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  1. Structure, ionic conductivity and mobile carrier density in fast ionic conducting chalcogenide glasses

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    Yao, Wenlong

    2006-01-01

    This thesis consists of six sections. The first section gives the basic research background on the ionic conduction mechanism in glass, polarization in the glass, and the method of determining the mobile carrier density in glass. The proposed work is also included in this section. The second section is a paper that characterizes the structure of MI + M2S + (0.1 Ga2S3 + 0.9 GeS2) (M = Li, Na, K and Cs) glasses using Raman and IR spectroscopy. Since the ionic radius plays an important role in determining the ionic conductivity in glasses, the glass forming range for the addition of different alkalis into the basic glass forming system 0.1 Ga2S3 + 0.9 GeS2 was studied. The study found that the change of the alkali radius for the same nominal composition causes significant structure change to the glasses. The third section is a paper that investigates the ionic conductivity of MI + M2S + (0.1Ga2S3 + 0.9 GeS2) (M = Li, Na, K and Cs) glasses system. Corresponding to the compositional changes in these fast ionic conducting glasses, the ionic conductivity shows changes due to the induced structural changes. The ionic radius effect on the ionic conductivity in these glasses was investigated. The fourth section is a paper that examines the mobile carrier density based upon the measurements of space charge polarization. For the first time, the charge carrier number density in fast ionic conducting chalcogenide glasses was determined. The experimental impedance data were fitted using equivalent circuits and the obtained parameters were used to determine the mobile carrier density. The influence of mobile carrier density and mobility on the ionic conductivity was separated. The fifth section is a paper that studies the structures of low-alkali-content Na2S + B2S3 (x ≤ 0.2) glasses by neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction

  2. Liquid crystal-templated conducting organic polymers

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    Stupp, Samuel I.; Hulvat, James F.

    2004-01-20

    A method of preparing a conductive polymeric film, includes providing a liquid crystal phase comprising a plurality of hydrophobic cores, the phase on a substrate, introducing a hydrophobic component to the phase, the component a conductive polymer precursor, and applying an electric potential across the liquid crystal phase, the potential sufficient to polymerize the said precursor.

  3. Materials space of solid-state electrolytes: unraveling chemical composition-structure-ionic conductivity relationships in garnet-type metal oxides using cheminformatics virtual screening approaches.

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    Kireeva, Natalia; Pervov, Vladislav S

    2017-08-09

    The organic electrolytes of most current commercial rechargeable Li-ion batteries (LiBs) are flammable, toxic, and have limited electrochemical energy windows. All-solid-state battery technology promises improved safety, cycling performance, electrochemical stability, and possibility of device miniaturization and enables a number of breakthrough technologies towards the development of new high power and energy density microbatteries for electronics with low processing cost, solid oxide fuel cells, electrochromic devices, etc. Currently, rational materials design is attracting significant attention, which has resulted in a strong demand for methodologies that can accelerate the design of materials with tailored properties; cheminformatics can be considered as an efficient tool in this respect. This study was focused on several aspects: (i) identification of the parameters responsible for high Li-ion conductivity in garnet structured oxides; (ii) development of quantitative models to elucidate composition-structure-Li ionic conductivity relationships, taking into account the experimental details of sample preparation; (iii) circumscription of the materials space of solid garnet-type electrolytes, which is attractive for virtual screening. Several candidate compounds have been recommended for synthesis as potential solid state electrolyte materials.

  4. Conduction mechanism of single-crystal alumina

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    Will, Fritz G.; Delorenzi, Horst G.; Janora, Kevin H.

    1992-01-01

    The fully guarded three-terminal technique was used to perform conductivity measurements on single-crystal alumina at temperatures of 400-1300 C. The conductivity was also determined as a function of time at various temperatures and applied fields. Further, the fractions of the current carried by Al and O ions (ionic transference numbers) were determined from long-term transference experiments in the temperature range 1100-1300 C. A mathematical model of the conduction mechanism is proposed, and model predictions are compared with experimental results.

  5. Thermal Conductivity and Liquid Crystal Thermometers.

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    Edge, R. D., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    Describes using stock liquid crystal postcards as inexpensive classroom thermometers. Also suggests using these postcards as a good visual temperature indicator for classroom demonstrations such as temperature gradients. One such activity is provided. (MVL)

  6. Thermal Conductivity and Liquid Crystal Thermometers.

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    Edge, R. D., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    Describes using stock liquid crystal postcards as inexpensive classroom thermometers. Also suggests using these postcards as a good visual temperature indicator for classroom demonstrations such as temperature gradients. One such activity is provided. (MVL)

  7. High Thermal Conducting Boron Arsenide: Crystal Growth and Characterization

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    Lv, Bing; Lan, Yucheng; Wang, Xiqu; Zhang, Qian; Hu, Yongjie; Jacobson, Allan J.; Broido, David; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2015-03-01

    Intrigued by recent calculations [Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 025901(2013)] which predict a remarkably high thermal conductivity of ~ 2,000 Wm-1K-1 , comparable to that of diamond, in cubic boron arsenide (BAs) crystals, we have succeeded in synthesizing single crystals of BAs with a zinc blende structure and lattice parameters of a = 4.7830(7) Å characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A relatively high thermal conductivity is obtained but still smaller than the predicted value. We attribute the difference of thermal conductivity value to the defect scattering associated with crystal twinning and As vacancies, verified both from experimental evidence and theoretical calculations. The predicted super-thermal-conductivity may be achieved in BAs single crystals with further improvement of crystal growth by removing the defects. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley California 94720.

  8. Thermal conductivity measurements of laser crystals by infrared thermography. Application to Nd:doped crystals.

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    Didierjean, Julien; Herault, Emilie; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2008-06-09

    We present a thermal conductivity measurement method for laser crystals based on thermal mapping of the crystal face by an infrared camera. Those measurements are performed under end-pumping of the laser crystal and during laser operation. The calculation of the fraction of pump power converted into heat is therefore simplified, and it is possible to link easily the temperature in the crystal to the thermal conductivity. We demonstrate the efficiency of this measurement method with a Nd:YAG crystal, before using it to compare Nd:YVO(4) and Nd:GdVO(4) crystals.

  9. Reduction of Thermal Conductivity by Nanoscale 3D Phononic Crystal

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    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    We studied how the period length and the mass ratio affect the thermal conductivity of isotopic nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) phononic crystal of Si. Simulation results by equilibrium molecular dynamics show isotopic nanoscale 3D phononic crystals can significantly reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si at high temperature (1000 K), which leads to a larger ZT than unity. The thermal conductivity decreases as the period length and mass ratio increases. The phonon dispersion curves show an obvious decrease of group velocities in 3D phononic crystals. The phonon's localization and band gap is also clearly observed in spectra of normalized inverse participation ratio in nanoscale 3D phononic crystal. PMID:23378898

  10. Reduction of thermal conductivity by nanoscale 3D phononic crystal.

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    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    We studied how the period length and the mass ratio affect the thermal conductivity of isotopic nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) phononic crystal of Si. Simulation results by equilibrium molecular dynamics show isotopic nanoscale 3D phononic crystals can significantly reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si at high temperature (1000 K), which leads to a larger ZT than unity. The thermal conductivity decreases as the period length and mass ratio increases. The phonon dispersion curves show an obvious decrease of group velocities in 3D phononic crystals. The phonon's localization and band gap is also clearly observed in spectra of normalized inverse participation ratio in nanoscale 3D phononic crystal.

  11. Remarkable reduction of thermal conductivity in phosphorene phononic crystal

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    Xu, Wen; Zhang, Gang

    2016-05-01

    Phosphorene has received much attention due to its interesting physical and chemical properties, and its potential applications such as thermoelectricity. In thermoelectric applications, low thermal conductivity is essential for achieving a high figure of merit. In this work, we propose to reduce the thermal conductivity of phosphorene by adopting the phononic crystal structure, phosphorene nanomesh. With equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, we find that the thermal conductivity is remarkably reduced in the phononic crystal. Our analysis shows that the reduction is due to the depressed phonon group velocities induced by Brillouin zone folding, and the reduced phonon lifetimes in the phononic crystal. Interestingly, it is found that the anisotropy ratio of thermal conductivity could be tuned by the ‘non-square’ pores in the phononic crystal, as the phonon group velocities in the direction with larger projection of pores is more severely suppressed, leading to greater reduction of thermal conductivity in this direction. Our work provides deep insight into thermal transport in phononic crystals and proposes a new strategy to reduce the thermal conductivity of monolayer phosphorene.

  12. Remarkable reduction of thermal conductivity in phosphorene phononic crystal.

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    Xu, Wen; Zhang, Gang

    2016-05-05

    Phosphorene has received much attention due to its interesting physical and chemical properties, and its potential applications such as thermoelectricity. In thermoelectric applications, low thermal conductivity is essential for achieving a high figure of merit. In this work, we propose to reduce the thermal conductivity of phosphorene by adopting the phononic crystal structure, phosphorene nanomesh. With equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, we find that the thermal conductivity is remarkably reduced in the phononic crystal. Our analysis shows that the reduction is due to the depressed phonon group velocities induced by Brillouin zone folding, and the reduced phonon lifetimes in the phononic crystal. Interestingly, it is found that the anisotropy ratio of thermal conductivity could be tuned by the 'non-square' pores in the phononic crystal, as the phonon group velocities in the direction with larger projection of pores is more severely suppressed, leading to greater reduction of thermal conductivity in this direction. Our work provides deep insight into thermal transport in phononic crystals and proposes a new strategy to reduce the thermal conductivity of monolayer phosphorene.

  13. Engineering thermal conductance using a two-dimensional phononic crystal

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    Zen, Nobuyuki; Puurtinen, Tuomas A.; Isotalo, Tero J.; Chaudhuri, Saumyadip; Maasilta, Ilari J.

    2014-01-01

    Controlling thermal transport has become relevant in recent years. Traditionally, this control has been achieved by tuning the scattering of phonons by including various types of scattering centres in the material (nanoparticles, impurities, etc). Here we take another approach and demonstrate that one can also use coherent band structure effects to control phonon thermal conductance, with the help of periodically nanostructured phononic crystals. We perform the experiments at low temperatures below 1 K, which not only leads to negligible bulk phonon scattering, but also increases the wavelength of the dominant thermal phonons by more than two orders of magnitude compared to room temperature. Thus, phononic crystals with lattice constants ≥1 μm are shown to strongly reduce the thermal conduction. The observed effect is in quantitative agreement with the theoretical calculation presented, which accurately determined the ballistic thermal conductance in a phononic crystal device. PMID:24647049

  14. Borisenko conducts Kulonovskiy Kristall (Coulomb Crystal) Experiment in MRM2

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    2011-04-18

    ISS027-E-013408 (18 April 2011) --- Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, Expedition 27 flight engineer, conducts an active session for the Russian experiment KPT-10 "Kulonovskiy Kristall" (Coulomb Crystal) in the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) of the International Space Station.

  15. Borisenko conducts Kulonovskiy Kristall (Coulomb Crystal) Experiment in MRM2

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    2011-04-18

    ISS027-E-013406 (18 April 2011) --- Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, Expedition 27 flight engineer, conducts an active session for the Russian experiment KPT-10 "Kulonovskiy Kristall" (Coulomb Crystal) in the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) of the International Space Station.

  16. Photon assisted hopping conduction mechanism in Tl2SSe crystals

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    Qasrawi, A. F.; Ziqan, Abdelhalim M.; Jazzar, Suha Kh.; Gasanly, N. M.

    2015-02-01

    In this article, the powder X-ray diffraction data and the dark and the photo-excited electrical conduction parameters of Tl2SSe crystal are reported. The dark and photon excited electrical conduction in the tetragonal crystal are found to be dominated by thermionic emission assisted variable range hopping conduction (VRH). The dark Mott's VRH parameters representing by the degree of disorder (To), the density of localized states near the Fermi level (N (EF)), the average hopping range (R) and average hopping energy (W) exhibited wide tunability via incremental photon intensity. Particularly, while the dark values of T0 , W and R significantly decreased from 2.32 ×108 to 1.52 ×105 K, 114 to 18.25 meV and from 66.15 to 10.58 A°, respectively, the values of N (EF) increased from 7.23 ×1018 to 1.10 ×1022cm-3 /eV when the crystal was photo-excited with a 53.6 mW/cm2 light intensity. These variations in the hopping parameters via photon excitations are promisig for using the crystal in the fabrication of well controlled, widely tunable, low energy consuming and highly efficient electronic devices.

  17. Engineering thermal conductance using a two-dimensional phononic crystal

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    Maasilta, Ilari

    2014-03-01

    Controlling thermal transport has become very relevant in recent years, in light of the strong push to develop novel energy harvesting techniques based on thermoelectricity, the need to improve the heat dissipation out of semiconductor devices, and the push to increase the sensitivity of bolometric radiation detectors. Traditionally, this control has been achieved by tuning the scattering of phonons by including various types of scattering centers in the material (nanoparticles, impurities etc.). Recently we have taken another approach and demonstrated that one can also use coherent bandstructure effects to control phonon thermal conductance, with the help of periodically nanostructured phononic crystals. Working at around 1 Kelvin where the wavelength of the dominant thermal phonons is more than two orders of magnitude longer than at room temperature, we have created phononic crystals with a period of 1 μm that strongly reduce the thermal conduction. In addition, we performed theoretical calculations that accurately determine the ballistic thermal conductance in a phononic crystal device, showing full quantitative agreement with the experiments.

  18. Domain wall conductivity in KTiOPO4 crystals

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    Lindgren, G.; Canalias, C.

    2017-07-01

    We study the local ionic conductivity of ferroelectric domain walls and domains in KTiOPO4 single-crystals. We show a fourfold increase in conductivity at the domain walls, compared to that of the domains, attributed to an increased concentration of defects. Our current-voltage measurements reveal memristive-like behavior associated with topographic changes and permanent charge displacement. This behavior is observed for all the voltage sweep-rates at the domain walls, while it only occurs for low frequencies at the domains. We attribute these findings to the redistribution of ions due to the applied bias and their effect on the tip-sample barrier.

  19. Electrochemical growth of linear conducting crystals in microgravity

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    Cronise, Raymond J., IV

    1988-01-01

    Much attention has been given to the synthesis of linear conducting materials. These inorganic, organic, and polymeric materials have some very interesting electrical and optical properties, including low temperature superconductivity. Because of the anisotropic nature of these compounds, impurities and defects strongly influences the unique physical properties of such crystals. Investigations have demonstrated that electrochemical growth has provided the most reproducible and purest crystals. Space, specifically microgravity, eliminates phenomena such as buoyancy driven convection, and could permit formation of crystals many times purer than the ones grown to date. Several different linear conductors were flown on Get Away Special G-007 on board the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS 61-C, the first of a series of Project Explorer payloads. These compounds were grown by electrochemical methods, and the growth was monitored by photographs taken throughout the mission. Due to some thermal problems, no crystals of appreciable size were grown. The experimental results will be incorporated into improvements for the next 2 missions of Project Explorer. The results and conclusions of the first mission are discussed.

  20. Thermal conductivity of single crystal and ceramic AlN

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    AlShaikhi, A.; Srivastava, G. P.

    2008-04-01

    We have applied the Callaway theory and used a detailed account of three-phonon scattering processes to calculate the thermal conductivity of three AlN single crystal samples containing different amounts of oxygen and two AlN ceramic samples with different grain sizes and oxygen contamination levels. The N-drift contribution to the total conductivity has been quantified. The influence on the thermal conductivity of oxygen-related defects, and grain boundaries in ceramic samples, has been investigated. The theoretical results obtained from this work are in good agreement with available experimental data. Our calculations suggest that the "effective" boundary length is greater than the reported grain size for each of the two ceramic samples studied by Watari et al. [J. Mater. Res. 17, 2940 (2002)].

  1. Electrical conduction in nanodomains in congruent lithium tantalate single crystal

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    Cho, Yasuo

    2014-01-27

    The electrical current flow behavior was investigated for nanodomains formed in a thin congruent lithium tantalate (LiTaO{sub 3}) single-crystal plate. When the nanodomains were relatively large, with diameters of about 100 nm, current flow was detected along the domain wall. However, when they were about 40 nm or smaller, the current flowed through the entire nanodomain. Schottky-like rectifying behavior was observed. Unlike the case of LiNbO{sub 3}, optical illumination was not required for current conduction in LiTaO{sub 3}. A clear temperature dependence of the current was found indicating that the conduction mechanism for nanodomains in LiTaO{sub 3} may involve thermally activated carrier hopping.

  2. Lithium-cation conductivity and crystal structure of lithium diphosphate

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    Voronin, V.I.; Sherstobitova, E.A.; Blatov, V.A.; Shekhtman, G.Sh.

    2014-03-15

    The electrical conductivity of lithium diphosphate Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been measured and jump-like increasing of ionic conductivity at 913 K has been found. The crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction at 300–1050 K. At 913 K low temperature triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.8261(4) Å, b=5.2028(4) Å, c=13.3119(2) Å, β=104.372(6)°. The migration maps of Li{sup +} cations based on experimental data implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. It was found that lithium cations in both low- and high temperature forms of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} migrate in three dimensions. Cross sections of the migrations channels extend as the temperature rises, but at the phase transition point have a sharp growth showing a strong “crystal structure – ion conductivity” correlation. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 950 K. Red balls represent oxygen atoms; black lines show Li{sup +} ion migration channels in the layers perpendicular to [001] direction. Highlights: • Structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction. • At 913 K triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one. • The migration maps of Li{sup +} implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. • Cross sections of the migrations channels at the phase transition have a sharp growth.

  3. Crystal-surface-induced simultaneous synthesis and hierarchical morphogenesis of conductive polymers.

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    Kuwabara, Kento; Oaki, Yuya; Muramatsu, Ryo; Imai, Hiroaki

    2015-06-14

    The surface of oxidant crystals facilitates the simultaneous synthesis and morphogenesis of conductive polymer materials. Oxidant crystals as a condensed phase of the oxidative agent induce the formation of the conductive polymer nanoparticles and their accumulated films.

  4. Crystal structure dependent thermal conductivity in two-dimensional phononic crystal nanostructures

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    Nakagawa, Junki; Kage, Yuta; Hori, Takuma; Shiomi, Junichiro; Nomura, Masahiro

    2015-07-01

    Thermal phonon transport in square- and triangular-lattice Si phononic crystal (PnC) nanostructures with a period of 300 nm was investigated by measuring the thermal conductivity using micrometer-scale time-domain thermoreflectance. The placement of circular nanoholes has a strong influence on thermal conductivity when the periodicity is within the range of the thermal phonon mean free path. A staggered hole structure, i.e., a triangular lattice, has lower thermal conductivity, where the difference in thermal conductivity depends on the porosity of the structure. The largest difference in conductivity of approximately 20% was observed at a porosity of around 30%. This crystal structure dependent thermal conductivity can be understood by considering the local heat flux disorder created by a staggered hole structure. Numerical simulation using the Monte Carlo technique was also employed and also showed the lower thermal conductivity for a triangular lattice structure. Besides gaining a deeper understanding of nanoscale thermal phonon transport, this information would be useful in the design of highly efficient thermoelectric materials created by nanopatterning.

  5. Conductivity of boules of single crystal sodium beta-alumina

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    Fielder, W. L.; Kautz, H. E.; Fordyce, J. S.; Singer, J.

    1974-01-01

    The ionic and electrochemical polarization characteristics of two boules of single crystal sodium beta-alumina (Na2O.8Al2O3), 2 cm in diameter, were investigated over the range of 25 to 300 C using 2- and 4-probe ac and dc techniques with reversible and ion-blocking electrodes. Textural (or internal) polarization at 27 C was present only in boule 1 which cleaved easily. Interfacial polarization, using solid sodium electrodes, was present at 27 C in the 2-probe conductivities for both boules. Cleaning with liquid sodium at 300 C reduced its magnitude, but some interfacial polarization was still present in the 2-probe conductivities for boule 2 below about 140 C. Above 140 C, with liquid sodium electrodes, the 2-probe conductivities, essentially polarization-free, were given by KT = 3300 exp(-3650/RT). The conductivity of boule 2 at 180 C remained essentially constant with increasing current density up to about 140 milliamps per square centimeter.

  6. Acceptor conductivity in bulk zinc oxide (0001) crystals

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    Adekore, Bababunmi Tolu

    ZnO is a promising wide bandgap semiconductor. Its renowned and prominent properties as its bandgap of 3.37eV at 4.2K; its very high excitonic binding energy, 60meV; its high melting temperature, 2248K constitute the basis for the recently renewed and sustained scientific interests in the material. In addition to the foregoing, the availability of bulk substrates of industrially relevant sizes provides important opportunities such as homoepitaxial deposition of the material which is a technological asset in the production of efficient optoelectronic and electronic devices. The nemesis of wide bandgap materials cannot be more exemplified than in ZnO. The notorious limitation of asymmetric doping and the haunting plague of electrically active point defects dim the bright future of the material. In this case, the search for reliable and consistent acceptor conductivity in bulk substrates has been hitherto, unsuccessful. In the dissertation that now follows, our efforts have been concerted in the search for a reliable acceptor. We have carefully investigated the science of point defects in the material, especially those responsible for the high donor conductivity. We also investigated and herein report variety of techniques of introducing acceptors into the material. We employ the most relevant and informative characterization techniques in verifying both the intended conductivity and the response of intrinsic crystals to variation in temperature and strain. And finally we explain deviations, where they exist, from ideal acceptor characteristics. Our work on reliable acceptor has been articulated in four papers. The first establishing capacitance based methods of monitoring electrically active donor defects. The second investigates the nature of anion acceptors on the oxygen sublattice. A study similar to the preceding study was conducted for cation acceptors on the zinc sublattice and reported in the third paper. Finally, an analysis of the response of the crystal to

  7. Effect of crystal orientation on conductivity and electron mobility in single-crystal alumina

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    Will, Fritz G.; Delorenzi, Horst G.; Janora, Kevin H.

    1992-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of high-purity, single-crystal alumina is determined parallel to and perpendicular to the c-axis. The mean conductivity of four samples of each orientation is a factor 3.3 higher parallel to the c-axis than perpendicular to it. The conductivity as a function of temperature is attributed to extrinsic electron conduction at temperatures from 400 to 900 C, and intrinsic semiconduction at temperatures from 900 to 1300 C. In the high-temperature regime, the slope on all eight specimens is 4.7 +/- 0.1 eV. Hence, the thermal bandgap at O K is 9.4 +/- 0.2 eV.

  8. Catalytic synthesis of metal crystals using conductive polymers

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    Wang, Hsing-Lin; Li, Wenguang

    2008-01-15

    A method of forming metal nanoparticles using a polymer colloid that includes at least one conductive polymer and at least one polyelectrolyte. Metal ions are reduced in water by the conductive polymer to produce the nanoparticles, which may be then incorporated in the colloidal structure to form a colloid composite. The method can also be used to separate selected metal ions from aqueous solutions.

  9. Low temperature dc electrical conduction in reduced lithium niobate single crystals

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    Dhar, Ajay; Singh, Nidhi; Singh, Rajiv K.; Singh, Ramadhar

    2013-01-01

    The direct current (dc) electrical conductivity of unreduced and reduced lithium niobate (LiNbO3) single crystals has been measured at room temperature (˜300 K). The dc conductivity and activation energy show strong dependence on the degree of oxygen reduction in LiNbO3 single crystals. The dc conductivity exhibits a peak as a function of increasing degree of oxygen reduction. These results have been analysed assuming small polaron hopping conduction between Nb4+ and Nb5+ ion sites. The temperature dependence of dc conductivity of reduced LiNbO3 single crystal, exhibiting the highest dc conductivity, has been examined in the temperature range 77-373 K. The observed dc conductivity data has been analyzed and explained in terms of Mott’s variable range hopping (VRH) conduction model involving a single phonon hopping process.

  10. Anisotropic ionic conductivities in lyotropic supramolecular liquid crystals.

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    Huang, Youju; Cong, Yuanhua; Li, Junjun; Wang, Daoliang; Zhang, Jingtuo; Xu, Lu; Li, Weili; Li, Liangbin; Pan, Guoqiang; Yang, Chuanlu

    2009-12-28

    The designed aromatic amide discotic molecule with sulfonic acid groups at its periphery exhibits a hexagonal supramolecular columnar liquid crystalline phase, which leads to the achievement of anisotropic ionic conductivity through macroscopically aligning the ionic channels.

  11. Mechanical tension and electrical conductivity of liquid crystal filaments

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    Kress, Oliver H.

    During the NSF funded IRES internship at the Otto-von-Geuricke Univeristy in Magdeburg, Germany, I studied the optical properties and mechanical behavior in the form of line tension of bent-core liquid crystal fiber bundles and verified previously published tension values and temperature dependent behavior. Then, carbon nanotubes were added and it as found that the tension in the fibers decreased by a factor of two instead of increasing as was hoped. A new device for pulling fibers and measuring tension by deflection due to the adhesion of glass beads was built at the LCI. The device was meant to improve upon the device used at O.v.G. Improvements included a smaller heating chamber with better insulation, temperature control, large viewing windows, more stable mounting interface, easier disassembly and the option to quickly modify the device in order to perform a variety of other experiments such as observing behavior due to acoustic driving (based on previous literature), observing optical behavior under a polarizing microscope and introducing probes to measure the electrical properties of fibers. The platform remains modular and makes the addition of new components for carrying out new experiments very simple and straightforward. The addition of carbon nanotubes has scattered results regarding the modulation of fiber tension. It seems that the addition of CNTs to BLC1571 may slightly be decreasing tension while the addition to BLC1688 may be increasing it. In both mesogens, 10wt% CNT yielded the highest tension value above the theoretical surface tension contribution. A reversal of temperature dependence was observed for fibers containing CNT; their tension increased with temperature instead of decreased. A driving rod attached to a speaker was used to acoustically drive a filament of pure BLC1571 in an attempt to replicate the tension values in a different way. The movement of the fiber and the driving rod were captured using a high-speed camera and MATLAB code

  12. Theoretical determination of anisotropic thermal conductivity for initially defect-free and defective TATB single crystals

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    Kroonblawd, Matthew P.; Sewell, Thomas D.

    2014-11-01

    The anisotropic thermal conductivity was determined for initially defect-free and defective crystals of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB), a material that exhibits a graphitic-like packing structure with stacked single-molecule-thick layers, using the reverse non-equilibrium molecular dynamics method and an established TATB molecular dynamics force field. Thermal conduction in TATB is predicted to be substantially higher and more anisotropic than in other related organic molecular explosives, with conduction along directions nominally in the plane of the molecular layers at least 68% greater than conduction along the direction exactly perpendicular to the layers. Finite-size effects along the conduction directions were assessed. The conductivity along directions nominally in the plane of the molecular layers was found to be insensitive to the supercell length along the conduction direction—a result commensurate with the estimated phonon mean free path, ˜6 Å. A small decrease in the conductivity normal to the layers was found for longer supercells and is likely due to increased phonon scattering as a result of dynamic structural transitions in the crystal. The thermal conductivity of TATB crystals containing vacancy defects was also determined and the variation of conductivity with crystal density was found to be both linear and anisotropic, with the introduction of vacancy defects leading to a greater percentage reduction in conduction for the direction perpendicular to the molecular layers.

  13. Theoretical determination of anisotropic thermal conductivity for initially defect-free and defective TATB single crystals.

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    Kroonblawd, Matthew P; Sewell, Thomas D

    2014-11-14

    The anisotropic thermal conductivity was determined for initially defect-free and defective crystals of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB), a material that exhibits a graphitic-like packing structure with stacked single-molecule-thick layers, using the reverse non-equilibrium molecular dynamics method and an established TATB molecular dynamics force field. Thermal conduction in TATB is predicted to be substantially higher and more anisotropic than in other related organic molecular explosives, with conduction along directions nominally in the plane of the molecular layers at least 68% greater than conduction along the direction exactly perpendicular to the layers. Finite-size effects along the conduction directions were assessed. The conductivity along directions nominally in the plane of the molecular layers was found to be insensitive to the supercell length along the conduction direction-a result commensurate with the estimated phonon mean free path, ∼6 Å. A small decrease in the conductivity normal to the layers was found for longer supercells and is likely due to increased phonon scattering as a result of dynamic structural transitions in the crystal. The thermal conductivity of TATB crystals containing vacancy defects was also determined and the variation of conductivity with crystal density was found to be both linear and anisotropic, with the introduction of vacancy defects leading to a greater percentage reduction in conduction for the direction perpendicular to the molecular layers.

  14. Correlating crystallization and ionic conductivity of PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Cheng, Shan; Smith, Derrick; Hsuan, Grace; Li, Christopher

    2012-02-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is one of the best candidates for solid state electrolyte due to its chemical stability and strong ability to form complex with lithium salts. Crystallization behavior of PEO directly affects the lithium ion transport, and in turn the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte. By adding two dimensional graphene oxide nanosheets into PEO matrix, mechanical property of the latter is significantly strengthened, while the crystallization behavior of PEO is also altered by the graphene oxide sheets. The crystallization of PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposites was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the orientations of graphene oxide and PEO crystal were studied by small angle X-ray scattering and wide angle X-ray diffraction. PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposite doped with lithium salt was further fabricated and characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Anisotropic ionic conductivity was observed for the nanocomposite electrolyte due to the orientation of graphene oxide and directional growth of PEO crystals.

  15. DC electrical conductivity measurements for pure and titanium oxide doped KDP Crystals grown by gel medium

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    Mareeswaran, S.; Asaithambi, T.

    2016-10-01

    Now a day's crystals are the pillars of current technology. Crystals are applied in various fields like fiber optic communications, electronic industry, photonic industry, etc. Crystal growth is an interesting and innovative field in the subject of physics, chemistry, material science, metallurgy, chemical engineering, mineralogy and crystallography. In recent decades optically good quality of pure and metal doped KDP crystals have been grown by gel growth method in room temperature and its characterizations were studied. Gel method is a very simple and one of the easiest methods among the various crystal growth methods. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate KH2PO4 (KDP) continues to be an interesting material both academically and technologically. KDP is a delegate of hydrogen bonded materials which possess very good electrical and nonlinear optical properties in addition to interesting electro-optic properties. We made an attempt to grow pure and titanium oxide doped KDP crystals with various doping concentrations (0.002, 0.004, 0.006, 0.008 and 0.010) using gel method. The grown crystals were collected after 20 days. We get crystals with good quality and shaped crystals. The dc electrical conductivity (resistance, capacitance and dielectric constant) values of the above grown crystals were measured at two different frequencies (1KHz and 100 Hz) with a temperature range of 500C to 1200C using simple two probe setup with Q band digital LCR meter present in our lab. The electrical conductivity increases with the increase of temperature. Dielectric constants value of titanium oxide doped KDP crystal was slightly decreased compared with pure KDP crystals. Results were discussed in details.

  16. Electrical conductivity of MgO crystals implanted with lithium ions

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    Tardío, M.; Ramírez, R.; González, R.; Chen, Y.; Alves, E.

    2002-05-01

    MgO single crystals were implanted with a fluence of 1×10 17 Li +/cm 2 with 175 keV. Using ac and dc techniques, the electrical conductivity of these crystals was investigated in the temperature range 296-440 K. The electrical conductivity of the implanted region was 14 orders of magnitude higher than the unimplanted area. Measurements at different temperatures suggest a thermally activated process with an activation energy of about 0.33 eV. In the implanted area, electrical contacts are found to be ohmic whereas contacts are blocking in unimplanted crystals. Removal of thin layers of the implanted region by immersing the crystal in hot phosphoric acid suggests that the enhancement in conductivity in the implanted region is associated with the intrinsic defects created by the implantation, rather than with the Li ions.

  17. Enhancing proton conduction via doping of supramolecular liquid crystals (4-alkoxybenzoic acids) with imidazole

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    Liang, Ting; Wu, Yong; Tan, Shuai; Yang, Xiaohui; Wei, Bingzhuo

    2015-09-01

    Enhancing proton conduction via doping was first achieved in hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals consisting of benzoic acids. Supramolecular liquid crystals formed by pure 4-alkoxybenzoic acids (nAOBA, n = 8, 10, 12) exhibited the maximum proton conductivity of 5.0 × 10-8 S cm-1. Doping of nAOBA with 25 mol% imidazole (Im0.25) had little impact on mesomorphism but increased proton conductivities by at least 3 orders of magnitude. The liquid crystals formed by nAOBA-Im0.25 exhibited the maximum proton conductivity of 1.9 × 10-4 S cm-1. It was proposed that structure diffusion of imidazole bridged interdimer proton transfer to form continuous conducting pathways in mesomorphic nAOBA-Im0.25.

  18. Heat conduction and phonon localization in disordered harmonic crystals

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    Kundu, A.; Chaudhuri, A.; Roy, D.; Dhar, A.; Lebowitz, J. L.; Spohn, H.

    2010-05-01

    We investigate the steady-state heat current in two- and three-dimensional isotopically disordered harmonic lattices. Using localization theory as well as kinetic theory we estimate the system size dependence of the current. These estimates are compared with numerical results obtained using an exact formula for the current given in terms of a phonon transmission function, as well as by direct nonequilibrium simulations. We find that heat conduction by high frequency modes is suppressed by localization while low frequency modes are strongly affected by boundary conditions. Our heuristic arguments show that Fourier's law is valid in a three-dimensional disordered solid except for special boundary conditions. We also study the pinned case relevant to localization in quantum systems and often used as a model system to study the validity of Fourier's law. Here we provide the first numerical verification of Fourier's law in three dimensions. In the two-dimensional pinned case we find that localization of phonon modes leads to a heat insulator.

  19. Switchable photoluminescence liquid crystal coated bacterial cellulose films with conductive response.

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    Tercjak, Agnieszka; Gutierrez, Junkal; Barud, Hernane S; Ribeiro, Sidney J L

    2016-06-05

    Three different low molecular weight nematic liquid crystals (LCs) were used to impregnate bacterial cellulose (BC) film. This simple fabrication pathway allows to obtain highly transparent BC based films. The coating of BC film with different liquid crystals changed transmittance spectra in ultraviolet-visible region and allows to design UVC and UVB shielding materials. Atomic force microscopy results confirmed that liquid crystals coated BC films maintain highly interconnected three-dimensional network characteristic of BC film and simultaneously, transversal cross-section scanning electron microscopy images indicated penetration of liquid crystals through the three-dimensional network of BC nanofibers. Investigated BC films maintain nematic liquid crystal properties being switchable photoluminiscence as a function of temperature during repeatable heating/cooling cycles. Conductive response of the liquid crystal coated BC films was proved by tunneling atomic force microscopy measurement. Moreover, liquid crystal coated BC films maintain thermal stability and mechanical properties of the BC film. Designed thermoresponsive materials possessed interesting optical and conductive properties opening a novel simple pathway of fabrication liquid crystal coated BC films with tuneable properties.

  20. The contribution of surfaces and interfaces to the crystal thermal conductivity

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    Kazan, M.; Masri, P.

    This review provides theoretical understanding of the role of the surface and interface in the thermal conductivity of solids. An attempt is made to collect the various methods used in the analysis of experiments. The adequacy and range of validity of these methods are evaluated, and suggestions are made concerning possible theoretical and experimental investigations which seem desirable. A major part of the paper is devoted to the description of the surface vibrational modes, the surface thermal conductivity, the interaction of defects with crystal surfaces, and the phonon scattering from crystal surfaces. First, a review is made of the general form of the interatomic potential energy and lattice vibrations. Certain aspects related to the three- and four-phonon processes are discussed. Then, the heat current is calculated in the presence of scattering processes described by a relaxation time, and a general formalism for the lattice thermal conductivity is derived. A special consideration is given to the effect of boundary scattering and boundary thermal conductance. In the first sections, despite the consideration of boundary scattering, the calculation of the thermal conductivity is carried out with adopting of the cyclic boundary conditions. Such a treatment, while mathematically convenient, eliminates the possibility of studying the dynamical properties of atoms in the neighborhood of a free surface of a real crystal because the crystal structure in the surface layers may differ from the structures in the bulk of the crystal. The forces acting on atoms in the surface layers will be different from the forces acting on atoms in the bulk since an atom in the surface layers has fewer nearest neighbors, next-nearest neighbors, etc., than an atom in the interior of a crystal. Therefore, one would expect that the dynamical properties and the resultant thermal conductivity are different for atoms in the surface layers of a crystal than for atoms in the bulk of the

  1. Conductive Hybrid Crystal Composed from Polyoxomolybdate and Deprotonatable Ionic-Liquid Surfactant

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    Kobayashi, Jun; Kawahara, Ryosuke; Uchida, Sayaka; Koguchi, Shinichi; Ito, Takeru

    2016-01-01

    A polyoxomolybdate inorganic-organic hybrid crystal was synthesized with deprotonatable ionic-liquid surfactant. 1-dodecylimidazolium cation was employed for its synthesis. The hybrid crystal contained δ-type octamolybdate (Mo8) isomer, and possessed alternate stacking of Mo8 monolayers and interdigitated surfactant bilayers. The crystal structure was compared with polyoxomolybdate hybrid crystals comprising 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium surfactant, which preferred β-type Mo8 isomer. The less bulky hydrophilic moiety of the 1-dodecylimidazolium interacted with the δ-Mo8 anion by N–H···O hydrogen bonds, which presumably induced the formation of the δ-Mo8 anion. Anhydrous conductivity of the hybrid crystal was estimated to be 5.5 × 10−6 S·cm−1 at 443 K by alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy. PMID:27347926

  2. Conductive Hybrid Crystal Composed from Polyoxomolybdate and Deprotonatable Ionic-Liquid Surfactant.

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    Kobayashi, Jun; Kawahara, Ryosuke; Uchida, Sayaka; Koguchi, Shinichi; Ito, Takeru

    2016-06-23

    A polyoxomolybdate inorganic-organic hybrid crystal was synthesized with deprotonatable ionic-liquid surfactant. 1-dodecylimidazolium cation was employed for its synthesis. The hybrid crystal contained δ-type octamolybdate (Mo₈) isomer, and possessed alternate stacking of Mo₈ monolayers and interdigitated surfactant bilayers. The crystal structure was compared with polyoxomolybdate hybrid crystals comprising 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium surfactant, which preferred β-type Mo₈ isomer. The less bulky hydrophilic moiety of the 1-dodecylimidazolium interacted with the δ-Mo₈ anion by N-H···O hydrogen bonds, which presumably induced the formation of the δ-Mo₈ anion. Anhydrous conductivity of the hybrid crystal was estimated to be 5.5 × 10(-6) S·cm(-1) at 443 K by alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy.

  3. Explicitly Solvable Model of the Charge Carriers' Phenomena in Isotropic Conducting Crystals

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    Budzak, Yaroslav S.; Wacławski, Tadeusz

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a theoretical analysis of the kinetic properties of the isotropic conducting crystals is presented. The general formulas for these kinetic properties are expressed in terms of the Fermi integrals. These integrals were obtained using methods of statistical ensembles with varying number of particles and the Gibbs's grand canonical distribution. The determination of the scattering function and the exploration of its relation with the mobility of the current carriers inside these crystals have been made. Together with the results of theoretical analysis of the scattering function and its relation with the current carriers' mobility, these formulas constitute the mathematical model of the charge carriers' transport phenomena in conducting crystals (where a non-parabolic energy spectrum is described by Kane's formula) and provide algorithms for the calculation of these properties.

  4. From crystal to glass-like thermal conductivity in crystalline minerals.

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    Bouyrie, Y; Candolfi, C; Pailhès, S; Koza, M M; Malaman, B; Dauscher, A; Tobola, J; Boisron, O; Saviot, L; Lenoir, B

    2015-08-14

    The ability of some materials with a perfectly ordered crystal structure to mimic the heat conduction of amorphous solids is a remarkable physical property that finds applications in numerous areas of materials science, for example, in the search for more efficient thermoelectric materials that enable to directly convert heat into electricity. Here, we unveil the mechanism in which glass-like thermal conductivity emerges in tetrahedrites, a family of natural minerals extensively studied in geology and, more recently, in thermoelectricity. By investigating the lattice dynamics of two tetrahedrites of very close compositions (Cu12Sb2Te2S13 and Cu10Te4S13) but with opposite glasslike and crystal thermal transport by means of powder and single-crystal inelastic neutron scattering, we demonstrate that the former originates from the peculiar chemical environment of the copper atoms giving rise to a strongly anharmonic excess of vibrational states.

  5. Explicitly Solvable Model of the Charge Carriers' Phenomena in Isotropic Conducting Crystals

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    Budzak, Yaroslav S.; Wacławski, Tadeusz

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, a theoretical analysis of the kinetic properties of the isotropic conducting crystals is presented. The general formulas for these kinetic properties are expressed in terms of the Fermi integrals. These integrals were obtained using methods of statistical ensembles with varying number of particles and the Gibbs's grand canonical distribution. The determination of the scattering function and the exploration of its relation with the mobility of the current carriers inside these crystals have been made. Together with the results of theoretical analysis of the scattering function and its relation with the current carriers' mobility, these formulas constitute the mathematical model of the charge carriers' transport phenomena in conducting crystals (where a non-parabolic energy spectrum is described by Kane's formula) and provide algorithms for the calculation of these properties.

  6. Thermal Conductance of a Surface Phonon-Polariton Crystal Made up of Polar Nanorods

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    Ordonez-Miranda, Jose; Joulain, Karl; Ezzahri, Younes

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate that the energy transport of surface phonon-polaritons can be large enough to be observable in a crystal made up of a three-dimensional assembly of nanorods of silicon carbide. The ultralow phonon thermal conductivity of this nanostructure along with its high surface area-to-volume ratio allows the predominance of the polariton energy over that generated by phonons. The dispersion relation, propagation length, and thermal conductance of polaritons are numerically determined as functions of the radius and temperature of the nanorods. It is shown that the thermal conductance of a crystal with nanorods at 500 K and diameter (length) of 200 nm (20 μm) is 0.55 nW·K-1, which is comparable to the quantum of thermal conductance of polar nanowires.

  7. Low-temperature conductivity in CuGaS{sub 2} single crystals

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    Abdullaev, N. A. Aliguliyeva, Kh. V.; Aliyeva, L. N.; Qasimoglu, I.; Kerimova, T. G.

    2015-04-15

    CuGaS{sub 2} single crystals are grown by the Bridgman-Stockbarger method. X-ray diffraction and Raman studies are performed. It is shown that the conductivity at low temperatures has an activation mechanism: in the range of 100–300 K, impurity conduction with an acceptor activation energy of 12 meV dominates; at temperatures below 100 K, Mott conductivity, i.e., so-called hopping conductivity with a variable hop length prevails. The density of localized states and the average carrier hop length are estimated.

  8. Electrical conduction studies in ferric-doped KHSO 4 single crystals

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    Sharon, M.; Kalia, A. K.

    1980-03-01

    Direct-current conductivity of ferric-doped (138, 267, and 490 ppm) single crystals of KHSO 4 has been studied. The mechanism for the dc conduction process is discussed. It is observed that the ferric ion forms a (Fe 3+-two vacancies) complex and the enthaply for its formation is 0.09 ± 0.01 eV. It is proposed that each ferric ion removes two protons from each HSO 4 dimer. The conductivity plot shows the presence of intrinsic and extrinsic regions. It is proposed that in the intrinsic region the dimer of HSO -4 breaks reversibly to form a long-chain monomer-type structure. The conductivity in the KHSO 4 crystal is proposed to be controlled by the rotation of HSO -4 tetrahedra along the axis which contains no hydrogen atom. Isotherm calculation for the trivalent-doped system is applied to this crystal and the results are compared with Co 2+-doped KHSO 4 crystal. The distribution coefficient of ferric ion in the KHSO 4 single crystal is calculated to be 4.5 × 10 -1. Ferric ion causes tapering in the crystal growth habit of KHSO 4 and it is believed to be due to the presence of (Fe 3+-two vacancies) complex. The enthalpy values for the various other processes are as follows: enthalpy for the breakage of HSO -4 dimer ( Hi) = 1.28 ± 0.01 eV; enthalpy for the rotation of HSO -4 tetrahedron ( Hm) = 0.58 ± 0.01 eV.

  9. Heat, Light, and Videotapes: Experiments in Heat Conduction Using Liquid Crystal Film.

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    Bacon, Michael E.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Presents a range of experiments in heat conduction suitable for upper-level undergraduate laboratories that make use of heat sensitive liquid crystal film to measure temperature contours. Includes experiments mathematically described by Laplace's equation, experiments theoretically described by Poisson's equation, and experiments that involve…

  10. Influence of heat conducting substrates on explosive crystallization in thin layers

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    Schneider, Wilhelm

    2017-09-01

    Crystallization in a thin, initially amorphous layer is considered. The layer is in thermal contact with a substrate of very large dimensions. The energy equation of the layer contains source and sink terms. The source term is due to liberation of latent heat in the crystallization process, while the sink term is due to conduction of heat into the substrate. To determine the latter, the heat diffusion equation for the substrate is solved by applying Duhamel's integral. Thus, the energy equation of the layer becomes a heat diffusion equation with a time integral as an additional term. The latter term indicates that the heat loss due to the substrate depends on the history of the process. To complete the set of equations, the crystallization process is described by a rate equation for the degree of crystallization. The governing equations are then transformed to a moving co-ordinate system in order to analyze crystallization waves that propagate with invariant properties. Dual solutions are found by an asymptotic expansion for large activation energies of molecular diffusion. By introducing suitable variables, the results can be presented in a universal form that comprises the influence of all non-dimensional parameters that govern the process. Of particular interest for applications is the prediction of a critical heat loss parameter for the existence of crystallization waves with invariant properties.

  11. Influence of heat conducting substrates on explosive crystallization in thin layers

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    Schneider, Wilhelm

    2017-03-01

    Crystallization in a thin, initially amorphous layer is considered. The layer is in thermal contact with a substrate of very large dimensions. The energy equation of the layer contains source and sink terms. The source term is due to liberation of latent heat in the crystallization process, while the sink term is due to conduction of heat into the substrate. To determine the latter, the heat diffusion equation for the substrate is solved by applying Duhamel's integral. Thus, the energy equation of the layer becomes a heat diffusion equation with a time integral as an additional term. The latter term indicates that the heat loss due to the substrate depends on the history of the process. To complete the set of equations, the crystallization process is described by a rate equation for the degree of crystallization. The governing equations are then transformed to a moving co-ordinate system in order to analyze crystallization waves that propagate with invariant properties. Dual solutions are found by an asymptotic expansion for large activation energies of molecular diffusion. By introducing suitable variables, the results can be presented in a universal form that comprises the influence of all non-dimensional parameters that govern the process. Of particular interest for applications is the prediction of a critical heat loss parameter for the existence of crystallization waves with invariant properties.

  12. Anisotropy of thermal conductivities in non- and Mg-doped near-stoichiometric LiTaO 3 crystals

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    Nakamura, Masaru; Takekawa, Shunji; Kitamura, Kenji

    2010-09-01

    We investigated the thermal conductivities of non-doped near-stoichiometric LiTaO 3 (SLT) and Mg (1 mol%)-doped near-stoichiometric LiTaO 3 (Mg:SLT) crystals along the X-, Y-, and Z-axes at room temperature. Those of non-doped congruent LiTaO 3 (CLT) crystal along the same axes were also estimated to investigate the effect of non-stoichiometric defects. The thermal conductivities were determined by measuring the thermal diffusivity using a laser-flash method and measuring the specific heat using a differential scanning calorimeter. Anisotropy of the thermal conductivities was found for all three crystals. That is, the thermal conductivities along the X-axis were the same as those along the Y-axis and less than those along the Z-axis. The thermal conductivities of the SLT crystal were the highest and were twice those of the CLT crystal. The thermal conductivities of the Mg:SLT crystal were slightly lower than those of the SLT crystal apparently due to the Mg-doping. We also investigated the effect of the difference in domain structure on thermal conductivity using as-grown Mg:SLT crystal with randomly distributed multi-domains and found that it did not affect the thermal conductivity along any axis. These findings regarding thermal conductivity should be useful for designing high-power laser applications using SLT and Mg:SLT crystals.

  13. Fergusonite-type CeNbO4+δ: Single crystal growth, symmetry revision and conductivity

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    Bayliss, Ryan D.; Pramana, Stevin S.; An, Tao; Wei, Fengxia; Kloc, Christian L.; White, Andrew J. P.; Skinner, Stephen J.; White, Timothy J.; Baikie, Tom

    2013-08-01

    Large fergusonite-type (ABO4, A=Ce, B=Nb) oxide crystals, a prototype electrolyte composition for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), were prepared for the first time in a floating zone mirror furnace under air or argon atmospheres. While CeNbO4 grown in air contained CeNbO4.08 as a minor impurity that compromised structural analysis, the argon atmosphere yielded a single phase crystal of monoclinic CeNbO4, as confirmed by selected area electron diffraction, powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure was determined in the standard space group setting C12/c1 (No. 15), rather than the commonly adopted I12/a1. AC impedance spectroscopy conducted under argon found that stoichiometric CeNbO4 single crystals showed lower conductivity compared to CeNbO4+δ confirming interstitial oxygen can penetrate through fergusonite and is responsible for the higher conductivity associated with these oxides.

  14. One-way Tamm plasmon polaritons at the interface between magnetophotonic crystals and conducting metal oxides

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    Dong, Hui Yuan; Wang, Jin; Cui, Tie Jun

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate theoretically the existence of one-way Tamm plasmon polaritons on the interface between magnetophotonic crystals and conducting metal oxides. In contrast to conventional surface plasmon-polaritons (SPPs), Tamm plasmon polaritons (TPPs) occur at frequencies above the bulk plasma frequency of the conducting materials, provided that the dispersion curves of such surface modes lie outside the light cone for the conducting oxides and simultaneously fall into the photonic band gap of the magnetophotonic crystal. The nonreciprocal properties of TPPs are caused by violation of the periodicity and time-reversal symmetry in the structure. Calculations on the field distribution and transmission spectra through the structure are employed to confirm the theoretical results, which could potentially impact on a broad range of SPP-related phenomena in applications.

  15. Dielectric and conducting behavior of gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals

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    Shah, M. D.; Want, B.

    2015-07-01

    Gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals were grown in silica gel by using single gel diffusion technique. The crystals were characterized by different physico-chemical techniques of characterization. Powder X-ray diffraction results showed that the grown material is purely crystalline in nature. Elemental analyses suggested the chemical formula of the compound to be Gd Tb (C4H2O4)3ṡ7H2O. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed the presence of Gd and Tb in the title compound. The dielectric and conductivity studies of the grown compound were carried as function of frequency of applied field and the temperature. The grown material showed a dielectric anomaly which was correlated with its thermal behavior. The ac conductivity of the material showed Jonscher's power law behavior: σ(ω)=σo+Aωs, with a temperature-dependent power exponent s(<1). The conductivity was found to be a function of temperature and frequency.

  16. Influence of the growth and annealing atmosphere on the electrical conductivity of LTG crystals

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    Alani, M.; Batis, N.; Laroche, T.; Nehari, A.; Cabane, H.; Lebbou, K.; Boy, J. J.

    2017-03-01

    We present the electrical conductivity measurements of La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14 (LGT) crystals grown by Czochralski (Cz) technique in Ir crucibles and N2 atmosphere containing few percent of O2. In addition, we have studied the effect of thermal annealing on the stability and the thermal conductivity. The electrical conductivity depends on the stoichiometry, the inhomogeneous impurities levels, the growth atmosphere and the post-growth annealing conditions. Furthermore, we recorded the UV-Vis transmission spectra of the LGT samples and we note that the less resistive LGT samples have an edge of the intrinsic absorption at the highest wavelengths.

  17. Extreme low thermal conductivity in nanoscale 3D Si phononic crystal with spherical pores.

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    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we propose a nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) Si phononic crystal (PnC) with spherical pores, which can reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si by a factor up to 10,000 times at room temperature. Thermal conductivity of Si PnCs depends on the porosity, for example, the thermal conductivity of Si PnCs with porosity 50% is 300 times smaller than that of bulk Si. The phonon participation ratio spectra demonstrate that more phonons are localized as the porosity increases. The thermal conductivity is insensitive to the temperature changes from room temperature to 1100 K. The extreme-low thermal conductivity could lead to a larger value of ZT than unity as the periodic structure affects very little the electric conductivity.

  18. Data Mining-Aided Crystal Engineering for the Design of Transparent Conducting Oxides: Preprint

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    Suh, C.; Kim, K.; Berry, J. J.; Lee, J.; Jones, W. B.

    2010-12-01

    The purpose of this paper is to accelerate the pace of material discovery processes by systematically visualizing the huge search space that conventionally needs to be explored. To this end, we demonstrate not only the use of empirical- or crystal chemistry-based physical intuition for decision-making, but also to utilize knowledge-based data mining methodologies in the context of finding p-type delafossite transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). We report on examples using high-dimensional visualizations such as radial visualization combined with machine learning algorithms such as k-nearest neighbor algorithm (k-NN) to better define and visualize the search space (i.e. structure maps) of functional materials design. The vital role of search space generated from these approaches is discussed in the context of crystal chemistry of delafossite crystal structure.

  19. The crystallization kinetics and thermal conductivity of alumina/fluorescein sodium salt (Al2O3/FSS) composites

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    Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin; Sekerci, M.

    2005-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and crystallization mechanism of alumina (Al2O3)/fluorescein sodium salt (FSS) composites prepared by the powder metallurgy method have been investigated by means of differential thermal analysis. The Kissinger method is applied to determine the crystallization kinetics from the endotherm peaks. The activation energy E and Avrami parameter n were calculated. The kinetic parameters (E and n) have made it possible to postulate the type of crystal growth exhibited in the crystallization process. The crystallization growth is found to be one-dimensional for the composite system. The thermal conductivity of the composite system was also determined by differential scanning calorimetry.

  20. Interface shape in Czochralski grown crystals - Effect of conduction and radiation

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    Srivastava, R. K.; Ramachandran, P. A.; Dudukovic, M. P.

    1985-01-01

    A sequential modular computational scheme has been proposed for the calculation of temperature profiles in the melt and crystal including the melt-crystal interface shape and the crystal pulling rate for a fixed crystal radius. The heat transfer in the melt is assumed to occur by conduction only. The shape of melt-gas meniscus, described by Laplace-Young equation, is incorporated in the model and its effects on interface shape and pulling rate are examined. Further, the model incorporates the detailed radiation interaction among the various surfaces in the puller using the Gebhart enclosure theory which accounts for both direct and reflected radiation. The effects of various process parameters on the interface shape and the pulling rate have been investigated. The results of this study indicate that the shape of the melt-gas meniscus has a significant effect on the pulling rate and the interface shape in conformity with earlier studies. Further, it is shown that a simple radiation model (Stefan's model) is inadequate to model the radiation heat exchange in the Czochralski puller apparatus and the detailed Gebhart analysis is necessary for accurate calculation of both the temperature profile in the crystal as well as the interface shape.

  1. Interface shape in Czochralski grown crystals - Effect of conduction and radiation

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    Srivastava, R. K.; Ramachandran, P. A.; Dudukovic, M. P.

    1985-01-01

    A sequential modular computational scheme has been proposed for the calculation of temperature profiles in the melt and crystal including the melt-crystal interface shape and the crystal pulling rate for a fixed crystal radius. The heat transfer in the melt is assumed to occur by conduction only. The shape of melt-gas meniscus, described by Laplace-Young equation, is incorporated in the model and its effects on interface shape and pulling rate are examined. Further, the model incorporates the detailed radiation interaction among the various surfaces in the puller using the Gebhart enclosure theory which accounts for both direct and reflected radiation. The effects of various process parameters on the interface shape and the pulling rate have been investigated. The results of this study indicate that the shape of the melt-gas meniscus has a significant effect on the pulling rate and the interface shape in conformity with earlier studies. Further, it is shown that a simple radiation model (Stefan's model) is inadequate to model the radiation heat exchange in the Czochralski puller apparatus and the detailed Gebhart analysis is necessary for accurate calculation of both the temperature profile in the crystal as well as the interface shape.

  2. Conductive properties of switchable photoluminescence thermosetting systems based on liquid crystals.

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    Tercjak, Agnieszka; Gutierrez, Junkal; Ocando, Connie; Mondragon, Iñaki

    2010-03-16

    Conductive properties of different thermosetting materials modified with nematic 4'-(hexyl)-4-biphenyl-carbonitrile (HBC) liquid crystal and rutile TiO(2) nanoparticles were successfully studied by means of tunneling atomic force miscroscopy (TUNA). Taking into account the liquid crystal state of the HBC at room temperature, depending on both the HBC content and the presence of TiO(2) nanoparticles, designed materials showed different TUNA currents passed through the sample. The addition of TiO(2) nanoparticles into the systems multiply the detected current if compared to the thermosetting systems without TiO(2) nanoparticles and simultaneously stabilized the current passed through the sample, making the process reversible since the absolute current values were almost the same applying both negative and positive voltage. Moreover, thermosetting systems modified with liquid crystals with and without TiO(2) nanoparticles are photoluminescence switchable materials as a function of temperature gradient during repeatable heating/cooling cycle. Conductive properties of switchable photoluminescence thermosetting systems based on liquid crystals can allow them to find potential application in the field of photoresponsive devices, with a high contrast ratio between transparent and opaque states.

  3. Anisotropy of thermal conductivity in single crystals YBa 2Cu 3O 7

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    Gusakov, Vasilii; Jezowski, Andrzej; Barilo, Sergey; Kalanda, Nikolay; Saiko, Alexandr

    2000-07-01

    The anisotropy of thermal conductivity k in single crystals YBa 2Cu 3O 7 has been studied. The temperature dependence of k in c-direction is well described by the lattice thermal conductivity ( T max=60 K; k max=4 W/ mK; T D=140 K) . The precise measurements reveal the hysteretic behavior of out-of-plane thermal conductivity. In ab-direction the upturn in k for temperatures below Tc is observed and temperatures of thermal conductivity peaks in ab- and c-direction coincide. Theoretical analysis suggests a model in which an observed peak below Tc in thermal conductivity for ab-direction is ascribed to a quasiparticle contribution.

  4. Anisotropy of thermal conductivity in YBaCuO single crystals

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    Gusakov, V.; Jezowski, A.; Barilo, S.; Kalanda, N.; Saiko, A.

    2000-11-01

    The anisotropy of thermal conductivity (k) in single crystals YBa 2Cu 3O 7 have been studied. The temperature dependence of k in c-direction is well described by the lattice thermal conductivity ( Tmax = 60K; k max = 4W/mK; T D = 140K). The precise measurements reveal the hysteretic behavior of out-of-plane thermal conductivity. In ab-direction the upturn in k for temperatures below T c is observed and temperatures of thermal conductivity peaks in ab- and c-direction are coincided. Theoretical analysis suggests a model in which an observed peak below T c in thermal conductivity for ab-direction is ascribed to a quasiparticle contribution.

