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  1. Anomalous critical fields in quantum critical superconductors

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    Putzke, C.; Walmsley, P.; Fletcher, J. D.; Malone, L.; Vignolles, D.; Proust, C.; Badoux, S.; See, P.; Beere, H. E.; Ritchie, D. A.; Kasahara, S.; Mizukami, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.; Carrington, A.

    2014-01-01

    Fluctuations around an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP) are believed to lead to unconventional superconductivity and in some cases to high-temperature superconductivity. However, the exact mechanism by which this occurs remains poorly understood. The iron-pnictide superconductor BaFe2(As1−xPx)2 is perhaps the clearest example to date of a high-temperature quantum critical superconductor, and so it is a particularly suitable system to study how the quantum critical fluctuations affect the superconducting state. Here we show that the proximity of the QCP yields unexpected anomalies in the superconducting critical fields. We find that both the lower and upper critical fields do not follow the behaviour, predicted by conventional theory, resulting from the observed mass enhancement near the QCP. Our results imply that the energy of superconducting vortices is enhanced, possibly due to a microscopic mixing of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity, suggesting that a highly unusual vortex state is realized in quantum critical superconductors. PMID:25477044

  2. Final report for the field-reversed configuration power plant critical-issue scoping study

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    Santarius, John F.; Mogahed, Elsayed A.; Emmert, Gilbert A.; Khater, Hesham Y.; Nguyen, Canh N.; Ryzhkov, Sergei V.; Stubna, Michael D.; Steinhauer, Loren C.; Miley, George H.

    2001-03-01

    This report describes research in which a team from the Universities of Wisconsin, Washington, and Illinois performed a scoping study of critical issues for field-reversed configuration (FRC) power plants. The key tasks for this research were (1) systems analysis of deuterium-tritium (D-T) FRC fusion power plants, and (2) conceptual design of the blanket and shield module for an FRC fusion core.

  3. Nurses' shift reports: a systematic literature search and critical review of qualitative field studies.

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    Buus, Niels; Hoeck, Bente; Hamilton, Bridget Elizabeth

    2017-10-01

    To identify reporting practices that feature in studies of nurses' shift reports across diverse nursing specialities. The objectives were to perform an exhaustive systematic literature search and to critically review the quality and findings of qualitative field studies of nurses' shift reports. Nurses' shift reports are routine occurrences in healthcare organisations that are viewed as crucial for patient outcomes, patient safety and continuity of care. Studies of communication between nurses attend primarily to 1:1 communication and analyse the adequacy and accuracy of patient information and feature handovers at the bedside. Still, verbal reports between groups of nurses about patients are commonplace. Shift reports are obvious sites for studying the situated accomplishment of professional nursing at the group level. This review is focused exclusively on qualitative field research for nuanced and contextualised insights into nurses' everyday shift reporting practices. The study is a systematic literature search and critical review of qualitative field analyses of nurses' shift reports. We searched in the databases CIHAHL, PubMed and PsycINFO and identified and reviewed 19 articles published 1992-2014. Data were systematically extracted using criteria for the evaluation of qualitative research reports. The studies described shift report practices and identified several factors contributing to distribution of clinical knowledge. Shift report practices were described as highly conventionalised and locally situated, but with occasional opportunities for improvisation and negotiation between nurses. Finally, shift reports were described as multifunctional meetings, with individual and social effects for nurses and teams. Innovations in between-shift communications can benefit from this analysis, by providing for the many functions of handovers that are revealed in field studies. Leaders and practising nurses may consider what are the best opportunities for nurses to

  4. Field-Reversed Configuration Power Plant Critical-Issue Scoping Study

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    Santarius, J. F.; Mogahed, E. A.; Emmert, G. A.; Khater, H. Y.; Nguyen, C. N.; Ryzhkov, S. V.; Stubna, M. D.

    2000-03-31

    A team from the Universities of Wisconsin, Washington, and Illinois performed an engineering scoping study of critical issues for field-reversed configuration (FRC) power plants. The key tasks for this research were (1) systems analysis for deuterium-tritium (D-T) FRC fusion power plants, and (2) conceptual design of the blanket and shield module for an FRC fusion core. For the engineering conceptual design of the fusion core, the project team focused on intermediate-term technology. For example, one decision was to use steele structure. The FRC systems analysis led to a fusion power plant with attractive features including modest size, cylindrical symmetry, good thermal efficiency (52%), relatively easy maintenance, and a high ratio of electric power to fusion core mass, indicating that it would have favorable economics.

  5. Potential application of far-field superlens in optical critical dimension metrology: a simulation study

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    Li, Wen; Chen, Shuqiang; Deng, Hao

    2017-05-01

    Subwavelength periodic gratings, which are widely used in optical systems, exhibit only zero-order diffraction, owing to a diffraction limit. This limits the resolution of optical critical dimension (OCD) metrology. We propose a method to enhance the diffraction of subwavelength periodic gratings using a far-field superlens (FSL), which has the potential to obtain higher resolution in OCD metrology. All simulations in this study are performed using the rigorous coupled-wave analysis method. An FSL grating structure is developed for verifying the proposed method and for evaluating the role of the incident angle, misalignment, and air gap on the diffraction by the FSL grating structure. The simulation results show that, when overlaid with an FSL, a silicon grating with a period of 100 nm, which evoked zero-order diffraction only, can also evoke first- and second-order diffraction in the case of a large incident angle. Last, the potential application of an FSL in OCD metrology is discussed.

  6. Design and analysis of field studies with bees: A critical review of the draft EFSA guidance.

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    Bakker, Frank

    2016-07-01

    The specific protection goal, primary assessment endpoints, acceptable effect thresholds, and experimental design proposed in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) update of the bee guidance document are subjected to critical review. It is concluded that the negligible effect criteria were established without sufficient regulatory definition and without convincing scientific argumentation. For the assessment endpoints, effects on hive strength lack temporal definition and the reduction to numbers of bees is inappropriate to evaluate effects. Restricting mortality assessments to homing failure is not theoretically justified and specific criteria were incorrectly derived. The combination of acute effect estimates with models for chronic stressors is biased risk assessment and a temporal basis for the acceptability of effects is missing. Effects on overwintering success cannot be experimentally assessed using the proposed criteria. The experimental methodology proposed is inappropriate and the logistical consequences, in particular those related to replication and land use are such that field studies are no longer a feasible option for the risk assessment. It may be necessary to explore new lines of thought for the set-up of field studies and to clearly separate experimentation from monitoring. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2016;12:422-428. © 2015 SETAC. © 2015 SETAC.

  7. Magnetic studies in organic superconductors bis(tetramethyltetraselenafulvalene) perchlorate: Upper critical fields and vortex matters

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    Oh, Jeong Il

    A thermodynamic determination of the upper critical field Hc2 in the quasi-one dimensional molecular organic superconductor (TMTSF) 2ClO4 has been obtained for magnetic field accurately aligned along the in-plane, inter-chain direction by utilizing silicon cantilever magnetometer technology. This magnetically-measured upper critical field, simultaneously confirmed by electrical transport measurements, was found to well-exceed all paramagnetic limits known to date for spin singlet superconductors, strongly indicating that (TMTSF)2ClO4 is a spin triplet superconductor. Also, we were able to investigate novel structure in the upper critical field, where we observed that Hc2(T) has three different temperature regimes, characterized by an usual upturn at a temperature T* ˜ 0.2 K and a very unusual kink at a temperature T0 ˜ 1.04 K. In addition, the magnetic field-temperature superconducting vortex phase diagram of (TMTSF)2ClO4 has been obtained. The phase diagram showed a variety of vortex phases, including solid (Bragg lattice and disordered glass) and liquid (liquid-1 and liquid-2) subphases. A distinct irreversibility line was found, likely separating the solid from the liquid phase. Within the solid phase, we observed an unusual inverse transition driven by the pinning force, splitting the solid phase into a disordered glass and a Bragg lattice. Also, within the Bragg lattice, we observed a temperature-independent magnetic crossover line at low field (˜0.05 T), interpreted as possibly indicating the existence of multiple Tc's in (TMTSF)2X, further evidence for claiming this system to be a triplet superconductor.

  8. Positioning Critical Educational Studies within the Field of Education: Rethinking Lagemann's "An Elusive Science"

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    Gottesman, Isaac

    2009-01-01

    Ellen Condliffe Lagemann's (2000) "An Elusive Science" provides the most comprehensive history of education as a field of academic study. As such it is important for those in the education community to read and reflect upon the text in order to take stock of the field. Foundations scholars who read Lagemann's work may be struck by a stark irony,…

  9. A Study on the Effect of Voluntary Retirement of Captains with Prior Service on Field Grade Officer Shortfalls in Critically Manned Mission Support Career Fields

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    1989-05-01

    SHORTFALLS IN CRITICALLY (V) MANNED MISSION SUPPORT CAREER FIELDS N*. I LT COL DAVID P. CSINTYAN LT COL CHARLES K . LEONARD LT COL AARON B. ROGERS, JR...FIELDS by David P. Csintyan, Lt Col, USAF Charles K . Leonard, Lt Col, USAF Aaron B. Rogers, Jr., Lt Col, USAF A DEFENSE ANALYTICAL STUDY SUBMITTED TO...Officers School in 1975, Naval Command and Staff College in 1984, and Air War College in 1989. v BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Lieutenant Colonel Charles K

  10. Effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields: critical evaluation of behavioral and neurophysiological studies.

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    Kwon, Myoung Soo; Hämäläinen, Heikki

    2011-05-01

    For the last two decades, a large number of studies have investigated the effects of mobile phone radiation on the human brain and cognition using behavioral or neurophysiological measurements. This review evaluated previous findings with respect to study design and data analysis. Provocation studies found no evidence of subjective symptoms attributed to mobile phone radiation, suggesting psychological reasons for inducing such symptoms in hypersensitive people. Behavioral studies previously reported improved cognitive performance under exposure, but it was likely to have occurred by chance due to multiple comparisons. Recent behavioral studies and replication studies with more conservative statistics found no significant effects compared with original studies. Neurophysiological studies found no significant effects on cochlear and brainstem auditory processing, but only inconsistent results on spontaneous and evoked brain electrical activity. The inconsistent findings suggest possible false positives due to multiple comparisons and thus replication is needed. Other approaches such as brain hemodynamic response measurements are promising but the findings are few and not yet conclusive. Rigorous study design and data analysis considering multiple comparisons and effect size are required to reduce controversy in this important field of research.

  11. Outdoor urban nanomaterials: The emergence of a new, integrated, and critical field of study.

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    Baalousha, Mohammed; Yang, Yi; Vance, Marina E; Colman, Benjamin P; McNeal, Samantha; Xu, Jie; Blaszczak, Joanna; Steele, Meredith; Bernhardt, Emily; Hochella, Michael F

    2016-07-01

    Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are currently widely incorporated in the outdoor urban environmental fabric and numerous new applications and products containing ENMs are expected in the future. As has been shown repeatedly, products containing ENMs have the potential, at some point in their lifetime, to release ENMs into their surrounding environment. However, the expanding body in environmental nanomaterial research has not yet shifted toward ENMs in the context of the complex outdoor urban environment. This is especially surprising because the world's human populations are on a steady march toward more and more urbanization and technological development, accompanied with increased applications for ENMs in the outdoor urban environment. Our objective for this paper is therefore to review, assess, and provide new information in this emerging field. We provide an overview of nanomaterials (NMs, encompassing both ENMs and incidental nanomaterials, INMs) that are likely to be released in the urban environment from outdoor sources by discussing 1) the applications of ENMs that may lead to release of ENMs in urban areas, 2) the recently published data on the release of ENMs from novel nano-enabled applications in the outdoor urban environment, 3) the available literature on the occurrence of INMs in the atmosphere and within/on dust particles, and 4) the potential pathways and fate of NMs in the outdoor urban environment. This review is then followed by three case studies demonstrating the importance of NMs in the outdoor urban environment. The first and second case studies illustrate the occurrence of NMs in urban dust and stormwater ponds, respectively, whereas the third case study discusses the lessons learned from the release of NMs (e.g. Pt, ph and Rh) from automotive vehicle catalytic convertors. This article ends with a discussion of the research priorities needed to advance this emerging field of "outdoor urban nanomaterials" and to assess the potential risks

  12. Magnetization study on the field-induced quantum critical point in YbRh2Si2

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    Tokiwa, Y.; Geibel, C.; Steglich, F.; Gegenwart, P.

    2010-01-01

    We study the field-induced quantum critical point (QCP) in YbRh2Si2 by low-temperature magnetization, M(T), and magnetic Grüneisen ratio, Γmag, measurements and compare the results with previous thermal expansion, β(T), and critical Gröneisen ratio, Γcr (T), data on YbRh2(Si0.95Ge0.05)2. In the latter case, a slightly negative chemical pressure has been used to tune the system towards its zero-field QCP. The magnetization derivative -dM/dT is far more singular than thermal expansion, reflecting a strongly temperature dependent pressure derivative of the field at constant entropy, (dH/dP)s = Vmβ/(dM/dT) (Vm: molar volume), which saturates at (0.15±0.04) T/GPa for T → 0. The line T*(H), previously observed in Hall-and thermodynamic measurements, separates regimes in T-H phase space of stronger (ɛ > 1) and weaker (ɛ < 1) divergent Γmag(T) propto T-ɛ.

  13. Critical analysis of soil invertebrate biomarkers: a field case study in Avonmouth, UK.

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    Weeks, Jason M; Spurgeon, David J; Svendsen, Claus; Hankard, Peter K; Kammenga, Jan E; Dallinger, Reinhard; Köhler, Heinz-R; Simonsen, Vibeke; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck

    2004-11-01

    During the period 1996-1999 a joint field research programme (BIOPRINT-II) funded by the European Union was undertaken. The main objective of this project was the deployment of biochemical fingerprint techniques of soil invertebrate biomarkers for assessing the exposure and effect of toxicants on soil invertebrates in the field. The aim was to apply these techniques in the field focusing on a a chronically polluted field near a lead and zinc smelter in Avonmouth (UK). Therefore six sites were selected from which organisms were either sampled or transplanted to or from the laboratory. The project has provided a unique opportunity to apply a series of biological test methodologies in order to determine the hazard posed to soil sustainability and by inference soil biodiversity and function. This work has attempted to understand the linkage between effects measured at the molecular or cellular level and relate these to changes at higher levels of biological organisation. Here we evaluated the links between biomarkers and soil function parameters. The paper aims to summarize and explore the necessary caveats that must be understood before soil biomarker test systems may be used to strengthen the risk assessment process.

  14. Upper critical field and AC-Susceptibility studies on FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconductor

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    Zargar, Rayees A.; Pal, Anand; Hafiz, A. K.; Awana, V. P. S.

    2015-06-01

    In this study we present synthesis and characterization of FeTe0.5Se0.5 sample that has been prepared by solid state reaction route by encapsulation of stoichiometric high purity (5N) ingredients in an evacuated quartz tube at 750 °C. The resultant compound is crystallized in single phase tetragonal structure with space group P4/nmm, having lattice parameters a = 3.792(1) Å and c = 6.0081(3) Å. The studied compound is superconducting at below 13K in both magnetic and transport measurements. Further superconductivity is barely affected by external applied magnetic field, giving rise to upper critical field of above 180 Tesla at 0 K. The sample is studied extensively for AC susceptibility measurements in superconducting state. The AC drive field and frequency are varied from 1-13 Oe and 33-9999 Hz respectively. It is concluded that though the grain boundaries of this superconductor are mainly metallic the minor (undetectable in XRD) foreign phases and the role of porosity cannot be ruled out completely. This is because both frequency and amplitude affects slightly the superconductivity coupling temperature of the grains.

  15. Trace Metal Bioremediation: Assessment of Model Components from Laboratory and Field Studies to Identify Critical Variables

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    Peter Jaffe; Herschel Rabitz

    2003-02-14

    The objective of this project was to gain an insight into the modeling support needed for the understanding, design, and operation of trace metal/radionuclide bioremediation. To achieve this objective, a workshop was convened to discuss the elements such a model should contain. A ''protomodel'' was developed, based on the recommendations of the workshop, and was used to perform sensitivity analysis as well as some preliminary simulations in support for bioremediation test experiments at UMTRA sites. To simulate the numerous biogeochemical processes that will occur during the bioremediation of uranium contaminated aquifers, a time-dependent one-dimensional reactive transport model has been developed. The model consists of a set of coupled, steady state mass balance equations, accounting for advection, diffusion, dispersion, and a kinetic formulation of the transformations affecting an organic substrate, electron acceptors, corresponding reduced species, and uranium. This set of equations is solved numerically, using a finite element scheme. The redox conditions of the domain are characterized by estimating the pE, based on the concentrations of the dominant terminal electron acceptor and its corresponding reduced specie. This pE and the concentrations of relevant species are passed to a modified version of MINTEQA2, which calculates the speciation and solubilities of the species of interest. Kinetics of abiotic reactions are described as being proportional to the difference between the actual and equilibrium concentration. A global uncertainty assessment, determined by Random Sampling High Dimensional Model Representation (RS-HDMR), was performed to attain a phenomenological understanding of the origins of output variability and to suggest input parameter refinements as well as to provide guidance for field experiments to improve the quality of the model predictions. Results indicated that for the usually high nitrate contents found ate many DOE sites, overall

  16. Critical Magnetic Field Determination of Superconducting Materials

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    Canabal, A.; Tajima, T.; Dolgashev, V.A.; Tantawi, S.G.; Yamamoto, T.; /Tsukuba, Natl. Res. Lab. Metrol.

    2011-11-04

    Superconducting RF technology is becoming more and more important. With some recent cavity test results showing close to or even higher than the critical magnetic field of 170-180 mT that had been considered a limit, it is very important to develop a way to correctly measure the critical magnetic field (H{sup RF}{sub c}) of superconductors in the RF regime. Using a 11.4 GHz, 50-MW, <1 {mu}s, pulsed power source and a TE013-like mode copper cavity, we have been measuring critical magnetic fields of superconductors for accelerator cavity applications. This device can eliminate both thermal and field emission effects due to a short pulse and no electric field at the sample surface. A model of the system is presented in this paper along with a discussion of preliminary experimental data.

  17. Flow Field Classification Using Critical Point Matching

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    Krueger, Paul S.; Williams, Sheila; Hahsler, Michael; Olinick, Eli V.

    2016-11-01

    Classification of flow fields according to topological similarities can help reveal features of the flow generation and evolution for bluff body flows, and characterize different swimming maneuvers in aquatic locomotion, to name a few. Rigorous classification can be challenging, however, especially when complex flows are distorted by measurement uncertainties or variable flow generating conditions. The present work uses critical points of the velocity field to characterize the global flow topology. Flow fields are compared by finding a best match of critical points in two flow fields based on topological and location characteristics of the critical points together with general point set distance measures. The similarity between the flow fields is quantified based on the matched critical points. Applying clustering algorithms to a set of flow fields with quantified similarity can then be used to group flows with similar characteristics. This approach has been applied to generic 2D flow fields constructed using potential flow results and is able to correctly identify similar flow fields even after large distortions (up to 20% of the vortex separation) have been applied to the flows. Support of NSF Grant Nos. 1115139 and 1557698, and the Lyle School of Engineering is gratefully acknowledged.

  18. The Use of Critical Thinking in Social Science Textbooks of High School: A Field Study of Fars Province in Iran

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    Hashemi, Seyed Ahmad

    2011-01-01

    This study aims at investigating the use of critical thinking in high school social science textbooks based on Fars Province teachers' attitudes in order to present a model for textbook development. To achieve this goal, the use of the following skills in the social science textbooks was analyzed: reasoning, questioning, assessment of examples and…

  19. Critical parameters of consistent relativistic mean-field models

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    Lourenço, O.; Dutra, M.; Menezes, D. P.

    2017-06-01

    In the present work, the critical temperature, critical pressure, and critical density, known as the critical parameters related to the liquid-gas phase transition are calculated for 34 relativistic mean-field models, which were shown to satisfy nuclear matter constraints in a comprehensive study involving 263 models. The compressibility factor was calculated and all 34 models present values lower than the one obtained with the van der Waals equation of state. The critical temperatures were compared with experimental data and just two classes of models can reach values close to them. A correlation between the critical parameters and the incompressibility was obtained.

  20. Upper Critical Field of a Percolating Superconductor

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    Deutscher, G.; Grave, I.; Alexander, S.

    1982-05-01

    The upper critical field Hc2 of the random percolating superconductor InGe has been measured as a function of the metal volume fraction x. Near the percolation threshold xc, Hc2 diverges with a critical exponent which is significantly smaller than that of the normal-state resistivity. An interpretation of this behavior is proposed in terms of the properties of the infinite cluster.

  1. Bridging Fields at a Critical Time

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    Baggaley, Jon

    2014-01-01

    The launch of the "Journal of Learning for Development" occurs at a critical time for the education and development field. The "massive open online course" concept currently being implemented by Western educators is considered as a potential cost-saver in developing nations also. MOOCs based on reliable pedagogical principles…

  2. Magnetic-field induced critical endpoint

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    Rechenberger, Stefan

    2017-03-01

    The phase diagram of strong interaction matter is analyzed utilizing the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. Special emphasis is placed on its dependence on an external magnetic field and isospin chemical potential. Using flavor mixing induced by instanton effects the influence of isospin breaking due to the magnetic field and the isospin chemical potential is compared. It is found that at low temperatures and large quark chemical potential the magnetic field, depending on its strength, induces a new critical endpoint or a triple point.

  3. Critical Number of Fields in Stochastic Inflation.

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    Vennin, Vincent; Assadullahi, Hooshyar; Firouzjahi, Hassan; Noorbala, Mahdiyar; Wands, David

    2017-01-20

    Stochastic effects in generic scenarios of inflation with multiple fields are investigated. First passage time techniques are employed to calculate the statistical moments of the number of inflationary e-folds, which give rise to all correlation functions of primordial curvature perturbations through the stochastic δN formalism. The number of fields is a critical parameter. The probability of exploring arbitrarily large-field regions of the potential becomes nonvanishing when more than two fields are driving inflation. The mean number of e-folds can be infinite, depending on the number of fields; for plateau potentials, this occurs even with one field. In such cases, correlation functions of curvature perturbations are infinite. They can, however, be regularized if a reflecting (or absorbing) wall is added at large energy or field value. The results are found to be independent of the exact location of the wall and this procedure is, therefore, well defined for a wide range of cutoffs, above or below the Planck scale. Finally, we show that, contrary to single-field setups, multifield models can yield large stochastic corrections even at sub-Planckian energy, opening interesting prospects for probing quantum effects on cosmological fluctuations.

  4. Critical Number of Fields in Stochastic Inflation

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    Vennin, Vincent; Assadullahi, Hooshyar; Firouzjahi, Hassan; Noorbala, Mahdiyar; Wands, David

    2017-01-01

    Stochastic effects in generic scenarios of inflation with multiple fields are investigated. First passage time techniques are employed to calculate the statistical moments of the number of inflationary e -folds, which give rise to all correlation functions of primordial curvature perturbations through the stochastic δ N formalism. The number of fields is a critical parameter. The probability of exploring arbitrarily large-field regions of the potential becomes nonvanishing when more than two fields are driving inflation. The mean number of e -folds can be infinite, depending on the number of fields; for plateau potentials, this occurs even with one field. In such cases, correlation functions of curvature perturbations are infinite. They can, however, be regularized if a reflecting (or absorbing) wall is added at large energy or field value. The results are found to be independent of the exact location of the wall and this procedure is, therefore, well defined for a wide range of cutoffs, above or below the Planck scale. Finally, we show that, contrary to single-field setups, multifield models can yield large stochastic corrections even at sub-Planckian energy, opening interesting prospects for probing quantum effects on cosmological fluctuations.

  5. Upper critical field of copper molybdenum sulfide

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    Alterovitz, S. A.; Woollam, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    The upper critical field of sintered and sputtered copper molybdenum sulfide Cu(x)Mo6S8 was measured and found to exceed the Werthamer, Helfand, and Hohenberg (1966) value for a type II superconductor characterized by dirty limit, weak isotropic electron phonon coupling, and no paramagnetic limiting. It is suggested that the enhancement results from anisotropy or clean limit or both. Other ternary molybdenum sulfides appear to show similar anomalies.

  6. Upper critical field of copper molybdenum sulfide

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    Alterovitz, S. A.; Woollam, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    The upper critical field of sintered and sputtered copper molybdenum sulfide Cu(x)Mo6S8 was measured and found to exceed the Werthamer, Helfand, and Hohenberg (1966) value for a type II superconductor characterized by dirty limit, weak isotropic electron phonon coupling, and no paramagnetic limiting. It is suggested that the enhancement results from anisotropy or clean limit or both. Other ternary molybdenum sulfides appear to show similar anomalies.

  7. Critical Density Interaction Studies

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    Young, P; Baldis, H A; Cheung, P; Rozmus, W; Kruer, W; Wilks, S; Crowley, S; Mori, W; Hansen, C

    2001-02-14

    Experiments have been performed to study the propagation of intense laser pulses to high plasma densities. The issue of self-focusing and filamentation of the laser pulse as well as developing predictive capability of absorption processes and x-ray conversion efficiencies is important for numerous programs at the Laboratory, particularly Laser Program (Fast Ignitor and direct-drive ICF) and D&NT (radiography, high energy backlighters and laser cutting). Processes such as resonance absorption, profile modification, linear mode conversion, filamentation and stimulated Brillouin scattering can occur near the critical density and can have important effects on the coupling of laser light to solid targets. A combination of experiments have been used to study the propagation of laser light to high plasma densities and the interaction physics of intense laser pulses with solid targets. Nonparaxial fluid codes to study nonstationary behavior of filamentation and stimulated Brillouin scattering at high densities have also been developed as part of this project.

  8. High-pressure study of the basal-plane anisotropy of the upper critical field of the topological superconductor SrxBi2Se3

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    Nikitin, A. M.; Pan, Y.; Huang, Y. K.; Naka, T.; de Visser, A.

    2016-10-01

    We report a high-pressure transport study of the upper-critical field Bc 2(T ) of the topological superconductor Sr0.15Bi2Se3 (Tc=3.0 K). Bc 2(T ) was measured for magnetic fields directed along two orthogonal directions, a and a*, in the trigonal basal plane. While superconductivity is rapidly suppressed at the critical pressure pc˜3.5 GPa, the pronounced two-fold basal-plane anisotropy Bc2 a/Bc2 a*=3.2 at T =0.3 K, recently reported at ambient pressure [Pan et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 28632 (2016), 10.1038/srep28632], is reinforced and attains a value of ˜5 at the highest pressure (2.2 GPa). The data reveal that the unconventional superconducting state with broken rotational symmetry is robust under pressure.

  9. Molecular dynamics study of combustion reactions in supercritical environment. Part 1: Carbon dioxide and water force field parameters refitting and critical isotherms of binary mixtures

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    Masunov, Artem E.; Atlanov, Arseniy Alekseyevich; Vasu, Subith S.

    2016-10-04

    Oxy-fuel combustion process is expected to drastically increase the energy efficiency and enable easy carbon sequestration. In this technology the combustion products (carbon dioxide and water) are used to control the temperature and nitrogen is excluded from the combustion chamber, so that nitrogen oxide pollutants do not form. Therefore, in oxycombustion the carbon dioxide and water are present in large concentrations in their transcritical state, and may play an important role in kinetics. The computational chemistry methods may assist in understanding these effects, and Molecular Dynamics with ReaxFF force field seem to be a suitable tool for such a study.more » Here we investigate applicability of the ReaxFF to describe the critical phenomena in carbon dioxide and water and find that several nonbonding parameters need adjustment. We report the new parameter set, capable to reproduce the critical temperatures and pressures. Furthermore, the critical isotherms of CO2/H2O binary mixtures are computationally studied here for the first time and their critical parameters are reported.« less

  10. Molecular dynamics study of combustion reactions in supercritical environment. Part 1: Carbon dioxide and water force field parameters refitting and critical isotherms of binary mixtures

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    Masunov, Artem E.; Atlanov, Arseniy Alekseyevich; Vasu, Subith S.

    2016-10-04

    Oxy-fuel combustion process is expected to drastically increase the energy efficiency and enable easy carbon sequestration. In this technology the combustion products (carbon dioxide and water) are used to control the temperature and nitrogen is excluded from the combustion chamber, so that nitrogen oxide pollutants do not form. Therefore, in oxycombustion the carbon dioxide and water are present in large concentrations in their transcritical state, and may play an important role in kinetics. The computational chemistry methods may assist in understanding these effects, and Molecular Dynamics with ReaxFF force field seem to be a suitable tool for such a study. Here we investigate applicability of the ReaxFF to describe the critical phenomena in carbon dioxide and water and find that several nonbonding parameters need adjustment. We report the new parameter set, capable to reproduce the critical temperatures and pressures. Furthermore, the critical isotherms of CO2/H2O binary mixtures are computationally studied here for the first time and their critical parameters are reported.

  11. Molecular dynamics study of combustion reactions in supercritical environment. Part 1: Carbon dioxide and water force field parameters refitting and critical isotherms of binary mixtures

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    Masunov, Artem E.; Atlanov, Arseniy Alekseyevich; Vasu, Subith S.

    2016-10-04

    Oxy-fuel combustion process is expected to drastically increase the energy efficiency and enable easy carbon sequestration. In this technology the combustion products (carbon dioxide and water) are used to control the temperature and nitrogen is excluded from the combustion chamber, so that nitrogen oxide pollutants do not form. Therefore, in oxycombustion the carbon dioxide and water are present in large concentrations in their transcritical state, and may play an important role in kinetics. The computational chemistry methods may assist in understanding these effects, and Molecular Dynamics with ReaxFF force field seem to be a suitable tool for such a study. Here we investigate applicability of the ReaxFF to describe the critical phenomena in carbon dioxide and water and find that several nonbonding parameters need adjustment. We report the new parameter set, capable to reproduce the critical temperatures and pressures. Furthermore, the critical isotherms of CO2/H2O binary mixtures are computationally studied here for the first time and their critical parameters are reported.

  12. Minimum Critical Values Study

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    Fox, P.B.

    2005-07-11

    This report provides minimum critical values for various 30-cm water-reflected uranium and plutonium oxide and nitrate aqueous mixtures as calculated by the SCALE CSAS1X sequence using the 238-group ENDF/B-V neutron cross-section library. The minimum values were determined through parametric searches in one-dimensional geometry. The calculations have been performed to obtain the minimum values: critical volume and mass for spheres, critical radius for cylinders, critical thickness for slabs, and minimum critical concentration (infinite geometry) for the following homogeneous mixtures: (1) UO{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O for 3, 4, 5, 20, and 100 wt % {sup 235}U; (2) UNH for 3, 4, 5, 20, and 100 wt % {sup 235}U; (3) PuO{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O for 100/0/0, 95/5/0, 90/5/5, 80/10/10, and 71/17/11/1 wt % of {sup 239}Pu/{sup 240}Pu/{sup 241}Pu(/{sup 242}Pu); and (4) PuNH for 100/0/0, 95/5/0, 90/5/5, 80/10/10, and 71/17/11/1 wt % of {sup 239}Pu/{sup 240}Pu/{sup 241}Pu(/{sup 242}Pu). All bounding surfaces were fully reflected by 30 cm of H{sub 2}O.

  13. Chern-Simons soliton and a critical study of the energy momentum tensor in noncommutative field theory

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    Ghosh, Subir . E-mail: subir_ghosh2@rediffmail.com

    2005-08-01

    We have shown unambiguously the existence of solitons in the non-commutative (NC) extension of Chern-Simons-Higgs model. The analysis is done at the classical level (since solitons are essentially classical objects) and in the first non-trivial order in {theta}, the only spatial noncommutativity parameter. At the same time, we have exposed an inadequacy in the conventional definitions of the energy momentum tensor (EMT) in the present context but this pathology appears to be generic to NC field theories. This is reflected in the fact that the BPS soliton equations (obtained from the EMT) are not compatible with the full variational equations of motion, requiring further imposition a restriction on the form of the Higgs field, contrary to the commutative spacetime case. Both in the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of the problem, we concentrate on the canonical and symmetric forms of the energy-momentum tensor. In the Hamiltonian scheme, constraint analysis and the induced Dirac brackets are derived. In fact the EMT behaves properly as the spacetime translation generators and their actions on the fields are discussed in detail. The effects of noncommutativity on the soliton solutions have been analyzed carefully and we have come up with some interesting results. Comparing the relative strengths of the noncommutative effects, we have shown that there is a universal character in the noncommutative correction to the magnetic field-it depends only on {theta}. On the other hand, in the cases of all other observables of physical interest, such as the potential profile, soliton mass or the electric field, the parameters {theta} as well as {tau} (the latter comprising solely of commutative Chern-Simons-Higgs model parameters) appear with similar weightage.

  14. Critical magnetic fields in a superconductor coupled to a superfluid

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    Haber, Alexander; Schmitt, Andreas

    2017-06-01

    We study a superconductor that is coupled to a superfluid via density and derivative couplings. Starting from a Lagrangian for two complex scalar fields, we derive a temperature-dependent Ginzburg-Landau potential, which is then used to compute the phase diagram at nonzero temperature and external magnetic field. This includes the calculation of the critical magnetic fields for the transition to an array of magnetic flux tubes, based on an approximation for the interaction between the flux tubes. We find that the transition region between type-I and type-II superconductivity changes qualitatively due to the presence of the superfluid: the phase transitions at the upper and lower critical fields in the type-II regime become first order, opening the possibility of clustered flux tube phases. These flux tube clusters may be realized in the core of neutron stars, where superconducting protons are expected to be coupled to superfluid neutrons.

  15. Education Studies: Issues & Critical Perspectives

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    Kassem, Derek; Mufti, Emmanuel; Robinson, John

    2006-01-01

    This major text for Education Studies students provides a critical account of key issues in education today. The text features: (1) A critical analysis of key issues in Education Studies to encourage students' thinking about education in the broadest terms; (2) Themed sections with introductions to link the issues discussed in each chapter; (3)…

  16. Education Studies: Issues & Critical Perspectives

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    Kassem, Derek; Mufti, Emmanuel; Robinson, John

    2006-01-01

    This major text for Education Studies students provides a critical account of key issues in education today. The text features: (1) A critical analysis of key issues in Education Studies to encourage students' thinking about education in the broadest terms; (2) Themed sections with introductions to link the issues discussed in each chapter; (3)…

  17. Critical endpoint behavior: A Wang Landau study

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    Landau, D. P.; Wang, Fugao; Tsai, Shan-Ho

    2008-07-01

    We study the critical endpoint behavior using an asymmetric Ising model with two- and three-body interactions on a triangular lattice, in the presence of an external field. The simulation method we use is Wang-Landau sampling in a two-dimensional parameter space. We observe a clear divergence of the curvature of the spectator phase boundary and of the magnetization coexistence diameter derivative at the critical endpoint, and the exponents for both divergences agree well with previous theoretical predictions.

  18. Critical behavior in black hole scalar field interaction

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    Crespo, J. A.; de Oliveira, H. P.

    2015-09-01

    We study the critical behavior at the threshold of black hole formation in a model consisting of a scalar field incident to a reflector barrier enclosing a Schwarzschild black hole. Weak incident scalar field waves disturb slightly the black hole spacetime and are completely radiated by the reflector, like water waves striking against the wall of a dam. Strong incident waves produce the formation of an apparent horizon outside the barrier. In this case, a fraction of scalar field crosses the horizon together with the barrier, whereas another fraction escapes to infinity. We have integrated the field equations using a Galerkin collocation code that allowed the necessary accuracy to investigate the behavior of the black hole masses for a broad range of scalar field initial amplitude. We have shown that a scaling law describes the black hole masses for amplitudes very close to the critical value. In the limit of very strong scalar fields, the black hole masses either scale linearly with the initial amplitude or saturate depending on the existence of the initial monopole moment.

  19. Identification of nematic superconductivity from the upper critical field

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    Venderbos, Jörn W. F.; Kozii, Vladyslav; Fu, Liang

    2016-09-01

    Recent nuclear magnetic resonance and specific heat measurements have provided concurring evidence of spontaneously broken rotational symmetry in the superconducting state of the doped topological insulator CuxBi2Se3 . This suggests that the pairing symmetry corresponds to a two-dimensional representation of the D3 d crystal point group, and that CuxBi2Se3 is a nematic superconductor. In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of the upper critical field Hc 2 of nematic superconductors within Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. Contrary to typical GL theories which have an emergent U(1) rotational symmetry obscuring the discrete symmetry of the crystal, the theory of two-component superconductors in trigonal D3 d crystals reflects the true crystal rotation symmetry. This has direct implications for the upper critical field. First, Hc 2 of trigonal superconductors with D3 d symmetry exhibits a sixfold anisotropy in the basal plane. Second, when the degeneracy of the two components is lifted by, e.g., uniaxial strain, Hc 2 exhibits a twofold anisotropy with characteristic angle and temperature dependence. Our thorough study shows that measurement of the upper critical field is a direct method of detecting nematic superconductivity, which is directly applicable to recently-discovered trigonal superconductors CuxBi2Se3 , SrxBi2Se3 , NbxBi2Se3 , and TlxBi2Te3 .

  20. Teaching Critical Reflection in Social Work Field Education

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    Theobald, Jacqui; Gardner, Fiona; Long, Natasha

    2017-01-01

    This article explores the process and outcomes of teaching critical reflection to social work students in an Australian university, based on our experience with teaching critical reflection. The application by students of a particular model of critical reflection to their learning experiences during field education placements is described and…

  1. Effective critical electric field for runaway-electron generation.

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    Stahl, A; Hirvijoki, E; Decker, J; Embréus, O; Fülöp, T

    2015-03-20

    In this Letter we investigate factors that influence the effective critical electric field for runaway-electron generation in plasmas. We present numerical solutions of the kinetic equation and discuss the implications for the threshold electric field. We show that the effective electric field necessary for significant runaway-electron formation often is higher than previously calculated due to both (1) extremely strong dependence of primary generation on temperature and (2) synchrotron radiation losses. We also address the effective critical field in the context of a transition from runaway growth to decay. We find agreement with recent experiments, but show that the observation of an elevated effective critical field can mainly be attributed to changes in the momentum-space distribution of runaways, and only to a lesser extent to a de facto change in the critical field.

  2. The Critical Study of Literature.

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    Quinn, Kenneth

    1966-01-01

    Described in this article is a critical procedure in the study of literature defined by the author as a method of responsive interrogation of the text. The approach is guided by a study of relevant political, sociological, literary, and intellectual circumstances. Three fundamental questions are central to the discussion of the theory: (1) What…

  3. Field Structure of a Quasisoliton Approaching the Critical Point

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    Gorshkov, K. A.; Soustova, I. A.; Ermoshkin, A. V.

    2016-03-01

    Within the framework of an approximate approach based on the representation of the Gardnerequation solitons as compound structures (different-polarity kinks), the non-quasistationary evolution of such solitary waves, which is stipulated by the variable quadratic-nonlinearity parameter α. The structure of the composite soliton is studied in cases that are critical for the quasistationary description where the predicted increase in the solitary-wave scales becomes unbounded on finite spatio-temporal intervals. The dependence of the spatial scales of the quasisoliton-field distribution on the quadratic-nonlinearity coefficient near the critical point for the power-law time dependence α(t) is studied in detail. The obtained solution is compared with the results of direct numerical simulation of the Gardner equation with variable coefficients.

  4. Technique development for uiper critical field studies of SmFeAs(O,F) in the 300T single turn system

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    Mcdonald, Ross D; Balakirev, F. F.; Altarawneh, M. M.; Betts, J; Mielke, C. H.; Moll, Philip Jw; Zhigadlo, N D; Karpinski, J; Batlogg, B.

    2011-01-14

    In high temperature superconductors, such as the most recent class of iron pnictides, extremely high upper critical fields H{sub c2} are common. The determination of H{sub c2}(T) is crucial to understand the detailed nature of the superconductor, in particular H{sub c2}(T = 0K) is of great interest. It is not only related to fundamental properties of the system, it is furthermore of great importance for materials science, as it is the ultimate limit of applicability of this superconductor in high field applications. However, this important quantity can only be estimated by extrapolation, as H{sub c2}(T = 0K) well exceeds hundreds of Tesla in optimally doped SillFeAs(O,F). We are developing methods to measure Ha(T) in direct transport in the extreme magnetic fields generated by the LANL single turn magnet.

  5. Determination of the Upper Critical Field of a Single Crystal LiFeAs: The Magnetic Torque Study up to 35 Tesla

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    Kurita, Nobuyuki; Kitagawa, Kentaro; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Kismarahardja, Ade; Choi, Eun-Sang; Brooks, James S.; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Uji, Shinya; Terashima, Taichi

    2011-01-01

    We report on the upper critical field Bc2 of a superconducting LiFeAs single crystal with Tc ˜ 16 K, determined from magnetic torque measurements in dc-magnetic fields up to 35 T and at temperatures down to 0.3 K. Bc2 at 0.3 K is obtained to be 26.4 and 15.5 T for the applied field Ba \\parallel ab and Ba \\parallel c, respectively. The anisotropy param eter Γ = Bc2ab/Bc2c is ˜3 at Tc and decreases to 1.7 as T → 0, showing rather isotropic superconductivity. While Bc2 is orbitally-limited for Ba \\parallel c, the spin-paramagnetic effect is evident in the temperature dependence of Bc2 for Ba \\parallel ab.

  6. Parallel Critical Field in Thin Niobium Films: Comparison to Theory

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    Broussard, P. R.

    2017-10-01

    For the first time, a comparison to the predicted behavior for parallel critical field is carried out for the model of Kogan and the model of Hara and Nagai. In this study, thin niobium films in the moderately dirty regime were considered. Experimental values of the -C2 term are seen to be lower than those from the model of Hara and Nagai. A possible reason for this could be not including the non-spherical Fermi surface of niobium into the model. There is clearly disagreement with the model of Kogan as the films get cleaner and thinner, and two films which should be below his critical thickness still show positive values of -C2, in disagreement with his theory.

  7. Parallel Critical Field in Thin Niobium Films: Comparison to Theory

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    Broussard, P. R.

    2017-07-01

    For the first time, a comparison to the predicted behavior for parallel critical field is carried out for the model of Kogan and the model of Hara and Nagai. In this study, thin niobium films in the moderately dirty regime were considered. Experimental values of the -C2 term are seen to be lower than those from the model of Hara and Nagai. A possible reason for this could be not including the non-spherical Fermi surface of niobium into the model. There is clearly disagreement with the model of Kogan as the films get cleaner and thinner, and two films which should be below his critical thickness still show positive values of -C2 , in disagreement with his theory.

  8. Quantum critical point revisited by dynamical mean-field theory

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    Xu, Wenhu; Kotliar, Gabriel; Tsvelik, Alexei M.

    2017-03-31

    Dynamical mean-field theory is used to study the quantum critical point (QCP) in the doped Hubbard model on a square lattice. We characterize the QCP by a universal scaling form of the self-energy and a spin density wave instability at an incommensurate wave vector. The scaling form unifies the low-energy kink and the high-energy waterfall feature in the spectral function, while the spin dynamics includes both the critical incommensurate and high-energy antiferromagnetic paramagnons. Here, we use the frequency-dependent four-point correlation function of spin operators to calculate the momentum-dependent correction to the electron self-energy. Furthermore, by comparing with the calculations basedmore » on the spin-fermion model, our results indicate the frequency dependence of the quasiparticle-paramagnon vertices is an important factor to capture the momentum dependence in quasiparticle scattering.« less

  9. Participative Critical Enquiry in Graduate Field-Based Learning

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    Reilly, Kathy; Clavin, Alma; Morrissey, John

    2016-01-01

    This paper outlines a critical pedagogic approach to field-based learning (FBL) at graduate level. Drawing on student experience stemming from a FBL module and as part of an MA programme in Environment, Society and Development, the paper addresses the complexities associated with student-led, participative critical enquiry during fieldwork in…

  10. Participative Critical Enquiry in Graduate Field-Based Learning

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    Reilly, Kathy; Clavin, Alma; Morrissey, John

    2016-01-01

    This paper outlines a critical pedagogic approach to field-based learning (FBL) at graduate level. Drawing on student experience stemming from a FBL module and as part of an MA programme in Environment, Society and Development, the paper addresses the complexities associated with student-led, participative critical enquiry during fieldwork in…

  11. Profiling of energy deposition fields in a modular HTHR with annular core: Computational/experimental studies at the ASTRA critical facility

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    Boyarinov, V. F.; Garin, V. P.; Glushkov, E. S.; Zimin, A. A.; Kompaniets, G. V.; Nevinitsa, V. A.; Polyakov, D. N.; Ponomarev, A. S.; Ponomarev-Stepnoi, N. N.; Smirnov, O. N.; Fomichenko, P. A.; Chunyaev, E. I.; Marova, E. V.; Sukharev, Yu. P.

    2010-12-15

    The paper presents the results obtained from the computational/experimental studies of the spatial distribution of the {sup 235}U fission reaction rate in a critical assembly with an annular core and poison profiling elements inserted into the inner graphite reflector. The computational analysis was carried out with the codes intended for design computation of an HTHR-type reactor.

  12. Zero-Field Quantum Critical Point in CeCoIn5

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    Tokiwa, Y.; Bauer, E. D.; Gegenwart, P.

    2013-09-01

    Quantum criticality in the normal and superconducting states of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5 is studied by measurements of the magnetic Grüneisen ratio ΓH and specific heat in different field orientations and temperatures down to 50 mK. A universal temperature over magnetic field scaling of ΓH in the normal state indicates a hidden quantum critical point at zero field. Within the superconducting state, the quasiparticle entropy at constant temperature increases upon reducing the field towards zero, providing additional evidence for zero-field quantum criticality.

  13. Zero-field quantum critical point in CeCoIn5.

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    Tokiwa, Y; Bauer, E D; Gegenwart, P

    2013-09-06

    Quantum criticality in the normal and superconducting states of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5 is studied by measurements of the magnetic Grüneisen ratio ΓH and specific heat in different field orientations and temperatures down to 50 mK. A universal temperature over magnetic field scaling of ΓH in the normal state indicates a hidden quantum critical point at zero field. Within the superconducting state, the quasiparticle entropy at constant temperature increases upon reducing the field towards zero, providing additional evidence for zero-field quantum criticality.

  14. Critical Theory and Information Studies: A Marcusean Infusion

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    Pyati, Ajit K.

    2006-01-01

    In the field of library and information science, also known as information studies, critical theory is often not included in debates about the discipline's theoretical foundations. This paper argues that the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse, in particular, has a significant contribution to make to the field of information studies. Marcuse's…

  15. Critical Theory and Information Studies: A Marcusean Infusion

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    Pyati, Ajit K.

    2006-01-01

    In the field of library and information science, also known as information studies, critical theory is often not included in debates about the discipline's theoretical foundations. This paper argues that the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse, in particular, has a significant contribution to make to the field of information studies. Marcuse's…

  16. Comparative study on the transport critical current density of Bi-2223 and Tl-1212 Ag-sheathed superconductor tapes in low magnetic fields

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    Lau, K. T.; Chen, S. K.; Abd-Shukor, R.

    2002-09-01

    High- Tc superconductor tapes with nominal compositions of Bi 1.8Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2.2Cu 3O 10- x (Bi-2223) and (Tl,Cr 0.15)Sr 2(Ca 0.9,Pr 0.1)Cu 2O 7- x (Tl-1212) were fabricated using the powder-in-tube method. The T c zero’s of the tapes, which were subjected to various thermo-mechanical treatments, ranged from 100-103 K for the Bi-2223/Ag tapes and 84-86 K for the Tl-1212/Ag tapes. Their transport critical current densities in low magnetic fields (0.15 T) were compared. All the tapes are dominated by weak links where this is more severe in the Tl-1212/Ag tapes. No significant anisotropic transport properties were observed in Tl-1212/Ag tapes when the magnetic field was applied perpendicular or parallel to the tape plane (i.e. Jc( H⊥)/ Jc( H∥)=0.75-1.0). The Bi-2223/Ag tapes however show a pronounced anisotropic transport properties in applied magnetic field (i.e. Jc( H⊥)/ Jc( H∥)=0.15-0.65). This can be associated with the microstructural difference between these two types of tapes. Scanning electron micrographs reveal the slightly aligned grains in the Bi-based tapes while randomly orientated grains were observed in the Tl-based tapes.

  17. Magnetic field dependence of critical currents in superconducting polycrystals

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    Kugel, K.I.; Lisovskaya, T.Y. ); Mints, R.G. )

    1992-02-10

    The authors study the dependence of critical current j{sub c} on magnetic field H in superconducting polycrystals which are considered as system of superconducting crystallites (isotropic or anisotropic) with Josephson contacts between them. Isotropy or anisotropy of contacts depends on the orientation of their crystallographic axes relatively to edges of contact planes. In this paper it is shown that for a system of randomly oriented isotropic contacts, the dependence j{sub c}(H) in a relatively wide field range has the asymptotic form j{sub c} {approximately} (InH)/H{sup 2}. This differs drastically from j{sub c}(H) for single contacts. Anisotropy effects due to large differences in London penetration depth {lambda} values corresponding to external magnetic field directed along different axes are analyzed in detail. It is shown that for uniaxal crystals with {lambda}{sub 1} = {lambda}{sub 2} {lt} {lambda}{sub 3}, this anisotropy leads to the relation j{sub c} {approximately} {radical}{lambda}{sub 3}/{lambda}{sub 1} for chaotic orientation of crystallites. The form of j{sub c}(H) curves for two different orientations of the magnetic field relatively to the transport current through the sample is found.

  18. Upper critical field of niobium nitride thin films

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    Vasyutin, M. A.; Kuz'michev, N. D.; Shilkin, D. A.

    2016-02-01

    The temperature dependences of the superconducting transition of niobium nitride (NbN) thin films have been investigated via the first harmonic of the voltage in dc magnetic fields of up to 8 T. The temperature dependence of the second critical field of NbN has been determined. The parameter responsible for the effect of spin paramagnetism in this material and the temperature dependence of the upper critical field that describes well the experimental data have been found in terms of the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) theory. The key parameters of the superconductor have been estimated from the transport and optical measurements.

  19. Magnetic field and temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity in type-II superconducting films.

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    Grimaldi, G; Leo, A; Cirillo, C; Attanasio, C; Nigro, A; Pace, S

    2009-06-24

    We study the vortex dynamics in the instability regime induced by high dissipative states well above the critical current in Nb superconducting strips. The magnetic field and temperature behavior of the critical vortex velocity corresponding to the observed dynamic instability is ascribed to intrinsic non-equilibrium phenomena. The Larkin-Ovchinnikov (LO) theory of electronic instability in high velocity vortex motion has been applied to interpret the temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity. The magnetic field dependence of the vortex critical velocity shows new features in the low-field regime not predicted by LO.

  20. Critical Fields, Thermally Activated Transport, and Critical Current Density of Beta-FeSe Single Crystals

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    Petrovic, C.; Lei, H.; Hu, R.

    2011-07-27

    We present critical fields, thermally activated flux flow (TAFF), and critical current density of tetragonal phase {beta}-FeSe single crystals. The upper critical fields H{sub c2}(T) for H {parallel} (101) and H {perpendicular} (101) are nearly isotropic and are likely governed by the Pauli limiting process. The large Ginzburg-Landau parameter {Kappa} {approx} 72.3(2) indicates that {beta}-FeSe is a type-II superconductor with a smaller penetration depth than in Fe(Te, Se). The resistivity below T{sub c} follows Arrhenius TAFF behavior. For both field directions below 30 kOe, single-vortex pinning is dominant, whereas collective creep becomes important above 30 kOe. The critical current density J{sub c} from M-H loops for H {parallel} (101) is about five times larger than for H {perpendicular} (101), yet much smaller than in other iron-based superconductors.

  1. Static Magnetic Field Therapy: A Critical Review of Treatment Parameters

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    Wahbeh, Helané; Harling, Noelle; Connelly, Erin; Schiffke, Heather C.; Forsten, Cora; Gregory, William L.; Markov, Marko S.; Souder, James J.; Elmer, Patricia; King, Valerie

    2009-01-01

    Static magnetic field (SMF) therapy, applied via a permanent magnet attached to the skin, is used by people worldwide for self-care. Despite a lack of established SMF dosage and treatment regimens, multiple studies are conducted to evaluate SMF therapy effectiveness. Our objectives in conducting this review are to:(i) summarize SMF research conducted in humans; (ii) critically evaluate reporting quality of SMF dosages and treatment parameters and (iii) propose a set of criteria for reporting SMF treatment parameters in future clinical trials. We searched 27 electronic databases and reference lists. Only English language human studies were included. Excluded were studies of electromagnetic fields, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnets placed on acupuncture points, animal studies, abstracts, posters and editorials. Data were extracted on clinical indication, study design and 10 essential SMF parameters. Three reviewers assessed quality of reporting and calculated a quality assessment score for each of the 10 treatment parameters. Fifty-six studies were reviewed, 42 conducted in patient populations and 14 in healthy volunteers. The SMF treatment parameters most often and most completely described were site of application, magnet support device and frequency and duration of application. Least often and least completely described were characteristics of the SMF: magnet dimensions, measured field strength and estimated distance of the magnet from the target tissue. Thirty-four (61%) of studies failed to provide enough detail about SMF dosage to permit protocol replication by other investigators. Our findings highlight the need to optimize SMF dosing parameters for individual clinical conditions before proceeding to a full-scale clinical trial. PMID:18955243

  2. Quantum size effect on the paramagnetic critical field in free-standing superconducting nanofilms.

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    Wójcik, P; Zegrodnik, M

    2014-11-12

    The quantum size effect on the in-plane paramagnetic critical field in Pb(1 1 1) free-standing nanofilms is investigated with the use of the spin-generalized Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. It is shown that the critical field oscillates as a function of the nanofilm thickness with the period ∼ 2 ML (even-odd oscillations), modulated by the beating effect. The calculated values of the critical field for different nanofilm thicknesses are analyzed in the context of the Clogston-Chandrasekhar limit. It is found that the critical field for superconducting nanofilms differs from this limit. This phenomena is explained in terms of quantization of the electron energy caused by the confinement of electron motion in a direction perpendicular to the film. The thermal effect and thickness-dependence of electron-phonon coupling on the value of the critical magnetic field are also studied.

  3. Upper critical field of Mo-Ni heterostructures

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    Uher, C.; Watson, W.J.; Cohn, J.L.; Schuller, I.K.

    1985-12-01

    Upper critical field and its anisotropy have been measured on two very short wavelength Mo-Ni heterostructures of different degrees of perfection, lambda = 13.8A (disordered structure) and lambda = 16.6A (layered structure). In both cases the parallel critical field has an unexpected temperature dependence, a large and temperature dependent anisotropy, and over 60% enhancement over the Clogston-Chandrasekhar limit. Data are fit to the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg theory and the spin-orbit scattering times are found to be 1.79 x 10 T s and 2 x 10 T s, respectively.

