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  1. Shallow donor-like impurity states in magnetic field in n-type InP

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    Aulombard, R. L.; Kadri, A.; Zitouni, K.; Konczewicz, L.

    1987-02-01

    We present the evidence of hydrogenic behavior of shallow donor-like impurity states in n-type InP (8.5 × 10 15 cm -3 ≲ N d-N a ≲ 6.2 × 10 16 cm -3) from magnetic freeze out experiments at magnetic fields up to 18 T. This occurs at T ≳ 10 K and at a magnetic field sufficiently high to induce a metal-insulator transition. At high fields, the reduction of the binding energy with respect to the hydrogenic model of LARSEN can be well accounted for by the increasing overlap of the impurity wave functions as the donor concentration increases.

  2. Donor impurity states and related terahertz range nonlinear optical response in GaN cylindrical quantum wires: Effects of external electric and magnetic fields

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    Correa, J. D.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Duque, C. A.

    2014-06-07

    We report a study on the optical absorption coefficient associated to hydrogenic impurity interstate transitions in zinc-blende GaN quantum wires of cylindrical shape taking into account the effects of externally applied static electric and magnetic fields. The electron states emerge within the effective mass approximation, via the exact diagonalization of the donor-impurity Hamiltonian with parabolic confinement and external field effects. The nonlinear optical absorption is calculated using a recently derived expression for the dielectric susceptibility, obtained via a nonperturbative solution of the density-matrix Bloch equation. Our results show that this treatment eliminates not only the intensity-dependent bleaching effect but also the change in sign of the nonlinear contribution due to the combined effect of asymmetric impurity location and the applied electric field.

  3. Donor impurity states and related terahertz range nonlinear optical response in GaN cylindrical quantum wires: Effects of external electric and magnetic fields

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    Correa, J. D.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Duque, C. A.

    2014-06-01

    We report a study on the optical absorption coefficient associated to hydrogenic impurity interstate transitions in zinc-blende GaN quantum wires of cylindrical shape taking into account the effects of externally applied static electric and magnetic fields. The electron states emerge within the effective mass approximation, via the exact diagonalization of the donor-impurity Hamiltonian with parabolic confinement and external field effects. The nonlinear optical absorption is calculated using a recently derived expression for the dielectric susceptibility, obtained via a nonperturbative solution of the density-matrix Bloch equation. Our results show that this treatment eliminates not only the intensity-dependent bleaching effect but also the change in sign of the nonlinear contribution due to the combined effect of asymmetric impurity location and the applied electric field.

  4. Binding energy of the ground and first few excited states of hydrogenic donor impurity in a rectangular GaAs quantum dot in the presence of electric field

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    Wang, Sheng; Kang, Yun; Li, Xian-Li

    2014-12-01

    Within the quasi-one-dimensional effective potential model and effective mass approximation, we calculate the ground and the first 9 excited-state binding energies of a hydrogenic donor impurity in a rectangular quantum dot (RQD) in the presence of electric field. The analytical form of the quasi-one-dimensional effective potential replacing the three-dimensional Coulomb potential in our model is derived by Fourier transforms. We discuss detailedly dependence of the binding energies on the impurity positions and electric fields. For the ground-state binding energy, our results qualitatively agree with that of Mendoza et al. (2005) in which they only calculated the ground-state binding energies in cubic quantum dots by variational method. However, for first 9 excited-state binding energies, such dependence has complex manner since there are two or three peaks in the electronic probability density distribution curves. The strengths and positions of these peaks in RQD affect the interaction potential between electron and impurity, which appears to be the critical control on the binding energies of impurity. The applied electric field pushes the positions of these peaks downwards, and the strengths of peaks located at the upper half of RQD increase while the strengths of lower peaks firstly decrease, then increase with increasing electric field. The high peak strength can lead to increase of the binding energy while the large distance between the position of peak and impurity center results in reduce of the energy, which is an interesting competition. This competition is more obvious for excited-state binding energies of off-central impurity.

