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  1. Crystal Field Handbook

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    Newman, D. J.; Ng, Betty

    2007-09-01

    List of contributors; Preface; Introduction; 1. Crystal field splitting mechanisms D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; 2. Empirical crystal fields D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; 3. Fitting crystal field parameters D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; 4. Lanthanide and actinide optical spectra G. K. Liu; 5. Superposition model D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; 6. Effects of electron correlation on crystal field splitting M. F. Reid and D. J. Newman; 7. Ground state splittings in S-state ions D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; 8. Invariants and moments Y. Y. Yeung; 9. Semiclassical model K. S. Chan; 10. Transition intensities M. F. Reid; Appendix 1. Point symmetry D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; Appendix 2. QBASIC programs D. J. Newman and Betty Ng; Appendix 3. Accessible program packages Y. Y. Yeung, M. F. Reid and D. J. Newman; Appendix 4. Computer package CST Cz. Rudowicz; Bibliography; Index.

  2. A molecular-field approximation for quantum crystals. Ph.D. Thesis; [considering ground state properties

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    Danilowicz, R.

    1973-01-01

    Ground-state properties of quantum crystals have received considerable attention from both theorists and experimentalists. The theoretical results have varied widely with the Monte Carlo calculations being the most successful. The molecular field approximation yields ground-state properties which agree closely with the Monte Carlo results. This approach evaluates the dynamical behavior of each pair of molecules in the molecular field of the other N-2 molecules. In addition to predicting ground-state properties that agree well with experiment, this approach yields data on the relative importance of interactions of different nearest neighbor pairs.

  3. Crystal-field splitting of some quintet states of Tb3+ in aluminum garnets

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    Gruber, John B.; Zandi, Bahram; Valiev, Uygun V.; Rakhimov, Sh. A.

    2004-03-01

    A detailed crystal-field splitting analysis is reported for the quintet states 5DJ, 5GJ, and 5LJ of Tb3+(4f8) in the garnets Y3Al5O12(YAG) and Tb3Al5O12(TbAG). In both garnets we assume that Tb3+ ions occupy sites of D2 symmetry in the cubic structure. We have analyzed the optical spectra of Tb3+ between 487 and 349 nm. The absorption spectrum consist of transitions from the ground-state multiplet manifold, 7F6, to individual energy (Stark) levels of the 5D4, 5D3, 5G6, 5L10, 5G5, 5D2, 5G4, and 5L9 multiplet manifolds. An algorithm used successfully by some of us earlier to analyze the spectra of Tm3+(4f12) in YAG is helpful in the present study to establish the crystal quantum labels, Γn(n=1,2,3,4) for individual Stark levels. A lattice-sum model is used to determine an initial set of crystal-field splitting parameters, Bnm. A combined free-ion and crystal-field Hamiltonian is diagonalized for the quintet and septet states. Considerable crystal-field mixing is found among all the quintet states investigated. A least-squares fitting analysis between 130 experimental-to-calculated Stark levels for Tb3+ in YAG gave a rms deviation of 9 cm-1. A least-squares fitting analysis between 136 experimental-to-calculated Stark levels for Tb3+ in TbAG gave a rms deviation of 10 cm-1.

  4. Exchange field effect in the crystal-field ground state of Ce M Al4Si2

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    Chen, K.; Strigari, F.; Sundermann, M.; Agrestini, S.; Ghimire, N. J.; Lin, S.-Z.; Batista, C. D.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Otero, E.; Tanaka, A.; Severing, A.

    2016-09-01

    The crystal-field ground-state wave functions of the tetragonal, magnetically ordering Kondo lattice materials Ce M Al4Si2 (M =Rh , Ir, and Pt) are determined with low-temperature linearly polarized soft-x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and estimates for the crystal-field splittings are given from the temperature evolution of the linear dichroism. Values for the dominant exchange field in the magnetically ordered phases can be obtained from fitting the influence of magnetic order on the linear dichroism. The direction of the required exchange field is ∥c for the antiferromagnetic Rh and Ir compounds, with the corresponding strength of the order of λex≈6 meV (65 K). Furthermore, the presence of Kondo screening in the Rh and Ir compound is demonstrated on the basis of the absorption due to f0 in the initial state.

  5. Magnetic-field-driven surface electromagnetic states in the graphene-antiferromagnetic photonic crystal system

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    Averkov, Yu. O.; Tarapov, S. I.; Yakovenko, V. M.; Yampol'skii, V. A.

    2015-04-01

    The surface electromagnetic states (SEMSs) on graphene, which has a linear carrier dispersion law and is placed in an antiferromagnetic photonic crystal, are theoretically studied in the terahertz frequency range. The unit cell of such a crystal consists of layers of a nonmagnetic insulator and a uniaxial antiferromagnet, the easy axis of which is parallel to the crystal layers. A dc magnetic field is parallel to the easy axis of the antiferromagnet. An expression that relates the SEMS frequencies to the structure parameters is obtained. The problem of SEMS excitation by an external TE-polarized electromagnetic wave is solved, and the dependences of the transmission coefficient on the dc magnetic field and the carrier concentration are constructed. These dependences are shown to differ substantially from the case of a conventional two-dimensional electron gas with a quadratic electron dispersion law. Thus, the positions of the transmission coefficient peaks related to resonance SEMS excitation can be used to determine the character of carrier dispersion law in a two-dimensional electron gas.

  6. Magnetic-field-driven surface electromagnetic states in the graphene-antiferromagnetic photonic crystal system

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    Averkov, Yu. O. Tarapov, S. I.; Yakovenko, V. M.; Yampol’skii, V. A.

    2015-04-15

    The surface electromagnetic states (SEMSs) on graphene, which has a linear carrier dispersion law and is placed in an antiferromagnetic photonic crystal, are theoretically studied in the terahertz frequency range. The unit cell of such a crystal consists of layers of a nonmagnetic insulator and a uniaxial antiferromagnet, the easy axis of which is parallel to the crystal layers. A dc magnetic field is parallel to the easy axis of the antiferromagnet. An expression that relates the SEMS frequencies to the structure parameters is obtained. The problem of SEMS excitation by an external TE-polarized electromagnetic wave is solved, and the dependences of the transmission coefficient on the dc magnetic field and the carrier concentration are constructed. These dependences are shown to differ substantially from the case of a conventional two-dimensional electron gas with a quadratic electron dispersion law. Thus, the positions of the transmission coefficient peaks related to resonance SEMS excitation can be used to determine the character of carrier dispersion law in a two-dimensional electron gas.

  7. Crystallized Schroedinger cat states

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    Castanos, O.; Lopez-Pena, R.; Man`ko, V.I.

    1995-11-01

    Crystallized Schroedinger cat states (male and female) are introduced on the base of extension of group construction for the even and odd coherent states of the electromagnetic field oscillator. The Wigner and Q functions are calculated and some are plotted for C{sub 2}, C{sub 3}, C{sub 4}, C{sub 5}, C{sub 3v} Schroedinger cat states. Quadrature means and dispersions for these states are calculated and squeezing and correlation phenomena are studied. Photon distribution functions for these states are given explicitly and are plotted for several examples. A strong oscillatory behavior of the photon distribution function for some field amplitudes is found in the new type of states.

  8. Resistively detected NMR spectra of the crystal states of the two-dimensional electron gas in a quantizing magnetic field

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    Côté, R.; Simoneau, Alexandre M.

    2016-02-01

    Transport experiments on the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) confined into a semiconductor quantum well and subjected to a quantizing magnetic field have uncovered a rich variety of uniform and nonuniform phases such as the Laughlin liquids, the Wigner, bubble, and Skyrme crystals, and the quantum Hall stripe state. Optically pumped nuclear magnetic resonance (OP-NMR) has also been extremely useful in studying the magnetization and dynamics of electron solids with exotic spin textures such as the Skyrme crystal. Recently, it has been demonstrated that a related technique, resistively-detected nuclear magnetic resonance (RD-NMR), could be a good tool to study the topography of the electron solids in the fractional and integer quantum Hall regimes. In this work, we compute theoretically the RD-NMR line shapes of various crystal phases of the 2DEG and study the relation between their spin density and texture and their NMR spectra. This allows us to evaluate the ability of the RD-NMR to discriminate between the various types of crystal states.

  9. Crystal field and magnetic properties

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    Flood, D. J.

    1977-01-01

    Magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements have been made in the temperature range 1.3 to 4.2 K on powdered samples of ErH3. The susceptibility exhibits Curie-Weiss behavior from 4.2 to 2 K, and intercepts the negative temperature axis at theta = 1.05 + or - 0.05 K, indicating that the material is antiferromagnetic. The low field effective moment is 6.77 + or - 0.27 Bohr magnetons per ion. The magnetization exhibits a temperature independent contribution, the slope of which is (5 + or - 1.2) x 10 to the -6th Weber m/kg Tesla. The saturation moment is 3.84 + or - 1 - 0.15 Bohr magnetons per ion. The results can be qualitatively explained by the effects of crystal fields on the magnetic ions. No definitive assignment of a crystal field ground state can be given, nor can a clear choice between cubically or hexagonally symmetric crystal fields be made. For hexagonal symmetry, the first excited state is estimated to be 86 to 100 K above the ground state. For cubic symmetry, the splitting is on the order of 160 to 180 K.

  10. Crystal-field states of Kondo lattice heavy fermions CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3

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    Anand, V. K.; Adroja, D. T.; Britz, D.; Strydom, A. M.; Taylor, J. W.; Kockelmann, W.

    2016-07-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been carried out to determine the crystal-field states of the Kondo lattice heavy fermions CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3. Both the compounds crystallize in LaRuSn3-type cubic structure (space group P m 3 ¯n ) in which the Ce atoms occupy two distinct crystallographic sites with cubic (m 3 ¯ ) and tetragonal (4 ¯m .2 ) point symmetries. The INS data of CeRuSn3 reveal the presence of a broad excitation centered around 6-8 meV, which is accounted by a model based on crystal electric field (CEF) excitations. On the other hand, the INS data of isostructural CeRhSn3 reveal three CEF excitations around 7.0, 12.2, and 37.2 meV. The neutron intensity sum rule indicates that the Ce ions at both cubic and tetragonal Ce sites are in Ce3 + state in both CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3. The CEF level schemes for both the compounds are deduced. We estimate the Kondo temperature TK=3.1 (2 ) K for CeRuSn3 from neutron quasielastic linewidth in excellent agreement with that determined from the scaling of magnetoresistance which gives TK=3.2 (1 ) K. For CeRhSn3, the neutron quasielastic linewidth gives TK≈4.6 K. For both CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3, the ground state of Ce3 + turns out to be a quartet for the cubic site and a doublet for the tetragonal site.

  11. Magnetic structure and crystal-field states of the pyrochlore antiferromagnet Nd2Zr2O7

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    Xu, J.; Anand, V. K.; Bera, A. K.; Frontzek, Matthias D.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Casati, N.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Lake, B.

    2015-12-28

    In this paper, we present synchrotron x-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, and time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering measurements on the rare earth pyrochlore oxide Nd2Zr2O7 to study the ordered state magnetic structure and cystal-field states. The structural characterization by high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction confirms that the pyrochlore structure has no detectable O vacancies or Nd/Zr site mixing. The neutron diffraction reveals long-range all-in/all-out antiferromagnetic order below TN≈0.4 K with propagation vector k = (0 0 0) and an ordered moment of 1.26(2) μB/Nd at 0.1 K. The ordered moment is much smaller than the estimated moment of 2.65μB/Nd for the localmore » <111> Ising ground state of Nd3+ (J=9/2) suggesting that the ordering is partially suppressed by quantum fluctuations. The inelastic neutron scattering experiment further confirms the Ising anisotropic ground state of Nd3+ and also reveals its dipolar-octupolar character which possibly induces the quantum fluctuation. Lastly, the crystal-field level scheme and ground state wave function have been determined.« less

  12. Theory of the zero-field splitting of 6S(3d5)-state ions in cubic crystals

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    Wan-Lun, Yu; Tao, Tan

    1994-02-01

    A study is made of the zero-field splitting (ZFS) of 6S(3d5) ions in cubic crystals, based on an extended crystal-field (CF) model which assumes two constants ζte and ζtt in the description of the spin-orbit (SO) interaction. In addition to the recognized origin for the ZFS, namely, the combined effect of the CF and the SO couplings, a second source is found to arise from the SO interaction alone through a difference between ζte and ζtt caused by covalency. To understand this second effect, we have investigated the SO coupling processes which contribute to the ZFS, using the Macfarlane-Zdansky perturbation procedure. Processes in which the couplings are all between states of different configurations tm2e5-m are found to make a positive contribution proportional to ζ4te. Other processes contribute negatively through a term in ζ2teζ2tt. The ZFS is thus determined by the relative magnitudes of these two parts, and a small difference between ζte and ζtt will cause a great change in its value. Application of this new theory is successfully made to Mn2+ ions in tetrahedral II-VI compounds and in fluoroperovskites.

  13. Quenched crystal-field disorder and magnetic liquid ground states in Tb2Sn2-xTixO7 [Crystal field disorder in the quantum spin ice ground state of Tb2Sn2-xTixO7

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    Gaulin, B. D.; Kermarrec, E.; Dahlberg, M. L.; Matthews, M. J.; Bert, F.; Zhang, J.; Mendels, P.; Fritsch, K.; Granroth, G. E.; Jiramongkolchai, P.; et al

    2015-06-01

    Solid-solutions of the "soft" quantum spin ice pyrochlore magnets Tb2B2O7 with B=Ti and Sn display a novel magnetic ground state in the presence of strong B-site disorder, characterized by a low susceptibility and strong spin fluctuations to temperatures below 0.1 K. These materials have been studied using ac-susceptibility and muSR techniques to very low temperatures, and time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering techniques to 1.5 K. Remarkably, neutron spectroscopy of the Tb3+ crystal field levels appropriate to at high B-site mixing (0.5 < x < 1.5 in Tb2Sn2-xTixO7) reveal that the doublet ground and first excited states present as continua in energy,more » while transitions to singlet excited states at higher energies simply interpolate between those of the end members of the solid solution. The resulting ground state suggests an extreme version of a random-anisotropy magnet, with many local moments and anisotropies, depending on the precise local configuration of the six B sites neighboring each magnetic Tb3+ ion.« less

  14. Realization of Multi-Stable Ground States in a Nematic Liquid Crystal by Surface and Electric Field Modification

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    Gwag, Jin Seog; Kim, Young-Ki; Lee, Chang Hoon; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2015-06-01

    Owing to the significant price drop of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and the efforts to save natural resources, LCDs are even replacing paper to display static images such as price tags and advertising boards. Because of a growing market demand on such devices, the LCD that can be of numerous surface alignments of directors as its ground state, the so-called multi-stable LCD, comes into the limelight due to the great potential for low power consumption. However, the multi-stable LCD with industrial feasibility has not yet been successfully performed. In this paper, we propose a simple and novel configuration for the multi-stable LCD. We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that a battery of stable surface alignments can be achieved by the field-induced surface dragging effect on an aligning layer with a weak surface anchoring. The simplicity and stability of the proposed system suggest that it is suitable for the multi-stable LCDs to display static images with low power consumption and thus opens applications in various fields.

  15. Realization of Multi-Stable Ground States in a Nematic Liquid Crystal by Surface and Electric Field Modification

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    Gwag, Jin Seog; Kim, Young-Ki; Lee, Chang Hoon; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2015-01-01

    Owing to the significant price drop of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and the efforts to save natural resources, LCDs are even replacing paper to display static images such as price tags and advertising boards. Because of a growing market demand on such devices, the LCD that can be of numerous surface alignments of directors as its ground state, the so-called multi-stable LCD, comes into the limelight due to the great potential for low power consumption. However, the multi-stable LCD with industrial feasibility has not yet been successfully performed. In this paper, we propose a simple and novel configuration for the multi-stable LCD. We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that a battery of stable surface alignments can be achieved by the field-induced surface dragging effect on an aligning layer with a weak surface anchoring. The simplicity and stability of the proposed system suggest that it is suitable for the multi-stable LCDs to display static images with low power consumption and thus opens applications in various fields. PMID:26100597

  16. Realization of Multi-Stable Ground States in a Nematic Liquid Crystal by Surface and Electric Field Modification.

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    Gwag, Jin Seog; Kim, Young-Ki; Lee, Chang Hoon; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2015-01-01

    Owing to the significant price drop of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and the efforts to save natural resources, LCDs are even replacing paper to display static images such as price tags and advertising boards. Because of a growing market demand on such devices, the LCD that can be of numerous surface alignments of directors as its ground state, the so-called multi-stable LCD, comes into the limelight due to the great potential for low power consumption. However, the multi-stable LCD with industrial feasibility has not yet been successfully performed. In this paper, we propose a simple and novel configuration for the multi-stable LCD. We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that a battery of stable surface alignments can be achieved by the field-induced surface dragging effect on an aligning layer with a weak surface anchoring. The simplicity and stability of the proposed system suggest that it is suitable for the multi-stable LCDs to display static images with low power consumption and thus opens applications in various fields. PMID:26100597

  17. Unifying the crystallization behavior of hexagonal and square crystals with the phase-field-crystal model

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    Tao, Yang; Zheng, Chen; Jing, Zhang; Yongxin, Wang; Yanli, Lu

    2016-03-01

    By employing the phase-field-crystal models, the atomic crystallization process of hexagonal and square crystals is investigated with the emphasis on the growth mechanism and morphological change. A unified regime describing the crystallization behavior of both crystals is obtained with the thermodynamic driving force varying. By increasing the driving force, both crystals (in the steady-state) transform from a faceted polygon to an apex-bulged polygon, and then into a symmetric dendrite. For the faceted polygon, the interface advances by a layer-by-layer (LL) mode while for the apex-bulged polygonal and the dendritic crystals, it first adopts the LL mode and then transits into the multi-layer (ML) mode in the later stage. In particular, a shift of the nucleation sites from the face center to the area around the crystal tips is detected in the early growth stage of both crystals and is rationalized in terms of the relation between the crystal size and the driving force distribution. Finally, a parameter characterizing the complex shape change of square crystal is introduced. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 54175378, 51474176, and 51274167), the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2014JM7261), and the Doctoral Foundation Program of Ministry of China (Grant No. 20136102120021).

  18. Crystal fields in UO2 - revisited

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    Nakotte, Heinz; Rajatram, R; Mcqueeney, R J; Lander, G H; Robinson, R A

    2009-01-01

    We performed inelastic neutron scattering (INS) in order to re-investigate the crystal-field ground state and the level splitting in UO{sub 2}. Previous INS studies on UO{sub 2} by Amorelli et al. [Physical Review B 15, 1989, 1856] uncovered four excitations at low temperatures in the 150-180 meV range. Considering the dipole-allowed transitions, only three of these transitions could be explained by the published crystal-field model. Our INS results on a different UO{sub 2} sample revealed that the unaccounted peak at about 180 meV is a spurious one, and thus not intrinsic to UO{sub 2}. In good agreement with Amoretti's results, we corroborated that the ground-state of UO{sub 2} is the {Lambda}{sub 5} triplet, and we computed that the fourth- and six-order crystal field parameters are V{sub 4} = -116 meV and V{sub 6} = 26 meV, respectively. We also studied the INS response of the non-magnetic U{sub 0.4}Th{sub 0.6}O{sub 2}. The splitting for this thorium-doped compound is similar to the one of UO{sub 2}, which orders antiferromagnetically at low temperatures. Therefore, we can conclude that magnetic interactions only weakly perturb the energy level splitting, which is dominated by strong crystal fields.

  19. Liquid crystal polarimeter for solid-state imaging of solar vector magnetic fields. Final report, 1 October 1988-30 September 1992

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    November, L.J.; Wilkins, L.M.

    1992-09-28

    The Liquid Crystal Polarimeter (LCP) is a low-voltage complete Stokes polarimeter and spectral analyzer designed for measuring solar vector magnetic fields. The polarimeter consists of polarization and spectral analyzer sections each containing multiple commercially available nematic and ferro-electric liquid crystals that are modulated in phase at up to 31.5 kHz frequency. Used in conjunction with a Lyot birefringent filter and 2 CCDs, the system provides a complete polarization/spectral measurement for solid-state direct imaging of the vector magnetic flux, Doppler velocity, intensity, and line width in a spectral line. Simultaneous 2 CCD imaging gives reduced atmospheric seeing systematics, and automatic CCD gain and dark-current correction. The liquid-crystal design provides a considerable simplification to previous designs with greatly improved speed, sensitivity, reliability, and accuracy. The system is used with a universally tunable Lyot filter (of conventional rotating-element design) to provide sequential observations in a number of solar lines to permit calibration of field strength and measurements as a function of height in the solar atmosphere. An example vector magnetogram is shown as a proof of concept.

  20. BPS States, Crystals, and Matrices

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    Sułkowski, Piotr

    2011-01-01

    We review free fermion, melting crystal, and matrix model representations of wall-crossing phenomena on local, toric Calabi-Yau manifolds. We consider both unrefined and refined BPS counting of closed BPS states involving D2- and D0-branes bound to a D6-brane, as well as open BPS states involving open D2-branes ending on an additional D4-brane. Appropriate limit of these constructions provides, among the others, matrix model representation of refined and unrefined topological string amplitudes.

  1. A phase-field-crystal model for liquid crystals.

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    Löwen, Hartmut

    2010-09-15

    On the basis of static and dynamical density functional theory, a phase-field-crystal model is derived which involves both the translational density and the orientational degree of ordering as well as a local director field. The model exhibits stable isotropic, nematic, smectic A, columnar, plastic-crystalline and orientationally ordered crystalline phases. As far as the dynamics is concerned, the translational density is a conserved order parameter while the orientational ordering is non-conserved. The derived phase-field-crystal model can serve for use in efficient numerical investigations of various nonequilibrium situations in liquid crystals.

  2. Surface states in photonic crystals

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    Vojtíšek, P.; Richter, I.

    2013-04-01

    Among many unusual and interesting physical properties of photonic crystals (PhC), in recent years, the propagation of surface electromagnetic waves along dielectric PhC boundaries have attracted considerable attention, also in connection to their possible applications. Such surfaces states, produced with the help of specialized defects on PhC boundaries, similarly to surfaces plasmons, are localized surfaces waves and, as such, can be used in various sensing applications. In this contribution, we present our recent studies on numerical modelling of surface states (SS) for all three cases of PhC dimensionality. Simulations of these states were carried out by the use of plane wave expansion (PWE) method via the MIT MPB package.

  3. Valley Vortex States in Sonic Crystals

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    Lu, Jiuyang; Qiu, Chunyin; Ke, Manzhu; Liu, Zhengyou

    2016-03-01

    Valleytronics is quickly emerging as an exciting field in fundamental and applied research. In this Letter, we study the acoustic version of valley states in sonic crystals and reveal a vortex nature of such states. In addition to the selection rules established for exciting valley polarized states, a mimicked valley Hall effect of sound is proposed further. The extraordinary chirality of valley vortex states, detectable in experiments, may open a new possibility in sound manipulations. This is appealing to scalar acoustics that lacks a spin degree of freedom inherently. In addition, the valley selection enables a handy way to create vortex matter in acoustics, in which the vortex chirality can be controlled flexibly. Potential applications can be anticipated with the exotic interaction of acoustic vortices with matter, such as to trigger the rotation of the trapped microparticles without contact.

  4. Switching plastic crystals of colloidal rods with electric fields

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    Liu, Bing; Besseling, Thijs H.; Hermes, Michiel; Demirörs, Ahmet F.; Imhof, Arnout; van Blaaderen, Alfons

    2014-01-01

    When a crystal melts into a liquid both long-ranged positional and orientational order are lost, and long-time translational and rotational self-diffusion appear. Sometimes, these properties do not change at once, but in stages, allowing states of matter such as liquid crystals or plastic crystals with unique combinations of properties. Plastic crystals/glasses are characterized by long-ranged positional order/frozen-in-disorder but short-ranged orientational order, which is dynamic. Here we show by quantitative three-dimensional studies that charged rod-like colloidal particles form three-dimensional plastic crystals and glasses if their repulsions extend significantly beyond their length. These plastic phases can be reversibly switched to full crystals by an electric field. These new phases provide insight into the role of rotations in phase behaviour and could be useful for photonic applications. PMID:24446033

  5. Resonant photonic States in coupled heterostructure photonic crystal waveguides.

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    Cox, Jd; Sabarinathan, J; Singh, Mr

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we study the photonic resonance states and transmission spectra of coupled waveguides made from heterostructure photonic crystals. We consider photonic crystal waveguides made from three photonic crystals A, B and C, where the waveguide heterostructure is denoted as B/A/C/A/B. Due to the band structure engineering, light is confined within crystal A, which thus act as waveguides. Here, photonic crystal C is taken as a nonlinear photonic crystal, which has a band gap that may be modified by applying a pump laser. We have found that the number of bound states within the waveguides depends on the width and well depth of photonic crystal A. It has also been found that when both waveguides are far away from each other, the energies of bound photons in each of the waveguides are degenerate. However, when they are brought close to each other, the degeneracy of the bound states is removed due to the coupling between them, which causes these states to split into pairs. We have also investigated the effect of the pump field on photonic crystal C. We have shown that by applying a pump field, the system may be switched between a double waveguide to a single waveguide, which effectively turns on or off the coupling between degenerate states. This reveals interesting results that can be applied to develop new types of nanophotonic devices such as nano-switches and nano-transistors.

  6. Crystal growth under external electric fields

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    Uda, Satoshi; Koizumi, Haruhiko; Nozawa, Jun; Fujiwara, Kozo

    2014-10-06

    This is a review article concerning the crystal growth under external electric fields that has been studied in our lab for the past 10 years. An external field is applied electrostatically either through an electrically insulating phase or a direct injection of an electric current to the solid-interface-liquid. The former changes the chemical potential of both solid and liquid and controls the phase relationship while the latter modifies the transport and partitioning of ionic solutes in the oxide melt during crystallization and changes the solute distribution in the crystal.

  7. Electron Spin Resonance Study of Interface Trap States and Charge Carrier Concentration in Rubrene Single-Crystal Field-Effect Transistors

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    Tsuji, Masaki; Arai, Norimichi; Marumoto, Kazuhiro; Takeya, Jun; Shimoi, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Hisaaki; Kuroda, Shin-ichi; Takenobu, Taishi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2011-08-01

    Field-induced charge carriers at the semiconductor/dielectric interface of rubrene single-crystal field-effect transistors (RSC-FETs) were studied by ESR. We fabricated bottom-contact RSC-FETs to be used for ESR measurements by laminating RSCs onto SiO2 and polymer/SiO2 gate dielectric surfaces. The observed ESR spectra depict a minimal dependence on gate voltage, whose result is in sharp contrast to those obtained using RSC-FETs fabricated by the deposition of a parylene C gate dielectric. This behavior indicates that few deep trap levels are generated by the lamination technique. The dependence of ESR intensity on drain voltage was also investigated using gradual channel approximation.

  8. Consistent Hydrodynamics for Phase Field Crystals.

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    Heinonen, V; Achim, C V; Kosterlitz, J M; Ying, See-Chen; Lowengrub, J; Ala-Nissila, T

    2016-01-15

    We use the amplitude expansion in the phase field crystal framework to formulate an approach where the fields describing the microscopic structure of the material are coupled to a hydrodynamic velocity field. The model is shown to reduce to the well-known macroscopic theories in appropriate limits, including compressible Navier-Stokes and wave equations. Moreover, we show that the dynamics proposed allows for long wavelength phonon modes and demonstrate the theory numerically showing that the elastic excitations in the system are relaxed through phonon emission. PMID:26824543

  9. Reflective liquid crystal light valve with hybrid field effect mode

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    Boswell, Donald D. (Inventor); Grinberg, Jan (Inventor); Jacobson, Alexander D. (Inventor); Myer, Gary D. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    There is disclosed a high performance reflective mode liquid crystal light valve suitable for general image processing and projection and particularly suited for application to real-time coherent optical data processing. A preferred example of the device uses a CdS photoconductor, a CdTe light absorbing layer, a dielectric mirror, and a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between indium-tin-oxide transparent electrodes deposited on optical quality glass flats. The non-coherent light image is directed onto the photoconductor; this reduces the impedance of the photoconductor, thereby switching the AC voltage that is impressed across the electrodes onto the liquid crystal to activate the device. The liquid crystal is operated in a hybrid field effect mode. It utilizes the twisted nematic effect to create a dark off-state (voltage off the liquid crystal) and the optical birefringence effect to create the bright on-state. The liquid crystal thus modulates the polarization of the coherent read-out or projection light responsively to the non-coherent image. An analyzer is used to create an intensity modulated output beam.

  10. Tailor-made force fields for crystal-structure prediction.

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    Neumann, Marcus A

    2008-08-14

    A general procedure is presented to derive a complete set of force-field parameters for flexible molecules in the crystalline state on a case-by-case basis. The force-field parameters are fitted to the electrostatic potential as well as to accurate energies and forces generated by means of a hybrid method that combines solid-state density functional theory (DFT) calculations with an empirical van der Waals correction. All DFT calculations are carried out with the VASP program. The mathematical structure of the force field, the generation of reference data, the choice of the figure of merit, the optimization algorithm, and the parameter-refinement strategy are discussed in detail. The approach is applied to cyclohexane-1,4-dione, a small flexible ring. The tailor-made force field obtained for cyclohexane-1,4-dione is used to search for low-energy crystal packings in all 230 space groups with one molecule per asymmetric unit, and the most stable crystal structures are reoptimized in a second step with the hybrid method. The experimental crystal structure is found as the most stable predicted crystal structure both with the tailor-made force field and the hybrid method. The same methodology has also been applied successfully to the four compounds of the fourth CCDC blind test on crystal-structure prediction. For the five aforementioned compounds, the root-mean-square deviations between lattice energies calculated with the tailor-made force fields and the hybrid method range from 0.024 to 0.053 kcal/mol per atom around an average value of 0.034 kcal/mol per atom.

  11. Tailor-made force fields for crystal-structure prediction.

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    Neumann, Marcus A

    2008-08-14

    A general procedure is presented to derive a complete set of force-field parameters for flexible molecules in the crystalline state on a case-by-case basis. The force-field parameters are fitted to the electrostatic potential as well as to accurate energies and forces generated by means of a hybrid method that combines solid-state density functional theory (DFT) calculations with an empirical van der Waals correction. All DFT calculations are carried out with the VASP program. The mathematical structure of the force field, the generation of reference data, the choice of the figure of merit, the optimization algorithm, and the parameter-refinement strategy are discussed in detail. The approach is applied to cyclohexane-1,4-dione, a small flexible ring. The tailor-made force field obtained for cyclohexane-1,4-dione is used to search for low-energy crystal packings in all 230 space groups with one molecule per asymmetric unit, and the most stable crystal structures are reoptimized in a second step with the hybrid method. The experimental crystal structure is found as the most stable predicted crystal structure both with the tailor-made force field and the hybrid method. The same methodology has also been applied successfully to the four compounds of the fourth CCDC blind test on crystal-structure prediction. For the five aforementioned compounds, the root-mean-square deviations between lattice energies calculated with the tailor-made force fields and the hybrid method range from 0.024 to 0.053 kcal/mol per atom around an average value of 0.034 kcal/mol per atom. PMID:18642947

  12. Crystal field and magnetic properties of ErH3

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    Flood, D. J.

    1977-01-01

    Magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements have been made in the temperature range 1.3 to 4.2 K on powdered samples of ErH3. The susceptibility exhibits Curie-Weiss behavior from 4.2 to 2 K, and intercepts the negative temperature axis at 1.05 + or - 0.05 K, indicating that the material is antiferromagnetic. The low field effective moment is 6.77 + or - 0.27 Bohr magnetons per ion. The magnetization exhibits a temperature independent contribution, the slope of which is (5 + or - 1.2) times 10 to the minus 6 Weber m/kg Tesla. The saturation moment is 3.84 + or - 0.15 Bohr magnetons per ion. The results can be qualitatively explained by the effects of crystal fields on the magnetic ions. No definitive assignment of a crystal field ground state can be given, nor can a clear choice between cubically or hexagonally symmetric crystal fields be made. For hexagonal symmetry, the first excited state is estimated to be 86 to 100 K above the ground state. For cubic symmetry, the splitting is of the order of 160 to 180 K.

  13. Suppression of excited-state absorption in laser crystals

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    Kuznetsova, Elena; Kolesov, Roman; Kocharovskaya, Olga

    2004-10-01

    Currently, a lot of experimental effort in solid-state optics is devoted to searching for laser materials suitable for tunable lasing, primarily in UV and VUV spectral regions. Researchers mainly focus on optical crystals doped with either transition metal or rare-earth ions. The latter ones doped into wide bandgap dielectric crystals have spectrally broad vibronic emission bands associated with 4fn-15d â" 4fn interconfigurational transitions, whose energies lie mostly in UV and VUV regions of the spectrum. The transitions are electric-dipole-allowed, therefore have large absorption and emission cross-sections, and are promising for efficient tunable laser action. However, in almost all promising crystals laser action in UV and VUV is hindered or completely prohibited due to excited-state absorption (ESA), i.e. absorption from metastable laser levels to higher-energy states, which occurs at emission or/and pump wavelengths. A method of suppression of losses due to excited-state absorption (ESA) in laser crystals is proposed, based on a well-known phenomenon of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). Absorption from a populated excited electronic state can be reduced under the action of an additional driving coherent field, resonantly coupling the terminal state of ESA to some intermediate discrete state.

  14. Order by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets

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    Rau, Jeffrey G.; Petit, Sylvain; Gingras, Michel J. P.

    2016-05-01

    Conclusive evidence of order by disorder is scarce in real materials. Perhaps one of the strongest cases presented has been for the pyrochlore XY antiferromagnet Er2Ti2O7 , with the ground state selection proceeding by order by disorder induced through the effects of quantum fluctuations. This identification assumes the smallness of the effect of virtual crystal field fluctuations that could provide an alternative route to picking the ground state. Here we show that this order by virtual crystal field fluctuations is not only significant, but competitive with the effects of quantum fluctuations. Further, we argue that higher-multipolar interactions that are generically present in rare-earth magnets can dramatically enhance this effect. From a simplified bilinear-biquadratic model of these multipolar interactions, we show how the virtual crystal field fluctuations manifest in Er2Ti2O7 using a combination of strong-coupling perturbation theory and the random-phase approximation. We find that the experimentally observed ψ2 state is indeed selected and the experimentally measured excitation gap can be reproduced when the bilinear and biquadratic couplings are comparable while maintaining agreement with the entire experimental spin-wave excitation spectrum. Finally, we comment on possible tests of this scenario and discuss implications for other order-by-disorder candidates in rare-earth magnets.

  15. States of water adsorbed on perindopril crystals

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    Stepanov, V. A.; Khmelevskaya, V. S.; Bogdanov, N. Yu.; Gorchakov, K. A.

    2011-10-01

    The relationship between the structural state of adsorbed water, the crystal structure of the substances, and the solubility of the perindopril salt C19H32N2O5 · C4H11N in water was studied by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry. The high-frequency shift of the stretching vibrations of adsorbed water and the solubility depend on the crystal structure of the drug substance. A reversible chemical reaction occurred between the adsorbed water and the perindopril salt.

  16. Oxidation and crystal field effects in uranium

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    Tobin, J. G.; Yu, S.-W.; Booth, C. H.; Tyliszczak, T.; Shuh, D. K.; van der Laan, G.; Sokaras, D.; Nordlund, D.; Weng, T.-C.; Bagus, P. S.

    2015-07-01

    An extensive investigation of oxidation in uranium has been pursued. This includes the utilization of soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy, hard x-ray absorption near-edge structure, resonant (hard) x-ray emission spectroscopy, cluster calculations, and a branching ratio analysis founded on atomic theory. The samples utilized were uranium dioxide (U O2) , uranium trioxide (U O3) , and uranium tetrafluoride (U F4) . A discussion of the role of nonspherical perturbations, i.e., crystal or ligand field effects, will be presented.

  17. Oxidation and crystal field effects in uranium

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    Tobin, J. G.; Booth, C. H.; Shuh, D. K.; van der Laan, G.; Sokaras, D.; Weng, T. -C.; Yu, S. W.; Bagus, P. S.; Tyliszczak, T.; Nordlund, D.

    2015-07-06

    An extensive investigation of oxidation in uranium has been pursued. This includes the utilization of soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy, hard x-ray absorption near-edge structure, resonant (hard) x-ray emission spectroscopy, cluster calculations, and a branching ratio analysis founded on atomic theory. The samples utilized were uranium dioxide (UO2), uranium trioxide (UO3), and uranium tetrafluoride (UF4). As a result, a discussion of the role of non-spherical perturbations, i.e., crystal or ligand field effects, will be presented.

  18. Plastic and glassy crystal states of caffeine.

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    Descamps, Marc; Correia, Natalia T; Derollez, Patrick; Danede, Florence; Capet, Frédéric

    2005-08-25

    The present paper focuses on the high temperature form I of caffeine and on its low temperature metastable form. Structural, dynamic, and kinetic information has been obtained by X-ray, dielectric, and calorimetric investigations. This study shows the following features: (1) The high temperature phase (I) of caffeine is in a state of dynamically orientationally disordered crystalline state (so-called "plastic, or rotator, phase"). (2) This high-symmetry hexagonal phase can be maintained at low temperature in a metastable situation. (3) Under deep undercooling of form I a glass transition occurs in the disordered crystalline state near room temperature. It is associated with the orientational freezing in of the molecular motions. Otherwise stated, the metastable state I enters into a nonergodic unstable state, so-called "glassy crystal" state. These findings rationalize the difficulties seen with caffeine in pharmaceutical science.

  19. Laser-induced excited-state crossover and spectral variation of Cr3+ in the high-crystal-field environment of CaGa2O4.

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    Rai, M; Singh, S K; Morthekai, P

    2016-08-01

    We have studied a wide-bandgap oxide semiconductor, CaGa1.99Cr0.01O4, which possesses high crystal field strength and develops deep traps. These traps efficiently store electric charges after excitation with ultraviolet light. Stimulation of trap charges using infrared radiation (both coherent and incoherent) gives wideband emission of Cr3+ in the red-infrared region, which is similar to the photon upconversion process in lanthanides. Under laser excitation, high photon density and local heating pronounce the coupling of E2 and T24 states and causes an excited state crossover of the population from the E2 to T24 state. This expands the emission band-width of Cr3+ up to 900 nm. PMID:27472637

  20. Semiconductor Crystal Growth in Static and Rotating Magnetic fields

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    Volz, Martin

    2004-01-01

    Magnetic fields have been applied during the growth of bulk semiconductor crystals to control the convective flow behavior of the melt. A static magnetic field established Lorentz forces which tend to reduce the convective intensity in the melt. At sufficiently high magnetic field strengths, a boundary layer is established ahead of the solid-liquid interface where mass transport is dominated by diffusion. This can have a significant effect on segregation behavior and can eliminate striations in grown crystals resulting from convective instabilities. Experiments on dilute (Ge:Ga) and solid solution (Ge-Si) semiconductor systems show a transition from a completely mixed convective state to a diffusion-controlled state between 0 and 5 Tesla. In HgCdTe, radial segregation approached the diffusion limited regime and the curvature of the solid-liquid interface was reduced by a factor of 3 during growth in magnetic fields in excess of 0.5 Tesla. Convection can also be controlled during growth at reduced gravitational levels. However, the direction of the residual steady-state acceleration vector can compromise this effect if it cannot be controlled. A magnetic field in reduced gravity can suppress disturbances caused by residual transverse accelerations and by random non-steady accelerations. Indeed, a joint program between NASA and the NHMFL resulted in the construction of a prototype spaceflight magnet for crystal growth applications. An alternative to the suppression of convection by static magnetic fields and reduced gravity is the imposition of controlled steady flow generated by rotating magnetic fields (RMF)'s. The potential benefits of an RMF include homogenization of the melt temperature and concentration distribution, and control of the solid-liquid interface shape. Adjusting the strength and frequency of the applied magnetic field allows tailoring of the resultant flow field. A limitation of RMF's is that they introduce deleterious instabilities above a

  1. Magnetic Field Control of the Quantum Chaotic Dynamics of Hydrogen Analogs in an Anisotropic Crystal Field

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    Zhou Weihang; Chen Zhanghai; Zhang Bo; Yu, C. H.; Lu Wei; Shen, S. C.

    2010-07-09

    We report magnetic field control of the quantum chaotic dynamics of hydrogen analogues in an anisotropic solid state environment. The chaoticity of the system dynamics was quantified by means of energy level statistics. We analyzed the magnetic field dependence of the statistical distribution of the impurity energy levels and found a smooth transition between the Poisson limit and the Wigner limit, i.e., transition between regular Poisson and fully chaotic Wigner dynamics. The effect of the crystal field anisotropy on the quantum chaotic dynamics, which manifests itself in characteristic transitions between regularity and chaos for different field orientations, was demonstrated.

  2. Crystal Ball evidence for new states

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    Coyne, D.G.

    1981-09-01

    Evidence for three new particles observed in the Crystal Ball detector is presented. The first particle, at 3592 MeV, is seen inclusively in ..gamma.. transitions from psi', and is thus a candidate for eta/sub c/'. The other two, at 1440 and 1640 MeV, are best seen in exclusive decays of psi involving a prompt ..gamma.., and are thus candidates for bound states of two gluons. Detailed reasons are presented to support the contention that these states are distinct from previously observed candidates such as E(1420). Alternative hypotheses are discussed.

  3. 2D Mica Crystal as Electret in Organic Field-Effect Transistors for Multistate Memory.

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    Zhang, Xiaotao; He, Yudong; Li, Rongjin; Dong, Huanli; Hu, Wenping

    2016-05-01

    Organic nonvolatile multistate storage devices based on organic field-effect transistors using mica as the 2D single-crystal electrets are developed. A4-paper-sized 2D mica crystals with flat surface are prepared successfully. Devices with mica electrets exhibit a typical memory effect and show ideal output curves on both the on and the off states.

  4. Quenched crystal-field disorder and magnetic liquid ground states in Tb2Sn2-xTixO7 [Crystal field disorder in the quantum spin ice ground state of Tb2Sn2-xTixO7

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    Gaulin, B. D.; Kermarrec, E.; Dahlberg, M. L.; Matthews, M. J.; Bert, F.; Zhang, J.; Mendels, P.; Fritsch, K.; Granroth, G. E.; Jiramongkolchai, P.; Amato, A.; Baines, C.; Cava, R. J.; Schiffer, P.

    2015-06-01

    Solid-solutions of the "soft" quantum spin ice pyrochlore magnets Tb2B2O7 with B=Ti and Sn display a novel magnetic ground state in the presence of strong B-site disorder, characterized by a low susceptibility and strong spin fluctuations to temperatures below 0.1 K. These materials have been studied using ac-susceptibility and muSR techniques to very low temperatures, and time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering techniques to 1.5 K. Remarkably, neutron spectroscopy of the Tb3+ crystal field levels appropriate to at high B-site mixing (0.5 < x < 1.5 in Tb2Sn2-xTixO7) reveal that the doublet ground and first excited states present as continua in energy, while transitions to singlet excited states at higher energies simply interpolate between those of the end members of the solid solution. The resulting ground state suggests an extreme version of a random-anisotropy magnet, with many local moments and anisotropies, depending on the precise local configuration of the six B sites neighboring each magnetic Tb3+ ion.

  5. Effects of magnetic fields on dissolution of arthritis causing crystals

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    Takeuchi, Y.; Iwasaka, M.

    2015-05-01

    The number of gout patients has rapidly increased because of excess alcohol and salt intake. The agent responsible for gout is the monosodium urate (MSU) crystal. MSU crystals are found in blood and consist of uric acid and sodium. As a substitute for drug dosing or excessive water intake, physical stimulation by magnetic fields represents a new medical treatment for gout. In this study, we investigated the effects of a magnetic field on the dissolution of a MSU crystal suspension. The white MSU crystal suspension was dissolved in an alkaline solution. We measured the light transmission of the MSU crystal suspension by a transmitted light measuring system. The magnetic field was generated by a horizontal electromagnet (maximum field strength was 500 mT). The MSU crystal suspension that dissolved during the application of a magnetic field of 500 mT clearly had a higher dissolution rate when compared with the control sample. We postulate that the alkali solution promoted penetration upon diamagnetic rotation and this magnetic field orienting is because of the pronounced diamagnetic susceptibility anisotropy of the MSU crystal. The results indicate that magnetic fields represent an effective gout treatment approach.

  6. Enhancement of crystal homogeneity of protein crystals under application of an external alternating current electric field

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    Koizumi, H.; Uda, S.; Fujiwara, K.; Nozawa, J.; Tachibana, M.; Kojima, K.

    2014-10-06

    X-ray diffraction rocking-curve measurements were performed on tetragonal hen egg white (HEW) lysozyme crystals grown with and without the application of an external alternating current (AC) electric field. The crystal quality was assessed by the full width at half maximum (FWHM) value for each rocking curve. For two-dimensional maps of the FWHMs measured on the 440 and the 12 12 0 reflection, the crystal homogeneity was improved under application of an external electric field at 1 MHz, compared with that without. In particular, the significant improvement of the crystal homogeneity was observed for the 12 12 0 reflection.

  7. Growth of single crystals of BaFe12O19 by solid state crystal growth

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    Fisher, John G.; Sun, Hengyang; Kook, Young-Geun; Kim, Joon-Seong; Le, Phan Gia

    2016-10-01

    Single crystals of BaFe12O19 are grown for the first time by solid state crystal growth. Seed crystals of BaFe12O19 are buried in BaFe12O19+1 wt% BaCO3 powder, which are then pressed into pellets containing the seed crystals. During sintering, single crystals of BaFe12O19 up to ∼130 μm thick in the c-axis direction grow on the seed crystals by consuming grains from the surrounding polycrystalline matrix. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis shows that the single crystal and the surrounding polycrystalline matrix have the same chemical composition. Micro-Raman scattering shows the single crystal to have the BaFe12O19 structure. The optimum growth temperature is found to be 1200 °C. The single crystal growth behavior is explained using the mixed control theory of grain growth.

  8. Crystal field splitting of the ground state of terbium(III) and dysprosium(III) complexes with a triimidazolyl tripod ligand and an acetate determined by magnetic analysis and luminescence.

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    Shintoyo, Seira; Murakami, Keishiro; Fujinami, Takeshi; Matsumoto, Naohide; Mochida, Naotaka; Ishida, Takayuki; Sunatsuki, Yukinari; Watanabe, Masayuki; Tsuchimoto, Masanobu; Mrozinski, Jerzy; Coletti, Cecilia; Re, Nazzareno

    2014-10-01

    Terbium(III) and dysprosium(III) complexes with a tripodal N7 ligand containing three imidazoles (H3L) and a bidentate acetate ion (OAc(-)), [Ln(III)(H3L)(OAc)](ClO4)2·MeOH·H2O (Ln = Tb, 1; Ln = Dy, 2), were synthesized and studied, where H3L = tris[2-(((imidazol-4-yl)methylidene)amino)ethyl]amine. The Tb(III) and Dy(III) complexes have an isomorphous structure, and each Tb(III) or Dy(III) ion is coordinated by the tripodal N7 and the bidentate acetate ligands, resulting in a nonacoordinated capped-square-antiprismatic geometry. The magnetic data, including temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibilities and field dependence of the magnetization, were analyzed by a spin Hamiltonian, including the crystal field effect on the Tb(III) ion (4f(8), J = 6, S = 3, L = 3, g(J) = 3/2, (7)F6) and the Dy(III) ion (4f(9), J = 15/2, S = 5/2, L = 5, g(J) = 4/3, (6)H(15/2)). The Stark splittings of the ground states (7)F6 of the Tb(III) ion and (6)H(15/2) of the Dy(III) ion were evaluated from the magnetic analyses, and the energy diagram patterns indicated an easy axis (Ising type) anisotropy for both complexes, which is more pronounced for 2. The solid-state emission spectra of both complexes displayed sharp bands corresponding to the f-f transitions, and the fine structures assignable to the (5)D4 → (7)F6 transition for 1 and the (6)F(9/2) → (6)H(15/2) transition for 2 were related to the energy diagram patterns from the magnetic analyses. 1 and 2 showed an out-of-phase signal with frequency dependence in alternating current (ac) susceptibility under a dc bias field of 1000 Oe, indicative of a field-induced SIM.

  9. Thermodynamic States in Explosion Fields

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    Kuhl, A L

    2009-10-16

    Here we investigate the thermodynamic states occurring in explosion fields from the detonation of condensed explosives in air. In typical applications, the pressure of expanded detonation products gases is modeled by a Jones-Wilkins-Lee (JWL) function: P{sub JWL} = f(v,s{sub CJ}); constants in that function are fit to cylinder test data. This function provides a specification of pressure as a function of specific volume, v, along the expansion isentrope (s = constant = s{sub CJ}) starting at the Chapman-Jouguet (CJ) state. However, the JWL function is not a fundamental equation of thermodynamics, and therefore gives an incomplete specification of states. For example, explosions inherently involve shock reflections from surfaces; this changes the entropy of the products, and in such situations the JWL function provides no information on the products states. In addition, most explosives are not oxygen balanced, so if hot detonation products mix with air, they after-burn, releasing the heat of reaction via a turbulent combustion process. This raises the temperature of explosion products cloud to the adiabatic flame temperature ({approx}3,000K). Again, the JWL function provides no information on the combustion products states.

  10. Thermodynamic States in Explosion Fields

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    Kuhl, A L

    2010-03-12

    We investigate the thermodynamic states occurring in explosion fields from condensed explosive charges. These states are often modeled with a Jones-Wilkins-Lee (JWL) function. However, the JWL function is not a Fundamental Equation of Thermodynamics, and therefore cannot give a complete specification of such states. We use the Cheetah code of Fried to study the loci of states of the expanded detonation products gases from C-4 charges, and their combustion products air. In the Le Chatelier Plane of specific-internal-energy versus temperature, these loci are fit with a Quadratic Model function u(T), which has been shown to be valid for T < 3,000 K and p < 1k-bar. This model is used to derive a Fundamental Equation u(v,s) for C-4. Given u(v,s), one can use Maxwell's Relations to derive all other thermodynamic functions, such as temperature: T(v,s), pressure: p(v,s), enthalpy: h(v,s), Gibbs free energy: g(v,s) and Helmholz free energy: f(v,s); these loci are displayed in figures for C-4. Such complete equations of state are needed for numerical simulations of blast waves from explosive charges, and their reflections from surfaces.

  11. Making Crystals from Crystals: A Solid-State Route to the Engineering of Crystalline Materials, Polymorphs, Solvates and Co-Crystals; Considerations on the Future of Crystal Engineering

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    Braga, Dario; Curzi, Marco; Dichiarante, Elena; Giaffreda, Stefano Luca; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Maini, Lucia; Palladino, Giuseppe; Pettersen, Anna; Polito, Marco

    Making crystals by design is the paradigm of crystal engineering. The main goal is that of obtaining and controlling the collective properties of a crystalline material from the convolution of the physical and chemical properties of the individual building blocks (whether molecules, ions, or metal atoms and ligands) with crystal periodicity and symmetry. Crystal engineering encompasses nowadays all traditional sectors of chemistry from organic to inorganic, organometallic, biological and pharmaceutical chemistry and nanotechnology. The investigation and characterization of the products of a crystal engineering experiment require the utilization of solid state techniques, including theoretical and advanced crystallography methods. Moreover, reactions between crystalline solids and/or between a crystalline solid and a vapour can be used to obtain crystalline materials, including new crystal forms, solvates and co-crystals. Indeed, crystal polymorphism, resulting from different packing arrangements of the same molecular or supramolecular entity in the crystal structure, represents a challenge to crystal makers.

  12. Method for solid state crystal growth

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    Nolas, George S.; Beekman, Matthew K.

    2013-04-09

    A novel method for high quality crystal growth of intermetallic clathrates is presented. The synthesis of high quality pure phase crystals has been complicated by the simultaneous formation of both clathrate type-I and clathrate type-II structures. It was found that selective, phase pure, single-crystal growth of type-I and type-II clathrates can be achieved by maintaining sufficient partial pressure of a chemical constituent during slow, controlled deprivation of the chemical constituent from the primary reactant. The chemical constituent is slowly removed from the primary reactant by the reaction of the chemical constituent vapor with a secondary reactant, spatially separated from the primary reactant, in a closed volume under uniaxial pressure and heat to form the single phase pure crystals.

  13. Electric-field-tuned color in photonic crystal elastomers

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    Zhao, Qibin; Haines, Andrew; Snoswell, David; Keplinger, Christoph; Kaltseis, Rainer; Bauer, Siegfried; Graz, Ingrid; Denk, Richard; Spahn, Peter; Hellmann, Goetz; Baumberg, Jeremy J.

    2012-03-01

    Electrically tuned photonic crystals are produced by applying fields across shear-assembled elastomeric polymer opal thin films. At increasing voltages, the polymer opal films stretch biaxially under Maxwell stress, deforming the nanostructure and producing marked color changes. This quadratic electro-optic tuning of the photonic bandgap is repeatable over many cycles, switches within 100 ms, and bridges the gap between electro-active materials and photonic crystals.

  14. Neutron study of crystal field excitations in single crystal CeCu2Ge2

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    Loewenhaupt, Michael; Faulhaber, Enrico; Schneidewind, Astrid; Deppe, Micha; Hradil, Klaudia

    2010-03-01

    CeCu2Ge2 is the counterpart of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2. CeCu2Ge2 is a magnetically ordering (TN= 4.1 K) Kondo lattice with a moderate Sommerfeld coefficient of 140 mJ/molK^2 [1]. Inelastic neutron measurements on a polycrystalline sample revealed a doublet ground state and a quasi-quartet at 16.5 meV [1] though a splitting of the 4f^1 (J=5/2) ground state multiplet into 3 doublets is expected from the point symmetry of the Ce^3+ ions. We performed detailed inelastic neutron scattering experiments on the thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA at FRM II at temperatures between 10 K and 300 K and for different crystallographic directions from low to high momentum transfers. In this way we obtained a reliable separation of magnetic and phonon contributions. From our results we infer that the quasi-quartet consists in fact of two doublets at 17 and 18 meV which exhibit a strong directional dependence of their transition matrix elements to the ground state doublet. Finally we will present a new set of crystal field parameters and their implications on other magnetic properties. [1] G. Knopp et al., Z. Physik B 77 (1989) 95

  15. Magnetic Field Applications in Semiconductor Crystal Growth and Metallurgy

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    Mazuruk, Konstantin; Ramachandran, Narayanan; Grugel, Richard; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The Traveling Magnetic Field (TMF) technique, recently proposed to control meridional flow in electrically conducting melts, is reviewed. In particular, the natural convection damping capability of this technique has been numerically demonstrated with the implication of significantly improving crystal quality. Advantages of the traveling magnetic field, in comparison to the more mature rotating magnetic field method, are discussed. Finally, results of experiments with mixing metallic alloys in long ampoules using TMF is presented

  16. Rashba coupling amplification by a staggered crystal field

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    Santos-Cottin, David; Casula, Michele; Lantz, Gabriel; Klein, Yannick; Petaccia, Luca; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Bertran, François; Papalazarou, Evangelos; Marsi, Marino; Gauzzi, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    There has been increasing interest in materials where relativistic effects induce non-trivial electronic states with promise for spintronics applications. One example is the splitting of bands with opposite spin chirality produced by the Rashba spin-orbit coupling in asymmetric potentials. Sizable splittings have been hitherto obtained using either heavy elements, where this coupling is intrinsically strong, or large surface electric fields. Here by means of angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations, we give evidence of a large Rashba coupling of 0.25 eV Å, leading to a remarkable band splitting up to 0.15 eV with hidden spin-chiral polarization in centrosymmetric BaNiS2. This is explained by a huge staggered crystal field of 1.4 V Å−1, produced by a gliding plane symmetry, that breaks inversion symmetry at the Ni site. This unexpected result in the absence of heavy elements demonstrates an effective mechanism of Rashba coupling amplification that may foster spin-orbit band engineering. PMID:27089869

  17. Electromagnetic Field Effects in Semiconductor Crystal Growth

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    Dulikravich, George S.

    1996-01-01

    This proposed two-year research project was to involve development of an analytical model, a numerical algorithm for its integration, and a software for the analysis of a solidification process under the influence of electric and magnetic fields in microgravity. Due to the complexity of the analytical model that was developed and its boundary conditions, only a preliminary version of the numerical algorithm was developed while the development of the software package was not completed.

  18. Crystal field splitting on D<-->S transitions of atomic manganese isolated in solid krypton

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    Byrne, O.; Collier, M. A.; Ryan, M. C.; McCaffrey, J. G.

    2010-05-01

    Narrow excitation features present on the [Ar]3d64s1aD(J=9/2-1/2)6←[Ar]3d54s2aS1/26 transitions of manganese atoms isolated in solid Kr are analyzed within the framework of weak crystal field splitting. Use of the Wp optical lineshape function allowed identification of multiple zero-phonon lines for individual spin-orbit J states of the a aD6←aS6 transition recorded with laser-induced excitation spectroscopy. Excellent agreement exists between the predicted crystal field splitting patterns for the J levels of the aD6 state isolated in the «red» tetravacancy site of solid Kr. The tetrahedral crystal field of the «red» trapping site splits J >3/2 levels of the aDJ6 and aD7/24 states by approximately 30cm-1. This report represents the first definitive evidence of crystal field splitting, induced by the weak van der Waals interactions between a neutral metal atom and the rare gas atoms surrounding it in a well-defined solid-state site.

  19. Controlling the volatility of the written optical state in electrochromic DNA liquid crystals.

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    Liu, Kai; Varghese, Justin; Gerasimov, Jennifer Y; Polyakov, Alexey O; Shuai, Min; Su, Juanjuan; Chen, Dong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Marcozzi, Alessio; Pisula, Wojciech; Noheda, Beatriz; Palstra, Thomas T M; Clark, Noel A; Herrmann, Andreas

    2016-05-09

    Liquid crystals are widely used in displays for portable electronic information display. To broaden their scope for other applications like smart windows and tags, new material properties such as polarizer-free operation and tunable memory of a written state become important. Here, we describe an anhydrous nanoDNA-surfactant thermotropic liquid crystal system, which exhibits distinctive electrically controlled optical absorption, and temperature-dependent memory. In the liquid crystal isotropic phase, electric field-induced colouration and bleaching have a switching time of seconds. Upon transition to the smectic liquid crystal phase, optical memory of the written state is observed for many hours without applied voltage. The reorientation of the DNA-surfactant lamellar layers plays an important role in preventing colour decay. Thereby, the volatility of optoelectronic state can be controlled simply by changing the phase of the material. This research may pave the way for developing a new generation of DNA-based, phase-modulated, photoelectronic devices.

