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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

    2016-05-05

    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. Electrical Properties and Superconductivity of MSr2Nd2-xCexCu2O10-δ (M=Ta, Nb)

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    Zhu, Yingjie; Qian, Yitai; Li, Rukang; Wang, Shiwei; Chen, Zuyao; Chen, Zhaojia; Wang, Nanling; Zhou, Guien

    1992-09-01

    A new series of layered cuprate compounds MSr2Nd2-xCexCu2O10-δ (M=Ta, Nb) have been synthesized. The structure of the compounds is similar to that of T1-1222. A peak in the R-T curve for the sample of TaSr2Nd1.3Ce0.7Cu2O10-δ has been observed at about 50 K. For the sample of NbSr2Nd1.45Ce0.55Cu2O10-δ, metal-like conductivity behaviour has been observed. We have found superconductivity at about 13.2 K in the samples of NbSr2Nd2-xCexCu2O10-δ (x=0.49, 0.50, 0.51, 0.52).

  3. Beneficial effect of Cu on Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr sputtered uniform/adhesive gum films accelerating bacterial inactivation under indoor visible light.

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    Alhussein, Akram; Achache, Sofiane; Deturche, Regis; Sanchette, Frederic; Pulgarin, Cesar; Kiwi, John; Rtimi, Sami

    2017-04-01

    This article presents the evidence for the significant effect of copper accelerating the bacterial inactivation on Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr (TNTZ) sputtered films on glass up to a Cu content of 8.3 at.%. These films were deposited by dc magnetron co-sputtering of an alloy target Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr (at.%) and a Cu target. The fastest bacterial inactivation of E. coli on this later TNTZ-Cu surface proceeded within ∼75min. The films deposited by magnetron sputtering are chemically homogenous. The film roughness evaluated by atomic force spectroscopy (AFM) on the TNTZ-Cu 8.3 at.% Cu sample presented an RMS-value of 20.1nm being the highest RMS of any Cu-sputtered TNTZ sample. The implication of the RMS value found for this sample leading to the fastest interfacial bacterial inactivation kinetics is also discussed. Values for the Young's modulus and hardness are reported for the TNTZ films in the presence of various Cu-contents. Evaluation of the bacterial inactivation kinetics of E. coli under low intensity actinic hospital light and in the dark was carried out. The stable repetitive bacterial inactivation was consistent with the extremely low Cu-ion release from the samples of 0.4 ppb. Evidence is presented by the bacterial inactivation dependence on the applied light intensity for the intervention of Cu as semiconductor CuO during the bacterial inactivation at the TNTZ-Cu interface. The mechanism of CuO-intervention under light is suggested based on the pH/and potential changes registered during bacterial disinfection.

  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. 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.

  7. 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

    2016-02-01

    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.

  8. 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

  9. S = 1/2 Square-Lattice Antiferromagnets: (CuX)LaB_2O_7 and (CuCl)A_2B_3O10 (X = Cl, Br; A = Ca, Sr; B = Nb, Ta)

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    Kageyama, H.; Kitano, T.; Nakanishi, R.; Yasuda, J.; Oba, N.; Baba, Y.; Nishi, M.; Ueda, Y.; Ajiro, Y.; Yoshimura, K.

    A series of magnetic compounds with the formula (CuX)LaB_2O_7 and (CuCl)A_2B_3O10 (X = Cl, Br; A = Ca, Sr; B = Nb, Ta) have been prepared through a low-temperature topochemical route starting from nonmagnetic double- (n = 2) and triple- (n = 3) layered perovskites, respectively. The magnetic susceptibility of these compounds typically exhibits a broad maximum at low temperatures, characteristic of low-dimensional antiferromagnetic compounds. However, depending on the choice of the parameters, X, A, B and n, physical quantities such as the Weiss temperature and the temperature at a maximum susceptibility vary to a great extent, which enables us to study the phase diagram of the S = 1/2 frustrated square-lattice antiferromagnets (the so-called J_1-J_2 model). In particular, (CuCl)LaNb_2O_7, possibly having a ferromagnetic J_1 and an antiferromagnetic J_2, shows a spin-liquid behavior with the spin gap of 27 K.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. First principles calculation of phase diagrams of V-Nb, V-Ta and Nb-Ta alloys

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    Ravi, C.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Valsakumar, M. C.; Walle, A. Van de

    2012-06-05

    We report the solid state phase diagram of V-Nb, V-Ta and Nb-Ta alloys computed by combining the density functional theory total energies with the cluster expansion and Monte Carlo techniques. From the computed phase diagrams, we find that V-Nb and Nb-Ta alloys form continuous series of solid solutions and the solid solution phase is stable down to ambient temperatures, consistent with experiments. The calculated bcc V-Ta phase diagram exhibits complete miscibility. Since the current cluster expansion ignore V{sub 2}Ta phase, the chemical interaction due to relatively large electronegativity difference, which cause the ordering of V{sub 2}Ta phase from the bcc solid solution, appears to manifest by making the solid solution phase remain stable for the complete concentration range, down to ambient temperatures, perhaps with some short-range-order. This work further demonstrates the dominant role of constituent strains in the accurate calculation of phase diagram of alloys of constituents with significant size mismatches.

  13. 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.

  14. Superelastic and shape memory properties of TixNb3Zr2Ta alloys.

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    Zhu, Yongfeng; Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Minmin; Liu, Zhongtang; Qin, Jining; Zhang, Di; Lu, Weijie

    2012-08-01

    The microstructure and phase constitutions of TixNb3Zr2Ta alloys (x=35, 31, 27, 23) (wt%) were studied. With a lower niobium content the grain size of β phase in TixNb3Zr2Ta alloys increased significantly, and the TixNb3Zr2Ta system was more likely to form α″ phase and even α phase. Tensile tests showed that UTS of TixNb3Zr2Ta alloys improved as the Nb content was decreased. Cyclic loading-unloading tensile tests were carried on TixNb3Zr2Ta alloys. Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta and Ti27Nb3Zr2Ta alloys featured the best superelasticity among the alloys studied. The pseudoelastic strain ratio of Ti35Nb3Zr2Ta alloy decreased a lot as the cycle number increased. Ti31Nb3Zr2Ta alloy showed only minimum superelasticity. This is because Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta and Ti27Nb3Zr2Ta alloys had higher yield strength than Ti31Nb3Zr2Ta did, which allowed martensite phase to be induced. On the contrary, Ti31Nb3Zr2Ta alloy exhibited better shape memory property than Ti27Nb3Zr2Ta, Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta and Ti35Nb3Zr2Ta titanium alloys. β phase, α phase and α″ phase were found in Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta alloy by TEM observation. The dislocation density of α phase was much lower than that of β phase due to their crystal structure difference. This may explained why Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta with α phase possessed higher tensile strength. The incomplete shape recovery of Ti23Nb3Zr2Ta alloy after unloading resulted from two sources. Plastic deformation occurred in β phase, α phase and even α″ phase under dislocation slip mechanism, and incomplete decomposition of α″ martensitic phase resulted in unrecovered strain as well.

  15. 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

  16. Ordering Effects in NbC and TaC

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    Venables, J. D.; Meyerhoff, M. H.

    1972-01-01

    By means of transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, evidence has been obtained for the existence of long range carbon atom ordering in single-crystal niobium carbide that has a carbon-to-metal ratio close to the integral composition Nb6C5. The ordering, which gives rise to superlattice and domain structures similar to those observed in V6C5, appears, however, only in samples that have been cooled slowly through the order-disorder temperature of 1025 C. In TaC of similar composition, the ordering, although present, remains very imperfect even after the crystals are subjected to the same thermal treatment. The results are interpreted in terms of the electronic structure of the transition metal carbides as it is currently understood, and their relevance to the mechanical properties of NbC and TaC are discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Supporting data for senary refractory high-entropy alloy Cr x MoNbTaVW.

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

    2015-12-01

    This data article is related to the research paper entitled "senary refractory high-entropy alloy Cr x MoNbTaVW [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 Cr x MoNbTaVW samples; and the raw EDS scan data of the arc-melted Cr x MoNbTaVW samples are also provided.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Extreme Nb/Ta fractionation in metamorphic titanite from ultrahigh-pressure metagranite

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    Chen, Yi-Xiang; Zheng, Yong-Fei

    2015-02-01

    Extremely high Nb/Ta ratios (up to 239) occur in metamorphic titanite from ultrahigh-pressure metagranite in the Sulu orogen. This indicates significant Nb/Ta fractionation in subduction-zone fluids. By means of U-Pb dating and trace element analysis of titanite, we distinguish the metamorphic domains from the anatectic domains. Titanite U-Pb dating yields lower intercept ages of 215 ± 12 Ma to 222 ± 27 Ma for the metagranite samples, with regardless of the compositional differences between the two types of titanite domains. This indicates the two generations of titanite growth during exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust. The metamorphic titanite shows significantly elevated Nb but decreased Ta and thus higher Nb/Ta ratios than the anatectic titanite. The increase of Nb/Ta ratios for the metamorphic titanite is associated more with a decrease of Ta than an increase of Nb, suggesting the control of fluid composition on the titanite Nb/Ta ratios. Because the metamorphic titanite grew during the exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust, its unusually high Nb/Ta ratios are ascribed to the breakdown of hydrous minerals such as phengite and biotite that host much more Nb than Ta. This implies that the composition of subduction-zone fluids is primarily dictated by the geochemical property of hydrous minerals that break down during dehydration reaction at high-pressure to ultrahigh-pressure conditions. Therefore, significant Nb/Ta fractionation in Ti-rich accessory minerals such as titanite and rutile, at least on the mineral scale, during subduction-zone processes is possibly much more common than previously thought.

  5. 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

    2003-07-04

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Nb25Mo25Ta25W25 and V20Nb20Mo20Ta20W20 Refractory High Entropy Alloys (Postprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-05-01

    temper ature from 548 MPa at 1000 C to 405 MPa at 1600 C (Table 2).ublic release; distribution unlimited. Table 4 Composition (in wt.%) of Inconel 718 ...values of the refractory HEAs are much higher than those of Haynes 230 at all studied temperatures and higher than those of Inconel 718 at...than twice (for the Nb25Mo25 Ta25W25 alloy) or four times (for the V20Nb20Mo20Ta20W20 alloy) higher than for Inconel 718 or Haynes 230 at 1000 C. The

  10. 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.

  11. [The electrochemical behavior of TiTa30 and TiNb30 alloys for implantology].

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    Hildebrand, H F; Ralison, A; Traisnel, M; Breme, J

    1997-11-01

    The electrochemical behavior in artificial saliva of TiNb30 and TiTa30 alloys were compared with that of commercial pure titanium. The anodic potential, the current density, the passivation potential and the galvanic corrosion vs. Au were determined. Both alloys have a similar behavior to that of pure titanium. Crevace corrosion, which is very weak in pure Ti, is completely inhibited by the addition of Nb or Ta.

  12. Low Nb/Ta in the Archean Mantle: Ancient Missing Niobium in the Silicate Earth

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    Jochum, K. P.; Polat, A.; Stoll, B.; Hofmann, A. W.

    2001-12-01

    Recent investigations of oceanic basalts (MORB, OIB) and samples of the continental crust show that the continental crust and the sources of MORB and OIB all have Nb/Ta ratios that are significantly lower than the CI-chondritic value of 17.4. The missing, complementary high-Nb/Ta reservoir has been suggested to exist in the form of Nb-rich, high-Nb/Ta refractory eclogites deep in the mantle (McDonough, 1991; Rudnick et al., 2000). Alternatively, Wade and Wood (2001) recently showed that at high pressure Nb may fractionate into the core, and thus no hidden reservoir would be required within the silicate portion of the Earth. To get further insight of the missing Nb in the silicate portion of the Earth and to test the two hypotheses, we used spark source and ICP mass spectrometry to investigate the geochemically very similar element pairs Nb-Ta and Zr-Hf in komatiitic basalts from 6 Archean greenstone belts. Samples include 3.8 Ga old rocks from Isua (Greenland), 3.4 Ga old rocks from the Onverwacht Group (South Africa) and the Pilbara Craton (Australia), and 2.7 Ga old rocks from the Abitibi (Canada) and the Norseman-Wiluna belts (Australia). Our results show that the mean Zr/Hf ratio of 37 for the Archean samples is identical within error limits with the values found in modern oceanic basalts and in chondritic meteorites. This means that Zr and Hf have not been fractionated in the Earth's mantle since at least 3.8 Ga and that the primitive mantle has a chondritic Zr/Hf ratio. In contrast, Nb and Ta behave differently. The mean Nb/Ta ratios are about 13 for the 3.8 Ga old samples from Isua, and 14 for the 3.4 Ga and 2.7 Ga old samples. These ratios are similar to those of MORB (15), OIB (about 15) (Jochum et al., 1997), and upper crustal material (13; Barth et al., 2000), but are significantly lower than the CI chondritic Nb/Ta of 17.4. This implies that there was no significant fractionation of Nb and Ta in the major reservoirs since 3.8 Ga, not even during

  13. Cell response to a newly developed Ti-10Ta-10Nb alloy and its sputtered nanoscale coating

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    Kim, Young-Min; Vang, Mong-Sook; Yang, Hong-So; Lim, Hyun-Pil

    2009-01-01

    STATEMENT OF PROBLEM The success of titanium implants is due to osseointegration or the direct contact of the implant surface and bone without a fibrous connective tissue interface. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the osteoblast precursor response to titanium - 10 tantalum - 10 niobium (Ti-Ta-Nb) alloy and its sputtered coating. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ti-Ta-Nb coatings were sputtered onto the Ti-Ta-Nb disks. Ti6-Al-4V alloy disks were used as controls. An osteoblast precursor cell line, were used to evaluate the cell responses to the 3 groups. Cell attachment was measured using coulter counter and the cell morphology during attachment period was observed using fluorescent microscopy. Cell culture was performed at 4, 8, 12 and 16 days. RESULTS The sputtered Ti-Ta-Nb coatings consisted of dense nanoscale grains in the range of 30 to 100 nm with alpha-Ti crystal structure. The Ti-Ta-Nb disks and its sputtered nanoscale coatings exhibited greater hydrophilicity and rougher surfaces compared to the Ti-6Al-4V disks. The sputtered nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings exhibited significantly greater cell attachment compared to Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-Ta-Nb disks. Nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings exhibited significantly greater ALP specific activity and total protein production compared to the other 2 groups. CONCLUSIONS It was concluded that nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings enhance cell adhesion. In addition, Ti-Ta-Nb alloy and its nanoscale coatings enhanced osteoblast differentiation, but did not support osteoblast precursor proliferation compared to Ti-6Al-4V. These results indicate that the new developed Ti-Ta-Nb alloy and its nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings may be useful as an implant material. PMID:21165256

  14. 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.

  15. Development of Ta-matrix Nb3Al Strand and Cable for High-Field Accelerator Magnet

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    Tsuchiya, K.; Ghosh, A.; Kikuchi, A.; Takeuchi, T.; Banno, N.; Iijima, Y.; Nimori, S.; Takigawa, H.; Terashima, A.; Nakamoto, T.; Kuroda, Y.; Maruyama, M.; Takao, T.; Tanaka, K.; Nakagawa, K.; Barzi, E.; Yamada, R.; Zlobin, A.

    2011-08-03

    Research and development of Nb{sub 3}Al strands and cables for a high field accelerator magnet is ongoing under the framework of the CERN-KEK collaboration. In this program, new Ta-matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands were developed and their mechanical properties and superconducting properties were studied. The non-Cu J{sub c} values of these strands were 750 {approx} 800 A/mm{sup 2} at 15 T and 4.2 K. Using these strands, test fabrication of 27-strand Rutherford cable was carried out in collaboration with NIMS and Fermilab. The properties of the strands extracted from the cable were examined and it was found that there was no degradation of the superconducting properties of the strands. In this paper, we report the fabrication of the strands and the cable in brief and present some of the results obtained by studying their properties.

  16. Corrosion behavior of niobium and Nb-25 wt% Ta alloy in sulfuric acid solutions

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    Robin, A.; Nunes, C.A. ); de Almeida, M.E. )

    1991-06-01

    In this paper the corrosion behavior of niobium and Nb-25 wt% Ta alloy in H{sub 2} SO{sub 4} solutions has been studied. Using mass-loss techniques, the influences of H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} concentration, temperature, and exposure time have been examined. The Nb-Ta alloy is more corrosion resistant than pure niobium. The obtained corrosion data allowed the construction of iso-corrosion curves of both materials in sulfuric acid below and above the boiling point.

  17. 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.

  18. Design and fabrication of ultrathin and highly thermal-stable α-Ta/graded Ta(N)/TaN multilayer as diffusion barrier for Cu interconnects

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    Liu, C. H.; Wang, Y.; Liu, B.; An, Z.; Song, Z. X.; Xu, K. W.

    2011-02-01

    A one-step strategy of magnetron sputtering deposition with dynamic regulation of sputtering atmosphere was developed to prepare α-Ta/graded Ta(N)/TaN multilayer films on the Si substrate. The evolution of Ta clusters shows a significant effect on the crystal structure of the Ta film. The experimental results validate that the formation of α-Ta was attributed to the nucleation of larger Ta clusters. After being annealed at 600 °C, the α-Ta/graded Ta(N)/TaN multilayer film can still effectively block the diffusion of Cu. The mechanisms of the forming of the α-Ta and the thermal stability of the film stacks are characterized in detail.

  19. 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.

  20. Interaction of interstitial atoms and configurational contribution to their thermodynamic activity in V, Nb, and Ta

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    Blanter, M. S.; Dmitriev, V. V.; Mogutnov, B. M.; Ruban, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    The pairwise interaction energies of O-O and N-N in bcc metals of group VB, which were calculated earlier using first-principles methods, have been employed to analyze the effect of the interatomic interactions on the configurational contribution to the thermodynamic activity. The strong effect of interstitial- interstitial interaction has been shown. The configurational contribution grows in the row (Nb-N) → (V-N) → (Ta-N) → (Nb-O) → (V-O) → (Ta-O), which is caused by a weakening of the mutual attraction of interstitial atoms in these solid solutions. The strong repulsion that characterizes the majority of coordination shells only weakly affects the thermodynamic activity. The character of the temperature dependence of the configurational contribution is defined by the strength of the mutual attraction of the interstitial atoms, i.e., upon strong attraction, the contribution increases with increasing temperature (Nb-N, V-N, Ta-N, and Nb-O) and, upon weak attraction, it decreases (V-O and Ta-O).

  1. Strengthening mechanisms in Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta and Ti-Mo-Zr-Fe orthopaedic alloys.

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    Banerjee, Rajarshi; Nag, Soumya; Stechschulte, John; Fraser, Hamish L

    2004-08-01

    The microstructural evolution and attendant strengthening mechanisms in two novel orthopaedic alloy systems, Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta and Ti-Mo-Zr-Fe, have been compared and contrasted in this paper. Specifically, the alloy compositions considered are Ti-34Nb-9Zr-8Ta and Ti-13Mo-7Zr-3Fe. In the homogenized condition, both alloys exhibited a microstructure consisting primarily of a beta matrix with grain boundary alpha precipitates and a low-volume fraction of intra-granular alpha precipitates. On ageing the homogenized alloys at 600 degrees C for 4 hr, both alloys exhibited the precipitation of refined scale secondary alpha precipitates homogeneously in the beta matrix. However, while the hardness of the Ti-Mo-Zr-Fe alloy marginally increased, that of the Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta alloy decreased substantially as a result of the ageing treatment. In order to understand this difference in the mechanical properties after ageing, TEM studies have been carried out on both alloys prior to and post the ageing treatment. The results indicate the existence of a metastable B2 ordering in the Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta alloy in the homogenized condition which is destroyed by the ageing treatment, consequently leading to a decrease in the hardness.

  2. Microstructure, mechanical behavior and biocompatibility of powder metallurgy Nb-Ti-Ta alloys as biomedical material.

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    Liu, Jue; Chang, Lin; Liu, Hairong; Li, Yongsheng; Yang, Hailin; Ruan, Jianming

    2017-02-01

    Microstructures, mechanical properties, apatite-forming ability and in vitro experiments were studied for Nb-25Ti-xTa (x=10, 15, 20, 25, 35at.%) alloys fabricated by powder metallurgy. It is confirmed that the alloys could achieve a relative density over 80%. Meanwhile, the increase in Ta content enhances the tensile strength, elastic modulus and hardness of the as-sintered alloys. When increasing the sintering temperatures, the microstructure became more homogeneous for β phase, resulting in a decrease in the modulus and strength. Moreover, the alloys showed a good biocompatibility due to the absence of cytotoxic elements, and were suitable for apatite formation and cell adhesion. In conclusion, Nb-25Ti-xTa alloys are potentially useful in biomedical applications with their mechanical and biological properties being evaluated in this work.

  3. 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.

  4. MRI-compatible Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy used for vascular stents: haemocompatibility and its correlation with protein adsorption.

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    Li, Xiu-Mei; Li, Hui-Zhe; Wang, Shao-Ping; Huang, Hsun-Miao; Huang, Her-Hsiung; Ai, Hong-Jun; Xu, Jian

    2014-09-01

    Nb-60Ta-2Zr is a newly developed MRI-compatible alloy used for vascular stents. In this work, its haemocompatibility was investigated, including platelet adhesion (lactate dehydrogenase activity), platelet activation (P-selectin expression), coagulation and haemolysis. For comparison, parallel assessments for these factors were performed for the niobium, tantalum, 316L stainless steel (316L SS) and L605 Co-Cr alloy (L605). In addition, albumin and fibrinogen were selected to examine the correlation of protein adsorption with platelet adhesion and metal surface properties. The propensity for platelet adhesion and activation on the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy was at nearly the same level as that for Nb and Ta but was slightly less than those of 316L SS and L605. The mitigated platelet adhesion and activation of the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy is associated with its decreased adsorption of fibrinogen. The Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy has a longer clotting time and exhibits significantly superior thromboresistance than 316L SS and L605. Moreover, the haemolysis rate of the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy satisfies the bio-safety requirement of the ISO 10993-4 standard. The favourable haemocompatiblity of the Nb-60Ta-2Zr alloy provides evidence of its good biocompatibility and of its suitability as a candidate stent material.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Purification of (NB/sub 1-x/TA/sub x/)/sub 2/O/sub 5/

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    Pastor, R.C.; Gorre, L.E.

    1988-07-12

    A process for purifying compounds of the form (Nb/sub 1-x/Ta/sub x/)/sub 2/O/sub 5/, where x ranges from 0 to 1 is described, comprising the steps of: furnishing the (Nb/sub 1-x/Ta/sub x/)/sub 2/O/sub 5/ in a finely divided form; contacting a liquid extraction phase containing a source of halide ions, and separating the liquid extraction phase and the reacted impurities contained therein from the finely divided (Nb/sub 1-x/Ta/sub x/)/sub 2/O/sub 5/.

  8. Intergrowth of hexagonal tungsten bronze and perovskite-like structures: The oxides ACu 3M7O 21 ( A = K, Rb, Cs, TI; M = Nb, Ta)

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    Benmoussa, A.; Groult, D.; Studer, F.; Raveau, B.

    1982-02-01

    Seven oxides ACu 3M7O 21 have been isolated with A = K, Rb, Tl, Cs for M = Ta and A = K, Rb, Cs for M = Nb. These phases are orthorhombic: a ⋍ 28 Å, b ⋍ 7.50 Å, and c ⋍ 7.55 Å, probable space group Cmmm. Their structure has been established from an X-ray diffraction study and from high-resolution microscopy observations. The structure consists of an intergrowth of single hexagonal tungsten bronze AM3O 9 slices and double distorted perovskite Cu 3M4O 12 slabs ( M = Nb, Ta) in which copper has a square coordination. The host lattice of these compounds can be considered as the member " n = 1; n' = 2" of a series of intergrowths corresponding to the formulation | M3O 9| Hn| M2O 6| Pn' .

  9. Senary Refractory High-Entropy Alloy HfNbTaTiVZr

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

    2016-07-01

    Discovery of new single-phase high-entropy alloys (HEAs) is important to understand HEA formation mechanisms. The present study reports computational design and experimental validation of a senary HEA, HfNbTaTiVZr, in a body-centered cubic structure. The phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of this senary system were modeled using the CALPHAD method. Its atomic structure and diffusion constants were studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The microstructure of the as-cast HfNbTaTiVZr alloy was studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and the microsegregation in the as-cast state was found to qualitatively agree with the solidification predictions from CALPHAD. Supported by both simulation and experimental results, the HEA formation rules are discussed.

  10. Senary refractory high-entropy alloy HfNbTaTiVZr

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    Gao, Michael C.; Zhang, B.; Yang, S.; Guo, S. M.

    2015-09-03

    Discovery of new single-phase high-entropy alloys (HEAs) is important to understand HEA formation mechanisms. The present study reports computational design and experimental validation of a senary HEA, HfNbTaTiVZr, in a body-centered cubic structure. The phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of this senary system were modeled using the CALPHAD method. Its atomic structure and diffusion constants were studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Here, the microstructure of the as-cast HfNbTaTiVZr alloy was studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and the microsegregation in the as-cast state was found to qualitatively agree with the solidification predictions from CALPHAD. Supported by both simulation and experimental results, the HEA formation rules are discussed.

  11. Senary refractory high-entropy alloy HfNbTaTiVZr

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    Gao, Michael C.; Zhang, B.; Yang, S.; ...

    2015-09-03

    Discovery of new single-phase high-entropy alloys (HEAs) is important to understand HEA formation mechanisms. The present study reports computational design and experimental validation of a senary HEA, HfNbTaTiVZr, in a body-centered cubic structure. The phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of this senary system were modeled using the CALPHAD method. Its atomic structure and diffusion constants were studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Here, the microstructure of the as-cast HfNbTaTiVZr alloy was studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and the microsegregation in the as-cast state was found to qualitatively agree with the solidification predictions from CALPHAD. Supported bymore » both simulation and experimental results, the HEA formation rules are discussed.« less

  12. Raman scattering efficiency in LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 crystals

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    Sanna, S.; Neufeld, S.; Rüsing, M.; Berth, G.; Zrenner, A.; Schmidt, W. G.

    2015-06-01

    LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 crystals are investigated here in a combined experimental and theoretical study that uses Raman spectroscopy in a complete set of scattering geometries and corresponding density-functional theory calculations to provide microscopic information on their vibrational properties. The Raman scattering efficiency is computed from first principles in order to univocally assign the measured Raman peaks to the calculated eigenvectors. Measured and calculated Raman spectra are shown to be in qualitative agreement and confirm the mode assignment by Margueron et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 111, 104105 (2012), 10.1063/1.4716001], thus finally settling a long debate. While the two crystals show rather similar vibrational properties overall, the E-TO9 mode is markedly different in the two oxides. The deviations are explained by a different anion-cation bond type in LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 crystals.

  13. 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

  14. STRUCTURE AND HIGH-FIELD PERFORMANCE OF JELLY ROLL PROCESSED Nb{sub 3}Sn WIRES USING Sn-Ta AND Sn-Ti BASED ALLOY SHEET

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    Tachikawa, K.; Tsuyuki, T.; Hayashi, Y.; Nakata, K.; Takeuchi, T.

    2008-03-03

    Sn-Ta based alloy buttons of different compositions were prepared by the melt diffusion process among constituent metal powders, and then pressed into plates. Meanwhile Sn-Ti based alloy plates were sliced from the melt and cast ingot. Resulting Sn-based alloy plates were rolled into thin sheets. The Sn-based alloy sheet was laminated with a Nb sheet, and wound into a Jelly Roll (JR) composite. The composite was encased in a sheath, and fabricated into a thin wire followed by the heat treatment. The application of hydrostatic extrusion is useful at the initial stage of the fabrication. The JR wires using Sn-Ta and Sn-Ti based alloy sheets show a non-Cu J{sub c} of {approx}250 A/mm{sup 2} and {approx}150 A/mm{sup 2} at 20 T and 22 T, respectively, at 4.2 K. It has been found that the Nb impregnates into the Sn-based alloy layers during the reaction, and Nb{sub 3}Sn layers are synthesized by the mutual diffusion between the Nb sheet and the Sn-based alloy sheet without formation of voids. Sn-Ti based alloy sheets are attractive due to their easiness of mass production. Structure and high-field performance of JR processed Nb{sub 3}Sn wires prepared from Sn-based alloy sheets with different compositions are compared in this article.

  15. Structural Stabilities of Ordered Nb4 Clusters on the Cu(111) and Cu(100) Surfaces

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    Wang, Xiao-Chun; Zhu, Zi-Zhong

    2007-01-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we show that very high-density periodic arrays of Nb4 clusters with both the tetrahedron and quadrangle configurations can be stably absorbed on the Cu(111) and Cu(100) surfaces, with the quadrangle configurations more stable than the tetrahedron ones. The strong covalent bonding between atoms within the Nb4 clusters contributes to the stability of Nb4 adsorptions on the Cu surfaces. The energy barriers for the tetrahedron to the quadrangle-Nb4 on Cu(111) and (100) are around 1.21 eV and 0.94 eV/cluster, respectively. The stable adsorption of high-density Nb4 on these surfaces should have important applications.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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

    1988-08-01

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

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

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

    1988-08-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Electric-field-controlled optical switch using Kerr effect and gradient of the composition ratio Nb/(Ta + Nb)

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    Gong, Dewei; Liang, Yonggan; Ou, Wenjing; Wang, Jianjun; Wu, You; Liu, Bing; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • An abnormal laser deflection phenomenon in KTN crystals is demonstrated. • The origin of the deflection phenomenon was discussed in detail. • By exploiting the deflection, we have designed an optical switch. • The g{sub 11}/g{sub 12} ratio (>10), wavelength range(491–1064 nm), and I–V characteristics (0–800 V) were studied. • The extinction ratio (0–1) and influence of the photorefractive effect were studied. - Abstract: By exploiting the Kerr effect and the gradient of the composition ratio m, Nb/(Ta + Nb) in mol%, in KTa{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (KTN) crystals, we have designed an electric-field-controlled optical switch. The operating principle of the switch is described. During the switching process, the incident linearly polarized beam is orthogonally deflected as it propagates through the crystals. The g{sub 11}/g{sub 12} ratio (>10), wavelength range (491–1064 nm), I–V characteristics (0–800 V), extinction ratio (0–1), gradient of Curie temperature (21–22.9 °C), response time that may be in ns order, and influence of the photorefractive effect were studied. The results show that our design provides a new kind of optical switch with macro scale (mm order), adjustable extinction ratio (0–1), wide wavelength range (491–1064 nm).

  6. Diffusion barrier performance of novel Ti/TaN double layers for Cu metallization

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    Zhou, Y. M.; He, M. Z.; Xie, Z.

    2014-10-01

    Novel Ti/TaN double layers offering good stability as a barrier against Cu metallization have been made achievable by annealing in vacuum better than 1 × 10-3 Pa. Ti/TaN double layers were formed on SiO2/Si substrates by DC magnetron sputtering and then the properties of Cu/Ti/TaN/SiO2/Si film stacks were studied. It was found that the Ti/TaN double layers provide good diffusion barrier between Cu and SiO2/Si up to 750 °C for 30 min. The XRD, Auger and EDS results show that the Cu-Si compounds like Cu3Si were formed by Cu diffusion through Ti/TaN barrier for the 800 °C annealed samples. It seems that the improved diffusion barrier property of Cu/Ti/TaN/SiO2/Si stack is due to the diffusion of nitrogen along the grain boundaries in Ti layer, which would decrease the defects in Ti film and block the diffusion path for Cu diffusion with increasing annealing temperature. The failure mechanism of Ti/TaN bi-layer is similar to the Cu/TaN/Si metallization system in which Cu atoms diffuse through the grain boundary of barrier and react with silicon to form Cu3Si.

  7. Diffusion barrier properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline Ta films for Cu interconnects

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    Cao, Z. H.; Hu, K.; Meng, X. K.

    2009-12-01

    In the present paper, the diffusion barrier properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline (NC) Ta films, and the interface microstructure of Ta/Cu were investigated as a function of annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectrometer line scans were employed to study the microstructure evolution and diffusion behavior. It was found that an amorphous layer with a thickness of ˜5 nm formed at the interface of NC Ta/Cu at 450 °C annealing, while the interface of amorphous-Ta/Cu was still abrupt. Moreover, amorphous-Ta film acts as an effective diffusion barrier up to temperatures of 650 °C, which is higher than that for NC-Ta film. The fast diffusion along grain boundaries inside NC-Ta films is suggested to be responsible for the main failure of NC-Ta film.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Existence of topological nontrivial surface states in strained transition metals: W, Ta, Mo, and Nb

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    Thonig, Danny; Rauch, Tomáš; Mirhosseini, Hossein; Henk, Jürgen; Mertig, Ingrid; Wortelen, Henry; Engelkamp, Bernd; Schmidt, Anke B.; Donath, Markus

    2016-10-01

    We show that a series of transition metals with strained body-centered cubic lattice—W, Ta, Nb, and Mo—hosts surface states that are topologically protected by mirror symmetry and, thus, exhibits nonzero topological invariants. These findings extend the class of topologically nontrivial systems by topological crystalline transition metals. The investigation is based on calculations of the electronic structures and of topological invariants. The signatures of a Dirac-type surface state in W(110), e.g., the linear dispersion and the spin texture, are verified. To further support our prediction, we investigate Ta(110) both theoretically and experimentally by spin-resolved inverse photoemission: unoccupied topologically nontrivial surface states are observed.

  11. Long Periodic Helimagnetic Ordering in CrM 3S6 (M = Nb and Ta)

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    Kousaka, Y.; Ogura, T.; Zhang, J.; Miao, P.; Lee, S.; Torii, S.; Kamiyama, T.; Campo, J.; Inoue, K.; Akimitsu, J.

    2016-09-01

    We report long periodic chiral helimagnetic orderings in ferromagnetic inorganic compounds CrM 3S6 (M = Nb and Ta) with a chiral space group of P6322. Magnetization in polycrystalline samples and high resolution powder neutron diffraction were measured. Our powder neutron diffraction measurements in CrM 3S6 successfully separated nuclear and magnetic satellite peaks, having the period of hundreds of angstroms along the c— axis. Therefore, we propose that the magnetic ordering in ferromagnetic CrM3S6 is not ferromagnetic, but long periodic chiral helimagnetic ordering.

  12. The bone tissue compatibility of a new Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy with a low Young's modulus.

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    Guo, Yongyuan; Chen, Desheng; Cheng, Mengqi; Lu, Weijie; Wang, Liqiang; Zhang, Xianlong

    2013-03-01

    Titanium (Ti) alloys of the β-type are highly attractive metallic materials for biomedical applications due to their low elastic modulus, high corrosion resistance and notable biocompatibility. A new β-type Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy with a low Young's modulus of approximately 48 GPa was previously fabricated. In the present study, the biocompatibility of this alloy was evaluated. In an in vitro assay, the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy did not markedly affect the adhesion of MG63 osteoblast cells, but it increased their proliferation, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, calcium deposition and mRNA expression of osteogenic genes (i.e., ALP, osteocalcin, osteopontin). In an in vivo study, no marked histological differences were observed between the new bone formed on the surface of Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr and that formed on the surface of control Ti6Al4V rods placed in the medullary canal of rabbit femurs. Additionally, no significant differences were observed in the failure load of Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr and Ti6Al4V in pull-out tests. In conclusion, the Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy with a lower elastic modulus closer to that of human bone has significant bone tissue compatibility equal to that of Ti6Al4V, which has been widely used in orthopedic applications.

  13. 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.

  14. Barrier properties and failure mechanism of Ta-Si-N thin films for Cu interconnection

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    Lee, Yoon-Jik; Suh, Bong-Seok; Kwon, Myoung Seok; Park, Chong-Ook

    1999-02-01

    Cosputtered Ta-Si-N amorphous films of ten different compositions were investigated as a barrier material for Cu interconnection. The films of relatively low nitrogen content (<47 at. %) undergo an abrupt failure with the formation of tantalum silicides and copper silicide between Si and Cu during annealing. Ta43Si4N53 thin film is readily crystallized into TaNx in spite of a remarkable chemical stability with Cu. The films containing nitrogen more than 51 at. % are sacrificial barriers which show the formation of Cu3Si phase at Ta-Si-N/Cu interface even before the films crystallize to form tantalum silicide. According to electrical tests, the barriers which show the sacrificial characteristics are most effective and show no electrical degradation even after annealing at 500 °C for an hour in Si/Cu and 525 °C for an hour in SiO2/Cu metallization.

  15. 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.

  16. Interatomic potential for the Cu-Ta system and its application to surface wetting and dewetting

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    Hashibon, Adham; Lozovoi, Alexander Y.; Mishin, Yuri; Elsässer, Christian; Gumbsch, Peter

    2008-03-01

    An angle-dependent interatomic potential has been developed for the Cu-Ta system by crossing two existing potentials for pure Cu and Ta. The cross-interaction functions have been fitted to first-principles data generated in this work. The potential has been extensively tested against first-principles energies not included in the fitting database and applied to molecular dynamics simulations of wetting and dewetting of Cu on Ta. We find that a Cu film placed on a Ta (110) surface dewets from it, forming a Cu droplet on top of a stable Cu monolayer. We also observe that a drop of liquid Cu placed on a clean Ta (110) surface spreads over it as a stable monolayer, while the extra Cu atoms remain in the drop. The stability of a Cu monolayer and instability of thicker Cu films are consistent with recent experiments and first-principles calculations. This agreement demonstrates the utility of the potential for atomistic simulations of Cu-Ta interfaces.

  17. Microstructure and Room Temperature Properties of a High-Entropy TaNbHfZrTi Alloy (Postprint)

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    2014-04-01

    AND ROOM TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OF A HIGH - ENTROPY TaNbHfZrTi ALLOY (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM...is worth noting that, among all other high entropy alloys with the BCC structure produced so far, the Ta20Nb20Hf20Zr20Ti20 alloy has the highest RT...concentration of the matrix element (solvent) exceeds 60–70%, and these mechanisms may not be applicable to high - entropy alloys , where all elements are at

  18. 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.

  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. 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

  1. Microwave Dielectric Characteristics of ZnTa1.7Nb0.3O6 Ceramics

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    Cheng, Chien-Min; Chen, Ying-Chung; Yang, Cheng-Fu; Meen, Teen-Hang

    2003-11-01

    ZnTa2O6 ceramic sintered at 1300°C exhibits the microwave dielectric characteristics of dielectric constant \\varepsilonr{=}36.1, quality value Q× f{=}60180 GHz, temperature coefficient of resonant frequency τf{=}9.31 ppm/°C, and density d{=}8.184 g/cm3, and 1200°C-sintered ZnNb2O6 ceramic shows the microwave dielectric characteristics of \\varepsilonr{=}23.9, Q× f{=}77270 GHz, τf{=}-58.2 ppm/°C, and d{=}5.436 g/cm3. An empirical model is used to predict that τf{=}0 ppm/°C in ZnTa1.72Nb0.28O6. Therefore, ZnTa1.7Nb0.3O6 is adopted as the main composition for developing dielectric resonators with τf values close to 0 ppm/°C, and its sintering and microwave dielectric characteristics are investigated in this study. As the sintering temperature increases, the \\varepsilonr, Q× f, and τf values of ZnTa1.7Nb0.3O6 ceramics increase and they saturate in 1300°C-sintered ceramics.

  2. 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)

  3. Diffusion of oxygen in amorphous Al2O3, Ta2O5, and Nb2O5

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

    2014-07-01

    The self-diffusivity of oxygen in amorphous Al2O3 (a-Al2O3), a-Ta2O5, and a-Nb2O5 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-Ta2O5 and a-Nb2O5 with lower bond energy was two orders of magnitude larger than that for a-Al2O3 with higher bond energy. PDF analyses revealed that the short-range configuration in a-Ta2O5 and a-Nb2O5 was more broadly distributed than that in a-Al2O3. Due to the larger variety of atomic configurations of a-Ta2O5 and a-Nb2O5, these oxides have a higher activation entropy for diffusion than a-Al2O3. The entropy term for diffusion associated with short-range structures was shown to be a dominant factor for diffusion in amorphous oxides.

