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  1. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te) using density functional theory.

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    Kehoe, Aoife B; Scanlon, David O; Watson, Graeme W

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials' suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices.

  2. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te) using density functional theory.

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    Kehoe, Aoife B; Scanlon, David O; Watson, Graeme W

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials' suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices. PMID:27033972

  3. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of Cu3MTe4 (M = Nb, Ta) sulvanites — An ab initio study

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    Ali, M. A.; Roknuzzaman, M.; Nasir, M. T.; Islam, A. K. M. A.; Naqib, S. H.

    2016-04-01

    The elastic, electronic, and optical properties of Cu3MTe4 (M = Nb, Ta) are investigated for the first time using the density-functional formalism. The optimized crystal structure is obtained and the lattice parameters are compared with available experimental data. Different elastic moduli are calculated. The Born criteria for mechanical stability are found to be fulfilled from the estimated values of the elastic moduli, Cij. The band structure and the electronic energy density of states (EDOS) are also determined. The band structure calculations show semiconducting behavior for both the compounds. The theoretically calculated values of the band gaps are found to be strongly dependent on the nature of the functional representing the exchange correlations. Technologically significant optical parameters (e.g., dielectric function, refractive index, absorption coefficient, optical conductivity, reflectivity, and loss function) have been determined. Important conclusions are drawn based on the theoretical findings.

  4. "Engineered dual NbTa barriers for higher Jc Nb3Sn superconductors"

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    Robert E. Barber; Karl T. Hartwig

    2012-07-07

    The tantalum (Ta) diffusion barrier in advanced Nb3Sn superconductors often develops a failure mode during wire drawing where the Nb and Ta layers deform non-uniformly leading to a rough interface with adjacent copper. The non-uniform deformation of these layers can lead to premature wire breakage and breaches in the barrier, and contamination of the copper stabilizer by tin (Sn). The objective of the proposed work was to demonstrate that a dual NbTa layer made from severely deformed Nb and Ta exhibits improved co-deformation behavior with pure Cu in advanced Nb3Sn superconductors. This phase I project demonstrated improved microstructural uniformity and superior mechanical property characteristics of equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) processed and rolled Nb and Ta sheets. The results of this work point to a method for fabrication of higher field and lower cost superconducting magnets for high energy physics applications.

  5. Screened coulomb hybrid DFT investigation of band gap and optical absorption predictions of CuVO3, CuNbO3 and Cu5Ta11O30 materials.

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    Harb, Moussab; Masih, Dilshad; Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2014-09-14

    We present a joint theoretical and experimental investigation of the optoelectronic properties of CuVO3, CuNbO3 and Cu5Ta11O30 materials for potential photocatalytic and solar cell applications. In addition to the experimental results obtained by powder X-ray diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy of the materials synthesized under flowing N2 gas at atmospheric pressure via solid-state reactions, the electronic structure and the UV-Vis optical absorption coefficient of these compounds are predicted with high accuracy using advanced first-principles quantum methods based on DFT (including the perturbation theory approach DFPT) within the screened coulomb hybrid HSE06 exchange-correlation formalism. The calculated density of states are found to be in agreement with the UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, predicting a small indirect band gap of 1.4 eV for CuVO3, a direct band gap of 2.6 eV for CuNbO3, and an indirect (direct) band gap of 2.1 (2.6) eV for Cu5Ta11O30. It is confirmed that the Cu(I)-based multi-metal oxides possess a strong contribution of filled Cu(I) states in the valence band and of empty d(0) metal states in the conduction band. Interestingly, CuVO3 with its predicted small indirect band gap of 1.4 eV shows the highest absorption coefficient in the visible range with a broad absorption edge extending to 886 nm. This novel result offers a great opportunity for this material to be an excellent candidate for solar cell applications.

  6. Subduction related fluids fractionate Nb/Ta

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    Salters, V. J.; Bizimis, M.; Sachi-Kocher, A.; Taylor, R.; Savov, I. P.; Stern, C. R.

    2009-12-01

    Key differences between the chemical composition of terrestrial materials and those of meteorites have led to the suggestion that a `hidden’ high Nb/Ta reservoir exists in the Earth’s mantle. In order to test this hypothesis we must identify the processes that can create such a reservoir. It has been suggested that during subduction Nb is more refractory then Ta resulting in low Nb/Ta in the subducted slab, which then serves as a reservoir for the high Nb/Ta. Here we report high precision HFSE data on products of the subduction processes thought to fractionate Nb from Ta: boninites (hydrous melting), adakites (slab melting), oceanic island arc basalts and supra subduction zone peridotites. We developed a new method for the high precision determination of Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf concentrations based on a modified version of standard addition. All analyses were performed on a single collector ICPMS (ELEMENT 1), using Y and Yb as internal standards to correct for instrumental drift during the unspiked -spiked sample sequence. Concentrations are calculated using a York- type regression that accounts for all measured and propagated errors. Long-term reproducibility (multiple dissolutions and multiple spike solutions) for the standards BHVO-1, BIR-1 AGV-1 and BCR-1 are better than 0.8% (1s) for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. The advantages of this method compared to previous methods are fast throughput, no column chemistry and low blanks. While the Zr/Hf ratios in subduction-related volcanics and ocean island basalts vary by less than a factor of two, the Nb/Ta ratio varies by a factor of four. Most of the Nb/Ta variation is observed in subduction related rocks. Samples with the highest Nb/Ta ratio (up to 19.5) are adakites from the Austral Volcanic Zone (Andes) which are thought to represent eclogitic melts from subducted oceanic crust which was most likely dehydrated. The lowest Nb/Ta (5) was found in boninites from Chichi-Jima, Bonin Island. Samples from Chichi-Jima and from the

  7. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3 MCh 4 (M  =  V, Nb, Ta; Ch  =  S, Se, Te) using density functional theory

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    Kehoe, Aoife B.; Scanlon, David O.; Watson, Graeme W.

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured \\text{C}{{\\text{u}}3}MC{{h}4} (M  =  V, Nb, Ta; Ch  =  S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials’ suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices.

  8. Rutile is holding Nb and Ta in the mantle, negligible Nb and Ta in the core

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    McDonough, W. F.; Rudnick, R. L.

    2008-12-01

    Continental Crust has a significant depletion in Nb and Ta relative to La that has been attributed to convergent margin (arc) magmatism and greater retention of Nb and Ta in the mantle source. This depleted pattern is a consequence of the plotting order of elements, which has been established by the relative partitioning behavior of elements during MORB-OIB genesis. It is our hypothesis that rutile in subducting slabs or delaminated lower continental crust is the important phase causing Nb(Ta)-depletion in the continental crust, as well as lowering its Nb/Ta. Experimental studies reveal a range of Nb/Ta fractionation responses in residual rutile depending on temperature and phase relations(melting vs dehydration). Examples of rutile-bearing, refractory eclogites have been identified that serve as analog materials for residues of the continental crust. These rutiles have radiogenic Hf isotopes (Vervoort, unpubl. data), and thus are not recent precipitates from metasomatic melts, as has been recently suggested. What remains is to understand the total silicate Earth's mass balance. In this regard, it is worth noting that early Archean Barbarton komatiites possess chondritic La/Nb ratios, and Nb/Ta ~15, a value comparable to Allende CV3 chondrite. This observation is not consistent with the storage of Nb (or Ta) in the core and suggests that the silicate Earth controls the planetary budget of Nb and Ta. Constraints on the amount of Nb in the core must be evaluated by multi-element approaches, using ratios of refractory lithophile elements. Chondritic ratios for La/Nb and Nb/Ta are not defined simply as a single value with a restricted range and are not always constant, with examples of both negligible and distinct differences between groups of chondrites. The database for chondrites is still small for Nb and Ta.

  9. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates.

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-02-18

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m(3) at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it.

  10. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates.

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m(3) at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it. PMID:26887291

  11. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m3 at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it. PMID:26887291

  12. Hydrogen distribution in Nb/Ta superlattices.

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    Wolff, Max; Pálsson, Gunnar K; Korelis, Panagiotis T; Dura, Joseph A; Majkrzak, Charles; Hjörvarsson, Björgvin

    2012-06-27

    The distribution of hydrogen in Nb/Ta superlattices has been investigated by combined neutron reflectivity and x-ray scattering. We provide evidence to support that strain modulations determined with x-ray diffraction can be interpreted as modulations in hydrogen content. We show that the hydrogen concentration is modulated and favors Nb, in agreement with previous studies. We measure the concentration directly using neutron reflectivity and demonstrate no detectable change in the distribution of hydrogen with temperature, in stark contrast to previous studies.

  13. Enhanced 77 K vortex-pinning in Y Ba2Cu3O7-x films with Ba2Y TaO6 and mixed Ba2Y TaO6 + Ba2Y NbO6 nano-columnar inclusions with irreversibility field to 11 T

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    Rizzo, F.; Augieri, A.; Angrisani Armenio, A.; Galluzzi, V.; Mancini, A.; Pinto, V.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Bianchetti, M.; Kursumovic, A.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Meledin, A.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Celentano, G.

    2016-06-01

    Pulsed laser deposited thin Y Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with pinning additions of 5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 (BYTO) were compared to films with 2.5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 + 2.5 at. % Ba2Y NbO6 (BYNTO) additions. Excellent magnetic flux-pinning at 77 K was obtained with remarkably high irreversibility fields greater than 10 T (YBCO-BYTO) and 11 T (YBCO-BYNTO), representing the highest ever achieved values in YBCO films.

  14. Nb/Ta - Zr/Hf Fractionations during Subduction: Implications for the'Missing' Nb.

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    Zateslo, T.; Bizimis, M.; Salters, V. J.; Stern, C.; Taylor, R. N.

    2008-12-01

    Key differences between the chemical composition of terrestrial materials and those of meteorites have led to the suggestion that a 'hidden' high Nb/Ta reservoir exists in the Earth's mantle. In order to test this hypothesis we must identify the processes that can create such a reservoir. Here we report the first high precision HFSE data on products of the subduction processes thought to fractionate Nb from Ta: boninites (hydrous melting), adakites (slab melting), OIBs (Koolau, Walvis: plume with recycled oceanic crust), as well as kimberlites and lamproites. We developed a new method for the high precision determination of Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf concentrations based on a modified version of standard addition. All analyses were performed on a single collector ICPMS (ELEMENT 1), using Y and Yb as internal standards to correct for instrumental drift during the unspiked -spiked sample sequence. Concentrations are calculated using a York- type regression that accounts for all measured and propagated errors. Long-term reproducibility (multiple dissolutions and multiple spike solutions) for the standards BHVO-1, BIR-1 AGV-1 and BCR-1 are better than 0.8% (1s) for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. The advantages of this method compared to previous methods are fast throughput, no column chemistry and low blanks. The Koolau and Walvis Ridge lavas have subchondritic Nb/Ta for a given Zr/Hf, overlapping other OIB suites and show no evidence for a recycled, high Nb/Ta reservoir in their source. OIB, considered as a group, have relatively constant Nb/Ta (15-16) but more variable Zr/Hf (35-50). In contrast, boninites (Chichi Jima) have significantly subchondritic Nb/Ta (4-12) at near constant Zr/Hf (35), while adakites (South Andes) extend to near chondritic Nb/Ta (13-19) at more variable Zr/Hf (30-40). The adakites showing the least evidence for crustal contamination have the highest Nb/Ta. The arc lavas cross the OIB trend at near right angle on a Nb/Ta vs. Zr/Hf plot having larger Nb/Ta

  15. Synthesis and characterization of compounds Sr{sub 2}{ital RM}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} ({ital R}=Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd; {ital M}=Nb, Ta)

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    Vybornov, M.; Perthold, W.; Michor, H.; Holubar, T.; Hilscher, G.; Rogl, P.; Fischer, P.; Divis, M.

    1995-07-01

    Although traces of superconductivity ({lt}0.2%) have been detected in Ba{sub 2}La{ital M}{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}W{sub {ital x}}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} ({ital x}{similar_to}0.3,{ital M}=Nb,Ta) below 30 K, the superconducting impurity phase could not be resolved. The antiferromagnetic (AF) order of the rare-earth sublattice in this {ital R}-2112 system (e.g., {ital T}{sub {ital N}}{sup Gd}=2.18 K) appears to be similar to that of the {ital R}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} series (e.g., {ital T}{sub {ital N}}{sup Gd}=2.29 K); however, the exceptional high AF order of Pr in Pr-123 (with 17 K) is reduced to below 2.3 K for Sr{sub 2}Pr{ital M} Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}}. The temperature and field dependence of the specific heat and the susceptibility is discussed in terms of crystal field splitting derived from the {ital R}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} compounds. Overall crystal field splitting in the title compounds is comparable with that of the {ital R}-123 compounds.

  16. First-principles calculation of phase equilibrium of V-Nb, V-Ta, and Nb-Ta alloys

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    Ravi, C.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Valsakumar, M. C.; van de Walle, Axel

    2012-02-01

    In this paper, we report the calculated phase diagrams of V-Nb, V-Ta, and Nb-Ta alloys computed by combining the total energies of 40-50 configurations for each system (obtained using density functional theory) with the cluster expansion and Monte Carlo techniques. For V-Nb alloys, the phase diagram computed with conventional cluster expansion shows a miscibility gap with consolute temperature Tc=1250 K. Including the constituent strain to the cluster expansion Hamiltonian does not alter the consolute temperature significantly, although it appears to influence the solubility of V- and Nb-rich alloys. The phonon contribution to the free energy lowers Tc to 950 K (about 25%). Our calculations thus predicts an appreciable miscibility gap for V-Nb alloys. For bcc V-Ta alloy, this calculation predicts a miscibility gap with Tc=1100 K. For this alloy, both the constituent strain and phonon contributions are found to be significant. The constituent strain increases the miscibility gap while the phonon entropy counteracts the effect of the constituent strain. In V-Ta alloys, an ordering transition occurs at 1583 K from bcc solid solution phase to the V2Ta Laves phase due to the dominant chemical interaction associated with the relatively large electronegativity difference. Since the current cluster expansion ignores the V2Ta phase, the associated chemical interaction appears to manifest in making the solid solution phase remain stable down to 1100 K. For the size-matched Nb-Ta alloys, our calculation predicts complete miscibility in agreement with experiment.

  17. Comparative Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP

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    Liu, H. W.; Richard, P.; Zhao, L. X.; Chen, G.-F.; Ding, H.

    2016-07-01

    We report a comparative polarized Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP. The evolution of the phonon frequencies with the sample composition allows us to determine experimentally which atoms are mainly involved for each vibration mode. Our results confirm previous first-principles calculations indicating that the A1, B1(2), E(2) and E(3) modes involve mainly the As(P) atoms, the B1(1) mode is mainly related to Ta(Nb) atoms, and the E(1) mode involves both kinds of atoms. By comparing the energy of the different modes, we establish that the B1(1), B1(2), E(2) and E(3) become harder with increasing chemical pressure. This behaviour differs from our observation on the A1 mode, which decreases in energy, in contrast to its behaviour under external pressure.

  18. Comparative Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP.

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    Liu, H W; Richard, P; Zhao, L X; Chen, G-F; Ding, H

    2016-07-27

    We report a comparative polarized Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP. The evolution of the phonon frequencies with the sample composition allows us to determine experimentally which atoms are mainly involved for each vibration mode. Our results confirm previous first-principles calculations indicating that the A1, B1(2), E(2) and E(3) modes involve mainly the As(P) atoms, the B1(1) mode is mainly related to Ta(Nb) atoms, and the E(1) mode involves both kinds of atoms. By comparing the energy of the different modes, we establish that the B1(1), B1(2), E(2) and E(3) become harder with increasing chemical pressure. This behaviour differs from our observation on the A1 mode, which decreases in energy, in contrast to its behaviour under external pressure. PMID:27248581

  19. Nb-Ta fractionation in hydrothermal magnetite: implications for the "missing Nb" paradox

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    Shuo, Y.; Changqian, M.

    2015-12-01

    The subchondritic Nb/Ta ratios in continental crust and depleted mantle require complementary reservoirs to balance the deficit Nb observed in most terrestrial silicate reservoirs. In this work, we provide textural and in-situ trace elemental data of magnetite from Baishiya iron deposit, East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, Northern Tibet Plateau to constrain the Nb-Ta fractionation in hydrothermal magnetite, a potential mineral to explain the missing Nb paradox. Four stages of mineralization and alteration have been identified based on field work and petrography study: iron skarnization, hydrothermal alteration, metasomatic carbonatation and quartz-sulfide mineralization. Back scattering images reveal that magnetite in iron skarnization stage develops obvious oscillatory zonation patterns, whereas those formed in the hydrothermal alteration and metasomatic carbonatation stages display metasomatic texture, and those in sulfide mineralization stage develops euhedral zoned texture. Corresponding to the textural signatures, systematic variation of trace elements is also observed in their trace element concentration which is related to the efficient factors during fluid-rock interaction. Therefore, some factors on Nb-Ta fractionation could be excluded through their variation with the Nb/Ta ratios. Above it all, a negative exclusively correlation of Nb/Ta (0.55-27) and the content of V and Ni, are considered to be key elements due to their siderophile and chalcophile affinity respectively. It confirms that increased oxygen and sulfur fugacity are primary factors that controlled Nb/Ta fractionation in hydrothermal magnetite. Similarly, the band iron formations with huge amounts of magnetites in subduction process presumably carried off mass Nb from the mantle due to the dehydration of the oceanic crust and fluid-rock interaction subsequently. We contend that the BIFs in deep mantle may be a potential complementary reservoir that has been overlooked before.

  20. Nb-Ta, Nb-Mo and Nb-V oxides prepared from hybrid organic-inorganic precursors

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    Deligne, N.; Bayot, D.; Degand, M.; Devillers, M.

    2007-07-15

    New hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on group 5 elements and a well-defined polymeric matrix have been prepared and used as precursors for Nb-Ta and Nb-Mo mixed oxides. In this non-conventional but easily accessible route to multimetallic oxides, a copolymer of N,N-diallyl-N-hexylamine and maleic acid was synthesised and used as matrix to stabilise inorganic species generated in solution from (NH{sub 4}){sub 6}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}.4H{sub 2}O, NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3} (gu){sub 3}[Nb(O{sub 2}){sub 4}] and (gu){sub 3}[Ta(O{sub 2}){sub 4}]. Solid-state studies indicate that the homogeneity of the blends can be kept up to about 0.5 mol Nb{sup V} and Ta{sup V} and 0.25 mol V{sup V} per mol of repeat units of the copolymer. The calcination conditions of these homogeneous hybrid precursors were optimised to produce Nb-Mo, Nb-Ta and Nb-V oxides. While the thermal treatment of the Nb-V hybrid blends led only to a mixture of different phases, the characterisation of the final phases by X-ray diffraction (XRD) proved the formation of pure Nb{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 14} and showed that Nb-Ta oxides could be synthesised as single phases corresponding to a continuous series of solid solutions. - Graphical abstract: An alternative route based on hybrid organic-inorganic materials was implemented to synthesise Nb-Ta, Nb-Mo and Nb-V oxides. The hybrid materials were prepared by incorporation of inorganic salts based on Nb{sup V}, Ta{sup V}, V{sup V} and Mo{sup VI} in an organic polymer bearing cationic as well as anionic moieties. A thermal treatment of these hybrid blends has allowed the formation of multimetallic oxides.

  1. Atomically engineering Cu/Ta interfaces.

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    Webb, Edmund Blackburn, III; Zhou, Xiao Wang

    2007-09-01

    This report summarizes the major research and development accomplishments for the late start LDRD project (investment area: Enable Predictive Simulation) entitled 'Atomically Engineering Cu/Ta Interfaces'. Two ultimate goals of the project are: (a) use atomistic simulation to explore important atomistic assembly mechanisms during growth of Cu/Ta multilayers; and (b) develop a non-continuum model that has sufficient fidelity and computational efficiency for use as a design tool. Chapters 2 and 3 are essentially two papers that address respectively these two goals. In chapter 2, molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the growth of Cu films on (010) bcc Ta and Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} alloy films on (111) fcc Cu. The results indicated that fcc crystalline Cu films with a (111) texture are always formed when Cu is grown on Ta. The Cu films are always polycrystalline even when the Ta substrate is single crystalline. These polycrystalline films are composed of grains with only two different orientations, which are separated by either orientational grain boundaries or misfit dislocations. Periodic misfit dislocations and stacking fault bands are observed. The Cu film surface roughness was found to decrease with increasing adatom energy. Due to a Cu surface segregation effect, the Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} films deposited on Cu always have a higher Cu composition than that used in the vapor mixture. When Cu and Ta compositions in the films are comparable, amorphous structures may form. The fundamental origins for all these phenomena have been studied in terms of crystallography and interatomic interactions. In chapter 3, a simplified computational method, diffusional Monte Carlo (dMC) method, was developed to address long time kinetic processes of materials. Long time kinetic processes usually involve material transport by diffusion. The corresponding microstructural evolution of materials can be analyzed by kinetic Monte Carlo simulation methods, which essentially

  2. Boron site preference in ternary Ta and Nb boron silicides

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    Khan, Atta U.; Nunes, Carlos A.; Coelho, Gilberto C.; Suzuki, Paulo A.; Grytsiv, Andriy; Bourree, Francoise; Rogl, Peter F.

    2012-06-15

    X-ray single crystal (XSC) and neutron powder diffraction data (NPD) were used to elucidate boron site preference for five ternary phases. Ta{sub 3}Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x} (x=0.112(4)) crystallizes with the Ti{sub 3}P-type (space group P4{sub 2}/n) with B-atoms sharing the 8g site with Si atoms. Ta{sub 5}Si{sub 3-x} (x=0.03(1); Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}- type) crystallizes with space group I4/mcm, exhibiting a small amount of vacancies on the 4a site. Both, Ta{sub 5}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}){sub 3}, x=0.568(3), and Nb{sub 5}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}){sub 3}, x=0.59(2), are part of solid solutions of M{sub 5}Si{sub 3} with Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type into the ternary M-Si-B systems (M=Nb or Ta) with B replacing Si on the 8h site. The D8{sub 8}-phase in the Nb-Si-B system crystallizes with the Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}-type revealing the formula Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3}B{sub 1-x} (x=0.292(3)) with B partially filling the voids in the 2b site of the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} parent type. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structures of a series of compounds have been solved from X-ray single crystal diffractometry revealing details on the boron incorporation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure of a series of compounds have been solved by X-ray single crystal diffractometry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ta{sub 3}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}) (x=0.112) crystallizes with the Ti{sub 3}P-type, B and Si atoms randomly share the 8g site. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure of Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3}B{sub 1-x} (x=0.292; Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}-type) was solved from NPD.

  3. Mechanical properties and microstructures of dental cast Ti-6Nb-4Cu, Ti-18Nb-2Cu, and Ti-24Nb-1Cu alloys.

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    Takahashi, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Masafumi; Takada, Yukyo

    2016-01-01

    The mechanical properties -tensile strength, yield strength, elongation after fracture, and Vickers hardness- and alloy phases of the dental cast alloys Ti-6%Nb-4%Cu, Ti-18%Nb-2%Cu, and Ti-24%Nb-1%Cu were investigated. Ti-6%Nb-4%Cu consisted of a single α-phase, while Ti-18%Nb-2%Cu and Ti-24%Nb-1%Cu consisted of α- and β-phases. The tensile strengths, yield strengths, and hardnesses of these alloys were higher than those of Ti-5%Cu and Ti-30%Nb; however, their breaking elongations were smaller. These differences in the mechanical properties are attributable to solid-solution strengthening or to precipitation strengthening by the dual-phase (α+β) structure. Thus, Ti-Nb-Cu alloys are suitable for use in high-strength dental prostheses, such as implantretained superstructures and narrow-diameter implants. PMID:27477221

  4. Supporting data for senary refractory high-entropy alloy CrxMoNbTaVW

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    Zhang, B.; Gao, M.C.; Zhang, Y.; Guo, S.M.

    2015-01-01

    This data article is related to the research paper entitled “senary refractory high-entropy alloy CrxMoNbTaVW [1]”. In this data article, the pseudo-binary Cr-MoNbTaVW phase diagram is presented to show the impact of Cr content to the senary Cr-MoNbTaVW alloy system; the sub-lattice site fractions are presented to show the disordered property of the Cr-MoNbTaVW BCC structures; the equilibrium and Scheil solidification results with the actual sample elemental compositions are presented to show the thermodynamic information of the melted/solidified CrxMoNbTaVW samples; and the raw EDS scan data of the arc-melted CrxMoNbTaVW samples are also provided. PMID:26693172

  5. Amorphous layer formation at the TaC/Cu interface in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Ilkka

    2002-02-01

    An amorphous Ta(O,C)x layer was found to form at the TaC/Cu interface in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system. The formation of the layer was induced by oxygen trapped in the as-deposited films, since on the basis of thermodynamic evaluation of the ternary Ta-C-O system, the dissociation of the TaC layer and the formation of the Ta2O5 and graphite can be expected to occur during subsequent annealings in this case. However, as observed experimentally, the formation of the amorphous Ta(O,C)x preceded the formation of the stable tantalum oxide.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Ti-Ta-Nb-Mn foams.

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    Aguilar, C; Guerra, C; Lascano, S; Guzman, D; Rojas, P A; Thirumurugan, M; Bejar, L; Medina, A

    2016-01-01

    The unprecedented increase in human life expectancy have produced profound changes in the prevailing patterns of disease, like the observed increased in degenerative disc diseases, which cause degradation of the bones. Ti-Nb-Ta alloys are promising materials to replace the damaged bone due to their excellent mechanical and corrosion resistance properties. In general metallic foams are widely used for medical application due to their lower elastic moduli compare to bulk materials. In this work we studied the synthesis of 34Nb-29Ta-xMn (x: 2, 4 and 6 wt.% Mn) alloy foams (50% v/v) using ammonium hydrogen carbonate as a space holder. Alloys were produced through mechanical alloying in a planetary mill for 50h. Green compacts were obtained by applying 430 MPa pressure. To remove the space holder from the matrix the green compacts were heated to 180 °C for 1.5h and after sintered at 1300 °C for 3h. Foams were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning, transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The elastic modulus of the foam was measured as ~30 GPa, and the values are almost equal to the values predicted using various theoretical models. PMID:26478329

  7. Synthesis and characterization of Ti-Ta-Nb-Mn foams.

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    Aguilar, C; Guerra, C; Lascano, S; Guzman, D; Rojas, P A; Thirumurugan, M; Bejar, L; Medina, A

    2016-01-01

    The unprecedented increase in human life expectancy have produced profound changes in the prevailing patterns of disease, like the observed increased in degenerative disc diseases, which cause degradation of the bones. Ti-Nb-Ta alloys are promising materials to replace the damaged bone due to their excellent mechanical and corrosion resistance properties. In general metallic foams are widely used for medical application due to their lower elastic moduli compare to bulk materials. In this work we studied the synthesis of 34Nb-29Ta-xMn (x: 2, 4 and 6 wt.% Mn) alloy foams (50% v/v) using ammonium hydrogen carbonate as a space holder. Alloys were produced through mechanical alloying in a planetary mill for 50h. Green compacts were obtained by applying 430 MPa pressure. To remove the space holder from the matrix the green compacts were heated to 180 °C for 1.5h and after sintered at 1300 °C for 3h. Foams were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning, transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The elastic modulus of the foam was measured as ~30 GPa, and the values are almost equal to the values predicted using various theoretical models.

  8. Subtleties of structure and bonding in Ta-S-Se and Ta-Nb-S solid solutions

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    Nanjundaswamy, K. S.; Hughbanks, Timothy

    1992-06-01

    Substitution of selenium by sulfur and tantalum by niobium into the 1x[Ta 5Ta] chains characteristic of Ta 3S 2 and Ta 2S is attempted in an effort to understand the structural diversity of a metal-rich chalcogenides. Neither Ta 2S nor Ta 3S 2 incorporates a significant amount of selenium, while Ta 2Se-like structures are found to persist in Ta 2S 1-xSe x for 0.2≤x≤1.0, a and c progressively increasing with x. The Ta 2Se-like structure is stable to annealing at temperatures ≥1000°C for 0.5≤ x≤1.0, and compositions with x≤0.5 disproportionate to Ta 3S 2, Ta 6S, and Ta 1- xSe 2 on annealing. Both our work and research completed in Franzen's laboratories show that niobium substitution into the 1x[Ta 5Ta] chains does not occur to any large extent, instead layered Ta 2Se-like structures ( M4S 2 and M5S 2) are stabilized. At the composition Ta 2- xNb xS ( x=0.6) as-cast samples are virtually single phase, adopting a Ta 2Se-like structure. A single crystal structure determination for a crystal with composition Ta 1.4Nb 0.6S was carried out: space group P4/ nmm (No. 129), a=3.339(1), c=9.089(7) Å, V=101.33(9) Å 3, Z=2. While electronic structure calculations nicely rationalize the metal-metal bonding in any of these structures, the ability to predict which structures will be stabilized for which systems remains out of reach.

  9. Failure mechanism of Ta diffusion barrier between Cu and Si

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Ilkka

    2000-09-01

    The reaction mechanisms in the Si/Ta/Cu metallization system and their relation to the microstructure of thin films are discussed on the basis of experimental results and the assessment of the ternary Si-Ta-Cu phase diagram at 700 °C. With the help of sheet resistance measurements, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, a scanning electron microscope, and a transmission electron microscope, the Ta barrier layer was observed to fail at temperatures above 650 °C due to the formation of TaSi2, the diffusion of Cu through the silicide layer, and the resulting formation of Cu3Si precipitates. However, in order for the TaSi2 phase to form first, the Ta diffusion barrier layer must be thick enough (e.g., 50-100 nm) to prevent Cu diffusion into the Si substrate up to the temperature of TaSi2 formation (˜650 °C). Independent of the Ta layer thickness, Cu3Si was present as large nodules, whereas the TaSi2 existed as a uniform layer. The resulting reaction structure was found to be in local equilibrium on the basis of the assessed Si-Ta-Cu phase diagram at 700 °C, and therefore no further reactions were expected. The role of oxygen was also found to be important in the reactions and it seems to have a strong effect on the thermal stability of the barrier layer.

  10. Crystal Structure, Transformation Strain, and Superelastic Property of Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta Alloys

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    Kim, Hee Young; Fu, Jie; Tobe, Hirobumi; Kim, Jae Il; Miyazaki, Shuichi

    2015-06-01

    The composition dependences of transformation strain and shape memory, and superelastic properties were extensively investigated in Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta alloys in order to establish the guidelines for alloy design of biomedical superelastic alloys. The effects of composition on the crystal structure of the parent (β) phase and the martensite (α″) phase were also investigated. Results showed that not only transformation temperature but also transformation strain is tunable by alloy design, i.e., adjusting contents of Nb, Zr, and Ta. The lattice constant of the β phase increased linearly with increasing Zr content, while it was insensitive to Nb and Ta contents. On the other hand, the lattice constants of the α″ phase are mainly affected by Nb and Ta contents. The increase of Zr content exhibited a weaker impact on the transformation strain compared with Nb and Ta. The addition of Zr as a substitute of Nb with keeping superelasticity at room temperature significantly increased the transformation strain. On the other hand, the addition of Ta decreased the transformation strain at the compositions showing superelasticity. This study confirmed that the crystallography of martensitic transformation can be the main principal to guide the alloy design of biomedical superelastic alloys.

  11. Evolution of planetary cores and the Earth-Moon system from Nb/Ta systematics.

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    Münker, Carsten; Pfänder, Jörg A; Weyer, Stefan; Büchl, Anette; Kleine, Thorsten; Mezger, Klaus

    2003-07-01

    It has been assumed that Nb and Ta are not fractionated during differentiation processes on terrestrial planets and that both elements are lithophile. High-precision measurements of Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf reveal that Nb is moderately siderophile at high pressures. Nb/Ta values in the bulk silicate Earth (14.0 +/- 0.3) and the Moon (17.0 +/- 0.8) are below the chondritic ratio of 19.9 +/- 0.6, in contrast to Mars and asteroids. The lunar Nb/Ta constrains the mass fraction of impactor material in the Moon to less than 65%. Moreover, the Moon-forming impact can be linked in time with the final core-mantle equilibration on Earth 4.533 billion years ago.

  12. High Nb, Ta, and Al creep- and oxidation-resistant austenitic stainless steel

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    Brady, Michael P [Oak Ridge, TN; Santella, Michael L [Knoxville, TN; Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge, TN; Liu, Chain-tsuan [Oak Ridge, TN

    2010-07-13

    An austenitic stainless steel HTUPS alloy includes, in weight percent: 15 to 30 Ni; 10 to 15 Cr; 2 to 5 Al; 0.6 to 5 total of at least one of Nb and Ta; no more than 0.3 of combined Ti+V; up to 3 Mo; up to 3 Co; up to 1 W; up to 0.5 Cu; up to 4 Mn; up to 1 Si; 0.05 to 0.15 C; up to 0.15 B; up to 0.05 P; up to 1 total of at least one of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; less than 0.05 N; and base Fe, wherein the weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni wherein said alloy forms an external continuous scale comprising alumina, nanometer scale sized particles distributed throughout the microstructure, said particles comprising at least one composition selected from the group consisting of NbC and TaC, and a stable essentially single phase fcc austenitic matrix microstructure, said austenitic matrix being essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  13. Structural studies of the metal-rich region in the ternary Ta-Nb-S system

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    Yao, Xiaoqiang.

    1991-10-07

    Six new solid solution type compounds have been prepared using high temperature techniques and characterized by means of single crystal x-ray techniques during a study of the metal-rich region of the ternary Ta-Nb-S system. The structures of Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 11-x}S{sub 4} are reminiscent of niobium-rich sulfides, rather than of tantalum-rich sulfides. The coordinations of sulfur are capped trigonal prismatic while the metal coordinations are capped distorted cubic prismatic for Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 11-x}S{sub 4}, and capped distorted cubic prismatic and pentagonal prismatic for Nb{sub 12-x}Ta{sub x}S{sub 4}. The structures of Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 5-x}S{sub 2} contain homoatomic layers sequenced S-M3-M2-M1-M2-M3-S (M is mixed Nb, Ta) generating six-layer sheets, respectively. Weak S-S interactions at 3.26 and 3.19{Angstrom} between sheets contrast with the M-M binding within and between the sheets in these two novel layered compounds. The former are presumably responsible for the observed graphitic slippage of the samples. Nb{sub 21-x}Ta{sub x}S{sub 8} and Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 2-x}S are isostructural with Nb{sub 21}S{sub 8} and Ta{sub 2}S, respectively. Extended Hueckel band calculations were carried out for two layered compounds, Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 5-x}S{sub 2} (x {approx} 1.72) and Nb{sub x}ta{sub 2-x}S (x {approx} 0.95). Based upon band calculations metallic properties can be expected for these two layered compounds. The relative preference of the metal sites for the two metal elements (Ta, Nb) in two layered compounds is explained by the results of the band calculations. 17 figs., 31 tabs., 80 refs.

  14. Nb-Ta mobility and fractionation during exhumation of UHP eclogite from southwestern Tianshan, China

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    Zhang, Lijuan; Zhang, Lifei; Lü, Zeng; Bader, Thomas; Chen, Zhenyu

    2016-05-01

    In order to study the behavior of high field strength elements (HFSE) during retrograde overprint of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) eclogites, analysis of Nb and Ta concentrations was carried out on bulk rock, rutile (in both veins and host rocks) and titanite in the host eclogite. The studied samples were collected from the UHP metamorphic belt of southwestern Tianshan, China. Petrographic observation and phase equilibria modeling show that the host eclogites have experienced UHP metamorphism and the rutile-bearing veins are thought to be originated from an internal fluid source, probably by lawsonite dehydration during exhumation. The presence of vein rutile indicates HFSE could be mobilized from host eclogites to veins, which is probably facilitated by complexation with dissolved Na-Al silicates and fluorine-rich fluids. Changes in fluid composition (e.g., F-1, X(CO2)) may trigger the precipitation of rutile. Rutile/fluid partitioning may be the key to fractionating Nb and Ta, with preference for Ta in the fluid, resulting in Nb/Ta ratio of rutile in the veins lower than that in the host eclogite. Besides, the transformation of rutile into titanite also might be an effective mechanism for fractionating Nb from Ta, resulting in the intra-grain Nb-Ta zonations in vein rutile. The Nb-Ta mobility and fractionation can happen during exhumation of the UHP eclogite, which should be very important for understanding the behavior of HFSE in subduction zone metamorphism.

  15. Biocompatibility of new Ti-Nb-Ta base alloys.

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    Hussein, Abdelrahman H; Gepreel, Mohamed A-H; Gouda, Mohamed K; Hefnawy, Ahmad M; Kandil, Sherif H

    2016-04-01

    β-type titanium alloys are promising materials in the field of medical implants. The effect of β-phase stability on the mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and cytotoxicity of a newly designed β-type (Ti77Nb17Ta6) biocompatible alloys are studied. The β-phase stability was controlled by the addition of small quantities of Fe and O. X-ray diffraction and microstructural analysis showed that the addition of O and Fe stabilized the β-phase in the treated solution condition. The strength and hardness have increased with the increase in β-phase stability while ductility and Young's modulus have decreased. The potentio-dynamic polarization tests showed that the corrosion resistance of the new alloys is better than Ti-6Al-4V alloy by at least ten times. Neutral red uptake assay cytotoxicity test showed cell viability of at least 95%. The new alloys are promising candidates for biomedical applications due to their high mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and reduced cytotoxicity.

  16. Electronic structure of the bcc transition metals: Thermoreflectance studies of bulk V, Nb, Ta, and αTaHx

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    Rosei, R.; Colavita, E.; Franciosi, A.; Weaver, J. H.; Peterson, D. T.

    1980-04-01

    Thermoreflectance studies of bulk samples of V, Nb, Ta, and α-phase TaHx are reported and the results interpreted in terms of recent band calculations. The first interband transition is identified as a transition involving the Σ band at EF. An M3 critical-point transition is attributed to states at N. Significant changes induced by interstitial hydrogen in solid solution α-TaHx are observed and interpreted as due to hybridization and lowering of the N1 eigenenergy.

  17. Mechanical Properties, Quantum Mechanical Calculations, and Crystallographic/Spectroscopic Characterization of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4.

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    Perfler, Lukas; Kahlenberg, Volker; Többens, Daniel; Schaur, Andreas; Tribus, Martina; Orlova, Maria; Kaindl, Reinhard

    2016-06-01

    Single crystals as well as polycrystalline samples of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4 were grown from the melt and by solid-state reactions, respectively, at various temperatures between 1698 and 1983 K. The chemical composition of the crystals was confirmed by wavelength-dispersive electron microprobe analysis, and the crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In addition, a high-P-T synthesis of GaNbO4 was performed at a pressure of 2 GPa and a temperature of 1273 K. Raman spectroscopy of all compounds as well as Rietveld refinement analysis of the powder X-ray diffraction pattern of GaNbO4 were carried out to complement the structural investigations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations enabled the assignment of the Raman bands to specific vibrational modes within the structure of GaNbO4. To determine the hardness (H) and elastic moduli (E) of the compounds, nanoindentation experiments have been performed with a Berkovich diamond indenter tip. Analyses of the load-displacement curves resulted in a high hardness of H = 11.9 ± 0.6 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 202 ± 9 GPa for GaTaO4. GaNbO4 showed a lower hardness of H = 9.6 ± 0.5 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 168 ± 5 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of the polished GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 ceramic sample was employed for the determination of the optical constants n and k. GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 exhibits a high average refractive index of nD = 2.20, at λ = 589 nm. Furthermore, in situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments enabled the study of the thermal expansion tensors of GaTaO4 and GaNbO4, as well as the ability to relate them with structural features.

  18. Mechanical Properties, Quantum Mechanical Calculations, and Crystallographic/Spectroscopic Characterization of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4.

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    Perfler, Lukas; Kahlenberg, Volker; Többens, Daniel; Schaur, Andreas; Tribus, Martina; Orlova, Maria; Kaindl, Reinhard

    2016-06-01

    Single crystals as well as polycrystalline samples of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4 were grown from the melt and by solid-state reactions, respectively, at various temperatures between 1698 and 1983 K. The chemical composition of the crystals was confirmed by wavelength-dispersive electron microprobe analysis, and the crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In addition, a high-P-T synthesis of GaNbO4 was performed at a pressure of 2 GPa and a temperature of 1273 K. Raman spectroscopy of all compounds as well as Rietveld refinement analysis of the powder X-ray diffraction pattern of GaNbO4 were carried out to complement the structural investigations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations enabled the assignment of the Raman bands to specific vibrational modes within the structure of GaNbO4. To determine the hardness (H) and elastic moduli (E) of the compounds, nanoindentation experiments have been performed with a Berkovich diamond indenter tip. Analyses of the load-displacement curves resulted in a high hardness of H = 11.9 ± 0.6 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 202 ± 9 GPa for GaTaO4. GaNbO4 showed a lower hardness of H = 9.6 ± 0.5 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 168 ± 5 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of the polished GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 ceramic sample was employed for the determination of the optical constants n and k. GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 exhibits a high average refractive index of nD = 2.20, at λ = 589 nm. Furthermore, in situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments enabled the study of the thermal expansion tensors of GaTaO4 and GaNbO4, as well as the ability to relate them with structural features. PMID:27175821

  19. Assessment of relative Ti, Ta, and Nb (TiTaN) enrichments in global ocean island basalts

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    Peters, B.; Day, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    The relative sensitivity of trace element concentrations to processes governing solid-melt and solid-fluid interactions has made them particularly useful for tracing the effects of partial melting, fractional crystallization, metasomatism and similar processes on the composition of a parental melt to a rock or mineral. Radiogenic and stable isotope compositions, in contrast, can provide information on the long-term history and provenance of magmas. Despite the distinct information derived from relative and absolute abundances of trace elements compared with isotopes, numerous studies of ocean island basalts (OIB) have attempted to use trace elements as diagnostic geochemical tracers to understand parental magma compositions. In particular, attempts have been made to correlate 'TiTaN' (Ti, Ta and Nb) anomalies to the He-Os isotopic compositions of OIB based on contributions from recycled eclogite, a theoretical high-TiTaN reservoir, and peridotite, a theoretical high-3He/4He reservoir (Jackson, et al., 2008 G-cubed). These authors have proposed that TiTaN anomalies can be used as independent indicators for recycled oceanic crust and lithospheric mantle in OIB sources, a distinction previously reserved for isotopic data. However, TiTaN anomalies appear uncorrelated to OIB mantle source composition for three reasons. First, a new geochemical compilation of global OIB shows a wide range of Ti (Ti/Ti* = 0.28 - 2.35), Ta (Ta/Ta* = 0.11 - 93.42) and Nb (Nb/Nb* = 0.13 - 17.79) anomalies that do not correlated with each other or noble gas systematics, indicating that: (i) TiTaN anomalies alone do not correspond to the primitive source traced by high-3He/4He or the solar neon component and (ii) Ti, Ta and Nb anomalies may each reflect distinct processes or origins, rather than tracing a single source or process together. Second, positive Ti anomalies can be generated by low-degree (1-10%), non-modal batch partial melting of garnet lherzolite at temperatures and pressures

  20. Proximity effect in Cu-Nb-Sn composites

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    Shum Eucker, S.S.L.

    1981-10-01

    Heat capacities have been measured in the presence of magnetic fields for Cu-Nb and Cu-Nb/sub 3/Sn in situ composites in order to determine the size of the superconducting pair potential which is induced in the normal Cu region as a function of magnetic field. For the Cu-Nb composites the induced pair potential is found to be about 0.35 MeV in zero field, in agreement with de Gennes boundary conditions. With the application of a magnetic field, the energy gap declines quickly and above about 17 mT the Cu behaves as a gapless superconductor. A family of life-time broadened density of states which gives the measured C/sub es/(Cu) is calculated based on the relation between the entropy S and density of states N(..omega..) derived for superconductors doped with paramagnetic impurities. Similar results are found in Cu-Nb/sub 3/Sn composites.

  1. Ferromagnetism in chemically reduced LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 crystals

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    Yan, Tao; Ye, Ning; Xu, Liuwei; Sang, Yuanhua; Chen, Yanxue; Song, Wei; Long, Xifa; Wang, Jiyang; Liu, Hong

    2016-05-01

    The ferromagnetism of bulk LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 at room temperature was investigated for the first time in the present work. The stoichiometric LiNbO3 is non-magnetic, while congruent LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 show very weak ferromagnetism. After chemical reduction in a mixture of zinc and lithium carbonate powders under flowing nitrogen, the ferromagnetic behavior of each sample became clear, with an increased value of magnetization. The saturation magnetization, the magnetic remanence and the coercive field of reduced congruent LiNbO3 are 7.0  ×  10‑3 emu g‑1, 0.65  ×  10‑3 emu g‑1 and 0.050 kOe, respectively. The ferromagnetism of chemically reduced LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 can be explained by considering the intrinsic Li vacancies, the appearance of Nb4+ (or Ta4+) on the surface with non-zero net spin and the oxygen vacancies at the surface.

  2. Determination of Activities of Niobium in Cu-Nb Melts Containing Dilute Nb

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    Wang, Daya; Yan, Baijun; Sichen, Du

    2015-04-01

    The activity coefficients of niobium in Cu-Nb melts were measured by equilibrating solid NbO2 with liquid copper under controlled oxygen potentials in the temperature range of 1773 K to 1898 K (1500 °C to 1625 °C). Either CO-CO2 gas mixture or H2-CO2 gas mixture was employed to obtain the desired oxygen partial pressures. Cu-Nb system was found to follow Henry's law in the composition range studied. The temperature dependence of Henry's constant in the Cu-Nb melts could be expressed as follows: The partial molar excess Gibbs energy change of niobium in Cu-Nb melts can be expressed as follows:

  3. Ductility Characterization of U-6Nb and Ta-W Alloys

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    Sun, T; Cervantes, O

    2006-09-15

    We have previously evaluated the ductility behaviors of U-6Nb and pure Ta. One important observation was that both alloys have very stable necking ductility independent of test conditions. In contrast, uniform ductility varied significantly depending upon strain rates and temperatures. In general, higher strain rate and lower temperature reduce the uniform ductility. Using literature data, we have developed two dynamic ductility models to predict the ductility behaviors of pure-Ta and water-quenched U-6Nb respectively under extreme conditions. In this study we further evaluate the aging effect on U-6Nb and the W-addition effect on Ta. For U-6Nb, the objective is to determine whether or not the ductility degradation by low-temperature aging mostly measured in quasi-static condition can still be observed under dynamic loading (high strain rate) condition. For Ta-W alloys, the focus is to identify the key control parameter so that the optimal condition of high-strength/high-ductility of Ta-10W can be achieved for certain defense-related applications.

  4. Characterization of multi-principal-element (TiZrNbHfTa)N and (TiZrNbHfTa)C coatings for biomedical applications.

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    Braic, V; Balaceanu, M; Braic, M; Vladescu, A; Panseri, S; Russo, A

    2012-06-01

    Multi-principal-element (TiZrNbHfTa)N and (TiZrNbHfTa)C coatings were deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy by co-sputtering of Ti, Zr, Nb, Hf and Ta metallic targets in reactive atmosphere. The coatings were analyzed for elemental and phase compositions, crystalline structure, morphology, residual stress, hardness, friction performance, wear-corrosion resistance and cell viability. For all the films, only simple fcc solid solutions with (111) preferred orientations were found, with crystallite sizes in the range 7.2-13.5 nm. The coatings were subjected to compressive stress, with values ranging from 0.8 to 1.6 GPa. The carbide coating with the highest carbon content (carbon/metal ≈1.3) exhibited the highest hardness of about 31 GPa, the best friction behavior (μ = 0.12) and the highest wear resistance (wear rate K=0.2×10(-6)mm(3)N(-1)m(-1)), when testing in simulated body fluids (SBFs). Cell viability tests proved that the osteoblast cells were adherent to the coated substrates, and a very high percentage of live cells were observed on sample surfaces, after 72 h incubation time.

  5. Microstructural variations in Cu/Nb and Al/Nb nanometallic multilayers

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    Polyakov, M. N.; Hodge, A. M.; Courtois-Manara, E.; Wang, D.; Kuebel, C.; Chakravadhanula, K.

    2013-06-17

    Miscible (Al/Nb) and immiscible (Cu/Nb) nanometallic multilayer systems were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy techniques, primarily by automated crystallographic orientation mapping, which allows for the resolution of crystal structures and orientations at the nanoscale. By using this technique, distinctive Nb orientations in relation to the crystallographic state of the Al and Cu layer structures can be observed. Specifically, the Al and Cu layers were found to consist of amorphous, semi-amorphous, and crystalline regions, which affect the overall multilayer microstructure.

  6. Effect of Zr, V, Nb, Mo, and Ta substitutions on magnetic properties and microstructure of melt-spun SmCo5 magnets.

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    Fukuzaki, Tomokazu; Iwane, Hiroaki; Abe, Kazutomo; Doi, Toshihiro; Tamura, Ryuji; Oikawa, Tadaaki

    2014-05-01

    We have investigated effects of metal substitutions on the magnetic properties and microstructure of melt-spun Sm-Co-Cu-Fe-M (M = Zr, V, Nb, Mo, Ta) magnets. We prepared melt-spun ribbons with compositions of Sm(Co1-x Cu x )5Fe0.54-y M y (x = 0.1-0.5, y = 0-0.43, M = Zr, V, Nb, Mo, Ta). For compositions of Sm(Co1-x Cu x )5Fe0.54 (x = 0.1-0.5), coercivity increased with increasing of annealing temperature, and a high coercivity of 17.6 kOe was obtained at a Cu content of x = 0.3. The coercivity was found to increase with increasing melting point of the substitution element. A high coercivity of 24.5 kOe was obtained for a composition of Sm(Co0.7Cu0.3)5Fe0.34Ta0.2.

  7. Effects of sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} on piezoelectric and dielectric properties of sodium potassium niobate ceramics

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2012-04-15

    Graphical abstract: NKN ceramics with a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) doping increased the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} was developed to dope into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dense NKN ceramics were obtained as CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We find the soluble limit of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound incorporated into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum Q{sub m} and k{sub p} values were more than 1500 and 42%, respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound is a better sintering aid compared with K{sub 5.3}Cu{sub 1.3}Ta{sub 10}O{sub 29}. -- Abstract: In this study, the effects of a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) on (Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} (NKN) ceramics were investigated. The diffracted angles in XRD profiles decreased because the Nb-sites were replaced by Cu and Ta ions, causing the expansion of lattice volume. SEM images showed smaller grain sizes at a low concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}, and grain sizes increased as the concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping increased because of a liquid phase formed. When CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} dopants were doped into NKN ceramics, the T{sub O-T} and T{sub c} phase transitions decreased because the replacement of Ta{sup 5+} ions in the B-site. A high bulk density (4.595 g/cm{sup 3}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}, k{sub t}) were enhanced when CT dopants were doped into NKN ceramics. Moreover, the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) also increased from 67 to 1550. NKN ceramics with sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping showed excellent piezoelectric properties: k{sub p}: 42.5%; k{sub t}: 49.1%; Q{sub m}: 1550; and d{sub 33}: 96 pC/N.

  8. Bone response to a novel Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy.

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    Stenlund, Patrik; Omar, Omar; Brohede, Ulrika; Norgren, Susanne; Norlindh, Birgitta; Johansson, Anna; Lausmaa, Jukka; Thomsen, Peter; Palmquist, Anders

    2015-07-01

    Commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) is regarded as the state-of-the-art material for bone-anchored dental devices, whereas the mechanically stronger alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), made of titanium, aluminum (Al) and vanadium (V), is regarded as the material of choice for high-load applications. There is a call for the development of new alloys, not only to eliminate the potential toxic effect of Al and V but also to meet the challenges imposed on dental and maxillofacial reconstructive devices, for example. The present work evaluates a novel, dual-stage, acid-etched, Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy implant, consisting of elements that create low toxicity, with the potential to promote osseointegration in vivo. The alloy implants (denoted Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr) were evaluated after 7 days and 28 days in a rat tibia model, with reference to commercially pure titanium grade 4 (denoted Ti). Analyses were performed with respect to removal torque, histomorphometry and gene expression. The Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr showed a significant increase in implant stability over time in contrast to the Ti. Further, the histological and gene expression analyses suggested faster healing around the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr, as judged by the enhanced remodeling, and mineralization, of the early-formed woven bone and the multiple positive correlations between genes denoting inflammation, bone formation and remodeling. Based on the present experiments, it is concluded that the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy becomes osseointegrated to at least a similar degree to that of pure titanium implants. This alloy is therefore emerging as a novel implant material for clinical evaluation. PMID:25848727

  9. Bone response to a novel Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy.

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    Stenlund, Patrik; Omar, Omar; Brohede, Ulrika; Norgren, Susanne; Norlindh, Birgitta; Johansson, Anna; Lausmaa, Jukka; Thomsen, Peter; Palmquist, Anders

    2015-07-01

    Commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) is regarded as the state-of-the-art material for bone-anchored dental devices, whereas the mechanically stronger alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), made of titanium, aluminum (Al) and vanadium (V), is regarded as the material of choice for high-load applications. There is a call for the development of new alloys, not only to eliminate the potential toxic effect of Al and V but also to meet the challenges imposed on dental and maxillofacial reconstructive devices, for example. The present work evaluates a novel, dual-stage, acid-etched, Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy implant, consisting of elements that create low toxicity, with the potential to promote osseointegration in vivo. The alloy implants (denoted Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr) were evaluated after 7 days and 28 days in a rat tibia model, with reference to commercially pure titanium grade 4 (denoted Ti). Analyses were performed with respect to removal torque, histomorphometry and gene expression. The Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr showed a significant increase in implant stability over time in contrast to the Ti. Further, the histological and gene expression analyses suggested faster healing around the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr, as judged by the enhanced remodeling, and mineralization, of the early-formed woven bone and the multiple positive correlations between genes denoting inflammation, bone formation and remodeling. Based on the present experiments, it is concluded that the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy becomes osseointegrated to at least a similar degree to that of pure titanium implants. This alloy is therefore emerging as a novel implant material for clinical evaluation.

  10. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  11. Color tone and interfacial microstructure of white oxide layer on commercially pure Ti and Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr alloys

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    Miura-Fujiwara, Eri; Mizushima, Keisuke; Watanabe, Yoshimi; Kasuga, Toshihiro; Niinomi, Mitsuo

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the relationships among oxidation condition, color tone, and the cross-sectional microstructure of the oxide layer on commercially pure (CP) Ti and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O were investigated. “White metals” are ideal metallic materials having a white color with sufficient strength and ductility like a metal. Such materials have long been sought for in dentistry. We have found that the specific biomedical Ti alloys, such as CP Ti, Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O, and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr, form a bright yellowish-white oxide layer after a particular oxidation heat treatment. The brightness L* and yellowness +b* of the oxide layer on CP Ti and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O increased with heating time and temperature. Microstructural observations indicated that the oxide layer on Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O was dense and firm, whereas a piecrust-like layer was formed on CP Ti. The results obtained in this study suggest that oxide layer coating on Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O is an excellent technique for dental applications.

  12. Mesoporous Nb and Ta Oxides: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications in Heterogeneous Acid Catalysis

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    Rao, Yuxiang Tony

    In this work, a series of mesoporous Niobium and Tantalum oxides with different pore sizes (C6, C12, C18 , ranging from 12A to 30 A) were synthesized using the ligand-assisted templating approach and investigated for their activities in a wide range of catalytic applications including benzylation, alkylation and isomerization. The as-synthesized mesoporous materials were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and solid-state Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. In order to probe into the structural and coordination geometry of mesoporous Nb oxide and in efforts to make meaningful comparisons of mesoporous niobia prepared by the amine-templating method with the corresponding bulk sol-gel prepared Nb2O5 phase, 17O magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR studies were conducted. The results showed a very high local order in the mesoporous sample. The oxygen atoms are coordinated only as ONb 2 in contrast with bulk phases in which the oxygen atoms are always present in a mixture of ONb2 and ONb3 coordination environments. To enhance their surface acidities and thus improve their performance as solid acid catalysts in the acid-catalyzed reactions mentioned above, pure mesoporous Nb and Ta oxides were further treated with 1M sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid. Their surface acidities before and after acid treatment were measured by Fourier transform infraRed (FT IR), amine titration and temperature programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD). Results obtained in this study showed that sulfated mesoporous Nb and Ta oxides materials possess relative high surface areas (up to 612 m 2/g) and amorphous wormhole structure. These mesoporous structures are thus quite stable to acid treatment. It was also found that Bronsted (1540 cm-1) and Lewis (1450 cm-1) acid sites coexist in a roughly 50:50 mixture

  13. Assessment of relative Ti, Ta, and Nb (TITAN) enrichments in ocean island basalts

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    Peters, Bradley J.; Day, James M. D.

    2014-11-01

    sensitivity of trace element concentrations to processes governing solid-melt interactions has made them valuable tools for tracing the effects of partial melting, fractional crystallization, metasomatism, and similar processes on the composition of a parental melt. Recent studies of ocean island basalts (OIB) have sought to correlate Ti, Ta, and Nb (TITAN) anomalies to isotopic tracers, such as 3He/4He and 187Os/188Os ratios, which may trace primordial deep mantle sources. A new compilation of global OIB trace element abundance data indicates that positive TITAN anomalies, though statistically pervasive features of OIB, may not be compositional features of their mantle sources. OIB show a range of Ti (Ti/Ti* = 0.28-2.35), Ta (Ta/Ta* = 0.11-93.4), and Nb (Nb/Nb* = 0.13-17.8) anomalies that show negligible correlations with 3He/4He ratios, indicating that TITAN anomalies are not derived from the less-degassed mantle source traced by high-3He/4He. Positive TITAN anomalies can be modeled using variable degrees (0.1-10%) of nonmodal batch partial melting of garnet-spinel lherzolite at temperatures and pressures considered typical for OIB petrogenesis, and subjecting this partial melt to fractional crystallization and assimilation of mid-ocean ridge basalt-like crust (AFC). Correlations of TITAN anomalies with modal abundances of olivine and clinopyroxene in porphyritic Canary Islands lavas provide empirical support for this process and indicate that high abundances of these phases in OIB may create misleading trace element anomalies on primitive mantle-normalized spider diagrams. Because partial melting and AFC are common to all mantle-derived magmas, caution should be used when attributing TITAN anomalies to direct sampling of recycled or deep mantle sources by hotspots.

  14. Studies on weldability of Ti?5Ta?1.8Nb alloy

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    Karthikeyan, T.; Dasgupta, Arup; Saroja, S.; Vijayalakshmi, M.; Raghunathan, V. S.

    2004-12-01

    The welding, qualification and characterization of welds of Ti-5Ta-1.8Nb alloy, which is being developed for high corrosion resistant performance, are reported. Based on the studies performed as per the ASME Section IX standards, welding procedure specification and procedure qualification record have been formulated. The heterogeneous microstructures of the weldment are rationalized, based on phase transformation in the alloy system and differences in the thermal cycles of various microscopic regions.

  15. Superconductivity in Y6Tr4Al43 (Tr = Nb, Mo, Ta) with Peanut-Shaped Cage Structure

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    Kase, Naoki; Satoh, Ryoh; Nakano, Tomohito; Takeda, Naoya

    2016-10-01

    Superconductivity is discovered in Y6Tr4Al43 (Tr = Nb, Mo, Ta) with a peanut-shaped cage structure at Tc = 0.86, 0.75, and 0.68 K, respectively. The superconducting state is revealed by performing electrical resistivity and specific heat measurements. The upper critical field is obtained to be 0.22 (Nb), 0.175 (Mo), and 0.15 T (Ta). A specific heat jump provides evidence of bulk superconductivity in these compounds.

  16. Osteoblast cell behavior on the new beta-type Ti-25Ta-25Nb alloy.

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    Cimpean, Anisoara; Mitran, Valentina; Ciofrangeanu, Cristina M; Galateanu, Bianca; Bertrand, Emmanuel; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Iordachescu, Dana; Gloriant, Thierry

    2012-08-01

    Among metallic materials used as bone substitutes, β titanium alloys gain an increasing importance because of their low modulus, high corrosion resistance and good biocompatibility. In this work, an investigation of the in vitro cytocompatibility of a recently new developed β-type Ti-25Ta-25Nb alloy was carried out by evaluating the behavior of human osteoblasts. The metallic Ti-6Al-4V biomaterial, which is one of representative α+β type titanium alloys for biomedical applications, and Tissue Culture Polystyrene (TCPS), were also investigated as reference Ti-based material and control substrate, respectively. Both metallic surfaces were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The cellular response was quantified by assessments of viability, cell attachment and spreading, cell morphology, production and extracellular organization of fibronectin and cell proliferation. Polished surfaces from both materials having an equiaxed grain microstructure and nanometre scale surface roughness elicited an essentially identical osteoblast response in terms of all analyzed cellular parameters. Thus, on both surfaces the cells displayed high survival rates, good cell adhesion and spreading, a dense and randomly dispersed fibronectin matrix and increasing cell proliferation rates over the incubation time. Furhermore, the enhanced biological performance of Ti-25Ta-25Nb was highly supported by the results obtained in comparison with TCPS. These findings, together with previously shown superelastic behavior, low Young's modulus and high corrosion resistance, recommend Ti-25Ta-25Nb as good candidate for applications in bone implantology.

  17. Direct Metal Deposition of Refractory High Entropy Alloy MoNbTaW

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    Dobbelstein, Henrik; Thiele, Magnus; Gurevich, Evgeny L.; George, Easo P.; Ostendorf, Andreas

    Alloying of refractory high entropy alloys (HEAs) such as MoNbTaW is usually done by vacuum arc melting (VAM) or powder metallurgy (PM) due to the high melting points of the elements. Machining to produce the final shape of parts is often needed after the PM process. Casting processes, which are often used for aerospace components (turbine blades, vanes), are not possible. Direct metal deposition (DMD) is an additive manufacturing technique used for the refurbishment of superalloy components, but generating these components from the bottom up is also of current research interest. MoNbTaW possesses high yield strength at high temperatures and could be an alternative to state-of-the-art materials. In this study, DMD of an equimolar mixture of elemental powders was performed with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. Single wall structures were built, deposition strategies developed and the microstructure of MoNbTaW was analyzed by back scattered electrons (BSE) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy in a scanning electron microscope. DMD enables the generation of composition gradients by using dynamic powder mixing instead of pre-alloyed powders. However, the simultaneous handling of several elemental or pre-alloyed powders brings new challenges to the deposition process. The influence of thermal properties, melting point and vapor pressure on the deposition process and chemical composition will be discussed.

  18. Resistivity plateau and extremely large magnetoresistance in NbAs2 and TaAs2

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    Wang, Yi-Yan; Yu, Qiao-He; Guo, Peng-Jie; Liu, Kai; Xia, Tian-Long

    2016-07-01

    In topological insulators (TIs), metallic surface conductance saturates the insulating bulk resistance with decreasing temperature, resulting in resistivity plateau at low temperatures as a transport signature originating from metallic surface modes protected by time reversal symmetry (TRS). Such a characteristic has been found in several materials including Bi2Te2Se , SmB6 etc. Recently, similar behavior has been observed in metallic compound LaSb, accompanying an extremely large magnetoresistance (XMR). Shubnikov-de Hass (SdH) oscillation at low temperatures further confirms the metallic behavior of the plateau region under magnetic fields. LaSb [Tafti et al., Nat. Phys. 12, 272 (2015), 10.1038/nphys3581] has been proposed by the authors as a possible topological semimetal (TSM), while negative magnetoresistance is absent at this moment. Here, high quality single crystals of NbAs2/TaAs2 with inversion symmetry have been grown, and the resistivity under magnetic field is systematically investigated. Both of them exhibit metallic behavior under zero magnetic field, and a metal-to-insulator transition occurs when a nonzero magnetic field is applied, resulting in XMR (1.0 ×105% for NbAs2 and 7.3 ×105% for TaAs2 at 2.5 K and 14 T). With temperature decreased, a resistivity plateau emerges after the insulatorlike regime, and SdH oscillation has also been observed in NbAs2 and TaAs2.

  19. High temperature coarsening of Cr2Nb precipitates in Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy

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    Anderson, Kenneth Reed

    1996-01-01

    A new high-temperature-strength, high-conductivity Cu-Cr-Nb alloy with a CrNb ratio of 2:1 was developed to achieve improved performance and durability. The Cu-8 Cr4 Nb alloy studied has demonstrated remarkable thermal and microstructural stability after long exposures at temperatures up to 0.98 T(sub m). This stability was mainly attributed to the slow coarsening kinetics of the Cr2Nb precipitates present in the alloy. At all temperatures, the microstructure consists of a bimodal and sometimes trimodal distribution of strengthening Cr2Nb precipitates, depending on precipitation condition, i.e. from liquid or solid solution, and cooling rates. These precipitates remain in the same size range, i.e. large precipitates of approximately I pm, and small precipitates less dm 300 nm, and effectively pin the grain boundaries thus retaining a fine grain size of 2.7 micro-m after 100 h at 1323 K. (A relatively small number of Cr-rich and Nb-rich particles were also present.) This grain boundary pinning and sluggish coarsening of Cr2Nb particles explain the retention of good mechanical properties after prolonged holding at very high temperatures, e.g., 75% of the original hardness after aging for 100 h at 1273 K. Application of LSW-based coarsening models indicated that the coarsening kinetics of the large precipitates are most likely governed by grain boundary diffsion and, to a lesser extent, volume diffusion mechanisms.

  20. MRI-compatible Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy for vascular stents: Electrochemical corrosion behavior in simulated plasma solution.

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    Li, Hui-Zhe; Zhao, Xu; Xu, Jian

    2015-11-01

    Using revised simulated body fluid (r-SBF), the electrochemical corrosion behavior of an Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy for MRI compatible vascular stents was characterized in vitro. As indicated by XPS analysis, the surface passive oxide film of approximately 1.3nm thickness was identified as a mixture of Nb2O5, Ta2O5 and ZrO2 after immersion in the r-SBF. The Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy manifests a low corrosion rate and high polarization resistance similar to pure Nb and Ta, as shown by the potentiodynamic polarization curves and EIS. Unlike 316L stainless steel and the L605 Co-Cr alloy, no localized corrosion has been detected. Semiconducting property of passive film on the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy was identified as the n-type, with growth mechanism of high-field controlled growth. The excellent corrosion resistance in simulated human blood enviroment renders the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy promising as stent candidate material.

  1. MRI compatible Nb-Ta-Zr alloys used for vascular stents: optimization for mechanical properties.

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    Li, Hui-Zhe; Xu, Jian

    2014-04-01

    With the increased usage of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a diagnostic tool in clinic, the currently-used metals for vascular stents, such as 316L stainless steel (SS), Co-Cr alloys and Ni-Ti alloys, are challenged by their unsatisfactory MRI compatibility, due to their constituents containing ferromagnetic elements. To provide more MRI compatible vascular stents, the Nb-xTa-2Zr (30≤x≤70) series alloys were selected in the current work. Several key properties of these alloys were optimized in terms of stent requirements, including magnetic susceptibility, elastic modulus and tensile properties. In the as-cast state, a single-phase solid solution with bcc structure was formed in the alloys. The volume magnetic susceptibility (χv) and Young's modulus (E) of the alloys scaled linearly with the Ta content. Increasing the Ta content gave rise to the decreased χv and the increased E, together with the elevated yield strength but less-changed elongation. From multiple requirements for the stents, the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy exhibits an optimal properties, including the χv of about 3% of the 316L SS, the E of 142GPa superior to pure niobium, high mass density of 12.03g/cm(3) favored to the X-ray visibility, yield strength of ~330MPa comparable to the 316L SS and a elongation of ~24%. These remarkable advantages make it quite promising as a new candidate of stent metals.

  2. Large magnetoresistance in compensated semimetals TaAs2 and NbAs2

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    Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Liu, Yongjie; Wang, Junfeng; Jia, Shuang

    2016-05-01

    We report large magnetoresistance (MR) at low temperatures in single-crystalline nonmagnetic compounds TaAs2 and NbAs2. Both compounds exhibit parabolic-field-dependent MR larger than 5 ×103 in a magnetic field of 9 Tesla at 2 K. The MR starts to deviate from parabolic dependence above 10 T and intends to be saturated in 45 T for TaAs2 at 4.2 K. The Hall resistance measurements and band structure calculations reveal their compensated semimetal characteristics. Their large MR at low temperatures is ascribed to an effect for compensation of electrons and holes with large mobilities. After discussing the MR for different samples of TaAs2 and other semimetals, we found that the magnitudes of MR are strongly dependent on the samples' quality for different compounds.

  3. HFSE Processing During Subduction and the Consequences for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf Ratios in the Mantle

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    Pfänder, J. A.; Jung, S.; Münker, C.; Stracke, A.; Mezger, K.

    2008-12-01

    High-precision (MC-ICP-MS) Nb-Ta concentration ratios in Silicate Earth reservoirs (mantle and crust) are consistently sub-chondritic (<19.9; Münker et al., 2003). Various models have been proposed to explain this observation and include hidden reservoirs in the silicate Earth or Nb fractionation into the metal core. Nb becomes siderophile at high pressure and thus the core is a potential reservoir for the missing Nb (Wade & Wood, 2001). This model implies Nb depletion of the silicate portion of the Earth soon after, or even during accretion by a selective, pressure driven partitioning of Nb into the metal phase. As a consequence the bulk-silicate Earth acquired a Nb/Ta ratio of ~14 instead of ~20 as suggested by chondrites (Münker et al., 2003). In contrast, Zr/Hf likely remained chondritic (~35). As shown by the correlated Nb/Ta - Zr/Hf array (terrestrial fractionation array), subsequent second-order silicate differentiation that generated Earth's crust and mantle fractionated Nb/Ta concomitantly with Zr/Hf and produced complementary reservoirs with respect to Nb/Ta (crust ~12-13; mantle ~16). Although the mechanisms that fractionate Nb/Ta are poorly understood, a key role is attributed to the processes taking place during subduction of oceanic lithosphere, i.e. fractionation during dehydration and partial melting of eclogite or garnet amphibolite in the presence of Ti-phases with high D-values for the HFSE. Some hotspot lavas bear signatures of eclogite derived melts in that they have slightly higher Nb/Ta but lower Lu/Hf ratios than expected from melting of primitive mantle peridotite independent of whether rutile is present in the eclogitic residue or not. Eclogite melting, however, is not suitable to explain low Nb/Ta in the continental crust. Therefore, significant portions of the continental crust may have been produced early in Earth's history by amphibolite dominated melting in subduction zones or within thickened Archean mafic crust, as melts in

  4. Elasto-plastic properties of Cu-Nb nanolaminate

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    Betekhtin, V. I.; Kolobov, Yu. R.; Kardashev, B. K.; Golosov, E. V.; Narykova, M. V.; Kadomtsev, A. G.; Klimenko, D. N.; Karpov, M. I.

    2012-02-01

    The Young's modulus, internal friction, and microplastic flow stress in Cu-Nb nanolaminate has been determined by an acoustic technique. The influence of high hydrostatic compression (1 GPa) on these elasto-plastic properties of the nanolaminate has been studied.

  5. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Two Cu-Cr-Nb Alloys and NARloy-Z

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    Ellis, David L.; Michal, Gary M.

    1996-01-01

    A series of creep tests were conducted on Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb (Cu-8 at.% Cr-4 at.% Nb), Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb (Cu-4 at.% Cr-2 at% Nb), and NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt.% Ag-0.5 wt.% Zr) samples to determine their creep properties. In addition, a limited number of low cycle fatigue and thermal conductivity tests were conducted. The Cu-Cr-Nb alloys showed a clear advantage in creep life and sustainable load over the currently used NARloy-Z. Increases in life at a given stress were between 100% and 250% greater for the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys depending on the stress and temperature. For a given life, the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys could support a stress between 60% and 160% greater than NARloy-Z. Low cycle fatigue lives of the Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy were equivalent to NARloy-Z at room temperature. At elevated temperatures (538 C and 650 C), the fatigue lives were 50% to 200% longer than NARloy-Z samples tested at 538 C. The thermal conductivities of the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys remained high, but were lower than NARloy-Z and pure Cu. The Cu-Cr-Nb thermal conductivities were between 72% and 96% that of pure Cu with the Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb alloy having a significant advantage in thermal conductivity over Cu-8 Cr4 Nb. In comparison, stainless steels with equivalent strengths would have thermal conductivities less than 25% the thermal conductivity of pure Cu. The combined results indicate that the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys offer an attractive alternative to current high temperature Cu-based alloys such as NARloy-Z.

  6. Homoatomic clustering in T4Ga5 (T = Ta, Nb, Ta/Mo): a story of reluctant intermetallics crystallizing in a new binary structure type.

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    Fredrickson, Rie T; Kilduff, Brandon J; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2015-02-01

    In the formation of binary compounds, heteroatomic interactions are generally expected to play the leading role in providing stability. In this Article, we present a series of gallides, T(4)Ga(5) (T = Ta, Nb, and Ta/Mo), which appear to defy this expectation. Their complex crystal structures represent a new binary structure type (to the best of our knowledge),, which can be visualized in terms of a host lattice of T@T(8) body centered cubic (bcc) clusters linked through face-capping Ga(2) dumbbells to form a primitive cubic framework. The cubic spaces that result are alternately filled by distorted T pentagonal dodecahedra (sharing atoms with the host lattice) and dimers of bcc fragments, leading to a √2 × √2 × 2 supercell of the host framework structure. Ga tetrahedra and icosahedral units fill the remaining void spaces. Underlying these structural features is a strong tendency for homoatomic clustering of Ta and Ga, which is evident in all of the coordination polyhedra. Electronic structure calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and DFT-calibrated Hückel models reveal possible origins for this elemental segregation and the factors stabilizing the structure as a whole. A deep pseudogap is present at the Fermi energy of Ta(4)Ga(5) (as well as at that of Nb(4)Ga(5)), corresponding to the near-optimization of Ta-Ta and Ta-Ga interactions. This pseudogap emerges as a result of the ability of extensive Ta-Ta bonding to provide local 18-electron configurations to the Ta atoms, despite the electron concentration being only 8.75 electrons per Ta atom. Support for these Ta-Ta interactions is provided by Ga bridging atoms, whose valence orbitals' low number of angular nodes confers preferential stabilization to Ta-Ta bonding functions over antibonding ones. The observed spatial separation of the structure into Ta and Ga domains occurs as a consequence of the Ga atoms being pushed toward the periphery of the Ta clusters to play this supporting role. PMID

  7. Electronic structure of the bcc transition metals: Thermoreflectance studies of bulk V, Nb, Ta, and. cap alpha. TaH/sub x/

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    Rosei, R.; Colavita, E.; Franciosi, A.; Weaver, J.H.; Peterson, D.T.

    1980-04-15

    Thermoreflectance studies of bulk samples of V, Nb, Ta, and ..cap alpha..-phase TaH/sub x/ are reported and the results interpreted in terms of recent band calculations. The first interband transition is identified as a transition involving the ..sigma.. band at E/sub F/. An M/sub 3/ critical-point transition is attributed to states at N. Significant changes induced by interstitial hydrogen in solid solution ..cap alpha..-TaH/sub x/ are observed and interpreted as due to hybridization and lowering of the N/sup prime//sub 1/ eigenenergy.

  8. [Research and Application of the ICP-MS Detection Technology for the Content of Nb and Ta in Geochemical Sample].

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    Li, Zi-qiang; Li, Xiao-ying; Zhu, Kun; Xu, Xiao-xia; Yan, Zhi-yuan

    2015-08-01

    In order to provide the test analysis technology to support the exploration and development of niobium and tantalum resource, based on the special chemical properties of Nb and Ta in geochemical sample, we studied the detection methods for the content of Nb and Ta in geochemical sample by using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results show that the sample dissolution and instrumental parameter of ICP-MS, especially the former have significant influence? on detection results. Therefore, optimizing important parameters of sample dissolution is the key of the detection technology. The optimal parameters are that the weight of sample is 50 mg; the dosage of HF acid is 15 mL; the concentration of nitric acid and tartaric acid in the sample solution is 2% and 1.5%, respectively; the validity period of detection for sample solution ≤1 d. The detection method has been validated by the national geochemistry standard reference material. The precise and exaction of method meet the required of industry standards. The detection limits of method for Nb and Ta are 1.05 and 0.13 μg · g(-1), respectively. The experiment proved that the ICP-MS detection methods, which using certain preparation process of sample solutions, is suitable for accurate and rapid determination of Nb and Ta in geochemical sample, especially geochemical survey samples which with a large amount and low content of Nb and Ta. PMID:26672313

  9. Single crystal structure and SHG of defect pyrochlores CsBVMoO6 (BV=Nb,Ta)

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    Fukina, D. G.; Suleimanov, E. V.; Yavetskiy, R. P.; Fukin, G. K.; Boryakov, A. V.; Borisov, E. N.; Borisov, E. V.; Surodin, S. I.; Saharov, N. V.