  4. Electric field measurements during the Condor critical velocity experiment

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    Kelley, M. C.; Pfaff, R. F.; Haerendel, G.

    1986-01-01

    The instrumentation of the Condor critical velocity Ba experiment (Wescott et al., 1986) for the measurements of the energetic particles and the electric field associated with a Ba explosion is described. The Ba explosion created a complex electric field pulse detected in situ by a single-axis double electric-field probe on a separate spacecraft. The measurements provide evidence of several important links in the critical-velocity chain, and are consistent with two hypotheses. The first hypothesis involves the creation of large polarization electric field due to charge separation; the second hypothesis implies a polarization of the beam by currents flowing across it. The chain of physical processes inferred from the observations is in agreement with most theories for the Alfven process.

  5. Electric field measurements during the Condor critical velocity experiment

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    Kelley, M. C.; Pfaff, R. F.; Haerendel, G.

    1986-01-01

    The instrumentation of the Condor critical velocity Ba experiment (Wescott et al., 1986) for the measurements of the energetic particles and the electric field associated with a Ba explosion is described. The Ba explosion created a complex electric field pulse detected in situ by a single-axis double electric-field probe on a separate spacecraft. The measurements provide evidence of several important links in the critical-velocity chain, and are consistent with two hypotheses. The first hypothesis involves the creation of large polarization electric field due to charge separation; the second hypothesis implies a polarization of the beam by currents flowing across it. The chain of physical processes inferred from the observations is in agreement with most theories for the Alfven process.

  6. Unusual Critical Field Behavior in (TMTSF)_2X

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    Lee, I. J.; Naughton, M. J.; Danner, G. M.; Chaikin, P. M.

    1996-03-01

    Upper critical magnetic field phase diagrams have been determined along the three principal directions in the X=ClO4 and X=PF6 superconductors with high angular precision. In the ClO4 salt, we have previously shown that strong upward curvature is present in H_c2(T) for field aligned along the intermediate b direction.(I.J. Lee, et al., Synth.Met.70,747(1995); Appl.Superc.2,753(1995).) We present here new results on the PF6 system under pressure, via resistivity measurements. Near T_c=1.13K, the critical fields and their slopes are in the ratio H_a>H_b>H_c, as expected for these quasi-1D systems. However, an anisotropy crossover occurs near T/T_c=0.7, below which the critical field along b exceeds that along a. The resulting phase diagram is similar to that seen in UPt_3. In addition, H_c2(T) along b displays positive curvature at all fields and temperatures, with no sign of saturation to our highest and lowest (0.06K and 7T). We discuss these results in light of recent theories on superconductivity in high magnetic fields.(A.G. Lebed, JETP Lett. 44, 114 (1986); M. Rasolt and Z. Tesanovic, Rev. Mod. Phys. 64, 709 (1992); N. Dupuis, G. Montambaux and C. Sa de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 2613 (1993).)

  7. Critical validation studies of neurofeedback.

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    Gruzelier, John; Egner, Tobias

    2005-01-01

    The field of neurofeedback training has proceeded largely without validation. In this article the authors review studies directed at validating sensory motor rhythm, beta and alpha-theta protocols for improving attention, memory, and music performance in healthy participants. Importantly, benefits were demonstrable with cognitive and neurophysiologic measures that were predicted on the basis of regression models of learning to enhance sensory motor rhythm and beta activity. The first evidence of operant control over the alpha-theta ratio is provided, together with remarkable improvements in artistic aspects of music performance equivalent to two class grades in conservatory students. These are initial steps in providing a much needed scientific basis to neurofeedback.

  8. High upper critical field in disordered niobium nitride superconductor

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    Baskaran, R. Thanikai Arasu, A. V.; Amaladass, E. P.; Janawadkar, M. P.

    2014-10-28

    Superconducting Niobium Nitride thin films have been deposited on glass, aluminum nitride buffered glass, and oxidized silicon substrates by reactive DC magnetron sputtering at ambient substrate temperatures. The crystal structure of these thin films has been determined to be cubic fcc B1 structure by Glancing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction analysis. The superconducting transition temperatures of the thin films were measured to be greater than 11.6 K with a maximum of 13.4 K. The negative temperature coefficient of resistance observed in these thin films indicates the presence of disorder. Magneto-resistance measurements have been carried out on these thin films patterned into standard four probe geometry upto a maximum magnetic field of 12 T for two films and upto 15 T for the other two films. The dependence of transition temperature on the applied field is analyzed to estimate the upper critical field. The upper critical field for most of the films was estimated to exceed 35 T, while one of the most disordered films had an estimated upper critical field greater than 70 T.

  9. Teaching Critical Reflexivity in Short-Term International Field Courses: Practices and Problems

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    Glass, Michael R.

    2015-01-01

    This study critiques the use of critical reflexivity in short-term international field courses. Critical reflexivity's benefits include preparing students for professional research, deepening their learning, and giving the chance to see how student perspectives on fieldwork sites are influenced by their own identity and positionality. I use an…

  10. Teaching Critical Reflexivity in Short-Term International Field Courses: Practices and Problems

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    Glass, Michael R.

    2015-01-01

    This study critiques the use of critical reflexivity in short-term international field courses. Critical reflexivity's benefits include preparing students for professional research, deepening their learning, and giving the chance to see how student perspectives on fieldwork sites are influenced by their own identity and positionality. I use an…

  11. Quantum criticality near the upper critical field of Ce2PdIn8

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    Tokiwa, Y.; Gegenwart, P.; Gnida, D.; Kaczorowski, D.

    2011-10-01

    We report low-temperature specific-heat measurements in magnetic fields up to 12 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the tetragonal c axis of the heavy fermion superconductor Ce2PdIn8. In contrast to its quasi-two-dimensional (2D) relative CeCoIn5, the system displays an almost isotropic upper critical field. While there is no indication for a high-field and low-temperature phase in Ce2PdIn8, the data suggest a smeared weak first-order superconducting transition close to Hc2≈2 T. The normal-state electronic specific-heat coefficient displays logarithmically divergent behavior, comparable to CeCoIn5 and in agreement with 2D quantum criticality of spin-density-wave type.

  12. Experimental investigation of the critical magnetic fields of transition metal superconductors

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    Mcevoy, J. P.

    1973-01-01

    The isothermal magnetic transitions of a type 2 superconductor have been studied by AC susceptibility techniques as a function of the amplitude and frequency of the exciting field. The field variation of the complex susceptibility was used to determine the critical fields. The research was planned to clarify the determination (both experimentally and theoretically) of the maximum field at which the superconductive phase spontaneously nucleates in the bulk and on the surface of the metal.

  13. Scalar field critical collapse in 2 +1 dimensions

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    JałmuŻna, Joanna; Gundlach, Carsten; Chmaj, Tadeusz

    2015-12-01

    We carry out numerical experiments in the critical collapse of a spherically symmetric massless scalar field in 2 +1 spacetime dimensions in the presence of a negative cosmological constant and compare them against a new theoretical model. We approximate the true critical solution as the n =4 Garfinkle solution, matched at the light cone to a Vaidya-like solution, and corrected to leading order for the effect of Λ <0 . This approximation is only C3 at the light cone and has three growing modes. We conjecture that pointwise it is a good approximation to a yet unknown true critical solution that is analytic with only one growing mode (itself approximated by the top mode of our amended Garfinkle solution). With this conjecture, we predict a Ricci-scaling exponent of γ =8 /7 and a mass-scaling exponent of δ =16 /23 , compatible with our numerical experiments.

  14. Critical suppression of spin Seebeck effect by magnetic fields

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    Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Daimon, Shunsuke; Qiu, Zhiyong; Shiomi, Yuki; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-08-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in Pt /Y3Fe5O12(YIG ) junction systems has been investigated at various magnetic fields and temperatures. We found that the LSSE voltage in a Pt/YIG-slab system is suppressed by applying high magnetic fields and this suppression is critically enhanced at low temperatures. The field-induced suppression of the LSSE in the Pt/YIG-slab system is too large at around room temperature to be explained simply by considering the effect of the Zeeman gap in magnon excitation. This result requires us to introduce a magnon-frequency-dependent mechanism into the scenario of LSSE; low-frequency magnons dominantly contribute to the LSSE. The magnetic field dependence of the LSSE voltage was observed to change by changing the thickness of YIG, suggesting that the thermospin conversion by the low-frequency magnons is suppressed in thin YIG films due to the long characteristic lengths of such magnons.

  15. Near field optical probe for critical dimension measurements

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    Stallard, Brian R.; Kaushik, Sumanth

    1999-01-01

    A resonant planar optical waveguide probe for measuring critical dimensions on an object in the range of 100 nm and below. The optical waveguide includes a central resonant cavity flanked by Bragg reflector layers with input and output means at either end. Light is supplied by a narrow bandwidth laser source. Light resonating in the cavity creates an evanescent electrical field. The object with the structures to be measured is translated past the resonant cavity. The refractive index contrasts presented by the structures perturb the field and cause variations in the intensity of the light in the cavity. The topography of the structures is determined from these variations.

  16. Near field optical probe for critical dimension measurements

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    Stallard, B.R.; Kaushik, S.

    1999-05-18

    A resonant planar optical waveguide probe for measuring critical dimensions on an object in the range of 100 nm and below is disclosed. The optical waveguide includes a central resonant cavity flanked by Bragg reflector layers with input and output means at either end. Light is supplied by a narrow bandwidth laser source. Light resonating in the cavity creates an evanescent electrical field. The object with the structures to be measured is translated past the resonant cavity. The refractive index contrasts presented by the structures perturb the field and cause variations in the intensity of the light in the cavity. The topography of the structures is determined from these variations. 8 figs.

  17. Gauge-field-assisted Kekulé quantum criticality

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    Scherer, Michael M.; Herbut, Igor F.

    2016-11-01

    We study the quantum phase transition of U (1 ) charged Dirac fermions Yukawa coupled to the Kekulé valence-bond-solid order parameter with Z3 symmetry of the honeycomb lattice. The symmetry allows for the presence of the term in the action which is cubic in the Kekulé order parameter and which is expected to prevent the quantum phase transition in question from being continuous. The Gross-Neveu-Yukawa theory for the transition is investigated using a perturbative renormalization group and within the ɛ expansion close to four space-time dimensions. For a vanishing U (1 ) charge we show that quantum fluctuations may render the phase transition continuous only sufficiently far away from 3+1 dimensions, where the validity of the conclusions based on the leading-order ɛ expansion appears questionable. In the presence of a fluctuating gauge field, on the other hand, we find quantum critical behavior even at weak coupling to appear close to 3+1 dimensions, that is, within the domain of validity of the perturbation theory. We also determine the renormalization-group scaling of the cubic coupling at higher-loop orders and for a large number of Dirac fermions for vanishing charge.

  18. Critical behavior in the presence of an order-parameter pinning field

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    Parisen Toldin, Francesco; Assaad, Fakher F.; Wessel, Stefan

    2017-01-01

    We apply a recently advocated simulation scheme that employs a local order-parameter pinning field to study quantum critical phenomena in the two-dimensional square-lattice bilayer quantum Heisenberg model. Using a world-line quantum Monte Carlo approach, we show that for this model, the pinning-field approach allows to locate the quantum critical point over a wide range of pinning-field strengths. However, the identification of the quantum critical scaling behavior is found to be hard since the pinning field introduces strong corrections to scaling. In order to further elucidate the scaling behavior in this situation, we also study an improved classical lattice model in the three-dimensional Ising universality class by means of Monte Carlo simulations on large lattice sizes, which allow us to employ refined finite-size scaling considerations. A renormalization group analysis exhibits the presence of an important crossover effect from the zero pinning-field to a critical adsorption fixed point. In line with field-theoretical results, we find that at the critical adsorption fixed point the short-distance expansion of the order-parameter profile exhibits a new universal critical exponent. This result also implies the presence of slowly decaying scaling corrections, which we analyze in detail.

  19. Magnetic-field-induced criticality in superconducting two-leg ladders

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    Vekua, Temo

    2017-03-01

    We study magnetic-field-induced critical singularities in the superconducting phase of the hole-doped Hubbard model of repulsively interacting electrons, defined on a two-leg ladder. We argue that, provided the low-energy spin excitations in doped ladders carry electric charge, the low-temperature thermodynamic quantities, such as the specific-heat coefficient and magnetic susceptibility, will show logarithmic singularities in the quantum critical regime. This behavior is in drastic contrast to the magnetic-field-induced criticality in undoped Mott insulator ladders, which is governed by the zero-scale-factor universality with its hallmark square-root singularities.

  20. Critical exact solutions for self-gravitating Dirac fields

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    Cianci, Roberto; Fabbri, Luca; Vignolo, Stefano

    2016-11-01

    We consider the Einstein-Dirac field equations describing a self-gravitating massive neutrino, looking for axially symmetric exact solutions; in the search of general solutions, we find some that are specific and which have critical features, such as the fact that the space-time curvature turns out to be flat and the spinor field gives rise to a vanishing bi-linear scalar overline{ψ }ψ =0 with non-vanishing bi-linear pseudo-scalar ioverline{ψ }γ ^5ψ not =0: because in quantum-field theory general computational methods are built on plane-wave solutions, for which the bi-linear pseudo-scalar vanishes while the bi-linear scalar does not vanish, then the solutions we found cannot be treated with the usual machinery of quantum-field theory. This means that for the Einstein-Dirac system there exist admissible solutions which nevertheless cannot be quantized with the common prescriptions; we regard this situation as yet another issue of tension between Einstein gravity and quantum principles. Possible ways to quench this tension can be seen either in enlarging the validity of quantum-field theory or by restricting the space of the solutions of the Einstein-Dirac system of field equations.

  1. Direct measurement of the upper critical field in cuprate superconductors

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    Grissonnanche, G.; Cyr-Choinière, O.; Laliberté, F.; René de Cotret, S.; Juneau-Fecteau, A.; Dufour-Beauséjour, S.; Delage, M. -È.; LeBoeuf, D.; Chang, J.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, R.; Adachi, S.; Hussey, N. E.; Vignolle, B.; Proust, C.; Sutherland, M.; Krämer, S.; Park, J. -H.; Graf, D.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Taillefer, Louis

    2014-01-01

    In the quest to increase the critical temperature Tc of cuprate superconductors, it is essential to identify the factors that limit the strength of superconductivity. The upper critical field Hc2 is a fundamental measure of that strength, yet there is no agreement on its magnitude and doping dependence in cuprate superconductors. Here we show that the thermal conductivity can be used to directly detect Hc2 in the cuprates YBa2Cu3Oy, YBa2Cu4O8 and Tl2Ba2CuO6+δ, allowing us to map out Hc2 across the doping phase diagram. It exhibits two peaks, each located at a critical point where the Fermi surface of YBa2Cu3Oy is known to undergo a transformation. Below the higher critical point, the condensation energy, obtained directly from Hc2, suffers a sudden 20-fold collapse. This reveals that phase competition—associated with Fermi-surface reconstruction and charge-density-wave order—is a key limiting factor in the superconductivity of cuprates. PMID:24518054

  2. [Lessons from Field Studies].

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    Yoshimura, Takesumi

    2015-01-01

    During my academic career for more than 40 years, I was involved in 18 epidemiological field studies, partially or fully. Among these field studies, four (1. Medical services in remote rural areas in Okinawa, 2. Yusho episode, 3. JICA Onchocerciasis Control Project in Guatemala, and 4. Miyako cohort study in Fukuoka) are introduced in this paper, including the latest situation after the presentation. Through these field works experienced by the author, the following lessons were gained. 1. Strong human reliance between researchers and the targeted population is essential in carrying out epidemiological surveys successfully in the field. 2. Data obtained from the survey should be carefully examined and analyzed so that those data may reflect the real situation.

  3. Criticality safety basics, a study guide

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    V. L. Putman

    1999-09-01

    This document is a self-study and classroom guide, for criticality safety of activities with fissile materials outside nuclear reactors. This guide provides a basic overview of criticality safety and criticality accident prevention methods divided into three parts: theory, application, and history. Except for topic emphasis, theory and history information is general, while application information is specific to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Information presented here should be useful to personnel who must know criticality safety basics to perform their assignments safely or to design critically safe equipment or operations. However, the guide's primary target audience is fissile material handler candidates.

  4. Critical current studies of a HTS rectangular coil

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    Zhong, Z.; Chudy, M.; Ruiz, H. S.; Zhang, X.; Coombs, T.

    2017-05-01

    Nowadays, superconducting high field magnets are used in numerous applications due to their superior properties. High temperature superconductors (HTS) are usually used for production of circular pancake or racetrack coils. However different geometries of HTS coils might be required for some specific applications. In this study, the HTS coil wound on a rectangular frame was fully characterized in homogeneous DC background field. The study contains measurements of critical current angular dependencies. The critical current of the entire coil and two selected strands under different magnitudes and orientations of external magnetic fields are measured. The critical regions of the coil in different angular regimes are determined. This study brings better understanding of the in- field performance of HTS coils wound on frames with right-angles.

  5. Field and Classroom Strategies for Improving Critical Thinking on Introductory Geoscience Field Trips

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    Boryta, M. D.; Walker, B.; Long, T.

    2011-12-01

    Although field experiences for introductory geoscience students have tremendous potential with respect to recruiting and retaining majors and enriching their understanding of geologic concepts, implementing field trips that promote critical thinking for introductory students is challenging. After observing that many of our students struggled at applying concepts they learned in the classroom to unfamiliar field areas, we developed teaching strategies and instructional materials for the classroom and the field to promote critical thinking and self-directed learning on field trips. We assessed the effectiveness of these modifications using video, interviews, student field trip reports and field notebooks. Student co-inquirers played a vital role during the project in field instruction and data analysis. We will discuss think-alouds, the importance of repetition in the classroom, allowing adequate processing time, field trip preparation exercises for the classroom, and other significant pedagogical changes that we made. Video of students in the field at the beginning, middle, and end of the project will be shown to illustrate the progressive changes in students' approaches to outcrop analysis over the course of the project.

  6. Critical O (N ) models in the complex field plane

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    Litim, Daniel F.; Marchais, Edouard

    2017-01-01

    Local and global scaling solutions for O (N ) symmetric scalar field theories are studied in the complexified field plane with the help of the renormalization group. Using expansions of the effective action about small, large, and purely imaginary fields, we obtain and solve exact recursion relations for all couplings and determine the 3 d Wilson-Fisher fixed point analytically. For all O (N ) universality classes, we further establish that Wilson-Fisher fixed point solutions display singularities in the complex field plane, which dictate the radius of convergence for real-field expansions of the effective action. At infinite N , we find closed expressions for the convergence-limiting singularities and prove that local expansions of the effective action are powerful enough to uniquely determine the global Wilson-Fisher fixed point for any value of the fields. Implications of our findings for interacting fixed points in more complicated theories are indicated.

  7. Pilot Field Test Study

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    Sherriff, Abigail

    2015-01-01

    The Field Test study is currently in full swing, preceded by the successful completion of the Pilot Field Test study that paved the way for collecting data on the astronauts in the medical tent in Kazakhstan. Abigail Sherriff worked alongside Logan Dobbe on one Field Test aspect to determine foot clearance over obstacles (5cm, 10cm, and 15cm) using APDM Inc. Internal Measurement Units (IMU) worn by the astronauts. They created a program to accurately calculate foot clearance using the accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope data with the IMUs attached to the top of the shoes. To validate the functionality of their program, they completed a successful study on test subjects performing various tasks in an optical motion studio, considered a gold standard in biomechanics research. Future work will include further validation and expanding the program to include other analyses.

  8. Critical electric field strengths of onion tissues treated by pulsed electric fields.

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    Asavasanti, Suvaluk; Ersus, Seda; Ristenpart, William; Stroeve, Pieter; Barrett, Diane M

    2010-09-01

    The impact of pulsed electric fields (PEF) on cellular integrity and texture of Ranchero and Sabroso onions (Allium cepa L.) was investigated. Electrical properties, ion leakage rate, texture, and amount of enzymatically formed pyruvate were measured before and after PEF treatment for a range of applied field strengths and number of pulses. Critical electric field strengths or thresholds (E(c)) necessary to initiate membrane rupture were different because dissimilar properties were measured. Measurement of electrical characteristics was the most sensitive method and was used to detect the early stage of plasma membrane breakdown, while pyruvate formation by the enzyme alliinase was used to identify tonoplast membrane breakdown. Our results for 100-μs pulses indicate that breakdown of the plasma membrane occurs above E(c)= 67 V/cm for 10 pulses, but breakdown of the tonoplast membrane is above either E(c)= 200 V/cm for 10 pulses or 133 V/cm for 100 pulses. This disparity in field strength suggests there may be 2 critical electrical field strengths: a lower field strength for plasma membrane breakdown and a higher field strength for tonoplast membrane breakdown. Both critical electric field strengths depended on the number of pulses applied. Application of a single pulse at an electric field up to 333 V/cm had no observable effect on any measured properties, while significant differences were observed for n≥10. The minimum electric field strength required to cause a measurable property change decreased with the number of pulses. The results also suggest that PEF treatment may be more efficient if a higher electric field strength is applied for a fewer pulses.

  9. Critical temperature and upper critical field of Li2Pd3-xCuxB (x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2) superconductors

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    Castro, A. A.; Olicón, O.; Escamilla, R.; Morales, F.

    2017-04-01

    We studied the effects of substitution of Pd by Cu on the upper critical field of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor Li2Pd3-xCuxB, with x=0.0, 0.1 and 0.2. The upper critical field as a function of temperature was determined by resistance measurements at different magnetic fields. We found that the superconducting transition temperature decreases as the Cu content increases. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the upper critical field is linear in the range of the temperature studied and, at low temperature, is enhanced compared with the prediction of the Werthamer-Helfan-Hohenberg theory. This indicates that the breaking of Cooper pairs by spin orbit scattering and Pauli paramagnetism is negligible, and that the upper critical field enhancement is mainly because the electron-phonon coupling and disorder.

  10. Critical behavior of entropy production and learning rate: Ising model with an oscillating field

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    Zhang, Yirui; Barato, Andre C.

    2016-11-01

    We study the critical behavior of the entropy production of the Ising model subject to a magnetic field that oscillates in time. The mean-field model displays a phase transition that can be either first or second-order, depending on the amplitude of the field and on the frequency of oscillation. Within this approximation the entropy production rate is shown to have a discontinuity when the transition is first-order and to be continuous, with a jump in its first derivative, if the transition is second-order. In two dimensions, we find with numerical simulations that the critical behavior of the entropy production rate is the same, independent of the frequency and amplitude of the field. Its first derivative has a logarithmic divergence at the critical point. This result is in agreement with the lack of a first-order phase transition in two dimensions. We analyze a model with a field that changes at stochastic time-intervals between two values. This model allows for an informational theoretic interpretation, with the system as a sensor that follows the external field. We calculate numerically a lower bound on the learning rate, which quantifies how much information the system obtains about the field. Its first derivative with respect to temperature is found to have a jump at the critical point.

  11. Microbial field pilot study

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.

    1991-12-06

    The objective of this project is to perform a microbial enhanced oil recovery field pilot test in the Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit (SEVVSU) in Payne County, Oklahoma. Indigenous, anaerobic, nitrate-reducing bacteria will be stimulated to selectively plug flow paths which have been preferentially swept by a prior waterflood. This will force future flood water to invade bypassed regions of the reservoir and increase sweep efficiency. During this quarter an additional tracer study was performed in the field to determine pre-treatment flow paths and the first nutrients were injected. 2 figs.

  12. Field studies courses open

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    Fourteen month-long courses combining applied academics with training in field research methodology are being offered this summer by the School for Field Studies. The courses, held in eight countries during May, June, July, and August, provide unique opportunities for participants to work as a team under primitive conditions.‘Our courses bind together the academic challenge of the research problem, the physical challenge of the site itself, and the interpersonal challenge of the expedition team in a dynamic way so that both cognitive and affective learning are accelerated,’ according to Jim Elder, the school's director.

  13. Examining Graduate Dissertations in the Field of Critical Thinking: A Case from Turkey

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    Demirel, Melek; Derman, Ipek; Can Aran, Ozge

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study is to conduct content analyses of graduate dissertations about critical thinking skills in the field of educational sciences in Turkey and to document general trends in dissertations. Research Methods: This study is constructed using qualitative research methods and techniques. A document review was used to gather…

  14. Critical Studies in Art and Design Education.

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    Thistlewood, David, Ed.

    This book brings together British and U.S. contributions to the debate of a critical studies approach to art and design education. The approach links practice and appreciation. But critical differences exist in definitions of the term design, with the U.S. recognition of design as the use of principles and elements of art in works and a British…

  15. Critical Studies in Art and Design Education.

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    Thistlewood, David, Ed.

    This book brings together British and U.S. contributions to the debate of a critical studies approach to art and design education. The approach links practice and appreciation. But critical differences exist in definitions of the term design, with the U.S. recognition of design as the use of principles and elements of art in works and a British…

  16. Forms of crystal field Hamiltonians - A critical review

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    Rudowicz, C.; Gnutek, P.; Karbowiak, M.

    2011-08-01

    Our survey reveals that various disparate forms, both compact and expanded ones, of crystal field (CF) Hamiltonians, HCF, expressed in the Wybourne notation have been used in the literature. It turns out that the disparities in the symbolic explicit forms of HCF are especially important for monoclinic and triclinic site symmetry. The extent of the inconsistencies identified in selected papers has prompted us to embark on a systematic critical review of the HCF forms employed in optical spectroscopy and related areas. Most crucial results of this survey are presented here. Comparative analysis has been carried out to establish the interrelations between CF parameters (CFPs) expressed in disparate forms. The usage of inconsistent or confusing HCF forms has implications also for CFP conversions between the Stevens and Wybourne notations as well as for theoretical modeling of CFPs. This review reveals that comparison of CFP data taken from various sources should be carried out with special care, especially for low symmetry cases.

  17. Dimension dependence of the critical phenomena in gravitational collapse of massless scalar field

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    Bland, Jason Bryan

    2007-12-01

    A study of the critical behaviour which is observed in numerical calculations of spherically symmetric scalar field collapse has been performed. The gravitational collapse calculations are carried out using the field equations of Einstein's general theory of relativity in the context of a two dimensional dilaton gravity theory. The problem is formulated by considering a spherically symmetric matter distribution in an arbitrary number of space-time dimensions greater than three. A spherical distribution will only depend on two space-time coordinates, therefore, the action of the model can be reduced to a specific case of a 1 + 1 dilaton gravity theory. The evolution equations of the problem are simplified by carrying out a conformal transformation of the metric field. The number of space-time dimensions then appears as an input parameter of the field equations. Initial data is defined on a discrete space-time grid and numerical simulations of gravitational collapse are carried out. The computer code is optimized to increase numerical stability near the critical solutions. Discrete self-similarity and mass scaling in the near critical solutions are observed for each of the dimensions studied. The critical phenomena are described with a high level of confidence by smooth functions of space-time dimension. It is hypothesized that the critical solution of the theory at the limit of large dimension is discretely self-similar with a period of 5/2 and contains critical scaling with a constant of 1/2. Evidence will also be presented which suggests the critical solution in three dimensions with zero cosmological constant is not discretely self-similar but contains a critical scaling constant of approximately 0.11.

  18. Microbial field pilot study

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.; Coates, J.D.; Chisholm, J.L.

    1993-05-01

    A multi-well microbially enhanced oil recovery field pilot has been performed in the Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit in Payne County, Oklahoma. The primary emphasis of the experiment was preferential plugging of high permeability zones for the purpose of improving waterflood sweep efficiency. Studies were performed to determine reservoir chemistry, ecology, and indigenous bacteria populations. Growth experiments were used to select a nutrient system compatible with the reservoir that encouraged growth of a group of indigenous nitrate-using bacteria and inhibit growth of sulfate-reducing bacteria. A specific field pilot area behind an active line drive waterflood was selected. Surface facilities were designed and installed. Injection protocols of bulk nutrient materials were prepared to facilitate uniform distribution of nutrients within the pilot area. By the end of December, 1991, 82.5 tons (75.0 tonnes) of nutrients had been injected in the field. A tracer test identified significant heterogeneity in the SEVVSU and made it necessary to monitor additional production wells in the field. The tracer tests and changes in production behavior indicate the additional production wells monitored during the field trial were also affected. Eighty two and one half barrels (13.1 m[sup 3]) of tertiary oil have been recovered. Microbial activity has increased CO[sub 2] content as indicated by increased alkalinity. A temporary rise in sulfide concentration was experienced. These indicate an active microbial community was generated in the field by the nutrient injection. Pilot area interwell pressure interference test results showed that significant permeability reduction occurred. The interwell permeabilities in the pilot area between the injector and the three pilot production wells were made more uniform which indicates a successful preferential plugging enhanced oil recovery project.

  19. Upper critical fields of periodic and quasiperiodic Nb-Ta superlattices

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    Cohn, J.L.; Lin, J.J.; Lamelas, F.J.; He, H.; Clarke, R.; Uher, C.

    1988-08-01

    Upper critical fields have been studied for two series of Nb-Ta superlattices grown by molecular-beam epitaxy with both periodic and quasiperiodic (Fibonacci sequence) layering. X-ray results are presented to characterize the nature and quality of the layering. Positive curvature in the perpendicular upper critical field (H/sub c//sub 2//sub perpendicular/), pronounced negative curvature near T/sub c/ in the parallel upper critical field (H/sub c//sub 2//sub X/), and dimensional crossover are observed in both types of samples. For quasiperiodic samples two upturns are observed in H/sub c//sub 2//sub X/ with decreasing temperature. These are shown to be associated with dimensional crossover occurring twice as the superconducting coherence length in the growth direction, xi/sub perpendicular/, samples the two length scales, 2d/sub Nb/ and d/sub Nb/, that are present in these structures.

  20. Upper critical fields of periodic and quasiperiodic Nb-Ta superlattices

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    Cohn, J. L.; Lin, J. J.; Lamelas, F. J.; He, H.; Clarke, R.; Uher, C.

    1988-08-01

    Upper critical fields have been studied for two series of Nb-Ta superlattices grown by molecular-beam epitaxy with both periodic and quasiperiodic (Fibonacci sequence) layering. X-ray results are presented to characterize the nature and quality of the layering. Positive curvature in the perpendicular upper critical field (Hc2⊥), pronounced negative curvature near Tc in the parallel upper critical field (Hc2), and dimensional crossover are observed in both types of samples. For quasiperiodic samples two upturns are observed in Hc2 with decreasing temperature. These are shown to be associated with dimensional crossover occurring twice as the superconducting coherence length in the growth direction, ξ⊥, samples the two length scales, 2dNb and dNb, that are present in these structures.

  1. Magnetic field orientation dependence of critical current in industrial Nb 3Sn strands

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    Schild, T.; Cloez, H.

    In usual superconducting devices such as magnets for NMR, the magnetic field is perpendicular to the superconducting strand axis. But in some special devices, such as magnets for the toroidal field system of fusion machines, the strands can experience any field orientation. For NbTi strands, the pinning force is dependent on the field orientation because of the drawing process (Takacs, S., Polak, M. and Krempasky, L., Critical currents of NbTi tapes with differently oriented anisotropic defects, Cryogenics, 1983, 23, 153-159). In the case of Nb 3Sn strands, the draw and react process suggests that the pinning force is isotropic. In fact, preliminary experiments have shown the contrary, which is why the magnetic field orientation dependence of the critical current for two types of industrial Nb 3Sn strands has been measured. These measurements have been performed for seven field orientations at field strengths up to 20 T. A clear anisotropic effect has been observed, which cannot be explained by Kramer's pinning law. The results are in very good agreement with an empirical law proposed in a recent study by Takayasu et al. (Takayasu, M., Montgomery, D.B. and Minervini, J.V., Effect of magnetic field direction on the critical current of twisted multifilamentary superconducting wires, Inst. of Phys. Conf. Ser., 1997, 158, 917-920). The parameters to be used in this law could be specific to the manufacturing process.

  2. Structural Stability of Planar Homogeneous Polynomial Vector Fields: Applications to Critical Points and to Infinity

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    Llibre, Jaume; Pérez del Río, Jesús S.; Rodríguez, José Angel

    1996-03-01

    LetHmbe the space of planar homogeneous polynomial vector fields of degreemendowed with the coefficient topology. We characterize the setΩmof the vector fields ofHmthat are structurally stable with respect to perturbations inHmand we determine the exact number of the topological equivalence classes inΩm. The study of structurally stable homogeneous polynomial vector fields is very useful for understanding some interesting features of inhomogeneous vector fields. Thus, by using this characterization we can do first an extension of the Hartman-Grobman Theorem which allows us to study the critical points of planar analytical vector fields whosek-jets are zero for allkstudy of the flows of the planar polynomial vector fields in a neighborhood of the infinity also under generic assumptions.

  3. Electric field effects on a near-critical fluid in microgravity

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    Zimmerli, G.; Wilkinson, R. A.; Ferrell, R. A.; Hao, H.; Moldover, M. R.

    1994-01-01

    The effects of an electric field on a sample of SF6 fluid in the vicinity of the liquid-vapor critical point is studied. The isothermal increase of the density of a near-critical sample as a function of the applied electric field was measured. In agreement with theory, this electrostriction effect diverges near the critical point as the isothermal compressibility diverges. Also as expected, turning on the electric field in the presence of density gradients can induce flow within the fluid, in a way analogous to turning on gravity. These effects were observed in a microgravity environment by using the Critical Point Facility which flew onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1994 as part of the Second International Microgravity Laboratory Mission. Both visual and interferometric images of two separate sample cells were obtained by means of video downlink. The interferometric images provided quantitative information about the density distribution throughout the sample. The electric field was generated by applying 500 Volts to a fine wire passing through the critical fluid.

  4. Microbial Field Pilot Study

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.; Chisholm, J.L.

    1990-11-01

    This report covers progress made during the first year of the Microbial Field Pilot Study project. Information on reservoir ecology and characterization, facility and treatment design, core experiments, bacterial mobility, and mathematical modeling are addressed. To facilitate an understanding of the ecology of the target reservoir analyses of the fluids which support bacteriological growth and the microbiology of the reservoir were performed. A preliminary design of facilities for the operation of the field pilot test was prepared. In addition, procedures for facilities installation and for injection treatments are described. The Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit (SEVVSU), the site of the proposed field pilot study, is described physically, historically, and geologically. The fields current status is presented and the ongoing reservoir simulation is discussed. Core flood experiments conducted during the last year were used to help define possible mechanisms involved in microbial enhanced oil recovery. Two possible mechanisms, relative permeability effects and changes in the capillary number, are discussed and related to four Berea core experiments' results. The experiments were conducted at reservoir temperature using SEVVSU oil, brine, and bacteria. The movement and activity of bacteria in porous media were investigated by monitoring the growth of bacteria in sandpack cores under no flow conditions. The rate of bacteria advancement through the cores was determined. A mathematical model of the MEOR process has been developed. The model is a three phase, seven species, one dimensional model. Finite difference methods are used for solution. Advection terms in balance equations are represented with a third- order upwind differencing scheme to reduce numerical dispersion and oscillations. The model is applied to a batch fermentation example. 52 refs., 26 figs., 21 tabs.

  5. Microbial field pilot study

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.; Chisholm, J.L.

    1992-03-01

    The objective of this project is to perform a microbial enhanced oil recovery field pilot in the Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit (SEVVSU) in Payne County, Oklahoma. Indigenous, anaerobic, nitrate reducing bacteria will be stimulated to selectively plug flow paths which have been referentially swept by a prior waterflood. This will force future flood water to invade bypassed regions of the reservoir and increase sweep efficiency. This report covers progress made during the second year, January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1990, of the Microbial Field Pilot Study project. Information on reservoir ecology, surface facilities design, operation of the unit, core experiments, modeling of microbial processes, and reservoir characterization and simulation are presented in the report. To better understand the ecology of the target reservoir, additional analyses of the fluids which support bacteriological growth and the microbiology of the reservoir were performed. The results of the produced and injected water analysis show increasing sulfide concentrations with respect to time. In March of 1990 Mesa Limited Partnership sold their interest in the SEVVSU to Sullivan and Company. In April, Sullivan and Company assumed operation of the field. The facilities for the field operation of the pilot were refined and implementation was begun. Core flood experiments conducted during the last year were used to help define possible mechanisms involved in microbial enhanced oil recovery. The experiments were performed at SEVVSU temperature using fluids and inoculum from the unit. The model described in last year`s report was further validated using results from a core flood experiment. The model was able to simulate the results of one of the core flood experiments with good quality.

  6. Microbial field pilot study

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.; Chisholm, J.L.

    1992-03-01

    The objective of this project is to perform a microbial enhanced oil recovery field pilot in the Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit (SEVVSU) in Payne County, Oklahoma. Indigenous, anaerobic, nitrate reducing bacteria will be stimulated to selectively plug flow paths which have been referentially swept by a prior waterflood. This will force future flood water to invade bypassed regions of the reservoir and increase sweep efficiency. This report covers progress made during the second year, January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1990, of the Microbial Field Pilot Study project. Information on reservoir ecology, surface facilities design, operation of the unit, core experiments, modeling of microbial processes, and reservoir characterization and simulation are presented in the report. To better understand the ecology of the target reservoir, additional analyses of the fluids which support bacteriological growth and the microbiology of the reservoir were performed. The results of the produced and injected water analysis show increasing sulfide concentrations with respect to time. In March of 1990 Mesa Limited Partnership sold their interest in the SEVVSU to Sullivan and Company. In April, Sullivan and Company assumed operation of the field. The facilities for the field operation of the pilot were refined and implementation was begun. Core flood experiments conducted during the last year were used to help define possible mechanisms involved in microbial enhanced oil recovery. The experiments were performed at SEVVSU temperature using fluids and inoculum from the unit. The model described in last year's report was further validated using results from a core flood experiment. The model was able to simulate the results of one of the core flood experiments with good quality.

  7. A theoretical study on critical phenomena of magnetic soft modes

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    Zeng, Xiaoyan; Yang, Guohong; Yan, Ming

    2017-02-01

    Below a threshold magnetic field, domain structures in ferromagnetic samples may start to nucleate from the initially saturated state via either continuous or discontinuous phase transitions. Such processes are usually accompanied by the occurrence of soft spin-wave modes at the critical point. In this paper, we present a theoretical study on the critical phenomena of uniform soft modes in a macrospin model and spatially non-uniform ones in ferromagnetic thin films. The critical exponents of the mode frequency and its polarization are derived. The value is found to be equal to one half, which is directly related to the breaking of a reflection-symmetry in the phase transition. At the critical point, the soft mode becomes linearly polarized, which provides an additional measurable effect of the critical phenomena.

  8. How self-organized criticality works: A unified mean-field picture

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    Vespignani, Alessandro; Zapperi, Stefano

    1998-06-01

    We present a unified dynamical mean-field theory, based on the single site approximation to the master-equation, for stochastic self-organized critical models. In particular, we analyze in detail the properties of sandpile and forest-fire (FF) models. In analogy with other nonequilibrium critical phenomena, we identify an order parameter with the density of ``active'' sites, and control parameters with the driving rates. Depending on the values of the control parameters, the system is shown to reach a subcritical (absorbing) or supercritical (active) stationary state. Criticality is analyzed in terms of the singularities of the zero-field susceptibility. In the limit of vanishing control parameters, the stationary state displays scaling characteristics of self-organized criticality (SOC). We show that this limit corresponds to the breakdown of space-time locality in the dynamical rules of the models. We define a complete set of critical exponents, describing the scaling of order parameter, response functions, susceptibility and correlation length in the subcritical and supercritical states. In the subcritical state, the response of the system to small perturbations takes place in avalanches. We analyze their scaling behavior in relation with branching processes. In sandpile models, because of conservation laws, a critical exponents subset displays mean-field values (ν=12 and γ=1) in any dimensions. We treat bulk and boundary dissipation and introduce a critical exponent relating dissipation and finite size effects. We present numerical simulations that confirm our results. In the case of the forest-fire model, our approach can distinguish between different regimes (SOC-FF and deterministic FF) studied in the literature, and determine the full spectrum of critical exponents.

  9. Interpretation of the electric fields measured in an ionospheric critical ionization velocity experiment

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    Brenning, N.; Faelthammar, C.-G.; Marklund, G.; Haerendel, G.; Kelley, M. C.; Pfaff, R.

    1991-01-01

    The quasi-dc electric fields measured in the CRIT I ionospheric release experiment are studied. In the experiment, two identical barium shaped charges were fired toward a main payload, and three-dimensional measurements of the electric field inside the streams were made. The relevance of proposed mechanisms for electron heating in the critical ionization velocity (CIV) mechanism is addressed. It is concluded that both the 'homogeneous' and the 'ionizing front' models probably are valid, but in different parts of the streams. It is also possible that electrons are directly accelerated by a magnetic field-aligned component of the electric field. The coupling between the ambient ionosphere and the ionized barium stream is more complicated that is usually assumed in CIV theories, with strong magnetic-field-aligned electric fields and probably current limitation as important processes.

  10. [Critical reading of analytical observational studies].

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    García Villar, C; Marín León, I

    2015-11-01

    Analytical observational studies provide very important information about real-life clinical practice and the natural history of diseases and can suggest causality. Furthermore, they are very common in scientific journals. The aim of this article is to review the main concepts necessary for the critical reading of articles about radiological studies with observational designs. It reviews the characteristics that case-control and cohort studies must have to ensure high quality. It explains a method of critical reading that involves checking the attributes that should be evaluated in each type of article using a structured list of specific questions. It underlines the main characteristics that confer credibility and confidence on the article evaluated. Readers are provided with tools for the critical analysis of the observational studies published in scientific journals. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. Critical wetting of a class of nonequilibrium interfaces: a mean-field picture.

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    de Los Santos, Francisco; Romera, Elvira; Al Hammal, Omar; Muñoz, Miguel Angel

    2007-03-01

    A self-consistent mean-field method is used to study critical wetting transitions under nonequilibrium conditions by analyzing Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) interfaces in the presence of a bounding substrate. In the case of positive KPZ nonlinearity a single (Gaussian) regime is found. On the contrary, interfaces corresponding to negative nonlinearities lead to three different regimes of critical behavior for the surface order parameter: (i) a trivial Gaussian regime, (ii) a weak-fluctuation regime with a trivially located critical point and nontrivial exponents, and (iii) a highly nontrivial strong-fluctuation regime, for which we provide a full solution by finding the zeros of parabolic-cylinder functions. These analytical results are also verified by solving numerically the self-consistent equation in each case. Analogies with and differences from equilibrium critical wetting as well as nonequilibrium complete wetting are also discussed.

  12. Assessment of critical thinking: a Delphi study.

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    Paul, Sheila A

    2014-11-01

    Nurse educators are responsible for preparing nurses who critically analyze patient information and provide meaningful interventions in today's complex health care system. By using the Delphi research method, this study, utilized the specialized and experiential knowledge of Certified Nurse Educators. This original Delphi research study asked Certified Nurse Educators how to assess the critical-thinking ability of nursing students in the clinical setting. The results showed that nurse educators need time, during the clinical experience, to accurately assess each individual nursing student. This study demonstrated the need for extended student clinical time, and a variety of clinical learning assessment tools.

  13. A Critical Analysis of Transverse Dispersivity Field Data

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    Attinger, Sabine; Zech, Alraune; Bellin, Alberto; Cvetkovic, Vladimir; Dagan, Gedeon; Dietrich, Peter; Fiori, Aldo; Teutsch, Georg

    2016-04-01

    Spreading of solute plumes in groundwater is often quantified by macrodispersivity. Thereby, the transverse αT and vertical αV characterize the broadening of the plume in the vertical plane, perpendicular to the flow direction. Determining αT and αV from field experiments is difficult and costly. Still, it is an important parameter for making predictions of contaminant transport e.g. for stationary contamination plumes, bio-degradation and natural attenuation. Measured values of αT and αV at field scale are only available for a few sites. Gelhar and coworkers classified in 1992 the values into three reliability groups: highly, moderately and lowly reliable. Only recently, we could show for the longitudinal macrodispersivity αL, that the values of low reliability need to be excluded for further analysis, based on a re-evaluation of the experiments. Furthermore, new studies emerged in the meantime, which requires evaluation of reliability and incorporation, when appropriate. This work focuses on collecting reliable field data of transverse and vertical macrodispersivities. The ensemble of reliable αT and αV values is then used to answer the following questions: (i) Is there an upper limit of αT and αV or the tendency of increasing values with increasing travel distance of tracer plumes? (ii) Can the field data be predicted by theoretical models? (iii) What can we learn from the field based ratios αV/αT and αT/αL? The investigation may provide valuable information for modeling and predicting contaminant transport in groundwater.

  14. Shift of the critical mixing temperature in strong electric fields. Theory and experiment.

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    Orzechowski, Kazimierz; Adamczyk, Mariusz; Wolny, Alicja; Tsori, Yoav

    2014-06-26

    We study the shift in the critical temperature T(c) in binary mixtures in strong electric fields. In experiments we measure the nonlinear dielectric effect (NDE) in a mixture of nitrobenze and n-octane and calculate Piekara's factor. We find that the critical anomaly of Piekara's factor is a function of an electric field strength. We propose to explain this observation as a result of a downward shift of T(c), and this allows us to calculate (∂T(c)/∂E(2)) = (-22 ± 10) × 10(-16) (K m(2))/V(2). In the theoretical part we amend Landau and Lifshitz's formula and show that the downward shift of Tc can be estimated from a simple mean-field theory taking into account the linear and quadratic terms in an expansion of the constitutive relation ε(x) between the electric constant ε and mixture composition x.

  15. Magnetic field oscillations of the critical current in long ballistic graphene Josephson junctions

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    Rakyta, Péter; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2016-06-01

    We study the Josephson current in long ballistic superconductor-monolayer graphene-superconductor junctions. As a first step, we have developed an efficient computational approach to calculate the Josephson current in tight-binding systems. This approach can be particularly useful in the long-junction limit, which has hitherto attracted less theoretical interest but has recently become experimentally relevant. We use this computational approach to study the dependence of the critical current on the junction geometry, doping level, and an applied perpendicular magnetic field B . In zero magnetic field we find a good qualitative agreement with the recent experiment of M. Ben Shalom et al. [Nat. Phys. 12, 318 (2016), 10.1038/nphys3592] for the length dependence of the critical current. For highly doped samples our numerical calculations show a broad agreement with the results of the quasiclassical formalism. In this case the critical current exhibits Fraunhofer-like oscillations as a function of B . However, for lower doping levels, where the cyclotron orbit becomes comparable to the characteristic geometrical length scales of the system, deviations from the results of the quasiclassical formalism appear. We argue that due to the exceptional tunability and long mean free path of graphene systems a new regime can be explored where geometrical and dynamical effects are equally important to understand the magnetic field dependence of the critical current.

  16. Critical Development? Using a Critical Theory Lens to Examine the Current Role of Evaluation in the Youth-Development Field

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    Zeller-Berkman, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    A critical theory lens is used to explore the role of evaluation in youth development, a field aimed at recognizing youth as assets. A theory of change in the field is questioned for its emphasis on individual youth outcomes as programmatic outcome measures. A review of 209 evaluations of 131 programs in the Harvard Family Research Project's…

  17. Critical Development? Using a Critical Theory Lens to Examine the Current Role of Evaluation in the Youth-Development Field

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    Zeller-Berkman, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    A critical theory lens is used to explore the role of evaluation in youth development, a field aimed at recognizing youth as assets. A theory of change in the field is questioned for its emphasis on individual youth outcomes as programmatic outcome measures. A review of 209 evaluations of 131 programs in the Harvard Family Research Project's…

  18. Critical field enhancement of asymptotic optical bound states in the continuum

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    Yoon, Jae Woong; Song, Seok Ho; Magnusson, Robert

    2015-01-01

    We study spectral singularities and critical field enhancement factors associated with embedded photonic bound states in subwavelength periodic Si films. Ultrahigh-Q resonances supporting field enhancement factor exceeding 108 are obtained in the spectral vicinity of exact embedded eigenvalues in spite of deep surface modulation and vertical asymmetry of the given structure. Treating relations between the partial resonance Q and field enhancement factors with an analytical coupled-mode model, we derive a general strategy to maximize the field enhancement associated with these photonic bound states in the presence of material dissipation. The analytical expression for the field enhancement quantitatively agrees with rigorous numerical calculations. Therefore, our results provide a general knowledge for designing practical resonance elements based on optical bound states in the continuum in various applications. PMID:26673548

  19. Electromagnetic Field Penetration Studies

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    Deshpande, M.D.

    2000-01-01

    A numerical method is presented to determine electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of rectangular enclosure with apertures on its wall used for input and output connections, control panels, visual-access windows, ventilation panels, etc. Expressing EM fields in terms of cavity Green's function inside the enclosure and the free space Green's function outside the enclosure, integral equations with aperture tangential electric fields as unknown variables are obtained by enforcing the continuity of tangential electric and magnetic fields across the apertures. Using the Method of Moments, the integral equations are solved for unknown aperture fields. From these aperture fields, the EM field inside a rectangular enclosure due to external electromagnetic sources are determined. Numerical results on electric field shielding of a rectangular cavity with a thin rectangular slot obtained using the present method are compared with the results obtained using simple transmission line technique for code validation. The present technique is applied to determine field penetration inside a Boeing-757 by approximating its passenger cabin as a rectangular cavity filled with a homogeneous medium and its passenger windows by rectangular apertures. Preliminary results for, two windows, one on each side of fuselage were considered. Numerical results for Boeing-757 at frequencies 26 MHz, 171-175 MHz, and 428-432 MHz are presented.

  20. Critical Quantitative Study of Immigrant Students

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    Conway, Katherine M.

    2014-01-01

    The author discusses the importance of critical quantitative research for studies of immigrant students, a large and growing group, whose higher education experience is crucial to the future of the United States. The author outlines some of the distinctions to be made among immigrant students and recommends areas of future inquiry.

  1. Critical Quantitative Study of Immigrant Students

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    Conway, Katherine M.

    2014-01-01

    The author discusses the importance of critical quantitative research for studies of immigrant students, a large and growing group, whose higher education experience is crucial to the future of the United States. The author outlines some of the distinctions to be made among immigrant students and recommends areas of future inquiry.

  2. AYURVEDA AND MODERN MEDICE: (A critical study)

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    Majumdar, Kaviraj A.

    1989-01-01

    The author highlights in this paper the differences between Ayurveda and Western medicine in the approach to healing process. Also the paper examines relevance of Ayurveda to the present day life style and thus, makes a critical study of both medical systems quoting references from various modern authors. PMID:22557648

  3. Critical Studies and the Drumcroon Experience.

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    Taylor, Rod

    1987-01-01

    Describes the residency teaching experience of graduate students involved in the Drumcroon Critical Studies in Art Education Project. Focuses on three-way relationship between pupil, artist, and environment showing how this relationship helped produce a successful program. Graduate students are "practically" educating students in…

  4. High magnetic-field scales and critical currents in SmFeAs(O, F) crystals

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Puzniak, Roman; Balakirev, Fedor; Rogacki, Krzysztof; Karpinski, Janusz; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Batlogg, Bertram

    2010-08-01

    With the discovery of new superconducting materials, such as the iron pnictides, exploring their potential for applications is one of the foremost tasks. Even if the critical temperature Tc is high, intrinsic electronic properties might render applications difficult, particularly if extreme electronic anisotropy prevents effective pinning of vortices and thus severely limits the critical current density, a problem well known for cuprates. Although many questions concerning microscopic electronic properties of the iron pnictides have been successfully addressed and estimates point to a very high upper critical field, their application potential is less clear. Thus, we focus here on the critical currents, their anisotropy and the onset of electrical dissipation in high magnetic fields up to 65T. Our detailed study of the transport properties of SmFeAsO0.7F0.25 single crystals reveals a promising combination of high (>2×106Acm-2) and nearly isotropic critical current densities along all crystal directions. This favourable intragrain current transport in SmFeAs(O, F), which shows the highest Tc of 54K at ambient pressure, is a crucial requirement for possible applications. Essential in these experiments are four-probe measurements on focused-ion-beam-cut single crystals with a sub-square-micrometre cross-section, with current along and perpendicular to the crystallographic c axis.

  5. Baja California: Field Study

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    Frey, John; Stewart, Jack

    1974-01-01

    Describes how to plan and execute an extended field trip which provides first hand observation of biological and cultural systems. Socialization of the participants was achieved through common planning and goal achievement. (BR)

  6. Influence of a Critically Oriented Methods Course and Early Field Experience on Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of Teaching

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    Curtner-Smith, Matthew D.; Sofo, Seidu

    2004-01-01

    In recent years there has been a growing interest in arming physical education teachers with critical pedagogies. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of a critically oriented methods course and early field experience (EFE) on 20 preservice teachers' (PTs) conceptions of the teaching-learning process. Data were collected using…

  7. [Contributions from the critical leisure field to the health promotion].

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    Bacheladenski, Miguel Sidenei; Matiello Júnior, Edgard

    2010-08-01

    The studies about leisure for health promotion still tend to choose the active body occupation in the free-time (leisure activities), revealing the influence of the functionalist way of thinking, which trying to reduce the links between society and health-disease process, undoubtedly do not keep with the purpose of population health promotion. Focusing on this idea, and keeping in mind the premise that in the Brazilian physical training there are different opinions since the earliest 80s which try to achieve the purpose to avoid the ideas of the functionalist way of thinking. However, those opinions are almost unknown both in the Brazilian public health system and the collective health system, once the bibliography revision about leisure activities development was made in the country, looking for ideas taken in common knowledge for health promotion presuppositions, this report has the aim to show critical and alternatives concepts of leisure in the way it is linked to healthy as a real social change, using a political-pedagogical proposal called lazerania. In general, this is an emancipatory concept of leisure, which comes from the sport phenomenon as a problem and provides the feeling, thinking and behavior of the population, trying to build a society based on solidarity and consumer participation.

  8. Review of Yucca Mountain Disposal Criticality Studies

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    Scaglione, John M; Wagner, John C

    2011-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, submitted a license application for construction authorization of a deep geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in June of 2008. The license application is currently under review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. However,on March 3, 2010 the DOE filed a motion requesting withdrawal of the license application. With the withdrawal request and the development of the Blue Ribbon Commission to seek alternative strategies for disposing of spent fuel, the status of the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain is uncertain. What is certain is that spent nuclear fuel (SNF) will continue to be generated and some long-lived components of the SNF will eventually need a disposition path(s). Strategies for the back end of the fuel cycle will continue to be developed and need to include the insights from the experience gained during the development of the Yucca Mountain license application. Detailed studies were performed and considerable progress was made in many key areas in terms of increased understanding of relevant phenomena and issues regarding geologic disposal of SNF. This paper reviews selected technical studies performed in support of the disposal criticality analysis licensing basis and the use of burnup credit. Topics include assembly misload analysis, isotopic and criticality validation, commercial reactor critical analyses, loading curves, alternative waste package and criticality control studies, radial burnup data and effects, and implementation of a conservative application model in the criticality probabilistic evaluation as well as other information that is applicable to operations regarding spent fuel outside the reactor. This paper summarizes the work and significant accomplishments in these areas and provides a resource for future, related activities.

