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  1. Experimental validation of optimum input polarization states for Mueller matrix determination with a dual photoelastic modulator polarimeter.

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    Gribble, Adam; Layden, David; Vitkin, I Alex

    2013-12-15

    Dual photoelastic modulator polarimeters can measure light polarization, which is often described as a Stokes vector. By evaluating changes in polarization when light interacts with a sample, the sample Mueller matrix also can be derived, completely describing its interaction with polarized light. The choice of which and how many input Stokes vectors to use for sample investigation is under the experimenter's control. Previous work has predicted that sets of input Stokes vectors forming the vertices of platonic solids on the Poincaré sphere allow for the most robust Mueller matrix determination. Further, when errors specific to the dual photoelastic modulator polarimeter are considered, simulations revealed that one specific shape and orientation of Stokes vectors (cube on the Poincaré sphere with vertices away from principal sphere axes) allows for the most robust Mueller matrix determination. Here we experimentally validate the optimum input Stokes vectors for dual photoelastic modulator Mueller polarimetry, toward developing a robust polarimetric platform of increasing relevance to biophotonics.

  2. Determination of the magnetic field induced circular birefringence using the Mueller matrix of FBGs

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    Descamps, Frédéric; Bette, Sébastien; Kinet, Damien; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    Different methods have already been developed to measure the magnetic field with fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). They are based on the use of a magnetic fluid or magnetostrictive materials. In addition to these methods, a direct measurement of the magnetic field is also possible by determining the circular birefringence created by the magnetic field inside the fiber. In standard optical fiber, this circular birefringence is of the same order as the intrinsic fiber birefringence or even below. The polarization properties of FBGs are therefore used to perform such measurement since they allow to determine weak birefringence with higher accuracy than standard read-out techniques. However, the obtained accuracy is usually low due to the influence of the intrinsic fiber birefringence. To mitigate this issue, we study in this work the use of the diattenuation vector. This parameter is obtained from the Mueller matrix and we show that it evolves in response to a magnetic field. In practice, we analyze its response by both simulation and experiment. In our simulations, we solve numerically the coupled mode equations of the FBG. For the experiments, the Mueller matrix is measured by an optical vector analyzer for the gratings connected in transmission. We apply an increasing magnetic field on different Bragg gratings photo-written in SMF28 fibers. The rotation of the diattenuation vector is then used to retrieve the magnetic field induced circular birefringence. A linear increase of the reconstructed circular birefringence is reported for increasing magnetic field values in the range 0-1T.

  3. Silicon fin line edge roughness determination and sensitivity analysis by Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry based scatterometry

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    Dixit, Dhairya; O'Mullane, Samuel; Sunkoju, Sravan; Hosler, Erik R.; Kamineni, Vimal; Preil, Moshe; Keller, Nick; Race, Joseph; Muthinti, Gangadhara Raja; Diebold, Alain C.

    2015-03-01

    Measurement and control of line edge roughness (LER) is one of the most challenging issues facing patterning technology. As the critical dimensions (CD) of patterned structures decrease, LER of only a few nanometers can negatively impact device performance. Here, Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry (MMSE) based scatterometry is used to determine LER in periodic line-space structures in 28 nm pitch Si fin samples fabricated by directed selfassembly (DSA) patterning. The optical response of the Mueller matrix (MM) elements is influenced by structural parameters like pitch, CD, height, and side-wall angle (SWA), as well as the optical properties of the materials. Evaluation and decoupling MM element response to LER from other structural parameters requires sensitivity analysis using simulations of optical models that include LER. Here, an approach is developed that quantifies Si fin LER by comparing the optical responses generated by systematically varying the grating shape and measurement conditions. Finally, the validity of this approach is established by comparing the results obtained from top down scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and cross-sectional TEM image of the 28 nm pitch Si fins.

  4. Cervical collagen imaging for determining preterm labor risks using a colposcope with full Mueller matrix capability

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    Stoff, Susan; Chue-Sang, Joseph; Holness, Nola A.; Gandjbakhche, Amir; Chernomordik, Viktor; Ramella-Roman, Jessica

    2016-02-01

    Preterm birth is a worldwide health issue, as the number one cause of infant mortality and neurological disorders. Although affecting nearly 10% of all births, an accurate, reliable diagnostic method for preterm birth has, yet, to be developed. The primary constituent of the cervix, collagen, provides the structural support and mechanical strength to maintain cervical closure, through specific organization, during fetal gestation. As pregnancy progresses, the disorganization of the cervical collagen occurs to allow eventual cervical pliability so the baby can be birthed through the cervical opening. This disorganization of collagen affects the mechanical properties of the cervix and, if the changes occur prematurely, may be a significant factor leading to preterm birth. The organization of collagen can be analyzed through the use of Mueller Matrix Polarimetric imaging of the characteristic birefringence of collagen. In this research, we have built a full Mueller Matrix Polarimetry attachment to a standard colposcope to enable imaging of human cervixes during standard prenatal exams at various stages of fetal gestation. Analysis of the polarimetric images provides information of quantity and organization of cervical collagen at specific gestational stages of pregnancy. This quantitative information may provide an indication of risk of preterm birth.

  5. Uniqueness of the differential Mueller matrix of uniform homogeneous media.

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    Devlaminck, Vincent; Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2014-06-01

    We show that the differential matrix of a uniform homogeneous medium containing birefringence may not be uniquely determined from its Mueller matrix, resulting in the potential existence of an infinite set of elementary polarization properties parameterized by an integer parameter. The uniqueness depends on the symmetry properties of a special differential matrix derived from the eigenvalue decomposition of the Mueller matrix. The conditions for the uniqueness of the differential matrix are identified, physically discussed, and illustrated in examples from the literature.

  6. Channeled partial Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Alenin, Andrey S.; Tyo, J. S.

    2015-09-01

    In prior work,1,2 we introduced methods to treat channeled systems in a way that is similar to Data Reduction Method (DRM), by focusing attention on the Fourier content of the measurement conditions. Introduction of Q enabled us to more readily extract the performance of the system and thereby optimize it to obtain reconstruction with the least noise. The analysis tools developed for that exercise can be expanded to be applicable to partial Mueller Matrix Polarimeters (pMMPs), which were a topic of prior discussion as well. In this treatment, we combine the principles involved in both of those research trajectories and identify a set of channeled pMMP families. As a result, the measurement structure of such systems is completely known and the design of a channeled pMMP intended for any given task becomes a search over a finite set of possibilities, with the additional channel rotation allowing for a more desirable Mueller element mixing.

  7. Snapshot retinal imaging Mueller matrix polarimeter

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    Wang, Yifan; Kudenov, Michael; Kashani, Amir; Schwiegerling, Jim; Escuti, Michael

    2015-09-01

    Early diagnosis of glaucoma, which is a leading cause for visual impairment, is critical for successful treatment. It has been shown that Imaging polarimetry has advantages in early detection of structural changes in the retina. Here, we theoretically and experimentally present a snapshot Mueller Matrix Polarimeter fundus camera, which has the potential to record the polarization-altering characteristics of retina with a single snapshot. It is made by incorporating polarization gratings into a fundus camera design. Complete Mueller Matrix data sets can be obtained by analyzing the polarization fringes projected onto the image plane. In this paper, we describe the experimental implementation of the snapshot retinal imaging Mueller matrix polarimeter (SRIMMP), highlight issues related to calibration, and provide preliminary images acquired from the camera.

  8. Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometry for nanostructure metrology.

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    Liu, Shiyuan; Du, Weichao; Chen, Xiuguo; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei

    2015-06-29

    In order to achieve effective process control, fast, inexpensive, nondestructive and reliable nanometer scale feature measurements are extremely useful in high-volume nanomanufacturing. Among the possible techniques, optical scatterometry is relatively ideal due to its high throughput, low cost, and minimal sample damage. However, this technique is inherently limited by the illumination spot size of the instrument and the low efficiency in construction of a map of the sample over a wide area. Aiming at these issues, we introduce conventional imaging techniques to optical scatterometry and combine them with Mueller matrix ellipsometry based scatterometry, which is expected to be a powerful tool for the measurement of nanostructures in future high-volume nanomanufacturing, and propose to apply Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometry (MMIE) for nanostructure metrology. Two kinds of nanostructures were measured using an in-house developed Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometer in this work. The experimental results demonstrate that we can achieve Mueller matrix measurement and analysis for nanostructures with pixel-sized illumination spots by using MMIE. We can also efficiently construct parameter maps of the nanostructures over a wide area with pixel-sized lateral resolution by performing parallel ellipsometric analysis for all the pixels of interest.

  9. Photomask CD and LER characterization using Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Heinrich, A.; Dirnstorfer, I.; Bischoff, J.; Meiner, K.; Ketelsen, H.; Richter, U.; Mikolajick, T.

    2014-10-01

    Critical dimension and line edge roughness on photomask arrays are determined with Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry. Arrays with large sinusoidal perturbations are measured for different azimuth angels and compared with simulations based on rigorous coupled wave analysis. Experiment and simulation show that line edge roughness leads to characteristic changes in the different Mueller matrix elements. The influence of line edge roughness is interpreted as an increase of isotropic character of the sample. The changes in the Mueller matrix elements are very similar when the arrays are statistically perturbed with rms roughness values in the nanometer range suggesting that the results on the sinusoidal test structures are also relevant for "real" mask errors. Critical dimension errors and line edge roughness have similar impact on the SE MM measurement. To distinguish between both deviations, a strategy based on the calculation of sensitivities and correlation coefficients for all Mueller matrix elements is shown. The Mueller matrix elements M13/M31 and M34/M43 are the most suitable elements due to their high sensitivities to critical dimension errors and line edge roughness and, at the same time, to a low correlation coefficient between both influences. From the simulated sensitivities, it is estimated that the measurement accuracy has to be in the order of 0.01 and 0.001 for the detection of 1 nm critical dimension error and 1 nm line edge roughness, respectively.

  10. Characterization of homogenous depolarizing media based on Mueller matrix differential decomposition.

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    Arteaga, Oriol; Kahr, Bart

    2013-04-01

    In a depolarizing medium in which the optical properties are uniformly distributed, the logarithm of the Mueller matrix can be used to calculate the differential Mueller matrix. From the differential Mueller matrix, the 10 optical properties of a homogeneous depolarizing medium are recovered. A modified calculation is introduced for media showing small time-irreversal depolarization events. The benefits of this method are illustrated in the determination of circular dichroism and circular birefringence of a nickel sulfate hexahydrate crystal from spectroscopic Mueller matrix measurements.

  11. Two modulator generalized ellipsometer for complete mueller matrix measurement

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    Jellison, Jr., Gerald E.; Modine, Frank A.

    1999-01-01

    A two-modulator generalized ellipsometer (2-MGE) comprising two polarizer-photoelastic modulator (PEM) pairs, an optical light source, an optical detection system, and associated data processing and control electronics, where the PEMs are free-running. The input light passes through the first polarizer-PEM pair, reflects off the sample surface or passes through the sample, passes through the second PEM-polarizer pair, and is detected. Each PEM is free running and operates at a different resonant frequency, e.g., 50 and 60 kHz. The resulting time-dependent waveform of the light intensity is a complicated function of time, and depends upon the exact operating frequency and phase of each PEM, the sample, and the azimuthal angles of the polarizer-PEM pairs, but can be resolved into a dc component and eight periodic components. In one embodiment, the waveform is analyzed using a new spectral analysis technique that is similar to Fourier analysis to determine eight sample Mueller matrix elements (normalized to the m.sub.00 Mueller matrix element). The other seven normalized elements of the general 4.times.4 Mueller matrix can be determined by changing the azimuthal angles of the PEM-polarizer pairs with respect to the plane of incidence. Since this instrument can measure all elements of the sample Mueller matrix, it is much more powerful than standard ellipsometers.

  12. Mueller matrix of a dicot leaf

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    Vanderbilt, Vern C.; Daughtry, Craig S. T.

    2012-06-01

    A better understanding of the information contained in the spectral, polarized bidirectional reflectance and transmittance of leaves may lead to improved techniques for identifying plant species in remotely sensed imagery as well as better estimates of plant moisture and nutritional status. Here we report an investigation of the optical polarizing properties of several leaves of one species, Cannabis sativa, represented by a 3x3 Mueller matrix measured over the wavelength region 400-2,400 nm. Our results support the hypothesis that the leaf surface alters the polarization of incident light - polarizing off nadir, unpolarized incident light, for example - while the leaf volume tends to depolarized incident polarized light.

  13. Method of extraction of the Mueller-Jones part out of an experimental Mueller matrix

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    Savenkov, Sergey N.; Marienko, Valeri V.

    1997-05-01

    Properly measured experimental Mueller matrix contains complete information on depolarization, anisotropy properties of studied object and on value of isotropic change of probated radiation intensity by studied object as well. They know that Jones matrix contains complete information on value of isotropic change of probated radiation intensity and on anisotropy properties of studied object. Thus, in the case of absent of depolarization and measurement errors reducing to existence of, so called, overpolarization there exist a one-to-one correspondence between Mueller and Jones matrix. Mueller matrix will then be called a Mueller-Jones matrix. The possibility of extraction of Mueller-Jones part out of any experimental Mueller matrix is extremely important because of following. First, it allows us to obtain everything about depolarization properties of studied object directly. Depolarization is very informative 'object' and now, in the majority, one knows little about its nature and methods of its complete description. Second, one gets the possibility to operate with correspondent Jones matrix to analyze of which there exist the powerful methods such as solving of the spectral problem and application of the decomposition theorem formerly proved by the present authors. The distinctive feature of the method proposed here is that it allows us in the best way to take into consideration the important fact that far from all elements of initial Mueller matrix contains information on depolarization.

  14. Mueller matrix polarimetry imaging for breast cancer analysis (Conference Presentation)

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    Gribble, Adam; Vitkin, Alex

    2017-02-01

    Polarized light has many applications in biomedical imaging. The interaction of a biological sample with polarized light reveals information about its biological composition, both structural and functional. The most comprehensive type of polarimetry analysis is to measure the Mueller matrix, a polarization transfer function that completely describes how a sample interacts with polarized light. However, determination of the Mueller matrix requires tissue analysis under many different states of polarized light; a time consuming and measurement intensive process. Here we address this limitation with a new rapid polarimetry system, and use this polarimetry platform to investigate a variety of tissue changes associated with breast cancer. We have recently developed a rapid polarimetry imaging platform based on four photoelastic modulators (PEMs). The PEMs generate fast polarization modulations that allow the complete sample Mueller matrix to be imaged over a large field of view, with no moving parts. This polarimetry system is then demonstrated to be sensitive to a variety of tissue changes that are relevant to breast cancer. Specifically, we show that changes in depolarization can reveal tumor margins, and can differentiate between viable and necrotic breast cancer metastasized to the lymph nodes. Furthermore, the polarimetric property of linear retardance (related to birefringence) is dependent on collagen organization in the extracellular matrix. These findings indicate that our polarimetry platform may have future applications in fields such as breast cancer diagnosis, improving the speed and efficacy of intraoperative pathology, and providing prognostic information that may be beneficial for guiding treatment.

  15. Physical model of differential Mueller matrix for depolarizing uniform media.

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    Devlaminck, Vincent

    2013-11-01

    In this article, we address the question of significance of the parameters of differential Mueller matrix formalism. We show how the concept of mean value and uncertainty of the optical properties recently introduced to depict this differential matrix can be related to the random fluctuations of these optical properties. From the layered-medium interpretation introduced by Jones [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 38, 671 (1948)] and extended to Mueller-Jones matrix by Azzam [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1756 (1978)], a generalization to depolarizing Mueller matrices is proposed. Based on the random Mueller-Jones matrix approach, the obtained parameterization perfectly fits the previous results from the literature. Necessary conditions of positivity on specific coefficients imposed in order to have physical Mueller matrix are introduced in a natural way and not inferred a posteriori. Interpretations of the underlying physical processes are also presented. An illustrative experimental example is provided from literature data.

  16. Least-squares analysis of the Mueller matrix

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    Reimer, Michael; Yevick, David

    2006-08-01

    In a single-mode fiber excited by light with a fixed polarization state, the output polarizations obtained at two different optical frequencies are related by a Mueller matrix. We examine least-squares procedures for estimating this matrix from repeated measurements of the output Stokes vector for a random set of input polarization states. We then apply these methods to the determination of polarization mode dispersion and polarization-dependent loss in an optical fiber. We find that a relatively simple formalism leads to results that are comparable with those of far more involved techniques.

  17. Stokes-vector and Mueller-matrix polarimetry [Invited].

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    Azzam, R M A

    2016-07-01

    This paper reviews the current status of instruments for measuring the full 4×1 Stokes vector S, which describes the state of polarization (SOP) of totally or partially polarized light, and the 4×4 Mueller matrix M, which determines how the SOP is transformed as light interacts with a material sample or an optical element or system. The principle of operation of each instrument is briefly explained by using the Stokes-Mueller calculus. The development of fast, automated, imaging, and spectroscopic instruments over the last 50 years has greatly expanded the range of applications of optical polarimetry and ellipsometry in almost every branch of science and technology. Current challenges and future directions of this important branch of optics are also discussed.

  18. Subwavelength metrological chracterization by Mueller matrix polarimeter and finite difference time domain method

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    Adhikari, Achyut; Dev, Kapil; Asundi, Anand

    2016-11-01

    Wire grid polarizers (WGP), are sub-wavelength gratings with applications in display projection system due to their compact size, wide field of view and long-term stability. Measurement and testing of these structures are important to optimize their use. This is done by first measuring the Mueller matrix of the WGP using a Mueller matrix polarimeter. Next the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method is used to simulate a similar Mueller matrix thus providing the period and step height of the WGP. This approach may lead to more generic determination of sub-wavelength structures including diffractive optical structures.

  19. Systematic errors for a Mueller matrix dual rotating compensator ellipsometer.

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    Broch, Laurent; En Naciri, Aotmane; Johann, Luc

    2008-06-09

    The characterization of anisotropic materials and complex systems by ellipsometry has pushed the design of instruments to require the measurement of the full reflection Mueller matrix of the sample with a great precision. Therefore Mueller matrix ellipsometers have emerged over the past twenty years. The values of some coefficients of the matrix can be very small and errors due to noise or systematic errors can induce distored analysis. We present a detailed characterization of the systematic errors for a Mueller Matrix Ellipsometer in the dual-rotating compensator configuration. Starting from a general formalism, we derive explicit first-order expressions for the errors on all the coefficients of the Mueller matrix of the sample. The errors caused by inaccuracy of the azimuthal arrangement of the optical components and residual ellipticity introduced by imperfect optical elements are shown. A new method based on a four-zone averaging measurement is proposed to vanish the systematic errors.

  20. Stage scoring of liver fibrosis using Mueller matrix microscope

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    Zhou, Jialing; He, Honghui; Wang, Ye; Ma, Hui

    2016-10-01

    Liver fibrosis is a common pathological process of varied chronic liver diseases including alcoholic hepatitis, virus hepatitis, and so on. Accurate evaluation of liver fibrosis is necessary for effective therapy and a five-stage grading system was developed. Currently, experienced pathologists use stained liver biopsies to assess the degree of liver fibrosis. But it is difficult to obtain highly reproducible results because of huge discrepancy among different observers. Polarization imaging technique has the potential of scoring liver fibrosis since it is capable of probing the structural and optical properties of samples. Considering that the Mueller matrix measurement can provide comprehensive microstructural information of the tissues, in this paper, we apply the Mueller matrix microscope to human liver fibrosis slices in different fibrosis stages. We extract the valid regions and adopt the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) and Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters for quantitative analysis. We also use the Monte Carlo simulation to analyze the relationship between the microscopic Mueller matrix parameters and the characteristic structural changes during the fibrosis process. The experimental and Monte Carlo simulated results show good consistency. We get a positive correlation between the parameters and the stage of liver fibrosis. The results presented in this paper indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope can provide additional information for the detections and fibrosis scorings of liver tissues and has great potential in liver fibrosis diagnosis.

  1. Rapid full Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry based on the hybrid phase modulation technique

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    Han, Chien-Yuan; Du, Cheng-You; Jhou, Jhe-Yi

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present a novel method of Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry, which comprises dual liquid crystal variable retarders at the polarization generation portion and a photoelastic modulator at the polarization analysis portion. The light source can be operated either in the continuous mode, which provides an in-situ calibration process for the liquid crystal variable retarders, or in the pulse mode to deduce the full two-dimensional Mueller matrix with 16 images from the camera. We measured the Mueller matrix images of air as a standard test, as well as a quarter wave plate to determine its azimuthal angle and phase retardation by the polar decomposition technique. Finally, the decomposed Mueller matrix images of a biopolymer specimen with the conformational change produced by heat treatment are presented.

  2. Mueller-Jones Matrix measurement in material identification

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    Xu, Jiang; Qian, Weixian; Wang, Xiao

    2016-09-01

    The uniformity of lattice arrangement plays an important role in industrial processing, science and technology studies and environmental pollution detection. However, there are very little papers to study surface structure by depolarization characteristics. In order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of material identification system by polarization technology, we developed a new method to decompose the Mueller matrix, we studied the mechanism of the scattering of electromagnetic wave, and analyzed the relationship between the characteristics of depolarization and mechanism of scattering. We used the Jones Matrix and Mueller Matrix to set up the physical model, and decomposed the Mueller-Jones Matrix by the characteristics of polarization, then got the depolarization coefficients (ωd) of the surfaces of the samples. By using this theory, we deduced the relation formula of Mueller matrix, Mueller-Jones matrix and Isotropic-Depolarizer matrix. Based on the polarized characteristics of the samples, we analyzed design method of material identification system and gave the results of the experimental test. Finally, we applied the theory of Fresnel formulas to verify the theoretical model. From the results, we found that the depolarization coefficients of the samples' surfaces were related to the scattering, and in the whole measurement process, the depolarization coefficients of the samples were far different; the method could easily to distinguish the metal and nonmetal, and more quickly to analyze the surface roughness of the samples. Therefore, the depolarization technology had a great application value, and the paper had very important significance on the development of surface structure study.

  3. Scatter polarization measurements with a mueller matrix imaging polarimeter.

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    Chipman, Russell A.; DeBoo, Brian

    2004-08-01

    A Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter is used to acquire polarization-sensitive images of seven different manmade samples in multiple scattering geometries. Successive Mueller matrix images of a sample with changing incidence and scatter angles are used to develop a Mueller matrix bidirectional reflectance distribution function for the sample in one plane of measurement. The Mueller matrix bidirectional reflectance distribution functions are compared, and patterns are noted. The most significant data for the scattering samples measured occurs along the diagonal of the respective Mueller matrices, indicating significant depolarization effects. Reduced depolarization data in the form of the average degree of polarization (of exiting light) for each sample is examined as a function of changing scattering geometry. Five of seven manmade samples exhibit an inverted Gaussian profile of depolarization with changing scattering geometry, the shape of which may prove useful for measuring sample properties (e.g. roughness) and for classifying or categorizing samples in a remote sensing scheme. Depolarization differences for each sample in response to changing incident polarization states are also examined, and a new metric, the degree of polarization surface, has been developed to visualize all such data simultaneously.

  4. Near-infrared Mueller matrix imaging for colonic cancer detection

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Zheng, Wei; Lin, Kan; Huang, Zhiwei

    2016-03-01

    Mueller matrix imaging along with polar decomposition method was employed for the colonic cancer detection by polarized light in the near-infrared spectral range (700-1100 nm). A high-speed (<5s) Muller matrix imaging system with dual-rotating waveplates was developed. 16 (4 by 4) full Mueller matrices of the colonic tissues (i.e., normal and caner) were acquired. Polar decomposition was further implemented on the 16 images to derive the diattentuation, depolarization, and the retardance images. The decomposed images showed clear margin between the normal and cancerous colon tissue samples. The work shows the potential of near-infrared Mueller matrix imaging for the early diagnosis and detection of malignant lesions in the colon.

  5. Characterizing dielectric tensors from angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix images

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    Smith, Paula K.; Chipman, Russell A.

    2007-09-01

    Biaxial ellipsometry is a technique that measures the dielectric tensor and thickness of a biaxial substrate, single-layer thin film, or multi-layer structure. The dielectric tensor of a biaxial material consists of the real and imaginary parts of the three orthogonal principal indices (n x+ ik x, n y+ ik y and n z + ik z) and three Euler angles (Θ, Φ, Δ) to describe its orientation. The method utilized in this work measures an angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix from a Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter equipped with a pair of microscope objectives with low polarization aberrations. The dielectric tensors for multilayer samples are determined from multi-spectral angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix images in either a transmission or reflection mode using an appropriate dispersion model. Given approximate a priori knowledge of the dielectric tensor and film thickness, a Jones matrix image is first calculated by solving Maxwell's equations at each surface which is then transformed into a Mueller matrix image. An optimization algorithm then finds the best fit dielectric tensor based on matching the measured and calculated angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix images. One use for this application is to more accurately determine the dielectric tensors of biaxial films used in liquid crystal displays.

  6. Experimental demonstration of two-photon Mueller matrix second-harmonic generation microscopy

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    Okoro, Chukwuemeka; Toussaint, Kimani C.

    2016-01-01

    We present the first experimental demonstration of two-photon Mueller matrix second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy for the extraction of representative Mueller matrices. Individual SHG images of porcine sample sets are divided into subimages, and the local nonlinear two-photon Mueller matrices (M) and degree of polarization (p) are determined. Results of the two-photon Mueller matrices from different sample types and the effects of thickness on the mean p distribution per polarization basis are investigated. We find that the p distribution shape changes and an associated bimodal mean difference (μd) increases with thickness. Our approach has potential as a quantitative imaging technique and can be applied to other multiphoton coherent imaging modalities.

  7. Measurement configuration optimization for grating reconstruction by Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Liu, Shiyuan; Zhang, Chuanwei; Jiang, Hao

    2013-04-01

    As a non-imaging optical measurement technique, spectroscopic Mueller matrix polarimetry (MMP) has been introduced for critical dimension (CD) and overlay metrology with recent great success. Due to the additional information provided by the Mueller matrices when the most general conical diffraction configuration is considered, MMP has demonstrated a great potential in semiconductor manufacturing. In order to make full use of the additional information provided by the Mueller matrices, it is of great importance for MMP to optimize the measurement configuration. In this paper, we introduce the norm of a configuration error propagating matrix as the cost function to optimize the measurement configuration for spectroscopic MMP with the aim of finding an optimal combination of fixed incidence and azimuthal angles, which provides higher measurement accuracy. The optimal measurement configuration can be achieved by minimizing the norm of the configuration error propagating matrix in the available ranges of incidence and azimuthal angles. Experiments performed on a silicon grating with a dual-rotating compensator Mueller matrix polarimeter have demonstrated the validity of the proposed measurement configuration optimization method.

  8. Clustering of Mueller matrix images for skeletonized structure detection

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    Collet, Christophe; Zallat, Jihad; Takakura, Yoshitate

    2004-04-01

    This paper extends and refines previous work on clustering of polarization-encoded images. The polarization-encoded images used in this work are considered as multidimensional parametric images where a clustering scheme based on Markovian Bayesian inference is applied. Hidden Markov Chains Model (HMCM) and Hidden Hierarchical Markovian Model (HHMM) show to handle effectively Mueller images and give very good results for biological tissues (vegetal leaves). Pretreatments attempting to reduce the image dimensionality based on the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) turns out to be useless for Mueller matrix images.

  9. Method of azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix diagnostics of blood plasma polycrystalline films in cancer diagnostics

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    Ushenko, Yu. A.; Prysyazhnyuk, V. P.; Gavrylyak, M. S.; Gorsky, M. P.; Bachinskiy, V. T.; Vanchuliak, O. Ya.

    2015-02-01

    A new information optical technique of diagnostics of the structure of polycrystalline films of blood plasma is proposed. The model of Mueller-matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy of such objects as optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism is suggested. The ensemble of informationally topical azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix invariants is determined. Within the statistical analysis of such parameters distributions the objective criteria of differentiation of films of blood plasma taken from healthy and patients with liver cirrhosis were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the information-optical method of Mueller-matrix mapping of polycrystalline films of blood plasma were found and its efficiency in diagnostics of liver cirrhosis was demonstrated. Prospects of application of the method in experimental medicine to differentiate postmortem changes of the myocardial tissue was examined.

  10. Interpretation of Mueller matrix images based on polar decomposition and statistical discriminators to distinguish skin cancer

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    Chung, Jung R.; DeLaughter, Aimee H.; Baba, Justin S.; Spiegelman, Clifford H.; Amoss, M. S.; Cote, Gerard L.

    2003-07-01

    The Mueller matrix describes all the polarizing properties of a sample, and therefore the optical differences between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue should be present within the matrix elements. We present in this paper the Mueller matrices of three types of tissue; normal, benign mole, and malignant melanoma on a Sinclair swine model. Feature extraction is done on the Mueller matrix elements resulting in the retardance images, diattenuation images, and depolarization images. These images are analyzed in an attempt to determine the important factors for the identification of cancerous lesions from their benign counterparts. In addition, the extracted features are analyzed using statistical processing to develop an accurate classification scheme and to identify the importance of each parameter in the determination of cancerous versus non-cancerous tissue.

  11. Bandwidth and Noise in Spatiotemporally Modulated Mueller Matrix Polarimeters

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    Vaughn, Israel Jacob

    Polarimetric systems design has seen recent utilization of linear systems theory for system descriptions. Although noise optimal systems have been shown, bandwidth performance has not been addressed in depth generally and is particularly lacking for Mueller matrix (active) polarimetric systems. Bandwidth must be considered in a systematic way for remote sensing polarimetric systems design. The systematic approach facilitates both understanding of fundamental constraints and design of higher bandwidth polarimetric systems. Fundamental bandwidth constraints result in production of polarimetric "artifacts" due to channel crosstalk upon Mueller matrix reconstruction. This dissertation analyzes bandwidth trade-offs in spatio-temporal channeled Mueller matrix polarimetric systems. Bandwidth is directly related to the geometric positioning of channels in the Fourier (channel) space, however channel positioning for polarimetric systems is constrained both physically and by design parameters like domain separability. We present the physical channel constraints and the constraints imposed when the carriers are separable between space and time. Polarimetric systems are also constrained by noise performance, and there is a trade-off between noise performance and bandwidth. I develop cost functions which account for the trade-off between noise and bandwidth for spatio-temporal polarimetric systems. The cost functions allow a systems designer to jointly optimize systems with good bandwidth and noise performance. Optimization is implemented for a candidate spatio-temporal system design, and high temporal bandwidth systems resulting from the optimization are presented. Systematic errors which impact the bandwidth performance and mitigation strategies for these systematic errors are also presented. Finally, a portable imaging Mueller matrix system is built and analyzed based on the theoretical bandwidth analysis and system bandwidth optimization. Temporal bandwidth performance is

  12. Mueller-matrix differentiation of fibrillar networks of biological tissues with different phase and amplitude anisotropy

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    Ushenko, A. G.; Dubolazov, A. V.; Ushenko, V. A.; Ushenko, Yu. A.; Kushnerick, L. Y.; Olar, O. V.; Pashkovskaya, N. V.; Marchuk, Yu. F.

    2016-09-01

    The work consists of investigation results of diagnostic efficiency of a new azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix method of analysis of laser autofluorescence coordinate distributions of biological tissues histological sections. A new model of generalized optical anisotropy of biological tissues protein networks is proposed in order to define the processes of laser autofluorescence. The influence of complex mechanisms of both phase anisotropy (linear birefringence and optical activity) and linear (circular) dichroism is taken into account. The interconnections between the azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix elements characterizing laser autofluorescence and different mechanisms of optical anisotropy are determined. The statistic analysis of coordinate distributions of such Mueller-matrix rotation invariants is proposed. Thereupon the quantitative criteria (statistic moments of the 1st to the 4th order) of differentiation of histological sections of uterus wall tumor - group 1 (dysplasia) and group 2 (adenocarcinoma) are estimated.

  13. Mueller matrix decomposition for polarized light assessment of biological tissues.

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    Ghosh, Nirmalya; Wood, Michael F G; Li, Shu-hong; Weisel, Richard D; Wilson, Brian C; Li, Ren-Ke; Vitkin, I Alex

    2009-03-01

    The Mueller matrix represents the transfer function of an optical system in its interactions with polarized light and its elements relate to specific biologically or clinically relevant properties. However, when many optical polarization effects occur simultaneously, the resulting matrix elements represent several "lumped" effects, thus hindering their unique interpretation. Currently, no methods exist to extract these individual properties in turbid media. Here, we present a novel application of a Mueller matrix decomposition methodology that achieves this objective. The methodology is validated theoretically via a novel polarized-light propagation model, and experimentally in tissue simulating phantoms. The potential of the approach is explored for two specific biomedical applications: monitoring of changes in myocardial tissues following regenerative stem cell therapy, through birefringence-induced retardation of the light's linear and circular polarizations, and non-invasive blood glucose measurements through chirality-induced rotation of the light's linear polarization. Results demonstrate potential for both applications.

  14. Feasibility of using Backscattered Mueller Matrix Images for Bioaerosol Detection

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    Li, Changhui; Kattawar, George W.

    2006-03-01

    It has been shown that by looking at the backscattered radiance from an object illuminated by a laser beam one could effectively distinguish different morphologies from one another. However, if one wants to obtain all the information possible from elastic scattering either from a single particle or an ensemble of particles then one must use the Mueller matrix which contains all the polarization and radiance information available. In this talk, we will show that if we take advantage of the polarization information of the object, many more images related to the overall morphology as well as the internal structure of the object can be obtained. We will present images of the complete Mueller matrix to show the sensitivity of its sixteen components to both external and internal particle properties. We will also show that by using only one or two elements of this matrix one might be able to distinguish bioaerosols such as anthrax from more benign aerosols. We also show that the backscattering Mueller images contain more information than the forward scattering ones.

  15. Dielectric tensor measurement from a single Mueller matrix image

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    Beaudry, Neil A.; Zhao, Yanming; Chipman, Russell

    2007-03-01

    A technique for measuring dielectric tensors in anisotropic layered structures, such as thin films of biaxial materials, is demonstrated. The ellipsometric data are collected in a quasi-monochromatic Mueller matrix image acquired over a large range of incident and azimuthal angles by illuminating a very small area on the sample with a focused beam from a modulating polarization state generator. After the beam interacts with the sample, the reflected and/or transmitted light is collected using an imaging polarization state analyzer. An image of the exit pupil of a collection objective lens is formed across a CCD such that each pixel collects light from a different angle incident on the sample, thus acquiring ellipsometric data at numerous incident angles simultaneously. The large range of angles and orientations is necessary to accurately determine dielectric tensors. The small but significant polarization aberrations of the low-polarization objective lenses used to create and collect the focused beams provide a significant challenge to accurate measurement. Measurements are presented of a thin-film E-type polarizer and a stretched plastic biaxial film.

  16. Two-dimensional backscattering Mueller matrix of sphere-cylinder scattering medium.

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    He, Honghui; Zeng, Nan; Li, Wei; Yun, Tianliang; Liao, Ran; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2010-07-15

    We present the experimental results for the two-dimensional backscattering Mueller matrix of a scattering medium containing polystyrene microspheres and silk fibers and simulate the same Mueller matrix using a polarization-sensitive Monte Carlo program with both layered and homogeneous sphere-cylinder scattering models. We discuss the characteristic features in each Mueller matrix element and their relations with the parameters of the spherical and cylindrical scatterers in the medium. Both experiments and simulations suggest that the Mueller matrix elements can be used to characterize the structural and optical properties of anisotropic scattering media.

  17. 2D Mueller matrix approach for tissue complete polarization characterization

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    Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Arce-Diego, J.-L.; Romanov, O. G.; Tolstik, A. L.; Ormachea, O.

    2007-06-01

    The use of optical techniques in medical praxis allows practitioners to improve their tools. This improvement is realized in two main aspects, treatment and characterization of biological tissue. The former deals with methods like Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) or Hyperthermia. Tissue characterization by optical means is more challenging. The idea is to obtain images from biological tissues with a non-contact, non-invasive and safe procedure. The drawbacks of conventional imaging techniques, like X-Ray with its ionising radiation or ultrasound with the needed contact, are then avoided. Some of these optical techniques are for instance Confocal Microscopy or Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The inclusion of the analysis of light polarization can increase the contrast in these images. In this work, polarization information via the Mueller matrix of the target tissue in 2D is proposed as an improved way of characterization. This matrix contains all the polarization properties of tissue, including depolarisation, so a more complete analysis can be carried out. A polarimeter, composed by linear polarizers and rotators, as long as a CCD camera, is proposed to measure 2D Mueller matrix in concrete points of a biological tissue. The importance of these diagnosis methods is crucial in preliminary detection of diseases, like cancer.

  18. Sensitivity analysis and line edge roughness determination of 28-nm pitch silicon fins using Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry-based optical critical dimension metrology

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    Dixit, Dhairya; O'Mullane, Samuel; Sunkoju, Sravan; Gottipati, Abhishek; Hosler, Erik R.; Kamineni, Vimal; Preil, Moshe; Keller, Nick; Race, Joseph; Muthinti, Gangadhara Raja; Diebold, Alain C.

    2015-07-01

    Measurement and control of line edge roughness (LER) is one of the most challenging issues facing patterning technology. As the critical dimensions (CDs) of patterned structures decrease, an LER of only a few nanometers negatively impacts device performance. Here, Mueller matrix (MM) spectroscopic ellipsometry-based scatterometry is used to characterize LER in periodic line-space structures in 28-nm pitch Si fin samples fabricated by directed self-assembly patterning. The optical response of the MM elements is influenced by structural parameters like pitch, CDs, height, and side-wall angle, as well as the optical properties of the materials. Evaluation and decoupling MM element response to LER from other structural parameters requires sensitivity analysis using scatterometry models that include LER. Here, an approach is developed that can be used to characterize LER in Si fins by comparing the optical responses generated by systematically varying the grating shape and measurement conditions. Finally, the validity of this approach is established by comparing the results obtained from power spectral density analysis of top down scanning electron microscope images and cross-sectional transmission electron microscope image of the 28-nm pitch Si fins.

  19. Vector and matrix states for Mueller matrices of nondepolarizing optical media.

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    Kuntman, Ertan; Ali Kuntman, M; Arteaga, Oriol

    2017-01-01

    Nondepolarizing Mueller matrices contain up to seven independent parameters. However, these seven parameters typically do not appear explicitly among the measured 16 parameters of a Mueller matrix, so that they are not directly accessible for physical interpretation. This work shows that all the information contained in a nondepolarizing Mueller matrix can be conveniently expressed in terms of a four component covariance vector state or a generating 4×4 matrix, which can be understood as a matrix state. The generating matrix, besides being directly related to the nondepolarizing Mueller matrix, mimics all properties of the Jones matrix and provides a powerful mathematical tool for formulating all properties of nondepolarizing systems, including the Mueller symmetries and the anisotropy coefficients.

  20. Two wavelength Mueller matrix reconstruction of blood plasma films polycrystalline structure in diagnostics of breast cancer.

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    Ushenko, V A; Dubolazov, O V; Karachevtsev, A O

    2014-04-01

    The model of a Mueller matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy typical for polycrystalline films of blood plasma--optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism--is suggested. On this basis, the algorithms of reconstruction of parameters distribution (polarization plane rotations, phase shifts, coefficients of linear and circular dichroism) of the indicated types of anisotropy were found for different spectrally selective ranges. Within the statistical analysis of such distributions, the objective criteria of differentiation of films of blood plasma taken from healthy women and breast cancer patients were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine, the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the method of Mueller matrix reconstruction of optical anisotropy parameters were found, and its efficiency in diagnostics of breast cancer was demonstrated.

  1. Differential Mueller matrix polarimetry for low concentration of glucose sensing

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    Phan, Quoc-Hung; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2017-04-01

    A novel of glucose sensing method based on differential Mueller matrix polarimetry is proposed. An analytical model is derived for extracting the optical rotation angle (γ) and degree of depolarization properties (Δ) of glucose sample with scattering affects. The practical feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by the experimental results for the sensitivity of the γ and Δ with the glucose samples with 2% phantom particles. The results show that the extracted valued of γ and Δ vary linearly with the glucose concentration over the measured range of 0 to 100 mg/dl with lowest increment of 20 mg/dl. In general, the proposed technique provides a reliable and simple method for low concentration of glucose sensing.

  2. Mueller-matrix of laser-induced autofluorescence of polycrystalline films of dried peritoneal fluid in diagnostics of endometriosis

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    Ushenko, Yuriy A.; Koval, Galina D.; Ushenko, Alexander G.; Dubolazov, Olexander V.; Ushenko, Vladimir A.; Novakovskaia, Olga Yu.

    2016-07-01

    This research presents investigation results of the diagnostic efficiency of an azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix method of analysis of laser autofluorescence of polycrystalline films of dried uterine cavity peritoneal fluid. A model of the generalized optical anisotropy of films of dried peritoneal fluid is proposed in order to define the processes of laser autofluorescence. The influence of complex mechanisms of both phase (linear and circular birefringence) and amplitude (linear and circular dichroism) anisotropies is taken into consideration. The interconnections between the azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix elements characterizing laser autofluorescence and different mechanisms of optical anisotropy are determined. The statistical analysis of coordinate distributions of such Mueller-matrix rotation invariants is proposed. Thereupon the quantitative criteria (statistic moments of the first to the fourth order) of differentiation of polycrystalline films of dried peritoneal fluid, group 1 (healthy donors) and group 2 (uterus endometriosis patients), are determined.

  3. Mueller-matrix mapping of optically anisotropic fluorophores of biological tissues in the diagnosis of cancer

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    Ushenko, Yu A; Sidor, M I; Bodnar, G B; Koval', G D

    2014-08-31

    We report the results of studying the polarisation manifestations of laser autofluorescence of optically anisotropic structures in biological tissues. A Mueller-matrix model is proposed to describe their complex anisotropy (linear and circular birefringence, linear and circular dichroism). The relationship is established between the mechanisms of optical anisotropy and polarisation manifestations of laser autofluorescence of histological sections of rectal tissue biopsy in different spectral regions. The ranges of changes in the statistical moments of the 1st-to-4th orders, which describe the distribution of the azimuth-invariant elements of Mueller matrices of rectal tissue autofluorescence, are found. Effectiveness of laser autofluorescence polarimetry is determined and the histological sections of biopsy of benign (polyp) and malignant (adenocarcinoma) tumours of the rectal wall are differentiated for the first time. (laser biophotonics)

  4. Mueller-matrix mapping of biological tissues in differential diagnosis of optical anisotropy mechanisms of protein networks

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    Ushenko, V. A.; Sidor, M. I.; Marchuk, Yu F.; Pashkovskaya, N. V.; Andreichuk, D. R.

    2015-03-01

    We report a model of Mueller-matrix description of optical anisotropy of protein networks in biological tissues with allowance for the linear birefringence and dichroism. The model is used to construct the reconstruction algorithms of coordinate distributions of phase shifts and the linear dichroism coefficient. In the statistical analysis of such distributions, we have found the objective criteria of differentiation between benign and malignant tissues of the female reproductive system. From the standpoint of evidence-based medicine, we have determined the operating characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the Mueller-matrix reconstruction method of optical anisotropy parameters and demonstrated its effectiveness in the differentiation of benign and malignant tumours.

  5. Mueller matrix polarimetry for characterizing microstructural variation of nude mouse skin during tissue optical clearing.

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    Chen, Dongsheng; Zeng, Nan; Xie, Qiaolin; He, Honghui; Tuchin, Valery V; Ma, Hui

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the polarization features corresponding to changes in the microstructure of nude mouse skin during immersion in a glycerol solution. By comparing the Mueller matrix imaging experiments and Monte Carlo simulations, we examine in detail how the Mueller matrix elements vary with the immersion time. The results indicate that the polarization features represented by Mueller matrix elements m22&m33&m44 and the absolute values of m34&m43 are sensitive to the immersion time. To gain a deeper insight on how the microstructures of the skin vary during the tissue optical clearing (TOC), we set up a sphere-cylinder birefringence model (SCBM) of the skin and carry on simulations corresponding to different TOC mechanisms. The good agreement between the experimental and simulated results confirm that Mueller matrix imaging combined with Monte Carlo simulation is potentially a powerful tool for revealing microscopic features of biological tissues.

  6. General formalism for partial spatial coherence in reflection Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Ossikovski, Razvigor; Hingerl, Kurt

    2016-09-01

    Starting from the first principles, we derive the expressions governing partially coherent Mueller matrix reflection polarimetry on spatially inhomogeneous samples. These are reported both in their general form and in the practically important specific form for two juxtaposed media.

  7. Mueller matrix holographic method for small particle characterization: theory and numerical studies.

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    Gao, Meng; Yang, Ping; McKee, David; Kattawar, George W

    2013-07-20

    Holographic imaging has proved to be useful for spherical particle characterization, including the retrieval of particle size, refractive index, and 3D location. In this method, the interference pattern of the incident and scattered light fields is recorded by a camera and compared with the relevant Lorenz-Mie solutions. However, the method is limited to spherical particles, and the complete polarized scattering components have not been studied. This work extends the Mueller matrix formalism for the scattered light to describe the interference light field, and proposes a Mueller matrix holography method, through which complete polarization information can be obtained. The mathematical formalism of the holographic Mueller matrix is derived, and numerical examples of birefringent spheres are provided. The Mueller matrix holography method may provide a better opportunity than conventional methods to study anisotropic particles.

  8. Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry system for glucose sensing

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    Phan, Quoc-Hung; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2017-05-01

    A Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry system consisting of a polarization scanning generator (PSG) and a high-accuracy Stokes polarimeter is used to sense the glucose concentration in aqueous solutions with and without scattering effects, respectively. In the proposed system, an electro-optic (EO) modulator driven by a saw-tooth waveform voltage is used to perform full state of polarization (linear/circular) scanning, while a self-built Stokes polarimeter is used to obtain dynamic measurements of the output polarized light intensity. It is shown that the measured output Stokes vectors have an accuracy of 10-4, i.e., one order higher than that of existing commercial Stokes polarimeters. The experimental results show that the optical rotation angle varies linearly with the glucose concentration over the range of 0-0.5 g/dl. Moreover, glucose sensing is successfully achieved at concentrations as low as 0.02 g/dl with a resolution of 10-6 deg/mm and an average deviation of 10-4 deg. In general, the polarimetry system proposed in this study provides a fast and reliable method for measuring the Stokes vectors, and thus has significant potential for biological sensing applications.

  9. Virtues of Mueller matrix detection of objects embedded in random media

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    Kattawar, George W.

    2000-06-01

    We will present a brief introduction to Mueller matrix imaging (MMI) from cradle to adolescence and then show how it can be effectively used for detection of objects embedded in a highly scattering medium when ordinary radiance imaging might fail. We will show which elements and combination of elements are important for gaining the highest contrast against the background continuum. The mapping of certain combinations of Mueller matrix elements into an equivalent human visual system will also be discussed.

  10. Virtues of Mueller matrix detection of objects embedded in random media

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    Kattawar, George W.

    2000-04-01

    We will present a brief introduction to Mueller matrix imaging from cradle to adolescence and then show how it can be effectively used for detection of objects embedded in a highly scattering medium when ordinary radiance imaging might fail. We will show which elements and combination of elements are important for gaining the highest contrast against the background continuum. The mapping of certain combinations of Mueller matrix elements into an equivalent human visual system will also be discussed.

  11. Synchrotron radiation-based far-infrared spectroscopic ellipsometer with full Mueller-matrix capability

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    Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Kang, T. D.; Rogers, P. D.; Standard, E. C.; Basistyy, R.; Nita, G.; Zhou, T.; Sirenko, A. A.; Kotelyanskii, A. M.; Carr, G. L.; Kotelyanskii, M.

    2013-02-15

    We developed far-IR spectroscopic ellipsometer at the U4IR beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source in Brookhaven National Laboratory. This ellipsometer is able to measure both, rotating analyzer and full-Mueller matrix spectra using rotating retarders, and wire-grid linear polarizers. We utilize exceptional brightness of synchrotron radiation in the broad spectral range between about 20 and 4000 cm{sup -1}. Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer is used for multi-wavelength data acquisition. The sample stage has temperature variation between 4.2 and 450 K, wide range of {theta}-2{theta} angular rotation, {chi} tilt angle adjustment, and X-Y-Z translation. A LabVIEW-based software controls the motors, sample temperature, and FT-IR spectrometer and also allows to run fully automated experiments with pre-programmed measurement schedules. Data analysis is based on Berreman's 4 Multiplication-Sign 4 propagation matrix formalism to calculate the Mueller matrix parameters of anisotropic samples with magnetic permeability {mu}{ne} 1. A nonlinear regression of the rotating analyzer ellipsometry and/or Mueller matrix (MM) spectra, which are usually acquired at variable angles of incidence and sample crystallographic orientations, allows extraction of dielectric constant and magnetic permeability tensors for bulk and thin-film samples. Applications of this ellipsometer setup for multiferroic and ferrimagnetic materials with {mu}{ne} 1 are illustrated with experimental results and simulations for TbMnO{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystals. We demonstrate how magnetic and electric dipoles, such as magnons and phonons, can be distinguished from a single MM measurement without adducing any modeling arguments. The parameters of magnetoelectric components of electromagnon excitations are determined using MM spectra of TbMnO{sub 3}.

  12. Synchrotron radiation-based far-infrared spectroscopic ellipsometer with full Mueller-matrix capability.

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    Stanislavchuk, T N; Kang, T D; Rogers, P D; Standard, E C; Basistyy, R; Kotelyanskii, A M; Nita, G; Zhou, T; Carr, G L; Kotelyanskii, M; Sirenko, A A

    2013-02-01

    We developed far-IR spectroscopic ellipsometer at the U4IR beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source in Brookhaven National Laboratory. This ellipsometer is able to measure both, rotating analyzer and full-Mueller matrix spectra using rotating retarders, and wire-grid linear polarizers. We utilize exceptional brightness of synchrotron radiation in the broad spectral range between about 20 and 4000 cm(-1). Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer is used for multi-wavelength data acquisition. The sample stage has temperature variation between 4.2 and 450 K, wide range of θ-2θ angular rotation, χ tilt angle adjustment, and X-Y-Z translation. A LabVIEW-based software controls the motors, sample temperature, and FT-IR spectrometer and also allows to run fully automated experiments with pre-programmed measurement schedules. Data analysis is based on Berreman's 4 × 4 propagation matrix formalism to calculate the Mueller matrix parameters of anisotropic samples with magnetic permeability μ ≠ 1. A nonlinear regression of the rotating analyzer ellipsometry and∕or Mueller matrix (MM) spectra, which are usually acquired at variable angles of incidence and sample crystallographic orientations, allows extraction of dielectric constant and magnetic permeability tensors for bulk and thin-film samples. Applications of this ellipsometer setup for multiferroic and ferrimagnetic materials with μ ≠ 1 are illustrated with experimental results and simulations for TbMnO3 and Dy3Fe5O12 single crystals. We demonstrate how magnetic and electric dipoles, such as magnons and phonons, can be distinguished from a single MM measurement without adducing any modeling arguments. The parameters of magnetoelectric components of electromagnon excitations are determined using MM spectra of TbMnO3.

  13. Differentiating characteristic microstructural features of cancerous tissues using Mueller matrix microscope.

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    Wang, Ye; He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; Zeng, Nan; Liu, Shaoxiong; Li, Migao; Ma, Hui

    2015-12-01

    Polarized light imaging can provide rich microstructural information of samples, and has been applied to the detections of various abnormal tissues. In this paper, we report a polarized light microscope based on Mueller matrix imaging by adding the polarization state generator and analyzer (PSG and PSA) to a commercial transmission optical microscope. The maximum errors for the absolute values of Mueller matrix elements are reduced to 0.01 after calibration. This Mueller matrix microscope has been used to examine human cervical and liver cancerous tissues with fibrosis. Images of the transformed Mueller matrix parameters provide quantitative assessment on the characteristic features of the pathological tissues. Contrast mechanism of the experimental results are backed up by Monte Carlo simulations based on the sphere-cylinder birefringence model, which reveal the relationship between the pathological features in the cancerous tissues at the cellular level and the polarization parameters. Both the experimental and simulated data indicate that the microscopic transformed Mueller matrix parameters can distinguish the breaking down of birefringent normal tissues for cervical cancer, or the formation of birefringent surrounding structures accompanying the inflammatory reaction for liver cancer. With its simple structure, fast measurement and high precision, polarized light microscope based on Mueller matrix shows a good diagnosis application prospect.

  14. Monitoring temporal microstructural variations of skeletal muscle tissues by multispectral Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Dong, Yang; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Ma, Hui

    2017-02-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetry is a powerful tool for detecting microscopic structures, therefore can be used to monitor physiological changes of tissue samples. Meanwhile, spectral features of scattered light can also provide abundant microstructural information of tissues. In this paper, we take the 2D multispectral backscattering Mueller matrix images of bovine skeletal muscle tissues, and analyze their temporal variation behavior using multispectral Mueller matrix parameters. The 2D images of the Mueller matrix elements are reduced to the multispectral frequency distribution histograms (mFDHs) to reveal the dominant structural features of the muscle samples more clearly. For quantitative analysis, the multispectral Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters are calculated to characterize the microstructural variations during the rigor mortis and proteolysis processes of the skeletal muscle tissue samples. The experimental results indicate that the multispectral MMT parameters can be used to judge different physiological stages for bovine skeletal muscle tissues in 24 hours, and combining with the multispectral technique, the Mueller matrix polarimetry and FDH analysis can monitor the microstructural variation features of skeletal muscle samples. The techniques may be used for quick assessment and quantitative monitoring of meat qualities in food industry.

  15. Mueller matrix microscopy for label-free histopathology examinations (Conference Presentation)

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    Lv, Donghong; He, Honghui; Zhou, Jialing; Ma, Hui

    2017-03-01

    In clinical medicine, a pathologist often needs to examine cells or thin slices of tissues to identify abnormalities that are markers or precursors of diseases. Various chemical and immunohistochemical staining techniques have been developed to selectively label certain components to bring up the contrasts of specific microstructures. It is well known that a Mueller matrix contains rich information on the microstructure and optical properties of a sample. Using proper data analysis techniques, Mueller matrix images can also be transformed into new polarization parameters sensitive only to specific microstructural features. These new polarization parameters can selectively enhance the contrast of specific features in images of unstained pathological slide to help identify abnormalities. In recent studies, we set up a modulus design Mueller matrix microscope by adding polarization optics components into the optical path of a commercial transmission microscope. We take multiple measurements of the unstained pathological slide at different polar and azimuth angles, then derive an intrinsic Mueller matrix (IMM) which represents only the microstructural characters of the sample without the interference by the sample orientation. Such orientation-independent IMM images preserve to the maximum extent the pathological information of the tissue samples. Using Mueller matrix decomposition and transformation techniques, we demonstrate in preliminary tests that we are able to selectively enhance different characteristic features in different cancer tissues. With the fast advances in big-data analysis techniques, it is expected that label-free Mueller matrix microscopy is a potentially powerful tool for the histopathologists to identify characteristic features in complex tissue samples.

  16. Mueller matrix microscope with a dual continuous rotating compensator setup and digital demodulation.

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    Arteaga, Oriol; Baldrís, Marta; Antó, Joan; Canillas, Adolf; Pascual, Esther; Bertran, Enric

    2014-04-01

    In this paper we describe a new Mueller matrix (MM) microscope that generalizes and makes quantitative the polarized light microscopy technique. In this instrument all the elements of the MU are simultaneously determined from the analysis in the frequency domain of the time-dependent intensity of the light beam at every pixel of the camera. The variations in intensity are created by the two compensators continuously rotating at different angular frequencies. A typical measurement is completed in a little over one minute and it can be applied to any visible wavelength. Some examples are presented to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument.

  17. Mueller matrix signature in advanced fluorescence microscopy imaging

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Qiu, Jianjun; Kao, Fu-Jen; Diaspro, Alberto

    2017-02-01

    We have demonstrated the measurement and characterization of the polarization properties of a fluorescence signal using four-channel photon counting based Stokes-Mueller polarization microscopy. Thus, Lu-Chipman decomposition was applied to extract the critical polarization properties such as depolarization, linear retardance and the optical rotation of collagen type I fiber. We observed the spatial distribution of anisotropic and helical molecules of collagen from the reconstructed 2D Mueller images based on the fluorescence signal in a pixel-by-pixel manner.

  18. GDx-MM: An imaging Mueller matrix retinal polarimeter

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    Twietmeyer, Karen Marie

    2007-12-01

    Retinal diseases are a major cause of blindness worldwide. Although widely studied, disease mechanisms are not completely understood, and diagnostic tests may not detect disease early enough for timely intervention. The goal of this research is to contribute to research for more sensitive diagnostic tests that might use the interaction of polarized light with retinal tissue to detect subtle changes in the microstructure. This dissertation describes the GDx-MM, a scanning laser polarimeter which measures a complete 16-element Mueller matrix image of the retina. This full polarization signature may provide new comparative information on the structure of healthy and diseased retinal tissue by highlighting depolarizing structures as well as structures with varying magnitudes and orientations of retardance and diattenuation. The three major components of this dissertation are: (1) Development of methods for polarimeter optimization and error analysis; (2) Design, optimization, assembly, calibration, and validation of the GDx-MM polarimeter; and (3) Analysis of data for several human subjects. Development involved modifications to a Laser Diagnostics GDx, a commercially available scanning laser ophthalmoscope with incomplete polarization capability. Modifications included installation of polarization components, development of a data acquisition system, and implementation of algorithms to convert raw data into polarization parameter images. Optimization involved visualization of polarimeter state trajectories on the Poincare sphere and a condition number analysis of the instrument matrix. Retinal images are collected non-invasively at 20 mum resolution over a 15° visual field in four seconds. Validation of the polarimeter demonstrates a polarimetric measurement accuracy of approximately +/- 5%. Retinal polarization data was collected on normal human subjects at the University of Arizona and at Indiana University School of Optometry. Calculated polarization parameter

  19. Selective optical scattering characterisation of tissue malignancy using Mueller matrix polarimetry: a simulation study

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    Fathima, Adeeba; Sujatha, N.

    2016-04-01

    Quantitative Mueller polarimetry optically characterizes a medium and is reflected upon by the ultrastructural changes in it. Tissue morphology changes occur during advent of diseases like cancer neoplasia. This alters the Mueller matrix characterizing the tissue as an optical element. The nucleus size undergoes an approximate doubling during the development of cancer. Cell crowding during cancer increases the number density of the nuclei per unit volume. Modeling the cell nuclei as main scattering centers, a systematic computational study on how Mueller matrix elements vary for an increase in scatterer size and number density is performed. Simulation on polarized light transport of wavelength 633nm through a slab of size 3 mm comprising of spherical scatterers in a medium of refractive index 1.33 is carried out. Light propagation is modeled using Monte Carlo method and meridian plane method is adopted for tracking the polarization state change. The stokes vector of the outgoing light is tracked to calculate the Mueller matrix images of the light backscattered from the slab. The Mueller matrix elements as well as depolarization factors are derived. The depolarization index increases with scatterer size. Along with nucleus size, change in the cell number density is also expected in the different stages of the cancer growth. Volume fraction of the scatterers in medium is varied as an indicator of this number density change. Behavior of Mueller matrix with respect to change in scattering coefficient due to variation in scatterer size and volume fraction is studied. It is observed that the depolarization index derived from Mueller matrix has selective discrimination towards the change in scattering coefficient caused due to size change and volume fraction change respectively.

  20. Evaluation of anisotropic chitosan hydrogels using analytical Mueller matrix method and scanned laser pico-projector.

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    Huang, Chih-Ling; Chuang, Chin-Ho; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2013-07-25

    Chitosan has excellent biodegradable, biocompatible and bio-absorbable properties and has been found increasing use in the biomedical field in recent decades. The linear birefringence (LB), linear diattenuation (LD), circular birefringence (CB), circular diattenuation (CD), and depolarization properties of chitosan hydrogel films crosslinked in citrate acid buffer solution (CBS) are extracted using an analytical Mueller matrix method. It is shown that the optical phase retardance property of the hydrogel films provides a reliable indication of both the chitosan concentration of the film and the pH value of the CBS crosslinking environment. In addition, chitosan hydrogel suspension with low-concentration crosslinked in CBS environments with various pH values are studied by the speckle contrast of the projected images obtained when illuminating the suspension with a scanned laser pico-projector (SLPP). It is found that for the samples crosslinked in an acidic environment, the speckle contrast decreases with an increasing pH value. By contrast, for the samples crosslinked in an alkaline CBS environment, the speckle contrast increases as the pH value increases. It is concluded that both the phase retardance and the speckle contrast enable the pH value of the CBS crosslinking solution to be reliably determined. However, of the two methods, the SLPP method yields improved measurement sensitivity. Overall, the results presented in this study show that the analytical Mueller matrix method and SLPP method provide an effective means of characterizing the optical properties, concentration and crosslinking environment of chitosan hydrogel films and suspensions.

  1. The estimation of surface roughness with the utilization of Mueller matrix

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    Yang, Wei; Gu, Guohua; Zhou, Xiaojun; Xu, Fuyuan; Ren, Kan

    2016-05-01

    Roughness is an important parameter to describe the microtopography of target surface. In the field of roughness detection, constraints on traditional methods are significant. Meanwhile, polarization imaging technology is gradually mature in recent years. In this paper, a method of roughness estimation with Mueller matrix is presented. Battery of lenses with fixed orientation have been introduced to produce a facula on the measured surface. Polarized information of each pixel can be obtained with the lenses of known position. According to the polarized information and Lambertian model, Stocks vector, Mueller matrix, and reflected Mueller matrix of each pixel can be acquired. Therefore, the roughness information of target surface can be obtained according to the relationship between roughness information and elements of matrix. Experimental results show that with the proposed method, efficiency of roughness detection can be improved without precision deducing. It can lay a foundation for extending the application of roughness into the field of object identification.

  2. Measurement configuration optimization for accurate grating reconstruction by Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Liu, Shiyuan; Zhang, Chuanwei; Jiang, Hao

    2013-07-01

    Due to the rich information provided by the Mueller matrices when the most general conical diffraction configuration is considered, the Mueller matrix polarimetry has demonstrated a great potential in semiconductor manufacturing. As the configurations of the incidence and azimuthal angles have different influences on the measurement accuracy, it is necessary to select an optimal one among the multitude of possible options. We introduce the norm of a configuration error propagating matrix to assess the measurement accuracy for different measurement configurations. The optimal configuration for a Si grating sample was achieved by minimizing the norm of the configuration error propagating matrix. Experimental results show the agreement between the theoretically predicted optimal configuration and the experimental exhibited one obtained by using a dual-rotating compensator Mueller matrix polarimeter and thus demonstrated the validity of the proposed optimization method.

  3. Reducing the orientation influence of Mueller matrix measurements for anisotropic scattering media

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    Sun, Minghao; He, Honghui; Zeng, Nan; Du, E.; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2014-09-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetry techniques contain rich micro-structural information of samples, such as the sizes and refractive indices of scatterers. Recently, Mueller matrix imaging methods have shown great potentials as powerful tools for biomedical diagnosis. However, the orientations of anisotropic fibrous structures in tissues have prominent influence on Mueller matrix measurements, resulting in difficulties for extracting micro-structural information effectively. In this paper, we apply the backscattering Mueller matrix imaging technique to biological samples with different microstructures, such as chicken heart muscle, bovine skeletal muscle, porcine liver and fat tissues. Experimental results show that the directions of the muscle fibers have prominent influence on the Mueller matrix elements. In order to reduce the orientation influence, we adopt the rotation-independent MMT and RLPI parameters, which were proposed in our previous studies, to the tissue samples. Preliminary results in this paper show that the orientation-independent parameters and their statistic features are helpful for analyzing the tissues to obtain their micro-structural properties. Since the micro-structure variations are often related to the pathological changes, the method can be applied to microscope imaging techniques and used to detect abnormal tissues such as cancer and other lesions for diagnosis purposes.

  4. Characterizing microstructural features of biomedical samples by statistical analysis of Mueller matrix images

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    He, Honghui; Dong, Yang; Zhou, Jialing; Ma, Hui

    2017-03-01

    As one of the salient features of light, polarization contains abundant structural and optical information of media. Recently, as a comprehensive description of polarization property, the Mueller matrix polarimetry has been applied to various biomedical studies such as cancerous tissues detections. In previous works, it has been found that the structural information encoded in the 2D Mueller matrix images can be presented by other transformed parameters with more explicit relationship to certain microstructural features. In this paper, we present a statistical analyzing method to transform the 2D Mueller matrix images into frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) and their central moments to reveal the dominant structural features of samples quantitatively. The experimental results of porcine heart, intestine, stomach, and liver tissues demonstrate that the transformation parameters and central moments based on the statistical analysis of Mueller matrix elements have simple relationships to the dominant microstructural properties of biomedical samples, including the density and orientation of fibrous structures, the depolarization power, diattenuation and absorption abilities. It is shown in this paper that the statistical analysis of 2D images of Mueller matrix elements may provide quantitative or semi-quantitative criteria for biomedical diagnosis.

  5. Identification and quantitative evaluation of the fiber structure in the pathological tissue using Mueller matrix microscope

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    Zhou, Jialing; He, Honghui; Wang, Ye; Ma, Hui

    2017-02-01

    Fiber structure changes in the various pathological processes, such as the increase of fibrosis in liver diseases, the derangement of fiber in cervical cancer and so on. Currently, clinical pathologic diagnosis is regarded as the golden criterion, but different doctors with discrepancy in knowledge and experience may obtain different conclusions. Up to a point, quantitative evaluation of the fiber structure in the pathological tissue can be of great service to quantitative diagnosis. Mueller matrix measurement is capable of probing comprehensive microstructural information of samples and different wavelength of lights can provide more information. In this paper, we use a Mueller matrix microscope with light sources in six different wavelength. We use unstained, dewaxing liver tissue slices in four stages and the pathological biopsy of the filtration channels from rabbit eyes as samples. We apply the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) parameter δ which corresponds to retardance to liver slices. The mean value of abnormal region get bigger when the level of fibrosis get higher and light in short wavelength is more sensitive to the microstructure of fiber. On the other hand, we use the Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameter Φ which is associated to the angel of fast axis in the analysis of the slices of the filtration channels from rabbit eyes. The value of kurtosis and the value of skewness shows big difference between new born region and normal region and can reveal the arrangement of fiber. These results indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope has great potential in auxiliary diagnosis.

  6. Polar decomposition of 3 x 3 Mueller matrix: a tool for quantitative tissue polarimetry.

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    Swami, M K; Manhas, S; Buddhiwant, P; Ghosh, N; Uppal, A; Gupta, P K

    2006-10-02

    The polarization properties of any medium are completely described by the sixteen element Mueller matrix that relates the polarization parameters of the light incident on the medium to that emerging from it. Measurement of all the elements of the matrix requires a minimum of sixteen measurements involving both linear and circularly polarized light. However, for many diagnostic applications, it would be useful if the polarization parameters can be quantified with linear polarization measurements alone. In this paper, we present a method based on polar decomposition of Mueller matrix for quantification of the polarization parameters of a scattering medium using the nine element (3 x 3) Mueller matrix that requires linear polarization measurements only. The methodology for decomposition of the 3 x 3 Mueller matrix is based on the previously developed decomposition process for sixteen element (4 x 4) Mueller matrix but with an assumption that the depolarization of linearly polarized light due to scattering is independent of the orientation angle of the incident linear polarization vector. Studies conducted on various scattering samples demonstrated that this assumption is valid for a turbid medium like biological tissue where the depolarization of linearly polarized light primarily arises due to the randomization of the field vector's direction as a result of multiple scattering. For such medium, polar decomposition of 3 x 3 Mueller matrix can be used to quantify the four independent polarization parameters namely, the linear retardance (delta ), the circular retardance (psi), the linear depolarization coefficient (Delta) and the linear diattenuation (d) with reasonable accuracy. Since this approach requires measurements using linear polarizers only, it considerably simplifies measurement procedure and might find useful applications in tissue diagnosis using the retrieved polarization parameters.

  7. Use of Mueller matrix colposcopy in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy

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    Montejo, Karla A.; Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Stoff, Susan; Holness, Nola; Gonzalez, Mariacarla; Gomes, Jefferson; Gandjbakhche, Amir; Chernomordik, Viktor V.; Ramella-Roman, Jessica C.

    2017-02-01

    Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical heath concern in both economically developed and developing nations, with incidence rate from 15%-11% respectively. Changes in cervical collagen bundle orientation and distribution may prove to be a predictor of PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy in birefringent biological tissue such as those rich in collagen. Non-invasive, full-field Mueller Matrix polarimetry (MMP) imaging methodologies, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy were used to assess cervical collagen content and structure in non-pregnant cervices. In vivo studies using a Mueller Matrix colposcope are underway. Further studies of cervical collagen orientation throughout pregnancy are needed to understand if Mueller matrix polarimetry can effectively identify at-risk conditions for PTB.