  20. Controlling the volatility of the written optical state in electrochromic DNA liquid crystals

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    Liu, Kai; Varghese, Justin; Gerasimov, Jennifer Y.; Polyakov, Alexey O.; Shuai, Min; Su, Juanjuan; Chen, Dong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Marcozzi, Alessio; Pisula, Wojciech; Noheda, Beatriz; Palstra, Thomas T. M.; Clark, Noel A.; Herrmann, Andreas

    2016-05-01

    Liquid crystals are widely used in displays for portable electronic information display. To broaden their scope for other applications like smart windows and tags, new material properties such as polarizer-free operation and tunable memory of a written state become important. Here, we describe an anhydrous nanoDNA-surfactant thermotropic liquid crystal system, which exhibits distinctive electrically controlled optical absorption, and temperature-dependent memory. In the liquid crystal isotropic phase, electric field-induced colouration and bleaching have a switching time of seconds. Upon transition to the smectic liquid crystal phase, optical memory of the written state is observed for many hours without applied voltage. The reorientation of the DNA-surfactant lamellar layers plays an important role in preventing colour decay. Thereby, the volatility of optoelectronic state can be controlled simply by changing the phase of the material. This research may pave the way for developing a new generation of DNA-based, phase-modulated, photoelectronic devices.

  1. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Schweizer, M.; Cobb, S. D.; Walker, J. S.; Szofran, F. R.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals have been grown by the Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat. The onset of time-dependent flow instabilities occurs when the critical magnetic Taylor number is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. The critical magnetic Taylor number is a sensitive function of the aspect ratio and, as the crystal grows under a constant applied magnetic field, the induced striations change from nonperiodic to periodic, undergo a period-doubling transition, and then cease to exist. Also, by pulsing the RMF on and off, it is shown that intentional interface demarcations can be introduced.

  2. Conoscopic analysis of electric field driven planar aligned nematic liquid crystal.

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    Ranjini, Radhakrishnan; Matham, Murukeshan Vadakke; Nguyen, Nam-Trung

    2014-05-01

    This paper illustrates the conoscopic observation of a molecular reconstruction occurring across a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) medium in the presence of an external electric field. Conoscopy is an optical interferometric method, employed to determine the orientation of an optic axis in uniaxial crystals. Here a planar aligned NLC medium is used, and the topological changes with respect to various applied voltages are monitored simultaneously. Homogenous planar alignment is obtained by providing suitable surface treatments to the ITO coated cell walls. The variation in the conoscopic interferometric patterns clearly demonstrates the transition from planar to homeotropic state through various intermediate states. PMID:24921859

  3. Phase-Field-Crystal Model for Electromigration in Metal Interconnects

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    Wang, Nan; Bevan, Kirk H.; Provatas, Nikolas

    2016-10-01

    We propose an atomistic model of electromigration (EM) in metals based on a recently developed phase-field-crystal (PFC) technique. By coupling the PFC model's atomic density field with an applied electric field through the EM effective charge parameter, EM is successfully captured on diffusive time scales. Our framework reproduces the well-established EM phenomena known as Black's equation and the Blech effect, and also naturally captures commonly observed phenomena such as void nucleation and migration in bulk crystals. A resistivity dipole field arising from electron scattering on void surfaces is shown to contribute significantly to void migration velocity. With an intrinsic time scale set by atomic diffusion rather than atomic oscillations or hopping events, as in conventional atomistic methods, our theoretical approach makes it possible to investigate EM-induced circuit failure at atomic spatial resolution and experimentally relevant time scales.

  4. Birefringence of the antiferromagnetic crystals linear in a magnetic field

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    Eremenko, V. V.; Kharchenko, N. F.; Beliy, L. I.; Tutakina, O. P.

    1980-01-01

    The new linear magneto-optical effect-birefringence-of a linear polarized light which is directly proportional to the magnetic field strength has been observed. This effect is permitted in crystals which allow piezo-magnetic properties. One was studied in antiferromagnet CoF 2 and CoCO 3 for the longitudinal geometry of an experiment.

  5. High Field Magnetization measurements of uranium dioxide single crystals (P08358- E003-PF)

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    Gofryk, K.; Harrison, N.; Jaime, M.

    2014-12-01

    Our preliminary high field magnetic measurements of UO2 are consistent with a complex nature of the magnetic ordering in this material, compatible with the previously proposed non-collinear 3-k magnetic structure. Further extensive magnetic studies on well-oriented (<100 > and <111>) UO2 crystals are planned to address the puzzling behavior of UO2 in both antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic states at high fields.

  6. Atomic density functional and diagram of structures in the phase field crystal model

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    Ankudinov, V. E.; Galenko, P. K.; Kropotin, N. V.; Krivilyov, M. D.

    2016-02-01

    The phase field crystal model provides a continual description of the atomic density over the diffusion time of reactions. We consider a homogeneous structure (liquid) and a perfect periodic crystal, which are constructed from the one-mode approximation of the phase field crystal model. A diagram of 2D structures is constructed from the analytic solutions of the model using atomic density functionals. The diagram predicts equilibrium atomic configurations for transitions from the metastable state and includes the domains of existence of homogeneous, triangular, and striped structures corresponding to a liquid, a body-centered cubic crystal, and a longitudinal cross section of cylindrical tubes. The method developed here is employed for constructing the diagram for the homogeneous liquid phase and the body-centered iron lattice. The expression for the free energy is derived analytically from density functional theory. The specific features of approximating the phase field crystal model are compared with the approximations and conclusions of the weak crystallization and 2D melting theories.

  7. Influence of magnetic field on electric-field-induced local polar states in manganites

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    Mamin, R. F.; Strle, J.; Kabanov, V. V.; Kranjec, A.; Borovsak, M.; Mihailovic, D.; Bizyaev, D. A.; Yusupov, R. V.; Bukharaev, A. A.

    2015-11-09

    It is shown that creation of local charged states at the surface of the lanthanum-strontium manganite single crystals by means of bias application via a conducting atomic force microscope tip is strongly affected by magnetic field. Both a charge and a size of created structures increase significantly on application of the magnetic field during the induction. We argue that the observed phenomenon originates from a known tendency of manganites toward charge segregation and its intimate relation to magnetic ordering.

  8. The beam splitting in the photonic crystal at a degenerate state

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    Kong, Yan-mei; Jing, Yu-Peng; Chen, Da-peng

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, using the plane-wave expansion and finite difference time-domain methods, the photons behavior in the photonic crystal is investigated. Theoretically, when a polarized wave is incident from the background medium to the photonic crystal, the beam propagation directions in the photonic crystal determined by two methods are approximately same. But in this paper, the results exhibit that there is an additional direction obtained by the finite difference time-domain method compared with the plane-wave expansion. Considering basic physical mechanism of the photon behavior, the present work circumvents the electromagnetic field distribution in the photonic crystal at a degenerate state, which can reasonably explain the phenomenon. Finally, it shows that a photonic crystal can be properly designed to achieve double refraction simultaneously at one frequency, which can also offer new thoughts and foundation for the novel beam splitter that applied to many optical systems.

  9. Defect-induced solid state amorphization of molecular crystals

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    Lei, Lei; Carvajal, Teresa; Koslowski, Marisol

    2012-04-01

    We investigate the process of mechanically induced amorphization in small molecule organic crystals under extensive deformation. In this work, we develop a model that describes the amorphization of molecular crystals, in which the plastic response is calculated with a phase field dislocation dynamics theory in four materials: acetaminophen, sucrose, γ-indomethacin, and aspirin. The model is able to predict the fraction of amorphous material generated in single crystals for a given applied stress. Our results show that γ-indomethacin and sucrose demonstrate large volume fractions of amorphous material after sufficient plastic deformation, while smaller amorphous volume fractions are predicted in acetaminophen and aspirin, in agreement with experimental observation.

  10. TOPICAL REVIEW: Organic field-effect transistors using single crystals

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    Hasegawa, Tatsuo; Takeya, Jun

    2009-04-01

    Organic field-effect transistors using small-molecule organic single crystals are developed to investigate fundamental aspects of organic thin-film transistors that have been widely studied for possible future markets for 'plastic electronics'. In reviewing the physics and chemistry of single-crystal organic field-effect transistors (SC-OFETs), the nature of intrinsic charge dynamics is elucidated for the carriers induced at the single crystal surfaces of molecular semiconductors. Materials for SC-OFETs are first reviewed with descriptions of the fabrication methods and the field-effect characteristics. In particular, a benchmark carrier mobility of 20-40 cm2 Vs-1, achieved with thin platelets of rubrene single crystals, demonstrates the significance of the SC-OFETs and clarifies material limitations for organic devices. In the latter part of this review, we discuss the physics of microscopic charge transport by using SC-OFETs at metal/semiconductor contacts and along semiconductor/insulator interfaces. Most importantly, Hall effect and electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements reveal that interface charge transport in molecular semiconductors is properly described in terms of band transport and localization by charge traps.

  11. Far-field coupling in nanobeam photonic crystal cavities

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    Rousseau, Ian; Sánchez-Arribas, Irene; Carlin, Jean-François; Butté, Raphaël; Grandjean, Nicolas

    2016-05-01

    We optimized the far-field emission pattern of one-dimensional photonic crystal nanobeams by modulating the nanobeam width, forming a sidewall Bragg cross-grating far-field coupler. By setting the period of the cross-grating to twice the photonic crystal period, we showed using three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations that the intensity extracted to the far-field could be improved by more than three orders of magnitude compared to the unmodified ideal cavity geometry. We then experimentally studied the evolution of the quality factor and far-field intensity as a function of cross-grating coupler amplitude. High quality factor (>4000) blue (λ = 455 nm) nanobeam photonic crystals were fabricated out of GaN thin films on silicon incorporating a single InGaN quantum well gain medium. Micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy of sets of twelve identical nanobeams revealed a nine-fold average increase in integrated far-field emission intensity and no change in average quality factor for the optimized structure compared to the unmodulated reference. These results are useful for research environments and future nanophotonic light-emitting applications where vertical in- and out-coupling of light to nanocavities is required.

  12. Deuterium NMR investigations of field-induced director alignment in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Sugimura, Akihiko; Luckhurst, Geoffrey R

    2016-05-01

    There have been many investigations of the alignment of nematic liquid crystals by either a magnetic and/or an electric field. The basic features of the important hydrodynamic processes for low molar mass nematics have been characterized for the systems in their equilibrium and non-equilibrium states. These have been created using electric and magnetic fields to align the director and deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance ((2)H NMR) spectroscopy has been used to explore this alignment. Theoretical models based on continuum theory have been developed to complement the experiments and found to describe successfully the static and the dynamic phenomena observed. Such macroscopic behaviour has been investigated with (2)H NMR spectroscopy, in which an electric field in addition to the magnetic field of the spectrometer is used to rotate the director and produce a non-equilibrium state. This powerful technique has proved to be especially valuable for the investigation of nematic liquid crystals. Since the quadrupolar splitting for deuterons observed in the liquid crystal phase is determined by the angle between the director and the magnetic field, time-resolved and time-averaged (2)H NMR spectroscopies can be employed to investigate the dynamic director alignment process in a thin nematic film following the application or removal of an electric field. In this article, we describe some seminal studies to illustrate the field-induced static and dynamic director alignment for low molar mass nematics.

  13. Role of the crystal field stabilization energy in the formation of metal(II) formate mixed crystals

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    Balarew, Christo; Stoilova, Donka; Vassileva, Violeta

    A relationship between the distribution coefficient values and the factors determining the isomorphous substitution of some metal(II) formates (Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd) has been found, given by D=[exp⁡{aṡf[ΔR/R]+bṡϕ(Δɛ)+cṡψ(Δs)}/{RT}, where Δ R/R is the relative difference in the ionic radii of the intersubstituting ions, Δɛ is the difference in the Me sbnd O bond energy, Δ s is the difference in the crystal field stabilization energy. The pre-exponential term represents the balance in bonding factors between the ions in the crystal and in the aqueous solution, in the case of ideally mixing in the solid state. The exponential term takes into account the enthalpy of mixing in the solid state. For the isostructural formate salts in which the substitution of a given cation by another one occurs in equivalent octahedral positions, the difference in the crystal field stabilization energy exerts the most important influence on the enthalpy of mixing.

  14. Transient current electric field profiling of single crystal CVD diamond

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    Isberg, J.; Gabrysch, M.; Tajani, A.; Twitchen, D. J.

    2006-08-01

    The transient current technique (TCT) has been adapted for profiling of the electric field distribution in intrinsic single crystal CVD diamond. It was found that successive hole transits do not appreciably affect the electric field distribution within the sample. Transits of holes can therefore be used to probe the electric field distribution and also the distribution of trapped charge. Electron transits, on the other hand, cause an accumulation of negative charge in the sample. Illumination with blue or green light was shown to lead to accumulation of positive charge. Low concentrations of trapped charge can be detected in diamond using TCT, corresponding to an ionized impurity concentration below N = 1010 cm-3.

  15. An optimized intermolecular force field for hydrogen-bonded organic molecular crystals using atomic multipole electrostatics

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    Pyzer-Knapp, Edward O.; Thompson, Hugh P. G.; Day, Graeme M.

    2016-01-01

    We present a re-parameterization of a popular intermolecular force field for describing intermolecular interactions in the organic solid state. Specifically we optimize the performance of the exp-6 force field when used in conjunction with atomic multipole electrostatics. We also parameterize force fields that are optimized for use with multipoles derived from polarized molecular electron densities, to account for induction effects in molecular crystals. Parameterization is performed against a set of 186 experimentally determined, low-temperature crystal structures and 53 measured sublimation enthalpies of hydrogen-bonding organic molecules. The resulting force fields are tested on a validation set of 129 crystal structures and show improved reproduction of the structures and lattice energies of a range of organic molecular crystals compared with the original force field with atomic partial charge electrostatics. Unit-cell dimensions of the validation set are typically reproduced to within 3% with the re-parameterized force fields. Lattice energies, which were all included during parameterization, are systematically underestimated when compared with measured sublimation enthalpies, with mean absolute errors of between 7.4 and 9.0%. PMID:27484370

  16. An optimized intermolecular force field for hydrogen-bonded organic molecular crystals using atomic multipole electrostatics.

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    Pyzer-Knapp, Edward O; Thompson, Hugh P G; Day, Graeme M

    2016-08-01

    We present a re-parameterization of a popular intermolecular force field for describing intermolecular interactions in the organic solid state. Specifically we optimize the performance of the exp-6 force field when used in conjunction with atomic multipole electrostatics. We also parameterize force fields that are optimized for use with multipoles derived from polarized molecular electron densities, to account for induction effects in molecular crystals. Parameterization is performed against a set of 186 experimentally determined, low-temperature crystal structures and 53 measured sublimation enthalpies of hydrogen-bonding organic molecules. The resulting force fields are tested on a validation set of 129 crystal structures and show improved reproduction of the structures and lattice energies of a range of organic molecular crystals compared with the original force field with atomic partial charge electrostatics. Unit-cell dimensions of the validation set are typically reproduced to within 3% with the re-parameterized force fields. Lattice energies, which were all included during parameterization, are systematically underestimated when compared with measured sublimation enthalpies, with mean absolute errors of between 7.4 and 9.0%. PMID:27484370

  17. Magnetic-field tunable defect modes in a photonic-crystal/liquid-crystal cell.

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    Zyryanov, Victor Ya; Myslivets, Sergey A; Gunyakov, Vladimir A; Parshin, Alexander M; Arkhipkin, Vasily G; Shabanov, Vasily F; Lee, Wei

    2010-01-18

    Light transmission spectrum of a multilayer photonic crystal with a central liquid-crystal defect layer placed between crossed polarizers has been studied. Transmittance was varied due to the magnetically induced reorientation of the nematic director from homeotropic to planar alignment. Two notable effects were observed for this scheme: the spectral shift of defect modes corresponding to the extraordinary light wave and its superposition with the ordinary one. As a result, the optical cell allows controlling the intensity of interfering defect modes by applied magnetic field. PMID:20173953

  18. Long-range orientational order, local-field anisotropy, and mean molecular polarizability in liquid crystals

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    Aver'yanov, E. M.

    2009-01-15

    The problems on the relation of the mean effective molecular polarizability {gamma}-bar to the long-range orientational order of molecules (the optical anisotropy of the medium) in uniaxial and biaxial liquid crystals, the local anisotropy on mesoscopic scales, and the anisotropy of the Lorentz tensor L and the local-field tensor f are formulated and solved. It is demonstrated that the presence of the long-range orientational order of molecules in liquid crystals imposes limitations from below on the molecular polarizability {gamma}-bar, which differs for uniaxial and biaxial liquid crystals. The relation between the local anisotropy and the molecular polarizability {gamma}-bar is investigated for calamitic and discotic uniaxial liquid crystals consisting of lath- and disk-shaped molecules. These liquid crystals with identical macroscopic symmetry differ in the local anisotropy and the relationships between the components L{sub parallel} < L{sub perpendicular} , f{sub parallel} < f{sub perpendicular} (calamitic) and L{sub parallel} > L{sub perpendicular} , f{sub parallel} > f{sub perpendicular} (discotic) for an electric field oriented parallel and perpendicular to the director. The limitations from below and above on the molecular polarizability {gamma}-bar due to the anisotropy of the tensors L and f are established for liquid crystals of both types. These limitations indicate that the molecular polarizability {gamma}-bar depends on the phase state and the temperature. The factors responsible for the nonphysical consequences of the local-field models based on the approximation {gamma}-bar = const are revealed. The theoretical inferences are confirmed by the experimental data for a number of calamitic nematic liquid crystals with different values of birefringence and the discotic liquid crystal Col{sub ho}.

  19. Pre-Crystallization State of Ferritin at Low Temperature

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    Boutet, Sebastien

    2005-03-01

    In the course of a systematic exploration of the crystallization kinetics and conditions of the protein ferritin using x-rays, we discovered an unexpected new state of aggregation of the protein at low temperature. This new state was found to form reversibly below the freezing point of the solution. Using Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), we studied the properties of solutions of ferritin upon cooling and found that ferritin molecules form clusters of varying size and structures depending on the temperature and the thermal history of the sample. Simulations of the SAXS patterns were made using various cluster structures and these show that clusters of roughly 50 molecules form upon freezing. The structure was found to be similar to the FCC structure of macroscopic ferritin crystals which leads us to the conclusion that these clusters may be precursor states to the crystallization of ferritin.

  20. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  1. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals

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    Outram, B. I.; Elston, S. J.

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δɛ<0 and (e1-e3)2/(K1+K3)>-Δɛɛ0. Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  2. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays. PMID:23944473

  3. Pulsed zero field NMR of solids and liquid crystals

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    Thayer, A.M.

    1987-02-01

    This work describes the development and applications to solids and liquid crystals of zero field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments with pulsed dc magnetic fields. Zero field NMR experiments are one approach for obtaining high resolution spectra of amorphous and polycrystalline materials which normally (in high field) display broad featureless spectra. The behavior of the spin system can be coherently manipulated and probed in zero field with dc magnetic field pulses which are employed in a similar manner to radiofrequency pulses in high field NMR experiments. Nematic phases of liquid crystalline systems are studied in order to observe the effects of the removal of an applied magnetic field on sample alignment and molecular order parameters. In nematic phases with positive and negative magnetic susceptibility anisotropies, a comparison between the forms of the spin interactions in high and low fields is made. High resolution zero field NMR spectra of unaligned smectic samples are also obtained and reflect the symmetry of the liquid crystalline environment. These experiments are a sensitive measure of the motionally induced asymmetry in biaxial phases. Homonuclear and heteronuclear solute spin systems are compared in the nematic and smectic phases. Nonaxially symmetric dipolar couplings are reported for several systems. The effects of residual fields in the presence of a non-zero asymmetry parameter are discussed theoretically and presented experimentally. Computer programs for simulations of these and other experimental results are also reported. 179 refs., 75 figs.

  4. Magnetic Field Measurements Based on Terfenol Coated Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    Quintero, Sully M. M.; Martelli, Cicero; Braga, Arthur M. B.; Valente, Luiz C. G.; Kato, Carla C.

    2011-01-01

    A magnetic field sensor based on the integration of a high birefringence photonic crystal fiber and a composite material made of Terfenol particles and an epoxy resin is proposed. An in-fiber modal interferometer is assembled by evenly exciting both eigenemodes of the HiBi fiber. Changes in the cavity length as well as the effective refractive index are induced by exposing the sensor head to magnetic fields. The magnetic field sensor has a sensitivity of 0.006 (nm/mT) over a range from 0 to 300 mT with a resolution about ±1 mT. A fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensor is also fabricated and employed to characterize the response of Terfenol composite to the magnetic field. PMID:22247655

  5. Magnetic field measurements based on Terfenol coated photonic crystal fibers.

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    Quintero, Sully M M; Martelli, Cicero; Braga, Arthur M B; Valente, Luiz C G; Kato, Carla C

    2011-01-01

    A magnetic field sensor based on the integration of a high birefringence photonic crystal fiber and a composite material made of Terfenol particles and an epoxy resin is proposed. An in-fiber modal interferometer is assembled by evenly exciting both eigenemodes of the HiBi fiber. Changes in the cavity length as well as the effective refractive index are induced by exposing the sensor head to magnetic fields. The magnetic field sensor has a sensitivity of 0.006 (nm/mT) over a range from 0 to 300 mT with a resolution about ±1 mT. A fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensor is also fabricated and employed to characterize the response of Terfenol composite to the magnetic field.

  6. Absence of Quantum Time Crystals in Ground States

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    Watanabe, Haruki; Oshikawa, Masaki

    2015-03-01

    In analogy with crystalline solids around us, Wilczek recently proposed the idea of ``time crystals'' as phases that spontaneously break the continuous time translation into a discrete subgroup. The proposal stimulated further studies and vigorous debates whether it can be realized in a physical system. However, a precise definition of the time crystal is needed to resolve the issue. Here we first present a definition of time crystals based on the time-dependent correlation functions of the order parameter. We then prove a no-go theorem that rules out the possibility of time crystals defined as such, in the ground state of a general Hamiltonian which consists of only short-range interactions.

  7. Low-frequency electromagnetic field in a Wigner crystal

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    Stupka, Anton

    2013-03-15

    Long-wave low-frequency oscillations are described in a Wigner crystal by generalization of the reverse continuum model for the case of electronic lattice. The internal self-consistent long-wave electromagnetic field is used to describe the collective motions in the system. The eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the obtained system of equations are derived. The velocities of longitudinal and transversal sound waves are found.

  8. Crystallization of insulin and lysozyme under reduced convection condition in a large gradient magnetic field

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    Yin, D. C.; Wakayama, N. I.; Fujiwara, M.; Harata, K.; Xue, X. P.; Fu, Z. X.; Zhang, S. W.; Shang, P.; Tanimoto, Y.

    The crystallization of protein from solution is governed by the process of transport phenomenon Any reason affecting the process of solute transport will impose effects on the crystallization process thus further affects the crystal quality Recent advancement in superconducting magnet technology makes it possible to provide a low cost long-time durable low effective gravity environment for the control of convection which is similar to the environment in the space As an ideal means to damp natural convection in a non-conductive solution on the Earth it may find applications in the field of protein crystallization In this presentation the authors investigated the crystallization of orthorhombic lysozyme crystals tetragonal lysozyme crystals and insulin crystals in a large gradient magnetic field Three effective gravity levels were used milli-gravity around 0G normal gravity 1G and hypergravity 1 8G Comparisons of the crystal quality obtained inside and outside the magnetic field showed that both the magnetic field and the effective gravity could affect the crystal quality But the effect also depends on the crystal and protein type For lysozyme crystals in tetragonal form the magnetic field and effective gravity showed no obvious effect on the quality whereas for the crystals in orthorhombic form both the magnetic field and effective gravity improved the crystal quality For insulin crystal which is highly symmetrical magnetic field and effective gravity showed no strong effect on the crystal quality It is well known that

  9. Phase-field-crystal model for fcc ordering.

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    Wu, Kuo-An; Adland, Ari; Karma, Alain

    2010-06-01

    We develop and analyze a two-mode phase-field-crystal model to describe fcc ordering. The model is formulated by coupling two different sets of crystal density waves corresponding to <111> and <200> reciprocal lattice vectors, which are chosen to form triads so as to produce a simple free-energy landscape with coexistence of crystal and liquid phases. The feasibility of the approach is demonstrated with numerical examples of polycrystalline and (111) twin growth. We use a two-mode amplitude expansion to characterize analytically the free-energy landscape of the model, identifying parameter ranges where fcc is stable or metastable with respect to bcc. In addition, we derive analytical expressions for the elastic constants for both fcc and bcc. Those expressions show that a nonvanishing amplitude of [200] density waves is essential to obtain mechanically stable fcc crystals with a nonvanishing tetragonal shear modulus (C11-C12)/2. We determine the model parameters for specific materials by fitting the peak liquid structure factor properties and solid-density wave amplitudes following the approach developed for bcc [K.-A. Wu and A. Karma, Phys. Rev. B 76, 184107 (2007)]. This procedure yields reasonable predictions of elastic constants for both bcc Fe and fcc Ni using input parameters from molecular dynamics simulations. The application of the model to two-dimensional square lattices is also briefly examined.

  10. Subsurface Stress Fields In Single Crystal (Anisotropic) Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Knudsen, Erik C.; Duke, Greg; Battista, Gilda; Swanson, Greg

    2004-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and alternating stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent HCF failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and noncrystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. This paper presents analytical and numerical techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts. The subsurface stress results are required for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades. An analytical procedure is , presented, for evaluating the subsurface stresses in the elastic half-space, using a complex potential method outlined by Lekhnitskii. Numerical results are presented for cylindrical and spherical anisotropic contacts, using finite element analysis. Effects of crystal orientation on stress response and fatigue life are examined.

  11. In-situ measurement of bound states in the continuum in photonic crystal slabs (Conference Presentation)

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    Kalchmair, Stefan; Gansch, Roman; Genevet, Patrice; Zederbauer, Tobias; MacFarland, Donald; Detz, Hermann; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Schrenk, Werner; Strasser, Gottfried; Capasso, Federico; Loncar, Marko

    2016-04-01

    Photonic crystal slabs have been subject to research for more than a decade, yet the existence of bound states in the radiation continuum (BICs) in photonic crystals has been reported only recently [1]. A BIC is formed when the radiation from all possible channels interferes destructively, causing the overall radiation to vanish. In photonic crystals, BICs are the result of accidental phase matching between incident, reflected and in-plane waves at seemingly random wave vectors [2]. While BICs in photonic crystals have been discussed previously using reflection measurements, we reports for the first time in-situ measurements of the bound states in the continuum in photonic crystal slabs. By embedding a photodetector into a photonic crystal slab we were able to directly observe optical BICs. The photonic crystal slabs are processed from a GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells heterostructure, providing intersubband absorption in the mid-infrared wavelength range. The generated photocurrent is collected via doped contact layers on top and bottom of the suspended photonic crystal slab. We were mapping out the photonic band structure by rotating the device and by acquiring photocurrent spectra every 5°. Our measured photonic bandstructure revealed several BICs, which was confirmed with a rigorously coupled-wave analysis simulation. Since coupling to external fields is suppressed, the photocurrent measured by the photodetector vanishes at the BIC wave vector. To confirm the relation between the measured photocurrent and the Q-factor we used temporal coupled mode theory, which yielded an inverse proportional relation between the photocurrent and the out-coupling loss from the photonic crystal. Implementing a plane wave expansion simulation allowed us to identify the corresponding photonic crystal modes. The ability to directly measure the field intensity inside the photonic crystal presents an important milestone towards integrated opto-electronic BIC devices. Potential

  12. Resistive memory effects in BiFeO3 single crystals controlled by transverse electric fields

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    Kawachi, S.; Kuroe, H.; Ito, T.; Miyake, A.; Tokunaga, M.

    2016-04-01

    The effects of electric fields perpendicular to the c-axis of the trigonal cell in single crystals of BiFeO3 are investigated through magnetization and resistance measurements. Magnetization and resistance exhibit hysteretic changes under applied electric fields, which can be ascribed to the reorientation of the magnetoelectric domains. Samples are repetitively switched between high- and low-resistance states by changing the polarity of the applied electric fields over 20 000 cycles at room temperature. These results demonstrate the potential of BiFeO3 for use in non-volatile memory devices.

  13. Coherent infrared emission from myoglobin crystals: an electric field measurement.

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    Groot, Marie-Louise; Vos, Marten H; Schlichting, Ilme; van Mourik, Frank; Joffre, Manuel; Lambry, Jean-Christophe; Martin, Jean-Louis

    2002-02-01

    We introduce coherent infrared emission interferometry as a chi(2) vibrational spectroscopy technique and apply it to studying the initial dynamics upon photoactivation of myoglobin (Mb). By impulsive excitation (using 11-fs pulses) of a Mb crystal, vibrations that couple to the optical excitation are set in motion coherently. Because of the order in the crystal lattice the coherent oscillations of the different proteins in the crystal that are associated with charge motions give rise to a macroscopic burst of directional multi-teraHertz radiation. This radiation can be detected in a phase-sensitive way by heterodyning with a broad-band reference field. In this way both amplitude and phase of the different vibrations can be obtained. We detected radiation in the 1,000-1,500 cm(-1) frequency region, which contains modes sensitive to the structure of the heme macrocycle, as well as peripheral protein modes. Both in carbonmonoxy-Mb and aquomet-Mb we observed emission from six modes, which were assigned to heme vibrations. The phase factors of the modes contributing to the protein electric field show a remarkable consistency, taking on values that indicate that the dipoles are created "emitting" at t = 0, as one would expect for impulsively activated modes. The few deviations from this behavior in Mb-CO we propose are the result of these modes being sensitive to the photodissociation process and severely disrupted by it.

  14. Crystal field excitations in CeCu2Ge2: Revisited employing a single crystal and inelastic neutron scattering

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    Loewenhaupt, Michael; Faulhaber, Enrico; Schneidewind, Astrid; Deppe, Micha; Hradil, Klaudia

    2012-04-01

    The intermetallic compound, CeCu2Ge2, is the counterpart of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2. CeCu2Ge2 is a magnetically ordering (TN = 4.1K) Kondo lattice with a moderate Sommerfeld coefficient of 140 mJ/ molK2. Earlier inelastic neutron measurements on a polycrystalline sample revealed a doublet ground state and a quasi-quartet excited state at 16.5 meV, although a splitting of the 4f1 (J = 5/2) ground state multiplet into 3 doublets is expected from the point symmetry of the Ce3+ ions. We performed detailed inelastic neutron scattering experiments on a single crystal at the thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA at FRM II for different crystallographic directions. From our results we infer that the quasi-quartet, in fact, consists of two doublets at 17.0 and 18.3 meV which exhibit a strong directional dependence of their transition matrix elements to the ground state doublet. Finally, we will present a new set of crystal field parameters.

  15. Subsurface Stress Fields in FCC Single Crystal Anisotropic Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Knudsen, Erik; Swanson, Gregory R.; Duke, Gregory; Ham-Battista, Gilda

    2004-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and alternating stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent high cycle fatigue (HCF) failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and non-crystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. This paper presents analytical and numerical techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts. The subsurface stress results are required for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades. An analytical procedure is presented for evaluating the subsurface stresses in the elastic half-space, based on the adaptation of a stress function method outlined by Lekhnitskii. Numerical results are presented for cylindrical and spherical anisotropic contacts, using finite element analysis (FEA). Effects of crystal orientation on stress response and fatigue life are examined. Obtaining accurate subsurface stress results for anisotropic single crystal contact problems require extremely refined three-dimensional (3-D) finite element grids, especially in the edge of contact region. Obtaining resolved shear stresses (RSS) on the principal slip planes also involves

  16. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Szofran, F. R.; Cobb, S. D.; Schweizer, M.; Walker, J. S.

    2005-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals has been grown by the vertical Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). Time-dependent flow instabilities occur when the critical magnetic Taylor number (Tm(sup c)) is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. Tm(sup c) decreases as the aspect ratio of the melt increases, and approaches the theoretical limit expected for an infinite cylinder. Intentional interface demarcations are introduced by pulsing the RMF on and off The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat as the RMF strength is increased.

  17. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Walker, J. S.; Schweizer, M.; Cobb, S. D.; Szofran, F. R.

    2004-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals have been grown by the Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). Time-dependent flow instabilities occur when the critical magnetic Taylor number (Tm(sup c) is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. The experimental data indicate that Tm(sup c) increases as the aspect ratio of the melt decreases. Modeling calculations predicting Tm(sup c) as a function of aspect ratio are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data. The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat as the RMF strength is increased. Also, by pulsing the RMF on and off, it is shown that intentional interface demarcations can be introduced.

  18. Remote State Preparation for Quantum Fields

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    Ber, Ran; Zohar, Erez

    2016-07-01

    Remote state preparation is generation of a desired state by a remote observer. In spite of causality, it is well known, according to the Reeh-Schlieder theorem, that it is possible for relativistic quantum field theories, and a "physical" process achieving this task, involving superoscillatory functions, has recently been introduced. In this work we deal with non-relativistic fields, and show that remote state preparation is also possible for them, hence obtaining a Reeh-Schlieder-like result for general fields. Interestingly, in the nonrelativistic case, the process may rely on completely different resources than the ones used in the relativistic case.

  19. Wideband trapping of light by edge states in honeycomb photonic crystals.

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    Ouyang, Chunfang; Han, Dezhuan; Zhao, Fangyuan; Hu, Xinhua; Liu, Xiaohan; Zi, Jian

    2012-12-12

    We study theoretically light propagations at the zigzag edge of a honeycomb photonic crystal consisting of dielectric rods in air, analogous to graphene. Within the photonic band gap of the honeycomb photonic crystal, a unimodal edge state may exist with a sharp confinement of optical fields. Its dispersion can be tuned simply by adjusting the radius of the edge rods. For the edge rods with a graded variation in radius along the edge direction, we show numerically that light beams of different frequencies can be trapped sharply in different spatial locations, yielding wideband trapping of light.

  20. Crystal Field Studies on MgGa2O4:Ni2+

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    Andreici, L.; Stanciu, M.; Avram, N. M.

    2010-08-01

    The energy levels scheme of octahedrally coordinated Ni2+ ion in single crystal, powder nano-single crystal, ceramics and glass-ceramics of MgGa2O4 host matrix, has been calculated in the exchange charge model of crystal field. The parameters of the crystal field acting on the Ni2+ ion are calculated from the crystal structure data, after optimization of the geometry of the system. The energy level schemes have been calculated by diagonalization of the crystal field Hamiltonian of this system. The obtained results were compared with experimental data; a good agreement were demonstrated, which confirm the validity of the model and used method.

  1. Subsurface Stress Fields in Single Crystal (Anisotropic) Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.

    2003-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and fatigue stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent HCF failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and noncrystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. Techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts are presented in this report. Figure 1 shows typical damper contact locations in a turbine blade. The subsurface stress results are used for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades.

  2. Phase-field-crystal methodology for modeling of structural transformations.

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    Greenwood, Michael; Rottler, Jörg; Provatas, Nikolas

    2011-03-01

    We introduce and characterize free-energy functionals for modeling of solids with different crystallographic symmetries within the phase-field-crystal methodology. The excess free energy responsible for the emergence of periodic phases is inspired by classical density-functional theory, but uses only a minimal description for the modes of the direct correlation function to preserve computational efficiency. We provide a detailed prescription for controlling the crystal structure and introduce parameters for changing temperature and surface energies, so that phase transformations between body-centered-cubic (bcc), face-centered-cubic (fcc), hexagonal-close-packed (hcp), and simple-cubic (sc) lattices can be studied. To illustrate the versatility of our free-energy functional, we compute the phase diagram for fcc-bcc-liquid coexistence in the temperature-density plane. We also demonstrate that our model can be extended to include hcp symmetry by dynamically simulating hcp-liquid coexistence from a seeded crystal nucleus. We further quantify the dependence of the elastic constants on the model control parameters in two and three dimensions, showing how the degree of elastic anisotropy can be tuned from the shape of the direct correlation functions. PMID:21517507

  3. Bridging the terahertz near-field and far-field observations of liquid crystal based metamaterial absorbers

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    Wang, Lei; Ge, Shijun; Chen, Zhaoxian; Hu, Wei; Lu, Yanqing

    2016-09-01

    Metamaterial-based absorbers play a significant role in applications ranging from energy harvesting and thermal emitters to sensors and imaging devices. The middle dielectric layer of conventional metamaterial absorbers has always been solid. Researchers could not detect the near field distribution in this layer or utilize it effectively. Here, we use anisotropic liquid crystal as the dielectric layer to realize electrically fast tunable terahertz metamaterial absorbers. We demonstrate strong, position-dependent terahertz near-field enhancement with sub-wavelength resolution inside the metamaterial absorber. We measure the terahertz far-field absorption as the driving voltage increases. By combining experimental results with liquid crystal simulations, we verify the near-field distribution in the middle layer indirectly and bridge the near-field and far-field observations. Our work opens new opportunities for creating high-performance, fast, tunable, terahertz metamaterial devices that can be applied in biological imaging and sensing. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921803), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 61225026, 61490714, 11304151, and 61435008), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant Nos. BK20150845 and 15KJB140004), the Open Foundation Project of National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, China (Grant No. M28003), and the Research Center of Optical Communications Engineering & Technology, Jiangsu Province, China.

  4. Bridging the terahertz near-field and far-field observations of liquid crystal based metamaterial absorbers

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    Wang, Lei; Ge, Shijun; Chen, Zhaoxian; Hu, Wei; Lu, Yanqing

    2016-09-01

    Metamaterial-based absorbers play a significant role in applications ranging from energy harvesting and thermal emitters to sensors and imaging devices. The middle dielectric layer of conventional metamaterial absorbers has always been solid. Researchers could not detect the near field distribution in this layer or utilize it effectively. Here, we use anisotropic liquid crystal as the dielectric layer to realize electrically fast tunable terahertz metamaterial absorbers. We demonstrate strong, position-dependent terahertz near-field enhancement with sub-wavelength resolution inside the metamaterial absorber. We measure the terahertz far-field absorption as the driving voltage increases. By combining experimental results with liquid crystal simulations, we verify the near-field distribution in the middle layer indirectly and bridge the near-field and far-field observations. Our work opens new opportunities for creating high-performance, fast, tunable, terahertz metamaterial devices that can be applied in biological imaging and sensing. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921803), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 61225026, 61490714, 11304151, and 61435008), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant Nos. BK20150845 and 15KJB140004), the Open Foundation Project of National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, China (Grant No. M28003), and the Research Center of Optical Communications Engineering & Technology, Jiangsu Province, China.

  5. Monitoring and validating active site redox states in protein crystals.

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    Antonyuk, Svetlana V; Hough, Michael A

    2011-06-01

    High resolution protein crystallography using synchrotron radiation is one of the most powerful tools in modern biology. Improvements in resolution have arisen from the use of X-ray beamlines with higher brightness and flux and the development of advanced detectors. However, it is increasingly recognised that the benefits brought by these advances have an associated cost, namely deleterious effects of X-ray radiation on the sample (radiation damage). In particular, X-ray induced reduction and damage to redox centres has been shown to occur much more rapidly than other radiation damage effects, such as loss of resolution or damage to disulphide bridges. Selection of an appropriate combination of in-situ single crystal spectroscopies during crystallographic experiments, such as UV-visible absorption and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAFS), allows for effective monitoring of redox states in protein crystals in parallel with structure determination. Such approaches are also essential in cases where catalytic intermediate species are generated by exposure to the X-ray beam. In this article, we provide a number of examples in which multiple single crystal spectroscopies have been key to understanding the redox status of Fe and Cu centres in crystal structures. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Protein Structure and Function in the Crystalline State.

  6. Electronic structure of ytterbium-implanted GaN at ambient and high pressure: experimental and crystal field studies.

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    Kaminska, A; Ma, C-G; Brik, M G; Kozanecki, A; Boćkowski, M; Alves, E; Suchocki, A

    2012-03-01

    The results of high-pressure low-temperature optical measurements in a diamond-anvil cell of bulk gallium nitride crystals implanted with ytterbium are reported in combination with crystal field calculations of the Yb(3+) energy levels. Crystal field analysis of splitting of the (2)F(7/2) and (2)F(5/2) states has been performed, with the aim of assigning all features of the experimental luminescence spectra. A thorough analysis of the pressure behavior of the Yb(3+) luminescence lines in GaN allowed the determination of the ambient-pressure positions and pressure dependence of the Yb(3+) energy levels in the trigonal crystal field as well as the pressure-induced changes of the spin-orbit coupling coefficient.

  7. Nonradiative relaxation in tunable solid-state laser crystals

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    Gayen, S.K.; Wang, W.B.; Pettricevic, V.; Alfano, R.R.

    1985-12-01

    The picosecond excite-and-probe adsorption technique is used to study the nonradiative transition dynamics between the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ and the /sup 2/ E excited states of two trivalent-chromium-ion-activated laser crystals -- ruby and alexandrite. A 527-nm 7-ps pulse excites the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ pump band of the Cr/sup 3 +/ ion in these crystals, and the subsequent population kinetics among excited states is monitored by an infrared picosecond probe pulse as a function of pump-probe delay. In ruby, a resolution-limited sharp rise in the excited-state population followed by a long-lifetime decay is observed. This leads to an upper limit of 7 ps for the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ state nonradiative lifetime in ruby. In alexandrite, a longer risetime followed by a multicomponent decay is observed. A theoretical model is proposed for explaining the observed induced absorption and kinetics from excited states of the Cr/sup 3 +/ ion in these crystals. In alexandrite, vibrational relaxation rate for transition from the higher-lying vibrational states of /sup 4/T/sub 2/ to the bottom of /sup 4/T/sub 2/ energy parabola is estimated to be approx. 6 x 10/sup 10/ (relaxation time approx. 17 ps). Transition rate from the bottom of /sup 4/T/sub 2/ parabola to the /sup 2/E is found to be of the order of 3.7 x 10/sup 10//s (relaxation time approx. 27 ps), while the thermal refilling rate of /sup 4/T/sub 2/ from /sup 2/E is approx. 3.5 x 10/sup 9//s. The infrared absorption cross section from the excited /sup 4/T/sub 2/ state is estimated to about an order-of-magnitude higher than that from the metastable /sup 2/E level.

  8. DDFT calibration and investigation of an anisotropic phase-field crystal model.

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    Choudhary, Muhammad Ajmal; Li, Daming; Emmerich, Heike; Löwen, Hartmut

    2011-07-01

    The anisotropic phase-field crystal model recently proposed and used by Prieler et al (2009 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21 464110) is derived from microscopic density functional theory for anisotropic particles with fixed orientation. Its morphology diagram is also explored. In particular we have investigated the influence of anisotropy and undercooling on the process of nucleation and microstructure formation from the atomic to the microscale. To that end numerical simulations were performed varying those dimensionless parameters which represent anisotropy and undercooling in our anisotropic phase-field crystal model. The results from these numerical simulations are summarized in terms of a morphology diagram of the stable state phases. These stable phases are also investigated with respect to their kinetics and characteristic morphological features.

  9. Glassy phases and driven response of the phase-field-crystal model with random pinning.

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    Granato, E; Ramos, J A P; Achim, C V; Lehikoinen, J; Ying, S C; Ala-Nissila, T; Elder, K R

    2011-09-01

    We study the structural correlations and the nonlinear response to a driving force of a two-dimensional phase-field-crystal model with random pinning. The model provides an effective continuous description of lattice systems in the presence of disordered external pinning centers, allowing for both elastic and plastic deformations. We find that the phase-field crystal with disorder assumes an amorphous glassy ground state, with only short-ranged positional and orientational correlations, even in the limit of weak disorder. Under increasing driving force, the pinned amorphous-glass phase evolves into a moving plastic-flow phase and then, finally, a moving smectic phase. The transverse response of the moving smectic phase shows a vanishing transverse critical force for increasing system sizes. PMID:22060323

  10. Glassy phases and driven response of the phase-field-crystal model with random pinning.

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    Granato, E; Ramos, J A P; Achim, C V; Lehikoinen, J; Ying, S C; Ala-Nissila, T; Elder, K R

    2011-09-01

    We study the structural correlations and the nonlinear response to a driving force of a two-dimensional phase-field-crystal model with random pinning. The model provides an effective continuous description of lattice systems in the presence of disordered external pinning centers, allowing for both elastic and plastic deformations. We find that the phase-field crystal with disorder assumes an amorphous glassy ground state, with only short-ranged positional and orientational correlations, even in the limit of weak disorder. Under increasing driving force, the pinned amorphous-glass phase evolves into a moving plastic-flow phase and then, finally, a moving smectic phase. The transverse response of the moving smectic phase shows a vanishing transverse critical force for increasing system sizes.

  11. Crystal-field parameters of the rare-earth pyrochlores R2Ti2O7 (R =Tb , Dy, and Ho)

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    Ruminy, M.; Pomjakushina, E.; Iida, K.; Kamazawa, K.; Adroja, D. T.; Stuhr, U.; Fennell, T.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we present inelastic neutron scattering experiments which probe the single ion ground states of the rare-earth pyrochlores R2Ti2O7 (R =Tb , Dy, Ho). Dy2Ti2O7 and Ho2Ti2O7 are dipolar spin ices, now often described as hosts of emergent magnetic monopole excitations; the low-temperature state of Tb2Ti2O7 has features of both spin liquids and spin glasses, and strong magnetoelastic coupling. We measured the crystal-field excitations of all three compounds and obtained a unified set of crystal-field parameters. Additional measurements of a single crystal of Tb2Ti2O7 clarified the assignment of the crystal-field levels in this material and also revealed an example of a bound state between a crystal-field level and an optical phonon mode.

  12. Spectroscopic manifestations of local crystal distortions in excited 4f states in crystals of huntite structure

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Gnatchenko, S. L.; Kachur, I. S.; Piryatinskaya, V. G.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Sokolov, A. E.; Strokova, A. Ya.; Kartashev, A. V.; Temerov, V. L.

    2013-01-15

    Optical absorption spectra of YbAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}, TmAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} and TbFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} trigonal crystals have been studied in temperature range 2-300 K. Temperature behavior of absorption lines parameters has shown, that during some f-f transitions the local environment of rare earth ions undergo distortions, which are absent in the ground state.

  13. Milestone in the History of Field-Effect Liquid Crystal Displays and Materials

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    Schadt, Martin

    2009-03-01

    The history of digital electronics would have been very different without the invention of field-effect liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in 1970 and their sophisticated development and implementation into numerous products. Transmissive and reflective LCDs have become a key interface between man and machine. After almost 40 years of interdisciplinary R+D and engineering, today's LCDs enable virtually all display applications, including high definition television. Field-effect LCDs are characterized by flat design, low weight, low driving voltage, design flexibility, compatibility with silicon-on-glass and very low power consumption, especially in reflection. Their polarization-sensitive layer concept is the basis for sandwiching and integration of optical and electronic thin-film functions. The liquid crystal technology has become a fast growing industry over the past 38 years, today surpassing 100 billion, with many spin-offs into new areas. Prerequisite for field-effect LCDs and their large diversification potential is the unique self-organization of liquid crystals. New applications beyond displays based on self-organisation, smart boundary alignment, dedicated liquid crystalline materials and the ability of LCs to respond to electromagnetic fields, including light, are being developed. Examples for new applications are LC polymer thin-film optics, or synergies between LCDs and solid state back-lighting, such as inorganic and organic light emitting diodes (LEDs/OLEDs).

  14. Interfacial free energy adjustable phase field crystal model for homogeneous nucleation.

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    Guo, Can; Wang, Jincheng; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Junjie; Guo, Yaolin; Huang, Yunhao

    2016-05-18

    To describe the homogeneous nucleation process, an interfacial free energy adjustable phase-field crystal model (IPFC) was proposed by reconstructing the energy functional of the original phase field crystal (PFC) methodology. Compared with the original PFC model, the additional interface term in the IPFC model effectively can adjust the magnitude of the interfacial free energy, but does not affect the equilibrium phase diagram and the interfacial energy anisotropy. The IPFC model overcame the limitation that the interfacial free energy of the original PFC model is much less than the theoretical results. Using the IPFC model, we investigated some basic issues in homogeneous nucleation. From the viewpoint of simulation, we proceeded with an in situ observation of the process of cluster fluctuation and obtained quite similar snapshots to colloidal crystallization experiments. We also counted the size distribution of crystal-like clusters and the nucleation rate. Our simulations show that the size distribution is independent of the evolution time, and the nucleation rate remains constant after a period of relaxation, which are consistent with experimental observations. The linear relation between logarithmic nucleation rate and reciprocal driving force also conforms to the steady state nucleation theory.

  15. Surface states in crystals with low-index surfaces

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    Wang, Hui-Ping; Tao, Rui-Bao

    2015-11-01

    For most of the conventional crystals with low-index surfaces, the hopping between the nearest neighbor (1NN) crystal planes (CPs) is dominant and the ones from the nNN (2 ≤ n < ∞) CPs are relatively weak, considered as small perturbations. The recent theoretical analysis[1] has demonstrated the absence of surface states at the level of the hopping approximation between the 1NN CPs when the original infinite crystal has the geometric reflection symmetry (GRS) for each CP. Meanwhile, based on the perturbation theory, it has also been shown that small perturbations from the hopping between the nNN (2 ≤ n < ∞) CPs and surface relaxation have no impact on the above conclusion. However, for the crystals with strong intrinsic spin-orbit coupling (SOC), the dominant terms of intrinsic SOC associate with two 1NN bond hoppings. Thus SOC will significantly contribute the hoppings from the 1NN and/or 2NN CPs except the ones within each CP. Here, we will study the effect of the hopping between the 2NN CPs on the surface states in model crystals with three different type structures (Type I: “···-P-P-P-P-···”, Type II: “···-P-Q-P-Q-···” and Type III: “···-P=Q-P=Q-···” where P and Q indicate CPs and the signs “-” and “=” mark the distance between the 1NN CPs). In terms of analytical and numerical calculations, we study the behavior of surface states in three types after the symmetric/asymmetric hopping from the 2NN CPs is added. We analytically prove that the symmetric hopping from the 2NN CPs cannot induce surface states in Type I when each CP has only one electron mode. The numerical calculations also provide strong support for the conclusion, even up to 5NN. However, in general, the coupling from the 2NN CPs (symmetric and asymmetric) is favorable to generate surface states except Type I with single electron mode only. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11447601) and the National Basic

  16. Theoretically informed Monte Carlo simulation of liquid crystals by sampling of alignment-tensor fields.

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    Armas-Pérez, Julio C; Londono-Hurtado, Alejandro; Guzmán, Orlando; Hernández-Ortiz, Juan P; de Pablo, Juan J

    2015-07-28

    A theoretically informed coarse-grained Monte Carlo method is proposed for studying liquid crystals. The free energy functional of the system is described in the framework of the Landau-de Gennes formalism. The alignment field and its gradients are approximated by finite differences, and the free energy is minimized through a stochastic sampling technique. The validity of the proposed method is established by comparing the results of the proposed approach to those of traditional free energy minimization techniques. Its usefulness is illustrated in the context of three systems, namely, a nematic liquid crystal confined in a slit channel, a nematic liquid crystal droplet, and a chiral liquid crystal in the bulk. It is found that for systems that exhibit multiple metastable morphologies, the proposed Monte Carlo method is generally able to identify lower free energy states that are often missed by traditional approaches. Importantly, the Monte Carlo method identifies such states from random initial configurations, thereby obviating the need for educated initial guesses that can be difficult to formulate.

  17. Theoretically informed Monte Carlo simulation of liquid crystals by sampling of alignment-tensor fields.

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    Armas-Perez, Julio C.; Londono-Hurtado, Alejandro; Guzman, Orlando; Hernandez-Ortiz, Juan P.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-07-27

    A theoretically informed coarse-grained Monte Carlo method is proposed for studying liquid crystals. The free energy functional of the system is described in the framework of the Landau-de Gennes formalism. The alignment field and its gradients are approximated by finite differences, and the free energy is minimized through a stochastic sampling technique. The validity of the proposed method is established by comparing the results of the proposed approach to those of traditional free energy minimization techniques. Its usefulness is illustrated in the context of three systems, namely, a nematic liquid crystal confined in a slit channel, a nematic liquid crystal droplet, and a chiral liquid crystal in the bulk. It is found that for systems that exhibit multiple metastable morphologies, the proposed Monte Carlo method is generally able to identify lower free energy states that are often missed by traditional approaches. Importantly, the Monte Carlo method identifies such states from random initial configurations, thereby obviating the need for educated initial guesses that can be difficult to formulate.

  18. Theoretically informed Monte Carlo simulation of liquid crystals by sampling of alignment-tensor fields

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    Armas-Pérez, Julio C.; Londono-Hurtado, Alejandro; Guzmán, Orlando; Hernández-Ortiz, Juan P.; Pablo, Juan J. de

    2015-07-28

    A theoretically informed coarse-grained Monte Carlo method is proposed for studying liquid crystals. The free energy functional of the system is described in the framework of the Landau-de Gennes formalism. The alignment field and its gradients are approximated by finite differences, and the free energy is minimized through a stochastic sampling technique. The validity of the proposed method is established by comparing the results of the proposed approach to those of traditional free energy minimization techniques. Its usefulness is illustrated in the context of three systems, namely, a nematic liquid crystal confined in a slit channel, a nematic liquid crystal droplet, and a chiral liquid crystal in the bulk. It is found that for systems that exhibit multiple metastable morphologies, the proposed Monte Carlo method is generally able to identify lower free energy states that are often missed by traditional approaches. Importantly, the Monte Carlo method identifies such states from random initial configurations, thereby obviating the need for educated initial guesses that can be difficult to formulate.

  19. Crystal field excitations of YbMn2Si2

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    Mole, R. A.; Hofmann, M.; Adroja, D. T.; Moze, O.; Campbell, S. J.

    2013-12-01

    The crystal field excitations of the rare earth intermetallic compound YbMn2Si2 have been measured by inelastic neutron scattering over the temperature range 2.5-50 K. The YbMn2Si2 spectra exhibit three low energy excitations (~3-7 meV) in the antiferromagnetic AFil region above the magnetic phase transition at TN2 = 30(5) K. The crystal field parameters have been determined for YbMn2Si2 in the antiferromagnetic AFil region. A further two inelastic excitations (~9 meV, 17 meV) are observed below TN2=30(5) K, the temperature at which the high temperature antiferromagnetic structure is reported to exhibit doubling of the magnetic cell. Energy level diagrams have been determined for Yb3+ ions in the different sites above (single site) and below the magnetic transition temperature (two sites). The excitation energies for both sites are shown to be temperature independent with the temperature dependences of the transition intensities for the two sites described well by a simple Boltzmann model. The spectra below TN2 cannot be described fully in terms of molecular field models based on either a single Yb3+ site or two Yb3+ sites. This indicates that the magnetic behaviour of YbMn2Si2 is more complicated than previously considered. The inability to account fully for excitations below the magnetic phase transition may be due to an, as yet, unresolved structural transition associated with the magnetic transition.

  20. Possibility of efficient generation of multiphoton entangled states using a one-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal

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    Dong Yunxia; Zhang Xiangdong

    2010-03-15

    A rigorous quantum theory for the generation of multiphoton entangled states based on two consecutive three-frequency interactions of waves in a one-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal is developed using the field expansion and differentiation methods. The three-photon correlation coefficient and the average photon numbers generated in the structure are calculated. All order expansion terms are included in the calculation. The generation conditions for multiphoton entangled states in such a structure are also analyzed. It is shown that the created photons in the present structures obey the super-Poisson statistics at the interacting frequencies and are in a multiparticle entangled state. This means the nonlinear photonic crystal can be applied as a highly efficient source of an entangled multiphoton for highly integrated all-optical circuits.

  1. Crystal structure optimisation using an auxiliary equation of state

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    Jackson, Adam J.; Skelton, Jonathan M.; Hendon, Christopher H.; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2015-11-14

    Standard procedures for local crystal-structure optimisation involve numerous energy and force calculations. It is common to calculate an energy–volume curve, fitting an equation of state around the equilibrium cell volume. This is a computationally intensive process, in particular, for low-symmetry crystal structures where each isochoric optimisation involves energy minimisation over many degrees of freedom. Such procedures can be prohibitive for non-local exchange-correlation functionals or other “beyond” density functional theory electronic structure techniques, particularly where analytical gradients are not available. We present a simple approach for efficient optimisation of crystal structures based on a known equation of state. The equilibrium volume can be predicted from one single-point calculation and refined with successive calculations if required. The approach is validated for PbS, PbTe, ZnS, and ZnTe using nine density functionals and applied to the quaternary semiconductor Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} and the magnetic metal-organic framework HKUST-1.

  2. Crystal structure optimisation using an auxiliary equation of state.

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    Jackson, Adam J; Skelton, Jonathan M; Hendon, Christopher H; Butler, Keith T; Walsh, Aron

    2015-11-14

    Standard procedures for local crystal-structure optimisation involve numerous energy and force calculations. It is common to calculate an energy-volume curve, fitting an equation of state around the equilibrium cell volume. This is a computationally intensive process, in particular, for low-symmetry crystal structures where each isochoric optimisation involves energy minimisation over many degrees of freedom. Such procedures can be prohibitive for non-local exchange-correlation functionals or other "beyond" density functional theory electronic structure techniques, particularly where analytical gradients are not available. We present a simple approach for efficient optimisation of crystal structures based on a known equation of state. The equilibrium volume can be predicted from one single-point calculation and refined with successive calculations if required. The approach is validated for PbS, PbTe, ZnS, and ZnTe using nine density functionals and applied to the quaternary semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4 and the magnetic metal-organic framework HKUST-1.

  3. Cubic zero-field splitting of a 6state ion

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    Yu, Wan-Lun

    1989-01-01

    The zero-field splitting of a 6state ion in a cubic field has been studied in detail within the d5 configuration. It is found that the splitting arises mainly from the coupling among the excited states 4T1, 2T2, and 2E and the ground state 6A1 via the spin-orbit interaction. The splitting parameter a can be expressed approximately as F0ζ4+F1ζ5, where F0 and F1 are independent of the spin-orbit coupling constant ζ and have a property ||F0||>>||F1||. Analytical formulas of F0 and F1 are derived by a perturbation calculation with the help of the procedure suggested by Macfarlane. Based on this, a very simple expression of a is obtained semiempirically. Calculations are carried out for the splittings of Fe3+ and Mn2+ ions substituted as impurities in several octahedrally coordinated lattices and for the splitting parameter dependences on pressure for Fe3+ and Mn2+ in MgO crystals. The results are in good agreement with the values observed experimentally, indicating a successful interpretation of the crystal-field theory for the cubic zero-field splittings of 6state ions in octahedral coordinations. The power law a~R-m has been investigated on a theoretical basis. This is indicated to be able to reasonably account for the observed data for a system that has Dq or a values close to each other. In particular, a reasonable value m=12+/-2 is expected for Mn2+ ions having Dq<~B.

