger of sample contamination and of volatilization of mercury.

  13. Thermoelectric Properties of Solution Synthesized Nanostructured Materials.

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    Finefrock, Scott W; Yang, Haoran; Fang, Haiyu; Wu, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Thermoelectric nanocomposites made by solution synthesis and compression of nanostructured chalcogenides could potentially be low-cost, scalable alternatives to traditional solid-state synthesized materials. We review the progress in this field by comparing the power factor and/or the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, of four classes of materials: (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3, PbTe, ternary and quaternary copper chalcogenides, and silver chalcogenides. We also discuss the thermal conductivity reduction associated with multiphased nanocomposites. The ZT of the best solution synthesized materials are, in several cases, shown to be equal to or greater than the corresponding bulk materials despite the generally reduced mobility associated with solution synthesized nanocomposites. For the solution synthesized materials with the highest performance, the synthesis and processing conditions are summarized to provide guidance for future work.

  14. Precise quantization of anomalous Hall effect near zero magnetic field

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    Bestwick, Andrew; Fox, Eli; Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Kang; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2015-03-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) has recently been of great interest due to its recent experimental realization in thin films of Cr-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3, a ferromagnetic 3D topological insulator. The presence of ferromagnetic exchange breaks time-reversal symmetry, opening a gap in the surface states, but gives rise to dissipationless chiral conduction at the edge of a magnetized film. Ideally, this leads to vanishing longitudinal resistance and Hall resistance quantized to h /e2 , where h is Planck's constant and e is the electron charge, but perfect quantization has so far proved elusive. Here, we study the QAHE in the limit of zero applied magnetic field, and measure Hall resistance quantized to within one part per 10,000. Deviation from quantization is due primarily to thermally activated carriers, which can be nearly eliminated through adiabatic demagnetization cooling. This result demonstrates an important step toward dissipationless electron transport in technologically relevant conditions.

  15. Sum-Rule Constraints on the Surface State Conductance of Topological Insulators

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    Post, K. W.; Chapler, B. C.; Liu, M. K.; Wu, J. S.; Stinson, H. T.; Goldflam, M. D.; Richardella, A. R.; Lee, J. S.; Reijnders, A. A.; Burch, K. S.; Fogler, M. M.; Samarth, N.; Basov, D. N.

    2015-09-01

    We report the Drude oscillator strength D and the magnitude of the bulk band gap Eg of the epitaxially grown, topological insulator (Bi ,Sb )2Te3 . The magnitude of Eg, in conjunction with the model independent f -sum rule, allows us to establish an upper bound for the magnitude of D expected in a typical Dirac-like system composed of linear bands. The experimentally observed D is found to be at or below this theoretical upper bound, demonstrating the effectiveness of alloying in eliminating bulk charge carriers. Moreover, direct comparison of the measured D to magnetoresistance measurements of the same sample supports assignment of the observed low-energy conduction to topological surface states.

  16. Thermoelectric microdevice fabricated by a MEMS-like electrochemical process

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Lim, James R.; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are the basis of many rapidly growing technologies, because they combine miniature sensors and actuators with communications and electronics at low cost. Commercial MEMS fabrication processes are limited to silicon-based materials or two-dimensional structures. Here we show an inexpensive, electrochemical technique to build MEMS-like structures that contain several different metals and semiconductors with three-dimensional bridging structures. We demonstrate this technique by building a working microthermoelectric device. Using repeated exposure and development of multiple photoresist layers, several different metals and thermoelectric materials are fabricated in a three-dimensional structure. A device containing 126 n-type and p-type (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thermoelectric elements, 20 microm tall and 60 microm in diameter with bridging metal interconnects, was fabricated and cooling demonstrated. Such a device should be of technological importance for precise thermal control when operating as a cooler, and for portable power when operating as a micro power generator.

  17. Thermoelectric microdevice fabricated by a MEMS-like electrochemical process.

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    Snyder, G Jeffrey; Lim, James R; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    2003-08-01

    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are the basis of many rapidly growing technologies, because they combine miniature sensors and actuators with communications and electronics at low cost. Commercial MEMS fabrication processes are limited to silicon-based materials or two-dimensional structures. Here we show an inexpensive, electrochemical technique to build MEMS-like structures that contain several different metals and semiconductors with three-dimensional bridging structures. We demonstrate this technique by building a working microthermoelectric device. Using repeated exposure and development of multiple photoresist layers, several different metals and thermoelectric materials are fabricated in a three-dimensional structure. A device containing 126 n-type and p-type (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thermoelectric elements, 20 microm tall and 60 microm in diameter with bridging metal interconnects, was fabricated and cooling demonstrated. Such a device should be of technological importance for precise thermal control when operating as a cooler, and for portable power when operating as a micro power generator.

  18. Topological Spintronics: Materials, Phenomena and Devices

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    Samarth, Nitin

    2015-03-01

    The two-dimensional surface states of three-dimensional topological insulators such as Bi2Se3and(Bi,Sb)2Te3 possess a spin texture that can potentially be exploited for spintronics applications. We provide a perspective on the emergence of ``topological spintronics,'' demonstrating how this spin texture can be engineered using either quantum tunneling between surfaces or by breaking time-reversal symmetry. We then discuss recent experiments that show striking spintronic phenomena useful for proof-of-concept devices, including a spin-orbit torque of record efficiency at room temperature and an electrically-gated ``giant anisotropic magnetoresistance'' at low temperature. This work was carried out in collaboration with A. Richardella, S.-Y. Xu, M. Neupane, A. Mellnik, A. Kandala, J. S. Lee, D. M. Zhang, M. Z. Hasan and D. C. Ralph. We acknowledge funding from the DARPA Meso program, ONR and C-SPIN (under sponsorship of MARCO and DARPA).

  19. Investigating dissipation in the quantum anomalous Hall effect

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    Fox, Eli; Bestwick, Andrew; Goldhaber-Gordon, David; Feng, Yang; Ou, Yunbo; He, Ke; Wang, Yayu; Xue, Qi-Kun; Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Kang

    In the quantum anomalous Hall effect, a magnetic exchange gap in a 3D topological insulator gives rise to dissipationless chiral edge states. Though the effect has recently been realized in a family of ferromagnetically-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 topological insulator thin films, experiments to date have found non-vanishing longitudinal resistance, contrary to initial theoretical expectations. Proposed sources of this dissipation include extra gapless or activated quasi-helical edge states, thermally activated 2D conduction, and variable-range hopping. Here, we discuss transport measurements of Corbino disk and non-local geometries to identify the mechanism of non-ideal behavior. This work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. 19-7503.

  20. Faraday Rotation Due to Surface States in the Topological Insulator (Bi1-xSbx)2Te3.

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    Shao, Yinming; Post, Kirk W; Wu, Jhih-Sheng; Dai, Siyuan; Frenzel, Alex J; Richardella, Anthony R; Lee, Joon Sue; Samarth, Nitin; Fogler, Michael M; Balatsky, Alexander V; Kharzeev, Dmitri E; Basov, D N

    2017-02-08

    Using magneto-infrared spectroscopy, we have explored the charge dynamics of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films on InP substrates. From the magneto-transmission data we extracted three distinct cyclotron resonance (CR) energies that are all apparent in the broad band Faraday rotation (FR) spectra. This comprehensive FR-CR data set has allowed us to isolate the response of the bulk states from the intrinsic surface states associated with both the top and bottom surfaces of the film. The FR data uncovered that electron- and hole-type Dirac Fermions reside on opposite surfaces of our films, which paves the way for observing many exotic quantum phenomena in topological insulators.

  1. Sum-rule constraints on the surface state conductance of topological insulators.

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    Post, K W; Chapler, B C; Liu, M K; Wu, J S; Stinson, H T; Goldflam, M D; Richardella, A R; Lee, J S; Reijnders, A A; Burch, K S; Fogler, M M; Samarth, N; Basov, D N

    2015-09-11

    We report the Drude oscillator strength D and the magnitude of the bulk band gap E_{g} of the epitaxially grown, topological insulator (Bi,Sb)_{2}Te_{3}. The magnitude of E_{g}, in conjunction with the model independent f-sum rule, allows us to establish an upper bound for the magnitude of D expected in a typical Dirac-like system composed of linear bands. The experimentally observed D is found to be at or below this theoretical upper bound, demonstrating the effectiveness of alloying in eliminating bulk charge carriers. Moreover, direct comparison of the measured D to magnetoresistance measurements of the same sample supports assignment of the observed low-energy conduction to topological surface states.

  2. Detection of internal cracks and ultrasound characterization of nanostructured Bi₂Te₃-based thermoelectrics via acoustic microscopy.

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    Prokhorov, V M; Pivovarov, G I

    2011-08-01

    The search for thermoelectric (TE) materials for highly efficient devices aims at improving the TE efficiency and broadening their areas of applications. We created nanostructured thermoelectric Bi-Sb-Te-family materials by high energy (ball milling) pre-treatment of the parent materials followed by high-pressure/high-temperature treatment. Bi₀.₅Sb₁.₅Te₃ compositions with the superfluous maintenance of tellurium was used for the synthesis of the samples with p-type electrical conductivity. Acoustic microscopy was used to study elastic properties and bulk irregularities and to detection of internal cracks both in the parent materials and in the created nanostructured samples. The data has been used for optimization of parameters of synthesis of nanostructured thermoelectrics.

  3. Measurement of Local Peltier Constant at a Microcontact

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    Koyano, Mikio; Akashi, Naoya

    2009-07-01

    Our novel apparatus measures the local Peltier constant at a thermoelectric material microregion. A narrow metal needle probe contacts a sample mounted into a small adiabatic vacuum chamber with a pressure of about 10-4 Pa. A␣stepping-motor-type nano-actuator controls the probe’s contact pressure. We measured DC and AC I- V characteristics at the microcontact to determine thermoelectric properties. We measured I- V characteristics between the probe and a commercial (Bi,Sb)2Te3 surface. Measured values of local Peltier constants are of the same order as the bulk Peltier constant π: ca. 55 mV. They increase with increased contact resistance, suggesting that contact size affects thermoelectricity.

  4. Conduction spectroscopy of a proximity induced superconducting topological insulator

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    Stehno, M. P.; Hendrickx, N. W.; Snelder, M.; Scholten, T.; Huang, Y. K.; Golden, M. S.; Brinkman, A.

    2017-09-01

    The combination of superconductivity and the helical spin-momentum locking at the surface state of a topological insulator (TI) has been predicted to give rise to p-wave superconductivity and Majorana bound states. The superconductivity can be induced by the proximity effect of a s-wave superconductor (S) into the TI. To probe the superconducting correlations inside the TI, dI/dV spectroscopy has been performed across such S-TI interfaces. Both the alloyed Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3 and the stoichiometric BiSbTeSe2 have been used as three-dimensional TI. In the case of Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3, the presence of disorder induced electron-electron interactions can give rise to an additional zero-bias resistance peak. For the stoichiometric BiSbTeSe2 with less disorder, tunnel barriers were employed in order to enhance the signal from the interface. The general observations in the spectra of a large variety of samples are conductance dips at the induced gap voltage, combined with an increased sub-gap conductance, consistent with p-wave predictions. The induced gap voltage is typically smaller than the gap of the Nb superconducting electrode, especially in the presence of an intentional tunnel barrier. Additional uncovered spectroscopic features are oscillations that are linearly spaced in energy, as well as a possible second order parameter component.

  5. Structural phase transitions of (Bi1$-$xSbx )2(Te1$-$y Se y)3 compounds under high pressure and the influence of the atomic radius on the compression processes of tetradymites

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yu, Zhenhai; Hu, Qingyang; ...

    2016-12-14

    Recently, A2B3-type tetradymites have developed into a hot topic in physical and material research fields, where the A and B atoms represent V and VI group elements, respectively. In this study, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Bi2Te2Se, BiSbTeSe2, and Sb2Te2Se tetradymites under high pressure. Bi2Te2Se transforms from a layered rhombohedral structure (phase I) into 7-fold monoclinic (phase II) and body-centered tetragonal (phase IV) structures at about 8.0 and 14.3 GPa, respectively, without an 8-fold monoclinic structure (phase III) similar to that in Bi2Te3. Thus, the compression behavior of Bi2Te2Se is the same as that of Bi2Se3,more » which could also be obtained from first-principles calculations and in situ high-pressure electrical resistance measurements. Under high pressure, BiSbTeSe2 and Sb2Te2Se undergo similar structural phase transitions to Bi2Te2Se, which indicates that the compression process of tellurides can be modulated by doping Se in Te sites. According to these high-pressure investigations of A2B3-type tetradymites, the decrease of the B-site atomic radius shrinks the stable pressure range of phase III and expands that of phase II, whereas the decrease of the A-site atomic radius induces a different effect, i.e. expanding the stable pressure range of phase III and shrinking that of phase II. Lastly, the influence of the atomic radius on the compression process of tetradymites is closely related to the chemical composition and the atom arrangement in the quintuple layer.« less

  6. Structural phase transitions of (Bi1−xSbx )2(Te1−y Se y)3 compounds under high pressure and the influence of the atomic radius on the compression processes of tetradymites

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yu, Zhenhai; Hu, Qingyang; ...

    2016-12-14

    Recently, A2B3-type tetradymites have developed into a hot topic in physical and material research fields, where the A and B atoms represent V and VI group elements, respectively. In this study, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Bi2Te2Se, BiSbTeSe2, and Sb2Te2Se tetradymites under high pressure. Bi2Te2Se transforms from a layered rhombohedral structure (phase I) into 7-fold monoclinic (phase II) and body-centered tetragonal (phase IV) structures at about 8.0 and 14.3 GPa, respectively, without an 8-fold monoclinic structure (phase III) similar to that in Bi2Te3. Thus, the compression behavior of Bi2Te2Se is the same as that of Bi2Se3,more » which could also be obtained from first-principles calculations and in situ high-pressure electrical resistance measurements. Under high pressure, BiSbTeSe2 and Sb2Te2Se undergo similar structural phase transitions to Bi2Te2Se, which indicates that the compression process of tellurides can be modulated by doping Se in Te sites. According to these high-pressure investigations of A2B3-type tetradymites, the decrease of the B-site atomic radius shrinks the stable pressure range of phase III and expands that of phase II, whereas the decrease of the A-site atomic radius induces a different effect, i.e. expanding the stable pressure range of phase III and shrinking that of phase II. Lastly, the influence of the atomic radius on the compression process of tetradymites is closely related to the chemical composition and the atom arrangement in the quintuple layer.« less

  7. Thermoelectric properties of p-type pseudo-binary (Ag{sub 0.365}Sb{sub 0.558}Te) {sub x} -(Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3}){sub 1-} {sub x} (x=0-1.0) alloys prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Cui, J.L. . E-mail: cuijl@nbip.net; Xue, H.F.; Xiu, W.J.; Jiang, L.; Ying, P.Z.

    2006-12-15

    In this paper, pseudo-binary (Ag{sub 0.365}Sb{sub 0.558}Te) {sub x} -(Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3}){sub 1-} {sub x} (x=0-1.0) alloys were prepared using spark plasma sintering technique, and the composition-dependent thermoelectric properties were evaluated. Electrical conductivities range from 7.9x10{sup 4} to 15.6x10{sup 4} {omega}{sup -1} m{sup -1} at temperatures of 507 and 318 K, respectively, being about 3.0 and 8.5 times those of Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3} alloy at the corresponding temperatures. The optimal dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of the sample with molar fraction x=0.025 reaches 1.1 at 478 K, whereas that of the ternary Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3} alloy is 0.58 near room temperature. The results also reveal that a direct introduction of Ag{sub 0.365}Sb{sub 0.558}Te in the Bi-Sb-Te system is much more effective to the property improvement than naturally precipitated Ag{sub 0.365}Sb{sub 0.558}Te in the Ag-doped Ag-Bi-Sb-Te system. - Graphical abstract: The temperature dependence of the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ZT for different (Ag{sub 0.365}Sb{sub 0.558}Te) {sub x} -(Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}Te{sub 3}){sub 1-} {sub x} (x=0-1.0) alloys prepared by spark plasma sintering.

  8. Structural phase transitions of (Bi1-xSbx)2(Te1-ySey)3 compounds under high pressure and the influence of the atomic radius on the compression processes of tetradymites.

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yu, Zhenhai; Hu, Qingyang; Wang, Yong; Schneeloch, John; Li, Chunyu; Zhong, Ruidan; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zhiguo; Gu, Genda

    2017-01-18

    Recently, A2B3-type tetradymites have developed into a hot topic in physical and material research fields, where the A and B atoms represent V and VI group elements, respectively. In this study, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Bi2Te2Se, BiSbTeSe2, and Sb2Te2Se tetradymites under high pressure. Bi2Te2Se transforms from a layered rhombohedral structure (phase I) into 7-fold monoclinic (phase II) and body-centered tetragonal (phase IV) structures at about 8.0 and 14.3 GPa, respectively, without an 8-fold monoclinic structure (phase III) similar to that in Bi2Te3. Thus, the compression behavior of Bi2Te2Se is the same as that of Bi2Se3, which could also be obtained from first-principles calculations and in situ high-pressure electrical resistance measurements. Under high pressure, BiSbTeSe2 and Sb2Te2Se undergo similar structural phase transitions to Bi2Te2Se, which indicates that the compression process of tellurides can be modulated by doping Se in Te sites. According to these high-pressure investigations of A2B3-type tetradymites, the decrease of the B-site atomic radius shrinks the stable pressure range of phase III and expands that of phase II, whereas the decrease of the A-site atomic radius induces a different effect, i.e. expanding the stable pressure range of phase III and shrinking that of phase II. The influence of the atomic radius on the compression process of tetradymites is closely related to the chemical composition and the atom arrangement in the quintuple layer.

  9. Effects of B-site chemistry on BiFeO[subscript 3]-containing enhanced tetragonality systems

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    Stein, David M.; Davies, Peter K.

    2012-02-06

    The ternary perovskite systems PbTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3}-Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} and PbTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3}-BiScO{sub 3} were investigated to clarify the relationship between the observance of multiple dielectric transitions and B-site chemistry. Multiple dielectric transitions were observed for a range of compositions in the Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-containing system. A temperature-dependent diffraction study confirmed the existence of a cubic and tetragonal co-existence region at temperatures between the two transitions. No similar dielectric behavior was observed in the PbTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3}-BiScO{sub 3} system.

  10. Atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF) Analysis of Ferroelectric Materials

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    Yoneda, Yasuhiro

    Atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF) is a one of local structure analysis. PDF analysis is a powerful method for ferroelectrics in which domain structure exists. A deviation arises between average and local structures under the influence of the ferroelectric domain configuration. The local structure analysis of BaTiO3 and BiMg0.5Ti0.5O3 is shown as an example of application to the ferroelectric materials of PDF analysis.

  11. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-01-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display. PMID:26837261

  12. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  13. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals.

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-03

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm(2)/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 10(6)  W/cm(2) without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn't equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  14. Concept Doped-Silicon Thermopile Detectors for Future Planetary Thermal Imaging Instruments

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    Lakew, Brook; Barrentine, Emily M.; Aslam, Shahid; Brown, Ari D.

    2016-10-01

    Presently, uncooled thermopiles are the detectors of choice for thermal mapping in the 4.6-100 μm spectral range. Although cooled detectors like Ge or Si thermistor bolometers, and MgB2 or YBCO superconducting bolometers, have much higher sensitivity, the required active or passive cooling mechanisms add prohibitive cost and mass for long duration missions. Other uncooled detectors, likepyroelectrics, require a motor mechanism to chop against a known reference temperature, which adds unnecessary mission risk. Uncooled vanadium oxide or amorphous Si microbolometer arrays with integrated CMOS readout circuits, not only have lower sensitivity, but also have not been proven to be radiation hard >100 krad (Si) total ionizing dose, and barring additional materials and readout development, their performance has reached a plateau.Uncooled and radiation hard thermopiles with D* ~1x109 cm√Hz/W and time constant τ ~100 ms have been integrated into thermal imaging instruments on several past missions and have extensive flight heritage (Mariner, Voyager, Cassini, LRO, MRO). Thermopile arrays are also on the MERTIS instrument payload on-board the soon to be launched BepiColombo Mission.To date, thermopiles used for spaceflight instrumentation have consisted of either hand assembled "one-off" single thermopile pixels or COTS thermopile pixel arrays both using Bi-Sb or Bi-Te thermoelectric materials. For future high performance imagers, thermal detector arrays with higher D*, lower τ, and high efficiency delineated absorbers are desirable. Existing COTS and other flight thermopile designs require highly specialized and nonstandard processing techniques to fabricate both the Bi-Sb or Bi-Te thermocouples and the gold or silver black absorbers, which put limitations on further development.Our detector arrays will have a D* ≥ 3x109 cm√Hz/W and a thermal time constant ≤ 30 ms at 170 K. They will be produced using proven, standard semiconductor and MEMS fabrication techniques

  15. Isotec final report

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    Elsner, N.B.; Chin, J.; Reynolds, G.H.; Norman, J.H.; Bass, J.C.; Staley, H.G.

    1981-11-01

    General Atomic (GA) developed processes to prepare NdSe/sub 1.5-x/. The partial pressure of Se/sub 2/ above the NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ was found to be a function of x. The thermoelectric properties and the friability of the hot pressed element were also a function of x. Process modification changed the value of x, providing a method to control the properties of N-type NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ elements. A method of joining NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ to a nickel hot cap was developed using a gold foil intermediate. NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ was diffusion-bonded to PbTe by the same process developed for Gd/sub 2/Se/sub 3/. Couples were fabricated from (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se/Fe/(Bi,Sb)/sub 2/Te/sub 3/ and NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ PbTe elements. Limited couple test data were obtained. General Atomic examined methods to develop high-efficiency couples made from segmented elements containing (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se P-type material and NdSe/sub 1.5-x/ N-type material. Techniques were developed to reproducibly prepare and hot press (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se segments and elements with a metallurgically joined MoRe hot cap. This hot cap and a W-26/Re wire mesh used to make the hot cap junction were found to be stable in contact with (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se at 750/sup 0/C. Stability of (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se to current flow in a thermal gradient was examined. This report describes specifications for vapor suppression to improve the stability of P-type (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se in thermal gradient life tests and presents life test information on match-loaded (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se and (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se/Fe/(Bi,Sb)/sub 2/Te/sub 3/ elements.

  16. Structural phase transitions of (Bi1$-$xSbx )2(Te1$-$y Se y)3 compounds under high pressure and the influence of the atomic radius on the compression processes of tetradymites

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yu, Zhenhai; Hu, Qingyang; Wang, Yong; Schneeloch, John; Li, Chunyu; Zhong, Ruidan; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zhiguo; Gu, Genda

    2016-12-14

    Recently, A2B3-type tetradymites have developed into a hot topic in physical and material research fields, where the A and B atoms represent V and VI group elements, respectively. In this study, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Bi2Te2Se, BiSbTeSe2, and Sb2Te2Se tetradymites under high pressure. Bi2Te2Se transforms from a layered rhombohedral structure (phase I) into 7-fold monoclinic (phase II) and body-centered tetragonal (phase IV) structures at about 8.0 and 14.3 GPa, respectively, without an 8-fold monoclinic structure (phase III) similar to that in Bi2Te3. Thus, the compression behavior of Bi2Te2Se is the same as that of Bi2Se3, which could also be obtained from first-principles calculations and in situ high-pressure electrical resistance measurements. Under high pressure, BiSbTeSe2 and Sb2Te2Se undergo similar structural phase transitions to Bi2Te2Se, which indicates that the compression process of tellurides can be modulated by doping Se in Te sites. According to these high-pressure investigations of A2B3-type tetradymites, the decrease of the B-site atomic radius shrinks the stable pressure range of phase III and expands that of phase II, whereas the decrease of the A-site atomic radius induces a different effect, i.e. expanding the stable pressure range of phase III and shrinking that of phase II. Lastly, the influence of the atomic radius on the compression process of tetradymites is closely related to the chemical composition and the atom arrangement in the quintuple layer.

  17. Structural phase transitions of (Bi1$-$xSbx )2(Te1$-$y Se y)3 compounds under high pressure and the influence of the atomic radius on the compression processes of tetradymites

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yu, Zhenhai; Hu, Qingyang; Wang, Yong; Schneeloch, John; Li, Chunyu; Zhong, Ruidan; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zhiguo; Gu, Genda

    2016-12-14

    Recently, A2B3-type tetradymites have developed into a hot topic in physical and material research fields, where the A and B atoms represent V and VI group elements, respectively. In this study, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Bi2Te2Se, BiSbTeSe2, and Sb2Te2Se tetradymites under high pressure. Bi2Te2Se transforms from a layered rhombohedral structure (phase I) into 7-fold monoclinic (phase II) and body-centered tetragonal (phase IV) structures at about 8.0 and 14.3 GPa, respectively, without an 8-fold monoclinic structure (phase III) similar to that in Bi2Te3. Thus, the compression behavior of Bi2Te2Se is the same as that of Bi2Se3, which could also be obtained from first-principles calculations and in situ high-pressure electrical resistance measurements. Under high pressure, BiSbTeSe2 and Sb2Te2Se undergo similar structural phase transitions to Bi2Te2Se, which indicates that the compression process of tellurides can be modulated by doping Se in Te sites. According to these high-pressure investigations of A2B3-type tetradymites, the decrease of the B-site atomic radius shrinks the stable pressure range of phase III and expands that of phase II, whereas the decrease of the A-site atomic radius induces a different effect, i.e. expanding the stable pressure range of phase III and shrinking that of phase II. Lastly, the influence of the atomic radius on the compression process of tetradymites is closely related to the chemical composition and the atom arrangement in the quintuple layer.

  18. Metallurgy, thermal stability, and failure mode of the commercial Bi-Te-based thermoelectric modules.

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    Yang, Nancy Y. C.; Morales, Alfredo Martin

    2009-02-01

    Bi-Te-based thermoelectric (TE) alloys are excellent candidates for power generation modules. We are interested in reliable TE modules for long-term use at or below 200 C. It is known that the metallurgical characteristics of TE materials and of interconnect components affect the performance of TE modules. Thus, we have conducted an extensive scientific investigation of several commercial TE modules to determine whether they meet our technical requirements. Our main focus is on the metallurgy and thermal stability of (Bi,Sb){sup 2}(Te,Se){sup 3} TE compounds and of other materials used in TE modules in the temperature range between 25 C and 200 C. Our study confirms the material suite used in the construction of TE modules. The module consists of three major components: AlN cover plates; electrical interconnects; and the TE legs, P-doped (Bi{sub 8}Sb{sub 32})(Te{sub 60}) and N-doped (Bi{sub 37}Sb{sub 3})(Te{sub 56}Se{sub 4}). The interconnect assembly contains Sn (Sb {approx} 1wt%) solder, sandwiched between Cu conductor with Ni diffusion barriers on the outside. Potential failure modes of the TE modules in this temperature range were discovered and analyzed. The results show that the metallurgical characteristics of the alloys used in the P and N legs are stable up to 200 C. However, whole TE modules are thermally unstable at temperatures above 160 C, lower than the nominal melting point of the solder suggested by the manufacture. Two failure modes were observed when they were heated above 160 C: solder melting and flowing out of the interconnect assembly; and solder reacting with the TE leg, causing dimensional swelling of the TE legs. The reaction of the solder with the TE leg occurs as the lack of a nickel diffusion barrier on the side of the TE leg where the displaced solder and/or the preexisting solder beads is directly contact the TE material. This study concludes that the present TE modules are not suitable for long-term use at temperatures above 160 C due

  19. An experimental study on the geochemical behavior of highly siderophile elements (HSE) and metalloids (As, Se, Sb, Te, Bi) in a mss-iss-pyrite system at 650 °C: A possible magmatic origin for Co-HSE-bearing pyrite and the role of metalloid-rich phases in the fractionation of HSE

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    Cafagna, Fabio; Jugo, Pedro J.

    2016-04-01

    Pyrite, the most abundant sulfide in the Earth's crust, is an accessory mineral in several magmatic sulfide deposits. Although most pyrite is hydrothermal, previous experimental studies have shown that pyrite can also have a primary magmatic origin, by exsolving from monosulfide solid solution (mss) during cooling of a sulfide melt, if sulfur fugacity is sufficiently high. Pyrite from some localities has significant amounts of Co, and complex zonation in some low-melting-point chalcophile elements (LMCE), such as As, Se, Sb, Te, Bi (henceforth referred to as metalloids) and some platinum-group elements (PGE: Ru, Rh, Pd, Os, Ir, Pt). However, the origin of such pyrite and the causes of zonation are not clear. Because the distribution of some of these elements is heterogeneous and seems to be developed in concentric zones, the zonation has been interpreted to represent growth stages, some of them secondary and caused partly by hydrothermal fluids. Better constraints on the origin of Co-PGE-bearing pyrite could help unravel the geochemical processes affecting the sulfide assemblages in which it is found; thus, an experimental study was undertaken to characterize pyrite formation in magmatic sulfide environments and its relationship with metalloids and highly siderophile elements (HSE: PGE, Re, Au). Natural pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, pentlandite and elemental S were mixed and doped with approximately 50 ppm of each HSE. A mixture of metalloids was added at 0.2 wt.% or 3 wt.% to aliquots of sulfide mixtures. Starting materials were sealed in evacuated silica tubes and fused at 1200 °C. The temperature was subsequently reduced to 750 °C (at 60 °C/h), then to 650 °C (at 0.5 °C/h) to produce relatively large euhedral pyrite crystals, then quenched. The experiments were analyzed using reflected light, SEM, EPMA and LA-ICP-MS. Experimental products contained euhedral pyrite, mss, intermediate solid solution (iss) and metalloid-rich phases, interpreted as quench product of an immiscible metalloid-rich liquid. The results show that Co-Ni-HSE-bearing pyrite with complex zonation in Ru, Rh, Os, Ir, and Pt can form by a subsolidus reaction involving both mss and iss, and does not require secondary (e.g. hydrothermal) processes. Because such pyrite results from the cooling of a sulfide melt (after mss and iss) it can be described as magmatic. Among the HSE, Ru, Rh, Os, Re and Ir have identical zonation patterns in pyrite, Pt is also zoned but differently, and Au and Pd are essentially excluded. Previously documented natural HSE-bearing pyrite also display identical zonation patterns in Ru, Rh, Os and Ir. The complex zoning is likely preserved due to the extremely slow diffusion rates for those elements in pyrite. Thus, the presence of pyrite with similar characteristic in natural sulfide assemblages is consistent with a magmatic origin and does not require hydrothermal processes. The results also show that if a metalloid-rich liquid is present it will significantly sequester Au, Pd and Pt, but will not affect Ru, Rh, Os, Re and Ir. In the absence of metalloid-rich phases, Au partitions strongly into iss and Pd partitions preferentially into mss.

  20. Ion exchange defines the biological activity of titanate nanotubes.

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    Rónavári, Andrea; Kovács, Dávid; Vágvölgyi, Csaba; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiricsi, Mónika; Pfeiffer, Ilona

    2016-05-01

    One-dimensional titanate nanotubes (TiONTs) were subjected to systematic ion exchange to determine the impact of these modifications on biological activities. Ion exchanged TiONTs (with Ag, Mg, Bi, Sb, Ca, K, Sr, Fe, and Cu ions) were successfully synthesized and the presence of the substituted ions was verified by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). A complex screening was carried out to reveal differences in toxicity to human cells, as well as in antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities between the various modified nanotubes. Our results demonstrated that Ag ion exchanged TiONTs exerted potent antibacterial and antifungal effects against all examined microbial species but were ineffective on viruses. Surprisingly, the antibacterial activity of Cu/TiONTs was restricted to Micrococcus luteus. Most ion exchanged TiONTs did not show antimicrobial activity against the tested bacterial and fungal species. Incorporation of various ions into nanotube architectures lead to mild, moderate, or even to a massive loss of human cell viability; therefore, this type of biological effect exerted by TiONTs can be greatly modulated by ion exchange. These findings further emphasize the contribution of ion exchange in determining not only the physical and chemical characteristics but also the bioactivity of TiONT against different types of living cells. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Scheil-Gulliver Constituent Diagrams

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    Pelton, Arthur D.; Eriksson, Gunnar; Bale, Christopher W.

    2017-06-01

    During solidification of alloys, conditions often approach those of Scheil-Gulliver cooling in which it is assumed that solid phases, once precipitated, remain unchanged. That is, they no longer react with the liquid or with each other. In the case of equilibrium solidification, equilibrium phase diagrams provide a valuable means of visualizing the effects of composition changes upon the final microstructure. In the present study, we propose for the first time the concept of Scheil-Gulliver constituent diagrams which play the same role as that in the case of Scheil-Gulliver cooling. It is shown how these diagrams can be calculated and plotted by the currently available thermodynamic database computing systems that combine Gibbs energy minimization software with large databases of optimized thermodynamic properties of solutions and compounds. Examples calculated using the FactSage system are presented for the Al-Li and Al-Mg-Zn systems, and for the Au-Bi-Sb-Pb system and its binary and ternary subsystems.

  2. Single source precursors for the OMCVD of 3/5 compound semiconductors

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    Jones, Richard A.; Ekerdt, John G.

    1993-07-01

    The overall goals are to develop the fundamental chemistry of group III and group V compounds in several key areas. The underlying rationale is to ultimately improve on the preparation and properties of important materials used in the semiconductor industries. The research comprises a collaboration between a synthetic inorganic chemist and a chemical engineer. The three main areas are single source precursors for OMCVD of III/V semiconductors; alternative precursors for OMCVD studies, group III or V hydrides; and the organometallic chemistry of bismuth. The first area will employ compounds of the general type (R2M(mu-R'2E))2 (M = Al, Ga, In; E = P, As; R, R' = alkyl, aryl, etc.) and the second will employ similar compounds but with R or R' replaced by the hydride ligand. The paper explores the relationships between precursor structures, mechanisms of decomposition and thin film formation, and the morphological and electrical properties of the grown films. In the third area the document explores the organometallic chemistry of bismuth and compounds which may serve as precursors to important materials such as InBiSb.

  3. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetically doped InAs/GaSb quantum wells.

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Hai-Jun; Samarth, Nitin; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2014-10-03

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect has recently been observed experimentally in thin films of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)(2)Te(3) at a low temperature (∼ 30 mK). In this work, we propose realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect in more conventional diluted magnetic semiconductors with magnetically doped InAs/GaSb type-II quantum wells. Based on a four-band model, we find an enhancement of the Curie temperature of ferromagnetism due to band edge singularities in the inverted regime of InAs/GaSb quantum wells. Below the Curie temperature, the quantum anomalous Hall effect is confirmed by the direct calculation of Hall conductance. The parameter regime for the quantum anomalous Hall phase is identified based on the eight-band Kane model. The high sample quality and strong exchange coupling make magnetically doped InAs/GaSb quantum wells good candidates for realizing the quantum anomalous Hall insulator at a high temperature.

  4. Scheil-Gulliver Constituent Diagrams

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    Pelton, Arthur D.; Eriksson, Gunnar; Bale, Christopher W.

    2017-03-01

    During solidification of alloys, conditions often approach those of Scheil-Gulliver cooling in which it is assumed that solid phases, once precipitated, remain unchanged. That is, they no longer react with the liquid or with each other. In the case of equilibrium solidification, equilibrium phase diagrams provide a valuable means of visualizing the effects of composition changes upon the final microstructure. In the present study, we propose for the first time the concept of Scheil-Gulliver constituent diagrams which play the same role as that in the case of Scheil-Gulliver cooling. It is shown how these diagrams can be calculated and plotted by the currently available thermodynamic database computing systems that combine Gibbs energy minimization software with large databases of optimized thermodynamic properties of solutions and compounds. Examples calculated using the FactSage system are presented for the Al-Li and Al-Mg-Zn systems, and for the Au-Bi-Sb-Pb system and its binary and ternary subsystems.

  5. Controlled improvement in specific contact resistivity for thermoelectric materials by ion implantation

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    Taylor, Patrick J.; Maddux, Jay R.; Meissner, Greg; Venkatasubramanian, Rama; Bulman, Gary; Pierce, Jonathan; Gupta, Rahul; Bierschenk, Jim; Caylor, Chris; D'Angelo, Jonathan; Ren, Zhifeng

    2013-07-01

    To obtain reduced specific contact resistivity, iodine donors and silver acceptors were ion-implanted into n-type and p-type (Bi,Sb)2(Se,Te)3 materials, respectively, to achieve >10 times higher doping at the surface. Implantation into n-type materials caused the specific contact resistivity to decrease from 1.7 × 10-6 Ω cm2 to 4.5 × 10-7 Ω cm2. Implantation into p-type materials caused specific contact resistivity to decrease from 7.7 × 10-7 Ω cm2 to 2.7 × 10-7 Ω cm2. For implanted thin-film superlattices, the non-implanted values of 1.4 × 10-7 Ω cm2 and 5.3 × 10-8 Ω cm2 precipitously dropped below the detection limit after implantation, ≤10-8 Ω cm2. These reductions in specific contact resistivity are consistent with an increase in tunneling across the contact.

  6. Scaling of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect as an Indicator of Axion Electrodynamics.

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    Grauer, S; Fijalkowski, K M; Schreyeck, S; Winnerlein, M; Brunner, K; Thomale, R; Gould, C; Molenkamp, L W

    2017-06-16

    We report on the scaling behavior of V-doped (Bi,Sb)_{2}Te_{3} samples in the quantum anomalous Hall regime for samples of various thickness. While previous quantum anomalous Hall measurements showed the same scaling as expected from a two-dimensional integer quantum Hall state, we observe a dimensional crossover to three spatial dimensions as a function of layer thickness. In the limit of a sufficiently thick layer, we find scaling behavior matching the flow diagram of two parallel conducting topological surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator each featuring a fractional shift of 1/2e^{2}/h in the flow diagram Hall conductivity, while we recover the expected integer quantum Hall behavior for thinner layers. This constitutes the observation of a distinct type of quantum anomalous Hall effect, resulting from 1/2e^{2}/h Hall conductance quantization of three-dimensional topological insulator surface states, in an experiment which does not require decomposition of the signal to separate the contribution of two surfaces. This provides a possible experimental link between quantum Hall physics and axion electrodynamics.

  7. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnetic transition metal halides

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    Huang, Chengxi; Zhou, Jian; Wu, Haiping; Deng, Kaiming; Jena, Puru; Kan, Erjun

    2017-01-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect is a novel topological spintronic phenomenon arising from inherent magnetization and spin-orbit coupling. Various theoretical and experimental efforts have been devoted in search of intrinsic QAH insulators. However, up to now, it has only been observed in Cr or V doped (Bi,Sb ) 2T e3 film in experiments with very low working temperature. Based on the successful synthesis of transition metal halides, we use first-principles calculations to predict that the Ru I3 monolayer is an intrinsic ferromagnetic QAH insulator with a topologically nontrivial global band gap of 11 meV. This topologically nontrivial band gap at the Fermi level is due to its crystal symmetry, thus the QAH effect is robust. Its Curie temperature, estimated to be ˜360 K using Monte Carlo simulation, is above room temperature and higher than most two-dimensional ferromagnetic thin films. The inclusion of Hubbard U in the Ru-d electrons does not affect this result. We also discuss the manipulation of its exchange energy and nontrivial band gap by applying in-plane strain. Our work adds an experimentally feasible member to the QAH insulator family, which is expected to have broad applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics.

  8. Factors of the accumulation of heavy metals and metalloids at geochemical barriers in urban soils

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    Kosheleva, N. E.; Kasimov, N. S.; Vlasov, D. V.

    2015-05-01

    The bulk contents and concentrations of mobile (extracted by an ammonium acetate buffer with EDTA) Cd, Pb, Sb, As, Bi, Zn, and Cu were determined in the surface horizons of urban soils in the Eastern administrative okrug of Moscow. The regression analysis showed that the accumulation of these metals and metalloids in the soils is controlled by the physicochemical soil properties and by number of anthropogenic factors and landscape conditions (geochemical position, type of loose deposits, character of land use, dust load, vehicle emissions, building pattern, percent of green areas, and the extent of sealed soils). The precipitation of studied elements on the geochemical barriers had the following regularities: Cd, Cu, and Zn accumulated on the alkaline barriers; Bi, Sb, As, Cu, Pb, and Zn, on chemisorption barriers; Sb, As, and Pb, on organomineral barriers; and Cd and Cu, on the sorption-sedimentation barriers. Technogenic transformation of the physicochemical properties of urban soils resulted in the increase of the mean bulk contents of heavy metals and metalloids by 33-99%; the portion of elements fixed on the geochemical barriers increased by 26-50%.

  9. Incommensurate host-guest structures in compressed elements: Hume—Rothery effects as origin

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    Degtyareva, V. F.

    2015-11-01

    Discovery of the incommensurate structure in the element Ba under pressure 15 years ago was followed by findings of a series of similar structures in other compressed elements. Incommensurately modulated structures of the host-guest type consist of a tetragonal host structure and a guest structure. The guest structure forms chains of atoms embedded in the channels of host atoms so that the axial ratio of these subcells along the c axis is not rational. Two types of the host-guest structures have been found so far: with the host cells containing 8 atoms and 16 atoms; in these both types the guest cells contain 2 atoms. These crystal structures contain a non-integer number of atoms in their unit cell: tI11* in Bi, Sb, As, Ba, Sr, Sc and tI19* in Na, K, Rb. We consider here a close structural relationship of these host-guest structures with the binary alloy phase Au3Cd5-tI32. This phase is related to the family of the Hume-Rothery phases that is stabilized by the Fermi sphere-Brillouin zone interaction. From similar considerations for alkali and alkaline-earth elements a necessary condition for structural stability emerges in which the valence electrons band overlaps with the upper core electrons and the valence electron count increases under compression.

  10. High-precision realization of robust quantum anomalous Hall state in a hard ferromagnetic topological insulator.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Kim, Duk Y; Zhang, Haijun; Assaf, Badih A; Heiman, Don; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chaoxing; Chan, Moses H W; Moodera, Jagadeesh S

    2015-05-01

    The discovery of the quantum Hall (QH) effect led to the realization of a topological electronic state with dissipationless currents circulating in one direction along the edge of a two-dimensional electron layer under a strong magnetic field. The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect shares a similar physical phenomenon to that of the QH effect, whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and ferromagnetism. Here, we report the experimental observation of the QAH state in V-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films with the zero-field longitudinal resistance down to 0.00013 ± 0.00007h/e(2) (~3.35 ± 1.76 Ω), Hall conductance reaching 0.9998 ± 0.0006e(2)/h and the Hall angle becoming as high as 89.993° ± 0.004° at T = 25 mK. A further advantage of this system comes from the fact that it is a hard ferromagnet with a large coercive field (Hc > 1.0 T) and a relative high Curie temperature. This realization of a robust QAH state in hard ferromagnetic topological insulators (FMTIs) is a major step towards dissipationless electronic applications in the absence of external fields.

  11. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in time-reversal-symmetry breaking topological insulators.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Li, Mingda

    2016-03-31

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), the last member of Hall family, was predicted to exhibit quantized Hall conductivity σ(yx) = e2/h without any external magnetic field. The QAHE shares a similar physical phenomenon with the integer quantum Hall effect (QHE), whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic topological inverted band structure and ferromagnetism. Since the QAHE does not require external energy input in the form of magnetic field, it is believed that this effect has unique potential for applications in future electronic devices with low-power consumption. More recently, the QAHE has been experimentally observed in thin films of the time-reversal symmetry breaking ferromagnetic (FM) topological insulators (TI), Cr- and V- doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3. In this topical review, we review the history of TI based QAHE, the route to the experimental observation of the QAHE in the above two systems, the current status of the research of the QAHE, and finally the prospects for future studies.

  12. Enhanced thermoelectric performance of Cu2Se/Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 nanocomposites at elevated temperatures

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    Li, Y. Y.; Qin, X. Y.; Li, D.; Zhang, J.; Li, C.; Liu, Y. F.; Song, C. J.; Xin, H. X.; Guo, H. F.

    2016-02-01

    Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric materials with large thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, at elevated temperatures are advantageous in power generation by using the low-grade waste heat. Here, we show that incorporation of small proportion (0.3 vol. %) of nanophase Cu2Se into BiSbTe matrix causes an enhanced high-temperature thermopower due to elevated energy filtering of carriers and inhibition of minority transport besides enhanced phonon blocking from scattering at interfaces, which concurrently result in an ˜20% increase in the power factor and an ˜60% reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity at 488 K. As a result, ZT = 1.6 is achieved at 488 K in the composite system with 0.3 vol. % of Cu2Se. Significantly, its ZT is larger than unit in broad high-temperature range (e.g., ZT = 1.3 at 400 K and ZT = 1.6 at 488 K), which makes this material to be attractive for applications in energy harvesting from the low-grade waste heat.

  13. Quantum transport of two-species Dirac fermions in dual-gated three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Xu, Yang; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Chen, Yong P.

    2016-05-04

    Topological insulators are a novel class of quantum matter with a gapped insulating bulk, yet gapless spin-helical Dirac fermion conducting surface states. Here, we report local and non-local electrical and magneto transport measurements in dual-gated BiSbTeSe2 thin film topological insulator devices, with conduction dominated by the spatially separated top and bottom surfaces, each hosting a single species of Dirac fermions with independent gate control over the carrier type and density. We observe many intriguing quantum transport phenomena in such a fully tunable two-species topological Dirac gas, including a zero-magnetic-field minimum conductivity close to twice the conductance quantum at the double Dirac point, a series of ambipolar two-component half-integer Dirac quantum Hall states and an electron-hole total filling factor zero state (with a zero-Hall plateau), exhibiting dissipationless (chiral) and dissipative (non-chiral) edge conduction, respectively. As a result, such a system paves the way to explore rich physics, ranging from topological magnetoelectric effects to exciton condensation.

  14. Quantum transport of two-species Dirac fermions in dual-gated three-dimensional topological insulators.

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    Xu, Yang; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Chen, Yong P

    2016-05-04

    Topological insulators are a novel class of quantum matter with a gapped insulating bulk, yet gapless spin-helical Dirac fermion conducting surface states. Here, we report local and non-local electrical and magneto transport measurements in dual-gated BiSbTeSe2 thin film topological insulator devices, with conduction dominated by the spatially separated top and bottom surfaces, each hosting a single species of Dirac fermions with independent gate control over the carrier type and density. We observe many intriguing quantum transport phenomena in such a fully tunable two-species topological Dirac gas, including a zero-magnetic-field minimum conductivity close to twice the conductance quantum at the double Dirac point, a series of ambipolar two-component half-integer Dirac quantum Hall states and an electron-hole total filling factor zero state (with a zero-Hall plateau), exhibiting dissipationless (chiral) and dissipative (non-chiral) edge conduction, respectively. Such a system paves the way to explore rich physics, ranging from topological magnetoelectric effects to exciton condensation.

  15. Solvent-Based Synthesis of Nano-Bi0.85Sb0.15 for Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Applications

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    Kaspar, K.; Fritsch, K.; Habicht, K.; Willenberg, B.; Hillebrecht, H.

    2017-01-01

    In this study we show a preparation method for nanostructured Bi0.85Sb0.15 powders via a chemical reduction route in a polyol medium, yielding material with particle sizes of 20-150 nm in scalable amounts. The powders were consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in order to maintain the nanostructure. To investigate influence of the sinter process, the powders were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements before and after SPS. Transport properties, Seebeck effect, and thermal conductivity were determined in the low temperature range below 300 K. The samples showed excellent thermal conductivity of 2.3-2.6 W/m × K at 300 K and Seebeck coefficients from -97 μV/K to -107 μV/K at 300 K with a maximum of -141 μV/K at 110 K, thus leading to ZT values of up to 0.31 at room temperature. The results show that Bi-Sb-alloys are promising materials for low-temperature applications. Our wet chemical approach gives access to scalable amounts of nano-material with increased homogeneity and good thermoelectric properties after SPS.