  8. Quantitative characterization of articular cartilage using Mueller matrix imaging and multiphoton microscopy

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    Ellingsen, Pa˚L. Gunnar; Lilledahl, Magnus Borstad; Aas, Lars Martin Sandvik; Davies, Catharina De Lange; Kildemo, Morten

    2011-11-01

    The collagen meshwork in articular cartilage of chicken knee is characterized using Mueller matrix imaging and multiphoton microscopy. Direction and degree of dispersion of the collagen fibers in the superficial layer are found using a Fourier transform image-analysis technique of the second-harmonic generated image. Mueller matrix images are used to acquire structural data from the intermediate layer of articular cartilage where the collagen fibers are too small to be resolved by optical microscopy, providing a powerful multimodal measurement technique. Furthermore, we show that Mueller matrix imaging provides more information about the tissue compared to standard polarization microscopy. The combination of these techniques can find use in improved diagnosis of diseases in articular cartilage, improved histopathology, and additional information for accurate biomechanical modeling of cartilage.

  9. Diagnosis potential of near infrared Mueller Matrix imaging for colonic adenocarcinoma

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Zheng, Wei; Lin, Kan; Huang, Zhiwei

    2016-03-01

    Mueller matrix imaging along with polar decomposition method was employed for the colonic adenocarcinoma detection by polarized light in the near-infrared spectral range (700-1100 nm). A high-speed (<5s) Muller matrix imaging system with dual-rotating waveplates was developed. 16 (4 by 4) full Mueller matrices of the colonic tissues (i.e., normal and caner) were acquired. Polar decomposition was further implemented on the 16 images to derive the diattentuation, depolarization, and the retardance images. The decomposed images showed clear margin between the normal and adenocarcinomaous colon tissue samples. The work shows the potential of near-infrared Mueller matrix imaging for the early diagnosis and detection of malignant lesions in the colon.

  10. Quantitatively differentiating microstructures of tissues by frequency distributions of Mueller matrix images

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    He, Chao; He, Honghui; Li, Xianpeng; Chang, Jintao; Wang, Ye; Liu, Shaoxiong; Zeng, Nan; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2015-10-01

    We present a new way to extract characteristic features of the Mueller matrix images based on their frequency distributions and the central moments. We take the backscattering Mueller matrices of tissues with distinctive microstructures, and then analyze the frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) of all the matrix elements. For anisotropic skeletal muscle and isotropic liver tissues, we find that the shapes of the FDHs and their central moment parameters, i.e., variance, skewness, and kurtosis, are not sensitive to the sample orientation. Comparisons among different tissues further indicate that the frequency distributions of Mueller matrix elements and their corresponding central moments can be used as indicators for the characteristic microstructural features of tissues. A preliminary application to human cervical cancerous tissues shows that the distribution curves and central moment parameters may have the potential to give quantitative criteria for cancerous tissues detections.

  11. Second-order systematic errors in Mueller matrix dual rotating compensator ellipsometry.

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    Broch, Laurent; En Naciri, Aotmane; Johann, Luc

    2010-06-10

    We investigate the systematic errors at the second order for a Mueller matrix ellipsometer in the dual rotating compensator configuration. Starting from a general formalism, we derive explicit second-order errors in the Mueller matrix coefficients of a given sample. We present the errors caused by the azimuthal inaccuracy of the optical components and their influences on the measurements. We demonstrate that the methods based on four-zone or two-zone averaging measurement are effective to vanish the errors due to the compensators. For the other elements, it is shown that the systematic errors at the second order can be canceled only for some coefficients of the Mueller matrix. The calibration step for the analyzer and the polarizer is developed. This important step is necessary to avoid the azimuthal inaccuracy in such elements. Numerical simulations and experimental measurements are presented and discussed.

  12. Number of independent parameters in the Mueller matrix representation of homogeneous depolarizing media.

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    Arteaga, Oriol

    2013-04-01

    In general the transmission of polarized light through a homogeneous depolarizing sample has motion-reversal symmetry because the response remains the same for light traveling in the opposite direction. As a consequence, the optical properties of a sample, characterized by the differential Mueller matrix, must be invariant upon motion reversal. This Letter shows that the 16 parameters of the differential Mueller matrix must therefore obey six conditions to satisfy this symmetry. This limits the number of independent parameters to 10. The 10 elementary optical properties of a depolarizing homogeneous medium are defined and discussed.

  13. Azimuthally invariant Mueller-matrix mapping of biological tissue in differential diagnosis of mechanisms protein molecules networks an sotropy

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    Ushenko, V. A.; Gavrylyak, M. S.

    2013-09-01

    The optical model of polycrystalline networks of blood plasma proteins is suggested. The results of investigating the interrelation between the values of correlation (correlation area, asymmetry coefficient and autocorrelation function excess) and fractal (dispersion of logarithmic dependencies of power spectra) parameters are presented. They characterize the coordinate distributions of Mueller-matrixes elements of blood plasma smears and pathological state of the organism. The diagnostic criteria of breast cancer nascency are determined.

  14. Mueller-matrix mapping of biological tissues in differential diagnosis of optical anisotropy mechanisms of protein networks

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    Ushenko, V A; Sidor, M I; Marchuk, Yu F; Pashkovskaya, N V; Andreichuk, D R

    2015-03-31

    We report a model of Mueller-matrix description of optical anisotropy of protein networks in biological tissues with allowance for the linear birefringence and dichroism. The model is used to construct the reconstruction algorithms of coordinate distributions of phase shifts and the linear dichroism coefficient. In the statistical analysis of such distributions, we have found the objective criteria of differentiation between benign and malignant tissues of the female reproductive system. From the standpoint of evidence-based medicine, we have determined the operating characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the Mueller-matrix reconstruction method of optical anisotropy parameters and demonstrated its effectiveness in the differentiation of benign and malignant tumours. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  15. In-situ Mueller matrix polarimetry of projection lenses for 193-nm lithography

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    Nomura, Hiroshi; Higashikawa, Iwao

    2010-04-01

    For immersion lithography with aggressive polarization illumination settings, it is important to newly construct two systems for diagnosing lithography tools; Stokes polarimetry of illumination and Mueller matrix polarimetry of projection lenses. At the SPIE conference on Optical Microlithography XXI in 2008, the authors had already reported on the former Stokes polarimetry. True polarization states of several illumination settings emerged. On the other hand, the latter Mueller matrix polarimetry is thought more complicated than the Stokes polarimetry. Therefore, the Mueller matrix polarimetry is reported separating into two papers. A theoretical approach to realizing the polarimetry has reported at the SPIE conference on Lithography Asia 2009. The test mask for the Mueller matrix polarimetry also comprises thin-plate polarizers and wide-view-angle quarter-waveplates, both which are developed by collaboration with Kogakugiken Corporation in Japan. Mueller matrices of the sample projecting optics are reconstructed by sixteen measurements of Stokes parameters of a light ray that reaches the wafer plane though the test mask and the projecting optics. The Stokes parameters are measured with a polarization measurement system already equipped on a side stage lying at the wafer plane. It took about seven hours to capture all the images at five image heights within the static exposure field. Stokes parameters are automatically calculated from the images and outputted from the lithography tools as a text file, and Mueller matrices are calculated by homebuilt software in a short time. All the images were captured under the identical illumination condition that the tool manufacturer calls "un-polarization".

  16. Diagnostic efficiency of Mueller-matrix polarization reconstruction system of the phase structure of liver tissue

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    Zabolotna, Natalia I.; Pavlov, Sergii V.; Radchenko, Kostiantyn O.; Stasenko, Vladyslav A.; Wójcik, Waldemar; Kussambayeva, Nazym

    2015-12-01

    The application field of using the Mueller-matrix polarizing reconstruction system of phase structure of biological layer for optical-anisotropic parameters differentiation of histological sections of healthy and rat's liver with hepatitis were investigated. Comparison of system informativity with known systems on indexes of sensitivity, specificity and balanced accuracy were performed.

  17. Development of a spectroscopic Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometer for nanostructure metrology.

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Du, Weichao; Yuan, Kui; Chen, Jun; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei; Liu, Shiyuan

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we describe the development of a spectroscopic Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometer (MMIE), which combines the great power of Mueller matrix ellipsometry with the high spatial resolution of optical microscopy. A dual rotating-compensator configuration is adopted to collect the full 4 × 4 imaging Mueller matrix in a single measurement. The light wavelengths are scanned in the range of 400-700 nm by a monochromator. The instrument has measurement accuracy and precision better than 0.01 for all the Mueller matrix elements in both the whole image and the whole spectral range. The instrument was then applied for the measurement of nanostructures combined with an inverse diffraction problem solving technique. The experiment performed on a photoresist grating sample has demonstrated the great potential of MMIE for accurate grating reconstruction from spectral data collected by a single pixel of the camera and for efficient quantification of geometrical profile of the grating structure over a large area with pixel resolution. It is expected that MMIE will be a powerful tool for nanostructure metrology in future high-volume nanomanufacturing.

  18. Development of a spectroscopic Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometer for nanostructure metrology

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Du, Weichao; Yuan, Kui; Chen, Jun; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei; Liu, Shiyuan

    2016-05-15

    In this paper, we describe the development of a spectroscopic Mueller matrix imaging ellipsometer (MMIE), which combines the great power of Mueller matrix ellipsometry with the high spatial resolution of optical microscopy. A dual rotating-compensator configuration is adopted to collect the full 4 × 4 imaging Mueller matrix in a single measurement. The light wavelengths are scanned in the range of 400–700 nm by a monochromator. The instrument has measurement accuracy and precision better than 0.01 for all the Mueller matrix elements in both the whole image and the whole spectral range. The instrument was then applied for the measurement of nanostructures combined with an inverse diffraction problem solving technique. The experiment performed on a photoresist grating sample has demonstrated the great potential of MMIE for accurate grating reconstruction from spectral data collected by a single pixel of the camera and for efficient quantification of geometrical profile of the grating structure over a large area with pixel resolution. It is expected that MMIE will be a powerful tool for nanostructure metrology in future high-volume nanomanufacturing.

  19. Quantitatively differentiating microstructural variations of skeletal muscle tissues by multispectral Mueller matrix imaging

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    Dong, Yang; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Ma, Hui

    2016-10-01

    Polarized light is sensitive to the microstructures of biological tissues and can be used to detect physiological changes. Meanwhile, spectral features of the scattered light can also provide abundant microstructural information of tissues. In this paper, we take the backscattering polarization Mueller matrix images of bovine skeletal muscle tissues during the 24-hour experimental time, and analyze their multispectral behavior using quantitative Mueller matrix parameters. In the processes of rigor mortis and proteolysis of muscle samples, multispectral frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) of the Mueller matrix elements can reveal rich qualitative structural information. In addition, we analyze the temporal variations of the sample using the multispectral Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters. The experimental results indicate that the different stages of rigor mortis and proteolysis for bovine skeletal muscle samples can be judged by these MMT parameters. The results presented in this work show that combining with the multispectral technique, the FDHs and MMT parameters can characterize the microstructural variation features of skeletal muscle tissues. The techniques have the potential to be used as tools for quantitative assessment of meat qualities in food industry.

  20. Spatial evolution of depolarization in homogeneous turbid media within the differential Mueller matrix formalism.

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    Agarwal, Naman; Yoon, Jiho; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Novikova, Tatiana; Vanel, Jean-Charles; Pierangelo, Angelo; Bykov, Alexander; Popov, Alexey; Meglinski, Igor; Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2015-12-01

    We show, through visible-range Mueller polarimetry, as well as numerical simulations, that the depolarization in a homogeneous turbid medium consisting of submicron spherical particles follows a parabolic law with the path-length traveled by light through the medium. This result is in full agreement with the phenomenological theory of the fluctuating medium within the framework of the differential Mueller matrix formalism. We further found that the standard deviations of the fluctuating elementary polarization properties of the medium depend linearly on the concentration of particles. These findings are believed to be useful for the phenomenological interpretation of polarimetric experiments, with special emphasis on biomedical applications.

  1. Statistical meaning of the differential Mueller matrix of depolarizing homogeneous media.

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    Ossikovski, Razvigor; Arteaga, Oriol

    2014-08-01

    By applying the statistical definition of a depolarizing Mueller matrix we formally derive and physically interpret the differential matrix of a depolarizing homogeneous medium. The depolarization phenomenon being a direct consequence of the fluctuations of the six elementary polarization properties of the medium, the differential matrix contains the mean values and the variances of the properties, thus fully describing those from a statistical viewpoint. Similarly, the reduced coherency matrix associated with the G-symmetric component of the differential matrix has an immediate physical interpretation as being the covariance matrix of the three basic groups of polarization properties. The formal developments are illustrated on experimental examples.

  2. Towards understanding the detection of profile asymmetry from Mueller matrix differential decomposition

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei; Liu, Shiyuan

    2015-12-01

    The Mueller matrix differential decomposition is applied to interpret Mueller matrices of asymmetric gratings and to understand the use of Mueller matrix ellipsometry (MME) in distinguishing the direction of profile asymmetry, as reported in our recent work [Chen et al., J. Appl. Phys. 116, 194305 (2014)]. We show that both linear and circular birefringence-dichroism pairs can be extracted from the collected Mueller matrices, which provide a complete description of the sample polarization properties. We present both theoretical and experimental results, which demonstrate that the linear birefringence and dichroism, LB' and LD', along the ±45° axes are the origin of the MME in distinguishing the direction of profile asymmetry. We also demonstrate that equal magnitude of profile asymmetry in opposite directions always yields LB' and LD' of the same absolute deviation from zero and of opposite sign, when the plane of incidence is no longer perpendicular to grating lines. The sensitivity of LB' and LD' to both the magnitude and direction of profile asymmetry is useful in monitoring processes in which symmetric structures are desired.

  3. Mueller matrix measurements and modeling pertaining to Spectralon white reflectance standards.

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    Svensen, Oyvind; Kildemo, Morten; Maria, Jerome; Stamnes, Jakob J; Frette, Øyvind

    2012-07-02

    The full Mueller matrix for a Spectralon white reflectance standard was measured in the incidence plane, to obtain the polarization state of the scattered light for different angles of illumination. The experimental setup was a Mueller matrix ellipsometer, by which measurements were performed for scattering angles measured relative to the normal of the Spectralon surface from -90° to 90° sampled at every 2.5° for an illumination wavelength of 532 nm. Previously, the polarization of light scattered from Spectralon white reflectance standards was measured only for four of the elements of the Muller matrix. As in previous investigations, the reflection properties of the Spectralon white reflectance standard was found to be close to those of a Lambertian surface for small scattering and illumination angles. At large scattering and illumination angles, all elements of the Mueller matrix were found to deviate from those of a Lambertian surface. A simple empirical model with only two parameters, was developed, and used to simulate the measured results with fairly good accuracy.

  4. Extraction of linear anisotropic parameters using optical coherence tomography and hybrid Mueller matrix formalism.

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    Liao, Chia-Chi; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2015-04-20

    A method is proposed for extracting the linear birefringence (LB) and linear dichroism (LD) properties of an anisotropic optical sample using reflection-mode optical coherence tomography (OCT) and a hybrid Mueller matrix formalism. To ensure the accuracy of the extracted parameter values, a method is proposed for calibrating and compensating the polarization distortion effect induced by the beam splitters in the OCT system using a composite quarter-waveplate / half-waveplate / quarter-waveplate structure. The validity of the proposed method is confirmed by extracting the LB and LD properties of a quarter-wave plate and a defective polarizer. To the best of the authors' knowledge, the method proposed in this study represents the first reported attempt to utilize an inverse Mueller matrix formalism and a reflection-mode OCT structure to extract the LB and LD parameters of optically anisotropic samples.

  5. Quantitatively characterizing the microstructural features of breast ductal carcinoma tissues in different progression stages by Mueller matrix microscope.

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    Dong, Yang; Qi, Ji; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Liu, Shaoxiong; Wu, Jian; Elson, Daniel S; Ma, Hui

    2017-08-01

    Polarization imaging has been recognized as a potentially powerful technique for probing the microstructural information and optical properties of complex biological specimens. Recently, we have reported a Mueller matrix microscope by adding the polarization state generator and analyzer (PSG and PSA) to a commercial transmission-light microscope, and applied it to differentiate human liver and cervical cancerous tissues with fibrosis. In this paper, we apply the Mueller matrix microscope for quantitative detection of human breast ductal carcinoma samples at different stages. The Mueller matrix polar decomposition and transformation parameters of the breast ductal tissues in different regions and at different stages are calculated and analyzed. For more quantitative comparisons, several widely-used image texture feature parameters are also calculated to characterize the difference in the polarimetric images. The experimental results indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope and the polarization parameters can facilitate the quantitative detection of breast ductal carcinoma tissues at different stages.

  6. Study of procariotic and eucariotic microalgae cells with Mueller matrix polarimetry method

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    Savenkov, Sergey N.; Yushtin, Konstantin E.; Parshikova, Tatyana V.; Draga, Mariana V.

    1999-11-01

    Mueller matrix formalism has been used for the analysis of polarization properties for microalgae with different content and structure of cells' wall. Using microalgae from different systematic groups: Cyanobacteria (murein cells' wall)--Anabaena hassalii (Kuetz) Wittr., Microcystis aeruginosa Kuetz. emend. Elenk., and Chlorophyta (cellulose)--Ankistradesmus fusiformas Corda. The dependence of obtained polarization properties of microalgae from morphological peculiarities of cells and its sizes was discussed.

  7. Rapid wide-field Mueller matrix polarimetry imaging based on four photoelastic modulators with no moving parts.

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    Alali, Sanaz; Gribble, Adam; Vitkin, I Alex

    2016-03-01

    A new polarimetry method is demonstrated to image the entire Mueller matrix of a turbid sample using four photoelastic modulators (PEMs) and a charge coupled device (CCD) camera, with no moving parts. Accurate wide-field imaging is enabled with a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) optical gating technique and an evolutionary algorithm (EA) that optimizes imaging times. This technique accurately and rapidly measured the Mueller matrices of air, polarization elements, and turbid phantoms. The system should prove advantageous for Mueller matrix analysis of turbid samples (e.g., biological tissues) over large fields of view, in less than a second.

  8. Mapping local anisotropy axis for scattering media using backscattering Mueller matrix imaging

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    He, Honghui; Sun, Minghao; Zeng, Nan; Du, E.; Guo, Yihong; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2014-03-01

    Mueller matrix imaging techniques can be used to detect the micro-structure variations of superficial biological tissues, including the sizes and shapes of cells, the structures in cells, and the densities of the organelles. Many tissues contain anisotropic fibrous micro-structures, such as collagen fibers, elastin fibers, and muscle fibers. Changes of these fibrous structures are potentially good indicators for some pathological variations. In this paper, we propose a quantitative analysis technique based on Mueller matrix for mapping local anisotropy axis of scattering media. By conducting both experiments on silk sample and Monte Carlo simulation based on the sphere-cylinder scattering model (SCSM), we extract anisotropy axis parameters from different backscattering Mueller matrix elements. Moreover, we testify the possible applications of these parameters for biological tissues. The preliminary experimental results of human cancerous samples show that, these parameters are capable to map the local axis of fibers. Since many pathological changes including early stage cancers affect the well aligned structures for tissues, the experimental results indicate that these parameters can be used as potential tools in clinical applications for biomedical diagnosis purposes.

  9. Visualizing phase transition behavior of dilute stimuli responsive polymer solutions via Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Narayanan, Amal; Chandel, Shubham; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi

    2015-09-15

    Probing volume phase transition behavior of superdiluted polymer solutions both micro- and macroscopically still persists as an outstanding challenge. In this regard, we have explored 4 × 4 spectral Mueller matrix measurement and its inverse analysis for excavating the microarchitectural facts about stimuli responsiveness of "smart" polymers. Phase separation behavior of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and pH responsive poly(N,N-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and their copolymers were analyzed in terms of Mueller matrix derived polarization parameters, namely, depolarization (Δ), diattenuation (d), and linear retardance (δ). The Δ, d, and δ parameters provided useful information on both macro- and microstructural alterations during the phase separation. Additionally, the two step action ((i) breakage of polymer-water hydrogen bonding and (ii) polymer-polymer aggregation) at the molecular microenvironment during the cloud point generation was successfully probed via these parameters. It is demonstrated that, in comparison to the present techniques available for assessing the hydrophobic-hydrophilic switch over of simple stimuli-responsive polymers, Mueller matrix polarimetry offers an important advantage requiring a few hundred times dilute polymer solution (0.01 mg/mL, 1.1-1.4 μM) at a low-volume format.

  10. Extraction of optical rotation from chiral turbid medium with Mueller matrix decomposition

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    Ma, Yongchao; Sun, Ping; Liu, Wei; Yang, Qinghua; Jia, Qiongzhen

    2013-09-01

    Optical activity is the intrinsic property of chiral molecules. Investigation of optical activity is particularly important for diagnosing and monitoring blood glucose of diabetes. The experimental setup to obtain the Mueller matrix in the forward detection geometry is used. Three kinds of chiral turbid media are selected to be studied in the experiment. The first is the tissue phantom composed of an aqueous solution of glucose mixed with PST sphere suspensions. The second is the actual chicken blood mixed with glucose solution. The last is the vein blood plasma of diabetic patients. The results presented in this study demonstrate that the method of Mueller matrix decomposition can be used to quantitatively extract the optical rotation of chiral molecule in turbid medium. The rotation angle has linear relationship with the concentration of the optical activity material when the scattering coefficient of the turbid medium maintains unchanged. The scattering effect enlarges the rotation angle. Furthermore, optical rotation abides by the Drude's dispersion equation. The decomposition method also has been found useful applications in quantifying the optical rotations due to blood glucose in diabetic patients. The diabetic severity status can be distinguished with the rotation angle of glucose by using the decomposition method and also are in accordance with the clinical diagnosis. Thus, the method of Mueller matrix decomposition has promising applications in diabetic diagnosis.

  11. Monitoring microstructural variations of fresh skeletal muscle tissues by Mueller matrix imaging.

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    He, Honghui; He, Chao; Chang, Jintao; Lv, Donghong; Wu, Jian; Duan, Chaijie; Zhou, Qian; Zeng, Nan; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2017-05-01

    Recently many attempts have been made for extracting the structural information of myofibrils as indicators for diseases of skeletal muscle. In this paper we adopt wide-field illumination and take the backscattering Mueller matrix images of bovine skeletal muscle tissues during the 24-hour experimental time after the animal's death. The 2D images of Mueller matrix elements and their frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) reveal rich qualitative information on the changes in the microstructures of the skeletal muscle. The temporal variations of the sample are quantitatively analyzed using two Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters. The characteristic features of the temporal plots are attributed to the rigor mortis and proteolysis processes. For a deeper insight on the relationship between the features of the MMT parameters and the microstructures during the rigor mortis and proteolysis processes, Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are carried out based on sphere-cylinder birefringence model (SCBM). The good agreement between the experimental and MC simulated results show that the FDHs and MMT parameters can describe more clearly the characteristic microstructural features of skeletal muscle tissues. The techniques are useful for the characterization of physiological status of tissues, or quantitative assessment of meat qualities in food industry. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Mueller matrix microscope: a quantitative tool to facilitate detections and fibrosis scorings of liver cirrhosis and cancer tissues.

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    Wang, Ye; He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; He, Chao; Liu, Shaoxiong; Li, Migao; Zeng, Nan; Wu, Jian; Ma, Hui

    2016-07-01

    Today the increasing cancer incidence rate is becoming one of the biggest threats to human health.Among all types of cancers, liver cancer ranks in the top five in both frequency and mortality rate all over the world. During the development of liver cancer, fibrosis often evolves as part of a healing process in response to liver damage, resulting in cirrhosis of liver tissues. In a previous study, we applied the Mueller matrix microscope to pathological liver tissue samples and found that both the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) and Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters are closely related to the fibrous microstructures. In this paper,we take this one step further to quantitatively facilitate the fibrosis detections and scorings of pathological liver tissue samples in different stages from cirrhosis to cancer using the Mueller matrix microscope. The experimental results of MMPD and MMT parameters for the fibrotic liver tissue samples in different stages are measured and analyzed. We also conduct Monte Carlo simulations based on the sphere birefringence model to examine in detail the influence of structural changes in different fibrosis stages on the imaging parameters. Both the experimental and simulated results indicate that the polarized light microscope and transformed Mueller matrix parameter scan provide additional quantitative information helpful for fibrosis detections and scorings of liver cirrhosis and cancers. Therefore, the polarized light microscope and transformed Mueller matrix parameters have a good application prospect in liver cancer diagnosis.

  13. Mueller matrix microscope: a quantitative tool to facilitate detections and fibrosis scorings of liver cirrhosis and cancer tissues

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    Wang, Ye; He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; He, Chao; Liu, Shaoxiong; Li, Migao; Zeng, Nan; Wu, Jian; Ma, Hui

    2016-07-01

    Today the increasing cancer incidence rate is becoming one of the biggest threats to human health. Among all types of cancers, liver cancer ranks in the top five in both frequency and mortality rate all over the world. During the development of liver cancer, fibrosis often evolves as part of a healing process in response to liver damage, resulting in cirrhosis of liver tissues. In a previous study, we applied the Mueller matrix microscope to pathological liver tissue samples and found that both the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) and Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters are closely related to the fibrous microstructures. In this paper, we take this one step further to quantitatively facilitate the fibrosis detections and scorings of pathological liver tissue samples in different stages from cirrhosis to cancer using the Mueller matrix microscope. The experimental results of MMPD and MMT parameters for the fibrotic liver tissue samples in different stages are measured and analyzed. We also conduct Monte Carlo simulations based on the sphere birefringence model to examine in detail the influence of structural changes in different fibrosis stages on the imaging parameters. Both the experimental and simulated results indicate that the polarized light microscope and transformed Mueller matrix parameters can provide additional quantitative information helpful for fibrosis detections and scorings of liver cirrhosis and cancers. Therefore, the polarized light microscope and transformed Mueller matrix parameters have a good application prospect in liver cancer diagnosis.

  14. Mueller-matrix invariants of optical anisotropy of the bile polycrystalline films in the diagnosis of human liver pathologies

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    Ushenko, V. O.; Prysyazhnyuk, V. P.; Dubolazov, O. V.; Savich, O. V.; Novakovska, O. Y.; Olar, O. V.

    2015-09-01

    The model of Mueller-matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy typical for polycrystalline films of bile - optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism - is suggested. Within the statistical analysis of such distributions the objective criteria of differentiation of films of bile from the dead you people different times were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the method of Muellermatrix reconstruction of optical anisotropy parameters were found and its efficiency in another task - diagnostics of diseases of internal organs of rats was demonstrated.

  15. Mueller matrix imaging of targets under an air-sea interface.

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    Zhai, Peng-Wang; Kattawar, George W; Yang, Ping

    2009-01-10

    The Mueller matrix imaging method is a powerful tool for target detection. In this study, the effect of the air-sea interface on the detection of underwater objects is studied. A backward Monte Carlo code has been developed to study this effect. The main result is that the reflection of the diffuse sky light by the interface reduces the Mueller image contrast. If the air-sea interface is ruffled by wind, the distinction between different regions of the underwater target is smoothed out. The effect of the finite size of an active light source is also studied. The image contrast is found to be relatively insensitive to the size of the light source. The volume scattering function plays an important role on the underwater object detection. Generally, a smaller asymmetry parameter decreases the contrast of the polarimetry images.

  16. Mapping local orientation of aligned fibrous scatterers for cancerous tissues using backscattering Mueller matrix imaging

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    He, Honghui; Sun, Minghao; Zeng, Nan; Du, E.; Liu, Shaoxiong; Guo, Yihong; Wu, Jian; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2014-10-01

    Polarization measurements are sensitive to the microstructure of tissues and can be used to detect pathological changes. Many tissues contain anisotropic fibrous structures. We obtain the local orientation of aligned fibrous scatterers using different groups of the backscattering Mueller matrix elements. Experiments on concentrically well-aligned silk fibers and unstained human papillary thyroid carcinoma tissues show that the m22, m33, m23, and m32 elements have better contrast but higher degeneracy for the extraction of orientation angles. The m12 and m13 elements show lower contrast, but allow us to determine the orientation angle for the fibrous scatterers along all directions. Moreover, Monte Carlo simulations based on the sphere-cylinder scattering model indicate that the oblique incidence of the illumination beam introduces some errors in the orientation angles obtained by both methods. Mapping the local orientation of anisotropic tissues may not only provide information on pathological changes, but can also give new leads to reduce the orientation dependence of polarization measurements.

  17. Optical diagnosis of dengue virus infected human blood using Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Anwar, Shahzad; Firdous, Shamaraz

    2016-08-01

    Currently dengue fever diagnosis methods include capture ELISAs, immunofluorescence tests, and hemagglutination assays. In this study optical diagnosis of dengue virus infection in the whole blood is presented utilizing Mueller matrix polarimetry. Mueller matrices of about 50 dengue viral infected and 25 non-dengue healthy blood samples were recorded utilizing light source from 500 to 700 nm with scanning step of 10 nm. Polar decomposition of the Mueller matrices for all the blood samples was performed that yielded polarization properties including depolarization, diattenuation, degree of polarization, retardance and optical activity, out of which, depolarization index clusters up the diseased and healthy in to different separate groups. The average depolarized light in the case of dengue infection in the whole blood at 500 nm is 18%, whereas for the healthy blood samples it is 13.5%. This suggests that depolarization index of polarized light at the wavelengths of 500, 510, 520, 530 and 540 nm, we find that in case of depolarization index values are higher for dengue viral infection as compared to normal samples. This technique can effectively be used for the characterization of the dengue virus infected at an early stage of disease.

  18. Experimental light scattering by small particles: first results with a novel Mueller matrix scatterometer

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    Penttilä, Antti; Maconi, Göran; Kassamakov, Ivan; Gritsevich, Maria; Hæggström, Edward; Muinonen, Karri

    2017-04-01

    We describe a setup for measuring the full angular Mueller matrix profile of a single mm- to µm-size sample, and verify the experimental results against a theoretical model. The scatterometer has a fixed or levitating sample, illuminated with a laser beam whose full polarization state is controlled. The scattered light is detected with a wave retarder-linear polarizer-photomultiplier tube combination that is attached to a rotational stage, to allow measuring the full angular profile, with the exception of the backscattering direction. By controlling the angle of the linear polarizers and the angle of the axis of the wave retarders before and after the scatterer we record such a combination of intensities that reconstructing the full Mueller matrix of the scatterer is possible. We have performed the first measurements of our calibration sample, a 5 mm sphere (N-BK7 glass, Edmund Optics). We verify the first measurement results by comparing the angular scattering profile against the theoretical results computed using Mie theory. The profiles recorded using the linear polarizers only agree with the theoretical predictions in all scattering angles. With the linear polarizers, we are able to construct the upper left 2×2 submatrix of the full Mueller matrix. The constructed (1,1) and (2,2) elements of the matrix are almost identical, as they should for a sphere, as well as the (1,2) and (2,1) elements. There are some discrepancies, as expected since calibration spheres are never perfect spherical shapes with completely homogeneous internal structure. Acknowledgments: The research is funded by the ERC Advanced Grant No. 320773 (SAEMPL).

  19. Parametric model of the Mueller matrix of a Spectralon white reflectance standard deduced by polar decomposition techniques.

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    Kildemo, Morten; Maria, Jérôme; Ellingsen, Pål G; Aas, Lars M S

    2013-07-29

    Decomposition methods have been applied to in-plane Mueller matrix ellipsometric scattering data of the Spectralon reflectance standard. Data were measured at the wavelengths 532 nm and 1500 nm, using an achromatic optimal Mueller matrix scatterometer applying a photomultiplier tube and a high gain InGaAs detector for the two wavelengths. A parametric model with physical significance was deduced through analysis of the product decomposed matrices. It is found that when the data are analyzed as a function of the scattering angle, similar to particle scattering, the matrix elements are largely independent of incidence angle. To the first order, we propose that a Guassian lineshape is appropriate to describe the polarization index, while the decomposed diagonal elements of the retardance matrix have a form resembling Rayleigh single scattering. New models are proposed for the off diagonal elements of the measured Mueller matrix.

  20. Quantitative tissue polarimetry using polar decomposition of 3 x 3 Mueller matrix

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    Swami, M. K.; Manhas, S.; Buddhiwant, P.; Ghosh, N.; Uppal, A.; Gupta, P. K.

    2007-05-01

    Polarization properties of any optical system are completely described by a sixteen-element (4 x 4) matrix called Mueller matrix, which transform the Stokes vector describing the polarization properties of incident light to the stokes vector of scattered light. Measurement of all the elements of the matrix requires a minimum of sixteen measurements involving both linear and circularly polarized light. However, for many diagnostic applications, it would be useful if all the polarization parameters of the medium (depolarization (Δ), differential attenuation of two orthogonal polarizations, that is, diattenuation (d), and differential phase retardance of two orthogonal polarizations, i.e., retardance (δ )) can be quantified with linear polarization measurements alone. In this paper we show that for a turbid medium, like biological tissue, where the depolarization of linearly polarized light arises primarily due to the randomization of the field vector's direction by multiple scattering, the polarization parameters of the medium can be obtained from the nine Mueller matrix elements involving linear polarization measurements only. Use of the approach for measurement of polarization parameters (Δ, d and δ) of normal and malignant (squamous cell carcinoma) tissues resected from human oral cavity are presented.

  1. Mueller matrix polarimetry on a Young's double-slit experiment analog.

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    Arteaga, Oriol; Ossikovski, Razvigor; Kuntman, Ertan; Kuntman, Mehmet A; Canillas, Adolf; Garcia-Caurel, Enric

    2017-10-01

    In this Letter we describe an experiment in which coherent light is sent through a calcite crystal that separates the photons by their polarization. The two beams are then let to superpose, and this recombined beam is used to measure the Mueller matrix of the system. Results are interpreted according to our recent formalism of coherent superposition in material media. This is the first experimental implementation of a Young's experiment with complete polarimetry, and it is demonstrated that our method can be used for the experimental synthesis of optical devices with on-demand optical properties.

  2. Nondestructive analysis of lithographic patterns with natural line edge roughness from Mueller matrix ellipsometric data

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Shi, Yating; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei; Liu, Shiyuan

    2016-12-01

    Mueller matrix ellipsometry (MME) is applied to characterize lithographic patterns with natural line edge roughness (LER). A computationally efficient approach based on effective medium approximation is proposed to model the effects of LER in MME measurements. We present both the theoretical and experimental results on lithographic patterns with realistic LER which demonstrate that MME in combination with the proposed effective modeling method is capable of quantifying LER amplitudes. Quantitative comparisons between the MME and scanning electron microscopy measured results also reveal the strong potential of this technique for in-line nondestructive line roughness monitoring.

  3. Differential Mueller matrix polarimetry technique for non-invasive measurement of glucose concentration on human fingertip.

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    Phan, Quoc-Hung; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2017-06-26

    A differential Mueller matrix polarimetry technique is proposed for obtaining non-invasive (NI) measurements of the glucose concentration on the human fingertip. The feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by detecting the optical rotation angle and depolarization index of tissue phantom samples containing de-ionized water (DI), glucose solutions with concentrations ranging from 0~500 mg/dL and 2% lipofundin. The results show that the extracted optical rotation angle increases linearly with an increasing glucose concentration, while the depolarization index decreases. The practical applicability of the proposed method is demonstrated by measuring the optical rotation angle and depolarization index properties of the human fingertips of healthy volunteers.

  4. Confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy improvement by use of Mueller-matrix polarimetry.

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    Bueno, Juan M; Campbell, Melanie C W

    2002-05-15

    A new technique for improving the signal-to-noise ratio and the contrast in images recorded with a confocal scanning laser system is presented. The method is based on the incorporation of a polarimeter into the setup. After the spatially resolved Mueller matrix of a sample was calculated, images for incident light with different states of polarization were reconstructed, and both the best and the worst images were computed. In both the microscope and the opthalmoscope modes, the best images are better than the originals. In contrast, the worst images are poorer. This technique may be useful in different fields such as confocal microscopy and retinal imaging.

  5. Confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy improvement by use of Mueller-matrix polarimetry

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    Bueno, Juan M.; Campbell, Melanie C. W.

    2002-05-01

    A new technique for improving the signal-to-noise ratio and the contrast in images recorded with a confocal scanning laser system is presented. The method is based on the incorporation of a polarimeter into the setup. After the spatially resolved Mueller matrix of a sample was calculated, images for incident light with different states of polarization were reconstructed, and both the best and the worst images were computed. In both the microscope and the opthalmoscope modes, the best images are better than the originals. In contrast, the worst images are poorer. This technique may be useful in different fields such as confocal microscopy and retinal imaging.

  6. Accuracy enhancement of dual rotating mueller matrix imaging polarimeter by diattenuation and retardance error calibration approach

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    Bhattacharyya, Kaustav; Serrano-García, David Ignacio; Otani, Yukitoshi

    2017-06-01

    We present a new calibration method to minimize the errors due to non-ideal retarders of a dual rotating Mueller matrix polarimeter. To increase the accuracy of the dual rotating retarder polarimeter, it is necessary to compensate the errors caused by the inaccuracy of retarders. Although calibration method for retardance already exists, limitations on the accuracy have been obtained by considering only the retardance errors. In the proposed model we added the calibration of diattenuation error of the retarder along with retardance error on the standard model. An enhancement in the accuracy of the system is obtained. The proposed model is described with equations and supporting experimental results are presented.

  7. Rapid Mueller matrix polarimetry imaging based on four photoelastic modulators with no moving parts (Conference Presentation)

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    Gribble, Adam; Alali, Sanaz; Vitkin, Alex

    2016-03-01

    Polarized light has many applications in biomedical imaging. The interaction of a biological sample with polarized light reveals information about its composition, both structural and functional. For example, the polarimetry-derived metric of linear retardance (birefringence) is dependent on tissue structural organization (anisotropy) and can be used to diagnose myocardial infarct; circular birefringence (optical rotation) can measure glucose concentrations. The most comprehensive type of polarimetry analysis is to measure the Mueller matrix, a polarization transfer function that completely describes how a sample interacts with polarized light. To derive this 4x4 matrix it is necessary to observe how a tissue interacts with different polarizations. A well-suited approach for tissue polarimetry is to use photoelastic modulators (PEMs), which dynamically modulate the polarization of light. Previously, we have demonstrated a rapid time-gated Stokes imaging system that is capable of characterizing the state of polarized light (the Stokes vector) over a large field, after interacting with any turbid media. This was accomplished by synchronizing CCD camera acquisition times relative to two PEMs using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Here, we extend this technology to four PEMs, yielding a polarimetry system that is capable of rapidly measuring the complete sample Mueller matrix over a large field of view, with no moving parts and no beam steering. We describe the calibration procedure and evaluate the accuracy of the measurements. Results are shown for tissue-mimicking phantoms, as well as initial biological samples.

  8. Measurement and calculation of the two-dimensional backscattering Mueller matrix of a turbid medium.

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    Cameron, B D; Rakovic, M J; Mehrübeoglu, M; Kattawar, G W; Rastegar, S; Wang, L V; Coté, G L

    1998-04-01

    We present both experimental and Monte Carlo-based simulation results for the diffusely backscattered intensity patterns that arise from illumination of a turbid medium with a polarized laser beam. A numerical method that allows the calculation of all 16 elements of the two-dimensional Muller matrix is used; moreover, it is shown that only seven matrix elements are independent. To validate our method, we compared our simulations with experimental measurements, using a turbid medium consisting of 2.02-microm -diameter polystyrene spheres suspended in deionized water. By varying the incident polarization and the analyzer optics for the experimental measurements, we obtained the diffuse backscattering Mueller matrix elements. The experimental and the numerical results are in good agreement.

  9. Complete polarization characterization of single plasmonic nanoparticle enabled by a novel Dark-field Mueller matrix spectroscopy system

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    Chandel, Shubham; Soni, Jalpa; Ray, Subir kumar; Das, Anwesh; Ghosh, Anirudha; Raj, Satyabrata; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2016-01-01

    Information on the polarization properties of scattered light from plasmonic systems are of paramount importance due to fundamental interest and potential applications. However, such studies are severely compromised due to the experimental difficulties in recording full polarization response of plasmonic nanostructures. Here, we report on a novel Mueller matrix spectroscopic system capable of acquiring complete polarization information from single isolated plasmonic nanoparticle/nanostructure. The outstanding issues pertaining to reliable measurements of full 4 × 4 spectroscopic scattering Mueller matrices from single nanoparticle/nanostructures are overcome by integrating an efficient Mueller matrix measurement scheme and a robust eigenvalue calibration method with a dark-field microscopic spectroscopy arrangement. Feasibility of quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry and its potential utility is illustrated on a simple plasmonic system, that of gold nanorods. The demonstrated ability to record full polarization information over a broad wavelength range and to quantify the intrinsic plasmon polarimetry characteristics via Mueller matrix inverse analysis should lead to a novel route towards quantitative understanding, analysis/interpretation of a number of intricate plasmonic effects and may also prove useful towards development of polarization-controlled novel sensing schemes. PMID:27212687

  10. Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry technique for circular dichroism/birefringence sensing with scattering effects.

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    Phan, Quoc-Hung; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2017-04-01

    A surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-enhanced method is proposed for measuring the circular dichroism (CD), circular birefringence (CB), and degree of polarization (DOP) of turbid media using a Stokes–Mueller matrix polarimetry technique. The validity of the analytical model is confirmed by means of numerical simulations. The simulation results show that the proposed detection method enables the CD and CB properties to be measured with a resolution of 10 ? 4 refractive index unit (RIU) and 10 ? 5 ?? RIU , respectively, for refractive indices in the range of 1.3 to 1.4. The practical feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by detecting the CB/CD/DOP properties of glucose–chlorophyllin compound samples containing polystyrene microspheres. It is shown that the extracted CB value decreases linearly with the glucose concentration, while the extracted CD value increases linearly with the chlorophyllin concentration. However, the DOP is insensitive to both the glucose concentration and the chlorophyllin concentration. Consequently, the potential of the proposed SPR-enhanced Stokes–Mueller matrix polarimetry method for high-resolution CB/CD/DOP detection is confirmed. Notably, in contrast to conventional SPR techniques designed to detect relative refractive index changes, the SPR technique proposed in the present study allows absolute measurements of the optical properties (CB/CD/DOP) to be obtained.

  11. Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry technique for circular dichroism/birefringence sensing with scattering effects

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    Phan, Quoc-Hung; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2017-04-01

    A surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-enhanced method is proposed for measuring the circular dichroism (CD), circular birefringence (CB), and degree of polarization (DOP) of turbid media using a Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry technique. The validity of the analytical model is confirmed by means of numerical simulations. The simulation results show that the proposed detection method enables the CD and CB properties to be measured with a resolution of 10-4 refractive index unit (RIU) and 10-5 RIU, respectively, for refractive indices in the range of 1.3 to 1.4. The practical feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by detecting the CB/CD/DOP properties of glucose-chlorophyllin compound samples containing polystyrene microspheres. It is shown that the extracted CB value decreases linearly with the glucose concentration, while the extracted CD value increases linearly with the chlorophyllin concentration. However, the DOP is insensitive to both the glucose concentration and the chlorophyllin concentration. Consequently, the potential of the proposed SPR-enhanced Stokes-Mueller matrix polarimetry method for high-resolution CB/CD/DOP detection is confirmed. Notably, in contrast to conventional SPR techniques designed to detect relative refractive index changes, the SPR technique proposed in the present study allows absolute measurements of the optical properties (CB/CD/DOP) to be obtained.

  12. Extraction of effective parameters of turbid media utilizing the Mueller matrix approach: study of glucose sensing.

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    Pham, Thi-Thu-Hien; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2012-09-01

    An analytical technique based on Stokes polarimetry and the Mueller matrix method is proposed for extracting the effective linear birefringence, linear dichroism, circular birefringence, circular dichroism, linear depolarization, and circular depolarization properties of turbid media. In contrast to existing analytical models, the model proposed extracts the effective parameters in a decoupled manner and considers not only the circular dichroism properties of the sample, but also the depolarization properties. The results show that the proposed method enables all of the effective parameters to be measured over the full range. Moreover, it is shown that the extracted value of the depolarization index is unaffected by the order in which the depolarizing Mueller matrix is decomposed during the extraction procedure. Finally, a method is proposed for calibrating the optical rotation angle of a polystyrene microsphere suspension containing dissolved D-glucose (C6H12O6) powder in accordance with the distance between the sample and the detector. The experimental results show that the sensitivity of the resulting D-glucose measurement is equal to approximately 1.73  deg/M.

  13. Polarimetry group theory analysis in biological tissue phantoms by Mueller coherency matrix

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    Fanjul-Vélez, Félix; Ortega-Quijano, Noé; Arce-Diego, José Luis

    2010-11-01

    The characterization of biological tissues by optical techniques provides several advantages over other techniques. Optical techniques enable to perform high resolution and contrast imaging, in a non-invasive way and with no-contact. Biological tissues are turbid media that strongly scatter light. The ultrastructure of some tissues makes them present a certain degree of anisotropy. Both scattering and anisotropy affect light polarization. Some pathologies alter these characteristics of the tissue. As a consequence polarized light can be used to extract additional information and achieve a better diagnosis. In this work, Group Theory is applied to analyse the polarization behavior of several samples. Firstly, the Mueller matrix for each sample is measured. Then, the Mueller Coherency matrix is obtained by means of the SU(4)-O + (6) homomorphism. Finally, the target decomposition theorem is applied by analyzing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and subsequently the different polarimetric effects are separated. In this way, the contrast of tissue imaging can be increased. This analysis is applied to biological tissue phantoms, which consisted on glucose suspensions of polystyrene spheres with different scatterer concentrations. Their behaviour can be modeled by means of single or multiple scattering depending on the concentration, either in the Rayleigh or Mie regimes. The same procedure could be used in a wide range of applications, like the study of cancerous cells that grow without control in cell cultures, or erythrocytes monitoring in anemia. The technique also has a great potential to be applied in Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PS-OCT).

  14. Characterizing microstructural changes of skeletal muscle tissues using spectral transformed Mueller matrix polarization parameters

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    He, Chao; He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; Ma, Hui

    2016-03-01

    Polarization imaging techniques are recognized as potentially powerful tools to detect the structural changes of biological tissues. Meanwhile, spectral features of the scattered light can also provide abundant microstructural information, therefore can be applied in biomedical studies. In this paper, we adopt the polarization reflectance spectral imaging to analyze the microstructural changes of hydrolyzing skeletal muscle tissues. We measure the Mueller matrix, which is a comprehensive description of the polarization properties, of the bovine skeletal muscle samples in different periods of time, and analyze its behavior using the multispectral Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) technique. The experimental results show that for bovine skeletal muscle tissues, the backscattered spectral MMT parameters have different values and variation features at different stages. We can also find the experimental results indicate that the stages of hydrolysis for bovine skeletal muscle samples can be judged by the spectral MMT parameters. The results presented in this work show that combining with the spectral technique, the MMT parameters have the potential to be used as tools for meat quality detection and monitoring.

  15. Optical Metrology for Directed Self-assembly Patterning Using Mueller Matrix Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Based Scatterometry

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    Dixit, Dhairya J.

    based patterning process. This work focuses on understanding the efficacy of MMSE base scatterometry for characterizing complex DSA structures. For example, the use of symmetry-antisymmetry properties associated with Mueller matrix (MM) elements to understand the topography of the periodic nanostructures and measure defectivity. Simulations (the forward problem approach of scatterometry) are used to investigate MM elements' sensitivity to changes in DSA structure such as one vs. two contact hole patterns and predict sensitivity to dimensional changes. A regression-based approach is used to extract feature shape parameters of the DSA structures by fitting simulated optical spectra to experimental optical spectra. Detection of the DSA defects is a key to reducing defect density for eventual manufacturability and production use of DSA process. Simulations of optical models of structures containing defects are used to evaluate the sensitivity of MM elements to DSA defects. This study describes the application of MMSE to determine the DSA pattern defectivity via spectral comparisons based on optical anisotropy and depolarization. The use of depolarization and optical anisotropy for characterization of experimental MMSE data is a very recent development in scatterometry. In addition, reconstructed scatterometry models are used to calculate line edge roughness in 28 nm pitch Si fins fabricated using DSA patterning process.

  16. Azimuthally invariant Mueller-matrix mapping of optically anisotropic layers of biological networks of blood plasma in the diagnosis of liver disease

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    Ushenko, A. G.; Dubolazov, A. V.; Ushenko, V. A.; Ushenko, Yu. A.; Sakhnovskiy, M. Y.; Pavlyukovich, O.; Pavlyukovich, N.; Novakovskaya, O.; Gorsky, M. P.

    2016-09-01

    The model of Mueller-matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy that typical for polycrystalline layers of the histological sections of biological tissues and fluids - optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism - is suggested. Within the statistical analysis distributions quantities of linear and circular birefringence and dichroism the objective criteria of differentiation of myocardium histological sections (determining the cause of death); films of blood plasma (liver pathology); peritoneal fluid (endometriosis of tissues of women reproductive sphere); urine (kidney disease) were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the method of Mueller-matrix reconstruction of optical anisotropy parameters were found.

  17. Use of Mueller matrix polarimetry and optical coherence tomography in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy.

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    Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Stoff, Susan; Gonzalez, Mariacarla; Holness, Nola; Gomes, Jefferson; Jung, Ranu; Gandjbakhche, Amir; Chernomordik, Viktor V; Ramella-Roman, Jessica C

    2017-08-01

    Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical health concern throughout the world. There is a high incidence of PTB in both developed and developing countries ranging from 11% to 15%, respectively. Recent research has shown that cervical collagen orientation and distribution changes during pregnancy may be useful in predicting PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy in birefringent materials, such as the cervix's extracellular matrix. Noninvasive, full-field Mueller matrix polarimetry (MMP) imaging methodologies, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging were used to assess cervical collagen content and structure in nonpregnant porcine cervices. We demonstrate that the highly ordered structure of the nonpregnant porcine cervix can be observed with MMP. Furthermore, when utilized ex vivo, OCT and MMP yield very similar results with a mean error of 3.46% between the two modalities. (2017) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

  18. Decomposition of a depolarizing Mueller matrix into its nondepolarizing components by using symmetry conditions.

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    Kuntman, Ertan; Arteaga, Oriol

    2016-04-01

    A procedure for the parallel decomposition of a depolarizing Mueller matrix with an associated rank 2 covariance matrix into its two nondepolarizing components is presented. We show that, if one of the components agrees with certain symmetry conditions, the arbitrary decomposition becomes unique, and its calculation is straightforward. Solutions for six different symmetries, which are relevant for the physical interpretation of polarimetric measurements, are provided. With this procedure, a single polarimetric measurement is sufficient to fully disclose the complete polarimetric response of two different systems and evaluate their weights in the overall response. The decomposition method we propose is illustrated by obtaining the ellipsometric responses of a silicon wafer and a holographic grating from a single measurement in which the light spot illuminates sectors of both materials. In a second example, we use the decomposition to analyze an optical system in which a polarizing film is partially covered by another misaligned film.

  19. Use of Mueller matrix polarimetry and optical coherence tomography in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy

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    Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Stoff, Susan; Gonzalez, Mariacarla; Holness, Nola; Gomes, Jefferson; Jung, Ranu; Gandjbakhche, Amir; Chernomordik, Viktor V.; Ramella-Roman, Jessica C.

    2017-08-01

    Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical health concern throughout the world. There is a high incidence of PTB in both developed and developing countries ranging from 11% to 15%, respectively. Recent research has shown that cervical collagen orientation and distribution changes during pregnancy may be useful in predicting PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy in birefringent materials, such as the cervix's extracellular matrix. Noninvasive, full-field Mueller matrix polarimetry (MMP) imaging methodologies, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging were used to assess cervical collagen content and structure in nonpregnant porcine cervices. We demonstrate that the highly ordered structure of the nonpregnant porcine cervix can be observed with MMP. Furthermore, when utilized ex vivo, OCT and MMP yield very similar results with a mean error of 3.46% between the two modalities.

  20. Polarized light imaging in biomedicine: emerging Mueller matrix methodologies for bulk tissue assessment.

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    Alali, Sanaz; Vitkin, Alex

    2015-06-01

    Polarized light point measurements and wide-field imaging have been studied for many years in an effort to develop accurate and information-rich tissue diagnostic methods. However, the extensive depolarization of polarized light in thick biological tissues has limited the success of these investigations. Recently, advances in technology and conceptual understanding have led to a significant resurgence of research activity in the promising field of bulk tissue polarimetry. In particular, with the advent of improved measurement, analysis, and interpretation methods, including Mueller matrix decomposition, new diagnostic avenues, such as quantification of microstructural anisotropy in bulk tissues, have been enabled. Further, novel technologies have improved the speed and the accuracy of polarimetric instruments for ex vivo and in vivo diagnostics. In this paper, we review some of the recent progress in tissue polarimetry, provide illustrative application examples, and offer an outlook to the future of polarized light imaging in bulk biological tissues.

  1. High-resolution Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry for understanding high-resolution optoelectronic modulators

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    Pezzaniti, J. Larry; Chipman, Russell A.

    1994-09-01

    A high resolution Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry test bed has been constructed and calibrated that has unique capabilities for characterizing optoelectronic devices, such as liquid crystal modulators, PLZT modulators, quantum well modulators, and surface emitting lasers. Similarly, the instrument can perform end-to-end measurements on optoelectronic systems including optical computers, interconnects, and correlators. It addresses, at the systems level, the need for incorporating polarimetric analysis and measurement techniques into the design, alignment, and testing of photonics technologies. The polarimeter maps the polarization altering characteristics of optical devices and optical systems, producing means of the retardance, the diattenuation, and the depolarization. The polarization mappings may be obtained across individual pixels or across large pixel arrays. The data sets provide a wealth of information not otherwise accessible for characterizing device uniformity, operating parameters, angular bandwidth, as well as identifying non-ideal polarization characteristics.

  2. Mueller matrix ellipsometric detection of profile asymmetry in nanoimprinted grating structures

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    Chen, Xiuguo; Ma, Zhichao; Xu, Zhimou; Zhang, Chuanwei; Jiang, Hao; Liu, Shiyuan

    2014-11-21

    Mueller matrix ellipsometry (MME) is applied to detect foot-like asymmetry encountered in nanoimprint lithography (NIL) processes. We present both theoretical and experimental results which show that MME has good sensitivity to both the magnitude and direction of asymmetric profiles. The physics behind the use of MME for asymmetry detection is the breaking of electromagnetic reciprocity theorem for the zeroth-order diffraction of asymmetric gratings. We demonstrate that accurate characterization of asymmetric nanoimprinted gratings can be achieved by performing MME measurements in a conical mounting with the plane of incidence parallel to grating lines and meanwhile incorporating depolarization effects into the optical model. The comparison of MME-extracted asymmetric profile with the measurement by cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy also reveals the strong potential of this technique for in-line monitoring NIL processes, where symmetric structures are desired.

  3. A study on forward scattering Mueller matrix decomposition in anisotropic medium.

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    Guo, Yihong; Zeng, Nan; He, Honghui; Yun, Tianliang; Du, E; Liao, Ran; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2013-07-29

    In this work, we apply Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) method in a forward scattering configuration on anisotropic scattering samples and look for the physics origin of depolarization and retardance. Using Monte Carlo simulations on the sphere-cylinder birefringence model (SCBM), and forward scattering experiments on samples containing polystyrene microspheres, well-aligned glass fibers and polyacrylamide, we examine in detail the relationship between the MMPD parameters and the microscopic structure of the samples. The results show that the spherical scatterers and birefringent medium contribute to depolarization and retardance respectively, but the cylindrical scatterers contribute to both. Retardance due to the cylindrical scatterers changes with their density, size and order of alignment. Total retardance is a simple sum of both contributions when cylinders are in parallel to the extraordinary axis of birefringence.

  4. Mueller-matrix ellipsometry studies of optically active structures in scarab beetles

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    Järrendahl, K.; Landin, J.; Arwin, H.

    2010-06-01

    The complexity of multilayers, photonic crystals, metamaterials and other artificial materials has promoted the use of spectroscopic, variable angle, generalized and Mueller-matrix ellipsometry. Naturally occurring structures may show even higher complexity than artificial structures but with a more narrow range of constituent materials. Fascinating reflection properties result from intricate photonic structures in, for instance, the wing scales and cuticles of insects. Currently there is a large interest to explore such functional supramolecular architectures for exploitation in nanotechnology. In this study, Mueller-matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry is applied in the spectral range of 250 to 1000 nm to investigate optical response and structures of the cuticle of Scarab beetles of the Cetoniinae subfamily. The cuticle of Cetonia aurata (the rose chafer, la cétoine dorée) is green with a metallic appearance and reflects left-handed circular/elliptically polarized light. It has been suggested that the polarization of this metallic gloss is caused by a helical structure in the chitinous cuticle. We find that the polarization effect is limited to the narrow spectral range 470-550 nm whereas for shorter or longer wavelengths the reflection properties are similar to those from a near-dielectric material. Model calculations and parameterization of the nanostructure employing a heliocoidal structure are discussed. As a comparison the polarization effects from light reflected from two other beetles will be presented. Coptomia laevis has a similar appearance as Cetonia aurata but has very different polarization properties. The golden Plusiotis argentiola has very interesting properties showing both left and right-handed polarization depending on incidence angle and wavelength.

  5. Effects of a measurement floor on Mueller matrix measurements in a dual rotating retarder polarimeter bidirectional scatter distribution function system.

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    Nauyoks, Stephen E; Marciniak, Michael A

    2015-06-20

    Since a measurement of the bidirectional scatter distribution function (BSDF) of a material is proportional to the intensity of the scattered light, a BSDF measurement system with the addition of a dual rotating retarder polarimeter can be used to calculate the Mueller matrix of a scatterer. One advantage of a BSDF system using a laser source is its large dynamic range, which allows the measurement of scattered light both near to and away from the specular region. As BSDF measurements move away from the specular region and into a more diffuse-scatter region, the measured signal decreases and may approach the system's measurement floor. Therefore, BSDF and Mueller-matrix measurements are dependent not only on the scatter from the sample but also on the noise floor of the system. By analyzing numerically created bidirectional reflectance distribution function data, we show that since the noise floor of a system is typically constant, the Mueller-matrix measurement at the noise floor appears to be that of a perfect depolarizer. Therefore, as the BSDF measurement space moves away from the high-signal region and the noise floor is approached, the Mueller matrix assigned to the sample artificially approaches that of a perfect depolarizer. The rate and location in scatter-angle space of this shift is dependent on the BSDF of the material and on the signal-to-noise ratio in the system. Therefore, caution must be taken when drawing conclusions about measured Mueller matrices for scattered light, particularly in measurement regions where the measured signal approaches the system floor.

  6. Generalized Mueller matrix method for polarization mode dispersion measurement in a system with polarization-dependent loss or gain.

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    Dong, H; Shum, P; Yan, M; Zhou, J Q; Ning, G X; Gong, Y D; Wu, C Q

    2006-06-12

    A generalized Mueller matrix method (GMMM) is proposed to measure the polarization mode dispersion (PMD) in an optical fiber system with polarization-dependent loss or gain (PDL/G). This algorithm is based on the polar decomposition of a 4X4 matrix which corresponds to a Lorentz transformation. Compared to the generalized Poincaré sphere method, the GMMM can measure PMD accurately with a relatively larger frequency step, and the obtained PMD data has very low noise level.

  7. Mueller matrix decomposition for extraction of individual polarization parameters from complex turbid media exhibiting multiple scattering, optical activity, and linear birefringence.

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    Ghosh, Nirmalya; Wood, Michael F G; Vitkin, I Alex

    2008-01-01

    Linear birefringence and optical activity are two common optical polarization effects present in biological tissue, and determination of these properties has useful biomedical applications. However, measurement and unique interpretation of these parameters in tissue is hindered by strong multiple scattering effects and by the fact that these and other polarization effects are often present simultaneously. We have investigated the efficacy of a Mueller matrix decomposition methodology to extract the individual intrinsic polarimetry characteristics (linear retardance delta and optical rotation psi, in particular) from a multiply scattering medium exhibiting simultaneous linear birefringence and optical activity. In the experimental studies, a photoelastic modulation polarimeter was used to record Mueller matrices from polyacrylamide phantoms having strain-induced birefringence, sucrose-induced optical activity, and polystyrene microspheres-induced scattering. Decomposition of the Mueller matrices recorded in the forward detection geometry from these phantoms with controlled polarization properties yielded reasonable estimates for delta and psi parameters. The confounding effects of scattering, the propagation path of multiple scattered photons, and detection geometry on the estimated values for delta and psi were further investigated using polarization-sensitive Monte Carlo simulations. The results show that in the forward detection geometry, the effects of scattering induced linear retardance and diattenuation are weak, and the decomposition of the Mueller matrix can retrieve the intrinsic values for delta and psi with reasonable accuracy. The ability of this approach to extract the individual intrinsic polarimetry characteristics should prove valuable in diagnostic photomedicine, for example, in quantifying the small optical rotations due to the presence of glucose in tissue and for monitoring changes in tissue birefringence as a signature of tissue abnormality.

  8. Use of combined polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography and Mueller matrix imaging for the polarimetric characterization of excised biological tissue

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    Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Stoff, Susan; Straton, David; Ramaswamy, Sharan; Ramella-Roman, Jessica C.

    2016-07-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetry and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) are two emerging techniques utilized in the assessment of tissue anisotropy. While PS-OCT can provide cross-sectional images of local tissue birefringence through its polarimetric sensitivity, Mueller matrix polarimetry can be used to measure bulk polarimetric properties such as depolarization, diattenuation, and retardance. To this day true quantification of PS-OCT data can be elusive, partly due to the reliance on inverse models for the characterization of tissue birefringence and the influence of instrumentation noise. Similarly for Mueller matrix polarimetry, calculation of retardance or depolarization may be influenced by tissue heterogeneities that could be monitored with PS-OCT. Here, we propose an instrument that combines Mueller matrix polarimetry and PS-OCT. Through the co-registration of the two systems, we aim at achieving a better understanding of both modalities.

  9. Ex vivo characterization of normal and adenocarcinoma colon samples by Mueller matrix polarimetry

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    Ahmad, Iftikhar; Ahmad, Manzoor; Khan, Karim; Ashraf, Sumara; Ahmad, Shakil; Ikram, Masroor

    2015-05-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetry along with polar decomposition algorithm was employed for the characterization of ex vivo normal and adenocarcinoma human colon tissues by polarized light in the visible spectral range (425-725 nm). Six derived polarization metrics [total diattenuation (DT), retardance (RT), depolarization (ΔT), linear diattenuation (DL), retardance (δ), and depolarization (ΔL)] were compared for normal and adenocarcinoma colon tissue samples. The results show that all six polarimetric properties for adenocarcinoma samples were significantly higher as compared to the normal samples for all wavelengths. The Wilcoxon rank sum test illustrated that total retardance is a good candidate for the discrimination of normal and adenocarcinoma colon samples. Support vector machine classification for normal and adenocarcinoma based on the four polarization properties spectra (ΔT, ΔL, RT,and δ) yielded 100% accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, while both DT and D showed 66.6%, 33.3%, and 83.3% accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, respectively. The combination of polarization analysis and given classification methods provides a framework to distinguish the normal and cancerous tissues.

  10. Optical characterization of murine model's in-vivo skin using Mueller matrix polarimetric imaging

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    Mora-Núñez, Azael; Martinez-Ponce, Geminiano; Garcia-Torales, Guillermo

    2015-12-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetric imaging (MMPI) provides a complete characterization of an anisotropic optical medium. Subsequent single value decomposition allows image interpretation in terms of basic optical anisotropies, such as depolarization, diattenuation, and retardance. In this work, healthy in-vivo skin at different anatomical locations of a biological model (Rattus norvegicus) was imaged by the MMPI technique using 532nm coherent illumination. The body parts under study were back, abdomen, tail, and calvaria. Because skin components are randomly distributed and skin thickness depends on its location, polarization measures arise from the average over a single detection element (pixel) and on the number of free optical paths, respectively. Optical anisotropies over the imaged skin indicates, mainly, the presence of components related to the physiology of the explored region. In addition, a MMPI-based comparison between a tumor on the back of one test subject and proximal healthy skin was made. The results show that the single values of optical anisotropies can be helpful in distinguishing different areas of in-vivo skin and also lesions.

  11. Ex vivo characterization of normal and adenocarcinoma colon samples by Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Ahmad, Iftikhar; Ahmad, Manzoor; Khan, Karim; Ashraf, Sumara; Ahmad, Shakil; Ikram, Masroor

    2015-05-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetry along with polar decomposition algorithm was employed for the characterization of ex vivo normal and adenocarcinoma human colon tissues by polarized light in the visible spectral range (425-725 nm). Six derived polarization metrics [total diattenuation (DT ), retardance (RT ), depolarization(ΔT ), linear diattenuation (DL), retardance (δ), and depolarization (ΔL)] were compared for normal and adenocarcinoma colon tissue samples. The results show that all six polarimetric properties for adenocarcinoma samples were significantly higher as compared to the normal samples for all wavelengths. The Wilcoxon rank sum test illustrated that total retardance is a good candidate for the discrimination of normal and adenocarcinoma colon samples. Support vector machine classification for normal and adenocarcinoma based on the four polarization properties spectra (ΔT , ΔL, RT ,and δ) yielded 100% accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, while both DTa nd DL showed 66.6%, 33.3%, and 83.3% accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, respectively. The combination of polarization analysis and given classification methods provides a framework to distinguish the normal and cancerous tissues.

  12. Mueller matrix approach for probing multifractality in the underlying anisotropic connective tissue

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    Das, Nandan Kumar; Dey, Rajib; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2016-09-01

    Spatial variation of refractive index (RI) in connective tissues exhibits multifractality, which encodes useful morphological and ultrastructural information about the disease. We present a spectral Mueller matrix (MM)-based approach in combination with multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MFDFA) to exclusively pick out the signature of the underlying connective tissue multifractality through the superficial epithelium layer. The method is based on inverse analysis on selected spectral scattering MM elements encoding the birefringence information on the anisotropic connective tissue. The light scattering spectra corresponding to the birefringence carrying MM elements are then subjected to the Born approximation-based Fourier domain preprocessing to extract ultrastructural RI fluctuations of anisotropic tissue. The extracted RI fluctuations are subsequently analyzed via MFDFA to yield the multifractal tissue parameters. The approach was experimentally validated on a simple tissue model comprising of TiO2 as scatterers of the superficial isotropic layer and rat tail collagen as an underlying anisotropic layer. Finally, the method enabled probing of precancer-related subtle alterations in underlying connective tissue ultrastructural multifractality from intact tissues.

  13. Analysis of optically anisotropic properties of biological tissues under stretching based on differential Mueller matrix formalism

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    Chen, Hao-Wei; Huang, Chih-Ling; Lo, Yu-Lung; Chang, You-Ren

    2017-03-01

    The optical properties of biological tissues under stretching are investigated using a full-field ellipsometry technique based on a differential Mueller matrix formalism. Traditional photoelastic-based formalism for extracting the linear birefringence (LB) properties of stretched anisotropic optical samples ignores the effects of the other optical properties of the sample. By contrast, in the formalism proposed in this study, the LB, linear dichroism (LD), circular birefringence (CB), circular dichroism (CD), and depolarization (Dep) properties are fully decoupled. Simulations are performed to evaluate the performance of the two formalisms in extracting the LB properties of optically anisotropic samples with different degrees of Dep, CB, LD, and CD. The practical feasibility of the proposed all-parameter decoupled formalism is then demonstrated using chicken breast muscle tissue. In general, the results show that both formalisms provide a reliable LB measurement performance for healthy chicken breast tissue under stretching. However, while the LB-only formalism has good robustness toward scattering, its measurement performance is seriously degraded for samples with high CB. Thus, of the two formalisms, the proposed all-parameter decoupled formalism provides a more effective approach for examining the anisotropic properties of biological tissues under stretching.

  14. Depolarizing differential Mueller matrix of homogeneous media under Gaussian fluctuation hypothesis.

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    Devlaminck, Vincent

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we address the issue of the existence of a solution of depolarizing differential Mueller matrix for a homogeneous medium. Such a medium is characterized by linear changes of its differential optical properties with z the thickness of the medium. We show that, under a short correlation distance assumption, it is possible to derive such linear solution, and we clarify this solution in the particular case where the random fluctuation processes associated to the optical properties are Gaussian white noise-like. A solution to the problem of noncommutativity of a previously proposed model [J. Opt. Soc. Am.30, 2196 (2013)JOSAAH0030-394110.1364/JOSAA.30.002196] is given by assuming a random permutation of the order of the layers and by averaging all the differential matrices resulting from these permutations. It is shown that the underlying assumption in this case is exactly the Gaussian white noise assumption. Finally, a recently proposed approach [Opt. Lett.39, 4470 (2014)OPLEDP0146-959210.1364/OL.39.004470] for analysis of the statistical properties related to changes in optical properties is revisited, and the experimental conditions of application of these results are specified.

  15. Full-order Mueller matrix polarimeter using liquid-crystal phase retarders and active illumination

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    Dayton, David C.; Hoover, Brian G.; Gonglewski, John D.

    2003-03-01

    Full order Stokes polarimeters are often composed of an analyzer consisting of a rotating quarter wave plate in front of a horizontal polarizer. A number of measurements are then made with the wave-plate oriented at different angle. The four-element Stokes vector is then computed from a linear combination of these measurements. A disadvantage of this device is that only a limited range of analyzer states can be generated. As a result a large number of measurements may be required to reduce the noise gain in the Stokes vector reconstructor. In this paper we describe a polarimeter based on a linear polarizer and two variable wave plates. It can be shown that such a device can produce an arbitrary polarization state. An active polarimeter consists of a generator stage, which transmits a laser illuminator with different polarization states and a receiver with a polarization analyzer stage. In our system both generator and analyzer stages consist of a horizontal polarizer and two variable wave-plates. A sixteen element Mueller matrix of resolved images is then formed for target characterization.