  9. Second-order magnetic critical points at finite magnetic fields: Revisiting Arrott plots

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    Bustingorry, S.; Pomiro, F.; Aurelio, G.; Curiale, J.

    2016-06-01

    The so-called Arrott plot, which consists in plotting H /M against M2, with H the applied magnetic field and M the magnetization, is used to extract valuable information in second-order magnetic phase transitions. Besides, it is widely accepted that a negative slope in the Arrott plot is indicative of a first-order magnetic transition. This is known as the Banerjee criterion. In consequence, the zero-field transition temperature T* is reported as the characteristic first-order transition temperature. By carefully analyzing the mean-field Landau model used for studying first-order magnetic transitions, we show in this work that T* corresponds in fact to a triple point where three first-order lines meet. More importantly, this analysis reveals the existence of two symmetrical second-order critical points at finite magnetic field (Tc,±Hc) . We then show that a modified Arrott plot can be used to obtain information about these second-order critical points. To support this idea we analyze experimental data on La2 /3Ca1 /3MnO3 and discuss an estimate for the location of the triple point and the second-order critical points.

  10. The Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN) Critical Pertussis Study: Collaborative Research in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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    Burr, Jeri S.; Jenkins, Tammara L.; Harrison, Rick; Meert, Kathleen; Anand, K.J.S.; Berger, John T.; Zimmerman, Jerry; Carcillo, Joseph; Dean, J. Michael; Newth, Christopher J. L.; Willson, Douglas F.; Sanders, Ronald C.; Pollack, Murray M.; Harvill, Eric; Nicholson, Carol E.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To provide an updated overview of critical pertussis to the pediatric critical care community and describe a study of critical pertussis recently undertaken. Setting The six sites, seven hospitals of the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network and 17 outside sites at academic medical centers with PICUs. Results Despite high coverage for childhood vaccination, pertussis causes substantial morbidity and mortality in United States children, especially among infants. In pediatric intensive care units, Bordetella pertussis is a community-acquired pathogen associated with critical illness and death. The incidence of medical and developmental sequelae in critical pertussis survivors remains unknown, and the appropriate strategies for treatment and support remain unclear. The CPCCRN Critical Pertussis Study has begun to evaluate critical pertussis in a prospective cohort. Conclusion Research is urgently needed to provide an evidence base that might optimize management for critical pertussis, a serious, disabling, and too often fatal illness for United States children, and those in the developing world. PMID:21057366

  11. The distribution of 3D superconductivity near the second critical field

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    Kachmar, Ayman; Nasrallah, Marwa

    2016-09-01

    We study the minimizers of the Ginzburg-Landau energy functional with a uniform magnetic field in a three dimensional bounded domain. The functional depends on two positive parameters, the Ginzburg-Landau parameter and the intensity of the applied magnetic field, and acts on complex-valued functions and vector fields. We establish a formula for the distribution of the L 2-norm of the minimizing complex-valued function (order parameter). The formula is valid in the regime where the Ginzburg-Landau parameter is large and the applied magnetic field is close to and strictly below the second critical field—the threshold value corresponding to the transition from the superconducting to the normal phase in the bulk of the sample. Earlier results are valid in 2D domains and for the L 4-norm in 3D domains.

  12. The Field of Educational Development: Histories and Critical Questions

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    Manathunga, Catherine

    2011-01-01

    The field of educational development has a 40-year history of providing continuing education or professional development for academic staff, particularly focusing on improving teaching and learning. However, little has yet been written on the historical origins and development of this field, apart from content analyses of some key journals and…

  13. Curator and Critic: Role of the Assessor in Aesthetic Fields

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    Jacobs, Rachael

    2012-01-01

    Assessment in aesthetic fields presents a myriad of challenges in the higher education environment. This paper uses a metaphorical representation to explore the role of assessors within aesthetic assessment settings in higher education. It begins with a discussion of aesthetic fields and an exploration of the role of assessment in this area.…

  14. The Field of Educational Development: Histories and Critical Questions

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    Manathunga, Catherine

    2011-01-01

    The field of educational development has a 40-year history of providing continuing education or professional development for academic staff, particularly focusing on improving teaching and learning. However, little has yet been written on the historical origins and development of this field, apart from content analyses of some key journals and…

  15. Fielding: A Collection of Critical Essays. Twentieth Century Views Series.

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    Paulson, Ronald, Ed.

    One of a series of works aimed at presenting contemporary critical opinion on major authors, this collection includes essays by Ronald Paulson, A. R. Humphreys, Winfield H. Rogers, Ian Watt, Maynard Mack, Mark Spilka, Aurelien Digeon, Andre Gide, Arnold Kettle, John Middleton Murry, William Empson, George Sherburn, and John S. Coolidge--all…

  16. Electron profile stiffness and critical gradient studies

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    DeBoo, J. C.; Petty, C. C.; Burrell, K. H.; Smith, S. P.; White, A. E.; Doyle, E. J.; Hillesheim, J. C.; Rhodes, T. L.; Schmitz, L.; Wang, G.; Zeng, L.; Holland, C.; McKee, G. R.

    2012-08-15

    Electron profile stiffness was studied in DIII-D L-mode discharges by systematically varying the heat flux in a narrow region with electron cyclotron heating and measuring the local change produced in {nabla}T{sub e}. Electron stiffness was found to slowly increase with toroidal rotation velocity. A critical inverse temperature gradient scale length 1/L{sub C} {approx} 3 m{sup -1} was identified at {rho}=0.6 and found to be independent of rotation. Both the heat pulse diffusivity and the power balance diffusivity, the latter determined by integrating the measured dependence of the heat pulse diffusivity on -{nabla}T{sub e}, were fit reasonably well by a model containing a critical inverse temperature gradient scale length and varying linearly with 1/L{sub T} above the threshold.

  17. Double criticality in the magnetic field driven transition of a high-TC superconductor

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    Leridon, Brigitte; Vanacken, Johan; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Vignolle, Baptiste; Porwal, Rajni; Budhani, R. C.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic-field driven transition of a set of high critical temperature La2 - x Srx CuO4 superconducting thin films has been investigated using high pulsed magnetic fields. For the underdoped samples, the existence of two distinct critical regions in the superconductor/insulator transition has been evidenced for the first time. The first quantum critical region is observed at intermediate magnetic fields (~= 19 T)and temperatures and gives way at lower temperature to a quantum critical point at about twice critical magnetic field and resistance per square. The critical exponents inferred from scaling behaviour are markedly different for the two regions. We attribute this behaviour to the existence of a clean/dirty crossover due to the presence of electronic inhomogeneities. This work has been supported by a SESAME grant from Region Ile-de-France. Part of the experiments at KULeuven have been founded by EuroMagNET II under the EU Contract Number 228043.

  18. Critical point scaling of Ising spin glasses in a magnetic field

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    Yeo, Joonhyun; Moore, M. A.

    2015-03-01

    Critical point scaling in a field H applies for the limits t →0 (where t =T /Tc-1 ) and H →0 but with the ratio R =t /H2 /Δ finite. Δ is a critical exponent of the zero-field transition. We study the replicon correlation length ξ and from it the crossover scaling function f (R ) defined via 1 /(ξ H4 /(d +2 -η )) ˜f (R ) . We have calculated analytically f (R ) for the mean-field limit of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model. In dimension d =3 , we have determined the exponents and the critical scaling function f (R ) within two versions of the Migdal-Kadanoff (MK) renormalization group procedure. One of the MK versions gives results for f (R ) in d =3 in reasonable agreement with those of the Monte Carlo simulations at the values of R for which they can be compared. If there were a de Almeida-Thouless (AT) line for d ≤6 , it would appear as a zero of the function f (R ) at some negative value of R , but there is no evidence for such behavior. This is consistent with the arguments that there should be no AT line for d ≤6 , which we review.

  19. Critical-field theory of the Kondo lattice model in two dimensions

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    Kim, Ki-Seok

    2005-05-15

    In the context of the U(1) slave-boson theory we derive a critical-field theory near the quantum-critical point of the Kondo lattice model in two spatial dimensions. First, we argue that strong gauge fluctuations in the U(1) slave-boson theory give rise to confinement between spinons and holons, thus causing 'neutralized' spinons in association with the slave-boson U(1) gauge field. Second, we show that critical fluctuations of Kondo singlets near the quantum-critical point result in a new U(1) gauge field. This emergent gauge field has nothing to do with the slave-boson U(1) gauge field. Third, we find that the slave-boson U(1) gauge field can be exactly integrated out in the low-energy limit. As a result we find a critical-field theory in terms of renormalized conduction electrons and neutralized spinons interacting via the new emergent U(1) gauge field. Based on this critical-field theory we obtain the temperature dependence of the specific heat and the imaginary part of the self-energy of the renormalized electrons. These quantities display non-Fermi-liquid behavior near the quantum-critical point.

  20. Particle and flow field holography: A critical survey

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    Trolinger, James D.

    1987-01-01

    A brief background is provided for the fields of particle and flow visualization holography. A summary of methods currently in use is given, followed by a discussion of more recent and unique applications. The problem of data reduction is discussed. A state of the art summary is then provided with a prognosis of the future of the field. Particle and flow visualization holography are characterized as powerful tools currently in wide use and with significant untapped potential.

  1. Automated Critical Peak Pricing Field Tests: Program Descriptionand Results

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    Piette, Mary Ann; Watson, David; Motegi, Naoya; Kiliccote, Sila; Xu, Peng

    2006-04-06

    California utilities have been exploring the use of critical peak prices (CPP) to help reduce needle peaks in customer end-use loads. CPP is a form of price-responsive demand response (DR). Recent experience has shown that customers have limited knowledge of how to operate their facilities in order to reduce their electricity costs under CPP (Quantum 2004). While the lack of knowledge about how to develop and implement DR control strategies is a barrier to participation in DR programs like CPP, another barrier is the lack of automation of DR systems. During 2003 and 2004, the PIER Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) conducted a series of tests of fully automated electric demand response (Auto-DR) at 18 facilities. Overall, the average of the site-specific average coincident demand reductions was 8% from a variety of building types and facilities. Many electricity customers have suggested that automation will help them institutionalize their electric demand savings and improve their overall response and DR repeatability. This report focuses on and discusses the specific results of the Automated Critical Peak Pricing (Auto-CPP, a specific type of Auto-DR) tests that took place during 2005, which build on the automated demand response (Auto-DR) research conducted through PIER and the DRRC in 2003 and 2004. The long-term goal of this project is to understand the technical opportunities of automating demand response and to remove technical and market impediments to large-scale implementation of automated demand response (Auto-DR) in buildings and industry. A second goal of this research is to understand and identify best practices for DR strategies and opportunities. The specific objectives of the Automated Critical Peak Pricing test were as follows: (1) Demonstrate how an automated notification system for critical peak pricing can be used in large commercial facilities for demand response (DR). (2) Evaluate effectiveness of such a system. (3) Determine how customers

  2. Finite-size critical scaling in Ising spin glasses in the mean-field regime

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    Aspelmeier, T.; Katzgraber, Helmut G.; Larson, Derek; Moore, M. A.; Wittmann, Matthew; Yeo, Joonhyun

    2016-03-01

    We study in Ising spin glasses the finite-size effects near the spin-glass transition in zero field and at the de Almeida-Thouless transition in a field by Monte Carlo methods and by analytical approximations. In zero field, the finite-size scaling function associated with the spin-glass susceptibility of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick mean-field spin-glass model is of the same form as that of one-dimensional spin-glass models with power-law long-range interactions in the regime where they can be a proxy for the Edwards-Anderson short-range spin-glass model above the upper critical dimension. We also calculate a simple analytical approximation for the spin-glass susceptibility crossover function. The behavior of the spin-glass susceptibility near the de Almeida-Thouless transition line has also been studied, but here we have only been able to obtain analytically its behavior in the asymptotic limit above and below the transition. We have also simulated the one-dimensional system in a field in the non-mean-field regime to illustrate that when the Imry-Ma droplet length scale exceeds the system size one can then be erroneously lead to conclude that there is a de Almeida-Thouless transition even though it is absent.

  3. Effects of rf current on critical field for magnetization reversal in spin torque devices

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    Chen, Wenyu; Florez, Sylvia; Katine, Jordan; Carey, Matthew; Folks, Liesl; Terris, Bruce

    2009-03-01

    Current induced switching assisted by rf current has recently been observed in spin torque devices at low temperature [1, 2]. This effect allows control of spin transfer induced magnetization reversal through the frequency of an injected rf current. In this study, the effects of the rf current injection on critical field for magnetization reversal in spin valve junctions have been investigated. Measurements were conducted at room temperature, and the magnetic field was applied along the easy axis of the junction. An rf current was injected into the nanojunction at various frequencies ranging between 1 and 20 GHz. The dynamic resistance, dV/dI, was measured as a function of the rf frequency, power and the dc bias current while ramping the magnetic field. The rf current injection was observed to change the critical field for free layer magnetization reversal when the intrinsic spin-transfer-induced dynamics is frequency-locked with the injected rf. The results will be discussed in the context of macrospin models of spin transfer in metallic spin valve structures. [1] S. H. Florez et al. Phys. Rev. B 78, 184403 (2008) [2] Y.-T. Cui et al. Phys. Rev. B 77, 214440 (2008)

  4. Probability and critical electric field for electron runaway

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    Liu, Chang; Brennan, Dylan; Boozer, Allen; Bhattacharjee, Amitava

    2015-11-01

    It is very important that we understand the physics of the runaway electron avalanche, both due to the need for runaway mitigation in disruptions in ITER, and the pure scientific merit. In this work we developed a new method to obtain the probability of an electron in momentum space to run away, by solving a time-independent PDE, alleviating the need for Monte-Carlo simulation. This PDE turns out to be adjoint to the electron kinetic equation. The new method is applied to calculate the avalanche growth rate and the threshold electric field. The results show that in the presence of synchrotron radiation and pitch angle scattering, the threshold electric field for the avalanche growth will increase to a value that is higher than the Connor-Hastie electric field. A series of kinetic simulations are conducted which confirms the findings. We also did a time-dependent simulation with increasing plasma density to simulate the gas-puffing runaway electron experiments in DIII-D, and the hard X-ray signal result shows qualitative agreement with the experiments for the threshold electric field.

  5. Computational and experimental analysis of TMS-induced electric field vectors critical to neuronal activation

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    Krieg, Todd D.; Salinas, Felipe S.; Narayana, Shalini; Fox, Peter T.; Mogul, David J.

    2015-08-01

    Objective. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents a powerful technique to noninvasively modulate cortical neurophysiology in the brain. However, the relationship between the magnetic fields created by TMS coils and neuronal activation in the cortex is still not well-understood, making predictable cortical activation by TMS difficult to achieve. Our goal in this study was to investigate the relationship between induced electric fields and cortical activation measured by blood flow response. Particularly, we sought to discover the E-field characteristics that lead to cortical activation. Approach. Subject-specific finite element models (FEMs) of the head and brain were constructed for each of six subjects using magnetic resonance image scans. Positron emission tomography (PET) measured each subject’s cortical response to image-guided robotically-positioned TMS to the primary motor cortex. FEM models that employed the given coil position, orientation, and stimulus intensity in experimental applications of TMS were used to calculate the electric field (E-field) vectors within a region of interest for each subject. TMS-induced E-fields were analyzed to better understand what vector components led to regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) responses recorded by PET. Main results. This study found that decomposing the E-field into orthogonal vector components based on the cortical surface geometry (and hence, cortical neuron directions) led to significant differences between the regions of cortex that were active and nonactive. Specifically, active regions had significantly higher E-field components in the normal inward direction (i.e., parallel to pyramidal neurons in the dendrite-to-axon orientation) and in the tangential direction (i.e., parallel to interneurons) at high gradient. In contrast, nonactive regions had higher E-field vectors in the outward normal direction suggesting inhibitory responses. Significance. These results provide critical new

  6. Computational and experimental analysis of TMS-induced electric field vectors critical to neuronal activation.

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    Krieg, Todd D; Salinas, Felipe S; Narayana, Shalini; Fox, Peter T; Mogul, David J

    2015-08-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents a powerful technique to noninvasively modulate cortical neurophysiology in the brain. However, the relationship between the magnetic fields created by TMS coils and neuronal activation in the cortex is still not well-understood, making predictable cortical activation by TMS difficult to achieve. Our goal in this study was to investigate the relationship between induced electric fields and cortical activation measured by blood flow response. Particularly, we sought to discover the E-field characteristics that lead to cortical activation. Subject-specific finite element models (FEMs) of the head and brain were constructed for each of six subjects using magnetic resonance image scans. Positron emission tomography (PET) measured each subject's cortical response to image-guided robotically-positioned TMS to the primary motor cortex. FEM models that employed the given coil position, orientation, and stimulus intensity in experimental applications of TMS were used to calculate the electric field (E-field) vectors within a region of interest for each subject. TMS-induced E-fields were analyzed to better understand what vector components led to regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) responses recorded by PET. This study found that decomposing the E-field into orthogonal vector components based on the cortical surface geometry (and hence, cortical neuron directions) led to significant differences between the regions of cortex that were active and nonactive. Specifically, active regions had significantly higher E-field components in the normal inward direction (i.e., parallel to pyramidal neurons in the dendrite-to-axon orientation) and in the tangential direction (i.e., parallel to interneurons) at high gradient. In contrast, nonactive regions had higher E-field vectors in the outward normal direction suggesting inhibitory responses. These results provide critical new understanding of the factors by which TMS induces cortical

  7. Acute enhancement of the upper critical field for superconductivity approaching a quantum critical point in URhGe

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    Lévy, F.; Sheikin, I.; Huxley, A.

    2007-07-01

    When a pure material is tuned to the point where a continuous phase-transition line is crossed at zero temperature, known as a quantum critical point (QCP), completely new correlated quantum ordered states can form. These phases include exotic forms of superconductivity. However, as superconductivity is generally suppressed by a magnetic field, the formation of superconductivity ought not to be possible at extremely high field. Here, we report that as we tune the ferromagnet, URhGe, towards a QCP by applying a component of magnetic field in the material's easy magnetic plane, superconductivity survives in progressively higher fields applied simultaneously along the material's magnetic hard axis. Thus, although superconductivity never occurs above a temperature of 0.5K, we find that it can survive in extremely high magnetic fields, exceeding 28T.

  8. Wright Field turboprop study

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    Lorenzetti, R.C.; Dull, P.P.

    1981-01-01

    The considered investigation was conducted as part of an effort to reduce aircraft fuel costs. Turboprops are very fuel efficient at speeds below Mach 0.6. One of the most promising approaches to reduce fuel consumption in the speed range from Mach 0.6 to 0.8 is related to an employment of the swept eight to ten blade propeller (propfan) being developed by NASA. All studies to date indicate that turboshaft engines with propfans might save 15% or more of the fuel used by a turbofan engine of comparable technology. Attention is given to a turboprop status review, contractor studies, the NASA propfan program, an in-house performance study, specific problems which have to be solved to make a twin-turboprop, 100-150 passenger transport a viable possibility for the early 1990s, and turboprop dilemmas.

  9. Structural versus dynamical origins of mean-field behavior in a self-organized critical model of neuronal avalanches.

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    Moosavi, S Amin; Montakhab, Afshin

    2015-01-01

    Critical dynamics of cortical neurons have been intensively studied over the past decade. Neuronal avalanches provide the main experimental as well as theoretical tools to consider criticality in such systems. Experimental studies show that critical neuronal avalanches show mean-field behavior. There are structural as well as recently proposed [Phys. Rev. E 89, 052139 (2014)] dynamical mechanisms that can lead to mean-field behavior. In this work we consider a simple model of neuronal dynamics based on threshold self-organized critical models with synaptic noise. We investigate the role of high-average connectivity, random long-range connections, as well as synaptic noise in achieving mean-field behavior. We employ finite-size scaling in order to extract critical exponents with good accuracy. We conclude that relevant structural mechanisms responsible for mean-field behavior cannot be justified in realistic models of the cortex. However, strong dynamical noise, which can have realistic justifications, always leads to mean-field behavior regardless of the underlying structure. Our work provides a different (dynamical) origin than the conventionally accepted (structural) mechanisms for mean-field behavior in neuronal avalanches.

  10. Notions of Criticality: Singaporean Teachers' Perspectives of Critical Thinking in Social Studies

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    Baildon, Mark C.; Sim, Jasmine B.-Y.

    2009-01-01

    In this article we explore the ways critical thinking is conceived by a group of Singaporean social studies teachers, what they see as its purposes as well as perceived constraints to critical thinking and teaching critical thinking in Singapore's schools. Using a case study research design and constant comparative method we analysed data from…

  11. Notions of Criticality: Singaporean Teachers' Perspectives of Critical Thinking in Social Studies

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    Baildon, Mark C.; Sim, Jasmine B.-Y.

    2009-01-01

    In this article we explore the ways critical thinking is conceived by a group of Singaporean social studies teachers, what they see as its purposes as well as perceived constraints to critical thinking and teaching critical thinking in Singapore's schools. Using a case study research design and constant comparative method we analysed data from…

  12. Coding Major Fields of Study.

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    Bobbitt, L. G.; Carroll, C. D.

    The National Center for Education Statistics conducts surveys which require the coding of the respondent's major field of study. This paper presents a new system for the coding of major field of study. It operates on-line i a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) environment and allows conversational checks to verify coding directly from…

  13. Field-induced quadrupolar quantum criticality in PrV2Al20

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    Shimura, Yasuyuki; Tsujimoto, Masaki; Zeng, Bin; Balicas, Luis; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2015-06-01

    PrV2Al20 is a heavy-fermion superconductor based on the cubic Γ3 doublet that exhibits nonmagnetic quadrupolar ordering below ˜0.6 K. Our magnetotransport study on PrV2Al20 reveals field-induced quadrupolar quantum criticality at μ0Hc˜11 T applied along the [111] direction. Near the critical field μ0Hc required to suppress the quadrupolar state, we find a marked enhancement of the resistivity ρ (H ,T ) , a divergent quasiparticle effective mass and concomitant non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior [i.e., ρ (T ) ∝Tn with n ≤0.5 ]. We also observe the Shubnikov-de Haas effect above μ0Hc , indicating effective mass enhancement or m*/m0˜10 . This reveals the competition between the nonmagnetic Kondo effect and the intersite quadrupolar coupling which leads to pronounced NFL behavior in an extensive region of T and μ0H emerging from the quantum-critical point.

  14. [Research in two-dimensional critical phenomena and conformal field theory]. Final report

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    1990-12-31

    A very theoretical description is given of research in two- dimensional critical phenomena and conformal field theory. Major progress is reported in the field of fluctuating two-dimensional surfaces. A discretized representation of fluctuating geometry is used where surfaces are represented by triangulations; continuum surfaces are recovered by taking the size of the triangles to zero. One of the central goals of the theory of critical phenomena is to find all possible universality classes of n-dimensional critical phenomena; this goal has been translated into the problem of clasifying all possible scale-invariant euclidean quantum field theories. (RWR)

  15. Statistical field theory with constraints: Application to critical Casimir forces in the canonical ensemble.

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    Gross, Markus; Gambassi, Andrea; Dietrich, S

    2017-08-01

    The effect of imposing a constraint on a fluctuating scalar order parameter field in a system of finite volume is studied within statistical field theory. The canonical ensemble, corresponding to a fixed total integrated order parameter (e.g., the total number of particles), is obtained as a special case of the theory. A perturbative expansion is developed which allows one to systematically determine the constraint-induced finite-volume corrections to the free energy and to correlation functions. In particular, we focus on the Landau-Ginzburg model in a film geometry (i.e., in a rectangular parallelepiped with a small aspect ratio) with periodic, Dirichlet, or Neumann boundary conditions in the transverse direction and periodic boundary conditions in the remaining, lateral directions. Within the expansion in terms of ε=4-d, where d is the spatial dimension of the bulk, the finite-size contribution to the free energy of the confined system and the associated critical Casimir force are calculated to leading order in ε and are compared to the corresponding expressions for an unconstrained (grand canonical) system. The constraint restricts the fluctuations within the system and it accordingly modifies the residual finite-size free energy. The resulting critical Casimir force is shown to depend on whether it is defined by assuming a fixed transverse area or a fixed total volume. In the former case, the constraint is typically found to significantly enhance the attractive character of the force as compared to the grand canonical case. In contrast to the grand canonical Casimir force, which, for supercritical temperatures, vanishes in the limit of thick films, in the canonical case with fixed transverse area the critical Casimir force attains for thick films a negative value for all boundary conditions studied here. Typically, the dependence of the critical Casimir force both on the temperaturelike and on the fieldlike scaling variables is different in the two ensembles.

  16. Statistical field theory with constraints: Application to critical Casimir forces in the canonical ensemble

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    Gross, Markus; Gambassi, Andrea; Dietrich, S.

    2017-08-01

    The effect of imposing a constraint on a fluctuating scalar order parameter field in a system of finite volume is studied within statistical field theory. The canonical ensemble, corresponding to a fixed total integrated order parameter (e.g., the total number of particles), is obtained as a special case of the theory. A perturbative expansion is developed which allows one to systematically determine the constraint-induced finite-volume corrections to the free energy and to correlation functions. In particular, we focus on the Landau-Ginzburg model in a film geometry (i.e., in a rectangular parallelepiped with a small aspect ratio) with periodic, Dirichlet, or Neumann boundary conditions in the transverse direction and periodic boundary conditions in the remaining, lateral directions. Within the expansion in terms of ɛ =4 -d , where d is the spatial dimension of the bulk, the finite-size contribution to the free energy of the confined system and the associated critical Casimir force are calculated to leading order in ɛ and are compared to the corresponding expressions for an unconstrained (grand canonical) system. The constraint restricts the fluctuations within the system and it accordingly modifies the residual finite-size free energy. The resulting critical Casimir force is shown to depend on whether it is defined by assuming a fixed transverse area or a fixed total volume. In the former case, the constraint is typically found to significantly enhance the attractive character of the force as compared to the grand canonical case. In contrast to the grand canonical Casimir force, which, for supercritical temperatures, vanishes in the limit of thick films, in the canonical case with fixed transverse area the critical Casimir force attains for thick films a negative value for all boundary conditions studied here. Typically, the dependence of the critical Casimir force both on the temperaturelike and on the fieldlike scaling variables is different in the two

  17. Strong coupling effects on the upper critical field of the heavy-fermion superconductor UBe13

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    Thomas, F.; Wand, B.; Lühmann, T.; Gegenwart, P.; Stewart, G. R.; Steglich, F.; Brison, J. P.; Buzdin, A.; Glémot, L.; Flouquet, J.

    1996-01-01

    The upper critical field H c2 (T) of a high quality single crystal of UBe13 is studied with very low noise resistivity measurements. It shows a large but finite slope of —45 T/K, an unusual temperature dependence with an inflexion point at T/T C ˜ 0.5 and a large saturated limit for T→ 0 of H c2 (0) = 14 T. The complete temperature dependence of H c2 (T) can be described by a simple model of strong coupling superconductor, assuming a full Pauli limitation and the occurence of a non-uniform superconducting state (FFLO state) at low temperature.

  18. Nonmonotonic pressure evolution of the upper critical field in superconducting FeSe

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    Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Taufour, Valentin; Böhmer, Anna E.; ...

    2016-02-01

    The pressure dependence of the upper critical field, Hc2,c, of single crystalline FeSe was studied using measurements of the interplane resistivity, ρc, in magnetic fields parallel to tetragonal c axis. Hc2,c(T) curves obtained under hydrostatic pressures up to 1.56 GPa, the range over which the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, of FeSe exhibits a nonmonotonic dependence with local maximum at p1 ≈ 0.8 GPa and local minimum at p2 ≈ 1.2 GPa. The slope of the upper critical field at Tc,(dHc2,c/dT)Tc, also exhibits a nonmonotonic pressure dependence with distinct changes at p1 and p2. For p < p1 the slope canmore » be described within a multiband orbital model. For both p1 < p < p2 and p > p2 the slope is in good semiquantitative agreement with a single band, orbital Helfand-Werthamer theory with Fermi velocities determined from Shubnikov–de Haas measurements. Lastly, this finding indicates that Fermi surface changes are responsible for the local minimum of Tc(p) at p2 ≈ 1.2 GPa.« less

  19. Nonmonotonic pressure evolution of the upper critical field in superconducting FeSe

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    Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Taufour, Valentin; Böhmer, Anna E.; Tanatar, Makariy A.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Kogan, Vladimir G.; Prozorov, Ruslan; Canfield, Paul C.

    2016-02-01

    The pressure dependence of the upper critical field, Hc2,c, of single crystalline FeSe was studied using measurements of the interplane resistivity, ρc, in magnetic fields parallel to tetragonal c axis. Hc2,c(T) curves obtained under hydrostatic pressures up to 1.56 GPa, the range over which the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, of FeSe exhibits a nonmonotonic dependence with local maximum at p1 ≈ 0.8 GPa and local minimum at p2 ≈ 1.2 GPa. The slope of the upper critical field at Tc,(dHc2,c/dT)Tc, also exhibits a nonmonotonic pressure dependence with distinct changes at p1 and p2. For p < p1 the slope can be described within a multiband orbital model. For both p1 < p < p2 and p > p2 the slope is in good semiquantitative agreement with a single band, orbital Helfand-Werthamer theory with Fermi velocities determined from Shubnikov–de Haas measurements. Lastly, this finding indicates that Fermi surface changes are responsible for the local minimum of Tc(p) at p2 ≈ 1.2 GPa.

  20. Critical Multiculturalism. Uncommon Voices in a Common Struggle. Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.

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    Kanpol, Barry, Ed.; McLaren, Peter, Ed.

    This collection explores the way in which critical theory and practice can unite in a common vision of democratic hope. Separate viewpoints are drawn together to constitute a democratic platform for an enlightened critical education agenda. Case studies from narrative and critical ethnography explore the multicultural and power struggles of…

  1. High-field magnets using high-critical-temperature superconducting thin films

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    Mitlitsky, F.; Hoard, R.W.

    1994-05-10

    High-field magnets fabricated from high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramic (HTSC) thin films which can generate fields greater than 4 Tesla are disclosed. The high-field magnets are made of stackable disk-shaped substrates coated with HTSC thin films, and involves maximizing the critical current density, superconducting film thickness, number of superconducting layers per substrate, substrate diameter, and number of substrates while minimizing substrate thickness. The HTSC thin films are deposited on one or both sides of the substrates in a spiral configuration with variable line widths to increase the field. 4 figures.

  2. High-field magnets using high-critical-temperature superconducting thin films

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    Mitlitsky, Fred; Hoard, Ronald W.

    1994-01-01

    High-field magnets fabricated from high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramic (HTSC) thin films which can generate fields greater than 4 Tesla. The high-field magnets are made of stackable disk-shaped substrates coated with HTSC thin films, and involves maximizing the critical current density, superconducting film thickness, number of superconducting layers per substrate, substrate diameter, and number of substrates while minimizing substrate thickness. The HTSC thin films are deposited on one or both sides of the substrates in a spiral configuration with variable line widths to increase the field.

  3. Field-induced quantum criticality in the Kitaev system α -RuCl3

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    Wolter, A. U. B.; Corredor, L. T.; Janssen, L.; Nenkov, K.; Schönecker, S.; Do, S.-H.; Choi, K.-Y.; Albrecht, R.; Hunger, J.; Doert, T.; Vojta, M.; Büchner, B.

    2017-07-01

    α -RuCl3 has attracted enormous attention since it has been proposed as a prime candidate to study fractionalized magnetic excitations akin to Kitaev's honeycomb-lattice spin liquid. We have performed a detailed specific-heat investigation at temperatures down to 0.4 K in applied magnetic fields up to 9 T for fields parallel to the a b plane. We find a suppression of the zero-field antiferromagnetic order, together with an increase of the low-temperature specific heat, with increasing field up to μ0Hc≈6.9 T. Above Hc, the magnetic contribution to the low-temperature specific heat is strongly suppressed, implying the opening of a spin-excitation gap. Our data point toward a field-induced quantum critical point at Hc; this is supported by universal scaling behavior near Hc. Remarkably, the data also reveal the existence of a small characteristic energy scale well below 1 meV, above which the excitation spectrum changes qualitatively. We relate the data to theoretical calculations based on a J1-K1-Γ1-J3 honeycomb model.

  4. Magnetic relaxation and lower critical field in MgB2 wires

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    Y, Feng; G, Yan; Y, Zhao; Pradhan, A. K.; F, Liu C.; X, Zhang P.; L, Zhou

    2003-09-01

    Magnetic relaxation behaviour, critical current density Jc and lower critical field Hc1 have been investigated in MgB2/Ta/Cu wires. It is found that Jc and Hc1 decrease linearly with temperature in the whole temperature region below Tc. The relaxation rate is very small and has a weak temperature dependence compared to high-Tc superconductors. Also, the pinning potential is much larger and the temperature and field dependences of the pinning potential are briefly discussed.

  5. Mean-field behavior as a result of noisy local dynamics in self-organized criticality: neuroscience implications.

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    Moosavi, S Amin; Montakhab, Afshin

    2014-05-01

    Motivated by recent experiments in neuroscience which indicate that neuronal avalanches exhibit scale invariant behavior similar to self-organized critical systems, we study the role of noisy (nonconservative) local dynamics on the critical behavior of a sandpile model which can be taken to mimic the dynamics of neuronal avalanches. We find that despite the fact that noise breaks the strict local conservation required to attain criticality, our system exhibits true criticality for a wide range of noise in various dimensions, given that conservation is respected on the average. Although the system remains critical, exhibiting finite-size scaling, the value of critical exponents change depending on the intensity of local noise. Interestingly, for a sufficiently strong noise level, the critical exponents approach and saturate at their mean-field values, consistent with empirical measurements of neuronal avalanches. This is confirmed for both two and three dimensional models. However, the addition of noise does not affect the exponents at the upper critical dimension (D = 4). In addition to an extensive finite-size scaling analysis of our systems, we also employ a useful time-series analysis method to establish true criticality of noisy systems. Finally, we discuss the implications of our work in neuroscience as well as some implications for the general phenomena of criticality in nonequilibrium systems.

  6. Mean-field behavior as a result of noisy local dynamics in self-organized criticality: Neuroscience implications

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    Moosavi, S. Amin; Montakhab, Afshin

    2014-05-01

    Motivated by recent experiments in neuroscience which indicate that neuronal avalanches exhibit scale invariant behavior similar to self-organized critical systems, we study the role of noisy (nonconservative) local dynamics on the critical behavior of a sandpile model which can be taken to mimic the dynamics of neuronal avalanches. We find that despite the fact that noise breaks the strict local conservation required to attain criticality, our system exhibits true criticality for a wide range of noise in various dimensions, given that conservation is respected on the average. Although the system remains critical, exhibiting finite-size scaling, the value of critical exponents change depending on the intensity of local noise. Interestingly, for a sufficiently strong noise level, the critical exponents approach and saturate at their mean-field values, consistent with empirical measurements of neuronal avalanches. This is confirmed for both two and three dimensional models. However, the addition of noise does not affect the exponents at the upper critical dimension (D =4). In addition to an extensive finite-size scaling analysis of our systems, we also employ a useful time-series analysis method to establish true criticality of noisy systems. Finally, we discuss the implications of our work in neuroscience as well as some implications for the general phenomena of criticality in nonequilibrium systems.

  7. A kinematic study of critical and non-critical articulators in emotional speech production.

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    Kim, Jangwon; Toutios, Asterios; Lee, Sungbok; Narayanan, Shrikanth S

    2015-03-01

    This study explores one aspect of the articulatory mechanism that underlies emotional speech production, namely, the behavior of linguistically critical and non-critical articulators in the encoding of emotional information. The hypothesis is that the possible larger kinematic variability in the behavior of non-critical articulators enables revealing underlying emotional expression goal more explicitly than that of the critical articulators; the critical articulators are strictly controlled in service of achieving linguistic goals and exhibit smaller kinematic variability. This hypothesis is examined by kinematic analysis of the movements of critical and non-critical speech articulators gathered using eletromagnetic articulography during spoken expressions of five categorical emotions. Analysis results at the level of consonant-vowel-consonant segments reveal that critical articulators for the consonants show more (less) peripheral articulations during production of the consonant-vowel-consonant syllables for high (low) arousal emotions, while non-critical articulators show less sensitive emotional variation of articulatory position to the linguistic gestures. Analysis results at the individual phonetic targets show that overall, between- and within-emotion variability in articulatory positions is larger for non-critical cases than for critical cases. Finally, the results of simulation experiments suggest that the postural variation of non-critical articulators depending on emotion is significantly associated with the controls of critical articulators.

  8. Critical Multicultural Education Competencies Scale: A Scale Development Study

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    Acar-Ciftci, Yasemin

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a scale in order to identify the critical mutlicultural education competencies of teachers. For this reason, first of all, drawing on the knowledge in the literature, a new conceptual framework was created with deductive method based on critical theory, critical race theory and critical multicultural…

  9. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current in S-N Bilayer Thin Films

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    Sadleir, John E.; Lee, Sang-Jun; Smith, Stephen James; Bandler, Simon; Chervenak, James; Kilbourne, Caroline A.; Finkbeiner, Fred M.; Porter, Frederick S.; Kelley, Richard L.; Adams, Joseph S.; Eckart, Megan E.; Busch, Sarah; Porst, Jan-Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Here we investigate the effects a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on superconducting transition-edge sensors (TESs) critical current. This has implications on TES optimization. It has been shown that TESs resistive transition can be altered by magnetic fields. We have observed critical current rectification effects and explained these effects in terms of a magnetic self-field arising from asymmetric current injection into the sensor. Our TES physical model shows that this magnetic self-field can result in significantly degraded or improved TES performance. In order for this magnetically tuned TES strategy to reach its full potential we are investigating the effect a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on the critical current.

  10. Effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowires.

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    Ooba, Ayaka; Fujimura, Yuma; Takahashi, Kota; Komine, Takashi; Sugita, Ryuji

    2012-09-01

    In this study, the effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in nanowires with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was investigated using micromagnetic simulations. In order to estimate the pinning field in notched nanowires, we conducted wall energy calculations for nanowires with various saturation magnetizations. The pinning field increased as the notch size increased. The pinning field decreased as the saturation magnetization decreased. As a result, the decreased in the pinning field causes the reduction of the critical current density. Therefore, a significant reduction of the critical current density can be obtained by decreasing the saturation magnetization, even if wall pinning occurs.

  11. Static magnetic fields: animal studies.

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    Saunders, Richard

    2005-01-01

    Various experimental studies carried out over the last 30-40 years have examined the effects of the chronic or acute exposure of laboratory animals to static magnetic fields. Many of the earlier studies have been adequately reviewed elsewhere; few adverse effects were identified. This review focuses on studies carried out more recently, mostly those using vertebrates, particularly mammals. Four main areas of investigation have been covered, viz., nervous system and behavioural studies, cardiovascular system responses, reproduction and development, and genotoxicity and cancer. Work on the role of the natural geomagnetic field in animal orientation and migration has been omitted. Generally, the acute responses found during exposure to static fields above about 4 T are consistent with those found in volunteer studies, namely the induction of flow potentials around the heart and the development of aversive/avoidance behaviour resulting from body movement in such fields. No consistently demonstrable effects of exposure to fields of approximately 1T and above have been seen on other behavioural or cardiovascular endpoints. In addition, no adverse effects of such fields on reproduction and development or on the growth and development of tumours have been firmly established. Overall, however, far too few animal studies have been carried out to reach any firm conclusions.

  12. Studying Fluid Properties Near the Critical Point

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    Gauthier, J. P.; And Others

    1977-01-01

    Illustrated and described is the design of an apparatus that can be used by students in a short period of time. It gives quantitative results showing evidence of thermoelastic properties of fluids near the critical point. (Author/MA)

  13. A critical review of the genotoxic potential of electric and magnetic fields. Final report

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    McCann, J.; Dietrich, F.M.; Martin, A.

    1993-12-01

    Fifty five published articles were identified which reported results of tests of ELF (extremely low frequency) or static electric or magnetic fields for genotoxic effects. An additional 35 articles involving microwave or radiofrequency exposures were also identified. Primary emphasis was given to the electric and magnetic field studies. The analysis of microwave and radio frequency studies is presented in Appendix A. The biological assays used spanned a wide range, including microbial systems, plants, Drosophila, mammalian and human cells in vitro and in vivo. Experimental results were grouped into four exposure categories: ELF Electric; ELF Magnetic; Static Electric; and Static Magnetic. The internal electric fields present in media (for in vitro experiments) and in the torso and extremities (for in vivo experiments) were estimated, providing an index of comparison. All experiments were critically analyzed with respect to basic data quality criteria. Experiments within each exposure category were then compared to determine if results reinforced or contradicted one another. The preponderance of evidence suggests that neither ELF or static electric or magnetic fields have a clearly demonstrated potential to cause genotoxic effects. However, there may be weak genotoxic activity from exposure under conditions where phenomena auxiliary to an electric field, such as spark discharges, electrical shocks, or corona can occur. In addition, two unconfirmed reports suggest the genotoxic potential of certain chemical mutagens or ionizing radiation may be weakly affected by co-exposure to electric or magnetic fields. Certain exposure categories are not represented or are under-represented by tests in some genotoxicity test systems that are usually included in minimal test batteries as specified by EPA for chemicals. It is suggested that consideration be given to whether additional genotoxicity testing is warranted to fill these gaps.

  14. Evidence of Magnetic Breakdown on the Defects With Thermally Suppressed Critical Field in High Gradient SRF Cavities

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    Eremeev, Grigory; Palczewski, Ari

    2013-09-01

    At SRF 2011 we presented the study of quenches in high gradient SRF cavities with dual mode excitation technique. The data differed from measurements done in 80's that indicated thermal breakdown nature of quenches in SRF cavities. In this contribution we present analysis of the data that indicates that our recent data for high gradient quenches is consistent with the magnetic breakdown on the defects with thermally suppressed critical field. From the parametric fits derived within the model we estimate the critical breakdown fields.

  15. Upper critical fields and critical current densities of Fe-based superconductors as compared to those of other technical superconductors

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    Pallecchi, I.; Tropeano, M.; Lamura, G.; Pani, M.; Palombo, M.; Palenzona, A.; Putti, M.

    2012-11-01

    Three years since the discovery by the Hosono's group of Fe-based superconductors, an enormous number of compounds, belonging to several different families have been discovered and fundamental properties have been deeply investigated in order to clarify the interplay between magnetisms and superconductivity in these compounds. Indeed, the actual potential of these compounds for practical applications remains still unclear. Fe-based superconductors are midway between high temperature superconductors (HTSCs) and MgB2. In Fe-based superconductors the critical current is rather independent of the field, similarly to HTSCs, as a consequence of the exceptionally high upper critical field and strong pinning associated with nm-scale local modulations of the order parameter. They exhibit low anisotropy of the critical current with respect to the crystalline directions, as in the case of MgB2, which allows current flow along the c-axis. However, Fe-based superconductor polycrystalline materials currently available still exhibit electromagnetic granularity, like the HTSCs, which suppresses superconducting current flow over long length. Whether the nature of such granularity is extrinsic, as due to spurious phases or cracks between grains or intrinsic, as related to misalignment of adjacent grains, is under debate. These aspects will be reviewed in the light of the recent literature.

  16. When Sex and Power Collide: An Argument for Critical Sexuality Studies.

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    Fahs, Breanne; McClelland, Sara I

    2016-01-01

    Attentive to the collision of sex and power, we add momentum to the ongoing development of the subfield of critical sexuality studies. We argue that this body of work is defined by its critical orientation toward the study of sexuality, along with a clear allegiance to critical modalities of thought, particularly feminist thought. Critical sexuality studies takes its cues from several other critical moments in related fields, including critical psychology, critical race theory, critical public health, and critical youth studies. Across these varied critical stances is a shared investment in examining how power and privilege operate, understanding the role of historical and epistemological violence in research, and generating new models and paradigms to guide empirical and theoretical research. With this guiding framework, we propose three central characteristics of critical sexuality studies: (a) conceptual analysis, with particular attention to how we define key terms and conceptually organize our research (e.g., attraction, sexually active, consent, agency, embodiment, sexual subjectivity); (b) attention to the material qualities of abject bodies, particularly bodies that are ignored, overlooked, or pushed out of bounds (e.g., viscous bodies, fat bodies, bodies in pain); and (c) heteronormativity and heterosexual privilege, particularly how assumptions about heterosexuality and heteronormativity circulate in sexuality research. Through these three critical practices, we argue that critical sexuality studies showcases how sex and power collide and recognizes (and tries to subvert) the various power imbalances that are deployed and replicated in sex research.

  17. Leading Critically: A Grounded Theory of Applied Critical Thinking in Leadership Studies

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    Jekins, Daniel M.; Cutchens, Amanda B.

    2011-01-01

    This study describes the development of a grounded theory of applied critical thinking in leadership studies and examines how student-centered experiential learning in leadership education bridged critical thinking with action. Over three semester undergraduate students in an upper level leadership studies course at a large four-year public…

  18. Leading Critically: A Grounded Theory of Applied Critical Thinking in Leadership Studies

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    Jekins, Daniel M.; Cutchens, Amanda B.

    2011-01-01

    This study describes the development of a grounded theory of applied critical thinking in leadership studies and examines how student-centered experiential learning in leadership education bridged critical thinking with action. Over three semester undergraduate students in an upper level leadership studies course at a large four-year public…

  19. Upper critical field and anisotropy in carbon alloyed MgB2 thin films

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    Li, Qi; Ferrando, Valeria; Chen, Jun; Pogrebnyakov, Alexej; Redwing, Joan; Xi, Xiaoxing; Gurevich, Alex; Larbalestier, David; Betts, J. B.; Mielke, C. H.

    2006-03-01

    We have studied the upper critical field and its anisotropy γ of C-alloyed MgB2 thin films grown on (0001) SiC single crystal substrates by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD). Different concentrations of C were introduced during the deposition, which increased the residual resistivity systematically but did not affect Tc seriously. The upper critical field was found to increase to above 60 T for H parallel to the ab plane and up to ˜ 40T for H parallel to the c axis with even moderate amounts of C doping. Moreover, we show that Hc2 stays at these levels in a wide range of C doping. The Hc2 anisotropy was found to decrease as the C concentration increases. The Hc2(T) curves for both H ab and H c directions were explained by a theoretical model of dirty limit two band superconductivity, which takes into account different scattering rates in π and σ bands, as well as interband scattering. The differences in the Hc2(T) and γ(T) for different samples can be explained by the differences of the relative scattering rates in each band which make it possible to adjust the π and σ scattering such that Hc2 perpendicular to ab can attain almost 20T at 20K.

  20. Anisotropy and pressure dependence of the upper critical field of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe2

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    Sheikin, I.; Huxley, A.; Braithwaite, D.; Brison, J. P.; Watanabe, S.; Miyake, K.; Flouquet, J.

    2001-12-01

    The temperature and pressure dependence of the upper critical field, Hc2, of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe2 is reported for fields applied along all three crystallographic axes. For fields parallel to the easy magnetic a axis, the relationship between an unusual reentrant behavior of Hc2 and a field-induced transition associated with a change in the electronic density of states is reviewed. For transverse field directions a significant evolution in the behavior of Hc2 with pressure is found. As the pressure is decreased the dependence of Hc2 on temperature for fields along the crystal's c axis acquires a positive curvature that extends from the critical temperature, Tc, down to almost the lowest temperature measured (Tc/10) where Hc2 exceeds the usual weak coupling paramagnetic and orbital limits.

  1. Possibility of critical field enhancement due to field penetration in high-T/sub c/ sponges and thin films

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    Collings, E.W.; Markworth, A.J.; Marken, K.R. Jr.

    1989-03-01

    Magnetic susceptibility measurements of a sample of sintered high-T/sub c/ ceramic superconductor of nominal composition Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-y/ were conducted as function of temperature from liquid-He temperatures to T/sub c/. The fitted form of the susceptibility temperature dependence yielded a sample particle size that was only a few times larger than the field-penetration depth. The particle size was much less than the grain size and commensurate with the thickness of the optical twins. The occurence of field penetration between lamina about 0.2 to 0.7 /mu/m in half-thickness was predicted to lead to a small enhancement of the lower critical field. This prediction was compared with the results of an experiment in which the M(H) field sweep, initially +- 100 gauss, was incremented in small steps up to several kgauss. The results of the enhancement studies are also discussed in the light of Bean's early experiments on Pb sponges (in this case /lambda/ >> particle size) which exhibited spectacular enhancements of H/sub c/ in association with flux trapping at or between the Pb filaments. It is predicted that it should be possible, using presently available film-deposition techniques, to produce high-T/sub c/ films possessing several-fold enhancements of H/sub cl/ beyond the bulk value; and that as with the Pb sponges, the magnetization loops, even when taken within what passes for the Meissner state in such materials, will by hysteretic.

  2. On the magnon interaction in Haematite. 2: Magnon energy of the acoustical mode and magnetic critical fields

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    Bonavito, N. L.; Nagai, O.; Tanaka, T.

    1975-01-01

    Previous spin wave theories of the antiferromagnet hematite were extended. The behavior of thermodynamic quantities around the Morin transition temperature was studied, and the latent heat of the Morin transition was calculated. The temperature dependence of the antiferromagnetic resonance frequency and the parallel and perpendicular critical spin-flop magnetic fields were calculated. It was found that the theory agrees well with experiment.

  3. Bulk singularities at critical end points: a field-theory analysis

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    Diehl, H. W.; Smock, M.

    2001-06-01

    A class of continuum models with a critical end point is considered whose Hamiltonian [φ,ψ] involves two densities: a primary order-parameter field, φ, and a secondary (noncritical) one, ψ. Field-theoretic methods (renormalization group results in conjunction with functional methods) are used to give a systematic derivation of singularities occurring at critical end points. Specifically, the thermal singularity | t|2 - α of the first-order line on which the disordered or ordered phase coexists with the noncritical spectator phase, and the coexistence singularity | t|1 - α or | t|β of the secondary density <ψ> are derived. It is clarified how the renormalization group (RG) scenario found in position-space RG calculations, in which the critical end point and the critical line are mapped onto two separate fixed points CEP* and λ*, translates into field theory. The critical RG eigenexponents of CEP* and λ* are shown to match. CEP* is demonstrated to have a discontinuity eigenperturbation (with eigenvalue y = d), tangent to the unstable trajectory that emanates from CEP* and leads to λ*. The nature and origin of this eigenperturbation as well as the role redundant operators play are elucidated. The results validate that the critical behavior at the end point is the same as on the critical line.

  4. Critical language and discourse study: their transformative relevance for critical nursing inquiry.

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    Boutain, D M

    1999-03-01

    A pragmatic view of language and a critical study of discourse can advance nursing inquiry toward the study of racism, heterosexism, classism, and health. In critical language inquiry notions about humans, health and illness are seen as constructed in societal discourses. Critical language inquiry challenges nurse researchers to theorize not which research questions to ask, but how to ask research questions that broaden knowledge about the interconnections among language, discourse, health, and society. Critical discourse analysis, as a methodology, can be of significant utility in exploring the relationships among health, discourse, power, and society.

  5. Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Thinking: An Experimental Study in an EFL Context

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    Hashemi, Mohammad Reza; Ghanizadeh, Afsaneh

    2012-01-01

    The present study investigated the impact of critical discourse analysis (CDA) on TEFL students' critical thinking (CT) ability in "Reading Journalistic Texts" classes. In so doing, the study utilized an experimental design with 24 participants in the control group and 29 participants in the experimental group. The results of a pretest indicated…

  6. Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Thinking: An Experimental Study in an EFL Context

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    Hashemi, Mohammad Reza; Ghanizadeh, Afsaneh

    2012-01-01

    The present study investigated the impact of critical discourse analysis (CDA) on TEFL students' critical thinking (CT) ability in "Reading Journalistic Texts" classes. In so doing, the study utilized an experimental design with 24 participants in the control group and 29 participants in the experimental group. The results of a pretest indicated…

  7. Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing. Critical Social Thought

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    Au, Wayne

    2011-01-01

    "Critical Curriculum Studies" offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students' understanding of the world around them. Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with practical examples of teaching for social justice to argue for a transformative…

  8. Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing. Critical Social Thought

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    Au, Wayne

    2011-01-01

    "Critical Curriculum Studies" offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students' understanding of the world around them. Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with practical examples of teaching for social justice to argue for a transformative…

  9. Researching Critical Literacy: A Critical Study of Analysis of Classroom Discourse

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    Van Sluys, Katie; Lewison, Mitzi; Flint, Amy Seely

    2006-01-01

    Studying critical literacies includes examining how research practices influence what is learned about classroom activity and the world. This article highlights the processes and practices used in studying 1 classroom conversation. The data, drawn from an elementary school classroom of a Critical Literacy in Action teacher-researcher group member,…

  10. Critical Point Cancellation in 3D Vector Fields: Robustness and Discussion.

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    Skraba, Primoz; Rosen, Paul; Wang, Bei; Chen, Guoning; Bhatia, Harsh; Pascucci, Valerio

    2016-02-29

    Vector field topology has been successfully applied to represent the structure of steady vector fields. Critical points, one of the essential components of vector field topology, play an important role in describing the complexity of the extracted structure. Simplifying vector fields via critical point cancellation has practical merit for interpreting the behaviors of complex vector fields such as turbulence. However, there is no effective technique that allows direct cancellation of critical points in 3D. This work fills this gap and introduces the first framework to directly cancel pairs or groups of 3D critical points in a hierarchical manner with a guaranteed minimum amount of perturbation based on their robustness, a quantitative measure of their stability. In addition, our framework does not require the extraction of the entire 3D topology, which contains non-trivial separation structures, and thus is computationally effective. Furthermore, our algorithm can remove critical points in any subregion of the domain whose degree is zero and handle complex boundary configurations, making it capable of addressing challenging scenarios that may not be resolved otherwise. We apply our method to synthetic and simulation datasets to demonstrate its effectiveness.

  11. Phase Diagrams, Criticality, and Local Properties of Spin Glasses and Random-Field Ising Models from Renormalization - Calculations.