  16. Modelling of segmented high-performance thermoelectric generators with effects of thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact resistances.

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    Ouyang, Zhongliang; Li, Dawen

    2016-04-07

    In this study, segmented thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been simulated with various state-of-the-art TE materials spanning a wide temperature range, from 300 K up to 1000 K. The results reveal that by combining the current best p-type TE materials, BiSbTe, MgAgSb, K-doped PbTeS and SnSe with the strongest n-type TE materials, Cu-Doped BiTeSe, AgPbSbTe and SiGe to build segmented legs, TE modules could achieve efficiencies of up to 17.0% and 20.9% at ΔT = 500 K and ΔT = 700 K, respectively, and a high output power densities of over 2.1 Watt cm(-2) at the temperature difference of 700 K. Moreover, we demonstrate that successful segmentation requires a smooth change of compatibility factor s from one end of the TEG leg to the other, even if s values of two ends differ by more than a factor of 2. The influence of the thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact effects have also been studied. Although considered potentially detrimental to the TEG performance, these effects, if well-regulated, do not prevent segmentation of the current best TE materials from being a prospective way to construct high performance TEGs with greatly enhanced efficiency and output power density.

  17. Bulk-impurity induced noise in large-area epitaxial thin films of topological insulators

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    Islam, Saurav; Bhattacharyya, Semonti; Kandala, Abhinav; Richardella, Anthony; Samarth, Nitin; Ghosh, Arindam

    2017-08-01

    We report a detailed study on low-frequency 1 /f -noise in large-area molecular-beam epitaxy grown thin ( ˜10 nm) films of topological insulators as a function of temperature, gate voltage, and magnetic field. When the Fermi energy is within the bulk valence band, the temperature dependence reveals a clear signature of generation-recombination noise in the defect states in the bulk band gap. However, when the Fermi energy is tuned to the bulk band gap, the gate voltage dependence of noise shows that the resistance fluctuations in surface transport are caused by correlated mobility-number density fluctuations due to the activated defect states present in the bulk of the topological insulator crystal with a density of Di t=3.2 ×1017 cm-2 eV-1. In the presence of the magnetic field, noise in these materials follows a parabolic dependence, which is qualitatively similar to mobility and charge-density fluctuation noise in non-degenerately doped trivial semiconductors. Our studies reveal that even in thin films of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 with thickness as low as 10 nm, the internal bulk defects are the dominant source of noise.

  18. Field induced gap infrared detector

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    Elliott, C. Thomas (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    A tunable infrared detector which employs a vanishing band gap semimetal material provided with an induced band gap by a magnetic field to allow intrinsic semiconductor type infrared detection capabilities is disclosed. The semimetal material may thus operate as a semiconductor type detector with a wavelength sensitivity corresponding to the induced band gap in a preferred embodiment of a diode structure. Preferred semimetal materials include Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te, x is less than 0.15, HgCdSe, BiSb, alpha-Sn, HgMgTe, HgMnTe, HgZnTe, HgMnSe, HgMgSe, and HgZnSe. The magnetic field induces a band gap in the semimetal material proportional to the strength of the magnetic field allowing tunable detection cutoff wavelengths. For an applied magnetic field from 5 to 10 tesla, the wavelength detection cutoff will be in the range of 20 to 50 micrometers for Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te alloys with x about 0.15. A similar approach may also be employed to generate infrared energy in a desired band gap and then operating the structure in a light emitting diode or semiconductor laser type of configuration.

  19. Modelling of segmented high-performance thermoelectric generators with effects of thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact resistances

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    Ouyang, Zhongliang; Li, Dawen

    2016-04-01

    In this study, segmented thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been simulated with various state-of-the-art TE materials spanning a wide temperature range, from 300 K up to 1000 K. The results reveal that by combining the current best p-type TE materials, BiSbTe, MgAgSb, K-doped PbTeS and SnSe with the strongest n-type TE materials, Cu-Doped BiTeSe, AgPbSbTe and SiGe to build segmented legs, TE modules could achieve efficiencies of up to 17.0% and 20.9% at ΔT = 500 K and ΔT = 700 K, respectively, and a high output power densities of over 2.1 Watt cm-2 at the temperature difference of 700 K. Moreover, we demonstrate that successful segmentation requires a smooth change of compatibility factor s from one end of the TEG leg to the other, even if s values of two ends differ by more than a factor of 2. The influence of the thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact effects have also been studied. Although considered potentially detrimental to the TEG performance, these effects, if well-regulated, do not prevent segmentation of the current best TE materials from being a prospective way to construct high performance TEGs with greatly enhanced efficiency and output power density.

  20. Thermal diffusivity measurement using thermographic method and performance evaluation by impedance spectroscopy for thermoelectric module

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    Otsuka, Mioko; Terakado, Hiroki; Homma, Ryoei; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Zahidul Islam, Md.; Bastian, Georg; Stuck, Alexander

    2016-12-01

    The thermal diffusivity of two bulk thermoelectric elements and a thermoelectric module was measured by an infrared camera using a thermographic method without any contact in air at room temperature. The estimated values for the elements (3.45 × 10-6 m2/s for a BiSb sample and 1.60 × 10-6 m2/s for a BiTe sample) were slightly larger than those measured in vacuum. The difference was explained as the effect of heat convection on the surface of the samples by solving the one-dimensional heat conduction equation numerically. The thermal diffusivity of thermoelectric elements in a thermoelectric module was also estimated using the thermographic method, and values of (1.1-1.7) × 10-6 m2/s in air were obtained, depending on the element. On the basis of the measurement results, the performance of the module was estimated using impedance spectroscopy, which can estimate not only the dimensionless figure of merit but also the thermal loss and response. The thermal response and thermal loss in air were similar to those in vacuum; however, the dimensionless figure of merit was 0.82 in vacuum and 0.70 in air.

  1. Quantum transport of two-species Dirac fermions in dual-gated three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Xu, Yang; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Chen, Yong P.

    2016-05-04

    Topological insulators are a novel class of quantum matter with a gapped insulating bulk, yet gapless spin-helical Dirac fermion conducting surface states. Here, we report local and non-local electrical and magneto transport measurements in dual-gated BiSbTeSe2 thin film topological insulator devices, with conduction dominated by the spatially separated top and bottom surfaces, each hosting a single species of Dirac fermions with independent gate control over the carrier type and density. We observe many intriguing quantum transport phenomena in such a fully tunable two-species topological Dirac gas, including a zero-magnetic-field minimum conductivity close to twice the conductance quantum at the doublemore » Dirac point, a series of ambipolar two-component half-integer Dirac quantum Hall states and an electron-hole total filling factor zero state (with a zero-Hall plateau), exhibiting dissipationless (chiral) and dissipative (non-chiral) edge conduction, respectively. As a result, such a system paves the way to explore rich physics, ranging from topological magnetoelectric effects to exciton condensation.« less

  2. Giant anisotropic magnetoresistance in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator

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    Kandala, Abhinav; Richardella, Anthony; Kempinger, Susan; Liu, Chao-Xing; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-07-01

    When a three-dimensional ferromagnetic topological insulator thin film is magnetized out-of-plane, conduction ideally occurs through dissipationless, one-dimensional (1D) chiral states that are characterized by a quantized, zero-field Hall conductance. The recent realization of this phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, provides a conceptually new platform for studies of 1D transport, distinct from the traditionally studied quantum Hall effects that arise from Landau level formation. An important question arises in this context: how do these 1D edge states evolve as the magnetization is changed from out-of-plane to in-plane? We examine this question by studying the field-tilt-driven crossover from predominantly edge-state transport to diffusive transport in Crx(Bi,Sb)2-xTe3 thin films. This crossover manifests itself in a giant, electrically tunable anisotropic magnetoresistance that we explain by employing a Landauer-Büttiker formalism. Our methodology provides a powerful means of quantifying dissipative effects in temperature and chemical potential regimes far from perfect quantization.

  3. Giant anisotropic magnetoresistance in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator.

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    Kandala, Abhinav; Richardella, Anthony; Kempinger, Susan; Liu, Chao-Xing; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-07-07

    When a three-dimensional ferromagnetic topological insulator thin film is magnetized out-of-plane, conduction ideally occurs through dissipationless, one-dimensional (1D) chiral states that are characterized by a quantized, zero-field Hall conductance. The recent realization of this phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, provides a conceptually new platform for studies of 1D transport, distinct from the traditionally studied quantum Hall effects that arise from Landau level formation. An important question arises in this context: how do these 1D edge states evolve as the magnetization is changed from out-of-plane to in-plane? We examine this question by studying the field-tilt-driven crossover from predominantly edge-state transport to diffusive transport in Crx(Bi,Sb)(2-x)Te3 thin films. This crossover manifests itself in a giant, electrically tunable anisotropic magnetoresistance that we explain by employing a Landauer-Büttiker formalism. Our methodology provides a powerful means of quantifying dissipative effects in temperature and chemical potential regimes far from perfect quantization.

  4. Crystallinity of tellurium capping and epitaxy of ferromagnetic topological insulator films on SrTiO3.

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    Park, Jihwey; Soh, Yeong-Ah; Aeppli, Gabriel; Feng, Xiao; Ou, Yunbo; He, Ke; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2015-06-30

    Thin films of topological insulators are often capped with an insulating layer since topological insulators are known to be fragile to degradation. However, capping can hinder the observation of novel transport properties of the surface states. To understand the influence of capping on the surface states, it is crucial to understand the crystal structure and the atomic arrangement at the interfaces. Here, we use x-ray diffraction to establish the crystal structure of magnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 (CBST) films grown on SrTiO3 (1 1 1) substrates with and without a Te capping layer. We find that both the film and capping layer are single crystal and that the crystal quality of the film is independent of the presence of the capping layer, but that x-rays cause sublimation of the CBST film, which is prevented by the capping layer. Our findings show that the different transport properties of capped films cannot be attributed to a lower crystal quality but to a more subtle effect such as a different electronic structure at the interface with the capping layer. Our results on the crystal structure and atomic arrangements of the topological heterostructure will enable modelling the electronic structure and design of topological heterostructures.

  5. Thermoelectric properties of bismuth-antimony thin films

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    Treffny, J.; Jayadev, T.S.

    1980-07-01

    Thermoelectrics have a wide range of potential applications in the temperature range of 0/sup 0/ to 100/sup 0/C. In an effort to enhance the feasibility of thermoelectrics, we have begun investigation of potentially cheaper materials and cheaper techniques for thermoelectrics. Two features of bismuth and antimony have influenced our work. First, Horst and Williams have reported quite respectable figure of merit values in bulk single crystals of bismuth-antimony, up to 2.5 x 10/sup -3/ at room temperature. Second, bismuth and antimony are an order of magnitude cheaper in cost compared to selenium and tellurium, making this binary alloy a natural candidate to reduce the cost of thermoelectric devices. Our avenue of approach involves a simplification of the fabrication process using an established technique of solid-state electronics: thin-film deposition. We have recently begun to investigate the extent to which the favorable properties of bulk Bi-Sb are preserved in thin films. Some of the preliminary data coming out of this ongoing investigation are reported.

  6. Accessing Rashba states in electrostatically gated topological insulator devices

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    Banerjee, Abhishek; Sundaresh, Ananthesh; Majhi, Kunjalata; Ganesan, R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-12-01

    We study the low temperature electrical transport in gated BiSbTe1.25Se1.75/hexagonal-Boron Nitride van der Waals heterostructure devices. Our experiments indicate the presence of Rashba spin-split states confined to the sample surface. While such states have been observed previously in photo-emission spectroscopy and STM experiments, it has not been possible to unambiguously detect them by electrical means and their transport properties remain mostly unknown. We show that these states support high mobility conduction with Hall effect mobilities ˜2000 to 3000 cm2/V-s that are paradoxically much larger than the mobilities of the topological surface states ˜300 cm2/V-s at T = 2 K. The spin-split nature of these states is confirmed by magneto-resistance measurements that reveal multi-channel weak anti-localization. Our work shows that Rashba spin split states can be electrically accessed in Topological insulators paving the way for future spintronic applications.

  7. Surface state transport suppression in topological insulators

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    Reijnders, Anjan A.; Tian, Y.; Pohl, G.; Kivlichan, I. D.; Zhao, S. Y. Frank; Kim, Y.-J.; Jia, S.; Cava, R. J.; Kwok, D. C.; Lee, N.; Cheong, S. W.; Burch, Kenneth S.

    2013-03-01

    An unresolved question in experimental research on topological insulators (TI) is the suppression mechanism of a TI's surface state transport. While room temperature ARPES studies reveal clear evidence of surface states, their observation in transport measurements is limited to low temperatures. A better understanding of this suppression is of fundamental interest, and crucial for pushing the boundary of device applications towards room-temperature operation. In this talk, we report the temperature dependent optical properties of the topological insulator Bi2Te2Se (BTS), obtained by infrared spectroscopy and ellipsometry, probing surface and bulk states simultaneously. We see clear evidence of coherent surface state transport at low temperature and find that electron-phonon coupling causes the gradual suppression of surface state transport as temperature rises to 43K. In the bulk, electron-phonon coupling enables the emergence of an indirect band gap transition, which peaks at 43K, and is limited by thermal ionization of the bulk valance band above 43K. For comparison with other resistive TIs, we also discuss the optical properties to BiSbSe2Te. Financially supported by NSERC CRSNG, Ontario Research Fund, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, NSF

  8. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in time-reversal-symmetry breaking topological insulators

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Li, Mingda

    2016-03-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), the last member of Hall family, was predicted to exhibit quantized Hall conductivity {σyx}=\\frac{{{e}2}}{h} without any external magnetic field. The QAHE shares a similar physical phenomenon with the integer quantum Hall effect (QHE), whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic topological inverted band structure and ferromagnetism. Since the QAHE does not require external energy input in the form of magnetic field, it is believed that this effect has unique potential for applications in future electronic devices with low-power consumption. More recently, the QAHE has been experimentally observed in thin films of the time-reversal symmetry breaking ferromagnetic (FM) topological insulators (TI), Cr- and V- doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3. In this topical review, we review the history of TI based QAHE, the route to the experimental observation of the QAHE in the above two systems, the current status of the research of the QAHE, and finally the prospects for future studies.

  9. Manipulating edge transport in quantum anomalous Hall insulators

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    Kandala, Abhinav

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect provides a path to obtain dissipation-less, one-dimensional (1D) edge states at zero magnetic field. It's recent experimental realization in magnetic topological insulator thin films lies at the overlap of several areas of condensed matter physics: dilute magnetic semiconductors, low dimensional electron transport and topologically non-trivial material systems. In this talk, we demonstrate how careful compositional and electrical tuning of epitaxial films of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 enables access to a robust zero-field quantized Hall effect, despite sample roughness and low carrier mobility. In samples that show near-dissipation-less transport, we manipulate the intermixing between edge states and dissipative channels via a tilted-field crossover from ballistic 1D edge transport to diffusive transport. This crossover manifests in a gate-tunable giant anisotropic magneto-resistance effect that we use as a quantitative probe of dissipation in our systems. Finally, we discuss experiments with mesoscopic channels of QAH insulator thin films, and discuss the effect of their modified magnetic anisotropy on edge transport. This work was carried out in collaboration with A. Richardella, C-X Liu, M. Liu, W. Wang, N. P. Ong, and N. Samarth. Funded by ARO/MURI, DARPA and ONR.

  10. Memristive Switching in Bi(1-x)Sb(x) Nanowires.

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    Han, Nalae; Park, Myung Uk; Yoo, Kyung-Hwa

    2016-04-13

    We investigated the memristive switching behavior in bismuth-antimony alloy (Bi(1-x)Sb(x)) single nanowire devices at 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.42. At 0.15 ≤ x ≤ 0.42, most Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single nanowire devices exhibited bipolar resistive switching (RS) behavior with on/off ratios of approximately 10(4) and narrow variations in switching parameters. Moreover, the resistance values in the low-resistance state (LRS) were insensitive to x. On the other hand, at 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.15, some Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single nanowire devices showed complementary RS-like behavior, which was ascribed to asymmetric contact properties. Transmission electron microscopy and elemental mapping images of Bi, Sb, and O obtained from the cross sections of the Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single nanowire devices, which were cut before and after RS, revealed that the mobile species was Sb ions, and the migration of the Sb ions to the nanowire surface brought the switch to LRS. In addition, we demonstrated that two types of synaptic plasticity, namely, short-term plasticity and long-term potentiation, could be implemented in Bi(1-x)Sb(x) nanowires by applying a sequence of voltage pulses with different repetition intervals.

  11. Multilayer thin film thermoelectrics produced by sputtering

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    Wagner, A.V.; Foreman, R.J.; Summers, L.J.; Barbee, T.W. Jr.; Farmer, J.C.

    1995-06-19

    In this work we explore the possibility of achieving bulk electrical properties in single layer sputter deposited films grown epitaxially on (111) oriented BaF{sub 2} substrates. There are a number of sputter deposition parameters that can be varied in order to optimize the film quality. It is important to understand the effect of varying the deposition temperature, Ar sputtering gas pressure, and the substrate bias. We will consider only Bi and Bi{sub 0.86}Sb{sub 0.14} films in this paper. These materials were chosen since they have the same simple structure, two different band gaps and do not change significantly either in physical or electrical properties with small amounts of cross contamination. We will also present our work on multilayer thermoelectrics made of Bi and Bi{sub 0.86}Sb{sub 0.14} layers. There has been considerable interest in this multilayer structure in the literature. Theoretical calculations of the band structure and interface states of these multilayer structures have been made by Mustafaev and Agassi et al. respectively [6,7]. Experimentally Yoshida et al. have examined similar multilayer structures grown by MBE as well as Bi/Sb multilayer samples in which report an anomalous thermoelectric power [8].

  12. A magnetic heterostructure of topological insulators as a candidate for an axion insulator

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    Mogi, M.; Kawamura, M.; Yoshimi, R.; Tsukazaki, A.; Kozuka, Y.; Shirakawa, N.; Takahashi, K. S.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2017-05-01

    The axion insulator which may exhibit an exotic quantized magnetoelectric effect is one of the most interesting quantum phases predicted for the three-dimensional topological insulator (TI). The axion insulator state is expected to show up in magnetically doped TIs with magnetizations pointing inwards and outwards from the respective surfaces. Towards the realization of the axion insulator, we here engineered a TI heterostructure in which magnetic ions (Cr) are modulation-doped only in the vicinity of the top and bottom surfaces of the TI ((Bi,Sb)2Te3) film. A separation layer between the two magnetic layers weakens interlayer coupling between them, enabling the magnetization reversal of individual layers. We demonstrate the realization of the axion insulator by observing a zero Hall plateau (ZHP) (where both the Hall and longitudinal conductivity become zero) in the electric transport properties, excluding the other possible origins for the ZHP. The manifestation of the axion insulator can lead to a new stage of research on novel magnetoelectric responses in topological matter.

  13. The mineralogical characterization of tellurium in copper anodes

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    Chen, T. T.; Dutrizac, J. E.

    1993-12-01

    A mineralogical study of a «normal» commercial copper anode and six tellurium-rich copper anodes from the CCR Refinery of the Noranda Copper Smelting and Refining Company was carried out to identify the tellurium carriers and their relative abundances. In all the anodes, the major tellurium carrier is the Cu2Se-Cu2Te phase which occurs as a constituent of complex inclusions at the copper grain boundaries. In tellurium-rich anodes, the molar tellurium content of the Cu2Se-Cu2Te phase can exceed that of selenium. Although >85 pct of the tellurium occurs as the Cu2Se-Cu2Te phase, minor amounts are present in Cu-Pb-As-Bi-Sb oxide, Cu-Bi-As oxide, and Cu-Te-As oxide phases which form part of the grain-boundary inclusions. About 1 pct of the tellurium content of silver-rich anodes occurs in various silver alloys, but gold tellurides were never detected. Surprising is the fact that 2 to 8 pct of the total tellurium content of the anodes occurs in solid solution in the copper-metal matrix, and presumably, this form of tellurium dissolves at the anode interface during electrorefining.

  14. Role of trivalent antimony in the removal of As, Sb, and Bi impurities from copper electrolytes

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    Xiao, Fa-xin; Cao, Dao; Mao, Jian-wei; Shen, Xiao-ni; Ren, Feng-zhang

    2013-01-01

    The role of trivalent antimony was investigated in removing As, Sb, and Bi impurities from a copper electrolyte. Purification experiments were carried out by adding a various concentrations of Sb(III) ions in a synthetic electrolyte containing 185 g/L sulfuric acid, 45 g/L Cu2+, 10 g/L As, and 0.5 g/L Bi under stirring at 65°C for 2 h. The electrolyte was filtered, and the structure, morphology and composition of the precipitate were analyzed by means of chemical analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and IR spectroscopy. The precipitate is composed of irregular lumps which are agglomerated by fine dendritic and floccus particles, and it mainly consists of As, Sb, Bi, and O elements. Characteristic bands in the IR spectra of the precipitate are As-OX (X=As, Sb, Bi), Sb-OY (Y=Sb, Bi), O-As-O, As-OH, Sb-OH, and O-H. The precipitate is a mixture of microcrystalline SbAsO4, (Sb,As)2O3, and amorphous phases. As, Sb, and Bi impurities are effectively removed from the copper electrolyte by Sb(III) ions attributing to these precipitates.

  15. Development of a Measurement System for the Figure of Merit in the High-Temperature Region

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    Iwasaki, H.; Yamamoto, T.; Kim, H.; Nakamoto, G.

    2013-07-01

    New equipment has been developed for evaluating the figure of merit, ZT, on the basis of the Harman method in the temperature range between room temperature and 650 K. In this temperature range, the sample holder in the vacuum chamber has a different construction as compared with the sample holder constructed for the temperature range below room temperature. Several issues that need to be considered, such as compensation for the thermal radiation effect, suppression of heat leakage from the lead wires, and the setup method for the lead wires on the sample, are examined in the considered temperature region. Evaluations of ZT are successfully made for typical thermoelectric materials, (Bi,Sb)2Te3 and CeFe3CoSb12. We then demonstrate that the influence of thermal radiation between the high- and low-temperature edges of the sample induced by the Peltier effect on the estimated value of ZT is negligible at around 600 K. Furthermore, the change in the thermoelectric properties due to repetition of the thermal cycle is studied, and a typical hysteresis behavior is observed in the considered thermoelectric materials. It is revealed that heating the sample to a high temperature causes a change in its thermoelectric properties, which one must take into account for practical applications of thermoelectric materials.

  16. Scalable Silicon Nanostructuring for Thermoelectric Applications

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    Koukharenko, E.; Boden, S. A.; Platzek, D.; Bagnall, D. M.; White, N. M.

    2013-07-01

    The current limitations of commercially available thermoelectric (TE) generators include their incompatibility with human body applications due to the toxicity of commonly used alloys and possible future shortage of raw materials (Bi-Sb-Te and Se). In this respect, exploiting silicon as an environmentally friendly candidate for thermoelectric applications is a promising alternative since it is an abundant, ecofriendly semiconductor for which there already exists an infrastructure for low-cost and high-yield processing. Contrary to the existing approaches, where n/ p-legs were either heavily doped to an optimal carrier concentration of 1019 cm-3 or morphologically modified by increasing their roughness, in this work improved thermoelectric performance was achieved in smooth silicon nanostructures with low doping concentration (1.5 × 1015 cm-3). Scalable, highly reproducible e-beam lithographies, which are compatible with nanoimprint and followed by deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE), were employed to produce arrays of regularly spaced nanopillars of 400 nm height with diameters varying from 140 nm to 300 nm. A potential Seebeck microprobe (PSM) was used to measure the Seebeck coefficients of such nanostructures. This resulted in values ranging from -75 μV/K to -120 μV/K for n-type and 100 μV/K to 140 μV/K for p-type, which are significant improvements over previously reported data.

  17. Optimizing Spin Generation in 2D Materials: Topological Insulators and Graphene

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    Chen, Ching-Tzu

    Novel two-dimensional electronic systems with Dirac-like dispersion present unique opportunities for spintronic applications. In this seminar I will discuss two specific examples. First we examine the potential of topological insulators as spin-source materials. Using a new spin-polarized tunneling method, giant charge-spin conversion efficiency in topological insulators is revealed, well exceeding that in conventional magnetic tunnel junctions. Through a comparative study between Bi2Se3 and (Bi,Sb)2Te3, we verify the topological-surface-state origin of the observed giant spin signals and further extract the energy dependence of the effective spin polarization in Bi2Se3. Next we explore the potential of interfacial exchange interaction in 2D materials for spin control and spin generation. Using graphene as a prototype, we demonstrate that its coupling to a model magnetic insulator (EuS) produces a substantial magnetic exchange field (>14 T), which yields orders-of-magnitude enhancement in the spin signal originated from the Zeeman spin-Hall effect. Furthermore, the strong exchange field lifts the spin degeneracy of graphene in the quantum Hall regime, which may lead to interesting spin-polarized edge transport and thus open up new application space for classical and quantum information processing.

  18. A magnetic heterostructure of topological insulators as a candidate for an axion insulator.

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    Mogi, M; Kawamura, M; Yoshimi, R; Tsukazaki, A; Kozuka, Y; Shirakawa, N; Takahashi, K S; Kawasaki, M; Tokura, Y

    2017-05-01

    The axion insulator which may exhibit an exotic quantized magnetoelectric effect is one of the most interesting quantum phases predicted for the three-dimensional topological insulator (TI). The axion insulator state is expected to show up in magnetically doped TIs with magnetizations pointing inwards and outwards from the respective surfaces. Towards the realization of the axion insulator, we here engineered a TI heterostructure in which magnetic ions (Cr) are modulation-doped only in the vicinity of the top and bottom surfaces of the TI ((Bi,Sb)2Te3) film. A separation layer between the two magnetic layers weakens interlayer coupling between them, enabling the magnetization reversal of individual layers. We demonstrate the realization of the axion insulator by observing a zero Hall plateau (ZHP) (where both the Hall and longitudinal conductivity become zero) in the electric transport properties, excluding the other possible origins for the ZHP. The manifestation of the axion insulator can lead to a new stage of research on novel magnetoelectric responses in topological matter.

  19. Two-dimensional chalcogenide nanoplates as tunable metamaterials via chemical intercalation.

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    Cha, Judy J; Koski, Kristie J; Huang, Kevin C Y; Wang, Ken Xingze; Luo, Weidong; Kong, Desheng; Yu, Zongfu; Fan, Shanhui; Brongersma, Mark L; Cui, Yi

    2013-01-01

    New plasmonic materials with tunable properties are in great need for nanophotonics and metamaterials applications. Here we present two-dimensional layered, metal chalcogenides as tunable metamaterials that feature both dielectric photonic and plasmonic modes across a wide spectral range from the infrared to ultraviolet. The anisotropic layered structure allows intercalation of organic molecules and metal atoms at the van der Waals gap of the host chalcogenide, presenting a chemical route to create heterostructures with molecular and atomic precision for photonic and plasmonic applications. This marks a departure from a lithographic method to create metamaterials. Monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope was used to first establish the presence of the dielectric photonic and plasmonic modes in M2E3 (M = Bi, Sb; E = Se, Te) nanoplates and to observe marked changes in these modes after chemical intercalation. We show that these modal properties can also be tuned effectively by more conventional methods such as thickness control and alloy composition of the nanoplates.

  20. Effect of heat treatment on the structure and the thermoelectric properties of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1 thin films and composites based on them

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    Kalinin, Yu. E.; Kashirin, M. A.; Makagonov, V. A.; Pankov, S. Yu.; Sitnikov, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    This work considers the effect of vacuum annealing on the thermoelectric properties of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1 thin film and Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1-C composites with various carbon contents produced by ion-beam deposition in an argon atmosphere. The electrical resistivity and the thermopower of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1-C nanocomposites are found to be dependent on not only the carbon concentration but also the type and the concentration of intrinsic point defects of the Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1 solid solution, which determine the type of conductivity of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1 granules. The power factors are estimated for films of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1 solid solution and films of Sb0.9Bi1.1Te2.9Se0.1-C composites and found to have values comparable with the values for nanostructured materials on the basis of (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 solid solutions.

  1. Electrical Probing of Inherent Spin Polarization in a Topological Insulator with Electrical Gating

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    Lee, Joon Sue; Richardella, Anthony; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-03-01

    The hallmark of a time-reversal symmetry protected three-dimensional topological insulator is the helically spin-textured surface state. Although electrical detection of spin polarization in topological insulators has been demonstrated very recently, there have not been any electrical measurements to demonstrate the entire mapping of the spin polarization throughout the surface state. We report the electrical probing of the spin-polarized surface state using a magnetic tunnel junction as a spin detector while the chemical potential of a topological insulator (Bi,Sb)2Te3 is tuned by back gating. Hysteretic spin signals were observed as the magnetization of the detector ferromagnet (permalloy) switches with in-plane magnetic field. Changing the direction of bias current through the topological insulator channel flips the direction of the spin polarization, resulting in the reverse of sign of the detected spin signals. We demonstrate the control of the Fermi energy, which has importance not only in further understanding of the spin-momentum locking in the surface state but also in possible electrical tuning of the spin polarization for potential spin-based devices. Supported by C-SPIN & DARPA/SRC.

  2. Scaling of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect as an Indicator of Axion Electrodynamics

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    Grauer, S.; Fijalkowski, K. M.; Schreyeck, S.; Winnerlein, M.; Brunner, K.; Thomale, R.; Gould, C.; Molenkamp, L. W.

    2017-06-01

    We report on the scaling behavior of V-doped (Bi ,Sb )2Te3 samples in the quantum anomalous Hall regime for samples of various thickness. While previous quantum anomalous Hall measurements showed the same scaling as expected from a two-dimensional integer quantum Hall state, we observe a dimensional crossover to three spatial dimensions as a function of layer thickness. In the limit of a sufficiently thick layer, we find scaling behavior matching the flow diagram of two parallel conducting topological surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator each featuring a fractional shift of 1/2 e2/h in the flow diagram Hall conductivity, while we recover the expected integer quantum Hall behavior for thinner layers. This constitutes the observation of a distinct type of quantum anomalous Hall effect, resulting from 1/2 e2/h Hall conductance quantization of three-dimensional topological insulator surface states, in an experiment which does not require decomposition of the signal to separate the contribution of two surfaces. This provides a possible experimental link between quantum Hall physics and axion electrodynamics.

  3. Quantum transport of two-species Dirac fermions in dual-gated three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Xu, Yang; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Chen, Yong P.

    2016-05-01

    Topological insulators are a novel class of quantum matter with a gapped insulating bulk, yet gapless spin-helical Dirac fermion conducting surface states. Here, we report local and non-local electrical and magneto transport measurements in dual-gated BiSbTeSe2 thin film topological insulator devices, with conduction dominated by the spatially separated top and bottom surfaces, each hosting a single species of Dirac fermions with independent gate control over the carrier type and density. We observe many intriguing quantum transport phenomena in such a fully tunable two-species topological Dirac gas, including a zero-magnetic-field minimum conductivity close to twice the conductance quantum at the double Dirac point, a series of ambipolar two-component half-integer Dirac quantum Hall states and an electron-hole total filling factor zero state (with a zero-Hall plateau), exhibiting dissipationless (chiral) and dissipative (non-chiral) edge conduction, respectively. Such a system paves the way to explore rich physics, ranging from topological magnetoelectric effects to exciton condensation.

  4. Persistent optical gating of a topological insulator

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    Yeats, Andrew L.; Pan, Yu; Richardella, Anthony; Mintun, Peter J.; Samarth, Nitin; Awschalom, David D.

    2015-01-01

    The spin-polarized surface states of topological insulators (TIs) are attractive for applications in spintronics and quantum computing. A central challenge with these materials is to reliably tune the chemical potential of their electrons with respect to the Dirac point and the bulk bands. We demonstrate persistent, bidirectional optical control of the chemical potential of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films grown on SrTiO3. By optically modulating a space-charge layer in the SrTiO3 substrates, we induce a persistent field effect in the TI films comparable to electrostatic gating techniques but without additional materials or processing. This enables us to optically pattern arbitrarily shaped p- and n-type regions in a TI, which we subsequently image with scanning photocurrent microscopy. The ability to optically write and erase mesoscopic electronic structures in a TI may aid in the investigation of the unique properties of the topological insulating phase. The gating effect also generalizes to other thin-film materials, suggesting that these phenomena could provide optical control of chemical potential in a wide range of ultrathin electronic systems. PMID:26601300

  5. Separation behavior of impurities and selenium reduction by the reactive zone refining process using high-frequency induction heating to purify Te

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    Shim, Moonsoo; Kim, Young-Min; Lee, Huk-Hee; Hong, Soon-Jik; Lee, Jong-Hyeon

    2016-12-01

    A zone refining processing was utilized to purify tellurium (Te) metal using a locally melted zone caused by high-frequency induction heating. The travel rate of the molten zone was set as a parameter. The purification efficiency for each impurity (Bi, Sb, Sn, and Se) in the tellurium sample was analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and the experimental results were compared with the theoretical results furnished by the proposed model to validate its predictions. The experimental results indicated that a lower travel rate of the molten zone and repetition of passes were more efficient for purification. The effective distribution coefficient keff and the keff values of bismuth, antimony, tin, and selenium were 0.5, 0.35, 0.22, and 0.58, respectively. These elements were effective for the purification of Te by zone refining. The obtained distribution coefficient keff values of impurities can be used as standards for the purification of Te by zone refining. The Vickers hardness was measured, and a correlation between hardness and concentration was observed, with an average Vickers hardness was 62 Hv.

  6. Modelling of segmented high-performance thermoelectric generators with effects of thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact resistances

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    Ouyang, Zhongliang; Li, Dawen

    2016-01-01

    In this study, segmented thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been simulated with various state-of-the-art TE materials spanning a wide temperature range, from 300 K up to 1000 K. The results reveal that by combining the current best p-type TE materials, BiSbTe, MgAgSb, K-doped PbTeS and SnSe with the strongest n-type TE materials, Cu-Doped BiTeSe, AgPbSbTe and SiGe to build segmented legs, TE modules could achieve efficiencies of up to 17.0% and 20.9% at ΔT = 500 K and ΔT = 700 K, respectively, and a high output power densities of over 2.1 Watt cm−2 at the temperature difference of 700 K. Moreover, we demonstrate that successful segmentation requires a smooth change of compatibility factor s from one end of the TEG leg to the other, even if s values of two ends differ by more than a factor of 2. The influence of the thermal radiation, electrical and thermal contact effects have also been studied. Although considered potentially detrimental to the TEG performance, these effects, if well-regulated, do not prevent segmentation of the current best TE materials from being a prospective way to construct high performance TEGs with greatly enhanced efficiency and output power density. PMID:27052592

  7. Magnetic-Field Dependence of Thermoelectric Properties of Sintered Bi90Sb10 Alloy

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    Murata, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Komine, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the thermoelectric properties and dimensionless figure of merit ( ZT) of a sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy were experimentally and theoretically evaluated. The Bi-Sb alloy was synthesized in a quartz ampule using the melting method, and the resultant ingot was then ground via ball milling. A sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy with a particle size in the range of several to several tens of micrometers was prepared using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. The magnetic-field dependence of the electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity were experimentally evaluated at temperatures of 77-300 K for magnetic fields of up to 2.9 T. The results showed that ZT increased by 37% at 300 K under a 2.5-T magnetic field. A theoretical calculation of the magneto-Seebeck coefficient based on the Boltzmann equation with a relaxation time approximation was also performed. Hence, the experimental result for the magneto-Seebeck coefficient of the Bi90Sb10 alloy at 300 K was qualitatively and quantitatively explained. Specifically, the carrier scattering mechanism was shown to be acoustic phonon potential scattering and the carrier mobility ratio between the L- and T-points was found to be 3.3, which corresponds to the characteristics of a single crystal. It was concluded that the effect of the magnetic field on the Seebeck coefficient was demonstrated accurately using the theoretical calculation model.

  8. Surface-Micromachined Planar Arrays of Thermopiles

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    Foote, Marc C.

    2003-01-01

    Planar two-dimensional arrays of thermopiles intended for use as thermal-imaging detectors are to be fabricated by a process that includes surface micromachining. These thermopile arrays are designed to perform better than do prior two-dimensional thermopile arrays. The lower performance of prior two-dimensional thermopile arrays is attributed to the following causes: The thermopiles are made from low-performance thermoelectric materials. The devices contain dielectric supporting structures, the thermal conductances of which give rise to parasitic losses of heat from detectors to substrates. The bulk-micromachining processes sometimes used to remove substrate material under the pixels, making it difficult to incorporate low-noise readout electronic circuitry. The thermoelectric lines are on the same level as the infrared absorbers, thereby reducing fill factor. The improved pixel design of a thermopile array of the type under development is expected to afford enhanced performance by virtue of the following combination of features: Surface-micromachined detectors are thermally isolated through suspension above readout circuitry. The thermopiles are made of such high-performance thermoelectric materials as Bi-Te and Bi-Sb-Te alloys. Pixel structures are supported only by the thermoelectric materials: there are no supporting dielectric structures that could leak heat by conduction to the substrate.

  9. New group-V elemental bilayers: A tunable structure model with four-, six-, and eight-atom rings

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    Kong, Xiangru; Li, Linyang; Leenaerts, Ortwin; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Peeters, François M.

    2017-07-01

    Two-dimensional group-V elemental materials have attracted widespread attention due to their nonzero band gap while displaying high electron mobility. Using first-principles calculations, we propose a series of new elemental bilayers with group-V elements (Bi, Sb, As). Our study reveals the dynamical stability of four-, six-, and eight-atom ring structures, demonstrating their possible coexistence in such bilayer systems. The proposed structures for Sb and As are large-gap semiconductors that are potentially interesting for applications in future nanodevices. The Bi structures have nontrivial topological properties with a direct nontrivial band gap. The nontrivial gap is shown to arise from a band inversion at the Brillouin zone center due to the strong intrinsic spin-orbit coupling in Bi atoms. Moreover, we demonstrate the possibility of tuning the properties of these materials by enhancing the ratio of six-atom rings to four- and eight-atom rings, which results in wider nontrivial band gaps and lower formation energies.

  10. Relative contribution of food and water to 27 metals and metalloids accumulated by caged Hyalella azteca in two rivers affected by metal mining.

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    Borgmann, U; Couillard, Y; Grapentine, L C

    2007-02-01

    Hyalella were caged at three sites in each of the two rivers for 17 days. Food added to the cages consisted of plant and detrital material collected from the same, or other, sites. Concentrations of some metals in Hyalella (e.g., Cd and Cu), but not others (e.g., Se), appeared to reach steady-state within 5 days in one of the rivers. Metal accumulation was minimal by day 5 in the other river, possibly due to the very low temperatures in this river for the first part of the exposure period. Both analysis of variance and analysis of covariance, using site as a categorical variable and metal in food as either a categorical or continuous variable, indicated that Cd, Cu and Se were the only metals for which concentration in food had a significant effect on concentration in Hyalella. Nevertheless, water was still a major source for these metals as well. Other metals which varied by over fivefold in food but for which concentration in food had no effect on concentration in Hyalella included Ag, As, Bi, Sb, U and Zn. Concentrations of the remaining metals varied less than fourfold in food, making it difficult to determine if these were accumulated from food.

  11. Crystallinity of tellurium capping and epitaxy of ferromagnetic topological insulator films on SrTiO3

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    Park, Jihwey; Soh, Yeong-Ah; Aeppli, Gabriel; Feng, Xiao; Ou, Yunbo; He, Ke; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2015-06-30

    Thin films of topological insulators are often capped with an insulating layer since topological insulators are known to be fragile to degradation. However, capping can hinder the observation of novel transport properties of the surface states. To understand the influence of capping on the surface states, it is crucial to understand the crystal structure and the atomic arrangement at the interfaces. Here, we use x-ray diffraction to establish the crystal structure of magnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 (CBST) films grown on SrTiO3 (1 1 1) substrates with and without a Te capping layer. We find that both the film and capping layer are single crystal and that the crystal quality of the film is independent of the presence of the capping layer, but that x-rays cause sublimation of the CBST film, which is prevented by the capping layer. Our findings show that the different transport properties of capped films cannot be attributed to a lower crystal quality but to a more subtle effect such as a different electronic structure at the interface with the capping layer. Our results on the crystal structure and atomic arrangements of the topological heterostructure will enable modelling the electronic structure and design of topological heterostructures.

  12. Quantum transport of two-species Dirac fermions in dual-gated three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Xu, Yang; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Chen, Yong P.

    Topological insulators (TI) are a novel class of quantum matter with a gapped insulating bulk yet gapless spin helical Dirac fermion conducting surface states. Here, we report local and non-local electrical and magneto transport measurements in dual-gated BiSbTeSe2 thin film TI devices, with conduction dominated by the spatially separated top and bottom surfaces, each hosting a single species of Dirac fermions with independent gate control over the carrier type and density. We observe many intriguing quantum transport phenomena in such a fully-tunable two-species topological Dirac gas, including a zero-magnetic-field minimum conductivity of 4e2 / h at the double Dirac point, a series of ambipolar two-component ''half-integer'' Dirac quantum Hall states and an electron-hole total filling factor ν=0 state (with a zero-Hall plateau), exhibiting dissipationless (chiral) and dissipative (non-chiral) edge conduction respectively. Such a system paves the way to explore rich physics ranging from topological magnetoelectric effects to exciton condensation. DARPA MESO program.

  13. Outgassing and vaporization considerations in milliwatt generators designed for 20-year missions

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    Hiller, Nathan; Allen, Daniel; Elsner, Norbert; Bass, J. C.; Moore, J. Peyton

    2002-01-01

    Ongoing experimental work and theoretical models indicate that milliwatt thermoelectric generators that operate in a sealed-off vacuum environment will be useful for long-term operation, such as the PASCAL 20 year Mars mission and the CryoScout mission. Considerations for long-term operation include out gassing of the multifoil vacuum insulation before pinch off and vaporization of the (Bi, Sb)2(Se, Te)3 thermoelectric materials during long-term operation. Tests underway indicate the multi-foil insulation can be pre-outgassed before assembly so further outgassing in the sealed generator is minimized. Experimental data and vaporization models for a Th of 250 °C thus far indicate that the small amount of vaporization of materials used in the thermoelectric module do not significantly effect the generator vacuum or the module power output. These tests and models indicate that both potential modes of degradation can be controlled and minimized. Although performance data on the generator materials only extend for several hundred hours, the good performances in a limited time, combined with an understanding of the materials behavior, indicate that milliwatt generator holds promise for providing sufficient and reliable power for space missions lasting up to 20 years. .

  14. Lead Halide Perovskites and Other Metal Halide Complexes As Inorganic Capping Ligands for Colloidal Nanocrystals

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    2014-01-01

    Lead halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbX3, where X = I, Br) and other metal halide complexes (MXn, where M = Pb, Cd, In, Zn, Fe, Bi, Sb) have been studied as inorganic capping ligands for colloidal nanocrystals. We present the methodology for the surface functionalization via ligand-exchange reactions and the effect on the optical properties of IV–VI, II–VI, and III–V semiconductor nanocrystals. In particular, we show that the Lewis acid–base properties of the solvents, in addition to the solvent dielectric constant, must be properly adjusted for successful ligand exchange and colloidal stability. High luminescence quantum efficiencies of 20–30% for near-infrared emitting CH3NH3PbI3-functionalized PbS nanocrystals and 50–65% for red-emitting CH3NH3CdBr3- and (NH4)2ZnCl4-capped CdSe/CdS nanocrystals point to highly efficient electronic passivation of the nanocrystal surface. PMID:24746226

  15. Enhanced electron dephasing in three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Liao, Jian; Ou, Yunbo; Liu, Haiwen; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun; Li, Yongqing

    2017-01-01

    Study of the dephasing in electronic systems is not only important for probing the nature of their ground states, but also crucial to harnessing the quantum coherence for information processing. In contrast to well-studied conventional metals and semiconductors, it remains unclear which mechanism is mainly responsible for electron dephasing in three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs). Here, we report on using weak antilocalization effect to measure the dephasing rates in highly tunable (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films. As the transport is varied from a bulk-conducting regime to surface-dominant transport, the dephasing rate is observed to evolve from a linear temperature dependence to a sublinear power-law dependence. Although the former is consistent with the Nyquist electron-electron interactions commonly seen in ordinary 2D systems, the latter leads to enhanced electron dephasing at low temperatures and is attributed to the coupling between the surface states and the localized charge puddles in the bulk of 3D TIs. PMID:28695894

  16. Visualization of superparamagnetic dynamics in magnetic topological insulators.

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    Lachman, Ella O; Young, Andrea F; Richardella, Anthony; Cuppens, Jo; Naren, H R; Anahory, Yonathan; Meltzer, Alexander Y; Kandala, Abhinav; Kempinger, Susan; Myasoedov, Yuri; Huber, Martin E; Samarth, Nitin; Zeldov, Eli

    2015-11-01

    Quantized Hall conductance is a generic feature of two-dimensional electronic systems with broken time reversal symmetry. In the quantum anomalous Hall state recently discovered in magnetic topological insulators, time reversal symmetry is believed to be broken by long-range ferromagnetic order, with quantized resistance observed even at zero external magnetic field. We use scanning nanoSQUID (nano-superconducting quantum interference device) magnetic imaging to provide a direct visualization of the dynamics of the quantum phase transition between the two anomalous Hall plateaus in a Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin film. Contrary to naive expectations based on macroscopic magnetometry, our measurements reveal a superparamagnetic state formed by weakly interacting magnetic domains with a characteristic size of a few tens of nanometers. The magnetic phase transition occurs through random reversals of these local moments, which drive the electronic Hall plateau transition. Surprisingly, we find that the electronic system can, in turn, drive the dynamics of the magnetic system, revealing a subtle interplay between the two coupled quantum phase transitions.

  17. Enhanced electron dephasing in three-dimensional topological insulators

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    Liao, Jian; Ou, Yunbo; Liu, Haiwen; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun; Li, Yongqing

    2017-07-01

    Study of the dephasing in electronic systems is not only important for probing the nature of their ground states, but also crucial to harnessing the quantum coherence for information processing. In contrast to well-studied conventional metals and semiconductors, it remains unclear which mechanism is mainly responsible for electron dephasing in three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs). Here, we report on using weak antilocalization effect to measure the dephasing rates in highly tunable (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films. As the transport is varied from a bulk-conducting regime to surface-dominant transport, the dephasing rate is observed to evolve from a linear temperature dependence to a sublinear power-law dependence. Although the former is consistent with the Nyquist electron-electron interactions commonly seen in ordinary 2D systems, the latter leads to enhanced electron dephasing at low temperatures and is attributed to the coupling between the surface states and the localized charge puddles in the bulk of 3D TIs.