  16. Use of Mueller matrix polarimetry and optical coherence tomography in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy

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    Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Stoff, Susan; Gonzalez, Mariacarla; Gomes, Jefferson; Gandjbakhche, Amir; Chernomordik, Viktor V.; Ramella-Roman, Jessica C.

    2017-02-01

    Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical heath concern throughout the world. There is a high incidence of PTB in both developed and developing countries ranging from 11%-15%, respectively. Studies have shown there may be numerous precursors to PTB including infections, genetic predisposition, nutrition and various other morbidities which all lead to a premature disorganization in the cervical collagen resulting in the weakening of the structure designed to keep the fetus in utero. The changes in cervical collagen orientation and distribution may prove to be a predictor of PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy in birefringent materials such as those rich in collagen as the cervix is. Non-invasive, full-field Mueller Matrix polarimetry (MMP) imaging methodologies and ex-vivo second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging were used to assess cervical collagen content and structure in non-pregnant porcine cervices. The SHG microscopy was used to verify the efficacy of the MMP in assessing changes in collagen orientation.

  17. Backscattering Mueller matrix for quasi-horizontally oriented ice plates of cirrus clouds: application to CALIPSO signals.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Konoshonkin, Alexander; Kustova, Natalia; Okamoto, Hajime

    2012-12-17

    A general view of the backscattering Mueller matrix for the quasi-horizontally oriented hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds has been obtained in the case of tilted and scanning lidars. It is shown that the main properties of this matrix are caused by contributions from two qualitatively different components referred to the specular and corner-reflection terms. The numerical calculation of the matrix is worked out in the physical optics approximation. These matrices calculated for two wavelengths and two tilt angles (initial and present) of CALIPSO lidar are presented as a data bank. The depolarization and color ratios for these data have been obtained and discussed.

  18. Characterizing the Effects of Washing by Different Detergents on the Wavelength-Scale Microstructures of Silk Samples Using Mueller Matrix Polarimetry

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    Dong, Yang; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Zhou, Jialing; Zeng, Nan; Ma, Hui

    2016-01-01

    Silk fibers suffer from microstructural changes due to various external environmental conditions including daily washings. In this paper, we take the backscattering Mueller matrix images of silk samples for non-destructive and real-time quantitative characterization of the wavelength-scale microstructure and examination of the effects of washing by different detergents. The 2D images of the 16 Mueller matrix elements are reduced to the frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) whose central moments reveal the dominant structural features of the silk fibers. A group of new parameters are also proposed to characterize the wavelength-scale microstructural changes of the silk samples during the washing processes. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are carried out to better understand how the Mueller matrix parameters are related to the wavelength-scale microstructure of silk fibers. The good agreement between experiments and simulations indicates that the Mueller matrix polarimetry and FDH based parameters can be used to quantitatively detect the wavelength-scale microstructural features of silk fibers. Mueller matrix polarimetry may be used as a powerful tool for non-destructive and in situ characterization of the wavelength-scale microstructures of silk based materials. PMID:27517919

  19. Characterizing the Effects of Washing by Different Detergents on the Wavelength-Scale Microstructures of Silk Samples Using Mueller Matrix Polarimetry.

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    Dong, Yang; He, Honghui; He, Chao; Zhou, Jialing; Zeng, Nan; Ma, Hui

    2016-08-10

    Silk fibers suffer from microstructural changes due to various external environmental conditions including daily washings. In this paper, we take the backscattering Mueller matrix images of silk samples for non-destructive and real-time quantitative characterization of the wavelength-scale microstructure and examination of the effects of washing by different detergents. The 2D images of the 16 Mueller matrix elements are reduced to the frequency distribution histograms (FDHs) whose central moments reveal the dominant structural features of the silk fibers. A group of new parameters are also proposed to characterize the wavelength-scale microstructural changes of the silk samples during the washing processes. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are carried out to better understand how the Mueller matrix parameters are related to the wavelength-scale microstructure of silk fibers. The good agreement between experiments and simulations indicates that the Mueller matrix polarimetry and FDH based parameters can be used to quantitatively detect the wavelength-scale microstructural features of silk fibers. Mueller matrix polarimetry may be used as a powerful tool for non-destructive and in situ characterization of the wavelength-scale microstructures of silk based materials.

  20. Depolarizing differential Mueller matrices.

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    Ortega-Quijano, Noé; Arce-Diego, José Luis

    2011-07-01

    The evolution of a polarized beam can be described by the differential formulation of Mueller calculus. The nondepolarizing differential Mueller matrices are well known. However, they only account for 7 out of the 16 independent parameters that are necessary to model a general anisotropic depolarizing medium. In this work we present the nine differential Mueller matrices for general depolarizing media, highlighting the physical implications of each of them. Group theory is applied to establish the relationship between the differential matrix and the set of transformation generators in the Minkowski space, of which Lorentz generators constitute a particular subgroup.

  1. Mueller matrix for an ensemble of particles of arbitrary shape with an arbitrary square integrable orientation distribution function

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    Paramonov, L.E.

    1994-12-01

    Scattering of electromagnetic radiation from the elementary volume containing particles of an arbitrary shape with an arbitrary square integrable orientation distribution function is considered. Based on the T-matrix approach and the quantum theory of angular momentum, an analytical method is suggested for estimating the Mueller matrix elements and the Stokes vector of radiation scattered from an ensemble of particles in the case of an arbituary number of incident radiation sources. The constructive existence theorem is proved for the expansion of the scattering matrix elements as a power series in Wigner functions in the elementary volume having a rotational symmetry relative to the direction of the incident radiation propagation. Corollaries of the results obtained are considered. 24 refs.

  2. Twisted ferroelectric liquid crystals dynamic behaviour modification under electric field: A Mueller matrix polarimetry approach using birefringence

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    Babilotte, P.; Nunes Henrique Silva, V.; Sathaye, K.; Dubreuil, M.; Rivet, S.; Dupont, L.; de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, J. L.; Le Jeune, B.

    2014-01-01

    A low frequency and high amplitude rectangular voltage V has been applied during different increased duration to Twisted Surface Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid crystal (TwFLC) samples in which the alignment layers of the two substrates were rubbed along two different directions between 0° and 90°. The optical bistability properties have been evaluated using the specific Mueller Matrix formalism that allows a simultaneous access, through a single-shot measurement, to different polarimetric coefficients. In this new approach, the ellipticity ɛR and the azimuthal αR polarimetric parameters, extracted from the birefringence Mueller Matrix MR will be considered in priority. Several significant parameters, such as the horizontal offset ΔV, the degree of asymmetry DA, the characteristic area S of the hysteresis loop, are used to characterize the degradation observed into the hysteretic behaviour of the samples, for different values of ψ, at different duration T of exposure to V, before reaching the so-called stripes regime, giving a new experimental point of view concerning the evolution of the dynamic properties of the samples studied. The αR(V) and the ɛR(V) hysteresis loops are specifically examined. Static mapping related to ɛR(T) is given too. Among the different possible physical origins of the observed degradation, the in-plane anchoring energy contribution will be particularly examined, and a theoretical model is proposed that also gives access to different physical parameters, through a new approach.

  3. Integrated Mueller-matrix near-infrared imaging and point-wise spectroscopy improves colonic cancer detection

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Zheng, Wei; Lin, Kan; Huang, Zhiwei

    2016-01-01

    We report the development and implementation of a unique integrated Mueller-matrix (MM) near-infrared (NIR) imaging and Mueller-matrix point-wise diffuse reflectance (DR) spectroscopy technique for improving colonic cancer detection and diagnosis. Point-wise MM DR spectra can be acquired from any suspicious tissue areas indicated by MM imaging. A total of 30 paired colonic tissue specimens (normal vs. cancer) were measured using the integrated MM imaging and point-wise MM DR spectroscopy system. Polar decomposition algorithms are employed on the acquired images and spectra to derive three polarization metrics including depolarization, diattentuation and retardance for colonic tissue characterization. The decomposition results show that tissue depolarization and retardance are significantly decreased (p<0.001, paired 2-sided Student’s t-test, n = 30); while the tissue diattentuation is significantly increased (p<0.001, paired 2-sided Student’s t-test, n = 30) associated with colonic cancer. Further partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) and leave-one tissue site-out, cross validation (LOSCV) show that the combination of the three polarization metrics provide the best diagnostic accuracy of 95.0% (sensitivity: 93.3%, and specificity: 96.7%) compared to either of the three polarization metrics (sensitivities of 93.3%, 83.3%, and 80.0%; and specificities of 90.0%, 96.7%, and 80.0%, respectively, for the depolarization, diattentuation and retardance metrics) for colonic cancer detection. This work suggests that the integrated MM NIR imaging and point-wise MM NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy has the potential to improve the early detection and diagnosis of malignant lesions in the colon. PMID:27446640

  4. Liquid crystal-based Mueller matrix spectral imaging polarimetry for parameterizing mineral structural organization.

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    Gladish, James C; Duncan, Donald D

    2017-01-20

    Herein, we discuss the remote assessment of the subwavelength organizational structure of a medium. Specifically, we use spectral imaging polarimetry, as the vector nature of polarized light enables it to interact with optical anisotropies within a medium, while the spectral aspect of polarization is sensitive to small-scale structure. The ability to image these effects allows for inference of spatial structural organization parameters. This work describes a methodology for revealing structural organization by exploiting the Stokes/Mueller formalism and by utilizing measurements from a spectral imaging polarimeter constructed from liquid crystal variable retarders and a liquid crystal tunable filter. We provide results to validate the system and then show results from measurements on a mineral sample.

  5. Stochastic determination of matrix determinants.

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    Dorn, Sebastian; Ensslin, Torsten A

    2015-07-01

    Matrix determinants play an important role in data analysis, in particular when Gaussian processes are involved. Due to currently exploding data volumes, linear operations-matrices-acting on the data are often not accessible directly but are only represented indirectly in form of a computer routine. Such a routine implements the transformation a data vector undergoes under matrix multiplication. While efficient probing routines to estimate a matrix's diagonal or trace, based solely on such computationally affordable matrix-vector multiplications, are well known and frequently used in signal inference, there is no stochastic estimate for its determinant. We introduce a probing method for the logarithm of a determinant of a linear operator. Our method rests upon a reformulation of the log-determinant by an integral representation and the transformation of the involved terms into stochastic expressions. This stochastic determinant determination enables large-size applications in Bayesian inference, in particular evidence calculations, model comparison, and posterior determination.

  6. Division of focal plane polarimeter-based 3 × 4 Mueller matrix microscope: a potential tool for quick diagnosis of human carcinoma tissues

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    Chang, Jintao; He, Honghui; Wang, Ye; Huang, Yi; Li, Xianpeng; He, Chao; Liao, Ran; Zeng, Nan; Liu, Shaoxiong; Ma, Hui

    2016-05-01

    A polarization microscope is a useful tool to reveal the optical anisotropic nature of a specimen and can provide abundant microstructural information about samples. We present a division of focal plane (DoFP) polarimeter-based polarization microscope capable of simultaneously measuring both the Stokes vector and the 3×4 Mueller matrix with an optimal polarization illumination scheme. The Mueller matrix images of unstained human carcinoma tissue slices show that the m24 and m34 elements can provide important information for pathological observations. The characteristic features of the m24 and m34 elements can be enhanced by polarization staining under illumination by a circularly polarized light. Hence, combined with a graphics processing unit acceleration algorithm, the DoFP polarization microscope is capable of real-time polarization imaging for potential quick clinical diagnoses of both standard and frozen slices of human carcinoma tissues.

  7. Infrared differential-absorption Mueller matrix spectroscopy and neural network-based data fusion for biological aerosol standoff detection.

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    Carrieri, Arthur H; Copper, Jack; Owens, David J; Roese, Erik S; Bottiger, Jerold R; Everly, Robert D; Hung, Kevin C

    2010-01-20

    An active spectrophotopolarimeter sensor and support system were developed for a military/civilian defense feasibility study concerning the identification and standoff detection of biological aerosols. Plumes of warfare agent surrogates gamma-irradiated Bacillus subtilis and chicken egg white albumen (analytes), Arizona road dust (terrestrial interferent), water mist (atmospheric interferent), and talcum powders (experiment controls) were dispersed inside windowless chambers and interrogated by multiple CO(2) laser beams spanning 9.1-12.0 microm wavelengths (lambda). Molecular vibration and vibration-rotation activities by the subject analyte are fundamentally strong within this "fingerprint" middle infrared spectral region. Distinct polarization-modulations of incident irradiance and backscatter radiance of tuned beams generate the Mueller matrix (M) of subject aerosol. Strings of all 15 normalized elements {M(ij)(lambda)/M(11)(lambda)}, which completely describe physical and geometric attributes of the aerosol particles, are input fields for training hybrid Kohonen self-organizing map feed-forward artificial neural networks (ANNs). The properly trained and validated ANN model performs pattern recognition and type-classification tasks via internal mappings. A typical ANN that mathematically clusters analyte, interferent, and control aerosols with nil overlap of species is illustrated, including sensitivity analysis of performance.

  8. Mueller matrix ellipsometry studies of the optical phonons and crystal field excitations in multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy)

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    Martinez, V. A.; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Litvinchuk, A. P.; Wang, Yazhong; Cheong, S. W.

    Optical properties of multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy) bulk crystals have been studied in the far-infrared range from 50 to 1000 cm-1 and temperatures from 7 K to 300 K. Mueller matrix and rotating analyzer ellipsometry measurements were carried out at the U4IR beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Lab. Optical phonon spectra and crystal field excitations were measured for all three orthorhombic axes of RFeO3. In the experimental temperature dependencies of the phonon frequencies we found non-Grüneisen behavior caused by the electron-phonon and spin-phonon interactions. We determined the symmetries and selection rules for the crystal field transitions in Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. Magnetic field dependencies of the optical spectra allowed us to determine anisotropy of the crystal field g-factors for Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. This Project is supported by collaborative DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46382 between Rutgers U. and NJIT. Use of NSLS-BNL was supported by DOE DE-AC02-98CH10886. V.A. Martinez was supported by NEU NSF-1343716.

  9. Mueller polarimetric microscopy

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    Laude-Boulesteix, Blandine; De Martino, Antonello; Le Naour, Gilles; Genestie, Catherine; Schwartz, Laurent; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Drevillon, Bernard

    2004-07-01

    We present a multispectral polarimetric imaging system well suited for complete Mueller matrix microscopy. The source is a spectrally filtered halogen light bulb, and the image is formed on a fast CCD camera The light polarization is modulated before the sample and analyzed after the sample by using nematic liquid crystal modulators.. The whole Mueller matrix image of the sample is typically measured over 5 seconds for a good signal-to-noise ratio. The instrument design, together with an original and easy-to-operate calibration procedure provides a high polarimetric accuracy over wide ranges of wavelengths and magnifications. Mueller polarimetry provides separate images of scalar and vector retardation and dichroism of the sample, together with its depolarizing power, while all these effects do contribute simultaneously to the contrasts observed in standard polarized microsopy. Polarimetric images of several samples, namely an unstained rabbit cornea, a picrosirius red stained hepatic biopsy, and a rat artery specifically stained for collagen III are shown and discussed

  10. Swelling-induced optical anisotropy of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate): deswelling kinetics probed by quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Patil, Nagaraj; Soni, Jalpa; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi

    2012-11-29

    Thermodynamically favored polymer-water interactions below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) caused swelling-induced optical anisotropy (linear retardance) of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate). This was exploited to study the macroscopic deswelling kinetics quantitatively by a generalized polarimetry analysis method, based on measurement of the Mueller matrix and its subsequent inverse analysis via the polar decomposition approach. The derived medium polarization parameters, namely, linear retardance (δ), diattenuation (d), and depolarization coefficient (Δ), of the hydrogels showed interesting differences between the gels prepared by conventional free radical polymerization (FRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) and also between dry and swollen state. The effect of temperature, cross-linking density, and polymerization technique employed to synthesize hydrogel on deswelling kinetics was systematically studied via conventional gravimetry and corroborated further with the corresponding Mueller matrix derived quantitative polarimetry characteristics (δ, d, and Δ). The RAFT gels exhibited higher swelling ratio and swelling-induced optical anisotropy compared to FRP gels and also deswelled faster at 30 °C. On the contrary, at 45 °C, deswelling was significantly retarded for the RAFT gels due to formation of a skin layer, which was confirmed and quantified via the enhanced diattenuation and depolarization parameters.

  11. Polarimetric target detection in the presence of spatially fluctuating Mueller matrices.

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    Anna, Guillaume; Goudail, François; Dolfi, Daniel

    2011-12-01

    In polarimetric imaging systems, the main source of perturbations may not be detection noise but fluctuations of the Mueller matrices in the scene. In this case, we propose a method for determining the illumination and analysis polarization states that allow reaching the highest target detection performance. We show with simulations and real-world images that, in practical applications, the statistics of Mueller matrix fluctuations have to be taken into account to optimize polarimetric imagery.

  12. Corneal birefringence measured by spectrally resolved Mueller matrix ellipsometry and implications for non-invasive glucose monitoring.

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    Westphal, Peter; Kaltenbach, Johannes-Maria; Wicker, Kai

    2016-04-01

    A good understanding of the corneal birefringence properties is essential for polarimetric glucose monitoring in the aqueous humor of the eye. Therefore, we have measured complete 16-element Mueller matrices of single-pass transitions through nine porcine corneas in-vitro, spectrally resolved in the range 300…1000 nm. These ellipsometric measurements have been performed at several angles of incidence at the apex and partially at the periphery of the corneas. The Mueller matrices have been decomposed into linear birefringence, circular birefringence (i.e. optical rotation), depolarization, and diattenuation. We found considerable circular birefringence, strongly increasing with decreasing wavelength, for most corneas. Furthermore, the decomposition revealed significant dependence of the linear retardance (in nm) on the wavelength below 500 nm. These findings suggest that uniaxial and biaxial crystals are insufficient models for a general description of the corneal birefringence, especially in the blue and in the UV spectral range. The implications on spectral-polarimetric approaches for glucose monitoring in the eye (for diabetics) are discussed.

  13. Corneal birefringence measured by spectrally resolved Mueller matrix ellipsometry and implications for non-invasive glucose monitoring

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    Westphal, Peter; Kaltenbach, Johannes-Maria; Wicker, Kai

    2016-01-01

    A good understanding of the corneal birefringence properties is essential for polarimetric glucose monitoring in the aqueous humor of the eye. Therefore, we have measured complete 16-element Mueller matrices of single-pass transitions through nine porcine corneas in-vitro, spectrally resolved in the range 300…1000 nm. These ellipsometric measurements have been performed at several angles of incidence at the apex and partially at the periphery of the corneas. The Mueller matrices have been decomposed into linear birefringence, circular birefringence (i.e. optical rotation), depolarization, and diattenuation. We found considerable circular birefringence, strongly increasing with decreasing wavelength, for most corneas. Furthermore, the decomposition revealed significant dependence of the linear retardance (in nm) on the wavelength below 500 nm. These findings suggest that uniaxial and biaxial crystals are insufficient models for a general description of the corneal birefringence, especially in the blue and in the UV spectral range. The implications on spectral-polarimetric approaches for glucose monitoring in the eye (for diabetics) are discussed. PMID:27446644

  14. Polar decomposition of the Mueller matrix: a polarimetric rule of thumb for square-profile surface structure recognition

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    Sanz, J. M.; Saiz, J. M.; González, F.; Moreno, F.

    2011-07-01

    In this research, the polar decomposition (PD) method is applied to experimental Mueller matrices (MMs) measured on two-dimensional microstructured surfaces. Polarization information is expressed through a set of parameters of easier physical interpretation. It is shown that evaluating the first derivative of the retardation parameter, δ, a clear indication of the presence of defects either built on or dug in the scattering flat surface (a silicon wafer in our case) can be obtained. Although the rule of thumb thus obtained is established through PD, it can be easily implemented on conventional surface polarimetry. These results constitute an example of the capabilities of the PD approach to MM analysis, and show a direct application in surface characterization.

  15. Historical revision of the differential Stokes-Mueller formalism: discussion.

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    Arteaga, Oriol

    2017-03-01

    The differential Stokes-Mueller matrix formalism expresses the local evolution of the Mueller matrix or the Stokes parameters for light propagating through a homogeneous optical medium. This paper presents a historical revision of the development of the differential Stokes-Mueller matrix formalism and highlights several important early contributions that have been overlooked. Particularly relevant is that this formalism was pioneered as early as 1929 by Paul Soleillet, almost 50 years earlier than it has been usually assumed. This historical revision demonstrates that several different authors independently formulated the differential Stokes-Mueller formalism during the 20th century and they found equivalent results studying the propagation problem from different approaches.

  16. Mueller-matrices polarization selection of two-dimensional linear and circular birefringence images

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    Ushenko, V. A.; Zabolotna, N. I.; Pavlov, S. V.; Burcovets, D. M.; Novakovska, O. Yu.

    2013-12-01

    The work consists of investigation results of diagnostic efficiency of a new azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix method of analysis of laser autofluorescence coordinate distributions of biological tissues histological sections. A new model of generalized optical anisotropy of biological tissues protein networks is proposed in order to define the processes of laser autofluorescence. The influence of complex mechanisms of both phase anisotropy (linear birefringence and optical activity) and linear (circular) dichroism is taken into account. The interconnections between the azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix elements characterizing laser autofluorescence and different mechanisms of optical anisotropy are determined. The complex statistic, correlation and fractal analysis of coordinate distributions of such Mueller-matrix rotation invariants is proposed. Thereupon the quantitative criteria (statistic moments of the 1st to the 4th order, correlation moment, fratal parameters) of differentiation of histological sections of uterus wall tumor - group 1 (polypus) and group 2 (adenocarcinoma) are estimated.

  17. Changes of collagen ultrastructure in breast cancer tissue determined by second-harmonic generation double Stokes-Mueller polarimetric microscopy

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    Golaraei, Ahmad; Kontenis, Lukas; Cisek, Richard; Tokarz, Danielle; Done, Susan J.; Wilson, Brian C.; Barzda, Virginijus

    2016-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) double Stokes-Mueller polarimetric microscopy is applied to study the alteration of collagen ultrastructure in a tissue microarray containing three pathological human breast cancer types with differently overexpressed estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Kleinman symmetry is experimentally validated in breast tissue for 1028 nm laser wavelength and it has been shown that measurements with only linearly polarized incoming and outgoing states can determine molecular nonlinear susceptibility tensor component ratio, average in-plane orientation of collagen fibers and degree of linear polarization of SHG. Increase in the susceptibility ratio for ER, PgR, HER2 positive cases, reveals ultrastructural changes in the collagen fibers while the susceptibility ratio increase and decrease in degree of linear polarization for ER and PgR positive cases indicate alteration of the ultrastructure and increased disorder of the collagen fibers within each focal volume. The study demonstrates a potential use of polarimetric SHG microscopy for collagen characterization and cancer diagnostics. PMID:27867715

  18. Integral decomposition and polarization properties of depolarizing Mueller matrices.

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    Ossikovski, Razvigor; Arteaga, Oriol

    2015-03-15

    We show that, by suitably defining the integral decomposition of a depolarizing Mueller matrix, it becomes possible to fully interpret the polarization response of the medium or structure under study in terms of mean values and variances-covariances of a set of six integral polarization properties. The latter appear as natural counterparts of the elementary (differential) polarization properties stemming from the differential decomposition of the Mueller matrix. However, unlike the differential decomposition, the integral one is always mathematically and physically realizable and is furthermore unambiguously defined inasmuch as a nondepolarizing estimate of the initial Mueller matrix is secured. The theoretical results are illustrated on an experimental example.

  19. Mueller-matrix mapping of optically anisotropic fluorophores of molecular biological tissues in the diagnosis of death causes

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    Ushenko, A. G.; Dubolazov, A. V.; Ushenko, V. A.; Ushenko, Yu. A.; Pidkamin, L. Y.; Soltys, I. V.; Zhytaryuk, V. G.; Pavlyukovich, N.

    2016-09-01

    A model of generalized optical anisotropy of polycrystalline networks of albumin and globulin of human brain liquor has been suggested. The polarization-phase method of spatial and frequency differentiation of linear and circular birefringence coordinate distributions have been analytically substantiated. A set of criteria of the dynamics of necrotic changes of polarization-phase images of liquor polycrystalline films for determination of death coming prescription has been detected and substantiated.

  20. Determination of Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae by Using the E Test with Mueller-Hinton Agar Supplemented with Sheep or Horse Blood May Be Unreliable

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    Lovgren, M.; Dell’Acqua, L.; Palacio, R.; Echániz-Aviles, G.; Soto-Noguerón, A.; Castañeda, E.; Agudelo, C. I.; Heitmann, I.; Brandileone, M. C.; Zanella, R. C.; Rossi, A.; Pace, J.; Talbot, J. A.

    1999-01-01

    An international, multicenter study compared trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole MICs for 743 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates (107 to 244 isolates per country) by E test, using Mueller-Hinton agar supplemented with 5% defibrinated horse blood or 5% defibrinated sheep blood, with MICs determined by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards broth microdilution reference method. Agreement within 1 log2 dilution and minor error rates were 69.3 and 15.5%, respectively, on sheep blood-supplemented agar and 76.9 and 13.6%, respectively, with horse blood as the supplement. Significant interlaboratory variability was observed. E test may not be a reliable method for determining the resistance of pneumococci to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. PMID:9854095

  1. Estimation of Mueller matrices using non-local means filtering.

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    Faisan, Sylvain; Heinrich, Christian; Sfikas, Giorgos; Zallat, Jihad

    2013-02-25

    This article addresses the estimation of polarization signatures in the Mueller imaging framework by non-local means filtering. This is an extension of previous work dealing with Stokes signatures. The extension is not straightforward because of the gap in complexity between the Mueller framework and the Stokes framework. The estimation procedure relies on the Cholesky decomposition of the coherency matrix, thereby ensuring the physical admissibility of the estimate. We propose an original parameterization of the boundary of the set of Mueller matrices, which makes our approach possible. The proposed method is fully unsupervised. It allows noise removal and the preservation of edges. Applications to synthetic as well as real data are presented.

  2. Narrow band 3 × 3 Mueller polarimetric endoscopy

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    Qi, Ji; Ye, Menglong; Singh, Mohan; Clancy, Neil T.; Elson, Daniel S.

    2013-01-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetric imaging has shown potential in tissue diagnosis but is challenging to implement endoscopically. In this work, a narrow band 3 × 3 Mueller matrix polarimetric endoscope was designed by rotating the endoscope to generate 0°, 45° and 90° linearly polarized illumination and positioning a rotating filter wheel in front of the camera containing three polarisers to permit polarization state analysis for backscattered light. The system was validated with a rotating linear polarizer and a diffuse reflection target. Initial measurements of 3 × 3 Mueller matrices on a rat are demonstrated, followed by matrix decomposition into the depolarization and retardance matrices for further analysis. Our work shows the feasibility of implementing polarimetric imaging in a rigid endoscope conveniently and economically in order to reveal diagnostic information. PMID:24298405

  3. Mueller matrix imaging of human colon tissue for cancer diagnostics: how Monte Carlo modeling can help in the interpretation of experimental data.

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    Antonelli, Maria-Rosaria; Pierangelo, Angelo; Novikova, Tatiana; Validire, Pierre; Benali, Abdelali; Gayet, Brice; De Martino, Antonello

    2010-05-10

    Colon samples with both healthy and cancerous regions have been imaged in diffuse light and backscattering geometry by using a Mueller imaging polarimeter. The tumoral parts at the early stage of cancer are found to be less depolarizing than the healthy ones. This trend clearly shows that polarimetric imaging may provide useful contrasts for optical biopsy. Moreover, both types of tissues are less depolarizing when the incident polarization is linear rather than circular. However, to really optimize an optical biopsy technique based on polarimetric imaging a realistic model is needed for polarized light scattering by tissues. Our approach to this goal is based on numerical Monte-Carlo simulations of polarized light propagation in biological tissues modeled as suspensions of monodisperse spherical scatterers representing the cell nuclei. The numerical simulations were validated by comparison with measurements on aqueous polystyrene sphere suspensions, which are commonly used as tissue phantoms. Such systems exhibit lower depolarization for incident linear polarization in the Rayleigh scattering regime, i.e. when the sphere diameters are smaller than the wavelength, which is obviously not the case for cell nuclei. In contrast, our results show that this behaviour can also be seen for "large" scatterers provided the optical index contrast between the spheres and the surrounding medium is small enough, as it is likely to be the case in biological tissues.

  4. A Mueller polarimetric imaging system for biomedical applications

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    Laude, Blandine; De Martino, Antonello; Le Naour, Gilles; Genestie, Catherine; Nazac, Andre; Guyot, Steve; Clairac, Bernard; Garcia Caurel, Enric; Drevillon, Bernard; Schwartz, Laurent

    2003-10-01

    We present a new polarimetric imaging system based on liquid crystal modulators, a spectrally filtered white light source and a CCD camera. The whole Mueller matrix image of the sample is measured in around 5 seconds in transmission mode. The instrument design, together with an original and easy-to-operate calibration procedure provides a high accuracy (better than 1.5% for the normalized Mueller matrix) over a wide spectral range. The data can be processed with different algorithms. Results on hepatic biopsies with different grades of fibrosis are presented.

  5. Disk diffusion test and E-test with enriched Mueller-Hinton agar for determining susceptibility of Candida species to voriconazole and fluconazole.

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    Lee, Sai-Cheong; Lo, Hsiu-Jung; Fung, Chang-Phone; Lee, Ning; See, Lai-Chu

    2009-04-01

    A simplified antifungal disk diffusion test using Mueller-Hinton agar containing 2% glucose and methylene blue 5 microg/mL (GM-MH, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute [CLSI] M44-A) has proved to correlate well with the standard reference test. A new azole, voriconazole, has recently been approved for clinical therapy in Taiwan. This study investigated the reliability of the disk diffusion test with GM-MH agar and compared the results with those of the E-test using GM-MH agar to determine the voriconazole and fluconazole susceptibility of Candida isolates. The antimicrobial susceptibility of Candida isolates were evaluated by E-test and disk diffusion test in accordance with the guidelines of the CLSI, and compared with the reference antifungal macrodilution susceptibility test (CLSI M27-A). The antifungal disk diffusion test and the E-test using GM-MH agar plate provided a sufficiently accurate, time-efficient, and cost-effective way to determine the susceptibility of 182 Candida spp. to voriconazole and fluconazole. There was a high correlation between the test results of the E-test using the GM-MH agar plate and those obtained by the reference antifungal macrodilution susceptibility test (CLSI M27-A). The results of the E-test and those of the 1-microg voriconazole disk diffusion test on the GM-MH agar plate at 24 h had a high correlation. All the minimal inhibitory concentrations of voriconazole for all Candida spp. were <8 microg/mL. The positive predictive value of the susceptible disk test of voriconazole on the GM-MH agar plate was 100% at 24 h for C. albicans and other Candida spp. The disk diffusion test and the E-test using the GM-MH agar plate can be performed quickly, simply, and cost-effectively, and are practicable methods for the initial testing of the susceptibility of Candida spp. to voriconazole and fluconazole.

  6. Fast full 4x4 Mueller polarimeter for endoscopic applications

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    Rivet, Sylvain; Bradu, Adrian; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-03-01

    A new set-up is proposed to measure the full polarimetric properties of a sample through an optical fiber, paving the way to full-Mueller endoscopic imaging. The technique combines a channeled spectrum polarimeter and an interferometer. This permits high-speed measurement of two Mueller matrices simultaneoulsy. The first matrix characterizes only the fiber while the second characterizes both fiber and sample. The instrument is validated on vacuum, a quarter-wave plate and a linear polarizer for single-point measurements. Insensitivity of the polarimetric measurement to fiber disturbances is proven while manipulating the fiber.

  7. Murine Mueller cells are progenitor cells for neuronal cells and fibrous tissue cells

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    Florian, Christian; Langmann, Thomas; Weber, Bernhard H.F.; Morsczeck, Christian

    2008-09-19

    Mammalian Mueller cells have been reported to possess retinal progenitor cell properties and generate new neurons after injury. This study investigates murine Mueller cells under in vitro conditions for their capability of dedifferentiation into retinal progenitor cells. Mueller cells were isolated from mouse retina, and proliferating cells were expanded in serum-containing medium. For dedifferentiation, the cultured cells were transferred to serum-replacement medium (SRM) at different points in time after their isolation. Interestingly, early cell passages produced fibrous tissue in which extracellular matrix proteins and connective tissue markers were differentially expressed. In contrast, aged Mueller cell cultures formed neurospheres in SRM that are characteristic for neuronal progenitor cells. These neurospheres differentiated into neuron-like cells after cultivation on laminin/ornithine cell culture substrate. Here, we report for the first time that murine Mueller cells can be progenitors for both, fibrous tissue cells and neuronal cells, depending on the age of the cell culture.

  8. Stephan Mueller (1930”1997)

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    Olsen, Kenneth H.; Ansorge, Joerg

    Stephan Mueller, professor emeritus at the Institute of Geophysics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and highly respected leader of international geoscience, died February 17, 1997. His untimely death, due to pneumonia following intestinal surgery, came just 18 months after his retirement from the ETH Chair of Geophysics and Directorship of the Swiss Seismological Service. He is survived by his wife, Doris, two sons, and six grandchildren. Mueller received a diploma in physics at the University of Stuttgart in 1957 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York in 1959. As an undergraduate at Stuttgart, he was influenced by seismologist Wilhelm Hillerand geophysics quickly became his major academic and career objective. After receiving a 1954-1955 German Academic Interchange Scholarship at Columbia, Mueller sought out Maurice Ewing and his group at Lamont Geological Observatory, where Mueller's enthusiasm for geophysics was strongly encouraged. While at Lamont, he participated in the first U.S. deep-sea geophysical expedition in the Mediterranean Sea during the summer of 1956 aboard the RV Vema.

  9. Rolling Element Bearing Stiffness Matrix Determination (Presentation)

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    Guo, Y.; Parker, R.

    2014-01-01

    Current theoretical bearing models differ in their stiffness estimates because of different model assumptions. In this study, a finite element/contact mechanics model is developed for rolling element bearings with the focus of obtaining accurate bearing stiffness for a wide range of bearing types and parameters. A combined surface integral and finite element method is used to solve for the contact mechanics between the rolling elements and races. This model captures the time-dependent characteristics of the bearing contact due to the orbital motion of the rolling elements. A numerical method is developed to determine the full bearing stiffness matrix corresponding to two radial, one axial, and two angular coordinates; the rotation about the shaft axis is free by design. This proposed stiffness determination method is validated against experiments in the literature and compared to existing analytical models and widely used advanced computational methods. The fully-populated stiffness matrix demonstrates the coupling between bearing radial, axial, and tilting bearing deflections.

  10. Demonstration of full 4×4 Mueller polarimetry through an optical fiber for endoscopic applications.

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    Manhas, Sandeep; Vizet, Jérémy; Deby, Stanislas; Vanel, Jean-Charles; Boito, Paola; Verdier, Mireille; De Martino, Antonello; Pagnoux, Dominique

    2015-02-09

    A novel technique to measure the full 4 × 4 Mueller matrix of a sample through an optical fiber is proposed, opening the way for endoscopic applications of Mueller polarimetry for biomedical diagnosis. The technique is based on two subsequent Mueller matrices measurements: one for characterizing the fiber only, and another for the assembly of fiber and sample. From this differential measurement, we proved theoretically that the polarimetric properties of the sample can be deduced. The proof of principle was experimentally validated by measuring various polarimetric parameters of known optical components. Images of manufactured and biological samples acquired by using this approach are also presented.

  11. Optical fiber-based full Mueller polarimeter for endoscopic imaging using a two-wavelength simultaneous measurement method.

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    Vizet, Jérémy; Manhas, Sandeep; Tran, Jacqueline; Validire, Pierre; Benali, Abdelali; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Pierangelo, Angelo; De Martino, Antonello; Pagnoux, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports a technique based on spectrally differential measurement for determining the full Mueller matrix of a biological sample through an optical fiber. In this technique, two close wavelengths were used simultaneously, one for characterizing the fiber and the other for characterizing the assembly of fiber and sample. The characteristics of the fiber measured at one wavelength were used to decouple its contribution from the measurement on the assembly of fiber and sample and then to extract sample Mueller matrix at the second wavelength. The proof of concept was experimentally validated by measuring polarimetric parameters of various calibrated optical components through the optical fiber. Then, polarimetric images of histological cuts of human colon tissues were measured, and retardance, diattenuation, and orientation of the main axes of fibrillar regions were displayed. Finally, these images were successfully compared with images obtained by a free space Mueller microscope. As the reported method does not use any moving component, it offers attractive integration possibilities with an endoscopic probe.

  12. Optical fiber-based full Mueller polarimeter for endoscopic imaging using a two-wavelength simultaneous measurement method

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    Vizet, Jérémy; Manhas, Sandeep; Tran, Jacqueline; Validire, Pierre; Benali, Abdelali; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Pierangelo, Angelo; Martino, Antonello De; Pagnoux, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports a technique based on spectrally differential measurement for determining the full Mueller matrix of a biological sample through an optical fiber. In this technique, two close wavelengths were used simultaneously, one for characterizing the fiber and the other for characterizing the assembly of fiber and sample. The characteristics of the fiber measured at one wavelength were used to decouple its contribution from the measurement on the assembly of fiber and sample and then to extract sample Mueller matrix at the second wavelength. The proof of concept was experimentally validated by measuring polarimetric parameters of various calibrated optical components through the optical fiber. Then, polarimetric images of histological cuts of human colon tissues were measured, and retardance, diattenuation, and orientation of the main axes of fibrillar regions were displayed. Finally, these images were successfully compared with images obtained by a free space Mueller microscope. As the reported method does not use any moving component, it offers attractive integration possibilities with an endoscopic probe.

  13. Matrix transformations for spacecraft attitude determination

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    Cauffman, D. P.

    1972-01-01

    A common problem for experimental space physicists is the determination of the attitude matrix T which transforms vectors between representations in X and X' coordinate systems according to (vector V sub X) = (T sub XX')(vector V sub X'). A straightforward, simple, and efficient solution for the transformation matrix is a double-cross transformation. It is calculated from any two directions A and B, which are vectors normalized to unit length and are known in both X and X' coordinates. The B direction need be known only well enough to define the plane in which vectors A and B lie. The problem of the intersection of two cones as applicable to attitude solutions is also discussed.

  14. Polarization gating based on Mueller matrices.

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    Lizana, Angel; Van Eeckhout, Albert; Adamczyk, Kamil; Rodríguez, Carla; Escalera, Juan Carlos; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Moreno, Ignacio; Campos, Juan

    2017-05-01

    We present mathematical formulas generalizing polarization gating (PG) techniques. PG refers to a collection of imaging methods based on the combination of different controlled polarization channels. In particular, we show how using the measured Mueller matrix (MM) of a sample, a widespread number of PG configurations can be evaluated just from analytical expressions based on the MM coefficients. We also show the interest of controlling the helicity of the states of polarization used for PG-based metrology, as this parameter has an impact in the image contrast of samples. In addition, we highlight the interest of combining PG techniques with tools of data analysis related to the MM formalism, such as the well-known MM decompositions. The method discussed in this work is illustrated with the results of polarimetric measurements done on artificial phantoms and real ex-vivo tissues.

  15. Mueller Polarimetric Imaging System with Liquid Crystals

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    Laude-Boulesteix, Blandine; de Martino, Antonello; Drévillon, Bernard; Schwartz, Laurent

    2004-05-01

    We present a new polarimetric imaging system based on liquid-crystal modulators, a spectrally filtered white-light source, and a CCD camera. The whole Mueller matrix image of the sample is measured in approximately 5 s in the transmission mode. The instrument design, together with an original and easy-to-operate calibration procedure, provides high accuracy over a wide spectral range (500-700 nm). This accuracy has been assessed by measurement of a linear polarizer at different orientations and a thick wedged quartz plate as an example of a partially depolarized retarder. Polarimetric images of a stained hepatic biopsy with significant fibrosis have been taken at several wavelengths. The optical properties of Picrosirius Red stained collagen (diattenuation, retardance, and polarizance) have been measured independently from each other between 500 and 700 nm.

  16. Transformation of full 4 × 4 Mueller matrices: a quantitative technique for biomedical diagnosis

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    He, Honghui; Chang, Jintao; He, Chao; Ma, Hui

    2016-03-01

    Polarization images contain abundant microstructural information of samples. Recently, as a comprehensive description of the structural and optical properties of complex media, the Mueller matrix imaging has been widely applied to biomedical studies, especially cancer detections. In previous works, we proposed a technique to transform the backscattering 3 × 3 Mueller matrices into a group of quantitative parameters with clear relationships to specific microstructures. In this paper, we extend this transformation method to full 4 × 4 Mueller matrices of both the back and forward scattering directions. Using the experimental results of phantoms and Monte Carlo simulation based on the sphere-cylinder birefringence model, we fit the Mueller matrix elements to trigonometric curves in polar coordinates and obtain a new set of transformation parameters, which can be expressed as analytical functions of 16 Mueller matrix elements. Both the experimental and simulated results demonstrate that the transformation parameters have simple relationships to the characteristic microstructural properties, including the densities and orientations of fibrous structures, the sizes of the scatterers, and the depolarization power of the samples. We also apply the transformation parameters of full 4 × 4 Mueller matrices to human liver cancerous tissues. Preliminary imaging results show that the parameters can quantitatively reflect the formation of fibrous birefringent tissues accompanying the cancerous processes. The findings presented in this study can be useful for in vivo or in vitro polarization imaging of tissues for diagnostic applications.

  17. Determination of Matrix Diffusion Properties of Granite

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    Holtta, Pirkko; Siitari-Kauppi, Marja; Huittinen, Nina; Poteri, Antti

    2007-07-01

    Rock-core column experiments were introduced to estimate the diffusion and sorption properties of Kuru Grey granite used in block-scale experiments. The objective was to examine the processes causing retention in solute transport through rock fractures, especially matrix diffusion. The objective was also to estimate the importance of retention processes during transport in different scales and flow conditions. Rock-core columns were constructed from cores drilled into the fracture and were placed inside tubes to form flow channels in the 0.5 mm gap between the cores and the tube walls. Tracer experiments were performed using uranin, HTO, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 131}I, {sup 22}Na and {sup 85}Sr at flow rates of 1-50 {mu}L.min{sup -1}. Rock matrix was characterized using {sup 14}C-PMMA method, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray micro analysis (EDX) and the B.E.T. method. Solute mass flux through a column was modelled by applying the assumption of a linear velocity profile and molecular diffusion. Coupling of the advection and diffusion processes was based on the model of generalised Taylor dispersion in the linear velocity profile. Experiments could be modelled applying a consistent parameterization and transport processes. The results provide evidence that it is possible to investigate matrix diffusion at the laboratory scale. The effects of matrix diffusion were demonstrated on the slightly-sorbing tracer breakthrough curves. Based on scoping calculations matrix diffusion begins to be clearly observable for non-sorbing tracer when the flow rate is 0.1 {mu}L.min{sup -1}. The experimental results presented here cannot be transferred directly to the spatial and temporal scales that prevail in an underground repository. However, the knowledge and understanding of transport and retention processes gained from this study is transferable to different scales from laboratory to in-situ conditions. (authors)

  18. A Magnus Expansion Analysis of Frequency-Dependent Mueller Matrices

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    Reimer, Michael; Yevick, David

    2006-03-01

    We have recently demonstrated that, for any physical system characterized by a non-singular, frequency dependent Jones matrix, the frequency evolution of the corresponding Mueller matrix is described by a differential equation whose general solution can be compactly formulated through the Magnus expansion [M. Reimer, D. Yevick, and D. Dumas, submitted to J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, Photon. Technol. Lett.]. [D. Yevick, T. Lu, W. Huang and W. Bardyszewski to be published in J. Opt. Soc. Am. A]. We subsequently applied our analytic results to optical compensators for communications networks and to the estimation of a system's frequency dependent Mueller matrix based on repeated measurements of the output state of polarization for randomly generated input polarization states [M. Reimer, D. Yevick and D. Dumas, submitted to Photon. Technol. Lett.]. We have also incorporated the Magnus expansion into a Clifford algebra description of polarization evolution. This procedure reformulates numerous physical transformations in a simple and transparent manner [M. Reimer and D. Yevick, submitted to Photon. Technol. Lett.].

  19. Refined distribution of myelinated trigeminal proprioceptive nerve fibres in Mueller's muscle as the mechanoreceptors to induce involuntary reflexive contraction of the levator and frontalis muscles.

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    Yuzuriha, Shunsuke; Matsuo, Kiyoshi; Hirasawa, Chihiro; Moriizumi, Tetsuji

    2009-11-01

    Stretching of mechanoreceptors in Mueller's muscle induces reflexive contraction of not only the levator muscle but also the frontalis muscle as two different eyelid-opening muscles. Previously, we reported that fine neural myelinated structures, acting as mechanoreceptors, were found in the proximal Mueller's muscle. Since there is a risk of misunderstanding that the middle and distal Mueller's muscle does not contain mechanoreceptors and can be invalidated or resected, the accurate distribution of myelinated trigeminal proprioceptive nerve fibres as mechanoreceptors in Mueller's muscle was refined horizontally in this study. We explored 10 whole Mueller's muscles between the levator muscle and the tarsus of the upper eyelids obtained from five Japanese cadavers. The specimens were serially sliced along the horizontal plane and stained with HE, S-100 protein to determine the presence of Schwann cells, and smooth muscle actin antibody to determine the presence of Mueller's smooth muscle fibres. Although all myelinated nerve fibres in the intermuscular connective tissues among the sympathetically innervated Mueller's multi-unit smooth muscle fibres may not correspond to the proprioceptive nerve fibres, the nerve bundles consisting of multiple myelinated nerve fibres were well distributed in the proximal Mueller's muscle, and single myelinated nerve fibres were well distributed in the middle and distal Mueller's muscle. We believe that the mechanoreceptors in Mueller's muscle consist of myelinated proprioceptive nerve fibres with nerve endings possibly attached to collagen fibres in the intermuscular connective tissues present among Mueller's smooth muscle fibres. As the myelinated nerve fibres innervate the middle and distal Mueller's muscle to a greater extent than those in the proximal Mueller's muscle, the former may be more important as mechanoreceptors than the latter and should not be invalidated or excised during surgery for treatment of blepharoptosis to

  20. Algebraic invariants for reflection Mueller polarimetry via uncompensated double pass illumination-collection optics.

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    Ossikovski, Razvigor; Vizet, Jérémy

    2016-07-01

    We report on the identification of the two algebraic invariants inherent to Mueller matrix polarimetry measurements performed through double pass illumination-collection optics (e.g., an optical fiber or an objective) of unknown polarimetric response. The practical use of the invariants, potentially applicable to the characterization of nonreciprocal media, is illustrated on experimental examples.

  1. Metrology of replicated diffractive optics with Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction.

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    Novikova, Tatiana; De Martino, Antonello; Bulkin, Pavel; Nguyen, Quang; Drévillon, Bernard; Popov, Vladimir; Chumakov, Alexander

    2007-03-05

    The feasibility of metrological characterization of the one-dimensional (1D) holographic gratings, used in the nanoimprint molding tool fabrication step, by spectroscopic Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction is investigated. The studied samples correspond to two different steps of the replicated diffraction grating fabrication process. We characterized master gratings that consist of patterned resist layer on chromium-covered glass substrate and complementary (replica) gratings made of nickel. The profiles of the gratings obtained by fitting the experimental spectra of Mueller matrix coefficients taken at different azimuthal angles were confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. The calculated profiles of corresponding master and replica gratings are found to be complementary. We conclude that the Mueller polarimetry, as a fast and non-contact optical characterization technique, can provide the basis for the metrology of the molding tool fabrication step in the nanoimprint technique.

  2. Optical biopsy of tissue with Mueller polarimetry: theory and experiments (Conference Presentation)

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    Novikova, Tatiana; Meglinski, Igor; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Bykov, Alexander; Rehbinder, Jean; Deby, Stanislas; Vizet, Jérémy; Pierangelo, Angelo; Moreau, François; Validire, Pierre; Benali, Abdelali; Gayet, Brice; Teig, Benjamin; Nazac, André; Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2017-02-01

    The rise of optical biopsy as an alternative to classical biopsy is dictated by ongoing technological progress: any type of measurements has to be fast, precise, non-invasive and implemented in-vivo. The use of polarized light for optical biopsy has a long history. As Mueller-Stokes formalism provides the most complete description of polarized light interaction with any type of sample (even depolarizing one) we explored the capabilities of in-house multi-wavelength Mueller imaging polarimeter for the detection of pre-malignancy and malignancy. Our studies were performed with both scattering phantom tissues (in transmission configuration) and specimens of human colon and uterine cervix (in backscattering configuration). For the interpretation of measurement results we decomposed Mueller matrix of a sample into product of elementary Mueller matrices of homogeneous diattenuator, retarder, and depolarizer. This phenomenological approach does not require the exact solution of Maxwell equations and provides the "effective" values of polarimetric properties of sample. Exploring differential Mueller matrix formalism for fluctuating medium we showed that depolarization in homogeneous turbid medium varied parabolically with the pathlength of transmitted light, while the standard deviation of elementary polarization properties of medium depends linearly on the concentration of scatterers. Neither scattering phantoms nor human tissue possessed any measurable diattenuation in backscattering configuration. The polarimetric images of tissue depolarization power, scalar birefringence and orientation of optical axis were compared with the analysis of histological slides. The spectral dependence of depolarization power and scalar birefringence values ascertained the potential of imaging Mueller polarimetry to discriminate healthy and diseased tissue zones.

  3. View of northern portion of Mueller property from the intersection ...

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    View of northern portion of Mueller property from the intersection of East Avenue and Highland Avenue, looking south. North side of the Mueller House visible in the background. Remnants of citrus grove in background. - Ernst Mueller House, 6563 East Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County, CA

  4. Statistical analysis of effective singular values in matrix rank determination

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    Konstantinides, Konstantinos; Yao, Kung

    1988-01-01

    A major problem in using SVD (singular-value decomposition) as a tool in determining the effective rank of a perturbed matrix is that of distinguishing between significantly small and significantly large singular values to the end, conference regions are derived for the perturbed singular values of matrices with noisy observation data. The analysis is based on the theories of perturbations of singular values and statistical significance test. Threshold bounds for perturbation due to finite-precision and i.i.d. random models are evaluated. In random models, the threshold bounds depend on the dimension of the matrix, the noisy variance, and predefined statistical level of significance. Results applied to the problem of determining the effective order of a linear autoregressive system from the approximate rank of a sample autocorrelation matrix are considered. Various numerical examples illustrating the usefulness of these bounds and comparisons to other previously known approaches are given.

  5. Statistical analysis of effective singular values in matrix rank determination

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    Konstantinides, Konstantinos; Yao, Kung

    1988-01-01

    A major problem in using SVD (singular-value decomposition) as a tool in determining the effective rank of a perturbed matrix is that of distinguishing between significantly small and significantly large singular values to the end, conference regions are derived for the perturbed singular values of matrices with noisy observation data. The analysis is based on the theories of perturbations of singular values and statistical significance test. Threshold bounds for perturbation due to finite-precision and i.i.d. random models are evaluated. In random models, the threshold bounds depend on the dimension of the matrix, the noisy variance, and predefined statistical level of significance. Results applied to the problem of determining the effective order of a linear autoregressive system from the approximate rank of a sample autocorrelation matrix are considered. Various numerical examples illustrating the usefulness of these bounds and comparisons to other previously known approaches are given.

  6. Extraction of anisotropic parameters of turbid media using hybrid model comprising differential- and decomposition-based Mueller matrices.

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    Liao, Chia-Chi; Lo, Yu-Lung

    2013-07-15

    A hybrid model comprising the differential Mueller matrix formalism and the Mueller matrix decomposition method is proposed for extracting the linear birefringence (LB), linear dichroism (LD), circular birefringence (CB), circular dichroism (CD), and depolarization properties (Dep) of turbid optical samples. In contrast to the differential-based Mueller matrix method, the proposed hybrid model provides full-range measurements of all the anisotropic properties of the optical sample. Furthermore, compared to the decomposition-based Mueller matrix method, the proposed model is insensitive to the multiplication order of the constituent basis matrices. The validity of the proposed method is confirmed by extracting the anisotropic properties of a compound chitosan-glucose-microsphere sample with LB/CB/Dep properties and two ferrofluidic samples with CB/CD/Dep and LB/LD/Dep properties, respectively. It is shown that the proposed hybrid model not only yields full-range measurements of all the anisotropic parameters, but is also more accurate and more stable than the decomposition method. Moreover, compared to the decomposition method, the proposed model more accurately reflects the dependency of the phase retardation angle and linear dichroism angle on the direction of the external magnetic field for ferrofluidic samples. Overall, the results presented in this study confirm that the proposed model has significant potential for extracting the optical parameters of real-world samples characterized by either single or multiple anisotropic properties.

  7. Matrix Methods for Determining System Poles from Transient Response.

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    1980-05-01

    K’ whose elements are spaced q samples apart are orthogonal to *, and one can determine the system poles from i provided the decimation aliasing...of the literature in that it stresses the use of matrix methods and vector space geometry rather than "sequential" concepts, primarily because we...this could as easily average out some of the signal, and it would be hard to guarantee preservation of rank. This alternative will not be explored

  8. Determining the coherence matrix for single look polarimetric SAR data

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    Geaga, Jorge V.

    2017-05-01

    The coherence matrix from the scattering matrix of a single look polarimetric SAR pixel will have an entropy of zero with the main eigenvalue being equal to the span and the other two eigenvalues being equal to zero. Each scattering matrix element from terrain scatter is a coherent sum from a large number of scatterers in a resolution cell. Entropy/alpha decomposition is only possible where the coherency matrix elements are determined from ensemble covariances. This is the case for multilook polarimetric SAR data where covariances from the exact same collection of scatterers are averaged using separate extraction filters in the SAR doppler direction. We report interesting observations from analysis of multilook SIR-C data at L and C bands from different oceans around the globe. We present a strategy for segmenting single look polarimetric TerraSAR ocean data using an algorithm we have previously developed with the averaging of the resulting like pixels used to generate coherence matrices. We give a brief discussion of desert surfaces.

  9. View of the northwest portion of Mueller property from the ...

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    View of the northwest portion of Mueller property from the intersection of East Avenue and Highland Avenue, looking southeast. Row of Magnolia trees along western property boundary. Remnants of citrus grove in background. - Ernst Mueller House, 6563 East Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County, CA

  10. Modal acoustic emission source determination in silicon carbide matrix composites

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    Morscher, G. N.

    2000-05-01

    Modal acoustic emission has been used to monitor damage accumulation in woven silicon carbide (SiC) fiber reinforced SiC matrix composites during tensile testing. There are several potential sources of damage in these systems including transverse matrix cracking, fiber/matrix interphase debonding and sliding, longitudinal cracks in between plies, and fiber breakage. In the past, it has been shown that modal AE is excellent at detecting when damage occurs and subsides, where the damage occurs along the length of the sample, and the loss in material stiffness as a consequence of damage accumulation. The next step is to determine the extent that modal AE can be used to identify specific physical sources. This study will discuss the status of this aim for this composite system. Individual events were analyzed and correlated to specific sources based on the characteristics of the received waveforms, e.g., frequency spectrum and energy, and when the event occurred during the stress-history of the tensile test. Post-test microstructural examination of the test specimens enabled some correlation between specific types of AE events and damage sources.

  11. An Empirical State Error Covariance Matrix Orbit Determination Example

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    Frisbee, Joseph H., Jr.

    2015-01-01

    State estimation techniques serve effectively to provide mean state estimates. However, the state error covariance matrices provided as part of these techniques suffer from some degree of lack of confidence in their ability to adequately describe the uncertainty in the estimated states. A specific problem with the traditional form of state error covariance matrices is that they represent only a mapping of the assumed observation error characteristics into the state space. Any errors that arise from other sources (environment modeling, precision, etc.) are not directly represented in a traditional, theoretical state error covariance matrix. First, consider that an actual observation contains only measurement error and that an estimated observation contains all other errors, known and unknown. Then it follows that a measurement residual (the difference between expected and observed measurements) contains all errors for that measurement. Therefore, a direct and appropriate inclusion of the actual measurement residuals in the state error covariance matrix of the estimate will result in an empirical state error covariance matrix. This empirical state error covariance matrix will fully include all of the errors in the state estimate. The empirical error covariance matrix is determined from a literal reinterpretation of the equations involved in the weighted least squares estimation algorithm. It is a formally correct, empirical state error covariance matrix obtained through use of the average form of the weighted measurement residual variance performance index rather than the usual total weighted residual form. Based on its formulation, this matrix will contain the total uncertainty in the state estimate, regardless as to the source of the uncertainty and whether the source is anticipated or not. It is expected that the empirical error covariance matrix will give a better, statistical representation of the state error in poorly modeled systems or when sensor performance

  12. Two-dimensional and surface backscattering Mueller matrices of anisotropic sphere-cylinder scattering media: a quantitative study of influence from fibrous scatterers.

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    He, Honghui; Zeng, Nan; Du, E; Guo, Yihong; Li, Dongzhi; Liao, Ran; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2013-04-01

    We present both the two-dimensional backscattering point-illumination and surface-illumination Mueller matrices for the anisotropic sphere-cylinder scattering media. The experimental results of the microsphere-silk sample show that the Mueller matrix elements of an anisotropic scattering medium are different from those of an isotropic medium. Moreover, both the experiments and Monte Carlo simulations show that the directions of the fibrous scatterers have prominent effects on the Mueller matrix elements. As the fibrous samples rotate, the surface-illumination Mueller matrix measurement results for the m12, m21, m13, m31, m22, m23, m32, and m33 elements represent periodical variations. Experiments on skeletal muscle and porcine liver tissue samples confirm that the periodical changes for the surface-illumination Mueller matrix elements are closely related to the well aligned fibrous scatterers. The m22, m23, m32, and m33 elements are powerful tools for quantitative characterization of anisotropic scattering media, including biological tissues.

  13. RF system calibration for global Q matrix determination.

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    Padormo, Francesco; Beqiri, Arian; Malik, Shaihan J; Hajnal, Joseph V

    2016-06-01

    The use of multiple transmission channels (known as Parallel Transmission, or PTx) provides increased control of the MRI signal formation process. This extra flexibility comes at a cost of uncertainty of the power deposited in the patient under examination: the electric fields produced by each transmitter can interfere in such a way to lead to excessively high heating. Although it is not possible to determine local heating, the global Q matrix (which allows the whole-body Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to be known for any PTx pulse) can be measured in-situ by monitoring the power incident upon and reflected by each transmit element during transmission. Recent observations have shown that measured global Q matrices can be corrupted by losses between the coil array and location of power measurement. In this work we demonstrate that these losses can be accounted for, allowing accurate global Q matrix measurement independent of the location of the power measurement devices. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Determination of CKM Matrix Elements with Superallowed Fermi Decays^*.

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    Fujikawa, Brian

    1996-10-01

    The u-d element (V_ud) of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) quark mixing matrix is a fundamental parameter of the Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions. Its most precise determination comes from nuclear physics experiments, in particular, from measurements of superallowed Fermi beta decays. Precise knowledge of V_ud will allow a variety of tests of the Standard Model, in addition to placing a number of important constraints on astrophysics and cosmology. These measurements, which require both precision nuclear physics experiments and state of the art theoretical nuclear physics calculations, have been made for a variety of nuclei ranging from ^14O to ^54Co. The u-d element obtained from these measurements are in statistical agreement and the average value obtained implies a non-unitary CKM matrix, which if correct, would require exotic extensions to the Standard Model. Unfortunately the theoretical calculations of the isospin breaking corrections, which are necessary to extract V_ud, are controversial. In order to resolve this controversy, much effort has recently been invested in measuring V_ud from the superallowed Fermi decay of ^10C, where the isospin breaking corrections are expected to be small. This is a very challenging experiment, since it requires the precision measurement of very small branching ratios in a high background environment. I will report on the current status of the determination of V_ud emphasizing the recent experimental effort to measure V_ud from the superallowed Fermi decay of ^10C. ^*Supported by the U.S. D.O.E. under Contracts No. W-31-109-ENG-38 and No. DE-AC03-76SF00098.

  15. Attitude determination using vector observations: A fast optimal matrix algorithm

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    Markley, F. Landis

    1993-01-01

    The attitude matrix minimizing Wahba's loss function is computed directly by a method that is competitive with the fastest known algorithm for finding this optimal estimate. The method also provides an estimate of the attitude error covariance matrix. Analysis of the special case of two vector observations identifies those cases for which the TRIAD or algebraic method minimizes Wahba's loss function.

  16. Properties of Biological Media Determined from Polarization Properties of Backscattered Light

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    Locke, Landon

    2004-04-01

    Optical tissue characterization (OTC) is a biomedical optical technique that can potentially be useful in diagnosing and monitoring physiological changes in tissue without surgical intervention. OTC is a rapid, inexpensive, and non-invasive technique that may one day eliminate the occurrence of unnecessary biopsies. By directing light of various known polarization states onto a biological sample and analyzing the polarization state of the backscattered light, it is possible to extract quantitative information about the biological medium. The backscattering can be parameterized by the Mueller matrix, some elements of which are already known to be sensitive to particular properties of the scattering medium. For example, one known matrix element is related to the average size of the scatterers (A. H. Hielscher, A. A. Eick, et al.). There are, however, many elements of the Mueller matrix that have not been studied. My research interests lie in investigating what information some of the other elements of the Mueller matrix are capable of providing. I have constructed an apparatus to experimentally determine Mueller matrices for various samples. I will describe the method and present results to date.

  17. Ground Operations of the ISS GNC Babb-Mueller Atmospheric Density Model

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    Brogan, Jonathan

    2002-01-01

    The ISS GNC system was updated recently with a new software release that provides onboard state determination capability. Prior to this release, only the Russian segment maintained and propagated the onboard state, which was periodically updated through Russian ground tracking. The new software gives the US segment the capability for maintaining the onboard state, and includes new GPS and state vector propagation capabilities. Part of this software package is an atmospheric density model based on the Babb-Mueller algorithm. Babb-Mueller efficiently mimics a full analytical density model, such as the Jacchia model. While lacchia is very robust and is used in the Mission Control Center, it is too computationally intensive for use onboard. Thus, Babb-Mueller was chosen as an alternative. The onboard model depends on a set of calibration coefficients that produce a curve fit to the lacchia model. The ISS GNC system only maintains one set of coefficients onboard, so a new set must be uplinked by controllers when the atmospheric conditions change. The onboard density model provides a real-time density value, which is used to calculate the drag experienced by the ISS. This drag value is then incorporated into the onboard propagation of the state vector. The propagation of the state vector, and therefore operation of the BabbMueller algorithm, will be most critical when GPS updates and secondary state vector sources fail. When GPS is active, the onboard state vector will be updated every ten seconds, so the propagation error is irrelevant. When GPS is inactive, the state vector must be updated at least every 24 hours, based on current protocol. Therefore, the Babb-Mueller coefficients must be accurate enough to fulfill the state vector accuracy requirements for at least one day. A ground operations concept was needed in order to manage both the on board Babb-Mueller density model and the onboard state quality. The Babb-Mueller coefficients can be determined operationally

  18. Determination of the hydrodynamic friction matrix for various anisotropic particles

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    Kraft, Daniela; Wittkowksi, Raphael; Löwen, Hartmut; Pine, David

    2013-03-01

    The relationship between the shape of a colloidal particle and its Brownian motion can be captured by the hydrodynamic friction matrix. It fully describes the translational and rotational diffusion along the particle's main axes as well as the coupling between rotational and translational diffusion. We observed a wide variety of anisotropic colloidal particles with confocal microscopy and calculated the hydrodynamic friction matrix from the particle trajectories. We find that symmetries in the particle shape are reflected in the entries of the friction matrix. We compare our experimentally obtained results with numerical simulations and theoretical predictions. Financial support through a Rubicon grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

  19. Mueller-Lyer decrement: practice or prolonged inspection?

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    Schiano, D. J.; Jordan, K.

    1990-01-01

    Noting the similarity between the illusion decrement and selective adaptation paradigms, Long has challenged the view that illusion decrement effects reflect a strategic--as opposed to a structural--underlying mechanism, and has called for further research on this issue. To investigate the confound between prolonged free inspection and repeated trials in the standard decrement procedure, the effects of three inspection conditions (continuous, intermittent, and immediate) on the magnitude of the overestimation Mueller-Lyer illusion have been assessed under two levels of trials (a total of two or six judgments). Significant illusion decline was found only under conditions of repeated trials, with either continuous or intermittent inspection. These findings do not support the predictions of purely structural theories (including neural adaptation and efferent readiness theories), according to which degree of decrement should be determined solely by viewing time. Instead, the data demonstrate that illusion decrement is a product of practice, providing converging evidence for the view of decrement as involving a cognitive 'recalibration' or learning process.

  20. Some measurements for determining strangeness matrix elements in the nucleon

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    Henley, E.M.; Pollock, S.J.; Ying, S.; Frederico, T.; Krein,; Williams, A.G.

    1991-12-31

    Some experiments to measure strangeness matrix elements of the proton are proposed. Two of these suggestions are described in some detail, namely electro-production of phi mesons and the difference between neutrino and antineutrino scattering for isospin zero targets such as deuterium.

  1. Some measurements for determining strangeness matrix elements in the nucleon

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    Henley, E.M.; Pollock, S.J.; Ying, S. ); Frederico, T. , Sao Jose dos Campos, SP . Inst. de Estudos Avancados); Krein, . Inst. de Fisica Teorica); Williams, A.G. )

    1991-01-01

    Some experiments to measure strangeness matrix elements of the proton are proposed. Two of these suggestions are described in some detail, namely electro-production of phi mesons and the difference between neutrino and antineutrino scattering for isospin zero targets such as deuterium.

  2. Scalar products in GL(3)-based models with trigonometric R-matrix. Determinant representation

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    Slavnov, N. A.

    2015-03-01

    We study quantum integrable GL(3)-based models with a trigonometric R-matrix solvable by the nested algebraic Bethe ansatz. We derive a determinant representation for a special case of scalar products of Bethe vectors. This representation allows one to find a determinant formula for the form factor of one of the monodromy matrix entries. We also point out an essential difference between form factors in the models with the trigonometric R-matrix and their analogs in GL(3)-invariant models.

  3. Determination of vitamins in food-matrix Standard Reference Materials.

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    Sharpless, K E; Margolis, S; Thomas, J B

    2000-06-09

    In recent years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed several food-matrix Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) characterized for vitamins and other organic nutrients. NIST uses several "modes" for assignment of analyte concentrations in SRMs, one of which includes the use of data provided by collaborating laboratories. Certification modes and liquid chromatographic methods that were used by NIST for value assignment of vitamin concentrations in recently introduced food-matrix SRMs are described in this paper. These materials and methods include vitamins D and E in coconut oil (SRM 1563) by gravimetry and multi-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC); vitamins A, E, and several B vitamins by reversed-phase LC and vitamin C by ion-exchange chromatography in infant formula (SRM 1846); and carotenoids and vitamins A and E by reversed-phase liquid chromatography in a baby food composite (SRM 2383).

  4. Sudakov resummations in Mueller-Navelet dijet production

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    Mueller, A. H.; Szymanowski, Lech; Wallon, Samuel; ...

    2016-03-15

    In high energy hadron-hadron collisions, dijet production with large rapidity separation proposed by Mueller and Navelet, is one of the most interesting processes which can help us to directly access the well-known Balitsky-Fadin-Kuraev-Lipatov evolution dynamics. The objective of this work is to study the Sudakov resummation of Mueller-Navelet jets. Through the one-loop calculation, Sudakov type logarithms are obtained for this process when the produced dijets are almost back-to-back. These results could play an important role in the phenomenological study of dijet correlations with large rapidity separation at the LHC.

  5. Modeling Transmission and Reflection Mueller Matrices of Dielectric Half-Wave Plates

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    Salatino, Maria; de Bernardis, Paolo; Masi, Silvia

    2017-02-01

    We present a simple analytical model describing multiple reflections in dielectric and optically active waveplates, for both normal and slant incidence, including absorption. We compute from first principles the transmission and reflection Mueller matrices of the waveplate. The model is used to simulate the performance of a Stokes polarimeter for mm-waves, in the framework of current attempts to precisely measure the linear polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). We study the spectral response of these optical devices, taking into account band and angle averaging effects and confirm the presence of a much richer spectral dependence than in an ideal phase retarder. We also present the matrix elements for the reflection matrix, which is useful to estimate systematic effects in some polarimeter configurations. The formulas we have derived can be used to quickly simulate the performance of future CMB polarimeters.

  6. Influence of different Mueller-Hinton agars and media age on Etest susceptibility testing of tigecycline.

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    Tan, Thean Yen; Ng, Lily Siew Yong; Chen, Dorene Mei Mei

    2010-09-01

    This study investigated the effect of different Mueller-Hinton agars and media age on tigecycline MICs, obtained by Etest. Variations in MIC values on different Mueller-Hinton were noted, which may result in changes in categoric susceptibility. The use of stored Mueller-Hinton media had minimal effect on MIC values.