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    Hartford, Edward John

    This position-space renormalization-group study focuses on two systems with quenched disorder: the Ising spin glass and the asymmetric random-field Ising model. We have employed the Migdal-Kadanoff approach to determine local recursion relations and have retained the full correlated probability distribution of interactions and fields at each iteration in a series of histograms. We find an equilibrium spin-glass phase in three dimensions, but not in two. The spin glass is characterized by a distribution of effective interactions that broadens under iteration, signaling both the long-range order of the phase and the importance of competing interactions on all length scales. We have introduced a method to calculate the distribution of local properties by differentiating the free energy with respect to a particular magnetic field or interaction. Within the spin-glass phase, the nearest neighbor correlation < S_ {i}S_{j}> ranges from negative one to one, showing the strong correlations and the local variation within the phase. The spin-glass-to-paramagnet phase transition is second order, with a smooth specific heat indicated by a negative critical exponent alpha. The multicritical point separating the spin-glass, paramagnetic, and ferromagnetic phases lies along the Nishimori line and also has a nondivergent specific heat. When the system undergoes quenched dilution, the resulting critical and multicritical behaviors are identical to those of the undiluted system. Even the addition of an infinitesimal magnetic field destroys the long-range spin-glass order; however, the characteristic broadening of the distribution continues for several iterations for small fields and low temperatures, suggesting the persistence of sizable spin-glass domains. Our study of the asymmetric random-field Ising model is motivated by recent experiments on phase transitions in porous media and mean-field treatments, which suggest that new critical behavior could occur when the distribution of

  12. Misogynists All; A Study in Critical Classification

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    Foskett, A. C.

    1971-01-01

    In theory, classificationists avoid critical classification: that is, the introduction of their own bias and prejudices into the schemes they compile. In practice, all the schemes reflect the prejudices of their origins. No solution is proposed, but it is important that librarians be aware of the problems. (Author/NH)

  13. Critical current density and current distribution in field cooled superconducting disks

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    Bernstein, Pierre; Noudem, Jacques; Dupont, Louis

    2016-07-01

    Applications of bulk superconductors concern superconducting motors and generators, the levitation of vehicles, the generation of high magnetic fields with small size cryo-magnets, the shielding of magnetic fields and other applications. For all of them, it is essential to determine the critical current density, and to understand the effect of the shape and size of the bulks on the properties of interest. In this contribution, we show how the combination of levitation force and trapped field measurements allow one to determine the characteristics and the potential performances of superconducting disks using analytical modeling. As examples of applications we detail the effects of the magnetizing field and of the bulk sheet critical current density on the levitation force. An important result of the reported measurements is that in field-cooled samples, the shielding currents possibly do not flow along the whole thickness of the disks.

  14. [Communication denied: a pilot study on critical relationship in nursing].

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    Cotichelli, Giordano

    2014-01-01

    In literature there are few studies on denied nursing communication/relationship and why this communication/relationship is avoided. Evaluate criticism in communication/relationship in nursing in order to build an analytical basis for further study. Participant observation during internship placements, diary and notes taken during the observation, furthermore the whole work context as well as the relationship in a internal medicine department were taken into consideration. In the majority of cases communication is avoided, reducing the time of contact with patients, in others it is sought even when not expressly required by the patient. Escape relationship may be an indicator of professional insecurity. The denied relationship is a mirror in which the practitioner finds its weaknesses. Considering these elements promotes the therapeutic path. The study gave interesting and relevant insights which can be considered as starting point for further research on the field with a wider sample.

  15. High agreement between laboratory and field estimates of critical power in cycling.

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    Karsten, B; Jobson, S A; Hopker, J; Jimenez, A; Beedie, C

    2014-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of agreement between laboratory-based estimates of critical power (CP) and results taken from a novel field test. Subjects were fourteen trained cyclists (age 40±7 yrs; body mass 70.2±6.5 kg; VO2max 3.8±0.5 L · min-1). Laboratory-based CP was estimated from 3 constant work-rate tests at 80%, 100% and 105% of maximal aerobic power (MAP). Field-based CP was estimated from 3 all-out tests performed on an outdoor velodrome over fixed durations of 3, 7 and 12 min. Using the linear work limit (Wlim) vs. time limit (Tlim) relation for the estimation of CP1 values and the inverse time (1/t) vs. power (P) models for the estimation of CP2 values, field-based CP1 and CP2 values did not significantly differ from laboratory-based values (234±24.4 W vs. 234±25.5 W (CP1); P<0.001; limits of agreement [LOA], -10.98-10.8 W and 236±29.1 W vs. 235±24.1 W (CP2); P<0.001; [LOA], -13.88-17.3 W. Mean prediction errors for laboratory and field estimates were 2.2% (CP) and 27% (W'). Data suggest that employing all-out field tests lasting 3, 7 and 12 min has potential utility in the estimation of CP.

  16. Critical Race Theory and Social Studies: Centering the Native American Experience

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    Chandler, Prentice T.

    2010-01-01

    This article looks at the ways in which the topic of race is treated in social studies classrooms and the conceptual application of the field of critical race theory (CRT) to the teaching of American history. The author discusses the field of the social studies in terms of its stated goals and how these goals are not met because of a lack of…

  17. Critical Race Theory and Social Studies: Centering the Native American Experience

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    Chandler, Prentice T.

    2010-01-01

    This article looks at the ways in which the topic of race is treated in social studies classrooms and the conceptual application of the field of critical race theory (CRT) to the teaching of American history. The author discusses the field of the social studies in terms of its stated goals and how these goals are not met because of a lack of…

  18. Field-induced magnetization jumps and quantum criticality in the 2D J-Q model

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    Iaizzi, Adam; Sandvik, Anders

    The J-Q model is a `designer hamiltonian' formed by adding a four spin `Q' term to the standard antiferromagnetic S = 1 / 2 Heisenberg model. The Q term drives a quantum phase transition to a valence-bond solid (VBS) state: a non-magnetic state with a pattern of local singlets which breaks lattice symmetries. The elementary excitations of the VBS are triplons, i.e. gapped S=1 quasiparticles. There is considerable interest in the quantum phase transition between the Néel and VBS states as an example of deconfined quantum criticality. Near the phase boundary, triplons deconfine into pairs of bosonic spin-1/2 excitations known as spinons. Using exact diagonalization and the stochastic series expansion quantum monte carlo method, we study the 2D J-Q model in the presence of an external magnetic field. We use the field to force a nonzero density of magnetic excitations at T=0 and look for signatures of Bose-Einstein condensation of spinons. At higher magnetic fields, there is a jump in the induced magnetization caused by the onset of an effective attractive interaction between magnons on a ferromagnetic background. We characterize the first order quantum phase transition and determine the minimum value of the coupling ratio q ≡ Q / J required to produce this jump. Funded by NSF DMR-1410126.

  19. Quantum anomalous Hall effect with field-tunable Chern number near Z2 topological critical point

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    Duong, Le Quy; Lin, Hsin; Tsai, Wei-Feng; Feng, Yuan Ping

    We study the practicability of achieving quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect with field-tunable Chern number in a magnetically doped, topologically trivial insulating thin film. Specifically in a candidate material, TlBi(S1-δSeδ)2, we demonstrate that the QAH phases with different Chern numbers can be achieved by means of tuning the exchange field strength or the sample thickness near the Z2 topological critical point. Our physics scenario successfully reduces the necessary exchange coupling strength for a targeted Chern number. This QAH mechanism differs from the traditional QAH picture with a magnetic topological insulating thin film, where the ``surface'' states must involve and sometimes complicate the realization issue. Furthermore, we find that a given Chern number can also be tuned by a perpendicular electric field, which naturally occurs when a substrate is present. High-Chern number QAH phase obtained from magnetically doped topological crystalline insulator thin films will also be discussed. Support by the Singapore National Research Foundation under NRF Award No. NRF-NRFF2013-03 is acknowledged.

  20. Critical review of studies on atmospheric dispersion in coastal regions

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    Shearer, D.L.; Kaleel, R.J.

    1982-09-01

    This study effort was required as a preliminary step prior to initiation of field measurements of atmospheric dispersion in coastal regions. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is in the process of planning an extensive field measurement program to generate data which will serve as improved data bases for licensing decisions, confirmation of regulations, standards, and guides, and for site characterizations. The study being reported here is an effort directed to obtaining as much information as is possible from existing studies that is relevant toward NRC's objectives. For this study, reports covering research and meteorological measurements conducted for industrial purposes, utility needs, military objectives, and academic studies were obtained and critically reviewed in light of NRC's current data needs. This report provides an interpretation of the extent of existing usable information, an indication of the potential for tailoring existing research toward current NRC information needs, and recommendations for several follow-on studies which could provide valuable additional information through reanalysis of the data. Recommendations are also offered regarding new measurement programs. Emphasis is placed on the identification and acquisition of data from atmospheric tracer studies conducted in coastal regions. A total of 225 references were identified which deal with the coastal atmosphere, including meteorological and tracer measurement programs, theoretical descriptions of the relevant processes, and dispersion models.

  1. Selective Critical Thinking: A Textbook Analysis of Education for Critical Thinking in Norwegian Social Studies

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    Børhaug, Kjetil

    2014-01-01

    Current Norwegian curricular guidelines oblige schools to educate citizens with a critical perspective on society. From a discourse theoretical perspective, this obligation implies that various school subjects, and in particular social studies, offer discourses on social issues that allow for different points of view and critical evaluation.…

  2. Critical Thinking and Online Supplemental Instruction: A Case Study

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    Shaw, Cassandra S.; Holmes, Karen E.

    2014-01-01

    A wealth of research is available regarding supplemental instruction; however, a dearth exists regarding online supplemental instruction and critical thinking. This case study explored what was assumed to be known of critical thinking and investigated the extent to which critical thought was promoted within a university's online supplemental…

  3. Critical Thinking and Online Supplemental Instruction: A Case Study

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    Shaw, Cassandra S.; Holmes, Karen E.

    2014-01-01

    A wealth of research is available regarding supplemental instruction; however, a dearth exists regarding online supplemental instruction and critical thinking. This case study explored what was assumed to be known of critical thinking and investigated the extent to which critical thought was promoted within a university's online supplemental…

  4. Teaching for Critical Literacy in Social Studies

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    Wolk, Steven.

    2003-01-01

    Critical literacy is about how people see and interact with the world; it is about having, as a regular part of one's life, the skills and desire to evaluate society and the world. It is especially focused on issues of power: Who has it and who is denied it; how it is used and how it is abused. More specifically, it often revolves around issues of…

  5. Critical temperature for {alpha}-particle condensation within a momentum-projected mean-field approach

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    Sogo, T.; Roepke, G.; Lazauskas, R.

    2009-05-15

    {alpha}-particle (quartet) condensation in homogeneous spin-isospin symmetric nuclear matter is investigated. The usual Thouless criterion for the critical temperature is extended to the quartet case. The in-medium four-body problem is strongly simplified by the use of a momentum-projected mean-field ansatz for the quartet. The self-consistent single-particle wave functions are shown and discussed for various values of the density at the critical temperature. Excellent agreement of the critical temperature with a numerical solution of the Faddeev-Yakubovsky equation is obtained.

  6. Flux Pinning and Enhanced Critical Current in Magnetic Field by Artificial Pinning Centers.#

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    Wang, J.-Q.; Rizzo, N. D.; McCambridge, J. D.; Prober, D. E.; Motowidlo, L. R.; Zeitlin, B. A.

    1996-03-01

    Flux pinning to enhance critical currents (Jc) in type II superconductors (NbTi) in a magnetic field was studied, using nanometer sized artificial pins. From consideration of free energy and proximity effects, we compare pinning by various materials, ranging from weak superconductors (Nb), normal metals (Ti, Cu), to ferromagnets (Ni, Fe). A trade-off is found between induced superconductivity in the pin and a reduction of superconductivity in the NbTi. Thus, a normal metal can have stronger pinning than a similar-sized void. This idea is supported by our finding that Ti provides the strongest pinning in multilayer film systems. Pinning mechanisms by ferromagnetic (FM) pins are also discussed, along with results of Jc for NbTiTa wires with FM artificial pinning centers. #Support by CT Dept. Econ. Dev. Grant 94G014 and IGC-AS. *present address: Westinghouse STC, Pittsburgh, PA

  7. Critical and multicritical behaviors of static and complex magnetic susceptibilities for the mean-field Blume-Capel model with a random crystal field

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    Gülpınar, Gül; Erdem, Rıza; Ağartıoğlu, Mehmet

    2017-10-01

    The static and dynamic linear response functions for the spin-1 mean-field Blume-Capel model with a random diluted single-ion anisotropy are derived using the thermodynamics of linear irreversible processes. Thermal dependence of the static susceptibility is studied in detail. In addition, by utilizing the stationary solution of the kinetic equation in existence of sinusoidal external magnetic field, the low frequency thermal behavior of the magnetic absorption and dispersion factors are investigated. Particularly, we have analyzed the behaviors of these quantities near both first- and second-order transition temperatures and multicritical points such as tricritical point, critical endpoint and double critical endpoint. The static and dynamical mean field critical exponents in hydrodynamic limit are also calculated in order to formulate the critical and multicritical behaviors of the magnetic susceptibility. Finally, a comparison of the findings of this study with previous theoretical and experimental studies is presented and it is shown that a good agreement is found with our results.

  8. (Studies in quantum field theory)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    During the period 4/1/89--3/31/90 the theoretical physics group supported by Department of Energy Contract No. AC02-78ER04915.A015 and consisting of Professors Bender and Shrauner, Associate Professor Papanicolaou, Assistant Professor Ogilvie, and Senior Research Associate Visser has made progress in many areas of theoretical and mathematical physics. Professors Bender and Shrauner, Associate Professor Papanicolaou, Assistant Professor Ogilvie, and Research Associate Visser are currently conducting research in many areas of high energy theoretical and mathematical physics. These areas include: strong-coupling approximation; classical solutions of non-Abelian gauge theories; mean-field approximation in quantum field theory; path integral and coherent state representations in quantum field theory; lattice gauge calculations; the nature of perturbation theory in large order; quark condensation in QCD; chiral symmetry breaking; the 1/N expansion in quantum field theory; effective potential and action in quantum field theories, including OCD; studies of the early universe and inflation, and quantum gravity.

  9. Self-Magnetic Field Effects on Electron Emission as the Critical Current is Approached

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    Ottinger, P. F.; Cooperstein, G.; Schumer, J. W.; Swanekamp, S. B.

    2001-09-28

    The self-magnetic field associated with the current in a planar diode is shown to reduce electron emission below the Child-Langmuir current density. As the magnetic field increases, the diode current is limited to the critical current. Here, a ID analysis is carried out to calculate the suppressed current density in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. The problem is shown to be similar to that of the limiting current (i.e., Hull current) calculated in a crossed field gap, in which a constant transverse magnetic field is applied across the gap to insulate the electron flow. In the case considered here, the magnetic field is produced by the diode current itself and this self-magnetic field decreases with distance along the gap. It is shown that the emitted current density is only modestly reduced from the Child-Langmuir current density. The 1-D analysis remains valid until critical current is approached, at which point orbit crossing occurs and a 2-D kinetic analysis is required. The minimum diode length required to reach critical current is also derived.

  10. High Upper Critical Field and Irreversibility Field in MgB2 Coated-Conductor Fibers

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    2016-06-13

    B. Betts and C. H. Mielke National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 Received 7 September...coated conductors for superconducting magnets . © 2005 American Institute of Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.2149289 The recently discovered superconductor MgB2...see Ref. 1 is a promising material for high- magnetic -field applications.2 The transition temperature at 40 K allows practical operation above 20 K

  11. Upper critical field in the model with finite-range interaction between electrons

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    Shumilin, A. V.; Baranov, V. V.; Kabanov, V. V.

    2016-11-01

    We develop a theory of the upper critical field in a BCS superconductor with a nonlocal interaction between electrons. We have shown that the nonlocal interaction is characterized by the parameter kFρ0 , where kF is the Fermi momentum and ρ0 is the radius of electron-electron interaction. The presence of the external magnetic field leads to the generation of additional components of the order parameter with different angular momenta. This effect leads to the enhancement of the upper critical field above the orbital limiting field. In addition the upward curvature in the temperature dependence of Hc 2(T ) in the clean limit is predicted. The impurity scattering suppresses the effect in the dirty limit.

  12. Benchmark field study of deep neutron penetration

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    Morgan, J.F.; Sale, K. ); Gold, R.; Roberts, J.H.; Preston, C.C. )

    1991-06-10

    A unique benchmark neutron field has been established at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to study deep penetration neutron transport. At LLNL, a tandem accelerator is used to generate a monoenergetic neutron source that permits investigation of deep neutron penetration under conditions that are virtually ideal to model, namely the transport of mono-energetic neutrons through a single material in a simple geometry. General features of the Lawrence Tandem (LATAN) benchmark field are described with emphasis on neutron source characteristics and room return background. The single material chosen for the first benchmark, LATAN-1, is a steel representative of Light Water Reactor (LWR) Pressure Vessels (PV). Also included is a brief description of the Little Boy replica, a critical reactor assembly designed to mimic the radiation doses from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and its us in neutron spectrometry. 18 refs.

  13. Universal self-field critical current for thin-film superconductors

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Tallon, J. L.

    2015-01-01

    For any practical superconductor the magnitude of the critical current density, Jc, is crucially important. It sets the upper limit for current in the conductor. Usually Jc falls rapidly with increasing external magnetic field, but even in zero external field the current flowing in the conductor generates a self-field that limits Jc. Here we show for thin films of thickness less than the London penetration depth, λ, this limiting Jc adopts a universal value for all superconductors—metals, oxides, cuprates, pnictides, borocarbides and heavy Fermions. For type-I superconductors, it is Hc/λ where Hc is the thermodynamic critical field. But surprisingly for type-II superconductors, we find the self-field Jc is Hc1/λ where Hc1 is the lower critical field. Jc is thus fundamentally determined and this provides a simple means to extract absolute values of λ(T) and, from its temperature dependence, the symmetry and magnitude of the superconducting gap. PMID:26240014

  14. New Spinor Field Realizations of the Non-Critical W3 String

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    Zhang, Li-Jie; Liu, Yu-Xiao; Ren, Ji-Rong

    2006-04-01

    We investigate the new spinor field realizations of the W3 algebra, making use of the fact that the W3 algebra can be linearized by the addition of a spin-1 current. We then use these new realizations to build the nilpotent Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin charges of the spinor non-critical W3 string.

  15. Policy, Practice and Purpose in the Field of Education: A Critical Review

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    Blackmore, Jill

    2010-01-01

    This paper provides a critical review of papers in this special issue on Bourdieu and practice. What is different about this collection is that, in analysing policy and practice through a Bourdieusian lens, the thinking tools of field, disposition (collective and individual), logics of practice and doxa have been mobilised with regard to the…

  16. Bourdieu's Habitus and Field: Implications on the Practice and Theory of Critical Action Learning

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    Warwick, Rob; McCray, Janet; Board, Douglas

    2017-01-01

    This paper considers the logic of practice of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu in relation to critical action learning: in particular "habitus" which is co-created with field and the interplay amongst the two in the form of misrecognition and risk. We draw on interviews with participants who have experienced action learning as part…

  17. Field-induced quantum critical route to a Fermi liquid in high-temperature superconductors.

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    Shibauchi, Takasada; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia; Hasegawa, Masashi; Kasahara, Yuichi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Matsuda, Yuji

    2008-05-20

    In high-transition-temperature (T(c)) superconductivity, charge doping is a natural tuning parameter that takes copper oxides from the antiferromagnet to the superconducting region. In the metallic state above T(c), the standard Landau's Fermi-liquid theory of metals as typified by the temperature squared (T(2)) dependence of resistivity appears to break down. Whether the origin of the non-Fermi-liquid behavior is related to physics specific to the cuprates is a fundamental question still under debate. We uncover a transformation from the non-Fermi-liquid state to a standard Fermi-liquid state driven not by doping but by magnetic field in the overdoped high-T(c) superconductor Tl(2)Ba(2)CuO(6+x). From the c-axis resistivity measured up to 45 T, we show that the Fermi-liquid features appear above a sufficiently high field that decreases linearly with temperature and lands at a quantum critical point near the superconductivity's upper critical field-with the Fermi-liquid coefficient of the T(2) dependence showing a power-law diverging behavior on the approach to the critical point. This field-induced quantum criticality bears a striking resemblance to that in quasi-two-dimensional heavy-Fermion superconductors, suggesting a common underlying spin-related physics in these superconductors with strong electron correlations.

  18. Critical Magnetic Field of Ultra-Thin Superconducting Films and Interfaces

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    Zwicknagl, Gertrud; Jahns, Simon; Fulde, Peter

    2017-08-01

    We derive an analytic expression for the temperature dependent critical magnetic field parallel to ultra-thin superconducting films with Rashba spin-orbit interaction. Thereby we cover the range from small to large spin-orbit interactions λ compared with the gap parameter Δ0. We find that at a critical spin-orbit energy λc a first-order phase transition takes place at which the pairing momentum of the Cooper pairs changes discontinuously. We speculate that this might give raise to new phenomena. With increasing λ/Δ0 the pair formation changes from inter-band to intra-band pairing. For λ > λc a dimensional cross-over of the critical field from two to one dimension is taking place.

  19. The Relation between Critical Thinking Abilities and Student Study Strategies.

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    Hager, Paul; And Others

    1994-01-01

    A study of 54 first-year engineering students at an Australian university investigated their critical thinking skills as related to 3 kinds of study strategy: surface strategy; deep strategy; and achieving strategy. Results indicated a negative correlation between critical thinking ability and the achieving study strategy. Implications for…

  20. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current of Planar Geometry Josephson Junctions

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    Ma, Meng; Cho, Ethan; Huynh, Chuong; Cybart, Shane; Dynes, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We report a study on the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of planar geometry Josephson junctions. We have fabricated Josephson junctions by using a focused helium ion beam to irradiate a narrow barrier in the plane of a 25 nm thick Y-Ba-Cu-O film. The London penetration depth λL is large (~1 μm) because of the ultra-thin thickness of the film. As a result, calculations of the Josephson penetration depth λJ are not realistic nor physical. Therefore in this work, we measure λJ experimentally. We tested devices with bridge widths ranging from 4 to 50 μm, and present measurements of the Fraunhofer quantum diffraction pattern (IC (B)). We observe a crossover from short to long junction behavior, which gives an experimentally measured λJ that ranges between 3 μm to 5 μm. The shape of the IC (B) pattern is strongly affected by the width of the bridge because of self-field effects. As the bridge width increases, Josephson vortices enter the junction and skew the patterns. This work shows that the electronic properties of the planar junctions are very different than those classical ``sandwich'' junctions due to the differences in geometry.

  1. Specific features of the states of cobalt fluoride in the vicinity of the critical field

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    Medvedovskaya, O. G.; Fedorenko, T. A.; Chepurnykh, G. K.

    2016-12-01

    The state of cobalt fluoride in the vicinity of the critical value H c of a longitudinal magnetic field H, in which the magnetic subsystem of a CoF2 crystal with a strong Dzyaloshinskii interaction is transformed from the antiferromagnetic phase into the canted phase, has been investigated taking into account the increasing number of experimental studies related to the use of cobalt fluoride. It has been found that, despite the unusually high magnetic anisotropy of the crystal, the state of the magnetic subsystem at H = H c is extremely sensitive to a small deviation of the vector H from the C 4 axis. Another feature is that the high sensitivity disappears with an increase or decrease in the magnetic field by only a few thousandths of H c . The results of the investigations performed in this work are applicable to magnetically ordered crystals FeF3 and Cu2OSeO3, which, as well as the CoF2 crystals, are characterized by a strong Dzyaloshinskii interaction and a significant magnetic anisotropy. The revealed anomaly in the reduction of the effective magnetic anisotropy is of interest in connection with numerous attempts to decrease the magnetic anisotropy in crystals with giant magnetostriction, which are necessary for the use as sensors and vibrators.

  2. Critical wetting transitions in two-dimensional systems subject to long-ranged boundary fields

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    Drzewiński, A.; Maciołek, A.; Barasiński, A.; Dietrich, S.

    2009-04-01

    Using the quasiexact density-matrix renormalization-group method and ground-state analysis we study interface delocalization transitions in wide two-dimensional Ising strips subject to long-ranged boundary fields with opposite signs at the two surfaces. Based on this approach, our explicit calculations demonstrate that critical wetting transitions do exist for semi-infinite two-dimensional systems even if the corresponding effective interface potentials decay asymptotically for large ℓ as slow as ℓ-δ with δ<2 , where ℓ is the distance of the mean interface position from the one-dimensional surface. This supersedes opposite claims by Kroll and Lipowsky [Phys. Rev. B 28, 5273 (1983)] and by Privman and Švrakić [Phys. Rev. B 37, 5974 (1988)] obtained within effective interface models. The corresponding wetting phase diagram is determined, including the cases δ=2 and δ=49 with the latter mimicking short-ranged surface fields. Our analysis highlights the limits of reliability of effective interface models.

  3. Critical wetting transitions in two-dimensional systems subject to long-ranged boundary fields.

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    Drzewiński, A; Maciołek, A; Barasiński, A; Dietrich, S

    2009-04-01

    Using the quasiexact density-matrix renormalization-group method and ground-state analysis we study interface delocalization transitions in wide two-dimensional Ising strips subject to long-ranged boundary fields with opposite signs at the two surfaces. Based on this approach, our explicit calculations demonstrate that critical wetting transitions do exist for semi-infinite two-dimensional systems even if the corresponding effective interface potentials decay asymptotically for large l as slow as l(-delta) with delta<2, where l is the distance of the mean interface position from the one-dimensional surface. This supersedes opposite claims by Kroll and Lipowsky [Phys. Rev. B 28, 5273 (1983)] and by Privman and Svrakić [Phys. Rev. B 37, 5974 (1988)] obtained within effective interface models. The corresponding wetting phase diagram is determined, including the cases delta=2 and delta=49 with the latter mimicking short-ranged surface fields. Our analysis highlights the limits of reliability of effective interface models.

  4. Critical thinking and clinical decision making in critical care nursing: a pilot study.

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    Hicks, Frank D; Merritt, Sharon L; Elstein, Arthur S

    2003-01-01

    This pilot study examined the relationship of education level, years of critical care nursing experience, and critical thinking (CT) ability (skills and dispositions) to consistency in clinical decision making among critical care nurses. Consistency was defined as the degree to which intuitive and analytical decision processes resulted in similar selection of interventions in tasks of low and high complexity. The study was nonexperimental and correlational. Critical care nurses (n = 54) from adult critical care units in 3 private teaching hospitals. The majority of nurses held a BSN or MSN and had an average of 9 years of direct clinical experience in the care of the critically ill. Decision-making consistency decreased significantly between low-complexity and high-complexity tasks. Both intuitive and analytical decision processes produced clear intervention selections in the low-complexity task, although the analytical process resulted in a more complete specification of interventions. In the high-complexity task, however, only the intuitive process resulted in a clear, plausible, and safe specification of interventions. Education and experience were not related to CT ability, nor was CT ability related to decision-making consistency. Only greater years of critical care nursing experience increased the likelihood of decision-making consistency. Overall, intuitive decision processes resulted in more clinically consistent selection of interventions across tasks. More investigation is needed to examine the influence of decision heuristics, and the conceptualization and measurement of CT abilities among practicing nurses.

  5. A study of critical thinking and research utilization among nurses.

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    Profetto-McGrath, Joanne; Hesketh, Kathryn L; Lang, Sarah; Estabrooks, Carole A

    2003-04-01

    Previous studies have suggested that critical thinking influences research utilization; however, empirical support for the link between critical thinking dispositions and research utilization is nonexistent. In this article, critical thinking dispositions and research utilization habits are detailed, and the relationship of critical thinking dispositions to research utilization in a sample of 141 nurses working on two acute surgical units and five pediatric units in four tertiary care hospitals are examined. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between the total critical thinking disposition score and overall research utilization. Overall critical thinking disposition correlates significantly with all forms of research utilization, with the exception of symbolic research utilization. These findings indicate a need to foster critical thinking in both nursing education and the work environment.

  6. EDF field operation computerization study

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    Guillot, L.; Pirus, D.

    2006-07-01

    The main control room has been the subject of extensive research and actions into improved operations assistance. On the other hand, few studies concern the need for field operation improvements, which have few assistance resources adapted to working requirements. Why? Past studies have shown the inability of technology to assume job constraints (insufficient screen readability, excessive equipment weight, prohibitive response times). Nevertheless, today new technologies can be adapted to field operations, and they justify further study. Real needs exist: local operations are often complex and are led in difficult environments where conditions prevent the use of paper-based documents. The issue is a significant risk of error which might impact plant reliability. The cumbersome nature of paper procedures, the working environment and the operational feed-back of experience led us to concentrate on the field operation to identify how it may be improved by the use of these new technologies. Such equipment would allow a better traceability and quality of actions. Possibility of communications with other plant personnel and information sharing may be also immediately available for all. This paper presents a study which intends to collect assistance requirements through an analysis of working practices and organizations with local personnel. Our aim is to identify which of those might benefit from IT support. This collection was obtained through interviews and observations. These two methods helped us to define potential needs, constraints and consequences for work organization. This paper presents the study results and findings, identifies professions which may benefit from the use of wearable computers and describes how the reliability and efficiency of human actions would be improved. Finally we identify design requirements and criteria to be used for writing the technical specifications for a test prototype. (authors)

  7. Electromagnetic waves destabilized by runaway electrons in near-critical electric fields

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    Komar, A.; Pokol, G. I.; Fueloep, T.

    2013-01-15

    Runaway electron distributions are strongly anisotropic in velocity space. This anisotropy is a source of free energy that may destabilize electromagnetic waves through a resonant interaction between the waves and the energetic electrons. In this work, we investigate the high-frequency electromagnetic waves that are destabilized by runaway electron beams when the electric field is close to the critical field for runaway acceleration. Using a runaway electron distribution appropriate for the near-critical case, we calculate the linear instability growth rate of these waves and conclude that the obliquely propagating whistler waves are most unstable. We show that the frequencies, wave numbers, and propagation angles of the most unstable waves depend strongly on the magnetic field. Taking into account collisional and convective damping of the waves, we determine the number density of runaways that is required to destabilize the waves and show its parametric dependences.

  8. Radial magnetic field reduction to improve critical current of HTS solenoid

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    Kang, Joonsun; Lee, Joon-Ho; Nah, Wansoo; Kim, Dong-Hun; Park, Il-Han; Joo, Jinho

    2002-08-01

    To enhance the critical current of superconducting coil, the magnetic field experienced by superconductor strand (tape) in a coil should be minimized. This is true for both low Tc and high Tc superconductors, and the difference between the two lies in their isotropic/anisotropic characteristics. In this paper, we propose a shape optimization algorithm to reduce radial magnetic field components in HTS solenoid to enhance critical current of a solenoid. In the algorithm, the finite element method and the continuum shape design sensitivity formula were employed. The objective function is to minimize the maximum radial magnetic fields in a solenoid with a constraint of constant solenoid volume condition. In this paper, the details on algorithm are introduced and the calculated optimized shapes are presented.

  9. Magnetic-field-tuned quantum criticality of the heavy-fermion system YbPtBi

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    Mun, E. D.; Budko, Serguei L.; Martin, Catalin; Kim, Hyong June; Tanatar, Makariy A.; Park, J.-H.; Murphy, T.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Dilley, N.; Prozorov, Ruslan; Canfield, Paul C.

    2013-02-15

    In this paper, we present systematic measurements of the temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the thermodynamic and transport properties of the Yb-based heavy fermion YbPtBi for temperatures down to 0.02 K with magnetic fields up to 140 kOe to address the possible existence of a field-tuned quantum critical point. Measurements of magnetic-field- and temperature-dependent resistivity, specific heat, thermal expansion, Hall effect, and thermoelectric power indicate that the AFM order can be suppressed by an applied magnetic field of Hc~4 kOe. In the H-T phase diagram of YbPtBi, three regimes of its low-temperature states emerge: (I) AFM state, characterized by a spin density wave-like feature, which can be suppressed to T=0 by the relatively small magnetic field of Hc~4 kOe; (II) field-induced anomalous state in which the electrical resistivity follows Δρ(T)∝T1.5 between Hc and ~8 kOe; and (III) Fermi liquid (FL) state in which Δρ(T)∝T2 for H≥8 kOe. Regions I and II are separated at T=0 by what appears to be a quantum critical point. Whereas region III appears to be a FL associated with the hybridized 4f states of Yb, region II may be a manifestation of a spin liquid state.

  10. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-15

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-T{sub c} superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the I{sub a}-B{sub a} plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  11. Critical factors affecting field-scale losses of nitrogen and phosphorus in spring snowmelt runoff in the canadian prairies.

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    Liu, Kui; Elliott, Jane A; Lobb, David A; Flaten, Don N; Yarotski, Jim

    2013-01-01

    A long-term, field-scale study in southern Manitoba, Canada, was used to identify the critical factors controlling yearly transport of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) by snowmelt runoff. Flow monitoring and water sampling for total and dissolved N and P were performed at the edge of field. The flow-weighted mean concentrations and loads of N and P for the early (the first half of yearly total volume of snowmelt runoff), late (the second half of yearly total volume of snowmelt runoff), and yearly snowmelt runoff were calculated as response variables. A data set of management practices, weather variables, and hydrologic variables was generated and used as predictor variables. Partial least squares regression analysis indicated that critical factors affecting the water chemistry of snowmelt runoff depended on the water quality variable and stage of runoff. Management practices within each year, such as nitrogen application rate, number of tillage passes, and residue burial ratio, were critical factors for flow-weighted mean concentration of N, but not for P concentration or nutrient loads. However, the most important factors controlling nutrient concentrations and loads were those related to the volume of runoff, including snow water equivalent, flow rate, and runoff duration. The critical factors identified for field-scale yearly snowmelt losses provide the basis for modeling of nutrient losses in southern Manitoba and potentially throughout areas with similar climate in the northern Great Plains region, and will aid in the design of effective practices to reduce agricultural nonpoint nutrient pollution in downstream waters.

  12. Field-induced quantum critical route to a Fermi liquid in high-temperature superconductors

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    Shibauchi, Takasada; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia; Hasegawa, Masashi; Kasahara, Yuichi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Matsuda, Yuji

    2008-01-01

    In high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity, charge doping is a natural tuning parameter that takes copper oxides from the antiferromagnet to the superconducting region. In the metallic state above Tc, the standard Landau's Fermi-liquid theory of metals as typified by the temperature squared (T2) dependence of resistivity appears to break down. Whether the origin of the non-Fermi-liquid behavior is related to physics specific to the cuprates is a fundamental question still under debate. We uncover a transformation from the non-Fermi-liquid state to a standard Fermi-liquid state driven not by doping but by magnetic field in the overdoped high-Tc superconductor Tl2Ba2CuO6+x. From the c-axis resistivity measured up to 45 T, we show that the Fermi-liquid features appear above a sufficiently high field that decreases linearly with temperature and lands at a quantum critical point near the superconductivity's upper critical field—with the Fermi-liquid coefficient of the T2 dependence showing a power-law diverging behavior on the approach to the critical point. This field-induced quantum criticality bears a striking resemblance to that in quasi-two-dimensional heavy-Fermion superconductors, suggesting a common underlying spin-related physics in these superconductors with strong electron correlations. PMID:18480261

  13. Predicted field-dependent increase of critical currents in asymmetric superconducting nanocircuits

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    Clem, John R.; Mawatari, Yasunori; Berdiyorov, G. R.; Peeters, F. M.

    2012-04-01

    The critical current of a thin superconducting strip of width W much larger than the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length ξ but much smaller than the Pearl length Λ=2λ2/d is maximized when the strip is straight with defect-free edges. When a perpendicular magnetic field is applied to a long straight strip, the critical current initially decreases linearly with H but then decreases more slowly with H when vortices or antivortices are forced into the strip. However, in a superconducting strip containing sharp 90∘ or 180∘ turns, the zero-field critical current at H=0 is reduced because vortices or antivortices are preferentially nucleated at the inner corners of the turns, where current crowding occurs. Using both analytic London-model calculations and time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations, we predict that in such asymmetric strips the resulting critical current can be increased by applying a perpendicular magnetic field that induces a current-density contribution opposing the applied current density at the inner corners. This effect should apply to all turns that bend in the same direction.

  14. Criticality features in ULF magnetic fields prior to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake

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    HAYAKAWA, Masashi; SCHEKOTOV, Alexander; POTIRAKIS, Stelios; EFTAXIAS, Kostas

    2015-01-01

    The criticality of ULF (Ultra-low-frequency) magnetic variations is investigated for the 2011 March 11 Tohoku earthquake (EQ) by natural time analysis. For this attempt, some ULF parameters were considered: (1) Fh (horizontal magnetic field), (2) Fz (vertical magnetic field), and (3) Dh (inverse of horizontal magnetic field). The first two parameters refer to the ULF radiation, while the last parameter refers to another ULF effect of ionospheric signature. Nighttime (L.T. = 3 am ± 2 hours) data at Kakioka (KAK) were used, and the power of each quantity at a particular frequency band of 0.03–0.05 Hz was averaged for nighttime hours. The analysis results indicate that Fh fulfilled all criticality conditions on March 3–5, 2011, and that the additional parameter, Dh reached also a criticality on March 6 or 7. In conclusion, criticality has reached in the pre-EQ fracture region a few days to one week before the main shock of the Tohoku EQ. PMID:25743063

  15. A Critical Analysis of IQ Studies of Adopted Children

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    Richardson, Ken; Norgate, Sarah H.

    2006-01-01

    The pattern of parent-child correlations in adoption studies has long been interpreted to suggest substantial additive genetic variance underlying variance in IQ. The studies have frequently been criticized on methodological grounds, but those criticisms have not reflected recent perspectives in genetics and developmental theory. Here we apply…

  16. A Critical Analysis of IQ Studies of Adopted Children

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    Richardson, Ken; Norgate, Sarah H.

    2006-01-01

    The pattern of parent-child correlations in adoption studies has long been interpreted to suggest substantial additive genetic variance underlying variance in IQ. The studies have frequently been criticized on methodological grounds, but those criticisms have not reflected recent perspectives in genetics and developmental theory. Here we apply…

  17. Magnetic-field-induced quantum criticality in a planar ferromagnet with single-ion anisotropy

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    Mercaldo, M. T.; Rabuffo, I.; De Cesare, L.; Caramico D'Auria, A.

    2014-08-01

    We analyze the effects induced by single-ion anisotropy on quantum criticality in a d-dimensional spin-3/2 planar ferromagnet. To tackle this problem we employ the two-time Green's function method, using the Tyablikov decoupling for exchange interactions and the Anderson-Callen decoupling for single-ion anisotropy. In our analysis the role of non-thermal control parameter which drives the quantum phase transition is played by a longitudinal external magnetic field. We find that the single-ion anisotropy has substantial effects on the structure of the phase diagram close to the quantum critical point.

  18. Low field critical current density of titanium sheathed magnesium diboride wires

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    Rostila, L.; Grasso, G.; Demenčík, E.; Tumino, A.; Brisigotti, S.; Kováč, P.

    2010-06-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB2) is replacing some of the conventional superconductors due to its low cost and availability in kilometer lengths. MgB2 has also been considered for AC applications. In order to model the AC losses and the critical currents of the applications, intrinsic Jc(B)-dependence is an important factor also at low fields. In this work Jc(B)-dependence of an MgB2 sample is extracted from the standard in field voltage-current measurements. The proposed method is applied to a non magnetic titanium sheathed sample at 16 and 20 K and a simple formula for Jc(B) aligns with the measurements. In the fitting process, the critical current distribution inside the wire is numerically simulated in order to take the self field of the sample into account. Moreover, the same formula aligns with measurements of a different sample. These critical current measurements, performed at 4.2 K, were based on magnetization. In the self field computations, the superconducting cross section must be determined accurately. Therefore, we tailored an image processing tool for MgB2 wires to obtain the geometry from a photograph.

  19. Advertisement Analysis: A Comparative Critical Study

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    Abdelaal, Noureldin Mohamed; Sase, Amal Saleh

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed at analyzing two advertisements, and investigating how advertisers use discourse and semiotics to make people and customers buy into their ideas, beliefs, or simply their products. The two advertisements analyzed are beauty products which have been selected from internet magazines. The methodology adopted in this study is…

  20. Identifying critical source areas for phosphorus loss in Ireland using field and catchment scale ranking schemes

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    Hughes, K. J.; Magette, W. L.; Kurz, I.

    2005-03-01

    Phosphorus (P) in agricultural runoff is a major pollutant in many of Ireland's surface waters. Identification of areas that are at a high risk for P loss to surface waters is a critical component of river basin management. Two P ranking schemes (PRS's) were developed for Ireland, based on multi-criteria analysis approaches proposed in both the US and Europe, to predict the relative likelihood of P loss at both the field and catchment scales. The Field PRS was evaluated by comparing predicted rankings of potential P loss and transport against measured edge-of-field Dissolved Reactive P (DRP) loss for three fields with varying soil P levels. Qualitatively, results indicated that the Field PRS rankings corresponded to the magnitudes of measured P loss for the field sites, as well as to a reasoned evaluation of the relative likelihood that the fields would lose P that would subsequently make its way to surface water. The Catchment PRS was evaluated on a total of 31 catchments and sub-catchments by comparing predicted rankings of potential P loss and transport against measured in-stream median Molybdate Reactive P (MRP). Rankings of the relative likelihood of P loss and transport predicted by the Catchment PRS were positively correlated with median in-stream MRP ( r=0.51, P<0.05). Although the data available for these evaluations were limited, especially at field scale, and further research may identify the opportunity for modifications, both field and catchment scale P ranking schemes demonstrated a potential for identifying critical P source areas within catchments dominated by grass-based agricultural production systems, such as those in Ireland.

  1. Magnetocaloric effect and magnetic cooling near a field-induced quantum-critical point

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    Wolf, Bernd; Tsui, Yeekin; Jaiswal-Nagar, Deepshikha; Tutsch, Ulrich; Honecker, Andreas; Remović-Langer, Katarina; Hofmann, Georg; Prokofiev, Andrey; Assmus, Wolf; Donath, Guido; Lang, Michael

    2011-01-01

    The presence of a quantum-critical point (QCP) can significantly affect the thermodynamic properties of a material at finite temperatures T. This is reflected, e.g., in the entropy landscape S(T,r) in the vicinity of a QCP, yielding particularly strong variations for varying the tuning parameter r such as pressure or magnetic field B. Here we report on the determination of the critical enhancement of ∂S/∂B near a B-induced QCP via absolute measurements of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE), (∂T/∂B)S and demonstrate that the accumulation of entropy around the QCP can be used for efficient low-temperature magnetic cooling. Our proof of principle is based on measurements and theoretical calculations of the MCE and the cooling performance for a Cu2+-containing coordination polymer, which is a very good realization of a spin-½ antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain—one of the simplest quantum-critical systems.

  2. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P. . Dept. of Physics); Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T. )

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean's model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  3. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P.; Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T.

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus_minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus_minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean`s model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  4. Mainstreaming Critical Disability Studies: Towards Undoing the Last Prejudice

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    McDonald-Morken, Colleen Ann

    2014-01-01

    According to critical disability studies scholars, disablism may be the fundamental system of unearned advantaging and disadvantaging upon which all other notions of difference-as-deviance are constructed. If so, a deeply critical and intersectional investigation of enabled privilege/disablism prepares a grounding from which seeds of novel and…

  5. Promoting Critical Thinking through an Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program

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    Cai, WeiWei; Sankaran, Gopal

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the promotion of critical thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum design using multidisciplinary faculty as well as details the implementation of an experiential short-term study abroad program in China. To achieve this educational goal of critical thinking, along with meeting the requirements specific to each course,…

  6. Secularism, Criticism, and Religious Studies Pedagogy

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    Britt, Brian

    2006-01-01

    Secularization, the idea that religion would gradually diminish over time, was once widely assumed to be true by scholars of religion, but the unexpected resurgence of religious traditions has called it into question. Related debates on the distinction between religion and the secular have destabilized religious studies further. What does the…

  7. Critical Appraisal of Mixed Methods Studies

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    Heyvaert, Mieke; Hannes, Karin; Maes, Bea; Onghena, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    In several subdomains of the social, behavioral, health, and human sciences, research questions are increasingly answered through mixed methods studies, combining qualitative and quantitative evidence and research elements. Accordingly, the importance of including those primary mixed methods research articles in systematic reviews grows. It is…

  8. Critical Appraisal of Mixed Methods Studies

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    Heyvaert, Mieke; Hannes, Karin; Maes, Bea; Onghena, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    In several subdomains of the social, behavioral, health, and human sciences, research questions are increasingly answered through mixed methods studies, combining qualitative and quantitative evidence and research elements. Accordingly, the importance of including those primary mixed methods research articles in systematic reviews grows. It is…

  9. Critical Issues in Psychological Autopsy Studies

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    Pouliot, Louise; De Leo, Diego

    2006-01-01

    This paper reviews research based on the psychological autopsy (PA) method applied to the study of suicide. It evidences the presence of a number of methodological problems. Shortcomings concern sampling biases in the selection of control subjects, confounding influences of extraneous variables, and reliability of the assessment instruments. The…

  10. Quasiperiodic superconducting V/Zr multilayers: critical magnetic fields and crossover

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    Fogel, N. Ya.; Cherkasova, V. G.; Mikhailov, M. Yu.; Bomze, Yu. V.; Yuzephovich, O. I.; Dmitrenko, I. M.; Stetsenko, A. N.

    1998-08-01

    Critical magnetic fields parallel and perpendicular to the planes of quasiperiodic superconducting Fibonacci multilayers (ML) consisting of vanadium and zirconium are measured. The temperature dependence of the parallel critical field Hc∥ displays two crossovers. The Hc∥(T) dependence is of square-root type in the vicinity of the transition temperature Tc and linear at low temperatures. Between these temperature intervals, the dependence follows a power law: Hc∥˜(1-T/Tc)α, α=0,78±0,02. The complex nature of this dependence can be explained in the framework of the Ginzburg-Landau theory for a quasiperiodic ML, as well as by the scaling theory for fractal multilayers which takes into account the different structure length scales in the case of ML with a complex sequence of layers.

  11. Seven-Step Framework for Critical Analysis and Its Application in the Field of Physical Therapy.

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    Nixon, Stephanie A; Yeung, Euson; Shaw, James A; Kuper, Ayelet; Gibson, Barbara E

    2016-09-29

    Critical analysis (or the ability to recognize taken-for-granted assumptions and their effects) is a skill that requires teaching and practice. The purpose of this article is to introduce a framework for critically analyzing assumptions within physical therapy and illustrate its utility through application to 2 examples: a physical therapy clinic logo and an outcome measure for health-related quality of life (HRQOL). This 7-step framework for critical analysis was created for a pilot project to develop reflexivity among senior physical therapist students and further developed through an iterative process of reflecting on its utility for advancing the field of physical therapy. The 7-step framework is an iterative process involving a cascade of 7 steps: (1) name the specific aspect of practice being analyzed, (2) identify the intended purposes of this aspect of practice, (3) uncover the assumptions that support these intended purposes, (4) identify who benefits, (5) identify who is disadvantaged, (6) link these specific ideas to society-level patterns, and (7) conceive of alternatives that mitigate actual or potential harms. It is emphasized that being theoretically critical does not equate to being negative. Rather, the word "critical" is used in the sense of thinking deeply and carefully about the intended and unintended consequences of actions (including common professional practices, ways of speaking, and visual representations) in order to reflect on and mature the field of physical therapy. The purpose of critical analysis is to invite and promote dialogue that assists physical therapist clinicians, researchers, and students to arrive at new insights about the impacts of their day-to-day actions.

  12. Magnetic field-induced Fermi surface reconstruction and quantum criticality in CeRhIn5

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    Jiao, Lin; Weng, Z. F.; Smidman, Michael; ...

    2017-02-06

    Here, we present detailed results of the field evolution of the de Haas–van Alphen (dHvA) effect in CeRhIn5. A magnetic field-induced reconstruction of the Fermi surface is clearly shown to occur inside the antiferromagnetic state, in an applied field of around B* ≃ 30 T, which is evidenced by the appearance of several new dHvA branches. The angular dependence of the dHvA frequencies reveals that the Fermi surfaces of CeRhIn5 at B > B* and CeCoIn5 are similar. The results suggest that the Ce-4f electrons in become itinerant at B > B* due to the Kondo effect, prior to themore » field-induced quantum critical point (QCP) at Bc0 ≃ 50 T. The electronic states at the field-induced QCP are therefore different from that of the pressure-induced QCP where a dramatic Fermi surface reconstruction occurs exactly at the critical pressure, indicating that multiple types of QCP may exist in CeRhIn5.« less

  13. Anisotropic upper critical magnetic fields in Rb2Cr3As3 superconductor

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    Tang, Zhang-Tu; Liu, Yi; Bao, Jin-Ke; Xi, Chuan-Ying; Pi, Li; Cao, Guang-Han

    2017-10-01

    Rb2Cr3As3 is a structurally one-dimensional superconductor containing Cr3As3 chains with a superconducting transition temperature of T_c= 4.8 K. Here we report the electrical resistance measurements for Rb2Cr3As3 single crystals, under magnetic fields up to 29.5 T and at temperatures down to 0.36 K, from which the upper critical fields, Hc2(T) , can be obtained in a broad temperature range. For field parallel to the Cr3As3 chains, Hc2\\Vert (T) is paramagnetically limited with an initial slope of μ0 dHc2\\Vert /dT\\vert Tc=-16 T K-1 and a zero-temperature upper critical field of μ0Hc2\\Vert (0)= 17.5 T. For field perpendicular to the Cr3As3 chains, however, Hc2\\bot(T) is only limited by orbital pair-breaking effect with μ0 dHc2\\perp /dT\\vert Tc=-3 T K-1 . As a consequence, the anisotropy γH=Hc2\\Vert /Hc2\\bot decreases sharply near T c and reverses below 2 K. Remarkably, the low-temperature Hc2\\bot(T) down to 0.075 Tc remains to increase linearly up to over three times the Pauli paramagnetic limit, which strongly suggests dominant spin-triplet superconductivity in Rb2Cr3As3.

  14. Critical Secondary Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Study

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    2002-12-20

    FAO MOS along with qualifying Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) scores entitles the officer to receive foreign language proficiency pay ( FLPP ...ibuted to an increase in FLPP that began in 2000. (Lake, 2001, p.38) Also, the release of ALMAR 015/99, in which CMC sti-ongly endorsed the program...34Foreign Language Proficiency Pay ( FLPP ) Program," 18 August 2000. B.3 Studies/Theses/Papers/Reports Akst, Dr. George, "Analysis of the Civilianization

  15. Robust Resistive Critical Field in Noncentrosymmetric B20 AuBe

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    Rebar, Dj; Ditusa, Jf; Adams, P.; Ball, J.; Browne, D.; Vekhter, I.; Young, D.; Prestigiacomo, J.; Chan, Jy

    AuBe is a chiral-structured (B20 structure) superconductor. The B20 structure in magnetic systems was discovered to host a magnetic topological structure, the Skyrmion lattice, and our research focused on what behavior the same structure would effect in a superconducting system. Samples were arc-melted in an Ar atmosphere and characterized via powder XRD. Specific heat measurement revealed bulk superconductivity with an exponential form below Tc while magnetization showed Type I behavior near the Tc of 3.2 K and a crossover to Type II behavior at approximately 1.2 K. Resistance measurement revealed a critical field that deviates from that found in magnetization measurements at approximately 2.4 K linearly rising with decreasing T to approximately 3.5x Hc2 at T =0.3K. The resistive critical field was also found to be robust against a Cr film deposited on the surface of AuBe. We find similarity between this superconductivity crossover behavior and robust low temperature critical field with other noncentrosymmetric superconductors in literature. Additionally, we measured the de Haas-van Alphen effect in polycrystalline samples and derived an effective electron mass of 0.16mo for a small spherical piece of Fermi surface.

  16. Testing electromagnetic fields for potential carcinogenic activity: a critical review of animal models.

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    McCann, J; Kavet, R; Rafferty, C N

    1997-01-01

    In order to assess the potential of electromagnetic fields (EMF) to influence the process of carcinogenesis, it will be necessary to supplement epidemiological studies with controlled laboratory studies in animals. There are now a number of suitable assays available that focus on different histopathological forms of cancer and on different stages of carcinogenesis--induction, promotion, progression. In this review we discuss eight major systems in the context of this generalized carcinogenesis paradigm. Our aim is to bring together what is currently known about the biology of carcinogenesis in these systems in order to provide a context for evaluating EMF results as they become available. We also critically discuss EMF test results that have so far been obtained in the animal models reviewed. Most of the 19 completed studies identified were negative. However, suggestive positive results were reported in three promotion assays (in rat mammary gland, in rat liver, and in mouse skin), and in one multigeneration study in mice. Results in the rat liver assay and in the multigeneration study have only been reported in abstract form and cannot be adequately evaluated. Positive results reported in both the rat mammary gland and the mouse skin systems are of weak statistical significance and have not been independently replicated. However, it may be of interest that effects in both systems appear primarily to involve the progression stage of carcinogenesis. We suggest that more definitive conclusions as to the carcinogenic potential of EMF may require expanded test protocols that reinforce traditional carcinogenesis end points with biochemical or other parameters reflective of biological processes known to be associated with carcinogenesis in the different systems. PMID:9114279

  17. Investigation of radiation fields outside the Sub-critical Assembly in Dubna.

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    Seltbor, P; Lopatkin, A; Gudowski, W; Shvetsov, V; Polanski, A

    2005-01-01

    The radiation fields outside the planned experimental Sub-critical Assembly in Dubna (SAD) have been studied in order to provide a basis for the design of the concrete shielding that cover the reactor core. The effective doses around the reactor, induced by leakage of neutrons and photons through the shielding, have been determined for a shielding thickness varying from 100 to 200 cm. It was shown that the neutron flux and the effective dose is higher above the shielding than at the side of it, owing to the higher fraction of high-energy spallation neutrons emitted in the direction of the incident beam protons. At the top, the effective dose was found to be -150 microSv s(-1) for a concrete thickness of 100 cm, while -2.5 microSv s(-1) for a concrete thickness of 200 cm. It was also shown that the high-energy neutrons (> 10 MeV), which are created in the proton-induced spallation interactions in the target, contribute for the major part of the effective doses outside the reactor.