  5. Electron energy states in a two-dimensional GaAs quantum ring with hydrogenic donor impurity in the presence of magnetic field

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    Yun, Kang; Sheng, Wang; Xianli, Li

    2015-03-01

    Using the finite element method, we investigate the lowest and first few excited state energies in a two-dimensional GaAs quantum ring (QR) with a hydrogenic donor impurity and effective mass approximation under a uniform magnetic field perpendicular to the ring plane. We study in detail the dependence of the energy spectrum with different angular momentum on the inner radius, the outer radius and width of the QR, the magnetic field and impurity position. The results reveal that the electron energies increase with the inner radius while decrease with the outer radius and width of the QR; for a fixed ring, the magnetic field induces the increase of the electron energies. Moreover, the existence of impurity reduces energy levels, and the energy levels depend highly on the impurity position, which decreases as the impurity is far away from the center of the QR. Also, the dependence of the angular momentum on the energy spectrum is analyzed in detail. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41202146), the Science and Technology Project of Education Department of Heilongjiang Province of China (Nos. 12541070, 12541064), the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province of China (No. A201402), and the Northeastern Petroleum University Youth Science Foundation of China (No. 2012QN128).

  6. The effects of the electric and intense laser field on the binding energies of donor impurity states (1s and 2p±) and optical absorption between the related states in an asymmetric parabolic quantum well

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    Kasapoglu, E.; Sakiroglu, S.; Sökmen, I.; Restrepo, R. L.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Duque, C. A.

    2016-10-01

    We have calculated the effects of electric and intense laser fields on the binding energies of the ground and some excited states of conduction electrons coupled to shallow donor impurities as well as the total optical absorption coefficient for transitions between 1s and 2p± electron-impurity states in a asymmetric parabolic GaAs/Ga1-x AlxAs quantum well. The binding energies were obtained using the effective-mass approximation within a variational scheme. Total absorption coefficient (linear and nonlinear absorption coefficient) for the transitions between any two impurity states were calculated from first- and third-order dielectric susceptibilities derived within a perturbation expansion for the density matrix formalism. Our results show that the effects of the electric field, intense laser field, and the impurity location on the binding energy of 1s-impurity state are more pronounced compared with other impurity states. If the well center is changed to be Lc<0 (Lc>0), the effective well width decreases (increases), and thus we can obtain the red or blue shift in the resonant peak position of the absorption coefficient by changing the intensities of the electric and non-resonant intense laser field as well as dimensions of the well and impurity positions.

  7. Donor impurity states in a non-uniform quantum strip: Geometrical and electro-magnetic field effects

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    Suaza, Y. A.; Fonnegra-García, D.; Fulla, M. R.; Salazar-Santa, J. D.; Marín, J. H.

    2017-03-01

    The neutral donor energy structure in non-uniform height quantum strip under the presence of crossed electric and magnetic fields is studied. The quantum strip height has been modeled by including a phenomenological two-parametric function. The first of these parameters is related to the number of structural hills present on the nano-strip, while the second one allows us to control the hills height. We solve the Schrödinger equation by considering specific quantum strips whose height-to-base aspect ratio is very small, which makes possible to calculate numerically the energy structure trough the adiabatic approximation and the exact diagonalization method. In limit cases, our results are in good agreement with those ones previously reported. Periodic oscillations of the ground state energy with magnetic field strength can be tuned by applied electric field which also yields an anti-crossing of the energy levels in a quantum strip with two hills. The energy level structure are strongly sensitive to changes of nano-strip geometrical factors.

  8. Tight-Binding Description of Impurity States in Semiconductors

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    Dominguez-Adame, F.

    2012-01-01

    Introductory textbooks in solid state physics usually present the hydrogenic impurity model to calculate the energy of carriers bound to donors or acceptors in semiconductors. This model treats the pure semiconductor as a homogeneous medium and the impurity is represented as a fixed point charge. This approach is only valid for shallow impurities…

  9. Tight-Binding Description of Impurity States in Semiconductors

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    Dominguez-Adame, F.

    2012-01-01

    Introductory textbooks in solid state physics usually present the hydrogenic impurity model to calculate the energy of carriers bound to donors or acceptors in semiconductors. This model treats the pure semiconductor as a homogeneous medium and the impurity is represented as a fixed point charge. This approach is only valid for shallow impurities…

  10. Conductivity of a Weyl semimetal with donor and acceptor impurities

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    Rodionov, Ya. I.; Syzranov, S. V.