  5. Geometric tuning of thermal conductivity in three-dimensional anisotropic phononic crystals.

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    Wei, Zhiyong; Wehmeyer, Geoff; Dames, Chris; Chen, Yunfei

    2016-10-07

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the thermal transport properties of a three-dimensional (3D) anisotropic phononic crystal consisting of silicon nanowires and films. The calculation shows that the in-plane thermal conductivity is negatively correlated with the out-of-plane thermal conductivity upon making geometric changes, whether varying the nanowire diameter or the film thickness. This enables the anisotropy ratio of thermal conductivity to be tailored over a wide range, in some cases by more than a factor of 20. Similar trends in thermal conductivity are also observed from an independent phonon ray tracing simulation considering only diffuse boundary scattering effects, though the range of anisotropy ratios is smaller than that obtained in MD simulation. By analyzing the phonon dispersion relation with varied geometric parameters, it is found that increasing the nanowire diameter increases the out-of-plane acoustic phonon group velocities, but reduces the in-plane longitudinal and fast transverse acoustic phonon group velocities. The calculated phonon irradiation further verified the negative correlation between the in-plane and the out-of-plane thermal conductivity. The proposed 3D phononic crystal may find potential application in thermoelectrics, energy storage, catalysis and sensing applications owing to its widely tailorable thermal conductivity.

  6. Polystyrene colloidal crystals: Interface controlled thermal conductivity in an open-porous mesoparticle superstructure.

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    Nutz, Fabian A; Ruckdeschel, Pia; Retsch, Markus

    2015-11-01

    Colloidal crystals typically consist of sub-micron sized monodisperse particles, which are densely packed on a face centered cubic lattice. While many properties of this material class have been studied over the past decades, little is known about their thermal transport properties. The high amount of interfaces and their small interparticle contact area should result in efficient thermal insulation. Using laser flash analysis we report for the first time on the temperature dependent thermal conductivity of a freestanding 366 nm polystyrene (PS) colloidal crystal. Macroscopic monoliths of these samples were fabricated by colloidal self-assembly. We demonstrate a very low thermal conductivity κ of 51 mW K(-1) m(-1) (κ of bulk PS∼140 mW K(-1) m(-1)). Remarkably, this low thermal conductivity is reached at a comparatively high density of 750 kg m(-3). It can be further increased by almost 300% upon film formation and loss of the colloidal mesostructure. Additionally, this open porous structure is largely independent of the surrounding atmosphere. This can be rationalized by the small size (∼100 nm) of the pores present within this colloidal crystal.

  7. Diversity of surface conduction in pyrite FeS2 single crystals

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    Leighton, Chris; Walter, Jeff; Zhang, Xin; Mork, Frazier; Hool, Ryan; Manno, Mike; Aydil, Eray

    Pyrite FeS2 has long been recognized as an attractive material for solar cells because of its high absorptivity, potential low cost, high abundance, and low toxicity. Despite having appropriate band gap (0.95 eV) and minority carrier diffusion length (100-1000 nm), low open circuit voltages (Voc <= 0.1 V) have plagued FeS2-based cells. Surface conduction has been proposed as a contributing factor for the low Voc, particularly a p-type surface inversion layer on n-type crystals. Here we report a detailed electronic transport study of a large number of well-characterized CVT-grown n-FeS2 single crystals. Abundant evidence of surface conduction is found from the T dependence of resistivity, resistance anisotropy, low T behavior at the 2D quantum resistance, thickness dependence, and the influence of contact metal work function. However, striking diversity in this surface conduction is found, even in nominally identical crystals at similar doping. The results cannot be understood by surface inversion alone, pointing to as yet uncontrolled surface factors. Work supported by NSF.

  8. Electrical conductivity of α-LiIO 3 acid type crystals at 1 kHz

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    Galez, C.; Rosso, C.; Teisseyre, Y.; Crettez, J. M.; Bourson, P.; Medeiros-Ribeiro, G.; Righi, A.; Moreira, R. L.

    1995-03-01

    The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity of α-LiIO 3 acid type crystals is studied. By applying a very low amplitude electric field at 1 kHz and performing a continuous sampling of measurements, differences, reproducible for all the investigated samples, appeared between the first and subsequent heatings The anomalies occurring during the first heating are attributed mainly to inclusions of mother liquor, HIO 3 and Li 1-xH xIO 3. The 'intrinsic' conductivity is measured after a first annealing at about 470 K; the activation energies are then calculated.

  9. Optimization of liquid crystal devices based on weakly conductive layers for lensing and beam steering

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    Beeckman, Jeroen; Nys, Inge; Willekens, Oliver; Neyts, Kristiaan

    2017-01-01

    Liquid crystals are mostly known for their use in displays, but over the past decade these materials have been applied in a number of other devices such as tunable lenses or beam steering devices. A common technique to realize a gradual electric field profile as is required to obtain a gradual refractive index profile in these applications is the use of weakly conductive materials. The weakly conductive layers are able to spread the voltage profile which is applied through well-conductive electrodes at the side of the weakly conductive layer. The simulation and design of such structures is not trivial because two or three dimensional quasi-static electric field profiles need to be calculated. This is due to the fact that the resistivity of the conductive layers and the dielectric properties of the liquid crystal are coupled. An exact solution requires solving a number of coupled differential equations. In this paper, we develop a model to simulate the RC-effects with an approximate model.

  10. Measurements of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of hen egg-white lysozyme crystals using a short hot wire method

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    Fujiwara, Seiji; Maki, Syou; Tanaka, Seiichi; Maekawa, Ryunosuke; Masuda, Tomoki; Hagiwara, Masayuki

    2017-07-01

    Thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) crystals were examined by using the transient short hot wire method. This method is based on the conventional hot wire method, but improved by using a wire that is much shorter than conventional ones. The magneto-Archimedes levitation technique was utilized to attach the HEWL crystals onto the wire. Owing to the upward magnetic force, the HEWL crystals were deposited at the air-liquid interface of the protein buffer solution where the short hot wire was preliminarily fixed. In situ observation clarified that the wire was completely buried into the HEWL crystals. By means of these techniques, the measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of HEWL crystals was realized for the first time. Gadolinium chloride (a paramagnetic subject) was used as a precipitant agent of crystallization. Crystal growth was carried out over 20 h at 17.2 °C. The applied magnetic field was 4 T. Measurements were conducted during the crystal growth at two different times. The thermal conductivity and diffusivity of the HEWL crystals were determined to be 0.410 W/(m.K) and 3.77×10-8 m2/s at 14 h after, and 0.438 W/(m.K) and 5.18×10-8 m2/s at 20 h after, respectively. We emphasize that this method is versatile and applicable for other protein crystals.

  11. Optical, electrical and ac conductivity measurements of nonlinear optical Dimethylaminomethylphthalimide doped with cadmium chloride single crystal for nano applications

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    Subramani, K.; Joseph, P. S.; Shankar, G.

    2013-07-01

    Single crystals of Dimethylaminomethylphthalimide cadmium chloride (DAMPCC) were grown by a slow evaporation technique. The unit cell parameters and crystal structure were measured by the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The modes of vibrations of different molecular groups present in the DAMPCC crystal have been identified by FTIR spectral analysis. The UV-vis-NIR spectral analysis is used to study the optical behaviors like absorption and transmission properties of the crystal. The diffuse reflectance spectrum in absorption studies is calculated. The optical band gap of the DAMPCC crystal is calculated to be cut off wavelength 360 nm at photon energy 4.772 eV. The optical conductivity, electrical conductivity and ac conductivity are also calculated. Finally the nonlinear optics (NLO) property of DAMPCC crystal was confirmed by second harmonic generation (SHG) test using the Nd:YAG laser of fundamental wavelength 1064 nm.

  12. Electrical conductivity and crystallization of amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis.

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    Ryll, Thomas; Brunner, Andreas; Ellenbroek, Stefan; Bieberle-Hutter, Anja; Rupp, Jennifer L M; Gauckler, Ludwig J

    2010-11-14

    Amorphous oxide thin films with tailored functionality will be crucial for the next generation of micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS). Due to potentially favorable electronic and catalytic properties, amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films might be applied in this regard. We report on the deposition of amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films by spray pyrolysis, their crystallization behavior and electrical conductivity. At room temperature the 200 nm thin amorphous films exhibit a high electrical conductivity of 7.7 × 10(4) S m(-1), which was found to be slightly thermally activated (E(a) = 4.1 × 10(-3) eV). It follows that a long-range order of the RuO(6) octahedra is no precondition for the electrical conductivity of Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11). Upon heating to the temperature range between 490 °C and 580 °C the initially amorphous films crystallize rapidly. Simultaneously, a transition from a dense and continuous film to isolated Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11) particles on the substrate takes place. Solid-state agglomeration is proposed as the mechanism responsible for disintegration. The area specific resistance of Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11) particles contacted by Pt paste on gadolinia doped ceria electrolyte pellets was found to be 7 Ω cm(2) at 607 °C in air. Amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films are proposed for application in electrochemical devices operating at low temperatures, where a high electrical conductivity is required.

  13. Rubrene crystal field-effect mobility modulation via conducting channel wrinkling.

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    Reyes-Martinez, Marcos A; Crosby, Alfred J; Briseno, Alejandro L

    2015-05-05

    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.

  14. Negative Gaussian curvature induces significant suppression of thermal conduction in carbon crystals.

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    Zhang, Zhongwei; Chen, Jie; Li, Baowen

    2017-09-28

    From the mathematic category of surface Gaussian curvature, carbon allotropes can be classified into three types: zero curvature, positive curvature, and negative curvature. By performing Green-Kubo equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, we found that surface curvature has a significant impact on the phonon vibration and thermal conductivity (κ) of carbon crystals. When curving from zero curvature to negative or positive curvature structures, κ is reduced by several orders of magnitude. Interestingly, we found that κ of negatively curved carbon crystals exhibits a monotonic dependence on curvature. Through phonon mode analysis, we show that curvature induces remarkable phonon softening in phonon dispersion, which results in the reduction of phonon group velocity and flattening of phonon band structure. Furthermore, the curvature was found to induce phonon mode hybridization, leading to the suppression of phonon relaxation time. Our study provides physical insight into thermal transport in curvature materials, and will be valuable in the modulation of phonon activity through surface curvature.

  15. Conductance of a quantum wire in the Wigner-crystal regime.

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    Matveev, K A

    2004-03-12

    We study the effect of Coulomb interactions on the conductance of a single-mode quantum wire connecting two bulk leads. When the density of electrons in the wire is very low, they arrange in a finite-length Wigner crystal. In this regime the electron spins form an antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain with an exponentially small coupling J. An electric current in the wire perturbs the spin chain and gives rise to a temperature-dependent contribution of the spin subsystem to the resistance. At low temperature Tconductance of the wire remains close to 2e2/h. At T>J the spin effect reduces the conductance to e2/h.

  16. Manipulating the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of graphene phononic crystal

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    Hu, Shiqian; An, Meng; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2016-07-01

    By using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, modulating the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of graphene phononic crystals (GPnCs) is investigated. It is found that the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of GPnCs follows ˜T -α behavior. The power exponents (α) can be efficiently tuned by changing the characteristic size of GPnCs. The phonon participation ratio spectra and dispersion relation reveal that the long-range phonon modes are more affected in GPnCs with larger holes (L 0). Our results suggest that constructing GPnCs is an effective method to manipulate the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of graphene, which would be beneficial for developing GPnC-based thermal management and signal processing devices.

  17. Vertically Conductive Single-Crystal SiC-Based Bragg Reflector Grown on Si Wafer.

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    Massoubre, David; Wang, Li; Hold, Leonie; Fernandes, Alanna; Chai, Jessica; Dimitrijev, Sima; Iacopi, Alan

    2015-11-25

    Single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC) thin-films on silicon (Si) were used for the fabrication and characterization of electrically conductive distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) on 100 mm Si wafers. The DBRs, each composed of 3 alternating layers of SiC and Al(Ga)N grown on Si substrates, show high wafer uniformity with a typical maximum reflectance of 54% in the blue spectrum and a stopband (at 80% maximum reflectance) as large as 100 nm. Furthermore, high vertical electrical conduction is also demonstrated resulting to a density of current exceeding 70 A/cm(2) above 1.5 V. Such SiC/III-N DBRs with high thermal and electrical conductivities could be used as pseudo-substrate to enhance the efficiency of SiC-based and GaN-based optoelectronic devices on large Si wafers.

  18. Vertically Conductive Single-Crystal SiC-Based Bragg Reflector Grown on Si Wafer

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    Massoubre, David; Wang, Li; Hold, Leonie; Fernandes, Alanna; Chai, Jessica; Dimitrijev, Sima; Iacopi, Alan

    2015-01-01

    Single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC) thin-films on silicon (Si) were used for the fabrication and characterization of electrically conductive distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) on 100 mm Si wafers. The DBRs, each composed of 3 alternating layers of SiC and Al(Ga)N grown on Si substrates, show high wafer uniformity with a typical maximum reflectance of 54% in the blue spectrum and a stopband (at 80% maximum reflectance) as large as 100 nm. Furthermore, high vertical electrical conduction is also demonstrated resulting to a density of current exceeding 70 A/cm2 above 1.5 V. Such SiC/III-N DBRs with high thermal and electrical conductivities could be used as pseudo-substrate to enhance the efficiency of SiC-based and GaN-based optoelectronic devices on large Si wafers. PMID:26601894

  19. Facet-dependent electrical conductivity properties of Cu2O crystals.

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    Tan, Chih-Shan; Hsu, Shih-Chen; Ke, Wei-Hong; Chen, Lih-Juann; Huang, Michael H

    2015-03-11

    It is interesting to examine facet-dependent electrical properties of single Cu2O crystals, because such study greatly advances our understanding of various facet effects exhibited by semiconductors. We show a Cu2O octahedron is highly conductive, a cube is moderately conductive, and a rhombic dodecahedron is nonconductive. The conductivity differences are ascribed to the presence of a thin surface layer having different degrees of band bending. When electrical connection was made on two different facets of a rhombicuboctahedron, a diode-like response was obtained, demonstrating the potential of using single polyhedral nanocrystals as functional electronic components. Density of state (DOS) plots for three layers of Cu2O (111), (100), and (110) planes show respective metallic, semimetal, and semiconducting band structures. By examining DOS plots for varying number of planes, the surface layer thicknesses responsible for the facet-dependent electrical properties of Cu2O crystals have been determined to be below 1.5 nm for these facets.

  20. Hopping conductivity in Mn-doped β-FeSi2 single crystals

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    Arushanov, E.; Lisunov, K. G.; Vinzelberg, H.; Behr, G.; Schumann, J.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2008-09-01

    The article gives a report on resistivity measurements on Mn-doped p-type FeSi2 single crystals and analyzes the data within the framework of different hopping conductivity models. Both the Mott [N. Mott and E. A. Davies, Electron Processes in Non-Crystalline Materials (Clarendon, Oxford, 1979)] and the Shklovskii-Efros [B. I. Shklovskii and A. L. Efros, Electronic Properties o0066 Doped Semiconductors (Springer, Berlin, 1984)] regimes of the variable-range hopping (VRH) conductivity are observed. It is shown that the temperature dependence of the resistivity of Mn-doped β-FeSi2 crystals, which follows a VRH conduction mechanism, can be expressed by a scaling expression of the form ln(ρ /ρ0)=Af(T /Tx). The characteristic and transition temperatures, as well as the complete set of parameters describing the properties of the localized holes (the localization radius, the dielectric permittivity, the width of the Coulomb gap Δ, and the values of the density of states at the Fermi level) are determined. The data above indicate existence of a rigid gap δ in the spectrum of the DOS in addition to Δ and point out to the polaronic nature of the charge carriers in the investigated compound.

  1. Effects of β-sheet crystals and a glycine-rich matrix on the thermal conductivity of spider dragline silk.

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    Park, Jinju; Kim, Duckjong; Lee, Seung-Mo; Choi, Ji-Ung; You, Myungil; So, Hye-Mi; Han, Junkyu; Nah, Junghyo; Seol, Jae Hun

    2017-03-01

    We measured the thermal conductivity of Araneus ventricosus' spider dragline silk using a suspended microdevice. The thermal conductivity of the silk fiber was approximately 0.4Wm(-1)K(-1) at room temperature and gradually increased with an increasing temperature in a manner similar to that of other disordered crystals or proteins. In order to elucidate the effect of β-sheet crystals in the silk, thermal denaturation was used to reduce the quantity of the β-sheet crystals. A calculation with an effective medium approximation supported this measurement result showing that the thermal conductivity of β-sheet crystals had an insignificant effect on the thermal conductivity of SDS. Additionally, the enhancement of bonding strength in a glycine-rich matrix by atomic layer deposition did not increase the thermal conductivity. Thus, this study suggests that the disordered part of the glycine-rich matrix prevented the peptide chains from being coaxially extended via the cross-linking covalent bonds.

  2. Mechanism of the Reduced Thermal Conductivity of Fishbone-Type Si Phononic Crystal Nanostructures

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    Nomura, M.; Maire, J.

    2014-09-01

    The mechanism of the reduced thermal conductivity of fishbone-type phononic crystal (PnC) nanostructures, in which ballistic phonon transport is dominant, was investigated with consideration of both the wave and particle nature of phonons. Phononic band diagrams were calculated for an Si nanowire and a fishbone-type PnC structure with a period of 100 nm, and a clear reduction of the group velocity of phonons, because of a zone-folding effect, was shown. Air-suspended Si nanowires and fishbone-type PnC structures were fabricated by electron beam (EB) lithography, and their thermal conductivities were measured by use of the originally developed micro time-domain thermoreflectance method. The PnC structure had a much lower thermal conductivity. We measured the thermal conductivity of a variety of PnC structures with different fin widths to investigate the mechanism of the reduced thermal conductivity observed. The result indicates that the increase of the phonon traveling distance. as a result of the fins, also results in reduced thermal conductivity.

  3. Mechanism of the Reduced Thermal Conductivity of Fishbone-Type Si Phononic Crystal Nanostructures

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    Nomura, M.; Maire, J.

    2015-06-01

    The mechanism of the reduced thermal conductivity of fishbone-type phononic crystal (PnC) nanostructures, in which ballistic phonon transport is dominant, was investigated with consideration of both the wave and particle nature of phonons. Phononic band diagrams were calculated for an Si nanowire and a fishbone-type PnC structure with a period of 100 nm, and a clear reduction of the group velocity of phonons, because of a zone-folding effect, was shown. Air-suspended Si nanowires and fishbone-type PnC structures were fabricated by electron beam (EB) lithography, and their thermal conductivities were measured by use of the originally developed micro time-domain thermoreflectance method. The PnC structure had a much lower thermal conductivity. We measured the thermal conductivity of a variety of PnC structures with different fin widths to investigate the mechanism of the reduced thermal conductivity observed. The result indicates that the increase of the phonon traveling distance. as a result of the fins, also results in reduced thermal conductivity.

  4. Enhancing ionic conductivity of bulk single-crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia by tailoring dopant distribution

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    Lee, E.; Prinz, F. B.; Cai, W.

    2011-02-11

    We present an ab initio–based kinetic Monte Carlo model for ionic conductivity in single-crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia. Ionic interactions are taken into account by combining density functional theory calculations and the cluster expansion method and are found to be essential in reproducing the effective activation energy observed in experiments. The model predicts that the effective energy barrier can be reduced by 0.15–0.25 eV by arranging the dopant ions into a superlattice.

  5. Real-time crystallization in fluorinated parylene probed by conductivity spectra

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    Khazaka, R. Diaham, S.; Locatelli, M. L.; Tenailleau, C.

    2014-03-17

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy experiments were performed at high temperature on fluorinated parylene films during the occurrence of the isothermal crystalline phase transition. For this polymer, since the difference between the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) and the phase transition temperature (T{sub c}) is very strong (T{sub c} ≥ 4T{sub g}), segmental and dipolar relaxation usually used to probe the crystallization are not shown in the experiment frequency window (10{sup −1} to 10{sup 6} Hz) during the crystallization. The charge diffusion becomes the only electrical marker that allows probing the phase transition. During the transition phase, a continuous decrease of about two orders of magnitude is observed in the conductivity values below an offset frequency (f{sub c}) with a tendency to stabilization after 600 min. Below the offset frequency, the decrease of the normalized conductivity to the initial value as function of time is frequency independent. The same behavior is also observed for the f{sub c} values that decrease from 160 Hz to about 20 Hz. Above the offset frequency, the electronic hopping mechanism is also affected by the phase transition and the power law exponent (n) of the AC conductivity shows a variation from 0.7 to 0.95 during the first 600 min that tend to stabilize thereafter. Accordingly, three parameters (n, f{sub c}, and AC conductivity values for frequencies below f{sub c}) extracted from the AC conductivity spectra in different frequency windows seem suitable to probe the crystalline phase transition.

  6. Change in Surface Conductivity of Elastically Deformed p-Si Crystals Irradiated by X-Rays

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    Lys, R.; Pavlyk, B.; Didyk, R.; Shykorjak, J.

    2017-07-01

    Changes in conductivity of irradiated and non-irradiated p-Si mono-crystals under the influence of elastic uniaxial mechanical stress were investigated in this paper. An analytical expression was suggested to describe the dependence of surface conductivity as a function of mechanical stress and X-ray irradiation dose. It was shown that 4-angular nano-particles on the surface of "solar" silicon affect the electroconductivity changes under mechanical stress. It was established that X-ray irradiation causes the generation of point defects in silicon. These defects suppress the dislocations movement. It was shown that the resistivity of previously irradiated samples of "electronic" silicon is only slightly sensitive to the influence of uniaxial compression at certain deformation rate.

  7. Liquid crystal behavior induced assembling fabrication of conductive chiral MWCNTs@NCC nanopaper

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    Ren, Yumei; Wang, Tianjiao; Chen, Zhimin; Li, Jing; Tian, Qiuge; Yang, Hongxia; Xu, Qun

    2016-11-01

    The conductive chiral MWCNTs@NCC nanopapers obtained by the assembly of nanocrystalline cellulose liquid crystals (NCC LCs) host matrix along with one-dimensional (1-D) multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been studied in this work. Circular dichroism (CD) studies show strong signals stemming from the chiral nematic structure. Notably, the introduction of the MWCNTs has a pronounced effect on the chiral structure of the as-prepared nanopaper. Our experimental results indicate the multiple weak molecular interactions existing between MWCNTs and NCC are responsible for the effective dispersion and stabilization of MWCNTs. Moreover it also confirms the resulting nanopaper has an increased conductivity of 4.2 S/m at 1.96 wt% MWCNTs. So the co-assembly of the nanocomposite herein opens a gateway for preparing functional materials combining the photonic properties of the NCC LCs matrix with other building blocks that can supply other advantageous functions.

  8. Crystal structure and ion conducting properties of La5NbMo2O16

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    Vu, T. D.; Krichen, F.; Barre, M.; Busselez, R.; Adil, K.; Jouanneaux, A.; Suard, E.; Goutenoire, F.

    2016-05-01

    The new compound La5NbMo2O16 with high ionic conduction has been discovered during the study of the ternary phase diagram of La2O3-MoO3-Nb2O5. The material crystallizes in the cubic space group Pn 3 bar n (no 222) with the unit cell parameter a=11.2250(1) Å. La5NbMo2O16 is a new analogue of the R5Mo3O16 series (R=Pr, Nd). The structure was refined from a combined data X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. The ionic conductivity of the compound is then measured on sintered pellets, by means of complex impedance spectroscopy.

  9. Surface electrical conductivity of single crystal spinel in cesium vapor. Final report

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    Agnew, P.; Ing, J.L.

    1995-04-02

    The operation of a thermionic fuel element (TFE) requires the maintenance of good electrical resistance between the anode and cathode, and between the electrodes and the TFE body. A program of research was established as part of the TOPAZ International Program (TIP) with the purpose of investigating the degradation of TFE electrical insulators. The major emphasis of this research has been on the interactions of oxide ceramics with cesium (Cs) vapor, and the resurfacing decrease of surface resistivity. Previous work has studied the surface electrical conductivity of sapphire exposed to Cs. In this report the authors describe the results of an experimental investigation of the surface electrical conductivity of single crystal magnesium aluminate spinel at temperatures ranging from 573K to 923K, in the presence of cesium vapor at pressures up to 1 Torr. The interest in spinel has arisen in view of its apparent resistance to radiation damage.

  10. Impact of limiting dimension on thermal conductivity of one-dimensional silicon phononic crystals

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    Yanagisawa, R.; Maire, J.; Ramiere, A.; Anufriev, R.; Nomura, M.

    2017-03-01

    We present experimental and theoretical investigations on the roles of the limiting dimensions, such as the smallest dimension, surface roughness, and density of holes in the reduction of thermal conductivity of one-dimensional phononic nanostructures at temperatures of 4 and 295 K. We discover that the thermal conductivity does not strongly depend on the period of the phononic crystal nanostructures whereas the surface roughness and the smallest dimension of the structure—the neck—play the most important roles in thermal conductivity reduction. Surface roughness is a very important structural parameter in nanostructures with a characteristic length less than 100 nm in silicon. The importance of the roughness increases as the neck size decreases, and the thermal conductivity of the structure can differ by a factor of four, reaching the thermal conductivity of a small nanowire. The experimental data are analyzed using the Callaway-Holland model of Boltzmann equation and Monte Carlo simulation providing deeper insight into the thermal phonon transport in phononic nanostructures.

  11. Point defect distribution in high-mobility conductive SrTiO{sub 3} crystals

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    Gentils, A.; Copie, O.; Bibes, M.; Bouzehouane, K.; Jacquet, E.; Carretero, C.; Barthelemy, A.; Fortuna, F.; Basletic, M.; Tafra, E.; Hamzic, A.

    2010-04-01

    We have carried out positron-annihilation spectroscopy to characterize the spatial distribution and the nature of vacancy defects in insulating as-received as well as in reduced SrTiO{sub 3} substrates exhibiting high-mobility conduction. The substrates were reduced either by ion etching the substrate surfaces or by doping with vacancies during thin-film deposition at low pressure and high temperature. We show that Ti vacancies are native defects homogeneously distributed in as-received substrates. In contrast, the dominant vacancy defects are the same both in ion etched crystals and substrates reduced during the film growth, and they consist of nonhomogeneous distributions of cation-oxygen vacancy complexes. Their spatial extension is tuned from a few microns in ion-etched samples to the whole substrate in specimens reduced during film deposition. Our results shed light on the transport mechanisms of conductive SrTiO{sub 3} crystals and on strategies for defect-engineered oxide quantum wells, wires, and dots.

  12. Automated optical inspection of liquid crystal display anisotropic conductive film bonding

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    Ni, Guangming; Du, Xiaohui; Liu, Lin; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Juanxiu; Liu, Yong

    2016-10-01

    Anisotropic conductive film (ACF) bonding is widely used in the liquid crystal display (LCD) industry. It implements circuit connection between screens and flexible printed circuits or integrated circuits. Conductive microspheres in ACF are key factors that influence LCD quality, because the conductive microspheres' quantity and shape deformation rate affect the interconnection resistance. Although this issue has been studied extensively by prior work, quick and accurate methods to inspect the quality of ACF bonding are still missing in the actual production process. We propose a method to inspect ACF bonding effectively by using automated optical inspection. The method has three steps. The first step is that it acquires images of the detection zones using a differential interference contrast (DIC) imaging system. The second step is that it identifies the conductive microspheres and their shape deformation rate using quantitative analysis of the characteristics of the DIC images. The final step is that it inspects ACF bonding using a back propagation trained neural network. The result shows that the miss rate is lower than 0.1%, and the false inspection rate is lower than 0.05%.

  13. Electrical and thermal conductivities of rapidly crystallized Cu-Zr alloys: The effect of anharmonicity

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    Uporov, S.; Bykov, V.; Estemirova, S.

    2016-10-01

    We present a comprehensive study of electrical and thermal conductivities, specific heat and magnetic susceptibility of rapidly crystallized Cu100-xZrx (x = 20-90) alloys. X-ray diffraction analysis has revealed that all the prepared compositions had strongly textured and distorted crystal structures. Different monoclinic and other non-equilibrium phases were detected in the case of glass-forming samples, whereas the alloys without a tendency to form glassy state show almost equilibrium phase content. Metallic type of electrical conductivity and the Kondo anomaly were observed for all the examined samples. It was found that the electrical resistance data cannot be adequately described within the standard Bloch-Grüneisen theory. We use the Debye characteristic temperature as a linear function to fit the electrical conductivity accurately. The composition dependence of the electron density of states at the Fermi level (DOS) has been extracted from room temperature magnetic susceptibility. We found that the glass-forming alloys are characterized by abnormally large values of DOS, which are comparable to those of glassy analogues. Noticeable anharmonic contribution in total specific heat has been revealed for all the studied compositions. In order to estimate the effect of anharmonicity in the system under consideration, we analyzed composition and temperature dependencies of the studied thermal characteristics related to the Grüneisen coefficient. Basing on the results obtained in this study we propose a phenomenological concept to explain abnormal behavior of physical properties of glass-forming Cu-Zr alloys within the standard solid state theory taking into account anharmonic effects.

  14. 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

  15. Terahertz Conductivity and Hindered Molecular Reorientation of Lithium Salt Doped Succinonitrile in its Plastic Crystal Phase

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    Nickel, Daniel V.; Bian, Hongtao; Zheng, Junrong; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2014-09-01

    The terahertz complex permittivity of the molecular plastic crystal succinonitrile (SN) or 1,2 dicyanoethane (N≡C-CH2-CH2-C≡N), doped with the lithium salts LiBF4, LiPF6, LiTFSI, and LiClO4 to form solid-state plastic crystal electrolytes, is measured and compared using temperature-dependent terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In contrast to the trends at low frequency, SN's terahertz conductivity decreases slightly when doped with Li-salts. This indicates that at high frequencies the dielectric response is not dominated by ionic charge transport, but instead by relaxational processes which are hindered by the presence of the ionic dopants. Assuming a single Cole-Cole distribution of Debye-like processes dominates the measured spectra, the average relaxation times τ and Arrhenius activation energies E a are extracted for each electrolyte and are shown to increase significantly relative to undoped SN's τ and E a, indicating the relaxational processes are hindered by the presence of the ionic dopants.

  16. Geometric treatment of conduction electron scattering by crystal lattice strains and dislocations

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    Viswanathan, Koushik; Chandrasekar, Srinivasan

    2014-12-28

    The problem of conduction electron scattering by inhomogeneous crystal lattice strains is addressed using a tight-binding formalism and the differential geometric treatment of deformations in solids. In this approach, the relative positions of neighboring atoms in a strained lattice are naturally taken into account, even in the presence of crystal dislocations, resulting in a fully covariant Schrödinger equation in the continuum limit. Unlike previous work, the developed formalism is applicable to cases involving purely elastic strains as well as discrete and continuous distributions of dislocations—in the latter two cases, it clearly demarcates the effects of the dislocation strain field and core. It also differentiates between elastic and plastic strain contributions, respectively. The electrical resistivity due to the strain field of edge dislocations is then evaluated and the resulting numerical estimate for Cu shows good agreement with reported experimental values. This indicates that the electrical resistivity of edge dislocations in metals is not entirely due to the core, contrary to current models. Application to the study of strain effects in constrained quantum systems is also discussed.

  17. Copper and silver selenide crystal growth rate measurements as a method for determination of ionic conductivity

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    Vučić, Zlatko; Lovrić, Davorin; Gladić, Jadranko; Etlinger, Božidar

    2004-03-01

    The motivation behind this work is the discrepancy between the measured and calculated growth rates of copper selenide spherical single crystals between 740 and 800 K. The growth of cylindrical polycrystalline samples of copper selenide at high temperatures was monitored in experiments that enabled full control of the geometry of growth. Together with the calculations based on Yokota's transport equation, these measurements eliminated ionic conductivity data as a possible reason behind too high values of the calculated growth rates. The equivalent growth experiments on polycrystalline silver selenide samples were performed as a test of the method, yielding excellent agreement with the results obtained by extrapolation of existing data. On the basis of these measurements and associated analysis, this method is proposed as a method for determination of ionic conductivity of mixed superionic conductors on temperatures up to the temperatures of melting, i.e. in the range in which other methods of ionic conductivity measurements either do not work or are not accurate enough.

  18. High-speed driving of liquid crystal lens with weakly conductive thin films and voltage booster.

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    Shibuya, Giichi; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-09-20

    Liquid crystal (LC) lenses with weakly conductive thin films are known to have driving voltages of several volts, which are much smaller than those of devices without them; however, their response characteristics have not been investigated in much detail. Here, we show that low-voltage LC lenses, with the help of an overdrive pulse, can show response times of several 10 ms, which are comparable with voice coil motors currently used for focus-tuning of mobile cameras. We provide data on the lens power as well as real images captured using a lens module and a camera; we also present a compact circuit design that can boost a 3.5  V(rms) square pulse from a mobile battery to 15  V(rms). The results of this study should accelerate the use of LC lenses in mobile applications.

  19. Fast dynamic holographic recording based on conductive ionic metal-alkanoate liquid crystals and smectic glasses.

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    Klimusheva, G; Bugaychuk, S; Garbovskiy, Yu; Kolesnyk, O; Mirnaya, T; Ishchenko, A

    2006-01-15

    Recordings of dynamic holograms with microsecond relaxation times under the action of nanosecond laser pulses are obtained in composites on the base of a novel class of liquid crystals (LCs) in ionic metal-alkanoates. Holographic parameters and relaxation characteristics are measured for doped lyotropic ionic LC, for sandwichlike cells (consisting of a dye layer and a layer of the lyotropic ionic LC), and for colored ionic smectic glasses. The structure of the materials is investigated by use of the small-angle x-ray technique. The mechanism of resonance nonlinearity in photosensitive centers and mechanisms of the grating erasure connected with a charge transport in the ionic conductive LC matrix are discussed.

  20. Fluctuation conductivity of oxygen underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals

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    Vovk, R. V.; Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Goulatis, I. L.; Chroneos, A.

    2014-03-01

    The electrical resistance in the range of ТC-300 K in the layer planes of YВа2Сu3О7-δ single crystals with a range of oxygen deficiency (providing a range of TC from 78 to 92 K) was investigated. The experimental data is approximated by an expression that accounts for the scattering of electrons on phonons, as well as on defects and the fluctuation conductivity in a 3-D model of the Aslamazov-Larkin theory. According to this approximation, depending upon the oxygen deficiency, the Debye temperature varies from 245 to 400 K, coherence length ξС(0)≈0.5 Å.

  1. Electrical conductivity of as-grown and oxidized MgO:Li crystals implanted with Li ions

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    Tardío, M.; Ramírez, R.; González, R.; Pinto, J. V.; da Silva, R. C.; Alves, E.; Chen, Y.

    2004-06-01

    Alternating and direct current electrical measurements between 293 and 450 K were used to characterize the electrical conductivity of the implanted region in as-grown and oxidized MgO:Li single crystals. Both types of crystals were implanted with Li + ions with an energy of 175 keV and a fluence of 1 × 10 17 ions/cm 2. The electrical conductivity of the implanted regions was ≈14 and 7 orders of magnitude higher than that of the unimplanted areas, respectively. Electrical measurements at different temperatures of the implanted regions suggest thermally activated processes with activation energies of about 0.14 and 0.06 eV in as-grown and oxidized samples, respectively. In both type of crystals, the I- V characteristics reveal that the contacts are ohmic, in contrast to blocking contacts in unimplanted crystals. The enhancement in conductivity observed in the implanted region is associated with the intrinsic defects created by the implantation, rather than with the implanted Li ions. The differences in both conductivity and activation energy relative to undoped crystals are likely due to free carriers already present in different concentrations in as-grown and oxidized MgO:Li crystals before implantation.

  2. Single-Crystal X-ray Structures of conductive π-Stacking Dimers of Tetrakis(alkylthio)benzene Radical Cations

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    Chen, Xiaoyu; Gao, Feng; Yang, Wuqin

    2016-07-01

    Salts containing radical cations of 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(isopropylthio)benzene (TPB) and 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(ethylthio) benzene (TEB) have been successfully synthesized with . These newly synthesized salts have been characterized by UV-Vis absorption, EPR spectroscopy, conductivity measurement, single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis as well as DFT calculation. This study raises the first crystal structure of conductive π-stacking radical cation with single phenyl ring and reveals their conductivity has relationship with the stack structure which affected by the substituent.

  3. Single-Crystal X-ray Structures of conductive π-Stacking Dimers of Tetrakis(alkylthio)benzene Radical Cations

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    Chen, Xiaoyu; Gao, Feng; Yang, Wuqin

    2016-01-01

    Salts containing radical cations of 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(isopropylthio)benzene (TPB) and 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(ethylthio) benzene (TEB) have been successfully synthesized with . These newly synthesized salts have been characterized by UV-Vis absorption, EPR spectroscopy, conductivity measurement, single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis as well as DFT calculation. This study raises the first crystal structure of conductive π-stacking radical cation with single phenyl ring and reveals their conductivity has relationship with the stack structure which affected by the substituent. PMID:27403720

  4. Hopping conductivity in CaCu(2)O(3) single crystals.

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    Lisunov, K G; Arushanov, E; Raquet, B; Broto, J M; Chou, F C; Wizent, N; Behr, G

    2006-09-20

    The resistivity, ρ, of the spin-ladder compound CaCu(2)O(3) is investigated between T∼130-450 K. The ρ(T) data measured for [Formula: see text] (along the Cu-O-Cu leg) and [Formula: see text] (along the Cu-O-Cu rungs), ρ(a)(T)>ρ(b)(T), exhibit an activated dependence, similar in both directions and characterized by a nearest-neighbour hopping followed by a variable-range hopping (VRH) regime when T is decreased. A detailed analysis of ρ(T) demonstrates that conventional d-dimensional models of the hopping conductivity, based on the electron localization in disordered systems, cannot interpret the experimental data at any d = 1, 2 or 3, leading to the mismatch of the characteristic energies and/or unphysical values of the characteristic length scales. The observed VRH conductivity law on the low-temperature interval, lnρ∼T(-3/4), contradicts the models above, too. Instead, it is found that this law can be substantiated and the correct matching of the energy and length scales can be found within a model of Fogler et al (2004 Phys. Rev. B 69 035413) by treating CaCu(2)O(3) as a three-dimensional array of quasi-one-dimensional electron crystals.

  5. Two-dimensional colloidal crystal assisted formation of conductive porous gold films with flexible structural controllability.

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    Lu, Zhicheng; Liu, Chen; Han, Heyou

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) colloidal crystals of polystyrene (PS) particles were used as a structure-controlling template to fabricate conductive Au films with an ordered array of nanoholes. The fabrication mainly involved the functionalization of the supporting substrate with polyelectrolyte (PE) functional layers, self-assembly of Au nanoparticles, and electroless deposition of gold. The self-assembly of Au nanoparticles and electroless deposition of gold were macroscopically monitored using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy based on the changes in both the extinction spectra of Au nanoparticles and the optical responses of ordered arrays of PS particles. By scanning electron microscopy (SEM) characterization, it was found that Au nanoparticles were assembled into a film structure with orderly dispersed nanoholes and the deposition of gold was confined to the preformed Au nanoparticle films. During the formation of Au films, PE layer structure, Au nanoparticle size and heating treatment applied to the PS template could influence the structures of conductive porous Au films such as the hole diameter, film thickness, and hole diameter/wall thickness ratio (D/W). In addition, this paper also described electrochemical cyclic voltammetry (CV) employed to demonstrate the porosity of the ultimate Au films. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Decoupling mass adsorption from fluid viscosity and density in quartz crystal microbalance measurements using normalized conductance modeling

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    Parlak, Z.; Biet, C.; Zauscher, S.

    2013-08-01

    We describe the physical understanding of a method which differentiates between the frequency shift caused by fluid viscosity and density from that caused by mass adsorption in the resonance of a quartz crystal resonator. This method uses the normalized conductance of the crystal to determine a critical frequency at which the fluid mass and fluid loss compensate each other. Tracking the shift in this critical frequency allows us to determine purely mass adsorption on the crystal. We extended this method to Maxwellian fluids for understanding the mass adsorption in non-Newtonian fluids. We validate our approach by real-time mass adsorption measurements using glycerol and albumin solutions.

  7. Strong yellow emission of high-conductivity bulk ZnO single crystals irradiated with high-power gyrotron beam

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    Kato, Kosaku; Qiu, Hongsong; Khutoryan, Eduard M.; Tatematsu, Yoshinori; Tani, Masahiko; Idehara, Toshitaka; Yamaguchi, Yuusuke; Fukunari, Masafumi; Maeda, Yuto; Takayama, Kyoya; Minami, Yuki; Empizo, Melvin John F.; Kurihara, Takayuki; Yamanoi, Kohei; Shimizu, Toshihiko; Takano, Keisuke; Sarukura, Nobuhiko; Fukuda, Tsuguo; Yoshimura, Masashi; Nakajima, Makoto

    2017-07-01

    We report the strong yellow emission of bulk ZnO single crystals irradiated with the high-power gyrotron beam. Hydrothermally grown bulk crystals with high conductivity are irradiated at room temperature with up to 60-W output of a sub-terahertz gyrotron wave source. During gyrotron irradiation, the high-conductivity crystals exhibit intense emissions with a peak of around 2 eV (600 nm) and a longer-wavelength tail. The sample temperatures were also elevated from room temperature to above 1000 K by irradiation. However, when heated up to 1250 K using a heater without irradiation, the ZnO crystals do not exhibit similar visible emissions. We then use the generalized Planck's radiation in non-equilibrium states as an explanation of our experimental observations. The emission peak intensity can be enhanced by the gyrotron-induced non-equilibrium states, and the emission peak position can be related to the Urbach energy. With high intensities in the visible wavelengths, the emissions of the irradiated crystals can be readily observed with our bare eyes or with inexpensive digital cameras. As the spatial distribution of the yellow emission reflects the gyrotron beam pattern, the bulk ZnO single crystals can then be utilized for the quick diagnosis of gyrotron beam patterns and positions.

  8. Hydrogen self-diffusion in single crystal olivine and electrical conductivity of the Earth's mantle.

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    Novella, Davide; Jacobsen, Benjamin; Weber, Peter K; Tyburczy, James A; Ryerson, Frederick J; Du Frane, Wyatt L

    2017-07-13

    Nominally anhydrous minerals formed deep in the mantle and transported to the Earth's surface contain tens to hundreds of ppm wt H2O, providing evidence for the presence of dissolved water in the Earth's interior. Even at these low concentrations, H2O greatly affects the physico-chemical properties of mantle materials, governing planetary dynamics and evolution. The diffusion of hydrogen (H) controls the transport of H2O in the Earth's upper mantle, but is not fully understood for olivine ((Mg, Fe)2SiO4) the most abundant mineral in this region. Here we present new hydrogen self-diffusion coefficients in natural olivine single crystals that were determined at upper mantle conditions (2 GPa and 750-900 °C). Hydrogen self-diffusion is highly anisotropic, with values at 900 °C of 10(-10.9), 10(-12.8) and 10(-11.9) m(2)/s along [100], [010] and [001] directions, respectively. Combined with the Nernst-Einstein relation, these diffusion results constrain the contribution of H to the electrical conductivity of olivine to be σH = 10(2.12)S/m·CH2O·exp(-187kJ/mol/(RT)). Comparisons between the model presented in this study and magnetotelluric measurements suggest that plausible H2O concentrations in the upper mantle (≤250 ppm wt) can account for high electrical conductivity values (10(-2)-10(-1) S/m) observed in the asthenosphere.

  9. Ionic conductivity of single crystals of sodium aluminium germanate Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2

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    Sorokin, N. I.

    2015-09-01

    The electrical conductivity of single crystals of sodium aluminium germanate Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 (cubic system, sp. gr. ), which is a germanium analog of sodalite, has been studied in the temperature range of 468‒758 K. Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 crystals are obtained by hydrothermal synthesis (temperature in the dissolution zone 573‒673 K, temperature gradient ~1.5 K/cm). NaAlO2 and GeO2В oxides are used as starting reagents; NaOH hydroxide serves as a solvent. The ionic conductivity of Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 crystals is 2 × 10-4 S/cm (at 758 K); the activation energy of ionic transfer is 0.46 ± 0.03 eV.

  10. Two-dimensional superconductivity of SmFeAsO0.85 single crystals: A fluctuation-conductivity study

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    Lee, Hyun-Sook; Park, Jae-Hyun; Lee, Jae-Yeap; Kim, Ju-Young; Sung, Nak-Heon; Cho, B. K.; Lee, Hu-Jong

    2010-12-01

    Temperature dependence of the in-plane conductance of a SmFeAsO0.85 single crystal is measured in c-axis and planar magnetic fields up to 7 T. The conductivity near the superconducting transition is well described by two-dimensional (2D) thermal-fluctuation theory. The 2D superconductivity arises as the c-axis coherence length is much shorter than the spacing between neighboring FeAs layers.

  11. Electrical Conductivity in Dynamically Orientationally Disordered Systems: ac and dc Measurements in Ferromagnetic Single Crystals of TDAE-C60

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    Omerzu, A.; Mihailovic, D.; Tomic, S.; Milat, O.; Biskup, N.

    1996-09-01

    In spite of a metallic C60 molecular ground state, electrical conductivity measurements performed on single crystals of ferromagnetic TDAE- C60 fail to show evidence of metallic behavior. Instead, the material appears to be an insultor exhibiting conductivity of the form σ\\(ω,T\\) = σdc\\(T\\)+σac\\(ω\\). Phonon-assisted activated polaronic hopping and interbuckyball tunneling, respectively, are proposed as the mechanisms for the two processes. The transition from a dynamically disordered state (rotating buckyballs) to a quasiordered state (frozen buckyballs) is clearly visible as a change in activation energy in the conductivity at T0 = 150 K.

  12. Analysis of the nature of electrical conductivity in nominally undoped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals

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    Pritulenko, A. S. Yatsenko, A. V.; Yevdokimov, S. V.

    2015-03-15

    The temperature dependence of electrical conductivity and admittance of two nominally undoped lithium niobate crystals of congruent composition has been investigated in the temperature range of 293–450 K and simulated in the range of 350–700 K. It is shown that the ion conductivity at T < 450 K is mainly determined by OH{sup −} groups; however, some other mechanisms may manifest themselves at higher temperatures; a likely one is diffusion of oxygen vacancies, which leads to an increase in the “averaged” conductivity activation energy.

  13. On the solid phase crystallization of In2O3:H transparent conductive oxide films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    Macco, Bart; Verheijen, Marcel A.; Black, Lachlan E.; Barcones, Beatriz; Melskens, J.; Kessels, Wilhelmus M. M.

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogen-doped indium oxide (In2O3:H) has emerged as a highly transparent and conductive oxide, finding its application in a multitude of optoelectronic devices. Recently, we have reported on an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to prepare high quality In2O3:H. This process consists of ALD of In2O3:H films at 100 °C, followed by a solid phase crystallization step at 150-200 °C. In this work, we report on a detailed electron microscopy study of this crystallization process which reveals new insights into the crucial aspects for achieving the large grain size and associated excellent properties of the material. The key finding is that the best optoelectronic properties are obtained by preparing the films at the lowest possible temperature prior to post-deposition annealing. Electron microscopy imaging shows that such films are mostly amorphous, but feature a very low density of embedded crystallites. Upon post-deposition annealing, crystallization proceeds merely from isotropic crystal grain growth of these embedded crystallites rather than by the formation of additional crystallites. The relatively high hydrogen content of 4.2 at. % in these films is thought to cause the absence of additional nucleation, thereby rendering the final grain size and optoelectronic properties solely dependent on the density of embedded crystallites. The temperature-dependent grain growth rate has been determined, from which an activation energy of (1.39 ± 0.04) eV has been extracted. Finally, on the basis of the observed crystallization mechanism, a simple model to fully describe the crystallization process has been developed. This model has been validated with a numerical implementation thereof, which accurately predicts the observed temperature-dependent crystallization behaviour.

  14. A conductance sensor for dissolved sulphur dioxide using a series piezoelectric crystal device.

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    Xu, Y; Lu, C; Chen, K; Nie, L; Yao, S

    1996-08-01

    A new piezoelectric crystal impedance sensor for the determination of sulphur dioxide in aqueous solution is presented. It is realized using a series piezoelectric crystal device which is constructed by connecting an AT-cut piezoelectric crystal to a probe in series. The probe is filled with an internal electrolyte solution that is separated from sample solutions by a gas-permeable membrane. The present sensor exhibits a favourable frequency response to 1 x 10(-7)-1 x 10(-3) M sulphur dioxide. The detection limit is 1 x 10(-8) M. The effects of the sensor preparation are considered. Dynamic range, reproducibility, response time and selectivity of the sensor are also discussed. The proposed sensor has been used successfully for lamp sulphur determinations in petroleum samples.

  15. Acoustoelectric effects in reflection of leaky-wave-radiated bulk acoustic waves from piezoelectric crystal-conductive liquid interface.

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    Rimeika, Romualdas; Čiplys, Daumantas; Jonkus, Vytautas; Shur, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The leaky surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagating along X-axis of Y-cut lithium tantalate crystal strongly radiates energy in the form of an obliquely propagating narrow bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beam. The reflection of this beam from the crystal-liquid interface has been investigated. The test liquids were solutions of potassium nitrate in distilled water and of lithium chloride in isopropyl alcohol with the conductivity varied by changing the solution concentration. The strong dependences of the reflected wave amplitude and phase on the liquid conductivity were observed and explained by the acoustoelectric interaction in the wave reflection region. The novel configuration of an acoustic sensor for liquid media featuring important advantages of separate measuring and sensing surfaces and rigid structure has been proposed. The application of leaky-SAW radiated bulk waves for identification of different brands of mineral water has been demonstrated.

  16. Strong tendency of homeotropic alignment and anisotropic lithium ion conductivity of sulfonate functionalized zwitterionic imidazolium ionic liquid crystals.

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    Rondla, Rohini; Lin, Joseph C Y; Yang, C T; Lin, Ivan J B

    2013-09-17

    Here, we report the first attempt to investigate the liquid crystal (LC) behavior of SO3(-) functionalized imidazolium zwitterionic (SO3(-)ImZI) salts, which display homeotropic alignment on a glass slide without the aid of any aligning approach. Doping lithium salt to ImZI salts lowers the melting temperatures and raises the clearing temperatures substantially to form room temperature ImZILCs. Excellent anisotropic lithium ion conductivity is achieved; which is strengthened by their tendency for homeotropic alignment.

  17. Spherical 3D photonic crystal with conducting nanoshell and particle core

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    Zamudio-Lara, A.; Sánchez-Mondragón, J.; Escobedo-Alatorre, J.; Pérez-Careta, E.; Torres-Cisneros, M.; Tecpoyotl-Torres, Margarita; Vázquez-Buenos Aires, O.

    2009-06-01

    We discuss a structured 3D Dielectric Photonic Crystal with both a metallic core and a metallic shell. We discuss the role of each one, the stack, the core as well as the cavity formed between the core and the shell. The low frequency metallic core features becomes much more significant as it gets smaller and get diluted by the cavity.

  18. Thermal conductivity of Glycerol’s liquid, glass, and crystal states, glass-liquid-glass transition, and crystallization at high pressures

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    Andersson, Ove; Johari, G. P.

    2016-02-14

    To investigate the effects of local density fluctuations on phonon propagation in a hydrogen bonded structure, we studied the thermal conductivity κ of the crystal, liquid, and glassy states of pure glycerol as a function of the temperature, T, and the pressure, p. We find that the following: (i) κ{sub crystal} is 3.6-times the κ{sub liquid} value at 140 K at 0.1 MPa and 2.2-times at 290 K, and it varies with T according to 138 × T{sup −0.95}; (ii) the ratio κ{sub liquid} (p)/κ{sub liquid} (0.1 MPa) is 1.45 GPa{sup −1} at 280 K, which, unexpectedly, is about the same as κ{sub crystal} (p)/κ{sub crystal} (0.1 MPa) of 1.42 GPa{sup −1} at 298 K; (iii) κ{sub glass} is relatively insensitive to T but sensitive to the applied p (1.38 GPa{sup −1} at 150 K); (iv) κ{sub glass}-T plots show an enhanced, pressure-dependent peak-like feature, which is due to the glass to liquid transition on heating; (v) continuous heating cold-crystallizes ultraviscous glycerol under pressure, at a higher T when p is high; and (vi) glycerol formed by cooling at a high p and then measured at a low p has a significantly higher κ than the glass formed by cooling at a low p. On heating at a fixed low p, its κ decreases before its glass-liquid transition range at that p is reached. We attribute this effect to thermally assisted loss of the configurational and vibrational instabilities of a glass formed at high p and recovered at low p, which is different from the usual glass-aging effect. While the heat capacity, entropy, and volume of glycerol crystal are less than those for its glass and liquid, κ{sub crystal} of glycerol, like its elastic modulus and refractive index, is higher. We discuss these findings in terms of the role of fluctuations in local density and structure, and the relations between κ and the thermodynamic quantities.

  19. Optical reflectance, optical refractive index and optical conductivity measurements of nonlinear optics for L-aspartic acid nickel chloride single crystal

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    Anbazhagan, G.; Joseph, P. S.; Shankar, G.

    2013-03-01

    Single crystals of L-aspartic acid nickel chloride (LANC) were grown by the slow evaporation technique at room temperature. The grown crystals were subjected to Powder X-ray diffraction studies to confirm the crystal structure. The modes of vibration of different molecular groups present in LANC have been identified by FTIR spectral analysis. Optical transferency of the grown crystal was investigated by UV-Vis-NIR spectrum. The lower optical cut off wavelength for this crystal is observed at 240 nm and energy band gap 5.179 eV. The optical reflectance and optical refractive index studies have been carried out in this crystal. Finally, the optical conductivity and electrical conductivity studies have been carried out on LANC single crystal.

  20. FORTRAN 77 programs for conductive cooling of dikes with temperature-dependent thermal properties and heat of crystallization

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    Delaney, P.T.

    1988-01-01

    Temperature histories obtained from transient heat-conduction theory are applicable to most dikes despite potential complicating effects related to magma flow during emplacement, groundwater circulation, and metamorphic reaction during cooling. Here. machine-independent FORTRAN 77 programs are presented to calculate temperatures in and around dikes as they cool conductively. Analytical solutions can treat thermal-property contrasts between the dike and host rocks, but cannot address the release of magmatic heat of crystallization after the early stages of cooling or the appreciable temperature dependence of thermal conductivity and diffusivity displayed by most rock types. Numerical solutions can incorporate these additional factors. The heat of crystallization can raise the initial temperature at the dike contact, ??c1, about 100??C above that which would be estimated if it were neglected, and can decrease the rate at which the front of solidified magma moves to the dike center by a factor of as much as three. Thermal conductivity and diffusivity of rocks increase with decreasing temperature and, at low temperatures, these properties increase more if the rocks are saturated with water. Models that treat these temperature dependencies yield estimates of ??c1 that are as much as 75??C beneath those which would be predicted if they were neglected. ?? 1988.

  1. Intrinsically low thermal conductivity from a quasi-one-dimensional crystal structure and enhanced electrical conductivity network via Pb doping in SbCrSe3

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    Yang, Dingfeng; Yao, Wei; Yan, Yanci; ...

    2017-06-09

    The development of new routes for the production of thermoelectric materials with low-cost and high-performance characteristics has been one of the long-term strategies for saving and harvesting thermal energy. We report a new approach for improving thermoelectric properties by employing the intrinsically low thermal conductivity of a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) crystal structure and optimizing the power factor with aliovalent ion doping. As an example, we demonstrated that SbCrSe3, in which two parallel chains of CrSe6 octahedra are linked by antimony atoms, possesses a quasi-1D property that resulted in an ultra-low thermal conductivity of 0.56 W m-1 K-1 at 900 K. Aftermore » maximizing the power factor by Pb doping, the peak ZT value of the optimized Pb-doped sample reached 0.46 at 900 K, which is an enhancement of 24 times that of the parent SbCrSe3 structure. The mechanisms that lead to low thermal conductivity derive from anharmonic phonons with the presence of the lone-pair electrons of Sb atoms and weak bonds between the CrSe6 double chains. Our results shed new light on the design of new and high-performance thermoelectric materials.« less

  2. Transition from semiconducting to metallic-like conducting and weak antilocalization effect in single crystals of LuPtSb

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    Hou, Zhipeng; Wang, Yue; Xu, Guizhou; Zhang, Xiaoming; Liu, Enke; Xi, Xuekui; Wang, Wenhong Wu, Guangheng; Wang, Wenquan; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2015-03-09

    High quality half-Heusler single crystals of LuPtSb have been synthesized by a Pb flux method. The temperature dependent resistivity and Hall effects indicate that the LuPtSb crystal is a p-type gapless semiconductor showing a transition from semiconducting to metallic conducting at 150 K. Moreover, a weakly temperature-dependent positive magnetoresistance (MR) as large as 109% and high carrier mobility up to 2950 cm{sup 2}/V s are experimentally observed at temperatures below 150 K. The low-field MR data show evidence for weak antilocalization (WAL) effect at temperatures even up to 150 K. Analysis of the temperature and angle dependent magnetoconductance manifests that the WAL effect originates from the bulk contribution owing to the strong spin-orbital coupling.

  3. Effect of Fe doping on the terahertz conductivity of GaN single crystals

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    Kadlec, Filip; Kadlec, Christelle; Paskova, Tanya; Evans, Keith

    2010-04-01

    Bulk single crystals of GaN with different degrees of Fe doping were studied using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy at high temperatures. Features due to free carriers were observed in the complex permittivity spectra with a pronounced dependence on both doping and temperature. Fitting the spectra using the Drude model made it possible to deduce a defect ionization energy of 16 meV in the undoped sample while the spectra of doped samples are consistent with an ionization energy of 60 meV. Also, the free carrier concentrations at temperatures from 300 to 900 K were estimated.

  4. Ab initio theory of charge-carrier conduction in ultrapure organic crystals

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    Hannewald, K.; Bobbert, P. A.

    2004-08-01

    We present an ab initio description of charge-carrier mobilities in organic molecular crystals of high purity. Our approach is based on Holstein's original concept of small-polaron bands but generalized with respect to the inclusion of nonlocal electron-phonon coupling. By means of an explicit expression for the mobilities as a function of temperature in combination with ab initio calculations of the material parameters, we demonstrate the predictive power of our theory by applying it to naphthalene. The results show a good qualitative agreement with experiment and provide insight into the difference between electron and hole mobilities as well as their peculiar algebraic and anisotropic temperature dependencies.

  5. Thermal conductivity prediction of nanoscale phononic crystal slabs using a hybrid lattice dynamics-continuum mechanics technique

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    Reinke, Charles M.; Su, Mehmet F.; Davis, Bruce L.; Kim, Bongsang; Hussein, Mahmoud I.; Leseman, Zayd C.; Olsson-III, Roy H.; El-Kady, Ihab

    2011-12-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that nanostructuring of a semiconductor material to form a phononic crystal (PnC) can significantly reduce its thermal conductivity. In this paper, we present a classical method that combines atomic-level information with the application of Bloch theory at the continuum level for the prediction of the thermal conductivity of finite-thickness PnCs with unit cells sized in the micron scale. Lattice dynamics calculations are done at the bulk material level, and the plane-wave expansion method is implemented at the macrosale PnC unit cell level. The combination of the lattice dynamics-based and continuum mechanics-based dispersion information is then used in the Callaway-Holland model to calculate the thermal transport properties of the PnC. We demonstrate that this hybrid approach provides both accurate and efficient predictions of the thermal conductivity.

  6. Origin of mineralogical zoning in an intermediate subvolcanic pluton by crystal settling and conductive cooling

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    Hildebrand, R.S.