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

  5. Control of active liquid crystals with a magnetic field.

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    Guillamat, Pau; Ignés-Mullol, Jordi; Sagués, Francesc

    2016-05-17

    Living cells sense the mechanical features of their environment and adapt to it by actively remodeling their peripheral network of filamentary proteins, known as cortical cytoskeleton. By mimicking this principle, we demonstrate an effective control strategy for a microtubule-based active nematic in contact with a hydrophobic thermotropic liquid crystal. By using well-established protocols for the orientation of liquid crystals with a uniform magnetic field, and through the mediation of anisotropic shear stresses, the active nematic reversibly self-assembles with aligned flows and textures that feature orientational order at the millimeter scale. The turbulent flow, characteristic of active nematics, is in this way regularized into a laminar flow with periodic velocity oscillations. Once patterned, the microtubule assembly reveals its intrinsic length and time scales, which we correlate with the activity of motor proteins, as predicted by existing theories of active nematics. The demonstrated commanding strategy should be compatible with other viable active biomaterials at interfaces, and we envision its use to probe the mechanics of the intracellular matrix.

  6. Continuous Time Finite State Mean Field Games

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    Gomes, Diogo A.; Mohr, Joana Souza, Rafael Rigao

    2013-08-01

    In this paper we consider symmetric games where a large number of players can be in any one of d states. We derive a limiting mean field model and characterize its main properties. This mean field limit is a system of coupled ordinary differential equations with initial-terminal data. For this mean field problem we prove a trend to equilibrium theorem, that is convergence, in an appropriate limit, to stationary solutions. Then we study an N+1-player problem, which the mean field model attempts to approximate. Our main result is the convergence as N{yields}{infinity} of the mean field model and an estimate of the rate of convergence. We end the paper with some further examples for potential mean field games.

  7. Nonradiative relaxation in tunable solid state laser crystals

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    Gayen, S. K.; Wang, W. B.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.

    1986-01-01

    The characteristics of nonradiative transitions between the 4T2 and 2E excited states of trivalent-chromium-ion-activated ruby (containing 0.04 percent Cr2O3 by weight) and alexandrite (containing 0.4 at. percent chromium ion) laser crystals were studied using the technique described by Gayen et al. (1985). In this technique, a 527-nm pulse excites the 4T2 band of the Cr(3+), and the subsequent population kinetics among excited states is monitored by an IR picosecond probe pulse as a function of pump-probe delay. In ruby, a resolution-limited sharp rise in the excited state population was followed by a long-lifetime decay, leading to an upper limit of 7 ps for the 4T2-state nonradiative lifetime. In alexandrite, a longer rise time was followed by a multicomponent decay. A theoretical model is proposed for explaining the induced absorption and the transition dynamics observed in these crystals.

  8. Reductive renormalization of the phase-field crystal equation.

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    Oono, Y; Shiwa, Y

    2012-12-01

    It has been known for some time that singular perturbation and reductive perturbation can be unified from the renormalization-group theoretical point of view: Reductive extraction of space-time global behavior is the essence of singular perturbation methods. Reductive renormalization was proposed to make this unification practically accessible; actually, this reductive perturbation is far simpler than most reduction methods, such as the rather standard scaling expansion. However, a rather cryptic exposition of the method seems to have been the cause of some trouble. Here, an explicit demonstration of the consistency of the reductive renormalization-group procedure is given for partial differentiation equations (of a certain type, including time-evolution semigroup type equations). Then, the procedure is applied to the reduction of a phase-field crystal equation to illustrate the streamlined reduction method. We conjecture that if the original system is structurally stable, the reductive renormalization-group result and that of the original equation are diffeomorphic.

  9. Dual-field imaging polarimeter using liquid crystal variable retarders.

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    Pust, Nathan J; Shaw, Joseph A

    2006-08-01

    An imaging Stokes-vector polarimeter using liquid crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) has been built and calibrated. Operating in five bands from 450 to 700 nm, the polarimeter can be changed quickly between narrow (12 degrees ) and wide (approximately 160 degrees) fields of view. The instrument is designed for studying the effects of differing sky polarization upon the measured polarization of ground-based objects. LCVRs exhibit variations in retardance with ray incidence angle and ray position in the aperture. Therefore LCVR-based Stokes polarimeters exhibit unique calibration challenges not found in other systems. Careful design and calibration of the instrument has achieved errors within +/-1.5%. Clear-sky measurements agree well with previously published data and cloudy data provide opportunities to explore spatial and spectral variations in sky polarization. PMID:16855645

  10. Magnetic structure and crystal-field states of the pyrochlore antiferromagnet Nd2Zr2O7

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    Xu, J.; Anand, V. K.; Bera, A. K.; Frontzek, Matthias D.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Casati, N.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Lake, B.

    2015-12-28

    In this paper, we present synchrotron x-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, and time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering measurements on the rare earth pyrochlore oxide Nd2Zr2O7 to study the ordered state magnetic structure and cystal-field states. The structural characterization by high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction confirms that the pyrochlore structure has no detectable O vacancies or Nd/Zr site mixing. The neutron diffraction reveals long-range all-in/all-out antiferromagnetic order below TN≈0.4 K with propagation vector k = (0 0 0) and an ordered moment of 1.26(2) μB/Nd at 0.1 K. The ordered moment is much smaller than the estimated moment of 2.65μB/Nd for the local <111> Ising ground state of Nd3+ (J=9/2) suggesting that the ordering is partially suppressed by quantum fluctuations. The inelastic neutron scattering experiment further confirms the Ising anisotropic ground state of Nd3+ and also reveals its dipolar-octupolar character which possibly induces the quantum fluctuation. Lastly, the crystal-field level scheme and ground state wave function have been determined.

  11. Coherent states formulation of polymer field theory

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    Man, Xingkun; Villet, Michael C.; Delaney, Kris T.; Orland, Henri; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2014-01-14

    We introduce a stable and efficient complex Langevin (CL) scheme to enable the first direct numerical simulations of the coherent-states (CS) formulation of polymer field theory. In contrast with Edwards’ well-known auxiliary-field (AF) framework, the CS formulation does not contain an embedded nonlinear, non-local, implicit functional of the auxiliary fields, and the action of the field theory has a fully explicit, semi-local, and finite-order polynomial character. In the context of a polymer solution model, we demonstrate that the new CS-CL dynamical scheme for sampling fluctuations in the space of coherent states yields results in good agreement with now-standard AF-CL simulations. The formalism is potentially applicable to a broad range of polymer architectures and may facilitate systematic generation of trial actions for use in coarse-graining and numerical renormalization-group studies.

  12. Crystal-Field and Covalency Effects in Uranates: An X-ray Spectroscopic Study.

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    Butorin, Sergei M; Kvashnina, Kristina O; Smith, Anna L; Popa, Karin; Martin, Philippe M

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structure of U(V) - and U(VI) -containing uranates NaUO3 and Pb3 UO6 was studied by using an advanced technique, namely X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in high-energy-resolution fluorescence-detection (HERFD) mode. Due to a significant reduction in core-hole lifetime broadening, the crystal-field splittings of the 5f shell were probed directly in HERFD-XAS spectra collected at the U 3d edge, which is not possible by using conventional XAS. In addition, the charge-transfer satellites that result from U 5f-O 2p hybridization were clearly resolved. The crystal-field parameters, 5f occupancy, and degree of covalency of the chemical bonding in these uranates were estimated by using the Anderson impurity model by calculating the U 3d HERFD-XAS, conventional XAS, core-to-core (U 4f-3d transitions) resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), and U 4f X-ray photoelectron spectra. The crystal field was found to be strong in these systems and the 5f occupancy was determined to be 1.32 and 0.84 electrons in the ground state for NaUO3 and Pb3 UO6 , respectively, which indicates a significant covalent character for these compounds. PMID:27257782

  13. Controlling the volatility of the written optical state in electrochromic DNA liquid crystals

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    Liu, Kai; Varghese, Justin; Gerasimov, Jennifer Y.; Polyakov, Alexey O.; Shuai, Min; Su, Juanjuan; Chen, Dong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Marcozzi, Alessio; Pisula, Wojciech; Noheda, Beatriz; Palstra, Thomas T. M.; Clark, Noel A.; Herrmann, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystals are widely used in displays for portable electronic information display. To broaden their scope for other applications like smart windows and tags, new material properties such as polarizer-free operation and tunable memory of a written state become important. Here, we describe an anhydrous nanoDNA–surfactant thermotropic liquid crystal system, which exhibits distinctive electrically controlled optical absorption, and temperature-dependent memory. In the liquid crystal isotropic phase, electric field-induced colouration and bleaching have a switching time of seconds. Upon transition to the smectic liquid crystal phase, optical memory of the written state is observed for many hours without applied voltage. The reorientation of the DNA–surfactant lamellar layers plays an important role in preventing colour decay. Thereby, the volatility of optoelectronic state can be controlled simply by changing the phase of the material. This research may pave the way for developing a new generation of DNA-based, phase-modulated, photoelectronic devices. PMID:27157494

  14. Controlling the volatility of the written optical state in electrochromic DNA liquid crystals.

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    Liu, Kai; Varghese, Justin; Gerasimov, Jennifer Y; Polyakov, Alexey O; Shuai, Min; Su, Juanjuan; Chen, Dong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Marcozzi, Alessio; Pisula, Wojciech; Noheda, Beatriz; Palstra, Thomas T M; Clark, Noel A; Herrmann, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystals are widely used in displays for portable electronic information display. To broaden their scope for other applications like smart windows and tags, new material properties such as polarizer-free operation and tunable memory of a written state become important. Here, we describe an anhydrous nanoDNA-surfactant thermotropic liquid crystal system, which exhibits distinctive electrically controlled optical absorption, and temperature-dependent memory. In the liquid crystal isotropic phase, electric field-induced colouration and bleaching have a switching time of seconds. Upon transition to the smectic liquid crystal phase, optical memory of the written state is observed for many hours without applied voltage. The reorientation of the DNA-surfactant lamellar layers plays an important role in preventing colour decay. Thereby, the volatility of optoelectronic state can be controlled simply by changing the phase of the material. This research may pave the way for developing a new generation of DNA-based, phase-modulated, photoelectronic devices. PMID:27157494

  15. Maximally polarized states for quantum light fields

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    Sanchez-Soto, Luis L.; Yustas, Eulogio C.; Bjoerk, Gunnar; Klimov, Andrei B.

    2007-10-15

    The degree of polarization of a quantum field can be defined as its distance to an appropriate set of states. When we take unpolarized states as this reference set, the states optimizing this degree for a fixed average number of photons N present a fairly symmetric, parabolic photon statistic, with a variance scaling as N{sup 2}. Although no standard optical process yields such a statistic, we show that, to an excellent approximation, a highly squeezed vacuum can be taken as maximally polarized. We also consider the distance of a field to the set of its SU(2) transformed, finding that certain linear superpositions of SU(2) coherent states make this degree to be unity.

  16. Teleporting entanglements of cavity-field states

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    Pires, Geisa; Baseia, B.; Almeida, N.G. de; Avelar, A. T.

    2004-08-01

    We present a scheme to teleport an entanglement of zero- and one-photon states from one cavity to another. The scheme, which has 100% success probability, relies on two perfect and identical bimodal cavities, a collection of two kinds of two-level atoms, a three-level atom in a ladder configuration driven by a classical field, Ramsey zones, and selective atomic-state detectors.

  17. Shells of crystal field symmetries evidenced in oxide nano-crystals.

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    Masenelli, B; Ledoux, G; Amans, D; Dujardin, C; Mélinon, P

    2012-08-01

    By the use of a point charge model based on the Judd-Ofelt transition theory, the luminescence from Eu(3+) ions embedded in Gd(2)O(3) clusters is calculated and compared to the experimental data. The main result of the numerical study is that without invoking any other mechanisms such as crystal disorder, the pure geometrical argument of the symmetry breaking induced by the particle surface has an influence on the energy level splitting. The modifications are also predicted to be observable in realistic conditions where unavoidable size dispersion has to be taken into account. The emission spectrum results from the contribution of three distinct regions; a cluster core, a cluster shell and the very surface, the latter being almost completely quenched in realistic conditions. Eventually, by detailing the spectra of the ions embedded at different positions in the cluster we get an estimate of about 0.5 nm for the extent of the crystal field induced Stark effect. Due to the similarity between Y (2)O(3) and Gd(2)O(3), these results also apply to Eu(3+) doped Y(2)O(3) nanoparticles.

  18. Vacancy diffusion in colloidal crystals as determined by dynamical density-functional theory and the phase-field-crystal model.

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    van Teeffelen, Sven; Achim, Cristian Vasile; Löwen, Hartmut

    2013-02-01

    A two-dimensional crystal of repulsive dipolar particles is studied in the vicinity of its melting transition by using Brownian dynamics computer simulation, dynamical density-functional theory, and phase-field-crystal modeling. A vacancy is created by taking out a particle from an equilibrated crystal, and the relaxation dynamics of the vacancy is followed by monitoring the time-dependent one-particle density. We find that the vacancy is quickly filled up by diffusive hopping of neighboring particles towards the vacancy center. We examine the temperature dependence of the diffusion constant and find that it decreases with decreasing temperature in the simulations. This trend is reproduced by the dynamical density-functional theory. Conversely, the phase-field-crystal calculations predict the opposite trend. Therefore, the phase-field model needs a temperature-dependent expression for the mobility to predict trends correctly.

  19. Algorithm Visualization: The State of the Field

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    Shaffer, Clifford A.; Cooper, Matthew L.; Alon, Alexander Joel D.; Akbar, Monika; Stewart, Michael; Ponce, Sean; Edwards, Stephen H.

    2010-01-01

    We present findings regarding the state of the field of Algorithm Visualization (AV) based on our analysis of a collection of over 500 AVs. We examine how AVs are distributed among topics, who created them and when, their overall quality, and how they are disseminated. There does exist a cadre of good AVs and active developers. Unfortunately, we…

  20. Photonic crystal cavities for resonant evanescent field trapping of single bacteria

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    van Leest, Thijs; Heldens, Jeroen; van der Gaag, Bram; Caro, Jaap

    2012-06-01

    In monitoring the quality of drinking water with respect to the presence of hazardous bacteria there is a strong need for on-line sensors that allow quick identification of bacterium species at low cost. In this respect, the combination of photonics and microfluidics is promising for lab-on-a-chip sensing of these contaminants. Photonic crystal slabs have proven to form a versatile platform for controlling the flow of light and creating resonant cavities on a wavelength scale. The goal of our research is to use photonic crystal cavities for optical trapping of microorganisms in water, exploiting the enhanced evanescent field of the cavity mode. We optimize the H0, H1 and L3 cavities for optical trapping of bacteria in water, by reducing out-of-plane losses and taking into account the trapping-induced resonance shift and the in-plane coupling with photonic crystal waveguides. The cavities are fabricated on silicon-on-insulator material, using e-beam lithography and dry etching. A fluidic channel is created on top of the photonic crystal using dry film resist techniques. Transmission measurements show clear resonances for the cavities in water. In the present state of our research, we demonstrate optical trapping of 1 μm diameter polystyrene beads for the three cavities, with estimated trapping forces on the order of 0.7 pN.

  1. Equation of state of tracker fields

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    Chiba, Takeshi

    2010-01-15

    We derive the equation of state of tracker fields, which are typical examples of freezing quintessence (quintessence with the equation of state approaching toward -1), taking into account of the late-time departure from the tracker solution due to the nonzero density parameter of dark energy {Omega}{sub {phi}.} We calculate the equation of state as a function of {Omega}{sub {phi}}for constant {Gamma}=VV{sup ''}/(V{sup '}){sup 2} (during matter era) models. The derived equation of state contains a single parameter, w{sub (0)}, which parametrizes the equation of state during the matter-dominated epoch. We derive observational constraints on w{sub (0)} and find that observational data are consistent with the cosmological constant: -1.11

  2. Thermally triggered solid-state single-crystal-to-single-crystal structural transformation accompanies property changes.

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    Li, Quan-Quan; Ren, Chun-Yan; Huang, Yang-Yang; Li, Jian-Li; Liu, Ping; Liu, Bin; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-03-16

    The 1D complex [(CuL0.5H2O)⋅H2O]n (1) (H4L = 2,2'-bipyridine-3,3',6,6'-tetracarboxylic acid) undergoes an irreversible thermally triggered single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformation to produce the 3D anhydrous complex [CuL0.5]n (2). This SCSC structural transformation was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns, variable-temperature powder X-ray diffraction (VT-PXRD) patterns, and IR spectroscopy. Structural analyses reveal that in complex 2, though the initial 1D chain is still retained as in complex 1, accompanied with the Cu-bound H2O removed and new O(carboxyl)-Cu bond forming, the coordination geometries around the Cu(II) ions vary from a distorted trigonal bipyramid to a distorted square pyramid. With the drastic structural transition, significant property changes are observed. Magnetic analyses show prominent changes from antiferromagnetism to weak ferromagnetism due to the new formed Cu1-O-C-O-Cu4 bridge. The catalytic results demonstrate that, even though both solid-state materials present high catalytic activity for the synthesis of 2-imidazolines derivatives and can be reused, the activation temperature of complex 1 is higher than that of complex 2. In addition, a possible pathway for the SCSC structural transformations is proposed.

  3. Simulated morphological landscape of polymer single crystals by phase field model

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    Wang, Dong; Shi, Tongfei; Chen, Jizhong; An, Lijia; Jia, Yuxi

    2008-11-01

    The novel phase field model with the "polymer characteristic" was established based on a nonconserved spatiotemporal Ginzburg-Landau equation (TDGL model A). Especially, we relate the diffusion equation with the crystal growth faces of polymer single crystals. Namely, the diffusion equations are discretized according to the diffusion coefficient of every lattice site in various crystal growth faces and the shape of lattice is selected based on the real proportion of the unit cell dimensions. Spatiotemporal growth of syndiotactic polypropylene single crystals during isothermal crystallization has been investigated theoretically based on this phase field model. Two dimensional numerical calculations are performed to elucidate the faceted single crystal growth including square, rectangular, lozenge-shaped, and hexagonal single crystals. Our simulated patterns are in good agreement with the experimental morphologies, and the physical origin of polymer single crystal growth is discussed.

  4. Phase-Field Crystal Modeling of Polycrystalline Materials

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    Adland, Ari Joel

    In this thesis, we use and further develop the phase-field crystal (PFC) method derived from classical density functional theory to investigate polycyrstalline materials. The PFC method resolves atomistic scale processes by tracking the evolution of the local time averaged crystal density field, thereby naturally describing dislocations and grian boundaries (GBs), but with a phenomenological incorporation of vacancy diffusion that accesses long diffusive time scales beyond the reach of MD simulations. We use the PFC method to investigate two technologically important classes of polycrystalline materials whose properties are strongly influenced by GB equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties. The first are structural polycyrstalline materials such as nickel based superalloys used for turbine blades. Those alloys can develop large defects known as "hot tears'' due to the lack of complete crystal cohesion and strain localization during the late stages of solidification. We investigate the equilibrium structure of symmetric tilt GBs at high homologous temperatures and identify a wide range of misorientation that leads to the formation of nanometer-thick intergranular films with liquid like properties. The phase transition character of this "GB premelting'' phenomenon is investigated through the quantitative computation of a disjoining thermodynamic potential in both pure materials and alloys, using body-centered-cubic Fe as a model system. The analysis of this potential sheds light on the physical origin of attractive and repulsive forces that promote and suppress crystal cohesion, respectively, and are found to be strongly affected by solute addition. Our equilibrium studies also reveal the existence of novel structural transitions of low angle GBs driven by the pairing of dislocations with both screw and edge character. Non-equilibrium PFC simulations in turn characterize the response of GBs to an applied shear stress, showing that intergranular liquid-like films

  5. Magnetic Field Measurement with Ground State Alignment

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    Yan, Huirong; Lazarian, A.

    Observational studies of magnetic fields are crucial. We introduce a process "ground state alignment" as a new way to determine the magnetic field direction in diffuse medium. The alignment is due to anisotropic radiation impinging on the atom/ion. The consequence of the process is the polarization of spectral lines resulting from scattering and absorption from aligned atomic/ionic species with fine or hyperfine structure. The magnetic field induces precession and realign the atom/ion and therefore the polarization of the emitted or absorbed radiation reflects the direction of the magnetic field. The atoms get aligned at their low levels and, as the life-time of the atoms/ions we deal with is long, the alignment induced by anisotropic radiation is susceptible to extremely weak magnetic fields (1 G ≳ B ≳ 10^{-15} G). In fact, the effects of atomic/ionic alignment were studied in the laboratory decades ago, mostly in relation to the maser research. Recently, the atomic effect has been already detected in observations from circumstellar medium and this is a harbinger of future extensive magnetic field studies. A unique feature of the atomic realignment is that they can reveal the 3D orientation of magnetic field. In this chapter, we shall review the basic physical processes involved in atomic realignment. We shall also discuss its applications to interplanetary, circumstellar and interstellar magnetic fields. In addition, our research reveals that the polarization of the radiation arising from the transitions between fine and hyperfine states of the ground level can provide a unique diagnostics of magnetic fields in the Epoch of Reionization.

  6. Crystal structures of human peroxiredoxin 6 in different oxidation states.

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    Kim, Kyung Hee; Lee, Weontae; Kim, Eunice EunKyeong

    2016-09-01

    Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) are a family of antioxidant enzymes found ubiquitously. Prxs function not only as H2O2 scavengers but also as highly sensitive H2O2 sensors and signal transducers. Since reactive oxygen species are involved in many cellular metabolic and signaling processes, Prxs play important roles in various diseases. Prxs can be hyperoxidized to the sulfinic acid (SO2H) or sulfonic acid (SO3H) forms in the presence of high concentrations of H2O2. It is known that oligomerization of Prx is changed accompanying oxidation states, and linked to the function. Among the six Prxs in mammals, Prx6 is the only 1-Cys Prx. It is found in all organs in humans, unlike some 2-Cys Prxs, and is present in all species from bacteria to humans. In addition, Prx6 has Ca(2+)-independent phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activity. Thus far only the crystal structure of Prx in the oxidized state has been reported. In this study, we present the crystal structures of human Prx6 in the reduced (SH) and the sulfinic acid (SO2H) forms. PMID:27353378

  7. Approaching the Trap-Free Limit in Organic Single-Crystal Field-Effect Transistors

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    Blülle, Balthasar; Häusermann, Roger; Batlogg, Bertram

    2014-04-01

    We present measurements of rubrene single-crystal field-effect transistors with textbooklike transfer characteristics, as one would expect for intrinsically trap-free semiconductor devices. Particularly, the high purity of the crystals and the defect-free interface to the gate dielectric are reflected in an unprecedentedly low subthreshold swing of 65 mV/decade, remarkably close to the fundamental limit of 58.5 mV/decade. From these measurements, we quantify the residual density of traps by a detailed analysis of the subthreshold regime, including a full numerical simulation. An exceedingly low trap density of Dbulk=1×1013 cm-3 eV-1 at an energy of approximately 0.62 eV is found. This result corresponds to one trap per eV in 108 rubrene molecules. The equivalent density of traps located at the interface (Dit=3×109 cm-2 eV-1) is as low as in the best crystalline Si/Si field-effect transistors. These results highlight the benefit of having van der Waals bonded semiconducting crystals without electronically active states due to broken bonds at the surface.

  8. Optical Tamm states in one-dimensional superconducting photonic crystal

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    El Abouti, O.; El Boudouti, E. H.; El Hassouani, Y.; Noual, A.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.

    2016-08-01

    In this study, we investigate localized and resonant optical waves associated with a semi-infinite superlattice made out of superconductor-dielectric bilayers and terminated with a cap layer. Both transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves are considered. These surface modes are analogous to the so-called Tamm states associated with electronic states found at the surface of materials. The surface guided modes induced by the cap layer strongly depend on whether the superlattice ends with a superconductor or a dielectric layer, the thickness of the surface layer, the temperature of the superconductor layer as well as on the polarization of the waves. Different kinds of surface modes are found and their properties examined. These structures can be used to realize the highly sensitive photonic crystal sensors.

  9. Density of photonic states in cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Dolganov, P. V.

    2015-04-01

    Density of photonic states ρ (ω ) , group vg, and phase vph velocity of light, and the dispersion relation between wave vector k , and frequency ω (k ) were determined in a cholesteric photonic crystal. A highly sensitive method (measurement of rotation of the plane of polarization of light) was used to determine ρ (ω ) in samples of different quality. In high-quality samples a drastic increase in ρ (ω ) near the boundaries of the stop band and oscillations related to Pendellösung beatings are observed. In low-quality samples photonic properties are strongly modified. The maximal value of ρ (ω ) is substantially smaller, and density of photonic states increases near the selective reflection band without oscillations in ρ (ω ) . Peculiarities of ρ (ω ) , vg, and ω (k ) are discussed. Comparison of the experimental results with theory was performed.

  10. NMR Spectroscopy and the Crystal-Field Interaction in Holmium Trifluoride

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    Warner, Simeon

    The work to be described falls into three parts: (1) The computer-controlled CW spectrometer was designed to supplement the Manchester pulsed microwave spectrometer in situations where rapid nuclear relaxation makes spin-echo spectroscopy difficult. Its operating range is 4-8 GHz. Resonator designs and modulation strategies will be discussed in the light of practical experience. (2) Both CW and pulsed NMR have been used to study the field dependence of the hyperfine splittings of ^{165}Ho in HoF_3 and, as a dilute substituent, in YF_3. The low site symmetry results in a singlet crystal-field ground state for the Ho^{3+} ion, giving Van Vleck paramagnetism and enhanced nuclear magnetism at low temperatures. The measurements were made at temperatures in the range 1.5 to 4.2 K and in fields of up to 8 T. This work has revealed, for the first time, distinct spectra from the two subtly inequivalent rare-earth sites in the orthorhombic unit cell. Because of the non-colinear spin structure of HoF_3, the NMR and magnetometry measurements give independent and complimentary information about the ionic moments. (3) The measured hyperfine splittings have been interpreted in terms of a 15-parameter crystal-field Hamiltonian appropriate to the C_{1h} site symmetry. This work has entailed a substantial effort to clarify the notational confusion that exists in the literature. A computer program has been developed to automate conversion between notational conventions prior to diagonalization of the 136-dimensional electronic-nuclear Hamiltonian comprising the Zeeman, crystal-field and hyperfine interactions. [abridged

  11. Electric-field-assisted position and orientation control of organic single crystals.

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    Kotsuki, Kenji; Obata, Seiji; Saiki, Koichiro

    2014-12-01

    We have investigated the motion of growing pentacene single crystals in solution under various electric fields. The pentacene single crystals in 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene responded to the electric field as if they were positively charged. By optimizing the strength and frequency of an alternating electric field, the pentacene crystals automatically bridged the electrodes on SiO2. The pentacene crystal with a large aspect ratio tended to direct the [1̅10] orientation parallel to the conduction direction, which will be suitable from a viewpoint of anisotropy in mobility. The present result shows a possibility of controlling the position and orientation of organic single crystals by the use of an electric field, which leads to high throughput and low cost industrial manufacturing of the single crystal array from solution.

  12. Crystal-field calculations for transition-metal ions by application of an opposing potential

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    Zhou, Fei; Aberg, Daniel

    2016-02-16

    We propose a fully ab initio method, the opposing crystal potential (OCP), to calculate the crystal-field parameters of transition-metal impurities in insulator hosts. Through constrained density functional calculations, OCP obtains the constraining Lagrange multipliers, which act as a cancellation potential against the crystal field and lead to spherical d-electron distribution. Furthermore, the method is applied to several insulators doped with Mn4+ and Mn2+ ions and shown to be in good agreement with experiment.

  13. Hall Crystal States in Fractionally Filled Chern Bands

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    Murthy, Ganpathy; Shankar, Ramamurti

    2012-02-01

    Two-dimensional time-reversal-invariant topological insulators can be thought of as a time-reversed pair of Chern bands. Numerical evidence shows the existence of states at fractional filling which are analogous to FQH states[1]. In [2] it was noted that at small momenta, the algebra of the density operators projected to the Chern band resembles the magnetic translation algebra. The authors have constructed a mapping[3] between Chern bands and a Landau level in a periodic potential which works at all momenta. This mapping is dynamically faithful, and reproduces the commutators of the projected density operator. There turn out to be Hall Crystal states, characterized by a Hall conductance, and another integer which described the charged dragged when the potential is adiabatically moved by a lattice unit. Using the Hamiltonian formalism developed by the authors some time ago for the FQHE[4], we calculate gaps and collective mode dispersions for such states. 1. D. N. Sheng et al, arxiv:1102.2568, N. Regnault and B. A. Bernevig, arxiv:1105.4867. 2. S. Parameswaran, R. Roy, and S. L. Sondhi, arxiv:1106.4025. 3. G. Murthy and R. Shankar, arxiv:1108.5501 4. G. Murthy and R. Shankar, Rev. Mod. Phys. 75, 1101 (2003)

  14. Using Magnetic Fields to Control Convection during Protein Crystallization: Analysis and Validation Studies

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    Ramachandran, N.; Leslie, F. W.

    2004-01-01

    The effect of convection during the crystallization of proteins is not very well understood. In a gravitational field, convection is caused by crystal sedimentation and by solutal buoyancy induced flow and these can lead to crystal imperfections. While crystallization in microgravity can approach diffusion limited growth conditions (no convection), terrestrially strong magnetic fields can be used to control fluid flow and sedimentation effects. In this work, we develop the analysis for magnetic flow control and test the predictions using analog experiments. Specifically, experiments on solutal convection in a paramagnetic fluid were conducted in a strong magnetic field gradient using a dilute solution of Manganese Chloride. The observed flows indicate that the magnetic field can completely counter the settling effects of gravity locally and are consistent with the theoretical predictions presented. This phenomenon suggests that magnetic fields may be useful in mimicking the microgravity environment of space for some crystal growth ana biological applications where fluid convection is undesirable.

  15. Bound states in a strong magnetic field

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    Machado, C. S.; Navarra, F. S.; Noronha, J.; Oliveira, E. G.; Ferreira Filho, L. G.

    2013-03-25

    We expect a strong magnetic field to be produced in the perpendicular direction to the reaction plane, in a noncentral heavy-ion collision . The strength of the magnetic field is estimated to be eB{approx}m{sup 2}{sub {pi}}{approx} 0.02 GeV{sup 2} at the RHIC and eB{approx} 15m{sup 2}{sub {pi}}{approx} 0.3 GeV{sup 2} at the LHC. We investigate the effects of the magnetic field on B{sup 0} and D{sup 0} mesons, focusing on the changes of the energy levels and of the mass of the bound states.

  16. Single Crystal Diffractometry and Solid State Modelling in the Analysis of Molecular Interactions.

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    Bracke, Ben Rachel Frans

    Central in this thesis is the analysis of intermolecular interactions which are essential in chemical, physical and biological processes. The geometry changes of a molecule that goes from the gas phase to its solid state, are indicative for the packing influence. The experimental geometries in this thesis are obtained from single crystal diffractometry by means of X-ray and neutron scattering. The basic principles used to infer the molecular structure from a set of X-ray data are summarised in chapter 1. The application of standard X-ray procedures is illustrated in chapter 2. The theoretical analysis is centred around ab initio modelling and is explained in chapter 3. To simulate the solid state an external Coulomb field of point charges is used to represent the coordinating neighbours of a particular molecule. This crystal field is used as a perturbation to modify the wave function of the target molecule. Some spectroscopic properties are also obtained from ab initio results and can be verified from IR/Raman. In Chapter 4, 5 and 6 discusses the consequence of packing on the geometry and spectroscopy of 2,3-diketopiperazine, oxalyldihydrazide, cyanoacetohydrazide and carbonohydrazide. It is well reproduced by crystal field perturbed ab initio calculations. All solid state calculations on these molecules converged to the a solid state geometry matching the experimentally observed structure, which is clearly different from the minimum energy form of the isolated entity. The influence of packing on the electron density distribution of oxalyldihydrazide is dealt with in chapters 7 to 11. The combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction at 103 K results in a structure that reveals an anharmonic potential which is confirmed from crystal field calculations. A X-(X,N) multipole refinement with an R = 1.2% shows a deformation density in which the lone pairs of the oxygen atom are rotated out of the molecular plane as a consequence of intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The

  17. Phonon and crystal field excitations in geometrically frustrated rare earth titanates

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    Lummen, T. T. A.; Handayani, I. P.; Donker, M. C.; Fausti, D.; Dhalenne, G.; Berthet, P.; Revcolevschi, A.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.

    2008-06-01

    The phonon and crystal field excitations in several rare earth titanate pyrochlores are investigated. Magnetic measurements on single crystals of Gd2Ti2O7 , Tb2Ti2O7 , Dy2Ti2O7 , and Ho2Ti2O7 are used for characterization, while Raman spectroscopy and terahertz time domain spectroscopy are employed to probe the excitations in the materials. The lattice excitations are found to be analogous across the compounds over the whole temperature range investigated (295-4 K). The resulting full phononic characterization of the R2Ti2O7 pyrochlore structure is then used to identify crystal field excitations observed in the materials. Several crystal field excitations have been observed in Tb2Ti2O7 in Raman spectroscopy, among which all of the previously reported excitations. The presence of additional crystal field excitations, however, suggests the presence of two inequivalent Tb3+ sites in the low-temperature structure. Furthermore, the crystal field level at approximately 13cm-1 is found to be both Raman and dipole active, indicating broken inversion symmetry in the system and thus undermining its current symmetry interpretation. In addition, evidence is found for a significant crystal field-phonon coupling in Tb2Ti2O7 . The additional crystal field information on Tb2Ti2O7 adds to the recent discussion on the low temperature symmetry of this system and may serve to improve its theoretical understanding.

  18. Matrix product states for gauge field theories.

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    Buyens, Boye; Haegeman, Jutho; Van Acoleyen, Karel; Verschelde, Henri; Verstraete, Frank

    2014-08-29

    The matrix product state formalism is used to simulate Hamiltonian lattice gauge theories. To this end, we define matrix product state manifolds which are manifestly gauge invariant. As an application, we study (1+1)-dimensional one flavor quantum electrodynamics, also known as the massive Schwinger model, and are able to determine very accurately the ground-state properties and elementary one-particle excitations in the continuum limit. In particular, a novel particle excitation in the form of a heavy vector boson is uncovered, compatible with the strong coupling expansion in the continuum. We also study full quantum nonequilibrium dynamics by simulating the real-time evolution of the system induced by a quench in the form of a uniform background electric field. PMID:25215973

  19. Effect of intense magnetic fields on the convection of biogenic guanine crystals in aqueous solution

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    Iwasaka, M.; Mizukawa, Y.

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the basic magneto-optic properties of biogenic microcrystals in aqueous media were investigated. Microcrystals, mica plates, silica, and microcrystals from a diatom cell and biogenic guanine crystals from goldfish showed light scattering inhibition when the crystals were observed in water under a 5 T magnetic field and dark-field illumination. In particular, in 50% ethanol/water medium, convection of the biogenic guanine particle aggregates was reversibly inhibited when the microcrystal suspension was exposed to a 5 T magnetic field. Microscopic observation comparing the biogenic guanine crystals in water with 95% ethanol or 99% acetone revealed that light flickering on the surface of the crystals was affected by the surface interaction of the crystal with the surrounding medium. By considering both the magnetic orientation of the microcrystals and the possible interactions of crystals with the surrounding medium, a magnetically controllable fluidic tracer was suggested.

  20. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Haravifard, S.; Graf, D.; Feiguin, A. E.; Batista, C. D.; Lang, J. C.; Silevitch, D. M.; Srajer, G.; Gaulin, B. D.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-06-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems.

  1. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2.

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    Haravifard, S; Graf, D; Feiguin, A E; Batista, C D; Lang, J C; Silevitch, D M; Srajer, G; Gaulin, B D; Dabkowska, H A; Rosenbaum, T F

    2016-01-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems. PMID:27320787

  2. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Haravifard, S.; Graf, D.; Feiguin, A. E.; Batista, C. D.; Lang, J. C.; Silevitch, D. M.; Srajer, G.; Gaulin, B. D.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-01-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems. PMID:27320787

  3. Tight Binding Calculation of Electric Field Gradients in Arsenic Chalcogenide Crystals and Glasses

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    Nelson, Chris B.; Taylor, P. Craig; Harrison, Walter A.

    2000-03-01

    We apply a tight binding approach to calculate the electric field gradient at As atoms due to three nearest neighbor chalcogen atoms in the two inequivalent As sites of crystalline As_2S_3, As_2Se_3, orthorhombic As (Or-As), and rhombohedral As (Rh-As). We first orthogonalize the 4s and 4p valence states on an As atom with respect to sp hybride states constructed on the three nearest neighbor chalcogen atoms. The orthogonalized As valence states are then othogonalized with respect to the As 2p and 3p core states using the Gramm-Schmidt procedure. The resulting state is used aa a first approximation to calculate the electric field gradient at the As nuclear site. Using Harrison's tight binding parameters,[1] which were constructed for tetrahedrally-coordinated semiconductors, we obtain excellent agreement with experiment for Rh-As and are within a factor of 2 ~ 4 for the Or-As, As_2S_3, As_2Se_3, crystal structures. Because the calculation depends only on the number of nearest neighbors it may be extendable to disordered systems, such as a glass. 1. S.Froyen and W.A. Harrison, Phys. Rev. B, 20, 2420 (1979).

  4. Spatial Distribution of -Crystals in Metallocene-Made Isotactic Polypropylene Crystallized under Combined Thermal and Flow Fields

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    Wang, Y.; Pan, J; Mao, Y; Li, Z; Li, L; Hsiao, B

    2010-01-01

    The present Article reports the relationships between molecular orientation, formation, and spatial distribution of {gamma}-crystals in metallocene-made isotactic polypropylene (m-iPP) samples prepared by two industrial processes: conventional injection molding (CIM) and oscillatory shear injection molding (OSIM), in which combined thermal and flow fields typically exist. In particular, spatial distributions of crystallinity, fraction of {gamma}-crystal (f{gamma}) with respect to {alpha}-crystal, and lamella-branched shish-kebab structure in the shaped samples were characterized by synchrotron two-dimensional (2D) wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. The results showed that the crystallinity in any given region of OSIM samples was always higher than that of CIM samples. The value of f{gamma} increased monotonously from skin to core in CIM samples, whereas the corresponding f{gamma} increased nonmonotonically in OSIM samples. The spatial distribution of {gamma}-crystal in OSIM samples can be explained by the epitaxial arrangement between {gamma}- and {alpha}-crystal in a lamella-branched shish-kebab structure. In the proposed model, the parent lamellae of {alpha}-crystal provide secondary nucleation sites for daughter lamellae of {alpha}-crystal and {gamma}-crystal, and the different content of parent lamellae results in varying amounts of {gamma}-crystal. In OSIM samples, the smallest parent-daughter ratio ([R] = 1.38) in the core region led to the lowest fraction of {gamma}-crystal (0.57), but relatively higher {gamma}-crystal content (0.69) at 600 and 1200 {micro}m depth of the samples (corresponding to [R] of 4.5 and 5.8, respectively). This is consistent with the proposed model where more parent lamellae provide more nucleation sites for crystallization, thus resulting in higher content of {gamma}-crystal. The melting behavior of CIM and OSIM samples was studied by differential scanning calorimetery (DSC). The

  5. Magnetic field sensor based on selectively magnetic fluid infiltrated dual-core photonic crystal fiber

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    Gangwar, Rahul Kumar; Bhardwaj, Vanita; Singh, Vinod Kumar

    2016-02-01

    We reported the modeling result of selectively magnetic fluid infiltrated dual-core photonic crystal fiber based magnetic field sensor. Inside the cross-section of the designed photonic crystal fiber, the two fiber cores filled with magnetic fluid (Fe3O4) form two independent waveguides with mode coupling. The mode coupling under different magnetic field strengths is investigated theoretically. The sensitivity of the sensor as a function of the structural parameters of the photonic crystal fiber is calculated. The result shows that the proposed sensing device with 1 cm photonic crystal fiber length has a large sensitivity of 305.8 pm/Oe.

  6. Influence of magnetic fields on calcium salts crystal formation: an explanation of the 'pulsed electromagnetic field' technique for bone healing.

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    Madroñero, A

    1990-09-01

    In the search for a mechanism by means of which a magnetic field deparalyses non-unions and enhances bone tissue formation, the influence of continuous magnetic fields on the formation of calcium phosphate crystal seeds has been investigated. From this perspective, an explanation is given of a working mode in conventional equipment for pulsed electromagnetic field treatment; this is compared with multifunction equipment.

  7. Stability of liquid crystalline phases in the phase-field-crystal model.

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    Achim, Cristian V; Wittkowski, Raphael; Löwen, Hartmut

    2011-06-01

    The phase-field-crystal model for liquid crystals is solved numerically in two spatial dimensions. This model is formulated with three position-dependent order parameters, namely the reduced translational density, the local nematic order parameter, and the mean local direction of the orientations. The equilibrium free-energy functional involves local powers of the order parameters up to fourth order, gradients of the order parameters up to fourth order, and different couplings between the order parameters. The stable phases of the equilibrium free-energy functional are calculated for various coupling parameters. Among the stable liquid crystalline states are the isotropic, nematic, columnar, smectic-A, and plastic crystalline phases. The plastic crystals can have triangular, square, and honeycomb lattices and exhibit orientational patterns with a complex topology involving a sublattice with topological defects. Phase diagrams were obtained by numerical minimization of the free-energy functional. Their main features are qualitatively in line with much simpler one-mode approximations for the order parameters.

  8. Exploring Solid-State Structure and Physical Properties: A Molecular and Crystal Model Exercise

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    Bindel, Thomas H.

    2008-01-01

    A crystal model laboratory exercise is presented that allows students to examine relations among the microscopic-macroscopic-symbolic levels, using crystalline mineral samples and corresponding crystal models. Students explore the relationship between solid-state structure and crystal form. Other structure-property relationships are explored. The…

  9. An adaptive time-stepping strategy for solving the phase field crystal model

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    Zhang, Zhengru; Ma, Yuan; Qiao, Zhonghua

    2013-09-15

    In this work, we will propose an adaptive time step method for simulating the dynamics of the phase field crystal (PFC) model. The numerical simulation of the PFC model needs long time to reach steady state, and then large time-stepping method is necessary. Unconditionally energy stable schemes are used to solve the PFC model. The time steps are adaptively determined based on the time derivative of the corresponding energy. It is found that the use of the proposed time step adaptivity cannot only resolve the steady state solution, but also the dynamical development of the solution efficiently and accurately. The numerical experiments demonstrate that the CPU time is significantly saved for long time simulations.

  10. An inhomogeneously distorted state of the crystal structure of a Zn0.95Fe0.05Se cubic crystal

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    Maksimov, V. I.; Surkova, T. P.; Parkhomenko, V. D.; Yushkova, E. N.

    2016-04-01

    The structural state of a bulk Zn0.95Fe0.05Se cubic crystal grown by the chemical transport method from the gas phase has been investigated using thermal neutron diffraction at room temperature. It has been found that the measured neutron diffraction patterns of the crystal, in addition to structural Bragg peaks, contain a clearly identified system of superstructure reflections with the wave vector k = (1/3 1/3 1/3)2π/ a (where a is the parameter of the cubic unit cell), which is interpreted as a clear evidence of the incipient transition state preceding the concentration phase transformation fcc ↔ hcp. It has been shown that the resulting structural state includes an inhomogeneous microstrain field with the possible appearance of long-wavelength modulations based on the initial sphalerite structure.

  11. Microscopic verification of topological electron-vortex binding in the lowest Landau-level crystal state.

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    Chang, Chia-Chen; Jeon, Gun Sang; Jain, Jainendra K

    2005-01-14

    When two-dimensional electrons are subjected to a very strong magnetic field, they are believed to form a triangular crystal. By a direct comparison with the exact wave function, we demonstrate that this crystal is not a simple Hartree-Fock crystal of electrons but an inherently quantum mechanical crystal characterized by a nonperturbative binding of quantized vortices to electrons. It is suggested that this has qualitative consequences for experiment.

  12. The onset of layer undulations in smectic A liquid crystals due to a strong magnetic field

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    Contreras, A.; Garcia-Azpeitia, C.; García-Cervera, C. J.; Joo, S.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the effect of a strong magnetic field on a three dimensional smectic A liquid crystal. We identify a critical field above which the uniform layered state loses stability; this is associated to the onset of layer undulations. In a previous work García-Cervera and Joo (2012 Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 203 1–43), García-Cervera and Joo considered the two dimensional case and analyzed the transition to the undulated state via a simple bifurcation. In dimension n  =  3 the situation is more delicate because the first eigenvalue of the corresponding linearized problem is not simple. We overcome the difficulties inherent to this higher dimensional setting by identifying the irreducible representations for natural actions on the functional that take into account the invariances of the problem thus allowing for reducing the bifurcation analysis to a subspace with symmetries. We are able to describe at least two bifurcation branches, highlighting the richer landscape of energy critical states in the three dimensional setting. Finally, we analyze a reduced two dimensional problem, assuming the magnetic field is very strong, and are able to relate this to a model in micromagnetics studied in Alouges et al (2002 ESAIM Control Optim. Calc. Var. 8 31–68), from where we deduce the periodicity property of minimizers.

  13. The onset of layer undulations in smectic A liquid crystals due to a strong magnetic field

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    Contreras, A.; Garcia-Azpeitia, C.; García-Cervera, C. J.; Joo, S.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the effect of a strong magnetic field on a three dimensional smectic A liquid crystal. We identify a critical field above which the uniform layered state loses stability; this is associated to the onset of layer undulations. In a previous work García-Cervera and Joo (2012 Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 203 1-43), García-Cervera and Joo considered the two dimensional case and analyzed the transition to the undulated state via a simple bifurcation. In dimension n  =  3 the situation is more delicate because the first eigenvalue of the corresponding linearized problem is not simple. We overcome the difficulties inherent to this higher dimensional setting by identifying the irreducible representations for natural actions on the functional that take into account the invariances of the problem thus allowing for reducing the bifurcation analysis to a subspace with symmetries. We are able to describe at least two bifurcation branches, highlighting the richer landscape of energy critical states in the three dimensional setting. Finally, we analyze a reduced two dimensional problem, assuming the magnetic field is very strong, and are able to relate this to a model in micromagnetics studied in Alouges et al (2002 ESAIM Control Optim. Calc. Var. 8 31-68), from where we deduce the periodicity property of minimizers.

  14. Application of magnetic fields in industrial growth of silicon single crystals

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    von Ammon, W.; Gelfgat, Yu.; Gorbunov, L.; Mulbauer, A.; Muiznieks, A.; Makarov, Y.; Virbulis, J.; Muller, G.

    2006-12-01

    The use of magnetic fields for the growth of semiconductor crystals has already been considered many decades ago. As early as in 1966, Chedzey et al te{1} and Utech et al te{2} reported about InSb crystals grown in a horizontal boat under the influence of a magnetic field. They found a suppression of temperature fluctuations in the InSb melt and a decrease of growth variations (striations) in the crystal. In 1970, Witt et al te{3} applied a static transverse (horizontal) magnetic field to the Czochralski (CZ) growth of InSb crystals. 10 years later, in 1980, the transverse field was also used for the CZ growth of silicon single crystals te{4,5}. Since then, the method has received considerable attention over the years. One of the major driving forces for introducing magnetic fields in the industrial CZ growth of silicon crystals was the request by the semiconductor industry to replace floating zone (FZ) grown crystals, which had been the preferred substrate material for the manufacturing of high power devices, by low oxygen CZ crystals te{6}. The reason for this changeover was the fact that the FZ method in the early 80's could not follow the rapid crystal diameter increase as required by the industry, namely, the switch from 4" to 5" diameter in the early 80's. The application of magnetic fields to the CZ technique (MCZ) allowed the growth of low oxygen crystals with the required diameter and having similar properties as the FZ grown crystals. Figs 12, Refs 59.

  15. Polymer crystallization in a temperature gradient field with controlled crystal growth rate

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    Hansen, D.; Taskar, A. N.; Casale, O.

    1971-01-01

    A method is described for studying the influence of a temperature gradient on the crystallization of quiescent polymer melts. The apparatus used consists of two brass plates with embedded electrical resistance heaters and cooling coils. The crystallizations experiments were conducted by placing polymer specimens between the paltes, and manually adjusting heaters and cooling fluids for temperature control. Linear polyethylene, isotactic polyprophylene, and a high density polyethylene were used. It is concluded that the role of a temperature gradient in producing oriented crystallization is in producing conditions which lead the spherulitic growth pattern to proceed primarily in one direction. Steep gradients diminish the penetration of supercooling and favors oriented growth.

  16. Crystal field effect induced topological crystalline insulators in monolayer IV-VI semiconductors.

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    Liu, Junwei; Qian, Xiaofeng; Fu, Liang

    2015-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) topological crystalline insulators (TCIs) were recently predicted in thin films of the SnTe class of IV-VI semiconductors, which can host metallic edge states protected by mirror symmetry. As thickness decreases, quantum confinement effect will increase and surpass the inverted gap below a critical thickness, turning TCIs into normal insulators. Surprisingly, based on first-principles calculations, here we demonstrate that (001) monolayers of rocksalt IV-VI semiconductors XY (X = Ge, Sn, Pb and Y = S, Se, Te) are 2D TCIs with the fundamental band gap as large as 260 meV in monolayer PbTe. This unexpected nontrivial topological phase stems from the strong crystal field effect in the monolayer, which lifts the degeneracy between p(x,y) and p(z) orbitals and leads to band inversion between cation pz and anion px,y orbitals. This crystal field effect induced topological phase offers a new strategy to find and design other atomically thin 2D topological materials.

  17. Solution and Solid-State Studies of DNA-Programmable Nanoparticle Single Crystals

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    Auyeung, Evelyn

    This thesis lays the foundation for three main areas that have significantly advanced the field of DNA-programmable nanoparticle assembly: (1) the synthesis of nanoparticle superlattices with novel lattice symmetries (2) post-assembly characterization and applications of superlattices that have been transferred from solution to the solid state and (3) the realization of a slow-cooling strategy for synthesizing faceted nanoparticle single crystals. Together, these advances mark a turning point in the evolution of DNA-programmable assembly from a simple proof-of-concept demonstrated in 1996 to a powerful materials development strategy that has inspired many ongoing investigations in fields including catalysis, plasmonics, and electronics. Chapter 1 begins with an overview of controlled crystallization and its importance across fields including chemistry and materials science. This followed by a description of DNA-programmable assembly and a discussion on its advantages as an assembly strategy. Chapter 2 describes a powerful strategy for synthesizing nanoparticle superlattices using a coreless nanoparticle consisting purely of spherically-oriented oligonucleotides. This "three dimensional spacer approach" allows for the synthesis of nanoparticle superlattices with exotic structures, including one with no mineral equivalent. While DNA is a versatile ligand for nanoparticle assembly, the resulting superlattices are only stable in solution. Chapter 3 addresses these limitations and presents a method for transitioning these materials from solution to the solid state through silica encapsulation. This encapsulation process has transformed the ability to interrogate these materials using electron microscopy, and it has enabled all the studies in subsequent chapters of this thesis. In Chapter 4, a slow-cooling crystallization technique is described that allows for the synthesis of single crystalline microcrystals with well-defined facets from DNA-nanoparticle building blocks

  18. Formation of temperature fields in doped anisotropic crystals under spatially inhomogeneous light beams passing through them

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    Zaitseva, E. V.; Markelov, A. S.; Trushin, V. N. Chuprunov, E. V.

    2013-12-15

    The features of formation of thermal fields in potassium dihydrophosphate crystal doped with potassium permanganate under a 532-nm laser beam passing through it have been investigated. Data on the influence of birefringence on the temperature distribution in an anisotropic crystal whose surface is illuminated by a spatially modulated light beam are presented.

  19. Spherical, cylindrical and tetrahedral symmetries; hydrogenic states at high magnetic field in Si:P

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    Lewis, R. A.; Bruno-Alfonso, A.; de Souza, G. V. B.; Vickers, R. E. M.; Colla, J. A.; Constable, E.

    2013-01-01

    Phosphorous donors in silicon have an electronic structure that mimics the hydrogen atom, albeit on a larger length, smaller energy and smaller magnetic field scale. While the hydrogen atom is spherically symmetric, an applied magnetic field imposes cylindrical symmetry, and the solid-state analogue involves, in addition, the symmetry of the Si crystal. For one magnetic field direction, all six conduction-band valleys of Si:P become equivalent. New experimental data to high laboratory fields (30 T), supported by new calculations, demonstrate that this high symmetry field orientation allows the most direct comparison with free hydrogen. PMID:24336145

  20. The In-Gap Electronic State Spectrum of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Single-Crystal Perovskites.

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    Adinolfi, Valerio; Yuan, Mingjian; Comin, Riccardo; Thibau, Emmanuel S; Shi, Dong; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Kanjanaboos, Pongsakorn; Kopilovic, Damir; Hoogland, Sjoerd; Lu, Zheng-Hong; Bakr, Osman M; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-05-01

    The density of trap states within the bandgap of methylammonium lead iodide single crystals is investigated. Defect states close to both the conduction and valence bands are probed. Additionally, a comprehensive electronic characterization of crystals is carried out, including measurements of the electron and hole mobility, and the energy landscape (band diagram) at the surface.

  1. A Crystal Field Approach to Orbitally Degenerate SMMs: Beyond the Spin-Only Hamiltonian

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    Bhaskaran, Lakshmi; Marriott, Katie; Murrie, Mark; Hill, Stephen

    Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs) with large magnetization reversal barriers are promising candidates for high-density information storage. Recently, a large uniaxial magnetic anisotropy was observed for a mononuclear trigonal bipyramidal (TBP) [NiIICl3(Me-abco)2] SMM. High-field EPR studies analyzed on the basis of a spin-only Hamiltonian give ¦D¦>400 cm-1, which is close to the spin-orbit coupling parameter λ = 668 cm-1 for NiII, suggesting an orbitally degenerate ground state. The spin-only description is ineffective in this limit, necessitating the development of a model that includes the orbital moment. Here we describe a phenomenological approach that takes into account a full description of crystal field, electron-electron repulsion and spin-orbit coupling effects on the ground state of a NiII ion in a TBP coordination geometry. The model is in good agreement with the high-field EPR experiments, validating its use for spectroscopic studies of orbitally degenerate molecular nanomagnets. This work was supported by the NSF (DMR-1309463).

  2. Crystal-oriented tungsten-bronze type ceramics prepared by a rotating magnetic field

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    Tanaka, S.; Doshida, Y.; Shimizu, H.; Furushima, R.; Uematsu, K.

    2011-03-01

    Forming and sintering of c-axis-oriented Sr2NaNb5O15 (SNN) ceramics were examined. Particle-oriented SNN was fabricated by using a rotating high magnetic field and subsequent sintering without magnetic field. SNN ceramics are tungsten-bronze-type ferroelectric materials with a tetragonal crystal system. The diamagnetic susceptibilities of the c-axis are smaller than that of the a- and b-axis (χc < χa,b < 0). SNN powder was prepared by conventional solid-state reaction. The synthesized powder was mixed with distilled water and a dispersant by using ball milling to give a slurry with solid loading of 30 vol%. The slurry was poured into a plastic mold and this was placed in a 10Tesla magnetic field in a superconducting magnet. The mold was rotated at 30 rpm while the slurry dried at room temperature. The resulting powder compact with a columnar shape was heated at 5 K/min to 1473 K, held for 6 h, and then heated at 1525 K for 2 h to prevent exaggerated grain growth. XRD patterns showed that c-axis-oriented SNN polycrystalline ceramics were produced in the presence of the rotating magnetic field. In XRD patterns viewed from the top surface of the sintered specimens, peaks from the c-planes of the crystal, such as 001 and 002, were very strong. Diffraction peaks which were very strong in the ceramics, such as 320 and 410, were absent in the specimen. Oriented microstructure was developed well by sintering. Grain-growth along to c-axis was observed in the SNN ceramics heated at 1525 K.

  3. Changes in mobility of plastic crystal ethanol during its transformation into the monoclinic crystal state

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    Sanz, Alejandro Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Puente-Orench, Inés; Jiménez-Ruiz, Mónica

    2014-02-07

    Transformation of deuterated ethanol from the plastic crystal phase into the monoclinic one is investigated by means of a singular setup combining simultaneously dielectric spectroscopy with neutron diffraction. We postulate that a dynamic transition from plastic crystal to supercooled liquid-like configuration through a deep reorganization of the hydrogen-bonding network must take place as a previous step of the crystallization process. Once these precursor regions are formed, subsequent crystalline nucleation and growth develop with time.

  4. Changes in mobility of plastic crystal ethanol during its transformation into the monoclinic crystal state

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Nogales, Aurora; Puente-Orench, Inés; Jiménez-Ruiz, Mónica; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.

    2014-02-01

    Transformation of deuterated ethanol from the plastic crystal phase into the monoclinic one is investigated by means of a singular setup combining simultaneously dielectric spectroscopy with neutron diffraction. We postulate that a dynamic transition from plastic crystal to supercooled liquid-like configuration through a deep reorganization of the hydrogen-bonding network must take place as a previous step of the crystallization process. Once these precursor regions are formed, subsequent crystalline nucleation and growth develop with time.

  5. Imposed Orientation of Dye Molecules by Liquid Crystals and an Electric Field.

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    Sadlej-Sosnowska, Nina

    1980-01-01

    Describes experiments using dye solutions in liquid crystals in which polar molecules are oriented in an electrical field and devices are constructed to change their color in response to an electric signal. (CS)

  6. Chiralization and ferroelectric state induction in nanostructured liquid crystals

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    Katranchev, B.; Petrov, M.; Rafailov, P. M.; Todorov, N.

    2016-02-01

    The liquid crystals (LC), due to their naturally high bulk ordering, strong birefringence and easy electrooptical driving, serve as matrix in the nanocomposites doped with non-mesogenic or mesogenic nanoparticles. The nanocomposite's structural units exhibit very complex molecular form indicating the strength and the intermolecular interaction between the matrix and dopant's molecules. Hydrogen bonds are of particular significance for the formation of the nanocomposite structural units, since the symmetry of the LC nanocomposite could be controlled and controllably decreased due to the acceptor-donor interaction between the dimeric matrix and the dopants. As a result, the LC nanocomposite can reach the lowest symmetry, known as triclinic - C1. Using the LC p,n-alkyloxybensoic acids (nOBA) in form of hydrogen-bonded dimers as matrix and non-mesogenics - single walls carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), 4-hydrooxypiridin (HOPY) or mesogen - cholesteryl benzoate (ChB) as dopants and choosing optimal concentrations (where the typical LC state was preserved), we obtained nanocomopsites 7OBA/SWCNT, 7OBA/PFOA, 9OBA/HOPY and 8OBA/ChB. We indicate two forms of ferroelectricity in the studied nanocomposites: developable ferroelectricity, characteristic for the 9OBA/HOPY, 7OBA/PFOA compounds and developed ferroelectricity characteristic for 8OBA/SWCNT, 8OBA/ChB.