  7. Determination of the weak magnetism matrix element in {sup 14}C beta decay

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    Zeuli, A.R.; Ahmad, I.; Coulter, K.P.; Greene, J.P.; Schiffer, J.P.; Freedman, S.J.; Fujikawa, B.K.; Mortara, J.L.

    1993-10-01

    Higher order beta decay matrix elements, such as weak magnetism, will introduce small departures (a shape factor) from the allowed beta decay electron energy spectrum. The value of the weak magnetism matrix element is predicted by the Conserved Vector Current (CVC) hypothesis and an experimental determination of the weak magnetism matrix element can be interpreted as a test of CVC. We have determined the weak magnetism matrix element from the {sup 14}C shape factor, which was measured using an apparatus incorporating a high resolution solid state detector and a super conducting solenoid. The results of our measurement will be presented.

  8. Application of Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction for critical dimension measurements in microelectronics

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    Novikova, Tatiana; De Martino, Antonello; Hatit, Sami Ben; Drevillon, Bernard

    2006-06-01

    Fast and efficient metrology tools are required in microelectronics for control of ever-decreasing feature sizes. Optical techniques such as spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE)and normal incidence reflectometry are widely used for this task. In this work we investigate the potential of spectral Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction for the characterization of 1D gratings, with particular emphasis on small critical dimensions (CDs). Mueller matrix spectra were taken in the visible(450-700 nm) wavelength range on a photoresist grating on a Si substrate with 70/240 nm CD/period nominalvalues, set at nine different azimuthal angles. These spectra were fitted with a rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) algorithm by using different models for the grating profile (rectangular and trapezoidal, with or without rounded corners). A detailed study of the stability and consistency of the optimal CD values, together with the variation of the merit function (the mean square deviation D2) around these values, clearly showed that for a given wavelength range, this technique can decouple some critical parameters (e.g., top and bottom CDs, left and right sidewall projections) much more efficiently than the usual SE.

  9. Application of Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction for critical dimension measurements in microelectronics.

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    Novikova, Tatiana; De Martino, Antonello; Ben Hatit, Sami; Drévillon, Bernard

    2006-06-01

    Fast and efficient metrology tools are required in microelectronics for control of ever-decreasing feature sizes. Optical techniques such as spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and normal incidence reflectometry are widely used for this task. In this work we investigate the potential of spectral Mueller polarimetry in conical diffraction for the characterization of 1D gratings, with particular emphasis on small critical dimensions (CDs). Mueller matrix spectra were taken in the visible (450-700 nm) wavelength range on a photoresist grating on a Si substrate with 70/240 nm CD/period nominal values, set at nine different azimuthal angles. These spectra were fitted with a rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) algorithm by using different models for the grating profile (rectangular and trapezoidal, with or without rounded corners). A detailed study of the stability and consistency of the optimal CD values, together with the variation of the merit function (the mean square deviation D2) around these values, clearly showed that for a given wavelength range, this technique can decouple some critical parameters (e.g., top and bottom CDs, left and right sidewall projections) much more efficiently than the usual SE.

  10. Ferdinand von Mueller's interactions with Charles Darwin and his response to Darwinism.

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    Lucas, A M

    2010-01-01

    Although Ferdinand Mueller (later von Mueller), Government Botanist of Victoria, opposed Darwin's theories when "On the origin of species" was published, there has been little detailed study of the nature of Mueller's opposition from 1860, when he received a presentation copy of "Origin," to his death in 1896. Analysis of Mueller's correspondence and publications shows that he remained a theist and misunderstood key aspects of Darwin's theory. However, Mueller did come to accept that natural selection could operate within a species, although never accepting it could produce speciation. Despite these differences he retained a cordial relationship with Darwin.

  11. A space efficient flexible pivot selection approach to evaluate determinant and inverse of a matrix.

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    Jafree, Hafsa Athar; Imtiaz, Muhammad; Inayatullah, Syed; Khan, Fozia Hanif; Nizami, Tajuddin

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents new simple approaches for evaluating determinant and inverse of a matrix. The choice of pivot selection has been kept arbitrary thus they reduce the error while solving an ill conditioned system. Computation of determinant of a matrix has been made more efficient by saving unnecessary data storage and also by reducing the order of the matrix at each iteration, while dictionary notation [1] has been incorporated for computing the matrix inverse thereby saving unnecessary calculations. These algorithms are highly class room oriented, easy to use and implemented by students. By taking the advantage of flexibility in pivot selection, one may easily avoid development of the fractions by most. Unlike the matrix inversion method [2] and [3], the presented algorithms obviate the use of permutations and inverse permutations.

  12. Determining the quark mixing matrix from [ital CP]-violating asymmetries

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    Aleksan, R.; Kayser, B.; London, D. Division of Physics, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlingon, Virginia 22230 Laboratoire de Physique Nucleaire, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 3J7 )

    1994-07-04

    If the standard model explanation of [ital CP] violation is correct, then measurements of [ital CP]-violating asymmetries in [ital B] meson decays can in principle determine the entire quark mixing matrix.

  13. Mueller matrices of hydrosols and their impact on the polarized light fields from the ocean water

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    Foster, Robert; McGilloway, Anna; Gilerson, Alex

    2017-05-01

    Polarimetric characteristics of light from ocean water in combination with standard remote sensing reflectance provide important information about water constituents; they are useful in retrieval of additional water parameters like attenuation-to-absorption ratio and attenuation coefficients and/or establishing additional constraints for retrieval algorithms. The Stokes vectors of light above and below the water surface, which fully represent polarimetric characteristics of water leaving radiance, strongly depend on the particle size distribution and related Mueller matrices of water particulates. In this work we investigate the effect of various hydrosol mixtures of chlorophyllous particles on the polarized light field. The Stokes vectors of scattered light and the degree of polarization (DOP) are generated as outputs of vector radiative transfer simulations for various water compositions. Mie theory as well as T-matrix approaches are used for the generation of scattering matrices. The impact of their variability on the Stokes vectors of polarized light is analyzed.

  14. Urban pipelining project; Mueller pipeliners working in Detroit suburbs

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    Not Available

    1988-06-01

    This paper describes how Mueller Pipeliners Inc., is helping Consumers Power Co. renovate and strengthen its system in the northern Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights. Consumers Power is enhancing its system in Sterling Heights with the addition of 10,700 ft of coated steel pipe and 6,000 ft of plastic pipe. The new lines will replace part of the existing system and improve the utility's ability to serve new customers in the rapidly expanding area.

  15. Sonic hedgehog promotes stem-cell potential of Mueller glia in the mammalian retina

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    Wan Jin; Zheng Hua; Xiao Honglei; She Zhenjue; Zhou Guomin

    2007-11-16

    Mueller glia have been demonstrated to display stem-cell properties after retinal damage. Here, we report this potential can be regulated by Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling. Shh can stimulate proliferation of Mueller glia through its receptor and target gene expressed on them, furthermore, Shh-treated Mueller glia are induced to dedifferentiate by expressing progenitor-specific markers, and then adopt cell fate of rod photoreceptor. Inhibition of signaling by cyclopamine inhibits proliferation and dedifferentiation. Intraocular injection of Shh promotes Mueller glia activation in the photoreceptor-damaged retina, Shh also enhances neurogenic potential by producing more rhodopsin-positive photoreceptors from Mueller glia-derived cells. Together, these results provide evidences that Mueller glia act as potential stem cells in mammalian retina, Shh may have therapeutic effects on these cells for promoting the regeneration of retinal neurons.

  16. Computer determination of the scattering matrix properties of N-port cavities

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    Kroll, N.M. |; Kim, Jin-Soo; Yu, D.U.L.

    1992-08-01

    We extend the Kroll-Yu (KY) method of determining the resonance parameters of single-port cavities to multiport cavities by substituting the determinant of the S matrix for the reflection coefficient used in the KY method. In addition, we present a method for computing the elements of the S matrix in the two-port case, based upon the properties of cavity modes formed when the waveguides associated with the ports are shorted. Extension to the n-port case is discussed.

  17. Rock matrix diffusivity determinations by in-situ electrical conductivity measurements.

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    Ohlsson, Y; Löfgren, M; Neretnieks, I

    2001-02-01

    A fast method to determine rock matrix diffusion properties directly in the bedrock would be valuable in the investigation of a possible site for disposal of nuclear waste. An "effective diffusivity borehole log" would provide important information on the variability of this entity over the area studied. As opposed to traditional matrix diffusion laboratory experiments, electrical conductivity measurements are fast, inexpensive and also easy to carry out in-situ. In this study, electrical resistivity data from borehole logging, as well as from measurements on the actual core, is evaluated with the purpose of extracting matrix diffusivity data. The influence of migration of ions in the electrical double layer, which can be of great importance in low ionic strength pore water, is also considered in evaluating the in-situ data to accurately determine the effective pore diffusivity. The in-situ data compare fairly well to those measured in the rock core.

  18. Effect of speckle on APSCI method and Mueller Imaging.

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    Upadhyay, Debajyoti; Richert, Micheal; Lacot, Eric; De Martino, Antonello; Orlik, Xavier

    2011-02-28

    The principle of the polarimetric imaging method called APSCI (Adapted Polarization State Contrast Imaging) is to maximize the polarimetric contrast between an object and its background using specific polarization states of illumination and detection. We perform here a comparative study of the APSCI method with existing Classical Mueller Imaging(CMI) associated with polar decomposition in the presence of fully and partially polarized circular Gaussian speckle. The results show a noticeable increase of the Bhattacharyya distance used as our contrast parameter for the APSCI method, especially when the object and background exhibit several polarimetric properties simultaneously.

  19. Parametric studies to determine the effect of compliant layers on metal matrix composite systems

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    Caruso, J. J.; Chamis, C. C.; Brown, H. C.

    1990-01-01

    Computational simulation studies are conducted to identify compliant layers to reduce matrix stresses which result from the coefficient of thermal expansion mismatch and the large temperature range over which the current metal matrix composites will be used. The present study includes variations of compliant layers and their properties to determine their influence on unidirectional composite and constituent response. Two simulation methods are used for these studies. The first approach is based on a three-dimensional linear finite element analysis of a 9 fiber unidirectional composite system. The second approach is a micromechanics based nonlinear computer code developed to determine the behavior of metal matrix composite system for thermal and mechanical loads. The results show that an effective compliant layer for the SCS 6 (SiC)/Ti-24Al-11Nb (Ti3Al + Nb) and SCS 6 (SiC)/Ti-15V-3Cr-3Sn-3Al (Ti-15-3) composite systems should have modulus 15 percent that of the matrix and a coefficient of thermal expansion of the compliant layer roughly equal to that of the composite system without the CL. The matrix stress in the longitudinal and the transverse tangent (loop) direction are tensile for the Ti3Al + Nb and Ti-15-3 composite systems upon cool down from fabrication. The fiber longitudinal stress is compressive from fabrication cool down. Addition of a recommended compliant layer will result in a reduction in the composite modulus.

  20. Optimal fluorescence waveband determination for detecting defect cherry tomatoes using fluorescence excitation-emission matrix

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    A multi-spectral fluorescence imaging technique was used to detect defect cherry tomatoes. The fluorescence excitation and emission matrix was used to measure for defects, sound surface, and stem areas to determine the optimal fluorescence excitation and emission wavelengths for discrimination. Two-...

  1. Determining the Number of Components from the Matrix of Partial Correlations

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    Velicer, Wayne F.

    1976-01-01

    A method is presented for determining the number of components to retain in a principal components or image components analysis which utilizes a matrix of partial correlations. Advantages and uses of the method are discussed and a comparison of the proposed method with existing methods is presented. (JKS)

  2. Determining the Number of Components from the Matrix of Partial Correlations

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    Velicer, Wayne F.

    1976-01-01

    A method is presented for determining the number of components to retain in a principal components or image components analysis which utilizes a matrix of partial correlations. Advantages and uses of the method are discussed and a comparison of the proposed method with existing methods is presented. (JKS)

  3. Determination of δ88/86Sr Using Matrix Correction by MC-ICP-MS

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    Zhu, B.; Yang, T.; Bian, X. P.; Zhu, Z. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Stable Sr isotopic compositions (δ88/86Sr) in marine carbonates potentially provide key information on paleoseawater temperature (Rüggeberg et al. 2008). Traditional methods for δ88/86Sr determination by 87Sr-84Sr double-spike TIMS or MC-ICP-MS require chemical purification of Sr before spectrometric measurements because of matrix effects. Recent studies suggested that the matrix-matching method, in which matrix-matched standard solutions were used to bracket untreated water samples, gave precise and accurate results for sulfur isotopic ratios by MC-ICP-MS (Lin et al., 2014). The obvious advantage of this method is that there is no need for chemical purification, thus eliminating the possibility of isotope fractionation during the ion chromatography and expediting sample throughput. In this study, we applied the matrix-matching method to δ88/86Sr determination by MC-ICP-MS. NIST 987 Sr solution and a purified seawater sample (collected from the South China Sea) were selected for this study. Given that major matrices in carbonate come form Ca2+, NIST 987 and SW solutions containing 40 ppm Ca2+ were prepared by adding high-purity Ca solution. All solutions used contained 200 ppb Sr and the 88Sr/86Sr ratios were measured using a Neptune MC-ICP-MS. The purified SW was first determined using SSB method, in which pure NIST 987 was used as standard to bracket SW and yielded δ88/86Sr value of 0.366 ± 0.008‰ (2SE, n = 10). The δ88/86Sr values of Ca-bearing SW were then measured by using pure NIST 987 solution as the working standard to investigate matrix effects. The determined δ88/86Sr value (0.039 ± 0.021‰; 2SE, n = 10) deviated obviously from the reference value. Finally, the matrix-matched NIST 987 was applied as the working standard to bracket the Ca-bearing SW, and the measured δ88/86Sr value is 0.351 ± 0.009‰ (2SE, n = 10), consistent with the reference value within uncertainties. The consistent δ88/86Sr values and comparable external precision

  4. A high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope for tissue characterisation.

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    Qi, Ji; Elson, Daniel S

    2016-05-12

    The contrast mechanism of medical endoscopy is mainly based on metrics of optical intensity and wavelength. As another fundamental property of light, polarization can not only reveal tissue scattering and absorption information from a different perspective, but can also provide insight into directional tissue birefringence properties to monitor pathological changes in collagen and elastin. Here we demonstrate a low cost wide field high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope with minimal alterations to a rigid endoscope. We show that this novel endoscopic imaging modality is able to provide a number of image contrast mechanisms besides traditional unpolarized radiation intensity, including linear depolarization, circular depolarization, cross-polarization, directional birefringence and dichroism. This enhances tissue features of interest, and additionally reveals tissue micro-structure and composition, which is of central importance for tissue diagnosis and image guidance for surgery. The potential applications of the Mueller polarimetric endoscope include wide field early epithelial cancer diagnosis, surgical margin detection and energy-based tissue fusion monitoring, and could further benefit a wide range of endoscopic investigations through intra-operative guidance.

  5. A high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope for tissue characterisation

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    Qi, Ji; Elson, Daniel S.

    2016-05-01

    The contrast mechanism of medical endoscopy is mainly based on metrics of optical intensity and wavelength. As another fundamental property of light, polarization can not only reveal tissue scattering and absorption information from a different perspective, but can also provide insight into directional tissue birefringence properties to monitor pathological changes in collagen and elastin. Here we demonstrate a low cost wide field high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope with minimal alterations to a rigid endoscope. We show that this novel endoscopic imaging modality is able to provide a number of image contrast mechanisms besides traditional unpolarized radiation intensity, including linear depolarization, circular depolarization, cross-polarization, directional birefringence and dichroism. This enhances tissue features of interest, and additionally reveals tissue micro-structure and composition, which is of central importance for tissue diagnosis and image guidance for surgery. The potential applications of the Mueller polarimetric endoscope include wide field early epithelial cancer diagnosis, surgical margin detection and energy-based tissue fusion monitoring, and could further benefit a wide range of endoscopic investigations through intra-operative guidance.

  6. Baroreceptor output during normal and obstructed breathing and Mueller maneuvers.

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    Fitzgerald, R S; Robotham, J L; Anand, A

    1981-05-01

    Cardiovascular control during asthma and other forms of obstructed breathing has not been extensively investigated. Previous studies in dogs have shown that obstructed breathing or an inspiratory effort against a blocked airway (Mueller maneuver) provoke large oscillations in blood pressure. During the inspiratory phase transmural systolic pressure relative to atmosphere drops initially, but transmural systolic pressure relative to intrathoracic pressure can remain unchanged or even increase. Because the carotid baroreceptors are located in the extrathoracic circulation, whereas the aortic baroreceptors are located in the intrathoracic circulation, and each responds to local transmural arterial pressure, simultaneous baroreceptor output from these two areas was measured in the anesthetized cat during normal and obstructed breathing and during Mueller maneuvers. Both whole-nerve and single-fiber preparations showed a significantly decreased output from the carotid baroreceptors during obstructed inspiratory efforts, whereas aortic baroreceptor output decreased significantly less or not at all. Transmural systolic pressure decreased significantly less in the aorta than in the carotid regions. Further, the aortic baroreceptors were more sensitive to changes in pulse pressure than were the carotid baroreceptors. These results suggest a mechanism for stabilizing the cardiac responses to precipitous falls in blood pressure that occur in obstructed breathing.

  7. A high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope for tissue characterisation

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    Qi, Ji; Elson, Daniel S.

    2016-01-01

    The contrast mechanism of medical endoscopy is mainly based on metrics of optical intensity and wavelength. As another fundamental property of light, polarization can not only reveal tissue scattering and absorption information from a different perspective, but can also provide insight into directional tissue birefringence properties to monitor pathological changes in collagen and elastin. Here we demonstrate a low cost wide field high definition Mueller polarimetric endoscope with minimal alterations to a rigid endoscope. We show that this novel endoscopic imaging modality is able to provide a number of image contrast mechanisms besides traditional unpolarized radiation intensity, including linear depolarization, circular depolarization, cross-polarization, directional birefringence and dichroism. This enhances tissue features of interest, and additionally reveals tissue micro-structure and composition, which is of central importance for tissue diagnosis and image guidance for surgery. The potential applications of the Mueller polarimetric endoscope include wide field early epithelial cancer diagnosis, surgical margin detection and energy-based tissue fusion monitoring, and could further benefit a wide range of endoscopic investigations through intra-operative guidance. PMID:27173145

  8. Inelastic proton scattering as a mean for the determination of neutron and proton matrix element ratios

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    Alamanos, N.; Pakou, A.; Lagoyannis, A.; Musumarra, A.

    1999-12-01

    The determination of ratio of neutron over proton matrix elements by inelastic proton scattering, for 0 +→2 + transitions, is investigated via the comparison between experimental data and theoretical calculations. Calculations into the context of a macroscopic and a microscopic description are performed for a wide mass range nuclei: 18O, 30Si, 32,34S, 48Ca, 88Sr, for which these ratios were determined previously with an independent technique. At that point the choice of the theoretical model may be very critical. It is thus the purpose of this investigation to point out the most suitable model. It is found that in general both theoretical models can be employed for the reliable determination of neutron over proton matrix element ratios.

  9. Local 3D matrix confinement determines division axis through cell shape

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    He, Lijuan; Chen, Weitong; Wu, Pei-Hsun; Jimenez, Angela; Wong, Bin Sheng; San, Angela; Konstantopoulos, Konstantinos; Wirtz, Denis

    2016-01-01

    How the division axis is determined in mammalian cells embedded in three-dimensional (3D) matrices remains elusive, despite that many types of cells divide in 3D environments. Cells on two-dimensional (2D) substrates typically round up completely to divide. Here, we show that in 3D collagen matrices, mammalian cells such as HT1080 human fibrosarcoma and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells exhibit division modes distinct from their Counterparts on 2D substrates, with a markedly higher fraction of cells remaining highly elongated through mitosis in 3D matrices. The long axis of elongated mitotic cells accurately predicts the division axis, independently of matrix density and cell-matrix interactions. This 3D-specific elongated division mode is determined by the local confinement produced by the matrix and the ability of cells to protrude and locally remodel the matrix via β1 integrin. Elongated division is readily recapitulated using collagen-coated microfabricated channels. Cells depleted of β1 integrin still divide in the elongated mode in microchannels, suggesting that 3D confinement is sufficient to induce the elongated cell-division phenotype. PMID:26515603

  10. Local 3D matrix confinement determines division axis through cell shape.

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    He, Lijuan; Chen, Weitong; Wu, Pei-Hsun; Jimenez, Angela; Wong, Bin Sheng; San, Angela; Konstantopoulos, Konstantinos; Wirtz, Denis

    2016-02-09

    How the division axis is determined in mammalian cells embedded in three-dimensional (3D) matrices remains elusive, despite that many types of cells divide in 3D environments. Cells on two-dimensional (2D) substrates typically round up completely to divide. Here, we show that in 3D collagen matrices, mammalian cells such as HT1080 human fibrosarcoma and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells exhibit division modes distinct from their Counterparts on 2D substrates, with a markedly higher fraction of cells remaining highly elongated through mitosis in 3D matrices. The long axis of elongated mitotic cells accurately predicts the division axis, independently of matrix density and cell-matrix interactions. This 3D-specific elongated division mode is determined by the local confinement produced by the matrix and the ability of cells to protrude and locally remodel the matrix via β1 integrin. Elongated division is readily recapitulated using collagen-coated microfabricated channels. Cells depleted of β1 integrin still divide in the elongated mode in microchannels, suggesting that 3D confinement is sufficient to induce the elongated cell-division phenotype.

  11. Mueller's map of Bohemia and its vector data model

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    Cajthaml, J.; Krejci, J.

    2009-04-01

    The Mueller's map of Bohemia is one of the most important maps in Czech history. In last couple of years this map was scanned and analyzed a few times. The aim of this new project is thorough analysis of this map. As written in many articles, the most important information on the old map is the spatial position of point symbols (towns, villages), line symbols (rivers, roads) and area symbols (water areas). These symbols are usually compared with current situation. Using this method we can explore changes of water bodies or watersheds, changes of settlement (e.g. disbanded villages), changes of major travel routes. The crucial problem of this approach is georeferencing raster image into some well defined coordinate system. The best way how to do that is using ground control points (GCPs) and appropriate type of transformation. The problem of choosing the best GCPs is not solved correctly yet. Ususually there are used a few "well identifiable" points. From our point of view the best method how to choose right identical points is to make full vector data model of the map. Once we have complete vector model of the map, we can test many combinations of GCPs (only towns, only roads crossings etc.) and many types of transformation. Working with the vector data is also more comfortable. Another advantage of vector database is making spatial statistics of the data. We can count the number of villages or towns; we can count the sum of water bodies areas; we can count the number of monasteries, castles, mines etc. As we want to make new thorough analysis of the Mueller's map of Bohemia, we decided to create its vector model. In the first phase the map legend was studied and compared with the content of the map. ArcGIS geodatabase was designed for storing the data. As the Mueller's map of Bohemia is printed on 25 map sections, 25 databases were created. Every map section was reconstucted into its original size and then the database was filled. At the end, all 25 databases were

  12. Determination of the Amplitudes and Phases of the Scattering Matrix upon Photodissociation of Molecules

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    Korovin, K.O.; Veselov, A.A.; Mikheev, E.M.; Vasyutinskii, O.S.; Zimmermann, D.

    2005-12-15

    The photodissociation of RbI molecules via the second excited state under the action of circularly polarized radiation with a wavelength of 266 nm is studied. By using sub-Doppler Faraday spectroscopy, the angular distributions of the orientation of spins of Rb(5{sup 2}S{sub 1/2}) atoms formed are studied and the anisotropy parameters describing these angular distributions are determined. Based on the anisotropy parameters, the ratio between the amplitudes of the inelastic scattering matrix elements corresponding to the two possible photodissociation channels is determined to be r{sub {omega}}{sub =1}/r{sub {omega}}{sub =0} = 0.71 {+-} 0.15, while the phase difference for these matrix elements is found to amount to {delta}{phi} = 173 deg.n {+-} 29 deg.

  13. Determination of electric-dipole matrix elements in K and Rb from Stark shift measurements

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    Arora, Bindiya; Safronova, M. S.; Clark, Charles W.

    2007-11-15

    Stark shifts of potassium and rubidium D1 lines have been measured with high precision by Miller et al. [Phys. Rev. A 49, 5128 (1994)]. In this work, we combine these measurements with our all-order calculations to determine the values of the electric-dipole matrix elements for the 4p{sub j}-3d{sub j{sup '}} transitions in K and the 5p{sub j}-4d{sub j{sup '}} transitions in Rb to high precision. The 4p{sub 1/2}-3d{sub 3/2} and 5p{sub 1/2}-4d{sub 3/2} transitions contribute on the order of 90% to the respective polarizabilities of the np{sub 1/2} states in K and Rb, and the remaining 10% can be accurately calculated using the relativistic all-order method. Therefore, the combination of the experimental data and theoretical calculations allows us to determine the np-(n-1)d matrix elements and their uncertainties. We compare these values with our all-order calculations of the np-(n-1)d matrix elements in K and Rb for a benchmark test of the accuracy of the all-order method for transitions involving nd states. Such matrix elements are of special interest for many applications, such as determination of ''magic'' wavelengths in alkali-metal atoms for state-insensitive cooling and trapping, and determination of blackbody radiation shifts in optical frequency standards with ions.

  14. Determination of In Situ-Generated Dimethyldioxirane From an Aqueous Matrix Using Selected Ion Monitoring

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    2005-07-01

    public release; distribution unlimited. Published in Journal of Chromatography A, 1089 (2005) 211-218. AIRBASE TECHNOLOGIES DIVISION...area code) Journal of Chromatography A, 1089 (2005) 211–218 Determination of in situ-generated dimethyldioxirane from an aqueous matrix using...see front matter © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. oi:10.1016/j.chroma.2005.06.018 212 C.A. Delcomyn et al. / J. Chromatogr. A 1089 (2005

  15. Determining the intrinsic dimension of a hyperspectral image using random matrix theory.

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    Cawse-Nicholson, Kerry; Damelin, Steven B; Robin, Amandine; Sears, Michael

    2013-04-01

    Determining the intrinsic dimension of a hyperspectral image is an important step in the spectral unmixing process and under- or overestimation of this number may lead to incorrect unmixing in unsupervised methods. In this paper, we discuss a new method for determining the intrinsic dimension using recent advances in random matrix theory. This method is entirely unsupervised, free from any user-determined parameters and allows spectrally correlated noise in the data. Robustness tests are run on synthetic data, to determine how the results were affected by noise levels, noise variability, noise approximation, and spectral characteristics of the endmembers. Success rates are determined for many different synthetic images, and the method is tested on two pairs of real images, namely a Cuprite scene taken from Airborne Visible InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) and SpecTIR sensors, and a Lunar Lakes scene taken from AVIRIS and Hyperion, with good results.

  16. Laurent expansion for the determinant of the matrix of scalar resolvents

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    Savchenko, S. V.

    2005-06-01

    Let A be an arbitrary square matrix, \\lambda an eigenvalue of it, \\{\\xi_{1},\\dots,\\xi_{r}\\} and \\{\\eta_{1},\\dots,\\eta_{r}\\} two systems of linearly independent vectors. A representation of the matrix of scalar resolvents, with ijth entry equal by definition to (\\xi_{i},(zE-A)^{-1}\\eta_{j}), in the form of the product of three matrices \\Xi,\\Delta(z), and \\Psi^{T} is obtained, only one of which, \\Delta(z), depends on z and is a rational function of z. On the basis of this factorization and the Binet-Cauchy formula a method for finding the principal part of the Laurent series at the point z=\\lambda for the determinant of the matrix of scalar resolvents is put forward and the first two coefficients of the series are found. In the case when at least one of them is distinct from zero, the change after the transition from A to A+B of the part of the Jordan normal form corresponding to \\lambda is determined, where B=\\sum_{i=1}^{r}(\\,\\cdot\\,,\\xi_{i})\\eta_{i} is the operator of rank r associated with the systems of vectors \\{\\xi_{1},\\dots,\\xi_{r}\\} and \\{\\eta_{1},\\dots,\\eta_{r}\\}; and the Jordan basis for the corresponding root subspace of A+B is constructed from Jordan chains of A.

  17. Mueller-Stokes characterization and optimization of a liquid crystal on silicon display showing depolarization.

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    Márquez, A; Moreno, I; Iemmi, C; Lizana, A; Campos, J; Yzuel, M J

    2008-02-04

    In this paper we characterize the polarimetric properties of a liquid crystal on silicon display (LCoS), including depolarization and diattenuation which are usually not considered when applying the LCoS in diffractive or adaptive optics. On one hand, we have found that the LCoS generates a certain degree (that can be larger than a 10%) of depolarized light, which depends on the addressed gray level and on the incident state of polarization (SOP), and can not be ignored in the above mentioned applications. The main origin of the depolarized light is related with temporal fluctuations of the SOP of the light reflected by the LCoS. The Mueller matrix of the LCoS is measured as a function of the gray level, which enables for a numerical optimization of the intensity modulation configurations. In particular we look for maximum intensity contrast modulation or for constant intensity modulation. By means of a heuristic approach we show that, using elliptically polarized light, amplitude-mostly or phase-mostly modulation can be obtained at a wavelength of 633 nm.

  18. Comparison of cation-adjusted Mueller-Hinton broth with Iso-Sensitest broth for the NCCLS broth microdilution method.

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    Koeth, L M; King, A; Knight, H; May, J; Miller, L A; Phillips, I; Poupard, J A

    2000-09-01

    Comparison of MIC results obtained in different parts of the world is currently difficult because of variations in methods. In this study, cation-adjusted Mueller-Hinton broth, the NCCLS-recommended medium, was compared with Iso-Sensitest broth, which is widely used in Europe. Microbroth dilution testing, using the NCCLS procedure, was performed on 124 Gram-positive (staphylococci and enterococci) and Gram-negative (Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) isolates from the CDC reference set, with the only variable being the medium used. Twelve antimicrobial agents were tested: amoxycillin-clavulanic acid, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, gentamicin, imipenem, levofloxacin, oxacillin, gemifloxacin, trimethoprim- sulphamethoxazole, tetracycline and vancomycin. Vancomycin, erythromycin and oxacillin were only evaluated for the Gram-positive organisms. Trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole was only evaluated for a subset of Gram-negative organisms because of off-scale results. The 124 isolates were tested in one American and one UK laboratory with two batches of cation-adjusted Mueller-Hinton broth and two of Iso-Sensitest broth. A statistical evaluation of the data used a 24 fully specified factorial analysis to determine if there were significant differences in results owing to Gram reaction, site of testing and type and/or batch of broth. In addition, the cumulative results for each antimicrobial agent in each broth were plotted against the range of MIC dilutions tested. MICs of ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gemifloxacin, gentamicin and tetracycline were slightly higher (half a doubling dilution) with Iso-Sensitest broth than with Mueller-Hinton broth. MIC results for the other antimicrobial agents were equivalent. Essential and category agreement rates were comparable for all agents (88.4-100% and 88.2-99.0%, respectively).

  19. Automatic relevance determination in nonnegative matrix factorization with the β-divergence.

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    Tan, Vincent Y F; Févotte, Cédric

    2013-07-01

    This paper addresses the estimation of the latent dimensionality in nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) with the β-divergence. The β-divergence is a family of cost functions that includes the squared euclidean distance, Kullback-Leibler (KL) and Itakura-Saito (IS) divergences as special cases. Learning the model order is important as it is necessary to strike the right balance between data fidelity and overfitting. We propose a Bayesian model based on automatic relevance determination (ARD) in which the columns of the dictionary matrix and the rows of the activation matrix are tied together through a common scale parameter in their prior. A family of majorization-minimization (MM) algorithms is proposed for maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimation. A subset of scale parameters is driven to a small lower bound in the course of inference, with the effect of pruning the corresponding spurious components. We demonstrate the efficacy and robustness of our algorithms by performing extensive experiments on synthetic data, the swimmer dataset, a music decomposition example, and a stock price prediction task.

  20. On-line electrodialytic matrix isolation for chromatographic determination of organic acids in wine.

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    Ohira, Shin-Ichi; Kuhara, Kenta; Shigetomi, Aki; Yamasaki, Takayuki; Kodama, Yuko; Dasgupta, Purnendu K; Toda, Kei

    2014-10-31

    Chromatographic determination of organic acids is widely performed, but the matrix often calls for lengthy and elaborate sample preparation prior to actual analysis. Matrix components, e.g., proteins, non-ionics, lipids etc. are typically removed by a combination of centrifugation/filtration and solid phase extraction (SPE) that may include the use of ion-exchange media. Here we report the quantitative electrodialytic transfer of organic acids from complex samples to ultrapure water in seconds using cellulose membranes modified with N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate, which essentially eliminates the negative ζ-potential of a regenerated cellulose membrane surface. The transfer characteristics of the ion transfer device (ITD) were evaluated with linear carboxylic acids. While the ion transfer efficiencies may be affected by the acid dissociation constants, in most cases it is possible to achieve quantitative transfer under optimized device residence time (solution flow rate) and the applied voltage. In addition, the transfer efficiency was unaffected by the wide natural variation of pH represented in real samples. The approach was applied to organic acids in various samples, including red wine, considered to represent an especially difficult matrix. While quantitative transfer of the organic acids (as judged by agreement with standard pretreatment procedures involving SPE) was achieved, transfer of other matrix components was <5%. The processed samples could then be chromatographically analyzed in a straightforward manner. We used ion exclusion chromatography with direct UV detection; in treated samples; there was a dramatic reduction of the large early peaks observed compared to only 0.45μm membrane filtered samples.

  1. Determination of proton transfer rate constants using Ab initio, molecular dynamics and density matrix evolution calculations.

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    van der Spoel, D; Berendsen, H J

    1996-01-01

    In this work we give an overview of the methodologies required to compute the rate of proton transfer in hydrogen bonded systems in solution. Using ab initio or density functional methods we determine proton potentials of a truncated system as a function of proton-donor proton-acceptor distance as well as nonbonding parameters. By classical molecular dynamics we evaluate a swarm of proton potentials with the proton fixed in the reactant well. The rate of proton transfer is calculated perturbatively using the Density Matrix Evolution (DME) method, going beyond the Born Oppenheimer approximation. The method is illustrated by two examples: hydrogen malonate and the active center of HIV-1 protease.

  2. Some modifications of Sarrus's rule method via permutation for finding determinant of 4 by 4 square matrix

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    Karim, Sharmila; Ibrahim, Haslinda; Omar, Zurni

    2016-10-01

    Sarrus rule is well known method for finding determinant of square matrix. This method is also known as a cross multiplication method. However this method is not applicable for n > 3. With this motivation, we attempt to extend this method by employing some modifications using permutation for the case of 4 by 4 square matrix

  3. Oxygen Tension Is a Determinant of the Matrix-Forming Phenotype of Cultured Human Meniscal Fibrochondrocytes

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    Adesida, Adetola B.; Mulet-Sierra, Aillette; Laouar, Leila; Jomha, Nadr M.

    2012-01-01

    Background Meniscal cartilage displays a poor repair capacity, especially when injury is located in the avascular region of the tissue. Cell-based tissue engineering strategies to generate functional meniscus substitutes is a promising approach to treat meniscus injuries. Meniscus fibrochondrocytes (MFC) can be used in this approach. However, MFC are unable to retain their phenotype when expanded in culture. In this study, we explored the effect of oxygen tension on MFC expansion and on their matrix-forming phenotype. Methodology/Principal Findings MFC were isolated from human menisci followed by basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) mediated cell expansion in monolayer culture under normoxia (21%O2) or hypoxia (3%O2). Normoxia and hypoxia expanded MFC were seeded on to a collagen scaffold. The MFC seeded scaffolds (constructs) were cultured in a serum free chondrogenic medium for 3 weeks under normoxia and hypoxia. Constructs containing normoxia-expanded MFC were subsequently cultured under normoxia while those formed from hypoxia-expanded MFC were subsequently cultured under hypoxia. After 3 weeks of in vitro culture, the constructs were assessed biochemically, histologically and for gene expression via real-time reverse transcription-PCR assays. The results showed that constructs under normoxia produced a matrix with enhanced mRNA ratio (3.5-fold higher; p<0.001) of collagen type II to I. This was confirmed by enhanced deposition of collagen II using immuno-histochemistry. Furthermore, the constructs under hypoxia produced a matrix with higher mRNA ratio of aggrecan to versican (3.5-fold, p<0.05). However, both constructs had the same capacity to produce a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) –specific extracellular matrix. Conclusions Our data provide evidence that oxygen tension is a key player in determining the matrix phenotype of cultured MFC. These findings suggest that the use of normal and low oxygen tension during MFC expansion and subsequent neo-tissue formation

  4. Determination of aflatoxins in rice samples by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion.

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    Manoochehri, Mahboobeh; Asgharinezhad, Ali Akbar; Safaei, Mahdi

    2015-01-01

    This work describes the application of ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion as an extraction and sample preparation approach for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and subsequent determination of them by high-performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection. A Box-Behnken design in combination with response surface methodology was used to determine the affecting parameters on the extraction procedure. The influence of different variables including type of dispersing phase, sample-to-dispersing phase ratio, type and quantity of clean-up phase, ultrasonication time, ultrasonication temperature, nature and volume of the elution solvent was investigated in the optimization study. C18, primary-secondary amine (PSA) and acetonitrile were selected as dispersing phase, clean-up phase and elution solvent, respectively. The obtained optimized values were sample-to-dispersing phase ratio of 1 : 1, 60 mg of PSA, 11 min ultrasonication time, 30°C ultrasonication temperature and 4 mL acetonitrile. Under the optimal conditions, the limits of detection were ranged from 0.09 to 0.14 ng g(-1) and the precisions [relative standard deviation (RSD%)] were <8.6%. The recoveries of the matrix solid-phase dispersion process ranged from 78 to 83% with RSD <10% in all cases. Finally, this method was successfully applied to the extraction of trace amounts of aflatoxins in rice samples. © The Author [2014]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  5. Leptonic CP phase determined by an equation involving PMNS matrix elements

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    Ke, Hong-Wei; Zhou, Jia-Hui; Li, Xue-Qian

    2017-04-01

    Several approximate equalities among the matrix elements of the Cabibbo–Kobayashi–Maskawa (CKM) and Pontecorvo–Maki–Nakagawa–Sakata (PMNS) matrices imply that hidden symmetries may exist and be common for both quark and neutrino sectors. The charge parity (CP) phase of the CKM matrix ({δ }{CKM}) is involved in these equalities and can be investigated when these equalities turn into several equations. As we substitute those experimentally measured values of the three mixing angles into the equations for quarks, it is noted that one of the equations which holds exactly has a solution {δ }{CKM}=({68.95}-1.15+1.15)^\\circ . That value accords with ({69.1}-3.85+2.02)^\\circ determined from available data. Generalizing the scenario to the lepton sector, the same equality determines the leptonic CP phase {δ }{PMNS} to be ({275.20}-1.15+1.15)^\\circ . Thus we predict the value of {δ }{PMNS} from the equation. So far there is no direct measurement on {δ }{PMNS}, but a recent analysis based on the neutrino oscillation data prefers a phase close to 270°.

  6. Determination of metrafenone in vegetables by matrix solid-phase dispersion and HPLC-UV method.

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    Li, Jianjun; Li, Yangyang; Xu, Dongliang; Zhang, Jingyu; Wang, Yuxi; Luo, Chao

    2017-01-01

    A simple method for determination of metrafenone in vegetables by matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and HPLC was developed. All vegetable samples were extracted with dichloromethane, and then the extracts were directly separated on a reversed-phase column with isocratic elution without a cleanup step. The linearity of metrafenone was good with the concentration between 0.005 and 5mg/kg, and the limit of detection (LOD) of the metrafenone was 0.002mg/kg. The recoveries ranged from 86.5% to 104.8% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) in the range of 2.1-7.9% (n=6). The results indicated that the method was simple, rapid, highly sensitive and suitable for the determination of metrafenone in vegetables. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Determination of Trace Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylic Acids in Edible Crop Matrices: Matrix Effect and Method Development.

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    Xiang, Lei; Chen, Lei; Xiao, Tao; Mo, Ce-Hui; Li, Yan-Wen; Cai, Quan-Ying; Li, Hui; Zhou, Dong-Mei; Wong, Ming-Hung

    2017-09-25

    A robust method was developed for simultaneous determination of nine trace perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) in various edible crop matrices including cereal (grain), root vegetable (carrot), leafy vegetable (lettuce), and melon vegetable (pumpkin) using ultrasonic extraction followed by solid-phase extraction cleanup and high liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS). The varieties of extractants and cleanup cartridges, the usage of Supelclean graphitized carbon, and the matrix effect and its potential influencing factors were estimated to gain an optimal extraction procedure. The developed method presented high sensitivity and accuracy with the method detection limits and the recoveries at four fortification levels in various matrices ranging from 0.017 to 0.180 ng/g (dry weight) and from 70% to 114%, respectively. The successful application of the developed method to determine PFCAs in various crops sampled from several farms demonstrated its practicability for regular monitoring of PFCAs in real crops.

  8. "Cork taint" responsible compounds. Determination of haloanisoles and halophenols in cork matrix: A review.

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    Tarasov, Andrii; Rauhut, Doris; Jung, Rainer

    2017-12-01

    Analytical methods of haloanisoles and halophenols quantification in cork matrix are summarized in the current review. Sample-preparation and sample-treatment techniques have been compared and discussed from the perspective of their efficiency, time- and extractant-optimization, easiness of performance. Primary interest of these analyses usually addresses to 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), which is a major wine contaminant among haloanisoles. Two concepts of TCA determination are described in the review: releasable TCA and total TCA analyses. Chromatographic, bioanalytical and sensorial methods were compared according to their application in the cork industry and in scientific investigations. Finally, it was shown that modern analytical techniques are able to provide required sensitivity, selectivity and repeatability for haloanisoles and halophenols determination. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Proteolytic Activity Matrix Analysis (PrAMA) for Simultaneous Determination of Multiple Protease Activities

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    Miller, Miles A.; Barkal, Layla; Jeng, Karen; Herrlich, Andreas; Griffith, Linda G.; Lauffenburger, Douglas A.

    2011-01-01

    Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and A Disintegrin and Metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are two related protease families that play key roles in matrix remodeling and growth factor ligand shedding. Directly ascertaining the proteolytic activities of particular MMPs and ADAMs in physiological environments in a non-invasive, real-time, multiplex manner remains a challenge. This work describes Proteolytic Activity Matrix Analysis (PrAMA), an integrated experimental measurement and mathematical analysis framework for simultaneously determining the activities of particular enzymes in complex mixtures of MMPs and ADAMs. The PrAMA method interprets dynamic signals from panels of moderately specific FRET-based polypeptide protease substrates to deduce a profile of specific MMP and ADAM proteolytic activities. Deconvolution of signals from complex mixtures of proteases is accomplished using prior data on individual MMP/ADAM cleavage signatures for the substrate panel measured with purified enzymes. We first validate PrAMA inference using a compendium of roughly 4000 measurements involving known mixtures of purified enzymes and substrates, and then demonstrate application to the live-cell response of wildtype, ADAM10−/−, and ADAM17−/− fibroblasts to phorbol ester stimulation. Results indicate PrAMA can distinguish closely related enzymes from each other with high accuracy, even in the presence of unknown background proteolytic activity. PrAMA offers a valuable tool for applications ranging from live-cell in vitro assays to high-throughput inhibitor screening with complex enzyme mixtures. Moreover, our approach may extend to other families of proteases, such as caspases and cathepsins, that also can lack highly-specific substrates. PMID:21180771

  10. Determination of aflatoxins in peanuts by matrix solid-phase dispersion and liquid chromatography.

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    Blesa, J; Soriano, J M; Moltó, J C; Marín, R; Mañes, J

    2003-09-05

    A new method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction was studied to determine aflatoxin B1, B2, G1 and G2 from peanuts. Optimization of different parameters, such as type of solid supports for matrix dispersion and elution solvents were carried out. The method used 2 g of peanut sample, 2 g of C18 bonded silica as MSPD sorbent and acetonitrile as eluting solvent. Recoveries of each aflatoxin spiked to peanut samples at 2.5 ng/g (5 ng/g for aflatoxin G2) level were between 78 and 86% with relative standard deviations ranging from 4 to 7%. The limits of quantification ranged from 0.125 to 2.5 ng/g for the four studied aflatoxins using liquid chromatography (LC) with fluorescence detection. In addition, LC coupled to mass spectrometry with an electrospray interface was used for confirmation of aflatoxins present in real samples. Eleven peanut samples from different countries were analyzed by the proposed method and by using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). ELISA test is a good screening method for investigation of these mycotoxins in peanut samples.

  11. Determination of color-octet matrix elements from e+e- processes at low energies

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    Yuan, Feng; Qiao, Cong-Feng; Chao, Kuang-Ta

    1997-08-01

    We present an analysis of the preliminary experimental data of direct J/ψ production in e+e- processes at low energies. We find that the color-octet contributions are crucially important to the cross section in this energy region, and their inclusion produces a good description of the data. By fitting to the data, we extract the individual values of two color-octet matrix elements: ~1.1×10-2 GeV3; /m2c~7.4×10-3 GeV3. We discuss the allowed range of the two matrix elements constrained by the theoretical uncertainties. We find that is poorly determined because it is sensitive to the variation of the choice of mc, αs and . However, /m2c is quite stable [about (6-9)×10-3 GeV3] when the parameters vary in reasonable ranges. The uncertainties due to large experimental errors are also discussed.

  12. Minimizing matrix effect by femtosecond laser ablation and ionization in elemental determination.

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    Zhang, Bochao; He, Miaohong; Hang, Wei; Huang, Benli

    2013-05-07

    Matrix effect is unavoidable in direct solid analysis, which usually is a leading cause of the nonstoichiometric effect in quantitative analysis. In this research, experiments were carried out to study the overall characteristics of atomization and ionization in laser-solid interaction. Both nanosecond (ns) and femtosecond (fs) lasers were applied in a buffer-gas-assisted ionization source coupled with an orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Twenty-nine solid standards of ten different matrices, including six metals and four dielectrics, were analyzed. The results indicate that the fs-laser mode offers more stable relative sensitivity coefficients (RSCs) with irradiance higher than 7 × 10(13) W·cm(-2), which could be more reliable in the determination of element composition of solids. The matrix effect is reduced by half when the fs-laser is employed, owing to the fact that the fs-laser ablation and ionization (fs-LAI) incurs an almost heat-free ablation process and creates a dense plasma for the stable ionization.

  13. Determination of Trends in Ozone in the Mid-Atlantic Using Non-Negative Matrix Factorization

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    Brown, S. G.; Russell-Graham, A.; Xiao, P.; Balzano, L.

    2014-12-01

    Air pollution data are routinely collected at high time resolution at many sites in the United States, but such data are often assessed singularly or in small jurisdictional groups rather than on a large-scale, regional basis. Examining air pollution data, such as for ambient ozone, in a regional context may be advantageous given that air pollution is influenced by a combination of micro, local, and regional sources. Non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithms have been widely used by the environmental research community to identify factors governing pollutant concentrations. NMF can also be useful for identifying and interpreting outlier data, particularly for large data sets. We applied NMF algorithms to ozone data collected at over 100 monitoring sites in the Mid-Atlantic states during the summer of 2013 to examine their utility for identifying outlier data and outlier monitoring sites in the ozone monitoring network. We compared results from five different NMF algorithms with various strengths (such as being robust to missing data or outliers) to assess differences in their ability to identify outliers and to determine underlying factors influencing ambient ozone concentrations. In the future, these NMF methods can be applied to any large data matrix, such as those from networks of small, low-cost air pollution sensors and large-scale environmental monitoring networks.

  14. Flow environment and matrix structure interact to determine spatial competition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.

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    Nadell, Carey D; Ricaurte, Deirdre; Yan, Jing; Drescher, Knut; Bassler, Bonnie L

    2017-01-13

    Bacteria often live in biofilms, which are microbial communities surrounded by a secreted extracellular matrix. Here, we demonstrate that hydrodynamic flow and matrix organization interact to shape competitive dynamics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Irrespective of initial frequency, in competition with matrix mutants, wild-type cells always increase in relative abundance in planar microfluidic devices under simple flow regimes. By contrast, in microenvironments with complex, irregular flow profiles - which are common in natural environments - wild-type matrix-producing and isogenic non-producing strains can coexist. This result stems from local obstruction of flow by wild-type matrix producers, which generates regions of near-zero shear that allow matrix mutants to locally accumulate. Our findings connect the evolutionary stability of matrix production with the hydrodynamics and spatial structure of the surrounding environment, providing a potential explanation for the variation in biofilm matrix secretion observed among bacteria in natural environments.

  15. Determination of palladium by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy without matrix matching.

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    Jia, X; Wang, T; Wu, J

    2001-05-30

    A graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy method for the analysis of the palladium (Pd) content in bulk pharmaceutical drug substances and their intermediates prepared in aqueous solutions is extended to samples prepared in acetonitrile (ACN) and ACN-water mixtures as well to samples prepared in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and DMSO-water mixtures. The Pd content in samples solubilized in these solvents can be accurately determined with calibration established with standards prepared in aqueous solutions without matrix matching or using the method of standard additions. The validity of this method is demonstrated by spike recovery studies and by the agreement with results for the same samples prepared in these solvents, in concentrated nitric acid, and prepared by a microwave digestion system.

  16. Determination of fiber-matrix interface failure parameters from off-axis tests

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    Naik, Rajiv A.; Crews, John H., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Critical fiber-matrix (FM) interface strength parameters were determined using a micromechanics-based approach together with failure data from off-axis tension (OAT) tests. The ply stresses at failure for a range of off-axis angles were used as input to a micromechanics analysis that was performed using the personal computer-based MICSTRAN code. FM interface stresses at the failure loads were calculated for both the square and the diamond array models. A simple procedure was developed to determine which array had the more severe FM interface stresses and the location of these critical stresses on the interface. For the cases analyzed, critical FM interface stresses were found to occur with the square array model and were located at a point where adjacent fibers were closest together. The critical FM interface stresses were used together with the Tsai-Wu failure theory to determine a failure criterion for the FM interface. This criterion was then used to predict the onset of ply cracking in angle-ply laminates for a range of laminate angles. Predictions for the onset of ply cracking in angle-ply laminates agreed with the test data trends.

  17. Development and validation of micellar liquid chromatographic methods for the determination of antibiotics in different matrixes.

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    Rambla-Alegre, Maria; Esteve-Romero, Josep; Carda-Broch, Samuel

    2011-01-01

    Antibiotics are the most important bioactive and chemotherapeutic compounds to be produced by microbiological synthesis, and they have proved their worth in a variety of fields, such as medicinal chemistry, agriculture, and the food industry. Interest in antibiotics has grown in parallel with an increasingly high degree of productivity in the field of analytical applications. Therefore, it is necessary to develop chromatographic procedures capable of determining various drugs simultaneously in the shortest possible time. Micellar liquid chromatography (MLC) is an RP-HPLC technique that offers advantages over conventional HPLC as far as sample preparation, selectivity, and versatility are concerned. Its main advantage is that samples can be injected directly into the chromatographic system with no previous preparation step. This paper mainly focuses on the results of the authors' own recent research and reports the chromatographic conditions for determination of various antibiotics (penicillins, quinolones, and sulfonamides) in different matrixes (pharmaceuticals, biological fluids, and food). The work of other authors on MLC-based antibiotic determination has been included.

  18. Determining thermal diffusivity and defect attributes in ceramic matrix composites by infrared imaging.

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    Ahuja, S.; Ellingson, W. A.; Koehl, E. R.; Stuckey, J.

    1997-12-05

    Ceramic matrix composites are being developed for numerous high temperature applications, including rotors and combustors for advanced turbine engines, heat exchanger and hot-gas filters for coal gasification plants. Among the materials of interest are silicon-carbide-fiber-reinforced-silicon-carbide (SiC{sub (f)}/SiC), silicon-carbide-fiber-reinforced-silicon-nitride (SiC{sub (f)}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), aluminum-oxide-reinforced-alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3(f)}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), etc. In the manufacturing of these ceramic composites, the conditions of the fiber/matrix interface are critical to the mechanical and thermal behavior of the component. Defects such as delaminations and non-uniform porosity can directly effect the performance. A nondestructive evaluation (NDE) method, developed at Argonne National Laboratory has proved beneficial in analyzing as-processed conditions and defect detection created during manufacturing. This NDE method uses infrared thermal imaging for fill-field quantitative measurement of the distribution of thermal diffusivity in large components. Intensity transform algorithms have been used for contrast enhancement of the output image. Nonuniformity correction and automatic gain control are used to dynamically optimize video contrast and brightness, providing additional resolution in the acquired images. Digital filtering, interpolation, and least-squares-estimation techniques have been incorporated for noise reduction and data acquisition. The Argonne NDE system has been utilized to determine thermal shock damage, density variations, and variations in fiber coating in a full array of test specimens.

  19. Extracellular matrix composition determines astrocyte responses to mechanical and inflammatory stimuli.

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    Johnson, Kasey M; Milner, Richard; Crocker, Stephen J

    2015-07-23

    Astrocytes perform critical homeostatic physiological functions in the central nervous system (CNS) and are robustly responsive to injury, inflammation, or infection. We hypothesized that the components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), which are known to vary during development and in response to disease, determine astrocytic responses to injury and inflammation. We examined the response of primary astrocyte cultures grown on different ECM proteins to a mechanical wound (i.e., scratch). ECM substrates selected were laminin (Ln), vitronectin (Vn), fibronectin (Fn) or Tenascin C (TnC). We found that regrowth of the scratch wound was ECM dependent: recovery was arrested on fibronectin (Fn), almost complete on either Vn, Ln, or TnC. To determine whether ECM responses were also influenced by inflammation, we treated ECM plated cultures with interleukin-1β (IL-1β). We found that IL-1β arrested astrocyte growth on Ln, accelerated astrocyte growth on Fn and had no significant effect on astrocyte growth on TnC or Vn. We also determined that blocking β1integrins, the major class of receptors for all ECM proteins tested, prevented the robust response of astrocytes exposed to TnC, Ln and Vn, and also inhibited the robust effect of IL-1β to stimulate astrocyte growth on Fn. In addition, we evaluated downstream targets of integrin signaling, specifically the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and determined that activation of this pathway contributed to the response of astrocytes grown on TnC, but not on Ln, Vn or Fn. These findings provide new insights into the role of ECM as a source of heterogeneity of glial responses that may have important implications for neuropathological sequelae.

  20. On-cartridge derivatisation using matrix solid phase dispersion for the determination of cyclamate in foods.

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    Li, Jianjun; Liu, Yun; Liu, Qianping; Hui, Junfeng; Liu, Yangzi

    2017-06-15

    A novel method for determination of sodium cyclamate in foods was developed. In this method, a syringe was loaded with the homogeneous mixture of the sample, KMnO4 powder and silica dispersant and used as a matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) reactor. As the reactor was infiltrated with small amounts of concentrated HCl, cyclamate was converted to 2-chlorocyclohexanone quickly and effectively within 5 min and determined by HPLC on a reversed-phase column using UV detection at a wavelength of 310 nm. Comparing with the traditional derivatisation in solution, the better clean-up was provided using on-cartridge derivatisation of MSPD, and much time, labor, and expense were saved. The results showed good linearity (r(2) = 0.9998) over the concentration range of 1-500 mg/L. The limit of detection (LOD) and limits of quantification (LOQ) of the cyclamate were 0.3 mg/L and 1 mg/L respectively. The recoveries ranged from 91.6% to 101.3% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) in the range of 2.5%-4.3%. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Rotation Matrix Method Based on Ambiguity Function for GNSS Attitude Determination.

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    Yang, Yingdong; Mao, Xuchu; Tian, Weifeng

    2016-06-08

    Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are well suited for attitude determination. In this study, we use the rotation matrix method to resolve the attitude angle. This method achieves better performance in reducing computational complexity and selecting satellites. The condition of the baseline length is combined with the ambiguity function method (AFM) to search for integer ambiguity, and it is validated in reducing the span of candidates. The noise error is always the key factor to the success rate. It is closely related to the satellite geometry model. In contrast to the AFM, the LAMBDA (Least-squares AMBiguity Decorrelation Adjustment) method gets better results in solving the relationship of the geometric model and the noise error. Although the AFM is more flexible, it is lack of analysis on this aspect. In this study, the influence of the satellite geometry model on the success rate is analyzed in detail. The computation error and the noise error are effectively treated. Not only is the flexibility of the AFM inherited, but the success rate is also increased. An experiment is conducted in a selected campus, and the performance is proved to be effective. Our results are based on simulated and real-time GNSS data and are applied on single-frequency processing, which is known as one of the challenging case of GNSS attitude determination.

  2. Optimisation of matrix solid-phase dispersion for the determination of Dechlorane compounds in marketed fish.

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    Chen, Chien-Liang; Tsai, Dung-Ying; Ding, Wang-Hsien

    2014-12-01

    A method for the determination of chlorinated flame retardants: Dechlorane Plus, Dechlorane (Dec) 602, Dec 603 and Dec 604, in marketed fish is described. The method involves the use of matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) prior to their determination by gas chromatography-electron-capture negative-ion chemical-ionisation mass spectrometry (GC-ECNICI-MS). Parameters that affect the extraction efficiency of the target analytes from fish samples were optimised using a Box-Behnken design method. MSPD integrated the extraction and clean-up procedures into a single step, which provides the benefits of being simple and convenient. The optimal extraction conditions involved dispersing a freeze-dried fish (1-g) in 2-g of silica gel, and packed with 1-g of Florisil, and then the target analytes were eluted with 20 mL of n-hexane. The limits of quantification were 9-15 pg/g-lipid weight. Preliminary results showed that the total concentrations of the target analytes ranged from 0.15 to 1.3 ng/g-lipid weight.

  3. Rotation Matrix Method Based on Ambiguity Function for GNSS Attitude Determination

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    Yang, Yingdong; Mao, Xuchu; Tian, Weifeng

    2016-01-01

    Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are well suited for attitude determination. In this study, we use the rotation matrix method to resolve the attitude angle. This method achieves better performance in reducing computational complexity and selecting satellites. The condition of the baseline length is combined with the ambiguity function method (AFM) to search for integer ambiguity, and it is validated in reducing the span of candidates. The noise error is always the key factor to the success rate. It is closely related to the satellite geometry model. In contrast to the AFM, the LAMBDA (Least-squares AMBiguity Decorrelation Adjustment) method gets better results in solving the relationship of the geometric model and the noise error. Although the AFM is more flexible, it is lack of analysis on this aspect. In this study, the influence of the satellite geometry model on the success rate is analyzed in detail. The computation error and the noise error are effectively treated. Not only is the flexibility of the AFM inherited, but the success rate is also increased. An experiment is conducted in a selected campus, and the performance is proved to be effective. Our results are based on simulated and real-time GNSS data and are applied on single-frequency processing, which is known as one of the challenging case of GNSS attitude determination. PMID:27338390

  4. Development of a Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion methodology for the determination of triazine herbicides in mussels.

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    Rodríguez-González, N; González-Castro, M J; Beceiro-González, E; Muniategui-Lorenzo, S

    2015-04-15

    A method based on Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion (MSPD) for determination of nine triazines in mussels has been optimised in terms of the sorbents used for extracting and cleaning-up. Two dispersing agents: C18 and florisil, and eight cleanup co-sorbents: florisil, silica, silica/alumina, Envi™ Carb, Envi-Carb-II/PSA, SAX/PSA, Envi-Carb-II /SAX/PSA and C18 were assayed. Analytes were eluted using 20 mL of ethyl acetate and 5 mL of acetonitrile and finally the extract was concentrated to dryness, re-constituted with 1 mL methanol and determined by HPLC-DAD. The best results were obtained with C18 as dispersing agent and Envi-Carb-II/SAX/PSA as clean-up co-column. Recoveries ranged between 79% and 99% and repeatability and reproducibility were below than 16% for all compounds. The linearity of the calibration curves yielded the R(2)⩾0.9993. The LOQ values ranged from 0.10 to 0.18 mg kg(-1) dried sample. Finally the method was applied to the analysis of mussel samples from Galicia (NW Spain).

  5. Application of vacuum stability test to determine thermal decomposition kinetics of nitramines bonded by polyurethane matrix

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    Elbeih, Ahmed; Abd-Elghany, Mohamed; Elshenawy, Tamer

    2017-03-01

    Vacuum stability test (VST) is mainly used to study compatibility and stability of energetic materials. In this work, VST has been investigated to study thermal decomposition kinetics of four cyclic nitramines, 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazinane (RDX) and 1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocane (HMX), cis-1,3,4,6-tetranitrooctahydroimidazo-[4,5-d]imidazole (BCHMX), 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (ε-HNIW, CL-20), bonded by polyurethane matrix based on hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB). Model fitting and model free (isoconversional) methods have been applied to determine the decomposition kinetics from VST results. For comparison, the decomposition kinetics were determined isothermally by ignition delay technique and non-isothermally by Advanced Kinetics and Technology Solution (AKTS) software. The activation energies for thermolysis obtained by isoconversional method based on VST technique of RDX/HTPB, HMX/HTPB, BCHMX/HTPB and CL20/HTPB were 157.1, 203.1, 190.0 and 176.8 kJ mol-1 respectively. Model fitting method proved that the mechanism of thermal decomposition of BCHMX/HTPB is controlled by the nucleation model while all the other studied PBXs are controlled by the diffusion models. A linear relationship between the ignition temperatures and the activation energies was observed. BCHMX/HTPB is interesting new PBX in the research stage.

  6. Towards the volumetricardiogram: volume determination of cardiac chambers using 3D matrix-array ultrasound

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    Stetten, George D.; Caines, Michael; Ohazama, Chikai J.; von Ramm, Olaf T.

    1995-05-01

    Matrix-array ultrasound is a new medical imaging modality that steers an ultrasound beam electronically in three dimensions. It is the first imaging modality that can view the heart in 3D in real time, making possible the `volumetricardiogram,' i.e., continuous beat to beat measurement of cardiac chamber volume. To create a fully automatic real-time volumetricardiogram, we have developed the flow integration transform (FIT), which operates on 2D images produced by slicing through the 3D ultrasound data. Although lacking rotational or scale invariance, the FIT is designed to operate eventually in dedicated hardware at very high speed, permitting the application of a large battery of test shapes within the period of a single ultrasound frame (approximately 45 milliseconds). To test the FIT, we have volumetrically scanned a series of 21 fluid-filled balloons. We used the FIT to detect circular cross-sections of the balloons by applying a battery of circles over a range of radii. The detected circles were used to compute volumes, which were then compared to volumes determined independently by weight. Our results are encouraging towards further development of this completely automated method of volume determination.

  7. Determinant of antiadjacency matrix of union and join operation from two disjoint of several classes of graphs

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    Edwina, M.; Sugeng, K. A.

    2017-07-01

    Let G be a graph with V(G) = {v1, …, vn} and E(G) = {e1, …, .em}. We only consider undirected graphs with no multiple edges in this paper. The adjacency matrix of G, denoted by A(G), is the n × n matrix A = [aij], where aij = 1 if e = vivj ∈ E(G) or otherwise aij = 0. The anti adjacency matrix of G, denoted by B(G), is the n × n matrix B = [bij], where bij = 0 if e = vivj ∈ E(G) or otherwise bij = 1. Properties of the determinant of the adjacency matrix of some simple graphs have been studied by many researchers. However, the determinant of the anti-adjacency matrix has not been explored yet. If G1 and G2 are disjoint graphs, then the joining of two graphs G1 and G2, denoted G1 ∇ G2 is defined by taking copies of G1 and G2 and adding edges so that each vertex in G1 is adjacent to every vertex in G2. In this paper, we show the properties of the determinant of joining two graphs, G1 and G2. Union of two graphs, denote G1 ∪ G2 is a graph formed by taking copies of G1 and G2. The objectives of this paper are to identify some properties of the determinant anti adjacency matrix of joining and union operation from two disjoint graphs. This paper also emphasizes on investigating the determinant of some special graph class formed by joining and unioning operation of two disjoint of several classes of graphs, such as Bipartite graphs, Cycles, Complete graphs, Stars, and Wheels.

  8. Specific surface area determinations on intact drillcores and evaluation of extrapolation methods for rock matrix surfaces.

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    André, M; Malmström, M E; Neretnieks, I

    2009-11-03

    Permanent storage of spent nuclear fuel in crystalline bedrock is investigated in several countries. For this storage scenario, the host rock is the third and final barrier for radionuclide migration. Sorption reactions in the crystalline rock matrix have strong retardative effects on the transport of radionuclides. To assess the barrier properties of the host rock it is important to have sorption data representative of the undisturbed host rock conditions. Sorption data is in the majority of reported cases determined using crushed rock. Crushing has been shown to increase a rock samples sorption capacity by creating additional surfaces. There are several problems with such an extrapolation. In studies where this problem is addressed, simple models relating the specific surface area to the particle size are used to extrapolate experimental data to a value representative of the host rock conditions. In this article, we report and compare surface area data of five size fractions of crushed granite and of 100 mm long drillcores as determined by the Brunauer Emmet Teller (BET)-method using N(2)-gas. Special sample holders that could hold large specimen were developed for the BET measurements. Surface area data on rock samples as large as the drillcore has not previously been published. An analysis of this data show that the extrapolated value for intact rock obtained from measurements on crushed material was larger than the determined specific surface area of the drillcores, in some cases with more than 1000%. Our results show that the use of data from crushed material and current models to extrapolate specific surface areas for host rock conditions can lead to over estimation interpretations of sorption ability. The shortcomings of the extrapolation model are discussed and possible explanations for the deviation from experimental data are proposed.

  9. Impact of model parameters on Monte Carlo simulations of backscattering Mueller matrix images of colon tissue

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    Antonelli, Maria-Rosaria; Pierangelo, Angelo; Novikova, Tatiana; Validire, Pierre; Benali, Abdelali; Gayet, Brice; De Martino, Antonello

    2011-01-01

    Polarimetric imaging is emerging as a viable technique for tumor detection and staging. As a preliminary step towards a thorough understanding of the observed contrasts, we present a set of numerical Monte Carlo simulations of the polarimetric response of multilayer structures representing colon samples in the backscattering geometry. In a first instance, a typical colon sample was modeled as one or two scattering “slabs” with monodisperse non absorbing scatterers representing the most superficial tissue layers (the mucosa and submucosa), above a totally depolarizing Lambertian lumping the contributions of the deeper layers (muscularis and pericolic tissue). The model parameters were the number of layers, their thicknesses and morphology, the sizes and concentrations of the scatterers, the optical index contrast between the scatterers and the surrounding medium, and the Lambertian albedo. With quite similar results for single and double layer structures, this model does not reproduce the experimentally observed stability of the relative magnitudes of the depolarizing powers for incident linear and circular polarizations. This issue was solved by considering bimodal populations including large and small scatterers in a single layer above the Lambertian, a result which shows the importance of taking into account the various types of scatterers (nuclei, collagen fibers and organelles) in the same model. PMID:21750762

  10. Mueller matrix group theory formalism for tissue imaging polarimetry contrast increase.

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    Fanjul-Vélez, Felix; Samperio-García, David; Pereda-Cubián, David; Arce-Diego, José L

    2007-01-01

    Optical characterization techniques provide a new approach to diagnostic imaging, with features such as a noninvasive or nonionizing character, as long as a resolution improvement. Intensity based measurements could be not enough for certain cases, and polarization information should be also used as a contrast parameter. Imaging polarimetry could be useful in many biomedical applications like dermatology or ophthalmology. Furthermore, it could be applied to the study of internal tissues through the use of optical fiber endoscopes, much less invasive that conventional biopsy. In this work the use of polarization parameters like the entropy factor, polarization components crosstalks or linear and circular polarization degrees is proposed as a way of improving tissue imaging contrast.

  11. Flow environment and matrix structure interact to determine spatial competition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Nadell, Carey D; Ricaurte, Deirdre; Yan, Jing; Drescher, Knut; Bassler, Bonnie L

    2017-01-01

    Bacteria often live in biofilms, which are microbial communities surrounded by a secreted extracellular matrix. Here, we demonstrate that hydrodynamic flow and matrix organization interact to shape competitive dynamics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Irrespective of initial frequency, in competition with matrix mutants, wild-type cells always increase in relative abundance in planar microfluidic devices under simple flow regimes. By contrast, in microenvironments with complex, irregular flow profiles – which are common in natural environments – wild-type matrix-producing and isogenic non-producing strains can coexist. This result stems from local obstruction of flow by wild-type matrix producers, which generates regions of near-zero shear that allow matrix mutants to locally accumulate. Our findings connect the evolutionary stability of matrix production with the hydrodynamics and spatial structure of the surrounding environment, providing a potential explanation for the variation in biofilm matrix secretion observed among bacteria in natural environments. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.21855.001 PMID:28084994

  12. Matrix elimination ion chromatography method for trace level azide determination in irbesartan drug.

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    Subramanian, Narayanan Harihara; Babu, V R Sankar; Jeevan, R Ganesh; Radhakrishnan, Ganga

    2009-08-01

    Ultra-trace analysis of azide in complicated Irbesartan sample matrix is achieved by the in-line sample preparation technique. Sodium azide is the precursor of Irbesartan, which is used as an anti-hypertensive drug. Due to the toxic nature of sodium azide, reliable determination of azide in Irbesartan is necessary. Irbesartan when analyzed for sodium azide, as per the USP 31-NF26 method, gets adsorbed to the analytical column, leading to reduction in column capacity and irreproducible retention time. The retained drug has to be removed with special rinsing solution, followed by re-equilibration with the mobile phase. This process takes at least 3 to 4 h for each sample analysis. The new method developed overcomes the limitations of the USP 31-NF26 method. This method is validated for specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, sample solution stability, and robustness as per International Conference on Harmonization guidelines. The relationship between peak response and concentration is found to be linear between 5 to 80 ng/mL of sodium azide, with the correlation coefficient (r(2)) of 0.9995. The limits of detection and quantification for sodium azide are 0.532 and 1.61 microg/gm with respect to the sample weight.