  4. 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.

  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. Analytic bond-order potentials for the bcc refractory metals Nb, Ta, Mo and W.

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    Čák, M; Hammerschmidt, T; Rogal, J; Vitek, V; Drautz, R

    2014-05-14

    Bond-order potentials (BOPs) are based on the tight-binding approximation for determining the energy of a system of interacting atoms. The bond energy and forces are computed analytically within the formalism of the analytic BOPs. Here we present parametrizations of the analytic BOPs for the bcc refractory metals Nb, Ta, Mo and W. The parametrizations are optimized for the equilibrium bcc structure and tested for atomic environments far from equilibrium that had not been included in the fitting procedure. These tests include structural energy differences for competing crystal structures; tetragonal, trigonal, hexagonal and orthorhombic deformation paths; formation energies of point defects as well as phonon dispersion relations. Our tests show good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. In practice, we obtain the energetic ordering of vacancy, [1 1 1], [1 1 0], and [1 0 0] self-interstitial atom in agreement with density functional theory calculations.

  7. Oxidation characteristics of Ti-33Al-6Nb-1.4Ta

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    Wallace, T. A.; Clark, R. K.; Sankaran, S. N.; Wiedemann, K. E.

    1991-01-01

    Static oxidation kinetics of the gamma titanium-aluminide alloy Ti-33Al-6Nb-1.4Ta (wt pct) have been investigated in air from 700 to 1000 C and in oxygen from 800 to 1000 C using thermogravimetric analysis. The oxidation kinetics were controlled by the presence of alumina for all oxygen exposures and in air below 800 C, while the kinetics in air above 800 C were more complex. Oxidation products were identified using X-ray diffraction techniques. Oxide scale morphology was examined by SEM and TEM of the surfaces and across sections of oxidized specimens. The oxidation products formed depended on the exposure: Al2O3 and TiO2 were identified on all specimens exposed in and air and oxygen; the nitride phases TiN and Ti2AlN were also found on specimens exposed in air.

  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. Low-temperature characterization of Nb-Cu-Nb weak links with Ar ion-cleaned interfaces

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    Jabdaraghi, R. N.; Peltonen, J. T.; Saira, O.-P.; Pekola, J. P.

    2016-01-25

    We characterize niobium-based lateral Superconductor (S)–Normal metal (N)–Superconductor (SNS) weak links through low-temperature switching current measurements and tunnel spectroscopy. We fabricate the SNS devices in two separate lithography and deposition steps, combined with strong argon ion cleaning before the normal metal deposition in the last step. Our SNS weak link consists of high-quality sputtered Nb electrodes that have contacted with evaporated Cu. The two-step fabrication flow enables more flexibility in the choice of materials and pattern design. A comparison of the temperature-dependent equilibrium critical supercurrent with theoretical predictions indicates that the quality of the Nb-Cu interface is similar to that of evaporated Al-Cu weak links. We further demonstrate a hybrid magnetic flux sensor based on an Nb-Cu-Nb SNS junction, where the phase-dependent normal metal density of states is probed with an Al tunnel junction.

  11. Low-temperature characterization of Nb-Cu-Nb weak links with Ar ion-cleaned interfaces

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    Jabdaraghi, R. N.; Peltonen, J. T.; Saira, O.-P.; Pekola, J. P.

    2016-01-01

    We characterize niobium-based lateral Superconductor (S)-Normal metal (N)-Superconductor (SNS) weak links through low-temperature switching current measurements and tunnel spectroscopy. We fabricate the SNS devices in two separate lithography and deposition steps, combined with strong argon ion cleaning before the normal metal deposition in the last step. Our SNS weak link consists of high-quality sputtered Nb electrodes that have contacted with evaporated Cu. The two-step fabrication flow enables more flexibility in the choice of materials and pattern design. A comparison of the temperature-dependent equilibrium critical supercurrent with theoretical predictions indicates that the quality of the Nb-Cu interface is similar to that of evaporated Al-Cu weak links. We further demonstrate a hybrid magnetic flux sensor based on an Nb-Cu-Nb SNS junction, where the phase-dependent normal metal density of states is probed with an Al tunnel junction.

  12. He implantation of bulk Cu-Nb nanocomposites fabricated by accumulated roll bonding

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    Han, W. Z.; Mara, N. A.; Wang, Y. Q.; Misra, A.; Demkowicz, M. J.

    2014-09-01

    We perform room temperature and elevated temperature He implantation of bulk Cu-Nb nanocomposites synthesized by accumulated roll bonding (ARB). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveals that nanoscale He precipitates form preferentially along Cu-Nb interfaces during implantation at 20 °C and 450 °C. Bubble-free zones may be identified near interfaces after implantation at 450 °C. He implantation at 480 °C results in large, faceted cavities in thick Cu layers and highly elongated cavities in thin Cu layers. Only nanoscale bubbles are seen in Nb layers after implantation at 480 °C. Similar to vapor deposited Cu-Nb multilayers, ARB Cu-Nb nanocomposites exhibit He precipitate morphologies that are highly sensitive to implantation temperature and layer thickness.

  13. 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.

  14. Investigation of the structure stability and superelastic behavior of thermomechanically treated Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta shape-memory alloys

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    Sheremetyev, V. A.; Prokoshkin, S. D.; Brailovski, V.; Dubinskiy, S. M.; Korotitskiy, A. V.; Filonov, M. R.; Petrzhik, M. I.

    2015-04-01

    The superelastic parameters of Ti-Nb-Ta and Ti-Nb-Zr alloys, such as Young's modulus, residual strain, and transformation yield stress after thermomechanical treatment (TMT), were determined during cyclic mechanical tests using the tension-unloading scheme (maximum strain 2% per cycle, ten cycles). The superelastic parameters and the alloy structure have been studied by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis before and after testing and after holding for 40 days, as well as after retesting. The Young's modulus of the Ti-Nb-Ta alloy decreases from 30-40 to 20-25 GPa during mechanocycling after TMT by different modes; however, it returns to its original magnitude during subsequent holding for 40 days, and changes only a little during repeated mechanocycling. The Young's modulus of the Ti-Nb-Zr alloy changes insignificantly during mechanocycling, recovers during holding, and behaves stably upon repeated mechanocycling. Surface tensile stresses arise during mechanocycling, which facilitate the development of martensitic transformation under load, orient it, and thereby promote a decrease in the transformation yield stress and the residual strain. The enhancement of the level of initial strengthening stabilizes the superelastic behavior during mechanocycling.

  15. 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.

  16. Residual stresses and clamped thermal expansion in LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 thin films

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    Bartasyte, A.; Plausinaitiene, V.; Abrutis, A.; Murauskas, T.; Boulet, P.; Margueron, S.; Gleize, J.; Robert, S.; Kubilius, V.; Saltyte, Z.

    2012-09-01

    Residual stresses in LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 epitaxial thin films were evaluated taking into account Li nonstoichiometry by means of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The epitaxial films were grown on C-cut sapphire substrates by pulsed injection metal organic chemical vapour deposition. Clamping of the epitaxial films by the substrate induced a transfer from the in plane thermal expansion to the out of plane component. The temperature of the phase transition of clamped LiTaO3 films was close to that expected for a bulk sample.

  17. 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.

  18. Calibration graphs for Ti, Ta and Nb in sintered tungsten carbide by infrared laser ablation inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry.

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    Kanický, V; Otruba, V; Mermet, J M

    2001-12-01

    Infrared laser ablation (IR-LA) has been studied as a sample introduction technique for the analysis of sintered cobalt-cemented tungsten carbide materials by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Fractionation of cobalt was observed. Linearity of calibration plots was verified at least up to 15% Ti, 8% Ta, and 3% Nb. Above 1% (m/m) Ti, Ta, and Nb, the repeatability of results was better than 3% R.S.D. The relative uncertainty at the centroid of the calibration line was in the range from +/- 3% to +/- 4% for Ti, Ta, and Nb with internal standardization by tungsten and up to +/- 5% without internal standardization. The limits of detection were 0.004% Ti, 0.001% Ta, and 0.004% Nb. Elimination of the cemented hardmetal dissolution procedure is the main advantage of this method.

  19. Structural Stability of Diffusion Barriers in Cu/Ru/MgO/Ta/Si

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    Hsieh, Shu-Huei; Chen, Wen Jauh; Chien, Chu-Mo

    2015-01-01

    Various structures of Cu (50 nm)/Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5–3 nm)/Ta (2 nm)/Si were prepared by sputtering and electroplating techniques, in which the ultra-thin trilayer of Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5–3 nm)/Ta (2 nm) is used as the diffusion barrier against the interdiffusion between Cu film and Si substrate. The various structures of Cu/Ru/MgO/Ta/Si were characterized by four-point probes for their sheet resistances, by X-ray diffractometers for their crystal structures, by scanning electron microscopes for their surface morphologies, and by transmission electron microscopes for their cross-section and high resolution views. The results showed that the ultra-thin tri-layer of Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5–3 nm)/Ta (2 nm) is an effective diffusion barrier against the interdiffusion between Cu film and Si substrate. The MgO, and Ta layers as deposited are amorphous. The mechanism for the failure of the diffusion barrier is that the Ru layer first became discontinuous at a high temperature and the Ta layer sequentially become discontinuous at a higher temperature, the Cu atoms then diffuse through the MgO layer and to the substrate at the discontinuities, and the Cu3Si phases finally form. The maximum temperature at which the structures of Cu (50 nm)/Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5–3 nm)/Ta (2 nm)/Si are annealed and still have low sheet resistance is from 550 to 750 °C for the annealing time of 5 min and from 500 to 700 °C for the annealing time of 30 min. PMID:28347099

  20. Tensile strain / transverse compressive stress effects in Nb{sub 3}Sn multifilamentary wires with CuNb reinforcing stabilizer

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    Katagiri, K.; Shoji, Y.; Noto, K.

    1997-06-01

    In order to improve the strain/stress characteristics of the critical current I{sub c}, the use of external CuNb reinforcing stabilizer, instead of the conventional Cu stabilizer, with bronze processed Nb{sub 3}Sn multifilamentary superconducting wires was examined up to the magnetic field of 14T and at a temperature of 4.2K. Although the axial tensile strain sensitivity of I{sub c} was not changed, the strain for peak I{sub c} as well as the reversible strain limit increased by 0.14% when the Cu stabilizer was replaced by the CuNb reinforcing stabilizer. On the other hand, the transverse compressive stress sensitivity of I{sub c} decreased and the reversible stress limit increased. An increase in both a bronze to Nb ratio and Sn content in bronze matrix resulted in a higher stress tolerance and, as a consequence, the contribution of the CuNb reinforcement became relatively small.

  1. Microstructure and Room Temperature Properties of a High-Entropy TaNbHfZrTi Alloy (Preprint)

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    2011-07-01

    yielding at 807 MPa. A simple model of solid -solution strengthening is proposed to explain the behavior. 15. SUBJECT TERMS refractory alloy...Ta20Nb20Hf20Zr20Ti20, vacuum arc-melting, hot isostatic pressing 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT: SAR 18. NUMBER OF PAGES... solid -solution strengthening is proposed to explain the behavior. 1 INTRODUCTION Metallic alloys with superior mechanical and functional properties

  2. (dme)MCl3(NNPh2) (dme = dimethoxyethane; M = Nb, Ta): a versatile synthon for [Ta=NNPh2] hydrazido(2-) complexes.

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    Tonks, Ian A; Bercaw, John E

    2010-05-17

    Complexes (dme)TaCl(3)(NNPh(2)) (1) and (dme)NbCl(3)(NNPh(2)) (2) (dme =1,2-dimethoxyethane) were synthesized from MCl(5) and diphenylhydrazine via a Lewis-acid assisted dehydrohalogenation reaction. Monomeric 1 has been characterized by X-ray, IR, UV-vis, (1)H NMR, and (13)C NMR spectroscopy and contains a kappa(1)-bound hydrazido(2-) moiety. Unlike the corresponding imido derivatives, 1 is dark blue because of an LMCT that has been lowered in energy as a result of an N(alpha)-N(beta) antibonding interaction that raises the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO). Reaction of 1 with a variety of neutral, mono- and dianionic ligands generates the corresponding ligated complexes retaining the kappa(1)-bound [Ta-NNPh(2)] moiety.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Synthesis of amorphous alloys and amorphous-crystalline composites in the Cu-Nb-Hf system by ion beam mixing

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    Luo, S. Y.; Cui, Y. Y.; Wang, T. L.; Ding, N.; Li, J. H.; Liu, B. X.

    2011-06-15

    Seven sets of Cu-Nb-Hf multilayered films were designed and prepared with the overall compositions of Cu{sub 21}Nb{sub 65}Hf{sub 14}, Cu{sub 33}Nb{sub 49}Hf{sub 18}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 34}Hf{sub 32}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 56}, Cu{sub 50}Nb{sub 23}Hf{sub 27}, Cu{sub 58}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 32}, and Cu{sub 70}Nb{sub 8}Hf{sub 22}, and an ion beam mixing experiment was then conducted using 200 keV xenon ions. It is found that the Cu-Nb-Hf system is a metallic glass forming one, and the single amorphous alloys could be synthesized in the Cu-Nb-based alloys with less than 18 at.% of Hf as a third addition. Also, when the Hf concentration is greater than 18 at.%, i.e., at the compositions of Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 34}Hf{sub 32}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 56}, Cu{sub 50}Nb{sub 23}Hf{sub 27}, Cu{sub 58}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 32}, and Cu{sub 70}Nb{sub 8}Hf{sub 22}, ion beam mixing resulted in the formation of amorphous-crystalline composites, which might have better mechanical properties than single-phase glassy alloys. In addition, a detailed discussion was presented for the formation mechanism of the amorphous alloys and amorphous-crystalline composites.

  8. TiZrNbTaMo high-entropy alloy designed for orthopedic implants: As-cast microstructure and mechanical properties.

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    Wang, Shao-Ping; Xu, Jian

    2017-04-01

    Combining the high-entropy alloy (HEA) concept with property requirement for orthopedic implants, we designed a Ti20Zr20Nb20Ta20Mo20 equiatomic HEA. The arc-melted microstructures, compressive properties and potentiodynamic polarization behavior in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) were studied in detail. It was revealed that the as-cast TiZrNbTaMo HEA consisted of dual phases with bcc structure, major bcc1 and minor bcc2 phases with the lattice parameters of 0.3310nm and 0.3379nm, respectively. As confirmed by nanoindentation tests, the bcc1 phase is somewhat harder and stiffer than the bcc2 phase. The TiZrNbTaMo HEA exhibited Young's modulus of 153GPa, Vickers microhardness of 4.9GPa, compressive yield strength of σy=1390MPa and apparent plastic strain of εp≈6% prior to failure. Moreover, the TiZrNbTaMo HEA manifested excellent corrosion resistance in PBS, comparable to the Ti6Al4V alloy, and pitting resistance remarkably superior to the 316L SS and CoCrMo alloys. These preliminary advantages of the TiZrNbTaMo HEA over the current orthopedic implant metals in mechanical properties and corrosion resistance offer an opportunity to explore new orthopedic-implant alloys based on the TiZrNbTaMo concentrated composition.

  9. 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.

  10. Structural Stability of Diffusion Barriers in Cu/Ru/MgO/Ta/Si.

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    Hsieh, Shu-Huei; Chen, Wen Jauh; Chien, Chu-Mo

    2015-11-03

    Various structures of Cu (50 nm)/Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5-3 nm)/Ta (2 nm)/Si were prepared by sputtering and electroplating techniques, in which the ultra-thin trilayer of Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5-3 nm)/Ta (2 nm) is used as the diffusion barrier against the interdiffusion between Cu film and Si substrate. The various structures of Cu/Ru/MgO/Ta/Si were characterized by four-point probes for their sheet resistances, by X-ray diffractometers for their crystal structures, by scanning electron microscopes for their surface morphologies, and by transmission electron microscopes for their cross-section and high resolution views. The results showed that the ultra-thin tri-layer of Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5-3 nm)/Ta (2 nm) is an effective diffusion barrier against the interdiffusion between Cu film and Si substrate. The MgO, and Ta layers as deposited are amorphous. The mechanism for the failure of the diffusion barrier is that the Ru layer first became discontinuous at a high temperature and the Ta layer sequentially become discontinuous at a higher temperature, the Cu atoms then diffuse through the MgO layer and to the substrate at the discontinuities, and the Cu₃Si phases finally form. The maximum temperature at which the structures of Cu (50 nm)/Ru (2 nm)/MgO (0.5-3 nm)/Ta (2 nm)/Si are annealed and still have low sheet resistance is from 550 to 750 °C for the annealing time of 5 min and from 500 to 700 °C for the annealing time of 30 min.

  11. A new type of Cu-Al-Ta shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature

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    Wang, C. P.; Su, Y.; Y Yang, S.; Shi, Z.; Liu, X. J.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, a new type of Cu-Al-Ta (Cu86Al12Ta2 wt%) shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature is explored. The microstructure, reversible martensitic transformation and shape memory properties are investigated by means of optical microscopy, back-scattered electron, electron probe microanalysis, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and tensile tests. It is proposed that Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy consists of a mixture of primarily {\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and a little {\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and some different precipitates. The tiny thin-striped Ta2(Al,Cu)3 precipitate is predominant in the as-quenched condition, whereas the particle-shaped Cu(Al, Ta) precipitate is dominant after hot-rolling. Additionally, the dendritic-shaped γ1(Cu9Al4) phase begins to appear after hot-rolling, but it disappears when the sample is re-quenched. All studied samples have reversible martensitic transformation temperatures higher than 450 ° C. The results show that two-step martensitic transformation behavior is observed for Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy in all three different conditions due to the transformations between ({\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime}+{\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime}) martensites and the austenite parent phase. The results further show that the recovery ratios are almost 100% when the pre-strains are ≤2.5%, then they gradually decrease with further increase of the pre-strains. The shape memory effects clearly increase as a result of increase of the pre-strains, up to a maximum value of 3.2%.

  12. Diffusion bonding titanium to stainless steel using Nb/Cu/Ni multi-interlayer

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    Li Peng; Li Jinglong; Xiong Jiangtao; Zhang Fusheng; Raza, Syed Hamid

    2012-06-15

    By using Nb/Cu/Ni structure as multi-interlayer, diffusion bonding titanium to austenitic stainless steel has been conducted. The effects of bonding temperature and bonding time on the interfacial microstructure were analyzed by scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive spectroscope, and the joint strength was evaluated by tensile test. The results showed that Ni atoms aggregated at the Cu-Nb interface, which promoted Cu solution in Nb. This phenomenon forms a Cu-Nb solution strengthening effect. However, such effect would decay by using long bonding time that dilutes Ni atom aggregation, or be suppressed by using high bonding temperature that embrittles the Cu-Nb interface due to the formation of large grown intermetallic compounds. The sound joint was obtained by promoted parameters as 850 Degree-Sign C for 30-45 min, under which a bonding strength around 300 MPa could be obtained. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titanium was diffusion bonded to stainless steel using Nb/Cu/Ni multi-interlayer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of bonding parameters on microstructure and joint strength were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nickel aggregation promotes Cu solution in Nb which can strengthen the joint. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sound joint with strength of around 300 MPa was obtained by promoted parameters.

  13. Homo- and heterobimetallic niobium(v) and tantalum(v) peroxo-tartrate complexes and their use as molecular precursors for Nb-Ta mixed oxides.

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    Bayot, Daisy; Tinant, Bernard; Devillers, Michel

    2005-03-07

    New water-soluble bimetallic peroxo-tartrato complexes of niobium(V) and/or tantalum(V) have been prepared, characterized from the structural and spectroscopic point of view, and used as molecular precursors for Nb-Ta mixed oxides. Two new homometallic complexes, (gu)5[Nb2(O2)4(tart)(Htart)] x 4H2O (1a) and (gu)6[Ta2(O2)4(tart)2] x 4H2O (2a), and the corresponding heterometallic complex, (gu)5[NbTa(O2)4(tart)(Htart)] x 4H2O (3), have been obtained. The crystal structures of the homometallic compounds, (gu)5[Nb2(O2)4(tart)(Htart)] x 6H2O x 1H2O2 (1b) and (gu)6[Ta2(O2)4(tart)2] x 6H2O (2b), have been determined, showing, for both cases, two 8-fold-coordinated metal atoms, each surrounded by oxygen atoms belonging to two bidentate peroxides, two monodentate carboxylato, and two alkoxo groups from both bridging tartrato ligands. The coordination polyhedron around each metal atom is a dodecahedron. The thermal treatment of complexes 1a, 2a, and 3 in air at 700 or 800 degrees C, depending of the Ta content, provided Nb2O5, Ta2O5, and the solid solution TaNbO5, respectively. The thermal treatment of a 1:1 Nb/Ta molar ratio mixture of 1a and 2a has also been studied. BET and SEM measurements have been carried out and reveal these oxides possess relatively high specific surface areas and display a porous character. Comparison between the use of homo- and heterometallic precursors is discussed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    1995-06-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Ti-Nb-(Zr,Ta) superelastic alloys for medical implants: Thermomechanical processing, structure, phase transformations and functional properties

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    Dubinskiy, Sergey

    The aim of this project is to develop a new class of orthopaedic implant materials that combine the excellent biocompatibility of pure titanium with the outstanding biomechanical compatibility of Ti-Ni-based shape memory alloys. The most suitable candidates for such a role are Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta near-beta shape memory alloys. Since this class of materials was developed quite recently, the influence of thermomechanical treatment on their structure and functional properties has not as yet been the subject of any comprehensive study. Consequently, this project is focused on the interrelations between the composition, the microstructure and the functional properties of superelastic Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta alloys for biomedical application. The principal objective is to improve the functional properties of these alloys, more specifically their superelastic properties and fatigue resistance, through optimization of the alloys' composition and thermomechanical processing. It is shown in this thesis that the structure and functional properties of Ti-Nb-based shape memory alloys can be effectively controlled by thermomechanical processing including cold deformation with post-deformation annealing and ageing. It is also shown that the formation of nanosubgrain substructure leads to a significant improvement of superelasticity and fatigue resistance in these alloys. The influence of ageing on the ω-phase precipitation kinetics and, consequently, on the functional properties of Ti-Nb-Zr and Ti-Nb-Ta alloys is also observed. Based on the results obtained, optimized regimes of thermomechanical treatment resulting in a best combination of functional properties are recommended for each alloy, from the orthopaedic implant materials standpoint. An original tensile stage for a low-temperature chamber of an X-ray diffractometer is developed and used in this project. A unique low-temperature (-150...+100°C) comparative in situ X-ray study of the transformations' features and crystal

  18. Interface structure in Cu/Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch: a first-principles study.

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    Xiao, Bo; Watanabe, Satoshi

    2015-01-14

    The interface structures of a Cu/Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch under various oxidation conditions have been examined from first-principles. The O-rich Cu/Ta2O5 interface is found to be stable within a wide range of O chemical potentials. In this interface structure, a considerable number of interface Cu atoms tend to migrate to the amorphous Ta2O5 (a-Ta2O5) layer, which causes the formation of the Cu2O layer. The interface Cu atoms become more ionized with an increase in the interface O concentration and/or temperature. These ionized Cu(+) ions could function as one of the main sources for the formation of conduction filaments in the Cu/a-Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch. In contrast, the ionization of the interface Cu atoms is not observed in the Cu/crystal-Ta2O5 interface primarily due to the much lower Cu ionic conductivity in crystal-Ta2O5 than that in amorphous state. In addition, the Pt electrode could not be ionized, irrespective of the interface O concentration and temperature. The formation of interface O vacancies in Pt/Ta2O5 is always energetically more stable than that in Cu/Ta2O5, which may be partly responsible for the cone shape of conduction filament formed in the Cu/a-Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch, where the base of the cone lies on the Pt/Ta2O5 interface.

  19. Formation of the YBa2Cu2NbOy Phase in Thin Films (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-03-01

    addition of V2O5 and Nb2O5 into YBCO thin films . Additionally, recent initial results have demonstrated the potential use of YBa2Cu3–xNbxOy (YBCNxO) as a...S.C. Purandare: Effect of Nb2O5 and V2O5 addition on the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O(y) thin films . NASA Conf. Proc. 3290, 241 (1994). 9. S...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2086 FORMATION OF THE YBa2Cu2NbOy PHASE IN THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) Robert A. Wheeler UES, Inc. Srinivas Sathiraju

  20. The wheat NB-LRR gene TaRCR1 is required for host defence response to the necrotrophic fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia cerealis.

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    Zhu, Xiuliang; Lu, Chungui; Du, Lipu; Ye, Xingguo; Liu, Xin; Coules, Anne; Zhang, Zengyan

    2016-11-18

    The necrotrophic fungus Rhizoctonia cerealis is the major pathogen causing sharp eyespot disease in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NB-LRR) proteins often mediate plant disease resistance to biotrophic pathogens. Little is known about the role of NB-LRR genes involved in wheat response to R. cerealis. In this study, a wheat NB-LRR gene, named TaRCR1, was identified in response to R. cerealis infection using Artificial Neural Network analysis based on comparative transcriptomics and its defence role was characterized. The transcriptional level of TaRCR1 was enhanced after R. cerealis inoculation and associated with the resistance level of wheat. TaRCR1 was located on wheat chromosome 3BS and encoded an NB-LRR protein that was consisting of a coiled-coil domain, an NB-ARC domain and 13 imperfect leucine-rich repeats. TaRCR1 was localized in both the cytoplasm and the nucleus. Silencing of TaRCR1 impaired wheat resistance to R. cerealis, whereas TaRCR1 overexpression significantly increased the resistance in transgenic wheat. TaRCR1 regulated certain reactive oxygen species (ROS)-scavenging and production, and defence-related genes, and peroxidase activity. Furthermore, H2 O2 pretreatment for 12-h elevated expression levels of TaRCR1 and the above defence-related genes, whereas treatment with a peroxidase inhibitor for 12 h reduced the resistance of TaRCR1-overexpressing transgenic plants and expression levels of these defence-related genes. Taken together, TaRCR1 positively contributes to defence response to R. cerealis through maintaining ROS homoeostasis and regulating the expression of defence-related genes.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Comparisons of immersion and electrochemical properties of highly biocompatible Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta alloy and other implantable metals for orthopedic implants

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    Okazaki, Yoshimitsu; Nagata, Hiroyuki

    2012-12-01

    Metal release from implantable metals and the properties of oxide films formed on alloy surfaces were analyzed, focusing on the highly biocompatible Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta alloy. The thickness and electrical resistance (Rp) of the oxide film on such an alloy were compared with those of other implantable metals. The quantity of metal released during a 1-week immersion test was considerably smaller for the Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta than the Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The potential (E10) indicating a current density of 10 μA cm-2 estimated from the anodic polarization curve was significantly higher for the Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta than the Ti-6Al-4V alloy and other metals. Moreover, the oxide film (4-7 nm thickness) formed on the Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta surface is electrochemically robust. The oxide film mainly consisted of TiO2 with small amounts of ZrO2, Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 that made the film electrochemically stable. The Rp of Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta was higher than that of Ti-6Al-4V, i.e. 0.9 Ω cm2 in 0.9% NaCl and 1.3 Ω cm2 in Eagle's medium. This Rp was approximately five-fold higher than that of stainless steel, which has a history of more than 40 years of clinical use in the human body. Ti-15Zr-4Nb-4Ta is a potential implant material for long-term clinical use. Moreover, E10 and Rp were found to be useful parameters for assessing biological safety.

  4. 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.

  5. 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}.

  6. Internal friction peaks observed in explosively deformed polycrystalline Mo, Nb, and Cu

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    Rieu, G. E.; Grimes, H. H.; Romain, J. P.; Defouquet, J.

    1974-01-01

    Explosive deformation (50 kbar range) induced, in Cu, Mo and Nb, internal friction peaks identical to those observed after large normal deformation. The variation of the peaks with pressure for Mo and Nb lead to an explanation of these processes in terms of double kink generation in screw and edge dislocations.

  7. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Bulk Nanostructured Cu-Ta Alloys Consolidated by Equal Channel Angular Extrusion

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    2014-07-01

    dynamic compression test, copper, tantalum , strength, deformation, shear punch 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT UU 18...nanocrystalline copper and tantalum [34,51–53,56,57]. Property Symbol Cu–1Ta 700 C Cu–10Ta 900 C Cu–10Ta 700 C NC pure Cu NC pure Ta HV 2.12 2.12 3.75 2.55

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

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    Hedrick, J.B.; Sinha, S.P.; Kosynkin, V.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.

  9. Mechanical properties of Cu/Ta multilayers prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Nguyen, T.D.; Barbee, T.W., Jr.

    1998-04-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of sputtered Cu/Ta multilayers were studied. X- ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy characterization indicate that both the Ta and Cu in the 2 nm period multilayer are predominantly amorphous, while in longer period samples, the layers are crystalline, with the metastable tetragonal {beta}-Ta observed. No observable microstructure changes upon annealing at 300{degrees}C were found. An average Vickers micro- hardness value of about 5.5 GPa was measured, which increases about 5% upon annealing at 300{degrees}C. Residual stress in the multilayers and its dependence on thermal annealing are reported. The relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties in the multilayers are discussed.

  10. Sputtered Ta-Si-N diffusion barriers in Cu metallizations for Si

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    Kolawa, E.; Pokela, P. J.; Reid, J. S.; Chen, J. S.; Nicolet, Marc A.; Ruiz, R. P.

    1991-01-01

    Electrical measurements on shallow Si n+-p junction diodes with a 30-nm TiSi2 contacting layer demonstrate that an 80-nm-thick amorphous Ta36Si14N50 film prepared by reactive RF sputtering of a Ta5Si3 target in an Ar/N2 plasma very effectively prevents the interaction between the Si substrate with the TiSi2 contacting layer and a 500-nm Cu overlayer. The Ta36Si14N50 diffusion barrier maintains the integrity of the I-V characteristics up to 900 C for 30-min annealing in vacuum. It is concluded that the amorphous Ta36Si14N50 alloy is not only a material with a very low reactivity for copper, titanium, and silicon, but must have a small diffusivity for copper as well.

  11. Quantum and superconducting fluctuations effects in disordered Nb 1- xTa x thin films above Tc

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    Giannouri, M.; Papastaikoudis, C.

    1999-05-01

    Disordered Nb 1- xTa x thin films are prepared with e-gun coevaporation. The influence of the β-phase of tantalum in the critical temperature Tc is observed as a function of the substrate temperature. The measurements of transverse magnetoresistance at various isothermals are interpreted in terms of weak-localization and superconducting fluctuations. From the fitting procedure, the phase breaking rate τφ-1 and the Larkin parameter βL are estimated as a function of temperature. Conclusions about the dominant inelastic scattering mechanisms at various temperature regions as well as for the dominant mechanism of superconducting fluctuations near the transition temperature are extracted.

  12. Theoretical predictions of properties and gas-phase chromatography behaviour of bromides of group-5 elements Nb, Ta, and element 105, Db

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    Pershina, V.; Anton, J.

    2012-01-01

    Fully relativistic, four-component density functional theory electronic structure calculations were performed for MBr5, MOBr3, MBr6-, KMBr6, and MBr5Cl- of group-5 elements Nb, Ta, and element 105, Db, with the aim to predict adsorption behaviour of the bromides in gas-phase chromatography experiments. It was shown that in the atmosphere of HBr/BBr3, the pentabromides are rather stable, and their stability should increase in the row Nb < Db < Ta. Several mechanisms of adsorption were considered. In the case of adsorption by van der Waals forces, the sequence in volatility of the pentabromides should be Nb < Ta < Db, being in agreement with the sublimation enthalpies of the Nb and Ta pentabromides. In the case of adsorption by chemical forces (on a quartz surface modified with KBr/KCl), formation of the MBr5L- (L = Cl, Br) complex should occur, so that the volatility should change in an opposite way, i.e., Nb > Ta > Db. This sequence is in agreement with the one observed in the "one-atom-at-a-time" chromatography experiments. Some other scenarios, such as surface oxide formation were also considered but found to be irrelevant.

  13. Extreme High Field Strength Element Depletion and Chondritic Nb/Ta in Central Andean Adakite-like Lavas (~27° S, ~68° W)

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    Goss, A. R.; Kay, S. M.

    2005-12-01

    We present new high precision ICP-MS HFSE data on ~30 samples from the adakite-like Pircas Negras (SiO2 =57-62 %; La/Yb= 20-60; Sr = 600-900 ppm, Cr to 200 ppm) and Dos Hermanos (SiO2 =56-59 %; La/Yb= 57-61; Sr = 1200-1500 ppm, Cr to 60 ppm) andesites from the southernmost Andean Central Volcanic Zone (CVZ). These andesites erupted in a broadened arc as the volcanic front was displaced about 50 km to the east between 8 and 3 Ma and likely reflect melting of a garnet bearing crustal source. Our data reveal a discrete change from chondritic Nb/Ta ratios (19-21) and low Zr/Sm (25-30) in older 8-7 Ma Dos Hermanos lavas to dominantly subchondritic Nb/Ta ratios (11-18) and higher Zr/Sm (30-45) in <6 Ma Pircas Negras lavas. These ratios are uncommon since frontal arc lavas worldwide typically have subchondritic Nb/Ta ratios (<19.9 ± 2) consistent with flux melting of uniformly subchondritic sources (i.e. depleted mantle, subducted sediments, crustal assimilation). The highest Nb/Ta ratios begin to approach those of kimberlitic eclogites (mean Nb/Ta = 24) from Siberia and western Africa where residual rutile controls the budget of eclogitic Nb and Ta (Rudnick et al., 2003). Extreme depletions in HFSE in both Pircas Negras (La/Ta = 40-80) and Dos Hermanos (La/Ta= 90-100) lavas are best explained as hydrous and oxidizing conditions within the mantle wedge initially stabilized Ti-oxides (i.e. rutile) as the arc front migrated. These steeper REE patterns and high La/Ta are a transient feature measured in lavas erupting during the peak of arc migration, as mafic <2 Ma CVZ lavas to the north (~26° S) have lower La/Yb (< 20) and La/Ta (< 40). The observed temporal shift in Nb/Ta coupled with a general increase in Zr/Sm suggests a change from residual rutile to low-Mg amphibole within an eclogitic/granulitic crustal residue during the course of arc migration. A potential factor in explaining these data is that a transient period of increased subduction erosion associated with

  14. 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.

  15. Induced anisotropy in nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB

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    Emura, M.; Severino, A.M.; Santos, A.D.; Missell, F.P. . Instituto de Fisica)

    1994-11-01

    The kinetics of induced anisotropy K[sub ind] was studied in nanocrystalline Fe[sub 73.5]Cu[sub 1]Nb[sub 3]Si[sub 13.5]B[sub 9], as well as in the amorphous precursor and in amorphous Fe[sub 78]B[sub 13]Si[sub 9]. The nanocrystalline alloy was produced from the precursor by annealing at 813 K for 1 h and possessed an average FeSi grain size of 13 nm, as determined from x-ray diffraction. Annealing in a 0.2 T field at 723--773 K, above [Tc] of the amorphous phase, resulted in low values of K[sub ind]. The data were compared to the micromagnetic theory of Kronmueller to determine activation energy spectra. K[sub ind] for the nanocrystalline alloy is well described by this theory, however, with an activation energy spectrum that is much narrower than for the amorphous alloys. The limiting value of the anisotropy is K[sub [infinity

  16. Hydrogen gas detection of Nb2O5 nanoparticle-decorated CuO nanorod sensors

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    Kheel, Hyejoon; Sun, Gun-Joo; Lee, Jae Kyung; Mirzaei, Ali; Choi, Seungbok; Lee, Chongmu

    2017-01-01

    Pristine and Nb2O5 nanoparticles-decorated CuO nanorods were prepared successfully by a two step process: the thermal evaporation of a Cu foil and the spin coating of NbCl5 solution on CuO nanorods followed by thermal annealing. X-ray diffraction was performed to examine the structure and purity of the synthesized nanoatuctures. Scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the morphology and shape of the nanostuctures. The Nb2O5 nanoparticles-decorated CuO nanorod sensor showed responses of 217.05-862.54%, response times of 161-199 s and recovery times of 163-171 s toward H2 gas with concentrations in a range of 0.5 - 5% at the optimal working temperature of 300 °C. The Nb2O5 nanoparticle-decorated CuO nanorod sensor showed superior sensing performance to the pristine CuO nanorod sensor for the same H2 concentration range. The underlying mechanism for the enhanced hydrogen sensing performance of the CuO nanorods decorated with Nb2O5 nanoparticles is discussed.

  17. 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

  18. Superconducting properties of Nb-Cu nano-composites and nano-alloys

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    Parab, Pradnya; Kumar, Sanjeev; Bhui, Prabhjyot; Bagwe, Vivas; Bose, Sangita

    2016-05-01

    The evolution of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in nano-composite and nano-alloys of Nb-Cu, grown by DC magnetron co-sputtering are investigated. Microstructure of these films depends less strongly on the ratio of Nb:Cu but more on the growth temperature. At higher growth temperature, phase separated granular films of Nb and Cu were formed which showed superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) of ~ 7.2±0.5K, irrespective of the composition. Our results show that this is primarily influenced by the microstructure of the films determined during growth which rules out the superconducting proximity effect expected in these systems. At room temperature growth, films with nano-scale alloying were obtained at the optimal compositional range of 45-70 atomic% (At%) of Nb. These were also superconducting with a Tc of 3.2K.

  19. Nb and Ta layer doping effects on the interfacial energetics and electronic properties of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure: first-principles analysis.

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    Nazir, Safdar; Behtash, Maziar; Cheng, Jianli; Luo, Jian; Yang, Kesong

    2016-01-28

    The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) formed at the n-type (LaO)(+1)/(TiO2)(0) interface in the polar/nonpolar LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) heterostructure (HS) has emerged as a prominent research area because of its great potential for nanoelectronic applications. Due to its practical implementation in devices, desired physical properties such as high charge carrier density and mobility are vital. In this respect, 4d and 5d transition metal doping near the interfacial region is expected to tailor electronic properties of the LAO/STO HS system effectively. Herein, we studied Nb and Ta-doping effects on the energetics, electronic structure, interfacial charge carrier density, magnetic moment, and the charge confinements of the 2DEG at the n-type (LaO)(+1)/(TiO2)(0) interface of LAO/STO HS using first-principles density functional theory calculations. We found that the substitutional doping of Nb(Ta) at Ti [Nb(Ta)@Ti] and Al [Nb(Ta)@Al] sites is energetically more favorable than that at La [Nb(Ta)@La] and Sr [Nb(Ta)@Sr] sites, and under appropriate thermodynamic conditions, the changes in the interfacial energy of HS systems upon Nb(Ta)@Ti and Nb(Ta)@Al doping are negative, implying that the formation of these structures is energetically favored. Our calculations also showed that Nb(Ta)@Ti and Nb(Ta)@Al doping significantly improve the interfacial charge carrier density with respect to that of the undoped system, which is because the Nb(Ta) dopant introduces excess free electrons into the system, and these free electrons reside mainly on the Nb(Ta) ions and interfacial Ti ions. Hence, along with the Ti 3d orbitals, the Nb 4d and Ta 5d orbitals also contribute to the interfacial metallic states; accordingly, the magnetic moments on the interfacial Ti ions increase significantly. As expected, the Nb@Al and Ta@Al doped LAO/STO HS systems show higher interfacial charge carrier density than the undoped and other doped systems. In contrast, Nb@Ti and Ta@Ti doped systems may

  20. Effect of Crystal Structure on Microwave Dielectric Properties of (Ni1/3B2/3)1-xTixO2 (B=Nb and Ta)

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    Kim, Eung Soo; Kang, Dong Ho; Kim, Sung Joo

    2007-10-01

    Dependence of microwave dielectric properties on the crystal structure of (Ni1/3B2/3)1-xTixO2 (B5+=Nb, Ta, 0.3≤ x≤ 0.6) were investigated. Single phase of tetragonal rutile structure was detected through the entire range of compositions (0.3≤ x≤ 0.6). Dielectric constant (K) and the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (\\mathit{TCF}) of (Ni1/3B2/3)1-xTixO2 (B5+=Nb, Ta) increased with an increase of TiO2 content due to the increase of bond length ratio of (dapical)/(dequatorial), and the octahedral distortion of rutile structure, respectively. The specimens with smaller Ti content and/or B5+=Ta showed larger Q f value than those with larger Ti content and/or B5+=Nb.