    2016-09-01

    The crystal structure and non-linear optical properties of CsNbMoO6 and CsTaMoO6 defect pyrochlores have been studied. The single crystals of these compounds grown by the flux method possess an octahedral faceting and reach up to 50 μm in size. The crystal structures of CsBVMoO6 (BV=Nb, Ta) were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Both compounds crystallize in the cubic symmetry with noncentrosymmetric space group F-43m. The second harmonic generation of CsNbMoO6 and CsTaMoO6was found to be 1.6×10-2 and 8.5×10-4 of lithium niobate, correspondingly. It has been determined that distortions of [MO6] polyhedra (M=Nb, Ta, Mo) as well as polarizability and covalency of Nb-O and Ta-O bonds have a great effect on the second harmonic generation.

  10. (Ag,Cu)-Ta-O ternaries as high-temperature solid-lubricant coatings.

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    Gao, Hongyu; Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto; Gu, Jingjing; Stone, D'Arcy; Aouadi, Samir M; Johnson, Erin R; Martini, Ashlie

    2015-07-22

    Ternary oxides have gained increasing attention due to their potential use as solid lubricants at elevated temperatures. In this work, the tribological properties of three ternary oxides-AgTaO3, CuTaO3, and CuTa2O6-were studied using a combination of density-functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with newly developed empirical potential parameters, and experimental measurements (AgTaO3 and CuTa2O6 only). Our results show that the MD-predicted friction force follows the trend AgTaO3 < CuTaO3 < CuTa2O6, which is consistent with the experimentally measured coefficients of friction. The wear performance from both MD and experiment exhibits the opposite trend, with CuTa2O6 providing the best resistance to wear. The sliding mechanisms are investigated using experimental characterization of the film composition after sliding, quantification of Ag or Cu cluster formation at the interface during the evolution of the film in MD, and DFT energy barriers for atom migration on the material surface. All our observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the formation of metal (or metal oxide) clusters on the surface are responsible for the friction and wear behavior of these materials. PMID:26106877

  11. Structural evolution in Ni-Nb and Ni-Nb-Ta liquids and glasses - A measure of liquid fragility?

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    Mauro, N. A.; Johnson, M. L.; Bendert, J. C.; Kelton, K. F.

    2013-01-07

    The structures of Ni59.5Nb40.5, Ni62Nb38, and Ni60Nb30Ta10 liquids and glasses were studied using synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction. To avoid reactions between the liquids and their containers and to deeply supercool them below their equilibrium liquidus temperatures, the liquids were processed without a container using the beamline electrostatic levitation (BESL) technique. The total static structure factor, S(q), and the total pair-correlation function, g(r), were obtained for all liquid compositions over a temperature range of approximately 250 °C; S(q) and g(r) were measured for the corresponding glasses at room temperature. All of the S(q)s have a shoulder on the high-q side of the second peak; this becomes more pronounced as the liquid is supercooled, and is most prominent in the glass. Based on a Honeycutt–Andersen analysis of the atomic configurations obtained from Reverse Monte Carlo fits to the total structure factors obtained from the scattering data, icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) is dominant in all liquids and becomes particularly pronounced in the glasses. No correlation is noted, however, between the amount of ISRO and easy glass formability. Structural features show evidence for an acceleration of ordering in the supercooled liquid above the glass transition temperature, consistent with the behavior expected for fragile liquids. This suggests that scattering data can provide a new method to assess liquid fragility, which is typically obtained from the temperature behavior of the viscosity near the glass transition temperature.

  12. The structural and electronic properties of cubic AgMO3 (M=Nb, Ta) by first principles calculations

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    Prasad, K. Ganga; Niranjan, Manish K.; Asthana, Saket

    2016-05-01

    We report the electronic structure of the AgMO3(M=Nb, Ta) within the frame work of density functional theory and calculations are performed within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) by using ultrasoft pseudopotentials. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and volumes are extracted from fitting of Birch third order equation of state and which are reasonable agreement with the available experimental results. The density of states,band structure of Ag(Nb,Ta)O3 reveals that the valance bands mostly occupied with O-2p and O-2s states and whereas conduction band occupied with Nb (Ta) 4d(5d) states including less contribution from Ag 5s states.

  13. Texture Evolution in a Ti-Ta-Nb Alloy Processed by Severe Plastic Deformation

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    Cojocaru, Vasile-Danut; Raducanu, Doina; Gloriant, Thierry; Cinca, Ion

    2012-05-01

    Titanium alloys are extensively used in a variety of applications because of their good mechanical properties, high biocompatibility, and corrosion resistance. Recently, β-type Ti alloys containing Ta and Nb have received much attention because they feature not only high specific strength but also biocorrosion resistance, no allergic problems, and biocompatibility. A Ti-25Ta-25Nb β-type titanium alloy was subjected to severe plastic deformation (SPD) processing by accumulative roll bonding and investigated with the aim to observe the texture developed during SPD processing. Texture data expressed by pole figures, inverse pole figures, and orientation distribution functions for the (110), (200), and (211) β-Ti peaks were obtained by XRD investigations. The results showed that it is possible to obtain high-intensity share texture modes ({001}<110>) and well-developed α and γ-fibers; the most important fiber is the α-fiber ({001} < {1bar{1}0} > to {114} < {1bar{1}0} > to {112} < {1bar{1}0} > ). High-intensity texture along certain crystallographic directions represents a way to obtain materials with high anisotropic properties.

  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-35Nb-6Ta alloy after thermomechanical treatment

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    Malek, J.; Hnilica, F.; Vesely, J.; Smola, B.; Bartakova, S.; Vanek, J.

    2012-04-15

    The influence of thermo-mechanical treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of T-35Nb-6Ta has been studied. The thermo-mechanical treatment was chosen to correspond to the production of wire with suitable mechanical properties for dental implants. After casting the alloy was hot forged (700-900 Degree-Sign C), solution treated (850 Degree-Sign C/30 min, water quenched) and cold swaged (reductions up to 91%). The annealing (700 Degree-Sign C/3 h/furnace) or aging (450 Degree-Sign C/8 h/furnace) was used as final heat treatment. The microstructure was studied by using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and XRD analysis. Cold swaging introduces microstructure consisting of highly deformed {beta}-phase grains with dislocation tangles and twins, which ensures high tensile strength about 820 MPa, low Young's modulus ({approx} 50 GPa) and good ductility {approx} 10%. Subsequent aging increases tensile strength (1000 MPa) as well as Young's modulus (75 GPa) without diminishing ductility. Annealing at 700 Degree-Sign C slightly decreases tensile strength (730 MPa) and increases the ductility and Young's modulus (17% and 62 GPa respectively). The mechanical properties attained recommend the thermo-mechanical treatment for production of wires for dental implants. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti35Nb6Ta alloy prepared via arc melting. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermo mechanical treatment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructural changes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical properties.

  15. Weldability and microstructural variations in weldments of Ti-5Ta-1.8Nb alloy

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    Karthikeyan, T.; Dasgupta, Arup; Saroja, S.; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2005-04-01

    The successful replacement of the present generation of corrosion-resistant materials (nitric acid-grade stainless steel and Ti) by Ti-5Ta-1.8Nb, which has better corrosion resistance, depends on its weldability characteristics. This article presents the results of a study on the fabrication, qualification, and microstructural characterization of the welds. Welding was carried out using the direct current electrode negative (DCEN) polarity tungsten inert gas (TIG) (manual) welding method with high-purity Ar shielding. Testing was carried out as per the ASME standard (section IX, welding and brazing). Qualification tests found that the weldment met the required properties. The weldment showed heterogeneous microstructures, which are rationalized based on differences in phase transformation mechanisms that are dictated by the thermal cycles experienced by various microscopic regions. The results, described in this article, confirm that the weldability of the developmental Ti-Ta-Nb alloy is excellent. A preliminary evaluation of the corrosion behavior of the welds showed rates comparable to that of the base metal, establishing that this alloy could be considered as an alternative material for use in highly corrosive environments.

  16. Effect of annealing on atomic ordering of amorphous ZrTaTiNbSi alloy

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    Yang, Tsung-Han; Huang, Rong-Tang; Wu, Cheng-An; Chen, Fu-Rong; Gan, Jon-Yiew; Yeh, Jien-Wei; Narayan, Jagdish

    2009-12-01

    In this letter, we have reported on initial stages of atomic ordering in ZrTaTiNbSi amorphous films during annealing. The atomic ordering and structure evolution were studied in Zr17Ta16Ti19Nb22Si26 amorphous films as a function of annealing temperature in the temperature range from 473 to 1173 K. Up to annealing temperature of 1173 K, the films retained amorphous structure, but the degree of disorder is increased with the increase in temperature. The formation of Si-M covalent bonds, which contributed to the local atomic arrangement, occurred in the initial stages of ordering. The bonding reactions between Si and other metal species explain the anomalous structural changes which were observed in x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. We discuss the stages of phase transformation for amorphous films as a function of annealing temperature. From these results, we propose that annealing leads to formation of random Si-M4 tetrahedron, and two observed rings, a first and second in the electron diffraction patterns compared to M-M and Si-M bond length, respectively.

  17. TaC as a diffusion barrier between Si and Cu

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Iikka

    2002-04-01

    The reaction mechanisms and related microstructures in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system have been studied experimentally and theoretically by utilizing ternary Si-Ta-C and Ta-C-Cu phase diagrams as well as activity diagrams calculated at 800 °C. With the help of sheet resistance measurements, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, the metallization structure with the 70 nm thick TaC barrier layer was observed to fail completely at temperatures above 725 °C because of the formation of large Cu3Si protrusions. However, the formation of amorphous Ta layer containing significant amounts of carbon and oxygen was already observed at the TaC/Cu interface at 600 °C. This layer also constituted an additional barrier layer for Cu diffusion, which occurred only after the crystallization of the amorphous layer. The formation of Ta2O5 was observed at 725 °C with x-ray diffraction, indicating that the oxygen rich amorphous layer had started to crystallize. The formation of SiC and TaSi2 occurred almost simultaneously at 800 °C. The observed reaction structure was consistent with the thermodynamics of the ternary system. The metallization structures with 7 nm and 35 nm TaC barrier layers failed above 550 °C and 650 °C, respectively, similarly because of the formation of Cu3Si. The high formation temperature of TaSi2 and SiC implies high stability of Si/TaC interface, thus making TaC layer a potential candidate to be used as a diffusion barrier for Cu metallization.

  18. Osseointegration behavior of novel Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy for dental implants: an in vivo study.

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    Wang, Xiaona; Meng, Xing; Chu, Shunli; Xiang, Xingchen; Liu, Zhenzhen; Zhao, Jinghui; Zhou, Yanmin

    2016-09-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the effects of Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants on mineral apposition rate and new BIC contact in rabbits. Twelve Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants were fabricated and placed into the right femur sites in six rabbits, and commercially pure titanium implants were used as controls in the left femur. Tetracycline and alizarin red were administered 3 weeks and 1 week before euthanization, respectively. At 4 weeks and 8 weeks after implantation, animals were euthanized, respectively. Surface characterization and implant-bone contact surface analysis were performed by using a scanning electron microscope and an energy dispersive X-ray detector. Mineral apposition rate was evaluated using a confocal laser scanning microscope. Toluidine blue staining was performed on undecalcified sections for histology and histomorphology evaluation. Scanning electron microscope and histomorphology observation revealed a direct contact between implants and bone of all groups. After a healing period of 4 weeks, Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants showed significantly higher mineral apposition rate compared to commercially pure titanium implants (P < 0.05), whereas there was no significant difference between Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants and commercially pure titanium implants (P > 0.05) at 8 weeks. No significant difference of bone-to-implant contact was observed between Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants and commercially pure titanium implants implants after a healing period of 4 weeks and 8 weeks. This study showed that Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si alloy implants could establish a close direct contact comparedto commercially pure titanium implants implants, improved mineral matrix apposition rate, and may someday be an alternative as a material for dental implants. PMID:27534399

  19. Effects of annealing on antiwear and antibacteria behaviors of TaN-Cu nanocomposite thin films

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Cheng, M. K.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.; Chang, C. L.; Liu, P. C.

    2008-07-15

    TaN-Cu nanocomposite films were deposited by reactive cosputtering on Si and tool steel substrates. The films were then annealed using rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 400 deg. C for 2, 4, and 8 min, respectively, to induce the nucleation and growth of Cu particles in TaN matrix and on film surface. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was applied to characterize Cu nanoparticles emerged on the surface of TaN-Cu thin films. The effects of annealing on the antiwear and antibacterial properties of these films were studied. The results reveal that annealing by RTA can cause Cu nanoparticles to form on the TaN surface. Consequently, the tribological behaviors, as well as the antibacterial behavior may vary depending on particle size, particle distribution, and total exposed Cu amount. For the samples with large Cu particles, the reduction of averaged friction and wear rate is obvious. Apparently, it is due to the smeared Cu particles adhered onto the wear tracks. This Cu layer may act as a solid lubricant. From the antibacterial testing results, it is found that both Cu particle size and total exposed Cu amount are critical in making short-term antibacterial effect. Overall, all the annealed TaN-Cu samples can reach >99% antibacterial efficiency in 24 h, with respect to uncoated Si substrate.

  20. Prediction of A2 to B2 Phase Transition in the High Entropy Alloy Mo-Nb-Ta-W

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    Huhn, William; Widom, Michael

    2014-03-01

    In this talk we show that an effective Hamiltonian fit with first principles calculations predicts an order/disorder transition occurs in the high entropy alloy Mo-Nb-Ta-W. Using the Alloy Theoretic Automated Toolset, we find T=0K enthalpies of formation for all binaries containing Mo, Nb, Ta, and W, and in particular we find the stable structures for binaries at equiatomic concentrations are close in energy to the associated B2 structure, suggesting that at intermediate temperatures a B2 phase is stabilized in Mo-Nb-Ta-W. Our ``hybrid Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics'' results for the Mo-Nb-Ta-W system are analyzed to identify certain preferred chemical bonding types. A mean field free energy model incorporating nearest neighbor bonds will be presented, allowing us to predict the mechanism of the order/disorder transition. We find the temperature evolution of the system is driven by strong Mo-Ta bonding. Comparison of the free energy model and our MC/MD results suggest the existence of additional low-temperature phase transitions in the system likely ending with phase segregation into binary phases. We would like to thank DOD-DTRA for funding this research under contract number DTRA-11-1-0064.

  1. High-strength high-conductivity Cu-Nb microcomposite sheet fabricated via multiple roll bonding

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    Jha, S. C.; Delagi, R. G.; Forster, J. A.; Krotz, P. D.

    1993-01-01

    Copper-niobium microcomposites are a new class of high-strength high-conductivity materials that have attractive properties for room- and elevated-temperature applications. Since Nb has little solid solubility in Cu, addition of Nb to Cu does not affect its conductivity. Copper-niobium microcomposites are melted and cast so that the microstructure of cast Cu-Nb ingots consists of 1-to 10 μm Nb dendrites uniformly distributed within the copper matrix. Extensive wire drawing with a true processing strain ( η > 12) of Cu-Nb alloy leads to refinement and elongation of Nb dendrites into 1-to 10 nm-thick filaments. The presence of such fine Nb filaments causes a significant increase in the strength of Cu-Nb wires. The tensile strength of heavily drawn Cu-Nb wires was determined to be significantly higher than the values predicted by the rule of mixtures. This article reports the fabrication of high-strength Cu-Nb micro-composite sheet by multiple roll bonding. It is difficult and impractical to attain high processing strains ( η > 3) by simple cold rolling. In most practical cold-rolling operation, the thickness reduction does not exceed 90 pct ( η ≅ 2). Therefore, innovative processing is required to generate high strength in Cu-Nb microcomposite sheet. Multiple roll bonding of Cu-Nb has been utilized to store high processing strain ( η > 10) in the material and refine the Nb particle size within the copper matrix. This article describes the microstructure, mechanical properties, and thermal stability of roll-bonded Cu-Nb microcomposite sheet.

  2. Nb-Ta-Ti oxides fractionation in rare-metal granites: Krásno-Horní Slavkov ore district, Czech Republic

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    René, Miloš; Škoda, Radek

    2011-11-01

    Nb-Ta-Ti-bearing oxide minerals (Nb-Ta-bearing rutile, columbite-group minerals) represent the most common Nb-Ta host in topaz-albite granites and related rocks from the Krásno-Horní Slavkov ore district. Tungsten-bearing columbite-(Fe), W-bearing ixiolite, wodginite and tapiolite-(Fe) are extremely rare in these rocks. Rutile contains significant levels of Ta (up to 37 wt.% Ta2O5) and Nb (up to 24 wt.% Nb2O5), with Ta/(Ta + Nb) ratio ranging from 0.04 to 0.61. Columbite-group minerals are represented mostly by columbite-(Fe) and rarely by columbite-(Mn), with Mn/(Mn + Fe) ratio ranging from 0.23 to 0.94. The exceptionally rare Fe-rich, W-bearing ixiolite occurs only as inclusions in Nb-Ta-bearing rutile from quartz-free alkali-feldspar syenites (Vysoký Kámen stock). Wodginite was found only in the topaz-albite microgranite of gneissic breccia matrix that occurs in the upper most part of the Hub topaz-albite granite stock. In wodginite, the Mn/(Mn + Fe) ratio is 0.42-0.51, whereas the coexisting tapiolite-(Fe) has a distinctly lower Mn/(Mn + Fe) ratio close to 0.06.

  3. On the Structural and Luminescent Properties of the ScTa(1-x)Nb(x)O(4) System.

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    Brixner, L. H.

    1980-01-01

    Diagrams and tables supplement textual information regarding the structure of ScNbo-4 and its observed and calculated d-values; excitation and emission spectra and cell constants for the ScTa(1-x)NB(x)O(4) system. (CS)

  4. Discovery of Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arc quasiparticles in TaAs, NbAs, NbP, TaP and related materials

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    Hasan, M. Zahid

    Topological matter can host Dirac, Majorana and Weyl fermions as quasiparticle modes on their boundaries. First, I briefly mention the basic theoretical concepts defining insulators and superconductors where topological surface state modes are robust only in the presence of a gap (Hasan & Kane; Rev. of Mod. Phys. 82, 3045 (2010)). In these systems topological protection is lost once the gap is closed turning the system into a trivial metal. A Weyl semimetal is the rare exception in this scheme which is a topologically robust metal (semimetal) whose low energy emergent excitations are Weyl fermions. In a Weyl fermion semimetal, the chiralities associated with the Weyl nodes can be understood as topological charges, leading to split monopoles and anti-monopoles of Berry curvature in momentum space. This gives a measure of the topological strength of the system. Due to this topology a Weyl semimetal is expected to exhibit 2D Fermi arc quasiparticles on its surface (Wan et.al., 2011). These arcs (``fractional'' Fermi surfaces) are discontinuous or disjoint segments of a two dimensional Fermi contour, which are terminated onto the projections of the Weyl fermion nodes on the surface we have observed experimentally in TaAs, NbAs, NbP class of materials (Xu, Belopolski et.al., Science 349, 613 (2015); Xu, Alidoust et.al., Nature Phys. (2015); Xu, Belopolski et.al., Science Adv. (2015), Belopolski, Xu et.al., arXiv (2015)) following our theoretical predictions (Huang, Xu, Belopolski et.al., Nature Commun. 6:7373 (2015), submitted in November 2014). Our theoretical predictions (Nature Commun. 2015) and experimental demonstrations (Science 2015, Nature Physics 2015, Science Advances 2015) reveal that these Fermi arc quasiparticles can only live on the boundary of a 3D crystal which collectively represents the realization of a new state of quantum matter beyond our earlier work on Fermi arcs in topological materials (Xu, Liu, Kushwaha et.al., Science 347, 294 (2015), adv

  5. The origin of hyperferroelectricity in LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, Guang-Can; He, Lixin

    2016-10-01

    The electronic and structural properties of LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that LiBO3 belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics (hyperFEs), i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optic phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity, is a limiting case of hyperFEs. Via an effective Hamiltonian, we further show that, in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long-range coulomb interactions, the hyperFE instability is due to the structure instability driven by short-range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperFEs.

  6. Hemispherical emissivity of V, Nb, Ta, Mo, and W from 300 to 1000 K

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    Cheng, S. X.; Hanssen, L. M.; Riffe, D. M.; Sievers, A. J.; Cebe, P.

    1987-01-01

    The hemispherical emissivities of five transition elements, V, Nb, Ta, Mo, and W, have been measured from 300 to 1000 K, complementing earlier higher-temperature results. These low-temperature data, which are similar, are fitted to a Drude model in which the room-temperature parameters have been obtained from optical measurements and the temperature dependence of the dc resistivity is used as input to calculate the temperature dependence of the emissivity. A frequency-dependent free-carrier relaxation rate is found to have a similar magnitude for all these elements. For temperatures larger than 1200 K the calculated emissivity is always greater than the measured value, indicating that the high-temperature interband features of transition elements are much weaker than those determined from room-temperature measurements.

  7. The origin of hyper-ferroelectricity in Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    He, Lixin; Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, G.-C.

    The electronic and structural properties of Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that Li BO3 are belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics, i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optical phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3 is a limiting case of a hyperferroelectrics, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity. We further show via an effective Hamiltonian that in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long range coulomb interactions, the hyperferroelectric instability is due to the structure instability driven by the short range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperferroelectrics.

  8. The origin of hyperferroelectricity in LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, Guang-Can; He, Lixin

    2016-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties of LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that LiBO3 belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics (hyperFEs), i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optic phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity, is a limiting case of hyperFEs. Via an effective Hamiltonian, we further show that, in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long-range coulomb interactions, the hyperFE instability is due to the structure instability driven by short-range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperFEs. PMID:27694996

  9. Study on ( n,t) Reactions of Zr, Nb and Ta Nuclei

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    Tel, E.; Yiğit, M.; Tanır, G.

    2012-04-01

    The world faces serious energy shortages in the near future. To meet the world energy demand, the nuclear fusion with safety, environmentally acceptability and economic is the best suited. Fusion is attractive as an energy source because of the virtually inexhaustible supply of fuel, the promise of minimal adverse environmental impact, and its inherent safety. Fusion will not produce CO2 or SO2 and thus will not contribute to global warming or acid rain. Furthermore, there are not radioactive nuclear waste problems in the fusion reactors. Although there have been significant research and development studies on the inertial and magnetic fusion reactor technology, there is still a long way to go to penetrate commercial fusion reactors to the energy market. Because, tritium self-sufficiency must be maintained for a commercial power plant. For self-sustaining (D-T) fusion driver tritium breeding ratio should be greater than 1.05. And also, the success of fusion power system is dependent on performance of the first wall, blanket or divertor systems. So, the performance of structural materials for fusion power systems, understanding nuclear properties systematic and working out of ( n,t) reaction cross sections are very important. Zirconium (Zr), Niobium (Nb) and Tantal (Ta) containing alloys are important structural materials for fusion reactors, accelerator-driven systems, and many other fields. In this study, ( n,t) reactions for some structural fusion materials such as 88,90,92,94,96Zr, 93,94,95Nb and 179,181Ta have been investigated. The calculated results are discussed andcompared with the experimental data taken from the literature.

  10. Stability of Cu-Nb layered nanocomposite from chemical bonding

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    Saikia, Ujjal; Sahariah, Munima B.; Pandey, Ravindra

    2016-07-01

    The potential use of layered metallic nanocomposites in radiation-resistant materials has been recognized with ultra-high mechanical strengths. Here we present results on layered Cu-Nb composite examining its stability in terms of chemical bond via charge density and transfer analysis, QTAIM, electron localization function and density of states using DFT. An intermediate character of bonding with a significant amount of charge transfer at the interface has been predicted. Shortening of intraplanar bond length is a good manifestation of their observed structural stability which may be due to electron promotion of 3 d → (4 s, 4 p) orbitals associated with the constituent atoms of the composite.

  11. Surface Study of Nb/Cu Films for Cavity Deposition by ECR Plasma

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    A.T. Wu; R.C. Ike; H.L. Phillips; A-M. Valente; H. Wang; G. Wu

    2005-05-16

    Deposition of thin niobium (Nb) films on copper (Cu) cavities, using an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma appears to be an attractive alternative technique for fabricating superconducting radio frequency cavities to be used in particle accelerators. The performance of these Nb/Cu cavities is expected to depend on the surface characteristics of the Nb films. In this paper, we report on an investigation of the influence of deposition energy on surface morphology, microstructure, and chemical composition of Nb films deposited on small Cu disks employing a metallographic optical microscope, a 3-D profilometer, a scanning electron microscope, and a dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometer. The results will be compared with those obtained on Nb surfaces treated by buffered chemical polishing, electropolishing, and buffered electropolishing. Possible implications from this study for Nb deposition on real Cu cavities will be discussed.

  12. Strong critical current density enhancement in NiCu/NbN superconducting nanostripes for optical detection

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    Marrocco, N.; Pepe, G. P.; Capretti, A.; Parlato, L.; Pagliarulo, V.; Peluso, G.; Barone, A.; Cristiano, R.; Ejrnaes, M.; Casaburi, A.; Kashiwazaki, N.; Taino, T.; Myoren, H.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2010-08-01

    We present measurements of ferromagnet/superconductor (NiCu/NbN) and plain superconducting (NbN) nanostripes with the linewidth ranging from 150 to 300 nm. The NiCu (3 nm)/NbN (8 nm) bilayers, as compared to NbN (8 nm), showed a up to six times increase in their critical current density, reaching at 4.2 K the values of 5.5 MA/cm2 for a 150 nm wide nanostripe meander and 12.1 MA/cm2 for a 300 nm one. We also observed six-time sensitivity enhancement when the 150 nm wide NiCu/NbN nanostripe was used as an optical detector. The strong critical current enhancement is explained by the vortex pinning strength and density increase in NiCu/NbN bilayers and confirmed by approximately tenfold increase in the vortex polarizability factor.

  13. The General Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of Cu-8Cr-4Nb

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    Thomas-Ogbuji, L. U.; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Oxidation kinetics of Cu-8Cr-4Nb was investigated by TGA (thermogravimetric) exposures between 500 and 900-C (at 25-50 C intervals) and the oxide scale morphologies examined by microscopy and micro-analysis. Because Cu-8Cr-4Nb is comprised of fine Cr2Nb precipitates in a Cu matrix, the results were interpreted by comparison with the behavior of copper (OFHC) and 'NARloy-Z' (a rival candidate material for thrust cell liner applications in advanced rocket engines) under the same conditions. While NARloy-Z and Cu exhibited identical oxidation behavior, Cu-8Cr-4Nb differed markedly in several respects: below approx. 700 C its oxidation rates were significantly lower than those of Cu; At higher temperatures its oxidation rates fell into two categories: an initial rate exceeding that of Cu, and a terminal rate comparable to that of Cu. Differences in oxide morphologies paralleled the kinetic differences at higher temperature: While NARloy-Z and Cu produced a uniform oxide scale of Cu2O inner layer and CuO outer layer, the inner (Cu2O) layer on Cu-8Cr-4Nb was stratified, with a highly porous/spongy inner stratum (responsible for the fast initial kinetics) and a dense/blocky outer stratum (corresponding to the slow terminal kinetics). Single and spinel oxides of Nb and Cr were found at the interface between the oxide scale and Cu-8Cr-4Nb substrate and it appears that these oxides were responsible for its suppressed oxidation rates at the intermediate temperatures. No difference was found between Cu-8Cr-4Nb oxidation in air and in oxygen at 1.0 atm.

  14. Dielectric properties of some MM‧O4 and MTiM‧O6 (M=Cr, Fe, Ga; M‧=Nb, Ta, Sb) rutile-type oxides

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    Mani, Rohini; Achary, S. N.; Chakraborty, Keka R.; Deshpande, S. K.; Joy, Joby E.; Nag, Abanti; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2010-06-01

    We describe an investigation of the structure and dielectric properties of MM'O 4 and MTi M'O 6 rutile-type oxides for M=Cr, Fe, Ga and M'=Nb, Ta and Sb. All the oxides adopt a disordered rutile structure ( P4 2/ mnm) at ambient temperature. A partial ordered trirutile-type structure is confirmed for FeTaO 4 from the low temperature (17 K) neutron diffraction studies. While both the MM'O 4 oxides (CrTaO 4 and FeTaO 4) investigated show a normal dielectric property MTi M'O 6 oxides for M=Fe, Cr and M'=Nb/Ta/Sb display a distinct relaxor/relaxor-like response. Significantly the corresponding gallium analogs, GaTiNbO 6 and GaTiTaO 6, do not show a relaxor response at T<500 K.

  15. Vacuum Plasma Spray of Cu-8Cr-4Nb for Advanced Liquid-Fuel Combustion Chambers

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    Zimmerman, F.; Elam, S.; Ellis, D.; Miller, H.; McKechnie, T.; Hickman, R.

    2001-01-01

    Vacuum plasma spray (VPS) formed Cu-8Cr-4Nb alloy, with low oxygen, exhibits higher strength at room and elevated temperature than material formed by extrusion. The VPS formed material exhibits slightly lower ductility than the extruded material. VPS forming of Cu-8Cr-4Nb can be used to produce near net structures with mechanical properties comparable to current extruded material.

  16. Nano-Particle Formation of Mn/HA on the Ti-35Ta-xNb Alloy by Electrochemical Methods.

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    Jo, Chae-Ik; Choe, Han-Cheol

    2015-08-01

    In this study, nano-particle formation of Mn/HA on the Ti-35Ta-xNb alloy by electrochemical methods has researched using various experiments. These alloys were performed by arc-melting furnace and then heat treated for 1000 °C at 12 h in Ar gas atmosphere and quenched at 0 °C water. Hydroxyapatite precipitation has been synthesized from 5 mM Ca(NO3)2 · 4 H2O+3 mM NH4H2PO4 at 80±1 °C. Manganese doped Hydroxyapatite precipitation has been synthesized from 4.95 mM Ca(NO3)2 · 4 H2O+3 mM NH4H2PO4+0.05 mM MnCl2 · 4 H2O at 80±1 °C. Morphology and structure were examined by FE-SEM, EDS and XRD. The microstructure of Ti-35Ta-xNb alloys was transformed from a phase to α phase as Nb content increased. The nano-scale HA shapes were plate-like precipitates and Mn doped HA shapes were net-like precipitates on Ti-35Ta-xNb alloys, and Ca, P and Mn peaks were detected on the Mn/HA deposited surface.

  17. Quantifying protein adsorption on combinatorially sputtered Al-, Nb-, Ta- and Ti-containing films with electron microprobe and spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Byrne, T. M.; Lohstreter, L.; Filiaggi, M. J.; Bai, Zhijun; Dahn, J. R.

    2009-04-01

    Although metallic biomaterials are widely used, systematic studies of protein adsorption onto such materials are generally lacking. Combinatorial binary libraries of Al 1-xNb x, Al 1-xTa x, Al 1-xTi x, Nb 1-xTa x, Nb 1-xTi x, and Ta 1-xTi x (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) and a ternary library of Al 1-xTi xTa y (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1 and 0 ⩽ y ⩽ 0.7), along with their corresponding pure element films were sputtered onto glass substrates using a unique magnetron sputtering technique. Films were characterized with wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Fibrinogen and albumin adsorption amounts were measured by wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) equipment, both high throughput techniques with automated motion stage capabilities. Protein adsorption onto these films was found to be closely correlated to the alumina surface fraction, with high alumina content at the surface leading to low amounts of adsorbed fibrinogen and albumin. Protein adsorption amounts obtained with WDS and SE were in good agreement for all films.

  18. Are lithium niobate (LiNbO3) and lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) ferroelectrics bioactive?

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    Vilarinho, Paula Maria; Barroca, Nathalie; Zlotnik, Sebastian; Félix, Pedro; Fernandes, Maria Helena

    2014-06-01

    The use of functional materials, such as ferroelectrics, as platforms for tissue growth in situ or ex situ, is new and holds great promise. But the usage of materials in any bioapplication requires information on biocompatibility and desirably on bioactive behavior when bone tissue engineering is envisaged. Both requirements are currently unknown for many ferroelectrics. Herein the bioactivity of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 is reported. The formation of apatite-like structures on the surface of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 powders after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different soaking periods indicates their bioactive potential. The mechanism of apatite formation is suggested. In addition, the significant release of lithium ions from the ferroelectric powders in the very first minutes of soaking in SBF is examined and ways to overcome this likely hurdle addressed.

  19. Trapping of Implanted He at Cu/Nb Interfaces Measured by Neutron Reflectometry

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    Wang, Peng; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Kashinath, Abishek; Demkowicz, Michael; Baldwin, Jon K.; Majewski, Jaroslaw

    2012-06-20

    In single crystalline metals, He is insoluble and precipitates into bubbles. In contrast, Cu-Nb multilayers show no evidence of bubble formation below a critical concentration. The conclusions of this paper are: (1) He is trapped at Cu/Nb , Cu/Mo interfaces; (2) He is trapped interstitially; (3) The interface swells {approx} 10 times; and (4) The layered structure retains despite the swell of interfaces.

  20. Performance of a 14-T CuNb/Nb3Sn Rutherford coil with a 300 mm wide cold bore

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    Oguro, Hidetoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Awaji, Satoshi; Hanai, Satoshi; Ioka, Shigeru; Sugimoto, Masahiro; Tsubouchi, Hirokazu

    2016-08-01

    A large-bore 14-T CuNb/Nb3Sn Rutherford coil was developed for a 25 T cryogen-free superconducting magnet. The magnet consisted of a low-temperature superconducting (LTS) magnet of NbTi and Nb3Sn Rutherford coils, and a high-temperature superconducting magnet. The Nb3Sn Rutherford coil was fabricated by the react-and-wind method for the first time. The LTS magnet reached the designed operation current of 854 A without a training quench at a 1 h ramp rate. The central magnetic field generated by the LTS magnet was measured by a Hall sensor to be 14.0 T at 854 A in a 300 mm cold bore.

  1. Mechanical and corrosion resistance of a new nanostructured Ti-Zr-Ta-Nb alloy.

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    Raducanu, D; Vasilescu, E; Cojocaru, V D; Cinca, I; Drob, P; Vasilescu, C; Drob, S I

    2011-10-01

    In this work, a multi-elementary Ti-10Zr-5Nb-5Ta alloy, with non-toxic alloying elements, was used to develop an accumulative roll bonding, ARB-type procedure in order to improve its structural and mechanical properties. The alloy was obtained by cold crucible semi-levitation melting technique and then was ARB deformed following a special route. After three ARB cycles, the total deformation degree per layer is about 86%; the calculated medium layer thickness is about 13 μm. The ARB processed alloy has a low Young's modulus of 46 GPa, a value very close to the value of the natural cortical bone (about 20 GPa). Data concerning ultimate tensile strength obtained for ARB processed alloy is rather high, suitable to be used as a material for bone substitute. Hardness of the ARB processed alloy is higher than that of the as-cast alloy, ensuring a better behaviour as a implant material. The tensile curve for the as-cast alloy shows an elastoplastic behaviour with a quite linear elastic behaviour and the tensile curve for the ARB processed alloy is quite similar with a strain-hardening elastoplastic body. Corrosion behaviour of the studied alloy revealed the improvement of the main electrochemical parameters, as a result of the positive influence of ARB processing. Lower corrosion and ion release rates for the ARB processed alloy than for the as-cast alloy, due to the favourable effect of ARB thermo-mechanical processing were obtained. PMID:21783152

  2. Mechanical and corrosion resistance of a new nanostructured Ti-Zr-Ta-Nb alloy.

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    Raducanu, D; Vasilescu, E; Cojocaru, V D; Cinca, I; Drob, P; Vasilescu, C; Drob, S I

    2011-10-01

    In this work, a multi-elementary Ti-10Zr-5Nb-5Ta alloy, with non-toxic alloying elements, was used to develop an accumulative roll bonding, ARB-type procedure in order to improve its structural and mechanical properties. The alloy was obtained by cold crucible semi-levitation melting technique and then was ARB deformed following a special route. After three ARB cycles, the total deformation degree per layer is about 86%; the calculated medium layer thickness is about 13 μm. The ARB processed alloy has a low Young's modulus of 46 GPa, a value very close to the value of the natural cortical bone (about 20 GPa). Data concerning ultimate tensile strength obtained for ARB processed alloy is rather high, suitable to be used as a material for bone substitute. Hardness of the ARB processed alloy is higher than that of the as-cast alloy, ensuring a better behaviour as a implant material. The tensile curve for the as-cast alloy shows an elastoplastic behaviour with a quite linear elastic behaviour and the tensile curve for the ARB processed alloy is quite similar with a strain-hardening elastoplastic body. Corrosion behaviour of the studied alloy revealed the improvement of the main electrochemical parameters, as a result of the positive influence of ARB processing. Lower corrosion and ion release rates for the ARB processed alloy than for the as-cast alloy, due to the favourable effect of ARB thermo-mechanical processing were obtained.

  3. Fatigue performance and cyto-toxicity of low rigidity titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr.

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    Niinomi, Mitsuo

    2003-07-01

    A beta type titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr, was newly designed and developed for biomedical applications. The new alloy contains non-toxic elements such as Nb, Ta, and Zr. In the present study, phases that appeared in the new alloy through various aging treatments were characterized by hardness tests and microstructural observations in order to identify the phase transformation. Fatigue properties of the new alloy were investigated. Young's modulus and cyto-toxicity of the new alloy were also evaluated. Precipitated phases distribute homogeneously over the whole specimen, and they are alpha phase, a small amount of omega phase, and beta phase when the new alloys are subjected to aging treatment at 673K for 259.2ks after solution treatment at 1063K for 3.6ks. The fatigue strength of the new alloy subjected to aging at 673K for 259.2ks after solution treatment at 1063K for 3.6ks is much better than when subjected to other aging treatments. In this case, the fatigue limit is around 700MPa. Young's modulus of the new alloy is much smaller than that of Ti-6Al-4V ELI. The cyto-toxicity of the new alloy is equivalent to that of pure Ti. Therefore, it is proposed that the new alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr, will be of considerable use in biomedical applications.

  4. Morphology of nanotube arrays grown on Ti-35Nb-2Ta-3Zr alloys with different deformations

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    Wang, Pei; Li, Hua; Zhang, Yangyang; Liu, Hezhou; Guo, Yiping; Liu, Zhongtang; Zhao, Shichang; Yin, Jimin; Guo, Yanjie

    2014-01-01

    Nanotubes on Ti-35Nb-2Ta-3Zr alloy with different degrees of deformations in thickness were fabricated by anodization method. The effect of deformations on the morphology, crystal phase and grain size of nanotubes was investigated. Nanotube arrays with uniform diameter were achieved by using ethylene glycol (EG)/NH4F organic electrolyte, indicating the electrolyte composition will influence the arrangement of TiO2 nanotube arrays. With the increasing degree of deformation, the corrosion potential Ecorr of the alloys had a positive displacement, which suggested an enhanced anticorrosion ability and resulted in nanotubes with smaller diameter. After heat treatment, anatase TiO2 was obtained. Due to the existence of lattice distortion, the grain size of TiO2 nanotubes prepared by Ti-35Nb-2Ta-3Zr alloy with deformations was smaller than that of with no deformation. However, when the reductions of alloy increased, there was a tendency to make the grain size larger, which was probably caused by the restriction of the wall thickness of nanotubes. The study about the nanotubes formed on Ti-35Nb-2Ta-3Zr alloy with different deformations provides a basis for its application on the drug-loading by Ti alloy prosthesis artificial joint.

  5. Characterization of the Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta Alloy for Biomedical Applications. Part 2: Wettability, Tribological Performance and Biocompatibility

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    Braic, V.; Balaceanu, M.; Braic, M.; Vitelaru, C.; Titorencu, I.; Pruna, V.; Parau, A. C.; Fanara, C.; Vladescu, A.

    2014-01-01

    The Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy, prepared in a levitation melting furnace, was investigated as a possible candidate for replacing Ti6Al4V alloy in medical applications. The sessile drop method, pin-on-disc and in vitro tests were used to analyze wettability, wear resistance, and biocompatibility of the new alloy. The characteristics of the Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy were assessed in comparison to those of the Ti6Al4V alloy. The Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta system was found to have hydrophilic characteristics with similar contact angle as the Ti6Al4V alloy. In all environments (deionized water, simulated body fluid and Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva), the friction coefficient showed a stable evolution versus sliding distance, being similar for both alloys. On overall, the wear resistance of Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy was lower than that of Ti6Al4V for all testing environments. The Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy exhibited good biocompatibility characteristics at in vitro test compared to Ti6Al4V alloy. The cell viability on Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta surfaces was higher than the one observed on Ti6Al4V samples, regardless the number of days spent in osteoblast-like cells culture. A high degree of cell attachment and spreading was observed on both alloys.

  6. A new Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy for high temperature applications

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    Ellis, D. L.; Michal, G. M.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1995-01-01

    Various applications exist where a high conductivity alloy with good strength and creep resistance are required. NASA LeRC has developed a Cu-8 at. percent Cr-4 at. percent Nb (Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb) alloy for these applications. The alloy is designed for use up to 700 C and shows exceptional strength, low cycle fatigue (LCF) resistance, and creep resistance. Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb also has a thermal conductivity of at least 72 percent that of pure Cu. Furthermore, the microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy are very stable. In addition to the original application in combustion chambers, Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb shows promise for welding electrodes, brazing fixtures, and other applications requiring high conductivity and strength at elevated temperatures.

  7. Characteristics of Cu stabilized Nb3Al strands with low Cu ratio

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    Kikuchi, A.; Yamada, R.; Barzi, E.; Kobayashi, M.; Lamm, M.; Nakagawa, K.; Sasaki, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /NIMC, Tsukuba /Fermilab /Hitachi, Tsuchiura Works /KEK, Tsukuba

    2008-12-01

    Characteristics of recently developed F4-Nb{sub 3}Al strand with low Cu ratio are described. The overall J{sub c} of the Nb{sub 3}Al strand could be easily increased by decreasing of the Cu ratio. Although the quench of a pulse-like voltage generation is usually observed in superconducting unstable conductor, the F4 strand with a low Cu ratio of 0.61 exhibited an ordinary critical transition of gradual voltage generation. The F4 strand does not have magnetic instabilities at 4.2 K because of the tantalum interfilament matrix. The overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand achieved was 80-85% of the RRP strand. In the large mechanical stress above 100 MPa, the overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand might be comparable to that of high J{sub c} RRP-Nb{sub 3}Sn strands. The Rutherford cable with a high packing factor of 86.5% has been fabricated using F4 strands. The small racetrack magnet, SR07, was also fabricated by a 14 m F4 cable. The quench current, I{sub q}, of SR07 were obtained 22.4 kA at 4.5 K and 25.2 kA at 2.2 K. The tantalum matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands are promising for the application of super-cooled high-field magnets as well as 4.2 K operation magnets.

  8. Electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of the chloro and oxochloro complex formation of Nb(V) and Ta(V) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts.

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    von Barner, J H; Bjerrum, N J

    2005-12-26

    The equilibrium constant for the chloro complex formation of Nb(V) NbCl6-<--->NbCl5+Cl- (i) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts at 175 degrees C was found to be pKi = 2.86(5). The oxochloro complex formation of Nb(V) and Ta(V) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts at 175 degrees C could be explained by the following equilibria: MOCl4- <-->MOCl3+Cl- (ii) MOCl3<-->MOCl2(+)+Cl- (iii) where M = Nb and Ta. The equilibrium constants determined by potentiometric measurements with chlorine-chloride electrodes were, for M = Nb, pKii = 2.21(4) and pKiii = 3.95(5) and, for M = Ta, pKii = 2.743(15) and pKiii = 4.521(13). NbCl6- has two bands in the UV-vis region, a strong one at 34.7 x 10(3) cm-1 and a weaker one at 41.6 x 10(3) cm-1. The MOCl4- complexes showed in the case of Nb(V) absorption bands at 32.7 and 42.9 x 10(3) cm-1 and in the case of Ta(V) at 38.6 and 48.1 x 10(3) cm-1. PMID:16363855

  9. Quantitative analysis of the proximity effect in Nb/ Co60 Fe40 , Nb/Ni , and Nb/ Cu40 Ni60 bilayers

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    Kim, Jinho; Kwon, Jun Hyung; Char, K.; Doh, Hyeonjin; Choi, Han-Yong

    2005-07-01

    We have studied the behavior of the superconducting critical temperature Tc in Nb/Co60Fe40 , Nb/Ni , and Nb/Cu40Ni60 bilayers as a function of the thickness of each ferromagnetic metal layer. The Tc ’s of three sets of bilayers exhibit nonmonotonic behavior as a function of each ferromagnetic metal thickness. Employing the quantitative analysis based on Usadel formalism of the effect of the exchange energy, we observed that the Tc behavior of Nb/Co60Fe40 bilayers is in good agreement with the theoretical values over the entire range of the data. On the other hand, the Tc ’s of Nb/Ni and Nb/Cu40Ni60 bilayers show a higher value in the small thickness regime than the theoretical prediction obtained from the calculation, which matches the dip position and the saturation value of Tc in the large thickness limit. This discrepancy is probably due to the weakened magnetic properties of Ni and Cu40Ni60 when they are thin. We discuss the values of our fitting parameters and their implication for the validity of the current Usadel formalism of the effect of the exchange energy.

  10. Constraints on Lu-Hf and Nb-Ta systematics in globally subducted oceanic crust from a survey of orogenic eclogites and amphibolites

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    Zirakparvar, N. Alex

    2016-04-01

    To further understand Lu-Hf and Nb-Ta systematics in globally subducted oceanic crust, this paper evaluates all available Lu-Hf garnet isochron ages and initial ɛHf values in conjunction with present-day bulk-rock Lu-Hf isotope and trace element (K, Nb, Ta, Zr, and Ti in addition to Lu-Hf) data from the world's orogenic eclogites and amphibolites (OEAs). Approximately half of OEAs exhibit Lu-Hf and Nb-Ta systematics mimicking those of unsubducted oceanic crust whereas the rest exhibit variability in one or both systems. For the Lu-Hf system, mixing calculations demonstrate that subduction-related phase transformations, in conjunction with open system behavior, can shift subducted oceanic crust toward higher Lu/Hf, or toward lower Lu/Hf that can also be associated with unradiogenic ɛHf values. However, evaluation of potential mechanisms for fractionating Nb from Ta is more complicated because many of the OEAs have Nb-Ta systematics that are decoupled from Lu-Hf and the behavior of K, Zr, and Ti. Nonetheless, the global data set demonstrates that the association between unradiogenic ɛHf and elevated Nb/Ta observed in some kimberlitic eclogite xenoliths can be inherited from processes that occurred during subduction of their oceanic crustal protoliths. This allows for a geologically based estimate of the Nb concentration in a reservoir composed of deeply subducted oceanic crust. However, mass balance calculations confirm that such a reservoir, when considered as a whole, likely has a Nb concentration similar to unsubducted oceanic crust and is therefore not the solution to the problem of the Earth's "missing" Nb.

  11. Interfacial bonding stabilizes rhodium and rhodium oxide nanoparticles on layered Nb oxide and Ta oxide supports.

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    Strayer, Megan E; Binz, Jason M; Tanase, Mihaela; Shahri, Seyed Mehdi Kamali; Sharma, Renu; Rioux, Robert M; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2014-04-16

    Metal nanoparticles are commonly supported on metal oxides, but their utility as catalysts is limited by coarsening at high temperatures. Rhodium oxide and rhodium metal nanoparticles on niobate and tantalate supports are anomalously stable. To understand this, the nanoparticle-support interaction was studied by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM), and synchrotron X-ray absorption and scattering techniques. Nanosheets derived from the layered oxides KCa2Nb3O10, K4Nb6O17, and RbTaO3 were compared as supports to nanosheets of Na-TSM, a synthetic fluoromica (Na0.66Mg2.68(Si3.98Al0.02)O10.02F1.96), and α-Zr(HPO4)2·H2O. High surface area SiO2 and γ-Al2O3 supports were also used for comparison in the ITC experiments. A Born-Haber cycle analysis of ITC data revealed an exothermic interaction between Rh(OH)3 nanoparticles and the layered niobate and tantalate supports, with ΔH values in the range -32 kJ·mol(-1) Rh to -37 kJ·mol(-1) Rh. In contrast, the interaction enthalpy was positive with SiO2 and γ-Al2O3 supports. The strong interfacial bonding in the former case led to "reverse" ripening of micrometer-size Rh(OH)3, which dispersed as 0.5 to 2 nm particles on the niobate and tantalate supports. In contrast, particles grown on Na-TSM and α-Zr(HPO4)2·H2O nanosheets were larger and had a broad size distribution. ETEM, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and pair distribution function analyses were used to study the growth of supported nanoparticles under oxidizing and reducing conditions, as well as the transformation from Rh(OH)3 to Rh nanoparticles. Interfacial covalent bonding, possibly strengthened by d-electron acid/base interactions, appear to stabilize Rh(OH)3, Rh2O3, and Rh nanoparticles on niobate and tantalate supports. PMID:24654835

  12. Preparation and investigation of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3}

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    Grima-Gallardo, P. Munoz, M.; Duran, S.; Delgado, G.E.; Quintero, M.; Ruiz, J.

    2007-12-04

    Polycrystalline samples of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3} were prepared by the usual melt and anneal technique. The analysis of the diffraction pattern indicates a single phase which indexes as a tetragonal chalcopyrite-like structure with lattice parameters a = 5.7837 {+-} 0.0002 A; c = 11.6208 {+-} 0.0007 A and V = 389 {+-} 1 A{sup 3}. Differential thermal analysis shows that the melting transition of CuTaInSe{sub 3} is incongruent with large liquid + solids regions.

  13. Conduction paths in Cu/amorphous-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt atomic switch: First-principles studies

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    Xiao, Bo Tada, Tomofumi; Watanabe, Satoshi; Gu, Tingkun

    2014-01-21

    We have examined the structure of Cu filaments in Cu/amorphous-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} (a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5})/Pt atomic switch from first principles. We have found that the Cu single atomic chains are unstable during the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and thus cannot work as conduction paths. On the other hand, Cu nanowires with various diameters are stable and can form conductive paths. In this case, the Cu-Cu bonding mainly contributes to the conductive, delocalized defect state. These make a sharp contrast with the case of single Cu chains in crystalline Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, which can be conductive paths through the alternant Cu-Ta bonding structure. A series of MD simulations suggest that even Cu nanowires with a diameter of 0.24 nm can work as conduction paths. The calculations of the transport properties of Cu/a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt heterostructures with Cu nanowires between two electrodes further confirm the conductive nature of the Cu nanowires in the a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}.

  14. Crystal structure and X-ray photoemission spectroscopic study of A{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Ca; M=Nb, Ta

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    Dutta, Alo; Saha, Sujoy; Sinha, T.P.

    2015-09-15

    The X-ray photoemission spectroscopic (XPS) study of the double perovskite oxides A{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Ca; M=Nb, Ta] synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique has been carried out to investigate the nature of the chemical state of the constituent ions and the bonding between them. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns suggests the monoclinic crystal structure of all the materials at room temperature. The negative and positive chemical shifts of the core level XPS spectrum of O-1s and Nb-3d{sub 3/2}/Ta-4f{sub 5/2} respectively suggest the covalent bonding between Nb/Ta cations and O ion. The change of the bonding strength between the anion and the cations from one material to another has been analyzed. The vibrational property of the materials is investigated using the room temperature Raman spectra. A large covalency of Ta-based compound than Nb compound is confirmed from the relative shifting of the Raman modes of the materials. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of two perovskite oxides CLN and CLT is investigated. XPS study confirms the two different co-ordination environments of Ca and covalent bonding between B-site cations and O-ion. - Highlights: • Ordered perovskite structure obtained by Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns. • Study of nature of chemical bonding by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. • Opposite chemical shift of d-states of Nb/Ta with respect to O. • Covalent bonding between d-states of Nb/Ta and O. • Relative Raman shifts of CLN and CLT substantiate the more covalent character of Ta than Nb.

  15. Time-resolved photoresponse of nanometer-thick Nb/NiCu bilayers

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    Parlato, L.; Pepe, G. P.; Latempa, R.; De Lisio, C.; Altucci, C.; D'Acunto, P.; Peluso, G.; Barone, A.; Taneda, T.; Sobolewski, R.

    2005-07-01

    We present femtosecond optical time-resolved pump-probe investigations of superconducting hybrids structures consisting of Nb/NiCu bilayers with various thickness. Measurements performed on pure Nb and NiCu films are also given. The photoresponse experiments provide the quasiparticle relaxation times in bilayers of different thickness ratios. The study of the photoresponse as a function of the temperature reveals the spatial evolution of the superconductor order parameter across the bilayers.

  16. Blue Phosphorene/MS2 (M = Nb, Ta) Heterostructures As Promising Flexible Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-06-01

    The idea of forming van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures by integrating various two-dimensional materials breaks the limitation of the restricted properties of single material systems. In this work, the electronic structure modulation, stability, entire stress response and the Li adsorption properties of heterostructures by combining blue phosphorene (BlueP) and MS2 (M = Nb, Ta) together were systematically investigated using first-principles calculations based on vdW corrected density functional theory. We revealed that BlueP/MS2 vdW heterostructures possess good structural stability with negative formation energy, enhanced electrical conductivity, improved mechanical flexibility (ultimate strain >17%) and high-capacity (528.257 mAhg(-1) for BlueP/NbS2). The results suggest that BlueP/NbS2 and BlueP/TaS2 heterostructures are ideal candidates used as promising flexible electrode for high recycling rate and portable lithium-ion batteries, which satisfy the requirement of next-generation flexible energy storage and conversion devices. PMID:27165567

  17. Electronic structures of transition metal dipnictides X P n2 (X =Ta , Nb; P n =P , As, Sb)

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    Xu, Chenchao; Chen, Jia; Zhi, Guo-Xiang; Li, Yuke; Dai, Jianhui; Cao, Chao

    2016-05-01

    The electronic structures and topological properties of transition metal dipnictides X P n2 (X =Ta , Nb; P n =P , As, Sb) have been systematically studied using first-principles calculations. In addition to small bulk Fermi surfaces, the band anticrossing features near the Fermi level can be identified from band structures without spin-orbit coupling, leading to nodal lines in all these compounds. Inclusion of spin-orbit coupling gaps out these nodal lines, leaving only a pair of disentangled electron/hole bands crossing the Fermi level. Therefore, the low-energy physics can be in general captured by the corresponding two-band model with several isolated small Fermi pockets. Detailed analysis of the Fermi surfaces suggests that the arsenides and NbSb2 are nearly compensated semimetals while the phosphorides and TaSb2 are not. Based on the calculated band parities, the electron and hole bands are found to be weakly topological nontrivial, giving rise to surface states. As an example, we presented the surface-direction-dependent band structure of the surfaces states in TaSb2.

  18. Loparite, a rare-earth ore (Ce, Na, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3

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    Hedrick, James B.; Sinha, Shyama P.; Kosynkin, Valery D.

    1997-01-01

    The mineral loparite (Ce, NA, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3 is the principal ore of the light-group rare-earth elements (LREE) in Russia. The complex oxide has a perovskite (ABO3) structure with coupled substitutions, polymorphism, defect chemistry and a tendency to become metamict. The A site generally contains weakly bonded, easily exchanged cations of the LREE, Na and Ca. The B site generally contains smaller, highly charged cations of Ti, Nb or Fe+3. Mine production is from Russia's Kola Peninsula. Ore is beneficiated to produce a 95% loparite concentrate containing 30% rare-earth oxides. Loparite concentrate is refined by either a chlorination process or acid decomposition process to recover rare-earths, titanium, niobium and tantalum. Rare-earths are separated by solvent extraction and selective precipitation/dissolution. The concentrate is processed at plants in Russia, Estonia and Kazakstan.

  19. Effect of deformation on corrosion behavior of Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-O alloy

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    Guo, W.Y.; Sun, J. Wu, J.S.

    2009-03-15

    The influence of deformation on the corrosion behavior of a newly developed multifunctional beta titanium alloy Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-O (mol%) in Ringer's solution at 310 K was evaluated using an electron backscatter diffraction technique and electrochemical measurements. The results showed that the effect of deformation on the corrosion resistance of the beta titanium alloy is complicated. Small levels of plastic deformation are detrimental to the corrosion resistance, whereas large deformations tend to eliminate this detrimental effect.

  20. Creep Testing of High-Temperature Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb Alloy Completed

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    1995-01-01

    A Cu-8 at.% Cr-4 at.% Nb (Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb) alloy is under development for high-temperature, high heatflux applications, such as actively cooled, hypersonic vehicle heat exchangers and rocket engine combustion chambers. Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb offers a superior combination of strength and conductivity. It has also shown exceptional low-cycle fatigue properties. Following preliminary testing to determine the best processing route, a more detailed testing program was initiated to determine the creep lives and creep rates of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy specimens produced by extrusion. Testing was conducted at the NASA Lewis Research Center with constant-load vacuum creep units. Considering expected operating temperatures and mission lives, we developed a test matrix to accurately determine the creep properties of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb between 500 and 800 C. Six bars of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb were extruded. From these bars, 54 creep samples were machined and tested. The figure on the left shows the steady-state, or second-stage, creep rates for the samples. Comparison data for NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt % Ag-0.5 wt % Zr), the alloy currently used in combustion chamber liners, were not unavailable. Therefore the steady-state creep rates for Cu at similar temperatures are presented. As expected, in comparison to pure Cu, the creep rates for Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb are much lower. The lives of the samples are presented in the figure on the right. As shown, Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb at 800 C is comparable to NARloy-Z at 648 C. At equivalent temperatures, Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb enjoys a 20 to 50 percent advantage in stress for a given life and 1 to 3 orders of magnitude greater life at a given stress. The improved properties allow for design tradeoffs and improvements in new and existing heat exchangers such as the next generation of combustion chamber liners. Average creep rates for Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb and pure Cu are shown. Average creep lives for Cu-8 Cr- 4 Nb and NARloy-Z are also shown. Currently, two companies are interested in the commercial usage of the Cu

  1. Preparation and visible-light photocatalytic properties of BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ by a citrate method

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    Zhai, Hai-Fa; Li, Ai-Dong; Kong, Ji-Zhou; Li, Xue-Fei; Zhao, Jie; Guo, Bing-Lei; Yin, Jiang; Li, Zhao-Sheng; Wu, Di

    2013-06-01

    Visible-light photcatalysts of BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ powders have been successfully synthesized by a citrate method. The formation of pure triclinic phase of BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ at low temperature of 700 °C can be attributed to the advantage of the citrate method. The photocatalytic activity and possible mechanism were investigated deeply. For BiNbO₄ particles, the mechanism of methyl violet (MV) degradation under visible light irradiation involves photocatalytic and photosensitization pathways and the catalyst specific surface area has dominant influence. While for BiTaO₄ particles, the dominant mechanism arises from photosensitization pathways and a trade off between high specific surface area and good crystallinity is achieved. BiNbO₄ powder calcined at 700 °C shows the best photocatalytic efficiency among these catalysts, which is ascribed to its large surface area and more positive conduction band level. The optimal catalyst loading, additive H₂O₂ concentration and pH value is around 1 g/L, 2 mmol/L and 8 mmol/L, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Photodegradation performance and adsorption ability of BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ powders, respectively. BNO700 with the best photocatalytic efficiency is ascribed to its large surface area and more positive conduction band level. Highlights: • Pure BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ powders were prepared by a citrate method. • Excellent performance of visible-light degradation of MV was observed. • Different MV degradation mechanism for BiNbO₄ and BiTaO₄ powders was proposed. • BNO700 has large surface area and more positive conduction band level.

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-Ta/alumina and Ti-Nb/alumina joints for dental implants.

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    Gibbesch, B; Elssner, G; Petzow, G

    1989-01-01

    The microstructure of Ti-Ta and Ti-Nb alloys diffusion bonded to a 99.7 wt% Al2O3 ceremic for dental implants is subdivided into a reaction double layer containing the phases TiAl and Ti3Al, a transition region of coarse alpha-Ti plates in beta-Ti, and the unaffected bulk metal, the alpha-Ti/beta-Ti structure of which can be refined by annealing at 800 degrees C for 1 hour after bonding. Optimized joints fabricated by diffusion bonding in a high vacuum at 1,200 degrees C from a 99.7 wt% Al2O3 ceramic and Ti-Ta alloys fitted in their thermal contraction behavior to that of the ceramic by the addition of 30 to 40 wt% Ta showed a fracture resistance of 2.3 MN/m3/2. Approximately 80% of the bend test specimens notched at the Ti-Ta/alumina interface failed by crack extension parallel to the interface within the ceramic, which is typical for a metal-ceramic bond of high to medium interfacial strength.

  3. Confinement of electromigration induced void propagation in Cu interconnect by a buried Ta diffusion barrier layer

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    Yan, M. Y.; Tu, K. N.; Vairagar, A. V.; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Krishnamoorthy, Ahila

    2005-12-01

    Direct observation, by means of in situ scanning electron microscopy, of void heterogeneous nucleation and migration controlled electromigration failure mechanism in Cu dual damascene interconnect structures has been recently reported [A. V. Vairagar, S. G. Mhaisalkar, A. Krishnamoorthy, K. N. Tu, A. M. Gusak, M. A. Meyer, and E. Zschech, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2502 (2004)] In the present study, a dual damascene structure with an additional 25nm Ta diffusion barrier embedded into the upper Cu layer was fabricated. This thin layer of diffusion barrier blocked voids from propagating into the via, thus eliminating the previously reported failure mechanism. With this structure, a lifetime improvement of at least 40 times was achieved. Analysis on failed samples suggested that failures in samples with the embedded Ta barrier layer occurred at the bottom of the via, which were caused by void migration along the bottom of the Cu lines.

  4. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Vacuum Plasma Sprayed Cu-8Cr-4Nb

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    Holmes, Richard; Ellis, David; McKechnie, Timothy; Hickman, Robert

    1997-01-01

    This paper compares the tensile properties of Cu-8Cr-4Nb material produced by VPS to material previously produced by extrusion. The microstructure of the VPS material is also presented. The combustion chamber liner of rocket motors represents an extreme materials application. The liner hot wall is exposed to a 2760 C (5000 F) flame while the cold side is exposed to cryogenic hydrogen liquid. Materials for use in the combustion chamber liner require a combination of high temperature strength, creep resistance, and low cycle fatigue resistance along with high thermal conductivity. The hot side is also subject to localized cycles between reducing and oxidizing environments that degrade the liner by a process called blanching. A new Cu-8 at.% Cr-4 at% Nb (Cu-8Cr-4Nb) alloy has been developed at NASA Lewis Research Center as a replacement for the currently used alloy, NARloy-z (Cu-3 wt.% Ag-0.5 wt.% Zr). The alloy is strengthened by a fine dispersion of Cr2Nb particles. The alloy has better mechanical properties than NARloy-Z while retaining most of the thermal conductivity of pure copper. The alloy has been successfully consolidated by extrusion and hot isostatic pressing (HIPing). However, vacuum plasma spraying (VPS) offers several advantages over prior consolidation methods. VPS can produce a near net shape piece with the profile of the liner. In addition, oxidation resistant and thermal barrier coatings can be incorporated as an integral part of the liner hot wall during the VPS deposition. The low oxygen VPS Cu-8Cr-4Nb exhibits a higher strength than Cu-8Cr-4Nb produced by extrusion at elevated temperatures and a comparable strength at room temperature. Moduli and ductility were not significantly different. However, the ability to produce parts to near-net shape and maintain the good elevated temperature tensile properties of the extruded Cu-8Cr-4Nb makes VPS an attractive processing method for fabricating rocket engine combustion liners.

  5. Characterization of the Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta Alloy for Biomedical Applications. Part 1: Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Corrosion Resistance

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    Vladescu, A.; Braic, V.; Balaceanu, M.; Braic, M.; Parau, A. C.; Ivanescu, S.; Fanara, C.

    2013-08-01

    Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy was investigated as possible material candidate for replacing Ti6Al4V in medical applications. The alloy was prepared in a levitation melting furnace and characterized in terms of elemental and phase composition, microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid and Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva solutions. The characteristics of the new alloy were compared to those of the Ti6Al4V alloy. The Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta system was found to posses of a polyhedral structure consisting in α' and β phases. X-ray structural analysis revealed a mixture of hexagonal α' martensite (main phase, with grain size of about 21 nm) and β bcc phase. The Ti-10Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy exhibited some better mechanical properties (Young modulus, tensile properties) and corrosion resistance (polarization resistance, corrosion current density, and corrosion rate), as compared to Ti6Al4V alloy.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of the new superconductors TaRuB and NbOsB.

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    Zheng, Qiang; Gumeniuk, Roman; Rosner, Helge; Schnelle, Walter; Prots, Yurii; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Grin, Yuri; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2015-10-21

    Two new ternary compounds TaRuB and NbOsB were synthesized by arc-melting and annealing at 1500-1850 °C. They crystallize in orthorhombic primitive structures with space group Pbam. Magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements reveal bulk superconductivity for metallic TaRuB with a T(c) ≈ 4 K. Electronic structure calculations by DFT methods show that 4d and 5d transition-metal states dominate the density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level E(F) with a pronounced quasi one-dimensional behaviour along the [0 0 1] direction. Comparison of the calculated DOS at E(F) with specific heat data reveals a moderate electron-phonon coupling. Possible small boron vacancies could significantly reduce the DOS at E(F), hence decrease T(c) for samples annealed at higher temperatures. For NbOsB, the DOS(E(F)) is strongly reduced due to an increase of covalent bonding interactions between Os and B. Accordingly, a lower T(c) ≈ 1 K is observed. PMID:26418029

  7. Magnetic torque study of Weyl semimetal compounds TaP and NbP up to 45 Tesla

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    Li, Gang; Asaba, Tomoya; Tinsman, Colin; Yu, Fan; Lawson, Benjamin; Chen, Yulin; Li, Lu

    Weyl semimetal is a recently proposed new state in condensed matter physics, in which the bulk bands could have three dimensional linear dispersion but the degeneracy at the cross point is lifted into a pair of Weyl points with opposite chirality. Among the predicted candidates, Tantalum monophorspide (TaP) and Niobium monophorspide (NbP) have the simplest composition and do not require extrinsic tuning. Photoemission data is accumulating and the unique Fermi-arc surface state is observed. Magnetotransport experiments has shown highly anisotropic magnetoresistance and quantum oscillations has been observed. Because both linear dispersive bands and conventional bands exist in these materials, a detailed study of the electronic strucuture of the bulk is highly desirable. We use torque magnetometry to study quantum oscillations of TaP and NbP down to 300 mK, and up to 45 Tesla, with focus on the angular dependence of oscillation frequencies. Our comparison shows clear difference in geometry of different bulk bands in these materials. Besides, a discussion will be made on high field torque data since 45 Tesla is high enough to push several of the bands into quantum limit.

  8. Newly developed Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si-Fe biomedical beta titanium alloys with increased strength and enhanced biocompatibility.

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    Kopova, Ivana; Stráský, Josef; Harcuba, Petr; Landa, Michal; Janeček, Miloš; Bačákova, Lucie

    2016-03-01

    Beta titanium alloys are promising materials for load-bearing orthopaedic implants due to their excellent corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, low elastic modulus and moderate strength. Metastable beta-Ti alloys can be hardened via precipitation of the alpha phase; however, this has an adverse effect on the elastic modulus. Small amounts of Fe (0-2 wt.%) and Si (0-1 wt.%) were added to Ti-35Nb-7Zr-6Ta (TNZT) biocompatible alloy to increase its strength in beta solution treated condition. Fe and Si additions were shown to cause a significant increase in tensile strength and also in the elastic modulus (from 65 GPa to 85 GPa). However, the elastic modulus of TNZT alloy with Fe and Si additions is still much lower than that of widely used Ti-6Al-4V alloy (115 GPa), and thus closer to that of the bone (10-30 GPa). Si decreases the elongation to failure, whereas Fe increases the uniform elongation thanks to increased work hardening. Primary human osteoblasts cultivated for 21 days on TNZT with 0.5Si+2Fe (wt.%) reached a significantly higher cell population density and significantly higher collagen I production than cells cultured on the standard Ti-6Al-4V alloy. In conclusion, the Ti-35Nb-7Zr-6Ta-2Fe-0.5Si alloy proves to be the best combination of elastic modulus, strength and also biological properties, which makes it a viable candidate for use in load-bearing implants.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of the new superconductors TaRuB and NbOsB

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    Zheng, Qiang; Gumeniuk, Roman; Rosner, Helge; Schnelle, Walter; Prots, Yurii; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Grin, Yuri; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2015-10-01

    Two new ternary compounds TaRuB and NbOsB were synthesized by arc-melting and annealing at 1500-1850 °C. They crystallize in orthorhombic primitive structures with space group Pbam. Magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements reveal bulk superconductivity for metallic TaRuB with a {{T}\\text{c}}≈ 4 K. Electronic structure calculations by DFT methods show that 4d and 5d transition-metal states dominate the density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level {{E}\\text{F}} with a pronounced quasi one-dimensional behaviour along the [0 0 1] direction. Comparison of the calculated DOS at {{E}\\text{F}} with specific heat data reveals a moderate electron-phonon coupling. Possible small boron vacancies could significantly reduce the DOS at {{E}\\text{F}} , hence decrease {{T}\\text{c}} for samples annealed at higher temperatures. For NbOsB, the DOS({{E}\\text{F}} ) is strongly reduced due to an increase of covalent bonding interactions between Os and B. Accordingly, a lower {{T}\\text{c}} ≈ 1 K is observed.

  10. Th-REE- and Nb-Ta-accessory minerals in post-collisional Ediacaran felsic rocks from the Katerina Ring Complex (S. Sinai, Egypt): An assessment for the fractionation of Y/Nb, Th/Nb, La/Nb and Ce/Pb in highly evolved A-type granites

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    Moreno, J. A.; Molina, J. F.; Bea, F.; Abu Anbar, M.; Montero, P.

    2016-08-01

    The relationships of Y/Nb, Th/Nb, La/Nb and Ce/Pb ratios in A-type felsic rocks from the Ediacaran Katerina Ring Complex, northernmost Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS; S. Sinai, Egypt), are investigated in this work to understand their behavior during generation of highly evolved granitic magmas and to explore the nature of magma sources. Textural and compositional relationships of cognate Th-REE- and Nb-Ta-accessory minerals in Katerina felsic rocks show that chevkinite-group minerals (CGM), monazite, thorite, allanite and xenotime formed from residual liquids in quartz syenite porphyries, quartz monzonites and peralkaline granites, whereas in aluminous granites, allanite and monazite crystallized early, and thorite and columbite formed from residual liquids. Relationships of Y/Nb, Th/Nb, La/Nb and Ce/Pb ratios with Zr/Hf ratios in the aluminous granites and with Be abundances in the peralkaline granites suggest a decrease in La/Nb and Ce/Pb ratios in the former, and in Y/Nb and La/Nb ratios in the latter with crystallization progress. This contrasts with absence of systematic variations of Th/Nb and Ce/Pb ratios in the peralkaline compositions and of Y/Nb ratio in the aluminous ones. In this latter, Th/Nb ratio can present a significant decrease only in highly evolved compositions. An analysis of Y/Nb, Th/Nb, La/Nb and Ce/Pb relationships in worldwide OIB and subduction-related magmatic suites reveals that A-type felsic rocks with (Th/Nb)N < 1.3, (La/Nb)N < 1.3, and (Ce/Pb)N > 1 may have A1-type affinity, and those with (Th/Nb)N > 2, (La/Nb)N > 2, and (Ce/Pb)N < 1 tend to present A2-type affinity. The crystal fractionation of Th-LREE- and Nb-Ta-accessory minerals and mixing of components derived from the two granite groups may cause deviations from these compositional limits that can be evaluated using constraints imposed by Th/Nb-La/Nb, Ce/Pb-Th/Nb and Ce/Pb-La/Nb relationships in OIB and subduction-related magmatic suites. Three mantle sources might have been

  11. Molten salt synthesis, characterization, and luminescence properties of GdNbO{sub 4}/LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Lin, Jintai; Zhou, Zhan; Wang, Qianming

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: Well crystallized GdNbO4:Eu3{sup +} and LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu3{sup +} in the presence of fluxes were formed under reduced temperature in contrast to conventional method and their photophysical properties were studied. - Highlights: • Molten salt method was used to assemble two phosphors. • Both GdNbO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} and LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} could be red emissive. • The two powders were well dispersed as nano-particles. - Abstract: GdNbO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} and LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} have been successfully prepared with different fluxes (NaCl, KCl, NaCl and KCl) by the molten salt method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns illustrated that well crystallized GdNbO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} and LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} in the presence of fluxes were formed under reduced temperature (900 °C) in contrast to conventional method (GdNbO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}: around 1200 °C; LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}: around 1500 °C). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images revealed that well dispersed particles were achieved (granular or rod-like structures). Meanwhile, the photo-luminescent studies demonstrated that both niobate and tantalate are efficient hosts to sensitize europium red emissions. The results indicated that GdNbO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} using NaCl as the flux gave much enhanced red emission whereas LuTaO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} synthesized with the assistance of mixed salts (NaCl–KCl) achieved the best luminescence.

  12. Geochemical evolution of micas and Sn-, Nb-, Ta- mineralization associated with the rare metal pegmatite in Angwan Doka, central Nigeria

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    Akoh, Juliet U.; Ogunleye, Paul O.; Ibrahim, Aliyu A.

    2015-12-01

    The pegmatites in Angwan Doka, north central Nigeria are genetically related to the basement granites formed during the Pan-African orogeny, 550-530 Ma ago. They occur as sharply discordant dykes in the granitic and metasedimentary basement rocks. The pegmatite population comprises of mineralogically simple and complexly zoned types that are characterized by LCT (Li, Cs and Ta) geochemical signature. The host granitoids range in composition from hornblende, titanite-bearing to biotite-muscovite granodiorites. Analysis of geochemical data of whole rock and muscovite from the different zones reveals compositional variations and evolution across the pegmatite body from border zone to the lepidolite-quartz core zone. Fractionation of Rb, Cs, Sr, Li, F, B, Be Sn, Zn, Ta, Nb and Mn which increases from host granitoids, through the border zone to the central core, with decrease in Fe, Mg, Ti, Ba content, is typical and marks the magmatic crystallization trend of the pegmatites. Other distinctive attribute of the pegmatites is occurrence of cassiterite believed to have formed as a consequence of greisenization, albitization and late-stage metasomatism, which led to enrichment in Sn (up to 886 ppm) in the intermediate zone. Chemical composition of muscovite from the different zones of the pegmatite reveals high concentration of primary magmatic columbite-Fe (ferrocolumbite and ferrotantalite) in the border zone and tantalite-Mn (manganocolumbite and manganotantalite) in the core zone. Ta predominates (352 ppm) in the most evolved lepidolite (Li- and F-rich) zone while Nb was enriched (up to 714 ppm) in the border zone. These geochemical features are ascribed to undercooling of the melt and crystallization in boundary layers accompanied with increased accumulation of incompatible and fluxing components. With increasing fractionation, Nb/Ta and Fe/Mn ratio decreased and is accompanied with increase in Rb, Cs, Li, F and Be typical of crystallization from magmatic process. The

  13. Reverse Transformation of Deformation-Induced Phases and Associated Changes in the Microstructure of Explosively Clad Ti-5Ta-2Nb and 304L SS

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    Prasanthi, T. N.; Sudha, C.; Murugesan, S.; Thomas Paul, V.; Saroja, S.

    2015-10-01

    Ti-5Ta-2Nb alloy was joined to 304L austenitic stainless steel by explosive cladding technique. Explosive cladding resulted in the formation of deformation-induced martensite in 304L SS and fcc phase of Ti in the Ti-5Ta-2Nb side of the joint. The stability of these metastable phases was systematically studied using high-temperature X-ray diffraction technique and transmission electron microscopy, which enabled the optimization of the temperature window for post-cladding heat treatments.

  14. Crystal structures and photocatalysis of the triclinic polymorphs of BiNbO{sub 4} and BiTaO{sub 4}

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    Muktha, B.; Darriet, J.; Madras, Giridhar; Guru Row, T.N. . E-mail: ssctng@sscu.iisc.ernet.in

    2006-12-15

    The high-temperature polymorphs of two photocatalytic materials, BiNbO{sub 4} and BiTaO{sub 4} were synthesized by the ceramic method. The crystal structures of these materials were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. BiNbO{sub 4} and BiTaO{sub 4} crystallize into the triclinic system P1-bar (No. 2), with a=5.5376(4) A, b=7.6184(3) A, c=7.9324(36) A, {alpha}=102.565(3){sup o}, {beta}=90.143(2){sup o}, {gamma}=92.788 (4){sup o}, V=326.21 (5) A{sup 3}, Z=4 and a=5.931 (1) A, b=7.672 (2) A, c=7.786 (2) A, {alpha}=102.94 (3){sup o}, {beta}=90.04 (3){sup o}{gamma}=93.53 (3){sup o}, V=344.59 (1) A{sup 3} and Z=4, respectively. The structures along the c-axis, consist of layers of [Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}] units separated by puckered sheets of (Nb/Ta)O{sub 6} octahedra. Photocatalytic studies on the degradation of dyes indicate selectivity of BiNbO{sub 4} towards aromatics containing quinonic and azo functional groups. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of Bi(Nb/Ta)O{sub 4} along b-axis: triclinic form.