    2015-05-01

    We study transport in a Weyl semimetal with donor and acceptor impurities. At sufficiently high temperatures transport is dominated by electron-electron interactions, while the low-temperature resistivity comes from the scattering of quasiparticles on screened impurities. Using the diagrammatic technique, we calculate the conductivity σ (T ,ω ,nA,nD) in the impurities-dominated regime as a function of temperature T , frequency ω , and the concentrations nA and nD of acceptors and donors and discuss the crossover behavior between the regimes of low and high temperatures and impurity concentrations. In a sufficiently compensated material [| nA-nD|≪ (nA+nD) ] with a small effective fine structure constant α ,σ (ω ,T ) ∝T2/(T-2-i ω .const) in a wide interval of temperatures. For very low temperatures, or in the case of an uncompensated material, the transport is effectively metallic. We discuss experimental conditions necessary for realizing each regime.

  11. Optical coefficients in a semiconductor quantum ring: Electric field and donor impurity effects

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    Duque, C. M.; Acosta, Ruben E.; Morales, A. L.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Restrepo, R. L.; Ojeda, J. H.; Kasapoglu, E.; Duque, C. A.

    2016-10-01

    The electron states in a two-dimensional quantum dot ring are calculated in the presence of a donor impurity atom under the effective mass and parabolic band approximations. The effect of an externally applied electric field is also taken into account. The wavefunctions are obtained via the exact diagonalization of the problem Hamiltonian using a 2D expansion within the adiabatic approximation. The impurity-related optical response is analyzed via the optical absorption, relative refractive index change and the second harmonics generation. The dependencies of the electron states and these optical coefficients with the changes in the configuration of the quantum ring system are discussed in detail.

  12. Donor impurity-related intraband optical absorption in a single quantum ring: Hydrostatic pressure and intense laser field effects

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    Barseghyan, M. G.

    2016-10-01

    The simultaneous influence of hydrostatic pressure and intense laser field on hydrogenic donor impurity states and intraband optical absorption has been investigated in GaAs/Ga_{1-tilde{x}}Al_{tilde{x}}As quantum ring. The one-electron energy spectrum and wave functions have been found using the effective mass approximation and exact diagonalization technique. The intraband absorption coefficient is calculated for different values of the hydrostatic pressure, intense laser field parameter and different locations of hydrogenic donor impurity. The simultaneous influence of hydrostatic pressure and intense laser field shows that while the increment of the first one leads only to the blueshift of the absorption spectrum, the augmentation of the second one makes the redshift. In addition, both blueshift and redshift of the spectrum have been obtained with the changes of impurity location. The obtained theoretical results indicate good controlling means of the optical spectrum of ring-like structures by the combined influence of the considered factors.

  13. Donor-impurity-related optical response and electron Raman scattering in GaAs cone-like quantum dots

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    Gil-Corrales, A.; Morales, A. L.; Restrepo, R. L.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Duque, C. A.

    2017-02-01

    The donor-impurity-related optical absorption, relative refractive index changes, and Raman scattering in GaAs cone-like quantum dots are theoretically investigated. Calculations are performed within the effective mass and parabolic band approximations, using the variational procedure to include the electron-impurity correlation effects. The study involves 1 s -like, 2px-like, and 2pz-like states. The conical structure is chosen in such a way that the cone height is large enough in comparison with the base radius thus allowing the use a quasi-analytic solution of the uncorrelated Schrödinger-like electron states.

  14. Radiative decay rates of impurity states in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Turkov, Vadim K.; Baranov, Alexander V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V.; Rukhlenko, Ivan D.

    2015-10-01

    Doped semiconductor nanocrystals is a versatile material base for contemporary photonics and optoelectronics devices. Here, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, we theoretically calculate the radiative decay rates of the lowest-energy states of donor impurity in spherical nanocrystals made of four widely used semiconductors: ZnS, CdSe, Ge, and GaAs. The decay rates were shown to vary significantly with the nanocrystal radius, increasing by almost three orders of magnitude when the radius is reduced from 15 to 5 nm. Our results suggest that spontaneous emission may dominate the decay of impurity states at low temperatures, and should be taken into account in the design of advanced materials and devices based on doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

  15. Radiative decay rates of impurity states in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Turkov, Vadim K.; Baranov, Alexander V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V.; Rukhlenko, Ivan D.