  1. Corrosion resistance and in vitro response of a novel Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr alloy with a low Young's modulus.

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    Guo, Yongyuan; Chen, Desheng; Lu, Weijie; Jia, Yuhua; Wang, Liqiang; Zhang, Xianlong

    2013-10-01

    β type titanium alloys have attracted much attention in the biomedical field because they consist of non-cytotoxic elements, show high corrosion resistance, and are biologically compatible. In this study, a novel β type titanium alloy (Ti35Nb3Zr2Ta) with a Young's modulus of 48 GPa was fabricated and the alloy's corrosion resistance and in vitro response were determined. The results indicate that the novel alloy exhibits comparable corrosion resistance when compared with Ti6Al4V, but in vitro experiments show that osteoblasts attach, spread, proliferate, and differentiate better on Ti35Nb2Ta3Zr than on Ti6Al4V. The high corrosion resistance and satisfactory biocompatibility make the novel Ti35Nb3Zr2Ta alloy a promising biomaterial for surgical implants.

  2. 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.

  3. Thermal and structural stability of cosputtered amorphous Ta(x)Cu(1-x) alloy thin films on GaAs

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    Oh, J. E.; Woolam, J. A.; Aylesworth, K. D.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Pouch, J. J.

    1986-01-01

    The characteristics of thin films of Ta-Cu, prepared over a wide range of compositions by cosputter deposition onto GaAs and fused quartz substrates, are studied by X-ray diffraction and van der Pauw resistivity measurement. Results show films to be amorphous over the range of 55-95 at. pct, and show Ta(93)Cu(7) barriers to be effective in preventing Au in-diffusion, with a 3000-A layer remaining unpenetrated after an annealing at 700 C for 20 min. Diffusion of Ga and/or As into amorphous 93 at. pct Ta is found to be more rapid than that of Au, and interfacial reactions were shown to form compounds including Ta3Au, CuAu, TaAs2, and Ga3Cu7 above 700 C.

  4. Corrosion resistance and in vitro response of laser-deposited Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta alloys for orthopedic implant applications.

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    Samuel, Sonia; Nag, Soumya; Nasrazadani, Seifollah; Ukirde, Vaishali; El Bouanani, Mohamed; Mohandas, Arunesh; Nguyen, Kytai; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2010-09-15

    While direct metal deposition of metallic powders, via laser deposition, to form near-net shape orthopedic implants is an upcoming and highly promising technology, the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of such novel metallic biomaterials is relatively unknown and warrants careful investigation. This article presents the results of some initial studies on the corrosion resistance and in vitro response of laser-deposited Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta alloys. These new generation beta titanium alloys are promising due to their low elastic modulus as well as due the fact that they comprise of completely biocompatible alloying elements. The results indicate that the corrosion resistance of these laser-deposited alloys is comparable and in some cases even better than the currently used commercially-pure (CP) titanium (Grade 2) and Ti-6Al-4V ELI alloys. The in vitro studies indicate that the Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta alloys exhibit comparable cell proliferation but enhanced cell differentiation properties as compared with Ti-6Al-4V ELI.

  5. 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.

  6. Diffusion Bonding of TA15 and Ti2AlNb Alloys: Interfacial Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Li, Ping; Ji, Xiaohu; Xue, Kemin

    2017-03-01

    TA15 and Ti2AlNb alloys were joined by diffusion welding. The influence of holding time on morphology and mechanical properties of the joint was studied under two conditions of different bonding pressure and temperature. The interface structure was analyzed by BSE and EDS. The mechanical properties of joints were tested. The results show that the typical interfacial microstructure consists of lath α-phase (TA15 alloy)/flake α phase + α-interfacial phase + α2 phase/B2-rich phase/Ti2AlNb alloy. When bonding at 920 °C and 15 MPa with increasing holding time, the interface microstructure evolves into flake α phase and distributes as a basket-weave and the interfacial coarse spherical α phase distributes as a line. α2 phase and O phase disappear gradually while the content of the B2 phase increases. The tensile strength of the joints is 870, 892 and 903 MPa, for 120, 150 and 210 min holding time, respectively, while the elongation rises as well. When bonding at 940 °C and 10 MPa with increasing holding time, the interfacial area includes more Widmanstatten structure and B2 phase. The tensile strength of joints decreases from 921 to 908 MPa, while the elongation increases from 12 to 15.5%, for holding 120 and 210 min, respectively. The tendency of plastic fracture also increases with holding time for both temperature-pressure combinations.

  7. 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

  8. Ba 3M IIITiM VO 9 (M III = Fe, Ga, Y, Lu; M V = Nb, Ta, Sb) perovskite oxides: Synthesis, structure and dielectric properties

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    Joy, Joby E.; Atamanik, Eric; Mani, Rohini; Nag, Abanti; Tiwari, R. M.; Thangadurai, V.; Gopalakrishnan, J.

    2010-12-01

    We describe the synthesis, structures and dielectric properties of new perovskite oxides of the formula, Ba 3M IIITiM VO 9, for M III = Fe, Ga, Y, Lu and M V = Nb, Ta, Sb. While M V = Nb and Ta oxides adopt disordered/partially ordered 3C perovskite structures where M III/Ti/M V metal-oxygen octahedra are corner-connected, the M V = Sb oxides show a distinct preference for the 6H structure, where Sb V/Ti IV metal-oxygen octahedra share a common face forming (Sb,Ti)O 9 dimers that are corner-connected to the M IIIO 6 octahedra. The preference of antimony oxides (Sb V:4d 10) for the 6H structure - which arises from a special Sb V-O chemical bonding that tends to avoid linear Sb-O-Sb linkages unlike Nb V/Ta V:d 0 atoms which prefer ˜180° Nb/Ta-O-Nb/Ta linkages - is consistent with the crystal chemistry of M V-O oxides in general. The dielectric properties reveal a significant difference among M III members. All the oxides with the 3C structure excepting those with M III = Fe show a normal low loss dielectric behaviour with ɛ = 20-60 in the temperature range 50-400 °C; the M III = Fe members with this structure (M V = Nb, Ta) display a relaxor-like ferroelectric behaviour with large ɛ values at frequencies ≤1 MHz (50-500 °C).

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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    Jiang, Daqiang; Liu, Yinong; Yu, Cun; ...

    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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.; ...

    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

  17. Phase stability and electrical conductivity of Ca-doped LaNb 1- xTa xO 4- δ high temperature proton conductors

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    Bi, Zhonghe; Bridges, Craig A.; Kim, Jung-Hyun; Huq, Ashfia; Paranthaman, M. Parans

    The electrical conductivity, crystal structure and phase stability of La 0.99Ca 0.01Nb 1- xTa xO 4- δ (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5, δ = 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 a monoclinic to a tetragonal structure) from ∼520 °C for x = 0 to above 800 °C for x = 0.4. AC conductivity of the La 0.99Ca 0.01Nb 1- xTa xO 4- δ both in dry and wet air decreased slightly with increasing Ta content above 750 °C, while below 500 °C, it decreased by nearly one order of magnitude for x = 0.4. It was also determined 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, while 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 structural phase transition from the intermediate-temperature range, consequently avoiding the severe thermal expansion problem up to 800 °C, partial substitution of Nb with Ta brings this class of material closer to its application in electrode-supported thin-film intermediate-temperature SOFCs.

  18. 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.

  19. Bone bonding bioactivity of Ti metal and Ti-Zr-Nb-Ta alloys with Ca ions incorporated on their surfaces by simple chemical and heat treatments.

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    Fukuda, A; Takemoto, M; Saito, T; Fujibayashi, S; Neo, M; Yamaguchi, S; Kizuki, T; Matsushita, T; Niinomi, M; Kokubo, T; Nakamura, T

    2011-03-01

    Ti15Zr4Nb4Ta and Ti29Nb13Ta4.6Zr, which do not contain the potentially cytotoxic elements V and Al, represent a new generation of alloys with improved corrosion resistance, mechanical properties, and cytocompatibility. Recently it has become possible for the apatite forming ability of these alloys to be ascertained by treatment with alkali, CaCl2, heat, and water (ACaHW). In order to confirm the actual in vivo bioactivity of commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) and these alloys after subjecting them to ACaHW treatment at different temperatures, the bone bonding strength of implants made from these materials was evaluated. The failure load between implant and bone was measured for treated and untreated plates at 4, 8, 16, and 26 weeks after implantation in rabbit tibia. The untreated implants showed almost no bonding, whereas all treated implants showed successful bonding by 4 weeks, and the failure load subsequently increased with time. This suggests that a simple and economical ACaHW treatment could successfully be used to impart bone bonding bioactivity to Ti metal and Ti-Zr-Nb-Ta alloys in vivo. In particular, implants heat treated at 700 °C exhibited significantly greater bone bonding strength, as well as augmented in vitro apatite formation, in comparison with those treated at 600 °C. Thus, with this improved bioactive treatment process these advantageous Ti-Zr-Nb-Ta alloys can serve as useful candidates for orthopedic devices.

  20. Spark Plasma Sintering of AlN Ceramics and Surface Metallization by Refractory Metal of Ti, Nb, Mo, Ta or W at Low Temperature

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    Kai, Ayako; Johkoh, Naoji; Miki, Toshikatsu

    2003-06-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) powder with no additives was sintered successfully at 1200°C in low-pressure N2 gas using a spark plasma sintering (SPS) process. The density value of the resultant ceramic is as high as 95% of the theoretical one. No openings were left in the grain boundary. If AlN powder is sandwiched by refractory metal (Ti, Nb, Mo, Ta and W) foils during SPS, one obtains AlN ceramics metallized by the refractory metals even at 1200°C. The adhesion strength of Ti, Mo or W to AlN ceramics is sufficiently high, but that of Nb or Ta is low. The characterization of metal/AlN interfaces by X-ray diffractometory (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA) has revealed the formation of a thin reaction layer at the Ti/AlN interface, which may be the reason for the high adhesion strength of the Ti/AlN interface. The high adhesion strengths of Mo/AlN and W/AlN might also be associated with thinner metal/AlN reaction layers, which were unfortunately undetectable in our XRD data. The weak adhesion of Nb/AlN and Ta/AlN interfaces was elucidated by large differences in the thermal-expansion coefficient between metallic Nb or Ta and the AlN ceramics.

  1. 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. .

  2. The electrical properties and relaxation behavior of AgNb1/2Ta1/2O3 ceramic

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

    2017-02-01

    Polycrystalline AgNb1/2Ta1/2O3 powder was prepared by solid state reaction method. Preliminary x-ray diffractogram analysis of some aspects of crystal structure showed that a single phase compound formed exhibiting a monoclinic system. Impedance spectroscopy showed the presence of both bulk and grain boundary effects in the material. The relaxation behavior was studied by fitting electric modulus with Bergman function confirms us the existence of non-Debye type of relaxation the material. The ac conductivity spectrum obeyed Funke's double power law and fitting in results, the hopping parameters n1,n2 were indicating the existence of small and large range polaron hopping in the material. The band gap of the material 3.02 eV measured by using UV visible spectroscopy.

  3. 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

    2016-11-15

    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 excellent intermediate systems for studying superconductivity as it evolves between crystalline and amorphous materials.

  4. 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 excellent intermediate systems for studying superconductivity as it evolves between crystalline and amorphous materials.

  5. Recrystallization temperature influence upon texture evolution of a SPD processed Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr-O alloy

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    Cojocaru, V. D.; Raducanu, D.; Gordin, D. M.; Cinca, I.; Thibon, I.; Caprarescu, A.

    2014-08-01

    The present study investigates the texture features occurred during recrystallization of a Ti-29Nb-9Ta-10Zr-0.2O (wt.%) alloy processed by multi-pass cold-rolling, up to 90% thickness reduction. Data concerning alloy component phases and the lattice parameters of identified phases were obtained and analysed for all thermo-mechanical processing stages. Crystallographic texture changes occurred during alloy thermo-mechanical processing (coldrolling and recrystallization), were investigated using X-ray diffraction; by acquiring the pole figures data of the main β-Ti phase. Data concerning observed texture components and texture fibers was analysed using phi1 - Φ - phi2 Bunge system in phi2 = 0° and 45° sections. The γ textural fiber was analysed for all thermo-mechanical processing stages.

  6. 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

  7. 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; ...

    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

  8. 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

    2016-06-07

    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.

  9. Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Shock-induced Plasticity and Twinning in bcc Nb and Ta

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    Germann, Timothy; Zhang, Ruifeng; Ravelo, Ramon

    2013-06-01

    Large-scale classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to investigate dislocation slip and twinning activity in bcc metals under shock compression. We will discuss both the orientation-dependent response of Nb and Ta single crystals, as well as the more complex response of nanocrystalline samples. Of particular importance as MD simulations are becoming applied to model more complex materials, we will discuss issues related to the interatomic potential description and the analysis of the deformation response. Embedded atom method (EAM) potentials for shock compression studies must properly describe the energy landscape under the pressure range of interest; and an orientation imaging map technique is described for following the plastic response of fcc and bcc metals.

  10. Thermal Stability and Humidity Resistance of ScTaO4 Modified (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Ceramics

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    Zheng, Li-Mei; Wang, Jin-Feng; Wang, Chun-Ming; Wu, Qing-Zao; Zang, Guo-Zhong

    2009-12-01

    Lead-free (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-xmol% ScTaO4 (x = 0-1.5) ceramics are prepared using the conventional solid-state reaction method and their properties are investigated in detail. The results indicate that the piezoelectric properties and density are improved by the introduction of ScTaO4. Due to the high orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature TO-T (around 200° C), stable piezoelectric properties against temperature are obtained. In a wide temperature range of 15-160° C, kp of the (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-0.5 mol% ScTaO4 ceramic remains almost unchanged and d31 increases slightly from 59 pC/N to 71 pC/N. The deliquescent problem is effectively solved by the addition of ScTaO4. The piezoelectric properties of ScTaO4 modified (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 ceramics show no obvious reduction and dielectric loss increases slightly after 120 h of immersion. From the analysis, it is suggested that the density is an important factor that improves the humidity resistance of the specimens.

  11. Corrosion Behaviour of Nitrogen-Implantation Ti-Ta-Nb Alloy in Physiological Solutions Simulating Real Conditions from Human Body

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    Drob, Silviu Iulian; Vasilescu, Cora; Drob, Paula; Vasilescu, Ecaterina; Gordin, Doina Margareta; Gloriant, Thierry

    2015-04-01

    We applied a new nitrogen-implantation technique (trademark Hardion+) using a source of nitrogen ions, electron cyclotron resonance that assures higher energy and deeper implantation than the conventional techniques. The N-implantation surface of the new Ti-25Ta-25Nb alloy was analyzed as follows: for the phase identification by x-ray diffraction (XRD) in a glancing geometry (1°); for the hardness by the nano-indentation method; for the corrosion behaviour in Ringer solutions of different pH values (simulating the real conditions from the human body) by cyclic and linear polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and the monitoring of the open circuit potentials and corresponding potential gradients. XRD pattern was indexed with face-centred cubic TiN compound partially substituted with TaN and NbN. The hardness increased about 2 times for the N-implantation alloy. The implantation layer had a protection effect, increasing the corrosion and passivation potentials and decreasing the tendency to passivation and passive current density, due to its compactness, reinforcement action. The corrosion current density and rate decreased by about 10 times and the polarization resistance increased by about 2 times, indicative of a more resistant nitride layer. The porosity was much reduced and the protection efficiency had values closed to 90%, namely the implantation treatment led to the formation of a dense, resistant layer. Impedance spectra showed that the capacitive behaviour of the N-implantation alloy was more insulating and protective. An electric equivalent circuit with two times constants was modelled.

  12. Coexistence of 1-dimensional and 3-dimensional spectral characteristics in TaTe4 and NbTe4

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    Zwick, F.; Berger, H.; Forro, L.; Margaritondo, G.; Grioni, M.; Laveigne, J.; Tanner, D.; Onellion, M.

    2000-03-01

    We have measured TaTe4 and NbTe4 using resistivity, optical conductivity, and angle-resolved photoemission.[1,2] Consistent with earlier reports, the resistivity and optical conductivity in different directions in the crystal exhibit a small ( ~ 10%) anisotropy. The optical conductivity exhibits a Drude peak and conductivity that scales as (1/w)2 for low photon energies (hw), again consistent with earlier results and as expected for a three-dimensional metal. The residual resistivity is below 5 mW-cm, indicating that disorder does not play a major role in these samples. However, the angle-resolved photoemission data indicate a coexistence of three-dimensional and one-dimensional properties. The three-dimensional properties include (a) quasiparticle states in all major symmetry directions of the Brillouin zone, both parallel to and perpendicular to the Ta (Nb) chains, and (b) an energy resolution-limited Fermi-Dirac cutoff of the spectral function. The quasi-one-dimensional properties include (a) dispersing coherent states only for wavevectors along the cation chains, and (b) no coherent state dispersing through or within 0.2 eV of the chemical potential. Further, we measure the resolution-limited Fermi-Dirac cutoff of the spectral function at every point of the Brillouin zone for which we took data, including all three high symmetry directions. (*) Present address: ABB Corp., Zürich, Switzerland 1. F. Zwick et.al., Phys. Rev. B 59 , 7762 (1999). 2. F. Zwick, Ph.D. thesis, EPFL, September, 1998.

  13. Low-temperature structural and dielectric phenomena in La1/3NbO3 and La1/3TaO3: Comparative study

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    Salak, Andrei N.; Vyshatko, Nikolai P.; Khalyavin, Dmitry D.; Prokhnenko, Oleksandr; Ferreira, Victor M.

    2008-10-01

    The crystal structures of the perovskites La1/3NbO3 and La1/3TaO3 were studied between 10 and 350 K using high-resolution neutron powder diffraction and compared with their radio-frequency dielectric response over the same temperature range. The structure of La1/3NbO3 remains orthorhombic Cmmm, while La1/3TaO3 undergoes continuous transition from the high-temperature tetragonal P4/mmm to Cmmm phase at about 220 K. This transition is tricritical in nature and accompanied by no dielectric anomaly. In La1/3NbO3, the frequency-dependent peak of the dielectric permittivity is associated with an atypical increase in the lattice parameters below about 80 K.

  14. 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

  15. CO2 reduction over NaNbO3 and NaTaO3 perovskite photocatalysts.

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    Fresno, F; Jana, P; Reñones, P; Coronado, J M; Serrano, D P; de la Peña O'Shea, V A

    2017-01-18

    The activity of NaNbO3 and NaTaO3 perovskites for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 is studied in this work. For this purpose, sodium niobate and tantalate have been prepared using solid-state reactions, extensively characterised by means of powder X-ray diffraction, UV-vis, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopies and N2 adsorption isotherms, and tested in the gas-phase reduction of CO2 under UV light in a continuous flow photoreactor. NaNbO3 is constituted of an orthorhombically distorted perovskite structure, while a ca. 4.5 : 1 combination of the orthorhombic and monoclinic modifications is found in the tantalate. Both catalysts exhibit interesting intrinsic activities, with the tantalate material giving rise to a slightly higher performance. This is attributed to a compromise situation between electron-hole recombination and the reducing potential of conduction band electrons. In addition, a decrease in the competition of water protons for photogenerated electrons is observed with both catalysts with respect to TiO2.

  16. 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.

  17. The optical band gap of LiTaO3 and Nb2O5-doped LiTaO3 thin films based on Tauc Plot method to be applied on satellite

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    Estrada, R.; Djohan, N.; Pasole, D.; Dahrul, M.; Kurniawan, A.; Iskandar, J.; Hardhienata, H.; Irzaman

    2017-01-01

    This research observed the optical band gap of thin films made from LiTaO3 undoped (0%) and doped (5% and 10%) with Nb2O5 in the 1 M-solubility deposited on n-type Si (111) substrates. The thin films are manufactured with coating process of substrates by Chemical Solution Deposition (CSD) method using a spin coater device at a rotation speed of 3000 rpm for 30 seconds and annealed in furnace (Nabertherm B180) at a temperature of 850°C for 15 hours. The optical absorption data of thin films are obtained by using an Ocean Optics USB2000 device in the wavelength of visible light. The band gap curve is determined from optical absorption data processing using Tauc Plot method. The Tauc Plot with indirect transition shows that LiTaO3 doped with Nb2O5 provides increased optical band gap value in a range less than 3.5 eV. Based on the results of this research, it can be concluded that LiTaO3 and Nb2O5-doped LiTaO3 thin films on n-type Si (111) substrate are semiconductor materials and has the potential to be applied on satellite.

  18. 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

  19. NbF5 and TaF5: Assignment of 19F NMR resonances and chemical bond analysis from GIPAW calculations

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

    2013-11-01

    The 19F isotropic chemical shifts (δiso) of two isomorphic compounds, NbF5 and TaF5, which involve six nonequivalent fluorine sites, have been experimentally determined from the reconstruction of 1D 19F MAS NMR spectra. In parallel, the corresponding 19F chemical shielding tensors have been calculated using the GIPAW method for both experimental and DFT-optimized structures. Furthermore, the [M4F20] units of NbF5 and TaF5 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 19F NMR lines of NbF5 and TaF5 is obtained, ensured by the linearity between experimental 19F δiso values and calculated 19F isotropic chemical shielding σiso values. The effects of the geometry optimizations have been carefully analyzed, confirming among other matters, the inaccuracy of the experimental structure of NbF5. 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 19F NMR lines of NbF5, distorted multiplets, arising from 1J-coupling and residual dipolar coupling between the 19F and 93Nb nuclei, were simulated yielding to values of 93Nb-19F 1J-coupling for the corresponding fluorine sites.

  20. 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

  1. First-principles calculations for the structural stabilities of ordered Nb4 clusters on the Cu(111) surface

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    Wang, Xiaochun; Lin, Qiubao; Li, Renquan; Zhu, Zizhong

    2006-06-01

    First-principles density-functional theory and supercell models are employed to study the structural stabilities and electronic structures of periodically two-dimensional arrays of Nb4 clusters on the Cu(111) surface. The calculations on the relaxed geometries and cohesive energies show that Nb4 clusters with both the tetrahedron and quadrangle configurations can be stably absorbed on the Cu(111) surface, which might have important applications. The absorption energies are 2.00, 1.43eV/Nb atom for quadrangle- and tetrahedron- Nb4 on Cu(111) , respectively, showing that adsorption of quadrangle- Nb4 clusters are more stable than those of tetrahedron- Nb4 . The energy barrier for the tetrahedron- Nb4 adsorption to the quadrangle one is around 1.21eV/cluster . Electronic structure calculations suggest that adsorption of Nb4 on Cu(111) surface causes significant charge redistributions between the surface layer Cu and the Nb4 adsorbate, leading to remarkable changes on the electronic structure of the copper surface.

  2. Characteristics of reactively sputtered niobium nitride thin films as diffusion barriers for Cu metallization

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    Huang, Cheng-Lin; Lai, Chih-Huang; Tsai, Po-Hao; Huang, Hsing-An; Lin, Jing-Cheng; Lee, Chiapyng

    2013-09-01

    NbN films were prepared by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering and then employed as diffusion barriers between Cu and Si. The microstructure of the NbN films was an assembly of very small columnar crystallites with a cubic structure. To investigate the properties as diffusion barriers, we performed metallurgical reactions of Cu/NbN0.8/Si, Cu/Nb/Si and Cu/TaN0.7/Si for comparisons. The sheet resistance increased dramatically after annealing above 750°C for Cu/NbN0.80/Si, and above 500°C for both Cu/Nb/Si and Cu/TaN0.7/Si. The interfaces were deteriorated seriously and formation of Cu3Si was observed when the sheet resistance was significantly increased. The diffusion coefficient of Cu in NbN barrier films was estimated by using the change of resistance (Δ R s / R s %). Compared with TaN0.7, NbN0.8 films possess larger grain size and lower Cu diffusion coefficient. Our results suggest that the NbN film can be used as a diffusion barrier for Cu metallization as compared to the well-known TaN film.

  3. Microstructure and Elevated Temperature Properties of a Refractory TaNbHfZrTi Alloy

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    2012-01-24

    metallic materials with higher melting points, such as refractory molybdenum (Mo) and niobium (Nb) alloys, are examined as alternatives by academic and...alloy was prepared by vacuum arc melting of the equimolar mixtures of the corresponding elements. Titanium , zirconium, and hafnium were in the form of...3.175 mm diameter slugs with purities of 99.98, 99.95, and 99.9%, respectively. Niobium and tantalum were in the form of 1.0 and 2.0 mm wires, and their

  4. 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.

  5. Thermal contact resistance at the Nb/Cu interface as a limiting factor for sputtered thin film RF superconducting cavities

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    Palmieri, V.; Vaglio, R.

    2016-01-01

    The ‘Q-slope’ problem has so far strongly limited the application of niobium thin film sputtered copper cavities in high field accelerators. In the present paper, based on experimental evidence, we consider the hypothesis that the Q-slope is related to enhanced thermal boundary resistance R Nb/Cu at the Nb/Cu interface, due to poor thermal contact between film and substrate. We have developed a simple model that directly connects the Q versus E acc curves to the distribution function f(R Nb/Cu) of R Nb/Cu values at the Nb/Cu interface over the cavity surface. Starting from different Q versus E acc experimental curves from different sources, using typical ‘inverse problem’ methods, we deduce the corresponding distribution functions generating those curves. The results show, for all the examined cases, very similar functional dependences of f(R Nb/Cu) and prove that, to describe the experimental Q versus E acc curves, it is sufficient to assume that only a small fraction of the film over the cavity surface is in poor thermal contact with the substrate. The whole body of information and data reported seems to indicate that the main origin of the Q-slope in thin film cavities is related to bad adhesion at the Nb/Cu interface. Strategies to solve the Q-slope problem improving the film adhesion are finally delineated.

  6. 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.

  7. Shock compression of NbH0.75 and TaH0.50: Universal compression behavior of hydrogen in metallic environments

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    Taguchi, Hiroaki; Fukai, Yuh; Atou, Toshiyuki; Fukuoka, Kiyoto; Syono, Yasuhiko

    1994-02-01

    Shock-compression experiments were performed on NbH0.75 to 150 GPa and TaH0.50 to 210 GPa using a 25-mm propellant gun and a 20-mm two-stage light-gas gun. Linear relations were found between the shock velocity Us and the particle velocity up: Us=4.79+1.14up for NbH0.75 and Us=3.44+1.23up for TaH0.50. Compression curves of interstitial hydrogen, deduced from the Hugoniots of these hydrides and original metals, come close to the one calculated for metallic hydrogen. These data provide additional examples of a universal compression behavior of hydrogen in a metallic environment.

  8. Li6La3SnMO12 (M = Sb, Nb, Ta), a Family of Lithium Garnets with High Li-Ion Conductivity

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    Bridges, Craig A; Goodenough, J. B.; Gupta, Dr Asha; Nakanishi, Masahiro; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sokolov, Alexei P; Bi, Zhonghe; Li, Yutao; Han, Jiantao; Dong, Youzhong; Wang, Long; Xu, Maowen

    2012-01-01

    In order to investigate the influence of covalent bonding within the garnet framework on the conductivity of Li+ in the interstitial space, the Li+ conductivities in the family of Sn-based compounds Li6La3 SnMO12 (M = Sb, Nb, Ta) have been obtained and are compared with those of Li6La3ZrMO12. Refinement of the neutron diffraction pattern of Li6La3 SnNbO12shows that the interstitial tetrahedral sites (24d ) are about half-occupied and most of the Li in the interstitial bridging octahedral sites are displaced from the center position (48g ). The Sb-based compound has the largest lattice parameter while the Ta-based compound has the highest Li+-ion conductivity of 0.42 10 4 Scm 1.

  9. Niobium-tantalum oxide minerals in the Jezuitské Lesy granitic pegmatite, Bratislava Massif, Slovakia: Ta to Nb and Fe to Mn evolutionary trends in a narrow Be,Cs-rich and Li,B-poor dike

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    Chudík, Peter; Uher, Pavel; Gadas, Petr; Škoda, Radek; Pršek, Jaroslav

    2011-10-01

    A complex assemblage of Nb-Ta-(Sn) oxide minerals occur in a relatively narrow (~1-2 m thick) extensively albitized, Hercynian granitic pegmatite dike intruding biotite granodiorites near Bratislava, SW Slovakia. The dike shows enrichment in beryl (locally Cs-rich) but absence of Li- and B-rich phases. Compositions and textural relationships indicate complex evolutions of Nb-Ta oxide phases with several generations presenting distinct textural and compositional features. The first generation of the Nb-Ta minerals from the quartz-microcline-muscovite zone show Ta,Fe-rich compositions with Ta# [Ta/(Ta + Nb)] = 0.52-0.70 (Ct I columbite-tantalite), 0.88-0.90 (Tap I ferrotapiolite) and 0.73-0.86 (Fw I ferrowodginite); Mn# [Mn/(Mn + Fe)] = 0.32-0.49 (Ct I), 0.06-0.10 (Tap I) and 0.33-0.41 (Fw I). The 2nd generation is represented by ferrocolumbite to ferrotantalite (Ct II) in saccharoidal albite zone, replacement zones of Ct II in Ct I, and irregular overgrowths of ferrotapiolite (Tap II) and ferrowodginite (Fw II) on Tap I grains. The minerals of the 2nd generation show decreasing of Ta# in comparison to the 1st group: 0.10-0.60 (Ct II), 0.85-0.87 (Tap II) and 0.73-0.77 (Fw II); Mn# attains 0.30-0.45 (Ct II), 0.06-0.09 (Tap II) and 0.26-0.37 (Fw II). The 3rd generation includes fissure fillings, overgrowths and replacement zones of manganocolumbite and manganotantalite (Ct III), ferrotapiolite (Tap III) and ferrowodginite (Fw III) on the older Nb-Ta phases (Ct I, Tap I, Fw I, Fw II), in the coarse-grained unit. The 3rd population displays distinct Mn# increasing (Ct III: 0.51-0.69, Tap III: 0.11-0.24, Fw III: 0.40-0.41), Ta# values reach 0.16-0.79 (Ct III), 0.88-0.92 (Tap III) and 0.80-0.81 (Fw III). The latest, 4th generation of the Nb-Ta phases represents irregular veinlets and patches of fluorcalciomicrolite, replacing Ct I, Tap I, Fw I, Ct II and Tap III. Decrease of Ta/(Ta + Nb) values in Ct II from the saccharoidal albite unit can be explained by crystallization

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Microstructure and Properties of a Refractory NbCrMo0.5Ta0.5TiZr Alloy (Postprint)

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    2014-04-01

    phases was con- ucted with the use of an EDS detector attached to the field mission gun SEM. The results are given in Table 2. It is found that he...Microstruc- ture and properties of a refractory TaNbHfZrTi alloy, Unpublished paper, 2011. 10] J.-W. Yeh, S.-K. Chen, S.-J. Lin, J.-Y. Gan, T.-S. Chin , T

  14. Differences and Commonalities in the Gas-Phase Reactions of Closed-Shell Metal Dioxide Clusters [MO2 ](+) (M=V, Nb, and Ta) with Methane.

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    Zhou, Shaodong; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2016-05-17

    High-level electronic structure calculations, in combination with Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometric studies, permit the mechanism by which closed-shell, "naked" [TaO2 ](+) brings about C-H bond activation of methane to be revealed. These studies also help to understand why the lighter congeners of [MO2 ](+) (M=V, Nb) are unreactive under ambient conditions.

  15. Quadruple-layered perovskite (CuCl)Ca2NaNb4O13

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    Kitada, A.; Tsujimoto, Y.; Yamamoto, T.; Kobayashi, Y.; Narumi, Y.; Kindo, K.; Aczel, A. A.; Luke, G. M.; Uemura, Y. J.; Kiuchi, Y.; Ueda, Y.; Yoshimura, K.; Ajiro, Y.; Kageyama, H.

    2012-01-01

    We will present the synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of a new quadruple-layered perovskite (CuCl)Ca2NaNb4O13. Through a topotactic ion-exchange reaction with CuCl2, the precursor RbCa2NaNb4O13 presumably having an incoherent octahederal tliting changes into (CuCl)Ca2NaNb4O13 with a 2ap×2ap×2cp superstructure (tetragonal; a=7.73232(5) Å, c=39.2156(4) Å). The well-defined superstructure for the ion-exchanged product should be stabilized by the inserted CuCl4O2 octahedral layers that firmly connect with neighboring perovskite layers. Magnetic studies show the absence of long-range magnetic ordering down to 2 K despite strong in-plane interactions. Aleksandrov‧s group theory and Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray diffraction data suggest the structure to be of I4/mmm space group with in-phase tilting along the a and b axes, a two-tilt system (++0).

  16. 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.

  17. The Mode of Deformation in a Cold-Swaged Multifunctional Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr-O Alloy

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    Guo, W.; Quadir, M. Z.; Ferry, M.

    2013-05-01

    Multifunctional titanium alloys, termed Gum Metal™, are β-phase Ti alloys first developed in 2003. These alloys exhibit many interesting properties including, for example, low rate of work-hardening and superplasticity during cold deformation. The original report described a new plastic deformation mechanism not involving major dislocation activity to explain such deformation behavior. In the current study, a comparable Ti-36.8Nb-2.7Zr-2.0Ta-0.44O (wt pct) alloy to the original investigators was produced by powder sintering, hot forging, solution treatment, and cold swaging with the aim at investigating the microstructural development during swaging. XRD and TEM showed that the forged/solution-treated alloy was β-phase with a small amount of ω-phase. After cold swaging by up to 96 pct area reduction, TEM/HRTEM revealed the existence of dislocations, deformation twins, ω-phase, nanodisturbances, and lattice bending, with EBSD showing the grains to be highly elongated in the swaging direction, fragmented, and distorted. Most notably, swaging also generated a strong <110> fiber texture, even after moderate strains. The foregoing structural analysis provides substantial evidence that dislocations are present in the alloy after cold swaging. The major support of dislocation glide processes acting as the dominant plastic deformation mode in the swaged alloy is the strong <110> fiber texture that develops, which is a characteristic feature of all cold-drawn/swaged body centered cubic metals and alloys.

  18. Evolution of Microstructure and Texture during Recrystallization of the Cold-Swaged Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr-O Alloy

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    Guo, W. Y.; Xing, H.; Sun, J.; Li, X. L.; Wu, J. S.; Chen, R.

    2008-03-01

    The deformed microstructure and evolution of microstructure and texture during recrystallization of the cold-swaged multifunctional Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-1.2O (TNTZO, at. pct) alloy were investigated by optical microscope, electron backscatter diffraction, and transmission electron microscope. This alloy has been reported, by Saito et al., to possess a specific dislocation-free plastic deformation mechanism. In this study, the results show a curly grain or swirled structure and a pronounced fibrous {left< {110} rightrangle } texture along the swaging axis in the cold-swaged TNTZO alloy. The normal to the swirled grain surface is near {left< {001} rightrangle } in the cross section of the rod. This characteristic microstructure can be considered to arise from the plane strain deformation of the grains under applied stress, which is similar to that in ordinary bcc metals after heavily drawing or swaging. It is also shown that recovery involves the redistribution and partial annihilation of dislocations within the deformation bands, and recrystallization proceeds by a typical new grain nucleation-growth mechanism during annealing of the TNTZO alloy. The fibrous {left< {110} rightrangle } deformation texture is gradually replaced by random orientations with increasing annealing time. Thus, it could be concluded that the TNTZO alloy deforms by the traditional dislocation glide on {left< {111} rightrangle }{left\\{ {110} right\\}} , {112}, or {123} slip systems, rather than the dislocation-free mechanism.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2016-07-15

    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'.

  2. 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’.

  3. The effect of microstructure and temperature on the oxidation behavior of two-phase Cr-Cr{sub 2}X (X = Nb, Ta) alloys

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    Brady, M.P.; Tortorelli, P.F.

    1998-11-01

    The oxidation behavior of Cr(X) solid solution (Cr{sub ss}) and Cr{sub 2}X Laves phases (X = Nb, Ta) was studied individually and in combination at 950--1,100 C in air. The Cr{sub ss} phase was significantly more oxidation resistant than the Cr{sub 2}X Laves phase. At 950 C, two-phase alloys of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb and Cr-Cr{sub 2}Ta exhibited in-situ internal oxidation, in which remnants of the Cr{sub 2}X Laves phase were incorporated into a growing chromia scale. At 1,100 C, the Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys continued to exhibit in-situ internal oxidation, which resulted in extensive O/N penetration into the alloy ahead of the alloy-scale interface and catastrophic failure during cyclic oxidation. IN contrast, the Cr-Cr{sub 2}Ta alloys exhibited a transition to selective Cr oxidation and the formation of a continuous chromia scale. The oxidation mechanism is interpreted in terms of multiphase oxidation theory.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Quantifying the Electron Donor and Acceptor Abilities of the Ketimide Ligands in M(N═C(t)Bu2)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

    2015-10-19

    Addition of 4 equiv of Li(N═C(t)Bu2) to VCl3 in THF, followed by addition of 0.5 equiv of I2, generates the homoleptic V(IV) ketimide complex, V(N═C(t)Bu2)4 (1), in 42% yield. Similarly, reaction of 4 equiv of Li(N═C(t)Bu2) with NbCl4(THF)2 in THF affords the homoleptic Nb(IV) ketimide complex, Nb(N═C(t)Bu2)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═C(t)Bu2) in THF results in the isolation of a Ta(V) ketimide complex, Ta(Cl)(N═C(t)Bu2)4 (5), which can be isolated in 32% yield. Reaction of 5 with Tl(OTf) yields Ta(OTf)(N═C(t)Bu2)4 (6) in 44% yield. Subsequent reduction of 6 with Cp*2Co in toluene generates the homoleptic Ta(IV) congener Ta(N═C(t)Bu2)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 d(x(2)-y(2))(1) ((2)B1 in D(2d)) 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 (2)B1 ground-state assignment, whereas 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Electrochemical characterization of surface complexes formed on Cu and Ta in succinic acid based solutions used for chemical mechanical planarization

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    Sulyma, Christopher M.; Roy, Dipankar

    2010-02-01

    Open-circuit potential measurements, cyclic voltammetry and Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy have been used to study pH dependent surface reactions of Cu and Ta rotating disc electrodes (RDEs) in aqueous solutions of succinic acid (SA, a complexing agent), hydrogen peroxide (an oxidizer), and ammonium dodecyl sulfate (ADS, a corrosion inhibitor for Cu). The surface chemistries of these systems are relevant for the development of a single-slurry approach to chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of Cu lines and Ta barriers in the fabrication of semiconductor devices. It is shown that in non-alkaline solutions of H 2O 2, the SA-promoted surface complexes of Cu and Ta can potentially support chemically enhanced material removal in low-pressure CMP of surface topographies overlying fragile low-k dielectrics. ADS can suppress Cu dissolution without significantly affecting the surface chemistry of Ta. The data analysis steps are discussed in detail to demonstrate how the D.C. and A.C. electrochemical probes can be combined in the framework of the RDE technique to design and test CMP slurry solutions.

  11. Properties of TaN{sub {ital x}} films as diffusion barriers in the thermally stable Cu/Si contact systems

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    Takeyama, M.; Noya, A.; Sase, T.; Ohta, A.; Sasaki, K.

    1996-03-01

    The properties of Ta{sub 2}N and TaN compound films as a diffusion barrier between Cu and Si have been investigated by examining compositional depth profiles obtained by Auger electron spectroscopy. The use of a Ta{sub 2}N barrier is effective for improving the thermal stability of the contact system by raising the silicide formation temperature as compared with the use of a Ta barrier. The contact system of Cu/TaN/Si is fairly stable due to annealing for 1 h even at 750{degree}C. This is interpreted by the stability of the TaN compound, which is chemically inert to Si as well as Cu at this temperature. Eliminating the grain growth of TaN due to annealing is also effective for suppressing the physical diffusion through the barrier. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Vacuum Society}

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Structure of the copper(I) tantalum oxide, Cu/sub 5/Ta/sub 11/O/sub 30/

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    Jahnberg, L.