  7. Tuning the ground state of the Kondo lattice in UT Bi2 (T = Ag, Au) single crystals

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    Rosa, Priscila; Luo, Yongkang; Pagliuso, Pascoal; Bauer, Eric; Thompson, Joe; Fisk, Zachary

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by the interesting magnetic anisotropy found in the Ce-based heavy fermion family Ce TX2 (T = transition metal, X = pnictogen), here we study the novel U-based parent compounds U TBi2 (T = Ag, Au) by combining magnetization, electrical resistivity, and heat-capacity measurements. The single crystals, synthesized by the self-flux method, also crystallize in the tetragonal HfCuSi2-type structure (space group P4/nmm). Interestingly, although UAgBi2 is a low- γ antiferromagnet below TN = 181 K, UAuBi2 is a moderately heavy uniaxial ferromagnet below Tc = 22 K. Nevertheless, both compounds display the easy-magnetization direction along the c-axis and a large magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Our results point out to an incoherent Kondo behaviour in the paramagnetic state and an intricate competition between crystal field effects and two anisotropic exchange interactions, which lead to the remarkable difference in the observed ground states.

  8. Study of Fluid Flow Control in Protein Crystallization using Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Ramachandran, Narayanan; Leslie, Fred; Ciszak, Ewa

    2002-01-01

    An important component in biotechnology, particularly in the area of protein engineering and rational drug design is the knowledge of the precise three-dimensional molecular structure of proteins. The quality of structural information obtained from X-ray diffraction methods is directly dependent on the degree of perfection of the protein crystals. As a consequence, the growth of high quality macromolecular crystals for diffraction analyses has been the central focus for biochemists, biologists, and bioengineers. Macromolecular crystals are obtained from solutions that contain the crystallizing species in equilibrium with higher aggregates, ions, precipitants, other possible phases of the protein, foreign particles, the walls of the container, and a likely host of other impurities. By changing transport modes in general, i.e., reduction of convection and sedimentation, as is achieved in "microgravity", researchers have been able to dramatically affect the movement and distribution of macromolecules in the fluid, and thus their transport, formation of crystal nuclei, and adsorption to the crystal surface. While a limited number of high quality crystals from space flights have been obtained, as the recent National Research Council (NRC) review of the NASA microgravity crystallization program pointed out, the scientific approach and research in crystallization of proteins has been mainly empirical yielding inconclusive results. We postulate that we can reduce convection in ground-based experiments and we can understand the different aspects of convection control through the use of strong magnetic fields and field gradients. Whether this limited convection in a magnetic field will provide the environment for the growth of high quality crystals is still a matter of conjecture that our research will address. The approach exploits the variation of fluid magnetic susceptibility with concentration for this purpose and the convective damping is realized by appropriately

  9. Solid state crystal physics at very low temperatures

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    Davis, W.; Krack, K.; Richard, J. P.; Weber, J.

    1980-01-01

    The properties of nearly perfect crystals was studied at cryogenic temperatures. A large Helium 3 and Helium 4 dilution refrigerator has been assembled, and is described. A cryostat suitable for cooling a 35 liter volume to .020 Kelvin was designed and constructed, together with instrumentation to observe the properties of nearly perfect crystals.

  10. Method of bonding single crystal quartz by field-assisted bonding

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    Curlee, Richard M.; Tuthill, Clinton D.; Watkins, Randall D.

    1991-01-01

    The method of producing a hermetic stable structural bond between quartz crystals includes providing first and second quartz crystals and depositing thin films of borosilicate glass and silicon on portions of the first and second crystals, respectively. The portions of the first and second crystals are then juxtaposed in a surface contact relationship and heated to a temperature for a period sufficient to cause the glass and silicon films to become electrically conductive. An electrical potential is then applied across the first and second crystals for creating an electrostatic field between the adjoining surfaces and causing the juxtaposed portions to be attracted into an intimate contact and form a bond for joining the adjoining surfaces of the crystals.

  11. Method of bonding single crystal quartz by field-assisted bonding

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    Curlee, R.M.; Tuthill, C.D.; Watkins, R.D.

    1991-04-23

    The method of producing a hermetic stable structural bond between quartz crystals includes providing first and second quartz crystals and depositing thin films of borosilicate glass and silicon on portions of the first and second crystals, respectively. The portions of the first and second crystals are then juxtaposed in a surface contact relationship and heated to a temperature for a period sufficient to cause the glass and silicon films to become electrically conductive. An electrical potential is then applied across the first and second crystals for creating an electrostatic field between the adjoining surfaces and causing the juxtaposed portions to be attracted into an intimate contact and form a bond for joining the adjoining surfaces of the crystals. 2 figures.

  12. Electronic transitions, crystal field effects and phonons in UO 2

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    Schoenes, J.

    1980-08-01

    An extensive optical study of the 5f magnetic semiconductor UO 2 is presented. The experimental data include near normal incidence reflectivity measurements from 0.0025 to 13 eV, absorption and Faraday rotation measurements as function of temperature and of magnetic fields up to 100 kOe and photoemission results. From the data in the fundamental absorption region an energy level scheme is derived. This level scheme differs markedly from an earlier model but it is quantitatively supported by a calculation using the thermochemical Haber-Born process and also by cluster calculations. The localized nature of the 5f electrons is demonstrated. The absorption edge at 2 eV shows an abrupt shift to lower energies at the first order phase transition of UO 2 to the antiferromagnetic state. This shift is shown to be larger than expected from the lattice contraction indicating a magnetic order induced contribution to the total red shift. Below the absorption edge, intra-5f transitions and multiphonon excitations are reported, showing striking order induced effects at and below TN = 30.8 K. New results are presented for ε st, ε opt, ω TO and ω LO which fulfill the Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relation.

  13. Molecular field theory for biaxial smectic A liquid crystals.

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    To, T B T; Sluckin, T J; Luckhurst, G R

    2013-10-01

    Thermotropic biaxial nematic phases seem to be rare, but biaxial smectic A phases less so. Here we use molecular field theory to study a simple two-parameter model, with one parameter promoting a biaxial phase and the second promoting smecticity. The theory combines the biaxial Maier-Saupe and McMillan models. We use alternatively the Sonnet-Virga-Durand (SVD) and geometric mean approximations (GMA) to characterize molecular biaxiality by a single parameter. For non-zero smecticity and biaxiality, the model always predicts a ground state biaxial smectic A phase. For a low degree of smectic order, the phase diagram is very rich, predicting uniaxial and biaxial nematic and smectic phases, with the addition of a variety of tricritical and tetracritical points. For higher degrees of smecticity, the region of stability of the biaxial nematic phase is restricted and eventually disappears, yielding to the biaxial smectic phase. Phase diagrams from the two alternative approximations for molecular biaxiality are similar, except inasmuch that SVD allows for a first-order isotropic-biaxial nematic transition, whereas GMA predicts a Landau point separating isotropic and biaxial nematic phases. We speculate that the rarity of thermotropic biaxial nematic phases is partly a consequence of the presence of stabler analogous smectic phases.

  14. Formation of substrate and transition-state analogue complexes in crystals of phosphoglucomutase after removing the crystallization salt.

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    Ray, W J; Puvathingal, J M; Liu, Y W

    1991-07-16

    Crystals of phosphoglucomutase, grown in 2.1 M ammonium sulfate, "desalted", and suspended in a 30% polyoxyethylene-8000/1 M glycine solution as described in the accompanying paper [Ray, W. J., Jr., Puvathingal, J. M., Bolin, J. T., Minor, W., Liu, Y., & Muchmore, S. W. (1991) Biochemistry 30 (preceding paper in this issue)], were treated with glucose phosphates to form an equilibrium mixture of the catalytically active substrate/product complexes. However, this treatment extensively fractured the crystals, even when very dilute solutions of glucose phosphates were used. But formation of the desired complexes was achieved, without fracturing, by introducing the glucose phosphates at high salt concentration, where they do not bind significantly to the enzyme, and maintaining their presence during subsequent sulfate-removal steps, in order to obtain essentially uniform binding throughout the crystal at all times. Although this procedure produced unfractured crystals of the catalytically active complexes, an adjustment in water activity was required to prevent the crystals from slowly liquefying in the presence of the added glucose phosphates. After this adjustment, the quality of diffraction-grade crystals subjected to this treatment was not significantly altered. An even larger adjustment in water activity was required to stabilize crystals that had been largely converted into a mixture of vanadate-based transition-state analogue complexes [cf. Ray, W. J., Jr., & Puvathingal, J. M. (1990) Biochemistry 29, 2790-2801] by means of an analogous procedure. The rationale for, and the implications of, this adjustment of water activity are discussed. The phenomenon of lattice-based binding cooperativity also is discussed together with a possible role for such cooperativity in the fracturing of protein crystals during formation of ligand complexes and possible ways to circumvent such fracturing based on the annealing of crystals at fractional saturation. An assay for

  15. Nonlinear smectic elasticity of helical state in cholesteric liquid crystals and helimagnets

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    Radzihovsky, Leo; Lubensky, T. C.

    2011-05-01

    General symmetry arguments, dating back to de Gennes, dictate that at scales longer than the pitch, the low-energy elasticity of a chiral nematic liquid crystal (cholesteric) and of a Dzyaloshinskii-Morya (DM) spiral state in a helimagnet with negligible crystal symmetry fields (e.g., MnSi, FeGe) is identical to that of a smectic liquid crystal, thereby inheriting its rich phenomenology. Starting with a chiral Frank free energy (exchange and DM interactions of a helimagnet) we present a transparent derivation of the fully nonlinear Goldstone mode elasticity, which involves an analog of the Anderson-Higgs mechanism that locks the spiral orthonormal (director or magnetic moment) frame to the cholesteric (helical) layers. This shows explicitly the reduction of three orientational modes of a cholesteric down to a single-phonon Goldstone mode that emerges on scales longer than the pitch. At a harmonic level our result reduces to that derived many years ago by Lubensky and collaborators.

  16. Nonlinear smectic elasticity of helical state in cholesteric liquid crystals and helimagnets.

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    Radzihovsky, Leo; Lubensky, T C

    2011-05-01

    General symmetry arguments, dating back to de Gennes, dictate that at scales longer than the pitch, the low-energy elasticity of a chiral nematic liquid crystal (cholesteric) and of a Dzyaloshinskii-Morya (DM) spiral state in a helimagnet with negligible crystal symmetry fields (e.g., MnSi, FeGe) is identical to that of a smectic liquid crystal, thereby inheriting its rich phenomenology. Starting with a chiral Frank free energy (exchange and DM interactions of a helimagnet) we present a transparent derivation of the fully nonlinear Goldstone mode elasticity, which involves an analog of the Anderson-Higgs mechanism that locks the spiral orthonormal (director or magnetic moment) frame to the cholesteric (helical) layers. This shows explicitly the reduction of three orientational modes of a cholesteric down to a single-phonon Goldstone mode that emerges on scales longer than the pitch. At a harmonic level our result reduces to that derived many years ago by Lubensky and collaborators. PMID:21728550

  17. Crystal field and molecular orbital theory of MBm centres in glasses

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    Kustov, E. F.; Bulatov, L. I.; Dvoyrin, V. V.; Mashinsky, V. M.; Dianov, E. M.

    2010-01-01

    The spectral phenomena in optical fibres with bismuth-doped aluminosilicate glass core are explicated on the basis of a molecular orbital theory and of a Schrödinger equation solution, taking into account the exchange, spin-orbit and crystal field interactions of s, p and d electrons of M atoms (M signifies Bi, Sb, Pb, Sn, In, Te, etc) with ligand orbits of environmental B atoms (B signifies O, S, Se, etc). Energy level diagrams and selection rules of transitions between molecular orbital states of s and p electrons of MBm molecule permit us to determine the energies of the main spectral transitions of absorption and luminescent spectra and their correspondence with experimental spectra of different types of optical fibres is obtained.

  18. Vectorial near-field imaging of a GaN based photonic crystal cavity

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    La China, F. Intonti, F.; Caselli, N.; Lotti, F.; Vinattieri, A.; Gurioli, M.; Vico Triviño, N.; Carlin, J.-F.; Butté, R.; Grandjean, N.

    2015-09-07

    We report a full optical deep sub-wavelength imaging of the vectorial components of the electric local density of states for the confined modes of a modified GaN L3 photonic crystal nanocavity. The mode mapping is obtained with a scanning near-field optical microscope operating in a resonant forward scattering configuration, allowing the vectorial characterization of optical passive samples. The optical modes of the investigated cavity emerge as Fano resonances and can be probed without the need of embedded light emitters or evanescent light coupling into the nanocavity. The experimental maps, independently measured in the two in-plane polarizations, turn out to be in excellent agreement with numerical predictions.

  19. Models of Mass Transport During Microgravity Crystal Growth of Alloyed Semiconductors in a Magnetic Field

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    Ma, Nancy

    2003-01-01

    Alloyed semiconductor crystals, such as germanium-silicon (GeSi) and various II-VI alloyed crystals, are extremely important for optoelectronic devices. Currently, high-quality crystals of GeSi and of II-VI alloys can be grown by epitaxial processes, but the time required to grow a certain amount of single crystal is roughly 1,000 times longer than the time required for Bridgman growth from a melt. Recent rapid advances in optoelectronics have led to a great demand for more and larger crystals with fewer dislocations and other microdefects and with more uniform and controllable compositions. Currently, alloyed crystals grown by bulk methods have unacceptable levels of segregation in the composition of the crystal. Alloyed crystals are being grown by the Bridgman process in space in order to develop successful bulk-growth methods, with the hope that the technology will be equally successful on earth. Unfortunately some crystals grown in space still have unacceptable segregation, for example, due to residual accelerations. The application of a weak magnetic field during crystal growth in space may eliminate the undesirable segregation. Understanding and improving the bulk growth of alloyed semiconductors in microgravity is critically important. The purpose of this grant to to develop models of the unsteady species transport during the bulk growth of alloyed semiconductor crystals in the presence of a magnetic field in microgravity. The research supports experiments being conducted in the High Magnetic Field Solidification Facility at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and future experiments on the International Space Station.

  20. Comparison of the simulations of cellulosic crystals with three carbohydrate force fields.

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    Miyamoto, Hitomi; Schnupf, Udo; Crowley, Michael F; Brady, John W

    2016-03-01

    Three independently developed molecular mechanics force fields for carbohydrates have been used to simulate a suite of small molecule analogs of cellulose for which crystal structures have been reported, as a test to determine which might be best for simulations of cellulose itself. Such evaluation is necessary since the reported cellulose crystal structure is not stable in molecular dynamics simulations with any available force field. The present simulations found that all three resulted in small deviations from the reported crystal structures, but that all were reasonably accurate and none was clearly superior to the others for the entire suite of structures examined.

  1. Influence of a weak magnetic field on microplasticity of silicon crystals

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    Makara, V. A.; Steblenko, L. P.; Plyushchai, I. V.; Kurylyuk, A. N.; Kalinichenko, D. V.; Krit, A. N.; Naumenko, S. N.

    2014-08-01

    The possibility of magnetic ordering at dangling bonds in dislocation cores has been investigated theoretically. It has been experimentally shown that magnetic ordering in dislocations affects the spin-dependent effects occurring in dislocation crystals of silicon. It has been found that preliminary magnetic treatment of silicon crystals in a weak magnetic field leads to the suppression of the electroplastic effect induced in silicon crystals excited by an electric current. It has been assumed that a change in the microplasticity under the combined action of a magnetic field and an electric current is caused by a weakening of spin-dependent recombination at dislocation dangling bonds.

  2. A Navier-Stokes phase-field crystal model for colloidal suspensions

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    Praetorius, Simon Voigt, Axel

    2015-04-21

    We develop a fully continuous model for colloidal suspensions with hydrodynamic interactions. The Navier-Stokes Phase-Field Crystal model combines ideas of dynamic density functional theory with particulate flow approaches and is derived in detail and related to other dynamic density functional theory approaches with hydrodynamic interactions. The derived system is numerically solved using adaptive finite elements and is used to analyze colloidal crystallization in flowing environments demonstrating a strong coupling in both directions between the crystal shape and the flow field. We further validate the model against other computational approaches for particulate flow systems for various colloidal sedimentation problems.

  3. Influence of Acoustic Field Structure on Polarization Characteristics of Acousto-optic Interaction in Crystals

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    Muromets, A. V.; Trushin, A. S.

    Influence of acoustic field structure on polarization characteristics of acousto-optic interaction is investigated. It is shown that inhomogeneity of acoustic field and mechanism of ultrasound excitation causes changes in values of acousto-optic figure of merit for ordinary and extraordinary light beams in comparison with theoretic values. The theoretic values were derived under assumption that acoustic wave is homogeneous. Experimental analysis was carried out in acousto-optic cell based on lithium niobate crystal where the acoustic wave propagates at the angle 13 degrees to Z axis of the crystal. We used three different methods of ultrasound generation in the crystal: by means of external piezotransducer, by interdigital transducer and by two sets of electrodes placed on top of the crystal surface. In the latter case, the first pair of the electrodes was directed along X crystal axis, while the second pair of the electrodes was directed orthogonally to X crystal axis and the direction of ultrasound. Obtained values for diffraction efficiencies for ordinary and extraordinary polarized optical beams were qualitatively different which may be caused by spatial inhomogeneity of the generated acoustic waves in the crystal. Structure of acoustic field generated by these sets of electrodes was examined by laser probing. We performed the analysis of the acoustic field intensity using acousto-optic method. A relation of diffraction efficiencies for ordinary and extraordinary light waves was measured during each iteration of the laser probing.

  4. Intermediate state during the crystal transition in aspartame, studied with thermal analysis, solid-state NMR, and molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Ebisawa, K; Nagashima, N; Fukuhara, K; Kumon, S; Kishimoto, S; Suzuki, E; Yoneda, S; Umeyama, H

    2000-05-01

    Aspartame (L-alpha-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester) is a dipeptide sweetener about 200 times as sweet as sugar. It exists in crystal forms such as IA, IB, IIA, and IIB, which differ in crystal structure and in the degree of hydration. Among these, IIA is the most stable crystal form, and its crystal structure has been well determined (Hatada et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 107, 4279-4282 (1985)). To elucidate the structural factors of thermal stability in the IIA form of aspartame and to examine the physical process in the crystal transformation between the IIA and IIB forms, we performed a thermal analysis and solid-state NMR measurements. We found that a quasi-stable intermediate state exists in the transformation, and it has the same crystal lattice as the usual IIA form, despite the dehydration from 1/2 mol to 1/3 mol per 1 mol of aspartame. The results of the energy component analysis and the molecular dynamics simulation suggest that the entropic effect promotes the generation of the intermediate state, which is presumably caused by the evaporation of the water of crystallization and the increase of molecular motion in aspartame. Thus, the thermal stability of the IIA form is attributable to a structural property, i.e., the crystal lattice itself is retained during the above dehydration. Moreover, the molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the aspartame molecules have two kinds of conformational flexibility in the intermediate state. PMID:10823710

  5. Intermediate state during the crystal transition in aspartame, studied with thermal analysis, solid-state NMR, and molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Ebisawa, K; Nagashima, N; Fukuhara, K; Kumon, S; Kishimoto, S; Suzuki, E; Yoneda, S; Umeyama, H

    2000-05-01

    Aspartame (L-alpha-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester) is a dipeptide sweetener about 200 times as sweet as sugar. It exists in crystal forms such as IA, IB, IIA, and IIB, which differ in crystal structure and in the degree of hydration. Among these, IIA is the most stable crystal form, and its crystal structure has been well determined (Hatada et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 107, 4279-4282 (1985)). To elucidate the structural factors of thermal stability in the IIA form of aspartame and to examine the physical process in the crystal transformation between the IIA and IIB forms, we performed a thermal analysis and solid-state NMR measurements. We found that a quasi-stable intermediate state exists in the transformation, and it has the same crystal lattice as the usual IIA form, despite the dehydration from 1/2 mol to 1/3 mol per 1 mol of aspartame. The results of the energy component analysis and the molecular dynamics simulation suggest that the entropic effect promotes the generation of the intermediate state, which is presumably caused by the evaporation of the water of crystallization and the increase of molecular motion in aspartame. Thus, the thermal stability of the IIA form is attributable to a structural property, i.e., the crystal lattice itself is retained during the above dehydration. Moreover, the molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the aspartame molecules have two kinds of conformational flexibility in the intermediate state.

  6. Experimental measurement of the near tip strain field in an iron-silicon single crystal

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    Shield, T. W.; Kim, K.-S.

    1994-05-01

    EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS are presented for the plastic deformation field near a crack (200 μm wide notch) tip in an iron-3% silicon single crystal. The specimen was loaded in four point bending and the measurements were made at zero load after extensive plastic deformation had occurred. Results are given for a crack on the (011) plane with its tip along the [01|T] direction. The surface deformation field was measured using moire microscopy and a grating on the specimen surface. The in-plane Almansi strain components have been obtained by digitally processing the moire fringes. A well-structured asymptotic field has been found at a distance of 350-500 μm from the notch tip, where the maximum plastic strain is about 9%. The asymptotic field is observed to be composed of many distinct angular sectors. Three (six symmetric) of these sectors are found to have approximately constant strains. In a fourth (two symmetric) sector, the surface strains are approximately 1/ r singular. Between these sectors there are interconnecting transition sectors. The location of the stress state on the yield surface and the active slip systems in each sector are identified by assuming that the plastic strain rates are normal to a Schmid law yield surface. The slip systems identified in this manner show excellent agreement with direct observations of the slip texture on the surface and dislocation etch pits in the interior of the specimen. The experimental strain measurements also show that the constant strain sectors are regions in which unloading occurs. Because of this unloading, the crack tip stress and deformation state is substantially different from an HRR type field which assumes proportional loading. This strong nonproportional loading is thought to be caused by the presence of material anisotropy. The nonproportional loading also provides a large amount of crack tip shielding that is evidence of a toughening mechanism that results from the presence of material anisotropy.

  7. Controlled deposition or organic semiconductor single crystals and its application in field-effect transistors

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    Liu, Shuhong

    The search for low-cost, large area, flexible devices has led to a remarkable increase in the research and development of organic semiconductors. Single-crystal organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are ideal device structures for studying fundamental science associated with charge transport in organic materials and have demonstrated high mobility and outstanding electrical characteristics. For example, an exceptionally high carrier mobility of 20 cm2/Vs has been demonstrated for rubrene single crystal field effect transistors. However, it remains a technical challenge to integrate single-crystal devices into practical electronic applications. A key difficulty is that organic single-crystal devices are usually fabricated one device at a time by handpicking a single crystal and placing it onto the device substrate. This makes it impossible to mass-produce at high density with reasonable throughput. Therefore, there is a great need for a high-throughput method for depositing large arrays of organic semiconductor single crystals directly onto device structures. In this dissertation, I develop several approaches towards realizing this goal. The first approach is a solution-processing technique, which relies on solvent wetting and de-wetting on substrates with patterned wettability to selectively direct the deposition or removal of organic crystals. The assembly of different organic crystals over centimeter-squared areas on Au, SiO 2 and flexible plastic substrates is demonstrated. By designing line features on the substrate, alignment of needle-like crystals is also achieved. As a demonstration of the potential application of this approach, arrays of organic single crystal FETs are fabricated by patterning organic single crystals directly onto and between transistor source and drain electrodes. Besides organic single crystals, this self-assembly strategy is also applicable for patterning other objects such as metallic nanowires. In the second technique, organic

  8. Hidden local symmetry of Eu{sup 3+} in xenotime-like crystals revealed by high magnetic fields

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    Han, Yibo; Ma, Zongwei; Zhang, Junpei; Wang, Junfeng; Du, Guihuan; Xia, Zhengcai; Han, Junbo Li, Liang; Yu, Xuefeng

    2015-02-07

    The excellent optical properties of europium-doped crystals in visible and near infrared wavelength regions enable them to have broad applications in optoelectronics, laser crystals and sensing devices. The local site crystal fields can affect the intensities and peak positions of the photo-emission lines strongly, but they are usually difficult to be clarified due to magnetically degenerate 4f electronic levels coupling with the crystal fields. Here, we provide an effective way to explore the hidden local symmetry of the Eu{sup 3+} sites in different hosts by taking photoluminescence measurements under pulsed high magnetic fields up to 46 T. The zero-field photoluminescence peaks split further at high magnetic fields when the Zeeman splitting energy is comparable to or larger than that of the crystal field induced zero-field splitting. In particular, a magnetic field induced crossover of the local crystal fields has been observed in the GdVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} crystal, which resulted from the alignment of Gd{sup 3+} magnetic moment in high magnetic fields; and a hexagonally symmetric local crystal fields was observed in the YPO{sub 4} nanocrystals at the Eu{sup 3+} sites characterized by the special axial and rhombic crystal field terms. These distinct Zeeman splitting behaviors uncover the crystal fields-related local symmetry of luminescent Eu{sup 3+} centers in different hosts or magnetic environments, which are significant for their applications in optics and optoelectronics.

  9. Kagome staircase compound Co3V2O8 in an applied magnetic field: Single-crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Petrenko, O. A.; Wilson, N. R.; Balakrishnan, G.; Paul, D. Mck; McIntyre, G. J.

    2010-09-01

    The magnetic properties of Co3V2O8 have been studied by single-crystal neutron diffraction. In zero magnetic field, the observed broadening of the magnetic Bragg peaks suggests the presence of disorder both in the low-temperature ferromagnetic and in the higher temperature antiferromagnetic state. The field dependence of the intensity and position of the magnetic reflections in Co3V2O8 reveals a complex sequence of phase transitions in this Kagome staircase compound. For H∥a , a commensurate-incommensurate-commensurate transition is found in a field of 0.072 T in the antiferromagnetic phase at 7.5 K. For H∥c at low temperature, an applied field induces an unusual transformation from a ferromagnetic to an antiferromagnetic state at about 1 T accompanied by a sharp increase in magnetization.

  10. Phase diagrams of mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external field.

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2014-11-14

    We present a mean field theory to describe phase behaviors in mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external magnetic or electric field. Taking into account a chiral coupling between a polymer and a liquid crystal under the external field, we examine twist-untwist phase transitions and phase separations in the mixtures. It is found that a cholesteric-nematic phase transition can be induced by not only the external field but also concentration and temperature. Depending on the strength of the external field, we predict cholesteric-paranematic (Ch+pN), nematic-paranematic (N+pN), cholesteric-nematic (Ch+N) phase separations, etc., on the temperature-concentration plane. We also discuss mixtures of a non-chiral nematic liquid crystal and a chiral dopant. PMID:25399158

  11. Phase diagrams of mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external field

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2014-11-14

    We present a mean field theory to describe phase behaviors in mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external magnetic or electric field. Taking into account a chiral coupling between a polymer and a liquid crystal under the external field, we examine twist-untwist phase transitions and phase separations in the mixtures. It is found that a cholesteric-nematic phase transition can be induced by not only the external field but also concentration and temperature. Depending on the strength of the external field, we predict cholesteric-paranematic (Ch+pN), nematic-paranematic (N+pN), cholesteric-nematic (Ch+N) phase separations, etc., on the temperature-concentration plane. We also discuss mixtures of a non-chiral nematic liquid crystal and a chiral dopant.

  12. Solid State Pathways to Complex Shape Evolution and Tunable Porosity during Metallic Crystal Growth

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    Valenzuela, Carlos Díaz; Carriedo, Gabino A.; Valenzuela, María L.; Zúñiga, Luis; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2013-01-01

    Growing complex metallic crystals, supported high index facet nanocrystal composites and tunable porosity metals, and exploiting factors that influence shape and morphology is crucial in many exciting developments in chemistry, catalysis, biotechnology and nanoscience. Assembly, organization and ordered crystallization of nanostructures into complex shapes requires understanding of the building blocks and their association, and this relationship can define the many physical properties of crystals and their assemblies. Understanding crystal evolution pathways is required for controlled deposition onto surfaces. Here, complex metallic crystals on the nano- and microscale, carbon supported nanoparticles, and spinodal porous noble metals with defined inter-feature distances in 3D, are accomplished in the solid-state for Au, Ag, Pd, and Re. Bottom-up growth and positioning is possible through competitive coarsening of mobile nanoparticles and their site-specific crystallization in a nucleation-dewetted matrix. Shape evolution, density and growth mechanism of complex metallic crystals and porous metals can be imaged during growth. PMID:24026532

  13. Solid state pathways to complex shape evolution and tunable porosity during metallic crystal growth.

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    Valenzuela, Carlos Díaz; Carriedo, Gabino A; Valenzuela, María L; Zúñiga, Luis; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2013-01-01

    Growing complex metallic crystals, supported high index facet nanocrystal composites and tunable porosity metals, and exploiting factors that influence shape and morphology is crucial in many exciting developments in chemistry, catalysis, biotechnology and nanoscience. Assembly, organization and ordered crystallization of nanostructures into complex shapes requires understanding of the building blocks and their association, and this relationship can define the many physical properties of crystals and their assemblies. Understanding crystal evolution pathways is required for controlled deposition onto surfaces. Here, complex metallic crystals on the nano- and microscale, carbon supported nanoparticles, and spinodal porous noble metals with defined inter-feature distances in 3D, are accomplished in the solid-state for Au, Ag, Pd, and Re. Bottom-up growth and positioning is possible through competitive coarsening of mobile nanoparticles and their site-specific crystallization in a nucleation-dewetted matrix. Shape evolution, density and growth mechanism of complex metallic crystals and porous metals can be imaged during growth.

  14. Numerical investigation of optical Tamm states in two-dimensional hybrid plasmonic-photonic crystal nanobeams

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    Meng, Zi-Ming E-mail: lizy@aphy.iphy.ac.cn; Hu, Yi-Hua; Ju, Gui-Fang; Zhong, Xiao-Lan; Ding, Wei; Li, Zhi-Yuan E-mail: lizy@aphy.iphy.ac.cn

    2014-07-28

    Optical Tamm states (OTSs) in analogy with its electronic counterpart confined at the surface of crystals are optical surface modes at the interfaces between uniform metallic films and distributed Bragg reflectors. In this paper, OTSs are numerically investigated in two-dimensional hybrid plasmonic-photonic crystal nanobeams (HPPCN), which are constructed by inserting a metallic nanoparticle into a photonic crystal nanobeam formed by periodically etching square air holes into dielectric waveguides. The evidences of OTSs can be verified by transmission spectra and the field distribution at resonant frequency. Similar to OTSs in one-dimensional multilayer structures OTSs in HPPCN can be excited by both TE and TM polarization. The physical origin of OTSs in HPPCN is due to the combined contribution of strong reflection imposed by the photonic band gap (PBG) of the photonic crystal (PC) nanobeam and strong backward scattering exerted by the nanoparticle. For TE, incidence OTSs can be obtained at the frequency near the center of the photonic band gap. The transmissivity and the resonant frequency can be finely tuned by the dimension of nanoparticles. While for TM incidence OTSs are observed for relatively larger metallic nanoparticles compared with TE polarization. The differences between TE and TM polarization can be explained by two reasons. For one reason stronger backward scattering of nanoparticles for TE polarization can be achieved by the excitation of localized surface plasmon polariton of nanoparticles. This assumption has been proved by examining the scattering, absorption, and extinction cross section of the metallic nanoparticle. The other can be attributed to the deep and wide PBG available for TE polarization with less number of air holes compared with TM polarization. Our results show great promise in extending the application scope of OTSs from one-dimensional structures to practical integrated photonic devices and circuits.

  15. Spectral, mechanical, thermal, optical and solid state parameters, of metal-organic bis(hydrogenmaleate)-CO(II) tetrahydrate crystal

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    Chandran, Senthilkumar; Jagan, R.; Paulraj, Rajesh; Ramasamy, P.

    2015-10-15

    Metal-organic bis(hydrogenmaleate)-Co(II) tetrahydrate single crystals have been grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique at room temperature. The crystal structure and the unit cell parameters were analyzed from the X-ray diffraction studies. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that the grown crystal belongs to triclinic system with the space group P-1. Functional groups in bis(hydrogenmaleate)-Co(II) tetrahydrate were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectral analysis. The peak observed at 663 cm{sup −1} is assigned to the (Co–O) stretching vibrations. The optical transmission of the crystal was studied by UV–vis–NIR spectral analysis. The photoluminescence emission studies were carried out for the title compound in a wide wavelength range between 350 nm and 550 nm at 303 K. Mechanical strength was tested by Vickers microhardness test. The laser damage threshold value has been determined using Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. At various frequencies and temperatures the dielectric behavior of the material was investigated. Solid state parameters such as plasma energy, Penn gap, Fermi energy and electronic polarizability were evaluated. Photoconductivity measurements were carried out for the grown crystal in the presence of DC electric field at room temperature. Thermal stability and decomposition of the crystal were studied by TG–DTA. The weight loss of the title compound occurs in different steps. - Graphical abstract: Molecular structure of the bis(hydrogenmaleate)-Co(II) tetrahydrate drawn at 40% ellipsoid probability level. - Highlights: • Bis(hydrogenmaleate)-Co(II) tetrahydrate single crystal is grown by slow evaporation method. • Structural and optical properties were discussed. • The title complex crystal is thermally stable up to 91 °C. • Plasma energy, Fermi energy and electronic polarizability are evaluated. • It exhibits positive photoconductivity.

  16. State of the art of crystal growth in the United States

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    Simonaitis-Castillo, Vida K.

    2010-04-01

    The United States had been at the forefront of technology, including crystal growth, from the mid 1900's until several years ago. The growth of crystalline materials is generally capital-intensive and low profit, with the value-added fabrication and thin film coating steps comprising the majority of the cost of the final optic. With the continuous improvements realized by scientists in foreign countries, many U.S. companies with crystal growth facilities are opting to procure material from outside the U.S. to boost profits. Compounded with Federal procurement regulations, the end result is that it has become difficult, if not impossible, to procure some mission-critical materials from U.S. sources, putting numerous DoD programs in potential jeopardy. In addition, there is a limited amount of research currently underway on new materials state-side. If the current trends hold, DoD programs will be at the mercy of foreign companies to supply crystalline materials which are mission critical to the DoD.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-12

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

  19. Crystallization and evaluation of hen egg-white lysozyme crystals for protein pH titration in the crystalline state.

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    Iwai, Wakari; Yagi, Daichi; Ishikawa, Takuya; Ohnishi, Yuki; Tanaka, Ichiro; Niimura, Nobuo

    2008-05-01

    To observe the ionized status of the amino acid residues in proteins at different pH (protein pH titration in the crystalline state) by neutron diffraction, hen egg-white lysozyme was crystallized over a wide pH range (2.5-8.0). Crystallization phase diagrams at pH 2.5, 6.0 and 7.5 were determined. At pH < 4.5 the border between the metastable region and the nucleation region shifted to the left (lower precipitant concentration) in the phase diagram, and at pH > 4.5 the border shifted to the right (higher precipitant concentration). The qualities of these crystals were characterized using the Wilson plot method. The qualities of all crystals at different pH were more or less equivalent (B-factor values within 25-40). It is expected that neutron diffraction analysis of these crystals of different pH provides equivalent data in quality for discussions of protein pH titration in the crystalline state of hen egg-white lysozyme.

  20. Poisson-Boltzmann equation and electro-convective instability in ferroelectric liquid crystals: a mean-field approach

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2014-07-01

    Commercialization of ferroelectric liquid crystal displays (FLCDs) suffers from mechanical and electro-convective instabilities. Impurity ions play a pivotal role in the latter case, and therefore we developed a mean-field type model to understand the complex role of space charges, particularly ions in a ferroelectric liquid crystal. Considering an effective ion-chirality relation, we obtained a modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation for ions dissolved into a chiral solvent like the ferroelectric smectic phase. A nonuniform director profile induced by the mean electrostatic potential of the ions is then calculated by solving an Euler-Lagrange equation for a helically twisted smectic state. A combination of effects resulting from molecular chirality and an electrostatically driven twist created by the ions seems to produce this nonuniform fluctuation in the director orientation. Finally, both theoretical and experimental points of view are presented on the prediction of this mean-field model.

  1. Tuning the band structures of a one-dimensional width-modulated magnonic crystal by a transverse magnetic field

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    Di, K.; Lim, H. S. Zhang, V. L.; Ng, S. C.; Kuok, M. H.; Nguyen, H. T.; Cottam, M. G.

    2014-02-07

    Theoretical studies, based on three independent techniques, of the band structure of a one-dimensional width-modulated magnonic crystal under a transverse magnetic field are reported. The band diagram is found to display distinct behaviors when the transverse field is either larger or smaller than a critical value. The widths and center positions of bandgaps exhibit unusual non-monotonic and large field-tunability through tilting the direction of magnetization. Some bandgaps can be dynamically switched on and off by simply tuning the strength of such a static field. Finally, the impact of the lowered symmetry of the magnetic ground state on the spin-wave excitation efficiency of an oscillating magnetic field is discussed. Our finding reveals that the magnetization direction plays an important role in tailoring magnonic band structures and hence in the design of dynamic spin-wave switches.

  2. Monitoring of hydroxyapatite crystal formation using field-effect transistor

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    Kajisa, Taira; Sakata, Toshiya

    2016-04-01

    The biomineralization process of hydroxyapatite (HAp) in simulated body fluid (SBF) was monitored in realtime using extended-gate FETs whose gate electrode was modified with a variety of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). It was found that the gate surface potential of the carboxyl- and amino-group-terminated SAM-coated gate FET was increased in SBF as HAp crystals grew on the gate surface. Moreover, in the carboxyl-group-terminated SAM-coated gate FET, the rate of increase and the shift of gate surface potential of the FET were found to depend on the concentration of calcium ions in the SBF. It was concluded that the process of HAp crystallization at a SAM-modified surface can be detected using FETs. Thus, a FET device that enables the easy detection of ionic charges in a real-time and label-free manner, will be useful for evaluating biomaterials based on biomineralization such as those in the bone regeneration process.

  3. Study of Fluid Flow Control In Protein Crystallization Using Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Ramachandran, N.; Leslie, F.; Ciszak, E.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    An important component in biotechnology, particularly in the area of protein engineering and rational drug design is the knowledge of the precise three-dimensional molecular structure of proteins. The quality of structural information obtained from X-ray diffraction methods is directly dependent on the degree of perfection of the protein crystals. As a consequence, the growth of high quality macromolecular crystals for diffraction analyses has been the central focus for biochemists, biologists, and bioengineers. Macromolecular crystals are obtained from solutions that contain the crystallizing species in equilibrium with higher aggregates, ions, precipitants, other possible phases of the protein, foreign particles, the walls of the container, and a likely host of other impurities. By changing transport modes in general, i.e., reduction of convection and sedimentation, as is achieved in 'microgravity', researchers have been able to dramatically affect the movement and distribution of macromolecules in the fluid, and thus their transport, formation of crystal nuclei, and adsorption to the crystal surface. While a limited number of high quality crystals from space flights have been obtained, as the recent National Research Council (NRC) review of the NASA microgravity crystallization program pointed out, the scientific approach and research in crystallization of proteins has been mainly empirical yielding inconclusive results. We postulate that we can reduce convection in ground-based experiments and we can understand the different aspects of convection control through the use of strong magnetic fields and field gradients. Whether this limited convection in a magnetic field will provide the environment for the growth of high quality crystals is still a matter of conjecture that our research will address. The approach exploits the variation of fluid magnetic susceptibility with concentration for this purpose and the convective damping is realized by appropriately

  4. Transferability of coarse-grained force field for nCB liquid crystal systems.

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    Zhang, Jianguo; Guo, Hongxia

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the transferability of the coarse-grained (CG) force field originally developed for the liquid crystal (LC) molecule 5CB ( Zhang et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012 , 116 , 2075 - 2089 ) was investigated by its homologues 6CB and 8CB molecules. Note that, to construct the 5CB CG force field, we combined the structure-based and thermodynamic quantities-based methods and at the same time attempted to use several fragment molecular systems to derive the CG nonbonded interaction parameters. The resultant 5CB CG force field exhibits a good transferability to some extent. For example, not only the experimental densities, the local packing of atom groups, and the antiparallel arrangements of nearest neighboring molecules, but also the unique LC mesophases as well as the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperatures of 6CB and 8CB were reproduced. Meanwhile, the limitations of this 5CB CG force field were also observed, such as the phase transition from nematic to smectic was postponed to the lower temperature and the resulting smectic phase structure is single-layer-like instead of partially interdigitated bilayer-like as observed in underlying atomistic model. Apparently, more attention should be paid when applying a CG force field to the state point which is quite different from which the force field is explicitly parametrized for. The origin of the above limitations can be potentially traced back to the inherent simplifications and some approximations often adopted in the creation process of CG force field, for example, choosing symmetric CG potentials which do not explicitly include electrostatic interactions and are parametrized by reproducing the target properties of the specific nematic 5CB phase at 300 K and 1 atm, as well as using soft nonbonded potential and excluding torsion barriers. Moreover, although by construction this CG force field could inevitably incorporate both thermodynamic and local structural information on the nematic 5CB phase, the

  5. Transferability of coarse-grained force field for nCB liquid crystal systems.

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    Zhang, Jianguo; Guo, Hongxia

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the transferability of the coarse-grained (CG) force field originally developed for the liquid crystal (LC) molecule 5CB ( Zhang et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012 , 116 , 2075 - 2089 ) was investigated by its homologues 6CB and 8CB molecules. Note that, to construct the 5CB CG force field, we combined the structure-based and thermodynamic quantities-based methods and at the same time attempted to use several fragment molecular systems to derive the CG nonbonded interaction parameters. The resultant 5CB CG force field exhibits a good transferability to some extent. For example, not only the experimental densities, the local packing of atom groups, and the antiparallel arrangements of nearest neighboring molecules, but also the unique LC mesophases as well as the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperatures of 6CB and 8CB were reproduced. Meanwhile, the limitations of this 5CB CG force field were also observed, such as the phase transition from nematic to smectic was postponed to the lower temperature and the resulting smectic phase structure is single-layer-like instead of partially interdigitated bilayer-like as observed in underlying atomistic model. Apparently, more attention should be paid when applying a CG force field to the state point which is quite different from which the force field is explicitly parametrized for. The origin of the above limitations can be potentially traced back to the inherent simplifications and some approximations often adopted in the creation process of CG force field, for example, choosing symmetric CG potentials which do not explicitly include electrostatic interactions and are parametrized by reproducing the target properties of the specific nematic 5CB phase at 300 K and 1 atm, as well as using soft nonbonded potential and excluding torsion barriers. Moreover, although by construction this CG force field could inevitably incorporate both thermodynamic and local structural information on the nematic 5CB phase, the

  6. Reorientation of single-wall carbon nanotubes in negative anisotropy liquid crystals by an electric field.

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José F; Zito, Gianluigi; Cacace, Teresa; Marino, Antigone; Otón, José M; Geday, Morten A

    2016-01-01

    Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are anisotropic nanoparticles that can cause modifications in the electrical and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The control of the SWCNT concentration, distribution and reorientation in such self-organized fluids allows for the possibility of tuning the liquid crystal properties. The alignment and reorientation of CNTs are studied in a system where the liquid crystal orientation effect has been isolated. Complementary studies including Raman spectroscopy, microscopic inspection and impedance studies were carried out. The results reveal an ordered reorientation of the CNTs induced by an electric field, which does not alter the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy suggests a nonnegligible anchoring force between the CNTs and the liquid crystal molecules.

  7. Reorientation of single-wall carbon nanotubes in negative anisotropy liquid crystals by an electric field.

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José F; Zito, Gianluigi; Cacace, Teresa; Marino, Antigone; Otón, José M; Geday, Morten A

    2016-01-01

    Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are anisotropic nanoparticles that can cause modifications in the electrical and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The control of the SWCNT concentration, distribution and reorientation in such self-organized fluids allows for the possibility of tuning the liquid crystal properties. The alignment and reorientation of CNTs are studied in a system where the liquid crystal orientation effect has been isolated. Complementary studies including Raman spectroscopy, microscopic inspection and impedance studies were carried out. The results reveal an ordered reorientation of the CNTs induced by an electric field, which does not alter the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy suggests a nonnegligible anchoring force between the CNTs and the liquid crystal molecules. PMID:27547599

  8. Reorientation of single-wall carbon nanotubes in negative anisotropy liquid crystals by an electric field

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José F; Zito, Gianluigi; Cacace, Teresa; Marino, Antigone; Otón, José M

    2016-01-01

    Summary Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are anisotropic nanoparticles that can cause modifications in the electrical and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The control of the SWCNT concentration, distribution and reorientation in such self-organized fluids allows for the possibility of tuning the liquid crystal properties. The alignment and reorientation of CNTs are studied in a system where the liquid crystal orientation effect has been isolated. Complementary studies including Raman spectroscopy, microscopic inspection and impedance studies were carried out. The results reveal an ordered reorientation of the CNTs induced by an electric field, which does not alter the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy suggests a nonnegligible anchoring force between the CNTs and the liquid crystal molecules. PMID:27547599

  9. Phase field modelling of strain induced crystal growth in an elastic matrix

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    Laghmach, Rabia; Candau, Nicolas; Chazeau, Laurent; Munch, Etienne; Biben, Thierry

    2015-06-01

    When a crystal phase grows in an amorphous matrix, such as a crystallisable elastomer, containing cross-links and/or entanglements, these "topological constraints" need to be pushed away from the crystal phase to allow further crystallization. The accumulation of these topological constraints in the vicinity of the crystal interface may store elastic energy and affect the phase transition. To evaluate the consequences of such mechanism, we introduce a phase field model based on the Flory theory of entropic elasticity. We show that the growth process is indeed sensibly affected, in particular, an exponential increase of the surface energy with the displacement of the interface is induced. This explains the formation of stable nano-crystallites as it is observed in the Strain Induced Crystallization (SIC) of natural rubber. Although simple, the model developed here is able to account for many interesting features of SIC, for instance, the crystallite shapes and their sizes which depend on the applied deformation.

  10. Diffraction and fringing field effects in small pixel liquid crystal devices with homeotropic alignment

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    Vanbrabant, Pieter J. M.; Beeckman, Jeroen; Neyts, Kristiaan; Willman, Eero; Fernandez, F. Anibal

    2010-10-01

    Reducing the pixel dimensions of liquid crystal microdisplays in search of high resolution has a fundamental impact on their electro-optic behavior. The liquid crystal director orientation becomes distorted due to fringing fields and diffraction effects influence the optical characteristics of the device once the structure features approach the wavelength of the incident light. Three-dimensional finite element simulation of the liquid crystal dynamics with a variable order approach is combined with a full-vector beam propagation analysis to investigate how elasticity and diffraction limit the resolution as a function of the pixel size for transmissive and reflective architectures with vertical liquid crystal alignment. The key liquid crystal properties are considered and the importance of materials with high birefringence is confirmed for small pixel devices as these improve the contrast for a fixed pixel size.

  11. Electric-field variations within a nematic-liquid-crystal layer.

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    Cummings, L J; Mema, E; Cai, C; Kondic, L

    2014-07-01

    A thin layer of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) across which an electric field is applied is a setup of great industrial importance in liquid crystal display devices. There is thus a large literature modeling this situation and related scenarios. A commonly used assumption is that an electric field generated by electrodes at the two bounding surfaces of the layer will produce a field that is uniform: that is, the presence of NLC does not affect the electric field. In this paper, we use calculus of variations to derive the equations coupling the electric potential to the orientation of the NLC's director field, and use a simple one-dimensional model to investigate the limitations of the uniform field assumption in the case of a steady applied field. The extension of the model to the unsteady case is also briefly discussed.

  12. Far-field detection system for laser beam and crystal alignment

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    Zhang, Jiachen; Liu, Daizhong; Zhu, Baoqiang; Tang, Shunxing; Gao, Yanqi

    2016-03-01

    Laser beam far-field alignment as well as frequency-doubling and frequency-tripling crystal adjustment is very important for high-power laser facility. Separate systems for beam and crystal alignment are generally used while the proposed approach by off-axial grating sampling share common optics for these two functions, reducing both space and cost requirements. This detection system has been demonstrated on the National Laser Facility of Israel. The experimental results indicate that the average far-field alignment error is <5% of the spatial filter pinhole diameter, average autocollimation angle error of crystals is <10 μrad, and average frequency-tripling conversion efficiency is 69.3%, which meet the alignment system requirements on the beam direction and crystals.

  13. Thickness-Dependent and Magnetic-Field-Driven Suppression of Antiferromagnetic Order in Thin V5S8 Single Crystals.

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    Hardy, Will J; Yuan, Jiangtan; Guo, Hua; Zhou, Panpan; Lou, Jun; Natelson, Douglas

    2016-06-28

    With materials approaching the 2D limit yielding many exciting systems with intriguing physical properties and promising technological functionalities, understanding and engineering magnetic order in nanoscale, layered materials is generating keen interest. One such material is V5S8, a metal with an antiferromagnetic ground state below the Néel temperature TN ∼ 32 K and a prominent spin-flop signature in the magnetoresistance (MR) when H∥c ∼ 4.2 T. Here we study nanoscale-thickness single crystals of V5S8, focusing on temperatures close to TN and the evolution of material properties in response to systematic reduction in crystal thickness. Transport measurements just below TN reveal magnetic hysteresis that we ascribe to a metamagnetic transition, the first-order magnetic-field-driven breakdown of the ordered state. The reduction of crystal thickness to ∼10 nm coincides with systematic changes in the magnetic response: TN falls, implying that antiferromagnetism is suppressed; and while the spin-flop signature remains, the hysteresis disappears, implying that the metamagnetic transition becomes second order as the thickness approaches the 2D limit. This work demonstrates that single crystals of magnetic materials with nanometer thicknesses are promising systems for future studies of magnetism in reduced dimensionality and quantum phase transitions.

  14. Self-Aligned Growth of Organic Semiconductor Single Crystals by Electric Field.

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    Kotsuki, Kenji; Obata, Seiji; Saiki, Koichiro

    2016-01-19

    We proposed a novel but facile method for growing organic semiconductor single-crystals via solvent vapor annealing (SVA) under electric field. In the conventional SVA growth process, nuclei of crystals appeared anywhere on the substrate and their crystallographic axes were randomly distributed. We applied electric field during the SVA growth of 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) on the SiO2/Si substrate on which a pair of electrodes had been deposited beforehand. Real-time observation of the SVA process revealed that rodlike single crystals grew with their long axes parallel to the electric field and bridged the prepatterned electrodes. As a result, C8-BTBT crystals automatically formed a field effect transistor (FET) structure and the mobility reached 1.9 cm(2)/(V s). Electric-field-assisted SVA proved a promising method for constructing high-mobility single-crystal FETs at the desired position by a low-cost solution process.

  15. Self-Aligned Growth of Organic Semiconductor Single Crystals by Electric Field.

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    Kotsuki, Kenji; Obata, Seiji; Saiki, Koichiro

    2016-01-19

    We proposed a novel but facile method for growing organic semiconductor single-crystals via solvent vapor annealing (SVA) under electric field. In the conventional SVA growth process, nuclei of crystals appeared anywhere on the substrate and their crystallographic axes were randomly distributed. We applied electric field during the SVA growth of 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) on the SiO2/Si substrate on which a pair of electrodes had been deposited beforehand. Real-time observation of the SVA process revealed that rodlike single crystals grew with their long axes parallel to the electric field and bridged the prepatterned electrodes. As a result, C8-BTBT crystals automatically formed a field effect transistor (FET) structure and the mobility reached 1.9 cm(2)/(V s). Electric-field-assisted SVA proved a promising method for constructing high-mobility single-crystal FETs at the desired position by a low-cost solution process. PMID:26695105

  16. X-ray and magnetic-field-enhanced change in physical characteristics of silicon crystals

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    Makara, V. A.; Steblenko, L. P.; Krit, A. N.; Kalinichenko, D. V.; Kurylyuk, A. N.; Naumenko, S. N.

    2012-07-01

    The effect of low-energy ( W = 8 keV) low-dose ((0.3-7.3) × 102 Gy) radiation and a dc magnetic field ( B = 0.17 T) on structural, micromechanical, and microplastic characteristics of silicon crystals has been studied. The features in the dynamic behavior of dislocations in silicon crystals, which manifest themselves upon only X-ray exposure and combined (X-ray and magnetic) exposure, have been revealed.

  17. Dielectric Permittivity of Polymer Composites with Encapsulated Liquid Crystals in Strong Electric Fields

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    Zhdanov, K. R.; Romanenko, A. I.; Zharkova, G. M.; Suslyaev, V. I.; Zhuravlev, V. A.

    2013-12-01

    It is demonstrated that the threshold value of the electric Fredericks transition in the composite based on polyvinyl acetate with 35% weight content of nematic liquid crystal 5СВ (4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl) is observed at a voltage of 60 V. A cell and a circuit for measuring the dielectric permittivity of polymer composites with encapsulated liquid crystals in strong electric fields are described.

  18. Angular dependences of the luminescence and density of photon states in a chiral liquid crystal

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    Umanskii, B A; Blinov, L M; Palto, S P

    2013-11-30

    Luminescence spectra of a laser dye-doped chiral liquid crystal have been studied in a wide range of angles (up to 60°) to the axis of its helical structure using a semicylindrical quartz prism, which made it possible to observe the shift and evolution of the photonic band gap in response to changes in angle. Using measured spectra and numerical simulation, we calculated the spectral distributions of the density of photon states in such a cholesteric crystal for polarised and unpolarised light, which characterise its structure as that of a chiral one-dimensional photonic crystal. (optics of liquid crystals)

  19. Solid-state NMR studies of theophylline co-crystals with dicarboxylic acids.

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    Pindelska, Edyta; Sokal, Agnieszka; Szeleszczuk, Lukasz; Pisklak, Dariusz Maciej; Kolodziejski, Waclaw

    2014-11-01

    In this work, three polycrystalline materials containing co-crystals of theophylline with malonic, maleic, and glutaric acids were studied using (13)C, (15)N and (1)H solid-state NMR and FT-IR spectroscopy. The NMR assignments were supported by gauge including projector augmented waves (GIPAW) calculations of chemical shielding, performed using X-ray determined geometry. The experimental (13)C cross polarization/magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR results and the calculated isotropic chemical shifts were in excellent agreement. A rapid and convenient method for theophylline co-crystals crystal structure analysis has been proposed for co-crystals, which are potentially new APIs.

  20. Liquid crystal cell design of VGA field sequential color LCoS display

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    Liu, Yanyan; Geng, Weidong; Dai, Yongping

    2009-07-01

    The design of liquid crystal cell is an important factor to determine the display quality of LCoS display device. The goal of this paper is to gain VGA field sequential color (FSC) LCoS device used for near-to-eye system. The characteristics of optics and electrooptics for the twist nematic liquid crystal material and the material requirements of the FSC LCoS were studied. The LCOS liquid crystal cell optimized by dynamic parameter space method had an uniform reflectivity (about 90%) for the light with wave length from 450nm to 650nm. Both considering the electrooptic response curve of liquid crystal and the relationship between the contrast ratio and pixel size, we determined to use high speed twist nematic liquid crystal working in normally white mode. The liquid crystal cell gap and the pixel size were determined as 2.5um and 12um, respectively. The VGA FSC LCoS device was fabricated with SMIC 0.35um CMOS process and filled with LC-A liquid crystal of Merck in Varitronix. The measurement showed that the response time of liquid crystal from light to dark was 1.8ms and from dark to light was 4.4ms. The contrast ratio is bigger than 50:1. The LCoS displays well.

  1. A phase-field model coupled with lattice kinetics solver for modeling crystal growth in furnaces

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    Lin, Guang; Bao, Jie; Xu, Zhijie; Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Henager, Charles H.

    2014-02-02

    In this study, we present a new numerical model for crystal growth in a vertical solidification system. This model takes into account the buoyancy induced convective flow and its effect on the crystal growth process. The evolution of the crystal growth interface is simulated using the phase-field method. Two novel phase-field models are developed to model the crystal growth interface in vertical gradient furnaces with two temperature profile setups: 1) fixed wall temperature profile setup and 2) time-dependent temperature profile setup. A semi-implicit lattice kinetics solver based on the Boltzmann equation is employed to model the unsteady incompressible flow. This model is used to investigate the effect of furnace operational conditions on crystal growth interface profiles and growth velocities. For a simple case of macroscopic radial growth, the phase-field model is validated against an analytical solution. Crystal growth in vertical gradient furnaces with two temperature profile setups have been also investigated using the developed model. The numerical simulations reveal that for a certain set of temperature boundary conditions, the heat transport in the melt near the phase interface is diffusion dominant and advection is suppressed.

  2. Unsteady-state transfer of impurities during crystal growth of sucrose in sugarcane solutions

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    Martins, P. M.; Ferreira, A.; Polanco, S.; Rocha, F.; Damas, A. M.; Rein, P.

    2009-07-01

    In this work, we present growth rate data of sucrose crystals in the presence of impurities that can be used by both sugar technologists and crystal growth scientists. Growth rate curves measured in a pilot-scale evaporative crystallizer suggest a period of slow growth that follows the seeding of crystals into supersaturated technical solutions. The observed trend was enhanced by adding typical sugarcane impurities such as starch, fructose or dextran to the industrial syrups. Maximum growth rates of sucrose resulted at intermediate rather than high supersaturation levels in the presence of the additives. The effects of the additives on the sucrose solubility and sucrose mass transfer in solution were taken into account to explain the observed crystal growth kinetics. A novel mechanism was identified of unsteady-state adsorption of impurities at the crystal surface and their gradual replacement by the crystallizing solute towards the equilibrium occupation of the active sites for growth. Specifically designed crystallization experiments at controlled supersaturation confirmed this mechanism by showing increasing crystal growth rates with time until reaching a steady-state value for a given supersaturation level and impurity content.

  3. RNA Crystallization

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    Golden, Barbara L.; Kundrot, Craig E.

    2003-01-01

    RNA molecules may be crystallized using variations of the methods developed for protein crystallography. As the technology has become available to syntheisize and purify RNA molecules in the quantities and with the quality that is required for crystallography, the field of RNA structure has exploded. The first consideration when crystallizing an RNA is the sequence, which may be varied in a rational way to enhance crystallizability or prevent formation of alternate structures. Once a sequence has been designed, the RNA may be synthesized chemically by solid-state synthesis, or it may be produced enzymatically using RNA polymerase and an appropriate DNA template. Purification of milligram quantities of RNA can be accomplished by HPLC or gel electrophoresis. As with proteins, crystallization of RNA is usually accomplished by vapor diffusion techniques. There are several considerations that are either unique to RNA crystallization or more important for RNA crystallization. Techniques for design, synthesis, purification, and crystallization of RNAs will be reviewed here.

  4. Semiconductor crystal growth in crossed electric and magnetic fields: Center Director's Discretionary Fund

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    Mazuruk, K.; Volz, M. P.

    1996-01-01

    A unique growth cell was designed in which crossed electric and magnetic fields could be separately or simultaneously applied during semiconductor crystal growth. A thermocouple was inserted into an InSb melt inside the growth cell to examine the temperature response of the fluid to applied electromagnetic fields. A static magnetic field suppressed time-dependent convection when a destabilizing thermal field was applied. The simultaneous application of electric and magnetic fields resulted in forced convection in the melt. The InSb ingots grown in the cell were polycrystalline. An InGaSb crystal, 0.5 cm in diameter and 23-cm long, was grown without electromagnetic fields applied. The axial composition results indicated that complete mixing in the melt occurred for this large aspect ratio.