    1985-01-01

    The Rainy Lake Intrusive Complex is one of nine sheet-like intermediate plutons that are compositionally, temporally, and spatially linked to andesitic stratovolcanoes in the western Great Bear Magmatic Zone, an early Proterozoic continental magmatic arc. The pluton, exposed in oblique cross section, has a flat roof and is 1.5 km thick by 12 km long. The observed distribution of plagioclase phenocrysts in the body closely resembles the sinusoidal olivine distribution patterns found in lava lakes and some mafic sills. The shape of the curve indicates that the volume fraction plagioclase phenocrysts in the pluton at the time of intrusion ranged for 10% near the roof to 50% near the base. Calculations indicate that the plagioclase phenocrysts were denser than the surrounding melt. The effects of different crystal concentrations on the viscosity, and hence settling velocities, were computed as a function of height in the pluton; settling velocities ranged, at the time of intrusion, from 160 meters per year near the top to less than 1 meter per year near the base. The observed sinusoidal distribution curve for plagioclase can be explained by the interplay between crystal settling and the solidification of the pluton from the top downwards and the bottom upwards. This suggests that whole body convection did not play a major role in the cooling of the pluton.

  7. Small polaron hopping conduction mechanism in LiFePO4 glass and crystal

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    Banday, Azeem; Murugavel, Sevi

    2017-01-01

    The optimization of a cathode material is the most important criterion of lithium ion battery technology, which decides the power density. In order to improve the rate capability, a cathode material must possess high electronic and ionic conductivities. Therefore, it is important to understand the charge transport mechanism in such an advanced cathode material in its intrinsic state before modifying it by various means. In this work, we report the thermal, structural, and electrical conductivity studies on lithium iron phosphate, LiFePO4, both in its polycrystalline (LFPC) and glassy (LFPG) counterpart states. The vibrational spectroscopic measurements reveal the characteristic vibrational modes, which are the intrinsic part of LFPC, whereas in LFPG, the phonon modes become broader and overlap with each other due to the lattice disorder. The electrical conductivity measurements reveal that LFPG exhibits a higher polaronic conductivity of 1.6 orders than the LFPC sample. The temperature dependent dc conductivity has been analyzed with the Mott model of polarons and reveals the origin of enhanced polaronic conductivity in LFPG. Based on the analysis, the enhanced polaronic conductivity in LFPG has been attributed to the combined effect of reduced hopping length, decreased activation energy, and enhanced polaron concentration.

  8. Realisation of an all solid state lithium battery using solid high temperature plastic crystal electrolytes exhibiting liquid like conductivity.

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    Shekibi, Youssof; Rüther, Thomas; Huang, Junhua; Hollenkamp, Anthony F

    2012-04-07

    Replacement of volatile and combustible electrolytes in conventional lithium batteries is desirable for two reasons: safety concerns and increase in specific energy. In this work we consider the use of an ionic organic plastic crystal material (IOPC), N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate, [C2mpyr][BF(4)], as a solid-state electrolyte for lithium battery applications. The effect of inclusion of 1 to 33 mol% lithium tetrafluoroborate, LiBF(4), into [C2mpyr][BF(4)] has been investigated over a wide temperature range by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and cycling of full Li|LiFePO(4) batteries. The increases in ionic conductivity by orders of magnitude observed at higher temperature are most likely associated with an increase in Li ion mobility in the highest plastic phase. At concentrations >5 mol% LiBF(4) the ionic conductivity of these solid-state composites is comparable to the ionic conductivity of room temperature ionic liquids. Galvanostatic cycling of Li|Li symmetrical cells showed that the reversibility of the lithium metal redox reaction at the interface of this plastic crystal electrolyte is sufficient for lithium battery applications. For the first time we demonstrate an all solid state lithium battery incorporating solid electrolytes based on IOPC as opposed to conventional flammable organic solvents.

  9. Thermal conductance at the interface between crystals using equilibrium and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics

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    Merabia, Samy; Termentzidis, Konstantinos

    2012-09-01

    In this article, we compare the results of nonequilibrium (NEMD) and equilibrium (EMD) molecular dynamics methods to compute the thermal conductance at the interface between solids. We propose to probe the thermal conductance using equilibrium simulations measuring the decay of the thermally induced energy fluctuations of each solid. We also show that NEMD and EMD give generally speaking inconsistent results for the thermal conductance: Green-Kubo simulations probe the Landauer conductance between two solids which assumes phonons on both sides of the interface to be at equilibrium. On the other hand, we show that NEMD give access to the out-of-equilibrium interfacial conductance consistent with the interfacial flux describing phonon transport in each solid. The difference may be large and reaches typically a factor 5 for interfaces between usual semiconductors. We analyze finite size effects for the two determinations of the interfacial thermal conductance, and show that the equilibrium simulations suffer from severe size effects as compared to NEMD. We also compare the predictions of the two above-mentioned methods—EMD and NEMD—regarding the interfacial conductance of a series of mass mismatched Lennard-Jones solids. We show that the Kapitza conductance obtained with EMD can be well described using the classical diffuse mismatch model (DMM). On the other hand, NEMD simulation results are consistent with an out-of-equilibrium generalization of the acoustic mismatch model (AMM). These considerations are important in rationalizing previous results obtained using molecular dynamics, and help in pinpointing the physical scattering mechanisms taking place at atomically perfect interfaces between solids, which is a prerequisite to understand interfacial heat transfer across real interfaces.

  10. The special features of the crystal structure and properties of oxides with mixed conductivity based on lanthanum gallate

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    Politova, E. D.; Ivanov, S. A.; Kaleva, G. M.; Mosunov, A. V.; Rusakov, V. S.

    2008-10-01

    The paper presents a review of works on the synthesis, structural composition effects, phase transitions, and electrical conductivity properties of multicomponent solid solutions based on heterosubstituted lanthanum gallate (La,A)(Ga,M)O3 - y . High-temperature phase transitions and structural and charge ordering effects were studied. The presence of iron cations in different valence states was proved; the relative contents of these cations depended on the x parameter and nonstoichiometry parameter y of the base composition. For M = Fe, antiferromagnetic ordering was observed; its temperature interval was determined by the concentration of iron cations in the high-spin state. The total conductivity was found to increase as the concentration of transition metal cations grew because of an increase in the electronic conductivity component. The data on structural parameters and dc and ac conductivity substantiated the conclusion that the highest ionic conductivity and permeability to oxygen were characteristic of iron-containing oxides. The results obtained are evidence that crystal chemical factors play a determining role in the formation of the ion-conducting properties of anion-deficient perovskite-like oxides.

  11. Anomalous three-dimensional bulk ac conduction within the Kondo gap of SmB6 single crystals

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    Laurita, N. J.; Morris, C. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Phelan, W. A.; Fisk, Z.; McQueen, T. M.; Armitage, N. P.

    2016-10-01

    The Kondo insulator SmB6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures, T <5 K. In this temperatures range, a plateau is observed in the dc resistivity, contrary to the exponential divergence expected for a gapped system. Recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator (TKI) and propose that the residual conductivity is due to topological surface states which reside within the Kondo gap. Since the TKI prediction many experiments have claimed to observe high mobility surface states within a perfectly insulating hybridization gap. Here, we investigate the low energy optical conductivity within the hybridization gap of single crystals of SmB6 via time domain terahertz spectroscopy. Samples grown by both optical floating zone and aluminum flux methods are investigated to probe for differences originating from sample growth techniques. We find that both samples display significant three-dimensional bulk conduction originating within the Kondo gap. Although SmB6 may be a bulk dc insulator, it shows significant bulk ac conduction that is many orders of magnitude larger than any known impurity band conduction. The nature of these in-gap states and their coupling with the low energy spin excitons of SmB6 is discussed. Additionally, the well-defined conduction path geometry of our optical experiments allows us to show that any surface states, which lie below our detection threshold if present, must have a sheet resistance of R /square≥ 1000 Ω .

  12. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-01-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films. PMID:26515670

  13. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode.

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J

    2015-10-30

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films.

  14. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-10-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films.

  15. Conductivity relaxation in strongly underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals

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    Vovk, R. V.; Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Kamchatnaya, S. N.; Pinto Simoes, V. M.

    2017-08-01

    Temperature dependences of the basal-plane electrical resistance of underdoped YBa2Cu3Ot-δ single crystals are investigated in a broad temperature range down to the superconducting transition, after a fast cooldown from 650 ° C as well as after a room-temperature annealing. A stepped behavior of the superconducting transition has been observed, pointing to an inhomogeneity of the samples. Annealing has been revealed to lead to a narrowing of the superconducting transition and a reduction of both, the residual resistivity and the phonon scattering coefficient. This is accompanied by a slight increase of the Debye temperature attributed to a decrease of the lattice parameter caused, in turn, by a redistribution of the labile oxygen. The revealed changes of the parameters of the temperature dependence of the electrical resistance point to an equalization of the concentration of the labile oxygen in the layers and its ordering.

  16. Hydrogen bonding-assisted thermal conduction in β-sheet crystals of spider silk protein.

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    Zhang, Lin; Chen, Teli; Ban, Heng; Liu, Ling

    2014-07-21

    Using atomistic simulations, we demonstrate that β-sheet, an essential component of spider silk protein, has a thermal conductivity 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than that of some other protein structures reported in the literature. In contrast to several other nanostructured materials of similar bundled/layered structures (e.g. few-layer graphene and bundled carbon nanotubes), the β-sheet is found to uniquely feature enhanced thermal conductivity with an increased number of constituting units, i.e. β-strands. Phonon analysis identifies inter-β-strand hydrogen bonding as the main contributor to the intriguing phenomenon, which prominently influences the state of phonons in both low- and high-frequency regimes. A thermal resistance model further verifies the critical role of hydrogen bonding in thermal conduction through β-sheet structures.

  17. Quantum transport in strongly disordered crystals: Electrical conductivity with large negative vertex corrections

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    Janiš, Václav; Pokorný, Vladislav

    2012-12-01

    We propose a renormalization scheme of the Kubo formula for the electrical conductivity with multiple backscatterings contributing to the electron-hole irreducible vertex derived from the asymptotic limit to high spatial dimensions. We use this vertex to represent the two-particle Green function via a symmetrized Bethe-Salpeter equation in momentum space. We further utilize the dominance of a pole in the irreducible vertex to an approximate diagonalization of the Bethe-Salpeter equation and a non-perturbative representation of the electron-hole correlation function. The latter function is then used to derive a compact representation for the electrical conductivity at zero temperature without the necessity to evaluate separately the Drude term and vertex corrections. The electrical conductivity calculated in this way remains nonnegative also in the strongly disordered regime where the localization effects become significant and the negative vertex corrections in the standard Kubo formula overweight the Drude term.

  18. Hydrogen bonding-assisted thermal conduction in β-sheet crystals of spider silk protein

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    Zhang, Lin; Chen, Teli; Ban, Heng; Liu, Ling

    2014-06-01

    Using atomistic simulations, we demonstrate that β-sheet, an essential component of spider silk protein, has a thermal conductivity 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than that of some other protein structures reported in the literature. In contrast to several other nanostructured materials of similar bundled/layered structures (e.g. few-layer graphene and bundled carbon nanotubes), the β-sheet is found to uniquely feature enhanced thermal conductivity with an increased number of constituting units, i.e. β-strands. Phonon analysis identifies inter-β-strand hydrogen bonding as the main contributor to the intriguing phenomenon, which prominently influences the state of phonons in both low- and high-frequency regimes. A thermal resistance model further verifies the critical role of hydrogen bonding in thermal conduction through β-sheet structures.Using atomistic simulations, we demonstrate that β-sheet, an essential component of spider silk protein, has a thermal conductivity 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than that of some other protein structures reported in the literature. In contrast to several other nanostructured materials of similar bundled/layered structures (e.g. few-layer graphene and bundled carbon nanotubes), the β-sheet is found to uniquely feature enhanced thermal conductivity with an increased number of constituting units, i.e. β-strands. Phonon analysis identifies inter-β-strand hydrogen bonding as the main contributor to the intriguing phenomenon, which prominently influences the state of phonons in both low- and high-frequency regimes. A thermal resistance model further verifies the critical role of hydrogen bonding in thermal conduction through β-sheet structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Structure of the β-sheets, computational model, determination of area and temperature gradient, and additional phonon DOS results. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01195c

  19. Pressure-Induced Amorphization in Single-Crystal Ta2O5 Nanowires: A Kinetic Mechanism and Improved Electrical Conductivity

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    Lu, Xujie; Hu, Qingyang; Yang, Wenge; Bai, Ligang; Sheng, Howard; Wang, Lin; Huang, Fuqiang; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-03-01

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) in single-crystal Ta2O5 nanowires is observed at 19 GPa and the obtained amorphous Ta2O5 nanowires show significant improvement in electrical conductivity. The phase transition process is unveiled by monitoring structural evolution with in-situ synchrotron XRD, PDF, Raman spectroscopy and TEM. The first principles calculations reveal the phonon modes softening during compression at particular bonds, and the analysis on the electron localization function also shows bond strength weakening at the same positions. Based on the experimental and theoretical results, a kinetic PIA mechanism is proposed and demonstrated systematically that amorphization is initiated by the disruption of connectivity between polyhedra at the particular weak-bonding positions along the a-axis in the unit cell. The one-dimensional morphology is well preserved for the pressure-induced amorphous Ta2O5 and the electrical conductivity is improved by an order of magnitude compared to traditional amorphous forms.

  20. Reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization toward improved solid polymer electrolytes: Higher ion conductivity and tunable mechanical properties

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    Bi, Sheng; Sun, Che-Nan; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Ren, Fei; Keum, Jong Kahk; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua

    2015-08-06

    Solid polymer electrolytes based on lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide and polymer matrix were extensively studied in the past due to their excellent potential in a broad range of energy related applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are among the most examined polymer candidates as solid polymer electrolyte matrix. In this paper, we study the effect of reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization in PVDF/PEO binary matrix on ion transport and mechanical properties of the resultant solid polymer electrolytes. With electron and X-ray diffractions as well as energy filtered transmission electron microscopy, we identify and examine the appropriate blending composition that is responsible for the diminishment of both PVDF and PEO crystallites. Laslty, a three-fold conductivity enhancement is achieved along with a highly tunable elastic modulus ranging from 20 to 200 MPa, which is expected to contribute toward future designs of solid polymer electrolytes with high room-temperature ion conductivities and mechanical flexibility.

  1. Conducting glasses recovered from thin film transistor liquid crystal display wastes for dye-sensitized solar cell cathodes.

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    Chen, C-C; Chang, F-C; Peng, C Y; Wang, H Paul

    2015-01-01

    Transparent conductive glasses such as thin film transistor (TFT) array and colour filter glasses were recovered from the TFT-liquid crystal display panel wastes by dismantling and sonic cleaning. Noble metals (i.e. platinum (Pt)) and indium tin oxide (ITO) are generally used in the cathode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). To reduce the DSSC cost, Pt was replaced with nano nickel-encapsulated carbon-shell (Ni@C) nanoparticles, which were prepared by carbonization of Ni²⁺-β-cyclodextrin at 673 K for 2 h. The recovered conductive glasses were used in the DSSC electrodes in the substitution of relatively expensive ITO. Interestingly, the efficiency of the DSSC having the Ni@C-coated cathode is as high as 2.54%. Moreover, the cost of the DSSC using the recovered materials can be reduced by at least 24%.

  2. Metal induced crystallized poly-Si-based conductive bridge resistive switching memory device with one transistor and one resistor architecture

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    Chand, Umesh; Huang, Chun-Yang; Kumar, Dayanand; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen

    2015-11-01

    In this letter, the metal induced crystallization (MIC) process is used in the Si-based conductive bridging resistive random access memory (CBRAM) application. The amorphous Si (a-Si) is transformed to crystallized poly-silicon (poly-Si) at a low temperature by using Ni metal for inducing poly-Si to provide the resistive switching. The MIC process can produce a highly preferred orientation poly-Si film, which can create the exact paths or grain boundaries through the top and down electrodes in the present CBRAM device. The grain boundary in MIC poly-Si layer can confine the conductive filament of metal bridging growth in it, which can improve the switching fluctuation behavior in the nonvolatile memory application. Compared with the a-Si based device, a significant improvement in terms of resistive switching parameters such as stability and resistance distribution is demonstrated in the MIC poly-Si CBRAM device. Moreover, the well-behaved memory performance, such as high ON/OFF resistance ratio (4 order), a large AC endurance (106), and good retention characteristics (104 s at 125 °C) are achieved in the Cu/poly-Si/n+-Si CMOS compatible cross bar structure.

  3. Coupled effects of conduction in the crystal and thermo-solutal convection in a rectangular inclined enclosure

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    Mennetrier, Christophe; Duval, Walter M. B.

    1990-01-01

    To date modeling of crystal growth of optoelectronic materials using Physical Vapor Transport has been limited to the study of the fluid phase. To achieve it, the equations of coupled heat, mass and momentum transfer in the gas have to be solved. The first objective of this study is to examine the effect of heat conduction in the crystal on the fluid flow in the neighborhood of the interface. Heat transfer boundary conditions on both interfaces were modified to take into account the additional heat flux between gas and solid. It is proved that heat conduction does not affect the fluid flow. In the presence of gravity, density gradients in the fluid phase generate convection responsible for the problem of a nonplanar growth of the interface. The second objective is to study systematically under one-g the different possible flows in order to solve this problem. Depending on the parameters, a diffusive mode and three convective modes (thermal, solutal and thermo-solutal) are observed. The competition between thermal and solutal convections leads to a mathematical condition which can be used to achieve a planar growth. It is proven that, under the physical conditions chosen, this mathematical condition cannot be thermodynamically satisfied.

  4. Hydrogen centers and the conductivity of In2O3 single crystals

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    Yin, Weikai; Smithe, Kirby; Weiser, Philip; ...

    2015-02-24

    A series of infrared absorption experiments and complementary theory have been performed in order to determine the properties of OH and OD centers in In2O3 single crystals. Annealing In2O3 samples in H2 or D2 at temperatures near 450°C produces an n-type layer ≈0.06mm thick with an n-type doping of 1.6×1019 cm-3. The resulting free-carrier absorption is correlated with an OH center with a vibrational frequency of 3306 cm-1 that we associate with interstitial H+. Additional O-H (O-D) vibrational lines are assigned to metastable configurations of the interstitial H+(D+) center and complexes of H (D) with In vacancies. In addition, unlikemore » other oxides studied recently where H trapped at an oxygen vacancy is the dominant shallow donor (ZnO and SnO2, for example), interstitial H+ is found to be the dominant H-related shallow donor in In2O3.« less

  5. Cobalt-doped Bi26Mo10O69: Crystal structure and conductivity

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    Mikhailovskaya, Z. A.; Buyanova, E. S.; Petrova, S. A.; Morozova, M. V.; Zhukovskiy, V. M.; Zakharov, R. G.; Tarakina, N. V.; Berger, I. F.

    2013-08-01

    A series of cobalt-doped bismuth molybdates were synthesized and investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The ranges of solid solution were determined. Two new compounds, Bi1-xCox[Bi12O14]Mo5O34.5±δ (x=0.2) and Bi[Bi12O14]Mo5-yCoyO34.5±δ (y=0.2), which crystallise in monoclinic unit cells have been examined in detail by diffraction methods. Impedance spectroscopy measurements show that the studied materials are good ionic conductors with conductivity values about 5×10-3 S×cm-1 at 973 K and 1.7×10-4 S×cm-1 at 623 K, which are similar to conductivity values of yttrium substituted zirconia and (YSZ) gadolinium doped ceria (CGO).

  6. Effects of dispersion, correction term, and isotopes on the thermal conductivity of LiF crystal

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    Singh, B. K.; Roy, M. K.; Menon, V. J.; Sood, K. C.

    2003-01-01

    We have adapted the Callaway-Holland model so that the dispersive effect and correction term κc can be included in the theoretical analysis of the lattice thermal conductivity of LiF over the temperature range 1 300 K, for varying concentration of the isotopic content 7Li. Some different empirical expressions for different three-phonon relaxation rates τ-13ph for the entire temperature range have been proposed. Anisotropic and dispersive point defect scattering relaxation rate for LiF is also introduced. Our main findings are as follows: κc even for moderate isotopic concentration of 7Li in LiF gives sizable contribution at temperatures where τ-13ph umklapp U processes dominate, which was considered to be negligible by earlier workers; contribution of longitudinal phonons is substantial beyond the conductivity maximum; theoretical value of the isotope scattering parameter A1 has to be increased only by 1.8 1.9 times in going from 50.8% to 97.2% of 7Li content as against 5 times increase taken by Callaway and Baeyer; and in conformity with Callaway’s findings the presence of small chemical impurities has to be assumed to explain the phonon-conductivity data of the isotopically pure sample (7Li 99.99%) of LiF. Theoretically justified parameters are used to obtain excellent agreement with the results reported by Thacher as well as by Berman and Brock.

  7. Hierarchical self-assembly of hexagonal single-crystal nanosheets into 3D layered superlattices with high conductivity

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    Tao, Yulun; Shen, Yuhua; Yang, Liangbao; Han, Bin; Huang, Fangzhi; Li, Shikuo; Chu, Zhuwang; Xie, Anjian

    2012-05-01

    While the number of man-made nano superstructures realized by self-assembly is growing in recent years, assemblies of conductive polymer nanocrystals, especially for superlattices, are still a significant challenge, not only because of the simplicity of the shape of the nanocrystal building blocks and their interactions, but also because of the poor control over these parameters in the fabrication of more elaborate nanocrystals. Here, we firstly report a facile and general route to a new generation of 3D layered superlattices of polyaniline doped with CSA (PANI-CSA) and show how PANI crystallize and self-assemble, in a suitable single solution environment. In cyclohexane, 1D amorphous nanofibers transformed to 1D nanorods as building blocks, and then to 2D single-crystal nanosheets with a hexagonal phase, and lastly to 3D ordered layered superlattices with the narrowest polydispersity value (Mw/Mn = 1.47). Remarkably, all the instructions for the hierarchical self-assembly are encoded in the layered shape in other non-polar solvents (hexane, octane) and their conductivity in the π-π stacking direction is improved to about 50 S cm-1, which is even higher than that of the highest previously reported value (16 S cm-1). The method used in this study is greatly expected to be readily scalable to produce superlattices of conductive polymers with high quality and low cost.While the number of man-made nano superstructures realized by self-assembly is growing in recent years, assemblies of conductive polymer nanocrystals, especially for superlattices, are still a significant challenge, not only because of the simplicity of the shape of the nanocrystal building blocks and their interactions, but also because of the poor control over these parameters in the fabrication of more elaborate nanocrystals. Here, we firstly report a facile and general route to a new generation of 3D layered superlattices of polyaniline doped with CSA (PANI-CSA) and show how PANI crystallize and

  8. Thermal and Electrical Conduction of Single-crystal Bi2Te3 Nanostructures grown using a one step process

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    Park, Dambi; Park, Sungjin; Jeong, Kwangsik; Jeong, Hong-Sik; Song, Jea Yong; Cho, Mann–Ho

    2016-01-01

    Single-crystal Bi2Te3 nanowires (NWs) and nanoribbons (NRs) were synthesized by a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method from Bi2Te3 powder. To investigate the thermal properties of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure, a nondestructive technique based on temperature dependent Raman mapping was carried out. The Raman peaks were red shifted with increasing temperature. In addition, the fraction of the laser power absorbed inside the Bi2Te3 nanostructures was estimated by optical simulation and used to calculate the thermal conductivity value (κ). The thermal conductivity value obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR was 1.47 Wm−1K−1 and 1.81 Wm−1K−1 at 300 K, respectively. The electrical conductivity of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure was also measured. In particular, an excellent electrical conductivity value of 1.22 * 103 Ω−1 cm−1 was obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW at 300 K. This result can be attributed to topological insulator surface states. As a result of our study, the figure of merit (ZT) for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR can be significantly improved. PMID:26750563

  9. Thermal and Electrical Conduction of Single-crystal Bi2Te3 Nanostructures grown using a one step process.

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    Park, Dambi; Park, Sungjin; Jeong, Kwangsik; Jeong, Hong-Sik; Song, Jea Yong; Cho, Mann-Ho

    2016-01-11

    Single-crystal Bi2Te3 nanowires (NWs) and nanoribbons (NRs) were synthesized by a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method from Bi2Te3 powder. To investigate the thermal properties of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure, a nondestructive technique based on temperature dependent Raman mapping was carried out. The Raman peaks were red shifted with increasing temperature. In addition, the fraction of the laser power absorbed inside the Bi2Te3 nanostructures was estimated by optical simulation and used to calculate the thermal conductivity value (κ). The thermal conductivity value obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR was 1.47 Wm(-1)K(-1) and 1.81 Wm(-1)K(-1) at 300 K, respectively. The electrical conductivity of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure was also measured. In particular, an excellent electrical conductivity value of 1.22 * 10(3 )Ω(-1) cm(-1) was obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW at 300 K. This result can be attributed to topological insulator surface states. As a result of our study, the figure of merit (ZT) for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR can be significantly improved.

  10. The first BETS radical cation salts with dicyanamide anion: Crystal growth, structure and conductivity study

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    Kushch, N.D.; Buravov, L.I.; Chekhlov, A.N.; Spitsina, N.G.; Kushch, P.P.; Yagubskii, E.B.; Herdtweck, E.; Kobayashi, A.

    2011-11-15

    Electrochemical oxidation of bis(ethylenedithio)tetraselenafulvalene (BETS) has been investigated. Simple and complex dicyanamides of transition metals (Mn{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 2+}) were used as electrolytes. The correlation between composition of prepared radical cation salts and metal nature in electrolytes was established. Manganese dicyanamides provide the formation of BETS salts with the {l_brace}Mn[N(CN){sub 2}]{sub 3}{r_brace}- and [N(CN){sub 2}]-XH{sub 2}O anions. When Ni- or Fe-containing electrolytes were used only metalless BETS salts, {alpha}''-BETS{sub 2}[N(CN){sub 2}].2H{sub 2}O (I) and {theta}-BETS{sub 2}[N(CN){sub 2}].3.6H{sub 2}O (II), formed. Structures and conducting properties of these salts were analyzed. Both salts exhibit layered structure. Conducting radical cation layers have {alpha}'' (I)- or {theta}-type (II). Anion sheets appear as two-dimensional polymer networks of different types. These networks are formed by [N(CN)]{sub 2}{sup -} anions and water molecules interlinked by hydrogen bonds. Salt I is a semiconductor and II demonstrates resistance drop down to150 K at normal pressure and down to 72 K at {approx}0.4 kbar pressure. - Graphical abstract: We studied electrochemical oxidation of BETS donor in the presence of simple and/or complex dicyanamides of transition metals (Ni, Fe, Mn) as electrolytes. New conducting salts {alpha}''-BETS{sub 2}[N(CN){sub 2}].2H{sub 2}O and {theta}-BETS{sub 2}[N(CN){sub 2}].3.8H{sub 2}O have been synthesized and characterized. Highlights: > We studied electrochemical oxidation of BETS donor. > Dicyanamides of transition metals (Ni, Fe, Mn) were used as electrolytes. > We found a well-reproducible synthesis of magnetic superconductor BETS{sub 2}Mn[N(CN){sub 2}]{sub 3}. > Two new metalless BETS salts form when Ni and Fe electrolytes were used. > Their structure and conductivity were investigated.

  11. Measurements of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity of Hen Egg-White Lysozyme Crystals and Its Solution Using the Transient Short Hot Wire Method

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    Fujiwara, Seiji; Maki, Syou; Maekawa, Ryunosuke; Tanaka, Seiichi; Hagiwara, Masayuki

    2017-08-01

    Protein crystals are an essentially important biological sample to advance the analysis of X-ray structure, but their thermophysical properties, especially thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity, have not been studied sufficiently. This current situation can be attributed to various kinds of technical problems; e.g., the fragility of protein crystals and the difficulty of nucleation control. Ideally speaking, protein crystallization should be carried out under a " containerless condition" to eliminate any mechanical distortion of the crystals from the walls. To realize the condition, we have developed an original crystallization method by means of the magneto-Archimedes effect. In this paper, a transient short hot wire method was combined with the technique of magneto-Archimedes effect to realize simultaneous measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) crystals. As the results, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of HEWL crystals were found to be 0.410-0.438 \\hbox {W}\\cdot \\hbox {m}^{-1}\\cdot \\hbox {K}^{-1} and 3.77-5.18× 10^{-8} \\hbox {m}2\\cdot \\hbox {s}^{-1}, respectively. We clarified by the crystallizing process of HEWL that the crystals were magnetically levitated at the air-liquid interface and the short hot wire was completely buried into them as the crystals grew. We also measured the HEWL solution by the same methods. The thermal conductivity of the solution had almost the same value as that of water and had little dependency on the concentration of HEWL, but the thermal diffusivity was unclear.

  12. Electrically continuous graphene from single crystal copper verified by terahertz conductance spectroscopy and micro four-point probe.

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    Buron, Jonas D; Pizzocchero, Filippo; Jessen, Bjarke S; Booth, Timothy J; Nielsen, Peter F; Hansen, Ole; Hilke, Michael; Whiteway, Eric; Jepsen, Peter U; Bøggild, Peter; Petersen, Dirch H

    2014-11-12

    The electrical performance of graphene synthesized by chemical vapor deposition and transferred to insulating surfaces may be compromised by extended defects, including for instance grain boundaries, cracks, wrinkles, and tears. In this study, we experimentally investigate and compare the nano- and microscale electrical continuity of single layer graphene grown on centimeter-sized single crystal copper with that of previously studied graphene films, grown on commercially available copper foil, after transfer to SiO2 surfaces. The electrical continuity of the graphene films is analyzed using two noninvasive conductance characterization methods: ultrabroadband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and micro four-point probe, which probe the electrical properties of the graphene film on different length scales, 100 nm and 10 μm, respectively. Ultrabroadband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy allows for measurement of the complex conductance response in the frequency range 1-15 terahertz, covering the entire intraband conductance spectrum, and reveals that the conductance response for the graphene grown on single crystalline copper intimately follows the Drude model for a barrier-free conductor. In contrast, the graphene grown on commercial copper foil shows a distinctly non-Drude conductance spectrum that is better described by the Drude-Smith model, which incorporates the effect of preferential carrier backscattering associated with extended, electronic barriers with a typical separation on the order of 100 nm. Micro four-point probe resistance values measured on graphene grown on single crystalline copper in two different voltage-current configurations show close agreement with the expected distributions for a continuous 2D conductor, in contrast with previous observations on graphene grown on commercial copper foil. The terahertz and micro four-point probe conductance values of the graphene grown on single crystalline copper shows a close to unity correlation, in

  13. Anomalous three-dimensional bulk ac conduction within the Kondo gap of SmB6 single crystals

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    Laurita, N. J.; Morris, C. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; ...

    2016-10-21

    The Kondo insulator SmB 6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures, T < 5 K. In this temperatures range, a plateau is observed in the dc resistivity, contrary to the exponential divergence expected for a gapped system. Some recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB 6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator (TKI) and propose that the residual conductivity is due to topological surface states which reside within the Kondo gap. Since the TKI prediction many experiments have claimed to observe high mobility surface states within a perfectly insulating hybridization gap. We investigate themore » low energy optical conductivity within the hybridization gap of single crystals of SmB 6 via time domain terahertz spectroscopy. Samples grown by both optical floating zone and aluminum flux methods are investigated to probe for differences originating from sample growth techniques. We find that both samples display significant three-dimensional bulk conduction originating within the Kondo gap. Although SmB 6 may be a bulk dc insulator, it shows significant bulk ac conduction that is many orders of magnitude larger than any known impurity band conduction. The nature of these in-gap states and their coupling with the low energy spin excitons of SmB 6 is discussed. In addition, the well-defined conduction path geometry of our optical experiments allows us to show that any surface states, which lie below our detection threshold if present, must have a sheet resistance of R / square ≥ 1000 Ω .« less

  14. Crystal Structure and Ionic Conductivity of Three Polymorphic Phases of Rubidium Trefluoromethyl Sulfonate, RbSO3CF3

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    Hildebrandt,L.; Dinnebier, R.; Jansen, M.

    2006-01-01

    The crystal structures of three polymorphic phases of rubidium trifluoromethyl sulfonate (RbSO{sub 3}CF{sub 3}, rubidium 'triflate') were solved from X-ray powder diffraction data. At room temperature, rubidium triflate crystallizes in the monoclinic space group Cm with lattice parameters of a = 19.9611(5) Angstroms, b = 23.4913(7) Angstroms, c = 5.1514(2) Angstroms, = 102.758(2); Z = 16. At T = 321 K, a first-order phase transition occurs toward a monoclinic phase in space group P2{sub 1} with lattice parameters at T = 344 K of a = 10.3434(5) Angstroms, b = 5.8283(3) Angstroms, c = 5.1982(3) Angstroms, = 104.278(6); Z = (2). At T = 461 K, another phase transition, this time of second order, occurs toward an orthorhombic phase in space group Cmcm with lattice parameters at T = 510 K of a = 5.3069(2) Angstroms, b = 20.2423(10) Angstroms, c = 5.9479(2) Angstroms; Z = 4. As a common feature within all three crystal structures of rubidium triflate, the triflate anions are arranged in double layers with the lipophilic CF{sub 3} groups facing each other. The rubidium ions are located between the SO{sub 3} groups. The general packing is similar to the packing in cesium triflate. Rubidium triflate can be classified as a solid electrolyte with a specific ionic conductivity of = 9.89 x 10{sup -9} S/cm at T = 384 K and = 3.84 x 10{sup -6} S/cm at T = 481 K.

  15. On the growth of conductive aluminum doped zinc oxide on 001 strontium titanate single crystals

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    Trinca, L. M.; Galca, A. C.; Aldica, G.; Radu, R.; Mercioniu, I.; Pintilie, L.

    2016-02-01

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were obtained by pulsed laser deposition on (001) SrTiO3 (STO) on a range of substrate temperatures during ablation between 300 °C and 600 °C. A hexagonal system lying on a cubic one should be difficult to be obtained in epitaxial form. The geometrical selection of the AZO growth on (001) STO is not giving a unique preferential orientation. Two orientations, c-axis (along [001]) and 110, have been observed experimentally with different ratios at different substrate temperature. Discussions are made with respect to the temperature dependence of lattice mismatch between the two cases and the cubic surface of the substrate, and to the substrate surface morphology and terminating atomic layer composition. The 110 AZO is the main phase at deposition temperature of 550 °C, while for other substrate temperatures the 001 is the preferential orientation. The conductive character of 110 AZO thin film have been inferred from both ellipsometry spectra and current-voltage measurements. Excepting the samples deposited at 300 °C, the lowest resistivity is recorded for the samples with 110 AZO as the main phase.

  16. "Dual-template" synthesis of one-dimensional conductive nanoparticle superstructures from coordination metal-peptide polymer crystals.

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    Rubio-Martínez, Marta; Puigmartí-Luis, Josep; Imaz, Inhar; Dittrich, Petra S; Maspoch, Daniel

    2013-12-20

    Bottom-up fabrication of self-assembled structures made of nanoparticles may lead to new materials, arrays and devices with great promise for myriad applications. Here a new class of metal-peptide scaffolds is reported: coordination polymer Ag(I)-DLL belt-like crystals, which enable the dual-template synthesis of more sophisticated nanoparticle superstructures. In these biorelated scaffolds, the self-assembly and recognition capacities of peptides and the selective reduction of Ag(I) ions to Ag are simultaneously exploited to control the growth and assembly of inorganic nanoparticles: first on their surfaces, and then inside the structures themselves. The templated internal Ag nanoparticles are well confined and closely packed, conditions that favour electrical conductivity in the superstructures. It is anticipated that these Ag(I)-DLL belts could be applied to create long (>100 μm) conductive Ag@Ag nanoparticle superstructures and polymetallic, multifunctional Fe3 O4 @Ag nanoparticle composites that marry the magnetic and conductive properties of the two nanoparticle types.

  17. Crystal structure and ionic conductivity of the new cobalt polyphosphate NaCo(PO3)3

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    Ben Smida, Youssef; Guesmi, Abderrahmen; Georges, Samuel; Avdeev, Maxim; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi

    2016-02-01

    Polycrystalline sample of sodium cobalt triphosphate NaCo(PO3)3 was obtained by solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. The title compound is isostructural to NaZn(PO3)3 and its structure was refined by the Rietveld refinement in the cubic system, space group Pa 3 ̅, with a=14.2484(4) Å. The obtained structural model is supported by bond valence sum (BVS) and charge distribution (CD) methods. The structure is described as a three-dimensional open-anionic framework built up of corner-sharing CoO6 and PO4 polyhedra with interconnecting channels along the 3-axis, in which the Na+ cations are located. The ionic conductivity measurements are performed on pellets with relative density of 84%. The electrical conductivity is 1.01×10-5 S cm-1 at 480 °C and the activation energy deduced from the slope is 1.1 eV. The correlation between crystal structure and ionic conductivity was studied by the means of the bond-valence-site-energy (BVSE) model. The main result is that sodium transport is made mainly via Na2 and Na3 sites.

  18. See-through amorphous silicon solar cells with selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystal back reflectors for building integrated photovoltaics

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    Yang, Yang; O’Brien, Paul G.; Ozin, Geoffrey A. E-mail: kherani@ecf.utoronto.ca; Kherani, Nazir P. E-mail: kherani@ecf.utoronto.ca

    2013-11-25

    Thin semi-transparent hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells with selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystal (STCPC) back-reflectors are demonstrated. Short circuit current density of a 135 nm thick a-Si:H cell with a given STCPC back-reflector is enhanced by as much as 23% in comparison to a reference cell with an ITO film functioning as its rear contact. Concurrently, solar irradiance of 295 W/m{sup 2} and illuminance of 3480 lux are transmitted through the cell with a given STCPC back reflector under AM1.5 Global tilt illumination, indicating its utility as a source of space heating and lighting, respectively, in building integrated photovoltaic applications.

  19. Selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystal rear-contacts for thin-film silicon-based building integrated photovoltaics

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    O'Brien, P. G.; Chutinan, A.; Mahtani, P.; Leong, K.; Ozin, G. A.; Kherani, N. P.

    2011-08-01

    Wave-optics analysis is performed to show that selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystals (STCPCs) can be utilized as rear contacts to enhance the performance of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). For instance, the current generated in an a-Si:H cell with an STCPC functioning as its rear contact is comparable to that of a similar cell with an optimized ZnO/Ag rear contact. However, the solar lumens (~3.5 klm/m2) and power (~430W/m2) transmitted through the cell with the STCPC rear contact can potentially provide indoor heating and lighting, respectively. Moreover, experimental results show that STCPC rear contacts could be used to control the color temperature of light transmitted through BIPV panels.

  20. Selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystal rear-contacts for thin-film silicon-based building integrated photovoltaics.

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    O'Brien, P G; Chutinan, A; Mahtani, P; Leong, K; Ozin, G A; Kherani, N P

    2011-08-29

    Wave-optics analysis is performed to show that selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystals (STCPCs) can be utilized as rear contacts to enhance the performance of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). For instance, the current generated in an a-Si:H cell with an STCPC functioning as its rear contact is comparable to that of a similar cell with an optimized ZnO/Ag rear contact. However, the solar lumens (~3.5 klm/m2) and power (~430W/m2) transmitted through the cell with the STCPC rear contact can potentially provide indoor heating and lighting, respectively. Moreover, experimental results show that STCPC rear contacts could be used to control the color temperature of light transmitted through BIPV panels.

  1. Comparison of the local and the average crystal structure of proton conducting lanthanum tungstate and the influence of molybdenum substitution.

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    Magrasó, Anna; Frontera, Carlos

    2016-03-07

    We report on the comparison of the local and average structure reported recently for proton conducting lanthanum tungstate, of general formula La28-xW4+xO54+δv2-δ, and the impact of molybdenum-substitution on the crystal structure of the material. Partial replacement of W with 10 and 30 mol% Mo is investigated here, i.e. La27(W1-xMox)5O55.5 for x = 0.1 and 0.3. This study addresses the interpretation and the description of a disordered cation and anion sublattice in this material, which enables the understanding of the fundamental properties related to hydration, transport properties and degradation in lanthanum tungstate. The report shows that Mo-substituted lanthanum tungstate is a promising material as a dense oxide membrane for hydrogen separation at intermediate temperatures.

  2. Electron scattering in the Δ{sub 1} model of the conduction band of germanium single crystals

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    Luniov, S. V. Burban, O. V.; Nazarchuk, P. F.

    2015-05-15

    Electron scattering in the possible Δ{sub 1} models of the conduction band in germanium crystals formed by hydrostatic or uniaxial pressure is investigated. On the basis of the theory of anisotropic scattering, the temperature dependences of the anisotropy parameter of the relaxation times and electron mobility for these models under conditions of scattering at impurity ions, as well as at acoustic and intervalley phonons are obtained. Analysis of the temperature dependences indicates that, in the temperature range of 77–300 K, intervalley scattering becomes substantial. Only for the Δ{sub 1} model formed by uniaxial pressure along the crystallographic direction [100], the electron scattering at intervalley phonons, which correspond to the g transitions, is minor with respect to scattering at acoustic phonons (the intravalley scattering) and impurity ions.

  3. Ionic conductivity of Bi12(V,Bi)O20 + δ single crystal (δ = 0.27) with a sillenite-type structure

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    Sorokin, N. I.

    2012-11-01

    The ionic conductivity of nonstoichiometric Bi12(V0.89Bi0.03)O20.27 single crystal with a sillenite-type structure has been investigated by impedance spectroscopy; its conductivity at 673 K is 2 × 10-3 S/cm, which is about two orders of magnitude higher than the conductivity of oxide superionic conductor single crystal Zr0.88Y0.12O1.94. As follows from crystallochemical analysis, ion transport in Bi12(V0.89Bi0.03)O20.27 is due to additional O2- ions, which arise due to oxygen nonstoichiometry.

  4. Thermal conductivity of single crystals of Ba1- x R x F2 + x ( R = La, Ce, Nd, or Gd) solid solutions

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    Popov, P. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Konyushkin, V. A.

    2017-03-01

    The thermal conductivity of single crystals of Ba1- x R x F2 + x ( R = La, Ce, Nd, or Gd) solid solutions has been experimentally investigated in the temperature range of 50-300 K. With an increase in the content of rare-earth elements, the thermal-conductivity behavior in these series changes from that characteristic of defect single crystals to the behavior typical of glasslike materials. The thermal-conductivity concentration dependences are almost identical, which can be explained by the same type of defect clusters arising upon heterovalent ion substitution.

  5. Reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization toward improved solid polymer electrolytes: Higher ion conductivity and tunable mechanical properties

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    Bi, Sheng; Sun, Che-Nan; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; ...

    2015-08-06

    Solid polymer electrolytes based on lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide and polymer matrix were extensively studied in the past due to their excellent potential in a broad range of energy related applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are among the most examined polymer candidates as solid polymer electrolyte matrix. In this paper, we study the effect of reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization in PVDF/PEO binary matrix on ion transport and mechanical properties of the resultant solid polymer electrolytes. With electron and X-ray diffractions as well as energy filtered transmission electron microscopy, we identify and examine the appropriate blending composition thatmore » is responsible for the diminishment of both PVDF and PEO crystallites. Laslty, a three-fold conductivity enhancement is achieved along with a highly tunable elastic modulus ranging from 20 to 200 MPa, which is expected to contribute toward future designs of solid polymer electrolytes with high room-temperature ion conductivities and mechanical flexibility.« less

  6. Anomalous enhancement of proton conductivity for water molecular clusters stabilized in interstitial spaces of porous molecular crystals.

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    Tadokoro, Makoto; Ohhata, Yuki; Shimazaki, Yuriko; Ishimaru, Shin'ichi; Yamada, Teppei; Nagao, Yuki; Sugaya, Tomoaki; Isoda, Kyosuke; Suzuki, Yuta; Kitagawa, Hiroshi; Matsui, Hiroshi

    2014-10-13

    In an investigation into the proton conductivity of crystallized water clusters confined within low-dimensional nanoporous materials, we have found that water-stable nanoporous crystals are formed by complementary hydrogen bonding between [Co(III) (H2 bim)3 ](3+) (H2 bim: 2,2'-biimidazole) and TATC(3-) (1,3,5- tricarboxyl-2,4,6-triazinate); the O atoms in the -COO(-) groups of TATC(3-) in the porous outer wall are strongly hydrogen bonded with H2 O, forming two types of WMCs (water molecular clusters): a spirocyclic tetramer chain (SCTC) that forms infinite open 1D channels, and an isolated cyclic tetramer (ICT) present in the void space. The ICT is constructed from four H2 O molecules as a novel C2 -type WMC, which are hydrogen bonded with four-, three-, and two-coordination spheres, respectively. The largest structural fluctuation is observed at elevated temperatures from the two-coordinated H2 O molecules, which begin to rapidly and isotropically fluctuate on heating. This behavior can be rationalized by a simple model for the elucidation of pre-melting phenomena, similar to those in ice surfaces as the temperature increases. Moreover, high proton conductivity of SCTCs (ca. 10(-5) S cm(-1) at 300 K with an activation energy of 0.30 eV) through a proton-hole mechanism was observed for pellet samples using the alternating impedance method. The proton conductivity exhibits a slight enhancement of about 0.1×10(-5) S cm(-1) at 274 K due to a structural transition upon approaching this temperature that elongates the unit cell along the b-axis. The proton-transfer route can be predicted in WMCs, as O(4) of an H2 O molecule at the center of an SCTC shows a motion that rotates the dipole in the b-axis direction, but not the c-axis; the thermal ellipsoids of O(4) based on anisotropic temperature factors obtained by X-ray crystallography reflect a structural fluctuation along the b-axis direction induced by [Co(III) (H2 bim)3 ](3+) .

  7. Electromagnetic Characterization of YBa2Cu3O7-Delta Thin Films with Calcium Doping for Bi-Crystal Grain Boundary Conductivity Enhancement (Postprint)

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    2008-02-08

    boundary of a vicinal and donor- doped 5 SrTiO3 bi-crystal results in a depletion zone ∼200 nm wide, with the interface potential at the middle of the...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2012-0146 ELECTROMAGNETIC CHARACTERIZATION OF YBa2Cu3O7−δ THIN FILMS WITH CALCIUM DOPING FOR BI-CRYSTAL GRAIN BOUNDARY...WITH CALCIUM DOPING FOR BI-CRYSTAL GRAIN BOUNDARY CONDUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c

  8. A thiophene-containing compound as a matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ ionization mass spectrometry and the electrical conductivity of matrix crystals.

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    Yasuda, Akikazu; Ishimaru, Takayuki; Nishihara, Shogo; Sakai, Masamichi; Kawasaki, Hideya; Arakawa, Ryuichi; Shigeri, Yasushi

    2013-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of the matrix crystal might be a new factor to enhance matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) sensitivity. In MALDI-MS, several compounds are used as a standard matrix. Utilization of such compounds is based on an a posteriori approach, but there is no theoretical guidance for selecting a matrix. In an attempt to further understand performance in MALDI-MS, we utilized peptide detection for random screening of a chemical library (12,383 compounds) for compounds with matrix functions in MALDI-MS. A lot of thiophene compounds were found to be a matrix, in which 2-[5-(2,4-dichlorobenzoyl)-2-thienyl] acetic acid (DCBTA) provided an important clue to measure the electrical conductivity of the matrix crystal, because the structure of DCBTA is analogous to conductive polymers and organic solar cells. Most of the crystals of standard matrices, such as alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA), 3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxycinnamic acid [sinapinic acid, (SA)], and DCBTA showed electrical conductivity, whereas the conductivity of crystal was not observed in 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (2,5-DHB). On the other hand, super-DHB using 2-hydroxy-5-methoxybenzoic acid [5-methoxysalicylic acid, (MSA)] as an additive to 2,5-DHB, improved the electrical conductivity of the crystal, that followed the enhancement of peak intensity in MS spectrum. These observations might indicate that the electrical conductivity of matrix crystals is a key consideration in obtaining efficient MALDI performance.

  9. Electrical conductivity of {gamma}-irradiated crystals of La{sub 0.95}Ba{sub 0.05}F{sub 2.95} superionic conductor

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

    2012-03-15

    The electrical conductivity of single crystals of the La{sub 0.95}Ba{sub 0.05}F{sub 2.95} superionic conductor subjected to irradiation by {gamma} quanta (source {gamma}-{sup 60}Co, dose 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} rad) has been investigated. It is shown that the radiation defects do not have a great effect on the ionic conductivity of nonstoichiometric La{sub 0.95}Ba{sub 0.05}F{sub 2.95} crystals, which is caused by the heterovalent replacements of La{sup 3+} cations with Ba{sup 2+} cations.

  10. Cobalt-doped Bi{sub 26}Mo{sub 10}O{sub 69}: Crystal structure and conductivity

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    Mikhailovskaya, Z.A.; Buyanova, E.S.; Petrova, S.A.; Morozova, M.V.; Zhukovskiy, V.M.; Zakharov, R.G.; Tarakina, N.V.; Berger, I.F.

    2013-08-15

    A series of cobalt-doped bismuth molybdates were synthesized and investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The ranges of solid solution were determined. Two new compounds, Bi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34.5±δ} (x=0.2) and Bi[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 34.5±δ} (y=0.2), which crystallise in monoclinic unit cells have been examined in detail by diffraction methods. Impedance spectroscopy measurements show that the studied materials are good ionic conductors with conductivity values about 5×10{sup −3} S×cm{sup −1} at 973 K and 1.7×10{sup −4} S×cm{sup −1} at 623 K, which are similar to conductivity values of yttrium substituted zirconia and (YSZ) gadolinium doped ceria (CGO). - Graphical abstract: Measured and calculated diffraction spectra for Bi{sub 12.8}Co{sub 0.2}Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34±δ} and projection of the Bi{sub 12.8}Co{sub 0.2}Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34±δ} crystal structure onto the ac plane. Highlights: • The limit of the Bi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34.5±δ} homogeneity range is equal to x=0.2. • The limit of the Bi[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 34.5±δ} homogeneity range is equal to y=0.2. • Solid solutions have monoclinic symmetry. No phase transition is observed. • The conductivity at 700° for y=0.2 solid solutions is equal to −lg σ, S×cm{sup −1}=2.23. • The conductivity at 350° for y=0.2 solid solutions is equal to −lg σ, S×cm{sup −1}=3.74.

  11. Hydrogen self-diffusion in single crystal olivine and electrical conductivity of the Earth’s mantle

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    Novella, Davide; Jacobsen, Benjamin; Weber, Peter K.; ...

    2017-07-13

    Nominally anhydrous minerals formed deep in the mantle and transported to the Earth’s surface contain tens to hundreds of ppm wt H2O, providing evidence for the presence of dissolved water in the Earth’s interior. Even at these low concentrations, H2O greatly affects the physico-chemical properties of mantle materials, governing planetary dynamics and evolution. The diffusion of hydrogen (H) controls the transport of H2O in the Earth’s upper mantle, but is not fully understood for olivine ((Mg, Fe)2SiO4) the most abundant mineral in this region. Here we present new hydrogen self-diffusion coefficients in natural olivine single crystals that were determined atmore » upper mantle conditions (2 GPa and 750–900 °C). Hydrogen self-diffusion is highly anisotropic, with values at 900 °C of 10-10.9, 10-12.8 and 10-11.9 m2/s along [100], [010] and [001] directions, respectively. Combined with the Nernst-Einstein relation, these diffusion results constrain the contribution of H to the electrical conductivity of olivine to be σH = 102.12S/m·CH2O·exp-187kJ/mol/(RT). Comparisons between the model presented in this study and magnetotelluric measurements suggest that plausible H2O concentrations in the upper mantle (≤250 ppm wt) can account for high electrical conductivity values (10-2–10-1 S/m) observed in the asthenosphere.« less

  12. Silver transfer in proustite Ag{sub 3}AsS{sub 3} at high temperatures: Conductivity and single-crystal X-ray studies

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    Gagor, Anna Pawlowski, Antoni; Pietraszko, Adam

    2009-03-15

    Single crystals of proustite Ag{sub 3}AsS{sub 3} have been characterised by impedance spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction in the temperature ranges of 295-543 and 295-695 K, respectively. An analysis of the one-particle potential of silver atoms shows that in the whole measuring temperature range defects in the silver substructure play a major role in the conduction mechanism. Furthermore, the silver transfer is equally probable within silver chains and spirals, as well as between chains and spirals. The trigonal R3c room temperature phase does not change until the decomposition of the crystal. The electric anomaly of the first-order character which appears near 502 K is related to an increase in the electronic component of the total conductivity resulting from Ag{sub 2}S deposition at the sample surface. - Joint probability density function map of silver atoms at T=695 K.

  13. Electrical conduction mechanism in La3Ta0.5Ga5.3Al0.2O14 single crystals.

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    Yaokawa, Ritsuko; Aota, Katsumi; Uda, Satoshi

    2013-12-14

    The electrical conduction mechanism in La3Ta0.5Ga5.3Al0.2O14 (LTGA) single crystals was studied by nonstoichiometric defect formation during crystal growth. Since stoichiometric LTGA is not congruent, the single crystal grown from the stoichiometric melt was Ta-poor and Al-rich, where Al atoms were substituted not only in Ga sites but also in Ta sites. The population of the substitutional Al in Ta sites increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure during growth (growth-pO2) in the range from 0.01 to 1 atm. Below 600 °C, substitutional Al atoms in Ta sites were ionized to yield holes, and thus the electrical conductivity of the LTGA crystal depended on temperature and the growth-pO2. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the growth-pO2 decreased as temperature increased. The temperature rise increases ionic conductivity, for which the dominant carriers are oxygen defects formed by the anion Frenkel reaction.

  14. Correction: Decrease in thermal conductivity in polymeric P3HT nanowires by size-reduction induced by crystal orientation: new approaches towards thermal transport engineering of organic materials

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    Rojo, Miguel Muñoz; Martín, Jaime; Grauby, Stéphane; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Dilhaire, Stefan; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2015-02-01

    Correction for `Decrease in thermal conductivity in polymeric P3HT nanowires by size-reduction induced by crystal orientation: new approaches towards thermal transport engineering of organic materials' by Miguel Muñoz Rojo et al., Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 7858-7865.

  15. Effect of Heat Treatment on The Crystal Structur, Electrical Conductivity and Surface of Ba1.5Sr0.5Fe2O5 Composite

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    Purwanto, P.; Adi, WA; Yunasfi

    2017-05-01

    The Composite of Ba1,5Sr0,5Fe2O5 has been synthesized by using powder metallurgy technique. The Ba1.5Sr0.5Fe2O5 were prepared from BaCO3, SrCO3 and Fe2O3 raw materials with a specific weight ratio. The three materials were synthesized by powder metallurgy under heat treatment at 800 °C, 900 °C, and 1000 °C for 5 hours. All the three samples were characterized by using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) to determine the crystal structure and crystal size, LCR meter to determine the conductivity, and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to observe the morphological of the composites. The phase analysis result showed that the composite consists of several minor phases such as BaO2, SrO2, and Fe2O3. The Crystal size of composite Ba1.5Sr0.5Fe2O5 decreased while increases the strain of crystal with increasing of sintering temperature. The crystal size of the Ba1.5Sr0.5Fe2O5 composite is 3.55 nm to 7.23 nm and value of strain is 8.47% until 3.90%. Based on the conductivity measurement, it was obtained that the conductivity of the Ba1.5Sr0.5Fe2O5 composite decreased with increasing sintering temperature. It was also noticed that the conductivity increased with increasing of frequency. The conductivity ranged from 6.619×10-7 S/cm to 65.659×10-7 S/cm. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis showed that several dominant elements were a good agreement with the phase analysis.

  16. Thermal conductivity of a Tm{sup 3+}:GdVO{sub 4} crystal and the operational characteristics of a microchip laser based on it

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    Zagumennyi, A I; Zavartsev, Yu D; Studenikin, P A; Vlasov, V I; Shcherbakov, Ivan A; Wyss, C P; Luthy, W; Weber, H P; Popov, P A

    1999-04-30

    The thermal conductivity of a Tm{sup 3+}:GdVO{sub 4} crystal was measured in the temperature range 50 - 300 K. At a temperature of 300 K, the thermal conductivity along the c axis amounted to 9.7 W m{sup -1} K{sup -1}, which is higher than the thermal conductivity of a Cr:Tm:Ho :YAG crystal. A maximum output power of 1.4 W ({lambda}=1.915 {mu}m) was attained in a Tm{sup 3+}:GdVO{sub 4} microchip laser for a lasing threshold of 5.7 W and a differential efficiency of 9.2%. A GdVO{sub 4} array was found to have a number of advantages compared with other media for the fabrication of diode-pumped lasers. (lasers)

  17. SrxBa1-xNb2O6-δ Ferroelectric-thermoelectrics: Crystal anisotropy, conduction mechanism, and power factor

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    Lee, Soonil; Wilke, Rudeger H. T.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Zhang, Shujun; Randall, Clive A.

    2010-01-01

    Nonstoichiometric tungsten bronze-structured ferroelectric SrxBa1-xNb2O6-δ (SBN) single crystals were found to be a promising n-type thermoelectric oxide. Thermopower anomalies were observed at the phase transition temperatures, depending on the degree of reduction as well as crystal anisotropy. Above 500 K, heavily reduced SBN crystals show high thermoelectric power factors (˜20 μW/cm K2 at 516 K) with both thermopower and electrical conductivity higher parallel to the c-axis. It is noted that the power factor increases with temperature due to the semiconducting behavior with high carrier concentration. The carrier transport mechanism also varies with the degree of reduction and temperature.

  18. Conduction properties of micro-crystals of 2,5-dimethyl- N, N'-dicyanoquinonediimine metal (metal = Ag, Cu) complexes on SiO 2/Si substrates

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    Yamamoto, Hiroshi M.; Kawasugi, Yoshitaka; Ito, Hiromi; Fukunaga, Takeo; Suzuki, Toshiaki; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Kato, Reizo

    2008-12-01

    Conduction properties of two kinds of DMe-DCNQI complexes deposited on SiO 2/Si substrate are presented. Direct chemical growth of (DMe-DCNQI) 2Ag on the substrate afforded single crystals attached to a gold electrode deposited on the substrate. The system showed bistable switching behavior associated with rectifying property, which seems suitable for resistive random access memory. Speculative mechanism for this behavior is discussed. On the other hand, single crystal of (DMe-DCNQI- d7) 2Cu grown elsewhere was attached to four gold electrodes by carbon paste and fixed on the substrate with epoxy resin. Four-probe measurement of this sample revealed an absence of metal-insulator (M-I) transition which is expected at 80 K for crystal without substrate. This phenomenon can be explained by pseudo-negative pressure effect due to the hard silicon substrate (DMe-DCNQI = 2,5-dimethyl- N, N'-dicyanoquinonediimine).

  19. Dielectric and conductivity behavior of Mn-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 single crystal

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    Yan, Tianxiang; Sun, Xiaojun; Deng, Jianming; Liu, Saisai; Han, Feifei; Liu, Xiaoqi; Fang, Liang; Lin, Dabing; Peng, Biaolin; Liu, Laijun

    2017-09-01

    Dielectric and conduction behaviors of [001]-oriented K0.5Na0.5Nb0.5O3 single crystal (KNN) and 0.5 at% Mn-doped KNN single crystal (KNN-Mn) have been investigated in a broad temperature range. At low temperatures (330-400 K), an observed slight decrease of conductivity could be connected with the decreases of hole carrier concentration and mobility for the KNN-Mn. At high temperatures (723-773 K) above Cure temperature, the dielectric relaxation and conduction behavior of the samples were analyzed by measurements of impedance spectroscopy and universal dielectric response law. The activation energy values for relaxation frequency and conduction were 0.97 eV and 0.60 eV for the KNN-Mn, respectively. They could be attributed to the thermal motion of double ionized oxygen vacancies and the formation of defect dipoles. The defect compensation mechanism was proposed based on Mn4+ ion substitution. The KNN-Mn promoted a higher concentration of oxygen vacancies compared with KNN crystal, which gave rise to smaller domain size and higher piezoelectric properties.