  18. Critical Current Test of Liquid Hydrogen Cooled HTC Superconductors under External Magnetic Field

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    Shirai, Yasuyuki; Shiotsu, Masahiro; Tatsumoto, Hideki; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Naruo, Yoshihiro; Nonaka, Satoshi; Inatani, Yoshifumi

    High-Tc (HTC) superconductors including MgB2 will show excellent properties under temperature of Liquid Hydrogen (LH2:20K), which has large latent heat and low viscosity coefficient. In order to design and fabricate the LH2 cooled superconducting energy devices, we must clear the cooling property of LH2 for superconductors, the cooling system and safety design of LH2 cooled superconducting devices and electro-magnetic property evaluation of superconductors (BSCCO, REBCO and MgB2) and their magnets cooled by LH2. As the first step of the study, an experimental setup which can be used for investigating heat transfer characteristics of LH2 in a pool and also in forced flow (circulation loop with a pump), and also for evaluation of electro-magnetic properties of LH2 cooled superconductors under external magnetic field (up to 7 T). In this paper, we will show a short sketch of the experimental set-up, practical experiences in safety operation of liquid hydrogen cooling system and example test results of critical current evaluation of HTC superconductors cooled by LH2.

  19. Anomalous behaviour of critical fields near a superconducting quantum critical point in BaFe2(As1-xPx)2

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    Putzke, C.; Carrington, A.; Walmsley, P.; Malone, L.; Fletcher, J. D.; See, P.; Vignolles, D.; Proust, C.; Badoux, S.; Kasahara, S.; Mazukami, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.

    2014-03-01

    BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 presents one of the cleanest and clearest systems in which to study the influence of quantum critical fluctuations on high temperature superconductivity. In this material a sharp maximum in the magnetic penetration depth has been found at the quantum critical point (QCP x = 0 . 3) where Tc is maximal1. Specific heat and de Haas-van Alphen effect measurements2 show that this peak is driven by a corresponding increase in the quasiparticle effective mass. Based on these previous results a simple one-band theory would suggest that at the QCP we should expect a large increase in Hc 2 and a corresponding dip in Hc 1 . Actual measurements of these critical fields, which we present here, shows quite different behavior which we suggest is caused by an anomalous enhancement in the vortex core energy close to the QCP. 1 K.Hashimoto et.al., Science 336, 1554 (2012) 2 P.Walmsley, C.Putzke et.al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 257002 (2013) This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EuroMagNET II, and KAKENHI from JSPS.

  20. Field-structured composite studies.

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    Martin, James Ellis; Williamson, Rodney L.

    2004-04-01

    Field-structured composites (FSCs) were produced by hosting micron-sized gold-coated nickel particles in a pre-polymer and allowing the mixture to cure in a magnetic field environment. The feasibility of controlling a composite's electrical conductivity using feedback control applied to the field coils was investigated. It was discovered that conductivity in FSCs is primarily determined by stresses in the polymer host matrix due to cure shrinkage. Thus, in cases where the structuring field was uniform and unidirectional so as to produce chainlike structures in the composite, no electrical conductivity was measured until well after the structuring field was turned off at the gel point. In situations where complex, rotating fields were used to generate complex, three-dimensional structures in a composite, very small, but measurable, conductivity was observed prior to the gel point. Responsive, sensitive prototype chemical sensors were developed based on this technology with initial tests showing very promising results.

  1. Superconductivity with extremely large upper critical fields in Nb2Pd0.81S5

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    Zhang, Q.; Li, G.; Rhodes, D.; Kiswandhi, A.; Besara, T.; Zeng, B.; Sun, J.; Siegrist, T.; Johannes, M. D.; Balicas, L.

    2013-01-01

    Here, we report the discovery of superconductivity in a new transition metal-chalcogenide compound, i.e. Nb2Pd0.81S5, with a transition temperature Tc ≅ 6.6 K. Despite its relatively low Tc, it displays remarkably high and anisotropic superconducting upper critical fields, e.g. μ0Hc2 (T → 0 K) > 37 T for fields applied along the crystallographic b-axis. For a field applied perpendicularly to the b-axis, μ0Hc2 shows a linear dependence in temperature which coupled to a temperature-dependent anisotropy of the upper critical fields, suggests that Nb2Pd0.81S5 is a multi-band superconductor. This is consistent with band structure calculations which reveal nearly cylindrical and quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surface sheets having hole and electron character, respectively. The static spin susceptibility as calculated through the random phase approximation, reveals strong peaks suggesting proximity to a magnetic state and therefore the possibility of unconventional superconductivity. PMID:23486091

  2. Superconductivity with extremely large upper critical fields in Nb2Pd0.81S5.

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    Zhang, Q; Li, G; Rhodes, D; Kiswandhi, A; Besara, T; Zeng, B; Sun, J; Siegrist, T; Johannes, M D; Balicas, L

    2013-01-01

    Here, we report the discovery of superconductivity in a new transition metal-chalcogenide compound, i.e. Nb2Pd0.81S5, with a transition temperature Tc is approximately equal to 6.6 K. Despite its relatively low Tc, it displays remarkably high and anisotropic superconducting upper critical fields, e.g. μ0Hc2 (T → 0 K) > 37 T for fields applied along the crystallographic b-axis. For a field applied perpendicularly to the b-axis, μ0Hc2 shows a linear dependence in temperature which coupled to a temperature-dependent anisotropy of the upper critical fields, suggests that Nb2Pd0.81S5 is a multi-band superconductor. This is consistent with band structure calculations which reveal nearly cylindrical and quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surface sheets having hole and electron character, respectively. The static spin susceptibility as calculated through the random phase approximation, reveals strong peaks suggesting proximity to a magnetic state and therefore the possibility of unconventional superconductivity.

  3. Superconductivity with extremely large upper critical fields in Nb2Pd0.81S5

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    Zhang, Qiu; Li, Gang; Rhodes, Daniel; Kiswandhi, Andhika; Basara, Tiglet; Sung, J.; Siegrist, Theo; Johannes, Michelle; Balicas, Luis

    2013-03-01

    Here, we report the discovery of superconductivity in a new transition metal-chalcogenide compound, i.e. Nb2Pd0.81S5, with a transition temperature Tc ≅ 6.6 K. Despite its relatively low Tc, it displays remarkably high and anisotropic superconducting upper critical fields, e.g. μ0Hc 2 (T --> 0 K) > 37 T for fields applied along the crystallographic b-axis. This value is considerably larger than the value reported for the technologically relevant Nb3Sn compound (μ0Hc 2 ~ 30 T, with Tc = 18 K)1,2. Its ratio of μ0Hc 2 (T --> 0 K) to Tc, is also larger than those of the new Fe based superconductors, e.g. β-FeSe (20 T/8.7 K)3, Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (~ 70 T/28 K)4, and even higher than the reported ratio for the Chevrel-phase PbMo6S8(60T/13.3 K)5 compound. For a field applied perpendicularly to the b-axis, μ0Hc 2 shows a linear dependence in temperature which coupled to a temperature-dependent anisotropy of the upper critical fields, suggests that Nb2Pd0.81S5 is a multi-band superconductor. This is confirmed by band structure calculations which reveal nearly cylindrical and quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surface sheets having hole and electron character, respectively.

  4. Computer Science and Engineering Students Addressing Critical Issues Regarding Gender Differences in Computing: A Case Study

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    Tsagala, Evrikleia; Kordaki, Maria

    2008-01-01

    This study focuses on how Computer Science and Engineering Students (CSESs) of both genders address certain critical issues for gender differences in the field of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). This case study is based on research conducted on a sample of 99 Greek CSESs, 43 of which were women. More specifically, these students were asked…

  5. Magnetic Field Dependence of Excitations Near Spin-Orbital Quantum Criticality.

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    Biffin, A; Rüegg, Ch; Embs, J; Guidi, T; Cheptiakov, D; Loidl, A; Tsurkan, V; Coldea, R

    2017-02-10

    The spinel FeSc_{2}S_{4} has been proposed to realize a near-critical spin-orbital singlet (SOS) state, where entangled spin and orbital moments fluctuate in a global singlet state on the verge of spin and orbital order. Here we report powder inelastic neutron scattering measurements that observe the full bandwidth of magnetic excitations and we find that spin-orbital triplon excitations of an SOS state can capture well key aspects of the spectrum in both zero and applied magnetic fields up to 8.5 T. The observed shift of low-energy spectral weight to higher energies upon increasing applied field is naturally explained by the entangled spin-orbital character of the magnetic states, a behavior that is in strong contrast to spin-only singlet ground state systems, where the spin gap decreases upon increasing applied field.

  6. Magnetic Field Dependence of Excitations Near Spin-Orbital Quantum Criticality

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    Biffin, A.; Rüegg, Ch.; Embs, J.; Guidi, T.; Cheptiakov, D.; Loidl, A.; Tsurkan, V.; Coldea, R.

    2017-02-01

    The spinel FeSc2 S4 has been proposed to realize a near-critical spin-orbital singlet (SOS) state, where entangled spin and orbital moments fluctuate in a global singlet state on the verge of spin and orbital order. Here we report powder inelastic neutron scattering measurements that observe the full bandwidth of magnetic excitations and we find that spin-orbital triplon excitations of an SOS state can capture well key aspects of the spectrum in both zero and applied magnetic fields up to 8.5 T. The observed shift of low-energy spectral weight to higher energies upon increasing applied field is naturally explained by the entangled spin-orbital character of the magnetic states, a behavior that is in strong contrast to spin-only singlet ground state systems, where the spin gap decreases upon increasing applied field.

  7. Kiloampere, Variable-Temperature, Critical-Current Measurements of High-Field Superconductors

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    Goodrich, LF; Cheggour, N; Stauffer, TC; Filla, BJ; Lu, XF

    2013-01-01

    5 K to those measured on the same specimen in flowing helium gas (“gas” or Ic gas) at the same temperature. These comparisons indicate the temperature control is effective over the superconducting wire length between the voltage taps, and this condition is valid for all types of sample investigated, including Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn, and MgB2 wires. The liquid/gas comparisons are used to study the variable-temperature measurement protocol that was necessary to obtain the “correct” critical current, which was assumed to be the Ic liq. We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T. This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases. PMID:26401435

  8. Kiloampere, Variable-Temperature, Critical-Current Measurements of High-Field Superconductors.

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    Goodrich, L F; Cheggour, N; Stauffer, T C; Filla, B J; Lu, X F

    2013-01-01

    K to those measured on the same specimen in flowing helium gas ("gas" or I c gas) at the same temperature. These comparisons indicate the temperature control is effective over the superconducting wire length between the voltage taps, and this condition is valid for all types of sample investigated, including Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn, and MgB2 wires. The liquid/gas comparisons are used to study the variable-temperature measurement protocol that was necessary to obtain the "correct" critical current, which was assumed to be the I c liq. We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T. This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases.

  9. Critical current density of YBCO films with different configurations of columnar defects in longitudinal magnetic field

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    Sueyoshi, T.; Iwanaga, Y.; Kai, T.; Izumi, T.; Fujiyoshi, T.; Ishikawa, N.

    2017-07-01

    Critical current density (J c) properties in longitudinal magnetic fields were investigated for YBa2Cu3O y thin films with columnar defects (CDs), where different configurations of CDs were systematically installed into the films by using heavy-ion irradiation: a parallel configuration of CDs aligned along the c-axis and two bimodal splay configurations composed of CDs crossing at ±θ i relative to the c-axis, where the splay plane defined by the two irradiation angles is perpendicular or parallel to the transport current direction. The unirradiated film under the longitudinal magnetic field shows a J c peak in the magnetic field dependence of J c, which is 1.1 times higher than the self-field J c. For the irradiated films with the parallel CD configuration, on the other hand, the J c is lower than that for the unirradiated film in all magnetic fields and the value of J c decreases with increasing CD density. Such degradation effect by CDs under longitudinal magnetic field was observed even for the bimodal splay configurations. These results are attributed to local meandering of current flow induced by CDs extending through the film thickness, which deteriorates the force-free condition.

  10. Josephson critical current of long SNS junctions in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Meier, Hendrik; Fal'Ko, Vladimir I.; Glazman, Leonid I.

    We evaluate the Josephson critical current of a long and wide two-dimensional superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction, taking into account the effect of electron reflection off the side edges of the junction. Considering clean junctions, we find that the effect of edges alters the usual Fraunhofer-like dependence of the Josephson critical current Ic on the magnetic flux Φ. At relatively weak fields, B <~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect lifts zeros of the Ic (Φ) dependence and gradually shifts the maxima of that function by Φ0 / 2 . (Here W is the width of the junction and Φ0 the magnetic flux quantum.) At higher fields, B >~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect leads to an accelerated decay of the critical current Ic (Φ) with increasing Φ. Our results are robust with respect to the roughness of realistic boundaries. Finally, we discuss the role of mesoscopic fluctuations of Ic (Φ) originating from the scattering off the edges, and compare our findings to recent experiments.

  11. Effectively Integrating an International Field Study into the EMBA Curriculum

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    Cotner, John; Jones, Raymond; Kashlak, Roger

    2003-01-01

    An international field study (IFS) is an integral part of the EMBA program because of the various critical roles it plays. This international travel experience is a value-added activity not only as "stand alone" vehicle for understanding macro-level environments and firm-level strategic initiatives, but also as a tool that integrates other pieces…

  12. Universal critical behavior of noisy coupled oscillators: a renormalization group study.

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    Risler, Thomas; Prost, Jacques; Jülicher, Frank

    2005-07-01

    We show that the synchronization transition of a large number of noisy coupled oscillators is an example for a dynamic critical point far from thermodynamic equilibrium. The universal behaviors of such critical oscillators, arranged on a lattice in a d -dimensional space and coupled by nearest-neighbors interactions, can be studied using field-theoretical methods. The field theory associated with the critical point of a homogeneous oscillatory instability (or Hopf bifurcation of coupled oscillators) is the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation with additive noise. We perform a perturbative renormalization group (RG) study in a (4-epsilon)-dimensional space. We develop an RG scheme that eliminates the phase and frequency of the oscillations using a scale-dependent oscillating reference frame. Within Callan-Symanzik's RG scheme to two-loop order in perturbation theory, we find that the RG fixed point is formally related to the one of the model A dynamics of the real Ginzburg-Landau theory with an O2 symmetry of the order parameter. Therefore, the dominant critical exponents for coupled oscillators are the same as for this equilibrium field theory. This formal connection with an equilibrium critical point imposes a relation between the correlation and response functions of coupled oscillators in the critical regime. Since the system operates far from thermodynamic equilibrium, a strong violation of the fluctuation-dissipation relation occurs and is characterized by a universal divergence of an effective temperature. The formal relation between critical oscillators and equilibrium critical points suggests that long-range phase order exists in critical oscillators above two dimensions.

  13. Studying critical values: adverse event identification following a critical laboratory values study at the ohio state university medical center.

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    Jenkins, James J; Mac Crawford, J; Bissell, Michael G

    2007-10-01

    No study to date has used laboratory critical values to evaluate variations in patient adverse events. We retrospectively analyzed a database of critical values to determine their distribution by hospital unit over time. The data were drawn from the Ohio State University Medical Center Information Warehouse (Columbus) for a 58-month period. Critical values were plotted over time on statistical control charts and analyzed for unusual peaks in monthly occurrence rates. Chart review of individual patient results yielded several predictor variables for the unusual peaks. Of these, occurrence of patient adverse events was the most relevant independent predictor variable for a month with an unusual number of critical values vs a normal month. This result epidemiologically confirms the basic premise of critical value reporting and suggests that the control-chart method of this type could be a new statistical tool to compare clinical activity of different hospital locations at different times.

  14. Classical-to-quantum crossover in the critical behavior of the transverse-field Sherrington-Kirkpatrick spin glass model.

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Rajak, Atanu; Chakrabarti, Bikas K

    2015-10-01

    We study the critical behavior of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model in transverse field (at finite temperature) using Monte Carlo simulation and exact diagonalization (at zero temperature). We determine the phase diagram of the model by estimating the Binder cumulant. We also determine the correlation length exponent from the collapse of the scaled data. Our numerical studies here indicate that critical Binder cumulant (indicating the universality class of the transition behavior) and the correlation length exponent cross over from their "classical" to "quantum" values at a finite temperature (unlike the cases of pure systems, where such crossovers occur at zero temperature). We propose a qualitative argument supporting such an observation, employing a simple tunneling picture.

  15. Classical-to-quantum crossover in the critical behavior of the transverse-field Sherrington-Kirkpatrick spin glass model

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Rajak, Atanu; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.

    2015-10-01

    We study the critical behavior of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model in transverse field (at finite temperature) using Monte Carlo simulation and exact diagonalization (at zero temperature). We determine the phase diagram of the model by estimating the Binder cumulant. We also determine the correlation length exponent from the collapse of the scaled data. Our numerical studies here indicate that critical Binder cumulant (indicating the universality class of the transition behavior) and the correlation length exponent cross over from their "classical" to "quantum" values at a finite temperature (unlike the cases of pure systems, where such crossovers occur at zero temperature). We propose a qualitative argument supporting such an observation, employing a simple tunneling picture.

  16. Finite-temperature scaling at the quantum critical point of the Ising chain in a transverse field

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    Haelg, Manuel; Huvonen, Dan; Guidi, Tatiana; Quintero-Castro, Diana Lucia; Boehm, Martin; Regnault, Louis-Pierre; Zheludev, Andrey

    2015-03-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering is used to study the finite-temperature scaling behavior of spin correlations at the quantum critical point in an experimental realization of the one-dimensional Ising model in a transverse field. The target compound is the well-characterized, anisotropic and bond-alternating Heisenberg spin-1 chain material NTENP. The validity and the limitations of the dynamic structure factor scaling are tested, discussed and compared to theoretical predictions. For this purpose neutron data have been collected on the three-axes spectrometers IN14 at ILL and FLEXX at HZB as well as on the time of flight multi-chopper spectrometer LET at ISIS. In addition to the general statement about quantum criticality and universality, present study also reveals new insight into the properties of the spin chain compound NTENP in particular.

  17. Benchmarking study of the MCNP code against cold critical experiments

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    Sitaraman, S. )

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to benchmark the widely used Monte Carlo code MCNP against a set of cold critical experiments with a view to using the code as a means of independently verifying the performance of faster but less accurate Monte Carlo and deterministic codes. The experiments simulated consisted of both fast and thermal criticals as well as fuel in a variety of chemical forms. A standard set of benchmark cold critical experiments was modeled. These included the two fast experiments, GODIVA and JEZEBEL, the TRX metallic uranium thermal experiments, the Babcock and Wilcox oxide and mixed oxide experiments, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) nitrate solution experiments. The principal case studied was a small critical experiment that was performed with boiling water reactor bundles.

  18. Field measurement of critical shear stress for erosion and deposition of fine muddy sediments

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    Salehi, M.; Strom, K. B.; Field Study

    2010-12-01

    The movement of muddy sediment from one region to another is linked to the fate and transport of pollutants that can be attached to this sediment. Important in understanding this movement is the need to know the critical conditions for erosion and deposition of the fine muddy sediment. For non-cohesion sediment, such as sands and gravels, reasonable estimates for the critical conditions can often be made theoretically without in situ measurements of the critical fluid condition or sediment transport rate. However, the shear stress needed for the incipient motion of the mud (cohesive sediments) is inherently difficult to calculate theoretically or in research flumes due to the influence of (1) flow history; (2) local sediment composition; (3) biological activity within the bed; (4) water content of the bed; and (5) salinity of the water column. The complexity of the combination of these factors makes the field measurement necessary. A field experiment was conducted under tidal flow in the region surrounding the Houston Ship Channel (near Houston, TX) to determine these conditions. Observations were made using single point, simultaneous, in situ measurement of turbulent flow and suspended sediment concentration within bottom boundary layer. Measurements were primarily made with a 6 MHz Nortek Vector velocimeter (ADV). The ADV was programmed to record 3-minute turbulent velocity with 32 Hz frequency every 10 minute. The suspended sediment concentration (SSC) was measured using the calibration of acoustic backscatter recorded by ADV against sample derived SSC. Different methods such as turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), TKEw and direct covariance method (COV) are compared together. TKE showed much more reasonable estimation on bed shear stress. Combination of time varying SSC, distance from the bed to the sampling volume recorded by ADV and calculation of shear stress made the determination of critical conditions for erosion and deposition possible.

  19. The temperature-dependent surface critical magnetic field (HC3) of magnetic superconductors: Applied to lead bismuth (Pb82Bi18) superconductors

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    Changjan, A.; Meakniti, S.; Udomsamuthirun, P.

    2017-08-01

    In this research, we investigated the surface critical magnetic field (HC3) of magnetic superconductors by the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) Theory. We used the 1st GL equation to calculated HC3 by variation method analytically and modified to the temperature dependence properties. The analytical formula of surface critical magnetic field depended on magnetic properties of material: susceptibility and differential susceptibility. In addition, the temperature-dependent surface critical magnetic field was studied by four models; Chen's model, Zhu's model, Shanenko's model and Changjan & Udomsamuthirun 's model. Focused on four models, our numerical calculation based on Changjan & Udomsamuthirun's model could find a good agreement with the experimental data of Pb82Bi18 superconductors vicinity the critical temperature scenery.

  20. Field theory of bicritical and tetracritical points. IV. Critical dynamics including reversible terms

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    Folk, R.; Holovatch, Yu.; Moser, G.

    2012-02-01

    This article concludes a series of papers [Folk, Holovatch, and Moser, Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.78.04112478, 041124 (2008); Folk, Holovatch, and Moser, Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.78.04112578, 041125 (2008); Folk, Holovatch, and Moser, Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.79.03110979, 031109 (2009)] where the tools of the field theoretical renormalization group were employed to explain and quantitatively describe different types of static and dynamic behavior in the vicinity of multicritical points. Here we give the complete two-loop calculation and analysis of the dynamic renormalization-group flow equations at the multicritical point in anisotropic antiferromagnets in an external magnetic field. We find that the time scales of the order parameters characterizing the parallel and perpendicular ordering with respect to the external field scale in the same way. This holds independent whether the Heisenberg fixed point or the biconical fixed point in statics is the stable one. The nonasymptotic analysis of the dynamic flow equations shows that due to cancellation effects the critical behavior is described, in distances from the critical point accessible to experiments, by the critical behavior qualitatively found in one-loop order. Although one may conclude from the effective dynamic exponents (taking almost their one-loop values) that weak scaling for the order parameter components is valid, the flow of the time-scale ratios is quite different, and they do not reach their asymptotic values.

  1. [Introduction to critical reading of articles: study design and biases].

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    García Villar, C

    2015-01-01

    The critical evaluation of an article enables professionals to make good use of the new information and therefore has direct repercussions for the benefit of our patients. Before undertaking a detailed critical reading of the chosen article, we need to consider whether the study used the most appropriate design for the question it aimed to answer (i.e., whether the level of evidence is adequate). To do this, we need to know how to classify studies in function of their design (descriptive or analytical; prospective or retrospective; cross-sectional or longitudinal) as well as their correlation with the levels of evidence. In critical reading it is also important to know the main systematic errors or biases that can affect a study. Biases can appear in any phase of a study; they can affect the sample, the development of the study, or the measurement of the results.

  2. Field-theoretical Renormalization-Group approach to critical dynamics of crosslinked polymer blends

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    Benhamou, M.; Chahid, M.

    2008-09-01

    We consider a crosslinked polymer blend that may undergo a microphase separation. When the temperature is changed from an initial value towards a final one very close to the spinodal point, the mixture is out equilibrium. The aim is the study of dynamics at a given time t , before the system reaches its final equilibrium state. The dynamics is investigated through the structure factor, S(q, t) , which is a function of the wave vector q , temperature T , time t , and reticulation dose D . To determine the phase behavior of this dynamic structure factor, we start from a generalized Langevin equation (model C) solved by the time composition fluctuation. Beside the standard de Gennes Hamiltonian, this equation incorporates a Gaussian local noise, ζ . First, by averaging over ζ , we get an effective Hamiltonian. Second, we renormalize this dynamic field theory and write a Renormalization-Group equation for the dynamic structure factor. Third, solving this equation yields the behavior of S(q, t) , in space of relevant parameters. As result, S(q, t) depends on three kinds of lengths, which are the wavelength q-1, a time length scale R(t) thicksim t1/z , and the mesh size ξ* . The scale R(t) is interpreted as the size of growing microdomains at time t . When R(t) becomes of the order of ξ* , the dynamics is stopped. The final time, t * , then scales as t * thicksim ξ{ast z} , with the dynamic exponent z = 6 - η . Here, η is the usual Ising critical exponent. Since the final size of microdomains ξ* is very small (few nanometers), the dynamics is of short time. Finally, all these results we obtained from renormalization theory are compared to those we stated in some recent work using a scaling argument.

  3. Poverty in Latin America: A Critical Analysis of Three Studies.

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    Boltvinik, Julio

    1996-01-01

    Critically evaluates the methodologies used in three recent studies on poverty in Latin America. Maintains that some studies measure the relative nature of nutritional poverty while others record the absolute nature of nutritional poverty (physical survival). Includes a comparative analysis of the studies' results. (MJP)

  4. A Critical Study of the Subject of Education at Graduate Level in Karachi

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    Shakil, Anila Fatima; Faizi, Waqar Un Nisa; Ahmed, Syed Munir; Jabeen, Farkhanda

    2015-01-01

    This research is a critical study of instructional topics and their effectiveness in the subject of Education taught in colleges at graduate level vis-à-vis our current needs and the advancements in this field through research in all over the world. It also emphasizes the importance of curriculum review and revision for overcoming obstacles in…

  5. Using Critical Incident Reflections: A Self-Study as a Mathematics Teacher Educator

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    Goodell, Joanne E.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, I report the results of a 4-year study into how my students learn to become mathematics teachers during the combined 15-week methods and field placement course I teach. At the start of most weekly methods class meetings, groups of three or four students reported their critical incidents to each other, and then chose one incident to…

  6. Growth and decay of runaway electrons above the critical electric field under quiescent conditions

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    Paz-Soldan, C.; Eidietis, N. W.; Wesley, J. C.; Granetz, R.; Hollmann, E. M.; Moyer, R. A.; Zhang, J.; Crocker, N. A.; Austin, M. E.; Wingen, A.; Zhu, Y.

    2014-02-15

    Extremely low density operation free of error field penetration supports the excitation of trace-level quiescent runaway electron (RE) populations during the flat-top of DIII-D Ohmic discharges. Operation in the quiescent regime allows accurate measurement of all key parameters important to RE excitation, including the internal broadband magnetic fluctuation level. RE onset is characterized and found to be consistent with primary (Dreicer) generation rates. Impurity-free collisional suppression of the RE population is investigated by stepping the late-time main-ion density, until RE decay is observed. The transition from growth to decay is found to occur 3–5 times above the theoretical critical electric field for avalanche growth and is thus indicative of anomalous RE loss. This suggests that suppression of tokamak RE avalanches can be achieved at lower density than previously expected, though extrapolation requires predictive understanding of the RE loss mechanism and magnitude.

  7. Direct three-dimensional ordering of quasi-one-dimensional quantum dimer system near critical fields

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    Matsushita, Taku; Hori, Nobuyoshi; Takata, Seiya; Wada, Nobuo; Amaya, Naoki; Hosokoshi, Yuko

    2017-01-01

    Dimensionalities of X X Z spin orderings or degenerate hard-core bosons in a quasi-one-dimensional (1D) dimer system are examined by the ac susceptibility and specific heat of antiferromagnetic bond-alternating chains in pentafluorophenyl nitronyl nitroxide (F5PNN ). At intermediate fields in the gapless region, the 1D short-range order (SRO) corresponding to the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid and three-dimensional (3D) long-range order (LRO BEC) at lower temperatures are separately observed, as expected from the small interchain interaction. In contrast, a definite region around the critical field was established where 3D LRO occurs without the development of 1D SRO at higher temperatures.

  8. Ion Dynamics and Field Structure of Quasi-perpendicular Collisionless Shocks near the Critical Mach Number

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    Balikhin, M. A.; Malkov, M.; Sagdeev, R.; Dudnikova, G.

    2015-12-01

    The structure of subcritical (laminar) collisionless shocks has been understood long time ago. When the Mach number exceeds a critical value, some of the incident ions are reflected. This needs to be included into the description of the shock structure and entropy production at the shock front. We present an analytical model of ion reflection from a quasi-perpendicular collisionless shock and the formation of the foot region associated with this reflection. Reflected ions perturb the electrostatic and magnetic fields in the foot region which we self-consistently include in determining the fraction of reflected ions, depending on the Mach number of the shock. The subsequent motion of the shock reflected ions downstream and formation of the downstream field structure is analyzed. Models for thermalization of the downstream plasma and approaches to Rankine-Hugoniot relations will also be discussed. The obtained overall shock structure is compared with the Cluster observations.

  9. [Research in two-dimensional critical phenomena and conformal field theory]. [Rutgers, The State Univ. , New Brunswick, New Jersey

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    1990-01-01

    A very theoretical description is given of research in two- dimensional critical phenomena and conformal field theory. Major progress is reported in the field of fluctuating two-dimensional surfaces. A discretized representation of fluctuating geometry is used where surfaces are represented by triangulations; continuum surfaces are recovered by taking the size of the triangles to zero. One of the central goals of the theory of critical phenomena is to find all possible universality classes of n-dimensional critical phenomena; this goal has been translated into the problem of clasifying all possible scale-invariant euclidean quantum field theories. (RWR)

  10. Field study of energy-efficient showerheads

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    Bailey, S.A.; Warwick, W.M.; Lauhala, A.J.; Hickman, C.H.; Dent, C.L.

    1992-09-01

    In August 1991, the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) initiated an energy-efficient showerhead performance assessment project. Approximately 98 homes are participating in this study. All are metered under the Regional End-Use Metering Program (REMP), which is operated by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) for Bonneville. Hourly pre- and post-retrofit electrical water heating consumption data will be analyzed using the REMP data archive. The goal of this study is to identify factors affecting energy savings from retrofit of energy-efficient shower heads which will be used to develop an ``algorithm`` to credit participants in retrofit programs with savings. This algorithm must be easy to apply, credible, and adoptable to conditions which may vary among utilities in Bonneville`s Pacific Northwest service area. This field data collection project was designed to collect information about site and occupant characteristics that may affect participation and performance. These data are used to verify or modify assumptions used in engineering models to project energy savings. Estimates of measure performance based on comparisons of energy use are not included in this paper because sufficient post-retrofit data is not yet available. Field data failed to confirm several critical assumptions used to project energy savings. Showerhead water flow rates and anticipated reductions from the retrofit measures were less than expected. Participation in this voluntary study was relatively low considering its risk- and cost-free design. Finally, barriers were encountered that prevented retrofits at some participating sites. The cumulative effect of all factors could reduce projected savings 70% over initial engineering estimates, if 100% participation is assumed.

  11. Field study of energy-efficient showerheads

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    Bailey, S.A.; Warwick, W.M.; Lauhala, A.J. ); Hickman, C.H. ); Dent, C.L. )

    1992-09-01

    In August 1991, the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) initiated an energy-efficient showerhead performance assessment project. Approximately 98 homes are participating in this study. All are metered under the Regional End-Use Metering Program (REMP), which is operated by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) for Bonneville. Hourly pre- and post-retrofit electrical water heating consumption data will be analyzed using the REMP data archive. The goal of this study is to identify factors affecting energy savings from retrofit of energy-efficient shower heads which will be used to develop an algorithm'' to credit participants in retrofit programs with savings. This algorithm must be easy to apply, credible, and adoptable to conditions which may vary among utilities in Bonneville's Pacific Northwest service area. This field data collection project was designed to collect information about site and occupant characteristics that may affect participation and performance. These data are used to verify or modify assumptions used in engineering models to project energy savings. Estimates of measure performance based on comparisons of energy use are not included in this paper because sufficient post-retrofit data is not yet available. Field data failed to confirm several critical assumptions used to project energy savings. Showerhead water flow rates and anticipated reductions from the retrofit measures were less than expected. Participation in this voluntary study was relatively low considering its risk- and cost-free design. Finally, barriers were encountered that prevented retrofits at some participating sites. The cumulative effect of all factors could reduce projected savings 70% over initial engineering estimates, if 100% participation is assumed.

  12. Microstructure, critical current density and trapped field experiments in IG-processed Y-123

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    Muralidhar, M.; Ide, N.; Koblischka, M. R.; Diko, P.; Inoue, K.; Murakami, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we adapted the top-seeded infiltration growth ‘IG’ technique and produced several YBa2Cu3O y ‘Y-123’ samples with an addition of Y2BaCuO5 ‘Y-211’ secondary phase particles with varying sizes by the sintering process and the ball milling technique. For the first set of samples, Y-211 disks were sintered at temperatures ranging between 900 °C and 1100 °C and were used for the production of Y-123 material by the IG process. Magnetization measurements showed a sharp superconducting transition with an onset T c at around 92 K, irrespective of the sintering temperature. However, the trapped field and critical current density (J c) values were dependent on the sintering temperature and it was found that the best temperature is around 925 °C. Further, the trapped field distribution measurements at 77 K indicated that all samples are of single grain nature. The highest trapped field was recorded around 0.31 T at 77 K for the Y-123 sample with 20 mm in diameter and 5 mm thickness produced by Y-211 pre-from around 925 °C. On the other hand, a second set of samples Y-211 were controlled by ball milling technique combined with an optimized slow cooling process. As a result, the critical current density (J c) at 77 K and zero field was determined to be 225 kA cm-2. The improved performance of the Y-123 material can be understood in terms of homogeneous distribution of fine secondary phase particles which is demonstrated by AFM micrographs.

  13. Aperiodic sequences and magnetic models: non-universal critical behavior within mean-field approximation

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    Branco, Nilton; Faria, Maicon; Tragtenberg, Marcelo

    2007-03-01

    We study the Ising model on a Bethe lattice, such that the exchange constant can assume two values, according to two-letter aperiodic sequences. Critical temperatures and exponents are calculated for three different sequences: Fibonacci, period-doubling and two-letter Rudin-Shapiro ones. These sequences are found to be irrelevant, marginal, and relevant, respectively, in the renormalization-group sense. The Fibonacci sequence presents the same critical behavior as for the uniform model and no log-periodic behavior is observed. For the marginal sequence, critical exponents depend on the ratio between the two possible exchange constants and a log-periodic behavior is clearly determined. Due to computational constraints, our results are not as precise for the Rudin-Shapiro sequence but we obtain evidence that the exponents are different from the classical ones and do not depend on the ratio between the exchange constants.

  14. Conformal field theory of critical Casimir forces between surfaces with alternating boundary conditions in two dimensions

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    Dubail, J.; Santachiara, R.; Emig, T.

    2017-03-01

    Systems as diverse as binary mixtures and inclusions in biological membranes, and many more, can be described effectively by interacting spins. When the critical fluctuations in these systems are constrained by boundary conditions, critical Casimir forces (CCF) emerge. Here we analyze CCF between boundaries with alternating boundary conditions in two dimensions, employing conformal field theory (CFT). After presenting the concept of boundary changing operators, we specifically consider two different boundary configurations for a strip of critical Ising spins: (I) alternating equi-sized domains of up and down spins on both sides of the strip, with a possible lateral shift, and (II) alternating domains of up and down spins of different size on one side and homogeneously fixed spins on the other side of the strip. Asymptotic results for the CCF at small and large distances are derived. We introduce a novel modified Szegö formula for determinants of real antisymmetric block Toeplitz matrices to obtain the exact CCF and the corresponding scaling functions at all distances. We demonstrate the existence of a surface renormalization group flow between universal force amplitudes of different magnitude and sign. The Casimir force can vanish at a stable equilibrium position that can be controlled by parameters of the boundary conditions. Lateral Casimir forces assume a universal simple cosine form at large separations.

  15. Positive-overlap transition and critical exponents in mean field spin glasses

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    Agostini, Alessandra; Barra, Adriano; DeSanctis, Luca

    2006-11-01

    In this paper we obtain two results for the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick (SK) model, and we show that they both emerge from a single approach. First, we prove that the average of the overlap takes positive values when it is non-zero. More specifically, the average of the overlap, which is naively expected to take values in the whole interval [-1,+1], becomes positive if we 'first' apply an external field, so as to destroy the gauge invariance of the model, and 'then' remove it in the thermodynamic limit. This phenomenon emerges at the critical point. This first result is weaker than the one obtained by Talagrand (not limited to the average of the overlap), but we show here that, at least on average, the overlap is proven to be non-negative with no use of the Ghirlanda-Guerra identities. The latter are instead needed to obtain the second result, which is to control the behaviour of the overlap at the critical point: we find the critical exponents of all the overlap correlation functions.

  16. Delirium in Critically Ill Children: An International Point Prevalence Study.

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    Traube, Chani; Silver, Gabrielle; Reeder, Ron W; Doyle, Hannah; Hegel, Emily; Wolfe, Heather A; Schneller, Christopher; Chung, Melissa G; Dervan, Leslie A; DiGennaro, Jane L; Buttram, Sandra D W; Kudchadkar, Sapna R; Madden, Kate; Hartman, Mary E; deAlmeida, Mary L; Walson, Karen; Ista, Erwin; Baarslag, Manuel A; Salonia, Rosanne; Beca, John; Long, Debbie; Kawai, Yu; Cheifetz, Ira M; Gelvez, Javier; Truemper, Edward J; Smith, Rebecca L; Peters, Megan E; O'Meara, A M Iqbal; Murphy, Sarah; Bokhary, Abdulmohsen; Greenwald, Bruce M; Bell, Michael J

    2017-04-01

    To determine prevalence of delirium in critically ill children and explore associated risk factors. Multi-institutional point prevalence study. Twenty-five pediatric critical care units in the United States, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Saudi Arabia. All children admitted to the pediatric critical care units on designated study days (n = 994). Children were screened for delirium using the Cornell Assessment of Pediatric Delirium by the bedside nurse. Demographic and treatment-related variables were collected. Primary study outcome measure was prevalence of delirium. In 159 children, a final determination of mental status could not be ascertained. Of the 835 remaining subjects, 25% screened positive for delirium, 13% were classified as comatose, and 62% were delirium-free and coma-free. Delirium prevalence rates varied significantly with reason for ICU admission, with highest delirium rates found in children admitted with an infectious or inflammatory disorder. For children who were in the PICU for 6 or more days, delirium prevalence rate was 38%. In a multivariate model, risk factors independently associated with development of delirium included age less than 2 years, mechanical ventilation, benzodiazepines, narcotics, use of physical restraints, and exposure to vasopressors and antiepileptics. Delirium is a prevalent complication of critical illness in children, with identifiable risk factors. Further multi-institutional, longitudinal studies are required to investigate effect of delirium on long-term outcomes and possible preventive and treatment measures. Universal delirium screening is practical and can be implemented in pediatric critical care units.

  17. Quantum entanglement and criticality of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model in an external field.

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    Liu, Guang-Hua; Li, Ruo-Yan; Tian, Guang-Shan

    2012-06-27

    By Lanczos exact diagonalization and the infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD) technique, the two-site entanglement as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization in the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg (AFH) model under an external field are investigated. With increasing external field, the small size system shows some distinct upward magnetization stairsteps, accompanied synchronously with some downward two-site entanglement stairsteps. In the thermodynamic limit, the two-site entanglement, as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization are calculated, and the critical magnetic field h(c) = 2.0 is determined exactly. Our numerical results show that the quantum entanglement is sensitive to the subtle changing of the ground state, and can be used to describe the magnetization and quantum phase transition. Based on the discontinuous behavior of the first-order derivative of the entanglement entropy and fidelity per site, we think that the quantum phase transition in this model should belong to the second-order category. Furthermore, in the magnon existence region (h < 2.0), a logarithmically divergent behavior of block entanglement which can be described by a free bosonic field theory is observed, and the central charge c is determined to be 1.

  18. Quantum entanglement and criticality of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model in an external field

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    Liu, Guang-Hua; Li, Ruo-Yan; Tian, Guang-Shan

    2012-06-01

    By Lanczos exact diagonalization and the infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD) technique, the two-site entanglement as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization in the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg (AFH) model under an external field are investigated. With increasing external field, the small size system shows some distinct upward magnetization stairsteps, accompanied synchronously with some downward two-site entanglement stairsteps. In the thermodynamic limit, the two-site entanglement, as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization are calculated, and the critical magnetic field hc = 2.0 is determined exactly. Our numerical results show that the quantum entanglement is sensitive to the subtle changing of the ground state, and can be used to describe the magnetization and quantum phase transition. Based on the discontinuous behavior of the first-order derivative of the entanglement entropy and fidelity per site, we think that the quantum phase transition in this model should belong to the second-order category. Furthermore, in the magnon existence region (h < 2.0), a logarithmically divergent behavior of block entanglement which can be described by a free bosonic field theory is observed, and the central charge c is determined to be 1.

  19. High critical current density and enhanced irreversibility field in superconducting MgB2 thin films

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    Eom, C. B.; Lee, M. K.; Choi, J. H.; Belenky, L. J.; Song, X.; Cooley, L. D.; Naus, M. T.; Patnaik, S.; Jiang, J.; Rikel, M.; Polyanskii, A.; Gurevich, A.; Cai, X. Y.; Bu, S. D.; Babcock, S. E.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Rogado, N.; Regan, K. A.; Hayward, M. A.; He, T.; Slusky, J. S.; Inumaru, K.; Haas, M. K.; Cava, R. J.

    2001-05-01

    The discovery of superconductivity at 39K in magnesium diboride offers the possibility of a new class of low-cost, high-performance superconducting materials for magnets and electronic applications. This compound has twice the transition temperature of Nb3Sn and four times that of Nb-Ti alloy, and the vital prerequisite of strongly linked current flow has already been demonstrated. One possible drawback, however, is that the magnetic field at which superconductivity is destroyed is modest. Furthermore, the field which limits the range of practical applications-the irreversibility field H*(T)-is approximately 7T at liquid helium temperature (4.2K), significantly lower than about 10T for Nb-Ti (ref. 6) and ~20T for Nb3Sn (ref. 7). Here we show that MgB2 thin films that are alloyed with oxygen can exhibit a much steeper temperature dependence of H*(T) than is observed in bulk materials, yielding an H* value at 4.2K greater than 14T. In addition, very high critical current densities at 4.2K are achieved: 1MAcm-2 at 1T and 105Acm-2 at 10T. These results demonstrate that MgB2 has potential for high-field superconducting applications.

  20. Nonprofessional Care in Chronic Critically Ill Patient: A Qualitative Study

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    Dehkordi, Leila Mardanian; Babashahi, Monireh; Irajpour, Alireza

    2016-01-01

    Background: Decision-making about patients with critical condition transfer from Intensive Care Unit to the general wards be delegated to their families. The aim of the study was explaining the experiences of family caregiver's about care of chronic critically ill patient. Methods: This study was conducted with a qualitative content analysis using unstructured interview. Participants were selected purposively from May 2014 to May 2015 and data collection continued until data saturation. Analysis was based on conventional content analysis. Results: Participants’ experiences classified into three main categories as following: nonprofessional care, enhancing factors of care, and inhibiting factors of care. Conclusions: Finding of the current study showed different aspects of care. Care of chronic critically ill patients is a long-term process that affected by different factors. It seems that the exploration of caregivers needs and planning supportive interventions based on their needs improve the quality of care. PMID:28028426

  1. Critical Pedagogy: Teaching "Difference" in Race and Gender Studies.

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    Dawson-Threat, Janice

    1995-01-01

    Critical pedagogy requires flexible, adventurous teachers who question the politics of knowledge. Cross-disciplinary women's and black studies programs reformulate knowledge and attempt to reconstruct social imagination in the service of human freedom. A University of Iowa women's studies course uses strategies to help students reconstruct…

  2. White Lies: A Critical Race Study of Power and Privilege

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    Brainard, Patricia Jones

    2009-01-01

    This was a phenomenological study of racial privilege as experienced by White people who have struggled to become more racially aware and socially active in dismantling racism and White privilege. The primary conceptual framework for this study was Critical Race Theory with Transformative Learning theory and Racial Identity Development as…

  3. Critical behavior of the spin-1 and spin-3/2 Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field.

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    Dias, D A; Xavier, J C; Plascak, J A

    2017-01-01

    The phase diagram and the critical behavior of the spin-1 and the spin-3/2 two-dimensional Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field are studied by conventional finite-size scaling and conformal invariance theory. The phase diagram of this model, for the spin-1 case, is qualitatively the same as those of the diluted 4-states Potts model and the spin-1 Blume-Capel model. However, for the present case, instead of a tricritical point one has a pentacritical point for a finite value of the crystal field, in disagreement with previous work based on finite-size calculations. On the other hand, for the spin-3/2 case, the phase diagram is much richer and can present, besides a pentacritical point, an additional multicritical end point. Our results also support that the universality class of the critical behavior of the spin-1 and spin-3/2 Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field is the same as the pure Baxter-Wu model, even at the multicritical points.

  4. Critical behavior of the spin-1 and spin-3/2 Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field

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    Dias, D. A.; Xavier, J. C.; Plascak, J. A.

    2017-01-01

    The phase diagram and the critical behavior of the spin-1 and the spin-3/2 two-dimensional Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field are studied by conventional finite-size scaling and conformal invariance theory. The phase diagram of this model, for the spin-1 case, is qualitatively the same as those of the diluted 4-states Potts model and the spin-1 Blume-Capel model. However, for the present case, instead of a tricritical point one has a pentacritical point for a finite value of the crystal field, in disagreement with previous work based on finite-size calculations. On the other hand, for the spin-3/2 case, the phase diagram is much richer and can present, besides a pentacritical point, an additional multicritical end point. Our results also support that the universality class of the critical behavior of the spin-1 and spin-3/2 Baxter-Wu model in a crystal field is the same as the pure Baxter-Wu model, even at the multicritical points.

  5. Analysis and prediction of the critical regions of antimicrobial peptides based on conditional random fields.

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    Chang, Kuan Y; Lin, Tung-pei; Shih, Ling-Yi; Wang, Chien-Kuo

    2015-01-01

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are potent drug candidates against microbes such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. The size of AMPs ranges from less than ten to hundreds of amino acids. Often only a few amino acids or the critical regions of antimicrobial proteins matter the functionality. Accurately predicting the AMP critical regions could benefit the experimental designs. However, no extensive analyses have been done specifically on the AMP critical regions and computational modeling on them is either non-existent or settled to other problems. With a focus on the AMP critical regions, we thus develop a computational model AMPcore by introducing a state-of-the-art machine learning method, conditional random fields. We generate a comprehensive dataset of 798 AMPs cores and a low similarity dataset of 510 representative AMP cores. AMPcore could reach a maximal accuracy of 90% and 0.79 Matthew's correlation coefficient on the comprehensive dataset and a maximal accuracy of 83% and 0.66 MCC on the low similarity dataset. Our analyses of AMP cores follow what we know about AMPs: High in glycine and lysine, but low in aspartic acid, glutamic acid, and methionine; the abundance of α-helical structures; the dominance of positive net charges; the peculiarity of amphipathicity. Two amphipathic sequence motifs within the AMP cores, an amphipathic α-helix and an amphipathic π-helix, are revealed. In addition, a short sequence motif at the N-terminal boundary of AMP cores is reported for the first time: arginine at the P(-1) coupling with glycine at the P1 of AMP cores occurs the most, which might link to microbial cell adhesion.

  6. Automated Critical PeakPricing Field Tests: 2006 Pilot ProgramDescription and Results

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    Piette, Mary Ann; Watson, David; Motegi, Naoya; Kiliccote, Sila

    2007-06-19

    During 2006 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) performed a technology evaluation for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Emerging Technologies Programs. This report summarizes the design, deployment, and results from the 2006 Automated Critical Peak Pricing Program (Auto-CPP). The program was designed to evaluate the feasibility of deploying automation systems that allow customers to participate in critical peak pricing (CPP) with a fully-automated response. The 2006 program was in operation during the entire six-month CPP period from May through October. The methodology for this field study included site recruitment, control strategy development, automation system deployment, and evaluation of sites' participation in actual CPP events through the summer of 2006. LBNL recruited sites in PG&E's territory in northern California through contacts from PG&E account managers, conferences, and industry meetings. Each site contact signed a memorandum of understanding with LBNL that outlined the activities needed to participate in the Auto-CPP program. Each facility worked with LBNL to select and implement control strategies for demand response and developed automation system designs based on existing Internet connectivity and building control systems. Once the automation systems were installed, LBNL conducted communications tests to ensure that the Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS) correctly provided and logged the continuous communications of the CPP signals with the energy management and control system (EMCS) for each site. LBNL also observed and evaluated Demand Response (DR) shed strategies to ensure proper commissioning of controls. The communication system allowed sites to receive day-ahead as well as day-of signals for pre-cooling, a DR strategy used at a few sites. Measurement of demand response was conducted using two different baseline models for estimating peak load savings. One was the CPP

  7. Mentoring Field Directors: A National Exploratory Study

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    Ellison, Martha L.; Raskin, Miriam S.

    2014-01-01

    In social work field education, mentoring is underused and lacks research data. There is a paucity of research that examines the effect mentoring has on social work field directors who administer field programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. This exploratory study fills this void by examining the mentoring opportunities and…

  8. Field Guides in Academe: A Citation Study

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    Schmidt, Dianne

    2006-01-01

    Field guides are common in libraries but are generally not considered scholarly. This study examines citations to fifty field guides to determine how they were used in scholarly publications, finding that field guides are frequently cited as a source of data on the ranges, habits, and descriptions of plants and animals.

  9. Implementation of a critical care outreach service: a qualitative study.

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    Jeddian, A; Lindenmeyer, A; Marshall, T; Howard, A F; Sayadi, L; Rashidian, A; Jafari, N

    2017-09-01

    The aim of this study was to explore hospital staff perceptions of the perceived challenges and outcomes of implementing a critical care outreach service. A nurse-led critical care outreach service was designed and implemented to identify and treat acutely ill patients in a large tertiary care hospital in Iran. A qualitative analysis of data from two focus groups and seven interviews was carried out using conventional content analyses techniques. A total of 24 hospital staff members participated, including critical care outreach team members, physicians, ward head nurses and ward staff. Two main categories described the perceived challenges to the implementation of the critical care outreach service: 1) the hospital context, with four subcategories related to staff shortages, the instability of physician positions, the lack of specialized essential services and the absence of a system to establish do-not-resuscitate orders, and 2) staff resistance to different nursing priorities, routines and extra work. In two additional main categories, participants also described positive and negative perceived outcomes. The positive perceived outcomes included three subcategories of alleviating equipment shortages, improving nursing knowledge and patient care and improving patient and healthcare professional satisfaction. While critical care outreach has the potential to improve patient perceived outcomes and both patient and provider satisfaction with care, the contextual and clinical realities in hospitals are significant and must be examined during the planning and implementation of future outreach. A critical care outreach service in the context of an Iranian hospital has the potential to improve ward nurse familiarity with the care of acutely ill patients and the quality of palliative care. However, attention ought to be paid to the hospital's structural and contextual factors. Alleviating nursing shortages, reducing staff resistance and preparing goals of care guidelines

  10. Acute rehabilitation practices in critically ill children: a multicenter study.

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    Choong, Karen; Foster, Gary; Fraser, Douglas D; Hutchison, James S; Joffe, Ari R; Jouvet, Philippe A; Menon, Kusum; Pullenayegum, Eleanor; Ward, Roxanne E

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate acute rehabilitation practices in pediatric critical care units across Canada. Retrospective cohort study. Six Canadian, tertiary care pediatric critical care units. Six hundred children aged under 17 years admitted to pediatric critical care unit during a winter and summer month of 2011 with a greater than 24-hour length of stay. None. The primary outcome of interest was the nature and timing of pediatric critical care unit rehabilitation practices.Rehabilitation was classified according to mobility and nonmobility interventions. Predictors of mobilization and the time to mobilization were evaluated through regression and time-dependent survival analyses, respectively. The most common form of rehabilitation provided in pediatric critical care unit was physical therapy (45.5% patients) followed by occupational therapy (4.5%) and speech and language therapy (1.5%). Interventions were primarily nonmobility in nature (69.7% of sessions), most frequently in the form of chest physiotherapy (42.7% of sessions). The median time to mobilization was 2 days (interquartile range, 1-6) as compared with 1 day for nonmobility interventions (interquartile range, 1-3). Only 57 patients (9.5%) received early mobilization. Regression analyses revealed that increasing age, admission during winter, neuromuscular blockade, and sedative infusions were associated with an increased likelihood of receiving mobility therapy. Increasing age was a predictor of early mobilization, while neuromuscular blockade was associated with delayed mobilization. No significant differences in adverse events were found between nonmobility and mobility interventions. Only half of the children receive rehabilitation while in the pediatric critical care unit, and when it occurs, therapy is primarily focused on respiratory function. Mobilization appears to be reserved for at-risk children who were muscle relaxed and sedated; however, its implementation in these patients is delayed. Future pediatric

  11. Correlation of Electric Field and Critical Design Parameters for Ferroelectric Tunable Microwave Filters

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    Subramanyam, Guru; VanKeuls, Fred W.; Miranda, Felix A.; Canedy, Chadwick L.; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2000-01-01

    The correlation of electric field and critical design parameters such as the insertion loss, frequency ability return loss, and bandwidth of conductor/ferroelectric/dielectric microstrip tunable K-band microwave filters is discussed in this work. This work is based primarily on barium strontium titanate (BSTO) ferroelectric thin film based tunable microstrip filters for room temperature applications. Two new parameters which we believe will simplify the evaluation of ferroelectric thin films for tunable microwave filters, are defined. The first of these, called the sensitivity parameter, is defined as the incremental change in center frequency with incremental change in maximum applied electric field (EPEAK) in the filter. The other, the loss parameter, is defined as the incremental or decremental change in insertion loss of the filter with incremental change in maximum applied electric field. At room temperature, the Au/BSTO/LAO microstrip filters exhibited a sensitivity parameter value between 15 and 5 MHz/cm/kV. The loss parameter varied for different bias configurations used for electrically tuning the filter. The loss parameter varied from 0.05 to 0.01 dB/cm/kV at room temperature.

  12. Temperature and angular dependence of the upper critical field in K2Cr3As3

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    Zuo, Huakun; Bao, Jin-Ke; Liu, Yi; Wang, Jinhua; Jin, Zhao; Xia, Zhengcai; Li, Liang; Xu, Zhuan; Kang, Jian; Zhu, Zengwei; Cao, Guang-Han

    2017-01-01

    We report measurements of the upper critical field Hc 2 as functions of temperature T , polar angle θ (of the field direction with respect to the crystallographic c axis), and azimuthal angle ϕ (of the field direction relative to the a axis within the a b plane) for the Cr-based superconductor K2Cr3As3 with a quasi-one-dimensional and noncentrosymmetric crystal structure. We confirm that the anisotropy in Hc 2(T ) becomes inverse with decreasing temperature. At low temperatures, Hc 2(θ ) data are featured by two maxima at θ =0 (H ∥c ) and π /2 (H ⊥ c ), which can be quantitatively understood only if uniaxial effective-mass anisotropy and absence of Pauli paramagnetic effect for H ⊥ c are taken simultaneously into consideration. The in-plane Hc 2(ϕ ) profile shows a unique threefold modulation especially at low temperatures. Overall, the characteristics of the Hc 2(θ ,ϕ ,T ) data mostly resemble those of the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3, and we argue in favor of a dominant spin-triplet superconductivity with odd parity in K2Cr3As3 .