  18. Social and Non-Social Behavioral Inhibition in Preschool-Age Children: Differential Associations with Parent-Reports of Temperament and Anxiety

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    Dyson, Margaret W.; Klein, Daniel N.; Olino, Thomas M.; Dougherty, Lea R.; Durbin, C. Emily

    2011-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) has generally been treated as a unitary construct and assessed by combining ratings of fear, vigilance, and avoidance to both novel social and non-social stimuli. However, there is evidence suggesting that BI in social contexts is not correlated with BI in non-social contexts. The present study examined the distinction…

  19. Transport studies of mesoscopic and magnetic topological insulators

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    Kandala, Abhinav

    integration of GdN with Bi2Se 3 thin films. Careful structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of the heterostructures is employed to confirm that the magnetic species is solely restricted to the surface, and that the ferromagnetic GdN layer to be insulating, ensuring current flow solely through the TI layer. We also devise a novel device geometry that enables direct comparison of the magneto-transport properties of TI films with and without proximate magnetism, all, in a single device. A comparative study of weak anti-localization suggested that the overlying GdN suppressed quantum interference in the top surface state. In our second generation heterostructure devices, GdN is interfaced with low-carrier density, gate-tunable thin films of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 grown on SrTiO 3 substrates. These devices enable us to map out the comparison of magneto-transport, as the chemical potential is tuned from the bulk conduction band into the bulk valence band. In a second approach to study the effects of magnetism on TI's, I shall present, in Chapter 5, our results from magnetic doping of (Bi,Sb) 2Te3 thin films with Cr -- a system that was recently demonstrated to be a Quantum Anomalous Hall (QAH) insulator. In a Cr-rich regime, a highly insulating, high Curie temperature ferromagnetic phase is achieved. However, a careful, iterative process of tuning the composition of this complex alloy enabled access to the QAHE regime, with the observation of near dissipation-less transport and perfect Hall quantization at zero external field. Furthermore, we demonstrate a field tilt driven crossover between a quantum anomalous Hall phase and a gapless, ferromagnetic TI phase. This crossover manifests itself in an electrically tunable, giant anisotropic magneto-resistance effect that we employ as a quantitative probe of edge transport in this system.

  20. Electrocatalytic water treatment using carbon nanotube filters modified with metal oxides.

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    Yang, So Young; Vecitis, Chad D; Park, Hyunwoong

    2017-01-28

    This study examined the electrocatalytic activity of multi-walled carbon nanotube (CNT) filters for remediation of aqueous phenol in a sodium sulfate electrolyte. CNT filters were loaded with antimony-doped tin oxide (Sb-SnO2; SS) and bismuth- and antimony-codoped tin oxide (Bi-Sb-SnO2; BSS) via electrosorption at 2 V for 1 h and then assembled into a flow-through batch reactor as anode-cathode couples with perforated titanium foils. The as-synthesized pristine CNT filters were composed of 50-60-nm-thick tubular carbons with smooth surfaces, whereas the tubes composing the SS-CNT and BSS-CNT filters were slightly thicker and bumpy, because they were coated with SS and BSS particles ~50 nm in size. Electrochemical characterization of the samples indicated a positive shift in the onset potential and a decrease in the current magnitude in the modified CNT filters due to passivation and oxidation inhibition of the bare CNT filters. These filters exhibited a similar adsorption capacity for phenol (5-8%), whereas loadings of SS and BSS enhanced the degradation rate of phenol by ~1.5 and 2.1 times, respectively. In particular, the total organic carbon removal performance and mineralization efficiency of the BSS-CNT filters were approximately twice those of the bare CNT filters. The BSS-CNT filters also exhibited an enhanced oxidation of ferrocyanide [Fe(II)(CN)6(4-)], which was not adsorbed onto the CNT filters. The enhanced electrocatalytic performance of the modified CNT filters was attributed to an effective generation of OH radicals. The surfaces of the filters were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.

  1. New Interest in Intermetallic Compound ZnSb

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    Fedorov, M. I.; Prokof'eva, L. V.; Pshenay-Severin, D. A.; Shabaldin, A. A.; Konstantinov, P. P.

    2014-06-01

    The intermetallic compound ZnSb has been known since the 1830s. It has semiconductor properties, but its mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties are very close to those of a metallic alloy. When thermoelectrics based on (BiSb)2(TeSe)3 solid solutions were created, interest in ZnSb subsided. However, the current situation is different, as tellurium has become expensive and rare. Moreover, its compounds are too toxic, and it is too difficult to produce such materials and devices from these solid solutions. Recently, n-type material based on Mg2(SnSi) solid solution was proposed in the Laboratory of Physics for Thermoelements of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute. This material together with ZnSb may form a promising couple for creating various thermoelectric modules. In this paper, various properties (Hall and Seebeck coefficients, electrical and thermal conductivities) are reported in the temperature range from 80 K to 797 K. Different acceptor impurities have been tested. The Hall concentration at room temperature varied from 1.5 × 1018 cm-3 to 2.7 × 1019 cm-3. Some features have been discovered in the behavior of the thermoelectric parameters of double-doped ZnSb samples at temperatures above 500 K. Their nature points to a temperature-dependent increase of the Hall concentration. The existence of two temperature ranges with additional doping is revealed by Hall coefficient and electrical conductivity measurements in the range from 80 K to 797 K. The experimental data are discussed based on a model of the energy spectrum with impurity and native defect states localized in the energy gap. It is shown that the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit of ZnSb: Cd, Ag, Sn is not less than 1.0 at 600 K.

  2. Selective oxidation of alkanes and/or alkenes to valuable oxygenates

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    Lin, Manhua; Pillai, Krishnan S.

    2011-02-15

    A catalyst, its method of preparation and its use for producing at least one of methacrolein and methacrylic acid, for example, by subjecting isobutane or isobutylene or a mixture thereof to a vapor phase catalytic oxidation in the presence of air or oxygen. In the case where isobutane alone is subjected to a vapor phase catalytic oxidation in the presence of air or oxygen, the product is at least one of isobutylene, methacrolein and methacrylic acid. The catalyst comprises a compound having the formula A.sub.aB.sub.bX.sub.xY.sub.yZ.sub.zO.sub.o wherein A is one or more elements selected from the group of Mo, W and Zr, B is one or more elements selected from the group of Bi, Sb, Se, and Te, X is one or more elements selected from the group of Al, Bi, Ca, Ce, Co, Fe, Ga, Mg, Ni, Nb, Sn, W and Zn, Y is one or more elements selected from the group of Ag, Au, B, Cr, Cs, Cu, K, La, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Nb, Ni, P, Pb, Rb, Re, Ru, Sn, Te, Ti, V and Zr, and Z is one or more element from the X or Y groups or from the following: As, Ba, Pd, Pt, Sr, or mixtures thereof, and wherein a=1, 0.05

  3. Grain Refinement of Deoxidized Copper

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    Balart, María José; Patel, Jayesh B.; Gao, Feng; Fan, Zhongyun

    2016-10-01

    This study reports the current status of grain refinement of copper accompanied in particular by a critical appraisal of grain refinement of phosphorus-deoxidized, high residual P (DHP) copper microalloyed with 150 ppm Ag. Some deviations exist in terms of the growth restriction factor ( Q) framework, on the basis of empirical evidence reported in the literature for grain size measurements of copper with individual additions of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5 wt pct of Mo, In, Sn, Bi, Sb, Pb, and Se, cast under a protective atmosphere of pure Ar and water quenching. The columnar-to-equiaxed transition (CET) has been observed in copper, with an individual addition of 0.4B and with combined additions of 0.4Zr-0.04P and 0.4Zr-0.04P-0.015Ag and, in a previous study, with combined additions of 0.1Ag-0.069P (in wt pct). CETs in these B- and Zr-treated casts have been ascribed to changes in the morphology and chemistry of particles, concurrently in association with free solute type and availability. No further grain-refining action was observed due to microalloying additions of B, Mg, Ca, Zr, Ti, Mn, In, Fe, and Zn (~0.1 wt pct) with respect to DHP-Cu microalloyed with Ag, and therefore are no longer relevant for the casting conditions studied. The critical microalloying element for grain size control in deoxidized copper and in particular DHP-Cu is Ag.

  4. Modelling of Equilibrium Between Mantle and Core: Refractory, Volatile, and Highly Siderophile Elements

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    Righter, K.; Danielson, L.; Pando, K.; Shofner, G.; Lee, C. -T.

    2013-01-01

    Siderophile elements have been used to constrain conditions of core formation and differentiation for the Earth, Mars and other differentiated bodies [1]. Recent models for the Earth have concluded that the mantle and core did not fully equilibrate and the siderophile element contents of the mantle can only be explained under conditions where the oxygen fugacity changes from low to high during accretion and the mantle and core do not fully equilibrate [2,3]. However these conclusions go against several physical and chemical constraints. First, calculations suggest that even with the composition of accreting material changing from reduced to oxidized over time, the fO2 defined by metal-silicate equilibrium does not change substantially, only by approximately 1 logfO2 unit [4]. An increase of more than 2 logfO2 units in mantle oxidation are required in models of [2,3]. Secondly, calculations also show that metallic impacting material will become deformed and sheared during accretion to a large body, such that it becomes emulsified to a fine scale that allows equilibrium at nearly all conditions except for possibly the length scale for giant impacts [5] (contrary to conclusions of [6]). Using new data for D(Mo) metal/silicate at high pressures, together with updated partitioning expressions for many other elements, we will show that metal-silicate equilibrium across a long span of Earth s accretion history may explain the concentrations of many siderophile elements in Earth's mantle. The modeling includes refractory elements Ni, Co, Mo, and W, as well as highly siderophile elements Au, Pd and Pt, and volatile elements Cd, In, Bi, Sb, Ge and As.

  5. Photovoltaic Rudorffites: Lead-Free Silver Bismuth Halides Alternative to Hybrid Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Turkevych, Ivan; Kazaoui, Said; Ito, Eisuke; Urano, Toshiyuki; Yamada, Koji; Tomiyasu, Hiroshi; Yamagishi, Hideo; Kondo, Michio; Aramaki, Shinji

    2017-06-28

    Hybrid CPbX3 (C: Cs, CH3 NH3 ; X: Br, I) perovskites possess excellent photovoltaic properties but are highly toxic, which hinders their practical application. Unfortunately, all Pb-free alternatives based on Sn and Ge are extremely unstable. Although stable and non-toxic C2 ABX6 double perovskites based on alternating corner-shared AX6 and BX6 octahedra (A=Ag, Cu; B=Bi, Sb) are possible, they have indirect and wide band gaps of over 2 eV. However, is it necessary to keep the corner-shared perovskite structure to retain good photovoltaic properties? Here, we demonstrate another family of photovoltaic halides based on edge-shared AX6 and BX6 octahedra with the general formula Aa Bb Xx (x=a+3 b) such as Ag3 BiI6 , Ag2 BiI5 , AgBiI4 , AgBi2 I7 . As perovskites were named after their prototype oxide CaTiO3 discovered by Lev Perovski, we propose to name these new ABX halides as rudorffites after Walter Rüdorff, who discovered their prototype oxide NaVO2 . We studied structural and optoelectronic properties of several highly stable and promising Ag-Bi-I photovoltaic rudorffites that feature direct band gaps in the range of 1.79-1.83 eV and demonstrated a proof-of-concept FTO/c-m-TiO2 /Ag3 BiI6 /PTAA/Au (FTO: fluorine-doped tin oxide, PTAA: poly[bis(4-phenyl)(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)amine], c: compact, m: mesoporous) solar cell with photoconversion efficiency of 4.3 %. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Geology, petrography, geochemistry, and genesis of sulfide-rich pods in the Lac des Iles palladium deposits, western Ontario, Canada

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    Duran, Charley J.; Barnes, Sarah-Jane; Corkery, John T.

    2016-04-01

    The Lac des Iles Pd deposits are known for their Pd-rich sulfide-poor mineralization. However, previously undocumented sulfide-rich pods also occur within the intrusion that hosts the deposits. Given the complex magmatic and hydrothermal history of the mineralization at Lac des Iles, the sulfide-rich pods could have crystallized from magmatic sulfide liquids or precipitated from hydrothermal fluids. Sulfide-rich pods occur throughout the stratigraphy, in all rock types, and along comagmatic shear zones, and contain net-textured to massive sulfides. They can be divided into four main groups based on the variation in mineral assemblages: (1) pyrrhotite-pentlandite ± pyrite-chalcopyrite-magnetite-ilmenite; (2) chalcopyrite ± pyrrhotite-pentlandite-pyrite-magnetite-ilmenite; (3) pyrite ± pentlandite-chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite-magnetite-ilmenite; and (4) magnetite ± ilmenite-pyrrhotite-pentlandite-pyrite-chalcopyrite. Whole rock metal contents and S isotopic compositions do not change with the amount of pyrite present, except for slight enrichments in As and Bi. The presence of an essentially magmatic sulfide mineral assemblage (pyrrhotite-pentlandite ± chalcopyrite) with pentlandite exsolution flames in pyrrhotite in some pods suggests that the pods crystallized from magmatic sulfide liquids. The very low Cu contents of the pods suggests that they are mainly cumulates of monosulfide solid solution (MSS). We propose a model whereby sulfide liquids were concentrated into dilation zones prior to crystallizing cumulus MSS. Intermediate solid solution crystallized from the fractionated liquids at the edges of some pods leaving residual liquids enriched in Pt, Pd, Au, As, Bi, Sb, and Te. These residual liquids are no longer associated with the pods. During subsequent alteration, pyrite replaced MSS/pyrrhotite, but this did not affect the platinum-group element contents of the pods.

  7. Self-organized charge puddles in a three-dimensional topological material

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    Borgwardt, N.; Lux, J.; Vergara, I.; Wang, Zhiwei; Taskin, A. A.; Segawa, Kouji; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.; Ando, Yoichi; Rosch, A.; Grüninger, M.

    2016-06-01

    In three-dimensional (3D) topological materials, tuning of the bulk chemical potential is of crucial importance for observing their topological properties; for example, Weyl semimetals require chemical-potential tuning to the bulk Weyl nodes, while 3D topological insulators require tuning into the bulk band gap. Such tuning is often realized by compensation, i.e., by balancing the density of acceptors and donors. Here we show that in such a compensated 3D topological material, the possibility of local chemical-potential tuning is limited by the formation of self-organized charge puddles. The puddles arise from large fluctuations of the Coulomb potential of donors and acceptors. Their emergence is akin to the case of graphene, where charge puddles are already established as a key paradigm. However, there is an important difference: Puddles in graphene are simply dictated by the static distribution of defects in the substrate, whereas we find that puddles in 3D systems self-organize in a nontrivial way and show a strong temperature dependence. Such a self-organization is revealed by measurements of the optical conductivity of the bulk-insulating 3D topological insulator BiSbTeSe2, which pinpoints the presence of puddles at low temperatures as well as their surprising "evaporation" on a temperature scale of 30-40 K. The experimental observation is described semiquantitatively by Monte Carlo simulations. These show that the temperature scale is set by the Coulomb interaction between neighboring dopants and that puddles are destroyed by thermally activated carriers in a highly nonlinear screening process. This result indicates that understanding charge puddles is crucial for the control of the chemical potential in compensated 3D topological materials.

  8. The electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of BiTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} and SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6}: First-principles calculations

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    Guo, Li Bin; Ye, Lingyun; Wang, Yuan Xu Yang, Jue Ming; Yan, Yu Li; Ren, Feng Zhu

    2015-12-21

    The electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of MTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} (M = Bi, Sb) were studied using density functional theory and the semiclassical Boltzmann theory. It is found that the band gaps of BiTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} and SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} are equal to 0.59 eV and 0.72 eV, respectively. The relative large band gap and strong coupling between Sb s and Te p are helpful to the thermoelectric properties of SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6}. Near the bottom of the conduction bands, the number of band valleys of SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} is four and is larger than that of BiTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} (two band valleys), which will increase its Seebeck coefficient. Although BiTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} has a larger electrical conductivity relative to relaxation time (σ/τ) along the z-direction than that of SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6}, the results show that the transport properties of SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} are better than those of BiTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} possibly due to its large Seebeck coefficient. The maximum value of power factor relative to relaxation time (S{sup 2}σ/τ) for SbTl{sub 9}Te{sub 6} reaches 4.30 × 10{sup 11 }W/K{sup 2} m s at 900 K, that is, originated from its relatively large Seebeck coefficient, suggesting its promising thermoelectric performance at high temperature.

  9. Electromigration Critical Product to Measure Effect of Underfill Material in Suppressing Bi Segregation in Sn-58Bi Solder

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    Zhao, Xu; Takaya, Satoshi; Muraoka, Mikio

    2017-08-01

    Recently, we detected length-dependent electromigration (EM) behavior in Sn-58Bi (SB) solder and revealed the existence of Bi back-flow, which retards EM-induced Bi segregation and is dependent on solder length. The cause of the back-flow is attributed to an oxide layer formed on the SB solder. At present, underfill (UF) material is commonly used in flip-chip packaging as filler between chip and substrate to surround solder bumps. In this study, we quantitatively investigated the effect of UF material as a passivation layer on EM in SB solder strips. EM tests on SB solder strips with length of 50 μm, 100 μm, and 150 μm were conducted simultaneously. Some samples were coated with commercial thermosetting epoxy UF material, which acted as a passivation layer on the Cu-SB-Cu interconnections. The value of the critical product for SB solder was estimated to be 38 A/cm to 43 A/cm at 353 K to 373 K without UF coating and 59 A/cm at 373 K with UF coating. The UF material acting as a passivation layer suppressed EM-induced Bi segregation and increased the threshold current density by 37% to 55%. However, at very high current density, this effect became very slight. In addition, Bi atoms can diffuse to the anode side through the Sn phase, hence addition of microelements to the Sn phase to form obstacles, such as intermetallic compounds, may retard Bi segregation in SB solder.

  10. Environmental assessment of the arsenic-rich, Rodalquilar gold-(copper-lead-zinc) mining district, SE Spain: data from soils and vegetation

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    Oyarzun, Roberto; Cubas, Paloma; Higueras, Pablo; Lillo, Javier; Llanos, Willians

    2009-08-01

    The Rodalquilar mineral deposits (SE Spain) were formed in Miocene time in relation to caldera volcanic episodes and dome emplacement phenomena. Two types of ore deposits are recognized: (1) the El Cinto epithermal, Au-As high sulphidation vein and breccia type; and (2) peripheral low sulphidation epithermal Pb-Zn-Cu-(Au) veins. The first metallurgical plants for gold extraction were set up in the 1920s and used amalgamation. Cyanide leaching began in the 1930s and the operations lasted until the mid 1960s. The latter left a huge pile of ~900,000-1,250,000 m3 of abandoned As-rich tailings adjacent to the town of Rodalquilar. A frustrated initiative to reactivate the El Cinto mines took place in the late 1980s and left a heap leaching pile of ~120,000 m3. Adverse mineralogical and structural conditions favoured metal and metalloid dispersion from the ore bodies into soils and sediments, whereas mining and metallurgical operations considerably aggravated contamination. We present geochemical data for soils, tailings and wild plant species. Compared to world and local baselines, both the tailings and soils of Rodalquilar are highly enriched in As (mean concentrations of 950 and 180 μg g-1, respectively). Regarding plants, only the concentrations of As, Bi and Sb in Asparagus horridus, Launaea arborescens, Salsola genistoides, and Stipa tenacissima are above the local baselines. Bioaccumulation factors in these species are generally lower in the tailings, which may be related to an exclusion strategy for metal tolerance. The statistical analysis of geochemical data from soils and plants allows recognition of two well-differentiated clusters of elements (As-Bi-Sb-Se-Sn-Te and Cd-Cu-Hg-Pb-Zn), which ultimately reflect the strong chemical influence of both El Cinto and peripheral deposits mineral assemblages.

  11. Independent Tuning of Electronic Properties and Induced Ferromagnetism in Topological Insulators with Heterostructure Approach.

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    Jiang, Zilong; Chang, Cui-Zu; Tang, Chi; Wei, Peng; Moodera, Jagadeesh S; Shi, Jing

    2015-09-09

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) has been recently demonstrated in Cr- and V-doped three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs) at temperatures below 100 mK. In those materials, the spins of unfilled d-electrons in the transition metal dopants are exchange coupled to develop a long-range ferromagnetic order, which is essential for realizing QAHE. However, the addition of random dopants does not only introduce excess charge carriers that require readjusting the Bi/Sb ratio, but also unavoidably introduces paramagnetic spins that can adversely affect the chiral edge transport in QAHE. In this work, we show a heterostructure approach to independently tune the electronic and magnetic properties of the topological surface states in (BixSb1-x)2Te3 without resorting to random doping of transition metal elements. In heterostructures consisting of a thin (BixSb1-x)2Te3 TI film and yttrium iron garnet (YIG), a high Curie temperature (∼550 K) magnetic insulator, we find that the TI surface in contact with YIG becomes ferromagnetic via proximity coupling which is revealed by the anomalous Hall effect (AHE). The Curie temperature of the magnetized TI surface ranges from 20 to 150 K but is uncorrelated with the Bi fraction x in (BixSb1-x)2Te3. In contrast, as x is varied, the AHE resistivity scales with the longitudinal resistivity. In this approach, we decouple the electronic properties from the induced ferromagnetism in TI. The independent optimization provides a pathway for realizing QAHE at higher temperatures, which is important for novel spintronic device applications.

  12. Seasonal distribution of metals in vertical and horizontal profiles of sheltered and exposed beaches on Polish coast.

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    Bigus, Katarzyna; Astel, Aleksander; Niedzielski, Przemysław

    2016-05-15

    The distribution of alkali and heavy metals in coastal sediments of three Polish beaches was assessed. In all locations there are sandy beaches of different characteristics according to the anthropogenic impact and degree of sheltering. Core sediments collected in Czołpino and Ustka were characterized by the highest concentration of Cd, Ag, Ba, and Al, Cu, Cr, Bi, Na, respectively. Among the alkaline metals core sediments were the most abundant with Ca, Bi, Mg and Na, presenting almost stable decreasing order in all beaches. The majority of dredge material collected can be classified as light or trace contaminated by Cr, Cu, Zn, Cd and Hg. An abundance of mineralogical components in core sediments in Ustka increases in Summer and Autumn, while in Puck is stable throughout the year. The content of studied metals in core sediments collected in three Polish beaches changes both in the vertical and horizontal profiles of the beach. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Magnetic Topological Insulators and Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect

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    Kou, Xufeng

    The engineering of topological surface states is a key to realize applicable devices based on topological insulators (TIs). Among various proposals, introducing magnetic impurities into TIs has been proven to be an effective way to open a surface gap and integrate additional ferromagnetism with the original topological order. In this Dissertation, we study both the intrinsic electrical and magnetic properties of the magnetic TI thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. By doping transition element Cr into the host tetradymite-type V-VI semiconductors, we achieve robust ferromagnetic order with a strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. With additional top-gating capability, we realize the electric-field-controlled ferromagnetism in the magnetic TI systems, and demonstrate such magneto-electric effects can be effectively manipulated, depending on the interplays between the band topology, magnetic exchange coupling, and structural engineering. Most significantly, we report the observation of quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) in the Cr-doped (BiSb)2Te3 samples where dissipationless chiral edge conduction is realized in the macroscopic millimeter-size devices without the presence of any external magnetic field, and the stability of the quantized Hall conductance of e2/h is well-maintained as the film thickness varies across the 2D hybridization limit. With additional quantum confinement, we discover the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE states, and reveal the universal QAHE phase diagram in the thin magnetic TI samples. In addition to the uniform magnetic TIs, we further investigate the TI/Cr-doped TI bilayer structures prepared by the modulation-doped growth method. By controlling the magnetic interaction profile, we observe the Dirac hole-mediated ferromagnetism and develop an effective way to manipulate its strength. Besides, the giant spin-orbit torque in such magnetic TI-based heterostructures enables us to demonstrate the current

  14. Enzyme leaching of surficial geochemical samples for detecting hydromorphic trace-element anomalies associated with precious-metal mineralized bedrock buried beneath glacial overburden in northern Minnesota

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    Clark, Robert J.; Meier, A.L.; Riddle, G.; ,

    1990-01-01

    One objective of the International Falls and Roseau, Minnesota, CUSMAP projects was to develop a means of conducting regional-scale geochemical surveys in areas where bedrock is buried beneath complex glacially derived overburden. Partial analysis of B-horizon soils offered hope for detecting subtle hydromorphic trace-element dispersion patterns. An enzyme-based partial leach selectively removes metals from oxide coatings on the surfaces of soil materials without attacking their matrix. Most trace-element concentrations in the resulting solutions are in the part-per-trillion to low part-per-billion range, necessitating determinations by inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry. The resulting data show greater contrasts for many trace elements than with other techniques tested. Spatially, many trace metal anomalies are locally discontinuous, but anomalous trends within larger areas are apparent. In many instances, the source for an anomaly seems to be either basal till or bedrock. Ground water flow is probably the most important mechanism for transporting metals toward the surface, although ionic diffusion, electrochemical gradients, and capillary action may play a role in anomaly dispersal. Sample sites near the Rainy Lake-Seine River fault zone, a regional shear zone, often have anomalous concentrations of a variety of metals, commonly including Zn and/or one or more metals which substitute for Zn in sphalerite (Cd, Ge, Ga, and Sn). Shifts in background concentrations of Bi, Sb, and As show a trend across the area indicating a possible regional zoning of lode-Au mineralization. Soil anomalies of Ag, Co, and Tl parallel basement structures, suggesting areas that may have potential for Cobalt/Thunder Baytype silver viens. An area around Baudette, Minnesota, which is underlain by quartz-chlorite-carbonate-altered shear zones, is anomalous in Ag, As, Bi, Co, Mo, Te, Tl, and W. Anomalies of Ag, As, Bi, Te, and W tend to follow the fault zones, suggesting potential

  15. Studies of Flerovium and Element 115 Homologs with Macrocyclic Extractants

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    Despotopulos, John D.

    2015-03-12

    Study of the chemistry of the heaviest elements, Z ≥ 104, poses a unique challenge due to their low production cross-sections and short half-lives. Chemistry also must be studied on the one-atom-at-a-time scale, requiring automated, fast, and very efficient chemical schemes. Recent studies of the chemical behavior of copernicium (Cn, element 112) and flerovium (Fl, element 114) together with the discovery of isotopes of these elements with half-lives suitable for chemical studies have spurred a renewed interest in the development of rapid systems designed to study the chemical properties of elements with Z ≥ 114. This dissertation explores both extraction chromatography and solvent extraction as methods for development of a rapid chemical separation scheme for the homologs of flerovium (Pb, Sn, Hg) and element 115 (Bi, Sb), with the goal of developing a chemical scheme that, in the future, can be applied to on-line chemistry of both Fl and element 115. Carrier-free radionuclides, used in these studies, of the homologs of Fl and element 115 were obtained by proton activation of high-purity metal foils at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS): natIn(p,n)113Sn, natSn(p,n)124Sb, and Au(p,n)197m,gHg. The carrier-free activity was separated from the foils by novel separation schemes based on ion exchange and extraction chromatography techniques. Carrier-free Pb and Bi isotopes were obtained from development of a novel generator based on cation exchange chromatography using the 232U parent to generate 212Pb and 212Bi. Macrocyclic extractants, specifically crown ethers and their derivatives, were chosen for these studies; crown ethers show high selectivity for metal ions. Finally. a potential chemical system for Fl was established based on the Eichrom Pb resin, and insight to an improved system based on thiacrown ethers is

  16. Experimental observations on noble metal nanonuggets and Fe-Ti oxides, and the transport of platinum group elements in silicate melts

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    Anenburg, Michael; Mavrogenes, John A.

    2016-11-01

    Platinum group element (PGE) nanonuggets are a nuisance in experimental studies designed to measure solubility or partitioning of noble metals in silicate melts. Instead of treating nanonuggets as experimental artifacts, we studied their behaviour motivated by recent discoveries of PGE nanonuggets in a variety of natural settings. We used an experimental setup consisting of AgPd, Pt or AuPd capsules and Fe(-Ti) oxide-saturated hydrous peralkaline silicate melts to maximise nanonugget production. TABS (Te, As, Bi, Sb, Sn) commonly occur in PGM (platinum group minerals), prompting addition of Bi to our experiments to investigate its properties as well. Three-dimensional optical examination by 100× objective and immersion oil reveals variable colour which correlates with nanonugget size and shape due to plasmon resonance effects. We observe two textural types: (1) intermediate-sized nanonuggets dispersed in the glass and adhering to oxides, and (2) abundant fine nanonuggets dispersed in the glass with coarse euhedral crystals in contact with oxides. Slow cooling removes dispersed nanonuggets and greatly coarsens existing oxide-associated metal crystals. Nanonugget-free halos are commonly observed around oxide grains. All metal phases are composed of major (Ag, Pd) and trace (Pt, Ir, Au) capsule material. Our results show reduction processes, imposed by growing oxides, causing local metal saturation in the oxide rich zones with preferential nucleation on smaller oxide grains. The redox gradient then blocks additional metals from diffusing into oxide rich zones, forming halos. As the entire experimental charge is reduced throughout the run, nanonuggets form in the distal glass. Bismuth contents of metal phases do not depend on Bi2O3 amounts dissolved in the melt. Further PGM crystallisation consumes nanonuggets as feedstock. We conclude that the appearance of metallic PGE phases happens in two stages: first as nanonuggets and then as larger PGM. Once formed

  17. Soil pollution by oxidation of tailings from toxic spill of a pyrite mine.

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    Simón, M; Martín, F; Ortiz, I; García, I; Fernández, J; Fernández, E; Dorronsoro, C; Aguilar, J

    2001-11-12

    On the 25th April 1998, toxic water and tailings from a pyrite mine of Aznalcóllar (southern Spain) spilled into the Agrio and Guadiamar River Basin affecting some 40 km2. In five sectors throughout the basin, we monitored the physical and chemical properties of the tailings as well as the degree of pollution in the soils on four different sampling dates: 5 May, 20 May, 4 June and 22 July 1998. The characteristics of the tailings deposited on the soils are shown to be related to distance from the spill. The oxidation rate of the tailings and the solubilization of the pollutant elements were more pronounced in the middle and lower sectors of the basin, where the particle size was finer, the sulfur content higher and the bulk density less. The increases in water-soluble sulfates, Zn. Cd and Cu were very rapid (the highest values being reached 25 days after the spill) and intense (reaching 45% of the total Cu, 65% of the total Zn and Cd). Meanwhile, the increases in water-soluble As, Bi, Sb, Pb and Tl were far lower (ranging between 0.002% of the total Tl and 2.5% of the total As) and less rapid in the case of As, Bi and Pb (the highest values for these elements being reached 40 days after the spill). These soluble elements infiltrated the soils with the rainwater, swiftly augmenting the soil pollution. Twenty-five days after the spill, when the rainfall ranged between 45 and 63 mm, the first 10-cm of the soils in the middle and lower sectors of the basin exceeded the maximum concentration permitted for agricultural soils in Zn, Cu and Tl. At 40 days after the spill, when the rainfall ranged between 60 and 89 mm, all the soils reached or exceeded the maximum permitted concentrations for As and Tl. Nevertheless, the pollutants tended to concentrate in the first 10 cm of the soils without seriously contaminating either the subsoil or the groundwaters. Consequently, a rapid removal of the tailings and the ploughing of the first 25-30 cm of the soils would be urgent

  18. Characterization of energy critical elements in ore resources and associated waste tailings: Implications for recovery and remediation

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    McClenaghan, Sean H.

    2015-04-01

    The occurrence of Energy Critical Elements (ECE) in primary ore minerals and their subsequent enrichment in waste tailings is of great metallurgical interest. Recovery of many ECEs, in particular In, Ge, and Ga have come chiefly as a by-product of base-metal production (smelting and refining); these elements are found only at very low levels in the Earth's crust and do not typically form economic deposits on their own. As the ECEs become more important for a growing number of technological applications, it is critical to map the distribution of these elements in ore and waste (gangue) minerals to optimize their recovery and remediation. The characterization and beneficiation of ECEs is best illustrated for Zn-rich ore systems, where a mineral such as sphalerite (ZnS) will concentrate a number of major (Fe, Mn) and important trace elements (Cd, Se, In, Ge, Te, Sn, Bi, Sb, Hg). Interestingly, the mineral chemistry of sphalerite will often differ between different styles of mineralization (i.e., granite-hosted veins versus volcanic-hosted massive sulfides) and can even exhibit considerable variability within a deposit in response to metal zonation across hydrothermal facies. This has significant metallurgical implications for the blending of ore resources, the efficient production of Zn concentrates, and their ultimate value during the smelting and refining stages. Gangue minerals transferred to waste tailings may also exhibit significant enrichment in ECEs and precious metals; including Au in pyrite-arsenopyrite, and rare earth elements in a range of carbonate and phosphate minerals. In situ micro-analytical techniques are ideal for the quantitative measurement of trace elements in ore minerals as well as associated gangue materials. Recent advances in ICP-MS and ICP-OES technology coupled with newer classes of UV Excimer lasers (native 193 nm light) have allowed for more discrete analyses, permitting micro-chemical mapping at small scales (<10 microns). Further

  19. Petrochemistry and hydrothermal alteration within the Tyrone Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland: implications for VMS mineralization in the British and Irish Caledonides

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    Hollis, Steven P.; Roberts, Stephen; Earls, Garth; Herrington, Richard; Cooper, Mark R.; Piercey, Stephen J.; Archibald, Sandy M.; Moloney, Martin

    2014-06-01

    Although volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits can form within a wide variety of rift-related tectonic environments, most are preserved within suprasubduction affinity crust related to ocean closure. In stark contrast to the VMS-rich Appalachian sector of the Grampian-Taconic orogeny, VMS mineralization is rare in the peri-Laurentian British and Irish Caledonides. Economic peri-Gondwanan affinity deposits are limited to Avoca and Parys Mountain. The Tyrone Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland represents a ca. 484-464 Ma peri-Laurentian affinity arc-ophiolite complex and a possible broad correlative of the Buchans-Robert's Arm belt of Newfoundland, host to some of the most metal-rich VMS deposits globally. Stratigraphic horizons prospective for VMS mineralization in the Tyrone Igneous Complex are associated with rift-related magmatism, hydrothermal alteration, synvolcanic faults, and high-level subvolcanic intrusions (gabbro, diorite, and/or tonalite). Locally intense hydrothermal alteration is characterized by Na-depletion, elevated SiO2, MgO, Ba/Sr, Bi, Sb, chlorite-carbonate-pyrite alteration index (CCPI) and Hashimoto alteration index (AI) values. Rift-related mafic lavas typically occur in the hanging wall sequences to base and precious metal mineralization, closely associated with ironstones and/or argillaceous sedimentary rocks representing low temperature hydrothermal venting and volcanic quiescence. In the ca. 475 Ma pre-collisional, calc-alkaline lower Tyrone Volcanic Group rift-related magmatism is characterized by abundant non-arc type Fe-Ti-rich eMORB, island-arc tholeiite, and low-Zr tholeiitic rhyolite breccias. These petrochemical characteristics are typical of units associated with VMS mineralization in bimodal mafic, primitive post-Archean arc terranes. Following arc-accretion at ca. 470 Ma, late rifting in the ensialic upper Tyrone Volcanic Group is dominated by OIB-like, subalkaline to alkali basalt and A-type, high-Zr rhyolites. These units

  20. Probing the band structure and local electronic properties of low-dimensional semiconductor structures

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    Walrath, Jenna Cherie

    comparison to that of the 2D alloy layer. The surface composition and band structure of ordered horizontal Sb2Te3 nanowires induced by femtosecond laser irradiation of a thin film are investigated, revealing a band gap modulation between buried Sb2Te3 nanowires and the surrounding insulating material. Finally, STM and STS are used to investigate the band structure of BiSbTe alloys at room temperature, revealing both the Fermi level and Dirac point located inside the bulk bandgap, indicating bulk-like insulating behavior with accessible surface states.

  1. Geochemical Variability and Process Recognition from Soils in the Maritime Provinces, Canada

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    Grunsky, E. C.

    2009-12-01

    A soil geochemical survey was undertaken in the maritime provinces of Canada. The survey was designed to reveal the variability of the near surface geochemistry that is associated with underlying bedrock geology, effects of weathering, meteoric water infiltration, groundwater and anthropogenic activities. Soil samples collected from the O, A, B and C horizons from the Maritime Provinces of Canada were analyzed using four-acid digestion and ICP-OES/MS instrumentation. An additional soil layer profile, PH (Public Health) of 0-5 cm depth was defined as part of the A horizon and is of interest in health risk assessments. A principal component (PC) analysis of the geochemistry from the four soil horizons reveals a distinctive set of inter-element relationships from the C horizon upwards into the B, A and PH horizons. Statistical dispersion of the soil geochemistry using a log-centred transform, increases upwards in the profile. Maximum data dispersion occurs in the PH and A horizon soils. These trends are shown in Figure 1 where a bi-plot of the first two PC's accounts for 49.7% of the data variability. Elements including Cd, S, P, Pb, Bi, Sb, Mo, Be, Zn and Cu are relatively enriched in the PH-A horizons (correlated with increasing organic carbon content) while elements including Ni, Mg, Cr, V, Co, Fe and Sc are relatively enriched in the C horizon, representing a mafic component of the protolith. The felsic component of the protolith is expressed as a relative enrichment of K, Rb, Zr, (REE), Li and Al. This lithologic trend is exhibited along the second PC axis. The relative associations revealed in the bi-plot of Figure 1 enable the recognition of the underlying protolith, weathering, meteoric water and groundwater effects. The sources of these associations may be attributed to the underlying geology, anthropogenic activity, or a combination of both. The influence of bedrock geology, climate and geomorphology (ecoregions) can be used to characterize the regional

  2. Effects of simulated acid rain, EDTA, or their combination, on migration and chemical fraction distribution of extraneous metals in Ferrosol.

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    Wen, Fang; Hou, Hong; Yao, Na; Yan, Zengguang; Bai, Liping; Li, Fasheng

    2013-01-01

    A laboratory repacked soil-leaching column experiment was conducted to study the effects of simulated acid rain or EDTA by themselves or in combination, on migration and chemical speciation distribution of Pb and its alternative rare metals including Ag, Bi, In, Sb, and Sn. Experimental results demonstrate that leaching with simulated acid rain promoted the migration of Bi, In and Pb, and their migration reached down to 8 cm in the soil profile, no enhancement of Sb, Ag or Sn migration was observed. Addition of EDTA significantly enhanced the migration of all six metals, especially Bi, In and Pb. The migration of metals was in the order Pb>Bi>In>Sb>Sn>Ag. The individual and combined effects of acid rain and EDTA increased the environmental risk of metals, by increasing the soluble content of metals in soil solutions and the relative distribution of the exchangeable fraction. Leaching risks of Bi, In and Pb were higher than other three metals. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Effects on Undercooling and Interfacial Reactions with Cu Substrates of Adding Bi and In to Sn-3Ag Solder

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    Chiang, Yu-Yan; Cheng, Robbin; Wu, Albert T.

    2010-11-01

    This study investigated the effects of adding Bi and In to Sn-3Ag Pb-free solder on undercooling, interfacial reactions with Cu substrates, and the growth kinetics of intermetallic compounds (IMCs). The amount of Sn dominates the undercooling, regardless of the amount or species of further additives. The interfacial IMC that formed in Sn-Ag-Bi-In and Sn-In-Bi solders is Cu6Sn5, while that in Sn-Ag-In solders is Cu6(Sn,In)5, since Bi enhances the solubility of In in Sn matrices. The activation energy for the growth of IMCs in Sn-Ag-Bi-In is nearly double that in Sn-Ag-In solders, because Bi in the solder promotes Cu dissolution. The bright particles that form inside the Sn-Ag-In bulk solders are the ζ-phase.

  4. Social and Non-Social Behavioral Inhibition in Preschool-Age Children: Differential Associations with Parent-Reports of Temperament and Anxiety

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    Dyson, Margaret W.; Klein, Daniel N.; Olino, Thomas M.; Dougherty, Lea R.; Durbin, C. Emily

    2012-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) has generally been treated as a unitary construct and assessed by combining ratings of fear, vigilance, and avoidance to both novel social and non-social stimuli. However, there is evidence suggesting that BI in social contexts is not correlated with BI in non-social contexts. The present study examined the distinction between social and non-social BI in a community sample of 559 preschool-age children using a laboratory assessment of child temperament, a diagnostic interview, and parent-completed questionnaires. Social and non-social BI were not significantly correlated and exhibited distinct patterns of associations with parent reports of temperament and anxiety symptoms. This study suggests that BI is heterogeneous, and that distinguishing between different forms of BI may help account for the variation in trajectories and outcomes exhibited by high BI children. PMID:21479511

  5. Enhancement of Rashba interaction in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells due to the incorporation of bismuth

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    Simmons, R. A.; Jin, S. R.; Sweeney, S. J.; Clowes, S. K.

    2015-10-05

    This paper reports on the predicted increase in the Rashba interaction due to the incorporation of Bi in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. Band structure parameters obtained from the band anti-crossing theory have been used in combination with self-consistent Schrödinger-Poisson calculations and k.p models to determine the electron spin-splitting caused by structural inversion asymmetry and increased spin-orbit interaction. A near linear seven fold increase in the strength of the Rashba interaction is predicted for a 10% concentration of Bi in a GaAsBi/AlGaAs quantum well heterostructure.

  6. Synchrotron X-ray, photoluminescence, and quantum chemistry studies of bismuth-embedded dehydrated zeolite Y.

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    Sun, Hong-Tao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Sakka, Yoshio; Shirahata, Naoto; Tanaka, Masahiko; Katsuya, Yoshio; Gao, Hong; Kobayashi, Keisuke

    2012-02-15

    For the first time, direct experimental evidence of the formation of monovalent Bi (i.e., Bi(+)) in zeolite Y is provided based on the analysis of high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data. Photoluminescence results as well as quantum chemistry calculations suggest that the substructures of Bi(+) in the sodalite cages contribute to the ultrabroad near-infrared emission. These results not only enrich the well-established spectrum of optically active zeolites and deepen the understanding of bismuth related photophysical behaviors, but also may raise new possibilities for the design and synthesis of novel hybrid nanoporous photonic materials activated by other heavier p-block elements.

  7. Dielectric Properties and Complex Impedance Analysis of BT-BMT-BS Ceramics

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    Muhammad, Raz; Khesro, Amir; Uzair, Muhammad

    2016-08-01

    Polycrystalline (1- x)BaTiO3-0.5 xBi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-0.5 xBiScO3 ( x = 0.4, 0.45, 0.5, and 0.55) samples have been prepared via a conventional mixed-oxide solid-state sintering route. Phase analysis of the samples with x ≥ 0.45 revealed formation of single-phase cubic structure, while at x = 0.4, a minor secondary phase formed. Complex impedance spectroscopy of the samples revealed more than one type of transport mechanism (grain/bulk, grain boundary, and electrode effect). At x = 0.4, the grain boundary was less conducting than the grain; however, grains dominated the total conductivity with further increase in x. At elevated temperatures, the higher conductivity values suggest semiconducting-like behavior with negative temperature coefficient of resistivity. The composition with x = 0.55 exhibited a temperature-stable relative permittivity ( ɛ r) of 1430 (±15% over 127°C to 500°C) and dielectric loss (tan δ) of <0.025 (over 150°C to 370°C).

  8. Interface stability of electrode/Bi-containing relaxor ferroelectric oxide for high-temperature operational capacitor

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    Nagata, Takahiro; Kumaragurubaran, Somu; Tsunekawa, Yoshifumi; Yamashita, Yoshiyuki; Ueda, Shigenori; Takahashi, Kenichiro; Ri, Sung-Gi; Suzuki, Setsu; Oh, Seungjun; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2016-06-01

    The interface stability between electrodes (Pt, TaC, TiC, and RuO2) and a Bi-containing relaxor ferroelectric oxide, BaTiO3-Bi(Mg2/3Nb1/3)O3 (BT-BMN), applied to a high-temperature operational capacitor was investigated by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. All the electrodes showed electron filling at the Fermi level after annealing at 400 °C. However, Pt and TaC indicated electrical property degradations due to the thick intermediate layer formation and defect formation of the BT-BMN layer relating to the Bi diffusion into the electrodes. In contrast, TiC inhibited the Bi diffusion and did not show any change in the band alignment after annealing. Furthermore, RuO2 eliminated the defect formation in BT-BMN and showed no change in the band alignment although the Bi diffusion was also observed. These results suggest that the TiC/RuO2/BT-BMN stack structure is a potential candidate for the high-temperature operational capacitor.

  9. BaTiO3 based relaxor ferroelectric epitaxial thin-films for high-temperature operational capacitors

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    Kumaragurubaran, Somu; Nagata, Takahiro; Takahashi, Kenichiro; Ri, Sung-Gi; Tsunekawa, Yoshifumi; Suzuki, Setsu; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2015-04-01

    The epitaxial growth of 0.6[BaTiO3]-0.4[Bi(Mg2/3Nb1/3)O3] (BT-BMN) relaxor ferroelectric thin-films on (100) Nb doped SrTiO3 substrates has been achieved and the structure is investigated for high-temperature capacitor applications. The post growth annealing decreases the oxygen vacancy and other defects in BT-BMN films, resulting in the enhancement of dielectric constant. An insertion of intermediate SrRuO3 layers as an electrode instead of Pt, sandwiching the film, is found to be more effective in enhancing the dielectric constant. A very high dielectric constant exceeding 400 was achieved from high-temperature annealed film and the film showed an excellent dielectric constant stability of below 11% in the temperature range of 80-400 °C. This will enable smaller, high-temperature tolerant, monolithically integrated thin-film capacitors on power semiconductor devices.

  10. Thermally-Labile Trace Elements in Enstatite Meteorites

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    Wang, M.-S.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    2000-01-01

    RNAA data for Bi, In and Tl in 30 E3-6 chondrites accord well with trends for heated Abee (EH4) suggesting that all EH and EL samples reflect open-system, post-accretionary heating, independent of siderophile content or recovery location.

  11. Individual Library Research Clinics for College Freshmen.

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    Becker, Karen A.

    1993-01-01

    Describes a program of Library Research Clinics developed at Northern Illinois University to teach bibliographic instruction (BI) to one or two students at a time as an alternative to teaching BI in large first-year English classes. Implementation of the clinics with educationally disadvantaged students and with honor students is reviewed.…

  12. Elastic recoil detection (ERD) with extremely heavy ions

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    Forster, J. S.; Currie, P. J.; Davies, J. A.; Siegele, R.; Wallace, S. G.; Zelenitsky, D.

    1996-06-01

    Extremely heavy-ion beams such as 209Bi in elastic recoil detection (ERD) make ERD a uniquely valuable technique for thin-film analysis of elements with mass ≤ 100. We report ERD measurements of compositional analysis of dinosaur eggshells and bones. We also show the capability of the ERD technique on studies of thin-film, high-temperature superconductors.

  13. 3. VIEW OF WATER TANKS FROM ACCESS ROAD TO HATCH ...

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    3. VIEW OF WATER TANKS FROM ACCESS ROAD TO HATCH ADIT. VIEW NORTH. LUCKY TIGER MILL OFFICE (FEATURE B-I) IN DISTANCE. (OCTOBER, 1995) - Nevada Lucky Tiger Mill & Mine, Water Tanks, East slope of Buckskin Mountain, Paradise Valley, Humboldt County, NV

  14. The Potential Role of Business Intelligence in Church Organizations

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    Felder, Charmaine

    2012-01-01

    Business intelligence (BI) involves transforming data into actionable information to make better business decisions that may help improve operations. Although businesses have experienced success with BI, how leaders of church organizations might be able to exploit the advantages of BI in church organizations remains largely unexplored. The purpose…

  15. Endothelial Expression of Scavenger Receptor Class B, Type I Protects against Development of Atherosclerosis in Mice

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    2015-01-01

    The role of scavenger receptor class B, type I (SR-BI) in endothelial cells (EC) was examined in several novel transgenic mouse models expressing SR-BI in endothelium of mice with normal C57Bl6/N, apoE-KO, or Scarb1-KO backgrounds. Mice were also created expressing SR-BI exclusively in endothelium and liver. Endothelial expression of the Tie2-Scarb1 transgene had no significant effect on plasma lipoprotein levels in mice on a normal chow diet but on an atherogenic diet, significantly decreased plasma cholesterol levels, increased plasma HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) levels, and protected mice against atherosclerosis. In 8-month-old apoE-KO mice fed a normal chow diet, the Tie2-Scarb1 transgene decreased aortic lesions by 24%. Mice expressing SR-BI only in EC and liver had a 1.5 ± 0.1-fold increase in plasma cholesterol compared to mice synthesizing SR-BI only in liver. This elevation was due mostly to increased HDL-C. In EC culture studies, SR-BI was found to be present in both basolateral and apical membranes but greater cellular uptake of cholesterol from HDL was found in the basolateral compartment. In summary, enhanced expression of SR-BI in EC resulted in a less atherogenic lipoprotein profile and decreased atherosclerosis, suggesting a possible role for endothelial SR-BI in the flux of cholesterol across EC. PMID:26504816

  16. The Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills by Academic Librarians.

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    Goetzfridt, Nicholas J.