  13. A technique for determination of cathodic activity during corrosion of a metal matrix composite

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    Hall, I.W.; Bao, L.

    1996-04-01

    During the aqueous corrosion of aluminum in the presence of oxygen, Al loses electrons to form Al{sup 3+} ions and the O{sub 2} is reduced and forms (OH){sup {minus}} ions. These reactions occur at local anodic and cathodic sites and it is difficult to determine where the micro-cathode is for several reasons. In this research, Al specimens were immersed in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution containing also 0.5--1 ppm of PdCl{sub 2}. During the corrosion process the Pd{sup 2+} ions gain electrons at the micro-cathodic sites and are deposited there. Pd distribution micrographs can then be easily obtained in the SEM due to the great atomic weight difference between Al and Pd. The Pd distribution micrographs can be used directly to demonstrate the cathodic activity of very fine microstructural features such as precipitates and 0.5 {micro}m diameter SiC whiskers. Results from two aluminum matrix composites are reported. The first is a SiC whisker reinforced 2124 composite (SiC{sub w}/2124), the other is an alumina particulate reinforced 6061 composite (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/6061).

  14. Matrix effects during phosphorus determination with quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Kovacevic, Miroslav; Goessler, Walter; Mikac, Nevenka; Veber, Marjan

    2005-09-01

    A quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer was evaluated for use in the detection of phosphorus. The influences of nitric acid and methanol (simulating the composition of a sample solution after nitric acid digestion) on phosphorus determination were studied using two different measuring methods at different plasma conditions: detection of phosphorus ions at m/z 31 and detection of phosphorus oxide ions at m/z 47. The existence of polyatomic interferences at m/z 31 and 47 was explored. Nitric acid and methanol are shown to be the sources of polyatomic ions and therefore cause poorer detection limits. Better detection limits were achieved in such matrices when phosphorus was detected as 31P+. The presence of methanol improves the system sensitivity towards phosphorus sevenfold; however, this positive effect is hindered by the high background signal due to carbon-based polyatomic ions. For samples with an organic matrix an appropriate mineralization procedure should be applied (high excess of nitric acid and high temperature) to quantitatively oxidize organic compounds to carbon dioxide, which is easily removed from the sample, in order to achieve correct results.

  15. Noncontact Determination of Antisymmetric Plate Wave Velocity in Ceramic Matrix Composites

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    Kautz, Harold E.

    1998-01-01

    High-temperature materials are of increasing importance in the development of more efficient engines and components for the aeronautics industry. In particular, ceramic matrix composite (CMC) and metal matrix composite (MMC) structures are under active development for these applications. The acousto-ultrasonic (AU) method has been shown to be useful for assessing mechanical properties in composite structures. In particular, plate wave analysis can characterize composites in terms of their stiffness moduli. It is desirable to monitor changes in mechanical properties that occur during thermomechanical testing and to monitor the health of components whose geometry or position make them hard to reach with conventional ultrasonic probes. In such applications, it would be useful to apply AU without coupling directly to the test surface. For a number of years, lasers have been under investigation as remote ultrasonic input sources and ultrasound detectors. The use of an ultrasonic transducer coupled through an air gap has also been under study. So far at the NASA Lewis Research Center, we have been more successful in using lasers as ultrasonic sources than as output devices. On the other hand, we have been more successful in using an air-coupled piezoelectric transducer as an output device than as an input device. For this reason, we studied the laser in/air-coupled-transducer out combination-using a pulsed NdYAG laser as the ultrasonic source and an air-coupled-transducer as the detector. The present work is focused on one of the AU parameters of interest, the ultrasonic velocity of the antisymmetric plate-wave mode. This easily identified antisymmetric pulse can be used to determine shear and flexure modulus. It was chosen for this initial work because the pulse arrival times are likely to be the most precise. The following schematic illustrates our experimental arrangement for using laser in/air-transducer out on SiC/SiC composite tensile specimens. The NdYAG pulse was

  16. Determination of Material Parameters for Microbuckling Analysis of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Romanowicz, M.

    2015-05-01

    This research focuses on studying the effect of the constitutive law adopted for a matrix material on the compressive response of a unidirectional fiber reinforced polymer matrix composite. To investigate this effect, a periodic unit cell model of a unidirectional composite with an initial fiber waviness and inelastic behavior of the matrix was used. The sensitivity of the compressive strength to the hydrostatic pressure, the flow rule and the fiber misalignment angle were presented. The model was verified against an analytical solution and experimental data. Results of this study indicate that a micromechanical model with correctly identified material parameters provides a useful alternative to theoretical models and experimentation.

  17. Determination of configuration matrix element and outer synchronization among networks with different topologies

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    Lü, Ling; Liu, Shuo; Li, Gang; Zhao, Guannan; Gu, Jiajia; Tian, Jing; Wang, Zhouyang

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we research the outer synchronization among discrete networks with different topologies. Based on Lyapunov theorem, a novel synchronization technique is designed. Further, the control inputs of the networks and the adaptive laws of configuration matrix element are obtained. In the end, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the synchronization technique. It is found that the designed control input of the networks ensures the convergence of the errors among the networks to zero. And the designed adaptive law of configuration matrix element can replace effectively configuration matrix element in networks.

  18. Residual strain gradient determination in metal matrix composites by synchrotron X-ray energy dispersive diffraction

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    Kuntz, Todd A.; Wadley, Haydn N. G.; Black, David R.

    1993-01-01

    An X-ray technique for the measurement of internal residual strain gradients near the continuous reinforcements of metal matrix composites has been investigated. The technique utilizes high intensity white X-ray radiation from a synchrotron radiation source to obtain energy spectra from small (0.001 cu mm) volumes deep within composite samples. The viability of the technique was tested using a model system with 800 micron Al203 fibers and a commercial purity titanium matrix. Good agreement was observed between the measured residual radial and hoop strain gradients and those estimated from a simple elastic concentric cylinders model. The technique was then used to assess the strains near (SCS-6) silicon carbide fibers in a Ti-14Al-21Nb matrix after consolidation processing. Reasonable agreement between measured and calculated strains was seen provided the probe volume was located 50 microns or more from the fiber/matrix interface.

  19. Quantitative sandwich ELISA for determination of traces of hazelnut (Corylus avellana) protein in complex food matrixes.

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    Holzhauser, T; Vieths, S

    1999-10-01

    A hazelnut-specific sandwich-type ELISA based on polyclonal antisera was developed for detection of hidden hazelnut protein residues in complex food matrixes. In the absence of a food matrix, extractable protein from different native and toasted hazelnuts was detected at rates of 94 +/- 13 and 96 +/- 7% applying standards prepared from native and toasted hazelnuts, respectively. From complex food matrixes, 0.001-10% of hazelnut was recovered between 67 and 132%, in average by 106 +/- 17%. Depending on the food matrix, hazelnut protein could be detected down to the ppb (ng/g) level. Intraassay precision was <6% for hazelnut >/= 0.001% and interassay precision was <15% for hazelnut >/= 0.01%. In 12 of 28 commercial food products without labeling or declaration of hazelnut components, between 2 and 421 ppm of hazelnut protein was detected, demonstrating a remarkable presence of potentially allergenic hazelnut protein "hidden" in commercial food products.

  20. FBI Director Mueller Cites Partnerships as Key to Combating Crime and Terrorism

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    Blake, Christopher G.

    2008-01-01

    At the Public Policy General Session held June 30 during IACLEA's 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller told the audience that through its partnerships with IACLEA and other law enforcement organizations and agencies, the FBI has made great strides in combating both crime and terrorism in the communities and on…

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    ... Half Accountemps; St. Pauls, NC; Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker... workers from Staffing Alliance, Two Hawk Employment Agency and Robert Half Accountemps, St. Pauls, North... the St. Pauls, North Carolina location of Mueller Steam Specialty had their wages reported through...

  2. FBI Director Mueller Cites Partnerships as Key to Combating Crime and Terrorism

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    Blake, Christopher G.

    2008-01-01

    At the Public Policy General Session held June 30 during IACLEA's 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller told the audience that through its partnerships with IACLEA and other law enforcement organizations and agencies, the FBI has made great strides in combating both crime and terrorism in the communities and on…

  3. In vivo xenogeneic scaffold fate is determined by residual antigenicity and extracellular matrix preservation

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    Wong, Maelene L.; Wong, Janelle L.; Vapniarsky, Natalia; Griffiths, Leigh G.

    2017-01-01

    The immunological potential of animal-derived tissues and organs is the critical hurdle to increasing their clinical implementation. Glutaraldehyde-fixation cross-links proteins in xenogeneic tissues (e.g., bovine pericardium) to delay immune rejection, but also compromises the regenerative potential of the resultant biomaterial. Unfixed xenogeneic biomaterials in which xenoantigenicity has been ameliorated and native extracellular matrix (ECM) architecture has been maintained have the potential to overcome limitations of current clinically utilized glutaraldehyde-fixed biomaterials. The objective of this work was to determine how residual antigenicity and ECM architecture preservation modulate recipient immune and regenerative responses towards unfixed bovine pericardium (BP) ECM scaffolds. Disruption of ECM architecture during scaffold generation, with either SDS-decellularization or glutaraldehyde-fixation, stimulated recipient foreign body response and resultant fibrotic encapsulation following leporine subpannicular implantation. Conversely, BP scaffolds subjected to stepwise removal of hydrophilic and lipophilic antigens using amidosulfobetaine-14 (ASB-14) maintained native ECM architecture and thereby avoided fibrotic encapsulation. Removal of hydrophilic and lipophilic antigens significantly decreased local and systemic graft-specific, adaptive immune responses and subsequent calcification of BP scaffolds compared to scaffolds undergoing hydrophile removal only. Critically, removal of antigenic components and preservation of ECM architecture with ASB-14 promoted full-thickness recipient non-immune cellular repopulation of the BP scaffold. Further, unlike clinically utilized fixed BP, ASB-14-treated scaffolds fostered rapid intimal and medial vessel wall regeneration in a porcine carotid patch angioplasty model. This work highlights the importance of residual antigenicity and ECM architecture preservation in modulating recipient immune and regenerative

  4. Matrix elimination ion chromatography method for the determination of trace levels of anionic impurities in high purity cesium iodide.

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    Ayushi; Kumar, Sangita D; Reddy, A V R

    2012-01-01

    In the present study an ion chromatographic method based on matrix elimination has been developed for the determination of anionic impurities in high purity cesium iodide crystals. The presence of impurities has a detrimental effect on the characteristics of detectors based on cesium iodide crystals. In particular, oxygen-containing anions inhibit the resolving power of scintillators and decrease the optical absorption. The quantitative determination of anions (fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate, phosphate, and sulphate) simultaneously in the high-purity cesium iodide crystals has not been carried out before. The large concentration of iodide poses a challenge in the determination of anions (especially phosphate and sulphate); hence, matrix elimination is accomplished by adopting a sample pretreatment technique. The method is validated for linearity, accuracy, and precision. The limit of detection for different anions is in the range of 0.3-3 µg/g, and the relative standard deviation is in the range of 4-6% for the overall method.

  5. Determination of Green's function matrix for multiconductor and anisotropic multidielectric planar transmission lines: a variational approach

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    Medina, F.; Horno, M.

    1985-10-01

    In this paper, a set of simple recurrence formulas to evaluate the Green's function matrix for a generic multiconductor and multidielectric planar transmission system with arbitrary rectangular boundary conditions is obtained. Combining these formulas with the variational technique in the spectral domain, two useful algorithms to calculate the capacitance matrix of a very wide range of practical configurations are proposed. Upper and lower bounds on mode capacitances are obtained by using both algorithms. A number of practical structures have been analyzed and their most interesting features discussed. The method is very versatile and can handle a large class of MIC configurations, no matter how complex the planar structure.

  6. Collagen Unfolding Accelerates Water Influx, Determining Hydration in the Interstitial Matrix

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    McGee, Maria P.; Morykwas, Michael; Shelton, Julie; Argenta, Louis

    2012-01-01

    In the interstitial matrix, collagen unfolding at physiologic temperatures is thought to facilitate interactions with enzymes and scaffold molecules during inflammation, tissue remodeling, and wound healing. We tested the hypothesis that it also plays a role in modulating flows and matrix hydration potential. After progressively unfolding dermal collagen in situ, we measured the hydration parameters by osmotic stress techniques and modeled them as linear functions of unfolded collagen, quantified by differential scanning calorimetry after timed heat treatment. Consistent with the hypothetical model, the thermodynamic and flow parameters obtained experimentally were related linearly to the unfolded collagen fraction. The increases in relative humidity and intensity of T2 maps were also consistent with interfacial energy contributions to the hydration potential and the hydrophobic character of the newly formed protein/water interfaces. As a plausible explanation, we propose that increased tension at interfaces formed during collagen unfolding generate local gradients in the matrix that accelerate water transfer in the dermis. This mechanism adds a convective component to interstitial transfer of biological fluids that, unlike diffusion, can speed the dispersion of water and large solutes within the matrix. PMID:23200049

  7. Application of matrix solid-phase dispersion and high-performance liquid chromatography for determination of sulfonamides in honey.

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    Zou, Qiong-Hui; Wang, Jin; Wang, Xiang-Feng; Liu, Yuan; Han, Jie; Hou, Feier; Xie, Meng-Xia

    2008-01-01

    A novel method for simultaneous determination of 8 sulfonamide residues (sulfathiazole, sulfapyridine, sulfadiazine, sulfamerazine, sulfamonome-thoxine, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfamethoxazole, and sulfadimethoxine) in honey samples by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been developed on the basis of precolumn derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl-chloroformate (FMOC-Cl). Sulfonamide residues in honey samples were extracted and purified by matrix solid-phase dispersion with C18 as the solid support. The residues were derivatized by FMOC-CI, and the FMOC-sulfonamide derivatives were further purified by solid-phase extraction with silica gel as the solid support prior to HPLC analysis. The average recoveries for most sulfonamide compounds at different spiking levels (from 10 to 250 microg/kg) were > 70% with relative standard deviations < 16%, and their limits of detection were 4.0 microg/kg. The established analytical method has high sensitivity and repeatability and can be applicable for determining the sulfonamide residues in various honey matrixes.

  8. Integrating Matrix Method for Determining the Natural Vibrations of a Rotating, Unsymmetrical Beam with Application to Twisted Propeller Blades

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    Hunter, William F.

    1967-01-01

    A numerical method is Presented for determining the natural vibration frequencies, and the corresponding mode shapes, of a rotating cantilever beam which has a nonuniform, unsymmetrical cross section. Two coupled fourth-order differential equations of motion with variable coefficients are derived which govern the motion of such a beam having deformations in two directions. Through the development and utilization of the integrating matrix, the solution of the differential equations is obtained in the form of an eigenvalue problem. The solutions to the eigenvalue problem are determined by an iteration method based upon a special orthogonality relationship which is derived. Numerical examples, including an application to a twisted propeller blade, are presented with the results of the integrating matrix solutions being compared to exact solutions and experimental data.

  9. Generalized least-squares method applied to fMRI time series with empirically determined correlation matrix.

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    Wicker, B; Fonlupt, P

    2003-03-01

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) time series analysis and statistical inferences about the effect of a cognitive task on the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) are largely based on the linear model. However, this method requires that the error vector is a gaussian variable with an identity correlation matrix. When this assumption cannot be accepted, statistical inferences can be made using generalized least squares. In this case, knowledge of the covariance matrix of the error vector is needed. In the present report, we propose a method that needs stationarity of the autocorrelation function but is more flexible than autoregressive model of order p (AR(p)) models because it is not necessary to predefine a relation between coefficients of the correlation matrix. We tested this method on sets of simulated data (with presence of an effect of interest or not) representing a time series with a monotonically decreasing autocorrelation function. This time series mimicked an experiment using a random event-related design that does not create correlation between scans. The autocorrelation function is empirically determined and used to reconstitute the correlation matrix as the toeplitz matrix built from the autocorrelation function. When applied to simulated time series with no effect of interest, this method allows the determination of F values corresponding to the accurate false positive level. Moreover, when applied to time series with an effect of interest, this method gives a density function of F values which allows the rejection of the null hypothesis. This method provides a flexible but interpretable time domain noise model.

  10. Nondestructive Determination of Heat/Fire Damage to Polymer- Matrix Composites Using Obliquely Insonified Ultrasonic Waves

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    Bar-Cohen, Y.; Mal, A.; Lih, S.

    1995-01-01

    Heat and fire damage to composite structures cause loss of strength that cannot be detected by current NDE methods unless physical damage occurs. Further, there is a lack of fundamental understanding of the mechanism of damage from thermal exposure of organic matrix composites to elevated temperatures. Information compiled from field reports and lab experiments increasingly suggests that there is material degradation and it is not necessarily involved with the introduction of physical defects. In recent years, various researchers examined the potential to identifying thermal degradation to organic matrix composites prior to delamination. The methods that were used include: ultrasonics, backscattered X-ray, eddy current, thermography, drift and LPF spectroscopies, acousto-ultrasonics and hardness testing. None of these methods were able to correlate NDE results with loss of mechanical properties.

  11. Integrated Analysis Tools for Determination of Structural Integrity and Durability of High temperature Polymer Matrix Composites

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    2008-08-18

    Dillon none 2306T / X Dr. Charles Y-C. Lee i-incc » Objective : To develop a materials qualification approach based on a combinatorial multi-scale...approaches will be identified and targeted to provide the material supplier with a more efficient way to optimize the material for a particular application...Matrix Composites 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: a. REPORT U b. ABSTRACT U c. THIS PAGE U 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES

  12. Model Determined for Predicting Fatigue Lives of Metal Matrix Composites Under Mean Stresses

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    Lerch, Bradley

    1997-01-01

    Aircraft engine components invariably are subjected to mean stresses over and above the cyclic loads. In monolithic materials, it has been observed that tensile mean stresses are detrimental and compressive mean stresses are beneficial to fatigue life in comparison to a base of zero mean stress. Several mean stress models exist for monolithic metals, but each differ quantitatively in the extent to which detrimental or beneficial effects are ascribed. There have been limited attempts to apply these models to metal matrix composites. At the NASA Lewis Research Center, several mean stress models--the Smith-Watson- Topper, Walker, Normalized Goodman, and Soderberg models--were examined for applicability to this class of composite materials. The Soderberg approach, which normalizes the mean stress to a 0.02-percent yield strength, was shown to best represent the effect of mean stresses over the range covered. The other models varied significantly in their predictability and often failed to predict the composite behavior at very high tensile mean stresses. This work is the first to systematically demonstrate the influence of mean stresses on metal matrix composites and model their effects. Attention also was given to fatigue-cracking mechanisms in the Ti-15-3 matrix and to micromechanics analyses of mean stress effects.

  13. Model Determined for Predicting Fatigue Lives of Metal Matrix Composites Under Mean Stresses

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    Lerch, Bradley

    1997-01-01

    Aircraft engine components invariably are subjected to mean stresses over and above the cyclic loads. In monolithic materials, it has been observed that tensile mean stresses are detrimental and compressive mean stresses are beneficial to fatigue life in comparison to a base of zero mean stress. Several mean stress models exist for monolithic metals, but each differ quantitatively in the extent to which detrimental or beneficial effects are ascribed. There have been limited attempts to apply these models to metal matrix composites. At the NASA Lewis Research Center, several mean stress models--the Smith-Watson- Topper, Walker, Normalized Goodman, and Soderberg models--were examined for applicability to this class of composite materials. The Soderberg approach, which normalizes the mean stress to a 0.02-percent yield strength, was shown to best represent the effect of mean stresses over the range covered. The other models varied significantly in their predictability and often failed to predict the composite behavior at very high tensile mean stresses. This work is the first to systematically demonstrate the influence of mean stresses on metal matrix composites and model their effects. Attention also was given to fatigue-cracking mechanisms in the Ti-15-3 matrix and to micromechanics analyses of mean stress effects.

  14. Differential matrix formalism for depolarizing anisotropic media.

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    Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2011-06-15

    Azzam's differential matrix formalism [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1756 (1978)], originally developed for longitudinally inhomogeneous anisotropic nondepolarizing media, is extended to include depolarizing media. The generalization is physically interpreted in terms of means and uncertainties of the elementary optical properties of the medium, as well as of three anisotropy absorption parameters introduced to describe the depolarization. The formalism results in a particularly simple mathematical procedure for the retrieval of the elementary properties of a generally depolarizing anisotropic medium, assumed to be globally homogeneous, from its experimental Mueller matrix. The approach is illustrated on literature data and the conditions of its validity are identified and discussed.

  15. Determination of pharmaceuticals in sewage sludge and biochar from hydrothermal carbonization using different quantification approaches and matrix effect studies.

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    Vom Eyser, C; Palmu, K; Otterpohl, R; Schmidt, T C; Tuerk, J

    2015-01-01

    Producing valuable biochar from waste materials using thermal processes like hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) has gained attention in recent years. However, the fate of micropollutants present in these waste sources have been neglected, although they might entail the risk of environmental pollution. Thus, an HPLC-MS/MS method was developed for 12 pharmaceuticals to determine the micropollutant load of biochar, which was made from sewage sludge via HTC within 4 h at 210 °C. Pressurized liquid extraction was applied to extract the compounds. Because of the high load of co-extracted matter, matrix effects in HPLC-MS/MS were investigated using matrix effect profiles. Interfering compounds suppressed 50% of the phenazone signal in sewage sludge and 70% in biochar, for example. The quantification approaches external calibration, internal standard analysis, and standard addition were compared considering recovery rates, standard deviations, and measurement uncertainties. The external analysis resulted in decreased or enhanced recovery rates. Spiking before LC-MS/MS compensated instrumental matrix effects. Still, recovery rates remained below 70% for most compounds because this approach neglects sample losses during the extraction. Internal standards compensated for the matrix effects sufficiently for up to five compounds. The standard addition over the whole procedure proved to compensate for the matrix effects for 11 compounds and achieved recovery rates between 85 and 125%. Additionally, results showed good reproducibility and validity. Only sulfamethoxazole recovery rate remained below 70% in sewage sludge. Real sample analysis showed that three pharmaceuticals were detected in the biochar, while the corresponding sewage sludge source contained 8 of the investigated compounds.

  16. Criticality Detection Using a Mirion Technologies DRM-2NC Remote Area Monitor Geiger-Mueller Probe

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    Kryskow, Adam P.

    The prompt fission neutron activation and subsequent response of a DRM-2NC Geiger-Mueller probe (manufactured by Mirion Technologies) was investigated for the purpose of creating a criticality accident detection algorithm with sensitivity and false positive suppression comparable to modern criticality accident detection systems. The expected decay pattern of secondary emissions arising from the neutron induced activity of the Geiger-Mueller probe was investigated experimentally in high neutron fluence environments at research reactors operated by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Pennsylvania State University, and the White Sands Missile Range of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Monte Carlo techniques were used to both identify key probe materials responsible for the majority of the Geiger-Mueller response and investigate the effects of boron doping to increase detector sensitivity and enhance the signal to noise ratio. Subsequently, a statistical algorithm centered on a point weighted linear regression of the combined effective half-life was developed as the basis for criticality declaration. Final testing of the system indicated that the system was capable of meeting all ANSI criticality accident criteria with sufficient sensitivity to the minimum accident of concern, an adequate response time, and an extremely low likelihood of false alarm.

  17. Evaluation of a molecularly imprinted polymer for determination of steroids in goat milk by matrix solid phase dispersion.

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    Gañán, Judith; Morante-Zarcero, Sonia; Gallego-Picó, Alejandrina; Garcinuño, Rosa María; Fernández-Hernando, Pilar; Sierra, Isabel

    2014-08-01

    A molecularly imprinted polymer-matrix solid-phase dispersion methodology for simultaneous determination of five steroids in goat milk samples was proposed. Factors affecting the extraction recovery such as sample/dispersant ratio and washing and elution solvents were investigated. The molecularly imprinted polymer used as dispersant in the matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure showed high affinity to steroids, and the obtained extracts were sufficiently cleaned to be directly analyzed. Analytical separation was performed by micellar electrokinetic chromatography using a capillary electrophoresis system equipped with a diode array detector. A background electrolyte composed of borate buffer (25mM, pH 9.3), sodium dodecyl sulfate (10mM) and acetonitrile (20%) was used. The developed MIP-MSPD methodology was applied for direct determination of testosterone (T), estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (17β-E2), 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) and progesterone (P) in different goat milk samples. Mean recoveries obtained ranged from 81% to 110%, with relative standard deviations (RSD)≤12%. The molecularly imprinted polymer-matrix solid-phase dispersion method is fast, selective, cost-effective and environment-friendly compared with other pretreatment methods used for extraction of steroids in milk.

  18. Extracellular Matrix Proteins, Alkaline Phosphatase and Pyrophosphate as Molecular Determinants of Bone, Tooth, Kidney and Vascular Calcification

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    McKee, Marc D.

    2008-09-01

    Progress in biomineralization research in recent years has identified, characterized and described functions for key noncollagenous extracellular matrix proteins regulating crystal growth in the skeleton and dentition. Some of these same proteins expressed in soft tissues undergoing pathologic calcification also inhibit ectopic crystal growth. In addition to extracellular matrix proteins regulating matrix mineralization, the enzyme tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase—which is highly expressed by cells in mineralized tissues—cleaves pyrophosphate, an anionic small-molecule inhibitor of mineralization. Together with the required mineral ion availability necessary for crystal growth, these molecular determinants appear to function in limiting the spread of pathologic calcification seen in soft tissues such as blood vessels and kidneys. Osteopontin, in particular, is a potent calcification inhibitor that accumulates in mineralized tissues and in calcified deposits during vascular calcification and nephrolithiasis/urolithiasis. Additional research is required to establish the exact temporal sequence in which the molecular determinants of pathologic calcification appear relative to mineral crystal growth in different tissues, and to establish their relationship (if any) to the activation of osteogenic differentiation programs.

  19. Determination of scale invariance in random-matrix spectral fluctuations without unfolding

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    Torres-Vargas, G.; Fossion, R.; Tapia-Ignacio, C.; López-Vieyra, J. C.

    2017-07-01

    We apply the singular value decomposition (SVD) method, based on normal-mode analysis, to decompose the spectra of finite random matrices of standard Gaussian ensembles in trend and fluctuation modes. We use the fact that the fluctuation modes are scale invariant and follow a power law, to characterize the transition between the extreme regular and chaotic cases. Thereby, we quantify the quantum chaos in systems described by random matrix theory in a direct way, without performing any previous unfolding procedure, and therefore, avoiding possible artifacts.

  20. Determining Patterns in Neural Activity for Reaching Movements Using Nonnegative Matrix Factorization

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    Kim, Sung-Phil; Rao, Yadunandana N.; Erdogmus, Deniz; Sanchez, Justin C.; Nicolelis, Miguel A. L.; Principe, Jose C.

    2005-12-01

    We propose the use of nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) as a model-independent methodology to analyze neural activity. We demonstrate that, using this technique, it is possible to identify local spatiotemporal patterns of neural activity in the form of sparse basis vectors. In addition, the sparseness of these bases can help infer correlations between cortical firing patterns and behavior. We demonstrate the utility of this approach using neural recordings collected in a brain-machine interface (BMI) setting. The results indicate that, using the NMF analysis, it is possible to improve the performance of BMI models through appropriate pruning of inputs.

  1. A matrix for determining lower complexity barycentric representations of rational interpolants

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    Berrut, Jean-Paul

    2000-08-01

    Among the representations of rational interpolants, the barycentric form has several advantages, for example, with respect to stability of interpolation, location of unattainable points and poles, and differentiation. But it also has some drawbacks, in particular the more costly evaluation than the canonical representation. In the present work we address this difficulty by diminishing the number of interpolation nodes embedded in the barycentric form. This leads to a structured matrix, made of two (modified) Vandermonde and one Lwner, whose kernel is the set of weights of the interpolant (if the latter exists). We accordingly modify the algorithm presented in former work for computing the barycentric weights and discuss its efficiency with several examples.

  2. Preliminary Investigation to Determine the Suitable Mixture Composition for Corn Starch Matrix

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    Huzaimi Zakaria, Nazri; Ngali, Zamani; Zulkefli Selamat, Mohd

    2017-01-01

    The use of natural fiber as reinforcement in polymeric composites has been seen a dramatically increase over the last decades. The surge in the interest of natural fiber composite or biodegradable composite is mainly due to the attractive cost of production, improved of hardness, better fatigue endurance and good thermal and mechanical resistivity. In this work, corn starch in the form of powder is utilized as the matrix of the composite. However, starch is brittle and has low strength make it inappropriate candidate for matrix binder. The main objective of this study is to modify the mechanical properties of pure corn starch by mixing it with water, glycerol and vinegar. The composition ratio of water is 60~80%, corn starch 10~35%, glycerol is 5~15% and vinegar is 0~5%, ten samples (A-J) have been manufactured and the best mixture composition is selected based on few selection criteria. The selection criteria are visual impaction, hardness and density. From the results, the samples without vinegar are not suitable to be used because of the fungus availability on the surface. Meanwhile the results from the samples with 5 ml vinegar have no fungus on their surface even has been exposed to the ambient air. While the sample C has shown the best sample based on the visual, hardness and density test.

  3. Liquid chromatographic determination of RH-5992, an ecdysone agonist, in some forestry matrixes.

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    Sundaram, K M; Zhu, J; Nott, R

    1993-01-01

    A liquid chromatographic method is described for the analysis of RH-5992 (N'-t-butyl-N'-[3,5-dimethyl-benzoyl]-N- [-ethylbenzoyl]hydrazine) from various terrestrial and aquatic forestry matrixes and stream water. The processed soils, litter, oak foliage, sediment, aquatic plants, and fish were extracted with a mixture of acetone and water; balsam fir needles were extracted with acidified methanol solution; stream water was extracted with dichloromethane. Aliquots of crude extracts were solvent partitioned, concentrated, and cleaned up by using Florisil or Prepsep-NH2 columns. After fractional elution of the columns with hexane-ethyl acetate as the eluent, the eluates were analyzed on a liquid chromatograph equipped with a diode-array UV detector set at 236 nm, using an RP-8, 10 microns column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-dioxane-water. Fir needles required methanol in addition to the 3 solvents in the mobile phase mixture. Water samples did not require any column cleanup. Mean recoveries for the analyte ranged from 84 to 98%, with coefficients of variation from 5 to 10%. Limits of detection (LOD) and limits of quantitation (LOQ) ranged from 0.004 to 0.030 ppm and from 0.013 to 0.101 ppm, respectively, for various forestry matrixes. LOD and LOQ for natural waters were 0.050 and 0.166 ppb, respectively.

  4. Extracellular matrix and cell surface as determinants of connective tissue differentiation.

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    Solursh, M

    1989-09-01

    This paper reviews in vitro studies, largely from the author's laboratory, concerning the conditions that are permissive for the differentiation of limb bud mesenchymal cells into chondrocytes. In high-density cell culture, even in a defined medium, the same normal sequence of events that is found in vivo in developing cartilage is also observed. This system can be used to study heritable disorders in model systems such as in mutant mouse embryos. In addition, single mesenchymal cells can differentiate into hypertrophic chondrocytes in hydrated collagen gel or agarose cultures. A rounded cell shape promotes chondrogenesis, while a flattened cell shape promotes fibroblast differentiation. The actin cytoskeleton is shown to play a central role in regulating connective tissue cell differentiation. By use of such cell culture manipulations, it is now possible to grow large numbers of fibroblastic cells from human biopsy material for storage and to carry out experimental studies after re-expression of chondrogenesis in gel cultures. It is suggested that cytoskeletal-extracellular matrix interactions play a fundamental role in connective tissue differentiation. Matrix receptors might be developmentally regulated and modify epithelial effects on mesenchymal cells. In this way mesenchymal cells differentiate in a highly organized manner in spatial and temporal terms.

  5. Concept for Determining the Life of Ceramic Matrix Composites Using Nondestructive Characterization Techniques

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    Effinger, M.; Ellingson, B.; Spohnholtz, T.; Koenig, J.

    2001-01-01

    An idea is put forth for a nondestructive characterization (NDC) generated algorithm-N curve to replace a S-N curve. A scenario for NDC life determination has been proposed. There are many challenges for the NDC life determination and prediction, but it could yield a grand payoff. The justification for NDC life determination and prediction is documented.

  6. Measurement of the Muller matrix for painted surfaces with a kind of scatterometer

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    Feng, Weiwei; Wei, Qingnong; Chen, Lingxin

    2010-10-01

    The polarized light scattered by the surface of a material contains information that can be used to describe the properties of the surfaces. Polarized Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) is one of the most important factors used to represent the property of the surface. It uses a 4×4 matrix (Mueller matrix) to describe the properties of the light scattered from the surface. In order to measure the Mueller matrix of the samples, a new three axis automated scatterometer has been developed to measure the Mueller matrix of painted surfaces. It can do measurement at any illumination and viewing geometric of the hemisphere and it is more convenient for far-field measurement is presented. The design of the instrument is different to the traditional scatterometer. The significant characteristic of the instrument is that the detector and polarization analyzer are fixed, while the source and the incident optical elements rotate on a stage together. All the possible incident and viewing positions can be reached through the rotation of three motors. The rotations of the motors are fed back through photoelectric- encoders, the "closed loop" control mode ensured the precision of the position. Through coordinate transformations, the measurement in three dimensions can be simplified in two dimensional form, the details of the coordinate transformations will be described in detail in this paper. The dualrotating retarders method is used to modulate polarizing and analyzing optics. Two retarders rotate synchronously at angular speed and respectively. For every position, 16 measurements were done, and the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) method is used to retrieve the Mueller matrix of the sample. Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) method is used to retrieve the Mueller matrix of the sample. The results of out-plane polarized bidirectional reflectance distribution function for samples coated with different paints are presented.

  7. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions.

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    Changlani, Hitesh J; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U(∗)/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.

  8. Oral fluid as an alternative matrix to determine ethanol for forensic purposes.

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    Bueno, Laís Helena Picolo; da Silva, Ricardo Henrique Alves; Azenha, Aline Vieira; de Souza Dias, Mariane Cristine; De Martinis, Bruno Spinosa

    2014-09-01

    The present work aimed to evaluate whether it is possible to use oral fluid to monitor alcohol in drivers. In a control experiment the subjects ingested beer with an alcoholic percentage of 4.7%, in an amount that furnished 0.5 g ethanol per kg of body weight. Volunteer's urine, oral fluid, and breath were collected at 10, 30, 60, and 90 min after alcohol intake. Urine and oral fluid were analyzed by gas chromatography with FID (Flame Ionization Detector); breath was analyzed by Alcotest 7410 (Dräger). The absorption profiles correlated well. The Pearson correlation value between samples of oral fluid and urine, and oral fluid and exhaled air, was close to 1, showing that oral fluid is a promising matrix to monitor drivers in traffic or involved in accidents.

  9. The research of the cross-links effect influence in the color matrix photodetector on an error of the air tract vertical temperature gradient determination

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    Nekrylov, Ivan S.; Kleshchenok, Maksim A.; Timofeev, Aleksandr N.; Sycheva, Elena A.; Gusarov, Vadim F.

    2017-06-01

    The research of the cross-links effect influence in the color matrix photodetector on an error of the air tract vertical temperature gradient determination is provided. It is invited to consider the influence of the signals from matrix photodetector channels on each other. There is a method to determine the value of the cross-links effect ant its influence on the energy center coordinates determination.

  10. Determination of pharmaceutical compounds in skin by imaging matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry.

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    Bunch, Josephine; Clench, Malcolm R; Richards, Don S

    2004-01-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (Q-TOFMS) has been used to detect and image the distribution of a xenobiotic substance in skin. Porcine epidermal tissue was treated with 'Nizoral', a medicated shampoo containing ketoconazole (+/-)-1-acetyl-4-[p-[[(2R,4S)-2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-2-(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl]methoxy]phenyl]piperazine) as active ingredient. Following incubation for 1 h at 37 degrees C all excess formulation was washed from the surface. A cross-section of the drug-treated tissue was then blotted onto a cellulose membrane, precoated in matrix (alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA)), by airspray deposition. In separate experiments the tissue surface was treated with Nizoral within a triangular former, and subsequently blotted onto a matrix-coated membrane. Sample membranes were then mounted into the recess of specialised MALDI targets with adhesive tape. All samples were analysed by MALDI-TOFMS using an Applied Biosystem 'Q-star Pulsar i' hybrid Q-TOF mass spectrometer fitted with an orthagonal MALDI ion source and imaging software. Detection of the protonated molecule was readily achievable by this technique. Treatment of the tissue within a template gave rise to images depicting the expected distribution of the drug, demonstrating that this technique is capable of producing spatially useful data. Ion images demonstrating the permeation of the applied compound into the skin were achieved by imaging a cross-sectional imprint of treated tissue. A calibration graph for the determination of ketoconazole was prepared using the sodium adduct of the matrix ion as an internal standard. This enabled construction of a quantitative profile of drug in skin. Conventional haematoxylin and eosin staining and microscopy methods were employed to obtain a histological image of the porcine epidermal tissue. Superimposing the mass spectrometric and histological images appeared to indicate drug

  11. Matrix effects on the determination of manganese in geological materials by atomic-absorption spectrophotometry under different flame conditions

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    Sanzolone, R.F.; Chao, T.T.

    1978-01-01

    Suppression caused by five of the seven matrix elements studied (Si, Al, Fe, Ca and Mg) was observed in the atomic-absorption determination of manganese in geological materials, when synthetic solutions and the recommended oxidizing air-acetylene flame were used. The magnitude of the suppression effects depends on (1) the kind and concentration of the interfering elements, (2) the type of acid medium, and (3) the concentration of manganese to be determined. All interferences noted are removed or alleviated by using a reducing nitrous oxide-acetylene flame. The atomic-absorption method using this flame can be applied to the determination of total and extractable manganese in a wide range of geological materials without interferences. Analyses of six U.S. Geological Survey rock standards for manganese gave results in agreement with the reported values. ?? 1978.

  12. Matrix Elimination Ion Chromatography Method for the Determination of Trace Levels of Anionic Impurities in High Purity Cesium Iodide

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    Ayushi; Kumar, Sangita D.; Reddy, A.V.R.

    2012-01-01

    In the present study an ion chromatographic method based on matrix elimination has been developed for the determination of anionic impurities in high purity cesium iodide crystals. The presence of impurities has a detrimental effect on the characteristics of detectors based on cesium iodide crystals. In particular, oxygen-containing anions inhibit the resolving power of scintillators and decrease the optical absorption. The quantitative determination of anions (fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate, phosphate, and sulphate) simultaneously in the high-purity cesium iodide crystals has not been carried out before. The large concentration of iodide poses a challenge in the determination of anions (especially phosphate and sulphate); hence, matrix elimination is accomplished by adopting a sample pretreatment technique. The method is validated for linearity, accuracy, and precision. The limit of detection for different anions is in the range of 0.3–3 µg/g, and the relative standard deviation is in the range of 4–6% for the overall method. PMID:22291061

  13. Applicability of ultrasonic testing for the determination of volume fraction of particulates in alumina-reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Fang, C.K.; Fang, R.L.; Weng, W.P.; Chuang, T.H.

    1999-10-01

    An ultrasonic testing technique was employed to determine the volume fraction of alumina particulate reinforcement in 6061 aluminum matrix composites. this study was performed on various composites with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nominal volume fractions of 10, 15, and 20%. For comparison, other techniques were employed as well, including the Archimedes method, metallographic image analysis, X-ray diffraction, and acid dissolution. Observations indicated that ultrasonic testing and acid dissolution methods are more reliable than the other techniques, while ultrasonic testing is faster than the acid dissolution method.

  14. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions

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    Changlani, Hitesh J.; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K.

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U{sup ∗}/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.

  15. Simultaneous determination of benzo[k]fluoranthene and perylene using excitation-emission matrix fluorescence

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    Wang, Huan-Bo; Zhang, Yu-jun; Duan, Jing-Bo; Xiao, Xue; Yu, Shao-Hui; Zhang, Kai

    2010-10-01

    Benzo[k]fluoranthene (BkF) and perylene (Per) are among the sixteen priority pollutants of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons recommended by The United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA). In this paper, we report a simple and rapid method for quantitative analysis of BkF and Per using the three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence coupled with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC). Before analyzing of two mixtures quantitatively, we study the fluorescence characterization of pure BkF and Per first. The maximal peak values are at 306 nm of the excitation wavelength and 406 nm of the emission wavelength for BkF, and 252 and 438nm for Per, the linear ranges of BkF and Per are 0.8~16~ L-1 and 0.6~20~ L-1 respectively. Finally the average recoveries are obtained using PARAFAC algorithm, which can reach 101.1% and 99.5% for BkF and Per respectively. In order to evaluate the accuracy of the PARAFAC algorithm, selectivity (SEL) and sensitivity (SEN) have also been presented. Results show that a good performance has been achieved using excitation-emission fluorescence coupled with PARAFAC algorithm.

  16. Transfer matrix method for determination of the natural vibration characteristics of elastically coupled launch vehicle boosters

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    Abbas, Laith K.; Zhou, Qinbo; Hendy, Hossam; Rui, Xiaoting

    2015-08-01

    The analysis of natural vibration characteristics has become one of important steps of the manufacture and dynamic design in the aerospace industry. This paper presents a new scenario called virtual cutting in the context of the transfer matrix method of linear multibody systems closed-loop topology for computing the free vibration characteristics of elastically coupled flexible launch vehicle boosters. In this approach, the coupled system is idealized as a triple-beam system-like structure coupled by linear translational springs, where a non-uniform free-free Euler-Bernoulli beam is used. A large thrust-to-weight ratio leads to large axial accelerations that result in an axial inertia load distribution from nose to tail. Consequently, it causes the development of significant compressive forces along the length of the launch vehicle. Therefore, it is important to take into account this effect in the transverse vibration model. This scenario does not need the global dynamics equations of a system, and it has high computational efficiency and low memory requirements. The validity of the presented scenario is achieved through comparison to other approaches published in the literature.

  17. [Nuclear protein matrix from giant nuclei of Chironomus plumosus determinates polythene chromosome organization].

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    Makarov, M S; Chentsov, Iu S

    2010-01-01

    Giant nuclei from salivary glands of Chironomus plumosus were treated in situ with detergent, 2 M NaCl and nucleases in order to reveal residual nuclear matrix proteins (NMP). It was shown, that preceding stabilization of non-histone proteins with 2 mM CuCl2 allowed to visualize the structure of polythene chromosomes at every stage of the extraction of histones and DNA. Stabilized NPM of polythene chromosomes maintains their morphology and banding patterns, which is observed by light and electron microscopy, whereas internal fibril net or residual nucleoli are not found. In stabilized NPM of polythene chromosomes, topoisomerase IIalpha and SMC1 retain their localization that is typical of untreated chromosomes. NPM of polythene chromosomes also includes sites of DNA replication, visualized with BrDU incubation, and some RNA-components. So, we can conclude that structure of NPM from giant nuclei is equal to NPM from normal interphase nuclei, and that morphological features of polythene chromosomes depend on the presence of NMP.

  18. Multiscreening determination of organic pollutants in molluscs using matrix solid phase dispersion.

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    Ziarrusta, H; Olivares, M; Delgado, A; Posada-Ureta, O; Zuloaga, O; Etxebarria, N

    2015-04-24

    This work describes the optimisation, validation and application of matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) coupled to gas chromatography mass spectrometry, both single quadrupole (GC-MS) and tandem (GC-MS/MS), for the quantification in molluscs of up to 40 different analytes belonging to several families of priority and emerging organic contaminants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) and musk fragrances. The MSPD procedure was fully optimised with a special focus on the clean-up strategy. The best recoveries were obtained using glass syringes, 0.30 g of freeze-dried sample, 0.30 g of Florisil as solid support, 4.00 g of activated silica and 25 mL of dichloromethane as elution solvent. Using GC-MS/MS the method afforded good linearities (r(2), between 0.980 and 0.9996), adequate repeatability and reproducibility (RSD<17% and 33%, respectively) and low instrumental limits of detection (between 0.010 and 2.74 ng mL(-1)). The accuracy of the method was evaluated using different approaches, i.e. assessment of spiked fish hatchery samples, laboratory reference material and standard reference material (SRM 2977). Satisfactory apparent recoveries were obtained for all the target analytes after correction with the corresponding labelled surrogate, except for PAHs in the case of SRM 2977, which required the use of the standard addition method. Finally, MSPD was applied to mollusc species collected in Colombia and Nicaragua, where PAHs, PCBs, musks and pesticides were detected at low ng g(-1) levels. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Direct determination of mercury in white vinegar by matrix assisted photochemical vapor generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry detection

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    Liu, Qingyang

    2010-07-01

    This paper proposes the use of photochemical vapor generation with acetic acid as sample introduction for the direct determination of ultra-trace mercury in white vinegars by atomic fluorescence spectrometry. Under ultraviolet irradiation, the sample matrix (acetic acid) can reduce mercury ion to atomic mercury Hg 0, which is swept by argon gas into an atomic fluorescence spectrometer for subsequent analytical measurements. The effects of several factors such as the concentration of acetic acid, irradiation time, the flow rate of the carrier gas and matrix effects were discussed and optimized to give detection limits of 0.08 ng mL -1 for mercury. Using the experimental conditions established during the optimization (3% v/v acetic acid, 30 s irradiation time and 20 W mercury lamp), the precision levels, expressed as relative standard deviation, were 4.6% (one day) and 7.8% (inter-day) for mercury ( n = 9). Addition/recovery tests for evaluation of the accuracy were in the range of 92-98% for mercury. The method was also validated by analysis of vinegar samples without detectable amount of Hg spiked with aqueous standard reference materials (GBW(E) 080392 and GBW(E) 080393). The results were also compared with those obtained by acid digestion procedure and determination of mercury by ICP-MS. There was no significant difference between the results obtained by the two methods based on a t-test (at 95% confidence level).

  20. PDGF stimulation of Mueller cell proliferation: Contributions of c-JNK and the PI3K/Akt pathway

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    Moon, Sang Woong; Chung, Eun Jee; Jung, Sun-Ah; Lee, Joon H.

    2009-10-09

    Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) has a critical role in proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) as a chemoattractant and mitogen for retinal pigment epithelial cells and retinal glial cells. Here, we investigated the potential effects of PDGF on the proliferation of Mueller cells and the intracellular signaling pathway mediating these changes. PDGF induced Mueller cell proliferation and increased phosphorylation of the PDGF receptor (PDGFR), as shown by an MTT assay and immunoprecipitation analyses. Both effects were blocked by JNJ, a PDGFR-selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor. PDGF also stimulated phosphorylation of c-JNK and Akt. PDGF-induced Mueller cell proliferation was significantly reduced by pre-treatment with SP600125 and LY294002, inhibitors of c-JNK and Akt phosphorylation, respectively. Our findings collectively indicate that PDGF-stimulated Mueller cell proliferation occurs via activation of the c-JNK and PI3K/Akt signaling pathways. These data provide useful information in establishing the role of Mueller cells in the development of proliferative vitreoretinopathy.

  1. Determination of size properties of the organomineral insulation nanofiller based on the wood matrix

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    Danilov, V. E.; Ayzenshtadt, A. M.; Makhova, T. A.; Frolova, M. A.

    2017-02-01

    This article provides a comparative analysis of the results obtained in determining the particle size of the basalt-based wood-mineral insulation nanofiller using photon correlation spectroscopy in various dispersion media after mechanical milling of a raw material. Aqueous solutions with various concentrations of glycerine were used as diluents. The studies demonstrated that glycerine-based basalt suspensions exhibit sufficient sedimentation stability that produces reliable data on the nanofiller size properties. This is achieved due to such dispersion medium properties as density and permittivity. Furthermore, determinations of the zeta potential of the basalt particle surface in glycerine showed that this dispersion was electrostatically stabilized and thus would be aggregation-stable.

  2. Matrix methods for determining the longitudinal-stability derivatives of an airplane from transient flight data

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    Donegan, James J

    1954-01-01

    Three matrice methods are developed and presented for determining the longitudinal-stability derivatives from transient flight data. In these methods the expressions for some of the stability derivatives are in the form generally used in stability calculations. The first method requires the combination of four measurements in time-history form, two of which must be incremental elevator deflection and incremental tail load and the other two measurements can be chosen from a possible three, namely incremental load factor, pitching velocity, and angle of attack. The method demonstrates the use of the tail load to separate the pitching-moment derivatives and to determine the downwash derivative. (author)

  3. Matrix method of determining the longitudinal-stability coefficients and frequency response of an aircraft from transient flight data

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    Donegan, James J; Pearson, Henry A

    1952-01-01

    A matrix method is presented for determining the longitudinal-stability coefficients and frequency response of an aircraft from arbitrary maneuvers. The method is devised so that it can be applied to time-history measurements of combinations of such simple quantities as angle of attack, pitching velocity, load factor, elevator angle, and hinge moment to obtain the over-all coefficients. Although the method has been devised primarily for the evaluation of stability coefficients which are of primary interest in most aircraft loads and stability studies, it can be used also, with a simple additional computation, to determine the frequency-response characteristics. The entire procedure can be applied or extended to other problems which can be expressed by linear differential equations.

  4. Matrix effect on the determination of synthetic corticosteroids and diuretics by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

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    Dikunets, M. A.; Appolonova, S. A.; Rodchenkov, G. M.

    2009-04-01

    This work presents a high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) procedure for selective and reliable screening of corticosteroids and diuretics in human urine. Sample preparation included the extraction, evaporation of the organic extract under nitrogen, and solution of the dry residue. The extract was analyzed by HPLC combined with tandem mass spectrometry using electro-spraying ionization at atmospheric pressure with negative ion recording. The mass spectra of all compounds were recorded, and the characteristic ions, retention times, and detection limits were determined. The procedure was validated by evaluating the degree of the matrix suppression of ionization, extraction of analytes from human biological liquid, and the selectivity and specificity of determination.

  5. Structural and Molecular Determinants of Membrane Binding by the HIV-1 Matrix Protein.

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    Mercredi, Peter Y; Bucca, Nadine; Loeliger, Burk; Gaines, Christy R; Mehta, Mansi; Bhargava, Pallavi; Tedbury, Philip R; Charlier, Landry; Floquet, Nicolas; Muriaux, Delphine; Favard, Cyril; Sanders, Charles R; Freed, Eric O; Marchant, Jan; Summers, Michael F

    2016-04-24

    Assembly of HIV-1 particles is initiated by the trafficking of viral Gag polyproteins from the cytoplasm to the plasma membrane, where they co-localize and bud to form immature particles. Membrane targeting is mediated by the N-terminally myristoylated matrix (MA) domain of Gag and is dependent on the plasma membrane marker phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2]. Recent studies revealed that PI(4,5)P2 molecules containing truncated acyl chains [tr-PI(4,5)P2] are capable of binding MA in an "extended lipid" conformation and promoting myristoyl exposure. Here we report that tr-PI(4,5)P2 molecules also readily bind to non-membrane proteins, including HIV-1 capsid, which prompted us to re-examine MA-PI(4,5)P2 interactions using native lipids and membrane mimetic liposomes and bicelles. Liposome binding trends observed using a recently developed NMR approach paralleled results of flotation assays, although the affinities measured under the equilibrium conditions of NMR experiments were significantly higher. Native PI(4,5)P2 enhanced MA binding to liposomes designed to mimic non-raft-like regions of the membrane, suggesting the possibility that binding of the protein to disordered domains may precede Gag association with, or nucleation of, rafts. Studies with bicelles revealed a subset of surface and myr-associated MA residues that are sensitive to native PI(4,5)P2, but cleft residues that interact with the 2'-acyl chains of tr-PI(4,5)P2 molecules in aqueous solution were insensitive to native PI(4,5)P2 in bicelles. Our findings call to question extended-lipid MA:membrane binding models, and instead support a model put forward from coarse-grained simulations indicating that binding is mediated predominantly by dynamic, electrostatic interactions between conserved basic residues of MA and multiple PI(4,5)P2 and phosphatidylserine molecules.

  6. Ultrasonic determination of the elastic constants of the stiffness matrix for unidirectional fiberglass epoxy composites

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    Marques, E. R. C.; Williams, J. H., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    The elastic constants of a fiberglass epoxy unidirectional composite are determined by measuring the phase velocities of longitudinal and shear stress waves via the through transmission ultrasonic technique. The waves introduced into the composite specimens were generated by piezoceramic transducers. Geometric lengths and the times required to travel those lengths were used to calculate the phase velocities. The model of the transversely isotropic medium was adopted to relate the velocities and elastic constants.

  7. Non-Contact Determination of Antisymmetric Plate Wave Velocity in Ceramic Matrix Composites

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    Kautz, Harold E.

    1996-01-01

    A 13 mJ NdYAG 1064 nm, 4 ns, laser pulse was employed to produce ultrasonic plate waves in 20 percent porous SiC/SiC composite tensile specimens of three different architectures. An air coupled 0.5 MHz transducer was used to detect and collect the waveforms which contained first antisymmetric plate wave pulses for determining the shear wave velocity (VS). These results were compared to VS values determined on the same specimens with 0.5 MHz ultrasonic transducers with contact coupling. Averages of four noncontact determinations on each of 18 specimens were compared to averages of four contact values. The noncontact VS's fall in the same range as the contact. The standard deviations for the noncontact VS's averaged 2.8 percent. The standard deviations for the contact measurements averaged 2.3 percent, indicating similar reproducibility. Repeated laser pulsing at the same location always lead to deterioration of the ulu-"nic signal. The signal would recover in about 24 hr in air however, indicating that no permanent damage was produced.

  8. Determination of trace elements in dolomite and gypsum by atomic absorption spectrometry: overcoming the matrix interference by flotation separation

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    Stafilov, Trajče; Zendelovska, Dragica; Pavlovska, Gorica; Čundeva, Katarina

    2002-05-01

    The interferences of Ca and Mg as matrix elements in dolomite and gypsum on Ag, Cd, Cr, Mn, Tl and Zn absorbances during their electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric (ETAAS) determination are investigated. The results reveal that Ca and Mg do not interfere on Zn and Mn, tend to decrease absorbances of Ag, Cd and Cr, while Tl suffers the most significant influence. A flotation separation method is proposed to eliminate matrix interferences. Hydrated iron(III) oxide, Fe 2O 3· xH 2O, and iron(III) hexamethylenedithiocarbamate, Fe(HMDTC) 3, are applied as flotation collectors. The influence of hydrophobic dithiocarbamate anion, HMDTC, on flotation recoveries of each analyte is studied. The most suitable concentrations of dolomite and gypsum solutions for flotation are determined. To avoid flotation suppression due to the reaction of Ca 2+ and Mg 2+ with surfactant ions, a fit foaming agent was selected. The elements present in dolomite and gypsum as traces have been analyzed by ETAAS. Their ETAAS limits of detection following flotation are found to be 0.021 μg·g -1 for Ag, 0.019 μg·g -1 for Cd, 0.014 μg·g -1 for Cr and 0.11 μg·g -1 for Tl. The determination of Mn and Zn can be performed by flame AAS (FAAS). The limit of detection for Mn is 1.5 μg·g -1, while for Zn 0.8 μg·g -1.

  9. RhoA determines lineage fate of mesenchymal stem cells by modulating CTGF–VEGF complex in extracellular matrix

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    Li, Changjun; Zhen, Gehua; Chai, Yu; Xie, Liang; Crane, Janet L.; Farber, Emily; Farber, Charles R.; Luo, Xianghang; Gao, Peisong; Cao, Xu; Wan, Mei

    2016-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) participate in the repair/remodelling of many tissues, where MSCs commit to different lineages dependent on the cues in the local microenvironment. Here we show that TGFβ-activated RhoA/ROCK signalling functions as a molecular switch regarding the fate of MSCs in arterial repair/remodelling after injury. MSCs differentiate into myofibroblasts when RhoA/ROCK is turned on, endothelial cells when turned off. The former is pathophysiologic resulting in intimal hyperplasia, whereas the latter is physiological leading to endothelial repair. Further analysis revealed that MSC RhoA activation promotes formation of an extracellular matrix (ECM) complex consisting of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Inactivation of RhoA/ROCK in MSCs induces matrix metalloproteinase-3-mediated CTGF cleavage, resulting in VEGF release and MSC endothelial differentiation. Our findings uncover a novel mechanism by which cell–ECM interactions determine stem cell lineage specificity and offer additional molecular targets to manipulate MSC-involved tissue repair/regeneration. PMID:27126736

  10. KEY COMPARISON: CCQM-K27-Subsequent: Key Comparison (subsequent) for the determination of ethanol in aqueous matrix

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    Schantz, Michele M.; Duewer, David L.; Parris, Reenie M.; May, Willie E.; Archer, Marcellé; Mussell, Chris; Carter, David; Konopelko, Leonid A.; Kustikov, Yury A.; Krylov, Anatoli I.; Fatina, Olga V.

    2005-01-01

    Ethanol is important both forensically ('drunk driving' or driving while under the influence, 'DWI', regulations) and commercially (alcoholic beverages). Blood- and breath-alcohol testing can be imposed on individuals operating private vehicles such as cars, boats, or snowmobiles, or operators of commercial vehicles like trucks, planes, and ships. The various levels of blood alcohol that determine whether these operators are considered legally impaired vary depending on the circumstances and locality. Accurate calibration and validation of instrumentation is critical in areas of forensic testing where quantitative analysis directly affects the outcome of criminal prosecutions, as is the case with the determination of ethanol in blood and breath. Additionally, the accurate assessment of the alcoholic content of beverages is a commercially important commodity. In 2002, the CCQM conducted a Key Comparison (CCQM-K27) for the determination of ethanol in aqueous matrix with nine participants. A report on this project has been approved by the CCQM and can be found at the BIPM website and in this Technical Supplement. CCQM-K27 comprised three samples, one at low mass fraction of ethanol in water (nominal concentration of 0.8 mg/g), one at high level (nominal concentration of 120 mg/g), and one wine matrix (nominal concentration of 81 mg/g). Overall agreement among eight participants using gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID), titrimetry, isotope dilution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-IDMS), and gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (ID-GC-C-IRMS) was good. The ninth participant used a headspace GC-FID method that had not been validated in an earlier pilot study (CCQM-P35). A follow-on Key Comparison, CCQM-K27-Subsequent, was initiated in 2003 to accommodate laboratories that had not been ready to benchmark their methods in the original CCQM-K27 study or that wished to benchmark a different method. Four levels of

  11. Determining the effective dimensionality of the genetic variance-covariance matrix.

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    Hine, Emma; Blows, Mark W

    2006-06-01

    Determining the dimensionality of G provides an important perspective on the genetic basis of a multivariate suite of traits. Since the introduction of Fisher's geometric model, the number of genetically independent traits underlying a set of functionally related phenotypic traits has been recognized as an important factor influencing the response to selection. Here, we show how the effective dimensionality of G can be established, using a method for the determination of the dimensionality of the effect space from a multivariate general linear model introduced by Amemiya (1985). We compare this approach with two other available methods, factor-analytic modeling and bootstrapping, using a half-sib experiment that estimated G for eight cuticular hydrocarbons of Drosophila serrata. In our example, eight pheromone traits were shown to be adequately represented by only two underlying genetic dimensions by Amemiya's approach and factor-analytic modeling of the covariance structure at the sire level. In contrast, bootstrapping identified four dimensions with significant genetic variance. A simulation study indicated that while the performance of Amemiya's method was more sensitive to power constraints, it performed as well or better than factor-analytic modeling in correctly identifying the original genetic dimensions at moderate to high levels of heritability. The bootstrap approach consistently overestimated the number of dimensions in all cases and performed less well than Amemiya's method at subspace recovery.

  12. A review of analytical techniques for determination of Sudan I-IV dyes in food matrixes.

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    Rebane, Riin; Leito, Ivo; Yurchenko, Sergei; Herodes, Koit

    2010-04-23

    Sudan dyes are a family of lipophilic azo dyes, extensively used in industrial and scientific applications but banned for use as food colorants due to their carcinogenicity. Due to the continuing illicit use of Sudan dyes as food colorants their determination in different food matrices--especially in different chilli and tomato sauces and related products--has during the recent years received increasing attention all over the world. This paper critically reviews the published determination methods of Sudan I-IV dyes. LC-UV-vis and LC-MS are the dominating methods for analysis of Sudan I-IV dyes. Sudan dyes are usually found in food at mg kg(-1) levels at which it may be necessary to use a preconcentration step in order to attain the desired detection limits. Liquid-solid extraction is the dominating sample preparation procedure. In recent years it has been supplemented by ultrasonic-assisted extraction and pressurized liquid extraction. Various solid phase extraction types have been used for sample cleanup. The large majority of works use conventional C18 columns and conventional LC eluents. Traditionally the UV-vis absorbance detection has been the most frequently used. In the recent years MS detection is applied more and more often as it offers more reliable identification possibilities.

  13. Determination of extracellular matrix collagen fibril architectures and pathological remodeling by polarization dependent second harmonic microscopy.

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    Rouède, Denis; Schaub, Emmanuel; Bellanger, Jean-Jacques; Ezan, Frédéric; Scimeca, Jean-Claude; Baffet, Georges; Tiaho, François

    2017-09-22

    Polarization dependence second harmonic generation (P-SHG) microscopy is gaining increase popularity for in situ quantification of fibrillar protein architectures. In this report, we combine P-SHG microscopy, new linear least square (LLS) fitting and modeling to determine and convert the complex second-order non-linear optical anisotropy parameter ρ of several collagen rich tissues into a simple geometric organization of collagen fibrils. Modeling integrates a priori knowledge of polyhelical organization of collagen molecule polymers forming fibrils and bundles of fibrils as well as Poisson photonic shot noise of the detection system. The results, which accurately predict the known sub-microscopic hierarchical organization of collagen fibrils in several tissues, suggest that they can be subdivided into three classes according to their microscopic and macroscopic hierarchical organization of collagen fibrils. They also show, for the first time to our knowledge, intrahepatic spatial discrimination between genuine fibrotic and non-fibrotic vessels. CCl4-treated livers are characterized by an increase in the percentage of fibrotic vessels and their remodeling involves peri-portal compaction and alignment of collagen fibrils that should contribute to portal hypertension. This integrated P-SHG image analysis method is a powerful tool that should open new avenue for the determination of pathophysiological and chemo-mechanical cues impacting collagen fibrils organization.

  14. Determination of size- and number-based concentration of silica nanoparticles in a complex biological matrix by online techniques.

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    Bartczak, Dorota; Vincent, Phil; Goenaga-Infante, Heidi

    2015-06-02

    We propose for the first time methodology for the determination of a number-based concentration of silica (SiO2) nanoparticles (NP) in biological serum using nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) as the online detector for asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4). The degree of selectivity offered by AF4 was found necessary to determine reliably number-based concentration of the measured NP in the complex matrix with a relative measurement error of 5.1% (as relative standard deviation, n = 3) and without chemical sample pretreatment. The simultaneous online coupling to other size and concentration detectors, such as multiangle light scattering (MALS) and ICPMS, for the measurement of the same NP suspension, was used to confirm the particle size determined with NTA and the equivalent particle number determined by AF4/NTA, respectively. The size- and number-based concentration data obtained by independent techniques were in a good agreement. The developed methodology can easily be extended to other types of particles or particle suspensions and other complex matrices provided that the particle size is above the limit of detection for NTA.

  15. Elimination of matrix effects in electrothermal atomic absorption spectrophotometric determinations of bismuth in serum and urine.

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    Dean, S; Tscherwonyi, P J; Riley, W J

    1992-01-01

    A sensitive and precise electrothermal atomic absorption spectrophotometric method for determining bismuth concentration is described. Protein precipitation and the use of a palladium modifier reduce the problems of foaming and permit the use of a higher ashing temperature. The detection limit of the assay is 0.9 nmol/L. Total CVs (intra- and interassay) for serum ranged from 3.5% to 15.1% and for urine from 4.8% to 14.5% at concentrations of 60.0 and 6.0 nmol/L, respectively. Analytical recoveries of bismuth added to serum and urine were 102% and 103% over the same range. The method is robust and reproducible and can be accurately calibrated with aqueous standards.

  16. Final report on AFRIMETS.QM-K27: Determination of ethanol in aqueous matrix

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    Archer, Marcellé; Fernandes-Whaley, Maria; Visser, Ria; de Vos, Jayne; Prins, Sara; Rosso, Adriana; Ruiz de Arechavaleta, Mariana; Tahoun, Ibrahim; Kakoulides, Elias; Luvonga, Caleb; Muriira, Geoffrey; Naujalis, Evaldas; Zakaria, Osman Bin; Buzoianu, Mirella; Bebic, Jelena; Achour Mounir, Ben; Thanh, Ngo Huy

    2013-01-01

    From within AFRIMETS, the Regional Metrology Organization (RMO) for Africa, the RMO Key Comparison AFRIMETS.QM-K27 was coordinated by the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) in 2011. Ten Metrology Institutes participated, comprising three AFRIMETS, two APMP, four EURAMET and one SIM participant. Participants were required to determine the forensic level concentration of two aqueous ethanol solutions that were gravimetrically prepared by the NMISA. Concentrations were expected to lie in the range of 0.1 mg/g to 5.0 mg/g. The accurate determination of ethanol content in aqueous medium is critical for regulatory forensic and trade purposes. The CCQM Organic Analysis Working Group has carried out several key comparisons (CCQM-K27 series) on the determination of ethanol in wine and aqueous matrices. Developing NMIs now had the opportunity to link to the earlier CCQM-K27 studies through the AFRIMETS.QM-K27 study. Gas chromatography coupled to flame ionisation or mass spectrometric detection was applied by eight of the participants, while three participants (including NMISA) applied titrimetry for the ethanol assay. The assigned reference value of the aqueous ethanol solutions was used to link AFRIMETS.QM-K27 to the CCQM-K27 key comparison reference value. The assigned reference values for AFRIMETS.QM-K27 Level 1 and Level 2 were (0.3249 ± 0.0021) mg/g (k = 2) and (4.6649 ± 0.0152) mg/g (k = 2), respectively. The reference values were determined using the purity-corrected gravimetric preparation values, while the standard uncertainty incorporated the gravimetric preparation and titrimetric homogeneity uncertainties. From previous CCQM-K27 studies, the expected spread (%CV) of higher order measurements of ethanol in aqueous medium is about 0.85% relative. In this study the CV for Level 1 is about 12% (10% with two outliers removed) and for Level 2 about 4%. Three of the ten laboratories submitted results within 1.5% of the gravimetric reference value for

  17. Method for the determination of chromium in feed matrix by HPLC.

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    Umesh, Balakrishnan; Rajendran, Rajendra Moorthy; Manoharan, Muthu Tamizh

    2015-11-01

    An improved method for the chromatographic separation and determination of chromium (III) and (VI) [ CRIII AND CRVI: ] in mineral mixtures and feed samples has been developed. The method uses precolumn derivatization using ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate ( APD: ) followed by reversed-phase liquid chromatography to separate the chromium ions. Both Cr(III) and Cr(VI) species are chelated with ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate prior to separation by mixing with acetonitrile and 0.5 mmol acetate buffer (pH 4.5). Optimum chromatographic separations were obtained with a polymer-based reversed-phase column (Kinetex, 5 μ, 250 × 4.5 mm, Phenomenex, Torrance, CA) and a mobile phase containing acetonitrile and water (7:3). Both Cr(III) and Cr(VI) ion concentrations were directly determined from the corresponding areas in the chromatogram. The effect of analytical parameters, including pH, concentration of ligand, incubation temperature, and mobile phase, was optimized for both chromium complexes. The range of the procedure was found to be linear for Cr(III) and Cr(VI) concentrations between 0.125 and 4 μg/mL (r² = 0.9926) and 0.1 and 3.0 μg/mL (r² = 0.9983), respectively. Precision was evaluated by replicate analysis in which the percentage relative standard deviation values for chromium complex were found to be below 4.0. The recoveries obtained (85-115%) for both Cr(III) and Cr(VI) complexes indicated the accuracy of the developed method. The degradation products, as well as the excipients, were well resolved from the chromium complex peak in the chromatogram. Finally, the new method proved to be suitable for routine analysis of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) species in raw materials, mineral mixtures, and feed samples. © 2015 Poultry Science Association Inc.

  18. A lithium-rich composite metal oxide used as a SALDI-MS matrix for the determination of small biomolecules.

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    Li, Ze; Zhang, Yi-Wei; Xin, Yue-Long; Bai, Yu; Zhou, Heng-Hui; Liu, Hu-Wei

    2014-12-18

    A lithium-rich composite metal oxide was evaluated as a novel matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). The low background interference and lithium-rich feature made it a highly efficient matrix for the analysis of small molecules with high reproducibility, sensitivity and strong salt tolerance.

  19. A re-expansion method for determining the acoustical impedance and the scattering matrix for the waveguide discontinuity problem

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    Homentcovschi, Dorel; Miles, Ronald N.