  13. Field and temperature scaling of the critical current density in commercial REBCO coated conductors

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    Senatore, Carmine; Barth, Christian; Bonura, Marco; Kulich, Miloslav; Mondonico, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    Scaling relations describing the electromagnetic behaviour of coated conductors (CCs) greatly simplify the design of REBCO-based devices. The performance of REBCO CCs is strongly influenced by fabrication route, conductor architecture and materials, and these parameters vary from one manufacturer another. In the present work we have examined the critical surface for the current density, J c(T, B, θ), of coated conductors from six different manufacturers: American Superconductor Co. (US), Bruker HTS GmbH (Germany), Fujikura Ltd (Japan), SuNAM Co. Ltd (Korea), SuperOx ZAO (Russia) and SuperPower Inc. (US). Electrical transport and magnetic measurements were performed at temperatures between 4.2 K and 77 K and in magnetic fields of up to 19 T. Experiments were conducted at three different orientations of the field with respect to the crystallographic c-axis of the REBCO layer, θ = 0°, 45° and 90°, in order to probe the angular anisotropy of J c. In spite of the large variability of the CCs’ performance, we show here that field and temperature dependences of J c at a given angle can be reproduced over wide ranges using a scaling relation based only on three parameters. Furthermore, we present and validate a new approach combining magnetic and transport measurements for the determination of the scaling parameters with minimal experimental effort.

  14. Upper Critical Field, Critical Current Density and Activation Energy of the New La1-xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) Superconductors

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    Kalai Selvan, Ganesan; Singh Thakur, Gohil; Manikandan, Krishnan; Uwatoko, Yoshia; Haque, Zeba; Gupta, Laxmi Chand; Ganguli, Ashok Kumar; Arumugam, Sonachalam

    2015-12-01

    Critical current density (Jc), thermal activation energy (U0), and upper critical field (Hc2) of La1-xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) superconductors are investigated from magnetic field dependent ρ(T) studies. The estimated upper critical field (Hc2) has low values of 1.04 T for x = 0.2 and 1.41 T for x = 0.8. These values are lower than Sm free LaO0.5F0.5BiS2 superconductor (1.9 T). The critical current density (Jc) is estimated to be 1.35 × 105 and 5.07 × 105 A/cm2 (2 K) for x = 0.2 and 0.8 respectively, using the Bean's model. The thermal activation energy (U0/kB) is 61 K for x = 0.2 and 140 K for x = 0.8 as calculated from Arrhenius plots at low magnetic field (1 T) and indicates a strong flux pinning potential which might be co-existing with applied magnetic field.

  15. Interpretive and Critical Phenomenological Crime Studies: A Model Design

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    Miner-Romanoff, Karen

    2012-01-01

    The critical and interpretive phenomenological approach is underutilized in the study of crime. This commentary describes this approach, guided by the question, "Why are interpretive phenomenological methods appropriate for qualitative research in criminology?" Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to describe a model of the interpretive…

  16. Bioinformatics as a critical prerequisite to transcriptome and proteome studies.

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    Jamet, Elisabeth

    2004-09-01

    Large-scale genomic studies rely strongly on annotations available in databases to design experimental supports such as arrays or to explain results in term of biological meaning. Most of this information originates from bioinformatic predictions. Their accuracy as well as their relevance to existing biological data are critical in avoiding the misinterpretation of experimental results.

  17. Constructing Critical Autoethnographic Self-Studies with White Educators

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    Pennington, Julie L.; Brock, Cynthia H.

    2012-01-01

    Autoethnography was used as a tool for white in-service elementary teachers to examine their racial identity from a Critical White Studies (CWS) perspective. Two white in-service teachers participated in two yearlong university courses focused on teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students. Each teacher collected their own data at…

  18. Constructing Critical Autoethnographic Self-Studies with White Educators

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    Pennington, Julie L.; Brock, Cynthia H.

    2012-01-01

    Autoethnography was used as a tool for white in-service elementary teachers to examine their racial identity from a Critical White Studies (CWS) perspective. Two white in-service teachers participated in two yearlong university courses focused on teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students. Each teacher collected their own data at…

  19. Towards Socially Just Pedagogies: Deleuzoguattarian Critical Disability Studies

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    Goodley, Dan

    2007-01-01

    Socially just pedagogies call for sensitivity to politics and culture. In this paper I will uncover some key challenges in relation to working pedagogically with disabled people through the exploration of a critical disability studies perspective. First, I will unpack some of the assumptions that underpin educational understandings of…

  20. Towards Socially Just Pedagogies: Deleuzoguattarian Critical Disability Studies

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    Goodley, Dan

    2007-01-01

    Socially just pedagogies call for sensitivity to politics and culture. In this paper I will uncover some key challenges in relation to working pedagogically with disabled people through the exploration of a critical disability studies perspective. First, I will unpack some of the assumptions that underpin educational understandings of…

  1. Disability and Diversity on CSU Websites: A Critical Discourse Study

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    Gabel, Susan L.; Reid, Denise; Pearson, Holly; Ruiz, Litzy; Hume-Dawson, Rodney

    2016-01-01

    With more than 325,000 students, the California State University (CSU) system is 1 of the largest in the United States, making it a useful unit of analysis for studying disability and diversity. Using a critical discourse theoretical framework and borrowing strategies from Astroff (2001) and Pauwells (2012), we found disability information on CSU…

  2. Going Critical: The Problem of Problematizing Knowledge in Education Studies

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    Moore, Rob

    2007-01-01

    This paper raises the issue of what it is to be "critical" in education studies and in social theory more generally. It argues that this idea has for a long time been associated with forms of social constructionism and sociological reductionism. These understand the idea that knowledge is social in terms of reducing it to the experiences and…

  3. Post-Fordism, Political Economy, and Critical Organizational Communication Studies.

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    Nadesan, Majia Holmer

    2001-01-01

    Introduces readers to the literature on post-Fordism by first describing the social and economic phenomena that it seeks to explain and then by introducing the divergent research approaches that contest the scope and effects of post-Fordist phenomena. Suggests that critical organizational communication studies has much to gain, analytically and…

  4. Nurses' Error Management in Critical Care Units: A Qualitative Study.

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    Nasrabadi, Alireza Nikbakht; Peyrovi, Hamid; Valiee, Sina

    Nursing errors are common in critical care units, and nurses are in the first line of confrontation. The purpose of this study was to explore the processes of managing nursing errors in critical care units in Iran and to develop a theoretical explanation of the phenomenon. This was a grounded theory study. We recruited a sample of 18 critical care nurses for the study. The sampling method was purposive and then changed to theoretical. The data were collected through in-depth interviews. For data analysis, we employed the constant comparative analysis technique. The core category of the study was "continuous situational analysis." The main categories were situational analysis and error removal. When nurses confronted an error, they opted for analyzing the error situation in terms of the nature of error, probable consequences, monitoring, and life threat. Accordingly, they employed error removal strategies such as self-action, cooperation, notifying, and censoring. These steps happened concurrently, successively, or cyclically. To manage their committed errors, nurses usually go through an informal process. Nurse-managers need to design effective error management strategies and require the practicing nurses to adhere to them. A practical model for effective prevention and management of nursing errors in critical care units is necessary.

  5. [Brucellosis zoonoses in Tunisia: critical study of sanitary legislation].

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    Gharbi, Mohamed

    2002-07-01

    The author presents a critical study of the sanitary legal texts of zoonotic brucellosis control. The tunisian legal texts are sometimes incomplete and old. The review of these texts, in order to improve the legal frame of control, is now necessary.

  6. Critical Practice in Teacher Education: A Study of Professional Learning

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    Heilbronn, Ruth, Ed.; Yandell, John, Ed.

    2010-01-01

    This timely book uncovers all of the processes that should be considered when high-quality teacher education is designed, delivered and studied around the world. Written by experienced teacher educators, this book shows what critical practice is and how it can be used to facilitate a deeper understanding of practice that draws upon personal…

  7. Disability and Diversity on CSU Websites: A Critical Discourse Study

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    Gabel, Susan L.; Reid, Denise; Pearson, Holly; Ruiz, Litzy; Hume-Dawson, Rodney

    2016-01-01

    With more than 325,000 students, the California State University (CSU) system is 1 of the largest in the United States, making it a useful unit of analysis for studying disability and diversity. Using a critical discourse theoretical framework and borrowing strategies from Astroff (2001) and Pauwells (2012), we found disability information on CSU…

  8. Critical materials and dissipative losses: a screening study.

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    Zimmermann, Till; Gößling-Reisemann, Stefan

    2013-09-01

    This study deals with dissipative losses of critical materials between the life-cycle stages of manufacturing and end-of-life. Following the EU definition for critical materials, a screening of dissipative losses for the respective materials has been performed based on existing data and the most significant data gaps have been identified. Furthermore, a classification scheme for dissipative losses (dissipation into environment, dissipation into other material flows, dissipation to landfills) and for assessing their degree has been developed and a first qualitative assessment applying this classification scheme has been performed. In combination with existing criticality assessments, the results can be used to generate a map of metals indicating future research needs for analyzing metal dissipation in detail. The results include quantitative estimates of dissipative losses (where feasible) along the chosen life-cycle stages, and discuss research needs for analysis and avoidance of dissipative losses for improved resource efficiency. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Studying Irony Detection Beyond Ironic Criticism: Let's Include Ironic Praise

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    Bruntsch, Richard; Ruch, Willibald

    2017-01-01

    Studies of irony detection have commonly used ironic criticisms (i.e., mock positive evaluation of negative circumstances) as stimulus materials. Another basic type of verbal irony, ironic praise (i.e., mock negative evaluation of positive circumstances) is largely absent from studies on individuals' aptitude to detect verbal irony. However, it can be argued that ironic praise needs to be considered in order to investigate the detection of irony in the variety of its facets. To explore whether the detection ironic praise has a benefit beyond ironic criticism, three studies were conducted. In Study 1, an instrument (Test of Verbal Irony Detection Aptitude; TOVIDA) was constructed and its factorial structure was tested using N = 311 subjects. The TOVIDA contains 26 scenario-based items and contains two scales for the detection of ironic criticism vs. ironic praise. To validate the measurement method, the two scales of the TOVIDA were experimentally evaluated with N = 154 subjects in Study 2. In Study 3, N = 183 subjects were tested to explore personality and ability correlates of the two TOVIDA scales. Results indicate that the co-variance between the ironic TOVIDA items was organized by two inter-correlated but distinct factors: one representing ironic praise detection aptitude and one representing ironic criticism detection aptitude. Experimental validation showed that the TOVIDA items truly contain irony and that item scores reflect irony detection. Trait bad mood and benevolent humor (as a facet of the sense of humor) were found as joint correlates for both ironic criticism and ironic praise detection scores. In contrast, intelligence, trait cheerfulness, and corrective humor were found as unique correlates of ironic praise detection scores, even when statistically controlling for the aptitude to detect ironic criticism. Our results indicate that the aptitude to detect ironic praise can be seen as distinct from the aptitude to detect ironic criticism. Generating

  10. Promoting Critical Multicultural Citizenship: A Case Study of Preparing Social Studies Teachers

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    Castro, Antonio Jamie

    2009-01-01

    Given the growing cultural and economic diversity of today's students, this qualitative case study investigates how 4 social studies preservice teachers taught for critical multicultural citizenship during their student teaching semester. The tenets of critical citizenship emerge out of the intersection of critical pedagogy and multicultural…

  11. Field Studies of Human Systems: A Cooperative Learning Field Investigation.

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    Harbeck, Richard

    1997-01-01

    Advocates that geography teachers undertake field studies of human systems with their students. Describes a learning process in which teachers take students to a human system (supermarket, hotel) and guide them through exploration and analysis of the system with the goal of building skills that can transfer to other geographic tasks. (MJP)

  12. Mean-field dynamic criticality and geometric transition in the Gaussian core model

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    Coslovich, Daniele; Ikeda, Atsushi; Miyazaki, Kunimasa

    2016-04-01

    We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate dynamic heterogeneities and the potential energy landscape of the Gaussian core model (GCM). Despite the nearly Gaussian statistics of particles' displacements, the GCM exhibits giant dynamic heterogeneities close to the dynamic transition temperature. The divergence of the four-point susceptibility is quantitatively well described by the inhomogeneous version of the mode-coupling theory. Furthermore, the potential energy landscape of the GCM is characterized by large energy barriers, as expected from the lack of activated, hopping dynamics, and display features compatible with a geometric transition. These observations demonstrate that all major features of mean-field dynamic criticality can be observed in a physically sound, three-dimensional model.

  13. Multipoint correlators of conformal field theories: implications for quantum critical transport

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    Strack, Philipp; Chowdhury, Debanjan; Raju, Suvrat; Sachdev, Subir; Singh, Ajay

    2013-03-01

    We relate three-point correlators between the stress-energy tensor and conserved currents of conformal field theories (CFTs) in 2+1 dimensions to observables of quantum critical transport. We first compute the correlators in the large-flavor-number expansion of conformal gauge theories and then do the computation using holography. In the holographic approach, the correlators are computed from an effective action on 3+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space (AdS4), and depend upon the co-efficient, γ, of a four-derivative term in the action. We find a precise match between the CFT and the holographic results, thus fixing the values of γ. The CFTs of free fermions and bosons take the values γ = 1 / 12 , - 1 / 12 respectively, and so saturate the bound | γ | <= 1 / 12 obtained earlier from the holographic theory; the correlator of the conserved gauge flux of U(1) gauge theories takes intermediate values of γ. The value of γ also controls the frequency dependence of the conductivity, and other properties of quantum-critical transport at non-zero temperatures. Our results for the values of γ lead to an appealing physical interpretation of particle-like or vortex-like transport near quantum phase transitions of interest in condensed matter physics.

  14. Universal Signatures of Quantum Critical Points from Finite-Size Torus Spectra: A Window into the Operator Content of Higher-Dimensional Conformal Field Theories.

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    Schuler, Michael; Whitsitt, Seth; Henry, Louis-Paul; Sachdev, Subir; Läuchli, Andreas M

    2016-11-18

    The low-energy spectra of many body systems on a torus, of finite size L, are well understood in magnetically ordered and gapped topological phases. However, the spectra at quantum critical points separating such phases are largely unexplored for (2+1)D systems. Using a combination of analytical and numerical techniques, we accurately calculate and analyze the low-energy torus spectrum at an Ising critical point which provides a universal fingerprint of the underlying quantum field theory, with the energy levels given by universal numbers times 1/L. We highlight the implications of a neighboring topological phase on the spectrum by studying the Ising* transition (i.e. the transition between a Z_{2} topological phase and a trivial paramagnet), in the example of the toric code in a longitudinal field, and advocate a phenomenological picture that provides qualitative insight into the operator content of the critical field theory.

  15. Universal Signatures of Quantum Critical Points from Finite-Size Torus Spectra: A Window into the Operator Content of Higher-Dimensional Conformal Field Theories

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    Schuler, Michael; Whitsitt, Seth; Henry, Louis-Paul; Sachdev, Subir; Läuchli, Andreas M.

    2016-11-01

    The low-energy spectra of many body systems on a torus, of finite size L , are well understood in magnetically ordered and gapped topological phases. However, the spectra at quantum critical points separating such phases are largely unexplored for (2 +1 )D systems. Using a combination of analytical and numerical techniques, we accurately calculate and analyze the low-energy torus spectrum at an Ising critical point which provides a universal fingerprint of the underlying quantum field theory, with the energy levels given by universal numbers times 1 /L . We highlight the implications of a neighboring topological phase on the spectrum by studying the Ising* transition (i.e. the transition between a Z2 topological phase and a trivial paramagnet), in the example of the toric code in a longitudinal field, and advocate a phenomenological picture that provides qualitative insight into the operator content of the critical field theory.

  16. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot carbon dioxide for gas circuit breaker applications

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    Sun, Hao; Rong, Mingzhe; Wu, Yi; Chen, Zhexin; Yang, Fei; Murphy, Anthony B.; Zhang, Hantian

    2015-02-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, but due to its high global warming potential, substitutes are being sought. CO2 has been investigated as a candidate based on its arc interruption performance. The hot gas in the circuit breaker after current zero, with a complicated species composition caused by the dissociation and many other reactions, will lead to the electrical breakdown, which is one of the major concerns in assessing the arc interruption performance. Despite this, little research has been reported on the dielectric strength of hot CO2. In this paper, the dielectric properties of hot CO2 related to the dielectric recovery phase of the circuit breaker were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 4000 K and in the pressure range from 0.01 to 1.0 MPa. Under the assumptions of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and local chemical equilibrium (LCE), the equilibrium compositions of hot CO2 were obtained based on Gibbs free energy minimization. The cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of CO2 was determined by balancing electron generation and loss. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) derived from the two-term Boltzmann transport equation. The result indicates that unlike SF6 or air, in hot CO2 the reduced critical electric field strength does not change monotonically with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 300 to 4000 K. CO2 has a superior dielectric strength to pure SF6 above 2500 K at 0.5 MPa, which means it has the potential to improve the interruption performance of the circuit breakers, while reducing the global warming effect. Good agreement was found with published experimental results and calculations for CO2 at room temperature, and with previous calculations for hot CO2.

  17. A review of costing methodologies in critical care studies.

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    Pines, Jesse M; Fager, Samuel S; Milzman, David P

    2002-09-01

    Clinical decision making in critical care has traditionally been based on clinical outcome measures such as mortality and morbidity. Over the past few decades, however, increasing competition in the health care marketplace has made it necessary to consider costs when making clinical and managerial decisions in critical care. Sophisticated costing methodologies have been developed to aid this decision-making process. We performed a narrative review of published costing studies in critical care during the past 6 years. A total of 282 articles were found, of which 68 met our search criteria. They involved a mean of 508 patients (range, 20-13,907). A total of 92.6% of the studies (63 of 68) used traditional cost analysis, whereas the remaining 7.4% (5 of 68) used cost-effectiveness analysis. None (0 of 68) used cost-benefit analysis or cost-utility analysis. A total of 36.7% (25 of 68) used hospital charges as a surrogate for actual costs. Of the 43 articles that actually counted costs, 37.2% (16 of 43) counted physician costs, 27.9% (12 of 43) counted facility costs, 34.9% (15 of 43) counted nursing costs, 9.3% (4 of 43) counted societal costs, and 90.7% (39 of 43) counted laboratory, equipment, and pharmacy costs. Our conclusion is that despite considerable progress in costing methodologies, critical care studies have not adequately implemented these techniques. Given the importance of financial implications in medicine, it would be prudent for critical care studies to use these more advanced techniques. Copyright 2002, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

  18. Magnetic-field-induced quantum criticality in a spin- S planar ferromagnet with single-ion anisotropy

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    Mercaldo, M. T.; Rabuffo, I.; De Cesare, L.; Caramico D'Auria, A.

    2013-08-01

    The effects of single-ion anisotropy on quantum criticality in a d-dimensional spin- S planar ferromagnet is explored by means of the two-time Green's function method. We work at the Tyablikov decoupling level for exchange interactions and the Anderson-Callen decoupling level for single-ion anisotropy. In our analysis a longitudinal external magnetic field is used as the non-thermal control parameter and the phase diagram and the quantum critical properties are established for suitable values of the single-ion anisotropy parameter D. We find that the single-ion anisotropy has sensible effects on the structure of the phase diagram close to the quantum critical point. However, for values of the uniaxial crystal-field parameter below a positive threshold, the conventional magnetic-field-induced quantum critical scenario remains unchanged.

  19. VDTs: Field levels, epidemiology, and laboratory studies

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    Kavet, R.; Tell, R.A. )

    1991-07-01

    As the use of video display terminals (VDTs) has expanded, questions have been raised as to whether working at a VDT affects the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome. A particular focus for these questions has been the very low frequency (VLF) magnetic field produced by a VDT's horizontal deflection coil. VDTs also produce VLF electric fields, extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields, and static electric fields, Ten studies of pregnancy outcome in VDT operators have been conducted in six countries, and with one exception, none has concluded that magnetic fields from VDTs may predispose pregnant operators to spontaneous abortion or congenital malformation. The epidemiologic studies conducted thus far do not provide a basis for concluding that VDT work and adverse pregnancy outcome are associated. Studies of fetal resorptions and malformations in rodents exposed to VLF magnetic fields have produced inconsistent findings. Two laboratories in Sweden that studied mice have reported positive results, one laboratory showing field-related malformations (but not resorptions) and the other showing field-related resorptions (but not malformations). Two Canadian laboratories have reported negative results in rats and mice. Studies of avian embryos have also yielded inconsistent results, but lacking a maternal-fetal placental interface, avian embryos are a questionable model for evaluating human reproductive risks. Finally, VLF electric and magnetic fields measured at the operator position are in compliance with field strength standards and guidelines that have been established around the world. 55 refs.

  20. Self-organized criticality as Witten-type topological field theory with spontaneously broken Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin symmetry

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    Ovchinnikov, Igor V.

    2011-05-15

    Here, a scenario is proposed, according to which a generic self-organized critical (SOC) system can be looked upon as a Witten-type topological field theory (W-TFT) with spontaneously broken Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin (BRST) symmetry. One of the conditions for the SOC is the slow driving noise, which unambiguously suggests Stratonovich interpretation of the corresponding stochastic differential equation (SDE). This, in turn, necessitates the use of Parisi-Sourlas-Wu stochastic quantization procedure, which straightforwardly leads to a model with BRST-exact action, i.e., to a W-TFT. In the parameter space of the SDE, there must exist full-dimensional regions where the BRST symmetry is spontaneously broken by instantons, which in the context of SOC are essentially avalanches. In these regions, the avalanche-type SOC dynamics is liberated from overwise a rightful dynamics-less W-TFT, and a Goldstone mode of Fadeev-Popov ghosts exists. Goldstinos represent moduli of instantons (avalanches) and being gapless are responsible for the critical avalanche distribution in the low-energy, long-wavelength limit. The above arguments are robust against moderate variations of the SDE's parameters and the criticality is 'self-tuned'. The proposition of this paper suggests that the machinery of W-TFTs may find its applications in many different areas of modern science studying various physical realizations of SOC. It also suggests that there may in principle exist a connection between some SOC's and the concept of topological quantum computing.

  1. Towards a controlled study of the QCD critical point

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    de Forcrand, Ph; Philipsen, O.

    2008-10-01

    The phase diagram of QCD, as a function of temperature T and quark chemical potential μ, may contain a critical point (μE, TE) whose non-perturbative nature makes it a natural object of lattice studies. However, the sign problem prevents the application of standard Monte Carlo techniques at nonzero baryon density. We have been pursuing an approach free of the sign problem, where the chemical potential is taken as imaginary and the results are Taylor expanded in μ/T about μ = 0, then analytically continued to real μ. Within this approach we have determined the sensitivity of the critical chemical potential μE to the quark mass, d(\\mu_E)^2/dm_q|_{\\mu_E=0} . Our study indicates that the critical point moves to a larger chemical potential as the quark mass decreases. This finding, contrary to common wisdom, implies that the deconfinement crossover, which takes place in QCD at μ = 0 when the temperature is raised, will remain a crossover in the μ-region where our Taylor expansion can be trusted. If this result, obtained on a coarse lattice, is confirmed by simulations on finer lattices now in progress, then we predict that no chiral critical point will be found for μB lsim 500 MeV, unless the phase diagram contains additional transitions.

  2. Reflective practice: a critical analysis of data-based studies and implications for nursing education.

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    Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A

    2003-11-01

    Reflective practice has become part of the discourse of nursing education classrooms, conferences, and journals, and are popular features of nursing continuing education programs. Yet, the idea of reflective practice has become increasingly more disparate. This critical analysis examines data-based studies and provides an overview of reflective practice, discusses common themes that emerged from the studies, and identifies implications for reflective practice in the field of nursing education.

  3. Upper critical field and Raman spectra of MgB2 thin films irradiated with low energy oxygen ion

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    Wang, J.; Zhuang, C. G.; Li, J.; Wang, Y. Z.; Feng, Q. R.; Zheng, D. N.

    2009-11-01

    The structure, upper critical field, and Raman spectrum of epitaxial MgB2 thin films irradiated by 300 keV O2+ ions have been investigated. Lattice parameter c expands after irradiation. There is a significant increase in upper critical field in the moderately irradiated films, while the critical temperature is reduced slightly. The values of critical field at zero temperature exhibit a maximum for samples with a moderate irradiation level for the applied magnetic field both perpendicular and parallel to the film surface. The temperature dependence of the anisotropy parameter, which is defined as the ratio of the upper critical field with the field parallel to the film surface and perpendicular to the film surface, reveals that oxygen ion irradiation mainly affects the σ band at a low irradiation level. With increasing irradiation level, π band scattering is strongly enhanced, and finally both bands are in the dirty limit. A broad peak centered around 570 cm-1 is observed in the Raman spectrum of the unirradiated films, and the peak position has a visible redshift in the irradiated samples. In particular, high-frequency spectral structures appear and become dominant, while the E2g broad band diminishes gradually with increasing irradiation fluence. The results are discussed by considering the disorder-induced change in carrier scattering within and between the σ and π bands and a violation of the Raman selection rules due to oxygen ion irradiation.

  4. Upper critical field and quantum oscillations in tetragonal superconducting FeS

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    Terashima, Taichi; Kikugawa, Naoki; Lin, Hai; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu; Nomoto, Takuya; Suzuki, Katsuhiro; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Uji, Shinya

    2016-09-01

    The magnetoresistance and magnetic torque of FeS are measured in magnetic fields B of up to 18 T down to a temperature of 0.03 K. The superconducting transition temperature is found to be Tc=4.1 K , and the anisotropy ratio of the upper critical field Bc 2 at Tc is estimated from the initial slopes to be Γ (Tc)=6.9 . Bc 2(0 ) is estimated to be 2.2 and 0.36 T for B ∥a b and c , respectively. Quantum oscillations are observed in both the resistance and torque. Two frequencies F =0.15 and 0.20 kT are resolved and assigned to a quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surface cylinder. The carrier density and Sommerfeld coefficient associated with this cylinder are estimated to be 5.8 ×10-3 carriers/Fe and 0.48 mJ /(K2mol ) , respectively. Other Fermi surface pockets still remain to be found. Band-structure calculations are performed and compared to the experimental results.

  5. Mixed method nursing studies: a critical realist critique.

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    Lipscomb, Martin

    2008-01-01

    Mixed method study designs are becoming increasingly popular among nurse researchers. Mixed studies can have advantages over single method or methodological investigative designs. However, these advantages may be squandered where researchers fail to think through and justify their theoretic decisions. This paper argues that nurse researchers do not always pay sufficient heed to the philosophic and theoretic elements of research design and, in consequence, some mixed study reports lack argumentative coherence and validity. It is here suggested that Hempel's concept of equivalence can be stretched to usefully illustrate one of the main threats to argumentative coherence in mixed study design. The critical realist theory of Roy Bhaskar is then introduced and this, it is proposed, offers one means by which Hempel's equivalence dilemma can be overcome. Critical realists recognize the existence of logical connections between the ontological, epistemological, and methodological premises that underpin their work. They are therefore more likely to produce coherent studies than uncritical pragmatists who ignore such linkages and, paradoxically, critical realists can be epistemological pluralists because, in re-conceptualizing the ontological basis of inquiry, problems associated with the mixing of alternative metaphysics are circumvented.

  6. Decoupling survives inflation: a critical look at effective field theory violations during inflation

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    Avgoustidis, Anastasios; Cremonini, Sera; Davis, Anne-Christine; Ribeiro, Raquel H.; Turzyński, Krzysztof; Watson, Scott E-mail: S.Cremonini@damtp.cam.ac.uk E-mail: R.Ribeiro@damtp.cam.ac.uk E-mail: gswatson@syr.edu

    2012-06-01

    We investigate the validity of effective field theory methods and the decoupling of heavy fields during inflation. Considering models of inflation in which the inflaton is coupled to a heavy (super-Hubble) degree of freedom initially in its vacuum state, we find that violations of decoupling are absent unless there is a breakdown of the slow-roll conditions. Next we allow for a temporary departure from inflation resulting in a period of non-adiabaticity during which effective field theory methods are known to fail. We find that the locality of the event and energy conservation lead to a tight bound on the size of the effects of the heavy field. We discuss the implications for the power spectrum and non-gaussianity, and comment on the connection with recent studies of the dynamics of multi-field inflation models. Our results further motivate the use of effective field theory methods to characterize cosmic inflation, and focus the question of observability of additional degrees of freedom during inflation to near the Hubble scale or below — as anticipated from the Wilsonian notions of decoupling and naturalness.

  7. Numerical study of multicomponent droplet vaporization at near critical conditions

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    Hsieh, Kwang-Chung; Shuen, Jian-Shun; Yang, Vigor

    1988-01-01

    A comprehensive numerical analysis of multicomponent droplet vaporization at near critical conditions has been carried out. The model is based on the full time-dependent conservation equations and accommodates various important high-pressure phenomena. As an example, the case involving a two-component (n-pentane and n-octane) fuel droplet in nitrogen gas is studied. The influences of transient effects, surface regression, ambient gas solubility, and phase-equilibrium relations on vaporization mechanisms are examined in detail.

  8. Use of intuition by critical care nurses: a phenomenological study

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    Hassani, Parkhide; Abdi, Alireza; Jalali, Rostam; Salari, Nader

    2016-01-01

    Background Intuition is defined as an irrational unconscious type of knowing. This concept was incorporated into nursing discipline for 3 decades, but nowadays its application is uncertain and ignored by educational institutions. Therefore, this study aimed to explore critical care nurses’ understanding of the use of intuition in clinical practice. Materials and methods In a descriptive phenomenological study, 12 nurses employed in critical care units of the hospitals affiliated with Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, were recruited to a study using purposive, semistructured interviews, which were then written down verbatim. The data were managed by MaxQDA 10 software and analyzed as qualitative, with Colaizzi’s seven-stage approach. Results Of the 12 nurses who participated in the study, seven (58.3%) were female and married, 88.3% (ten) had a Bachelor of Nursing (BSc) degree, and the means ± SD of age, job experience, and critical care experience were 36.66±7.01, 13.75±6.82, and 7.66±3.36 years, respectively. We extracted three main themes, namely “patient conditions”, “nurse readiness”, and “outcome”, and seven subthemes – including “clinical signs”, “patient behaviors”, “prognosis”, “being sensitive”, “desire to act”, “prediction”, and “satisfaction” – integral to understanding the use of intuition in clinical practice by critical care nurses. Conclusion The findings showed that some nurses were attracted by the patients’ conditions and were more intuitive about them, and following their intuition prepared the nurses to under-take more appropriate measures. The positive results that the majority of the nurses experienced convinced them to follow their intuitions more often. PMID:26929677

  9. Effect of two bands on critical fields in MgB2 thin films with various resistivity values

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    Ferrando, V.; Manfrinetti, P.; Marré, D.; Putti, M.; Sheikin, I.; Tarantini, C.; Ferdeghini, C.

    2003-09-01

    Upper critical fields of four MgB2 thin films were measured up to 28 T at Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The films were grown by pulsed laser deposition and showed critical temperatures ranging between 29.5 and 38.8 K and resistivities at 40 K varying from 5 to 50 μΩ cm. The critical fields in the perpendicular direction turned out to be in the 13 24 T range while they were estimated to be in 42 57 T range for ab planes. In contrast to the prediction of the BCS theory, we did not observe any saturation at low temperatures: a linear temperature dependence is exhibited even at lowest temperatures at which we made the measurements. Moreover, the critical field values seemed not to depend on the normal state resistivity value. In this paper, we analyze these data considering the multiband nature of superconductivity in MgB2. We will show how the scattering mechanisms that determine critical fields and resistivity can be different.

  10. Cancer support groups: a critical review of empirical studies.

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    Gottlieb, Benjamin H; Wachala, Elizabeth D

    2007-05-01

    Support groups for adults affected by cancer are widely offered by local community and national agencies in North America. This type of psychosocial intervention is defined in terms of its structure and functions, and its theoretical underpinnings and models of practice are described. Forty-four empirical studies of professionally led cancer support groups are summarized and critically reviewed. These studies include 32 outcome evaluations of randomized controlled trials, two process evaluations, and 10 consumer satisfaction studies. The findings reveal high levels of consumer satisfaction, and the outcome evaluations substantiate the morale and other quality of life benefits short of prolonging life. Discussion centers on priorities for future research and practice.

  11. Numerical analysis of temperature field improvement with nanoparticles designed to achieve critical power dissipation in magnetic hyperthermia

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    Tang, Yundong; Flesch, Rodolfo C. C.; Jin, Tao

    2017-07-01

    Magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) hyperthermia is a promising emerging therapy for cancer treatment that is minimally invasive and has been successfully used to treat different types of tumors. The power dissipation of MNPs, which is one of the most important factors during a hyperthermia treatment, is determined by the properties of MNPs and characteristics of the magnetic field. This paper proposes a method based on the finite element analysis for determining the value of the power dissipation of particles (PDP) that can maximize the average temperature of the tumor during treatment and at the same time guarantee that the maximum temperature is within the therapeutic range. The application of the critical PDP value can improve the effectiveness of the treatment since it increases the average temperature in the tumor region while limiting the damage to the healthy tissue that surrounds it. After the critical PDP is determined for a specific model, it is shown how the properties of the MNPs can be chosen to achieve the desired PDP value. The transient behavior of the temperature distribution for two different models considering blood vessels is analyzed as a case study, showing that the presence of a blood vessel inside the tumor region can significantly decrease the uniformity of the temperature field and also increase the treatment duration given its cooling effects. To present a solution that does not depend upon a good model of the tumor region, an alternative method that uses MNPs with low Curie temperature is proposed, given the temperature self-regulating properties of such MNPs. The results demonstrate that the uniformity of the temperature field can be significantly increased by combining the optimization procedure proposed in this paper with the use of low-Curie-temperature MNPs.

  12. Incubating knowledge: A critical exploration with teachers studying live chickens

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    Rauchwerk, Susan I.

    This thesis documents a professional development workshop conducted with eight teachers who worked at Drumlin Farm, an outdoor education center, organic farm and wildlife sanctuary (Appendix C). The participants studied live chickens for eight consecutive workshop sessions. Seven years later the same group met for two follow-up sessions to discuss the effects of the workshop on their teaching practice. The workshop and follow-up sessions were conducted using a teaching-research method developed by Eleanor Duckworth called critical exploration (Duckworth, in press). In this thesis, findings from the eight-week workshop and the two followup sessions are documented in a narrative format showing how and what individuals and the group as a whole, came to understand from studying live chickens, as well as the process and application of the critical exploration method. Over the course of the workshop and the follow-up sessions, group explorations focused on the biological concept of broodiness (the desire to sit, tend, and hatch eggs) in domestic laying hens. In the process of developing and investigating their questions about broodiness, the participants developed and used a scientific process. Their experiences as learners in critical exploration with chickens as the subject matter, resulted in participants both thinking about, and modifying, their ideas about teaching and learning.

  13. Surgery resident selection and evaluation. A critical incident study.

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    Edwards, J C; Currie, M L; Wade, T P; Kaminski, D L

    1993-03-01

    This article reports a study of the process of selecting and evaluating general surgery residents. In personnel psychology terms, a job analysis of general surgery was conducted using the Critical Incident Technique (CIT). The researchers collected 235 critical incidents through structured interviews with 10 general surgery faculty members and four senior residents. The researchers then directed the surgeons in a two-step process of sorting the incidents into categories and naming the categories. The final essential categories of behavior to define surgical competence were derived through discussion among the surgeons until a consensus was formed. Those categories are knowledge/self-education, clinical performance, diagnostic skills, surgical skills, communication skills, reliability, integrity, compassion, organization skills, motivation, emotional control, and personal appearance. These categories were then used to develop an interview evaluation form for selection purposes and a performance evaluation form to be used throughout residency training. Thus a continuum of evaluation was established. The categories and critical incidents were also used to structure the interview process, which has demonstrated increased interview validity and reliability in many other studies. A handbook for structuring the interviews faculty members conduct with applicants was written, and an interview training session was held with the faculty. The process of implementation of the structured selection interviews is being documented currently through qualitative research.

  14. Critical Thinking Motivational Scale: A Contribution to the Study of Relationship between Critical Thinking and Motivation

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    Valenzuela, Jorge; Nieto, Ana M.; Saiz, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: The present work reports the characteristics of an instrument measuring the degree of motivation that people possess to think critically. The "Critical Thinking Motivation Scales" ("CTMS") is based on a theoretical option that affords precedence to the perspective of motivation for over the perspective of dispositions. Motivation is…

  15. Learning Work: A Critical Pedagogy of Work Education. Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.

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    Simon, Roger I.; And Others

    Through discussions of teaching practice and actual lesson suggestions, this book clarifies how the viewpoint of critical pedagogy can be used to develop a clear and principled practice of work education. The introduction provides a brief discussion of how critical pedagogy is understood and how it relates to work education. Chapter 1 situates the…

  16. Naturalistic Field Studies of Sleep and Performance

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    2010-05-01

    AD_________________ Award Number: W81XWH-05-1-0099 TITLE: Naturalistic Field Studies of Sleep and...5a. CONTRACT NUMBER Naturalistic Field Studies of Sleep and Performance 5b. GRANT NUMBER W81XWH-05-1-0099 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6...Center (SPRC) conducts human and animal  studies  in laboratory and field settings in support of basic and applied sleep  research at Washington State

  17. Superconductivity and critical fields in undoped and Sn-doped MoSr 2YCu 2O 8-δ

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    Balchev, N.; Nenkov, K.; Antonov, V.; Pirov, J.; Kunev, B.

    2010-12-01

    Samples with nominal compositions MoSn xSr 2YCu 2O 8-δ (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.075) were synthesized and their superconducting and magnetotransport properties were investigated. It was established that the optimum Sn-doping ( x = 0.02 and 0.03) increases the T c of the undoped MoSr 2YCu 2O 8-δ. The upper critical fields of the samples were determined using magnetization, susceptibility and resistivity measurements. It was established that the Sn-doping weakly affects the first and the intragrain second critical field of Mo-1212 but enhances the extrapolated to T = 0 (i.e. the intergrain) upper critical field. The observed phenomena were discussed on the basis of the Josephson-junction-arrays model. A phenomenological expression describing the temperature dependency of the susceptibility of Mo-1212 was found.

  18. Shell thickness and dynamic magnetic field effects on the critical phenomena of magnetic core-shell nanoparticles with spherical geometry

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    Yüksel, Yusuf

    2017-03-01

    By using Monte Carlo simulations for classical Heisenberg spins, we study the critical phenomena and ferrimagnetic properties of spherical nanoparticles with core-shell geometry. The particle core is composed of ferromagnetic spins, and it is coated by a ferromagnetic shell. Total size of the particle is fixed but the thickness of the shell is varied in such a way that the shell layer is grown at the expense of the core. Effects of the shell thickness, as well as dynamic magnetic field parameters such as oscillation period and field amplitude on the magnetization profiles, dynamic hysteresis loops and phase diagrams have been investigated for the present system. It has been found that as the shell thickness varies then the easy axis magnetization of the overall system may exhibit Q-, P-, L- and N- type behaviors based on the Neél terminology. We also found that three distinct anomalies originate in the thermal variation of specific heat with increasing field period. Dynamic hysteresis loops corresponding to off-axial magnetization components exhibit unconventional behavior such as double rings with symmetric shapes around the vertical axis over the h (t) = 0 line which may originate due to the stochastic resonance behavior of these components.

  19. A Multinational Study of Thromboprophylaxis Practice in Critically Ill Children*

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    Faustino, Edward Vincent S.; Hanson, Sheila; Spinella, Philip C.; Tucci, Marisa; O'Brien, Sarah H.; Nunez, Antonio Rodriguez; Yung, Michael; Truemper, Edward; Qin, Li; Li, Simon; Marohn, Kimberly; Randolph, Adrienne G.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Although critically ill children are at increased risk for developing deep venous thrombosis, there are few pediatric studies establishing the prevalence of thrombosis or the efficacy of thromboprophylaxis. We tested the hypothesis that thromboprophylaxis is infrequently used in critically ill children even for those in whom it is indicated. Design Prospective multinational cross-sectional study over four study dates in 2012. Setting Fifty-nine PICUs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. Patients All patients less than 18 years old in the PICU during the study dates and times were included in the study, unless the patients were 1) boarding in the unit waiting for a bed outside the PICU or 2) receiving therapeutic anticoagulation. Interventions None. Measurements and Main Results Of 2,484 children in the study, 2,159 (86.9%) had greater than or equal to 1 risk factor for thrombosis. Only 308 children (12.4%) were receiving pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis (e.g., aspirin, low-molecular-weight heparin, or unfractionated heparin). Of 430 children indicated to receive pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis based on consensus recommendations, only 149 (34.7%) were receiving it. Mechanical thromboprophylaxis was used in 156 of 655 children (23.8%) 8 years old or older, the youngest age for that device. Using nonlinear mixed effects model, presence of cyanotic congenital heart disease (odds ratio, 7.35; p < 0.001) and spinal cord injury (odds ratio, 8.85; p = 0.008) strongly predicted the use of pharmacologic and mechanical thromboprophylaxis, respectively. Conclusions Thromboprophylaxis is infrequently used in critically ill children. This is true even for children at high risk of thrombosis where consensus guidelines recommend pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis. PMID:24351371

  20. A multinational study of thromboprophylaxis practice in critically ill children.

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    Faustino, Edward Vincent S; Hanson, Sheila; Spinella, Philip C; Tucci, Marisa; O'Brien, Sarah H; Nunez, Antonio Rodriguez; Yung, Michael; Truemper, Edward; Qin, Li; Li, Simon; Marohn, Kimberly; Randolph, Adrienne G

    2014-05-01

    Although critically ill children are at increased risk for developing deep venous thrombosis, there are few pediatric studies establishing the prevalence of thrombosis or the efficacy of thromboprophylaxis. We tested the hypothesis that thromboprophylaxis is infrequently used in critically ill children even for those in whom it is indicated. Prospective multinational cross-sectional study over four study dates in 2012. Fifty-nine PICUs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. All patients less than 18 years old in the PICU during the study dates and times were included in the study, unless the patients were 1) boarding in the unit waiting for a bed outside the PICU or 2) receiving therapeutic anticoagulation. None. Of 2,484 children in the study, 2,159 (86.9%) had greater than or equal to 1 risk factor for thrombosis. Only 308 children (12.4%) were receiving pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis (e.g., aspirin, low-molecular-weight heparin, or unfractionated heparin). Of 430 children indicated to receive pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis based on consensus recommendations, only 149 (34.7%) were receiving it. Mechanical thromboprophylaxis was used in 156 of 655 children (23.8%) 8 years old or older, the youngest age for that device. Using nonlinear mixed effects model, presence of cyanotic congenital heart disease (odds ratio, 7.35; p < 0.001) and spinal cord injury (odds ratio, 8.85; p = 0.008) strongly predicted the use of pharmacologic and mechanical thromboprophylaxis, respectively. Thromboprophylaxis is infrequently used in critically ill children. This is true even for children at high risk of thrombosis where consensus guidelines recommend pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis.

  1. Behavior analytic studies of creativity: A critical review

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    Winston, Andrew S.; Baker, Joanne E.

    1985-01-01

    Studies that treat creativity as operant behavior were critically reviewed. Of the twenty studies, most met minimal requirements for methodological adequacy; all provided at least some evidence for increased creative responding. Major difficulties involved potential confounds between instructions and contingencies, lack of an independent record of the training interaction, lack of social validation data, and very limited evidence for generalization. Several issues were discussed: problems in the behavioral definition of creativity, objections to the use of contingent reinforcement, and the need for empirical analysis of the creative process. PMID:22478636

  2. Simulation study of the ionizing front in the critical ionization velocity phenomenon

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    Machida, S.; Goertz, C. K.; Lu, G.

    1988-01-01

    The simulation of the critical ionization velocity for a neutral gas cloud moving across the static magnetic field is presented. A low-beta plasma is studied, using a two and a half-dimensional electrostatic code linked with the Plasma and Neutral Interaction Code (Goertz and Machida, 1987). The physics of the ionizing front and the instabilities which occur there are discussed. Results are presented from four numerical runs designed so that the effects of the charge separation field can be distinguished from the wave heating.

  3. Soil Production and Transport Perspectives on Critical Zone Studies

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    Heimsath, A. M.; Foster, M.; Whipple, K. X.

    2015-12-01

    Quantifying soil production and transport rates and processes is a key aspect of most critical zone studies. Methodologies range from relatively straightforward, low cost studies like sediment traps and basin volume estimates to sophisticated and expensive studies using chemical and physical tracers and isotope geochemistry. Inherent in all methodologies are assumptions and simplifications that enable any measurement to be translated to a rate and interpreted in terms of process mechanics. For example, quantifying soil production using in situ cosmogenic nuclides measured in the parent material beneath an upland mobile regolith mantle depends on assuming a locally steady state soil thickness (i.e. neither thinning or thickening with time). Similarly, utilizing hillslope-scale sediment traps or landscape-scale basin analyses depends on assumptions of steady state processes and constraining the timescales represented by the captured sediment. As our analyses of landscapes have expanded into the details of how spatial and temporal gradients of all driving variables (lithology, climate, tectonics, distribution of biota, etc.) influence landscape evolution, our adherence to the assumptions and simplifications necessitated by our methods becomes questionable. Here we provide content analyses of recent and ongoing studies quantifying soil production and transport processes across a range of climatic, geologic and tectonic regimes. We code the studies for their inclusion and use of assumptions and simplifications necessary to ensure that the methodologies apply to their intended use. These analyses provide an important perspective on the use of quantitative methods and offer both a complimentary and cautionary views on critical zone studies in general.

  4. Determination of the critical coupling of explosive synchronization transitions in scale-free networks by mean-field approximations.

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    Peron, Thomas Kauê Dal'maso; Rodrigues, Francisco A

    2012-11-01

    An explosive synchronization can be observed in scale-free networks when Kuramoto oscillators have natural frequencies equal to their number of connections. The present paper reports on mean-field approximations to determine the critical coupling of such explosive synchronization. It has been verified that the equation obtained for the critical coupling has an inverse dependence on the network average degree. This expression differs from those whose frequency distributions are unimodal and even. In this case, the critical coupling depends on the ratio between the first and second statistical moments of the degree distribution. Numerical simulations were also conducted to verify our analytical results.

  5. Magnetic-field-induced quantum criticality in a spin-1 planar ferromagnet with single-ion anisotropy

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    Mercaldo, Maria Teresa; Rabuffo, Ileana; Decesare, Luigi; Caramicod'Auria, Alvaro

    2014-03-01

    The effects of single-ion anisotropy on field-induced quantum criticality in spin-1 planar ferromagnet is explored by means of the two-time Green's function method. We work at the Tyablikov decoupling level for exchange interactions and the Anderson-Callen decoupling level for single-ion anisotropy. In our analysis a longitudinal external magnetic field is used as the non-thermal control parameter and the phase diagram and the quantum critical properties are established for suitable values of the single-ion anisotropy parameter. We find that the single-ion anisotropy has sensible effects on the structure of the phase diagram close to the quantum critical point. Indeed, for values of the uniaxial crystal-field parameter above a positive threshold a re-entrant behavior appears for the critical line, while above this value the conventional magnetic-field-induced quantum critical scenario remains unchanged. M. T. Mercaldo, I. Rabuffo, L. De Cesare, A. Caramico D'Auria, Eur. Phys. J. B 86, 340 (2013)

  6. Quantum critical scaling for field-induced quantum phase transition in a periodic Anderson-like model polymer chain

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    Ding, L. J.; Zhong, Y.

    2017-07-01

    The quantum phase transition and thermodynamics of a periodic Anderson-like polymer chain in a magnetic field are investigated by Green's function theory. The T-h phase diagram is explored, wherein a crossover temperature T∗ denoting the gapless phase crossover into quantum critical regimes, smoothly connects near the critical fields to the universal linear line T∗ ∼ (h - hc,s), and ends at hc,s, providing a new route to capture quantum critical point (QCP). The quantum critical scaling around QCPs is demonstrated by analyzing magnetization, specific heat and Grüneisen parameter Γh, which provide direct access to distill the power-law critical exponents (β, δ and α) obeying the critical scaling relation α + β(1 + δ) = 2, analogous to the quantum spin system. Furthermore, scaling hypothesis equations are proposed to check the scaling analysis, for which all the data collapse onto a single curve or two independent branches for the plot against an appropriate scaling variable, indicating the self-consistency and reliability of the obtained critical exponents.

  7. Critical collapse of a rotating scalar field in 2 +1 dimensions

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    JałmuŻna, Joanna; Gundlach, Carsten

    2017-04-01

    We carry out numerical simulations of the collapse of a complex rotating scalar field of the form Ψ (t ,r ,θ )=ei m θΦ (t ,r ), giving rise to an axisymmetric metric, in 2 +1 spacetime dimensions with cosmological constant Λ <0 , for m =0 , 1, 2, for four one-parameter families of initial data. We look for the familiar scaling of black hole mass and maximal Ricci curvature as a power of |p -p*|, where p is the amplitude of our initial data and p* some threshold. We find evidence of Ricci scaling for all families, and tentative evidence of mass scaling for most families, but the case m >0 is very different from the case m =0 we have considered before: the thresholds for mass scaling and Ricci scaling are significantly different (for the same family); scaling stops well above the scale set by Λ , and the exponents depend strongly on the family. Hence, in contrast to the m =0 case, and to many other self-gravitating systems, there is only weak evidence for the collapse threshold being controlled by a self-similar critical solution and no evidence for it being universal.

  8. Effect of equatorial line nodes on the upper critical field and London penetration depth

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    Kogan, V G; Prozorov, R

    2014-09-01

    The upper critical field Hc2 and its anisotropy are calculated for order parameters with line nodes at the equators, kz=0, of the Fermi surface of uniaxial superconductors. It is shown that characteristic features found in Fe-based materials (a nearly linear Hc2(T) in a broad T domain, a low and increasing on warming anisotropy γH=Hc2,ab/Hc2,c) can be caused by competing effects of the equatorial nodes and of the Fermi surface anisotropy. For certain material parameters, γH(T)-1 may change sign upon warming, in agreement with the recorded behavior of FeTeS systems. It is also shown that the anisotropy of the penetration depth γλ=λc/λab decreases upon warming to reach γH at Tc, in agreement with data available. For some materials γλ(T) may change upon warming, from γλ>1 at low Ts to γλ<1 at high Ts.

  9. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; ...

    2017-02-17

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ~90 T—the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-couplingmore » superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn–Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. Lastly, these results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.« less

  10. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; Takabayashi, Y.; Colman, R. H.; McDonald, R. D.; Rosseinsky, M. J.; Prassides, K.; Iwasa, Y.

    2017-02-01

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ~90 T--the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.

  11. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; Takabayashi, Y.; Colman, R. H.; McDonald, R. D.; Rosseinsky, M. J.; Prassides, K.; Iwasa, Y.

    2017-01-01

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ∼90 T—the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn–Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2. PMID:28211544

  12. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors.

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    Kasahara, Y; Takeuchi, Y; Zadik, R H; Takabayashi, Y; Colman, R H; McDonald, R D; Rosseinsky, M J; Prassides, K; Iwasa, Y

    2017-02-17

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ∼90 T-the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.

  13. Disordered nanocrystalline superconducting PbMo6S8 with a very large upper critical field.

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    Niu, H J; Hampshire, D P

    2003-07-11

    Large increases in the upper critical field B(C2)(0) are reported in bulk superconductors that demonstrate another novel property for nanocrystalline materials. Disordered nanocrystalline PbMo6S8 superconductors were fabricated by mechanical milling and hot isostatic pressing. Conventional PbMo6S8 has B(C2)(0) approximately 50 T. The nanocrystalline materials have higher resistivity (rho(N)) and B(C2)(0) approximately 100 T. The disorder produced in these nanocrystalline materials is significantly different from that produced by doping because it increases rho(N) and, hence, B(C2)(0) without significantly reducing the electronic density of states or superconducting transition temperature (T(C)). Furthermore, the disorder reduces the electron mean-free path to approximately 1 nm which is more than an order of magnitude smaller than the grain size and necessary to achieve the unprecedented increase in B(C2)(0).

  14. Study on the critical properties of thin magnetic films using the clock model

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    Nguyen, T.-L. H.; Thanh Ngo, V.

    2017-03-01

    We study the critical behaviour of very thin magnetic films. This system can be described by the q-state clock model. In order to determine the critical exponents of the system when there exists the Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless phase between the two phase transitions, we introduce a new technique for calculating the order parameter. The simulation is performed by very high-resolution Monte Carlo method with including the Wang–Landau algorithm. The results showed that the Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless phase starts to occur when q≥slant 3 with a small symmetry breaking field. We obtained not only the critical exponents of a common transition at high temperature but also the ones of unclear transition at low temperature.

  15. Quantum criticality in a magnetic chain with two- and four-spin interactions in a transverse field

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    de Alcantara Bonfim, O. F.; Saguia, A.; Boechat, B.; Florencio, J.

    2015-03-01

    We use entanglement entropy and finite-size scaling methods to investigate the ground-state properties of a spin - 1 / 2 Ising chain with two-spin (J2) and four-spin (J4) interactions in a transverse magnetic field (B). We concentrate our study on the unexplored critical region B = 1 and obtain the phase diagram of the model in the (J4-J2) plane. The phases found include ferromagnetic (F), antiferromagnetic (AF), as well as more complex phases involving spin configurations with multiple periodicity. The system presents both first and second order transitions separated by tricritical points. We find an unusual phase boundary on the semi-infinite segment (J4 < - 1 , J2 =0) separating the F and AF phases.

  16. Critical care physician cognitive task analysis: an exploratory study.

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    Fackler, James C; Watts, Charles; Grome, Anna; Miller, Thomas; Crandall, Beth; Pronovost, Peter

    2009-01-01

    For better or worse, the imposition of work-hour limitations on house-staff has imperiled continuity and/or improved decision-making. Regardless, the workflow of every physician team in every academic medical centre has been irrevocably altered. We explored the use of cognitive task analysis (CTA) techniques, most commonly used in other high-stress and time-sensitive environments, to analyse key cognitive activities in critical care medicine. The study objective was to assess the usefulness of CTA as an analytical tool in order that physician cognitive tasks may be understood and redistributed within the work-hour limited medical decision-making teams. After approval from each Institutional Review Board, two intensive care units (ICUs) within major university teaching hospitals served as data collection sites for CTA observations and interviews of critical care providers. Five broad categories of cognitive activities were identified: pattern recognition; uncertainty management; strategic vs. tactical thinking; team coordination and maintenance of common ground; and creation and transfer of meaning through stories. CTA within the framework of Naturalistic Decision Making is a useful tool to understand the critical care process of decision-making and communication. The separation of strategic and tactical thinking has implications for workflow redesign. Given the global push for work-hour limitations, such workflow redesign is occurring. Further work with CTA techniques will provide important insights toward rational, rather than random, workflow changes.