  20. Diketonylpyridinium Cations as a Support of New Ionic Liquid Crystals and Ion-Conductive Materials: Analysis of Counter-Ion Effects.

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    Pastor, María Jesús; Cuerva, Cristián; Campo, José A; Schmidt, Rainer; Torres, María Rosario; Cano, Mercedes

    2016-05-12

    Ionic liquid crystals (ILCs) allow the combination of the high ionic conductivity of ionic liquids (ILs) with the supramolecular organization of liquid crystals (LCs). ILCs salts were obtained by the assembly of long-chained diketonylpyridinium cations of the type [HOO(R(n)pyH)]⁺ and BF₄(-), ReO₄(-), NO₃(-), CF₃SO₃(-), CuCl₄(2-) counter-ions. We have studied the thermal behavior of five series of compounds by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and hot stage polarized light optical microscopy (POM). All materials show thermotropic mesomorphism as well as crystalline polymorphism. X-ray diffraction of the [HOO(R(12)pyH)][ReO₄] crystal reveals a layered structure with alternating polar and apolar sublayers. The mesophases also exhibit a lamellar arrangement detected by variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction. The CuCl₄(2-) salts exhibit the best LC properties followed by the ReO₄(-) ones due to low melting temperature and wide range of existence. The conductivity was probed for the mesophases in one species each from the ReO₄(-), and CuCl₄(2-) families, and for the solid phase in one of the non-mesomorphic Cl(-) salts. The highest ionic conductivity was found for the smectic mesophase of the ReO₄(-) containing salt, whereas the solid phases of all salts were dominated by electronic contributions. The ionic conductivity may be favored by the mesophase lamellar structure.

  1. Crystal structure, NMR study, dielectric relaxation and AC conductivity of a new compound [Cd3(SCN)2Br6(C2H9N2)2]n

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    Saidi, K.; Kamoun, S.; Ayedi, H. Ferid; Arous, M.

    2013-11-01

    The crystal structure, the 13C NMR spectroscopy and the complex impedance have been carried out on [Cd3(SCN)2Br6(C2H9N2)2]n. Crystal structure shows a 2D polymeric network built up of two crystallographically independent cadmium atoms with two different octahedral coordinations. This compound exhibits a phase transition at (T=355±2 K) which has been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-rays powder diffraction, AC conductivity and dielectric measurements. Examination of 13C CP/MAS line shapes shows indirect spin-spin coupling (14N and 13C) with a dipolar coupling constant of 1339 Hz. The AC conductivity of this compound has been carried out in the temperature range 325-376 K and the frequency range from 10-2 Hz to 10 MHz. The impedance data were well fitted to two equivalent electrical circuits. The results of the modulus study reveal the presence of two distinct relaxation processes. One, at low frequency side, is thermally activated due to the ionic conduction of the crystal and the other, at higher frequency side, gradually disappears when temperature reaches 355 K which is attributed to the localized dipoles in the crystal. Moreover, the temperature dependence of DC-conductivity in both phases follows the Arrhenius law and the frequency dependence of σ(ω,T) follows Jonscher's universal law. The near values of activation energies obtained from the conductivity data and impedance confirm that the transport is through the ion hopping mechanism.

  2. On the solid phase crystallization of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:H transparent conductive oxide films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    Macco, Bart; Verheijen, Marcel A.; Black, Lachlan E.; Melskens, J.; Barcones, Beatriz

    2016-08-28

    Hydrogen-doped indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:H) has emerged as a highly transparent and conductive oxide, finding its application in a multitude of optoelectronic devices. Recently, we have reported on an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to prepare high quality In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:H. This process consists of ALD of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:H films at 100 °C, followed by a solid phase crystallization step at 150–200 °C. In this work, we report on a detailed electron microscopy study of this crystallization process which reveals new insights into the crucial aspects for achieving the large grain size and associated excellent properties of the material. The key finding is that the best optoelectronic properties are obtained by preparing the films at the lowest possible temperature prior to post-deposition annealing. Electron microscopy imaging shows that such films are mostly amorphous, but feature a very low density of embedded crystallites. Upon post-deposition annealing, crystallization proceeds merely from isotropic crystal grain growth of these embedded crystallites rather than by the formation of additional crystallites. The relatively high hydrogen content of 4.2 at. % in these films is thought to cause the absence of additional nucleation, thereby rendering the final grain size and optoelectronic properties solely dependent on the density of embedded crystallites. The temperature-dependent grain growth rate has been determined, from which an activation energy of (1.39 ± 0.04) eV has been extracted. Finally, on the basis of the observed crystallization mechanism, a simple model to fully describe the crystallization process has been developed. This model has been validated with a numerical implementation thereof, which accurately predicts the observed temperature-dependent crystallization behaviour.

  3. Ultraviolet laser crystallized ZnO:Al films on sapphire with high Hall mobility for simultaneous enhancement of conductivity and transparency

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    Nian, Qiong; Zhang, Martin Y.; Schwartz, Bradley D.; Cheng, Gary J.

    2014-05-19

    One of the most challenging issues in transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) is to improve their conductivity without compromising transparency. High conductivity in TCO films often comes from a high carrier concentration, which is detrimental to transparency due to free carrier absorption. Here we show that UV laser crystallization (UVLC) of aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films prepared by pulsed laser deposition on sapphire results in much higher Hall mobility, allowing relaxation of the constraints of the conductivity/transparency trade-off. X-ray diffraction patterns and morphological characterizations show grain growth and crystallinity enhancement during UVLC, resulting in less film internal imperfections. Optoelectronic measurements show that UVLC dramatically improves the electron mobility, while the carrier concentration decreases which in turn simultaneously increases conductivity and transparency. AZO films under optimized UVLC achieve the highest electron mobility of 79 cm{sup 2}/V s at a low carrier concentration of 7.9 × 10{sup +19} cm{sup −3}. This is realized by a laser crystallization induced decrease of both grain boundary density and electron trap density at grain boundaries. The infrared (IR) to mid-IR range transmittance spectrum shows UVLC significantly enhances the AZO film transparency without compromising conductivity.

  4. An efficient light trapping scheme based on textured conductive photonic crystal back reflector for performance improvement of amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Chen, Peizhuan; Hou, Guofu Huang, Qian; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Jianjun Ni, Jian; Zhang, Xiaodan; Zhao, Ying; Fan, QiHua

    2014-08-18

    An efficient light trapping scheme named as textured conductive photonic crystal (TCPC) has been proposed and then applied as a back-reflector (BR) in n-i-p hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cell. This TCPC BR combined a flat one-dimensional photonic crystal and a randomly textured surface of chemically etched ZnO:Al. Total efficiency enhancement was obtained thanks to the sufficient conductivity, high reflectivity and strong light scattering of the TCPC BR. Unwanted intrinsic losses of surface plasmon modes are avoided. An initial efficiency of 9.66% for a-Si:H solar cell was obtained with short-circuit current density of 14.74 mA/cm{sup 2}, fill factor of 70.3%, and open-circuit voltage of 0.932 V.

  5. The effect of pressure on the conductivity behavior of the (NH4)3H(SeO4)2 superprotonic crystal

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    Lindner, Ł.; Zdanowska-Frączek, M.; Pawłowski, A.; Frączek, Z. J.; Masłowski, T.

    2017-07-01

    The impedance spectra of (NH4)3 H(SeO4)2 in low and high-conductive phases under various thermodynamic conditions were analyzed. The measurements were performed by the ac admittance technique along the trigonal c axis of the crystal, i.e., along the direction perpendicular to the plane in which, in the superionic phases, a dynamically disordered H-bond network was formed. Activation energies and activation volumes were calculated for different phases of the (NH4)3 H(SeO4)2 crystal from the baric dependencies of dc conductivity and they were correlated with pressure coefficients of the phase transitions. The experimental results were analyzed within the classical hopping model, in terms of the strong proton-phonon coupling and polaronic effect.

  6. Temperature-dependent thermal conductivity and diffusivity of a Mg-doped insulating β-Ga2O3 single crystal along [100], [010] and [001

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    Handwerg, M.; Mitdank, R.; Galazka, Z.; Fischer, S. F.

    2016-12-01

    The monoclinic crystal structure of β-{{Ga}}2{{{O}}}3 leads to significant anisotropy of the thermal properties. The 2ω-method is used to measure the thermal diffusivity D in [010] and [001] direction respectively and to determine the thermal conductivity values λ of the [100], [010] and [001] direction from the same insulating Mg-doped β-{{Ga}}2{{{O}}}3 single crystal. We detect a temperature independent anisotropy factor of both the thermal diffusivity and conductivity values of {D}[010]/{D}[001]={λ }[010]/{λ }[001]=1.4+/- 0.1. The temperature dependence is in accord with phonon-phonon-Umklapp-scattering processes from 300 K down to 150 K. Below 150 K point-defect-scattering lowers the estimated phonon-phonon-Umklapp-scattering values.

  7. Effect of Praseodymium Concentration on the Excess Conductivity Near the Critical Temperature of Y1- z Pr z Ba2Cu3O7- δ Single Crystals

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    Vovk, R. V.; Nazyrov, Z. F.; Goulatis, L. I.; Chroneos, A.

    2013-02-01

    The evolution of the excess conductivity in Y1- z Pr z Ba2Cu3O7- δ single crystals has been studied by systematically increasing the praseodymium concentration (0.05≤ z≤0.5). The concentration dependence of the coherence length along c axis ξ c (0) on the praseodymium content has been determined. The praseodymium concentration reduction from 0.0 to 0.5 results in a substantial broadening of the temperature interval where the excess conductivity takes place. The ξ c (0) value increases more than fourfold and the 2D-3D crossover point is shifted in temperature.

  8. Self-Assembled Polymeric Ionic Liquid-Functionalized Cellulose Nano-crystals: Constructing 3D Ion-conducting Channels Within Ionic Liquid-based Composite Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Shi, Qing Xuan; Xia, Qing; Xiang, Xiao; Ye, Yun Sheng; Peng, Hai Yan; Xue, Zhi Gang; Xie, Xiao Lin; Mai, Yiu-Wing

    2017-09-04

    Composite polymeric and ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes are some of the most promising electrolyte systems for safer battery technology. Although much effort has been directed towards enhancing the transport properties of polymer electrolytes (PEs) through nanoscopic modification by incorporating nano-fillers, it is still difficult to construct ideal ion conducting networks. Here, a novel class of three-dimensional self-assembled polymeric ionic liquid (PIL)-functionalized cellulose nano-crystals (CNC) confining ILs in surface-grafted PIL polymer chains, able to form colloidal crystal polymer electrolytes (CCPE), is reported. The high-strength CNC nano-fibers, decorated with PIL polymer chains, can spontaneously form three-dimensional interpenetrating nano-network scaffolds capable of supporting electrolytes with continuously connected ion conducting networks with IL being concentrated in conducting domains. These new CCPE have exceptional ionic conductivities, low activation energies (close to bulk IL electrolyte with dissolved Li salt), high Li(+) transport numbers, low interface resistances and improved interface compatibilities. Furthermore, the CCPE displays good electrochemical properties and a good battery performance. This approach offers a route to leak-free, non-flammable and high ionic conductivity solid-state PE in energy conversion devices. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Anisotropy of ionic conduction in single-crystal Li x La(1- x )/3NbO3 solid electrolyte grown by directional solidification

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    Fujiwara, Yasuyuki; Taishi, Toshinori; Hoshikawa, Keigo; Kohama, Keiichi; Iba, Hideki

    2016-09-01

    The anisotropy of ionic conduction in a solid electrolyte (Li x La(1- x )/3NbO3) was experimentally confirmed for the first time. Ionic conduction measurements were carried out on the (100), (010), (001), (110), (111), and (112) planes of single-crystal ingots of Li x La(1- x )/3NbO3 grown by directional solidification. We found that the ionic conductivity in Li x La(1- x )/3NbO3 with x = 0.08 was 3.6 × 10-4 S cm-1 in the [100] and [010] directions, approximately 10 times higher than that in the [001] direction. Such anisotropy of the ionic conduction is discussed with respect to the characteristic layered structure of Li x La(1- x )/3NbO3.

  10. Conductivity anisotropy in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropies of different conductivity mechanisms in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations are reported, assuming a transition from the metallic conductivity to the semiconductor-like regime, in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity within the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The Tc anisotropy grows with increasing y, with a most drastic rise when approaching the non-superconducting composition. As the praseodymium concentration increases, the ideal resistance anisotropy passes through a maximum at y ≈ 0.19. The temperature dependence of the semiconductor-like resistance anisotropy exhibits a maximum associated with variable-range jumps along the c-axis. The temperature dependence of the fluctuation conductivity anisotropy passes through a maximum due to a significant anisotropy of the coherence length.

  11. CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY AND THERMAL EXPANSION OF Pr1-xSrxFeO3-δ(0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6)

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    Prashanth Kumar, V.; Reddy, Y. S.; Kistaiah, P.; Vishnuvardhan Reddy, C.

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structure at room temperature (RT), thermal expansion from RT to 1000°C and electrical conductivity, from RT to 600°C, of the perovskite-type oxides in the system Pr1-xSrxFeO3(x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6) were studied. All the compounds have the orthorhombic perovskite GdFeO3-type structure with space group Pbnm. The lattice parameters were determined by X-ray powder diffraction. The Pseudo cubic lattice parameter decreases with an increase in x, while the coefficient of linear thermal expansion increases. The thermal expansion is almost linear for x = 0 and 0.2. The electrical conductivity increases with increasing x while the activation energy decreases. The electrical conductivity can be described by the small polaron hopping conductivity model.

  12. A molecular dynamics study of the effect of thermal boundary conductance on thermal transport of ideal crystal of n-alkanes with different number of carbon atoms

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    Rastgarkafshgarkolaei, Rouzbeh; Zeng, Yi; Khodadadi, J. M.

    2016-05-28

    Phase change materials such as n-alkanes that exhibit desirable characteristics such as high latent heat, chemical stability, and negligible supercooling are widely used in thermal energy storage applications. However, n-alkanes have the drawback of low thermal conductivity values. The low thermal conductivity of n-alkanes is linked to formation of randomly oriented nano-domains of molecules in their solid structure that is responsible for excessive phonon scattering at the grain boundaries. Thus, understanding the thermal boundary conductance at the grain boundaries can be crucial for improving the effectiveness of thermal storage systems. The concept of the ideal crystal is proposed in this paper, which describes a simplified model such that all the nano-domains of long-chain n-alkanes are artificially aligned perfectly in one direction. In order to study thermal transport of the ideal crystal of long-chain n-alkanes, four (4) systems (C{sub 20}H{sub 42}, C{sub 24}H{sub 50}, C{sub 26}H{sub 54}, and C{sub 30}H{sub 62}) are investigated by the molecular dynamics simulations. Thermal boundary conductance between the layers of ideal crystals is determined using both non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) and equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations. Both NEMD and EMD simulations exhibit no significant change in thermal conductance with the molecular length. However, the values obtained from the EMD simulations are less than the values from NEMD simulations with the ratio being nearly three (3) in most cases. This difference is due to the nature of EMD simulations where all the phonons are assumed to be in equilibrium at the interface. Thermal conductivity of the n-alkanes in three structures including liquid, solid, and ideal crystal is investigated utilizing NEMD simulations. Our results exhibit a very slight rise in thermal conductivity values as the number of carbon atoms of the chain increases. The key understanding is that thermal transport can be

  13. A molecular dynamics study of the effect of thermal boundary conductance on thermal transport of ideal crystal of n-alkanes with different number of carbon atoms

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    Rastgarkafshgarkolaei, Rouzbeh; Zeng, Yi; Khodadadi, J. M.

    2016-05-01

    Phase change materials such as n-alkanes that exhibit desirable characteristics such as high latent heat, chemical stability, and negligible supercooling are widely used in thermal energy storage applications. However, n-alkanes have the drawback of low thermal conductivity values. The low thermal conductivity of n-alkanes is linked to formation of randomly oriented nano-domains of molecules in their solid structure that is responsible for excessive phonon scattering at the grain boundaries. Thus, understanding the thermal boundary conductance at the grain boundaries can be crucial for improving the effectiveness of thermal storage systems. The concept of the ideal crystal is proposed in this paper, which describes a simplified model such that all the nano-domains of long-chain n-alkanes are artificially aligned perfectly in one direction. In order to study thermal transport of the ideal crystal of long-chain n-alkanes, four (4) systems (C20H42, C24H50, C26H54, and C30H62) are investigated by the molecular dynamics simulations. Thermal boundary conductance between the layers of ideal crystals is determined using both non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) and equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations. Both NEMD and EMD simulations exhibit no significant change in thermal conductance with the molecular length. However, the values obtained from the EMD simulations are less than the values from NEMD simulations with the ratio being nearly three (3) in most cases. This difference is due to the nature of EMD simulations where all the phonons are assumed to be in equilibrium at the interface. Thermal conductivity of the n-alkanes in three structures including liquid, solid, and ideal crystal is investigated utilizing NEMD simulations. Our results exhibit a very slight rise in thermal conductivity values as the number of carbon atoms of the chain increases. The key understanding is that thermal transport can be significantly altered by how the molecules and the

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure, NMR study and AC conductivity of [(C3H7)4N]2Cd2ClF5 compound

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    Hajji, Rachid; Oueslati, Abderrazak; Body, Monique; Hlel, Faouzi

    2015-08-01

    The [(C3H7)4N]2Cd2ClF5 compound was crystallized in the triclinic system with space group P1. The crystal structure consists of organic-inorganic layers, stacked along direction. The organic part consists of two cations types. The inorganic layer is made up of Cd2ClF5 dimmers composed of two in-equivalent irregular tetrahedra sharing one edge (Cl-F). The MAS NMR spectra showed two, three and five isotropic resonances relative to 111Cd, 13C and 19F nuclei, respectively. DSC measurement disclosed a phase transition at around 380 K. The impedance spectroscopy and AC electrical conductivity measurements of our compound were taken from 209 Hz to 5 MHz over the temperature range of 350-381 K. Nyquist plots ( Z″ vs Z') show semicircle arcs at different temperatures, and an electrical equivalent circuit has been proposed to explain the impedance results. The circuits consist of the parallel combination of bulk resistance ( R), capacitance ( C) and fractal capacitance (CPE). The conductivity σ p follows the Arrhenius relation. The near value of activation energies obtained from the conductivity data and circuit equivalent confirms that the transport is through hopping mechanism. The analysis of the experimental data shows that the reorientation motion of [N(C3H7)4]+ cations and/or [Cd2ClF5]2- anions is probably responsible for the observed conductivity.

  15. Diketonylpyridinium Cations as a Support of New Ionic Liquid Crystals and Ion-Conductive Materials: Analysis of Counter-Ion Effects

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    Pastor, María Jesús; Cuerva, Cristián; Campo, José A.; Schmidt, Rainer; Torres, María Rosario; Cano, Mercedes

    2016-01-01

    Ionic liquid crystals (ILCs) allow the combination of the high ionic conductivity of ionic liquids (ILs) with the supramolecular organization of liquid crystals (LCs). ILCs salts were obtained by the assembly of long-chained diketonylpyridinium cations of the type [HOOR(n)pyH]+ and BF4−, ReO4−, NO3−, CF3SO3−, CuCl42− counter-ions. We have studied the thermal behavior of five series of compounds by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and hot stage polarized light optical microscopy (POM). All materials show thermotropic mesomorphism as well as crystalline polymorphism. X-ray diffraction of the [HOOR(12)pyH][ReO4] crystal reveals a layered structure with alternating polar and apolar sublayers. The mesophases also exhibit a lamellar arrangement detected by variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction. The CuCl42− salts exhibit the best LC properties followed by the ReO4− ones due to low melting temperature and wide range of existence. The conductivity was probed for the mesophases in one species each from the ReO4−, and CuCl42− families, and for the solid phase in one of the non-mesomorphic Cl− salts. The highest ionic conductivity was found for the smectic mesophase of the ReO4− containing salt, whereas the solid phases of all salts were dominated by electronic contributions. The ionic conductivity may be favored by the mesophase lamellar structure. PMID:28773485

  16. Decrease in thermal conductivity in polymeric P3HT nanowires by size-reduction induced by crystal orientation: new approaches towards thermal transport engineering of organic materials.

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    Rojo, Miguel Muñoz; Martín, Jaime; Grauby, Stéphane; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Dilhaire, Stefan; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2014-07-21

    To date, there is no experimental characterization of thermal conductivity of semiconductor polymeric individual nanowires embedded in a matrix. This work reports on scanning thermal microscopy measurements in a 3ω configuration to determine how the thermal conductivity of individual nanowires made of a model conjugated polymer (P3HT) is modified when decreasing their diameters. We observe a reduction of thermal conductivity, from λNW = 2.29 ± 0.15 W K(-1) m(-1) to λNW = 0.5 ± 0.24 W K(-1) m(-1), when the diameter of nanowires is reduced from 350 nm to 120 nm, which correlates with the polymer crystal orientation measured by WAXS. Through this work, the foundations for future polymer thermal transport engineering are presented.

  17. A single crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction study on NASICON-type Li1+xAlxTi2-x(PO4)3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) crystals: Implications on ionic conductivity

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    Redhammer, G. J.; Rettenwander, D.; Pristat, S.; Dashjav, E.; Kumar, C. M. N.; Topa, D.; Tietz, F.

    2016-10-01

    Single crystals of NASICON-type material Li1+xTi2-xAlx(PO4)3 (LATP) with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5 were successfully grown using long-term sintering techniques. Sample material was studied by chemical analysis, single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction. The Ti4+ replacement scales very well with the Al3+ and Li+ incorporation. The additional Li+ thereby enters the M3 cavity of the NASICON framework at x, y, z ∼ (0.07, 0.34, 0.09) and is regarded to be responsible for the enhanced Li+ conduction of LATP as compared to Al-free LTP. Variations in structural parameters, associated with the Ti4+ substitution with Al3+ + Li+ will be discussed in detail in this paper.

  18. Three-dimensional thermal-conductivity-tensor measurement of a polymer crystal by photothermal probe-beam deflection

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    Quelin, Xavier; Perrin, Bernard; Louis, Gérard; Peretti, Pierre

    1993-08-01

    Using Fourier transforms we have calculated the solutions of the three-dimensional (3D) thermal-conduction equation in an anisotropic medium. The temperature distribution at the surface of the sample and a 3D thermal-conductivity tensor is measured by the photothermal-probe-beam-deflection technique. We show that the expression for the deflection angle can be the same as in an isotropic medium, provided that an effective thermal conductivity relative to the polymeric-chain axis and a rescaled sample thickness are considered. This theoretical model is found to be in good agreement with the experimental data for an orthorhombic polydiacetylene sample (4BCMU).

  19. Fundamental Studies on Confinement Effects in Ionic Conduction and Inversion Layers in 2-D Single Crystal Free Standing Oxide Membranes

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    2014-02-14

    terminal field effect device geometry using ionic liquid gate dielectric. Here, we investigate electrolyte gating with ionic liquid on the electrical...treatments. Ionic liquids are molten salts with high ionic conductivity but negligible electronic conductivity and have been used to modify carrier...gate bias as long as the ambient temperature does not approach the melting temperature. The ionic liquid used in the electrolyte gating experiments

  20. Conductivity of single-crystal Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ over a wide range of temperatures and Pr concentrations

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    Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Vovk, N. R.; Vovk, R. V.

    2014-06-01

    The in-plane electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals with a high degree of perfection is studied for temperatures in the range TC-300 K, where TC ranges from 92 to 52 K, with varying praseodymium content. The experimental data are approximated by an expression that takes electron scattering on phonons and defects into account, as well as fluctuation conductivity in a 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. According to the approximation data the Debye temperature ranges from 350-370 K, depending on the praseodymium content. The transverse coherence length is ˜1 Å.

  1. COEXISTENCE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSVERSE CONDUCTIVITY IN Y1-xPrxBa2Cu3 O7-δ SINGLE CRYSTALS WITH DIFFERENT PRASEODYMIUM CONCENTRATIONS

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    Vovk, R. V.; Vovk, N. R.; Goulatis, I. L.; Chroneos, A.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, the influence of praseodymium doping on the conductivity across (transverse) the basal plane of high-temperature superconducting Y1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is investigated. It is determined that an increase of praseodymium doping leads to increased localization effects and the implementation of a metal-insulator transition Y1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7-δ, which always precedes the superconducting transition. The increase of the praseodymium concentration also leads to a significant displacement of the point of the metal-insulator transition to the low temperature region.

  2. Effect of conducting polymer poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanotubes on electro-optical and dielectric properties of a ferroelectric liquid crystal.

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    Ghosh, S; Nayek, P; Roy, S K; Gangopadhyay, R; Rahaman Molla, M; Majumder, T P

    2011-04-01

    A detailed comparative study of the dielectric and electro-optical properties of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) and FLC after having doped with conducting polymer Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanotubes is done. The electro-optic study reveals a lower electrical response time, rotational viscosity and spontaneous polarization in the FLC/PEDOT nanocomposite system. By fitting the capacitance with voltage in a Preisach model, four dipolar species in both FLC and composites system have been obtained. The orientation of the four dipolar species in the composites system is such that the effective dipole moment in the transverse direction of the FLC molecule is less than that in FLC compound.

  3. Conductivity of laser printed copper structures limited by nano-crystal grain size and amorphous metal droplet shell

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    Winter, Shoshana; Zenou, Michael; Kotler, Zvi

    2016-04-01

    We present a study of the morphology and electrical properties of copper structures which are printed by laser induced forward transfer from bulk copper. The percentage of voids and the oxidation levels are too low to account for the high resistivities (~4 to 14 times the resistivity of bulk monocrystalline copper) of these structures. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images of slices cut from the printed areas using a focused ion beam (FIB) show nano-sized crystal structures with grain sizes that are smaller than the electron free path length. Scattering from such grain boundaries causes a significant increase in the resistivity and can explain the measured resistivities of the structures. The TEM images also show a nano-amorphous layer (~5 nm) at the droplet boundaries which also contributes to the overall resistivity. Such morphological characteristics are best explained by the ultrafast cooling rate of the molten copper droplets during printing.

  4. Measurement of the topological surface state optical conductance in bulk-insulating Sn-doped Bi1.1Sb0.9Te2S single crystals

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    Cheng, Bing; Wu, Liang; Kushwaha, S. K.; Cava, R. J.; Armitage, N. P.

    2016-11-01

    Topological surface states have been extensively observed via optics in thin films of topological insulators. However, in typical thick single crystals of these materials, bulk states are dominant and it is difficult for optics to verify the existence of topological surface states definitively. In this Rapid Communication, we study the charge dynamics of the newly formulated bulk-insulating Sn-doped Bi1.1Sb0.9Te2S crystal by using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy. This compound shows much better insulating behavior than any other bulk-insulating topological insulators reported previously. The transmission can be enhanced an amount which is 5 % of the zero-field transmission by applying magnetic field to 7 T, an effect which we believe is due to the suppression of topological surface states. This suppression is essentially independent of the thicknesses of the samples, showing the two-dimensional nature of the transport. The suppression of surface states in field allows us to use the crystal slab itself as a reference sample to extract the surface conductance, mobility, charge density, and scattering rate. Our measurements set the stage for the investigation of phenomena out of the semiclassical regime, such as the topological magnetoelectric effect.

  5. Encapsulating Mobile Proton Carriers into Structural Defects in Coordination Polymer Crystals: High Anhydrous Proton Conduction and Fuel Cell Application.

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    Inukai, Munehiro; Horike, Satoshi; Itakura, Tomoya; Shinozaki, Ryota; Ogiwara, Naoki; Umeyama, Daiki; Nagarkar, Sanjog; Nishiyama, Yusuke; Malon, Michal; Hayashi, Akari; Ohhara, Takashi; Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2016-07-13

    We describe the encapsulation of mobile proton carriers into defect sites in nonporous coordination polymers (CPs). The proton carriers were encapsulated with high mobility and provided high proton conductivity at 150 °C under anhydrous conditions. The high proton conductivity and nonporous nature of the CP allowed its application as an electrolyte in a fuel cell. The defects and mobile proton carriers were investigated using solid-state NMR, XAFS, XRD, and ICP-AES/EA. On the basis of these analyses, we concluded that the defect sites provide space for mobile uncoordinated H3PO4, H2PO4(-), and H2O. These mobile carriers play a key role in expanding the proton-hopping path and promoting the mobility of protons in the coordination framework, leading to high proton conductivity and fuel cell power generation.

  6. Effects of the amino acid sequence on thermal conduction through β-sheet crystals of natural silk protein.

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    Zhang, Lin; Bai, Zhitong; Ban, Heng; Liu, Ling

    2015-11-21

    Recent experiments have discovered very different thermal conductivities between the spider silk and the silkworm silk. Decoding the molecular mechanisms underpinning the distinct thermal properties may guide the rational design of synthetic silk materials and other biomaterials for multifunctionality and tunable properties. However, such an understanding is lacking, mainly due to the complex structure and phonon physics associated with the silk materials. Here, using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics, we demonstrate that the amino acid sequence plays a key role in the thermal conduction process through β-sheets, essential building blocks of natural silks and a variety of other biomaterials. Three representative β-sheet types, i.e. poly-A, poly-(GA), and poly-G, are shown to have distinct structural features and phonon dynamics leading to different thermal conductivities. A fundamental understanding of the sequence effects may stimulate the design and engineering of polymers and biopolymers for desired thermal properties.

  7. Synthesis, Electrical Conductivity, and Crystal Structure of Cu 4Sn 7S 16and Structure Refinement of Cu 2SnS 3

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    Chen, Xue-an; Wada, Hiroaki; Sato, Akira; Mieno, Masahiro

    1998-08-01

    Single crystals of Cu 4Sn 7S 16and Cu 2SnS 3were prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. Their crystal structures were determined from single-crystal X-ray data. Cu 4Sn 7S 16is of a new structure type with rhombohedral symmetry: R-3 m, a=7.372(1), c=36.010(7) Å, Z=3, R=0.018 for 522 structure factors and 36 variable parameters. Its crystal structure may be described as a defect variant of the spinel-type. In the unit cell, 3/4 of the tetrahedral sites and 1/8 of the octahedral sites are occupied by Cu +, while 7/8 of the octahedral sites are occupied by Sn 4+ions. The compound can therefore be formulated as (Cu 0.75□ 0.25)(Sn 1.75Cu 0.25)S 4. Cu 2SnS 3has the unit cell formula Cu 2.665(7)Sn 1.335(7)S 4( Z=2) and it is isotypic with the tetragonal stannite [Cu 2(Fe, Zn)SnS 4] structure: I-42 m, a=5.413(1), c=10.824(1) Å, R=0.030 for 281 reflections and 16 variables. In the case of Cu 2SnS 3, the positions of the Cu and Sn atoms of stannite are occupied by the composite atoms M1 [43.6(2) at.% Sn+56.4(2) at.% Cu] and M2 [46.3(3) at.% Sn+53.7(3) at.% Cu], respectively, while those of the (Fe, Zn) atoms are replaced by only Cu atoms. Electrical conductivity measurements confirm the expected semiconducting behavior of Cu 4Sn 7S 16, and XPS analysis reveals the presence of only Cu +in Cu 4Sn 7S 16.

  8. Inhibited crystallization and its effect on conductivity in a nano-sized Fe oxide composite PEO solid electrolyte

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    Reddy, M. Jaipal; Chu, Peter P.; Kumar, J. Siva; Rao, U. V. Subba

    Crystallinity and conductivity results for a new nanocomposite PEO:LiClO 4 with nano-sized Fe 3O 4 particles are presented in this paper. The DSC measurements have shown a decrease in the degree of crystallinity of PEO by the inclusion of LiClO 4 salt and further decrease with the addition of Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles. The nano-sized Fe 3O 4 surface has a Lewis acidic group capable of interaction with Lewis base centers of the polymer PEO chain in the nanocomposite electrolyte, resulting in decrease in PEO crystallinity and enhancement of miscibility in the presence of LiClO 4 salt. Annealed at 125 °C of the PEO:LiClO 4 electrolyte shows melting endotherm at 175 °C, but this endotherm is absent with the incorporation of nano-sized Fe oxide particles. This electrolyte system has a one and a half order of magnitude higher ionic conductivity compared to a standard PEO:LiClO 4 electrolyte. Optimized conductivity is found at a 10 wt.% Fe 3O 4 composition while above this concentration, the conductivity is decreased due to aggregation of a Fe 3O 4:Li rich phase.

  9. Ionic conductivity of crystallization products of Ba1- x Yb x F2 + x melts ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.25)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sul'yanova, E. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    The ionic conductivity σ of the crystallization products of Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x melts with 10, 20 and 25 mol % YbF3 has been studied. A Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 sample is a solid solution with the CaF2 structure type, sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m. A Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 sample contains two cubic forms with sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m and Pmoverline 3 m. The σ values for Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 and Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 coincide and are equal to 3 × 10-5 S/cm at 500 K. A Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 sample is heterogeneous, despite its monolithic nature and transparency. A greater part of its volume has a cubic lattice with sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, while the smaller part is a phase crystallizing in the orthorhombic system. A change of composition from x = 0.2 to 0.25 leads to a change in the symmetry group and type of the cluster defects in the Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x phase. The sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m is replaced by the sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, and octahedral‒cubic {Ba8Yb6F69} clusters are transformed into "inverse" octahedral‒cubic {Yb8Ba6F71} clusters. These changes in the defect structure lead to an increase in conductivity by a factor of about 100. The fluorine-ionic conductivity of Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 is 2.5 × 10-3 S/cm at 500 K. This value exceeds the conductivity of Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 crystal by a factor of 15 (Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 has the best conducting properties among the fluorite phases of the Ba1 - x R x F2 + x family, for which σ was found to increase with a decrease in the atomic number of rare earth element (REE)).

  10. The behavior of thermal conductivity in the chaotic phase of [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} crystal

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    Sveleba, S. A. Karpa, I. V.; Kunyo, I. M.; Semotyuk, O. V.; Katerynchuk, I. M.; Phitsych, E. I.; Pankivskyi, Yu. I.

    2010-07-15

    A thermal investigation of the modulated structure dynamics at the transition between metastable states in the incommensurate phase of [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} crystal have been performed. It is established that the anomalous behavior of the thermal conductivity in the absence of a defect-density wave is due to the inelastic scattering of thermal phonons from critical phonons of the soft optical branch. In the presence of a defect-density wave, the anomalous increase in thermal conductivity is caused by the existence of a chaotic phase and is related to the contribution that soft optical phonons make to the heat transfer due to the increase in their group velocity.

  11. Role of twins in variations in the conductivity characteristics of single-crystal HoBa2Cu3O7-δ during reversible changes in hydrostatic pressure

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    Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Nazyrov, Z. F.; Vovk, R. V.

    2016-09-01

    The in-plane electrical resistivity of single-crystal HoBa2Cu3O7-δ (Tc = 62-66 K) is studied at temperatures Tc-300 K under conditions such that the measurement current flows parallel to twins or at an angle of 45° to them during reversible changes in hydrostatic pressure. The variations in Tc, in the parameters of the Bloch-Grueneisen equations, and in the parameters of the Aslamasov-Larkin model for fluctuation conductivity are analyzed. Application of a pressure facilitates the formation of a second phase with lower Tc that shows up more clearly when the measurement current flows across the twinning plane. In this case, the transverse coherence length and the interval within which the fluctuation conductivity exists are smaller than in the first configuration. The relaxation of the parameters characterizing the scatting of charge carriers on phonons and defects is related to the redistribution of oxygen between the two phases.

  12. Manipulation of the crystal structure defects: An alternative route to the reduction in lattice thermal conductivity and improvement in thermoelectric performance of CuGaTe2

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    Wu, Wenchang; Li, Yapeng; Du, Zhengliang; Meng, Qingsen; Sun, Zheng; Ren, Wei; Cui, Jiaolin

    2013-07-01

    Here, we present the manipulation of the crystal structure defects: an alternative route to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity (κL) on an atomic scale and improve the thermoelectric performance of CuGaTe2. This semiconductor with defects, represented by anion position displacement (u) and tetragonal deformation (η), generally gives low κL values when u and η distinctly deviate from 0.25 and 1 in the ideal zinc-blende structure, respectively. However, this semiconductor will show high Seebeck coefficients and low electrical conductivities when u and η are close to 0.25 and 1, respectively, due to the electrical inactivity caused by an attractive interaction between donor-acceptor defect pairs (GaCu2+ + 2VCu-).

  13. High electric conductivity of liquid crystals formed by ordered self-assembly of nonionic surfactant N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dodecanamide in water.

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    Zhang, Yan; Li, Dechun; Li, Yaping; Zhang, Sen; Wang, Meng; Li, Ying

    2015-03-07

    This work reports the ordered self-assembly of nonconductive small molecules that achieved extra high conductivity, thereby stating an convenient approach for constructing a biofriendly soft material that is suitable to be used as implantable biosensors and electro-stimulated drug delivery systems. The microstructure and the conductive mechanism were investigated in detail by combining experimental methods and molecular simulation. This research demonstrated that self-assembly of amide groups with delocalized electrons into π-stacked arrays exhibited high mobilities for charge carriers. The excellent biocompatibility and processability of soft materials such as liquid crystals ensure that the system has high potential in the advance fields of biosensors and drug delivery devices.

  14. One-dimensional ion-conductive polymer films: alignment and fixation of ionic channels formed by self-organization of polymerizable columnar liquid crystals.

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    Yoshio, Masafumi; Kagata, Takayoshi; Hoshino, Koji; Mukai, Tomohiro; Ohno, Hiroyuki; Kato, Takashi

    2006-04-26

    We have prepared two types of one-dimensional ion-conductive polymer films containing ion nanochannels that are both perpendicular and parallel to the film surface. These films have been obtained by photopolymerization of aligned columnar liquid crystals of a fan-shaped imidazolium salt having acrylate groups at the periphery. In the columnar structure, the ionic part self-assembles into the inner part of the column. The column is oriented macroscopically in two directions by different methods: orientation perpendicular to the modified surfaces of glass and indium tin oxide with 3-(aminopropyl)triethoxysilane and orientation parallel to a glass surface by mechanical shearing. Ionic conductivities have been measured for the films with columnar orientation vertical and parallel to the surface. Anisotropic ionic conductivities are observed for the oriented films fixed by photopolymerization. The ionic conductivities parallel to the columnar axis are higher than those perpendicular to the columnar axis because the lipophilic part functions as an ion-insulating part. The film with the columns oriented vertically to the surface shows an anisotropy of ionic conductivities higher than that of the film with the columns aligned parallel to the surface.

  15. Thermal Conductivity of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Crystal: Defect Effect Uncovered by 0 K Limit Phonon Diffusion.

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    Liu, Jing; Xu, Zaoli; Cheng, Zhe; Xu, Shen; Wang, Xinwei

    2015-12-16

    Crystalline ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has the highest reported thermal conductivity at room temperature: 104 W/(m·K), while theoretical predictions proposed an even higher value of 300 W/(m·K). Defects and amorphous fraction in practical UHMWPE fibers significantly reduces the thermal conductivity from the ideal value. Although the amorphous effect can be readily analyzed based on the effective medium theory, the defect effects are poorly understood. This work reports on the temperature-dependent behavior (down to 22 K) of thermal diffusivity and conductivity of UHMWPE fibers in anticipation of observing the reduction in phonon density and scattering rate against temperature and of freezing out high-momentum phonons to clearly observe the defect effects. By studying the temperature-dependent behavior of thermal reffusivity (Θ, inverse of thermal diffusivity) of UHMWPE fibers, we are able to quantify the defect effects on thermal conductivity. After taking out the amorphous region's effect, the residual thermal reffusivities (Θ0) for the studied two samples at the 0 K limit are determined as 3.45 × 10(4) and 2.95 × 10(4) s/m(2), respectively. For rare-/no-defects crystalline materials, Θ0 should be close to zero at the 0 K limit. The defect-induced low-momentum phonon mean free paths are determined as 8.06 and 9.42 nm for the two samples. They are smaller than the crystallite size in the (002) direction (19.7 nm) determined by X-ray diffraction. This strongly demonstrates the diffuse phonon scattering at the grain boundaries. The grain boundary thermal conductance (G) can be evaluated as G ≈ βρc(p)v with sound accuracy. At room temperature, G is around 3.73 GW/(m(2)·K) for S2, comparable to that of interfaces with tight atomic bonding.

  16. Synthesis crystal structure and ionic conductivity of Ca 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 and Sr 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10

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    Porob, Digamber G.; Guru Row, T. N.

    2004-12-01

    Two new compounds Ca 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 and Sr 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 have been synthesized in the ternary system: MO-Bi 2O 3-V 2O 5 system ( M=M 2+). The crystal structure of Sr 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 has been determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data, space group P1¯ and Z=2, with cell parameters a=7.1453(3) Å, b=7.8921(3) Å, c=9.3297(3) Å, α=106.444(2)°, β=94.088(2)°, γ=112.445(2)°, V=456.72(4) Å 3. Ca 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 is isostructural with Sr 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10, with, a=7.0810(2) Å, b=7.8447(2) Å, c=9.3607(2) Å, α=106.202(1)°, β=94.572(1)°, γ=112.659(1)°, V=450.38(2) Å 3 and its structure has been refined by Rietveld method using powder X-ray data. The crystal structure consists of infinite chains of (Bi 2O 2) along c-axis formed by linkage of BiO 8 and BiO 6 polyhedra interconnected by MO 8 polyhedra forming 2D layers in ac plane. The vanadate tetrahedra are sandwiched between these layers. Conductivity measurements give a maximum conductivity value of 4.54×10 -5 and 3.63×10 -5 S cm -1 for Ca 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10 and Sr 0.5Bi 3V 2O 10, respectively at 725 °C.

  17. Anisotropy of electrical conductivity in dc due to intrinsic defect formation in α-Al2O3 single crystal implanted with Mg ions

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    Tardío, M.; Egaña, A.; Ramírez, R.; Muñoz-Santiuste, J. E.; Alves, E.

    2016-07-01

    The electrical conductivity in α-Al2O3 single crystals implanted with Mg ions in two different crystalline orientations, parallel and perpendicular to c axis, was investigated. The samples were implanted at room temperature with energies of 50 and 100 keV and fluences of 1 × 1015, 5 × 1015 and 5 × 1016 ions/cm2. Optical characterization reveals slight differences in the absorption bands at 6.0 and 4.2 eV, attributed to F type centers and Mie scattering from Mg precipitates, respectively. DC electrical measurements using the four and two-point probe methods, between 295 and 490 K, were used to characterize the electrical conductivity of the implanted area (Meshakim and Tanabe, 2001). Measurements in this temperature range indicate that: (1) the electrical conductivity is thermally activated independently of crystallographic orientation, (2) resistance values in the implanted region decrease with fluence levels, and (3) the I-V characteristic of electrical contacts in samples with perpendicular c axis orientation is clearly ohmic, whereas contacts are blocking in samples with parallel c axis. When thin layers are sequentially removed from the implanted region by immersing the sample in a hot solution of nitric and fluorhydric acids the electrical resistance increases until reaching the values of non-implanted crystal (Jheeta et al., 2006). We conclude that the enhancement in conductivity observed in the implanted regions is related to the intrinsic defects created by the implantation rather than to the implanted Mg ions (da Silva et al., 2002; Tardío et al., 2001; Tardío et al., 2008).

  18. Passing Current through Electrically Conducting Lyotropic Liquid Crystals and Micelles Assembled from Hybrid Surfactants with π-Conjugated Tail and Polyoxometalate Head

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    2016-01-01

    The solvent-mediated ability for molecularly encoded self-assembly into states of higher order (micelles, lyotropic liquid crystals) embodies the basis for many applications of surfactants in science and society. Surfactants are used frequently in recipes for nanoparticle synthesis. Because ordinary surfactants comprise insulating constituents (alkyl groups as side-chains and charged organic heads), such nanostructures are wrapped in an electrically inactive barrier, and this is a large disadvantage for future developments in nanotechnology. Implications of micelles with electrically conducting walls made from either “metallic” or “semiconducting” surfactants are huge, also in other areas such as nanoelectrocatalysis or micellar energy storage. We cross this frontier by replacing not only the hydrophilic chain but also the hydrophilic head by electronically conducting entities. We report the synthesis of surfactants with oligo para-phenylene-ethynylene as a π-conjugated side-chain attached to a redox-active, inorganic polyoxometalate cluster as charged head. It is proven that electronic communication between head and tail takes place. Hybridization on the molecular level leads to the emergence of advanced surfactant features such as semiconductor properties (Egap = 2.6 eV) in soft lyotropic systems (micelles, liquid crystals). PMID:27809472

  19. Passing Current through Electrically Conducting Lyotropic Liquid Crystals and Micelles Assembled from Hybrid Surfactants with π-Conjugated Tail and Polyoxometalate Head.

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    Klaiber, Alexander; Polarz, Sebastian

    2016-11-22

    The solvent-mediated ability for molecularly encoded self-assembly into states of higher order (micelles, lyotropic liquid crystals) embodies the basis for many applications of surfactants in science and society. Surfactants are used frequently in recipes for nanoparticle synthesis. Because ordinary surfactants comprise insulating constituents (alkyl groups as side-chains and charged organic heads), such nanostructures are wrapped in an electrically inactive barrier, and this is a large disadvantage for future developments in nanotechnology. Implications of micelles with electrically conducting walls made from either "metallic" or "semiconducting" surfactants are huge, also in other areas such as nanoelectrocatalysis or micellar energy storage. We cross this frontier by replacing not only the hydrophilic chain but also the hydrophilic head by electronically conducting entities. We report the synthesis of surfactants with oligo para-phenylene-ethynylene as a π-conjugated side-chain attached to a redox-active, inorganic polyoxometalate cluster as charged head. It is proven that electronic communication between head and tail takes place. Hybridization on the molecular level leads to the emergence of advanced surfactant features such as semiconductor properties (Egap = 2.6 eV) in soft lyotropic systems (micelles, liquid crystals).

  20. Transverse conductivity in Y_{1-y}Pr_{y}Ba_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } single crystals

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    Vovk, R. V.; Khadzhai, G. Ya; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Nazyrov, Z. F.; Goulatis, I. L.

    2014-04-01

    The out-of-plane resistivity of high-quality Y_{1-y}Pr_{y}Ba_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } single crystals was measured and analyzed within the range {{T}_{{\\rm{c}}}}-300 K. The temperature dependence of the resistivity \\rho \\left( T \\right) can be described well by a model that takes into account scattering of electrons by phonons and defects, in conjunction with a transition to the ‘semiconductor’-type behavior with increasing praseodymium concentration. The effect of fluctuations is described well by the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The electron-phonon interaction in the Y_{1-y}PryBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } is strong, but it is weakened with increasing praseodymium concentration. A parabolic correlation between the critical temperature {{T}_{{\\rm{c}}}} and the parameter characterizing the volume fraction of the ‘semiconductor’ phase was observed. The quantified scattering and fluctuation parameters in the investigated interval of praseodymium concentrations (y<0.35) are reported.

  1. Revealing surface oxidation on the organic semi-conducting single crystal rubrene with time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy.

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    Thompson, Robert J; Fearn, Sarah; Tan, Ke Jie; Cramer, Hans George; Kloc, Christian L; Curson, Neil J; Mitrofanov, Oleg

    2013-04-14

    To address the question of surface oxidation in organic electronics the chemical composition at the surface of single crystalline rubrene is spatially profiled and analyzed using Time of Flight - Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS). It is seen that a uniform oxide (C42H28O) covers the surface while there is an increased concentration of peroxide (C42H28O2) located at crystallographic defects. By analyzing the effects of different primary ions, temperature and sputtering agents the technique of ToF-SIMS is developed as a valuable tool for the study of chemical composition variance both at and below the surface of organic single crystals. The primary ion beams C60(3+) and Bi3(+) are found to be most appropriate for mass spectroscopy and spatial profiling respectively. Depth profiling of the material is successfully undertaken maintaining the molecular integrity to a depth of ~5 μm using an Ar cluster ion source as the sputtering agent.

  2. Hydrogen centers and the conductivity of In2O3 single crystals

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    Yin, Weikai; Smithe, Kirby; Weiser, Philip; Stavola, Michael; Fowler, W. Beall; Boatner, Lynn A.; Pearton, Stephen J.; Hays, David C.; Koch, Sandro G.

    2015-02-24

    A series of infrared absorption experiments and complementary theory have been performed in order to determine the properties of OH and OD centers in In2O3 single crystals. Annealing In2O3 samples in H2 or D2 at temperatures near 450°C produces an n-type layer ≈0.06mm thick with an n-type doping of 1.6×1019 cm-3. The resulting free-carrier absorption is correlated with an OH center with a vibrational frequency of 3306 cm-1 that we associate with interstitial H+. Additional O-H (O-D) vibrational lines are assigned to metastable configurations of the interstitial H+(D+) center and complexes of H (D) with In vacancies. In addition, unlike other oxides studied recently where H trapped at an oxygen vacancy is the dominant shallow donor (ZnO and SnO2, for example), interstitial H+ is found to be the dominant H-related shallow donor in In2O3.

  3. Effects of conducting polymer poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) nanotubes on the electro-optical and dielectric properties of a nematic liquid crystal 4-n-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl host

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    Ghosh, Sharmistha; Nayek, Prasenjit; Roy, Subir Kr.; Gangopadhyay, Rupali; Molla, Mijanur Rahaman; Dabrowski, Roman

    2010-02-01

    We report the results of the optical transmission and the capacitance behavior as a function dc electric field of a pristine liquid crystal and conducting polymer nanotube-liquid crystal composite measured in twisted nematic cells. The threshold and driving voltages have been determined from transmission-voltage curve. There is remarkable reduction in the threshold and driving voltage in the polymer nanotube doped liquid crystal cell which is good from application point of view. The residual dc is also reduced significantly in the doped cell and the reduction is even more than that observed in the carbon nanotube doped same liquid crystal system.

  4. Thermal conductivity calculation in anisotropic crystals by molecular dynamics: Application to α-Fe2O3.

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    Severin, Jonathan; Jund, Philippe

    2017-02-07

    In this work, we aim to study the thermal properties of materials using classical molecular dynamics simulations and specialized numerical methods. We focus primarily on the thermal conductivity κ using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) to study the response of a crystalline solid, namely hematite (α-Fe2O3), to an imposed heat flux as is the case in real life applications. We present a methodology for the calculation of κ as well as an adapted potential for hematite. Taking into account the size of the simulation box, we show that not only the longitudinal size (in the direction of the heat flux) but also the transverse size plays a role in the determination of κ and should be converged properly in order to have reliable results. Moreover we propose a comparison of thermal conductivity calculations in two different crystallographic directions to highlight the spatial anisotropy and we investigate the non-linear temperature behavior typically observed in NEMD methods.

  5. Thermal conductivity calculation in anisotropic crystals by molecular dynamics: Application to α-Fe2O3

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    Severin, Jonathan; Jund, Philippe

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we aim to study the thermal properties of materials using classical molecular dynamics simulations and specialized numerical methods. We focus primarily on the thermal conductivity κ using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) to study the response of a crystalline solid, namely hematite (α -Fe2O3 ), to an imposed heat flux as is the case in real life applications. We present a methodology for the calculation of κ as well as an adapted potential for hematite. Taking into account the size of the simulation box, we show that not only the longitudinal size (in the direction of the heat flux) but also the transverse size plays a role in the determination of κ and should be converged properly in order to have reliable results. Moreover we propose a comparison of thermal conductivity calculations in two different crystallographic directions to highlight the spatial anisotropy and we investigate the non-linear temperature behavior typically observed in NEMD methods.

  6. Noncovalent approach to one-dimensional ion conductors: enhancement of ionic conductivities in nanostructured columnar liquid crystals.

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    Shimura, Harutoki; Yoshio, Masafumi; Hoshino, Koji; Mukai, Tomohiro; Ohno, Hiroyuki; Kato, Takashi

    2008-02-06

    Noncovalent design of new liquid-crystalline (LC) columnar assemblies based on an ionic liquid has shown to be useful to achieve anisotropic high ionic conductivities. An equimolar mixture of an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, and 3-[3,4,5-tri(octyloxy)benzoyloxy]propane-1,2-diol, which is partially miscible with the ionic liquid, exhibits an LC hexagonal columnar phase from -4 to 63 degrees C. This columnar supramolecular assembly forming the nanostructures shows the one-dimensional (1D) ionic conductivity of 3.9 x 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 50 degrees C along the column, which is more than 700 times higher than that of the corresponding covalent-type columnar ionic liquid, 1-methyl-3-[3,4,5-tri(octyloxy)benzyl]imidazolium bromide, which is 5.3 x 10(-6) S cm(-1) at 50 degrees C. This significant enhancement of the ionic conductivity is attributed to the increase of the mobility of the ionic part.

  7. Robust random telegraph conductivity noise in single crystals of the ferromagnetic insulating manganite La0.86Ca0.14MnO3

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    Przybytek, J.; Fink-Finowicki, J.; Puźniak, R.; Shames, A.; Markovich, V.; Mogilyansky, D.; Jung, G.

    2017-03-01

    Robust random telegraph conductivity fluctuations have been observed in La0.86Ca0.14MnO3 manganite single crystals. At room temperatures, the spectra of conductivity fluctuations are featureless and follow a 1 /f shape in the entire experimental frequency and bias range. Upon lowering the temperature, clear Lorentzian bias-dependent excess noise appears on the 1 /f background and eventually dominates the spectral behavior. In the time domain, fully developed Lorentzian noise appears as pronounced two-level random telegraph noise with a thermally activated switching rate, which does not depend on bias current and applied magnetic field. The telegraph noise is very robust and persists in the exceptionally wide temperature range of more than 50 K. The amplitude of the telegraph noise decreases exponentially with increasing bias current in exactly the same manner as the sample resistance increases with the current, pointing out the dynamic current redistribution between percolation paths dominated by phase-separated clusters with different conductivity as a possible origin of two-level conductivity fluctuations.

  8. Experimental determination of single-crystal halite thermal conductivity, diffusivity and specific heat from -75°C to 300°C

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    Urquhart, Alexander; Bauer, Stephen

    2015-05-19

    The thermal properties of halite have broad practical importance, from design and long-term modeling of nuclear waste repositories to analysis and performance assessment of underground natural gas, petroleum and air storage facilities. Using a computer-controlled transient plane source method, single-crystal halite thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat were measured from -75°C to 300°C. These measurements reproduce historical high-temperature experiments and extend the lower temperature extreme into cryogenic conditions. Measurements were taken in 25-degree increments from -75°C to 300°C. Over this temperature range, thermal conductivity decreases by a factor of 3.7, from 9.975 to 2.699 W/mK , and thermal diffusivitymore » decreases by a factor of 3.6, from 5.032 to 1.396 mm²/s. Specific heat does not appear to be temperature dependent, remaining near 2.0 MJ/m³K at all temperatures. This work is intended to develop and expand the existing dataset of halite thermal properties, which are of particular value in defining the parameters of salt storage thermophysical models. The work was motivated by a need for thermal conductivity values in a mixture theory model used to determine bulk thermal conductivity of reconsolidating crushed salt.« less

  9. Self-compensation limited conductivity in semi-insulating indium-doped Cd0.9Zn0.1Te crystals

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    Kosyachenko, L. A.; Melnychuk, S. V.; Maslyanchuk, O. L.; Sklyarchuk, V. M.; Sklyarchuk, O. F.; Fiederle, M.; Lambropoulos, C. P.

    2012-07-01

    Cd0.9Zn0.1Te:In crystals with semi-intrinsic conductivity have been investigated. Temperature dependence of their electrical characteristics shows a number of unconventional peculiarities: the thermal activation energy of conductivity is "anomalously" low (0.60-0.62 eV); the resistivity at elevated temperatures is greater than its intrinsic value for Cd0.9Zn0.1Te; the inversion of the conduction from n- to p-type occurs at a temperature slightly above 300 K, etc. The observed features are explained in terms of statistics of electrons and holes in a semiconductor containing a self-compensation complex, whose concentration is much higher than those of uncontrolled (background) impurities and defects. Comparison of the calculation results and experimental data leads to the conclusion that the donor level, which is far distant from the middle of the band gap, dominates in the conductivity of the material and its compensation is virtually complete (Na/Nd = 0.99996-0.99998) as predicted by theory.

  10. Experimental determination of single-crystal halite thermal conductivity, diffusivity and specific heat from -75°C to 300°C

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    Urquhart, Alexander; Bauer, Stephen

    2015-05-19

    The thermal properties of halite have broad practical importance, from design and long-term modeling of nuclear waste repositories to analysis and performance assessment of underground natural gas, petroleum and air storage facilities. Using a computer-controlled transient plane source method, single-crystal halite thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat were measured from -75°C to 300°C. These measurements reproduce historical high-temperature experiments and extend the lower temperature extreme into cryogenic conditions. Measurements were taken in 25-degree increments from -75°C to 300°C. Over this temperature range, thermal conductivity decreases by a factor of 3.7, from 9.975 to 2.699 W/mK , and thermal diffusivity decreases by a factor of 3.6, from 5.032 to 1.396 mm²/s. Specific heat does not appear to be temperature dependent, remaining near 2.0 MJ/m³K at all temperatures. This work is intended to develop and expand the existing dataset of halite thermal properties, which are of particular value in defining the parameters of salt storage thermophysical models. The work was motivated by a need for thermal conductivity values in a mixture theory model used to determine bulk thermal conductivity of reconsolidating crushed salt.

  11. Anomalous three-dimensional bulk ac conduction within the Kondo gap of SmB6 single crystals

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    Laurita, N. J.; Morris, C. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Phelan, W. A.; Fisk, Z.; McQueen, T. M.; Armitage, N. P.

    2016-10-21

    The Kondo insulator SmB 6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures, T < 5 K. In this temperatures range, a plateau is observed in the dc resistivity, contrary to the exponential divergence expected for a gapped system. Some recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB 6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator (TKI) and propose that the residual conductivity is due to topological surface states which reside within the Kondo gap. Since the TKI prediction many experiments have claimed to observe high mobility surface states within a perfectly insulating hybridization gap. We investigate the low energy optical conductivity within the hybridization gap of single crystals of SmB 6 via time domain terahertz spectroscopy. Samples grown by both optical floating zone and aluminum flux methods are investigated to probe for differences originating from sample growth techniques. We find that both samples display significant three-dimensional bulk conduction originating within the Kondo gap. Although SmB 6 may be a bulk dc insulator, it shows significant bulk ac conduction that is many orders of magnitude larger than any known impurity band conduction. The nature of these in-gap states and their coupling with the low energy spin excitons of SmB 6 is discussed. In addition, the well-defined conduction path geometry of our optical experiments allows us to show that any surface states, which lie below our detection threshold if present, must have a sheet resistance of R / square ≥ 1000 Ω .

  12. Hydrogen-bond-dynamics-based switching of conductivity and magnetism: a phase transition caused by deuterium and electron transfer in a hydrogen-bonded purely organic conductor crystal.