  15. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Influence of Ti and Ta doping on the irreversible strain limit of ternary Nb3Sn superconducting wires made by the restacked-rod process

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    Cheggour, N.; Goodrich, L. F.; Stauffer, T. C.; Splett, J. D.; Lu, X. F.; Ghosh, A. K.; Ambrosio, G.

    2010-05-01

    Nb3Sn superconducting wires made by the restacked-rod process (RRP®) were found to have a dramatically improved resilience to axial tensile strain when alloyed with Ti as compared to Ta. Whereas Ta-alloyed Nb3Sn in RRP wires showed permanent damage to its current-carrying capacity (Ic) when tensioned beyond an intrinsic strain as small as 0.04%, Ti-doped Nb3Sn in RRP strands exhibits a remarkable reversibility up to a tensile strain of about 0.25%, conceivably making Ti-doped RRP wires more suitable for the high field magnets used in particle accelerators and nuclear magnetic resonance applications where mechanical forces are intense. A strain cycling experiment at room temperature caused a significant drop of Ic in Ta-alloyed wires, but induced an increase of Ic in the case of Ti-doped strands. Whereas either Ti or Ta doping yield a similar enhancement of the upper critical field of Nb3Sn, the much improved mechanical behavior of Ti-alloyed wires possibly makes Ti a better choice over Ta, at least for the RRP wire processing technique. Contribution of NIST, an agency of the US government, not subjected to copyright.

  16. Effects of Thermal and Mechanical Processing on Microstructures and Desired Properties of Particle-Strengthened Cu-Cr-Nb Alloys

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    Anderson, Kenneth Reed

    2000-01-01

    Ternary Cu-Cr-Nb alloys, particularly Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb (in at.%), have demonstrated good thermal stability as well as high strength and conductivity at elevated temperatures. The initial powder material has a bimodal size distribution of Cr2Nb precipitates. Primary Cr2Nb precipitates are approx. 1 micron, and secondary Cr2Nb particles are 30-200 nm. The particle coarsening was analyzed and found to follow LSW-type behavior, This study provides a detailed examination of the stability and strengthening effects of Cr2Nb particles. This investigation also revealed that the primary particles provide direct grain boundary pinning and indirect grain boundary strengthening but virtually no Orowan strengthening. The secondary particles found within grains do provide Orowan strengthening. For extruded material, grain bound-ary strengthening (Hall-Petch effect) accounts for two-thirds of the strength with Orowan effects contributing the remainder. The proven advantages of Cu-Cr-Nb were the motivation to improve these attributes via microstructural refinement. Mechanical milling (MM) of Cu- 4 Cr-2 Nb and Cu-8 Cr-2 Nb produced an increase in hot pressed Vickers hardness of 122% and 96%, respectively. The increase in hardness was more due to Cu grain-size refinement than to Cr,,Nb refinement. This study also demonstrated enhanced stability of MM Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb. Hot pressed 4 h milled Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb experienced only a 22% drop in hardness when annealed at 1273 K for 50 h versus a 30% drop for extruded Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb. The goal of improving the strength and stability of Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb to better than such properties for as- extruded Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb has been met. In addition, a figure-of-merit (FOM) coupling hardness and thermal conductivity was maximized for the case of 4 h milled Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb material. Overall, Cu-Cr-Nb alloys not only possess high strength, conductivity and thermal stability but also can be further developed to improve strength and stability.

  17. Effects of WO3 and Ta2O5 Dopants on the Structure, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ca5Nb4TiO17 Ceramics

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    Wang, Sea-Fue; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Chen, Chun-Ya

    2016-06-01

    Ca5Nb4TiO17 ceramics were doped with WO3 and Ta2O5 to improve their microwave dielectric properties. The substitution of W6+ into Nb5+/Ti4+ sites resulted in the reduction of the sintering temperatures of the Ca5Nb4-1.2 x W x TiO17 ceramics to 1450°C for x > 0.3 due to the formation of a second phase, CaWO4. In addition, the densification temperatures of the Ca5Nb4- x Ta x TiO17 ceramics increased with Ta5+ content. Some irregular grains of CaWO4 were observed in the microstructures with plate-like grains, which increased with increasing W6+ content in the Ca5Nb4-1.2 x W x TiO17 ceramics. All the Ca5Nb4- x Ta x TiO17 samples exhibited dense microstructures with closely packed plate-like grains and a few pores. The dielectric constant (ɛ r ) of the Ca5Nb4-1.2 x W x TiO17 ceramics decreased with increasing W6+ content from 45.0 for x = 0 to 36.4 for x = 0.9. This decrease occurred because the more highly polarizable Nb5+ ions were replaced by less polarizable W6+ ions at B-sites, and the formation of the CaWO4 second phase diluted ɛ r . The quality factor ( Q × f) reached a maximum of 26,478 GHz for x = 0.3 because of the cation distribution and decrease in the volume of cation sites as well as the increase in the average grain size. The CaWO4 second phase caused the temperature coefficient of the resonant frequency (τ f ) of the Ca5Nb4-1.2 x W x TiO17 ceramics to move in the positive direction. For the Ca5Nb4- x Ta x TiO17 ceramics, ɛ r decreased almost linearly with increasing Ta5+ content from 45.2 for x = 0 to 36.2 for x = 2.5 because of the dampening of the ionic mobility and decrease in the molecular polarizability. The Q × f and τ f values decreased with increasing x value.

  18. Deformation behavior of Nb nanowires in TiNiCu shape memory alloy matrix

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    Jiang, Daqiang; Liu, Yinong; Yu, Cun; Liu, Weilong; Yang, Hong; Jiang, Xiaohua; Ren, Yang; Cui, Lishan

    2015-08-18

    An in-situ nanowire Nb/TiNiCu composite is fabricated based on the concept of strain under-matching between a phase transforming matrix and high strength nanomaterials. The deformation behavior of the Nb nanowire was investigated by means of in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction when the TiNiCu matrix underwent different deformation modes. The maximum lattice strain of the Nb nanowires was about 5% when the matrix deformed via martensitic transformation or 1% when deforming plastically by dislocation slip. As a result, the Nb nanowires showed a lattice strain of 3.5% when the matrix deformed in the mixed mode of plastic deformation and martensitic transformation, whichmore » means that the occurrence of plastic deformation does not impede load transfer from the matrix to the nanowires.« less

  19. Deformation behavior of Nb nanowires in TiNiCu shape memory alloy matrix

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    Jiang, Daqiang; Liu, Yinong; Yu, Cun; Liu, Weilong; Yang, Hong; Jiang, Xiaohua; Ren, Yang; Cui, Lishan

    2015-08-18

    An in-situ nanowire Nb/TiNiCu composite is fabricated based on the concept of strain under-matching between a phase transforming matrix and high strength nanomaterials. The deformation behavior of the Nb nanowire was investigated by means of in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction when the TiNiCu matrix underwent different deformation modes. The maximum lattice strain of the Nb nanowires was about 5% when the matrix deformed via martensitic transformation or 1% when deforming plastically by dislocation slip. As a result, the Nb nanowires showed a lattice strain of 3.5% when the matrix deformed in the mixed mode of plastic deformation and martensitic transformation, which means that the occurrence of plastic deformation does not impede load transfer from the matrix to the nanowires.

  20. Signatures of Fermi Arcs in the Quasiparticle Interferences of the Weyl Semimetals TaAs and NbP.

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    Chang, Guoqing; Xu, Su-Yang; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Tay-Rong; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-02-12

    The recent discovery of the first Weyl semimetal in TaAs provides the first observation of a Weyl fermion in nature. Such a topological semimetal features a novel type of anomalous surface state, the Fermi arc, which connects a pair of Weyl nodes through the boundary of the crystal. Here, we present theoretical calculations of the quasiparticle interference (QPI) patterns that arise from the surface states including the topological Fermi arcs in the Weyl semimetals TaAs and NbP. Most importantly, we discover that the QPI exhibits termination points that are fingerprints of the Weyl nodes in the interference pattern. Our results, for the first time, propose a universal interference signature of the topological Fermi arcs in TaAs, which is fundamental for scanning tunneling microscope (STM) measurements on this prototypical Weyl semimetal compound. More generally, our work provides critical guideline and methodology for STM studies on new Weyl semimetals. Further, the scattering channels revealed by our QPIs are broadly relevant to surface transport and device applications based on Weyl semimetals. PMID:26919003

  1. Synthesis of the new layered oxides NaRbLnMO{sub 5} (Ln = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd; M = Nb, Ta)

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    Cavazos, Ronaldo J.; Schak, Raymond E

    2004-07-02

    The new layered transition metal oxides NaRbLnMO{sub 5} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd; M = Nb, Ta) were synthesized by direct solid-state reaction. NaRbLaNbO{sub 5} crystallizes with a tetragonal unit cell [a=5.839(6) A, c=8.313(1) A] analogous to that of the related compound NaKLaNbO{sub 5}, while NaRbLaTaO{sub 5} indexes to a larger monoclinic unit cell [a=9.577(2) A, b=5.834(1) A, c=8.323(2) A, {beta}=93.00(2)]. NaRbLnNbO{sub 5} can be prepared for Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, and NaRbLnTaO{sub 5} can be prepared for Ln = Nd, Sm. Both series of compounds show the expected decrease in unit cell volume as the size of the lanthanide decreases. NaRbLaNbO{sub 5} is also amenable to ion exchange, forming Li{sub 2-x}Rb{sub x}LaNbO{sub 5} upon reaction with molten lithium nitrate.

  2. Structural and surface properties of semitransparent and antibacterial (Cu,Ti,Nb)Ox coating

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    Wojcieszak, D.; Mazur, M.; Kaczmarek, D.; Szponar, B.; Grobelny, M.; Kalisz, M.; Pelczarska, A.; Szczygiel, I.; Poniedzialek, A.; Osekowska, M.

    2016-09-01

    In this work structural and surface properties of oxide thin-film coating based on Cu, Ti and Nb prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering have been described. During the deposition process metallic Cu, Ti and Nb targets were sputtered in oxygen plasma. Structural characterization of the film microstructure has revealed that as-prepared coating was amorphous. Due to such structure and the content of Ti and Nb the hardness of the oxide film was about 3.6 GPa, which is 40% higher as compared to metallic Cu film. Moreover, the surface roughness was below 1 nm, what resulted in receiving of hydrophobic properties. The multioxide film was transparent at the level of 40%, but due to high Cu-content its optical absorption edge was about 450 nm and had bright orange color. Optical investigation has revealed that the energy band-gap of this film was 1.41 eV, which indicates on the presence of CuO form. Moreover, the studies of antimicrobial activity showed that as-prepared film had a strong bactericidal effect for Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and Enterococcus hirae, while fungicidal effect for Candida albicans was not observed. The biological activity was related to the amount of copper ions released from the surface of (Cu,Ti Nb)Ox coating, which was equal to 0.041 ppm per day.

  3. Development of Cu-Nb alloy microcomposite conductors for high field pulsed magnets. Final report

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    Pantsyrnyi, V.I.; Shikov, A.K.; Nikulin, A.D.; Belyiakov, N.M.; Potapenko, I.I.; Vorob`ova, A.E.; Silaev, A.G.; Kozlenkova, N.I.; Zinov`ev, V.G.; Drobyshev, V.A.

    1995-12-31

    Primary goal is to develop high strength-high conductivity composite wires with enhanced cross section. The following research areas were started: melting, deformation, TEM, SEM, and mechanical/electrical characterization of in-situ Cu-Nb microcomposites. Consumable arc melting using initial composite electrodes produced by cold deformation was chosen for preparing initial ingots of Cu-(16- 18)wt%Nb alloy. The deformation process including extrusion, drawing with intermediate heat treatments, and rolling was analyzed. Structure of Cu-Nb composite was investigated at all stages of its fabrication. Rebundling was successfully used to manufacture conductors with enhanced cross sections. Wire with 3x7mm{sup 2} cross section and 50m length was produced with UTS (20 C) = 1000 MPa and electroconductivity 70% IACS.

  4. Role of spin mixing conductance in spin pumping: Enhancement of spin pumping efficiency in Ta/Cu/Py structures

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    Deorani, Praveen; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2013-12-02

    From spin pumping measurements in Ta/Py devices for different thicknesses of Ta, we determine the spin Hall angle to be 0.021–0.033 and spin diffusion length to be 8 nm in Ta. We have also studied the effect of changing the properties of non-magnet/ferromagnet interface by adding a Cu interlayer. The experimental results show that the effective spin mixing conductance increases in the presence of Cu interlayer for Ta/Cu/Py devices whereas it decreases in Pt/Cu/Py devices. Our findings allow the tunability of the spin pumping efficiency by adding a thin interlayer at the non-magnet/ferromagnet interface.

  5. Significant enhancement of compositional and superconducting homogeneity in Ti rather than Ta-doped Nb3Sn

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    Tarantini, C.; Sung, Z. -H.; Lee, P. J.; Ghosh, A. K.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2016-01-25

    Nb3Sn wires are now very close to their final optimization but despite its classical nature, detailed understanding of the role of Ta and Ti doping in the A15 is not fully understood. Long thought to be essentially equivalent in their influence on Hc2, they were interchangeably applied. Here we show that Ti produces significantly more homogeneous chemical and superconducting properties. Despite Ta-doped samples having a slightly higher Tc onset in zero-field, they always have a wider Tc-distribution. In particular, whereas the Ta-doped A15 has a Tc-distribution extending from 18 down to 5-6 K (the lowest expected Tc for the binarymore » A15 phase), the Ti-doped samples have no A15 phase with Tc below ~12 K. The much narrower Tc distribution in the Ti-doped samples has a positive effect on their in-field Tc-distribution too, leading to an extrapolated μ0Hc2(0) 2 Tesla larger than the Ta-doped one. Ti-doping also appears to be very homogeneous even when the Sn content is reduced in order to inhibit breakdown of the diffusion barriers in very high Jc conductors. As a result, the enhanced homogeneity of the Ti-doped samples appears to result from its assistance of rapid diffusion of Sn into the filaments and by its incorporation into the A15 phase interchangeably with Sn on the Sn sites of the A15 phase.« less

  6. Effect of hydrogen exposure on a Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy

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    Ellis, David L.; Misra, Ajay K.; Dreshfield, Robert L.

    1993-01-01

    The advanced regeneratively cooled rocket thrust chamber may require new materials to achieve long life and improved performance. Current materials such as NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt. percent Ag-0.5 wt. percent Zr), while highly conductive, do not have sufficient high temperature strength and creep resistance to meet the projected needs of advanced rocket motors. A Cu-8 at. percent Cr-4 at. percent Nb (Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb) alloy has been identified as a promising material for this application. However, hydrogen embrittlement is a concern given the presence of high pressure, high temperature hydrogen in regeneratively cooled rocket motors. Thermodynamic analysis of the reaction between Cr-rich Cr2Nb and H2 showed that there is a possibility of reaction at temperatures up to 323 K in a 35 MPa H2 environment. Above 323 K the pressure necessary to achieve reaction rapidly increased beyond the range experienced in rocket motors. Tensile specimens exposed in 34.5 MPa H2 at room temperatures and during cycling to 705 C did not show any degradation of properties. No evidence of reaction was observed for Cr2Nb precipitate observed on the fracture surfaces. Based on these results the Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy was judged to be sufficiently stable for use in rocket motors.

  7. Reactions of laser-ablated Nb and Ta atoms with N2: experimental and theoretical study of M(NN)x (M = Nb, Ta; x = 1-4) in solid neon.

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    Lu, Zhang-Hui; Jiang, Ling; Xu, Qiang

    2010-07-01

    Reactions of laser-ablated niobium and tantalum atoms with dinitrogen in solid neon have been investigated using matrix-isolation infrared spectroscopy. The Nb(NN)(x) and Ta(NN)(x) (x = 1-4) molecules formed during sample deposition or on annealing are the major products. The products are characterized on the basis of isotopic shifts, mixed isotopic splitting patterns, stepwise annealing, and change of reagent concentration and laser energy. Density functional theory calculations have been performed to understand the structures, ground electronic states, and bonding characteristics of niobium and tantalum dinitrogen complexes. The overall agreement between the experimental and calculated vibrational frequencies, relative absorption intensities, and isotopic shifts supports the identification of these species from the matrix infrared spectra. The molecular orbital analyses and plausible reaction pathways for the formation of the products are also discussed.

  8. Electron crystallography applied to the structure determination of Nb(Cu,Al,X) Laves phases.

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    Gigla, M; Lelatko, J; Krzelowski, M; Morawiec, H

    2006-09-01

    The presence of primary precipitates of the Laves phases considerably improves the mechanical properties and the resistance to thermal degradation of the high-temperature shape memory Cu-Al-Nb alloys. The structure analysis of the Laves phases was carried out on particles contained in the ternary and quaternary alloys as well on synthesized compounds related to the composition of the Nb(Cu,Al,X)(2) phase, where X = Ni, Co, Cr, Ti and Zr. The precise structure determination of the Laves phases was carried out by the electron crystallography method using the CRISP software.

  9. Octahedral and trigonal-prismatic coordination preferences in Nb-, Mo-, Ta-, and W-based ABX2 layered oxides, oxynitrides, and nitrides

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    Miura, Akira; Tadanaga, Kiyoharu; Magome, Eisuke; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Takahiro, Takei; Kumada, Nobuhiro

    2015-09-01

    Crystallographic and electronic structures of Nb-, Mo-, Ta-, and W-based layered oxides, oxynitrides, and nitrides were analyzed to elucidate the structural relationship between layered oxides and nitrides consisting of octahedral and trigonal-prismatic layers. The electron density, as derived by synchrotron X-ray analysis of LiNbO2 and Ta5-x(O,N)6, showed orbital overlaps between Nb-Nb and Ta-Ta metals in the trigonal layers. Computational calculations based on DFT exhibited that these overlaps stabilized these structures by lowering the hybridization states composed of the dxy, dx2-y2, and dz2 orbitals below the Fermi level. Crystal structures and formation energies suggest that tuning the Fermi level through the substitutions and vacancies of the cation/anion sites determines the structural preferences of the coordination. The properties and syntheses of these compounds are briefly described. This study enhances the understanding of layered oxides, oxynitrides, and nitrides to further the development of new synthetic approaches, compounds, and applications.

  10. Development of Low Cost Membranes (Ta, Nb & Cellulose Acetate) for H2/CO2 Separation in WGS Reactors

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    Seetala, Naidu; Siriwardane, Upali

    2011-12-15

    The main aim of this work is to synthesize low temperature bimetallic nanocatalysts for Water Gas Shift reaction (WGS) for hydrogen production from CO and steam mixture; and develop low-cost metal (Nb/Ta)/ceramic membranes for H2 separation and Cellulose Acetate membranes for CO2 separation. .

  11. Excellent resistive memory characteristics and switching mechanism using a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface

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    2012-01-01

    Excellent resistive switching memory characteristics were demonstrated for an Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure with a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface under low voltage operation of ± 1.5 V and a range of current compliances (CCs) from 0.1 to 500 μA. Oxygen accumulation at the Ti nanolayer and formation of a defective high-κ TaOx film were confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. The resistive switching memory characteristics of the Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure, such as HRS/LRS (approximately 104), stable switching cycle stability (>106) and multi-level operation, were improved compared with those of Al/Cu/TaOx/W devices. These results were attributed to the control of Cu migration/dissolution by the insertion of a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface. In contrast, CuOx formation at the Cu/TaOx interface was observed in an Al/Cu/TaOx/W structure, which hindered dissolution of the Cu filament and resulted in a small resistance ratio of approximately 10 at a CC of 500 μA. A high charge-trapping density of 6.9 × 1016 /cm2 was observed in the Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure from capacitance-voltage hysteresis characteristics, indicating the migration of Cu ions through defect sites. The switching mechanism was successfully explained for structures with and without the Ti nanolayer. By using a new approach, the nanoscale diameter of Cu filament decreased from 10.4 to 0.17 nm as the CC decreased from 500 to 0.1 μA, resulting in a large memory size of 7.6 T to 28 Pbit/sq in. Extrapolated 10-year data retention of the Ti nanolayer device was also obtained. The findings of this study will not only improve resistive switching memory performance but also aid future design of nanoscale nonvolatile memory. PMID:22734564

  12. A new mineral species rossovskyite, (Fe3+,Ta)(Nb,Ti)O4: crystal chemistry and physical properties

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    Konovalenko, Sergey I.; Ananyev, Sergey A.; Chukanov, Nikita V.; Rastsvetaeva, Ramiza K.; Aksenov, Sergey M.; Baeva, Anna A.; Gainov, Ramil R.; Vagizov, Farit G.; Lopatin, Oleg N.; Nebera, Tatiana S.

    2015-11-01

    A new mineral rossovskyite named after L.N. Rossovsky was discovered in granite pegmatites of the Bulgut occurrence, Altai Mts., Western Mongolia. Associated minerals are microcline, muscovite, quartz, albite, garnet of the almandine-spessartine series, beryl, apatite, triplite, zircon, pyrite, yttrobetafite-(Y) and schorl. Rossovskyite forms flattened anhedral grains up to 6 × 6 × 2 cm. The color of the mineral is black, and the streak is black as well. The luster is semi-metallic, dull. Mohs hardness is 6. No cleavage or parting is observed. Rossovskyite is brittle, with uneven fracture. The density measured by the hydrostatic weighing method is 6.06 g/cm2, and the density calculated from the empirical formula is 6.302 g/cm3. Rossovskyite is biaxial, and the color in reflection is gray to dark gray. The IR spectrum contains strong band at 567 cm-1 (with shoulders at 500 and 600 cm-1) corresponding to cation-oxygen stretching vibrations and weak bands at 1093 and 1185 cm-1 assigned as overtones. The reflection spectrum in visible range is obtained. According to the Mössbauer spectrum, the ratio Fe2+:Fe3+ is 35.6:64.4. The chemical composition is as follows (electron microprobe, Fe apportioned between FeO and Fe2O3 based on Mössbauer data, wt%): MnO 1.68, FeO 5.92, Fe2O3 14.66, TiO2 7.69, Nb2O5 26.59, Ta2O5 37.51, WO3 5.61, total 99.66. The empirical formula calculated on four O atoms is: {{Mn}}_{0.06}^{2 + } {{Fe}}_{0.21}^{2 + } {{Fe}}_{0.47}^{3 + } Ti0.25Nb0.51Ta0.43W0.06O4. The crystal structure was determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The new mineral is monoclinic, space group P2/ c, a = 4.668(1), b = 5.659(1), c = 5.061(1) Å, β = 90.21(1)º; V = 133.70(4) Å3, Z = 2. Topologically, the structure of rossovskyite is analogous to that of wolframite-group minerals. The crystal-chemical formula of rossovskyite is [(Fe3+, Fe2+, Mn)0.57Ta0.32Nb0.11][Nb0.40Ti0.25Fe0.18Ta0.11W0.06]O4. The strongest lines of the powder X-ray diffraction pattern

  13. Effect of electron count and chemical complexity in the Ta-Nb-Hf-Zr-Ti high-entropy alloy superconductor

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    von Rohr, Fabian; Winiarski, Michał J.; Tao, Jing; Klimczuk, Tomasz; Cava, Robert Joseph

    2016-11-01

    High-entropy alloys are made from random mixtures of principal elements on simple lattices, stabilized by a high mixing entropy. The recently discovered body-centered cubic (BCC) Ta-Nb-Hf-Zr-Ti high-entropy alloy superconductor appears to display properties of both simple crystalline intermetallics and amorphous materials; e.g., it has a well-defined superconducting transition along with an exceptional robustness against disorder. Here we show that the valence electron count dependence of the superconducting transition temperature in the high-entropy alloy falls between those of analogous simple solid solutions and amorphous materials and test the effect of alloy complexity on the superconductivity. We propose high-entropy alloys as excellentmore » intermediate systems for studying superconductivity as it evolves between crystalline and amorphous materials.« less

  14. The oxidation of TaBe sub 12 and NbBe sub 12 coatings on niobium

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    Courtright, E.L.

    1990-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of tantalum and niobium beryllide coatings on niobium were evaluated. Intermetallic bond layers consisting of Ir{sub 3}Ta and Ir{sub 3}Nb were used to butter the large thermal expansion mismatch between the beryllide coatings and underlying niobium substrate. All coatings were applied by Triode Sputtering except for a final environmental protection layer of stabilized zirconia deposited by RF Diode using a ceramic target. Severe delamination and spalling occurred during cyclic oxidation exposure, even at temperatures as low as 925{degrees}C, indicating that the bond layer did not prevent the differential expansion stresses from reaching the delamination failure threshold, particularly at the edges and corners. Hot pressed samples of the two beryllide compounds were also exposed to a similar cyclic oxidation history, but, in contrast to the coatings, exhibited excellent oxidation resistance to temperatures as high as 1370{degrees}C. 9 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Phonon and thermal expansion properties in Weyl semimetals MX (M = Nb, Ta; X = P, As): ab initio studies.

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    Chang, Dahu; Liu, Yaming; Rao, Fengfei; Wang, Fei; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu

    2016-06-01

    Weyl semimetal (WSM) is a new type of topological quantum material for future spintronic devices. Using the first-principles density functional theory, we systematically investigated the thermal expansion properties, and the temperature dependence of isovolume heat capacity and bulk modulus in WSMs MX (M = Nb, Ta; X = P, As). We also presented the phonon dispersion curves and its variation under stress in MX and the anisotropic thermal expansion properties due to the anisotropic crystal structure in WSMs have been predicted in our calculations. Intriguing, we found that the heat capacities increase more rapidly with increasing temperature in the low temperature region for all MX. Furthermore, our results showed that the thermal expansion properties are determined mainly by the isovolume heat capacity at low temperatures, while the bulk modulus has the major effect at high temperatures. These results are useful for applications of WSMs in electronic and spintronic devices. PMID:27174542

  16. Bioactive surface modification of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy through alkali solution treatments.

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    Takematsu, E; Katsumata, K; Okada, K; Niinomi, M; Matsushita, N

    2016-05-01

    Bioactive surface modification of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ) was performed through three different alkali solution treatments, including the electrochemical (E), hydrothermal (H), and hydrothermal-electrochemical (HE) processes; all of the processes lead to the formation of sodium-contained amorphous titanium oxide layers on TNTZ samples. The TNTZ samples subjected to the E, H, and HE processes exhibit a flat surface, smooth and fine mesh-like structure surface, and rough mesh-like structure surface, respectively. In the bioactive test, namely, simulated body fluid test, apatite inductivity increases as the surface morphology becomes rough. The order of inductivity for the three processes was HE>H>E. The surface chemical composition also affects the apatite induction ability. The surface with fewer niobium species exhibits better apatite inductivity. PMID:26952470

  17. Growth and properties of Li, Ta modified (K,Na)NbO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystals.

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    Huo, Xiaoqing; Zheng, Limei; Zhang, Shujun; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Gang; Wang, Rui; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Shrout, Thomas R

    2014-01-01

    Li, Ta modified (K,Na)NbO3 single crystals with the size of 18 mm × 18 mm × 10 mm were successfully grown by top-seeded solution growth method, with orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature ~79 °C and Curie temperature ~276 °C. The electromechanical coupling factors k33 and kt were found to be ~88% and ~65%, respectively. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 for the [001]c poled crystals reached 255 pC/N. In addition, the electromechanical coupling factor exhibited high stability over the temperature range of -50 °C to 70 °C, making these lead free crystals good candidates for electromechanical applications.

  18. Growth and properties of Li, Ta modified (K,Na)NbO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystals

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    Huo, Xiaoqing; Zheng, Limei; Zhang, Shujun; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Gang; Wang, Rui; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2014-01-01

    Li, Ta modified (K,Na)NbO3 single crystals with the size of 18 mm × 18 mm × 10 mm were successfully grown by top-seeded solution growth method, with orthorhombic–tetragonal phase transition temperature ~79 °C and Curie temperature ~276 °C. The electromechanical coupling factors k33 and kt were found to be ~88% and ~65%, respectively. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 for the [001]c poled crystals reached 255 pC/N. In addition, the electromechanical coupling factor exhibited high stability over the temperature range of −50 °C to 70 °C, making these lead free crystals good candidates for electromechanical applications. PMID:25404953

  19. Bioactive surface modification of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy through alkali solution treatments.

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    Takematsu, E; Katsumata, K; Okada, K; Niinomi, M; Matsushita, N

    2016-05-01

    Bioactive surface modification of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ) was performed through three different alkali solution treatments, including the electrochemical (E), hydrothermal (H), and hydrothermal-electrochemical (HE) processes; all of the processes lead to the formation of sodium-contained amorphous titanium oxide layers on TNTZ samples. The TNTZ samples subjected to the E, H, and HE processes exhibit a flat surface, smooth and fine mesh-like structure surface, and rough mesh-like structure surface, respectively. In the bioactive test, namely, simulated body fluid test, apatite inductivity increases as the surface morphology becomes rough. The order of inductivity for the three processes was HE>H>E. The surface chemical composition also affects the apatite induction ability. The surface with fewer niobium species exhibits better apatite inductivity.

  20. Vacuum Plasma Spray of CuCrNb Alloy for Advanced Liquid - Fuel Combustion Chambers

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    Zimmerman, Frank

    2000-01-01

    The copper-8 atomic percent chromium-4 atomic percent niobium (CuCrNb) alloy was developed by Glenn Research Center (formally Lewis Research Center) as an improved alloy for combustion chamber liners. In comparison to NARloy-Z, the baseline (as in Space Shuttle Main Engine) alloy for such liners, CuCrNb demonstrates mechanical and thermophysical properties equivalent to NARloy-Z, but at temperatures 100 C to 150 C (180 F to 270 F) higher. Anticipated materials related benefits include decreasing the thrust cell liner weight 5% to 20%, increasing the service life at least two fold over current combustion chamber design, and increasing the safety margins available to designers. By adding an oxidation and thermal barrier coating to the liner, the combustion chamber can operate at even higher temperatures. For all these benefits, however, this alloy cannot be formed using conventional casting and forging methods because of the levels of chromium and niobium, which exceed their solubility limit in copper. Until recently, the only forming process that maintains the required microstructure of CrNb intermetallics is powder metallurgy formation of a billet from powder stock, followed by extrusion. This severely limits its usefulness in structural applications, particularly the complex shapes required for combustion chamber liners. Vacuum plasma spray (VPS) has been demonstrated as a method to form structural articles including small combustion chambers from the CuCrNb alloy. In addition, an oxidation and thermal barrier layer can be formed integrally on the hot wall of the liner that improve performance and extend service life. This paper discusses the metallurgy and thermomechanical properties of VPS formed CuCrNb versus the baseline powder metallurgy process, and the manufacturing of small combustion chamber liners at Marshall Space Flight Center using the VPS process. The benefits to advanced propulsion initiatives of using VPS to fabricate combustion chamber liners

  1. New insights into magma source compositions: constraints from combined Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta systematics

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    Bennett, S.; Elliott, T.; Blundy, J.

    2003-04-01

    Knowledge of the behaviour of trace elements in the mantle is a pre-requisite for the modelling and ultimately, understanding of mantle processes. As new, improved analytical techniques are developed additional groups of elements can be exploited to this end. One such group are the High Field Strength Elements (HFSE). Conventional wisdom suggests that the HFSE pairs Zr-Hf and Nb-Ta should behave as "geochemical twins" retaining chondritic ratios during petrogenetic processes such as melt generation and fractional crystallisation. However, precise measurements of these elements using Isotope Dilution (ID)- Plasma Ionisation Multi-collector Mass Spectrometry (PIMMS) are able to demonstrate that Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta show considerable variation between samples [1,2,3]. We have also developed new high precision separation and measurement techniques for the HFSE to specifically investigate the origin of the "garnet signature" in MORB and OIB [4,5,6]. Experiments carried out in simple synthetic systems by van Westrenen et al [7] suggest that DZr < DHf for pyropic garnets, such as those found in garnet peridotite, but the reverse, DZr > DHf is true of grossular rich garnets as would be present in a eclogitic source component of recycled crustal origin. This suggests that the HFSE have the potential to distinguish between these two garnet-bearing mantle sources. We will present data on a range of mantle derived melts with variable "garnet signatures" in order to address this issue. [1]Weyer et al. (2003), EPSL 205, 309-324. [2]Büchl et al. (2002), Goldschmidt Abstracts, A108. [3]David et al. (2000), EPSL 178, 285-301. [4]Hirschmann and Stolper (1996), CMP 124, 185-208. [5]Hirschmann (1996), Nature 384, 215-217. [6]Stracke et al. (1999), G-cubed, 1. [7]van Westrenen et al. (1999), Am. Min 84, 838-847.

  2. Tailoring the magnetic properties of new Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B superelastic rapidly quenched microwires

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    Borza, F.; Lupu, N.; Dobrea, V.; Chiriac, H.

    2015-05-01

    Ferromagnetic Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B microwires with diameters from 170 μm to 50 μm, which possess both superelastic and good magnetic properties, have been prepared by rapid quenching from the melt using the in rotating water spinning technique followed by cold-drawing and ageing. The cold-drawing and annealing processes lead to the initialization of premartensitic phases as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopic investigations, more significantly in the 50 μm cold-drawn microwires. An increase in the coercive field and in the saturation magnetization has been obtained by annealing, more importantly in the case of Nb-containing alloy. Ageing by thermal or current annealing led to the initialization of the superelastic effect. High values of strain of up to 1.8%, very good repeatability under successive loading, and values of superelastic effect of up to 1.2% have been achieved. The structural analysis coupled with the stress-strain data suggests that these materials annealed at 800 °C have superelastic potential at reduced ageing times. The magnetic behavior was found to be easily tailored through both thermal and thermomagnetic treatments with changes in the magnetic parameters which can be contactless detected. The results are important for future applications where both mechanical and magnetic properties matter, i.e., sensing/actuating systems.

  3. Tailoring the magnetic properties of new Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B superelastic rapidly quenched microwires

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    Borza, F. Lupu, N.; Dobrea, V.; Chiriac, H.

    2015-05-07

    Ferromagnetic Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B microwires with diameters from 170 μm to 50 μm, which possess both superelastic and good magnetic properties, have been prepared by rapid quenching from the melt using the in rotating water spinning technique followed by cold-drawing and ageing. The cold-drawing and annealing processes lead to the initialization of premartensitic phases as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopic investigations, more significantly in the 50 μm cold-drawn microwires. An increase in the coercive field and in the saturation magnetization has been obtained by annealing, more importantly in the case of Nb-containing alloy. Ageing by thermal or current annealing led to the initialization of the superelastic effect. High values of strain of up to 1.8%, very good repeatability under successive loading, and values of superelastic effect of up to 1.2% have been achieved. The structural analysis coupled with the stress-strain data suggests that these materials annealed at 800 °C have superelastic potential at reduced ageing times. The magnetic behavior was found to be easily tailored through both thermal and thermomagnetic treatments with changes in the magnetic parameters which can be contactless detected. The results are important for future applications where both mechanical and magnetic properties matter, i.e., sensing/actuating systems.

  4. Skin effect suppression for Cu/CoZrNb multilayered inductor

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    Sato, Noriyuki; Endo, Yasushi; Yamaguchi, Masahiro

    2012-04-01

    The Cu/Co85Zr3Nb12 multilayer is studied as a conductor of a spiral inductor to suppress the skin effect at the 5 GHz range (matches IEEE 802.11 a standard) using negative-permeability in CoZrNb films beyond the ferromagnetic resonance frequency. The skin effect suppression becomes remarkable when the thickness of Cu in each period of the multilayer, tCu, is less than the skin depth of Cu at the targeting frequency. For the 5 GHz operation, tCu ≤ 750 nm. The resistance of the Cu/CoZrNb multilayered spiral inductor decreases as much as 8.7%, while keeping the same inductance of 1.1 nH as that of a similar air core. Accordingly, Q = 16. Therefore, the proposed method can contribute to realize a high-Q spiral inductor. We also study the potentially applicable frequency of this method. Given a soft magnetic material with Ms = 105 emu/cc and Hk = 5 Oe, the method can be applied at 700 MHz, the lowermost carrier frequency band for the 4th generation cellular phone system.

  5. Chemical stability of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu)5 thin films with a thin Ta capping layer

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    Zhao, Haibao; Wang, Hao; Liu, Xiaoqi; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2011-04-01

    With the highest magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (Ku) among practical magnetic materials, SmCo5 could be a very attractive candidate for future high areal density magnetic recording. However, its corrosion resistance is always a concern in recording media applications. In this paper, the chemical stability and microstructures of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu)5 thin films with and without a 3 nm Ta capping layer were reported. For Sm(CoCu)5 thin films without a capping layer, the coercivity decreases significantly (from 8kOe to 1kOe) within one month. Sm(CoCu)5 thin films capped with a thin Ta layer (3 nm) behave differently. Even exposed to a laboratory environment (25 °C) over 3 years, the Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films are stable in terms of structural and magnetic properties, i.e., there were no changes in X-ray diffraction peaks and vibrating sample magnetometer hysteresis loops. Microstructure of Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films showed that Sm(CoCu)5 formed a domelike particle assembly structure on a smooth Ru underlayer and were well covered by partially oxidized Ta capping layer, as shown by TEM cross-section micrographs. Accelerated corrosion treatment (130 °C, 95% relative humidity, 6 h) was performed on Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed that no Co was detected on the sample surface before the corrosion treatment, but strong XPS signals of CoOx and Co(OH)x were observed after treatment. Therefore, none of our Sm(CoCu)5 thin films can pass the accelerated corrosion test. Hcp-phased CoPt-alloys are proposed as better capping materials for Sm(CoCu)5 thin films in future high-density magnetic recording applications.

  6. Chemical stability of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films with a thin Ta capping layer

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    Zhao Haibao; Wang Hao; Liu Xiaoqi; Wang Jianping; Zhang Tao

    2011-04-01

    With the highest magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (Ku) among practical magnetic materials, SmCo{sub 5} could be a very attractive candidate for future high areal density magnetic recording. However, its corrosion resistance is always a concern in recording media applications. In this paper, the chemical stability and microstructures of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films with and without a 3 nm Ta capping layer were reported. For Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films without a capping layer, the coercivity decreases significantly (from 8kOe to 1kOe) within one month. Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films capped with a thin Ta layer (3 nm) behave differently. Even exposed to a laboratory environment (25 deg. C) over 3 years, the Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films are stable in terms of structural and magnetic properties, i.e., there were no changes in X-ray diffraction peaks and vibrating sample magnetometer hysteresis loops. Microstructure of Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films showed that Sm(CoCu){sub 5} formed a domelike particle assembly structure on a smooth Ru underlayer and were well covered by partially oxidized Ta capping layer, as shown by TEM cross-section micrographs. Accelerated corrosion treatment (130 deg. C, 95% relative humidity, 6 h) was performed on Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed that no Co was detected on the sample surface before the corrosion treatment, but strong XPS signals of CoOx and Co(OH)x were observed after treatment. Therefore, none of our Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films can pass the accelerated corrosion test. Hcp-phased CoPt-alloys are proposed as better capping materials for Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films in future high-density magnetic recording applications.

  7. Evidence of Nb-Ta mobility in high temperature F-rich fluids evidenced by the La Bosse quartz-Nb-ferberite stockwork (Echassières, French Massif Central).

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    Marignac, C.; Cuney, M.

    2012-04-01

    In the Echassières district (northern French Massif Central), the 310 Ma Beauvoir granite (a P-rich peraluminous RMG) overprints a quartz-ferberite stockwork. The 900 m-deep GPF1 scientific hole shows that the stockwork is split into two parts by the gently dipping Beauvoir intrusion: the upper section (~ 100m thick) occurs in the La Bosse quarry, , and the lower section (≥ 60 m thick) below the granite floor. The root of the stockwork (hypothetic La Bosse granite) has not been reached. The stockwork comprises flat-lying quartz veins (≤ 0.6 m thick) concordant to the regional schistosity of surrounding micaschists, and steep N10-N50°E quartz veins (≤ 0.2 m thick). The two sets result from hydraulic fracturing, and consistently display crack seal features. A family of aplites and aplo-pegmatites dikes follow the same set of fractures, being either later (with partial dissolution of pre-existing quartz veins) or earlier, than the quartz veins. There is no alteration, nor associated mineral other than ferberite, at the La Bosse quarry, whereas micaceous selvages are observed in the lower section. Ferberite display a trend of ferberite enrichment with increasing depth (0.71 to 0.95 Fb mole%). In the La Bosse quarry, three ferberite habitus are present: acicular, lanceolate and prismatic. Acicular crystals are typically nicely zoned, with alternating Nb-rich (4.95±0.94 % Nb2O5) and Nb-poor (1.57±0.38 % Nb2O5) growth bands. Ta (up to 0.30 Ta2O5), Ti and Sn are also enriched in the Nb-rich bands. Nb and Ta incorporation into the ferberite is in the form of columbite, as either true solid solution or nanoinclusions. Lanceolate crystals have a similarly zoned acicular core and a Nb-poor rim (1.08±0.66 % Nb2O5). Prismatic crystals are unzoned and Nb-poor (0.67±0.20 % Nb2O5). In the lower part of the stockwork, the Nb contents are lower (2.17 % Nb2O5 in the Nb-rich bands, 1.36 % in the Nb-poor bands, 0.08 % in the unzoned cortex, 0.15 % in the unzoned prisms

  8. Study of microstructure and precipitates of a Zr-2.5Nb-0.5Cu CANDU spacer material

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    Dong, Qingshan; Yu, Hongbing; Yao, Zhongwen; Long, Fei; Balogh, Levente; Daymond, Mark R.

    2016-12-01

    Synchrotron X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscope bright field and high angle annular dark field were employed to investigate the microstructure and precipitates of a Zr-2.5Nb-0.5Cu alloy wire, with potential application as a spacer in the CANDU® reactor design. Results show that three types of microstructure co-exist in the alloy: Widmanstätten structure, α-Zr grains without precipitates and α-Zr grains with precipitates. In the meantime, three types of second phase particles are detected: β-Nb, Zr2Cu and Zr2Fe, which have different distributions within the microstructure. The β-Nb precipitates are observed to be extensively distributed among the α plate boundaries and twin interfaces in the Widmanstätten structure, whereas the Zr2Cu and Zr2Fe precipitates are only found in the α plate boundaries. The orientation relations of the Zr2Cu precipitates with respect to the α-Zr and β-Nb are found to be (013)Zr2Cu / /(0001)α (013)Zr2Cu / /(0001)α , [ 0 3 bar 1 ] Zr2Cu / /[ 1 bar 100 ] α and (013)Zr2Cu / /(011) β -Nb , [ 0 3 bar 1 ] Zr2Cu / /[ 2 bar 1 bar 1 ] β -Nb respectively.

  9. Note: Resonance magnetoelectric interactions in laminate of FeCuNbSiB and multilayer piezoelectric stack for magnetic sensor.

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    Li, Jianqiang; Lu, Caijiang; Xu, Changbao; Zhong, Ming

    2015-09-01

    This paper develops a simple miniature magnetoelectric (ME) laminate FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack made up of magnetostrictive Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 (FeCuNbSiB) foils and piezoelectric Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) multilayer stack vibrator. Resonant ME interactions of FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack with different layers of FeCuNbSiB foil (L) are investigated in detail. The experimental results show that the ME voltage coefficient reaches maximum value of 141.5 (V/cm Oe) for FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack with L = 6. The AC-magnetic sensitivities can reach 524.29 mV/Oe and 1.8 mV/Oe under resonance 91.6 kHz and off-resonance 1 kHz, respectively. The FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack can distinguish small dc-magnetic field of ∼9 nT. The results indicate that the proposed ME composites are very promising for the cheap room-temperature magnetic field sensing technology.

  10. Note: Resonance magnetoelectric interactions in laminate of FeCuNbSiB and multilayer piezoelectric stack for magnetic sensor

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    Li, Jianqiang; Lu, Caijiang; Xu, Changbao; Zhong, Ming

    2015-09-01

    This paper develops a simple miniature magnetoelectric (ME) laminate FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack made up of magnetostrictive Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 (FeCuNbSiB) foils and piezoelectric Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) multilayer stack vibrator. Resonant ME interactions of FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack with different layers of FeCuNbSiB foil (L) are investigated in detail. The experimental results show that the ME voltage coefficient reaches maximum value of 141.5 (V/cm Oe) for FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack with L = 6. The AC-magnetic sensitivities can reach 524.29 mV/Oe and 1.8 mV/Oe under resonance 91.6 kHz and off-resonance 1 kHz, respectively. The FeCuNbSiB/PZT-stack can distinguish small dc-magnetic field of ˜9 nT. The results indicate that the proposed ME composites are very promising for the cheap room-temperature magnetic field sensing technology.

  11. Preparation and electrochemical properties of Zr-site substituted Li7La3(Zr2-xMx)O12 (M = Ta, Nb) solid electrolytes

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    Huang, Mian; Shoji, Mao; Shen, Yang; Nan, Ce-Wen; Munakata, Hirokazu; Kanamura, Kiyoshi

    2014-09-01

    Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZ) solid electrolytes with Zr site partially substituted by Ta and Nb elements were prepared via the conventional solid-state reaction. All the compositions could lead to the cubic garnet-type structure after sintering at 1150 °C. The use of γ-Al2O3 as a sintering aid in the preparation of doped LLZ was studied. It was shown that Al could help to improve the micro-structure for Nb doping, but not necessary for Ta doping. The Ta and Nb doping enhanced the ionic conductivity at 25 °C to 4.09 × 10-4 S cm-1 and 4.50 × 10-4 S cm-1, respectively. A conductivity as high as 1.23 × 10-3 S cm-1 was obtained when measured at 50 °C in air for the Nb-doped LLZ. All-solid-state batteries with LLZTa and LLZNb solid electrolytes were assembled and tested. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement indicated the successful working of the batteries.

  12. Ultrafast photoresponse of superconductor/ferromagnet Nb/NiCu heterostructures

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    Piero Pepe, Giovanni; Amanti, Maria; de Lisio, Corrado; Latempa, Rossella; Marrocco, Nicola; Parlato, Loredana; Peluso, Giuseppe; Barone, Antonio; Sobolewski, Roman; Taneda, Takahiro

    2006-09-01

    We report on femtosecond optical pump-probe studies of proximized ferromagnet/superconductor (F/S) hybrids, consisting of Ni0.5Cu0.5 layers deposited on top of Nb films. The weak ferromagnetic nature of the completely proximised Ni0.5Cu0.5 film makes possible to observe the dynamics of the nonequilibrium superconductivity through the near-surface optical reflectivity change measurements. The time-resolved photoresponse transient of the NiCu(21 nm)/Nb bilayer in the superconducting state shows strongly suppressed slow bolometric component. The fast relaxation time is also discussed accordingly to current theories on S/F heterostructures. The proposed S/F nanobilayers represent a new, artificially designed superconductor with the features (sub-picosecond photoresponse with suppressed bolometric component) very desirable for superconducting photodetectors and photon counters.

  13. Evidence of Nb-Ta mobility in high temperature F-rich fluids evidenced by the La Bosse quartz-Nb-ferberite stockwork (Echassières, French Massif Central).

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    Marignac, C.; Cuney, M.

    2012-04-01

    In the Echassières district (northern French Massif Central), the 310 Ma Beauvoir granite (a P-rich peraluminous RMG) overprints a quartz-ferberite stockwork. The 900 m-deep GPF1 scientific hole shows that the stockwork is split into two parts by the gently dipping Beauvoir intrusion: the upper section (~ 100m thick) occurs in the La Bosse quarry, , and the lower section (≥ 60 m thick) below the granite floor. The root of the stockwork (hypothetic La Bosse granite) has not been reached. The stockwork comprises flat-lying quartz veins (≤ 0.6 m thick) concordant to the regional schistosity of surrounding micaschists, and steep N10-N50°E quartz veins (≤ 0.2 m thick). The two sets result from hydraulic fracturing, and consistently display crack seal features. A family of aplites and aplo-pegmatites dikes follow the same set of fractures, being either later (with partial dissolution of pre-existing quartz veins) or earlier, than the quartz veins. There is no alteration, nor associated mineral other than ferberite, at the La Bosse quarry, whereas micaceous selvages are observed in the lower section. Ferberite display a trend of ferberite enrichment with increasing depth (0.71 to 0.95 Fb mole%). In the La Bosse quarry, three ferberite habitus are present: acicular, lanceolate and prismatic. Acicular crystals are typically nicely zoned, with alternating Nb-rich (4.95±0.94 % Nb2O5) and Nb-poor (1.57±0.38 % Nb2O5) growth bands. Ta (up to 0.30 Ta2O5), Ti and Sn are also enriched in the Nb-rich bands. Nb and Ta incorporation into the ferberite is in the form of columbite, as either true solid solution or nanoinclusions. Lanceolate crystals have a similarly zoned acicular core and a Nb-poor rim (1.08±0.66 % Nb2O5). Prismatic crystals are unzoned and Nb-poor (0.67±0.20 % Nb2O5). In the lower part of the stockwork, the Nb contents are lower (2.17 % Nb2O5 in the Nb-rich bands, 1.36 % in the Nb-poor bands, 0.08 % in the unzoned cortex, 0.15 % in the unzoned prisms

  14. New hydrogen-evolution heteronanostructured photocatalysts: Pt-Nb3 O7 (OH) and Cu-Nb3 O7 (OH).

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    Hmadeh, Mohamad; Hoepfner, Veronika; Larios, Eduardo; Liao, Kristine; Jia, Jia; Jose-Yacaman, Miguel; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2014-08-01

    Nanorods of triniobium hydroxide heptaoxide, Nb3 O7 (OH), were synthesized by means of a hydrothermal method. Subsequently, Pt and CuO nanoparticles were introduced on the surface of Nb3 O7 (OH) nanorods by a microwave-assisted solvothermal nucleation and growth technique. The resulting Pt- and CuO-decorated Nb3 O7 (OH) nanorods demonstrated uniform particle dispersion and were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and spectroscopic analysis. Furthermore, the solar-powered photocatalytic hydrogen production properties of these heteronanostructures were studied. The solar-driven H2 formation rate over Pt-Nb3 O7 (OH) was determined to be 710.4 ± 1.7 μmol g(-1) h(-1) with a quantum efficiency of ϕ=5.40% at λ=380 nm. Interestingly, the as-prepared CuO-Nb3 O7 (OH) heteronanostructure was found to be inactive under solar irradiation during an induction phase, whereupon it undergoes an in situ photoreduction process to form the photocatalytically active Cu-Nb3 O7 (OH). This restructuring process was monitored by an in situ measurement of the time-evolution of the optical absorption spectra. The solar-powered H2 production for the restructured compound was determined to be 290.3 ± 5.1 μmol g(-1) h(-1) . PMID:24942297

  15. Theoretical studies on non-volatile holographic recording for LiNbO3:Cu:Ce crystal

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    Yan, Shen; Guo-Qing, Zhang; Wen-Bin, Yu; Zhi-Zhong, Guo

    2014-03-01

    We have conducted a theoretical study of steady-state, non-volatile, two-step, two-colour holographic recording performance of LiNbO3:Cu:Ce on the basis of the two-centre model (the deep-trap and shallow-trap centres are Cu+/Cu2+ and Ce3+/Ce4+, respectively). The results show that direct electron exchange between the Cu+/Cu2+ and Ce3+/Ce4+ centres due to the tunnelling effect dominates the charge transfer process during non-volatile, two-step, two-colour holography and determines the two-step, two-colour holography performance in LiNbO3:Cu:Ce. We have further compared the performance of the two-step, two-colour holography in LiNbO3:Cu:Ce with that of near-stoichiometric LiNbO3:Fe. It is shown that, in terms of the total space charge field, the non-volatile two-step, two-colour holography performance of near-stoichiometric LiNbO3:Fe is much better than that of LiNbO3:Cu:Ce within the intensity range reachable by continuous-wave lasers.

  16. Processing, physical metallurgy and creep of NiAl + Ta and NiAl + Nb alloys. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Contractor Report

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    Pathare, Viren M.

    1988-01-01

    Powder processed NiAl + Ta alloys containing 1, 2, and 4.5 at percent tantalum and NiAl + Nb alloys containing 1 and 2 at percent niobium were developed for improved creep properties. In addition, a cast alloy with 5 at percent tantalum was also studied. Hot extrusion parameters for processing alloys with 1 and 2 at percent of tantalum or niobium were designed. The NiAl + 4.5 at percent Ta alloy could be vacuum hot pressed successfully, even though it could not be extruded. All the phases in the multiphase alloys were identified and the phase transformations studied. The Ni2AlTa in NiAl + 4.5 at percent Ta alloy transforms into a liquid phase above 1700 K. Solutionizing and annealing below this temperature gives rise to a uniform distribution of fine second phase precipitates. Compressive creep properties were evaluated at 1300 K using constant load and constant velocity tests. In the higher strain rate region single phase NiAl + 1 at percent Ta and NiAl + 1 at percent Nb alloys exhibit a stress exponent of 5 characteristic of climb controlled dislocation creep. In slower strain rate regime diffusional creep becomes important. The two phase alloys containing 2 to 5 at percent Ta and 2 at percent Nb show considerable improvement over binary NiAl and single phase alloys. Loose dislocation networks and tangles stabilized by the precipitates were found in the as crept microstructure. The cast alloy which has larger grains and a distribution of fine precipitates shows the maximum improvement over binary NiAl.

  17. Dark counts in superconducting single-photon NbN/NiCu detectors

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    Parlato, L.; Nasti, U.; Ejrnaes, M.; Cristiano, R.; Myoren, H.; Sobolewski, Roman; Pepe, G.

    2015-05-01

    Nanostripes of hybrid superconductor/ferromagnetic (S/F) NbN/NiCu bilayers and pure superconducting NbN nanostripes have been investigated in dark count experiments. Presence of a ferromagnetic layer influences the superconducting properties of the S/F bilayer, such as the critical current density and the transient photoresponse. The observed significant decrease of the dark-count rate is discussed in terms of vortex-related fluctuation models to shed more light in the intriguing question of the basic mechanism responsible for dark counts in superconducting nanostripe single photon detectors.

  18. Film Deposition, Cryogenic RF Testing and Materials Analysis of a Nb/Cu Single Cell SRF Cavity

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    Zhao, Xin; Geng, Rongli; Palczerski, Ari; Li, Yongming

    2013-09-01

    In this study, we present preliminary results on using a cathodic-arc-discharge Nb plasma ion source to establish a Nb film-coated single-cell Cu cavity for SRF research. The polycrystalline Cu cavity was fabricated and mirror-surface-finished by a centrifugal barrel polishing (CBP) process at Jefferson Lab. Special pre-coating processes were conducted, in order to create a template-layer for follow-on Nb grain thickening. A sequence of cryogenic RF testing demonstrated that the Nb film does show superconductivity. But the quality factor of this Nb/Cu cavity is low as a result of high residual surface resistance. We are conducting a thorough materials characterization to explore if some microstructural defects or hydrogen impurities, led to such a low quality factor.

  19. Structure and microhardness of cu-ta joints produced by explosive welding.

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    Maliutina, Iu N; Mali, V I; Bataev, I A; Bataev, A A; Esikov, M A; Smirnov, A I; Skorokhod, K A

    2013-01-01

    The structure and microhardness of Cu-Ta joints produced by explosive welding were studied. It was found that, during explosive welding, an intermediate layer 20⋯40  μ m thick with a finely dispersed heterophase structure, formed between the welded copper and tantalum plates. The structure of the layer was studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Microvolumes with tantalum particles distributed in a copper matrix and microvolumes of copper particles in a tantalum matrix were detected. The tantalum particles in copper have a size of 5⋯500 nm, with a predominance of 5⋯50 nm particles. A mechanism for the formation of the finely dispersed heterophase structure in explosive welding is proposed. The microhardness of interlayers with the heterophase structure reaches 280 HV, which far exceeds the microhardness of copper (~130 HV) and tantalum (~160 HV). Many twins of deformation origin were found in the structure of the copper plate. The effect of heating temperature in the range from 100 to 900°C on the microhardness of copper, tantalum, and the Cu-Ta welded joint was studied. Upon heating to 900°C, the microhardness of the intermediate layer decreases from 280 to 150 HV. The reduction in the strength properties of the weld material is mainly due to structural transformations in copper. PMID:24453818

  20. Structure and Microhardness of Cu-Ta Joints Produced by Explosive Welding

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    Maliutina, Iu. N.; Mali, V. I.; Bataev, I. A.; Bataev, A. A.; Esikov, M. A.; Smirnov, A. I.; Skorokhod, K. A.

    2013-01-01

    The structure and microhardness of Cu-Ta joints produced by explosive welding were studied. It was found that, during explosive welding, an intermediate layer 20⋯40 μm thick with a finely dispersed heterophase structure, formed between the welded copper and tantalum plates. The structure of the layer was studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Microvolumes with tantalum particles distributed in a copper matrix and microvolumes of copper particles in a tantalum matrix were detected. The tantalum particles in copper have a size of 5⋯500 nm, with a predominance of 5⋯50 nm particles. A mechanism for the formation of the finely dispersed heterophase structure in explosive welding is proposed. The microhardness of interlayers with the heterophase structure reaches 280 HV, which far exceeds the microhardness of copper (~130 HV) and tantalum (~160 HV). Many twins of deformation origin were found in the structure of the copper plate. The effect of heating temperature in the range from 100 to 900°C on the microhardness of copper, tantalum, and the Cu-Ta welded joint was studied. Upon heating to 900°C, the microhardness of the intermediate layer decreases from 280 to 150 HV. The reduction in the strength properties of the weld material is mainly due to structural transformations in copper. PMID:24453818

  1. Superconducting and ferromagnetic properties of NbN/NiCu and NbTiN/NiCu bilayer nanostructures for photon detection

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    Klimov, A.; Puźniak, R.; Aichner, B.; Lang, W.; Joon, E.; Stern, R.; Słysz, W.; Guziewicz, M.; Juchniewicz, M.; Borysiewicz, M. A.; Kruszka, R.; Wegrzecki, M.; Łaszcz, A.; Czerwinski, A.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2015-05-01

    Performance of superconducting single-photon detectors based on resistive hotspot formation in nanostripes upon optical photon absorption depends strongly on the critical current density JC of the fabricated nanostructure. Utilization of an ultrathin, weak-ferromagnet cap layer on the top of a superconducting film enhances of the structure's JC due to an extra flux pinning. We have fabricated a number of both NbN/NiCu and NbTiN/NiCu superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) ultrathin bilayers and microbridges. NbN and NbTiN underlayers with thicknesses varying from 4 to 7 nm were grown using dc-magnetron sputtering on chemically cleaned sapphire single-crystal substrates. After rapid thermal annealing at high temperatures, the S films were coated with Ni0.54Cu0.46 overlayers with thicknesses of about 6 nm, using cosputtering. Compositions of the deposited films were confirmed by EDX spectroscopy analysis, while TEM studies demonstrated excellent epitaxial quality of our S layers with ~2-nm-thick F/S transition layer and atomically-sharp S/substrate interface. Magnetic properties of bilayers were studied using both the SQUID and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer techniques in low and high magnetic fields. Low-temperature tests confirmed that in all cases NiCu films were ferromagnetic with the Curie temperature of above 30 K. Below the bilayer critical temperature of approx. 12-13 K, the structures were fully proximitized with the strong superconducting signal. For superconducting transport properties characterization, we used bilayers patterned into 40-μm-long microbridges with the width varying from 0.4 μm to 2 μm. The same S/F nanostructures were also used to study their superconducting fluctuations. The temperature dependence of magnetoresistance demonstrated highly 2-dimensional character with an unusual negative region that extended almost to room temperature. In the S/F sample, the fluctuations were observed to be substantially below theoretical expectations.

  2. YBa2Cu3O(7-x)/Au/Nb device structures

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    Hunt, B. D.; Foote, M. C.; Bajuk, L.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1991-01-01

    Fabrication and testing of planar and edge geometry YBaCuO/Au/Nb superconductor/normal-metal/superconductor (SNS) device structures is described. Weak-link devices of this type serve as sensitive probes of the electrical quality of the YBaCuO/Au interface. The devices are fabricated using laser-ablated, in situ, c-axis-oriented YBaCuO thin films, with both annealed and unannealed YBaCuO/Au interfaces. The planar SNS structures are formed by sequential, in situ deposition of YBaCuO, Au, and Nb, followed by etching, planarization, and wiring electrode definition to produce junctions ranging from 5 to 20 micron on a side. Resulting RnA products are 1-10 x 10 to the -8th ohm-sq cm with critical current densities up to 5 kA/sq cm. For the edge geometry devices, the YBaCuO film edges are patterned using Ar ion milling, followed by a low energy ion cleaning step and in situ deposition of Au and Nb. Devices with areas in the 10 to the -7th to 10 to the -8th sq cm range have been fabricated with RnA products lower than 10 to the -8th ohm-sq cm and critical current densities up to 3kA/sq cm. Both types of devices show ac Josephson steps under microwave irradiation. The best results have been obtained with annealed YBaCuO/Au interfaces.

  3. Production and processing of Cu-Cr-Nb alloys

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    Ellis, David L.; Michal, Gary M.; Orth, Norman W.

    1990-01-01

    A new Cu-based alloy possessing high strength, high conductivity, and good stability at elevated temperatures was recently produced. This paper details the melting of the master alloys, production of rapidly solidified ribbon, and processing of the ribbon to sheet by hot pressing and hot rolling.

  4. Thermoelectric Properties of Fe2VAl and Fe2V0.75M0.25Al (M = Mo, Nb, Ta) Alloys: First-Principles Calculations

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    Al-Yamani, H.; Hamad, B.

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio investigations of the structural, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of stoichiometric Fe2VAl full-Heusler alloy and Fe2V0.75M0.25Al (M = Mo, Nb, Ta) nonstoichiometric alloys have been performed using density functional theory on the basis of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method with the generalized gradient approximation. The thermoelectric properties are calculated using semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory within the constant-relaxation-time approximation. Fe2VAl, Fe2V0.75Nb0.25Al, and Fe2V0.75Ta0.25Al alloys are found to exhibit a semimetallic behavior, while Fe2V0.75Mo0.25Al acts as a metal. We found that Fe2VAl has a pseudogap of about -0.13 eV, whereas Fe2V0.75Nb0.25Al and Fe2V0.75Ta0.25Al are characterized by a zero energy gap around the Fermi level. Thermoelectric calculations showed that Fe2VAl has both p- and n-type thermoelectric properties, where the p-type thermopower values are found to be higher than those of n-type. The Seebeck coefficient S has maximum values from 20 μV K-1 to 125 μV K-1 and from 19 μV K-1 to 90 μV K-1 in the temperature range of 100 K to 800 K for p- and n-type, respectively. The maximum thermoelectric properties can be obtained at carrier concentration of the order of 1020 cm-3 for p- or n-type doping. Substitution of Nb and Ta atoms enhanced the thermoelectric properties to 150 μV K-1 at 800 K. The optimum concentrations for the three partially substituted alloys were found to be between 1020 cm-3 and 1021 cm-3.

  5. Wetting and spontaneous infiltration: the case study of TaC/(Au, Al and Cu) compared to TiC/Cu

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    Aizenshtein, M.; Froumin, N.; Nafman, O.; Frage, N.

    2016-06-01

    Spontaneous infiltration of molten metals in to ceramic skeletons, in the course MMCs' production, is related to improved wetting of the ceramic by metals. TiC is considered a "metal-like" carbide and is supposed to be wetted well by metals through metallic bonding mechanism. Nevertheless, TiC/Cu exhibit an unusual behavior since spontaneous infiltration of molten Cu takes place, while TiC is partially wetted by Cu (θ=90°).In this work we studied the relation between wetting and spontaneous infiltration in the TaC/Au, Al and Cu systems. TaC is also considered a "metal-like" carbide and indeed no chemical interaction was observed at the interfaces of the studied systems.Sessile drop experiments showed almost perfect wetting in the three system but spontaneous infiltration occurred only in the first two (e.g. TaC/Au or Al). Thermodynamic calculation shows the difference between the systems which also has its' influence on the mechanical properties of the MMCs'. Further calculation clarifies the difference between TaC/Cu and TiC/Cu infiltration behavior, but is unable to explain the wetting results differences.Correlation between wetting and spontaneous infiltration in some cases is not straight forward and more studies and calculations on the atomistic level should be done in order to clarify this matter.

  6. XAFS Studies of Ni Ta and Nb Chlorides in the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Methyl Imidazolium Chloride / Aluminum Chloride

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    W OGrady; D Roeper; K Pandya; G Cheek

    2011-12-31

    The structures of anhydrous nickel, niobium, and tantalum chlorides have been investigated in situ in acidic and basic ionic liquids (ILs) of 1-methyl-3-ethylimidazolium chloride (EMIC)/AlCl{sub 3} with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The coordination of NiCl{sub 2} changes from tetrahedral in basic solution to octahedral in acidic solution. The NiCl{sub 2} is a strong Lewis acid in that it can induce the AlCl{sub 3} to share its chlorides in the highly acidic IL, forming a structure with six near Cl{sup -} ions and eight further distant Al ions which share the chloride ions surrounding the Ni{sup 2+}. When Nb{sub 2}Cl{sub 10}, a dimer, is added to the acidic or basic solution, the dimer breaks apart and forms two species. In the acid solution, two trigonal bipyramids are formed with five equal chloride distances, while in the basic solution, a square pyramid with four chlorides forming a square base and one shorter axial chloride bond. Ta{sub 2}Cl{sub 10} is also a dimer and divides into half in the acidic solution and forms two trigonal bipyramids. In the basic solution, the dimer breaks apart but the species formed is sufficiently acidic that it attracts two additional chloride ions and forms a seven coordinated tantalum species.

  7. Deformation-induced ω phase in modified Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy by Cr addition.

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    Li, Qiang; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Hieda, Junko; Nakai, Masaaki; Cho, Ken

    2013-08-01

    For spinal-fixation applications, implants should have a high Young's modulus to reduce springback during operations, though a low Young's modulus is required to prevent stress shielding for patients after surgeries. In the present study, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ) with a low Young's modulus was modified by adding Cr to obtain a higher deformation-induced Young's modulus in order to satisfy these contradictory requirements. Two newly designed alloys, TNTZ-8Ti-2Cr and TNTZ-16Ti-4Cr, possess more stable β phases than TNTZ. These alloys consist of single β phases and exhibit relatively low Young's moduli of <65GPa after solution treatment. However, after cold rolling, they exhibit higher Young's moduli owing to a deformation-induced ω-phase transformation. These modified TNTZ alloys show significantly less springback than the original TNTZ alloy based on tensile and bending loading-unloading tests. Thus, the Cr-added TNTZ alloys are beneficial for spinal-fixation applications. PMID:23624220

  8. High-Temperature Deformation Characteristics of a β-Type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr Alloy

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    Ghanbari, E.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A.; Farghadany, E.; Abedi, H. R.; Khoddam, Sh.

    2016-04-01

    The hot deformation behavior of a biomedical β-type Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr alloy has been studied through applying hot compression tests over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates (600-900 °C and 0.003-0.3 s-1). The main microstructural feature of the specimens, which were deformed at 900 °C, is the pancaked primary grains decorated by the serrated boundaries. The latter may well imply to the occurrence of dynamic recovery. The dynamic recrystallization however is considered as the main restoration mechanism in the specimens, which were deformed at 800 °C under all strain rates. The sizes of the new recrystallized grains well follow the serration amplitude of the primary grain boundaries. At lower deformation temperatures (600 and 700 °C), the strain rate sensitivity is suddenly decreased and ended to the strain localization in the form of macro shear band. The higher accumulated energy within the shear band zones appears to stimulate the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization. To further clarify the high-temperature flow behavior of the experimental alloy, a quantitative approach has been also employed. The observed flow hardening and softening has been justified considering the evolved microstructural features.

  9. Orientation-dependent electromechanical properties of Mn-doped (Li,Na,K)(Nb,Ta)O3 single crystals

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    Liu, Hairui; Koruza, Jurij; Veber, Philippe; Rytz, Daniel; Maglione, Mario; Rödel, Jürgen

    2016-10-01

    Orientation and temperature dependence of dielectric and electromechanical properties of Mn-doped (Li,Na,K)(Nb,Ta)O3 single crystals were investigated. Samples exhibited very low dielectric losses, with tanδ between 0.03 and 0.05 over a broad temperature range between room temperature and 480 °C. Influences of the crystallographic structure and external electric field on polarization and strain parameters are discussed. The orientation-dependent electrical properties were ascribed to the anisotropic polarization rotation in the crystals. Higher maximum polarization, coercive field, and negative strain were achieved when the electric field was oriented along one of the spontaneous polarization directions. The highest maximum unipolar strain of 0.42% (at 3 kV/mm) and the normalized strain d33* of 1391 pm/V were obtained in the [001]PC-oriented sample at 100 °C, which was much higher than the values obtained for the [110]PC-oriented sample. Further insight of the phase transition behavior is given by comparing the temperature-dependence of the small- and large-signal dielectric and piezoelectric properties. The observed changes are rationalized by the different increase rates of the dielectric permittivity and piezoelectric coefficients with temperature.

  10. (K, Na, Li)(Nb, Ta)O3:Mn lead-free single crystal with high piezoelectric properties

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    Huo, Xiaoqing; Zhang, Rui; Zheng, Limei; Zhang, Shujun; Wang, Rui; Wang, Junjun; Sang, Shijing; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu

    2016-01-01

    Lead-free single crystal, (K, Na, Li)(Nb, Ta)O3:Mn, was successfully grown using top-seeded solution growth method. Complete matrix of dielectric, piezoelectric and elastic constants for [001]C poled single crystal was determined. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 measured by the resonance method was 545 pC/N, which is almost three times that of its ceramic counterpart. The values measured by the Berlincourt meter ( d33∗=630pC/N) and strain-field curve ( d33∗∗=870pm/V) were even higher. The differences were assumed to relate with the different extrinsic contributions of domain wall vibration and domain wall translation during the measurements by different approaches, where the intrinsic contribution (on the order of 539 pm/V) was supposed to be the same. The crystal has ultrahigh electromechanical coupling factor (k33 ~ 95%) and high ultrasound velocity, which make it promising for high frequency medical transducer applications. PMID:27594704

  11. Anion Exchange Behavior Of Ti, Zr, Hf, Nb And Ta As Homologues Of Rf And Db In Mixed HF--Acetone Solutions

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    Aksenov, N. V.; Bozhikov, G. A.; Starodub, G. Ya.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Filosofov, D. V.; Sun Jin, Jon; Radchenko, V. I.; Lebedev, N. A.; Novgorodov, A. F.

    2010-04-30

    We studied in detail the sorption behavior of Ti, Zr, Hf, Nb and Ta on AG 1 anion exchange resin in HF-acetone mixed solutions as a function of organic cosolvent and acid concentrations. Anion exchange behavior was found to be strongly acetone concentration dependent. The distribution coefficients of Ti, Zr, Hf and Nb increased and those of Ta decreased with increasing content of acetone in HF solutions. With increasing HF concentration anion exchange equilibrium analysis indicated the formation of fluoride complexes of group 4 elements with charge-3 and Ta---2. For Nb the slope of-2 increased up to-5. Optimal conditions for separation of the elements using AIX chromatography were found. Group 4 elements formed MF{sub 7}{sup 3-} (M = Ti, Zr, Hf) complexes whose sorption decreased Ti>Hf>Zr in reverse order of complex stability. This fact is of particular interest for studying ion exchange behavior of Rf compared to Ti. The advantages of studying chemical properties of Rf and Db in aqueous HF solutions mixed with organic solvents are briefly discussed.

  12. DFT simulation on the temperature-dependent electronic transition of V (Nb or Ta) substituted NiMn2O4

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    Li, Hai-Long; Bian, Liang; Chang, Ai-Ming; Jian, Ji-Kang; Hou, Wen-Ping; Gao, Lei; Zhang, Xiao-Yan; Wang, Lei; Ren, Wei; Song, Mian-Xin; Dong, Fa-Qin

    2016-07-01

    Previously, we reported that the d-p (Mn-3d-O-2p) orbital hybridization induces Mn valence change (Mn3+→Mn4+) in the octahedron. The electron transfer mechanism can be controlled by modifying the Mn-3d orbital in the octahedron. Here, we used the density functional theory (DFT) with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the electron transfer mechanism of the V (Nb or Ta) substituted NiMn2O4 (NMO) in the temperature range of 50-1500 K. The results show that the heat accumulation accelerates the O-2p4 orbital splitting, inducing charge disproportionation. The V-3d3 substituted Mn increases the intensity and of the partial density of state (PDOS) at conduction band (1-3 eV), this enhances the V-3d3-O-2p4 p-d σ∗ orbital. The Nb-4d3/Ta-5d3 substituted Mn reduces the intensity of the PDOS at conduction band (1-5 eV), this weakens the Nb-4d3/Ta-5d3-O-2p4 p-d σ∗ orbital. This study effectively analyzes the microscopic changes of the electron transfer caused by the heat accumulation, provides a theoretical basis for the design of NMO-based negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistors.

  13. Isotropic plasticity of β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy single crystals for the development of single crystalline β-Ti implants

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    Hagihara, Koji; Nakano, Takayoshi; Maki, Hideaki; Umakoshi, Yukichi; Niinomi, Mitsuo

    2016-07-01

    β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy is a promising novel material for biomedical applications. We have proposed a ‘single crystalline β-Ti implant’ as new hard tissue replacements for suppressing the stress shielding by achieving a drastic reduction in the Young’s modulus. To develop this, the orientation dependence of the plastic deformation behavior of the Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr single crystal was first clarified. Dislocation slip with a Burgers vector parallel to <111> was the predominant deformation mode in the wide loading orientation. The orientation dependence of the yield stress due to <111> dislocations was small, in contrast to other β-Ti alloys. In addition, {332} twin was found to be operative at the loading orientation around [001]. The asymmetric features of the {332} twin formation depending on the loading orientation could be roughly anticipated by their Schmid factors. However, the critical resolved shear stress for the {332} twins appeared to show orientation dependence. The simultaneous operation of <111> slip and {332} twin were found to be the origin of the good mechanical properties with excellent strength and ductility. It was clarified that the Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy single crystal shows the “plastically almost-isotropic and elastically highly-anisotropic” nature, that is desirable for the development of ‘single crystalline β-Ti implant’.

  14. Isotropic plasticity of β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy single crystals for the development of single crystalline β-Ti implants

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    Hagihara, Koji; Nakano, Takayoshi; Maki, Hideaki; Umakoshi, Yukichi; Niinomi, Mitsuo

    2016-01-01

    β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy is a promising novel material for biomedical applications. We have proposed a ‘single crystalline β-Ti implant’ as new hard tissue replacements for suppressing the stress shielding by achieving a drastic reduction in the Young’s modulus. To develop this, the orientation dependence of the plastic deformation behavior of the Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr single crystal was first clarified. Dislocation slip with a Burgers vector parallel to <111> was the predominant deformation mode in the wide loading orientation. The orientation dependence of the yield stress due to <111> dislocations was small, in contrast to other β-Ti alloys. In addition, {332} twin was found to be operative at the loading orientation around [001]. The asymmetric features of the {332} twin formation depending on the loading orientation could be roughly anticipated by their Schmid factors. However, the critical resolved shear stress for the {332} twins appeared to show orientation dependence. The simultaneous operation of <111> slip and {332} twin were found to be the origin of the good mechanical properties with excellent strength and ductility. It was clarified that the Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy single crystal shows the “plastically almost-isotropic and elastically highly-anisotropic” nature, that is desirable for the development of ‘single crystalline β-Ti implant’. PMID:27417073

  15. Flux-mediated syntheses, structural characterization and low-temperature polymorphism of the p-type semiconductor Cu2Ta4O11

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    King, Nacole; Sullivan, Ian; Watkins-Curry, Pilanda; Chan, Julia Y.; Maggard, Paul A.