    2015-10-15

    Doped semiconductor nanocrystals is a versatile material base for contemporary photonics and optoelectronics devices. Here, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, we theoretically calculate the radiative decay rates of the lowest-energy states of donor impurity in spherical nanocrystals made of four widely used semiconductors: ZnS, CdSe, Ge, and GaAs. The decay rates were shown to vary significantly with the nanocrystal radius, increasing by almost three orders of magnitude when the radius is reduced from 15 to 5 nm. Our results suggest that spontaneous emission may dominate the decay of impurity states at low temperatures, and should be taken into account in the design of advanced materials and devices based on doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

  16. Computation of the Stark effect in P impurity states in silicon

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    Debernardi, A.; Baldereschi, A.; Fanciulli, M.

    2006-07-01

    We compute within the effective-mass theory and without adjustable parameters the Stark effect for shallow P donors in Si with anisotropic band structure. Valley-orbit coupling is taken into account in a nonperturbative way and scattering effects of the impurity core are included to properly describe low-lying impurity states. The ground-state energy slightly decreases with increasing electric field up to a critical value Ecr˜25keV/cm , at which the donor can be ionized by tunneling due to a field-induced mixing of the “ 1s -like” singlet ground state with a “ 2p0 -like” excited state in zero field. The resulting ground-state wave function at high field extends significantly outside the potential barrier surrounding the impurity. Calculations of the hyperfine splitting and of the A -shell superhyperfine coupling constants as a function of the electric field complete the work.

  17. Impurity levels, impurity bands, excited impurity bands, and band tails: The electronic density of states in quantum wells and heterostructures

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    Serre, J.; Ghazali, A.; Gold, A.

    1989-04-01

    We have investigated in quantum wells (QW's) and heterostructures (HS's) the modification of the electronic structure near the band edge, which is induced by selective doping. The density of states has been calculated as a function of the relevant parameters, namely, carrier and impurity concentrations (and depletion concentrations for HS's), QW width, and impurity position. Using a multiple-scattering method which includes a finite-range screened potential and impurity concentration to all orders, we have succeeded in obtaining ground-state and excited-state impurity bands (IB's). We observed these bands merging gradually with the lowest conduction subband as the impurity concentration is increased, leading to the formation of a band tail into the energy gap. Other main results obtained for different values of the parameters are the binding energy for a single impurity, the widths and energy shifts of ground- and excited-state IB's, and the contribution of the electron-impurity interaction to the gap shrinkage in the band-tail regime. Our results are compared with experiments and other theories.

  18. Magnetic-field dependence of the impurity states in a dome-shaped quantum dot

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    Niculescu, E. C.; Stan, C.; Cristea, M.; Truscă, C.

    2017-08-01

    Using the finite element method, the effect of magnetic fields on the donor states and transition energies in a InAs/GaAs quantum dot coupled to its wetting layers is investigated. Results are obtained for different impurity locations. We found that the diamagnetic shift of the ground state energy increases monotonously with the applied field and can be described by a simple function which interpolates between the low and high magnetic-field behavior. Frequencies associated to the transitions between the S-like ground state and P- (P+) excited states range in terahertz region and show a magnetic field-induced red (blue) shift, irrespectively of the impurity position.