    1982-03-01

    The structure of hexagonal CU/sub 6/Ta/sub 11/O/sub 30/ (space group P62c) has been determined from single-crystal diffractometer data. The cell dimensions are a = 6.2297(2) angstrom and c = 32,550(2) angstrom, and the cell content is two formula units. The structure is related to those of CaTa/sub 4/O/sub 11/ and CeTa/sub 7/O/sub 19/ and contains alternately single and double layers of TaO/sub 7/ pentagonal bipyramids sharing edges in the equatorial plane in the same way as UO/sub 7/ in ..cap alpha..-U/sub 3/O/sub 8/. The layers are connected by TaO/sub 6/ octahedra and linear CuO/sub 2/ groups, both formed by the apex oxygens of the TaO/sub 7/ bipyramids. Refinement was made with the least-squares technique using 729 reflections, of which 422 were independent. The conventional R value was 3.9%.

  17. Excellent red phosphors of double perovskite Ca{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6}:Eu (M=Sb, Nb, Ta) with distorted coordination environment

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    Yin Xin; Wang Yaoming; Huang Fuqiang; Xia Yujuan; Wan Dongyun; Yao Jiyong

    2011-12-15

    Double perovskite Ca{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}, successfully synthesized by solid state reaction method, was identified by Rietveld refinements to crystallize in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n, which is isostructural to Ca{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} (M=Nb, Ta). Excellent red luminescence of Eu-doped Ca{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} (M=Sb, Nb, Ta) can be obtained and no luminescence quenching effect was observed when Eu-doping level reached 40%. For Ca{sub 2}La{sub 0.6}NbO{sub 6}:0.4Eu{sup 3+}, quantum efficiencies of 20.9% and 27.7% were reached to show high light conversion and bright red emission excited at 465 nm (blue light) and 534 nm (green light), respectively, comparable to the commercial phosphors. Through systemic investigation for the series of double perovskite compounds, the excellent red emission in Ca{sub 2}LaMO{sub 6} is attributed to highly distorted polyhedra of EuO{sub 8} (low tolerance factor of the pervoskite), and large bond distances of La-O (low crystal field effect of the activator). - Graphical Abstract: Eu{sup 3+} doped double-perovskite compounds A{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (A=Ca, Sr, Ba; Ln=La, Gd, Y; M=Sb, Nb, Ta) show the dependence of luminescence intensity on the crystal structure. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A series of double perovskite compounds were synthesized by solid state reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eu{sup 3+} doped samples display intense red emission when excited by blue or green light. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High quantum efficiency was obtained, comparable to the commercial phosphors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence properties were ascribed to crystal distortion and large Ln-O distance.

  18. Novel high-strength NiCuCoTiTa alloy with plasticity

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    Samal, Sumanta; Biswas, Krishanu

    2013-07-01

    The present investigation reports a novel Ni-Ti-based Ni48Cu10Co2Ti38Ta2 alloy, obtained by arc melting cum suction casting route under ultrahigh-purity Ar atmosphere. X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations reveal a microstructure consisting of nanostructured eutectic between cubic NiTi and hexagonal Ni3Ti with micron-scale NiTi and cubic Ti2Ni dendrites. Detailed TEM investigation indicates substantial reduction in the interlamellar spacing as the alloy chemistry changes from binary to quinary. The alloy shows a high compressive strength, 2 GPa, with high plasticity 13 %. Fractography surface of this new alloy reveals mixed mode of fracture. The results are discussed in light of the available literature on deformation of nanostructured eutectic with micron-sized dendrites in the microstructures.

  19. Oxidation Behavior of a Refractory NbCrMo0.5Ta0.5TiZr Alloy

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    2014-04-01

    better combination of mechanical properties and oxidation resistance than commercial Nb alloys and earlier reported developmental Nb–Si–Al–Ti and Nb...The alloy has a better combination of mechanical properties and oxidation resistance than com- mercial Nb alloys and earlier reported developmental Nb...have the best combina- tion of required properties, such as creep resistance , tem- perature capability, environmental resistance , and damage tolerance

  20. Pyrochlore formation, phase relations, and properties in the CaO-TiO{sub 2}-(Nb,Ta){sub 2}O{sub 5} systems

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    Roth, R.S.; Vanderah, T.A. Bordet, P.; Grey, I.E.; Mumme, W.G.; Cai, L.; Nino, J.C.

    2008-03-15

    Phase equilibria studies of the CaO:TiO{sub 2}:Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} system confirmed the formation of six ternary phases: pyrochlore (A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 6}O'), and five members of the (110) perovskite-slab series Ca{sub n}(Ti,Nb){sub n}O{sub 3n+2}, with n=4.5, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Relations in the quasibinary Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 7}-CaTiO{sub 3} system, which contains the Ca{sub n}(Ti,Nb){sub n}O{sub 3n+2} phases, were determined in detail. CaTiO{sub 3} forms solid solutions with Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 7} as well as CaNb{sub 2}O{sub 6}, resulting in a triangular single-phase perovskite region with corners CaTiO{sub 3}-70Ca{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 6}:30Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 7}-80CaTiO{sub 3}:20CaNb{sub 2}O{sub 6}. A pyrochlore solid solution forms approximately along a line from 42.7:42.7:14.6 to 42.2:40.8:17.0 CaO:TiO{sub 2}:Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, suggesting formulas ranging from Ca{sub 1.48}Ti{sub 1.48}Nb{sub 1.02}O{sub 7} to Ca{sub 1.41}Ti{sub 1.37}Nb{sub 1.14}O{sub 7} (assuming filled oxygen sites), respectively. Several compositions in the CaO:TiO{sub 2}:Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} system were equilibrated to check its similarity to the niobia system in the pyrochlore region, which was confirmed. Structural refinements of the pyrochlores Ca{sub 1.46}Ti{sub 1.38}Nb{sub 1.11}O{sub 7} and Ca{sub 1.51}Ti{sub 1.32}V{sub 0.04}Ta{sub 1.10}O{sub 7} using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data are reported (Fd3m (no. 227), a=10.2301(2) A (Nb), a=10.2383(2) A (Ta)), with Ti mixing on the A-type Ca sites as well as the octahedral B-type sites. Identical displacive disorder was found for the niobate and tantalate pyrochlores: Ca occupies the ideal 16d position, but Ti is displaced 0.7 A to partially occupy a ring of six 96g sites, thereby reducing its coordination number from eight to five (distorted trigonal bipyramidal). The O' oxygens in both pyrochlores were displaced 0.48 A from the ideal 8b position to a tetrahedral cluster of 32e sites. The refinement results also suggested that

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of Nb Content on Mechanical Behavior and Structural Properties of W/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100-x Nb x Composite

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    Mahmoodan, Morteza; Gholamipour, Reza; Mirdamadi, Shamseddin; Nategh, Said

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, (Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)100-x Nb(x=0,1,2,3) bulk metallic glass matrix/tungsten wire composites were fabricated by infiltration process. Structural studies were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction method. Also, mechanical behaviors of the materials were analyzed using quasi-static compressive tests. Results indicated that the best mechanical properties i.e., 2105 MPa compressive ultimate strength and 28 pct plastic strain before failure, were achieved in the composite sample with X = 2. It was also found that adding Nb to the matrix modified interface structure in W fiber/(Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5)98Nb2 since the stable diffusion band formation acts as a functionally graded layer. Finally, the observation of multiple shear bands formation in the matrix could confirm the excellent plastic deformation behavior of the composite.

  5. Structures and crystal chemistry of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanide and B'=Nb, Ta):

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    Saines, Paul J.; Spencer, Jarrah R.; Kennedy, Brendan J. Kubota, Yoshiki; Minakata, Chiharu; Hano, Hiroko; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki

    2007-11-15

    The structures of eight members of the series of double perovskites of the type Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=La{sup 3+}-Sm{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} and B'=Nb{sup 5+} and Ta{sup 5+}) were examined both above and below room temperature using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. The La{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} containing compounds had an intermediate rhombohedral phase whereas the other tantalates and niobates studied have a tetragonal intermediate. This difference in symmetry appears to be a consequence of the larger size of the La{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} cations compared to the other lanthanides. The temperature range over which the intermediate symmetry is stable is reduced in those compounds near the point where the preferred intermediate symmetry changes from tetragonal to rhombohedral. In such compounds the transition to the cubic phase involves higher order terms in the Landau expression. This suggests that in this region the stability of the two intermediate phases is similar. - Graphical abstract: Variable temperature structural studies of Ba{sub 2}LaTaO{sub 6} show the presence of a unexpected rhombohedral phase. Other Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (B'=Nb, Ta) have a tetragonal intermediate phase.

  6. 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.

  7. Crystal chemistry, band engineering, and photocatalytic activity of the LiNb3O8-CuNb3O8 solid solution.

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    Sahoo, Prangya Parimita; Maggard, Paul A

    2013-04-15

    A new solid solution has been prepared in the system LiNb3O8-CuNb3O8, and the impacts of chemical composition and crystal structure have been investigated for the resulting band gap sizes and photocatalytic activities for water reduction to hydrogen under visible light. All members of the solid solution were synthesized by solid-state methods within evacuated fused-silica vessels, and their phase purities were confirmed via powder X-ray diffraction techniques (space group P2(1)/a, a = 15.264(5)-15.367(1) Å, b = 5.031(3)-5.070(1) Å, c = 7.456(1)-7.536(8) Å, and β = 107.35(1)-107.14(8)°, for 0 ≤ x ≤ 1). Rietveld refinements were carried out for the x = 0.09, 0.50, and 0.70 members of the solid solution, which reveal the prevailing isostructurality of the continuous solid solution. The structure consists of chains of (Li/Cu)O6 and NbO6 octahedra. The optical band gap size across the solid solution exhibits a significant red-shift from ∼3.89 eV (direct) to ∼1.45 eV and ∼1.27 eV (direct and indirect) with increasing Cu(I) content, consistent with the change in sample color from white to dark brown to black. Electronic structure calculations based on density-functional theory methods reveal the rapid formation of a new Cu 3d(10)-based valence band that emerges higher in energy than the O 2p band. While the pure LiNb3O8 is a highly active UV-photocatalyst for water reduction, the Li(1-x)Cu(x)Nb3O8 solid is shown to be photocatalytically active under visible-light irradiation for water reduction to hydrogen.

  8. 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.

  9. In vitro bio-functional performances of the novel superelastic beta-type Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy.

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    Ion, Raluca; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Mitran, Valentina; Osiceanu, Petre; Dinescu, Sorina; Gloriant, Thierry; Cimpean, Anisoara

    2014-02-01

    The materials used for internal fracture fixations and joint replacements are mainly made of metals which still face problems ranging from higher rigidity than that of natural bone to leaching cytotoxic metallic ions. Beta (β)-type titanium alloys with low elastic modulus made from non-toxic and non-allergenic elements are desirable to reduce stress shielding effect and enhance bone remodeling. In this work, a new β-type Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy with a Young's modulus of approximately 50 GPa was designed and characterized. The behavior of MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts on the new alloy, including adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, was evaluated by examining the cytoskeleton, focal adhesion formation, metabolic activity and extracellular matrix mineralization. Results indicated that the pre-osteoblast cells exhibited a similar degree of attachment and growth on Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N and Ti-6Al-4V. However, the novel alloy proved to be significantly more efficient in sustaining mineralized matrix deposition upon osteogenic induction of the cells than Ti-6Al-4V control. Further, the analysis of RAW 264.7 macrophages cytokine gene and protein expression indicated no significant inflammatory response. Collectively, these findings suggest that the Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy, which has an increased mechanical biocompatibility with bone, allows a better osteogenic differentiation of osteoblast precursor cells than Ti-6Al-4V and holds great potential for future clinical prosthetic applications.

  10. 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.

  11. Shock compression of VH0.50, NbH0.75 and TaH0.50: A comparative study

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    Syono, Y.; Taguchi, H.; Fukai, Y.; Atou, T.; Kusaba, K.; Fukuoka, K.

    1994-07-01

    Shock compression data of VH0.50, NbH0.75 and TaH0.50 up to the pressure range of 135, 148 and 216 GPa respectively are summarized. Compressibility of these hydrides were found to be comparable to those of the corresponding metals, indicating that the hydrogen-metal bonds in these hydrides are no less incompressible than the metal-metal bonds in the corresponding Group Va bcc metals. Implication of these data for the equation-of-state of metallic hydrogen is discussed.

  12. The formation of the Yichun Ta-Nb deposit, South China, through fractional crystallization of magma indicated by fluid and silicate melt inclusions

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    Li, Shenghu; Li, Jiankang; Chou, I.-Ming; Jiang, Lei; Ding, Xin

    2017-04-01

    The Yichun Ta-Nb deposit, which is located in Jiangxi Province, South China, can be divided into four lithological zones (from bottom upward): two-mica granite, muscovite granite, albite granite, and lepidolite-albite granite zones. It remains controversial whether these distinct vertical zones were formed through late magmatic-hydrothermal metasomatic alteration or fractional crystallization of magma. To investigate the evolution mechanism of rock- and ore-forming fluid in this deposit, we studied fluid and melt inclusions in quartz and lepidolite in these four granite zones. These fluid inclusions are mainly composed of H2O-NaCl, and have homogenization temperatures ranging from 160 °C to 240 °C, with densities between 0.86 and 0.94 g/cm3 and salinities between 0.5 and 6.5 wt% NaCl equivalent. Raman spectroscopic analyses showed that the daughter minerals contained in silicate melt inclusions are mainly quartz, lepidolite, albite, muscovite, microcline, topaz, and sassolite. From the lower to upper granite zones, the albite contents in silicate melt inclusions increase, while the muscovite contents decrease gradually until muscovite is substituted by lepidolite in the lepidolite-albite granite zone. Additionally, the calculated densities of the silicate melt inclusions exhibit decreasing trends from bottom upward. The total homogenization temperatures of silicate melt inclusions, which were observed under external pressures created in the sample chamber of a hydrothermal diamond-anvil cell, decreased from 860 °C in the lower lithological zone to 776 °C in the upper lithological zone, and the initial melting temperatures of solid phases were 570-710 °C. The calculated initial H2O contents of granitic magma showed an increasing trend from the lower (∼2 wt% in the two-mica granite zone) to the upper granitic zones (∼3 wt% in the albite granite zone). All of these features illustrate that the vertical granite zones in the Yichun Ta-Nb deposit formed through

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Flux pinning behavior in Nb50Ti/Cu superconducting composite with different form of artificial pinning center

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    Liu, X. H.; Zhou, L.; Wu, X. Z.; Fu, B. Q.; Wang, F. Y.; Zhang, P. X.; Feng, Y.; Weber, H. W.

    2003-04-01

    Artificial pinning center (APC) niobium-titanium composites achieve very high critical current density value at low magnetic field (below 5 T), but they are inferior to conventional composites at high magnetic fields (above 7 T) due to weak flux pining force. Therefore, realization of flux pinning behavior and improvement of flux pinning force of NbTi composite are very important. In this paper, three forms of niobium APC were introduced into Nb50Ti/Cu composites, that is, island-shaped, net-shaped and sheet-shaped Nb APC. The results show that Nb50Ti/Cu composites with island-shaped APC have highest flux pinning force over other two kinds of composites with net-shaped and sheet-shaped APC, however, this difference will be reduced after heat treatment process.

  17. 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.

  18. Nb-Ti superconductor wires with Cu as artificial pinning centers

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    Tirelli, Marcelo Alexandre; Nunes, Cristina Bormio; Ghivelder, Luis

    2004-08-01

    The present work reports the procedure used for the production and characterization of Nb-Ti superconductor wires with Cu as artificial pinning centers (APC) for two different pin geometries: island and barrier. Cold swaging, bundling, drawing processing in addition to controlled heat treatments were used to reduce the pinning centers size. Superconducting properties characterization was made by means of transport and magnetization measurements. We obtained Jc values at 4.2 K of 124 A/mm 2 (island) and 101 A/mm 2 (barrier) at 5 T.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. First principle study on electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta)

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    Rameshe, Balasubramaniam; Murugan, Ramaswamy; Palanivel, Balan

    2016-12-01

    First principle calculations are performed to investigate the electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of double perovskite oxide semiconductors namely Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta) in the cubic symmetry using WIEN2k. In order to study the ground state properties of these compounds, the total energies are calculated as a function of reduced volumes and fitted with Brich Murnaghan equation. The estimated ground state parameters are comparable with the available experimental data. Calculations of electronic band structure on these compounds reveal that both Ba2ScNbO6 and Ba2ScTaO6 exhibit a semiconducting behavior with a direct energy gap of 2.78 and 3.15 eV, respectively. To explore the optical transitions in these compounds, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity, optical absorption coefficient, real part of optical conductivity and the energy-loss function are calculated at ambient pressure and analyzed. The collective Raman active modes of the atoms of these materials are also calculated in order to understand the structural stability of these compounds.

  4. Weakly Bound and Strongly Interacting: NbSe2 and 1T-TaS2 in the 2D Limit

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    Tsen, Adam

    The layered metallic dichalcogenides are known to exhibit rich collective electron phases such as charge density waves, spin density waves, and superconductivity. In the past, studies on graphene and various semiconducting dichalcogenides have shown that taking layered materials to their physical two-dimensional (2D) limit leads to fundamental changes in band structure, allowing for a powerful experimental knob to tune for electronic functionality. In contrast, due to their instability in the ambient environment, the effect of thickness control over such collective electron phases has been largely unexplored in metallic systems. We have recently demonstrated a new experimental platform for the isolation and assembly of environmentally sensitive 2D materials in inert atmosphere. I will discuss our recent studies of the charge density wave material 1T-TaS2 and superconducting NbSe2 in the atomically thin limit, made possible using this technique. For 1T-TaS2, we find that the lock-in transition to commensurate charge ordering becomes increasingly metastable for reduced thickness, allowing for all-electrical control over this phase transition in the 2D state. In NbSe2, a small magnetic field induces a transition to a quantum metallic phase, the resistivity of which obeys a unique field-scaling property. These methods and experiments open new doors for the study of other correlated 2D materials in the immediate future.

  5. Striking Doping Effects on Thermal Methane Activation Mediated by the Heteronuclear Metal Oxides [XAlO4 ](.+) (X=V, Nb, and Ta).

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    Wu, Xiao-Nan; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Zhou, Shaodong; González-Navarrete, Patricio; Schwarz, Helmut

    2017-01-18

    The thermal reactivity of the heteronuclear metal-oxide cluster cations [XAlO4 ](.+) (X=V, Nb, and Ta) towards methane has been studied by using mass spectrometry in conjunction with quantum mechanical calculations. Experimentally, a hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) from methane is mediated by all the three oxide clusters at ambient conditions. However, [VAlO4 ](.+) is unique in that this cluster directly transforms methane into formaldehyde. The absence of this reaction for the Nb and Ta analogues demonstrates a striking doping effect on the chemoselectivity in the conversion of methane. Mechanistic aspects of the two reactions have been elucidated by quantum-chemical calculations. The HAT reactivity can be attributed to the significant spin density localized at the terminal oxygen atom (Ot(.-) ) of the cluster ions, while the ionic/covalent character of the Lewis acid-base unit [X-Ob ] plays a crucial role for the generation of formaldehyde. The mechanistic insight derived from this combined experimental/computational investigation may provide guidance for a more rational design of catalysts.

  6. Magnetic properties of Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B nanocrystalline magnetic alloys

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    Garcia del Muro, M.; Batlle, X.; Zquiak, R.; Tejada, J.; Polak, C.; Groessinger, R.

    1994-03-01

    Several ribbons of composition Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 16.5}B{sub 6} and Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9} were prepared by annealing the as-quenched samples between 525 C and 700 C, which induced nucleation of nanocrystallites of Fe bcc-type composition. Mean grain sizes were obtained from X-ray diffraction. Static magnetic properties were measured with both a Magnet Physik Hysteresis-Graph (up to 200 Oe) and a SHE S.Q.U.I.D. Magnetometer (up to 50 kOe). Soft magnetic parameters (coercive field and initial permeability) were very sensitive to grain size. The ZFC magnetization at low field showed a broad peak at a temperature T{sub M}, thus signaling a certain distribution of nanocrystalline sizes, and T{sub M} strongly decreased when the mean grain size decreased. Isothermal magnetization curves at low temperature showed the expected asymptotic behavior of a random magnet material at low and high fields.

  7. Phase Composition of a CrMo0.5NbTa0.5TiZr High Entropy Alloy: Comparison of Experimental and Simulated Data (Postprint)

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    2014-04-01

    COMPOSITION OF A CrMo0 5NbTa0 5TiZr HIGH ENTROPY ALLOY : COMPARISON OF EXPERIMENTAL AND SIMULATED DATA (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT...e15093796. 14. ABSTRACT Microstructure and phase composition of a CrMo0 5NbTa0 5TiZr high entropy alloy were studied in the as-solidified and heat...15. SUBJECT TERMS refractory high entropy alloy , microstructure and phase analysis, CALPHAD 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF

  8. 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.

  9. Differences in chemical doping matter: Superconductivity in Ti1-xTaxSe2 but not in Ti1-xNbxSe2

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    Luo, Huixia; Zhu, Yimei; Xie, Weiwei; Tao, Jing; Pletikosic, Ivo; Valla, Tonica; Sahasrabudhe, Girija S.; Osterhoudt, Gavin; Sutton, Eric; Burch, Kenneth S.; Seibel, Elizabeth M.; Krizan, Jason W.; Cava, Robert J.

    2016-02-21

    We report that 1T-TiSe2, an archetypical layered transition metal dichalcogenide, becomes superconducting when Ta is substituted for Ti but not when Nb is substituted for Ti. This is unexpected because Nb and Ta should be chemically equivalent electron donors. Superconductivity emerges near x = 0.02 for Ti1–xTaxSe2, while, for Ti1–xNbxSe2, no superconducting transitions are observed above 0.4 K. The equivalent chemical nature of the dopants is confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. ARPES and Raman scattering studies show similarities and differences between the two systems, but the fundamental reasons why the Nb and Ta dopants yield such different behavior are unknown. We present a comparison of the electronic phase diagrams of many electron-doped 1T-TiSe2 systems, showing that they behave quite differently, which may have broad implications in the search for new superconductors. Here, we propose that superconducting Ti0.8Ta0.2Se2 will be suitable for devices and other studies based on exfoliated crystal flakes.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Design of medium band gap Ag-Bi-Nb-O and Ag-Bi-Ta-O semiconductors for driving direct water splitting with visible light.

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    Wang, Limin; Cao, Bingfei; Kang, Wei; Hybertsen, Mark; Maeda, Kazuhiko; Domen, Kazunari; Khalifah, Peter G

    2013-08-19

    Two new metal oxide semiconductors belonging to the Ag-Bi-M-O (M = Nb, Ta) chemical systems have been synthesized as candidate compounds for driving overall water splitting with visible light on the basis of cosubstitution of Ag and Bi on the A-site position of known Ca2M2O7 pyrochlores. The low-valence band edge energies of typical oxide semiconductors prevents direct water splitting in compounds with band gaps below 3.0 eV, a limitation which these compounds are designed to overcome through the incorporation of low-lying Ag 4d(10) and Bi 6s(2) states into compounds of nominal composition "AgBiM2O7". It was found that the "AgBiTa2O7" pyrochlores are in fact a solid solution with an approximate range of Ag(x)Bi(5/6)Ta2O(6.25+x/2) with 0.5 < x < 1. The structure of Ag4/5Bi5/6Ta2O6.65 was determined from the refinement of time-of-flight neutron diffraction data and was found to be a cubic pyrochlore with a = 10.52268(2) Å and a volume of 1165.143(6) Å(3). The closely related compound, AgBiNb2O7, appears to have an integer stoichiometry and to adopt an orthorhombically distorted pyrochlore-related structure with a subcell of a = 7.50102(8) Å, b = 7.44739(7) Å, c = 10.5788(1) Å, and V = 590.93(2) Å(3). Density functional theory-based calculations predict this distortion should result from A-site cation ordering. Fits to UV-vis diffuse reflectance data suggest that AgBiNb2O7 and "AgBiTa2O7" are both visible-light-absorbing semiconductors with the onset of strong direct absorption at 2.72 and 2.96 eV, respectively. Electronic structure calculations for an ordered AgBiNb2O7 structure show that the band gap reduction and the elevation of the valence band primarily result from hybridized Ag d(10)-O 2p orbitals that lie at higher energy than the normal O 2p states in typical pyrochlore oxides. While the minimum energy gap is direct in the band structure, the lowest energy dipole allowed optical transitions start about 0.2 eV higher in energy than the minimum energy

  13. 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.

  14. 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 binary 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.

  15. Bond dissociation energies of diatomic transition metal selenides: TiSe, ZrSe, HfSe, VSe, NbSe, and TaSe

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    Sorensen, Jason J.; Persinger, Thomas D.; Sevy, Andrew; Franchina, Jordan A.; Johnson, Eric L.; Morse, Michael D.

    2016-12-01

    Predissociation thresholds have been observed in the resonant two-photon ionization spectra of TiSe, ZrSe, HfSe, VSe, NbSe, and TaSe. It is argued that the sharp onset of predissociation corresponds to the bond dissociation energy in each of these molecules due to their high density of states as the ground separated atom limit is approached. The bond dissociation energies obtained are D0(TiSe) = 3.998(6) eV, D0(ZrSe) = 4.902(3) eV, D0(HfSe) = 5.154(4) eV, D0(VSe) = 3.884(3) eV, D0(NbSe) = 4.834(3) eV, and D0(TaSe) = 4.705(3) eV. Using these dissociation energies, the enthalpies of formation were found to be Δf,0 KHo(TiSe(g)) = 320.6 ± 16.8 kJ mol-1, Δf,0 KHo(ZrSe(g)) = 371.1 ± 8.5 kJ mol-1, Δf,0 KHo(HfSe(g)) = 356.1 ± 6.5 kJ mol-1, Δf,0 KHo(VSe(g)) = 372.9 ± 8.1 kJ mol-1, Δf,0 KHo(NbSe(g)) = 498.9 ± 8.1 kJ mol-1, and Δf,0 KHo(TaSe(g) ) = 562.9 ± 1.5 kJ mol-1. Comparisons are made to previous work, when available. Also reported are calculated ground state electronic configurations and terms, dipole moments, vibrational frequencies, bond lengths, and bond dissociation energies for each molecule. A strong correlation of the measured bond dissociation energy with the radial expectation value, ⟨r⟩nd, for the metal atom is found.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    1995-04-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Influence of sintering time on switching of the femtosecond nonlinear optical properties of CuNb2O6

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    Priyadarshani, N.; Sabari Girisun, T. C.; Venugopal Rao, S.

    2017-04-01

    Transition of mixed phases (monoclinic and orthorhombic) to pure orthorhombic phase was achieved during the synthesis process of CuNb2O6 by varying the sintering time. The suppression of monoclinic phase and dominant formation of orthorhombic CuNb2O6 was confirmed from the XRD and FTIR data analysis. FESEM studies demonstrated that due to increase in sintering time, coarsening process initiated the grain growth and trapping of pores leading to pore-free structures. The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of mixed and pure copper niobate were studied by the Z-scan technique using near-infrared (800 nm, ∼150 fs, 80 MHz) laser excitation. Mixed phases exhibited saturable absorption and self-defocusing behaviour while pure orthorhombic demonstrated reverse saturable absorption and self-focusing process. The switching of nonlinearity along with increase in NLO coefficient of O-CuNb2O6 was attributed to the decreased metal-oxygen bond length and pore free structure. The increase in nonlinear absorption coefficient with input irradiance suggests the occurrence of effective 3 PA (2 PA followed by ESA) process. The magnitudes of nonlinear absorption coefficient (2.14 × 10-23m3/W2) and nonlinear refractive index (6.0 × 0-17 m2/W) of O-CuNb2O6 were found to be higher than well-known NLO materials. Orthorhombic CuNb2O6 exhibited optical limiting action with low limiting threshold of 38.26 μJ/cm2 and favouring NLO properties suggesting that the material to be an entrant candidate for safety devices against ultrashort pulsed lasers.

  20. 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.

  1. Effects of surface crystallization and oxidation in nanocrystalline FeNbCuSiB(P) ribbons

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    Butvinová, B.; Butvin, P.; Brzózka, K.; Kuzminski, M.; Maťko, I.; Švec, P., Sr.; Chromčíková, M.

    2017-02-01

    Si-poor Fe74Nb3Cu1Si8B14-xPx, (x=0, 3) nanocrystalline ribbon-form alloys often form surfaces, which exert in-plane force on underlying ribbon interior when nanocrystallized in even modest presence of oxygen. Mostly unwanted hard-ribbon-axis magnetic anisotropy is standard result. Essential sources of the surface-caused stress have been sought and influence of P instead of B substitution on this effect was studied too. Preferred surface crystallization (PSC) was found to be the major reason. However P substitution suppresses PSC and promotes Fe-oxide formation, which eases the stress, softens the surfaces and provides different annealing evolution of surface properties.

  2. Effects of He radiation on cavity distribution and hardness of bulk nanolayered Cu-Nb composites

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    Yang, L. X.; Zheng, S. J.; Zhou, Y. T.; Zhang, J.; Wang, Y. Q.; Jiang, C. B.; Mara, N. A.; Beyerlein, I. J.; Ma, X. L.

    2017-04-01

    Interface engineering is an important strategy for developing radiation tolerant materials. In prior work, bulk nanolayered composites fabricated by accumulative roll bonding (ARB) showed outstanding radiation resistance. However, the effects of layer thickness and radiation conditions on damage distributions and their effect on hardness have not been explored. Here, we use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation to investigate the effects of radiation on the distribution of radiation-induced cavities and post-radiation hardness in ARB nanolayered Cu-Nb composites. We show that whether the cavities cross the interface depends on layer thickness and temperature, and that, remarkably, radiation could generate softening, not always hardening. We posit that the softening mainly results from the recovery of dislocations stored in the crystal after the bulk forming ARB processing due to He radiation and this phenomenon offsets radiation-induced hardening as layers become finer and temperatures rise.

  3. 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.

  4. Elevated temperature flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo

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    Whittenberger, J. D.; Moore, T. J.

    1979-01-01

    A study of the flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo has been conducted. Two mill-processed forms of this alloy were examined. The forged material had been processed above the beta transus (approximately 1275 K) while the rolled form had been subjected to work below the beta transus. Between 1150 and 1250 K, the forged material was stronger and more creep resistant than the rolled alloy. Both forms exhibit superplastic characteristics in this temperature range. Strain measurements during diffusion welding experiments at 1200 K reveal that weld interfaces have no measurable effect on the overall creep deformation. Significant deformation appears to be necessary to produce a quality diffusion weld between superplastic materials. A 'soft' interlayer inserted between faying surfaces would seemingly allow manufacture of quality diffusion welds with little overall deformation.

  5. First-principles investigation of the stability of MN and CrMN precipitates under coherency strains in α-Fe (M = V, Nb, Ta)

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    Fors, Dan H. R.; Wahnström, Göran

    2011-06-01

    We perform a systematic ab initio study of the interface energetics of thin coherent rocksalt (nacl) structured MN and tetragonal CrMN films in bcc Fe (M = V, Nb, Ta), motivated by the vital role of MN and CrMN precipitates for the long-term creep resistance in 9%-12%Cr steels. The similarities and differences in the work of separations and the elastic costs for the coherency strains are identified, and the possibility for formation of coherent films are discussed. Our findings provide valuable information of the interface energetics, which in continuation can be combined with thermodynamical modeling to obtain a better understanding of the initial nucleation stage of the MN and CrMN precipitates, and their influence on the long-term microstructural evolution in 9%-12%Cr steels.

  6. 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.

  7. Chemical Coupling SERS Properties of Pyridine on Silver-Caged Metal Clusters M@Ag12 (M = V-, Nb-, Ta-, Cr, Mo, W, Mn+, Tc+, Re+)

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    Chen, Lei; Wang, Zhigang; Li, Zhengqiang; Zhang, Rui-Qin

    2016-10-01

    Using density functional theory, this work presents a comprehensive analysis of nonresonant surface-enhanced Raman scattering enhancement of pyridine on M@Ag12 (M = V-, Nb-, Ta-, Cr, Mo, W, Mn+, Tc+, Re+). Computational results indicate that the chemical enhancement of pyridine on M@Ag12 is closely associated with the charge properties of silver-caged clusters. Pyridine on negative clusters exhibits the strongest chemical enhancement with a factor of about 103, while the chemical enhancement is only about 102 for pyridine on neutral clusters and 10 for pyridine on positive clusters. The polarizability analyses elucidate the nature of the chemical enhancement that delocalized electrons of negative adsorption systems occupy higher molecular orbitals than those of neutral and positive adsorption systems, which can lead to stronger nonresonant chemical enhancement.

  8. Phase transformation and its effect on mechanical characteristics in warm-deformed Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy

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    Lee, Taekyung; Nakai, Masaaki; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Park, Chan Hee; Lee, Chong Soo

    2015-01-01

    Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ) alloy has been extensively studied as it is promising for use in biomedical applications. Despite its potential, the effects of warm plastic deformation on the alloy have not yet been revealed. This study investigated the differences in phase constitution of two warm-deformed TNTZ alloys and revealed relevant mechanisms with particular attention to martensitic transformation. The influence of phase constituents on mechanical characteristics was discussed as well. The TNTZ alloy deformed at 823 K possessed α, β, and ω phases as well as α″ martensite, and demonstrated a low Young's modulus and double-yielding phenomenon. In contrast, the alloy deformed at 723 K had no martensite but more ω phase, leading to increased strength, hardness, and Young's modulus. The absence of α″ martensite in the alloy deformed at 723 K was interpreted in light of β-stability of the parent phase and reduced M s temperature.

  9. 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.

  10. Elevated-temperature flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of Ti-gAl-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo

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    Whittenberger, J. D.; Moore, T. J.

    1977-01-01

    A study of the flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo was conducted. Two mill-processed forms of this alloy were examined. The forged material was essentially processed above the beta transus while the rolled form was subjected to considerable work below the beta transus. Between 1150 and 1250 K, the forged material was stronger and more creep resistant than the rolled alloy. Both forms exhibit superplastic characteristics in this temperature range. Strain measurements during diffusion welding experiments at 1200 K reveal that weld interfaces have no measurable effect on the overall creep deformation. Significant deformation appears to be necessary to produce a quality diffusion weld between superplastic materials. A 'soft' interlayer inserted between faying surfaces would seemingly allow manufacture of quality diffusion welds with little overall deformation.

  11. Investigation into the evolution of the structure of K{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Ta{sub 1-y}Nb{sub y}O{sub 3} single crystals under variations in temperature

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    Borisov, S. A.; Vakhrushev, S. B.; Koroleva, E. Yu.; Naberezhnov, A. A. Syrnikov, P. P.; Simkin, V. G.; Kutnjak, Z.; Egami, T.; Dmowski, W.; Piekarz, P.

    2007-05-15

    The evolution of the structure of K{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Ta{sub 1-y}Nb{sub y}O{sub 3} single crystals with x = 0.001, y = 0.026, and 1900 ppm Cu (KLTN277) and with x = 0.0014 and y = 0.024 (KLTN123), which exhibit an extremely high permittivity (up to 4 x 10{sup 5} in the quasi-static regime for the KLTN277 crystal), is investigated in the range from room temperature to 20 K. It is demonstrated that, upon cooling to the lowest temperatures, both crystals retain their cubic structure, but the lattice parameters pass through a minimum at the temperature of the observed anomalies of the dielectric response ({approx}50 K). In the neutron diffraction pattern of the KLTN123 sample, satellites appear in the vicinity of the (hhh) reflections at temperatures below {approx}50 K. These satellites can be associated with the nucleation of the rhombohedral phase.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of K(Ta(x)Nb(1_x))O3 particles by high temperature mixing method under hydrothermal and solvothermal conditions.

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    Gu, Honghui; Zhu, Kongjun; Qiu, Jinhao; Ji, Hongli; Cao, Yang; Jin, Jiamei

    2013-02-01

    KTa(x)Nb(1_x)O3 (KTN) particles with an orthorhombic perovskite structure were synthesized via a high temperature mixing method (HTMM) under hydrothermal and solvothermal conditions. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and high-resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM). The influences of alkaline concentration and Ta doping amounts on the phase structure and morphology of the obtained powders were investigated. The results showed that KTN powders could be solvothermally prepared when the KOH concentration is as low as 0.5 M. In comparison with the hydrothermal process, supercritical isopropanol plays an important role in synthesizing KTN particles under milder conditions. The KTa(0.4)Nb(0.6)O3 particles solvothermally synthesized in isopropanol are made of well crystallized and single crystalline particles with a size of about 100-200 nm. Room temperature PL studies excited at different wavelengths reveal five emission bands centered at about 421 nm, 446 nm, 468 nm, 488 nm, and 498 nm, respectively. The supercritical process proposed here provides a new potential route for synthesizing other perovskite-type materials.

  13. Piezoelectric properties of Li- and Ta-modified (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Hollenstein, Evelyn; Davis, Matthew; Damjanovic, Dragan; Setter, Nava

    2005-10-01

    Lead-free, potassium sodium niobate piezoelectric ceramics substituted with lithium (K0.5-x/2,Na0.5-x/2,Lix)NbO3 or lithium and tantalum (K0.5-x/2,Na0.5-x/2,Lix)(Nb1-y,Tay)O3 have been synthesized by traditional solid state sintering. The compositions chosen are among those recently reported to show high piezoelectric properties [Y. Saito, H. Takao, T. Tani, T. Nonoyama, K. Takatori, T. Homma, T. Nagaya, and M. Nakamura, Nature (London) 42, 84 (2004); Y. Guo, K. Kakimoto, and H. Ohsato, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 4121 (2004); Mater. Lett. 59, 241 (2005)]. We show that high densities and piezoelectric properties can be obtained for all compositions by pressureless sintering in air, without cold isostatic pressing, and without any sintering aid or special powder treatment. Resonance and converse piezoelectric (strain-field) measurements show a thickness coupling coefficient kt of 53% and converse piezoelectric coefficient d33 around 200pm/V for the Li-substituted ceramics, and a kt of 52% and d33 over 300pm/V for the Li- and Ta-modified samples. The unipolar strain-field hysteresis is small and comparable to that measured under similar conditions in hard Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3. A peak of piezoelectric properties can be noted close to the morphotropic phase boundary. These ceramics look very promising as possible, practicable, lead-free replacements for lead zirconate titanate.

  14. Quantitative studies of electric field intensity on atom diffusion of Cu/Ta/Si stacks during annealing

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    Wang, Lei; Asempah, Isaac; Dong, Song-Tao; Yin, Pian-Pian; Jin, Lei

    2017-03-01

    It has been shown that enhanced electric field intensity (0-4.0 kV/cm) has an obvious effect on accelerating atom diffusion in Cu/Ta/Si interconnect stacks at 650 °C. The theoretical deduction proves that diffusion coefficient is accelerated proportional to an acceleration factor (1 + a·αE/0.8)2. The analysis indicates that the accelerating effect is mainly attributed to the perturbation of the electric state of the defects and enhanced vacancy and dislocation densities.

  15. Meso-Scale Modeling the Orientation and Interface Stability of Cu/Nb-Layered Composites by Rolling

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    Bronkhorst, C. A.; Mayeur, J. R.; Beyerlein, I. J.; Mourad, H. M.; Hansen, B. L.; Mara, N. A.; Carpenter, J. S.; McCabe, R. J.; Sintay, S. D.