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    Ueda, Akira; Yamada, Shota; Isono, Takayuki; Kamo, Hiromichi; Nakao, Akiko; Kumai, Reiji; Nakao, Hironori; Murakami, Youichi; Yamamoto, Kaoru; Nishio, Yutaka; Mori, Hatsumi

    2014-08-27

    A hydrogen bond (H-bond) is one of the most fundamental and important noncovalent interactions in chemistry, biology, physics, and all other molecular sciences. Especially, the dynamics of a proton or a hydrogen atom in the H-bond has attracted increasing attention, because it plays a crucial role in (bio)chemical reactions and some physical properties, such as dielectricity and proton conductivity. Here we report unprecedented H-bond-dynamics-based switching of electrical conductivity and magnetism in a H-bonded purely organic conductor crystal, κ-D3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2 (abbreviated as κ-D). This novel crystal κ-D, a deuterated analogue of κ-H3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2 (abbreviated as κ-H), is composed only of a H-bonded molecular unit, in which two crystallographically equivalent catechol-fused ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene (Cat-EDT-TTF) skeletons with a +0.5 charge are linked by a symmetric anionic [O···D···O](-1)-type strong H-bond. Although the deuterated and parent hydrogen systems, κ-D and κ-H, are isostructural paramagnetic semiconductors with a dimer-Mott-type electronic structure at room temperature (space group: C2/c), only κ-D undergoes a phase transition at 185 K, to change to a nonmagnetic insulator with a charge-ordered electronic structure (space group: P1). The X-ray crystal structure analysis demonstrates that this dramatic switching of the electronic structure and physical properties originates from deuterium transfer or displacement within the H-bond accompanied by electron transfer between the Cat-EDT-TTF π-systems, proving that the H-bonded deuterium dynamics and the conducting TTF π-electron are cooperatively coupled. Furthermore, the reason why this unique phase transition occurs only in κ-D is qualitatively discussed in terms of the H/D isotope effect on the H-bond geometry and potential energy curve.

  13. Effects of internal molecular degrees of freedom on the thermal conductivity of some glasses and disordered crystals

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    Krivchikov, A. I.; Korolyuk, O. A.; Sharapova, I. V.; Tamarit, J. Ll.; Bermejo, F. J.; Pardo, L. C.; Rovira-Esteva, M.; Ruiz-Martin, M. D.; Jezowski, A.; Baran, J.; Davydova, N. A.

    2012-01-01

    The thermal conductivity κ(T) of the fully ordered stable phase II, the metastable phase III, the orientationally disordered (plastic) phase I, as well as the nonergodic orientational glass (OG) phase, of the glass former cyclohexanol (C6H11OH) has been measured under equilibrium vapor pressure within the 2-200 K temperature range. The main emphasis is here focused on the influence of the conformational disorder upon the thermal properties of this material. Comparison of results with those regarding cyanoclyclohexane (C6H11CN), a chemically related compound, serves to quantify the role played by the terminal groups -OH and -CN on the phonon scattering processes. The picture that emerges shows that motions of such groups do play a minor role as scattering centers, both within the low-temperature orientationally ordered phases as well as in the OG states. The results are analyzed within the Debye-Peierls relaxation time model for isotropic solids comprising mechanisms for long-wave phonon scattering within the OG and orientational ordered low-temperature phases, as well as others arising from localized short-wavelength vibrational modes as pictured by the Cahill-Pohl model. By means of complementary neutron and Raman scattering we show that in the OG state the energy landscapes for both compounds are very similar.

  14. Effect of hydrostatic pressure on the conductivity of YBa2Cu3O7-δsingle crystals in a broad range of temperature and oxygen content

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    Vovk, R. V.; Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Nazyrov, Z. F.; Kamchatnaya, S. N.

    2017-04-01

    The effect of external hydrostatic pressure on the electrical resistance of optimally doped and underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is investigated in a broad temperature range, which includes the normal state and the region of superconducting fluctuations. The temperature dependences of the resistivity in the normal state are determined by scattering of charge carriers by phonons and defects. The application of pressure leads to significant changes in the electronic structure of the sample and reduces the degree of their defectiveness. This is accompanied by changeû in the lattice characteristics as the sample volume decreases. The fluctuation conductivity only exists within the range of ∼ 0.1Tc . With increasing δ the superconducting characteristics are close to the values typical for conventional low-temperature superconductors.

  15. Influence of gas atmosphere and temperature on the conductivity and the photoconductivity of a TiO2 single crystal in the surface region.

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    Amade, R; Heitjans, P; Indris, S; Finger, M; Haeger, A; Hesse, D

    2006-02-14

    The electrical photoconductivity and conductivity at (and near) the surface of a TiO(2) single crystal (rutile) was studied in a range of temperatures between 300 and 573 K and under different ambient gases (oxygen and nitrogen) by means of impedance spectroscopy. The long times required (many hours) to reach steady state photoconductivity can be explained by the reduction of the material upon illumination. At about 475 K a maximum is observed in the equilibrium photoconductivity and a minimum in the rate constants of the rise and decay after switching on and off, respectively, the light. After switching off the light a fast decay takes place during the first milliseconds followed by a slow exponential decay. The first one is related to recombination through defects, while the latter is due to re-oxidation processes of the material. The results are correlated with measurements of photocatalytic activity.

  16. Proton Conduction Path in Rb3H(SeO4)2 Studied by High Temperature Neutron Single Crystal Diffraction

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    Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Noda, Yukio

    A superprotonic conductor, Rb3H(SeO4)2, was structurally investigated by means of neutron single crystal diffraction. The hydrogen bond length was found to gradually elongate as the temperature approaches the superprotonic phase transition temperature and jumps to a much longer value upon the transition. The structure of SeO4 tetrahedron remains unchanged below the transition temperature and becomes more distorted upon the transition with disordered apical oxygen forming three disordered hydrogen bonds. Consequently, the hydrogen atoms (protons) in the hydrogen bonds are significantly delocalized two-dimensionally being indicative of the proton migration. In the proton distribution map, there found small bumps between the adjacent hydrogen bonds. They may be interstitial sites for the conducting protons corresponding to a monomer state of [HSeO4]-.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure, and ionic conductivity of a new layered metal phosphate, Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3

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    Kim, Sung-Chul; Kwak, Hyun-Jung; Yoo, Chung-Yul; Yun, Hoseop; Kim, Seung-Joo

    2016-11-01

    A new layered metal phosphate, Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3, was synthesized in the form of either a single-crystal or polycrystalline powder using the molten hydroxide flux method or a solid-state reaction, respectively. Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3 crystallizes to the P21/n (Z=4) monoclinic space group with lattice parameters a≈4.95 Å, b≈22.06 Å, c≈8.63 Å, and β≈91.5°. The structure is composed of stacked [LiSrAl(PO4)2] layers alternating regularly with [LiSrPO4] layers. In the [LiSrAl(PO4)2] sublattice, the AlO6 octahedra and PO4 tetrahedra are tilted cooperatively to form an anionic, corrugated, two-dimensional [Al(PO4)2]3- framework that can be regarded as a "distorted-glaserite" structure. The [LiSrPO4] sublattice is that of a layered block containing a six-membered ring formed from alternating linkages of LiO4 and PO4 tetrahedra. The six-membered rings show a boat-type arrangement with the up(U) or down(D) pointing sequence, UUDUUD. The interspace between the two sublattices generates a two-dimensional pathway for Li+ ion conduction. The impedance measurement indicated that Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3 had a moderate ion conductivity (σ≈1.30×10-4 S cm-1 at 667 K), with an activation energy Ea≈1.02 eV.

  18. Selectively Transparent and Conducting Photonic Crystals and their Potential to Enhance the Performance of Thin-Film Silicon-Based Photovoltaics and Other Optoelectronic Devices

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    O'Brien, Paul G.

    2011-12-01

    The byproducts of human engineered energy production are increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations well above their natural levels and accompanied continual decline in the natural reserves of fossil fuels necessitates the development of green energy alternatives. Solar energy is attractive because it is abundant, can be produced in remote locations and consumed on site. Specifically, thin-film silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) solar cells have numerous inherent advantages including their availability, non-toxicity, and they are relatively inexpensive. However, their low-cost and electrical performance depends on reducing their thickness to as great an extent as possible. This is problematic because their thickness is much less than their absorption length. Consequently, enhanced light trapping schemes must be incorporated into these devices. Herein, a transparent and conducting photonic crystal (PC) intermediate reflector (IR), integrated into the rear side of the cell and serving the dual function as a back-reflector and a spectral splitter, is identified as a promising method of boosting the performance of thin-film silicon-based PV. To this end a novel class of PCs, namely selectively transparent and conducting photonic crystals (STCPC), is invented. These STCPCs are a significant advance over existing 1D PCs because they combine intense wavelength selective broadband reflectance with the transmissive and conductive properties of sputtered ITO. For example, STCPCs are made to exhibit Bragg-reflectance peaks in the visible spectrum of 95% reflectivity and have a full width at half maximum that is greater than 200nm. At the same time, the average transmittance of these STCPCs is greater than 80% over the visible spectrum that is outside their stop-gap. Using wave-optics analysis, it is shown that STCPC intermediate reflectors increase the current generated in micromorph cells by 18%. In comparison, the more conventional IR comprised of a single homogeneous

  19. Comments on the paper: 'Optical reflectance, optical refractive index and optical conductivity measurements of nonlinear optics for L-aspartic acid nickel chloride single crystal'

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    Srinivasan, Bikshandarkoil R.; Naik, Suvidha G.; Dhavskar, Kiran T.

    2016-02-01

    We argue that the 'L-aspartic acid nickel chloride' crystal reported by the authors of the title paper (Optics Communications, 291 (2013) 304-308) is actually the well-known diaqua(L-aspartato)nickel(II) hydrate crystal.

  20. Insight into Understanding Dielectric Behavior of a Zn-MOF Using Variable-Temperature Crystal Structures, Electrical Conductance, and Solid-State (13)C NMR Spectra.

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    Tong, Yuan-Bo; Liu, Shao-Xian; Zou, Yang; Xue, Chen; Duan, Hai-Bao; Liu, Jian-Lan; Ren, Xiao-Ming

    2016-11-21

    A Zn-based metal-organic framework (MOF)/porous coordination polymer (PCP), (EMIM)[Zn(SIP)] (1) (SIP(3-) = 5-sulfoisophthalate, EMIM(+) = 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium), was synthesized using the ionothermal reaction. The Zn(2+) ion adopts distorted square pyramid coordination geometry with five oxygen atoms from three carboxylates and one sulfo group. One of two carboxylates in SIP(3-) serves as a μ2-bridge ligand to link two Zn(2+) ions and form the dinuclear SBU, and such SBUs are connected by SIP(3-) ligands to build the three-dimensional framework with rutile (rtl) topology. The cations from the ion-liquid fill the channels. This MOF/PCP shows two-step dielectric anomalies together with two-step dielectric relaxations; the variable-temperature single-crystal structure analyses disclosed the dielectric anomaly occurring at ca. 280 K is caused by an isostructural phase transition. Another dielectric anomaly is related to the dynamic disorder of the cations in the channels. Electric modulus, conductance, and variable-temperature solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR spectra analyses revealed that two-step dielectric relaxations result from the dynamic motion of the cations as well as the direct-current conduction and electrode effect, respectively.

  1. Critical increase in Na-doping facilitates acceptor band movements that yields ~180 meV shallow hole conduction in ZnO bulk crystals

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    Parmar, Narendra S.; Yim, Haena; Choi, Ji-Won

    2017-01-01

    Stable p-type conduction in ZnO has been a long time obstacle in utilizing its full potential such as in opto-electronic devices. We designed a unique experimental set-up in the laboratory for high Na-doping by thermal diffusion in the bulk ZnO single crystals. SIMS measurement shows that Na concentration increases by 3 orders of magnitude, to ~3 × 1020 cm−3 as doping temperature increases to 1200 °C. Electronic infrared absorption was measured for Na-acceptors. Absorption bands were observed near (0.20–0.24) eV. Absorption bands blue shifted by 0.04 eV when doped at 1200 °C giving rise to shallow acceptor level. NaZn band movements as a function of doping temperature are also seen in Photoluminescence emission (PL), Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and UV-Vis transmission measurements. Variable temperature Hall measurements show stable p-type conduction with hole binding energy ~0.18 eV in ZnO samples that were Na-doped at 1200 °C. PMID:28272444

  2. Single-scan measurement of conductance of a quartz crystal microbalance array coupled with resonant markers for biosensing in liquid phase

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    Hsiao, Hsien-Yi; Chen, Richie L. C.; Cheng, Tzong-Jih

    2009-04-15

    This work presents a method for sensing the viscoelastic property of liquid/solid interface using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) array. Each sensor in a QCM array has a unique resonant frequency and can be identified by a single-scan measurement of admittance (or impedance). The resonant frequency encoding at each sensor in an array was realized by connecting a capacitor with a known capacitance, called a resonant marker, to the sensor in series. Changes in the resonant frequency of all sensors in an array can be determined using an impedance analyzer and a program that determines the frequencies at which the conductance is at a local maximum. The sensing method allows every sensor output (resonant frequency) to be obtained without the use of time-consuming multiplexed hardware and software. Adsorptions of biomolecules by multiple sensor are monitored in the liquid phase to demonstrate the feasibility of frequency encoding using resonant markers and the single-scan measurement of conductance of a QCM array.

  3. Critical increase in Na-doping facilitates acceptor band movements that yields ~180 meV shallow hole conduction in ZnO bulk crystals

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    Parmar, Narendra S.; Yim, Haena; Choi, Ji-Won

    2017-03-01

    Stable p-type conduction in ZnO has been a long time obstacle in utilizing its full potential such as in opto-electronic devices. We designed a unique experimental set-up in the laboratory for high Na-doping by thermal diffusion in the bulk ZnO single crystals. SIMS measurement shows that Na concentration increases by 3 orders of magnitude, to ~3 × 1020 cm‑3 as doping temperature increases to 1200 °C. Electronic infrared absorption was measured for Na-acceptors. Absorption bands were observed near (0.20–0.24) eV. Absorption bands blue shifted by 0.04 eV when doped at 1200 °C giving rise to shallow acceptor level. NaZn band movements as a function of doping temperature are also seen in Photoluminescence emission (PL), Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and UV-Vis transmission measurements. Variable temperature Hall measurements show stable p-type conduction with hole binding energy ~0.18 eV in ZnO samples that were Na-doped at 1200 °C.

  4. Correlation between thermal conductivity and bond length alternation in carbon nanotubes: a combined reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics--crystal orbital analysis.

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    Alaghemandi, Mohammad; Schulte, Joachim; Leroy, Frédéric; Müller-Plathe, Florian; Böhm, Michael C

    2011-01-15

    The thermal conductivity (λ) of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with chirality indices (5,0), (10,0), (5,5), and (10,10) has been studied by reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (RNEMD) simulations as a function of different bond length alternation patterns (Δr(i) ). The Δr(i) dependence of the bond force constant (k(rx) ) in the molecular dynamics force field has been modeled with the help of an electronic band structure approach. These calculations show that the Δr(i) dependence of k(rx) in tubes with not too small a diameter can be mapped by a simple linear bond length-bond order correlation. A bond length alternation with an overall reduction in the length of the nanotube causes an enhancement of λ, whereas an alternation scheme leading to an elongation of the tube is coupled to a decrease of the thermal conductivity. This effect is more pronounced in carbon nanotubes with larger diameters. The formation of a polyene-like structure in the direction of the longitudinal axis has a negligible influence on λ. A comparative analysis of the RNEMD and crystal orbital results indicates that Δr(i) -dependent modifications of λ and the electrical conductivity are uncorrelated. This behavior is in-line with a heat transfer that is not carried by electrons. Modifications of λ as a function of the bond alternation in the (10,10) nanotube are explained with the help of power spectra, which provide access to the density of vibrational states. We have suggested longitudinal low-energy modes in the spectra that might be responsible for the Δr(i) dependence of λ. Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Thermal Conductivity Investigation of {Ca}_{9} {RE}({VO}_{4})_{7} (RE = La, Nd, Gd) and {Ca}_{10}M(VO_{4})_{7} (M = Li, Na, K) Single Crystals

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    Popov, P. A.; Skrobov, S. A.; Matovnikov, A. V.; Kosmyna, M. B.; Puzikov, V. M.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.; Behrooz, A.; Paszkowicz, W.; Khodasevich, I. A.; Shereshovets, N. N.; Voitikov, S. V.; Orlovich, V. A.

    2017-01-01

    The {Ca}9{RE}({VO}4)7 (RE = La, Nd, Gd) and {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) single crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method. The binary vanadates are isostructural to "whitlockite" mineral (rhombohedral symmetry, R3 c space group). Their thermal conductivity has been investigated in the range 50 K-300 K parallel to the c axis. For {Ca}9{Gd}({VO}4)7 crystals, the thermal conductivity has been investigated in the range 300 K-550 K also. Additionally, for the {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) crystals the heat capacity has been studied in the temperature range 80 K-300 K. The character of the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity is close to that of glasses. The possible reasons of the observed features of the thermal conductivity have been analyzed. Raman spectra of {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) crystals have been measured and discussed. The spectral lines were broad and similar to polycrystalline or amorphous solids. These crystals are expected to be suitable for application as efficient nonlinear optic and laser materials.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, conductivity, and thermal decomposition of [Cu(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)(Mo3O10)].H2O.

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    Kong, Zuping; Weng, Linhong; Tan, Dejun; He, Heyong; Zhang, Biao; Kong, Jilie; Yue, Bin

    2004-09-06

    The hydrothermal reaction of (NH(4))(6)Mo(7)O(24).4H(2)O, CuCl(2).2H(2)O, and 4,4'-bipyridine yields bipyridine-ligated copper-trimolybdate monohydrate [Cu(4,4'-bipy)(H(2)O)(Mo(3)O(10))].H(2)O in the monoclinic system with space group of C(2/c) and cell parameters of a = 15.335(2) A, b = 15.535(2) A, c = 15.106(2) A, beta = 101.162(2) degrees, V = 3530.7(9) A(3), and Z = 8. Its structure consists of one-dimensional infinite ([Mo3O10]2-)( infinity ) chains linked through [Cu2(H2O)2(4,4'-bipy)] units. The Mo-O chain contains distorted [MoO(6)] octahedra connected through corner-sharing oxygen atoms into infinite chains along the c direction and each chain is located in the channel formed by four adjacent crossing chains of [Cu(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)](n)(2n+). The crystal shows weak conductivity through Mo-O chain along the c direction and insulating property along either a or b direction. Furthermore, a crystalline bimetallic oxide, CuMo3O10, forms when the title compound undergoes thermal treatment in N(2) atmosphere after the complete removal of the ligands.

  7. Synthesis, crystal structure, phase transition and electrical conduction mechanism of the new [(C3H7)4N]2MnCl4 compound

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    Gzaiel, M. Ben; Oueslati, A.; Hlel, F.; Gargouri, M.

    2016-09-01

    Bis tetrapropylammonium tetrchloro-monganete has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray, differential scanning calorimetry, vibrational spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. At room temperature, the latter is crystallized in the monoclinic phase, with P2/c space group. The projection of atomic arrangement along b axis shows that all nitrogen atoms are disposed linearly along [001] direction. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) disclosed three order-disorder phase transitions at T1=333 K, T2=356 K and T3=379 K. Besides, impedance measurements indicate that the electrical and dielectric properties are strongly dependent on both temperature and frequency. Nyquist plots (Z″ versus Z‧) show that the conductivity behavior is accurately represented by an equivalent circuit model which consists of a series combination of grains interior and grains boundary. The evolution of the dielectric constant as a function of temperature shows a distribution of relaxation times which is probably due to the reorientational dynamics of alkyl chains. On the other hand, the dependency of m(T) with temperature has been discussed in terms of the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model in phase (I and IV). The quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) model describes the second phase (II), whereas the third one (III) is characterized by the non-overlapping small Polaron tunneling (NSPT) model.

  8. Bottom-up on-crystal in-chip formation of a conducting salt and a view of its restructuring: from organic insulator to conducting “switch” through microfluidic manipulation† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional AFM images and I/V curves from the conducting AFM, SEM and EDX measurements. See DOI: 10.1039/c5sc00203f Click here for additional data file.

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    Paradinas, Markos; Bailo, Elena; Rodriguez-Trujillo, Romen; Pfattner, Raphael

    2015-01-01

    The chemical modification of an immobilized single crystal in a fluid cell is reported, whereby a material with switching functions is generated in situ by generating a chemical reagent in the flow. Crystals of the insulating organic crystal of TCNQ (tetracyanoquinodimethane) were grown in a microfluidic channel and were trapped using a pneumatic valve, a nascent technique for materials manipulation. They were subsequently reduced using solution-deposited silver to provide a conducting material in situ by a heterogeneous reaction. Removal of the new material from the chip proved it to be the silver salt of reduced TCNQ. Uniquely, conducting atomic force microscope (CAFM) studies show three regions in the solid. The localized original neutral organic material crystal is shown to be an insulator but to produce areas with Ohmic conducting characteristics after reduction. This inhomogeneous doping provides an opportunity for probing electrical materials properties side by side. Measurements with the CAFM witness this conducting material where the TCNQ is fully transformed to the silver salt. Additionally, an intermediate phase is observed that exhibits bipolar resistive switching typical of programmable resistive memories. Raman microscopy proves the conversion of the material in specific regions and clearly defines the intermediate phase region that could be responsible for the switching effect in related materials. This kind of “on crystal chemistry” exploiting immobilization and masking by a pneumatic clamp in a microfluidic channel shows how material can be selectively converted to give different functionalities in the same material piece, even though it is not a single crystal to single crystal conversion, and beckons exploitation for the preparation of systems relevant for molecular electronics as well as other areas where chemical manipulation of single crystals could be beneficial. PMID:28706708

  9. Electrical conduction mechanism in La{sub 3}Ta{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 5.3}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 14} single crystals

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    Yaokawa, Ritsuko Aota, Katsumi; Uda, Satoshi

    2013-12-14

    The electrical conduction mechanism in La{sub 3}Ta{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 5.3}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 14} (LTGA) single crystals was studied by nonstoichiometric defect formation during crystal growth. Since stoichiometric LTGA is not congruent, the single crystal grown from the stoichiometric melt was Ta-poor and Al-rich, where Al atoms were substituted not only in Ga sites but also in Ta sites. The population of the substitutional Al in Ta sites increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure during growth (growth-pO{sub 2}) in the range from 0.01 to 1 atm. Below 600 °C, substitutional Al atoms in Ta sites were ionized to yield holes, and thus the electrical conductivity of the LTGA crystal depended on temperature and the growth-pO{sub 2}. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the growth-pO{sub 2} decreased as temperature increased. The temperature rise increases ionic conductivity, for which the dominant carriers are oxygen defects formed by the anion Frenkel reaction.

  10. Crystal structure, phase transition and conductivity study of two new organic - inorganic hybrids: [(CH2)7(NH3)2]X2, X = Cl/Br

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    Mostafa, Mohga Farid; El-khiyami, Shimaa Said; Abd-Elal, Seham Kamal

    2017-01-01

    Two hybrids 1,7-heptanediammonium di-halide, [(C7H20N2]X2,X = Cl/Br crystallize in monoclinic P21/c, Z = 4. [(C7H20N2]Cl2: a = 4.7838 (2) Å, b = 16.9879 (8) Å, c = 13.9476 (8) Å, β = 97.773 (2)°, V = 1203.58(10) Å3, D = 1.137 g/cm3, λ = 0.71073 Å, R = 0.052 for 1055 reflections with I > 2σ(I), T = 298(2) K. [(C7H20N2]Br2: a = 4.7952 (10) Å, b = 16.9740 (5) Å, c = 13.9281 (5) Å, β = 97.793 (2)°, V = 1203.83(6) Å3, D = 1.612 g/cm3, λ = 0.71073 Å, R = 0.03 for 1959 reflections with I > 2σ(I) T = 298(2) K. Asymmetric unit cell of [(C7H20N2]X2,X = Cl/Br, each consist of one heptane-1,7-diammonium cation and two halide anions. The organic hydrocarbon layers pack in a stacked herring-bone manner, hydrogen bonded to the halide ions. Lattice potential energy is 1568.59 kJ/mol and 1560.78 kJ/mol, and cation molar volumes are 0.295 nm3 and 0.300 nm3 for chloride and bromide respectively. DTA confirmed chain melting transitions for both hybrids below T ∼ 340 K. Dielectric and ac conductivity measurements (290 < T K < 410; 0.080 < f kHz<100) indicated higher conductivity and activation energy of bromide for T > 340 K. Cross over from Jonscher's universal dielectric response at low temperatures T < 340 K to super-linear power law for T > 340 K is observed. At high temperatures halide ion hopping in accordance with the jump relaxation model prevails.

  11. Determination of the concentration of conduction electrons in Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} garnet crystals

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    Lomako, I. D.

    2013-07-15

    Ferrites (garnets) are a model object of study and a promising material to be used in magneto-optical devices for data recording and processing and IR modulators. Due to the narrow ferromagnetic resonance line, optical transparency, and high elastic Q factor of ferrite single crystals, they are promising for solid-state microwave, optoelectronic, and computation devices. To ensure the optimal application of ferromagnetic materials, it is necessary to complete the following important task: develop a certification for samples with allowance for the degree of their imperfection caused by the deviation of crystals with garnet structure from stoichiometry, the competitive incorporation of process and dominant impurities, oxygen vacancies, etc.

  12. Crystal structure and ionic conductivity of ruthenium diphosphate ARu{sub 2}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 2}, A=Li, Na, and Ag, with a tunnel structure

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    Fukuoka, Hiroshi; Matsunaga, Hideyuki; Yamanaka, Shoji

    2003-05-26

    Crystal structure and ionic conductivity of ruthenium diphosphates, ARu{sub 2}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 2} A=Li, Na, and Ag, were investigated. The structure of the Ag compound was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. It crystallized in the triclinic space group P-1 with a=4.759(2) A, b=6.843(2) A, c=8.063(1) A, {alpha}=90.44(2) deg., {beta}=92.80(2) deg., {gamma}=104.88(2) deg., V=253.4(1) A{sup 3}. The host structure of it was composed of RuO{sub 6} and P{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups and formed tunnels running along the a-axis, in which Ag{sup +} ions were situated. The ionic conductivities have been measured on pellets of the polycrystalline powders. The Li and Ag compounds showed the conductivities of 1.0x10{sup -4} and 3.5x10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} at 150 deg. C, respectively. Magnetic susceptibility measurement of the Ag compound showed that it did not obey the Curie-Weiss law and the effective magnetic moment decreased as temperature decreased due to the large spin-orbital coupling effect of Ru{sup 4+} ions.

  13. Growth and defect structure of CdF{sub 2} crystal and nonstoichiometric Cd{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} phases (R are rare earth elements and in): 6. Growth and ionic conductivity of Cd{sub 0.904}In{sub 0.096}F{sub 2.096} single crystal

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    Sorokin, N. I. Sul'yanova, E. A.; Buchinskaya, I. I.; Artyukhov, A. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2013-07-15

    Cd{sub 0.904}In{sub 0.096}F{sub 2.096} crystals with fluorite-type defect structures have been grown from melt in a fluorinating atmosphere by the Bridgman method, and their ionic conductivity is investigated. The fluorine-ion transport activation enthalpy in Cd{sub 0.904}In{sub 0.096}F{sub 2.096} ({Delta}H = 0.68 eV) is much smaller than the corresponding characteristic of the crystals belonging to the isoconcentration series Cd{sub 0.9}R{sub 0.1}F{sub 2.1}, R = La-Lu, Y ({Delta}H = 0.8-0.9 eV). The ionic conductivity of Cd{sub 0.904}In{sub 0.096}F{sub 2.096} is {sigma} = 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} S/cm (at 467 K); this value exceeds the conductivity of the CdF{sub 2} crystal matrix and the highest conductivity Cd{sub 0.9}R{sub 0.1}F{sub 2.1} crystals with rare earth elements by factors of 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3} and {approx}10, respectively. Nonstoichiometric crystals of solid electrolyte Cd{sub 1-x}In{sub x}F{sub 2+x} have the highest conductivity out of all studied electrolytes based on the CdF{sub 2} matrix.

  14. Defect structure and ionic conductivity of as-grown R 1- y Sr y F3- y ( R = Ce, Pr, or Nd) crystals with high SrF2 content

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    Khrykina, O. N.; Sorokin, N. I.; Verin, I. A.; Bolotina, N. B.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2017-07-01

    The structure of defect nonstoichiometric phases of Ce0.88Sr0.12F2.88, Pr0.85Sr0.15F2.85, and Nd0.85Sr0.15F2.85 single crystals has been investigated by X-ray diffraction at room temperature. Crystals R 1-ySryF3-y ( R = Ce, Pr, or Nd) belong to the tysonite structural type (LaF3), which has two forms (α and β). The morphotropic transition from the trigonal β form of the crystals to the hexagonal α form is confirmed, which was previously found for the first time when analyzing the nonstoichiometric phase of La1-ySryF3-y with a SrF2 content above 10 mol % ( y ≥ 0.1). Temperature dependences of fluorine-ion conductivity are obtained. It is established that the conductivity of the α form of Ce0.88Sr0.12F2.88 and R0.85Sr0.15F2.85 crystals ( R = Pr or Nd) is lower than that for the β form of R0.95Sr0.05F2.95 ( R = La-Nd) by 1-2 orders of magnitude. The sublattice of fluorine atoms in the α-form crystals is characterized by an elevated (in comparison with the β form) content of vacancies and more uniform structural and dynamic properties, which leads to a decrease in the mean diffusion mobility of fluorine ions and an increase in the ion-transport activation enthalpy.

  15. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} (R are rare earth elements) and their ordering: 5. A study of the ionic conductivity of as-grown Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} crystals

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    Sorokin, N. I. Karimov, D. N.; Sulyanova, E. A.; Zhmurova, Z. I.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2010-07-15

    The ionic conductivity {sigma} of Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} crystals (R = Y, La-Lu) has been measured in the temperature range of 324-933 K. The isomorphic introduction of R{sup 3+} ions into SrF{sub 2} is accompanied by an increase in conductivity up to four orders of magnitude, which makes these crystals superionic conductors. It is shown that the conduction mechanism in Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} crystals changes when passing from R = La-Nd to R = Sm-Lu. A change in the type of cluster of structural defects between Nd and Sm is suggested. The concentration dependences of {sigma} and the activation energy of charge-carrier migration (E{sub a}) for Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} are nonlinear. For crystals with R = La or Nd, these dependences are interpreted within the percolation model of 'defect regions,' the minimum size of which is estimated to be {approx}700 A{sup 3}. It is shown that the electrical properties of the crystals can be controlled by varying the RF{sub 3} type and concentration. The Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} crystals (R = La-Nd, 0.3 {<=} x {<=} 0.5), for which {sigma} = (2-3) x 10{sup -2} S/cm at 673 K and E{sub a} = 0.6-0.7 eV, have the best electrolytic characteristics.

  16. The incommensurately modulated crystal structure of beta-Pb2BiVO6: interpretation of the phase transition alpha --> beta --> delta and conduction properties of related materials.

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    Roussel, Pascal; Labidi, Olfa; Huve, Marielle; Drache, Michel; Wignacourt, Jean Pierre; Petricek, Vaclav

    2009-08-01

    A new polymorph of Pb(2)BiVO(6) was prepared under ambient conditions and its crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The phase transitions alpha --> beta and beta --> delta were identified in the mother phase; the high-temperature form delta-Pb(2)BiVO(6) eventually decomposes at 753 K to a mixture of Pb(4)BiVO(8) and the high-temperature form of PbBiVO(5) before showing recombination at 923 K. beta-Pb(2)BiVO(6) has an incommensurate monoclinic modulated structure. This crystal structure is twinned and complementary structural investigations of a powder sample of beta-Pb(2)BiVO(6) by TEM diffraction studies confirmed the lattice and incommensurate modulation character. Log sigma = f(T(-1)) dependences for Pb(2)BiVO(6)-related materials (6% M-for-V-substituted compositions; M = Cr, Mn, P) are reported, which allow the characterization (E(a) and isothermal sigma values) of the beta- as well as the delta- and alpha-Pb(2)BiVO(6) varieties.

  17. Anisotropic electrical and thermal conductivity in Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ [AE = Ca, Sr1-xBax (x = 0.0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0)] single crystals

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    Dong, Song-Tao; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Xiong, Ye; Lv, Yang-Yang; Yao, Shu-Hua; Chen, Y. B.; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Shan-Tao; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2015-09-01

    Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ (AE represents alkaline earth), constructed by stacking of rock-salt Bi2AE2O4 and triangle CoO2 layers alternatively along c-axis, is one of promising thermoelectric oxides. The most impressive feature of Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ, as reported previously, is their electrical conductivity mainly lying along CoO2 plane, adjusting Bi2AE2O4 layer simultaneously manipulates both thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. It in turn optimizes thermoelectric performance of these materials. In this work, we characterize the anisotropic thermal and electrical conductivity along both ab-plane and c-direction of Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ (AE = Ca, Sr, Ba, Sr1-xBax) single crystals. The results substantiate that isovalence replacement in Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ remarkably modifies their electrical property along ab-plane; while their thermal conductivity along ab-plane only has a slightly difference. At the same time, both the electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity along c-axis of these materials also have dramatic changes. Certainly, the electrical resistance along c-axis is too high to be used as thermoelectric applications. These results suggest that adjusting nano-block Bi2AE2O4 layer in Bi2AE2Co2O8+δ cannot modify the thermal conductivity along high electrical conductivity plane (ab-plane here). The evolution of electrical property is discussed by Anderson localization and electron-electron interaction U. And the modification of thermal conductivity along c-axis is attributed to the microstructure difference. This work sheds more light on the manipulation of the thermal and electrical conductivity in the layered thermoelectric materials.

  18. Evidence of a pseudogap for superconducting iron-pnictide Ba0.6+δK0.4-δFe2As2 single crystals from optical conductivity measurements

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    Kwon, Yong Seung; Hong, Jong Beom; Jang, Yu Ran; Oh, Hyun Jin; Song, Yun Young; Min, Byeong Hun; Iizuka, Takeuya; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Balatsky, A. V.; Bang, Yunkyu

    2012-06-01

    We report the observation of pseudogap (PG) behavior in optical conductivity in an underdoped Ba0.6+δK0.4-δFe2As2 (Tonsetc ≈ 36 K) single crystal far above Tc, up to 100 K (≈3Tc). Wide separation of the energy scales of the magnetic and superconducting (SC) correlations in the Ba0.6+δK0.4-δFe2As2 sample enabled us to establish that the PG structures observed in optical conductivity in the range of 50-150 cm-1 are uniquely driven by the SC correlation, and the magnetic correlation coexists in the far separated range of about 700 cm-1. Theoretical calculations, based on the preformed Cooper pair model, provided an excellent description of the temperature evolution of the SC correlation in optical conductivity data from below to above Tc.

  19. Apparatus for mounting crystal

    DOEpatents

    Longeway, Paul A.

    1985-01-01

    A thickness monitor useful in deposition or etching reactor systems comprising a crystal-controlled oscillator in which the crystal is deposited or etched to change the frequency of the oscillator. The crystal rests within a thermally conductive metallic housing and arranged to be temperature controlled. Electrode contacts are made to the surface primarily by gravity force such that the crystal is substantially free of stress otherwise induced by high temperature.

  20. Conducting a thermal conductivity survey

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    Allen, P. B.

    1985-01-01

    A physically transparent approximate theory of phonon decay rates is presented starting from a pair potential model of the interatomic forces in an insulator or semiconductor. The theory applies in the classical regime and relates the 3-phonon decay rate to the third derivative of the pair potential. Phonon dispersion relations do not need to be calculated, as sum rules relate all the needed quantities directly to the pair potential. The Brillouin zone averaged phonon lifetime turns out to involve a dimensionless measure of the anharmonicity multiplied by an effective density of states for 3-phonon decay. Results are given for rare gas and alkali halide crystals. For rare gases, the results are in good agreement with more elaborate perturbation calculations. Comparison to experimental data on phonon linewidths and thermal conductivity are made.

  1. Defect structure and ionic conductivity of Ca{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}F{sub 2+x} (0.02 {<=} x {<=} 0.15) single crystals

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    Sulyanova, E. A. Molchanov, V. N.; Sorokin, N. I.; Karimov, D. N.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2009-07-15

    Single crystals of the Ca{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}F{sub 2+x}(x = 0.106, 0.132, 0.156) solid solutions (CaF{sub 2} structure type, space group Fm3-barm) are investigated using X-ray diffraction. It is revealed that the crystals under investigation contain vacancies in the 8c positions and interstitial fluorine ions in the 48i positions. The coordination number of Sc{sup 3+} ions in the structure of the Ca{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}F{sub 2+x} solid solutions is equal to eight. The specific features of the concentration dependences of the ionic conductivity and the activation energy of ion transfer for the Ca{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}F{sub 2+x}(0.02 {<=} x {<=} 0.15) solid solutions are explained in the framework of the percolation model of conducting 'defect regions.' The percolation threshold equal to 3-5 mol % ScF{sub 3} corresponds to the model of [Ca{sub 14-n}Sc{sub n}F{sub 68}] octacubic clusters containing fluorine ions in the 48i positions. The ionic conductivity of the Ca{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}F{sub 2+x} solid solutions is analyzed in comparison with the change in this characteristic for the series of Ca{sub 0.8}R{sub 0.2}F{sub 2.2} crystals with rare-earth elements.

  2. Phononic crystal devices

    DOEpatents

    El-Kady, Ihab F [Albuquerque, NM; Olsson, Roy H [Albuquerque, NM

    2012-01-10

    Phononic crystals that have the ability to modify and control the thermal black body phonon distribution and the phonon component of heat transport in a solid. In particular, the thermal conductivity and heat capacity can be modified by altering the phonon density of states in a phononic crystal. The present invention is directed to phononic crystal devices and materials such as radio frequency (RF) tags powered from ambient heat, dielectrics with extremely low thermal conductivity, thermoelectric materials with a higher ratio of electrical-to-thermal conductivity, materials with phononically engineered heat capacity, phononic crystal waveguides that enable accelerated cooling, and a variety of low temperature application devices.

  3. Crystal structure and ionic conductivity of Mg-doped apatite-type lanthanum silicates La10Si6-xMgxO27-x (x = 0-0.4)

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    Yin, Guang-Chao; Yin, Hong; Zhong, Lin-Hong; Sun, Mei-Ling; Zhang, Jun-Kai; Xie, Xiao-Jun; Cong, Ri-Dong; Wang, Xin; Gao, Wei; Cui, Qi-Liang

    2014-04-01

    Lanthanum silicates La10Si6-xMgxO27-x (x = 0-0.4) were prepared by solid state synthesis to investigate the effect of Mg doping on crystal structure and ionic conductivity. Rietveld analysis of the powder XRD patterns reveals that Mg substitution on Si site results in significant enlargement of channel triangles, favoring oxide-ion conduction. Furthermore, an increase of Mg concentration significantly influences the linear density of interstitial oxygen, which plays an important role in ionic conductivity. The Arrhenius plots of La10Si6-xMgxO27-x (x = 0-0.4) suggest that Mg-doped samples present higher conductivity and lower activation energy than non-doped La10Si6O27, and La10Si5.8Mg0.2O26.8 exhibits the highest conductivity with a value of 3.0×10-2 S ·cm-1 at 700 °C. Such conductive behavior agrees well with the refined results. The corresponding mechanism has been discussed in this paper.

  4. The sensitivity of the electron transport within bulk zinc-blende gallium nitride to variations in the crystal temperature, the doping concentration, and the non-parabolicity coefficient associated with the lowest energy conduction band valley

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    Siddiqua, Poppy; O'Leary, Stephen K.

    2016-09-01

    Within the framework of a semi-classical three-valley Monte Carlo simulation approach, we analyze the steady-state and transient electron transport that occurs within bulk zinc-blende gallium nitride. In particular, we examine how the steady-state and transient electron transport that occurs within this material changes in response to variations in the crystal temperature, the doping concentration, and the non-parabolicity coefficient associated with the lowest energy conduction band valley. These results are then contrasted with those corresponding to a number of other compound semiconductors of interest.

  5. The sensitivity of the electron transport within bulk zinc-blende gallium nitride to variations in the crystal temperature, the doping concentration, and the non-parabolicity coefficient associated with the lowest energy conduction band valley

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    Siddiqua, Poppy; O'Leary, Stephen K.

    2016-09-07

    Within the framework of a semi-classical three-valley Monte Carlo simulation approach, we analyze the steady-state and transient electron transport that occurs within bulk zinc-blende gallium nitride. In particular, we examine how the steady-state and transient electron transport that occurs within this material changes in response to variations in the crystal temperature, the doping concentration, and the non-parabolicity coefficient associated with the lowest energy conduction band valley. These results are then contrasted with those corresponding to a number of other compound semiconductors of interest.

  6. Crystal structure of the non-stoichiometric argyrodite compound Ag 7- xGeSe 5I 1- x ( x=0.31). A highly disordered silver superionic conducting material

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    Belin, Renaud; Aldon, Laurent; Zerouale, Abdel; Belin, Claude; Ribes, Michel

    2001-03-01

    Single crystals of the Ag 6.69GeSe 5I 0.69 phase have been obtained by iodine transport of the iodine-partially substituted stoichiometric argyrodite compound Ag 7GeSe 5I. This phase crystallizes in the cubic space group F4¯3 m (argyrodite γ-phase, a=10.921(2) Å at -100°C, a=10.972(3) Å at 25°C, Z=4). It is highly disordered both at anion and cation sites. Crystal structure refinements were completed by an anharmonic Gram-Charlier development of the atomic displacement factors of iodine and silver atoms. The structure of Ag 6.69GeSe 5I 0.69 was determined at -100°C and +25°C and was refined to R( F) values of 5.80 and 6.51%, respectively. Both iodine and selenium (Se1) anions have been found disordered and iodine is slightly defective on its crystallographic site. This is correlated to the disorder observed for the two Ag1 and Ag2 cations that provides this material with superionic conducting properties. Analysis of the joint probability density function allowed the visualization of the Ag + diffusion paths within the anionic framework.

  7. Liquid crystal self-assembly of halloysite nanotubes in ionic liquids: a novel soft nanocomposite ionogel electrolyte with high anisotropic ionic conductivity and thermal stability

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    Zhao, Ningning; Liu, Yulin; Zhao, Xiaomeng; Song, Hongzan

    2016-01-01

    We report a novel class of liquid crystalline (LC) nanohybrid ionogels fabricated via self-assembly of natural halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) in ionic liquids (ILs). The obtained ionogels are very stable and nonvolatile and show LC phases over a wide temperature range. Remarkably, the nanocomposite ionogels exhibit high anisotropic ionic conductivity after shear, and their room temperature ionic conductivity can reach 3.8 × 10-3 S cm-1 for aligned nanotubes perpendicular to the electrode even when the HNTs content increases to 40 wt%, which is 380 times higher than that obtained for aligned nanotubes parallel to the electrode, which is 1.0 × 10-5 S cm-1. Crucially, the obtained LC nanocomposite ionogels have very high thermal stability, which can sustain 400 °C thermal treatment. The findings will promote the development of novel nanocomposite ionogel electrolytes with faster ion transport and larger anisotropic conductivity.We report a novel class of liquid crystalline (LC) nanohybrid ionogels fabricated via self-assembly of natural halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) in ionic liquids (ILs). The obtained ionogels are very stable and nonvolatile and show LC phases over a wide temperature range. Remarkably, the nanocomposite ionogels exhibit high anisotropic ionic conductivity after shear, and their room temperature ionic conductivity can reach 3.8 × 10-3 S cm-1 for aligned nanotubes perpendicular to the electrode even when the HNTs content increases to 40 wt%, which is 380 times higher than that obtained for aligned nanotubes parallel to the electrode, which is 1.0 × 10-5 S cm-1. Crucially, the obtained LC nanocomposite ionogels have very high thermal stability, which can sustain 400 °C thermal treatment. The findings will promote the development of novel nanocomposite ionogel electrolytes with faster ion transport and larger anisotropic conductivity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06888f

  8. Coupled theoretical interpretation and experimental investigation of the anisotropy of the lattice thermal conductivity of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} single crystal

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    Jacquot, A.; Bayer, B.; Winkler, M.; Boettner, H.; Jaegle, M.

    2012-09-15

    The Debye model is modified for the calculation of the lattice thermal conductivity and used to gain insight into the anisotropy of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. In this work, the Debye temperature is not used to estimate the cutoff frequencies of the phonons that carry heat. The cutoff frequencies are defined by setting an upper limit to the energy of acoustic phonons using the complete dispersion relations. The anisotropy of the thermal conductivity is found to be unrelated to the anisotropy of the sound velocities. It is found that the sound velocity is almost isotropic when the longitudinal and two transversal waves are added together. In addition the relaxation time must be a function of the cutoff frequencies and counterbalances the anisotropy arising from the variation of the number of acoustic phonons traveling in various directions. It is concluded that the anisotropy of the thermal conductivity is mostly related to the Grueneisen's constant. - Graphical abstract: Dispersion relations of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} along c-axis. The cutoff frequencies are found to be anisotropic and are defined exactly in this article where the acoustic branch crosses the optical branch. This affects both the number of phonons that carry heat in a given direction and the number of phonons that can scatter them. This is decisive for understanding the lattice thermal conductivity. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Prediction of the anisotropy of the lattice thermal conductivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Provide a definition of the cutoff frequencies that makes sense. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reduction of the number of frees parameter in phenomenological model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Prediction that the anisotropy is a function of the scattering mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Means of experimental verification of theory.

  9. Sputtering characteristics, crystal structures, and transparent conductive properties of TiOxNy films deposited on α-Al2O3(0 0 0 1) and glass substrates

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2012-12-01

    Adding N2 gas during reactive sputtering of a Ti target prevented the target surface from being severely poisoned by oxygen atoms and sustained a high deposition rate for titanium oxynitride films under metal-mode-like sputtering conditions. With progress in the degree of oxidization, films deposited onto a glass substrate varied from TiO1-xNx having a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure to TiO2-xNx having an anatase structure. Titanium oxynitride films deposited on an Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate were epitaxial with major orientations toward the (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) directions for fcc-TiO1-xNx and (1 1 2) for anatase-TiO2-xNx. Intermediately oxidized films between TiO1-xNx and TiO2-xNx were amorphous on the glass substrate but crystallized into a Magneli phase, TinO(N)2n-1, on the Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate. Partially substituting oxygen in TiO2 with nitrogen as well as continuously irradiating the growing film surface with a Xe plasma stream preferentially formed anatase rather than rutile. However, the occupation of anion sites with enough oxygen rather than nitrogen was the required condition for anatase crystals to form. The transparent conductive properties of epitaxial TiO2-xNx films on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) were superior to those of microcrystalline films on the glass substrate. Since resistivity and optical transmittance of TiOxNy films vary continuously with changing N2 flow rate, their transparent conductive properties can be controlled more easily than TiOx. Nb5+ ions could be doped as donors in TiO2-xNx anatase crystals.

  10. Desired crystal oriented LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ anchored on a graphene cross-linked conductive network for fast lithium storage.

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    Wang, Bo; Liu, Anmin; Abdulla, Wael Al; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X S

    2015-05-21

    Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a "platelet-on-sheet" LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (∼56 mA h g(-1) at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (∼87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples ex situ modified with graphene (LFP/GNs) as well as pure LiFePO4 platelets (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. More importantly, the obtained LFP@GNs can be used as a basic unit for constructing more complex structures to further improve electrochemical performance, such as coating the exposed LFP surface with a thin layer of carbon to build a C@LFP@GN composite to further enhance its cycling stability (∼98% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C).

  11. Variable range hopping conductivity and spin glass behavior in spin-ladder Ba0.6K0.4Fe2Se3 single crystals.

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    Bao, Jin-Ke; Feng, Chun-Mu; Luo, Yong-Kang; Jiang, Hao; Sun, Yun-Lei; Jiao, Wen-He; Shen, Chen-Yi; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-01-15

    Ba0.6K0.4Fe2Se3 (BKFS) single crystals were investigated by means of measurements of powder x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent resistivity, anisotropic dc magnetization, ac magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. The powder x-ray diffraction indicates staggered iron displacements along the ladders with short and long Fe-Fe bond lengths (2.64(2) and 2.91(2) Å) variation. The resistivity of BKFS exhibits variable range hopping behavior with ln(ρ) ~ T(-1/2) at low temperature. The magnetic susceptibility χ(T) exhibits a sharp cusp at around 20 K in a zero-field-cooled process. The frequency-dependent ac magnetic susceptibility reveals that the cusp feature is attributable to spin glass behavior. The anisotropic ac magnetic susceptibility indicates that BKFS is probably an anisotropic Heisenberg-like spin glass with its easy magnetization plane perpendicular to the chain direction. The specific heat also supports an insulating and spin glass ground state. Extended Curie-Weiss behavior above 40 K was observed with a reduced effective moment (μ(eff) = 1.66 μ(B)/Fe for H is perpendicular to b and μ(eff) = 1.82 μB/Fe for H is parallel to b) in BKFS, which is close to the spin-only magnetism with S=1/2.

  12. Desired crystal oriented LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ anchored on a graphene cross-linked conductive network for fast lithium storage

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    Wang, Bo; Liu, Anmin; Abdulla, Wael Al; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X. S.

    2015-05-01

    Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a ``platelet-on-sheet'' LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (~56 mA h g-1 at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (~87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples ex situ modified with graphene (LFP/GNs) as well as pure LiFePO4 platelets (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. More importantly, the obtained LFP@GNs can be used as a basic unit for constructing more complex structures to further improve electrochemical performance, such as coating the exposed LFP surface with a thin layer of carbon to build a C@LFP@GN composite to further enhance its cycling stability (~98% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C).Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a ``platelet-on-sheet'' LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (~56 mA h g-1 at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (~87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure and mono-dimensional thallium ion conduction of TlFe{sub 0.22}Al{sub 0.78}As{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Ouerfelli, Najoua; Guesmi, Abderrahmen Mazza, Daniele; Madani, Adel; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2007-04-15

    A new solid solution TlFe{sub 0.22}Al{sub 0.78}As{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been synthesized by a solid-state reaction. The structure of the title compound has been determined from a single-crystal X-ray diffraction and refined to final values of the reliability factors: R(F {sup 2})=0.030 and wR(F {sup 2})=0.081 for 1343 independent reflections with I>2{sigma}(I). It crystallizes in the triclinic space group P-1, with a=6.296(2) A, b=6.397(2) A, c=8.242(2) A, {alpha}=96.74(2){sup o}, {beta}=103.78(2){sup o}, {gamma}=102.99(3){sup o}, V=309.0(2) A{sup 3} and Z=2. The structure can be described as a three-dimensional framework containing (Fe/Al)O{sub 6} octahedra connected through As{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups. The metallic units and diarsenate groups share oxygen corners to form a three-dimensional framework with interconnected tunnels parallel to the a, b and c directions, where Tl{sup +} cations are located. The ionic conductivity measurements are performed on pellets of the polycrystalline powder. At 683 K, The conductivity value is 5.23x10{sup -6} S cm{sup -1} and the ionic jump activation energy is 0.656 eV. The bond valence analysis reveals that the ionic conductivity is ensured by Tl{sup +} along the [001] direction. - Graphical abstract: Optimized trajectory for Tl(1)-Tl(2) jump.

  14. Quasi-one-dimensional hopping conductivity of the spin-ladder CaCu2O3 single crystals: Influence of the cation and oxygen nonstoichiometry

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    Lisunov, K. G.; Wizent, N.; Waske, A.; Werner, J.; Tristan, N.; Sekar, C.; Krabbes, G.; Behr, G.; Arushanov, E.; Büchner, B.

    2008-06-01

    The resistivity ρ(T) of the spin-ladder compound CaCu2O3 measured along the Cu-O-Cu leg (j ∥b) exhibits a strongly activated character. It increases from ˜104 to ˜109 Ωm if T decreases from 350 to 100 K. The charge transfer above T ˜200 K is governed by a quasi-one-dimensional (1D) nearest-neighbor hopping (NNH) conductivity mechanism characterized by the law ρ(T )˜exp(Ea/kT). Below 200 K a novel quasi-1D variable-range hopping (VRH) conductivity law ρ(T )˜exp[(T0/T)3/4] is observed, predicted recently by Fogler, Teber, and Shklovskii [Phys. Rev. B 69, 035413 (2004)]. The NNH activation energy Ea and the VRH characteristic temperature T0 exhibit high sensitivity to the cation (Ca, Cu) content, decreasing by 2.3-2.5 times and by 3.0-3.2 times, respectively, when the composition of Ca is changed from 0.854 to 0.786-0.798 and the composition of Cu from 2.039 to 2.159-2.163. The behavior of Ea and T0 can be attributed to a corresponding variation of the concentration of intrinsic defects associated with Cu vacancies. On the other hand, no direct dependence of Ea and T0 to the excess oxygen concentration is observed.

  15. Mean carrier transport properties and charge collection dynamics of single-crystal, natural type IIa diamonds from ion-induced conductivity measurements

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    Han, Sung Su

    1993-09-01

    Ion-induced conductivity has been used to investigate the detector characteristics of diamond detectors. Both integrated-charge, and time-resolved current measurements were performed to examine the mean carrier transport properties of diamond and the dynamics of charge collection under highly-localized and high-density excitation conditions. The integrated-charge measurements were conducted with a standard pulse-counting system with 241Am radioactivity as the excitation source for the detectors. The time-resolved current measurements were performed using a 70 GHz random sampling oscilloscope with the detectors incorporated into high-speed microstrip transmission lines and the excitation source for these measurements was an ion beam of either 5-MeV He+ or 10-MeV Si3+. The detectors used in both experiments can be described as metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) devices where a volume of the detector material is sandwiched between two metal plates. A charge collection model was developed to interpret the integrated-charge measurements which enabled estimation of the energy required to produce an electron-hole pair (ϵdi) and the mean carrier transport properties in diamond, such as carrier mobility and lifetime, and the behavior of the electrical contacts to diamond.

  16. High frequency cut-off in 1/f conductivity noise of hole-doped La1-x Ca x MnO3 manganite single crystals

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    Przybytek, Jacek; Fink-Finowicki, Jan; Puźniak, Roman; Jung, Grzegorz

    2016-05-01

    High frequency bias and temperature-dependent Lorentzian cut-off has been observed in the 1/f spectra of the conductivity fluctuations in low hole-doped ferromagnetic insulating La1-x Ca x MnO3 manganite at low temperatures. The cut-off frequency depends on dc current bias and temperature. The high frequency cut-off has been tentatively associated with intrinsic limits of the appearance of 1/f noise in the hopping regime of the Coulomb glass state. The assumption is validated by the fact that the Efros-Shklovskii temperature {{T}\\text{ES}} , estimated from the fit of the model to the experimentally measured temperature dependence of the cut-off frequency, has the same value as the temperature {{T}\\text{ES}} evaluated independently from the temperature dependence of the resistivity in the corresponding temperature range.

  17. Crystal Structure of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Inhibitory Factor Cif Reveals Novel Active-Site Features of an Epoxide Hydrolase Virulence Factor▿ †

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    Bahl, Christopher D.; Morisseau, Christophe; Bomberger, Jennifer M.; Stanton, Bruce A.; Hammock, Bruce D.; O'Toole, George A.; Madden, Dean R.

    2010-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) inhibitory factor (Cif) is a virulence factor secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa that reduces the quantity of CFTR in the apical membrane of human airway epithelial cells. Initial sequence analysis suggested that Cif is an epoxide hydrolase (EH), but its sequence violates two strictly conserved EH motifs and also is compatible with other α/β hydrolase family members with diverse substrate specificities. To investigate the mechanistic basis of Cif activity, we have determined its structure at 1.8-Å resolution by X-ray crystallography. The catalytic triad consists of residues Asp129, His297, and Glu153, which are conserved across the family of EHs. At other positions, sequence deviations from canonical EH active-site motifs are stereochemically conservative. Furthermore, detailed enzymatic analysis confirms that Cif catalyzes the hydrolysis of epoxide compounds, with specific activity against both epibromohydrin and cis-stilbene oxide, but with a relatively narrow range of substrate selectivity. Although closely related to two other classes of α/β hydrolase in both sequence and structure, Cif does not exhibit activity as either a haloacetate dehalogenase or a haloalkane dehalogenase. A reassessment of the structural and functional consequences of the H269A mutation suggests that Cif's effect on host-cell CFTR expression requires the hydrolysis of an extended endogenous epoxide substrate. PMID:20118260

  18. Crystal structure of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator inhibitory factor Cif reveals novel active-site features of an epoxide hydrolase virulence factor.

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    Bahl, Christopher D; Morisseau, Christophe; Bomberger, Jennifer M; Stanton, Bruce A; Hammock, Bruce D; O'Toole, George A; Madden, Dean R

    2010-04-01

    Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) inhibitory factor (Cif) is a virulence factor secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa that reduces the quantity of CFTR in the apical membrane of human airway epithelial cells. Initial sequence analysis suggested that Cif is an epoxide hydrolase (EH), but its sequence violates two strictly conserved EH motifs and also is compatible with other alpha/beta hydrolase family members with diverse substrate specificities. To investigate the mechanistic basis of Cif activity, we have determined its structure at 1.8-A resolution by X-ray crystallography. The catalytic triad consists of residues Asp129, His297, and Glu153, which are conserved across the family of EHs. At other positions, sequence deviations from canonical EH active-site motifs are stereochemically conservative. Furthermore, detailed enzymatic analysis confirms that Cif catalyzes the hydrolysis of epoxide compounds, with specific activity against both epibromohydrin and cis-stilbene oxide, but with a relatively narrow range of substrate selectivity. Although closely related to two other classes of alpha/beta hydrolase in both sequence and structure, Cif does not exhibit activity as either a haloacetate dehalogenase or a haloalkane dehalogenase. A reassessment of the structural and functional consequences of the H269A mutation suggests that Cif's effect on host-cell CFTR expression requires the hydrolysis of an extended endogenous epoxide substrate.

  19. Crystal Structure of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Inhibitory Factor Cif Reveals Novel Active-Site Features of an Epoxide Hydrolase Virulence Factor

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    Bahl, C.; Morisseau, C; Bomberger, J; Stanton, B; Hammock, B; O' Toole, G; Madden, D

    2010-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) inhibitory factor (Cif) is a virulence factor secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa that reduces the quantity of CFTR in the apical membrane of human airway epithelial cells. Initial sequence analysis suggested that Cif is an epoxide hydrolase (EH), but its sequence violates two strictly conserved EH motifs and also is compatible with other {alpha}/{beta} hydrolase family members with diverse substrate specificities. To investigate the mechanistic basis of Cif activity, we have determined its structure at 1.8-{angstrom} resolution by X-ray crystallography. The catalytic triad consists of residues Asp129, His297, and Glu153, which are conserved across the family of EHs. At other positions, sequence deviations from canonical EH active-site motifs are stereochemically conservative. Furthermore, detailed enzymatic analysis confirms that Cif catalyzes the hydrolysis of epoxide compounds, with specific activity against both epibromohydrin and cis-stilbene oxide, but with a relatively narrow range of substrate selectivity. Although closely related to two other classes of {alpha}/{beta} hydrolase in both sequence and structure, Cif does not exhibit activity as either a haloacetate dehalogenase or a haloalkane dehalogenase. A reassessment of the structural and functional consequences of the H269A mutation suggests that Cif's effect on host-cell CFTR expression requires the hydrolysis of an extended endogenous epoxide substrate.