    2010-01-01

    The paper gives a new method for analyzing planar discontinuities in rectangular waveguides. The method consists of a re-expansion of the normal modes in the two ducts at the junction plane into a system of functions accounting for the velocity singularities at the corner points. As the new expansion has an exponential convergence, only a few terms have to be considered for obtaining the solution of most practical problems. To see how the method works some closed form solutions, obtained by the conformal mapping method, are used to discuss the convergence of the re-expanded series when the number of retained terms increases. The equivalent impedance accounting for nonplanar waves into a plane-wave analysis is determined. Finally, the paper yields the scattering matrix which describes the coupling of arbitrary modes at each side of the discontinuity valid in the case of many propagating modes in both parts of the duct. PMID:20707432

  20. Health-hazard evaluation report HETA 88-240-2210, the Mueller Company, Decatur, Illinois

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    Elliott, L.J.; Echt, A.

    1992-05-01

    In response to a request from an authorized employee representative at the Mueller Company (SIC-3362), Decatur, Illinois, an evaluation was undertaken of formaldehyde (50000) exposures to employees in the core making room and pour deck areas. The Mueller Company was a grey iron and brass foundry producing valves for water and gas distribution service. Formaldehyde levels of 0.32 to 0.65 parts per million were recorded. Three of seven readings exceeded the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 1 part per million. Silica (14808607) content in these samples was 60.2% and 50.0%, respectively. Exposure to cadmium (7440439), lead (7439921), and zinc (7440666) on the pour deck exceeded one or more of the evaluation criteria; appropriate respiratory protection was used by workers in this area. Symptoms reported by the workers included headache, sinus pain, nausea, and eye irritation. Silicosis was verified in one worker. Formaldehyde related dermatitis was diagnosed in another. The authors conclude that there was a hazard from exposures to formaldehyde and silica. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce these hazardous exposures.

  1. Use of Mueller polarimetric imaging for the staging of human colon cancer

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    Pierangelo, Angelo; Manhas, Sandeep; Benali, Abdelali; Antonelli, Maria Rosaria; Novikova, Tatiana; Validire, Pierre; Gayet, Brice; De Martino, Antonello

    2011-03-01

    In this paper we show the results of multi-spectral Mueller Imaging applied to the analysis of human colon cancer in a backscattering configuration with diffuse light illumination. The analyzed sample behaves as a pure depolarizer. The depolarization power, for both healthy and cancerous zones, is lower for linearly than for circularly polarized incident light for all used wavelengths and increases with increasing wavelength. Based on their visual staging and polarimetric responses, we chose specific zones which we correlated to the histology of the corresponding cuts. The histological examination shows that we see a multilayer interaction in both healthy and abnormal zones, if the light penetration depth is sufficient. The measured depolarization depends on several factors: the presence or absence of tumor, the microscopic structure of cancer (ratio between cellular density and stroma), its exophytic (budding) or endophytic (penetrating) nature, its thickness, the degree of cancer penetration in deeper layers and the nature of healthy tissue left under abnormal layers. These results demonstrate that multi-spectral Mueller imaging can provide useful contrasts for the quick staging of human colon cancer ex-vivo, with additional information about cancerous zones with different microscopic structures.

  2. Determining the biofilm penetrating ability of various biocides utilizing an artificial biofilm matrix

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    McIlwaine, D.B.; Diemer, J.; Grab, L.

    1997-12-01

    The efficacy of many commonly used biocides is often determined by laboratory evaluations against a variety of planktonic microorganisms. While these tests provide some information as to the performance of a biocide against a particular microorganism, they may not predict how well the biocide will perform under actual field conditions against the more problematic sissile form of the organisms. In order to address the issue of how well a biocide penetrates and kills the problematic microorganisms contained within a biofilm, an artificial biofilm system utilizing microorganisms embedded in alginate beads has been used to compare the efficacy of biocide treatments against both the planktonic and sessile form of the same organism. Pure cultures of Enterobacter aerogenes, as well as mixed field isolates, were used in the experiments. In addition, the alginate beads were prepared with actual system waters taken from a variety of industrial applications. In that way, all of the scale and corrosion inhibitors and other contaminants which are present in the actual system are also present in the model biofilm system. In all cases, the organisms contained within the artificial biofilm were significantly more difficult to kill than the corresponding planktonic microbes.

  3. Analytical quality assurance in veterinary drug residue analysis methods: matrix effects determination and monitoring for sulfonamides analysis.

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    Hoff, Rodrigo Barcellos; Rübensam, Gabriel; Jank, Louise; Barreto, Fabiano; Peralba, Maria do Carmo Ruaro; Pizzolato, Tânia Mara; Silvia Díaz-Cruz, M; Barceló, Damià

    2015-01-01

    In residue analysis of veterinary drugs in foodstuff, matrix effects are one of the most critical points. This work present a discuss considering approaches used to estimate, minimize and monitoring matrix effects in bioanalytical methods. Qualitative and quantitative methods for estimation of matrix effects such as post-column infusion, slopes ratios analysis, calibration curves (mathematical and statistical analysis) and control chart monitoring are discussed using real data. Matrix effects varying in a wide range depending of the analyte and the sample preparation method: pressurized liquid extraction for liver samples show matrix effects from 15.5 to 59.2% while a ultrasound-assisted extraction provide values from 21.7 to 64.3%. The matrix influence was also evaluated: for sulfamethazine analysis, losses of signal were varying from -37 to -96% for fish and eggs, respectively. Advantages and drawbacks are also discussed considering a workflow for matrix effects assessment proposed and applied to real data from sulfonamides residues analysis.

  4. Determination of trace impurities in high purity gold by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with prior matrix removal by electrodeposition

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    Sun, Y. C.; Hsieh, C. H.; Lin, T. S.; Wen, J. C.

    2000-09-01

    A novel method for the determination of 11 trace impurities (Be, Mg, Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ag, Pd, Sn and Pb) in high purity gold with a combination of electrochemical deposition separation and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric measurement was investigated. In the present study, an efficient separation procedure was developed to remove the gold matrix by the electrodepositon method on the basis of the difference in reduction potential of gold and the other trace impurities. The effects of deposition potential, deposition time and composition of the electrolyte on the separation efficiency were studied. According to our experimental results, most impurities, except for silver, can remain in the electrolyte and the interference from gold can be completely removed through the application of electrodeposition at suitable potential. To achieve simultaneous separation of silver from the gold matrix, a unique complexation reaction between silver ions and ammonia ions was successfully employed to alter the reduction potential of silver ion. By way of a suitable adjustment of the deposition potential and the composition of electrolytes, the spike recoveries of 11 interesting impurities were found to be in the range of 85-105%. The limit of detection (based on the 3-σ criterion) of these elements was 10 -1-10 -2 μg g -1. The applicability of the proposed method has also been validated by the analysis of high purity gold reference materials (FAU9 and FAU11, Royal Canadian Mint). Comparing with the certified values, the recoveries of interesting elements were found to be in the range of 82-118% through the use of proposed method.

  5. Sensitive determination of barbiturates in biological matrix by capillary electrophoresis using online large-volume sample stacking.

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    Fan, Liu-Yin; He, Ting; Tang, Yun-Yun; Zhang, Wei; Song, Chao-Jin; Zhao, Xia; Zhao, Xiao-Yu; Cao, Cheng-Xi

    2012-05-01

    In China, some forensic cases are caused by barbiturates. Thus, the determination of trace level barbiturates in body fluid is important for the poisoning investigation. In this study, an online large-volume sample stacking (LVSS) with polarity switching in capillary electrophoresis (CE) was applied for the sensitive determination of barbiturates. This technique involves injecting a large volume of sample into a capillary and removing the sample matrix plug out of the capillary by reversing the polarity. Quantitation limit obtained was 0.048, 0.057, 0.039, and 0.015 μg/mL for secobarbital, amobarbital, barbital, and phenobarbital (signal-to-noise ratio = 9). By using LVSS, the stacking was simply achieved at 171.7-, 169.7-, 202.7-, and 169.1-fold for the above four barbiturates. The relative standard deviation values of intraday and interday were <2.11% and 4.69%, respectively. Recoveries were ranged from 83.7 to 105.2%. Finally, the trace analysis method was applied to the analysis of real forensic specimens and has achieved satisfactory results. © 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  6. Application of molecularly imprinted polymer based matrix solid phase dispersion for determination of fluoroquinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides in meat.

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    Wang, Geng Nan; Zhang, Lei; Song, Yi Ping; Liu, Ju Xiang; Wang, Jian Ping

    2017-09-21

    In this study, a type of novel mixed-template molecularly imprinted polymer was synthesized that was able to recognize 8 fluoroquinolones, 8 sulfonamides and 4 tetracyclines simultaneously with recoveries higher than 92%. Then the polymer was used to develop a matrix solid phase dispersion method for simultaneous extraction of the 20 drugs in pork followed by determination with ultra performance liquid chromatography. During the experiments, the MMIP amount, washing solvent and elution solvent were optimized respectively. The limits of detection of this method for the 20 drugs in pork were in the range of 0.5-3.0ngg(-1), and the intra-day and inter-day recoveries from the fortified blank samples were in the range of 74.5%-102.7%. Therefore, this method could be used as a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive method for multi-determination of the residues of the three classes of drugs in meat. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Regulation of extracellular matrix remodeling and cell fate determination by matrix metalloproteinase stromelysin-3 during thyroid hormone-dependent post-embryonic development.

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    Shi, Yun-Bo; Fu, Liezhen; Hasebe, Takashi; Ishizuya-Oka, Atsuko

    2007-12-01

    Interactions between cells and extracellular matrix (ECM), in particular the basement membrane (BM), are fundamentally important for the regulation of a wide variety of physiological and pathological processes. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) play critical roles in ECM remodeling and/or regulation of cell-ECM interactions because of their ability to cleave protein components of the ECM. Of particular interest among MMP is stromelysin-3 (ST3), which was first isolated from a human breast cancer and also shown to be correlated with apoptosis during development and invasion of tumor cells in mammals. We have been using intestinal remodeling during thyroid hormone (TH)-dependent amphibian metamorphosis as a model to study the role of ST3 during post-embryonic tissue remodeling and organ development in vertebrates. This process involves complete degeneration of the tadpole or larval epithelium through apoptosis and de novo development of the adult epithelium. Here, we will first summarize expression studies by us and others showing a tight spatial and temporal correlation of the expression of ST3 mRNA and protein with larval cell death and adult tissue development. We will then review in vitro and in vivo data supporting a critical role of ST3 in TH-induced larval epithelial cell death and ECM remodeling. We will further discuss the potential mechanisms of ST3 function during metamorphosis and its broader implications.

  8. Influence of pre-treatment process on matrix effect for the determination of musk fragrances in fish and mussel.

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    Vallecillos, Laura; Pocurull, Eva; Borrull, Francesc

    2015-03-01

    Musk compounds are widely used as fragrances in personal care products. On account of their widespread use and their low biodegradation, they can be found in environmental samples. In our study two extraction methodologies were compared and different clean-up strategies were also studied in order to develop a reliable analytical method, with minimum matrix effect and good detection limits, to determine synthetic musk fragrances- six polycyclic musks, three nitro musks and the degradation product of one polycyclic musk- in fish and mussel samples. The first extraction technique involves a QuEChERS extraction, a consolidate extraction methodology in the field of food analysis of growing interest over recent years, followed by a dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) as clean-up strategy. The second extraction technique consists of a conventional pressurised liquid extraction (PLE) with dichloromethane and an in-cell clean-up to decrease the matrix effect and remove the undesired components(⁎)present in PLE extracts. Large volume injection (LVI) followed by gas chromatography-ion trap-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-IT-MS/MS) was chosen as the separation and detection technique. Validation parameters, such as method detection limits and method quantification limits were found at ng g(-1) levels for both fish and mussel matrices. Good levels of intra-day and inter-day repeatabilities were obtained analysing fish and mussel samples spiked at 50 ng g(-1) (d.w.) (n=5, RSDs<17%). The developed PLE/GC-IT-MS/MS method was successfully applied to determine the target musk fragrances present in fish and mussel samples from the local market in Tarragona and fish samples from the Ebro River. The results showed the presence of galaxolide (2.97-18.04 ng g(-1) (d.w.)) and tonalide (1.17-8.42 ng g(-1) (d.w.)) in all the samples analysed, while the remaining polycyclic musks such as cashmeran, celestolide and phantolide, were only detected in some of the fish samples analysed. None

  9. Exploring matrix effects in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry determination of pesticide residues in tropical fruits.

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    Botero-Coy, Ana María; Marín, José M; Serrano, Roque; Sancho, Juan Vicente; Hernández, Félix

    2015-05-01

    Tropical fruits are being increasingly consumed around the world because of their appreciated characteristics, particularly their high nutritional value and distinctive taste, which are different from those of traditional fruits. Owing to their introduction into international markets it is necessary to have a reliable analytical methodology available for the sensitive determination of pesticide residues in order to monitor the compliance of maximum residue limits (MRLs). From an analytical point of view, tropical fruits have generally been far less studied than other fruits frequently consumed in the European Union or USA, which are among the most important markets. In this work, LC-MS/MS-based methodology using a triple quadrupole analyzer was developed for the multi-residue determination of selected pesticides and metabolites in tropical fruits, which were selected among the most popular in Colombia, one of the most important suppliers of tropical fruits around the world. After selection of a QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe)-based sample treatment, the study focused on the evaluation of matrix effects, in order to find a simple way for their correction. Twelve different food matrices were selected to perform this study: the seven Colombian tropical fruits of highest value for domestic and international markets (uchuva, tamarillo, granadilla, gulupa, maracuya, papaya, and pithaya), and five more matrices highly consumed in Colombia (lulo, carambolo, feijoa, mangostan, and guayaba). Twenty compounds, including pesticides widely applied in tropical fruits pest control and several metabolites considered in residue definition, were used as model compounds in this work. Correction factors were used on the basis of calibration graphs obtained with standards in solvent and in matrix, and their usefulness was supported by validation of the method in all the matrices tested at 0.01 and 0.1 mg/kg. The analysis of real-world samples revealed the

  10. Ex vivo photometric and polarimetric multilayer characterization of human healthy colon by multispectral Mueller imaging.

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    Pierangelo, Angelo; Manhas, Sandeep; Benali, Abdelali; Fallet, Clément; Antonelli, Maria-Rosaria; Novikova, Tatiana; Gayet, Brice; Validire, Pierre; De Martino, Antonello

    2012-06-01

    Healthy human colon samples were analyzed ex vivo with a multispectral imaging Mueller polarimeter operating from 500 to 700 nm in a backscattering configuration with diffuse light illumination impinging on the innermost tissue layer, the mucosa. The intensity and polarimetric responses were taken on whole tissues first and after progressive exfoliation of the outer layers afterwards. Moreover, these measurements were carried out with two different substrates (one bright and the other dark) successively placed beneath each sample, allowing a reasonably accurate evaluation of the contributions to the overall backscattered light by the various layers. For the shorter investigated wavelengths (500 to 550 nm) the major contribution comes from mucosa and submucosa, while for the longer wavelengths (650 to 700 nm) muscular tissue and fat also contribute significantly. The depolarization has also been studied and is found to be stronger in the red part of the spectrum, mainly due to the highly depolarizing power of the muscular and fat layers.

  11. Simultaneous and successive cognitive processes in the Mueller-Lyer illusion.

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    Jarman, R F

    1979-03-01

    Performance in the Mueller-Lyer Illusion was analyzed for whole and partial presentations of the figure. S s were 120 third grade boys and girls. Four experimental groups were formed with the use of the human abilities model of simultaneous and successive syntheses, and the two types of presentation were given to each group. Results indicated that illusory effects in both presentations of the figure were significantly reduced by ability in simultaneous synthesis. Performance in the two presentations was also affected by successive ability, but these effects were in opposite directions for the two forms of presentation. The results did not support Piaget's theory of perceptual development, although they were consistent with the theory of simultaneous and successive syntheses. Suggestions are made for the design of future research.

  12. Mueller imaging polarimetry of holographic polarization gratings inscribed in azopolymer films.

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    Martinez-Ponce, Geminiano

    2016-09-19

    Three types of polarization gratings have been recorded in azopolymer films by the symmetrical superposition of different orthogonal pairs of polarized beams. The inscribed holographic elements have been analyzed microscopically in a Mueller polarimeter in order to image the optical anisotropies photoinduced in the film. In the most of cases, the spatial modulation of diattenuation, birefringence, and optical rotation reproduced quite well previous results reported in the literature. Nevertheless, in the particular case of coherent superposition of p- and s-polarized beams, the spatial frequency for optical rotation (related to the Stokes parameter V) was different from the one observed in linear anisotropy (related to the Stokes parameter U). It is shown by theory and experiment that, in the polarized field used to record this polarization grating, the fourth-Stokes parameter changes sign, which implies a change in circular polarization handedness, practically once between two adjacent maxima.

  13. Relativistic kinematics formulation of the polarization effects of Jones-Mueller matrices.

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    Franssens, Ghislain R

    2015-02-01

    The polarization of a partially coherent, transverse electric, electromagnetic plane wave is commonly represented by a Stokes vector. The similarity between Stokes vectors and four-momentum vectors in special relativity (SR) is studied in depth. The set of Stokes vectors naturally possesses a Euclidean and a Lorentzian geometry. The latter is used to express the polarization-altering properties of Jones-Mueller matrices in a simple and elegant way. In particular, it is shown that the action of a diattenuator on a Stokes vector can be understood in terms of the addition law for velocities from SR. An important simplification in the resulting mathematical expressions further arises if the degree of polarization of a Stokes vector is represented by a hyperbolic polarization angle. This then allows us to demonstrate that the output hyperbolic polarization angle is related to a diattenuator hyperbolic polarization angle and the input hyperbolic polarization angle by the hyperbolic law of cosines holding in a hyperbolic triangle.

  14. Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the tarsal navicular in an adult: Mueller-Weiss syndrome.

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    Tosun, Bilgehan; Al, Firat; Tosun, Alptekin

    2011-01-01

    Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the navicular in the adult is known as Mueller-Weiss syndrome, which is a rare disease characterized by a collapse of the lateral portion of the tarsal navicular combined with a medial protrusion of the talar head and peri-navicular osteoarthritis. In this article, we describe a case of spontaneous osteonecrosis of tarsal navicular in a 43-year-old male. Chronic midfoot pain over the dorsomedial aspect of the right foot was resolved after complete removal of the necrotic bone from the tarsal navicular, followed by an autologous bone grafting of the resultant defect. Copyright © 2011 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Cosmological models in the Schmidt-Greiner-Heinz-Mueller theory of gravitation

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    Serna, A.; Dominguez-Tenreiro, R. )

    1993-03-15

    An exhaustive study of homogeneous and isotropic cosmological models in the Schmidt-Greiner-Heinz-Mueller (SGHM) theory of gravitation is performed, where present values of dynamical functions are consistent with astronomical observations and solar-system experiments. We find two types of SGHM models: a first class which is exactly equal to the standard general relativistic (GR) cosmological models, and a second class which never reduces to GR. Some analytical and numerical solutions for the second type of SGHM models are then obtained. The age of the Universe predicted by these models is compatible with the age of old globular clusters except for weak bounds on the [Delta][sub 0] parameter defined in this paper.

  16. Determination of microcystin-LR in drinking water using UPLC tandem mass spectrometry-matrix effects and measurement.

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    Li, Wei; Duan, Jinming; Niu, Chaoying; Qiang, Naichen; Mulcahy, Dennis

    2011-10-01

    A simple detection method using ultra-performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-ESI-MS-MS) coupled with the sample dilution method for determining trace microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in drinking water is presented. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.04 µg/L and the limit of quantitation (LOQ) was 0.1 µg/L. Water matrix effects of ionic strength, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and pH were examined. The results indicate that signal detection intensity for MC-LR was significantly suppressed as the ionic strength increased from ultrapure water condition, whereas it increased slightly with solution pH and DOC at low concentrations. However, addition of methanol (MeOH) into the sample was able to counter the signal suppression effects. In this study, dilution of the tap water sample by adding 4% MeOH (v/v) was observed to be adequate to compensate for the signal suppression. The recoveries of the samples fortified with MC-LR (0.2, 1, and 10 µg/L) for three different tap water samples ranged from 84.4% to 112.9%.

  17. Determination of optimal collimation parameters for a rotating slat collimator system: a system matrix method using ML-EM

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    Boisson, F.; Bekaert, V.; Brasse, D.

    2016-03-01

    Nowadays, Single Photon imaging has become an essential part of molecular imaging and nuclear medicine. Whether to establish a diagnosis or in the therapeutic monitoring, this modality presents performance that continues to improve. For over 50 years, several collimators have been proposed. Mainly governed by collimation parameters, the resolution-sensitivity trade-off is the factor determining the collimator the most suitable for an intended study. One alternative to the common approaches is the rotating slat collimator (RSC). In the present study, we are aiming at developing a preclinical system equipped with a RSC dedicated to mice and rats imaging, which requires both high sensitivity and spatial resolution. We investigated the resolution-sensitivity trade-offs obtained by varying different collimation parameters: (i) the slats height (H), and (ii) the gap between two consecutive slats (g), considering different intrinsic spatial resolutions. One system matrix was generated for each set of collimation parameters (H,g). Spatial resolutions, Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and sensitivity obtained for all the set of collimation parameters (H,g) were measured in the 2D projections reconstructed with ML-EM. According to our results, 20 mm high slats and a 1 mm gap were chosen as a good RSC candidate for a preclinical detection module. This collimator will ensure a sensitivity greater than 0.2% and a system spatial resolution below 1 mm, considering an intrinsic spatial resolution below 0.8 mm.

  18. Matrix solid-phase dispersion technique for the determination of a new antiallergic drug, bilastine, in rat faeces.

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    Berrueta, L A; Fernández-Armentia, M; Bakkali, A; Gonzalo, A; Lucero, M L; Orjales, A

    2001-08-25

    A matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) procedure for the isolation and HPLC determination of a new antiallergic agent, bilastine, in rat faeces is presented. The effect on recovery of empirical variables such as nature, pH and volume of the washing and elution liquids and nature of the adsorbent has been tested. The best recoveries were attained using an octadecylsilyl sorbent, 10 ml of a 0.1 M NaHCO3-Na2CO3 aqueous buffer of pH 10.0 as washing solvent and 10 ml of methanol as elution solvent. The extracts were evaporated to dryness and reconstituted in mobile phase before their injection into a HPLC system, equipped with a Discovery RP-amide C16 column and a fluorescence detector. The method allows one to reach recoveries of 95.0% within the concentration range 0.05-10 microg/g, with within-day repeatabilities of less than 5% and between-day repeatabilities of less than 9% within this range. This method has been successfully applied to the excretion studies of bilastine in the rat.

  19. Matrix solid phase dispersion-Soxhlet simultaneous extraction clean-up for determination of organochlorine pesticide residues in tobacco.

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    Cai, Jibao; Gao, Yun; Zhu, Xiaolan; Su, Qingde

    2005-11-01

    A novel method combining matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) with Soxhlet simultaneous extraction clean-up (SSEC) was developed. Being a single-step extraction and clean-up procedure, it could be used instead of multistep solvent extraction and Florisol column clean-up. It not only reduces sample contamination during the procedure, but it also decreases the amount of organic solvent needed. The retention times of standards were used to qualitatively assess the method, and the external standard method was used to quantitatively assess it. Residues of organochlorine pesticides (OCP) in tobaccos were determined by gas chromatography-electron capture detection (GC-ECD), and their identities were confirmed by the standard addition method (SAM). The performance of the method was evaluated and validated: the detection limit was 0.01-0.02 microg g(-1), relative standard deviations were 5-26%, and recoveries were 72-99% at fortification levels of 0.10, 1.00 and 10.0 microg g(-1). The analytical characteristics of MSPD-SSEC compared very favorably with the results from the classical multistep solvent extraction and Florisol column clean-up method.

  20. Determination of trace amounts of ethylene glycol and its analogs in water matrixes by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Tran, Buu N; Okoniewski, Richard; Bucciferro, Anthony; Jansing, Robert; Aldous, Kenneth M

    2014-01-01

    Contamination of drinking water by ethylene glycol (EG) is a public health concern. EG causes adverse health effects in humans and animals, including cardiopulmonary and acute renal failure. EG and other glycols, such as propylene glycol (PG) are major components in antifreeze liquids, which may be the main source of contamination of ground water. A sensitive LC/electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS/MS method was developed to measure trace amounts of EG, diethylene glycol, and 1,2- and 1,3-PG in several water sources, including municipal tap, lake, river, and salinated water. In this method, glycols in water samples were derivatized with benzoyl chloride by the Schotten-Baumann reaction, followed by liquid-liquid extraction using pentane as the organic solvent prior to the LC/ESI-MS/MS determination. QC included analysis of a method blank and samples fortified at low and high levels. Analytical data showed excellent linear calibration for all observed glycols, with good precision and accuracy. The method detection limits for the studied glycols ranged from 1.9 to 6.1 ng/mL across the water matrixes tested. This method is suitable to help assess water quality in areas that may be prone to glycol contamination.

  1. Crystallized N-terminal domain of influenza virus matrix protein M1 and method of determining and using same

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    Luo, Ming (Inventor); Sha, Bingdong (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    The matrix protein, M1, of influenza virus strain A/PR/8/34 has been purified from virions and crystallized. The crystals consist of a stable fragment (18 Kd) of the M1 protein. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that the crystals have a space group of P3.sub.t 21 or P3.sub.2 21. Vm calculations showed that there are two monomers in an asymmetric unit. A crystallized N-terminal domain of M1, wherein the N-terminal domain of M1 is crystallized such that the three dimensional structure of the crystallized N-terminal domain of M1 can be determined to a resolution of about 2.1 .ANG. or better, and wherein the three dimensional structure of the uncrystallized N-terminal domain of M1 cannot be determined to a resolution of about 2.1 .ANG. or better. A method of purifying M1 and a method of crystallizing M1. A method of using the three-dimensional crystal structure of M1 to screen for antiviral, influenza virus treating or preventing compounds. A method of using the three-dimensional crystal structure of M1 to screen for improved binding to or inhibition of influenza virus M1. The use of the three-dimensional crystal structure of the M1 protein of influenza virus in the manufacture of an inhibitor of influenza virus M1. The use of the three-dimensional crystal structure of the M1 protein of influenza virus in the screening of candidates for inhibition of influenza virus M1.

  2. Determination of transition dipole matrix elements for the 266 nm photofragmentation of JKM state-selected CD3I

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    Pipes, Leonard C.; Kim, Dae Young; Brandstater, Nathan; Fuglesang, Christopher D.; Baugh, Delroy

    1995-12-01

    The photofragmentation of rovibrational energy-level and magnetic-state polarized ( overlineX1A 1)CD 3I ∣JKM>≡∣111> was performed at 266 nm. The ∣ NK) rotational energy level distribution and the angular momentum polarization of the vibrationless ( overlineX2A″ 2) CD 3 photofragment were measured by (2+1) REMPI. State-selecting the parent CD 3I allowed the elements of the transition dipole matrix (or T-matrix) to be determined by relating the initial system (CD 3I plus photon) statistical tensors to measured product statistical moments. This is believed to be the first report of the experimental determination of T-matrix elements for a chemical reaction.

  3. [Validation Study on a Multi-Residue Method for Determination of Pesticide Residues in Vegetables and Fruits by using General Matrix Standard Solutions].

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    Fukui, Naoki; Takatori, Satoshi; Yamaguchi, Satoko; Kitagawa, Yoko; Yoshimitsu, Masato; Osakada, Masakazu; Kajimura, Keiji; Obana, Hirotaka

    2015-01-01

    Quantitative methods using the matrix-matched standard solutions approach are widely used for multi-residue pesticide determination by GC-MS/MS to deal with the issue of matrix effects. However, preparing matrix-matched standard solutions in analyses of many kinds of samples is very time-consuming. In order to solve this problem, a method that employs general matrix standard solutions has been developed using polyethylene glycol (PEG), extract of vegetables-fruit juice (VFJm) and triphenyl phosphate (named the PEG-VFJm method). Here, a validation study for 168 pesticides was performed on three kinds of samples [potato, spinach and apple] at concentrations of 0.010 and 0.050 μg/g. In these three commodities, 144 to 158 pesticides satisfied the required criteria using the matrix-matched method and 129 to 149 pesticides satisfied the same criteria using the PEG-VFJm method. Our results suggest that application of general matrix standard solutions would enable rapid and effective analyses of pesticides.

  4. The role of alpha3beta1 integrin in determining the supramolecular organization of laminin-5 in the extracellular matrix of keratinocytes.

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    deHart, Gregory W; Healy, Kevin E; Jones, Jonathan C R

    2003-02-01

    Analyses of mice with targeted deletions in the genes for alpha3 and beta1 integrin suggest that the alpha3beta1 integrin heterodimer likely determines the organization of the extracellular matrix within the basement membrane of skin. Here we tested this hypothesis using keratinocytes derived from alpha3 integrin-null mice. We have compared the organizational state of laminin-5, a ligand of alpha3beta1 integrin, in the matrix of wild-type keratinocytes with that of laminin-5 in the matrix of alpha3 integrin-null cells. Laminin-5 distributes diffusely in arc structures in the matrix of wild-type mouse keratinocytes, whereas laminin-5 is organized into linear, spike-like arrays by the alpha3 integrin-null cells. The fact that alpha3 integrin-null cells are deficient in their ability to assemble a proper laminin-5 matrix is also shown by their failure to remodel laminin-5 when plated onto surfaces coated with purified laminin-5 protein. In sharp contrast, wild-type keratinocytes organize exogenously added laminin-5 into discrete ring-like organizations. These findings led us next to assess whether differences in laminin-5 organization in the matrix of the wild-type and alpha3 integrin-null cells impact cell behavior. Our results indicate that alpha3 integrin-null cells are more motile than their wild-type counterparts and leave extensive trails of laminin-5 over the surface on which they move. Moreover, HEK 293 cells migrate significantly more on the laminin-5-rich matrix derived from the alpha3 integrin-null cells than on the wild-type keratinocyte laminin-5 matrix. In addition, alpha3 integrin-null cells show low strength of adhesion to surfaces coated with purified laminin-5 compared to wild-type cells although both the wild type and the alpha3 integrin-null keratinocytes adhere equally strongly to laminin-5 that has been organized into arrays by other epithelial cells. These data suggest: (1) that alpha3beta1 integrin plays an important role in determining the

  5. Quantitative serology assays for determination of antibody responses to Ebola virus glycoprotein and matrix protein in nonhuman primates and humans.

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    Vu, Hong; Shulenin, Sergey; Grolla, Allen; Audet, Jonathan; He, Shihua; Kobinger, Gary; Unfer, Robert C; Warfield, Kelly L; Aman, M Javad; Holtsberg, Frederick W

    2016-02-01

    The West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has reached unprecedented magnitude and caused worldwide concerns for the spread of this deadly virus. Recent findings in nonhuman primates (NHPs) demonstrate that antibodies can be protective against EVD. However, the role of antibody response in vaccine-mediated protection is not fully understood. To address these questions quantitative serology assays are needed for measurement of the antibody response to key Ebola virus (EBOV) proteins. Serology enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA's), using a reference detection antibody, were developed in order to standardize the quantitation of antibody levels in vaccinated NHPs or in humans exposed to EBOV or immunized with an EBOV vaccine. Critical reagents were generated to support the development of the serology ELISAs. Recombinant EBOV matrix protein (VP40) was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. Two variants of the glycoprotein (GP), the ectodomain lacking the transmembrane domain (GPΔTM), and an engineered GP lacking the mucin-like domain (GPΔmuc) were expressed and purified from mammalian cell systems. Using these proteins, three ELISA methods were developed and optimized for reproducibility and robustness, including stability testing of critical reagents. The assay was used to determine the antibody response against VP40, GPΔTM, and GPΔmuc in a NHP vaccine study using EBOV virus-like particles (VLP) vaccine expressing GP, VP40 and the nucleoprotein. Additionally, these ELISAs were used to successfully detect antibody responses to VP40, GPΔTM and GPΔmuc in human sera from EBOV infected individuals. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Quantitative Serology Assays for Determination of Antibody Responses to Ebola Virus Glycoprotein and Matrix Protein in Nonhuman Primates and Humans

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    Vu, Hong; Shulenin, Sergey; Grolla, Allen; Audet, Jonathan; He, Shihua; Kobinger, Gary; Unfer, Robert C.; Warfield, Kelly L.; Aman, M. Javad; Holtsberg, Frederick W.

    2016-01-01

    The West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has reached unprecedented magnitude and caused worldwide concerns for the spread of this deadly virus. Recent findings in nonhuman primates (NHPs) demonstrate that antibodies can be protective against EVD. However, the role of antibody response in vaccine-mediated protection is not fully understood. To address these questions quantitative serology assays are needed for measurement of the antibody response to key Ebola virus (EBOV) proteins. Serology enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA’s), using a reference detection antibody, were developed in order to standardize the quantitation of antibody levels in vaccinated NHPs or in humans exposed to EBOV or immunized with an EBOV vaccine. Critical reagents were generated to support the development of the serology ELISAs. Recombinant EBOV matrix protein (VP40) was expressed in E. coli and purified. Two variants of the glycoprotein (GP), the ectodomain lacking the transmembrane domain (GPΔTM), and an engineered GP lacking the mucin-like domain (GPΔmuc) were expressed and purified from mammalian cell systems. Using these proteins, three ELISA methods were developed and optimized for reproducibility and robustness, including stability testing of critical reagents. The assay was used to determine the antibody response against VP40, GPΔTM, and GPΔmuc in a NHP vaccine study using EBOV virus-like particles (VLP) vaccine expressing GP, VP40 and the nucleoprotein. Additionally, these ELISAs were used to successfully detect antibody responses to VP40, GPΔTM and GPΔmuc in human sera from EBOV infected individuals. PMID:26681387

  7. Determination of suspected fragrance allergens in cosmetics by matrix solid-phase dispersion gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis.

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    Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Lamas, J Pablo; Alvarez-Rivera, Gerardo; Lores, Marta; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Llompart, Maria

    2011-08-05

    An effective low cost sample preparation methodology for the determination of regulated fragrance allergens in leave-on and rinse-off cosmetics has been developed applying, for the first time, matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) to this kind of analytes and samples. The selection of the most suitable extraction conditions was made using statistical tools such as ANOVA, as well as a factorial multifactor experimental design. These studies were carried out using real cosmetic samples. In the final conditions, 0.5 of sample, previously mixed with 1g of anhydrous Na(2)SO(4), were blended with 2g of dispersive sorbent (Florisil), and the MSPD column was eluted with 5 mL of hexane/acetone (1:1). The extract was then analyzed by GC-MS without any further clean-up or concentration step. Accuracy, precision, linearity and detection limits (LODs) were evaluated to assess the performance of the proposed method. Quantitative recoveries (>75%) were obtained and RSD values were lower than 10% in all cases. The quantification limits were well below those set by the international cosmetic regulations, making this multi-component analytical method suitable for routine control. In addition, the MSPD method can be implemented in any laboratory at low cost since it does not require special equipment. Finally, a wide variety of cosmetic products were analyzed. All the samples contained several of the target cosmetic ingredients, with and average number of seven. The total fragrance allergen content was in general quite high, even in baby care products, with values close to or up to 1%, for several samples, although the actual European Cosmetic Regulation was fulfilled.

  8. Direct determination of the peptide content in microspheres by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Na, Dong Hee; DeLuca, Patrick P; Lee, Kang Choon

    2004-05-01

    A quantitative determination of peptides incorporated into poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was accomplished in a single step without pretreatment for extracting the peptide from the microsphere. The conventional extraction methods often underestimate the actual amount of peptide because of incomplete extraction from the microspheres or loss during the procedures. In this study, the microspheres dissolved in acetonitrile containing 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid were mixed with matrix solution containing the internal standard, and the peptide content was directly determined by MALDI-TOF MS. The drug content values determined by MALDI-TOF MS in both the leuprolide- and salmon calcitonin-incorporated microspheres were closer to the theoretical contents than those determined by the conventional extraction method. This method using MALDI-TOF MS could be a good alternative to time-consuming and less-accurate conventional methods.

  9. Determining the Henry's Law constants of THMs in seawater by means of purge-and-trap gas chromatography (PT-GC): the influence of seawater as sample matrix.

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    Ruiz-Bevia, Francisco; Fernandez-Torres, Maria J

    2010-01-01

    The influence of seawater salts as salting out agents on the purge-and-trap gas chromatography (PT-GC) determination of trihalomethanes (THMs) was studied. This is particularly important since seawater is chlorinated when used as a cooling agent in coastal nuclear power stations. The chlorination produces unwanted THMs as by-products. A PT-GC apparatus was used to determine the Henry's Law constant of each THM, with seawater as the sample matrix.

  10. Determination of perfluorinated compounds in mollusks by matrix solid-phase dispersion and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Villaverde-de-Sáa, Eugenia; Quintana, José Benito; Rodil, Rosario; Ferrero-Refojos, Raúl; Rubí, Elisa; Cela, Rafael

    2012-01-01

    Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) have been used for over 40 years in different commercial and industrial applications mainly as surfactants and surface protectors and have become an important class of marine emerging pollutants. This study presents the development and validation of a new analytical method to determine the simultaneous presence of eight PFCs in different kinds of mollusks using matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Simplicity of the analytical procedure, low volume of solvent and quantity of sample required, low global price, and integration of extraction and clean-up into a single step, are the most important advantages of the developed methodology. Solvent, solid support (dispersing agent), clean-up sorbent, and their amounts were optimized by means of an experimental design. In the final method, 0.5 g of sample are dispersed with 0.2 g of diatomaceous earth and transferred into a polypropylene syringe containing 4 g of silica as clean-up sorbent. Then, analytes are eluted with 20 mL of acetonitrile. The extract is finally concentrated to a final volume of 0.5 mL in methanol, avoiding extract dryness in order to prevent evaporation losses and injected in the LC-MS/MS. The combination of this MSPD protocol with LC-MS/MS afforded detection limits from 0.05 to 0.3 ng g(-1). Also, a good linearity was established for the eight PFCs in the range from limit of quantification (LOQ) to 500 ng mL(-1) with R(2) > 0.9917. The recovery of the method was studied with three types of spiked mollusk and was in the 64-126% range. Moreover, a mussel sample was spiked and aged for more than 1 month and analyzed by the developed method and a reference method, ion-pair extraction, for comparison, producing both methods statistically equal concentration values. The method was finally applied to the determination of PFCs in different kinds of mollusks revealing concentrations up to 8.3 ng g(-1) for

  11. Simultaneous determination of phenolic compounds in Equisetum palustre L. by ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry combined with matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction.

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    Wei, Zuofu; Pan, Youzhi; Li, Lu; Huang, Yuyang; Qi, Xiaolin; Luo, Meng; Zu, Yuangang; Fu, Yujie

    2014-11-01

    A method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction followed by ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry is presented for the extraction and determination of phenolic compounds in Equisetum palustre. This method combines the high efficiency of matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and the rapidity, sensitivity, and accuracy of ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The influential parameters of the matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction were investigated and optimized. The optimized conditions were as follows: silica gel was selected as dispersing sorbent, the ratio of silica gel to sample was selected to be 2:1 (400/200 mg), and 8 mL of 80% methanol was used as elution solvent. Furthermore, a fast and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for the determination of nine phenolic compounds in E. palustre. This method was carried out within <6 min, and exhibited satisfactory linearity, precision, and recovery. Compared with ultrasound-assisted extraction, the proposed matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure possessed higher extraction efficiency, and was more convenient and time saving with reduced requirements on sample and solvent amounts. All these results suggest that the developed method represents an excellent alternative for the extraction and determination of active components in plant matrices.

  12. The intramitochondrial volume measured using sucrose as an extramitochondrial marker overestimates the true matrix volume determined with mannitol.

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    Halestrap, A P; Quinlan, P T

    1983-08-15

    The matrix volume of isolated liver and heart mitochondria has been estimated at various osmolarities and in various osmotic supports using 36Cl- and [14C]sucrose, D-mannitol, D-3-methoxyglucose and choline as extramitochondrial markers. The use of 3-methoxyglucose was only possible at 0 degree C since it entered mitochondria at physiological temperatures. All extramitochondrial markers used gave linear plots of apparent matrix volume against the reciprocal of the osmolarity, but the slope of this plot was greater when sucrose was used than with the other extramitochondrial markers. When extrapolated to infinite osmolarity the mean matrix volume was zero when mannitol was used, but about 0.6 microliter/mg of protein for sucrose and Cl- and -0.4 microliter/mg of protein when choline was used. At physiological osmolarity (about 330 m-osmol) the mean matrix volume of de-energized liver mitochondria in KCl medium estimated using mannitol was 0.46 microliter/mg of protein, whereas that obtained using sucrose was 1.68 microliters/mg of protein. Values in mannitol, choline and sucrose media were similar when mannitol but not sucrose was used as extramitochondrial marker. It is argued that the 3H2O/[14C]mannitol space more accurately reflects the true mitochondrial matrix volume than does the 3H2O/[14C]sucrose space. The consequences of this for measurements of the protonmotive force and the intramitochondrial concentration of metabolites are discussed.

  13. The intramitochondrial volume measured using sucrose as an extramitochondrial marker overestimates the true matrix volume determined with mannitol.

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    Halestrap, A P; Quinlan, P T

    1983-01-01

    The matrix volume of isolated liver and heart mitochondria has been estimated at various osmolarities and in various osmotic supports using 36Cl- and [14C]sucrose, D-mannitol, D-3-methoxyglucose and choline as extramitochondrial markers. The use of 3-methoxyglucose was only possible at 0 degree C since it entered mitochondria at physiological temperatures. All extramitochondrial markers used gave linear plots of apparent matrix volume against the reciprocal of the osmolarity, but the slope of this plot was greater when sucrose was used than with the other extramitochondrial markers. When extrapolated to infinite osmolarity the mean matrix volume was zero when mannitol was used, but about 0.6 microliter/mg of protein for sucrose and Cl- and -0.4 microliter/mg of protein when choline was used. At physiological osmolarity (about 330 m-osmol) the mean matrix volume of de-energized liver mitochondria in KCl medium estimated using mannitol was 0.46 microliter/mg of protein, whereas that obtained using sucrose was 1.68 microliters/mg of protein. Values in mannitol, choline and sucrose media were similar when mannitol but not sucrose was used as extramitochondrial marker. It is argued that the 3H2O/[14C]mannitol space more accurately reflects the true mitochondrial matrix volume than does the 3H2O/[14C]sucrose space. The consequences of this for measurements of the protonmotive force and the intramitochondrial concentration of metabolites are discussed. PMID:6412699

  14. Characterization of tooth structure and the dentin-enamel zone based on the Stokes-Mueller calculation.

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    Sun, Chia-Wei; Hsieh, Yao-Sheng; Ho, Yi-Ching; Jiang, Cho-Pei; Chuang, Ching-Cheng; Lee, Shyh-Yuan

    2012-11-01

    This is the first study of dentin-enamel zone (DEZ) identification with tooth structure characterization based on the optical Stokes-Mueller measurement. Stokes vectors of a cross-sectional tooth slice were measured using various polarization inputs. The direction of the DEZ is different in enamel and dentin structures; therefore, the Stokes profiles can specifically characterize the structures based on the DEZ. This optical method, using polarimetry, provides a useful tool for characterizing tooth.

  15. Simultaneous determination of multiclass emerging contaminants in aquatic plants by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion and GC-MS.

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    Aznar, Ramón; Albero, Beatriz; Sánchez-Brunete, Consuelo; Miguel, Esther; Martín-Girela, Isabel; Tadeo, José L

    2017-03-01

    A multiresidue method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 31 emerging contaminants (pharmaceutical compounds, hormones, personal care products, biocides, and flame retardants) in aquatic plants. Analytes were extracted by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (UA-MSPD) and determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after sylilation, The method was validated for different aquatic plants (Typha angustifolia, Arundo donax, and Lemna minor) and a semiaquatic cultivated plant (Oryza sativa) with good recoveries at concentrations of 100 and 25 ng g(-1) wet weight, ranging from 70 to 120 %, and low method detection limits (0.3 to 2.2 ng g(-1) wet weight). A significant difference of the chromatographic response was observed for some compounds in neat solvent versus matrix extracts, and therefore, quantification was carried out using matrix-matched standards in order to overcome this matrix effect. Aquatic plants taken from rivers located at three Spanish regions were analyzed, and the compounds detected were parabens, bisphenol A, benzophenone-3, cyfluthrin, and cypermethrin. The levels found ranged from 6 to 25 ng g(-1) wet weight except for cypermethrin that was detected at 235 ng g(-1) wet weight in O. sativa samples.

  16. Towards a reliable molecular mass determination of intact glycoproteins by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Giménez, Estela; Benavente, Fernando; Barbosa, José; Sanz-Nebot, Victoria

    2007-01-01

    Different matrices and sample-matrix preparation procedures have been tested in order to study their influence on the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectra of intact glycoproteins, which present different degrees of glycosylation (human transferrin; bovine fetuin; bovine alpha(1)-acid-glycoprotein; recombinant human erythropoietin; and the novel erythropoiesis stimulating protein). Using sinapinic acid (SA) and the fast evaporation method, the studied glycoproteins became susceptible to fragmentation at any laser intensity, suggesting that this 'hot' matrix is unsuitable for a reliable molecular mass determination of glycosylated compounds. In contrast, 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHB) and 6-aza-2-thiothymine (ATT), with an adequate sample-matrix preparation, provided improved results. Samples containing DHB after crystallization by vacuum drying demonstrated the best performance because the labile functional groups from the glycoforms were apparently fragmented to a lower extent. The average molecular masses obtained using this methodology were in all cases a better estimation than those values reported in the literature. The results were reproducible, and sensitivity was similar to that obtained with SA and the fast evaporation method. These excellent results suggest that this MALDI-TOF-MS methodology could be useful for an improved determination of the average molecular mass values of microheterogeneous compounds such as glycoproteins, glycosylated compounds or, in general, molecular mass values of molecules with similar labile functional groups.

  17. DETERMINATION OF SEX HORMONES AND NONYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATES IN THE AQUEOUS MATRIXES OF TWO PILOT-SCALE MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS

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    Two analytical methods were developed and refined for the detection and quantitation of two groups of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the liquid matrixes of two pilot-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants. The targeted compounds are seven sex hormones (estradiol, ...

  18. DETERMINATION OF SEX HORMONES AND NONYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATES IN THE AQUEOUS MATRIXES OF TWO PILOT-SCALE MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS

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    Two analytical methods were developed and refined for the detection and quantitation of two groups of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the liquid matrixes of two pilot-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants. The targeted compounds are seven sex hormones (estradiol, ...

  19. Use of Mueller-Hinton broth and agar in the germ tube test.

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    Mattei, Antonella Souza; Alves, Sydney Hartz; Severo, Cecília Bittencourt; Guazzelli, Luciana da Silva; Oliveira, Flávio de Mattos; Severo, Luiz Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Candida albicans is often isolated from clinical samples, thus its presumptive differentiation from other species of the same genus can be based on its ability to form the germ tube in human serum. Nevertheless, there are two other species that share this characteristic: C. dubliniensis and C. africana. The aim of this study was to compare four different substrates to perform the germ tube (GT) test. The Candida spp. isolates were identified using a manual system (135 C. albicans, 24 C. tropicalis and one C. dubliniensis). The germ tube test was performed with fresh, previously frozen serum and Mueller-Hinton (MH) broth and agar. GT was observed in 96% (130/136) of the isolates through the fresh serum technique, 94% (128/136) through previously frozen serum, 92% (125/136) in MH agar, and 90% (122/136) in MH broth. The sensitivity of each test was higher than 90%, with 100% specificity. Both the MH agar and broth were able to identify the true positives, and false positives were not found. However, some C. albicans isolates were not identified. MH agar and broth may be used in laboratory for the rapid presumptive identification of C. albicans, as an alternative method for germ tube test.

  20. Alkylated glass partition allows formation of solvent-free lipid bilayer by Montal-Mueller technique.

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    Batishchev, Oleg V; Indenbom, Andrey V

    2008-11-01

    Formation of bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) by Montal-Mueller technique across a small aperture in a partition film traditionally requires coating of the aperture with a hydrophobic substance, often just an organic solvent. However, we demonstrate here that the most effective coating is not strictly hydrophobic but rather provides water/oil repellent properties. BLM were formed from diphytanoylphosphatidylcholine (DPhPC) on small 0.1-0.8 mm apertures made in specially prepared alkylated glass coverslips. The coverslips were either fluorosiliconized by 3,3,3-Trifluoropropyl-trimethoxysilane, which reduces adsorption of DPhPC in addition to creation of hydrophobic surface, or silanized, which promote adsorption of DPhPC. At fluorosiliconized surfaces stable BLM were formed. Specific capacitance of these BLM was 0.86 microF/cm(2)+/-5%, while their lateral tension was estimated as 4.3+/-0.4 mN/m. BLM were stable for hours under moderate voltage applied. At silanized surfaces stable BLM were formed only in acidic medium (3

  1. Retinal Mueller glial cells trigger the hallmark inflammatory process in autoimmune uveitis.

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    Hauck, Stefanie M; Schoeffmann, Stephanie; Amann, Barbara; Stangassinger, Manfred; Gerhards, Hartmut; Ueffing, Marius; Deeg, Cornelia A

    2007-06-01

    Spontaneous equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is an incurable autoimmune disease affecting the eye. Although retinal-autoantigen specific T-helper 1 cells have been demonstrated to trigger disease progression and relapses, the molecular processes leading to retinal degeneration and consequent blindness remain unknown. To elucidate such processes, we studied changes in the total retinal proteome of ERU-diseased horses compared to healthy controls. Severe changes in the retinal proteome were found for several markers for blood-retinal barrier breakdown and whose emergence depended upon disease severity. Additionally, uveitic changes in the retina were accompanied by upregulation of aldose 1-epimerase, selenium-binding protein 1, alpha crystallin A chain, phosphatase 2A inhibitor (SET), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), the latter indicating an involvement of retinal Mueller glial cells (RMG) in disease process. To confirm this, we screened for additional RMG-specific markers and could demonstrate that, in uveitic retinas, RMG concomitantly upregulate vimentin and GFAP and downregulate glutamine synthetase. These expression patterns suggest for an activated state of RMG, which further downregulate the expression of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and begin expressing interferon-gamma, a pro-inflammatory cytokine typical for T-helper 1 cells. We thus propose that RMG may play a fatal role in uveitic disease progression by directly triggering inflammatory processes through the expression and secretion of interferon-gamma.

  2. Cation Components of Mueller-Hinton Agar Affecting Testing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Susceptibility to Gentamicin

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    Kenny, Margaret A.; Pollock, Helen M.; Minshew, Barbara H.; Casillas, Edmundo; Schoenknecht, Fritz D.

    1980-01-01

    Seven lots of Mueller-Hinton agar were examined for calcium and magnesium contents and their distribution in pools or compartments. Gel disruption and centrifugation yielded the soluble cations, which varied from 9 to 113% of the total calcium and from 76 to 102% of the total magnesium. Throughout the experiments, a standardized disk diffusion test, using Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27852) and a 10-μg gentamicin disk, served as an indicator for medium performance. Zone diameters correlated well with the sums of the soluble calcium and magnesium values in the different lots (r = −0.85). Ionized calcium, presumably the biologically active ion, was measured with a calcium-specific electrode. It represented only a fraction of the soluble calcium pool in three lots. Autoclaving resulted in shifts of the cations between the different pools. Addition of magnesium to one medium lot resulted in shifts of soluble and ionized calcium, indicating an interdependence of calcium and magnesium, and zone diameters correlated with soluble magnesium (r = −0.98), soluble calcium (r = −0.96), and ionized calcium (r = −0.96) in this experiment. Manipulation of one medium to match the performance of another showed that excess amounts of both ions were required to obtain similar performance. Satisfactory performance of an individual medium can be obtained by cation supplementation, but simple adjustment will not suffice for all media. The interaction of the other cation pool components must also be evaluated. PMID:6766293

  3. General description of polarization in lidar using Stokes vectors and polar decomposition of Mueller matrices.

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    Hayman, Matthew; Thayer, Jeffrey P

    2012-04-01

    Polarization measurements have become nearly indispensible in lidar cloud and aerosol studies. Despite polarization's widespread use in lidar, its theoretical description has been widely varying in accuracy and completeness. Incomplete polarization lidar descriptions invariably result in poor accountability for scatterer properties and instrument effects, reducing data accuracy and disallowing the intercomparison of polarization lidar data between different systems. We introduce here the Stokes vector lidar equation, which is a full description of polarization in lidar from laser output to detector. We then interpret this theoretical description in the context of forward polar decomposition of Mueller matrices where distinct polarization attributes of diattenuation, retardance, and depolarization are elucidated. This decomposition can be applied to scattering matrices, where volumes consisting of randomly oriented particles are strictly depolarizing, while oriented ice crystals can be diattenuating, retarding, and depolarizing. For instrument effects we provide a description of how different polarization attributes will impact lidar measurements. This includes coupling effects due to retarding and depolarization attributes of the receiver, which have no description in scalar representations of polarization lidar. We also describe how the effects of polarizance in the receiver can result in nonorthogonal polarization detection channels. This violates one of the most common assumptions in polarization lidar operation.

  4. Evaluation of gas chromatography/matrix isolation infrared spectrometry for the determination of semivolatile organic compounds in air-sample extracts

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    Childers, J.W.; Wilson, N.K.; Barbour, R.K.

    1992-01-01

    The capabilities of gas chromatography/matrix isolation-infrared (GC/MI-IR) spectrometry for determination of semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in air sample extracts were evaluated. Systematic experiments, using xylene isomers as test compounds, were conducted to determine the repeatability of the steps involved in GC/MI-IR measurements and to identify parameters that affect the precision in quantitation. The repeatability of MI-IR net absorbance measurements for single and replicate depositions was determined. The MI-IR net absorbance was nonlinear at concentrations higher than 52.1 ng/microliters, probably due to an increase in the sample spot size relative to the IR beam focus or a decrease in the matrix-to-solute ratio to less than acceptable matrix isolation conditions. The method detection limit for xylene isomers was between 1 and 2 ng/microliters injected on-column for routine measurements. Extensive signal averaging was required to obtain spectra at concentrations less than 1 ng/microliters. The method was tested by determining target SVOCs in ambient air sample extracts. The MI-IR quantitative results were compared to those from the system's flame ionization detector(FID). The FID response exhibited a high bias when unknown compounds coeluted with target analytes. The ability of GC/MI-IR to quantify target compounds in the presence of interferents and to discriminate between coeluting isomers is demonstrated.

  5. LC/MS method using cloud point extraction for the determination of permitted and illegal food colors in liquid, semiliquid, and solid food matrixes: single-laboratory validation.

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    Ates, Ebru; Mittendorf, Klaus; Senyuva, Hamide

    2011-01-01

    A cloud point extraction method is reported using LC/MS for the determination of regulated water-soluble food colors (Allura Red, Sunset Yellow, erythrosine, and tartrazine) and banned fat-soluble synthetic azo dyes (Sudan I, II, III, and IV; Red B; 7B; Black B; Red G; Metanil Yellow; and Rhodamine B). The extraction of all 14 colors was carried out with cloud point extraction using the nonionic surfactant Triton X 114. Optimized conditions for cloud point extraction were 3% Triton X 114 (w/v), 0.1 M ammonium acetate, and heating at 50 degrees C for 30 min. This approach proved effective in giving quantitative recoveries from a diverse range of food matrixes, and optimized LC gave baseline chromatographic separation for all colors including Sudan IV and Red B. Single-laboratory validation was performed with spiking into liquid matrixes (wine and homemade wine), semiliquid matrixes (sauce and homemade paprika paste), and solid matrixes (spice and homemade chili powder) using the respective blank matrixes for matrix-matched calibration. The LOQ values for water-soluble colors were in the range of 15-150 mg/kg, and for the fat-soluble colors, 0.1-1.5 mg/kg. The mean recovery values were in the range of 69.6-116.0% (except Allura Red and Sunset Yellow in wine, for which recoveries were lower). The mean RSDs for colors were in the range of 4.0-14.8%. A small survey was conducted of samples of confectionery products, dried fruits, wines, bitter sodas, juices, sauces, pastes, and spices, which demonstrated the applicability of the method to a diverse selection of real food samples. Allura Red was detected in strawberry jelly and Sunset Yellow in artificial saffron.

  6. The LaueUtil toolkit for Laue photocrystallography. I. Rapid orientation matrix determination for intermediate-size-unit-cell Laue data

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    Kalinowski, Jaroslaw A.; Makal, Anna; Coppens, Philip

    2015-10-15

    A new method for determination of the orientation matrix of Laue X-ray data is presented. The method is based on matching of the experimental patterns of central reciprocal lattice rows projected on a unit sphere centered on the origin of the reciprocal lattice with the corresponding pattern of a monochromatic data set on the same material. This technique is applied to the complete data set and thus eliminates problems often encountered when single frames with a limited number of peaks are to be used for orientation matrix determination. Application of the method to a series of Laue data sets on organometallic crystals is described. The corresponding program is available under a Mozilla Public License-like open-source license.

  7. The LaueUtil toolkit for Laue photocrystallography. I. Rapid orientation matrix determination for intermediate-size-unit-cell Laue data.

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    Kalinowski, Jarosław A; Makal, Anna; Coppens, Philip

    2011-12-01

    A new method for determination of the orientation matrix of Laue X-ray data is presented. The method is based on matching of the experimental patterns of central reciprocal lattice rows projected on a unit sphere centered on the origin of the reciprocal lattice with the corresponding pattern of a monochromatic data set on the same material. This technique is applied to the complete data set and thus eliminates problems often encountered when single frames with a limited number of peaks are to be used for orientation matrix determination. Application of the method to a series of Laue data sets on organometallic crystals is described. The corresponding program is available under a Mozilla Public License-like open-source license.

  8. The LaueUtil toolkit for Laue photocrystallography. I. Rapid orientation matrix determination for intermediate-size-unit-cell Laue data

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    Kalinowski, Jarosław A.; Makal, Anna; Coppens, Philip

    2011-01-01

    A new method for determination of the orientation matrix of Laue X-ray data is presented. The method is based on matching of the experimental patterns of central reciprocal lattice rows projected on a unit sphere centered on the origin of the reciprocal lattice with the corresponding pattern of a monochromatic data set on the same material. This technique is applied to the complete data set and thus eliminates problems often encountered when single frames with a limited number of peaks are to be used for orientation matrix determination. Application of the method to a series of Laue data sets on organometallic crystals is described. The corresponding program is available under a Mozilla Public License-like open-source license. PMID:22199400

  9. Understanding the interdiffusion behavior and determining the long term stability of tungsten fiber reinforced niobium-base matrix composite systems

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    Tien, John K.

    1990-01-01

    The long term interdiffusional stability of tungsten fiber reinforced niobium alloy composites is addressed. The matrix alloy that is most promising for use as a high temperature structural material for reliable long-term space power generation is Nb1Zr. As an ancillary project to this program, efforts were made to assess the nature and kinetics of interphase reaction between selected beryllide intermetallics and nickel and iron aluminides.

  10. Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersion Coupled with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Diode Array Detection for Simultaneous Determination of Four Lipophilic Constituents from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge.

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    Wang, Zhibing; Ma, Siyu; Zhang, Qian; He, Shuang; Li, Qing; Hu, Jianxue; Zhang, Hanqi

    2016-11-29

    A simple, rapid and efficient method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography was developed for determination of lipophilic constituents, including dihydrotanshinone, tanshinone I, cryptotanshinone and tanshinone II A in Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge Box-Behnken design was employed for optimization of the extraction conditions of matrix solid-phase dispersion, including mass ratio of dispersant to sample, volume of elution solvent, and amount of cleanup reagent. The optimal experimental results were obtained using 0.27 g of acid alumina as dispersant, 13 mL of acetonitrile as elution solvent and 0.36 g of acid alumina as cleanup reagent. The target analytes was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The recoveries of tanshinones obtained by analyzing the spiked samples were from 83.81% to 93.74% and relative standard deviations from 2.87% to 6.83%. Matrix solid-phase dispersion integrated the extraction and cleanup into a single step, which provides the advantages of being simple, fast and convenient. Compared with other conventional methods, the present method consumed less time and less organic solvent. The results demonstrate that this method has potential for the determination of active constituents and the quality control of traditional Chinese medicine.

  11. Determination of trace metals in atmospheric aerosols with a heavy matrix of cellulose by microwave digestion-inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy

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    Yang, Karl X.; Swami, Kamal; Husain, Liaquat

    2002-01-01

    A microwave digestion method followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) analysis was developed to determine trace metal concentrations in atmospheric aerosol samples with a heavy matrix of cellulose material. A combination of HF-HNO 3-H 2O 2-H 3BO 3 was used for digestion. The background spectral features contributed by the matrix elements were studied. In particular, spectral and non-spectral interference caused by B and F were investigated. Detection limits of V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Cd, Sb and Pb were determined in the presence of various amounts of matrix elements. In general, the detection limits of most elements degraded with an increase in B and F. Vanadium (V) suffered most due to severe spectral interference from 11B 40Ar + and/or 19F 16O 16O. The concentrations of elements in filter paper matrix blanks were measured. An NIST standard (urban particulate matter, 1648), as well as real world atmospheric aerosol samples from Whiteface Mountain, NY, and from Mayville, NY were pressed into pellets with a great amount of cellulose filter material and digested, and the concentrations of trace metals were determined. For the NIST standard, the recoveries of V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, As, Sb and Pb were over 90%, while 77 and 70% for Cr and Se, respectively. For the atmospheric aerosol samples from Whiteface Mountain and Mayville, NY, only the values of Fe, Se, As, Sb and Zn could be compared with those obtained through instrumental neutron activation analysis, and the agreement was within ±10%.

  12. Standardized Procedure for the Simultaneous Determination of the Matrix Effect, Recovery, Process Efficiency, and Internal Standard Association.

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    Bienvenu, Jean-François; Provencher, Gilles; Bélanger, Patrick; Bérubé, René; Dumas, Pierre; Gagné, Sébastien; Gaudreau, Éric; Fleury, Normand

    2017-07-18

    The matrix effects (MEs) on the quantification of an analyte can be significant and should not be neglected during development and validation of an analytical method. According to this premise, we developed a standardized procedure based on a set of six tests performed on six different sample matrices to detect and characterize the effects of the matrix for single and multiple analytes methods. The link between the matrix effect, recovery, process efficiency, accuracy, precision, and calibration curve was underscored by calculations performed with peak areas, ratios of standard/internal standard peak area, and concentrations. The terms instrumental ME and global ME were introduced, and the term recovery was subdivided for clarity. The test accounts for the presence of ubiquitous and endogenous analytes through background subtraction. The results showed the necessity for using samples with an original concentration in the same range and that the concentration selected for the addition had a definite impact on the results. The use of six-sample matrices provided a standard deviation on the results, and this information could be inserted in a method performance result to show precision. The tool also allows for testing of different analytes/internal standard combinations, which helps with the selection of the association with minimum MEs. A UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of several phthalate metabolites in urine was developed and validated with this test. This methodology responds to a scientific need for homogeneity, clarity, and understanding of the results and facilitates the decision-making process while lowering the required costs and time.

  13. A matrix effect and accuracy evaluation for the determination of elements in milk powder LIBS and laser ablation/ICP-OES spectrometry.

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    Gilon, N; El-Haddad, J; Stankova, A; Lei, W; Ma, Q; Motto-Ros, V; Yu, J

    2011-11-01

    Laser ablation coupled to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (LA-ICP-OES) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) were investigated for the determination of Ca, Mg, Zn and Na in milk samples. The accuracy of both methods was evaluated by comparison of the concentration found using LA-ICP-OES and LIBS with classical wet digestion associated with ICP-OES determination. The results were not fully acceptable, with biases from less than 1% to more than 60%. Matrix effects were also investigated. The sample matrix can influence the temperature, electron number density (n (e)) and other excitation characteristics in the ICP. These ICP characteristics were studied and evaluated during ablation of eight milk samples. Differences in n (e) (from 8.9 to 13.8 × 10(14) cm(-3)) and rotational temperature (ranging from 3,400 to 4,400 K) occurred with no correlation with trueness. LIBS results obtained after classical external calibration procedure gave degraded accuracy, indicating a strong matrix effect. The LIBS measurements clearly showed that the major problem in LA-ICP was related to the ablation process and that LIBS spectroscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool for LA-ICP techniques.

  14. NUMEN Project @ LNS : Heavy ions double charge exchange reactions towards the 0νββ nuclear matrix element determination

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    Agodi, C. Calabretta, L.; Calanna, A.; Carbone, D.; Cavallaro, M.; Colonna, M.; Cuttone, G.; Finocchiaro, P.; Pandola, L.; Rifuggiato, D.; Tudisco, S.; Cappuzzello, F.; Greco, V.; Bonanno, D. L.; Bongiovanni, D. G.; Longhitano, F.; Branchina, V.; Foti, A.; Lo Presti, D.; Lanzalone, G.; and others

    2015-10-28

    In the NUMEN Project it is proposed an innovative technique to access the nuclear matrix elements entering in the expression of the life-time of the neutrinoless double beta decay, using relevant cross sections of double charge exchange reactions. A key aspect is the use of MAGNEX large acceptance magnetic spectrometer, for the detection of the ejectiles, and of the INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) K800 Superconducting Cyclotron (CS), for the acceleration of the required high resolution and low emittance heavy-ion beams.

  15. The influence of matrix composition and ink layer thickness on iron gall ink determination by the PIXE method

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    Uršič, Mitja; Budnar, Miloš; Simčič, Jure; Pelicon, Primož

    2006-06-01

    The elemental composition of iron gall inks in historical documents can be effectively studied using the non-destructive proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) method. The in-air proton beam experimental set-up installed at the Microanalytical Centre of the Jožef Stefan Institute was used for this purpose. The aim of the present investigation was to model and evaluate the uncertainties in the analysis due to the incompletely known matrix composition and iron gall ink layer thickness. Estimation of these uncertainties helped in quantifying the accuracy of multi-elemental PIXE analysis of historical documents.

  16. Determination of impurities in uranium matrices by time-of-flight ICP-MS using matrix-matched method

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    Buerger, Stefan; Riciputi, Lee R; Bostick, Debra A

    2007-01-01

    The analysis of impurities in uranium matrices is performed in a variety of fields, e.g. for quality control in the production stream converting uranium ores to fuels, as element signatures in nuclear forensics and safeguards, and for non-proliferation control. We have investigated the capabilities of time-of-flight ICP-MS for the analysis of impurities in uranium matrices using a matrix-matched method. The method was applied to the New Brunswick Laboratory CRM 124(1-7) series. For the seven certified reference materials, an overall precision and accuracy of approximately 5% and 14%, respectively, were obtained for 18 analyzed elements.

  17. Determination of the reduced matrix elements using accurate ab initio wavefunctions: Formalism and its application to the vibrational ground state (000) of H216O

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    Lamouroux, J.; Gamache, R. R.; Schwenke, D. W.

    2014-11-01

    The calculations of the reduced matrix elements for 441 rotational collisional transitions for rotational quantum numbers of the lower state up to J″=20 in the vibrational ground state of H216O are presented using effective and ab initio wavefunctions. Effective wavefunctions are derived from a Watson A-reduced Hamiltonian with the effective parameters determined by Matsushima et al. [Matsushima et al., J Mol Struct 1995;352-353:371]. The ab initio wavefunctions used in this study are from the work of Partridge and Schwenke [Partridge, H, Schwenke, DW. J Chem Phys 1997;106:4618]. The comparison of the reduced matrix elements obtained by both methods is described. It is demonstrated that, even for the rotational band, the effective wavefunctions show problems for some states.

  18. Stationary phase thickness determines the quality of thin-layer chromatography/matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization mass spectra of lipids.

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    Griesinger, Hans; Fuchs, Beate; Süß, Rosmarie; Matheis, Katerina; Schulz, Michael; Schiller, Jürgen

    2014-04-15

    Normal phase thin-layer chromatography (NP TLC) is an established method of (phospho)lipid analysis. The determination of the fatty acyl composition is, however, a more challenging task by NP TLC. The direct coupling of TLC separation with mass spectrometric detection (e.g., matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry, MALDI MS), however, enables a detailed characterization of complex lipid mixtures. Here we show that the thickness of the silica gel layer has a considerable effect on the quality of the mass spectra recorded directly from the TLC plate. In particular, the intensity of the matrix background signals can be reduced if "thinner" TLC layers are used. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Electrothermal vaporization — inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry for trace metal determination in uranium and thorium compounds without prior matrix separation

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    Purohit, Paru J.; Goyal, Neelam; Thulasidas, S. K.; Page, A. G.; Sastry, M. D.

    2000-08-01

    The electrothermal vaporization (ETV) mode of sample introduction into inductively coupled plasma (ICP) has been examined for its suitability for the analysis of trace metals in uranium and thorium compounds without prior chemical separation of the matrices using atomic emission spectrometry (AES). The ETV interfaced with an ICP torch adapted for glove box operation, has led to determination of sub-nanogram amounts of Al, Be, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Zn, Dy, Eu, Gd and Sm using 10 μl of the sample aliquot containing 200 μg of U/Th matrix with a precision of 1-2%RSD. The results obtained here especially for rare earths in the presence of the matrix are of significance.