    2013-03-01

    Metallic-based multilayered nanocomposites are recognized for their increased plastic flow resistance and indentation hardness, increased ductility, improved radiation damage resistance, improved electrical and magnetic properties, and enhanced fatigue failure resistance compared to conventional metallic materials. One of the ways in which these classes of materials are manufactured is through accumulated roll bonding where the material is produced by several rolling and heat-treatment steps during which the layer thickness is reduced through severe plastic deformation. A single rolling pass of the accumulated roll bonding process in which a Cu/Nb-layered composite with an initial average layer thickness of 24 μm subjected to a 50% height reduction is modeled. A single-crystal model based upon thermally activated dislocation motion is used. Nanohardness tests for both the Cu and Nb layers are used to help initialize the model for each of the two materials. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data of the heat-treated material is used to characterize the initial state of the composite and to produce 40 combined morphological and crystallographic numerical model realizations of the material. The results suggest very good agreement between the predicted and experimental textures for both the materials. Highly oriented microstructure develops during severe plastic rolling deformation of Cu/Nb nanocomposites. The deformation textures significantly deviate from those expected when rolling Cu or Nb alone, and the Cu/Nb interfaces do not correspond to those with the lowest possible formation energies. We study the interfacial stability of specific Cu/Nb bicrystal configurations under rolling conditions using a finite-element crystal plasticity model. Specifically, we examine how slip activity and lattice reorientation are affected by the kinematic constraint imposed by the interface. Our results show that for certain configurations the slip activity and lattice

  16. Crystallographic and dielectric properties of flux grown PbB1/2'B1/2″O (B'B″: InNb, InTa, YbNb, YbTa and MgW) single crystals

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    Kania, Antoni

    2008-05-01

    Single crystals of PbIn 1/2Nb 1/2O 3 (PIN), PbIn 1/2Ta 1/2O 3 (PIT), PbYb 1/2Nb 1/2O 3 (PYN), PbYb 1/2Ta 1/2O 3 (PYT) and PbMg 1/2W 1/2O 3 (PMW) have been grown by the flux method. The PbO-based solvents were used. Transparent, light yellow and arrow like shaped PIN and PIT crystals of the perovskite structure were obtained. Small amounts of red and of octahedron habit PIN and PIT crystals of the pyrochlore type were simultaneously grown. In the case of PYN, PYT and PMW only the crystals of the perovskite structure have been grown. The transparent and brown PYN and PYT crystals of octahedron habit were obtained. The transparent, light yellow and of octahedron or truncated octahedron shape PMW crystals were grown. The crystals were characterised by X-ray and dielectric studies. They showed that as-grown PIN crystals are nearly disordered, exhibit the rhombohedral distortion of the pseudo-perovskite unit cell and reveal relaxor behaviour. The partially ordered PIT crystals show monoclinic distortion and undergo antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition. The PYN, PYT and PMW single crystals, characterised by chemical order in the B'/B″ ion sublattice, exhibit orthorhombic symmetry and undergo the first-order antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transitions.

  17. Complex permeability spectra of PbO and Ta2O5 added nanocrystalline MgCuZn ferrites

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    V, Seetha Rama Raju

    2015-05-01

    PbO and Ta2O5 added MgCuZn ferrites are prepared by the Microwave-Hydrothermal (M-H) processing. The nanocrystalline ferrites are sintered to a temperature of 900 °C/4 h. SEM pictures reveal that, the addition of PbO causes a small amount of grain growth, whereas the addition of Ta2O5 causes a fine-grained microstructure. The complex permeability spectra (μ*=μ‧-iμ″) of the prepared samples were measured in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz, the μ* spectra are analyzed into two magnetization processes with focus on the particle size of ferrite samples. In addition to the spin rotation relaxation in 130-200 MHz, it is initially identified the contribution from reversible domain wall bowing rising at 6-40 MHz. The magnetic state of the ferrite is also influenced by the addition of PbO and Ta2O5. The spin rotation mechanism of the present ferrites is enhanced by the preparation of nanocrystalline samples.

  18. Effects of K4CuNb8O23 on phase structure and electrical properties of K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiSbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Liu, Yong; Chu, Ruiqing; Xu, Zhijun; Lv, Huiqin; Wu, Liming; Yang, Yizheng; Li, Guorong

    2012-07-01

    Dense K4CuNb8O23 (KCN) modified 0.948K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.052LiSbO3 (KNNLS) ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. The effect of addition of K4CuNb8O23 liquid phase sintering aid on the phase structure and electrical properties of ceramics was studied. Results showed that K4CuNb8O23 induced a perovskite structure transition from coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases to orthorhombic symmetry. The addition of K4CuNb8O23 promoted the sintering of KNNLS ceramics. In particular, the K4CuNb8O23 addition to the KNNLS greatly improved the mechanical quality factor Qm value. The ceramics with x=0.8 sintered at 1090 °C possess the optimum properties (Qm=192, d33=135 pC/N, tan δ=0.024 and kp=0.357). These results indicate that the ceramic is a promising candidate for lead-free high-power piezoelectric devices, such as piezoelectric actuators, transformers and filter materials.

  19. Photovoltaic effect in YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Nb-doped SrTiO3 heterojunctions

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    Hao, F. X.; Zhang, C.; Liu, X.; Yin, Y. W.; Sun, Y. Z.; Li, X. G.

    2016-09-01

    The photovoltaic properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Nb-doped SrTiO3 (SNTO) heterostructures were investigated systematically under laser irradiation of different wavelengths from 365 nm to 640 nm. A clear photovoltaic effect was observed, and the photovoltage Voc ranged from 0.1 V to 0.9 V depending on the wavelength. The Voc appeared under laser illumination with a photon energy of 2.4 eV, far below the band gap (3.2 eV) of Nb-doped SrTiO3. The temperature dependencies of the Voc and short-current density showed kinks near the structural phase transition of the Nb-doped SrTiO3. Our findings are helpful for understanding the photovoltaic effect in transition-metal oxide based heterojunctions and designing such photovoltaic devices.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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.

  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. Effect of Nb and Cu on the crystallization behavior of under-stoichiometric Nd-Fe-B alloys

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    Salazar, D.; Martín-Cid, A.; Madugundo, R.; Garitaonandia, J. S.; Barandiaran, J. M.; Hadjipanayis, G. C.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present a complete study of the influence of Nb and Cu addition on the crystallization behavior of Nd-lean Nd-Fe-B melt-spun alloys. Alloys with compositions Nd10-x-y Fe84B6Nb x Cu y (x  =  1, y  =  0 and x  =  0.5, y  =  0.5) were melt-spun at different wheel speeds (15-40 m s-1) to obtain samples in amorphous, highly disordered and nanocrystalline structures. The crystallization process, induced by different heat treatments, was studied by means of differential thermal analysis and x-ray powder thermodiffraction. Magnetic properties of as-made and heat-treated ribbons were measured by magnetometry. The as-made amorphous samples showed a crystallization to the 2:14:1 hard magnetic phase at T 1 ~ 350 °C. Doping with Nb results in an increase of T 1, and addition of Cu lowers T 1. This behavior is explained in terms of an inhibition of grain growth by Nb and a nucleation enhancement by Cu additions. During the crystallization process, a secondary phase (identified as a bcc-Fe-rich phase) is formed. The amount of such a phase increases with the annealing temperature. Coercivity increases upon annealing reaching maxima at 700-750 °C. This can be explained in terms of competition between the two phases formed: the 2:14:1 hard phase and the soft bcc-Fe-rich phase. The highest coercivity of the Nd-lean samples is observed when the microstructure is appropriate and both phases are exchange-coupled.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.; ...

    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

  8. 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.

    2016-01-07

    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 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. 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.

  9. Preparation of soft magnetic films of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B alloy by facing targets sputtering

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    Naoe, Masahiko; Matsumiya, Hiroaki; Ichihara, Takayuki; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    1998-06-01

    Soft magnetic thin films of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B alloy were deposited using the facing targets sputtering (FTS) apparatus. It was found that the Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B single layers thinner than 100 nm revealed good soft magnetic properties, of which the saturation magnetization 4πMs and the relative permeability μr were 11.3 kG and 500, respectively. However, when these films were thicker than 100 nm, their soft magnetic properties degraded due to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. On the other hand, the soft magnetic properties of the post-annealed films were improved owing to the release of stress in the films. Especially, μr of the post-annealed films with thickness of 120 nm increased drastically up to around 6200. Furthermore, Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B/Al multilayers revealed superior soft magnetic properties due to the magnetostatic coupling between the two ferromagnetic layers. These multilayers post-annealed at 300 °C revealed softer magnetic properties than single layers. They exhibited very low coercivity Hc of 0.63 Oe, large 4πMs of 13.2 kG and high μr of 4600.

  10. Transmission electron microscopy study of the failure mechanism of the diffusion barriers (TiN and TaN) between Al and Cu

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    Kim, Soo-Hyun

    2017-01-01

    Failure mechanisms of transition metal nitride thin film diffusion barriers, such as TiN and TaN (10 nm in thickness), between Al and Cu were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. After annealing at 450 °C during 30 min, the TiN diffusion barrier initially failed due to an interfacial reaction between TiN and Al forming TiAl3. When the annealing temperature was increased to 500 °C, Cu-Al intermetallic compounds were formed by the interdiffusion of Al and Cu through the diffusion barrier. In the case of the Al/TaN/Cu structure, no interfacial reaction products were observed after annealing up to 550 °C. On the other hand, it failed after annealing at 550 °C due to the inter-diffusion of Cu and Al through the diffusion barrier. TEM also identified Cu to be the rapid diffusing species in both systems. The results are discussed based on the thermodynamic stability of the interface predicted by the ternary phase diagram and the diffusion kinetics of Al and Cu through the diffusion barrier. The results show that both the thermodynamic stability of the diffusion barrier between Al and Cu and the diffusion kinetics of Al and Cu through the diffusion barrier, which are dependent on the microstructure of the diffusion barrier, should be considered carefully when selecting diffusion barrier materials between Al and Cu.

  11. Magnetic ageing study of high and medium permeability nanocrystalline FeSiCuNbB alloys

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    Lekdim, Atef; Morel, Laurent; Raulet, Marie-Ange

    2017-04-01

    increasing the energy efficiency is one of the most important issues in modern power electronic systems. In aircraft applications, the energy efficiency must be associated with a maximum reduction of mass and volume, so a high components compactness. A consequence from this compactness is the increase of operating temperature. Thus, the magnetic materials used in these applications, have to work at high temperature. It raises the question of the thermal ageing problem. The reliability of these components operating at this condition becomes a real problem which deserves serious interest. Our work takes part in this context by studying the magnetic material thermal ageing. The nanocrystalline materials are getting more and more used in power electronic applications. Main advantages of nanocrystalline materials compared to ferrite are: high saturation flux density of almost 1.25 T and low dynamic losses for low and medium frequencies. The nanocrystalline Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si15.5B7 alloys have been chosen in our aging study. This study is based on monitoring the magnetic characteristics for several continuous thermal ageing (100, 150, 200 and 240 °C). An important experimental work of magnetic characterization is being done following a specific monitoring protocol. Elsewhere, X-Ray Diffraction and magnetostriction measurements were carried out to support the study of the anisotropy energies evolution with ageing. This latter is discussed in this paper to explain and give hypothesis about the ageing phenomena.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Mirroring the dynamic magnetic behavior of magnetostrictive Co/(Ag,Cu,Ta) multilayers grown onto rigid and flexible substrates

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    Agra, K.; Gomes, R. R.; Della Pace, R. D.; Dorneles, L. S.; Bohn, F.; Corrêa, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the magnetoimpedance effect in a wide frequency range in magnetostrictive Co/(Ag,Cu,Ta) multilayers grown onto rigid and flexible substrates. We observe a direct correlation between structural and quasi-static magnetic properties and the magnetoimpedance effect, since they are directly dependent on the nature of the spacer material. Moreover, we verify that all these properties are insensitive to the kind of employed substrate. We compare the magnetoimpedance results measured for multilayers in rigid and flexible substrates and discuss them in terms of different mechanisms that govern the impedances changes, magnetic anisotropy, structural character, and of numerical calculation results found in the literature. The fact that magnetostrictive multilayers can be reproduced in distinct kinds of substrates corresponds to an important advance for their applicability. The results place multilayers grown onto flexible substrates as attractive candidates for application as probe element in the development of MI-based sensor devices.

  16. Multiphoton photoluminescence contrast in switched Mg:LiNbO{sub 3} and Mg:LiTaO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Reichenbach, P. Kämpfe, T.; Thiessen, A.; Haußmann, A.; Eng, L. M.; Woike, T.

    2014-09-22

    We observed a multiphoton luminescence contrast between virgin and single-switched domains in Mg-doped LiNbO{sub 3} (LNO) and LiTaO{sub 3} (LTO) single crystals with different doping levels of 0–7 mol. % and 0–8 mol. %, respectively. A luminescence contrast in the range of 3% was measured between as-grown and electrically inverted domain areas in Mg:LNO samples, while the contrast reaches values of up to 30% for the Mg:LTO case. Under annealing, an exponential decay of the domain contrast was observed. The activation energy of about 1 eV being determined for the decay allowed a comparison with reported activation energies of associated defects, clearly illustrating a strong connection between thermal contrast decay and the H{sup +} and Li{sup +}-ion mobility. Finally, performing similar experiments on oxidized samples undoubtedly demonstrated that the origin of the reported luminescence contrast is strongly connected with lithium ions.

  17. Motif of misfit layer compounds (SnS) xTS 2 (T=Ti, V, Nb, Ta) in the matrix of SnS 2

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    Abramov, S. P.

    1999-09-01

    The possibility of T (T=Ti, V, Nb, Ta) insertion in the layer matrix of SnS 2 (when T≪Sn) presents a special case of intercalation for the specific interactions that are inherent in the misfit layer compounds (SnS) xTS 2 ( x≈1). FT Raman spectra of T xSnS 2 (T=Ti, V) with x≪1 testify to the SnS 2 matrix that is invariable with respect to a charge transfer from T to SnS 2 layers as compared with the pristine SnS 2. At the same time the T xSnS 2 structure ( x≪1) taken as a whole has substantial features in the UV-IR spectra as compared with the pristine SnS 2 but is still a semiconductor at least in the case of T=Ti. This points out in the cluster manner of TS 2 insertion in the matrix of SnS 2 with the interactions that are typical of the misfit layer compounds (SnS) xTS 2 in which metallic conductivity occurs in the TS 2 layers.

  18. 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.

  19. Manipulation of electronic and magnetic properties of M2C (M = Hf, Nb, Sc, Ta, Ti, V, Zr) monolayer by applying mechanical strains

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    Zhao, Shijun; Kang, Wei; Xue, Jianming

    2014-03-01

    Tuning the electronic and magnetic properties of a material through strain engineering is an effective strategy to enhance the performance of electronic and spintronic devices. In this paper, first-principles calculations based on density functional theory are carried out to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of M2C(M = Hf, Nb, Sc, Ta, Ti, V, Zr, known as MXenes) subjected to biaxial symmetric mechanical strains. At the strain-free state, all these MXenes exhibit no spontaneous magnetism except for Ti2C and Zr2C which show a magnetic moment of 1.92 and 1.25 μB/unit, respectively. As the tensile strain increases, the magnetic moments of MXenes are greatly enhanced and a transition from nonmagnetism to ferromagnetism is observed for those nonmagnetic MXenes at zero strains. The most distinct transition is found in Hf2C, in which the magnetic moment is elevated to 1.5 μB/unit at a strain of 1.80%. We further show that the magnetic properties of Hf2C are attributed to the band shift mainly composed of Hf(5d) states.

  20. 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.

  1. Effect of spin-orbit coupling on formation of native defects in Weyl fermion semimetals: The case of T X (T =Ta ,Nb ; X =As ,P )

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    Yu, Zhi Gen; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2016-11-01

    How to control the formation of native defects is crucial to obtaining high-quality samples and realizing the balance between electrons and holes for achieving high carrier mobilities in noncentrosymmetric Weyl fermion semimetals (WSMs). Using first-principles calculations, we explore the formation mechanisms of native defects in the family of T X (T =Ta , Nb; X =As , P), and find that the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is not only intrinsic to these semimetals but also plays a significant role in dictating the formation of native defects. The calculated defect formation energies with the SOC are lower than those without the SOC. The detailed analyses of partial density of states reveal that the valence shells of T -d and X -p hybridization states contribute to the antibonding states in T X compounds. The broadness of T -d and X -4 p hybridization states with the SOC inclusion increases by about 1 eV compared with the corresponding T X without the SOC consideration. The more delocalized T -d and X -p hybridization states increase the energy of antibonding states and further attribute to the stabilization of native defects with the reduced formation energies in T X compounds. We also estimate the defect concentrations based on our accurately calculated formation energies of native defects, and propose practical strategies to control their concentrations to grow high-quality samples. Our results provide insights to the defect behavior under the effect of the SOC in WSMs.

  2. Structural and ferroelectric properties of (K,Na,Li)(Nb,Ta)O3 — CaZrO3 thick films by aerosol deposition

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    Lee, Jungkeun; Lee, Soohwan; Choi, Min-Geun; Kang, Soo-Bin; Lim, Ji-Ho; Kim, Hwee-Jong; Jeong, Dae-Yong; Kong, Young-Min; Lee, Jong-Pil

    2015-04-01

    Ferroelectric (1- x)(K0.51Na0.47Li0.02)(Nb0.8Ta0.2)O3 — paraelectric xCaZrO3 solid solution films were deposited on Pt-coated Si substrates by using an aerosol deposition method. The hysteresis and the dielectric properties changed significantly even with small changes in the content of paraelectric CaZrO3. With increasing CaZrO3 content, the ferroelectric phase transformed gradually to a paraelectric phase. With the addition of 3.0 mol% CaZrO3, the dielectric constant was highest; ɛ 33 ~1100 at 1 kHz with a ferroelectric hysteresis loop. Although the 5.0 mol% of CaZrO3 added film revealed a higher remanent polarization, saturated polarization and coercive field than the 3.0 mol% CaZrO3 added film, the former exhibited an asymmetric polarization — electric field hysteresis loop. The X-ray diffraction confirmed that the ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition occurred at approximately 3.0 mol% CaZrO3.

  3. Micro-arc oxidation treatment to improve the hard-tissue compatibility of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy

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    Tsutsumi, Yusuke; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Tsutsumi, Harumi; Doi, Hisashi; Nomura, Naoyuki; Hanawa, Takao

    2012-12-01

    Micro-arc oxidation (MAO) was performed on a β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ) in this study to improve its bioactivity in a body fluid and its hard-tissue compatibility. The surface oxide layer formed on TNTZ by MAO treatment in a mixture of calcium glycerophosphate and magnesium acetate was characterized using various surface analyses. The oxide layer was mainly composed of two types of TiO2 (rutile and anatase), and it also contained Ca, P, and Mg, which were incorporated from the electrolyte during the treatment. The calcium phosphate formation on the surface of the specimens after immersion in Hanks' solution was evaluated to determine the bioactivity of TNTZ with and without MAO treatment. As a result, thick calcium phosphate layers formed on the TNTZ specimen that underwent MAO treatment, whereas only a small amount of precipitate was observed on TNTZ without treatment. Thus, the MAO treatment is a promising method to improve the bioactivity and hard-tissue compatibility of TNTZ.

  4. First-principles and molecular-dynamics study of structure and bonding in perovskite-type oxynitrides ABO(2)N (A = Ca, Sr, Ba; B = Ta, Nb).

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    Wolff, Holger; Dronskowski, Richard

    2008-10-01

    A series of perovskite-type phases of alkaline-earth-based tantalum and niobium oxynitrides has been studied using both first-principles electronic-structure calculations and molecular-dynamics simulations, in particular by investigating different structural arrangements and anion distributions in terms of total-energy calculations. The structural properties are explained on the basis of COHP chemical bonding analyses and semiempirical molecular orbital calculations. We provide theoretical proof for the surprising result that the local site symmetries of these phases are lower than cubic because density-functional calculations clearly show that all crystallographic unit cells are better described as being orthorhombic with space group Pmc2(1) to optimize metal-nitrogen bonding; nonetheless, there is no contradiction with a macroscopic cubic description of the structures of BaTaO(2)N and BaNbO(2)N adopting space group Pm3m. Additionally, we find that the anionic sublattice is ordered in all compounds studied over a wide temperature range.

  5. Electrical conductivity and impedance spectroscopy studies of cerium based aeschynite type semiconducting oxides: CeTiMO6 (M=Nb or Ta)

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    Sumi, S.; Rao, P. Prabhakar; Deepa, M.; Koshy, Peter

    2010-09-01

    Complex ceramic oxides, CeTiMO6 (M=Nb or Ta) having aeschynite type mineral structure were prepared by the conventional ceramic route. Complex impedance analysis in the frequency range 10 Hz-1 MHz over a wide temperature range (30-600 °C) indicates the presence of grain boundary effect along with the bulk contribution and also confirms the presence of non-Debye type of multiple relaxations in the material. The frequency dependent conductivity plots exhibit double power law dependence suggesting three types of conduction mechanisms: low frequency (10 Hz-1 kHz) conductivity owing to long range translational motion of electrons (frequency independent), mid-frequency conductivity (1-10 kHz) due to short-range hopping, and high frequency (10 kHz-1 MHz) conduction due to localized orientation hopping mechanism. The hopping model can explain the nature of the conduction mechanism completely. The electrical conductivity measurements with temperature suggest the negative temperature coefficient of resistance behavior. The activation energy studies allow insight into the nature of the conduction mechanisms.

  6. Manipulation of electronic and magnetic properties of M{sub 2}C (M = Hf, Nb, Sc, Ta, Ti, V, Zr) monolayer by applying mechanical strains

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    Zhao, Shijun; Kang, Wei; Xue, Jianming

    2014-03-31

    Tuning the electronic and magnetic properties of a material through strain engineering is an effective strategy to enhance the performance of electronic and spintronic devices. In this paper, first-principles calculations based on density functional theory are carried out to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of M{sub 2}C(M = Hf, Nb, Sc, Ta, Ti, V, Zr, known as MXenes) subjected to biaxial symmetric mechanical strains. At the strain-free state, all these MXenes exhibit no spontaneous magnetism except for Ti{sub 2}C and Zr{sub 2}C which show a magnetic moment of 1.92 and 1.25 μ{sub B}/unit, respectively. As the tensile strain increases, the magnetic moments of MXenes are greatly enhanced and a transition from nonmagnetism to ferromagnetism is observed for those nonmagnetic MXenes at zero strains. The most distinct transition is found in Hf{sub 2}C, in which the magnetic moment is elevated to 1.5 μ{sub B}/unit at a strain of 1.80%. We further show that the magnetic properties of Hf{sub 2}C are attributed to the band shift mainly composed of Hf(5d) states.

  7. 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.

  8. Laser damage comparisons of broad-bandwidth, high-reflection optical coatings containing TiO2, Nb2O5, or Ta2O5 high-index layers

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    Field, Ella Suzanne; Bellum, John Curtis; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-09-21

    Broad bandwidth coatings allow angle of incidence flexibility and accommodate spectral shifts due to aging and water absorption. Higher refractive index materials in optical coatings, such as TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, can be used to achieve broader bandwidths compared to coatings that contain HfO2 high index layers. We have identified the deposition settings that lead to the highest index, lowest absorption layers of TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, via e-beam evaporation using ion-assisted deposition. We paired these high index materials with SiO2 as the low index material to create broad bandwidth high reflection coatings centered at 1054 nm for 45 degmore » angle of incidence and P polarization. Furthermore, high reflection bandwidths as large as 231 nm were realized. Laser damage tests of these coatings using the ISO 11254 and NIF-MEL protocols are presented, which revealed that the Ta2O5/SiO2 coating exhibits the highest resistance to laser damage, at the expense of lower bandwidth compared to the TiO2/SiO2 and Nb2O5/SiO2 coatings.« less

  9. Laser damage comparisons of broad-bandwidth, high-reflection optical coatings containing TiO2, Nb2O5, or Ta2O5 high-index layers

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    Field, Ella S.; Bellum, John C.; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2017-01-01

    Broad bandwidth coatings allow angle of incidence flexibility and accommodate spectral shifts due to aging and water absorption. Higher refractive index materials in optical coatings, such as TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, can be used to achieve broader bandwidths compared to coatings that contain HfO2 high index layers. We have identified the deposition settings that lead to the highest index, lowest absorption layers of TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, via e-beam evaporation using ion-assisted deposition. We paired these high index materials with SiO2 as the low index material to create broad bandwidth high reflection coatings centered at 1054 nm for 45 deg angle of incidence and P polarization. High reflection bandwidths as large as 231 nm were realized. Laser damage tests of these coatings using the ISO 11254 and NIF-MEL protocols are presented, which revealed that the Ta2O5/SiO2 coating exhibits the highest resistance to laser damage, at the expense of lower bandwidth compared to the TiO2/SiO2 and Nb2O5/SiO2 coatings.

  10. 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

  11. Pd-Cu-M (M = Y, Ti, Zr, V, Nb, and Ni) Alloys for the Hydrogen Separation Membrane.

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    Nayebossadri, Shahrouz; Speight, John D; Book, David

    2017-01-25

    Self-supported fcc Pd-Cu-M (M = Y, Ti, Zr, V, Nb, and Ni) alloys were studied as potential hydrogen purification membranes. The effects of small additions (1-2.6 at. %) of these elements on the structure, hydrogen solubility, diffusivity, and permeability were examined. Structural analyses by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the fcc phase for all alloys with induced textures from cold rolling. Heat treatment at 650 °C for 96 h led to the reorientation in all alloys except the Pd-Cu-Zr alloy, exhibiting the possibility to enhance the structural stability by Zr addition. Hydrogen solubility was almost doubled in the ternary alloys containing Y and Zr compared to Pd65.1Cu34.9 alloy at 300 °C. It was noted that hydrogen diffusivity is decreased upon additions of these elements compared to the Pd65.1Cu34.9 alloy, with the Pd-Cu-Zr alloy showing the lowest hydrogen diffusivity. However, the comparable hydrogen permeability of the Pd-Cu-Zr alloy with the corresponding binary alloy, as well as its highest hydrogen permeability among the studied ternary alloys at temperatures higher than 300 °C, suggested that hydrogen permeation of these alloys within the fcc phase is mainly dominated by hydrogen solubility. Hydrogen flux variations of all ternary alloys were studied and compared with the Pd65.1Cu34.9 alloy under 1000 ppm of H2S + H2 feed gas. Pd-Cu-Zr alloy showed superior resistance to the sulfur poisoning probably due to the less favorable H2S-surface interaction and more importantly slower rate of bulk sulfidation as a result of improved structural stability upon Zr addition. Therefore, Pd-Cu-Zr alloys may offer new potential hydrogen purification membranes with improved chemical stability and hydrogen permeation compared to the binary fcc Pd-Cu alloys.

  12. Ferromagnetic resonance studies of amorphous and nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB alloys

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    Schmool, D.S.; Gorria, P.; Barandiaran, J.M.

    1997-04-01

    Alloys with composition Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 22.5{minus}x}B{sub x}, where x=6 and 9, have been studied from the as-cast state, through various stages of crystallization, in annealing range of 300{endash}650{degree}C, by the technique of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). The annealing was performed isothermally at preset temperatures to produce nanocrystalline structures in an amorphous matrix. Both the nanocrystalline structures and the surrounding amorphous matrix are ferromagnetic, and will therefore contribute to the FMR spectra. The spectral features, resonance field, intensity, and linewidth have been used to characterize the structurally related changes in the sample during the crystallization process. The major changes in the spectra are observed to occur in the region of the crystallization peak in the differential thermal analysis curves for these samples. The FMR spectra exhibit a complex in-plane angular variation, which is understood in terms of preferential orientation of the magnetization vector in the direction of the ribbon, and shape effects. The square cut samples give rise to multipeaked spectra when the external magnetic field is applied in an {open_quotes}off-square{close_quotes} direction. This is the first report of the appearance of a second resonance feature of this type. This is explained as arising from the magnetic confinement of the nanocrystallites in the amorphous matrix, producing spin waves localized at the interface of the two phases. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Geology and genesis of the Toongi rare metal (Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta, Y and REE) deposit, NSW, Australia, and implications for rare metal mineralization in peralkaline igneous rocks

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    Spandler, Carl; Morris, Caitlin

    2016-12-01

    The Toongi Deposit, located in central NSW, Australia, hosts significant resources of Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta, Y and REE within a small (ca. 0.3 km2), rapidly cooled trachyte laccolith. Toongi is part of regional Late Triassic to Jurassic alkaline magmatic field, but is distinguished from the other igneous bodies by its peralkaline composition and economically significant rare metal content that is homogenously distributed throughout the trachyte body. The primary ore minerals are evenly dispersed throughout the rock and include lueshite/natroniobite and complex Na-Fe-Zr-Nb-Y-REE silicate minerals dominated by a eudialyte group mineral (EGM). The EGM occurs in a unique textural setting in the rock, commonly forming spheroidal or irregular-shaped globules, herein called "snowballs", within the rock matrix. The snowballs are often protruded by aegirine and feldspar phenocrysts and contain swarms of fine aegirine and feldspar grains that often form spiral or swirling patterns within the snowball. Secondary ore minerals include REE carbonates, Y milarite, catapleiite and gaidonnayite that fill fractures and vesicles in the rock. Based on bulk-rock geochemical and Nd isotope data, and thermodynamic modelling of magma fractionation, the alkaline rocks of the region are interpreted to represent extrusive to hyperbyssal products of mantle-derived magma that ponded at mid-crustal levels (ca. 0.3 GPa) and underwent extensive fractionation under low-oxygen fugacity conditions. The high Na2O, peralkaline nature of the Toongi Deposit trachyte developed via extensive fractionation of an alkali olivine basalt parental magma initially in the mid-crust and subsequently at shallow levels (ca. 0.1 GPa). This extended fractionation under low fO2 and relatively low H2O-activity conditions limited volatile release and allowed build-up of rare metal contents to ore grades. We speculate that the ore minerals may have originally formed from rare metal-rich sodic-silicate melt that formed immiscible

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Assessing the performance and longevity of Nb, Pt, Ta, Ti, Zr, and ZrO₂-sputtered Havar foils for the high-power production of reactive [18F]F by proton irradiation of [18O]H2O.

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    Gagnon, K; Wilson, J S; Sant, E; Backhouse, C J; McQuarrie, S A

    2011-10-01

    As water-soluble ionic contaminants, which arise following proton irradiation of [18O]H2O have been associated with decreased [18F]FDG yields, the minimization of these contaminants is an asset in improving the [18F]F reactivity. To this end, we have previously demonstrated that the use of Nb-sputtered Havar foils results in decreased radionuclidic and chemical impurities in proton irradiated [18O]H2O, improved [18F]FDG yields, and improved [18F]FDG yield consistency when compared with non-sputtered Havar. Resulting from the highly reactive chemical microenvironment within the target however, this niobium layer is observed to degrade over time. To find a material that displays increased longevity with regards to maintaining high [18F]F reactivity, this project extensively investigated and compared Havar foils sputtered with Nb, Pt, Ta, Ti, Zr and ZrO₂. Of the materials investigated, the results of this study suggest that Ta-sputtered Havar foil is the preferred choice. For similar integrated currents (~1,000,000 μA min), when comparing the Ta-sputtered Havar with Nb-sputtered Havar we observed: (i) greater than an order of magnitude decrease in radionuclidic impurities, (ii) a 6.4 percent increase (p=0.0025) in the average TracerLab MX [18F]FDG yield, and (iii) an overall improvement in the FDG yield consistency. Excellent performance of the Ta-sputtered foil was maintained throughout its ~1,500,000 μA min lifetime.

  18. Oxidation Behavior of a Refractory NbCrMo0.5Ta0.5TiZr Alloy (Preprint)

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    2012-03-01

    occurred during oxidation. The alloy has a better combination of mechanical properties and oxidation resistance than commercial Nb alloys and earlier...properties and oxidation resistance than commercial Nb alloys and earlier reported developmental Nb-Si-Al-Ti and Nb-Si-Mo alloys. Keywords: Refractory...made from Ni-based superalloys, as these alloys have the best combination of required properties, such as creep resistance , temperature capability

  19. Oscillatory magnetic anisotropy and spin-reorientation induced by heavy-metal cap in Cu/FeCo/M (M =Hf or Ta): A first-principles study

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    Ong, P. V.; Kioussis, Nicholas; Amiri, P. Khalili; Wang, K. L.

    2016-11-01

    Using ab initio electronic structure calculations we have investigated the effect of the thickness of a heavy-metal (HM) cap on the magnetic anisotropy of the Cu /FeCo /HM (n ) thin film where HM = Hf and Ta with thicknesses of n =0 -10 monolayers (MLs). We find that the Hf cap results in a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which exhibits quasiperiodic oscillation with a period of two MLs. In contrast, the Ta-capped heterostructure exhibits a spin reorientation from out-of-plane to in-plane magnetization orientation at two MLs of Ta. Moreover, the MA remains negative and depends weakly on the Ta-cap thickness beyond the critical thickness. The underlying mechanism of the PMA oscillation is the periodic change in spin-flip spin-orbit coupling between the minority-spin Fe d (x z ,y z ) and majority Fe d (z2) at Γ ¯, which is induced by the hybridization with Hf at the FeCo/Hf interface. Our results help resolve the contradictory experiments regarding the role of the FeCo/Ta interface on the PMA of the MgO/FeCo/Ta junction. The calculations reveal that the ferromagnet/Hf is promising for spintronic applications and that the capping material and thickness are additional parameters for optimizing the functional properties of spintronic devices.

  20. 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.

  1. Abnormal Deformation Behavior of Oxygen-Modified β-Type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr Alloys for Biomedical Applications

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    Liu, Huihong; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Cong, Xin; Cho, Ken; Boehlert, Carl J.; Khademi, Vahid

    2017-01-01

    Oxygen was added to the biomedical β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ, mass pct) in order to improve its strength, while keeping its Young's modulus low. Conventionally, with an increase in the oxygen content, an alloy's tensile strength increases, while its tensile elongation-to-failure decreases. However, an abnormal deformation behavior has been reported in the case of oxygen-modified TNTZ alloys in that their strength increases monotonically while their elongation-to-failure initially decreases and then increases with the increase in the oxygen content. In this study, this abnormal tensile deformation behavior of oxygen-modified TNTZ alloys was investigated systematically. A series of TNTZ-(0.1, 0.3, and 0.7 mass pct)O alloy samples was prepared, treated thermomechanically, and finally solution treated; these samples are denoted as 0.1ST, 0.3ST, and 0.7ST, respectively. The main tensile deformation mechanisms in 0.1ST are a deformation-induced α″-martensitic transformation and {332}<113> mechanical twinning. The large elongation-to-failure of 0.1ST is attributable to multiple deformation mechanisms, including the deformation-induced martensitic transformation and mechanical twinning as well as dislocation glide. In both 0.3ST and 0.7ST, dislocation glide is the predominant deformation mode. 0.7ST shows more homogeneous and extensive dislocation glide along with multiple slip systems and a higher frequency of cross slip. As a result, it exhibits a higher work-hardening rate and greater resistance to local stress concentration, both of which contribute to its elongation-to-failure being greater than that of 0.3ST.

  2. Spin-Singlet Ground State of Two-Dimensional Quantum Spin Antiferromagnet (CuCl)Ca2Nb3O10

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    Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Kitada, Atsushi; Nishi, Masakazu; Narumi, Yasuo; Kindo, Koichi; Goko, Tatsuo; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Aczel, Adam A.; Williams, Travis J.; Luke, Graeme M.; Ajiro, Yoshitami; Kageyama, Hiroshi

    2014-07-01

    We report structural and magnetic properties of the triple-layered perovskite (CuCl)Ca2Nb3O10 with a spin-1/2 CuCl layer, investigated by transmission electron microscopy, magnetic susceptibility, high-field magnetization, specific heat, µSR, and inelastic neutron scattering measurements. The results show that (CuCl)Ca2Nb3O10 has a spin-singlet ground state with a gap of Δ/kB = 11 K. The observation of a 2 × 2 superstructure suggests a coherent distortion of the CuCl square lattice as in the double-layered (CuCl)LaNb2O7 with Δ/kB = 14 K. The low-temperature magnetization exhibits a jump to saturation above the critical field of Hc = 7.8 T, in marked contrast to the case of (CuCl)LaNb2O7, where the magnetization slowly increases above Hc. The observed magnetic properties are discussed in terms of the ferromagnetic Shastry-Sutherland model.

  3. High-power, pulsed-microwave measurements of critical currents in thin films of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Nb

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    Shiren, N.S.; Laibowitz, R.B.; Kazyaka, T.G.; Koch, R.H. )

    1991-05-01

    The microwave (16.5-GHz) surface resistance of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O and Nb thin films is observed to increase with increasing applied microwave power. At higher powers, Nb films have been driven normal. These effects are attributed to high induced-current densities, approaching the critical values. From these measurements, values for the product {lambda}{ital J}{sub {ital c}} have been derived, and for Nb we have obtained the temperature dependence of this quantity. By using known values of {lambda}, the values of {ital J}{sub {ital c}} at microwave frequencies have been obtained.

  4. Structural and mechanical properties of lanthanide doped La1/3Nb0.8Ta0.2O3 thin films prepared by sol–gel method

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    Brunckova, Helena; Medvecky, Lubomir; Kovalcikova, Alexandra; Fides, Martin; Mudra, Erika; Durisin, Juraj; Skvarla, Jiri; Kanuchova, Maria

    2017-04-01

    Transparent Eu and Nd doped lanthanum niobate tantalate La1/3Nb0.8Ta0.2O3 (LNT) thin films (∼150 nm) were prepared by sol–gel/spin-coating process on Pt/SiO2/Si substrates and annealing at 1100 °C. The x-ray diffraction analysis of films confirmed formation of the perovskite La1/3NbO3 and La1/3TaO3 phases with traces of pyrochlore LaNbO4. Eu and Nd doped LNT films were smoother with roughness 17.1 and 25.4 nm in comparison with LNT (43.3 nm). In all films was observed heterogeneous microstructure with the perovskite spherical and pyrochlore needle-like particles. The mechanical properties of films were characterized for the first time by conventional and continuous stiffness (CSM) nanoindentation. The Eu and Nd doped LNT film modulus (E) and hardness (H) were higher than LNT (∼99.8 and 4.4 GPa) determined by conventional nanoindentation. It was measured the significant effect of substrate on properties of Eu or Nd films (H ∼ 5.9 or 4.9 GPa and E ∼ 107.3 or 104.1 GPa) by CSM nanoindentation.

  5. Extreme high field strength element (HFSE) depletion and near-chondritic Nb/Ta ratios in Central Andean adakite-like lavas (~ 28°S, ~ 68°W)

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    Goss, A. R.; Kay, S. M.

    2009-03-01

    The eruption of andesites with steep REE patterns and high Sr concentrations (adakite-like) in the northernmost Chilean flatslab region of the Central Andes spatially and temporally corresponds with the appearance of a marked HFSE (high field strength element) depletion in these lavas (La/Ta up to 95). Known as the Dos Hermanos and Pircas Negras andesites, these lavas erupted at the beginning (˜ 8 Ma), during (7-3 Ma), and immediately following (3-2 Ma) a period of tectonic instability characterized by eastward migration of the frontal volcanic arc. ICP-MS analyses of the HFSE reveal a range of chondritic (20-18) to subchondritic (18-11) Nb/Ta ratios in these lavas. Evident temporal trace element trends support a change from a rutile-bearing to an amphibole-bearing eclogitic residual assemblage in equilibrium with the mafic precursor magmas of these andesites. This change in residual mineralogy is contemporaneous with the onset of frontal arc migration in the region. Potential eclogitic sources for the Dos Hermanos and Pircas Negras adakitic andesites include mafic Andean lower crust and an additional flux of forearc crust transported to the sub-arc mantle via subduction erosion during the height of arc migration and Pircas Negras magmatism. Batch melting models of rutile- or amphibole-bearing eclogitic arc basalt in tandem with magma mixing calculations generate the observed adakitic signatures and near-chondritic Nb/Ta ratios of these Central Andean andesites.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Differing reactivities of (trimpsi)M(CO)(2)(NO) complexes [M = V, Nb, Ta; trimpsi = (t)BuSi(CH(2)PMe(2))(3)] with halogens and halogen sources.