    2016-04-01

    A new low-temperature polymorph of the copper(I)-tantalate, α-Cu2Ta4O11, has been synthesized in a molten CuCl-flux reaction at 665 °C for 1 h and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinements (space group Cc (#9), a=10.734(1) Å, b = 6.2506(3) Å, c=12.887(1) Å, β = 106.070(4)°). The α-Cu2Ta4O11 phase is a lower-symmetry monoclinic polymorph of the rhombohedral Cu2Ta4O11 structure (i.e., β-Cu2Ta4O11 space group R 3 ̅ c (#167), a = 6.2190(2) Å, c=37.107(1) Å), and related crystallographically by ahex=amono/√3, bhex=bmono, and chex=3cmonosinβmono. Its structure is similar to the rhombohedral β-Cu2Ta4O11 and is composed of single layers of highly-distorted and edge-shared TaO7 and TaO6 polyhedra alternating with layers of nearly linearly-coordinated Cu(I) cations and isolated TaO6 octahedra. Temperature dependent powder X-ray diffraction data show the α-Cu2Ta4O11 phase is relatively stable under vacuum at 223 K and 298 K, but reversibly transforms to β-Cu2Ta4O11 by at least 523 K and higher temperatures. The symmetry-lowering distortions from β-Cu2Ta4O11 to α-Cu2Ta4O11 arise from the out-of-center displacements of the Ta 5d0 cations in the TaO7 pentagonal bipyramids. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of the monoclinic α-Cu2Ta4O11 shows an indirect bandgap transition of ∼2.6 eV, with the higher-energy direct transitions starting at ∼2.7 eV. Photoelectrochemical measurements on polycrystalline films of α-Cu2Ta4O11 show strong cathodic photocurrents of ∼1.5 mA/cm2 under AM 1.5 G solar irradiation.

  16. Residual stress, mechanical behavior and electrical properties of Cu/Nb thin-film multilayers

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    Griffin, A.J. Jr.; Hundley, M.F.; Jervis, T.R.; Kung, H.H.; Scarborough, W.K.; Walter, K.C.; Nastasi, M.; Embury, J.D.

    1995-09-01

    Effect of compositional wavelength (modulation) on residual stress, electrical resistivities and mechanical properties of Cu/Nb thin-film multilayers sputtered onto single-crystal Si substrates, was evaluated. Electrical resistivities were measured down to 4 K using a standard 4-point probe. Differential specimen curvature was used to determine residual stress, and a microprobe was used to obtain hardness and elastic modulus. Profilometry, ion-beam analysis and TEM were used. Hardness of the Cu-Nb multilayers increased with decreasing compositional wavelength so that the layered structures had hardness values in excess of either constituent and the hardness predicted by the rule of mixtures. A peak in net residual compressive stress of the multilayers was observed at a compositional wavelength of 100 nm. No resistivity plateau was observed within the composition wavelength range studied.

  17. Fluid-mediated alteration of (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals in granitic pegmatite from the Evje-Iveland district, southern Norway

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    Duran, Charley J.; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Bingen, Bernard; Gouy, Sophie; de Parseval, Philippe; Ingrin, Jannick; Guillaume, Damien

    2016-10-01

    We document the textural relations and chemical composition of (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals in a granitic pegmatite from the Evje-Iveland district, southern Norway, using a combination of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analysis and infrared absorption spectroscopy. The (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide mineral is euxenite, which is strongly radiation damaged and surrounded by radial fractures. Within euxenite grains, three domains of distinct composition comprising unaltered, intermediate and altered euxenite, have been identified. In most cases pyrochlore occurs as corroded grain boundaries around euxenite and within relict fractures. Intermediate and altered euxenite are depleted in U, Pb, Ti, Nb, and Y, but enriched in Si and Ca relative to unaltered euxenite. Pyrochlore is also enriched in Fe, Pb, Zr and LREE relative to all euxenite phases. Altered domains of euxenite have deficient analytical totals and contain O-H. These domains are metamict and contain nanopores and nanodomains enriched in U and Ca. We suggest that as radiation damage accumulated in euxenite, radial fractures developed around the euxenite grains, thus allowing fluid infiltration. In the presence of fluid, euxenite was replaced by secondary euxenite then pyrochlore, owing to dissolution-precipitation and diffusion reactions. During alteration, U and the strategic metals Nb, Ti, and REE were mobilized at both the nanoscale and the scale of the pegmatite.

  18. A first-principles study of the tetragonal and hexagonal R 2Al (R = Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta) phases

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    Shang, Xiu; Shen, Jiang; Tian, Fuyang

    2016-10-01

    The crystal structures, elastic moduli, electronic structure, and phonon dispersion of the tetragonal R 2Al (R = Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta) intermetallic compounds are investigated by using the first-principles method. The space group number is 139 for tetragonal Cr2Al, 136 for tetragonal Nb2Al and Ta2Al, and the space group numbers are 140 and 194 for tetragonal and hexagonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al, respectively. The results of elastic constants and phonon dispersion indicate that the present intermetallic compounds are thermodynamically stable. The stability of hexagonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al is analyzed via the electronic density of state, compared to the tetragonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al compounds. For the R2Al intermetallic compounds, the less ductility and strong anisotropy are predicted. The more negative formation enthalpy and thermodynamic stability of R2Al (R = Nb, Zr, Hf) shed light on the Nb2Al, Zr2Al, Hf2Al phases found experimentally in refractory high entropy alloys.

  19. Fluid-mediated alteration of (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals in granitic pegmatite from the Evje-Iveland district, southern Norway

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    Duran, Charley J.; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Bingen, Bernard; Gouy, Sophie; de Parseval, Philippe; Ingrin, Jannick; Guillaume, Damien

    2016-02-01

    We document the textural relations and chemical composition of (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals in a granitic pegmatite from the Evje-Iveland district, southern Norway, using a combination of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analysis and infrared absorption spectroscopy. The (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide mineral is euxenite, which is strongly radiation damaged and surrounded by radial fractures. Within euxenite grains, three domains of distinct composition comprising unaltered, intermediate and altered euxenite, have been identified. In most cases pyrochlore occurs as corroded grain boundaries around euxenite and within relict fractures. Intermediate and altered euxenite are depleted in U, Pb, Ti, Nb, and Y, but enriched in Si and Ca relative to unaltered euxenite. Pyrochlore is also enriched in Fe, Pb, Zr and LREE relative to all euxenite phases. Altered domains of euxenite have deficient analytical totals and contain O-H. These domains are metamict and contain nanopores and nanodomains enriched in U and Ca. We suggest that as radiation damage accumulated in euxenite, radial fractures developed around the euxenite grains, thus allowing fluid infiltration. In the presence of fluid, euxenite was replaced by secondary euxenite then pyrochlore, owing to dissolution-precipitation and diffusion reactions. During alteration, U and the strategic metals Nb, Ti, and REE were mobilized at both the nanoscale and the scale of the pegmatite.

  20. Quantifying the electron donor and acceptor ability of the ketimide ligands in M(N=CtBu2)4 (M = V, Nb, Ta)

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    Damon, Peter L.; Liss, Cameron J.; Lewis, Richard A.; Morochnik, Simona; Szpunar, David E.; Telser, Joshua; Hayton, Trevor W.

    2015-01-01

    Addition of 4 equiv of Li(N=CtBu2) to VCl3 in THF, followed by addition of 0.5 equiv I2, generates the homoleptic V(IV) ketimide complex, V(N=CtBu2)4 (1), in 42% yield. Similarly, reaction of 4 equiv of Li(N=CtBu2) with NbCl4(THF)2 in THF affords the homoleptic Nb(IV) ketimide complex, Nb(N=CtBu2)4 (2), in 55% yield. Seeking to extend the series to the tantalum congener, a new Ta(IV) starting material, TaCl4(TMEDA) (3), was prepared via reduction of TaCl5 with Et3SiH, followed by addition of TMEDA. Reaction of 3 with 4 equiv of Li(N=CtBu2) in THF results in a isolation of a Ta(V) ketimide complex, Ta(Cl)(N=CtBu2)4 (5), which can be isolated in 32% yield. Reaction of 5 with Tl(OTf) yields Ta(OTf)(N=CtBu2)4 (6) in 44% yield. Subsequent reduction of 6 with Cp*2Co in toluene generates the homoleptic Ta(IV) congener Ta(N=CtBu2)4 (7), although the yields are poor. All three homoleptic Group 5 ketimide complexes exhibit squashed tetrahedral geometries in the solid state, as determined by X-ray crystallography. This geometry leads to a dx2−y21 (2B1 in D2d) ground state, as supported by DFT calculations. EPR spectroscopic analysis of 1 and 2, performed at X- and Q-band frequencies (~9 and 35 GHz, respectively), further supports the 2B1 ground state assignment, while comparison of 1, 2, and 7 with related Group 5 tetra(aryl), tetra(amido) and tetra(alkoxo) complexes shows a higher M-L covalency in the ketimide-metal interaction. In addition, a ligand field analysis of 1 and 2 demonstrates that the ketimide ligand is both a strong π-donor and strong π-acceptor, an unusual combination found in very few organometallic ligands. PMID:26419513

  1. NbF{sub 5} and TaF{sub 5}: Assignment of {sup 19}F NMR resonances and chemical bond analysis from GIPAW calculations

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    Biswal, Mamata; Body, Monique; Legein, Christophe; Sadoc, Aymeric; Boucher, Florent

    2013-11-15

    The {sup 19}F isotropic chemical shifts (δ{sub iso}) of two isomorphic compounds, NbF{sub 5} and TaF{sub 5}, which involve six nonequivalent fluorine sites, have been experimentally determined from the reconstruction of 1D {sup 19}F MAS NMR spectra. In parallel, the corresponding {sup 19}F chemical shielding tensors have been calculated using the GIPAW method for both experimental and DFT-optimized structures. Furthermore, the [M{sub 4}F{sub 20}] units of NbF{sub 5} and TaF{sub 5} being held together by van der Waals interactions, the relevance of Grimme corrections to the DFT optimization processes has been evaluated. However, the semi-empirical dispersion correction term introduced by such a method does not show any significant improvement. Nonetheless, a complete and convincing assignment of the {sup 19}F NMR lines of NbF{sub 5} and TaF{sub 5} is obtained, ensured by the linearity between experimental {sup 19}F δ{sub iso} values and calculated {sup 19}F isotropic chemical shielding σ{sub iso} values. The effects of the geometry optimizations have been carefully analyzed, confirming among other matters, the inaccuracy of the experimental structure of NbF{sub 5}. The relationships between the fluorine chemical shifts, the nature of the fluorine atoms (bridging or terminal), the position of the terminal ones (opposite or perpendicular to the bridging ones), the fluorine charges, the ionicity and the length of the M–F bonds have been established. Additionally, for three of the {sup 19}F NMR lines of NbF{sub 5}, distorted multiplets, arising from {sup 1}J-coupling and residual dipolar coupling between the {sup 19}F and {sup 93}Nb nuclei, were simulated yielding to values of {sup 93}Nb–{sup 19}F {sup 1}J-coupling for the corresponding fluorine sites. - Graphical abstract: The complete assignment of the {sup 19}F NMR lines of NbF{sub 5} and TaF{sub 5} allow establishing relationships between the {sup 19}F δ{sub iso} values, the nature of the fluorine atoms

  2. Critical current density and magnetization of proximity-effect-induced superconducting Cu in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composite conductors

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    Kubota, Y.; Moriya, T.; Yasohama, K.

    2001-05-01

    The magnetization Mp of proximity-effect-induced superconducting Cu (PEISC) in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composite conductors has been measured in transverse fields Be smaller than Bc1 of the NbTi filament at 4.2 K. The conductors were designed specifically to subtract out the magnetization of the NbTi filaments from magnetization of the conductors. The filament spacing is 1.38 μm and the width of the regular hexagonal filament is 7.60 μm. Twist pitches are 6.9, 13, 20, 94 and 189 mm. Mp was investigated as a function of the twist pitch lp and the field amplitude Bm. The first penetration field Bc1p of the magnetic flux, the decoupling field Bdp of the filament coupling, and the width of the Mp at a given field are directly proportional to the twist pitch. Mp magnetization loops intersect each other for Bc1p⩽ Bm⩽ Bdp and decrease suddenly at Bdp. The critical current density Jcp of PEISC is proportional to Be-2 and its value is 10 kA/m 2 at 7 mT.

  3. Microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of laser-TIG hybrid welded dissimilar joints of Ti-22Al-27Nb and TA15

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    Zhang, Kezhao; Lei, Zhenglong; Chen, Yanbin; Liu, Ming; Liu, Yang

    2015-10-01

    Laser-TIG-hybrid-welding (TIG - tungsten inert gas) process was successfully applied to investigate the microstructure and tensile properties of Ti-22Al-27Nb/TA15 dissimilar joints. The HAZ of the arc zone in Ti-22Al-27Nb was characterized by three different regions: single B2, B2+α2 and B2+α2+O, while the single B2 phase region was absent in the HAZ of the laser zone. As for the HAZ in TA15 alloy, the microstructure mainly contained acicular α‧ martensites near the fusion line and partially remained the lamellar structure near the base metal. The fusion zone consisted of B2 phase due to the relatively high content of β phase stabilizing elements and fast cooling rate during the welding process. The tensile strength of the welds was higher than that of TA15 alloy because of the fully B2 microstructure in the fusion zone, and the fracture preferentially occurred on the base metal of TA15 alloy during the tensile tests at room temperature and 650 °C.

  4. Hydroforming of Multi-Cell Niobium and NbCu-Clad Cavities

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    X. Singer, I. Jelezov, A. Matheisen, W. Singer, P. Kneisel

    2009-05-01

    Technological aspects of seamless tube fabrication and multi-cell cavity production by hydroforming will be discussed. Problems related to the fabrication of seamless cavities from bulk niobium are mainly solved. Several two cell- and three cell- niobium cavities have been produced by hydroforming at DESY. A 9-cell cavity of the TESLA shape has been completed from three sub-sections at company ZANON. The cavity was treated by electropolishing (EP) and successfully RF-tested. Two 3-cell units equipped with niobium beam pipes are being RF-tested after BCP surface treatment. The temperature mapping method with Jlab’s two-cell thermometry system is applied for performance analysis. It is of particular interest to compare the seamless cavity quench locations to those from standard cavities. The cryogenic test results and the T-mapping findings will be discussed. Of special interest is the combination of the seamless technique with NbCu cladding, i.e. the fabrication of cavity from bimetallic clad NbCu tube by hydroforming. Fabrication of single-cell and multi-cell NbCu clad cavities by hydroforming from bimetallic tubes is proven. Some test results will be presented.

  5. Combinatorial Investigations of High Temperature CuNb Oxide Phases for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Skorupska, Katarzyna; Maggard, Paul A; Eichberger, Rainer; Schwarzburg, Klaus; Shahbazi, Paria; Zoellner, Brandon; Parkinson, Bruce A

    2015-12-14

    High-throughput combinatorial methods have been useful in identifying new oxide semiconductors with the potential to be applied to solar water splitting. Most of these techniques have been limited to producing and screening oxide phases formed at temperatures below approximately 550 °C. We report the development of a combinatorial approach to discover and optimize high temperature phases for photoelectrochemical water splitting. As a demonstration material, we chose to produce thin films of high temperature CuNb oxide phases by inkjet printing on two different substrates: fluorine-doped tin oxide and crystalline Si, which required different sample pyrolysis procedures. The selection of pyrolysis parameters, such as temperature/time programs, and the use of oxidizing, nonreactive or reducing atmospheres determines the composition of the thin film materials and their photoelectrochemical performance. XPS, XRD, and SEM analyses were used to determine the composition and oxidation states within the copper niobium oxide phases and to then guide the production of target Cu(1+)Nb(5+)-oxide phases. The charge carrier dynamics of the thin films produced by the inkjet printing are compared with pure CuNbO3 microcrystalline material obtained from inorganic bulk synthesis. PMID:26505910

  6. Combinatorial Investigations of High Temperature CuNb Oxide Phases for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Skorupska, Katarzyna; Maggard, Paul A; Eichberger, Rainer; Schwarzburg, Klaus; Shahbazi, Paria; Zoellner, Brandon; Parkinson, Bruce A

    2015-12-14

    High-throughput combinatorial methods have been useful in identifying new oxide semiconductors with the potential to be applied to solar water splitting. Most of these techniques have been limited to producing and screening oxide phases formed at temperatures below approximately 550 °C. We report the development of a combinatorial approach to discover and optimize high temperature phases for photoelectrochemical water splitting. As a demonstration material, we chose to produce thin films of high temperature CuNb oxide phases by inkjet printing on two different substrates: fluorine-doped tin oxide and crystalline Si, which required different sample pyrolysis procedures. The selection of pyrolysis parameters, such as temperature/time programs, and the use of oxidizing, nonreactive or reducing atmospheres determines the composition of the thin film materials and their photoelectrochemical performance. XPS, XRD, and SEM analyses were used to determine the composition and oxidation states within the copper niobium oxide phases and to then guide the production of target Cu(1+)Nb(5+)-oxide phases. The charge carrier dynamics of the thin films produced by the inkjet printing are compared with pure CuNbO3 microcrystalline material obtained from inorganic bulk synthesis.

  7. Monolithic Cu-Cr-Nb Alloys for High Temperature, High Heat Flux Applications

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    Ellis, David L.; Locci, Ivan E.; Michal, Gary M.; Humphrey, Derek M.

    1999-01-01

    Work during the prior four years of this grant has resulted in significant advances in the development of Cu-8 Cr4 Nb and related Cu-Cr-Nb alloys. The alloys are nearing commercial use in the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) where they are candidate materials for the thrust cell liners of the aerospike engines being developed by Rocketdyne. During the fifth and final year of the grant, it is proposed to complete development of the design level database of mechanical and thermophysical properties and transfer it to NASA Glenn Research Center and Rocketdyne. The database development work will be divided into three main areas: Thermophysical Database Augmentation, Mechanical Testing and Metallography and Fractography. In addition to the database development, work will continue that is focussed on the production of alternatives to the powder metallurgy alloys currently used. Exploration of alternative alloys will be aimed at both the development of lower cost materials and higher performance materials. A key element of this effort will be the use of Thermo-Calc software to survey the solubility behavior of a wide range of alloying elements in a copper matrix. The ultimate goals would be to define suitable alloy compositions and processing routes to produce thin sheets of the material at either a lower cost, or, with improved mechanical and thermal properties compared to the current Cu-Cr-Nb powder metallurgy alloys.

  8. Improper ferroelectricity in helicoidal antiferromagnet Cu3Nb2O8

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    Sharma, G.; Saha, J.; Kaushik, S. D.; Siruguri, V.; Patnaik, S.

    2015-02-01

    Cu3Nb2O8 is an unusual multiferroic compound that undergoes a series of magnetic ordering at low temperatures. Concurrent development of electric polarization has been reported at TN1~25 K corresponding to a non-collinear helicoidal ordering (Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 137205 (2011)). But questions remain on the microscopic origin of such phenomena. In this communication, we report a detailed study of induced polar ordering in Cu3Nb2O8 by performing polarization, magnetization, dielectric constant and heat capacity measurements over a broad range of temperature and magnetic field. The dielectric constant shows suppression in the magnetic field but it does not shift to lower temperature with the application of external field. The appearance of magneto-dielectric effect signifies the contribution of q-dependent magnetic correlation function with enhanced weightage in the presence of magnetic field. This magnetic correlation function is associated with the ferro-axial vector and our overall results support this mechanism for the observation of muliferroicity in Cu3Nb2O8.

  9. Photocatalytic removal of organic pollutants in aqueous solution by Bi(4)Nb(x)Ta((1-x))O(8)I.

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    Hu, Xing-Yun; Fan, Jing; Zhang, Ke-Lei; Wang, Jian-Ji

    2012-06-01

    In this work, Bi(4)Nb(x)Ta((1-x))O(8)I photocatalysts have been synthesized by solid state reaction method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and UV-Vis near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of these photocatalysts was evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solutions under visible light, UV light and solar irradiation. The effects of catalyst dosage, initial pH and MO concentration on the removal efficiency were studied, and the photocatalytic reaction kinetics of MO degradation as well. The results indicated that Bi(4)Nb(x)Ta((1-x))O(8)I exhibited high photocatalytic activity for the removal of MO in aqueous solutions. For example, the removal efficiency of MO by Bi(4)Nb(0.1)Ta(0.9)O(8)I was as high as 92% within 12 h visible light irradiation under the optimal conditions: initial MO concentration of 5-10 mg L(-1), catalyst dosage of 6 g L(-1) and natural pH (6-8), the MO molecules could be completely degradated by Bi(4)Nb(0.1)Ta(0.9)O(8)I within 40 min under UV light irradiation, and the photodegradation efficiency reaches to 60% after 7 h solar irradiation. Furthermore, the photocatalytic degradation of Bisphenol A (BPA) was also investigated under visible light irradiation. It is found that 99% BPA could be mineralized by Bi(4)Nb(0.1)Ta(0.9)O(8)I after 16 h visible light irradiation. Through HPLC/MS, BOD, TOC, UV-Vis measurements, we determined possible degradation products of MO and BPA. The results indicated that MO was degradated into products which are easier to be biodegradable and innocuous treated, and BPA could be mineralized completely. Furthermore, the possibility for the photosensitization effect in the degradation process of MO under visible light irradiation has been excluded. PMID:22386458

  10. Synthesis and characterization of homo- and heterobimetallic niobium{sup v} and tantalum{sup v} peroxo-polyaminocarboxylato complexes and their use as single or multiple molecular precursors for Nb-Ta mixed oxides

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    Bayot, Daisy . E-mail: devillers@chim.ucl.ac.be

    2005-09-15

    New water-soluble bimetallic peroxo complexes of niobium{sup V} and/or tantalum{sup V} with high-denticity polyaminocarboxylate ligands have been prepared, characterized from the spectroscopic point of view, and used as molecular precursors for Nb-Ta mixed oxides. Four new homobimetallic complexes (gu){sub 3}[Nb{sub 2}(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(dtpaO{sub 3})].3H{sub 2}O 1 (gu){sub 3}[Ta{sub 2}(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(dtpaO{sub 3})].5H{sub 2}O 2 (gu){sub 3}[Nb{sub 2}(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(HtthaO{sub 4})].2H{sub 2}O 4 and (gu){sub 3}[Ta{sub 2}(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(HtthaO{sub 4})].3H{sub 2}O 5 and the corresponding heterometallic complexes (gu){sub 3}[NbTa(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(dtpaO{sub 3})].2.5H{sub 2}O 3 and (gu){sub 3}[NbTa(O{sub 2}){sub 4}(HtthaO{sub 4)}].2H{sub 2}O 6 have been obtained. In these compounds, the in situ oxidation of the nitrogen atoms of the PAC ligands into N-oxide groups has been evidenced by IR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The thermal treatment of the homonuclear complexes in air at 700 or 800 deg. C, depending on the Ta content, provided Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} or Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} while the heteronuclear compounds led to the solid solution TaNbO{sub 5}. BET and SEM measurements have been carried out and comparison of the morphology of the samples prepared from homo- and heterometallic precursors is discussed.

  11. Electrical responses and dielectric relaxations in giant permittivity NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics

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    Sangwong, Nuchjarin; Somphan, Weeraya; Thongbai, Prasit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Meansiri, Santi

    2012-08-01

    Dielectric relaxations and electrical responses in NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics were investigated as a function of temperature. NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics exhibit giant dielectric constants with values of ɛ'˜1.45-2.08×104. Two sets of thermally activated dielectric relaxations were observed in low and high temperature ranges. Sintering conditions have an insignificant influence on the microstructure of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics, and have a slight impact on their ɛ' values. Thermally activated electrical responses of grains and grain boundaries have been studied at different temperatures by using complex admittance and impedance spectroscopy analyses, respectively. The low temperature relaxation mechanism is found to correlate closely with electrical response of semiconducting grains; whereas the apparent high ɛ' values are attributed to electrical response of insulating grain boundaries. These results support the internal barrier layer capacitor model to explain the giant dielectric properties of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics. Additionally, high temperature relaxation may be attributed to the sample-electrode effect and/or defect ordering.

  12. Mechanical Failure of Thin Ta and Cu/Ta Layers on Polyimide Substrates: A Synchrotron-Based Technique for In Situ Characterization

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    Frank, Stephan; Olliges, Sven; Spolenak, Ralph; Handge, Ulrich A.

    2009-06-18

    In situ synchrotron radiation diffraction and confocal light microscopy is used to study fragmentation and buckling of thin brittle Ta layers with thicknesses of 50 nm, 100 nm and 200 nm on polyimide substrates. Synchrotron-based stress measurements confirm that cracking leads to relaxation of tensile stress. Simultaneously, compressive stress arises in transverse direction, which finally leads to buckling. This behavior can be explained quantitatively by a two-dimensional shear lag model. It is well established that the properties of the coating-substrate interface determine the processes of coating fragmentation and delamination. A possible approach for influencing and controlling these processes is given by the incorporation of a ductile interlayer. It can be observed that the presence of Cu interlayers with thicknesses of 5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm reduces the fracture strength of brittle Ta coatings on polyimide substrates, whereas the resistance to buckling is increased significantly.

  13. Mechanical Failure of Thin Ta and Cu/Ta Layers on Polyimide Substrates: A Synchrotron-Based Technique for In Situ Characterization

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    Frank, Stephan; Handge, Ulrich A.; Olliges, Sven; Spolenak, Ralph

    2009-06-01

    In situ synchrotron radiation diffraction and confocal light microscopy is used to study fragmentation and buckling of thin brittle Ta layers with thicknesses of 50 nm, 100 nm and 200 nm on polyimide substrates. Synchrotron-based stress measurements confirm that cracking leads to relaxation of tensile stress. Simultaneously, compressive stress arises in transverse direction, which finally leads to buckling. This behavior can be explained quantitatively by a two-dimensional shear lag model. It is well established that the properties of the coating-substrate interface determine the processes of coating fragmentation and delamination. A possible approach for influencing and controlling these processes is given by the incorporation of a ductile interlayer. It can be observed that the presence of Cu interlayers with thicknesses of 5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm reduces the fracture strength of brittle Ta coatings on polyimide substrates, whereas the resistance to buckling is increased significantly.

  14. Transferrin conjugates of triazacyclononane-based bifunctional NE3TA chelates for PET imaging: Synthesis, Cu-64 radiolabeling, and in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Kang, Chi Soo; Wu, Ningjie; Chen, Yunwei; Sun, Xiang; Bandara, Nilantha; Liu, Dijie; Lewis, Michael R; Rogers, Buck E; Chong, Hyun-Soon

    2016-01-01

    Three different polyaminocarboxylate-based bifunctional NE3TA (7-[2-[carboxymethyl)amino]ethyl]-1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4-diacetic acid) chelating agents were synthesized for potential use in copper 64-PET imaging applications. The bifunctional chelates were comparatively evaluated using transferrin (Tf) as a model targeting vector that binds to the transferrin receptor overexpressed in many different cancer cells. The transferrin conjugates of the NE3TA-based bifunctional chelates were evaluated for radiolabeling with (64)Cu. In vitro stability and cellular uptake of (64)Cu-radiolabeled conjugates were evaluated in human serum and prostate (PC-3) cancer cells, respectively. Among the three NE3TA-Tf conjugates tested, N-NE3TA-Tf was identified as the best conjugate for radiolabeling with (64)Cu. N-NE3TA-Tf rapidly bound to (64)Cu (>98% radiolabeling efficiency, 1min, RT), and (64)Cu-N-NE3TA-Tf remained stable in human serum for 2days and demonstrated high uptake in PC-3 cancer cells. (64)Cu-N-NE3TA-Tf was shown to have rapid blood clearance and increasing tumor uptake in PC-3 tumor bearing mice over a 24h period. This bifunctional chelate presents highly efficient chelation chemistry with (64)Cu under mild condition that can be applied for radiolabeling of various tumor-specific biomolecules with (64)Cu for potential use in PET imaging applications.

  15. High plastic Zr-Cu-Fe-Al-Nb bulk metallic glasses for biomedical applications

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    Wang, Shu-shen; Wang, Yun-liang; Wu, Yi-dong; Wang, Tan; Hui, Xi-dong

    2015-06-01

    Four Zr-Cu-Fe-Al-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) with Zr contents greater than 65at% and minor additions of Nb were designed and prepared. The glass forming abilities, thermal stabilities, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance properties of the prepared BMGs were investigated. These BMGs exhibit moderate glass forming abilities along with superior fracture and yield strengths compared to previously reported Zr-Cu-Fe-Al BMGs. Specifically, the addition of Nb into this quaternary system remarkably increases the plastic strain to 27.5%, which is related to the high Poisson's ratio and low Young's and shear moduli. The Nb-bearing BMGs also exhibit a lower corrosion current density by about one order of magnitude and a wider passive region than 316L steel in phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH 7.4). The combination of the optimized composition with high deformation ability, low Young's modulus, and excellent corrosion resistance properties indicates that this kind of BMG is promising for biomedical applications.

  16. Microstructural refinement and strengthening of Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb alloy by mechanical milling

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    Anderson, K.R.; Groza, J.R.; Ulmer, D.G.

    1997-07-15

    Lately, a variety of dispersion strengthened (DS) copper alloys that provide a good combination of thermal/electrical conductivity and mechanical strength have been developed. Strengthening is usually achieved by the introduction of a ceramic, refractory metal or intermetallic secondary phase. Cu-Cr-Nb is one such DS alloy in which strengthening is provided by Cr{sub 2}Nb intermetallic particles. Mechanical milling of as-atomized Cu-4 Cr-2 Nb alloy powders substantially increases the mechanical strength (hardness) of the starting material. This is achieved through a drastic grain size, as well as large precipitate size refinement. A more uniform precipitate distribution is also attained. Whether milling is performed with steel or WC vial and balls the hardness saturates at approximately 100 HRB after about 4 hr milling. However, this benefit of MM was offset by an equally severe decrease in electrical conductivity. This decrease is attributed to impurities/contamination from the milling media introduced into the milled powder, primarily, Fe and C, or, WC and Co.

  17. Nb Ta (Ti Sn) oxide mineral chemistry as tracer of rare-element granitic pegmatite fractionation in the Borborema Province, Northeastern Brazil

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    Beurlen, Hartmut; da Silva, Marcelo R. R.; Thomas, Rainer; Soares, Dwight R.; Olivier, Patrick

    2008-02-01

    The Borborema Pegmatitic Province (BPP), northeastern Brazil, is historically important for tantalum mining and also famous for top-quality specimens of exotic Nb Ta oxides and, more recently, for the production of gem quality, turquoise blue, ‘Paraíba Elbaite.’ With more than 750 registered mineralized rare-element granitic pegmatites, the BPP extends over an area of about 75 by 150 km in the eastern part of the Neoproterozoic Seridó Belt. The Late Cambrian pegmatites are mostly hosted by a sequence of Neoproterozoic cordierite sillimanite biotite schists of the Seridó Formation and quartzites and metaconglomerates of the Equador Formation. The trace-element ratios in feldspar and micas allow to classify most pegmatites as belonging to the beryl columbite phosphate subtype. Electron microprobe analyses (EMPA) of columbite, tapiolite, niobian tantalian rutile, ixiolite and wodginite group minerals from 28 pegmatites in the BPP are used to evaluate the effectiveness of Nb Ta oxide chemistry as a possible exploration tool, to trace the degree of pegmatite fractionation and to classify the pegmatites. The columbite group mineral composition allows to establish a compositional trend from manganoan ferrocolumbite to manganocolumbite and on to manganotantalite. This trend is typical of complex spodumene- and/or lepidolite-subtype pegmatites. It clearly contrasts with another trend, from ferrocolumbite through ferrotantalite to ferrowodginite and ferrotapiolite compositions, typical of pegmatites of the beryl columbite phosphate subtype. Large scatter and anomalous trends in zoned crystals partially overlap and conceal the two main evolution patterns. This indicates that a large representative data set of heavy mineral concentrate samples, collected systematically along cross-sections, would be necessary to predict the metallogenetic potential of individual pegmatites. Other mineral species, e.g. garnets and/or tourmaline, with a more regular distribution than Nb

  18. Synthesis, properties and phase transitions of pyrochlore- and fluorite-like Ln{sub 2}RMO{sub 7} (Ln = Sm, Ho; R = Lu, Sc; M = Nb, Ta)

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    Shlyakhtina, A.V.; Belov, D.A.; Pigalskiy, K.S.; Shchegolikhin, A.N.; Kolbanev, I.V.; Karyagina, O.K.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Temperature dependences of bulk conductivity for Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} pyrochlore prepared at (1) 1400 °C, 20 h; and (2) 1200 °C, 40 h. - Highlights: • The phase formation of Ln{sub 2}RMO{sub 7} (Ln = Sm, Ho; R = Lu, Sc; M = Nb, Ta) at 1200–1600 °C. • The bulk conductivity and magnetic susceptibility were measured. • The bulk conductivity of Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} has oxygen ion type at T ≥ 750 °C. • The first-order structural phase transition was observed in Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} at ∼650–700 °C. • This phase transformation is not typical for defect fluorites. - Abstract: We have studied the new compounds with fluorite-like (Ho{sub 2}RNbO{sub 7} (R = Lu, Sc)) and pyrochlore-like (Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7}) structure as potential oxide ion conductors. The phase formation process (from 1200 to 1600 °C) and physical properties (electrical, thermo mechanical, and magnetic) for these compounds were investigated. Among the niobate materials the highest bulk conductivity is offered by the fluorite-like Ho{sub 2}ScNbO{sub 7} synthesized at 1600 °C: 3.8 × 10{sup −5} S/cm at 750 °C, whereas in Sm system the highest bulk conductivity, 7.3 × 10{sup −6} S/cm at 750 °C, is offered by the pyrochlore Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} synthesized at 1400 °C. In Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} pyrochlore we have observed the first-order phase transformation at ∼650–700 °C is related to rearrangement process in the oxygen sublattice of the pyrochlore structure containing B-site cations in different valence state and actually is absent in the defect fluorites. The two holmium niobates show Curie–Weiss paramagnetic behavior, with the prevalence of antiferromagnetic coupling. The magnetic susceptibility of Sm{sub 2}ScTaO{sub 7} is a weak function of temperature, corresponding to Van Vleck paramagnetism.

  19. Interaction of small mobile stacking fault tetrahedra with free surfaces, dislocations, and interfaces in Cu and Cu-Nb

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    Martínez, Enrique; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Beyerlein, Irene J.

    2016-02-01

    The presence of stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs) in face-centered-cubic metals substantially modifies the material response to external loading. These defects are extremely stable with increasing energetic stability as they grow in size. At the sizes visible within a transmission electron microscope, they appear nearly immobile. We have recently shown that these defects might indeed migrate, with defective SFTs exhibiting particularly high mobilities. In this paper, using molecular dynamics, we show how mobile SFTs interact with various types of extended defects, including free surfaces, dislocations, and interfaces in Cu and Cu-Nb systems. We observe a direct relation between the energetics of a single vacancy interacting with each external defect and the propensity for the SFT to be absorbed. Finally, using mesoscale modeling, we show how the fact that SFTs can migrate influences the system evolution and potentially important observables of interest such as the void denuded zones around defect sinks.

  20. Effect of Cu doping on room temperature ferromagnetic behavior of Mn doped LiNbO3 films

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    Bu, Dechong; Fu, Yuting; Sun, Ning; Li, Chunjing; Li, Yanghua; An, Yukai; Liu, Jiwen

    2016-11-01

    Cu and Mn co-doped LiNbO3 films were deposited on Si (111) substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering. XRD shows a randomly oriented polycrystalline R3C structure of LiNbO3 was formed in the films annealed at 1000 °C for 1 h in air. XPS and XAFS determine that Mn2+ substitutes on the Li site with a Li vacancy and Cu2+ substitutes on the Nb site with an oxygen vacancy in the LiNbO3 lattice. SQUID measurements indicate that all the films exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism, attributed to a strong d-d electron interaction between Mn and Nb and the bound magnetic polarons resulting from the oxygen vacancies. The saturated magnetization increases but the atom magnetic moment decreases with increasing Cu content in the films. The drop of the atom magnetic moment may arise from the antiferromagnetic coupling among adjacent Cu ions and an antiparallel configuration between Cu2+ ions and their trapped electrons.

  1. Crystallisation of magmatic topaz and implications for Nb-Ta-W mineralisation in F-rich silicic melts - The Ary-Bulak ongonite massif

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    Agangi, Andrea; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Hofmann, Axel; Przybyłowicz, Wojciech; Vladykin, Nikolay V.

    2014-08-01

    Textural, mineralogical and geochemical data on F-rich rhyolite (ongonite) from the Ary-Bulak massif of eastern Transbaikalia help constrain the formation of magmatic topaz. In these rocks, topaz occurs as phenocrysts, thus providing compelling evidence for crystallisation at the orthomagmatic stage. Cathodoluminescence images of topaz and quartz reveal growth textures with multiple truncation events in single grains, indicative of a dynamic system that shifted from saturated to undersaturated conditions with respect to topaz and quartz. Electron microprobe and Raman analyses of topaz indicate near-pure F composition [Al2SiO4F2], with very limited OH replacement. Laser ablation ICP-MS traverses revealed the presence of a large number of trace elements present at sub-ppm to hundreds of ppm levels. The chemical zoning of topaz records trace element fluctuations in the coexisting melt. Concentrations of some trace elements (Li, Ga, Nb, Ta and W) are correlated with cathodoluminescence intensity, thus suggesting that some of these elements act as CL activators in topaz. The study of melt inclusions indicates that melts with different F contents were trapped at different stages during formation of quartz and topaz phenocrysts, respectively. Electron microprobe analyses of glass in subhedral quartz-hosted melt inclusions indicate F ≤ 1.2 wt.%, whereas irregular-shaped melt inclusions hosted in both topaz and quartz have F ≤ 9 wt.%. Cryolithionite [Na3Li3Al2F12] coexists with glass in irregular inclusions, implying high Li contents in the melt. The very high F contents would have increased the solubility of Nb, Ta and W in the melt, thus allowing progressive concentration of these elements during magma evolution. Crystallisation of Nb-Ta-W-oxides (W-ixiolite and tantalite-columbite) may have been triggered by separation of cryolithionite, which would have caused F and Li depletion and consequent drop in the solubility of these elements.

  2. Structure and Properties of Ti-19.7Nb-5.8Ta Shape Memory Alloy Subjected to Thermomechanical Processing Including Aging

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    Dubinskiy, S.; Brailovski, Vladimir; Prokoshkin, S.; Pushin, V.; Inaekyan, K.; Sheremetyev, V.; Petrzhik, M.; Filonov, M.

    2013-09-01

    In this work, the ternary Ti-19.7Nb-5.8Ta (at.%) alloy for biomedical applications was studied. The ingot was manufactured by vacuum arc melting with a consumable electrode and then subjected to hot forging. Specimens were cut from the ingot and processed by cold rolling with e = 0.37 of logarithmic thickness reduction and post-deformation annealing (PDA) between 400 and 750 °C (1 h). Selected samples were subjected to aging at 300 °C (10 min to 3 h). The influence of the thermomechanical processing on the alloy's structure, phase composition, and mechanical and functional properties was studied. It was shown that thermomechanical processing leads to the formation of a nanosubgrained structure (polygonized with subgrains below 100 nm) in the 500-600 °C PDA range, which transforms to a recrystallized structure of β-phase when PDA temperature increases. Simultaneously, the phase composition and the β → α″ transformation kinetics vary. It was found that after conventional cold rolling and PDA, Ti-Nb-Ta alloy manifests superelastic and shape memory behaviors. During aging at 300 °C (1 h), an important quantity of randomly scattered equiaxed ω-precipitates forms, which results in improved superelastic cyclic properties. On the other hand, aging at 300 °C (3 h) changes the ω-precipitates' particle morphology from equiaxed to elongated and leads to their coarsening, which negatively affects the superelastic and shape memory functional properties of Ti-Nb-Ta alloy.

  3. Wide band gap p-type semiconductors Cu3TaQ4 (Q = S or Se)

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    Newhouse, Paul; Hersh, Peter; Zakutayev, Andriy; Richard, Annette; Platt, Heather; Keszler, Douglas; Tate, Janet

    2008-05-01

    The structural and optical properties of thin films, powders, and single crystals of two wide band gap (Eg> 2.4 eV) p-type semiconducting materials Cu3TaQ4 (Q = S, Se) are presented. These materials exhibit a cubic crystal structure, which is a favorable processing characteristic and unusual among Cu-based wide-gap p-type materials. Thin films have been prepared using a two-step growth process involving pulsed laser deposition of ceramic Cu3TaQ4 targets and ex-situ annealing of the as-deposited films in a chalcogenide-containing atmosphere. The resultant films exhibit mixed polycrystalline and (100)-oriented structure when grown on amorphous SiO2 substrates and show strong (100) preferential orientation when prepared on single-crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates. Powders and thin films of Cu3TaS4 exhibit intense visible photoemission when irradiated by UV light, and the wavelength of the photoemission can be modulated by doping.

  4. Unusual multiferroicity in Cu{sub 3}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 8}

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    Sharma, G. Saha, J. Patnaik, S.

    2014-04-24

    Cu{sub 3}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 8} is an anti-ferromagnetic - ferroelectric material in which the non-collinear spin alignment leads to breaking of spatial inversion symmetry. We confirm that the ferroelectricity and magnetic anomaly both occur at T{sub N1} = 25K. The emergence of ferroelectricity due to complex spin ordering is investigated by the temperature dependent low temperature measurements of magnetization, dielectric constant and electric polarization. The microscopic origin to explain magneto-electric coupling in this compound is based on a model based on ferroaxial coupling rather than inverse Dzyalonshkii-Moria interaction.

  5. Nb/NiCu bilayers in single and stacked superconductive tunnel junctions: preliminary results

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    Pepe, G. P.; Ruotolo, A.; Parlato, L.; Peluso, G.; Ausanio, G.; Carapella, G.; Latempa, R.

    2004-05-01

    We present preliminary experimental results concerning both single and stacked tunnel junctions in which one of the electrodes was formed by a superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) bi-layer. In particular, in the stacked configuration a Nb/NiCu bi-layer was used as the intermediate electrode, and it was probed by tunneling on both sides. Tunnel junctions have been characterized in terms of current-voltage characteristics (IVC), and differential conductance. Preliminary steady-state injection-detection measurements performed in the stacked devices at T=4.2K are also presented and discussed.

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Ca5A2TiO12 (A=Nb, Ta) Ceramic Dielectric Materials for Applications in Microwave Telecommunication Systems

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    Bijumon, Pazhoor Varghese; Mohanan, Pezholil; Sebastian, Mailadil Thomas

    2002-06-01

    Microwave ceramic dielectric materials Ca5Nb2TiO12 and Ca5Ta2TiO12 have been prepared by a conventional solid-state ceramic process. The structure was studied by X-ray diffraction and the dielectric properties were characterized at microwave frequencies. The ceramics posses a relatively high dielectric constant, very low dielectric loss (Qu× f> 30000 GHz) and small temperature variation of resonant frequency. These materials are potential candidates for dielectric resonator applications in microwave integrated circuits.

  7. Deformation Mechanisms and Biocompatibility of the Superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N Alloy

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    Castany, P.; Gordin, D. M.; Drob, S. I.; Vasilescu, C.; Mitran, V.; Cimpean, A.; Gloriant, T.

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we have synthesized a new Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy composition with the aim to obtain useful mechanical properties to be used in medicine such as high strength, good superelastic property, low modulus, and large ductility. Thus, mechanical properties including superelasticity and plasticity were investigated in relation with the different deformation mechanisms observed (stress-induced martensitic transformation, twinning and dislocation slip). On the other hand, the corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid (Ringer solution) and the in vitro cell behavior (MG63 human osteoblasts) of such biomedical alloy were also evaluated in order to assess its biocompatibility.

  8. Complete set of material constants of single domain (K, Na)(Nb, Ta)O3 single crystal and their orientation dependence

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    Zheng, Limei; Li, Shiyang; Sang, Shijing; Wang, Junjun; Huo, Xiaoqing; Wang, Rui; Yuan, Zhongyuan; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-01-01

    A self-consistent complete set of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic constants for single domain Ta modified (K, Na)NbO3 (KNN) crystal was determined. This full set constant for single domain KNN-based crystals allowed the prediction of orientation dependence of the longitudinal dielectric, piezoelectric, elastic coefficients, and electromechanical coupling factors. The maximum piezoelectric and electromechanical properties were found to exist near [001]C. In addition, material constants of [001]C poled domain engineered single crystal with 4 mm symmetry were experimentally measured and compared with the calculated values. Based on this, extrinsic contribution to the piezoelectricity was estimated to be ∼20%. PMID:25489119

  9. Complete set of material constants of single domain (K, Na)(Nb, Ta)O3 single crystal and their orientation dependence.

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    Zheng, Limei; Li, Shiyang; Sang, Shijing; Wang, Junjun; Huo, Xiaoqing; Wang, Rui; Yuan, Zhongyuan; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-11-24

    A self-consistent complete set of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic constants for single domain Ta modified (K, Na)NbO3 (KNN) crystal was determined. This full set constant for single domain KNN-based crystals allowed the prediction of orientation dependence of the longitudinal dielectric, piezoelectric, elastic coefficients, and electromechanical coupling factors. The maximum piezoelectric and electromechanical properties were found to exist near [001] C . In addition, material constants of [001] C poled domain engineered single crystal with 4 mm symmetry were experimentally measured and compared with the calculated values. Based on this, extrinsic contribution to the piezoelectricity was estimated to be ∼20%.

  10. Complete set of material constants of single domain (K, Na)(Nb, Ta)O3 single crystal and their orientation dependence.

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    Zheng, Limei; Li, Shiyang; Sang, Shijing; Wang, Junjun; Huo, Xiaoqing; Wang, Rui; Yuan, Zhongyuan; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-11-24

    A self-consistent complete set of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic constants for single domain Ta modified (K, Na)NbO3 (KNN) crystal was determined. This full set constant for single domain KNN-based crystals allowed the prediction of orientation dependence of the longitudinal dielectric, piezoelectric, elastic coefficients, and electromechanical coupling factors. The maximum piezoelectric and electromechanical properties were found to exist near [001] C . In addition, material constants of [001] C poled domain engineered single crystal with 4 mm symmetry were experimentally measured and compared with the calculated values. Based on this, extrinsic contribution to the piezoelectricity was estimated to be ∼20%. PMID:25489119

  11. Ternary borides Nb7Fe3B8 and Ta7Fe3B8 with Kagome-type iron framework.

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    Zheng, Qiang; Gumeniuk, Roman; Borrmann, Horst; Schnelle, Walter; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Rosner, Helge; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Reissner, Michael; Grin, Yuri; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2016-06-21

    Two new ternary borides TM7Fe3B8 (TM = Nb, Ta) were synthesized by high-temperature thermal treatment of samples obtained by arc-melting. This new type of structure with space group P6/mmm, comprises TM slabs containing isolated planar hexagonal [B6] rings and iron centered TM columns in a Kagome type of arrangement. Chemical bonding analysis in Nb7Fe3B8 by means of the electron localizability approach reveals two-center interactions forming the Kagome net of Fe and embedded B, while weaker multicenter bonding present between this net and Nb atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal antiferromagnetic order below TN = 240 K for Nb7Fe3B8 and TN = 265 K for Ta7Fe3B8. Small remnant magnetization below 0.01μB per f.u. is observed in the antiferromagnetic state. The bulk nature of the magnetic transistions was confirmed by the hyperfine splitting of the Mössbauer spectra, the sizable anomalies in the specific heat capacity, and the kinks in the resistivity curves. The high-field paramagnetic susceptibilities fitted by the Curie-Weiss law show effective paramagnetic moments μeff≈ 3.1μB/Fe in both compounds. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity also reveals metallic character of both compounds. Density functional calculations corroborate the metallic behaviour of both compounds and demonstrate the formation of a sizable local magnetic moment on the Fe-sites. They indicate the presence of both antiferro- and ferrromagnetic interactions.

  12. Cu-Cr-Nb-Zr Alloy for Rocket Engines and Other High-Heat- Flux Applications

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    Ellis, David L.

    2013-01-01

    Rocket-engine main combustion chamber liners are used to contain the burning of fuel and oxidizer and provide a stream of high-velocity gas for propulsion. The liners in engines such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine are regeneratively cooled by flowing fuel, e.g., cryogenic hydrogen, through cooling channels in the back side of the liner. The heat gained by the liner from the flame and compression of the gas in the throat section is transferred to the fuel by the liner. As a result, the liner must either have a very high thermal conductivity or a very high operating temperature. In addition to the large heat flux (>10 MW/sq m), the liners experience a very large thermal gradient, typically more than 500 C over 1 mm. The gradient produces thermally induced stresses and strains that cause low cycle fatigue (LCF). Typically, a liner will experience a strain differential in excess of 1% between the cooling channel and the hot wall. Each time the engine is fired, the liner undergoes an LCF cycle. The number of cycles can be as few as one for an expendable booster engine, to as many as several thousand for a reusable launch vehicle or reaction control system. Finally, the liners undergo creep and a form of mechanical degradation called thermal ratcheting that results in the bowing out of the cooling channel into the combustion chamber, and eventual failure of the liner. GRCop-84, a Cu-Cr-Nb alloy, is generally recognized as the best liner material available at the time of this reporting. The alloy consists of 14% Cr2Nb precipitates in a pure copper matrix. Through experimental work, it has been established that the Zr will not participate in the formation of Laves phase precipitates with Cr and Nb, but will instead react with Cu to form the desired Cu-Zr compounds. It is believed that significant improvements in the mechanical properties of GRCop-84 will be realized by adding Zr. The innovation is a Cu-Cr-Nb-Zr alloy covering the composition range of 0.8 to 8.1 weight

  13. Conduction processes in metal–insulator–metal diodes with Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} insulators deposited by atomic layer deposition

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    Alimardani, Nasir; McGlone, John M.; Wager, John F.; Conley, John F.

    2014-01-15

    Metal–insulator–metal diodes with Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} insulators deposited via atomic layer deposition are investigated. For both Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the dominant conduction process is established as Schottky emission at small biases and Frenkel–Poole emission at large biases. Fowler–Nordheim tunneling is not found to play a role in determining current versus voltage asymmetry. The dynamic dielectric constants are extracted from conduction plots and found to be in agreement with measured optical dielectric constants. Trap energy levels at ϕ{sub T} ≈ 0.62 and 0.53 eV below the conduction band minimum are estimated for Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, respectively.

  14. Photocatalytic activity of R3MO7 and R2Ti2O7 (R=Y, Gd, La; M=Nb, Ta) for water splitting into H2 and O2.

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    Abe, Ryu; Higashi, Masanobu; Sayama, Kazuhiro; Abe, Yoshimoto; Sugihara, Hideki

    2006-02-01

    The photocatalytic activities of R3MO7 and R2Ti2O7 (R=Y, Gd, La; M=Nb, Ta) strongly depended on the crystal structure. Overall, photocatalytic water splitting into H2 and O2 proceeded over La3TaO7 and La3NbO7, which have an orthorhombic weberite structure, Y2Ti2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7, which have a cubic pyrochlore structure, and La2Ti2O7, which has a monoclinic perovskite structure. All of these materials are composed of a network of corner-shared octahedral units of metal cations (TaO6, NbO6, or TiO6); materials without such a network were inactive. The octahedral network certainly increased the mobility of electrons and holes, thereby enhancing photocatalytic activity.

  15. Characterizing xBa(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3+(1-x )Ba(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 microwave ceramics using extended x-ray absorption fine structure method

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    Chang, P.-J.; Chia, C.-T.; Lin, I.-N.; Lee, J.-F.; Lin, C. M.; Wu, K. T.

    2006-06-01

    The structures of TaO6 and NbO6 oxygen octahedra in xBa(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3+(1-x )Ba(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 perovskite ceramics with x =0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1.0 were investigated by the extended x-ray absorption fine structure method. The decline in the microwave dielectric constant as x increases is caused mainly by the decrease of the mean volume of the oxygen octahedra, regardless of the 1:2 ordered structure and the distortion of the oxygen octahedron. The low Qf values of the TaO6 and NbO6 mixed samples are caused by not only the degrading of the 1:2 ordered structure but also the distortion of oxygen octahedral cages.

  16. Influence of Ta substitution for Nb in Zn3Nb2O8 and the impact on the crystal structure and microwave dielectric properties.

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    Zhao, Yonggui; Zhang, Ping

    2016-08-01

    Zn3(Nb1-xTax)2O8 (x = 0.02-0.10) ceramics were prepared via a solid-state reaction route and the dependence of their microwave dielectric properties on their structural characteristics were investigated. XRD patterns show that a single Zn3Nb2O8 phase with layered crystal structures was formed in ceramic samples with 0.02 ≤x≤ 0.10. The Raman spectrum was used for the first time to analyze the vibrational phonon modes of the Zn3Nb2O8 samples. Based on P-V-L dielectric theory, the intrinsic factors that influence the microwave dielectric properties were systematically investigated. According to the calculated results, the experimental dielectric constant had a close relationship with the theoretical dielectric constant. The Nb-site lattice energy was found to be a vital factor in explaining the change of the Q×f values. While the Nb-site bond energy increases, the |τf| value decreases which indicates that higher bond energy would result in a more stable system. This work presents a novel method to investigate the intrinsic factors that influence microwave dielectric properties. PMID:27362863

  17. Influence of Ta substitution for Nb in Zn3Nb2O8 and the impact on the crystal structure and microwave dielectric properties.

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    Zhao, Yonggui; Zhang, Ping

    2016-08-01

    Zn3(Nb1-xTax)2O8 (x = 0.02-0.10) ceramics were prepared via a solid-state reaction route and the dependence of their microwave dielectric properties on their structural characteristics were investigated. XRD patterns show that a single Zn3Nb2O8 phase with layered crystal structures was formed in ceramic samples with 0.02 ≤x≤ 0.10. The Raman spectrum was used for the first time to analyze the vibrational phonon modes of the Zn3Nb2O8 samples. Based on P-V-L dielectric theory, the intrinsic factors that influence the microwave dielectric properties were systematically investigated. According to the calculated results, the experimental dielectric constant had a close relationship with the theoretical dielectric constant. The Nb-site lattice energy was found to be a vital factor in explaining the change of the Q×f values. While the Nb-site bond energy increases, the |τf| value decreases which indicates that higher bond energy would result in a more stable system. This work presents a novel method to investigate the intrinsic factors that influence microwave dielectric properties.

  18. Microstructural evaluation of boron free and boron containing heat-treated Ti-35Nb-7.2Zr-5.7Ta alloy.

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    Majumdar, Pallab

    2012-04-01

    The microstructure of Ti-35Nb-7.2Zr-5.7Ta (TNZT) and Ti-35Nb-7.2Zr-5.7Ta-0.5B (TNZTB) alloys under different heat treatment conditions has been analyzed. The solution-treated and water-quenched TNZT sample consists mainly of β phase with a very small amount of fine athermal ω precipitate. Precipitation of α can be observed when solution-treated samples are directly aged at 580°C for 8 h. The microstructure of the samples subjected to single-stage aging at 300°C or 400°C consists of ω precipitates in equiaxed β grains. Second stage aging at 580°C for 8 h after first stage of aging at 300°C or 400°C results in the replacement of ω precipitates by secondary α. In all of these samples, the amount of ω or α phase was very small, and therefore they could not be detected by X-ray diffraction studies. However, analysis of selected area diffraction patterns obtained from transmission electron microscopy studies confirms their presence. The addition of boron leads to the formation of dispersed precipitates of TiB in the β matrix of the TNZT alloy and also refines the β grains in the microstructure. However, other microstructural features of the TNZTB alloy are similar to those of the TNZT alloy.

  19. Electrochemical characterization of pulsed layer deposited hydroxyapatite-zirconia layers on Ti-21Nb-15Ta-6Zr alloy for biomedical application

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    Izquierdo, Javier; Bolat, Georgiana; Cimpoesu, Nicanor; Trinca, Lucia Carmen; Mareci, Daniel; Souto, Ricardo Manuel

    2016-11-01

    A new titanium base Ti-21Nb-15Ta-6Zr alloy covered with hydroxyapatite-zirconia (HA-ZrO2) by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique was characterized regarding its corrosion resistance in simulated physiological Ringer's solution at 37 °C. For the sake of comparison, Ti-6Al-4V standard implant alloy, with and without hydroxyapatite-zirconia coating, was also characterized. Multiscale electrochemical analysis using both conventional averaging electrochemical techniques, namely electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization, and spatially-resolved microelectrochemical techniques (scanning electrochemical microscopy, SECM) were used to investigate the electrochemical behaviour of the materials. In addition, scanning electron microscopy evidenced that no relevant surface morphology changes occurred on the materials upon immersion in the simulated physiological solution, despite variations in their electrochemical behaviour. Although uncoated metals appear to show better performances during conventional corrosion tests, the response is still quite similar for the HA-ZrO2 coated materials while providing superior resistance towards electron transfer due to the formation of a more dense film on the surface, thus effectively behaving as a passive material. It is believed corrosion of the HA-ZrO2 coated Ti-21Nb-15Ta-6Zr alloy will have negligible effect upon biochemical and cellular events at the bone-implant interface and could facilitate osseointegration.

  20. Biological Behaviour and Enhanced Anticorrosive Performance of the Nitrided Superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N Alloy

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    Mitran, Valentina; Vasilescu, Cora; Drob, Silviu Iulian; Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Tabirca, Mariana-Cristina; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Gloriant, Thierry; Cimpean, Anisoara

    2015-01-01

    The influence of gas nitriding surface treatment on the superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy was evaluated. A thorough characterization of bare and nitrided Ti-based alloy and pure Ti was performed in terms of surface film composition and morphology, electrochemical behaviour, and short term osteoblast response. XPS analysis showed that the nitriding treatment strongly influenced the composition (nitrides and oxynitrides) and surface properties both of the substrate and of the bulk alloy. SEM images revealed that the nitrided surface appears as a similar dotted pattern caused by the formation of N-rich domains coexisting with less nitrided domains, while before treatment only topographical features could be observed. All the electrochemical results confirmed the high chemical stability of the nitride and oxynitride coating and the superiority of the applied treatment. The values of the corrosion parameters ascertained the excellent corrosion resistance of the coated alloy in the real functional conditions from the human body. Cell culture experiments with MG63 osteoblasts demonstrated that the studied biomaterials do not elicit any toxic effects and support cell adhesion and enhanced cell proliferation. Altogether, these data indicate that the nitrided Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy is the most suitable substrate for application in bone implantology. PMID:26583096

  1. Oxidation Behavior of GRCop-84 (Cu-8Cr-4Nb) at Intermediate and High Temperatures

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    Thomas-Ogbuji, Linus U.; Humphrey, Donald L.; Greenbauer-Seng, Leslie (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of GRCop-84 (Cu-8 at %Cr-4 at %Nb) has been investigated in air and in oxygen, for durations of 0.5 to 50 hours and temperatures ranging from 500 to 900 C. For comparison, data was also obtained for the oxidation of Cu and NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt% Ag-0.5 wt% Zr) under the same conditions. Arrhenius plots of those data showed that all three materials had similar oxidation rates at high temperatures (> 750 C). However, at intermediate temperatures (500 to 750 C) GRCop exhibited significantly higher oxidation resistance than Cu and NARloy-Z. The oxidation kinetics of GRCop-84 exhibited a sharp and discontinuous jump between the two regimes. Also, in the high temperature regime GRCop-84 oxidation rate was found to change from a high initial value to a significantly smaller terminal value at each temperature, with progress of oxidation; the two different oxidation rates were found to correlate with a porous intial oxide and a dense final oxide, respectively.

  2. Perovskite solid solutions in the BaO-CuO-Y 2O 3-Nb 2O 5 system

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    Bremer, M.; Langbein, H.

    1999-07-01

    Freeze dried complex carboxylates are highly reactive precursors for complex perovskite solid solutions in the system BaO-CuO-Y 2O 3-Nb 2O 5 On thermal decomposition of the amorphous precursors the formation of complex crystalline phases begins at 600 °C. In most cases the themodynamically controlled phase composition is reached after a reaction time of two hours at about 900 °C. Beginning from the perovskite compound Ba 2YNbO 6 a partial substitution of Y by Cu or by a combination 2/3 Cu,1/3 Nb leads to extended fields of solid solutions with cubic perovskite structure. Substitution according to Y 0,5xBa 2(Y 1-0,5xCu xNb)O 6+x is limited to x ≤ 0,4. A compound LBa 2Cu 2NbO 8 (x=2), well characterized for L=La, does not exist for L=Y. The composition of solid solutions depends on the preparation conditions. There are some signs for an inhomogeneous distribution of B-cations in the cubic perovskites.

  3. A pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze superstructure: a combined solution of the crystal structure of K6.4(Nb,Ta)(36.3)O94 with advanced transmission electron microscopy and neutron diffraction.

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    Paria Sena, Robert; Babaryk, Artem A; Khainakov, Sergiy; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Slobodyanik, Nikolay S; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Abakumov, Artem M; Hadermann, Joke

    2016-01-21

    The crystal structure of the K6.4Nb28.2Ta8.1O94 pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze-type oxide was determined using a combination of X-ray powder diffraction, neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques, including electron diffraction, high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), annular bright field STEM (ABF-STEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray compositional mapping (STEM-EDX). The compound crystallizes in the space group Pbam with unit cell parameters a = 37.468(9) Å, b = 12.493(3) Å, c = 3.95333(15) Å. The structure consists of corner sharing (Nb,Ta)O6 octahedra forming trigonal, tetragonal and pentagonal tunnels. All tetragonal tunnels are occupied by K(+) ions, while 1/3 of the pentagonal tunnels are preferentially occupied by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) and 2/3 are occupied by K(+) in a regular pattern. A fractional substitution of K(+) in the pentagonal tunnels by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) is suggested by the analysis of the HAADF-STEM images. In contrast to similar structures, such as K2Nb8O21, also parts of the trigonal tunnels are fractionally occupied by K(+) cations. PMID:26646168

  4. A pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze superstructure: a combined solution of the crystal structure of K6.4(Nb,Ta)(36.3)O94 with advanced transmission electron microscopy and neutron diffraction.

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    Paria Sena, Robert; Babaryk, Artem A; Khainakov, Sergiy; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Slobodyanik, Nikolay S; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Abakumov, Artem M; Hadermann, Joke

    2016-01-21

    The crystal structure of the K6.4Nb28.2Ta8.1O94 pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze-type oxide was determined using a combination of X-ray powder diffraction, neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques, including electron diffraction, high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), annular bright field STEM (ABF-STEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray compositional mapping (STEM-EDX). The compound crystallizes in the space group Pbam with unit cell parameters a = 37.468(9) Å, b = 12.493(3) Å, c = 3.95333(15) Å. The structure consists of corner sharing (Nb,Ta)O6 octahedra forming trigonal, tetragonal and pentagonal tunnels. All tetragonal tunnels are occupied by K(+) ions, while 1/3 of the pentagonal tunnels are preferentially occupied by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) and 2/3 are occupied by K(+) in a regular pattern. A fractional substitution of K(+) in the pentagonal tunnels by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) is suggested by the analysis of the HAADF-STEM images. In contrast to similar structures, such as K2Nb8O21, also parts of the trigonal tunnels are fractionally occupied by K(+) cations.

  5. Investigation of magnetic phase transitions in B-site disordered PbBxB'1-xO3 (B = Fe, Co and B' = Nb, Ta)

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    Chillal, Shravani; Popova, Elena; Eulf, Erik; Gvasaliya, Severian; Shaplygina, Tatiana; Lushnikov, Sergey; Zheludev, Andrey

    2012-02-01

    Materials such as PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3 (PFN-0.5)/ PbFe0.5Ta0.5O3 (PFT-0.5) and PbCo0.33Nb0.67O3 (PCN-0.33) are relaxor ferroelectrics. PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3 (PFN-0.5) also shows anti-ferromagnetic order below ˜ 143 K. Though multiferroicity is an important property of PFN-0.5, its uniqueness stems from coexisting anti-ferromagnetic and spinglass phases below ˜ 12 K. Presently, it is the only known such case in a Heisenberg 3D spin system. We report a first systematic study of the H-T phase diagram of PFN-0.5 and discuss the results in the context of existing theories. In addition, we study the magnetic properties of PFT-0.5 and PCN-0.33. While PFN-0.5 and PFT-0.5 demonstrate similar behavior, PCN-0.33 does not show any anomalies that could signify magnetic ordering. We propose that the observed dramatic differences may result from partial B-site ordering.

  6. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser-Welded Joints of Ti-22Al-25Nb/TA15 Dissimilar Titanium Alloys

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    Li, Dalong; Hu, Shengsun; Shen, Junqi; Zhang, Hao; Bu, Xianzheng

    2016-05-01

    Laser beam welding (LBW) was applied to join 1-mm-thick dissimilar titanium alloys, Ti-22Al-25Nb (at.%) and TA15, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of the welded joints were systematically analyzed. Defect-free joints were obtained, and the fusion zone mainly consisted of B2 and martensitic α' phases because of the uneven distribution of the β phase stabilizer and rapid cooling rate of LBW. The phase compositions of the heat-affected zone varied with the different thermal cycles during the welding process. The different microstructures of the dissimilar titanium alloys led to an unsymmetrical hardness profile, with the welded seam exhibiting the lowest value of 271 HV. In room-temperature tensile tests, the fractures all occurred preferentially in the fusion zone. The strengths of the joints were close to those of the base metal but with prominently decreasing ductility. In tensile tests performed at 550 °C, all the joints fractured in the TA15 base metal, and the strength and plasticity of the welds were equivalent to those of the TA15 base metal.

  7. Effect of Nb and Cu on the high temperature creep properties of a high Mn–N austenitic stainless steel

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    Lee, Kyu-Ho; Suh, Jin-Yoo; Huh, Joo-Youl; Park, Dae-Bum; Hong, Sung-Min; Shim, Jae-Hyeok; Jung, Woo-Sang

    2013-09-15

    The effect of Nb and Cu addition on the creep properties of a high Mn–N austenitic stainless steel was investigated at 600 and 650 °C. In the original high Mn–N steel, which was initially precipitate-free, the precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M = Cr, Fe) and Cr{sub 2}N took place mostly on grain boudaries during creep deformation. On the other hand, the minor addition of Nb resulted in high number density of Z-phases (CrNbN) and MX (M = Nb; X = C, N) carbonitrides inside grains by combining with a high content of N, while suppressing the formation of Cr{sub 2}N. The addition of Cu gave rise to the independent precipitation of nanometer-sized metallic Cu particles. The combination of the different precipitate-forming mechanisms associated with Z-phase, MX and Cu-rich precipitates turned out to improve the creep-resistance significantly. The thermodynamics and kinetics of the precipitation were discussed using thermo-kinetic simulations. - Highlights: • The creep rupture life was improved by Nb and Cu addition. • The creep resistance of the steel A2 in this study was comparable to that of TP347HFG. • The size of Z-phase and MX carbonitride did not change significantly after creep test. • The nanometer sized Cu-rich precipitate was observed after creep. • The predicted size of precipitates by MatCalc agreed well with measured size.

  8. Quench tests of Nb3Al small racetrack magnets

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    Yamada, R.; Kikuchi, A.; Tartaglia, Michael Albert; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Carcagno, R.; Feher, S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Kotelnikov, S.; Lamm, Michael J.; /Fermilab /NIMC, Tsukuba /KEK, Tsukuba

    2007-08-01

    Two Cu stabilized Nb3Al strands, F1 (Nb matrixed) and F3 (Ta matrixed), have been made at NIMS and their Rutherford cables were made at Fermilab in collaboration with NIMS. A Small Race-track magnet using F1 Rutherford cable, the first Nb3Al dipole magnet in the world, was constructed and tested to full current at Fermilab. This magnet was tested extensively to full short sample data and its quench characteristics were studied and reported. The 3-D magnetic field calculation was done with ANSYS to find the peak field. The quench characteristics of the magnet are explained with the characteristics of the Nb3Al strand and Rutherford cable. The other Small Race-track magnet using Ta matrixed F3 strand was constructed and will be tested in the near future. The advantages and disadvantages of these Nb3Al cables are discussed.

  9. Y,REE,Nb,Ta,Ti-oxide (AB 2O 6) minerals from REL-REE euxenite-subtype pegmatites of the Třebíč Pluton, Czech Republic; substitutions and fractionation trends

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    Škoda, Radek; Novák, Milan

    2007-04-01

    Aeschynite-group minerals (AGM) and euxenite-group minerals (EGM) occur in REL-REE euxenite-subtype pegmatites from the Třebíč Pluton, Czech Republic. They form strongly metamictized, light brown to black, equigranular to needle-like, subhedral to anhedral grains enclosed in blocky K-feldspar and less commonly in albite, and blocky quartz, and in the graphic unit (quartz and K-feldspar). Both AGM and EGM are homogeneous to slightly heterogeneous in BSE images. They are not commonly associated with the other primary Y,REE,Ti,Nb-bearing minerals, i.e. allanite-(Ce), monazite-(Ce), titanite, and ilmenite, which occur within the same textural-paragenetic unit. Aeschynite-(Y), aeschynite-(Ce), aeschynite-(Nd), nioboaeschynite-(Ce), tantalaeschynite-(Ce), vigezzite and polycrase-(Y) were identified using EMP and canonical discrimination analysis [Ercit, T.S., 2005a. Identification and alteration trends of granitic-pegmatite-hosted (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals: a statistical approach. Can. Mineral. 43, 4 1291-1303.]. The exchange vector ACa B(Nb,Ta) A(Y,REE) - 1 BTi - 1 or its combination with the exchange vector ACa 2B(Nb,Ta) 3A(U,Th) - 1 A(Y,REE) - 1 BTi - 3 have been elucidated for the AGM. The exchange vector ACa A(U,Th) A(Y,REE) - 2 is predominant in the EGM. The AGM are enriched in HREE, whereas LREE are concentrated in the EGM. Weak to none-existent geochemical fractionations, as expressed by the U/(U + Th), Y/(Y + REE), Ta/(Ta + Nb) and (Nb + Ta)/(Ti + Nb + Ta) ratios, were noted for single grains from both the AGM and EGM, as well as in grains of polycrase-(Y) from four different textural-paragenetic units located in the Vladislav pegmatite. Simultaneous increase of U/(U + Th) and Y/(Y + REE) in the AGM during fractionation is typical. The Ta/(Ta + Nb) fractionation is usually weak and contradicts the Y/(Y + REE) and U/(U + Th) fractionation trends. This unusual behavior of Nb and Ta may be controlled by associated Ti-rich minerals (titanite

  10. A study of the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu(9-x)Nb(x)O(y) thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A. K.; Pinto, R.; Pai, S. P.; Apte, P. R.; Purandare, S. C.; Dsousa, C. P.

    1995-01-01

    Effect of Niobium substitution at the copper site in YBa2Cu3O(7-x) was studied in thin film form. The films were deposited by laser ablation technique using the targets of the YBa2Cu(3-x)Nb(x)O(y) where x = 0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 under identical deposition conditions on SrTiO3 (100) substrates. Films were characterized by XRD, resistivity, I-V and J(sub c) measurements. Films made from x = 0.025 and 0.05 concentrations of Nb substituted targets showed relatively improved superconducting properties compared to that of undoped films. the best J(sub c) realized for x - 0.025 Nb concentration was 1.8 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm and for 0.05 Nb concentration it was 3.2 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm at 77 K. However, degradation of the superconducting properties, with the increase of x is greater than or equal to 0.1 Nb concentration and drastic suppression and complete loss of superconductivity was noticed for x is greater than or equal to 0.4. The growth of impurity phase YBa2NbO6 for x = 0.1 and above of Nb concentration was noted from XRD (X-Ray Diffraction) patterns. However, the site occupancy of Nb could not be confirmed from these studies.

  11. Humidity effects on the redox reactions and ionic transport in a Cu/Ta2O5/Pt atomic switch structure

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    Tsuruoka, Tohru; Valov, Ilia; Mannequin, Cedric; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Waser, Rainer; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-06-01

    Redox reactions at the Cu/Ta2O5 interface and subsequent Cu ion transport in a Ta2O5 film have been investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. Under positive bias to the Cu electrode, Cu is preferentially oxidized to Cu2+ and then to Cu+. Subsequent negative bias causes a reduction of the oxidized Cu ions at the interface. It was found that CV curves change drastically with varied relative humidity levels from 5 to 85%. At higher humidity levels, the ion concentrations and diffusion coefficients, estimated from the CV curves, suggest increased redox reaction rates and a significant contribution of proton conduction to the ionic transport. The results indicate that the redox reactions of moisture are rate-limiting and highlight the importance of water uptake by the matrix oxide film in understanding and controlling the resistive switching behavior of oxide-based atomic switches.

  12. Annealing effects on the microwave linewidth broadening of FeCuNbSiB ferromagnetic films

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    Alves, M. J. P.; Gonzalez-Chavez, D. E.; Sommer, R. L.; Bohn, F.

    2015-03-28

    We systematically investigate the annealing effects on the microwave linewidth broadening of FeCuNbSiB ferromagnetic films with thickness of 100 nm. We correlate the non-uniform residual stress obtained from grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements with the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth due to effective field inhomogeneities measured from broadband ferromagnetic resonance absorption measurements. We also estimate the annealing temperature effect on the Gilbert and two-magnon scattering contributions to the total ferromagnetic resonance FMR linewidth. We show that the effective field inhomogeneities constitute the main contribution to the microwave linewidth, while this contribution is related to the non-uniform residual stress in the films which is reduced by thermal annealing.

  13. Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7: An advanced anode material for lithium-ion batteries of electric vehicles

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    Yang, Chao; Lin, Chunfu; Lin, Shiwei; Chen, Yongjun; Li, Jianbao

    2016-10-01

    To explore advanced anode materials for lithium-ion batteries of electric vehicles, Cu2+/Nb5+ co-doped TiNb2O7 is studied. Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 is successfully fabricated using a facile solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction analyses combined with Rietveld refinements demonstrate that the trace Cu2+/Nb5+ co-doping does not destroy the shear ReO3 crystal structure of TiNb2O7 but increases the lattice parameters and unit cell volume. Specific surface area tests and scanning electron microscopy images reveal a smaller average particle size in Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7. Due to the increased unit cell volume and free 3d electrons in Cu2+ ions, the Li+-ion diffusion coefficient and electronic conductivity of Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 are respectively enhanced by 14.8 times and at least 220 times. Consequently, Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 exhibits advanced electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate capability and cyclic stability. At 0.1 C, it delivers a large first-cycle discharge/charge capacity of 346/315 mAh g-1. At 10 C, it still provides a large capacity of 182 mAh g-1 with tiny loss of only 1.2% over 1000 cycles. In sharp contrast, TiNb2O7 shows a small capacity of only 90 mAh g-1 and large loss of 59.8%. Therefore, Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 possesses great potential for the application in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

  14. The contrasting effect of the Ta/Nb ratio in (111)-layered B-site deficient hexagonal perovskite Ba5Nb4-xTaxO15 crystals on visible-light-induced photocatalytic water oxidation activity of their oxynitride derivatives.

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    Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Bekheet, Maged F; Zahedi, Ehsan; Wagata, Hajime; Vequizo, Junie Jhon M; Yamakata, Akira; Yubuta, Kunio; Gurlo, Aleksander; Domen, Kazunari; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-08-01

    The effect of the Ta/Nb ratio in the (111)-layered B-site deficient hexagonal perovskite Ba5Nb4-xTaxO15 (0 ≤ x ≤ 4) crystals grown by a KCl flux method on visible-light-induced photocatalytic water oxidation activity of their oxynitride derivatives BaNb1-xTaxO2N (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) was investigated. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray data revealed that all Ba5Nb4-xTaxO15 samples were well crystallized in the space group P3[combining macron]m1 (no. 164). Phase-pure BaNb1-xTaxO2N (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) porous structures were obtained by nitridation of the flux-grown oxide crystals at 950 °C for 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 h, respectively. The absorption edge of BaNb1-xTaxO2N (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) was slightly shifted from 720 to 690 nm with the increasing Ta/Nb ratio. The O2 evolution rate gradually progressed and reached the highest value (127.24 μmol in the first 2 h) with the Ta content up to 50 mol% but decreased at 75 and 100 mol% presumably due to the reduced specific surface area and high density of structural defects, such as grain boundaries acting as recombination centers, originated from high-temperature nitridation for prolonged periods. Transient absorption spectroscopy provided evidence for the effect of the Ta/Nb ratio on the behavior and energy states of photogenerated charge carriers, indicating a direct correlation with photocatalytic water oxidation activity of BaNb1-xTaxO2N. PMID:27437784

  15. Proximitized NbN/NiCu nanostripes as new promising superconducting single-photon detectors

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    Pepe, Giampiero; Parlato, Loredana; Bonavolontà, Carmela; Valentino, Massimo; De Lisio, Corrado; Cristiano, Roberto; Ejrnaes, Mikkel; Myoren, Horoshi; Sobolewski, Roman

    2013-05-01

    Transport properties of NbN/NiCu superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) nanostripes fabricated in both in single-wire and series-parallel, meander-type configurations are presented down to T = 4.2 K. In particular, the enhancement of the superconducting critical current has been observed at smaller widths, apparently, due to an extra pinning mechanism, arising from clustering of ferromagnetic atoms inside the thin S layer. Moreover, we observed a number of characteristic voltage steps on the nanostripe current-voltage characteristics and their nature was investigated as a function of temperature. An explanation in terms of active phase-slip phenomena has been proposed based of the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau theory and led to an estimation of the inelastic electron-phonon relaxation time τe-ph ~ 1 ps, in agreement with the τopt = 1.2+/-0.3 ps value, measured by the femtosecond transient optical reflectivity spectroscopy method on the same bilayer. Transient optical properties of our superconducting S/F nano-bilayers have been also investigated and compared to those obtained for pure NbN nanostripe reference samples. Finally, electrical photoresponse signals of S/F heterostructures exposed to ultraweak pulsed (width 400 ps, repetition rate ~100 MHz) laser radiation at 850 nm wavelength exhibited the falling time of voltage responses directly dependent on the NiCu overlayer. We have also noticed that the presence of the top F layer and the resulting proximity effect reduced frequency of dark counts in our samples.