  20. Controlling the hydration rate of a hydrophilic matrix in the core of an intravaginal ring determines antiretroviral release.

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    Teller, Ryan S; Malaspina, David C; Rastogi, Rachna; Clark, Justin T; Szleifer, Igal; Kiser, Patrick F

    2016-02-28

    Intravaginal ring technology is generally limited to releasing low molecular weight species that can diffuse through the ring elastomer. To increase the diversity of drugs that can be delivered from intravaginal rings, we designed an IVR that contains a drug matrix encapsulated in the core of the IVR whereby the mechanism of drug release is uncoupled from the interaction of the drug with the ring elastomer. We call the device a flux controlled pump, and it is comprised of compressed pellets of a mixture of drug and hydroxypropyl cellulose within the hollow core of the ring. The pump orifice size and chemistry of the polymer pellets control the rate of hydration and diffusion of the drug-containing hydroxypropyl cellulose gel from the device. A mechanistic model describing the hydration and diffusion of the hydroxypropyl cellulose matrix is presented. Good agreement between the quantitative model predictions and the experimental studies of drug release was obtained. We achieved controlled release rates of multiple antiretrovirals ranging from μg/d to mg/d by altering the orifice design, drug loading, and mass of pellets loaded in the device. This device could provide an adaptable platform for the vaginal drug delivery of many molecules.

  1. Thermal single-well injection-withdrawal tracer tests for determining fracture-matrix heat transfer area

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    Pruess, K.; Doughty, C.

    2010-01-15

    Single-well injection-withdrawal (SWIW) tracer tests involve injection of traced fluid and subsequent tracer recovery from the same well, usually with some quiescent time between the injection and withdrawal periods. SWIW are insensitive to variations in advective processes that arise from formation heterogeneities, because upon withdrawal, fluid parcels tend to retrace the paths taken during injection. However, SWIW are sensitive to diffusive processes, such as diffusive exchange of conservative or reactive solutes between fractures and rock matrix. This paper focuses on SWIW tests in which temperature itself is used as a tracer. Numerical simulations demonstrate the sensitivity of temperature returns to fracture-matrix interaction. We consider thermal SWIW response to the two primary reservoir improvements targeted with stimulation, (1) making additional fractures accessible to injected fluids, and (2) increasing the aperture and permeability of pre-existing fractures. It is found that temperature returns in SWIW tests are insensitive to (2), while providing a strong signal of more rapid temperature recovery during the withdrawal phase for (1).

  2. Reduction of matrix effects and improvement of sensitivity during determination of two chloridazon degradation products in aqueous matrices by using UPLC-ESI-MS/MS.

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    Kowal, Sebastian; Balsaa, Peter; Werres, Friedrich; Schmidt, Torsten C

    2012-06-01

    The development and validation of a sensitive and reliable detection method for the determination of two polar degradation products, desphenyl-chloridazon (DPC) and methyl-desphenyl-chloridazon (MDPC) in surface water, ground water and drinking water is presented. The method is based on direct large volume injection ultra-performance liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry. This simple but powerful analytical method for polar substances in the aquatic environment is usually hampered by varying matrix effects, depending on the nature of different water bodies. For the two examined degradation products, the matrix effects are particularly strong compared with other polar degradation products of pesticides. Therefore, matrix effects were studied thoroughly with the aim of minimising them and improving sensitivity during determination by postcolumn addition of ammonia solution as a modifier. An internal standard was used in order to compensate for remaining matrix effects. The calibration curve shows very good coefficients of correlation (0.9994 for DPC and 0.9999 for MDPC). Intraday precision values were lower than 5 % for DPC, 3 % for MDPC and the limits of detection were 10 ng/L for both substances. The method was successfully used in a national round robin test with a deviation between 3 and 8 % from target values. Finally, about 1,000 samples from different water bodies have been examined with this method in the Rhine and Ruhr region of North-Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and in the European Union. Approximately 76 % of analysed samples contained measurable amounts of DPC at concentrations up to 8 μg/L while 53 % of the samples showed MDPC concentrations up to 2.3 μg/L.

  3. Quinalizarin anchored on Amberlite XAD-2. A new matrix for solid-phase extraction of metal ions for flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination.

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    Kumar, M; Rathore, D P; Singh, A K

    2001-06-01

    Amberlite XAD-2 has been functionalized by coupling it to quinalizarin [1,2,5,8-tetrahydroxyanthraquinone] by means of an -N = N- spacer. Elemental analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, and infrared spectra were used to characterize the resulting new polymer matrix. The matrix has been used to preconcentrate Cu(II), Cd(II), Co(II), Pb(II), Zn(II), and Mn(II) before their determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). UO2(II) has been preconcentrated for fluorimetric determination. The optimum pH values for maximum adsorption of the metals are between 5.0 and 7.0. All these metal ions are desorbed (recovery 91-99%) with 4 mol L(-1) HNO3. The adsorptive capacity of the resin was found to be in the range 0.94-5.28 mg metal g(-1) resin and loading half-life (t1/2) between 5.3 and 15.0 min. The effects of NaF, NaCl, NaNO3, Na2SO4, Na3PO4, Ca(II), and Mg(II) on the adsorption of these metal ions (0.2 microg mL(-1)) are reported. The lower limits of detection for these metal ions are between 1 and 15.0 microg L(-1). After enrichment on this matrix flame AAS has been used to determine these metal ions (except the uranyl ion) in river water samples (RSD < or = 6.5%); fluorimetry was used to determine uranyl ion in well water samples (RSD < or = 6.3%). Cobalt from pharmaceutical vitamin tablets was preconcentrated by use of this chelating resin and estimated by FAAS (RSD approximately 4%).

  4. Analysis of morphological characteristics and expression levels of extracellular matrix proteins in skin wounds to determine wound age in living subjects in forensic medicine.

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    Fronczek, Judith; Lulf, Ronald; Korkmaz, H Ibrahim; Witte, Birgit I; van de Goot, Franklin R W; Begieneman, Mark P V; Krijnen, Paul A J; Rozendaal, Lawrence; Niessen, Hans W M; Reijnders, Udo J L

    2015-01-01

    Wound age determination in living subjects is important in routine diagnostics in forensic medicine. Macroscopical description of a wound to determine wound age however is inadequate. The aim of this study was to assess whether it would be feasible to determine wound age via analysis of morphological characteristics and extracellular matrix proteins in skin biopsies of living subjects referred to a forensic outpatient clinic. Skin biopsies (n=101), representing the border area of the wound, were taken from skin injuries of known wound age (range: 4.5h-25 days) in living subjects. All biopsies were analyzed for 3 morphological features (ulceration, parakeratosis and hemorrhage) and 3 extracellular matrix markers (collagen III, collagen IV and α-SMA). For quantification, biopsies were subdivided in 4 different timeframes: 0.2-2 days, 2-4 days, 4-10 days and 10-25 days old wounds. Subsequently, a probability scoring system was developed. For hemorrhage, collagen III, collagen IV and α-SMA expression no relation with wound age was found. Ulceration was only found in wounds of 0.2-2, 2-4 and 4-10 days old, implying that the probability that a wound was more than 10 days old in case of ulceration is equal to 0%. Also parakeratosis was almost exclusively found in wounds of 0.2-2, 2-4 and 4-10 days old, except for one case with a wound age of 15 days old. The probability scoring system of all analyzed markers, as depicted above, however can be used to calculate individual wound age probabilities in biopsies of skin wounds of living subjects. We have developed a probability scoring system, analysing morphological characteristics and extracellular matrix proteins in superficial skin biopsies of wounds in living subjects that can be applied in forensic medicine for wound age determination. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Assessment of modified matrix solid-phase dispersion as sample preparation for the determination of CH3Hg+ and Hg2+ in fish.

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    Duarte, Fabio A; Soares, Bruno M; Vieira, Augusto A; Pereira, Ederson R; Maciel, Juliana V; Caldas, Sergiane S; Primel, Ednei G

    2013-05-21

    This paper reports, for the first time, the development of an analytical method employing modified matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) for the extraction of CH3Hg(+) and Hg(2+) species from fish samples. Separation and determination of mercury species were performed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Important MSPD parameters, such as sample mass, type and mass of solid support, concentration of extraction solution (HCl and NaCl), and stirring time, were investigated by the response surface methodology. The derivatization step and the separation of mercury species were also evaluated for the determination by GC/MS. Quantitative recoveries were obtained with 0.2 g of fish sample, 0.5 g of SiO2 as the solid support, 0.5 mol L(-1) NaCl and 4.2 mol L(-1) HCl as the extraction solution, and 1 min stirring time. The MSPD method showed to be suitable for the extraction and determination of mercury species in certified reference materials of dogfish liver (DOLT-3) and dogfish muscle (DORM-2). It had good agreement (about 99%) with the certified values, and the relative standard deviation was lower than 9.5%. The limits of detection were 0.06 and 0.12 μg g(-1), for CH3Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively. A matrix effect was observed, and the quantification was carried out by the matrix-matched calibration. The method was applied to tuna fish ( Thunnus thynnus ), angel shark ( Squatina squatina ), and guitarfish ( Rhinobatos percellens ) samples. The results of the mercury speciation by MPSD and GC/MS were compared to the total mercury concentration determined by flow injection cold vapor generation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, after microwave-assisted digestion. Agreement ranged from 102% to 105%.

  6. Problems, possibilities and limitations of inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry in the determination of platinum, palladium and rhodium in samples with different matrix composition

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    Petrova, P.; Velichkov, S.; Velitchkova, N.; Havezov, I.; Daskalova, N.

    2010-02-01

    The economic and geological importance of platinum group of elements has led to the development of analytical methods to quantify them in different types of samples. In the present paper the quantitative information for spectral interference in radial viewing 40.68 MHz inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry in the determination of Pt, Pd and Rh in the presence of complex matrix, containing Al, Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn, P and Ti as matrix constituents was obtained. The database was used for optimum line selections. By using the selected analysis lines the following detection limits in ng g - 1 were obtained: Pt 1700, Pd-1440, Rh-900. The reached detection limits determine the possibilities and limitation of the direct ICP-AES method in the determination of Pt, Pd and Rh in geological and environmental materials. The database for spectral interferences in the presence of aluminum can be used for the determination of platinum group of elements in car catalysts. The accuracy of the analytical results was experimentally demonstrated by two certified reference materials that were analyzed: SARM 7, Pt ore and recycled auto-catalyst certified reference material SRM 2556.

  7. Determination of the average orientation of DNA in the octopus sperm [ital Eledone] [ital cirrhossa] through polarized light scattering

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    Shapiro, D.B.; Maestre, M.F.; McClain, W.M.; Hull, P.G.; Shi, Y.; Quinby-Hunt, M.S.; Hearst, J.E.; Hunt, A.J. )

    1994-08-20

    The coupled-dipole approximation has been used to model polarized light-scattering data obtained from the sperm of the octopus [ital Eledone] [ital cirrhosa]. Mueller scattering-matrix elements (which describe how a sample alters the intensity and degree of polarization of scattered light) were measured as a function of angle. The sample was modeled as a helical fiber believed to correspond to a DNA protein complex. It was necessary to propose an inherent anisotropy in the polarizability of the fiber in order to fit the data. The direction of the principle axes of the polarizability were determined by comparing the model with experimental data. The results suggest that the 2-nm DNA fibers are perpendicular to the thick fiber that defines the helical geometry of the octopus sperm head.

  8. Characterization of the selective inhibition of growth of virulent Legionella pneumophila by supplemented Mueller-Hinton medium.

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    Catrenich, C. E.; Johnson, W.

    1989-01-01

    The phenotypic difference between virulent and avirulent Legionella pneumophila with regard to growth on supplemented Mueller-Hinton (SMH) agar was investigated. Defined populations of virulent and avirulent L. pneumophila were inoculated onto hybrid growth media containing the combination of SMH agar components with potassium phosphate-buffered charcoal-yeast extract agar. The casein acid hydrolysate component of SMH agar was found to be inhibitory to the growth of virulent but not avirulent cells. The selectively inhibitory component of the casein acid hydrolysate was identified as NaCl. Images PMID:2722245

  9. Mueller-Hinton broth undergoes visible oxidative color changes in the presence of peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide.

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    Galeazzi, L; Groppa, G; Giunta, S

    1990-01-01

    In the presence of peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide, Mueller-Hinton broth undergoes a slow but clearly detectable color change from pale yellow to dark yellow or brown. An investigation of this phenomenon led to the conclusion that it is the result of the oxidation of tyrosine, a major component of the broth. Indeed, tyrosine has long been known to oxidize upon treatment with peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide. The observations reported here, besides being curious for the clinical microbiologist, might deserve attention for the possible implications in the medium color darkening which sometimes happens during microbial growth. Images PMID:2172301

  10. Immunohistochemical determination of the extracellular matrix modulation in a rat model of choline-deprived myocardium: the effects of carnitine.

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    Strilakou, Athina; Perelas, Apostolos; Lazaris, Andreas; Papavdi, Asteria; Karkalousos, Petros; Giannopoulou, Ioanna; Kriebardis, Anastasios; Panayiotides, Ioannis; Liapi, Charis

    2016-02-01

    Choline has been identified as an essential nutrient with crucial role in many vital biological functions. Recent studies have demonstrated that heart dysfunction can develop in the setting of choline deprivation even in the absence of underlying heart disease. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are responsible for extracellular matrix degradation, and the dysregulation of MMP-2 and MMP-9 has been involved in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular disorders. The aim of the study was to investigate the role of MMPs and their inhibitors (TIMPs), in the pathogenesis of choline deficiency-induced cardiomyopathy, and the way they are affected by carnitine supplementation. Male Wistar Albino adult rats were divided into four groups and received standard or choline-deficient diet with or without L-carnitine in drinking water (0.15% w/v) for 1 month. Heart tissue immunohistochemistry for MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2 was performed. Choline deficiency was associated with suppressed immunohistochemical expression of MMP-2 and an increased expression of TIMP-2 compared to control, while it had no impact on TIMP-1. MMP-9 expression was decreased without, however, reaching statistical significance. Carnitine did not affect MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1 or TIMP-2 expression. The pattern of TIMP and MMP modulation observed in a choline deficiency setting appears to promote fibrosis. Carnitine, although shown to suppress fibrosis, does not seem to affect MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1 or TIMP-2 expression. Further studies will be required to identify the mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of carnitine.

  11. Matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction for the determination of sulfonamides in animal tissues using high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wang, Zhibing; He, Mengyu; Jiang, Chunzhu; Zhang, Fengqing; Du, Shanshan; Feng, Wennan; Zhang, Hanqi

    2015-12-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction was developed and applied to the extraction of some sulfonamides, including sulfamerazine, sulfamethazine, sulfathiazole, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfadoxine, sulfisoxazole, and sulfaphenazole, in animal tissues. High-performance liquid chromatography was applied to the separation and determination of the target analytes. The solid sample was directly treated by matrix solid-phase dispersion and the eluate obtained was treated by homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction. The ionic liquid was used as the extraction solvent in this method, which may result in the improvement of the recoveries of the target analytes. To avoid using organic solvent and reduce environmental pollution, water was used as the elution solvent of matrix solid-phase dispersion. The effects of the experimental parameters on recoveries, including the type and volume of ionic liquid, type of dispersant, ratio of sample to dispersant, pH value of elution solvent, volume of elution solvent, amount of salt in eluate, amount of ion-pairing agent (NH4 PF6 ), and centrifuging time, were evaluated. When the present method was applied to the analysis of animal tissues, the recoveries of the analytes ranged from 85.4 to 118.0%, and the relative standard deviations were lower than 9.30%. The detection limits for the analytes were 4.3-13.4 μg/kg. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Determination of four sulfonylurea herbicides in tea by matrix solid-phase dispersion cleanup followed by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction.

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    Liang, Pei; Wang, Jinjin; Liu, Guojiao; Guan, Jinyan

    2014-09-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction has been developed as a new sample pretreatment method for the determination of four sulfonylurea herbicides (chlorsulfuron, bensulfuron-methyl, chlorimuron-ethyl, and pyrazosulfuron) in tea by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection. The extraction and cleanup by matrix solid-phase dispersion was carried out by using CN-silica as dispersant and carbon nanotubes as cleanup sorbent eluted with acidified dichloromethane. The eluent of matrix solid-phase dispersion was evaporated and redissolved in 0.5 mL methanol, and used as the dispersive solvent of the following dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction procedure for further purification and enrichment of the target analytes before high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. Under the optimum conditions, the method yielded a linear calibration curve in the concentration range from 5.0 to 10 000 ng/g for target analytes with a correlation coefficients (r(2)) ranging from 0.9959 to 0.9998. The limits of detection for the analytes were in the range of 1.31-2.81 ng/g. Recoveries of the four sulfonylurea herbicides at two fortification levels were between 72.8 and 110.6% with relative standard deviations lower than 6.95%. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of four sulfonylurea herbicides in several tea samples.

  13. [Direct determination of lead and cadmium in soil by slurry-sampling graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry using matrix modification technique].

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    Sun, Han-Wen; Wen, Xiao-Hua; Liang, Shu-Xuan

    2006-05-01

    A method for the direct determination of lead and cadmium in soil by slurry-sampling graphite furnace-atomic absorption spectrometry using NH4 H2 PO4 as matrix modifier was developed. The effects of slurry stability, particle size of sample, matrix modifiers, ashing temperature, atomization temperature and common coexistent components on the signal intensities of lead and cadmium were investigated. The apparent activation energies of lead and cadmium were measured based on the linear relationship between the logarithm value of atomization peak time and atomization temperature. The mechanism of matrix modification was discussed. Under optimized conditions, the detection limit was 9.05 x 10(-10) g x mL(-1) for Pb and 1.76 x 10(-11) g x mL(-1) for Cd. The recoveries were in the range of 91%-97% for Pb and 93%-109% for Cd. The relative standard deviations were in the range of 4.2%-7.8%.

  14. [Rapid determination of 40 pesticide residues in fruits using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry coupled with analyte protectants to compensate for matrix effects].

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    Xu, Xiuli; Zhao, Haixiang; Li, Li; Liu, Hanxia; Ren, Heling; Zhong, Weike

    2012-03-01

    A gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method was developed for the determination of 40 pesticides in fruits. The effects of adding analyte protectants were evaluated for compensating matrix effects and the impacts on the quantitative results. A new combination of analyte protectants - Polyethylene Glycol 400 (PEG 400) and olive oil combination, which can be dissolved in acetone, was used for the quantitative analysis. The pesticides were extracted from fruit samples with acetonitrile and the extracts were cleaned up using micro-solid phase extraction. A GC-MS method in selective ion monitoring (SIM) mode coupled with large volume injection was finally developed. Using the newly developed analyte protectant combination of PEG 400 and olive oil, a good linearity was obtained in the range of 1 - 200 microg/L with coefficients better than 0.99, and the detection limits were between 0.1 - 3.0 microg/L. The mean recoveries of the pesticides were 75% - 119% with the relative standard deviation values less than 16.6% except for dimethoate. The performance of the analyte protectants was compared with matrix-matched standards calibration curves in terms of quantitative accuracy. The results showed that the method of adding analyte protectants can replace the matrix-matched standard calibration, and can also reduce the sample pretreatment. When the devel- oped method was used for the analysis of apple, peache, orange, banana, grape and other fruit samples, a good matrix compensation effect was achieved, and thus effectively reduced the bad effects of the water-soluble agents to the gas chromatographic column.

  15. Interlaboratory evaluation of an off-line supercritical fluid extraction/infrared spectrometric method for determination of petroleum hydrocarbons in solid matrixes

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    Lopez-Avila, V.; Young, R.; Kim, R.; Beckert, W.F. )

    1993-05-01

    A collaborative study was conducted, with 14 laboratories participating, to determine the method accuracy and precision of the proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Methods 3560 and 8440. These methods involve the extraction of petroleum hydrocarbons from solid matrixes with supercritical carbon dioxide at 340 atm and 80 degrees C for 30 min (dynamic), collection of the extracted materials in tetrachloroethene (Method 3560), and analysis of the extracts by infrared (IR) spectrometry (Method 8440). The study design was based on the AOAC blind replicate design with balanced replicates. The study samples consisted of 4 solid matrixes that had petroleum hydrocarbon contents ranging from 614 to 32,600 mg/kg. Each of the 4 matrixes was extracted in triplicate, and the extracts were analyzed with 2 different IR spectrometers. In addition, each of the participating laboratories extracted a sample of unspiked clay soil, the same clay soil spiked with corn oil and reference oil at 1000 mg/kg each, and the same clay soil wetted to 30% water content and spiked with motor oil at 10,000 mg/kg (the latter 3 samples were extracted only once). Results indicated that the overall method accuracy for concentrations ranging from 614 to 32,600 mg/kg was 82.9%; the mean recoveries of petroleum hydrocarbons for each of the 4 solid matrixes ranged from 77.9 to 107% for analyses performed with the Perkin-Elmer Fourier transform IR spectrometer and from 75.9 to 101% for analyses performed with the Buck-Scientific IR spectrometer; the differences between the 2 instruments on a sample-by-sample basis were less than 17% for the total petroleum hydrocarbon determinations. The interlaboratory method precisions (RSDR) appeared to be matrix-dependent and ranged from 17.3 to 45.4% for analyses performed with the Perkin-Elmer Fourier transform IR spectrometer and from 16.7 to 47.9% for the Buck-Scientific IR spectrometer.

  16. Development of a matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction combined with high-performance liquid chromatography for determination of five lignans from the Schisandra chinensis.

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    Zhang, Qi; Zhu, Wenquan; Guan, Hong; Liu, Han; Yang, Wenqin; Wang, Huirong; Cai, Defu

    2016-02-01

    A method based on a simplified sample extraction by matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by HPLC determination is validated for analysis of five lignans in Schisandra chinensis. The MSPD parameters that affect the extraction efficiency of lignans from S. chinensis were examined and optimized. The optimal extraction conditions were determined to be that silica gel was used as dispersing sorbent, the ratio of silica gel to sample mass was selected to be 2:1, and 4mL of methanol was used as elution solvent. The method recoveries were determined to be from 92.25 to 101.17% and the RSDs from 1.3 to 4.9%. The extraction yields of five lignans obtained by the MSPD were higher than those of traditional reflux and sonication extraction with reduced requirements on sample, solvent and time. In addition, the optimized method was applied for analyzing five real S. chinensis samples obtained from different cultivated areas.

  17. Peptidylation for the determination of low-molecular-weight compounds by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Tang, Feng; Cen, Si-Ying; He, Huan; Liu, Yi; Yuan, Bi-Feng; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2016-05-23

    Determination of low-molecular-weight compounds by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) has been a great challenge in the analytical research field. Here we developed a universal peptide-based derivatization (peptidylation) strategy for the sensitive analysis of low-molecular-weight compounds by MALDI-TOF-MS. Upon peptidylation, the molecular weights of target analytes increase, thus avoiding serious matrix ion interference in the low-molecular-weight region in MALDI-TOF-MS. Since peptides typically exhibit good signal response during MALDI-TOF-MS analysis, peptidylation endows high detection sensitivities of low-molecular-weight analytes. As a proof-of-concept, we analyzed low-molecular-weight compounds of aldehydes and thiols by the developed peptidylation strategy. Our results showed that aldehydes and thiols can be readily determined upon peptidylation, thus realizing the sensitive and efficient determination of low-molecular-weight compounds by MALDI-TOF-MS. Moreover, target analytes also can be unambiguously detected in biological samples using the peptidylation strategy. The established peptidylation strategy is a universal strategy and can be extended to the sensitive analysis of various low-molecular-weight compounds by MALDI-TOF-MS, which may be potentially used in areas such as metabolomics.

  18. Automatic switching matrix

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    Schlecht, Martin F.; Kassakian, John G.; Caloggero, Anthony J.; Rhodes, Bruce; Otten, David; Rasmussen, Neil

    1982-01-01

    An automatic switching matrix that includes an apertured matrix board containing a matrix of wires that can be interconnected at each aperture. Each aperture has associated therewith a conductive pin which, when fully inserted into the associated aperture, effects electrical connection between the wires within that particular aperture. Means is provided for automatically inserting the pins in a determined pattern and for removing all the pins to permit other interconnecting patterns.

  19. Determination of polar stratospheric cloud particle refractive indices by use of in situ optical measurements and T-matrix calculations.

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    Scarchilli, Claudio; Adriani, Alberto; Cairo, Francesco; Di Donfrancesco, Guido; Buontempo, Carlo; Snels, Marcel; Moriconi, Maria Luisa; Deshler, Terry; Larsen, Niels; Luo, Beiping; Mauersberger, Konrad; Ovarlez, Joelle; Rosen, Jim; Schreiner, Jochen

    2005-06-01

    A new algorithm to infer structural parameters such as refractive index and asphericity of cloud particles has been developed by use of in situ observations taken by a laser backscattersonde and an optical particle counter during balloon stratospheric flights. All three main particles, liquid, ice, and a no-ice solid (NAT, nitric acid trihydrate) of polar stratospheric clouds, were observed during two winter flights performed from Kiruna, Sweden. The technique is based on use of the T-matrix code developed for aspherical particles to calculate the backscattering coefficient and particle depolarizing properties on the basis of size distribution and concentration measurements. The results of the calculations are compared with observations to estimated refractive indices and particle asphericity. The method has also been used in cases when the liquid and solid phases coexist with comparable influence on the optical behavior of the cloud to estimate refractive indices. The main results prove that the index of refraction for NAT particles is in the range of 1.37-1.45 at 532 nm. Such particles would be slightly prolate spheroids. The calculated refractive indices for liquid and ice particles are 1.51-1.55 and 1.31-1.33, respectively. The results for solid particles confirm previous measurements taken in Antarctica during 1992 and obtained by a comparison of lidar and optical particle counter data.

  20. Determination of polar stratospheric cloud particle refractive indices by use of in situ optical measurements and T-matrix calculations

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    Scarchilli, Claudio; Adriani, Alberto; Cairo, Francesco; di Donfrancesco, Guido; Buontempo, Carlo; Snels, Marcel; Moriconi, Maria Luisa; Deshler, Terry; Larsen, Niels; Luo, Beiping; Mauersberger, Konrad; Ovarlez, Joelle; Rosen, Jim; Schreiner, Jochen

    2005-06-01

    A new algorithm to infer structural parameters such as refractive index and asphericity of cloud particles has been developed by use of in situ observations taken by a laser backscattersonde and an optical particle counter during balloon stratospheric flights. All three main particles, liquid, ice, and a no-ice solid (NAT, nitric acid trihydrate) of polar stratospheric clouds, were observed during two winter flights performed from Kiruna, Sweden. The technique is based on use of the T-matrix code developed for aspherical particles to calculate the backscattering coefficient and particle depolarizing properties on the basis of size distribution and concentration measurements. The results of the calculations are compared with observations to estimated refractive indices and particle asphericity. The method has also been used in cases when the liquid and solid phases coexist with comparable influence on the optical behavior of the cloud to estimate refractive indices. The main results prove that the index of refraction for NAT particles is in the range of 1.37-1.45 at 532 nm. Such particles would be slightly prolate spheroids. The calculated refractive indices for liquid and ice particles are 1.51-1.55 and 1.31-1.33, respectively. The results for solid particles confirm previous measurements taken in Antarctica during 1992 and obtained by a comparison of lidar and optical particle counter data.

  1. Size dependent optical characterization of semiconductor particle: CdS embedded in polymer matrix

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    Roy, S.; Gogoi, A.; Ahmed, G. A.

    2010-10-01

    We report the optical investigation and analysis of both nano-sized and micrometer size Cadmium Sulphide particles which is embedded in a transparent polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) dielectric host material. A designed and fabricated laser based light scattering system using a He-Ne laser of wavelength 632.8nm was used for the measurement and study of the scattering properties of the particles as a function of the scattering angle at this wavelength. An attempt was made to experimentally determine the most significant elements of the Mueller scattering matrix using combinations of randomly and linearly polarized incident laser beam and subsequent analyzers in corresponding orientations. The analysis of the experimental data was done by the method of comparison with theoretically generated data. Novel computational technique, involving single scattering for spherical particles using Mie-theory, was developed and applied. The theoretical data was found to be in good agreement with the experimental data within an acceptable margin of error. The results have proved that the combination of the experimental setup and associated computational method is a highly efficient and reliable in-situ system for monitoring size growth of semiconductor particles in the laboratory.

  2. An Axisymmetric Boundary Element Model for Determination of Articular Cartilage Pericellular Matrix Properties In situ via Inverse Analysis of Chondron Deformation

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    Kim, Eunjung; Guilak, Farshid; Haider, Mansoor A.

    2013-01-01

    The pericellular matrix (PCM) is the narrow tissue region surrounding all chondrocytes in articular cartilage and, together, the chondrocyte(s) and surrounding PCM have been termed the chondron. Previous theoretical and experimental studies suggest that the structure and properties of the PCM significantly influence the biomechanical environment at the microscopic scale of the chondrocytes within cartilage. In the present study, an axisymmetric boundary element method (BEM) was developed for linear elastic domains with internal interfaces. The new BEM was employed in a multiscale continuum model to determine linear elastic properties of the PCM in situ, via inverse analysis of previously reported experimental data for the three-dimensional morphological changes of chondrons within a cartilage explant in equilibrium unconfined compression (Choi et al., J Biomech, 40:2596–603, 2007). The microscale geometry of the chondron (cell and PCM) within the cartilage extracellular matrix (ECM) was represented as a three-zone equilibrated biphasic region comprised of an ellipsoidal chondrocyte with encapsulating PCM that was embedded within a spherical ECM subjected to boundary conditions for unconfined compression at its outer boundary. Accuracy of the three-zone BEM model was evaluated and compared to analytical finite element solutions. The model was then integrated with a nonlinear optimization technique (Nelder-Mead) to determine PCM elastic properties within the cartilage explant by solving an inverse problem associated with the in situ experimental data for chondron deformation. Depending on the assumed material properties of the ECM and the choice of cost function in the optimization, estimates of the PCM Young’s modulus ranged from ~24 to 59 kPa, consistent with previous measurements of PCM properties on extracted chondrons using micropipette aspiration. Taken together with previous experimental and theoretical studies of cell-matrix interactions in cartilage

  3. Validated GC-MS analysis for the determination of residual fentanyl in applied Durogesic reservoir and Durogesic D-Trans matrix transdermal fentanyl patches.

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    Van Nimmen, Nadine F J; Veulemans, Hendrik A F

    2007-02-01

    The method development and validation characteristics are described of a simple gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric (GC-MS) analytical procedure to determine residual fentanyl in used Durogesic reservoir patches and Durogesic D-Trans matrix technology based systems to estimate the actual rate of transdermal fentanyl delivered in individual patients. The sample preparation protocol constituting a saline based extraction of sets of new patches of each nominal dose available, resulted in fentanyl extraction recoveries to increase steadily as a function of increasing extraction time. For the reservoir type transdermal therapeutic system (TTS), fentanyl extraction efficiencies at equilibrium (16 h) ranged from approximately 60% (100-microg/h TTS) to 95% (25-microg/h TTS), whereas for the matrix type system considerable lower recoveries were demonstrated for the highest nominal dose rates (35%-52%), while reaching 90% for the 25-microg/h system. For the latter type of fentanyl TTS, an optimized methanol based extraction protocol yielded virtually quantitative fentanyl recoveries for each matrix patch nominal dose level at substantially shorter extraction periods (15 min). The GC-MS analytical method using selected ion monitoring (SIM) and deuterated fentanyl as internal standard was shown to be adequately selective with regard to the presence of other compounds in the Durogesic patches. It was further demonstrated that the developed analytical protocols provided highly reproducible and accurate estimates of the initial fentanyl content of each patch type at all available nominal doses, with coefficients of variation and relative errors generally below 10%. These advantageous assay validation characteristics can be further transposed to the application of residual fentanyl level estimates in used patches, provided that with each batch of samples also a set of new TTSs with equal dose is assayed to perfectly mimic extraction phenomena. Finally, the presented GC

  4. Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry for direct determination of urinary modified nucleosides. Evaluation of synthetic urine as a surrogate matrix for quantitative analysis.

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    Rodríguez-Gonzalo, Encarnación; Hernández-Prieto, Raquel; García-Gómez, Diego; Carabias-Martínez, Rita

    2013-12-30

    This work describes the development of a fast and reliable method based on capillary zone electrophoresis coupled with electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (CZE-ESI-MS) for the determination of modified nucleosides in untreated human urine. The target compounds were guanine, 1-methyl-guanine, 7-methyl-guanine, 9-methyl-guanine, adenosine, 1-methyl-adenosine, cytidine, guanosine, 7-methyl-guanosine. As internal standards, ribose-2-(13)C-adenosine and 8-(13)C-guanine were used. The CZE separation was carried out in acidic medium (pH 2.5). MS detection with a single quadrupole, with ESI operating in positive-ion mode, was optimized. For the analysis of urine samples, owing to the endogenous character of these analytes different quantification strategies were explored. The standard additions method, matrix-matched calibration in synthetic urine and calibration in pure aqueous medium were compared in order to evaluate the endogenous levels of these compounds in human urine. The results obtained showed that calibration in synthetic urine as a surrogate matrix was an appropriate alternative to the method of standard additions for the accurate quantitation of compounds such as guanine, 1-methyl-guanine, 7-methyl-guanine, adenosine, 1-methyl-adenosine and cytidine by CE-ESI-MS directly in the urine matrix; values in the range 0.1μg/mL for cytidine and 6.4μg/mL for 7mGua, as the lowest and the highest level, were found in untreated urine from healthy volunteers. These results were confirmed by LC-MS/MS detection. It can be concluded that the electrophoretic CZE-ESI-MS methodology offers a valid and reliable alternative for the determination of urinary nucleosides at naturally occurring levels in healthy individuals. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Determination of the detective quantum efficiency of a prototype, megavoltage indirect detection, active matrix flat-panel imager.

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    El-Mohri, Y; Jee, K W; Antonuk, L E; Maolinbay, M; Zhao, Q

    2001-12-01

    After years of aggressive development, active matrix flat-panel imagers (AMFPIs) have recently become commercially available for radiotherapy imaging. In this paper we report on a comprehensive evaluation of the signal and noise performance of a large-area prototype AMFPI specifically developed for this application. The imager is based on an array of 512 x 512 pixels incorporating amorphous silicon photodiodes and thin-film transistors offering a 26 x 26 cm2 active area at a pixel pitch of 508 microm. This indirect detection array was coupled to various x-ray converters consisting of a commercial phosphor screen (Lanex Fast B, Lanex Regular, or Lanex Fine) and a 1 mm thick copper plate. Performance of the imager in terms of measured sensitivity, modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectra (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) is reported at beam energies of 6 and 15 MV and at doses of 1 and 2 monitor units (MU). In addition, calculations of system performance (NPS, DQE) based on cascaded-system formalism were reported and compared to empirical results. In these calculations, the Swank factor and spatial energy distributions of secondary electrons within the converter were modeled by means of EGS4 Monte Carlo simulations. Measured MTFs of the system show a weak dependence on screen type (i.e., thickness), which is partially due to the spreading of secondary radiation. Measured DQE was found to be independent of dose for the Fast B screen, implying that the imager is input-quantum-limited at 1 MU, even at an extended source-to-detector distance of 200 cm. The maximum DQE obtained is around 1%--a limit imposed by the low detection efficiency of the converter. For thinner phosphor screens, the DQE is lower due to their lower detection efficiencies. Finally, for the Fast B screen, good agreement between calculated and measured DQE was observed.

  6. Determination of O-isopropyl methylphosphonic acid in living microorganism-agar matrixes using ion chromatography conductivity detection.

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    Nassar, Alaa F.; Lucas, Samuel V.; Thomas, Susan A. )

    1999-01-01

    A direct an anion exchange, ion chromatography (IC)-based method for the detection of the chemical warfare agent surrogate O-isopropyl methylphosphonic acid (IMPA) in agar medium has been developed. This is the first report of the systematic development and validation of an IC-based method for the analysis of the chemical warfare agent degradation product, IMPA, in Petri dishes containing the agar medium with 10, 100 and 1000 mg/mL IMPA. Samples were prepared by dilution of the agar medium with deionized water followed by sonication and then filtration before the analysis by IC/conductivity detection. Using this method, the amount of IMPA in the Petri dishes was measured. Excellent separation efficiency and freedom from interference due to common anions such as phosphate and sulfate was obtained in the developed methods. Retention time precision is less than 1.0% relative standard deviation (%RSD) and the detection limit is 0.1 mg/mL. Three calibration curves were performed over the range 1-100 mg/mL using blank agar matrices spiked with five IMPA concentrations; with correlation coefficients (R{sup 2}) of 0.993, 0.991, and 0.992 for the calibration standard without dilution of agar matrix, at 4-times dilution and at 40-times dilution, respectively. Using three different samples at three IMPA spike levels, analysis accuracy was assessed by spiking the actual agar samples with IMPA. Average recoveries were 76, 79, and 84% for 10, 100, and 1000 mg/mL, respectively.

  7. The muscle contraction mode determines lymphangiogenesis differentially in rat skeletal and cardiac muscles by modifying local lymphatic extracellular matrix microenvironments.

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    Greiwe, L; Vinck, M; Suhr, F

    2016-05-01

    Lymphatic vessels are of special importance for tissue homeostasis, and increases of their density may foster tissue regeneration. Exercise could be a relevant tool to increase lymphatic vessel density (LVD); however, a significant lack of knowledge remains to understand lymphangiogenesis in skeletal muscles upon training. Interestingly, training-induced lymphangiogenesis has never been studied in the heart. We studied lymphangiogenesis and LVD upon chronic concentric and chronic eccentric muscle contractions in both rat skeletal (Mm. Edl and Sol) and cardiac muscles. We found that LVD decreased in both skeletal muscles specifically upon eccentric training, while this contraction increased LVD in cardiac tissue. These observations were supported by opposing local remodelling of lymphatic vessel-specific extracellular matrix components in skeletal and cardiac muscles and protein levels of lymphatic markers (Lyve-1, Pdpn, Vegf-C/D). Confocal microscopy further revealed transformations of lymphatic vessels into vessels expressing both blood (Cav-1) and lymphatic (Vegfr-3) markers upon eccentric training specifically in skeletal muscles. In addition and phenotype supportive, we found increased inflammation (NF-κB/p65, Il-1β, Ifn-γ, Tnf-α and MPO(+) cells) in eccentrically stressed skeletal, but decreased levels in cardiac muscles. Our data provide novel mechanistic insights into lymphangiogenic processes in skeletal and cardiac muscles upon chronic muscle contraction modes and demonstrate that both tissues adapt in opposing manners specifically to eccentric training. These data are highly relevant for clinical applications, because eccentric training serves as a sufficient strategy to increase LVD and to decrease inflammation in cardiac tissue, for example in order to reduce tissue abortion in transplantation settings. © 2015 Scandinavian Physiological Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Noninvasive Staphylococcus aureus biofilm determination in chronic rhinosinusitis by detecting the exopolysaccharide matrix component poly-N-acetylglucosamine.

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    Foreman, Andrew; Jervis-Bardy, Josh; Boase, Samuel J; Tan, Lorwai; Wormald, Peter-John

    2013-02-01

    The role that bacterial biofilms might play in recalcitrant forms of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is increasingly being recognized. However, the detection of bacteria existing in this form, using standard culture, is limited by their unique metabolically inactive properties. All current biofilm diagnostic modalities require invasive mucosal biopsies, which limit their use to the operating theatre. Twenty CRS patients and 5 controls were enrolled in a prospective study to assess the feasibility of noninvasively diagnosing S. aureus biofilms by detecting the biofilm matrix polysaccharide poly-N-acetylglucosamine (PNAG). An immunofluorescence protocol was developed for PNAG detection and compared with both standard microbiological cultures and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Thirteen of 20 CRS patients had evidence of S. aureus biofilm formation using FISH. Of these, 12 had detectable PNAG. Interestingly none of the S. aureus FISH-negative patients were PNAG-positive despite the presence of coagulase-negative Staphylococci biofilms, some of which may exhibit PNAG in their pathogenic forms. The development of a noninvasive S. aureus biofilm diagnostic test provides a reliable means to identify a high-risk group of CRS patients who harbor S. aureus biofilms. The ability to be used outside of the perioperative period to assess surgical efficacy, guide management, and evaluate new treatment modalities provides a significant advance in this field of research and clinical practice. This study has confirmed the feasibility of noninvasive detection of S. aureus biofilms with a simple test that produces results comparable to the more invasive methods that are currently relied upon. © 2013 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  9. Preparation of a magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer with pseudo template for rapid simultaneous determination of cyromazine and melamine in bio-matrix samples.

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    Wang, Xianhua; Fang, Qiuxue; Liu, Shipeng; Chen, Lei

    2012-09-01

    A magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer (M-MIP) for cyromazine and melamine was prepared by simple suspension polymerization using a pseudo template, 2-(4,6-diamino-1,3,5-triazin-2-ylamino)ethanethiol disulfide. The M-MIP was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Molecular recognition properties and binding capability to cyromazine and melamine were evaluated by adsorption testing, which showed the M-MIP had better affinity and selectivity than the magnetic non-imprinted polymer (M-NIP) for cyromazine and melamine. A method based on molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction assisted by magnetic separation was developed for extraction of cyromazine and melamine from bio-matrix samples. Various conditions, for example desorption conditions, amount of M-MIP, extraction time, and sample pH were optimized. High-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection was used to determine cyromazine and melamine after extraction. The proposed method was successfully applied to determination of cyromazine and melamine in egg and milk samples. Recovery of standard spiked cyromazine and melamine from these samples was between 71.86 and 80.57%, with intraday and interday relative standard deviation ranging from 3.45 to 6.39% and from 3.95 to 7.84%, respectively. The results indicate that the pseudo template M-MIP can be used for preconcentration, purification, and analysis of cyromazine and melamine in bio-matrix samples.

  10. Determination of perfluorooctanoate and perfluorooctanesulfonate in water matrices by inline matrix elimination liquid chromatography with reversed phase separation and suppressed conductivity detection.

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    Subramanian, N Harihara; Manigandan, P; Wille, Andrea; Radhakrishnan, Ganga

    2011-09-01

    This work describes a new method for the determination of perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in water matrices by suppressed conductivity detection. Separation was achieved by isocratic elution on a reversed-phase column thermostated at 45°C using an aqueous mobile phase containing boric acid and acetonitrile. The PFOA and PFOS content in the water matrix were quantified by a pre-concentration technique. For the concentration range of 1 to 15 ng/mL and 2 to 30 ng/mL, the linear calibration curve for PFOA and PFOS yielded coefficients of determination (R(2)) of 0.9995 and 0.9985, respectively. The relative standard deviations were smaller than 1.5% for PFOA and PFOS. The retention-time precision of four consecutive 12 h injections was smaller than 0.641% and 0.818%, respectively. The presence of common divalent cations, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron in water matrices impairs PFOS recovery. This drawback was overcome by applying inline matrix elimination method. The optimized method was successfully applied for drinking water, ground water, and seawater samples.

  11. Determination of triazine herbicides in seaweeds: development of a sample preparation method based on Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion and Solid Phase Extraction Clean-up.

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    Rodríguez-González, N; González-Castro, M J; Beceiro-González, E; Muniategui-Lorenzo, S; Prada-Rodríguez, D

    2014-04-01

    A method using dual process columns of Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion (MSPD) and Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) has been developed for extracting and cleaning-up of nine triazine herbicides (ametryn, atrazine, cyanazine, prometryn, propazine, simazine, simetryn, terbuthylazine and terbutryn) in seaweed samples. Under optimized conditions, samples were blended with 2g of octasilyl-derivatized silica (C8) and transferred into an SPE cartridge containing ENVI-Carb II/PSA (0.5/0.5 g) as a clean up co-sorbent. Then the dispersed sample was washed with 10 mL of n-hexane and triazines were eluted with 20 mL ethyl acetate and 5 mL acetonitrile. Finally the extract was concentrated to dryness, re-constituted with 1 mL methanol:water (1:1) and injected into the HPLC-DAD system. The linearity of the calibration curves was excellent in matrix matched standards, and yielded the coefficients of determination>0.995 for all the target analytes. The recoveries ranged from 75% to 100% with relative standard deviations lower than 7%. The achieved LOQs (<10 µg kg(-1)) for all triazines under study permits to ensure proper determination at the maximum allowed residue levels set in the European Union Legislation. Samples of three seaweeds were subjected to the procedure proving the suitability of MSPD method for the analysis of triazines in different seaweeds samples.

  12. Efficient determination of the uncertainty for the optimization of SPECT system design: a subsampled fisher information matrix.

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    Fuin, Niccolo; Pedemonte, Stefano; Arridge, Simon; Ourselin, Sebastien; Hutton, Brian F

    2014-03-01

    System designs in single photon emission tomography (SPECT) can be evaluated based on the fundamental trade-off between bias and variance that can be achieved in the reconstruction of emission tomograms. This trade off can be derived analytically using the Cramer-Rao type bounds, which imply the calculation and the inversion of the Fisher information matrix (FIM). The inverse of the FIM expresses the uncertainty associated to the tomogram, enabling the comparison of system designs. However, computing, storing and inverting the FIM is not practical with 3-D imaging systems. In order to tackle the problem of the computational load in calculating the inverse of the FIM, a method based on the calculation of the local impulse response and the variance, in a single point, from a single row of the FIM, has been previously proposed for system design. However this approximation (circulant approximation) does not capture the global interdependence between the variables in shift-variant systems such as SPECT, and cannot account e.g., for data truncation or missing data. Our new formulation relies on subsampling the FIM. The FIM is calculated over a subset of voxels arranged in a grid that covers the whole volume. Every element of the FIM at the grid points is calculated exactly, accounting for the acquisition geometry and for the object. This new formulation reduces the computational complexity in estimating the uncertainty, but nevertheless accounts for the global interdependence between the variables, enabling the exploration of design spaces hindered by the circulant approximation. The graphics processing unit accelerated implementation of the algorithm reduces further the computation times, making the algorithm a good candidate for real-time optimization of adaptive imaging systems. This paper describes the subsampled FIM formulation and implementation details. The advantages and limitations of the new approximation are explored, in comparison with the circulant

  13. Electrothermal atomisation atomic absorption conditions and matrix modifications for determining antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, gallium, gold, indium, lead, molybdenum, palladium, platinum, selenium, silver, tellurium, thallium and tin following back-extraction of organic aminohalide extracts

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    Clark, J.R.

    1986-01-01

    A multi-element organic-extraction and back-extraction procedure, that had been developed previously to eliminate matrix interferences in the determination of a large number of trace elements in complex materials such as geological samples, produced organic and aqueous solutions that were complex. Electrothermal atomisation atomic absorption conditions and matrix modifications have been developed for 13 of the extracted elements (Ag, As, Au, Bi, Cd, Ga, In, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, Te and Tl) that enhance sensitivity, alleviate problems resulting from the complex solutions and produce acceptable precision. Platinum, Pd and Mo can be determined without matrix modification directly on the original unstripped extracts.

  14. A simple method for the determination of glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid in seawater matrix with high performance liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection.

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    Wang, Shu; Liu, Baomin; Yuan, Dongxing; Ma, Jian

    2016-12-01

    Glyphosate (GLYP) is an important herbicide which is also used as the phosphorus source for marine organisms. The wide applications of GLYP can lead to its accumulation in oceans and coastal waters, thus creating environmental issues. However, there is limited methods for detection of GLYP and its degradation product, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in saline samples. Therefore, a simple and fast method for the quantification of GLYP and AMPA in seawater matrix has been developed based on the derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethylchloroformate (FMOC-Cl), separation with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and detection with fluorescence detector (FLD). In order to maximize sensitivity, the derivatization procedure was carefully optimized regarding concentration of FMOC-Cl, volume of borate buffer, pH of borate buffer, mixing and derivatization time. The derivatization reaction could be completed within 30min in seawater samples without any additional clean-up or desalting steps. Under the optimized conditions, the developed HPLC method showed a wide linear response (up to several mg/L, R(2)>0.99). The limits of detection were 0.60μg/L and 0.30μg/L for GLYP and AMPA in seawater matrix, respectively. The relative standard deviation was 14.0% for GLYP (1.00mg/L) and 3.1% for AMPA (100μg/L) in saline samples with three different operators (n=24). This method was applied to determine the concentration of GLYP and AMPA in seawater culture media and the recovery data indicated minimal matrix interference. Due to its simplicity, high reproducibility and successful application in seawater culture media analysis, this method is a potentially useful analytical technique for both marine research and environmental science.

  15. Determination of nucleoside analog mono-, di-, and tri-phosphates in cellular matrix by solid phase extraction and ultra-sensitive LC-MS/MS detection.

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    Bushman, Lane R; Kiser, Jennifer J; Rower, Joseph E; Klein, Brandon; Zheng, Jia-Hua; Ray, Michelle L; Anderson, Peter L

    2011-09-10

    An ultra-sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay was developed and validated to facilitate the assessment of clinical pharmacokinetics of nucleotide analogs from lysed intracellular matrix. The method utilized a strong anion exchange isolation of mono-(MP), di-(DP), and tri-phosphates (TP) from intracellular matrix. Each fraction was then dephosphorylated to the parent moiety yielding a molar equivalent to the original nucleotide analog intracellular concentration. The analytical portion of the methodology was optimized in specific nucleoside analog centric modes (i.e. tenofovir (TFV) centric, zidovudine (ZDV) centric), which included desalting/concentration by solid phase extraction and detection by LC-MS/MS. Nucleotide analog MP-, DP-, and TP-determined on the TFV centric mode of analysis include TFV, lamivudine (3TC), and emtricitibine (FTC). The quantifiable linear range for TFV was 2.5-2000 fmol/sample, and that for 3TC/FTC was 0.1 200 pmol/sample. Nucleoside analog MP-, DP-, and TP-determined on the ZDV centric mode of analysis included 3TC and ZDV. The quantifiable linear range for 3TC was 0.1 100 pmol/sample, and 5-2000 fmol/sample for ZDV. Stable labeled isotopic internal standards facilitated accuracy and precision in alternative cell matrices, which supported the intended use of the method for MP, DP, and TP determinations in various cell types. The method was successfully applied to clinical research samples generating novel intracellular information for TFV, FTC, ZDV, and 3TC nucleotides. This document outlines method development, validation, and application to clinical research.

  16. A comparison of antibiotic disks from different sources on Quicolor and Mueller-Hinton agar media in evaluation of antibacterial susceptibility testing

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    Saffari, Neda; Salmanzadeh-Ahrabi, Siavosh; Abdi-Ali, Ahya; Rezaei-Hemami, Mohsen

    2016-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Antibacterial susceptibility testing of clinical bacterial isolates through disk diffusion method plays a major role in antibacterial treatment. One of the main factors affecting the result of these tests is the type, structure and quality of the disks. The main objective of this study was to compare the agreement of antibiotic disks originated from three companies on Quicolor and Mueller-Hinton agar. Materials and Methods: Quicolor and Mueller-Hinton agar media were used in disk diffusion method. Seventy clinical isolates from Enterobacteriaceae family (21 Klebsiella spp., 36 Escherichia coli, 1 Enterobacter spp. and 12 Shigella spp.) were investigated in the study. After obtaining data, the results were interpreted as resistant, sensitive or intermediate. Kappa coefficient measured the agreement of two media. Coefficient of variation (CV) was also calculated for antibiotic disks. Results: The kappa agreement values for three types of antibiotic disks on Quicolor and Mueller-Hinton agar plates were good or excellent for all the examined antibiotics. CV values were also very satisfactory in the majority of cases. Conclusion: Antibiotic disks from three manufacturers can successfully be used on both Quicolor and Mueller-Hinton agar plates. PMID:28149489

  17. Evaluation of matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction for multi-fenicols determination in shrimp and fish by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Tao, Yanfei; Zhu, Fangwei; Chen, Dongmei; Wei, Huimin; Pan, Yuanhu; Wang, Xu; Liu, Zhenli; Huang, Lingli; Wang, Yulian; Yuan, Zonghui

    2014-05-01

    A quantitative LC-MS/MS method was developed for the determination of chloramphenicol (CAP), thiamphenicol (TAP), florfenicol (FF) and florfenicol amine (FFA) in shrimp and fish. This rapid simple and effective extraction method was based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD). The best results were obtained using C18 as dispersant sorbent. The correlation coefficient (r) with each matrix-matched calibration curve is higher than 0.999 at the range of 0.05-0.8μg/kg for CAP and FF, 0.1-1.6μg/kg for FFA and TAP. CCα and CCβ of the fenicols upon the method were ranged from 0.01 to 0.09μg/kg and 0.04 to 0.25μg/kg respectively. In the fortified levels recoveries of the four compounds ranged from 83.8% to 98.8% with RSDs lower than 13.7%. The proposed method has been applied successfully to the analysis of CAP, TAP, FF and FFA in shrimp and fish samples, which demonstrates that this method is fast, sensitive, reliable and environmental friendly.

  18. Development and validation of UHPLC-MS/MS method for determination of eight naturally occurring catechin derivatives in various tea samples and the role of matrix effects.

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    Svoboda, Pavel; Vlčková, Hana; Nováková, Lucie

    2015-10-10

    A complete analytical procedure combining optimized tea infusion preparation and validated UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed for routine quantification of eight naturally occurring catechin derivatives in various tea samples. The preparation of tea infusions was optimized in terms of temperature, time and water-to-tea ratio in green, white and black teas. The catechins were analyzed using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry in a run of only 4 min including equilibration of the system. The UHPLC-MS/MS method was fully validated in terms of inter/intra-day precision, accuracy, linearity (r(2)>0.9991), range (50-5000 ng/ml), LOD (1.5-7.5 ng/ml) and LOQ (5-25 ng/ml). Validation of the method included also the determination of the matrix effects that were evaluated in both flavored and unflavored green, white and black teas. Dilution of the resulting tea infusions appeared to be crucial for the matrix effects and also for subsequent catechin quantification in real tea samples in order to fit into the linear range of the UHPLC-MS/MS method. This complete procedure for catechin quantification was finally applied to real sample analysis represented by 70 commercial tea samples.

  19. Atomic-absorption spectrometric determination of cobalt, nickel, and copper in geological materials with matrix masking and chelation-extraction

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    Sanzolone, R.F.; Chao, T.T.; Crenshaw, G.L.

    1979-01-01

    An atomic-absorption spectrometric method is reported for the determination of cobalt, nickel, and copper in a variety of geological materials including iron- and manganese-rich, and calcareous samples. The sample is decomposed with HP-HNO3 and the residue is dissolved in hydrochloric acid. Ammonium fluoride is added to mask iron and 'aluminum. After adjustment to pH 6, cobalt, nickel, and copper are chelated with sodium diethyl-dithiocarbamate and extracted into methyl isobutyl ketone. The sample is set aside for 24 h before analysis to remove interferences from manganese. For a 0.200-g sample, the limits of determination are 5-1000 ppm for Co, Ni, and Cu. As much as 50% Fe, 25% Mn or Ca, 20% Al and 10% Na, K, or Mg in the sample either individually or in various combinations do not interfere. Results obtained on five U.S. Geological Survey rock standards are in general agreement with values reported in the literature. ?? 1979.

  20. Quantitative determination of valproic acid in postmortem blood samples--evidence of strong matrix dependency and instability.

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    Kiencke, Verena; Andresen-Streichert, Hilke; Müller, Alexander; Iwersen-Bergmann, Stefanie

    2013-11-01

    Most of the daily work of forensic toxicologists deals with fatal cases resulting from overdoses of licit and illicit drugs. However, another reason for fatalities in patients suffering from epilepsy can be undetectable or subtherapeutic levels of antiepileptic drugs. Some studies have shown a correlation between "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy" (SUDEP) and the ineffective treatment of epilepsy. Low levels of antiepileptic drugs may be a risk factor for SUDEP. The death of a psychiatric patient also suffering from epilepsy inspired the investigation. Subsequent to the death of the patient, the doctor was accused of providing inadequate therapy for epilepsy. The patient was to be treated with valproic acid. We developed and validated a simple method of determining valproic acid levels by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for serum, but a transfer of the method from serum to postmortem whole blood failed. The method had to be modified and revalidated for postmortem whole blood specimens. A stability study of valproic acid in postmortem blood was conducted, showing a decline of valproic acid levels by 85 % after storage at room temperature for 28 days. During the storage time, the blood samples showed changes in consistency. Depending on the stage of decomposition, it is necessary to perform a determination by standard addition with an equilibration time of 4 h before extraction to achieve reliable results. For a proper interpretation of quantitative results, it is necessary to keep the postmortem decline of valproic acid concentrations in mind.

  1. Improvement of copper FAAS determination conditions via preconcentration procedure with the use of salicylaldoxime complex trapped in polymer matrix.

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    Tobiasz, Anna; Walas, Stanisław; Landowska, Lucyna; Konefał-Góral, Jadwiga

    2012-07-15

    The paper presents application of a new resin dedicated to copper(II) flow-injection on-line preconcentration prior its flame atomic absorption spectrometric (FAAS) determination. The new sorbent, obtained by suspension polymerization technique, was styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer modified with 5-dodecylsalicylaldoxime-copper(II) complex. In flow mode leaching of initially imprinted Cu(II) ions from polymer beads was effective with 1% (v/v) nitric acid, however for elution of ions retained on the sorbent during the loading process sufficient efficiency was obtained for 0.5% (v/v) nitric acid. The most effective copper(II) sorption was observed within sample pH ca. 6.3 at flow rate 7.5mLmin(-1). Furthermore, preconcentration studies of Cu(II) ions realized in the presence of popular foreign ions like Cd(II), Pb(II), Zn(II), Ni(II), Mn(II), Co(II) did not reveal significant interference. The expected effect of Cu(II)-imprinting was confirmed by higher tolerance level for interferents ions concentration for the new sorbent than for the control polymer. It was found that alkaline metals ions and humic acid had the most relevant influence on copper(II) uptake. Accuracy of the evaluated method was assessed for analysis of water samples (tap and mineral water, river water, artesian water) and certified water reference materials compare them to results obtained by inductively plasma mass spectrometry. The satisfactory relative error values obtained with use of standard addition calibration method, confirms the feasibility of this method for Cu(II) determination in water samples. Application of 120s sorption time enabled to obtain 74-fold enrichment factor and limit of detection (3σ) equal to 0.4μgL(-1). Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Experimental validation of Mueller-Stokes theory and investigation of the influence of the Cotton-Mouton effect on polarimetry in a magnetized fusion plasma

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    Zhang, J.; Peebles, W. A.; Crocker, N. A.; Carter, T. A.; Doyle, E. J.; Rhodes, T. L.; Wang, G.; Zeng, L.; Hyatt, A. W.

    2013-10-15

    Mueller-Stokes theory can be used to calculate the polarization evolution of an electromagnetic (EM) wave as it propagates through a magnetized plasma. Historically, the theory has been used to interpret polarimeter signals from systems operating on fusion plasmas. These interpretations have mostly employed approximations of Mueller-Stokes theory in regimes where either the Faraday rotation (FR) or the Cotton-Mouton (CM) effect is dominant. The current paper presents the first systematic comparison of polarimeter measurements with the predictions of full Mueller-Stokes theory where conditions transition smoothly from a FR-dominant (i.e., weak CM effect) plasma to one where the CM effect plays a significant role. A synthetic diagnostic code, based on Mueller-Stokes theory accurately reproduces the trends evident in the experimentally measured polarimeter phase over this entire operating range, thereby validating Mueller-Stokes theory. The synthetic diagnostic code is then used to investigate the influence of the CM effect on polarimetry measurements. As expected, the measurements are well approximated by the FR effect when the CM effect is predicted to be weak. However, the code shows that as the CM effect increases, it can compete with the FR effect in rotating the polarization of the EM-wave. This results in a reduced polarimeter response to the FR effect, just as observed in the experiment. The code also shows if sufficiently large, the CM effect can even reverse the handedness of a wave launched with circular polarization. This helps to understand the surprising experimental observations that the sensitivity to the FR effect can be nearly eliminated at high enough B{sub T} (2.0 T). The results also suggest that the CM effect on the plasma midplane can be exploited to potentially measure magnetic shear in tokamak plasmas. These results establish increased confidence in the use of such a synthetic diagnostic code to guide future polarimetry design and interpret

  3. Determination of lumefantrine in small-volume human plasma by LC-MS/MS: using a deuterated lumefantrine to overcome matrix effect and ionization saturation.

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    Huang, Liusheng; Li, Xiaohua; Marzan, Florence; Lizak, Patricia S; Aweeka, Francesca T

    2012-01-01

    To support pediatric study, a method to determine lumefantrine (LF) with small sample volume is needed. Matrix effect (ME) is a daunting issue in LF quantification in human plasma with LC-MS/MS. Here we report an LC-MS/MS method with a deuterated LF as the internal standard (IS). Plasma sample (25 µl) was acidified with 5% formic acid prior to extraction with ethyl acetate. The recovery was over 80%. The absolute ME was within the range of 100 ± 8% for both LF and the IS, but cumulative ME was observed via large variation of IS signal. The cumulative ME and ionization saturation were overcome with the co-eluting LF-D(9) as the IS. The linear range of calibration curve was 50-20,000 ng/ml. ME and ionization saturation was overcome with a deuterated IS. The method utilized a small sample volume, suitable for pediatric study with capillary tube blood collection method.

  4. Comparative study of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization and gas chromatography for quantitative determination of cocoa butter and cocoa butter equivalent triacylglycerol composition.

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    Guyon, F; Absalon, Ch; Eloy, A; Salagoity, M H; Esclapez, M; Medina, B

    2003-01-01

    The triacylglycerol (TAG) composition study of cocoa butter (CB) and cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs) has been performed by gas chromatography (GC) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS). These two techniques provided comparable results. The advantage of the MALDI technique was the detection of each compound comprising the triacylglycerol classes (Cn). Moreover, comparison of the data obtained by these two techniques indicated that TAG relative percentages could be obtained quantitatively with the MALDI technique. These techniques have been applied for the composition determination of CB + CBE mixtures. Encouraging results showed that it is possible to quantify an admixture containing as little as 4% of CBE.

  5. Application of matrix solid-phase dispersion to the determination of amitrole and urazole residues in apples by capillary electrophoresis with electrochemical detection.

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    Moreno, M; Bermejo, E; Sánchez, A; Chicharro, M; Zapardiel, A

    2008-06-01

    A new method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction was studied for the extraction of amitrole (3-amino-1,2,4-triazole), and its metabolite urazole (3,5-dihydroxy-1,2,4-triazole), in apple samples. The influence of experimental conditions on the yield of the extraction process and on the efficiency of the cleanup step was evaluated. Determination was carried out by capillary electrophoresis (CE) with electrochemical detection, demonstrating the compatibility between MSPD and CE techniques. The method has been successfully applied to different apple varieties. Recoveries in samples spiked at 1.6 and 1.7 microg g(-1) for amitrole and urazole were 88 and 82%, respectively. The limits of detection were 0.4 microg g(-1) for both compounds using electrochemical detection.

  6. Determination of traces of Pt and Rh in soil and quartz samples contaminated by automobile exhaust after an ion-exchange matrix separation.

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    Kowalska, Joanna; Kińska, Katarzyna; Pałdyna, Joanna; Czyżewska, Monika; Boder, Kamila; Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Beata

    2014-09-01

    Monitoring of PGEs content in the natural samples is a crucial point in the environment science since catalytic car converters have been introduced. In the presented paper application of a very sensitive voltammetric method for determination of traces of Pt and Rh in the environmental samples contaminated by automobile exhausts is discussed. Voltammetric measurements were carried out in the supporting electrolyte containing formaldehyde and semicarbazide. PGEs were separated from the digested solutions of soils or quartz samples, collected from monitoring plots-by applying an ion-exchange resin Cellex-T. Pt was very effectively separated from the matrix approaching nearly 100% recovery after its elution by hydrochloric acid. Moreover the conditions of soil and quartz samples digestion were discussed. To validate the obtained result an independent analytical method-ICP MS was applied and analysis of certified reference material road dust 723-was completed.

  7. Matrix-elimination with steam distillation for determination of short-chain fatty acids in hypersaline waters from pre-salt layer by ion-exclusion chromatography.

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    Ferreira, Fernanda N; Carneiro, Manuel C; Vaitsman, Delmo S; Pontes, Fernanda V M; Monteiro, Maria Inês C; Silva, Lílian Irene D da; Neto, Arnaldo Alcover

    2012-02-03

    A method for determination of formic, acetic, propionic and butyric acids in hypersaline waters by ion-exclusion chromatography (IEC), using steam distillation to eliminate matrix-interference, was developed. The steam distillation variables such as type of solution to collect the distillate, distillation time and volume of the 50% v/v H₂SO₄ solution were optimized. The effect of the addition of NaCl different concentrations to the calibration standards on the carboxylic acid recovery was also investigated. Detection limits of 0.2, 0.5, 0.3 and 1.5 mg L⁻¹ were obtained for formic, acetic, propionic and butyric acids, respectively. Produced waters from petroleum reservoirs in the Brazilian pre-salt layer containing about 19% m/v of NaCl were analyzed. Good recoveries (99-108%) were obtained for all acids in spiked produced water samples.

  8. Time-dependent wave-packet method for the complete determination of S-matrix elements for reactive molecular collisions in three dimensions

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    Judson, Richard S.; Kouri, Donald J.; Neuhauser, Daniel; Baer, Michael

    1990-01-01

    An alternative time-dependent wave-packet method for treating three-dimensional gas phase reactive atom-diatom collisions is presented. The method employs a nonreactive body-frame wave packet propagation procedure, made possible by judicious use of absorbing optical potentials, a novel scheme for interpolating the wave function from coordinates in one arrangement to those in another and the fact that the time-dependent Schroedinger equation is an initial-value problem. The last feature makes possible a computationally viable and accurate procedure for changing from one arrangement's coordinates to another. In addition, the method allows the determination of S-matrix elements over a wide range of energies from a single wave-packet propagation. The method is illustrated by carrying out detailed calculations of inelastic and reactive scattering in the H + H2 system using the Liu-Siegbahn-Truhlar-Horowitz potential surface.

  9. Determination of the major constituents in fruit of Arctium lappa L. by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction coupled with HPLC separation and fluorescence detection.

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    Liu, He; Zhang, Yupu; Sun, Yantao; Wang, Xue; Zhai, Yujuan; Sun, Ye; Sun, Shuo; Yu, Aimin; Zhang, Hanqi; Wang, Yinghua

    2010-10-15

    The arctiin and arctigenin in the fruit of Arctium lappa L. were extracted by matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection. The experimental conditions for the MSPD were optimized. Silica gel was selected as dispersion adsorbent and methanol as elution solvent. The calibration curve showed good relationship (r>0.9998) in the concentration range of 0.010-5.0μgmL(-1) for arctiin and 0.025-7.5μgmL(-1) for arctigenin. The recoveries were between 74.4% and 100%. The proposed method consumed less sample, time and solvent compared with conventional methods, including ultrasonic and Soxhlet extraction. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Time-dependent wave-packet method for the complete determination of S-matrix elements for reactive molecular collisions in three dimensions

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    Judson, Richard S.; Kouri, Donald J.; Neuhauser, Daniel; Baer, Michael

    1990-01-01

    An alternative time-dependent wave-packet method for treating three-dimensional gas phase reactive atom-diatom collisions is presented. The method employs a nonreactive body-frame wave packet propagation procedure, made possible by judicious use of absorbing optical potentials, a novel scheme for interpolating the wave function from coordinates in one arrangement to those in another and the fact that the time-dependent Schroedinger equation is an initial-value problem. The last feature makes possible a computationally viable and accurate procedure for changing from one arrangement's coordinates to another. In addition, the method allows the determination of S-matrix elements over a wide range of energies from a single wave-packet propagation. The method is illustrated by carrying out detailed calculations of inelastic and reactive scattering in the H + H2 system using the Liu-Siegbahn-Truhlar-Horowitz potential surface.

  11. Determination of optimal excitation and emission wavebands for detection of defect cherry tomato by using fluorescence emission and excitation matrix

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    Baek, In-Suck; Cho, Byoung-Kwan; Kim, Moon S.; Kim, Young-Sik

    2013-05-01

    Fluorescence imaging technique has been widely used for quality and safety measurements of agro-food materials. Fluorescence emission intensities of target materials are influenced by wavelengths of excitation sources. Hence, selection of a proper excitation wavelength is an important factor in differentiating target materials effectively. In this study, optimal fluorescence excitation wavelength was determined on the basis of fluorescence emission intensity of defect and sound areas of cherry tomatoes. The result showed that fluorescence responses of defect and sound surfaces of cherry tomatoes were most significantly separated with the excitation light wavelength range between 400 and 410 nm. Fluorescence images of defect cherry tomatoes were acquired with the LEDs with the central wavelength of 410 nm as the excitation source to verify the detection efficiency of cherry tomato defects. The resultant fluorescence images showed that the defects were discriminated from sound areas on cherry tomatoes with above 98% accuracy. This study shows that high power LEDs as the excitation source for fluorescence imaging are suitable for defect detection of cherry tomatoes.