    Teaching critical thinking is a relatively new dimension of bibliographic instruction (BI) in the academic environment. It marks a departure from the teaching of "user skills" in which the primary concern is enabling library patrons to determine the appropriateness of reference tools and to use those tools effectively. This report assembles a…

  17. Impact of Behavioral Inhibition and Parenting Style on Internalizing and Externalizing Problems from Early Childhood through Adolescence

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    Williams, Lela Rankin; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Perez-Edgar, Koraly E.; Henderson, Heather A.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Pine, Daniel S.; Steinberg, Laurence; Fox, Nathan A.

    2009-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is characterized by a pattern of extreme social reticence, risk for internalizing behavior problems, and possible protection against externalizing behavior problems. Parenting style may also contribute to these associations between BI and behavior problems (BP). A sample of 113 children was assessed for BI in the…

  18. Temperament and Family Environment in the Development of Anxiety Disorder: Two-Year Follow-Up

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    Hudson, Jennifer L.; Dodd, Helen F.; Lyneham, Heidi J.; Bovopoulous, Nataly

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Behavioral inhibition (BI) in early childhood is associated with increased risk for anxiety. The present research examines BI alongside family environment factors, specifically maternal negativity and overinvolvement, maternal anxiety, and mother-child attachment, with a view to providing a broader understanding of the development of…

  19. Bibliographic Instruction in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 121.

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    Ahmad, Carol F.

    This Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) kit on Bibliographic Instruction (BI) in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) examines current developments as well as anticipated trends based on a SPEC telephone survey of 25 ARL libraries with active BI programs. Two themes which ran through the mid-1985 interviews were the use of new…

  20. Impact of Behavioral Inhibition and Parenting Style on Internalizing and Externalizing Problems from Early Childhood through Adolescence

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    Williams, Lela Rankin; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Perez-Edgar, Koraly E.; Henderson, Heather A.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Pine, Daniel S.; Steinberg, Laurence; Fox, Nathan A.

    2009-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is characterized by a pattern of extreme social reticence, risk for internalizing behavior problems, and possible protection against externalizing behavior problems. Parenting style may also contribute to these associations between BI and behavior problems (BP). A sample of 113 children was assessed for BI in the…

  1. Temperament and Family Environment in the Development of Anxiety Disorder: Two-Year Follow-Up

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    Hudson, Jennifer L.; Dodd, Helen F.; Lyneham, Heidi J.; Bovopoulous, Nataly

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Behavioral inhibition (BI) in early childhood is associated with increased risk for anxiety. The present research examines BI alongside family environment factors, specifically maternal negativity and overinvolvement, maternal anxiety, and mother-child attachment, with a view to providing a broader understanding of the development of…

  2. The Relationship between a Business Simulator, Constructivist Practices, and Motivation toward Developing Business Intelligence Skills

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    Lee, Hsun-Ming; Long, Ju; Visinescu, Lucian L.

    2016-01-01

    Developing Business Intelligence (BI) has been a top priority for enterprise executives in recent years. To meet these demands, universities need to prepare students to work with BI in enterprise settings. In this study, we considered a business simulator that offers students opportunities to apply BI and make top-management decisions in a system…

  3. The Relationship between a Business Simulator, Constructivist Practices, and Motivation toward Developing Business Intelligence Skills

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    Lee, Hsun-Ming; Long, Ju; Visinescu, Lucian L.

    2016-01-01

    Developing Business Intelligence (BI) has been a top priority for enterprise executives in recent years. To meet these demands, universities need to prepare students to work with BI in enterprise settings. In this study, we considered a business simulator that offers students opportunities to apply BI and make top-management decisions in a system…

  4. A Survey of User Education Programs in Community College LRCs.

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    Dubin, Eileen

    1990-01-01

    Provides a brief overview of the development of bibliographic instruction (BI) in learning resources centers (LRCs). Offers findings from a national survey of LRCs focusing on LRC size and staffing, services, collections, BI programs, use of computers in BI, and evaluation of and training for BI. (DMM)

  5. The Potential Role of Business Intelligence in Church Organizations

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    Felder, Charmaine

    2012-01-01

    Business intelligence (BI) involves transforming data into actionable information to make better business decisions that may help improve operations. Although businesses have experienced success with BI, how leaders of church organizations might be able to exploit the advantages of BI in church organizations remains largely unexplored. The purpose…

  6. Thermally-Labile Trace Elements in Enstatite Meteorites

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    Wang, M.-S.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    2000-01-01

    RNAA data for Bi, In and Tl in 30 E3-6 chondrites accord well with trends for heated Abee (EH4) suggesting that all EH and EL samples reflect open-system, post-accretionary heating, independent of siderophile content or recovery location.

  7. Geochemical features of the Osovey Area, perspective for the polymetallic mineralization revealing (Polar Urals)

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    Savicheva, Olga; Sholokhnev, Vladimir; Makarova, Yuliya

    2014-05-01

    Osovey prospective area (184 km2) is located in the north of the Polar Urals within the Verhnekarsk Eletsk metallogenic zone, specialized on the base metals, barium and bauxite. Three structural stages, namely Riphean-Early Cambrian, the Late Carboniferous, and Triassic-Cenozoic are identified in the geological structure of the area. They are divided by the stratigraphic and angular unconformity. Volcaniclastic rocks of the Oyuyahinskaay Formation such as basaltic andesite, apovolcanogenic shales, mediosilicic and basic composition tuffs, as well as black banded shales of carbon-clay-siliceous composition related to the Silurian-Early Devonian Harotskaay Formation are predominant. Area is characterized by complex landscape conditions for the prospecting. Increased thickness of loose sediments, transeluvial weakly dissected lowlands, superaqual landscapes in lower parts of the slopes are widespread. In 2012 at the 1:50 000 scale geochemical prospecting (sampling density 500×50 m), carried out in the Osovey Area, 6000 samples were picked out from unconsolidated sediments. The samples were analyzed by the ICP MS method. Principal typomorphic elements of the polymetallic mineralization (Zn, Pb, Cu, Ag) as well as elements-indicators such as Bi, Sb, Se, Mo, etc. were defined. In addition to the polymetallic mineralization the Osoveysky area is perspective on the identification of iron-manganese ores, barites with polymetals, phosphorites, and vanadium. Such elements as Mn, P, V, U, Ba were also defined for this reason. Contrast secondary dispersion halos of Cu (up to 2060 ppm), Ag (1,45 ppm), Sb (12,3 ppm), Mo (18,9 ppm), Mn (7, 6 %), P (1,05%), Ni (338 ppm), and medium-low contrast ones of Zn, Pb, Co, V, Se, Sr, Bi, Sn, Ba, Ti, U, Cr, Zr were identified according to the results of the geochemical prospecting. Five anomalous geochemical fields (AGF) of the ore deposit rank (n ×100 km2) were identified according to the results of geochemical data processing and their

  8. Application of the superfine fraction analysis method in ore gold geochemical prospecting in the Shamanikha-Stolbovsky Area (Magadan Region)

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    Makarova, Yuliya; Sokolov, Sergey; Glukhov, Anton

    2014-05-01

    potential gold zones, and determine their formation affinity. Nadezhda Site. Contrast Au, Ag, Pb, Bi, Sb, As dispersion halos that form a linear anomalous geochemical field of ore body rank are identified. Predicted mineralization was related to the gold-sulfosalt mineral association according to the secondary dispersion halos chemical composition. Timsha Site. Contrast secondary Au, Ag, Sb, As, Hg, Pb, Bi dispersion halos are identified. These halos have rhythmically-banded structure, which can be caused by stringer morphological type of mineralization. Bands with anomalously high contents of elements have been interpreted by the authors as probable auriferous bodies. Four such bodies of 700 to 1500 m long were identified. Mineralization of the gold-sulfide formation similar to the "Carlin" type is predicted according to the secondary dispersion halos chemical composition as well as geological features. Temny Site. Contrast secondary Au, Ag, W, Sb dispersion halos are identified. A series of geochemical associations was identified based on factor analysis results. Au-Bi-W-Hg, and Pb-Sb-Ag-Zn associations, apparently related to the mineralization are of the greatest interest. Geochemical fields of these associations are closely spaced and overlapped in plan that may be caused by axial zoning of the subvertically dipping auriferous body. Three linear geochemical zones corresponding to potentially auriferous zones with pyrite type mineralization of the gold-quartz formation are identified within the anomalous geochemical field core zone. 3. In all these prospects, mining and drilling penetrated gold ore bodies within the identified potentially gold zones. The Nadezhda target now has the status of gold deposit.

  9. Theoretical study on transport properties of topological states of matter

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    Hsu, Hsiu-Chuan

    larger conductance appears for half-integer magnetic flux, leading to magnetoconductance oscillations with a period equivalent to one magnetic flux quantum. Our numerical simulation of the magnetoconductance oscillations is supported by experimental observations in resistive Bi 2Te3 nanotubes. Another system that we study is the quantum anomalous Hall insulator. Similar to the quantum Hall effect, the Hall conductance is quantized and the longitudinal resistance drops to zero in the quantum anomalous Hall effect. However, the quantum anomalous Hall effect is realized in a magnetic system in absence of external magnetic fields and the associated Landau levels. The quantum anomalous Hall effect was first proposed in magnetically doped HgTe quantum wells. However, one obstacle is that this system is paramagnetic, and thus external magnetic fields are required to polarize magnetization and inevitably leads to Landau levels. In this study, we focus on the role of in-plane magnetic fields and find that the quantum anomalous Hall effect can be realized by a purely in-plane magnetic field when there is strain in the system. Symmetry analysis is adopted to provide more theoretical insight of the underlying physics. Without any strain, we explore how to extract the role of magnetization in the standard transport measurement of Hall resistance by rotating magnetic fields. Our results provide a guidance to the recent experiments in Mn doped HgTe quatnum wells with rotating magnetic fields. Besides these studies, we also investigate anisotropic magneto-conductance in magnetically doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films. The studies in the dissertation are in a close collaboration with transport measurements of experimental groups, including magneto-conductance oscillation observed by Qi's group at Penn State and the study of the Hall conductance in Mn doped HgTe quantum wells with rotating magnetic fields by Molenkamp's group at Wuerzburg University.

  10. Direct determination of bismuth, indium and lead in sea water by Zeeman ETAAS using molybdenum containing chemical modifiers.

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    Acar, O; Türker, A R; Kılıç, Z

    1999-06-01

    Direct determination of Bi, In and Pb in sea water samples has been carried out by ETAAS with Zeeman background correction using molybdenum containing chemical modifiers and tartaric acid as a reducing agent. Maximum pyrolysis temperatures and the effect of mass ratios of the mixed modifier components on analytes have been investigated. Mo+Pd+TA or Mo+Pt+TA mixture was found to be powerful for the determination of 50 mug l(-1) of Bi, In and Pb spiked into synthetic and real sea waters. The accuracy and precision of the determination were thereby enhanced. The recoveries of analytes spiked were 94-103% with Mo+Pd+TA or Mo+Pt+TA and they are only 49-61% without modifier.

  11. Calculation of the fractional interstitial component of boron diffusion and segregation coefficient of boron in Si0.8Ge0.2

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    Fang, Tilden T.; Fang, Wingra T. C.; Griffin, Peter B.; Plummer, James D.

    1996-02-01

    Investigation of boron diffusion in strained silicon germanium buried layers reveals a fractional interstitial component of boron diffusion (fBI) in Se0.8Ge0.2 approximately equal to the fBI value in silicon. In conjunction with computer-simulated boron profiles, the results yield an absolute lower-bound of fBI in Si0.8Ge0.2 of ˜0.8. In addition, the experimental methodology provides a unique vehicle for measuring the segregation coefficient; oxidation-enhanced diffusion is used instead of an extended, inert anneal to rapidly diffuse the dopant to equilibrium levels across the interface, allowing the segregation coefficient to be measured more quickly.

  12. An Improved Method to Determine {sup 210}Pb, {sup 210}Bi and {sup 210}Po in air Aerosol Filters

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    Miguel, E. G. San; Bolivar, J. P.; Teran, T.

    2008-08-07

    {sup 222}Rn daughters (e.g. {sup 210}Pb, {sup 210}Po, {sup 210}Bi) have been widely used to study a variety of atmospheric processes. Many works in literature about {sup 222}Rn daughters do not specify the way by the activities of these radionuclides are calculated. Besides, {sup 210}Po corrections due to the in-growth of {sup 210}Bi, if taken into account, are not indicated. In this work, the increase in uncertainties of radionuclides activities due to delay between air sampling and radionuclides determinations have been evaluated and the influence of neglecting the contribution of {sup 210}Bi in-growth to {sup 210}Po determination has been estimated. The results indicate that, in general, ignoring the {sup 210}Bi in-growth in {sup 210}Po determinations lead to significant differences (could reach until 100%) between the estimation of {sup 210}Po activity and its true value.

  13. Brokering Relationships, Broadening Impacts: COSEE Florida's Ocean Science Learning Network

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    Paul, V. J.; Diederick, L.

    2016-02-01

    With the ever-increasing elevation of broader impacts (BI) in the evaluation of research proposals to various funding agencies, both public and private, COSEE Florida, with its statewide Ocean Science Learning Network, has been well-positioned to assist ocean scientists looking to enhance their BI activities. This presentation will outline the strategies employed to effectively engage more than 200 ocean scientists in educational outreach over a five-year period and highlight the impacts of their participation.

  14. Temporal and spatial stability in translation invariant linear resistive networks.

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    Solak, M K

    1997-01-01

    Simple algebraic methods are proposed to evaluate the temporal and spatial stability of translation invariant linear resistive networks. Temporal stability is discussed for a finite number of nodes n. The proposed method evaluates stability of a Toeplitz pencil A(n)(a)+muB(n)(b) in terms of parameters a(i ) and b(i). In many cases a simple method allows one to verify positive definition of B(n)(b) in terms of b(i) only.

  15. Intestinal SR-BI does not impact cholesterol absorption or transintestinal cholesterol efflux in mice.

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    Bura, Kanwardeep S; Lord, Caleb; Marshall, Stephanie; McDaniel, Allison; Thomas, Gwyn; Warrier, Manya; Zhang, Jun; Davis, Matthew A; Sawyer, Janet K; Shah, Ramesh; Wilson, Martha D; Dikkers, Arne; Tietge, Uwe J F; Collet, Xavier; Rudel, Lawrence L; Temel, Ryan E; Brown, J Mark

    2013-06-01

    Reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) can proceed through the classic hepatobiliary route or through the nonbiliary transintestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) pathway. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) plays a critical role in the classic hepatobiliary route of RCT. However, the role of SR-BI in TICE has not been studied. To examine the role of intestinal SR-BI in TICE, sterol balance was measured in control mice and mice transgenically overexpressing SR-BI in the proximal small intestine (SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg)). SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had significantly lower plasma cholesterol levels compared with wild-type controls, yet SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had normal fractional cholesterol absorption and fecal neutral sterol excretion. Both in the absence or presence of ezetimibe, intestinal SR-BI overexpression had no impact on the amount of cholesterol excreted in the feces. To specifically study effects of intestinal SR-BI on TICE we crossed SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice into a mouse model that preferentially utilized the TICE pathway for RCT (Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 liver transgenic), and likewise found no alterations in cholesterol absorption or fecal sterol excretion. Finally, mice lacking SR-BI in all tissues also exhibited normal cholesterol absorption and fecal cholesterol disposal. Collectively, these results suggest that SR-BI is not rate limiting for intestinal cholesterol absorption or for fecal neutral sterol loss through the TICE pathway.

  16. The electronic structure and half-metallic properties of zincblende TiBi (001) surfaces and TiBi(001)/InSb(001) interface

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    Moosavi, N.; Ahmadian, F.; Baghoolizadeh, F.

    2016-12-01

    First principles calculations were performed using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) to study bulk TiBi in rock salt (RS), hexagonal NiAs, and zincblende (ZB) structures, free (001) surfaces of ZB TiBi, and interface of ZB TiBi with InSb(001). The nonmagnetic NiAs structure was ground state structure of bulk TiBi and nonmagnetic RS and ferromagnetic ZB structures were introduced as metastable structures. It was found that ZB TiBi is a half-metallic (HM) ferromagnet with a minority band gap of about 1.43 eV. The origin of half-metallicity was also discussed. The obtained phase diagram showed more stability of the Bi (001) terminated surface compared with the Ti (001) termination. The Ti (001) termination keeps HM property, while half-metallicity was destroyed at Bi (001) termination. The ZB TiBi/InSb (001) interface revealed HM property showing that InSb semiconductor is a suitable substrate for growing ZB TiBi in spintronics.

  17. Geochemical Characteristics of the Bismuth and Antimony Occurrence in Some Coal Seams in the Lublin Coal Basin (LCB)

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    Parzentny, Henryk R.; Róg, Leokadia

    2017-06-01

    The study included 24 samples of coal with 7 cores, boreholes (7 coal seams), made by the Polish Geological Institute in Warsaw at the site of a Chelm field and 6 coal samples taken from 2 decks in the Lublin Coal mine "Bogdanka" S.A. in LCB. Based on performed tests found generally low levels of Sb and Bi in coal. In the vertical profile of the LCB contents of Bi and Sb in coal generally increases from coal seams younger to older age. Content of Bi in coal from roof part coal seams is usually higher, and ash content in the coal content of Sb are generally lower than in the carbon of the middle part decks. The content of Bi in the lateral coal deposits is unlikely to vary, and the gap in the coal content of Bi between the sampling regions coal do not exceed 1.7 g / Mg. In contrast gap Sb content in coal on the extent LCB is from 1.7 g / Mg of 5.8 g / Mg. The biggest influence on the content of Bi and Sb in coal from the LCB is probably organic matter in which these elements are scattered and do not form their own minerals.

  18. Scavenger Receptor Class B, Type I, a CD36 Related Protein in Macrobrachium nipponense: Characterization, RNA Interference, and Expression Analysis with Different Dietary Lipid Sources

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    Ding, Zhili; Luo, Na; Kong, Youqin; Li, Jingfen; Zhang, Yixiang; Cao, Fang

    2016-01-01

    The scavenger receptor class B, type I (SR-BI), is a member of the CD36 superfamily comprising transmembrane proteins involved in mammalian and fish lipid homeostasis regulation. We hypothesize that this receptor plays an important role in Macrobrachium nipponense lipid metabolism. However, little attention has been paid to SR-BI in commercial crustaceans. In the present study, we report a cDNA encoding M. nipponense scavenger receptor class B, type I (designated as MnSR-BI), obtained from a hepatopancreas cDNA library. The complete MnSR-BI coding sequence was 1545 bp, encoding 514 amino acid peptides. The MnSR-BI primary structure consisted of a CD36 domain that contained two transmembrane regions at the N- and C-terminals of the protein. SR-BI mRNA expression was specifically detected in muscle, gill, ovum, intestine, hepatopancreas, stomach, and ovary tissues. Furthermore, its expression in the hepatopancreas was regulated by dietary lipid sources, with prawns fed soybean and linseed oils exhibiting higher expression levels. RNAi-based SR-BI silencing resulted in the suppression of its expression in the hepatopancreas and variation in the expression of lipid metabolism-related genes. This is the first report of SR-BI in freshwater prawns and provides the basis for further studies on SR-BI in crustaceans. PMID:28003996

  19. Studies of flerovium and element 115 homologs with macrocyclic extractants

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    Despotopulos, John Dustin

    Study of the chemistry of the heaviest elements, Z ? 104, poses a unique challenge due to their low production cross-sections and short half-lives. Chemistry also must be studied on the one-atom-at-a-time scale, requiring automated, fast, and very efficient chemical schemes. Recent studies of the chemical behavior of copernicium (Cn, element 112) and flerovium (Fl, element 114) together with the discovery of isotopes of these elements with half-lives suitable for chemical studies have spurred a renewed interest in the development of rapid systems designed to study the chemical properties of elements with Z ≥ 114. This dissertation explores both extraction chromatography and solvent extraction as methods for development of a rapid chemical separation scheme for the homologs of flerovium (Pb, Sn, Hg) and element 115 (Bi, Sb), with the goal of developing a chemical scheme that, in the future, can be applied to on-line chemistry of both Fl and element 115. Macrocyclic extractants, specifically crown ethers and their derivatives, were chosen for these studies. Carrier-free radionuclides, used in these studies, of the homologs of Fl and element 115 were obtained by proton activation of high purity metal foils at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS): natIn(p,n)113Sn, natSn(p,n)124Sb, and Au(p,n)197m,gHg. The carrier-free activity was separated from the foils by novel separation schemes based on ion exchange and extraction chromatography techniques. Carrier-free Pb and Bi isotopes were obtained from development of a novel generator based on cation exchange chromatography using the 232U parent to generate 212Pb and 212Bi. Crown ethers show high selectivity for metal ions based on their size compared to the negatively charged cavity of the ether. Extraction by crown ethers occur based on electrostatic ion-dipole interactions between the negatively charged ring atoms (oxygen, sulfur, etc.) and the positively

  20. Three dimensional Dirac semimetals

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    Zaheer, Saad

    We extend the physics of graphene to three dimensional systems by showing that Dirac points can exist on the Fermi surface of realistic materials in three dimensions. Many of the exotic electronic properties of graphene can be ascribed to the pseudorelativistic behavior of its charge carriers due to two dimensional Dirac points on the Fermi surface. We show that certain nonsymmorphic spacegroups exhibit Dirac points among the irreducible representations of the appropriate little group at high symmetry points on the surface of the Brillouin zone. We provide a list of all Brillouin zone momenta in the 230 spacegroups that can host Dirac points. We describe microscopic considerations necessary to design materials in one of the candidate spacegroups such that the Dirac point appears at the Fermi energy without any additional non-Dirac-like Fermi pockets. We use density functional theory based methods to propose six new Dirac semimetals: BiO 2 and SbO2 in the beta-cristobalite lattice (spacegroup 227), and BiCaSiO4, BiMgSiO4, BiAlInO 4, and BiZnSiO4 in the distorted spinels lattice (spacegroup 74). Additionally we derive effective Dirac Hamiltonians given group representative operators as well as tight binding models incorporating spin-orbit coupling. Finally we study the Fermi surface of zincblende (spacegroup 216) HgTe which is effectively point-like at Gamma in the Brillouin zone and exhibits accidental degeneracies along a threefold rotation axis. Whereas compressive strain gaps the band structure into a topological insulator, tensile strain shifts the accidental degeneracies away from Gamma and enlarges the Fermi surface. States on the Fermi surface exhibit nontrivial spin texture marked by winding of spins around the threefold rotation axis and by spin vortices indicating a change in the winding number. This is confirmed by microscopic calculations performed in tensile strained HgTe and Hg0.5Zn 0.5 Te as well as k.p theory. We conclude with a summary of recent

  1. Predicted Growth of Two-Dimensional Topological Insulators Consisting of Hydrogenated III-V Thin films on Si(111) Substrate

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    Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Crisostomo, Christian; Yao, Liang-Zi; Yeh, Chun-Chen; Lai, Shu-Ming; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Lin, Hsin; Albao, Marvin; Bansil, Arun

    We have carried out systematic first-principles electronic structure calculations of growth of ultrathin films of compounds of group III (B, Al, In, Ga and Tl) with group V (N, P, As, Sb and Bi) elements on Si(111) substrate, including effects of hydrogenation. A total of six compounds (GaBi, InBi, TlBi, TlAs, TlSb and TlN) are identified to be nontrivial in unhydrogenated case; whereas for hydrogenated case, only four (GaBi, InBi, TlBi and TlSb) remains nontrivial. The band gap is found to be as large as 855 meV for the hydrogenated TlBi film, making this class of III-V materials suitable for room temperature applications. TlBi remains topologically nontrivial with a large band gap at various hydrogen coverages, indicating the robustness of its band topology against bonding effects of substrates. Two bilayers (BLs) of AlBi, InBi, GaBi, TlAs and TlSb are found to support a topological phase over a wide range of strains, in addition to BBi, TlN and TlBi which can be driven into the nontrivial phase via strain. One and two BL films of GaBi and 2 BL films of InBi and TlAs on Si(111) surface possess nontrivial phases with a band gap as large as 121 meV in the case of 2 BL film of GaBi. Persistence of the nontrivial phase upon hydrogenations in the III-V thin films suggests that these films are suitable for growing on various substrates.

  2. Observational Registry of Basal Insulin Treatment (ORBIT) in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Uncontrolled by Oral Hypoglycemic Agents in China--Study Design and Baseline Characteristics.

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    Ji, Linong; Zhang, Puhong; Weng, Jianping; Lu, Juming; Guo, Xiaohui; Jia, Weiping; Yang, Wenying; Zou, Dajin; Zhou, Zhiguang; Pan, Changyu; Gao, Yan; Li, Xian; Zhu, Dongshan; Li, Ying; Wu, Yangfeng; Garg, Satish K

    2015-10-01

    Efficacy of basal insulin (BI) has been well studied by randomized controlled trials, but the impact of BI on glycemic control in the real world has not been well documented. The Observational Registry for BI Treatment (ORBIT) study is designed to evaluate the real-life outcomes of BI in China. Participants with type 2 diabetes (n=19,894), from December 2011 to June 2013, inadequately controlled on oral hypoglycemic agents (OHAs) were initiated on BI treatment from 209 hospitals in all the eight regions in Mainland China. Data for each patient on use of OHAs and insulin (type and dose), glycemic control, hypoglycemic episodes, body weight, quality of life, and costs were collected at baseline and 3 and 6 months. For the 18,995 participants who were eligible for baseline analysis, mean±SD age was 55.4±10.4 years, with 52.5% males. The mean duration of diabetes was 6.4±5.3 years and was positively associated with the economic level of eight regions. Before initiation of BI, patients had a mean hemoglobin A1c level of 9.6±2.0% with a fasting plasma glucose level of 11.7±4.0 mmol/L. Of the patients, 35.5% had some diabetes complications. Metformin, sulfonylureas, and α-glycosidase inhibitors were the most commonly used OHAs. The proportions of patients using one, two, or more than two OHAs before BI initiation were 48.4%, 42.7%, and 8.9%, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, the ORBIT study is the largest registry study to evaluate glycemic outcomes and safety of BI in real-world China. Baseline data indicate delays in initiation of BI in the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes in China.

  3. Dietary insulin as an immunogen and tolerogen.

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    Tiittanen, Minna; Paronen, Johanna; Savilahti, Erkki; Virtanen, Suvi M; Ilonen, Jorma; Knip, Mikael; Akerblom, Hans K; Vaarala, Outi

    2006-11-01

    We have shown that exposure to bovine insulin (BI) in cow's milk (CM) formula induces an insulin-specific immune response in infants. Here we studied the role of human insulin (HI) in breast milk as a modulator of the immune response to insulin. In a group of 128 children participating in the TRIGR pilot study, maternal breast milk samples were collected 3-7 days and/or 3 months after delivery. After exclusive breast-feeding, the children received either CM formula or casein hydrolysate during the first 6-8 months of life. Insulin concentration in breast milk and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to BI in plasma samples were measured by EIA. The levels of insulin in breast milk samples were higher in mothers affected by type 1 diabetes than in non-diabetic mothers (p = 0.007 and p < 0.001). The concentration of insulin in breast milk correlated inversely with the plasma levels of IgG antibodies to BI at 6 months of age in children who received CM formula (r = -0.39, p = 0.013), and at 12 months of age in all children (r = -0.25, p = 0.029). The levels of breast milk insulin were higher in the mothers of nine children who developed beta-cell autoimmunity when compared with autoantibody-negative children (p = 0.030); this holds true also when only children of diabetic mothers were included (p = 0.045). BI in CM induces higher levels of IgG to insulin in infants than does HI in breast-fed children. Instead, HI in breast milk seems to be tolerogenic and may downregulate the IgG response to dietary BI. However, our results in infants who developed beta-cell autoimmunity suggest that in this subgroup of children breast milk insulin does not promote tolerance.

  4. Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of doped yttrium iron garnet films on yttrium aluminium garnet

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    Sposito, A. Eason, R. W.; Gregory, S. A.; Groot, P. A. J. de

    2014-02-07

    We investigate the crystalline growth of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) films doped with bismuth (Bi) and cerium (Ce) by combinatorial pulsed laser deposition, co-ablating a YIG target and either a Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} or a CeO{sub 2} target, for applications in microwave and optical communications. Substrate temperature is critical for crystalline growth of YIG with simultaneous inclusion of Bi in the garnet lattice, whereas Ce is not incorporated in the garnet structure, but forms a separate CeO{sub 2} phase.

  5. A zeta function approach to the relation between the numbers of symmetry planes and axes of a polytope

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    Dowker, J. S.

    1994-11-01

    A derivation of the Cesàro-Fedorov relation from the Selberg trace formula on an orbifolded 2-sphere is elaborated and extended to higher dimensions using the known heat-kernel coefficients for manifolds with piecewise-smooth boundaries. Several results are obtained that relate the coefficients, bi, in the Shephard-Todd polynomial to the geometry of the fundamental domain. For the 3-sphere, it is shown that b4 is given by the ratio of the volume of the fundamental tetrahedron to its Schläfli reciprocal.

  6. Siderophile, lithophile and mobile trace elements in the lunar meteorite Allan Hills 81005

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    Verkouteren, R. M.; Dennison, J. E.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    1983-01-01

    The content of trace elements (siderophile Co, Au, As, Sb, Ga; chalcophile/mobile Se, Te, Bi, In, Ag, Zn, Tl, Cd; lithophile Rb, Cs, U) is investigated to ascertain whether the meteorite is of lunar origin. Five elements reflect lunar crustal processes, whereas the remaining 11 siderophile and mobile elements suggest 1.4 + or - 0.5 percent micrometeorite admixture or enrichment by thermal redistribution on the moon. It is found that the impact launching of ALH A81005 to the earth was not attended by substantial shock loading. A Martian origin for severely shocked SNC meteorites is therefore considered plausible.

  7. Endoscopic transnasal decompression for management of basilar invagination in osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    Hansen, Mitchell A; da Cruz, Melville J; Owler, Brian K

    2008-10-01

    Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a disorder of bone development caused by a genetic dysfunction of collagen synthesis. Basilar invagination (BI) is an uncommon but serious complication of OI. Brainstem decompression in OI is undertaken in certain circumstances. Transoral-transpalatopharyngeal ventral decompression with posterior occipitocervical fusion has become the treatment of choice when required. This technical note outlines a novel endoscopic transnasal approach for ventral decompression. The literature is reviewed and a strategy for the management of BI in patients with OI is outlined.

  8. Basilar invagination: craniocervical instability treated with cervical traction and occipitocervical fixation. Case report.

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    Botelho, Ricardo V; Neto, Eliseu B; Patriota, Gustavo C; Daniel, Jefferson W; Dumont, Paulo A S; Rotta, José M

    2007-10-01

    The upward odontoid displacement observed in basilar invagination (BI) is generally associated with a horizontal clivus and craniocervical kyphosis, conditions that exert ventral compression at the spinomedullary junction. Ventral brainstem decompression by reduction or elimination of the odontoid invagination is part of the desired treatment. The authors describe a case of BI in an adult, who was effectively treated with the easy and safe reduction of odontoid invagination via cervical traction. Normalization of kyphosis at the craniovertebral junction and the vertical position of both a previously horizontal clivus and the cerebellar tentorium demonstrated that these conditions were not part of the original malformation but instead were caused by a reducible craniovertebral instability.

  9. Structural and optical investigation of Te-based chalcogenide thin films

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    Sharma, Rita; Sharma, Shaveta; Chander, Ravi; Kumar, Praveen; Thangaraj, R.; Mian, M.

    2015-05-01

    We report the structural and optical properties of thermally evaporated Bi2Te3, In2Te3 and InBiTe3 films by using X-ray diffraction, optical and Raman Spectroscopy techniques. The as-prepared thin films were found to be Semi-crystalline by X-ray diffraction. Particle Size and Strain has been calculated from XRD data. The optical constants, film thickness, refractive index and optical band gap (Eg) has been reported for In2Te3, InBiTe3 films. Raman Spectroscopy was performed to investigate the effect of Bi, In, on lattice vibration and chemical bonding in Te based chalcogenide glassy alloys.

  10. Coherent acoustic phonon generation in GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x}

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    Joshya, R. S.; Kini, R. N.; Ptak, A. J.; France, R.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2014-03-03

    We have used femtosecond laser pulses to generate coherent acoustic phonons in the dilute Bismide alloy, GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x}. The observed oscillation periods match well with the oscillation periods calculated using the propagating strain pulse model. We attribute the generation process predominantly to electronic stress due to the absorption of the laser pulse at the surface of the GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} layer. Our initial estimates suggest that the incorporation of Bi in GaAs causes an enhancement of the hydrostatic deformation potential because of the resonant state in the valence band due to isolated Bi impurities.

  11. Bulk crystal growth and electronic characterization of the 3D Dirac semimetal Na3Bi

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    Kushwaha, Satya K.; Krizan, Jason W.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Gyenis, András; Randeria, Mallika T.; Xiong, Jun; Xu, Su-Yang; Alidoust, Nasser; Belopolski, Ilya; Liang, Tian; Zahid Hasan, M.; Ong, N. P.; Yazdani, A.; Cava, R. J.

    2015-04-01

    High quality hexagon plate-like Na3Bi crystals with large (001) plane surfaces were grown from a molten Na flux. The freshly cleaved crystals were analyzed by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, allowing for the characterization of the three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetal (TDS) behavior and the observation of the topological surface states. Landau levels were observed, and the energy-momentum relations exhibited a linear dispersion relationship, characteristic of the 3D TDS nature of Na3Bi. In transport measurements on Na3Bi crystals, the linear magnetoresistance and Shubnikov-de Haas quantum oscillations are observed for the first time.

  12. First Measurement of Several β -Delayed Neutron Emitting Isotopes Beyond N =126

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    Caballero-Folch, R.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Agramunt, J.; Algora, A.; Ameil, F.; Arcones, A.; Ayyad, Y.; Benlliure, J.; Borzov, I. N.; Bowry, M.; Calviño, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Cortés, G.; Davinson, T.; Dillmann, I.; Estrade, A.; Evdokimov, A.; Faestermann, T.; Farinon, F.; Galaviz, D.; García, A. R.; Geissel, H.; Gelletly, W.; Gernhäuser, R.; Gómez-Hornillos, M. B.; Guerrero, C.; Heil, M.; Hinke, C.; Knöbel, R.; Kojouharov, I.; Kurcewicz, J.; Kurz, N.; Litvinov, Yu. A.; Maier, L.; Marganiec, J.; Marketin, T.; Marta, M.; Martínez, T.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Montes, F.; Mukha, I.; Napoli, D. R.; Nociforo, C.; Paradela, C.; Pietri, S.; Podolyák, Zs.; Prochazka, A.; Rice, S.; Riego, A.; Rubio, B.; Schaffner, H.; Scheidenberger, Ch.; Smith, K.; Sokol, E.; Steiger, K.; Sun, B.; Taín, J. L.; Takechi, M.; Testov, D.; Weick, H.; Wilson, E.; Winfield, J. S.; Wood, R.; Woods, P.; Yeremin, A.

    2016-07-01

    The β -delayed neutron emission probabilities of neutron rich Hg and Tl nuclei have been measured together with β -decay half-lives for 20 isotopes of Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, and Bi in the mass region N ≳126 . These are the heaviest species where neutron emission has been observed so far. These measurements provide key information to evaluate the performance of nuclear microscopic and phenomenological models in reproducing the high-energy part of the β -decay strength distribution. This provides important constraints on global theoretical models currently used in r -process nucleosynthesis.

  13. Grain Boundary Complexions

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    2014-05-01

    adsorption at Cu grain boundaries with Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) [161] and diffusivity of Cu and Bi in Bi- doped Cu [162] as a P.R. Cantwell et al ...a nanolayer complexion at a grain boundary in Ni- doped W; reprinted from Ref. [32] with permission. 24 P.R. Cantwell et al . / Acta Materialia 62 (2014...et al . [48] (Fig. 10 and Fig. 19) and in Au- doped Si by Ma et al . [34] (Fig. 13). Dillon and Harmer could not readily distinguish between different

  14. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Nearby AGN 12CO and Hα maps (Casasola+,

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    Casasola, V.; Hunt, L.; Combes, F.; Garcia-Burillo, S.

    2015-03-01

    12CO(1-0) and 12CO(2-1) line intensity maps are p survey. NUGA observations have been carried out with 6 antennas of the PdBI in the ABCD configuration of the array and with the IRAM 30m single dish telescope. For NGC 4569 and NGC 4826, we have also 12CO(3-2) line intensity maps obtained with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) in its compact configuration with seven working antennas. We retrieved Hα emission-line images from the Hubble Legacy Archive (HLA) that makes available HST WFPC2 observations of our galaxy sample. (2 data files).

  15. Tin Pest in Sn-0.5Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloys: A Chemical Analysis of Trace Elements

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    Leodolter-Dworak, Monika; Steffan, Ilse; Plumbridge, William J.; Ipser, Herbert

    2010-01-01

    Two samples of Sn-0.5Cu solder alloys, stored at -18°C for 7 years, were chemically analyzed by an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy method. One of the samples was unaffected by this exposure; the other one had completely transformed into brittle α-Sn. Ten elements were found to exhibit statistically significant differences in their concentrations between the two samples, with the higher always associated with the untransformed sample. The highest concentrations were found for elements with an appreciable solubility in Sn, i.e., Bi, In, Pb, and Sb.

  16. Siderophile, lithophile and mobile trace elements in the lunar meteorite Allan Hills 81005

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    Verkouteren, R. M.; Dennison, J. E.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    1983-01-01

    The content of trace elements (siderophile Co, Au, As, Sb, Ga; chalcophile/mobile Se, Te, Bi, In, Ag, Zn, Tl, Cd; lithophile Rb, Cs, U) is investigated to ascertain whether the meteorite is of lunar origin. Five elements reflect lunar crustal processes, whereas the remaining 11 siderophile and mobile elements suggest 1.4 + or - 0.5 percent micrometeorite admixture or enrichment by thermal redistribution on the moon. It is found that the impact launching of ALH A81005 to the earth was not attended by substantial shock loading. A Martian origin for severely shocked SNC meteorites is therefore considered plausible.

  17. Volatile/mobile trace elements in Karoonda /C4/ chondrite

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    Matza, S. D.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    1977-01-01

    Concentrations of ten volatile/mobile trace elements and of nonvolatile Co in the Karoonda (C4) meteorite were determined, and the atomic abundances relative to C1 are compared with values for the Murchison (C2) and Allende (C3) meteorites. Empirical Bi, In, and Tl data for Karoonda and heated Allende and Murchison are compared with theoretical curves for condensation from a gas of cosmic composition at low pressures. It is suggested that Karoonda might derive from low-temperature open-system metamorphism of pristine C3-like material.

  18. Automotive hexband antenna for AM/FM/GPS/SDARS and AMPS/PCS1900 cell phone in an only 65 mm high housing

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    Kammerer, J.; Reiter, L.; Lindenmeier, S.

    2013-04-01

    Nowadays cars are equipped frequently with typical 400 mm long active AM/FM antennas mounted on top close to the rear windshield. In [1], we presented a novel capacitive coupled helical antenna with a height of only 140 mm which performs equivalent to such an 400 mm long antenna. In the next step the antenna height has been reduced to only 56 mm in order to be placed in a low 65 mm housing in combination with other decoupled antennas. The measured results for AM/FM are close to the performance of a whip antenna of 900 mm length. The GPS and SDARS antennas are realized in a combination of two table-formed ring structures with a maximum gain for LHCP at 2339 MHz with 2.9 dBi in zenith and with 5.2 dBi in zenith for RHCP at 1575 MHz with GPS. The VSWR of the cell phone antenna is below 3 for AMPS and PCS1900.

  19. In-plane heterostructures of Sb/Bi with high carrier mobility

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    Zhao, Pei; Wei, Wei; Sun, Qilong; Yu, Lin; Huang, Baibiao; Dai, Ying

    2017-06-01

    In-plane two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures have been attracting public attention due to their distinctive properties. However, the pristine materials that can form in-plane heterostructures are reported only for graphene, hexagonal BN, transition-metal dichalcogenides. It will be of great significance to explore more suitable 2D materials for constructing such ingenious heterostructures. Here, we demonstrate two types of novel seamless in-plane heterostructures combined by pristine Sb and Bi monolayers by means of first-principle approach based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that external strain can serve as an effective strategy for bandgap engineering, and the transition from semiconductor to metal occurs when a compressive strain of -8% is applied. In addition, the designed heterostructures possess direct band gaps with high carrier mobility (˜4000 cm2 V-1 s-1). And the mobility of electrons and holes have huge disparity along the direction perpendicular to the interface of Sb/Bi in-plane heterostructures. It is favorable for carriers to separate spatially. Finally, we find that the band edge positions of Sb/Bi in-plane heterostructures can meet the reduction potential of hydrogen generation in photocatalysis. Our results not only offer alternative materials to construct versatile in-plane heterostructures, but also highlight the applications of 2D in-plane heterostructures in diverse nanodevices and photocatalysis.

  20. Liquid structure and temperature invariance of sound velocity in supercooled Bi melt.

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    Emuna, M; Mayo, M; Greenberg, Y; Caspi, E N; Beuneu, B; Yahel, E; Makov, G

    2014-03-07

    Structural rearrangement of liquid Bi in the vicinity of the melting point has been proposed due to the unique temperature invariant sound velocity observed above the melting temperature, the low symmetry of Bi in the solid phase and the necessity of overheating to achieve supercooling. The existence of this structural rearrangement is examined by measurements on supercooled Bi. The sound velocity of liquid Bi was measured into the supercooled region to high accuracy and it was found to be invariant over a temperature range of ∼60°, from 35° above the melting point to ∼25° into the supercooled region. The structural origin of this phenomenon was explored by neutron diffraction structural measurements in the supercooled temperature range. These measurements indicate a continuous modification of the short range order in the melt. The structure of the liquid is analyzed within a quasi-crystalline model and is found to evolve continuously, similar to other known liquid pnictide systems. The results are discussed in the context of two competing hypotheses proposed to explain properties of liquid Bi near the melting: (i) liquid bismuth undergoes a structural rearrangement slightly above melting and (ii) liquid Bi exhibits a broad maximum in the sound velocity located incidentally at the melting temperature.

  1. Liquid structure and temperature invariance of sound velocity in supercooled Bi melt

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    Emuna, M.; Mayo, M.; Makov, G.; Greenberg, Y.; Caspi, E. N.; Yahel, E.; Beuneu, B.

    2014-03-07

    Structural rearrangement of liquid Bi in the vicinity of the melting point has been proposed due to the unique temperature invariant sound velocity observed above the melting temperature, the low symmetry of Bi in the solid phase and the necessity of overheating to achieve supercooling. The existence of this structural rearrangement is examined by measurements on supercooled Bi. The sound velocity of liquid Bi was measured into the supercooled region to high accuracy and it was found to be invariant over a temperature range of ∼60°, from 35° above the melting point to ∼25° into the supercooled region. The structural origin of this phenomenon was explored by neutron diffraction structural measurements in the supercooled temperature range. These measurements indicate a continuous modification of the short range order in the melt. The structure of the liquid is analyzed within a quasi-crystalline model and is found to evolve continuously, similar to other known liquid pnictide systems. The results are discussed in the context of two competing hypotheses proposed to explain properties of liquid Bi near the melting: (i) liquid bismuth undergoes a structural rearrangement slightly above melting and (ii) liquid Bi exhibits a broad maximum in the sound velocity located incidentally at the melting temperature.

  2. A New Metasurface Superstrate Structure for Antenna Performance Enhancement.

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    Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Singh, Mandeep Jit; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal

    2013-07-31

    A new metasurface superstrate structure (MSS)-loaded dual band microstrip line-fed small patch antenna is presented in this paper. The proposed antenna was designed on a ceramic-filled bioplastic sandwich substrate with a high dielectric constant. The proposed 7 × 6 element, square-shaped, single-sided MSS significantly improved the bandwidth and gain of the proposed antenna. The proposed MSS incorporated a slotted patch antenna that effectively increased the measured operating bandwidth from 13.3% to 18.8% and from 14.8% to 23.2% in the lower and upper bands, respectively. Moreover, the average gain of the proposed MSS-based antenna was enhanced from 2.12 dBi to 3.02 dBi in the lower band and from 4.10 dBi to 5.28 dBi in the upper band compared to the patch antenna alone. In addition to the bandwidth and gain improvements, more directive radiation characteristics were also observed from the MSS antenna compared to the patch itself. The effects of the MSS elements and the ground plane length on the reflection coefficient of the antenna were analyzed and optimized. The overall performance makes the proposed antenna appropriate for RFID and WLAN applications.

  3. Temperament and Parenting Styles in Early Childhood Differentially Influence Neural Response to Peer Evaluation in Adolescence.

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    Guyer, Amanda E; Jarcho, Johanna M; Pérez-Edgar, Koraly; Degnan, Kathryn A; Pine, Daniel S; Fox, Nathan A; Nelson, Eric E

    2015-07-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is a temperament characterized by social reticence and withdrawal from unfamiliar or novel contexts and conveys risk for social anxiety disorder. Developmental outcomes associated with this temperament can be influenced by children's caregiving context. The convergence of a child's temperamental disposition and rearing environment is ultimately expressed at both the behavioral and neural levels in emotional and cognitive response patterns to social challenges. The present study used functional neuroimaging to assess the moderating effects of different parenting styles on neural response to peer rejection in two groups of adolescents characterized by their early childhood temperament (M(age) = 17.89 years, N = 39, 17 males, 22 females; 18 with BI; 21 without BI). The moderating effects of authoritarian and authoritative parenting styles were examined in three brain regions linked with social anxiety: ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vlPFC), striatum, and amygdala. In youth characterized with BI in childhood, but not in those without BI, diminished responses to peer rejection in vlPFC were associated with higher levels of authoritarian parenting. In contrast, all youth showed decreased caudate response to peer rejection at higher levels of authoritative parenting. These findings indicate that BI in early life relates to greater neurobiological sensitivity to variance in parenting styles, particularly harsh parenting, in late adolescence. These results are discussed in relation to biopsychosocial models of development.