  16. Surface Acoustic Wave Duplexer Composed of SiO2/Cu Electrode/LiNbO3 Structure Having Convex and Concave Portions

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    Nakai, Yasuharu; Nakao, Takeshi; Nishiyama, Kenji; Kadota, Michio

    2009-07-01

    The transition bandwidth of 20 MHz between the transmission (Tx: 1850-1910 MHz) and the receiving (Rx: 1930-1990 MHz) bands of personal communication service (PCS) handy phones in the United States (US) is very narrow compared with those of other systems. We have already realized surface acoustic wave (SAW) duplexers with sizes of 5.0×5.0×1.7 and 3.0×2.5×1.2 mm3 for PCS handy phones in the US with an excellent temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) by using a shear horizontal (SH) wave on a flattened SiO2/Cu electrode/36-48° YX-LiTaO3 structure and a Rayleigh wave on a SiO2/Cu electrode/120-128° YX-LiNbO3 structure. Although the surface of the above-mentioned structures is flattened SiO2, we have also studied the shape of the SiO2 surface. As a result, in addition to increasing the stop-band width, which corresponds to the reflection coefficient, the TCF and power durability have been improved by forming convex portions on the surface of the SiO2 over the interdigital transducer (IDT) gaps.

  17. Crystal Structure, Electronic Structure, and Photocatalytic Activity of Oxysulfides: La2Ta2ZrS2O8, La2Ta2TiS2O8, and La2Nb2TiS2O8.

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    Goto, Yosuke; Seo, Jeongsuk; Kumamoto, Kazunori; Hisatomi, Takashi; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Kamihara, Yoichi; Katayama, Masao; Minegishi, Tsutomu; Domen, Kazunari

    2016-04-01

    The novel oxysulfides La2Ta2ZrS2O8 (LTZSO), La2Ta2TiS2O8 (LTTSO), and La2Nb2TiS2O8 (LNTSO) were synthesized, and their crystal structures, electronic structures, and photocatalytic activities for water splitting under visible light were investigated. Density functional theory calculations showed that these compounds are direct-band-gap semiconductors. Close to the conduction band minimum, the main contribution to the band structure comes from the d orbitals of Zr or Ti ions, while the region near the valence band maximum is associated with the 3p orbitals of S ions. The absorption-edge wavelength was determined to be 540 nm for LTZSO and 700 nm for LTTSO and LNTSO. An analysis of the crystal structure using synchrotron X-ray diffraction revealed that these compounds contained antisite defects at transition metal ion sites, and these were considered to be the origin of the broad absorption at wavelengths longer than that corresponding to band-gap excitation. LTZSO was revealed to be active in the oxygen evolution reaction from aqueous solution containing a sacrificial electron acceptor under visible-light illumination. This result was supported by the band alignment and flat-band potential determined by photoelectron spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky plots.

  18. Thermal stability of atomic layer deposited Ru layer on Si and TaN/Si for barrier application of Cu interconnection.

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    Shin, Dong Chan; Kim, Moo Ryul; Lee, Jong Ho; Choi, Bum Ho; Lee, Hong Kee

    2012-07-01

    The thermal stability of thin Ru single layer and Ru/TaN bilayers grown on bare Si by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) have been studied with Cu/Ru, Cu/Ru/TaN structures as a function of annealing temperature. To investigate the characteristics as a copper diffusion barrier, a 50 nm thick Cu film was sputtered on Ru and Ru/TaN layers and each samples subjected to thermal annealing under N2 ambient with varied temperature 300, 400, and 500 degrees C, respectively. It was found that the single 5 nm thick ALD Ru layer acted as an effective Cu diffusion barrier up to 400 degrees C. On the other hand ALD Ru (5 nm)/TaN (3.2 nm) showed the improved diffusion barrier characteristics even though the annealing temperature increased up to 500 degrees C. Based on the experimental results, the failure mechanism of diffusion barrier would be related to the crystallization of amorphous Ru thin film as temperature raised which implies the crystallized Ru grain boundary served as the diffusion path of Cu atoms. The combination of ALD Ru incorporated with TaN layer would be a promising barrier structure in Cu metallization.

  19. Diffusion of oxygen in amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Nakamura, R. Tsukui, S.; Toda, T.; Tane, M.; Suzuki, T.; Ishimaru, M.; Nakajima, H.

    2014-07-21

    The self-diffusivity of oxygen in amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was investigated along with structural analysis in terms of pair distribution function (PDF). The low activation energy, ∼1.2 eV, for diffusion in the oxides suggests a single atomic jump of oxygen ions mediated via vacancy-like defects. However, the pre-exponential factor for a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} with lower bond energy was two orders of magnitude larger than that for a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with higher bond energy. PDF analyses revealed that the short-range configuration in a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was more broadly distributed than that in a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Due to the larger variety of atomic configurations of a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, these oxides have a higher activation entropy for diffusion than a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The entropy term for diffusion associated with short-range structures was shown to be a dominant factor for diffusion in amorphous oxides.

  20. Role of the (Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface on the flatband voltage shift for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/(Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayer charge trap capacitors

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    Nabatame, Toshihide; Ohi, Akihiko; Ito, Kazuhiro; Takahashi, Makoto; Chikyo, Toyohiro

    2015-01-15

    The authors studied the characteristics of Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/(Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2}/Pt charge trap capacitors fabricated by atomic layer deposition and postmetallization annealing at 400 °C. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and (Ta/Nb)O{sub x} films are amorphous and have negligible fixed charges. In program mode, a flatband voltage (V{sub fb}) drastically shifts toward the positive direction at a short program time of 10{sup −4} s. A large V{sub fb} shift of approximately 4 V arises after programming at 1 mC/cm{sup 2} because there is a large difference in the conduction band offset between the (Ta/Nb)O{sub x}-charge trapping layer (TNO-CTL) and the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-blocking layer (AlO-BL) (1.8 eV). In the retention mode, most of the trapped electrons in the TNO-CTL transfers across the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-tunneling layer (AlO-TL) rather than the AlO-BL. The thickness of the AlO-TL affects the V{sub fb} shift degradation behavior in the retention mode. The injected electrons are dominantly located at the TNO-CTL/ALO-BL interface, determined from the thickness dependence of the TNO-CTL on the V{sub fb} shift.

  1. Electronic structure of the LiAA‧O6 (A = Nb, Ta, and A‧ = W, Mo) ceramics by modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Ali, Zahid; Khan, Imad; Rahman, Mazhar; Ahmad, Rashid; Ahmad, Iftikhar

    2016-08-01

    DFT is used to study various transition metal based ceramics LiAA‧O6 (A = Nb, Ta, and A‧ = W, Mo) in tetragonal phase with space group 421 m (No. 113). The calculated structural and geometrical parameters are found in closed agreement with the experiments. Electronic clouds explain the chemical bonding and reveal that Li atom occupy central position and form ionic bond. Other bonds in these compounds are significantly covalent due to the sharing of electrons between O and A/A‧. The electronic properties demonstrate that these compounds are wide bandgap semiconductors in the energy range of 2.18-2.60 eV. These bandgap energies confirm the suitability of these oxides in optoelectronic devices operating in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  2. X-ray Diffraction Study and Texture Evolution for a Ti-Nb-Ta Biomedical Alloy Processed by Accumulative Roll Bonding

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    Nocivin, Anna; Raducanu, Doina; Cinca, Ion; Trisca-Rusu, Corneliu; Butu, Mihai; Thibon, Isabelle; Cojocaru, Vasile Danut

    2015-04-01

    A Ti-25Nb-25Ta β-type alloy was subjected to severe plastic deformation via accumulative roll bonding; the method was applied on two different precursor samples, in order to establish the influence of the precursor structural state on the final alloy properties processed by ARB. and electronic parameters have been calculated in order to establish, by plotting the alloy on - diagram, the alloy β stabilizing grade, and the dominant deformation mechanisms. Structural modifications during ARB process (changes in phase structure, phase quantities, lattice parameters, and coherent crystalline domain size) were described and analyzed using XRD investigations. Texture data expressed by pole figures, inverse pole figures, and orientation distribution functions for the (110), (200), and (211) β-Ti peaks were obtained through XRD investigations. The results showed that it is possible to obtain high intensity share texture modes ({001}<110>) and well-developed α- and γ-fibers, the most important fiber being the α-fiber.

  3. Electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of TMC (TM = V, Nb, and Ta): high pressure ab initio study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2015-12-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of refractory carbides, viz. VC, NbC, and TaC have been computed in stable B1 and high pressure B2 phases by means of two different ab initio calculations using pseudo- and full-potential schemes. These materials have mixed covalent-, metallic-, and ionic-type bonding. The calculations of elastic constants show the mechanical stability of these materials in B1 phase only. The brittle nature and anisotropy is observed in these materials in B1 phase. Non-central forces are present in both the phases. Elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature have also been calculated. The present results on structural, phase transition, elastic, and other properties are in reasonably good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The calculations in high pressure phase need experimental verification.

  4. The behaviour of the extended HFSE group (Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, W, Mo) during the petrogenesis of mafic K-rich lavas: The Eastern Mediterranean case

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    Kirchenbaur, M.; Münker, C.

    2015-09-01

    In arc lavas, elements of the extended high field strength element group (HFSE; Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, W, and Mo) are valuable tracers to unravel magma source processes. These elements can also help to identify residual mineral assemblages in subducting slabs and in the mantle. Most high-precision studies on HFSE behaviour to date only focused on intra-oceanic arc suites and data for mafic lavas of the K-rich series (medium-K, high-K and shoshonitic) are scarce. Arguably, K-rich series are the most incompatible element-rich end-members of subduction zone magmatism, and they often record sediment recycling into the mantle. Understanding HFSE fractionation in K-rich lavas can therefore provide important insight into the global HFSE budget. Here we present a comprehensive extended HFSE dataset obtained by isotope dilution on well-characterised K-rich lavas from the Eastern Mediterranean, also including subducting sediment samples drilled during DSDP Leg 13 and ODP Leg 160 South and West of Crete. The volcanic samples include mafic calc-alkaline lavas from the active Aegean Island arc (Santorini) and post-collisional Tertiary lavas from SE Bulgaria. The Santorini lavas record a hydrous sediment melt-mediated source overprint of a depleted mantle source by components from the subducting African plate. The Bulgarian lavas tap lithospheric mantle sources that were overprinted by fluid- and melt-like subduction components during Eocene subduction of the African Plate. The sediments in this study comprise silts/sands, marl oozes, limestones and clay-rich debris flows and approximate the bulk sediment subducted beneath the Hellenic arc. The marked enrichment of all HFSE in the lavas is controlled by the composition of the subducted sediments as shown by low 176Lu/177Hf (0.008630-0.02433) and Zr/Nb (11.3-29.4), combined with variable εHf (-3 to +11) and elevated W contents (up to 2.45 ppm) in the lavas. Nevertheless, the lavas display unfractionated ratios of Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf of 12

  5. Temperature dependence of dielectric and electromechanical properties of (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 single crystal and corresponding domain structure evolution

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    Zheng, Limei; Wang, Junjun; Huo, Xiaoqing; Wang, Rui; Sang, Shijing; Li, Shiyang; Zheng, Peng; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-01-01

    Domain structures and their evolution with temperature in the [001]C oriented (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 (KNNT) single crystal have been studied before and after poling by polarizing light microscopy. The results indicate that the KNNT crystal is difficult to be completely poled by the room temperature poling process. The domain structure is rather stable in the orthorhombic phase, but exhibits substantial changes near the phase transition temperatures TO-T and TC. Narrower stripe domains are formed during both the orthorhombic-tetragonal and tetragonal-cubic phase transition processes, no intermediate phases were found during the phase transitions. The temperature dependence of the dielectric and piezoelectric properties were measured, and the influence of domain structures on the dielectric and electromechanical properties were quantified. PMID:25161321

  6. Chemical Twinning of Salt and Metal in the Subnitridometalates Ba23 Na11 (MN4 )4 with M=V, Nb, Ta.

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    Wörsching, Matthias; Tambornino, Frank; Datz, Stefan; Hoch, Constantin

    2016-08-26

    The subnitridometalates Ba23 Na11 (MN4 )4 (M=V, Nb, Ta) crystallize in a new structure type, which shows ionic ortho-nitridometalate anions and motifs from simple (inter)metallic packings: Na-centered [Na8 ] cubes as cutouts of the bcc structure of elemental Na and Na-centered [Ba10 Na2 ] icosahedra as found in Laves phases, for example. Single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction studies in combination with quantum-chemical calculations of the electronic structure and Raman spectroscopy support the characterization of the subnitridometalates as "chemical twins". They consist of independent building units with locally prevalent ionic or metallic bonding in an overall metallic compound. PMID:27485917

  7. Temperature dependence of dielectric and electromechanical properties of (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 single crystal and corresponding domain structure evolution.

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    Zheng, Limei; Wang, Junjun; Huo, Xiaoqing; Wang, Rui; Sang, Shijing; Li, Shiyang; Zheng, Peng; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-07-28

    Domain structures and their evolution with temperature in the [001] C oriented (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 (KNNT) single crystal have been studied before and after poling by polarizing light microscopy. The results indicate that the KNNT crystal is difficult to be completely poled by the room temperature poling process. The domain structure is rather stable in the orthorhombic phase, but exhibits substantial changes near the phase transition temperatures T O-T and T C. Narrower stripe domains are formed during both the orthorhombic-tetragonal and tetragonal-cubic phase transition processes, no intermediate phases were found during the phase transitions. The temperature dependence of the dielectric and piezoelectric properties were measured, and the influence of domain structures on the dielectric and electromechanical properties were quantified. PMID:25161321

  8. Proximity effect in planar superconducting tunnel junctions containing Nb/NiCu superconductor/ferromagnet bilayers

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    Pepe, G. P.; Latempa, R.; Parlato, L.; Ruotolo, A.; Ausanio, G.; Peluso, G.; Barone, A.; Golubov, A. A.; Fominov, Ya. V.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.

    2006-02-01

    We present experimental results concerning both the fabrication and characterization of superconducting tunnel junctions containing superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) bilayers made by niobium (S) and a weak ferromagnetic Ni0.50Cu0.50 alloy. Josephson junctions have been characterized down to T=1.4K in terms of current-voltage I - V characteristics and Josephson critical current versus magnetic field. By means of a numerical deconvolution of the I - V data the electronic density of states on both sides of the S/F bilayer has been evaluated at low temperatures. Results have been compared with theoretical predictions from a proximity model for S/F bilayers in the dirty limit in the framework of Usadel equations for the S and F layers, respectively. The main physical parameters characterizing the proximity effect in the Nb/NiCu bilayer, such as the coherence length and the exchange field energy of the F metal, and the S/F interface parameters have been also estimated.

  9. Nonvolatile holograms in LiNbO3:Fe:Cu by use of the bleaching effect

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    Liu, De'an; Liu, Liren; Zhou, Changhe; Ren, Liyong; Li, Guangao

    2002-11-01

    We report our observation of a bleaching effect under an ultraviolet exposure in LiNbO3:Fe:Cu crystals. Two three-step recording-transferring-fixing schemes are proposed to record nonvolatile photorefractive holograms in such crystals. In the schemes two red laser beams and an ultraviolet illumination are used selectively to write the charge grating in the shallow-level Fe centers, to develop the charge grating in the deep-level Cu centers by transferring the charge grating in the Fe centers, and to fix only the charge grating in the Cu centers for unerasable read-out. Experimental results, verifications, and an optimal recording scheme are given. A comparison of the lithium niobate crystals of the same double-doping system of Fe:Mn, Ce:Mn, Ce:Cu, and Fe:Cu is outlined.

  10. Bleaching effect in LiNbO3:Fe:Cu crystals and its application for nonvolatile holographic storage

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    Liu, De'an; Liu, Liren; Ren, Liyong; Zhou, Changhe; Li, Guangao

    2002-11-01

    Bleaching effect, i. e., the absorption of a crystal to the visible lights is decreased after the crystal is illuminated by ultraviolet light, has been observed in congruent LiNbO3:Fe:Cu crystals. Based on this bleaching effect, two three-step recording schemes are proposed to record nonvolatile photorefractive holograms in LiNbO3:Fe:Cu, which use two red laser beams and an ultraviolet illumination selectively for the writing of charge grating in the shallow Fe centers, the developing of charge grating in the deep Cu centers by transferring the Fe grating, and the fixing of only the Cu grating for unerasable read-out. Experimental results show that the technique including recording phase by two interfering red beams and fixing phase by both UV light and a coherent red beam is optimal. The theoretical verification and optimal concentration are also simulated. As a conclusion, a comparison on the lithium niobate crystals of the same double doping system of Fe:Mn, Ce:Mn, Ce:Cu and Fe:Cu for nonvolatile holographic storage is outlined.

  11. Properties of the Ti40Zr10Cu36Pd14 BMG Modified by Sn and Nb Additions

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    Sypien, Anna; Stoica, Mihail; Czeppe, Tomasz

    2016-03-01

    The results of investigation of the influence of additions of 2 and 3 at.% of Sn and simultaneously of Sn and 3 at.% Nb on microstructure and properties of the bulk metallic glasses of composition (Ti40Cu36- x Zr10Pd14Sn x )100- y Nb y are reported. It was found that the additions of Sn increased the temperatures of glass transition (T g), primary crystallization (T x ), melting, and liquidus as well as supercooled liquid range (Δ T) and glass forming ability (GFA). The nanohardness and elastic modulus decreased in alloys with 2 and 3 at.% Sn additions, revealing similar values. The 3 at.% Nb addition to the Sn-containing amorphous phase decreased as well all the T g, T x , T L, and T m temperatures as Δ T and GFA; however, relatively larger values of this parameters in alloys containing larger Sn content were preserved. In difference to the previously published results, in the case of the amorphous alloys containing small Nb and Sn additions, a noticeable amount of the quenched-in crystalline phases was not confirmed, at least of the micrometric sizes. In the case of the alloys containing Sn or both Sn and Nb, two slightly different amorphous phase compositions were detected, suggesting separation in the liquid phase. Phase composition of the alloys determined after amorphous phase crystallization was similar for all compositions. The phases Cu8Zr3, CuTiZr, and Pd3Zr were mainly identified in the proportions dependent on the alloy compositions.

  12. Effects of heating rates and alloying elements (Sn, Cu and Cr) on the α → α + β phase transformation of Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-(Cu, Cr) alloys

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    Qiu, R. S.; Luan, B. F.; Chai, L. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Liu, Q.

    2014-10-01

    In this investigation, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and metallographic experiments supplemented by back-scattered electron imaging (BSEI) and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) techniques were performed to study the effects of heating rates and alloying elements on the α → α + β phase transformation of Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-(Cu, Cr) alloys. Results show that the α → α + β phase transformation peaks shift to higher temperature with increasing heating rates, indicating that the reactions are thermally activated and kinetically controlled processes. The α → α + β phase transformation temperature (Tα→α+β) are affected by the solid solubility limit as well as the diffusivities of various elements in these alloys. For the zirconium alloys with low Nb contents, the Tα→α+β increases with an increase of Sn content. The addition of Cu in zirconium alloys decrease the Tα→α+β, while the addition of Cr increase it.

  13. Cu-Cr Literature Review

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    Need, Ryan F.

    2012-08-09

    Cu-Cr alloys are part of a class of face-centered cubic (FCC)-body-centered cubic (BCC) composites that includes similar alloys, such as Cu-Nb and Cu-Ta. When heavily deformed, these FCC-BCC materials create 'in situ' composites with a characteristic structure-nanoscale BCC filaments in a ductile FCC matrix. The strength of these composites is vastly greater than predicted by the rule of mixtures, and has been shown to be inversely proportional to the filament spacing. Lower raw materials costs suggest that Cu-Cr alloys may offer more economical solution to high-strength, high-conductivity wire than either their Nb or Ta counterparts. However, Cr is also more brittle and soluble in Cu than Nb or Ta. These qualities necessitate thermal treatments to remove solute atoms from the Cu matrix, improve conductivity, and maintain the ductility of the Cr filaments. Through the use of different thermomechanical processing routes or the addition of select dopants, alloys with strength in excess of 1 GPa at 70% IACS have been achieved. To date, previous research on Cu-Cr alloys has focused on a relatively small number of alloy compositions and processing methods while the effects of dopants and ageing treatments have only been studied independently. Consequently, there remains considerable opportunity for the development and optimization of these alloys as a leading high-strength, high-conductivity material.

  14. Production and Precipitation Hardening of Beta-Type Ti-35Nb-10Cu Alloy Foam for Implant Applications

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    Mutlu, Ilven; Yeniyol, Sinem; Oktay, Enver

    2016-04-01

    In this study, beta-type Ti-35Nb-10Cu alloy foams were produced by powder metallurgy method for dental implant applications. 35% Nb was added to stabilize the beta-Ti phase with low Young's modulus. Cu addition enhanced sinterability and gave precipitation hardening capacity to the alloy. Sintered specimens were precipitation hardened in order to enhance the mechanical properties. Electrochemical corrosion behavior of the specimens was examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in artificial saliva. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results indicated that the oxide film on the surface of foam is a bi-layer structure consisting of outer porous layer and inner barrier layer. Impedance values of barrier layer were higher than porous layer. Corrosion resistance of specimens decreased at high fluoride concentrations and at low pH of artificial saliva. Corrosion resistance of alloys was slightly decreased with aging. Mechanical properties, microstructure, and surface roughness of the specimens were also examined.

  15. Kinetics of phase growth in the Cu-Sn system and application to composite Nb3Sn strands

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    Emanuela Barzi et al.1

    2002-11-18

    Nb{sub 3}Sn is the superconductor most used in the R and D of high field accelerator magnets by either the wind and react or the react and wind technique. In order to program the low temperature steps of the heat treatment, the growth kinetics of Cu-Sn intermetallics was investigated as a function of duration and temperature. The diffusion constants of {eta}, {var_epsilon} and {delta} phases between 150 and 550 C were evaluated using Cu-Sn model samples. Statistical and systematic errors were thoroughly evaluated for an accurate data analysis. Next the behavior of Internal Tin and Modified Jelly Roll Nb{sub 3}Sn composites was compared with the model predictions.

  16. Investigation of the nanodomain structure formation by piezoelectric force microscopy and Raman confocal microscopy in LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} crystals

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Zelenovskiy, P. S.; Nebogatikov, M. S.; Alikin, D. O.; Sarmanova, M. F.; Ievlev, A. V.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Kuznetsov, D. K.

    2011-09-01

    Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) and Raman confocal microscopy have been used for studying the nanodomain structures in congruent LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} crystals. The high-resolution nanodomain images at the surface were observed via PFM. Raman confocal microscopy has been used for the visualization of the nanodomain structures in the bulk via layer-by-layer scanning at various depths. It has been shown experimentally that the nanodomain images obtained at different depths correspond to domain images at the polar surface obtained at different moments: the deeper the nanodomain, the earlier the moment. Such a correlation was applied for the reconstruction of the evolution of the domain structures with charged domain walls. The studied domain structures were obtained in highly non-equilibrium switching conditions realized in LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} via pulse laser irradiation and the electric field poling of LiNbO{sub 3}, with the surface layer modified by ion implantation. The revealed main stages of the domain structure evolution allow the authors to demonstrate that all geometrically different nanodomain structures observed in LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} appeared as a result of discrete switching.

  17. Transport and thermoelectric properties of Sr{sub 3}(Ti{sub 0.95}R{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 7} (R = Ta, Nb, W) oxides

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    Sun, R. R.; Qin, X. Y.; Li, L. L.; Li, D.; Wang, N. N.; Zhang, J.; Wang, Q. Q.

    2012-12-15

    The Sr{sub 3}(Ti{sub 0.95}R{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 7} (R = Ta, Nb, W) polycrystalline compounds were fabricated, and their transport and thermoelectric properties were investigated. The results indicate that at T > 300 K electrical resistivity {rho} for all the doped compounds increases monotonically with temperature, and basically can be described by a relation {rho}{proportional_to}T{sup M} at T > {approx}650 K, with M = 1.39, 1.66, and 1.77 for R = Ta, Nb, and W, respectively, implying that at the high temperatures the acoustic phonon scattering dominates the scattering process. Although the resistivity {rho} of Sr{sub 3}(Ti{sub 0.95}Ta{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 7} exhibits a metallic-like behavior at the temperature as low as 5 K, a transition from metallic state (d{rho}/dT > 0) to semiconductor-like state (d{rho}/dT < 0) was observed at a critical low temperature {approx}41 K and {approx}79 K for R = Nb and W, respectively. At T < {approx}22 K, {approx}57 K, and {approx}80 K, a relation of {sigma}{proportional_to}T{sup 1/2} (here conductivity {sigma} = 1/{rho}) holds for the doped compounds with R = Nb, Ta, and W, respectively, suggesting that at the low temperatures the main transport mechanism is electron-electron interaction due to the presence of disorder induced by the dopants. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) for Ta-doped compound increases more steeply with increasing temperature among the three compounds and reaches 0.066 at 1000 K.

  18. Effects of cold-treatment and strain-rate on mechanical properties of NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires.

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    Guan, Mingzhi; Wang, Xingzhe; Zhou, Youhe

    2015-01-01

    During design and winding of superconducting magnets at room temperature, a pre-tension under different rate is always applied to improve the mechanical stability of the magnets. However, an inconsistency rises for superconductors usually being sensitive to strain and oversized pre-stress which results in degradation of the superconducting composites' critical performance at low temperature. The present study focused on the effects of the cold-treatment and strain-rate of tension deformation on mechanical properties of NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires. The samples were immersed in a liquid nitrogen (LN2) cryostat for the adiabatic cold-treatment, respectively with 18-hour, 20-hour, 22-hour and 24-hour. A universal testing machine was utilized for tension tests of the NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires at room temperature; a small-scale extensometer was used to measure strain of samples with variable strain-rate. The strength, elongation at fracture and yield strength of pre-cold-treatment NbTi/Cu composite wires were drawn. It was shown that, the mechanical properties of the superconducting wires are linearly dependent on the holding time of cold-treatment at lower tensile strain-rate, while they exhibit notable nonlinear features at higher strain-rate. The cold-treatment in advance and the strain-rate of pre-tension demonstrate remarkable influences on the mechanical property of the superconducting composite wires. PMID:25713767

  19. Effects of cold-treatment and strain-rate on mechanical properties of NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires.

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    Guan, Mingzhi; Wang, Xingzhe; Zhou, Youhe

    2015-01-01

    During design and winding of superconducting magnets at room temperature, a pre-tension under different rate is always applied to improve the mechanical stability of the magnets. However, an inconsistency rises for superconductors usually being sensitive to strain and oversized pre-stress which results in degradation of the superconducting composites' critical performance at low temperature. The present study focused on the effects of the cold-treatment and strain-rate of tension deformation on mechanical properties of NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires. The samples were immersed in a liquid nitrogen (LN2) cryostat for the adiabatic cold-treatment, respectively with 18-hour, 20-hour, 22-hour and 24-hour. A universal testing machine was utilized for tension tests of the NbTi/Cu superconducting composite wires at room temperature; a small-scale extensometer was used to measure strain of samples with variable strain-rate. The strength, elongation at fracture and yield strength of pre-cold-treatment NbTi/Cu composite wires were drawn. It was shown that, the mechanical properties of the superconducting wires are linearly dependent on the holding time of cold-treatment at lower tensile strain-rate, while they exhibit notable nonlinear features at higher strain-rate. The cold-treatment in advance and the strain-rate of pre-tension demonstrate remarkable influences on the mechanical property of the superconducting composite wires.

  20. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 1000 GPa compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Tomlinson, K.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; Drake, R. R.; Cochrane, K.; Blue, B. E.; Robinson, A. C.; Mattsson, T. R.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a new technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot pressure vs. density data for solid metals compressed to extreme pressure by a magnetically driven liner implosion on the Z-machine (Z) at Sandia National Laboratories. In our experiments, the liner comprises inner and outer metal tubes. The inner tube is composed of a sample material (e.g., Ta and Cu) whose compressed state is to be inferred. The outer tube is composed of Al and serves as the current carrying cathode. Another aluminum liner at much larger radius serves as the anode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as it implodes. The iterative method used to infer pressure vs. density requires two velocity measurements. Photonic Doppler velocimetry probes measure the implosion velocity of the free (inner) surface of the sample material and the explosion velocity of the anode free (outer) surface. These two velocities are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulation and mathematical optimization to obtain the current driving the liner implosion, and to infer pressure and density in the sample through maximum compression. This new equation of state calibration technique is illustrated using a simulated experiment with a Cu sample. Monte Carlo uncertainty quantification of synthetic data establishes convergence criteria for experiments. Results are presented from experiments with Al/Ta, Al/Cu, and Al liners. Symmetric liner implosion with quasi-isentropic compression to peak pressure ˜1000 GPa is achieved in all cases. These experiments exhibit unexpectedly softer behavior above 200 GPa, which we conjecture is related to differences in the actual and modeled properties of aluminum.

  1. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 1000 GPa compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Tomlinson, K.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; et al

    2016-01-07

    We report on a new technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot pressure vs. density data for solid metals compressed to extreme pressure by a magnetically driven liner implosion on the Z-machine (Z) at Sandia National Laboratories. In our experiments, the liner comprises inner and outer metal tubes. The inner tube is composed of a sample material (e.g., Ta and Cu) whose compressed state is to be inferred. The outer tube is composed of Al and serves as the current carrying cathode. Another aluminum liner at much larger radius serves as the anode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as itmore » implodes. The iterative method used to infer pressure vs. density requires two velocity measurements. Photonic Doppler velocimetry probes measure the implosion velocity of the free (inner) surface of the sample material and the explosion velocity of the anode free (outer) surface. These two velocities are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulation and mathematical optimization to obtain the current driving the liner implosion, and to infer pressure and density in the sample through maximum compression. This new equation of state calibration technique is illustrated using a simulated experiment with a Cu sample. Monte Carlo uncertainty quantification of synthetic data establishes convergence criteria for experiments. Results are presented from experiments with Al/Ta, Al/Cu, and Al liners. Symmetric liner implosion with quasi-isentropic compression to peak pressure ~1000 GPa is achieved in all cases. Lastly, these experiments exhibit unexpectedly softer behavior above 200 GPa, which we conjecture is related to differences in the actual and modeled properties of aluminum.« less

  2. The in vitro and in vivo performance of a strontium-containing coating on the low-modulus Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy formed by micro-arc oxidation.

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    Liu, Wei; Cheng, Mengqi; Wahafu, Tuerhongjiang; Zhao, Yaochao; Qin, Hui; Wang, Jiaxing; Zhang, Xianlong; Wang, Liqiang

    2015-07-01

    The β-titanium alloy is thought to be a promising alloy using as orthopedic or dental implants owing to its characteristics, which contains low elastic modulus, high corrosion resistance and well biocompatibility. Our previous study has reported that a new β-titanium alloy Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr showed low modulus close to human bone, equal tissue compatibility to a traditional implant alloy Ti6Al4V. In this study, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) was applied on the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy to enhance its surface characteristics and biocompatibility and osseointegration ability. Two different coatings were formed, TiO2 doped with calcium-phosphate coating (Ca-P) and calcium-phosphate-strontium coating (Ca-P-Sr). Then we evaluated the effects of the MAO coatings on the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy through in vitro and in vivo tests. As to the characteristics of the coatings, the morphology, chemical composition, surface roughness and contact angle of MAO coatings were tested by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and video contact-angle measurement system respectively. Besides, we performed MTT assay, ALP test and cell morphology-adhesion test on materials to evaluate the MAOed coating materials' biocompatibility in vitro. The in vivo experiment was performed through rabbit model. Alloys were implanted into rabbits' femur shafts, then we performed micro-CT, histological and sequential fluorescent labeling analysis to evaluate implants' osseointegration ability in vivo. Finally, the Ca-P specimens and Ca-P-Sr specimens exhibited a significant enhancement in surface roughness, hydrophilicity, cell proliferation, cell adhesion. More new bone was found around the Ca-P-Sr coated alloy than Ca-P coated alloy and Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy. In conclusion, the MAO treatment improved in vitro and in vivo performance of Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy. The Ca-P-Sr coating may be a promising modified surface formed by MAO for the novel β-titanium alloy Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr.

  3. The in vitro and in vivo performance of a strontium-containing coating on the low-modulus Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy formed by micro-arc oxidation.

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    Liu, Wei; Cheng, Mengqi; Wahafu, Tuerhongjiang; Zhao, Yaochao; Qin, Hui; Wang, Jiaxing; Zhang, Xianlong; Wang, Liqiang

    2015-07-01

    The β-titanium alloy is thought to be a promising alloy using as orthopedic or dental implants owing to its characteristics, which contains low elastic modulus, high corrosion resistance and well biocompatibility. Our previous study has reported that a new β-titanium alloy Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr showed low modulus close to human bone, equal tissue compatibility to a traditional implant alloy Ti6Al4V. In this study, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) was applied on the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy to enhance its surface characteristics and biocompatibility and osseointegration ability. Two different coatings were formed, TiO2 doped with calcium-phosphate coating (Ca-P) and calcium-phosphate-strontium coating (Ca-P-Sr). Then we evaluated the effects of the MAO coatings on the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy through in vitro and in vivo tests. As to the characteristics of the coatings, the morphology, chemical composition, surface roughness and contact angle of MAO coatings were tested by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and video contact-angle measurement system respectively. Besides, we performed MTT assay, ALP test and cell morphology-adhesion test on materials to evaluate the MAOed coating materials' biocompatibility in vitro. The in vivo experiment was performed through rabbit model. Alloys were implanted into rabbits' femur shafts, then we performed micro-CT, histological and sequential fluorescent labeling analysis to evaluate implants' osseointegration ability in vivo. Finally, the Ca-P specimens and Ca-P-Sr specimens exhibited a significant enhancement in surface roughness, hydrophilicity, cell proliferation, cell adhesion. More new bone was found around the Ca-P-Sr coated alloy than Ca-P coated alloy and Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy. In conclusion, the MAO treatment improved in vitro and in vivo performance of Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy. The Ca-P-Sr coating may be a promising modified surface formed by MAO for the novel β-titanium alloy Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr. PMID

  4. Effect of crystal structure on microwave dielectric properties of Li{sub 2}SrTa{sub 2(1−x)}Nb{sub 2x}O{sub 7} compounds

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    Singh, Santosh Kumar; Murthy, V.R.K

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of orthorhombic Li{sub 2}SrTa{sub 2(1−x)}Nb{sub 2x}O{sub 7} compounds • The mechanism for enhancement of quality factor by bond strength. • Deviation of τ{sub ƒ} with octahedral distortion of the compound. - Abstract: The Li{sub 2}SrTa{sub 2(1−x)}Nb{sub 2x}O{sub 7} (x = 0–1.0) with layered-perovskite type structure were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction reveals that all these compounds possess orthorhombic crystal structure with Cmcm space group. B-site bond strength and B-site octahedral distortion of these compounds were calculated using bond lengths obtained from Rietveld refinement. The dielectric constant (ϵ{sub r}) decreased from 24.2 to 15.2 with increase in the Nb concentration, which was due to decrease in dielectric polarizability of compound. The non-monotonic variation in quality factor (Q × ƒ) was observed with Nb concentration. This variation of quality factor was correlated with the B-site bond strength. The B-site octahedral distortion was found to increase with Nb content, which was the major factor for increase in temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τ{sub f}) of these compounds.

  5. Phase Selection in a Laser Surface Melted Zr-Cu-Ni-Al-Nb Alloy

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    Welk, Brian A.; Fraser, Hamish L.; Dixit, Vikas; Williams, Tim; Gibson, Mark A.

    2014-04-01

    The present work explores the use of the LENS™ (laser engineered net shaping) powder deposition technique in combination with laser surface melting to evaluate the formation-properties-production of bulk metallic glass-forming systems. A model Zr-Cu-Ni-Al-Nb alloy was subjected to a number of laser surface melting experiments to remelt and rapidly solidify a thin surface layer (the laser power varied from 150 W to 450 W and the travel speed of the substrate surface relative to the laser beam varied from 8 mm/s to 170 mm/s). Detailed SEM/TEM evaluation of the microstructure formed under selected laser surface melting conditions was conducted. A marked transition in the microstructure was observed as a result of phase selection, driven by the undercooling manifest under the different imposed solidification conditions. It is considered that such a technique provides valuable insight into the scope for microstructure manipulation through the precise control of the processing variables. The control of the microstructural length scale and the tuning of the intrinsic elastic constants of the constituent phases have been identified as being paramount, for example, in the alloy design of amorphous matrix composites.

  6. Residual Stresses in Thermal Barrier Coatings for a Cu-8Cr-4Nb Substrate System

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    Ghosn, Louis J.; Raj, Sai V.

    2002-01-01

    Analytical calculations were conducted to determine the thermal stresses developed in a coated copper-based alloy, Cu-8%(at.%)Cr-4%Nb (designated as GRCop-84), after plasma spraying and during heat-up in a simulated rocket engine environment. Finite element analyses were conducted for two coating systems consisting of a metallic top coat, a pure copper bond coat and the GRCop-84. The through thickness temperature variations were determined as a function of coating thickness for two metallic coatings, a Ni-17%(wt%)Cr-6%Al-0.5%Y alloy and a Ni-50%(at.%)Al alloy. The residual stresses after low-pressure plasma spraying of the NiCrAlY and NiAl coatings on GRCop-84 substrate were also evaluated. These analyses took into consideration a 50.8 mm copper bond coat and the effects of an interface coating roughness. The through the thickness thermal stresses developed in coated liners were also calculated after 15 minutes of exposure in a rocket environment with and without an interfacial roughness.

  7. IMPROVEMENT OF NONVOLATILE BLUE PHOTOREFRACTIVE PROPERTIES IN In:Ce:Cu:LiNbO3 CRYSTALS

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    Leng, Xuesong; Dai, Li; Xu, Chao; Yang, Chunhui; Xu, Yuheng

    2013-08-01

    The In:Ce:Cu:LiNbO3 crystals used in this work were grown by Czchralski method. The key parameters: the exponential gain coefficient Γ, the diffraction efficiency ηS, the response time τw, the dynamic range M/#, the sensitivity S and the maximal refractive index change Δnmax were measured with conventional two beam coupling. The optimal values of Γ, ηS, M/#, S and Δnmax achieved are 44.7, 68.6%, 6.02, 0.471 cm/J and 5.37 × 10-5, respectively. It was found that the blue light photorefractive properties of Γ, ηS, M/#, S and Δnmax increased with increasing In3+ ions concentration, while the red light photorefractive properties of Γ, ηS, Δnmax decreased with increasing In3+ ions concentration. The nonvolatile holographic storage properties were measured by both the dual wavelength and two color techniques. The maximal diffraction efficiency and fixing diffraction efficiency using the dual wavelength technique were doubled compared to those obtained in using the two color technique. The sensitivity and nonvolatile sensitivity were one order of magnitude higher than those by the two color technique. The photorefractive property enhancement by the dual wavelength technique was investigated.

  8. Nondestructive readout of holograms recorded by Bessel beam technique in LiNbO3:Fe and LiNbO3:Fe:Cu crystals

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    Badalyan, Anahit; Hovsepyan, Ruben; Mantashyan, Paytsar; Mekhitaryan, Vahram; Drampyan, Rafael

    2014-04-01

    Detailed and comparable investigations of the time evolution of the readout erasure of 1D and 2D annular symmetry photonic lattice structures optically induced by nondiffracting Bessel beam technique were performed. The lattices were recorded with the use of cw single mode 532 nm, 17 mW laser beam in photorefractive LiNbO3:Fe and LiNbO3:Fe:Cu crystals, the latter having also photochromic properties. While the 1D Bessel-like refractive lattice had micrometric scale modulation in the radial direction, the 2D complex lattices inducted by Bessel standing wave were a combination of annular and planar refractive gratings with ~10 μm period in the radial and half-wavelength standing wave 266 nm period in the axial directions. The study of photochromic properties of LN:Fe:Cu crystal at 532 nm showed 1.6 times increase of absorption coefficient with increase of illuminating intensity from 12.5 to 96.8 mW/cm2, which opened a direct way of essential decrease of the erasure of the stored lattices during readout by weaker probe beam at the recording wavelength. Investigations showed that the erasure constants for 1D and 2D lattices in LN:Fe:Cu crystal are larger than in LN:Fe crystal (6150 and 5150 s, and 3080 and 698 s, respectively). The nondestructive refractive lattices recorded by Bessel beam technique will assist the different applications in all optical devices and communication systems and have particular interest for experiments on light localization and spatial soliton formation in structured nonlinear media.

  9. The effect of boron addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of biomedical Ti35Nb6Ta alloy

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    Málek, Jaroslav; Hnilica, František; Veselý, Jaroslav; Smola, Bohumil; Březina, Vítězslav

    2014-10-15

    The beta-titanium alloys are promising materials for bioapplications but their processing via melting is difficult. Coarse grains have been observed in as-cast specimens. Subsequent thermo-mechanical processing seems to be necessary in order to obtain fine-grained microstructure with better mechanical properties. The grain size can be decreased significantly by addition of small boron amount. In this work Ti–35Nb–6Ta alloy with various B additions (0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 wt.%) has been studied. Even the smallest amount of B leads to significant grain refinement in Ti–35Nb–6Ta alloy (from 1300 to about 350 μm). Slight grain refinement has been observed also after hot forging and solution treatment. TiB particles emerged in specimens due to B addition. These particles contribute to changes in mechanical properties not only in hot forged and solution treated specimens (hardness increase from 140 to 180 HV10), but also in cold swaged specimens (hardness from 230 to 250 HV10, tensile strength from 800 to 920 MPa). The hardness values can be increased up to 370 HV10 during aging at 400 °C (specimen with 0.5 wt.% B). It has been observed that specimens with low boron addition 0.05 wt.% possess no cytotoxicity. On the other hand in specimens with 0.1 wt.% B or more slight adverse effect on cytotoxicity has been observed. - Highlights: • The influence of boron on microstructure and mechanical properties has been studied. • Beta-transus temperature has been determined. • Cytotoxicity depending on boron content has been evaluated. • Possibility of final heat treatment has been determined.

  10. Structure analysis on the Ba{sub 3}Mg(Ta{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics: Coexistence of order and disorder

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    Janaswamy, Srinivas Murthy, G. Sreenivasa; Dias, E.D.; Murthy, V.R.K.

    2008-03-04

    The Ba{sub 3}ZnTa{sub 2}O{sub 9} (BZT) and Ba{sub 3}MgTa{sub 2}O{sub 9} (BMT) ceramics, a family of A{sub 3}B{sup 2+}B{sup 5+}{sub 2}O{sub 9} complex perovskites, are extensively utilized in mobile based technologies due to their intrinsic high unloaded quality factor, high dielectric constant and a low (near-zero) resonant frequency temperature coefficient at microwave frequencies. The preparation conditions as well as size and nature of B cations have a profound effect on the final dielectric properties. In this article, we report the effect of Nb{sup 5+} at the Ta{sup 5+} site on the BMT structure prepared at four synthesis temperatures (1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600 deg. C). The analysis has been carried out using the Rietveld technique on the X-ray powder diffraction data. Results suggest that both the preparation temperatures and Nb{sup 5+} content have significant effect on the ordering of B cations in the Ba{sub 3}Mg(Ta{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 9} solid solution. A disordered (cubic) structure is preferred by the 1300 deg. C compounds. The weight percentage of the ordered (trigonal) phase escalates, for a given composition, with increasing calcination temperature. A fully ordered trigonal arrangement exists only for x = 0.0 and 0.2 compounds calcined at 1600 deg. C, and the rest are biphasic (cubic and trigonal). The increase in the cubic fraction upon Nb{sup 5+} augmentation suggests that the solid solution leans more toward the disordered structural arrangement of B{sup 2+} and B{sup 5+} cations.

  11. Microstructures and wear properties of surface treated Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.35O alloy by electron beam melting (EBM)

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    Chen, Zijin; Liu, Yong; Wu, Hong; Zhang, Weidong; Guo, Wei; Tang, Huiping; Liu, Nan

    2015-12-01

    Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.35O (wt.%) (TNTZO, also called gum metal) alloy was surface treated by electron beam melting (EBM), in order to improve wear properties. The microstructures and phase constitutions of the treated surface were characterized by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The results showed that the martensitic phase and dendrites were formed from the β phase alloy after the EBM treatment, and microstructures in the surface changed with the processing parameters. Compared with the untreated TNTZO alloy, the surface modified TNTZO alloys exhibited higher nano-hardness, 8.0 GPa, and the wear loss was also decreased apparently. The samples treated at a scanning speed of 0.5 m/s exhibited the highest wear resistance due to the fast cooling rate and the precipitation of acicular α″ phase. The relationship between the wear property and the surface microstructure of TNTZO alloy was discussed.

  12. Effect of Extrusion Temperature on the Microstructural Development of Powder Metallurgy Ti-47A1-2Cr-1Nb-1Ta Alloy

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    Hsiung, L.; Nieh, T.G.

    2000-06-29

    Effect of extrusion temperatures on the microstructural development of a powder metallurgy (PM) Ti-47Al-2Cr-1Nb-1Ta (at. %) alloy has been investigated. Microstructure of the PM alloy extruded at 1150 C consists of a fine-grained ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) two-phase structure in association with coarse grains of metastable B2 (ordered bcc) phase. In addition, fine {omega} (ordered hexagonal) particles are also found within some B2 grains. The PM alloy containing the metastable B2 grains displays a low-temperature superplastic behavior, in which a tensile elongation of 310% is obtained at 800 C under a strain rate of 2 x 10{sup -5} s{sup -1}. It is suggested that the decomposition of metastable B2 phase and microstructural evolution during the deformation play a crucial role in the low-temperature superplasticity of the PM TiAl alloy. A refined fully-lamellar (FL) microstructure with alternating {gamma} and {alpha}{sub 2} lamellae is developed within the PM alloy extruded at 1400 C. The creep resistance of the refined FL-TiAl alloy is found to be superior to those of the TiAl alloys fabricated by conventional processing techniques. Creep mechanisms for the PM alloy with a refined FL microstructure are critically discussed according to TEM examination of deformation substructure.

  13. Enhancement of adhesive strength of hydroxyapatite films on Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr by surface morphology control.

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    Hieda, Junko; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Cho, Ken; Gozawa, Tatsuya; Katsui, Hirokazu; Tu, Rong; Goto, Takashi

    2013-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) films were deposited on a β-type titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ), by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) in order to improve its hard-tissue compatibility. The surface morphologies of TNTZ substrates were changed by acid treatments and mechanical polishing prior to the HAp film deposition. The adhesive strength of the HAp films formed on TNTZ substrates treated with an HF solution increased to twice that of the HAp film deposited on a TNTZ substrate with a mirror-like finish. Complex microstructures with deeply etched grain boundaries, formed on the TNTZ substrates after immersion in the HF solution, were responsible for the increase in the adhesive strength of the HAp film caused by an interlocking effect. The HAp films on TNTZ substrates treated with a H(2)SO(4) solution exhibited lower adhesive strength than HAp films on TNTZ substrates treated with HF solution, regardless of the surface roughness of the substrates. Additionally, acid treatments using HNO(3) and H(2)O(2) solutions did not change the surface morphologies of the TNTZ substrates. The complex microstructures with deeply etched grain boundaries and nanosized asperities formed on the TNTZ substrates are important factors in the improvement of the adhesive strengths of HAp films deposited on TNTZ substrates. PMID:23274485

  14. Surface Modification and In Vitro Characterization of Cp-Ti and Ti-5Al-2Nb-1Ta Alloy in Simulated Body Fluid

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    Sasikumar, Y.; Rajendran, N.

    2012-10-01

    Ti and its alloys are widely used in manufacturing orthopedic implants as prostheses for joint replacement because of their high corrosion resistance and excellent biocompatibility. However, they lack in bone-bonding ability and leads to higher rate of osteolysis and subsequent loosening of implants. In order to enhance the bone-bonding ability of these alloys, various surface-modification techniques are generally employed. The present investigation is mainly concerned with the surface modification of Cp-Ti and Ti-5Al-2Nb-1Ta alloy using a mixture of alkali and hydrogen peroxide followed by subsequent heat treatment to produce a porous gel layer with anatase structure, which enhances osseointegration. The morphological behavior was examined by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX). The in vitro characterization of all the specimens was evaluated by immersing the specimens in simulated body fluid solution to assess the apatite formation over the metal surface. The apatite formation was confirmed by XRD, SEM-EDX, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Further, the electrochemical corrosion behaviors of both the untreated and treated specimens were evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the surface-modified and heat-treated specimens exhibited higher corrosion resistance and excellent biocompatibility when compared to the chemical and untreated specimens.

  15. Quaternary Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy during immersion in simulated physiological solutions: formation of layers, dissolution and biocompatibility.

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    Milošev, Ingrid; Hmeljak, Julija; Žerjav, Gregor; Cör, Andrej; Calderon Moreno, Jose Maria; Popa, Monica

    2014-04-01

    Samples of the quaternary Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy were immersed in Hanks' simulated physiological solution and in minimum essential medium (MEM) for 25 days. Samples of Ti metal served as controls. During immersion, the concentration of ions dissolved in MEM was measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, while at the end of the experiment the composition of the surface layers was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and their morphology by scanning electron microscopy equipped for chemical analysis. The surface layer formed during immersion was comprised primarily of TiO2 but contained oxides of alloying elements as well. The degree of oxidation differed for different metal cations; while titanium achieved the highest valency, tantalum remained as the metal or is oxidized to its sub-oxides. Calcium phosphate was formed in both solutions, while formation of organic-related species was observed only in MEM. Dissolution of titanium ions was similar for metal and alloy. Among alloying elements, zirconium dissolved in the largest quantity. The long-term effects of alloy implanted in the recipient's body were investigated in MEM, using two types of human cells-an osteoblast-like cell line and immortalized pulmonary fibroblasts. The in vitro biocompatibility of the quaternary alloy was similar to that of titanium, since no detrimental effects on cell survival, induction of apoptosis, delay of growth, or change in alkaline phosphatase activity were observed on incubation in MEM. PMID:24452270

  16. Quaternary Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy during immersion in simulated physiological solutions: formation of layers, dissolution and biocompatibility.

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    Milošev, Ingrid; Hmeljak, Julija; Žerjav, Gregor; Cör, Andrej; Calderon Moreno, Jose Maria; Popa, Monica

    2014-04-01

    Samples of the quaternary Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy were immersed in Hanks' simulated physiological solution and in minimum essential medium (MEM) for 25 days. Samples of Ti metal served as controls. During immersion, the concentration of ions dissolved in MEM was measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, while at the end of the experiment the composition of the surface layers was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and their morphology by scanning electron microscopy equipped for chemical analysis. The surface layer formed during immersion was comprised primarily of TiO2 but contained oxides of alloying elements as well. The degree of oxidation differed for different metal cations; while titanium achieved the highest valency, tantalum remained as the metal or is oxidized to its sub-oxides. Calcium phosphate was formed in both solutions, while formation of organic-related species was observed only in MEM. Dissolution of titanium ions was similar for metal and alloy. Among alloying elements, zirconium dissolved in the largest quantity. The long-term effects of alloy implanted in the recipient's body were investigated in MEM, using two types of human cells-an osteoblast-like cell line and immortalized pulmonary fibroblasts. The in vitro biocompatibility of the quaternary alloy was similar to that of titanium, since no detrimental effects on cell survival, induction of apoptosis, delay of growth, or change in alkaline phosphatase activity were observed on incubation in MEM.

  17. Domain evolution with electric field and delineation of extrinsic contributions in (K, Na, Li)(Nb, Ta, Sb)O3 single crystal

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    Wang, Junjun; Zheng, Limei; Yang, Bin; Luo, Zhenlin; Lu, Xiaoyan; Liu, Gang; Zhang, Rui; Lv, Tianquan; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    Extrinsic contributions play an important role in the functionalities of ferroelectric materials, while domain structure evolution is crucial for understanding the extrinsic dielectric and piezoelectric responses. In this work, domain configuration changes with an electric field applied along [001]C in the tetragonal (K, Na, Li)(Nb, Sb, Ta)O3 single crystal were studied by means of polarizing light microscopy. Results show that parts of the spontaneous polarizations in the (001)C plane are switched to [001]C direction, while others still stay in the (001)C plane due to high induced internal stresses. Single domain state cannot be achieved even under a high electric field. After being poled along [001]C, the volume fraction of domains with polarzations in the (001)C plane is still about 25.2%. The extrinsic contributions to the dielectric constant are 15.7% and 27.2% under the E field of 1 kV/cm and under 2 kV/cm, respectively, estimated by the Rayleigh analysis. PMID:26339071

  18. Development of thermo-mechanical processing for fabricating highly durable β-type Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr rod for use in spinal fixation devices.

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    Narita, Kengo; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Hieda, Junko; Oribe, Kazuya

    2012-05-01

    The mechanical strength of a beta titanium alloy such as Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr alloy (TNTZ) can be improved significantly by thermo-mechanical treatment. In this study, TNTZ was subjected to solution treatment, cold caliber rolling, and cold swaging before aging treatment to form a rod for spinal fixation. The {110}(β) are aligned parallel to the cross-section with two strong peaks approximately 180° apart, facing one another, in the TNTZ rods subjected to cold caliber rolling and six strong peaks at approximately 60° intervals, facing one another, in the TNTZ rods subjected to cold swaging. Therefore, the TNTZ rods subjected to cold swaging have a more uniform structure than those subjected to cold caliber rolling. The orientation relationship between the α and β phases is different. A [110](β)//[121](α), (112)(β)//(210)(α) orientation relationship is observed in the TNTZ rods subjected to aging treatment at 723 K after solution treatment and cold caliber rolling. On the other hand, a [110](β)//[001](α), (112)(β)//(200)(α) orientation relationship is observed in TNTZ rod subjected to aging treatment at 723 K after cold swaging. A high 0.2% proof stress of about 1200 MPa, high elongation of 18%, and high fatigue strength of 950 MPa indicate that aging treatment at 723 K after cold swaging is the optimal thermo-mechanical process for a TNTZ rod.

  19. Variation of Nb-Ta, Zr-Hf, Th-U and K-Cs in two diabase-granophyre suites

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    Gottfried, D.; Greenland, L.P.; Campbell, E.Y.

    1968-01-01

    Concentrations of Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, Th, U and Cs have been determined in samples of igneous rocks representing the diabase-granophyre suites from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and Great Lake, Tasmania. Niobium and tantalum have a three to fourfold increase with differentiation in each of the suites. The chilled margin of the Great Lake intrusion contains half the niobium and tantalum content (5.3 ppm and 0.4 ppm, respectively) of the chilled basalt from Dillsburg (10 ppm and 0.9 ppm, respectively). The twofold difference between the suites is correlated with differences in their titanium content. The average Nb Ta ratios for each suite are similar: 13.5 for the Great Lake suite, and 14.4 for the Dillsburg suite. The zirconium content of the two suites is essentially the same and increases from 50 to 60 ppm in the chilled margins to 240-300 ppm in the granophyres. Hafnium is low in the early formed rocks (0.5 -1.5 ppm and achieves a maximum in the granophyres (5-8 ppm). The Zr Hfratio decreases from 68 to 33 with progressive differentiation. In the Dillsburg suite thorium and uranium increase from 2.6 ppm and 0.6 ppm, respectively, in the chilled samples to 11.8 ppm and 3.1 ppm in the granophyres. The chilled margin of the Great Lake suite contains 3.2 ppm thorium and 9.8 ppm uranium; the granophyre contains 11.2 ppm thorium and 2.8 ppm uranium. The average Th U ratios of the Dillsburg and Great Lake suites are nearly the same-4.1 and 4.4, respectively. Within each suite the Th U ratio remains quite constant. Cesium and the K Cs ratio do not vary systematically in the Dillsburg suite possibly because of redistribution or loss of cesium by complex geologic processes. Except for the chilled margin of the Great Lake suite, the variation of Cs and the K Cs ratio are in accord with theoretical considerations. Cesium increases from about 0.6 ppm in the lower zone to 3.5 ppm in the granophyre; the K Cs ratio varies from 10 ?? 103 in the lower zone to 6 ?? 103 in the granophyre. A

  20. Interface and defect structures in YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Nb : SrTiO3 heterojunction

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    Fu, L. F.; Browning, N. D.; Ramadan, W.; Ogale, S. B.; Kundaliya, D. C.; Venkatesan, T.

    2007-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films grown on a Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate by a pulsed laser deposition method have been fully characterized by scanning transmission electron microscopy Z-contrast imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy techniques. The Nb distribution was found to be uniform and unchanged across the interface, ensuring a high quality p-n junction heterointerface. We first observed the coexistence of 124 and 125 YBCO defect structure phases, appearing as planar defects in a YBCO thin film. Dispersive Y2O3 nanoparticles have also been observed in the thin film. The interaction of these defect structures and Y2O3 nanoparticles is thought to be beneficial for pinning flux through the entire film thickness.

  1. STRUCTURE AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 ALLOYS

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    Wang, Yuxin; Ju, Ying; Lu, Wei; Yan, Biao; Gao, Wei

    2013-07-01

    (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 amorphous ribbons, a type of Co doped Finemet alloy, were prepared by melt-spinning and annealed at 440-560°C for 30 min. Influences of heat treatment and Co content on the crystallization were analyzed through differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The microstructure was analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The magnetic properties of (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 and Finemet ribbons were tested by an alternating current soft magnetic properties measurement system. A comparative study of frequency dispersion properties between (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 and Finemet was conducted. Results indicate that the optimal magnetic property has been achieved when (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 ribbons were annealed at the temperature range of 480°C-520°C, after which the grain size became between 10 nm and 20 nm. Although the permeability of (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 is not as high as that of Finemet, this Co-doped Finemet amorphous alloy presents better high frequency properties, and therefore is a promising candidate for the high frequency field applications.

  2. Nanoindentation, High-Temperature Behavior, and Crystallographic/Spectroscopic Characterization of the High-Refractive-Index Materials TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7.

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    Perfler, Lukas; Kahlenberg, Volker; Wikete, Christoph; Schmidmair, Daniela; Tribus, Martina; Kaindl, Reinhard

    2015-07-20

    Colorless single crystals, as well as polycrystalline samples of TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7, were grown directly from the melt and prepared by solid-state reactions, respectively, at various temperatures between 1598 K and 1983 K. The chemical composition of the crystals was confirmed by wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the crystal structures were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Structural investigations of the isostructural compounds resulted in the following basic crystallographic data: monoclinic symmetry, space group I2/m (No. 12), a = 17.6624(12) Å, b = 3.8012(3) Å, c = 11.8290(9) Å, β = 95.135(7)°, V = 790.99(10) Å(3) for TiTa2O7 and a = 17.6719(13) Å, b = 3.8006(2) Å, c = 11.8924(9) Å, β = 95.295(7)°, V = 795.33(10) Å(3), respectively, for TiNb2O7, Z = 6. Rietveld refinement analyses of the powder X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectroscopy were carried out to complement the structural investigations. In addition, in situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments over the temperature range of 323-1323 K enabled the study of the thermal expansion tensors of TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7. To determine the hardness (H), and elastic moduli (E) of the chemical compounds, nanoindentation experiments have been performed with a Berkovich diamond indenter tip. Analyses of the load-displacement curves resulted in a hardness of H = 9.0 ± 0.5 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 170 ± 7 GPa for TiTa2O7. TiNb2O7 showed a slightly lower hardness of H = 8.7 ± 0.3 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 159 ± 4 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of the polished specimens was employed for the determination of the optical constants n and k. TiNb2O7 as well as TiTa2O7 exhibit a very high average refractive index of nD = 2.37 and nD = 2.29, respectively, at λ = 589 nm, similar to that of diamond (nD = 2.42). PMID:26132138

  3. Nanoindentation, High-Temperature Behavior, and Crystallographic/Spectroscopic Characterization of the High-Refractive-Index Materials TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7.

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    Perfler, Lukas; Kahlenberg, Volker; Wikete, Christoph; Schmidmair, Daniela; Tribus, Martina; Kaindl, Reinhard

    2015-07-20

    Colorless single crystals, as well as polycrystalline samples of TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7, were grown directly from the melt and prepared by solid-state reactions, respectively, at various temperatures between 1598 K and 1983 K. The chemical composition of the crystals was confirmed by wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the crystal structures were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Structural investigations of the isostructural compounds resulted in the following basic crystallographic data: monoclinic symmetry, space group I2/m (No. 12), a = 17.6624(12) Å, b = 3.8012(3) Å, c = 11.8290(9) Å, β = 95.135(7)°, V = 790.99(10) Å(3) for TiTa2O7 and a = 17.6719(13) Å, b = 3.8006(2) Å, c = 11.8924(9) Å, β = 95.295(7)°, V = 795.33(10) Å(3), respectively, for TiNb2O7, Z = 6. Rietveld refinement analyses of the powder X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectroscopy were carried out to complement the structural investigations. In addition, in situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments over the temperature range of 323-1323 K enabled the study of the thermal expansion tensors of TiTa2O7 and TiNb2O7. To determine the hardness (H), and elastic moduli (E) of the chemical compounds, nanoindentation experiments have been performed with a Berkovich diamond indenter tip. Analyses of the load-displacement curves resulted in a hardness of H = 9.0 ± 0.5 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 170 ± 7 GPa for TiTa2O7. TiNb2O7 showed a slightly lower hardness of H = 8.7 ± 0.3 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 159 ± 4 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of the polished specimens was employed for the determination of the optical constants n and k. TiNb2O7 as well as TiTa2O7 exhibit a very high average refractive index of nD = 2.37 and nD = 2.29, respectively, at λ = 589 nm, similar to that of diamond (nD = 2.42).

  4. Precipitation strengthened high strength, high conductivity Cu-Cr-Nb alloys produced by chill block melt spinning. Final Report Ph.D. Thesis

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    Ellis, David L.; Michal, Gary M.

    1989-01-01

    A series of Cu-based alloys containing 2 to 10 a/o Cr and 1 to 5 a/o Nb were produced by chill block melt spinning (CBMS). The melt spun ribbons were consolidated and hot rolled to sheet to produce a supersaturated Cu-Cr-Nb solid solution from which the high melting point intermetallic compound Cr2Nb could be precipitated to strengthen the Cu matrix. The results show that the materials possess electrical conductivities in excess of 90 percent that of pure Cu at 200 C and above. The strengths of the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys were much greater than Cu, Cu-0.6 Cr, NARloy-A, and NARloy-Z in the as-melt spun condition. The strengths of the consolidated materials were less than Cu-Cr and Cu-Cr-Zr below 500 C and 600 C respectively, but were significantly better above these temperatures. The strengths of the consolidated materials were greater than NARloy-Z, at all temperatures. The GLIDCOP possessed similar strength levels up to 750 C when the strength of the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys begins to degrade. The long term stability of the Cu-Cr-Nb alloys was measured by the microhardness of aged samples and the growth of precipitates. The microhardness measurements indicate that the alloys overage rapidly, but do not suffer much loss in strength between 10 and 100 hours which confirms the results of the electrical resistivity measurements taken during the aging of the alloys at 500 C. The loss in strength from peak strength levels is significant, but the strength remains exceptionally good. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the as-melt spun samples revealed that Cr2Nb precipitates formed in the liquid Cu during the chill block melt spinning, indicating a very strong driving force for the formation of the precipitates. The TEM of the aged and consolidated materials indicates that the precipitates coarsen considerably, but remain in the submicron range.

  5. Selective photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol in CuO-loaded NaTaO3 nanocubes in isopropanol

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    Xiang, Tianyu; Chen, Jingshuai; Wang, Yuwen; Yin, Xiaohong; Shao, Xiao

    2016-01-01

    Summary A series of NaTaO3 photocatalysts were prepared with Ta2O5 and NaOH via a hydrothermal method. CuO was loaded onto the surface of NaTaO3 as a cocatalyst by successive impregnation and calcination. The obtained photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV–vis, EDS and XPS and used to photocatalytically reduce CO2 in isopropanol. This worked to both absorb CO2 and as a sacrificial reagent to harvest CO2 and donate electrons. Methanol and acetone were generated as the reduction product of CO2 and the oxidation product of isopropanol, respectively. NaTaO3 nanocubes loaded with 2 wt % CuO and synthesized in 2 mol/L NaOH solution showed the best activity. The methanol and acetone yields were 137.48 μmol/(g·h) and 335.93 μmol/(g·h), respectively, after 6 h of irradiation. Such high activity could be attributed to the good crystallinity, morphology and proper amount of CuO loading, which functioned as reductive sites for selective formation of methanol. The reaction mechanism was also proposed and explained by band theory. PMID:27335766

  6. Citrate sol gel synthesis, phase formation, optical-properties and TEM analysis of nanocrystalline TaSr2SmCu2O8 materials

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    Balamurugan, S.; George, Jincymol; Parthiban, P.

    2016-05-01

    We report the citrate sol gel (CSG) derived synthesis of nanocrystalline tantalo-cuprate, TaSr2SmCu2O8 (Ta1212Sm) materials and studied the thermal, phase formation, photoluminescence (PL) and photo-catalytic properties and TEM analysis. Like Ta1212Eu phase, the present Ta1212Sm phase is also successfully crystallized in tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameter, a = 0.3875(1) nm and c = 1.1690(5) nm with average crystalline size of ~61.5 nm upon subsequent annealing of the combustion product at 1100°C for 24 h under O2 atmosphere. The room temperature PL emission spectrum of nanocrystalline Ta1212Sm materials exhibits an emission peak at ~605 nm under excitation wavelength of 404 nm. The photo-degradation (~89 %) of methyl orange (MO) by the Ta1212Sm catalyst in the presence of H2O2 is explored. The TEM micro-images reveal that the particles are in nano-scale and irregular morphology.

  7. Origin of magnetoelectric effect in Co4Nb2O9 and Co4Ta2O9 : The lessons learned from the comparison of first-principles-based theoretical models and experimental data

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    Solovyev, I. V.; Kolodiazhnyi, T. V.

    2016-09-01

    We report results of joint experimental and theoretical studies on magnetoelectric (ME) compounds Co4Nb2O9 and Co4Ta2O9 . On the experimental side, we present results of the magnetization and dielectric permittivity measurements in the magnetic field. On the theoretical side, we construct the low-energy Hubbard-type model for the magnetically active Co 3 d bands in the Wannier basis, using the input of the first-principles electronic structure calculations, solve this model in the mean-field Hartree-Fock approximation, and evaluate the electric polarization in terms of the Berry phase theory. Both experimental and theoretical results suggest that Co4Ta2O9 is magnetically softer than Co4Nb2O9 . Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that the antiferromagnetic structure of Co4Ta2O9 can be easier deformed by the external magnetic field, yielding larger polarization. This trend is indeed reproduced by our theoretical calculations, but does not seem to be consistent with the experimental behavior of the polarization and dielectric permittivity. Thus, we suggest that there should be a hidden mechanism controlling the ME coupling in these compounds, probably related to the magnetic striction or a spontaneous change of the magnetic structure, which breaks the inversion symmetry. Furthermore, we argue that unlike in other ME systems (e.g., Cr2O3 ), in Co4Nb2O9 and Co4Ta2O9 there are two crystallographic sublattices, which contribute to the ME effect. These contributions are found to be of the opposite sign and tend to compensate each other. The latter mechanism can be also used to control and reverse the electric polarization in these compounds.

  8. Wear transition of solid-solution-strengthened Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloys by interstitial oxygen for biomedical applications.

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    Lee, Yoon-Seok; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Narita, Kengo; Cho, Ken; Liu, Huihong

    2015-11-01

    In previous studies, it has been concluded that volume losses (V loss) of the Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ) discs and balls are larger than those of the respective Ti-6Al-4V extra-low interstitial (Ti64) discs and balls, both in air and Ringer's solution. These results are related to severe subsurface deformation of TNTZ, which is caused by the lower resistance to plastic shearing of TNTZ than that of Ti64. Therefore, it is necessary to further increase the wear resistance of TNTZ to satisfy the requirements as a biomedical implant. From this viewpoint, interstitial oxygen was added to TNTZ to improve the plastic shear resistance via solid-solution strengthening. Thus, the wear behaviors of combinations comprised of a new titanium alloy, TNTZ with high oxygen content of 0.89 mass% (89O) and a conventional titanium alloy, Ti64 were investigated in air and Ringer's solution for biomedical implant applications. The worn surfaces, wear debris, and subsurface damage were analyzed using a scanning electron microscopy and an electron probe microanalysis. V loss of the 89O discs and balls are smaller than those of the respective TNTZ discs and balls in both air and Ringer's solution. It can be concluded that the solid-solution strengthening by oxygen effectively improves the wear resistance for TNTZ materials. However, the 89O disc/ball combination still exhibits higher V loss than the Ti64 disc/ball combination in both air and Ringer's solution. Moreover, V loss of the disc for the 89O disc/Ti64 ball combination significantly decreases in Ringer's solution compared to that in air. This decrease for the 89O disc/Ti64 ball combination in Ringer's solution can be explained by the transition in the wear mechanism from severe delamination wear to abrasive wear.

  9. Effect of Heating Rate on Soft Magnetic Properties in Nanocrystalline Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 and Fe82Cu1Nb1Si4B12 Alloys

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    Ohta, Motoki; Yoshizawa, Yoshihito

    2009-02-01

    The effect of the heating rate in the annealing process of rapidly quenched Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 and Fe82Cu1Nb1Si4B12 amorphous alloys on their soft magnetic properties is investigated. The iron loss in magnetic flux density region of B > 1.55 T in Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 alloy decreases by high-heating-rate annealing (HA). The coercivity Hc and the saturation magnetic flux density Bs in HA specimen of Fe82Cu1Nb1Si4B12 alloy were about 3 A/m and 1.78 T. By applying HA to high-Fe-concentration amorphous alloys such as Fe82Cu1Nb1Si4B12, Fe82Cu1Nb1Si2B12P2, and Fe80.8Cu1.2Si5B11P2, the nanocrystalline alloys with a high Bs of more than 1.75 T and a low Hc of about 3 A/m are obtained.

  10. Fabrication and Evaluation of Mn-Substituted Ba(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 Ceramics

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    Kamimura, Y.; Lee, B.-Y.; Yazawa, K.; Funakubo, H.; Iijima, T.; Uchida, H.

    2011-10-01

    Perovskite oxides with higher phase transition temperature receive much attention as promising candidates which possess excellent and stable dielectric properties over wide temperature range. In the present research, dense ceramics of Ba-based perovskite oxides of Ba(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (BCN) were fabricated by powder sintering. Mn-substituted BCN (Mn-BCN) ceramics were also fabricated for improving the insulating property of the BCN ceramics. Mn-BCN ceramics were fabricated by powder sintering using fine precursor powders derived from sol-gel solutions. The chemical composition of the precursors were Ba[(Cu1/3Nb2/3)1-yMny]O3 with Mn content of y = 0-0.05. The cylindrical compacts of the powders were heat-treated at 1200-1350°C for 1-6 h for sintering. All of Mn-BCN ceramics consisted of perovskite-type crystal structure in tetragonal system at room temperature. The relative density of the pure and Mn-BCN ceramics sintered at 1300°C for 1 h were higher than 90%. The densities were degraded by firing at higher temperature and/or for longer time, owing to the thermal decomposition of the BCN crystalline phase. The Mn-substitution for BCN ceramics resulted in disappearing the dielectric relaxation and suppressing the leakage current conduction.

  11. Ni-free Zr-Cu-Al-Nb-Pd bulk metallic glasses with different Zr/Cu ratios for biomedical applications.

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    Huang, Lu; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Wu, Wei; Liaw, Peter K; Pang, Shujie; Inoue, Akihisa; Zhang, Tao; He, Wei

    2012-08-01

    Zr-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) possess attractive properties for prospective biomedical applications. The present study designs Ni-free Zr-Cu-Al-Nb-Pd BMGs and investigates their in vitro biocompatibility by studying mechanical properties, bio-corrosion resistance, and cellular responses. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy is used as a reference material. It is found that the Zr-based BMGs exhibit good mechanical properties, including high strengths above 1600 MPa, high hardness over 4700 MPa, and low elastic moduli of 85-90 GPa. The Zr-based BMGs are corrosion resistant in a simulated body environment, as revealed by wide passive regions, low passive current densities, and high pitting overpotentials. The formation of ZrO(2)-rich surface passive films of the Zr-based BMGs contributes to their high corrosion resistance, whereas their pitting corrosion in the phosphate buffered saline solution can be attributed to the sensitivity of the ZrO(2) films to the chloride ion. The general biosafety of the Zr-based BMGs is revealed by normal cell adhesions and cell morphologies. Moreover, the Zr/Cu content ratio in the alloy composition affects the biocompatibility of the Zr-based BMGs, by increasing their corrosion resistance and surface wettability with the increase of the Zr/Cu ratio. Effects of Zr/Cu ratios can be used to guide the future design of biocompatible Zr-based BMGs. PMID:22689253

  12. Piezoelectric Properties of CuO-Doped (K,Na)NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics Synthesized with Hydrothermal Powders

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    Yokouchi, Yuriko; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2013-07-01

    We report the piezoelectric properties of CuO-doped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics that can be applied as hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. To date, we have succeeded in synthesizing high-quality KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders by the hydrothermal method, which is based on an ionic reaction at high temperature (around 210 °C) and pressure. Increasing both the piezoelectric constant d and the mechanical quality factor (Qm) is important for resonance-type piezoelectric devices, such as ultrasonic motors and transformers. CuO doping into hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics was examined to realize hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. By doping with 1.2 mol % CuO, Qm was increased and the dielectric loss (tan δ) was decreased to 0.5%. The grain size was also influenced by the amount of CuO doping, which indicates that Qm is related to the density. To achieve a higher Qm value, the grain size is required to be less than 5 µm however, excessive CuO doping leads to anomalous grain growth. Optimal piezoelectric properties were obtained for 1.2 mol % CuO-doped (K,Na)NbO3; k31 = 0.32, d31 = -44 pC/N, Qm (radial) = 959, and tan δ= 0.5%. These characteristics showed that CuO doping with hydrothermal powders is effective for obtaining hard-type ceramics, and the mechanical quality factor is more than ten times higher than that of nondoped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics. Therefore, compared with the conventional solid-state method, we could succeed in obtaining hard-type ceramics by a simple and short process.

  13. Strain-Rate Dependence of Material Strength: Large-Scale Atomistic Simulations of Defective Cu and Ta Crystals

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    Abeywardhana, M.; Vasquez, A.; Gaglione, J.; Germann, T. C.; Ravelo, R.

    2015-06-01

    Large-Scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to model shock wave (SW) and quasi-isentropic compression (QIC) in defective copper and tantalum crystals. The atomic interactions were modeled employing embedded-atom method (EAM) potentials. In the QIC simulations, the MD equations of motion are modified by incorporating a collective strain rate function in the positions and velocities equations, so that the change in internal energy equals the PV work on the system. We examined the deformation mechanisms and material strength for strain rates in the 109-1012 s-1 range For both Cu and Ta defective crystals, we find that the strain rate dependence of the flow stress in this strain rate regime, follows a power law with an exponent close to 0.40. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under AFOSR Award No. FA9550-12-1-0476. Work at Los Alamos was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  14. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 10 Mbar compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Mattsson, T. R.; Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; Drake, R. R.; Cochrane, K.; Robinson, A. C.; Tomlinson, K.; Blue, B. E.

    We report on a technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot equation of state data on solid metals by a magnetically driven cylindrical liner implosion on Sandia's Z-machine (Z). The sample material is in an inner tube with an outer tube composed of Al that serves as the current carrying cathode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as it implodes. Photonic Doppler velocimetry measures the implosion velocity of the free inner surface of the sample material, and the explosion velocity of the return current anode free outer surface. The velocimetry measurements are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulations and optimization to infer pressure and density in the sample. Results are presented for experiments on the Z-machine in which Ta, Cu, and Al samples were compressed to peak pressure 10 Mbar. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  15. ECR Nb Films Grown on Amorphous and Crystalline Cu Substrates: Influence of Ion Energy

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    Valente, Anne-Marie; Eremeev, Grigory V.; Spradlin, Joshua K.; Phillips, H. Lawrence; Reece, Charles E.; Cao, C.; Proslier, Thomas; Tao, T.