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    Hayton, Trevor W; Legzdins, Peter; Patrick, Brian O

    2002-10-21

    Treatment of (trimpsi)V(CO)(2)(NO) (trimpsi = (t)BuSi(CH(2)PMe(2))(3)) with 1 equiv of PhICl(2) or C(2)Cl(6) or 2 equiv of AgCl affords (trimpsi)V(NO)Cl(2) (1) in moderate yields. Likewise, (trimpsi)V(NO)Br(2) (2) and (trimpsi)V(NO)I(2) (3) are formed by the reactions of (trimpsi)V(CO)(2)(NO) with Br(2) and I(2), respectively. The complexes (trimpsi)M(NO)I(2)(PMe(3)) (M = Nb, 4; Ta, 5) can be isolated in moderate to low yields when the (trimpsi)M(CO)(2)(NO) compounds are sequentially treated with 1 equiv of I(2) and excess PMe(3). The reaction of (trimpsi)V(CO)(2)(NO) with 2 equiv of ClNO forms 1 in low yield, but the reactions of (trimpsi)M(CO)(2)(NO) (M = Nb, Ta) with 1 equiv of ClNO generate (trimpsi)M(NO)(2)Cl (M = Nb, 6; Ta, 7). Complexes 6 and 7 are thermally unstable and decompose quickly at room temperature; consequently, they have been characterized solely by IR and (31)P[(1)H] NMR spectroscopies. All other new complexes have been fully characterized by standard methods, and the solid-state molecular structures of 1.3CH(2)Cl(2), 4.(3/4)CH(2)Cl(2), and 5.THF have been established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. A convenient method of generating Cl(15)NO has also been developed during the course of these investigations.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Structural and electrical properties of Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Eu{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}X{sub 4}O{sub 30} (X = Nb, Ta) ferroelectric ceramics

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    Das, Piyush R.; Biswal, L.; Behera, Banarji; Choudhary, R.N.P.

    2009-06-03

    A new group of tungsten bronze family Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Eu{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}X{sub 4}O{sub 30} (X = Nb, Ta) having all the valence elements (I-VI) were prepared by a high-temperature solid-state reaction technique. The formations of the compounds were confirmed by X-ray diffraction technique with an orthorhombic structure. Surface morphology of the compounds was studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Studies of dielectric properties ({epsilon}{sub r} and tan {delta}) of the above compounds at different frequencies in a wide temperature range (300-700 K) with an impedance analyzer exhibit a ferroelectric phase transition at 580 and 394 K for Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Eu{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 30} and Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Eu{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Ta{sub 4}O{sub 30}, respectively. Ferroelectric properties of these compounds were confirmed with polarization (hysteresis) study.

  13. Angle-integrated photoemission studies of ruthocuprate Eu_2-xCe_xRuSr_2Cu_2O_10, Gd_2RuSr_2Cu_2O_10 and Eu_1.5Nb_1-xRu_xCu_2O_10 systems

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    Frazer, B.; Hirai, Y.; Rast, Simon; Felner, I.; Asaf, U.; Onellion, M.

    2000-03-01

    We report on both resonant photoemission and fixed photon energy studies of the conduction band and core levels for several ruthocuprate systems. The pure Ru-containing compounds exhibit ferromagnetic order, with metallic behavior and superconductivity depending on the rare earth and oxygen content. We report on as-prepared, hydrogen loaded, and oxygen-annealed polycrystalline samples. The Nb-Ru series changes from purely superconducting to both ferromagnetic and superconducting (Ru). The resonant photoemission measurements of the conduction band across the Ru4p, Cu3p, and Eu4d core levels allow us to determine the location and contribution of Ru, Cu and rare earth related states in the conduction band. The O1s, Cu2p, Ru3p, Ce4d, and Gd4d and several Nb core levels allow us to determine the valence of Ru and Nb, and the metallicity of the Ru/Nb, rare earth, and CuO2 planes.

  14. Significant change of spin transport property in Cu/Nb bilayer due to superconducting transition

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    Ohnishi, Kohei; Ono, Yuma; Nomura, Tatsuya; Kimura, Takashi

    2014-09-01

    The combination between the spin-dependent and super-conducting (SC) transports is expected to provide intriguing properties such as crossed Andreev reflection and spin-triplet superconductivity. This may be able to open a new avenue in the field of spintronics, namely superconducting spintronics because a superconductor itself has great potential for future nanoelectronic applications. To observe such SC spin transports, the suppression of the extrinsic effects originating from the heating and Oersted field due to the electric current is a crucial role. Pure spin current without accompanying the charge current is known as a powerful mean for preventing such extrinsic effects. However, non-negligible heat flow is found to exist even in a conventional pure spin current device based on laterally-configured spin valve because of the heating around the spin injector. Here, we develop a nanopillar-based lateral spin valve, which significantly reduces the heat generation, on a superconducting Nb film. By using this ideal platform, we found that the spin absorption is strongly suppressed by the SC transition of Nb. This demonstration is the clear evidence that the super-conducting Nb is an insulator for the pure spin current.

  15. Significant change of spin transport property in Cu/Nb bilayer due to superconducting transition

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    Ohnishi, Kohei; Ono, Yuma; Nomura, Tatsuya; Kimura, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    The combination between the spin-dependent and super-conducting (SC) transports is expected to provide intriguing properties such as crossed Andreev reflection and spin-triplet superconductivity. This may be able to open a new avenue in the field of spintronics, namely superconducting spintronics because a superconductor itself has great potential for future nanoelectronic applications. To observe such SC spin transports, the suppression of the extrinsic effects originating from the heating and Oersted field due to the electric current is a crucial role. Pure spin current without accompanying the charge current is known as a powerful mean for preventing such extrinsic effects. However, non-negligible heat flow is found to exist even in a conventional pure spin current device based on laterally-configured spin valve because of the heating around the spin injector. Here, we develop a nanopillar-based lateral spin valve, which significantly reduces the heat generation, on a superconducting Nb film. By using this ideal platform, we found that the spin absorption is strongly suppressed by the SC transition of Nb. This demonstration is the clear evidence that the super-conducting Nb is an insulator for the pure spin current. PMID:25179118

  16. Significant change of spin transport property in Cu/Nb bilayer due to superconducting transition.

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    Ohnishi, Kohei; Ono, Yuma; Nomura, Tatsuya; Kimura, Takashi

    2014-09-02

    The combination between the spin-dependent and super-conducting (SC) transports is expected to provide intriguing properties such as crossed Andreev reflection and spin-triplet superconductivity. This may be able to open a new avenue in the field of spintronics, namely superconducting spintronics because a superconductor itself has great potential for future nanoelectronic applications. To observe such SC spin transports, the suppression of the extrinsic effects originating from the heating and Oersted field due to the electric current is a crucial role. Pure spin current without accompanying the charge current is known as a powerful mean for preventing such extrinsic effects. However, non-negligible heat flow is found to exist even in a conventional pure spin current device based on laterally-configured spin valve because of the heating around the spin injector. Here, we develop a nanopillar-based lateral spin valve, which significantly reduces the heat generation, on a superconducting Nb film. By using this ideal platform, we found that the spin absorption is strongly suppressed by the SC transition of Nb. This demonstration is the clear evidence that the super-conducting Nb is an insulator for the pure spin current.

  17. 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.

  18. Heterogeneous structure and mechanical hardness of biomedical β-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr subjected to high-pressure torsion.

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    Yilmazer, H; Niinomi, M; Nakai, M; Hieda, J; Todaka, Y; Akahori, T; Miyazaki, T

    2012-06-01

    A novel β-type titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ), has been developed as a candidate for biomedical applications. TNTZ exhibits non-toxicity and a low Young's modulus close to that of bone (10-30 GPa). Such a low Young's modulus of this alloy is achieved by comprising a single metastable β phase. Greater mechanical biocompatibility, which implies higher mechanical strength and hardness while maintaining a low Young's modulus, has been aimed for TNTZ. Therefore, strengthening by grain refinement and increasing dislocation density is expected to provide TNTZ high mechanical strength while keeping a low Young's modulus because they keep the original β phase. In this case, high-pressure torsion (HPT) processing is one of the effective ways to obtain these properties simultaneously in TNTZ. Thus, in this study, the effect of HPT processing on the microstructure and mechanical hardness of TNTZ was systematically investigated at rotation numbers (N) of 1 to 20 under a pressure of around 1.25 GPa at room temperature. On the cross sections of TNTZ subjected to HPT processing (TNTZ(HPT)) after cold rolling (TNTZ(CR)) at any rotation number, a heterogeneous microstructure consisting of a matrix and a non-etched band, which is not corroded by etching solution, can be observed. The thickness of non-etched band increases as rotation number and distance from specimen center increase. Both matrix and non-etched band comprise a single β phase, but their grain geometries are different each other. Equiaxed grains and elongated grains are observed in the matrix and the non-etched band, respectively. The equiaxed grain diameter, which is ranged from 155 nm to 44 nm, in the matrix decreases with increasing rotation number. Contrastingly, the elongated grains with a length of around 300 nm and a width of 30 nm, which are nearly constant with rotation number, are observed in the non-etched band. The mechanical hardness of TNTZ(HPT) is consistently much higher than that of

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. In situ growth of Ni(x)Cu(1-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

    2014-06-03

    In this paper, we report the in situ growth of Ni(x)Cu(1-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 Ni(x)Cu(1-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 Ni(x)Cu(1-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 Ni(x)Cu(1-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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Mechanical and thermal behaviors of nitrogen-doped Zr-Cu-Al-Ag-Ta--An alternative class of thin film metallic glass

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    Chen, Pao-Sheng; Chen, Hsien-Wei; Duh, Jenq-Gong; Lee, Jyh-Wei; Shian-Ching Jang, Jason

    2012-10-01

    Super-plasticity and nano-scale surface roughness make thin film metallic glass (TFMG) a candidate for master mold of micro/nano imprint technique. Meanwhile, better mechanical properties of TFMG undoubtedly expand the life time of master mold. In this study, nitrogen is doped into Zr-based TFMG to exhibit the hardness higher than 10 GPa. Different from elements used to be doped into metallic glass, the role of nitrogen atoms plays in metallic glass is distinct and vital owing to its strong electronegativity. From the correlation of thermal and mechanical behavior, the role and effect of nitrogen in Ta-Zr-Cu-Al-Ag TFMG is discussed and proposed.

  5. Glass formation, chemical properties and surface analysis of Cu-based bulk metallic glasses.

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    Qin, Chunling; Zhao, Weimin; Inoue, Akihisa

    2011-01-01

    This paper reviews the influence of alloying elements Mo, Nb, Ta and Ni on glass formation and corrosion resistance of Cu-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). In order to obtain basic knowledge for application to the industry, corrosion resistance of the Cu-Hf-Ti-(Mo, Nb, Ta, Ni) and Cu-Zr-Ag-Al-(Nb) bulk glassy alloy systems in various solutions are reported in this work. Moreover, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis is performed to clarify the surface-related chemical characteristics of the alloy before and after immersion in the solutions; this has lead to a better understanding of the correlation between the surface composition and the corrosion resistance.

  6. 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.

  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)

    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.

  8. Instability of the Ionic Conductor Li6BaLa2B2O12 (B = Nb, Ta): Barium Exsolution from the Garnet Network Leading to CO2 Capture.

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    Galven, Cyrille; Corbel, Gwenaël; Le Berre, Françoise; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre

    2016-12-19

    The instability of the two garnets Li6BaLa2B2O12 (B = Nb, Ta) has been studied on samples prepared in powder form by solid-state reaction. For this study, we coupled different techniques: powder X-ray diffraction, IR spectrometry, thermal analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and complex impedance spectroscopy. We showed that in ambient air and at low temperature (<150 °C), a spontaneous Li(+)/H(+) exchange occurs. At higher temperature (500-700 °C), a progressive exsolution of the barium from the garnet framework is observed, leading to the formation of a second garnet, BaCO3, and a 3D cubic perovskite. To conclude this work, we studied the impact of barium exsolution on the ionic conductivity measured by complex impedance spectroscopy. We observed a significant decrease in the starting bulk conductivity (60%) when the pellet is heated at 500 °C for 5 h.

  9. Low-loss Ca{sub 5-x}Sr{sub x}A{sub 2}TiO{sub 12} [A=Nb,Ta] ceramics: Microwave dielectric properties and vibrational spectroscopic analysis

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    Bijumon, Pazhoor Varghese; Sebastian, Mailadil Thomas; Dias, Anderson; Moreira, Roberto Luiz; Mohanan, Pezholil

    2005-05-15

    Complex perovskite-type Ca{sub 5-x}Sr{sub x}A{sub 2}TiO{sub 12} [A=Nb,Ta] (0{<=}x{<=}5) ceramics were prepared by conventional solid-state ceramic route. The crystal structure, microwave dielectric properties, and vibrational spectroscopic characteristics of these materials are reported. The structure and microstructure were investigated by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The microwave dielectric properties were measured in the 3-5-GHz frequency range by the resonance method. Structural evolutions from orthorhombic to an averaged pseudocubic phase, with associated changes in dielectric properties, were observed as a function of composition. The structure-property relationships in these ceramics were established using Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques. Raman analysis showed characteristic bands of ordered perovskite materials, with variation in both intensity and frequency as a function of composition.

  10. Giant stress-impedance effect in amorphous and current annealed Fe 73.5Cu 1Nb 3Si 13.5B 9 wires

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    Han, Wei; Li, Deren; Lu, Zhichao; Zhou, Shaoxiong; Zhang, Honghao

    2002-02-01

    The giant stress-impedance (GSI) effect in Fe 73.5Cu 1Nb 3Si 13.5B 9 wires is measured to investigate the influence of Joule heating and pulse current annealing as well as tensile stress applied during the annealing process on it. The results show that the GSI effect changes drastically with annealing techniques and the maximum stress-impedance ratio of 80% is obtained at 5.5 MHz under applied tensile stress of 20 MPa.

  11. Synthesis of new visible light active photocatalysts of Ba(In(1/3)Pb(1/3)M'(1/3))O3 (M' = Nb, Ta): a band gap engineering strategy based on electronegativity of a metal component.

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    Hur, Su Gil; Kim, Tae Woo; Hwang, Seong-Ju; Park, Hyunwoong; Choi, Wonyong; Kim, Sung Jin; Kim, Sun Jin; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2005-08-11

    We have synthesized new, efficient, visible light active photocatalysts through the incorporation of highly electronegative non-transition metal Pb or Sn ions into the perovskite lattice of Ba(In(1/3)Pb(1/3)M'(1/3))O3 (M = Sn, Pb; M' = Nb, Ta). X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopic, and energy dispersive spectroscopic microprobe analyses reveal that tetravalent Pb or Sn ions exist in the B-site of the perovskite lattice, along with In and Nb/Ta ions. According to diffuse UV-vis spectroscopic analysis, the Pb-containing quaternary metal oxides Ba(In(1/3)Pb(1/3)M'(1/3))O3 possess a much narrower band gap (E(g) approximately 1.48-1.50 eV) when compared to the ternary oxides Ba(In(1/2)M'(1/2))O3 (E(g) approximately 2.97-3.30 eV) and the Sn-containing Ba(In(1/3)Sn(1/3)M'(1/3))O3 derivatives (E(g) approximately 2.85-3.00 eV). Such a variation of band gap energy upon the substitution is attributable to the broadening of the conduction band caused by the dissimilar electronegativities of the B-site cations. In contrast to the ternary or the Sn-substituted quaternary compounds showing photocatalytic activity under UV-vis irradiation, the Ba(In(1/3)Pb(1/3)M'(1/3))O3 compounds induce an efficient photodegradation of 4-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation (lambda > 420 nm). The present results highlight that the substitution of electronegative non-transition metal cations can provide a very powerful way of developing efficient visible light harvesting photocatalysts through tuning of the band structure of a semiconductive metal oxide.

  12. 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.

  13. Direct ICP-MS determination of trace and ultratrace elements in geological materials after decomposition in a microwave oven. Part II. Quantitation of Ba, Cs, Ga, Hf, In, Mo, Nb, Pb, Rb, Sn, Sr, Ta and Tl.

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    Gupta, J G; Bertrand, N B

    1995-12-01

    A new method has been developed for the rapid determination of traces of Ba, Cs, Ga, Hf, In, Mo, Nb, Pb, Rb, Sn, Sr, Ta and Tl in silicate rocks and lake, stream and river sediments. The method involved dissolution of samples in a microwave oven by heating in a pressure decomposition Teflon vessel with a mixture of HF + HNO(3) + HCl + H(3)BO(3) + EDTA followed by direct multielement determination using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP MS ). The method is faster than conventional dissolution of samples by open vessel acid digestion and fusion and determination by instrumental methods. The accuracy and precision of the developed method were tested by replicate analyses of a number of international geochemical reference samples of established trace element contents. Satisfactory correlation with the "recommended" or "consensus" values was found and recoveries were in most cases 95-100%. New values for Ga, In, Nb and Tl in several international geochemical reference materials are first reported in this paper.

  14. 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.

  15. Non-isothermal kinetic parameters and models of crystallization for amorphous Fe-Co-Nb-Cu-B alloys

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    Wang, Xin; Deng, Longjiang; Xie, Jianliang; Liang, Difei

    2013-02-01

    The non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements are often used to study kinetics of amorphous alloys. However non-isothermal kinetic parameters and models of amorphous alloy crystallization process were unclear. In our research, amorphous (FexCo1-x)NbCuB (x=0.33, 0.5 and 0.75) alloys were produced in the form of ribbon by a single roller melt-spinning method. DSC curves at heating rate 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 K/min were obtained. Kissinger, Ozawa and model-free methods obtain identical activation energies at each exothermic peak of all compositions. We conclude that first exothermic reaction is determined by the migration activation energy of Fe or Co atom; second reaction determined by the energy between parent and product boride phases; and the third reaction determined by the energy between parent α-FeCo phase and product bcc-Fe/fcc-Co phases. We hypothesized a non-isothermal kinetic modelf(α)=α(1, which fit our experiment results well. In this model, m depends on nucleus shape and growth dimension, and n are determined by lattice positions participated in new phase formation.

  16. Enhancement of blue photorefractive properties in Mg:Fe:Cu:SLiNbO3 crystals with near stoichiometry

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    Dai, Li; Jiao, Shanshan; Xu, Chao; Li, Dayong; Lin, Jiaqi; Xu, Yuheng

    2014-02-01

    Using the top seeded solution growth technique, near stoichiometric Mg:Fe:Cu:SLiNbO3 crystals have been grown by using K2O as flux. Infrared transmission spectra were measured and defect structure and change of threshold value were investigated. Using Kr+ laser as light source (blue light with wavelength of 476 nm) the photorefractive properties of crystals were measured. The diffraction efficiency of 76.3%, the short response time of 11 s, the dynamic range of 27.39, the sensitivity of 2.09 cm/J, and the refractive index change of 8.67 × 10-5 were obtained. The blue photorefractive properties were enhanced. As the holes are the dominant charge carriers, the short wavelength blue light which exhibits high energy can excite the holes from both of the shallow and the deep trap centers with the same phase. It was found that the so-called optical damage-resistant dopant such as Mg2+ ions no longer functioned as the damage resistant at 476 nm wavelength, but turned to enhance the blue photorefractive characteristics.

  17. 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

    2017-01-01

    (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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.; Robertson, G. R.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; Drake, R. R.; Cochrane, K.; Robinson, A. C.; Mattsson, T. R.; Tomlinson, K.; Blue, B. E.; Knudson, M. D.

    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 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.

  20. Phase evolution, microstructure and mechanical properties of equi-atomic substituted TiZrHfNiCu and TiZrHfNiCuM (M = Co, Nb) high-entropy alloys

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    Park, Hae Jin; Na, Young Sang; Hong, Sung Hwan; Kim, Jeong Tae; Kim, Young Seok; Lim, Ka Ram; Park, Jin Man; Kim, Ki Buem

    2016-07-01

    In this study, alloys with composition of equi-atomic substituted TiZrHfNiCu, TiZrHfNiCuCo, and TiZrHfNiCuNb high-entropy alloys (HEAs) were produced by suction casting method. The effects of addition elements on phase composition, microstructure and mechanical behaviors of the HEA were studied. The suction casted Ti20Zr20Hf20Ni20Cu20 HEA exhibits single C14 Laves phase (MgZn2-type) with fine homogeneous microstructure. When Co or Nb elements are added, morphologies are slightly modulated toward well-developed dendritic microstructure, phase constitutions are significantly changed from single Laves phase to mixed multi-phases as well as mechanical properties are also altered with increased plasticity and high strength. It is believed that modulated mechanical properties are mainly ascribed to the change of phase constitution and crystalline structure, together with the microstructural characteristics. This clearly reveals that the selection and addition of supplementary elements based on the formation rule for HEAs play an important role on the evolution of phase, microstructural morphology and mechanical properties of Ti20Zr20Hf20Ni20Cu20 HEA.

  1. 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.

    1995-04-01

    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 the authors 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 to 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, the authors 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Improvement of critical current density of bronze processed Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wire

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    Miyazaki, T.; Fukumoto, Y.; Matsukura, N.

    1997-06-01

    Effects of tantalum addition to niobium filaments and tin contents in bronze matrix on the critical current density (J{sub c}) of Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wires manufactured by the bronze process were investigated in order to improve the J{sub c} in the high magnetic fields. In the results using the bronze composition of Cu-13wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti, the J{sub c} shows a peak for 1 wt.% of tantalum content in the niobium filament. On the other hand, J{sub c} of samples with Cu-14wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti is almost 1.7 times higher than that with Cu-13wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti. From these findings, the authors manufactured a multifilamentary prototype (Nb,Ti,Ta){sub 3}Sn conductor made of Nb-1.0wt.%Ta and Cu-14wt.%Sn.0.3wt.%Ti. The non Cu J{sub c} of the conductor was 701 A/mm{sup 2} at 12 T and 51 A/mm{sup 2} at 21 T for the heat treatment temperature of 650{degrees} C.

  4. 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.

  5. Hydrogen Induced Abrupt Structural Expansion at High Temperatures of a Ni32Nb28Zr30Cu10 Membrane for H2 Purification

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    Palumbo, Oriele; Trequattrini, Francesco; Hulyalkar, Madhura; Sarker, Suchismita; Pal, Narendra; Chandra, Dhanesh; Flanagan, Ted; Dolan, Michael; Paolone, Annalisa

    2016-01-01

    Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous membranes, prepared by melt-spinning, show great potential for replacing crystalline Pd-based materials in the field of hydrogen purification to an ultrapure grade (>99.999%). In this study, we investigate the temperature evolution of the structure of an amorphous ribbon with the composition Ni32Nb28Zr30Cu10 (expressed in atom %) by means of XRD and DTA measurements. An abrupt structural expansion is induced between 240 and 300 °C by hydrogenation. This structural modification deeply modifies the hydrogen sorption properties of the membrane, which indeed shows a strong reduction of the hydrogen capacity above 270 °C. PMID:27879641

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of target power and composition on RE-Fe-B thin films with Cu and Nb buffer and cap layers

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    Castaldi, L.; Gibbs, M. R. J.; Davies, H. A.

    2006-11-01

    We report a systematic study of the structural, morphological, and magnetic properties of RE-Fe-B (RE=rare earth) films codeposited onto thermally oxidized Si substrates. The use of Cu and Nb buffer and cap layers was investigated. The deposition of the samples was performed by magnetron sputtering with the substrates held at 470 deg. C and using various Fe target power densities and fixed RE:Fe:B target power density. This was done in order to vary the growth rate and the Fe content of the films. The simultaneous increase of the deposition rate and Fe content influenced the c-axis texturing of the samples. For the Cu/RE:Fe:B/Cu films, as a consequence of the good perpendicular intrinisic coercivity ({approx}492 kA/m at 10 W) and very high remanent polarization ({approx}1.51 T at 110 W), very good perpendicular energy products were obtained at 10 W ({approx}133 kJ/m{sup 3}) and 110 W ({approx}136 kJ/m{sup 3}). The Nb/RE:Fe:B/Nb samples had the best combination of perpendicular energy product and intrinsic coercivity, with values of 150 kJ/m{sup 3} and 800 kA/m, respectively, for an iron target power of 20 W. This high energy product was retained up to target powers of 50 W in spite of the intrinsic coercivity decreasing rapidly with increasing power beyond 20 W, because of a marked increase in remanent polarization.

  8. Defect and dopant properties of MgTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Tealdi, Cristina; Saiful Islam, M.; Malavasi, Lorenzo . E-mail: lorenzo.malavasi@unipv.it; Flor, Giorgio

    2004-11-01

    Atomistic computer simulation techniques have been used, for the first time, to reproduce the crystal structure of MgTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} and to investigate the defect chemistry and dopant properties of this material. The calculated defect energetics suggest that the concentration of intrinsic atomic defects in this phase is insignificant and that the system is probably stable to both oxidation and reduction. Dopant solution energy versus ion size trends are found for both isovalent and aliovalent dopant incorporation at Mg and Ta sites. Divalent dopants (e.g. Ca, Cu) preferentially occupy the Mg site whereas dopants with higher charge (e.g. Sc, Zr, Nb) are more favorable on the Ta site. High migration activation energies (>2eV) predict limited ionic conductivity in this material.

  9. Extension of the La{sub 7}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 30} structural type with La{sub 7}Nb{sub 3}W{sub 4}O{sub 30} and La{sub 7}Ta{sub 3}W{sub 4}O{sub 30} compounds

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    Goutenoire, F. . E-mail: goutenoire.francois@univ-lemans.fr; Kodjikian, S.; Suard, E.

    2005-09-15

    Two compounds of formula La{sub 7}A{sub 3}W{sub 4}O{sub 30} (with A=Nb and Ta) were prepared by solid-state reaction at 1450 and 1490{sup o}C. They crystallize in the rhombohedric space group R-3 (No. 148), with the hexagonal parameters: a=17.0640(2)A, c=6.8859(1)A and a=17.0701(2)A, c=6.8851(1)A. The structure of the materials was analyzed from X-ray, neutron and electronic diffraction. These oxides are isostructural of the reduced molybdenum compound La{sub 7}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 30}, which are formed of perovskite rod along [111]. An order between (Nb, Ta) and W is observed.

  10. The hard magnetic properties and microstructure evolution of the multilayer [NdFeBNbCu/FeBSi]ṡn thin films

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    Chiriac, H.; Grigoras, M.; Lupu, N.; Urse, M.; Buta, V.

    2008-04-01

    The influence of the thickness of constituent layers and annealing conditions for multilayer [NdFeBNbCu/FeBSi]ṡn thin films on the magnetic properties and microstructure is reported. The Nb-Cu combination inhibits the grain growth and promotes the formation of nucleation sites. The FeSiB layer insertion leads to a slight increase in the Curie temperature and to a rectangular hysteresis loop. As compared to Ta /NdFeBNbCu (540nm)/Ta single layer, the Ta /[NdFeBNbCu(180nm)/FeBSi(15nm)]ṡ3/Ta multilayer nanocomposite films exhibit very good magnetic properties such as squareness Mr/Ms of about 0.92, maximum energy product of about 397kJ/m3, and an increase in the Curie temperature of about 17°C due to stratification by using FeBSi film as space layer.

  11. Combined effects of Li content and sintering temperature on polymorphic phase boundary and electrical properties of Li/Ta co-doped (Na, K)NbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Shen, Zong-Yang; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2009-12-01

    Crystallographic structure, phase transition and electrical properties of lead-free (Na0.535K0.485)1- x Li x (Nb0.942Ta0.058)O3 ( x=0.042-0.098) (NKL x NT) piezoelectric ceramics were investigated. The experimental results show that both Li content and sintering temperature strongly affect the orthorhombic-tetragonal polymorphic phase boundary (PPB), which results in remarkable differences of the piezoelectric property and its temperature stability in the NKL x NT ceramics. Chemical analysis indicates that sodium volatilizes more seriously than potassium and lithium with increasing sintering temperature. Due to the comprehensively optimized effects of Li content and sintering temperature, an enhanced piezoelectric constant d 33 (276 pC/N) was obtained at room temperature in the ceramics with x=0.074 sintered at 1000°C. In the same composition, a further high d 33 up to 354 pC/N was obtained at 43°C, which is close to its T o-t temperature. Furthermore, better temperature stability can be obtained when x=0.082 sintered at 1000°C, whose piezoelectric constant d 33 (236 pC/N) keeps almost constant from room temperature to 100°C. Such a temperature-independent piezoelectric property is available in the NKL x NT ceramics with high Li content because its T o-t was moved below room temperature.

  12. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Phase structure and electrical properties of K0.5Na0.5(Nb0.94Sb0.06)O3-LiTaO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Lin, Dunmin; Kwok, K. W.; Lam, K. H.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2008-03-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (1-x)K0.5Na0.5(Nb0.94Sb0.06)O3-xLiTaO3 have been fabricated by a conventional solid-state sintering technique. The ceramics can be well sintered at 1080-1110 °C and exhibit a dense, single-phase perovskite structure at x <= 0.06. Coexistence of the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases is formed in the ceramics with 0.02 < x < 0.05, leading to a significant enhancement in piezoelectric properties. For the ceramic with x = 0.04, the piezoelectric properties become optimum: piezoelectric constant d33 = 271 pC N-1, electromechanical coupling coefficients kP = 0.53 and kt = 0.43. Moreover, the ceramics are non-deliquescent and exhibit excellent performance in transducer applications, indicating that the ceramics are ready for replacing lead-containing ceramics in practical applications.

  13. Structural instabilities and sequence of phase transitions in SrBi2Nb2O9 and SrBi2Ta2O9 from first principles and Monte Carlo simulations

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    Petralanda, Urko; Etxebarria, I.

    2015-05-01

    Despite their structural similarities, SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) and SrBi2Nb2O9 (SBN) undergo a different sequence of phase transitions. The phase diagram of SBT as a function of the temperature includes an intermediate phase between the high-temperature phase and the ferroelectric ground state, while in the niobium compound the intermediate phase is suppressed and a direct transition between the high- and low-temperature structures is observed. We present ab initio calculations that reveal the relevance of a trilinear coupling between three symmetry-adapted modes to stabilize the ground state in both compounds. This coupling is much stronger in SBN than in SBT. Within the framework of the phenomenological Landau theory, it is shown that, by solely increasing the strength of the trilinear coupling, the topology of the phase diagram of SBT can change enough to suppress the intermediate phase. Monte Carlo simulations on an idealized ϕ4 Hamiltonian confirm that the trilinear coupling is the key parameter that determines the sequence of phase transitions, and that for higher dimensionality of the order parameters the stability region of the intermediate phase is narrower.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Doping of the quadruple perovskites of type Nd 2Ba 2Cu 2Ti 2- xO xO 11,  Mn, Fe, Co, Al and NdBa 3Cu 2Ti 1+ xNb 1- xNb 1- xO 11

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    Rentschler, Thomas

    1997-02-01

    The synthesis of new ceramic materials NdBa 3Cu 2Ti 1+ xNb 1- xO 11 and Nd 2Ba 2Cu 2Ti 2- xM xO 11, M  Mn, Fe, Co, Al with a quadruple perovskite structure was successfully performed. Rietveld refinements verified the oxygen deficient layered a p ∗ a p ∗ 4a p superstructure (space group P4/mmm). Heterovalent doping in these groups of materials was carried out in order to provide a hole carrier concentration in the CuO 2 layers structurally related to the high- Tc superconductors. However, superconductivity was not observed. The formation of oxygen defects is discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. Structural state of relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 at high pressures up to 30 GPa

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    Maier, B. J.; Waeselmann, N.; Mihailova, B.; Angel, R. J.; Ederer, C.; Paulmann, C.; Gospodinov, M.; Friedrich, A.; Bismayer, U.

    2011-11-01

    The pressure-induced structural changes in perovskite-type (ABO3) Pb-based relaxor ferroelectrics are studied on the basis of in situ single-crystal synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering experiments on PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 conducted under hydrostatic conditions up to 30 GPa. Complementary density functional theory calculations have been performed to compare the stability of various atomic configurations for both compounds at high pressures. By combining the experimental and theoretical results, the following sequence of structural transformations is proposed. At a characteristic pressure p1 the mesoscopic polar order is violated and a local antipolar order of Pb atoms as well as quasidynamical long-range order of antiphase octahedral tilts is developed. These structural changes facilitate the occurrence of a continuous phase transition at pc1>p1 from cubic to a nonpolar rhombohedral structure comprising antiphase octahedral tilts of equal magnitude (a-a-a-). At a characteristic pressure p2>pc1 the octahedral tilts around the cubic [100], [010], and [001] directions become different from each other on the mesoscopic scale. The latter precedes a second phase transition at pc2, which involves long-range order of Pb antipolar displacements along cubic [uv0] directions and a compatible mixed tilt system (a+b-b-) or long-range ordered antiphase tilts with unequal magnitudes (a0b-b-) without Pb displacement ordering. The phase-transition pattern at pc2 depends on the fine-scale degree of chemical B-site order in the structure.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2009-11-01

    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.

  2. Improvement of critical properties of undoped, multifilamentary MgB2 wires in Nb/Cu after annealing under high gas pressure

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    Cetner, T.; Morawski, A.; Adamczyk, K.; Rindfleisch, M.; Tomsic, M.; Zaleski, A.; Gajda, D.; Presz, A.

    2012-09-01

    Raw MgB2 wires have been manufactured by Hyper Tech Inc. Each of their 18 cores contained undoped in situ powder surrounded by an Nb barrier and placed in a Cu sheath, and cores were coated in a common Monel sheath. Wires of diameters 0.63 and 0.83 mm were annealed under high argon pressure (up to 1 GPa). Parameters of such HIP process (temperature, time, and pressure) were varied in order to determine their optimal values. Superconducting properties of such samples were investigated by means of four-probe critical current j c measurement. Bitter magnet producing magnetic field up to 14 T was used. It provided place for samples 70 mm long in parallel field and 20 mm long in perpendicular field. Results include critical current j c and pinning force density F p dependencies on magnetic field as well as Kramer plots. Critical current of 104 A/cm 2 was achieved at 12 T magnetic field. SEM pictures of wire cross sections were also taken to determine quality of Nb barrier and microstructure of superconducting material.

  3. Electromagnetic wave absorption properties of Fe73Si16B7Nb3Cu1-based composites mixed with fine charcoal powder

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    Kim, Sun-I.; Kim, Mi Rae; Sohn, Keun Yong; Park, Won-Wook

    2010-05-01

    Fe73Si16B7Nb3Cu1 soft magnetic powder was crystallized to obtain a nano grain structure and mixed with a fine charcoal powder. The mixtures were tape-cast with polymer-based organic binders to form a sheet-type electromagnetic (EM) wave absorption composite. The EM wave absorption properties of the sheets were investigated using a network analyzer. The results showed that addition of charcoal powder improved the EM-absorbing properties of the composite. The power loss of the EM wave was directly related to the imaginary part of the permeability and permittivity, and it was reviewed in detail. Excellent absorption properties were achieved by adding 5 wt % charcoal powder (-500 mesh) to the Fe-based sheets.

  4. Anisotropic rectifying characteristics induced by the superconducting gap of YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Nb-doped SrTiO3 heterojunctions

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    Zhang, M. J.; Hao, F. X.; Zhang, C.; Liu, X.; Li, X. G.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we investigated the anisotropic rectifying characteristics of a YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO)/Nb-doped SrTiO3 heterojunction in magnetic fields of up to 9 T by rotating the junction from H//c to H//ab of the YBCO film. From the temperature and field dependencies of the diffusion potential Vd, we found that the angle-resolved reductions of Vd from its original value, δVd, were induced by the anisotropic superconducting gap Δ of the YBCO. The anisotropic parameter obtained from Δ was close to that obtained from the angular-dependent upper critical fields of the YBCO. This heterojunction is helpful both in investigating the superconducting gap and in designing sensitive superconducting devices.

  5. Micro-structural, thermal, optical and physical properties nanocrystalline NbSr2Pr1.5Ce0.5Cu2O10-δ material synthesized by mechano-thermal method

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    Parthiban, P.; Balamurugan, S.; Satya, A. T.; Janaki, J.

    2015-06-01

    We have prepared nanocrystalline NbSr2Pr1.5Ce0.5Cu2O10-δ (Nb1222Pr) material by annealing the ball milled powder at 1000°C for 24h and studied by various characterization techniques such as TG-DTA, XRD, FT-IR, NIR, SEM-EDX, magnetization and electrical resistivity. Significant difference is seen in the TG-DTA curves of the as-milled powder due to ball milling. The annealed Nb1222Pr material is crystallized in tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameters, a = 0.3887(3) nm and c = 2.878(2) nm with reduced average particle size of ˜42.67 nm. Agglomeration of fine spherical particle sizes in the range of ˜180 - 280 nm is seen through SEM micro-image. The variation in the crystalline sizes of the Nb1222Pr phase obtained from XRD and SEM image indicate the polycrystalline characteristic of fine nanocrystalline particles. Neither superconductivity nor magnetic ordering is seen for the Nb1222Pr phase down to 5 K under 100 Oe. The four probe resistivity measurement reveals the semiconducting behavior of the Nb1222Pr phase.

  6. Laser damage comparisons of broad-bandwidth, high-reflection optical coatings containing TiO2, Nb2O5, or Ta2O5 high-index layers

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    Field, Ella Suzanne; Bellum, John Curtis; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-09-21

    Broad bandwidth coatings allow angle of incidence flexibility and accommodate spectral shifts due to aging and water absorption. Higher refractive index materials in optical coatings, such as TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, can be used to achieve broader bandwidths compared to coatings that contain HfO2 high index layers. We have identified the deposition settings that lead to the highest index, lowest absorption layers of TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, via e-beam evaporation using ion-assisted deposition. We paired these high index materials with SiO2 as the low index material to create broad bandwidth high reflection coatings centered at 1054 nm for 45 deg angle of incidence and P polarization. Furthermore, high reflection bandwidths as large as 231 nm were realized. Laser damage tests of these coatings using the ISO 11254 and NIF-MEL protocols are presented, which revealed that the Ta2O5/SiO2 coating exhibits the highest resistance to laser damage, at the expense of lower bandwidth compared to the TiO2/SiO2 and Nb2O5/SiO2 coatings.

  7. TA Collaborations

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    Diefendorf, Martha

    2010-01-01

    This paper highlights several current collaborative activities of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC). There are many specific examples of TA (Technical Assistance) collaborations that take place on a regular basis; the seven examples presented here were selected to represent different types of collaboration. The…

  8. 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).

  9. Contrasting conduction mechanisms of two internal barrier layer capacitors: (Mn, Nb)-doped SrTiO3 and CaCu3Ti4O12

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    Tsuji, Kosuke; Chen, Wei-Ting; Guo, Hanzheng; Lee, Wen-Hsi; Guillemet-Fritsch, Sophie; Randall, Clive A.

    2017-02-01

    The d.c. conduction is investigated in the two different types of internal barrier layer capacitors, namely, (Mn, Nb)-doped SrTiO3 (STO) and CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Capacitance - Voltage (C-V) analysis are performed to estimate the effective electric field at a grain boundary, EGB. Then, the d.c. conduction mechanism is discussed based on the J (Current density)-EGB characteristics. Three different conduction mechanisms are successively observed with the increase of EGB in both systems. In (Mn, Nb)-doped STO, non-linear J-EGB characteristics is temperature dependent at the intermediate EGB and becomes relatively insensitive to the temperature at the higher EGB. The J- EGB at each regime is explained by the Schottky emission (SE) followed by Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) tunneling. Based on the F-N tunneling, the breakdown voltage is then scaled by the function of the depletion layer thickness and Schottky barrier height at the average grain boundary. The proposed function shows a clear linear relationship with the breakdown. On the other hand, F-N tunneling was not observed in CCTO in our measurement. Ohmic, Poole-Frenkel (P-F), and SE are successively observed in CCTO. The transition point from P-F and SE depends on EGB and temperature. A charge-based deep level transient spectroscopy study reveals that 3 types of trap states exist in CCTO. The trap one with Et ˜ 0.65 eV below the conduction band is found to be responsible for the P-F conduction.