  20. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0< y⩽0.15)—based on the A defective ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  1. Phase behavior of 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium fluorohydrogenate salts (C12MIm(FH)(n)F, n = 1.0-2.3) and their anisotropic ionic conductivity as ionic liquid crystal electrolytes.

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    Xu, Fei; Matsumoto, Kazuhiko; Hagiwara, Rika

    2012-08-23

    The effects of the HF composition, n, in 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium fluorohydrogenate salts (C(12)MIm(FH)(n)F, n = 1.0-2.3) on their physicochemical and structural properties have been investigated using infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, polarized optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and anisotropic ionic conductivity measurements. The phase diagram of C(12)MIm(FH)(n)F (n vs transition temperature) suggests that C(12)MIm(FH)(n)F is a mixed crystal system that has a boundary around n = 1.9. For all compositions, a liquid crystalline mesophase with a smectic A interdigitated bilayer structure is observed. The temperature range of the mesophase decreases with increasing n value (from 61.8 °C for C(12)MIm(FH)(1.0)F to 37.0 °C for C(12)MIm(FH)(2.3)F). The layer spacing of the smectic structure decreases with increasing n value or increasing temperature. Two structural types with different layer spacings are observed in the crystalline phase (type I, 1.0 ≤ n ≤ 1.9, and type II, 1.9 ≤ n ≤ 2.3). Ionic conductivities parallel and perpendicular to the smectic layers (σ(||) and σ([perpendicular])) increase with increasing n value, whereas the anisotropy of the ionic conductivities (σ(||)/σ([perpendicular])) is independent of the n value, since the thickness of the insulating sheet formed by the dodecyl group remains nearly unchanged.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structure, electronic structure and electrical conductivity of La3GeSb0.31Se7 and La3SnFe0.61Se7

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    Assoud, Abdeljalil; Sankar, Cheriyedath Raj; Kleinke, Holger

    2014-12-01

    The selenides La3EM1-xSe7 (La6E2M2-xSe14) adopt the Ce6Al3.33S14 structure type. La3GeSb0.31Se7 and La3SnFe0.61Se7 crystallize in the non-centrosymmetric space group P63 with La replacing Ce in the 6c site, E = Ge or Sn replacing Al in the 2b site and M = Fe or Sb replacing the other, deficient Al site (2a). The structure contains La atoms in square antiprisms of Se atoms, isolated distorted [ESe4] tetrahedra, and face sharing distorted [MSe6] octahedra forming a linear chain along the c-axis with short M-M distances. Band structure calculations predict semiconducting character with different gaps, which was demonstrated by electrical conductivity measurements and reflected in their different colors.

  3. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr1- x R x F2 + x and their ordering: 11. Influence of structural cluster ordering on fluorine ionic conductivity of the Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x Phase

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

    2015-11-01

    Ionic conductivity σ of the ordered phase (binary compound) Sr4Lu3F17 (sp. gr. Roverline 3 , Z = 6) with a fluorite-derivative structure obtained from a melt has been studied for the first time by impedance spectroscopy. The octahedral-cubic clusters {Sr8[Lu6F37]F32} formed in the structure of the disordered (fluorite) phase Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x (sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m, Z = 4) become structural blocks with long-range order in the Sr4Lu3F17 compound. The effect of the clusters on the conductivity of nonstoichiometric phases Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x (2-25 mol % LuF3) and Sr4Lu3F17 (42.86 mol % LuF3) has been studied for the first time. Cluster ordering in Sr4Lu3F17 is accompanied by a decrease in the conductivity (σ = 6.3 × 10-7 S/cm at 673 K and Δ H σ = 1.12 eV) by a factor of 25 with respect to a disordered Sr0.75Lu0.25F2.75 crystal (experiment) and by a factor of 125 with respect to the saturated fluorite phase Sr0.63Lu0.37F2.37 (extrapolation). The unit-cell volume changes per F- ion during ordering are small and should not significantly affect the fluorine ion conductivity.

  4. Minimizing radiation damage in nonlinear optical crystals

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    Cooke, D.W.; Bennett, B.L.; Cockroft, N.J.

    1998-09-08

    Methods are disclosed for minimizing laser induced damage to nonlinear crystals, such as KTP crystals, involving various means for electrically grounding the crystals in order to diffuse electrical discharges within the crystals caused by the incident laser beam. In certain embodiments, electrically conductive material is deposited onto or into surfaces of the nonlinear crystals and the electrically conductive surfaces are connected to an electrical ground. To minimize electrical discharges on crystal surfaces that are not covered by the grounded electrically conductive material, a vacuum may be created around the nonlinear crystal. 5 figs.

  5. Minimizing radiation damage in nonlinear optical crystals

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    Cooke, D. Wayne; Bennett, Bryan L.; Cockroft, Nigel J.

    1998-01-01

    Methods are disclosed for minimizing laser induced damage to nonlinear crystals, such as KTP crystals, involving various means for electrically grounding the crystals in order to diffuse electrical discharges within the crystals caused by the incident laser beam. In certain embodiments, electrically conductive material is deposited onto or into surfaces of the nonlinear crystals and the electrically conductive surfaces are connected to an electrical ground. To minimize electrical discharges on crystal surfaces that are not covered by the grounded electrically conductive material, a vacuum may be created around the nonlinear crystal.

  6. Visible light absorbance enhanced by nitrogen embedded in the surface layer of Mn-doped sodium niobate crystals, detected by ultra violet - visible spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electric conductivity tests

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    Molak, A.; Pilch, M.

    2016-05-01

    Sodium niobate crystals doped with manganese ions, Na(NbMn)O3, were annealed in a nitrogen N2 flow at 600, 670, and 930 K. It was verified that simultaneous doping with Mn ions and annealing in nitrogen enhanced the photocatalytic features of sodium niobate. The transmission in the ultraviolet-visible range was measured at room temperature. The absorbance edge is in the range from 3.4 to 2.3 eV. The optical band gap Egap = 1.2-1.3 eV was evaluated using the Tauc relation. Crystals annealed at 670 K and 930 K exhibited an additional shift of the absorption edge of ˜20-40 nm toward longer wavelengths. The optical energy gap narrowed as a result of the superimposed effect of Mn and N co-doping. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy test showed that N ions incorporated into the surface layer. The valence band consisted of O 2p states hybridized with Nb 4d, Mn 3d, and N 2s states. The disorder detected in the surroundings of Nb and O ions decreased due to annealing. The binding energy of oxygen ions situated within the surface layer was EB ≈ 531 eV. The other contributions were assigned to molecular contamination. The contribution centered at 535.5 eV vanished after annealing at 600 K and 670 K. The contribution centered at 534 eV vanished after annealing at 930 K. The N2 annealing partly removed carbonates from the surfaces of the samples. In the 480-950 K range, the electric conductivity activation energy, Ea = 0.7-1.2 eV, was comparable with the optical Egap. The electric permittivity showed dispersion in the 0.1-800 kHz range that corresponds to the occurrence of defects.

  7. Indicators: Conductivity

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    Conductivity is a measure of the ability of water to pass an electrical current. Because dissolved salts and other inorganic chemicals conduct electrical current, conductivity increases as salinity increases.

  8. Protein crystallization in microgravity.

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    Aibara, S; Shibata, K; Morita, Y

    1997-12-01

    A space experiment involving protein crystallization was conducted in a microgravity environment using the space shuttle "Endeavour" of STS-47, on a 9-day mission from September 12th to 20th in 1992. The crystallization was carried out according to a batch method, and 5 proteins were selected as flight samples for crystallization. Two of these proteins: hen egg-white lysozyme and co-amino acid: pyruvate aminotransferase from Pseudomonas sp. F-126, were obtained as single crystals of good diffraction quality. Since 1992 we have carried out several space experiments for protein crystallization aboard space shuttles and the space station MIR. Our experimental results obtained mainly from hen egg-white lysozyme are described below, focusing on the effects of microgravity on protein crystal growth.

  9. Anisotropic heat conduction in diacetylenes

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    Morelli, D. T.; Heremans, J.; Sakamoto, M.; Uher, C.

    1986-08-01

    Measurements of the low-temperature thermal conductivity of diacetylene single crystals are reported. Monomer samples show little anisotropy and display the temperature dependence of a crystalline dielectric. In polymerized samples, heat is conducted up to 60 times better parallel to the chains than perpendicular to them. Dislocations can account for this anisotropy at the lowest temperatures. Quasi one dimensionality of the polymer crystals induces anisotropy at higher temperatures and strongly suppresses anharmonic phonon interactions.

  10. Crystal Creations.

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    Whipple, Nona; Whitmore, Sherry

    1989-01-01

    Presents a many-faceted learning approach to the study of crystals. Provides instructions for performing activities including crystal growth and patterns, creating miniature simulations of crystal-containing rock formations, charcoal and sponge gardens, and snowflakes. (RT)

  11. Crystal Creations.

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    Whipple, Nona; Whitmore, Sherry

    1989-01-01

    Presents a many-faceted learning approach to the study of crystals. Provides instructions for performing activities including crystal growth and patterns, creating miniature simulations of crystal-containing rock formations, charcoal and sponge gardens, and snowflakes. (RT)

  12. Crystal Meth

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  14. Crystal structure and ion conductivity of a new mixed-anion phosphate LiMg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4})P{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Kim, Sung-Chul; Lee, Mi-Sun; Kang, Jinyeong; Kim, Young-Il; Kim, Seung-Joo

    2015-05-15

    A new lithium-containing phosphate, LiMg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4})P{sub 2}O{sub 7}, was prepared by a solid-state reaction, and it was characterized by an ab initio structure determination method on the basis of synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data. LiMg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4})P{sub 2}O{sub 7} was found to be orthorhombic (space group Pnma) with lattice parameters a=9.0387(1) Å, b=10.6072(1) Å, c=8.3065(1) Å, and V=796.39(1) Å{sup 3}. The structure features infinite [Mg{sub 3}O{sub 10}]{sub ∞} layers that are parallel to the bc plane and that are interconnected along the a axis by PO{sub 4} and P{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups. The [Mg{sub 3}O{sub 10}]{sub ∞} layer contains Mg{sub 3}O{sub 14} trimers that are formed by three edge-shared MgO{sub 6} octahedra. The PO{sub 4} and P{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups are located alternatively between [Mg{sub 3}O{sub 10}]{sub ∞} layers. This gives rise to a three-dimensional framework that contains large tunnels along the directions [1 0 0] and [0 1 0]; the Li{sup +} ions are stabilized in these tunnels. AC impedance spectroscopy shows that LiMg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4})P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has an ionic conductivity of 3.40×10{sup −5} S cm{sup −1} at 769 K, with an activation energy of 1.17 eV. - Graphical abstract: Polyhedral view of LiMg3(PO4)P2O7. Li+ ions are represented by orange spheres, MgO6 groups by octahedra, and PO4 groups by tetrahedra. - Highlights: • New compound LiMg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4})P{sub 2}O{sub 7} is reported. • The crystal structure is investigated by synchrotron XRD analysis. • The structure features [Mg{sub 3}O{sub 10}]{sub ∞} layers with interconnecting PO{sub 4} and P{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups. • Correlation between the crystal structure and ionic conductivity is discussed.

  15. DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) is a 4π array of BaF2 crystals installed at LANSCE, Lujan Center. Neutron capture measurements on ^157Gd and ^89Y nuclei were conducted using this facility.

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    Chyzh, A.; Mitchell, G.; Vieira, D.; Bredeweg, T.; Ullmann, J.; Jandel, M.; Couture, A.; Keksis, A.; Rundberg, R.; Wilhelmy, J.; O'Donnell, J.; Baramsai, B.; Haight, R.; Wouters, J.; Krticka, M.; Parker, W.; Becker, J.; Agvaanlusan, U.

    2009-10-01

    DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) is a 4π array of BaF2 crystals installed at LANSCE, Lujan Center. Neutron capture measurements on ^157Gd and ^89Y nuclei were conducted using this facility. The absolute cross sections of the ^89Y(n,γ) reaction was measured for the first time ever in the neutron energy range of 10 eV -- 10 keV and improvements were made in the 10 -- 300 keV range. The error bars were significantly reduced and number of cross section points was increased since the past ^89Y(n,γ) experiments. The ^157Gd(n,γ) cross section was determined at En = 20 eV -- 300 keV by normalizing the experimental DANCE data to a well known resonance taken from the ENDF/B-VII library. Computer simulations of the ^157Gd(n,γ) cascades and DANCE pulse height function were made using DICEBOX and GEANT4 codes and simulated Esum and Eγ spectra are compared to the experimental DANCE data. Values of spin and photon strength function (PSF) of the ^157Gd(n,γ) resonances are provided in the range of En = 2 -- 300 eV using spin dependence upon a γ-ray multiplicity.

  16. Axion crystals

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    Ozaki, Sho; Yamamoto, Naoki

    2017-08-01

    The low-energy effective theories for gapped insulators are classified by three parameters: permittivity ɛ, permeability μ, and theta angle θ. Crystals with periodic ɛ are known as photonic crystals. We here study the band structure of photons in a new type of crystals with periodic θ (modulo 2 π) in space, which we call the axion crystals. We find that the axion crystals have a number of new properties that the usual photonic crystals do not possess, such as the helicity-dependent mass gap and nonrelativistic gapless dispersion relation at small momentum. We briefly discuss possible realizations of axion crystals in condensed matter systems and high-energy physics.

  17. Visible light absorbance enhanced by nitrogen embedded in the surface layer of Mn-doped sodium niobate crystals, detected by ultra violet - visible spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electric conductivity tests

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    Molak, A. Pilch, M.

    2016-05-28

    Sodium niobate crystals doped with manganese ions, Na(NbMn)O{sub 3}, were annealed in a nitrogen N{sub 2} flow at 600, 670, and 930 K. It was verified that simultaneous doping with Mn ions and annealing in nitrogen enhanced the photocatalytic features of sodium niobate. The transmission in the ultraviolet-visible range was measured at room temperature. The absorbance edge is in the range from 3.4 to 2.3 eV. The optical band gap E{sub gap} = 1.2–1.3 eV was evaluated using the Tauc relation. Crystals annealed at 670 K and 930 K exhibited an additional shift of the absorption edge of ∼20–40 nm toward longer wavelengths. The optical energy gap narrowed as a result of the superimposed effect of Mn and N co-doping. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy test showed that N ions incorporated into the surface layer. The valence band consisted of O 2p states hybridized with Nb 4d, Mn 3d, and N 2s states. The disorder detected in the surroundings of Nb and O ions decreased due to annealing. The binding energy of oxygen ions situated within the surface layer was E{sub B} ≈ 531 eV. The other contributions were assigned to molecular contamination. The contribution centered at 535.5 eV vanished after annealing at 600 K and 670 K. The contribution centered at 534 eV vanished after annealing at 930 K. The N{sub 2} annealing partly removed carbonates from the surfaces of the samples. In the 480–950 K range, the electric conductivity activation energy, E{sub a} = 0.7–1.2 eV, was comparable with the optical E{sub gap}. The electric permittivity showed dispersion in the 0.1–800 kHz range that corresponds to the occurrence of defects.

  18. Thermal evolution of the crystal structure of proton conducting BaCe0.8Y0.2O3-δ from high-resolution neutron diffraction in dry and humid atmosphere.

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    Eriksson Andersson, Annika K; Selbach, Sverre M; Grande, Tor; Knee, Christopher S

    2015-06-21

    The crystal structure of the proton conducting perovskite BaCe(0.8)Y(0.2)O(3-δ) (BCY20) has been studied via high-resolution in situ neutron diffraction performed in controlled dry and humid (heavy water) oxygen flow. Two phase transitions, cubic Pm3[combining macron]m→R3[combining macron]c (775 °C)→Imma (250 °C) were observed on cooling from 1000 °C in dry O(2). A significant shift of the phase stability fields was observed on cooling in wet oxygen (pD(2)O ≈ 0.2 atm) with the R3[combining macron]c structure stabilised at 900 °C, and the R3[combining macron]c→Imma transition occurring at 675 °C. On cooling below 400 °C a monoclinic, I2/m, phase started to appear. The structural dependence on hydration level is primarily due to the de-stabilisation of the correlated, octahedra tilts as a consequence of structural relaxation around the oxygen vacancies present in the non-hydrated phase. The tendency of hydrated BaCe(0.8)Y(0.2)O(3-δ) to show octahedral tilting is also found to be enhanced, indicating that the deuteronic (protonic) defects influence the crystal structure, possibly via hydrogen bonding. Stabilisation of the monoclinic I2/m phase is attributed to the structural effect of deuterons that is inferred to increase on cooling as deuterons localise to a greater extent. Changing from wet oxidising (O(2) + D2O(g)) to wet reducing (5% H2 in Ar + D2O(g)) atmosphere did not influence the structure or the phase stability, indicating that Ce(4+) was not reduced under the present conditions. Based on the observed cell volume expansion protonic defects are present in the material at 900 °C at a D(2)O partial pressure of ∼0.2 atm. The origin of the chemical expansion is explained by the effective size of the oxygen vacancy being significantly smaller than the [OD] defect. Rietveld analysis has been used to locate possible sites for the deuterons in the high temperature, R3[combining macron]c and Imma, phases that are most relevant for proton transport.

  19. Electrical Conductivity.

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    Allen, Philip B.

    1979-01-01

    Examines Drude's classical (1900) theory of electrical conduction, details the objections to and successes of the 1900 theory, and investigates the Quantum (1928) theory of conduction, reviewing its successes and limitations. (BT)

  20. Electrical Conductivity.

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    Allen, Philip B.

    1979-01-01

    Examines Drude's classical (1900) theory of electrical conduction, details the objections to and successes of the 1900 theory, and investigates the Quantum (1928) theory of conduction, reviewing its successes and limitations. (BT)

  1. Virtual Crystallizer

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    Land, T A; Dylla-Spears, R; Thorsness, C B

    2006-08-29

    Large dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals are grown in large crystallizers to provide raw material for the manufacture of optical components for large laser systems. It is a challenge to grow crystal with sufficient mass and geometric properties to allow large optical plates to be cut from them. In addition, KDP has long been the canonical solution crystal for study of growth processes. To assist in the production of the crystals and the understanding of crystal growth phenomena, analysis of growth habits of large KDP crystals has been studied, small scale kinetic experiments have been performed, mass transfer rates in model systems have been measured, and computational-fluid-mechanics tools have been used to develop an engineering model of the crystal growth process. The model has been tested by looking at its ability to simulate the growth of nine KDP boules that all weighed more than 200 kg.

  2. Crystal growing

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    Neville, J. P.

    1990-01-01

    One objective is to demonstrate the way crystals grow and how they affect the behavior of material. Another objective is to compare the growth of crystals in metals and nonmetals. The procedures, which involve a supersaturated solution of a salt that will separate into crystals on cooling and the pouring off of an eutectic solution to expose the crystals formed by a solid solution when an alloy of two metals forms a solid and eutectic solution on cooling, are described.

  3. Conduct disorder

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    ... activity. Causes Conduct disorder has been linked to: Child abuse Drug or alcohol abuse in the parents Family ... 2016:chap 23. Read More Antisocial personality disorder Child abuse - physical Review Date 3/4/2015 Updated by: ...

  4. Electrical Conductivity.

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    Hershey, David R.; Sand, Susan

    1993-01-01

    Explains how electrical conductivity (EC) can be used to measure ion concentration in solutions. Describes instrumentation for the measurement, temperature dependence and EC, and the EC of common substances. (PR)

  5. Conduct Disorder

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    ... brain damage, child abuse or neglect, genetic vulnerability, school failure, and traumatic life experiences . Children or adolescents with conduct disorder may exhibit some of the following behaviors: Aggression to people and animals bullies , threatens or intimidates ...

  6. Electrical Conductivity.

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    Hershey, David R.; Sand, Susan

    1993-01-01

    Explains how electrical conductivity (EC) can be used to measure ion concentration in solutions. Describes instrumentation for the measurement, temperature dependence and EC, and the EC of common substances. (PR)

  7. Apoferritin crystals

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    2001-01-01

    Dr. Alexander Chernov, of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and based at Marshall Space Flight Center, is investigating why protein crystals grown in space are, in about 20 percent of cases, better-ordered than those grown on the ground. They are testing the idea that the amount of impurities trapped by space-grown crystals may be different than the amount trapped by crystals grown on Earth because convection is negligible in microgravity. The concentrations or impurities in many space-grown crystals turned out to be several times lower than that in the terrestrial ones, sometimes below the detection limit. The ground-based experiment also showed that the amount of impurities per unit volume of the crystals was usually higher than the amount per unit volume of the solution. This means that a growing crystal actually purifies the solution in its immediate vicinity. Here, an impurity depletion zone is created around apoferritin crystals grown in gel, imitating microgravity conditions.

  8. Apoferritin crystals

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    2001-01-01

    Dr. Alexander Chernov, of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and based at Marshall Space Flight Center, is investigating why protein crystals grown in space are, in about 20 percent of cases, better-ordered than those grown on the ground. They are testing the idea that the amount of impurities trapped by space-grown crystals may be different than the amount trapped by crystals grown on Earth because convection is negligible in microgravity. The concentrations or impurities in many space-grown crystals turned out to be several times lower than that in the terrestrial ones, sometimes below the detection limit. The ground-based experiment also showed that the amount of impurities per unit volume of the crystals was usually higher than the amount per unit volume of the solution. This means that a growing crystal actually purifies the solution in its immediate vicinity. Here, an impurity depletion zone is created around apoferritin crystals grown in gel, imitating microgravity conditions.

  9. The Effect of Ionic Liquids on Protein Crystallization and X-ray Diffraction Resolution

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    Judge, Russell A.; Takahashi, Sumiko; Longenecker, Kenton L.; Fry, Elizabeth H.; Abad-Zapatero, Cele; Chiu, Mark L.

    2009-09-08

    Ionic liquids exhibit a variety of properties that make them attractive solvents for biomaterials. Given the potential for productive interaction between ionic liquids and biological macromolecules, we investigated the use of ionic liquids as precipitating agents and additives for protein crystallization for six model proteins (lysozyme, catalase, myoglobin, trypsin, glucose isomerase, and xylanase). The ionic liquids produced changes in crystal morphology and mediated significant increases in crystal size in some cases. Crystals grown using ionic liquids as precipitating agents or as additives provided X-ray diffraction resolution similar to or better than that obtained without ionic liquids. Based upon the experiments performed with model proteins, the ionic liquids were used as additives for the crystallization of the poorly diffracting monoclonal antibody 106.3 Fab in complex with the B-type natriuretic peptide (5-13). The ionic liquids improved the crystallization behavior and provided improved diffraction resulting in the determination of the structure. Ionic liquids should be considered as useful additives for the crystallization of other proteins.

  10. Lysozyme Crystal

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    2004-01-01

    To the crystallographer, this may not be a diamond but it is just as priceless. A Lysozyme crystal grown in orbit looks great under a microscope, but the real test is X-ray crystallography. The colors are caused by polarizing filters. Proteins can form crystals generated by rows and columns of molecules that form up like soldiers on a parade ground. Shining X-rays through a crystal will produce a pattern of dots that can be decoded to reveal the arrangement of the atoms in the molecules making up the crystal. Like the troops in formation, uniformity and order are everything in X-ray crystallography. X-rays have much shorter wavelengths than visible light, so the best looking crystals under the microscope won't necessarily pass muster under the X-rays. In order to have crystals to use for X-ray diffraction studies, crystals need to be fairly large and well ordered. Scientists also need lots of crystals since exposure to air, the process of X-raying them, and other factors destroy them. Growing protein crystals in space has yielded striking results. Lysozyme's structure is well known and it has become a standard in many crystallization studies on Earth and in space.

  11. Appropriate Conduct

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    Di Lullo, Louis

    2004-01-01

    Many years ago when the author assumed the role of assistant principal for school climate, discipline, and attendance, he inherited many school policies and guidelines that were outdated, unfair, and without merit in the current school climate. Because the school conduct code had not been revised since the school opened in 1960, many of the…

  12. Appropriate Conduct

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    Di Lullo, Louis

    2004-01-01

    Many years ago when the author assumed the role of assistant principal for school climate, discipline, and attendance, he inherited many school policies and guidelines that were outdated, unfair, and without merit in the current school climate. Because the school conduct code had not been revised since the school opened in 1960, many of the…

  13. Crystallization-induced properties from morphology-controlled organic crystals.

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    Park, Chibeom; Park, Ji Eun; Choi, Hee Cheul

    2014-08-19

    During the past two decades, many materials chemists have focused on the development of organic molecules that can serve as the basis of cost-effective and flexible electronic, optical, and energy conversion devices. Among the potential candidate molecules, metal-free or metal-containing conjugated organic molecules offer high-order electronic conjugation levels that can directly support fast charge carrier transport, rapid optoelectric responses, and reliable exciton manipulation. Early studies of these molecules focused on the design and synthesis of organic unit molecules that exhibit active electrical and optical properties when produced in the form of thin film devices. Since then, researchers have worked to enhance the properties upon crystallization of the unit molecules as single crystals provide higher carrier mobilities and exciton recombination yields. Most recently, researchers have conducted in-depth studies to understand how crystallization induces property changes, especially those that depend on specific crystal surfaces. The different properties that depend on the crystal facets have been of particular interest. Most unit molecules have anisotropic structures, and therefore produce crystals with several unique crystal facets with dissimilar molecular arrangements. These structural differences would also lead to diverse electrical conductance, optical absorption/emission, and even chemical interaction properties depending on the crystal facet investigated. To study the effects of crystallization and crystal facet-dependent property changes, researchers must grow or synthesize crystals of highly conjugated molecules that have both a variety of morphologies and high crystallinity. Morphologically well-defined organic crystals, that form structures such as wires, rods, disks, and cubes, provide objects that researchers can use to evaluate these material properties. Such structures typically occur as single crystals with well-developed facets with

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Protein Crystallization

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    Chernov, Alexander A.

    2005-01-01

    Nucleation, growth and perfection of protein crystals will be overviewed along with crystal mechanical properties. The knowledge is based on experiments using optical and force crystals behave similar to inorganic crystals, though with a difference in orders of magnitude in growing parameters. For example, the low incorporation rate of large biomolecules requires up to 100 times larger supersaturation to grow protein, rather than inorganic crystals. Nucleation is often poorly reproducible, partly because of turbulence accompanying the mixing of precipitant with protein solution. Light scattering reveals fluctuations of molecular cluster size, its growth, surface energies and increased clustering as protein ages. Growth most often occurs layer-by-layer resulting in faceted crystals. New molecular layer on crystal face is terminated by a step where molecular incorporation occurs. Quantitative data on the incorporation rate will be discussed. Rounded crystals with molecularly disordered interfaces will be explained. Defects in crystals compromise the x-ray diffraction resolution crucially needed to find the 3D atomic structure of biomolecules. The defects are immobile so that birth defects stay forever. All lattice defects known for inorganics are revealed in protein crystals. Contribution of molecular conformations to lattice disorder is important, but not studied. This contribution may be enhanced by stress field from other defects. Homologous impurities (e.g., dimers, acetylated molecules) are trapped more willingly by a growing crystal than foreign protein impurities. The trapped impurities induce internal stress eliminated in crystals exceeding a critical size (part of mni for ferritin, lysozyme). Lesser impurities are trapped from stagnant, as compared to the flowing, solution. Freezing may induce much more defects unless quickly amorphysizing intracrystalline water.

  17. Thermoelectricity in liquid crystals

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    Mohd Said, Suhana; Nordin, Abdul Rahman; Abdullah, Norbani; Balamurugan, S.

    2015-09-01

    The thermoelectric effect, also known as the Seebeck effect, describes the conversion of a temperature gradient into electricity. A Figure of Merit (ZT) is used to describe the thermoelectric ability of a material. It is directly dependent on its Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, and inversely dependent on its thermal conductivity. There is usually a compromise between these parameters, which limit the performance of thermoelectric materials. The current achievement for ZT~2.2 falls short of the expected threshold of ZT=3 to allow its viability in commercial applications. In recent times, advances in organic thermoelectrics been significant, improving by over 3 orders of magnitude over a period of about 10 years. Liquid crystals are newly investigated as candidate thermoelectric materials, given their low thermal conductivity, inherent ordering, and in some cases, reasonable electrical conductivity. In this work the thermoelectric behaviour of a discotic liquid crystal, is discussed. The DLC was filled into cells coated with a charge injector, and an alignment of the columnar axis perpendicular to the substrate was allowed to form. This thermoelectric behavior can be correlated to the order-disorder transition. A reasonable thermoelectric power in the liquid crystal temperature regime was noted. In summary, thermoelectric liquid crystals may have the potential to be utilised in flexible devices, as a standalone power source.

  18. Ice Crystal Cloud Research

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    2016-07-11

    NASA Glenn’s Propulsion Systems Lab (PSL) is conducting research to characterize ice crystal clouds that can create a hazard to aircraft engines under certain conditions. The isokinetic probe (in gold) samples particles and another series of probes can measure everything from humidity to air pressure.

  19. Computational crystallization

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    Altan, Irem; Charbonneau, Patrick; Snell, Edward H.

    2016-01-01

    Crystallization is a key step in macromolecular structure determination by crystallography. While a robust theoretical treatment of the process is available, due to the complexity of the system, the experimental process is still largely one of trial and error. In this article, efforts in the field are discussed together with a theoretical underpinning using a solubility phase diagram. Prior knowledge has been used to develop tools that computationally predict the crystallization outcome and define mutational approaches that enhance the likelihood of crystallization. For the most part these tools are based on binary outcomes (crystal or no crystal), and the full information contained in an assembly of crystallization screening experiments is lost. The potential of this additional information is illustrated by examples where new biological knowledge can be obtained and where a target can be sub-categorized to predict which class of reagents provides the crystallization driving force. Computational analysis of crystallization requires complete and correctly formatted data. While massive crystallization screening efforts are under way, the data available from many of these studies are sparse. The potential for this data and the steps needed to realize this potential are discussed. PMID:26792536

  20. Computational crystallization.

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    Altan, Irem; Charbonneau, Patrick; Snell, Edward H

    2016-07-15

    Crystallization is a key step in macromolecular structure determination by crystallography. While a robust theoretical treatment of the process is available, due to the complexity of the system, the experimental process is still largely one of trial and error. In this article, efforts in the field are discussed together with a theoretical underpinning using a solubility phase diagram. Prior knowledge has been used to develop tools that computationally predict the crystallization outcome and define mutational approaches that enhance the likelihood of crystallization. For the most part these tools are based on binary outcomes (crystal or no crystal), and the full information contained in an assembly of crystallization screening experiments is lost. The potential of this additional information is illustrated by examples where new biological knowledge can be obtained and where a target can be sub-categorized to predict which class of reagents provides the crystallization driving force. Computational analysis of crystallization requires complete and correctly formatted data. While massive crystallization screening efforts are under way, the data available from many of these studies are sparse. The potential for this data and the steps needed to realize this potential are discussed.

  1. Crystallization mechanisms of acicular crystals

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    Puel, François; Verdurand, Elodie; Taulelle, Pascal; Bebon, Christine; Colson, Didier; Klein, Jean-Paul; Veesler, Stéphane

    2008-01-01

    In this contribution, we present an experimental investigation of the growth of four different organic molecules produced at industrial scale with a view to understand the crystallization mechanism of acicular or needle-like crystals. For all organic crystals studied in this article, layer-by-layer growth of the lateral faces is very slow and clear, as soon as the supersaturation is high enough, there is competition between growth and surface-activated secondary nucleation. This gives rise to pseudo-twinned crystals composed of several needle individuals aligned along a crystallographic axis; this is explained by regular over- and inter-growths as in the case of twinning. And when supersaturation is even higher, nucleation is fast and random. In an industrial continuous crystallization, the rapid growth of needle-like crystals is to be avoided as it leads to fragile crystals or needles, which can be partly broken or totally detached from the parent crystals especially along structural anisotropic axis corresponding to weaker chemical bonds, thus leading to slower growing faces. When an activated mechanism is involved such as a secondary surface nucleation, it is no longer possible to obtain a steady state. Therefore, the crystal number, size and habit vary significantly with time, leading to troubles in the downstream processing operations and to modifications of the final solid-specific properties. These results provide valuable information on the unique crystallization mechanisms of acicular crystals, and show that it is important to know these threshold and critical values when running a crystallizer in order to obtain easy-to-handle crystals.

  2. Conduction apraxia.

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    Ochipa, C; Rothi, L J; Heilman, K M

    1994-01-01

    A left hemisphere damaged patient with ideomotor apraxia is described, whose performance on pantomime to verbal command was superior to pantomime imitation. His reception of these same gestures (gesture naming) was spared. This syndrome has been named conduction apraxia. To account for this selective impaired performance on gesture imitation, a separation of the representations for gesture production and reception is proposed and a non-lexical gesture processing route for gesture imitation is suggested. Images PMID:7931387

  3. Electrical Conductivity in Transition Metals

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    Talbot, Christopher; Vickneson, Kishanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this "Science Note" is to describe how to test the electron-sea model to determine whether it accurately predicts relative electrical conductivity for first-row transition metals. In the electron-sea model, a metal crystal is viewed as a three-dimensional array of metal cations immersed in a sea of delocalised valence…

  4. Electrical Conductivity in Transition Metals

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    Talbot, Christopher; Vickneson, Kishanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this "Science Note" is to describe how to test the electron-sea model to determine whether it accurately predicts relative electrical conductivity for first-row transition metals. In the electron-sea model, a metal crystal is viewed as a three-dimensional array of metal cations immersed in a sea of delocalised valence…

  5. Crystal Data

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    SRD 3 NIST Crystal Data (PC database for purchase)   NIST Crystal Data contains chemical, physical, and crystallographic information useful to characterize more than 237,671 inorganic and organic crystalline materials. The data include the standard cell parameters, cell volume, space group number and symbol, calculated density, chemical formula, chemical name, and classification by chemical type.

  6. Crystal Chemistry of Melanite Garnet

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    Nguyen, Dawn Marie

    1999-01-01

    This original project resulted in a detailed crystal chemical data map of a titanium rich garnet (melanite) suite that originates from the Crowsnest Volcanics of Alberta Canada. Garnet is typically present during the partial melting of the earth's mantle to produce basalt. Prior studies conducted at Youngstown State University have yielded questions as to the crystal structure of the melanite. In the Studies conducted at Youngstown State University, through the use of single crystal x-ray diffraction, the c-axis appears to be distorted creating a tetragonal crystal instead of the typical cubic crystal of garnets. The micro probe was used on the same suite of titanium rich garnets as used in the single crystal x-ray diffraction. The combination of the single crystal x-ray research and the detailed microprobe research will allow us to determine the exact crystal chemical structure of the melanite garnet. The crystal chemical data was gathered through the utilization of the SX100 Electron Probe Micro Analyzer. Determination of the exact chemical nature may prove useful in modeling the ultramafic source rock responsible for the formation of the titanium rich lunar basalts.

  7. Development of artificial seed crystal for crystallization of calcium phosphate.

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    Moriyama, K; Kojima, T; Minawa, Y; Matsumoto, S; Nakamachi, K

    2001-11-01

    An artifical seed crystal material consisting of calcium silicate hydrate (5CaO x 6SiO2 x 5H2O : tobermorite crystals) applicable for phosphorus removal by crystallization was developed. Card-house shaped tobermorite crystals were developed on the seed material where orthophosphate crystallized as a calcium phosphate. The seed material can be manufactured by mixing siliceous and calcareous raw materials, pelletizing and subsequent autoclaving. Laboratory experiments were conducted to apply the new developed seed crystal material in the phosphorus recovery from sludge sidestreams of a wastewater treatment plant. In this crystallization process, the performance the carbon dioxide degassingprocess usually carried out when applying crystallization was not necessary, the hydroxyapatite was able to crystallize at a pH of 8.0 to 8.5 without precipitation of calcium carbonates. In the treatment of a sidestream with orthophosphate concentrations of 50 mgl(-1) and COD concentrations between 200 to 400 mgl(-1), phosphorus removal efficiencies ranging from 75 to 85% were observed. The seed crystal material was collected after the laboratory experiments and the chemical estimation and the germination test for agricultural reuse were performed. As a result, it was shown that the hydroxyapatite precipitated on the seed material had a 100% fusibility to soil and had characteristics to be a good nutrient source as a fertilizer for plants.

  8. Crystal Structure of Garnet-Related Li-Ion Conductor Li7–3xGaxLa3Zr2O12: Fast Li-Ion Conduction Caused by a Different Cubic Modification?

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    2016-01-01

    Li-oxide garnets such as Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) are among the most promising candidates for solid-state electrolytes to be used in next-generation Li-ion batteries. The garnet-structured cubic modification of LLZO, showing space group Ia-3d, has to be stabilized with supervalent cations. LLZO stabilized with Ga3+ shows superior properties compared to LLZO stabilized with similar cations; however, the reason for this behavior is still unknown. In this study, a comprehensive structural characterization of Ga-stabilized LLZO is performed by means of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Coarse-grained samples with crystal sizes of several hundred micrometers are obtained by solid-state reaction. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction results show that Li7–3xGaxLa3Zr2O12 with x > 0.07 crystallizes in the acentric cubic space group I-43d. This is the first definite record of this cubic modification for LLZO materials and might explain the superior electrochemical performance of Ga-stabilized LLZO compared to its Al-stabilized counterpart. The phase transition seems to be caused by the site preference of Ga3+. 7Li NMR spectroscopy indicates an additional Li-ion diffusion process for LLZO with space group I-43d compared to space group Ia-3d. Despite all efforts undertaken to reveal structure–property relationships for this class of materials, this study highlights the potential for new discoveries. PMID:27019548

  9. Crystal Structure of Garnet-Related Li-Ion Conductor Li7-3x Ga x La3Zr2O12: Fast Li-Ion Conduction Caused by a Different Cubic Modification?

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    Wagner, Reinhard; Redhammer, Günther J; Rettenwander, Daniel; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Schmidt, Walter; Wilkening, Martin; Amthauer, Georg

    2016-03-22

    Li-oxide garnets such as Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) are among the most promising candidates for solid-state electrolytes to be used in next-generation Li-ion batteries. The garnet-structured cubic modification of LLZO, showing space group Ia-3d, has to be stabilized with supervalent cations. LLZO stabilized with Ga(3+) shows superior properties compared to LLZO stabilized with similar cations; however, the reason for this behavior is still unknown. In this study, a comprehensive structural characterization of Ga-stabilized LLZO is performed by means of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Coarse-grained samples with crystal sizes of several hundred micrometers are obtained by solid-state reaction. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction results show that Li7-3x Ga x La3Zr2O12 with x > 0.07 crystallizes in the acentric cubic space group I-43d. This is the first definite record of this cubic modification for LLZO materials and might explain the superior electrochemical performance of Ga-stabilized LLZO compared to its Al-stabilized counterpart. The phase transition seems to be caused by the site preference of Ga(3+). (7)Li NMR spectroscopy indicates an additional Li-ion diffusion process for LLZO with space group I-43d compared to space group Ia-3d. Despite all efforts undertaken to reveal structure-property relationships for this class of materials, this study highlights the potential for new discoveries.

  10. Crystal growth of a series of lithium garnets Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd): Structural properties, Alexandrite effect and unusual ionic conductivity

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    Roof, Irina P.; Smith, Mark D.; Cussen, Edmund J.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur

    2009-02-15

    We report the single crystal structures of a series of lanthanide containing tantalates, Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd) that were obtained out of a reactive lithium hydroxide flux. The structures of Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, where the Li{sup +} positions and Li{sup +} site occupancies were fixed based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for isostructural compounds. All three oxides crystallize in the cubic space group Ia3-bard (No. 230) with lattice parameters a=12.7735(1), 12.6527(1), and 12.5967(1) A for La{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, Pr{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, and Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, respectively. A UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} was collected to explain its unusual Alexandrite-like optical behavior. To evaluate the transport properties of Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, the impedance data were collected in air in the temperature range 300{<=}T(deg. C){<=}500. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of garnets Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd). TaO{sub 6} polyhedra are shown in yellow and Ln{sup 3+} are shown as light blue spheres. Octahedrally and tetrahedrally coordinated Li{sup +} ions are shown in green and brown, respectively. Oxygen atoms are omitted for clarity.

  11. Crystal growth of a series of lithium garnets Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 ( Ln=La, Pr, Nd): Structural properties, Alexandrite effect and unusual ionic conductivity

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    Roof, Irina P.; Smith, Mark D.; Cussen, Edmund J.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2009-02-01

    We report the single crystal structures of a series of lanthanide containing tantalates, Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 ( Ln=La, Pr, Nd) that were obtained out of a reactive lithium hydroxide flux. The structures of Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, where the Li + positions and Li + site occupancies were fixed based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for isostructural compounds. All three oxides crystallize in the cubic space group Ia3¯d (No. 230) with lattice parameters a=12.7735(1), 12.6527(1), and 12.5967(1) Å for La 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, Pr 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, and Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, respectively. A UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12 was collected to explain its unusual Alexandrite-like optical behavior. To evaluate the transport properties of Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, the impedance data were collected in air in the temperature range 300⩽ T(°C)⩽500.

  12. Pressure sensor using liquid crystals

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    Parmar, Devendra S. (Inventor); Holmes, Harlan K. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A pressure sensor includes a liquid crystal positioned between transparent, electrically conductive films (18 and 20), that are biased by a voltage (V) which induces an electric field (E) that causes the liquid crystal to assume a first state of orientation. Application of pressure (P) to a flexible, transparent film (24) causes the conductive film (20) to move closer to or farther from the conductive film (18), thereby causing a change in the electric field (E'(P)) which causes the liquid crystal to assume a second state of orientation. Polarized light (P.sub.1) is directed into the liquid crystal and transmitted or reflected to an analyzer (A or 30). Changes in the state of orientation of the liquid crystal induced by applied pressure (P) result in a different light intensity being detected at the analyzer (A or 30) as a function of the applied pressure (P). In particular embodiments, the liquid crystal is present as droplets (10) in a polymer matrix (12) or in cells (14) in a polymeric or dielectric grid (16) material in the form of a layer (13) between the electrically conductive films (18 and 20). The liquid crystal fills the open wells in the polymer matrix (12) or grid (16) only partially.

  13. Molecular Crystals

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    Wright, John D.

    1995-02-01

    This book describes the chemical and physical structure of molecular crystals, their optical and electronic properties, and the reactions between neighboring molecules in crystals. In the second edition, the author has taken into account research that has undergone extremely rapid development since the first edition was published in 1987. For instance, he gives extensive coverage to the applications of molecular materials in high-technology devices (e.g. optical communications, laser printers, photocopiers, liquid crystal displays, solar cells, and more). There is also an entirely new chapter on the recently discovered Buckminsterfullerene carbon molecule (C60) and organic non-linear optic materials.

  14. Crystal clear

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    2012-02-01

    A semiconductor is usually opaque to any light whose photon energy is larger than the semiconductor bandgap. Nature Photonics spoke to Stephen Durbin about how to render GaAs semiconductor crystals transparent using intense X-ray pulses.

  15. Importance of C-H-donor and C-H-anion contact interactions for the crystal packing, the lattice softness and the superconducting transition temperatures of organic conducting salts

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    Whangbo, M.-H.; Novoa, J.J.; Jung, D. . Dept. of Chemistry); Williams, J.M.; Kinj, A.M.; Wang, H.H.; Geiser, U.; Beno, M.A.; Carlson, K.D. )

    1990-01-01

    The organic donor molecule BEDT-TTF and its analogs 2--4 have yielded a number of ambient-pressure superconducting salts. What structural and electronic factors govern the magnitudes of their superconducting transition temperature {Tc} has been a topic of intense studies. Examination of the band electronic structures of closely related superconducting salts shows, that the magnitudes of their {Tc}'s are primarily determined by the softness of their crystal lattices. The crystal packing and the lattice softness of organic donor salts are strongly influenced by the donor{hor ellipsis}donor and donor{hor ellipsis}anion contact interactions involving the donor-molecule C-H bonds. In the present work, we briefly review the electronic structures of some representative organic salt superconductors and discuss the softness of their crytsal lattices on the basis of the interaction energies calculated for the C-H{hor ellipsis}donor and C-H{hor ellipsis}anion contact interactions. 34 refs., 14 figs., 8 tabs.

  16. Copper sulfate: Liquid or crystals?

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    Two separate experiments were conducted to evaluate copper toxicity to channel catfish and free-swimming Ichthyophthirius multifiliis or Ich (the stage of Ich that can be treated); the compounds we used were CuSO4 crystals and a non-chelated liquid CuSO4 product. In 96 hr tests conducted in aquaria...

  17. Shape Evolution of Detached Bridgman Crystals Grown in Microgravity

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    Volz, M. P.; Mazuruk, K.

    2015-01-01

    A theory describing the shape evolution of detached Bridgman crystals in microgravity has been developed. A starting crystal of initial radius r0 will evolve to one of the following states: Stable detached gap; Attachment to the crucible wall; Meniscus collapse. Only crystals where alpha plus omega is great than 180 degrees will achieve stable detached growth in microgravity. Results of the crystal shape evolution theory are consistent with predictions of the dynamic stability of crystallization (Tatarchenko, Shaped Crystal Growth, Kluwer, 1993). Tests of transient crystal evolution are planned for ICESAGE, a series of Ge and GeSi crystal growth experiments planned to be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).

  18. Liquid Crystals

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    1990-01-01

    Thermochromic liquid crystals, or TLCs, are a type of liquid crystals that react to changes in temperature by changing color. The Hallcrest/NASA collaboration involved development of a new way to visualize boundary layer transition in flight and in wind tunnel testing of aircraft wing and body surfaces. TLCs offered a new and potentially better method of visualizing the boundary layer transition in flight. Hallcrest provided a liquid crystal formulation technique that afforded great control over the sensitivity of the liquid crystals to varying conditions. Method is of great use to industry, government and universities for aerodynamic and hydrodynamic testing. Company's principal line is temperature indicating devices for industrial use, such as non-destructive testing and flaw detection in electric/electronic systems, medical application, such as diagnostic systems, for retail sale, such as room, refrigerator, baby bath and aquarium thermometers, and for advertising and promotion specials. Additionally, Hallcrest manufactures TLC mixtures for cosmetic applications, and liquid crystal battery tester for Duracell batteries.

  19. Ionic Conduction in Nanocrystalline Materials

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    2000-02-10

    photo- largely due to oxygen desorption from particle voltaic cells and as the photocatalyst in water surfaces. The latter interpretation...and Tuller [22] prepared dense (-95%) temperature, where bulk reduction was observed. At compacts of TiO2 with the anatase phase. The lower... TiO2 , evidence preparation. is mixed. Nanocrystalline rutile appears to exhibit higher ionic conductivity than single crystal rutile while

  20. SYMMETRICAL LASER CRYSTALS.

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    CRYSTAL GROWTH , SYMMETRY(CRYSTALLOGRAPHY), LASERS, SYNTHESIS, FERROELECTRIC CRYSTALS , FLUORESCENCE, IMPURITIES, BARIUM COMPOUNDS, ZIRCONATES...STRONTIUM COMPOUNDS, TITANATES, STANNATES, SAMARIUM, MANGANESE, REFRACTORY MATERIALS, OXIDES, SINGLE CRYSTALS .

  1. Therapeutic Crystals

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    Bond, Charles S.

    2014-01-01

    Some readers might not fully know what the difference is between crystallography, and the "new age" practice of dangling crystals around the body to capitalise on their healing energy. The latter is often considered to be superstition, while ironically, the former has actually resulted in real rationally-based healing of human diseases…

  2. Optical Crystals

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    Bergsten, Ronald

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the production and structure of a sequence of optical crystals which can serve as one-, two-, and three-dimensional diffraction plates to illustrate diffraction patterns by using light rather than x-rays or particles. Applications to qualitative presentations of Laue theory at the secondary and college levels are recommended. (CC)

  3. Therapeutic Crystals

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    Bond, Charles S.

    2014-01-01

    Some readers might not fully know what the difference is between crystallography, and the "new age" practice of dangling crystals around the body to capitalise on their healing energy. The latter is often considered to be superstition, while ironically, the former has actually resulted in real rationally-based healing of human diseases…

  4. Comparing Crystals

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    Sharp, Janet; Hoiberg, Karen; Chumbley, Scott

    2003-01-01

    This standard lesson on identifying salt and sugar crystals expands into an opportunity for students to develop their observation, questioning, and modeling skills. Although sugar and salt may look similar, students discovered that they looked very different under a magnifying glass and behaved differently when dissolved in water. In addition,…

  5. Optical Crystals

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    Bergsten, Ronald

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the production and structure of a sequence of optical crystals which can serve as one-, two-, and three-dimensional diffraction plates to illustrate diffraction patterns by using light rather than x-rays or particles. Applications to qualitative presentations of Laue theory at the secondary and college levels are recommended. (CC)

  6. A 3D POM-MOF composite based on Ni(ΙΙ) ion and 2,2‧-bipyridyl-3,3‧-dicarboxylic acid: Crystal structure and proton conductivity

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    Wei, Meilin; Wang, Xiaoxiang; Sun, Jingjing; Duan, Xianying

    2013-06-01

    We have succeeded in constructing a 3D POM-MOF, {H[Ni(Hbpdc)(H2O)2]2[PW12O40]·8H2O}n (H2bpdc=2,2'-bipyridyl-3,3'-dicarboxylic acid), by the controllable self-assembly of H2bpdc, Keggin-anions and Ni2+ ions based on the electrostatic and coordination interactions. Interestingly, Hbpdc- as polydentate organic ligands and Keggin-anion as polydentate inorganic ligands are covalently linked transition-metal nickel at the same time. The title complex represents a new example of introducing the metal N-heterocyclic multi-carboxylic acid frameworks into POMs chemistry. Based on Keggin-anions being immobilized as part of the metal N-heterocyclic multi-carboxylic acid framework, the title complex realizes four approaches in the 1D hydrophilic channel used to engender proton conductivity in MOFs. Its water adsorption isotherm at room temperature and pressure shows that the water content in it was 31 cm3 g-1 at the maximum allowable humidity, corresponding to 3.7 water molecules per unit formula. It exhibits good proton conductivities (10-4-10-3 S cm-1) at 100 °C in the relative humidity range 35-98%. The corresponding activation energy (Ea) of conductivity was estimated to be 1.01 eV.

  7. Crystal structure and proton conductivity of BaSn0.6Sc0.4O3-δ : insights from neutron powder diffraction and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Kinyanjui, Francis G; Norberg, Stefan T; Knee, Christopher S; Ahmed, Istaq; Hull, Stephen; Buannic, Lucienne; Hung, Ivan; Gan, Zhehong; Blanc, Frédéric; Grey, Clare P; Eriksson, Sten G

    2016-04-14

    The solid-state synthesis and structural characterisation of perovskite BaSn1-x Sc x O3-δ (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) and its corresponding hydrated ceramics are reported. Powder and neutron X-ray diffractions reveal the presence of cubic perovskites (space group Pm3m) with an increasing cell parameter as a function of scandium concentration along with some indication of phase segregation. (119)Sn and (45)Sc solid-state NMR spectroscopy data highlight the existence of oxygen vacancies in the dry materials, and their filling upon hydrothermal treatment with D2O. It also indicates that the Sn(4+) and Sc(3+) local distribution at the B-site of the perovskite is inhomogeneous and suggests that the oxygen vacancies are located in the scandium dopant coordination shell at low concentrations (x ≤ 0.2) and in the tin coordination shell at high concentrations (x ≥ 0.3). (17)O NMR spectra on (17)O enriched BaSn1-x Sc x O3-δ materials show the existence of Sn-O-Sn, Sn-O-Sc and Sc-O-Sc bridging oxygen environments. A further room temperature neutron powder diffraction study on deuterated BaSn0.6Sc0.4O3-δ refines the deuteron position at the 24k crystallographic site (x, y, 0) with x = 0.579(3) and y = 0.217(3) which leads to an O-D bond distance of 0.96(1) Å and suggests tilting of the proton towards the next nearest oxygen. Proton conduction was found to dominate in wet argon below 700 °C with total conductivity values in the range 1.8 × 10(-4) to 1.1 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) between 300 and 600 °C. Electron holes govern the conduction process in dry oxidizing conditions, whilst in wet oxygen they compete with protonic defects leading to a wide mixed conduction region in the 200 to 600 °C temperature region, and a suppression of the conductivity at higher temperature.

  8. A 3D POM–MOF composite based on Ni(ΙΙ) ion and 2,2´-bipyridyl-3,3´-dicarboxylic acid: Crystal structure and proton conductivity

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    Wei, Meilin; Wang, Xiaoxiang; Sun, Jingjing; Duan, Xianying

    2013-06-01

    We have succeeded in constructing a 3D POM–MOF, (H[Ni(Hbpdc)(H₂O)₂]₂[PW₁₂O₄₀]·8H₂O)n (H₂bpdc=2,2´-bipyridyl-3,3´-dicarboxylic acid), by the controllable self-assembly of H₂bpdc, Keggin-anions and Ni²⁺ ions based on the electrostatic and coordination interactions. Interestingly, Hbpdc⁻ as polydentate organic ligands and Keggin-anion as polydentate inorganic ligands are covalently linked transition-metal nickel at the same time. The title complex represents a new example of introducing the metal N-heterocyclic multi-carboxylic acid frameworks into POMs chemistry. Based on Keggin-anions being immobilized as part of the metal N-heterocyclic multi-carboxylic acid framework, the title complex realizes four approaches in the 1D hydrophilic channel used to engender proton conductivity in MOFs. Its water adsorption isotherm at room temperature and pressure shows that the water content in it was 31 cm³ g⁻¹ at the maximum allowable humidity, corresponding to 3.7 water molecules per unit formula. It exhibits good proton conductivities (10⁻⁴–10⁻³ S cm⁻¹) at 100 °C in the relative humidity range 35–98%. The corresponding activation energy (E{sub a}) of conductivity was estimated to be 1.01 eV. - Graphical abstract: A POM–MOF composite constructed by Keggin-type polyanion, Ni²⁺ and H₂bpdc shows good proton conductivities of 10⁻⁴–10⁻³ S cm⁻¹ at 100 °C under 35–98% RH. - Highlights: • A POM–MOF was constructed by combining metal N-heterocyclic multi-carboxylic acid framework and Keggin anion. • It opens a pathway for design and synthesis of multifunctional hybrid materials based on two building units. • Three types of potential proton-carriers have been assembled in the 1D hydrophilic channels of the POM–MOF. • It achieved such proton conductivities as 10⁻⁴–10⁻³ S cm⁻¹ at 100 °C in the RH range 35–98%.

  9. Anisotropic electrical and thermal conductivity in Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} [AE = Ca, Sr{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x} (x = 0.0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0)] single crystals

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    Dong, Song-Tao; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Lv, Yang-Yang; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Shan-Tao; Xiong, Ye; Yao, Shu-Hua E-mail: ybchen@nju.edu.cn; Chen, Y. B. E-mail: ybchen@nju.edu.cn; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2015-09-28

    Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} (AE represents alkaline earth), constructed by stacking of rock-salt Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}O{sub 4} and triangle CoO{sub 2} layers alternatively along c-axis, is one of promising thermoelectric oxides. The most impressive feature of Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ}, as reported previously, is their electrical conductivity mainly lying along CoO{sub 2} plane, adjusting Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}O{sub 4} layer simultaneously manipulates both thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. It in turn optimizes thermoelectric performance of these materials. In this work, we characterize the anisotropic thermal and electrical conductivity along both ab-plane and c-direction of Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} (AE = Ca, Sr, Ba, Sr{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}) single crystals. The results substantiate that isovalence replacement in Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} remarkably modifies their electrical property along ab-plane; while their thermal conductivity along ab-plane only has a slightly difference. At the same time, both the electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity along c-axis of these materials also have dramatic changes. Certainly, the electrical resistance along c-axis is too high to be used as thermoelectric applications. These results suggest that adjusting nano-block Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}O{sub 4} layer in Bi{sub 2}AE{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} cannot modify the thermal conductivity along high electrical conductivity plane (ab-plane here). The evolution of electrical property is discussed by Anderson localization and electron-electron interaction U. And the modification of thermal conductivity along c-axis is attributed to the microstructure difference. This work sheds more light on the manipulation of the thermal and electrical conductivity in the layered thermoelectric materials.

  10. Ionic crystals

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    Mahan, G.D.

    1985-03-01

    The theme of the second Petra School of Physics was the optical properties of solids. The author's lectures will discuss the theory of ionic crystals such as the alkali halides. The general topics will include a discussion of: the local electric fields, multipole polarizability, core level spectra, and electron energy levels. The subject of alkali halides is today regarded as unfashionable. They were quite popular years ago, but fashions and fancies in science have moved elsewhere. One should not think they are well understood. The author's impression of this field is that activity stopped, not because the problems were solved, but rather because the workers got tired of not being able to solve them. For example, we still do not have a good theory of crystal structure, since microscopic forces are not well characterized. One concludes that other quantities which depend upon forces, such as the elastic constants, are also not well understood, although theories of them are published all of the time. As another example, we still do not have a good theory of bonding. Here there are two camps: one which regards the bonding as ionic, while the other advocates significant amounts of covalency. Recently we have shown that both the elastic constants, and the amount of covalent bonding, depend significantly upon the higher multipole polarizabilities. In summary, the subject of ionic crystals is a field where there are still many unresolved issues awaiting good research. 21 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  11. Conducting nanowires in insulating ceramics.

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    Nakamura, Atsutomo; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki; Tohma, Jun; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2003-07-01

    Low-dimensional structures, such as microclusters, quantum dots and one- or two-dimensional (1D or 2D) quantum wires, are of scientific and technological interest due to their unusual physical properties, which are quite different from those in the bulk. Here we present a successful method for fabricating conducting nanowire bundles inside an insulating ceramic single crystal by using unidirectional dislocations. A high density of dislocations (10(9) cm(-2)) was introduced by activating a primary slip system in sapphire (alpha-Al2O3 single crystal) using a two-stage deformation technique. Plate specimens cut out from the deformed sapphire were then annealed to straighten the dislocations. Finally, the plates on which metallic Ti was evaporated were heat-treated to diffuse Ti atoms inside sapphire. As a result of this process, Ti atoms segregated along the unidirectional dislocations within about 5 nm diameter, forming unidirectional Ti-enriched nanowires, which exhibit excellent electrical conductivity. This simple technique could potentially to be applied to any crystal, and may give special properties to commonly used materials.

  12. Nonstoichiometry in the systems Na2MoO4-MMoO4 (M = Co, Cd), crystal structures of Na3.36Co1.32(MoO4)3, Na3.13Mn1.43(MoO4)3 and Na3.72Cd1.14(MoO4)3, crystal chemistry, compositions and ionic conductivity of alluaudite-type double molybdates and tungstates

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    Solodovnikov, Sergey F.; Solodovnikova, Zoya A.; Zolotova, Evgeniya S.; Yudin, Vasiliy N.; Gulyaeva, Oksana A.; Tushinova, Yunna L.; Kuchumov, Boris M.