  4. Is obesity contagious by way of body image? A study on Japanese female students in the United States.

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    Bagrowicz, Rinako; Watanabe, Chiho; Umezaki, Masahiro

    2013-10-01

    Although it has been suggested that obesity is 'contagious' within the social network, direct cause of this spread of obesity remains unclear. This study hypothesized that Body Image (BI), the perception of one's own body size, may play a role in this obesity spread, since a high prevalence of obesity could shift people's perception of 'what is normal'. Young Japanese females (n = 53) were interviewed within 1 month after moving to New York City, where the prevalence of obesity is substantially higher than that of their home country, Japan. Each participant was examined for her BI in terms of current body size (CBS) and ideal body size (IBS). They were interviewed again 2 months after the first examination. Between the two interviews, the participants' CBS was decreased (having thinner self-image), while the IBS increased (having fatter ideal-image), leading to less dissatisfaction (smaller CBS-IBS) with their body size. These results suggest that one's BI could change in a period as short as 2 months, possibly because of being surrounded by more obese people. The IBS change was positively associated with BMI change (increased by 0.4 ± 0.6 kg/m²), warranting further study on the role of BI in the spread of obesity.

  5. Microstructural behavior of iron and bismuth added Sn-1Ag-Cu solder under elevated temperature aging

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    Ali, Bakhtiar Sabri, Mohd Faizul Mohd Jauhari, Iswadi

    2016-07-19

    An extensive study was done to investigate the microstructural behavior of iron (Fe) and bismuth (Bi) added Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu (SAC105) under severe thermal aging conditions. The isothermal aging was done at 200 °C for 100 h, 200 h, and 300 h. Optical microscopy with cross-polarized light revealed that the grain size significantly reduces with Fe/Bi addition to the base alloy SAC105 and remains literally the same after thermal aging. The micrographs of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) with backscattered electron detector and their further analysis via imageJ software indicated that Fe/Bi added SAC105 showed a significant reduction in the IMCs size (Ag{sub 3}Sn and Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}), especially the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} IMCs, as well as β-Sn matrix and a refinement in the microstructure, which is due to the presence of Bi in the alloys. Moreover, their microstructure remains much more stable under severe thermal aging conditions, which is because of the presence of both Fe and Bi in the alloy. The microstructural behavior suggests that Fe/Bi modified SAC105 would have much improved reliability under severe thermal environments. These modified alloys also have relatively low melting temperature and low cost.

  6. A remark on the role of indeterminism and non-locality in the violation of Bell’s inequalities

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    Sassoli de Bianchi, Massimiliano

    2014-03-15

    Diederik Aerts was the first in the eighties to develop a concrete example of a macroscopic “classical” entity violating Bell’s inequalities (BI). In more recent years, he also developed a macroscopic model in which the amount of non-locality and indeterminism can be continuously varied, and used it to show that by increasing non-locality one increases the degree of violation of BI, whereas by increasing indeterminism one decreases the degree of violation of BI. In this article we introduce and analyze a different macroscopic model in which the amount of non-locality and indeterminism can also be parameterized, and therefore varied, and find that, in accordance with the model of Aerts, an increase of non-locality does produce a stronger violation of BI. However, differently from his model, we also find that, depending on the initial state in which the system is prepared, an increase of indeterminism can either strengthen or weaken the degree of violation of BI. -- Highlights: •There are macroscopic models that can violate Bell’s inequalities (BI). •We describe a model in which non-locality and indeterminism can be continuously varied. •An increase of non-locality produces a stronger violation of BI. •An increase of indeterminism can either produce a stronger or weaker violation of BI, depending on the initial state.

  7. Increased bismuth concentration in MBE GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} films by oscillating III/V flux ratio during growth

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    Wood, Adam W. Babcock, Susan E.; Li, Jincheng; Brown, April S.

    2015-05-15

    The authors have examined bismuth concentration profiles in GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} films grown by molecular beam epitaxy using high angle annular dark field imaging (Z-contrast imaging) in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope in conjunction with x-ray diffraction. Samples were grown with a gradient in each of the component fluxes, and therefore, the III/V ratio across the substrate. Rotating the sample during growth exposed the growth surface to an oscillating III/V flux ratio. Sinusoidal [Bi] profiles resulted in the growth direction, the wavelength and number of which were consistent with the growth rate and the rate of substrate rotation. However, the magnitude of [Bi] in the observed fluctuations was greater than the maximum [Bi] achieved using the same Bi flux and Ga/As flux ratios in steady-state conditions on a stationary substrate, suggesting that varying the III/V flux ratio during growth promotes the incorporation of Bi in GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} films. A proposed qualitative model for how this enhancement might occur hypothesizes a critical role for alternating growth and shrinkage of Ga-Bi predroplet clusters on the surface as the growing material is rotated through Ga-rich and As-rich flux compositions.

  8. SR-BI: Linking Cholesterol and Lipoprotein Metabolism with Breast and Prostate Cancer.

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    Gutierrez-Pajares, Jorge L; Ben Hassen, Céline; Chevalier, Stéphan; Frank, Philippe G

    2016-01-01

    Studies have demonstrated the significant role of cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in the progression of cancer. The SCARB1 gene encodes the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), which is an 82-kDa glycoprotein with two transmembrane domains separated by a large extracellular loop. SR-BI plays an important role in the regulation of cholesterol exchange between cells and high-density lipoproteins. Accordingly, hepatic SR-BI has been shown to play an essential role in the regulation of the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, which promotes the removal and excretion of excess body cholesterol. In the context of atherosclerosis, SR-BI has been implicated in the regulation of intracellular signaling, lipid accumulation, foam cell formation, and cellular apoptosis. Furthermore, since lipid metabolism is a relevant target for cancer treatment, recent studies have focused on examining the role of SR-BI in this pathology. While signaling pathways have initially been explored in non-tumoral cells, studies with cancer cells have now demonstrated SR-BI's function in tumor progression. In this review, we will discuss the role of SR-BI during tumor development and malignant progression. In addition, we will provide insights into the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of the SCARB1 gene. Overall, studying the role of SR-BI in tumor development and progression should allow us to gain useful information for the development of new therapeutic strategies.

  9. Microstructural behavior of iron and bismuth added Sn-1Ag-Cu solder under elevated temperature aging

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    Ali, Bakhtiar; Sabri, Mohd Faizul Mohd; Jauhari, Iswadi

    2016-07-01

    An extensive study was done to investigate the microstructural behavior of iron (Fe) and bismuth (Bi) added Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu (SAC105) under severe thermal aging conditions. The isothermal aging was done at 200 °C for 100 h, 200 h, and 300 h. Optical microscopy with cross-polarized light revealed that the grain size significantly reduces with Fe/Bi addition to the base alloy SAC105 and remains literally the same after thermal aging. The micrographs of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) with backscattered electron detector and their further analysis via imageJ software indicated that Fe/Bi added SAC105 showed a significant reduction in the IMCs size (Ag3Sn and Cu6Sn5), especially the Cu6Sn5 IMCs, as well as β-Sn matrix and a refinement in the microstructure, which is due to the presence of Bi in the alloys. Moreover, their microstructure remains much more stable under severe thermal aging conditions, which is because of the presence of both Fe and Bi in the alloy. The microstructural behavior suggests that Fe/Bi modified SAC105 would have much improved reliability under severe thermal environments. These modified alloys also have relatively low melting temperature and low cost.

  10. Attention Biases to Threat Link Behavioral Inhibition to Social Withdrawal over Time in Very Young Children

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    Reeb-Sutherland, Bethany C.; McDermott, Jennifer Martin; White, Lauren K.; Henderson, Heather A.; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Hane, Amie A.; Pine, Daniel S.; Fox, Nathan A.

    2013-01-01

    Behaviorally inhibited children display a temperamental profile characterized by social withdrawal and anxious behaviors. Previous research, focused largely on adolescents, suggests that attention biases to threat may sustain high levels of behavioral inhibition (BI) over time, helping link early temperament to social outcomes. However, no prior studies examine the association between attention bias and BI before adolescence. The current study examined the interrelations among BI, attention biases to threat, and social withdrawal already manifest in early childhood. Children (N=187, 83 Male, Mage=61.96 months) were characterized for BI in toddlerhood (24 & 36 months). At 5 years, they completed an attention bias task and concurrent social withdrawal was measured. As expected, BI in toddlerhood predicted high levels of social withdrawal in early childhood. However, this relation was moderated by attention bias. The BI-withdrawal association was only evident for children who displayed an attention bias toward threat. The data provide further support for models associating attention with socioemotional development and the later emergence of clinical anxiety. PMID:21318555

  11. SR-BI: Linking Cholesterol and Lipoprotein Metabolism with Breast and Prostate Cancer

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    Gutierrez-Pajares, Jorge L.; Ben Hassen, Céline; Chevalier, Stéphan; Frank, Philippe G.

    2016-01-01

    Studies have demonstrated the significant role of cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in the progression of cancer. The SCARB1 gene encodes the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), which is an 82-kDa glycoprotein with two transmembrane domains separated by a large extracellular loop. SR-BI plays an important role in the regulation of cholesterol exchange between cells and high-density lipoproteins. Accordingly, hepatic SR-BI has been shown to play an essential role in the regulation of the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, which promotes the removal and excretion of excess body cholesterol. In the context of atherosclerosis, SR-BI has been implicated in the regulation of intracellular signaling, lipid accumulation, foam cell formation, and cellular apoptosis. Furthermore, since lipid metabolism is a relevant target for cancer treatment, recent studies have focused on examining the role of SR-BI in this pathology. While signaling pathways have initially been explored in non-tumoral cells, studies with cancer cells have now demonstrated SR-BI's function in tumor progression. In this review, we will discuss the role of SR-BI during tumor development and malignant progression. In addition, we will provide insights into the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of the SCARB1 gene. Overall, studying the role of SR-BI in tumor development and progression should allow us to gain useful information for the development of new therapeutic strategies. PMID:27774064

  12. [Nicotinic acid increases cellular transport of high density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with hypoalphalipoproteinemia].

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    Figueroa, Catalina; Droppelmann, Katherine; Quiñones, Verónica; Amigo, Ludwig; Mendoza, Camila; Serrano, Valentina; Véjar, Margarita; Maiz, Alberto; Rigotti, Attilio

    2015-09-01

    Plasma high density lipoproteins (HDL) are involved in reverse cholesterol transport mediated by the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI). Nicotinic acid increases HDL cholesterol levels, even though its specific impact on SR-BI dependent-cellular cholesterol transport remains unknown. To determine the effect of nicotinic acid on HDL particle functionality in cholesterol efflux and uptake mediated by SR-BI in cultured cells in hypoalphalipoproteinemic patients. In a pilot study, eight patients with low HDL (≤ 40 mg/dL) were treated with extended release nicotinic acid. HDL cholesterol and phospholipid levels, HDL2 and HDL3 fractions and HDL particle sizes were measured at baseline and post-therapy. Before and after nicotinic acid treatment, HDL particles were used for cholesterol transport studies in cells transfected with SR-BI. Nicotinic acid treatment raised total HDL cholesterol and phospholipids, HDL2 levels as well as HDL particle size. Nicotinic acid significantly increased HDL cholesterol efflux and uptake capacity mediated by SR-BI in cultured cells. Nicotinic acid therapy increases SR-BI-dependent HDL cholesterol transport in cultured cells, establishing a new cellular mechanism by which this lipid-lowering drug appears to modulate HDL metabolism in patients with hypoalphalipoproteinemia.

  13. A New Metasurface Superstrate Structure for Antenna Performance Enhancement

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    Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Singh, Mandeep Jit; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal

    2013-01-01

    A new metasurface superstrate structure (MSS)-loaded dual band microstrip line-fed small patch antenna is presented in this paper. The proposed antenna was designed on a ceramic-filled bioplastic sandwich substrate with a high dielectric constant. The proposed 7 × 6 element, square-shaped, single-sided MSS significantly improved the bandwidth and gain of the proposed antenna. The proposed MSS incorporated a slotted patch antenna that effectively increased the measured operating bandwidth from 13.3% to 18.8% and from 14.8% to 23.2% in the lower and upper bands, respectively. Moreover, the average gain of the proposed MSS-based antenna was enhanced from 2.12 dBi to 3.02 dBi in the lower band and from 4.10 dBi to 5.28 dBi in the upper band compared to the patch antenna alone. In addition to the bandwidth and gain improvements, more directive radiation characteristics were also observed from the MSS antenna compared to the patch itself. The effects of the MSS elements and the ground plane length on the reflection coefficient of the antenna were analyzed and optimized. The overall performance makes the proposed antenna appropriate for RFID and WLAN applications. PMID:28811432

  14. Scavenger receptor BI modulates platelet reactivity and thrombosis in dyslipidemia.

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    Ma, Yi; Ashraf, Mohammad Z; Podrez, Eugene A

    2010-09-16

    Hypercholesterolemia is associated with increased platelet sensitivity to agonists and a prothrombotic phenotype. Mechanisms of platelet hypersensitivity are poorly understood; however, increased platelet cholesterol levels associated with hypercholesterolemia were proposed as leading to hypersensitivity. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) in the liver controls plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, and SR-BI-deficient mice display a profound dyslipoproteinemia. SR-BI is also expressed on platelets, and recent studies have suggested a role for SR-BI in platelet function; however, its role in hemostasis is unknown. Our present studies demonstrated that non-bone marrow-derived SR-BI deficiency and the dyslipidemia associated with it lead to platelet hyperreactivity that was mechanistically linked to increased platelet cholesterol content. Platelet-specific deficiency of SR-BI, on the other hand, was associated with resistance to hyperreactivity induced by increased platelet cholesterol content. Intravital thrombosis studies demonstrated that platelet SR-BI deficiency protected mice from prothrombotic phenotype in 2 types of dyslipidemia associated with increased platelet cholesterol content. These novel findings demonstrate that SR-BI plays dual roles in thrombosis and may contribute to acute cardiovascular events in vivo in hypercholesterolemia.

  15. Prediction of large-gap two-dimensional topological insulators consisting of bilayers of group III elements with Bi.

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    Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Yao, Liang-Zi; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Liu, Yu-Tzu; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Das, Tanmoy; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    2014-05-14

    We use first-principles electronic structure calculations to predict a new class of two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) in binary compositions of group III elements (B, Al, Ga, In, and Tl) and bismuth (Bi) in a buckled honeycomb structure. We identify band inversions in pristine GaBi, InBi, and TlBi bilayers, with gaps as large as 560 meV, making these materials suitable for room-temperature applications. Furthermore, we demonstrate the possibility of strain engineering in that the topological phase transition in BBi and AlBi could be driven at ∼6.6% strain. The buckled structure allows the formation of two different topological edge states in the zigzag and armchair edges. More importantly, isolated Dirac-cone edge states are predicted for armchair edges with the Dirac point lying in the middle of the 2D bulk gap. A room-temperature bulk band gap and an isolated Dirac cone allow these states to reach the long-sought topological spin-transport regime. Our findings suggest that the buckled honeycomb structure is a versatile platform for hosting nontrivial topological states and spin-polarized Dirac fermions with the flexibility of chemical and mechanical tunability.

  16. Robust Large Gap Two-Dimensional Topological Insulators in Hydrogenated III-V Buckled Honeycombs.

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    Crisostomo, Christian P; Yao, Liang-Zi; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Lin, Hsin; Albao, Marvin A; Bansil, Arun

    2015-10-14

    A large gap two-dimensional (2D) topological insulator (TI), also known as a quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator, is highly desirable for low-power-consuming electronic devices owing to its spin-polarized backscattering-free edge conducting channels. Although many freestanding films have been predicted to harbor the QSH phase, band topology of a film can be modified substantially when it is placed or grown on a substrate, making the materials realization of a 2D TI challenging. Here we report a first-principles study of possible QSH phases in 75 binary combinations of group III (B, Al, Ga, In, and Tl) and group V (N, P, As, Sb, and Bi) elements in the 2D buckled honeycomb structure, including hydrogenation on one or both sides of the films to simulate substrate effects. A total of six compounds (GaBi, InBi, TlBi, TlAs, TlSb, and TlN) are identified to be nontrivial in unhydrogenated case; whereas for hydrogenated case, only four (GaBi, InBi, TlBi, and TlSb) remains nontrivial. The band gap is found to be as large as 855 meV for the hydrogenated TlBi film, making this class of III-V materials suitable for room temperature applications. TlBi remains topologically nontrivial with a large band gap at various hydrogen coverages, indicating the robustness of its band topology against bonding effects of substrates.

  17. In-plane heterostructures of Sb/Bi with high carrier mobility.

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    Zhao, Pei; Wei, Wei; Sun, Qilong; Yu, Lin; Huang, Baibiao; Dai, Ying

    2017-06-23

    In-plane two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures have been attracting public attention due to their distinctive properties. However, the pristine materials that can form in-plane heterostructures are reported only for graphene, hexagonal BN, transition-metal dichalcogenides. It will be of great significance to explore more suitable 2D materials for constructing such ingenious heterostructures. Here, we demonstrate two types of novel seamless in-plane heterostructures combined by pristine Sb and Bi monolayers by means of first-principle approach based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that external strain can serve as an effective strategy for bandgap engineering, and the transition from semiconductor to metal occurs when a compressive strain of -8% is applied. In addition, the designed heterostructures possess direct band gaps with high carrier mobility (∼4000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)). And the mobility of electrons and holes have huge disparity along the direction perpendicular to the interface of Sb/Bi in-plane heterostructures. It is favorable for carriers to separate spatially. Finally, we find that the band edge positions of Sb/Bi in-plane heterostructures can meet the reduction potential of hydrogen generation in photocatalysis. Our results not only offer alternative materials to construct versatile in-plane heterostructures, but also highlight the applications of 2D in-plane heterostructures in diverse nanodevices and photocatalysis.

  18. Temperament and Parenting Styles in Early Childhood Differentially Influence Neural Response to Peer Evaluation in Adolescence

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    Guyer, Amanda E.; Jarcho, Johanna M.; Pérez-Edgar, Koraly; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Pine, Daniel S.; Fox, Nathan A.; Nelson, Eric E.

    2015-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is a temperament characterized by social reticence and withdrawal from unfamiliar or novel contexts and conveys risk for social anxiety disorder. Developmental outcomes associated with this temperament can be influenced by children’s caregiving context. The convergence of a child’s temperamental disposition and rearing environment is ultimately expressed at both the behavioral and neural levels in emotional and cognitive response patterns to social challenges. The present study used functional neuroimaging to assess the moderating effects of different parenting styles on neural response to peer rejection in two groups of adolescents characterized by their early childhood temperament (Mage = 17.89 years, N= 39, 17 males, 22 females; 18 with BI; 21 without BI). The moderating effects of authoritarian and authoritative parenting styles were examined in three brain regions linked with social anxiety: ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vlPFC), striatum, and amygdala. In youth characterized with BI in childhood, but not in those without BI, diminished responses to peer rejection in vlPFC were associated with higher levels of authoritarian parenting. In contrast, all youth showed decreased caudate response to peer rejection at higher levels of authoritative parenting. These findings indicate that BI in early life relates to greater neurobiological sensitivity to variance in parenting styles, particularly harsh parenting, in late adolescence. These results are discussed in relation to biopsychosocial models of development. PMID:25588884

  19. Structural Studies of Clean Semiconductor Surfaces and Metal-Semiconductor Interfaces by Photoemission Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy.

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    Mangat, Pawitterjit Singh

    We determined the atomic geometries for clean InP(110)-(1 x 1) and Si(111)-(2 x 1) surfaces and Al/InP(110), Ag/InP(110), Bi/InP(110), Na/InP(110) and Al/Si(111) interfaces by photoemission extended x-ray absorption fine structure (PEXAFS) spectroscopy to understand the correlation between electrical Schottky barrier heights and interfacial structure. P 2p PEXAFS for the InP(110) surface and Si 2p PEXAFS for the Si(111) surface were acquired which yielded information on the short range order of substrate atoms on the surface or at the interface. For Al/Si(111) interfaces, we also obtained Al 2p PEXAFS. The data analyzed by Fourier analysis and curve-fitting procedures. The theoretical backscattering phase function of McKale et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 110, 3763 (1988)) and absorber phase function of Teo and Lee (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 101, 2815 (1979)) were used for phase analysis to determine the interatomic bond lengths. For the clean InP(110) surface, we observed surface relaxation. For the Si(111)-(2 x 1) surface, we found 10% contraction in the second near neighborhood Si-Si distance which is not reported in any model. For low coverage reactive metal (Al, Na)/InP(110) interfaces, we observed metal induced surface structural changes which involve removal of relaxation and change in the basis of the surface unit mesh of the substrate. For Ag/InP(110) interfaces, the noble metal atoms were found to remove the relaxation of the first P-In bond length at the interface. These changes in the substrate might bring in interface states within the semiconductor band gap and, consequently, influencing Fermi-level pinning during the Schottky barrier formation. For the Bi/InP(110) interfaces, the relaxation of the clean InP(110) surface is not removed by the deposited Bi atoms. Hence, the Bi/InP(110) interface might not have Fermi-level pinning by interface states due to the interfacial structure of InP. For Al/Si(111) interfaces, the Al atoms do not induce drastic surface

  20. Fabrication of Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanocomposites and their photoluminescence properties

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    Gil Na, Han; Jung, Taek-Kyun; Lee, Ji-Woon; Hyun, Soong-Keun; Kwon, Yong Jung; Mirzaei, Ali; Kim, Tae-Bum; Shin, Young-Chul; Choi, Ho-Joon; Kim, Hyoun Woo; Jin, Changhyun

    2016-09-01

    For the first time, Bi-doped In2O3-indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocomposites were prepared on Si substrates with the assistance of a Au catalyst through the simple gas-phase transport of a mixture of Bi, In, and Sn powders. The square-shaped Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanostructures were straight, a few hundreds of nanometres in width, and below a few tens of micrometres in length. Electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analyses indicated that the Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanorods were single crystals with a basis of cubic In2O3 structures. The photoluminescence spectra revealed that the Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanorods had a strong orange emission band centred at approximately 626 nm without any shoulder bands. The enhancement of orange emission might be due to the oxygen deficiencies of structural defects in the nanorods.

  1. Impact of behavioral inhibition and parenting style on internalizing and externalizing problems from early childhood through adolescence.

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    Williams, Lela Rankin; Degnan, Kathryn A; Perez-Edgar, Koraly E; Henderson, Heather A; Rubin, Kenneth H; Pine, Daniel S; Steinberg, Laurence; Fox, Nathan A

    2009-11-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is characterized by a pattern of extreme social reticence, risk for internalizing behavior problems, and possible protection against externalizing behavior problems. Parenting style may also contribute to these associations between BI and behavior problems (BP). A sample of 113 children was assessed for BI in the laboratory at 14 and 24 months of age, self-report of maternal parenting style at 7 years of age, and maternal report of child internalizing and externalizing BP at 4, 7, and 15 years. Internalizing problems at age 4 were greatest among behaviorally inhibited children who also were exposed to permissive parenting. Furthermore, greater authoritative parenting was associated with less of an increase in internalizing behavior problems over time and greater authoritarian parenting was associated with a steeper decline in externalizing problems. Results highlight the importance of considering child and environmental factors in longitudinal patterns of BP across childhood and adolescence.

  2. Atomic-level structural and chemical analysis of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 thin films

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    Ghasemi, A.; Kepaptsoglou, D.; Collins-McIntyre, L. J.; Ramasse, Q.; Hesjedal, T.; Lazarov, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of the structure and chemical composition of the Cr-doped 3D topological insulator Bi2Se3. Single-crystalline thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Al2O3 (0001), and their structural and chemical properties determined on an atomic level by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. A regular quintuple layer stacking of the Bi2Se3 film is found, with the exception of the first several atomic layers in the initial growth. The spectroscopy data gives direct evidence that Cr is preferentially substituting for Bi in the Bi2Se3 host. We also show that Cr has a tendency to segregate at internal grain boundaries of the Bi2Se3 film.

  3. Bi flux-dependent MBE growth of GaSbBi alloys

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    Rajpalke, M. K.; Linhart, W. M.; Yu, K. M.; ...

    2015-03-05

    The incorporation of Bi in GaSb1-xBix alloys grown by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated as a function of Bi flux at fixed growth temperature (275 °C) and growth rate (1 μm h⁻¹). The Bi content is found to vary proportionally with Bi flux with Bi contents, as measured by Rutherford backscattering, in the range 0 < x ≤ 4.5%. The GaSbBi samples grown at the lowest Bi fluxes have smooth surfaces free of metallic droplets. The higher Bi flux samples have surface Bi droplets. The room temperature band gap of the GaSbBi epitaxial layers determined from optical absorption decreases linearlymore » with increasing Bi content with a reduction of ~32 meV/%Bi.« less

  4. A Longitudinal Investigation of Predictors of the Association Between Age 3 and Age 6 Behavioural Inhibition.

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    Johnson, Victoria C; Olino, Thomas M; Klein, Daniel N; Dyson, Margaret W; Bufferd, Sara J; Durbin, C Emily; Dougherty, Lea R; Hayden, Elizabeth P

    2016-08-01

    Children who exhibit elevated levels of the temperament trait behavioural inhibition (BI) across time may be at greatest risk for anxiety. However, little research has investigated the influence of other temperamental traits, particularly positive emotionality (PE), on the continuity of BI in childhood, nor whether parental overprotection influences associations between early and later child BI. To explore whether PE and overprotection shape associations between early and later BI, this longitudinal study of three-year-olds (N = 446) followed up at age 6 included tasks tapping child temperament, and parental overprotection was assessed via interview ratings and parent-report. Lower levels of child PE and higher levels of caregiver overprotection at baseline predicted stronger associations between laboratory-assessed BI at ages 3 and 6. Findings elucidate influences shaping the developmental continuity of BI.

  5. Thermal neutron radiative capture cross-section of 186W(n, γ)187W reaction

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    Tan, V. H.; Son, P. N.

    2016-06-01

    The thermal neutron radiative capture cross section for 186W(n, γ)187W reaction was measured by the activation method using the filtered neutron beam at the Dalat research reactor. An optimal composition of Si and Bi, in single crystal form, has been used as neutron filters to create the high-purity filtered neutron beam with Cadmium ratio of Rcd = 420 and peak energy En = 0.025 eV. The induced activities in the irradiated samples were measured by a high resolution HPGe digital gamma-ray spectrometer. The present result of cross section has been determined relatively to the reference value of the standard reaction 197Au(n, γ)198Au. The necessary correction factors for gamma-ray true coincidence summing, and thermal neutron self-shielding effects were taken into account in this experiment by Monte Carlo simulations.

  6. Quantum Monte Carlo of atomic and molecular systems with heavy elements

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    Mitas, Lubos; Kulahlioglu, Adem; Melton, Cody; Bennett, Chandler

    2015-03-01

    We carry out quantum Monte Carlo calculations of atomic and molecular systems with several heavy atoms such as Mo, W and Bi. In particular, we compare the correlation energies vs their lighter counterparts in the same column of the periodic table in order to reveal trends with regard to the atomic number Z. One of the observations is that the correlation energy for the isoelectronic valence space/states is mildly decreasing with increasing Z. Similar observation applies also to the fixed-node errors, supporting thus our recent observation that the fixed-node error increases with electronic density for the same (or similar) complexity of the wave function and bonding. In addition, for Bi systems we study the impact of the spin-orbit on the electronic structure, in particular, on binding, correlation and excitation energies.

  7. A Longitudinal Investigation of Predictors of the Association Between Age 3 and Age 6 Behavioural Inhibition

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    Johnson, Victoria C.; Olino, Thomas M.; Klein, Daniel N.; Dyson, Margaret W.; Bufferd, Sara J.; Durbin, C. Emily; Dougherty, Lea R.; Hayden, Elizabeth P.

    2016-01-01

    Children who exhibit elevated levels of the temperament trait behavioural inhibition (BI) across time may be at greatest risk for anxiety. However, little research has investigated the influence of other temperamental traits, particularly positive emotionality (PE), on the continuity of BI in childhood, nor whether parental overprotection influences associations between early and later child BI. To explore whether PE and overprotection shape associations between early and later BI, this longitudinal study of three-year-olds (N = 446) followed up at age 6 included tasks tapping child temperament, and parental overprotection was assessed via interview ratings and parent-report. Lower levels of child PE and higher levels of caregiver overprotection at baseline predicted stronger associations between laboratory-assessed BI at ages 3 and 6. Findings elucidate influences shaping the developmental continuity of BI. PMID:27765998

  8. Attention biases to threat and behavioral inhibition in early childhood shape adolescent social withdrawal.

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    Pérez-Edgar, Koraly; Bar-Haim, Yair; McDermott, Jennifer Martin; Chronis-Tuscano, Andrea; Pine, Daniel S; Fox, Nathan A

    2010-06-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is a temperament characterized in young children by a heightened sensitivity to novelty, social withdrawal, and anxious behaviors. For many children, these social difficulties dissipate over time. For others, patterns of social withdrawal continue into adolescence. Over time, attention biases to threat may influence the stability of BI and its association with social withdrawal, ultimately modulating the risk for anxiety disorders in BI children. However, we know relatively little about the cognitive processes that accompany BI and shape later socio-emotional functioning. We examined the relations among BI in childhood, attention biases to threat in adolescence, and adolescent social withdrawal in a longitudinal study (N = 126, Mean age = 15 years). As has been reported in anxious adults, adolescents who were behaviorally inhibited as toddlers and young children showed heightened attention bias to threat. In addition, attention bias to threat moderated the relation between childhood BI and adolescent social withdrawal.

  9. Discontinuities and bands alignments of strain-balanced III-V-N/III-V-Bi heterojunctions for mid-infrared photodetectors

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    Chakir, K.; Bilel, C.; Habchi, M. M.; Rebey, A.

    2017-02-01

    We have developed a 10- and 14-band anticrossing (BAC) models to investigate the band structures of dilute nitrides and dilute bismides alloys. In fact, the addition of Bi or N to III-V semiconductors causes a significant reduction in the band gap energy and an enhancement of the spin-orbit splitting energy. Further, the conduction and valence offsets between III-V-N/III-V-Bi were also investigated for different nitrogen and bismuth concentrations. For III-V-N/III-V-Bi heterojunctions, the strain-balanced criteria were undertaken by the zero stress analysis. The band alignment of strain-balanced GaAsN/GaAsBi, InPN/InPBi and InAsN/InAsBi is a type II. For InSbN/InSbBi heterostructure, the band lineup can be type I or II.

  10. A Study on Behavior of Inorganic Impurities in Water-tree

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    Kumazawa, Takao; Nakagawa, Wataru; Tsurumaru, Hidekazu

    It is well known that water-tree propagation in XLPE cable is significantly influenced by inorganic impurities in water. Therefore, we investigated both changes in concentration and deviation of isotopic content of inorganic elements in XLPE samples by water-tree experiments under clean environment. The concentration of several kinds of elements, e.g., Li, Na, Mg, Al, K, Ca, Fe, Ni, Pb and Bi, in water-treed sample showed anomalous increase or decrease dependent on cation (K+, Na+ or Ag+) in water solution compared with blank or original sample. Furthermore, the isotopic content of Zn deviated over 6% from natural abundance. These results suggest that water-tree propagation is concerned with unknown physical or electro-chemical reactions.

  11. On the search for a (n,f) cross-section reference at intermediate energies

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    Duran, I.; Ventura, A.; Lo Meo, S.; Tarrío, D.; Tassan-Got, L.; Paradela, C.

    2017-09-01

    The (n,f) cross-sections proposed as references by the IAEA for 235U, 238U and 209Bi are compared with a new analysis that combines the measurements performed at CERN-n_TOF of their cross-section ratios with new calculations done using Monte Carlo codes based on phenomenological models INCL+ +, GEMINI+ +, and ABLA07. The calculations are cross-checked with those for the (p,f) reactions, where experimental values are available. We have evaluated in this way the (n,f) cross sections for 238U, 235U and 209Bi, in the intermediate energy region going from 190 MeV to 2 GeV. Our results definitively discard the JENDL/HE-2007 evaluations above 300 MeV, falling inside the confidence corridor proposed by IAEA but for the points around 300-400 MeV where a discrepancy is to be noticed.

  12. Method for radioactivity monitoring

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    Umbarger, C. John; Cowder, Leo R.

    1976-10-26

    The disclosure relates to a method for analyzing uranium and/or thorium contents of liquid effluents preferably utilizing a sample containing counting chamber. Basically, 185.7-keV gamma rays following .sup.235 U alpha decay to .sup.231 Th which indicate .sup.235 U content and a 63-keV gamma ray doublet found in the nucleus of .sup.234 Pa, a granddaughter of .sup.238 U, are monitored and the ratio thereof taken to derive uranium content and isotopic enrichment .sup.235 U/.sup.235 U + .sup.238 U) in the liquid effluent. Thorium content is determined by monitoring the intensity of 238-keV gamma rays from the nucleus of .sup.212 Bi in the decay chain of .sup.232 Th.

  13. Tuning the electronic and the crystalline structure of LaBi by pressure: From extreme magnetoresistance to superconductivity

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    Tafti, F. F.; Torikachvili, M. S.; Stillwell, R. L.; Baer, B.; Stavrou, E.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Yang, H. -Y.; McDonnell, E. F.; Kushwaha, S. K.; Gibson, Q. D.; Cava, R. J.; Jeffries, J. R.

    2017-01-01

    Extreme magnetoresistance (XMR) in topological semimetals is a recent discovery which attracts attention due to its robust appearance in a growing number of materials. To search for a relation between XMR and superconductivity, we study the effect of pressure on LaBi. By increasing pressure, we observe the disappearance of XMR followed by the appearance of superconductivity at P ≈ 3.5 GPa. We find a region of coexistence between superconductivity and XMR in LaBi in contrast to other superconducting XMR materials. The suppression of XMR is correlated with increasing zero-field resistance instead of decreasing in-field resistance. At higher pressures, P ≈ 11 GPa, we find a structural transition from the face-centered cubic lattice to a primitive tetragonal lattice, in agreement with theoretical predictions. The relationship between extreme magnetoresistance, superconductivity, and structural transition in LaBi is discussed.

  14. Evidence for quantum tunneling of vortices in superconductors. [Temperature dependence in low magnetic fields

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    Liu, Y.; Haviland, D.B.; Glazman, L.I.; Goldman, A.M. )

    1992-10-01

    Flux creep in disordered superconductors may be governed by quantum tunneling of Abrikosov vortices rather than by thermal activation processes. The expectation is that in the quantum tunneling regime the creep rate would be temperature independent. This assumes that the parameters describing the pinning potential and other aspects of the superconducting films are temperature independent. In the case of extremely thin superconducting films the coherence length retains its temperature dependence well into the quantum tunneling regime, leading to an unusual temperature dependence of the electrical resistance in this regime. This was observed in ultrathin superconducting films of Pb, Al, and Bi. In low magnetic fields, at low temperatures, sheet resistances vary with temperature as R [approx] R[sub 0] exp(T/T[sub 0]), where T[sub 0] and R[sub 0] are constants.

  15. Development of three-dimension microelectrode array for bioelectric measurement using the liquidmetal-micromolding technique

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    Liu, Ran Yang, Xueyao; Chen, Weixing; Jin, Cuiyun; Fu, Jingjing; Liu, Jing

    2013-11-04

    A method of manufacturing three-dimension microneedle electrode arrays is presented in this paper using the micromolding technology with liquid metal at room temperature, based on the physical property of the Bi-In-Sn liquid metal alloy, being its melting point especially low. Observed under scanning electron microscopy, the needle body of the electrode chip manufactured using this method has a good consistency. Skin penetration test in-vitro indicates that the microneedle electrode can pierce the stratum corneum and cross the high-impedance layer to acquire electrical signals. Electrical impedance and polarization voltage experimental results show that the electrode chips have great electric characteristics and meet the practical application demands.

  16. Development of three-dimension microelectrode array for bioelectric measurement using the liquidmetal-micromolding technique

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    Liu, Ran; Yang, Xueyao; Jin, Cuiyun; Fu, Jingjing; Chen, Weixing; Liu, Jing

    2013-11-01

    A method of manufacturing three-dimension microneedle electrode arrays is presented in this paper using the micromolding technology with liquid metal at room temperature, based on the physical property of the Bi-In-Sn liquid metal alloy, being its melting point especially low. Observed under scanning electron microscopy, the needle body of the electrode chip manufactured using this method has a good consistency. Skin penetration test in-vitro indicates that the microneedle electrode can pierce the stratum corneum and cross the high-impedance layer to acquire electrical signals. Electrical impedance and polarization voltage experimental results show that the electrode chips have great electric characteristics and meet the practical application demands.

  17. Nontrivial topology of cubic alkali bismuthides

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    Rusinov, I. P.; Sklyadneva, I. Yu.; Heid, R.; Bohnen, K.-P.; Petrov, E. K.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2017-06-01

    We report an ab initio study of the effect of pressure on vibrational and electronic properties of K3Bi and Rb3Bi in the cubic F m 3 ¯m structure. It is shown that the high-temperature cubic phase of K3Bi and Rb3Bi is dynamically unstable at T =0 but can be stabilized by pressure. The electronic spectra of alkali bismuthides are found to possess the bulk band touching at the Brillouin zone center and an inverted spin-orbit bulk band structure. Upon hydrostatic compression the compounds transform from the topologically nontrivial semimetal (K3Bi )/metal (Rb3Bi ) into a trivial semiconductor (metal) with a conical Dirac-type dispersion of electronic bands at the point of the topological transition. In K3Bi the dynamical stabilization occurs before the system undergoes the topological phase transition.

  18. Development of MnBi permanent magnet: Neutron diffraction of MnBi powder

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    Cui, J.; Choi, J. P.; Li, G.; Polikarpov, E.; Darsell, J.; Kramer, M. J.; Zarkevich, N. A.; Wang, L. L.; Johnson, D. D.; Marinescu, M.; Huang, Q. Z.; Wu, H.; Vuong, N. V.; Liu, J. P.

    2014-05-07

    MnBi attracts great attention in recent years for its great potential as permanent magnet materials. MnBi phase is difficult to obtain because of the rather drastic peritectic reaction between Mn and Bi. In this paper, we report our effort on synthesizing high purity MnBi compound using conventional powder metallurgical approaches. Neutron diffraction was carried out to investigate the crystal and nuclear structure of the obtained powder. The result shows that the purity of the obtained powder is about 91 wt. % at 300 K, and the magnetic moment of the Mn atom in MnBi lattice is 4.424 and 4.013 μB at 50 K and 300 K, respectively.

  19. Physical activity and self-esteem: testing direct and indirect relationships associated with psychological and physical mechanisms.

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    Zamani Sani, Seyed Hojjat; Fathirezaie, Zahra; Brand, Serge; Pühse, Uwe; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Gerber, Markus; Talepasand, Siavash

    2016-01-01

    In the present study, we investigated the relationship between physical activity (PA) and self-esteem (SE), while introducing body mass index (BMI), perceived physical fitness (PPF), and body image (BI) in adults (N =264, M =38.10 years). The findings indicated that PA was directly and indirectly associated with SE. BMI predicted SE neither directly nor indirectly, but was directly associated with PPF and both directly and indirectly with BI. Furthermore, PPF was directly related to BI and SE, and a direct association was found between BI and SE. The pattern of results suggests that among a sample of adults, PA is directly and indirectly associated with SE, PPF, and BI, but not with BMI. PA, PPF, and BI appear to play an important role in SE. Accordingly, regular PA should be promoted, in particular, among adults reporting lower SE.

  20. Determination of bismuth in environmental samples by slurry sampling graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry using combined chemical modifiers.

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    Dobrowolski, Ryszard; Dobrzyńska, Joanna; Gawrońska, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    Slurry sampling graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry technique was applied for the determination of Bi in environmental samples. The study focused on the effect of Zr, Ti, Nb and W carbides, as permanent modifiers, on the Bi signal. Because of its highest thermal and chemical stability and ability to substantially increase Bi signal, NbC was chosen as the most effective modifier. The temperature programme applied for Bi determination was optimized based on the pyrolysis and atomization curves obtained for slurries prepared from certified reference materials (CRMs) of the soil and sediments. To overcome interferences caused by sulfur compounds, Ba(NO₃)₂ was used as a chemical modifier. Calibration was performed using the aqueous standard solutions. The analysis of the CRMs confirmed the reliability of the proposed analytical method. The characteristic mass for Bi was determined to be 16 pg with the detection limit of 50 ng/g for the optimized procedure at the 5% (w/v) slurry concentration.

  1. Multiple Dirac cones at the surface of the topological metal LaBi

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    Nayak, Jayita; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kumar, Nitesh; Shekhar, Chandra; Singh, Sanjay; Fink, Jörg; Rienks, Emile E. D.; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Yan, Binghai; Felser, Claudia

    2017-01-01

    The rare-earth monopnictide LaBi exhibits exotic magneto-transport properties, including an extremely large and anisotropic magnetoresistance. Experimental evidence for topological surface states is still missing although band inversions have been postulated to induce a topological phase in LaBi. In this work, we have revealed the existence of surface states of LaBi through the observation of three Dirac cones: two coexist at the corners and one appears at the centre of the Brillouin zone, by employing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy in conjunction with ab initio calculations. The odd number of surface Dirac cones is a direct consequence of the odd number of band inversions in the bulk band structure, thereby proving that LaBi is a topological, compensated semimetal, which is equivalent to a time-reversal invariant topological insulator. Our findings provide insight into the topological surface states of LaBi's semi-metallicity and related magneto-transport properties.

  2. The Mass Loss History of WX Psc

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    Trejo, A.; Zhao-Geisler, R.; Kemper, F.

    2013-10-01

    WX Psc is a very-late type (oxygen-rich) and long-period variable AGB star. The mass loss history was inferred by Decin et al. (2007) from single dish observations of multiple rotational transitions of CO using radiative transfer modelling. In this work we do a similar analysis using interferometric observations, from the SMA in the CO 2-1 transition, and from the PdBI in the CO 2-1 and 1-0 transitions. We also analysed single-dish maps obtained with APEX in CO 3-2 and 2-1. This allows to observe the extended emission and test the mass loss history derived at different angular scales and therefore time scales. Here we present our current findings and future work on this project.

  3. Uncertainty result of biotic index in analysing the water quality of Cikapundung river catchment area, Bandung

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    Surtikanti, Hertien Koosbandiah

    2017-05-01

    The Biotic Index was developed in Western Countries in response to the need in water quality evaluation. This method analysis is based on the classification of aquatic macrobenthos as a bioindicator for clean and polluted water. The aim of this study is to compare the analysis of Cikapundung river using 6 different Biotic Indexes. BI Shannon-Weiner, Belgian Biological Index (BBI), Family Biotic Index (FBI), Biological Monitoring Working Party (BMWP), Biological Monitoring Working Party-Average Score Per Taxon (BMWP-ASPT), and A Scoring System for Macroinvertebrate in Australian River (A SIGNAL). Those analysis are compared with Physical Water Index (CPI) which is developed in Indonesia. The result shows that a decreasing water quality is detected upstream to downstream of Cikapundung River. However, based on the CPI analysis result, the BMWP-ASPT biotic index analysis is more comprehensive than other BI in explaining Cikapundung water quality.

  4. Bayesian inference to identify parameters in viscoelasticity

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    Rappel, Hussein; Beex, Lars A. A.; Bordas, Stéphane P. A.

    2017-08-01

    This contribution discusses Bayesian inference (BI) as an approach to identify parameters in viscoelasticity. The aims are: (i) to show that the prior has a substantial influence for viscoelasticity, (ii) to show that this influence decreases for an increasing number of measurements and (iii) to show how different types of experiments influence the identified parameters and their uncertainties. The standard linear solid model is the material description of interest and a relaxation test, a constant strain-rate test and a creep test are the tensile experiments focused on. The experimental data are artificially created, allowing us to make a one-to-one comparison between the input parameters and the identified parameter values. Besides dealing with the aforementioned issues, we believe that this contribution forms a comprehensible start for those interested in applying BI in viscoelasticity.

  5. Development of MnBi permanent magnet: neutron diffraction of MnBi powder

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    Cui, Jun; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Li, Guosheng; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Darsell, Jens T.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Zarkevich, Nikolai; Wang, L. L.; Johnson, D. D.; Marinescu, Melania; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Vuong, Nguyen V.; Liu, J.Ping

    2014-03-05

    MnBi attracts great attention in recent years for its great potential as permanent magnet materials. MnBi phase is difficult to obtain because of the rather drastic peritectic reaction between Mn and Bi. In this paper, we report our effort on synthesizing high purity MnBi compound using conventional powder metallurgical approaches. Neutron diffraction was carried out to investigate the crystal and nuclear structure of the obtained power. The result shows that the purity of the obtained powder is about 91wt.% at 300K, and the magnetic moment of the Mn atom in MnBi lattice is 4.424 and 4.013 μB at 50 K and 300 K respectively.

  6. Andreev Reflection in an s -Type Superconductor Proximized 3D Topological Insulator

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    Tikhonov, E. S.; Shovkun, D. V.; Snelder, M.; Stehno, M. P.; Huang, Y.; Golden, M. S.; Golubov, A. A.; Brinkman, A.; Khrapai, V. S.

    2016-09-01

    We investigate transport and shot noise in lateral normal-metal-3D topological-insulator-superconductor contacts, where the 3D topological insulator (TI) is based on Bi. In the normal state, the devices are in the elastic diffusive transport regime, as demonstrated by a nearly universal value of the shot noise Fano factor FN≈1 /3 in magnetic field and in a reference normal-metal contact. In the absence of magnetic field, we identify the Andreev reflection (AR) regime, which gives rise to the effective charge doubling in shot noise measurements. Surprisingly, the Fano factor FAR≈0.22 ±0.02 is considerably reduced in the AR regime compared to FN , in contrast to previous AR experiments in normal metals and semiconductors. We suggest that this effect is related to a finite thermal conduction of the proximized, superconducting TI owing to a residual density of states at low energies.

  7. Orientational bond and Néel order in the two-dimensional ionic Hubbard model

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    Hafez-Torbati, Mohsen; Uhrig, Götz S.

    2016-05-01

    Unconventional phases often occur where two competing mechanisms compensate. An excellent example is the ionic Hubbard model where the alternating local potential δ , favoring a band insulator (BI), competes with the local repulsion U , favoring a Mott insulator (MI). By continuous unitary transformations we derive effective models in which we study the softening of various excitons. The softening signals the instability towards new phases that we describe on the mean-field level. On increasing U from the BI in two dimensions, we find a bond-ordered phase breaking orientational symmetry due to a d -wave component. Then, antiferromagnetic order appears coexisting with the d -wave bond order. Finally, the d -wave order vanishes and a Néel-type MI persists.

  8. Bi-substitution-induced magnetic moment distribution in spinel Bi(x)Co(2-x)MnO(4) multiferroic.

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    Rajeevan, N E; Kumar, Ravi; Shukla, D K; Thakur, P; Brookes, N B; Chae, K H; Choi, W K; Gautam, S; Arora, S K; Shvets, I V; Pradyumnan, P P

    2009-10-07

    We report the near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) at the Co/Mn L(3,2) edge and oxygen K edge of the well-characterized Bi-substituted Co(2)MnO(4) multiferroic samples. The evolution of peak features in NEXAFS spectra of the Co/Mn L(3,2) edge and O K edge show the Bi-induced redistribution of magnetic cations (Co/Mn). The variation in valence states of Co and Mn in all the substituted compositions is consistent with the observed ferrimagnetic behaviour of the samples. Magnetization data show the decrease in molecular field complementing the ferrimagnetism. The role of Bi in the enhancement of magnetic interactions as well as the appearance of ferroelectricity in Bi(x)Co(2-x)MnO(4) (0≤x≤0.3) is discussed.

  9. Bulk crystal growth and electronic characterization of the 3D Dirac semimetal Na{sub 3}Bi

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    Kushwaha, Satya K.; Krizan, Jason W.; Cava, R. J.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Gyenis, András; Randeria, Mallika T.; Xiong, Jun; Xu, Su-Yang; Alidoust, Nasser; Belopolski, Ilya; Liang, Tian; Zahid Hasan, M.; Ong, N. P.; Yazdani, A.