  19. Electron and donor-impurity-related Raman scattering and Raman gain in triangular quantum dots under an applied electric field

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    Tiutiunnyk, Anton; Akimov, Volodymyr; Tulupenko, Viktor; Mora-Ramos, Miguel E.; Kasapoglu, Esin; Morales, Alvaro L.; Duque, Carlos Alberto

    2016-04-01

    The differential cross-section of electron Raman scattering and the Raman gain are calculated and analysed in the case of prismatic quantum dots with equilateral triangle base shape. The study takes into account their dependencies on the size of the triangle, the influence of externally applied electric field as well as the presence of an ionized donor center located at the triangle's orthocenter. The calculations are made within the effective mass and parabolic band approximations, with a diagonalization scheme being applied to obtain the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of the x- y Hamiltonian. The incident and secondary (scattered) radiation have been considered linearly-polarized along the y-direction, coinciding with the direction of the applied electric field. For the case with an impurity center, Raman scattering with the intermediate state energy below the initial state one has been found to show maximum differential cross-section more than by an order of magnitude bigger than that resulting from the scheme with lower intermediate state energy. The Raman gain has maximum magnitude around 35 nm dot size and electric field of 40 kV/cm for the case without impurity and at maximum considered values of the input parameters for the case with impurity. Values of Raman gain of the order of up to 104cm-1 are predicted in both cases.

  20. Laser driven impurity states in two-dimensional quantum dots and quantum rings

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    Laroze, D.; Barseghyan, M.; Radu, A.; Kirakosyan, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    The hydrogenic donor impurity states in two-dimensional GaAs/Ga0.7Al0.3As quantum dot and quantum ring have been investigated under the action of intense laser field. A laser dressed effect on both electron confining and electron-impurity Coulomb interaction potentials has been considered. The single electron energy spectrum and wave functions have been found using the effective mass approximation and exact diagonalization technique. The accidental degeneracy of the impurity states have been observed for different positions of the impurity and versus values of the laser field parameter. The obtained theoretical results indicate a novel opportunity to tune the performance of quantum dots and quantum rings and to control their specific properties by means of laser field.

  1. Donor impurity-related optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes in a rectangular GaAs quantum dot in the presence of electric field

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    Sheng, Wang; Yun, Kang; Xianli, Li

    2016-11-01

    Within the quasi-one-dimensional effective potential model and effective mass approximation, we obtain the wavefunctions and energy eigenvalues of the ground (j = 1) and first 2 excited states (j = 2 and 3) of a donor impurity in a rectangular GaAs quantum dot in the presence of electric field. The donor impurity-related linear and nonlinear optical absorption as well as refractive index changes for the transitions j = 1-2 and j = 2-3 are investigated. The results show that the impurity position, incident optical intensity and electric field play important roles in the optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes. We find that the impurity effect induces the blueshift for j = 1-2 and redshift for j = 3-2 in the absence of the electric field, but it leads to redshift for j = 1-2 and blueshift for j = 3-2 in the existence of the field. Also, the optical coefficient for the higher energy transitions j = 2-3 is insensitive to variation of impurity positions, while that for the low energy transition j = 1-2 depends significantly on the positions of impurity. In addition, the saturation and splitting phenomenon of the optical absorption are observed as the incident optical intensity increases. Project supported by the Science and Technology Project of Education Department of Heilongjiang Province of China (No. 12541070).

  2. Exploring the pattern of blood donor beliefs in first-time, novice, and experienced donors: differentiating reluctant altruism, pure altruism, impure altruism, and warm glow.

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    Ferguson, Eamonn; Atsma, Femke; de Kort, Wim; Veldhuizen, Ingrid

    2012-02-01

    Using constructs from the Theory of Planned Behavior and theories of altruism, this article explores how multiple motivations and beliefs for blood donation are clustered and change across the donor career. In so doing important distinctions, for blood donation, between impure altruism, pure altruism, and warm glow are explored. Measures of intentions, cognitive and affective attitudes, role merger, pure altruism, trust, self-efficacy, subjective and moral norms, and habit formation were assessed in a sample of 12,580 whole blood donors. Analyses showed that a distinction between first-time, novice (one to four donations), and experienced donors (five or more donations) is justified. Principal components analysis and confirmatory factor analytic Multiple-Indicator Multiple-Causal models were used to compare models across these groups. A cognition-behavior (CB) factor, including intentions, was common to all groups. First-time and novice donors were marked by a newly identified motivational factor: "reluctant altruism" (i.e., the motivation to donate because of a lack of trust in others). First-time donors exhibited an impure altruism factor whereas for experienced donors warm glow and pure altruism factors were observed. For first-time donors impure altruism and reluctant altruism were both associated with the CB factor in females and impure altruism only in males. For both sexes reluctant altruism was associated of the CB factor in novice donors and warm glow and pure altruism for experienced donors. New avenues for intervention are suggested by the emergence of reluctant altruism for novice donors and warm glow for experienced donors. The importance of distinguishing aspects of altruism is highlighted. © 2012 American Association of Blood Banks.