  5. Nonlinear driven response of a phase-field crystal in a periodic pinning potential.

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    Achim, C V; Ramos, J A P; Karttunen, M; Elder, K R; Granato, E; Ala-Nissila, T; Ying, S C

    2009-01-01

    We study numerically the phase diagram and the response under a driving force of the phase field crystal model for pinned lattice systems introduced recently for both one- and two-dimensional systems. The model describes the lattice system as a continuous density field in the presence of a periodic pinning potential, allowing for both elastic and plastic deformations of the lattice. We first present results for phase diagrams of the model in the absence of a driving force. The nonlinear response to a driving force on an initially pinned commensurate phase is then studied via overdamped dynamic equations of motion for different values of mismatch and pinning strengths. For large pinning strength the driven depinning transitions are continuous, and the sliding velocity varies with the force from the threshold with power-law exponents in agreement with analytical predictions. Transverse depinning transitions in the moving state are also found in two dimensions. Surprisingly, for sufficiently weak pinning potential we find a discontinuous depinning transition with hysteresis even in one dimension under overdamped dynamics. We also characterize structural changes of the system in some detail close to the depinning transition.

  6. Determination of optimal ionic liquid for organic single-crystal field-effect transistors

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    Ono, S.; Miwa, K.; Seki, S.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate organic single-crystal field-effect transistors with various ionic liquids as gate dielectric. We find that the mobility of the field-effect transistors for both p-type and n-type organic semiconductors increases with decreasing total capacitance of the ionic liquid. However, it does not depend on the ion species at the interface between the organic semiconductor and the ionic liquid. By choosing an appropriate ionic liquid, a high carrier mobility of 12.4 cm2/V s in rubrene single crystals (p-type) and 0.13 cm2/V s in 7.7.8.8-Tetracyanoquinodimethane single crystals (n-type) are achieved. This study clarifies the influence of ionic liquids on the device performance of organic field-effect transistors and shows a way to maximize carrier mobility at the solid/liquid interface.

  7. Ultra-fast solid state electro-optical modulator based on liquid crystal polymer and liquid crystal composites

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    Ouskova, Elena; Sio, Luciano De Vergara, Rafael; Tabiryan, Nelson; White, Timothy J.; Bunning, Timothy J.

    2014-12-08

    A different generation of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) based on a liquid crystalline polymer host is reported wherein the fluid behavior of the reactive mesogenic monomer is an enabler to concentration windows (liquid crystal polymer/liquid crystal) (and subsequent morphologies) not previously explored. These liquid crystal (LC) polymer/LC composites, LCPDLCs, exhibit excellent optical and electro-optical properties with negligible scattering losses in both the ON and OFF states. These systems thus have application in systems where fast phase modulation of optical signal instead of amplitude control is needed. Polarized optical microscopy and high resolution scanning electron microscopy confirm a bicontinuous morphology composed of aligned LC polymer coexisting with a phase separated LC fluid. Operating voltages, switching times, and spectra of LCPDLCs compare favourably to conventional PDLC films. The LCPDLCs exhibit a low switching voltage (4–5 V/μm), symmetric and submillisecond (200 μs) on/off response times, and high transmission in both the as formed and switched state in a phase modulation geometry.

  8. Crystal field parameters and energy levels scheme of trivalent chromium doped BSO

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    Petkova, P.; Andreici, E.-L.; Avram, N. M.

    2014-11-24

    The aim of this paper is to give an analysis of crystal field parameters and energy levels schemes for the above doped material, in order to give a reliable explanation for experimental data. The crystal field parameters have been modeled in the frame of Exchange Charge Model (ECM) of the crystal field theory, taken into account the geometry of systems, with actually site symmetry of the impurity ions. The effect of the charges of the ligands and covalence bonding between chromium cation and oxygen anions, in the cluster approach, also were taken into account. With the obtained values of the crystal field parameters we simulated the scheme of energy levels of chromium ions by diagonalizing the matrix of the Hamiltonian of the doped crystal. The obtained energy levels and estimated Racah parameters B and C were compared with the experimental spectroscopic data and discussed. Comparison with experiment shows that the results are quite satisfactory which justify the model and simulation scheme used for the title system.

  9. Metal electrode dependent field effect transistors made of lanthanide ion-doped DNA crystals

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    Reddy Dugasani, Sreekantha; Hwang, Taehyun; Kim, Jang Ah; Gnapareddy, Bramaramba; Kim, Taesung; Park, Sung Ha

    2016-03-01

    We fabricated lanthanide ion (Ln3+, e.g. Dy3+, Er3+, Eu3+, and Gd3+)-doped self-assembled double-crossover (DX) DNA crystals grown on the surface of field effect transistors (FETs) containing either a Cr, Au, or Ni electrode. Here we demonstrate the metal electrode dependent FET characteristics as a function of various Ln3+. The drain-source current (I ds), controlled by the drain-source voltage (V ds) of Ln3+-doped DX DNA crystals with a Cr electrode on an FET, changed significantly under various gate voltages (V g) due to the relative closeness of the work function of Cr to the energy band gap of Ln3+-DNA crystals compared to those of Au and Ni. For Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with either a Cr or Ni electrode at a fixed V ds, I ds decreased with increasing V g ranging from  -2 to 0 V and from 0 to  +3 V in the positive and negative regions, respectively. By contrast, I ds for Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with Au decreased with increasing V g in only the positive region due to the greater electronegativity of Au. Furthermore, Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET exhibited behaviour sensitive to V g due to the appreciable charge carriers generated from Ln3+. Finally, we address the resistivity and the mobility of Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with different metal electrodes obtained from I ds-V ds and I ds-V g curves. The resistivities of Ln3+-DNA crystals on FETs with Cr and Au electrodes were smaller than those of pristine DNA crystals on an FET, and the mobility of Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with Cr was relatively higher than that associated with other electrodes.

  10. Progressive Transformation between Two Magnetic Ground States for One Crystal Structure of a Chiral Molecular Magnet.

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    Li, Li; Nishihara, Sadafumi; Inoue, Katsuya; Kurmoo, Mohamedally

    2016-03-21

    We report the exceptional observation of two different magnetic ground states (MGS), spin glass (SG, T(B) = 7 K) and ferrimagnet (FI, T(C) = 18 K), for one crystal structure of [{Mn(II)(D/L-NH2ala)}3{Mn(III)(CN)6}]·3H2O obtained from [Mn(CN)6](3-) and D/L-aminoalanine, in contrast to one MGS for [{Mn(II)(L-NH2ala)}3{Cr(III)(CN)6}]·3H2O. They consist of three Mn(NH2ala) helical chains bridged by M(III)(CN)6 to give the framework with disordered water molecules in channels and between the M(III)(CN)6. Both MGS are characterized by a negative Weiss constant, bifurcation in ZFC-FC magnetizations, blocking of the moments, both components of the ac susceptibilities, and hysteresis. They differ in the critical temperatures, absolute magnetization for 5 Oe FC (lack of spontaneous magnetization for the SG), and the shapes of the hysteresis and coercive fields. While isotropic pressure increases both T(crit) and the magnetizations linearly and reversibly in each case, dehydration progressively transforms the FI into the SG as followed by concerted in situ magnetic measurements and single-crystal diffraction. The relative strengths of the two moderate Mn(III)-CN-Mn(II) antiferromagnetic (J1 and J2), the weak Mn(II)-OCO-Mn(II) (J3), and Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya antisymmetric (DM) interactions generate the two sets of characters. Examination of the bond lengths and angles for several crystals and their corresponding magnetic properties reveals a correlation between the distortion of Mn(III)(CN)6 and the MGS. SG is favored by higher magnetic anisotropy by less distorted Mn(III)(CN)6 in good accordance with the Mn-Cr system. This conclusion is also born out of the magnetization measurements on orientated single crystals with fields parallel and perpendicular to the unique c axis of the hexagonal space group. PMID:26893217

  11. Teleportation of a Weak Coherent Cavity Field State

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    Cardoso, Wesley B.; Qiang, Wen-Chao; Avelar, Ardiley T.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper we propose a scheme to teleport a weak coherent cavity field state. The scheme relies on the resonant atom-field interaction inside a high-Q cavity. The mean photon-number of the cavity field is assumed much smaller than one, hence the field decay inside the cavity can be effectively suppressed.

  12. Phase transitional behaviors of bent-cored liquid crystal in electric field

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    Peng, Huan-Gao; Zhou, Zicong; Merlitz, Holger; Wu, Chen-Xu

    2016-06-01

    Monte Carlo (MC) simulations based on lattice model were performed to study the phase diagram (anisotropy, uniaxiality and biaxiality) of liquid crystals formed by bent-cored molecules with a strong transverse dipole moment deviating from their angular bisector. It is shown that the asymmetric strong dipolar interaction enhances biaxiality slightly but encourages uniaxiality greatly and as a result suppresses the system's isotropic order, which is different from a system free from external field in that dipole moment increases biaxiality by suppressing the uniaxial and the isotropic orders simultaneously. It is also found that an external electric field encourages the biaxiality slightly but considerably enhances the uniaxiality of bent-cored liquid crystal.

  13. Field-induced phase transitions in chiral smectic liquid crystals studied by the constant current method

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    H, Dhaouadi; R, Zgueb; O, Riahi; F, Trabelsi; T, Othman

    2016-05-01

    In ferroelectric liquid crystals, phase transitions can be induced by an electric field. The current constant method allows these transition to be quickly localized and thus the (E,T) phase diagram of the studied product can be obtained. In this work, we make a slight modification to the measurement principles based on this method. This modification allows the characteristic parameters of ferroelectric liquid crystal to be quantitatively measured. The use of a current square signal highlights a phenomenon of ferroelectric hysteresis with remnant polarization at null field, which points out an effect of memory in this compound.

  14. Three-dimensional control of crystal growth using magnetic fields

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    Dulikravich, George S.; Ahuja, Vineet; Lee, Seungsoo

    1993-07-01

    Two coupled systems of partial differential equations governing three-dimensional laminar viscous flow undergoing solidification or melting under the influence of arbitrarily oriented externally applied magnetic fields have been formulated. The model accounts for arbitrary temperature dependence of physical properties including latent heat release, effects of Joule heating, magnetic field forces, and mushy region existence. On the basis of this model a numerical algorithm has been developed and implemented using central differencing on a curvilinear boundary-conforming grid and Runge-Kutta explicit time-stepping. The numerical results clearly demonstrate possibilities for active and practically instantaneous control of melt/solid interface shape, the solidification/melting front propagation speed, and the amount and location of solid accrued.

  15. Solid state crystal physics at very low temperatures

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    Davis, W.; Krack, K.; Richard, J. P.; Weber, J.

    1980-01-01

    The mechanical dissipation (Q) and resonant frequency of a 15 kg silicon crystal were measured at cryogenic temperatures. In the experiment described, temperature control was incorporated to reduce the time derivative of the temperature. The results of the Q measurements with and without this temperature control are quite different. Measurements of the resonant frequency of the fundamental longitudinal mode of the silicon crystal from 6 to 300 Kelvin are presented and discussed with respect to temperature, df/dT. It is observed that frequency increases as temperature decreases down to about 16 Kelvin, i.e. dt/dT is negative. However, below this temperature the frequency decreases as temperature decreases, i.e. dt/dT is positive. It is suggested that this behavior is related to the coefficient of thermal contraction of silicon, which changes sign at 18 Kelvin. Continuation of these experiments to 20 mK is discussed.

  16. The Effect of a Rotating Magnetic Field on Flow Stability During Crystal Growth

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    Volz, Martin P.; Mazuruk, K.

    2000-01-01

    The effect of a rotating magnetic field on the stability of flow in crystal growth configurations has been experimentally modeled using liquid gallium contained in a finite cylinder and heated from below. Several distinct flow regions were determined as a function of the Rayleigh and Hartmann numbers. At low values of the Rayleigh and Hartmann numbers, a region of stationary flow exists. As the rotating magnetic field is increased, the critical Rayleigh number bounding the stationary flow region can increase by a factor of 10. However, the rotating magnetic field itself induces an instability at a critical value of the Hartmann number independent of the Rayleigh number. In the stationary flow region, the rotating magnetic field can induce fluid motion with velocities several orders of magnitude larger than typical semiconductor crystal growth velocities. Thus, a rotating magnetic field can be used to achieve the benefits of forced convection without triggering deleterious instabilities.

  17. Accurate force fields and methods for modelling organic molecular crystals at finite temperatures.

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    Nyman, Jonas; Pundyke, Orla Sheehan; Day, Graeme M

    2016-06-21

    We present an assessment of the performance of several force fields for modelling intermolecular interactions in organic molecular crystals using the X23 benchmark set. The performance of the force fields is compared to several popular dispersion corrected density functional methods. In addition, we present our implementation of lattice vibrational free energy calculations in the quasi-harmonic approximation, using several methods to account for phonon dispersion. This allows us to also benchmark the force fields' reproduction of finite temperature crystal structures. The results demonstrate that anisotropic atom-atom multipole-based force fields can be as accurate as several popular DFT-D methods, but have errors 2-3 times larger than the current best DFT-D methods. The largest error in the examined force fields is a systematic underestimation of the (absolute) lattice energy.

  18. Fringing field suppression for liquid crystal gratings using equivalent capacitance configuration

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    Yang, Lei; Xia, Jun; Zhang, Xiaobing; Xie, Yi; Kang, Mingwu; Zhang, Qiuzhi

    2014-10-01

    A liquid crystal grating with high spatial frequency and equivalent capacitance configuration is proposed, where two layers of periodical ground electrodes are interlaced and aligned with the addressing electrodes. The equivalent capacitance configuration can reduce the fringing field effect efficiently owing to the generated electric field resisting the fringing field and redistributing the equivalent voltage exerting on the liquid crystal layer. The phase modulation depth and far-field diffraction patterns both for conventional and novel configurations were simulated. The results show that phase modulation is greatly enhanced and the maximum diffraction efficiency for a sinusoidal phase grating is 33.86%, which indicates that the equivalent capacitance configuration provides a good solution for suppressing the fringing field effect.

  19. Study of Fluid Flow Control in Protein Crystallization using Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Ramachandran, Narayanan; Leslie, Fred; Ciszak, Ewa

    2002-11-01

    An important component in biotechnology, particularly in the area of protein engineering and rational drug design is the knowledge of the precise three-dimensional molecular structure of proteins. The quality of structural information obtained from X-ray diffraction methods is directly dependent on the degree of perfection of the protein crystals. As a consequence, the growth of high quality macromolecular crystals for diffraction analyses has been the central focus for biochemists, biologists, and bioengineers. Macromolecular crystals are obtained from solutions that contain the crystallizing species in equilibrium with higher aggregates, ions, precipitants, other possible phases of the protein, foreign particles, the walls of the container, and a likely host of other impurities. By changing transport modes in general, i.e., reduction of convection and sedimentation, as is achieved in "microgravity", researchers have been able to dramatically affect the movement and distribution of macromolecules in the fluid, and thus their transport, formation of crystal nuclei, and adsorption to the crystal surface. While a limited number of high quality crystals from space flights have been obtained, as the recent National Research Council (NRC) review of the NASA microgravity crystallization program pointed out, the scientific approach and research in crystallization of proteins has been mainly empirical yielding inconclusive results. We postulate that we can reduce convection in ground-based experiments and we can understand the different aspects of convection control through the use of strong magnetic fields and field gradients. Whether this limited convection in a magnetic field will provide the environment for the growth of high quality crystals is still a matter of conjecture that our research will address. The approach exploits the variation of fluid magnetic susceptibility with concentration for this purpose and the convective damping is realized by appropriately

  20. Study of Fluid Flow Control in Protein Crystallization using Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Ramachandran, Narayanan; Leslie, Fred; Ciszak, Ewa

    2002-01-01

    An important component in biotechnology, particularly in the area of protein engineering and rational drug design is the knowledge of the precise three-dimensional molecular structure of proteins. The quality of structural information obtained from X-ray diffraction methods is directly dependent on the degree of perfection of the protein crystals. As a consequence, the growth of high quality macromolecular crystals for diffraction analyses has been the central focus for biochemists, biologists, and bioengineers. Macromolecular crystals are obtained from solutions that contain the crystallizing species in equilibrium with higher aggregates, ions, precipitants, other possible phases of the protein, foreign particles, the walls of the container, and a likely host of other impurities. By changing transport modes in general, i.e., reduction of convection and sedimentation, as is achieved in "microgravity", researchers have been able to dramatically affect the movement and distribution of macromolecules in the fluid, and thus their transport, formation of crystal nuclei, and adsorption to the crystal surface. While a limited number of high quality crystals from space flights have been obtained, as the recent National Research Council (NRC) review of the NASA microgravity crystallization program pointed out, the scientific approach and research in crystallization of proteins has been mainly empirical yielding inconclusive results. We postulate that we can reduce convection in ground-based experiments and we can understand the different aspects of convection control through the use of strong magnetic fields and field gradients. Whether this limited convection in a magnetic field will provide the environment for the growth of high quality crystals is still a matter of conjecture that our research will address. The approach exploits the variation of fluid magnetic susceptibility with concentration for this purpose and the convective damping is realized by appropriately

  1. An unforeseen polymorph of coronene by the application of magnetic fields during crystal growth

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    Potticary, Jason; Terry, Lui R.; Bell, Christopher; Papanikolopoulos, Alexandros N.; Christianen, Peter C. M.; Engelkamp, Hans; Collins, Andrew M.; Fontanesi, Claudio; Kociok-Köhn, Gabriele; Crampin, Simon; da Como, Enrico; Hall, Simon R.

    2016-05-01

    The continued development of novel drugs, proteins, and advanced materials strongly rely on our ability to self-assemble molecules in solids with the most suitable structure (polymorph) in order to exhibit desired functionalities. The search for new polymorphs remains a scientific challenge, that is at the core of crystal engineering and there has been a lack of effective solutions to this problem. Here we show that by crystallizing the polyaromatic hydrocarbon coronene in the presence of a magnetic field, a polymorph is formed in a β-herringbone structure instead of the ubiquitous γ-herringbone structure, with a decrease of 35° in the herringbone nearest neighbour angle. The β-herringbone polymorph is stable, preserves its structure under ambient conditions and as a result of the altered molecular packing of the crystals, exhibits significant changes to the optical and mechanical properties of the crystal.

  2. Electric field generation of Skyrmion-like structures in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Cattaneo, Laura; Kos, Žiga; Savoini, Matteo; Kouwer, Paul; Rowan, Alan; Ravnik, Miha; Muševič, Igor; Rasing, Theo

    2016-01-21

    Skyrmions are particle-like topological objects that are increasingly drawing attention in condensed matter physics, where they are connected to inversion symmetry breaking and chirality. Here we report the generation of stable Skyrmion-like structures in a thin nematic liquid crystal film on chemically patterned patchy surfaces. Using the interplay of material elasticity and surface boundary conditions, we use a strong electric field to quench the nematic liquid crystal from a fully aligned phase to vortex-like nematic liquid crystal structures, centered on patterned patches, which carry two different sorts of topological defects. Numerical calculations reveal that these are Skyrmion-like structures, seeded from the surface boojum topological defects and swirling towards the second confining surface. These observations, supported by numerical methods, demonstrate the possibility to generate, manipulate and study Skyrmion-like objects in nematic liquid crystals on patterned surfaces. PMID:26549212

  3. An unforeseen polymorph of coronene by the application of magnetic fields during crystal growth

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    Potticary, Jason; Terry, Lui R.; Bell, Christopher; Papanikolopoulos, Alexandros N.; Christianen, Peter C. M.; Engelkamp, Hans; Collins, Andrew M.; Fontanesi, Claudio; Kociok-Köhn, Gabriele; Crampin, Simon; Da Como, Enrico; Hall, Simon R.

    2016-01-01

    The continued development of novel drugs, proteins, and advanced materials strongly rely on our ability to self-assemble molecules in solids with the most suitable structure (polymorph) in order to exhibit desired functionalities. The search for new polymorphs remains a scientific challenge, that is at the core of crystal engineering and there has been a lack of effective solutions to this problem. Here we show that by crystallizing the polyaromatic hydrocarbon coronene in the presence of a magnetic field, a polymorph is formed in a β-herringbone structure instead of the ubiquitous γ-herringbone structure, with a decrease of 35° in the herringbone nearest neighbour angle. The β-herringbone polymorph is stable, preserves its structure under ambient conditions and as a result of the altered molecular packing of the crystals, exhibits significant changes to the optical and mechanical properties of the crystal. PMID:27161600

  4. Superoscillations underlying remote state preparation for relativistic fields

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    Ber, Ran; Kenneth, Oded; Reznik, Benni

    2015-05-01

    We present a physical (gedanken) implementation of a generalized remote state preparation of relativistic quantum field states for an arbitrary set of observers. The prepared states are created in regions that are outside the future light cone of the generating region. The mechanism, which is based on utilizing the vacuum state of a relativistic quantum field as a resource, sheds light on the well known Reeh-Schlieder theorem, indicating its strong connection with the mathematical phenomenon of superoscillations.

  5. Matched elastic constants for a perfect helical planar state and a fast switching time in chiral nematic liquid crystals.

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    Yu, Meina; Zhou, Xiaochen; Jiang, Jinghua; Yang, Huai; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2016-05-11

    Chiral nematic liquid crystals possess a self-assembled helical structure and exhibit unique selective reflection in visible and infrared light regions. Their optical properties can be electrically tuned. The tuning involves the unwinding and restoring of the helical structure. We carried out an experimental study on the mechanism of the restoration of the helical structure. We constructed chiral nematic liquid crystals with variable elastic constants by doping bent-dimers and studied their impact on the restoration. With matched twist and bend elastic constants, the helical structure can be restored dramatically fast from the field-induced homeotropic state. Furthermore, defects can be eliminated to produce a perfect planar state which exhibits high selective reflection.

  6. Enhancing the volume and the optical quality of hen egg-white lysozyme crystals by coupling the salt concentration gradient crystallization method with a magnetic field

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    Magay, Elena; Cho, Sang Jin; Kim, Shin Ae

    2012-01-01

    The effect of coupling the salt concentration gradient crystallization method with the use of the paramagnetic salt MnCl2 and a magnetic field is reported. The use of a simple magnetic device is proposed to have a significant effect on hen egg-white lysozyme crystal growth. Large single crystals greater than 10 mm3 in volume with optical perfection were consistently obtained in this study. PMID:22997475

  7. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Śliwa, I; Jeżewski, W; Kuczyński, W

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  8. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Śliwa, I.; JeŻewski, W.; Kuczyński, W.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  9. Investigation of Three-Dimensional Stress Fields and Slip Systems for FCC Single Crystal Superalloy Notched Specimens

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Magnan, Shannon; Ebrahimi, Fereshteh; Ferroro, Luis

    2004-01-01

    Metals and their alloys, except for a few intermetallics, are inherently ductile, i.e. plastic deformation precedes fracture in these materials. Therefore, resistance to fracture is directly related to the development of the plastic zone at the crack tip. Recent studies indicate that the fracture toughness of single crystals depends on the crystallographic orientation of the notch as well as the loading direction. In general, the dependence of crack propagation resistance on crystallographic orientation arises from the anisotropy of (i) elastic constants, (ii) plastic deformation (or slip), and (iii) the weakest fracture planes (e.g. cleavage planes). Because of the triaxial stress state at the notch tips, many slip systems that otherwise would not be activated during uniaxial testing, become operational. The plastic zone formation in single crystals has been tackled theoretically by Rice and his co-workers and only limited experimental work has been conducted in this area. The study of the stresses and strains in the vicinity of a FCC single crystal notch tip is of relatively recent origin. We present experimental and numerical investigation of 3D stress fields and evolution of slip sector boundaries near notches in FCC single crystal tension test specimens, and demonstrate that a 3D linear elastic finite element model that includes the effect of material anisotropy is shown to predict active slip planes and sectors accurately. The slip sector boundaries are shown to have complex curved shapes with several slip systems active simultaneously near the notch. Results are presented for surface and mid-plane of the specimens. The results demonstrate that accounting for 3D elastic anisotropy is very important for accurate prediction of slip activation near FCC single crystal notches loaded in tension. Results from the study will help establish guidelines for fatigue damage near single crystal notches.

  10. A full field, 3-D velocimeter for microgravity crystallization experiments

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    Brodkey, Robert S.; Russ, Keith M.

    1991-01-01

    The programming and algorithms needed for implementing a full-field, 3-D velocimeter for laminar flow systems and the appropriate hardware to fully implement this ultimate system are discussed. It appears that imaging using a synched pair of video cameras and digitizer boards with synched rails for camera motion will provide a viable solution to the laminar tracking problem. The algorithms given here are simple, which should speed processing. On a heavily loaded VAXstation 3100 the particle identification can take 15 to 30 seconds, with the tracking taking less than one second. It seeems reasonable to assume that four image pairs can thus be acquired and analyzed in under one minute.

  11. Polymorphism, crystal nucleation and growth in the phase-field crystal model in 2D and 3D.

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    Tóth, Gyula I; Tegze, György; Pusztai, Tamás; Tóth, Gergely; Gránásy, László

    2010-09-15

    We apply a simple dynamical density functional theory, the phase-field crystal (PFC) model of overdamped conservative dynamics, to address polymorphism, crystal nucleation, and crystal growth in the diffusion-controlled limit. We refine the phase diagram for 3D, and determine the line free energy in 2D and the height of the nucleation barrier in 2D and 3D for homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation by solving the respective Euler-Lagrange (EL) equations. We demonstrate that, in the PFC model, the body-centered cubic (bcc), the face-centered cubic (fcc), and the hexagonal close-packed structures (hcp) compete, while the simple cubic structure is unstable, and that phase preference can be tuned by changing the model parameters: close to the critical point the bcc structure is stable, while far from the critical point the fcc prevails, with an hcp stability domain in between. We note that with increasing distance from the critical point the equilibrium shapes vary from the sphere to specific faceted shapes: rhombic dodecahedron (bcc), truncated octahedron (fcc), and hexagonal prism (hcp). Solving the equation of motion of the PFC model supplied with conserved noise, solidification starts with the nucleation of an amorphous precursor phase, into which the stable crystalline phase nucleates. The growth rate is found to be time dependent and anisotropic; this anisotropy depends on the driving force. We show that due to the diffusion-controlled growth mechanism, which is especially relevant for crystal aggregation in colloidal systems, dendritic growth structures evolve in large-scale isothermal single-component PFC simulations. An oscillatory effective pair potential resembling those for model glass formers has been evaluated from structural data of the amorphous phase obtained by instantaneous quenching. Finally, we present results for eutectic solidification in a binary PFC model. PMID:21386517

  12. Thermoelectric Magnetohydrodynamic Flow During Crystal Growth with a Moderate or Weak Magnetic Field

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    Khine, Y. Y.; Walker, John S.; Szofran, Frank R.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    This paper treats a steady, axisymmetric melt motion in a cylindrical ampoule with a uniform, axial magnetic field and with an electric current due to a radial temperature variation along the crystal-melt interface, where the values of the absolute thermoelectric power for the crystal and melt are different. The radial component of the thermoelectric current in the melt produces an azimuthal body force, and the axial variation of the centrifugal force due to the azimuthal motion drives a meridional circulation with radial and axial velocities. For moderate magnetic field strengths, the azimuthal velocity and magnetic field produce a radial induced electric field which partially cancels the Seebeck electromotive force in the melt, so that the thermoelectric current and the melt motion are coupled. For weak magnetic fields, the thermoelectric current is decoupled from the melt motion, which is an ordinary hydrodynamic flow driven by a known azimuthal body force. The results show how the flow varies with the strength of the magnetic field and with the magnitude of the temperature variation along the crystal-melt interface. They also define the parameter ranges for which the simpler weak-field decoupled analysis gives accurate predictions.

  13. Two-prism crystal structures for far-field imaging of subwavelength features at terahertz frequencies

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    Barros, D. A.; Dumelow, T.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate how a system of two single crystals can be used for far field imaging of subwavelength features. We make use of the phonon response to induce canalization of narrow collimated beams in crystals with suitably high anisotropy at the appropriate transverse optical phonon frequency. By cutting the crystals into suitably designed prisms, we show that an magnified image can be obtained and projected into the far field by a two-prism structure, noting that a single prism does not give a faithful reproduction of the object and will usually result in total internal reflection of most of the radiation. We show simulations using triglycine sulphate, which is both highly anisotropic and has very low absorption, at low temperature.

  14. Dependence of image flicker on dielectric anisotropy of liquid crystal in a fringe field switching liquid crystal cell

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    Oh, Seung-Won; Baek, Jong-Min; Kim, Jung-Wook; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2016-09-01

    Two types of image flicker, which are caused by the flexoelectric effect of liquid crystals (LCs), are observed when a fringe-field switching (FFS) LC cell is driven by a low frequency electric field. Static image flicker, observed because of the transmittance difference between neighboring frames, has been reported previously. On the other hand, research on dynamic image flicker has been minimal until now. Dynamic image flicker is noticeable because of the brief transmittance drop when the sign of the applied voltage is reversed. We investigated the dependence of the image flicker in an FFS LC cell on dielectric anisotropy of the LCs in terms of both the static and dynamic flicker. Experimental results show that small dielectric anisotropy of the LC can help suppress not only the static but also dynamic flicker for positive LCs. We found that both the static and dynamic flicker in negative LCs is less evident than in positive LCs.

  15. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Haravifard, S.; Graf, D.; Feiguin, A. E.; Batista, C. D.; Lang, J. C.; Silevitch, D. M.; Srajer, G.; Gaulin, B. D.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-06-20

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. In conclusion, themore » magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems.« less

  16. Synthesis of chalcogenide and pnictide crystals in salt melts using a steady-state temperature gradient

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    Chareev, D. A.; Volkova, O. S.; Geringer, N. V.; Koshelev, A. V.; Nekrasov, A. N.; Osadchii, V. O.; Osadchii, E. G.; Filimonova, O. N.

    2016-07-01

    Some examples of growing crystals of metals, alloys, chalcogenides, and pnictides in melts of halides of alkali metals and aluminum at a steady-state temperature gradient are described. Transport media are chosen to be salt melts of eutectic composition with the participation of LiCl, NaCl, KCl, RbCl, CsCl, AlCl3, AlBr3, KBr, and KI in a temperature range of 850-150°C. Some crystals have been synthesized only using a conducting contour. This technique of crystal growth is similar to the electrochemical method. In some cases, to exclude mutual influence, some elements have been isolated and forced to migrate to the crystal growth region through independent channels. As a result, crystals of desired quality have been obtained using no special equipment and with sizes sufficient for study under laboratory conditions.

  17. Particle trapping and transport achieved via an adjustable acoustic field above a phononic crystal plate

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    Wang, T.; Ke, M.; Qiu, C.; Liu, Z.

    2016-06-01

    We present the design for an acoustic system that can achieve particle trapping and transport using the acoustic force field above a phononic crystal plate. The phononic crystal plate comprised a thin brass plate with periodic slits alternately embedded with two kinds of elastic inclusions. Enhanced acoustic transmission and localized acoustic fields were achieved when the structure was excited by external acoustic waves. Because of the different resonant frequencies of the two elastic inclusions, the acoustic field could be controlled via the working frequency. Particles were transported between adjacent traps under the influence of the adjustable acoustic field. This device provides a new and versatile avenue for particle manipulation that would complement other means of particle manipulation.

  18. Dynamics of electroconvective nematic liquid crystal structures in a nonharmonic electric field

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    Kartavykh, N. N.; Smorodin, B. L.

    2010-10-01

    The emergence of electroconvection in a nematic liquid crystal under the action of a nonharmonic electric field is investigated. Analysis is carried out using a 2D model. We propose new forms of the varying electric field acting on the system, for which subharmonic oscillations exist: (a) electric field of a trapezoidal form and (b) external field varying in accordance with the law of “joined cosines.” The behavior of synchronous excitations in the insulating and conducting regimes, as well as subharmonic oscillations, is analyzed. The parametric instability domains are found, and the critical frequencies of transition between different response regimes are determined. The stability maps of the nematic liquid crystal are constructed on the frequency-voltage amplitude plane.

  19. Observation of the local field distribution in photonic crystal microcavity by SNOM technique

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    Maidykovski, Anton I.; Lebedev, Oleg V.; Dolgova, Tatyana V.; Kazantsev, D. V.; Fedyanin, Andrew A.

    2002-11-01

    The spatial distribution of the local optical field at the cleavage of photonic crystal smicrocavity has been obtained by the scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM). The localization of optical radiation at microcavity resonant wavelength in the vicinity of the λ/2 spacer layer is demonstrated. Samples of photonic crystal microcavity are prepared from silicon wafer by electrochemical etching technique. The wavelength of the microcavity mode is optimized for resonance with wavelengths of lasers. The image of the spatial distribution of optical field at the cleaved edge of the facing vertically microcavity is observed. Sample is pumped through external single-mode fiber perpendicularly to the microcavity. SNOM operates in the collection mode with the apertureless tip. We observe the localization of the resonant optical field in microcavity but we do not reveal such localization of the radiation at the non-resonant wavelength.

  20. Electric Field-Controlled Crystallizing CaCO3 Nanostructures from Solution.

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    Qi, Jian Quan; Guo, Rui; Wang, Yu; Liu, Xuan Wen; Chan, Helen Lai Wah

    2016-12-01

    The role of electric field is investigated in determining the structure, morphology, and crystallographic characteristics of CaCO3 nanostructures crystallized from solution. It is found that the lattice structure and crystalline morphology of CaCO3 can be tailed by the electric field applied to the solution during its crystallization. The calcite structure with cubic-like morphology can be obtained generally without electric field, and the vaterite structure with the morphology of nanorod is formed under the high electric field. The vaterite nanorods can be piled up to the petaliform layers. Both the nanorod and the petaliform layer can have mesocrystal structures which are piled up by much fine units of the rods with the size of several nanometers. Beautiful rose-like nanoflowers can be self-arranged by the petaliform layers. These structures can have potential application as carrier for medicine to involve into metabolism of living cell.

  1. Evidence for preferentail rearrangements of mertensite variants by magnetic field in antiferromagnetic CoO crystal.

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    Nie, Z. H.; Ren, Y.; Terai, T.; Wang, Y. D.; Brown, D. E.; Kekeshita, T.

    2009-01-01

    The synchrotron high-energy x-ray diffraction provides the direct crystallographic evidence for the magnetic-field-driven preferential rearrangements of martensite multivariants in antiferromagnetic CoO crystal. When a magnetic field was incrementally applied up to 6 T on the CoO single crystal cooled below the Neel temperature, the martensite variants with the magnetization easy-axis parallel to the magnetic field direction ({rvec H}) were consumed, while the variants with magnetic moments perpendicular to {rvec H} were enhanced. The microscopic origin for the observation is discussed, which provides important information for understanding the magnetic-field-driven strain observed in the antiferromagnetic alloys, with a selection principle on martensite variants different from that found in the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.

  2. Electric Field-Controlled Crystallizing CaCO3 Nanostructures from Solution

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    Qi, Jian Quan; Guo, Rui; Wang, Yu; Liu, Xuan Wen; Chan, Helen Lai Wah

    2016-03-01

    The role of electric field is investigated in determining the structure, morphology, and crystallographic characteristics of CaCO3 nanostructures crystallized from solution. It is found that the lattice structure and crystalline morphology of CaCO3 can be tailed by the electric field applied to the solution during its crystallization. The calcite structure with cubic-like morphology can be obtained generally without electric field, and the vaterite structure with the morphology of nanorod is formed under the high electric field. The vaterite nanorods can be piled up to the petaliform layers. Both the nanorod and the petaliform layer can have mesocrystal structures which are piled up by much fine units of the rods with the size of several nanometers. Beautiful rose-like nanoflowers can be self-arranged by the petaliform layers. These structures can have potential application as carrier for medicine to involve into metabolism of living cell.

  3. Crystal Field Theory and the Angular Overlap Model Applied to Hydrides of Main Group Elements.

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    Moore, E. A.

    1990-01-01

    Described is how crystal field theory and the angular overlap model can be applied to very simple molecules which can then be used to introduce such concepts as bonding orbitals, MO diagrams, and Walsh diagrams. The main-group compounds are used as examples and a switch to the transition metal complexes. (KR)

  4. The Forum State of the Field Survey 2011

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    Kreutzer, Kim

    2012-01-01

    In the summer of 2011, the Forum on Education Abroad conducted its fourth State of the Field Survey. This survey is an annual or biannual assessment of the very latest trends and issues in the field of education abroad. As in the past, questions on new topics have been combined with questions that have been asked on previous State of the Field…

  5. Electro-optical field sensor using single total internal reflection in electro-optical crystals

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    Kijima, K.; Abe, O.; Shimizu, A.; Nakamura, T.; Kono, H.; Hagihara, S.; Torikai, E.; Hori, H.

    2015-08-01

    A novel electro-optical radio frequency field sensor with simple structure and high sensitivity is realized using single total internal reflection in electro-optical crystals. Without employing any waveguide structures, the minimum detectable electric field strength of the total internal reflection electro-optical-sensor is estimated to 86.52 dB μV/m (21.18 mV/m) at a resolution band width of 100 Hz for a short interaction length.

  6. Single-crystal field-effect transistors of new Cl₂-NDI polymorph processed by sublimation in air.

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    He, Tao; Stolte, Matthias; Burschka, Christian; Hansen, Nis Hauke; Musiol, Thomas; Kälblein, Daniel; Pflaum, Jens; Tao, Xutang; Brill, Jochen; Würthner, Frank

    2015-01-12

    Physical properties of active materials built up from small molecules are dictated by their molecular packing in the solid state. Here we demonstrate for the first time the growth of n-channel single-crystal field-effect transistors and organic thin-film transistors by sublimation of 2,6-dichloro-naphthalene diimide in air. Under these conditions, a new polymorph with two-dimensional brick-wall packing mode (β-phase) is obtained that is distinguished from the previously reported herringbone packing motif obtained from solution (α-phase). We are able to fabricate single-crystal field-effect transistors with electron mobilities in air of up to 8.6 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (α-phase) and up to 3.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (β-phase) on n-octadecyltriethoxysilane-modified substrates. On silicon dioxide, thin-film devices based on β-phase can be manufactured in air giving rise to electron mobilities of 0.37 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The simple crystal and thin-film growth procedures by sublimation under ambient conditions avoid elaborate substrate modifications and costly vacuum equipment-based fabrication steps.

  7. Field-linked states of ultracold polar molecules

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    Avdeenkov, A.V.; Bortolotti, D.C.E.; Bohn, J.L.

    2004-01-01

    We explore the character of a novel set of 'field-linked' states that were predicted by Avdeenkov and Bohn [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 043006 (2003)]. These states exist at ultralow temperatures in the presence of an electrostatic field, and their properties are strongly dependent on the field's strength. We clarify the nature of these quasibound states by constructing their wave functions and determining their approximate quantum numbers. As the properties of field-linked states are strongly defined by anisotropic dipolar and Stark interactions, we construct adiabatic surfaces as functions of both the intermolecular distance and the angle that the intermolecular axis makes with the electric field. Within an adiabatic approximation we solve the two-dimensional Schroedinger equation to find bound states, whose energies correlate well with resonance features found in fully converged multichannel scattering calculations.

  8. Quantum dynamics of charge state in silicon field evaporation

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    Silaeva, Elena P.; Uchida, Kazuki; Watanabe, Kazuyuki

    2016-08-01

    The charge state of an ion field-evaporating from a silicon-atom cluster is analyzed using time-dependent density functional theory coupled to molecular dynamics. The final charge state of the ion is shown to increase gradually with increasing external electrostatic field in agreement with the average charge state of silicon ions detected experimentally. When field evaporation is triggered by laser-induced electronic excitations the charge state also increases with increasing intensity of the laser pulse. At the evaporation threshold, the charge state of the evaporating ion does not depend on the electrostatic field due to the strong contribution of laser excitations to the ionization process both at low and high laser energies. A neutral silicon atom escaping the cluster due to its high initial kinetic energy is shown to be eventually ionized by external electrostatic field.

  9. Direct detection of density of gap states in C60 single crystals by photoemission spectroscopy

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    Bussolotti, Fabio; Yang, Janpeng; Hiramoto, Masahiro; Kaji, Toshihiko; Kera, Satoshi; Ueno, Nobuo

    2015-09-01

    We report on the direct and quantitative evaluation of density of gap states (DOGS) in large-size C60 single crystals by using ultralow-background, high-sensitivity ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The charging of the crystals during photoionization was overcome using photoconduction induced by simultaneous laser irradiation. By comparison with the spectra of as-deposited and gas exposed C60 thin films the following results were found: (i) The DOGS near the highest occupied molecular orbital edge in the C60 single crystals (1019-1021states e V-1c m-3) mainly originates from the exposure to inert and ambient gas atmosphere during the sample preparation, storage, and transfer; (ii) the contribution of other sources of gap states such as structural imperfections at grain boundaries is negligible (<1018states e V-1c m-3) .

  10. Far-field detection system for laser beams alignment and crystals alignment

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    Liu, D.; Qin, H.; Zhu, B.

    2015-08-01

    Laser beams far-field alignment is very important for the high power laser facility as well as the frequency doubling crystals adjustment. Traditional beams alignment system and crystals alignment system are separated. That means, they use different optical image systems and CCD cameras, which will occupy larger space and use more money. A new farfield detection system of laser beams is presented with a big diffraction grating (37mm*37mm), a set of optical imaging components and a high resolution CCD camera. This detection system, which is fully demonstrated on the National Laser Facility of Israel, can align high power laser facility beams' direction as well as the frequency doubling crystals. The new system occupies small space in the spatial filter through off-axial grating sampling. The experimental results indicate that the average far-field alignment error is less than 5% of spatial filter pinhole diameter, and the average crystals' matching angle error is less than 10urad, which meet the alignment system requirements for beams and crystals.

  11. From dense monomer salt crystals to CO2 selective microporous polyimides via solid-state polymerization.

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    Unterlass, Miriam M; Emmerling, Franziska; Antonietti, Markus; Weber, Jens

    2014-01-14

    Fully aromatic polyimides are synthesized via solid-state polymerization of the corresponding monomer salts. The crystal structure of salts shows strong hydrogen bonding of the reactive groups and thereby paves the way for solid-state transformations. The polycondensation yields copies of the initial salt crystallite habits, accompanied by the development of a porosity especially suited for CO2.

  12. Uniaxial crystal growth in thin film by utilizing supercooled state of mesogenic phthalocyanine

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    Fiderana Ramananarivo, Mihary; Higashi, Takuya; Ohmori, Masashi; Sudoh, Koichi; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-06-01

    A method of uniaxial crystal growth in wet-processed thin films of the mesogenic phthalocyanine 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octahexylphthalocyanine (C6PcH2) is proposed. It consists of applying geometrically linear thermal stimulation to a supercooled state of liquid crystalline C6PcH2. The thin film showed highly ordered molecular stacking structure and uniaxial alignment over a macroscopic scale. An explanation of the crystal growth mechanism is suggested by taking into account the temperature range of crystal growth and the hysteresis property of C6PcH2 in the phase transition.

  13. Imaging Modulated Reflections from a Semi-Crystalline State of Profilin:Actin Crystals

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    Lovelace, J.; Bellamy, H.; Snell, E. H.; Borgstahl, G.

    2003-01-01

    Commensurate and incommensurate modulation in protein crystals remain terra incognita for crystallographers. While small molecule crystallographers have successfully wrestled with this type of structure, no modulated macromolecular structures have been determined to date. In this work, methods and strategies have been developed to collect and analyze data from modulated macromolecular crystals. Preliminary data using these methods are presented for a semi-crystalline state of profilin:actin.

  14. Solid-State Conformational Flexibility at Work: Zipping and Unzipping within a Cyclic Peptoid Single Crystal.

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    Meli, Alessandra; Macedi, Eleonora; De Riccardis, Francesco; Smith, Vincent J; Barbour, Leonard J; Izzo, Irene; Tedesco, Consiglia

    2016-04-01

    A peptidomimetic compound undergoes a reversible single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation upon guest release/uptake with the transformation involving a drastic conformational change. The extensive and reversible alteration in the solid state is connected to the formation of an unprecedented "CH-π zipper" which can reversibly open and close (through the formation of CH-π interactions), thus allowing for guest sensing.

  15. Anisotropic physical properties of PrRhAl4Si2 single crystal: A non-magnetic singlet ground state compound

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    Maurya, Arvind; Kulkarni, R.; Thamizhavel, A.; Dhar, S. K.

    2016-08-01

    We have grown the single crystal of PrRhAl4Si2, which crystallizes in the tetragonal crystal structure. From the low temperature physical property measurements like, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, heat capacity and electrical resistivity, we found that this compound does not show any magnetic ordering down to 70 mK. Our crystal field calculations on the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements reveal that the 9-fold degenerate (2 J + 1) levels of Pr atom in PrRhAl4Si2 split into 7 levels, with a singlet ground state and a well-separated excited doublet state at 123 K, with a overall level splitting energy of 320 K.

  16. Two-photon coherent states of the radiation field

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    Yuen, H. P.

    1976-01-01

    The concept of a two-photon coherent state is introduced for applications in quantum optics. It is a simple generalization of the well-known minimum-uncertainty wave packets. The detailed properties of two-photon coherent states are developed and distinguished from ordinary coherent states. These two-photon coherent states are mathematically generated from coherent states through unitary operators associated with quadratic Hamiltonians. Physically they are the radiation states of ideal two-photon lasers operating far above threshold, according to the self-consistent-field approximation. The mean-square quantum noise behavior of these states, which is basically the same as those of minimum-uncertainty states, leads to applications not obtainable from coherent states or one-photon lasers. The essential behavior of two-photon coherent states is unchanged by small losses in the system. The counting rates or distributions these states generate in photocount experiments also reveal their difference from coherent states.

  17. Defining the Magnetic Field of the Early Earth Through Rock Magnetic and Paleomagnetic Analyses of Single Silicate Crystals

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    Bauch, D. G.; Tarduno, J. A.; Cottrell, R. D.; Watkeys, M. K.

    2005-12-01

    The current uncertainty on the age of the inner core, and its role in the geodynamo, highlights the need for improved paleomagnetic constraints based on Proterozoic to Archean-age rocks. However, most of the rocks available for sampling have seen low-grade metamorphic conditions; extreme care is needed in selecting suitable samples, conducting rock magnetic and paleomagnetic analyses, and interpreting the results. David Dunlop's many contributions in rock magnetism, from efforts to understand the time-temperature characteristics crucial for the preservation of magnetizations, to more recent work defining the domain state and recording characteristics of mafic minerals separated from dikes, have greatly assisted our efforts to learn more about the early magnetic field. Here we present new rock magnetic, paleomagnetic and paleointensity data from single silicate crystals separated from plutonic rocks of the Kaapvaal Craton of southern Africa. Magnetic hysteresis data demonstrates that different silicate minerals from these rocks have magnetic inclusions with vastly different magnetic domain states, suggesting that their potential to preserve primary magnetizations should vary considerably. In particular hornblende carries multidomain inclusions, whereas quartz and microcline have single to pseudo-single domain inclusions. Warming of an SIRM acquired at low temperatures (data acquired using the MPMS at the IRM) shows the Verwey transition for quartz and microcline crystals, indicating the presence of magnetite. We also will present joint paleomagnetic and paleointensity data derived from oriented crystals obtained using a stepwise CO2 laser heating approach, and field tests of the age of magnetization. These analyses will be used to discuss the strength of the mid-Archean field (3.0-3.6 Ga), its geometry and variation, and the implications for magnetic shielding in the early Earth.

  18. Charge modulation infrared spectroscopy of rubrene single-crystal field-effect transistors

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    Uchida, R.; Yada, H.; Makino, M.; Matsui, Y.; Miwa, K.; Uemura, T.; Takeya, J.; Okamoto, H.

    2013-03-01

    Polarized absorption spectra of hole carriers in rubrene single crystal field-effect transistors were measured in the infrared region (725-8000 cm-1) by charge modulation spectroscopy. The absorptions, including the superimposed oscillatory components due to multiple reflections within thin crystals, monotonically increased with decreasing frequency. The spectra and their polarization dependences were well reproduced by the analysis based on the Drude model, in which the absorptions due to holes in rubrene and electrons in the gate electrodes (silicon), and multiple reflections were fully considered. The results support the band transport of hole carriers in rubrene.

  19. Quasiequilibrium states in thermotropic liquid crystals studied by multiple-quantum NMR

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    Buljubasich, L.; Monti, G. A.; Acosta, R. H.; Bonin, C. J.; González, C. E.; Zamar, R. C.

    2009-01-01

    Previous work showed that by means of the Jeener-Broekaert (JB) experiment, two quasiequilibrium states can be selectively prepared in the proton spin system of thermotropic nematic liquid crystals (LCs) in a strong magnetic field. The similarity of the experimental results obtained in a variety of LC in a broad Larmor frequency range, with crystal hydrates, supports the assumption that also in LC the two spin reservoirs, into which the Zeeman order is transferred, originate in the dipolar energy and that they are associated with a separation in energy scales: A constant of motion related to the stronger dipolar interactions (S), and a second one (W) corresponding to the secular part of the weaker dipolar interactions with regard to the Zeeman and the strong dipolar part. We study the nature of these quasi-invariants in nematic 5CB (4'-pentyl-4-biphenyl-carbonitrile) and measure their relaxation times by encoding the multiple-quantum coherences of the states following the JB pulse pair on two orthogonal bases, Z and X. The experiments were also performed in powder adamantane at 301K which is used as a reference compound having only one dipolar quasi-invariant. We show that the evolution of the quantum states during the buildup of the quasiequilibrium state in 5CB prepared under the S condition is similar to the case of powder adamantane and that their quasiequilibrium density operators have the same tensor structure. In contrast, the second constant of motion, whose explicit operator form is not known, involves a richer composition of multiple-quantum coherences of even order on the X basis, in consistency with the truncation inherent in its definition. We exploited the exclusive presence of coherences of ±4,±6,±8, besides 0 and ±2 under the W condition to measure the spin-lattice relaxation time TW accurately, so avoiding experimental difficulties that usually impair dipolar order relaxation measurement such as Zeeman contamination at high fields and also

  20. Quasiequilibrium states in thermotropic liquid crystals studied by multiple-quantum NMR.

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    Buljubasich, L; Monti, G A; Acosta, R H; Bonin, C J; González, C E; Zamar, R C

    2009-01-14

    Previous work showed that by means of the Jeener-Broekaert (JB) experiment, two quasiequilibrium states can be selectively prepared in the proton spin system of thermotropic nematic liquid crystals (LCs) in a strong magnetic field. The similarity of the experimental results obtained in a variety of LC in a broad Larmor frequency range, with crystal hydrates, supports the assumption that also in LC the two spin reservoirs, into which the Zeeman order is transferred, originate in the dipolar energy and that they are associated with a separation in energy scales: A constant of motion related to the stronger dipolar interactions (S), and a second one (W) corresponding to the secular part of the weaker dipolar interactions with regard to the Zeeman and the strong dipolar part. We study the nature of these quasi-invariants in nematic 5CB (4(')-pentyl-4-biphenyl-carbonitrile) and measure their relaxation times by encoding the multiple-quantum coherences of the states following the JB pulse pair on two orthogonal bases, Z and X. The experiments were also performed in powder adamantane at 301 K which is used as a reference compound having only one dipolar quasi-invariant. We show that the evolution of the quantum states during the buildup of the quasiequilibrium state in 5CB prepared under the S condition is similar to the case of powder adamantane and that their quasiequilibrium density operators have the same tensor structure. In contrast, the second constant of motion, whose explicit operator form is not known, involves a richer composition of multiple-quantum coherences of even order on the X basis, in consistency with the truncation inherent in its definition. We exploited the exclusive presence of coherences of +/-4,+/-6,+/-8, besides 0 and +/-2 under the W condition to measure the spin-lattice relaxation time T(W) accurately, so avoiding experimental difficulties that usually impair dipolar order relaxation measurement such as Zeeman contamination at high fields and

  1. Creating physically-based three-dimensional microstructures: Bridging phase-field and crystal plasticity models.

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    Lim, Hojun; Owen, Steven J.; Abdeljawad, Fadi F.; Hanks, Byron; Battaile, Corbett Chandler

    2015-09-01

    In order to better incorporate microstructures in continuum scale models, we use a novel finite element (FE) meshing technique to generate three-dimensional polycrystalline aggregates from a phase field grain growth model of grain microstructures. The proposed meshing technique creates hexahedral FE meshes that capture smooth interfaces between adjacent grains. Three dimensional realizations of grain microstructures from the phase field model are used in crystal plasticity-finite element (CP-FE) simulations of polycrystalline a -iron. We show that the interface conformal meshes significantly reduce artificial stress localizations in voxelated meshes that exhibit the so-called "wedding cake" interfaces. This framework provides a direct link between two mesoscale models - phase field and crystal plasticity - and for the first time allows mechanics simulations of polycrystalline materials using three-dimensional hexahedral finite element meshes with realistic topological features.

  2. Effect of wake potential on Coulomb crystallization in the presence of magnetic field

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    Bhattacharjee, Saurav; Das, Nilakshi

    2012-10-15

    The formation of dust crystal in plasma under the influence of repulsive Yukawa (Debye-Hueckel) potential is a well known phenomenon. The regular structure of dust particles is affected by anisotropic ion flow near the sheath region. The bombardment of the ions over dust grains distorts their Debye sphere by overshielding the dust cloud and gives rise to an attractive oscillatory wake potential. In this paper, we have obtained an expression for wake potential along with the Yukawa type of potential in a complex plasma in the presence of magnetic field, for subsonic ion flow towards the plasma sheath. In the presence of magnetic field, interaction potential gets modified and becomes anisotropic. We have studied the combined effect of the attractive wake potential as well as repulsive Yukawa potential on a 2D dust crystal, both in the presence and absence of magnetic field, using molecular dynamic simulation.

  3. Electric field effects in nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Cîrtoaje, Cristina; Petrescu, Emil; Moţoc, Cornelia

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate electric field induced effects in mixtures of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with positive electric anisotropies (MCL 6601 Merck) with carbon nanotubes (MWCNT from Aldrich). In planar alignment, the current-electric field dependence and the current-temperature dependence were explained by assuming a Poole-Frenkel effect (i.e. a tunnelling mechanism) and good agreement with the experimental data was obtained. Within this high field range it resulted that in planar aligned NLC-CNTs mixture the conductivity decreases when the temperature was increased. In homeotropic aligned mixture, the conduction mechanism is similar to the one occurring in a semiconductor: the conductivity increases when increasing temperature. This happens because in thin liquid crystal cells there is a possibility to realize an inner contact between nanotubes and electrodes so the mixture behaves like a semiconductor.

  4. Switching ferroelectric domain configurations using both electric and magnetic fields in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3–Pb(Fe,Ta)O3 single-crystal lamellae

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    Evans, D. M.; Schilling, A.; Kumar, Ashok; Sanchez, D.; Ortega, N.; Katiyar, R. S.; Scott, J. F.; Gregg, J. M.

    2014-01-01

    Thin single-crystal lamellae cut from Pb(Zr,Ti)O3–Pb(Fe,Ta)O3 ceramic samples have been integrated into simple coplanar capacitor devices. The influence of applied electric and magnetic fields on ferroelectric domain configurations has been mapped, using piezoresponse force microscopy. The extent to which magnetic fields alter the ferroelectric domains was found to be strongly history dependent: after switching had been induced by applying electric fields, the susceptibility of the domains to change under a magnetic field (the effective magnetoelectric coupling parameter) was large. Such large, magnetic field-induced changes resulted in a remanent domain state very similar to the remanent state induced by an electric field. Subsequent magnetic field reversal induced more modest ferroelectric switching. PMID:24421376

  5. Photorefractive Bragg gratings in nematic liquid crystals aligned by a magnetic field

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R. |

    1999-06-01

    Photorefractive Bragg gratings are observed in low-molar-mass nematic liquid crystals doped with electron donor and acceptor molecules. This is accomplished by alignment of the nematic liquid crystals in a 0.3 T magnetic field, which produces thicker homeotropic aligned samples than traditional surfactant techniques. Grating fringe spacings as low as 3.7 {mu}m are achieved with 176-{mu}m-thick samples, producing grating {ital Q} values of 33. Up to this point, low molar mass nematic liquid crystals have exhibited photorefractive gratings with Q{le}1. Asymmetric two-beam coupling and photoconductivity experiments are performed to verify the photorefractive origin of the gratings. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Bound state in the continuum in the one-dimensional photonic crystal slab

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    Sadrieva, Z. F.; Bogdanov, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    In this work we developed a design of one-dimensional Si/SiO2 photonic crystal slab supporting so called optical bound states in the continuum - infinitely high-Q optical states with energies lying above the light line of the surrounding space. Such high-Q states are very perspective for many potential applications ranging from on-chip photonics and optical communications to biological sensing and photovoltaics.

  7. Bistatic radar sea state monitoring field test

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    Ruck, G. T.; Kirchbaum, G. K.; Everly, J. O.

    1975-01-01

    Recent advances in understanding the physical phenomena controlling the interaction of electromagnetic energy with the ocean surface have revealed the possiblity of remote measurement of the two-dimensional surface wave height spectrum of the ocean using bistatic radar techniques. The basic feasibility of such a technique operating at frequencies in the HF region (3 to 30 MHz) was examined during previous studies and hardware for an experimental verification experiment was specified. The activities have resulted in a determination of the required hardware and system parameters for both satellite and aircraft systems, the development, assembly, and testing of hardware for an experimental aircraft system, the development and initial testing of data processing procedures, and the conduct of an initial flight test experiment. Activities were devoted to completing the assembly and testing of the experimental hardware, completing the experiment planning, conducting a field test experiment, and the processing and analysis of the experimental data. Even though directional spectrum maps of the test area cannot be generated from the measured data, the hardware concept employed appears viable, and solutions to the problems encountered have been identified.

  8. Light scattering from liquid crystal director fluctuations in steady magnetic fields up to 25 tesla

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    Challa, Pavan K.; Curtiss, O.; Williams, J. C.; Twieg, R.; Toth, J.; McGill, S.; Jákli, A.; Gleeson, J. T.; Sprunt, S. N.

    2012-07-01

    We report on homodyne dynamic light scattering measurements of orientational fluctuation modes in both calamitic and bent-core nematic liquid crystals, carried out in the new split-helix resistive magnet at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The relaxation rate and inverse scattered intensity of director fluctuations exhibit a linear dependence on field-squared up to 25 tesla, which is consistent with strictly lowest order coupling of the tensor order parameter Q to field (QαβBαBβ) in the nematic free energy. However, we also observe evidence of field dependence of certain nematic material parameters, an effect which may be expected from the mean field scaling of these quantities with the magnitude of Q and the predicted variation of Q with field.