    2014-02-01

    In the pursuit of niobium (Nb) films with similar performance with the commonly used bulk Nb surfaces for Superconducting RF (SRF) applications, significant progress has been made with the development of energetic condensation deposition techniques. Using energetic condensation of ions extracted from plasma generated by Electron Cyclotron Resonance, it has been demonstrated that Nb films with good structural properties and RRR comparable to bulk values can be produced on metallic substrates. The controlled incoming ion energy enables a number of processes such as desorption of adsorbed species, enhanced mobility of surface atoms and sub-implantation of impinging ions, thus producing improved film structures at lower process temperatures. Particular attention is given to the nucleation conditions to create a favourable template for growing the final surface exposed to SRF fields. The influence of the deposition energy on film growth on copper substrates is investigated with the characterization of the film surface, structure, superconducting properties and RF performance.

  16. Influence of the B-site ordering on the magnetic properties of the new La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}MO{sub 9} double perovskites with M = Nb or Ta

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    Fuertes, V.C.; Blanco, M.C.; Franco, D.G.; De Paoli, J.M.; Sanchez, R.D.; Carbonio, R.E.

    2011-01-15

    Double perovskites La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} and La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}TaO{sub 9} have been prepared by both solid state and sol-gel synthesis. The crystal structures have been studied from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Rietveld refinements show that the crystal structure is monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/n), with different degrees of ordering of B' and B'' cations, with octahedra tilted according to the Glazer notation a{sup -}b{sup -}c{sup +}. Occupancy refinements show that the solid state materials are more B-site ordered than the sol-gel ones. Magnetization measurements show that these perovskites show two magnetic contributions, one with spontaneous magnetization and other with linear behaviour with the magnetic field associated to antiferromagnetic correlations. In the samples synthesized by solid state the spontaneous magnetization is more important than those synthesized by the sol-gel and present T{sub C} of 62 K for Nb and 72 K for Ta. On the other hand, materials prepared by sol-gel have T{sub C} 20 K for Nb and 40 K for Ta, respectively and major presence of the antiferromagnetic contribution. The competition between these magnetic behaviours is interpreted, by a microscopic point of view, as to be due to the different degrees of Co{sup 2+} ions disorder on the B site of the double perovskite structure. This disorder affects the ratio between the antiferromagnetic Co{sup 2+}-O-Co{sup 2+} and the ferromagnetic Co{sup 2+}-O-M{sup 5+}-O-Co{sup 2+} couplings proposed for the system.

  17. Precursor effects and ferroelectric macroregions in KTa sub 1 minus x Nb sub x O sub 3 and K sub 1 minus y Li sub y TaO sub 3

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    Toulouse, J.; DiAntonio, P.; Vugmeister, B.E.; Wang, X.M.; Knauss, L.A. )

    1992-01-13

    In the present paper, dielectric, polarization, and Raman results have been combined to identify the existence of a ferroelectric phase transition in the substitutionally disordered dipolar system, KTa{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Nb{sub {ital x}}O{sub 3}, for low Nb concentrations ({ital x}=1.2%). A detailed study of the first-order TO{sub 2} and TO{sub 3} Raman lines reveals (1) the existence of polar microregions well above {ital T}{sub {ital c}} and (2) the structural transition at {ital T}{sub {ital c}} with the appearance of ferroelectric macroregions. Similar results are obtained in K{sub 1{minus}{ital y}}Li{sub {ital y}}TaO{sub 3} with a quantitative difference due to the slow reorientation of Li. These results can be explained by a random-field model which predicts the coexistence of both dipolar glass and ferroelectric behavior.

  18. Enhancement of photoelectrochemical activity of SnS thin-film photoelectrodes using TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5 metal oxide layers

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    Vequizo, Junie Jhon M.; Yokoyama, Masanori; Ichimura, Masaya; Yamakata, Akira

    2016-06-01

    Tin sulfide (SnS) fine photoelectrodes fabricated by three-step pulsed electrodeposition were active for H2 evolution. The incident-photon-conversion-efficiency increases from 900 nm and offers a good fit with the absorption spectrum. The activity was enhanced by 3.4, 3.0, and 1.8 times compared to bare SnS by loading Nb2O5, TiO2, and Ta2O5, respectively. Nb2O5 was most efficient because its conduction band is low enough to facilitate effective electron transfer from SnS; it also has sufficiently high potential for H2 evolution. The overall activity is determined by the competitive interfacial electron transfer between SnS/metal-oxide and metal-oxide/water. Therefore, constructing appropriate heterojunctions is necessary for further improving photoelectrochemical systems.

  19. The giant magnetoelectric effect in Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/PZT thick film composites

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    Qiu, Jing; Wen, Yumei; Li, Ping; Chen, Hengjia

    2015-05-01

    The Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/PZT thick film composites with excellent magnetoelectric (ME) coupling effect were synthesized by electrostatic spray depositing. The ME coupling characteristics of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/PZT thick film composites were investigated. It is found that the appropriate thickness ratio between magnetostrictive layers and piezoelectric layers (tm/tp) will be favorable to raise the resonance ME field output performance. The resonance frequency of ME field coefficient can be tuned by controlling tm/tp. The optimum resonance ME field coefficient of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/PZT thick film composites achieves 259.2 V/cm Oe at mechanical resonance frequency at 11.5 kHz with the dc bias magnetic field is 60 Oe. Remarkably, the proposed composites exhibit a giant ME effect and a higher ME voltage coefficient than the previous Terfenol-D/PZT laminated composites. It indicates that the mentioned Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/PZT thick film composites have great potential for the application of highly sensitive magnetic field sensing and vibration energy harvesting.

  20. A study on the superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9-x}Nb{sub x}O{sup y} thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A.K.; Pinto, R.

    1994-12-31

    Effect of niobium substitution at the copper site in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9}O{sub 7-x} was studied in thin film form. The films were deposited by laser ablation technique using the targets of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub y} where x = 0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 under identical deposition conditions on SrTiO{sub 9} <100> substrates. Films were characterized by XRD, resistivity, I-V and J{sub c} measurements. Films made from x = 0.025 and 0.05 concentrations of Nb substituted targets showed relatively improved superconducting properties compared to that of undoped films. The best 7 realized for x = 0.025 Nb concentration was 1.8 x 10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} and for 0.05 Nb concentration it was 3.2x10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} at 77K. However, degradation of the superconducting properties, with the increase of x {ge} 0.1 Nb concentration and drastic suppression and complete loss of superconductivity was noticed for x {ge} 0.4. The growth of impurity phase YBa{sub 2}NbO{sub 6} for x = 0.1 and above of Nb concentration was noticed from XRD patterns. However, the site occupancy of Nb could not be confirmed from these studies.

  1. First Principles Investigation of the Elastic, Optoelectronic and Thermal Properties of XRuSb: (X = V, Nb, Ta) Semi-Heusler Compounds Using the mBJ Exchange Potential

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    Bencherif, K.; Yakoubi, A.; Della, N.; Miloud Abid, O.; Khachai, H.; Ahmed, R.; Khenata, R.; Bin Omran, S.; Gupta, S. K.; Murtaza, G.

    2016-07-01

    Semi-Heusler materials are intensively investigated due to their potential use in diverse applications, such as in spintronics and green energy applications. In this work, we employ the density functional theory to calculate the structural, electronic, elastic, thermal and optical properties of the VRuSb, NbRuSb and TaRuSb semi-Heusler compounds. The calculated results for the lattice constants, bulk moduli and their corresponding pressure derivative values are in fairly good agreement with previous works. In addition, besides the local density approximation, the modified Becke-Johnson exchange potential is also used to improve the value of the band gaps. The bonding nature reveals a mixture of covalent and ionic bonding character of the VRuSb, NbRuSb and TaRuSb compounds. Furthermore, the elastic constants ( C ij) and the related elastic moduli confirm their stability in the cubic phase and demonstrate their ductile nature. We also analyze the influence of the pressure and temperature on the primitive cell volume, heat capacity, volume expansion coefficient, and Debye temperature of the semi-Heusler compounds. Additionally, we investigate the optical properties, such as the complex dielectric function, refractive index, reflectivity, and the energy loss function.

  2. Kinetic analysis of the non-isothermal crystallization process, magnetic and mechanical properties of FeCoBSiNb and FeCoBSiNbCu bulk metallic glasses

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    Ramasamy, Parthiban; Stoica, Mihai; Taghvaei, A. H.; Prashanth, K. G.; Ravi Kumar, Eckert, Jürgen

    2016-02-01

    The crystallization kinetics of [(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75B0.2Si0.05]96Nb4 and {[(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75B0.2Si0.05]0.96Nb0.04}99.5Cu0.5 bulk metallic glasses were evaluated using differential scanning calorimetry under non-isothermal condition. The fully glassy rods with diameters up to 2 mm were obtained by copper mold injection casting. Both glasses show good thermal stability, but the addition of only 0.5% Cu completely changes the crystallization behavior. The average activation energy required for crystallization decreases from 645 kJ/mol to 425 kJ/mol after Cu addition. Upon heating, the Cu-free alloy forms only the metastable Fe23B6 phase. In contrast, two well-separated exothermic events are observed for the Cu-added bulk glassy samples. First, the (Fe,Co) phase nucleates and then (Fe,Co)2B and/or (Fe,Co)3B crystallize from the remaining glassy matrix. The Cu-added alloy exhibits a lower coercivity and a higher magnetic saturation than the base alloy, both in as-cast as well as in annealed condition. Besides, the Cu-added glassy sample with 2 mm diameter exhibits a maximum compressive fracture strength of 3913 MPa together with a plastic strain of 0.6%, which is highest plastic strain ever reported for 2 mm diameter ferromagnetic bulk metallic glass sample. Although Cu addition improves the magnetic and mechanical properties of the glass, it affects the glass-forming ability of the base alloy.

  3. Effect of isovalent substitution on microstructure and phase transition of LaNb{sub 1−x}M{sub x}O{sub 4} (M=Sb, V or Ta; x=0.05–0.3)

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    Wachowski, S.; Gazda, M.

    2014-11-15

    LaNb{sub 1−x}M{sub x}O{sub 4} oxides with pentavalent elements of different ionic sizes (M=Sb, Ta and V, x=0.05–0.3) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. Special interest was devoted to the antimony substituted lanthanum niobate which is a new material in this group. Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffraction patterns was used to determine the influence of the material composition on unit cell parameters. On the basis of dilatometric measurements phase transition temperatures and thermal expansion coefficients of the studied materials were determined. It was shown that with increasing concentration of Sb the phase transition temperature decreases. Thermal expansion coefficient of the antimony substituted samples above the transition temperature is in the range from 8.1 to 9.1×10{sup −6} 1/K, whereas below the transition temperature the TEC value is between 14 and 17.3×10{sup −6} 1/K. Influence of Ta, V and Sb substitutions on the microstructure and grain size was studied. - Graphical abstract: Substitution of niobium by other pentavalent elements in LaNbO{sub 4} leads to change in phase transition temperature. In case of Sb substituent a shift of phase transition into the lower temperature region is observed. LaNb{sub 0.7}Sb{sub 0.3}O{sub 4} substitution allows to achieve material with tetragonal crystal structure at room temperature and no phase transition up to 1000 °C. - Highlights: • Antimony doped lanthanum niobate was successfully synthesized by solid state synthesis method. • The structural properties have been investigated by XRD and SEM. • The influence of doping on phase transition temperature has been studied.

  4. Effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties of as-cast Ti-Nb-Al-Cu-Ni alloys for biomedical application.

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    Okulov, I V; Pauly, S; Kühn, U; Gargarella, P; Marr, T; Freudenberger, J; Schultz, L; Scharnweber, J; Oertel, C-G; Skrotzki, W; Eckert, J

    2013-12-01

    The correlation between the microstructure and mechanical behavior during tensile loading of Ti68.8Nb13.6Al6.5Cu6Ni5.1 and Ti71.8Nb14.1Al6.7Cu4Ni3.4 alloys was investigated. The present alloys were prepared by the non-equilibrium processing applying relatively high cooling rates. The microstructure consists of a dendritic bcc β-Ti solid solution and fine intermetallic precipitates in the interdendritic region. The volume fraction of the intermetallic phases decreases significantly with slightly decreasing the Cu and Ni content. Consequently, the fracture mechanism in tension changes from cleavage to shear. This in turn strongly enhances the ductility of the alloy and as a result Ti71.8Nb14.1Al6.7Cu4Ni3.4 demonstrates a significant tensile ductility of about 14% combined with the high yield strength of above 820 MPa already in the as-cast state. The results demonstrate that the control of precipitates can significantly enhance the ductility and yet maintaining the high strength and the low Young's modulus of these alloys. The achieved high bio performance (ratio of strength to Young's modulus) is comparable (or even superior) with that of the recently developed Ti-based biomedical alloys.

  5. In situ Growth of NixCu1-x Alloy Nanocatalysts on Redox-reversible Rutile (Nb,Ti)O4 Towards High-Temperature Carbon Dioxide Electrolysis

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    Wei, Haoshan; Xie, Kui; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Yan; Qin, Yongqiang; Cui, Jiewu; Yan, Jian; Wu, Yucheng

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we report the in situ growth of NixCu1-x (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) alloy catalysts to anchor and decorate a redox-reversible Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 ceramic substrate with the aim of tailoring the electrocatalytic activity of the composite materials through direct exsolution of metal particles from the crystal lattice of a ceramic oxide in a reducing atmosphere at high temperatures. Combined analysis using XRD, SEM, EDS, TGA, TEM and XPS confirmed the completely reversible exsolution/dissolution of the NixCu1-x alloy particles during the redox cycling treatments. TEM results revealed that the alloy particles were exsolved to anchor onto the surface of highly electronically conducting Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 in the form of heterojunctions. The electrical properties of the nanosized NixCu1-x/Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 were systematically investigated and correlated to the electrochemical performance of the composite electrodes. A strong dependence of the improved electrode activity on the alloy compositions was observed in reducing atmospheres at high temperatures. Direct electrolysis of CO2 at the NixCu1-x/Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 composite cathodes was investigated in solid-oxide electrolysers. The CO2 splitting rates were observed to be positively correlated with the Ni composition; however, the Ni0.75Cu0.25 combined the advantages of metallic nickel and copper and therefore maximised the current efficiencies. PMID:24889679

  6. In situ Growth of NixCu1-x Alloy Nanocatalysts on Redox-reversible Rutile (Nb,Ti)O4 Towards High-Temperature Carbon Dioxide Electrolysis

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    Wei, Haoshan; Xie, Kui; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Yan; Qin, Yongqiang; Cui, Jiewu; Yan, Jian; Wu, Yucheng

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we report the in situ growth of NixCu1-x (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) alloy catalysts to anchor and decorate a redox-reversible Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 ceramic substrate with the aim of tailoring the electrocatalytic activity of the composite materials through direct exsolution of metal particles from the crystal lattice of a ceramic oxide in a reducing atmosphere at high temperatures. Combined analysis using XRD, SEM, EDS, TGA, TEM and XPS confirmed the completely reversible exsolution/dissolution of the NixCu1-x alloy particles during the redox cycling treatments. TEM results revealed that the alloy particles were exsolved to anchor onto the surface of highly electronically conducting Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 in the form of heterojunctions. The electrical properties of the nanosized NixCu1-x/Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 were systematically investigated and correlated to the electrochemical performance of the composite electrodes. A strong dependence of the improved electrode activity on the alloy compositions was observed in reducing atmospheres at high temperatures. Direct electrolysis of CO2 at the NixCu1-x/Nb1.33Ti0.67O4 composite cathodes was investigated in solid-oxide electrolysers. The CO2 splitting rates were observed to be positively correlated with the Ni composition; however, the Ni0.75Cu0.25 combined the advantages of metallic nickel and copper and therefore maximised the current efficiencies.

  7. The effects of shockwave profile shape and shock obliquity on spallation in Cu and Ta: kinetic and stress-state effects on damage evolution(u)

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    Gray, George T

    2010-12-14

    Widespread research over the past five decades has provided a wealth of experimental data and insight concerning shock hardening and the spallation response of materials subjected to square-topped shock-wave loading profiles. Less quantitative data have been gathered on the effect of direct, in-contact, high explosive (HE)-driven Taylor wave (or triangular-wave) loading profile shock loading on the shock hardening, damage evolution, or spallation response of materials. Explosive loading induces an impulse dubbed a 'Taylor Wave'. This is a significantly different loading history than that achieved by a square-topped impulse in terms of both the pulse duration at a fixed peak pressure, and a different unloading strain rate from the peak Hugoniot state achieved. The goal of this research is to quantify the influence of shockwave obliquity on the spallation response of copper and tantalum by subjecting plates of each material to HE-driven sweeping detonation-wave loading and quantify both the wave propagation and the post-mortem damage evolution. This talk will summarize our current understanding of damage evolution during sweeping detonation-wave spallation loading in Cu and Ta and show comparisons to modeling simulations. The spallation responses of Cu and Ta are both shown to be critically dependent on the shockwave profile and the stress-state of the shock. Based on variations in the specifics of the shock drive (pulse shape, peak stress, shock obliquity) and sample geometry in Cu and Ta, 'spall strength' varies by over a factor of two and the details of the mechanisms of the damage evolution is seen to vary. Simplistic models of spallation, such as P{sub min} based on 1-D square-top shock data lack the physics to capture the influence of kinetics on damage evolution such as that operative during sweeping detonation loading. Such considerations are important for the development of predictive models of damage evolution and spallation in metals and alloys.

  8. Transition Metal-Substituted Lithium Pnictogenide phases. Synthesis and Crystal Structure Determinations of Novel Phases in the Li-M-X Systems (M=V, Nb, Ta; X=P, As)

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    Monconduit, Laure; Tillard-Charbonnel, Monique; Belin, Claude

    2001-01-01

    Li-M-X systems have been investigated and crystal structures of several phases determined. Li{sub 7}NbP{sub 4} crystallizes in the antifluorite-type structure (cubic, Fm{ovr 3}m, a=5.996(1) {angstrom}, Z=1, R (F)=3.02%). LiNbAs{sub 2} and Li{sub 4.54}V{sub 1.22}As{sub 4} display the blende-type structure, cubic F{ovr 4}3m space group (LiNbAs{sub 2}: a= 6.309(1) {angstrom}, Z=2, R(F)=2.12%; Li{sub 4.54}V{sub 1.22}As{sub 4}: a=6.167(1) {angstrom}, Z=1, R(F)=1.49%). In all compounds, the transition metal statistically occupies some of the tetrahedral sites with lithium. For Li{sub 4.54}V{sub 1.22}As{sub 4}, one of the octahedral sites of the fcc lattice is partially filled with lithium. This feature is also observed for the homologue compounds Li{sub x}(Li{sub 3.20}Nb{sub 0.80})As{sub 4} and Li{sub x}(Li{sub 3.64}Ta{sub 0.36})As{sub 4}, 0 < x {le} 4 (F3m, Z=1, a=6.190(3) and 6.184(3) {angstrom}, R (F)=1.76 and 3.42%, respectively).

  9. Factors affecting metal-metal bonding in the face-shared d(3)d(3) bioctahedral dimer systems, MM'Cl(9)(5-) (M, M' = V, Nb, Ta).

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    Petrie, Simon; Stranger, Robert

    2002-12-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to investigate the d(3)d(3) bioctahedral complexes, MM'Cl(9)(5-), of the vanadium triad. Broken-symmetry calculations upon these species indicate that the V-containing complexes have optimized metal-metal separations of 3.4-3.5 A, corresponding to essentially localized magnetic electrons. The metal-metal separations in these weakly coupled dimers are elongated as a consequence of Coulombic repulsion, which profoundly influences (and destabilizes) the gas-phase structures for such dimers; nevertheless, the intermetallic interactions in the V-containing dimers involve significantly greater metal-metal bonding character than in the analogous Cr-containing dimers. These observations all show good agreement with existing experimental (solid state) results for the chloride-bridged, face-shared dimers V(2)Cl(9)(5-) and V(2)Cl(3)(thf)(6)(+). In contrast to the V-containing dimers, complexes featuring only Nb and Ta have much shorter intermetallic distances (approximately 2.4 A) consistent with d-electron delocalization and formal metal-metal triple bond formation; again, good agreement is found with available experimental data. Calculations on the complexes V(2)(mu-Cl)(3)(dme)(6)(+), Nb(2)(mu-dms)(3)Cl(6)(2-), and Ta(2)(mu-dms)(3)Cl(6)(2-), which are closely related to compounds for which crystallographic structural data exist, have been pursued and provide an insight into the intermetallic interactions in the experimentally characterized complexes. Analysis of the contributions from d-orbital overlap (E(ovlp)) stabilization, as well as spin polarization (exchange) stabilization of localized d electrons (E(spe)), has also been attempted for the MM'Cl(9)(5-) dimers. While E(ovlp) clearly dominates over E(spe) as a stabilizing factor in those dimers containing only Nb and Ta metal atoms, detailed assessment of the competition between E(ovlp) and E(spe) for V-containing dimers is obstructed by the instability of

  10. Fracture behavior under fatigue loading at room temperature and its influence on critical current of Nb-Ti/Cu composite wire

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    Hojo, Masaki; Iwasaki, Naoya; Sekino, Fumiaki; Ochiai, Shojiro; Sakai, Shuji; Watanabe, Kazuo

    1999-11-01

    Fracture behavior under fatigue loading at room temperature and its influence on critical superconducting current at 4.2 K were investigated for Nb-Ti/Cu multifilamentary composite wire with a copper ratio of 7.83 and an overall diameter of 0.504 mm in which 24 Nb-Ti filaments were embedded. There was a knee in the relation between the applied maximum stress and the number of cycles to failure ( S- N relations). The fracture mechanism below and above this knee was different. When the maximum stress in the fatigue test was high, extensive multiple necking of the Nb-Ti filament occurred, and this was responsible for the final fracture of the composite wire. On the other hand, when the maximum stress in the fatigue tests was low, the fatigue crack nucleated in the copper, which grew and caused the fracture of the Nb-Ti filaments. The critical current was insensitive to fatigue loading when the maximum stress was low. When the maximum stress was high, the critical current after fatigue loading was lower than that after static loading. This was due to severe multiple necking during fatigue loading. Extracted Nb-Ti filaments were also fatigued using a specially designed fatigue testing machine. The S- N curve of filaments agreed well with the stress component of the filament calculated from the S- N relation of the composite wire.

  11. Temperature dependence of the magnetostriction and the induced anisotropy in nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB alloys, and their fluxgate properties

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    Nielsen, O.V.; Petersen, J.R.; Herzer, G.

    1994-03-01

    Making use of the stress induced magnetic anisotropy in some iron-rich FeCuNbSiD nanocrystalline materials the authors studied the thermal dependence of their magnetostriction which becomes zero below the Curie temperature. The choice of a suitable composition and annealing temperature results in materials with zero magnetostriction at room temperature. Due to the low magnetostriction these materials have very promising fluxgate properties which were studied as well.

  12. MORB mantle hosts the missing Eu (Sr, Nb, Ta and Ti) in the continental crust: New perspectives on crustal growth, crust-mantle differentiation and chemical structure of oceanic upper mantle

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    Niu, Yaoling; O'Hara, Michael J.

    2009-09-01

    We have examined the high quality data of 306 mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glass samples from the East Pacific Rise (EPR), near-EPR seamounts, Pacific Antarctic Ridge (PAR), near-PAR seamounts, Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), and near-MAR seamounts. The data show a correlated variation between Eu/Eu* and Sr/Sr*, and both decrease with decreasing MgO, pointing to the effect of plagioclase crystallization. The observation that samples with MgO > 9.5 wt.% (before plagioclase on the liquidus) show Eu/Eu* > 1 and Sr/Sr* > 1 and that none of the major phases (i.e., olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, spinel and garnet) in the sub-ridge mantle melting region can effectively fractionate Eu and Sr from otherwise similarly incompatible elements indicates that the depleted MORB mantle (DMM) possesses excess Sr and Eu, i.e., [Sr/Sr*]DMM > 1 and [Eu/Eu*]DMM > 1. Furthermore, the well-established observation that DNb ≈ DTh, DTa ≈ DU and DTi ≈ DSm during MORB mantle melting, yet primitive MORB melts all have [Nb/Th]PMMORB > 1, [Ta/U]PMMORB > 1 and [Ti/Sm]PMMORB > 1 (where PM indicates primitive mantle normalized), also points to the presence of excess Nb, Ta and Ti in the DMM, i.e., [Nb/Th]PMDMM > 1, [Ta/U]PMDMM > 1 and [Ti/Sm]PMDMM > 1. The excesses of Eu, Sr, Nb, Ta and Ti in the DMM complement the well-known deficiencies of these elements in the bulk continental crust (BCC). These new observations, which support the notion that the DMM and BCC are complementary in terms of the overall abundances of incompatible elements, offer new insights into the crust-mantle differentiation. These observations are best explained by partial melting of amphibolite of MORB protolith during continental collision, which produces andesitic melts with a remarkable compositional (major and trace element abundances as well as key elemental ratios) similarity to the BCC, as revealed by andesites in southern Tibet produced during the India-Asia continental collision. An average amphibolite of MORB

  13. Reduced microwave losses of YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films on electro-optic LiNbO3 crystals

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    Fàbrega, L.; Rubí, R.; Fontcuberta, J.; Sánchez, F.; Ferrater, C.; García-Cuenca, M. V.; Varela, M.; Collado, C.; Mateu, J.; Menendez, O.; O'Callaghan, J. M.

    2002-11-01

    We report on the growth of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on X-cut LiNbO3 single crystals. The use of double CeO2/YSZ buffer layers allows a single in-plane orientation of YBa2Cu3O7, and results in superior superconducting properties. In particular, surface resistance Rs values of 1.4 mΩ have been measured at 8 GHz and 65 K. The attainment of such low values of Rs constitutes a key step toward the incorporation of high Tc materials as electrodes in photonic and acoustic devices.

  14. Giant magnetoimpedance effect in Fe75.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B7 ribbon/FeGa film composite

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    Zhang, Yi; Gan, Tao; Wang, Tao; Wang, Feifei; Shi, Wangzhou

    2016-11-01

    Optimized giant magnetoimpedance effect of Fe75.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B7 amorphous ribbon/Fe80Ga20 film composites has been investigated. FeCuNbSiB amorphous ribbons as the substrates are commercially available, magnetostrictive FeGa films are deposited on one or both sides of the ribbons by ion-beam sputtering. Compared with the GMI curves without FeGa layer, the GMI effect of FeCuNbSiB amorphous ribbon has been obviously improved with FeGa film covered (from 4% to 16%). Moreover, the details exhibit an interesting phenomenon: at a certain frequency, when the FeGa film covered on one side of the ribbon, the GMI ratio decreases with the thickness of the FeGa film; however, when the FeGa films covered on both sides of the ribbon, the GMI ratio increases with the thickness of the FeGa film. We mainly attribute the reason to strain-induced anisotropy, which is induced by magnetostrictive effect under a longitudinal applied magnetic field.

  15. Influence of Ta2O5-Co2O3 co-doping on the magnetic property of NiMgCuZn ferrites

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    Sun, Ke; Wang, Juntao; Yang, Yan; Li, Yao; Yu, Zhong; Lan, Zhongwen; Jiang, Xiaona; Guo, Rongdi; Wu, Chuanjian

    2015-11-01

    NiMgCuZn ferrites co-doped with Ta2O5 and Co2O3 additives have been prepared by a solid-state reaction method. The influence of Ta2O5-Co2O3 (TC) additives on the microstructure, static magnetic properties and core losses (Pcv) at high frequency of NiMgCuZn ferrites has been investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), LCR meter and B-H analyzer. The results revealed that the composite additives reduce the sintering density via inhibiting the grain growth. According to Zagg's report, the average grain sizes are smaller than 2.4 μm for different TC contents, hence all the samples have single domain structures. In addition, the saturation induction and initial permeability of the samples reduce monotonously with the increase of TC contents. While the coercivity and cutoff frequency show an opposite trend. For the samples with different TC contents, the core losses at high frequency have been discussed.

  16. Dielectric properties of (1- x)SrFe1/2Nb1/2O3- xBaZn1/3Ta2/3O3 ceramics

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    Phatungthane, Thanatep; Rujijanagul, Gobwute

    2013-07-01

    In this work, (1- x)SrFe1/2Nb1/2O3- xBaZn1/3Ta2/3O3 ((1- x)SFN- xBZT) ceramics with 0.02 ≤ x ≤ 0.11 were synthesized via a solid state reaction method. A phase formation analysis using the x-ray diffraction technique (XRD) showed that the ceramic samples exhibited a pure phase perovskite for x ≤ 0.10 compositions, indicating that the solubility limit of BZT in SFN is very low. Adding BZT enhanced the dielectric constant and reduced the dielectric loss. Very high dielectric constants (>40,000) were observed for the x = 0.10 samples. The dielectric property investigation also revealed that all samples exhibited dielectric relaxor behavior.

  17. A-SITE-AND/OR B-SITE-MODIFIED PBZRTIO3 MATERIALS AND (PB, SR, CA, BA, MG) (ZR, TI,NB, TA)O3 FILMS HAVING UTILITY IN FERROELECTRIC RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES AND HIGH PERFORMANCE THIN FILM MICROACTUATORS

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    Roeder, Jeffrey F. (Inventor); Chen, Ing-Shin (Inventor); Bilodeau, Steven (Inventor); Baum, Thomas H. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A modified PbZrTiO.sub.3 perovskite crystal material thin film, wherein the PbZrTiO.sub.3 perovskite crystal material includes crystal lattice A-sites and B-sites at least one of which is modified by the presence of a substituent selected from the group consisting of (i) A-site substituents consisting of Sr, Ca, Ba and Mg, and (ii) B-site substituents selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta. The perovskite crystal thin film material may be formed by liquid delivery MOCVD from metalorganic precursors of the metal components of the thin film, to form PZT and PSZT, and other piezoelectric and ferroelectric thin film materials. The thin films of the invention have utility in non-volatile ferroelectric memory devices (NV-FeRAMs), and in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as sensor and/or actuator elements, e.g., high speed digital system actuators requiring low input power levels.

  18. Structure, bonding and stability of semi-carbides M2C and sub-carbides M4C (M=V, Cr, Nb, Mo, Ta, W): A first principles investigation

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    Abderrahim, F. Z.; Faraoun, H. I.; Ouahrani, T.

    2012-09-01

    Density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is used to investigate the electronic structure and formation energies of semi-carbides M2C and sub-carbides M4C (where M=V, Cr, Nb, Mo, Ta and W). Our results show that M2C carbides are more stable than M4C. Total and partial densities of states were obtained and analyzed systematically for these phases. Moreover, the bonding nature of M2C polymorphs is studied from the point of view of the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM). It is found that inter-atomic interactions in these carbides are of mixed type including ionic, covalent and metallic components.

  19. Theoretical study of interface structure and energetics in semicoherent Fe(001)/MX(001) systems ( M=Sc , Ti, V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta; X=C or N)

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    Fors, Dan H. R.; Wahnström, Göran

    2010-11-01

    We perform a systematic ab initio study of the electronic and atomic structure of semicoherent interfaces between bcc Fe and NaCl MX ( M=Sc , Ti, V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta; X=C or N). The interface energetics is accessed by using a Peierls-Nabarro framework, in which ab initio data for the chemical interactions across the interface are combined with a continuum description to account for the elastic distortions. The key factors to the trends in the interface energy are identified and discussed with respect to the size of the misfit and the electronic structure of the MX phase. Our approach shows that the inclusion of lattice misfit can have a significant contribution to the interface energy (up to 1.5J/m2 ) and must therefore be thoroughly accounted for in the interface description. The results will have important bearings on our ability to understand and describe precipitate stability in steels.

  20. Dielectric, ferroelectrics properties and impedance spectroscopy analysis of the [(Na0.535K0.480)0.966Li0.058](Nb0.90Ta0.10)O3-based lead-free ceramics

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    Saidi, M.; Chaouchi, A.; D'Astorg, S.; Rguiti, M.; Courtois, C.

    2015-04-01

    Polycrystalline of [(Na0.535K0.480)0.966Li0.058](Nb0.90Ta0.10)O3 samples were prepared using the high-temperature solid-state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates the formation of a single-phase with orthorhombic structure. AC impedance plots were used as tool to analyze the electrical behavior of the sample as a function of frequency at different temperatures. The AC impedance studies revealed the presence of grain effect, from 425°C onwards. Complex impedance analysis indicated non-Debye type dielectric relaxation. The Nyquist plot showed the negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) characteristic of NKLNT. The AC conductivity results were used to correlate with the barrier hopping (CBH) model to evaluate the binding energy (Wm), the minimum hopping distance (Rmin), the density of states at Fermi level (N(Ef)), and the activation energy of the compound.

  1. Magnetization, Low Field Instability and Quench of RHQT Nb(3)Al Strands

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    Yamada, R.; Wake, M.; Kikuchi, A.; Velev, V.; /Fermilab

    2009-01-01

    Since 2005, we made and tested three RHQT Nb{sub 3}Al strands, one with Nb matrix and two with Ta matrix, which are fully stabilized with Cu electroplating. We observed anomalously large magnetization curves extending beyond 1 to 1.5 Tesla with the F1 Nb matrix strand at 4.2 K, when we measured its magnetization with a balanced coil magnetometer. This problem was eliminated with the Ta matrix strands operating at 4.2 K. But with these strands a similar but smaller anomalous magnetization was observed at 1.9 K. We studied these phenomena with FEM. With the F1 Nb matrix strand, it is explained that at low external field, inter-filamentary coupling currents in the outer layers of sub-elements create a shielding effect. It reduces the inside field, keeps the inside Nb matrix superconductive, and stands against a higher outside field beyond the Hc of Nb. At an even higher external field, the superconductivity of the whole Nb matrix collapses and releases a large amount of energy, which may cause a big quench. Depending on the size of the energy in the strand or the cable, a magnet could quench, causing the low field instability. Some attempt to analyze the anomaly with FEM is presented.

  2. Role of interfaces on the trapping of He in 2D and 3D Cu-Nb nanocomposites

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    Lach, Timothy G.; Ekiz, Elvan H.; Averback, Robert S.; Mara, Nathan A.; Bellon, Pascal

    2015-11-01

    The role of interface structure on the trapping of He in Cu-Nb nanocomposites was investigated by comparing He bubble formation in nano-multilayers grown by PVD, nanolaminates fabricated by accumulative roll bonding (ARB), and 3D nanocomposites obtained by high pressure torsion (HPT). All samples were implanted with 1 MeV He ions at room temperature and characterized by cross section transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The critical He concentration leading to bubble formation was determined by correlating the He bubble depth distribution detected by TEM with the implanted He depth profile obtained by SRIM. The critical He dose per unit interfacial area for bubble formation was largest for the PVD multilayers, lower by a factor of ∼1.4 in the HPT nanocomposites annealed at 500 °C, and lower by a factor of ∼4.6 in the ARB nanolaminates relative to the PVD multilayers. The results indicate that the (111)FCC||(110)BCC Kurdjumov-Sachs (KS) interfaces predominant in PVD and annealed HPT samples provide more effective traps than the (112)KS interfaces predominant in ARB nanolaminates; however, the good trapping efficiency and high interface area of 3D HPT structures make them most attractive for applications.

  3. The huge influence of nanograins on the magnetic properties of iron-based Fe Cu Nb B nanocrystalline alloys

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    Bremers, H.; Hupe, O.; Hofmeister, C. E.; Michele, O.; Hesse, J.

    2005-06-01

    In 1995 Skorvanek and O'Handley presented the first experimental evidence for a huge influence of nanograins on the magnetization of a nanostructured alloy. In this contribution experiments are described, performed on as-cast amorphous and nanostructured Fe79Cu1Nb7B13 alloys. In order to get nanostructured samples with different nanograin contents the samples were annealed at different properly chosen temperatures in vacuum. This led to the formation of nanograins embedded in a residual amorphous matrix. These nanograins consist of pure bcc Fe of about 5-6 nm in diameter. Their content can be enhanced without markedly changing their size when annealing at slightly higher temperatures. So an alloy series with the same nominal composition but different nanograin contents and residual amorphous matrices, i.e. a series of nanostructured alloys, was obtained. Our aim was to study the influence of increasing nanograin concentration on the magnetic properties of the coupled system amorphous matrix plus nanograins. We describe magnetization measurements over a wide temperature range, below and above the Curie temperature of the initial amorphous matrix. In a next step these measurements are evaluated in a molecular field approach assuming two different coupled ferromagnetic systems assigned to the amorphous matrix and the nanograins.

  4. Effects of Zn Substitution on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of (Na0.54K0.46)0.96Li0.04(Nb0.90Ta0.10)O3 Ceramics

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    Byeon, Sunmin; Yoo, Juhyun

    2012-09-01

    In this study, in order to develop lead-free composition ceramics for piezoelectric actuator and sensor applications, (Na0.54K0.46)0.96Li0.04(Nb0.90Ta0.10)1-2x/5ZnxO3 (x = 0-1.5 mol %) composition ceramics were fabricated by a conventional sintering technique at 1110 °C for 5 h. The piezoelectric properties of resultant ceramics were studied with a special emphasis on the influence of Zn-substitution amount. The crystal structure of the specimen exhibited a pure perovskite phase with the coexistence of two phases (orthorhombic and tetragonal phases). However, the phases included tetragonal-rich phases to some extent. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicated that grain size increased with increasing the content of Zn substitution. High physical properties, namely, piezoelectric constant d33 = 265 pC/N, electromechanical coupling factor kp = 47.5%, dielectric constant ɛr = 1223, and measured density ρ= 4.84 g/cm3 were obtained from the composition ceramic with x = 0.5 mol %. The mechanical quality factor (Qm) was improved from 54 of pure (Na0.54K0.46)0.96Li0.04(Nb0.90Ta0.10)O3 (abbreviated as NKLNT) to 106 by 1.5 mol % Zn substitution. The results reflect that the material is a promising candidate for lead-free high-performance piezoelectric device applications, such as piezoelectric actuators and sensors.

  5. Core–shell grain structures and ferroelectric properties of Na0.5K0.5NbO3–LiTaO3–BiScO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhu, Fangyuan; Ward, Michael B.; Li, Jing-Feng; Milne, Steven J.

    2015-01-01

    Legislation arising from health and environmental concerns has intensified research into finding suitable alternatives to lead-based piezoceramics. Recently, solid solutions based on sodium potassium niobate (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) have become one of the globally-important lead-free counterparts, due to their favourable dielectric and piezoelectric properties. This data article provides information on the ferroelectric properties and core–shell grain structures for the system, (1−y)[(1−x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3 – xLiTaO3] – yBiScO3 (x=0–0.1, y=0.02, abbreviated as KNN–xLT–2BS). We show elemental analysis with aid of TEM spot-EDX to identify three-type grain-types in the KNN–LT–BS ternary system. Melting behaviour has been assessed using a tube furnace with build-in camera. Details for the ferroelectric properties and core–shell chemical segregation are illustrated. PMID:26217758

  6. Core-shell grain structures and ferroelectric properties of Na0.5K0.5NbO3-LiTaO3-BiScO3 piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Zhu, Fangyuan; Ward, Michael B; Li, Jing-Feng; Milne, Steven J

    2015-09-01

    Legislation arising from health and environmental concerns has intensified research into finding suitable alternatives to lead-based piezoceramics. Recently, solid solutions based on sodium potassium niobate (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) have become one of the globally-important lead-free counterparts, due to their favourable dielectric and piezoelectric properties. This data article provides information on the ferroelectric properties and core-shell grain structures for the system, (1-y)[(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3 - xLiTaO3] - yBiScO3 (x=0-0.1, y=0.02, abbreviated as KNN-xLT-2BS). We show elemental analysis with aid of TEM spot-EDX to identify three-type grain-types in the KNN-LT-BS ternary system. Melting behaviour has been assessed using a tube furnace with build-in camera. Details for the ferroelectric properties and core-shell chemical segregation are illustrated. PMID:26217758

  7. Improved Piezoelectricity in (K0.44Na0.52Li0.04) (Nb0.91Ta0.05Sb0.04)O3-xBi0.25Na0.25NbO3 Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Zhao, Yan; Xu, Zhijun; Li, Huaiyong; Hao, Jigong; Du, Juan; Chu, Ruiqing; Wei, Dongdong; Li, Guorong

    2016-08-01

    (1 - x)[(K0.44Na0.52Li0.04)(Nb0.91Ta0.05Sb0.04)O3]-xBi0.25Na0.25NbO3 (KNLNTS-xBNN) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics have been prepared using a conventional solid-state reaction method and the effects of BNN on their phase structure, microstructure, and electrical properties systematically studied. X-ray diffraction analysis suggested that BNN substitution into KNLNTS induced coexistence of orthorhombic-tetragonal mixed phase and thus improved the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. The surface morphologies indicated that different amounts of BNN had two different effects on grain growth. Good electrical properties (d 33 = 256 pC N-1, T c = 354.27°C, k p = 43.43%, P r = 26.85 μC cm-2, E c = 24.47 kV cm-1) were simultaneously obtained at x = 0.0025, suggesting that our research could benefit development of (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics and widen their application range.

  8. Electrically tunable microwave properties in NiFeTa/[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32(011) magnetoelectric heterostructures

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    Phuoc, Nguyen N.; Ong, C. K.

    2015-02-01

    The studied magnetoelectric heterostructure consisting of a NiFeTa thin film grown onto a [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32(011) (PMN-PT) substrate was prepared by using gradient-composition sputtering technique. A shorted micro-strip transmission-line perturbation method using a vector network analyzer was employed to study the electrical field modulation of microwave properties of the NiFeTa/PMN-PT heterostructure. It was found that the resonance frequency of the sample can be tuned from 1.72 GHz to 2.05 GHz when the applied electrical field is varied from -6 kV/cm to 6 kV/cm. Moreover, we experimentally observed a quasi-linear relationship between the resonance frequency and the electrical field in a wide range of electrical field from 0 kV/cm to 6 kV/cm in the heterostructure, which is suggested to be useful for applications. All the results are discussed taking into account the reverse magnetostrictive effect and the reverse piezoelectric effect.

  9. FABRICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF La2-xSrxCuO4/Nb-SrTiO3 HETEROJUNCTIONS IN DIFFERENT DOPED REGIMES

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    Zhang, Y.; Wang, G. F.; Li, W. L.; Shen, J. Q.; Li, P. G.; Lei, M.; Tang, W. H.

    2013-01-01

    Two types of p-n junction were fabricated by depositing underdoped La1.9Sr0.1CuO4 film and overdoped La1.8Sr0.2CuO4 film on n-type 0.5 wt.% Nb-doped SrTiO3 (NSTO) substrates using pulsed laser deposition technique (PLD), respectively. Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the La2-xSrxCuO4/NSTO heterojunction were measured in the temperature range from 5 K to 300 K. All I-V curves show a fine rectifying property and a visible reduction of the diffusion potential (Vd) is observed, but the behaviors of Vd are vastly different for the underdoped and overdoped regimes at temperatures below Tc. Analysis results show that the characteristics of the heterojunction are possibly affected not only by the superconducting gap of LSCO at Tc, but also by the depletion layer in the interface of LSCO/NSTO junction. The variation of the depletion layer is possibly different under the same applied bias voltages for the underdoped La1.9Sr0.1CuO4/NSTO junction and overdoped La1.8Sr0.2CuO4/NSTO junction due to the difference of carrier density at La1.9Sr0.1CuO4 and La1.8Sr0.2CuO4.

  10. Effect of Nb2O5 and V2O5 addition on the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O(y) thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A. K.; Pinto, R.; Pai, S. P.; Apte, P. R.; Purandare, S. C.; Souza, C. P. D.

    1995-01-01

    The effect of Nb2O5 and V2O5 addition on the superconducting properties and microstructure of YBa2Cu3O(y) has been studied in thin films. Polycrystalline targets for laser ablation were prepared by mixing high purity V2O5 or Nb2O5 powders with a well characterized YBa2Cu3O(y) powder in the range 0 to 4 wt percent by solid state reaction method. Thin films (approximately 1500 A thickness) of the above targets were grown on (100) SrTiO3 (STO) and (100) LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates at 700 C temperature by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. In the case of Nb2O5 addition we have noticed an increase in J(sub c) up to 0.5 wt percent and higher additive concentration (greater than 0.5 wt percent) have degraded the superconducting properties. However, in the case of V2O3 addition, there is an improvement in current density and microstructural properties up to 1 wt percent and the superconducting properties degrade for concentrations greater than 1 wt percent. The best J(sub c) for 0.5 wt percent of Nb2O5 added YBCO thin film is 1.6 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm and for that of V2O5 added sample is 3.4 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm at 77 K as compared to the pure YBa2Cu3O(y) (YBCO) film J(sub c) (1.2 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm) observed on STO substrates. The reason for improvement in J(sub c) and microstructural properties in the case of V2O5 addition could be due to the low melting of V2O5 (690 C) which can act as a very good surfactant during deposition. Over all, we have realized that Nb2O5 addition or V2O5 addition to YBCO have shown significant improvement over the undoped YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films grown under identical conditions.

  11. Switching of saturation magnetization by carrier injection in YBa2Cu3O7-δ/α-Fe2O3/Nb-SrTiO3 junctions

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    Chen, Yuansha; Lian, Guijun; Xiong, Guangcheng; Venkatesan, T.

    2011-06-01

    Ferromagnetic (FM) α-Fe2O3 layers were deposited on n-type oxide semiconductor substrates of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (NSTO) to form YBa2Cu3O7-δ/α-Fe2O3/NSTO junctions. Multilevel resistance switching behavior was observed in YBa2Cu3O7-δ/α-Fe2O3/NSTO junctions with stable resistive states. The saturation magnetization MS of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ/α-Fe2O3/NSTO junctions was modulated by carrier injection and correlated with the conductivity of the switched state. This is the first report of simultaneous modulation of intrinsic magnetic and transport properties for FM oxide devices by using carrier injection.

  12. Fine Grained nb for Internal Tin NB3SN Conductors

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    Balachandran, S.; Barber, R. E.; Huang, Y.; Miao, H.; Parrell, J. A.; Hong, S.; Griffin, R. B.; Hartwig, K. T.

    2010-04-01

    The push to drive superconductor strand technology to reach higher critical current density (Jc) values and reduce production costs has led to innovative approaches in manufacturing technology. The Restacked Rod Process (RRP®) by Oxford Instruments is one such process which involves Nb bar extrusions in a Cu sheath. Commercially available Nb used in the initial RRP extrusion leads to nonuniform deformations of the Nb bar which in turn leads to a jagged Cu-Nb interface. This report presents a feasible methodology to remedy the problem of nonuniform deformation of Nb through severe plastic deformation (SPD) of precursor Nb to obtain smaller grains in starting Nb. Cu-Nb monocore extrusion and drawing experiments were accomplished at Oxford Instruments using Nb bars of nominal dimensions 45 mm diameter by and 78 mm long and with grain sizes in the range of μm to mm. Results of Cu-Nb interface roughness measurements show that a finer starting grain size gives a significantly lower roughness and better Nb core conformance to initial shape. Our experiments indicate that refinement of the initial Nb grain size to below ˜50μm could enable fabrication of RRP conductor with improved wire yield.

  13. Preparation of Sr2AlTaO6 Insulating Films on YBa2Cu3O7-δ by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition with Purified Sr Source

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Zama, Hideaki; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Inoue, Nobuyoshi; Wu, Yuan; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2002-02-01

    200-nm-thick Sr2AlTaO6 (SAT) insulating films were prepared on 10-μm-thick superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). By employing a purified Sr(thd)2 metalorganic source, instead of Sr(thd)2-2tetraene, and a higher evaporation temperature, we could reproducibly obtain stoichiometric SAT films with high crystallinity as revealed by the full-width at half maximum value of the SAT (004) X-ray rocking curve which was as small as 0.2°. Moreover, a 200-nm-thick c-axis-oriented YBCO film with a Tc of 90 K and a Jc higher than 107 A/cm2 below 60 K could be grown on the SAT film. These results confirm that the SAT films prepared by MOCVD are suitable for use as insulating layers in high-Tc multilayer electronic devices.

  14. Development of 100kVA AC superconducting coil using NbTi cables with a CuSi alloy matrix

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    Kasahara, H.; Akita, S.; Torii, S.; Sugimoto, M.; Matsumoto, K.; Tanaka, Y.; Tachikawa, K.

    1996-07-01

    For implementation of AC superconducting equipment, it is imperative to develop low loss cables having highly stable characteristics. Here, newly developed NbTi superconducting cables using a CuSi alloy matrix are of low loss and are very promising as cables for practical application. However, since the CuSi alloy is a new material as a matrix for NbTi superconducting cables, many unknown factors as regards to optimum conditions for the manufacture of long cables, as well as superconducting characteristics are involved. For this new superconducting cable, a long strand (km class) was manufactured as a step for practical application, and a primary twisted cable was fabricated. Using this cable, a coil of the 100kVA class was fabricated for trial, and its performance characteristic with transport current was evaluated. This coil had no training phenomenon and had high stabilities. Furthermore, it permitted full AC current transmission of up to DCIc. Upon analysis of the coil loss, the hysteresis loss was smaller than coupling loss, and there was little increase of loss due to the current flow to the coil. consequently, by using CuSi alloy matrix superconducting cables, it was possible to provide an AC coil of low loss and high stability, and the present cable was found to be promising as a new AC superconducting cable in the future.

  15. Photoelectrochemistry, Electronic Structure, and Bandgap Sizes of Semiconducting Cu(I)-Niobates and Cu(I)-Tantalates

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    Maggard, Paul A.

    2013-11-14

    Semiconducting metal-oxides have remained of intense research interest owing to their potential for achieving efficient solar-driven photocatalytic reactions in aqueous solutions that occur as a result of their bandgap excitation. The photocatalytic reduction of water or carbon dioxide to generate hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels, respectively, can be driven on p-type (photocathodic) electrodes with suitable band energies. However, metal-oxide semiconductors are typically difficult to dope as p-type with a high mobility of carriers. The supported research led to the discovery of new p-type Cu(I)-niobate and Cu(I)-tantalate film electrodes that can be prepared on FTO glass. New high-purity flux syntheses and the full structural determination of several Cu(I)-containing niobates and tantalates have been completed, as well as new investigations of their optical and photoelectrochemical properties and electronic structures via density-functional theory calculations. For example, CuNbO3, Cu5Ta11O30 and CuNb3O8 were prepared in high purity and their structures were characterized by both single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. These two classes of Cu(I)-containing compounds exhibit optical bandgap sizes ranging from ~1.3 eV to ~2.6 eV. Photoelectrochemical measurements of these compounds show strong photon-driven cathodic currents that confirm the p-type semiconductor behavior of CuNbO3, CuNb3O8, and Cu5Ta11O30. Incident-photon-to-current efficiencies are measured that approach greater than ~1%. Electronic-structure calculations based on density functional theory reveal the visible-light absorption stems from a nearly-direct bandgap transition involving a copper-to-niobium or tantalum (d10 to d0) charge-transfer excitations.

  16. Structural and Electrical Properties of Rare Earth Double Perovskite Oxides Ba2CeMO6 (M = Ta5+ and Nb5+)

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    Bharti, Chandrahas; Sinha, T. P.

    2011-07-01

    We have synthesized rare earth double perovskite oxides barium cerium niobate Ba2CeNbO6 (BCN) and barium cerium tantalate Ba2CeNbO6 (BCT) by solid state reaction technique and studied the structural and electrical properties. The x-ray diffraction pattern at room temperature (25° C) shows monoclinic structure with the lattice parameters, a = 5.9763 Å, b = 5.975 Å and c = 8.48 Å and β = 90.04° for BCN and a = 5.9763 Å, b = 5.975 Å and c = 8.48 Å and β = 90.034° for BCT. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows the formation of grains with different shape and size The AC electrical conductivity (σ) ( = ωɛoΕ″) is obtained from the temperature dependence of the real (Ε') and imaginary (e") components of the complex dielectric constant Ε* ( = Ε--jΕ″). The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the universal power law.

  17. High sensitivity zero-biased magnetic field sensor based on multiphase laminate heterostructures with FeCuNbSiB nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy

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    Qiu, Jing; Wen, Yumei; Li, Ping; Chen, Hengjia

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a high sensitivity zero-biased magnetic field sensor based on multiphase laminate heterostructures consisting of FeCuNbSiB/Terfenol-D (Tb1-xDyxFe2)/PZT (Pb(Zr1-x,Tix)O3)/Terfenol-D/PZT/Ternol-D/FeCuNbSiB (FMPMPMF) is presented, whose ME coupling characteristics and sensing performances have been investigated. Compared to traditional Terfenol-D/PZT/Terfenol-D (MPM) and Terfenol-D/PZT/Terfenol-D/PZT/Terfenol-D (MPMPM) sensors, the zero-biased ME coupling characteristics of FMPMPMF sensor were significantly improved, owing to a build-in magnetic field in FeCuNbSiB/Terfenol-D layers. The optimum zero-biased resonant ME voltage coefficient of 3.02 V/Oe is achieved, which is 1.65 times as great as that of MPMPM and 2.51 times of MPM sensors. The mean value of low-frequency ME field coefficient of FMPMPMF reaches 122.53 mV/cm Oe, which is 2.39 times as great as that of MPMPM and 1.79 times of MPM sensors. Meanwhile, the induced zero-biased ME voltage of FMPMPMF sensor shows an excellent linear relationship to ac magnetic field both at the low frequency (1 kHz) and the resonant frequency (106.6 kHz). Remarkably, it indicates that the proposed zero-biased magnetic field sensor give the prospect of being able to applied to the field of highly sensitive ac magnetic field sensing.

  18. DC bias immune nanocrystalline magnetic cores made of Fe73Nb3Cu1B7Si16 ribbon with induced transverse magnetic anisotropy

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    Nosenko, Anton; Rudenko, Olexandr; Mika, Taras; Yevlash, Igor; Semyrga, Olexandr; Nosenko, Viktor

    2016-02-01

    The comparative analysis of magnetic properties of cut cores made of nanocrystalline Fe73Nb3Cu1B7Si16 alloy ribbon and cores made of the same ribbon with preliminary tension-induced transverse magnetic anisotropy was carried out. The possibility of improving magnetic properties of cut cores, decreasing loss, and increasing DC bias immunity of reversible magnetic permeability is presented. The influence of induced magnetic anisotropy on DC bias immunity of reversible magnetic permeability was investigated. The advantages and disadvantages of new cores (made of ribbon heated under tensile stress) over cut ones were determined.

  19. Minimization of the hysteresis loss and low-field instability in technical Nb3Al conductors

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    Banno, N.; Takeuchi, T.; Nimori, S.; Tanaka, K.; Nakagawa, K.; Tsuchiya, K.

    2008-11-01

    This paper focuses on the magnetization characteristics of technical Nb3Al conductors, in particular the minimization of their hysteresis loss and low-field instability. Unlike the case of Nb3Sn wire fabrication, the Nb3Al wire is fabricated by a phase transformation process, in which it is believed that the Jc properties of the transformed Nb3Al phase do not depend on the filament size or shape, but rather are principally controlled by the rapid heating and quenching or transformation conditions. However, the rapid heating and quenching process forces us to use high-melting-point metals like niobium as the matrix. The use of Nb strongly affects the magnetization because of its superconductivity in low fields. In this paper, the magnetization properties of several kinds of technical Nb3Al conductors, including Ta matrix wires, were studied. The use of Ta was effective in suppressing low-field instability. In addition, we propose a new process to further minimize the filament diameter by a re-stacking (RS) method, whereby the rapidly quenched strands are re-stacked into a stabilizing material tube and co-drawn. This process leads to a very fine multifilamentary structure with a filament diameter of less than 15 µm, thereby substantially reducing the magnetization, as compared with high-performance Nb3Sn wires, e.g. RRP Nb3Sn wire. The ± 3 T hysteresis loss of the RS Nb3Al conductor was 370 mJ cm-3 and the non-Cu Jc (12 T, 4.2 K) of the conductor was 1350 A mm-2. These values meet the ITER strand specification.

  20. Devitrification of Mechanically Alloyed Zr-Ti-Nb-Cu-Ni-Al Glassy Powders Studied by Time-Resolved X-ray Diffraction

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    Scudino, S.; Sordelet, D.J.; Eckert, J.

    2009-04-13

    The crystallization of mechanically alloyed Zr{sub 67}Ti{sub 6.14}Nb{sub 1.92}Cu{sub 10.67}Ni{sub 8.52}Al{sub 5.75} glassy powder is investigated by time-resolved X-ray diffraction. The powder displays a multi-step crystallization behavior characterized by the formation of a metastable nanoscale quasicrystalline phase during the first stage of the crystallization process. At higher temperatures, coinciding with the second crystallization event, the amorphous-to-quasicrystalline transformation is followed by the precipitation of the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Cu phase (space group I4/mmm) and the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Ni phase (space group I4/mcm). The transformations are gradual and the quasicrystals and the subsequent phases coexist over a temperature interval of about 25K.

  1. Planar Flow Casting of Fe71Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1Al1.5Ge1 Ribbons

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    Sohrabi, S.; Arabi, H.; Beitollahi, A.; Gholamipour, R.

    2013-08-01

    In this study, the planar flow casting (PFC) technique for producing wide amorphous ribbons of Fe71Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1Al1.5Ge1 alloy is investigated. Various ribbons of the mentioned alloy were produced through applying different values of wheel speed and ejection pressure. In addition, effects of wheel speed (13, 23, and 33 m/s) on the structure, degree of amorphicity, and surface quality of the ribbons were examined. The results showed that the trends of thickness variation with increasing wheel speed and ejection pressure for Fe71Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1Al1.5Ge1 ribbons are in good agreement with what the Bernoulli equation in fluid dynamics predicts for the PFC process. Further, based on x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimeter results, it was shown that the degree of amorphicity increases by increasing the wheel speed. Besides, surface roughness measurements and scanning electron microscope micrographs of the ribbons revealed that the surface quality of the prepared ribbons improved by increasing the wheel speed.

  2. Electrochemical characterization of a low modulus Ti-35.5Nb-7.3Zr-5.7Ta alloy in a simulated body fluid using EIS for biomedical applications

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    Bhola, R.; Bhola, S. M.; Mishra, B.; Ayers, R. A.; Olson, D. L.

    2011-06-23

    Electrochemical characterization of the low modulus Ti-35.5Nb-7.3Zr-5.7Ta beta alloy (TNZT) has been performed in phosphate buffer saline solution at 37 deg. C using the non destructive electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. Measurements were performed at various immersion intervals at the open circuit potential (OCP), which was also monitored with time. Results obtained for TNZT alloy have been compared with those for the commercially used Ti-6Al-4V mixed alloy (Ti64) and the commercially pure titanium (Ti2) alpha alloy. Potentiodynamic polarization was performed to supplement the data obtained from EIS analysis. The TNZT alloy exhibits a two time constant impedance response, whereas the Ti64 and Ti2 alloys display a one time constant behavior. Human fetal osteoblast cells show a better adhesion and a higher cell count for the TNZT alloy compared to the other two alloys. The present investigation is an effort to understand the correlation between the electrochemical, morphological and cellular characteristics of titanium alloys to qualify them for implant applications.

  3. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of nano-structured polyatom-substituted H4PW11M1O40 Keggin and H7P2W17M1O62 (M = Nb, Ta) Wells-Dawson heteropolyacid catalysts.

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    Choi, Jung Ho; Park, Dong Ryul; Park, Sunyoung; Song, In Kyu

    2012-07-01

    Polyatom-substituted H4PW11M1O40 Keggin and H7P2W17M1O62 (M = Nb, Ta) Wells-Dawson heteropolyacid (HPA) catalysts were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and tunneling spectroscopy to elucidate their redox property and oxidation catalysis. STM images clearly showed that HPAs formed nano-structured monolayer arrays on graphite surface. In tunneling spectroscopy, HPAs exhibited a distinctive current-voltage behavior called negative differential resistance (NDR). NDR peak voltage of the HPAs was then correlated with reduction potential determined by electrochemical method in solution. NDR peak voltage of the HPAs appeared at less negative voltage with increasing reduction potential. Vapor-phase oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutyraldehyde to methacrolein was also carried out as a model reaction to probe oxidation catalysis of the HPAs. NDR peak voltage of the HPAs appeared at less negative voltage with increasing yield for methacrolein. NDR peak voltage could be utilized as a correlating parameter for the reduction potential and as a probe of oxidation catalysis in the oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutyraldehyde. PMID:22966671

  4. Piezoelectric properties and diffusion phase transition around PPT of La-doped (Na0.52K0.44Li0.04) Nb0.8Ta0.2O3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Yang, Wenlong; Wang, Li; Li, Haidong; Han, Junsheng; Xiu, Hanjiang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2016-10-01

    Lead-free ceramics (Na0.52K0.44Li0.04)1-3xLaxNb0.8Ta0.2O3 (KNLNT-Lax, x=0.00, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25 mol%) as non-polluting materials were prepared by solid state reaction method. The structure, piezoelectric proprieties and temperature stability of KNLNT ceramic with different La doping concentrations were investigated. The results show a transition from orthorhombic-tetragonal mix phase to tetragonal single phase with the variation of La3+ concentrations. The SEM micrographs of surface and fractured surface show a dense microstructure with few micropores. The La-doped KNLTN ceramic will be an alternative candidate contributes to excellent piezoelectric properties, which are found in the 0.75 mol% La-doped KNLNT ceramics, with d33=215pC/N, kp=42.8%and Qm=89. It has been remarkably improved that the temperature stability of KNLTN-Lax piezoelectric properties at room temperature, and the dielectric relaxation can be observed obviously. The mechanism of La doping was analyzed in terms of valence compensation and polymorphic phase transition (PPT) diffusion. The orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition around room temperature and the relaxation transition were considered contributing to the excellent piezoelectric performance and improved temperature stability of La3+-doped KNLTN.

  5. Bending springback behavior related to deformation-induced phase transformations in Ti-12Cr and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloys for spinal fixation applications.

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    Liu, Huihong; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Hieda, Junko; Cho, Ken

    2014-06-01

    The springback behavior of Ti-12Cr and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ) during deformation by bending was investigated; and the microstructures of the non-deformed and deformed parts of both alloys were systematically examined to clarify the relationship between microstructure and springback behavior. For the deformed Ti-12Cr alloy, deformation-induced ω-phase transformation occurs in both the areas of compression and tension within the deformed part, which increases the Young׳s modulus. With the deformed TNTZ alloy, deformation-induced ω-phase transformation is observed in the area of compression within the deformed part; while a deformation-induced α″ martensite transformation occurs in the area under tension, which is likely to be associated with the pseudoelasticity of TNTZ. Among these two alloys, Ti-12Cr exhibits a smaller springback and a much greater bending strength when compared with TNTZ; making Ti-12Cr the more advantageous for spinal fixation applications. PMID:24561725

  6. Bending springback behavior related to deformation-induced phase transformations in Ti-12Cr and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloys for spinal fixation applications.

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    Liu, Huihong; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Hieda, Junko; Cho, Ken

    2014-06-01

    The springback behavior of Ti-12Cr and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ) during deformation by bending was investigated; and the microstructures of the non-deformed and deformed parts of both alloys were systematically examined to clarify the relationship between microstructure and springback behavior. For the deformed Ti-12Cr alloy, deformation-induced ω-phase transformation occurs in both the areas of compression and tension within the deformed part, which increases the Young׳s modulus. With the deformed TNTZ alloy, deformation-induced ω-phase transformation is observed in the area of compression within the deformed part; while a deformation-induced α″ martensite transformation occurs in the area under tension, which is likely to be associated with the pseudoelasticity of TNTZ. Among these two alloys, Ti-12Cr exhibits a smaller springback and a much greater bending strength when compared with TNTZ; making Ti-12Cr the more advantageous for spinal fixation applications.

  7. Azimuthal angular dependence of exchange bias in FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu hybrid underlayers: Effect of deposition sequence and sense of rotation

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    Kim, Ki-Yeon; Choi, Hyeok-Cheol; You, Chun-Yeol

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated the azimuthal angular dependent exchange bias of bottom-pinned Py(5nm)/FeMn(5nm) and top-pinned FeMn(5nm)/Py(5nm) bilayers prepared at the same deposition condition except deposition order by vector MOKE experiment. It was found that exchange biased (EB) direction is not collinear with an applied magnetic field during deposition. Second, the critical angle at which the phase of a transverse loop reverses is once (160° @CCW, 170 ~ 175° @CW) for Py/FeMn bilayer and twice (155 ~ 160°, 340 ~ 345° @CCW, 10 ~ 15°, 195-200° @CW) for FeMn/Py bilayer. Therefore, phase of transverse loop remains the same as the initial transverse loop or reverse after 360° rotation, depending on deposition sequence. Third, hysteresis is observed in the transverse magnetization component only if hysteresis loops are measured consecutively between cw and ccw directions over the angular range including the critical angle. This is considered to originate from thermally activated irreversible rearrangement of uncompensated AF spins via interface exchange coupling. Fourth, exchange bias field and coercivity of top-pinned FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu underlayers are enhanced compared with those of bottom-pinned Py/FeMn bilayers. This is in consistent with our previous results.

  8. Investigation of Trimetallic Ligand-Pillared Oxyfluorides: Ag2Cu(pzc)2MOxF6-x (M = Mo, Nb, and W)

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    Lin, Haisheng; Maggard, Paul A.

    2011-06-12

    Three new ligand-pillared hybrid solids, Ag₂Cu(pzc)₂MOx F6-x (I, M = Mo, x = 2; II, M = W, x = 2; III, M = Nb, x = 1) (pzc = pyrazine-2-carboxylate) were synthesized via hydrothermal reactions at 150 °C, and their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (P2₁/n (No. 14), Z = 2; a = 7.2302(1), 7.2124(2), 7.2715(2) Å; b = 7.9460(1), 7.9270(2), 7.98436(3) Å; c = 13.9173(2), 13.8959(4), 13.8226(5) Å, for I, II, and III, respectively). All three are isostructural and contain unusual trimetallic (Ag₂CuMOx F6-x )2+ layers that consist of [Ag₂O₂F₂]n and [CuMOx F6-x ]n chains that alternate within the layers. Each structure also contains [MOx F6-x ]2- octahedra with fully disordered O/F positions and with an inversion center on the M{sup n+} sites, i.e., Mo6+, W6+ and Nb5+. Magnetic susceptibility measurements can be fitted to the Curie–Weiss law with a Curie constant consistent with a single non-interacting Cu(II) (S = ½) site per formula unit. Thermogravimetric analyses indicate that these hybrid compounds are stable up to ~280 °C, with each exhibiting a single weight-loss step beginning at ~300 °C that corresponds to the loss of all pyrazine-2-carboxylate ligands and additional O/F atoms via oxidation of the ligand during its removal. UV–Vis diffuse reflectance measurements show that each exhibits an optical bandgap size of ~2.8 eV, and which electronic-structure calculations show arise from excitations between the Cu(II)-based valence orbitals and the M 5+/6+-based conduction band orbitals.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of new 12H hexagonal perovskite-related oxides Ba 6M2Na 2X2O 17 ( M=Ru, Nb, Ta, Sb; X=V, Cr, Mn, P, As)

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    Quarez, Eric; Abraham, Francis; Mentré, Olivier

    2003-11-01

    The new Ba 6Ru 2Na 2X2O 17 ( X=V, Mn) compounds have been prepared by electrosynthesis in molten NaOH and their crystal structures have been refined from single crystals X-ray diffraction, space group P6 3/ mmc, Z=2, for X=V: a =5.8506(1) Å, c =29.6241(4) Å, R1=4.76%, for X=Mn : a =5.8323(1) Å, c =29.5299(3) Å, R1=3.48%. The crystal structure is a 12H-type perovskite with a ( c' cchcc) 2 stacking sequence of [BaO 3] c, [BaO 3] h and [BaO 2] c' layers. The tridimensional edifice is formed by blocks of Ru 2O 9 dimers that share corners with NaO 6 octahedra. These blocks sandwich double sheets of X5+O 4 tetrahedra. Several isotypic Ba 6M5+2Na 2X5+2O 17 materials ( X=V, Cr, Mn, P, As) and ( M=Ru, Nb, Ta, Sb) have been prepared by solid state reaction and characterized by Rietveld analysis. The magnetic and electric properties have been investigated and show besides the Ru 5+2O 9 typical intradimer antiferromagnetic couplings, discrepancies of both χ and ρ versus T at 50 and 100 K for Ba 6Ru 2Na 2X2O 17 ( X=V, As). In this work, a review of the identified Ru-hexagonal perovskite materials is also reported in order to overview the wide variety of possibilities in the field of new compounds synthesis.

  10. Mechanistic investigations of CO-photoextrusion and oxidative addition reactions of early transition-metal carbonyls: (η(5)-C5H5)M(CO)4 (M = V, Nb, Ta).

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    Su, Shih-Hao; Su, Ming-Der

    2016-06-28

    The mechanisms for the photochemical Si-H bond activation reaction are studied theoretically using a model system of the group 5 organometallic compounds, η(5)-CpM(CO)4 (M = V, Nb, and Ta), with the M06-2X method and the Def2-SVPD basis set. Three types of reaction pathways that lead to final insertion products are identified. The structures of the intersystem crossings, which play a central role in these photo-activation reactions, are determined. The intermediates and transitional structures in either the singlet or triplet states are also calculated to provide a mechanistic explanation of the reaction pathways. All of the potential energy surfaces for the group 5 η(5)-CpM(CO)4 complexes are quite similar. In particular, the theoretical evidence suggests that after irradiation using light, η(5)-CpM(CO)4 quickly loses one CO ligand to yield two tricarbonyls, in either the singlet or the triplet states. The triplet tricarbonyl 16-electron intermediates, ([η(5)-CpM(CO)3](3)), play a key role in the formation of the final oxidative addition product, η(5)-CpM(CO)3(H)(SiMe3). However, the singlet counterparts, ([η(5)-CpM(CO)3](1)), play no role in the formation of the final product molecule, but their singlet metal centers interact weakly with solvent molecules ((Me3)SiH) to produce alkyl-solvated organometallic complexes, which are observable experimentally. This theoretical evidence is in accordance with the available experimental observations.

  11. Breakdown of the Hume-Rothery rules in sub-nanometer-sized Ta-containing bimetallic small clusters.

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    Miyajima, Ken; Fukushima, Naoya; Himeno, Hidenori; Yamada, Akira; Mafuné, Fumitaka

    2009-12-01

    The Hume-Rothery rules are empirical rules to predict the solid solubility of metals. We examined whether the rules hold for sub-nanometer-sized small particles. We prepared bimetallic cluster ions in the gas phase by a double laser ablation technique. Taking advantage of the magic compositions of the bimetallic cluster ions relating to the distinguished stabilities, the coalescence or the segregation of Ta and another element in the sub-nanometer-sized clusters was discussed. It was found that W, Nb, and Mo readily coalesce with Ta, while Ag, Al, Au, Co, Cu, Fe, Hf, Ni, Pt, Ti, and V are segregated from Ta. On the basis of these results, we concluded that the Hume-Rothery rules do not hold for sub-nanometer-sized particles. PMID:19894706

  12. Breakdown of the Hume-Rothery rules in sub-nanometer-sized Ta-containing bimetallic small clusters.

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    Miyajima, Ken; Fukushima, Naoya; Himeno, Hidenori; Yamada, Akira; Mafuné, Fumitaka

    2009-12-01

    The Hume-Rothery rules are empirical rules to predict the solid solubility of metals. We examined whether the rules hold for sub-nanometer-sized small particles. We prepared bimetallic cluster ions in the gas phase by a double laser ablation technique. Taking advantage of the magic compositions of the bimetallic cluster ions relating to the distinguished stabilities, the coalescence or the segregation of Ta and another element in the sub-nanometer-sized clusters was discussed. It was found that W, Nb, and Mo readily coalesce with Ta, while Ag, Al, Au, Co, Cu, Fe, Hf, Ni, Pt, Ti, and V are segregated from Ta. On the basis of these results, we concluded that the Hume-Rothery rules do not hold for sub-nanometer-sized particles.

  13. Study of the effects of MeV Ag, Cu, Au, and Sn implantation on the optical properties of LiNbO{sub 3}

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    Williams, E.K.; Ila, D.; Sarkisov, S.; Curley, M.; Poker, D.B.; Hensley, D.K.; Borel, C.

    1998-02-01

    The authors present the results of characterization of linear absorption and nonlinear refractive index of Au, Ag, Cu and Sn ion implantation into LiNbO{sub 3}. Ag was implanted at 1.5 MeV to fluences of 2 to 17 {times} 10 {sup 16}/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Au and Cu were implanted to fluences of 5 to 20 {times} 10{sup 16}/cm{sup 2} at an energy of 2.0 MeV. Sn was implanted to a fluence of 1.6 {times} 10{sup 17}/cm{sup 2} at 160 kV. Optical absorption spectrometry indicated an absorption peak for the Au implanted samples after heat treatment at 1,000 C at 620 nm. The Ag implanted samples absorption peaks shifted from 450 nm before heat treatment to 550 nm after 500 C for 1h. Heat treatment at 800 C returned the Ag implanted crystals to a clear state. Cu nanocluster absorption peaks disappears at 500 C. No Sn clusters were observed by optical absorption or XRD. The size of the Ag and Au clusters as a function of heat treatment were determined from the absorption peaks. The Ag clusters did not change appreciably in size with heat treatment. The Au clusters increased from 3 to 9 nm diameter upon heat treatment at 1000 deg C. TEM analysis performed on a Au implanted crystal indicated the formation of Au nanocrystals with facets normal to the c-axis. Measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices were carried out using the Z-scan method with a tunable dye laser pumped by a frequency doubled mode-locked Nd:YAG laser. The dye laser had a 4.5 ps pulse duration time and 76 MHz pulse repetition rate (575 nm).

  14. Study of the effects of MeV Ag, Cu, Au, and Sn implantation on the optical properties of LiNbO3

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    Williams, E. K.; Ila, D.; Sarkisov, S.; Curley, M.; Poker, D. B.; Hensley, D. K.; Borel, C.

    1998-01-01

    The authors present the results of characterization of linear absorption and nonlinear refractive index of Au, Ag, Cu and Sn ion implantation into LiNbO3. Ag was implanted at 1.5 MeV to fluences of 2 to 17 x 17(exp 16)/sq cm at room temperature. Au and Cu were implanted to fluences of 5 to 20 x 10(exp 16)/sq cm at an energy of 2.0 MeV. Sn was implanted to a fluence of 1.6 x 10(exp 17)/sq cm at 160 kV. Optical absorption spectrometry indicated an absorption peak for the Au implanted samples after heat treatment at 1,000 C at approx. 620 nm. The Ag implanted samples absorption peaks shifted from approx. 450 nm before heat treatment to 550 nm after 500 C for 1h. Heat treatment at 800 C returned the Ag implanted crystals to a clear state. Cu nanocluster absorption peaks disappears at 500 C. No Sn clusters were observed by optical absorption or XRD. The size of the Ag and Au clusters as a function of heat treatment were determined from the absorption peaks. The Ag clusters did not change appreciably in size with heat treatment. The Au clusters increased from 3 to 9 nm diameter upon heat treatment at 1000 C. TEM analysis performed on a Au implanted crystal indicated the formation of Au nanocrystals with facets normal to the c-axis. Measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices were carried out using the Z-scan method with a tunable dye laser pumped by a frequency doubled mode-locked Nd:YAG laser. The dye laser had a 4.5 ps pulse duration time and 76 MHz pulse repetition rate (575 nm).

  15. Temperature dependent properties and poling effect of K4CuNb8O23 modified (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 lead free piezoceramics

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    Chen, Qiang; Chen, Yu; Peng, Zhihang; Wu, Jiagang; Liu, Hong; Xiao, Dingquan; Yu, Ping; Zhu, Jiliang; Zhu, Jianguo

    2015-03-01

    Lead free piezoelectric ceramics (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 modified by 4% mol. K4CuNb8O23 (abbreviated NKN:4KCN hereinafter) contain moderate piezoelectric constant d33 ˜ 100 pC N-1 and large mechanical quality factor Qm > 1000, showing possible replacement of the lead-based ones (Chen et al., J Appl. Phys. 102, 104109 (2007)). In terms of practical use, however, the temperature stability of NKN:4KCN is not clear to date. We made a systematic investigation on the properties versus temperature of NKN:4KCN to evaluate whether it can be practically used. In the range from room temperature (RT ˜ 25 °C) to 100 °C, the ferroelectricity of poled NKN:4KCN material is nearly temperature independent, remanent polarization Pr is about 27.6 ±1 μC cm-2. When the as-studied NKN:4KCN ceramics were thermal depolarized in temperature range from RT to 450 °C, piezoelectric constant d33 changed little, retaining about 99 pC N-1, 77 ± 3 pC N-1, from RT to 150 °C, 200 °C to 350 °C, respectively. The poled NKN:4KCN material showed higher orthorhombic to tetragonal phase transition temperature (TO-T ˜ 200 °C) compared to unpoled sample (TO-T ˜ 194 °C). Moreover, this kind of lead free material displayed negative temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) and positive TCF in orthorhombic and tetragonal phase state, respectively. The TCF was about -360 ppm K-1 in the range from RT to 125 °C, close to some lead-based commercial ones. The significance of this work lies in evaluating whether such a material can be practically used or not. We believe such a material might be the most promising candidate for replacing lead-based ones in some areas in the future.