  12. Determination of endocrine disruptors in honey by CZE-MS using restricted access materials for matrix cleanup.

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    Rodríguez-Gonzalo, Encarnación; Domínguez-Alvarez, Javier; García-Gómez, Diego; García-Jiménez, María-Guadalupe; Carabias-Martínez, Rita

    2010-07-01

    An analytical method based on CZE coupled to ESI-MS is proposed for the identification and simultaneous quantification of several endocrine-disrupting chemicals in honey. The target compounds were the chlorophenols: 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol and pentachlorophenol, and bisphenol-A, 4-tert-butylphenol, and 4-tert-butylbenzoic acid. A two-step optimization of the ESI-MS detection was carried out. First, the organic solvent present in the sheath liquid was selected and its effect on the analytical signal was studied. The best results in terms of the intensity of the MS signals were obtained with methanol. Thus, an experimental design technique (Doehlert type) was used for the optimization of the other parameters: the NH(3) concentration in the sheath liquid, the flow of the sheath liquid, the nebulizer pressure in ESI, and the drying gas temperature and flow. Here, we developed a new sample treatment based on the combined use of a restricted access material and a polymeric sorbent for SPE. The LOD achieved were in the range of 5-31 ng/g. The intraday precision of the proposed method was determined from replicate analyses (n=4) at a concentration level of 50 ng/g, with RSD values in the range of 15-23%. The results revealed that the proposed method is suitable for the reliable quantification of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in honey at nanograms per gram levels.

  13. Simplified matrix solid phase dispersion procedure for the determination of parabens and benzophenone-ultraviolet filters in human placental tissue samples.

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    Vela-Soria, F; Rodríguez, I; Ballesteros, O; Zafra-Gómez, A; Ballesteros, L; Cela, R; Navalón, A

    2014-12-05

    In recent decades, the industrial development has resulted in the appearance of a large amount of new chemicals that are able to produce disorders in the human endocrine system. These substances, so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), include many families of compounds, such as parabens and benzophenone-UV filters. Taking into account the demonstrated biological activity of these compounds, it is necessary to develop new analytical procedures to assess the exposure in order to establish, in an accurate way, relationships between EDCs and harmful health effects in population. In the present work, a new method based on a simplified sample treatment by matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis, is validated for the determination of four parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butylparaben) and six benzophenone-UV filters (benzophenone-1, benzophenone-2, benzophenone-3, benzophenone-6, benzophenone-8 and 4-hydroxybenzophenone) in human placental tissue samples. The extraction parameters were accurately optimized using multivariate optimization strategies. Ethylparaben ring-13C6 and benzophenone-d10 were used as surrogates. The found limits of quantification ranged from 0.2 to 0.4 ng g(-1) and inter-day variability (evaluated as relative standard deviation) ranged from 5.4% to 12.8%. The method was validated using matrix-matched standard calibration followed by a recovery assay with spiked samples. Recovery rates ranged from 96% to 104%. The method was satisfactorily applied for the determination of compounds in human placental tissue samples collected at the moment of delivery from 10 randomly selected women. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Determination of selected UV filters in indoor dust by matrix solid-phase dispersion and gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Negreira, N; Rodríguez, I; Rubí, E; Cela, R

    2009-07-31

    A simple, inexpensive sample preparation procedure, based on the matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) technique, for the determination of six UV filters: 2-ethylhexyl salicylate (EHS), 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexyl salicylate (Homosalate, HMS), 3-(4-methylbenzylidene) camphor (4-MBC), isoamyl-p-methoxycinnamate (IAMC), 2-ethylhexyl-p-methoxycinnamate (EHMC) and octocrylene (OCR), in dust from indoor environments is presented and the influence of several operational parameters on the extraction performance discussed. Under the final working conditions, sieved samples (0.5 g) were mixed with the same amount of anhydrous sodium sulphate and dispersed with 2 g of octadecyl bonded silica (C18) in a mortar with a pestle. This blend was transferred to a polypropylene solid-phase extraction cartridge containing 2 g of activated silica, as the clean-up co-sorbent. The cartridge was first rinsed with 5 mL of n-hexane and the analytes were then recovered with 4 mL of acetonitrile. This extract was adjusted to 1 mL, filtered and the compounds were determined by gas chromatography combined with tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). Recoveries for samples spiked at two different concentrations ranged between 77% and 99%, and the limits of quantification (LOQs) of the method between 10 and 40 ng g(-1). Analysis of settled dust from different indoor areas, including private flats, public buildings and vehicle cabins, showed that EHMC and OCR were ubiquitous in this matrix, with maximum concentrations of 15 and 41 microg g(-1), respectively. Both UV filters were also quantified in dust reference material SRM 2585 for first time. EHS, 4-MBC and IAMC were detected in some of the analyzed samples, although at lower concentrations than EHMC and OCR.

  15. An axisymmetric boundary element model for determination of articular cartilage pericellular matrix properties in situ via inverse analysis of chondron deformation.

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    Kim, Eunjung; Guilak, Farshid; Haider, Mansoor A

    2010-03-01

    The pericellular matrix (PCM) is the narrow tissue region surrounding all chondrocytes in articular cartilage and, together, the chondrocyte(s) and surrounding PCM have been termed the chondron. Previous theoretical and experimental studies suggest that the structure and properties of the PCM significantly influence the biomechanical environment at the microscopic scale of the chondrocytes within cartilage. In the present study, an axisymmetric boundary element method (BEM) was developed for linear elastic domains with internal interfaces. The new BEM was employed in a multiscale continuum model to determine linear elastic properties of the PCM in situ, via inverse analysis of previously reported experimental data for the three-dimensional morphological changes of chondrons within a cartilage explant in equilibrium unconfined compression (Choi, et al., 2007, "Zonal Changes in the Three-Dimensional Morphology of the Chondron Under Compression: The Relationship Among Cellular, Pericellular, and Extracellular Deformation in Articular Cartilage," J. Biomech., 40, pp. 2596-2603). The microscale geometry of the chondron (cell and PCM) within the cartilage extracellular matrix (ECM) was represented as a three-zone equilibrated biphasic region comprised of an ellipsoidal chondrocyte with encapsulating PCM that was embedded within a spherical ECM subjected to boundary conditions for unconfined compression at its outer boundary. Accuracy of the three-zone BEM model was evaluated and compared with analytical finite element solutions. The model was then integrated with a nonlinear optimization technique (Nelder-Mead) to determine PCM elastic properties within the cartilage explant by solving an inverse problem associated with the in situ experimental data for chondron deformation. Depending on the assumed material properties of the ECM and the choice of cost function in the optimization, estimates of the PCM Young's modulus ranged from approximately 24 kPa to 59 k

  16. Simultaneous determination of nine trace organophosphorous pesticide residues in fruit samples using molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion followed by gas chromatography.

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    Wang, Xilong; Qiao, Xuguang; Ma, Yue; Zhao, Tao; Xu, Zhixiang

    2013-04-24

    How to determine trace multipesticide residues in fruits is an important problem. This paper reports a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) that was prepared using 4-(dimethoxyphosphorothioylamino)butanoic acid as the template, acrylamide as the functional monomer, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as the cross-linker. The novel imprinted polymer was characterized by static and kinetic adsorption experiments, and it exhibited good recognition ability and fast adsorption-desorption dynamicd toward trichlorfon, malathion, acephate, methamidophos, omethoate, dimethoate, phosphamidon, monocrotophos, and methyl parathion. Using this imprinted polymer as sorbent, matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled to gas chromatography for simultaneous determination of nine trace organophosphorus pesticide residues was first presented. Under the optimized conditions, the LOD (S/N = 3) of this method for the nine organophosphorus was 0.3-1.6 μg kg(-1); the RSD for three replicate extractions ranged from 1.2 to 4.8%. The apple and pear samples spiked with nine organophosphate pesticides at levels of 20 and 100 μg kg(-1) were determined according to this method with good recoveries ranging from 81 to 105%. Moreover, this developed method was successfully applied to the quantitative detection of the nine organophosphorus pesticide residues in orange samples.

  17. A simple method for the determination of organochlorine pollutants and the enantiomers in oil seeds based on matrix solid-phase dispersion.

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    Zhan, Jing; Li, Jindong; Liu, Donghui; Liu, Chang; Yang, Genggeng; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Wang, Peng

    2016-03-01

    A simple, rapid and effective method was developed based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) for the determination of organochlorine pollutants including sixteen organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and seven polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in oil seeds (peanuts and soybeans). Among the organochlorine pollutants selected, α-HCH, heptachlor, o,p'-DDT, o,p'-DDD, trans-chlordane and cis-chlordane were chiral and their enantiomers were determined by GC-ECD with a chiral column. The MSPD procedure was optimized focusing on the type and amount of dispersion sorbent, co-column sorbent and eluting solvent. Under the optimized condition, good recoveries were obtained in the range of 68.9-103.3% with relative standard deviations (RSD) values below 16.1% in all cases. LODs and LOQs were in range of 0.1-2.0ngg(-1) and 0.4-6.7ngg(-1) respectively. In summary, the method set up was qualified to be used for the determination of the pollutants and the enantiomers in oil seeds.

  18. Symmetry of the Matrix Model of Anisotropic Media with Orthogonal Eigenmodes and its Application for the Developing of Remote Sensing Polarimetric Measurement Systems in Visible

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    2011-10-01

    polarimetry . Polarimetry assumes the exposure of the medium with electromagnetic radiation with a given polarization and the subsequent study of the...be a promising basis for new type of imaging Mueller polarimetry . One of possible ways to realize dynamically adjusted polarimeter which we...matrix: a tool for quantitative tissue polarimetry // Opt.Express. – 2006. - Vol.14, No.20. – P. 9324-9337. 9. Anastasiadou M., Ben Hatit S

  19. Is there anything of practical value hidden amongst the composite toughening theories : A Jim Mueller prospective

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    Gac, F.D.

    1990-01-01

    Numerous theories have been developed over the last three decades for explaining the toughening behavior of discontinuous fiber reinforced brittle matrix composites. The issue is the practical engineering utility of these theories. Upon compiling a table of fiber parameters that are identified in the predominant toughening mechanisms, a number of important features become evident for achieving high toughnesses. First, all of the mechanisms indicate that a high fiber volume fraction is desirable. Second, residual stresses appear to influence all of the composite toughening mechanisms. Third, the highest fiber tensile strength is preferred. Finally, fiber diameter and fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength are also important, but both are composite system and toughening mechanism specific. 25 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Rapid simultaneous quantitative determination of different small pharmaceutical drugs using a conventional matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry system.

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    Persike, Markus; Karas, Michael

    2009-11-01

    The present study establishes a simple, rapid and sensitive method for the simultaneous quantification of different small pharmaceutical drugs using a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization source (MALDI) coupled with a time-of-flight (TOF) mass analyzer. Neither time-consuming sample preparation, nor special target plates, isotopically labelled internal standards or other extra equipment are necessary. A simple standard dried-droplet preparation with the common matrix alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA) was used. The background signals of CHCA in the low-mass region did not pose the presumed problem, because the sensitivity, resolution and mass accuracy of a modern MALDI-TOF MS system is sufficient to overcome this difficulty. Four experiments were performed in order to verify the quantification method. First, ten different phenothiazines were quantified in the range of 5-2000 nM (1-880 ng/mL). A good precision (relative standard deviation (RSD) 4.4-9.3%), linearity (R2 >0.99) and accuracy (error 4.7-11%) was obtained in all cases. Additionally, simultaneous quantification of these ten phenothiazines was carried out in human plasma without prior chromatographic separation in the range of 2-1750 ng/mL yielding good linearity, precision and accuracy (mean RSD 7.6%; R2 >0.99, mean error 8.0%). Accordingly, a quantitative analysis of ten chemically and pharmaceutically unrelated drugs was performed in the same way. A comparable linearity (R2 >0.99), precision (mean RSD 7.6%) and accuracy (mean error 8.3%) was obtained in the range of 5-2000 nM. Finally, the prazosin content of a commercial tablet was directly determined without further purification steps.

  1. Development of C60-based labeling reagents for the determination of low-molecular-weight compounds by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass (I): Determination of amino acids in microliter biofluids.

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    Wu, Pin; Xiao, Hua-Ming; Ding, Jun; Deng, Qian-Yun; Zheng, Fang; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2017-04-01

    Quantification of low molecular weight compounds (<800 Da) using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) is challenging due to the matrix signal interference at low m/z region and poor reproducibility of MS responses. In this study, a C60 labeling-MALDI MS strategy was proposed for the fast, sensitive and reliable determination of amino acids (AAs) in biofluids. An N-hydroxysuccinimide functionalized C60 was synthesized as the labeling reagent and added as an 880 Da tag to AAs; a carboxyl acid containing C60 was employed as the internal standards to normalize MS variations. This solved the inherent problems of MALDI MS for small molecule analysis. The entire analytical procedure-which consisted of simple protein precipitation and 10 min of derivatization in a microwave prior to the MALDI MS analysis-could be accomplished within 20 min with high throughput and great sample matrix tolerance. AA quantification showed good linearity from 0.7 to 70.0 μM with correlation coefficients (R) larger than 0.9954. The limits of detection were 70.0-300.0 fmol. Good reproducibility and reliability of the method were demonstrated by intra-day and inter-day precision with relative standard deviations less than 13.8%, and the recovery in biofluid ranged from 80.4% to 106.8%. This approach could be used in 1 μL of urine, serum, plasma, whole blood, and cerebrospinal fluid. Most importantly, the C60 labeling strategy is a universal approach for MALDI MS analysis of various LMW compounds because functionalized C60 is now available on demand.

  2. Simultaneous determination of 13 phytohormones in oilseed rape tissues by liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry and the evaluation of the matrix effect.

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    Fan, Sufang; Wang, Xiupin; Li, Peiwu; Zhang, Qi; Zhang, Wen

    2011-03-01

    In the experiment, a high-performance liquid chromatography and electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry with selected reaction monitoring was used to simultaneously determine various classes of phytohormones, including indole-3-acetic acid, α-naphthaleneacetic acid, 2-chlorobenzoic acid, 4-chlorobenzoic acid, indole-3-butyric acid, gibberellic acid, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, 2-naphthoxyacetic acid, abscisic acid, 2,3,5-triiodobenzoic acid, uniconazole, paclobutrazol and 2,4-epibassinolide in rape tissues. The analyses were separated by an HPLC equipped with a reversed-phase column using a binary solvent system composed of methanol and water, both containing 0.1% of formic acid. The matrix effect was also considered and determined. The technology was applied to analyze rape tissues, including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, immature pods and rape seeds. The rape tissues were subjected to ultrasound-assisted extraction and purified by dispersive solid-phase extraction, and then transferred into the liquid chromatography system. The detection limit for each plant hormone was defined by the ratio of signal/background noise (S/N) of 3. The results showed perfect linearity (R(2) values of 0.9987-1.0000) and reproducibility of elution times (relative standard deviations, RSDs,<1%) and peak areas (RSDs,<7%) for all target compounds.

  3. Application of multiwall carbon nanotubes-based matrix solid phase dispersion extraction for determination of hormones in butter by gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    Su, Rui; Wang, Xinghua; Xu, Xu; Wang, Ziming; Li, Dan; Zhao, Xin; Li, Xueyuan; Zhang, Hanqi; Yu, Aimin

    2011-08-05

    The multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-based matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) was applied for the extraction of hormones, including 17-α-ethinylestradiol, 17-α-estradiol, estriol, 17-β-estradiol, estrone, medroxyprogesterone, progesterone and norethisterone acetate in butter samples. The method includes MSPD extraction of the target analytes from butter samples, derivatization of hormones with heptafluorobutyric acid anhydride-acetonitrile mixture, and determination by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The mixture containing 0.30 g graphitized MWCNTs and 0.10 g MWCNTs was selected as absorbent. Ethyl acetate was used as elution solvent. The elution solvent volume and flow rate were 12 mL and 0.9 mL min(-1), respectively. The recoveries of hormones obtained by analyzing the five spiked butter samples were from 84.5 to 111.2% and relative standard deviations from 1.9 to 8.9%. Limits of detection and quantification for determining the analytes were in the range of 0.2-1.3 and 0.8-4.5 μg kg(-1), respectively. Compared with other traditional methods, the proposed method is simpler in the operation and shorter in the sample pretreatment time.

  4. Miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction for the determination of three pyrethroids in soil.

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    Wang, Hui; Yan, Hongyuan; Qiao, Jindong

    2012-01-01

    A simple and miniaturized pretreatment procedure combining matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) with ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UA-DLLME) technique was proposed in first time for simultaneous determination of three pyrethroids (fenpropathrin, cyhalothrin and fenvalerate) in soils. The solid samples were directly extracted using MSPD procedure, and the eluent of MSPD was used as the dispersive solvent of the followed DLLME procedure for further purification and enrichment of the analytes before GC-ECD analysis. Good linear relationships were obtained for all the analytes in a range of 5.0-500.0 ng/g with LOQs (S/N=10) ranged from 1.51 to 3.77 ng/g. Average recoveries at three spiked levels were in a range of 83.6-98.5% with RSD≤7.3%. The present method combined the advantages of MSPD and DLLME, and was successfully applied for the determination of three pyrethroids in soil samples.

  5. Molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction for the determination of four Sudan dyes in egg yolk.

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    Yan, Hongyuan; Wang, Hui; Qiao, Jindong; Yang, Gengliang

    2011-04-22

    A new kind of aniline-naphthol molecularly imprinted microsphere (MIM) synthesized by aqueous suspension polymerization was applied as a selective sorbent of miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combining with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (MSPD-DLLME) for the simultaneous determination of four Sudans in egg yolk samples. The solid sample was directly blended with MIM in MSPD procedure and the eluent of MSPD was used as the dispersive solvent of the followed DLLME for further purification and enrichment of the analytes before HPLC analysis. Good linearity for all the Sudan dyes was ranged from 0.02 μg g(-1) to 2.0 μg g(-1) (r(2)≥0.9990) and their recoveries at three spiked levels were ranged from 87.2% to 103.5% with RSD less than 6.1% (n=3). The presented MIM-MSPD-DLLME method combined the advantages of MIM, MSPD and DLLME, and could be applied for the determination of Sudans in complicated food samples. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Optimization of matrix solid-phase dispersion for the rapid determination of salicylate and benzophenone-type UV absorbing substances in marketed fish.

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    Tsai, Dung-Ying; Chen, Chien-Liang; Ding, Wang-Hsien

    2014-07-01

    A simple and effective method for the rapid determination of five salicylate and benzophenone-type UV absorbing substances in marketed fish is described. The method involves the use of matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) prior to their determination by on-line silylation gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). The parameters that affect the extraction efficiency were optimized using a Box-Behnken design method. The optimal extraction conditions involved dispersing 0.5g of freeze-dried powdered fish with 1.0g of Florisil using a mortar and pestle. This blend was then transferred to a solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridge containing 1.0g of octadecyl bonded silica (C18), as the clean-up co-sorbent. The target analytes were then eluted with 7mL of acetonitrile. The extract was derivatized on-line in the GC injection-port by reaction with a trimethylsilylating (TMS) reagent. The TMS-derivatives were then identified and quantitated by GC-MS/MS. The limits of quantitation (LOQs) were less than 0.1ng/g. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. The Gamma-Poisson model as a statistical method to determine if micro-organisms are randomly distributed in a food matrix.

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    Toft, Nils; Innocent, Giles T; Mellor, Dominic J; Reid, Stuart W J

    2006-02-01

    The Gamma-Poisson model, i.e., a Poisson distribution where the parameter lambda is Gamma distributed, has been suggested as a statistical method for determining whether or not micro-organisms are randomly distributed in a food matrix. In this study, we analyse the Gamma-Poisson model to explore some of the properties of the Gamma-Poisson model left unexplored by the previous study. The conclusion of our analysis is that the Gamma-Poisson model distinguishes poorly between variation at the Poisson level and the Gamma level. Estimated parameter values from simulated data-sets showed large variation around the true values, even for moderate sample sizes (n=100). Furthermore, at these sample sizes the likelihood ratio is not a good test statistic for discriminating between the Gamma-Poisson distribution and the Poisson distribution. Hence, to determine if data are randomly distributed, i.e., Poisson distributed, the Gamma-Poisson distribution is not a good choice. However, the ratio between variation at the Poisson level and the Gamma level does provide a measure of the amount of overdispersion.

  8. Matrix isolation with an ion transfer device for interference-free simultaneous spectrophotometric determinations of hexavalent and trivalent chromium in a flow-based system.

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    Ohira, Shin-Ichi; Nakamura, Koretaka; Chiba, Mitsuki; Dasgupta, Purnendu K; Toda, Kei

    2017-03-01

    Chromium speciation by spectrophotometric determination of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) with diphenylcarbazide (DPC) has several problems. These include: (1) the inability to directly detect trivalent chromium (Cr(III)) with DPC, (2) positive interference in Cr(VI) determination by other metal cations and (3) negative interference by any reducing agent present in the sample. These are addressed with an ion transfer device (ITD) in a flow injection analysis system. We previously developed the ITD for electrodialytic separations. Here we separate oppositely charged Cr(III) and Cr(VI) species by the ITD into two different acceptor solutions within ~5 s. The acceptor solutions consist of buffered H2O2 to oxidize the Cr(III) to Cr(VI). Then DPC is added to either acceptor to measure Cr(III) and Cr(VI) spectrophotometrically. The system was optimized to provide the same response for Cr(VI) and Cr(III) with limits of detection (LODs, S/N=3) of 0.5 μg L(-1) for each and a throughput rate of 30 samples h(-1). The ITD separation was also effective for matrix isolation and reduction of interferences. Potential cationic interferences were not transferred into the anionic Cr(VI) acceptor stream. Much of the organic compounds in soil extracts were also eliminated as evidenced from standard addition and recovery studies.

  9. Molecularly imprinted nanomicrospheres as matrix solid-phase dispersant combined with gas chromatography for determination of four phosphorothioate pesticides in carrot and yacon.

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    Zhou, Mengchun; Hu, Nana; Shu, Shaohua; Wang, Mo

    2015-01-01

    An efficient, rapid, and selective method for sample pretreatment, namely, molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MI-MSPD) coupled with gas chromatography (GC), was developed for the rapid isolation of four phosphorothioate organophosphorus pesticides (tolclofos-methyl, phoxim, chlorpyrifos, and parathion-methyl) from carrot and yacon samples. New molecularly imprinted polymer nanomicrospheres were synthesized by using typical structural analogue tolclofos-methyl as a dummy template via surface grafting polymerization on nanosilica. Then, these four pesticides in carrot and yacon were extracted and adsorbed using the imprinted nanomicrospheres and further determined by gas chromatography. Under the optimized conditions, a good linearity of four pesticides was obtained in a range of 0.05-17.0 ng·g(-1) with R varying from 0.9971 to 0.9996, and the detection limit of the method was 0.012~0.026 ng·g(-1) in carrot and yacon samples. The recovery rates at two spiked levels were in the range of 85.4-105.6% with RSD ≤9.6%. The presented MI-MSPD method combined the advantages of MSPD for allowing the extraction, dispersion, and homogenization in two steps and the advantages of MIPs for high affinity and selectivity towards four phosphorothioate pesticides, which could be applied to the determination of pesticide residues in complicated vegetal samples.

  10. Simultaneous determination of fumonisins B1 and B2 in different types of maize by matrix solid phase dispersion and HPLC-MS/MS.

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    de Oliveira, Gabriel Barros; de Castro Gomes Vieira, Carolyne Menezes; Orlando, Ricardo Mathias; Faria, Adriana Ferreira

    2017-10-15

    This work involved the optimization and validation of a method, according to Directive 2002/657/EC and the Analytical Quality Assurance Manual of Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Brazil, for simultaneous extraction and determination of fumonisins B1 and B2 in maize. The extraction procedure was based on a matrix solid phase dispersion approach, the optimization of which employed a sequence of different factorial designs. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for determining these analytes using the selected reaction monitoring mode. The optimized method employed only 1g of silica gel for dispersion and elution with 70% ammonium formate aqueous buffer (50mmolL(-1), pH 9), representing a simple, cheap and chemically friendly sample preparation method. Trueness (recoveries: 86-106%), precision (RSD ≤19%), decision limits, detection capabilities and measurement uncertainties were calculated for the validated method. The method scope was expanded to popcorn kernels, white maize kernels and yellow maize grits. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Development of matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography for determination of jolkinolide A and jolkinolide B in Euphorbia fischeriana Steud.

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    Cai, Defu; Zhai, Weiyu; Zhang, Qi; Liu, Jianhua; Sun, Yu; Liu, Lei; Liu, Jicheng

    2017-03-24

    A novel and simple method was established for the extraction and determination of jolkinolide A and B in Euphorbia fischeriana Steud. using matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The optimised conditions for the MSPD extraction were determined to be that silica gel was served as dispersant, the mass ratio of sample to silica gel was selected to be 1:4, and 5 mL of acetonitrile was used as elution solvent. The method exhibited a good performance in terms of linearity (r(2) ≥ 0.9997) and the limits of detection in the range of 0.052-0.065 μg mL(-1). The recoveries were in the range of 90.2-98.9% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) ranging from 1.3 to 3.5%. The extraction efficiencies obtained by the MSPD were higher than other extraction method with less cost of sample and solvent. At last, the optimised method was applied for analysing real samples.

  12. Molecularly Imprinted Nanomicrospheres as Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersant Combined with Gas Chromatography for Determination of Four Phosphorothioate Pesticides in Carrot and Yacon

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    Zhou, Mengchun; Hu, Nana; Shu, Shaohua; Wang, Mo

    2015-01-01

    An efficient, rapid, and selective method for sample pretreatment, namely, molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MI-MSPD) coupled with gas chromatography (GC), was developed for the rapid isolation of four phosphorothioate organophosphorus pesticides (tolclofos-methyl, phoxim, chlorpyrifos, and parathion-methyl) from carrot and yacon samples. New molecularly imprinted polymer nanomicrospheres were synthesized by using typical structural analogue tolclofos-methyl as a dummy template via surface grafting polymerization on nanosilica. Then, these four pesticides in carrot and yacon were extracted and adsorbed using the imprinted nanomicrospheres and further determined by gas chromatography. Under the optimized conditions, a good linearity of four pesticides was obtained in a range of 0.05–17.0 ng·g−1 with R varying from 0.9971 to 0.9996, and the detection limit of the method was 0.012~0.026 ng·g−1 in carrot and yacon samples. The recovery rates at two spiked levels were in the range of 85.4–105.6% with RSD ≤9.6%. The presented MI-MSPD method combined the advantages of MSPD for allowing the extraction, dispersion, and homogenization in two steps and the advantages of MIPs for high affinity and selectivity towards four phosphorothioate pesticides, which could be applied to the determination of pesticide residues in complicated vegetal samples. PMID:25954569

  13. Determination of paraben preservatives in seafood using matrix solid-phase dispersion and on-line acetylation gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Djatmika, Rosalina; Hsieh, Chih-Chung; Chen, Jhih-Ming; Ding, Wang-Hsien

    2016-11-15

    An effective method for determining four commonly detected paraben preservatives (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben) in marketed seafood is presented. This method employs matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) before identification and quantification of the paraben preservatives via on-line acetylation gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Parameters affecting the extraction efficiency of MSPD were optimized through a Box-Behnken design method. Under optimal condition, 0.5-g of freeze-dried seafood was mixed with 0.5-g of anhydrous sodium sulfate, and dispersed with 1.0-g of Florisil using vortex. After that, the blend was transferred to a glass column containing 1.5-g of silica gel+C18 (w/w, 9:1), which acted as clean-up co-sorbents. Then, target analytes were eluted with 12mL of acetonitrile. The extract was then derivatized on-line in the GC injection-port through reaction with acetic anhydride, and the identity and quantity of the target analytes were determined by the GC-MS system. The limits of quantitation (LOQs) were 0.2 to 1.0ng/g (dry weight). Preliminary results showed that the total concentrations of four selected parabens ranged from 16.7 to 44.7ng/g (dry weight).

  14. Determination of the fatty acid composition of saponified vegetable oils using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Ayorinde, F O; Garvin, K; Saeed, K

    2000-01-01

    A method using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) for the determination of the fatty acid composition of vegetable oils is described and illustrated with the analysis of palm kernel oil, palm oil, olive oil, canola oil, soybean oil, vernonia oil, and castor oil. Solutions of the saponified oils, mixed with the matrix, meso-tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin, provided reproducible MALDI-TOF spectra in which the ions were dominated by sodiated sodium carboxylates [RCOONa + Na]+. Thus, palm kernel oil was found to contain capric acid, lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid. Palm oil had a fatty acid profile including palmitic, linoleic, oleic, and stearic. The relative percentages of the fatty acids in olive oil were palmitoleic (1.2 +/- 0.5), palmitic (10.9 +/- 0.8), linoleic (0.6 +/- 0.1), linoleic (16.5 +/- 0.8), and oleic (70.5 +/- 1.2). For soybean oil, the relative percentages were: palmitoleic (0.4 +/- 0.4), palmitic (6.0 +/- 1.3), linolenic (14.5 +/- 1.8), linoleic (50.1 +/- 4.0), oleic (26.1 +/- 1.2), and stearic (2.2 +/- 0.7). This method was also applied to the analysis of two commercial soap formulations. The first soap gave a fatty acid profile that included: lauric (19.4% +/- 0.8), myristic (9.6% +/- 0.5), palmitoleic (1.9% +/- 0.3), palmitic (16.3% +/- 0.9), linoleic (5.6% +/- 0.4), oleic (37.1% +/- 0.8), and stearic (10.1% +/- 0.7) and that of the second soap was: lauric (9.3% +/- 0.3), myristic (3.8% +/- 0.5), palmitoleic (3.1% +/- 0.8), palmitic (19.4% +/- 0.8), linoleic (4.9% +/- 0.7), oleic (49.5% +/- 1.1), and stearic (10.0% +/- 0.9). The MALDI-TOFMS method described in this communication is simpler and less time-consuming than the established transesterification method that is coupled with analysis by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The new method could be used routinely to determine the qualitative fatty acid composition of vegetable oils

  15. Development and validation of spectrophotometric and HPTLC methods for simultaneous determination of rosiglitazone maleate and metformin hydrochloride in the presence of interfering matrix excipients.

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    Mahgoub, Hoda; Youssef, Rasha M; Korany, Mohamed A; Khamis, Essam F; Kamal, Miranda F

    2014-09-01

    Two simple methods have been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of rosiglitazone maleate (ROS) and metformin hydrochloride (MET) in synthetic mixtures and coated tablets in a ratio of 1:250 (ROS:MET). The first method was a spectrophotometric one. The minor component, ROS was determined by measuring the values of absorbance at λmax 312 nm and the D1 amplitudes at 331 nm where MET shows no absorption contribution. However, absorbance interferences from tablet excipients were successfully corrected by D1 at 331 nm zero-crossing technique. Study of spectral interference from tablet excipients was included in the text. Standard curves for Amax and D1 methods were in the concentration range 20.0-80.0 μg mL(-1). The major component, MET was determined both in binary mixtures and tablets by measuring its Amax at 236 nm. Extensive dilution eliminated any absorption contribution from the coexisting ROS or tablet matrix. Standard curves showed linearity in the concentration range 4.0-12.8 μg mL(-1). The second method was based on high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) separation of the two drugs followed by densitometric measurements of their spots at 230 nm. The separation was carried out on Merck HPTLC aluminium sheets of silica gel 60 F254 using methanol:water:NH4Cl 1% w/v (5:4:1 v/v/v) as the mobile phase. Linear calibration graphs of peak area values were obtained versus concentrations in the range of 0.4-2.0 μg band(-1) and 20.0-100.0 μg band(-1) for ROS and MET, respectively. According to International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines, different validation parameters were verified for the two methods and presented.

  16. Matrix superpotentials

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    Nikitin, Anatoly G.; Karadzhov, Yuri

    2011-07-01

    We present a collection of matrix-valued shape invariant potentials which give rise to new exactly solvable problems of SUSY quantum mechanics. It includes all irreducible matrix superpotentials of the generic form W=kQ+\\frac{1}{k} R+P, where k is a variable parameter, Q is the unit matrix multiplied by a real-valued function of independent variable x, and P and R are the Hermitian matrices depending on x. In particular, we recover the Pron'ko-Stroganov 'matrix Coulomb potential' and all known scalar shape invariant potentials of SUSY quantum mechanics. In addition, five new shape invariant potentials are presented. Three of them admit a dual shape invariance, i.e. the related Hamiltonians can be factorized using two non-equivalent superpotentials. We find discrete spectrum and eigenvectors for the corresponding Schrödinger equations and prove that these eigenvectors are normalizable.

  17. Detection of 1-hydroxypyrene as a urine biomarker of human PAH exposure determined by fluorescence and solid-matrix luminescence spectroscopy

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    Ramasamy, S.M.; Hurtubise, R.J.; Weston, A.

    1997-09-01

    A new solid-matrix luminescence method was developed for human biomonitoring that employs room-temperature fluorescence and phosphorescence for the detection and identification of 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OH-PY). Several high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) fractions from human urine samples were characterized by both solution fluorescence and solid-matrix luminescence. The solution fluorescence data and the solid-matrix luminescence data complemented each other. For example, in one of the fractions, the solution fluorescence showed the presence of tetrahydrotetrols of benzo[a]pyrene. However, in this fraction, 1-OH-PY was readily detected by solid-matrix luminescence. In addition, solution fluorescence showed that 1-OH-PY was not in some of the fractions, but solid-matrix luminescence showed that 1-OH-PY was present. Solid-matrix phosphorescence was very effective in detecting 1-OH-PY in the fractions where solution fluorescence and solid-matrix fluorescence indicated that 1-OH-PY was not present. The limits of detection were in the pmol/mL range by solution fluorescence and in the subpicomole range with solid-matrix luminescence. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  18. Determination of lumefantrine in small-volume human plasma by LC–MS/MS: using a deuterated lumefantrine to overcome matrix effect and ionization saturation

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    Huang, Liusheng; Li, Xiaohua; Marzan, Florence; Lizak, Patricia S; Aweeka, Francesca T

    2012-01-01

    Background To support pediatric study, a method to determine lumefantrine (LF) with small sample volume is needed. Matrix effect (ME) is a daunting issue in LF quantification in human plasma with LC MS/MS. Results Here we report an LC–MS/MS method with a deuterated LF as the internal standard (IS). Plasma sample (25 μl) was acidified with 5% formic acid prior to extraction with ethyl acetate. The recovery was over 80%. The absolute ME was within the range of 100 ± 8% for both LF and the IS, but cumulative ME was observed via large variation of IS as the IS. The linear signal. The cumulative ME and ionization saturation were overcome with the co-eluting LF-D9 range of calibration curve was 50–20,000 ng/ml. Conclusion ME and ionization saturation was overcome with a deuterated IS. The method utilized a small sample volume, suitable for pediatric study with capillary tube blood collection method. PMID:22250798

  19. Rapid determination of ractopamine residues in edible animal products by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay: development and investigation of matrix effects.

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    Zhang, Yan; Wang, Fengxia; Fang, Li; Wang, Shuo; Fang, Guozhen

    2009-01-01

    To determine ractopamine residues in animal food products (chicken muscle, pettitoes, pig muscle, and pig liver), we established a rapid direct competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using a polyclonal antibody generated from ractopamine-linker-BSA. The antibody showed high sensitivity and specificity in phosphate buffer, with an IC(50) of 0.6 ng/mL, and the limit of detection was 0.04 ng/mL. The matrix effect of the samples was easily eliminated by one-step extraction with PBS, without any organic solution or clean-up procedure such as SPE or liquid-liquid extraction, making it a much more simple and rapid method than previously reported ones. The detection limit in blank samples was 0.2 mug/kg. To validate this new RAC (ractopamine hydrochloride) ELISA, a RAC-free pig liver sample spiked at three different concentrations was prepared and analyzed by HPLC and ELISA. The results showed a good correlation between the data of ELISA and HPLC (R(2) > 0.95), which proves that the established ELISA is accurate enough to quantify the residue of RAC in the animal derived foods.

  20. Rapid Determination of Ractopamine Residues in Edible Animal Products by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay: Development and Investigation of Matrix Effects

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    Zhang, Yan; Wang, FengXia; Fang, Li; Wang, Shuo; Fang, GuoZhen

    2009-01-01

    To determine ractopamine residues in animal food products (chicken muscle, pettitoes, pig muscle, and pig liver), we established a rapid direct competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using a polyclonal antibody generated from ractopamine-linker-BSA. The antibody showed high sensitivity and specificity in phosphate buffer, with an IC50 of 0.6 ng/mL, and the limit of detection was 0.04 ng/mL. The matrix effect of the samples was easily eliminated by one-step extraction with PBS, without any organic solution or clean-up procedure such as SPE or liquid-liquid extraction, making it a much more simple and rapid method than previously reported ones. The detection limit in blank samples was 0.2 μg/kg. To validate this new RAC (ractopamine hydrochloride) ELISA, a RAC-free pig liver sample spiked at three different concentrations was prepared and analyzed by HPLC and ELISA. The results showed a good correlation between the data of ELISA and HPLC (R2 > 0.95), which proves that the established ELISA is accurate enough to quantify the residue of RAC in the animal derived foods. PMID:19826637

  1. Determination of dyes in cosmetic products by micro-matrix solid phase dispersion and liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Guerra, Eugenia; Celeiro, Maria; Lamas, J Pablo; Llompart, Maria; Garcia-Jares, Carmen

    2015-10-09

    A simple method based on micro-matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been developed for the rapid and simultaneous determination of nine regulated water-soluble dyes in personal care and decorative products. The proposed miniaturized extraction procedure was optimized by means of experimental designs in order to obtain the highest extraction efficiency. Under the optimal selected conditions, the method was validated showing satisfactory performance in terms of linearity, sensitivity, and intra-day and inter-day precision. Recoveries were evaluated in different cosmetic matrices and they can be considered quantitative with average values between 70 and 120% with relative standard deviations (RSD) lower than 15%. Finally, the validated method was applied to 24 samples of cosmetic and personal care products, including decorative makeup, lipsticks, lip gloss, toothpastes, regenerating creams, shampoos, and eye shadows, among others, to cover a broad range of commercial real samples. Seven of the analyzed dyes were detected, being declared all of them in the label list of ingredients. More than 50% of the samples contained at least two dyes. Tartrazine was the most frequently found (50% of the samples) at concentration levels of 0.243-79.9μgg(-1). Other targets were found in 1-9 samples, highlighting the presence of Quinoline at high concentration (>500μgg(-1)) in a toothpaste sample. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Determination of rhenium content in molybdenite by ICP-MS after separation of the major matrix by solvent extraction with N-benzoyl-N-phenylhydroxalamine.

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    Li, Jie; Zhong, Li-feng; Tu, Xiang-lin; Liang, Xi-rong; Xu, Ji-feng

    2010-05-15

    A simple and rapid analytical method for determining the concentration of rhenium in molybdenite for Re-Os dating was developed. The method used isotope dilution-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ID-ICP-MS) after the removal of major matrix elements (e.g., Mo, Fe, and W) from Re by solvent extraction with N-benzoyl-N-phenylhydroxylamine (BPHA) in chloroform solution. The effect on extraction efficiency of parameters such as pH (HCl concentration), BPHA concentration, and extraction time were also assessed. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the validity of the separation method was accessed by measuring (187)Re/(185)Re values for a molybdenite reference material (JDC). The obtained values were in good agreement with previously measured values of the Re standard. The proposed method was applied to replicate Re-Os dating of JDC and seven samples of molybdenite from the Yuanzhuding large Cu-Mo porphyry deposit. The results demonstrate good precision and accuracy for the proposed method. The advantages of the method (i.e., simplicity, efficiency, short analysis time, and low cost) make it suitable for routine analysis.

  3. Rate of phosphoantimonylmolybdenum blue complex formation in acidic persulfate digested sample matrix for total dissolved phosphorus determination: importance of post-digestion pH adjustment.

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    Huang, Xiao-Lan; Zhang, Jia-Zhong

    2008-10-19

    Acidic persulfate oxidation is one of the most common procedures used to digest dissolved organic phosphorus compounds in water samples for total dissolved phosphorus determination. It has been reported that the rates of phosphoantimonylmolybdenum blue complex formation were significantly reduced in the digested sample matrix. This study revealed that the intermediate products of persulfate oxidation, not the slight change in pH, cause the slowdown of color formation. This effect can be remedied by adjusting digested samples pH to a near neural to decompose the intermediate products. No disturbing effects of chlorine on the phosphoantimonylmolybdenum blue formation in seawater were observed. It is noted that the modification of mixed reagent recipe cannot provide near neutral pH for the decomposition of the intermediate products of persulfate oxidation. This study provides experimental evidence not only to support the recommendation made in APHA standard methods that the pH of the digested sample must be adjusted to within a narrow range of sample, but also to improve the understanding of role of residue from persulfate decomposition on the subsequent phosphoantimonylmolybdenum blue formation.

  4. Determination of opiates in whole blood and vitreous humor: a study of the matrix effect and an experimental design to optimize conditions for the enzymatic hydrolysis of glucuronides.

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    Sanches, Livia Rentas; Seulin, Saskia Carolina; Leyton, Vilma; Paranhos, Beatriz Aparecida Passos Bismara; Pasqualucci, Carlos Augusto; Muñoz, Daniel Romero; Osselton, Michael David; Yonamine, Mauricio

    2012-04-01

    Undoubtedly, whole blood and vitreous humor have been biological samples of great importance in forensic toxicology. The determination of opiates and their metabolites has been essential for better interpretation of toxicological findings. This report describes the application of experimental design and response surface methodology to optimize conditions for enzymatic hydrolysis of morphine-3-glucuronide and morphine-6-glucuronide. The analytes (free morphine, 6-acetylmorphine and codeine) were extracted from the samples using solid-phase extraction on mixed-mode cartridges, followed by derivatization to their trimethylsilyl derivatives. The extracts were analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with electron ionization and full scan mode. The method was validated for both specimens (whole blood and vitreous humor). A significant matrix effect was found by applying the F-test. Different recovery values were also found (82% on average for whole blood and 100% on average for vitreous humor). The calibration curves were linear for all analytes in the concentration range of 10-1,500 ng/mL. The limits of detection ranged from 2.0 to 5.0 ng/mL. The method was applied to a case in which a victim presented with a previous history of opiate use.

  5. Simultaneous determination of nucleosides and their bases in Cordyceps sinensis and its substitutes by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and HPLC.

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    Wang, Zhibing; Li, Na; Wang, Min; Wang, Yue; Du, Lin; Ji, Xiaofeng; Yu, Aimin; Zhang, Hanqi; Qiu, Fangping

    2013-07-01

    Nine nucleosides and nucleobases, including uracil, adenine, thymine, uridine, adenosine, thymidine, cytidine, guanosine, and cordycepin in natural Cordyceps sinensis, cultured Cordyceps mycelia, and Cordyceps fruiting bodies were extracted by matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and determined by HPLC. The experimental conditions for the MSPD extraction were optimized. Florisil was used as dispersant, petroleum ether as washing solvent, and methanol as elution solvent. The Florisil-to-sample ratio was selected to be 4:1 and no additional clean-up sorbent was needed. The calibration curves had good linear relationships (r > 0.9997). The LOD and LOQ were in the range of 12~79 and 41~265 ng/mL, respectively. The intra- and interday precision were lower than 8.3%. The recoveries were between 61.5 and 93.2%. The present method consumed less sample compared with ultrasonic extraction and heating reflux extraction (HRE). The extraction yields obtained by using the present method are much higher than those obtained by UE and comparable to those obtained by HRE. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. A fixed full-matrix method for determining ice sheet height change from satellite altimeter: an ENVISAT case study in East Antarctica with backscatter analysis

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    Yang, Yuande; Hwang, Cheinway; E, Dongchen

    2014-09-01

    A new method, called the fixed full-matrix method (FFM), is used to compute height changes at crossovers of satellite altimeter ground tracks. Using the ENVISAT data in East Antarctica, FFM results in crossovers of altimeter heights that are 1.9 and 79 times more than those from the fixed half method (FHM) and the one-row method (ORM). The mean standard error of height changes is about 14 cm from ORM, which is reduced to 7 cm by FHM and to 3 cm by FFM. Unlike FHM, FFM leads to uniform errors in the first-half and second-half height-change time series. FFM has the advantage in improving the accuracy of the change of height and backscattered power over ORM and FHM. Assisted by the ICESat-derived height changes, we determine the optimal threshold correlation coefficient (TCC) for a best correction for the backscatter effect on ENVISAT height changes. The TCC value of 0.92 yields an optimal result for FFM. With this value, FFM yields ENVISAT-derived height change rates in East Antarctica mostly falling between and 3 cm/year, and matching the ICESat result to 0.94 cm/year. The ENVISAT result will provide a constraint on the current mass balance result along the Chinese expedition route CHINARE.

  7. Primary structure and phosphorylation of dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) and dentin phosphophoryn (DPP) uniquely determine their role in biomineralization.

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    Deshpande, Atul Suresh; Fang, Ping-An; Zhang, Xiaoyuan; Jayaraman, Thottala; Sfeir, Charles; Beniash, Elia

    2011-08-08

    The SIBLING (small integrin-binding ligand N-linked glycoproteins) family is the major group of noncollagenous proteins in bone and dentin. These extremely acidic and highly phosphorylated extracellular proteins play critical roles in the formation of collagenous mineralized tissues. Whereas the lack of individual SIBLINGs causes significant mineralization defects in vivo, none of them led to a complete cessation of mineralization suggesting that these proteins have overlapping functions. To assess whether different SIBLINGs regulate biomineralization in a similar manner and how phosphorylation impacts their activity, we studied the effects of two SIBLINGs, dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) and dentin phosphophoryn (DPP), on mineral morphology and organization in vitro. Our results demonstrate distinct differences in the effects of these proteins on mineralization. We show that phosphorylation has a profound effect on the regulation of mineralization by both proteins. Specifically, both phosphorylated proteins facilitated organized mineralization of collagen fibrils and phosphorylated DMP1-induced formation of organized mineral bundles in the absence of collagen. In summary, these results indicate that the primary structure and phosphorylation uniquely determine functions of individual SIBLINGs in regulation of mineral morphology and organization.

  8. Determination of N,N-dimethyltryptamine in Mimosa tenuiflora inner barks by matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure and GC-MS.

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    Gaujac, Alain; Aquino, Adriano; Navickiene, Sandro; de Andrade, Jailson Bittencourt

    2012-01-15

    N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a potent hallucinogen found in beverages consumed in religion rituals and neo-shamanic practices over the world. Two of these religions, Santo Daime and União do Vegetal (UDV), are represented in countries including Australia, the United States and several European nations. In some of this countries there have been legal disputes concerning the legalization of ayahuasca consumption during religious rituals, a beverage rich in DMT. In Brazil, even children and pregnant women are legally authorized to consume ayahuasca in a religious context. A simple and low-cost method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (GC-MS) has been optimized for the determination of N,N-dimethyltryptamine in Mimosa tenuiflora inner bark. The experimental variables that affect the MSPD method, such as the amounts of solid-phase and herbal sample, solvent nature, eluate volume and NaOH concentration were optimized using an experimental design. The method showed good linearity (r = 0.9962) and repeatability (RSD < 7.4%) for DMT compound, with detection limit of 0.12 mg/g. The proposed method was used to analyze 24 samples obtained locally. The results showed that concentrations of the target compound in M. tenuiflora barks, ranged from 1.26 to 9.35 mg/g for these samples.

  9. Trace matrix solid phase dispersion using a molecular sieve as the sorbent for the determination of flavonoids in fruit peels by ultra-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Cao, Wan; Hu, Shuai-Shuai; Ye, Li-Hong; Cao, Jun; Pang, Xiao-Qing; Xu, Jing-Jing

    2016-01-01

    A simple, rapid, and highly selective trace matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) technique, coupled with ultra-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection, was proposed for extracting flavonoids from orange fruit peel matrices. Molecular sieve SBA-15 was applied for the first time as a solid support in trace MSPD. Parameters, such as the type of dispersant, mass ratio of the sample to the dispersant, grinding time, and elution pH, were optimized in detail. The optimal extraction conditions involved dispersing a powdered fruit peel sample (25 mg) into 25mg of SBA-15 and then eluting the target analytes with 500 μL of methanol. A satisfactory linearity (r(2) > 0.9990) was obtained, and the calculated limits of detection reached 0.02-0.03 μg/mL for the compounds. The results showed that the method developed was successfully applied to determine the content of flavonoids in complex fruit peel matrices. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Concurrent determination of 237Np and Pu isotopes using ICP-MS: analysis of NIST environmental matrix standard reference materials 4357, 1646a, and 2702.

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    Matteson, Brent S; Hanson, Susan K; Miller, Jeffrey L; Oldham, Warren J

    2015-04-01

    An optimized method was developed to analyze environmental soil and sediment samples for (237)Np, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu by ICP-MS using a (242)Pu isotope dilution standard. The high yield, short time frame required for analysis, and the commercial availability of the (242)Pu tracer are significant advantages of the method. Control experiments designed to assess method uncertainty, including variation in inter-element fractionation that occurs during the purification protocol, suggest that the overall precision for measurements of (237)Np is typically on the order of ± 5%. Measurements of the (237)Np concentration in a Peruvian Soil blank (NIST SRM 4355) spiked with a known concentration of (237)Np tracer confirmed the accuracy of the method, agreeing well with the expected value. The method has been used to determine neptunium and plutonium concentrations in several environmental matrix standard reference materials available from NIST: SRM 4357 (Radioactivity Standard), SRM 1646a (Estuarine Sediment) and SRM 2702 (Inorganics in Marine Sediment). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Determination of elemental constituents in different matrix materials and flow injection studies by the electrolyte cathode glow discharge technique with a new design

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    Shekhar, R.; Karunasagar, D.; Ranjit, M.; Arunachalam, J.

    2009-10-15

    An open-to-air type electrolyte cathode discharge (ELCAD) has been developed with a new design. The present configuration leads to a stable plasma even at low flow rates (0.96 mL/min). Plasma fluctuations arising from the variations in the gap between solid anode and liquid cathode were eliminated by providing a V-groove to the liquid glass-capillary. Cathode (ground) connection is given to the solution at the V-groove itself. Interfaced to atomic emission spectrometry (AES), its analytical performance is evaluated. The optimized molarity of the solution is 0.2 M. The analytical response curves for Ca, Cu, Cd, Pb, Hg, Fe, and Zn demonstrated good linearity. The limit of detections of Ca, Cu, Cd, Pb, Hg, Fe, and Zn are determined to be 17, 11, 5, 45, 15, 28, and 3 ng mL{sup -1}. At an integration time of 0.3 s, the relative standard deviation (RSD) values of the acid blank solutions are found to be less than 10% for the elements Ca, Cu, Cd, Hg, Fe, and Zn and 18% for Pb. The method is applied for the determination of the elemental constituents in different matrix materials such as tuna fish (IAEA-350), oyster tissue (NIST SRM 1566a), and coal fly ash (CFA SRM 1633b). The obtained results are in good agreement with the certified values. The accuracy is found to be between 7% and 0.6% for major to trace levels of constituent elements and the precision between 11% and 0.6%. For the injection of 100 {mu} L of 200 ng mL{sup -1} mercury solution at the flow rate of 0.8 mL/min, the flow injection studies resulted in the relative standard deviation (RSD) of 8%, concentration detection limit of 10 ng/mL, and mass detection limit of 1 ng for mercury.

  12. Molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion for extraction of chloramphenicol in fish tissues coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography determination.

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    Guo, Linyuan; Guan, Min; Zhao, Chuande; Zhang, Haixia

    2008-12-01

    The synthesis and evaluation of a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as a selective matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) sorbent, coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography for the efficient determination of chloramphenicol (CAP) in fish tissues are studied. The polymer was prepared using CAP as the template molecule, vinylpyridine as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross-linking monomer, and sodium dodecyl sulfate as the surfactant in the presence of water as a solvent by miniemulsion polymerization. The CAP-imprinted polymers and nonimprinted polymers (NIPs) were characterized by Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and static adsorption experiments. The CAP-imprinted material prepared showed high adsorption capacity, significant selectivity, and good site accessibility. The maximum static adsorption capacity of the CAP-imprinted and the NIP material for CAP was 78.4 and 59.9 mg g(-1), respectively. The relative selectivity factors of this CAP-imprinted material were larger than 1.9. Several parameters influencing the MSPD process were optimized. Finally, the CAP-imprinted polymers were used as the sorbent in MSPD to determine CAP in three kinds of fishes and resulted in satisfactory recovery in the range 89.8-101.43%. CAP-imprinted polymer as a sorbent in MSPD is better than C18 and attapulgite in terms of both recovery and percent relative standard deviation. The baseline noise was measured from a chromatogram of a blank fish sample which was treated after the MSPD procedure using CAP-imprinted polymer as a sorbent. Signal values of 3 times the noise (signal-to-noise ratio of 3) and 10 times the noise (signal-to-noise ratio of 10) were used to calculate the limit of detection and the limit of quantitation of the calibration curve. The limit of detection for CAP was 1.2 ng g(-1) and the limit of quantitation was 3.9 ng g(-1).

  13. Liquid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of bromate, iodate, bromide and iodide in high-chloride matrix.

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    Reddy-Noone, Kishan; Jain, Archana; Verma, Krishna K

    2007-05-04

    In the determination of bromate and iodate, any free bromide and iodide present was quantitatively removed by anion exchange with silver chloride exploiting the differences in silver salts solubility product, being AgCl, 1.8 x 10(-10), AgBr, 5.0 x 10(-13), AgI, 8.3 x 10(-17), AgBrO(3), 5.5 x 10(-5) and AgIO(3), 3.1 x 10(-8). The oxyhalides were reduced with ascorbic acid to halides and converted to 4-bromo-2,6-dimethylaniline and 4-iodo-2,6-dimethylaniline by their reaction with 2-iodosobenzoate in the presence of 2,6-dimethylaniline at pH 6.4 and 2-3, respectively. Single drop microextraction (SDME) of the haloanilines in 2 microl of toluene and injection of the whole extract into GC-MS, or liquid-phase microextraction (LPME) into 50 microl of toluene and injection of 2 microl of extract, resulted in a sensitive method for bromate and iodate. The latter method of extraction has been found more robust, sensitive and to give better extraction in shorter period than SDME. Total bromine/iodine was determined without any treatment with silver chloride. High concentration of chloride in the matrix did not interfere. A rectilinear calibration graph was obtained for 0.05 microg-25 mg l(-1) of bromate/bromide and iodate/iodide, the limit of detection were 20 ng l(-1) of bromate, 15 ng l(-1) of iodate, 20 ng l(-1) of bromide and 10 ng l(-1) of iodide (by LPME in 50 microl of toluene). The method has been applied to seawater and table salt. From the pooled data, the average recovery of spiked oxyhalide/halide to real samples was in range 96.7-105.7% with RSD in range 1.6-6.5%.

  14. Restricted access supramolecular solvents for removal of matrix-induced ionization effects in mass spectrometry: Application to the determination of Fusarium toxins in cereals.

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    García-Fonseca, Sergio; Rubio, Soledad

    2016-02-01

    Ion suppression/enhancement caused by matrix effects continues being a major concern in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). This research explores the ability of a supramolecular solvent (SUPRAS) made up of inverted hexagonal aggregates of oleic acid to behave as a liquid with restricted access properties (SUPRAS-RAM). Fusarium toxins in cereals were extracted with the oleic acid-based SUPRAS-RAM prior to their quantification by LC-electrospray ionization (ESI)-ion trap-MS (LC-ESI-IT-MS) in order to investigate the capability of this solvent to remove or reduce ionization suppression and/or enhancement in the analysis of complex samples by MS. The method involved the vortex-shaking of 300 mg of cereal with 600 μL of the SUPRAS-RAM for 15 min, centrifugation for separation of the supernatant and quantitation by LC-ESI-IT-MS. Macromolecules such as proteins and carbohydrates were excluded from extraction by chemical and physical mechanisms. Extraction of analytes and sample clean-up were thus carried out in a single step. No evaporation of the extracts was needed. Method detection limits for the legislated Fusarium toxins [i.e. deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEA) and fumonisins B1 (FB1) and B2 (FB2)] were 15 μg kg(-1) for DON and ZEA and 8 μg kg(-1) for fumonisins. These values were far below the maximum levels set by the European Commission for these toxins in foodstuffs. The method was successfully applied to the determination of these toxins in wheat and maize harvested in the South of Spain. No contamination of Fusarium toxins was found in samples at detectable levels. Recoveries in spiked samples were in the range 87-105%, with relative standard deviations between 1 and 7%. The use of the oleic acid-based SUPRAS-RAM effectively removed matrix interferences and allowed reliable quantitation of Fusarium toxins in cereals using solvent-based calibration.

  15. Evaluation of matrix effect on the determination of rare earth elements and As, Bi, Cd, Pb, Se and In in honey and pollen of native Brazilian bees (Tetragonisca angustula - Jataí) by Q-ICP-MS.

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    de Oliveira, Fernanda Ataide; de Abreu, Adriana Trópia; de Oliveira Nascimento, Nathália; Froes-Silva, Roberta Eliane Santos; Antonini, Yasmine; Nalini, Hermínio Arias; de Lena, Jorge Carvalho

    2017-01-01

    Bees are considered the main pollinators in natural and agricultural environments. Chemical elements from honey and pollen have been used for monitoring the environment, the health of bees and the quality of their products. Nevertheless, there are not many studies on honey and pollen of native Brazilian bees. The goal of this work was to determine important chemical elements (Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu and Yb) along with As, Bi, Cd, Pb, Se and In, in honey and pollen of native Brazilian bees, assessing analytical interferences from the matrix. A proposed analytical method was developed for these elements by quadrupole ICP-MS. Matrix effect was verified in honey matrix in the quantification of As, Bi and Dy; and in pollen matrix for Bi, Cd, Ce, Gd, La, Pb and Sc. The quality of the method was considered satisfactory taking into consideration the recovery rate of each element in the spiked solutions: honey matrix (91.6-103.9%) and pollen matrix (94.1-115.6%). The quantification limits of the method ranged between 0.00041 and 10.3μgL(-1) for honey and 0.00041-0.095μgL(-1) for pollen. The results demonstrate that the method is accurate, precise and suitable. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Interoceanic occurrence of species of Aristocleidus Mueller, 1936 (Monogenoidea: Dactylogyridae) parasitizing the gills of gerreid fishes in the Neotropics.

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    Mendoza Franco, Edgar F; Violante-González, Juan; Roche, Dominique G

    2009-09-01

    During investigations of fish parasites in the Neotropics (including the state of Veracruz and the Yucatán Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chautengo Lagoon on the Pacific coast of the state of Guerrero in Mexico, and Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal), three monogenoidean (Dactylogyridae) species were found parasitizing the gills of gerreids (Gerreidae): Aristocleidus hastatus Mueller, 1936, was recovered from Eugerres plumieri (Cuvier) and Diapterus auratus Ranzani in Veracruz, from D. auratus and Diapterus rhombeus (Cuvier) in Yucatán, from Eugerres brasilianus (Cuvier) in Panama (all new hosts and geographical records), and from D. peruvianus (Cuvier) and Gerres cinereus (Walbaum) in Guerrero; Aristocleidus lamothei Kritsky and Mendoza-Franco, 2008, was recovered from E. plumieri in Veracruz and from D. rhombeus in Yucatan (new hosts and geographical records), and Aristocleidus sp. was recovered from G. cinereus in Guerrero. Results from this study suggest that species of Aristocleidus exhibit wide host specificity within gerreid fishes and that geminate species within this parasite genus may have originated with the formation of the Isthmus of Panama (3.1 to 3.5 ma). Evidence is also presented suggesting the potential role of the Panama Canal as a passageway allowing the interoceanic dispersal of Aristocleidus species across the isthmus.

  17. Matrix thermalization

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    Craps, Ben; Evnin, Oleg; Nguyen, Kévin

    2017-02-01

    Matrix quantum mechanics offers an attractive environment for discussing gravitational holography, in which both sides of the holographic duality are well-defined. Similarly to higher-dimensional implementations of holography, collapsing shell solutions in the gravitational bulk correspond in this setting to thermalization processes in the dual quantum mechanical theory. We construct an explicit, fully nonlinear supergravity solution describing a generic collapsing dilaton shell, specify the holographic renormalization prescriptions necessary for computing the relevant boundary observables, and apply them to evaluating thermalizing two-point correlation functions in the dual matrix theory.

  18. NADPH-oxidase-driven oxygen radical production determines chondrocyte death and partly regulates metalloproteinase-mediated cartilage matrix degradation during interferon-γ-stimulated immune complex arthritis

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    van Lent, Peter LEM; Nabbe, Karin CAM; Blom, Arjen B; Sloetjes, Annet; Holthuysen, Astrid EM; Kolls, Jay; Van De Loo, Fons AJ; Holland, Steven M; Van Den Berg, Wim B

    2005-01-01

    In previous studies we have found that FcγRI determines chondrocyte death and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-mediated cartilage destruction during IFN-γ-regulated immune complex arthritis (ICA). Binding of immune complexes (ICs) to FcγRI leads to the prominent production of oxygen radicals. In the present study we investigated the contribution of NADPH-oxidase-driven oxygen radicals to cartilage destruction by using p47phox-/- mice lacking a functional NADPH oxidase complex. Induction of a passive ICA in the knee joints of p47phox-/- mice resulted in a significant elevation of joint inflammation at day 3 when compared with wild-type (WT) controls as studied by histology. However, when IFN-γ was overexpressed by injection of adenoviral IFN-γ in the knee joint before ICA induction, a similar influx of inflammatory cells was found at days 3 and 7, comprising mainly macrophages in both mouse strains. Proteoglycan depletion from the cartilage layers of the knee joints in both groups was similar at days 3 and 7. Aggrecan breakdown in cartilage caused by MMPs was further studied by immunolocalisation of MMP-mediated neoepitopes (VDIPEN). VDIPEN expression in the cartilage layers of arthritic knee joints was markedly lower (between 30 and 60%) in IFN-γ-stimulated arthritic p47phox-/- mice at day 7 than in WT controls, despite significant upregulation of mRNA levels of various MMPs such as MMP-3, MMP-9, MMP-12 and MMP-13 in synovia and MMP-13 in cartilage layers as measured with quantitative RT-PCR. The latter observation suggests that oxygen radicals are involved in the activation of latent MMPs. Chondrocyte death, determined as the percentage of empty lacunae in articular cartilage, ranged between 20 and 60% at day 3 and between 30 and 80% at day 7 in WT mice, and was completely blocked in p47phox-/- mice at both time points. FcγRI mRNA expression was significantly lower, and FcγRII and FcγRIII were higher, in p47phox-/- mice than in controls. NADPH

  19. Measurement of the decay B →D ℓνℓ in fully reconstructed events and determination of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix element |Vc b|

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    Glattauer, R.; Schwanda, C.; Abdesselam, A.; Adachi, I.; Adamczyk, K.; Aihara, H.; Al Said, S.; Asner, D. M.; Aushev, T.; Ayad, R.; Aziz, T.; Badhrees, I.; Bakich, A. M.; Bansal, V.; Barberio, E.; Bhuyan, B.; Biswal, J.; Bonvicini, G.; Bozek, A.; Bračko, M.; Breibeck, F.; Browder, T. E.; Červenkov, D.; Chekelian, V.; Chen, A.; Cheon, B. G.; Chilikin, K.; Chistov, R.; Cho, K.; Chobanova, V.; Choi, Y.; Cinabro, D.; Dalseno, J.; Danilov, M.; Dash, N.; Dingfelder, J.; Doležal, Z.; Drutskoy, A.; Dutta, D.; Eidelman, S.; Farhat, H.; Fast, J. E.; Ferber, T.; Frey, A.; Fulsom, B. G.; Gaur, V.; Gabyshev, N.; Garmash, A.; Gillard, R.; Goh, Y. M.; Goldenzweig, P.; Golob, B.; Greenwald, D.; Haba, J.; Hamer, P.; Hara, T.; Hasenbusch, J.; Hayasaka, K.; Hayashii, H.; Hou, W.-S.; Hsu, C.-L.; Iijima, T.; Inami, K.; Inguglia, G.; Ishikawa, A.; Jeon, H. B.; Joffe, D.; Joo, K. K.; Julius, T.; Kang, K. H.; Kato, E.; Kawasaki, T.; Kiesling, C.; Kim, D. Y.; Kim, J. B.; Kim, J. H.; Kim, K. T.; Kim, M. J.; Kim, S. H.; Kim, Y. J.; Kinoshita, K.; Kodyš, P.; Korpar, S.; Križan, P.; Krokovny, P.; Kuhr, T.; Kuzmin, A.; Kwon, Y.-J.; Lee, I. S.; Li, L.; Li, Y.; Libby, J.; Liu, Y.; Liventsev, D.; Lukin, P.; MacNaughton, J.; Masuda, M.; Matvienko, D.; Miyabayashi, K.; Miyata, H.; Mizuk, R.; Mohanty, G. B.; Mohanty, S.; Moll, A.; Moon, H. K.; Mussa, R.; Nakano, E.; Nakao, M.; Nanut, T.; Natkaniec, Z.; Nayak, M.; Nisar, N. K.; Nishida, S.; Ogawa, S.; Okuno, S.; Oswald, C.; Pakhlov, P.; Pakhlova, G.; Pal, B.; Park, H.; Pedlar, T. K.; Pesántez, L.; Pestotnik, R.; Petrič, M.; Piilonen, L. E.; Pulvermacher, C.; Rauch, J.; Ribežl, E.; Ritter, M.; Rostomyan, A.; Sahoo, H.; Sakai, Y.; Sandilya, S.; Santelj, L.; Sanuki, T.; Savinov, V.; Schneider, O.; Schnell, G.; Schwartz, A. J.; Seino, Y.; Senyo, K.; Seon, O.; Sevior, M. E.; Shebalin, V.; Shibata, T.-A.; Shiu, J.-G.; Shwartz, B.; Sibidanov, A.; Simon, F.; Sohn, Y.-S.; Sokolov, A.; Solovieva, E.; Starič, M.; Sumiyoshi, T.; Tamponi, U.; Teramoto, Y.; Trabelsi, K.; Trusov, V.; Uchida, M.; Unno, Y.; Uno, S.; Urquijo, P.; Usov, Y.; Van Hulse, C.; Vanhoefer, P.; Varner, G.; Varvell, K. E.; Vorobyev, V.; Vossen, A.; Wang, C. H.; Wang, M.-Z.; Wang, P.; Watanabe, Y.; Won, E.; Yamamoto, H.; Yamashita, Y.; Yook, Y.; Zhang, Z. P.; Zhilich, V.; Zhulanov, V.; Zupanc, A.; Belle Collaboration

    2016-02-01

    We present a determination of the magnitude of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix element |Vc b| using the decay B →D ℓνℓ (ℓ=e ,μ ) based on 711 fb-1 of e+e-→ϒ (4 S ) data recorded by the Belle detector and containing 772 ×106 B B ¯ pairs. One B meson in the event is fully reconstructed in a hadronic decay mode, while the other, on the signal side, is partially reconstructed from a charged lepton and either a D+ or D0 meson in a total of 23 hadronic decay modes. The isospin-averaged branching fraction of the decay B →D ℓνℓ is found to be B (B0→D-ℓ+νℓ )=(2.31 ±0.03 (stat )±0.11 (syst ))% . Analyzing the differential decay rate as a function of the hadronic recoil with the parametrization of Caprini, Lellouch, and Neubert and using the form-factor prediction G (1 ) =1.0541 ±0.0083 calculated by FNAL/MILC, we obtain ηEW|Vc b| =(40.12 ±1.34 )×10-3 , where ηEW is the electroweak correction factor. Alternatively, assuming the model-independent form-factor parametrization of Boyd, Grinstein, and Lebed and using lattice QCD data from the FNAL/MILC and HPQCD collaborations, we find ηEW|Vc b| =(41.10 ±1.14 )×10-3 .

  20. Determination of isothiazolinone preservatives in cosmetics and household products by matrix solid-phase dispersion followed by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Alvarez-Rivera, Gerardo; Dagnac, Thierry; Lores, Marta; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Lamas, J Pablo; Llompart, Maria

    2012-12-28

    In this work, the development of a new efficient methodology applying, for the first time, matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the determination of sensitizer isothiazolinone biocides in cosmetics and household products - 2-methyl-3-isothiazolinone (MI), 5-chloro-2-methyl-3-isothiazolinone (CMI), 1,2-benzisothiazolinone (BzI) and 2-octyl-3-isothiazolinone (OI) - is described. The main factors affecting the MSPD extraction procedure, the dispersive phase and the elution solvent, are assessed and optimized through a multicategorical experimental design, using a real cosmetic sample. The most suitable extraction conditions comprise the use of 2g of florisil as dispersive phase and 5 mL of methanol as elution solvent. Subsequently, the extract is readily analyzed by HPLC-MS/MS without any further clean-up or concentration steps. Method performance was evaluated demonstrating to have a broad linear range (R(2)>0.9980) and limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) at the low nanogram per gram level, which are well below the required limits for UE regulation compliance. Satisfactory recoveries above 80%, except for MI (mean values close to 60%), were obtained. In all cases, the method precision (% RSD) was lower than 7%, making this low cost extraction method reliable for routine control. The validated methodology was finally applied to the analysis of a wide variety of cosmetics and household products. Most of the real samples analyzed have been shown to comply with the current European Cosmetic Regulation, although the results obtained for some rinse-off cosmetics (e.g. baby care products) revealed high isothiazolinone content.