  9. Light scattering from liquid crystal director fluctuations in steady magnetic fields up to 25 tesla.

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    Challa, Pavan K; Curtiss, O; Williams, J C; Twieg, R; Toth, J; McGill, S; Jákli, A; Gleeson, J T; Sprunt, S N

    2012-07-01

    We report on homodyne dynamic light scattering measurements of orientational fluctuation modes in both calamitic and bent-core nematic liquid crystals, carried out in the new split-helix resistive magnet at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The relaxation rate and inverse scattered intensity of director fluctuations exhibit a linear dependence on field-squared up to 25 tesla, which is consistent with strictly lowest order coupling of the tensor order parameter Q to field (Q(αβ)B(α)B(β)) in the nematic free energy. However, we also observe evidence of field dependence of certain nematic material parameters, an effect which may be expected from the mean field scaling of these quantities with the magnitude of Q and the predicted variation of Q with field. PMID:23005438

  10. Pinning features of the magnetic flux trapped by YBCO single crystals in weak constant magnetic fields

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    Monarkha, V. Yu.; Paschenko, V. A.; Timofeev, V. P.

    2013-02-01

    The dynamics of Abrikosov vortices and their bundles was experimentally investigated in weak constant magnetic fields, in the range of Earth's magnetic field. Characteristics of the isothermal magnetization relaxation in YBCO single-crystal samples with strong pinning centers were studied for different sample-field orientation. The obtained values of normalized relaxation rate S allowed us to estimate the effective pinning potential U in the bulk of the YBCO sample and its temperature dependence, as well as the critical current density Jc. A comparison between the data obtained and the results of similar measurements in significantly higher magnetic fields was performed. To compare different techniques for evaluation of Jc, the magnetization loop measurements M(H), which relate the loop width to the critical current, were carried out. These measurements provided important parameters of the samples under study (penetration field Hp and first critical field Hc1), which involve the geometrical configuration of the samples.

  11. Strong-Field Photoionization as Excited-State Tunneling.

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    Serebryannikov, E E; Zheltikov, A M

    2016-03-25

    We show that, in an intense laser field, ultrafast photoionization can occur through quantum pathways that cannot be categorized as multiphoton ionization or ground-state tunneling. In this regime, the subcycle electron-wave-packet dynamics leading to photoionization occurs via electron excited states, from where the electrons tunnel to the continuum within a tiny fraction of the field cycle. For high field intensities, this ionization pathway is shown to drastically enhance the dynamic leakage of the electron wave packet into the continuum, opening an ionization channel that dominates over ground-state electron tunneling. PMID:27058079

  12. Selective Precipitation and Concentrating of Perovskite Crystals from Titanium-Bearing Slag Melt in Supergravity Field

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    Gao, Jintao; Zhong, Yiwei; Guo, Zhancheng

    2016-08-01

    Selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from titanium-bearing slag melt in the supergravity field was investigated in this study. Since perovskite was the first precipitated phase from the slag melt during the cooling process, and a greater precipitation quantity and larger crystal sizes of perovskite were obtained at 1593 K to 1563 K (1320 °C to 1290 °C), concentrating of perovskite crystals from the slag melt was carried out at this temperature range in the supergravity field, at which the perovskite transforms into solid particles while the other minerals remain in the liquid melt. The layered structures appeared significantly in the sample obtained by supergravity treatment, and all the perovskite crystals moved along the supergravity direction and concentrated as the perovskite-rich phase in the bottom area, whereas the molten slag concentrated in the upper area along the opposite direction, in which it was impossible to find any perovskite crystals. With the gravity coefficient of G = 750, the mass fraction of TiO2 in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 34.65 wt pct, whereas that of the slag phase was decreased to 12.23 wt pct, and the recovery ratio of Ti in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 75.28 pct. On this basis, an amplification experimental centrifugal apparatus was exploited and the continuous experiment with larger scale was further carried out, the results confirming that selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from the titanium-bearing slag melt by supergravity was a feasible method.

  13. Crystallization, recrystallization, and melting lines in syndiotactic polypropylene crystallized from quiescent melt and semicrystalline state due to stress-induced localized melting and recrystallization.

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    Lu, Ying; Wang, Yaotao; Fu, Lianlian; Jiang, Zhiyong; Men, Yongfeng

    2014-11-13

    Crystalline lamellar thickness in syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP) during crystallization from either isothermal molten or stretching induced localized melt states and during subsequent heating was investigated by means of temperature dependent small-angle X-ray scattering techniques. Well-defined crystallization lines where the reciprocal lamellar thickness is linearly dependent on crystallization temperature were observed. Unlike in the case of polybutene-1 where stretching crystallization line was shifted to direction of much smaller lamellar thickness (Macromolecules 2013, 46, 7874), the stretching induced crystallization line for sPP deviates from its corresponding isothermal crystallization line only slightly. Such phenomenon could be attributed to the fact that both crystallization processes from quiescent melt and stress induced localized melt are mediated in a mesomorphic phase in sPP. Subsequent heating of sPP after crystallization revealed the same melting behavior in both systems for the two kinds of crystallites obtained from either quiescent melt or stretching induced localized melt. Both of them underwent melting and recrystallization when the lamellar thickness was smaller than a critical value and melting directly without changing in thickness when the lamellar thickness was larger than the critical value. The melting behavior in sPP systems can be understood by considering the chain relaxation ability within crystalline phase and also can be used as evidence that the crystallization from molten state and stress-induced crystallization passed through the intermediate phase before forming crystallites.

  14. Growth of high quality single crystals of Bi2Se3 topological insulator via solid state reaction method

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    Yadav, Anil K.; Majhi, Kunjalata; Banerjee, Abhishek; Devi, Poonam; Ganesan, R.; Mishra, P.; Lohani, H.; Sekhar, B. R.; Kumar, P. S. Anil

    2016-05-01

    Recently discovered, Topological Insulators (TIs) have garnered enormous amount of attention owing to its unique surface properties which has potential applications in the field of spintronics and other modern technologies. For all this, it should require a very good quality samples. There are a number of techniques suggested by people for the growth of good quality TIs. Here, we are reporting the growth of high quality single crystals of Bi2Se3 (a TI) by slow cooling solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction measurements performed on a cleaved flake of single crystal Bi2Se3 showed up with proper orientations of the crystal planes. High energy X-ray diffraction has been performed to confirm the stoichiometry of the compound and also recorded Laue patterns prove the single crystalline nature of Bi2Se3. Moreover, angle resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES) carried out on a flat crystal flake shows distinct Dirac dispersion of surface bands at the gamma point clarifying it as a 3D topological insulator.

  15. Formulation and Solid State Characterization of Nicotinamide-based Co-crystals of Fenofibrate.

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    Shewale, Sheetal; Shete, A S; Doijad, R C; Kadam, S S; Patil, V A; Yadav, A V

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation deals with formulation of nicotinamide-based co-crystals of fenofibrate by different methods and solid-state characterization of the prepared co-crystals. Fenofibrate and nicotinamide as a coformer in 1:1 molar ratio were used to formulate molecular complexes by kneading, solution crystallization, antisolvent addition and solvent drop grinding methods. The prepared molecular complexes were characterized by powder X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and in vitro dissolution study. Considerable improvement in the dissolution rate of fenofibrate from optimized co-crystal formulation was due to an increased solubility that is attributed to the super saturation from the fine co-crystals is faster because of large specific surface area of small particles and prevention of phase transformation to pure fenofibrate. In vitro dissolution study showed that the formation of co-crystals improves the dissolution rate of fenofibrate. Nicotinamide forms the co-crystals with fenofibrate, theoretically and practically. PMID:26180279

  16. Protein crystal growth results from the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 mission

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    Delucas, Lawrence J.; Moore, K. M.; Vanderwoerd, M.; Bray, T. L.; Smith, C.; Carson, M.; Narayana, S. V. L.; Rosenblum, W. M.; Carter, D.; Clark, A. D, Jr.

    1994-01-01

    Protein crystal growth experiments have been performed by this laboratory on 18 Space Shuttle missions since April, 1985. In addition, a number of microgravity experiments also have been performed and reported by other investigators. These Space Shuttle missions have been used to grow crystals of a variety of proteins using vapor diffusion, liquid diffusion, and temperature-induced crystallization techniques. The United States Microgravity Laboratory - 1 mission (USML-1, June 25 - July 9, 1992) was a Spacelab mission dedicated to experiments involved in materials processing. New protein crystal growth hardware was developed to allow in orbit examination of initial crystal growth results, the knowledge from which was used on subsequent days to prepare new crystal growth experiments. In addition, new seeding hardware and techniques were tested as well as techniques that would prepare crystals for analysis by x-ray diffraction, a capability projected for the planned Space Station. Hardware that was specifically developed for the USML-1 mission will be discussed along with the experimental results from this mission.

  17. Formulation and Solid State Characterization of Nicotinamide-based Co-crystals of Fenofibrate

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    Shewale, Sheetal; Shete, A. S.; Doijad, R. C.; Kadam, S. S.; Patil, V. A.; Yadav, A. V.

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation deals with formulation of nicotinamide-based co-crystals of fenofibrate by different methods and solid-state characterization of the prepared co-crystals. Fenofibrate and nicotinamide as a coformer in 1:1 molar ratio were used to formulate molecular complexes by kneading, solution crystallization, antisolvent addition and solvent drop grinding methods. The prepared molecular complexes were characterized by powder X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and in vitro dissolution study. Considerable improvement in the dissolution rate of fenofibrate from optimized co-crystal formulation was due to an increased solubility that is attributed to the super saturation from the fine co-crystals is faster because of large specific surface area of small particles and prevention of phase transformation to pure fenofibrate. In vitro dissolution study showed that the formation of co-crystals improves the dissolution rate of fenofibrate. Nicotinamide forms the co-crystals with fenofibrate, theoretically and practically. PMID:26180279

  18. Novel Transrotational Solid State Order Discovered by TEM in Crystallizing Amorphous Films

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    Kolosov, Vladimir

    Exotic thin crystals with unexpected transrotational microstructures have been discovered by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for crystal growth in thin (10-100 nm) amorphous films of different chemical nature (oxides, chalcogenides, metals and alloys) prepared by various methods. Primarily we use our TEM bend contour technique. The unusual phenomenon can be traced in situ in TEM column: dislocation independent regular internal bending of crystal lattice planes in a growing crystal. Such transrotation (unit cell trans lation is complicated by small rotationrealized round an axis lying in the film plane) can result in strong regular lattice orientation gradients (up to 300 degrees per micrometer) of different geometries: cylindrical, ellipsoidal, toroidal, saddle, etc. Transrotation is increasing as the film gets thinner. Transrotational crystal resembles ideal single crystal enclosed in a curved space. Transrotational micro crystals have been eventually recognized by other authors in some vital thin film materials, i.e. PCMs for memory, silicides, SrTiO3. Atomic model and possible mechanisms of the phenomenon are discussed. New transrotational nanocrystalline model of amorphous state is also proposed Support of RF Ministry of Education and Science is acknowledged.

  19. Effect of magnetic field on the wave dispersion relation in three-dimensional dusty plasma crystals

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    Yang Xuefeng; Wang Zhengxiong

    2012-07-15

    Three-dimensional plasma crystals under microgravity condition are investigated by taking into account an external magnetic field. The wave dispersion relations of dust lattice modes in the body centered cubic (bcc) and the face centered cubic (fcc) plasma crystals are obtained explicitly when the magnetic field is perpendicular to the wave motion. The wave dispersion relations of dust lattice modes in the bcc and fcc plasma crystals are calculated numerically when the magnetic field is in an arbitrary direction. The numerical results show that one longitudinal mode and two transverse modes are coupled due to the Lorentz force in the magnetic field. Moreover, three wave modes, i.e., the high frequency phonon mode, the low frequency phonon mode, and the optical mode, are obtained. The optical mode and at least one phonon mode are hybrid modes. When the magnetic field is neither parallel nor perpendicular to the primitive wave motion, all the three wave modes are hybrid modes and do not have any intersection points. It is also found that with increasing the magnetic field strength, the frequency of the optical mode increases and has a cutoff at the cyclotron frequency of the dust particles in the limit of long wavelength, and the mode mixings for both the optical mode and the high frequency phonon mode increase. The acoustic velocity of the low frequency phonon mode is zero. In addition, the acoustic velocity of the high frequency phonon mode depends on the angle of the magnetic field and the wave motion but does not depend on the magnetic field strength.

  20. Density of conformon states in a disordered polymeric crystal

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    Klinskikh, A. F.

    1999-03-01

    Following Volkenstein's idea the density of conformon states (rho) (E) is investigated. Using the path-integral method in conditions of the strong conformational disorder the numerical account (rho) (E) is carried out. The results of account (rho) (E) under the new formula are discussed.

  1. Spectral and polarization structure of field-induced photonic bands in cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Palto, S. P.; Barnik, M. I.; Geivandov, A. R.; Kasyanova, I. V.; Palto, V. S.

    2015-09-01

    Transmission of planar layers of cholesteric liquid crystals is studied in pulsed electric fields perpendicular to the helix axis at normal incidence of both linearly polarized and unpolarized light. Spectral and light polarization properties of the primary photonic band and the field-induced bands up to fourth order of Bragg selective reflection are studied in detail. In our experiments we have achieved an electric field strength several times higher than the theoretical values corresponding to the critical field of full helix unwinding. However, the experiments show that despite the high strength of the electric field applied the helix does not unwind, but strongly deforms, keeping its initial spatial period. Strong helix deformation results in distinct spectral band splitting, as well as very high field-induced selective reflectance that can be applied in lasers and other optoelectronic devices. Peculiarities of inducing and splitting the bands are discussed in terms of the scattering coefficient approach. All observed effects are confirmed by numerical simulations. The simulations also show that liquid crystal surface anchoring is not the factor that prevents the helix unwinding. Thus, the currently acknowledged concept of continuous helix unwinding in the electric field should be reconsidered.

  2. Vertically-Aligned Single-Crystal Nanocone Arrays: Controlled Fabrication and Enhanced Field Emission.

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    Duan, Jing Lai; Lei, Dang Yuan; Chen, Fei; Lau, Shu Ping; Milne, William I; Toimil-Molares, M E; Trautmann, Christina; Liu, Jie

    2016-01-13

    Metal nanostructures with conical shape, vertical alignment, large ratio of cone height and curvature radius at the apex, controlled cone angle, and single-crystal structure are ideal candidates for enhancing field electron-emission efficiency with additional merits, such as good mechanical and thermal stability. However, fabrication of such nanostructures possessing all these features is challenging. Here, we report on the controlled fabrication of large scale, vertically aligned, and mechanically self-supported single-crystal Cu nanocones with controlled cone angle and enhanced field emission. The Cu nanocones were fabricated by ion-track templates in combination with electrochemical deposition. Their cone angle is controlled in the range from 0.3° to 6.2° by asymmetrically selective etching of the ion tracks and the minimum tip curvature diameter reaches down to 6 nm. The field emission measurements show that the turn-on electric field of the Cu nanocone field emitters can be as low as 1.9 V/μm at current density of 10 μA/cm(2) (a record low value for Cu nanostructures, to the best of our knowledge). The maximum field enhancement factor we measured was as large as 6068, indicating that the Cu nanocones are promising candidates for field emission applications.

  3. Influence of electromagnetic field intensity on the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization in circulating water

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    Wang, Jianguo; Liang, Yandong; Chen, Si

    2016-09-01

    In this study, changes in the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization was determined through conductivity titration by altering electromagnetic field parameters applied to the circulating water system. The critical conductivity value and metastable zone curves of CaCO3 crystallization were determined under different solution concentrations and electromagnetic field intensities. Experimental results indicate that the effect of the electromagnetic field intensity on the critical conductivity value intensifies with the increase of solution concentration. Moreover, the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization increases with the increase of electromagnetic field intensity within 200 Gs, thereby prolonging the induction period of nucleation.

  4. White Synchortron Radiation Topography of (1????10) Nickel Single Crystal. The Influence of a (1????10) Magnetic Field

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    Stephenson, J. D.

    1982-05-01

    Changes in 70.53° magnetic domain structure on the surface of a perfect (11¯0) nickel crystal have been observed using white synchrotron X-radiation topography. The crystal was influenced by a variable [11¯0] magnetic field. At field strengths ≿ 100 A/m [111¯]-spike domains, thought to be traces of [011], 70.53° (oblique) magnetic domain walls, appeared within [111]-bands (0.4 mm wide) in the topographs. Reversal of the field produced similar spikes at equivalent field values but in different regions of the crystal.

  5. Cr sup 3+ to Nd sup 3+ energy transfer in substituted GGG in relation to the crystal field distribution

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    Monteil, A.; Garapon, C.; Boulon, G. )

    1989-10-20

    In the garnet (Gd, Ca){sub 3} (Ga, Mg, Zr){sub 2} Ga{sub 3} O{sub 12}, Cr{sup 3+} is located in sites of intermediate crystal field strength. This induces a fast energy transfer to Nd{sup 3+}. We have shown that it is possible to differentiate Cr{sup 3+} in sites of rather strong field against sites of rather weak crystal field. Different spectroscopic measurements allow us to conclude that Cr{sup 3+} ions in weaker crystal fields are mainly responsible for the energy transfer to Nd{sup 3+}.

  6. Hyperfine and crystal field interactions in multiferroic HoCrO3

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    Kumar, C. M. N.; Xiao, Y.; Nair, H. S.; Voigt, J.; Schmitz, B.; Chatterji, T.; Jalarvo, N. H.; Brückel, Th

    2016-11-01

    We report a comprehensive specific heat and inelastic neutron scattering study to explore the possible origin of multiferroicity in HoCrO3. We have performed specific heat measurements in the temperature range 100 mK-290 K and inelastic neutron scattering measurements were performed in the temperature range 1.5-200 K. From the specific heat data we determined hyperfine splitting at 22.5(2) μeV and crystal field transitions at 1.379(5) meV, 10.37(4) meV, 15.49(9) meV and 23.44(9) meV, indicating the existence of strong hyperfine and crystal field interactions in HoCrO3. Further, an effective hyperfine field is determined to be 600(3) T. The quasielastic scattering observed in the inelastic scattering data and a large linear term γ =6.3(8) mJ mol-1  K-2 in the specific heat is attributed to the presence of short range exchange interactions, which is understood to be contributing to the observed ferroelectricity. Further the nuclear and magnetic entropies were computed to be, ˜17.2 Jmol-1 K-1 and  ˜34 Jmol-1 K-1, respectively. The entropy values are in excellent agreement with the limiting theoretical values. An anomaly is observed in the peak position of the temperature dependent crystal field spectra around 60 K, at the same temperature an anomaly in the pyroelectric current is reported. From this we could elucidate a direct correlation between the crystal electric field excitations of Ho3+ and ferroelectricity in HoCrO3. Our present study, along with recent reports, confirm that HoCrO3, and RCrO3 (R  =  rare earth) in general, possess more than one driving force for the ferroelectricity and multiferroicity.

  7. Hyperfine and crystal field interactions in multiferroic HoCrO3.

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    Kumar, C M N; Xiao, Y; Nair, H S; Voigt, J; Schmitz, B; Chatterji, T; Jalarvo, N H; Brückel, Th

    2016-11-30

    We report a comprehensive specific heat and inelastic neutron scattering study to explore the possible origin of multiferroicity in HoCrO3. We have performed specific heat measurements in the temperature range 100 mK-290 K and inelastic neutron scattering measurements were performed in the temperature range 1.5-200 K. From the specific heat data we determined hyperfine splitting at 22.5(2) μeV and crystal field transitions at 1.379(5) meV, 10.37(4) meV, 15.49(9) meV and 23.44(9) meV, indicating the existence of strong hyperfine and crystal field interactions in HoCrO3. Further, an effective hyperfine field is determined to be 600(3) T. The quasielastic scattering observed in the inelastic scattering data and a large linear term [Formula: see text] mJ mol(-1)  K(-2) in the specific heat is attributed to the presence of short range exchange interactions, which is understood to be contributing to the observed ferroelectricity. Further the nuclear and magnetic entropies were computed to be, ∼17.2 Jmol(-1) K(-1) and  ∼34 Jmol(-1) K(-1), respectively. The entropy values are in excellent agreement with the limiting theoretical values. An anomaly is observed in the peak position of the temperature dependent crystal field spectra around 60 K, at the same temperature an anomaly in the pyroelectric current is reported. From this we could elucidate a direct correlation between the crystal electric field excitations of Ho(3+) and ferroelectricity in HoCrO3. Our present study, along with recent reports, confirm that HoCrO3, and RCrO3 (R  =  rare earth) in general, possess more than one driving force for the ferroelectricity and multiferroicity. PMID:27633731

  8. Photonic crystals possessing multiple Weyl points and the experimental observation of robust surface states

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Xiao, Meng; Chan, C. T.

    2016-10-01

    Weyl points, as monopoles of Berry curvature in momentum space, have captured much attention recently in various branches of physics. Realizing topological materials that exhibit such nodal points is challenging and indeed, Weyl points have been found experimentally in transition metal arsenide and phosphide and gyroid photonic crystal whose structure is complex. If realizing even the simplest type of single Weyl nodes with a topological charge of 1 is difficult, then making a real crystal carrying higher topological charges may seem more challenging. Here we design, and fabricate using planar fabrication technology, a photonic crystal possessing single Weyl points (including type-II nodes) and multiple Weyl points with topological charges of 2 and 3. We characterize this photonic crystal and find nontrivial 2D bulk band gaps for a fixed kz and the associated surface modes. The robustness of these surface states against kz-preserving scattering is experimentally observed for the first time.

  9. Photonic crystals possessing multiple Weyl points and the experimental observation of robust surface states

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Xiao, Meng; Chan, C. T.

    2016-01-01

    Weyl points, as monopoles of Berry curvature in momentum space, have captured much attention recently in various branches of physics. Realizing topological materials that exhibit such nodal points is challenging and indeed, Weyl points have been found experimentally in transition metal arsenide and phosphide and gyroid photonic crystal whose structure is complex. If realizing even the simplest type of single Weyl nodes with a topological charge of 1 is difficult, then making a real crystal carrying higher topological charges may seem more challenging. Here we design, and fabricate using planar fabrication technology, a photonic crystal possessing single Weyl points (including type-II nodes) and multiple Weyl points with topological charges of 2 and 3. We characterize this photonic crystal and find nontrivial 2D bulk band gaps for a fixed kz and the associated surface modes. The robustness of these surface states against kz-preserving scattering is experimentally observed for the first time. PMID:27703140

  10. Temperature dependence of Fe/++/ crystal field spectra - Implications to mineralogical mapping of planetary surfaces

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    Sung, C.-M.; Singer, R. B.; Parkin, K. M.; Burns, R. G.; Osborne, M.

    1977-01-01

    Results are reported of Fe(++) crystal field spectral measurements for olivines and pyroxenes up to 400 C. The results are correlated with crystal structure data at elevated temperatures, and the validity of remote-sensed identifications of minerals on hot surfaces of the moon and Mercury is assessed. Two techniques were used to obtain spectra of minerals at elevated temperatures using a spectrophotometer. One employed a diamond cell assembly or a specially designed sample holder to measure polarized absorption spectra of heated single crystals. For the other technique, a sample holder was designed to attach to a diffuse reflectance accessory to produce reflectance spectra of heated powdered samples. Polarized absorption spectra of forsterite at 20-400 C are shown in a graph. Other graphs show the temperature dependence of Fe(++) crystal field bands in olivines, the diffuse reflectance spectra of olivine at 40-400 C, the polarization absorption spectra of orthopyroxene at 30-400 C, the diffuse reflectance spectra of pigeonite at 40-400 C, and unpolarized absorption spectra of lunar pyroxene from Apollo 15 rock 15058.

  11. MCZ: Striations in CZ silicon crystals grown under various axial magnetic field strengths

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    Kim, G. K. M.

    1985-01-01

    Suppression of fluid flow instabilities in the melt by the axial magnetic field in Czochralski silicon crystal growth (AMCZ) is investigated precisely by a high-sensitivity striation etching in conjunction with temperature measurements. The magnetic strength (B) was varied up to 4.0 kG, incremented in 0.5 kG/5 cm crystal length. The convection flow was substantially suppressed at B 1.0 kG. A low oxygen level of 2-3 ppma and a high resistivity of 400 ohm-cm is achieved in the AMCZ silicon crystals at B 1.0 kG. Details of the striation formation as a function of B are presented. Computer simulation of the magnetohydrodynamics of the AMCZ silicon crystal growth are discussed briefly with regard to the solute, especially oxygen segregation at B=0, 1.0, and 2.0 kG. Earlier studies in the inverted Bridgman growth of InSb and Ge, which have established the cause and effect relationship between the convection in the melt and the striation formation as well as the suppression of the convections in the melt by transverse magnetic field are reviewed.

  12. ATLAS F MISSILE FIELDS IN THE UNITED STATES, ATLAS F ...

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    ATLAS F MISSILE FIELDS IN THE UNITED STATES, ATLAS F- TEXAS RING OF TWELVE - Dyess Air Force Base, Atlas F Missle Site S-8, Approximately 3 miles east of Winters, 500 feet southwest of Highway 177, Winters, Runnels County, TX

  13. Crystallization of solid-state materials via decomplexation of soluble complexes

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    Doxsee, K.M.

    1998-10-01

    A variety of compounds which are at best sparingly soluble in aqueous media may be readily brought into solution through the formation of soluble coordination complexes. Modification of experimental conditions through, e.g., dilution or slow removal of the complexing agent, leads to supersaturation and, consequently, crystallization of the original solid-state phase. This technique of decomplexation crystallization, both of simple inorganic coordination complexes and of complexes with macrocyclic organic chelating agents, offers the opportunity both to effect the recrystallization of sparingly soluble species and to modify their crystal morphology. Similarly, precursors for solid-state materials may be solubilized in nonaqueous solvents through the formation of soluble complexes and then allowed to undergo reaction crystallization, allowing the examination of both solvent effects and chelation effects on the morphology and phase of the resulting solid-state materials. These effects are often dramatic, and such complexation-mediated crystallization approaches offer promise for the facile preparation of metastable phases from simple precursors under ambient conditions.

  14. Multiscale modeling of polycrystalline graphene: A comparison of structure and defect energies of realistic samples from phase field crystal models

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    Hirvonen, Petri; Ervasti, Mikko M.; Fan, Zheyong; Jalalvand, Morteza; Seymour, Matthew; Vaez Allaei, S. Mehdi; Provatas, Nikolas; Harju, Ari; Elder, Ken R.; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2016-07-01

    We extend the phase field crystal (PFC) framework to quantitative modeling of polycrystalline graphene. PFC modeling is a powerful multiscale method for finding the ground state configurations of large realistic samples that can be further used to study their mechanical, thermal, or electronic properties. By fitting to quantum-mechanical density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we show that the PFC approach is able to predict realistic formation energies and defect structures of grain boundaries. We provide an in-depth comparison of the formation energies between PFC, DFT, and molecular dynamics (MD) calculations. The DFT and MD calculations are initialized using atomic configurations extracted from PFC ground states. Finally, we use the PFC approach to explicitly construct large realistic polycrystalline samples and characterize their properties using MD relaxation to demonstrate their quality.

  15. Numerical model of protein crystal growth in a diffusive field such as the microgravity environment.

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    Tanaka, Hiroaki; Sasaki, Susumu; Takahashi, Sachiko; Inaka, Koji; Wada, Yoshio; Yamada, Mitsugu; Ohta, Kazunori; Miyoshi, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Tomoyuki; Kamigaichi, Shigeki

    2013-11-01

    It is said that the microgravity environment positively affects the quality of protein crystal growth. The formation of a protein depletion zone and an impurity depletion zone due to the suppression of convection flow were thought to be the major reasons. In microgravity, the incorporation of molecules into a crystal largely depends on diffusive transport, so the incorporated molecules will be allocated in an orderly manner and the impurity uptake will be suppressed, resulting in highly ordered crystals. Previously, these effects were numerically studied in a steady state using a simplified model and it was determined that the combination of the diffusion coefficient of the protein molecule (D) and the kinetic constant for the protein molecule (β) could be used as an index of the extent of these depletion zones. In this report, numerical analysis of these depletion zones around a growing crystal in a non-steady (i.e. transient) state is introduced, suggesting that this model may be used for the quantitative analysis of these depletion zones in the microgravity environment. PMID:24121357

  16. Emergence of foams from the breakdown of the phase field crystal model

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    Guttenberg, Nicholas; Goldenfeld, Nigel; Dantzig, Jonathan

    2010-06-01

    The phase field crystal (PFC) model captures the elastic and topological properties of crystals with a single scalar field at small undercooling. At large undercooling, new foamlike behavior emerges. We characterize this foam phase of the PFC equation and propose a modified PFC equation that may be used for the simulation of foam dynamics. This minimal model reproduces von Neumann’s rule for two-dimensional dry foams and Lifshitz-Slyozov coarsening for wet foams. We also measure the coordination number distribution and find that its second moment is larger than previously reported experimental and theoretical studies of soap froths, a finding that we attribute to the wetness of the foam increasing with time.

  17. Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale

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    Xia, Yu; Serra, Francesca; Kamien, Randall D.; Stebe, Kathleen J.; Yang, Shu

    2015-01-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs), owing to their anisotropy in molecular ordering, are of wide interest in both the display industry and soft matter as a route to more sophisticated optical objects, to direct phase separation, and to facilitate colloidal assemblies. However, it remains challenging to directly probe the molecular-scale organization of nonglassy nematic LC molecules without altering the LC directors. We design and synthesize a new type of nematic liquid crystal monomer (LCM) system with strong dipole–dipole interactions, resulting in a stable nematic phase and strong homeotropic anchoring on silica surfaces. Upon photopolymerization, the director field can be faithfully “locked,” allowing for direct visualization of the LC director field and defect structures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in real space with 100-nm resolution. Using this technique, we study the nematic textures in more complex LC/colloidal systems and calculate the extrapolation length of the LCM. PMID:26621729

  18. Rubrene crystal field-effect mobility modulation via conducting channel wrinkling

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    Reyes-Martinez, Marcos A.; Crosby, Alfred J.; Briseno, Alejandro L.

    2015-05-01

    With the impending surge of flexible organic electronic technologies, it has become essential to understand how mechanical deformation affects the electrical performance of organic thin-film devices. Organic single crystals are ideal for the systematic study of strain effects on electrical properties without being concerned about grain boundaries and other defects. Here we investigate how the deformation affects the field-effect mobility of single crystals of the benchmark semiconductor rubrene. The wrinkling instability is used to apply local strains of different magnitudes along the conducting channel in field-effect transistors. We discover that the mobility changes as dictated by the net strain at the dielectric/semiconductor interface. We propose a model based on the plate bending theory to quantify the net strain in wrinkled transistors and predict the change in mobility. These contributions represent a significant step forward in structure-function relationships in organic semiconductors, critical for the development of the next generation of flexible electronic devices.

  19. Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale.

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    Xia, Yu; Serra, Francesca; Kamien, Randall D; Stebe, Kathleen J; Yang, Shu

    2015-12-15

    Liquid crystals (LCs), owing to their anisotropy in molecular ordering, are of wide interest in both the display industry and soft matter as a route to more sophisticated optical objects, to direct phase separation, and to facilitate colloidal assemblies. However, it remains challenging to directly probe the molecular-scale organization of nonglassy nematic LC molecules without altering the LC directors. We design and synthesize a new type of nematic liquid crystal monomer (LCM) system with strong dipole-dipole interactions, resulting in a stable nematic phase and strong homeotropic anchoring on silica surfaces. Upon photopolymerization, the director field can be faithfully "locked," allowing for direct visualization of the LC director field and defect structures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in real space with 100-nm resolution. Using this technique, we study the nematic textures in more complex LC/colloidal systems and calculate the extrapolation length of the LCM.

  20. Phase-field-crystal model of phase and microstructural stability in driven nanocrystalline systems

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    Ofori-Opoku, Nana; Hoyt, Jeffrey J.; Provatas, Nikolas

    2012-12-01

    We present a phase-field-crystal model for driven systems which describes competing effects between thermally activated diffusional processes and those driven by externally imposed ballistic events. The model demonstrates how the mesoscopic Enrique and Bellon [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.84.2885 84, 2885 (2000)] model of externally induced ballistic mixing can be incorporated into the atomistic phase-field-crystal formalism. The combination of the two approaches results in a model capable of describing the microstructural and compositional evolution of a driven system while incorporating elastoplastic effects. The model is applied to the study of grain growth in nanocrystalline materials subjected to an external driving.

  1. Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe-Si(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields

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    Kawai, Tetsuroh; Aida, Takuya; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2015-05-01

    Magnetostrictive behaviors under rotating magnetic fields are investigated for bcc(001) single-crystal films of Fe100-x-Six(x = 0, 6, 10 at. %). The magnetostriction observation directions are along bcc[100] and bcc[110] of the films. The magnetostriction waveform varies greatly depending on the observation direction. For the observation along [100], the magnetostriction waveform of all the films is bathtub-like and the amplitude stays at almost constant even when the magnetic field is increased up to the anisotropy field. On the other hand, the waveform along [110] is triangular and the amplitude increases with increasing magnetic field up to the anisotropy field and then saturates. In addition, the waveform of Fe90Si10 film is distorted triangular when the applied magnetic fields are less than its anisotropy field. These magnetostrictive behaviors under rotating magnetic fields are well explained by employing a proposed modified coherent rotation model where the anisotropy field and the magnetization reversal field are determined by using measured magnetization curves. The results show that magnetocrystalline anisotropy plays important role on magnetostrictive behavior under rotating magnetic fields.

  2. Expectation Value Theorem for Thermo Vacuum States of Optical Chaotic Field and Negative-Binomial Field

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    Wan, Zhi-Long; Fan, Hong-Yi

    2016-07-01

    For the density operator (mixed state) describing chaotic light and negative-binomial field there exist the corresponding thermal vacuum state (pure state) in the real-fictitious space. Using the method of integration within ordered product of operators we find the expectation value theorem in these two thermo vacuum states respectively. The thermal average theorem of translation operator is also deduced. Application of the new thermo vacuum state in calculating photon number disturibution and fluctuation and thermal average is presented.

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  4. Novel magnetic field sensor based on magnetic fluids infiltrated dual-core photonic crystal fibers

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    Li, Jianhua; Wang, Rong; Wang, Jingyuan; Zhang, Baofu; Xu, Zhiyong; Wang, Huali

    2014-03-01

    Novel magnetic field sensor based on magnetic fluids infiltrated dual-core Photonic Crystal Fibers (PCFs) is proposed in this paper. Inside the cross-section of the designed PCFs, the two fiber cores filled with magnetic fluids (Fe3O4) are separated by an air hole, and then form two independent waveguides with mode coupling. The mode coupling under different magnetic field strength is investigated theoretically. A novel and simple magnetic field sensing system is proposed and its sensing performances have been studied numerically. The results show that the magnetic field sensor with 15-cm PCFs has a large sensing range and high sensitivity of 4.80 pm/Oe. It provides a new feasible method to design PCF-based magnetic field sensor.

  5. Low magnification differential phase contrast imaging of electric fields in crystals with fine electron probes.

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    Taplin, D J; Shibata, N; Weyland, M; Findlay, S D

    2016-10-01

    To correlate atomistic structure with longer range electric field distribution within materials, it is necessary to use atomically fine electron probes and specimens in on-axis orientation. However, electric field mapping via low magnification differential phase contrast imaging under these conditions raises challenges: electron scattering tends to reduce the beam deflection due to the electric field strength from what simple models predict, and other effects, most notably crystal mistilt, can lead to asymmetric intensity redistribution in the diffraction pattern which is difficult to distinguish from that produced by long range electric fields. Using electron scattering simulations, we explore the effects of such factors on the reliable interpretation and measurement of electric field distributions. In addition to these limitations of principle, some limitations of practice when seeking to perform such measurements using segmented detector systems are also discussed.

  6. Magnetic field-induced transitions in geometrically frustrated Co3V2O8 single crystal

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    Szymczak, R.; Baran, M.; Diduszko, R.; Fink-Finowicki, J.; Gutowska, M.; Szewczyk, A.; Szymczak, H.

    2006-03-01

    Magnetization and specific heat of the S=3/2 antiferromagnet on a kagome staircase, Co3V2O8 , were investigated as a function of temperature and magnetic field. The low temperature magnetization data revealed unusual features related to the strongly frustrated spin lattice. Of particular interest were magnetic field induced phase transitions observed for various orientations of the magnetic field. Abrupt macroscopic magnetization jumps induced by a magnetic field directed along the c -axis have been observed below 6K . This effect was also observed for a high enough magnetic field applied in the a-c plane. It is suggested that the jump, observed for H∥c is due to a spin reorientation phase transition. It was shown that Co3V2O8 crystals are characterized by a strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy of an easy-plane type. This anisotropy is due to the presence of Co2+ ions in octahedral positions.

  7. Low field induced giant anisotropic magnetocaloric effect in DyFeO3 single crystal

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    Ya-Jiao, Ke; Xiang-Qun, Zhang; Heng, Ge; Yue, Ma; Zhao-Hua, Cheng

    2015-03-01

    We have investigated the anisotropic magnetocaloric effect and the rotating field magnetic entropy in DyFeO3 single crystal. A giant rotating field entropy change of was achieved from b axis to c axis in bc plane at 5 K for a low field change of 20 kOe. The large anisotropic magnetic entropy change is mainly accounted for the 4f electron of rare-earth Dy3 + ion. The large value of rotating field entropy change, together with large refrigeration capacity and negligible hysteresis, suggests that the multiferroic ferrite DyFeO3 singlecrystal could be a potential material for anisotropic magnetic refrigeration at low field, which can be realized in the practical application around liquid helium temperature region. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2010CB934202, 2011CB921801, and 2012CB933102) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174351, 11274360, and 11034004).

  8. Yb 3+-doped oxide crystals for diode-pumped solid state lasers: crystal growth, optical spectroscopy, new criteria of evaluation and combinatorial approach

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    Boulon, G.

    2003-04-01

    Our recent scientific program has involved the general evaluation of Yb 3+-doped oxide crystals for diode-pumped solid state lasers. Among crystalline families which provide the best expected performances, some have been grown: sesquioxide, oxyapatite, niobate and garnet fibres pulled either from the Laser Heated Pedestal Growth (LHPG) or the Micro-Pulling Down ( μ-PD) technique, tungstates by the top nucleated floating crystal (TNFC) and garnet and oxiapatite by the Czochralski (CZ) technique. Optical spectra of all crystals have been performed. In addition, a combinatorial chemistry approach has been pointed out to study the radiative lifetime and the concentration quenching processes in these laser crystals.

  9. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-05-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δ n) and figure of merit of optical properties ( Q = Δ n/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of Q R exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  10. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field. PMID:22587542

  11. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  12. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4′-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field. PMID:22587542

  13. Hyperspectral optical near-field imaging: Looking graded photonic crystals and photonic metamaterials in color

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    Dellinger, Jean; Van Do, K.; Le Roux, Xavier; de Fornel, Frédérique; Cassan, Eric; Cluzel, Benoît

    2012-10-01

    Using a scanning near-field optical microscope operating with a hyperspectral detection scheme, we report the direct observation of the mirage effect within an on-chip integrated artificial material made of a two dimensional graded photonic crystal. The light rainbow due to the material dispersion is quantified experimentally and quantitatively compared to three dimensional plane wave assisted Hamiltonian optics predictions of light propagation.

  14. Extended phase diagram of the three-dimensional phase field crystal model.

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    Jaatinen, A; Ala-Nissila, T

    2010-05-26

    We determine the phase diagram of the phase field crystal model in three dimensions by using numerical free energy minimization methods. Previously published results, based on single mode approximations, have indicated that in addition to the uniform (liquid) phase, there would be regions of stability of body-centered cubic, hexagonal and stripe phases. We find that in addition to these, there are also regions of stability of face-centered cubic and hexagonal close packed structures in this model. PMID:21393705

  15. Dust Lattice Waves in Two-Dimensional Hexagonal Dust Crystals with an External Magnetic Field

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    Farokhi, B.; Shahmansouri, M.

    2008-09-07

    The influence of a constant magnetic field on the propagation of dust-lattice (DL) modes in a two-dimensional hexagonal strongly coupled plasma crystal formed by paramagnetic particles is considered. The expression for the wave dispersion relation clearly shows that high-frequency and low-frequency branches exist as a result of the coupling of longitudinal and transverse modes due to the Lorentz force acting on the dust particles.

  16. Consideration of the condensation processes of thin films in the crystal substrate's potential field

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    Tupik, V. A.; Margolin, V. I.; Trong Su, Chu

    2016-07-01

    The condensation process of a single particle in an ideal crystal substrate's potential field is considered. The optimal deposition path and the potential barrier of deposited particle's motion are shown. Some computer modeling examples of thin film's growth process were carried out on the basis of the implemented programs. A fractal analysis of obtained thin films was made, on the basis of which the possibility of estimating the performance of thin film's growth process will be discussed.

  17. Crystal-field-driven redox reactions: How common minerals split H2O and CO2 into reduced H2 and C plus oxygen

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    Freund, F.; Batllo, F.; Leroy, R. C.; Lersky, S.; Masuda, M. M.; Chang, S.

    1991-01-01

    It is difficult to prove the presence of molecular H2 and reduced C in minerals containing dissolved H2 and CO2. A technique was developed which unambiguously shows that minerals grown in viciously reducing environments contain peroxy in their crystal structures. The peroxy represent interstitial oxygen atoms left behind when the solute H2O and/or CO2 split off H2 and C as a result of internal redox reactions, driven by the crystal field. The observation of peroxy affirms the presence of H2 and reduced C. It shows that the solid state is indeed an unusual reaction medium.

  18. Generation of the reciprocal-binomial state for optical fields

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    Valverde, C.; Avelar, A. T.; Baseia, B.; Malbouisson, J. M. C.

    2003-08-01

    We compare the efficiencies of two interesting schemes to generate truncated states of the light field in running modes, namely the “quantum scissors” and the “beam-splitter array” schemes. The latter is applied to create the reciprocal-binomial state as a travelling wave, required to implement recent experimental proposals of phase-distribution determination and of quantum lithography.

  19. State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field

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    Harwood, Chris

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the "State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field" report is to provide an environmental scan showing the state of Literacy and Essential Skills (L/ES) across the country, from the perspective of the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) and its national network of partners, both within and outside the Literacy…

  20. Solid-state stability studies of crystal form of tebipenem.

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    Talaczyńska, Alicja; Lewandowska, Kornelia; Garbacki, Piotr; Zalewski, Przemysław; Skibiński, Robert; Miklaszewski, Andrzej; Mizera, Mikołaj; Cielecka-Piontek, Judyta

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of tebipenem degradation in the solid state. The process was analyzed based on the results obtained by a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method using ultraviolet diode-array detector (DAD)/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (Q-TOF-MS/MS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopic (RS) studies. In dry air, the degradation of tebipenem was a first-order reaction depending on the substrate concentration while at an increased relative air humidity tebipenem was degraded according to the kinetic model of autocatalysis. The thermodynamic parameters: energy of activation (Ea), enthalpy (ΔH(≠a)) and entropy (ΔS(≠a)) of tebipenem degradation were calculated. Following a spectroscopic analysis of degraded samples of tebipenem, a cleavage of the β-lactam bond was proposed as the main degradation pathway, next confirmation using HPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS method.

  1. Modeling Multiple Time Scales during Glass Formation with Phase-Field Crystals

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    Berry, Joel; Grant, Martin

    2011-04-29

    The dynamics of glass formation in monatomic and binary liquids are studied numerically using a microscopic field theory for the evolution of the time-averaged atomic number density. A stochastic framework combining phase-field crystal free energies and dynamic density functional theory is shown to successfully describe several aspects of glass formation over multiple time scales. Agreement with mode coupling theory is demonstrated for underdamped liquids at moderate supercoolings, and a rapidly growing dynamic correlation length is found to be associated with fragile behavior.

  2. Capacitance changes in ferronematic liquid crystals induced by low magnetic fields

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    Tomašovičová, Natália; Timko, Milan; Mitróová, Zuzana; Koneracká, Martina; Rajňak, Michal; Éber, Nándor; Tóth-Katona, Tibor; Chaud, Xavier; Jadzyn, Jan; Kopčanský, Peter

    2013-01-01

    The response in capacitance to low external magnetic fields (up to 0.1 T) of suspensions of spherical magnetic nanoparticles, single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), SWCNT functionalized with carboxyl group (SWCNT-COOH), and SWCNT functionalized with Fe3O4 nanoparticles in a nematic liquid crystal has been studied experimentally. The volume concentration of nanoparticles was ϕ1=10-4 and ϕ2=10-3. Independent of the type and the volume concentration of the nanoparticles, a linear response to low magnetic fields (far below the magnetic Fréederiksz transition threshold) has been observed, which is not present in the undoped nematic.

  3. Phase transitions of Ising mixed spin 1 and 3/2 with random crystal field distribution

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    Sabri, S.; EL Falaki, M.; EL Yadari, M.; Benyoussef, A.; EL Kenz, A.

    2016-10-01

    The thermal and magnetic properties of the mixed spin-1 and spin-3/2 in the presence of the random crystal field are studied within the mean field approach based on the Bogoliubov inequality for the Gibbs free energy. The model exhibits first, second order transitions, a tricritical point, triple point and an isolated critical end point. It is found that the system displays simple and double compensation temperatures, five topologies of the phase diagrams. A re-entrant phenomenon is also discussed and the thermal dependences of total magnetization according to extended Neel classification have been also given.

  4. Membrane proteins, detergents and crystals: what is the state of the art?

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    Loll, Patrick J

    2014-12-01

    At the time when the first membrane-protein crystal structure was determined, crystallization of these molecules was widely perceived as extremely arduous. Today, that perception has changed drastically, and the process is regarded as routine (or nearly so). On the occasion of the International Year of Crystallography 2014, this review presents a snapshot of the current state of the art, with an emphasis on the role of detergents in this process. A survey of membrane-protein crystal structures published since 2012 reveals that the direct crystallization of protein-detergent complexes remains the dominant methodology; in addition, lipidic mesophases have proven immensely useful, particularly in specific niches, and bicelles, while perhaps undervalued, have provided important contributions as well. Evolving trends include the addition of lipids to protein-detergent complexes and the gradual incorporation of new detergents into the standard repertoire. Stability has emerged as a critical parameter controlling how a membrane protein behaves in the presence of detergent, and efforts to enhance stability are discussed. Finally, although discovery-based screening approaches continue to dwarf mechanistic efforts to unravel crystallization, recent technical advances offer hope that future experiments might incorporate the rational manipulation of crystallization behaviors.

  5. Negative Differential Velocity in Artificial Crystals Probed by High Magnetic Fields

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    Patanè, A.

    , for x > 0.2%, which we have attributed to the emergence of defect states with deep (~ 0.3 eV) energy levels. Electron trapping onto these states was not observed at low x (x = 0.2%). In this ultra-dilute alloy regime and at low electric fields (F < 1 kV/cm) the electrical conductivity retains the characteristic features of transport through extended states, albeit with relatively low mobility (µ ~ 0.1 m2/Vs at RT) due to scattering of electrons by N-atoms. We have focused our research on this ultra-dilute regime and exploited the admixing of the localized single N-impurity level with the extended conduction band states of GaAs to realize an unusual type of negative differential velocity (NDV) effect: at large F (> 1 kV/cm), electrons gain sufficient energy to approach the energy of the resonant N-level, where they become spatially localized.7-10 This Resonant Electron Localization in Electric Field, to which we give the acronym RELIEF, leads to NDV and strongly non-linear current-voltage characteristics. We envisage that the RELIEF-effect could be observed in other III-N-V alloys, such as InP1-xNx and InAs1-xNx. In these compounds the nature of the resonant interaction between the N-level and the conduction band states of the host-crystal is still relatively unexplored. However, it is clear that the different energy positions of the N-level relative to the conduction band minimum of different materials could offer new degrees of freedom in the design of the electronic band structure and electron dynamics. The RELIEF-effect may open up prospects for future applications in fast electronics. We have shown that the maximum response frequency, fmax, of a RELIEF-diode can be tuned by the applied electric field in the THz frequency range.7 This is of potential technological significance for the development of detectors/sources in the 0.6-1 THz region, which is not currently attainable using conventional Transferred Electron Devices and Quantum Cascade Lasers. Our recent

  6. Towards the Structure Determination of a Modulated Protein Crystal: The Semicrystalline State of Profilin:Actin

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    Borgstahl, G.; Lovelace, J.; Snell, E. H.; Bellamy, H.

    2003-01-01

    One of the remaining challenges to structural biology is the solution of modulated structures. While small molecule crystallographers have championed this type of structure, to date, no modulated macromolecular structures have been determined. Modulation of the molecular structures within the crystal can produce satellite reflections or a superlattice of reflections in reciprocal space. We have developed the data collection methods and strategies that are needed to collect and analyze these data. If the macromolecule's crystal lattice is composed of physiologically relevant packing contacts, structural changes induced under physiological conditions can cause distortion relevant to the function and biophysical processes of the molecule making up the crystal. By careful measurement of the distortion, and the corresponding three-dimensional structure of the distorted molecule, we will visualize the motion and mechanism of the biological macromolecule(s). We have measured the modulated diffraction pattern produced by the semicrystalline state of profilin:actin crystals using highly parallel and highly monochromatic synchrotron radiation coupled with fine phi slicing (0.001-0.010 degrees) for structure determination. These crystals present these crystals present a unique opportunity to address an important question in structural biology. The modulation is believed to be due to the formation of actin helical filaments from the actin beta ribbon upon the pH-induced dissociation of profilin. To date, the filamentous state of actin has resisted crystallization and no detailed structures are available. The semicrystalline state profilin:actin crystals provides a unique opportunity to understand the many conformational states of actin. This knowledge is essential for understanding the dynamics underlying shape changes and motility of eukaryotic cells. Many essential processes, such as cytokinesis, phagocytosis, and cellular migration depend upon the capacity of the actin

  7. Multiple chiral topological states in liquid crystals from unstructured light beams

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    Loussert, Charles; Brasselet, Etienne

    2014-02-03

    It is shown experimentally that unstructured light beams can generate a wealth of distinct metastable defect structures in thin films of chiral liquid crystals. Various kinds of individual chiral topological states are obtained as well as dimers and trimers, which correspond to the entanglement of several topological unit cells. Self-assembled nested assemblies of several metastable particle-like topological states can also be formed. Finally, we propose and experimentally demonstrate an opto-electrical approach to generate tailor-made architectures.

  8. Imprint electric field controlled electronic transport in TlGaSe2 crystals

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    Seyidov, MirHasan Yu; Suleymanov, Rauf A.; Balaban, Ertan; Şale, Yasin

    2013-09-01

    The effect of built-in electric field onto the dc electrical conductivity, photoconductivity, and electrical switching phenomenon were investigated in TlGaSe2 layered semiconductor within the temperature range of 77-300 K. We have used different types of electrodes for different TlGaSe2 samples in both parallel and perpendicular directions to the plane of layers. The effect of electric field was investigated by cooling the samples from the room temperature under the electric field and then removing it at ˜80 K. After the procedure, it was found that a built-in internal electric field which strongly affects transport properties appears in TlGaSe2 crystals. Substantial increasing of both dark currents and photo-conductivities were observed predominantly at low temperatures, where hopping was the main conductivity mechanism. The anomalous decrease of the activation energy in the low temperature region and the switching effect are also the main experimental findings of the present work. Such behavior can be understood by assuming that the built-in electric field greatly increases the contribution of the hopping conductivity at low temperatures. Obtained results are discussed on the basis of the models widely used for disordered semiconductors. It was shown that TlGaSe2 crystal demonstrates the peculiar behavior that is typical to such type of semiconductors.

  9. Crystal fields of porphyrins and phthalocyanines from polarization-dependent 2p-to-3d multiplets

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    Johnson, Phillip S.; Boukahil, Idris; Himpsel, F. J.; García-Lastra, J. M.; Kennedy, Colton K.; Jersett, Nathan J.; Cook, Peter L.

    2014-03-21

    Polarization-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy is combined with density functional calculations and atomic multiplet calculations to determine the crystal field parameters 10Dq, Ds, and Dt of transition metal phthalocyanines and octaethylporphyrins (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni). The polarization dependence facilitates the assignment of the multiplets in terms of in-plane and out-of-plane orbitals and avoids ambiguities. Crystal field values from density functional calculations provide starting values close to the optimum fit of the data. The resulting systematics of the crystal field can be used for optimizing electron-hole separation in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  10. Quantum states of neutrons in the Earth's gravitational field.

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    Nesvizhevsky, Valery V; Börner, Hans G; Petukhov, Alexander K; Abele, Hartmut; Baessler, Stefan; Ruess, Frank J; Stöferle, Thilo; Westphal, Alexander; Gagarski, Alexei M; Petrov, Guennady A; Strelkov, Alexander V

    2002-01-17

    The discrete quantum properties of matter are manifest in a variety of phenomena. Any particle that is trapped in a sufficiently deep and wide potential well is settled in quantum bound states. For example, the existence of quantum states of electrons in an electromagnetic field is responsible for the structure of atoms, and quantum states of nucleons in a strong nuclear field give rise to the structure of atomic nuclei. In an analogous way, the gravitational field should lead to the formation of quantum states. But the gravitational force is extremely weak compared to the electromagnetic and nuclear force, so the observation of quantum states of matter in a gravitational field is extremely challenging. Because of their charge neutrality and long lifetime, neutrons are promising candidates with which to observe such an effect. Here we report experimental evidence for gravitational quantum bound states of neutrons. The particles are allowed to fall towards a horizontal mirror which, together with the Earth's gravitational field, provides the necessary confining potential well. Under such conditions, the falling neutrons do not move continuously along the vertical direction, but rather jump from one height to another, as predicted by quantum theory.

  11. New Ground-State Crystal Structure of Elemental Boron.

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    An, Qi; Reddy, K Madhav; Xie, Kelvin Y; Hemker, Kevin J; Goddard, William A

    2016-08-19

    Elemental boron exhibits many polymorphs in nature based mostly on an icosahedral shell motif, involving stabilization of 13 strong multicenter intraicosahedral bonds. It is commonly accepted that the most thermodynamic stable structure of elemental boron at atmospheric pressure is the β rhombohedral boron (β-B). Surprisingly, using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, we found that pure boron powder contains grains of two different types, the previously identified β-B containing a number of randomly spaced twins and what appears to be a fully transformed twinlike structure. This fully transformed structure, denoted here as τ-B, is based on the Cmcm orthorhombic space group. Quantum mechanics predicts that the newly identified τ-B structure is 13.8  meV/B more stable than β-B. The τ-B structure allows 6% more charge transfer from B_{57} units to nearby B_{12} units, making the net charge 6% closer to the ideal expected from Wade's rules. Thus, we predict the τ-B structure to be the ground state structure for elemental boron at atmospheric pressure. PMID:27588864

  12. New Ground-State Crystal Structure of Elemental Boron

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    An, Qi; Reddy, K. Madhav; Xie, Kelvin Y.; Hemker, Kevin J.; Goddard, William A.

    2016-08-01

    Elemental boron exhibits many polymorphs in nature based mostly on an icosahedral shell motif, involving stabilization of 13 strong multicenter intraicosahedral bonds. It is commonly accepted that the most thermodynamic stable structure of elemental boron at atmospheric pressure is the β rhombohedral boron (β -B ). Surprisingly, using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, we found that pure boron powder contains grains of two different types, the previously identified β -B containing a number of randomly spaced twins and what appears to be a fully transformed twinlike structure. This fully transformed structure, denoted here as τ -B , is based on the C m c m orthorhombic space group. Quantum mechanics predicts that the newly identified τ -B structure is 13.8 meV /B more stable than β -B . The τ -B structure allows 6% more charge transfer from B57 units to nearby B12 units, making the net charge 6% closer to the ideal expected from Wade's rules. Thus, we predict the τ -B structure to be the ground state structure for elemental boron at atmospheric pressure.

  13. Magnetic field tunable small-scale mechanical properties of nickel single crystals measured by nanoindentation technique.

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    Zhou, Hao; Pei, Yongmao; Fang, Daining

    2014-01-01

    Nano- and micromagnetic materials have been extensively employed in micro-functional devices. However, measuring small-scale mechanical and magnetomechanical properties is challenging, which restricts the design of new products and the performance of smart devices. A new magnetomechanical nanoindentation technique is developed and tested on a nickel single crystal in the absence and presence of a saturated magnetic field. Small-scale parameters such as Young's modulus, indentation hardness, and plastic index are dependent on the applied magnetic field, which differ greatly from their macroscale counterparts. Possible mechanisms that induced 31% increase in modulus and 7% reduction in hardness (i.e., the flexomagnetic effect and the interaction between dislocations and magnetic field, respectively) are analyzed and discussed. Results could be useful in the microminiaturization of applications, such as tunable mechanical resonators and magnetic field sensors.

  14. A high-field (30 Tesla) pulsed magnet instrument for single-crystal scattering studies

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    Islam, Zahirul; Nojiri, Hiroyuki; Narumi, Yasuo; Lang, Jonathan

    2010-03-01

    Pulsed magnets have emerged as a viable approach at synchrotron x-ray facilities for studying materials in high magnetic fields. We are developing a new high-field (30 Tesla) pulsed magnet system for single-crystal x-ray diffraction studies. It consists of a single 18mm-bore solenoid, designed and built at Tohoku University using high-tensile-strength and high conductivity CuAg wires. A dual-cryostat scheme has been developed at Advanced Photon Source in order to cool the coil using liquid nitrogen and the sample using a closed-cycle cryostat independently. Liquid nitrogen cooling allows repetition rate of a few minutes for peak fields near 30 Tesla. This scheme is unique in that it allows the applied magnetic field to be parallel to the scattering plane. Time-resolved scattering data are typically collected using a fast one-dimensional strip detector. Opportunities and challenges for experiments and instrumentation will be discussed.

  15. Anisotropies of the lower and upper critical fields in MgB2 single crystals.

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    Lyard, L; Szabó, P; Klein, T; Marcus, J; Marcenat, C; Kim, K H; Kang, B W; Lee, H S; Lee, S I

    2004-02-01

    The temperature dependence of the upper (H(c2)) and lower (H(c1)) critical fields has been deduced from Hall probe magnetization measurements of high quality MgB2 single crystals along the two main crystallographic directions. We show that Gamma(H(c2))=H(c2 axially ab)/H(c2 axially c) and Gamma(H(c1))=H(c1 axially c)/H(c1 axially ab) differ significantly at low temperature (being approximately 5 and approximately 1, respectively) and have opposite temperature dependencies. We suggest that MgB2 can be described by a single field dependent anisotropy parameter gamma(H) (=lambda(c)/lambda(ab)=xi(ab)/xi(c)) that increases from Gamma(H(c1)) at low field to Gamma(H(c2)) at high field.