  10. Structure and dielectric properties of Ba{sub 5}NdCu{sub 1.5}Nb{sub 8.5}O{sub 30−δ} tungsten bronze ceramics

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    Tan, Yan-Qing; Yu, Yuan; Hao, Yong-Mei; Dong, Su-Ying; Yang, Yi-Wen

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Tetragonal tungsten bronze ceramic Ba{sub 5}NdCu{sub 1.5}Nb{sub 8.5}O{sub 30−δ} was prepared. ► Titanium was replaced by copper in M{sub 5}RTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} for the first time. ► Detailed structural information was retrieved by Rietveld refinement. ► An obvious relaxor-like dielectric behavior was observed in this ceramic, ion disorders in A1 and B sites contribute to this behavior. - Abstract: A new type of tungsten bronze ceramic Ba{sub 5}NdCu{sub 1.5}Nb{sub 8.5}O{sub 30−δ} has been prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction technique. Its structural, dielectric properties were investigated. Rietveld analysis shows that Ba{sub 5}NdCu{sub 1.5}Nb{sub 8.5}O{sub 30−δ} has a single-phase tetragonal (space group P4bm and lattice constants a = b = 12.4961(4) Å, c = 3.9426(8) Å, V = 615.66(4) Å{sup 3}) tungsten bronze structure. The occupations of sites A and B are quite interesting. A1 sites are fully disordered occupied by Ba ions and Nd ions and A2 sites for Ba ions only, while B-sites are equal for both Cu and Nb ions to occupy. This material exhibits an obvious relaxation behavior in the 213–573 K temperature range. The dielectric constants have been fitted by the modified Curie–Weiss law and all the estimated γ values are close to 2, confirming the typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior. The disorders of Ba{sup 2+} or Nd{sup 3+} in A1 sites and Nb{sup 5+}, Cu{sup 2+} in B sites induced by the oxygen vacancies may contribute to this dielectric behavior.

  11. Synthesis and structural characterization of AMV2O8 (A = K, Rb, Tl, Cs; M = Nb, Ta) vanadates: a structural comparison of A(+)M(5+)V2O8 vanadates and A(+)M(5+)P2O8 phosphates.

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    Paidi, Anil Kumar; Devi, R Nandini; Vidyasagar, Kanamaluru

    2015-10-21

    Eight new quaternary vanadates of niobium and tantalum, AMV2O8 (A = K, Rb, Tl, Cs; M = Nb, Ta), have been prepared by solid state reactions and structurally characterized by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The two cesium compounds, unlike the known CsSbV2O8 with a layered yavapaiite structure, have a new three-dimensional structure and the other six compounds possess the known KSbV2O8 structure type. The three types of [(MV2O8)(-)]∞ anionic frameworks of twelve A(+)M(5+)V2O8 (A = K, Rb, Tl, Cs; M = Nb, Ta, Sb) vanadates could be conceived to be built by different connectivity patterns of M2V4O18 ribbons, which contain MO6 octahedra and VO4 tetrahedra. A structural comparison of these twelve vanadates and the nineteen A(+)M(5+)P2O8 phosphates has been made. The spectroscopic studies of these eight new quaternary vanadates are presented.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. The study on surface chemical modification of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons and its piezomagnetic effect

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    Chen, Jie; Zhu, Zhenghou

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, a type of smooth even endogeny conversion coat composed of Cu0.86Fe2.14O4 and (Cu0.18Fe0.82)Cu0.82Fe1.18O4 phases was successfully obtained by a conversion reaction on the surfaces of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons. In this way, its ribbon thickness was decreased about 6-8 μm equivalently. The phase composition and microstructure of the conversion coat were investigated by XRD and SEM. In addition, the adhesion test of epoxy resin and amorphous alloy ribbon was verified by dipping experiments. It is found that the interface bonding strength between the conversion coat and ribbons is strong comparatively. On one hand, the proper interface between conversion coat and epoxy resin make it easy for ribbons to be encapsulated; on the other hand, the ribbons perform better significant piezomagnetic effect than the untreated ones due to a thinner thickness. This work may be a good basic for the applications of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons in piezomagnetic sensor and other devices based on the piezomagnetism effect.

  15. Structure and stability of superconducting core of single-core MgB2/Cu,Nb tube composite with a high critical current

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    Krinitsina, T. P.; Kuznetsova, E. I.; Blinova, Yu. V.; Rakov, D. N.; Belotelova, Yu. N.; Sudareva, S. V.; Degtyarev, M. V.; Romanov, E. P.

    2014-06-01

    The core of a single-core MgB2/Cu,Nb composite, which has been prepared by the ex-situ technique and exhibits a high critical current equal to 427 A (at 0 T and 4.2 K, j c ≥ 105 A/cm2), has been studied using various structural methods. Two kinds of MgB2 crystals were observed; those of the first kind is large, highly dense crystals characterized by a low oxygen content (2-8 at %) and the others are fine, weakly coupled crystallites characterized by high oxygen content (4-21 at %). To perform a comparative analysis of the structures, we have also studied an MgB2 bulk sample synthesized at 1000°C. It was found that two phases with the same lattice are formed; they differ in the magnesium and boron contents (within the homogeneity range), impurity oxygen content and microstructure as well but differ slightly in the lattice parameters. The two-phase state of MgB2 bulk sample is due to the mechanism of its formation, which includes the melting of magnesium, the dissolution of solid boron in it, and the crystallization of MgB2 from the melt with the formation of dendrite-like structure characterized by corresponding redistribution of components and impurities. To a certain degree, the two-phase structure of MgB2 bulk sample is inherited by the MgB2/Cu,Nd composite prepared by ex-situ technique (annealing of composite at 700°C). It was shown that oxygen in the MgB2 compound is the destabilizing factor and leads to the transformation of the superconductor into MgO.

  16. 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

    2016-12-01

    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.

  17. Understanding microstructural evolution and soft magnetic properties in nanocrystallized metallic glass Fe68.5Cu1Nb3Si18.5B9

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    Srivastava, A. P.; Srivastava, D.; Sharma, S. K.; Pujari, P. K.; Suresh, K. G.; Dey, G. K.

    2013-01-01

    Microstructural evolution during nanocrystallization of amorphous metallic glass Fe68.5Si18.5Nb3B9Cu1 has been studied. The effect of microstructural features of nanocrystalline phases on soft magnetic properties have been evaluated and rationalized with existing theoretical models. The TEM and XRD studies have shown the presence of single Fe3Si nanocrystalline phase at 550 °C (size range 13-16 nm) and three nanocrystalline phases Fe3Si, Fe3B, and Fe2B at 800 °C (size range 18-100 nm). Increase in annealing time at 800 °C resulted in decomposition of metastable Fe3B phase to equilibrium Fe2B phase. Positron annihilation spectroscopy revealed the presence of nanovoids in amorphous samples. Theoretical estimations showed that these nanovoids were having free volume equivalent to that of a vacancy defect consisting of five or more atoms vacancy cluster present in the amorphous samples. Nature of interfaces associated with nanocrystalline phases could be characterized using positron annihilation spectroscopy. This study showed that metallic nanoparticles have very low concentration of thermal vacancies. Effects of nature of phases, particle density, and nanoparticle size on saturation magnetization and coercivity have been studied.

  18. Method of Estimating the Long-term Rupture Strength of 11Cr-2W-0.4Mo-1Cu-Nb-V Steel

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    Tamura, Manabu

    2015-05-01

    Long-term rupture data of 11Cr-2W-0.4Mo-1Cu-Nb-V steel were analyzed using an exponential equation for stress regarding time to rupture as a thermal activation process. The fitness was compared with the usually employed method assuming power-law creep. In the exponential method, rupture data are classified into several groups according to the thermal activation process; the activation energy, Q; the activation volume, V; then, the Larson-Miller constant, C, values are calculated, and a regression equation is obtained for each data group. The fitness level of the equation was satisfactorily high for each group. The values of Q, V, and C were unusually small for a data group where an unexpected drop in rupture strength was observed. The critical issue is how to comprehend signs of degradation within the short term. We can observe several signs at a creep time of approximately one-tenth of the times of the degradation events. The small values of Q and V indicate that completely softened regions form and creep locally, which is consistent with previous observations. From both metallurgical considerations and the variations of Q and V, it is suggested that the rate of the unexpected drop in strength is mitigated after further long-term creep.

  19. Soft magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe73B7Si16Nb3Cu1 alloy after rapid heating under tensile stress

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    Nosenko, Anton; Mika, Taras; Rudenko, Olexandr; Yarmoshchuk, Yevhenii; Nosenko, Viktor

    2015-03-01

    Amorphous Fe73B7Si16Nb3Cu1 ribbon was crystallized rapidly by electric current heating under simultaneously applied tensile stress along the ribbon axis. As a result, strong transverse magnetic anisotropy was induced in the ribbon. Dynamic magnetic properties of the ribbons rapidly heated either under the tensile stress or without tensile stress were measured using toroidal cores. Optimal electric current heating regime that provides maximum improvement of the initial magnetic permeability and core loss was determined. Tensile stress increase from 0 to 180 MPa was shown to result in the decrease of the initial magnetic permeability down to 400 and core loss at frequencies from 0.4 to 200 kHz. Comparative analysis of magnetic properties of the cut core (with non-magnetic gap) and the cores heated under tensile stress was carried out. The magnetic properties of the latter cores are advantageous for manufacturing the reactors and linear chokes of switch-mode power supplies.

  20. Crystallization behavior and recoilless fraction determination of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe56 Co24 Nb4 B13 Si2 Cu1 system

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    Sorescu, Monica; Limongelli, Julia; Stroh, Christopher; Byerly, Kevin

    2015-03-01

    Amorphous ferromagnetic alloy with the composition Fe56Co24Nb4B13Si2Cu1 was obtained by rapid quenching from the melt. Samples cut from the ribbons were annealed at 450, 550, 650 and 750 C in a vacuum furnace. 57Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy was used to identify the phases formed based on the refined values of the hyperfine parameters. The as-quenched specimen was analyzed with a hyperfine magnetic field distribution and corresponded to an in-plane orientation of the magnetic moment directions. The sample annealed at 450 C was found to be in a nanocrystalline state due to observation of the (FeCo)-Si alloy with the DO3 structure. The balance of the composition was represented by a metalloid-enriched amorphous grain boundary phase. In contradistinction to this, the samples annealed at 550-750 C were totally crystallized, but the new phases formed were alpha-(FeCo), (FeCo)2(BSi) and (FeCo)3(BSi). The f factor value dropped from 0.6 to 0.37 for the sample annealed at 450 C, consistent with the onset of nanocrystallization in the system. For the completely crystallized specimens, the f factor maintained values close to 0.5. This indicates that the presence of quenched-in stresses may play a role in the ability of samples to undergo recoilless emission and absorption of gamma rays. NSF-DMR-0854794.

  1. Effect of thermo-mechanical processing on the material properties at low temperature of a large size Al-Ni stabilized Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting cable

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    Langeslag, S. A. E.; Curé, B.; Sgobba, S.; Dudarev, A.; ten Kate, H. H. J.; Neuenschwander, J.; Jerjen, I.

    2014-01-01

    For future high-resolution particle experiments, a prototype for a 60 kA at 5 T, 4.2 K class conductor is realized by co-extrusion of a large, 40-strand Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting cable with a precipitation type Al-0.1wt.%Ni stabilizer. Microalloying with nickel contributes to the strength of the stabilizer, and avoids significant degradation in residual resistivity ratio, owing to its low solid solubility in aluminum. Sections of the conductor are work hardened to increase the mechanical properties of the as-extruded temper. Mechanical and resistivity characteristics are assessed as function of the amount of work hardening, at room temperature as well as at 4.2 K. Thermal treatments, like resin curing after coil winding, can cause partial annealing of the cold-worked material and reverse the strengthening effect. However, targeted thermal treatments, applied at relatively low temperature can result in precipitation hardening. The depletion of nickel in the aluminum-rich matrix around the precipitates results in an increased strength and a decreased effect of nickel on the thermal and electrical resistivity of the material. The present work aims at identifying an optimal work hardening sequence, and an optimal thermal treatment, possibly coinciding with a suitable coil resin curing cycle, for the Al-Ni stabilized superconductor.

  2. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of a Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-Cu-O alloy fabricated by α+β quenching processing

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    Chen, Liangyu; Zhang, Lina; Chai, Linjiang; Yang, Wenlong; Wang, Liqiang; lu, Weijie

    2017-03-01

    In this work, the microstructure of a Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-Cu-O alloy fabricated by α+β quenching processing (ABQ sample) was investigated by the combined utilization of scanning electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the polygonal grains evenly distributed in ABQ sample and triangular grains distributed at triple junctions of polygonal grains with densely second phase particles (SPPs). The textures of <0002> directions tilted approximately 25° from normal direction and the rolling direction spreading along the < 11\\bar{2}0> {-}< 10\\bar{1}0> were found in the sample, which was also detected in the regularly cold rolled and annealed sample. The occurrence of corrosion kinetics transition of ABQ sample was sight earlier than that of RAX sample. Due to a higher solid solubility of β-Zr, SPPs re-dissolved into β-Zr during α+β annealing and precipitated out afterward in those areas. Finally, discrepant corrosion rate of metal matrix and SPPs led to the formation of protrusions of matrix, which could concentrate stress and generate cracks in the oxide.

  3. Improved soft magnetic properties in nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB Nanophy® cores by intense magnetic field annealing

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    Madugundo, Rajasekhar; Geoffroy, Olivier; Waeckerle, Thierry; Frincu, Bianca; Kodjikian, Stéphanie; Rivoirard, Sophie

    2017-01-01

    The effect of high external magnetic field (up to 7 T) on soft magnetic properties in nanocrystalline Fe74.1Si15.7Nb3.1B6.1Cu1 Nanophy® cores has been investigated. The as-quenched amorphous ribbons were nanocrystallized by annealing between 540 and 620 °C in transverse magnetic field. By varying annealing field from 0 to 7 T, induced anisotropy ranging from as low as 4 J/m3 to as high as 41 J/m3 is obtained. It is responsible for an increase in the cut-off frequency up to 300 kHz when the material is submitted to dynamic magnetic excitations. A minimum coercivity of 0.74 A/m is observed in the core annealed in 1 T associated to low losses. The relative permeability decreases on increasing the annealing field intensity with a minimum value of 13,654 at 7 T. Such permeability level opens the way to new applications of the Nanophy® alloys.

  4. X-Ray Diffraction in Situ Study of Phase Formation and Amorphous-To Transformation in FeCuNbSiB Alloys

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    Tuong, Le Thi Cat; Phuc, Phan Vinh; Nghi, Nguyen Hoang

    2001-04-01

    This paper presents some reeenl results of a X-ray in situ study of phase formation process and amorphous-to-nanocrystalline transformation in FeCuNbSiB alloy. Measurements were carried out on the diffractometer Siemens-D5000 with high temperature attachment. Our experiments were performed in both isothermal and nonisothermal regimes in argon atmosphere with time periods from a minute to 3 hours and different temperatures ranging from room temperature to 900°C. The X-ray diffraction data were used to determine the amount of crystalline fraction rs temperature and vs time. Both the first amorphous halo and the (110) diffraction peak of the bcc Fe-based solid solution were fitted, after background substruction. by means of the pseudo-voigt function. The grain sizes for even annealing temperature were determined by the X-ray profile analysis and using Bruker Win-Crysize program package. The kinetics of the nanocrystallization process was investigated and the activation energy was estimated. All the obtained results were compared with those of conventional studies.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. Effect of minor Cu addition on phase evolution and magnetic properties of {[(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75Si0.05B0.20]0.96Nb0.04}100-x Cux alloys

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    Li, R.; Stoica, M.; Eckert, J.

    2009-01-01

    {[(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75Si0.05B0.20]0.96Nb0.04}100-xCux (x = 0, 1, 1.5 and 2) alloys with different rapid solidification conditions were prepared by copper mold casting and melt spinning. The structures, the thermal and the magnetic properties were studied by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and vibrating sample magnetometry, respectively. Minor Cu addition obviously depresses the glass-forming ability of the alloys (critical glassy diameter dc < 1 mm) compared with [(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75Si0.05B0.20]96 Nb4 (dc = 3 mm). The effect of Cu addition on the evolution of crystalline phases corresponding to different rapid solidification conditions was evaluated. The existence of (Fe,Co), (Fe,Co)3B, (Fe,Co)2B and (Fe,Co)23B6 crystalline phases in {[(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75Si0.05B0.20]0.96 Nb0.04}100-x Cux alloys influences the saturation magnetization compared with the corresponding glassy alloys.

  8. Effects of Li content on the phase structure and electrical properties of lead-free (K0.46-x/2Na0.54-x/2Lix)(Nb0.76Ta0.20Sb0.04)O3 ceramics

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    Chang, Yunfei; Yang, Zupei; Hou, Yuting; Liu, Zonghuai; Wang, Zenglin

    2007-06-01

    Lead-free (K0.46-x/2Na0.54-x/2Lix)(Nb0.76Ta0.20Sb0.04)O3 piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by the conventional solid state sintering method without cold-isostatic pressing process. The x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering results show that the phase structure of the ceramics undergoes a transition from pseudocubic to tetragonal phase with increasing x from 0 to 0.10. Significantly enhanced electrical properties (d33=259pC/N, kp=0.42, ɛr=1653, and tan δ =0.027) were obtained in the ceramics with x =0.04 near the morphotropic phase boundary, and only the tetragonal-cubic phase transition was observed above the room temperature in the ɛr-T curve. The temperature stability of the ceramics with x =0.04 was also investigated.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films ({ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)}=89 K) by pulsed laser ablation on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6}: A new perovskite ceramic substrate

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    Kurian, J.; Varma, H.K.; Koshy, J.; Pai, S.P.; Pinto, R.

    1996-11-01

    Synthesis and characterization of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} which is a new substrate material for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} superconductor are reported. Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} has a complex cubic perovskite structure (A{sub 2}BB{prime}O{sub 6}) with a lattice constant {ital a}=8.60 A. No detectable chemical reaction between YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} and Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} was observed even under severe heat treatment. The dielectric constant and loss factor of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} are in a range suitable for its use as a substrate for microwave applications. Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films are grown {ital in} {ital situ} on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} by pulsed laser ablation method. The film exhibited (00{ital l}) orientation of an orthorhombic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} phase. The films gave a {ital T}{sub {ital c}} onset of 91 K and {ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)} of 89 K. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. LA-ICP-MS mineral chemistry of titanite and the geological implications for exploration of porphyry Cu deposits in the Jinshajiang - Red River alkaline igneous belt, SW China

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    Xu, Leiluo; Bi, Xianwu; Hu, Ruizhong; Tang, Yongyong; Wang, Xinsong; Xu, Yue

    2015-04-01

    The Jinshajiang-Red River alkaline igneous belt in the eastern Indian-Asian collision zone, of southwestern China, hosts abundant, economically important Cu-Mo-Au mineralization of Cenozoic age. Major- and trace-element compositions of titanites from representative Cu-mineralized intrusions determined by LA-ICP-MS show higher values for Fe2O3/Al2O3, ΣREE + Y, LREE/HREE, Ce/Ce*, (Ce/Ce*)/(Eu/Eu*), U, Th, Ta, Nb and Ga, and lower values for Al2O3, CaO, Eu/Eu*, Zr/Hf, Nb/Ta and Sr than those for titanites from barren intrusions. Different ΣREE + Y, LREE/HREE, U, Th, Ta and Nb values of titanites between Cu-mineralized and barren intrusions were controlled mainly by the coexisting melt compositions. However, different Sr concentrations and negative Eu anomalies of titanites between Cu-mineralized and barren intrusions were most probably caused by different degrees of crystallization of feldspar from melts. In addition, different Ga concentrations and positive Ce anomalies of titanites between Cu-mineralized and barren intrusions were most likely caused by different magmatic fO2 conditions. Pronounced compositional differences of titanites between Cu-mineralized and barren intrusions can provide a useful tool to help discriminate between ore-bearing and barren intrusions at an early stage of exploration, and, thus, have a potential application in exploration for porphyry Cu deposits in the Jinshajiang - Red River alkaline igneous belt, and to other areas.

  14. Spin wave stiffness constant on the amorphous and nanocrystalline state of Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys

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    Yu, S.C.; Kepa, H. |; Kim, W.T.; Zeiske, T.; Weiss, L.

    1995-11-01

    The authors report here on the effect of annealing temperatures on the spin wave excitations for the amorphous and nanocrystalline state of Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys, observed from the low temperature magnetization curves and the spectroscopic splitting g factors. The temperature dependence of saturation magnetization was measured with a vibrating sample magnetometer and the SQUID magnetometer. Spectroscopic splitting g-values were estimated from ferromagnetic resonance experiments (FMR). The thermo-magnetization curve is found to obey Bloch`s law, M{sub s}(T) = M{sub s}(0)(1- BT{sup 3/2}-CT{sup 5/2}). The spin wave stiffness constants were also observed from the preliminary results of the neutron inelastic scattering measurements. The spin wave stiffness constants obtained from two different experimental methods on the Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys agree fairly well.

  15. 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%).

  16. Studies of metallic species incorporation during growth of SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} films on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} substrates using mass spectroscopy of recoiled ions.

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    Dhote, A. M.

    1999-01-13

    The incorporation of metallic species (Bi, Sr and Ta) during the growth of layered perovskite SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) on a-axis oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} (YBCO) conducting oxide substrates has been investigated using in situ low energy mass spectroscopy of recoiled ions (MSRI). This technique is capable of providing monolayer-specific surface information relevant to the growth of single and multi-component thin films and layered heterostructures. The data show a temperature dependence of metallic species incorporation during co-deposition of Sr, Bi and Ta on YBCO surfaces. At high temperatures (400 < T {le} 700 C), negligible incorporation of Bi is observed as compared to Ta and Sr. At low temperatures ({le} 400 C), there is a substantial incorporation of Bi, Sr and Ta on the surface of YBCO, and the MSRI signal intensities for Sr, Bi and Ta are nearly independent of substrate temperature. According to thermodynamic calculations, the presence of Ba and Y on the YBCO surface inhibit the incorporation of Bi due to competition for oxygen required to establish bonding of metallic species to the surface. This may be the explanation for the observed Bi deficiency in films grown on YBCO surfaces at temperatures >400 C. SBT films grown at temperatures {le} 400 C and annealed in oxygen or air at 800 C exhibit a polycrystalline structure with partial a-axis orientation.

  17. Structures and crystal chemistry of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanide B'=Nb{sup 5+} and Ta{sup 5+}): Part I. Investigation of Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} using synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction

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    Saines, Paul J.; Spencer, Jarrah R.; Kennedy, Brendan J. Avdeev, Maxim

    2007-11-15

    The structure of 14 compounds in the series Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} have been examined using synchrotron X-ray diffraction and found to undergo a sequence of phase transitions from I2/m monoclinic to I4/m tetragonal to Fm3-bar m cubic symmetry with decreasing ionic radii of the lanthanides. Ba{sub 2}LaTaO{sub 6} is an exception to this with variable temperature neutron diffraction being used to establish that the full series of phases adopted over the range of 15-500 K is P2{sub 1}/n monoclinic to I2/m monoclinic to R3-bar rhombohedral. The chemical environments of these compounds have also been investigated and the overbonding to the lanthanide cations is due to the unusually large size for the B-site in these perovskites. - Graphical abstract: The evolution of the structure across the series of double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} is established using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction. The symmetry increases from monoclinic to tetragonal and then cubic as the size of the lanthanide decreases.

  18. 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.

  19. High transport critical current density in Cu-clad multifilament MgB2 tape

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    Liu, C. F.; Du, S. J.; Yan, G.; Fu, B. Q.; Feng, Y.; Ji, P.; Wang, J. R.; Liu, X. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wu, X. Z.; Zhou, L.; Cao, L. Z.; Ruan, K. Q.; Wang, C. Y.; Li, X. G.; Zhou, G. E.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2002-05-01

    Cu-clad multifilament MgB2 tapes with Ta or NbZr buffer have been fabricated by using a powder-in-tube (PIT). Mg+2B mixture powder was used as the central conductor core in single filament with Cu sheath and Ta or NbZr buffer wall. The composite tapes with 18 filaments were heat-treated in pure Ar atmosphere at 600-1000 °C for 1-10 h, and reacted in-situ to form MgB2. The phase composition and microstructure in the samples were examined by using X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. Transport critical current was measured by a standard four-probe technique at different magnetic fields and temperatures. The sample with 18 filaments and NbZr buffer shows a high transport critical current density of 8×104 A/cm2 (10 K, 0 T) and 1.36×104 A/cm2 (10 K, 1 T).

  20. 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.

  1. Effects of BaO on the structure and electrical properties of 0.95K0.5Na0.5(Nb0.94Sb0.06)O3 0.05LiTaO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Lin, Dunmin; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2007-11-01

    Lead-free ceramics 0.95K0.5Na0.5(Nb0.94Sb0.06)O3-0.05 LiTaO3 + xmol%BaO (0 <= x <= 3.00) have been fabricated by an ordinary sintering technique. The results of x-ray diffraction show that the ceramic with a perovskite structure changes from tetragonal phase to pseudocubic phase by increasing the doping level of Ba, and the ceramics with 1.00 < x < 1.50 contain both the tetragonal and the pseudocubic phases at room temperature. After the doping with Ba, the grain growth is inhibited, the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition temperature (Tc) is decreased, and a diffuse phase transition is induced. The ferroelectric properties (Pr and Ec) show a slight decrease with increasing x up to 1.25, and then become weakened significantly. Because of the coexistence of the tetragonal and pseudocubic phases, the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the ceramics with 1.00 < x < 1.50 are enhanced significantly. The ceramic with x = 1.25 exhibits the optimum properties: d33 = 261 pC N-1, kP = 0.52, kt = 0.46, ɛr = 1503, tan δ = 2.5% and Tc = 314 °C. Our results have also demonstrated that the ceramics are non-deliquescent.

  2. TiTaN Reconsidered

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    Natland, J. H.

    2008-12-01

    Strongly positive TiO2, Ta, and Nb (TiTaN) anomalies (1) in a Samoan ankaramite from Ofu Island have been attributed to the presence of refractory yet titanian eclogite in the mantle source. From chemical compositions, however, the anomalies could instead result from concentration of phenocrysts in magmas produced by mixing between a highly differentiated alkalic basalt and a crystal sludge carrying abundant olivine, clinopyroxene and especially titanomagnetite phenocrysts, the latter producing much of the TiTaN anomalies, and behaving much like rutile in eclogite. This is consistent with petrography. The distinctive effects of addition of each mineral are well illustrated on major-oxide variation diagrams. Separation of these minerals from liquids (to concentrate in ankaramites and dunite-wehrlite-pyroxenite cumulates) beginning at about 0.15 GPa in the mantle produces residual felsic differentiates (hawaiites, mugearites) with low TiTan anomalies (<1), exemplified by samples dredged elsewhere in Samoa from Savai'i (2). The Ofu samples have a low EMII signature (high 3He/4He), whereas the Savai'i samples have a high EMII signature (low 3He/4He), the extremes at Samoa. This gives a coincidental positive correlation at Samoa overall between TiTan anomalies and 3He/4He, TiTan anomalies being accentuated at the two places by the contrasting effects of phenocryst addition and subtraction during differentiation. High 3He/4He beneath several eastern Samoan volcanoes appears to be an attribute of near-FOZO mantle sources with minimal EM2 signature. (1) Jackson, M., et al., 2008. G-Cubed 9: doi:1029/2007GC001876 (2) Jackson, M., et al., 2007, Nature 448: 684-687, doi:10.1038/nature060488

  3. Preparation of in situ and ex situ reinforced Fe-10Cr-1Cu-1Ni-1Mo-2C containing NbC particles by milling and hot pressing

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    Li, Xiao-qiang; Li, Zi-yang; Ye, Yong-quan; Hu, Ke

    2015-02-01

    An in situ and ex situ reinforced powder metallurgy (PM) steel was prepared by the combination of high-energy ball milling and subsequent hot pressing of elemental mixed powders of Fe-10Cr-1Cu-1Ni-1Mo-2C by mass with the addition of NbC particles. A 40-h milling pretreatment makes the powder particles nearly equiaxed with an average diameter of ˜8 μm, and the ferrite grain size is refined to ˜6 nm. The sintered density reaches 99.0%-99.7% of the theoretical value when the sintering is conducted at temperatures greater than 1000°C for 30 min. In the sintered bulk specimens, the formation of an in situ M7C3 (M = Cr, Fe, Mo) phase is confirmed. M7C3 carbides with several hundred nanometers in size are uniformly distributed in the matrix. Some ultra-fine second phases of 50-200 nm form around the ex situ NbC and in situ M7C3 particles. The sintered steel exhibits an excellent combination of hardness (> Hv 500) and compressive strength (2100-2420 MPa).

  4. 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.

  5. A robust high performance cobalt-free oxygen electrode La0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.15Nb0.05O3-δ for reversible solid oxide electrochemical cell

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    Zhou, Ning; Yin, Yi-Mei; Li, Jingcheng; Xu, Lei; Ma, Zi-Feng

    2017-02-01

    A novel cobalt-free perovskite oxide La0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.15Nb0.05O3-δ (LSFCN) has been synthesized and evaluated as oxygen electrode for reversible solid oxide electrochemical cells (RSOCs). The performance and stability of the LSFCN based RSOCs have been characterized in fuel cell and electrolysis modes, and the reversibility of the cells has been proven. In FC mode, the cell exhibits the maximum power density of 1.10 Wcm-2 at 800 °C, and a stable output under 0.7 V at 700 °C during 108 h. The performance and stability of the cell in electrolysis mode are also remarkable. An electrolysis current of 0.85 A cm-2 is achieved at 750 °C with an applied voltage of 1.3 V, and no degradation as well as delamination are observed for the cell after 50 h electrolysis under voltage of 1.60 V (∼1.27 A cm-2) at 800 °C. The high performance of the LSFCN at both cathodic and anodic conditions may be attributed to the inherent high electrochemical activity of copper-iron based perovskites; and the incorporation of Nb5+ cations into perovskite lattice is responsible for the stability of LSFCN, which leads to the more stable crystal structure, lower thermal expansion coefficient and the reduced Sr segregation at surface.

  6. Three-peak behavior in giant magnetoimpedance effect in Fe 73.5-xCr xNb 3Cu 1Si 13.5B 9 amorphous ribbons

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    Rosales-Rivera, A.; Valencia, V. H.; Pineda-Gómez, P.

    2007-09-01

    A systematic study of the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect in Fe 73.5-xCr xNb 3Cu 1Si 13.5B 9 amorphous ribbons with x=0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 is presented. The complex impedance in these compounds was measured for applied fields from -80 to 80 Oe at room temperature, via the so-called four-probe technique. Depending on the frequency, the experimentally observed GMI curves usually exhibit two types of behavior, namely single-peak (SP), and two-peak (TP). In this work, we emphasize the presence of a “ three-peak behavior” in GMI curves. It occurs between SP and TP behaviors. The mechanisms leading to the three-peak behavior are discussed.

  7. Nb3Sn Artificial Pinning Microstructures

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    Dietderich, D.R.; Scanlan, R.M.

    1996-12-12

    Extension of the APC approach to Nb{sub 3}Sn requires that a second phae be incorporated into the Nb{sub 3}Sn layer. The second phase would increase pinning strength by either reducing the grain size or by the second phase pinning the flux itwelf. The following criteria for elements to be candidates for the APC approach are: (1) they must form intermetallic compounds with Cu or Sn and (2) they must have negligible solubility in Cu and Nb or they must be strong oxide formers. many of the rare earth elements satisfy these criteria. To circumvent the large strains required to produce wires with a fine distribution of the second phase, film deposition techniques have been used. Critical current densities for Nb films doped with Ti and Y are about 4,000 A/mm{sup 2} at 6T and 4.2 K.

  8. 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

  9. Synthesis of superconducting Nb3Sn coatings on Nb substrates

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    Barzi, E.; Franz, S.; Reginato, F.; ...

    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

  10. Synthesis of superconducting Nb3Sn coatings on Nb substrates

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    Barzi, E.; Bestetti, M.; Reginato, F.; Turrioni, D.; Franz, S.

    2016-01-01

    In the present work the electrochemical and thermal syntheses of superconducting 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 20-50 mA cm-2 range and at temperatures between 40 °C and 50 °C. Subsequent thermal treatments were realized to obtain the Nb3Sn superconductive phase. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry demonstrated that after thermal treatment interdiffusion of Nb and Sn occurred across a thickness of about 13 μm. Scanning electron microscopy 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 patterns confirmed the presence of a cubic Nb3Sn phase (A15 structure) having (210) preferred orientation. The maximum obtained T c was 17.68 K and the B c20 ranged between 22.5 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. The potential of this method for superconducting radiofrequency structures is also outlined.

  11. Landau-Ginzburg description of anomalous properties of novel room temperature multiferroics Pb(Fe1/2Ta1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 and Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3

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    Glinchuk, Maya D.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Morozovska, Anna N.

    2016-01-01

    Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism is used for the description of the anomalous ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of Pb(Fe1/2Ta1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 and Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 micro-ceramics. We calculated temperature, composition, and external field dependences of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic phases transition temperatures, remanent polarization, magnetization, hysteresis loops, dielectric permittivity, and magnetoelectric coupling. Special attention was paid to the comparison of developed theory with experiments. It appeared possible to describe adequately main experimental results including a reasonable agreement between the shape of calculated and measured hysteresis loops and remnant polarization. Since Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism appertains to single domain properties of a ferroic, we did not aim to describe quantitatively the coercive field under the presence of realistic poly-domain switching. Information about linear and nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling coefficients was extracted from the experimental data. From the fitting of experimental data with theoretical formula, we obtained the composition dependence of Curie-Weiss constant that is known to be inversely proportional to harmonic (linear) dielectric stiffness, as well as the strong nonlinear dependence of anharmonic parameters in free energy. Keeping in mind the essential influence of these parameters on multiferroic properties, the obtained results open the way to govern practically all the material properties with the help of suitable composition choice. A forecast of the strong enough influence of antiferrodistortive order parameter on the transition temperatures and so on the phase diagrams and properties of multiferroics are made on the basis of the developed theory.

  12. /Cu-Al System

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    Kish, Orel; Froumin, Natalya; Aizenshtein, Michael; Frage, Nachum

    2014-05-01

    Wettability and interfacial interaction of the Ta2O5/Cu-Al system were studied. Pure Cu does not wet the Ta2O5 substrate, and improved spreading is achieved when relatively a high fraction of the active element (~40 at.% Al) was added. The Al2O3 and AlTaO4 phases were observed at the Ta2O5/Cu-Al interface. A thermodynamic evaluation allowed us to suggest that the lack of wetting bellow 40 at.% Al is due to the presence of a native oxide, which covers the drop. The conditions of the native oxide decomposition and the formation of the volatile Al2O suboxide strongly depend on the vacuum level during sessile drop experiments and the composition of the Cu-Al alloy. In our case, Al contents greater than 40% provides thermodynamic conditions for the formation of Al2O (as a result of Al reaction with Al2O3) and the drop spreading. It was suggested that the final contact angle in the Ta2O5/Cu-Al system (50°) is determined by Ta adsorption on the newly formed alumina interlayer.

  13. A Study of NbCr and NbCr^{-} by Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Baudhuin, Melissa A.; Boopalachandran, Praveenkumar; Rajan, Srijay S.; Leopold, Doreen G.

    2013-06-01

    We report the 488 nm photoelectron spectrum of the NbCr^{-} anion. For the ^{2}Δ ground state of neutral NbCr, the short bond length (1.894 Å) and high bond energy (D_0 3.0263(6) eV) measured by R2PI spectroscopy indicate high order multiple bonding. We find that the NbCr^{-} anion has a ^{1}Σ^{+} ground state, in which the "extra" electron occupies the (4d)δ bonding orbital, giving a 1σ^{2}1π^{4}1δ^{4}2σ^{2} valence electron configuration and a formal bond order of 6. Low-lying excited states of NbCr (assigned as two ^{2}Σ^{+} states) and NbCr^{-} (^{3}Δ) are also observed. The spectra provide the electron affinity of NbCr, energies of the ^{2}Σ^{+} and the ^{3}Δ excited states, vibrational frequencies for the NbCr and NbCr^{-} ground states and for the ^{2}Σ^{+} excited states, and (from Franck-Condon analyses) differences among the bond lengths of the observed states. These results are compared with our previous data for the Group 5/6 congeners NbMo, VCr, and VMo, and with DFT predictions. We also report results for ongoing experiments on the flow tube reactions of the Group V metals Nb and Ta with butadiene, and the vibrationally-resolved photoelectron spectra of some of the organometallic reaction product anions. S. M. Sickafoose, J. D. Langenberg, and M. D. Morse, J. Phys. Chem. A. 104, 3521-3527 (2000).

  14. Production of superconducting Nb sub 3 Sn wire using Nb or Nb(Ti) and Sn(Ga) solid solution powders

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    Thieme, C.L.H. . Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab.); Foner, S. . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on superconducting Nb{sub 3}Sn wire produced by the powder metallurgy method using Nb or Nb-2.9 at% Ti powder in combination with Sn-x at% Ga powders (x = 3, 4.2, 6.2 and 9.0). Ga additions to the Sn caused considerable solid solution hardening which improved its workability. It made the Nb-Sn(Ga) powder combinations convenient for swaging and extensive wire drawing. Anneals at 950{degrees}C produced wires with an overall J{sub c} of 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 21.9 T for wires with both Ti in the Nb and 6.2 at% Ga in the Sn. Comparison of this wire with the best Nb(Ti)-Cu-internal Sn(Ti) shows a higher J{sub c} per A15 areas, especially in fields of 22T and above.

  15. Effect of ion irradiation on the nanocrystallization and magnetic properties of soft magnetic Fe72.5Cu1Nb2Mo1.5Si14B9 alloy

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    Ovchinnikov, V. V.; Makhin'ko, F. F.; Gushchina, N. V.; Stepanov, A. V.; Medvedev, A. I.; Starodubtsev, Yu. N.; Kataev, V. A.; Tsepelev, V. S.; Belozerov, V. Ya.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of accelerated Ar+ ions on the crystallization process and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe72.5Cu1Nb2Mo1.5Si14B9 alloy has been studied using X-ray diffraction analysis, transmission electron microscopy, thermomagnetic analysis, and other magnetic methods. Irradiation by Ar+ ions with an energy of 30 keV and a fluence of 3.75 × 1015 cm-2 at short-term heating to a temperature of 620 K (which is 150 K below the thermal threshold of crystallization) leads to the complete crystallization of amorphous alloy, which is accompanied by the precipitation of the α-Fe(Si) solid solution crystals (close in composition to Fe80Si20), Fe3Si stable phase, and metastable hexagonal phases. The crystallization caused by irradiation leads to an increase in the grain size and changes the morphology of grain boundaries and volume fraction of crystalline phases, which is accompanied by changes in the magnetic properties.

  16. X-ray study of Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 bulk metallic glass brazing filler for Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy

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    Miura, E.; Ice, Gene E; Specht, Eliot D; Pang, Judy; Kato, H.; Hisatsune, K.; Inoue, I.

    2007-01-01

    Crystalline precipitates in a bulk-metallic-glass (BMG) braze were investigated with an intense x-ray microbeam. The precipitates were found in the Pd{sub 40}Cu{sub 30}P{sub 20}Ni{sub 10} BMG braze matrix after joining crystalline Ti-6Al-7Nb. However, the role (if any) played by the precipitates in improving the mechanical bond of the BMG/crystalline joint is unknown. X-ray microdiffraction and microfluorescence measurements from small sample volumes were made with an {approx} 0.5 x 0.5 {micro}m2 beam. Spatially-resolved Laue diffraction and x-ray fluorescence measurements were made on several second-phase crystals within the BMG matrix. Although precipitate crystals with the observed compositions were anticipated to be predominantly hexagonal, one of the crystals was found to be cubic or tetragonal. The instrumentation includes capabilities for 3D depth-resolved measurements of crystal structure and for fluorescence analysis of elemental composition. Depth profiling gave information about the grain distribution and morphology in the BMG matrix.

  17. X-ray Study of Pd[subscript 40]Cu[subscript 30]Ni[subscript 10]P[subscript 20] Bulk Metallic Glass Brazing Filler For Ti-6Al-7Nb Alloy

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    Miura, E.; Ice, G.E.; Specht, E.D.; Pang, J.W.L.; Kato, H.; Hisatsune, K.; Inoue, A.