  17. Critical care physician cognitive task analysis: an exploratory study

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    Fackler, James C; Watts, Charles; Grome, Anna; Miller, Thomas; Crandall, Beth; Pronovost, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Introduction For better or worse, the imposition of work-hour limitations on house-staff has imperiled continuity and/or improved decision-making. Regardless, the workflow of every physician team in every academic medical centre has been irrevocably altered. We explored the use of cognitive task analysis (CTA) techniques, most commonly used in other high-stress and time-sensitive environments, to analyse key cognitive activities in critical care medicine. The study objective was to assess the usefulness of CTA as an analytical tool in order that physician cognitive tasks may be understood and redistributed within the work-hour limited medical decision-making teams. Methods After approval from each Institutional Review Board, two intensive care units (ICUs) within major university teaching hospitals served as data collection sites for CTA observations and interviews of critical care providers. Results Five broad categories of cognitive activities were identified: pattern recognition; uncertainty management; strategic vs. tactical thinking; team coordination and maintenance of common ground; and creation and transfer of meaning through stories. Conclusions CTA within the framework of Naturalistic Decision Making is a useful tool to understand the critical care process of decision-making and communication. The separation of strategic and tactical thinking has implications for workflow redesign. Given the global push for work-hour limitations, such workflow redesign is occurring. Further work with CTA techniques will provide important insights toward rational, rather than random, workflow changes. PMID:19265517

  18. Critical Pertussis Illness in Children, A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study

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    Berger, John T.; Carcillo, Joseph A.; Shanley, Thomas P.; Wessel, David L.; Clark, Amy; Holubkov, Richard; Meert, Kathleen L.; Newth, Christopher J.L.; Berg, Robert A.; Heidemann, Sabrina; Harrison, Rick; Pollack, Murray; Dalton, Heidi; Harvill, Eric; Karanikas, Alexia; Liu, Teresa; Burr, Jeri S.; Doctor, Allan; Dean, J. Michael; Jenkins, Tammara L.; Nicholson, Carol E.

    2013-01-01

    Objective Pertussis persists in the United States despite high immunization rates. The present report characterizes the presentation and acute course of critical pertussis by quantifying demographic data, laboratory findings, clinical complications, and critical care therapies required among children requiring admission to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Eight PICUs comprising the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network and 17 additional PICUs across the United States. Patients Eligible patients had laboratory confirmation of pertussis infection, were < 18 years of age, and died in the PICU or were admitted to the PICU for at least 24 hours between June 2008 and August 2011. Interventions None. Measurements and Main Results 127 patients were identified. Median age was 49 days, and 105 (83%) patients were < 3 months of age. Fifty-five (43%) required mechanical ventilation. Twelve (9.4%) died during initial hospitalization. Pulmonary hypertension was found in 16 patients (12.5%), and was present in 75% of patients who died, compared with 6% of survivors (p< 0.001). Median white blood cell count (WBC) was significantly higher in those requiring mechanical ventilation (p<0.001), those with pulmonary hypertension (p<0.001) and non-survivors (p<0.001). Age, sex and immunization status did not differ between survivors and non-survivors. Fourteen patients received leukoreduction therapy (exchange transfusion (12), leukopheresis (1) or both (1)). Survival benefit was not apparent. Conclusions Pulmonary hypertension may be associated with mortality in pertussis critical illness. Elevated WBC is associated with the need for mechanical ventilation, pulmonary hypertension, and mortality risk. Research is indicated to elucidate how pulmonary hypertension, immune responsiveness, and elevated WBC contribute to morbidity and mortality

  19. Anisotropic upper critical field of single crystal RNi[sub 2]B[sub 2]C (R = Y, Lu)

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    Du Mar, A.C.; Rathnayaka, K.D.D.; Naugle, D.G. . Dept. of Physics); Canfield, P.C. . Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Ames Lab., IA )

    1998-12-20

    Measurements of the anisotropic upper critical field curves have been extended for YNi[sub 2]B[sub 2]C and LuNi[sub 2]B[sub 2]C ([Tc] = 15.6 K and 16.1 K, respectively). Measurements of R(T, H) were taken along the crystallographic directions of (100) and (110). The resulting critical fields show an upward curvature near [Tc] and a linear behavior at low temperature, which continues to below 2 K with little, if any, sign of saturation.

  20. Depinning transition of a driven interface in the random-field Ising model around the upper critical dimension.

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    Roters, L; Lübeck, S; Usadel, K D

    2002-08-01

    We investigate the depinning transition for driven interfaces in the random-field Ising model for various dimensions. We consider the order parameter as a function of the control parameter (driving field) and examine the effect of thermal fluctuations. Although thermal fluctuations drive the system away from criticality, the order parameter obeys a certain scaling law for sufficiently low temperatures and the corresponding exponents are determined. Our results suggest that the so-called upper critical dimension of the depinning transition is five and that the systems belongs to the universality class of the quenched Edward-Wilkinson equation.

  1. Depinning transition of a driven interface in the random-field Ising model around the upper critical dimension.

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    Roters, L; Lübeck, S; Usadel, K D

    2002-12-01

    We investigate the depinning transition for driven interfaces in the random-field Ising model for various dimensions. We consider the order parameter as a function of the control parameter (driving field) and examine the effect of thermal fluctuations. Although thermal fluctuations drive the system away from criticality, the order parameter obeys a certain scaling law for sufficiently low temperatures and the corresponding exponents are determined. Our results suggest that the so-called upper critical dimension of the depinning transition is five and that the systems belongs to the universality class of the quenched Edward-Wilkinson equation.

  2. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of the critical current in polycrystalline Ba2YCu3O(y)

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    Obara, H.; Yamasaki, H.; Kimura, Y.; Higashida, Y.; Ishihara, T.

    Temperature and magnetic field dependence on the critical current density Jc of polycrystalline high-Tc oxide superconductor, Ba2YCu3O(y), have been measured. In the low magnetic field range, 0.6 to about 7 kOe, the Jc behavior changed at around 70 K. Below 70 K, Jc showed different temperature dependence between field cooling and zero-field cooling, that is, the Jc value measured when the sample was cooled in a fixed magnetic field, was different from that measured when the sample was cooled in zero magnetic field and then a magnetic field was applied. Above 70 K, however, such different temperature dependence on Jc was not observed. These experimental results can be attributed to the effects of anisotropy. A crossover between the two- and three-dimensional superconductivity is considered to occur.

  3. Currents of Trans/National Criticism in Indigenous Literary Studies

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    Justice, Daniel Heath

    2011-01-01

    Recently, when preparing course materials for English graduate students on the practical skills and theoretical dimensions of teaching literature, the author surveyed the literature on the "state of the field" of literary studies in English (and the entire concept of a liberal arts education), ranging from high-profile monographs to various…

  4. Origin of the anisotropic upper critical fields in single crystals of superconducting rare-earth ternary borides

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    Shenoy, G.K.; Malik, S.K.

    1986-05-01

    Upper-critical-field (H/sub c/2(T)) measurements in single-crystal ErRh/sub 4/B/sub 4/ have revealed a large anisotropy. We show that this anisotropy is a consequence of the crystalline electric fields (CEF's) acting on the Er/sup 3 +/ ion which make the exchange field acting on the conduction electrons anisotropic. A full calculation based on Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg theory with the inclusion of CEF's completely explains the observed anisotropy in H/sub c/2(T) for ErRh/sub 4/B/sub 4/. In addition, the critical-field measurements in ErRh/sub 4/B/sub 4/ provide a means for the reliable determination of the magnitude and the sign of the exchange constant J/sub s/f.

  5. Field-induced magnetic instability and quantum criticality in the antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2.

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    Liu, Yi; Xie, Donghua; Wang, Xiaoying; Zhu, Kangwei; Yang, Ruilong

    2016-01-13

    The magnetic quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems has been considered to be closely related with the occurrence of unconventional superconductivity. Control parameters such as magnetic field, pressure or chemical doping are frequently used to externally tune the quantum phase transition for a deeper understanding. Here we report the research of a field-induced quantum phase transition using conventional bulk physical property measurements in the archetypal antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2, which becomes superconductive under a pressure of about 10 GPa with Tc ~ 0.64 K. We offer strong evidence that short-range dynamic correlations start appearing above a magnetic field of about 5 T. Our demonstrations of the magnetic instability and the field-induced quantum phase transition are crucial for the quantum criticality, which may open a new route in experimental investigations of the quantum phase transition in heavy-fermion systems.

  6. [Economic evaluation studies in diagnostic imaging: justification and critical reading].

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    Rueda Martínez de Santos, J R

    2015-11-01

    First, this article describes the concepts and tools most widely used for economic evaluation in healthcare. Second, it discusses some elements that must be taken into account in the social decision about how much we are willing to spend to prolong a person's life by one year. Third, it describes the criteria recommended for the critical analysis of publications that evaluate the economic aspects of health interventions. Finally, several studies about ultrasound screening for aneurysms of the abdominal aorta are used as illustrative examples to show how these elements and criteria can be applied. Copyright © 2015 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  7. Cost-of-illness studies: a guide to critical evaluation.

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    Larg, Allison; Moss, John R

    2011-08-01

    Cost-of-illness (COI) studies aim to assess the economic burden of health problems on the population overall, and they are conducted for an ever widening range of health conditions and geographical settings. While they attract much interest from public health advocates and healthcare policy makers, inconsistencies in the way in which they are conducted and a lack of transparency in reporting have made interpretation difficult, and have ostensibly limited their usefulness. Yet there is surprisingly little in the literature to assist the non-expert in critically evaluating these studies. This article aims to provide non-expert readers with a straightforward guide to understanding and evaluating traditional COI studies. The intention is to equip a general audience with an understanding of the most important issues that influence the validity of a COI study, and the ability to recognize the most common limitations in such work.

  8. Critical structure factors of bilinear fields in O(N) vector models.

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    Calabrese, Pasquale; Pelissetto, Andrea; Vicari, Ettore

    2002-04-01

    We compute the two-point correlation functions of general quadratic operators in the high-temperature phase of the three-dimensional O(N) vector model by using field-theoretical methods. In particular, we study the small- and large-momentum behavior of the corresponding scaling functions, and give general interpolation formulas based on a dispersive approach. Moreover, we determine the crossover exponent phi(T) associated with the traceless tensorial quadratic field, by computing and analyzing its six-loop perturbative expansion in fixed dimension. We find phi(T)=1.184(12), phi(T)=1.271(21), and phi(T)=1.40(4) for N=2,3,5, respectively.

  9. Study of the critical behavior of the driven lattice gas model with limited nonequilibrium dynamics

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    Saracco, Gustavo P.; Rubio Puzzo, M. Leticia; Bab, Marisa A.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper the nonequilibrium critical behavior is investigated using a variant of the well-known two-dimensional driven lattice gas (DLG) model, called modified driven lattice gas (MDLG). In this model, the application of the external field is regulated by a parameter p ɛ [ 0 , 1 ] in such a way that if p = 0, the field is not applied, and it becomes the Ising model, while if p = 1, the DLG model is recovered. The behavior of the model is investigated for several values of p by studying the dynamic evolution of the system within the short-time regime in the neighborhood of a phase transition. It is found that the system experiences second-order phase transitions in all the interval of p for the density of particles ρ = 0.5. The determined critical temperatures Tc(p) are greater than the critical temperature of the Ising model TcI, and increase with p up to the critical temperature of the DLG model in the limit of infinite driving fields. The dependence of Tc(p) on p is compatible with a power-law behavior whose exponent is ψ = 0.27(3) . Furthermore, the complete set of the critical and the anisotropic exponents is estimated. For the smallest value of p, the ​dynamics and β exponents are close to that calculated for the Ising model, and the anisotropic exponent Δ is near zero. As p is increased, the exponents and Δ change, meaning that the anisotropy effects increase. For the largest value investigated, the set of exponents approaches to that reported by the most recent theoretical framework developed for the DLG model.

  10. A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF NONLINEAR FORCE-FREE FIELD MODELING OF THE SOLAR CORONA FOR ACTIVE REGION 10953

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    DeRosa, Marc L.; Schrijver, Carolus J.; Aschwanden, Markus J.; Cheung, Mark C. M.; Lites, Bruce W.; Amari, Tahar; Canou, Aurelien; McTiernan, James M.; Regnier, Stephane; Thalmann, Julia K.; Wiegelmann, Thomas; Inhester, Bernd; Tadesse, Tilaye; Valori, Gherardo; Wheatland, Michael S.; Conlon, Paul A.; Fuhrmann, Marcel

    2009-05-10

    Nonlinear force-free field (NLFFF) models are thought to be viable tools for investigating the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the coronae of solar active regions. In a series of NLFFF modeling studies, we have found that NLFFF models are successful in application to analytic test cases, and relatively successful when applied to numerically constructed Sun-like test cases, but they are less successful in application to real solar data. Different NLFFF models have been found to have markedly different field line configurations and to provide widely varying estimates of the magnetic free energy in the coronal volume, when applied to solar data. NLFFF models require consistent, force-free vector magnetic boundary data. However, vector magnetogram observations sampling the photosphere, which is dynamic and contains significant Lorentz and buoyancy forces, do not satisfy this requirement, thus creating several major problems for force-free coronal modeling efforts. In this paper, we discuss NLFFF modeling of NOAA Active Region 10953 using Hinode/SOT-SP, Hinode/XRT, STEREO/SECCHI-EUVI, and SOHO/MDI observations, and in the process illustrate three such issues we judge to be critical to the success of NLFFF modeling: (1) vector magnetic field data covering larger areas are needed so that more electric currents associated with the full active regions of interest are measured, (2) the modeling algorithms need a way to accommodate the various uncertainties in the boundary data, and (3) a more realistic physical model is needed to approximate the photosphere-to-corona interface in order to better transform the forced photospheric magnetograms into adequate approximations of nearly force-free fields at the base of the corona. We make recommendations for future modeling efforts to overcome these as yet unsolved problems.

  11. Family members' satisfaction with critical care: a pilot study.

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    Karlsson, Christina; Tisell, Anna; Engström, Asa; Andershed, Birgitta

    2011-01-01

    the aim of this pilot study was to describe family members' satisfaction with the care provided in a Swedish intensive care unit (ICU) based on the following needs: assurance, information, proximity, support, and comfort, which are all included in the Critical Care Family Satisfaction Survey (CCFSS). knowledge concerning satisfaction with care among family members with a critically ill relative in an ICU is important if the family is to be met professionally. the study design was descriptive and retrospective, with a consecutive selection of family members of critically ill people cared for in an ICU. In total 35 family members participated. quantitative analyses based on 20 questions, and a qualitative analysis, based on two open questions was used. The median, average value and percent were computed for every question. The open questions were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. the family members had a high level of satisfaction regarding all groups of needs. They were especially satisfied with flexible visiting hours and the high quality of treatment that the ill person received. The shortcomings that emerged were that family members wanted the physician to be more available for regular talks, the room for relatives was felt to be uncomfortable; and it was felt there were deficiencies in the preparations before the patient's transferral to a ward. the results highlight the family members' need for regular information and the need to improve the environment in the waiting rooms for family members. The ICU staff's competence and their way of encountering the ill person and their family seem to be important for family members' satisfaction with the care.

  12. The upper critical field and its anisotropy in (Li1-x Fe x )OHFe1-y Se

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    Wang, Zhaosheng; Yuan, Jie; Wosnitza, J.; Zhou, Huaxue; Huang, Yulong; Jin, Kui; Zhou, Fang; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2017-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the upper critical field (H c2) in a (Li1-x Fe x )OHFe1-y Se single crystal ({{T}\\text{c}}≈ 40 K) has been determined by means of magnetotransport measurements down to 1.4 K both for inter-plane (H\\parallel c , H\\text{c2}//c ) and in-plane (H\\parallel ab , H\\text{c2}//ab ) field directions in static magnetic fields up to 14 T and pulsed magnetic fields up to 70 T. H\\text{c2}//c exhibits a quasilinear increase with decreasing temperature below the superconducting transition and can be described well by an effective two-band model with unbalanced diffusivity, while H\\text{c2}//ab shows a flattening below 35 K and follows the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) model incorporating orbital pair-breaking and spin-paramagnetic effects, yielding zero-temperature critical fields of H\\text{c2}//c(0)≈ 67 T and H\\text{c2}//ab(0)≈ 98 T. The anisotropy of the upper critical fields, γ (T)=H\\text{c2}//ab/H\\text{c2}//c monotonically decreases with decreasing temperature from about 7 near T c to 1.5 at 0 K. This reduced anisotropy, observed in most Fe-based superconductors, is caused by the Pauli limitation of H\\text{c2}//ab .

  13. Electric field induced critical points and field gradient by trapped electrons in Li-doped KTa1-xNbxO3 single crystals

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    Rahaman, M. M.; Imai, T.; Sakamoto, T.; Kojima, S.

    2017-07-01

    The effects of electric field and trapped electrons on a ferroelectric phase transition of the 5%Li-doped KTa0.74Nb0.26O3 crystals were investigated by micro-Brillouin scattering and dielectric measurements. In micro-Brillouin scattering, the remarkable changes of the central peak (CP) intensity were observed at the paraelectric cubic to ferroelectric tetragonal phase transition. The critical electric fields to induce the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition were found to shift to higher values with increasing temperature. From these CP results, we estimated lines of critical points for phase transitions including critical end point (CEP), (E, T) = (1.6 kV/cm, TC-T+3.4 °C) in the composition-temperature-electric field (x-T-E) phase diagram. The clear difference of the CEP was observed between Brillouin result at a fixed small area and dielectric result averaged over all area of a sample. It can be caused by the field gradient, which is induced by the trapped electrons. The existence of gradient of electric field was also discussed using the observed result of position dependence of the CP intensity.

  14. A Critical Review of Some Ecological Studies on Scientific Journals

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    Yamazaki, Shigeaki

    There have been hot discussions about the number and the rate of growth of scientific journals. The purpose of this review is intended to provide a critical assessment of those ecological studies on scientific journals. In 1961, Price presented his famous graph curve, and noted that rate of growth of journals had been fairly consisted at 5 per cent annum for nearly 300 years. But Price's graph curve has some primary error, and the author suggest to examine carefully his study. There is another problem that the loose definition of scientific journals is used. The author try to give a clear definition on the term ‘scientific journals’, and try to reestimate historically the growth rate in numbers of current scientific journals, referring several reliable studies previously conducted. The Author's estimation is about 1.85 per cent a year from the last of 18 century.

  15. Study of hope in patients with critical burn injuries.

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    Anderson, F D; Maloney, J P; Redland, A R

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine which factors patients with critical burn injuries would identify as affecting their feelings of hope; specific attention was given to the influence of nursing actions on these feelings. The nonprobability purposive sample consisted of nine white male patients who had been admitted to a large burn center in the Southwest. Content analysis technique was used to determine the nursing behaviors that influenced the patients' levels of hope. Hope in this study is viewed as a dynamic process with past, present, and future dimensions. The majority of factors that subjects identified as affecting their levels of hope evolved from the present dimension. This study indicates that factors that affected each subject's level of hope were contingent upon where the patient was in the psychological recovery process that occurs after burn injury. Accordingly, the efficacy of specific nursing actions is contingent upon consideration of these same factors.

  16. Analytical study of the critical behavior of the nonlinear pendulum

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    Lima, F. M. S.

    2010-11-01

    The dynamics of a simple pendulum consisting of a small bob and a massless rigid rod has three possible regimes depending on its total energy E: Oscillatory (when E is not enough for the pendulum to reach the top position), "perpetual ascent" when E is exactly the energy needed to reach the top, and nonoscillatory for greater energies. In the latter regime, the pendulum rotates periodically without velocity inversions. In contrast to the oscillatory regime, for which an exact analytic solution is known, the other two regimes are usually studied by solving the equation of motion numerically. By applying conservation of energy, I derive exact analytical solutions to both the perpetual ascent and nonoscillatory regimes and an exact expression for the pendulum period in the nonoscillatory regime. Based on Cromer's approximation for the large-angle pendulum period, I find a simple approximate expression for the decrease of the period with the initial velocity in the nonoscillatory regime, valid near the critical velocity. This expression is used to study the critical slowing down, which is observed near the transition between the oscillatory and nonoscillatory regimes.

  17. Embedding Culture in a Field Experience Seminar: Lessons Learned about Promoting Preservice Teacher Critical Consciousness in an Urban School Partnership

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    Jacobs, Jennifer; Casciola, Vanessa; Arndt, Katie; Mallory, Mashainah

    2015-01-01

    This article reports the research findings of teacher educator inquiry using qualitative methods examining how incorporating the topic of culture into the field seminar component of a newly developed urban school-university partnership influenced preservice teachers' abilities to become critically conscious. After analyzing preservice teacher…

  18. Developing Critical Thinking through the Study of Paranormal Phenomena.

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    Wesp, Richard; Montgomery, Kathleen

    1998-01-01

    Argues that accounts of paranormal phenomena can serve as an ideal medium in which to encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills. Describes a cooperative-learning approach used to teach critical thinking in a course on paranormal events. Reports that critical-thinking skills increased and that the course received favorable student…

  19. Developing Critical Thinking through the Study of Paranormal Phenomena.

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    Wesp, Richard; Montgomery, Kathleen

    1998-01-01

    Argues that accounts of paranormal phenomena can serve as an ideal medium in which to encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills. Describes a cooperative-learning approach used to teach critical thinking in a course on paranormal events. Reports that critical-thinking skills increased and that the course received favorable student…

  20. Application of the string method to the study of critical nuclei in capillary condensation.

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    Qiu, Chunyin; Qian, Tiezheng; Ren, Weiqing

    2008-10-21

    We adopt a continuum description for liquid-vapor phase transition in the framework of mean-field theory and use the string method to numerically investigate the critical nuclei for capillary condensation in a slit pore. This numerical approach allows us to determine the critical nuclei corresponding to saddle points of the grand potential function in which the chemical potential is given in the beginning. The string method locates the minimal energy path (MEP), which is the most probable transition pathway connecting two metastable/stable states in configuration space. From the MEP, the saddle point is determined and the corresponding energy barrier also obtained (for grand potential). Moreover, the MEP shows how the new phase (liquid) grows out of the old phase (vapor) along the most probable transition pathway, from the birth of a critical nucleus to its consequent expansion. Our calculations run from partial wetting to complete wetting with a variable strength of attractive wall potential. In the latter case, the string method presents a unified way for computing the critical nuclei, from film formation at solid surface to bulk condensation via liquid bridge. The present application of the string method to the numerical study of capillary condensation shows the great power of this method in evaluating the critical nuclei in various liquid-vapor phase transitions.

  1. The factors influencing burnout and job satisfaction among critical care nurses: a study of Saudi critical care nurses.

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    Alharbi, Jalal; Wilson, Rhonda; Woods, Cindy; Usher, Kim

    2016-09-01

    The aim of the study was to explore the prevalence of burnout and job satisfaction among Saudi national critical care nurses. Burnout is caused by a number of factors, including personal, organisational and professional issues. Previous literature reports a strong relationship between burnout and job satisfaction among critical care nurses. Little is known about this phenomenon among Saudi national critical care nurses. A convenience sample of 150 Saudi national critical care nurses from three hospitals in Hail, Saudi Arabia were included in a cross-sectional survey. Saudi national critical care registered nurses reported moderate to high levels of burnout in the areas of emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation. Participants also reported a feeling of ambivalence and dissatisfaction with their jobs but were satisfied with the nature of their work. Saudi national critical care nurses experience moderate to high levels of burnout and low levels of job satisfaction. Burnout is a predictor of job satisfaction for Saudi national critical care nurses. These results provide clear evidence of the need for nurse managers and policy makers to devise strategies to help nurses better cope with a stressful work environment, thereby also improving job satisfaction among Saudi national critical care nurses. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Groundwater protection and unconventional gas extraction: the critical need for field-based hydrogeological research.

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    Jackson, R E; Gorody, A W; Mayer, B; Roy, J W; Ryan, M C; Van Stempvoort, D R

    2013-01-01

    Unconventional natural gas extraction from tight sandstones, shales, and some coal-beds is typically accomplished by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing that is necessary for economic development of these new hydrocarbon resources. Concerns have been raised regarding the potential for contamination of shallow groundwater by stray gases, formation waters, and fracturing chemicals associated with unconventional gas exploration. A lack of sound scientific hydrogeological field observations and a scarcity of published peer-reviewed articles on the effects of both conventional and unconventional oil and gas activities on shallow groundwater make it difficult to address these issues. Here, we discuss several case studies related to both conventional and unconventional oil and gas activities illustrating how under some circumstances stray or fugitive gas from deep gas-rich formations has migrated from the subsurface into shallow aquifers and how it has affected groundwater quality. Examples include impacts of uncemented well annuli in areas of historic drilling operations, effects related to poor cement bonding in both new and old hydrocarbon wells, and ineffective cementing practices. We also summarize studies describing how structural features influence the role of natural and induced fractures as contaminant fluid migration pathways. On the basis of these studies, we identify two areas where field-focused research is urgently needed to fill current science gaps related to unconventional gas extraction: (1) baseline geochemical mapping (with time series sampling from a sufficient network of groundwater monitoring wells) and (2) field testing of potential mechanisms and pathways by which hydrocarbon gases, reservoir fluids, and fracturing chemicals might potentially invade and contaminate useable groundwater.

  3. Critical electric-field strength for anisotropic spinodal decomposition of water

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    Karpov, D. I.; Medvedev, D. A.; Kupershtokh, A. L.

    2017-08-01

    Threshold values of an electric field for anisotropic spinodal decomposition of water in a supercritical region at T = 670 K and at a low temperature of about 350 K have been calculated. This threshold depends on the second derivative of the dielectric permittivity with respect to density. The dependence of the permittivity of medium on its density was determined by studying fluctuations of the polarization vector in a broad range of densities at the given temperatures. Time series of fluctuations of the polarization vector of ensembles of water molecules were constructed by the method of molecular dynamics.

  4. Pressure Evolution of a Field-Induced Fermi Surface Reconstruction and of the Neel Critical Field in CeIn3

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    Petrovic, C.; Purcell, K.M.; Graf, D.; Kano, M.; Bourg, J.; Palm, E.C.; Murphy, T.; McDonald, R.; Mielke, C.H.; Altarawneh, M.M.; Hu, R.; Ebihara, T.; Cooley, J.; Schlottmann, P.; Tozer, S.W.

    2009-06-01

    We report high-pressure skin-depth measurements on the heavy fermion material CeIn{sub 3} in magnetic fields up to 64 T using a self-resonant tank circuit based on a tunnel diode oscillator. At ambient pressure, an anomaly in the skin depth is seen at 45 T. The field where this anomaly occurs decreases with applied pressure until approximately 1.0 GPa, where it begins to increase before merging with the antiferromagnetic phase boundary. Possible origins for this transport anomaly are explored in terms of a Fermi surface reconstruction. The critical magnetic field at which the Neel-ordered phase is suppressed, is also mapped as a function of pressure and extrapolates to the previous ambient-pressure measurements at high magnetic fields and high-pressure measurements at zero magnetic field.

  5. Indigenous Studies as an International Field.

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    Pino-Robles, Rodolfo

    This paper proposes the development of Indigenous Studies as an international field, both in the sense of advancing the discipline internationally, wherever there are Indigenous peoples, and in the sense of incorporating international perspectives into curricula. In Canada, Indigenous Studies has been and is still treated as something to be done…

  6. Lessons from a Dominican Republic Field Study

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    Gunter, Michael M., Jr.

    2010-01-01

    Utilizing student-centered pedagogy, this case study explores an increasingly prominent and instructive addition to traditional academic coursework--the field study experience. This is particularly true in the arena of environmental education where students learn best by experiencing environmental problems first-hand and then interacting with…

  7. Critical field and magnetoresistance of single crystal TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C

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    Naugle, D.G.; Rathnayaka, K.D.D.; Clark, K.; Canfield, P.C.

    1999-12-20

    In-plane resistance as a function of magnitude and direction of the magnetic field and the temperature has been measured for TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C from above the superconducting transition temperature at 10.7 K to below the magnetic transition T{sub N} = 1.5 K. The superconducting upper critical field H{sub C2}(T) exhibits a large anisotropy and structure in the vicinity of T{sub N}. The magnetoresistance above {Tc} is large and changes sign as the direction of the magnetic field is rotated from in-plane to parallel with the c-axis.

  8. Study on contaminants on flight and other critical surfaces

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    Workman, Gary L.; Hughes, Charles; Arendale, William F.

    1994-01-01

    The control of surface contamination in the manufacture of space hardware can become a critical step in the production process. Bonded surfaces have been shown to be affected markedly by contamination. It is important to insure surface cleanliness by preventing contamination prior to bonding. In this vein techniques are needed in which the contamination which may affect bonding are easily found and removed. Likewise, if materials which are detrimental to bonding are not easily removed, then they should not be used in the manufacturing process. This study will address the development of techniques to locate and quantify contamination levels of particular contaminants. With other data becoming available from MSFC and its contractors, this study will also quantify how certain contaminants affect bondlines and how easily they are removed in manufacturing.

  9. Interaction Between Flames and Electric Fields Studied

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    Yuan, Zeng-Guang; Hegde, Uday

    2003-01-01

    The interaction between flames and electric fields has long been an interesting research subject that has theoretical importance as well as practical significance. Many of the reactions in a flame follow an ionic pathway: that is, positive and negative ions are formed during the intermediate steps of the reaction. When an external electric field is applied, the ions move according to the electric force (the Coulomb force) exerted on them. The motion of the ions modifies the chemistry because the reacting species are altered, it changes the velocity field of the flame, and it alters the electric field distribution. As a result, the flame will change its shape and location to meet all thermal, chemical, and electrical constraints. In normal gravity, the strong buoyant effect often makes the flame multidimensional and, thus, hinders the detailed study of the problem.

  10. Studying electric fields in dipolarization fronts

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    Balcerak, Ernie

    2014-11-01

    In Earth's magnetotail, sharp increases in the magnetic field known as dipolarization fronts are associated with high-speed plasma flows that connect Earth's ionosphere via electric currents. Some aspects of these dipolarization fronts have puzzled scientists; in particular, the dip in magnetic field that occurs just ahead of the dipolarization front layer is not well understood. Sun et al. analyze observations made using the Cluster satellites to elucidate the details of electric fields associated with dipolarization fronts. The study shows that a type of electric current known as a Hall current dominates in the dipolarization front region and in the region where the magnetic field dips, but this current flows in opposite directions in these two regions.

  11. Assessing monoclonal antibody product quality attribute criticality through clinical studies.

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    Goetze, Andrew M; Schenauer, Matthew R; Flynn, Gregory C

    2010-01-01

    Recombinant therapeutic proteins, including antibodies, contain a variety of chemical and physical modifications. Great effort is expended during process and formulation development in controlling and minimizing this heterogeneity, which may not affect safety or efficacy, and, therefore, may not need to be controlled. Many of the chemical conversions also occur in vivo, and knowledge about the alterations can be applied to assessment of the potential impact on characteristics and the biological activity of therapeutic proteins. Other attributes may affect the drug clearance and thereby alter drug efficacy. In this review article, we describe attribute studies conducted using clinical samples and how information gleaned from them is applied to attribute criticality assessment. In general, how fast attributes change in vivo compared to the rate of mAb elimination is the key parameter used in these evaluations. An attribute with more rapidly changing levels may have greater potential to affect safety or efficacy and thereby reach the status of a Critical Quality Attribute (CQA) that should be controlled during production and storage, but the effect will depend on whether compositional changes are due to chemical conversion or differential clearance.

  12. Planning and setting objectives in field studies: Chapter 2

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    Fisher, Robert N.; Dodd, C. Kenneth

    2016-01-01

    This chapter enumerates the steps required in designing and planning field studies on the ecology and conservation of reptiles, as these involve a high level of uncertainty and risk. To this end, the chapter differentiates between goals (descriptions of what one intends to accomplish) and objectives (the measurable steps required to achieve the established goals). Thus, meeting a specific goal may require many objectives. It may not be possible to define some of them until certain experiments have been conducted; often evaluations of sampling protocols are needed to increase certainty in the biological results. And if sampling locations are fixed and sampling events are repeated over time, then both study-specific covariates and sampling-specific covariates should exist. Additionally, other critical design considerations for field study include obtaining permits, as well as researching ethics and biosecurity issues.

  13. "What Is Critical Whiteness Doing in Our Nice Field Like Critical Race Theory?" Applying CRT and CWS to Understand the White Imaginations of White Teacher Candidates

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    Matias, Cheryl E.; Viesca, Kara Mitchell; Garrison-Wade, Dorothy F.; Tandon, Madhavi; Galindo, Rene

    2014-01-01

    Critical Race Theory (CRT) revolutionized how we investigate race in education. Centralizing counter-stories from people of color becomes essential for decentralizing white normative discourse--a process we refer to as realities within the Black imagination. Yet, few studies examine how whites respond to centering the Black imagination, especially…

  14. "What Is Critical Whiteness Doing in Our Nice Field Like Critical Race Theory?" Applying CRT and CWS to Understand the White Imaginations of White Teacher Candidates

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    Matias, Cheryl E.; Viesca, Kara Mitchell; Garrison-Wade, Dorothy F.; Tandon, Madhavi; Galindo, Rene

    2014-01-01

    Critical Race Theory (CRT) revolutionized how we investigate race in education. Centralizing counter-stories from people of color becomes essential for decentralizing white normative discourse--a process we refer to as realities within the Black imagination. Yet, few studies examine how whites respond to centering the Black imagination, especially…

  15. Re-Examining and Re-Envisioning Criticality in Language Studies: Theories and Praxis

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    Kubota, Ryuko; Miller, Elizabeth R.

    2017-01-01

    As critical perspectives in language studies have gained legitimacy and even mainstream status in applied linguistics, it is necessary to re-examine the meaning of criticality in language studies and to re-envision criticality for further development. The authors explore criticality from several theoretical perspectives as well as from the notion…

  16. Tri-critical behavior of the Blume-Emery-Griffiths model on a Kagomé lattice: Effective-field theory and Rigorous bounds

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    Santos, Jander P.; Sá Barreto, F. C.

    2016-01-01

    Spin correlation identities for the Blume-Emery-Griffiths model on Kagomé lattice are derived and combined with rigorous correlation inequalities lead to upper bounds on the critical temperature. From the spin correlation identities the mean field approximation and the effective field approximation results for the magnetization, the critical frontiers and the tricritical points are obtained. The rigorous upper bounds on the critical temperature improve over those effective-field type theories results.

  17. Structure of fluctuations near mean-field critical points and spinodals and its implication for physical processes.

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    Klein, W; Gould, Harvey; Gulbahce, Natali; Rundle, J B; Tiampo, K

    2007-03-01

    We analyze the structure of fluctuations near critical points and spinodals in mean-field and near-mean-field systems. Unlike systems that are non-mean-field, for which a fluctuation can be represented by a single cluster in a properly chosen percolation model, a fluctuation in mean-field and near-mean-field systems consists of a large number of clusters, which we term fundamental clusters. The structure of the latter and the way that they form fluctuations has important physical consequences for phenomena as diverse as nucleation in supercooled liquids, spinodal decomposition and continuous ordering, and the statistical distribution of earthquakes. The effects due to the fundamental clusters implies that they are physical objects and not only mathematical constructs.

  18. Studying children's religious knowledge: contributions of ethnography and the clinical-critical method.

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    García Palacios, Mariana; Castorina, José Antonio

    2014-12-01

    We analyze different methodological and conceptual contributions of anthropology and psychogenetic theory to the research of children's religious knowledge. We argue that for the study of children's points of view it is possible to build an approach that links aspects studied by both disciplinary fields. With this aim, we revise some of their basic theoretical assumptions and recent reviews as well as their methodological proposals. Then we review the core characteristics of ethnography and the clinical-critical method-proposed by Piaget's psychogenetic theory-with the goal of stressing their potentialities as well as their limitations in research. We argue that within an ethnographic approach, we must establish certain restrictions on the clinical-critical method following basic premises of social anthropology. This approach lets us demonstrate the importance of understanding children's constructions by placing them within social relations that children produce and update in everyday interactions.

  19. Critical study of the B{yields}K{pi} puzzle

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    Kim, C.S.; Oh, Sechul; Yu, Chaehyun

    2005-10-01

    In the light of new experimental results on B{yields}K{pi} decays, we critically study the decay processes B{yields}K{pi} in a phenomenological way. Using the quark diagram approach and the currently available data, we determine the allowed values of the relevant theoretical parameters, corresponding to the electroweak (EW) penguin, the color-suppressed tree contribution, etc. In order to find the most likely values of the parameters in a statistically reliable way, we use the {chi}{sup 2} minimization technique. Our result shows that the current data for B{yields}K{pi} decays strongly indicate (large) enhancements of both the EW penguin and the color-suppressed tree contributions. In particular, the color-suppressed tree effect needs to be enhanced by about an order of magnitude to fit the present data.

  20. Coping with traumatic stress in journalism: a critical ethnographic study.

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    Buchanan, Marla; Keats, Patrice

    2011-04-01

    Journalists who witness trauma and disaster events are at risk for physical, emotional, and psychological injury. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a critical ethnographic study among 31 Canadian journalists and photojournalists with regard to coping strategies used to buffer the effects of being exposed to trauma and disaster events and work-related stress. The findings are the result of in-depth individual interviews and six workplace observations with journalists across Canada. The most commonly reported coping strategies were: avoidance strategies at work, use of black humor, controlling one's emotions and memories, exercise and other physical activities, focusing on the technical aspects, and using substances. Recommendations for addressing the effects of work-related stress within this population are provided.

  1. Critical behavior of k -core percolation: Numerical studies

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    Lee, Deokjae; Jo, Minjae; Kahng, B.

    2016-12-01

    k -core percolation has served as a paradigmatic model of discontinuous percolation for a long time. Recently it was revealed that the order parameter of k -core percolation of random networks additionally exhibits critical behavior. Thus k -core percolation exhibits a hybrid phase transition. Unlike the critical behaviors of ordinary percolation that are well understood, those of hybrid percolation transitions have not been thoroughly understood yet. Here, we investigate the critical behavior of k -core percolation of Erdős-Rényi networks. We find numerically that the fluctuations of the order parameter and the mean avalanche size diverge in different ways. Thus, we classify the critical exponents into two types: those associated with the order parameter and those with finite avalanches. The conventional scaling relations hold within each set, however, these two critical exponents are coupled. Finally we discuss some universal features of the critical behaviors of k -core percolation and the cascade failure model on multiplex networks.

  2. A Critical Fast Ion Beta in the Madison Symmetric Torus Reversed Field Pinch

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    Capecchi, William J.

    The first fast-ion profile measurements have been made in a reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma. A large population of fast-ions are deposited in the core of the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) through use of a 1 MW neutral beam injector (NBI) giving rise to a variety of beam-driven instabilities. One such mode, the energetic-particle mode (EPM) has been shown to reduce fast-ion content in MST, evident through drops in signal levels of the advanced neutral particle analyzer (ANPA). EPMs in MST appear as bursts of magnetic fluctuations at a lab frequency of ˜100 kHz reaching peak amplitude and decaying away within 100 microseconds. A burst ensemble of the neutron data does not reveal a drop in neutron emission across a burst, implying the population of fast-ions transported by a burst constitute a small fraction of the total. The burst may also pitch-angle scatter out of the ANPA phase space or be transported to mid-radius where charge-exchange with the background neutrals or fast-ion orbit stochasticity may reduce fast-ion confinement. Data gathered from the expanded neutron diagnostic suite including a new collimated neutron detector (CiNDe) was used to reconstruct the fast-ion profile in MST and measure critical fast-ion beta quantities. Measurements were made in plasma conditions with varying magnetic field strength in order to investigate the interplay between the energetic particle (EP) drive and Alfven continuum damping. The measured values of the core fast-ion beta (7.5% (1.2%) in 300 (500) kA plasmas) are reduced from classical predictions (TRANSP predicts up to 10% core value) due to EPM activity. The frequency, magnitude, and rate of occurrence of the bursts depends on the tearing mode amplitude, Alfven continuum damping rate, fast-ion profile shape, and resonant orbit dynamics. Marginal stability was reached in both moderate- (300 kA) and high- (500 kA) current discharges, marked by sustained EPM activity and a saturated global neutron signal during NBI

  3. All-loop order critical exponents for massless scalar field theory with Lorentz violation in the BPHZ method

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    Carvalho, Paulo R. S.

    2016-12-01

    We compute analytically the all-loop level critical exponents for a massless thermal Lorentz-violating (LV) O(N) self-interacting λϕ4 scalar field theory. For that, we evaluate, firstly explicitly up to next-to-leading loop order and later in a proof by induction up to any loop level, the respective β-function and anomalous dimensions in a theory renormalized in the massless BPHZ method, where a reduced set of Feynman diagrams to be calculated is needed. We investigate the effect of the Lorentz violation in the outcome for the critical exponents and present the corresponding mathematical explanation and physical interpretation.

  4. Landau-like theory for universality of critical exponents in quasistationary states of isolated mean-field systems

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    Ogawa, Shun; Yamaguchi, Yoshiyuki Y.

    2015-06-01

    An external force dynamically drives an isolated mean-field Hamiltonian system to a long-lasting quasistationary state, whose lifetime increases with population of the system. For second order phase transitions in quasistationary states, two nonclassical critical exponents have been reported individually by using a linear and a nonlinear response theories in a toy model. We provide a simple way to compute the critical exponents all at once, which is an analog of the Landau theory. The present theory extends the universality class of the nonclassical exponents to spatially periodic one-dimensional systems and shows that the exponents satisfy a classical scaling relation inevitably by using a key scaling of momentum.

  5. Landau-like theory for universality of critical exponents in quasistationary states of isolated mean-field systems.

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    Ogawa, Shun; Yamaguchi, Yoshiyuki Y

    2015-06-01

    An external force dynamically drives an isolated mean-field Hamiltonian system to a long-lasting quasistationary state, whose lifetime increases with population of the system. For second order phase transitions in quasistationary states, two nonclassical critical exponents have been reported individually by using a linear and a nonlinear response theories in a toy model. We provide a simple way to compute the critical exponents all at once, which is an analog of the Landau theory. The present theory extends the universality class of the nonclassical exponents to spatially periodic one-dimensional systems and shows that the exponents satisfy a classical scaling relation inevitably by using a key scaling of momentum.

  6. 𝜖-expansion in critical ϕ3-theory on real projective space from conformal field theory

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    Hasegawa, Chika; Nakayama, Yu

    2017-03-01

    We use a compatibility between the conformal symmetry and the equations of motion to solve the one-point function in the critical ϕ3-theory (a.k.a. the critical Lee-Yang model) on the d = 6 ‑ 𝜖 dimensional real projective space to the first nontrivial order in the 𝜖-expansion. It reproduces the conventional perturbation theory and agrees with the numerical conformal bootstrap result.

  7. Conceptualising Higher Education Research and/or Academic Development as "Fields": A Critical Analysis

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    Clegg, Sue

    2012-01-01

    This paper calls into question the idea that we can simply think about higher education as a research field and explores different meanings of the term field. It asks whether there are related fields: research into higher education, academic development and disciplinary teaching research, rather than one. The approach of the paper is conceptual,…

  8. Critical current densities and n-values of MgB2 strands over a wide range of temperatures and fields

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    Li, G. Z.; Yang, Y.; Susner, M. A.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2012-02-01

    Transport measurements of critical current density, Jct, in monocore powder-in-tube MgB2 strands have been carried out at temperatures, T, of from 4.2 to 40 K, and in transverse fields, B, of up to 14 T. Processing methods used were conventional continuous tube forming/filling (CTFF) and internal magnesium diffusion (IMD). Strands with several powder compositions were measured, including binary (undoped) MgB2, 2% carbon doped MgB2, and 3% carbon doped MgB2. Magnetization loops (M-B) were also measured, and magnetic critical current density, Jcm, values extracted from them. The transport, Jct(B) and magnetic, Jcm(B), critical current densities were compared. Also studied was the influence of doping on the resistively measured irreversibility field, Birr, and upper critical field, Bc2. Critical current densities, Jct, and n-values were extracted from transport measurements and were found to be universally related (for all B and T) according to n\\propto {J}_{{ct}}^{m} in which m = 0.52 ± 0.11. Likewise n was found to be related to B according to n ∝ B-p with a T-dependent p in the range of about 0.08-0.21. Further analysis of the field (B) and temperature (T) dependences of n-value resulted in an expression that enabled n(B,T), for all B and T, to be estimated for a given strand based on the results of transport Jct(B) measurements made at one arbitrarily chosen temperature.

  9. Rotational symmetry breaking in the topological superconductor SrxBi2Se3 probed by upper-critical field experiments.

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    Pan, Y; Nikitin, A M; Araizi, G K; Huang, Y K; Matsushita, Y; Naka, T; de Visser, A

    2016-06-28

    Recently it was demonstrated that Sr intercalation provides a new route to induce superconductivity in the topological insulator Bi2Se3. Topological superconductors are predicted to be unconventional with an odd-parity pairing symmetry. An adequate probe to test for unconventional superconductivity is the upper critical field, Bc2. For a standard BCS layered superconductor Bc2 shows an anisotropy when the magnetic field is applied parallel and perpendicular to the layers, but is isotropic when the field is rotated in the plane of the layers. Here we report measurements of the upper critical field of superconducting SrxBi2Se3 crystals (Tc = 3.0 K). Surprisingly, field-angle dependent magnetotransport measurements reveal a large anisotropy of Bc2 when the magnet field is rotated in the basal plane. The large two-fold anisotropy, while six-fold is anticipated, cannot be explained with the Ginzburg-Landau anisotropic effective mass model or flux flow induced by the Lorentz force. The rotational symmetry breaking of Bc2 indicates unconventional superconductivity with odd-parity spin-triplet Cooper pairs (Δ4-pairing) recently proposed for rhombohedral topological superconductors, or might have a structural nature, such as self-organized stripe ordering of Sr atoms.

  10. Rotational symmetry breaking in the topological superconductor SrxBi2Se3 probed by upper-critical field experiments

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    Pan, Y.; Nikitin, A. M.; Araizi, G. K.; Huang, Y. K.; Matsushita, Y.; Naka, T.; de Visser, A.

    2016-01-01

    Recently it was demonstrated that Sr intercalation provides a new route to induce superconductivity in the topological insulator Bi2Se3. Topological superconductors are predicted to be unconventional with an odd-parity pairing symmetry. An adequate probe to test for unconventional superconductivity is the upper critical field, Bc2. For a standard BCS layered superconductor Bc2 shows an anisotropy when the magnetic field is applied parallel and perpendicular to the layers, but is isotropic when the field is rotated in the plane of the layers. Here we report measurements of the upper critical field of superconducting SrxBi2Se3 crystals (Tc = 3.0 K). Surprisingly, field-angle dependent magnetotransport measurements reveal a large anisotropy of Bc2 when the magnet field is rotated in the basal plane. The large two-fold anisotropy, while six-fold is anticipated, cannot be explained with the Ginzburg-Landau anisotropic effective mass model or flux flow induced by the Lorentz force. The rotational symmetry breaking of Bc2 indicates unconventional superconductivity with odd-parity spin-triplet Cooper pairs (Δ4-pairing) recently proposed for rhombohedral topological superconductors, or might have a structural nature, such as self-organized stripe ordering of Sr atoms. PMID:27350295

  11. Rotational symmetry breaking in the topological superconductor SrxBi2Se3 probed by upper-critical field experiments

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    Pan, Y.; Nikitin, A. M.; Araizi, G. K.; Huang, Y. K.; Matsushita, Y.; Naka, T.; de Visser, A.

    2016-06-01

    Recently it was demonstrated that Sr intercalation provides a new route to induce superconductivity in the topological insulator Bi2Se3. Topological superconductors are predicted to be unconventional with an odd-parity pairing symmetry. An adequate probe to test for unconventional superconductivity is the upper critical field, Bc2. For a standard BCS layered superconductor Bc2 shows an anisotropy when the magnetic field is applied parallel and perpendicular to the layers, but is isotropic when the field is rotated in the plane of the layers. Here we report measurements of the upper critical field of superconducting SrxBi2Se3 crystals (Tc = 3.0 K). Surprisingly, field-angle dependent magnetotransport measurements reveal a large anisotropy of Bc2 when the magnet field is rotated in the basal plane. The large two-fold anisotropy, while six-fold is anticipated, cannot be explained with the Ginzburg-Landau anisotropic effective mass model or flux flow induced by the Lorentz force. The rotational symmetry breaking of Bc2 indicates unconventional superconductivity with odd-parity spin-triplet Cooper pairs (Δ4-pairing) recently proposed for rhombohedral topological superconductors, or might have a structural nature, such as self-organized stripe ordering of Sr atoms.

  12. Jupiter Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy.

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    Huttemeyer, Bob

    1996-01-01

    Describes the development and workings of the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy that focuses on enabling both teachers and students to participate in real-life learning experiences. Discusses qualifications for admittance, curriculum, location, ongoing projects, students, academics, preparation for life, problem solving, and…

  13. Jupiter Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy.

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    Huttemeyer, Bob

    1996-01-01

    Describes the development and workings of the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy that focuses on enabling both teachers and students to participate in real-life learning experiences. Discusses qualifications for admittance, curriculum, location, ongoing projects, students, academics, preparation for life, problem solving, and…

  14. Marine and Environmental Studies Field Manual.

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    Cranston School Dept., RI.

    This laboratory manual was developed for a field-oriented high school oceanology program. The organization of the units includes a selection of supplementary activities to allow students to explore ocean studies in more depth. Included are 19 units. The units include biological oceanography, physical oceanography, and some social science topics. A…

  15. Common Group Problems: A Field Study.

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    Weinberg, Sanford B.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    A field study of a naturally functioning group (N=125) was conducted to identify common group problems. Trained observers attended group meetings and described the problems encountered. Difficulties of cohesion, leadership, sub-group formation, and personality conflict were identified. (RC)

  16. Outdoor Education, Junior Biology Field Studies.

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    Aikman, John H.; And Others

    Field studies for grade nine and ten biology students are developed in this teacher and student guide for outdoor education. A small section is devoted to teacher pre-planning and final sections are concerned with equipment, audio-visual resources, and a large booklist. Twenty-three investigations related to earth science and biology topics are…

  17. Outdoor Education, Junior Biology Field Studies.

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    Aikman, John H.; And Others

    Field studies for grade nine and ten biology students are developed in this teacher and student guide for outdoor education. A small section is devoted to teacher pre-planning and final sections are concerned with equipment, audio-visual resources, and a large booklist. Twenty-three investigations related to earth science and biology topics are…

  18. "Idols" - A Game for Field Studies.

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    Connally, James T.

    1980-01-01

    Described is a game for field studies titled "Idols." Idols is a struggle of intellect and reason against instinct and superstition. The game involves two "tribes" which are protecting a superstitious legacy while trying to replace it with other forms of wealth and understanding. (Author/DS)

  19. Critical points of the cosmic velocity field and the uncertainties in the value of the Hubble constant

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    Liu, Hao; Mohayaee, Roya; Naselsky, Pavel

    2016-06-01

    The existence of critical points for the peculiar velocity field is a natural feature of the correlated vector field. These points appear at the junctions of velocity domains with different orientations of their averaged velocity vectors. Since peculiar velocities are the important cause of the scatter in the Hubble expansion rate, we propose that a more precise determination of the Hubble constant can be made by restricting analysis to a subsample of observational data containing only the zones around the critical points of the peculiar velocity field, associated with voids and saddle points. On large-scales the critical points, where the first derivative of the gravitational potential vanishes, can easily be identified using the density field and classified by the behavior of the Hessian of the gravitational potential. We use high-resolution N-body simulations to show that these regions are stable in time and hence are excellent tracers of the initial conditions. Furthermore, we show that the variance of the Hubble flow can be substantially minimized by restricting observations to the subsample of such regions of vanishing velocity instead of aiming at increasing the statistics by averaging indiscriminately using the full data sets, as is the common approach.

  20. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot sulfur hexafluoride/carbon tetrafluoride mixtures for high voltage circuit breaker applications

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    Wang, Weizong; Murphy, Anthony B.; Rong, Mingzhe; Looe, Hui M.; Spencer, Joseph W.

    2013-09-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, has a high global warming potential and hence substitutes are being sought. The use of a mixture of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4) and SF6 is examined here. It is known that this reduces the breakdown voltage at room temperature. However, the electrical breakdown in a circuit breaker after arc interruption occurs in a hot gas environment, with a complicated species composition because of the occurrence of dissociation and other reactions. The likelihood of breakdown depends on the electron interactions with all these species. The critical reduced electric field strength (the field at which breakdown can occur, relative to the number density) of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures corresponding to the dielectric recovery phase of a high voltage circuit breaker is calculated in the temperature range from 300 K to 3500 K. The equilibrium compositions of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures under different mixing fractions were determined based on Gibbs free energy minimization. Full sets of improved cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species present are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of these mixtures was obtained by balancing electron generation and loss mechanisms. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function derived from the Boltzmann transport equation under the two-term approximation. The result indicates that critical electric field strength decreases with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 1500 to 3500 K. Good agreement was found between calculations for pure hot SF6 and pure hot CF4 and experimental results and previous calculations. The addition of CF4 to SF6 was found to increase the critical reduced electric field strength for temperatures above 1500 K, indicating the potential of replacing SF6 by SF6/CF4 mixtures in high-voltage circuit breakers.

  1. Upper critical field and Kondo effects in Fe(Te0.9Se0.1) thin films by pulsed field measurements

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    Salamon, Myron B.; Cornell, Nicholas; Jaime, Marcelo; ...

    2016-02-10

    The transition temperatures of epitaxial films of Fe(Te0:9Se0:1) are remarkably insensitive to applied magnetic field, leading to predictions of upper critical fields Bc2(T = 0) in excess of 100 T. Using pulsed magnetic fields, we find Bc2(0) to be on the order of 45 T, similar to values in bulk material and still in excess of the paramagnetic limit. The same films show strong magnetoresistance in fields above Bc2(T), consistent with the observed Kondo minimum seen above Tc. Fits to the temperature dependence in the context of the WHH model, using the experimental value of the Maki parameter, require anmore » effective spin-orbit relaxation parameter of order unity. Lastly, we suggest that Kondo localization plays a similar role to spin-orbit pair breaking in making WHH fits to the data.« less

  2. Spacelab experiment definition study on phase transition and critical phenomena in fluids: Interim report on experimental justification

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    Moldover, M. R.; Hocken, M. R.; Gammon, R. W.; Sengers, J. V.