  16. Nematic liquid crystals in a spatially step-wise magnetic field

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    Napoli, Gaetano; Scaraggi, Michele

    2016-01-01

    We study the molecular reorientation induced by a textured external field in a nematic liquid crystal (nLC). In particular, we consider an infinitely wide cell with strong planar anchoring boundary conditions, subjected to a spatially periodic piecewise magnetic field. In the framework of the Frank's continuum theory, we use the perturbation analysis to study in detail the field-induced splay-bend Fréedericksz transition. A numerical approach, based on the finite differences method, is instead employed to solve the fully nonlinear equations. At high field strengths, an analytic approach allows us to draw the bulk profile of the director in terms of elliptic integrals. Finally, through the application of the Bruggeman texture hydrodynamics theory, we qualitatively discuss on the LCs piecewise director configuration under sliding interfaces, which can be adopted to actively regulate friction. Our study opens the pathway for the application of highly controlled nLC texturing for tribotronics.

  17. Magnetic Field Tunable Small-scale Mechanical Properties of Nickel Single Crystals Measured by Nanoindentation Technique

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    Zhou, Hao; Pei, Yongmao; Fang, Daining

    2014-01-01

    Nano- and micromagnetic materials have been extensively employed in micro-functional devices. However, measuring small-scale mechanical and magnetomechanical properties is challenging, which restricts the design of new products and the performance of smart devices. A new magnetomechanical nanoindentation technique is developed and tested on a nickel single crystal in the absence and presence of a saturated magnetic field. Small-scale parameters such as Young's modulus, indentation hardness, and plastic index are dependent on the applied magnetic field, which differ greatly from their macroscale counterparts. Possible mechanisms that induced 31% increase in modulus and 7% reduction in hardness (i.e., the flexomagnetic effect and the interaction between dislocations and magnetic field, respectively) are analyzed and discussed. Results could be useful in the microminiaturization of applications, such as tunable mechanical resonators and magnetic field sensors. PMID:24695002

  18. Crystal-field study of magnetization and specific heat properties of frustrated pyrochlore Pr2Zr2O7

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    Alam, J.; Jana, Y. M.; Biswas, A. Ali

    2016-10-01

    The experimental results of temperature dependent dc magnetic susceptibility, field dependent isothermal magnetization, magnetic specific heat and entropy of the pyrochlore Pr2Zr2O7 are simulated and analyzed using appropriate D3d crystal-field (CF) and anisotropic molecular field tensors at Pr-sites in the self-consistent mean-field approach involving four magnetically non-equivalent rare-earth spins on the tetrahedral unit of the pyrochlore structure. CF level pattern and wave-functions of the ground 3H4 multiplet of the Pr3+ ions are obtained considering intermediate coupling between different Russell-Saunders terms of the 4f2 electronic configurations of Pr-ion and J-mixing effects. CF analysis shows that the CF ground-state of the Pr3+ ion in Pr2Zr2O7 is a well-isolated doublet, with significant admixtures of terms coming from |MJ=±4> and |MJ=±1>, and the Pr-spins are effectively Ising-like along the local <111> axes. Magnetic specific heat in zero-field is simulated by considering a temperature dependence of the exchange splitting of the ground doublet.

  19. Coupling between crystal field transitions and phonons in the 4f-electron system CeCu 2

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    Schedler, R.; Witte, U.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Kulda, J.

    2003-07-01

    In general, elementary excitations like phonons and crystal field (CF) transitions are considered decoupled and the determination and interpretation of the measured spectra of both phenomena, i.e. the phonon dispersion relations and the CF level schemes are made independently of each other. A signature of a strong coupling between both phenomena is the observation of an unusual behaviour in both subsystems. In this paper, we present inelastic neutron scattering results on the rare earth compound CeCu 2. This substance shows a orthorhombic CeCu 2 structure with 18 phonon modes and a splitting of the J= {5}/{2} ground state multiplet of the Ce 3+ ions into 3 doublets. The assumption of a coupling between a CF transition connecting the two excited CF states and phonons was put forward from the results of inelastic neutron data on a polycrystalline sample. This assumption is now confirmed by inelastic neutron spectra on a single crystal showing unusual phonon energy shifts and line widths as well as a strong broadening of the CF excitations.

  20. Comparative study of the absorption spectrum of Li 2CaSiO 4:Cr 4+: First-principles fully relativistic and crystal field calculations

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    Brik, M. G.; Ogasawara, K.

    2007-11-01

    Systematic analysis of the energy level scheme and ground state absorption of the Cr4+ ion in Li2CaSiO4 crystal was performed using the exchange charge model of the crystal field [B.Z. Malkin, in: A.A. Kaplyanskii, B.M. Macfarlane (Eds.), Spectroscopy of Solids Containing Rare-earth Ions, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1987, pp. 33-50] and recently developed first-principles approach to the analysis of the absorption spectra of impurity ions in crystals based on the discrete variational multielectron (DVME) method [K. Ogasawara, T. Iwata, Y. Koyama, T. Ishii, I. Tanaka, H. Adachi, Phys. Rev. B 64 (2001) 115413]. Using the former method, the values of parameters of crystal field acting on the Cr4+ ion valence electrons were calculated using the Li2CaSiO4 crystal structure data. Energy levels of the Cr4+ ion obtained after diagonalizing the crystal field Hamiltonian are in good agreement with those obtained from the experimental spectra. The latter method is based on the numerical solution of the Dirac equation; therefore, all relativistic effects are automatically considered. As a result, energy level scheme of Cr4+ and its absorption spectra in both polarizations were calculated, assigned and compared with experimental data; energy of the lowest charge transfer transition was evaluated and compared with theoretical predictions for the CrO44- complex available in the literature. The main features of the experimental spectra shape are reproduced well by the calculations. By performing analysis of the molecular orbitals (MO) population, it was shown that the covalent effects play an important role in formation of the spectral properties of Cr4+ ion in the considered crystal.

  1. Explosively produced megagauss fields and recent solid state applications

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    Fowler, C.M.; Freeman, B.L.; Hults, W.L.; King, J.C.; Mueller, F.M.; Rickel, D.G.; Smith, J.L.; Brooks, J.S.; Goettee, J.D.

    1993-12-31

    Large magnetic fields may be generated by compression of an initial magnetic flux generated over a large area at relatively low magnetic field into a region of smaller area. Following a discussion of flux compression principles, the authors discuss megagauss field systems in use at Los Alamos where chemical explosives are used to compress the flux. Their use in some solid state experiments will be discussed briefly, including a planned set of experiments on YBCO to be done jointly with a Russian team, whose aim is to determine the low temperature, critical magnetic field of YBCO.

  2. Strong modification of density of optical states in biotemplated photonic crystals

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    Jorgensen, Matthew R.; Yonkee, Benjamin; Bartl, Michael H.

    2011-06-01

    Nature has developed sophisticated methods to create structure-based colors as a way to address the need of a wide variety of organisms. This pallet of available structures presents a unique opportunity for the investigation of new photonic crystal designs. Low-temperature sol-gel biotemplating methods were used to transform a single biotemplate into a variety of inorganic oxide structures. The density of optical states was calculated for a diamond-based natural photonic crystal, as well as several structures templated from it. Calculations were experimentally probed by spontaneous emission studies using time correlated single photon counting measurements.

  3. Analysis of a teleportation scheme involving cavity field states in a linear superposition of Fock states

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    Carvalho, C. R.; Guerra, E. S.; Jalbert, Ginette

    2008-04-01

    We analyse a teleportation scheme of cavity field states. The experimental sketch discussed makes use of cavity quantum electrodynamics involving the interaction of Rydberg atoms with superconducting (micromaser) cavities as well as with classical microwave (Ramsey) cavities. In our scheme the Ramsey cavities and the atoms play the role of auxiliary systems used to teleport a field state, which is formed by a linear superposition of vacuum |∅> and the one-photon state |1>, from a micromaser cavity to another.

  4. Direct current electric field assembly of colloidal crystals displaying reversible structural color.

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    Shah, Aayush A; Ganesan, Mahesh; Jocz, Jennifer; Solomon, Michael J

    2014-08-26

    We report the application of low-voltage direct current (dc) electric fields to self-assemble close-packed colloidal crystals in nonaqueous solvents from colloidal spheres that vary in size from as large as 1.2 μm to as small as 0.1 μm. The assemblies are created rapidly (∼2 min) from an initially low volume fraction colloidal particle suspension using a simple capacitor-like electric field device that applies a steady dc electric voltage. Confocal microscopy is used to observe the ordering that is produced by the assembly method. This spatial evidence for ordering is consistent with the 6-fold diffraction patterns identified by light scattering. Red, green, and blue structural color is observed for the ordered assemblies of colloids with diameters of 0.50, 0.40, and 0.29 μm, respectively, consistent with spectroscopic measurements of reflectance. The diffraction and spectrophotometry results were found to be consistent with the theoretical Bragg's scattering expected for closed-packed crystals. By switching the dc electric field from on to off, we demonstrate reversibility of the structural color response on times scales ∼60 s. The dc electric field assembly method therefore represents a simple method to produce reversible structural color in colloidal soft matter.

  5. Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe-Al(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields

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    Kawai, Tetsuroh; Abe, Tatsuya; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2016-05-01

    Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe100-x - Alx(x = 0 - 30 at.%)(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields are investigated along the two different crystallographic orientations, [100] and [110]. The behaviors of Fe and Fe90Al10 films show bath-tub like waveform along [100], easy magnetization axis, and triangular waveform along [110], hard magnetization axis, with respect to their four-fold magnetic anisotropy. On the other hand, the behaviors of Fe80Al20 film are different from those of Fe or Fe90Al10 film. The output of the film along [100] shows a strong magnetic field dependence. The Fe70Al30 film shows similar magnetostrictive behaviors along both [100] and [110] reflecting its magnetic properties, which are almost same for the both directions. The growth of ordered phase (B2) in Fe80Al20 and Fe70Al30 films is considered to have affected their magnetostrictive behaviors. The Al content dependence on λ100 and λ111 values shows similar tendency to that reported for the bulk samples but the values are slightly different. The Fe90Al10(001) single-crystal film shows a large magnetostriction along [100] under a very small magnetic field of 0.02 kOe, which is comparable to the saturated one, and changes the value abruptly in relation to the angle of applied magnetic field.

  6. Radiation Damage of Myoglobin Crystals in Weak Stationary Electric and Magnetic Fields

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    Trame, C B; Dragovic, M; Chiu, H-J

    2014-01-01

    Radiation damage is one of the bottlenecks in the field of structural biology. Cryo-cooling of protein crystals provided a breakthrough in the 1980s and resulted in significant reductions in radiation damage. Other factors positively influencing the progression of damage include the application of radical scavengers and reductions in the experimental beam size. Here we study the impact on radiation damage of applying static magnetic and electric fields during protein diffraction experiments, ultimately probing the Lorenz force effect on primary photoelectrons and secondary Auger electrons, which both contribute to the damage process. The design of a special mounting pin using graphene for applying electric fields on a crystalline sample is described. Analyses of myoglobin protein crystals exposed to the fields of ~40 mT and −300 V show a slower global radiation damage rate and also changes in the progression of specific damage process on the molecular level, in particular at doses extending beyond the Garman limit of 30 MGy. PMID:25089148

  7. Directed peptide amphiphile assembly using aqueous liquid crystal templates in magnetic fields.

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    van der Asdonk, Pim; Keshavarz, Masoumeh; Christianen, Peter C M; Kouwer, Paul H J

    2016-08-21

    An alignment technique based on the combination of magnetic fields and a liquid crystal (LC) template uses the advantages of both approaches: the magnetic fields offer non-contact methods that apply to all sample sizes and shapes, whilst the LC templates offer high susceptibilities. The combination introduces a route to control the spatial organization of materials with low intrinsic susceptibilities. We demonstrate that we can unidirectionally align one such material, peptide amphiphiles in water, on a centimeter scale at a tenfold lower magnetic field by using a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal as a template. We can transform the aligned supramolecular assemblies into optically active π-conjugated polymers after photopolymerization. Lastly, by reducing the magnetic field strength needed for addressing these assemblies, we are able to create more complex structures by initiating self-assembly of our supramolecular materials under competing alignment forces between the magnetically induced alignment of the assemblies (with a positive diamagnetic anisotropy) and the elastic force dominated alignment of the template (with a negative diamagnetic anisotropy), which is directed orthogonally. Although the approach is still in its infancy and many critical parameters need optimization, we believe that it is a very promising technique to create tailor-made complex structures of (aqueous) functional soft matter. PMID:27320385

  8. Imaging the oblique propagation of electrons in germanium crystals at low temperature and low electric field

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    Moffatt, R. A.; Cabrera, B.; Corcoran, B. M.; Kreikebaum, J. M.; Redl, P.; Shank, B.; Yen, J. J.; Young, B. A.; Brink, P. L.; Cherry, M.; Tomada, A.; Phipps, A.; Sadoulet, B.; Sundqvist, K. M.

    2016-01-01

    Excited electrons in the conduction band of germanium collect into four energy minima, or valleys, in momentum space. These local minima have highly anisotropic mass tensors which cause the electrons to travel in directions which are oblique to an applied electric field at sub-Kelvin temperatures and low electric fields, in contrast to the more isotropic behavior of the holes. This experiment produces a full two-dimensional image of the oblique electron and hole propagation and the quantum transitions of electrons between valleys for electric fields oriented along the [0,0,1] direction. Charge carriers are excited with a focused laser pulse on one face of a germanium crystal and then drifted through the crystal by a uniform electric field of strength between 0.5 and 6 V/cm. The pattern of charge density arriving on the opposite face is used to reconstruct the trajectories of the carriers. Measurements of the two-dimensional pattern of charge density are compared in detail with Monte Carlo simulations developed for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) to model the transport of charge carriers in high-purity germanium detectors.

  9. Vortex Lattice Formation in High Magnetic Fields in an Underdoped Single Crystal of Hg1201 from 17O NMR

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    Lee, Jeongseop; Xin, Yizhou; Halperin, W. P.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.

    The vortex lattice in HgBa2CuO4+δ forms at a vortex melting temperature, Tv, typically ~40K for underdoped crystals with a hole doping ~ 0.11. We present our results from 17O NMR for investigation of the vortex lattice as a function of external magnetic field up to 30 T and temperature as low as 5 K. The vortex contribution to the NMR linewidth can be separated from inhomogeneous broadening by deconvolution of the normal state spectra which was measured separately above, Tv. The vortex melting temperature was measured for two underdoped samples marked by the onset of extra linewidth broadening due to the inhomogeneous magnetic field distribution from the solid vortex lattice consistent with transverse relaxation measurements. We have found evidence for a change in the vortex lattice symmetry as a function of external fields. This work was supported by the DOE BES under Grant No. DE-FG02-05ER46248 and the NHMFL through the NSF and State of Florida.

  10. Random crystal field effect on the kinetic spin-3/2 Blume-Capel model under a time-dependent oscillating field

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    El Hachimi, A. G.; Dakir, O.; Sidi Ahmed, S.; Zaari, H.; El Yadari, M.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of random crystal-field on the stationary states of the kinetic spin-3/2 Blume-Capel model is investigated within the framework of the mean-field approach. The Glauber-type stochastic dynamics is used to describe the time evolution of the system which is subject to a time-dependent oscillating external magnetic field. In addition to the well-known phase transitions and the appearance of the partly ferromagnetic phase characterized by the magnetization m = 1 in equilibrium case, a new dynamical regions between the ferromagnetic phases F1/2, F1 and F3/2 are found where F3/2 +F 1 / 2 ,F3/2 +F1, F1 +F1/2 phases coexist for a weak value of the reduced magnetic field (h). Whereas for higher value of h both solutions ordered F and disordered P phases coexist. Hence we present six types topologies of phase diagrams which exhibit dynamical first-order, second-order transition lines, dynamical tricritical and isolated critical end points. Furthermore, the dynamical thermal behavior magnetizations, susceptibilities and phase space trajectories are given and discussed.

  11. General equations for the motions of ice crystals and water drops in gravitational and electric fields

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    Nisbet, John S.

    1989-01-01

    General equations for the Reynolds number of a variety of types of ice crystals and water drops are given in terms of the Davies, Bond, and Knudsen numbers. The equations are in terms of the basic physical parameters of the system and are valid for calculating velocities in gravitational and electric fields over a very wide range of sizes and atmospheric conditions. The equations are asymptotically matched at the bottom and top of the size spectrum, useful when checking large computer codes. A numerical system for specifying the dimensional properties of ice crystals is introduced. Within the limits imposed by such variables as particle density, which have large deviations, the accuracy of velocities appears to be within 10 percent over the entire range of sizes of interest.

  12. Crystal size of epidotes: A potentially exploitable geothermometer in geothermal fields

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    Patrier, P.; Beaufort, D.; Touchard, G. ); Fouillac, A.M. )

    1990-11-01

    Crystal size of epidotes crystallized in quartz + epidote veins is used as the basis for a new geothermometer from the fossil geothermal field of Saint Martin (Lesser Antilles). The epidote-bearing alteration paragenesis is developed as far as 3 km from a quartz diorite pluton at temperatures of 220-350C. The length/width ratio of the epidote grains is constant for all the analyzed samples and suggests isotropic growth environments. However, the length and width of the grains vary exponentially with temperature. The obtained results offer new perspectives for simple grain-size geothermomentry but must be extended to other geologic environments to clarify the influence of different rock types.

  13. Temperature and Field Induced Strain Measurements in Single Crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-06-01

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.

  14. General equations for the motions of ice crystals and water drops in gravitational and electric fields

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    Nisbet, John S.

    1988-01-01

    General equations for the Reynolds number of a variety of types of ice crystals and water drops are given in terms of the Davies, Bond, and Knudsen numbers. The equations are in terms of the basic physical parameters of the system and are valid for calculating velocities in gravitational and electric fields over a very wide range of sizes and atmospheric conditions. The equations are asymptotically matched at the bottom and top of the size spectrum, useful when checking large computer codes. A numerical system for specifying the dimensional properties of ice crystals is introduced. Within the limits imposed by such variables as particle density, which have large deviations, the accuracy of velocities appears to be within 10 percent over the entire range of sizes of interest.

  15. Monitoring the evolution of crystallization processes by in-situ solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Harris, Kenneth D M; Hughes, Colan E; Williams, P Andrew

    2015-02-01

    Crystallization processes play a crucial role in many aspects of biological and physical sciences. Progress in deepening our fundamental understanding of such processes relies, to a large extent, on the development and application of new experimental strategies that allow direct in-situ monitoring of the process. In this paper, we give an overview of an in-situ solid-state NMR strategy that we have developed in recent years for monitoring the time-evolution of different polymorphic forms (or other solid forms) that arise as the function of time during crystallization from solution. The background to the strategy is described and several examples of the application of the technique are highlighted, focusing on both the evolution of different polymorphs during crystallization and the discovery of new polymorphs.

  16. Solid-state syntheses and single-crystal characterizations of three tetravalent thorium and uranium silicates

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    Jin, Geng Bang Soderholm, L.

    2015-01-15

    Colorless crystals of ThSiO{sub 4} (huttonite) (1) and (Ca{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 2}NaThSi{sub 8}O{sub 20} (2) have been synthesized by the solid-state reactions of ThO{sub 2}, CaSiO{sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} at 1073 K. Green crystals of (Ca{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 2}NaUSi{sub 8}O{sub 20} (3) have been synthesized by the solid-state reactions of UO{sub 2}, CaSiO{sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} at 1003 K. All three compounds have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 adopts a monazite-type three-dimensional condensed structure, which is built from edge- and corner-shared ThO{sub 9} polyhedra and SiO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Compounds 2 and 3 are isostructural and they crystallize in a steacyite-type structure. The structure consists of discrete pseudocubic [Si{sub 8}O{sub 20}]{sup 8−} polyanions, which are connected by An{sup 4+} cations into a three-dimensional framework. Each An atom coordinates to eight monodentate [Si{sub 8}O{sub 20}]{sup 8−} moieties in a square antiprismatic geometry. Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} ions reside in the void within the framework. Raman spectra of 1, 2, and 3 were collected on single crystal samples. 1 displays more complex vibrational bands than thorite. Raman spectra of 2 and 3 are analogous with most of vibrational bands located at almost the same regions. - Graphical abstract: A Raman spectrum and crystal structures of (Ca{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 2}NaAnSi{sub 8}O{sub 20} (An=Th, U), which contain pseudocubic [Si{sub 8}O{sub 20}]{sup 8−} polyanions and eight-coordinate An{sup 4+} cations. - Highlights: • Single crystal growth of three tetravalent actinide silicates from melts. • Single-crystal structures and Raman spectra of (Ca{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 2}NaAnSi{sub 8}O{sub 20} (An=Th, U). • First report of Raman spectrum of huttonite on single crystal samples.

  17. Three-Dimensional Stress Fields and Slip Systems for Single Crystal Superalloy Notched Specimens

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    Magnan, Shannon M.; Throckmorton, David (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Single crystal superalloys have become increasingly popular for turbine blade and vane applications due to their high strength, and creep and fatigue resistance at elevated temperatures. The crystallographic orientation of a single crystal material greatly affects its material properties, including elastic modulus, shear modulus, and ductility. These directional properties, along with the type of loading and temperature, dictate an anisotropic response in the yield strength, creep resistance, creep rupture ductility, fatigue resistance, etc. A significant amount of research has been conducted to determine the material properties in the <001> orientation, yet the material properties deviating from the <001> orientation have not been assessed for all cases. Based on the desired application and design criteria, a crystal orientation is selected to yield the maximum properties. Currently, single crystal manufacturing is able to control the primary crystallographic orientation within 15 of the target orientation, which is an acceptable deviation to meet both performance and cost guidelines; the secondary orientation is rarely specified. A common experiment is the standard load-controlled tensile test, in which specimens with different orientations can be loaded to observe the material response. The deformation behavior of single-crystal materials under tension and compression is known to be a function of not only material orientation, but also of varying microdeformation (i.e. dislocation) mechanisms. The underlying dislocation motion causes deformation via slip, and affects the activation of specific slip systems based on load and orientation. The slip can be analyzed by observing the visible traces left on the surface of the specimen from the slip activity within the single crystal material. The goal of this thesis was to predict the slip systems activated in three-dimensional stress fields of a notched tensile specimen, as a function of crystal orientation, using

  18. Unconventional optical Tamm states in metal-terminated three-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Korovin, Alexander V.; Romanov, Sergei G.

    2016-03-01

    Unconventional optical Tamm surface states have been demonstrated in transmission and reflectance spectra of three-dimensional opal photonic crystals coated by thin metal films. These states appear in registry with diffraction resonances and localize the electromagnetic energy in asymmetric resonators formed by stacks of lattice planes and metal semishells. Tamm defect states provide the bypass for light at the edges of the Bragg diffraction resonances and thus reduce the diffraction efficiency. Despite the hidden nature of this effect, its magnitude is comparable to the extraordinary transmission associated with the surface-plasmon polaritons that are simultaneously excited at the surfaces of the corrugated metal films.

  19. Unconventional optical Tamm defect states in metal-terminated opal photonic crystals

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    Korovin, Alexander V.; Romanov, Sergei G.

    2016-04-01

    Optical Tamm surface states are formed in 3-dimensional photonic crystals coated by thin metal films. These states appear in registry with diffraction resonances and localize the electromagnetic energy in resonators formed by diffraction mirrors of lattice planes and metal semishells. Tamm defect states provide the bypass for light in the spectral range of photonic stop-bands and thus reduce the efficiency of the Bragg diffraction resonances. In spite of hidden nature of this effect, its magnitude is comparable to the extraordinary transmission associated with tunneling of surface plasmon polaritons, which are simultaneously excited at surfaces of corrugated metal film coating.

  20. Field-induced periodic distortions in a nematic liquid crystal: deuterium NMR study and theoretical analysis.

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    Sugimura, A; Zakharov, A V

    2011-08-01

    The peculiarities in the dynamic of the director reorientation in a liquid crystal (LC) film under the influence of the electric E field directed at an angle α to the magnetic B field have been investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Time-resolved deuterium NMR spectroscopy is employed to investigate the field-induced director dynamics. Analysis of the experimental results, based on the predictions of hydrodynamic theory including both the director motion and fluid flow, provides an evidence for the appearance of the spatially periodic patterns in 4-n-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl LC film, at the angles α>60∘, in response to the suddenly applied E. These periodic distortions produce a lower effective rotational viscosity. This gives a faster response of the director rotation than for a uniform mode, as observed in our NMR experiment. PMID:21929001

  1. Near-field probing of slow Bloch modes on photonic crystals with a nanoantenna.

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    Vo, T-P; Mivelle, M; Callard, S; Rahmani, A; Baida, F; Charraut, D; Belarouci, A; Nedeljkovic, D; Seassal, C; Burr, G W; Grosjean, T

    2012-02-13

    We study the near-field probing of the slow Bloch laser mode of a photonic crystal by a bowtie nano-aperture (BNA) positioned at the end of a metal-coated fiber probe. We show that the BNA acts as a polarizing nanoprobe allowing us to extract information about the polarization of the near-field of the slow-light mode, without causing any significant perturbation of the lasing process. Near-field experiments reveal a spatial resolution better than λ/20 and a polarization ratio as strong as 110. We also demonstrate that the collection efficiency is two orders of magnitude larger for the BNA than for a 200 nm large circular aperture opened at the apex of the same metal-coated fiber tip. The BNA allows for overcoming one of the main limitations of SNOM linked to the well-known trade off between resolution and signal-to-noise ratio.

  2. Melt Motion Due to Peltier Marking During Bridgman Crystal Growth with an Axial Magnetic Field

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    Sellers, C. C.; Walker, John S.; Szofran, Frank R.; Motakef, Shariar

    2000-01-01

    This paper treats a liquid-metal flow inside an electrically insulating cylinder with electrically conducting solids above and below the liquid region. There is a uniform axial magnetic field, and there is an electric current through the liquid and both solids. Since the lower liquid-solid interface is concave into the solid and since the liquid is a better electrical conductor than the adjacent solid, the electric current is locally concentrated near the centerline. The return to a uniform current distribution involves a radial electric current which interacts with the axial magnetic field to drive an azimuthal flow. The axial variation of the centrifugal force due to the azimuthal velocity drives a meridional circulation with radial and axial velocities. This problem models the effects of Peltier marking during the vertical Bridgman growth of semiconductor crystals with an externally applied magnetic field, where the meridional circulation due to the Peltier Current may produce important mixing in the molten semiconductor.

  3. Strain mapping in nanocrystalline grains simulated by phase field crystal model

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    Guo, Yaolin; Wang, Jincheng; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Junjie; Tang, Sai; Liu, Feng; Zhou, Yaohe

    2015-03-01

    In recent years, the phase field crystal (PFC) model has been confirmed as a good candidate to describe grain boundary (GB) structures and their nearby atomic arrangement. To further understand the mechanical behaviours of nanocrystalline materials, strain fields near GBs need to be quantitatively characterized. Using the strain mapping technique of geometric phase approach (GPA), we have conducted strain mapping across the GBs in nanocrystalline grains simulated by the PFC model. The results demonstrate that the application of GPA in strain mapping of low and high angles GBs as well as polycrystalline grains simulated by the PFC model is very successful. The results also show that the strain field around the dislocation in a very low angle GB is quantitatively consistent with the anisotropic elastic theory of dislocations. Moreover, the difference between low angle GBs and high angle GBs is revealed by the strain analysis in terms of the strain contour shape and the structural GB width.

  4. Fate of Extended States and Localization Transition at Weak Fields

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    Yang, Kun

    1997-03-01

    The reconciliation between the nonexistence of extended states in two dimensions in zero magnetic field, and the existence of critical energies in the high field limit, first addressed qualitatively (D. E. Khmelnitskii, Phys. Lett. A 106), 182 (1984); R. B. Laughlin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 52, 2304 (1984). a decade ago, has reemerged as a subject of considerable interest and debate, following experimental investigations in the two dimensional electron gas at low fields. We have addressed the problem on two fronts. For strong magnetic fields, where Landau level mixing effects are weak, we have developed a systematic analytic expansion in powers of 1\\over B. (F. D. M. Haldane and Kun Yang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78), to appear. We find the dominant level repulsion effect (of order 1\\over B^2), lowers the energies of typical states in a Landau band. The critical energies, however, are not affected at this order. In contrast, we find that, the extended state energies levitates to order 1\\over B^3, thus reconciling levitation of extended states with level repulsion due to Landau level mixing. In the regime of weak magnetic field and strong Landau level mixing, where the perturbative approach is not applicable, we have performed a numerical study on lattice models, (Kun Yang and R. N. Bhatt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76), 1316 (1996). which provides evidence for this levitation at weak magnetic field. Furthermore, we obtain a localization transition to an insulating phase at weak field, and a finite size scaling analysis shows that the localization length diverges at this transition with an exponent that is the same as that of the plateau transitions in the strong field regime, ν≈ 2.3. Relations between our theoretical results and experimental findings will be discussed.

  5. Migration-induced field-stabilized polar phase in strontium titanate single crystals at room temperature

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    Hanzig, Juliane; Zschornak, Matthias; Hanzig, Florian; Mehner, Erik; Stöcker, Hartmut; Abendroth, Barbara; Röder, Christian; Talkenberger, Andreas; Schreiber, Gerhard; Rafaja, David; Gemming, Sibylle; Meyer, Dirk C.

    2013-07-01

    Local reversible structural changes in SrTiO3 single crystals in an external electric field are induced by oxygen redistribution. We present in situ x-ray diffraction measurements during and immediately after electroformation. Several reflections are monitored and show an elongation of the cubic unit cell of strontium titanate. Raman investigations verify that the expansion of the unit cell involves a transition from the centrosymmetric to a lower symmetry phase. During a complete formation cycle, including the hold time of the electric field and relaxation time without field, two different dynamics are observed for the reversible transitions from cubic symmetry to tetragonal distortion: a slow one during the increase of the lattice constant in field direction and a fast one after switching off the electric field. Based on the experimental data, we propose the formation of a polar strontium titanate unit cell at room temperature stabilized by the electric field, which is referred to as migration-induced field-stabilized polar phase.

  6. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-01

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Zn replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories.

  7. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory.

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-22

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Z_{n} replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories. PMID:27494465

  8. Computational approach for calculating bound states in quantum field theory

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    Lv, Q. Z.; Norris, S.; Brennan, R.; Stefanovich, E.; Su, Q.; Grobe, R.

    2016-09-01

    We propose a nonperturbative approach to calculate bound-state energies and wave functions for quantum field theoretical models. It is based on the direct diagonalization of the corresponding quantum field theoretical Hamiltonian in an effectively discretized and truncated Hilbert space. We illustrate this approach for a Yukawa-like interaction between fermions and bosons in one spatial dimension and show where it agrees with the traditional method based on the potential picture and where it deviates due to recoil and radiative corrections. This method permits us also to obtain some insight into the spatial characteristics of the distribution of the fermions in the ground state, such as the bremsstrahlung-induced widening.

  9. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory.

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-22

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Z_{n} replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories.

  10. Dynamics of the director reorientation in confined nematic liquid crystals imposed by a strong orthogonal electric field

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    Pasechnik, S. V.; Vakulenko, A. A.; Zakharov, A. V.

    2016-08-01

    The dynamics of the periodic distortions in confined nematic liquid crystals (LCs) has been investigated theoretically basing on the hydrodynamic theory including the director motion with appropriate boundary and initial conditions. Analysis of the numerical results for the turn-on process provides an evidence for the appearance of the spatially periodic patterns in confined LC film, only in response to the suddenly applied strong electric field. It has been shown that there is a threshold value of the amplitude of the thermal fluctuations of the director over the LC sample which provides the nonuniform rotation mode rather than the uniform one, whereas the lower values of the amplitude dominate the uniform mode. During the turn-off process the reorientation of the director to the direction preferred by the surfaces is characterized by the complex destruction of the initially periodic structure to a monodomain state.

  11. Pseudo-time-reversal symmetry and topological edge states in two-dimensional acoustic crystals

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    Mei, Jun; Chen, Zeguo; Wu, Ying

    2016-01-01

    We propose a simple two-dimensional acoustic crystal to realize topologically protected edge states for acoustic waves. The acoustic crystal is composed of a triangular array of core-shell cylinders embedded in a water host. By utilizing the point group symmetry of two doubly degenerate eigenstates at the Γ point, we can construct pseudo-time-reversal symmetry as well as pseudo-spin states in this classical system. We develop an effective Hamiltonian for the associated dispersion bands around the Brillouin zone center, and find the inherent link between the band inversion and the topological phase transition. With numerical simulations, we unambiguously demonstrate the unidirectional propagation of acoustic edge states along the interface between a topologically nontrivial acoustic crystal and a trivial one, and the robustness of the edge states against defects with sharp bends. Our work provides a new design paradigm for manipulating and transporting acoustic waves in a topologically protected manner. Technological applications and devices based on our design are expected in various frequency ranges of interest, spanning from infrasound to ultrasound. PMID:27587311

  12. Highly Efficient Plastic Crystal Ionic Conductors for Solid-state Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hwang, Daesub; Kim, Dong Young; Jo, Seong Mu; Armel, Vanessa; Macfarlane, Douglas R.; Kim, Dongho; Jang, Sung-Yeon

    2013-12-01

    We have developed highly efficient, ambient temperature, solid-state ionic conductors (SSICs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by doping a molecular plastic crystal, succinonitrile (SN), with trialkyl-substituted imidazolium iodide salts. High performance SSICs with enhanced ionic conductivity (2-4 mScm-1) were obtained. High performance solid-state DSSCs with power conversion efficiency of 7.8% were fabricated using our SSICs combined with unique hierarchically nanostructured TiO2 sphere (TiO2-SP) photoelectrodes; these electrodes have significant macroporosity, which assists penetration of the solid electrolyte into the electrode. The performance of our solid-state DSSCs is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest reported thus far for cells using plastic crystal-based SSICs, and is comparable to that of the state-of-the-art DSSCs which use ionic liquid type electrolytes. This report provides a logical strategy for the development of efficient plastic crystal-based SSICs for DSSCs and other electrochemical devices.

  13. Pseudo-time-reversal symmetry and topological edge states in two-dimensional acoustic crystals.

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    Mei, Jun; Chen, Zeguo; Wu, Ying

    2016-01-01

    We propose a simple two-dimensional acoustic crystal to realize topologically protected edge states for acoustic waves. The acoustic crystal is composed of a triangular array of core-shell cylinders embedded in a water host. By utilizing the point group symmetry of two doubly degenerate eigenstates at the Γ point, we can construct pseudo-time-reversal symmetry as well as pseudo-spin states in this classical system. We develop an effective Hamiltonian for the associated dispersion bands around the Brillouin zone center, and find the inherent link between the band inversion and the topological phase transition. With numerical simulations, we unambiguously demonstrate the unidirectional propagation of acoustic edge states along the interface between a topologically nontrivial acoustic crystal and a trivial one, and the robustness of the edge states against defects with sharp bends. Our work provides a new design paradigm for manipulating and transporting acoustic waves in a topologically protected manner. Technological applications and devices based on our design are expected in various frequency ranges of interest, spanning from infrasound to ultrasound. PMID:27587311

  14. Ultrafast state detection and 2D ion crystals in a Paul trap

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    Ip, Michael; Ransford, Anthony; Campbell, Wesley

    2016-05-01

    Projective readout of quantum information stored in atomic qubits typically uses state-dependent CW laser-induced fluorescence. This method requires an often sophisticated imaging system to spatially filter out the background CW laser light. We present an alternative approach that instead uses simple pulse sequences from a mode-locked laser to affect the same state-dependent excitations in less than 1 ns. The resulting atomic fluorescence occurs in the dark, allowing the placement of non-imaging detectors right next to the atom to improve the qubit state detection efficiency and speed. We also study 2D Coulomb crystals of atomic ions in an oblate Paul trap. We find that crystals with hundreds of ions can be held in the trap, potentially offering an alternative to the use of Penning traps for the quantum simulation of 2D lattice spin models. We discuss the classical physics of these crystals and the metastable states that are supported in 2D. This work is supported by the US Army Research Office.

  15. Pseudo-time-reversal symmetry and topological edge states in two-dimensional acoustic crystals

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    Mei, Jun; Chen, Zeguo; Wu, Ying

    2016-09-01

    We propose a simple two-dimensional acoustic crystal to realize topologically protected edge states for acoustic waves. The acoustic crystal is composed of a triangular array of core-shell cylinders embedded in a water host. By utilizing the point group symmetry of two doubly degenerate eigenstates at the Γ point, we can construct pseudo-time-reversal symmetry as well as pseudo-spin states in this classical system. We develop an effective Hamiltonian for the associated dispersion bands around the Brillouin zone center, and find the inherent link between the band inversion and the topological phase transition. With numerical simulations, we unambiguously demonstrate the unidirectional propagation of acoustic edge states along the interface between a topologically nontrivial acoustic crystal and a trivial one, and the robustness of the edge states against defects with sharp bends. Our work provides a new design paradigm for manipulating and transporting acoustic waves in a topologically protected manner. Technological applications and devices based on our design are expected in various frequency ranges of interest, spanning from infrasound to ultrasound.

  16. Fano resonances in photonic crystal slabs near optical bound states in the continuum

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    Blanchard, Cédric; Hugonin, Jean-Paul; Sauvan, Christophe

    2016-10-01

    Photonic crystal slabs are able to support optical bound states in the continuum. The latter are eigenmodes of the structure that are truly guided (no radiation leakage) despite the fact that they lie above the light cone within the continuum of radiation modes. Such peculiar states can be viewed as modes with an infinite quality factor Q . Therefore, the question of the behavior of Fano resonances, as optogeometrical parameters are tuned close to optical bound states in the continuum, is of importance for applications of photonic crystal slabs with ultrahigh Q factors. We study theoretically the reflection and transmission of a photonic crystal slab close to an optical bound state in the continuum with a phenomenological approach involving the poles and zeros of the scattering matrix. In particular, we derive a general relation valid for asymmetric structures that gives the position of a pole in the complex plane as a function of the positions of the zeros. We provide closed-form expressions for the reflection and transmission. The proposed phenomenological approach is validated through rigorous numerical calculations.

  17. Utah State Prison Space Heating with Geothermal Heat - Resource Assessment Report Crystal Hot Springs Geothermal Area

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    1981-12-01

    Reported herein is a summary of work conducted under the Resource Assessment Program-Task 2, for the Utah State Prison Geothermal Space Heating Project at Crystal Hot Springs, Draper, Utah. Assessment of the geothermal resource in and around the Utah State Prison property began in october of 1979 with an aeromagnetic and gravity survey. These tasks were designed to provide detailed subsurface structural information in the vicinity of the thermal springs so that an informed decision as to the locations of test and production holes could be made. The geophysical reconnaissance program provided the structural details needed to focus the test drilling program on the most promising production targets available to the State Prison. The subsequent drilling and well testing program was conducted to provide information to aid fin the siting and design of a production well and preliminary design activities. As part of the resource assessment portion of the Utah State Prison Geothermal Project, a program for periodic geophysical monitoring of the Crystal Hot Springs resource was developed. The program was designed to enable determination of baseline thermal, hydraulic, and chemical characteristics in the vicinity of Crystal Hot Springs prior to production and to provide a history of these characteristics during resource development.

  18. Crystal structure and orbital-singlet state of Ag{sub x}VP{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Onoda, Masashige Sakamoto, Takuma

    2014-12-15

    The crystal structure and electronic properties of Ag{sub x}VP{sub 2}O{sub 7} with a wide composition range of 0.7≤x≤1 synthesized newly are explored through measurements of X-ray four-circle diffraction, electrical resistivity, and magnetization. This system is monoclinic with space group P2{sub 1}/c and the lattice constants for x=1 are a=7.3358(3) Å, b=8.0235(3) Å, c=9.5782(5) Å, β=111.940(4)°, and V=522.93(5) Å{sup 3}. The structure is described in terms of VO{sub 6} octahedra which are bridged with P{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups to form a three-dimensional network with the hexagonal tunnels that a pair of Ag ions apparently resides in. The crystal field of V ions is intermediate and the electron configuration has the orbital-singlet ground state with a gap of the order of 10 K to the doublet state. - Graphical abstract: (a) The temperature dependencies of inverse magnetic susceptibilities for Ag{sub x}VP{sub 2}O{sub 7} with x=0.7−1 and (b) the low-temperature susceptibilities. - Highlights: • Ag{sub x}VP{sub 2}O{sub 7} system with 0.7crystal structure and electronic properties are clarified. • The electron configuration has the orbital-singlet ground state. • The electron hopping and the V–O covalency are reduced significantly. • The Ag deficiency gives rise to the charge separation of V{sup 3+} and V{sup 5+}.

  19. Relaxation within the electronic ground state of the ferrous ion in [Fe(H2O)6]K2(SO4)2 single crystals at low temperatures

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    Leupold, O.; Nagy, D. L.; Ritter, G.

    1994-12-01

    Single crystal Mössbauer spectra of [Fe(H2O)6]K2(SO4)2 taken in external magnetic fields up to 5 T at low temperatures show large line broadenings, which are due to intermediate relaxation rates within the electronic orbital ground state. The spectra are fitted using a Blume stochastic relaxation model, the ferrous ion flipping between two electronic states. The results of the fit are discussed in a ligand field model of the hexaaquo-coordinated high-spin ferrous ion.

  20. Optical electric-field sensor based on angular optical bias using single β-BaB2O4 crystal.

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    Li, Changsheng; Shen, Xiaoli; Zeng, Rong

    2013-11-01

    A novel optical electric-field sensor is proposed and demonstrated in experiment by use of a single beta barium borate (β-BaB2O4, BBO) crystal. The optical sensing unit is only composed of one BBO crystal and two polarizers. An optical phase bias of 0.5π is provided by using natural birefringence in the BBO crystal itself. A small angle (e.g., 0.6°) between the sensing light beam and principal axis of the crystal is required in order to produce the above optical bias. Thus the BBO crystal is used as the electric-field-sensing element and quarter waveplate. The ac electric field in the range of (1.4-703.2) kV/m has been measured with measurement sensitivity of 1.39 mV/(kV/m) and nonlinear error of 0.6%. Compared with lithium niobate crystal used as an electric-field sensor, main advantages of the BBO crystal include higher measurement sensitivity, compact configuration, and no ferroelectric ringing effect.

  1. The crystallization of apo-form UMP kinase from Xanthomonas campestris is significantly improved in a strong magnetic field

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    Tu, Jhe-Le; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Wang, Andrew H.-J.; Chou, Shan-Ho

    2007-05-01

    A bacterial UMP kinase from the plant pathogen X. campestris pathovar campestris has been overexpressed in E. coli, purified and crystallized in a strong magnetic field. The crystals diffracted to 2.35 Å. Bacterial UMP kinases (UMPKs) are crucial enzymes that are responsible for microbial UTP biosynthesis. Interestingly, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells use different enzymes for UMP-phosphorylation reactions. Prokaryotic UMPKs are thus believed to be potential targets for antimicrobial drug development. Here, the cloning, expression and crystallization of SeMet-substituted XC1936, a bacterial UMPK from Xanthomonas campestris pathovar campestris, are reported. The crystallization of the apo-form UMPK was found to be significantly improved in a strong magnetic field; the crystals diffracted to a resolution of 2.35 Å, a dramatic improvement over the original value of 3.6 Å. Preliminary structural analyses of apo-form XC1936 using crystals grown in a strong magnetic field clearly reveal well defined loop regions involved in substrate-analogue binding that were previously not visible. Crystallization in a strong magnetic field thus was found to be indispensable in determining the flexible region of the XC1936 UMPK structure.

  2. Large field-induced-strain at high temperature in ternary ferroelectric crystals

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    Wang, Yaojin; Chen, Lijun; Yuan, Guoliang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.

    2016-10-01

    The new generation of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals have potential applications in high power devices due to their surperior operational stability relative to the binary system. In this work, a reversible, large electric field induced strain of over 0.9% at room temperature, and in particular over 0.6% above 380 K was obtained. The polarization rotation path and the phase transition sequence of different compositions in these ternary systems have been determined with increasing electric field applied along [001] direction based on x-ray diffraction data. Thereafter, composition dependence of field-temperature phase diagrams were constructed, which provide compositional and thermal prospectus for the electromechanical properties. It was found the structural origin of the large stain, especially at higher temperature is the lattice parameters modulated by dual independent variables in composition of these ternary solid solution crystals.

  3. Geomagnetic field strength 3.2 billion years ago recorded by single silicate crystals.

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    Tarduno, John A; Cottrell, Rory D; Watkeys, Michael K; Bauch, Dorothy

    2007-04-01

    The strength of the Earth's early geomagnetic field is of importance for understanding the evolution of the Earth's deep interior, surface environment and atmosphere. Palaeomagnetic and palaeointensity data from rocks formed near the boundary of the Proterozoic and Archaean eons, some 2.5 Gyr ago, show many hallmarks of the more recent geomagnetic field. Reversals are recorded, palaeosecular variation data indicate a dipole-dominated morphology and available palaeointensity values are similar to those from younger rocks. The picture before 2.8 Gyr ago is much less clear. Rocks of the Archaean Kaapvaal craton (South Africa) are among the best-preserved, but even they have experienced low-grade metamorphism. The variable acquisition of later magnetizations by these rocks is therefore expected, precluding use of conventional palaeointensity methods. Silicate crystals from igneous rocks, however, can contain minute magnetic inclusions capable of preserving Archaean-age magnetizations. Here we use a CO2 laser heating approach and direct-current SQUID magnetometer measurements to obtain palaeodirections and intensities from single silicate crystals that host magnetite inclusions. We find 3.2-Gyr-old field strengths that are within 50 per cent of the present-day value, indicating that a viable magnetosphere sheltered the early Earth's atmosphere from solar wind erosion. PMID:17410173

  4. Inversion of absorption anisotropy and bowing of crystal field splitting in wurtzite MgZnO

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    Neumann, M. D.; Esser, N.; Chauveau, J.-M.; Goldhahn, R.; Feneberg, M.

    2016-05-01

    The anisotropic optical properties of wurtzite MgxZn1-xO thin films (0 ≤x ≤0.45 ) grown on m-plane ZnO substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy are studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry at room temperature. The data analysis provides the dielectric functions for electric field polarizations perpendicular and parallel to the optical axis. The splitting between the absorption edges of the two polarization directions decreases between x = 0 and x = 0.24, while an inverted absorption anisotropy is found at higher Mg content, indicating a sign change of the crystal field splitting Δcr as for the spin orbit parameter. The characteristic energies such as exciton binding energies and band gaps are determined from the analysis of the imaginary parts of the dielectric functions. In particular, these data reveal a bowing parameter of b =-283 meV for describing the compositional dependence of the crystal field splitting and indicate Δcr=-327 meV for wurtzite MgO. The inverted valence band ordering of ZnO ( Γ7-Γ9-Γ7 ) is found to be preserved with increasing Mg content, while the optical selection rules interchange.

  5. Geomagnetic field strength 3.2 billion years ago recorded by single silicate crystals.

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    Tarduno, John A; Cottrell, Rory D; Watkeys, Michael K; Bauch, Dorothy

    2007-04-01

    The strength of the Earth's early geomagnetic field is of importance for understanding the evolution of the Earth's deep interior, surface environment and atmosphere. Palaeomagnetic and palaeointensity data from rocks formed near the boundary of the Proterozoic and Archaean eons, some 2.5 Gyr ago, show many hallmarks of the more recent geomagnetic field. Reversals are recorded, palaeosecular variation data indicate a dipole-dominated morphology and available palaeointensity values are similar to those from younger rocks. The picture before 2.8 Gyr ago is much less clear. Rocks of the Archaean Kaapvaal craton (South Africa) are among the best-preserved, but even they have experienced low-grade metamorphism. The variable acquisition of later magnetizations by these rocks is therefore expected, precluding use of conventional palaeointensity methods. Silicate crystals from igneous rocks, however, can contain minute magnetic inclusions capable of preserving Archaean-age magnetizations. Here we use a CO2 laser heating approach and direct-current SQUID magnetometer measurements to obtain palaeodirections and intensities from single silicate crystals that host magnetite inclusions. We find 3.2-Gyr-old field strengths that are within 50 per cent of the present-day value, indicating that a viable magnetosphere sheltered the early Earth's atmosphere from solar wind erosion.

  6. Large field-induced-strain at high temperature in ternary ferroelectric crystals

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    Wang, Yaojin; Chen, Lijun; Yuan, Guoliang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.

    2016-01-01

    The new generation of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals have potential applications in high power devices due to their surperior operational stability relative to the binary system. In this work, a reversible, large electric field induced strain of over 0.9% at room temperature, and in particular over 0.6% above 380 K was obtained. The polarization rotation path and the phase transition sequence of different compositions in these ternary systems have been determined with increasing electric field applied along [001] direction based on x-ray diffraction data. Thereafter, composition dependence of field-temperature phase diagrams were constructed, which provide compositional and thermal prospectus for the electromechanical properties. It was found the structural origin of the large stain, especially at higher temperature is the lattice parameters modulated by dual independent variables in composition of these ternary solid solution crystals. PMID:27734908

  7. Superconducting plate in a transverse magnetic field: New state

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    Batyev, E. G.

    2012-07-15

    A model is proposed for describing Cooper pairs near the transition (in temperature and magnetic field) point when their spacing is larger than their size. The essence of the model is as follows: the Ginzburg-Landau functional is written in operator form in terms of field operators of the Bose type so that the average value of the density operator gives the concentration of Cooper pairs, and the same Ginzburg-Landau expression is obtained for the Bose condensate. The model is applied to a superconducting plate with a thickness smaller than the size of a pair in a transverse magnetic field near its upper critical value H{sub c2}. A new state is discovered that is energetically more advantageous in a certain interval in the vicinity of the transition point as compared to the Abrikosov vortex state. The wavefunction of the system in this state is of the type of the Laughlin function used in the fractional quantum Hall effect (naturally, as applied to Cooper pairs as Bose particles in our case) and corresponds to a homogeneous incompressible fluid. The energy of this state is proportional to the first power of quantity (1 - H/H{sub c2}) in contrast to the energy of the vortex state containing the square of this quantity. The interval of the existence of the new state is the larger, the dirtier the sample.

  8. Rydberg-Stark states in oscillating electric fields

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.

    2015-12-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies of the effects of weak radio-frequency electric fields on Rydberg-Stark states with electric dipole moments as large as 10,000 D are reported. High-resolution laser spectroscopic studies of Rydberg states with principal quantum number n = 52 and 53 were performed in pulsed supersonic beams of metastable helium with the excited atoms detected by pulsed electric field ionisation. Experiments were carried out in the presence of sinusoidally oscillating electric fields with frequencies of 20 MHz, amplitudes of up to 120 mV/cm, and dc offsets of up to 4.4 V/cm. In weak fields, the experimentally recorded spectra are in excellent agreement with the results of calculations carried out using Floquet methods to account for electric dipole couplings in the oscillating fields. This highlights the validity of these techniques for the accurate calculation of the Stark energy level structure in such fields, and the limitations of the calculations in stronger fields where n-mixing and higher order contributions become important.

  9. Electrical Impact of SiC Structural Crystal Defects on High Electric Field Devices (Invited)

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    1999-01-01

    As illustrated by the invited paper at this conference and other works, SiC wafers and epilayers contain a variety of crystallographic imperfections, including micropipes, closed-core screw dislocations, grain boundaries, basal plane dislocations, heteropolytypic inclusions, and surfaces that are often damaged and contain atomically rough features like step bunching and growth pits or hillocks. Present understanding of the operational impact of various crystal imperfections on SiC electrical devices is reviewed, with an emphasis placed on high-field SiC power devices and circuits.

  10. Light quasiparticles dominate electronic transport in molecular crystal field-effect transistors

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    Li, Z. Q.; Podzorov, V.; Sai, N.; Martin, Michael C.; Gershenson, M. E.; Di Ventra, M.; Basov, D. N.

    2007-03-01

    We report on an infrared spectroscopy study of mobile holes in the accumulation layer of organic field-effect transistors based on rubrene single crystals. Our data indicate that both transport and infrared properties of these transistors at room temperature are governed by light quasiparticles in molecular orbital bands with the effective masses m[small star, filled]comparable to free electron mass. Furthermore, the m[small star, filled]values inferred from our experiments are in agreement with those determined from band structure calculations. These findings reveal no evidence for prominent polaronic effects, which is at variance with the common beliefs of polaron formation in molecular solids.

  11. Fluoride Binding and Crystal-Field Analysis of Lanthanide Complexes of Tetrapicolyl-Appended Cyclen.

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    Blackburn, Octavia A; Kenwright, Alan M; Jupp, Andrew R; Goicoechea, Jose M; Beer, Paul D; Faulkner, Stephen

    2016-06-20

    Lanthanide complexes of tetrapicolyl cyclen displayed remarkably high affinities for fluoride (log K≈5) in water, and were shown to form 1:1 complexes. The behaviour of these systems can be rationalised by changes to the magnitude of the crystal-field parameter, B20 . However, such changes are not invariably accompanied by a change in sign of this parameter: for early lanthanides, the N8 donor set with a coordinated axial water molecule ensures that the magnetic anisotropy has the opposite sense to that observed in the analogous dehydrated lanthanide complexes. PMID:27167830

  12. Renormalization-group theory for the phase-field crystal equation

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    Athreya, Badrinarayan P.; Goldenfeld, Nigel; Dantzig, Jonathan A.

    2006-07-01

    We derive a set of rotationally covariant amplitude equations for use in multiscale simulation of the two-dimensional phase-field crystal model by a variety of renormalization-group (RG) methods. We show that the presence of a conservation law introduces an ambiguity in operator ordering in the RG procedure, which we show how to resolve. We compare our analysis with standard multiple-scale techniques, where identical results can be obtained with greater labor, by going to sixth order in perturbation theory, and by assuming the correct scaling of space and time.

  13. Site location and crystal field of Nd3+ ions in congruent strontium barium niobate

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    Molina, P.; Loro, H.; Álvarez-García, S.; Bausá, L. E.; Rodriguez, E. Martín; Guillot-Noël, O.; Goldner, Ph.; Bettinelli, M.; Ghigna, P.; Solé, J. García

    2009-08-01

    The site location of Nd3+ ions in congruent strontium barium niobate (Sr0.6Ba0.4Nb2O6) has been systematically investigated by means of low-temperature optical and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies. The experimental results obtained by these complementary techniques clearly indicate that Nd3+ ions are mainly located in only one of the four available cationic sites, the A2 sites, and preserving the Cs local symmetry of these host cation sites. The energy levels and g -factor value experimentally obtained by both techniques have been used to calculate the crystal field parameters for the Nd3+ ions in this A2 cationic site.

  14. Transfer of arbitrary quantum emitter states to near-field photon superpositions in nanocavities.

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    Thijssen, Arthur C T; Cryan, Martin J; Rarity, John G; Oulton, Ruth

    2012-09-24

    We present a method to analyze the suitability of particular photonic cavity designs for information exchange between arbitrary superposition states of a quantum emitter and the near-field photonic cavity mode. As an illustrative example, we consider whether quantum dot emitters embedded in "L3" and "H1" photonic crystal cavities are able to transfer a spin superposition state to a confined photonic superposition state for use in quantum information transfer. Using an established dyadic Green's function (DGF) analysis, we describe methods to calculate coupling to arbitrary quantum emitter positions and orientations using the modified local density of states (LDOS) calculated using numerical finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. We find that while superposition states are not supported in L3 cavities, the double degeneracy of the H1 cavities supports superposition states of the two orthogonal modes that may be described as states on a Poincaré-like sphere. Methods are developed to comprehensively analyze the confined superposition state generated from an arbitrary emitter position and emitter dipole orientation.

  15. Spherical particle immersed in a nematic liquid crystal: Effects of confinement on the director field configurations

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    Grollau, S.; Abbott, N. L.; de Pablo, J. J.

    2003-01-01

    The effects of confinement on the director field configurations are studied for a spherical particle immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. The liquid crystal is confined in a cylindrical geometry and the particle is located on the axis of symmetry. A finite element method is used to minimize the Frank free energy for various sizes of the system. The liquid crystal is assumed to possess strong anchoring at all the surfaces in the system. Two structures are examined for strong homeotropic anchoring at the surface of the particle: configuration with a Saturn ring disclination line and configuration with a satellite point defect (hedgehog defect). It is shown that the equilibrium locations of the Saturn ring and of the hedgehog point defect change with confinement. It is also found that confinement induces an increase in the elastic free energy that differs substantially with the type of topological defect under consideration. In particular, the evaluation of the total free energy that includes an approximate contribution for the core defect shows that, for micrometer-sized particles in confined systems, the Saturn ring configuration appears to be more stable than the hedgehog defect. This result is in contrast to the bulk situation, where the hedgehog is more stable than the Saturn ring, and it helps explain recent experimental observations of Saturn ring defects around confined micrometer-sized solid particles.

  16. A Facile PDMS-Assisted Crystallization for the Crystal-Engineering of C60 Single-Crystal Organic Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Wu, Kuan-Yi; Wu, Tzu-Yi; Chang, Shu-Ting; Hsu, Chain-Shu; Wang, Chien-Lung

    2015-08-01

    Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-assisted crystallization (PAC) is a facile method to produce oriented C60 crystal arrays. Changing the drying mechanism from evaporation to solvent absorption (by PDMS) widens the solvent selection and facilitates the engineering of both the macroscopic shape and the microscopic lattice structure of the crystal arrays. The method also shows the potential to be applied to other organic semiconductors and large-area production. PMID:26088050

  17. The Forum State of the Field Survey, 2008

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    Kreutzer, Kim; Blessing, Charlotte; Rayner, Elise

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the results from the Forum on Education Abroad's 2008 State of the Field Survey. The Survey provides information on the funding, cost and value of education abroad that will be useful to incorporate into strategic planning. While the Survey shows that there is concern about the rising costs of and relative lack of funding for…

  18. Crystal structure of a group II intron in the pre-catalytic state

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    Chan, Russell T.; Robart, Aaron R.; Rajashankar, Kanagalaghatta R.; Pyle, Anna Marie; Toor, Navtej

    2012-12-10

    Group II introns are self-splicing catalytic RNAs that are thought to be ancestral to the spliceosome. Here we report the 3.65-{angstrom} crystal structure of the group II intron from Oceanobacillus iheyensis in the pre-catalytic state. The structure reveals the conformation of the 5' splice site in the catalytic core and represents the first structure of an intron prior to the first step of splicing.

  19. Luminescence spectroscopy of matrix-isolated atomic manganese: site size and orbital occupancy dependence of crystal field splitting.