    2017-09-01

    As results of a powder XRD study of sintered samples of the systems Na2MoO4-MMoO4 (M = Co, Cd) quenched in air from 873 K, the literature data on the phase formation and homogeneity ranges of nonstoichiometric double molybdates in these systems were corrected. The compounds are monoclinic alluaudite-type Na4-2xCo1+x(MoO4)3 (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) and Na4-2xCd1+x(MoO4)3 (0.10 ≤ x ≤ 0.40), orthorhombic lyonsite-type Na2-2yCo2+y(MoO4)3 (0.05 ≤ y ≤ 0.25), and triclinic Na2-2zCo2+z(MoO4)3 (0.10 ≤ z ≤ 0.40) of the Na2Mg5(MoO4)6 type. The temperature of the orthorhombic-to-triclinic phase transition was found to be 943 ± 10 K. Crystal structures of the alluaudite-type double molybdates (space group C2/c, Z = 4) with cobalt, manganese, and cadmium were determined. According to the atomic position occupations, the compositions for the crystals were found as Na3.36Co1.32(MoO4)3 (a = 12.6381(3), b = 13.4888(4), c = 7.1244(2) Å, β = 112.127(1)°,R = 0.0207), Na3.13Mn1.43(MoO4)3 (a = 12.7387(3), b = 13.6716(4), c = 7.1904(2) Å, β = 112.404(1)°, R = 0.0166), and Na3.72Cd1.14(MoO4)3 (a = 12.804(3), b = 13.913(3), c = 7.326(2) Å, β = 112.63(1)°,R = 0.0158). The crystal chemistry and compositions of the alluaudite-type molybdates and tungstates were considered and mainly one-dimensional character of the sodium-ion transport was shown for them. The measured values of the ionic conductivity of sintered samples of Na3.6M1.2(MoO4)3 (M = Mg, Ni, Zn, Cd) and Na3.6Mg1.2(WO4)3 exceeds 10-3 S cm-1 at 673 K.

  13. Heat conduction in conducting polyaniline nanofibers

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, A.; Syu, K.-Z.; Kuo, Y.-K.

    2013-09-01

    Thermal conductivity and specific heat of conducting polyaniline nanofibers are measured to identify the nature of heat carrying modes combined with their inhomogeneous structure. The low temperature thermal conductivity results reveal crystalline nature while the high temperature data confirm the amorphous nature of the material suggesting heterogeneous model for conducting polyaniline. Extended acoustic phonons dominate the low temperature (<100 K) heat conduction, while localized optical phonons hopping, assisted by the extended acoustic modes, account for the high temperature (>100 K) heat conduction.

  14. Conductive dense hydrogen

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    Eremets, M.; Troyan, I.

    2012-12-01

    Hydrogen at ambient pressures and low temperatures forms a molecular crystal which is expected to display metallic properties under megabar pressures. This metal is predicted to be superconducting with a very high critical temperature Tc of 200-400 K. The superconductor may potentially be recovered metastably at ambient pressures, and it may acquire a new quantum state as a metallic superfluid and a superconducting superfluid. Recent experiments performed at low temperatures T < 100 K showed that at record pressures of 300 GPa, hydrogen remains in the molecular state and is an insulator with a band gap of appr 2 eV. Given our current experimental and theoretical understanding, hydrogen is expected to become metallic at pressures of 400-500 GPa, beyond the current limits of static pressures achievable using diamond anvil cells. We found that at room temperature and pressure > 220 GPa, new Raman modes arose, providing evidence for the transformation to a new opaque and electrically conductive phase IV. Above 260 GPa, in the next phase V, hydrogen reflected light well. Its resistance was nearly temperature-independent over a wide temperature range, down to 30 K, indicating that the hydrogen was metallic. Releasing the pressure induced the metallic phase to transform directly into molecular hydrogen with significant hysteresis at 200 GPa and 295 K. These data were published in our paper: M. I. Eremets and I. A. Troyan "Conductive dense hydrogen." Nature Materials 10: 927-931. We will present also new results on hydrogen: phase diagram with phases IV and V determined in P,T domain up to 300 GPa and 350 K. We will also discuss possible structures of phase IV based on our Raman and infrared measurements up to 300 GPa.

  15. Crystal quality and differential crystal-growth behaviour of three proteins crystallized in gel at high hydrostatic pressure.

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    Kadri, A; Lorber, B; Charron, C; Robert, M-C; Capelle, B; Damak, M; Jenner, G; Giegé, R

    2005-06-01

    Pressure is a non-invasive physical parameter that can be used to control and influence protein crystallization. It is also found that protein crystals of superior quality can be produced in gel. Here, a novel crystallization strategy combining hydrostatic pressure and agarose gel is described. Comparative experiments were conducted on hen and turkey egg-white lysozymes and the plant protein thaumatin. Crystals could be produced under up to 75-100 MPa (lysozymes) and 250 MPa (thaumatin). Several pressure-dependent parameters were determined, which included solubility and supersaturation of the proteins, number, size and morphology of the crystals, and the crystallization volume. Exploration of three-dimensional phase diagrams in which pH and pressure varied identified growth conditions where crystals had largest size and best morphology. As a general trend, nucleation and crystal-growth kinetics are altered and nucleation is always enhanced under pressure. Further, solubility of the lysozymes increases with pressure while that of thaumatin decreases. Likewise, changes in crystallization volumes at high and atmospheric pressure are opposite, being positive for the lysozymes and negative for thaumatin. Crystal quality was estimated by analysis of Bragg reflection profiles and X-ray topographs. While the quality of lysozyme crystals deteriorates as pressure increases, that of thaumatin crystals improves, with more homogeneous crystal morphology suggesting that pressure selectively dissociates ill-formed nuclei. Analysis of the thaumatin structure reveals a less hydrated solvent shell around the protein when pressure increases, with approximately 20% less ordered water molecules in crystals grown at 150 MPa when compared with those grown at atmospheric pressure (0.1 MPa). Noticeably, the altered water distribution is seen in depressurized crystals, indicating that pressure triggers a stable structural alteration on the protein surface while its polypeptide backbone

  16. Effect of Strontium-Doped Lanthanum Vanadate on Crystal Structure, Conductivity and Vanadium Valence State of a La1- x Sr x VO3 Anode in a Reducing Environment

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    Liu, Chi-Yang; Tsai, Shu-Yi; Ni, Chung-Ta; Fung, Kuan-Zong

    2017-04-01

    La1- x Sr x VO3 (where x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1) exhibits a transition from an antiferromagnetic insulator to a paramagnetic metallic conductor and has been synthesized as a potential anode material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). La1- x Sr x VO3 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction process followed by heat treatment under a reducing atmosphere (Ar:80/H2:20). X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that LaVO3 was substituted with various amounts of Sr2+ in the cation sublattice. Pure LaVO3 shows an orthorhombic structure. After Sr2+ substitution, a more symmetrical cubic perovskite structure was obtained because the tolerance factor is close to 1. The valence state of the vanadium ions of the La1- x Sr x VO3 was further verified by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). According to the XPS results, when the lanthanum ion was substituted by a strontium ion, the negatively charged defect, SrLa', was compensated for by changing the valence of vanadium from a trivalent to a tetravalent or pentavalent state. The dependence of conduction behavior of La1- x Sr x VO3 on the amount of Sr addition is discussed in terms of the hopping process with super/double exchange interaction and a charge transfer mechanism.

  17. Computational analyses of crystal growth

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    Dakhoul, Youssef M.

    1987-01-01

    Two important aspects of Hg/Cd/Te crystal growth processes are discussed. First, the thermal field and second, the fluid movement in the melt zone. The thermal analysis includes numerical calculation of axisymmetric heat conduction within the sample. It also includes a three-dimensional radiation model to calculate the radiative heat exchange between the furnace and the crystal as determined by the complex geometry of the furnace and the adiabatic shield. The thermal analysis also includes a crystal conductivity which is dependent on temperature and composition. To tackle the fluid flow aspect of the problem, an attempt was made to use a newly developed incompressible flow code based on the slight compressibility, and hence the finite sound speed, of all real fluids.

  18. Crystallization of struvite from metastable region with different types of seed crystal

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    Ali, Imtiaj; Schneider, Phil Andrew

    2005-05-01

    The main feature of this paper was to recognize struvite crystallization in the metastable region of supersaturation. Thermodynamic equilibria of struvite were simulated to identify the minimum struvite solubility limit, thereafter validated by existing thermodynamic modelling packages such as PHREEQC and the derived data from existing struvite solubility curve. Using laser light scattering detection, spontaneous nucleation was identified by the slow increase of pH in a supersaturated solution of struvite. The crystallization experiment, conducted close to the saturation region in metastable zone, initiated struvite growth. The conducted experiment showed that mother crystal (struvite) was more effective as seeds for struvite crystallization.

  19. Synthesis crystal structure and ionic conductivity of Ca{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} and Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10}

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    Porob, Digamber G.; Guru Row, T.N. . E-mail: ssctng@sscu.iisc.ernet.in

    2004-12-01

    Two new compounds Ca{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} and Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} have been synthesized in the ternary system: MO-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} system (M=M{sup 2+}). The crystal structure of Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} has been determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data, space group P1-bar and Z=2, with cell parameters a=7.1453(3)A, b=7.8921(3)A, c=9.3297(3)A, {alpha}=106.444(2){sup o}, {beta}=94.088(2){sup o}, {gamma}=112.445(2){sup o}, V=456.72(4)A{sup 3}. Ca{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} is isostructural with Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10}, with, a=7.0810(2)A, b=7.8447(2)A, c=9.3607(2)A, {alpha}=106.202(1){sup o}, {beta}=94.572(1){sup o}, {gamma}=112.659(1){sup o}, V=450.38(2)A{sup 3} and its structure has been refined by Rietveld method using powder X-ray data. The crystal structure consists of infinite chains of (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}) along c-axis formed by linkage of BiO{sub 8} and BiO{sub 6} polyhedra interconnected by MO{sub 8} polyhedra forming 2D layers in ac plane. The vanadate tetrahedra are sandwiched between these layers. Conductivity measurements give a maximum conductivity value of 4.54x10{sup -5} and 3.63x10{sup -5}Scm{sup -1} for Ca{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10} and Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 10}, respectively at 725 deg. C.

  20. Thermophysical parameters of the LBO crystal

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    Grechin, Sergei G; Zuev, A V; Fokin, A S; Kokh, Aleksandr E; Moiseev, N V; Popov, Petr A; Sidorov, Aleksei A

    2010-08-27

    The thermophysical parameters (linear thermal expansion coefficients, thermal conductivities, and heat capacity) of the lithium triborate (LBO) crystal are measured and compared with previously published data. (nonlinear-optics phenomena)

  1. Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database

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    SRD 21 Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database (Web, free access)   The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database and NASA Archive for Protein Crystal Growth Data (BMCD) contains the conditions reported for the crystallization of proteins and nucleic acids used in X-ray structure determinations and archives the results of microgravity macromolecule crystallization studies.

  2. Thermal Conductivity of Diamond Composites

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    Kidalov, Sergey V.; Shakhov, Fedor M.

    2009-01-01

    A major problem challenging specialists in present-day materials sciences is the development of compact, cheap to fabricate heat sinks for electronic devices, primarily for computer processors, semiconductor lasers, high-power microchips, and electronics components. The materials currently used for heat sinks of such devices are aluminum and copper, with thermal conductivities of about 250 W/(m·K) and 400 W/(m·K), respectively. Significantly, the thermal expansion coefficient of metals differs markedly from those of the materials employed in semiconductor electronics (mostly silicon); one should add here the low electrical resistivity metals possess. By contrast, natural single-crystal diamond is known to feature the highest thermal conductivity of all the bulk materials studied thus far, as high as 2,200 W/(m·K). Needless to say, it cannot be applied in heat removal technology because of high cost. Recently, SiC- and AlN-based ceramics have started enjoying wide use as heat sink materials; the thermal conductivity of such composites, however, is inferior to that of metals by nearly a factor two. This prompts a challenging scientific problem to develop diamond-based composites with thermal characteristics superior to those of aluminum and copper, adjustable thermal expansion coefficient, low electrical conductivity and a moderate cost, below that of the natural single-crystal diamond. The present review addresses this problem and appraises the results reached by now in studying the possibility of developing composites in diamond-containing systems with a view of obtaining materials with a high thermal conductivity.

  3. DC electrical conductivity study of cerium doped conducting glass systems

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    Barde, R. V.; Waghuley, S. A.

    2013-06-01

    The glass samples of composition 60V2O5-5P2O5-(35-x)B2O3-xCeO2, (1 ≤ x ≤ 5) were prepared by the conventional melt quench method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermo gravimetric-differential thermal analysis. The glass transition temperature and crystallization temperature determined from TG-DTA analysis. The DC electrical conductivity has been carried out in the temperature range 303-473 K. The maximum conductivity and minimum activation energy were found to be 0.039 Scm-1 and 0.15 eV at 473 K for x=1, respectively.

  4. Crystallization process

    DOEpatents

    Adler, Robert J.; Brown, William R.; Auyang, Lun; Liu, Yin-Chang; Cook, W. Jeffrey

    1986-01-01

    An improved crystallization process is disclosed for separating a crystallizable material and an excluded material which is at least partially excluded from the solid phase of the crystallizable material obtained upon freezing a liquid phase of the materials. The solid phase is more dense than the liquid phase, and it is separated therefrom by relative movement with the formation of a packed bed of solid phase. The packed bed is continuously formed adjacent its lower end and passed from the liquid phase into a countercurrent flow of backwash liquid. The packed bed extends through the level of the backwash liquid to provide a drained bed of solid phase adjacent its upper end which is melted by a condensing vapor.

  5. Liquid Crystal Devices.

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    Bradshaw, Madeline J.

    1983-01-01

    The nature of liquid crystals and several important liquid crystal devices are described. Ideas for practical experiments to illustrate the properties of liquid crystals and their operation in devices are also described. (Author/JN)

  6. Liquid Crystal Inquiries.

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    Marroum, Renata-Maria

    1996-01-01

    Discusses the properties and classification of liquid crystals. Presents a simple experiment that illustrates the structure of liquid crystals and the differences between the various phases liquid crystals can assume. (JRH)

  7. PARAMAGNETIC RELAXATION IN CRYSTALS.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    CRYSTALS, PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE, RELAXATION TIME , CRYSTAL DEFECTS, QUARTZ, GLASS, STRAIN(MECHANICS), TEMPERATURE, NUCLEAR SPINS, HYDROGEN, CALCIUM COMPOUNDS, FLUORIDES, COLOR CENTERS, PHONONS, OXYGEN.

  8. Using Inorganic Crystals To Grow Protein Crystals

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    Shlichta, Paul J.; Mcpherson, Alexander A.

    1989-01-01

    Solid materials serve as nucleating agents. Protein crystals induced by heterogeneous nucleation and in some cases by epitaxy to grow at lower supersaturations than needed for spontaneous nucleation. Heterogeneous nucleation makes possible to grow large, defect-free single crystals of protein more readily. Such protein crystals benefits research in biochemistry and pharmacology.

  9. Using Inorganic Crystals To Grow Protein Crystals

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    Shlichta, Paul J.; Mcpherson, Alexander A.

    1989-01-01

    Solid materials serve as nucleating agents. Protein crystals induced by heterogeneous nucleation and in some cases by epitaxy to grow at lower supersaturations than needed for spontaneous nucleation. Heterogeneous nucleation makes possible to grow large, defect-free single crystals of protein more readily. Such protein crystals benefits research in biochemistry and pharmacology.

  10. Laser-induced crystallization and crystal growth.

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    Sugiyama, Teruki; Masuhara, Hiroshi

    2011-11-04

    Recent streams of laser studies on crystallization and crystal growth are summarized and reviewed. Femtosecond multiphoton excitation of solutions leads to their ablation at the focal point, inducing local bubble formation, shockwave propagation, and convection flow. This phenomenon, called "laser micro tsunami" makes it possible to trigger crystallization of molecules and proteins from their supersaturated solutions. Femtosecond laser ablation of a urea crystal in solution triggers the additional growth of a single daughter crystal. Intense continuous wave (CW) near infrared laser irradiation at the air/solution interface of heavy-water amino acid solutions results in trapping of the clusters and evolves to crystallization. A single crystal is always prepared in a spatially and temporally controlled manner, and the crystal polymorph of glycine depends on laser power, polarization, and solution concentration. Upon irradiation at the glass/solution interface, a millimeter-sized droplet is formed, and a single crystal is formed by shifting the irradiation position to the surface. Directional and selective crystal growth is also possible with laser trapping. Finally, characteristics of laser-induced crystallization and crystal growth are summarized.

  11. Determination of Crystal Orientation by Ω-Scan Method in Nickel-Based Single-Crystal Turbine Blades

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    Gancarczyk, Kamil; Albrecht, Robert; Berger, Hans; Szeliga, Dariusz; Gradzik, Andrzej; Sieniawski, Jan

    2017-08-01

    The article presents an assessment of the crystal perfection of single-crystal turbine blades based on the crystal orientation and lattice parameter distribution on their surface. Crystal orientation analysis was conducted by the X-ray diffraction method Ω-scan and the X-ray diffractometer provided by the EFG Company. The Ω-scan method was successfully used for evaluation of the crystal orientation and lattice parameters in semiconductors. A description of the Ω-scan method and an example of measurement of crystal orientation compared to the Laue and EBSD methods are presented.

  12. Curved branching crystals and differentiation in comb-layered rocks

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    Lofgren, G. E.; Donaldson, C. H.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation is conducted concerning two common features of comb layered rocks. Attention is given to the curvature of oriented, elongate, branching crystals and the tendency to form highly differentiated layers. Crystallization studies of plagioclase show that some degree of supercooling is necessary to produce the skeletal, curved, and branching plagioclase crystal morphologies found in comb-layered rocks and that curved crystals can be grown without the presence of a directed stress.

  13. Pressure dependence of electrical conductivity in forsterite

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    Yoshino, Takashi; Zhang, Baohua; Rhymer, Brandon; Zhao, Chengcheng; Fei, Hongzhan

    2017-01-01

    Electrical conductivity of dry forsterite has been measured in muli-anvil apparatus to investigate the pressure dependence of ionic conduction in forsterite. The starting materials for the conductivity experiments were a synthetic forsterite single crystal and a sintered forsterite aggregate synthesized from oxide mixture. Electrical conductivities were measured at 3.5, 6.7, 9.6, 12.1, and 14.9 GPa between 1300 and 2100 K. In the measured temperature range, the conductivity of single crystal forsterite decreases in the order of [001], [010], and [100]. In all cases, the conductivity decreases with increasing pressure and then becomes nearly constant for [100] and [001] and slightly increases above 7 GPa for [010] orientations and a polycrystalline forsterite sample. Pressure dependence of forsterite conductivity was considered as a change of the dominant conduction mechanism composed of migration of both magnesium and oxygen vacancies in forsterite. The activation energy (ΔE) and activation volume (ΔV) for ionic conduction due to migration of Mg vacancy were 1.8-2.7 eV and 5-19 cm3/mol, respectively, and for that due to O vacancy were 2.2-3.1 eV and -1.1 to 0.3 cm3/mol, respectively. The olivine conductivity model combined with small polaron conduction suggests that the most part of the upper mantle is controlled by ionic conduction rather than small polaron conduction. The previously observed negative pressure dependence of the conductivity of olivine with low iron content (Fo90) can be explained by ionic conduction due to migration of Mg vacancies, which has a large positive activation volume.

  14. Surface Electrical Conductivity of Single Crystal Spinel in Cesium Vapour.

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    2007-11-02

    Agnew TOPAZ international Program 901 University Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. 1-9990219 0 4 5 DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A: Approved for Public...Office of Aerospace Research and Development of the U.S. Air Force under contract number F61708-95-C0002. 2nd April 1995 P. Agnew TOPAZ International...and between the electrodes and the TFE body. A program of research was established as part of the TOPAZ International Program (TIP) with the purpose

  15. Crystal structure, thermal expansion and high-temperature electrical conductivity of A-site deficient La{sub 2−z}Co{sub 1+y}(Mg{sub x}Nb{sub 1−x}){sub 1−y}O{sub 6} double perovskites

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    Shafeie, S.; Dreyer, B.; Awater, R.H.P; Golod, T.; Grins, J.; Biendicho, J.J.; Istomin, S.Ya.; Svensson, G.

    2015-09-15

    New La-deficient double perovskites with P2{sub 1}/n symmetry, La{sub ∼1.90}(Co{sup 2+}{sub 1−x}Mg{sup 2+}{sub x})(Co{sup 3+}{sub 1/3}Nb{sup 5+}{sub 2/3})O{sub 6} with x=0, 0.13 and 0.33, and La{sub 2}(Co{sup 2+}{sub 1/2}Mg{sup 2+}{sub 1/2}) (Co{sup 3+}{sub 1/2}Nb{sup 5+}{sub 1/2})O{sub 6} were prepared by solid state reaction at 1450 °C. Their crystal structures were refined using time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data. Our results show that certain cations such as Nb{sup 5+}, with very strong B–O bonds in the perovskite structure, can induce A-site vacancies in double perovskites. Upon heating in N{sub 2} gas atmosphere at 1200 °C ∼1% O atom vacancies are formed together with a partial reduction of the Co{sup 3+} content. The average thermal expansion coefficient between 25 and 900 °C of La{sub 1.90}(Co{sup 2+}{sub 2/3}Mg{sup 2+}{sub 1/3})(Co{sup 3+}{sub 1/3}Nb{sup 5+}{sub 2/3})O{sub 6} was determined to be 17.4 ppm K{sup −1}. Four-point electronic conductivity measurements showed that the compounds are semiconductors, with conductivities varying between 3.7·10{sup −2} and 7.7·10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} at 600 °C and activation energies between 0.77 and 0.81 eV. Partial replacement of La{sup 3+} with Sr{sup 2+} does not lead to any increase of conductivity, while replacement of Mg{sup 2+} with Cu{sup 2+} in La{sub 1.9}CoCu{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}O{sub 6} and La{sub 1.8}CoCu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}O{sub 6} leads to ∼100 times larger conductivities at 600 °C, 0.35 and 1.0 S cm{sup −1}, respectively, and lower activation energies, 0.57 and 0.73 eV, respectively. - Highlights: • Double perovskites, P2{sub 1}/n, La{sub 2−z}(Co{sup 2+}{sub 1−x}Mg{sup 2+}{sub x})(Co{sup 3+}{sub 1/3}Nb{sup 5+}{sub 2/3})O{sub 6} have been synthesized. • Crystal structures have been refined using neutron powder diffraction data. • Strong Nb–O bond and size ordering of Mg{sup 2+}/Co{sup 2+} and Nb{sup 5+}/Co{sup ~3+} leads to La-deficiency. • The

  16. Molecular tectonics: from crystals to crystals of crystals.

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    Marinescu, Gabriela; Ferlay, Sylvie; Kyritsakas, Nathalie; Hosseini, Mir Wais

    2013-12-11

    The in situ combination of M(II) cations (Co, Ni, Cu or Zn) with 2,4,6-pyridinetricarboxylic acid as a ligand, a bisamidinium dication as a H-bond donor tecton and NaOH leads to the formation of anionic metal complexes ML2(2-) and their interconnection into isomorphous 3D H-bonded networks displaying different colours which were used as preformed seed crystals for the formation of crystals of crystals by 3D epitaxial growth.

  17. Manipulating Heat Flow through 3 Dimensional Nanoscale Phononic Crystal Structure

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    2014-06-02

    Nanoscale Phononic Crystal Structure 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA23861214047 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Baowen Li 5d...through computer simulation, how the three dimensional (3D) phononic crystal structures can confine phonon and thus reduce thermal conductivity...phononic crystal (PnC) with spherical pores, which can reduce thermal conductivity of bulk Si by a factor up to 10,000 times at room temperature. The

  18. Drilling technique for crystals

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    Hunter, T.; Miyagawa, I.

    1977-01-01

    Hole-drilling technique uses special crystal driller in which drill bit rotates at fixed position at speed of 30 rpm while crystal slowly advances toward drill. Technique has been successfully applied to crystal of Rochell salt, Triglycine sulfate, and N-acetyglycine. Technique limits heat buildup and reduces strain on crystal.

  19. Phonon conduction in silicon nanobeams

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    Park, Woosung; Shin, Dongsuk D.; Kim, Soo Jin; Katz, Joseph S.; Park, Joonsuk; Ahn, Chae Hyuck; Kodama, Takashi; Asheghi, Mehdi; Kenny, Thomas W.; Goodson, Kenneth E.

    2017-05-01

    Despite extensive studies on thermal transport in thin silicon films, there has been little work studying the thermal conductivity of single-crystal rectangular, cross-sectional nanobeams that are commonly used in many applications such as nanoelectronics (FinFETs), nano-electromechanical systems, and nanophotonics. Here, we report experimental data on the thermal conductivity of silicon nanobeams of a thickness of ˜78 nm and widths of ˜65 nm, 170 nm, 270 nm, 470 nm, and 970 nm. The experimental data agree well (within ˜9%) with the predictions of a thermal conductivity model that uses a combination of bulk mean free paths obtained from ab initio calculations and a suppression function derived from the kinetic theory. This work quantifies the impact of nanobeam aspect ratios on thermal transport and establishes a criterion to differentiate between thin films and beams in studying thermal transport. The thermal conductivity of a 78 nm × 65 nm nanobeam is ˜32 W m-1 K-1, which is roughly a factor of two smaller than that of a 78 nm thick film.

  20. Mixed crystal organic scintillators

    DOEpatents

    Zaitseva, Natalia P; Carman, M Leslie; Glenn, Andrew M; Hamel, Sebastien; Hatarik, Robert; Payne, Stephen A; Stoeffl, Wolfgang

    2014-09-16

    A mixed organic crystal according to one embodiment includes a single mixed crystal having two compounds with different bandgap energies, the organic crystal having a physical property of exhibiting a signal response signature for neutrons from a radioactive source, wherein the signal response signature does not include a significantly-delayed luminescence characteristic of neutrons interacting with the organic crystal relative to a luminescence characteristic of gamma rays interacting with the organic crystal. According to one embodiment, an organic crystal includes bibenzyl and stilbene or a stilbene derivative, the organic crystal having a physical property of exhibiting a signal response signature for neutrons from a radioactive source.

  1. CRYSTAL COLLIMATION AT RHIC.

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    FLILLER,R.P.,III.DREES,A.GASSNER,D.HAMMONS,L.MCINTYRE,G.PEGGS,S.TRBOJEVIC,D.BIRYUKOV,V.CHESNOKOV,Y.TEREKHOV,V.

    2003-06-19

    Crystal Channeling occurs when an ion enters a crystal with a small angle with respect to the crystal planes. The electrostatic interaction between the incoming ion and the lattice causes the ion to follow the crystal planes. By mechanically bending a crystal, it is possible to use a crystal to deflect ions. One novel use of a bent crystal is to use it to channel beam halo particles into a collimator downstream. By deflecting the halo particles into a collimator with a crystal it may be possible to improve collimation efficiency as compared to a single collimator. A bent crystal is installed in the yellow ring of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). In this paper we discuss our experience with the crystal collimator, and compare our results to previous data, simulation, and theoretical prediction.

  2. Pressure cryocooling protein crystals

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    Kim, Chae Un [Ithaca, NY; Gruner, Sol M [Ithaca, NY

    2011-10-04

    Preparation of cryocooled protein crystal is provided by use of helium pressurizing and cryocooling to obtain cryocooled protein crystal allowing collection of high resolution data and by heavier noble gas (krypton or xenon) binding followed by helium pressurizing and cryocooling to obtain cryocooled protein crystal for collection of high resolution data and SAD phasing simultaneously. The helium pressurizing is carried out on crystal coated to prevent dehydration or on crystal grown in aqueous solution in a capillary.

  3. Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

    DOEpatents

    El-Kady, Ihab F; Olsson, Roy H; Hopkins, Patrick; Reinke, Charles; Kim, Bongsang

    2013-08-13

    Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.

  4. Heat transfer in vertical Bridgman growth of oxides - Effects of conduction, convection, and internal radiation

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    Brandon, S.; Derby, J. J.

    1992-01-01

    In the present investigation of crystalline phase internal radiation and heat conduction during the vertical Bridgman growth of a YAG-like oxide crystal, where transport through the melt is dominated by convection and conduction, heat is also noted to be conducted through ampoule walls via natural convection and enclosure radiation. The results of a quasi-steady-state axisymmetric Galerkin FEM indicate that heat transfer through the system is powerfully affected by the optical absorption coefficient of the crystal. The coupling of internal radiation through the crystal with conduction through the ampoule walls promotes melt/crystal interface shapes that are highly reflected near the ampoule wall.

  5. Conducting Compositions of Matter

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    Viswanathan, Tito (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    The invention provides conductive compositions of matter, as well as methods for the preparation of the conductive compositions of matter, solutions comprising the conductive compositions of matter, and methods of preparing fibers or fabrics having improved anti-static properties employing the conductive compositions of matter.

  6. Conducting Compositions of Matter

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    Viswanathan, Tito (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The invention provides conductive compositions of matter, as well as methods for the preparation of the conductive compositions of matter, solutions comprising the conductive compositions of matter, and methods of preparing fibers or fabrics having improved anti-static properties employing the conductive compositions of matter.

  7. Conducting compositions of matter

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    Viswanathan, Tito (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    The invention provides conductive compositions of matter, as well as methods for the preparation of the conductive compositions of matter, solutions comprising the conductive compositions of matter, and methods of preparing fibers or fabrics having improved anti-static properties employing the conductive compositions of matter.

  8. Fabrication of polypyrrole nano-arrays in lysozyme single crystals

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    England, Matt W.; Lambert, Elizabeth M.; Li, Mei; Turyanska, Lyudmila; Patil, Avinash J.; Mann, Stephen

    2012-10-01

    A template-directed method for the synthesis and organization of partially oxidized polypyrrole (PPy) nanoscale arrays within the solvent channels of glutaraldehyde-cross-linked lysozyme single crystals is presented. Macroscopic single crystals of the periodically arranged protein-polymer superstructure are electrically conductive, insoluble in water and organic solvents, and display increased levels of mechanical plasticity compared with native cross-linked lysozyme crystals.A template-directed method for the synthesis and organization of partially oxidized polypyrrole (PPy) nanoscale arrays within the solvent channels of glutaraldehyde-cross-linked lysozyme single crystals is presented. Macroscopic single crystals of the periodically arranged protein-polymer superstructure are electrically conductive, insoluble in water and organic solvents, and display increased levels of mechanical plasticity compared with native cross-linked lysozyme crystals. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Optical microscopy, SEM, TEM images, FTIR spectra and tables, conductivity plot. Experimental methods. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr32413j

  9. Polyaniline Based Conductive Textiles

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    Teli, M.; Dash, S.; Desai, P.

    2014-12-01

    The conductive polymers were mixed with binder and coated on cotton, polyester and wool fabric, keeping conductive polymer concentration at 5 %. Conductive woven fabrics were obtained by pad-dry-cure coating technique. The surface and bulk conductivity behaviour of the coating paste with respect to temperature were studied using four probe and two probe technique. The conductivity studies show that the coated fabrics have good electrical conductivity in the range of 33.2 μS/cm-3281 μS/cm and there was an increase in conductivity with rise in temperature.

  10. Growth and characterization of hexamethylenetetramine crystals grown from solution

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    Babu, B.; Chandrasekaran, J.; Balaprabhakaran, S.

    2014-06-01

    Organic nonlinear optical single crystals of hexamethylenetetramine (HMT; 10 × 10 × 5 mm3) were prepared by crystallization from methanol solution. The grown crystals were subjected to various characterization techniques such as single crystal XRD, powder XRD, UV-Vis and electrical studies. Single crystal XRD analysis confirmed the crystalline structure of the grown crystals. Their crystalline nature was also confirmed by powder XRD technique. The optical transmittance property was identified from UV-Vis spectrum. Dielectric measurements were performed as a function of frequency at different temperatures. DC conductivity and photoconductivity studies were also carried out for the crystal. The powder second harmonic generation efficiency (SHG) of the crystal was measured using Nd:YAG laser and the efficiency was found to be two times greater than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP).

  11. Growth and characterization of diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate single crystal

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    Siva Sankari, R.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate (DACS) is one of the most promising inorganic dielectric crystals with exceptional mechanical properties. Good quality crystals of DACS were grown by using solution method in a period of 30 days. The grown crystals were subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis in order to establish their crystalline nature. Thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis were performed for the crystal. Several solid state physical parameters have been determined for the grown crystals. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss and AC conductivity of the grown crystal were studied as a function of frequency and temperature has been calculated and plotted. - Highlights: • Diammonium copper disulphate is grown for the first time and CCDC number obtained. • Thermal analysis is done to see the stability range of the crystals. • Band gap and UV cut off wavelength of the crystal are determined to be 2.4 eV and 472.86 nm, respectively. • Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity are plotted as a function of applied field. - Abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate is one of the most promising inorganic crystals with exceptional dielectric properties. A good quality crystal was harvested in a 30-day period using solution growth method. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterization techniques like single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis. Unit cell dimensions of the grown crystal have been identified from XRD studies. Functional groups of the title compounds have been identified from FTIR studies. Thermal stability of the samples was checked by TG/DTA studies. Band gap of the crystal was calculated. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of frequency of the applied field. AC conductivity was plotted as a function

  12. Electrical conductivity in silicon nanomembranes

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    Zhang, Pengpeng; Nordberg, E. P.; Park, B.-N.; Celler, G. K.; Knezevic, I.; Evans, P. G.; Eriksson, M. A.; Lagally, M. G.

    2006-09-01

    Silicon nanomembranes (SiNMs) are very thin, large, free-standing or free-floating two-dimensional (2D) single crystals that can variously be flat, rolled into tubes, or made into any number of odd shapes, cut into millions of identical wires, used as conformal sheets, or chopped into tiny pieces. Because SiNMs are mostly surface or interface and little bulk, they have very interesting properties. We describe electrical conductivity in SiNMs. Because of trap states at the Si/SiO2 interface, bulk dopants become irrelevant to electronic transport when the membrane is thin enough. Replacing the oxide at one interface with the clean-Si surface reconstruction dramatically increases the nanomembrane conductivity. We provide a model for this behaviour. The dimer reconstruction surface states provide a means of 'surface doping'. Other materials with proper highest-occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) or lowest-unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) bands, when deposited on the Si surface, should produce the same conductivity effect, affording a broad opportunity for membrane-based sensors.

  13. CRYSTALLIZATION IN MULTICOMPONENT GLASSES

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    KRUGER AA; HRMA PR

    2009-10-08

    In glass processing situations involving glass crystallization, various crystalline forms nucleate, grow, and dissolve, typically in a nonuniform temperature field of molten glass subjected to convection. Nuclear waste glasses are remarkable examples of multicomponent vitrified mixtures involving partial crystallization. In the glass melter, crystals form and dissolve during batch-to-glass conversion, melter processing, and product cooling. Crystals often agglomerate and sink, and they may settle at the melter bottom. Within the body of cooling glass, multiple phases crystallize in a non-uniform time-dependent temperature field. Self-organizing periodic distribution (the Liesegnang effect) is common. Various crystallization phenomena that occur in glass making are reviewed.

  14. Preliminary crystallographic studies of four crystal forms of serum albumin

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    Carter, D. C.; Chang, B.; Ho, J. X.; Keeling, K.; Krishnasami, Z.

    1994-01-01

    Several crystal forms of serum albumin suitable for three-dimensional structure determination have been grown. These forms include crystals of recombinant and wild-type human serum albumin, baboon serum albumin, and canine serum albumin. The intrinsic limits of X-ray diffraction for these crystals are in the range 0.28-0.22 nm. Two of the crystal forms produced from human and canine albumin include incorporated long-chain fatty acids. Molecular replacement experiments have been successfully conducted on each crystal form using the previously determined atomic coordinates of human serum albumin illustrating the conserved tertiary structure.

  15. Preliminary crystallographic studies of four crystal forms of serum albumin

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    Carter, D. C.; Chang, B.; Ho, J. X.; Keeling, K.; Krishnasami, Z.

    1994-01-01

    Several crystal forms of serum albumin suitable for three-dimensional structure determination have been grown. These forms include crystals of recombinant and wild-type human serum albumin, baboon serum albumin, and canine serum albumin. The intrinsic limits of X-ray diffraction for these crystals are in the range 0.28-0.22 nm. Two of the crystal forms produced from human and canine albumin include incorporated long-chain fatty acids. Molecular replacement experiments have been successfully conducted on each crystal form using the previously determined atomic coordinates of human serum albumin illustrating the conserved tertiary structure.

  16. Anisotropic thermal conductivity in uranium dioxide

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    Gofryk, K.; Du, S.; Stanek, C. R.; Lashley, J. C.; Liu, X.-Y.; Schulze, R. K.; Smith, J. L.; Safarik, D. J.; Byler, D. D.; McClellan, K. J.; Uberuaga, B. P.; Scott, B. L.; Andersson, D. A.

    2014-08-01

    The thermal conductivity of uranium dioxide has been studied for over half a century, as uranium dioxide is the fuel used in a majority of operating nuclear reactors and thermal conductivity controls the conversion of heat produced by fission events to electricity. Because uranium dioxide is a cubic compound and thermal conductivity is a second-rank tensor, it has always been assumed to be isotropic. We report thermal conductivity measurements on oriented uranium dioxide single crystals that show anisotropy from 4 K to above 300 K. Our results indicate that phonon-spin scattering is important for understanding the general thermal conductivity behaviour, and also explains the anisotropy by coupling to the applied temperature gradient and breaking cubic symmetry.

  17. Growth of dopamine crystals

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    Patil, Vidya Patki, Mugdha

    2016-05-06

    Many nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals have been identified as potential candidates in optical and electro-optical devices. Use of NLO organic crystals is expected in photonic applications. Hence organic nonlinear optical materials have been intensely investigated due to their potentially high nonlinearities, and rapid response in electro-optic effect compared to inorganic NLO materials. There are many methods to grow organic crystals such as vapor growth method, melt growth method and solution growth method. Out of these methods, solution growth method is useful in providing constraint free crystal. Single crystals of Dopamine have been grown by evaporating the solvents from aqueous solution. Crystals obtained were of the size of orders of mm. The crystal structure of dopamine was determined using XRD technique. Images of crystals were obtained using FEG SEM Quanta Series under high vacuum and low KV.

  18. Apparatus for growing crystals

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    Jasinski, Thomas J. (Inventor); Witt, August F. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    An improved apparatus and method for growing crystals from a melt employing a heat pipe, consisting of one or more sections, each section serving to control temperature and thermal gradients in the crystal as it forms inside the pipe.

  19. Crystallization Pathways in Biomineralization

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    Weiner, Steve; Addadi, Lia

    2011-08-01

    A crystallization pathway describes the movement of ions from their source to the final product. Cells are intimately involved in biological crystallization pathways. In many pathways the cells utilize a unique strategy: They temporarily concentrate ions in intracellular membrane-bound vesicles in the form of a highly disordered solid phase. This phase is then transported to the final mineralization site, where it is destabilized and crystallizes. We present four case studies, each of which demonstrates specific aspects of biological crystallization pathways: seawater uptake by foraminifera, calcite spicule formation by sea urchin larvae, goethite formation in the teeth of limpets, and guanine crystal formation in fish skin and spider cuticles. Three representative crystallization pathways are described, and aspects of the different stages of crystallization are discussed. An in-depth understanding of these complex processes can lead to new ideas for synthetic crystallization processes of interest to materials science.

  20. Crystal structure and prediction.

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    Thakur, Tejender S; Dubey, Ritesh; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2015-04-01

    The notion of structure is central to the subject of chemistry. This review traces the development of the idea of crystal structure since the time when a crystal structure could be determined from a three-dimensional diffraction pattern and assesses the feasibility of computationally predicting an unknown crystal structure of a given molecule. Crystal structure prediction is of considerable fundamental and applied importance, and its successful execution is by no means a solved problem. The ease of crystal structure determination today has resulted in the availability of large numbers of crystal structures of higher-energy polymorphs and pseudopolymorphs. These structural libraries lead to the concept of a crystal structure landscape. A crystal structure of a compound may accordingly be taken as a data point in such a landscape.

  1. Growth of dopamine crystals

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    Patil, Vidya; Patki, Mugdha

    2016-05-01

    Many nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals have been identified as potential candidates in optical and electro-optical devices. Use of NLO organic crystals is expected in photonic applications. Hence organic nonlinear optical materials have been intensely investigated due to their potentially high nonlinearities, and rapid response in electro-optic effect compared to inorganic NLO materials. There are many methods to grow organic crystals such as vapor growth method, melt growth method and solution growth method. Out of these methods, solution growth method is useful in providing constraint free crystal. Single crystals of Dopamine have been grown by evaporating the solvents from aqueous solution. Crystals obtained were of the size of orders of mm. The crystal structure of dopamine was determined using XRD technique. Images of crystals were obtained using FEG SEM Quanta Series under high vacuum and low KV.

  2. Crystal Structure and Prediction

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    Thakur, Tejender S.; Dubey, Ritesh; Desiraju, Gautam R.

    2015-04-01

    The notion of structure is central to the subject of chemistry. This review traces the development of the idea of crystal structure since the time when a crystal structure could be determined from a three-dimensional diffraction pattern and assesses the feasibility of computationally predicting an unknown crystal structure of a given molecule. Crystal structure prediction is of considerable fundamental and applied importance, and its successful execution is by no means a solved problem. The ease of crystal structure determination today has resulted in the availability of large numbers of crystal structures of higher-energy polymorphs and pseudopolymorphs. These structural libraries lead to the concept of a crystal structure landscape. A crystal structure of a compound may accordingly be taken as a data point in such a landscape.

  3. Microgravity protein crystallization

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    McPherson, Alexander; DeLucas, Lawrence James

    2015-01-01

    Over the past 20 years a variety of technological advances in X-ray crystallography have shortened the time required to determine the structures of large macromolecules (i.e., proteins and nucleic acids) from several years to several weeks or days. However, one of the remaining challenges is the ability to produce diffraction-quality crystals suitable for a detailed structural analysis. Although the development of automated crystallization systems combined with protein engineering (site-directed mutagenesis to enhance protein solubility and crystallization) have improved crystallization success rates, there remain hundreds of proteins that either cannot be crystallized or yield crystals of insufficient quality to support X-ray structure determination. In an attempt to address this bottleneck, an international group of scientists has explored use of a microgravity environment to crystallize macromolecules. This paper summarizes the history of this international initiative along with a description of some of the flight hardware systems and crystallization results. PMID:28725714

  4. The Conductivity of Solutions.

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    Rayner-Canham, Geoff

    1993-01-01

    Presents historical background and modern explanations for the popular demonstration of showing conductivity of solutions through the insertion of a light-bulb conductivity tester into deionized water and water with salt in it. (PR)

  5. The Conductivity of Solutions.

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    Rayner-Canham, Geoff

    1993-01-01

    Presents historical background and modern explanations for the popular demonstration of showing conductivity of solutions through the insertion of a light-bulb conductivity tester into deionized water and water with salt in it. (PR)

  6. Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    2005-12-01

    passive and active versions of each fiber designed under this task. Crystal Fibre shall provide characteristics of the fiber fabricated to include core...passive version of multicore fiber iteration 2. 15. SUBJECT TERMS EOARD, Laser physics, Fibre Lasers, Photonic Crystal, Multicore, Fiber Laser 16...9 00* 0 " CRYSTAL FIBRE INT ODUCTION This report describes the photonic crystal fibers developed under agreement No FA8655-o5-a- 3046. All

  7. CRYSTAL FILTER TEST SET

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    CRYSTAL FILTERS, *HIGH FREQUENCY, *RADIOFREQUENCY FILTERS, AMPLIFIERS, ELECTRIC POTENTIAL, FREQUENCY, IMPEDANCE MATCHING , INSTRUMENTATION, RADIOFREQUENCY, RADIOFREQUENCY AMPLIFIERS, TEST EQUIPMENT, TEST METHODS

  8. Crystallization from Gels

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    Narayana Kalkura, S.; Natarajan, Subramanian

    Among the various crystallization techniques, crystallization in gels has found wide applications in the fields of biomineralization and macromolecular crystallization in addition to crystallizing materials having nonlinear optical, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and other properties. Furthermore, by using this method it is possible to grow single crystals with very high perfection that are difficult to grow by other techniques. The gel method of crystallization provides an ideal technique to study crystal deposition diseases, which could lead to better understanding of their etiology. This chapter focuses on crystallization in gels of compounds that are responsible for crystal deposition diseases. The introduction is followed by a description of the various gels used, the mechanism of gelling, and the fascinating phenomenon of Liesegang ring formation, along with various gel growth techniques. The importance and scope of study on crystal deposition diseases and the need for crystal growth experiments using gel media are stressed. The various crystal deposition diseases, viz. (1) urolithiasis, (2) gout or arthritis, (3) cholelithiasis and atherosclerosis, and (4) pancreatitis and details regarding the constituents of the crystal deposits responsible for the pathological mineralization are discussed. Brief accounts of the theories of the formation of urinary stones and gallstones and the role of trace elements in urinary stone formation are also given. The crystallization in gels of (1) the urinary stone constituents, viz. calcium oxalate, calcium phosphates, uric acid, cystine, etc., (2) the constituents of the gallstones, viz. cholesterol, calcium carbonate, etc., (3) the major constituent of the pancreatic calculi, viz., calcium carbonate, and (4) cholic acid, a steroidal hormone are presented. The effect of various organic and inorganic ions, trace elements, and extracts from cereals, herbs, and fruits on the crystallization of major urinary stone and gallstone

  9. Phonon manipulation with phononic crystals.

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    Kim Bongsang; Hopkins, Patrick Edward; Leseman, Zayd C.; Goettler, Drew F.; Su, Mehmet F.; El-Kady, Ihab Fathy; Reinke, Charles M.; Olsson, Roy H., III

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrated engineered modification of propagation of thermal phonons, i.e. at THz frequencies, using phononic crystals. This work combined theoretical work at Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Carnegie Mellon University; the MESA fabrication facilities at Sandia; and the microfabrication facilities at UNM to produce world-leading control of phonon propagation in silicon at frequencies up to 3 THz. These efforts culminated in a dramatic reduction in the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystals by a factor of almost 30 as compared with the bulk value, and about 6 as compared with an unpatterned slab of the same thickness. This work represents a revolutionary advance in the engineering of thermoelectric materials for optimal, high-ZT performance. We have demonstrated the significant reduction of the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystal structuring using MEMS-compatible fabrication techniques and in a planar platform that is amenable to integration with typical microelectronic systems. The measured reduction in thermal conductivity as compared to bulk silicon was about a factor of 20 in the cross-plane direction [26], and a factor of 6 in the in-plane direction. Since the electrical conductivity was only reduced by a corresponding factor of about 3 due to the removal of conductive material (i.e., porosity), and the Seebeck coefficient should remain constant as an intrinsic material property, this corresponds to an effective enhancement in ZT by a factor of 2. Given the number of papers in literature devoted to only a small, incremental change in ZT, the ability to boost the ZT of a material by a factor of 2 simply by reducing thermal conductivity is groundbreaking. The results in this work were obtained using silicon, a material that has benefitted from enormous interest in the microelectronics industry and that has a fairly large thermoelectric power

  10. Between Crystal and Glass: Thermal Transport in C60 Molecular Crystals

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    Lu, Simon; Kumar, Sushant; McGaughey, Alan

    Molecular crystals of the fullerene C60 and its derivatives [e.g., phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)] are candidate materials for use in photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. In thermoelectrics, their usefulness is due in part to their exceptionally low thermal conductivities (0.4 W/m-K for C60 and 0.05 W/m-K for PCBM) at room temperature. Little is known regarding the microscopic physics underlying these low thermal conductivities. An important question is whether thermal transport in the C60 molecular crystal is (i) crystal-like, where energy is transported as collective vibrations of the centers of mass of the molecules, or (ii) amorphous-like, where energy diffuses from molecule to molecule. We use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the Green-Kubo method to probe this question by predicting the relative contributions of crystal-like and amorphous-like transport to the thermal conductivity of the C60 molecular crystal. To isolate crystal-like transport, we perform simulations on C60 crystals where molecular rotations and intra-molecular vibrations are prohibited. To isolate amorphous-like transport, we fix the centers of mass of the molecules. We compare the MD results to predictions from a fully diffusive network resistance model. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-1507325).

  11. Surface Conductive Glass.

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    Tanaka, John; Suib, Steven L.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses the properties of surface-conducting glass and the chemical nature of surface-conducting stannic (tin) oxide. Also provides the procedures necessary for the preparation of surface-conducting stannic oxide films on glass substrates. The experiment is suitable for the advanced inorganic chemistry laboratory. (JN)

  12. Triangular ice crystals

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    Murray, Benjamin; Salzmann, Christoph; Heymsfield, Andrew; Neely, Ryan

    2014-05-01

    We are all familiar with the hexagonal form of snow crystals and it is well established that this shape is derived from the arrangement of water molecules in the crystal lattice. However, crystals with a triangular form are often found in the Earth's atmosphere and the reason for this non-hexagonal shape has remained elusive. Recent laboratory work has shed light on why ice crystals should take on this triangular or three-fold scalene habit. Studies of the crystal structure of ice have shown that ice which initially crystallises can be made of up of hexagonal layers which are interlaced with cubic layers to produce a 'stacking disordered ice'. The degree of stacking disorder can vary from crystals which are dominantly hexagonal with a few cubic stacking faults, through to ice where the cubic and hexagonal sequences are fully randomised. The introduction of stacking disorder to ice crystals reduces the symmetry of the crystal from 6-fold (hexagonal) to 3-fold (triangular); this offers an explanation for the long standing problem of why some atmospheric ice crystals have a triangular habit. We discuss the implications of triangular crystals for halos, radiative properties, and also discuss the implications for our understanding of the nucleation and early stages of ice crystal growth for ice crystals in the atmosphere.

  13. Artistic Crystal Creations

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    Lange, Catherine

    2008-01-01

    In this inquiry-based, integrative art and science activity, Grade 5-8 students use multicolored Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) crystallizing solutions to reveal beautiful, cylindrical, 3-dimensional, needle-shaped structures. Through observations of the crystal art, students analyze factors that contribute to crystal size and formation, compare…

  14. Food Crystalization and Eggs

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    Food Crystalization and Eggs Deana R. Jones, Ph.D. USDA Agricultural Research Service Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit Athens, Georgia, USA Deana.Jones@ars.usda.gov Sugar, salt, lactose, tartaric acid and ice are examples of constituents than can crystallize in foods. Crystallization in a foo...

  15. Annealing macromolecular crystals.

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    Hanson, B Leif; Bunick, Gerard J

    2007-01-01

    The process of crystal annealing has been used to improve the quality of diffraction from crystals that would otherwise be discarded for displaying unsatisfactory diffraction after flash cooling. Although techniques and protocols vary, macromolecular crystals are annealed by warming the flash-cooled crystal, then flash cooling it again. To apply macromolecular crystal annealing, a flash-cooled crystal displaying unacceptably high mosaicity or diffraction from ice is removed from the goniometer and immediately placed in cryoprotectant buffer. The crystal is incubated in the buffer at either room temperature or the temperature at which the crystal was grown. After about 3 min, the crystal is remounted in the loop and flash cooled. In situ annealing techniques, where the cold stream is diverted and the crystal allowed to warm on the loop prior to flash cooling, are variations of annealing that appears to work best when large solvent channels are not present in the crystal lattice or the solvent content of the crystal is relatively low.

  16. Artistic Crystal Creations

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    Lange, Catherine

    2008-01-01

    In this inquiry-based, integrative art and science activity, Grade 5-8 students use multicolored Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) crystallizing solutions to reveal beautiful, cylindrical, 3-dimensional, needle-shaped structures. Through observations of the crystal art, students analyze factors that contribute to crystal size and formation, compare…

  17. Protein Crystal Based Nanomaterials

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    Bell, Jeffrey A.; VanRoey, Patrick

    2001-01-01

    This is the final report on a NASA Grant. It concerns a description of work done, which includes: (1) Protein crystals cross-linked to form fibers; (2) Engineering of protein to favor crystallization; (3) Better knowledge-based potentials for protein-protein contacts; (4) Simulation of protein crystallization.

  18. Electrically conductive composite material

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    Clough, R.L.; Sylwester, A.P.

    1988-06-20

    An electrically conductive composite material is disclosed which comprises a conductive open-celled, low density, microcellular carbon foam filled with a non-conductive polymer or resin. The composite material is prepared in a two-step process consisting of first preparing the microcellular carbon foam from a carbonizable polymer or copolymer using a phase separation process, then filling the carbon foam with the desired non-conductive polymer or resin. The electrically conductive composites of the present invention has a uniform and consistent pattern of filler distribution, and as a result is superior over prior art materials when used in battery components, electrodes, and the like. 2 figs.

  19. Electrically conductive composite material

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    Clough, Roger L.; Sylwester, Alan P.

    1989-01-01

    An electrically conductive composite material is disclosed which comprises a conductive open-celled, low density, microcellular carbon foam filled with a non-conductive polymer or resin. The composite material is prepared in a two-step process consisting of first preparing the microcellular carbon foam from a carbonizable polymer or copolymer using a phase separation process, then filling the carbon foam with the desired non-conductive polymer or resin. The electrically conductive composites of the present invention has a uniform and consistant pattern of filler distribution, and as a result is superior over prior art materials when used in battery components, electrodes, and the like.

  20. Electrically conductive composite material

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    Clough, R.L.; Sylwester, A.P.

    1989-05-23

    An electrically conductive composite material is disclosed which comprises a conductive open-celled, low density, microcellular carbon foam filled with a non-conductive polymer or resin. The composite material is prepared in a two-step process consisting of first preparing the microcellular carbon foam from a carbonizable polymer or copolymer using a phase separation process, then filling the carbon foam with the desired non-conductive polymer or resin. The electrically conductive composites of the present invention has a uniform and consistent pattern of filler distribution, and as a result is superior over prior art materials when used in battery components, electrodes, and the like. 2 figs.

  1. Electrically conductive composite material

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    Clough, R.L.; Sylwester, A.P.

    1989-05-23

    An electrically conductive composite material is disclosed which comprises a conductive open-celled, low density, microcellular carbon foam filled with a non-conductive polymer or resin. The composite material is prepared in a two-step process consisting of first preparing the microcellular carbon foam from a carbonizable polymer or copolymer using a phase separation process, then filling the carbon foam with the desired non-conductive polymer or resin. The electrically conductive composites of the present invention has a uniform and consistent pattern of filler distribution, and as a result is superior over prior art materials when used in battery components, electrodes, and the like. 2 figs.

  2. Protein crystal growth in microgravity: Temperature induced large scale crystallization of insulin

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    Long, Marianna M.; Delucas, Larry J.; Smith, C.; Carson, M.; Moore, K.; Harrington, Michael D.; Pillion, D. J.; Bishop, S. P.; Rosenblum, W. M.; Naumann, R. J.

    1994-01-01

    One of the major stumbling blocks that prevents rapid structure determination using x-ray crystallography is macro-molecular crystal growth. There are many examples where crystallization takes longer than structure determination. In some cases, it is impossible to grow useful crystals on earth. Recent experiments conducted in conjuction with NASA on various Space Shuttle missions have demonstrated that protein crystals often grow larger and display better internal molecular order than their earth-grown counterparts. This paper reports results from three Shuttle flights using the Protein Crystallization Facility (PCF). The PCF hardware produced large, high-quality insulin crystals by using a temperature change as the sole means to affect protein solubility and thus, crystallization. The facility consists of cylinders/containers with volumes of 500, 200, 100, and 50 ml. Data from the three Shuttle flights demonstrated that larger, higher resolution crystals (as evidenced by x-ray diffraction data) were obtained from the microgravity experiments when compared to earth-grown crystals.

  3. Protein crystal growth in microgravity: Temperature induced large scale crystallization of insulin

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    Long, Marianna M.; Delucas, Larry J.; Smith, C.; Carson, M.; Moore, K.; Harrington, Michael D.; Pillion, D. J.; Bishop, S. P.; Rosenblum, W. M.; Naumann, R. J.

    1994-01-01

    One of the major stumbling blocks that prevents rapid structure determination using x-ray crystallography is macro-molecular crystal growth. There are many examples where crystallization takes longer than structure determination. In some cases, it is impossible to grow useful crystals on earth. Recent experiments conducted in conjuction with NASA on various Space Shuttle missions have demonstrated that protein crystals often grow larger and display better internal molecular order than their earth-grown counterparts. This paper reports results from three Shuttle flights using the Protein Crystallization Facility (PCF). The PCF hardware produced large, high-quality insulin crystals by using a temperature change as the sole means to affect protein solubility and thus, crystallization. The facility consists of cylinders/containers with volumes of 500, 200, 100, and 50 ml. Data from the three Shuttle flights demonstrated that larger, higher resolution crystals (as evidenced by x-ray diffraction data) were obtained from the microgravity experiments when compared to earth-grown crystals.

  4. Solubility, thermal, photoconductivity and laser damage threshold studies on L-serine acetate (LSA) single crystal

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    Rajesh, K.; Thayanithi, V.; Mani, A.; Amudha, M.; Kumar, P. Praveen

    2015-06-01

    L-serine acetate crystal was grown by slow evaporation technique. Solubility of L-Serine Acetate was determined at different temperatures. L-Serine Acetate was characterized by SEM is to identify the morphology of the crystal. TG and DTA study reveals the thermal stability of the grown crystal. Dielectric measurement was carried out for different temperature ranges. Photo conductivity study revealed the nature of conductivity of the crystal under halogen light. Laser damage threshold of the crystal was measured using Nd:YAG laser source. NLO property of the crystal is confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  5. Protein crystallization with paper

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    Matsuoka, Miki; Kakinouchi, Keisuke; Adachi, Hiroaki; Maruyama, Mihoko; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Sano, Satoshi; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y.; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Yoshimura, Masashi; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Murakami, Satoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Mori, Yusuke; Takano, Kazufumi

    2016-05-01

    We developed a new protein crystallization method that incorporates paper. A small piece of paper, such as facial tissue or KimWipes, was added to a drop of protein solution in the traditional sitting drop vapor diffusion technique, and protein crystals grew by incorporating paper. By this method, we achieved the growth of protein crystals with reducing osmotic shock. Because the technique is very simple and the materials are easy to obtain, this method will come into wide use for protein crystallization. In the future, it could be applied to nanoliter-scale crystallization screening on a paper sheet such as in inkjet printing.

  6. Improving marginal crystals.

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    Carter, Charles W; Riès-Kautt, Madeleine

    2007-01-01

    The physical chemistry of crystal growth can help to identify directions in which to look for improved crystal properties. In this chapter, we summarize how crystal growth depends on parameters that can be controlled experimentally, and relate them to the tools available for optimizing a particular crystal form for crystal shape, volume, and diffraction quality. Our purpose is to sketch the conceptual basis of optimization and to provide sample protocols derived from those foundations. We hope to assist even those who chose not to use systematic methods by enabling them to carry out rudimentary optimization searches armed with a better understanding of how the underlying physical chemistry operates.