    2015-04-01

    High quality hexagon plate-like Na{sub 3}Bi crystals with large (001) plane surfaces were grown from a molten Na flux. The freshly cleaved crystals were analyzed by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, allowing for the characterization of the three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetal (TDS) behavior and the observation of the topological surface states. Landau levels were observed, and the energy-momentum relations exhibited a linear dispersion relationship, characteristic of the 3D TDS nature of Na{sub 3}Bi. In transport measurements on Na{sub 3}Bi crystals, the linear magnetoresistance and Shubnikov-de Haas quantum oscillations are observed for the first time.

  10. Development of bi-metallic Fe-Bi nanocomposites: synthesis and characterization.

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    Mattei, J G; Pelletier, F; Ciuculescu, D; Lecante, P; Amiens, C; Casanove, M J

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the formation of bi-metallic particles in the Fe-Bi system, well known as totally immiscible in the bulk, using a large combination of structural and element-sensitive techniques, well-adapted to the nanoscale. The synthesis approach makes use of the kinetics of decomposition of the different precursors to achieve a controlled sequential growth of the different elements. Different ligands have also been used in order to limit the size and ensure dispersion of the synthesized particles. Our results give evidence for the presence of body-centered cubic ferromagnetic iron nanograins together with larger bismuth crystallites. Interestingly, while the iron particles remain very small, the resistance to oxidation of the Fe-Bi nanocomposites highly depends on the stabilizing ligand used in the synthesis. The presence of both metals, Fe and Bi, in a single cluster has been clearly revealed in the oxidation resistant composite synthesized using the HMDS ligand.

  11. Erratum to: “A pseudo-photon in non-trivial background fields” [Phys. Lett. B 651 (2007) 74

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    Castelo Ferreira, P.

    2008-01-01

    In [1] it was considered a rotating magnetic field Bi =ɛijk∂jAk that violates the Bianchi identities for the standard photon (i.e. the vector gauge field A). It is claimed by the author that this construction justifies the existence of a physical pseudo-photon (a pseudo-vector gauge field C) independently of the detectability of magnetic monopoles [2]. This is an overstatement, in particular the author failed to notice that the construction presented in [1] is, in standard electromagnetism, unphysical. Considering the usual Maxwell equations in vacuum a magnetic field does not exist by itself, it needs to be generated by some source. Usually an electric current or its equivalent (e.g a permanent magnet) [3]. By properly considering the electric currents that generate the magnetic field Bi in the Maxwell action the standard vector field A is enough to describe most physical systems and generally has regular solutions.

  12. The BiPo-3 detector.

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    Loaiza, P; Barabash, A S; Basharina-Freshville, A; Birdsall, E; Blondel, S; Blot, S; Bongrand, M; Boursette, D; Brudanin, V; Busto, J; Caffrey, A J; Calvez, S; Cascella, M; Cerna, C; Chauveau, E; Chopra, A; Capua, S De; Duchesneau, D; Durand, D; Egorov, V; Eurin, G; Evans, J J; Fajt, L; Filosofov, D; Flack, R; Garrido, X; Gómez, H; Guillon, B; Guzowski, P; Holý, K; Hodák, R; Huber, A; Hugon, C; Jeremie, A; Jullian, S; Kauer, M; Klimenko, A; Kochetov, O; Konovalov, S I; Kovalenko, V; Lang, K; Lemière, Y; Noblet, T Le; Liptak, Z; Liu, X R; Lutter, G; Macko, M; Mamedov, F; Marquet, C; Mauger, F; Morgan, B; Mott, J; Nemchenok, I; Nomachi, M; Nova, F; Ohsumi, H; Oliviéro, G; Pahlka, R B; Pater, J; Perrot, F; Piquemal, F; Povinec, P; Přidal, P; Ramachers, Y A; Remoto, A; Richards, B; Riddle, C L; Rukhadze, E; Saakyan, R; Sarazin, X; Shitov, Yu; Simard, L; Šimkovic, F; Smetana, A; Smolek, K; Smolnikov, A; Söldner-Rembold, S; Soulé, B; Štekl, I; Thomas, J; Timkin, V; Torre, S; Tretyak, Vl I; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vilela, C; Vorobel, V; Waters, D; Žukauskas, A

    2017-05-01

    The BiPo-3 detector is a low radioactive detector dedicated to measuring ultra-low natural contaminations of (208)Tl and (214)Bi in thin materials, initially developed to measure the radiopurity of the double β decay source foils of the SuperNEMO experiment at the μBq/kg level. The BiPo-3 technique consists in installing the foil of interest between two thin ultra-radiopure scintillators coupled to low radioactive photomultipliers. The design and performances of the detector are presented. In this paper, the final results of the (208)Tl and (214)Bi activity measurements of the first enriched (82)Se foils are reported for the first time, showing the capability of the detector to reach sensitivities in the range of some μBq/kg. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Flex Pascal: An Implementation of the ISO-Pascal Programming Language,

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    1985-12-01

    array, A3, is created whose bounds are chosen to cover the combined ranges of Al and A2 (i.e. LWB A3 = minimum( LWB Al, LWB A2), UPB A3 = maximum(UPB Al...negative inte9er, maxint = most positive integer; PROC union = (SET a,b) SET: (INT upba = UPB a, upbb = UPB b, lwb_b = LWB b, lwb_a = LWB a; IF upba...FORALL bi IN b, ci IN c[ lwb b : upb-b AT lwb bi DO ci := ci OREL bi OD; C FI PROC difference = (SET a,b) SET: (INT upb-a = UPB a, upb-b = UPB b

  14. Impact of Behavioral Inhibition and Parenting Style on Internalizing and Externalizing Problems from Early Childhood through Adolescence

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    Williams, Lela Rankin; Perez-Edgar, Koraly E.; Henderson, Heather A.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Pine, Daniel S.; Steinberg, Laurence; Fox, Nathan A.

    2009-01-01

    Behavioral inhibition (BI) is characterized by a pattern of extreme social reticence, risk for internalizing behavior problems, and possible protection against externalizing behavior problems. Parenting style may also contribute to these associations between BI and behavior problems (BP). A sample of 113 children was assessed for BI in the laboratory at 14 and 24 months of age, self-report of maternal parenting style at 7 years of age, and maternal report of child internalizing and externalizing BP at 4, 7, and 15 years. Internalizing problems at age 4 were greatest among behaviorally inhibited children who also were exposed to permissive parenting. Furthermore, greater authoritative parenting was associated with less of an increase in internalizing behavior problems over time and greater authoritarian parenting was associated with a steeper decline in externalizing problems. Results highlight the importance of considering child and environmental factors in longitudinal patterns of BP across childhood and adolescence. PMID:19521761

  15. Binary functional porous multi mineral-substituted apatite nanoparticles for reducing osteosarcoma colonization and enhancing osteoblast cell proliferation.

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    Govindaraj, Dharman; Govindasamy, Chandramohan; Rajan, Mariappan

    2017-10-01

    We investigated the use of combined nanoparticles in bone replacement for patients with bone cancer. Bismuth (Bi) is known to have antitumor effects, and the inclusion of Bi in bioactive mineral (M)-substituted hydroxyapatite (M-HAP) may provide anti-cancer properties implant resources. A series of Bi-substituted M-HAP (Bi-M-HAP) nanoparticles with various Bi concentrations was synthesized via the ultrasound irradiation method. The nanoparticles were examined using physicochemical strategies. The cell-substance interface of the nanoparticles was observed in vitro with human osteosarcoma cells and cell multiplication was measured at 1, 3, and 7days of incubation and in vivo in rats after 3weeks of implantation. The nanoparticles promoted osseous proliferation, improved mechanical strength, and repressed the development of cancerous cells. Overall, Bi-M-HAP nanoparticles show promise for treatment of bone cancer and advance the field of embedded biomaterials. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Study of optical properties and effective three-photon absorption in Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Sandeep, C. S. Suchand; Philip, Reji; Baesso, M. L.

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the linear and nonlinear optical properties of Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared through the wet chemical method at room temperature. Optical absorption measurements show that the exciton peaks are situated at 272 and 368 nm, which are attributed to the n=2 and n=1 exciton states, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy measurements reveal the size and shape of the particles and energy dispersive X-ray measurements confirm the doping of Bi in ZnO. Steady state photoluminescence measurements show that the emission is composed of five peaks. Open aperture z-scan measurements done at 532 nm using 5 ns, 300 μJ laser pulses reveal nonlinear absorption which arises from an effective three-photon absorption process.

  17. Leveraging business intelligence to make better decisions: Part II.

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    Reimers, Mona

    2014-01-01

    This article is the second in a series about business intelligence (BI) in a medical practice. The first article reviewed the evolution of data reporting within the industry and provided some examples of how BI concepts differ from the reports available in the menus of our software systems, or the dashboards and scorecards practices have implemented. This article will discuss how to begin a BI initiative for front-end medical practice staffers that will create tools they can use to reduce errors and increase efficiency throughout their workday. This type of BI rollout can allow practices to get started with very little financial investment, gain enthusiasm from end users, and achieve a quick return on investment. More examples of successful BI projects in medical practices are discussed to help illustrate BI concepts.

  18. Measurement of Neutrons in Different Pb/U Setups Irradiated by Relativistic Protons and Deuterons by means of Activation Samples

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    Wagner, V.; Svoboda, O.; Vrzalová, J.; Suchopár, M.; Geier, B.; Kugler, A.; Honusek, M.; the Collaboration Energy; Radioactive Waste, Transmutation of

    2012-05-01

    The collaboration Energy and Transmutation of Radioactive Waste uses different setups consisting of lead, uranium and graphite irradiated by relativistic protons and deuterons to study transmutation of radioactive materials by produced neutrons. Our group measured spatial distribution of neutrons by means of activation samples during the assembly irradiation by the JINR Nuclotron beams. We also present results of simulations using MCNPX code and their comparison with obtained experimental data. We use Au, Al, Bi, In and Ta foils as activation detectors, but unfortunately almost no experimental cross-section data for observed threshold (n,xn) reactions are available for higher neutron energies. Therefore we carried out series experiments devoted to determination of neutron cross-sections of various threshold reactions using different quasi-monoenergetic neutron sources.

  19. Physical activity and self-esteem: testing direct and indirect relationships associated with psychological and physical mechanisms

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    Zamani Sani, Seyed Hojjat; Fathirezaie, Zahra; Brand, Serge; Pühse, Uwe; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Gerber, Markus; Talepasand, Siavash

    2016-01-01

    In the present study, we investigated the relationship between physical activity (PA) and self-esteem (SE), while introducing body mass index (BMI), perceived physical fitness (PPF), and body image (BI) in adults (N =264, M =38.10 years). The findings indicated that PA was directly and indirectly associated with SE. BMI predicted SE neither directly nor indirectly, but was directly associated with PPF and both directly and indirectly with BI. Furthermore, PPF was directly related to BI and SE, and a direct association was found between BI and SE. The pattern of results suggests that among a sample of adults, PA is directly and indirectly associated with SE, PPF, and BI, but not with BMI. PA, PPF, and BI appear to play an important role in SE. Accordingly, regular PA should be promoted, in particular, among adults reporting lower SE. PMID:27789950

  20. Training the biomedical informatics workforce in Latin America: results of a needs assessment

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    Blas, Magaly M; Curioso, Walter H; Zimic, Mirko; Carcamo, Cesar P; Castagnetto, Jesus M; Lescano, Andres G; Lopez, Diego M

    2011-01-01

    Objective To report the results of a needs assessment of research and training in Medical Informatics (MI) and Bioinformatics (BI) in Latin America. Methods and results This assessment was conducted by QUIPU: The Andean Global Health Informatics Research and Training Center. After sending email invitations to MI–BI related professionals from Latin America, 142 surveys were received from 11 Latin American countries. The following were the top four ranked MI-related courses that a training programme should include: introduction to biomedical informatics; data representation and databases; mobile health; and courses that address issues of security, confidentiality and privacy. Several new courses and topics for research were suggested by survey participants. The information collected is guiding the development of curricula and a research agenda for the MI and BI QUIPU multidisciplinary programme for the Andean Region and Latin America. PMID:22080537

  1. Prediction of Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator in Functionalized GaBi Honeycomb

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    Crisostomo, Christian; Chen, Sung-Ping; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    Using first-principles electronic calculations, we predict functionalized GaBi honeycomb under tensile strain to harbor quantum anomalous hall (QAH) insulating phase. A single band inversion at Γ point was found in spin-polarized band structure of half-fluorinated planar strained GaBi. In order to confirm the topological properties, we evaluated the Chern number (C) and found that C = 1, indicating the presence of QAH phase. Additionally, the same value was also obtained by using hydrogen atoms, instead of fluorine atoms, as the adsorbate in both planar and buckled GaBi. Moreover, the electronic spectrum of a half-fluorinated GaBi nanoribbon with armchair or zigzag edges possess only one edge band crossing the Fermi level within the band gap. Finally, a suitable substrate which could induce the similar effect of half-hydrogenation or half-fluorination on the GaBi honeycomb could be used for spintronic devices.

  2. [Study of literature on disease in the Rongchengshi of the Warring States].

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    Luo, Bao-Zhen

    2011-01-01

    Many scholars have studied and disputed over the names of diseases recorded in Rongchengshi, bamboo slips of the Chu kingdon in the Warring States collected in the Shanghai Museum. According to comments of scholars and other literature it could be concluded: JinLong in slip 2 and AnLong in slip 36 means deaf-mutism; MaoFa in slip 2 means blindness; PiBi in slip 2 means lameness; ZhangZhe in slip 2 means persons who are strong and tall; An in slip 3 that it is the variant form of Ying, which means thyroid enlargement; Lou in slip 2 it means kyphosis of the spine; Xia in slip 3 it means pruritus and scabies; Δ in slip 36 means blindness; and Shang in slip 37 means bald head.

  3. Tuning the electronic and the crystalline structure of LaBi by pressure: From extreme magnetoresistance to superconductivity

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    Tafti, F. F.; Torikachvili, M. S.; Stillwell, R. L.; Baer, B.; Stavrou, E.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Yang, H.-Y.; McDonnell, E. F.; Kushwaha, S. K.; Gibson, Q. D.; Cava, R. J.; Jeffries, J. R.

    2017-01-01

    Extreme magnetoresistance (XMR) in topological semimetals is a recent discovery which attracts attention due to its robust appearance in a growing number of materials. To search for a relation between XMR and superconductivity, we study the effect of pressure on LaBi. By increasing pressure, we observe the disappearance of XMR followed by the appearance of superconductivity at P ≈3.5 GPa. We find a region of coexistence between superconductivity and XMR in LaBi in contrast to other superconducting XMR materials. The suppression of XMR is correlated with increasing zero-field resistance instead of decreasing in-field resistance. At higher pressures, P ≈11 GPa, we find a structural transition from the face-centered cubic lattice to a primitive tetragonal lattice, in agreement with theoretical predictions. The relationship between extreme magnetoresistance, superconductivity, and structural transition in LaBi is discussed.

  4. A critical assessment of the Burning Index in Los Angeles County, California

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    Schoenberg, F.P.; Chang, H.-C.; Keeley, J.E.; Pompa, J.; Woods, J.; Xu, H.

    2007-01-01

    The Burning Index (BI) is commonly used as a predictor of wildfire activity. An examination of data on the BI and wildfires in Los Angeles County, California, from January 1976 to December 2000 reveals that although the BI is positively associated with wildfire occurrence, its predictive value is quite limited. Wind speed alone has a higher correlation with burn area than BI, for instance, and a simple alternative point process model using wind speed, relative humidity, precipitation and temperature well outperforms the BI in terms of predictive power. The BI is generally far too high in winter and too low in fall, and may exaggerate the impact of individual variables such as wind speed or temperature during times when other variables, such as precipitation or relative humidity, render the environment ill suited for wildfires. ?? IAWF 2007.

  5. Photoacoustic spectroscopy of absorption edge for GaAsBi/GaAs nanowires grown on Si substrate

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    Zelewski, Szymon J.; Kopaczek, Jan; Linhart, Wojciech M.; Ishikawa, Fumitaro; Shimomura, Satoshi; Kudrawiec, Robert

    2016-10-01

    GaAsBi/GaAs nanowires (NWs) grown on Si substrate and proper reference samples have been studied by photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy. It has been shown that PA signal originating from NWs is quite strong and can be easily identified in the PA spectra, as well as distinguished from the signal originating from the Si substrate. The absorption edge of GaAsBi/GaAs and GaAs NWs has been determined from the analysis of amplitude PA spectra to be 1.26 eV and 1.42 eV, respectively. These values are consistent with the band gap reduction resulting from the introduction of ˜2% Bi in bulk GaAsBi alloy. The presented results prove that, despite light scattering, which is typical for NWs, PA spectroscopy is an excellent tool to study the absorption edge in semiconductor NWs.

  6. Investigation of the origin of deep levels in CdTe doped with Bi

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    Saucedo, E.; Franc, J.; Elhadidy, H.; Horodysky, P.; Ruiz, C. M.; Bermudez, V.; Sochinskii, N. V.

    2008-05-01

    Combining optical (low temperature photoluminescence), electrical (thermoelectric effect spectroscopy), and structural (synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction) methods, the defect structure of CdTe doped with Bi was studied in crystals with dopant concentration in the range of 10{sup 17}-10{sup 19} at./cm{sup 3}. The semi-insulating state observed in crystals with low Bi concentration is assigned to the formation of a shallow donor level and a deep donor recombination center. Studying the evolution of lattice parameter with temperature, we postulate that the deep center is formed by a Te-Te dimer and their formation is explained by a tetrahedral to octahedral distortion, due to the introduction of Bi in the CdTe lattice. We also shows that this model agrees with the electrical, optical, and transport charge properties of the samples.

  7. Managing Sustainability with the Support of Business Intelligence Methods and Tools

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    Petrini, Maira; Pozzebon, Marlei

    In this paper we explore the role of business intelligence (BI) in helping to support the management of sustainability in contemporary firms. The concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are among the most important themes to have emerged in the last decade at the global level. We suggest that BI methods and tools have an important but not yet well studied role to play in helping organizations implement and monitor sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Using grounded theory, the main contribution of our study is to propose a conceptual model that seeks to support the process of definition and monitoring of socio-environmental indicators and the relationship between their management and business strategy.

  8. Structural and optical investigation of Te-based chalcogenide thin films

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    Sharma, Rita Sharma, Shaveta; Thangaraj, R.; Mian, M.; Chander, Ravi; Kumar, Praveen

    2015-05-15

    We report the structural and optical properties of thermally evaporated Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, In{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and InBiTe{sub 3} films by using X-ray diffraction, optical and Raman Spectroscopy techniques. The as-prepared thin films were found to be Semi-crystalline by X-ray diffraction. Particle Size and Strain has been calculated from XRD data. The optical constants, film thickness, refractive index and optical band gap (E{sub g}) has been reported for In{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, InBiTe{sub 3} films. Raman Spectroscopy was performed to investigate the effect of Bi, In, on lattice vibration and chemical bonding in Te based chalcogenide glassy alloys.

  9. Receptor complementation and mutagenesis reveal SR-BI as an essential HCV entry factor and functionally imply its intra- and extra-cellular domains.

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    Dreux, Marlène; Dao Thi, Viet Loan; Fresquet, Judith; Guérin, Maryse; Julia, Zélie; Verney, Géraldine; Durantel, David; Zoulim, Fabien; Lavillette, Dimitri; Cosset, François-Loïc; Bartosch, Birke

    2009-02-01

    HCV entry into cells is a multi-step and slow process. It is believed that the initial capture of HCV particles by glycosaminoglycans and/or lipoprotein receptors is followed by coordinated interactions with the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), a major receptor of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the CD81 tetraspanin, and the tight junction protein Claudin-1, ultimately leading to uptake and cellular penetration of HCV via low-pH endosomes. Several reports have indicated that HDL promotes HCV entry through interaction with SR-BI. This pathway remains largely elusive, although it was shown that HDL neither associates with HCV particles nor modulates HCV binding to SR-BI. In contrast to CD81 and Claudin-1, the importance of SR-BI has only been addressed indirectly because of lack of cells in which functional complementation assays with mutant receptors could be performed. Here we identified for the first time two cell types that supported HCVpp and HCVcc entry upon ectopic SR-BI expression. Remarkably, the undetectable expression of SR-BI in rat hepatoma cells allowed unambiguous investigation of human SR-BI functions during HCV entry. By expressing different SR-BI mutants in either cell line, our results revealed features of SR-BI intracellular domains that influence HCV infectivity without affecting receptor binding and stimulation of HCV entry induced by HDL/SR-BI interaction. Conversely, we identified positions of SR-BI ectodomain that, by altering HCV binding, inhibit entry. Finally, we characterized alternative ectodomain determinants that, by reducing SR-BI cholesterol uptake and efflux functions, abolish HDL-mediated infection-enhancement. Altogether, we demonstrate that SR-BI is an essential HCV entry factor. Moreover, our results highlight specific SR-BI determinants required during HCV entry and physiological lipid transfer functions hijacked by HCV to favor infection.

  10. Compositional analysis of electrodeposited bismuth telluride thermoelectric thin films using combined electrochemical quartz crystal microgravimetry--stripping voltammetry.

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    Ham, Sunyoung; Jeon, Soyeon; Lee, Ungki; Park, Minsoon; Paeng, Ki-Jung; Myung, Noseung; Rajeshwar, Krishnan

    2008-09-01

    Bismuth telluride (Bi 2Te 3 ) is a benchmark material for thermoelectric power generation and cooling applications. Electrodeposition is a versatile technique for preparing thin films of this material; however, it affords films of variable composition depending on the preparation history. A simple and rapid assay of electrodeposited films, therefore, has both fundamental and practical importance. In this study, a new protocol for the electroanalysis of Bi 2Te 3 thin films is presented by combining the two powerful and complementary techniques of electrochemical quartz crystal microgravimetry (EQCM) and stripping voltammetry. First, any free (and excess) tellurium in the electrodeposited film was reduced to soluble Te ( 2- ) species by scanning to negative potentials in a 0.1 M Na 2SO 4 electrolyte, and the accompanying frequency increase (mass loss) was used to determine the content of free tellurium. The film was again subjected to cathodic stripping in the same medium (to generate Bi (0) and soluble Te (2-) from the Bi 2 Te 3 film component of interest), and the EQCM frequency change was used to determine the content of chemically bound Te in the Bi 2Te 3 thin film and thereby the compound stoichiometry. Finally, the EQCM frequency change during Bi oxidation to Bi (3+) and the difference between total Bi and Bi in Bi 2Te 3 resulted in the assay of free (excess) Bi in the electrodeposited film. Problems associated with the chemical/electrochemical stability of the free Bi species were circumvented by a flow electroanalysis approach. Data are also presented on the sensitivity of electrodeposited Bi 2Te 3 film composition to the electrodeposition potential. This newly developed method can be used for the compositional analysis of other thermoelectric thin-film material candidates in general.

  11. Research on defects and transport in amorphous-silicon-based semiconductors

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    Schiff, E. A.; Antoniadis, H.; Gu, Q.; Lee, J. K.; Wang, Q.; Zafar, S.

    1994-09-01

    This report describes work on three individual tasks as follows. (1) Electron and hole drift measurements in a-Si(1-x)Ge(x):H and a-Si(1-x)C(x):H p-i-n solar cells: Multijunction solar cells incorporating modified band gap a-Si:H in a triple-junction structure are generally viewed as the most promising avenue for achieving an amorphous silicon-based solar cell with 15% stabilized conversion efficiency. The specific objective of this task was to document the mobilities and deep-trapping mobility-lifetime products for electrons and holes in a-Si(1-x)Ge(x):H and a-Si(1-x)C(x):H alloys materials. (2) Electroabsorption measurements and built-in potential (V(sub bi)) in solar cells: V(sub bi) in a p-i-n solar cell may be limiting the open-circuit voltage (V(sub oc)) in wide-band-gap cells (E(sub g) greater than 1.8 eV) currently under investigation as the top cell for 15% triple junction devices. The research addressed four issues that need to be resolved before the method can yield an error less than 0.1 V for V(sub bi). (3) Defect relaxation and Shockley-Read kinetics in a-Si:H: Quantitative modeling of solar cells is usually based on Shockley-Read kinetics. An important assumption of this approach is that the rate of emission of a photocarrier trapped on a defect is independent of quasi-Fermi level location.

  12. Research on defects and transport in amorphous-silicon-based semiconductors. Final subcontract report, 20 February 1991--19 April 1994

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    Schiff, E.A.; Antoniadis, H.; Gu, Q.; Lee, J.K.; Wang, Q.; Zafar, S.

    1994-09-01

    This report describes work on three individual tasks as follows. (1) Electron and hole drift measurements in a-Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:H and a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H p-i-n solar cells. Multijunction solar cells incorporating modified band gap a-Si:H in a triple-junction structure are generally viewed as the most promising avenue for achieving an amorphous silicon-based solar call with 15% stabilized conversion efficiency. The specific objective of this task was to document the mobilities and deep-trapping mobility-lifetime products for electrons and holes in a-Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:H and a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H alloys materials. (2) Electroabsorption measurements and built-in potential (V{sub bi}) in solar cells. V{sub bi} in a p-i-n solar call may be limiting the open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) in wide-band-gap cells (E{sub g} > 1.8 eV) currently under investigation as the top cell for 15% triple junction devices. The research addressed four issues that need to be resolved before the method can yield an error less than 0.1 V for V{sub bi}. The details are presented in this report. (3) Defect relaxation and Shockley-Read kinetics in a-Si:H. Quantitative modeling of solar cells is usually based on Shockley-Read kinetics.`` An important assumption of this approach is that the rate of emission of a photocarrier trapped on a defect is independent of quasi-Fermi level location.

  13. Atlas Assimilation Patterns in Different Types of Adult Craniocervical Junction Malformations

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    Ferreira, Edson Dener Zandonadi; Botelho, Ricardo Vieira

    2015-01-01

    Study Design. This is a cross-sectional analysis of resonance magnetic images of 111 patients with craniocervical malformations and those of normal subjects. Objective. To test the hypothesis that atlas assimilation is associated with basilar invagination (BI) and atlas's anterior arch assimilation is associated with craniocervical instability and type I BI. Summary of Background Data. Atlas assimilation is the most common malformation in the craniocervical junction. This condition has been associated with craniocervical instability and BI in isolated cases. Methods. We evaluated midline Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs) (and/or CT scans) from patients with craniocervical junction malformation and normal subjects. The patients were separated into 3 groups: Chiari type I malformation, BI type I, and type II. The atlas assimilations were classified according to their embryological origins as follows: posterior, anterior, and both arches assimilation. Results. We studied the craniometric values of 111 subjects, 78 with craniocervical junction malformation and 33 without malformations. Of the 78 malformations, 51 patients had Chiari type I and 27 had BI, of whom 10 presented with type I and 17 with type II BI. In the Chiari group, 41 showed no assimilation of the atlas. In the type I BI group, all patients presented with anterior arch assimilation, either in isolation or associated with assimilation of the posterior arch. 63% of the patients with type II BI presented with posterior arch assimilation, either in isolation or associated with anterior arch assimilation. In the control group, no patients had atlas assimilation. Conclusion. Anterior atlas assimilation leads to type I BI. Posterior atlas assimilation more frequently leads to type II BI. Separation in terms of anterior versus posterior atlas assimilation reflects a more accurate understanding of the clinical and embryological differences in craniocervical junction malformations. Level of Evidence: N/A PMID

  14. Alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care: Absence of evidence for efficacy in people with dependence or very heavy drinking

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    SAITZ, RICHARD

    2010-01-01

    Issues Although screening and brief intervention (BI) in the primary-care setting reduces unhealthy alcohol use, its efficacy among patients with dependence has not been established. This systematic review sought to determine whether evidence exists for BI efficacy among patients with alcohol dependence identified by screening in primary-care settings. Approach We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) extracted from eight systematic reviews and electronic-database searches published through September 2009. These RCTs compared outcomes among adults with unhealthy alcohol use identified by screening who received BI in a primary-care setting with those who received no intervention. Key Findings Sixteen RCTs including 6839 patients met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 14 excluded some or all persons with very heavy alcohol use or dependence; one in which 35% of 175 patients had dependence found no difference in an alcohol severity score between groups; and one in which 58% of 24 female patients had dependence showed no efficacy. Conclusion and Implications Alcohol screening and BI has efficacy in primary care for patients with unhealthy alcohol use but, there is no evidence for efficacy among those with very heavy use or dependence. Since alcohol screening identifies both dependent and non-dependent unhealthy use, the absence of evidence for the efficacy of BI among primary-care patients with screening-identified alcohol dependence raises questions regarding the efficiency of screening and BI, particularly in settings where dependence is common. The finding also highlights the need to develop new approaches to help such patients, particularly if screening and BI are to be disseminated widely. PMID:20973848

  15. Arsenic, antimony, and bismuth uptake and accumulation by plants in an old antimony mine, China.

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    Wei, Chaoyang; Deng, Qiujing; Wu, Fengchang; Fu, Ziyou; Xu, Libin

    2011-12-01

    Arsenic (As), antimony (Sb), and bismuth (Bi) are metalloids that share similar chemical properties, the objective of this study was to characterize the uptake and accumulation of these metalloids by plants colonized on heavy contaminated sites in an old Sb mine. Sixty-five plant samples from seven species as well as the associated soil samples were collected at ten sites of Xikuangshan (XKS), Hunan province, China. Concentrations of As, Sb, and Bi in plants and soils were measured. As, Sb, and Bi were found to be evidently elevated due to the long history and intensive mining and smelting activities; the respective ranges for the levels of As, Sb, and Bi at the sites were 40.02-400.2 mg kg(-1) As, 610-54,221 mg kg(-1) Sb, and n.d. to 1,672 mg kg(-1) Bi. No correlation was found between As and Sb at the sites, while Bi was found to be positively correlated with As whereas negative with Sb at the sites. In general, the contents in the plants in XKS were in the order of As > Sb > Bi, and the contents of As was positively correlated with Sb and Bi in plants. The highest contents of As and Sb recorded was 607.8 mg kg(-1) As in Pteris vittata and 90.98 mg kg(-1) Sb in Hippochcaete ramosissima, while the highest Bi content as 2.877 mg kg(-1) Bi was measured in Buddleja davidii. Bioconcentration factors defined as the ratios of metalloids in shoots of plants to those in soils for various plants were lower than 1. The results showed plants colonized at the heavy contaminated sites in XKS had great tolerance to As, Sb, and Bi, and demonstrated similarities in plant uptake and accumulation of these three elements.

  16. Cellular Cholesterol Transport Proteins in Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Tsun, Joseph G. S.; Yung, Susan; Chau, Mel K. M.; Shiu, Sammy W. M.; Chan, Tak Mao; Tan, Kathryn C. B.

    2014-01-01

    Background Lipid accumulation has been shown to accelerate renal injury, and the intracellular accumulation of lipids may be caused by alterations in synthesis as well as lipid uptake and efflux. We have investigated the role of cellular cholesterol transport proteins including adenosine triphosphate binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1), G1 (ABCG1) and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) in diabetic nephropathy. Methods Protein expression and the ability to mediate cholesterol efflux of ABCA1, ABCG1 and SR-BI was determined in human renal mesangial cells and proximal tubular epithelial cells cultured under normal or high glucose conditions. Renal expression of these cholesterol transporters was examined in a murine model of streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes. Results ABCA1, ABCG1 and SR-BI were expressed in both human renal mesangial cells and proximal tubular epithelial cells, and mediated cholesterol efflux to apolipoprotein AI and HDL. In vitro, hyperglycemia reduced the expression and the ability to mediate cholesterol efflux of all three cholesterol transporters (p<0.05). In vivo studies showed that intra-renal accumulation of lipids was increased in diabetic mice, particularly in mice with nephropathy. This was associated with a significant reduction in the expression of ABCA1, ABCG1 and SR-BI in the kidneys. These changes were already seen in diabetic mice without nephropathy and preceded the development of nephropathy. Diabetic mice with nephropathy had the lowest level of these cholesterol transporters. Conclusion Inducing diabetes with streptozotocin significantly reduced renal expression of ABCA1, ABCG1 and SR-BI. Defects in cholesterol export pathway in renal cells could therefore promote cholesterol accumulation and might contribute to the development of diabetic nephropathy. PMID:25181357

  17. Body image in women with primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia: a controlled study.

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    Maillé, Delphine L; Bergeron, Sophie; Lambert, Bernard

    2015-02-01

    Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a women's genito-pelvic pain condition associated with psychosexual impairments, including depression. Body image (BI) has been found to be different in women with primary (PVD1) and secondary (PVD2) PVD. No controlled study has compared BI in women with PVD1 and PVD2 and investigated its associations with sexual satisfaction, sexual function, and pain. The aims of this study were to (i) compare BI in women with PVD1, PVD2, and asymptomatic controls and (ii) to examine associations between BI and sexual satisfaction, sexual function, and pain during intercourse in women with PVD. Fifty-seven women (20 with PVD1, 19 with PVD2, and 18 controls) completed measures of BI, sexual satisfaction, sexual function, pain during intercourse, and depression. The main outcome measures were (i) Global Measure of Sexual Satisfaction Scale, (ii) Female Sexual Function Index, and (iii) pain numerical rating scale. Controlling for depression, women with PVD1 reported more body exposure anxiety during sexual activities than women with PVD2 and controls F(2,51)=4.23, P=0.02. For women with PVD, more negative BI during sexual activities was associated with lower sexual satisfaction (β=-0.45, P=0.02) and function (β=-0.39, P=0.04) and higher pain during intercourse (β=0.59, P=0.004). More positive body esteem was associated with higher sexual function (β=0.34, P=0.05). Findings suggest that women with PVD1 present more body exposure anxiety during sexual activities than women with PVD2 and asymptomatic women. Body esteem and general attitudes toward women's genitalia were not significantly different between groups. Higher body exposure anxiety during sexual activities was associated with poorer sexual outcomes in women with PVD. Further studies assessing interventions targeting BI during sexual activities in this population are needed, as improving BI during sexual interactions may enhance sexual outcomes in women with PVD. © 2014 International

  18. Design of Frequency Tunable Compact Antenna and Millimeter to Terahertz Array Antennas

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    Damman, Rafid Noel

    As increased bandwidth demands continue to rise and overly crowded existing bands need be relieved, the study of frequency tunable and higher frequency array antennas is needed. By tuning the resonant frequency of an antenna, the bandwidth increases since the operating frequency has increased from the tuning. Also, higher frequency antenna designs are beginning to take flight to alleviate the lower bands and allow for an increase in bandwidth. Both the methods can bring a solution to the increased bandwidth demand. Thesis work begins with the design of a novel single feed planar antenna with 4G tunable bands and consistent upper LTE bands. This antenna is simulated using full wave analysis tool, fabricated and measured. This antenna shows near omni-directional radiation pattern exhibiting gain levels from -4.25dBi in the lower band to 2.69dBi in the upper band. The impedance matching for the lower band can be tuned from 690 MHz - 970 MHz while the higher band is consistently present between 1.29 GHz - 2.05 GHz, both based on S 11 ≤ - 6dBi. To begin the stepping stone for higher frequency planar array antenna designs, first an 8x8 array antenna is designed in the Ka band. The impedance matching for this design is measured 28.34 GHz - 32.09 GHz having fractional bandwidth of 12.41% based on S11 ? - 10dB. This array antenna was fabricated and experimentally verified for its impedance matching and radiation performances. Next, a 4x4 antenna array is designed for operation in the 5G wireless band and using 0.07mm quartz material. The design has matching band from 53.6 GHz - 54.0 GHz having fractional bandwidth of 0.7435% based on S 11 ≤ -10dB. Finally, a 2x2 array antenna having a center frequency of 300 GHz with fractional bandwidth of 11.2% based on S11 ≤ -10dB is designed. This 2x2 array antenna was also designed using 0.07mm thick quartz substrate material so as to fabricate using the photolithography method due to the limitations of the standard method of

  19. Esophageal intraluminal baseline impedance differentiates gastroesophageal reflux disease from functional heartburn.

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    Kandulski, Arne; Weigt, Jochen; Caro, Carlos; Jechorek, Doerthe; Wex, Thomas; Malfertheiner, Peter

    2015-06-01

    Mucosal integrity can be assessed in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by measuring intraluminal baseline impedance (BI). However, it is not clear whether BI is abnormal in patients with functional heartburn (FH), or can be used to distinguish them from patients with GERD. We compared differences in BI between patients with FH vs GERD. We performed a prospective study of 52 patients (16 men; mean age, 55 y; range, 23-78 y) seen at a tertiary university hospital from February 2009 through December 2012. Thirty-five patients had GERD (19 had nonerosive reflux disease [NERD], 16 had erosive reflux disease [ERD]) and 17 had FH. All patients discontinued proton pump inhibitor therapy and then underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy and multichannel intraluminal impedance and pH monitoring. BI was assessed at 3, 5, 7, 9, 15, and 17 cm proximal to the lower esophageal sphincter in recumbent patients. Biopsy specimens were taken from 3 cm above the gastroesophageal junction; histology analysis was performed to identify and semiquantitatively score (scale, 0-3) dilated intercellular spaces. Baseline impedance in the distal esophagus was significantly lower in patients with NERD or erosive reflux disease (ERD) than FH (P = .0006). At a cut-off value of less than 2100 Ω, BI measurements identified patients with GERD with 78% sensitivity and 71% specificity, with positive and negative predictive values of 75%. Also in the proximal esophagus, reduced levels of BI levels were found only in patients with ERD. There were negative correlations between level of BI and acid exposure time (r = -0.45; P = .0008), number of acidic reflux episodes (r = -0.45; P = .001), and proximal extent (r = -0.40; P = .004). Biopsy specimens from patients with NERD or ERD had significant increases in dilation of intercellular spaces, compared with those from patients with FH; there was an inverse association between dilated intercellular spaces and BI in the distal esophagus

  20. Treatment of Infections in Young Infants in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Frontline Health Worker Diagnosis and Antibiotic Access

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    Lee, Anne CC; Chandran, Aruna; Herbert, Hadley K.; Kozuki, Naoko; Markell, Perry; Shah, Rashed; Campbell, Harry; Rudan, Igor; Baqui, Abdullah H.

    2014-01-01

    Background Inadequate illness recognition and access to antibiotics contribute to high case fatality from infections in young infants (<2 months) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We aimed to address three questions regarding access to treatment for young infant infections in LMICs: (1) Can frontline health workers accurately diagnose possible bacterial infection (pBI)?; (2) How available and affordable are antibiotics?; (3) How often are antibiotics procured without a prescription? Methods and Findings We searched PubMed, Embase, WHO/Health Action International (HAI), databases, service provision assessments (SPAs), Demographic and Health Surveys, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, and grey literature with no date restriction until May 2014. Data were identified from 37 published studies, 46 HAI national surveys, and eight SPAs. For study question 1, meta-analysis showed that clinical sign-based algorithms predicted bacterial infection in young infants with high sensitivity (87%, 95% CI 82%–91%) and lower specificity (62%, 95% CI 48%–75%) (six studies, n = 14,254). Frontline health workers diagnosed pBI in young infants with an average sensitivity of 82% (95% CI 76%–88%) and specificity of 69% (95% CI 54%–83%) (eight studies, n = 11,857) compared to physicians. For question 2, first-line injectable agents (ampicillin, gentamicin, and penicillin) had low variable availability in first-level health facilities in Africa and South Asia. Oral amoxicillin and cotrimoxazole were widely available at low cost in most regions. For question 3, no studies on young infants were identified, however 25% of pediatric antibiotic purchases in LMICs were obtained without a prescription (11 studies, 95% CI 18%–34%), with lower rates among infants <1 year. Study limitations included potential selection bias and lack of neonatal-specific data. Conclusions Trained frontline health workers may screen for pBI in young infants with relatively high sensitivity

  1. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) is involved in vitamin E transport across the enterocyte.

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    Reboul, Emmanuelle; Klein, Alexis; Bietrix, Florence; Gleize, Béatrice; Malezet-Desmoulins, Christiane; Schneider, Martina; Margotat, Alain; Lagrost, Laurent; Collet, Xavier; Borel, Patrick

    2006-02-24

    Although cellular uptake of vitamin E was initially described as a passive process, recent studies in the liver and brain have shown that SR-BI (scavenger receptor class B type I) is involved in this phenomenon. As SR-BI is expressed at high levels in the intestine, the present study addressed the involvement of SR-BI in vitamin E trafficking across enterocytes. Apical uptake and efflux of the main dietary forms of vitamin E were examined using Caco-2 TC-7 cell monolayers as a model of human intestinal epithelium. (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol bioavailability was compared between wild-type mice and mice overexpressing SR-BI in the intestine. The effect of vitamin E on enterocyte SR-BI mRNA levels was measured by real-time quantitative reverse transcription-PCR. Concentration-dependent curves for vitamin E uptake were similar for (R,R,R)-alpha-, (R,R,R)-gamma-, and dl-alpha-tocopherol. (R,R,R)-alpha-tocopherol transport was dependent on incubation temperature, with a 60% reduction in absorption at 4 degrees C compared with 37 degrees C (p < 0.05). Vitamin E flux in enterocytes was directed from the apical to the basal side, with a relative 10-fold reduction in the transfer process when measured in the opposite direction (p < 0.05). Co-incubation with cholesterol, gamma-tocopherol, or lutein significantly impaired alpha-tocopherol absorption. Anti-human SR-BI antibodies and BLT1 (a chemical inhibitor of lipid transport via SR-BI) blocked up to 80% of vitamin E uptake and up to 30% of apical vitamin E efflux (p < 0.05), and similar results were obtained for (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol. SR-BI mRNA levels were not significantly modified after a 24-h incubation of Caco-2 cells with vitamin E. Finally, (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol bioavailability was 2.7-fold higher in mice overexpressing SR-BI than in wild-type mice (p < 0.05). The present data show for the first time that vitamin E intestinal absorption is, at least in part, mediated by SR-BI.

  2. Synthesis and electrocatalytic properties of PtBi nanoplatelets and PdBi nanowires

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    Liao, Hanbin; Zhu, Jinghan; Hou, Yanglong

    2013-12-01

    We have demonstrated a one-pot, facile and rapid strategy to synthesize novel PtBi nanoplatelets (NPLs) and PdBi nanowires (NWs) with controlled shape, size, and composition in the presence of oleylamine (OAm) and NH4Br. In contrast to the conventional face centered cubic (fcc) structure of Pt-based NPs, PtBi possesses a chemically ordered intermetallic hexagonal close packed (hcp) structure. Using this uniaxial crystal structural character of PtBi, we succeed in synthesizing two-dimensional (2-D) PtBi NPLs. Significantly, the electrochemical studies indicate that the as-prepared 2-D PtBi NPLs exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward formic acid and methanol oxidation with larger oxidation current density, higher tolerance to CO poisoning, and more negative onset potential in comparison with the commercial Pt/C catalyst. This is attributed to the addition of second metal Bi. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that synthesis of one-dimensional (1-D) PdBi alloy NWs has been reported. The as-synthesized 1-D PdBi bimetallic NWs may find promising potential applications in various fields, such as fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, and organocatalysis.We have demonstrated a one-pot, facile and rapid strategy to synthesize novel PtBi nanoplatelets (NPLs) and PdBi nanowires (NWs) with controlled shape, size, and composition in the presence of oleylamine (OAm) and NH4Br. In contrast to the conventional face centered cubic (fcc) structure of Pt-based NPs, PtBi possesses a chemically ordered intermetallic hexagonal close packed (hcp) structure. Using this uniaxial crystal structural character of PtBi, we succeed in synthesizing two-dimensional (2-D) PtBi NPLs. Significantly, the electrochemical studies indicate that the as-prepared 2-D PtBi NPLs exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward formic acid and methanol oxidation with larger oxidation current density, higher tolerance to CO poisoning, and more negative onset potential

  3. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) is involved in vitamin E transport across the enterocyte

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    Reboul, Emmanuelle; Klein, Alexis; Bietrix, Florence; Gleize, Béatrice; Malezet-Desmoulins, Christiane; Schneider, Martina; Margotat, Alain; Lagrost, Laurent; Collet, Xavier; Borel, Patrick

    2006-01-01

    Although cellular uptake of vitamin E was initially described as a passive process, recent studies in the liver and brain have shown that SR-BI is involved in this phenomenon. As SR-BI is expressed at high levels in the intestine, the present study addressed the involvement of SR-BI in vitamin E trafficking across enterocytes. Apical uptake and efflux of the main dietary forms of vitamin E was examined using Caco-2 TC-7 cell monolayers as a model of human intestinal epithelium. RRR-γ-tocopherol bioavailability was compared between wild-type mice and mice overexpressing SR-BI in the intestine. The effect of vitamin E on enterocyte SR-BI mRNA levels was measured by real-time quantitative RT-PCR. Concentration-dependent curves for vitamin E uptake were similar for RRR-α-, RRR-γ- and DL-α-tocopherol. RRR-α-tocopherol transport was dependent on incubation temperature, with a 60% reduction in absorption at 4°C compared to 37°C (p<0.05). Vitamin E flux in enterocytes was directed from the apical to the basal side, with a relative 10-fold reduction in the transfer process when measured in the opposite direction (p<0.05). Co-incubation with cholesterol, γ-tocopherol or lutein significantly impaired α-tocopherol absorption. Anti-human SR-BI antibodies and BLT1 (a chemical inhibitor of lipid transport via SR-BI) blocked up to 80% of vitamin E uptake and up to 30 % of apical vitamin E efflux (p<0.05), and similar results were obtained for RRR-γ-tocopherol. SR-BI mRNA levels were not significantly modified after a 24-hour incubation of Caco-2 cells with vitamin E. Finally, RRR-γ-tocopherol bioavailability was 2.7-fold higher in mice overexpressing SR-BI than in wild-type mice (p<0.05). The present data show for the first time that vitamin E intestinal absorption is, at least partly, mediated by SR-BI. PMID:16380385

  4. Measurements of neutron cross sections for chromium, yttrium and terbium at 134 MeV

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    Sekimoto, Shun; Okumura, Shintaro; Yashima, Hiroshi; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko; Shima, Tatsushi; Takahashi, Naruto; Shinohara, Atsushi; Hagiwara, Masayuki; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Nishiizumi, Kunihiko; Caffee, Marc; Shibata, Seiichi; Ohtsuki, Tsutomu

    2014-09-01

    Neutron-induced reaction cross sections are essential to cosmochemists aiming to decipher the cosmic-ray irradiation history. These cross section data also serve as a comprehensive nuclear database for estimating residual radioactivities in accelerator facilities. Neutron cross sections in the energy range above 100 MeV have scarcely been measured experimentally; exceptions are for the target materials C, Cu, Pb, Bi. In many instances the neutron cross section is based on the corresponding proton cross section, the assumption being that above 100 MeV they are similar. In this work, we measured reaction cross sections of radionuclides produced through nuclear spallation reactions from Cr, Y and Tb induced by neutrons at 134 MeV. The irradiations were carried out using neutrons produced through Li-7 (p,n) reaction at N0 beam line in RCNP. To estimate quasi-monoenergetic neutron induced cross sections, the target stacks were irradiated on the two angles of 0 and 25 degrees for the axis of the primary proton beam. The results will be compared to the cross section data for the same target materials with 197, 287 and 386 MeV neutrons in our previous work. Neutron-induced reaction cross sections are essential to cosmochemists aiming to decipher the cosmic-ray irradiation history. These cross section data also serve as a comprehensive nuclear database for estimating residual radioactivities in accelerator facilities. Neutron cross sections in the energy range above 100 MeV have scarcely been measured experimentally; exceptions are for the target materials C, Cu, Pb, Bi. In many instances the neutron cross section is based on the corresponding proton cross section, the assumption being that above 100 MeV they are similar. In this work, we measured reaction cross sections of radionuclides produced through nuclear spallation reactions from Cr, Y and Tb induced by neutrons at 134 MeV. The irradiations were carried out using neutrons produced through Li-7 (p,n) reaction at N0

  5. Structure-property-performance relationships of new high temperature relaxors for capacitor applications

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    Stringer, Craig J.