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    Collier, Martin A; Byrne, Owen; Murray, Ciaran; McCaffrey, John G

    2010-04-28

    Narrow linewidth emission features observed in the near-UV following y (6)P state excitation of atomic manganese isolated in the solid rare gases are assigned to b (4)D and a (4)P states. These states arise from the 3d(5)4s(2) electronic configuration, identical to that of the (6)S ground state, and the origin of the narrow linewidths. Two thermally stable sites, labeled blue and red on the basis of their position in absorption spectra, are occupied by atomic Mn in Ar and Kr while a single site is present in Xe. The red site produces a single, narrow line emission for the b (4)D state at 329 nm. In contrast, a lineshape analysis of the complex blue site b (4)D state emission between 331 and 332 nm reveals the occurrence of three zero phonon lines (ZPLs). Millisecond emission decay curves recorded for these features are found to be complex, requiring double and triple exponential fit functions. The origins of the complex decays and multiple ZPLs are shown to arise from weak crystal field splitting (CFS) of the J=7/2 spin-orbit level of the b (4)D state of atomic Mn isolated in the blue site of the solid rare gases. Fields of cubic symmetry are capable of inducing splitting for J>3/2 so atoms isolated in both single vacancy and tetravacancy sites in the fcc lattices of the solid rare gases are prone to this effect. b (4)D state emission is also produced following y (6)P excitation for Mn atoms occupying the red sites in Ar and Kr. However, Mn atoms isolated in the larger tetravacancy sites have small matrix shifts and do not exhibit any CFS. The magnitudes of the weak CF splittings are shown to depend on both the excited state electronic configurations 3d(5)4s(2) b (4)D and 3d(6)4s(1) a (4)D states and the size of the matrix site occupied by atomic Mn.

  20. Ground states of trapped spin-1 condensates in magnetic field

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    Matuszewski, Michal

    2010-11-15

    We consider a spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in a harmonic potential under the influence of a homogeneous magnetic field. We investigate spatial and spin structure of the mean-field ground states under constraints on the number of atoms and the total magnetization. We show that the trapping potential can make the antiferromagnetic condensate separate into three distinct phases and ferromagnetic condensate into two distinct phases. In the ferromagnetic case, the magnetization is located in the center of the harmonic trap, while in the antiferromagnetic case magnetized phases appear in the outer regions. We describe how the transition from the Thomas-Fermi regime to the single-mode approximation regime with decreasing number of atoms results in the disappearance of the domains. We suggest that the ground states can be created in experiment by adiabatically changing the magnetic-field strength.

  1. Enhanced mobility in organic field-effect transistors due to semiconductor/dielectric interface control and very thin single crystal

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    Dong, Ji; Yu, Peng; Atika Arabi, Syeda; Wang, Jiawei; He, Jun; Jiang, Chao

    2016-07-01

    A perfect organic crystal while keeping high quality semiconductor/dielectric interface with minimal defects and disorder is crucial for the realization of high performance organic single crystal field-effect transistors (OSCFETs). However, in most reported OSCFET devices, the crystal transfer processes is extensively used. Therefore, the semiconductor/dielectric interface is inevitably damaged. Carrier traps and scattering centers are brought into the conduction channel, so that the intrinsic high mobility of OSCFET devices is entirely disguised. Here, very thin pentacene single crystal is grown directly on bare SiO2 by developing a ‘seed-controlled’ pentacene single crystal method. The interface quality is controlled by an in situ fabrication of OSCFETs. The interface is kept intact without any transfer process. Furthermore, we quantitatively analyze the influence of crystal thickness on device performance. With a pristine interface and very thin crystal, we have achieved the highest mobility: 5.7 cm2 V‑1 s‑1—more than twice the highest ever reported pentacene OSCFET mobility on bare SiO2. This study may provide a universal route for the use of small organic molecules to achieve high performance in lamellar single crystal field-effect devices.

  2. Observation of high field DHVA-effect and induced magnetism in single crystal TiBe/sub 2/

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    van Deursen, A.P.J.; van Ruitenbeek, J.M.; Verhoef, W.A.; de Vroomen, A.R.; Smith, J.L.; de Groot, R.A.; Koelling, D.D.; Mueller, F.M.

    1981-01-01

    Recently much interest has been given to itinerant magnetism in cubic Laves phase or C15 materials. Primarily this stems from the discussion of the relationship of p-state pairing and ferromagnetism in ZrZn/sub 2/ by Enz and Matthias, and the possibility of triplet superconductivity. The most recent work in this field has focused on the isoelectronic, isostructural material TiBe/sub 2/, and the possibility that this material is metamagnetic. That TiBe/sub 2/ is close to some form of magnetic instability can be infered indirectly from the peaked nature of its density of states near the fermi level, but also from the observation of ferromagnetism in TiBe/sub 2-x/Cu/sub x/, when x is greater than about 0.15. In this paper a single crystal of pure TiBe/sub 2/ is considered in fields larger than 15 Tesla (T) and at a temperature of 1.3/sup 0/K.

  3. Topological growing of Laughlin states in synthetic gauge fields.

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    Grusdt, Fabian; Letscher, Fabian; Hafezi, Mohammad; Fleischhauer, Michael

    2014-10-10

    We suggest a scheme for the preparation of highly correlated Laughlin states in the presence of synthetic gauge fields, realizing an analogue of the fractional quantum Hall effect in photonic or atomic systems of interacting bosons. It is based on the idea of growing such states by adding weakly interacting composite fermions along with magnetic flux quanta one by one. The topologically protected Thouless pump ("Laughlin's argument") is used to create two localized flux quanta and the resulting hole excitation is subsequently filled by a single boson, which, together with one of the flux quanta, forms a composite fermion. Using our protocol, filling 1/2 Laughlin states can be grown with particle number N increasing linearly in time and strongly suppressed number fluctuations. To demonstrate the feasibility of our scheme, we consider two-dimensional lattices subject to effective magnetic fields and strong on-site interactions. We present numerical simulations of small lattice systems and also discuss the influence of losses.

  4. Effects of Polymers on the Rotational Viscosities of Nematic Liquid Crystals and Dynamics of Field Alignment.

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    Kim, Du-Rim

    Many of the important physical phenomena exhibited by the nematic phase, such as its unusual flow properties and its responses to the electric and the magnetic fields, can be discussed regarding it as a continuous medium. The Leslie-Erickson dynamic theory has the six dissipative coefficients from continuum model of liquid crystal. Parodi showed that only five of them are independent, when Onsagar's reciprocal relations are used. One of these, which has no counterpart in the isotropic liquids, is the rotational viscosity coefficient, gamma_1. The main objective of this project is to study the rotational viscosities of selected micellar nematic systems and the effect of dissolved polymers in micellar and thermotropic liquid crystals. We used rotating magnetic field method which allows one to determine gamma _1 and the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility, chi_{a}. For the ionic surfactant liquid crystals of SDS and KL systems used in this study, the rotational viscosity exhibited an extraordinary drop after reaching the highest value gamma_1 as the temperature was lowered. This behavior is not observed in normal liquid crystals. But this phenomena can be attributed to the existence of nematic biaxial phase below the rod-like nematic N_{c} phase. The pretransitional increase in gamma _1 near the disk-like nematic to smectic -A phase transition of the pure CsPFO H_2O systems are better understood with the help of mean-field models of W. L. McMillan. He predicted a critical exponent nu = -{1over 2} for the divergence of gamma_1. The polymer (PEO, molecular weight = 10 ^5) dissolved in CsPFO H_2O system (which has 0.6% critical polymer concentration), suppressed the nematic to lamellar smectic phase transition in concentrated polymer solutions (0.75% and higher). In dilute polymer solutions with lower than 0.3% polyethylene-oxide, a linear increase of gamma_1 is observed, which agrees with Brochard theory. The polymer solutions in thermotropic liquid crystal solvents

  5. Quantum Hall Liquid Crystals

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    Radzihovsky, Leo

    2003-03-01

    Liquid-crystals, defined as states of matter intermediate in their properties between fully disordered isotropic liquids and fully ordered crystals are ubiquitous in nature. Recent transport measurements on two-dimensional electron systems in moderate magnetic fields suggest the existence of a spontaneously orientationally-ordered, compressible liquid state. I will discuss electronic liquid-crystals interpretation of these experiments, focusing on a recently proposed quantum Hall nematic state that is predicted to exhibit a novel, highly anisotropic q^3 density-director mode and other interesting phenomenology.

  6. Nanoscale mechanical actuation and near-field read-out of photonic crystal molecules

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    Petruzzella, M.; La China, F.; Intonti, F.; Caselli, N.; De Pas, M.; van Otten, F. W. M.; Gurioli, M.; Fiore, A.

    2016-09-01

    We employed the contact forces induced by a near-field tip to tune and probe the optical resonances of a mechanically compliant photonic crystal molecule. Here, the pressure induced by the near-field tip is exploited to control the spectral proprieties of the coupled cavities in an ultrawide spectral range, demonstrating a reversible mode shift of 37.5 nm . Besides, by monitoring the coupling strength variation due to the vertical nanodeformation of the dielectric structure, distinct tip-sample interaction regimes have been unambiguously reconstructed with a nano-Newton sensitivity. These results demonstrate an optical method for mapping mechanical forces at the nanoscale with a lateral spatial resolution below 100 nm.

  7. Magnetic field tuning of polaron losses in Fe doped BaTiO3 single crystals

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    Anand Theerthan, R.; Artemenko, Alla; Maglione, Mario

    2012-10-01

    Artificial tuning of dielectric parameters can result from interface conductivity in polycrystalline materials. In ferroelectric single crystals, it has already been shown that ferroelectric domain walls can be the source of such artificial coupling. We show here that low-temperature dielectric losses can be tuned by a dc magnetic field. Since such losses were previously ascribed to polaron relaxation we suggest this results from the interaction of hopping polarons with the magnetic field. The fact that this loss alteration has no counterpart in the real part of the dielectric permittivity confirms that no interface is involved in this purely dynamical effect. The contribution of mobile charges hopping among Fe-related centers was confirmed by ESR spectroscopy, showing a maximum intensity at ca T ˜ 40 K.

  8. Two beam energy exchange in hybrid liquid crystal cells with photorefractive field controlled boundary conditions

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    Reshetnyak, V. Yu.; Pinkevych, I. P.; Subota, S. I.; Evans, D. R.

    2016-09-01

    We develop a theory describing energy gain when two light beams intersect in a hybrid nematic liquid crystal (LC) cell with photorefractive crystalline substrates. A periodic space-charge field induced by interfering light beams in the photorefractive substrates penetrates into the LC layer and reorients the director. We account for two main mechanisms of the LC director reorientation: the interaction of the photorefractive field with the LC flexopolarization and the director easy axis at the cell boundaries. It is shown that the resulting director grating is a sum of two in-phase gratings: the flexoelectric effect driven grating and the boundary-driven grating. Each light beam diffracts from the induced gratings leading to an energy exchange between beams. We evaluate the signal beam gain coefficient and analyze its dependence on the director anchoring energy and the magnitude of the director easy axis modulation.

  9. Magnetic field-controlled two-way shape memory in CoNiGa single crystals

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    Li, Y. X.; Liu, H. Y.; Meng, F. B.; Yan, L. Q.; Liu, G. D.; Dai, X. F.; Zhang, M.; Liu, Z. H.; Chen, J. L.; Wu, G. H.

    2004-05-01

    A two-way magnetic field controlled shape memory effect has been observed in single crystals of CoNiGa with martensitic transformation temperature ranging from 205 to 341 K. Two-way shape memory with -2.3% strain has been obtained in free samples. By applying a bias field of up to 2 T, the shape memory strain can be continuously controlled from negative 2.3% to positive 2.2% giving it a total strain of 4.5%. The magnetic properties of CoNiGa show that it is a good shape memory material working at relatively high temperature of up to 450 K, and has a lower magnetic anisotropy than NiMnGa.

  10. Long-wavelength properties of phase-field-crystal models with second-order dynamics

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    Heinonen, V.; Achim, C. V.; Ala-Nissila, T.

    2016-05-01

    The phase-field-crystal (PFC) approach extends the notion of phase-field models by describing the topology of the microscopic structure of a crystalline material. One of the consequences is that local variation of the interatomic distance creates an elastic excitation. The dynamics of these excitations poses a challenge: pure diffusive dynamics cannot describe relaxation of elastic stresses that happen through phonon emission. To this end, several different models with fast dynamics have been proposed. In this article we use the amplitude expansion of the PFC model to compare the recently proposed hydrodynamic PFC amplitude model with two simpler models with fast dynamics. We compare these different models analytically and numerically. The results suggest that in order to have proper relaxation of elastic excitations, the full hydrodynamical description of the PFC amplitudes is required.

  11. Effective crystal field and Fermi surface topology: A comparison of d- and dp-orbital models

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    Parragh, N.; Sangiovanni, G.; Hansmann, P.; Hummel, S.; Held, K.; Toschi, A.

    2013-11-01

    The effective crystal field in multiorbital correlated materials can be either enhanced or reduced by electronic correlations with crucial consequences for the topology of the Fermi surface and, hence, on the physical properties of these systems. In this respect, recent local density approximation plus dynamical mean-field theory studies of Ni-based heterostructure have shown contradicting results, depending on whether the less correlated p orbitals are included or not. We investigate the origin of this problem and identify the key parameters controlling the Fermi surface properties of these systems. Without the p orbitals, the model is quarter-filled, while the d manifold moves rapidly towards half-filling when the p orbitals are included. This implies that the local Hund's exchange, while rather unimportant for the former case, can play a predominant role in controlling the orbital polarization for the extended basis set by favoring the formation of a larger local magnetic moment.

  12. Critical behaviors of transverse crystal field and bimodal magnetic field mixed spin Ising model with bond dilution or bond percolation threshold

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    Xu, C. Q.; Yan, S. L.

    2016-10-01

    Within the effective field theory, we investigate critical behaviors of transverse crystal field and bimodal magnetic field mixed spin-1/2 and spin-1 Ising model with bond dilution or percolation threshold on a simple cubic lattice. A-type double tricritical points and zigzag reentrant phenomenon can be found at pure bond and large bimodal magnetic field status. The ordered phase is impaired sharply due to bond dilution. The positive transverse crystal field can induce ordered phase at ordinary bond percolation threshold. The bimodal magnetic field can suppress the induced ordered phase and form a series of closed ordered regions. An extraordinary bond percolation threshold is determined, at which the induced ordered phase vanishes completely. The different effects of bimodal magnetic field and bond percolation threshold on induced ordered phase are discussed.

  13. Bulk band gap and surface state conduction observed in voltage-tuned crystals of the topological insulator Bi2Se3.

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    Checkelsky, J G; Hor, Y S; Cava, R J; Ong, N P

    2011-05-13

    We report a transport study of exfoliated few monolayer crystals of topological insulator Bi2Se3 in an electric field effect geometry. By doping the bulk crystals with Ca, we are able to fabricate devices with sufficiently low bulk carrier density to change the sign of the Hall density with the gate voltage V(g). We find that the temperature T and magnetic field dependent transport properties in the vicinity of this V(g) can be explained by a bulk channel with activation gap of approximately 50 meV and a relatively high-mobility metallic channel that dominates at low T. The conductance (approximately 2×7e2/h), weak antilocalization, and metallic resistance-temperature profile of the latter lead us to identify it with the protected surface state. The relative smallness of the observed gap implies limitations for electric field effect topological insulator devices at room temperature.

  14. Electrostimulation of the magnetoplastic effect in LiF crystals by an "internal" electric field induced during indentation

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    Galustashvili, M. V.; Driaev, D. G.; Akopov, F. Kh.; Tsakadze, S. D.

    2013-08-01

    Indented LiF crystals demonstrate a change in the length of the dislocation rosette rays during their exposure to jointly acting dc magnetic and electric fields. It is shown that magnetic field with induction B = 1 T causes the electrostimulation or electrosuppression depending on the magnitude and direction of the external electric field with respect to the "internal" electric field induced by the charge transfer due to dislocations moving during the indentation.

  15. Modified phase-field-crystal model for solid-liquid phase transitions

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    Guo, Can; Wang, Jincheng; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Junjie; Guo, Yaolin; Tang, Sai

    2015-07-01

    A modified phase-field-crystal (PFC) model is proposed to describe solid-liquid phase transitions by reconstructing the correlation function. The effects of fitting parameters of our modified PFC model on the bcc-liquid phase diagram, numerical stability, and solid-liquid interface properties during planar interface growth are examined carefully. The results indicate that the increase of the correlation function peak width at k =km will enhance the stability of the ordered phase, while the increase of peak height at k =0 will narrow the two-phase coexistence region. The third-order term in the free-energy function and the short wave-length of the correlation function have significant influences on the numerical stability of the PFC model. During planar interface growth, the increase of peak width at k =km will decrease the interface width and the velocity coefficient C , but increase the anisotropy of C and the interface free energy. Finally, the feasibility of the modified phase-field-crystal model is demonstrated with a numerical example of three-dimensional dendritic growth of a body-centered-cubic structure.

  16. Modified phase-field-crystal model for solid-liquid phase transitions.

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    Guo, Can; Wang, Jincheng; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Junjie; Guo, Yaolin; Tang, Sai

    2015-07-01

    A modified phase-field-crystal (PFC) model is proposed to describe solid-liquid phase transitions by reconstructing the correlation function. The effects of fitting parameters of our modified PFC model on the bcc-liquid phase diagram, numerical stability, and solid-liquid interface properties during planar interface growth are examined carefully. The results indicate that the increase of the correlation function peak width at k=k(m) will enhance the stability of the ordered phase, while the increase of peak height at k=0 will narrow the two-phase coexistence region. The third-order term in the free-energy function and the short wave-length of the correlation function have significant influences on the numerical stability of the PFC model. During planar interface growth, the increase of peak width at k=k(m) will decrease the interface width and the velocity coefficient C, but increase the anisotropy of C and the interface free energy. Finally, the feasibility of the modified phase-field-crystal model is demonstrated with a numerical example of three-dimensional dendritic growth of a body-centered-cubic structure. PMID:26274309

  17. High Resolution Numerical Model of Optically Heated Float-Zone Crystal Growth with Applied Magnetic Field

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    Huang, Yue; Houchens, Brent

    2008-11-01

    During optically heated float-zone crystal growth processing, thermocapillary forces drive a flow in the melt. This steady, axisymmetric base flow is susceptible to instabilities, resulting in defects as the final crystal is solidified from the melt. To damp these instabilities, a magnetic field is employed. The stability of this flow, neglecting buoyancy, is studied with a full-zone model. The velocity and temperature fields are calculated by a spectral collocation method using Chebyshev polynomials as basis functions. Obtaining accurate base flows is crucial to the success of the subsequent stability analysis. A 2nd order vorticity transport representation is compared with a 4th order stream function representation. At low Hartmann numbers, the results are in good agreement. However, as resolution demands increase, the 2nd order vorticity transport formulation yields a better numerical representation by avoiding large computational errors caused by 4th and 3rd derivatives of Chebyshev terms in the 4th order stream function representation. This allows the stability analysis to be carried out at larger Hartmann numbers, where the critical thermocapillary Reynolds number is much greater.

  18. Rubrene crystal field-effect mobility modulation via conducting channel wrinkling

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    Reyes-Martinez, Marcos A.; Crosby, Alfred J.; Briseno, Alejandro L.

    2015-01-01

    With the impending surge of flexible organic electronic technologies, it has become essential to understand how mechanical deformation affects the electrical performance of organic thin-film devices. Organic single crystals are ideal for the systematic study of strain effects on electrical properties without being concerned about grain boundaries and other defects. Here we investigate how the deformation affects the field-effect mobility of single crystals of the benchmark semiconductor rubrene. The wrinkling instability is used to apply local strains of different magnitudes along the conducting channel in field-effect transistors. We discover that the mobility changes as dictated by the net strain at the dielectric/semiconductor interface. We propose a model based on the plate bending theory to quantify the net strain in wrinkled transistors and predict the change in mobility. These contributions represent a significant step forward in structure–function relationships in organic semiconductors, critical for the development of the next generation of flexible electronic devices. PMID:25939864

  19. Rubrene crystal field-effect mobility modulation via conducting channel wrinkling.

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    Reyes-Martinez, Marcos A; Crosby, Alfred J; Briseno, Alejandro L

    2015-01-01

    With the impending surge of flexible organic electronic technologies, it has become essential to understand how mechanical deformation affects the electrical performance of organic thin-film devices. Organic single crystals are ideal for the systematic study of strain effects on electrical properties without being concerned about grain boundaries and other defects. Here we investigate how the deformation affects the field-effect mobility of single crystals of the benchmark semiconductor rubrene. The wrinkling instability is used to apply local strains of different magnitudes along the conducting channel in field-effect transistors. We discover that the mobility changes as dictated by the net strain at the dielectric/semiconductor interface. We propose a model based on the plate bending theory to quantify the net strain in wrinkled transistors and predict the change in mobility. These contributions represent a significant step forward in structure-function relationships in organic semiconductors, critical for the development of the next generation of flexible electronic devices. PMID:25939864

  20. Fluctuations in the Microwave Conductivity of YBCO Single Crystals in Zero DC Magnetic Field

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    Anlage, Steven; Mao, Jian; Booth, James; Wu, Dong-Ho; Peng, J. L.

    1996-03-01

    We present a quantitative analysis of finite frequency fluctuation conductivity above and below Tc in cuprate superconductors in zero dc magnetic field.(S. M. Anlage, J. Mao, J. C. Booth, D. H. Wu, and J. L. Peng, Phys. Rev. B 53), Feb. 1, 1996. In a YBa_2Cu_3O_7-δ crystal showing a linear in temperature increase of the magnetic penetration depth at low temperatures, we find that two-dimensional finite-frequency Gaussian conductivity fluctuations above Tc cross over into a slower divergence of the conductivity as Tc is approached from above. We find that the critical regime above Tc is less than about 0.6 K wide, although inhomogeneities in the crystal may also dominate the conductivity in this temperature range. At and below T_c, 3D fluctuations dominate the conductivity, with evidence of 3D XY critical scaling of the imaginary part of the conductivity down to 5 K below T_c. Supported by the NSF NYI program (DMR-9258183), and NSF grant DMR-9123198.

  1. Bistability of splay and π twist states in a chiral-doped dual frequency liquid crystal cell

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    Yao, I.-An; Yang, Chiu-Lien; Chen, Chueh-Ju; Pang, Jia-Pang; Liao, Shih-Fu; Li, Jia-Hsin; Wu, Jin-Jie

    2009-02-01

    A bistable liquid crystal cell with splay and π twist stable states is obtained by doping a chiral additive in a splay cell filled with dual frequency liquid crystals. The switching between the two states is achieved by using a sequential waveform of low and high frequencies. The switching mechanisms are proposed by using the backflow effect together with the anisotropic properties of dual frequency liquid crystals. As a result, the two stable states have the superior memory characteristics due to the topological inequivalence.

  2. Controlling charge-density-wave states in nano-thick crystals of 1T-TaS2.

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    Yoshida, Masaro; Zhang, Yijin; Ye, Jianting; Suzuki, Ryuji; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kimura, Shigeru; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2014-12-03

    Two-dimensional crystals, especially graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), are attracting growing interests because they provide an ideal platform for novel and unconventional electronic band structures derived by thinning. The thinning may also affect collective phenomena of electrons in interacting electron systems and can lead to exotic states beyond the simple band picture. Here, we report the systematic control of charge-density-wave (CDW) transitions by changing thickness, cooling rate and gate voltage in nano-thick crystals of 1T-type tantalum disulfide (1T-TaS2). Particularly the clear cooling rate dependence, which has never been observed in bulk crystals, revealed the nearly-commensurate CDW state in nano-thick crystals is a super-cooled state. The present results demonstrate that, in the two-dimensional crystals with nanometer thickness, the first-order phase transitions are susceptible to various perturbations, suggestive of potential functions of electronic phase control.

  3. Time-Resolved, Electric-Field-Induced Domain Switching and Strain in Ferroelectric Ceramics and Crystals

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    Jones, Jacob L.; Nino, Juan C.; Pramanick, Abhijit; Daniels, John E.

    Ferroelectric materials are used in a variety of applications including diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, sonar, vibration and displacement sensors, and non-volatile random access memory. The electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials is comprised of both intrinsic (piezoelectric lattice strain) and extrinsic (e.g., domain wall motion) components that are expressed as characteristic changes in the diffraction pattern. By applying slow, step-wise changes in the electric field, prior quasi-dynamic diffraction measurements have demonstrated both lattice strains and non-180 ∘ domain switching at fields exceeding the macroscopically defined coercive field. However, the loading conditions which most replicate real device operation involve dynamic actuation with sub-coercive, cyclic electric fields. At these operating conditions, extrinsic irreversibilities lead to hysteresis, frequency dispersion and nonlinearity of macroscopic properties. Observation of strain and domain switching at these cyclic loading conditions is an area in which we have reported recent advances using stroboscopic techniques. This chapter highlights the electric-field-induced lattice strain and kinetics of domain switching in a number of materials including technologically-relevant lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics and relaxor single crystals. An outlook on the continuing use of time-resolved diffraction techniques in the characterization of ferroelectric materials is also discussed.

  4. Single molecule spectroscopy of conjugated polymer chains in an electric field-aligned liquid crystal.

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    Chang, Wei-Shun; Link, Stephan; Yethiraj, Arun; Barbara, Paul F

    2008-01-17

    Using single molecule polarization spectroscopy, we investigated the alignment of a polymer solute with respect to the liquid crystal (LC) director in an LC device while applying an external electric field. The polymer solute is poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (or MEH-PPV), and the LC solvent is 5CB. The electric field induces a change in the LC director orientation from a planar alignment (no electric field) to a perpendicular (homeotropic) alignment with an applied field of 5.5 x 103 V/cm. We find that the polymer chains align with the LC director in both planar and homeotropic alignment when measured in the bulk of the LC solution away from the device interface. Single molecule polarization distributions measured as a function of distance from the LC device interface reveal a continuous change of the MEH-PPV alignment from planar to homeotropic. The observed polarization distributions are modeled using a conventional elastic model that predicts the depth profile of the LC director orientation for the applied electric field. The excellent agreement between experiment and simulations shows that the alignment of MEH-PPV follows the LC director throughout the LC sample. Furthermore, our results suggest that conjugated polymers such as MEH-PPV can be used as sensitive local probes to explore complex (and unknown) structures in anisotropic media. PMID:17975912

  5. Regional United States electric field and GIC hazard impacts (Invited)

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    Gannon, J. L.; Balch, C. C.; Trichtchenko, L.

    2013-12-01

    Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) are primarily driven by impulsive geomagnetic disturbances created by the interaction between the Earth's magnetosphere and sharp velocity, density, and magnetic field enhancements in the solar wind. However, the magnitude of the induced electric field response at the ground level, and therefore the resulting hazard to the bulk power system, is determined not only by magnetic drivers, but also by the underlying geology. Convolution techniques are used to calculate surface electric fields beginning from the spectral characteristics of magnetic field drivers and the frequency response of the local geology. Using these techniques, we describe historical scenarios for regions across the United States, and the potential impact of large events on electric power infrastructure.

  6. A three-dimensional phase field model coupled with lattice kinetics solver for modeling crystal growth in furnaces with accelerated crucible rotation and traveling magnetic field

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    Lin, Guang; Bao, Jie; Xu, Zhijie

    2014-11-01

    In this study, which builds on other related work, we present a new three-dimensional numerical model for crystal growth in a vertical solidification system. This model accounts for buoyancy, accelerated crucible rotation technique (ACRT), and traveling magnetic field (TMF) induced convective flow and their effect on crystal growth and the chemical component's transport process. The evolution of the crystal growth interface is simulated using the phase field method. A semi-implicit lattice kinetics solver based on the Boltzmann equation is employed to model the unsteady incompressible flow. A one-way coupled concentration transport model is used to simulate the component fraction variation in both the liquid and solid phases, which can be used to check the quality of the crystal growth.

  7. Interplay between crystal field splitting and Kondo effect in CeNi9Ge(4-x)Si(x).

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    Gold, C; Gross, P; Peyker, L; Eickerling, G; Simeoni, G G; Stockert, O; Kampert, E; Wolff-Fabris, F; Michor, H; Scheidt, E-W

    2012-09-01

    The pseudo-ternary solid solution CeNi(9)Ge(4-x)Si(x) (0 ≤ x ≤ 4) has been investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, thermopower and inelastic neutron scattering studies. The isoelectronic substitution of germanium by silicon atoms causes a dramatic change of the relative strength of competing Kondo, RKKY and crystal field (CF) energy scales. The strongest effect is the continuous elevation of the Kondo temperature T(K) from approximately 3.5 K for CeNi(9)Ge(4) to about 70 K for CeNi(9)Si(4). This increase of the Kondo temperature is attended by a change of the CF level scheme of the Ce ions. The interplay of the different energy scales results in an incipient reduction of the ground state degeneracy from an effectively fourfold degenerate non-magnetic Kondo ground state with unusual non-Fermi-liquid features of CeNi(9)Ge(4) to a lower one, followed by an increase towards a sixfold, fully degenerate ground state multiplet in CeNi(9)Si(4) (T(K) ∼ Δ(CF)).

  8. Broadband coherent light generation in Raman-active crystals driven by femtosecond laser fields

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    Zhi, Miaochan

    I studied a family of closely connected topics related to the production and application of ultrashort laser pulses. I achieved broadband cascade Raman generation in crystals, producing mutually coherent frequency sidebands which can possibly be used to synthesize optical pulses as short as a fraction of a femtosecond (fs). Unlike generation using gases, there is no need for a cumbersome vacuum system when working with room temperature crystals. Our method, therefore, shows promise for a compact system. One problem for sideband generation in solids is phase matching, because the dispersion is significant. I solved this problem by using non-collinear geometry. I observed what to our knowledge is a record-large number of spectral sidebands generated in a popular Raman crystal PbWO4 covering infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectral regions, when I applied two 50 fs laser pulses tuned close to the Raman resonance. Similar generation in diamond was also observed, which shows that the method is universal. When a third probe pulse is applied, a very interesting 2-D color array is generated in both crystals. As many as 40 anti-Stokes and 5 Stokes sidebands are generated when a pair of time-delayed linear chirped pulses are applied to the PbWO4 crystal. This shows that pulses with picosecond duration, which is on the order of the coherence decay time, is more effective for sidebands generation than Fourier transform limited fs pulses. I also studied the technique of fs coherent Raman anti-Stokes scattering (CARS) which is used as a tool for detecting dipicolinic acid, the marker molecule for bacterial spores. I observed that there is a maximum when the concentration dependence of the near-resonant CARS signal is measured. I presented a model to describe this behavior, and found an analytical solution that agrees with our experimental data. Theoretically, I explored a possible application for single-cycle pulses: laser induced nuclear fusion. I performed both classical

  9. Transparent magnetic state in single crystal Nd(1.85)Ce(0.15)CuO(4-y) superconductors

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    Zuo, F.

    1995-01-01

    Several experimental studies have been reported as evidence of Josephson coupling between the superconducting layers in the highly anisotropic oxide such as the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 and Tl2Ba2CuO6 systems. These include the large penetration depth of 100 mu m measured, ac and dc Josephson effects. Recently two critical temperatures corresponding to Josephson coupling in between the layers and the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in the ab-plane have been directly observed in the transport measurements. If the field is applied parallel to the superconducting layers, the magnetic excitation is not the conventional Abrikosov vortices, but the Josephson vortices which extend lambda(sub ab) in the c-axis direction and lambda(sub J) = gamma s in the plane (s is the interlayer distance, gamma is the anisotropy constant). Because of the weak screening effect associated with the Josephson vortices, there have been predictions of magnetic transparent states at magnetic field above a characteristic field H(sub J), a behavior distinctively different from that of the type-II superconductors. In this paper, we report an experimental result which illustrates a transition from the Meissner state to the magnetic transparent state in single crystal of Nd(1.85)Ce(0.15)CuO(4-y). Magnetization has been measured as a function of temperature and field in the magnetic field parallel or close to ab-plane geometry. For a fixed magnetic field, the magnetization shows a two-step transition in M(T); for a fixed temperature, the magnetization shows an abrupt change to almost zero value above a characteristic field H(sub J), an indication of magnetic transparent state. The data of magnetization as a function of field clearly deviates from the behavior predicted by the Abrikosov theory for type-II superconductors. Instead, the data fit well into the picture of Josephson decoupling between the CuO2 layers.

  10. Effects of the biaxial transverse crystal-field on the phase diagrams of a spin-1 nanowire

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    Magoussi, H.; Zaim, A.; Boughrara, M.; Kerouad, M.

    2016-09-01

    By using the effective field theory based on a probability distribution method, the phase diagrams and the magnetic properties of an Ising nanowire in the presence of the biaxial transverse crystal-field are investigated. The effects of the biaxial transverse crystal field, the interfacial coupling and the exchange interaction in the surface on the phase diagram, the magnetization and the internal energy are examined. Some characteristic phenomena are found such as the tricritical behavior, the critical end point and the re-entrant phenomenon.

  11. High-resolution magnetic field imaging with a nitrogen-vacancy diamond sensor integrated with a photonic-crystal fiber.

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    Fedotov, I V; Blakley, S M; Serebryannikov, E E; Hemmer, P; Scully, M O; Zheltikov, A M

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate high-resolution magnetic field imaging with a scanning fiber-optic probe which couples nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond to a high-numerical-aperture photonic-crystal fiber integrated with a two-wire microwave transmission line. Magnetic resonance excitation of NV centers driven by the microwave field is read out through optical interrogation through the photonic-crystal fiber to enable high-speed, high-sensitivity magnetic field imaging with sub 30 μm spatial resolution. PMID:26907400

  12. Photonic crystal fiber injected with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanofluid for magnetic field detection

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    Thakur, Harneet V.; Nalawade, Sandipan M.; Gupta, Swati; Kitture, Rohini; Kale, S. N.

    2011-10-17

    We report a magnetic field sensor having advantages of both photonic crystal fiber and optofluidics, combining them on a single platform by infiltrating small amount of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic optofluid/nanofluid in cladding holes of polarization-maintaining photonic crystal fiber. We demonstrated that magnetic field of few mT can be easily and very well detected with higher sensitivity of 242 pm/mT. The change in the birefringence values has been correlated to the response of nanofluid to applied field.

  13. Vortex states in a non-Abelian magnetic field

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    Nikolić, Predrag

    2016-08-01

    A type-II superconductor survives in an external magnetic field by admitting an Abrikosov lattice of quantized vortices. This is an imprint of the Aharonov-Bohm effect created by the Abelian U(1) gauge field. The simplest non-Abelian analog of such a gauge field, which belongs to the SU(2) symmetry group, can be found in topological insulators. Here we discover a superconducting ground state with a lattice of SU(2) vortices in a simple two-dimensional model that presents an SU(2) "magnetic" field (invariant under time reversal) to attractively interacting fermions. The model directly captures the correlated topological insulator quantum well, and approximates one channel for instabilities on the Kondo topological insulator surface. Due to its simplicity, the model might become amenable to cold atom simulations in the foreseeable future. The vitality of low-energy vortex states born out of SU(2) magnetic fields is promising for the creation of incompressible vortex liquids with non-Abelian fractional excitations.

  14. Saturn-ring defects around microspheres suspended in nematic liquid crystals: an analogy between confined geometries and magnetic fields.

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    Stark, Holger

    2002-09-01

    Particles suspended in a nematic liquid crystal exhibit characteristic dipolar and Saturn-ring configurations. Using results on the magnetic-field behavior of these configurations, we explain the recent observation of the Saturn-ring defect in confined geometries based on the idea that a confining geometry and a magnetic field generate a similar "confinement" for the nematic phase.

  15. The influence of a magnetic field on the microhardness of K, Rb, Cs, NH{sub 4}, and Tl acid phthalate crystals

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    Koldaeva, M. V. Turskaya, T. N.; Zakalyukin, R. M.; Darinskaya, E. V.

    2009-11-15

    The influence of a magnetic field on the microhardness of potassium acid phthalate has been studied for different magnetic inductions, exposure times, sample orientations in a magnetic field, and impurity compositions of the crystals. It was shown that the magnetic field effect is multiply repeated on the (010) face after relaxation. The influence of magnetic treatment on ammonium, rubidium, thallium, and cesium acid phthalate crystals is analyzed. The reasons for the observed changes in the crystal microhardness in the magnetic field are discussed.

  16. Spectroscopic characterisation and crystal field calculations of varicoloured kyanites from Loliondo, Tanzania

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    Wildner, Manfred; Beran, Anton; Koller, Friedrich

    2013-04-01

    Orange, ochre-coloured, light green and dark blue varieties of kyanite, ideally Al2SiO5, from Loliondo, Tanzania, have been characterised by electron microprobe analysis and polarised infrared and optical absorption spectroscopy. All colour varieties show elevated Fe contents of 0.39 to 1.31 wt.% FeO, but Ti contents only in the range of the EMP detection limit. Orange and ochre-coloured crystals have Mn contents of 0.23 and 0.06 wt.% MnO, respectively, the dark blue kyanite contains 0.28 wt.% Cr2O3, while the light green sample is nearly free from transition metal cations other than Fe. Polarised infrared spectra reveal OH defect concentrations of 3 to 17 wt.ppm H2O with structural OH defects partially replacing the OB (O2) oxygen atoms. Polarised optical absorption spectra show that the colour of all four varieties is governed by crystal field d-d transitions of trivalent cations, i.e. Fe3+ (all samples), Mn3+ (orange and ochre) and Cr3+ (blue kyanite), replacing Al in sixfold coordinated triclinic sites of the kyanite structure. Intervalence charge transfer, the prevalent colour-inducing mechanism in `usual' (Cr-poor) blue kyanites, seems to play a very minor, if any, role in the present samples. Crystal field calculations in both a `classic' tetragonal and in the semiempirical Superposition Model approach, accompanied by distance- and angle-least-squares refinements, indicate that Fe3+ preferably occupies the Al4 site, Cr3+ prefers the Al1 and Al2 sites, and Mn3+ predominantly enters the Al1 site. In each case specific local relaxation effects were observed according to the crystal chemical preferences of these transition metal cations. Furthermore, the high values obtained in the calculations for the interelectronic repulsion parameter Racah B correspond to a high ionic contribution to Me3+-O bonding in the kyanite structure. In the particular case of the blue sample, band positions specifically related to the high Racah B value enable this `unusual' type of

  17. Study of Cu-related Defect States in Single-crystal CdTe

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    Corwine, Caroline; Sites, James; Gessert, Timothy; Metzger, Wyatt; Dippo, Pat; Duda, Anna

    2003-10-01

    We have studied single-crystal CdTe using low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) in an effort to understand the effects of copper on the deep levels, as well as the effect of a bromine methanol (BrMe) etch on subsequent copper diffusion into CdTe. In present polycrystalline CdS/CdTe solar cell technology, the use of a back contact that contains Cu is necessary to produce high-efficiency cells. However, it is not generally understood why Cu is necessary for these devices to function well. In order to obtain further advances in the efficiencies of these solar cells, it is important to know how the back contact process may affect the defect states in CdTe. PL is one tool used to study defect states. However, before PL can be used effectively for polycrystalline CdTe solar cells, relevant spectral features first must be interpreted for single-crystal CdTe. All PL in this study was taken at 4.5 K. We report on PL peaks at 1.40 and 1.45 eV, which are seen only after Cu is diffused into single-crystal CdTe.

  18. Crystal Growth Furnace - An overview of the system configuration and planned experiments on the First United States Microgravity Laboratory mission

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    Srinivas, R.; Schaefer, D. A.

    1992-01-01

    The Crystal Growth Furnace (CGF) system configuration for the First United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-1) mission is reviewed, and the planned on-orbit experiments are briefly described. The CGF is configured to accommodate four scientific experiments involving crystal growth which are based on the classical Bridgman method and CVT method, including vapor transport crystal growth of mercury cadmium telluride; crystal growth of mercury zinc telluride by directional solidification; seeded Bridgman growth of zinc-doped cadmium telluride; and Bridgman growth of selenium-doped gallium arsenide.

  19. Coherent Excited States in Superconductors due to a Microwave Field.

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    Semenov, A V; Devyatov, I A; de Visser, P J; Klapwijk, T M

    2016-07-22

    We describe theoretically the depairing effect of a microwave field on diffusive s-wave superconductors. The ground state of the superconductor is altered qualitatively in analogy to the depairing due to a dc current. In contrast to dc depairing, the density of states acquires, for microwaves with frequency ω_{0}, steps at multiples of the photon energy Δ±nℏω_{0} and shows an exponential-like tail in the subgap regime. We show that this ac depairing explains the measured frequency shift of a superconducting resonator with microwave power at low temperatures. PMID:27494495

  20. Relativistic Killingbeck energy states under external magnetic fields

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    Eshghi, M.; Mehraban, H.; Ikhdair, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    We address the behavior of the Dirac equation with the Killingbeck radial potential including the external magnetic and Aharonov-Bohm (AB) flux fields. The spin and pseudo-spin symmetries are considered. The correct bound state spectra and their corresponding wave functions are obtained. We seek such a solution using the biconfluent Heun's differential equation method. Further, we give some of our results at the end of this study. Our final results can be reduced to their non-relativistic forms by simply using some appropriate transformations. The spectra, in the spin and pseudo-spin symmetries, are very similar with a slight difference in energy spacing between different states.

  1. Coherent Excited States in Superconductors due to a Microwave Field

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    Semenov, A. V.; Devyatov, I. A.; de Visser, P. J.; Klapwijk, T. M.

    2016-07-01

    We describe theoretically the depairing effect of a microwave field on diffusive s -wave superconductors. The ground state of the superconductor is altered qualitatively in analogy to the depairing due to a dc current. In contrast to dc depairing, the density of states acquires, for microwaves with frequency ω0, steps at multiples of the photon energy Δ ±n ℏω0 and shows an exponential-like tail in the subgap regime. We show that this ac depairing explains the measured frequency shift of a superconducting resonator with microwave power at low temperatures.

  2. Ferroelectric Single-Crystal Gated Graphene/Hexagonal-BN/Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor.

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Lee, Yourack; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-11-24

    The effect of a ferroelectric polarization field on the charge transport in a two-dimensional (2D) material was examined using a graphene monolayer on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) field-effect transistor (FET) fabricated using a ferroelectric single-crystal substrate, (1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT). In this configuration, the intrinsic properties of graphene were preserved with the use of an hBN flake, and the influence of the polarization field from PMN-PT could be distinguished. During a wide-range gate-voltage (VG) sweep, a sharp inversion of the spontaneous polarization affected the graphene channel conductance asymmetrically as well as an antihysteretic behavior. Additionally, a transition from antihysteresis to normal ferroelectric hysteresis occurred, depending on the V(G) sweep range relative to the ferroelectric coercive field. We developed a model to interpret the complex coupling among antihysteresis, current saturation, and sudden conductance variation in relation with the ferroelectric switching and the polarization-assisted charge trapping, which can be generalized to explain the combination of 2D structured materials with ferroelectrics.

  3. Terahertz probes of magnetic field induced spin reorientation in YFeO{sub 3} single crystal

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    Lin, Xian; Jiang, Junjie; Ma, Guohong; Jin, Zuanming; Wang, Dongyang; Tian, Zhen; Han, Jiaguang; Cheng, Zhenxiang

    2015-03-02

    Using the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, we demonstrate the spin reorientation of a canted antiferromagnetic YFeO{sub 3} single crystal, by evaluating the temperature and magnetic field dependence of resonant frequency and amplitude for the quasi-ferromagnetic (FM) and quasi-antiferromagnetic modes (AFM), a deeper insight into the dynamics of spin reorientation in rare-earth orthoferrites is established. Due to the absence of 4f-electrons in Y ion, the spin reorientation of Fe sublattices can only be induced by the applied magnetic field, rather than temperature. In agreement with the theoretical predication, the frequency of FM mode decreases with magnetic field. In addition, an obvious step of spin reorientation phase transition occurs with a relatively large applied magnetic field of 4 T. By comparison with the family members of RFeO{sub 3} (R = Y{sup 3+} or rare-earth ions), our results suggest that the chosen of R would tailor the dynamical rotation properties of Fe ions, leading to the designable spin switching in the orthoferrite antiferromagnetic systems.

  4. Ferroelectric Single-Crystal Gated Graphene/Hexagonal-BN/Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor.

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Lee, Yourack; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-11-24

    The effect of a ferroelectric polarization field on the charge transport in a two-dimensional (2D) material was examined using a graphene monolayer on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) field-effect transistor (FET) fabricated using a ferroelectric single-crystal substrate, (1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT). In this configuration, the intrinsic properties of graphene were preserved with the use of an hBN flake, and the influence of the polarization field from PMN-PT could be distinguished. During a wide-range gate-voltage (VG) sweep, a sharp inversion of the spontaneous polarization affected the graphene channel conductance asymmetrically as well as an antihysteretic behavior. Additionally, a transition from antihysteresis to normal ferroelectric hysteresis occurred, depending on the V(G) sweep range relative to the ferroelectric coercive field. We developed a model to interpret the complex coupling among antihysteresis, current saturation, and sudden conductance variation in relation with the ferroelectric switching and the polarization-assisted charge trapping, which can be generalized to explain the combination of 2D structured materials with ferroelectrics. PMID:26487348

  5. Equivalent retarder-rotator approach to on-state twisted nematic liquid crystal displays

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    Duran, Vicente; Lancis, Jesus; Tajahuerce, Enrique; Jaroszewicz, Zbigniew

    2006-06-01

    Polarization properties of a twisted nematic liquid crystal cell are fully characterized by an equivalent optical system that consists of a retarder wave plate and a rotator. In this paper we show that this result is of interest to optimize the light-modulation capabilities of a voltage-addressed liquid crystal display (LCD). We provide two examples. First, we demonstrate a calibration method that can be carried out by a standard polarimetric technique with a high degree of precision. Second, we propose an optical device to generate a family of equiazimuth polarization states by adding a quarter-wave plate to the LCD. We find that the design procedure is best described in geometrical terms on the Poincare sphere by use of the equivalent model. Finally, laboratory results corresponding to a commercial LCD are presented.

  6. High-performance single crystal organic field-effect transistors based on two dithiophene-tetrathiafulvalene (DT-TTF) polymorphs.

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    Pfattner, Raphael; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Bilotti, Ivano; Brillante, Aldo; Milita, Silvia; Liscio, Fabiola; Biscarini, Fabio; Marszalek, Tomasz; Ulanski, Jacek; Nosal, Andrzej; Gazicki-Lipman, Maciej; Leufgen, Michael; Schmidt, Georg; Molenkamp, Laurens W; Laukhin, Vladimir; Veciana, Jaume; Rovira, Concepció

    2010-10-01

    Solution prepared single crystal organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) combine low-cost with high performance due to structural ordering of molecules. However, in organic crystals polymorphism is a known phenomenon, which can have a crucial influence on charge transport. Here, the performance of solution-prepared single crystal OFETs based on two different polymorphs of dithiophene-tetrathiafulvalene, which were investigated by confocal Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, are reported. OFET devices prepared using different configurations show that both polymorphs exhibited excellent device performance, although the -phase revealed charge carrier mobility between two and ten times higher in accordance to the closer stacking of the molecules.

  7. Phase-field crystal approach for modeling the role of microstructure in multiferroic composite materials

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    Seymour, Matthew; Sanches, F.; Elder, Ken; Provatas, Nikolas

    2015-11-01

    This paper introduces a phase-field crystal (PFC) approach that couples the atomic-scale PFC density field to order parameters describing ferromagnetic and ferroelectric ordering, as well to a solute impurity field. This model extends the magnetic PFC model introduced by Faghihi et al. [N. Faghihi, Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Western Ontario, 2012; N. Faghihi, N. Provatas, K. R. Elder, M. Grant, and M. Karttunen, Phys. Rev. E 88, 032407 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.032407] to incorporate polarization and concentration fields, as well as anisotropic ordering of the magnetization and polarization fields as determined by the local crystalline orientation. Magnetoelectric coupling is incorporated through the elastic coupling. Analytic calculations for a body centered-cubic (BCC) system are presented to illustrate that the model reduces to the standard multiferroic phase-field models when only a single crystal is considered. Two special cases of the model are then studied, the first focusing on magnetocrystalline interactions in a system described by the two-point correlation function of the XPFC model developed by Greenwood et al. [M. Greenwood, N. Provatas, and J. Rottler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 045702 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.045702; M. Greenwood, J. Rottler, and N. Provatas, Phys. Rev. E 83, 031601 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevE.83.031601], and the second focusing on electrocrystalline interactions in a system described by the original PFC kernel developed by Elder et al. K. R. Elder, M. Katakowski, M. Haataja, and M. Grant, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 245701 (2002), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.245701; K. R. Elder and M. Grant, Phys. Rev. E 70, 051605 (2004), 10.1103/PhysRevE.70.051605]. We examine the small deformation properties of these two realizations of the model . Numerical simulations are performed to illustrate how magnetocrystalline coupling can be exploited to design a preferential grain texture and how defects and grain boundaries influence the ferroelectric

  8. Crystal field splitting of the 4f 5d electronic configuration of Pr 3+ ions in wide band gap fluoride dielectric crystals

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    Sarantopoulou, E.; Kollia, Z.; Cefalas, A. C.; Semashko, V. V.; Yu. Abdulsabirov, R.; Naumov, A. K.; Korableva, S. L.; Szczurek, T.; Kobe, S.; McGuiness, P. J.

    2002-07-01

    The absorption and the laser-induced fluorescence spectra of Pr 3+ ion in YF 3, LaF 3, KY 3 F 10 and LiLuF 4, single crystal hosts were obtained in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum. The energy position and the spacing of the levels of the 4f 5d electronic configuration depend on the host matrix. In addition, strong vacuum ultraviolet emission bands were observed, following crystal excitation at 157 nm with the molecular fluorine laser. The emission bands were due to the interconfigurational 4 f 5 d→4 f2 dipole-allowed transitions in Pr 3+ ions, and they were assigned to the transitions between the edge of the lowest Stark component of the 4f 5d electronic configuration and the levels of the 4f 2 electronic configuration. The VUV spectra can be interpreted by applying the crystal field model, and taking into consideration that lanthanide contraction of the 4f n-1 5d electronic configurations of the rare earth ions, and shielding of the positive ion charge from the electrons in the 4f n electronic configuration is taking place. Finally, a new method for monitoring the concentration of the rare earth ions in wide band gap fluoride dielectric crystals in a non-destructive way, by measuring magnetic dipole moments with the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) method, is presented for the first time to our knowledge for this type of crystals.

  9. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis

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    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-01-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient’s joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient’s tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm2), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings. PMID:27356625

  10. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis

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    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-06-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient’s joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient’s tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm2), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings.

  11. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-01-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient's joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient's tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm(2)), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings. PMID:27356625

  12. Antiferromagnetic and topological states in silicene: A mean field study

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    Liu, Feng; Liu, Cheng-Cheng; Yao, Yu-Gui

    2015-08-01

    It has been widely accepted that silicene is a topological insulator, and its gap closes first and then opens again with increasing electric field, which indicates a topological phase transition from the quantum spin Hall state to the band insulator state. However, due to the relatively large atomic spacing of silicene, which reduces the bandwidth, the electron-electron interaction in this system is considerably strong and cannot be ignored. The Hubbard interaction, intrinsic spin orbital coupling (SOC), and electric field are taken into consideration in our tight-binding model, with which the phase diagram of silicene is carefully investigated on the mean field level. We have found that when the magnitudes of the two mass terms produced by the Hubbard interaction and electric potential are close to each other, the intrinsic SOC flips the sign of the mass term at either K or K‧ for one spin and leads to the emergence of the spin-polarized quantum anomalous Hall state. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2014CB920903, 2013CB921903, 2011CBA00108, and 2012CB937500), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11021262, 11172303, 11404022, 11225418, and 11174337), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20121101110046), the Excellent Young Scholars Research Fund of Beijing Institute of Technology (Grant No. 2014CX04028), and the Basic Research Funds of Beijing Institute of Technology (Grant No. 20141842001).

  13. Structural relaxation and crystal field stabilization in Cr3+-containing oxides and silicates

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    Urusov, Vadim S.; Taran, Michail N.

    2012-01-01

    The effect of crystal structure relaxation in oxygen-based Cr3+-containing minerals on the crystal field stabilization energy (CFSE) is considered. It is shown that the dependence of {{CFSE}}_{{{{Cr}}^{ 3+ } }} , which is found from optical absorption spectra, on the average interatomic distances is described by the power function with a negative exponent {c {/ {{bar{R}n }}} {bar{R}n }} , where n approaches 5, as predicted theoretically, for pure Cr3+ compounds, but decreases to 1.0-1.5 for Cr3+-containing oxide and silicate solid solutions. The deviation of the experimental dependence for solid solutions from the theoretical curve is due to structure relaxation, which tends to bring the local structure of Cr3+ ions closer to the structure in the pure Cr compound, thus producing changes in interatomic distances between the nearest neighbors with respect to those in the average structure determined by X-ray diffraction. As a consequence, the mixing enthalpy of Cr3+-bearing solid solutions can be represented by the sum of contributions from lattice strain and CFSE. The latter contribution is most often negative in sign and, therefore, brings the Al-Cr solid solutions close to an ideal solid solution. It is supposed that the increased Cr content in minerals from deep-seated mantle xenoliths and mineral inclusions in diamonds results from the effect of {{CFSE}}_{{{{Cr}}^{ 3+ } }} enhanced by high pressure.

  14. Phase field crystal modeling as a unified atomistic approach to defect dynamics

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    Berry, Joel; Provatas, Nikolas; Rottler, Jörg; Sinclair, Chad W.

    2014-06-01

    Material properties controlled by evolving defect structures, such as mechanical response, often involve processes spanning many length and time scales which can not be modeled using a single approach. We present a variety of results that demonstrate the ability of phase field crystal (PFC) models to describe complex defect evolution phenomena on atomistic length scales and over long, diffusive time scales. Primary emphasis is given to the unification of conservative and nonconservative dislocation creation mechanisms in three-dimensional fcc and bcc materials. These include Frank-Read-type glide mechanisms involving closed dislocation loops or grain boundaries as well as Bardeen-Herring-type climb mechanisms involving precipitates, inclusions, and/or voids. Both source classes are naturally and simultaneously captured at the atomistic level by PFC descriptions, with arbitrarily complex defect configurations, types, and environments. An unexpected dipole-to-quadrupole source transformation is identified, as well as various complex geometrical features of loop nucleation via climb from spherical particles. Results for the strain required to nucleate a dislocation loop from such a particle are in agreement with analytic continuum theories. Other basic features of fcc and bcc dislocation structure and dynamics are also outlined, and initial results for dislocation-stacking fault tetrahedron interactions are presented. These findings together highlight various capabilities of the PFC approach as a coarse-grained atomistic tool for the study of three-dimensional crystal plasticity.

  15. Phase-field crystal modeling of equilibrium bcc-liquid interfaces

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    Wu, Kuo-An; Karma, Alain

    2007-11-01

    We investigate the equilibrium properties of bcc-liquid interfaces modeled with a continuum phase-field crystal (PFC) approach [K. R. Elder and M. Grant, Phys. Rev. E 70, 051605 (2004)]. A multiscale analysis of the PFC model is carried out which exploits the fact that the amplitudes of crystal density waves decay slowly into the liquid in the physically relevant limit where the freezing transition is weakly first order. This analysis yields a set of coupled equations for these amplitudes that is similar to the set of equations derived from Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory [K.-A. Wu , Phys. Rev. B 73, 094101 (2006)]. The two sets only differ in the details of higher order nonlinear couplings between different density waves, which is determined by the form of the nonlinearity assumed in the PFC model and by the ansatz that all polygons with the same number of sides have equal weight in GL theory. Despite these differences, for parameters (liquid structure factor and solid density wave amplitude) of Fe determined from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the PFC and GL amplitude equations yield very similar predictions for the overall magnitude and anisotropy of the interfacial free-energy and density wave profiles. These predictions are compared with MD simulations as well as numerical solutions of the PFC model.

  16. Temperature and field induced strain measurements in single crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-03-29

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Furthermore,more » using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.« less

  17. State waste discharge permit application, 200-E chemical drain field

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    1994-06-01

    As part of the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order negotiations (Ecology et al. 1994), the US Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington State Department of Ecology agreed that liquid effluent discharges to the ground on the Hanford Site which affect groundwater or have the potential to affect ground would be subject to permitting under the structure of Chapter 173-216 (or 173-218 where applicable) of the Washington Administrative Code, the State Waste Discharge Permit Program. As a result of this decision, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the US Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office entered into Consent Order No. DE 91NM-177, (Ecology and DOE-RL 1991). The Consent Order No. DE 91NM-177 requires a series of permitting activities for liquid effluent discharges. This document presents the State Waste Discharge Permit (SWDP) application for the 200-E Chemical Drain Field. Waste water from the 272-E Building enters the process sewer line directly through a floor drain, while waste water from the 2703-E Building is collected in two floor drains, (north and south) that act as sumps and are discharged periodically. The 272-E and 2703-E Buildings constitute the only discharges to the process sewer line and the 200-E Chemical Drain Field.

  18. Harnessing gauge fields for maximally entangled state generation

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    Reyes, S. A.; Morales-Molina, L.; Orszag, M.; Spehner, D.

    2014-10-01

    We study the generation of entanglement between two species of bosons living on a ring lattice, where each group of particles can be described by a d-dimensional Hilbert space (qudit). Gauge fields are exploited to create an entangled state between the pair of qudits. Maximally entangled eigenstates are found for well-defined values of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, which are zero-energy eigenstates of both the kinetic and interacting parts of the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian, making them quite exceptional and robust. We propose a protocol to reach the maximally entangled state (MES) by starting from an initially prepared ground state. Also, an indirect method to detect the MES by measuring the current of the particles is proposed.

  19. Harnessing gauge fields for maximally entangled state generation

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    Reyes, Sebastian; Morales-Molina, Luis; Orszag, Miguel; Spehner, Dominique

    2015-03-01

    We study the generation of entanglement between two species of bosons living on a ring lattice, where each group of particles can be described by a d-dimensional Hilbert space (qudit). Gauge fields are exploited to create an entangled state between the pair of qudits. Maximally entangled eigenstates are found for well-defined values of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, which are zero-energy eigenstates of both the kinetic and interacting parts of the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian, making them quite exceptional. We propose a protocol to reach the maximally entangled state (MES) by starting from an initially prepared ground state. Also, an indirect method to detect the MES by measuring the current of the particles is proposed.

  20. Spectroscopic detection and state preparation of a single praseodymium ion in a crystal.

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    Utikal, T; Eichhammer, E; Petersen, L; Renn, A; Götzinger, S; Sandoghdar, V

    2014-04-11

    The narrow optical transitions and long spin coherence times of rare earth ions in crystals make them desirable for a number of applications ranging from solid-state spectroscopy and laser physics to quantum information processing. However, investigations of these features have not been possible at the single-ion level. Here we show that the combination of cryogenic high-resolution laser spectroscopy with optical microscopy allows one to spectrally select individual praseodymium ions in yttrium orthosilicate. Furthermore, this spectral selectivity makes it possible to resolve neighbouring ions with a spatial precision of the order of 10 nm. In addition to elaborating on the essential experimental steps for achieving this long-sought goal, we demonstrate state preparation and read out of the three ground-state hyperfine levels, which are known to have lifetimes of the order of hundred seconds.