    1976-01-01

    Pure fluids and fluid mixtures near critical points are identified and are related to the progress of several disciplines. Consideration is given to thermodynamic properties, transport properties, and the complex nonlinear phenomena which occur when fluids undergo phase transitions in the critical region. The distinction is made between practical limits which may be extended by advances in technology and intrinsic ones which arise from the modification of fluid properties by the earth's gravitational field. The kinds of experiments near critical points which could best exploit the low gravity environment of an orbiting laboratory are identified. These include studies of the index of refraction, constant volume specific heat, and phase separation.

  3. Critical reading and critical thinking--study design and methodology: a personal approach on how to read the clinical literature.

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    Lipman, Timothy O

    2013-04-01

    The volume of medical literature grows exponentially. Yet we are faced with the necessity to make clinical decisions based on the availability and quality of scientific information. The general strength (reliability, robustness) of any interpretation that guides us in clinical decision making is dependent on how information was obtained. All information and medical studies and, consequently, all conclusions are not created equal. It is incumbent upon us to be able to assess the quality of the information that guides us in the care of our patients. Being able to assess medical literature critically requires use of critical reading and critical thinking skills. To achieve these skills, to be able to analyze medical literature critically, takes a combination of education and practice, practice, and more practice.

  4. Practical fit functions for transport critical current versus field magnitude and angle data from (RE)BCO coated conductors at fixed low temperatures and in high magnetic fields

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    Hilton, D. K.; Gavrilin, A. V.; Trociewitz, U. P.

    2015-07-01

    Applications of (RE = Y, Gd)BCO coated conductors for the generation of high magnetic fields are increasing sharply, this while (RE)BCO coated conductors themselves are evolving rapidly. This article describes and demonstrates recently developed and applied mathematical models that systematically and comprehensively characterize the transport critical current angular dependence of a batch of (RE)BCO coated conductor in high magnetic fields at fixed temperatures with an uncertainty of 10% or better. The model development was based on analysis of experimental data sets from various published sources and coated conductors with different microstructures. These derivations directly are applicable to the accurate prediction of the performance in high magnetic fields of coils wound with (RE)BCO coated conductors. In particular, a nonlinear fit is discussed in this article of transport critical current at T = 4.2 K versus field and angle data. This fit was used to estimate the hysteresis losses of (RE)BCO coated conductors in high magnetic fields, and to design the inserts wound with such conductors of the all-superconducting 32 T magnet being constructed at the NHMFL. A series of such fits, recently developed at several fixed temperatures, continues to be used to simulate the quench behavior of that magnet.

  5. Thermodynamic Critical Field and Superconducting Fluctuation of Vortices for High Temperature Cuprate Superconductor: La-214

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    Finnemore, Douglas K.

    2001-01-01

    Thermodynamics has been studied systematically for the high temperature cuprate superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4-δ, La-214, in the entire superconductive region from strongly underdoped to strongly overdoped regimes. Magnetization studies with H $\\parallel$ c have been made in order to investigate the changes in free energy of the system as the number of carriers is reduced. Above the superconducting transition temperature, the normal-state magnetization exhibits a two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnetic behavior. Below Tc, magnetization data are thermodynamically reversible over large portions of the H-T plane, so the free energy is well defined in these regions. As the Sr concentration is varied over the wide range from 0.060 (strongly underdoped) to 0.234 (strongly overdoped), the free energy change goes through a maximum at the optimum doped in a manner similar to the Tc0 vs. x curve. The density of states, N(0), remains nearly constant in the overdoped and optimum doped regimes, taking a broad maximum around x = 0.188, and then drops abruptly towards zero in the underdoped regime. The La2-xSrxCuO4 (La-214) system displays the fluctuating vortex behavior with the characteristic of either 2D or 3D fluctuations as indicated by clearly identifiable crossing points T* close to Tc. The dimensional character of the fluctuations depends on both applied magnetic fields and the density of charge carriers. The dimensional crossover from 2D to 3D occurs in the strongly underdoped regime when the c-axis coherence distance ξc becomes comparable to the spacing between adjacent CuO2 layers s at sufficiently high magnetic field near Hc2.

  6. Critical Incident Analysis through Narrative Reflective Practice: A Case Study

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    Farrell, Thomas S. C.

    2013-01-01

    Teachers can reflect on their practices by articulating and exploring incidents they consider critical to themselves or others. By talking about these critical incidents, teachers can make better sense of seemingly random experiences that occur in their teaching because they hold the real inside knowledge, especially personal intuitive knowledge,…

  7. A Critical Literacy Perspective for Teaching and Learning Social Studies

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    Soares, Lina Bell; Wood, Karen

    2010-01-01

    In a time of increasing plurality in today's public schools, it is essential that students become critically competent citizens by examining current and historical social justice issues. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide the research, theory, and practice for teachers to help students take a critical stance as they read and respond to…

  8. Investigating Students' Critical Thinking in Weblogs: An Exploratory Study in a Singapore Secondary School

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    Wang, Qiyun; Woo, Huay Lit

    2010-01-01

    Critical thinking is an essential competency in the new information age. But research shows that students commonly lack critical thinking skills and hence promoting students' critical thinking becomes crucial. This exploratory study investigated the extent to which secondary school students' critical thinking could be promoted by writing…

  9. Investigating Students' Critical Thinking in Weblogs: An Exploratory Study in a Singapore Secondary School

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    Wang, Qiyun; Woo, Huay Lit

    2010-01-01

    Critical thinking is an essential competency in the new information age. But research shows that students commonly lack critical thinking skills and hence promoting students' critical thinking becomes crucial. This exploratory study investigated the extent to which secondary school students' critical thinking could be promoted by writing…

  10. Resveratrol and diabetes: A critical review of clinical studies.

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    Öztürk, Ebru; Arslan, Ayşe Kübra Karaboğa; Yerer, Mükerrem Betül; Bishayee, Anupam

    2017-08-24

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia. The disease results from the defects of insulin secretion and/or action. Resveratrol is a non-flavonoid polyphenol that naturally occurs as phytoalexin. The shell and stem of Vitis vinifera L. (Vitaceae) are the richest source of this compound. In addition to various in vitro and in vivo studies revealing the effectiveness of resveratrol in DM, there are many clinical trials indicating that resveratrol has the potential to benefit in DM patients. The therapeutic action of this compound in relation to diabetes is complex and involves in several beneficial roles. In view of this, clinical studies are necessary to elucidate these roles. In the near future, the use of resveratrol, alone or in combination with current anti-diabetic therapies, might be a conventional approach to effectively manage DM or its complications. This mini-review provides a critical overview of currently available clinical studies examining the effects of resveratrol in DM last decade. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Mean-field calculation of critical parameters and log-periodic characterization of an aperiodic-modulated model.

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    Oliveira, T P; Branco, N S

    2012-01-01

    We employ a mean-field approximation to study the Ising model with aperiodic modulation of its interactions in one spatial direction. Two different values for the exchange constant, J(A) and J(B), are present, according to the Fibonacci sequence. We calculate the pseudocritical temperatures for finite systems and extrapolate them to the thermodynamic limit. We explicitly obtain the exponents β, δ, and γ and, from the usual scaling relations for anisotropic models at the upper critical dimension (assumed to be 4 for the model we treat), we calculate α, ν, ν(∥), η, and η(∥). Within the framework of a renormalization-group approach, the Fibonacci sequence is a marginal one and we obtain exponents that depend on the ratio r≡J(B)/J(A), as expected; however, the scaling relation γ=β(δ-1) is obeyed for all values of r we studied. We characterize some thermodynamic functions as log-periodic functions of their arguments, as expected for aperiodic-modulated models, and obtain precise values for the exponents from this characterization.

  12. Gate dependence of upper critical field in superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Shen, S. C.; Chen, B. B.; Xue, H. X.; Cao, G.; Li, C. J.; Wang, X. X.; Hong, Y. P.; Guo, G. P.; Dou, R. F.; Xiong, C. M.; He, L.; Nie, J. C.

    2016-07-01

    The fundamental parameters of the superconducting state such as coherence length and pairing strength are essential for understanding the nature of superconductivity. These parameters can be estimated by measuring critical parameters such as upper critical field, Hc2. In this work, Hc2 of a superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is determined through magnetoresistive measurements as a function of the gate voltage, VG. When VG increases, the critical temperature has a dome-like shape, while Hc2 monotonically decreases. This relationship of independence between the variation of Tc and of Hc2 suggests that the Cooper pairing potential is stronger in the underdoped region and the coherence length increases with the increase of VG. The result is as for high temperature superconducting cuprates and it is different than for conventional low temperature superconductors.

  13. Gate dependence of upper critical field in superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Shen, S. C.; Chen, B. B.; Xue, H. X.; Cao, G.; Li, C. J.; Wang, X. X.; Hong, Y. P.; Guo, G. P.; Dou, R. F.; Xiong, C. M.; He, L.; Nie, J. C.

    2016-01-01

    The fundamental parameters of the superconducting state such as coherence length and pairing strength are essential for understanding the nature of superconductivity. These parameters can be estimated by measuring critical parameters such as upper critical field, Hc2. In this work, Hc2 of a superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is determined through magnetoresistive measurements as a function of the gate voltage, VG. When VG increases, the critical temperature has a dome-like shape, while Hc2 monotonically decreases. This relationship of independence between the variation of Tc and of Hc2 suggests that the Cooper pairing potential is stronger in the underdoped region and the coherence length increases with the increase of VG. The result is as for high temperature superconducting cuprates and it is different than for conventional low temperature superconductors. PMID:27378271

  14. Gate dependence of upper critical field in superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface.

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    Shen, S C; Chen, B B; Xue, H X; Cao, G; Li, C J; Wang, X X; Hong, Y P; Guo, G P; Dou, R F; Xiong, C M; He, L; Nie, J C

    2016-07-05

    The fundamental parameters of the superconducting state such as coherence length and pairing strength are essential for understanding the nature of superconductivity. These parameters can be estimated by measuring critical parameters such as upper critical field, Hc2. In this work, Hc2 of a superconducting (110) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is determined through magnetoresistive measurements as a function of the gate voltage, VG. When VG increases, the critical temperature has a dome-like shape, while Hc2 monotonically decreases. This relationship of independence between the variation of Tc and of Hc2 suggests that the Cooper pairing potential is stronger in the underdoped region and the coherence length increases with the increase of VG. The result is as for high temperature superconducting cuprates and it is different than for conventional low temperature superconductors.

  15. Study on the limiting factor of critical current in Ag-Bi2223 tapes

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    Liu, Y.; Ding, S. Y.; Luo, H.; Leng, X.; Lin, J. W.

    2003-04-01

    The silver sheathed tapes of Ag-Bi 2- xPb xSr 2Ca 2-Cu 3O 7- y (Ag-Bi2223) were fabricated by usual process. The limiting factor of the critical current density jc of the tapes was studied. V- I characteristic was performed for the tapes immersed in liquid nitrogen with and without magnetic fields. Hysteresis loop of V- I curve was observed. A model based on polycrystalline superconductors was proposed to account for this kind of hysteresis. The result shows that in our Ag-Bi2223 tapes the weak link is the key factor limiting the global critical current. The measurement of V- I loop can be an effective method to check whether there exist harmful weak links in polycrystalline samples.

  16. Critique and Contribute: A Practice-Based Framework for Improving Critical Data Studies and Data Science.

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    Neff, Gina; Tanweer, Anissa; Fiore-Gartland, Brittany; Osburn, Laura

    2017-06-01

    What would data science look like if its key critics were engaged to help improve it, and how might critiques of data science improve with an approach that considers the day-to-day practices of data science? This article argues for scholars to bridge the conversations that seek to critique data science and those that seek to advance data science practice to identify and create the social and organizational arrangements necessary for a more ethical data science. We summarize four critiques that are commonly made in critical data studies: data are inherently interpretive, data are inextricable from context, data are mediated through the sociomaterial arrangements that produce them, and data serve as a medium for the negotiation and communication of values. We present qualitative research with academic data scientists, "data for good" projects, and specialized cross-disciplinary engineering teams to show evidence of these critiques in the day-to-day experience of data scientists as they acknowledge and grapple with the complexities of their work. Using ethnographic vignettes from two large multiresearcher field sites, we develop a set of concepts for analyzing and advancing the practice of data science and improving critical data studies, including (1) communication is central to the data science endeavor; (2) making sense of data is a collective process; (3) data are starting, not end points, and (4) data are sets of stories. We conclude with two calls to action for researchers and practitioners in data science and critical data studies alike. First, creating opportunities for bringing social scientific and humanistic expertise into data science practice simultaneously will advance both data science and critical data studies. Second, practitioners should leverage the insights from critical data studies to build new kinds of organizational arrangements, which we argue will help advance a more ethical data science. Engaging the insights of critical data studies will

  17. Critique and Contribute: A Practice-Based Framework for Improving Critical Data Studies and Data Science

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    Neff, Gina; Tanweer, Anissa; Fiore-Gartland, Brittany; Osburn, Laura

    2017-01-01

    Abstract What would data science look like if its key critics were engaged to help improve it, and how might critiques of data science improve with an approach that considers the day-to-day practices of data science? This article argues for scholars to bridge the conversations that seek to critique data science and those that seek to advance data science practice to identify and create the social and organizational arrangements necessary for a more ethical data science. We summarize four critiques that are commonly made in critical data studies: data are inherently interpretive, data are inextricable from context, data are mediated through the sociomaterial arrangements that produce them, and data serve as a medium for the negotiation and communication of values. We present qualitative research with academic data scientists, “data for good” projects, and specialized cross-disciplinary engineering teams to show evidence of these critiques in the day-to-day experience of data scientists as they acknowledge and grapple with the complexities of their work. Using ethnographic vignettes from two large multiresearcher field sites, we develop a set of concepts for analyzing and advancing the practice of data science and improving critical data studies, including (1) communication is central to the data science endeavor; (2) making sense of data is a collective process; (3) data are starting, not end points, and (4) data are sets of stories. We conclude with two calls to action for researchers and practitioners in data science and critical data studies alike. First, creating opportunities for bringing social scientific and humanistic expertise into data science practice simultaneously will advance both data science and critical data studies. Second, practitioners should leverage the insights from critical data studies to build new kinds of organizational arrangements, which we argue will help advance a more ethical data science. Engaging the insights of critical data

  18. Study of Unrecovered Strain and Critical Stresses in One-Way Shape Memory Nitinol

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    Honarvar, Mohammad; Datla, Naresh V.; Konh, Bardia; Podder, Tarun K.; Dicker, Adam P.; Yu, Yan; Hutapea, Parsaoran

    2014-08-01

    Unique thermomechanical properties of Nitinol known as shape memory and superelasticity make it applicable for different fields such as biomedical, structural, and aerospace engineering. These unique properties are due to the comparatively large recoverable strain, which is being produced in a martensitic phase transformation. However, under certain ranges of stresses and temperatures, Nitinol wires exhibit unrecovered strain. For cyclic applications, it is important to understand the strain behavior of Nitinol wires. In this study, the unrecovered strain of different Nitinol wire diameters was investigated using constant stress experiment. Uniaxial tensile test has been also performed to find the range of critical stresses. It was observed that the unrecovered strain produced in the first loading-unloading cycle affects the total strain in the subsequent cycles. Moreover, a critical range of stress was found beyond which the unrecovered strain was negligible while the wires heated up to the range of 70-80°C, depending on the wire diameters. The unrecovered strain of wire diameters of 0.19 mm and less was found to be sensitive to the critical stress. On the other hand, for wire diameters bigger than 0.19 mm this connection between the unrecovered strain and the critical stress was not observed for the same range of heating temperature.

  19. Isotopic ratio of evaporated ions, critical ionization distances, and ionization regions in the process of the field evaporation of molybdenum at high temperatures

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    Golubev, O. L.; Blashenkov, N. M.

    2017-08-01

    A magnetic mass spectrometer with a field ion source has been used to study the steady-state field evaporation of molybdenum at a temperature of 1000-2000 K. Ions of all seven molybdenum isotopes have been observed in the process of evaporation; only low-charge ions Mo+2 and Mo+ have been detected. The critical ionization distances and ionization regions for single- and double-charge Mo ions have been identified based on the measured ion energies and the experimentally determined intensity of the evaporation field. It has been demonstrated that ions are produced in the process of field evaporation of surface atoms at certain distances from the emitter surface in a very narrow spatial region.

  20. Field-controlled spin-density-wave order and quantum critically in Sr3 Ru2 O7

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    Hayden, Stephen

    The quasi-2D metamagnetic perovskite metal Sr3Ru2O7 has been an enigma for the last decade. The application of a large magnetic field of 8T parallel to the c-axis creates a new phase at low temperatures. This phase shows ``electronic nematic'' properties in that strong anisotropy its resistivity can be created by tilting the field away from the c-axis. In addition, measurement of transport and thermodynamic properties suggest that the phase is at the centre of a quantum critical region. Here we use neutron scattering to show that the magnetic field actually induces spin-density-wave magnetic order in the proximity of a metamagnetic critical endpoint. In fact, Sr3Ru2O7 can be tuned through two magnetically-ordered SDW states which exist over relatively small ranges in field (< 0.4 T). Their origin is probably due to the electronic fine structure near the Fermi energy. The magnetic field direction is shown to control the SDW domain populations which naturally explains the strong resistivity anisotropy or ''electronic nematic'' behaviour observed in this material. We find that Sr3Ru2O7 is also unique in that its the quantum critical region is controlled by overdamped incommensurate low-energy spin fluctuations with a diverging relaxation time. The low-energy electronic properties reflect the presence of these fluctuations and, in particular, the field-dependent low-temperature specific heat is proportional to the spin relaxation rate. [Based on C. Lester, S. Ramos, R. S. Perry at el. Natural Materials 14, 373 (2015).

  1. Enhancement of the critical current density in FeO-coated MgB2 thin films at high magnetic fields

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    Surdu, Andrei E; Hamdeh, Hassan H; Al-Omari, I A; Sellmyer, David J; Socrovisciuc, Alexei V; Prepelita, Andrei A; Koparan, Ezgi T; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Ryazanov, Valery V; Hahn, Horst

    2011-01-01

    Summary The effect of depositing FeO nanoparticles with a diameter of 10 nm onto the surface of MgB2 thin films on the critical current density was studied in comparison with the case of uncoated MgB2 thin films. We calculated the superconducting critical current densities (J c) from the magnetization hysteresis (M–H) curves for both sets of samples and found that the J c value of FeO-coated films is higher at all fields and temperatures than the J c value for uncoated films, and that it decreases to ~105 A/cm2 at B = 1 T and T = 20 K and remains approximately constant at higher fields up to 7 T. PMID:22259764

  2. Fermi surface topology and the upper critical field in two-band superconductors: application to MgB2.

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    Dahm, T; Schopohl, N

    2003-07-04

    Recent measurements of the anisotropy of the upper critical field B(c2) on MgB2 single crystals have shown a puzzling strong temperature dependence. Here, we present a calculation of the upper critical field based on a detailed modeling of band structure calculations that takes into account both the unusual Fermi surface topology and the two gap nature of the superconducting order parameter. Our results show that the strong temperature dependence of the B(c2) anisotropy can be understood as an interplay of the dominating gap on the sigma band, which possesses a small c-axis component of the Fermi velocity, with the induced superconductivity on the pi-band possessing a large c-axis component of the Fermi velocity. We provide analytic formulas for the anisotropy ratio at T=0 and T=T(c) and quantitatively predict the distortion of the vortex lattice based on our calculations.

  3. Applications of Canonical transformations and nontrivial vacuum solutions to flavor mixing and critical phenomena in quantum field theory

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    Mishchenko, Yuriy

    2004-12-01

    MISHCHENKO, YURIY. Applications of Canonical Transformations and Nontrivial Vacuum Solutions to flavor mixing and critical phenomena in Quantum Field Theory. (Under the direction of Chueng-Ryong Ji.) In this dissertation we consider two recent applications of Bogoliubov Transformation to the phenomenology of quantum mixing and the theory of critical phenomena. In recent years quantum mixing got in the focus of the searches for New Physics due to its unparalleled sensitivity to SM parameters and indications of neutrino mixing. It was recently suggested that Bogoliubov Transformation may be important in proper definition of the flavor states that otherwise results in problems in perturbative treatment. As first part of this dissertation we investigate this conjecture and develop a complete formulation of such a mixing field theory involving introduction of general formalism, analysis of space-time conversion and phenomenological implications. As second part of this dissertati

  4. Critical fields and vortex pinning in overdoped Ba0.2K0.8Fe2As2

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    Shen, B.; Leroux, M.; Wang, Y. L.; ...

    2015-05-19

    We determine the upper and lower critical fields, the penetration depth and the vortex pinning characteristics of single crystals of overdoped Ba0.2K0.8Fe2As2 with Tc ~ 10 K. We find that bulk vortex pinning is weak and vortex dynamics to be dominated by the geometrical surface barrier. The temperature dependence of the lower critical field, Hc1, displays a distinctive upturn at low temperatures, which is suggestive of two distinct superconducting gaps. Furthermore, the penetration depth, λ, varies linearly with temperature below 4 K indicative of line nodes in the superconducting gap. As a result, these observations can be well described inmore » a model based on a multi-band nodal superconducting gap.« less

  5. A Critical Study of Agglomerated Multigrid Methods for Diffusion

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    Thomas, James L.; Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Diskin, Boris

    2009-01-01

    Agglomerated multigrid techniques used in unstructured-grid methods are studied critically for a model problem representative of laminar diffusion in the incompressible limit. The studied target-grid discretizations and discretizations used on agglomerated grids are typical of current node-centered formulations. Agglomerated multigrid convergence rates are presented using a range of two- and three-dimensional randomly perturbed unstructured grids for simple geometries with isotropic and highly stretched grids. Two agglomeration techniques are used within an overall topology-preserving agglomeration framework. The results show that multigrid with an inconsistent coarse-grid scheme using only the edge terms (also referred to in the literature as a thin-layer formulation) provides considerable speedup over single-grid methods but its convergence deteriorates on finer grids. Multigrid with a Galerkin coarse-grid discretization using piecewise-constant prolongation and a heuristic correction factor is slower and also grid-dependent. In contrast, grid-independent convergence rates are demonstrated for multigrid with consistent coarse-grid discretizations. Actual cycle results are verified using quantitative analysis methods in which parts of the cycle are replaced by their idealized counterparts.

  6. A Critical Study of Agglomerated Multigrid Methods for Diffusion

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    Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Diskin, Boris; Thomas, James L.

    2011-01-01

    Agglomerated multigrid techniques used in unstructured-grid methods are studied critically for a model problem representative of laminar diffusion in the incompressible limit. The studied target-grid discretizations and discretizations used on agglomerated grids are typical of current node-centered formulations. Agglomerated multigrid convergence rates are presented using a range of two- and three-dimensional randomly perturbed unstructured grids for simple geometries with isotropic and stretched grids. Two agglomeration techniques are used within an overall topology-preserving agglomeration framework. The results show that multigrid with an inconsistent coarse-grid scheme using only the edge terms (also referred to in the literature as a thin-layer formulation) provides considerable speedup over single-grid methods but its convergence deteriorates on finer grids. Multigrid with a Galerkin coarse-grid discretization using piecewise-constant prolongation and a heuristic correction factor is slower and also grid-dependent. In contrast, grid-independent convergence rates are demonstrated for multigrid with consistent coarse-grid discretizations. Convergence rates of multigrid cycles are verified with quantitative analysis methods in which parts of the two-grid cycle are replaced by their idealized counterparts.

  7. Electronic in-plane symmetry breaking at field-tuned quantum criticality in CeRhIn5.

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    Ronning, F; Helm, T; Shirer, K R; Bachmann, M D; Balicas, L; Chan, M K; Ramshaw, B J; McDonald, R D; Balakirev, F F; Jaime, M; Bauer, E D; Moll, P J W

    2017-08-17

    Electronic nematic materials are characterized by a lowered symmetry of the electronic system compared to the underlying lattice, in analogy to the directional alignment without translational order in nematic liquid crystals. Such nematic phases appear in the copper- and iron-based high-temperature superconductors, and their role in establishing superconductivity remains an open question. Nematicity may take an active part, cooperating or competing with superconductivity, or may appear accidentally in such systems. Here we present experimental evidence for a phase of fluctuating nematic character in a heavy-fermion superconductor, CeRhIn5 (ref. 5). We observe a magnetic-field-induced state in the vicinity of a field-tuned antiferromagnetic quantum critical point at Hc ≈ 50 tesla. This phase appears above an out-of-plane critical field H* ≈ 28 tesla and is characterized by a substantial in-plane resistivity anisotropy in the presence of a small in-plane field component. The in-plane symmetry breaking has little apparent connection to the underlying lattice, as evidenced by the small magnitude of the magnetostriction anomaly at H*. Furthermore, no anomalies appear in the magnetic torque, suggesting the absence of metamagnetism in this field range. The appearance of nematic behaviour in a prototypical heavy-fermion superconductor highlights the interrelation of nematicity and unconventional superconductivity, suggesting nematicity to be common among correlated materials.

  8. Electronic in-plane symmetry breaking at field-tuned quantum criticality in CeRhIn5

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    Ronning, F.; Helm, T.; Shirer, K. R.; Bachmann, M. D.; Balicas, L.; Chan, M. K.; Ramshaw, B. J.; McDonald, R. D.; Balakirev, F. F.; Jaime, M.; Bauer, E. D.; Moll, P. J. W.

    2017-08-01

    Electronic nematic materials are characterized by a lowered symmetry of the electronic system compared to the underlying lattice, in analogy to the directional alignment without translational order in nematic liquid crystals. Such nematic phases appear in the copper- and iron-based high-temperature superconductors, and their role in establishing superconductivity remains an open question. Nematicity may take an active part, cooperating or competing with superconductivity, or may appear accidentally in such systems. Here we present experimental evidence for a phase of fluctuating nematic character in a heavy-fermion superconductor, CeRhIn5 (ref. 5). We observe a magnetic-field-induced state in the vicinity of a field-tuned antiferromagnetic quantum critical point at Hc ≈ 50 tesla. This phase appears above an out-of-plane critical field H* ≈ 28 tesla and is characterized by a substantial in-plane resistivity anisotropy in the presence of a small in-plane field component. The in-plane symmetry breaking has little apparent connection to the underlying lattice, as evidenced by the small magnitude of the magnetostriction anomaly at H*. Furthermore, no anomalies appear in the magnetic torque, suggesting the absence of metamagnetism in this field range. The appearance of nematic behaviour in a prototypical heavy-fermion superconductor highlights the interrelation of nematicity and unconventional superconductivity, suggesting nematicity to be common among correlated materials.

  9. Upper critical field, pressure-dependent superconductivity and electronic anisotropy of Sm4Fe2As2Te(1-x)O(4-y)F(y).

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    Pisoni, A; Katrych, S; Szirmai, P; Náfrádi, B; Gaál, R; Karpinski, J; Forró, L

    2016-03-23

    We present a detailed study of the electrical transport properties of a recently discovered iron-based superconductor: Sm4Fe2As2Te0.72O2.8F1.2. We followed the temperature dependence of the upper critical field by resistivity measurement of single crystals in magnetic fields up to 16 T, oriented along the two main crystallographic directions. This material exhibits a zero-temperature upper critical field of 90 T and 65 T parallel and perpendicular to the Fe2As2 planes, respectively. An unprecedented superconducting magnetic anisotropy γH=H(c2)(ab)/H(c2)(c) ~ 14 is observed near Tc, and it decreases at lower temperatures as expected in multiband superconductors. Direct measurement of the electronic anisotropy was performed on microfabricated samples, showing a value of ρ(c)/ρ(ab)(300K) ~ 5 that rises up to 19 near Tc . Finally, we have studied the pressure and temperature dependence of the in-plane resistivity. The critical temperature decreases linearly upon application of hydrostatic pressure (up to 2 GPa) similarly to overdoped cuprate superconductors. The resistivity shows saturation at high temperatures, suggesting that the material approaches the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit for metallic conduction. Indeed, we have successfully modelled the resistivity in the normal state with a parallel resistor model that is widely accepted for this state. All the measured quantities suggest strong pressure dependence of the density of states.

  10. Critical Schwinger pair production. II. Universality in the deeply critical regime

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    Gies, Holger; Torgrimsson, Greger

    2017-01-01

    We study electron-positron pair production by spatially inhomogeneous electric fields. Depending on the localization of the field, a critical point (critical surface) exists in the space of field configurations where the pair production probability vanishes. Near criticality, pair production exhibits universal properties similar to those of continuous phase transitions. We extend results previously obtained in the semiclassical (weak-field) critical regime to the deeply critical regime for arbitrary peak field strength. In this regime, we find an enhanced universality, featuring a unique critical exponent β =3 for all sufficiently localized fields. For a large class of field profiles, we also compute the nonuniversal amplitudes.

  11. Microbial field pilot study. Final report

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    Knapp, R.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Menzie, D.E.; Coates, J.D.; Chisholm, J.L.

    1993-05-01

    A multi-well microbially enhanced oil recovery field pilot has been performed in the Southeast Vassar Vertz Sand Unit in Payne County, Oklahoma. The primary emphasis of the experiment was preferential plugging of high permeability zones for the purpose of improving waterflood sweep efficiency. Studies were performed to determine reservoir chemistry, ecology, and indigenous bacteria populations. Growth experiments were used to select a nutrient system compatible with the reservoir that encouraged growth of a group of indigenous nitrate-using bacteria and inhibit growth of sulfate-reducing bacteria. A specific field pilot area behind an active line drive waterflood was selected. Surface facilities were designed and installed. Injection protocols of bulk nutrient materials were prepared to facilitate uniform distribution of nutrients within the pilot area. By the end of December, 1991, 82.5 tons (75.0 tonnes) of nutrients had been injected in the field. A tracer test identified significant heterogeneity in the SEVVSU and made it necessary to monitor additional production wells in the field. The tracer tests and changes in production behavior indicate the additional production wells monitored during the field trial were also affected. Eighty two and one half barrels (13.1 m{sup 3}) of tertiary oil have been recovered. Microbial activity has increased CO{sub 2} content as indicated by increased alkalinity. A temporary rise in sulfide concentration was experienced. These indicate an active microbial community was generated in the field by the nutrient injection. Pilot area interwell pressure interference test results showed that significant permeability reduction occurred. The interwell permeabilities in the pilot area between the injector and the three pilot production wells were made more uniform which indicates a successful preferential plugging enhanced oil recovery project.

  12. Field-induced quantum critical point in planar Heisenberg ferromagnets with long-range interactions: Two-time Green's function framework

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    Campana, L. S.; de Cesare, L.; Esposito, U.; Mercaldo, M. T.; Rabuffo, I.

    2010-07-01

    The two-time Green’s function method is used to study the critical properties and crossover phenomena near the field-induced quantum critical point (QCP) of a d -dimensional spin- S planar Heisenberg ferromagnet with long-range interactions decaying as r-α (with α>d ) with the distance r between spins. We adopt the Callen scheme for spin S and the Tyablikov decoupling procedure which is expected to provide suitable results at low temperatures. Different quantum critical regimes are found in the (α,d) plane and the global structure of the phase diagram is determined showing the typical V-shaped region close to the QCP. Depending on the values of α , we find that also for dimensionalities d⩽2 a finite-temperature critical line, ending in the QCP, exists with asymptotic behaviors and crossovers which can be employed as a useful guide for experimental studies. Moreover, these crossovers are shown to be suitably described in terms of (α,d) -dependent scaling functions and effective critical exponents.

  13. Critical Thinking and the Critical Person.

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    Paul, Richard W.

    The paper's purpose is to clarify and develop some theoretical and practical implications of the concept of critical thinking, and the field of social studies is used as one example of the problem. The work of four leading critical theorists (Robert Ennis, Harvey Siegel, Michael Scriven, and R. S. Peters) is described and a distinction is made…

  14. Language as a Field of Energy: A Critical Question for Language Pedagogy

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    Soter, Anna O.; Connors, Sean P.

    2017-01-01

    This essay offers a reorientation of our views on the interrelationships of language and thought as a field of constantly reprogrammable energy, and provides an argument as to why we believe this new metaphor (i.e., language as a field of energy) matters in language pedagogy, in classrooms at all levels, as well as within teacher education and…

  15. Can an Observational Field Model Enhance Critical Thinking and Generalist Practice Skills?

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    Carey, Maureen E.; McCardle, Melissa

    2011-01-01

    This article examines how a baccalaureate program initiated an introductory field experience in an attempt to improve 2 frequently identified impediments to quality field experiences, namely the lack of a complete generalist practice experience and the lack of opportunities for integration of theory into practice. The key components to this…

  16. Disrupting Racialization: Considering Critical Leadership in the Field of Physical Education

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    Fitzpatrick, Katie; Santamaría, Lorri J.

    2015-01-01

    Background: The field of physical education (PE), overlapping as it does with the field of sport, has been critiqued for marginalizing those positioned as "different". This difference is typically conceptualized in regard to a white, masculine, heterosexual, and able-bodied norm. Students who do not identify as white are not represented…

  17. Sitting in the Waiting Room: Paulo Freire and the Critical Turn in the Field of Education

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    Gottesman, Isaac

    2010-01-01

    Although it is commonly assumed that Paulo Freire was widely influential in the field of education in the United States immediately upon publication of his classic work, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", in 1970, the historical evidence indicates otherwise. In fact, Freire's work only began to gain wide reception in the field in the mid- and late…

  18. Robust superconductivity with large upper critical field in Nb{sub 2}PdS{sub 5}

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    Jha, Rajveer; Tiwari, Brajesh; Rani, Poonam; Kishan, Hari; Awana, V. P. S.

    2014-06-07

    We report synthesis, structural details, and complete superconducting characterization of very recently discovered [Q. Zhang, Sci. Rep. 3, 1446 (2013)] Nb{sub 2}PdS{sub 5} new superconductor. The synthesized compound is crystallized in monoclinic structure with C2/m (#12) space group. Bulk superconductivity is seen in both ac/dc magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements with superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) at 6 K. The upper critical field (H{sub c2}) being estimated from high field magneto-transport [ρ(T)H] measurements is above 240 kOe. The estimated H{sub c2}(0) is clearly above the Pauli paramagnetic limit of ∼1.84T{sub c}. Heat capacity (C{sub p}) measurements show clear transition with well defined peak at T{sub c}, but with lower jump than as expected for a Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer type superconductor. The Sommerfeld constant (γ) and Debye temperature (Θ{sub D}) as determined from low temperature fitting of C{sub P}(T) data are 32 mJ/mole-K{sup 2} and 263 K, respectively. Hall coefficients and resistivity in conjugation with electronic heat capacity indicates multiple gap superconductivity signatures in Nb{sub 2}PdS{sub 5}. We also studied the impact of hydrostatic pressure (0–1.97 Gpa) on superconductivity of Nb{sub 2}PdS{sub 5} and found nearly no change in T{sub c} for the given pressure range.

  19. Reading the World's Classics Critically: A Keyword-Based Approach to Literary Analysis in Foreign Language Studies

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    García, Nuria Alonso; Caplan, Alison

    2014-01-01

    While there are a number of important critical pedagogies being proposed in the field of foreign language study, more attention should be given to providing concrete examples of how to apply these ideas in the classroom. This article offers a new approach to the textual analysis of literary classics through the keyword-based methodology originally…

  20. Reading the World's Classics Critically: A Keyword-Based Approach to Literary Analysis in Foreign Language Studies

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    García, Nuria Alonso; Caplan, Alison

    2014-01-01

    While there are a number of important critical pedagogies being proposed in the field of foreign language study, more attention should be given to providing concrete examples of how to apply these ideas in the classroom. This article offers a new approach to the textual analysis of literary classics through the keyword-based methodology originally…

  1. Foundations Symposium: A Continued Dialogue on Critical Theory, Cultural Analysis, and Ethical Aspects of the Field.

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    Anderson, Jane; And Others

    Seven articles are presented from a symposium on critical theory, cultural analysis, and the ethical aspects of the use of educational technology. Two papers deal with the educational philosophy of two modern thinkers, and others focus on educational technology in the modern or postmodern era. The following papers are included: (1) "Foucault…

  2. AFM nano-plough planar YBCO micro-bridges: critical currents and magnetic field effects.

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    Elkaseh, A A O; Perold, W J; Srinivasu, V V

    2010-10-01

    The critical current (Ic) of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) AFM plough micro-constrictions is measured as a function of temperature, width and the magnetic flux density (B), which was applied perpendicular to the YBCO ab-plane and surface of the bridges. C-axis oriented thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-x were deposited on MgO substrates using an inverted cylindrical magnetron (ICM) sputtering technique. The films were then patterned into 8-10 micron size strips, using standard photolithography and dry etching processes. Micro-bridges with widths between 1.9 microm to 4.1 microm were fabricated by using atomic force microscope (AFM) nanolithography techniques. Critical current versus temperature data shows a straight-line behavior, which is typical of constriction type Josephson junctions. The Ic versus B characteristics exhibited a modulation, and a suppression of the critical current of up to 84%. It was also found that the critical current increases with increasing constriction width.

  3. Comment on ‘Critical scalar field collapse in AdS3: an analytical approach’

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    Clément, Gérard; Fabbri, Alessandro

    2014-05-01

    We comment on the derivation of an analytical solution presented in Baier et al (2014 Class. Quantum Grav. 31 025007), show that it belongs to a family of separable solutions previously constructed in Clément and Fabbri (2002 Nucl. Phys. B 630 269), and question its relevance to critical collapse.

  4. "Cultural Criticism": A Social Approach to Studying Writing.

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    Bizzell, Patricia

    1989-01-01

    Explores the social circumstances of academic writing. Looks at student and professional academic writers and readers as participants in a complex literary genre, with its own conventions, ideological assumptions, and epistemological implications. Argues that academics must become cultural critics. (RAE)

  5. "Cultural Criticism": A Social Approach to Studying Writing.

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    Bizzell, Patricia

    1989-01-01

    Explores the social circumstances of academic writing. Looks at student and professional academic writers and readers as participants in a complex literary genre, with its own conventions, ideological assumptions, and epistemological implications. Argues that academics must become cultural critics. (RAE)

  6. Field Studies of Exercise and Food Deprivation

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    2006-08-01

    Field studies of exercise and food deprivation Reed W. Hoyt and Karl E. FriedlPurpose of review The increase in obesity in developed societies...limit to fat reserves in physically active underfed young adult men, and in response to exercise and underfeeding, women used more fat mass and less fat...Similar findings are evident in obese patients on a very low calorie diet [31]. Other metabolic changes, such as a progressive increase in total

  7. Transient critical heat flux and blowdown heat-transfer studies

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    Leung, J.C.

    1980-05-01

    Objective of this study is to give a best-estimate prediction of transient critical heat flux (CHF) during reactor transients and hypothetical accidents. To accomplish this task, a predictional method has been developed. Basically it involves the thermal-hydraulic calculation of the heated core with boundary conditions supplied from experimental measurements. CHF predictions were based on the instantaneous ''local-conditions'' hypothesis, and eight correlations (consisting of round-tube, rod-bundle, and transient correlations) were tested against most recent blowdown heat-transfer test data obtained in major US facilities. The prediction results are summarized in a table in which both CISE and Biasi correlations are found to be capable of predicting the early CHF of approx. 1 s. The Griffith-Zuber correlation is credited for its prediction of the delay CHF that occurs in a more tranquil state with slowly decaying mass velocity. In many instances, the early CHF can be well correlated by the x = 1.0 criterion; this is certainly indicative of an annular-flow dryout-type crisis. The delay CHF occurred at near or above 80% void fraction, and the success of the modified Zuber pool-boiling correlation suggests that this CHF is caused by flooding and pool-boiling type hydrodynamic crisis.

  8. Metabolism studies of chiral pesticides: A critical review.

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    de Albuquerque, Nayara Cristina Perez; Carrão, Daniel Blascke; Habenschus, Maísa Daniela; de Oliveira, Anderson Rodrigo Moraes

    2017-08-11

    The consumption of pesticides worldwide has been growing in recent decades, and consequently the exposure of humans and other animals to them as well. However, even though it is known that chiral pesticides can behave stereoselectively, the knowledge about the risks to human health and the environment is scarce. Among the pesticides registered to date, approximately 30% have at least one center of asymmetry, and just 7% of them are currently marketed as a pure stereoisomer or as an enriched mixture of the active stereoisomer. There are several in vitro, in vivo, and in silico models available to evaluate the enantioselective metabolism of chiral pesticides aiming ecotoxicological and risk assessment. Therefore, this paper intends to provide a critical view of the metabolism of chiral pesticides in non-target species, including humans, and discuss their implications, as well as, conduct a review of the analytical techniques employed for in vitro and in vivo metabolism studies of chiral pesticides. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Factors affecting sleep in the critically ill: an observational study.

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    Elliott, Rosalind; Rai, Tapan; McKinley, Sharon

    2014-10-01

    The aims of the current study were to describe the extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting sleep in critically ill patients and to examine potential relationships with sleep quality. Sleep was recorded using polysomnography (PSG) and self-reports collected in adult patients in intensive care. Sound and illuminance levels were recorded during sleep recording. Objective sleep quality was quantified using total sleep time divided by the number of sleep periods (PSG sleep period time ratio). A regression model was specified using the "PSG sleep period time ratio" as a dependent variable. Sleep was highly fragmented. Patients rated noise and light as the most sleep disruptive. Continuous equivalent sound levels were 56 dB (A). Median daytime illuminance level was 74 lux, and nighttime levels were 1 lux. The regression model explained 25% of the variance in sleep quality (P = .027); the presence of an artificial airway was the only statistically significant predictor in the model (P = .007). The presence of an artificial airway during sleep monitoring was the only significant predictor in the regression model and may suggest that although potentially uncomfortable, an artificial airway may actually promote sleep. This requires further investigation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Magnetic-field induced multiple topological phases in pyrochlore iridates with Mott criticality

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    Ueda, Kentaro; Oh, Taekoo; Yang, Bohm-Jung; Kaneko, Ryoma; Fujioka, Jun; Nagaosa, Naoto; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2017-05-01

    The interplay between electron correlation and spin-orbit coupling in solids has been proven to be an abundant gold mine for emergent topological phases. Here we report the results of systematic magnetotransport study on bandwidth-controlled pyrochlore iridates R2Ir2O7 near quantum metal-insulator transition (MIT). The application of a magnetic field along [001] crystallographic direction (H//[001]) significantly decreases resistivity while producing a unique Hall response, which indicates the emergence of the novel semi-metallic state in the course of the magnetic transformation from all-in all-out (AIAO, 4/0) to 2-in 2-out (2/2) spin configuration. For H//[111] that favours 3-in 1-out (3/1) configuration, by contrast, the resistivity exhibits saturation at a relatively high value typical of a semimetal. The observed properties can be identified to reflect the emergence of multiple Weyl semimetal states with varying numbers of Weyl points and line nodes in respective spin configurations. With tuning effective bandwidth, all these states appear to concentrate around the quantum MIT region, which may open a promising venue for topological phenomena and functions.

  11. Simulation of Field Dependence of Critical Current Densities of Bulk High Tc Superconducting Materials regarding Thermally Activated Flux Motion

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    Santosh, M.; Naik, S. Pavan Kumar; Koblischka, M. R.

    2017-07-01

    In the upcoming generation, bulk high temperature superconductors (HTS) will play a crucial and a promising role in numerous industrial applications ranging from Maglev trains to magnetic resonance imaging, etc. Especially, the bulk HTS as permanent magnets are suitable due to the fact that they can trap magnetic fields being several orders of magnitude higher than those of the best hard ferromagnets. The bulk HTS LREBa2Cu3O7-δ (LREBCO or LRE-123, LRE: Y, Gd, etc.,) materials could obtain very powerful compact superconducting super-magnets, which can be operated at the cheaper liquid nitrogen temperature or below due to higher critical temperatures (i.e., ∼90 K). As a result, the new advanced technology can be utilized in a more attractive manner for a variety of technological and medical applications which have the capacity to revolutionize the field. An understanding of the magnetic field dependence of the critical current density (J c(H)) is important to develop better adapted materials. To achieve this goal, a variety of Jc (H) behaviours of bulk LREBCO samples were modelled regarding thermally activated flux motion. In essence, the Jc (H) curves follows a certain criterion where an exponential model is applied. However, to fit the complete Jc (H) curve of the LRE-123 samples an unique model is necessary to explain the behavior at low and high fields. The modelling of the various superconducting materials could be understood in terms of the pinning mechanisms.

  12. Critical point in the strong-field magnetotransport of a three-dimensional binary disordered composite medium

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    Magier, Ronen; Bergman, David J.

    2008-04-01

    The electrical response of a three-dimensional composite medium composed of two isotropic conductors with charge carriers of the same sign is investigated. We consider such mixtures when subject to a strong magnetic field. First, an asymptotic analysis of a self-consistent effective medium approximation (SEMA) is applied for this purpose. A critical point in the behavior of the effective transverse Ohmic resistivity is predicted. At this critical point, occurring when the Hall resistivities of the two constituents are equal, the dependence of the induced magnetoresistance on the externally applied magnetic field changes from nonsaturating to saturating. The crossover between these distinct strong-field behaviors is characterized by a closed-form function of an appropriate scaling variable. An analogy is found between the investigated composite and a parallel-slabs composite. This provides physical insight into some of the results found using SEMA and indicates that their validity transcends that of SEMA. It also leads to some surprising predictions regarding the distributions of the local electric field and current density in the system.

  13. Field-induced quantum critical point in the pressure-induced superconductor CeRhIn5

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    Bauer, Eric D; Park, Tuson; Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Ronning, Filip; Lee, Han O; Movshovich, Roman; Thompson, Joe D

    2009-01-01

    When subjected to pressure, the prototypical heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn{sub 5} becomes superconducting, forming a broad dome of superconductivity centered around 2.35 GPa (=P2) with maximal T{sub c} of 2.3 K. Above the superconducting dome, the normal state shows strange metallic behaviors, including a divergence in the specific heat and a sub-T-linear electrical resistivity. The discovery of a field-induced magnetic phase that coexists with superconductivity for a range of pressures P {le} P2 has been interpreted as evidence for a quantum phase transition, which could explain the non-Fenni liquid behavior observed in the normal state. Here we report electrical resistivity measurements of CeRhIn{sub 5} under magnetic field at P2, where the resistivity is sub-T-linear for fields less than H{sub c2}(0) and a T{sup 2}-coefficient A found above H{sub c2}(0) diverges as H{sub c2} is approached. These results are similar to the field-induced quantum critical compound Ce-CoIn{sub 5} and confirm the presence of a quantum critical point in the pressure-induced superconductor CeRhIn{sub 5}.

  14. Comment on "Critical point scaling of Ising spin glasses in a magnetic field"

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    Temesvári, T.

    2016-11-01

    In a section of a recent paper [Phys. Rev. B 91, 104432 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.104432], the authors discuss some of the arguments in the paper by Parisi and Temesvári [Nucl. Phys. B 858, 293 (2012), 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2012.01.014]. In this Comment, it is shown how these arguments are misinterpreted and the existence of the Almeida-Thouless transition in the upper critical dimension six reasserted.

  15. Case studies of first-year critical science teachers

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    Love, Kurt A.

    Brent Davis and Dennis Sumara (1997) performed a study of themselves and another professor who took a sabbatical to work in an elementary school for a year. Their intentions, as professors focused on cognition, was to create a change in teaching practices throughout the school that aligned more closely with social cognitive research. However, their experiences did not go as planned. Each found that he could not just simply bring their philosophies into their classrooms independent of the sociocultural context of the school. They found very quickly that none of them could act as fully autonomous agents. They described their experiences as being part of the sociocultural fabric of the school because each of their teaching practices changed in ways that they did not anticipate and in ways that were not philosophically aligned. However, they also found that this was a two-way relationship. They were not describing completely deterministic experiences. Davis and Sumara described observing colleagues changing their practices in ways that did incorporate some of the philosophies that they espoused during their tenure at the elementary school. They explain their experience as one where they were pushed and pulled by the sociocultural context and they also pushed and pulled on the sociocultural context. This dissertation focuses on three first-year science teachers (a 4 th grade teacher and two high school science teachers) who identified as wanting to bring critical, feminist, and ecojustice perspectives into their teaching practices. Each enacts these practices much differently in the context of the sociocultural contexts of their own schools, and often changed their teaching practices in ways that seemed to more closely align with those contexts. Each of the three dealt with external and internal hegemonic pressures that caused them to align more closely with their contexts. The philosophical foundations of their sociocultural contexts were manifested externally through

  16. Effects of macroscopic inhomogeneities on the magnetoresistivity of simple metals and critical field anisotropy in granular aluminum

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    Loeffler, K. M.

    The effects of macroscopic voids on the high field thermal magnetoresistivity of the simple metals, including the effects of the lattice conductivity were determined. The calculations were performed using a Green's function approach and a boundary value method. The presence of the lattice conductivity causes large deviations from the linear term evident in the electrical magnetoresistivity. The thermal magnetoresistivity, both transverse and longitudinal, saturates in sufficiently strong fields. The deviation from linearity occurs for 10 is equal to or less than omega sub c tau is equal to or less than 100 depending upon the magnitude of k sub g. The Righi-Leduc coefficient was determined and it was found that the voids caused light increase. The magnetoresistance anomalies of potassium cannot be explained by the presence of voids. Critical field and fluctuation conductivity for extreme type 2 granular aluminum films were measured and found to exhibit a strong temperature dependent anisotropy.

  17. Cancer risk assessment of extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields: a critical review of methodology.

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    McCann, J

    1998-01-01

    This review provides a discussion of cancer risk assessment methodology pertinent to developing a strategy for extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMF). Approaches taken for chemical agents or ionizing radiation in six key topic areas are briefly reviewed, and then those areas are examined from the perspective of EMF, identifying issues to be addressed in developing a risk assessment strategy. The following recommendations are offered: 1) risk assessment should be viewed as an iterative process that informs an overall judgment as to health risk and consists of a complex of related activities incorporating both positive and negative data, tumor and nontumor end points, and human and nonhuman sources of information; 2) a hazard identification resulting in a conclusion of weak or null effects, such as may be associated with EMF, will need to assign significant weight to animal cancer bioassays conducted under defined exposure conditions as well as to human epidemiologic studies; 3) a default factor to account for possible age differences in sensitivity to carcinogenesis should be included in an EMF risk assessment; 4) lack of evidence of dose response and the apparent lack of DNA reactivity of EMF suggest that a safety (or uncertainty) factor or margin of exposure type of risk characterization may be most appropriate; and 5) an EMF risk assessment should permit at least tentative conclusions to be reached as to the limits of carcinogenic risk from exposure to EMF, and should also define an efficient research agenda aimed at clarifying uncertainties appropriate to a more complete assessment. PMID:9799185

  18. Counterterm method in Einstein dilaton gravity and the critical behavior of dilaton black holes with a power-Maxwell field

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    Dayyani, Z.; Sheykhi, A.; Dehghani, M. H.

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the critical behavior of a (n +1 )-dimensional topological dilaton black holes in an extended phase space in both canonical and grand-canonical ensembles, when the gauge field is in the form of a power-Maxwell field. In order to do this, we introduce for the first time the counterterms that remove the divergences of the action in dilaton gravity for the solutions with curved boundary. Using the counterterm method, we calculate the conserved quantities and the action and, therefore, the Gibbs free energy in both the canonical and grand-canonical ensembles. We treat the cosmological constant as a thermodynamic pressure, and its conjugate quantity as a thermodynamic volume. In the presence of the power-Maxwell field, we find an analogy between the topological dilaton black holes with a van der Walls liquid-gas system in all dimensions provided the dilaton coupling constant α and the power parameter p are chosen properly. Interestingly enough, we observe that the power-Maxwell dilaton black holes admit the phase transition in both canonical and grand-canonical ensembles. This is in contrast to RN-AdS, Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton and Born-Infeld-dilaton black holes, which only admit the phase transition in the canonical ensemble. In addition, we calculate the critical quantities and show that they depend on α , n and p . Finally, we obtain the critical exponents in the two ensembles and show that they are independent of the model parameters and have the same values as in the mean-field theory.

  19. ICU Telemedicine and Critical Care Mortality: A National Effectiveness Study.

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    Kahn, Jeremy M; Le, Tri Q; Barnato, Amber E; Hravnak, Marilyn; Kuza, Courtney C; Pike, Francis; Angus, Derek C

    2016-03-01

    Intensive care unit (ICU) telemedicine is an increasingly common strategy for improving the outcome of critical care, but its overall impact is uncertain. To determine the effectiveness of ICU telemedicine in a national sample of hospitals and quantify variation in effectiveness across hospitals. We performed a multicenter retrospective case-control study using 2001-2010 Medicare claims data linked to a national survey identifying US hospitals adopting ICU telemedicine. We matched each adopting hospital (cases) to up to 3 nonadopting hospitals (controls) based on size, case-mix, and geographic proximity during the year of adoption. Using ICU admissions from 2 years before and after the adoption date, we compared outcomes between case and control hospitals using a difference-in-differences approach. A total of 132 adopting case hospitals were matched to 389 similar nonadopting control hospitals. The preadoption and postadoption unadjusted 90-day mortality was similar in both case hospitals (24.0% vs. 24.3%, P=0.07) and control hospitals (23.5% vs. 23.7%, P<0.01). In the difference-in-differences analysis, ICU telemedicine adoption was associated with a small relative reduction in 90-day mortality (ratio of odds ratios=0.96; 95% CI, 0.95-0.98; P<0.001). However, there was wide variation in the ICU telemedicine effect across individual hospitals (median ratio of odds ratios=1.01; interquartile range, 0.85-1.12; range, 0.45-2.54). Only 16 case hospitals (12.2%) experienced statistically significant mortality reductions postadoption. Hospitals with a significant mortality reduction were more likely to have large annual admission volumes (P<0.001) and be located in urban areas (P=0.04) compared with other hospitals. Although ICU telemedicine adoption resulted in a small relative overall mortality reduction, there was heterogeneity in effect across adopting hospitals, with large-volume urban hospitals experiencing the greatest mortality reductions.

  20. Recognizing Point of View: A Critical Reading Skill in the Social Studies.

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    Fleming, Dan B.; Weber, Larry J.

    1980-01-01

    Stresses the importance of critical reading skills for high school students in social studies courses. Suggests that educators develop social studies materials dealing with critical reading and that they undertake research to develop better methods of instruction in critical reading. (DB)