  16. Propagation of shear bands in Ti{sub 66.1}Cu{sub 8}Ni{sub 4.8}Sn{sub 7.2}Nb{sub 13.9} nanostructure-dendrite composite during deformation

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    Kim, K.B.; Das, J.; Baier, F.; Eckert, J.

    2005-04-25

    During deformation of Ti{sub 66.1}Cu{sub 8}Ni{sub 4.8}Sn{sub 7.2}Nb{sub 13.9} nanostructure-dendrite composite, primary and secondary shear bands form under perpendicular orientation. Detailed investigation of the microstructure of deformed specimens reveals deformed body-centered-cubic (bcc) {beta}-Ti dendrites forming a stepped morphology at the interfaces between the bcc {beta}-Ti dendrites and the nanostructured matrix, consisting of hexagonal close packed (hcp) {alpha}-Ti and body-centered-tetragonal (bct) Ti{sub 2}Cu phases. In the nanostructured matrix, the primary shear bands pass through coherent grain boundaries between the hcp {alpha}-Ti and the bct Ti{sub 2}Cu phases. In contrast, the secondary shear bands in the nanostructured matrix are arrested by sandwiched nanoscale grains of the hcp {alpha}-Ti and bct Ti{sub 2}Cu phases.

  17. High frequency properties of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9/Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 soft magnetic composite with micro-cellular structure

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    Liu, Tong; Wang, MingGang; Zhao, ZhanKui

    2012-12-01

    Soft magnetic composite with micro-cellular structure was prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) process with Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 micron-powders clad by 5wt% Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 nano-particles. The effect of SPS on the micro structure of the Finemet powder and the micro structure of the composite were studied. It has been found that the as-prepared composite consists of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 cells and the cell-wall composed of nano Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 particles distributing around Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 cell-body. The composite exhibits low eddy-current loss which is to be resulted by high resistivity of the Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 cell-wall. The sintered samples were annealed at different temperature and the magnetic properties at different frequency of the annealed samples were measured. It shows that the Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 cell-wall possesses good thermostability.

  18. Investigation on transition behavior and electrical properties of (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Nb{sub 0.84}Ta{sub 0.1}Sb{sub 0.06}O{sub 3} around polymorphic phase transition region

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    Zhu, Chen; Wang, Wenchao; Shi, Honglin; Wang, Fangyu; Cao, Yongge; Huang, Jiquan; Wang, Chong; Tang, Fei; Yuan, Xuanyi; Liu, Yang

    2014-01-15

    (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Nb{sub 0.84}Ta{sub 0.1}Sb{sub 0.06}O{sub 3} (KNLNTS) lead free ceramics with different Li concentration were fabricated by conventional solid-state reaction method. By increasing Li ions in KNLNTS, the grains grow up and the crystal structure changes from orthorhombic to tetragonal. When 0.03 ≤ x ≤ 0.05, the ceramics structure lays in PPT region. Polarization versus electric field (P-E) hysteresis loops at room temperature show good ferroelectric properties and the remnant polarization decreases by increasing Li content while coercive electric keeps almost unchanged. In PPT region, taking x = 0.04 as an example, the sample shows excellent dielectric properties: the dielectric constant is 1159 and loss tangent is 0.04, while the piezoelectric constant d{sub 33} is 245 pC/N and kp is 0.44 at room temperature, it is promising for (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Nb{sub 0.84}Ta{sub 0.1}Sb{sub 0.06}O{sub 3} with 4 at. % Li to substitute PZT.

  19. Calorimetric Investigation of Thermal Stability of 304H Cu (Fe-17.7Cr-9.3Ni-2.95Cu-0.91Mn-0.58Nb-0.24Si-0.1C-0.12N-Wt Pct) Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Tripathy, Haraprasanna; Subramanian, Raju; Hajra, Raj Narayan; Rai, Arun Kumar; Rengachari, Mythili; Saibaba, Saroja; Jayakumar, Tammana

    2016-05-01

    The sequence of phase instabilities that take place in a Fe-17.7Cr-9.3Ni-0.58Nb-2.95Cu-0.12N (wt pct) austenitic stainless steel (304H Cu grade) as a function of temperature has been investigated using dynamic calorimetry. The results obtained from this investigation are supplemented by Thermocalc-based equilibrium and Scheil-Gulliver nonequilibrium solidification simulation. The following phase transformation sequence is found upon slow cooling from liquid: L → L + γ → L + γ + MX → γ + MX + δ → γ +MX + M23C6 → γ + MX + M23C6 + Cu. Under slow cooling, the solidification follows austenite + ferrite (AF) mode, which is in accordance with Thermocalc prediction and Scheil-Gulliver simulation. However, higher cooling rates result in skeletal δ-ferrite formation, due to increased segregation tendency of Nb and Cr to segregate to interdendritic liquid. The solidification mode is found to depend on combined Nb + Cu content. Experimental estimates of enthalpy change associated with melting and secondary phase precipitation are also obtained. In addition a semi-quantitative study on the dissolution kinetics of M23C6 type carbides has also been investigated. The standard solution treatment at 1413 K (1140 °C) is found to be adequate to dissolve both Cu and M23C6 into γ-austenite; but the complete dissolution of MX type carbonitrides occurs near the melting region.

  20. Improved magnetoimpedance and mechanical properties on nanocrystallization of amorphous Fe68.5Si18.5Cu1Nb3B9 ribbons

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    Sahoo, Trilochan; Majumdar, B.; Srinivas, V.; Srinivas, M.; Nath, T. K.; Agarwal, G.

    2013-10-01

    The effect of heat-treatment temperature on evolution of microstructures, mechanical and soft magnetic properties and magnetoimpedance (MI) effect in rapidly solidified Fe68.5Si18.5Cu1Nb3B9 ribbons, has been investigated. The as-quenched ribbons were subjected to heat-treatment at different temperatures between 400 and 600 °C for 1 h under high vacuum. Detailed structural studies on the ribbons heat-treated at and above 525 °C revealed the presence of nanocrystalline Fe3Si phases embedded in a residual amorphous matrix. The ribbon heat-treated at 550 °C temperature exhibits maximum ductility, maximum relative permeability of 4.8×104, minimum coercivity of 0.1 Oe, and maximum MI value of 62%. The enhanced MI effect is believed to be related to the magnetic softening of 550 °C heat-treated ribbons. However, the magnetic properties and MI effect deteriorated in the samples heat-treated above 550 °C due to the coarsening of grain sizes. The soft magnetic behavior of the nanocrystalline ribbons are discussed in the light of random anisotropy model, whereas the MI effect is discussed through standard skin effect in electrodynamics.

  1. In situ surface magneto-optical Kerr effect (s-MOKE) study of ultrathin soft magnetic FeCuNbSiB alloy films

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    Kumar, D.; Gupta, P.; Gupta, A.

    2014-12-01

    Herein we report on an in situ surface magneto-optical Kerr effect (s-MOKE) study of ion-beam-sputtered ultra-thin films of an amorphous Fe73.9Cu0.9Nb3.1Si13.2B8.9 (FINEMET) alloy with film growth that ranges from a fraction of a nm to a few tens of nms. Extrapolating the linear variation of the Kerr signal with film thickness suggests the absence of a magnetic dead layer at the substrate/FINEMET film interface, and hence the absence of any intermixing. The presence of a thin SiO2 film at the surface of the Si substrate may be responsible for preventing possible intermixing of Fe with Si to form nonmagnetic silicide. Close to the onset of ferromagnetic ordering, a steep increase in the coercive field with film thickness can be explained in terms of the Volmer-Weber growth of the film. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the hysteresis loops of a 41 nm-thick FINEMET film has been studied. The Curie temperature of the amorphous film is found to be lower than that of a ribbon of the same composition. The origin of a uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in the as-prepared stage is attributed to the generation of some long-range stresses in the film, which are relieved close to the onset temperature for nanocrystallization.

  2. Determination of structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5 and (NbyCu 1-y)Ox thin films deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy substrates for dental implant applications.

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    Mazur, M; Kalisz, M; Wojcieszak, D; Grobelny, M; Mazur, P; Kaczmarek, D; Domaradzki, J

    2015-02-01

    In this paper comparative studies on the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5/Ti and (NbyCu1-y)Ox/Ti alloy systems have been investigated. Pure layers of niobia and niobia with a copper addition were deposited on a Ti6Al4V titanium alloy surface using the magnetron sputtering method. The physicochemical properties of the prepared thin films were examined with the aid of XRD, XPS SEM and AFM measurements. The mechanical properties (i.e., nanohardness, Young's modulus and abrasion resistance) were performed using nanoindentation and a steel wool test. The corrosion properties of the coatings were determined by analysis of the voltammetric curves. The deposited coatings were crack free, exhibited good adherence to the substrate, no discontinuity of the thin film was observed and the surface morphology was homogeneous. The hardness of pure niobium pentoxide was ca. 8.64GPa. The obtained results showed that the addition of copper into pure niobia resulted in the preparation of a layer with a lower hardness of ca. 7.79 GPa (for niobia with 17 at.% Cu) and 7.75 GPa (for niobia with 25 at.% Cu). The corrosion properties of the tested thin films deposited on the surface of titanium alloy depended on the composition of the thin layer. The addition of copper (i.e. a noble metal) to Nb2O5 film increased the corrosion resistance followed by a significant decrease in the value of corrosion currents and, in case of the highest Cu content, the shift of corrosion potential towards the noble direction. The best corrosion properties were obtained from a sample of Ti6Al4V coated with (Nb0.75Cu0.25)Ox thin film. It seems that the tested materials could be used in the future as protection coatings for Ti alloys in biomedical applications such as implants.

  3. Effect of B2O3 and CuO on the Sintering Temperature and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 Ceramics

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    Kim, Min-Han; Nahm, Sahn; Lee, Woo-Sung; Yoo, Myong-Jae; Kang, Nam-Kee; Kim, Hyo-Tae; Lee, Hwack-Joo

    2005-05-01

    Sintering temperature of the Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 (BZT) ceramic is about 1550°C and it decreased to 950°C when B2O3 was added. The BaB4O7 second phase whose melting temperature is 889°C was found in the B2O3 added BZT ceramics. The BaB4O7 second phase assisted the sintering of the BZT ceramics at 950°C. However, the B2O3 added BZT ceramic was not sintered below 950°C and the microwave dielecric properties were not satisfactory. On the other hand, when the B2O3 and the CuO were added, the BZT ceramic was sintered even at 870°C. The BaCu(B2O5) phase which was found in the CuO and B2O3 added BZT ceramics, existed as the liquid phase during the sintering and helped the densification of the BZT ceramics at temperatures lower than 950°C. Good microwave dielectric properties of Q× f=11{,}000 GHz, \\varepsilonr=26 and τf=0.0 ppm/°C were obtained from the BZT + 5.0 mol% B2O3 + 10.0 mol% CuO ceramic sintered at 870°C for 2 h.

  4. Doping tuned rectifying properties in La2-xSrxCuO4/Nb:SrTiO3 heterojunctions

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    Guo, Y. F.; Guo, X.; Lei, M.; Chen, L. M.; Tang, W. H.; Li, P. G.; Fu, X. L.; Li, L. H.

    2009-04-01

    Here, we carried out a study on strontium doping effect on the rectifying properties of La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO)/NSTO heterojunctions. The intimate relationship between the change in electronic structure of LSCO and the variation of diffusion potential (Vd) of the junction supports opportunities for detecting Fermi level shift and superconducting gap evolution of LSCO upon hole doping. The results agree well to generally perceived viewpoints obtained by other methods. Even the suppression of Fermi level shift in the underdoped regime and weak-coupling d-wave BCS superconductivity behavior in the overdoped regime of LSCO are clearly exhibited by the tuned rectifying behaviors. This work not only reveals rich properties of LSCO/NSTO but also opens an alternative route to monitor the Fermi level and superconducting gap of high-temperature superconductors.

  5. Cu/Nb nano-composite wires processed by severe plastic deformation for applications in high pulsed magnets: effects of the multi-scale microstructure on the mechanical properties

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    Dubois, J. B.; Thilly, L.; Renault, P.O.; Lecouturier, F.; Olier, P.

    2012-06-15

    Copper-based high strength and high electrical conductivity nano-composite wires reinforced by Nb nano-tubes are prepared by severe plastic deformation, applied with an Accumulative Drawing and Bundling process (ADB), for the windings of high pulsed magnets. The ADB process leads to a multi-scale Cu matrix containing up to N = 85{sub 4} (52.2.10{sup 6}) continuous parallel Nb tubes with diameter down to few tens nano-meters. After heavy strain, the Nb nano-tubes exhibit a homogeneous microstructure with grain size below 100 nm. The Cu matrix presents a multi-scale microstructure with multi-modal grain size distribution from the micrometer to the nano-meter range. The use of complementary characterization techniques at the microscopic and macroscopic level (in-situ tensile tests in the TEM, nano-indentation, in-situ tensile tests under high energy synchrotron beam) shed light on the interest of the multi-scale nature of the microstructure to achieve extreme mechanical properties, therefore allowing for design guidelines to further improve these properties. (authors)

  6. The contribution of amphibole from deep arc crust to the silicate Earth's Nb budget

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    Tiepolo, Massimo; Vannucci, Riccardo

    2014-11-01

    The continental crust (CC) and the depleted mantle (DM) are generally assumed to be complementary reservoirs within the Earth. However, the mixture between CC and upper mantle does not generate the Nb/Ta and Nb/La ratios of chondrites. A reservoir with superchondritic ratios for Nb/Ta and Nb/La is thus required in the Earth's system. The occurrence of a hidden amphibole reservoir in the lower arc crust has been recently proposed. This, coupled with the capability of calcic amphibole to give rise to a superchondritic Nb/Ta and Nb/La reservoir, led us to determine to what extent amphibole-rich ultramafic rocks can account for the Nb (and Nb/Ta, Nb/La as well) imbalance on Earth. We have considered lower crust mafic and ultramafic amphibole-rich intrusive rocks from collisional settings worldwide. Because CC is considered to have primarily formed in collisional setting these rocks are important for its genetic model. We modeled Nb, Ta and La contents of the hidden Nb reservoir by mass balance calculations between continental crust, depleted mantle and primitive mantle. Modeling shows that amphibole-rich mafic lower crust can solve the so-called Nb paradox if large volumes of materials are supposed to be returned into the mantle during the Earth's history. A possible mechanism is recycling, particularly in Precambrian times, of eclogites that underwent pre-eclogitic melting in the amphibolite facies field and then recrystallized under eclogite-facies conditions.

  7. A-site- and/or B-site-modified PbZrTiO3 materials and (Pb, Sr, Ca, Ba, Mg) (Zr, Ti, Nb, Ta)O3 films having utility in ferroelectric random access memories and high performance thin film microactuators

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    Roeder, Jeffrey F. (Inventor); Chen, Ing-Shin (Inventor); Bilodeau, Steven (Inventor); Baum, Thomas H. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A modified PbZrTiO.sub.3 perovskite crystal material thin film, wherein the PbZrTiO.sub.3 perovskite crystal material includes crystal lattice A-sites and B-sites at least one of which is modified by the presence of a substituent selected from the group consisting of (i) A-site substituents consisting of Sr, Ca, Ba and Mg, and (ii) B-site substituents selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta. The perovskite crystal thin film material may be formed by liquid delivery MOCVD from metalorganic precursors of the metal components of the thin film, to form PZT and PSZT, and other piezoelectric and ferroelectric thin film materials. The thin films of the invention have utility in non-volatile ferroelectric memory devices (NV-FeRAMs), and in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as sensor and/or actuator elements, e.g., high speed digital system actuators requiring low input power levels.

  8. Aqueous Synthesis and Structural Comparison of Rare Earth Niobates and Tantalates: (La,K,[vacancy])[subscript 2]Nb[subscript 2]O[subscript 7-x](OH)[subscript 2] and Ln2Ta2O7(OH)2 ([vacancy] = vacancy; Ln = La-Sm)

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    Nyman, May; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Alam, Todd M.; Anderson, Travis M.; Ambrosini, Andrea

    2009-06-30

    Rare-earth niobates and tantalates are functional materials that are exploited as photocatalysts, host lattices for phosphors, and ion conductors. These phases are extremely challenging to synthesize by methods other than solid-state processing, which limits expansion of this useful class of materials. Hydrothermal processing in particular is hampered by the incompatibility of base-soluble tantalate or niobate with acid-soluble rare-earth oxides. Furthermore, an added challenge with tantalates is they are especially inert and insoluble. We present here a general hydrothermal process that has produced a range of rare-earth niobate/tantalate materials; including new phases, (La,K,{sub {open_square}}){sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}(OH){sub 2} (1) and Ln{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 7}(OH){sub 2} (2) ({open_square} = vacancy, Ln = La-Sm -- excluding radioactive promethium). The structures of 1 and the La-analogue of 2 were determined from powder X-ray diffraction data collected at the APS 11-BM line and corroborated by compositional analyses, infrared spectroscopy, {sup 139}La and {sup 1}H MAS NMR, and thermogravimetric analyses. The synthesis and characterization studies reveal that the tantalate (2) is compositionally pure with no vacancies or dopants, while the niobate (1) formed under identical conditions has both vacancies and potassium dopants. We attribute these features to the greater flexibility of Nb{sup 5+} in oxide lattices to accommodate distorted and lower coordination geometries, whereas Ta{sup 5+} is found predominantly in octahedral environments. Other differences in aqueous niobate and tantalate chemistry are noted by the different phases that form as a function of the Ln{sup 3+} radius.

  9. Superconducting properties of YaBa2Cu3O7-delta films deposited on commercial tape substrates, decorated with Pd or Ta nano-islands

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    Polat, Ozgur; Ertugrul, Memhet; Thompson, James R; Leonard, Keith J; Sinclair IV, John W; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L; Xiong, X.; Selvamanickam, V.; Christen, David K; Aytug, Tolga

    2012-01-01

    To obtain an engineered surface for deposition of high-Tc superconductors, nanoscale modulations of the surface of the underlying LaMnO3 (LMO) cap layer is a potential source for generating microstructural defects in YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO) films. These defects may improve the flux-pinning and consequently increase the critical current density, Jc. To provide such nanoscale modulation via a practical and scalable process, tantalum (Ta) and palladium (Pd) nano-islands were deposited using dc-magnetron sputtering on the surface of the cap layer of commercial metal tape templates for second-generation wires. The size and density of these nano-islands can be controlled by changing sputtering conditions such as the power and deposition time. Compared to the reference sample grown on an untreated LMO cap layer, the YBCO films grown on the LMO cap layers with Ta or Pd nano-islands exhibited improved in-field Jc performance. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) were used to assess the evolving size and density of the nano-islands.

  10. Anomalous laser deflection phenomenon based on the interaction of electro-optic and graded refractivity effects in Cu-doped KTa{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} crystal

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    Wang, Xuping Liu, Bing; Yang, Yuguo; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Lv, Xianshun; Hong, Guanglie; Shu, Rong; Yu, Haohai; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-08-04

    An abnormal laser deflection phenomenon in a copper-doped KTa{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (Cu:KTN) crystal is demonstrated in this Letter. A near-50 mrad beam deflection angle was observed when a voltage of 1.2 kV was applied to a Cu:KTN block with size of 2.8 mm × 1.2 mm × 7.5 mm at room temperature. The special features of this deflection phenomenon are that the laser beam deflection direction is perpendicular to the electric field direction, and the beam deflection angle remains unchanged when the electric field direction is reversed. The operating principle of the phenomenon is investigated and the origin of the deflection phenomenon is attributed to an interaction between the graded refractivity effect and the quadratic electro-optic effect of the crystal.

  11. Texture in state-of-the-art Nb3Sn multifilamentary superconducting wires

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    Scheuerlein, C.; Arnau, G.; Alknes, P.; Jimenez, N.; Bordini, B.; Ballarino, A.; Di Michiel, M.; Thilly, L.; Besara, T.; Siegrist, T.

    2014-02-01

    The texture of Nb3Sn in recent multifilamentary composite wires has been studied by neutron diffraction, synchrotron x-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction. In powder-in-tube (PIT) type superconductors the Nb precursor filaments exhibit a strong <110> fiber texture as a consequence of the severe cold drawing process, and a <110> texture is also observed in the Nb3Sn. In the Nb-Ta precursor of the restacked rod process (RRP) strand there is an additional texture component, and in both Ta-alloyed and Ti-alloyed RRP type conductors the Nb3Sn grains grow with a preferential <100> orientation.

  12. Materials Analysis of CED Nb Films Being Coated on Bulk Nb Single Cell SRF Cavities

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    Zhao, Xin; Reece, Charles; Palczewski, Ari; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Krishnan, Mahadevan; James, Colt; Irfan, Irfan

    2013-09-01

    This study is an on-going research on depositing a Nb film on the internal wall of bulk Nb single cell SRF cavities, via a cathodic arc Nb plasma ions source, an coaxial energetic condensation (CED) facility at AASC company. The motivation is to firstly create a homoepitaxy-like Nb/Nb film in a scale of a ~1.5GHz RF single cell cavity. Next, through SRF measurement and materials analysis, it might reveal the baseline properties of the CED-type homoepitaxy Nb films. Literally, a top-surface layer of Nb films which sustains SRF function, always grows up in homo-epitaxy mode, on top of a Nb nucleation layer. Homo-epitaxy growth of Nb must be the final stage (a crystal thickening process) of any coatings of Nb film on alternative cavity structure materials. Such knowledge of Nb-Nb homo-epitaxy is useful to create future realistic SRF cavity film coatings, such as hetero-epitaxy Nb/Cu Films, or template-layer-mitigated Nb films. One large-grain, and three fine grain bulk Nb cavities were coated. They went through cryogenic RF measurement. Preliminary results show that the Q0 of a Nb film could be as same as the pre-coated bulk Nb surface (which received a chemically-buffered polishing plus a light electro-polishing); but quality factor of two tested cavities dropped quickly. We are investigating if the severe Q-slope is caused by hydrogen incorporation before deposition, or is determined by some structural defects during Nb film growth.

  13. Microstructure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-Ba(Ti0.95Zr0.05)O3 lead-free ceramics with CuO sintering aid

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    Lin, D.; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2007-08-01

    Using an ordinary ceramic fabrication technique, we fabricated lead-free (1-x)(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-xBa(Ti0.95Zr0.05)O3 ceramics with CuO sintering aid . Ba(Ti0.95Zr0.05)O3 diffuses into (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 to form a new solid solution. The ceramics with perovskite structure possess orthorhombic phase at x≤0.04 and become tetragonal phase at x≥0.06. Both the paraelectric cubic-ferroelectric tetragonal and the ferroelectric tetragonal-ferroelectric orthorhombic phase transition temperatures decrease with increasing the concentration of Ba(Ti0.95Zr0.05)O3. The doping of CuO effectively promotes the densification of the ceramics. The coexistence of the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases at 0.04

  14. Structural dependence of piezoelectric, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}(Nb{sub 1−2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} lead-free ceramics with high Q{sub m}

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    Tan, Xiaohui; Fan, Huiqing; Ke, Shanming; Zhou, Limin; Mai, Yiu-Wing; Huang, Haitao

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Double hysteresis loops were observed in K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}(Nb{sub 1−2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3}. ► Cu substitution caused structural discontinuity in KNNC. ► Dimeric defect complex (Cu{sup ‴}{sub Nb}–V{sub O}··){sup ′} with a dipole moment was formed in KNNC. -- Abstract: (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})(Nb{sub 1−2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KNNC, x = 0–2%) lead-free ceramics were synthetized by the solid state solution method. Pure perovskite phase with orthorhombic symmetry was observed. The evolution of the structure of KNNC was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering spectra techniques. Our results revealed that, defect dipoles (Cu{sup ‴}{sub Nb}–V{sub O}··){sup ′} were formed and provided a restoring force to reverse the switched polarization, which resulted in double P–E hysteresis loops in KNNC with Cu doping at x = 0.75% and 1%. However, non-polar defect complex (V{sub O}··–Cu{sup ‴}{sub Nb}–V{sub O}··)· caused a lattice shrinkage and the observed square shaped P–E loops in KNNC ceramics under high doping levels (x > 1%).

  15. Adhesion and reliability of copper interconnects with Ta and TaN barrier layers

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    Lane, Michael; Dauskardt, Reinhold H.; Krishna, Nety; Hashim, Imran

    2000-01-01

    With the advent of copper metallization in interconnect structures, new barrier layers are required to prevent copper diffusion into adjacent dielectrics and the underlying silicon. The barrier must also provide adequate adhesion to both the dielectric and copper. While Ta and TaN barrier layers have been incorporated for these purposes in copper metallization schemes, little quantitative data exist on their adhesive properties. In this study, the critical interface fracture energy and the subcritical debonding behavior of ion-metal-plasma sputtered Ta and TaN barrier layers in Cu interconnect structures were investigated. Specifically, the effects of interfacial chemistry, Cu layer thickness, and oxide type were examined. Behavior is rationalized in terms of relevant reactions at the barrier/dielectric interface and plasticity in adjacent metal layers. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  16. Crystal structure and antiferromagnetic ordering of quasi-2D [Cu(HF{sub 2})(pyz){sub 2}]TaF{sub 6} (pyz = pyrazine).

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    Manson, J. L.; Schlueter, J. A.; McDonald, R. D.; Singleton, J.; Materials Science Division; Eastern Washington Univ.; LANL

    2010-04-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound was determined by X-ray diffraction at 90 and 295 K. Copper(II) ions are coordinated to four bridging pyz ligands to form square layers in the ab-plane. Bridging HF{sub 2}{sup -} ligands join the layers together along the c-axis to afford a tetragonal, three-dimensional (3D) framework that contains Taf{sub 6}{sup -} anions in every cavity. At 295 K, the pyz rings lie exactly perpendicular to the layers and cooling to 90 K induces a canting of those rings. Magnetically, the compound exhibits 2D antiferromagnetic correlations within the 2D layers with an exchange interaction of -13.1(1) K. Weak interlayer interactions, as mediated by Cu-F-H-F-Cu, leads to long-range magnetic order below 4.2 K. Pulsed-field magnetization data at 0.5 K show a concave curvature with increasing B and reveal a saturation magnetization at 35.4 T.

  17. CuO/V2O5-Codoped Bi3/2ZnNb3/2O7 (BZN) Ceramic for Embedded Capacitor Layer in Integrated LTCC Modules

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    Lee, Kyoungho; Kang, Seungjin

    2016-06-01

    Sintering additives for Bi3/2ZnNb3/2O7 (BZN) ceramic have been studied to facilitate use of BZN as a material for embedded decoupling capacitors in high-density multilayered low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) modules for mobile communication systems and three-dimensional printing modules. Among the additives studied, a CuO/V2O5 mixture was the most promising for cofiring BZN ceramic with a commercial low-permittivity ( ɛ r) LTCC sheet (MLS-22; NEG Co., Japan) and Ag electrode. BZN codoped with 0.5 wt.% CuO/V2O5 was successfully densified at 860°C by reactive liquid-phase sintering, and the resulting dielectric properties were acceptable for use of the CuO/V2O5-codoped BZN for embedded capacitors in LTCC modules. The room-temperature permittivity ( ɛ r) of the CuO/V2O5-codoped BZN was 148 at 1 MHz, and the capacitance thermal stability was ±1.3% within the temperature range of -55°C to 125°C. The physical and chemical compatibilities of the CuO/V2O5-codoped BZN with heterogeneous layers (low- ɛ r LTCC layer and Ag electrode layer) in LTCC modules were also examined. A cofiring test of the doped BZN ceramic with MLS-22 LTCC sheet revealed that thickness control of the two heterogeneous layers was a key factor to avoid crack formation during cofiring. The optimum thickness ratio of doped BZN to MLS-22 layers was less than 0.25:1. A chemical compatibility test revealed no severe reaction between the doped BZN/MLS-22 and doped BZN/Ag layers.

  18. Microstructural and weldability evaluation of 310TaN

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    Lundin, C.D.; Qiao, C.Y.P.; Swindeman, R.W.

    1996-08-01

    Excellent weldability and good microstructural stability of 310TaN, in terms of the formation and growth of secondary phases at elevated temperature, was revealed in this investigation. The interganular stress corrosion resistance of 310TaN is superior to modified 800H and 310HCbN evaluated previously due to the fact that TaC, TaN and Ta(C,N) particles are more stable compared to Nb-rich or Ti-rich carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides presented in the other advanced alloys. Using resistance spot welding technique for which extremely fast cooling is a characteristic, it was found that a very minor amount of gain boundary liquation takes place during welding thermal cycling. The limited grain boundary liquation is of the eutectic type i.e., a low tendency to weld HAZ hot cracking.

  19. Screening on binary Zr-1X (X = Ti, Nb, Mo, Cu, Au, Pd, Ag, Ru, Hf and Bi) alloys with good in vitro cytocompatibility and magnetic resonance imaging compatibility.

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    Zhou, F Y; Qiu, K J; Li, H F; Huang, T; Wang, B L; Li, L; Zheng, Y F

    2013-12-01

    In this study, the microstructures, mechanical properties, corrosion behaviors, in vitro cytocompatibility and magnetic susceptibility of Zr-1X alloys with various alloying elements, including Ti, Nb, Mo, Cu, Au, Pd, Ag, Ru, Hf and Bi, were systematically investigated to explore their potential use in biomedical applications. The experimental results indicated that annealed Zr-1X alloys consisted entirely or primarily of α phase. The alloying elements significantly increased the strength and hardness of pure Zr and had a relatively slight influence on elastic modulus. Ru was the most effective enhancing element and Zr-1Ru alloy had the largest elongation. The results of electrochemical corrosion indicated that adding various elements to Zr improved its corrosion resistance, as indicated by the reduced corrosion current density. The extracts of the studied Zr-1X alloys produced no significant deleterious effects on osteoblast-like cells (MG 63), indicating good in vitro cytocompatibility. All except for Zr-1Ag alloy showed decreased magnetic susceptibility compared to pure Zr, and Zr-1Ru alloy had the lowest magnetic susceptibility value, being comparable to that of α' phase Zr-Mo alloy and Zr-Nb alloy and far lower than that of Co-Cr alloy and Ti-6Al-4V alloy. Among the experimental Zr-1X alloys, Zr-1Ru alloy possessing high strength coupled with good ductility, good in vitro cytocompatibility and low magnetic susceptibility may be a good candidate alloy for medical devices within a magnetic resonance imaging environment.

  20. High hard magnetic properties and cellular structure of nanocomposite magnet Nd 4.5Fe 73.8B 18.5Cr 0.5Co 1.5Nb 1Cu 0.2

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    The, N. D.; Chau, N.; Vuong, N. V.; Quyen, N. H.

    2006-08-01

    The formation of special nanostructure, cellular structure, in Nd 4.5Fe 73.8B 18.5Cr 0.5Co 1.5Nb 1Cu 0.2 nanocomposite magnet has been observed by means of SEM for the first time. Ultrafine structure of cellules with thickness of 20-25 nm and length in range of 200-300 nm leads to high shape anisotropy of the materials. Therefore, high hard magnetic properties were obtained with ( BH) max up to 17.3 MG Oe in ribbons with very high remanence of 13.5 kG. The role of Cr and Co in the formation and refinement of cellular structure is proposed. Effect of heat treatment on hard magnetic properties is discussed in detail.

  1. Microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe72.5 Si14.2 B8.7 Nb2 Mo1.5 Cu1.1 thin films

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    Mikhalitsyna, E. A.; Kataev, V. A.; Larrañaga, A.; Lepalovskij, V. N.; Turygin, A. P.

    2016-10-01

    This paper surveys structure and magnetic properties of the thin films with thicknesses of 30, 70, 100 and 200 nm, prepared by high-frequency ion-plasma sputtering of Fe72.5 Si14.2 B8.7 Nb2 Mo1.5 Cu1.1 target onto monocrystalline Si substrates. As-deposited films exhibited the roentgen-amorphous state and in-plane induced magnetic anisotropy. Their crystallization and drastic growth of the grains up to 40 nm at 460 °C were revealed and examined by X-ray diffraction methods. Among the measured magnetic properties of the films, the magnetic anisotropy and coercivity were stressed. Their changes with the annealing temperature and film thickness were discussed. The influence of the surface roughness on the coercivity was also investigated with atomic force microscopy.

  2. Er3+ diffusion in LiTaO3 crystal

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    Zhang, De-Long; Zhang, Qun; Wong, Wing-Han; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun

    2015-12-01

    Some Er3+-doped LiTaO3 plates were prepared by in-diffusion of Er-metal film locally coated onto congruent Z-cut substrate in air at a wide temperature range from 1000 to 1500 °C. After diffusion, Er3+-doping effect on LiTaO3 refractive index and Li2O out-diffusion arising from Er3+ in-diffusion were studied at first. Refractive indices at the doped and undoped surface parts were measured by prism coupling technique and the surface composition was estimated. The results show that Er3+ dopant has small contribution to the LiTaO3 index. Li2O out-diffusion is slight (Li2O content loss <0.3 mol%) for the temperature below 1300 °C while is moderate (Li2O content loss <0.6 mol%) for the temperature above 1400 °C. The Er3+ profile was studied by secondary ion mass spectrometry. The study shows that the diffused Er3+ ions follow either a complementary error function or a Gaussian profile. Characteristic parameters including diffusivity, diffusion constant, activation energy, solubility, solubility constant and heat of solution were obtained and compared with the LiNbO3 case. The comparison shows that the diffusivity and solubility in LiTaO3 are considerably smaller than in LiNbO3 because of the difference of Ta and Nb in atomic weight.

  3. New insights into the initial stages of Ta oxide nanotube formation on polycrystalline Ta electrodes.

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    El-Sayed, Hany A; Horwood, Corie A; Abhayawardhana, Anusha D; Birss, Viola I

    2013-02-21

    Ta oxide nanotubes (NTs) were formed by the anodization of Ta at 15 V in a solution of concentrated sulfuric acid containing 0.8-1.0 M hydrofluoric acid. To study the initial stages of NT formation, FESEM images of samples anodized for very short times were obtained. The results contradict the existing explanation of the current-time data collected during anodization, which has persisted in the literature for more than two decades. In addition to providing a first-time morphological study of Ta oxide NT formation at very early stages of anodization, we also propose a new interpretation of the i-t response, showing that pores are already present in the first few milliseconds of anodization and that NTs are formed well before present models predict. This behaviour may also extend to the anodization of other valve metals, such as Al, Ti, Zr, W, and Nb. PMID:23338813

  4. β-Nb9VO25

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    Nasri, Rawia; Chérif, Saïda Fatma; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, nona­niobium vanadium penta­cosa­oxide, was prepared by a solid-state reaction at 1198 K. It is isotypic with Nb9AsO25, Nb9PO25 and Ta9VO25. The structure consists of NbO6 octa­hedra (one with 4/m.. and two with m.. symmetry) and VO4 tetra­hedra (-4.. symmetry) sharing corners and edges to form a three-dimensional framework. This framework can be considered as a junction between ribbons made up from NbO6 octa­hedra and chains of NbO6 octa­hedra and chains of VO4 tetra­hedra. The V site shows half-occupancy, hence one half of the VO4 tetra­hedra is unoccupied. The structural differences with α-Nb9VO25, VOSO4, SbOPO4 and NbOPO4 oxides are discussed. PMID:24860297

  5. Synthesis of superconducting Nb3Sn coatings on Nb substrates

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    Barzi, E.; Franz, S.; Reginato, F.; Turrioni, D.; Bestetti, M.

    2015-12-01

    In the present work the electrochemical and thermal syntheses of superconductive Nb3Sn films are investigated. The Nb3Sn phase is obtained by electrodeposition of Sn layers and Cu intermediate layers onto Nb substrates followed by high temperature diffusion in inert atmosphere. Electrodeposition was performed from aqueous solutions at current densities in the 20 to 50 mA/cm2 range and at temperatures between 40 and 50°C. Subsequent thermal treatments were realized to obtain the Nb3Sn superconductive phase. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES) demonstrated that after thermal treatment interdiffusion of Nb and Sn occurred across a thickness of about 13 μm. Scanning Electronmore » Microscopy (SEM) allowed accurately measuring the thickness of the Nb3Sn phase, whose average for the various types of film samples was between 5.7 and 8.0 μm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the presence of a cubic Nb3Sn phase (A15 structure) having (210) preferred orientation. The maximum obtained Tc was 17.68 K and the Bc20 ranged between 22.5 T and 23.8 T. With the procedure described in the present paper, coating complex shapes cost-effectively becomes possible, which is typical of electrochemical techniques. Furthermore, this approach can be implemented in classical wire processes such as "Jelly Roll" or "Rod in Tube", or directly used for producing superconducting surfaces. In conclusion, the potential of this method for Superconducting Radiofrequency (SRF) structures is also outlined.« less

  6. Synthesis, properties and structures of NbOF3 complexes and comparisons with NbOCl3 analogues.

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    Levason, William; Reid, Gillian; Trayer, Jonathan; Zhang, Wenjian

    2014-03-01

    The first series of complexes of niobium(v) oxide trifluoride, [NbOF3(OPR3)2] (R = Me or Ph), [NbOF3(dppmO2)] (dppmO2 = Ph2P(O)CH2P(O)Ph2), [NbOF3(dmso)2], [NbOF3(tmeda)] (tmeda = Me2N(CH2)2NMe2) and [NbOF3(diimine)] (diimine = 2,2'-bipy, 1,10-phen) have been prepared, either by reaction of the corresponding complexes of NbF5 and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) in CH2Cl2-MeCN solution, or directly from NbF5, ligand and HMDSO. They were characterised by IR, (1)H, (31)P{(1)H} and (19)F{(1)H} NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystal structures are reported for [NbOF3(OPR3)2] (R = Me or Ph) and [NbOF3(dppmO2)]. Complexes of NbOCl3, [NbOCl3(OPPh3)2], [NbOCl3(dppmO2)], [NbOCl3(dppeO2)] (dppeO2 = Ph2P(O)(CH2)2P(O)Ph2), [NbOCl3(tmeda)] and [NbOCl3(diimine)] were made from NbCl5 and HMDSO in MeCN (which forms [NbOCl3(MeCN)2] in situ), followed by addition of the neutral ligand. Their properties are compared with the oxide fluoride analogues. X-ray structures are reported for [NbOCl3(dppmO2)], [NbOCl3(dppeO2)], [NbOCl3(tmeda)] and [NbOCl3(2,2'-bipy)]. The synthesis and spectroscopic characterisation of [MF5L] (M = Nb or Ta; L = OPR3, OAsPh3) and [MF4(diimine)2][MF6] are also described, and the key properties of the four series of complexes compared. PMID:24413623

  7. Examination of the trade-off between intrinsic and extrinsic properties in the optimization of a modern internal tin Nb3Sn conductor

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    Tarantini, C.; Lee, P. J.; Craig, N.; Ghosh, A.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2014-06-01

    In modern Nb3Sn wires there is a fundamental compromise to be made between optimizing the intrinsic properties associated with the superfluid density in the A15 phase (e.g. Tc, Hc, Hc2, all of which are composition dependent), maximizing the quantity of A15 that can be formed from a given mixture of Nb, Sn and Cu, minimizing the A15 composition gradients within each sub-element, while at the same time generating a high vortex pinning critical current density, Jc, by maximizing the grain boundary density with the additional constraint of maintaining the RRR of the Cu stabilizer above 100. Here we study these factors in a Ta-alloyed Restacked-Rod-Process (RRP®) wire with ∼70 μm diameter sub-elements. Consistent with many earlier studies, maximum non-Cu Jc(12 T, 4.2 K) requires preventing A15 grain growth, rather than by optimizing the superfluid density. In wires optimized for 12 T, 4.2 K performance, about 60% of the non-Cu cross-section is A15, 35% residual Cu and Sn core, and only 5% a residual Nb-7.5 wt% Ta diffusion barrier. The specific heat and chemical analyses show that in this 60% A15 fraction there is a wide range of Tc and chemical composition that does diminish for higher heat treatment temperatures, which, however, are impractical because of the strong RRR degradation that occurs when only about 2% of the A15 reaction front breaches the diffusion barrier. As this kind of Nb3Sn conductor design is being developed for sub-elements about half the present size, it is clear that better barriers are essential to allowing higher temperature reactions with better intrinsic A15 properties. We present here multiple and detailed intrinsic and extrinsic evaluations because we believe that only such broad and quantitative descriptions are capable of accurately tracking the limitations of individual conductor designs where optimization will always be a compromise between inherently conflicting goals.

  8. Cu/Nb-Ti MRI wires with improved stability by incorporating filaments of large heat capacity substance PrB6

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    Keilin, V. E.; Kovalev, I. A.; Kruglov, S. L.; Sсherbakov, V. I.; Shutova, D. I.; Vorobjeva, A. E.; Salunin, N. I.; Potanina, L. V.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we report our recent research on thermal stabilization of low-temperature superconducting magnets by means of large heat capacity substances (LHCS). Two samples (lengths ˜100 m) of NbTi composite wires with additional internal filaments made from intermetallic compound PrB6 (5.9-7.3 vol.%) were produced and tested. The design of the wires was similar to that of the conventional MRI sc wires, except for their smaller diameter (0.835 mm instead of 1.345 mm). Our final goal was the investigation of the possibility to minimize (or even eliminate completely) the necessity of MRI magnets training before their commissioning. The comparative stability measurements showed a twofold increase of the minimum quench energies (MQEs) of the doped wires against short heat disturbances. The magnetic field corresponding to the first flux jump increased by 50%. In MQE tests, the PrB6 heat capacity was fully utilized over the course of a 1 ms heat pulse. In the thermomagnetic stability measurements, the efficiency of LHCS doping was about 75% due to the fast evolution of the flux jumps.

  9. Production of 62Zn radioactive nuclear beam and on-line PAC investigation of quadrupole interaction in nano-magnetic material Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9

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    Zuo, Yi; Zheng, Yongnan; Xu, Yongjun; Cui, Baoqun; Li, Liqiang; Ma, Yingjun; Ping, Fan; Yuan, Daqing; Gao, Shuang; Zhu, Shengyun

    2013-05-01

    An Isotope Separator On-Line (ISOL), dedicated to on-line perturbed angular correlation (PAC) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), has been constructed at CIAE based on the HI-13 tandem accelerator, and a 30 keV radioactive beam of 62Zn with intensity of 2 ×107/s produced by it. Using the 62Zn radioactive beam the investigation of the nano-crystalline soft magnetic Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 materials has been fulfiled for the first time by the on-line time differential PAC technique. Two quadrupole interaction frequencies ω 01 ( = 440 Mrad/s) and ω 02 ( = 90 Mrad/s) were gained, indicating there are two implantation sites of 62Zn. The frequency ω 02 shows a fluctuation of the crystal lattice constants and proves the characteristic distribution model of nano-crystalline grain boundary. The frequency ω 01 demonstrates that the implanted 62Zn occupies the site of the ordered grain core. The fractions of ω 01 and ω 02 are f01 = 38 % and f02 = 62 %, respectively.

  10. The existence of giant magnetocaloric effect and laminar structure in Fe 73.5-xCr xSi 13.5B 9Nb 3Cu 1

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    Chau, N.; Thanh, P. Q.; Hoa, N. Q.; The, N. D.

    2006-09-01

    Amorphous soft magnetic ribbons Fe 73.5-xCr xSi 13.5B 9Nb 3Cu 1 ( x=1-5) have been fabricated by rapid quenching on a single copper wheel. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) patterns showed that the crystallization temperature of α-Fe(Si) phase is ranging from 542 to 569 °C, a little higher than that of pure Finemet ( x=0). With the same annealing regime, the crystallization volume fraction as well as the particle size of α-Fe(Si) crystallites decreased with increasing Cr amount substituted for Fe in studied samples. Especially, the interesting fact is that the laminar structure of heat-treated ribbons on the surface contacted to copper wheel in the fabricating process has been firstly discovered and explained to be related to the existence of Cr in studied samples. The hysteresis loop measurement indicated that there is the pinning of displacement of domain walls. The giant magnetocaloric effect (GMCE) has been found in amorphous state of the samples. After annealing, the soft magnetic properties of investigated nanocomposite materials are desirably improved.

  11. Cross sections for the production of residual nuclides by low- and medium-energy protons from the target elements C, N, O, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba and Au

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    Michel, R.; Bodemann, R.; Busemann, H.; Daunke, R.; Gloris, M.; Lange, H.-J.; Klug, B.; Krins, A.; Leya, I.; Lüpke, M.; Neumann, S.; Reinhardt, H.; Schnatz-Büttgen, M.; Herpers, U.; Schiekel, Th.; Sudbrock, F.; Holmqvist, B.; Condé, H.; Malmborg, P.; Suter, M.; Dittrich-Hannen, B.; Kubik, P.-W.; Synal, H.-A.; Filges, D.

    1997-07-01

    Cross sections for residual nuclide production by p-induced reactions were measured from thresholds up to 2.6 GeV using accelerators at CERN/Geneve, IPN/Orsay, KFA/Jülich, LANL/Los Alamos, LNS/Saclay, PSI/Villigen, TSL/Uppsala, LUC/Louvain La Neuve. The target elements C, N, O, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba and Au were investigated. Residual nuclides were measured by X- and γ-spectrometry and by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). The measured cross sections were corrected for interfering secondary particles in experiments with primary proton energies above 200 MeV. Our consistent database covers presently ca 550 nuclear reactions and contains nearly 15000 individual cross sections of which about 10000 are reported here for the first time. They provide a basis for model calculations of the production of cosmogenic nuclides in extraterrestrial matter by solar and galactic cosmic ray protons. They are of importance for many other applications in which medium energy nuclear reactions have to be considered ranging from astrophysics over space and environmental sciences to accelerator technology and accelerator-based nuclear waste transmutation and energy amplification. The experimental data are compared with theoretical ones based on calculations using an INC/E model in form of the HETC/KFA2 code and on the hybrid model of preequilibrium reactions in form of the AREL code.>

  12. Structure and physical properties of the barium niobium sulfides BaNbS{sub 3} and BaNb{sub 0.8}S{sub 3-{delta}}

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    Kim, Sung-Jin; Bae, Hyun-Sook; Yee, Kyeong-Ae; Choy, Jin-Ho; Kim, Dong-Kuk; Hur, Nan-Hwi

    1995-03-01

    BaNb{sub 0.8}S{sub 3-{delta}} and BaNbS{sub 3} were prepared by heating desired amounts of BaCO{sub 3} and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} under CS{sub 2}/N{sub 2} flow. The authors found that nominal composition of BaNb{sub 0.8}S has sulfur defect, and therefore should be written as BaNb{sub 0.8}S{sub 3-{delta}}. XANES experiments of Nb K-edges and XPS experiments proved that the oxidation state of Nb is the same in BaNb{sub 0.8}S{sub 3-{delta}} and BaNbS{sub 3}. To understand their structures, the electronic and physical properties of the BaMX{sub 3} (M = V, Nb, X = S; M = Ta, X = S, Se) phases are compared. In spite of their structural similarity, they exhibit rather different physical properties. It has been known that BaVS{sub 3} is a metal and undergoes a metal to semiconductor transition at 130 K, and this phase shows the ferro/antiferromagnetic transition at a lower temperature. However, BaNbS{sub 3} and BaTaS{sub 3} are diamagnetic semiconductors at room temperature. The major factor stabilizing the semiconducting state for BaTaX{sub 3} and BaNbS{sub 3} may be a large spin-orbit coupling rather than a structural distortion.

  13. Solid Collection Efforts: Ta Collimator Evaluation

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    Gostic, J M

    2011-11-21

    Ta collimator sets that were part of the gated x-ray detector diagnostic (GXD) at NIF were analyzed for debris distribution and damage in 2011. These disks (ranging in thickness from 250 to 750 {mu}m) were fielded approximately 10 cm from target chamber center (TCC) on various symcap, THD and re-emit shots. The nose cone holder and forward Ta collimator (facing target chamber center, TCC) from all shots show evidence of surface melt. Non-destructive analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) were used to determine debris composition and degree of deformation associated with each Ta disk. Molten debris from the stainless steel nose cone contaminated the surface of the collimators along with other debris associated with the target assembly (Al, Si, Cu, Au and In). Surface elemental analysis of the forward collimator Ta disks indicates that Au hohlraum debris is less concentrated on these samples versus those fielded 50 cm from TCC in the wedge range filter (WRF) assembly. It is possible that the Au is distributed below or within the stainless steel melt layer covering the disk, as most of the foreign debris is captured in the melted coating. The other disks (fielded directly behind the forward collimator in a sandwiched configuration) have visible forms of deformation and warping. The degree of warping increases as the shock wave penetrates the assembly with the most damage sustained on the back collimator. In terms of developing a solid collection capability, the collimator analyses suggests that close proximity may cause more interference with capsule debris collection and more damage to the surface of the collector diagnostic. The analyses of the Ta collimators were presented to the Target and Laser Interaction Sphere (TaLIS) group; a representative presentation is attached to this document.

  14. Theoretical electron scattering amplitudes and spin polarizations. Electron energies 100 to 1500 eV Part II. Be, N, O, Al, Cl, V, Co, Cu, As, Nb, Ag, Sn, Sb, I, and Ta targets

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    Wildhaber, M. L.; Wikle, C. K.; Anderson, C. J.; Franz, K. J.; Moran, E. H.; Dey, R.

    2012-12-01

    Recent decades have brought substantive changes in land use and climate across the earth, prompting a need to think of population and community ecology not as a static entity, but as a dynamic process. Increasingly there is evidence of ecological changes due to climate change. Although much of this evidence comes from ground-truth observations of biogeographic data, there is increasing reliance on models that relate climate variables to biological systems. Such models can then be used to explore potential changes to population and community level ecological systems in response to climate scenarios as obtained from global climate models (GCMs). A key issue associated with modeling ecosystem response to climate is GCM downscaling to regional and local ecological/biological response models that can be used in vulnerability and risk assessments of the potential effects of climate change. The need is for an explicit means for scaling results up or down multiple hierarchical levels and an effective assessment of the level of uncertainty surrounding current knowledge, data, and data collection methods with these goals identified as in need of acceleration in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program FY2009 Implementation Priorities. In the end, such work should provide the information needed to develop adaptation and mitigation methodologies to minimize the effects of directional and nonlinear climate change on the Nation's land, water, ecosystems, and biological populations. We are working to develop an approach that includes multi-scale and hierarchical Bayesian modeling of Missouri River sturgeon population dynamics. Statistical linkages are defined to quantify implications of climate on fish populations of the Missouri River ecosystem. This approach is a hybrid between physical (deterministic) downscaling and statistical downscaling, recognizing that there is uncertainty in both. The model must include linkages between climate and habitat, and between habitat and population. A key advantage of the hierarchical approach used in this study is that it incorporates various sources of observations and includes established scientific knowledge, and associated uncertainties. The goal is to evaluate the potential distributional changes in an ecological system, given distributional changes implied by a series of linked climate and system models under various emissions/use scenarios. The predictive modeling system being developed will be a powerful tool for evaluating management options for coping with global change consequences and assessing uncertainty of those evaluations. Specifically for the endangered pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), we are already able to assess potential effects of any climate scenario on growth and population size distribution. Future models will incorporate survival and reproduction. Ultimately, these models provide guidance for successful recovery and conservation of the pallid sturgeon. Here we present a basic outline of the approach we are developing and a simple pallid sturgeon example to demonstrate how multiple scales and parameter uncertainty are incorporated.

  15. Ultra-soft magnetic properties and correlated phase analysis by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy of Fe74Cu0.8Nb2.7Si15.5B7 alloy

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    Manjura Hoque, S.; Liba, S. I.; Anirban, A.; Choudhury, Shamima; Akhter, Shireen

    2016-02-01

    A detailed study of magnetic softness has been performed on FINEMENT type of ribbons by investigating the BH loop with maximum applied field of 960 A/m. The ribbon with the composition of Fe74Cu0.8Nb2.7Si15.5B7 was synthesized by rapid solidification technique and the compositions volume fraction was controlled by changing the annealing condition. Detail phase analysis was performed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy in order to correlate the ultrasoft magnetic properties with the volume fraction of amorphous and α-Fe(Si) soft nano composites. Bright (BF) and dark field (DF) image with selective area diffraction (SAD) patterns by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the sample annealed for the optimized annealed condition at 853 K for 3 min reveals nanocrystals with an average size between 10-15 nm possessing the bcc structure which matches with the grain size revealed by the X-ray diffraction. Kinetics of crystallization of α-Fe(Si) phases has been determined by DSC curves. Extremely small coercivity of 30.9 A/m and core loss of 2.5 W/Kg for the sample annealed at 853 K for 3 min was found. Similar values for other crystalline conditions were determined by using BH loop tracer with a maximum applied field of around 960 A/m. Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to determine chemical shift, hyperfine field distribution (HFD), and peak width of different phases. The volume fractions of the relative amount of amorphous and crystalline phases are also determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy. High saturation magnetization along with ultrasoft magnetic properties exhibits very high potentials technological applications.

  16. Evaluation of critical current density and residual resistance ratio limits in powder in tube Nb3Sn conductors

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    Segal, Christopher; Tarantini, Chiara; Hawn Sung, Zu; Lee, Peter J.; Sailer, Bernd; Thoener, Manfred; Schlenga, Klaus; Ballarino, Amalia; Bottura, Luca; Bordini, Bernardo; Scheuerlein, Christian; Larbalestier, David C.

    2016-08-01

    High critical current density (J c) Nb3Sn A15 multifilamentary wires require a large volume fraction of small grain (SG), superconducting A15 phase, as well as Cu stabilizer with high Residual Resistance Ratio (RRR) to provide electromagnetic stabilization and protection. In powder-in-tube (PIT) wires the unreacted Nb7.5 wt%Ta outer layer of the tubular filaments acts as a diffusion barrier and protects the interfilamentary Cu stabilizer from Sn contamination. A high RRR requirement generally imposes a restricted A15 reaction heat treatment to prevent localized full reaction of the filament that could allow Sn to reach the Cu. In this study we investigate recent high quality PIT wires that achieve a J c (12 T, 4.2 K) up to ∼2500 A mm‑2 and find that the minimum diffusion barrier thickness decreases as the filament aspect ratio increases from ∼1 in the inner rings of filaments to 1.3 in the outer filament rings. We found that just 2–3 diffusion barrier breaches can degrade RRR from 300 to 150 or less. Using progressive etching of the Cu we also found that the RRR degradation is localized near the external filaments where deformation is highest. Consequently minimizing filament distortion during strand fabrication is important for reducing RRR degradation. The additional challenge of developing the highest possible J c must be addressed by forming the maximum fraction of high J c SG A15 and minimizing low J c large-grain (LG) A15 morphologies. In one wire we found that 15% of the filaments had a significantly enhanced SG/LG A15 ratio and no residual A15 in the core, a feature that opens a path to substantial J c improvement.

  17. Evaluation of critical current density and residual resistance ratio limits in powder in tube Nb3Sn conductors

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    Segal, Christopher; Tarantini, Chiara; Hawn Sung, Zu; Lee, Peter J.; Sailer, Bernd; Thoener, Manfred; Schlenga, Klaus; Ballarino, Amalia; Bottura, Luca; Bordini, Bernardo; Scheuerlein, Christian; Larbalestier, David C.

    2016-08-01

    High critical current density (J c) Nb3Sn A15 multifilamentary wires require a large volume fraction of small grain (SG), superconducting A15 phase, as well as Cu stabilizer with high Residual Resistance Ratio (RRR) to provide electromagnetic stabilization and protection. In powder-in-tube (PIT) wires the unreacted Nb7.5 wt%Ta outer layer of the tubular filaments acts as a diffusion barrier and protects the interfilamentary Cu stabilizer from Sn contamination. A high RRR requirement generally imposes a restricted A15 reaction heat treatment to prevent localized full reaction of the filament that could allow Sn to reach the Cu. In this study we investigate recent high quality PIT wires that achieve a J c (12 T, 4.2 K) up to ˜2500 A mm-2 and find that the minimum diffusion barrier thickness decreases as the filament aspect ratio increases from ˜1 in the inner rings of filaments to 1.3 in the outer filament rings. We found that just 2-3 diffusion barrier breaches can degrade RRR from 300 to 150 or less. Using progressive etching of the Cu we also found that the RRR degradation is localized near the external filaments where deformation is highest. Consequently minimizing filament distortion during strand fabrication is important for reducing RRR degradation. The additional challenge of developing the highest possible J c must be addressed by forming the maximum fraction of high J c SG A15 and minimizing low J c large-grain (LG) A15 morphologies. In one wire we found that 15% of the filaments had a significantly enhanced SG/LG A15 ratio and no residual A15 in the core, a feature that opens a path to substantial J c improvement.

  18. Evaluation of critical current density and residual resistance ratio limits in powder in tube Nb3Sn conductors

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    Segal, Christopher; Tarantini, Chiara; Sung, Zu Hawn; Lee, Peter J.; Sailer, Bernd; Thoener, Manfred; Schlenga, Klaus; Ballarino, Amalia; Bottura, Luca; Bordini, Bernardo; et al

    2016-06-10

    High critical current density (Jc) Nb3Sn A15 multifilamentary wires require a large volume fraction of small grain, superconducting A15 phase, as well as Cu stabilizer with high Residual Resistance Ratio (RRR) to provide electromagnetic stabilization and protection. In Powder-in-Tube (PIT) wires the unreacted Nb7.5wt.%Ta outer layer of the tubular filaments acts as a diffusion barrier and protects the interfilamentary Cu stabilizer from Sn contamination. A high RRR requirement generally imposes a restricted A15 reaction heat treatment (HT) to prevent localized full reaction of the filament that could allow Sn to reach the Cu. In this paper we investigate recent highmore » quality PIT wires that achieve a Jc(12 T, 4.2 K) up to ~2500 A/mm-2 and find that the minimum diffusion barrier thickness decreases as the filament aspect ratio increases from ~1 in the inner rings of filaments to 1.3 in the outer filament rings. We found that just 2-3 diffusion barrier breaches can degrade RRR from 300 to 150 or less. Using progressive etching of the Cu we also found that the RRR degradation is localized near the external filaments where deformation is highest. Consequently minimizing filament distortion during strand fabrication is important for reducing RRR degradation. The additional challenge of developing the highest possible Jc must be addressed by forming the maximum fraction of high Jc small-grain (SG) A15 and minimizing low Jc large-grain (LG) A15 morphologies. Finally, in one wire we found that 15% of the filaments had a significantly enhanced SG/LG A15 ratio and no residual A15 in the core, a feature that opens a path to substantial Jc improvement.« less

  19. Magnetization anomaly of Nb3Al strands and instability of Nb3Al Rutherford cables

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    Yamada, Ryuji; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Wake, Masayoshi; /KEK, Tsukuba

    2006-08-01

    Using a Cu stabilized Nb{sub 3}Al strand with Nb matrix, a 30 meter long Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cable was made by a collaboration of Fermilab and NIMS. Recently the strand and cable were tested. In both cases instability was observed at around 1.5 Tesla. The magnetization of this Nb{sub 3}Al strand was measured first using a balanced coil magnetometer at 4.2 K. Strands showed an anomalously large magnetization behavior around at 1.6 T, which is much higher than the usual B{sub c2} {approx} 0.5 Tesla (4.2 K) of Nb matrix. This result is compared with the magnetization data of short strand samples using a SQUID magnetometer, in which a flux-jump signal was observed at 0.5 Tesla, but not at higher field. As a possible explanation for this magnetization anomaly, the interfilament coupling through the thin Nb films in the strands is suggested. The instability problem observed in low field tests of the Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cables is attributed to this effect.

  20. Magnetotransport of single crystalline NbAs

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Luo, Yongkang; Neupane, M.; Williams, D. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Ronning, F.

    2015-03-27

    We report transport measurement in zero and applied magnetic field on a single crystal of NbAs. Transverse and longitudinal magnetoresistance in the plane of this tetragonal structure does not saturate up to 9 T. In the transverse configuration (H ∥ c, I ⊥ c) it is 230,000% at 2 K. The Hall coefficient changes sign from hole-like at room temperature to electron-like below ~150 K. The electron carrier density and mobility calculated at 2 K based on a single band approximation are 1.8 × 1019 cm-3 and 3.5 × 105 cm2/Vs, respectively. These values are similar to reported values formore » TaAs and NbP, and further emphasize that this class of noncentrosymmetric, transition-metal monopnictides is a promising family to explore the properties of Weyl semimetals and the consequences of their novel electronic structure.« less

  1. HREM of electron-beam-induced damage in L-Ta 2O 5

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    Wagner, T. R.

    1991-04-01

    Samples of L-Ta 2O 5 exposed to a high current density electron beam were observed by high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) to reduce to suboxide and metallic Ta phases. Data are presented for crystals aligned along [001], [020], [200], and [130], in which surface areas are seen to reduce to Ta 2O, TaO 2, bcc Ta, or a β-Ta phase via an amorphous intermediate phase. The driving force appears to involve desorption of oxygen stimulated by electronic transitions (DIET), and the possible involvement of the "infinitely adaptive nature" of the initial L-Ta 2O 5 structure in the damage process is discussed. Comparison of results obtained from an ultrahigh vacuum HREM to those from a conventional HREM suggests that contamination effects in lower vacuum systems influences the reliability of the results, especially in complex systems like Ta&1bO. Finally, the results follow a symmetry selection rule, which explains why L-Ta 2O 5 does not reduce to the monoxide phase as observed in similar experiments with TiO 2, V 2O 5, and Nb 2O 5.

  2. Constant permeability of (Fe{sub 0.75}B{sub 0.20}Si{sub 0.05}){sub 96}Nb{sub 4} bulk metallic glass prepared by B{sub 2}O{sub 3} flux melting and Cu-mold casting

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    Bitoh, T.; Shibata, D.

    2009-04-01

    The effect of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} flux melting on the soft magnetic properties of (Fe{sub 0.75}B{sub 0.20}Si{sub 0.05}){sub 96}Nb{sub 4} bulk metallic glass prepared by casting has been investigated. Ring-shaped bulk specimens that were prepared by B{sub 2}O{sub 3} flux melting and Cu-mold casting (fluxed specimens) show a flat hysteresis curve, indicating a good linear relationship between the magnetic induction and the applied magnetic field. Although the permeability of the fluxed specimens is lower than that of the specimens prepared by conventional Cu-mold casting by one order of magnitude, their coercivities are almost same. These results show that it is possible to develop a new soft magnetic material that exhibits constant permeability with low core loss.

  3. Quench tests and FEM analysis of Nb3Al Rutherford cables and small racetrack magnets

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    Yamada, R.; Kikuchi, A.; Chlachidze, G.; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Carcagno, R.; Kashikin, V.V.; Kotelnikov, S.; Lamm, M.; Novitski, I.; /Fermilab /Tsukuba Magnet Lab. /KEK, Tsukuba

    2008-12-01

    In collaboration between NIMS and Fermilab, we have made copper stabilized Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cables, using Nb-matrixed and Ta-matrixed strands. First these cables were investigated at high current in low self field using a flux pump. Using these Rutherford cables, we built and tested small racetrack magnets. The magnet made with the Nb-matrixed strand showed the flux jump instability in low field. The small racetrack magnet wound with the Ta-matrixed Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cable was very stable at 4.5 K operation without any instability, as well as at 2.2 K operation. With the successful operation of the small racetrack magnet up to its short sample data, the feasibility of the Nb{sub 3}Al strand and its Rutherford cable for their application to high field magnets is established. The characteristics of Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cable is compared with that of the Nb{sub 3}Sn Rutherford cable and the advantages of Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cable are discussed.

  4. Redetermination of tantalum penta­bromide, (TaBr5)2

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    Habermehl, Katja; Pantenburg, Ingo; Meyer, Gerd

    2010-01-01

    Crystals of di-μ-bromido-bis­[tetra­bromidotantalum(V)], (TaBr5)2, were obtained by recrystallization at 773 K. A first crystal structure study of (TaBr5)2 was reported by Rolsten [J. Am. Chem. Soc. (1958) ▶, 80, 2952–2953], who analysed the powder diffraction pattern and came to the conclusion that it crystallizes isotypically with (NbBr5)2 in a primitive ortho­rhom­bic cell. These findings are not in agreement with our current results of a monoclinic C-centred structure. (TaBr5)2 is isotypic with α-(NbCl5)2. The crystal structure contains [TaBr6] octa­hedra sharing common edges forming [TaBr5]2 dimers. Two crystallographically independent dimers with symmetries m and 2/m and Ta⋯Ta distances of 4.1574 (11) and 4.1551 (15) Å, respectively, are present in the structure. PMID:21588474

  5. Enhanced Photocatalytic Property of Cu Doped Sodium Niobate

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    Xu, Jianbin; Zhang, Feng; Sun, Bingyang; Du, Yingge; Li, Guoqiang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the photocatalytic activity of Cu doped NaNbO3powder sample prepared by the modified polymer complex method. The photocatalytic activity of hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution was improved by Cu 2.6 at% doping. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation was enhanced in comparison with pristine NaNbO3. Cu introduction improved the adsorption property of NaNbO3, judging from the Fourier transform infrared spectra. Moreover, the ultraviolet light excitation in Cu doped sample would accelerate the mineralized process.

  6. New ternary tantalum borides containing boron dumbbells: Experimental and theoretical studies of Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB

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    Mbarki, Mohammed; Touzani, Rachid St.; Rehorn, Christian W. G.; Gladisch, Fabian C.; Fokwa, Boniface P. T.

    2016-10-01

    The new ternary transition metal-rich borides Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB have been successfully synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled crucible under an argon atmosphere. The crystal structures of both compounds were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and their metal compositions were confirmed by EDX analysis. It was found that Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB crystallize in the tetragonal Nb2OsB2 (space group P4/mnc, no. 128) and the orthorhombic NbRuB (space group Pmma, no. 51) structure types with lattice parameters a=5.878(2) Å, c=6.857(2) Å and a=10.806(2) Å, b=3.196(1) Å, c=6.312(2) Å, respectively. Furthermore, crystallographic, electronic and bonding characteristics have been studied by density functional theory (DFT). Electronic structure relaxation has confirmed the crystallographic parameters while COHP bonding analysis indicates that B2-dummbells are the strongest bonds in both compounds. Moreover, the formation of osmium dumbbells in Ta2OsB2 through a Peierls distortion along the c-axis, is found to be the origin of superstructure formation. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal that the two phases are Pauli paramagnets, thus confirming the theoretical DOS prediction of metallic character. Also hints of superconductivity are found in the two phases, however lack of single phase samples has prevented confirmation. Furthermore, the thermodynamic stability of the two modifications of AMB (A=Nb, Ta; M =Ru, Os) are studied using DFT, as new possible phases containing either B4- or B2-units are predicted, the former being the most thermodynamically stable modification.

  7. Porphyry Cu-Au mineralization in the Mirkuh Ali Mirza magmatic complex, NW Iran

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    Maghsoudi, A.; Yazdi, M.; Mehrpartou, M.; Vosoughi, M.; Younesi, S.

    2014-01-01

    The Mirkuh Ali Mirza Cu-Au porphyry system in East Azerbaijan Province is located on the western part of the Cenozoic Alborz-Azerbaijan volcanic belt. The belt is also an important Cu-Mo-Au metallogenic province in northwestern Iran. The exposed rocks in the study area consist of a volcaniclastic sequence, subvolcanic rocks and intermediate to mafic lava flows of Neogene age. The volcanic rocks show a typical subduction-related magmatic arc geological and geochemical signature, with low concentration of Nb, Ta, and Ti. Mineralization is hosted by Neogene dacitic tuff and porphyritic dacite situated at the intersections of northeast and northwest faults. Field observations, alteration zonation, geochemical haloes and isotopic data of the Mirkuh Ali Mirza magmatic complex show similarities with typical convergent margin Cu-Au porphyry type deposits. The following features confirm the classic model for Cu-Au porphyry systems: (a) close spatial association with high-K calcalkaline to shoshonitic rock related to post-collision extensional setting (b) low grade Cu (0.57%) (c) stockworks as well as disseminated sulfides (c) zonality of the alteration patterns from intense phyllic at the center to outward weak-phyllic, argillic, and propylitic (d) the presence of a pyritic halo (e) accompanied by sheeted veins and low-sulfidation epithermal gold (f) mineralization spatially associated with intersection of structures, (g) genetically related to diorite porphyry stocks at depth (h) geochemical zonation of (Cu ± Au ± Ag ± Bi) → (Cu + Mo ± Bi ± Au ± Pb ± Zn ± As) → (Au + Mo ± Pb ± Zn) → (As + Ag + Sb + Mn + Ba + Pb + Zn + Hg) → Hg from center to outwards (i) The range of sulfur isotopic values is approximately zero (interpreted to have magmatic source) and similar to other subduction-related porphyry Cu deposits.

  8. Phase transformations during the reaction heat treatment of Nb3Sn superconductors

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    Scheuerlein, C.; Di Michiel, M.; Thilly, L.; Buta, F.; Peng, X.; Gregory, E.; Parrell, J. A.; Pong, I.; Bordini, B.; Cantoni, M.

    2010-06-01

    The evolution of Nb containing phases during the diffusion heat treatment of three different high critical current Nb3Sn strand types is compared, based on synchrotron X-ray diffraction results that have been obtained at the ID15 beam line of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). In all strands studied, Nb3Sn formation is preceded by the formation of a Cu-Nb-Sn ternary phase, NbSn2 and Nb6Sn5. As compared to the PIT and Tube Type strand, the amount of these phases formed in the RRP strand is relatively small. In the RRP strand subelements with a fine filament structure Nb3Sn grows more quickly, thereby preventing to a large extent the formation of the other higher tin phases.

  9. Influence of temperature on luminescence of terbium ions in LiNbO{sub 3}

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    Ryba-Romanowski, W.; Golab, S.; Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Palatnikov, M. N.; Sidorov, N. V.

    2001-06-04

    Single crystals of LiNbO{sub 3} doped with terbium were grown by the Czochralski method and their optical properties were examined. It has been found that, in contrast to isostructural LiTaO{sub 3}:Tb, the terbium ions in LiNbO{sub 3} exhibit intense luminescence at low temperatures only, up to about 150 K. At this temperature, a luminescence quenching mechanism with activation energy of 0.22 eV is switched on. As a consequence, the luminescence of LiNbO{sub 3}:Tb is reduced to a negligible level at room temperature. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  10. A Review of the Properties of Nb3Sn and Their Variation with A15Composition, Morphology and Strain State

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    Godeke, Arno

    2006-03-27

    Significant efforts can be found throughout the literature to optimize the current carrying capacity of Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wires. The achievable transport current density in wires depends on the A15 composition, morphology and strain state. The A15 sections in wires contain, due to compositional inhomogeneities resulting from solid state diffusion A15 formation reactions, a distribution of superconducting properties. The A15 grain size can be different from wire to wire and is also not necessarily homogeneous across the A15 regions. Strain is always present in composite wires, and the strain state changes as a result of thermal contraction differences and Lorentz forces in magnet systems. To optimize the transport properties it is thus required to identify how composition, grain size and strain state influence the superconducting properties. This is not accurately possible in inhomogeneous and spatially complex systems such as wires. This article therefore gives an overview of the available literature on simplified, well defined(quasi--)homogeneous laboratory samples. After more than 50 years of research on superconductivity in Nb{sub 3}Sn, a significant amount of results are available, but these are scattered over a multitude of publications. Two reviews exist on the basic properties of A15 materials in general, but no specific review for Nb{sub 3}Sn is available. This article is intended to provide such an overview. It starts with a basic description of the Niobium--Tin intermetallic. After this it maps the influence of Sn content on the electron--phonon interaction strength and on the field-temperature phase boundary. The literature on the influence of Cu, Ti and Ta additions will then be briefly summarized.This is followed by a review on the effects of grain size and strain. The article is concluded with a summary of the main results.

  11. Unique LaTaO[subscript 4] Polymorph for Multiple Energy Applications

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    Nyman, May; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Rohwer, Lauren E.S.; Martin, James E.; Waller, Mollie; Osterloh, Frank E.

    2009-11-04

    Rare-earth niobate and tantalate (RE-Nb/Ta) materials are of considerable interest in environmental and energy-related applications that include phosphors for solid-state lighting, photocatalysts for both contaminant degeneration and H{sub 2} generation, chemically robust hosts for nuclear materials and wastes, and ion conductors for lithium batteries or solid-oxide fuel cells. However, the chemically inert nature limits the synthetic routes available to obtain these materials, which in turn hampers the discovery and development of new RE-Nb/Ta phases. Of the simple orthotantalate, LaTaO{sub 4}, there were three polymorphs known prior. With this paper, we present the structural characterization (from high-resolution X-ray powder diffraction data collected at the APS 11-BM line) of a fourth polymorph. It is obtained only from dehydration of La{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 7}(OH){sub 2}, which is in turn synthesized hydrothermally. The structure of the new LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph is distinctive from the others in the arrangement of the alternating La-O polyhedra layers and TaO{sub 6} octahedra layers. Luminescence measurements (Eu-doped) and photocatalysis studies of the new LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph, and comparison to the performance of a previously described LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph reveals enhanced performance of the new polymorph in both applications. This study illustrates the relevance of form-function relationships in solid-state materials, as well as the important role of synthesis in the development of advanced functional materials.

  12. History-dependent thermal expansion in NbO{sub 2}F

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    Wilkinson, Angus P.; Josefsberg, Ryan E.; Gallington, Leighanne C.; Morelock, Cody R.; Monaco, Christopher M.

    2014-05-01

    Materials with cubic ReO{sub 3}-type structures are of interest for their low or negative thermal expansion characteristics. TaO{sub 2}F is known to display almost zero thermal expansion over a wide temperature range. On heating NbO{sub 2}F, its volume coefficient of thermal expansion decreases from ∼+45 ppm K{sup −1} at 100 K to almost zero at 400 K. NbO{sub 2}F is cubic between 100 and 500 K. Samples of “NbO{sub 2}F” prepared by the digestion of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in aqueous HF followed by mild drying contain hydroxyl defects and metal vacancies. On heating, they can undergo irreversible chemical changes while maintaining a cubic ReO{sub 3}-type structure. The possibility of hydroxyl defect incorporation should be considered when preparing oxyfluorides for evaluation as battery materials. - Graphical abstract: “NbO{sub 2}F” prepared by the digestion of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in HF contains cation vacancies and hydroxyl groups. It undergoes irreversible changes on heating to low temperatures, unlike NbO{sub 2}F prepared by the solid state reaction of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and NbF{sub 5}. - Highlights: • The digestion of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in aqueous HF followed by mild drying does not produce NbO{sub 2}F. • The ReO{sub 3}-type product from the HF digestion of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} contains metal vacancies and hydroxyl. • The thermal expansion coefficient of NbO{sub 2}F decreases on heating and approaches zero at ∼400 K.

  13. Cu and CuO/titanate nanobelt based network assemblies for enhanced visible light photocatalysis.

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    Logar, Manca; Bračko, Ines; Potočnik, Anton; Jančar, Boštjan

    2014-04-29

    3D network configurations of copper(II) oxide/titanate nanobelt (CuO/TiNBs) and copper/titanate nanobelt (Cu/TiNBs) were formed using a two-step polyelectrolyte-assisted synthesis and assembly approach. The photoactivity of the TiNB/CuO and Cu/TiNB composite networks is significantly enhanced as compared to the activity of 3D structures formed of pristine TiNB. An efficient, UV-vis-light-induced electron transfer at the two-component interface achieved by the intimate coupling of TiNB with p-type semiconducting CuO and plasmonic Cu nanoparticles in composite heterostructures facilitates control over the system's exciton dynamics, which results in highly efficient UV-vis photocatalytic performance of heterostructures. The superior photocatalytic activity of the metal and semiconductor/semiconductor nanocomposite structures in the visible region is discussed, highlighting the role of interfacial electron-charge transfer (IFCT) in semiconductor-semiconductor (CuO/TiNB) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Cu nanoparticles in metal-semiconductor heterostructures. PMID:24697758

  14. Synthesis of superconducting Nb3Sn coatings on Nb substrates

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    Barzi, E.; Franz, S.; Reginato, F.; Turrioni, D.; Bestetti, M.