  3. Ground- and excited-state impurity bands in quantum wells

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    Ghazali, A.; Gold, A.; Serre, J.

    1989-02-01

    The density of states and the spectral density of electrons in quantum wells with charged impurities are calculated with use of a multiple-scattering method. The impurity-density-dependent broadening and the gradual merging of the ground (1s) and excited (2p+/-,2s) impurity levels into impurity bands are investigated. At low density the shapes of the 1s, 2p+/-, and 2s spectral densities are found to be in excellent agreement with the analytical results obtained for the ideal two-dimensional Coulomb problem.

  4. Quasi-One Impurity States in Ga1-xAlxAs/GaAs Heterostructure

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    Ghazali, A.; da Cunha Lima, I. C.

    The advances in submicron lithography on semiconductor devices allow to produce very narrow inversion channels in which the electron gas behaves as quasi-one-dimensional. The presence of shallow donor impurities introduces bound states for electrons which have their binding energies depending on the impurity location in the plane perpendicular to the channel. In this paper we calculate these binding energies and plot the iso-energy curves for the dilute regime, assuming a confinement potential separable into a square well (caused by the barriers at the interfaces creating the quantum well) and an electrically induced harmonic potential in a direction perpendicular to the growth axis.

  5. Impurity State and Variable Range Hopping Conduction in Graphene

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    Liang, Sang-Zi; Sofo, Jorge O.

    2012-12-01

    The variable range hopping theory, as formulated for exponentially localized impurity states, does not necessarily apply in the case of graphene with covalently attached impurities. We analyze the localization of impurity states in graphene using the nearest-neighbor, tight-binding model of an adatom-graphene system with Green’s function perturbation methods. The amplitude of the impurity state wave function is determined to decay as a power law with exponents depending on sublattice, direction, and the impurity species. We revisit the variable range hopping theory in view of this result and find that the conductivity depends as a power law of the temperature with an exponent related to the localization of the wave function. We show that this temperature dependence is in agreement with available experimental results.

  6. Impurity effect on surface states of Bi (111) ultrathin films

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    Zhu, Kai; Tian, Dai; Wu, Lin; Xu, Jianli; Jin, Xiaofeng

    2016-08-01

    The surface impurity effect on the surface-state conductivity and weak antilocalization (WAL) effect has been investigated in epitaxial Bi (111) films by magnetotransport measurements at low temperatures. The surface-state conductivity is significantly reduced by the surface impurities of Cu, Fe, and Co. The magnetotransport data demonstrate that the observed WAL is robust against deposition of nonmagnetic impurities, but it is quenched by the deposition of magnetic impurities which break the time reversal symmetry. Our results help to shed light on the effect of surface impurities on the electron and spin transport properties of a 2D surface electron systems. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grants Nos. 2015CB921400 and 2011CB921802) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 11374057, 11434003, and 11421404).

  7. Living donor practices in the United States.

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    Mandelbrot, Didier A; Pavlakis, Martha

    2012-07-01

    Living kidney donation is a common procedure in the United States. Substantial variation exists between transplant centers in their protocols and exclusion criteria for potential living donors. In the absence of clinical trial data to guide decisions about exclusion criteria, knowledge of current practices is an important first step in guiding the formulation of donor protocols and future studies. Certain trends in living donation practices have become apparent from surveys of transplant programs over the past few decades. Over the past 25 years, opposition to living unrelated donation in the United States has gone from strong to essentially nonexistent. With respect to donor age, programs have become less strict regarding upper age limits but stricter regarding younger donor candidates. Protocols regarding kidney function, blood pressure, and diabetes screening also continue to evolve. Although donor follow-up is mandated by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network for 2 years after donation, a majority of donors are lost to follow-up by 1 year. The most commonly cited barriers to donor follow-up include donor inconvenience, cost issues including reimbursement to care providers, and direct and indirect costs to donors. In this article, we review the current knowledge about living donor practices in the United States. Copyright © 2012 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Donor states in inverse opals

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    Mahan, G. D.