  7. Advanced piezoelectric single crystal based actuators

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    Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.; Smith, Edward; Dong, Shuxiang; Viehland, Dwight; Moore, Jim, Jr.; Patrick, Brian

    2005-05-01

    TRS is developing new actuators based on single crystal piezoelectric materials such as Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)1-xTixO3 (PZN-PT) and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)x-1TixO3 (PMN-PT) which exhibit very high piezoelectric coefficients (d33 = 1800-2200 pC/N) and electromechanical coupling factors (k33 > 0.9), respectively, for a variety of applications, including active vibration damping, active flow control, high precision positioning, ultrasonic motors, deformable mirrors, and adaptive optics. The d32 cut crystal plate actuators showed d32 ~ -1600 pC/N, inter-digital electroded (IDE) plate actuators showed effective d33 ~ 1100 pC/N. Single crystal stack actuators with stroke of 10 μm-100 μm were developed and tested at both room temperature and cryogenic temperatures. Flextensional single crystal piezoelectric actuators with either stack driver or plate driver were developed with stroke 70 μm - > 250 μm. For large stroke cryogenic actuation (> 1mm), a single crystal piezomotor was developed and tested at temperature of 77 K-300K and stroke of > 10mm and step resolution of 20 nm were achieved. In order to demonstrate the significance of developed single crystal actuators, modeling on single crystal piezoelectric deformable mirrors and helicopter flap control using single crystal actuators were conducted and the modeling results show that more than 20 wavelength wavefront error could be corrected by using the single crystal deformable mirrors and +/- 5.8 ° flap deflection will be obtained for a 36" flap using single crystal stack actuators.

  8. Synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of nonlinear optical organic crystal: p-Toluidinium p-toluenesulphonate

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Anandha Babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.

    2012-04-15

    been determined using Kurtz powder technique. Thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analyses were used to study its thermal properties. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity of the grown p-TTS single crystal has been studied.

  9. Maximizing Macromolecule Crystal Size for Neutron Diffraction Experiments

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    Judge, R. A.; Kephart, R.; Leardi, R.; Myles, D. A.; Snell, E. H.; vanderWoerd, M.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A challenge in neutron diffraction experiments is growing large (greater than 1 cu mm) macromolecule crystals. In taking up this challenge we have used statistical experiment design techniques to quickly identify crystallization conditions under which the largest crystals grow. These techniques provide the maximum information for minimal experimental effort, allowing optimal screening of crystallization variables in a simple experimental matrix, using the minimum amount of sample. Analysis of the results quickly tells the investigator what conditions are the most important for the crystallization. These can then be used to maximize the crystallization results in terms of reducing crystal numbers and providing large crystals of suitable habit. We have used these techniques to grow large crystals of Glucose isomerase. Glucose isomerase is an industrial enzyme used extensively in the food industry for the conversion of glucose to fructose. The aim of this study is the elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism at the molecular level. The accurate determination of hydrogen positions, which is critical for this, is a requirement that neutron diffraction is uniquely suited for. Preliminary neutron diffraction experiments with these crystals conducted at the Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) reveal diffraction to beyond 2.5 angstrom. Macromolecular crystal growth is a process involving many parameters, and statistical experimental design is naturally suited to this field. These techniques are sample independent and provide an experimental strategy to maximize crystal volume and habit for neutron diffraction studies.

  10. Maximizing Macromolecule Crystal Size for Neutron Diffraction Experiments

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    Judge, R. A.; Kephart, R.; Leardi, R.; Myles, D. A.; Snell, E. H.; vanderWoerd, M.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A challenge in neutron diffraction experiments is growing large (greater than 1 cu mm) macromolecule crystals. In taking up this challenge we have used statistical experiment design techniques to quickly identify crystallization conditions under which the largest crystals grow. These techniques provide the maximum information for minimal experimental effort, allowing optimal screening of crystallization variables in a simple experimental matrix, using the minimum amount of sample. Analysis of the results quickly tells the investigator what conditions are the most important for the crystallization. These can then be used to maximize the crystallization results in terms of reducing crystal numbers and providing large crystals of suitable habit. We have used these techniques to grow large crystals of Glucose isomerase. Glucose isomerase is an industrial enzyme used extensively in the food industry for the conversion of glucose to fructose. The aim of this study is the elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism at the molecular level. The accurate determination of hydrogen positions, which is critical for this, is a requirement that neutron diffraction is uniquely suited for. Preliminary neutron diffraction experiments with these crystals conducted at the Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) reveal diffraction to beyond 2.5 angstrom. Macromolecular crystal growth is a process involving many parameters, and statistical experimental design is naturally suited to this field. These techniques are sample independent and provide an experimental strategy to maximize crystal volume and habit for neutron diffraction studies.

  11. Photonic crystal light source

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    Fleming, James G [Albuquerque, NM; Lin, Shawn-Yu [Albuquerque, NM; Bur, James A [Corrales, NM

    2004-07-27

    A light source is provided by a photonic crystal having an enhanced photonic density-of-states over a band of frequencies and wherein at least one of the dielectric materials of the photonic crystal has a complex dielectric constant, thereby producing enhanced light emission at the band of frequencies when the photonic crystal is heated. The dielectric material can be a metal, such as tungsten. The spectral properties of the light source can be easily tuned by modification of the photonic crystal structure and materials. The photonic crystal light source can be heated electrically or other heating means. The light source can further include additional photonic crystals that exhibit enhanced light emission at a different band of frequencies to provide for color mixing. The photonic crystal light source may have applications in optical telecommunications, information displays, energy conversion, sensors, and other optical applications.

  12. Protein Crystal Growth

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    2003-01-01

    In order to rapidly and efficiently grow crystals, tools were needed to automatically identify and analyze the growing process of protein crystals. To meet this need, Diversified Scientific, Inc. (DSI), with the support of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from NASA s Marshall Space Flight Center, developed CrystalScore(trademark), the first automated image acquisition, analysis, and archiving system designed specifically for the macromolecular crystal growing community. It offers automated hardware control, image and data archiving, image processing, a searchable database, and surface plotting of experimental data. CrystalScore is currently being used by numerous pharmaceutical companies and academic and nonprofit research centers. DSI, located in Birmingham, Alabama, was awarded the patent Method for acquiring, storing, and analyzing crystal images on March 4, 2003. Another DSI product made possible by Marshall SBIR funding is VaporPro(trademark), a unique, comprehensive system that allows for the automated control of vapor diffusion for crystallization experiments.

  13. Macromolecular Crystallization in Microgravity

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    Snell, Edward H.; Helliwell, John R.

    2004-01-01

    The key concepts that attracted crystal growers, macromolecular or solid state, to microgravity research is that density difference fluid flows and sedimentation of the growing crystals are greatly reduced. Thus, defects and flaws in the crystals can be reduced, even eliminated, and crystal volume can be increased. Macromolecular crystallography differs from the field of crystalline semiconductors. For the latter, crystals are harnessed for their electrical behaviors. A crystal of a biological macromolecule is used instead for diffraction experiments (X-ray or neutron) to determine the three-dimensional structure of the macromolecule. The better the internal order of the crystal of a biological macromolecule then the more molecular structure detail that can be extracted. This structural information that enables an understanding of how the molecule functions. This knowledge is changing the biological and chemical sciences with major potential in understanding disease pathologies. Macromolecular structural crystallography in general is a remarkable field where physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics meet to enable insight to the basic fundamentals of life. In this review, we examine the use of microgravity as an environment to grow macromolecular crystals. We describe the crystallization procedures used on the ground, how the resulting crystals are studied and the knowledge obtained from those crystals. We address the features desired in an ordered crystal and the techniques used to evaluate those features in detail. We then introduce the microgravity environment, the techniques to access that environment, and the theory and evidence behind the use of microgravity for crystallization experiments. We describe how ground-based laboratory techniques have been adapted to microgravity flights and look at some of the methods used to analyze the resulting data. Several case studies illustrate the physical crystal quality improvements and the macromolecular structural

  14. Macromolecular Crystallization in Microgravity

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    Snell, Edward H.; Helliwell, John R.

    2004-01-01

    The key concepts that attracted crystal growers, macromolecular or solid state, to microgravity research is that density difference fluid flows and sedimentation of the growing crystals are greatly reduced. Thus, defects and flaws in the crystals can be reduced, even eliminated, and crystal volume can be increased. Macromolecular crystallography differs from the field of crystalline semiconductors. For the latter, crystals are harnessed for their electrical behaviors. A crystal of a biological macromolecule is used instead for diffraction experiments (X-ray or neutron) to determine the three-dimensional structure of the macromolecule. The better the internal order of the crystal of a biological macromolecule then the more molecular structure detail that can be extracted. This structural information that enables an understanding of how the molecule functions. This knowledge is changing the biological and chemical sciences with major potential in understanding disease pathologies. Macromolecular structural crystallography in general is a remarkable field where physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics meet to enable insight to the basic fundamentals of life. In this review, we examine the use of microgravity as an environment to grow macromolecular crystals. We describe the crystallization procedures used on the ground, how the resulting crystals are studied and the knowledge obtained from those crystals. We address the features desired in an ordered crystal and the techniques used to evaluate those features in detail. We then introduce the microgravity environment, the techniques to access that environment, and the theory and evidence behind the use of microgravity for crystallization experiments. We describe how ground-based laboratory techniques have been adapted to microgravity flights and look at some of the methods used to analyze the resulting data. Several case studies illustrate the physical crystal quality improvements and the macromolecular structural

  15. Thermal Conductance through Sapphire-Sapphire Bonding

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    Suzuki, T.; Tomaru, T.; Haruyama, T.; Shintomi, T.; Uchinyama, T.; Miyoki, S.; Ohashi, M.; Kuroda, K.

    2003-07-01

    Thermal conductance on sapphire-sapphire bonded interface has been investigated. Two pieces of single crystal sapphire bar with square cross section were bonded together by adhesion free bonding. In two sections of the bar, thermal conductivity was measured between 5 K to 300K. One section contains a bonded interface and the other section measured a thermal conductivity of the sapphire as a reference. No significant thermal resistance due to bonded interface was found from this measurement. Obtained thermal conductivity reaches κ 1 × 104 [W/m·K] in temperature range of T = 20 ˜ 30 K which is a planned operating temperature of a cryogenic mirror of the Large scale Cryogenic Gravitational wave telescope. It looks promising for sapphire bonding technique to improve a heat transfer from a large cryogenic mirror to susp ension wires.

  16. High conductance surge cable

    DOEpatents

    Murray, M.M.; Wilfong, D.H.; Lomax, R.E.

    1998-12-08

    An electrical cable for connecting transient voltage surge suppressors to electrical power panels. A strip of electrically conductive foil defines a longitudinal axis, with a length of an electrical conductor electrically attached to the metallic foil along the longitudinal axis. The strip of electrically conductive foil and the length of an electrical conductor are covered by an insulating material. For impedance matching purposes, triangular sections can be removed from the ends of the electrically conductive foil at the time of installation. 6 figs.

  17. High conductance surge cable

    DOEpatents

    Murray, Matthew M.; Wilfong, Dennis H.; Lomax, Ralph E.

    1998-01-01

    An electrical cable for connecting transient voltage surge suppressers to ectrical power panels. A strip of electrically conductive foil defines a longitudinal axis, with a length of an electrical conductor electrically attached to the metallic foil along the longitudinal axis. The strip of electrically conductive foil and the length of an electrical conductor are covered by an insulating material. For impedance matching purposes, triangular sections can be removed from the ends of the electrically conductive foil at the time of installation.

  18. Electrically conductive cellulose composite

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    Evans, Barbara R.; O'Neill, Hugh M.; Woodward, Jonathan

    2010-05-04

    An electrically conductive cellulose composite includes a cellulose matrix and an electrically conductive carbonaceous material incorporated into the cellulose matrix. The electrical conductivity of the cellulose composite is at least 10 .mu.S/cm at 25.degree. C. The composite can be made by incorporating the electrically conductive carbonaceous material into a culture medium with a cellulose-producing organism, such as Gluconoacetobacter hansenii. The composites can be used to form electrodes, such as for use in membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cells.

  19. Macromolecular complexes in crystals and solutions

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    Krissinel, Evgeny

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a discussion of existing methods for the analysis of macromolecular interactions and complexes in crystal packing. Typical situations and conditions where wrong answers may be obtained in the course of ordinary procedures are presented and discussed. The more general question of what the relationship is between natural (in-solvent) and crystallized assemblies is discussed and researched. A computational analysis suggests that weak interactions with K d ≥ 100 µM have a considerable chance of being lost during the course of crystallization. In such instances, crystal packing misrepresents macromolecular complexes and interactions. For as many as 20% of protein dimers in the PDB the likelihood of misrepresentation is estimated to be higher than 50%. Given that weak macromolecular interactions play an important role in many biochemical processes, these results suggest that a complementary noncrystallographic study should be always conducted when inferring structural aspects of weakly bound complexes. PMID:21460456

  20. Crystallization and crystal properties of squid rhodopsin

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    Murakami, Midori; Kitahara, Rei; Gotoh, Toshiaki; Kouyama, Tsutomu

    2007-06-01

    Truncated rhodopsin from the retina of the squid Todarodes pacificus was extracted and crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. Hexagonal crystals grown in the presence of octylglucoside and ammonium sulfate diffracted to 2.8 Å resolution. Rhodopsin, a photoreceptor membrane protein in the retina, is a prototypical member of the G-protein-coupled receptor family. In this study, rhodopsin from the retina of the squid Todarodes pacificus was treated with V8 protease to remove the C-terminal extension. Truncated rhodopsin was selectively extracted from the microvillar membranes using alkyl glucoside in the presence of zinc ions and was then crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. Of the various crystals obtained, hexagonal crystals grown in the presence of octylglucoside and ammonium sulfate diffracted to 2.8 Å resolution. The diffraction data suggested that the crystal belongs to space group P6{sub 2}, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 122.1, c = 158.6 Å. Preliminary crystallographic analysis, together with linear dichroism results, suggested that the rhodopsin dimers are packed in such a manner that their transmembrane helices are aligned nearly parallel to the c axis.

  1. Protein crystal growth

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy uses laser technology to reveal a defect, a double-screw dislocation, on the surface of this crystal of canavalin, a major source of dietary protein for humans and domestic animals. When a crystal grows, attachment kinetics and transport kinetics are competing for control of the molecules. As a molecule gets close to the crystal surface, it has to attach properly for the crystal to be usable. NASA has funded investigators to look at those attachment kinetics from a theoretical standpoint and an experimental standpoint. Dr. Alex McPherson of the University of California, Irvine, is one of those investigators. He uses X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy in his laboratory to answer some of the many questions about how protein crystals grow. Atomic force microscopy provides a means of looking at how individual molecules are added to the surface of growing protein crystals. This helps McPherson understand the kinetics of protein crystal growth. McPherson asks, How fast do crystals grow? What are the forces involved? Investigators funded by NASA have clearly shown that such factors as the level of supersaturation and the rate of growth all affect the habit [characteristic arrangement of facets] of the crystal and the defects that occur in the crystal.

  2. Protein crystal growth

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy uses laser technology to reveal a defect, a double-screw dislocation, on the surface of this crystal of canavalin, a major source of dietary protein for humans and domestic animals. When a crystal grows, attachment kinetics and transport kinetics are competing for control of the molecules. As a molecule gets close to the crystal surface, it has to attach properly for the crystal to be usable. NASA has funded investigators to look at those attachment kinetics from a theoretical standpoint and an experimental standpoint. Dr. Alex McPherson of the University of California, Irvine, is one of those investigators. He uses X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy in his laboratory to answer some of the many questions about how protein crystals grow. Atomic force microscopy provides a means of looking at how individual molecules are added to the surface of growing protein crystals. This helps McPherson understand the kinetics of protein crystal growth. McPherson asks, How fast do crystals grow? What are the forces involved? Investigators funded by NASA have clearly shown that such factors as the level of supersaturation and the rate of growth all affect the habit [characteristic arrangement of facets] of the crystal and the defects that occur in the crystal.

  3. Some Properties Of Synthetic Single Crystal And Thin Film Diamonds

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    Yazu, Shuji; Sato, Shuichi; Fujimori, Naoji

    1989-01-01

    Large synthetic diamond single crystals, in sizes up to 1.4 ct, are produced on 4 commercial basis for some industrial application fields by Sumitomo Electric. The crystals are yellow colored type Ib stones which contain lower amounts of nitrogen (up to about 100 ppm) dispersed through the crystal structure in the form of singly substituting atoms. The impurity controlled type lb crystals have the highest thermal conductivity which is equivalent to that of pure type IIa crystals. Optical and thermal properties of diamond crystals are strongly affected by dispersed impurities. We studied the kinds of dispersed impurities and amounts of those impurity atoms in our synthesized crystals by SIMS. A relation of the thermal conductivities and the nitrogen concentrations of the crystals was examined. The state of nitrogen impurity in the crystals could be transformed by electron irradiation and subsequent high temperature annealing. The reaction rates for the transformation Ib nitrogen to type IaA aggregates and differences in crystal growth sectors have been studied. Vapor phase deposited diamond films are hopeful candidates for optical application of diamond. Preliminary spectroscopic analysis has been done for the free standing polycrystalline films.

  4. 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.

  5. Conductive Critical Thinking

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    Paetkau, Mark

    2007-01-01

    One of my goals as an instructor is to teach students critical thinking skills. This paper presents an example of a student-led discussion of heat conduction at the first-year level. Heat loss from a human head is calculated using conduction and radiation models. The results of these plausible (but wrong) models of heat transfer contradict what…

  6. Electrically conductive diamond electrodes

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    Swain, Greg [East Lansing, MI; Fischer, Anne [Arlington, VA; Bennett, Jason [Lansing, MI; Lowe, Michael [Holt, MI

    2009-05-19

    An electrically conductive diamond electrode and process for preparation thereof is described. The electrode comprises diamond particles coated with electrically conductive doped diamond preferably by chemical vapor deposition which are held together with a binder. The electrodes are useful for oxidation reduction in gas, such as hydrogen generation by electrolysis.

  7. Thermal conductivity of comets

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    Vachon, R. I.; Kumar, G. N.; Khader, M. S.

    1974-01-01

    A value is described for the thermal conductivity of the frost layer and for the water-ice solid debris mixture. The value of the porous structure is discussed as a function of depth only. Graphs show thermal conductivity as a function of depth and temperature at constant porosity and density.

  8. Student Conduct and Discipline.

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    Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.

    To aid Oregon's school districts in developing policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline, this document suggests guidelines for district preparation and distribution of student conduct codes, including formal and informal student assembly, dress and grooming, use of motor vehicles, search and seizure, attendance, freedom of…

  9. Is Conductive Education Transplantable?

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    Bairstow, Phillip; Cochrane, Raymond

    1993-01-01

    This article highlights difficulties in replicating the Andras Peto Institute for Motor Disorders in Hungary by establishing the Birmingham (England) Institute for Conductive Education, for children with cerebral palsy. Difficulties included a lack of conductive education principles in clear English, failure to properly identify children who could…

  10. Polymers that Conduct Electricity.

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    Edelson, Edward

    1983-01-01

    Although polymers are regarded as electrical insulators, it was discovered that they can be made to conduct electricity. This discovery has opened vast new practical and theoretical areas for exploration by physicists and chemists. Research studies with these conducting polymers and charge-transfer salts as well as possible applications are…

  11. Conduction in Polydiacetylene Bilayers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-12-04

    This indicates that the polymer backbone has little effect in the conduction machanism of a dark undoped sample but only comes into play upon...almost none to doping. This indicates that the polymer backbone has little effect in the conduction machanism of a dark undoped sample but only comes into

  12. Conductive Critical Thinking

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Paetkau, Mark

    2007-01-01

    One of my goals as an instructor is to teach students critical thinking skills. This paper presents an example of a student-led discussion of heat conduction at the first-year level. Heat loss from a human head is calculated using conduction and radiation models. The results of these plausible (but wrong) models of heat transfer contradict what…

  13. Tuning thermal conductivity in molybdenum disulfide by electrochemical intercalation.

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    Zhu, Gaohua; Liu, Jun; Zheng, Qiye; Zhang, Ruigang; Li, Dongyao; Banerjee, Debasish; Cahill, David G

    2016-10-21

    Thermal conductivity of two-dimensional (2D) materials is of interest for energy storage, nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Here, we report that the thermal conductivity of molybdenum disulfide can be modified by electrochemical intercalation. We observe distinct behaviour for thin films with vertically aligned basal planes and natural bulk crystals with basal planes aligned parallel to the surface. The thermal conductivity is measured as a function of the degree of lithiation, using time-domain thermoreflectance. The change of thermal conductivity correlates with the lithiation-induced structural and compositional disorder. We further show that the ratio of the in-plane to through-plane thermal conductivity of bulk crystal is enhanced by the disorder. These results suggest that stacking disorder and mixture of phases is an effective mechanism to modify the anisotropic thermal conductivity of 2D materials.

  14. Tuning thermal conductivity in molybdenum disulfide by electrochemical intercalation

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    Zhu, Gaohua; Liu, Jun; Zheng, Qiye; Zhang, Ruigang; Li, Dongyao; Banerjee, Debasish; Cahill, David G.

    2016-01-01

    Thermal conductivity of two-dimensional (2D) materials is of interest for energy storage, nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Here, we report that the thermal conductivity of molybdenum disulfide can be modified by electrochemical intercalation. We observe distinct behaviour for thin films with vertically aligned basal planes and natural bulk crystals with basal planes aligned parallel to the surface. The thermal conductivity is measured as a function of the degree of lithiation, using time-domain thermoreflectance. The change of thermal conductivity correlates with the lithiation-induced structural and compositional disorder. We further show that the ratio of the in-plane to through-plane thermal conductivity of bulk crystal is enhanced by the disorder. These results suggest that stacking disorder and mixture of phases is an effective mechanism to modify the anisotropic thermal conductivity of 2D materials. PMID:27767030

  15. Conductive fabric seal

    DOEpatents

    Livesay, Ronald Jason; Mason, Brandon William; Kuhn, Michael Joseph; Rowe, Nathan Carl

    2017-04-04

    Disclosed are several examples of a system and method for detecting if an article is being tampered with. Included is a covering made of a substrate that is coated with a layer of an electrically conductive material that forms an electrically conductive surface having an electrical resistance. The covering is configured to at least partially encapsulate the article such that the article cannot be tampered with, without modifying the electrical resistance of the electrically conductive surface of the covering. A sensing device is affixed to the electrically conductive surface of the covering and the sensing device monitors the condition of the covering by producing a signal that is indicative of the electrical resistance of the electrically conductive surface of the covering. A measured electrical resistance that differs from a nominal electrical resistance is indicative of a covering that is being tampered with and an alert is communicated to an observer.

  16. Conductive fabric seal

    DOEpatents

    Livesay, Ronald Jason; Mason, Brandon William; Kuhn, Michael Joseph; Rowe, Nathan Carl

    2015-10-13

    Disclosed are several examples of a system and method for detecting if an article is being tampered with. Included is a covering made of a substrate that is coated with a layer of an electrically conductive material that forms an electrically conductive surface having an electrical resistance. The covering is configured to at least partially encapsulate the article such that the article cannot be tampered with, without modifying the electrical resistance of the electrically conductive surface of the covering. A sensing device is affixed to the electrically conductive surface of the covering and the sensing device monitors the condition of the covering by producing a signal that is indicative of the electrical resistance of the electrically conductive surface of the covering. A measured electrical resistance that differs from a nominal electrical resistance is indicative of a covering that is being tampered with and an alert is communicated to an observer.

  17. Conductivities from attractors

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    Erdmenger, Johanna; Fernández, Daniel; Goulart, Prieslei; Witkowski, Piotr

    2017-03-01

    In the context of applications of the AdS/CFT correspondence to condensed matter physics, we compute conductivities for field theory duals of dyonic planar black holes in 3+1-dimensional Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton theories at zero temperature. We combine the near-horizon data obtained via Sen's entropy function formalism with known expressions for conductivities. In this way we express the conductivities in terms of the extremal black hole charges. We apply our approach to three different examples for dilaton theories for which the background geometry is not known explicitly. For a constant scalar potential, the thermoelectric conductivity explicitly scales as α xy ˜ N 3 /2, as expected. For the same model, our approach yields a finite result for the heat conductivity κ/T ∝ N 3 /2 even for T → 0.

  18. Manganese olivine I: Electrical conductivity

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    Bai, Quan; Wang, Z.-C.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    1995-12-01

    To investigate the point defect chemistry and the kinetic properties of manganese olivine Mn2SiO4, electrical conductivity ( ’) of single crystals was measured along either the [100] or the [010] direction. The experiments were carried out at temperatures T=850 1200 °C and oxygen fugacities f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } = 10^{ - 11} - 10^2 atm under both Mn oxide ( MO) buffered and MnSiO3 ( MS) buffered conditions. Under the same thermodynamic conditions, charge transport along [100] is 2.5 3.0 times faster than along [010]. At high oxygen fugacities, the electrical conductivity of samples buffered against MS is ˜1.6 times larger than that of samples buffered against MO; while at low oxygen fugacities, the electrical conductivity is nearly identical for the two buffer cases. The dependencies of electrical conductivity on oxygen fugacity and temperature are essentially the same for conduction along the [100] and [010] directions, as well as for samples coexisting with a solid-state buffer of either MO or MS. Hence, it is proposed that the same conduction mechanisms operate for samples of either orientation in contact with either solid-state buffer. The electrical conductivity data lie on concave upward curves on a log-log plot of σ vs f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } , giving rise to two f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } = 10^{ - 11} - 10^2 regimes with different oxygen fugacity exponents. In the low-f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } = 10^{ - 11} - 10^2 regime left( {f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } < 10^{ - 7} {text{atm}}} right), the f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } = 10^{ - 11} - 10^2 exponent, m, is 0, the MnSiO3-activity exponent, q, is ˜0, and the activation energy, Q, is 45 kJ/mol. In the high f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } = 10^{ - 11} - 10^2 regime left( {f_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } > 10^{ - 7} {text{atm}}} right), m=1/6, q=1/4 1/3, and Q=45 and 200 kJ/mol for T<1100 °C and T>1100 °C, respectively. Based on a comparison of experimental data with results from point defect chemistry calculations, it is

  19. Interface electromagnetic waves between Kronig-Penney photonic crystals

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    Mehrany, Khashayar; Momeni, Babak; Khorasani, Sina; Rashidian, Bizhan

    2003-02-01

    The electromagnetic interface states formed in a heterostructure composed of two semi-infinite Kronig-Penny photonic crystals have been studied. Modified transfer matrices have been used for study of Kronig-Penny photonic crystals (heterostructures with conducting interfaces) to show strong similarity between solid-state physics and electromagnetics. Our calculations are limited to TE polarization.

  20. Automated macromolecular crystallization screening

    DOEpatents

    Segelke, Brent W.; Rupp, Bernhard; Krupka, Heike I.

    2005-03-01

    An automated macromolecular crystallization screening system wherein a multiplicity of reagent mixes are produced. A multiplicity of analysis plates is produced utilizing the reagent mixes combined with a sample. The analysis plates are incubated to promote growth of crystals. Images of the crystals are made. The images are analyzed with regard to suitability of the crystals for analysis by x-ray crystallography. A design of reagent mixes is produced based upon the expected suitability of the crystals for analysis by x-ray crystallography. A second multiplicity of mixes of the reagent components is produced utilizing the design and a second multiplicity of reagent mixes is used for a second round of automated macromolecular crystallization screening. In one embodiment the multiplicity of reagent mixes are produced by a random selection of reagent components.

  1. Single Crystal Membranes

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    Stormont, R. W.; Morrison, A.

    1974-01-01

    Single crystal a- and c-axis tubes and ribbons of sodium beta-alumina and sodium magnesium beta-alumina were grown from sodium oxide rich melts. Additional experiments grew ribbon crystals containing sodium magnesium beta, beta double prime, beta triple prime, and beta quadruple prime. A high pressure crystal growth chamber, sodium oxide rich melts, and iridium for all surfaces in contact with the melt were combined with the edge-defined, film-fed growth technique to grow the single crystal beta-alumina tubes and ribbons. The crystals were characterized using metallographic and X-ray diffraction techniques, and wet chemical analysis was used to determine the sodium, magnesium, and aluminum content of the grown crystals.

  2. Antarctic stratospheric ice crystals

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    Goodman, J.; Toon, O. B.; Pueschel, R. F.; Snetsinger, K. G.; Verma, S.

    1989-01-01

    Ice crystals were replicated over the Palmer Peninsula at approximately 72 deg S on six occasions during the 1987 Airboirne Antarctic Ozone Experiment. The sampling altitude was between 12.5 and 18.5 km (45-65 thousand ft pressure altitude) with the temperature between 190 and 201 K. The atmosphere was subsaturated with respect to ice in all cases. The collected crystals were predominantly solid and hollow columns. The largest crystals were sampled at lower altitudes where the potential temperature was below 400 K. While the crystals were larger than anticipated, their low concentration results in a total surface area that is less than one tenth of the total aerosol surface area. The large ice crystals may play an important role in the observed stratospheric dehydration processes through sedimentation. Evidence of scavenging of submicron particles further suggests that the ice crystals may be effective in the removal of stratospheric chemicals.

  3. Crystallization of Macromolecules

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    Friedmann, David; Messick, Troy; Marmorstein, Ronen

    2014-01-01

    X-ray crystallography has evolved into a very powerful tool to determine the three-dimensional structure of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. The major bottleneck in structure determination by X-ray crystallography is the preparation of suitable crystalline samples. This unit outlines steps for the crystallization of a macromolecule, starting with a purified, homogeneous sample. The first protocols describe preparation of the macromolecular sample (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular complexes). The preparation and assessment of crystallization trials is then described, along with a protocol for confirming whether the crystals obtained are composed of macromolecule as opposed to a crystallization reagent. Next, the optimization of crystallization conditions is presented. Finally, protocols that facilitate the growth of larger crystals through seeding are described. PMID:18429252

  4. Crystallization of Macromolecules

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    Friedmann, David; Messick, Troy; Marmorstein, Ronen

    2014-01-01

    X-ray crystallography has evolved into a very powerful tool to determine the three-dimensional structure of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. The major bottleneck in structure determination by X-ray crystallography is the preparation of suitable crystalline samples. This unit outlines steps for the crystallization of a macromolecule, starting with a purified, homogeneous sample. The first protocols describe preparation of the macromolecular sample (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular complexes). The preparation and assessment of crystallization trials is then described, along with a protocol for confirming whether the crystals obtained are composed of macromolecule as opposed to a crystallization reagent . Next, the optimization of crystallization conditions is presented. Finally, protocols that facilitate the growth of larger crystals through seeding are described. PMID:22045560

  5. Crystallization of Magma Oceans

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    Cahill, B.; Roberts, J. H.; Hier-Majumder, S.

    2012-12-01

    In this work, we investigate the crystallization of subsurface oceans in icy satellites. As an ocean cools, the overlying ice shell thickens. The propagation velocity of the freezing front varies with position and time, and is controlled by the satellite's composition and orbital evolution. Of the four major energy sources; accretion, differentiation, radiogenic heating, and tides, only the latter two are considered active during the coupled thermal-structural-orbital evolution of the satellite. Tidal dissipation in the ice shell is calculated using TiRADE, a propagator matrix method, while FEM, a finite-element model with adaptive mesh refinement capability, is used to calculate thermal conduction within the ice shell. Our results indicate that concentration of tidal dissipation near the base of the ice shell slows down freezing of the ocean, especially near the pole. A dissipative ice shell acts as an insulating blanket atop the freezing ocean, a process we term "tidal blanketing". Tidal blanketing is strongest for satellites in high-eccentricity orbits, but even a modest amount of energy (a few MW for Triton) retained through tidal blanketing can sustain subsurface oceans over geologically relevant time periods. Subsurface fluid layers have been suggested as a source of material and energy for geyser activity in the polar regions of Triton, and in the South Polar Terrain of Enceladus. Tidal blanketing at the base of the ice shell can be used to explain the presence of such layers.

  6. Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Nanobalance

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    Inzelt, György

    The method of piezoelectric microgravimetry (nanogravimetry) using an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) or nanobalance (EQCN) can be considered as a novel and much more sensitive version of electrogravimetry. The EQCN technique has become a widely used technique in several areas of electrochemistry, electroanalytical chemistry, bioelectrochemistry, etc. [1-10]. Obviously, mass changes occurring during adsorption, sorption, electrosorption, electrodeposition, or spontaneous deposition can be followed, which is very helpful for the elucidation of reaction mechanism via identification of the species accumulated on the surface. These investigations include metal and alloy deposition, underpotential deposition, electroplating, synthesis of conducting polymers by electropolymerization, adsorption of biologically active materials, and analytical determination of small ions and biomolecules. Of course, the opposite processes, i.e., spontaneous dissolution, electrodissolution, corrosion, can also be studied. Electrochemical oscillations, in which the formation and oxidation of chemisorbed molecular fragments play a determining role, have been studied, too. The majority of the investigations have been devoted to ion and solvent transport associated with the redox transformations of electrochemically active polymers. Similar studies have been carried out regarding polynuclear surface layers such as metal hexacyanometalates as well as inorganic and organic microcrystals of different compositions.

  7. Electrical Conductivity in Insulator

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    Sinha, Anil Kumar

    2003-03-01

    ABSTRACT In insulating solid(Plastic Sheet)of 0.73mm thickness, the conduction process was ohmic at low D.C. electric feilds, but the feild strength increased the conductivity became feild dependent at high feilds and it exhibited some conductivity and the variation in conduction current was none-ohmic.The mechanism of electron transfer between two metallic electrodes separated by insulating material has received considerable attention. The electron transfer current was studied on 0.73mm plastic sheet and(I-V),(log I-log V),(log J-E^1/2)and (log o- 1/T) relations have been studied and the value of slope,electronic dielectric constant and activation energy for nature of conduction mechanism and process have been determined.The electrical conductivity measurements were carried out at room temperature (32.5 celcius)under high D.C. electric feilds of the order of 10^6 volt/meter.The sample of insulator(plastic sheet) was sandwiched between the aluminium electrodes of designed experimental cell,The effect of very high varying feilds at 32.5 celcius temperature,the electrical conduction has been proposed on the data obtained.The non-ohmic behavior in the sample seemed to start at an electric feild 3x10^6 volt/meter.In this case on data obtained it was concluded that "SCHOTTKY EMISSION MECHANISM" has been proposed. The activation energy was calculated by plotting(log o-1/T)characterstics at running temperature and it was found 0.325ev which is less than 1.0,It confirms predominance of Electronic Conduction. I=current in ampere V=volt T=temperature O=conductivity

  8. Crystal-Growing Crucible To Suppress Convection

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    Richter, R.

    1986-01-01

    Platform under growth region stabilizes melt for more uniform crystal growth. In new crucible, platform just below growth interface so melt is too shallow to support convection. Critical depth for onset of pertinent instability calculated from heat flux through surface of melt, volume coefficient of thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and kinematic viscosity.

  9. Liquid Crystal Optofluidics

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    Vasdekis, Andreas E.; Cuennet, J. G.; Psaltis, D.

    2012-10-11

    By employing anisotropic fluids and namely liquid crystals, fluid flow becomes an additional degree of freedom in designing optofluidic devices. In this paper, we demonstrate optofluidic liquid crystal devices based on the direct flow of nematic liquid crystals in microfluidic channels. Contrary to previous reports, in the present embodiment we employ the effective phase delay acquired by light travelling through flowing liquid crystal, without analysing the polarisation state of the transmitted light. With this method, we demonstrate the variation in the diffraction pattern of an array of microfluidic channels acting as a grating. We also discuss our recent activities in integrating mechanical oscillators for on-chip peristaltic pumping.

  10. Liquid crystal optofluidics

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    Vasdekis, A. E.; Cuennet, J. G.; Psaltis, D.

    2012-10-01

    By employing anisotropic fluids and namely liquid crystals, fluid flow becomes an additional degree of freedom in designing optofluidic devices. In this paper, we demonstrate optofluidic liquid crystal devices based on the direct flow of nematic liquid crystals in microfluidic channels. Contrary to previous reports, in the present embodiment we employ the effective phase delay acquired by light travelling through flowing liquid crystal, without analysing the polarisation state of the transmitted light. With this method, we demonstrate the variation in the diffraction pattern of an array of microfluidic channels acting as a grating. We also discuss our recent activities in integrating mechanical oscillators for on-chip peristaltic pumping.

  11. Heroin crystal nephropathy.

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    Bautista, Josef Edrik Keith; Merhi, Basma; Gregory, Oliver; Hu, Susie; Henriksen, Kammi; Gohh, Reginald

    2015-06-01

    In this paper we present an interesting case of acute kidney injury and severe metabolic alkalosis in a patient with a history of heavy heroin abuse. Urine microscopy showed numerous broomstick-like crystals. These crystals are also identified in light and electron microscopy. We hypothesize that heroin crystalizes in an alkaline pH, resulting in tubular obstruction and acute kidney injury. Management is mainly supportive as there is no known specific therapy for this condition. This paper highlights the utility of urine microscopy in diagnosing the etiology of acute kidney injury and proposes a novel disease called heroin crystal nephropathy.

  12. Tunable plasmonic crystal

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    Dyer, Gregory Conrad; Shaner, Eric A.; Reno, John L.; Aizin, Gregory

    2015-08-11

    A tunable plasmonic crystal comprises several periods in a two-dimensional electron or hole gas plasmonic medium that is both extremely subwavelength (.about..lamda./100) and tunable through the application of voltages to metal electrodes. Tuning of the plasmonic crystal band edges can be realized in materials such as semiconductors and graphene to actively control the plasmonic crystal dispersion in the terahertz and infrared spectral regions. The tunable plasmonic crystal provides a useful degree of freedom for applications in slow light devices, voltage-tunable waveguides, filters, ultra-sensitive direct and heterodyne THz detectors, and THz oscillators.

  13. Automation in biological crystallization.

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    Stewart, Patrick Shaw; Mueller-Dieckmann, Jochen

    2014-06-01

    Crystallization remains the bottleneck in the crystallographic process leading from a gene to a three-dimensional model of the encoded protein or RNA. Automation of the individual steps of a crystallization experiment, from the preparation of crystallization cocktails for initial or optimization screens to the imaging of the experiments, has been the response to address this issue. Today, large high-throughput crystallization facilities, many of them open to the general user community, are capable of setting up thousands of crystallization trials per day. It is thus possible to test multiple constructs of each target for their ability to form crystals on a production-line basis. This has improved success rates and made crystallization much more convenient. High-throughput crystallization, however, cannot relieve users of the task of producing samples of high quality. Moreover, the time gained from eliminating manual preparations must now be invested in the careful evaluation of the increased number of experiments. The latter requires a sophisticated data and laboratory information-management system. A review of the current state of automation at the individual steps of crystallization with specific attention to the automation of optimization is given.

  14. Automation in biological crystallization

    PubMed Central

    Shaw Stewart, Patrick; Mueller-Dieckmann, Jochen

    2014-01-01

    Crystallization remains the bottleneck in the crystallographic process leading from a gene to a three-dimensional model of the encoded protein or RNA. Automation of the individual steps of a crystallization experiment, from the preparation of crystallization cocktails for initial or optimization screens to the imaging of the experiments, has been the response to address this issue. Today, large high-throughput crystallization facilities, many of them open to the general user community, are capable of setting up thousands of crystallization trials per day. It is thus possible to test multiple constructs of each target for their ability to form crystals on a production-line basis. This has improved success rates and made crystallization much more convenient. High-throughput crystallization, however, cannot relieve users of the task of producing samples of high quality. Moreover, the time gained from eliminating manual preparations must now be invested in the careful evaluation of the increased number of experiments. The latter requires a sophisticated data and laboratory information-management system. A review of the current state of automation at the individual steps of crystallization with specific attention to the automation of optimization is given. PMID:24915074

  15. Heroin crystal nephropathy

    PubMed Central

    Bautista, Josef Edrik Keith; Merhi, Basma; Gregory, Oliver; Hu, Susie; Henriksen, Kammi; Gohh, Reginald

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present an interesting case of acute kidney injury and severe metabolic alkalosis in a patient with a history of heavy heroin abuse. Urine microscopy showed numerous broomstick-like crystals. These crystals are also identified in light and electron microscopy. We hypothesize that heroin crystalizes in an alkaline pH, resulting in tubular obstruction and acute kidney injury. Management is mainly supportive as there is no known specific therapy for this condition. This paper highlights the utility of urine microscopy in diagnosing the etiology of acute kidney injury and proposes a novel disease called heroin crystal nephropathy. PMID:26034599

  16. Crystals in magma chambers

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    Higgins, M.

    2011-12-01

    Differentiation processes in igneous systems are one way in which the diversity of igneous rocks is produced. Traditionally, magmatic diversity is considered as variations in the overall chemical composition, such as basalt and rhyolite, but I want to extend this definition to include textural diversity. Such textural variations can be manifested as differences in the amount of crystalline (and immiscible liquid) phases and in the origin and identity of such phases. One important differentiation process is crystal-liquid separation by floatation or decantation, which clearly necessitates crystals in the magma. Hence, it is important to determine if magmas in chambers (sensu lato) have crystals. The following discussion is framed in generalities - many exceptions occur. Diabase (dolerite) dykes are a common, widespread result of regional mafic magmatism. The rims of most diabase dykes have few or no phenocrysts and crystals in the cores are commonly thought to have crystallized in place. Hence, this major mafic magmatic source did not have crystals, although compositional diversity of these dykes is commonly explained by crystal-liquid separation. This can be resolved if crystallisation was on the walls on the magma chamber. Similarly, most flood basalts are low in crystals and separation of those that are present cannot always explain the observed compositional diversity. Crystal-rich flows do occur, for example the 'Giant Plagioclase Basalts' of the Deccan series, but the crystals are thought to form or accumulate in a crystal-rich zone beneath the roof of the chamber - the rest of the chamber probably has few crystals. Some magmas from Hawaii contain significant amounts of olivine crystals, but most of these are deformed and cannot have crystallised in the chamber. In this case the crystals are thought to grow as the magma passes through a decollement zone. They may have grown on the walls or been trapped by filters. Basaltic andesite ignimbrites generally have

  17. Optical conductivity of alpha-Mn

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    Scoles, K. J.; Christy, R. W.

    1982-01-01

    The optical constants were measured at room temperature in the photon-energy range 0.6 to 6.5 eV on evaporated thin films. Evaporation conditions were chosen that gave the alpha-Mn crystal structure with reasonably large grains. The optical conductivity was separated into intraband and interband contributions by fitting to the Drude formula at low energies. The results are anomalous in comparison to other 3d transition metals. The free-electron lifetime is exceptionally sort (in agreement with the large dc resistivity of Mn), and the interband transitions seem unusually weak at the lower energies. Possible explanations related to the complicated crystal structure of alpha-Mn are discussed.

  18. Conductive open frameworks

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    Yaghi, Omar M.; Wan, Shun; Doonan, Christian J.; Wang, Bo; Deng, Hexiang

    2016-02-23

    The disclosure relates generally to materials that comprise conductive covalent organic frameworks. The disclosure also relates to materials that are useful to store and separate gas molecules and sensors.

  19. Coleman with Conductivity Meter

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    2011-04-06

    ISS027-E-019517 (6 April 2011) --- NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Expedition 27 flight engineer, is pictured near a conductivity meter floating freely in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station.

  20. Electrically conductive material

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    Singh, J.P.; Bosak, A.L.; McPheeters, C.C.; Dees, D.W.

    1993-09-07

    An electrically conductive material is described for use in solid oxide fuel cells, electrochemical sensors for combustion exhaust, and various other applications possesses increased fracture toughness over available materials, while affording the same electrical conductivity. One embodiment of the sintered electrically conductive material consists essentially of cubic ZrO[sub 2] as a matrix and 6-19 wt. % monoclinic ZrO[sub 2] formed from particles having an average size equal to or greater than about 0.23 microns. Another embodiment of the electrically conductive material consists essentially at cubic ZrO[sub 2] as a matrix and 10-30 wt. % partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) formed from particles having an average size of approximately 3 microns. 8 figures.

  1. Electrically conductive material

    DOEpatents

    Singh, Jitendra P.; Bosak, Andrea L.; McPheeters, Charles C.; Dees, Dennis W.

    1993-01-01

    An electrically conductive material for use in solid oxide fuel cells, electrochemical sensors for combustion exhaust, and various other applications possesses increased fracture toughness over available materials, while affording the same electrical conductivity. One embodiment of the sintered electrically conductive material consists essentially of cubic ZrO.sub.2 as a matrix and 6-19 wt. % monoclinic ZrO.sub.2 formed from particles having an average size equal to or greater than about 0.23 microns. Another embodiment of the electrically conductive material consists essentially at cubic ZrO.sub.2 as a matrix and 10-30 wt. % partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) formed from particles having an average size of approximately 3 microns.

  2. Cardiac conduction system

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    ... cardiac muscle cells in the walls of the heart that send signals to the heart muscle causing it to contract. The main components ... the cardiac conduction system's electrical activity in the heart.

  3. Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility (APCF)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1998-01-01

    This section of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) publication contains articles entitled: (1) Crystallization of EGFR-EGF; (2) Crystallization of Apocrustacyanin C1; (3) Crystallization and X-ray Analysis of 5S rRNA and the 5S rRNA Domain A; (4) Growth of Lysozyme Crystals at Low Nucleation Density; (5) Comparative Analysis of Aspartyl tRNA-synthetase and Thaumatin Crystals Grown on Earth and In Microgravity; (6) Lysosome Crystal Growth in the Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility Monitored via Mach-Zehnder Interferometry and CCD Video; (7) Analysis of Thaumatin Crystals Grown on Earth and in Microgravity; (8) Crystallization of the Nucleosome Core Particle; (9) Crystallization of Photosystem I; (10) Mechanism of Membrane Protein Crystal Growth: Bacteriorhodopsin-mixed Micelle Packing at the Consolution Boundary, Stabilized in Microgravity; (11) Crystallization in a Microgravity Environment of CcdB, a Protein Involved in the Control of Cell Death; and (12) Crystallization of Sulfolobus Solfataricus

  4. Burbank conducts PACE Session

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    2011-12-01

    ISS030-E-007417 (1 Dec. 2011) --- In the International Space Station?s Destiny laboratory, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, conducts a session with the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment (PACE) at the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) in the Fluids Integrated Rack / Fluids Combustion Facility (FIR/FCF). PACE is designed to investigate the capability of conducting high magnification colloid experiments with the LMM for determining the minimum size particles which can be resolved with it.

  5. Burbank conducts PACE Session

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    2011-12-01

    ISS030-E-007419 (1 Dec. 2011) --- In the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, conducts a session with the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment (PACE) at the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) in the Fluids Integrated Rack / Fluids Combustion Facility (FIR/FCF). PACE is designed to investigate the capability of conducting high magnification colloid experiments with the LMM for determining the minimum size particles which can be resolved with it.

  6. Burbank conducts PACE Session

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2011-12-01

    ISS030-E-007418 (1 Dec. 2011) --- In the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, conducts a session with the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment (PACE) at the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) in the Fluids Integrated Rack / Fluids Combustion Facility (FIR/FCF). PACE is designed to investigate the capability of conducting high magnification colloid experiments with the LMM for determining the minimum size particles which can be resolved with it.

  7. Nonequilibrium mesoscopic conductance fluctuations

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    Ludwig, T.; Blanter, Ya. M.; Mirlin, A. D.

    2004-12-01

    We investigate the amplitude of mesoscopic fluctuations of the differential conductance of a metallic wire at arbitrary bias voltage V . For noninteracting electrons, the variance ⟨δg2⟩ increases with V . The asymptotic large- V behavior is ⟨δg2⟩˜V/Vc (where eVc=D/L2 is the Thouless energy), in agreement with the earlier prediction by Larkin and Khmelnitskii. We find, however, that this asymptotics has a very small numerical prefactor and sets in at very large V/Vc only, which strongly complicates its experimental observation. This high-voltage behavior is preceded by a crossover regime, V/Vc≲30 , where the conductance variance increases by a factor ˜3 as compared to its value in the regime of universal conductance fluctuations (i.e., at V→0 ). We further analyze the effect of dephasing due to the electron-electron scattering on ⟨δg2⟩ at high voltages. With the Coulomb interaction taken into account, the amplitude of conductance fluctuations becomes a nonmonotonic function of V . Specifically, ⟨δg2⟩ drops as 1/V for voltages V≫gVc , where g is the dimensionless conductance. In this regime, the conductance fluctuations are dominated by quantum-coherent regions of the wire adjacent to the reservoirs.

  8. Epithelial Conduction in Hydromedusae

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    Mackie, G. O.; Passano, L. M.

    1968-01-01

    Sarsia, Euphysa, and other hydromedusae have been studied by electrophysiological techniques and are found to have nonnervous conducting epithelia resembling those described earlier for siphonophores. Simple, non-muscular epithelia fire singly or repetitively following brief electrical stimuli. The pulses recorded with suction electrodes are biphasic, initially positive, and show amplitudes of 0.75–2.0 mv, durations of 5–15 msec, and velocities of 15–35 cm/sec with short refractory periods. In the swimming muscle (myoepithelium) 2.0–4.0 mv composite events lasting 150–300 msec are associated with contraction waves. Propagation in nonnervous epithelia is typically all-or-none, nondecremental, and unpolarized. The subumbrellar endoderm lamella conducts independently of the adjacent ectoderm. The lower regions of the tentacles do not show propagated epithelial events. The spread of excitation in conducting epithelia and associated effector responses are described. Examples are given of interaction between events seemingly conducted in the nervous system and those in nonnervous epithelia. Either system may excite the other. Spontaneous activity, however, appears to originate in the nervous system. Conduction in nonnervous tissues is unaffected by excess Mg++ in concentrations suppressing presumed nervous activity, although this may not be a wholly adequate criterion for distinguishing components of the two systems. Evidence from old work by Romanes is considered in the light of these findings and the general significance of epithelial conduction is discussed. PMID:4386662

  9. Channeling through Bent Crystals

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    Mack, Stephanie; /Ottawa U. /SLAC

    2012-09-07

    Bent crystals have demonstrated potential for use in beam collimation. A process called channeling is when accelerated particle beams are trapped by the nuclear potentials in the atomic planes within a crystal lattice. If the crystal is bent then the particles can follow the bending angle of the crystal. There are several different effects that are observed when particles travel through a bent crystal including dechanneling, volume capture, volume reflection and channeling. With a crystal placed at the edge of a particle beam, part of the fringe of the beam can be deflected away towards a detector or beam dump, thus helping collimate the beam. There is currently FORTRAN code by Igor Yazynin that has been used to model the passage of particles through a bent crystal. Using this code, the effects mentioned were explored for beam energy that would be seen at the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests (FACET) at a range of crystal orientations with respect to the incoming beam. After propagating 5 meters in vacuum space past the crystal the channeled particles were observed to separate from most of the beam with some noise due to dechanneled particles. Progressively smaller bending radii, with corresponding shorter crystal lengths, were compared and it was seen that multiple scattering decreases with the length of the crystal therefore allowing for cleaner detection of the channeled particles. The input beam was then modified and only a portion of the beam sent through the crystal. With the majority of the beam not affected by the crystal, most particles were not deflected and after propagation the channeled particles were seen to be deflected approximately 5mm. After a portion of the beam travels through the crystal, the entire beam was then sent through a quadrupole magnet, which increased the separation of the channeled particles from the remainder of the beam to a distance of around 20mm. A different code, which was developed at SLAC, was used to

  10. Dislocation conduction in Bi-Sb topological insulators

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    Hamasaki, Hiromu; Tokumoto, Yuki; Edagawa, Keiichi

    2017-02-01

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

  11. Protein crystal growth

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    Bugg, Charles E.

    1993-01-01

    Proteins account for 50% or more of the dry weight of most living systems and play a crucial role in virtually all biological processes. Since the specific functions of essentially all biological molecules are determined by their three-dimensional structures, it is obvious that a detailed understanding of the structural makeup of a protein is essential to any systematic research pertaining to it. At the present time, protein crystallography has no substitute, it is the only technique available for elucidating the atomic arrangements within complicated biological molecules. Most macromolecules are extremely difficult to crystallize, and many otherwise exciting and promising projects have terminated at the crystal growth stage. There is a pressing need to better understand protein crystal growth, and to develop new techniques that can be used to enhance the size and quality of protein crystals. There are several aspects of microgravity that might be exploited to enhance protein crystal growth. The major factor that might be expected to alter crystal growth processes in space is the elimination of density-driven convective flow. Another factor that can be readily controlled in the absence of gravity is the sedimentation of growing crystal in a gravitational field. Another potential advantage of microgravity for protein crystal growth is the option of doing containerless crystal growth. One can readily understand why the microgravity environment established by Earth-orbiting vehicles is perceived to offer unique opportunities for the protein crystallographer. The near term objectives of the Protein Crystal Growth in a Microgravity Environment (PCG/ME) project is to continue to improve the techniques, procedures, and hardware systems used to grow protein crystals in Earth orbit.

  12. Fluorescent Applications to Crystallization

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    Pusey, Marc L.; Forsythe, Elizabeth; Achari, Aniruddha

    2006-01-01

    By covalently modifying a subpopulation, less than or equal to 1%, of a macromolecule with a fluorescent probe, the labeled material will add to a growing crystal as a microheterogeneous growth unit. Labeling procedures can be readily incorporated into the final stages of purification, and tests with model proteins have shown that labeling u to 5 percent of the protein molecules does not affect the X-ray data quality obtained . The presence of the trace fluorescent label gives a number of advantages. Since the label is covalently attached to the protein molecules, it "tracks" the protein s response to the crystallization conditions. The covalently attached probe will concentrate in the crystal relative to the solution, and under fluorescent illumination crystals show up as bright objects against a darker background. Non-protein structures, such as salt crystals, do not show up under fluorescent illumination. Crystals have the highest protein concentration and are readily observed against less bright precipitated phases, which under white light illumination may obscure the crystals. Automated image analysis to find crystals should be greatly facilitated, without having to first define crystallization drop boundaries as the protein or protein structures is all that shows up. Fluorescence intensity is a faster search parameter, whether visually or by automated methods, than looking for crystalline features. Preliminary tests, using model proteins, indicates that we can use high fluorescence intensity regions, in the absence of clear crystalline features or "hits", as a means for determining potential lead conditions. A working hypothesis is that more rapid amorphous precipitation kinetics may overwhelm and trap more slowly formed ordered assemblies, which subsequently show up as regions of brighter fluorescence intensity. Experiments are now being carried out to test this approach using a wider range, of proteins. The trace fluorescently labeled crystals will also

  13. Thermoelectric Properties of Conducting Polymers

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    1994-07-01

    polyphenylene sulfide , all of which are made conductive by addition of carbon. Polymers made conductive in this way do not have a high Seebeck...merit. KEYWORDS: Polyaniline, conducting polymer, conductive vinyl, conductive nylon, conductive polyphenylene sulfide , polyoctylthiophene, Schiff’s...directions. Polyphenylene sulfide (Ryton) A conductive form of this material, which is commercially available, is made conductive by the presence of carbon

  14. Proton conducting cerate ceramics

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    Coffey, G.W.; Pederson, L.R.; Armstrong, T.R.; Bates, J.L.; Weber, W.J.

    1995-08-01

    Cerate perovskites of the general formula AM{sub x}Ce{sub 1-x}O{sub 3-{delta}}, where A = Sr or Ba and where M = Gd, Nd, Y, Yb or other rare earth dopant, are known to conduct a protonic current. Such materials may be useful as the electrolyte in a solid oxide fuel cell operating at intermediate temperatures, as an electrochemical hydrogen separation membrane, or as a hydrogen sensor. Conduction mechanisms in these materials were evaluated using dc cyclic voltammetry and mass spectrometry, allowing currents and activation energies for proton, electron, and oxygen ion contributions to the total current to be determined. For SrYb{sub 0.05}Ce{sub 0.95}O{sub 3-{delta}}, one of the best and most environmentally stable compositions, proton conduction followed two different mechanisms: a low temperature process, characterized by an activation energy of 0.42{+-}0.04 eV, and a high temperature process, characterized by an activation energy of 1.38{+-}0.13 eV. It is believed that the low temperature process is dominated by grain boundary conduction while bulk conduction is responsible for the high temperature process. The activation energy for oxygen ion conduction (0.97{+-}0.10 eV) agrees well with other oxygen conductors, while that for electronic conduction, 0.90{+-}0.09 eV, is affected by a temperature-dependent electron carrier concentration. Evaluated by direct measurement of mass flux through a dense ceramic with an applied dc field, oxygen ions were determined to be the majority charge carrier except at the lowest temperatures, followed by electrons and then protons.

  15. Crystals for stellar spectrometers

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    Alexandropoulos, N. G.; Cohen, G. G.

    1974-01-01

    Crystal evaluation as it applies to instrumentation employed in X-ray astronomy is reviewed, and some solutions are offered to problems that are commonly encountered. A general approach for selecting the most appropriate crystals for a given problem is also suggested. The energy dependence of the diffraction properties of (002) PET, (111) Ge, (101) ADP, (101) KAP, and (001) RAP are reported.

  16. Thermotropic Ionic Liquid Crystals

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    Axenov, Kirill V.; Laschat, Sabine

    2011-01-01

    The last five years’ achievements in the synthesis and investigation of thermotropic ionic liquid crystals are reviewed. The present review describes the mesomorphic properties displayed by organic, as well as metal-containing ionic mesogens. In addition, a short overview on the ionic polymer and self-assembled liquid crystals is given. Potential and actual applications of ionic mesogens are also discussed. PMID:28879986

  17. Crystal Shape Bingo.

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    Rule, Audrey C.

    This document describes a game that provides students with practice in recognizing three dimensional crystal shapes and planar geometric shapes of crystal faces. It contains information on the objective of the game, game preparation, and rules for playing. Play cards are included (four to a page). (ASK)

  18. Crystals for stellar spectrometers

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    Alexandropoulos, N. G.; Cohen, G. G.

    1974-01-01

    Crystal evaluation as it applies to instrumentation employed in X-ray astronomy is reviewed, and some solutions are offered to problems that are commonly encountered. A general approach for selecting the most appropriate crystals for a given problem is also suggested. The energy dependence of the diffraction properties of (002) PET, (111) Ge, (101) ADP, (101) KAP, and (001) RAP are reported.

  19. Crystal growth and crystallography

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    Chernov, A. A.

    1998-01-01

    Selected topics that may be of interest for both crystal-structure and crystal-growth communities are overviewed. The growth of protein crystals, along with that of some other compounds, is one of the topics, and recent insights into related phenomena are considered as examples of applications of general principles. The relationship between crystal growth shape and structure is reviewed and an attempt to introduce semiquantitative characterization of binding for proteins is made. The concept of kinks for complex structures is briefly discussed. Even at sufficiently low supersaturations, the fluctuation of steps may not be sufficient to implement the Gibbs-Thomson law if the kink density is low enough. Subsurface ordering of liquids and growth of rough interfaces from melts is discussed. Crystals growing in microgravity from solution should be more perfect if they preferentially trap stress-inducing impurities, thus creating an impurity-depleted zone around themselves. Evidently, such a zone is developed only around the crystals growing in the absence of convection. Under terrestrial conditions, the self-purified depleted zone is destroyed by convection, the crystal traps more impurity and grows stressed. The stress relief causes mosaicity. In systems containing stress-inducing but poorly trapped impurities, the crystals grown in the absence of convection should be worse than those of their terrestrial counterparts.

  20. Walkout in Crystal City

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    Barrios, Greg

    2009-01-01

    When students take action, they create change that extends far beyond the classroom. In this article, the author, who was a former teacher from Crystal City, Texas, remembers the student walkout that helped launch the Latino civil rights movement 40 years ago. The Crystal City student walkout remains a high point in the history of student activism…