    2015-12-01

    In the present work the electrochemical and thermal syntheses of superconductive Nb3Sn films are investigated. The Nb3Sn phase is obtained by electrodeposition of Sn layers and Cu intermediate layers onto Nb substrates followed by high temperature diffusion in inert atmosphere. Electrodeposition was performed from aqueous solutions at current densities in the 20 to 50 mA/cm2 range and at temperatures between 40 and 50°C. Subsequent thermal treatments were realized to obtain the Nb3Sn superconductive phase. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES) demonstrated that after thermal treatment interdiffusion of Nb and Sn occurred across a thickness of about 13 μm. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) allowed accurately measuring the thickness of the Nb3Sn phase, whose average for the various types of film samples was between 5.7 and 8.0 μm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the presence of a cubic Nb3Sn phase (A15 structure) having (210) preferred orientation. The maximum obtained Tc was 17.68 K and the Bc20 ranged between 22.5 T and 23.8 T. With the procedure described in the present paper, coating complex shapes cost-effectively becomes possible, which is typical of electrochemical techniques. Furthermore, this approach can be implemented in classical wire processes such as "Jelly Roll" or "Rod in Tube", or directly used for producing superconducting surfaces. In conclusion, the potential of this method for Superconducting Radiofrequency (SRF) structures is also outlined.

  15. Theoretical investigations of structural, electronic and elastic properties of U2S3 type Nb2N3 under high pressure

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    Zhang, Ji-Dong; Huang, Xiao-Yu

    2015-01-01

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of U2S3 type Nb2N3 under pressure ranging from 0 GPa to 100 GPa are investigated by plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation in this paper. The results at zero pressure are in good agreement with available theoretical results. The properties of U2S3 type Nb2N3 are compared to the new synthetic superhard material η-Ta2N3. The results show that U2S3 type Nb2N3 is hard to compress, and expected to have comparable hardness to η-Ta2N3.

  16. Photoresponse experiments on NbN proximized nanostructures

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    Pepe, G. P.; Parlato, L.; Pagliarulo, V.; Marrocco, N.; De Lisio, C.; Peluso, G.; Barone, A.; Taino, T.; Myoren, H.; Casaburi, A.; Ejrnaes, M.; Cristiano, R.

    2010-06-01

    Among superconducting materials used in developing high performance nanowire detectors, NbN demonstrated to have unique characteristics in terms of fast response time, quantum efficiency and photon-number resolving capability. We investigated the role of proximity effect on superconducting NbN thin films covered by a weak ferromagnetic NiCu thin layer. Hetero-structures NbN/NiCu have been deposited by DC magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without any heating. Characterization in terms of morphological, transport, and ultra-fast optical properties has been done. Superconducting nanowires with meander-type geometries (48 micron lengths and <500 nm widths) have been designed and fabricated. Preliminary results concerning their photoresponse to 1550nm laser irradiation are presented.

  17. Nitridation of organo-silicate glass: A self-limiting process for PVD Ta 1+ xN/Ta barrier formation

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    Wilks, J. A.; Kelber, J. A.

    2009-09-01

    Interfacial reactions of sputter-deposited Ta with a low dielectric constant Si-O-C-H material (SiCOH), and with surface-nitrided SiCOH (N-SiCOH) were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The studies were carried out in a system containing a processing chamber attached to an XPS analysis chamber so that sample transport between deposition and analysis environments occurred under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. Ta sputter deposition on unmodified SiCOH yielded an interfacial phase ˜3 nm thick composed of Ta oxide/carbide (Ta-O-C), which is known to interact only weakly with Cu. Bombardment of the vicinal SiCOH surface by 500 eV Ar + in the presence of NH 3 resulted in carbon depletion and the self-limiting nitridation of the surface, with N attachment primarily at Si sites. Subsequent Ta sputter deposition yielded reduced Ta oxide and carbide formation, and formation of a Ta-rich nitride layer of 10 Å average thickness. Subsequent deposition resulted in metallic Ta formation.

  18. EFFECT OF ANNEALING TEMPERATURE ON THE STRUCTURE AND AC MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF Fe73Cu1Nb3.5-xVxSi13.5B9 (x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) NANOCRYSTALLINE SOFT MAGNETIC ALLOYS

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    Lu, Wei; Huang, Ping; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, Nb element was partially replaced by V element in Finemet-type Fe73Cu1Nb3.5-xVxSi13.5B9 (x = 1, 1.5, 2) alloys and the effect of annealing temperatures on the microstructure and AC magnetic properties of the samples are studied. The annealing temperatures affect the grain sizes of the bcc α-Fe phase greatly. When the annealing temperature is between 540-560°C, the samples have better AC magnetic properties than the samples annealed at other temperatures. The optimized annealing temperature of the studied samples is around 560°C. The coercivity and iron loss of the V2 sample is a little bit higher than that of V1 and V1.5 alloys while the amplitude permeability of V2 alloy is larger than that of V1 and V1.5, which indicate that the content of V element has strong influence on the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys.

  19. Ferroelectric inversion layers formed by heat treatment of proton-exchanged LiTaO3

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    Nakamura, Kiyoshi; Shimizu, Hiroshi

    1990-04-01

    We report that a ferroelectric inversion layer can be formed in LiTaO3 by proton exchange in benzoic acid melts followed by heat treatment at temperatures just below the Curie point. It is demonstrated that the inversion layer appears at the -c surface for LiTaO3, whereas it appears at the +c surface for LiNbO3. The dependence of the inversion layer thickness on the conditions of proton exchange and heat treatment is also reported.

  20. Efficient Room-Temperature Activation of Methane by TaN(+) under C-N Coupling.

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    Zhou, Shaodong; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2016-09-12

    The thermal reaction of diatomic tantalum nitride cation [TaN](+) with methane has been explored using FT-ICR mass spectrometry complemented by high-level quantum chemical calculation; based on this combined experimental/computational approach, mechanistic aspects of this novel, highly efficient C-N coupling process have been uncovered. In distinct contrast to [TaN](+) , its lighter congeners [VN](+) and [NbN](+) are inert towards methane under ambient conditions, and the origins of the remarkably variable efficiencies of the three metal nitrides are uncovered by CCSD(T) calculations. PMID:27510819

  1. INRAD work at TA-55

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    Kleinschmidt, Phillip D; Lacy, Keith A; Hahn, Wendy K; Shonrock, Clinton O

    2011-01-18

    The INRAD Facility at TA-55 is described. Safety considerations in operating the facility are described in the Detailed Operating Procedure (DOP) format. Other considerations on the future operation of the facility are discussed.

  2. Fabrication and properties of kilometer level, Nb reinforced, 6 filamentary MgB2 wires

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    Li, C. S.; Yan, G.; Wang, Q. Y.; Jiao, G. F.; Sulpice, A.; Yang, F.; Xiong, X. M.; Liu, G. Q.; Feng, J. Q.; Feng, Y.; Zhang, P. X.

    2013-11-01

    Kilometer level 6 + 1 filamentary MgB2 wires sheathed with Nb/Cu composite tube was fabricated by in situ powder-in-tube (PIT) method, nonferromagnetic Nb was employed as the centre reinforced materials. There is no any annealing in the whole fabrication process due to the excellent ductility of Nb/Cu based tube. The (Mg, B)/Nb/Cu composite wire was fabricated to the target size of 1.4 mm in diameter and heat treated at 680 °C for 2 h in a vacuum furnace. Microstructure, superconductivity, mechanical properties and homogeneity of critical current were measured respectively. The transport engineering critical current density (Jce) reaches 2.5 × 104 A/cm2 at 20 K, 1 T. The results show a good potential to fabricate high performance MgB2 wires at ambient pressure for practical application.

  3. The system Ta-V-Si: Crystal structure and phase equilibria

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    Khan, A.U.; Broz, P.; Bursik, J.; Grytsiv, A.; Chen, X.-Q.; Giester, G.; Rogl, P.

    2012-03-15

    Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Three ternary phases were found: {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta,V){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type), {tau}{sub 2}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} (MgZn{sub 2}-type) and {tau}{sub 3}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} (MgCu{sub 2}-type). The crystal structure of {tau}{sub 2}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} was solved by X-ray single crystal diffraction (space group P6{sub 3}/mmc). Atom order in the crystal structures of {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta,V){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} type) and {tau}{sub 3}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} was derived from X-ray powder diffraction data. A large homogeneity range was found for {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta{sub x}V{sub 1-x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} revealing random exchange of Ta and V at a constant Si content. At 1500 Degree-Sign C, the end points of the {tau}{sub 1}-phase solution (0.082{<=}x{<=}0.624) are in equilibrium with the solutions (Ta{sub 1-x}V{sub x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3} type, 0{<=}x{<=}0.128) and (Ta{sub x}V{sub 1-x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (W{sub 5}Si{sub 3} type, 0{<=}x{<=}0.048). - Graphical abstract: Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three ternary phases were found at 1500 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At 1500 Degree-Sign C, {tau}{sub 1}-phase has large homogeneity region (0.064{<=}x{<=}0.624).

  4. Microstructure and texture evolution of Cu–Nb composite wires

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    Deng, Liping; Yang, Xiaofang; Han, Ke; Lu, Yafeng; Liang, Ming; Liu, Qing

    2013-07-15

    The evolution of microstructure and texture in Cu–Nb composite wires fabricated by an accumulative drawing and bundling process was investigated by backscattered electron (BSE), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results indicate the onset of severe curling and shape changing occurred at the size of Nb ∼ 400 nm with a surface increase of about 6.91 μm{sup 2}/μm{sup 3} (the area per unit volume). Two kinds of grain boundaries in Nb are suggested: one is 20°–50° boundary with a rotate/tilt axis around <110> parallel to drawing direction (DD), and another is > 50° boundary with the axis perpendicular to DD. The curling phenomenon occurred at the Cu–Nb interface and is related not only to the deformation mechanism of Nb but also to the presence of interface. This result is distinct from reported works showing that curling takes place when BCC metals are heavily drawn (Area reduction > 73%). The variation in microstructure and texture evolution between Cu and Nb filaments was discussed based on the differences in deformation mechanisms of these two metals. - Highlights: • Microstructure and texture evolution were studied systematically by EBSD. • In Nb, grain boundaries of 20°–50° have a rotate/tile axis around <110>//DD. • The rotation axes of above 50° boundaries are concentrated around <111> ⊥ DD in Nb. • Curling is related to not only deformation mode of BCC but also Cu–Nb interface.

  5. Catalytic efficiency of Nb and Nb oxides for hydrogen dissociation

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    Isobe, Shigehito; Kudoh, Katsuhiro; Hino, Satoshi; Hashimoto, Naoyuki; Ohnuki, Somei; Hara, Kenji

    2015-08-24

    In this letter, catalytic efficiency of Nb, NbO, Nb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, NbO{sub 2}, and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} for dissociation and recombination of hydrogen were experimentally investigated. On the surface of Nb and Nb oxides in a gas mixture of H{sub 2} and D{sub 2}, H{sub 2} and D{sub 2} molecules can be dissociated to H and D atoms; then, H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and HD molecules can be produced according to the law of probability. With increase of frequency of the dissociation and recombination, HD ratio increases. The ratio of H{sub 2} and HD gas was analyzed by quadrupole mass spectrometry. As a result, NbO showed the highest catalytic activity towards hydrogen dissociation and recombination.

  6. The Kenticha rare-element pegmatite, Ethiopia: internal differentiation, U-Pb age and Ta mineralization

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    Küster, Dirk; Romer, Rolf L.; Tolessa, Dandena; Zerihun, Desta; Bheemalingeswara, K.; Melcher, Frank; Oberthür, Thomas

    2009-10-01

    The Kenticha rare-element pegmatite, a globally important tantalite source in the Neoproterozoic Adola Belt of southern Ethiopia, is a highly fractionated, huge (2,000 m long and up to 100 m thick), subhorizontal, sheet-like body, discordantly emplaced in ultramafic host rock. It corresponds to the spodumene subtype of the rare-element pegmatite class and belongs to the lithium-cesium-tantalum petrogenetic family. The Kenticha pegmatite is asymmetrically zoned from bottom to top into granitic lower zone, spodumene-free intermediate zone, and spodumene-bearing upper zone. A monomineralic quartz unit is discontinuously developed within the upper zone. Whole-rock data indicate an internal geochemical differentiation of the pegmatite sheet proceeding from the lower zone (K/Rb ~36, K/Cs ~440, Al/Ga ~2,060, Nb/Ta ~2.6) to the upper zone (K/Rb ~19, K/Cs ~96, Al/Ga ~1,600, Nb/Ta ~0.7). The latter one is strongly enriched in Li2O (up to 3.21%), Rb (up to 4,570 ppm), Cs (up to 730 ppm), Ga (up to 71 ppm), and Ta (up to 554 ppm). Similar trends of increasing fractionation from lower zone to upper zone were obtained in muscovite (K/Rb 23-14, K/Cs 580-290, K/Tl 6,790-3,730, Fe/Mn 19-10, Nb/Ta 6.5-3.8) and columbite-tantalite (Mn/Mn + Fe 0.4-1, Ta/Ta + Nb 0.1-0.9). The bottom-to-top differentiation of the Kenticha pegmatite and the Ta mineralization in its upper part are principally attributed to upward in situ fractionation of a residual leucogranitic to pegmatitic melt, largely under closed system conditions. High MgO contents (up to 5.05%) in parts of the upper zone are the result of postmagmatic hydrothermal alteration and contamination by hanging wall serpentinite. U-Pb dating of Mn-tantalite from two zones of the Kenticha pegmatite gave ages of 530.2 ± 1.3 and 530.0 ± 2.3 Ma. Mn-tantalite from the Bupo pegmatite, situated 9 km north of Kenticha, gave an age of 529.2 ± 4.1 Ma, indicating coeval emplacement of the two pegmatites. The emplacement of the pegmatites is

  7. Resistance to He2+ irradiation damage in metallic glass Ta38Ni62

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    Hou, Wenjing; Mei, Xianxiu; Zhang, Xiaonan; Wang, Yingmin; Qiang, Jianbing; Sun, Jianrong; Wang, Younian

    2016-10-01

    Metallic glass Ta38Ni62 strips, metallic W, and V87.5Cr4.17Ti4.17Nb4.17 alloy were irradiated using a 500 keV He2+ ion beam at different fluence to compare the metallic glass resistance to irradiation. Metallic glass Ta38Ni62 remained amorphous at different He2+ irradiation fluence. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed the presence of helium bubbles at the end of the range of helium ions in the metallic glass. No significant damage resulted in the metallic glass surface, and the root mean square roughness increased nonlinearly with the increase in fluence. At 1 × 1018 ions/cm2, metallic W appeared in larger sunken areas on the surface and V87.5Cr4.17Ti4.17Nb4.17 alloy experienced multi-layer flaking. The metallic glass Ta38Ni62 resistance to He2+ ion beam irradiation was better than that of metallic W, and that of the V87.5Cr4.17Ti4.17Nb4.17 alloy was the poorest.

  8. Composition and connectivity variability of the A15 phase in PIT Nb3Sn wires

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    Tarantini, C.; Segal, C.; Sung, Z. H.; Lee, P. J.; Oberli, L.; Ballarino, A.; Bottura, L.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2015-09-01

    Powder-in-tube (PIT) Nb3Sn wires are competing with Restacked-Rod-Process (RRP®) for the realization of the high luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. These two conductors have different properties and microstructures that are in both cases averages of an inhomogeneous A15 microstructure. PIT has in general a smaller fraction of A15 in the non-Cu cross-section than RRP® and a lower non-Cu Jc (12 T, 4.2 K) (2500-2700 A mm-2 versus 2900-3000 A mm-2) but it can be made in smaller filament diameters, which is an important property for LHC magnets. Another characteristic of PIT A15 is that ˜25% is made up of ˜1-2 μm sized grains (typically ˜10 times the small grain (SG) diameter) and their contribution to transport is uncertain. Here we studied a 192 filament Ta-doped, 1 mm diameter PIT wire and combined multiple characterization techniques in order to distinguish the different wire components, to determine their individual properties and to identify which components are current-carriers. We found multiple evidence that the large A15 grains, which are also the highest-Tc grains, do not contribute to transport at high field and that the only current-carrying A15 is the SG with Tc <17.7 K. However, because of the high density of grain boundaries in the SG A15 layer, PIT has an exceptionally high SG-layer Jc and high specific grain boundary pinning force, QGB. These findings clearly show that it is essential to increase the ratio of small to large and disconnected grains in order to improve PIT performance.

  9. EUSO-TA prototype telescope

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    Bisconti, Francesca

    2016-07-01

    EUSO-TA is one of the prototypes developed for the JEM-EUSO project, a space-based large field-of-view telescope to observe the fluorescence light emitted by cosmic ray air showers in the atmosphere. EUSO-TA is a ground-based prototype located at the Telescope Array (TA) site in Utah, USA, where an Electron Light Source and a Central Laser Facility are installed. The purpose of the EUSO-TA project is to calibrate the prototype with the TA fluorescence detector in presence of well-known light sources and cosmic ray air showers. In 2015, the detector started the first measurements and tests using the mentioned light sources have been performed successfully. A first cosmic ray candidate has been observed, as well as stars of different magnitude and color index. Since Silicon Photo-Multipliers (SiPMs) are very promising for fluorescence telescopes of next generation, they are under consideration for the realization of a new prototype of EUSO Photo Detector Module (PDM). The response of this sensor type is under investigation through simulations and laboratory experimentation.

  10. Coordination complexes of NbX5 (X = F, Cl) with (N,O)- and (O,O)-donor ligands and the first X-ray characterization of a neutral NbF5 adduct.

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    Bortoluzzi, Marco; Marchetti, Fabio; Pampaloni, Guido; Pucino, Margherita; Zacchini, Stefano

    2013-09-28

    A variety of fairly air-stable complexes were prepared by straightforward reactions of NbX5 (X = F, Cl) with a series of potential bidentate (N,O)- and (O,O)-donor ligands in CH2Cl2. NbF5 reacted with equimolar amounts of 2-[(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)iminomethyl]phenol (dpimpH) and 2-benzoyl-6-hydroxy-6-phenylpentafulvene (bhpfH) to afford the mononuclear complexes NbF5[κ(1)(O)-OC6H4CH=NHC6H3(CHMe2)2], 2, and NbF5[κ(1)(O)-bhpfH], 7, respectively. The 1:1 reactions of NbF5 with salicylaldehyde oxime (saoH2) and 2-phenylaminoethanol gave the hexafluoroniobato salts [NbF4{κ(1)(O)-ON(H)=CHC6H4OH}2][NbF6], 3, and [NbF4{κ(1)(O)-OCH2CH2NH2Ph}2][NbF6], 6, respectively. The syntheses of 2, 3 and 6 are accompanied by oxygen to nitrogen intramolecular H migration, leading to the formation of metal-alkoxide moieties. The parallel chemistry of NbCl5 is characterised by HCl release. The 1:1 reactions with dpimpH, saoH2 and bhpfH yielded, respectively, the ionic complex [NbCl2{κ(1)(N):κ(1)(O)-dpimp}2][NbCl6], 4a, the neutral-dinuclear Nb2Cl7[κ(1)(O)-saoH][κ(2)(O)-sao], 5, and the mononuclear NbCl4[κ(2)(O)-bhpf], 8. The tantalum species [TaCl2{κ(1)(N):κ(1)(O)-dpimp}2][TaCl6], 4b, was prepared from TaCl5/dpimpH. The new products 2-8 were fully characterized by analytical and spectroscopic techniques. Moreover the solid state structures of 2 and 8 were ascertained by X-ray diffraction studies; the structure of 2 exhibits an intramolecular bifurcated N-H···(O,F) hydrogen bond. DFT calculations were carried out in order to predict the lowest energy structures in the distinct cases, showing generally good agreement with the experimental data. PMID:23873411

  11. Magnetotransport of single crystalline NbAs

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Luo, Yongkang; Neupane, M.; Williams, D. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Ronning, F.

    2015-03-27

    We report transport measurement in zero and applied magnetic field on a single crystal of NbAs. Transverse and longitudinal magnetoresistance in the plane of this tetragonal structure does not saturate up to 9 T. In the transverse configuration (H ∥ c, I ⊥ c) it is 230,000% at 2 K. The Hall coefficient changes sign from hole-like at room temperature to electron-like below ~150 K. The electron carrier density and mobility calculated at 2 K based on a single band approximation are 1.8 × 1019 cm-3 and 3.5 × 105 cm2/Vs, respectively. These values are similar to reported values for TaAs and NbP, and further emphasize that this class of noncentrosymmetric, transition-metal monopnictides is a promising family to explore the properties of Weyl semimetals and the consequences of their novel electronic structure.

  12. Disappearance of Barrier Metal during Cu Chemical Mechanical Planarization Processing and Its Mechanism

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    Asano, Hiroshi; Yasui, Akihito; Hirano, Tatsuhiko; Tamai, Kazusei; Morinaga, Hitoshi

    2011-05-01

    The bald disappearance of barrier metal had been observed on the wafer after Cu chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processing. It was speculated that this phenomenon occurs because the excessively oxidized Ta by electrochemical reaction with Cu ion was removed more easily than the normal Ta oxide around it. The inhibition of the electrochemical reaction is necessary to solve this phenomenon.

  13. Characteristics of round and extracted strands of Nb3Al Rutherford cable

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    Kikuchi, A.; Yamada, R.; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Cooper, C.; Iijima, Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Kitaguchi, H.; Nimori, S.; Lamm, M.; Tagawa, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Tsuchiya, K.; Turrioni, D.; Wake, M.; Zlobin, A.V.; /NIMC, Tsukuba /Fermilab /KEK, Tsukuba

    2006-08-01

    Long Nb{sub 3}Al strands with copper stabilizer are promising for future high field accelerator magnets. A 1.2 kilometer Nb{sub 3}Al strand with Cu stabilizer was fabricated at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan. Using this strand a 30 meter Cu stabilized Nb{sub 3}Al Rutherford cable was made for the first time by a collaboration of NIMS and Fermilab. The Nb{sub 3}Al strands extracted from cable with a relatively low packing factor showed almost no J{sub c} degradation. But the extracted strands from the highly compacted cable showed some degradation in both J{sub c} and n value, which may be caused by local separation of the copper stabilizer. Still, its J{sub c} degradation is lower than that of typical Nb{sub 3}Sn strands. The current limit due to magnetic instability in low field is about 500 A at 4.2 K. The magnetization of the strands, which was measured with balanced coils at 4.2 K, showed large flux jumps, usually around 1.5 T. This value is much larger than the B{sub c2} (4.2 K) of the Nb matrix, which is around 0.4 Tesla. The magnetic instability of the Nb{sub 3}Al strand at low field is not completely understood, but it might be explained by the superconducting coupling current through the Nb matrix.

  14. Possibility of high-energy THz generation in LiTaO3

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    Tokodi, L.; Buzády, A.; Hebling, J.; Pálfalvi, L.

    2016-09-01

    Due to the absence of the detrimental three-photon absorption, LiTaO3 is a promising crystal for terahertz generation when pumping with an 800-nm pump wavelength. The nonlinear optical, photorefractive and dielectric (except the bandwidth) properties at the optical and the terahertz wavelength are very similar to those of LiNbO3. The absorption coefficient and refractive index spectra of 1 mol% Mg-doped stoichiometric LiTaO3 measured by terahertz time domain spectroscopy are presented. Optimization calculations have been performed, and results for a hybrid-type high-energy terahertz source using LiTaO3 are presented. About 90 % diffraction efficiency is predicted with a practically feasible contact grating.

  15. The TA and TALE Experiments

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    Thomson, Gordon

    2006-10-01

    The TA/TALE experiment is under construction, and is being deployed in Millard County, Utah. It will consist of a suite of detectors covering four orders of magnitude in energy, from 1016.5 to 1020.5eV, and will observe cosmic ray showers with fluorescence detectors and arrays of scintillation counters. Events will be seen by multiple detectors and cross calibration of detectors' energy scales will be possible. TA/TALE will observe all three features of the spectrum of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays, observe the galactic/extragalactic transition, study the cosmology of cosmic ray sources, and perform anisotropy studies with unprecedented accuracy.

  16. The Vitrification and Determination of the Crystallization Time Scales of a Zr58.5Nb2.8Cu15.6Ni12.8Al10.3 Bulk Metallic Glass Forming Liquid

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    Hays, C. C.; Schroers, J.; Johnson, W. L.; Rathz, T. J.; Hyers, R. W.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Zr58.5Nb2.8Cul5.6Nil2.8All0.3 is the first bulk glass forming liquid that does not contain beryllium to be vitrified by purely radiative cooling in the containerless electrostatic levitation process. The measured critical cooling rate is 1.75 K/s. The sluggish crystallization kinetics enable the determination of the time-temperature-transformation (TTT) diagram between the liquidus and the glass transition temperatures. At the nose of the TTT diagram, the shortest time to reach crystallization in an isothermal experiment is 32 seconds. In contrast to other bulk metallic glasses the scatter in the crystallization onset times are small at both high and low temperatures.

  17. TA-55 change control manual

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    Blum, T.W.; Selvage, R.D.; Courtney, K.H.

    1997-11-01

    This manual is the guide for initiating change at the Plutonium Facility, which handles the processing of plutonium as well as research on plutonium metallurgy. It describes the change and work control processes employed at TA-55 to ensure that all proposed changes are properly identified, reviewed, approved, implemented, tested, and documented so that operations are maintained within the approved safety envelope. All Laboratory groups, their contractors, and subcontractors doing work at TA-55 follow requirements set forth herein. This manual applies to all new and modified processes and experiments inside the TA-55 Plutonium Facility; general plant project (GPP) and line item funded construction projects at TA-55; temporary and permanent changes that directly or indirectly affect structures, systems, or components (SSCs) as described in the safety analysis, including Facility Control System (FCS) software; and major modifications to procedures. This manual does not apply to maintenance performed on process equipment or facility SSCs or the replacement of SSCs or equipment with documented approved equivalents.

  18. Nioboaeschynite-(Ce), Ce(NbTi)O6

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    Morrison, Shaunna M.; Downs, Robert T.; Domanik, Kenneth J.; Yang, Hexiong; Doell, Donald

    2012-01-01

    Nioboaeschynite-(Ce), ideally Ce(NbTi)O6 [cerium(III) niobium(V) titanium(IV) hexa­oxide; refined formula of the natural sample is Ca0.25Ce0.79(Nb1.14Ti0.86)O6], belongs to the aeschynite mineral group which is characterized by the general formula AB 2(O,OH)6, where eight-coordinated A is a rare earth element, Ca, Th or Fe, and six-coordinated B is Ti, Nb, Ta or W. The general structural feature of nioboaeschynite-(Ce) resembles that of the other members of the aeschynite group. It is characterized by edge-sharing dimers of [(Nb,Ti)O6] octa­hedra which share corners to form a three-dimensional framework, with the A sites located in channels parallel to the b axis. The average A—O and B—O bond lengths in nioboaeschynite-(Ce) are 2.471 and 1.993 Å, respectively. Moreover, another eight-coordinated site, designated as the C site, is also located in the channels and is partially occupied by A-type cations. Additionally, the refinement revealed a splitting of the A site, with Ca displaced slightly from Ce (0.266 Å apart), presumably resulting from the crystal-chemical differences between the Ce3+ and Ca2+ cations. PMID:22904701

  19. Comparison of low-voltage field emission from TaC and tungsten fiber arrays

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    Cochran, J.K.; Lee, K.J.; Hill, D.N.

    1988-01-01

    Field emitter array (FEA) devices were constructed using thin-film fabrication techniques based on in situ eutectic composites containing either TaC or NbC fibers in a NiCr alloy matrix. The emission characteristics of the TaC devices were measured and compared to those of W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's. Both devices produced the linear Fowler--Nordheim plots common to all field emission devices; however, the array current density of the TaC FEA's was more than two orders of magnitude lower than that of the W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's. This was primarily due to the lower fiber density and lower field enhancement of the carbide fiber devices. If it were possible to produce cathode geometries comparable to those of the W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's, a theoretical analysis indicates that emission performance of the TaC devices would be superior because of the lower work function of TaC. However, post-emission observations indicated that the carbide fiber emitters failed more readily than the tungsten emitters under comparable operating conditions.

  20. Effect of A Site and Oxygen Vacancies on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Lead-Free KTa0.5Nb0.5O3 Crystal

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    Yang, Wenlong; Wang, Li; Lin, Jiaqi; Li, Xiaokang; Xiu, Hanjiang; Shen, Yanqing

    2016-07-01

    The structural and electronic properties of lead-free potassium tantalite niobate KTa0.5Nb0.5O3 (KTN) with A site vacancies V_{{K}}0 , V_{{K}}^{1 - } and oxygen vacancies V_{{O}}0 , V_{{O}}^{2 + } , were investigated by first-principles calculations, which indicated that A site vacancies V_{{K}}0 are likely to form in the KTN compared with V_{{K}}^{1 - } , and oxygen vacancies V_{{O}}^{2 + } are likely to form compared with V_{{O}}0 in the KTN according to the investigation of formation energy. The results show that K and O vacancies have significant influence on the atomic interactions of the atoms and the electronic performance of the materials. And Ta atoms are more easily influenced by the K and O vacancies than the Nb atoms from the atomic displacements in KTN with K and O vacancies. The investigation of density of state indicates that the compensation of electrons in KTN with vacancies make the hybridization become stronger among Ta d, Nb d and O p orbitals. Besides, Mulliken population of all the Ta and Nb atoms in KTN with charged vacancies are influenced by complement electrons. The strength of the Nb-O bond is stronger than Ta-O based on the changes of bond lengths and Mulliken population.

  1. Phase Stability and Electrical Conductivity of Ca-doped LaNb1-xTaxO4- high temperature proton conductors

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    Bi, Zhonghe; Kim, Jung-Hyun; Bridges, Craig A; Huq, Ashfia; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2011-01-01

    The electrical conductivity, phase structure and stability of La0.99Ca0.01Nb1-xTaxO4- (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5, =0.005) a potential candidate for proton conductor for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) have been investigated using AC impedance technique and in-situ X-ray powder diffraction. Partially substituting Nb with Ta elevates the phase transition temperature (from monoclinic to a tetragonal structure at high temperature) from ~520 C for x=0 to near 800 C for x=0.4. AC conductivity of the La0.99Ca0.01Nb1-xTaxO4- both in dry and wet air decreased slightly with increase of Ta content above 750 C, while below 500 C, it decreased one order of magnitude. It was also found that the activation energy for the total conductivity increases with increasing Ta content from 0.50 eV (x=0) to 0.58 eV (x=0.3) for the tetragonal phase, however, it decreases with increasing Ta content from 1.18 eV (x=0) to 1.08 eV (x=0.4) for the monoclinic phase. By removing the detrimental high temperature phase transition out of intermediate temperature range, partial substitution of Nb with Ta brings this class of material closer to its application in intermediate-temperature SOFCs.

  2. Theoretical study of the electronic states of Nb4, Nb5 clusters and their anions (Nb4?, Nb5?)

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    Balasubramanian, K; Majumdar, D

    2004-05-06

    Geometries and energy separations of the various low-lying electronic states of Nb{sub n} and Nb{sub n}{sup -} (n = 4, 5) clusters with various structural arrangements have been investigated. The complete active space multi-configuration self-consistent field (CASMCSCF) method followed by multi-reference singles and doubles configuration interaction (MRSDCI) calculations that included up to 52 million configuration spin functions have been used to compute several electronic states of these clusters. The ground states of both Nb{sub 4} ({sup 1}A', pyramidal) and Nb{sub 4}{sup -} ({sup 2}B{sub 3g}, rhombus) are low-spin states at the MRSDCI level. The ground state of Nb{sub 5} cluster is a doublet with a distorted trigonal bipyramid (DTB) structure. The anionic cluster of Nb{sub 5} has two competitive ground states with singlet and triplet multiplicities (DTB). The low-lying electronic states of these clusters have been found to be distorted due to Jahn-Teller effect. On the basis of the energy separations of our computed electronic states of Nb{sub 4} and Nb{sub 5}, we have assigned the observed photoelectron spectrum of Nb{sub n}{sup -}(n = 4, 5) clusters. We have also compared our MRSDCI results with density functional calculations. The electron affinity, ionization potential, dissociation and atomization energies of Nb{sub 4} and Nb{sub 5} have been calculated and the results have been found to be in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  3. A Window on Surface Explosions: Tartaric Acid on Cu(110)

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    Mhatre, B S; Pushkarev, V; Holsclaw, B; Lawton, T J; Sykes, E C. H.; Gellman, A J

    2013-04-18

    Autocatalytic reaction mechanisms are observed in a range of important chemical processes including catalysis, radical-mediated explosions, and biosynthesis. Because of their complexity, the microscopic details of autocatalytic reaction mechanisms have been difficult to study on surfaces and heterogeneous catalysts. Autocatalytic decomposition reactions of S,S- and R,R-tartaric acid (TA) adsorbed on Cu(110) offer molecular-level insight into aspects of these processes, which until now, were largely a matter of speculation. The decomposition of TA/Cu(110) is initiated by a slow, irreversible process that forms vacancies in the adsorbed TA layer, followed by a vacancy-mediated, explosive decomposition process that yields CO{sub 2} and small hydrocarbon products. Initiation of the explosive decomposition of TA/Cu(110) has been studied by measurement of the reaction kinetics, time-resolved low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Initiation results in a decrease in the local coverage of TA and a concomitant increase in the areal vacancy concentration. Observations of explosive TA decomposition on the Cu(651)S surface suggest that initiation does not occur at structural defects in the surface, as has been suggested in the past. Once the vacancy concentration reaches a critical value, the explosive, autocatalytic decomposition step dominates the TA decomposition rate. The onset of the explosive decomposition of TA on Cu(110) is accompanied by the extraction of Cu atoms from the surface to form a (±6,7; {-+}2,1) overlayer that is readily observable using LEED and STM. The explosive decomposition step is second-order in vacancy concentration and accelerates with increasing extent of reaction.

  4. Fabrication of fine-grain tantalum diffusion barrier tube for Nb{sub 3}Sn conductors

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    Hartwig, K. T.; Balachandran, S.; Mezyenski, R.; Seymour, N.; Robinson, J.; Barber, R. E.

    2014-01-27

    Diffusion barriers used in Nb{sub 3}Sn wire are often fabricated by wrapping Ta sheet into a tube with an overlap seam. A common result of such practice is non-uniform deformation in the Ta sheet as it thins by wire drawing because of non-uniform grain size and texture in the original Ta sheet. Seamless Ta tube with a fine-grain and uniform microstructure would be much better for the diffusion barrier application, but such material is expensive and difficult to manufacture. This report presents results on a new fabrication strategy for Ta tube that shows promise for manufacture of less costly tube with an improved microstructure. The fabrication method begins with seam-welded tube but gives a fine-grain uniform microstructure with little difference between the longitudinal seam weld region and the parent metal after post-weld processing. Severe plastic deformation processing (SPD) applied by area reduction extrusion and tube equal channel angular extrusion (tECAE) are used to refine and homogenize the microstructure. Microstructure and mechanical property results are presented for Ta tubes fabricated by this new processing strategy.

  5. Measurements of the cross section for the (182)W(n,p)(182(m+g))Ta and (184)(n,p)(184)Ta reactions in the 14MeV energy range using the activation technique.

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    Song, Yueli; Zhou, Fengqun; Tian, Mingli; Li, Yong; Yuan, Shuqing; Lan, Changlin

    2015-04-01

    The cross section for the (182)W(n,p)(182(m+g))Ta and (184)W(n,p)(184)Ta reactions has been measured in the neutron energy range of 13.5-14.7MeV using the activation technique and a coaxial HPGe γ-ray detector. In our experiment, the fast neutrons were produced by the T(d,n)(4)He reaction at the ZF-300-II Intense Neutron Generator at Lanzhou University. Natural wolfram foils of 99.9% purity were used as target materials. The neutron flux was determined using the monitor reaction (93)Nb(n,2n)(92m)Nb and the neutron energies were determined using the method of cross-section ratio measurements employing the (90)Zr(n,2n)(89)Zr to (93)Nb(n,2n)(92m)Nb reactions. The results of this work are compared with experimental data found in the literature and the estimates obtained from a published empirical formula based on the statistical model with Q-value dependence and odd-even effects taken into consideration.

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  7. Dielectric characteristics of fast Li ion conducting garnet-type Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75).

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    Narayanan, Sumaletha; Baral, Ashok Kumar; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2016-06-01

    Here, we report the dielectric characteristics of Li-stuffed garnet-type Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) in the temperature range about -53 to 50 °C using AC impedance spectroscopy. All the investigated Li-stuffed garnet compounds were prepared, under the same condition, using conventional solid-state reaction at elevated temperature in air. The Nyquist plots show mainly bulk contribution to the total Li(+) ion conductivity for Li5.5La3Nb1.75Y0.25O12 (Li5.5-Nb) and Li6La3Nb1.5Y0.5O12 (Li6-Nb), while both bulk and grain-boundary effects are visible in the case of Li6.5La3Nb1.25Y0.75O12 (Li6.5-Nb) phase at ∼-22 °C. Non-Debye relaxation process was observed in the modulus AC impedance plots. The dielectric loss tangent of Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 are compared with that of the corresponding Ta analogue, Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12 and showed a decrease in peak intensity for the Nb-based garnet samples which may be attributed to a slight increase in their Li(+) ion conductivity. The relative dielectric constant values were also found to be higher for the Ta member (>60 for Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12) than that of the corresponding Nb analogue (∼50 for Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12) at below room temperature. A long-range order Li(+) ion migration pathway with relaxation time (τ0) 10(-18)-10(-15) s and an activation energy of 0.59-0.40 eV was observed for the investigated Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 garnets and is comparable to that of the corresponding Ta-based Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12 garnets.

  8. On the Nb-Ge Binary System

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    Papadimitriou, Ioannis; Utton, Claire; Tsakiropoulos, Panos

    2015-12-01

    First-principles calculations were used to study intermetallic compounds in the Nb-Ge system, to gain a better understanding of the phase diagram and resolve conflicts reported in the literature. The enthalpy of formation with regard to temperature was calculated for all the intermetallic compounds, to investigate phase stabilities and phase equilibria at low and elevated temperatures. These results, combined with the electronic DOS, suggest that the tI32 (W5Si3-type) Nb5Ge3 and NbGe2 compounds are stable over the whole temperature range. The stoichiometric cP8 Nb3Ge becomes stable close to its melting temperature. Regarding different compositions of the cP8 Nb3Ge, the calculations suggest the (Nb)0.75(Nb,Ge)0.25 model for the Nb3Ge phase instead of the proposed model, (Nb)0.75(Nb,Ge,Va)0.25, where Va represents vacancy. The calculations show that the tI32 (Cr5B3-type) Nb5Ge3, hP16 (Mn5Si3-type) Nb5Ge3 and Nb10Ge7 compounds should be considered metastable. The elastic constants, bulk, shear, and Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and Debye temperature of the Nb, Ge, cP8 Nb3Ge, tP32 Nb3Ge, tI32 (Cr5B3-type) Nb5Ge3, tI32 (W5Si3-type) Nb5Ge3, hP16 (Mn5Si3-type) Nb5Ge3, Nb10Ge7 and NbGe2 were calculated. These phases were found to be mechanically stable. Using the Cauchy pressure, Pugh's index of ductility, and the Poisson's ratio as criteria, the calculations suggest that the tI32 (Cr5B3-type) Nb5Ge3 and NbGe2 intermetallics should be brittle (with the latter being the most brittle) and the cP8 Nb3Ge, tP32 Nb3Ge, hP16 Nb5Si3 and Nb10Ge7 ductile (with cP8 Nb3Ge being the most ductile).

  9. Dielectric and ferroelectric response of compositionally graded bilayer and trilayer composites of BaTiO{sub 3} and 0.975BaTiO{sub 3}-0.025Ba(Cu{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}

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    Maurya, Deepam; Priya, Shashank; Wongdamnern, Natthapong; Yimnirun, Rattikorn

    2010-12-15

    In this paper, we report the dielectric and ferroelectric response of compositionally graded bilayer and trilayer composites consisting of BaTiO{sub 3} (BT) and 0.975BaTiO{sub 3}-0.025Ba(Cu{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} (BTBCN). Two types of graded bilayer samples were synthesized, one with same thickness of BT and BTBCN while other with different layer thicknesses. The graded trilayer sample consisted of BT layer sandwiched between two BTBCN layers of equal thickness. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed a sharp interface with needle-shape domains across the interface. The domain size on BT side was found to be larger than that on BTBCN side. The temperature dependence of dielectric response for all composite systems was found to exhibit shifting in characteristic Curie peak compared to constituent material which was associated to coupling between layers. Moreover, the differences in grain size, tetragonality, domain mobility of each layer was found to perturb the electrical response of composite. The polarization mismatch between uncoupled BT and BTBCN established internal electric field in composite specimen and defined new polarization states in each layer by perturbing free energy functional of the composite specimen. Dynamic hysteresis behaviors and power-law scaling relations of all specimens were determined from polarization-electric field hysteresis loop measurements as a function of frequency. All systems were found to exhibit similar dynamic scaling relationships. Hysteresis area , P{sub r}, and E{sub C} decreased with increasing frequency due to delayed response but increased with increasing applied electric field due to enhancement of driving force. Trilayer system was found to exhibit strong internal-bias field and double hysteresis behavior. The coupling effect resulting due to polarization mismatch between layers had substantial influence on the dynamic hysteresis behavior and power-law scaling relations.

  10. Nb3Sn cable development for the 11 T DS dipole demonstration model

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    Barzi, Emanuela; Lombardo, Vito; Nobrega, Alfred; Turrioni, Daniele; Yamada, Ryuji; Zlobin, Alexander; Karppinen, Mikko

    2012-06-01

    Fermilab (FNAL) and CERN have started the development of 11 T 11-m long Nb3Sn dipoles to replace a number of LHC NbTi dipoles and free space for cold collimators in the LHC DS areas. An important step in the design of these magnets is the development of the high aspecept ratio Nb3Sn cable to achieve the nominal field of 11 T at the nominal LHC operation current of 11.8 kA at 1.9 with 20% margin. Keystoned Cu wires and Nb3Sn RRP strand both mechanical stability and minimal damage to the restack design to be used in the magnet short models. Each cable was characterized electrically for transport properties degradation at high field and for low feild stability, and metallographically for internal damage.

  11. Introduction of Flux Pinning Centers for Use in Nb3Sn Superconducting Wire

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    Rahmani, David; Damborsky, Kyle; McIntyre, Peter; Pogue, Nathaniel

    2009-10-01

    Powder metallurgy was used to introduce a homogeneously heterogeneous distribution of nanoscale flux pinning centers in Nb rod for future use in Nb3Sn superconducting wire. The pinning centers consisted of Y, Y2O3, W, Cu, Zr, and Ti. Flux pinning centers in superconducting wire would prevent a decrease in critical current density in the presence of a high magnetic field. The blended powders were consolidated using Cold Isostatic Pressing (CIP) at 50000 PSI. The samples were analyzed and found to contain a high concentration of oxygen, which was found to be excessive for use in a superconductor and may have contributed to poor performance in CIP. Due to the high level of oxygen found in commercially available Nb powder, future attempts will require the manufacturing of Nb powder with a low oxygen content.

  12. Charge transfer in AuTa alloys: double resonance at the Au and Ta L 2, 3-edge

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    Sammynaiken, R.; Kuhn, M.; Sham, T. K.

    1995-02-01

    Charge redistribution in AuTa alloys has been studied with both Au and Ta L 2, 3-edge XANES for AuTa, AuTa 2 and AuTa 3. Emphasis is placed on the relative intensity of the whiteline which probes the change in d-hole count at both Au and Ta sites. It is found that all Au L 2, 3-edge XANES exhibit an appreciable whiteline of which the intensity increases as Au becomes more dilute in Ta while the Ta L 2, 3-edge whiteline intensity increases also as Ta becomes more dilute. These results are compared with core-level photoemission measurements.

  13. Investigation of multifilamentary Nb 3Sn strand for ITER by internal Sn process

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    Zhang, P. X.; Zhou, L.; Tang, X. D.; Li, C. G.; Wu, Y.; Li, K.; Yan, G.; Yang, M.; Feng, Y.; Liu, X. H.; Weng, P. D.; Lu, Y. F.

    2006-10-01

    By internal Sn process we have successfully fabricated the multifilamentary Nb3Sn strand with a diameter of 0.79 mm, which has 5616-6270 filaments. A two-step heat treatment was used for the Nb3Sn strands. The first step is related to bronzing process between Cu and Sn at a temperature range of 200-600 °C, whereas the second step for the formation of superconducting Nb3Sn phase at 600-800 °C. A non-Cu Jc (12 T, 4.2 K) value of 1087 A/mm2 has been obtained. The microstructure and transport property of strands have been discussed.

  14. Chemical compatibility issues related to use of copper as an interfacial layer for SiC fiber reinforced Ti3Ai+Nb composite

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1991-01-01

    The reaction of Cu, a potential interfacial compliant layer for the Ti3Al plus Nb/SiC composite, with SiC, SCS-6 fiber, and the Ti3Al plus Nb matrix was examined at two temperatures: 1223 and 1273 K. Reaction of Cu with SiC resulted in the formation of a CuSi solution and free carbon, the reaction product being molten at 1273 K. Hot pressing the SCS-6 fiber in a Cu matrix at 1273 K resulted in cracking and delamination of the outer carbon-rich coating, thus allowing the Cu to penetrate to the SiC-carbon coating interface and react with SiC. In contrast, no such damage to the outer coating was observed at 1223 K. There was excessive reaction between Cu and the Ti3Al plus Nb matrix, the reaction product being molten both at 1223 and 1273 K. An interlayer of Nb between Cu and Ti3Al plus Nb matrix prevented the reaction between the two.

  15. Influence of cluster–support interactions on reactivity of size-selected NbxOy clusters

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    Nakayama, Miki; Xue, Meng; An, Wei; Liu, Ping; White, Michael G.

    2015-04-17

    Size-selected niobium oxide nanoclusters (Nb3O5, Nb3O7, Nb4O7, and Nb4O10) were deposited at room temperature onto a Cu(111) surface and a thin film of Cu2O on Cu(111), and their interfacial electronic interactions and reactivity toward water dissociation were examined. These clusters were specifically chosen to elucidate the effects of the oxidation state of the metal centers; Nb3O5 and Nb4O7 are the reduced counterparts of Nb3O7 and Nb4O10, respectively. From two-photon photoemission spectroscopy (2PPE) measurements, we found that the work function increases upon cluster adsorption in all cases, indicating a negative interfacial dipole moment with the positive end pointing into the surface. The amount of increase was greater for the clusters with more metal centers and higher oxidation state. Additional analysis with DFT calculations of the clusters on Cu(111) indicated that the reduced clusters donate electrons to the substrate, indicating that the intrinsic cluster dipole moment makes a larger contribution to the overall interfacial dipole moment than charge transfer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements showed that the Nb atoms of Nb3O7 and Nb4O10 are primarily Nb5+ on Cu(111), while for the reduced Nb3O5 and Nb4O7 clusters, a mixture of oxidation states was observed on Cu(111). Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) experiments with D2O showed that water dissociation occurred on all systems except for the oxidized Nb3O7 and Nb4O10 clusters on the Cu2O film. A comparison of our XPS and TPD results suggests that Nb5+ cations associated with Nb=O terminal groups act as Lewis acid sites

  16. Trace metals in the Góta river estuary

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    Danielsson, Lars-Göran; Magnusson, Bertil; Westerlund, Stig; Zhang, Kerong

    1983-07-01

    The concentrations of the trace metals Cd, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn in the Göta River estuary have been investigated. The following metal fractions have been determined: acid-leachable, dissolved, labile and particulate. The estuary represents a salt wedge type estuary and is situated in a densely populated region of Sweden. The metal concentrations found for the dissolved fraction is in the range of what can be considered as background levels for freshwater. It is difficult to evaluate any estuarine processes other than conservative mixing for Cd, Cu, Ni and Zn. The dissolved levels in the freshwater end member are Cd, 9-25 ngl -1; Cu, 1·1-1·4 μgl -1; Fe, 20-75 μg l -1: Ni, 0·7-0·9 μg l -1: Pb 0·09-0·2 μg l -1; and Zn, 6-7 μg l -1: The results from the acid-leachable fraction show that at high suspended load the particles sediment in the river mouth. The trace metal levels in this fraction are subject to large variations.

  17. Microstructural Evolution of TLP Bonded Ti3Al-Nb Alloy Joints

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    Gu, X. Y.; Duan, Z. Z.; Gu, X. P.; Sun, D. Q.

    2014-12-01

    In the present study microstructural evolution in transient liquid phase (TLP) bonded Ti3Al-Nb alloy joints using a pure copper as interlayer was investigated. TLP bonded Ti3Al-Nb alloy joints composed of intermetallic compound layers were produced. Microstructural evolution of joints depended on both bonding time and bonding temperature. With increasing bonding time and bonding temperature, the joint width increased and amount of compounds in the joint decreased. The joint microstructure at 1173 K × 1 min mainly consisted of Ti (solid solution) + Ti2Cu + TiCu + Ti3Cu4 + Ti2Cu3 + TiCu4 + Cu (solid solution) phase and it changed to Ti (solid solution) + Ti2Cu + TiCu at 1223 K × 60 min. Compounds formed on cooling from the bonding temperature by liquid phase were eliminated from the joint at 1223 K × 60 min due to isothermal solidification of liquid phase. The increase of the width of joint is attributed to the composition difference between the isothermal solidification production and its adjacent base material.

  18. Magneto-optic measurements of the Weyl semimetal NbAs

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    Armstrong, Nathan; Shao, Yinming; Yuan, Zhujun; Jia, Shuang; Basov, D. N.; Timusk, Thomas

    NbAs is among the newly discovered Weyl semimetals that are of great interest because they have the potential to confirm the chiral anomaly predicted by particle physics. It has been theorized that two separated Weyl nodes of opposite chirality can have a chiral current flow between them with the application electric and magnetic fields parallel to the displacement of the nodes. Indeed, magnetoresistance measurements on TaAs and NbAs found a negative magnetoresistance with these fields. ARPES and band structure calculations show that NbAs has two different groups of Weyl nodes with all the node splittings in kx -ky planes. In addition to the Weyl nodes there are other trivial bands that create Fermi pockets elsewhere in the BZ that are also observed in reflectance measurements. We will present magneto-optics results from far infrared optical data of NbAs in Voigt geometry up to 8 Tesla. In the far infrared at large fields there are two strong features that show an 11% and 3% change of reflectance in field at 60 and 480 cm-1 , respectively. We evaluate these data with comparison to the above mentioned band structure of NbAs.

  19. Josephson Coupling in Nb/SmB6/Nb Junctions

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    Zhang, Xiaohang; Lee, Seunghun; Drisko, Jasper; Cumings, John; Greene, Richard; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    Josephson coupling of superconductors through a topological surface has attracted considerable attention because it may provide device applications of topological insulators with implications for Majorana fermions. However, the results of previous Josephson junction studies on topological insulators have not been fully understood due to complications arising from the conducting bulk and the non-pristine nature of the surfaces/interfaces of the topological insulator materials used. In this work, SmB6 thin films with a highly insulating bulk were adopted to minimize the influence of the bulk carriers while in-situ deposition of Nb film on SmB6 surface was used to ensure the interface quality. The bilayer structure was then patterned into Nb/SmB6/Nb lateral junctions by e-beam lithography and ion milling. The Nb electrodes in our junctions had a typical width of ~1 μm and the gap between the two Nb electrodes was varied from 50 nm to 200 nm. A critical current up to 40 μA has been observed in junctions with a gap around 50 nm at 2.0 K. In this talk, I will discuss the implication of our results to the desired Josephson coupling through topological surface states. This work was supported by NSF under Grant No. DMR-1410665 and conducted at CNAM and at the Maryland NanoCenter.

  20. Safety assessment for TA-48 radiochemical operations

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    1994-08-01

    The purpose of this report is to document an assessment performed to evaluate the safety of the radiochemical operations conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory operations area designated as TA-48. This Safety Assessment for the TA-48 radiochemical operations was prepared to fulfill the requirements of US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5481.1B, ``Safety Analysis and Review System.`` The area designated as TA-48 is operated by the Chemical Science and Technology (CST) Division and is involved with radiochemical operations associated with nuclear weapons testing, evaluation of samples collected from a variety of environmental sources, and nuclear medicine activities. This report documents a systematic evaluation of the hazards associated with the radiochemical operations that are conducted at TA-48. The accident analyses are limited to evaluation of the expected consequences associated with a few bounding accident scenarios that are selected as part of the hazard analysis. Section 2 of this report presents an executive summary and conclusions, Section 3 presents pertinent information concerning the TA-48 site and surrounding area, Section 4 presents a description of the TA-48 radiochemical operations, and Section 5 presents a description of the individual facilities. Section 6 of the report presents an evaluation of the hazards that are associated with the TA-48 operations and Section 7 presents a detailed analysis of selected accident scenarios.

  1. Field investigations of soils at TA-19, TA-26, TA-73 and TA-0, SWMU aggregate 0-D and 016

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    McFadden, L.D.

    1995-03-01

    Field based investigations of the general soil-geomorphic characteristics were carried out at TA-19, -26, -73, -0, Aggregate 0-D and -016 in order to provide information for utilization in ongoing and anticipated LANL ERP (Environmental Restoration Project) activities at these sites. These investigations show that soils exhibiting diverse morphologic character, varying ages, and relations to landforms characterize these sites. A review of recent and ongoing soils studies also shows that soil textural, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics may profoundly influence the migration and/or retardation of a variety of potential contaminants initially placed in direct contact with soils, or that encounter soils during subsurface percolation or discharge. Soil-geomorphic relations also provide important insights into recent site erosion, deposition or other surficial processes that must, be considered as part of environmental assessment of a given site and remediation; and, the planned geomorphic mapping activities at each site, as well as other associated activities (e.g, geophysical survey, site sampling) are accordingly appropriate and necessary with respect to identification of significant soil relations at each site. Specific and general recommendations in consideration of important findings regarding the possible impacts of soil development of the nature of contaminant behavior at various sites are provided to help guide sampling and analysis activities during ERP investigations outlined in the RFI Work Plan for Operational Unit-1071.

  2. Application of cluster-plus-glue-atom model to barrierless Cu–Ni–Ti and Cu–Ni–Ta films

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    Li, Xiaona Ding, Jianxin; Wang, Miao; Dong, Chuang; Chu, Jinn P.

    2014-11-01

    To improve the thermal stability of copper and avoid its diffusion into surrounding dielectrics or interfacial reactions with them, the authors applied the cluster-plus-glue-atom model to investigate barrierless Cu–Ni–M (M = Ti or Ta) seed layers. The dissolution of the third element (Ti or Ta) in the Cu lattice with the aid of Ni significantly improved the thermal stability of the Cu seed layer. The appropriate M/Ni (M = Ti or Ta) ratio was selected to obtain a low resistivity: the resistivity was as low as 2.5 μΩ cm for the (Ti{sub 1.5/13.5}Ni{sub 12/13.5}){sub 0.3}Cu{sub 99.7} film and 2.8 μΩ cm for the (Ta{sub 1.1/13.1}Ni{sub 12/13.1}){sub 0.4}Cu{sub 99.6} film after annealing at 500 °C for 1 h. After annealing at 500 °C for 40 h, the two films remained stable without forming a Cu{sub 3}Si compound. The authors confirmed that the range of applications of the cluster-plus-glue-atom model could be extended. Therefore, a third element M with negative enthalpies of mixing with both Cu and Ni could be selected, under the premise that the mixing enthalpy of M–Ni is more negative than that of M–Cu.

  3. Development of Ta-based Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Detectors for Fluorescence XAS

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    Friedrich, S; Drury, O; Hall, J; Cantor, R

    2009-09-23

    We are developing superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) soft X-ray detectors for chemical analysis of dilute samples by fluorescence-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Our 36-pixel Nb-based STJ spectrometer covers a solid angle {Omega}/4{pi} {approx} 10{sup -3}, offers an energy resolution of {approx}10-20 eV FWHM for energies up to {approx}1 keV, and can be operated at total count rates of {approx}10{sup 6} counts/s. For increased quantum efficiency and cleaner response function, we have now started the development of Ta-based STJ detector arrays. Initial devices modeled after our Nb-based STJs have an energy resolution below 10 eV FWHM for X-ray energies below 1 keV, and pulse rise time discrimination can be used to improve their response function for energies up to several keV. We discuss the performance of the Ta-STJs and outline steps towards the next-generation of large STJ detector arrays with higher sensitivity.

  4. Development of Ta-based Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Detectors for Fluorescence XAS

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    Friedrich, Stephan; Drury, Owen B.; Hall, John; Cantor, Robin

    2010-06-23

    We are developing superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) soft X-ray detectors for chemical analysis of dilute samples by fluorescence-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Our 36-pixel Nb-based STJ spectrometer covers a solid angle {Omega}/4{pi}{approx_equal}10{sup -3}, offers an energy resolution of {approx}10-20 eV FWHM for energies up to {approx}1 keV, and can be operated at total count rates of {approx}10{sup 6} counts/s. For increased quantum efficiency and cleaner response function, we have now started the development of Ta-based STJ detector arrays. Initial devices modeled after our Nb-based STJs have an energy resolution below 10 eV FWHM for X-ray energies below 1 keV, and pulse rise time discrimination can be used to improve their response function for energies up to several keV. We discuss the performance of the Ta-STJs and outline steps towards the next-generation of large STJ detector arrays with higher sensitivity.

  5. Ge{sub x}NbSe{sub 2} and Ge{sub x}NbS{sub 2} intercalation compounds

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    Kars, Mohammed; Gomez-Herrero, A.; Rebbah, Allaoua; Otero-Diaz, L.C.

    2009-07-01

    The structures of two intercalation compounds, Ge{sub {approx}0.2}NbSe{sub 2} and Ge{sub {approx}0.3}NbS{sub 2} were investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy (selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray microanalysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS)). Crystal structure determinations of the average structure of the intercalation compounds 2H-Ge{sub 0.217}NbSe{sub 2} and 4H-Ge{sub 0.288}NbS{sub 2} are reported: the selenide compound crystallizes in the space group P6{sub 3}/mmc with a = 3.4560(9) A and c = 12.966(3) A and adopts the 2H-NbSe{sub 2} structure-type, while the sulfide compound crystallizes in the P6{sub 3}mc space group, with a = 3.3392(9) A and c = 25.404(7) A with a structure-type 4H{sub c}-NbS{sub 2} which it is known for TaSe{sub 2}. In both structures the germanium atoms are located in the empty octahedral positions of the van der Waals gap between the NbX{sub 2} (X = S, Se) layers. Electron diffraction patterns from several Ge{sub x}NbSe{sub 2} crystal flakes show different superstructures and exhibit diffracted diffuse intensity: weak satellites corresponding to a{sub 0}{radical}(3)xa{sub 0}{radical}(3) and 2a{sub 0} x 2a{sub 0} superstructures were observed for x {approx} 0.15 (a{sub 0} is the basal lattice parameter of the host structure). For x {approx} 0.25-0.33, the same type of satellite is observed with a stronger intensity. For x {approx} 0.5 only satellites corresponding to the a{sub 0}{radical}(3)xa{sub 0}{radical}(3) superstructure were present. In the case of Ge{sub x}NbS{sub 2}, with 0.10 < x < 0.25, the germanium atoms are ordered in domains with an a{sub 0}{radical}(3)xa{sub 0}{radical}(3) superstructure. In some crystals disorder along the c-axis has been observed.

  6. Dielectric composites incorporating enthalpy stabilization for NbTi windings

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    Lawless, W. N.; Clark, C. F.

    1988-01-01

    Composites of ceramic powders in epoxies appropriate for both insulating and impregnating NbTi windings are studied. Specific heat, thermal conductivity, thermal contraction, and magnetocaloric measurements on composites are presented. Thermal contractions well matched to copper are found and thermal shock resistance is greatly enhanced. Enthalpies, 4.2-6 K, range up to 80 mJ/cu cm and are 20-50 times larger than that of the pure epoxies. Results are not specific to the epoxies used but apply to composites with any amorphous matrices.

  7. Fabrication and measurements of hybrid Nb/Al Josephson junctions and flux qubits with π-shifters

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    Shcherbakova, A. V.; Fedorov, K. G.; Shulga, K. V.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Bolginov, V. V.; Oboznov, V. A.; Egorov, S. V.; Shkolnikov, V. O.; Wolf, M. J.; Beckmann, D.; Ustinov, A. V.

    2015-02-01

    We describe fabrication and testing of composite flux qubits combining Nb- and Al-based superconducting circuit technology. This hybrid approach to making qubits allows for employing π-phase shifters fabricated using well-established Nb-based technology of superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor Josephson junctions. The important feature here is to obtain high interface transparency between Nb and Al layers without degrading sub-micron shadow mask. We achieve this by in situ Ar etching using e-beam gun. Shadow-evaporated Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions with Nb bias pads show the expected current-voltage characteristics with reproducible critical currents. Using this technique, we fabricated composite Nb/Al flux qubits with Nb/CuNi/Nb π-shifters and measured their magnetic field response. The observed offset between the field responses of the qubits with and without π-junction is attributed to the π phase shift. The reported approach can be used for implementing a variety of hybrid Nb/Al superconducting quantum circuits.

  8. Precipitation of Nanosized MX at Coherent Cu-Rich Phases in Super304H Austenitic Steel

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    Ou, Ping; Xing, Hui; Sun, Jian

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation of transmission electron microscopy reports the precipitation of nanosized and cubical-shaped incoherent Nb-rich MX at the coherent Cu-rich phases in the austenitic matrix of the Super304H steel. In addition, the nanosized Nb-rich MX phases were often observed to precipitate on dislocations during creep. It is concluded that the dense incoherent Nb-rich MX and coherent Cu-rich precipitates with a nanosized diameter contribute excellent creep resistance in the steel.

  9. THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF MC (M = V, Nb, Ta): FIRST-PRINCIPLES CALCULATIONS

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    Cao, Yong; Zhu, Jingchuan; Liu, Yong; Long, Zhishen

    2013-07-01

    Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the pressure and temperature dependences of linear expansion coefficient, bulk modulus, Debye temperature and heat capacity have been investigated. The calculated thermodynamic properties were compared with experimental data and satisfactory agreement is reached.

  10. Geologic setting and mineralization of the Kougarok Sn(Ta-Nb) deposit, seaward peninsula, Alaska

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    Puchner, C.C.

    1985-01-01

    The Kougarok tin (tantalum-niobium) deposit is located in the north-central Seward Peninsula, roughly 130 kilometers north of Nome, Alaska. Tin and tantalum-niobium mineralization occur within granitic dikes, subhorizontal sheets, plugs, and in schists adjacent to the granite bodies. Rb/Sr and K/Ar age determinations indicate the granites at Kougarok are late Cretaceous in age and coeval with other tin granites of the Seward Peninsula. The host rock to the granites at Kougarok is polydeformed pelitic schists of possible Precambrian age. Known mineralization occurs in four geologic settings: 1) within steep cylindrical pipes of greisenized granite; 2) in greisenized dikes; 3) in greisen along the roof zone of a subhorizontal granite sheet; and 4) as stringer zones in schists. Tin mineralization is known in all the above geologic environments and occurs dominantly as disseminated cassiterite in quartz+/-tourmaline+/-topaz greisen. Grades of significant tin mineralization range from 0.1 to 15 percent tin and average approximately 0.5 percent tin. Tantalum-niobium mineralization is confined to the roof greisen environment. Tantalite-columbite occurs as disseminated grains in white mica altered granite lateral to tin-bearing quartz-tourmaline greisen. Grades for both tantalum and niobium range from 0.02 to 0.05 percent.

  11. Cospatial Eocene and Miocene granitoids from the Jiru Cu deposit in Tibet: Petrogenesis and implications for the formation of collisional and postcollisional porphyry Cu systems in continental collision zones

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    Yang, Zhiming; Hou, Zengqian; Chang, Zhaoshan; Li, Qiuyun; Liu, Yunfei; Qu, Huanchun; Sun, Maoyu; Xu, Bo

    2016-02-01

    Jiru is a poorly studied Cu deposit located in the west segment of the Gangdese porphyry Cu belt (GPCB), 200 km west of Lhasa. The deposit consists of both collisional- and postcollisional-stage porphyry-type Cu systems, which are genetically associated with the early Eocene granitoid batholith and the Miocene Jiru porphyry stock, respectively. In this study, we present zircon U-Pb LA-ICP-MS dates and Hf isotopes, whole rock geochemical and Pb isotope geochemical data for the main intrusions in the Jiru deposit. The early Eocene granitoid samples (~ 49 Ma) are characterized by magmatic arc geochemical features, slightly concave REE patterns and well-developed negative Eu anomalies. These geochemical characteristics suggest that the granitoid melts were generated by partial melting of a metasomatized mantle, and that the melt had undergone fractional crystallization of amphibole and plagioclase. In contrast, the Miocene porphyry intrusions (16.4-15.5 Ma) at Jiru are characterized by high K contents, adakitic affinities (e.g., high Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios), subduction signatures (e.g., enriched Cs, Rb, Ba and depleted Nb, Ta, Ti), positive zircon εHf(t) values (1-6) and variable 208Pb/204Pb ratios (38.5-39.0), similar to other post-collisional porphyry intrusions in the Gangdese belt. Based on the above features, we propose that the Miocene porphyry intrusions at Jiru were generated by partial melting of subduction-modified lower crust. Well-developed negative Eu anomalies and low Sr/Y ratios (generally < 20) of the least fractionated samples of the Early Eocene granitoids indicate that water content of the primitive collision-related magma was < 4 wt.%, but increased to over 4 wt.% with fractional crystallization, as evidenced by very weak negative Eu anomalies and relatively high Sr/Y ratios (~ 40) for some samples with SiO2 contents of ~ 67 wt.%. Upper crustal differentiation, which would increase water content of residual magma, is thought to be a key step in the

  12. The Properties of Cu Thin Films on Ru Depending on the ALD Temperature.

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    Yoon, Hyeong-Chul; Shin, Jin-Ha; Park, Hwa-Sun; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2015-02-01

    The copper thin films were deposited by Atomic layer deposition (ALD) on a ruthenium depending on the substrate temperatures. The substrate deposited Ru and TaN on SiO2 by plasma enhanced ALD (PEALD) before Cu deposition for an adhesion layer between Si and Cu. The copper thin films were deposited 200 cycles. The thickness of Cu was different depending on the substrate temperatures. The properties of copper thin films were investigated by a 4 point probe, SEM, and AFM. TaN and Ru layers were deposited by plasma enhanced ALD (PEALD) for the adhesion layer. Also, TaN and Ru layers were observed as TEM because the thickness was too thin. The thickness and roughness of Cu thin film increased depending on the deposition temperatures but, Cu thin film was not deposited at 110 °C. The best sheet resistance of the copper thin film was obtained at a deposition temperature of 170 °C.

  13. Development of Ta-based STJ X-ray Detector Arrays for Synchrotron Science

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    Carpenter, M. H.; Friedrich, S.; Hall, J. A.; Harris, J.; Cantor, R.

    2014-08-01

    We are developing a cryogen-free Ta-based superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) detector for soft X-ray spectroscopy at synchrotrons. With an energy resolution 10 times higher than conventional solid-state X-ray detectors and count-rate capabilities above 5 kHz/pixel, STJ detectors offer potentially increased sensitivity for fluorescence-yield X-ray absorption spectroscopy (FY-XAS). We have developed 36-pixel arrays of 208 208 m Ta STJs with an energy resolution of 9 eV FWHM at the 525 eV oxygen K line. Compared to earlier Nb-based STJs, Ta-STJs offer improved energy resolution and absorption efficiency and extend the operating range to several keV. Here we describe the integration of the 36-pixel arrays into a cryogen-free, user-friendly X-ray spectrometer. A computer-controlled adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator coupled to a two-stage pulse tube refrigerator allows operation below 100 mK. The detector chip is located at the end of a 42 cm shielded snout for insertion into the analysis chamber. The system is currently being commissioned at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron.

  14. Composition of thin Ta2O5 films deposited by different methods and the effect of humidity on their resistive switching behavior

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    Mannequin, Cedric; Tsuruoka, Tohru; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-06-01

    The resistive switching behavior of Cu/Ta2O5/Pt atomic switches, in which the Ta2O5 film was deposited by electron-beam (EB) evaporation and radio-frequency sputtering (SP), was investigated under different relative humidity (RH) levels. Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements revealed that both films possess the oxygen-rich composition and higher water absorption capability of EB films. The Cu/Ta2O5-SP/Pt cell showed a stable, nonvolatile switching behavior in the observed RH range, whereas the Cu/Ta2O5-EB/Pt cell exhibited a similar behavior up to 50% RH, but altered from nonvolatile to volatile switching at higher RH levels. The observed volatile switching behavior of the Cu/Ta2O5-EB/Pt cell can be explained by increased ion migration, assisted by absorbed water and/or proton conduction in hydrated environments. The results indicate that the water uptake ability of the matrix film plays a crucial role in determining the resistive switching behavior of oxide-based atomic switches.

  15. Feasibility study of Nb3Al Rutherford cable for high field accelerator magnet application

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    Yamada, R.; Kikuchi, A.; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Cooper, C.; Feher, S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Lamm, M.; Novitski, I.; Takeuchi, T.; Tartaglia, M.; Turrioni, D.; Verweij, A.P.; Wake, M.; Willering, G; Zlobin, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2006-08-01

    Feasibility study of Cu stabilized Nb{sub 3}Al strand and Rutherford cable for the application to high field accelerator magnets are being done at Fermilab in collaboration with NIMS. The Nb{sub 3}Al strand, which was developed and manufactured at NIMS in Japan, has a non-copper Jc of about 844 A/mm{sup 2} at 15 Tesla at 4.2 K, a copper content of 50%, and filament size of about 50 microns. Rutherford cables with 27 Nb{sub 3}Al strands of 1.03 mm diameter were fabricated and tested. Quench tests on a short cable were done to study its stability with only its self field, utilizing a high current transformer. A pair of 2 meter long Nb{sub 3}Al cables was tested extensively at CERN at 4.3 and 1.9 K up to 11 Tesla including its self field with a high transport current of 20.2 kA. In the low field test we observed instability near splices and in the central region. This is related to the flux-jump like behavior, because of excessive amount of Nb in the Nb{sub 3}Al strand. There is possibility that the Nb in Nb{sub 3}Al can cause instability below 2 Tesla field regions. We need further investigation on this problem. Above 8 Tesla, we observed quenches near the critical surface at fast ramp rate from 1000 to 3000 A/sec, with quench velocity over 100 m/sec. A small racetrack magnet was made using a 14 m of Rutherford cable and successfully tested up to 21.8 kA, corresponding to 8.7 T.

  16. Preparation and Characterization of SrBi2(Ta1-xNbx)2O9 Thin Films by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition from Two Organometallic Source Bottles

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    Mitsuya, Masatoshi; Ishikawa, Katsuyuki; Nukaga, Norimasa; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2000-06-01

    SrBi2(Ta1-xNbx)2O9 (SBTN) thin films were first prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with high compositional reproducibility. Bi(CH3)3, a mixture of Sr[Ta(O\\cdotC2H5)6]2 and Sr[Nb(O\\cdotC2H5)6]2, and O2 gas were used as sources. The Nb/(Ta+Nb) ratio in the film was almost the same as that of the source materials. The film, deposited at 500°C following heat treatment at 800°C for 30 min in O2 atmosphere, consisted of an almost single phase of SBTN@. The remanent polarization and the coercive field of the 330 nm-thick film were 8.5 μC/cm2 and 91 kV/cm, respectively. This film showed negligible fatigue after 5× 1010 polarization switching cycles.

  17. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in Nb

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    Kostić, P.; Veal, B.; Paulikas, A. P.; Welp, U.; Todt, V. R.; Gu, C.; Geiser, U.; Williams, J. M.; Carlson, K. D.; Klemm, R. A.

    1996-01-01

    The paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), or Wohlleben effect, in which the field-cooled magnetization of superconducting samples is paramagnetic below Tc, has been reported to occur in some samples of a variety of high-Tc cuprate superconductors. It has been proposed that the effect arose in granular hole-doped cuprates from current loops with π phase shifts of the superconducting order parameter at some grain-boundary junctions. It is argued that such behavior would be expected to occur in a d-wave superconductor, but not in a conventional s-wave superconductor. To test this hypothesis, we have searched for the occurrence of the effect in Nb, and have confirmed a recent report by Minhaj et al. of its occurrence in some Nb samples. For these studies, the effects of stray fields and field gradients in the measurement volume of the superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer have been carefully considered to rule out the possibility that measurement artifacts might be responsible for the apparent paramagnetic behavior in Nb. The M(T) and M(H) curves obtained in Nb samples that show the PME also show remarkably strong resemblance to those curves reported for the cuprate materials exhibiting the PME. Evidence is presented that the effect arises from inhomogeneously trapped flux, and is strongly influenced by sample geometry and surface effects. These results suggest that, for the effect to be observable, Tc on the sample surface must be different from the bulk Tc. The occurrence of the PME in Nb strongly suggests that the observation of this effect is unrelated to d-wave superconductivity.

  18. Effects of Solute Nb Atoms and Nb Precipitates on Isothermal Transformation Kinetics from Austenite to Ferrite

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    Wang, Li; Parker, Sally; Rose, Andrew; West, Geoff; Thomson, Rachel

    2016-07-01

    Nb is a very important micro-alloying element in low-carbon steels, for grain size refinement and precipitation strengthening, and even a low content of Nb can result in a significant effect on phase transformation kinetics from austenite to ferrite. Solute Nb atoms and Nb precipitates may have different effects on transformation behaviors, and these effects have not yet been fully characterized. This paper examines in detail the effects of solute Nb atoms and Nb precipitates on isothermal transformation kinetics from austenite to ferrite. The mechanisms of the effects have been analyzed using various microscopy techniques. Many solute Nb atoms were found to be segregated at the austenite/ferrite interface and apply a solute drag effect. It has been found that solute Nb atoms have a retardation effect on ferrite nucleation rate and ferrite grain growth rate. The particle pinning effect caused by Nb precipitates is much weaker than the solute drag effect.

  19. Deformation mechanisms in Be[sub 12]X compounds. [X = Nb

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    Bruemmer, S.M.; Brimhall, J.L.; Charlot, L.A. ); Sondhi, S.; Hoagland, R.G.; Hirth, J.P. . Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering)

    1992-12-01

    Dislocation structures have been examined, and active slip systems identified, in Be[sub l2]Nb after compressive deformation at 20, 800, 900 1000 and 1200C. A large number of slip systems are active at 1200C, but these decrease significantly at temperatures below 1000C. Dislocation structures at low temperatures are limited to 1/2<101(101) partial dislocations either paired or creating isolated planar faults. Significant ductility is not observed until 1200C when a second type of partial dislocation, 1/2<100(011) is present. Dislocations observed in the body-centered tetragonal Be[sup 12]X compounds (where X can be Nb, Ta, Mo, V, Fe etc.) have been modelled atomistically using molecular dynamics. Simulations corroborate the stability of these dislocation systems and indicate that the stacking faults associated with these partial dislocations have very low fault energy.

  20. Submillimeter SIS Mixers Using High Current Density Nb/AIN/Nb Tunnel Junctions and NbTiN Films

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    Kawamura, J.; Miller, D.; Chen, J.; Kooi, J.; Zmuidzinas, J.; Bumble, B.; Leduc, H.; Stern, J.

    1999-03-01

    We are currently exploring ways to improve the performance of SIS mixers above 700 GHz. One approach is to use NbTiN in place of Nb for all or some of the mixer circuitry. With its high gap frequency and low losses demonstrated up to 800 GHz, it should be possible to fabricate an all-NbTiN SIS mixer with near quantum-limited noise performance up to 1.2 THz. Using a quasioptical twin-slot two-junction mixer with NbTiN ground plane and wiring and hybrid Nb/A1N/NbTiN junctions, we measured an uncorrected receiver noise temperature of TRx ~ 500 K across 790-850 GHz at 4.2 K bath temperature. Our second approach is to reduce the RC product of the mixer by employing very high current density Nb/A1N/Nb junctions. By using these we will greatly relax the requirement on tuning circuits, which is where substantial losses occur in mixers operating above the Nb gap frequency. These junctions have resistance-area products of R_N*A ~ 5.6 Ohm um2, good subgap to normal resistance ratios, R_sg/R_N ~ 10, and good run-to-run reproducibility. From FTS measurements we infer that omega*R_N*C = 1 at 270 GHz in these junctions. This is a substantial improvement over that available using Nb/Al0x/Nb technology. The sensitivity of a receiver incorporating these high current density mixers is T_Rx = 110 K at 533 GHz using a design for lower J_c mixers, which is close to the best we have measured with lower J_c Nb/Al0x/Nb mixers.