    This thesis extends the investigations on perovskite solid solutions based on PbTiO3-Bi(Me',Me")O3 (Me' = Sc3+, Zn2+, Mg2+, Ni2+, In3+ , Fe3+, etc. and Me" = Ti4+, Nb 5+, W6+) systems. The ferroelectric transition temperature (TC) behavior was considered in the tetragonal phase region of the PbTiO 3-Bi(Me',Me")O3 systems. Trends in the TC compositional dependence exhibited three main cases: case 1, a continued increase in transition temperature above the end-member PbTiO3 (495°C); case 2, an increase and then decrease of the transition temperature; and case 3, a continuous decrease in the transition temperature with Bi(Me',Me")O 3 additions. New relaxor materials were developed from the PbTiO3-Bi(Me',Me")O 3 solid solutions; specifically, the Bi(Mg3/4W1/4)O 3-PbTiO3 (BMW-PT) binary solid solution and BiScO3-Pb(Mg 1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (BS-PMN-PT) ternary solid solution were investigated. Permittivity, polarization and pyroelectric measurements were performed on BMW-PT and BS-PMN-PT compositions with respect to temperature with characteristic relaxor behavior observed. The complex solid solution BMW-PT exhibited a morphotropic phase boundary at ˜48 mol% PbTiO3 with a corresponding TC of 205°C. On further structural analysis with diffraction contrast transmission electron microscopy along with x-ray diffraction, evidence of B-site ordering was observed. The BS-PMN-PT proved to be a model system with high temperature relaxor properties of Tmax ˜ 250°C to 300°C and εmax ˜ 14,000 to 17,000 at 1 kHz. The deviation temperature, TD, or temperature of the onset of local spontaneous polarization, was determined by thermal strain measurement and high temperature dielectric measurement to be approximately 600°C; up to 250°C higher than any reported value for relaxor ferroelectrics. The frequency dependence of the temperature of the permittivity maximum was found to follow the Vogel-Fulcher relationship, with an activation energy (EA) of ˜0.1 eV, and a freezing

  6. Efficacy of dry mist of hydrogen peroxide (DMHP) against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and use of DMHP for routine decontamination of biosafety level 3 laboratories.

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    Grare, M; Dailloux, M; Simon, L; Dimajo, P; Laurain, C

    2008-09-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and is becoming a greater concern due to the development of multidrug-resistant strains. M. tuberculosis can contaminate rooms, medical equipment, and research laboratories and has the propensity to be highly resistant to decontamination. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of room disinfection with a dry mist of hydrogen peroxide (DMHP) in a biosafety level 3 laboratory in the event of contamination with M. tuberculosis. The biological indicators (BIs) were comprised of presterilized cotton tissues on which amounts of about 10(7) CFU/ml of M. tuberculosis H37Ra were dried. The device (Sterinis; Gloster Sante Europe) provided a DMHP of 5% hydrogen peroxide during 25 min. Three experiments were performed. The viable bacteria were reduced by values of more than 5 log(10), and no colony grew from any BI. In conclusion, DMHP shows promise as an effective and safe alternative to the currently used formaldehyde.

  7. Incoherent Bi off-centering in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' and Bi₂Ru₂O₆O': Insulator versus metal

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    Shoemaker, Daniel P.; Seshadri, Ram; Tachibana, Makoto; ...

    2011-08-24

    In the cubic, stoichiometric oxide compounds Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' (also written as Bi₂Ti₂O₇) and Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' (also written as Bi₂Ru₂O₇) Bi³⁺ ions on the pyrochlore A site display a propensity to off-center. Unlike Bi₂Ti₂O₆O', Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' is a metal, so it is of interest to ask whether conduction electrons and/or involvement of Bi 6s states at the Fermi energy influence Bi³⁺ displacements. The Bi³⁺ off-centering in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' has previously been revealed to be incoherent from detailed reverse Monte Carlo analysis of total neutron scattering. Similar analysis of Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' reveals incoherent off-centering as well, but of smaller magnitude and with distinctly different orientational preference. Analysismore » of the distributions of metal to oxygen distances presented suggests that Bi in both compounds is entirely Bi³⁺. Disorder in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' has the effect of stabilizing valence while simultaneously satisfying the steric constraint imposed by the presence of the lone pair of electrons. In Bi₂Ru₂O₆O', off-centering is not required to satisfy valence and seems to be driven by the lone pair. Decreased volume of the lone pair may be a result of partial screening by conduction electrons.« less

  8. Incoherent Bi off-centering in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' and Bi₂Ru₂O₆O': Insulator versus metal

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    Shoemaker, Daniel P.; Seshadri, Ram; Tachibana, Makoto; Hector, Andrew L.

    2011-08-24

    In the cubic, stoichiometric oxide compounds Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' (also written as Bi₂Ti₂O₇) and Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' (also written as Bi₂Ru₂O₇) Bi³⁺ ions on the pyrochlore A site display a propensity to off-center. Unlike Bi₂Ti₂O₆O', Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' is a metal, so it is of interest to ask whether conduction electrons and/or involvement of Bi 6s states at the Fermi energy influence Bi³⁺ displacements. The Bi³⁺ off-centering in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' has previously been revealed to be incoherent from detailed reverse Monte Carlo analysis of total neutron scattering. Similar analysis of Bi₂Ru₂O₆O' reveals incoherent off-centering as well, but of smaller magnitude and with distinctly different orientational preference. Analysis of the distributions of metal to oxygen distances presented suggests that Bi in both compounds is entirely Bi³⁺. Disorder in Bi₂Ti₂O₆O' has the effect of stabilizing valence while simultaneously satisfying the steric constraint imposed by the presence of the lone pair of electrons. In Bi₂Ru₂O₆O', off-centering is not required to satisfy valence and seems to be driven by the lone pair. Decreased volume of the lone pair may be a result of partial screening by conduction electrons.

  9. Thromboxane synthase suppression induces lung cancer cell apoptosis via inhibiting NF-{kappa}B

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    Leung, Kin Chung; Li, Ming-Yue; Leung, Billy C.S.; Hsin, Michael K.Y.; Mok, Tony S.K.; Underwood, Malcolm J.; Chen, George G.

    2010-12-10

    Accumulating evidence shows that the inhibition of thromboxane synthase (TXS) induced apoptosis in cancer cells. TXS inhibitor 1-Benzylimidzole (1-BI) can trigger apoptosis in lung cancer cells but the mechanism is not fully defined. In this study, lung cancer cells were treated with 1-BI. In this study, the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was measured and NF-{kappa}B activity was determined in human lung cancer cells. The roles of ROS and NF-{kappa}B in 1-BI-mediated cell death were analyzed. The results showed that 1-BI induced ROS generation but decreased the activity of NF-{kappa}B by reducing phosphorylated I{kappa}B{alpha} (p-I{kappa}B{alpha}) and inhibiting the translocation of p65 into the nucleus. In contrast to 1-BI, antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) stimulated cell proliferation and significantly protected the cells from 1-BI-mediated cell death by neutralizing ROS. Collectively, apoptosis induced by 1-BI is associated with the over-production of ROS and the reduction of NF-{kappa}B. Antioxidants can significantly block the inhibitory effect of 1-BI.

  10. Behavior and environmental impacts of radionuclides during the hydrometallurgy of calcareous and argillaceous rocks, southwestern Sinai, Egypt.

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    El Aassy, Ibrahim E; Nada, Afaf A; El Galy, Mohamed M; El Feky, Mohamed G; Abd El Maksoud, Thanaa M; Talaat, Shadia M; Ibrahim, Eman M

    2012-06-01

    The hydrometallurgy of radionuclides means getting the radioelements from the rocks into solution by leaching, getting the radionuclides from the solution by extraction process, and then precipitation of the desired elements to obtain concentrate. The follow-up of the radionuclides during these processes is the main target of this work to identify the identity of the original samples, pregnant solutions (leachates), residuals and the concentrate. Six samples were chosen to achieve this work. The leaching process was carried out under the conditions; 20-30% acid (H(2)SO(4)) concentration, 1:3 solid/liquid ratios, 60 min stirring time at room temperature. The activity concentrations of (238)U, (235)U, (234)U, (226)Ra, (214)Pb, (214)Bi, (232)Th and (40)K were measured in the original samples, residuals and U-concentrate (Bq/kg), and leachates (Bq/ℓ). The results indicate that, the radionuclides before (226)Ra in the (238)U decay series are more leachable (released) than those from (226)Ra to (214)Bi in the order; (234)U>(238)U=(235)U > (226)Ra>(214)Pb>(214)Bi. (232)Th and (40)K are immobile under the present conditions. The radiological hazards of natural radioactivity in the original samples, leachates, residuals and U-concentrate were calculated and compared with the internationally recommended values and were found to be much higher than the world average values. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Measurement and Analysis of Neutron Leakage Spectra from Pb and LBE Cylinders with D-T Neutrons

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    Chen, Size; Gan, Leting; Li, Taosheng; Han, Yuncheng; Liu, Chao; Jiang, Jieqiong; Wu, Yican

    2017-09-01

    For validating the current evaluated neutron data libraries, neutron leakage spectra from lead and lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) cylinders have been measured using an intense D-T pulsed neutron source with time-of-flight (TOF) method by Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology (INEST), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The measured leakage spectra have been compared with the calculated ones using Super Monte Carlo Simulation Program for Nuclear and Radiation Process (SuperMC) with the evaluated pointwise data of lead and bismuth processed from ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.1 and JENDL-4.0 libraries. This work shows that calculations of the three libraries are all generally consistent with the lead experimental result. For LBE experiment, the JEFF-3.1 and JENDL-4.0 calculations both agree well with the measurement. However, the result of ENDF/B-VII.1 fails to fit with the measured data, especially in the energy range of 5.5 and 7 MeV with difference more than 80%. Through sensitivity analysis with partial cross sections of 209Bi in ENDF/B-VII.1 and JEFF, the difference between the measurement and the ENDF/B-VII.1 calculation in LBE experiment is found due to the neutron data of 209Bi.

  12. Computational discovery and characterization of polymorphic two-dimensional IV-V materials

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    Ashton, Michael; Sinnott, Susan B.; Hennig, Richard G.

    2016-11-01

    First-principles calculations predict the stability and properties of two-dimensional (2D) group IV-V MX compounds (M = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb; X = P, As, Sb, Bi) in two distinct crystallographic configurations: a low symmetry Cm layer inspired by the layered bulk structures of SiP, SiAs, GeP, and GeAs, and a high symmetry P 6 ¯ m 2 structure previously predicted for 2D SiP. The calculations predict that the Cm structure is more stable for X = As, Sb, and Bi, and the P 6 ¯ m 2 structure for X = P. The electronic properties of the two structures are quite different. Specifically, the Cm band gaps are systematically larger by about 15% for most compounds, and the band offsets indicate that all of these compounds in the Cm crystal structure will form type II heterojunctions in contact with their P 6 ¯ m 2 polymorphs. Pourbaix diagrams predict that a few of the 2D IV-V compounds are stable when exposed to water.

  13. Business intelligence for the radiologist: making your data work for you.

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    Cook, Tessa S; Nagy, Paul

    2014-12-01

    Although it remains absent from most programs today, business intelligence (BI) has become an integral part of modern radiology practice management. BI facilitates the transition away from lack of understanding about a system and the data it produces toward incrementally more sophisticated comprehension of what has happened, could happen, and should happen. The individual components that make up BI are common across industries and include data extraction and transformation, process analysis and improvement, outcomes measures, performance assessment, graphical dashboarding, alerting, workflow analysis, and scenario modeling. As in other fields, these components can be directly applied in radiology to improve workflow, throughput, safety, efficacy, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. When approaching the subject of BI in radiology, it is important to know what data are available in your various electronic medical records, as well as where and how they are stored. In addition, it is critical to verify that the data actually represent what you think they do. Finally, it is critical for success to identify the features and limitations of the BI tools you choose to use and to plan your practice modifications on the basis of collected data. It is equally important to remember that BI plays a critical role in continuous process improvement; whichever BI tools you choose should be flexible to grow and evolve with your practice.

  14. Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics: Collaborations on the Road to Genomic Medicine?

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    Maojo, Victor; Kulikowski, Casimir A.

    2003-01-01

    In this report, the authors compare and contrast medical informatics (MI) and bioinformatics (BI) and provide a viewpoint on their complementarities and potential for collaboration in various subfields. The authors compare MI and BI along several dimensions, including: (1) historical development of the disciplines, (2) their scientific foundations, (3) data quality and analysis, (4) integration of knowledge and databases, (5) informatics tools to support practice, (6) informatics methods to support research (signal processing, imaging and vision, and computational modeling, (7) professional and patient continuing education, and (8) education and training. It is pointed out that, while the two disciplines differ in their histories, scientific foundations, and methodologic approaches to research in various areas, they nevertheless share methods and tools, which provides a basis for exchange of experience in their different applications. MI expertise in developing health care applications and the strength of BI in biological “discovery science” complement each other well. The new field of biomedical informatics (BMI) holds great promise for developing informatics methods that will be crucial in the development of genomic medicine. The future of BMI will be influenced strongly by whether significant advances in clinical practice and biomedical research come about from separate efforts in MI and BI, or from emerging, hybrid informatics subdisciplines at their interface. PMID:12925552

  15. Trace elements accumulation in edible tissues of five sturgeon species from the Caspian Sea.

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    Pourang, N; Tanabe, S; Rezvani, S; Dennis, J H

    2005-01-01

    This study is focused on twenty trace elements (Ag, Ba, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Ga, In, Mn, Mo, Pb, Rb, Sb, Sn, Sr, Ti, V, Zn) accumulation in muscles of five sturgeon species (Acipenser guldenstaedti, A. persicus, A. nudiventris, A. stellatus and Huso huso) from the southern part of the Caspian Sea. Moreover the relationships between some biological characteristics and the levels of the selected elements as well as inter-elemental relationships were assessed. The samples (10 specimens for each the five species) were collected from two important sturgeon fishery zones located in the Iranian part of the Sea in 2002. Concentrations of the elements were determined using ICP-MS. Only in the case of Cs could significant differences between two selected sampling areas be detected. There were significant differences in levels of Co, Ga, Rb, Sn, Ti, Pb and Bi in muscles of the species. Only in the case of Cd weight related differences among the species were found. The significant length dependent relationships were observed for Ga and Ba. Patterns of elements accumulation were assessed by statistical methods and compared to the other researches. In all the cases, the amounts of toxic trace elements (Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) were markedly below the international guidelines for human consumption.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10: Comparison of LDA and GGA calculations

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    Camargo-Martínez, J. A.; Martínez-Pieschacón, D. J.; Baquero, R.

    2017-04-01

    We use Density Functional Theory to study the effects on the crystal structure and the electronic band structure of substituting Pb for Bi in Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10. We further use the Local Density Approximation (LDA) and the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). The Virtual Crystal Approximation (VCA) was used to account for the substitution. We found that GGA reproduces better the lattice parameters although in both cases the internal coordinates were reproduced with some uncertainties. We further looked at the behavior of the so called Bi-O pockets, some electronic states that originate on the Bi-O planes and that appear on the Fermi surface (FS) in contradiction to the experimental evidence. We found that LDA and GGA differ on that subject. With 26% Pb and using LDA, the Bi-O pockets run away from the FS. But when GGA is used, it is needed up to 35% Pb to make the Bi-O pockets disappear from the FS. In the last case, once the Bi-O pockets are removed from the FS, we get a very good agreement with angular resolved photo-emission (ARPES) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments.

  17. Effects of bismuth contamination on the growth and activity of soil microorganisms using thiols as model compounds.

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    Murata, Tomoyoshi

    2006-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to obtain information about the effects of Bi contamination on soil microbial growth and activity using a series of Bi complexes with thiol compounds, including mercaptoethanol, thioglycerol, mercaptoethylamine, thioglycolic acid, thiomallic acid, reduced glutathione, 2-mercaptopropionic acid, and L-cysteine. We found that Bi complexes with mercaptoethanol, thioglycerol, and mercaptoethylamine, all of which showed lipophilicity, markedly inhibited bacterial growth in 1/10 TSB liquid media in both Eutric Cambisol (brown forest soil) and Eutric Fluvisol (brown lowland soil), with relative CFU of less than 2% at 50 micro M Bi and 6% at 25 micro M Bi. However, none of the Bi-thiols, including Highly lipophilic complexes, at 200 micro M Bi in rosebengal agar medium inhibited fungal growth, possibly because fungi have a metabolic system that protects against Bi uptake or detoxifies Bi compounds. When soil was contaminated experimentally with Bi-thiol, these complexes suppressed soil dehydrogenase activity, particularly in brown forest soil, which contains large amounts of easily decomposable organic matter. These results indicate that the effects of Bi on soil microbes may depend on mutual reactions with organic matter in the environment.

  18. Contamination by trace elements at e-waste recycling sites in Bangalore, India.

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    Ha, Nguyen Ngoc; Agusa, Tetsuro; Ramu, Karri; Tu, Nguyen Phuc Cam; Murata, Satoko; Bulbule, Keshav A; Parthasaraty, Peethmbaram; Takahashi, Shin; Subramanian, Annamalai; Tanabe, Shinsuke

    2009-06-01

    The recycling and disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) in developing countries is causing an increasing concern due to its effects on the environment and associated human health risks. To understand the contamination status, we measured trace elements (TEs) in soil, air dust, and human hair collected from e-waste recycling sites (a recycling facility and backyard recycling units) and the reference sites in Bangalore and Chennai in India. Concentrations of Cu, Zn, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Hg, Pb, and Bi were higher in soil from e-waste recycling sites compared to reference sites. For Cu, Sb, Hg, and Pb in some soils from e-waste sites, the levels exceeded screening values proposed by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Concentrations of Cr, Mn, Co, Cu, In, Sn, Sb, Tl, Pb and Bi in air from the e-waste recycling facility were relatively higher than the levels in Chennai city. High levels of Cu, Mo, Ag, Cd, In, Sb, Tl, and Pb were observed in hair of male workers from e-waste recycling sites. Our results suggest that e-waste recycling and its disposal may lead to the environmental and human contamination by some TEs. To our knowledge, this is the first study on TE contamination at e-waste recycling sites in Bangalore, India.

  19. In situ mass spectroscopy of recoiled ion studies of degradation processes in SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} thin films during hydrogen gas annealing.

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    Auciello, O.; Chang, R. P. H.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Kim, S. H.; Kingon, A. I.; Krauss, A. R.

    1999-03-10

    It is known that the forming gas (N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} mixture) annealing process required for microcircuit fabrication results in an unacceptable electrical degradation of SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) ferroelectric capacitors due mainly to the interaction of H{sub 2} with the ferroelectronic layer of the capacitor. We have found a strong relationship between changes in the surface composition of the ferroelectric layer and the electrical properties of SBT capacitors as a result of hydrogen annealing. Mass spectroscopy of recoiled ions (MSRI) analysis revealed a strong reduction in the Bi signal as a function of exposure to hydrogen at high temperatures ({approximately}500 C). The Bi signal reduction correlates with Bi depletion in the SBT surface region. Subsequent annealing in oxygen at temperatures in the range of 700-800 C resulted in the recovery of the MSRI Bi signal, corresponding to the replenishment of Bi in the previously Bi-depleted surface region. XRD analysis (probing the whole SBT film thickness) showed little difference in the XRD spectra of the SBT fti before and after hydrogen and oxygen-recovery annealing. The combined results of the MSRI and XRD analyses can be interpreted as an indication that the degradation of the electrical properties of the SBT capacitors, after hydrogen annealing, is mainly due to the degradation of the near surface region of the SBT layer.

  20. Titanium oxide:fullerene composite films as electron collector layer in organic solar cells and the use of an easy-deposition cathode

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    Pérez-Gutiérrez, Enrique; Maldonado, José-Luis; Nolasco, Jairo; Ramos-Ortíz, Gabriel; Rodríguez, Mario; Torre, Ulises Mendoza-De la; Meneses-Nava, Marco-Antonio; Barbosa-García, Oracio; García-Ortega, Héctor; Farfán, Norberto; Granados, Giovana; Santillan, Rosa; Juaristi, Eusebio

    2014-06-01

    Here is reported the use of a titanium oxide:fullerene (TiOx:PC71BM) composite film as electron collector layer in organic photovoltaic devices (OPV cells). OPV cells were fabricated under the bulk heterojunction architecture: the active layer was a blend of either the photoconductor polymer MEH-PPV or P3HT with the fullerene derivative PC71BM. As cathode the eutectic alloy of Bi, In and Sn, known as Field’s metal, was used. The melting point of this alloy is above 62 °C, which makes it suitable for a vacuum-free deposition process and easy and fast device test. Cell fabrication and testing were carried out at normal room conditions. For OPV cells based on MEH-PPV, the composite thin electron collector layer improved the power conversion efficiency (η) from 1.12% to 2.07%, thus the η increase was about 85%. Meanwhile, for devices based on P3HT the use of the composite film improved the photocurrent in almost 1 mA/cm2 and the efficiency slightly increase from 2.48% to 2.68%.

  1. Time-reversal symmetry-breaking superconductivity in epitaxial bismuth/nickel bilayers

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    Gong, Xinxin; Kargarian, Mehdi; Stern, Alex; Yue, Di; Zhou, Hexin; Jin, Xiaofeng; Galitski, Victor M.; Yakovenko, Victor M.; Xia, Jing

    2017-01-01

    Superconductivity that spontaneously breaks time-reversal symmetry (TRS) has been found, so far, only in a handful of three-dimensional (3D) crystals with bulk inversion symmetry. We report an observation of spontaneous TRS breaking in a 2D superconducting system without inversion symmetry: the epitaxial bilayer films of bismuth and nickel. The evidence comes from the onset of the polar Kerr effect at the superconducting transition in the absence of an external magnetic field, detected by the ultrasensitive loop-less fiber-optic Sagnac interferometer. Because of strong spin-orbit interaction and lack of inversion symmetry in a Bi/Ni bilayer, superconducting pairing cannot be classified as singlet or triplet. We propose a theoretical model where magnetic fluctuations in Ni induce the superconducting pairing of the dxy±idx2−y2 orbital symmetry between the electrons in Bi. In this model, the order parameter spontaneously breaks the TRS and has a nonzero phase winding number around the Fermi surface, thus making it a rare example of a 2D topological superconductor. PMID:28435865

  2. A Near-Zero Refractive Index Meta-Surface Structure for Antenna Performance Improvement.

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    Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal

    2013-11-06

    A new meta-surface structure (MSS) with a near-zero refractive index (NZRI) is proposed to enhance the performance of a square loop antenna array. The main challenge to improve the antenna performance is increment of the overall antenna volume that is mitigated by assimilating the planar NZRI MSS at the back of the antenna structure. The proposed NZRI MSS-loaded CPW-fed (Co-Planar Waveguide) four-element array antenna is designed on ceramic-bioplastic-ceramic sandwich substrate using high-frequency structure simulator (HFSS), a finite-element-method-based simulation tool. The gain and directivity of the antenna are significantly enhanced by incorporating the NZRI MSS with a 7 × 6 set of elements at the back of the antenna structure. Measurement results show that the maximum gains of the antenna increased from 6.21 dBi to 8.25 dBi, from 6.52 dBi to 9.05 dBi and from 10.54 dBi to 12.15 dBi in the first, second and third bands, respectively. The effect of the slot configuration in the ground plane on the reflection coefficient of the antenna was analyzed and optimized. The overall performance makes the proposed antenna appropriate for UHFFM (Ultra High Frequency Frequency Modulation) telemetry-based space applications as well as mobile satellite, microwave radiometry and radio astronomy applications.

  3. Design and Experimental Investigation of a Compact Circularly Polarized Integrated Filtering Antenna for Wearable Biotelemetric Devices.

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    Jiang, Zhi Hao; Gregory, Micah D; Werner, Douglas H

    2016-04-01

    A compact circularly polarized (CP) integrated filtering antenna is reported for wearable biotelemetric devices in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. The design is based on a mutual synthesis of a CP patch antenna connected to a bandpass filter composed of coupled stripline open-loop resonators, which provides an integrated low-profile radiating and filtering module with a compact form factor of 0.44λ(0)×0.44λ(0)×0.04λ(0). The optimized filtering antenna is fabricated and measured, achieving an S11 < -14 dB, an axial ratio of less than 3 dB and gain higher than 3.5 dBi in the targeted ISM band. With the integrated filtering functionality, the antenna exhibits good out-of-band rejection over an ultra-wide frequency range of 1-6 GHz. Further full-wave simulations and experiments were carried out, verifying that the proposed filtering antenna maintains these desirable properties even when mounted in close proximity to the human body at different positions. The stable impedance performance and the simultaneous wide axial ratio and radiated power beam widths make it an ideal candidate as a wearable antenna for off-body communications. The additional integrated filtering functionality further improves utility by greatly reducing interference and crosstalk with other existing wireless systems.

  4. Macrophage-mediated cholesterol handling in atherosclerosis.

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    Chistiakov, Dimitry A; Bobryshev, Yuri V; Orekhov, Alexander N

    2016-01-01

    Formation of foam cells is a hallmark at the initial stages of atherosclerosis. Monocytes attracted by pro-inflammatory stimuli attach to the inflamed vascular endothelium and penetrate to the arterial intima where they differentiate to macrophages. Intimal macrophages phagocytize oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL). Several scavenger receptors (SR), including CD36, SR-A1 and lectin-like oxLDL receptor-1 (LOX-1), mediate oxLDL uptake. In late endosomes/lysosomes of macrophages, oxLDL are catabolysed. Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) hydrolyses cholesterol esters that are enriched in LDL to free cholesterol and free fatty acids. In the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), acyl coenzyme A: cholesterol acyltransferase-1 (ACAT1) in turn catalyses esterification of cholesterol to store cholesterol esters as lipid droplets in the ER of macrophages. Neutral cholesteryl ester hydrolases nCEH and NCEH1 are involved in a secondary hydrolysis of cholesterol esters to liberate free cholesterol that could be then out-flowed from macrophages by cholesterol ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters ABCA1 and ABCG1 and SR-BI. In atherosclerosis, disruption of lipid homoeostasis in macrophages leads to cholesterol accumulation and formation of foam cells.

  5. Effect of reflow and thermal aging on the microstructure and microhardness of Sn-3.7Ag-xBi solder alloys

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    He, M.; Acoff, V. L.

    2006-12-01

    This work investigates the effect of reflow and the thermal aging process on the microstructural evolution and microhardness of five types of Sn-Ag based lead-free solder alloys: Sn-3.7Ag, Sn-3.7Ag-1Bi, Sn-3.7Ag-2Bi, Sn-3.7Ag-3Bi, and Sn-3.7Ag-4Bi. The microhardness and microstructure of the solders for different cooling rates after reflow at 250°C and different thermal aging durations at 150°C for air-cooled samples have been studied. The effect of Bi is discussed based on the experimental results. It was found that the microhardness increases with increasing Bi addition to Sn-3.7Ag solder regardless of reflow or thermal aging process. Scanning electron microscopy images show the formation of Ag3Sn particles, Sn-rich phases, and precipitation of Bi-rich phases in different solders. The increase of microhardness with Bi addition is due to the solution strengthening and precipitation strengthening provided by Bi in the solder. The trend of decrease in microhardness with increasing duration of thermal aging was observed.

  6. Influence of convection on eutectic microstructure

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    Baskaran, V.; Eisa, G. F.; Wilcox, W. R.

    1985-01-01

    When the MnBi-Bi eutectic is directionally solidified, it forms fibers of MnBi in a matrix of bismuth. When the material solidified in space at rates of 30 and 50 cm/hr, the average fiber spacing lambda was about one half of the value obtained in cases in which the same material solidified on earth. Neither an altered temperature gradient nor a fluctuating freezing rate are apparently responsible for the change in lambda, and the possibility is studied that natural convection increases lambda on earth by perturbing the compositional field in the melt ahead of the growing solid. A theoretical analysis is conducted along with some experiments. On the basis of the theoretical results for lamellar growth, it is concluded that the spacing lambda increases with increasing stirring, especially at small freezing rates. The experiments indicate that at low growth rates the cross-sectional area of the MnBi blades increases with increased stirring and with decreased growth rate.

  7. Preliminary radiological safety assessment for decommissioning of thoria dissolver of the ²³³U pilot plant, Trombay.

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    Priya, S; Srinivasan, P; Gopalakrishnan, R K

    2012-01-01

    The thoria dissolver, used for separation of (233)U from reactor-irradiated thorium metal and thorium oxide rods, is no longer operational. It was decided to carry out assessment of the radiological status of the dissolver cell for planning of the future decommissioning/dismantling operations. The dissolver interiors are expected to be contaminated with the dissolution remains of irradiated thorium oxide rods in addition to some of the partially dissolved thoria pellets. Hence, (220)Rn, a daughter product of (228)Th is of major radiological concern. Airborne activity of thoron daughters (212)Pb (Th-B) and (212)Bi (Th-C) was estimated by air sampling followed by high-resolution gamma spectrometry of filter papers. By measuring the full-energy peaks counts in the energy windows of (212)Pb, (212)Bi and (208)Tl, concentrations of thoron progeny in the sampled air were estimated by applying the respective intrinsic peak efficiency factors and suitable correction factors for the equilibration effects of (212)Pb and (212)Bi in the filter paper during the delay between sampling and counting. Then the thoron working level (TWL) was evaluated using the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) methodology. Finally, the potential effective dose to the workers, due to inhalation of thoron and its progeny during dismantling operations was assessed by using dose conversion factors recommended by ICRP. Analysis of filter papers showed a maximum airborne thoron progeny concentration of 30 TWLs inside the dissolver.

  8. Affective personality predictors of disrupted reward learning and pursuit in major depressive disorder.

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    DelDonno, Sophie R; Weldon, Anne L; Crane, Natania A; Passarotti, Alessandra M; Pruitt, Patrick J; Gabriel, Laura B; Yau, Wendy; Meyers, Kortni K; Hsu, David T; Taylor, Stephen F; Heitzeg, Mary M; Herbener, Ellen; Shankman, Stewart A; Mickey, Brian J; Zubieta, Jon-Kar; Langenecker, Scott A

    2015-11-30

    Anhedonia, the diminished anticipation and pursuit of reward, is a core symptom of major depressive disorder (MDD). Trait behavioral activation (BA), as a proxy for anhedonia, and behavioral inhibition (BI) may moderate the relationship between MDD and reward-seeking. The present studies probed for reward learning deficits, potentially due to aberrant BA and/or BI, in active or remitted MDD individuals compared to healthy controls (HC). Active MDD (Study 1) and remitted MDD (Study 2) participants completed the modified monetary incentive delay task (mMIDT), a behavioral reward-seeking task whose response window parameters were individually titrated to theoretically elicit equivalent accuracy between groups. Participants completed the BI Scale and BA Reward-Responsiveness and Drive Scales. Despite individual titration, active MDD participants won significantly less money than HCs. Higher Reward-Responsiveness scores predicted more won; Drive and BI were not predictive. Remitted MDD participants' performance did not differ from controls', and trait BA and BI measures did not predict r-MDD performance. These results suggest that diminished reward-responsiveness may contribute to decreased motivation and reward pursuit during active MDD, but that reward learning is intact in remission. Understanding individual reward processing deficits in MDD may inform personalized intervention addressing anhedonia and motivation deficits in select MDD patients. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Identification of emotional facial expressions among behaviorally inhibited adolescents with lifetime anxiety disorders

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    Reeb-Sutherland, Bethany C.; Williams, Lela Rankin; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Pérez-Edgar, Koraly; Chronis-Tuscano, Andrea; Leibenluft, Ellen; Pine, Daniel S.; Pollak, Seth D.; Fox, Nathan A.

    2014-01-01

    The current study examined differences in emotion expression identification between adolescents characterized with behavioral inhibition (BI) in childhood with and without a lifetime history of anxiety disorder. Participants were originally assessed for behavioral inhibition during toddlerhood and for social reticence during childhood. During adolescence, participants returned to the laboratory and completed a facial-emotion identification task and a clinical psychiatric interview. Results revealed that behaviorally inhibited adolescents with a lifetime history of anxiety disorder displayed a lower threshold for identifying fear relative to anger emotion expressions compared to non-anxious behaviorally inhibited adolescents and non-inhibited adolescents with or without anxiety. These findings were specific to behaviorally inhibited adolescents with a lifetime history of social anxiety disorder. Thus, adolescents with a history of both BI and anxiety, specifically social anxiety, are more likely to differ from other adolescents in their identification of fearful facial expressions. This offers further evidence that perturbations in the processing of emotional stimuli may underlie the etiology of anxiety disorders. PMID:24800906

  10. Predicted Growth of Two-Dimensional Topological Insulator Thin Films of III-V Compounds on Si(111) Substrate

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    Yao, Liang-Zi; Crisostomo, Christian P.; Yeh, Chun-Chen; Lai, Shu-Ming; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    2015-11-01

    We have carried out systematic first-principles electronic structure computations of growth of ultrathin films of compounds of group III (B, Al, In, Ga, and Tl) with group V (N, P, As, Sb, and Bi) elements on Si(111) substrate, including effects of hydrogenation. Two bilayers (BLs) of AlBi, InBi, GaBi, TlAs, and TlSb are found to support a topological phase over a wide range of strains, in addition to BBi, TlN, and TlBi which can be driven into the nontrivial phase via strain. A large band gap of 134 meV is identified in hydrogenated 2 BL film of InBi. One and two BL films of GaBi and 2 BL films of InBi and TlAs on Si(111) surface possess nontrivial phases with a band gap as large as 121 meV in the case of 2 BL film of GaBi. Persistence of the nontrivial phase upon hydrogenations in the III-V thin films suggests that these films are suitable for growing on various substrates.

  11. Domain structure and magnetic resonance studies of ferroelastic BiVO4 revisited

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    Choh, Sung Ho; Jang, Min Su

    2016-04-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a ferroelastic material undergoing a reversible second order phase transition at 528 K(T c) between the tetragonal and monoclinic structure. There have been experimental studies on the incommensurate domain wall (W‧) which reported different orientation angles. In order to clarify this we have tried to calculate it numerically in terms of lattice constants above and below T c by employing the theory of Sapriel, and obtained it to be either 35.9° or 54.1°. It also turns out that the shear strain (S 21) in the ferroelastic phase depends on the crystal growing condition. The remaining internal stress appears to be responsible for the formation of W‧ wall. The host atom nuclear magnetic resonance and the S-state impurity electron magnetic resonance are also reviewed. The nuclear electric quadrupole interaction of 51V and 209Bi in BiVO4 was evaluated in terms of the point charge model based on the crystal structure. The result of electric field gradient tensor turns out to be reasonable with experimental values. The zero-field splitting tensor of Mn2+, Fe3+ and Gd3+ are also compared, and the deduced local environment of these ions in the host are confirmed. Finally the second-order phase transition according to the Landau’s framework is found in this crystal from the temperature dependence of magnetic resonance parameters. Supported by The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea (2014) through SHC.

  12. Assessment of the Effects of Rehabilitation After Cerebrovascular Accident in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension as Risk Factors

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    Tanovic, Edina; Selimovic, Senad; Tanovic, Haris

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of rehabilitation, to determine the prevalence of major risk factors in cerebrovascular accident and their consequences, as well as to propose measures and procedures that will affect the better rehabilitation. Methods: The survey analyzed: age, sex, duration of rehabilitation, activities in daily life through the Barthel index at admission and at discharge, presence of risk factors HTA and DM. The study included a total of 116 patients, the majority of patients are older than 61 years. We had 49% of male patients and 51% of female patients and they spent 31-40 days at the rehabilitation. Results: The most common risk factor is HTA (83%) and diabetes (33%). Most of the patients at admission had a BI from 0 to 4 (32.7%), and at discharge BI in the range 17-20 (36.2%). Statistical analysis shows that there is a statistically significant correlation between the BI at admission, BI at discharge and risk factors of HTA and diabetes mellitus. Conclusions: the rehabilitation results in most patients is good results of rehabilitation. The most important risk factors in patients are HTA, DM and directly affect on results of rehabilitation. For the better results we should have energetic fight against risk factors for HTA and DM through primary and secondary prevention and patient education about early detection and treatment of these risk factors. PMID:24937938

  13. Rain-induced increase in background radiation detected by Radiation Portal Monitors.

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    Livesay, R J; Blessinger, C S; Guzzardo, T F; Hausladen, P A

    2014-11-01

    A complete understanding of both the steady state and transient background measured by Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) is essential to predictable system performance, as well as maximization of detection sensitivity. To facilitate this understanding, a test bed for the study of natural background in RPMs has been established at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This work was performed in support of the Second Line of Defense Program's mission to enhance partner country capability to deter, detect, and interdict the illicit movement of special nuclear material. In the present work, transient increases in gamma-ray counting rates in RPMs due to rain are investigated. The increase in background activity associated with rain, which has been well documented in the field of environmental radioactivity, originates primarily from the wet-deposition of two radioactive daughters of (222)Rn, namely, (214)Pb and (214)Bi. In this study, rainfall rates recorded by a co-located weather station are compared with RPM count rates and high-purity germanium spectra. The data verify that these radionuclides are responsible for the largest environmental background fluctuations in RPMs. Analytical expressions for the detector response function in Poly-Vinyl Toluene have been derived. Effects on system performance and potential mitigation strategies are discussed.

  14. Bismuth solubility through binding by various organic compounds and naturally occurring soil organic matter.

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    Murata, Tomoyoshi

    2010-01-01

    The present study was performed to examine the effects of soluble organic matter and pH on the solubility of Bi in relation to inference with the behavior of metallic Bi dispersed in soil and water environments using EDTA, citric acid, tartaric acid, L-cysteine, soil humic acids (HA), and dissolved organic matter (DOM) derived from the soil organic horizon. The solubility of Bi by citric acid, tartaric acid, L-cysteine, HA, and DOM showed pH dependence, while that by EDTA did not. Bi solubility by HA seemed to be related to the distribution of pKa (acid dissociation constant) values of acidic functional groups in their molecules. That is, HA extracted at pH 3.2 solubilized Bi preferentially in the acidic range, while HA extracted at pH 8.4 showed preferential solubilization at neutral and alkaline pH. This was related to the dissociation characteristics of functional groups, their binding capacity with Bi, and precipitation of Bi carbonate or hydroxides. In addition to the dissociation characteristics of functional groups, the unique structural configuration of the HA could also contribute to Bi-HA complex formation. The solubility of Bi by naturally occurring DOM derived from the soil organic horizon (Oi) and its pH dependence were different from those associated with HA and varied among tree species.

  15. Low Temperature Synthesis of Cubic-phase Fast-ionic Conducting Bi-doped Garnet Solid State Electrolytes

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    Schwanz, Derek K.; Marinero, Ernesto

    We report on the synthesis of cubic-phase fast ionic conducting garnet solid state electrolytes based on LiLaZrO (LLZO) at unprecedented low synthesis temperatures. Ionic conductivities around 1.2 x 10-4 S/cm are readily achieved. Bismuth aliovalent substitution into LLZO utilizing the Pechini processing method is successfully employed to synthesize LiLaZrBiO compounds. Cubic phase LiLaZrBiO powders are generated in the temperature range 650C to 900C in air. In contrast, in the absence of Bi and under identical synthesis conditions, the cubic phase of LiLaZrO is not formed below 750C and a transformation to the poor ionically conducting tetragonal phase is observed at 800C for the undoped compound. The critical role of Bi in lowering the formation temperature of the garnet cubic phase and the improvements in ionic conductivity are elucidated in this work through microstructural and electrochemical studies.

  16. The s process: Nuclear physics, stellar models, and observations

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    Käppeler, F.; Gallino, R.; Bisterzo, S.; Aoki, Wako

    2011-01-01

    Nucleosynthesis in the s process takes place in the He-burning layers of low-mass asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars and during the He- and C-burning phases of massive stars. The s process contributes about half of the element abundances between Cu and Bi in solar system material. Depending on stellar mass and metallicity the resulting s-abundance patterns exhibit characteristic features, which provide comprehensive information for our understanding of the stellar life cycle and for the chemical evolution of galaxies. The rapidly growing body of detailed abundance observations, in particular, for AGB and post-AGB stars, for objects in binary systems, and for the very faint metal-poor population represents exciting challenges and constraints for stellar model calculations. Based on updated and improved nuclear physics data for the s-process reaction network, current models are aiming at an ab initio solution for the stellar physics related to convection and mixing processes. Progress in the intimately related areas of observations, nuclear and atomic physics, and stellar modeling is reviewed and the corresponding interplay is illustrated by the general abundance patterns of the elements beyond iron and by the effect of sensitive branching points along the s-process path. The strong variations of the s-process efficiency with metallicity bear also interesting consequences for galactic chemical evolution.

  17. Computer-aided drug design at Boehringer Ingelheim

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    Muegge, Ingo; Bergner, Andreas; Kriegl, Jan M.

    2017-03-01

    Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) is an integral part of the drug discovery endeavor at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI). CADD contributes to the evaluation of new therapeutic concepts, identifies small molecule starting points for drug discovery, and develops strategies for optimizing hit and lead compounds. The CADD scientists at BI benefit from the global use and development of both software platforms and computational services. A number of computational techniques developed in-house have significantly changed the way early drug discovery is carried out at BI. In particular, virtual screening in vast chemical spaces, which can be accessed by combinatorial chemistry, has added a new option for the identification of hits in many projects. Recently, a new framework has been implemented allowing fast, interactive predictions of relevant on and off target endpoints and other optimization parameters. In addition to the introduction of this new framework at BI, CADD has been focusing on the enablement of medicinal chemists to independently perform an increasing amount of molecular modeling and design work. This is made possible through the deployment of MOE as a global modeling platform, allowing computational and medicinal chemists to freely share ideas and modeling results. Furthermore, a central communication layer called the computational chemistry framework provides broad access to predictive models and other computational services.

  18. Extended magnetic exchange interactions in the high-temperature ferromagnet MnBi

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    Christianson, Andrew D.; Hahn, Steven E.; Fishman, Randy Scott; ...

    2016-05-09

    Here, the high-temperature ferromagnet MnBi continues to receive attention as a candidate to replace rare-earth-containing permanent magnets in applications above room temperature. This is due to a high Curie temperature, large magnetic moments, and a coercivity that increases with temperature. The synthesis of MnBi also allows for crystals that are free of interstitial Mn, enabling more direct access to the key interactions underlying the physical properties of binary Mn-based ferromagnets. In this work, we use inelastic neutron scattering to measure the spin waves of MnBi in order to characterize the magnetic exchange at low temperature. Consistent with the spin reorientationmore » that occurs below 140~K, we do not observe a spin gap in this system above our experimental resolution. A Heisenberg model was fit to the spin wave data in order to characterize the long-range nature of the exchange. It was found that interactions up to sixth nearest neighbor are required to fully parameterize the spin waves. Surprisingly, the nearest-neighbor term is antiferromagnetic, and the realization of a ferromagnetic ground state relies on the more numerous ferromagnetic terms beyond nearest neighbor, suggesting that the ferromagnetic ground state arises as a consequence of the long-ranged interactions in the system.« less

  19. EM study of latent track morphology in TiO2 single crystals

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    O'Connell, J. H.; Skuratov, V. A.; Akilbekov, A.; Zhumazhanova, A.; Janse van Vuuren, A.

    2016-07-01

    A TEM investigation was conducted into the morphology of 167 MeV Xe (2 × 1010 cm-2 to 1014 cm-2) and 1 GeV Bi ion (2 × 1010 cm-2) induced latent tracks in single crystal TiO2 (rutile). At fluences up to 1011 cm-2 latent tracks are visible as discontinuous lines of strained crystal along the ion trajectory. From the implanted surface down to about 60-70 nm below the surface the tracks appear as continuous conical structures with a base of diameter 5-6 nm (Xe) and 8-9 nm (Bi) in contact with the surface with a mushroom shaped hillock extending outward from the surface. At fluences between 6 × 1012 cm-2 and 1013 cm-2 the crystal is amorphized but rod-like crystalline regions remain which are oriented along the ion trajectories. Amorphization extends from the surface down to 8.3 μm below suggesting an upper limit for the threshold electronic stopping power for amorphization of 7.3 keV nm-1. At 1014 cm-2 Xe the entire 8.3 μm subsurface region is rendered amorphous although some evidence of short range ordering remains.

  20. Screening and brief intervention online for college students: the ihealth study.

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    Saitz, Richard; Palfai, Tibor P; Freedner, Naomi; Winter, Michael R; Macdonald, Alexandra; Lu, John; Ozonoff, Al; Rosenbloom, David L; Dejong, William

    2007-01-01

    To test the feasibility of online alcohol screening and brief intervention (BI) by comparing (i) two approaches to inviting all students to be screened, and (ii) a minimal versus a more extensive BI. Freshmen students at one university were randomized to receive one of two types of email invitations to an online anonymous: (i) general health assessment, or (ii) alcohol-specific assessment. All were linked to the same alcohol screening survey. Those with unhealthy alcohol use (AUDIT >or=8) were randomly assigned to minimal or more extensive online alcohol BI. In both invitation groups (4008 students), 55% of students completed the online screening. Overall, 37% of men and 26% of women had unhealthy alcohol use. Compared to minimal BI, more extensive BI was associated with intention to seek help among men and with a greater increase in readiness to change among women. One month after BI, 75% of students completed another assessment, 33% of women and 15% of men with unhealthy alcohol use at baseline no longer had unhealthy alcohol use. There were no significant differences on drinking measures by BI randomization group. Over half of an entire freshman class of college students were reached by email and completed alcohol screening and brief intervention. Even an alcohol-specific invitation did not deter students. Although brief interventions that differed had some gender specific effects on readiness to change and intention, in general, unhealthy alcohol use decreased after brief intervention. Web screening and brief intervention show promise for addressing unhealthy alcohol use by college students.

  1. Theoretical Predictions of Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of Dilute Bismide AlN1- x Bi x in Zinc-Blend Structures

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    Alaya, R.; Slama, S.; Hashassi, M.; Mbarki, M.; Rebey, A.; Alaya, S.

    2017-04-01

    We report the results of first-principles calculations based on the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW + lo) method to explore the effects of alloying under the non-conventional AlN III-V compound with bismuth. We have calculated the structural and electronic properties of the binary compounds AlN and AlBi in the zinc blend structure. We have found a good agreement between our results and the experimental and theoretical results available for that binary compounds which may be a support for the results of the ternary alloys. For the AlNBi ternary alloys, we have found a rapid reduction of the energy gap by 1.31 eV/%Bi accompanied by a strong increase in the spin-orbit splitting energy (Δso) with increasing Bi composition. We have also shown that the Δso becomes greater than the energy gap for composition of Bi about 4.2% (Δso > E g). This result is significant due to the possibility of suppressing Auger recombination, which is expected to improve the high temperature performance and thermal stability of light emitting devices. Finally, we have calculated the variation of the optical properties of AlNBi compounds, such as dielectric function and refractive index versus Bi composition.

  2. An efficient quantitative technique for the simultaneous analyses of radon daughters (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po.