    2014-09-21

    We calculate the binding energy of an electron bound to a donor in a semiconductor inverse opal. Inverse opals have two kinds of cavities, which we call octahedral and tetrahedral, according to their group symmetry. We put the donor in the center of each of these two cavities and obtain the binding energy. The binding energies become very large when the inverse opal is made from templates with small spheres. For spheres less than 50 nm in diameter, the donor binding can increase to several times its unconfined value. Then electrons become tightly bound to the donor and are unlikely to be thermally activated to the semiconductor conduction band. This conclusion suggests that inverse opals will be poor conductors.

  9. Donor states in inverse opals

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    Mahan, G. D.

    2014-09-01

    We calculate the binding energy of an electron bound to a donor in a semiconductor inverse opal. Inverse opals have two kinds of cavities, which we call octahedral and tetrahedral, according to their group symmetry. We put the donor in the center of each of these two cavities and obtain the binding energy. The binding energies become very large when the inverse opal is made from templates with small spheres. For spheres less than 50 nm in diameter, the donor binding can increase to several times its unconfined value. Then electrons become tightly bound to the donor and are unlikely to be thermally activated to the semiconductor conduction band. This conclusion suggests that inverse opals will be poor conductors.

  10. Donor impurity-related nonlinear optical rectification in a two-dimensional quantum ring under magnetic field

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    Bejan, D.

    2017-10-01

    An investigation of the nonlinear optical rectification of a GaAs two-dimensional disc-shaped quantum ring with an off-center donor impurity under magnetic field has been performed by using a variational method in the effective mass approximation. The two-dimensional quantum ring was described by a pseudo-harmonic potential. The results are presented as functions of the incident photon energy for the different values of the impurity position and the magnetic field. It is found that the nonlinear optical rectification spectra are strongly affected by the position of the off-center impurity and the magnetic field.

  11. Living Donor Practices in the United States

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    Mandelbrot, Didier A.; Pavlakis, Martha

    2012-01-01

    Living donation is a common procedure in the United States. Substantial variation exists among transplant centers in their protocols and exclusion criteria for potential living donors. In the absence of clinical trial data to guide decisions about exclusion criteria, knowledge of current practices is an important first step in guiding the formulation of donor protocols as well as future studies. Certain trends in live donation practices have become apparent from surveys of transplant programs over the past few decades. Over the past 25 years, opposition in the US to living unrelated donation has gone from strong to essentially nonexistent. With respect to donor age, programs have become less strict regarding upper age limits, but stricter regarding younger donor candidates. Protocols regarding kidney function, blood pressure and diabetes screening also continue to evolve. Although donor follow up is mandated by the OPTN for two years after donation, a majority of donors are lost to follow up by one year. The most commonly cited barriers to donor follow up include donor inconvenience, cost issues including reimbursement to care providers, as well as direct and indirect costs to donors. Here, we review the current knowledge about living donor practices in the U.S. PMID:22732040

  12. Density of states of the one-dimensional electron gas: Impurity levels, impurity bands, and the band tail

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    Gold, A.; Ghazali, A.

    1994-06-01

    The density of states of cylindrical quantum wires is calculated in the presence of charged impurities located in the center of the wire. A multiple-scattering approach (Klauder's fifth approximation), which represents a self-consistent t-matrix approximation, is used. For small impurity densities and in the weak screening limit the ground-state impurity band and four excited-state impurity bands are obtained within our approach. We find good agreement between the numerically obtained spectral densities with the corresponding analytical spectral densities calculated with the single-impurity wave functions. The merging of impurity bands is studied. For large impurity densities we obtain a band tail. We present an analytical expression for the disorder-induced renormalized band-edge energy in the band-tail regime.