    2007-10-02

    Crystalline precipitates in a bulk-metallic-glass (BMG) braze were investigated with an intense x-ray microbeam. The precipitates were found in the Pd{sub 40}Cu{sub 30}P{sub 20}Ni{sub 10} BMG braze matrix after joining crystalline Ti-6Al-7Nb. However, the role (if any) played by the precipitates in improving the mechanical bond of the BMG/crystalline joint is unknown. X-ray microdiffraction and microfluorescence measurements from small sample volumes were made with an {approx} 0.5 x 0.5 {micro}m2 beam. Spatially-resolved Laue diffraction and x-ray fluorescence measurements were made on several second-phase crystals within the BMG matrix. Although precipitate crystals with the observed compositions were anticipated to be predominantly hexagonal, one of the crystals was found to be cubic or tetragonal. The instrumentation includes capabilities for 3D depth-resolved measurements of crystal structure and for fluorescence analysis of elemental composition. Depth profiling gave information about the grain distribution and morphology in the BMG matrix.

  18. Fast ultradense GdTa1-xNbxO4 scintillator crystals

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    Voloshyna, Olesia; Gerasymov, Iaroslav; Sidletskiy, Oleg; Kurtsev, Daniil; Gorbacheva, Tatyana; Hubenko, Kateryna; Boiaryntseva, Ianina; Ivanov, Alexey; Spassky, Dmitry; Omelkov, Sergey; Belsky, Andrei

    2017-04-01

    Single crystals of GdTaO4 and GdTa0.8Nb0.2O4 were grown by the Czochralski technique, and their luminescent and scintillation properties were studied. Both crystals demonstrate fast emission with decay time around 10-8 s. Meanwhile, in GdTaO4 the fast decay is accompanied by a huge build-up with the decay time around 1 μs, while in the mixed crystal the contribution of slow components is negligible. UV- and X-ray excited luminescence, curves of thermostimulated luminescence and absolute light yields of crystals are presented as well. GdTa0.8Nb0.2O4 crystal is shown to be an ultradense (8.37 g/cm3) and fast (shortest component decay time 17 ns) scintillator with a high stopping power.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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; ...

    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

  3. Direct measurement of elastic modulus of Nb 3Sn using extracted filaments from superconducting composite wire and resin impregnation method

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    Hojo, M.; Matsuoka, T.; Hashimoto, M.; Tanaka, M.; Sugano, M.; Ochiai, S.; Miyashita, K.

    2006-10-01

    Young's modulus of Nb3Sn filaments in Nb3Sn/Cu superconducting composite wire was investigated in detail. Nb3Sn filaments were first extracted from composite wire. Nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid were used to remove copper stabilizer, Nb3Sn/Nb barrier and bronze. Then, Nb3Sn filaments were impregnated with epoxy resin to form simple filament bundle composite rods. A large difference in Young's moduli of filaments and epoxy resin enhance the accuracy of the measurement of Nb3Sn filament modulus. The ratio of Nb3Sn to Nb in filaments and the number of filaments in the fiber bundle composite rods were used in the final calculation of the Young's modulus of Nb3Sn. The obtained modulus of 127 GPa was the lower bound of the already reported values.

  4. Magnetotransport of single crystalline NbAs

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Luo, Yongkang; Neupane, M.; ...

    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

  5. Phase Transitions in Quasi-one-dimensional Selenide BaNbSe 3and Superconductivity in BaNb 2Se 5

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    Ohtani, T.; Honji, S.; Takano, M.

    1997-08-01

    Samples with various compositions around BaNbSe3were prepared. X-ray analysis revealed that the compound is stable at the composition of BaNb0.80Se3, which formally requires Nb5+ions (d0). The single-phase region extends to the composition BaNb0.95Se3. A semiconductor-to-metal transition was observed at ∼140 K in BaNb0.95Se3. Seebeck measurements showed that the dominant carriers were electrons, which are considered to originate from Nb4+ions (d1) coexisting with Nb5+ions. On the basis of detailed phase study, the transition was revealed to be intrinsic to BaNb0.95Se3with a very slight Ba deficiency. BaNb0.95Se3with a slight Ba excess shows a semiconductor-to-semiconductor transition at 200-300 K. Seebeck measurements showed that the dominant carriers are electrons above the transition and are holes below the transition. A new compound, BaNb2Se5with a BaTa2S5-type structure, was found to show superconductivity at 2.5 K.

  6. Niobium in Planetary Cores: Consequences for the Interpretation of Terrestrial Nb Systematics

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    Jochum, K. P.; Hofmann, A. W.; Seufert, M.; Stoll, B.; Polat, A.

    2002-12-01

    In order to search for a hidden container for the 'missing' Nb in the Earth's mantle, we measured Nb, Ta, V and Cr in magmatic iron meteorites thought to be fragments of metallic cores of asteroid-sized bodies. We found high Nb/Ta (> 75) with Nb concentrations (0.007-0.04 ppm) that are correlated with V and Cr, thus supporting the hypothesis of Wade and Wood (2001) that Nb entered the Earth's core as a weakly siderophile element. From our data of terrestrial samples, SNC meteorites and eucrites, we estimate Nb/Ta ratios of the bulk silicate phases of Earth (14+/-2), Mars (16+/-1) and Vesta (17), all of which are lower than the chondritic value of 17.5. Assuming that these lower-than-chondritic ratios are caused by partitioning of Nb into the cores, and that the precursors of the planetary bodies have a chondritic composition, we calculate the mass fractions of the Nb budget of 20%, 9% and 2% for the cores of Earth, Mars and Vesta. These values correspond to Nb concentrations of 0.3 ppm, 0.2 ppm, 0.03 ppm, respectively. Metal/silicate partition coefficients of Nb, calculated from our estimates of the bulk silicate phases and from our Nb data of the iron meteorites increase strongly with increasing pressure consistent with the experimental data of Wade and Wood (2001). These results have important consequences for the interpretation of terrestrial Nb systematics. The lower primitive-mantle Nb abundance of 0.55 ppm means that primitive-mantle ratios such as Nb/U will be lowered by 20% (Nb/U=24 instead of 30). This, in turn, changes conventional mass balance estimates of the major terrestrial silicate reservoirs (Hofmann et al., 1986). Using new estimates for continental crust U and Nb (Rudnick and Fountain, 1995) in conjunction with the classical three-reservoir Silicate Earth model, we now obtain a primitive reservoir of about 30% consistent with recent mantle models assuming a primitive reservoir of relatively low volume located in the deep mantle (Kellog et al

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. TA489A calibrator: SANDUS

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    LeBlanc, R.

    1987-08-01

    The TA489A Calibrator, designed to operate in the MA164 Digital Data Acquisition System, is used to calibrate up to 128 analog-to-digital recording channels. The TA489A calibrates using a dc Voltage Source or any of several special calibration modes. Calibration schemes are stored in the TA489A memory and are initiated locally or remotely through a Command Link.

  10. 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.

  11. Copper diffusion barrier performance of amorphous Ta-Ni thin films

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    Yan, Hua; Tay, Yee Yan; Jiang, Yueyue; Yantara, Natalia; Pan, Jisheng; Liang, Meng Heng; Chen, Zhong

    2012-01-01

    Amorphous Ta-Ni thin films were deposited on Si substrate by magnetron sputtering. The oxygen concentration was adjusted by controlling the substrate bias during the sputtering deposition. Two types of Ta-Ni films, namely Ta67.34Ni27.06O5.60 and Ta73.25Ni26.10O0.65 were employed in the current study. To assess the diffusion barrier performance, Cu/Ta-Ni/Si stacks were fabricated in sequence without breaking the vacuum. The samples were then annealed in vacuum for 30 min at temperatures ranging from 500 °C to 800 °C. SEM, 4-point probe, SIMS and TEM have been used to study the film properties to assess the barrier performance. The films were found to remain stable up to 600 °C without significant Cu diffusion. At 700 °C, Cu diffusion through the barrier film was detected in both types of samples, but with different degree of severity. For the Ta67.34Ni27.06O5.6 barrier film, there was no Cu-Si reaction at 700 °C, while Cu3Si was observed at the Ta73.25Ni26.10O0.65/Si interface. At 800 °C, Cu3Si crystalline phase was found in both samples, and the barrier films have completely lost integrity. This study shows that sputter deposited Ta-Ni amorphous thin films can be used as an effective copper diffusion barrier for microelectronic device fabrication. Incorporation of a few percent of oxygen into the film can retard copper diffusion and interface reaction, which enhances the barrier performance.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of Underlayers on the Stress of Cu Films Prepared Using Ionized Metal Plasma

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    Li, C. Y.; Zhang, D. H.; Wu, J. J.; Qi, D. X.; Qian, Y.; Li, W. H.; Foo, P. D.

    We investigated the effect of barrier metals, Ta, TaN and multi-stacked Ta/TaN, on the stress of the late deposited Cu film using ionised-metal plasma (IMP) technique. It was found that the stress of the IMP Cu film is sensitive to the strain or lattice mismatch of the barrier layer underneath. The nitrogen composition incorporated into Ta barrier layer causes tensile strain in the barrier and also the stress in the late deposited Cu film. The Cu film deposited on a multi-stacked Ta/TaN barrier showed the smallest stress due to relaxation of strain in the multi-layer barrier. In addition, the stress was also found sensitive to the annealing temperature. The abrupt change in the stress at high annealing temperatures coincides well with the formation of Cu3Si compound.

  14. 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; Scheuerlein, Christian; Larbalestier, David C.

    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 high 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.

  15. Landau-Ginzburg description of anomalous properties of novel room temperature multiferroics Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1-x}O{sub 3} and Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3}

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    Glinchuk, Maya D.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Morozovska, Anna N.

    2016-01-14

    Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism is used for the description of the anomalous ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3} and Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3} micro-ceramics. We calculated temperature, composition, and external field dependences of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic phases transition temperatures, remanent polarization, magnetization, hysteresis loops, dielectric permittivity, and magnetoelectric coupling. Special attention was paid to the comparison of developed theory with experiments. It appeared possible to describe adequately main experimental results including a reasonable agreement between the shape of calculated and measured hysteresis loops and remnant polarization. Since Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism appertains to single domain properties of a ferroic, we did not aim to describe quantitatively the coercive field under the presence of realistic poly-domain switching. Information about linear and nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling coefficients was extracted from the experimental data. From the fitting of experimental data with theoretical formula, we obtained the composition dependence of Curie-Weiss constant that is known to be inversely proportional to harmonic (linear) dielectric stiffness, as well as the strong nonlinear dependence of anharmonic parameters in free energy. Keeping in mind the essential influence of these parameters on multiferroic properties, the obtained results open the way to govern practically all the material properties with the help of suitable composition choice. A forecast of the strong enough influence of antiferrodistortive order parameter on the transition temperatures and so on the phase diagrams and properties of multiferroics are made on the basis of the developed theory.

  16. Pulsed laser deposition growth of heteroepitaxial YBa2Cu3O7/La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 superlattices on NdGaO3 and Sr0.7La0.3Al0.65Ta0.35O3 substrates

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    Malik, V. K.; Marozau, I.; Das, S.; Doggett, B.; Satapathy, D. K.; Uribe-Laverde, M. A.; Biskup, N.; Varela, M.; Schneider, C. W.; Marcelot, C.; Stahn, J.; Bernhard, C.

    2012-02-01

    Heteroepitaxial superlattices of [YBa2Cu3O7(n)/La0.67Ca0.33MnO3(m)]x (YBCO/LCMO), where n and m are the number of YBCO and LCMO monolayers and x the number of bilayer repetitions, have been grown with pulsed laser deposition on NdGaO3 (110) and Sr0.7La0.3Al0.65Ta0.35O3 (001). These substrates are well lattice matched with YBCO and LCMO and, unlike the commonly used SrTiO3, they do not give rise to complex and uncontrolled strain effects at low temperature. The growth dynamics and the structure have been studied in situ with reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex situ with scanning transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and neutron reflectometry. The individual layers are found to be flat and continuous over long lateral distances with sharp and coherent interfaces and with a well-defined thickness of the individual layer. The only visible defects are antiphase boundaries in the YBCO layers that originate from perovskite unit-cell height steps at the interfaces with the LCMO layers. We also find that the first YBCO monolayer at the interface with LCMO has an unusual growth dynamics and is lacking the CuO chain layer, while the subsequent YBCO layers have the regular Y-123 structure. Accordingly, the CuO2 bilayers at both the LCMO/YBCO and the YBCO/LCMO interfaces are lacking one of their neighboring CuO chain layers and, thus, half of their hole-doping reservoir. Nevertheless, from electric transport measurements on a superlattice with n=2 we obtain evidence that the interfacial CuO2 bilayers remain conducting and even exhibit the onset of a superconducting transition at very low temperature. Finally, we show from dc magnetization and neutron reflectometry measurements that the LCMO layers are strongly ferromagnetic.

  17. 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.

  18. Evaluation of DC-sputtered Glassy TaCoN Thin Film for Copper Metallization

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    Fang, Jau-Shiung; Ke, Min-Li; Chen, Hui-Chien

    2007-11-01

    The failure mechanism of the TaCoN barrier for copper metallization was examined using films by direct current (dc) magnetron reactive sputtering at various nitrogen flow rates. The as-deposited TaCoN films had a glassy structure and were free from intermetallic compounds. Optimizing the nitrogen flow rate during sputtering maximized the thermal stability of the Si/Ta66.8Co11.4N21.8/Cu metallization system up to an annealing temperature of 750°C when the film was deposited using a nitrogen flow rate of 1 sccm, as revealed by using X-ray diffraction, a scanning electron microscope, a four-point probe and a transmission electron microscope. Structural analysis indicated that the failure mechanisms of the studied Si/TaCoN/Cu stacked films involved the initial dissociation of the barrier layer that was annealed at a specific temperature, and the subsequent formation of diffusion paths along which the copper penetrates through the TaCoN barrier layer to react with underlying Si. The high formation temperature of the Cu3Si phase demonstrated that the studied film was highly stable, indicating that the TaCoN thin film is highly promising for use as a diffusion barrier for Cu metallization.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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. 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.

  3. Observations on the long-lived Mossbauer effects of 93mNb

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    Cheng, Yao; Yang, Shi-Hui; Lan, Michael; Lee, Chih-Hao

    2016-01-01

    Several observations of the Nb long-lived Mossbauer phenomena are presented, in consequence of an irradiation increased by an order of magnitude compared with previous work. These are 1) two β decays of 182Ta and 92mNb are enhanced, i.e., 182Ta is now 200 times faster than in previous results while 92mNb is twice as fast as normal; 2) γs emitted from two β decays compete to eject electrons in a winner-takes-all rule, rather than by superposition; 3) abrupt spectral changes reveal three decay phases of 182Ta; 4) the biphoton γγ of 93mNb is released from the sample for the first time; 5) the γγ distribution is narrow, in contrast to the broad γγ spectrum obtained from independent nuclei; 6) Nb K-lines super-radiate along the long sample axis; 7) collective scattering of multipolar MeV γs. The manipulation of nuclear decay speeds demonstrated here highlights a potential application of this work in cleaning up the nuclear wastes. PMID:27824073

  4. Observations on the long-lived Mossbauer effects of 93mNb

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    Cheng, Yao; Yang, Shi-Hui; Lan, Michael; Lee, Chih-Hao

    2016-11-01

    Several observations of the Nb long-lived Mossbauer phenomena are presented, in consequence of an irradiation increased by an order of magnitude compared with previous work. These are 1) two β decays of 182Ta and 92mNb are enhanced, i.e., 182Ta is now 200 times faster than in previous results while 92mNb is twice as fast as normal; 2) γs emitted from two β decays compete to eject electrons in a winner-takes-all rule, rather than by superposition; 3) abrupt spectral changes reveal three decay phases of 182Ta; 4) the biphoton γγ of 93mNb is released from the sample for the first time; 5) the γγ distribution is narrow, in contrast to the broad γγ spectrum obtained from independent nuclei; 6) Nb K-lines super-radiate along the long sample axis; 7) collective scattering of multipolar MeV γs. The manipulation of nuclear decay speeds demonstrated here highlights a potential application of this work in cleaning up the nuclear wastes.

  5. Processing of A-15 Nb sub 3 Si, Nb sub 3 Ge and Nb sub 3 (AlSi) superconducting ribbons by the chill-block spinning machine

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    Manzur, Tariq.

    1989-01-01

    A processing technique for A-15 compounds which has improved mechanical and superconducting properties has been developed. This technique consists of rapid solidification of the alloy by the chill block spinning machine (CBSM) to form amorphous ribbons and by subsequent annealing crystallizes the stable or metastable fine grain flexible A-15 structure. The CBSM has been modified so that all the processing parameters could be controlled and optimized for each alloy composition. By the improved CBSM it was possible to form amorphous Nb{sub 3}Si, Nb{sub 3}Ge and Nb{sub 3}(AlSi) ribbons with more than 80% reproducible rate. Critical current density measurements are limited by contact resistance. A Cu plating technique was introduced in this research that made the contact resistance three orders of magnitude lower than that obtained by other methods. This plated coating also gave an additional mechanical support to the sample and acted as a shunt for thermal stabilization of the sample. J{sub c} of Nb{sub 3}Ge at 15 Tesla was 8 {times} 10{sup 8} A/m{sup 2}. The J{sub c} of Nb{sub 3}(AlSi) at 15 Tesla was 5 {times} 10{sup 10} A/m{sup 2}. The J{sub c} value observed in the Nb{sub 3}(AlSi) alloy at 15 Tesla is the highest reported value for any superconductor as of today.

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. More reduced Nb/sub 6/I/sub 8/ cluster. Synthesis and structure of CsNb/sub 6/I/sub 11/ and its hydride CsNb/sub 6/I/sub 11/H

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    Imoto, H.; Corbett, J.D.

    1980-05-01

    The title compound is formed by direct reaction of Nb/sub 3/I/sub 8/ or Nb/sub 6/I/sub 11/ with Nb and CsI in a sealed Nb tube at 910/sup 0/C. The structure and composition were established by X-ray crystallography: space group P6/sub 3/22, Z = 2, a = 11.007 (2) A, c = 11.894 (2) A, R = 0.047, and R/sub w/ = 0.060 for 777 independent reflections after correction for absorption and secondary extinction. The structure of Cs/sup +/((Nb/sub 6/I/sup i//sub 8/)I/sup a//sub 6/2/)/sup -/ consists of distorted metal octahedra face-capped by I/sup i/ to give Nb/sub 6/I/sub 8/ clusters (D/sub 3d/ symmetry) which are interconnected to other octahedra in a hexagonal close-packed arrangement through bridging I/sup a/. The Nb-Nb distances range from 2.771 (2) to 2.940 (2) A, the average of 2.825 A being 0.025 (4) A less than that in the known and closely related Nb/sub 6/I/sub 11/(Nb/sub 6/I/sub 8/I/sub 6/2/). The observed distortion of the octahedra in both phases can be understood in terms of packing and strain at the bridging iodine atoms. The title phase is converted to the isostructural CsNb/sub 6/I/sub 11/H by H/sub 2/ at 400/sup 0/C, whereas Mo/sub 6/CL/sub 12/, Na/sub 4/M/sub 6/Cl/sub 18/ (M = Nb, Ta), and Ta/sub 6/Cl/sub 15/ do not react with hydrogen at 300 to 400 /sup 0/C. Hydrogen absorption by halides of transition groups 5 and 6 and zirconium appears to require an oxidation state below 2.0. The upper limits of composition (oxidation state) found for group 3 to 6 halohydrides correspond closely to the upper limits found with the binary hydrides of the same metals.

  10. 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.

  11. Capping Layer Effects on Electromigration in Narrow Cu Lines

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    Hu, C.-K.; Rosenberg, R.

    2004-12-08

    Electromigration in narrow (bamboo-like) Cu Damascene lines capped with either a CoWP, Ta/TaN, SiNx, or SiCxNyHz layer is reviewed. A thin CoWP or Ta/TaN cap on top of the Cu line surface significantly reduces interface diffusion and improves the electromigration lifetime when compared with lines capped with SiNx or SiCxNyHz. Activation energies for electromigration were found to be 1.9-2.4 eV, 1.4 eV, and 0.85-1.1 eV for the Cu lines capped with CoWP, Ta/TaN, and SiNx or SiCxNyHz, respectively. Relationships between line width, diffusion path, void nucleation sites and lifetime are presented. Resistance changes in the CoWP coated lines were related to the solubility and diffusivity of Co in Cu such that void growth caused by electromigration was detectable only as a significant resistance increase over that caused by the Co. The solubility and diffusivity of Co in Cu was determined from line resistance measurements of thermally annealed Cu lines with CoWP caps. The activation energy of Co diffusion in Cu lines was found to be 2.2 eV, and the solubility limit of Co in Cu was found to be 18e(-0.57eV/kT) atomic percent.

  12. Structure and physical properties of EuTa2O6 tungsten bronze polymorph

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Sakurai, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Borodianska, H.; Forbes, S.; Mozharivskyj, Y.

    2014-08-01

    A tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) polymorph of EuTa2O6 was prepared and analyzed. EuTa2O6 crystallizes in the centrosymmetric Pnam space group (with unit cell: a = 12.3693, b = 12.4254, and c = 7.7228 Å) isomorphous with orthorhombic β-SrTa2O6. In contrast to early reports, we see no evidence of deviation from paramagnetic Curie-Weiss behavior among the Eu2+ 4f7spins in EuTa2O6 down to 2 K. Dielectric constant shows a broad peak at ca. 50 K with dielectric dispersion resembling diffuse phase transition. The relaxation time, however, follows a simple (non-freezing) thermally activated process with an activation energy of 92 meV and an attempt frequency of f0 = 5.79 × 1012 Hz. A thermal conductivity of EuTa2O6 shows a low-temperature (T ≈ 30 K) "plateau" region reminiscent of a glass-like behaviour in Nb-based TTB compounds. This behaviour can be attributed to the loosely bound Eu2+ ions occupying large tricapped trigonal prismatic sites in the EuTa2O6 structure.

  13. 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.

  14. Electron concentration and phase stability in NbCr2-based Laves phase alloys

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K.; Liu, C.T.

    1997-05-12

    Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases was studied, based on the data reported for binary X-Cr, Nb-X, and ternary Nb-Cr-X phase diagrams. It was shown that when the atomic size ratios are kept identical, the average electron concentration factor, e/a, is the dominating factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases. The e/a ratios for different Laves polytypes were determined as followed: with e/a < 5.76, the C15 structure is stabilized; at an e/a range of 5.88--7.53, the C14 structure is stabilized; with e/a > 7.65, the C15 structure is stabilized again. A further increase in the electron concentration factor (e/a > 8) leads to the disordering of the alloy. The electron concentration effect on the phase stability of Mg-based Laves phases and transition-metal A{sub 3}B intermetallic compounds is also reviewed and compared with the present observations in transition-metal Laves phases. In order to verify the e/a/phase stability relationship experimentally, additions of Cu (with e/a = 11) were selected to replace Cr in the NbCr{sub 2} Laves phase. Experimental results for the ternary Nb-Cr-Cu system are reported and discussed in terms of the correlation between the e/a ratio and phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based Laves phases. A new phase was found, which has an average composition of Nb-47Cr-3Cu. Within the solubility limit, the electron concentration and phase stability relationship is obeyed in the Nb-Cr-Cu system.

  15. TaVRT2 represses transcription of the wheat vernalization gene TaVRN1.

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    Kane, Ndjido Ardo; Agharbaoui, Zahra; Diallo, Amadou Oury; Adam, Hélène; Tominaga, Yoko; Ouellet, François; Sarhan, Fathey

    2007-08-01

    In wheat, VRN1/TaVRN1 and VRN2/TaVRN2 determine the growth habit and flowering time. In addition, the MADS box transcription factor VEGETATIVE TO REPRODUCTIVE TRANSITION 2 (TaVRT2) is also associated with the vernalization response in a manner similar to TaVRN2. However, the molecular relationship between these three genes and their products is unknown. Using transient expression assays in Nicotiana benthamiana, we show that TaVRT2 acts as a repressor of TaVRN1 transcription. TaVRT2 binds the CArG motif in the TaVRN1 promoter and represses its activity in vivo. In contrast, TaVRN2 does not bind the TaVRN1 promoter and has no direct effect on its activity, but it can enhance the repression effect of TaVRT2. This suggests that a repressor complex regulates the expression of TaVRN1. In winter wheat, TaVRT2, TaVRN2 and TaVRN1 transcripts accumulate in the shoot apical meristem and young leaves, and temporal expression is consistent with TaVRT2 and TaVRN2 being repressors of floral transition, whereas TaVRN1 is an activator. Non-vernalized spring wheat grown under a short-day photoperiod accumulates TaVRT2 and shows a delay in flowering, suggesting that TaVRT2 is regulated independently by photoperiod and low temperature. The data presented suggest that TaVRT2, in association with TaVRN2, represses the transcription of TaVRN1.

  16. 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.

  17. In situ TEM study of stability of TaRhx diffusion barriers using a novel sample preparation method.

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    Dalili, Neda; Li, Peng; Kupsta, Martin; Liu, Qi; Ivey, Douglas G

    2014-03-01

    The atomic diffusion mechanisms associated with metallurgical failure of TaRhx diffusion barriers for Cu metallizations were studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The issues related to in situ heating of focused ion beam (FIB) prepared cross-sectional TEM samples that contain Cu thin films are discussed. The Cu layer in Si/(13 nm)TaRhx/Cu stacks showed grain growth and formation of voids at temperatures exceeding 550°C. For Si/(43 nm)TaRhx/Cu stacks, grain growth of Cu was delayed to higher temperatures, i.e., 700°C, and void formation was not observed. Extensive surface diffusion of Cu, however, preceded bulk diffusion. Therefore, a 10 nm film of electron beam evaporated C was deposited on both sides of the TEM lamellae to limit surface diffusion. This processing technique allowed for direct observation of atomic diffusion and reaction mechanisms across the TaRhx interface. Failure occurred by nucleation of orthorhombic RhSi particles at the Si/TaRhx interface. Subsequently, the barrier at areas adjacent to RhSi particles was depleted in Rh. This created lower density areas in the barrier, which facilitated diffusion of Cu to the Si substrate to form Cu3Si. The morphology of an in situ annealed lamella was compared with an ex situ bulk annealed sample, which showed similar reaction morphology. The sample preparation method developed in this study successfully prevented surface diffusion/delamination of the Cu layer and can be employed to understand the metallurgical failure of other potential diffusion barriers.

  18. Scaleup of powder metallurgy processed Nb-Al multifilamentary wire

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    Thieme, C.; Foner, S.; Otubo, J.; Pourrahimi, S.; Schwartz, B.; Zhang, H.

    1983-05-01

    Power metallurgy processed Nb-Al superconducting wires were fabricated from billets up to 45 mm o.d. with nominal areal reduction ratios, R, up to 2 X 10/sup 5/, Nb powder sizes from 40 to 300 ..mu..m from various sources, Al powder sizes from 9 to 75 ..mu..m, Al concentrations from 3 to 25 wt % Al and with a wide range of heat treatments. All the compacts used tap density powder in a Cu tube and swaging and/or rod rolling and subsequent wire drawing. Both single strand and bundled wires were made. Overall critical current densities, J /SUB c/, of 2 X 10/sup 4/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 14 T and 10/sup 4/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 16 T were achieved for 6 to 8 wt % Al in Nb.

  19. Fabrication of Nb3Al superconductor by the optimized mechanical alloying method with low temperature

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    Zhang, Y.; Lin, W. J.; Xu, L. Y.; Yang, D. W.; Chen, Y. L.; Li, P. Y.; Pan, X. F.; Yan, G.; Zhao, Y.

    2016-11-01

    Mechanical alloying was used to synthesize Nb3Al superconductor successfully, and the process was optimization under various preparation conditions. In the current study, Nb3Al superconductor with Tc of 15.6 K was directly prepared from high quality Nb (Al) solid solution by mechanical alloying method and heat treatment at a low temperature of 800 to 900 °C. The results showed that Nb3Al superconducting wire with high performance could be prepared after heat treatment below the melting point of Cu (1080°C) and using Nb (Al) solid solution and conventional powder in tube (PIT) method, thus effectively avoiding ultra-high temperature heat treatment and special rapid heating and quenching(RHQ) device.

  20. B-Fe-Ta (147)

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/97.etType="URL"/> 'Systems from B-Be-Fe to Co-W-Zr' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter 'B-Fe-Ta (147)' with the content:

  1. Prospects for Improving the Critical Current Density of Superconducting Nb3Sn Strands via Optimization of Nb3Sn Fraction, Stoichiometry, and Grain Size

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    Xu, Xingchen

    Superconducting Nb3Sn strands are the key building blocks of high-field (>10 T) magnets. There are multiple figures of merit defining the quality of a Nb3Sn strand, such as critical current density (Jc), residual resistivity ratio (RRR), and effective subelement size (deff). Among these the high-field Jc is the key factor for the application of Nb3Sn strands in magnets, because the supercurrent-carrying capability of Nb 3Sn strands essentially determines the limit of the magnetic field that can be generated in a given magnet design. It is the primary goal of this dissertation to explore ways to improve the high-field non-matrix Jc of Nb3Sn strands without sacrificing other factors (e.g., RRR and deff). A green-state Nb3Sn wire is composed of precursor metals or alloys, which transform to superconducting Nb3Sn phase through a diffusion reaction process during a heat treatment at typically 600-800 °C. The high-field non-matrix Jc of Nb 3Sn strands was improved significantly due to the extensive efforts by the scientists of the Nb3Sn community. These improvements in Jc were mainly driven by three aspects: improvement of the subelement design (i.e., optimizing the subelement architecture and the precursor amounts, e.g., enhancing the Nb and Sn fractions in subelements), use of the right type and amount of dopants, and optimization of the heat treatment schedules. However, the improvement in Jc of Nb3Sn strands has plateaued since 2002, with the rod-restack-process (RRP) strands pushing the 4.2 K, 12 T non-matrix Jc to ˜3000 A/mm2, and the 15 T value to ˜1600 A/mm 2. Given the plateau of Jc improvement over the last decade, researchers have been asking this question: how to further improve the high-field Jc of Nb3Sn strands? This is also the question that this dissertation aims to answer. For this goal, a literature review of the factors determining non-Cu Jc of Nb3Sn conductors is given in chapter 1. It is seen that the non-matrix Jc of Nb 3Sn strands are mainly

  2. Structure of vacuum Cu–Ta condensates

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    Zubkov, A. I.; Zubarev, E. N.; Sobol', O. V.; Hlushchenko, M. A.; Lutsenko, E. V.

    2017-02-01

    The structure of vacuum condensate foils (separated from substrates) of the binary Cu-Ta system has been investigated both in the initial condensed state and after annealings at temperatures of up to 1000°C. It has been shown that the alloying of a vapor flow of the matrix metal (copper) with tantalum to 0.5 at % makes it possible to reduce the grain size from 3 μm to 50 nm. Depending on the tantalum concentration, condensates exhibit a broad spectrum of structural states, i.e., single- and two-phase, a supersaturated solution of tantalum in the fcc lattice of copper, etc. The structure of the objects possesses a high thermal stability. The temperature of the start of grain growth in the copper matrix depends on the tantalum content and can reach 900°C. The dispersion of the structure of copper condensates and its thermal stability is due to the formation of segregates of tantalum atoms at the boundaries of grains of the copper matrix both in the process of condensation and upon subsequent annealing.

  3. Comparative corrosion study of Ti-Ta alloys for dental applications.

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    Mareci, Daniel; Chelariu, Romeu; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Ungureanu, Gina; Gloriant, Thierry

    2009-11-01

    Besides other important material features, the corrosion parameters and corrosion products are responsible for limiting the biocompatibility of metallic materials, and can produce undesirable reactions in implant-adjacent and/or more distant tissues. Titanium and some of its alloys are known as being the most biocompatible metallic materials due to their high strength, low modulus, high corrosion resistance in biological media, etc. More recently, Ti-Ta alloys have been developed, and these are expected to become more promising candidates for biomedical and dental applications than commercially pure Ti, Ti-6Al-4V or Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy. The corrosion behavior of the studied Ti-Ta alloys with Ta contents of 30, 40, 50 and 60 wt.% together with the currently used Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy were investigated for dental applications. All alloys were tested by open-circuit potential measurement, linear polarization, potentiodynamic polarization, coulometric zone analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy performed in artificial saliva with different pH, acid lactic and fluoride contents. The passive behavior for all the titanium alloys is observed for artificial saliva, acidified saliva (9.8 gl(-1) lactic acid, pH 2.5) and for fluoridated saliva (1.0 gl(-1) F(-), pH 8). A decrease in corrosion resistance and less protective passive oxide films are observed for all titanium alloys in fluoridated acidified saliva (9.8 gl(-1) lactic acid, 1.0 gl(-1) F(-), pH 2.5) in regard to other electrochemical media used within this work. It is worthy of note that the most important decrease was found for Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy. These conclusions are confirmed by all the electrochemical tests undertaken. However, the results confirm that the corrosion resistance of the studied Ti-Ta alloys in all saliva is better or similar to that of Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy, suggesting that the Ti-Ta alloys have potential for dental applications.

  4. Resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy of jet-cooled tantalum carbide, TaC.

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    Krechkivska, Olha; Morse, Michael D

    2010-08-07

    The optical spectrum of diatomic TaC has been investigated for the first time, with transitions recorded in the range from 17,850 to 20,000 cm(-1). Six bands were rotationally resolved and analyzed to obtain ground and excited state parameters, including band origins, upper and lower state rotational constants and bond lengths, Fermi contact parameter b(F) for the ground state, and lambda doubling parameters for the excited states. The ground state of TaC was found to be X (2)Sigma(+), originating from the 1sigma(2)2sigma(2)1pi(4)3sigma(1) electronic configuration, in which only the valence orbitals arising from the Ta(5d+6s) and C(2s+2p) orbitals are listed. All of the rotationally resolved and analyzed bands were found to originate from the ground state, giving B(0)"=0.489 683(83) cm(-1), r(0)"=1.749 01(15) A, and b(F)"=0.131 20(36) cm(-1) (1sigma error limits) for (181)Ta (12)C. Comparison of the Fermi contact parameter to the atomic value shows that the 3sigma orbital is approximately 75% Ta 6s in character. The other group 5 transition metal carbides, VC and NbC, have long been known to have 1sigma(2)2sigma(2)1pi(4)1delta(1), (2)Delta ground states, with low-lying 1sigma(2)2sigma(2)1pi(4)3sigma(1), (2)Sigma(+) excited states. The emergence of a different ground state in TaC, as compared to VC and NbC, is due to the relativistic stabilization of the 6s orbital in Ta. This lowers the energy of the 6s-like 3sigma orbital in TaC, causing the 1sigma(2)2sigma(2)1pi(4)3sigma(1), (2)Sigma(+) state to fall below the 1sigma(2)2sigma(2)1pi(4)1delta(1), (2)Delta state.

  5. Planar Metal-Insulator-Metal Diodes Based on the Nb/Nb2O5/X Material System

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    2013-10-01

    NC 27709-2211 15. SUBJECT TERMS niobium , rectifying diode, IV measurement, work function, barrier height Prakash Periasamy, Terrance P. O’Regan, Matin...with six different top contact metals: Ag, Cu, Ni, Au, and Pt (as well as Nb as a point of comparison). Niobium films with a typical thick- ness of 90...published work, we have determined that a thin (3–5 nm) native oxide is present at the interface between the niobium and the anodi- cally grown niobium

  6. Application of a novel (Pr0.9La0.1)2(Ni0.74Cu0.21Nb0.05)O4+δ-infiltrated BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ cathode for high performance protonic ceramic fuel cells

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    Li, Geng; Jin, Hongyun; Cui, Yuexiao; Gui, Liangqi; He, Beibei; Zhao, Ling

    2017-02-01

    A Ruddlesden-Popper oxide (Pr0.9La0.1)2(Ni0.74Cu0.21Nb0.05)O4+δ (PLNCN)-infiltrated BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (BZCY) is developed as an electrode for protonic ceramic fuel cells (PCFCs). PLNCN nanoparticles are evenly dispersed on the surface of BZCY skeleton by using the infiltration technology. The electrochemical behavior of the PLNCN-infiltrated BZCY electrodes are evaluated in terms of infiltration loading and temperature. The impedance results of symmetric cells suggest that the optimized loading of PLNCN is approximately 46.1 wt%. Power density of the single cell as high as 0.77 W cm-2 is achieved at 700 °C by using the 43.6 wt% PLNCN-infiltrated BZCY cathode, and the cell could be operated without degradation at 600 °C for 200 h; this finding indicates a promising alternative cathode for PCFCs.

  7. Effect of the current annealing (without and with tensile stress) on the soft magnetic behaviour of Fe73.5-x(Co0.5Ni0.5)xSi13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy ribbons (x = 2.5, 5 and 10).

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    Iturriza, N; Nazmunnahar, M; Dominguez, L; González, J; del Val, J J

    2012-06-01

    Experimental data on microstructural (crystalline volume fraction, grain size) and magnetic (coercive field) properties in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe73.5-x(Co0.5Ni0.5)xSi13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy ribbons (x = 2.5, 5 and 10) are presented. Nanocrystalline structure was developed by annealing the precursor amorphous ribbons by current annealing (CA) and stress-current-annealing (SA). Microstructural analysis of the treated ribbons using X-ray Diffraction showed a high content of amorphous phase in the bulk. In addition, substantial changes in the crystalline state such as grain size of the samples annealed at different conditions were observed. The alloy composition also affects greatly the grain size,: increasing the (Co,Ni) content leads to higher values of the average grain size. The evolutions of the coercive field with the two kinds of thermal treatment were analysed, allowing us to conclude that the addition of (Co,Ni) tends to reduce the magnetic softness character of the original material, while the treated SA samples show higher coercivities higher than those treated without by CA.

  8. 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.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Nb25Mo25Ta25W25 and V20Nb20Mo20Ta20W20 Refractory High-Entropy Alloys (Preprint)

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    2011-07-01

    stability, oxidation resistance and other properties, rather than forming the conventionally expected complex and brittle intermetallic phases. Using...W. Yeh, Annales de Chimie: Science des Materiaux , 31 (2006) 633-648. 6 J.-W. Yeh, Y.-L. Chen, S.-J. Lin, S.-K. Chen, Mater. Sci. Forum, 560 (2007

  10. Theoretical study of the electronic states of Nb4, Nb5 clusters and their anions (Nb4-,Nb5-)

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    Majumdar, D.; Balasubramanian, K.

    2004-09-01

    Geometries and energy separations of the various low-lying electronic states of Nbn and Nbn- (n=4,5) clusters with various structural arrangements have been investigated. The complete active space multiconfiguration self-consistent field method followed by multireference singles and doubles configuration interaction (MRSDCI) calculations that included up to 52×106 configuration spin functions have been used to compute several electronic states of these clusters. The ground states of both Nb4 (1A', pyramidal) and Nb4- (2B3g, rhombus) are low-spin states at the MRSDCI level. The ground state of Nb5 cluster is a doublet with a distorted trigonal bipyramid (DTB) structure. The anionic cluster of Nb5 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 Nb4 and Nb5, we have assigned the observed photoelectron spectrum of Nbn- (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 Nb4 and Nb5 have been calculated and the results have been found to be in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Multifunctional Ti1-xTaxO2: Ta doping or alloying?

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    Barman, A. Roy; Motapothula, M.; Annadi, A.; Gopinadhan, K.; Zhao, Y. L.; Yong, Z.; Santoso, I.; Ariando, Breese, M.; Rusydi, A.; Dhar, S.; Venkatesan, T.

    2011-02-01

    Useful electronic, magnetic, and optical properties have been proposed and observed in thin films of Ti1-xMxO2 (M=Ta,Nb,V). In this work, we have studied phase formation for films of Ti1-xTaxO2 prepared by pulsed laser deposition. We show that substitutional Ta in TiO2 results in a different material system in terms of its electronic properties. Moss-Burstein shift is ruled out by comparing the electrical transport data of anatase and rutile TiO2. Vegard's law fit to th