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    Church, T M; Hussain, N; Ferdelman, T G; Fowler, S W

    1994-02-01

    An improved and time efficient technique has been developed for quantitative determination of the long-lived (222)Rn daughters ((210)Pb, (210)Po and (210)Bi) in atmospheric and oceanic samples. The sample is first spiked with yield tracers for polonium (208 or 209), bismuth (207), and lead (stable lead carrier). These nuclides may then be scavenged through iron hydroxide precipitation and redissolved in a dilute (pH approximately 2) nitric acid plating medium with citrate and hydroxylamine hydrochloride at 90 degrees centrigrade with constant stirring. First a silver planchet is suspended in the solution which plates polonium to high efficiency. Second, a nickel planchet is suspended in the same solution which is maintained hermetic (e.g. bubbling with helium) and bismuth is plated next with high efficiency. Third, lead is purified from the same solution using anion exchange techniques and isolated for beta counting as the sulfate. Polonium is analyzed by isotope dilution alpha spectrometry. Bismuth and lead are analyzed by anti-coincident beta counting in a low level shield. In the case of bismuth, the 207 tracer is added in quantities at least comparable to the background of the beta system such that counting before and after the decay of (210)Bi gives the bismuth yield. The unique characteristics of this technique are its speed and efficiency; all three radon daughters can be isolated for counting within 4 hr of pre-treating the sample. The remaining solution can be treated subsequently for other analyses as appropriate.

  3. Inhibition of hepatic scavenger receptor-class B type I by RNA interference decreases atherosclerosis in rabbits.

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    Demetz, Egon; Tancevski, Ivan; Duwensee, Kristina; Stanzl, Ursula; Huber, Eva; Heim, Christiane; Handle, Florian; Theurl, Markus; Schroll, Andrea; Tailleux, Anne; Dietrich, Hermann; Patsch, Josef R; Eller, Philipp; Ritsch, Andreas

    2012-06-01

    Scavenger receptor-class B type I (SR-BI), the receptor for HDL-cholesterol, plays a key role in HDL metabolism, whole body cholesterol homeostasis, and reverse cholesterol transport. We investigated the in vivo impact of hepatic SR-BI inhibition on lipoprotein metabolism and the development of atherosclerosis employing RNA interference. Small hairpin RNA plasmid specific for rabbit SR-BI was complexed with galactosylated poly-l-lysine, allowing an organ-selective, receptor-mediated gene transfer. Rabbits were fed a cholesterol-rich diet, and were injected with plasmid-complexes once a week. After 2 weeks of treatment hepatic SR-BI mRNA levels were reduced by 80% accompanied by reduced SR-BI protein levels and a modulation of the lipoprotein profile. Rabbits treated with SR-BI-specific plasmid-complexes displayed higher cholesteryl ester transfer from HDL to apoB-containing lipoproteins, lower HDL-cholesterol, and higher VLDL-cholesterol levels, when compared to controls. In a long-term study, this gene therapeutic intervention led to a similar modulation of the lipoprotein profile, to lower total cholesterol levels, and most importantly to a 50% reduction of the relative atherosclerotic lesion area. Our results are another indication that the role of SR-BI in lipoprotein metabolism and atherogenesis in rabbits--a CETP-expressing animal model displaying a manlike lipoprotein profile may be different from the one found in rodents. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Radon background study in Super-Kamiokande

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    Nakano, Yuuki; Super-Kamiokande Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    Super-Kamiokande (SK), a 50 kton water Cherenkov detector in Japan, observes 8B solar neutrinos with neutrino-electron elastic scattering. SK searches for distortions of the solar neutrino energy spectrum caused by the edge of the MSW resonance in the core of the Sun. The installation of new front-end electronics in 2008 marks the beginning of the 4th phase of SK (SK-IV). With the improvement of the water circulation system, calibration methods, reduction cuts, this phase achieved the lowest energy threshold thus far (3.5 MeV kinetic energy). To improve the sensitivity to the MSW effect, it is required to achieve lower energy threshold. For this purpose, understanding the origin of background events and reducing them are important. Currently, the main background is known as a beta decay of 214Bi in a Radon decay chain. So far, SK collaboration has developed several techniques for studying Radon contamination in the SK water. In this proceedings, a measurement system which can measure Radon concentration in the SK water with the accuracy of 0.1 mBq/m3 level is presented. In addition, an evaluation of Radon background events in SK injecting Radon rich water into the SK tank, as well as future prospects are also presented.

  5. The asymptotic behavior of Buneman instability in dissipative plasma

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    Rostomyan, Eduard V.

    2017-10-01

    The problem of time evolution of initial perturbation excited at the development of the Buneman instability (BI) in plasma with dissipation is solved. Developing fields are presented in the form of a wave train with slowly varying amplitude. It is shown that the evolution of the initial pulse in space and time is given by the differential equation of third order. The equation is solved and the expression for the asymptotic pulse shape is obtained. The expression gives the most complete information on the instability: the space-time distribution of the fields, growth rates, velocities of unstable perturbations, the influence of the collisions/dissipation on the instability, its character, (absolute/convective), etc. All these characteristics of the BI are carried out by analyzing the expression for the shape. The obtained results may be applied to any system in which the red-shifted electron stream oscillations resonantly interact with ions. Asymptotic shapes of the BI are presented for various levels of dissipation.

  6. Biosimilar Insulins: Basic Considerations.

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    Heinemann, Lutz; Hompesch, Marcus

    2014-01-01

    Until now most of the insulin used in developed countries has been manufactured and distributed by a small number of multinational companies. Beyond the established insulin manufacturers, a number of new players have developed insulin manufacturing capacities based on modern biotechnological methods. Because the patents for many of the approved insulin formulations have expired or are going to expire soon, these not yet established companies are increasingly interested in seeking market approval for their insulin products as biosimilar insulins (BI) in highly regulated markets like the EU and the United States. Differences in the manufacturing process (none of the insulin manufacturing procedures are 100% identical) can lead to insulins that to some extent may differ from the originator insulin. The key questions are if subtle differences in the structure of the insulins, purity, and so on are clinically relevant and may result in different biological effects. The aim of this article is to introduce and discuss basic aspects that may be of relevance with regard to BI. © 2014 Diabetes Technology Society.

  7. Impact of individual acute phase serum amyloid A isoforms on HDL metabolism in mice[S

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    Kim, Myung-Hee; de Beer, Maria C.; Wroblewski, Joanne M.; Charnigo, Richard J.; Ji, Ailing; Webb, Nancy R.; de Beer, Frederick C.; van der Westhuyzen, Deneys R.

    2016-01-01

    The acute phase (AP) reactant serum amyloid A (SAA), an HDL apolipoprotein, exhibits pro-inflammatory activities, but its physiological function(s) are poorly understood. Functional differences between SAA1.1 and SAA2.1, the two major SAA isoforms, are unclear. Mice deficient in either isoform were used to investigate plasma isoform effects on HDL structure, composition, and apolipoprotein catabolism. Lack of either isoform did not affect the size of HDL, normally enlarged in the AP, and did not significantly change HDL composition. Plasma clearance rates of HDL apolipoproteins were determined using native HDL particles. The fractional clearance rates (FCRs) of apoA-I, apoA-II, and SAA were distinct, indicating that HDL is not cleared as intact particles. The FCRs of SAA1.1 and SAA2.1 in AP mice were similar, suggesting that the selective deposition of SAA1.1 in amyloid plaques is not associated with a difference in the rates of plasma clearance of the isoforms. Although the clearance rate of SAA was reduced in the absence of the HDL receptor, scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), it remained significantly faster compared with that of apoA-I and apoA-II, indicating a relatively minor role of SR-BI in SAA’s rapid clearance. These studies enhance our understanding of SAA metabolism and SAA’s effects on AP-HDL composition and catabolism. PMID:27018443

  8. Melting and Solidification Behaviour of Bi-Pb Multiphase Alloy Nanoparticles Embedded in Aluminum Matrix.

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    Khan, Patan Yousaf; Biswas, Krishanu

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation reports the result of the investigation on the phase transformation of biphasic Bi-Pb alloy nanoparticles embedded in the aluminum matrix. The samples are prepared by rapid solidification route involving melt spinning of Al-6 wt% (Bi55.9Pb44.1) alloy on a rotating copper wheel in an argon-filled evacuated chamber. The detailed transmission electron microscope (TEM) investigation shows presence of near cuboctahedral shaped biphasic nano-inclusions consisting of the (Bi) solid solution and β, the intermediate phase. β constitutes bulk of the nanoparticle with (Bi) forming the cap. Both the phases bear distinct orientation relationship with the matrix. The compositional analysis indicates substantial increase in solid solubilities of Pb in the (Bi) and Bi in the β-phases as compared to the as-cast sample. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies indicate substantial superheating (16.4 K) of the embedded nanoparticles with appearance of sharp melting peak. The solidification is observed to be diffused, taking place over a large temperature range (344.5 K to 332 K). The in situ heating stage experiments carried out in TEM indicate formation of core shell morphology during heating with β forming the shell around (Bi). The melting starts from Al/β/(Bi) triple point and then the liquid spreads along matrix-particle interface. The solidification occurs in eutectic manner.

  9. Adsorptional photocatalytic mineralization of oxytetracycline and ampicillin antibiotics using Bi2O3/BiOCl supported on graphene sand composite and chitosan.

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    Priya, Bhanu; Raizada, Pankaj; Singh, Nahar; Thakur, Pankaj; Singh, Pardeep

    2016-10-01

    In present study, heterojunctioned Bi2O3/BiOCl (BO/BOC) was synthesized via in situ chemical reduction and oxidation of BiOCl nanoplates. BiOCl was reduced to metallic Bi in KHB4 solution followed by oxidation in H2O2 solution to produce BO/BOC. The BO/BOC was supported over graphene sand composite and also on chitosan using wet impregnation method to report BO/BOC/GSC and BO/BOC/CT nanocomposite. The morphology and compositional characteristics of BO/BOC/GSC and BO/BOC/CT were investigated by FESEM, TEM, HRTEM, FTIR, XRD, EDX, RAMAN, BET and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectral analysis. The photocatalytic activity of BO/BOC/GSC and BO/BOC/CT was performed for mineralization of ampicillin (AMP) and oxytetracycline (OTC) antibiotics under solar light. The adsorption process had significant effect on photodegradation of AMP and OTC. The adsorption of both OTC and AMP onto BO/BOC/GSC and BO/BOC/CT followed pseudo second order kinetics. Simultaneous adsorption and degradation process (A+P) resulted in higher degradation rate of investigated antibiotics. The applicability of power law model indicates the intricacies of mineralization process. During A+P process, OTC and AMP were mineralized to CO2·H2O, NO3(-) and SO4(2-) ions. Both BO/BOC/GSC and BO/BOC/CT exhibited significant recycle efficiency.

  10. Doping indium in β-Bi2O3 to tune the electronic structure and improve the photocatalytic activities: first-principles calculations and experimental investigation.

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    Zhang, Junying; Dang, Wenqiang; Yan, Xingchen; Li, Min; Gao, Hong; Ao, Zhimin

    2014-11-14

    β-Bi2O3 is an efficient visible-light photocatalyst, however, it is unable to split water to produce hydrogen because of the positive conduction band minimum (CBM). In this paper, using hybrid density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we demonstrated that by doping indium in β-Bi2O3, the CBM shifts upward because of the orbital hybridization of Bi, In and O. In-doped β-Bi2O3 photocatalysts synthesized using a precipitation method can photocatalytically split water to produce hydrogen in experiments. In-doping also causes the morphological change of β-Bi2O3 from the hierarchical bulk assembled by nano-sheets to a spongy-like brick. Furthermore, In-doping induces the formation of electric dipoles along the tunnel in the crystal and decreases the effective mass of the electrons, favouring the separation of electron-hole pairs and electron mobility. Therefore, In-doped β-Bi2O3 has much better performance than that of the pristine β-Bi2O3 for photocatalytically decomposing methyl orange (MO) solution. This idea of simply incorporating an isovalent single element into photocatalysts to elevate the CBM and tune the local crystal structure is anticipated to be very useful for designing efficient photocatalysts.

  11. Impact of modified radical mastectomy on health-related quality of life in women with early stage breast cancer.

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    Hadi, Negin; Soltanipour, Sohail; Talei, Abdolrasol

    2012-08-01

    Systematic reviews favor a better body image and sexual activity in patients who have undergone conservative breast surgery (BCS) compared to modified radical mastectomy (MRM). In those patients with the same survival, MRM remains the surgical choice among both surgeons and patients in Iran as well as in many other countries. This cross-sectional study focuses on health-related quality of life in early stage breast cancer patients following BCS and MRM. From all post-op patients who referred to the Motahari Clinic, Shiraz, Iran, we used a convenient sampling method to select 160 MRM patients and 127 who underwent BCS. Translated copies of the EORTC QLQ-C30 (version 3) and the EORTC QLQ-BR23 questionnaires, in addition to a third questionnaire which was customized and prepared for this study, were completed by the patients under our supervision The two groups were compared by a multivariate method (Hotelling's trace test) after controlling for variables with unequal values such as disease stage, hormonal and radiotherapy treatments, and patients' role in the choice of surgery. We noted a significant difference (P < 0.001) attributed to a significantly better BI in the BCS group (average: 78.49 ± 23.14) compared to the MRM group (average: 60.71 ± 23.14). We concluded that in terms of body image, BCS has a better impact on health-related quality of life.

  12. SR-BI Selective Lipid Uptake: Subsequent Metabolism of Acute Phase HDL

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    de Beer, Maria C.; Webb, Nancy R.; Whitaker, Nathan L.; Wroblewski, Joanne M.; Jahangiri, Anisa; van der Westhuyzen, Deneys R.; de Beer, Frederick C.

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the interaction of SAA and SR-BI in remodeling of acute phase HDL (AP HDL). Methods and Results We used SAA and SR-BI adenoviral vector expression models to study the interaction between these entities. SR-BI processing of mouse AP HDL generated progressively smaller discreet HDL particles with distinct apolipoprotein compositions. SR-BI actions segregated apolipoproteins with the smallest particles containing only apoA-I. Larger remnants contained apoA-I, apoA-II and SAA. Small apoA-I only particles failed to associate with preformed HDL whereas larger remnants readily did. The presence of SAA on SR-BI processed HDL particles propelled apoA-I to a small lipid-poor form and accelerated apoA-I catabolism. Conclusions Data indicate that after core and surface HDL lipid perturbation by SR-BI, SAA propels apoA-I to a small lipid-poor form while accelerating HDL metabolism. PMID:19304574

  13. Predicted Growth of Two-Dimensional Topological Insulator Thin Films of III-V Compounds on Si(111) Substrate

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    Yao, Liang-Zi; Crisostomo, Christian P.; Yeh, Chun-Chen; Lai, Shu-Ming; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    2015-11-05

    We have carried out systematic first-principles electronic structure computations of growth of ultrathin films of compounds of group III (B, Al, In, Ga, and Tl) with group V (N, P, As, Sb, and Bi) elements on Si(111) substrate, including effects of hydrogenation. Two bilayers (BLs) of AlBi, InBi, GaBi, TlAs, and TlSb are found to support a topological phase over a wide range of strains, in addition to BBi, TlN, and TlBi which can be driven into the nontrivial phase via strain. A large band gap of 134 meV is identified in hydrogenated 2 BL film of InBi. One and two BL films of GaBi and 2 BL films of InBi and TlAs on Si(111) surface possess nontrivial phases with a band gap as large as 121 meV in the case of 2 BL film of GaBi. Persistence of the nontrivial phase upon hydrogenations in the III-V thin films suggests that these films are suitable for growing on various substrates.

  14. Dependence of the lone pair of bismuth on coordination environment and pressure: An ab initio study on Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 5}S{sub 10} and Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}

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    Arnskov Olsen, Lars; Lopez-Solano, Javier; Garcia, Alberto; Balic-Zunic, Tonci; Makovicky, Emil

    2010-09-15

    DFT calculations have been carried out for Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 5}S{sub 10} and Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} to provide an analysis of the relation between electronic structure, lone electron pairs and the local geometry. The effect of pressure is considered in Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} and the results are compared to published experimental data. Bi{sup 3+} in Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 5}S{sub 10} is found at both symmetrically and asymmetrically coordinated sites, whereas the coordination environments of Bi in Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} are asymmetric at room conditions and get more regular with increasing pressure. The charge density maps of the asymmetric sites show the lone pairs as lobes of non-shared charge. These lobes are related to an effective Bi s-Bi p hybridization resulting from coupling to S p orbitals, supporting the modern view of the origin of the stereochemically active lone pair. No effective Bi s-p hybridization is seen for the symmetric site in Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 5}S{sub 10}, whereas Bi s-p hybridization coexists with a much reduced lone pair in Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} at high pressure. - Graphical abstract: The article includes charge density maps used to analyze the charge distribution around bismuth in sulfides. This map shows the orientation of a lone electron pair.

  15. Targeting the SR-B1 Receptor as a Gateway for Cancer Therapy and Imaging

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    Mooberry, Linda K.; Sabnis, Nirupama A.; Panchoo, Marlyn; Nagarajan, Bhavani; Lacko, Andras G.

    2016-01-01

    Malignant tumors display remarkable heterogeneity to the extent that even at the same tissue site different types of cells with varying genetic background may be found. In contrast, a relatively consistent marker the scavenger receptor type B1 (SR-B1) has been found to be consistently overexpressed by most tumor cells. Scavenger Receptor Class B Type I (SR-BI) is a high density lipoprotein (HDL) receptor that facilitates the uptake of cholesterol esters from circulating lipoproteins. Additional findings suggest a critical role for SR-BI in cholesterol metabolism, signaling, motility, and proliferation of cancer cells and thus a potential major impact in carcinogenesis and metastasis. Recent findings indicate that the level of SR-BI expression correlate with aggressiveness and poor survival in breast and prostate cancer. Moreover, genomic data show that depending on the type of cancer, high or low SR-BI expression may promote poor survival. This review discusses the importance of SR-BI as a diagnostic as well as prognostic indicator of cancer to help elucidate the contributions of this protein to cancer development, progression, and survival. In addition, the SR-B1 receptor has been shown to serve as a potential gateway for the delivery of therapeutic agents when reconstituted high density lipoprotein nanoparticles are used for their transport to cancer cells and tumors. Opportunities for the development of new technologies, particularly in the areas of cancer therapy and tumor imaging are discussed. PMID:28018216

  16. Arsenic, antimony and bismuth in soil and pasture herbage in some old metalliferous mining areas in England.

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    Li, X; Thornton, I

    1993-09-01

    Soil and pasture herbage samples from some historical metalliferous mining and smelting areas in England were analysed for As, Sb and Bi by ICP-AES using a hydride generation method after ashing with Mg(NO3)2. The results showed that As, Sb and Bi concentrations in soils were elevated because of their associations with the Pb-Zn mineralisation in Derbyshire and Somerset, and Sn-Cu mineralisation in Cornwall. The distribution of As, Sb and Bi in soils reflected the chemical nature of different mine waste materials, and on a regional basis clearly reflected the geochemistry of the three mineral provinces. Historical smelting and calcination have caused intensive contamination in soils in the immediate vicinity of these activities. Antimony was highly elevated in soils at an old Pb smelter site in Derbyshire. Although the concentrations of As, Sb and Bi were generally low in the pasture herbage samples examined, the concentrations of As and Sb in herbage often reflected those of the corresponding soils. Soil pH had a large effect on the plant uptake of Bi from soils. The pasture herbage contaminated by soil can be an important exposure pathway of these elements to livestock grazing on contaminated land.

  17. Cooperation between hepatic cholesteryl ester hydrolase and scavenger receptor BI for hydrolysis of HDL-CE.

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    Yuan, Quan; Bie, Jinghua; Wang, Jing; Ghosh, Siddhartha S; Ghosh, Shobha

    2013-11-01

    Liver is the sole organ responsible for the final elimination of cholesterol from the body either as biliary cholesterol or bile acids. High density lipoprotein (HDL)-derived cholesterol is the major source of biliary sterols and represents a mechanism for the removal of cholesterol from peripheral tissues including artery wall-associated macrophage foam cells. Via selective uptake through scavenger receptor BI (SR-BI), HDL-cholesterol is thought to be directly secreted into bile, and HDL cholesteryl esters (HDL-CEs) enter the hepatic metabolic pool and need to be hydrolyzed prior to conversion to bile acids. However, the identity of hepatic CE hydrolase (CEH) as well as the role of SR-BI in bile acid synthesis remains elusive. In this study we examined the role of human hepatic CEH (CES1) in facilitating hydrolysis of SR-BI-delivered HDL-CEs. Over-expression of CEH led to increased hydrolysis of HDL-[³H]CE in primary hepatocytes and SR-BI expression was required for this process. Intracellular CEH associated with BODIPY-CE delivered by selective uptake via SR-BI. CEH and SR-BI expression enhanced the movement of [³H]label from HDL-[³H]CE to bile acids in vitro and in vivo. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that SR-BI-delivered HDL-CEs are hydrolyzed by hepatic CEH and utilized for bile acid synthesis.

  18. Time series regression and ARIMAX for forecasting currency flow at Bank Indonesia in Sulawesi region

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    Suharsono, Agus; Suhartono, Masyitha, Aulia; Anuravega, Arum

    2015-12-01

    The purpose of the study is to forecast the outflow and inflow of currency at Indonesian Central Bank or Bank Indonesia (BI) in Sulawesi Region. The currency outflow and inflow data tend to have a trend pattern which is influenced by calendar variation effects. Therefore, this research focuses to apply some forecasting methods that could handle calendar variation effects, i.e. Time Series Regression (TSR) and ARIMAX models, and compare the forecast accuracy with ARIMA model. The best model is selected based on the lowest of Root Mean Squares Errors (RMSE) at out-sample dataset. The results show that ARIMA is the best model for forecasting the currency outflow and inflow at South Sulawesi. Whereas, the best model for forecasting the currency outflow at Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi, and for forecasting the currency inflow at South Sulawesi and North Sulawesi is TSR. Additionally, ARIMAX is the best model for forecasting the currency outflow at North Sulawesi. Hence, the results show that more complex models do not neccessary yield more accurate forecast than the simpler one.

  19. SR-BI mediates high density lipoprotein (HDL)-induced anti-inflammatory effect in macrophages.

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    Song, Gyun Jee; Kim, Seong-Min; Park, Ki-Hoon; Kim, Jihoe; Choi, Inho; Cho, Kyung-Hyun

    2015-01-30

    High density lipoprotein (HDL) receptor, scavenger receptor class B, type I (SR-BI), mediates selective cholesteryl ester uptake from lipoproteins into the liver as well as cholesterol efflux from macrophages to HDL. Recently, strong evidence has demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effect of HDL, although the mechanism of action is not fully understood. In this study, we showed that the anti-inflammatory effects of HDL are dependent on SR-BI expression in THP-1 macrophages. Consistent with earlier findings, pretreatment of macrophages with HDL abolished LPS-induced TNFα production. HDL also inhibited LPS-induced NF-κB activation. In addition, knockdown of SR-BI or inhibition of SR-BI ligand binding abolished the anti-inflammatory effect of HDL. SR-BI is a multi-ligand receptor that binds to modified lipoproteins as well as native HDL. Since modified lipoproteins have pro-inflammatory properties, it is unclear whether SR-BI activated by modified HDL has an anti- or pro-inflammatory effect. Glycated HDL induced NF-κB activation and cytokine production in macrophages in vitro, suggesting a pro-inflammatory effect for modified HDL. Moreover, inhibition of SR-BI function or expression potentiated glycated HDL-induced TNF-α production, suggesting an anti-inflammatory effect for SR-BI. In conclusion, SR-BI plays an important function in regulating HDL-mediated anti-inflammatory response in macrophages.

  20. Synthesis and electrocatalytic properties of PtBi nanoplatelets and PdBi nanowires.

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    Liao, Hanbin; Zhu, Jinghan; Hou, Yanglong

    2014-01-21

    We have demonstrated a one-pot, facile and rapid strategy to synthesize novel PtBi nanoplatelets (NPLs) and PdBi nanowires (NWs) with controlled shape, size, and composition in the presence of oleylamine (OAm) and NH4Br. In contrast to the conventional face centered cubic (fcc) structure of Pt-based NPs, PtBi possesses a chemically ordered intermetallic hexagonal close packed (hcp) structure. Using this uniaxial crystal structural character of PtBi, we succeed in synthesizing two-dimensional (2-D) PtBi NPLs. Significantly, the electrochemical studies indicate that the as-prepared 2-D PtBi NPLs exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward formic acid and methanol oxidation with larger oxidation current density, higher tolerance to CO poisoning, and more negative onset potential in comparison with the commercial Pt/C catalyst. This is attributed to the addition of second metal Bi. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that synthesis of one-dimensional (1-D) PdBi alloy NWs has been reported. The as-synthesized 1-D PdBi bimetallic NWs may find promising potential applications in various fields, such as fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, and organocatalysis.

  1. Production of Thorium-229 at the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor

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    Boll, Rose Ann; Garland, Marc A; Mirzadeh, Saed

    2008-01-01

    The investigation of targeted cancer therapy using -emitters has developed considerably in recent years and clinical trials have generated promising results. In particular, the initial clinical trials for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia have demonstrated the effectiveness of the -emitter 213Bi in killing cancer cells [1]. Pre-clinical studies have also shown the potential application of both 213Bi and its 225Ac parent radionuclide in a variety of cancer systems and targeted radiotherapy [2]. Bismuth-213 is obtained from a radionuclide generator system from decay of the 10-d 225Ac parent, a member of the 7340-y 229Th chain. Currently, 233U is the only viable source for high purity 229Th; however, due to increasing difficulties associated with 233U safeguards, processing additional 233U is presently unfeasible. The recent decision to downblend and dispose of enriched 233U further diminished the prospects for extracting 229Th from 233U stock. Nevertheless, the anticipated growth in demand for 225Ac may soon exceed the levels of 229Th (~40 g or ~8 Ci; ~80 times the current ORNL 229Th stock) present in the aged 233U stockpile. The alternative routes for the production of 229Th, 225Ra and 225Ac include both reactor and accelerator approaches [3]. Here, we describe production of 229Th via neutron transmutation of 226Ra targets in the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

  2. LnPO4 nanoparticles doped with Ac-225 and sequestered daughters for targeted alpha therapy.

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    McLaughlin, Mark F; Robertson, David; Pevsner, Paul H; Wall, Jonathan S; Mirzadeh, Saed; Kennel, Stephen J

    2014-02-01

    For targeted alpha therapy (TAT) with 225Ac, daughter radioisotopes from the parent emissions should be controlled. Here, we report on a second-generation layered nanoparticle (NP) with improved daughter retention that can mediate TAT of lung tumor colonies. NPs of La3+, Gd3+, and 225Ac3+ ions were coated with additional layers of GdPO4 and then coated with gold via citrate reduction of NaAuCl4. MAb 201b, targeting thrombomodulin in lung endothelium, was added to a polyethylene glycol (dPEG)-COOH linker. The NPs:mAb ratio was quantified by labeling the mAb with 125I. NPs showed 30% injected dose/organ antibody-mediated uptake in the lung, which increased to 47% in mice pretreated with clodronate liposomes to reduce phagocytosis. Retention of daughter 213Bi in lung tissue was more than 70% at one hour and about 90% at 24 hours postinjection. Treatment of mice with lung-targeted 225Ac NP reduced EMT-6 lung colonies relative to cold antibody competition for targeting or phosphate-buffered saline injected controls. We conclude that LnPO4 NPs represent a viable solution to deliver the 225Ac as an in vivo α generator. The NPs successfully retain a large percentage of the daughter products without compromising the tumoricidal properties of the α-radiation.

  3. Computer-aided drug design at Boehringer Ingelheim

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    Muegge, Ingo; Bergner, Andreas; Kriegl, Jan M.

    2016-09-01

    Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) is an integral part of the drug discovery endeavor at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI). CADD contributes to the evaluation of new therapeutic concepts, identifies small molecule starting points for drug discovery, and develops strategies for optimizing hit and lead compounds. The CADD scientists at BI benefit from the global use and development of both software platforms and computational services. A number of computational techniques developed in-house have significantly changed the way early drug discovery is carried out at BI. In particular, virtual screening in vast chemical spaces, which can be accessed by combinatorial chemistry, has added a new option for the identification of hits in many projects. Recently, a new framework has been implemented allowing fast, interactive predictions of relevant on and off target endpoints and other optimization parameters. In addition to the introduction of this new framework at BI, CADD has been focusing on the enablement of medicinal chemists to independently perform an increasing amount of molecular modeling and design work. This is made possible through the deployment of MOE as a global modeling platform, allowing computational and medicinal chemists to freely share ideas and modeling results. Furthermore, a central communication layer called the computational chemistry framework provides broad access to predictive models and other computational services.

  4. Robust surface state transport in thin bismuth nanoribbons

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    Ning, Wei; Kong, Fengyu; Han, Yuyan; Du, Haifeng; Yang, Jiyong; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng

    2014-01-01

    While a two-dimensional (2D) metallic surface state in bismuth has been proposed, experimental 2D evidence of quantum transport, e.g., angular dependent Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations is still lacking. Here, we report the angular-dependent magnetoresistance measurements in single-crystal Bi nanoribbons, and found that both the low-field weak antilocalization behavior and the high-field angle-dependent SdH oscillations follow exactly the 2D character, indicative of the 2D metallic surface states which dominate the transport properties of thin Bi nanoribbons. Moreover, by controllable exposing the ribbons to ambient environment (1 atm and room temperature), the metallic surface states were found to be robust to the oxidation although the carrier density in the surface states are modified after the exposures. These results suggest that the metallic surface states in Bi nanoribbons should be topologically protected which can provide key information in understanding the surface properties of Bi in nanometer scale. PMID:25404036

  5. Experimental detection of alpha-particles from the radioactive decay of natural bismuth.

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    de Marcillac, Pierre; Coron, Noël; Dambier, Gérard; Leblanc, Jacques; Moalic, Jean-Pierre

    2003-04-24

    The only naturally occurring isotope of bismuth, 209Bi, is commonly regarded as the heaviest stable isotope. But like most other heavy nuclei abundant in nature and characterized by an exceptionally long lifetime, it is metastable with respect to alpha-decay. However, the decay usually evades observation because the nuclear structure of 209Bi gives rise to an extremely low decay probability and, moreover, generates low-energy alpha-particles difficult to detect. Indeed, dedicated experiments attempting to record the alpha-decay of 209Bi in nuclear emulsions failed. However, scintillating bolometers operated at temperatures below 100 mK offer improved detection efficiency and sensitivity, whereas a broad palette of targets could be available. Here we report the successful use of this method for the unambiguous detection of 209Bi alpha-decay in bismuth germanate detectors cooled to 20 mK. We measure an energy release of 3,137 +/- 1 (statistical) +/- 2 (systematic) keV and a half-life of (1.9 +/- 0.2) x 10(19) yr, which are in agreement with expected values.

  6. Rain-Induced Increase in Background Radiation Detected by Radiation Portal Monitors

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    Hausladen, Paul; Blessinger, Christopher S; Guzzardo, Tyler; Livesay, Jake

    2012-07-01

    A complete understanding of both the steady state and transient background measured by Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) is essential to predictable system performance, as well as maximization of detection sensitivity. To facilitate this understanding, a test bed for the study of natural background in RPMs has been established at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This work was performed in support of the Second Line of Defense Program's mission to detect the illicit movement of nuclear material. In the present work, transient increases in gamma ray counting rates in RPMs due to rain are investigated. The increase in background activity associated with rain, which has been well documented in the field of environmental radioactivity, originates from the atmospheric deposition of two radioactive daughters of radon-222, namely lead-214 and bismuth-214 (henceforth {sup 222}Rn, {sup 214}Pb and {sup 214}Bi). In this study, rainfall rates recorded by a co-located weather station are compared with RPM count rates and High Purity Germanium spectra. The data verifies these radionuclides are responsible for the dominant transient natural background fluctuations in RPMs. Effects on system performance and potential mitigation strategies are discussed.

  7. Quantum oscillations in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi

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    Mun, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Lee, Y.; ...

    2015-08-01

    We present quantum oscillations observed in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi in magnetic fields far beyond its field-tuned, quantum critical point. Quantum oscillations are observed in magnetic fields as low as 60 kOe at 60 mK and up to temperatures as high as 3 K, which confirms the very high quality of the samples as well as the small effective mass of the conduction carriers far from the quantum critical point. Although the electronic specific heat coefficient of YbPtBi reaches ~7.4 J/molK2 in zero field, which is one of the highest effective mass values among heavy-fermion systems, we suppress it quicklymore » by an applied magnetic field. The quantum oscillations were used to extract the quasiparticle effective masses of the order of the bare electron mass, which is consistent with the behavior observed in specific heat measurements. Furthermore, such small effective masses at high fields can be understood by considering the suppression of Kondo screening.« less

  8. Quantum oscillations in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi

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    Mun, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Lee, Y.; Martin, C.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-08-01

    We present quantum oscillations observed in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi in magnetic fields far beyond its field-tuned, quantum critical point. Quantum oscillations are observed in magnetic fields as low as 60 kOe at 60 mK and up to temperatures as high as 3 K, which confirms the very high quality of the samples as well as the small effective mass of the conduction carriers far from the quantum critical point. Although the electronic specific heat coefficient of YbPtBi reaches ~7.4 J/molK2 in zero field, which is one of the highest effective mass values among heavy-fermion systems, we suppress it quickly by an applied magnetic field. The quantum oscillations were used to extract the quasiparticle effective masses of the order of the bare electron mass, which is consistent with the behavior observed in specific heat measurements. Furthermore, such small effective masses at high fields can be understood by considering the suppression of Kondo screening.

  9. Behaviour of Antimony and Bismuth in Copper Electrorefining Circuits

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    Beauchemin,S.; Chen, T.; Dutrizac, J.

    2008-01-01

    Antimony- and bismuth-rich copper anodes, anode slimes and decopperized anode slimes from industrial copper electrorefineries were studied mineralogically. Antimony in the anodes occurs mainly as Cu-Pb-As-Sb-Bi oxide inclusions along the copper grain boundaries; bismuth is mainly present as Cu-Pb-As-Sb-Bi oxide, Cu-Bi-As oxide, Cu-Pb-As-Bi oxide and Cu-Bi oxide inclusions. Sb and Bi partly dissolve during electrorefining, but extensively reprecipitate as As-Sb oxide, As-Sb-Bi oxide and SbAsO4. The presence of As results in the precipitation of essentially all the Bi as BiAsO4. The decopperizing process dissolves much of the Sb and Bi, although the majority of the BiAsO4 phase remains unaffected. Subsequently, some of the dissolved Sb and Bi reprecipitates as various oxide, sulphate and arsenate species. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) analyses suggest about 70% of the antimony in the anode slimes is present in the pentavalent oxidation state. The XANES analyses indicate that most of the Bi in all the slimes samples is present in the trivalent oxidation state.

  10. Epitaxial thin films of novel multiferroic double perovskites.

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    Venimadhav, A.; Li, Qi

    2006-03-01

    Recently multiferroic materials have attracted great interest. However, relatively a few pure multiferroic compounds are currently known. Here we show the exploration of design of multiferroic properties in double perovskites by combining the ferrolectrisity driven by the Bi lone pairs and selectively choosing the 3d transition metals following Goodenough-Kanamori's rules to bring in ferromagnetism. We present growth issues in stabilizing the single phase, epitaxial thin films of new double perovskite multiferroic systems such as Bi2NiMnO6, Bi2FeCrO6 and La2NiMnO6 by pulsed laser deposition. Targets of these compositions were synthesized by solid state method with 15% of excess Bi in the composition to compensate the volatility of Bi during the deposition. We also present the synthesis of Bi2FeCrO6 by growing a superlattice structures from individual targets of Bi FeO3 and BiCrO3. In the cubic double perovskites, cations show rock salt kind of ordering in the (111) direction and hence growing these films on STO (111) substrates has an advantage. We present the growth, structural and multiferroic properties in these double perovskite thin films..

  11. {alpha} decay of {sup 216}Fr and {sup 212}At

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    Liang, C.F.; Paris, P.; Sheline, R.K.; Alexa, P.; Gizon, A.

    1996-11-01

    The alpha and coincident gamma decays of {sup 216}Fr and {sup 212}At in secular equilibrium with 0.8 s {sup 224}Pa and 26.1 ms {sup 220}Ac have been studied with emphasis on the level scheme of {sup 212}At. The level structure has been interpreted in terms of the shell model configurations {pi}({ital h}{sub 9/2}){sub 9/2}{sup 3}{nu}({ital g}{sub 9/2}), {pi}({ital h}{sub 9/2}){sub 0+}{sup 2}({ital f}{sub 7/2}){nu}({ital g}{sub 9/2}), and {pi}({ital h}{sub 9/2}){sub 9/2}{sup 3}{nu}({ital i}{sub 11/2}). These configurations are then compared with the calculated configurations in {sup 212}At and with the corresponding experimental configurations in {sup 210}Bi and {sup 212}Bi. In all three cases plots of the experimental energies vs the spin show the expected inverted parabola shape, but as we move farther away from the {sup 208}Pb closed shells, the inverted parabolas become more compressed. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  12. Intermetallic charge transfer between A-site Cu and B-site Fe in A-site-ordered double perovskites

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    Long, Youwen; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2010-06-01

    In this review article, we describe in detail the temperature-induced intermetallic charge transfer between A-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in the A-site-ordered double perovskites RCu3Fe4O12 (R=La, Bi). In these compounds, a very rare Cu3+ valence state at the square-planar-coordinated A sites was stabilized by high-pressure synthesis. By increasing the temperature, a Cu-Fe intermetallic charge transfer producing a high Fe3.75+ valence state occurred. This charge transfer gave rise to a first-order isostructural phase transition with unusual volume contraction, as well as to antiferromagnetism-to-paramagnetism and insulator-to-metal transitions. The substitution of Bi for La stabilized the low-temperature phase containing Cu3+ and increased the charge transfer transition temperature from 393 K for LaCu3Fe4O12 to 428 K for BiCu3Fe4O12.

  13. The chiral anomaly and thermopower of Weyl fermions in the half-Heusler GdPtBi.

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    Hirschberger, Max; Kushwaha, Satya; Wang, Zhijun; Gibson, Quinn; Liang, Sihang; Belvin, Carina A; Bernevig, B A; Cava, R J; Ong, N P

    2016-11-01

    The Dirac and Weyl semimetals are unusual materials in which the nodes of the bulk states are protected against gap formation by crystalline symmetry. The chiral anomaly, predicted to occur in both systems, was recently observed as a negative longitudinal magnetoresistance (LMR) in Na3Bi (ref. ) and in TaAs (ref. ). An important issue is whether Weyl physics appears in a broader class of materials. We report evidence for the chiral anomaly in the half-Heusler GdPtBi. In zero field, GdPtBi is a zero-gap semiconductor with quadratic bands. In a magnetic field, the Zeeman energy leads to Weyl nodes. We have observed a large negative LMR with the field-steering properties specific to the chiral anomaly. The chiral anomaly also induces strong suppression of the thermopower. We report a detailed study of the thermoelectric response function αxx of Weyl fermions. The scheme of creating Weyl nodes from quadratic bands suggests that the chiral anomaly may be observable in a broad class of semimetals.

  14. The chiral anomaly and thermopower of Weyl fermions in the half-Heusler GdPtBi

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    Hirschberger, Max; Kushwaha, Satya; Wang, Zhijun; Gibson, Quinn; Liang, Sihang; Belvin, Carina A.; Bernevig, B. A.; Cava, R. J.; Ong, N. P.

    2016-11-01

    The Dirac and Weyl semimetals are unusual materials in which the nodes of the bulk states are protected against gap formation by crystalline symmetry. The chiral anomaly, predicted to occur in both systems, was recently observed as a negative longitudinal magnetoresistance (LMR) in Na3Bi (ref. ) and in TaAs (ref. ). An important issue is whether Weyl physics appears in a broader class of materials. We report evidence for the chiral anomaly in the half-Heusler GdPtBi. In zero field, GdPtBi is a zero-gap semiconductor with quadratic bands. In a magnetic field, the Zeeman energy leads to Weyl nodes. We have observed a large negative LMR with the field-steering properties specific to the chiral anomaly. The chiral anomaly also induces strong suppression of the thermopower. We report a detailed study of the thermoelectric response function αxx of Weyl fermions. The scheme of creating Weyl nodes from quadratic bands suggests that the chiral anomaly may be observable in a broad class of semimetals.

  15. [Determination of trace impurities in high purity titanium dioxide by high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry].

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    He, Xiao-Mei; Xie, Hua-Lin; Nie, Xi-Du; Tang, You-Gen

    2007-06-01

    An analytical method using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) for the rapid simultaneous determination of twenty six elements (Be, Na, Mg, Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Mo, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba, Ce, Nd, Sm, Pt, Pb and Bi) in high purity titanium dioxide was described. Samples were decomposed by (NH4)2SO4 and H2SO4. Most of the spectral interferences could be avoided by measuring in the high-resolution mode. The matrix effects due to the presence of excess sulfuric acid and Ti were evaluated. The optimum conditions for the determination were tested and discussed. The standard addition method was employed for quantitative analysis. The detection limits are 0.004-0.63 microg x g(-1), the recovery ratio is 87.6%-106.4%, and the RSD is less than 3.5%. The method is accurate, quick and convenient. It has been applied to the determination of trace impurities in high purity titanium dioxide with satisfactory results.

  16. Investigation of InBi intermetallic compounds as possible topological insulators

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    Lin, Y. T.; Chen, Q. Y.; Hseih, W. C.; Chang, C. F.; Chuang, F. C.; Liao, H. H.

    2015-03-01

    InBi intermetallic compounds were found to be potentially 2-dimensional topological insulators from first-principle calculations. In our experiment, InBi, In2Bi3andIn3Bi5 were fabricated either in bulk or thin film, by depositing In and Bi into 2 layers by e-beam evaporation of proper thickness ratios for each stoichiometry. The bi-layers were rapid thermal annealed to accomplish the reaction or intermixing well above their temperatures of phase transition. EDS and secondary electron imaging were used to determine the obtained stoichiometry. CVD using a 3-zone furnace was as tested with various combinations of zone temperatures, types and flow rates of carrying gases to investigate the feasibility of epitaxial growth. Samples were characterized by XRD to obtain the crystalline phase, magneto-transport measurements to determine the carrier concentration and mobility using a PPMS to correlate the measured results. We will ponder on the implication of our findings in regards to the possibilities of being a candidate for topological insulator as predicted by the calculations.

  17. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms following media exposure to tragic events: impact of 9/11 on children at risk for anxiety disorders.

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    Otto, Michael W; Henin, Aude; Hirshfeld-Becker, Dina R; Pollack, Mark H; Biederman, Joseph; Rosenbaum, Jerrold F

    2007-01-01

    With the extensive media coverage on September 11, 2001, adults and children indirectly witnessed the terrorist attacks leading to the deaths of almost 3,000 people. An ongoing longitudinal study provided the opportunity to examine pre-event characteristics and the impact of this media exposure. We assessed symptoms of PTSD in 166 children and 84 mothers who had no direct exposure to the 9/11 attacks. The sample included children who had parents with or without anxiety and mood disorders, and who had been assessed for the presence or absence of temperamental behavioral inhibition (BI). We found a 5.4 percent rate of symptomatic PTSD in response to 9/11 in children and 1.2 percent in their mothers. Children's identification with victims of the attack, and for younger children, the amount of television viewing predicted increased risk of PTSD symptoms. Parental depression was associated with higher symptoms, and pre-event levels of family support was associated with a lower risk for PTSD symptoms. BI in children was also linked to lower rates of PTSD symptoms, suggesting that a cautious and fearful approach to novelty may offer protection against exposure to media-based traumatic images. Media viewing of tragic events is sufficient to produce PTSD symptoms in vulnerable populations such as children. Given the links between PTSD symptoms and viewing habits, parental monitoring of media exposure may be important for younger children.

  18. Time-reversal symmetry-breaking superconductivity in epitaxial bismuth/nickel bilayers.

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    Gong, Xinxin; Kargarian, Mehdi; Stern, Alex; Yue, Di; Zhou, Hexin; Jin, Xiaofeng; Galitski, Victor M; Yakovenko, Victor M; Xia, Jing

    2017-03-01

    Superconductivity that spontaneously breaks time-reversal symmetry (TRS) has been found, so far, only in a handful of three-dimensional (3D) crystals with bulk inversion symmetry. We report an observation of spontaneous TRS breaking in a 2D superconducting system without inversion symmetry: the epitaxial bilayer films of bismuth and nickel. The evidence comes from the onset of the polar Kerr effect at the superconducting transition in the absence of an external magnetic field, detected by the ultrasensitive loop-less fiber-optic Sagnac interferometer. Because of strong spin-orbit interaction and lack of inversion symmetry in a Bi/Ni bilayer, superconducting pairing cannot be classified as singlet or triplet. We propose a theoretical model where magnetic fluctuations in Ni induce the superconducting pairing of the [Formula: see text] orbital symmetry between the electrons in Bi. In this model, the order parameter spontaneously breaks the TRS and has a nonzero phase winding number around the Fermi surface, thus making it a rare example of a 2D topological superconductor.

  19. Ab initio study of deformed As, Sb, and Bi with an application to thin films

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    Zouhar, M.; Šob, M.

    2016-11-01

    We present a comprehensive density-functional theory study of total energy and structural properties of As, Sb, and Bi in their A7 ground-state structure and in the bcc, fcc, and simple cubic (sc) modifications. We also investigate continuous structural transitions between these structures. The electronic structures and total energies are calculated both within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local-density approximation (LDA) to the exchange-correlation energy as well as with and without inclusion of the spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The total energies of deformed structures are displayed in contour plots as functions of selected structural parameters and/or atomic volume; these plots are then used for understanding and interpreting structural parameters of As, Sb and Bi thin films on various substrates. Our calculated values of lattice parameters for (0001) thin films of Bi on Si(111) and Ge(111) substrates agree very well with available experimental data. In analogy with that, we suggest to investigate (0001) thin films of As on Ti(0001), Co(0001), Zn(0001) and Rh(111) substrates, of Sb on C(0001), Zn(0001), Al(111), Ag(111) and Au(111) substrates and of Bi on Co(0001), Al(111), Rh(111), Ba(111) and Pb(111) substrates. For these cases, we also predict the lattice parameters of the films. A large part of our results are theoretical predictions which may motivate experimentalists for a deeper study of these systems.

  20. Extended magnetic exchange interactions in the high-temperature ferromagnet MnBi

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    Christianson, Andrew D.; Hahn, Steven E.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Parker, David S.; McGuire, Michael A.; Sales, Brian C.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Williams, T. J.; Taylor, A. E.

    2016-05-09

    Here, the high-temperature ferromagnet MnBi continues to receive attention as a candidate to replace rare-earth-containing permanent magnets in applications above room temperature. This is due to a high Curie temperature, large magnetic moments, and a coercivity that increases with temperature. The synthesis of MnBi also allows for crystals that are free of interstitial Mn, enabling more direct access to the key interactions underlying the physical properties of binary Mn-based ferromagnets. In this work, we use inelastic neutron scattering to measure the spin waves of MnBi in order to characterize the magnetic exchange at low temperature. Consistent with the spin reorientation that occurs below 140~K, we do not observe a spin gap in this system above our experimental resolution. A Heisenberg model was fit to the spin wave data in order to characterize the long-range nature of the exchange. It was found that interactions up to sixth nearest neighbor are required to fully parameterize the spin waves. Surprisingly, the nearest-neighbor term is antiferromagnetic, and the realization of a ferromagnetic ground state relies on the more numerous ferromagnetic terms beyond nearest neighbor, suggesting that the ferromagnetic ground state arises as a consequence of the long-ranged interactions in the system.