  13. Theoretical studies of impurity and hole subband states in nitride semiconductors

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    Mireles Higuera, Francisco

    We present a comprehensive theoretical study of the shallow donor and acceptor states and their binding energies in large bandgap bulk nitride semiconductors. An envelope function scheme within the effective mass theory in a multi-band formalism was used to obtain the impurity levels in a variational fashion. Suitable atomic pseudopotentials were employed to resemble the impurity potential of the different dopants. Numerical calculations are reported for the binding energies of several substitutional acceptor and donor impurities from groups IIA, IIB and IVA of the periodic table in gallium and aluminum nitride. It is found that both acceptors and donors have smaller binding energy in the cubic zincblende phase of these materials than in the normally grown hexagonal wurtzite phase. This finding would predict the more favorable p-type doping characteristics of the zincblende nitrides. A study of the first excited states for donor impurities was also performed under the influence of external magnetic fields. Among other interesting features, it is found that residual carbon in GaN may play an important role as a shallow donor, typically attributed to other species, and suggesting that the amphoteric behavior of carbon impurities has been overlooked in the interpretation of the experimental optical spectra. We have studied as well the problem of the eigenstates in nitride based quantum wells and superlattices. Through the use of the exact envelope function theory together with symmetry arguments, we have provided a systematic derivation for a valence band effective mass Hamiltonian suitable for wurtzite heterostructures. Correct analytical expressions for the boundary conditions at the heterointerfaces of these materials are also derived. By using numerical examples, we show that the conventional Hamiltonian and boundary conditions lead to overestimates of the subband dispersion energies of nitride quantum wells for in-plane wave numbers not at the zone center. This

  14. Single-electron tunneling through discrete semiconductor impurity states

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    Deshpande, Mandar Ramesh

    With the advent of epitaxial crystal growth techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and the development of microfabrication and nanoscale lithography techniques (like electron-beam lithography), the design and implementation of many new experimental systems has become possible. The realization of granular electronic systems, which exhibit single electron effects, such as low dimensional semiconductor and ultra small metallic systems, has focused attention on the basic physical properties of the discrete electronic states. In this dissertation I investigate one such system consisting of individual semiconductor impurities with discrete electronic states. These impurities are located in the quantum well regions of a semiconductor heterostructure resonant tunneling diode and their eigenstates are probed by measuring the electron tunneling current through these states. Quantum effects due to the narrow well width of these diodes change the energy and other physical properties of all the electronic states (including the impurity states) in this region. I focus on one particular physical property, the effective spin g*\\ factor, of electrons in this region and accurately determine it by studying the spin splitting of the impurity states in an applied magnetic field. An analysis of the electron tunneling current through this two state system enables the determination of the tunneling rates of the two potential barriers of the resonant tunneling diode individually. I also investigate a time dependent phenomenon observed in this tunneling system. A two level fluctuating current (random telegraph signal) associated with individual single electron tunneling channels is observed. Possible mechanisms for these fluctuations are discussed. Once the physical properties of the impurity are understood, it can be used as a probe to investigate the local properties of the semiconductor contacts. The impurity states serve as

  15. Effects of electron-impurity scattering on density of states in silicene: Impurity bands and band-gap narrowing

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    Liu, S. Y.; Zeng, Y. C.; Lei, X. L.

    2016-12-01

    Considering the interband correlation, we present a generalized multiple-scattering approach of Green's function to investigate the effects of electron-impurity scattering on the density of states in silicene at zero temperature. The reduction of energy gaps in the case of relatively high chemical potential and the transformation of split-off impurity bands into band tails for low chemical potential are found. The dependency of optical conductivity on the impurity concentration is also discussed for frequency within the terahertz regime.

  16. Gettering of donor impurities by V in GaAs and the growth of semi-insulating crystals

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    Ko, K. Y.; Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.

    1989-01-01

    Vanadium added to the GaAs melt getters shallow donor impurities (Si and S) and decreases their concentration in the grown crystals. This gettering is driven by chemical reactions in the melt rather than in the solid. Employing V gettering, reproducibly semi-insulating GaAs were grown by horizontal Bridgman and liquid-encapsulated Czochralski techniques, although V did not introduce any midgap energy levels. The compensation mechanism in these crystals was controlled by the balance between the native midgap donor EL2 and residual shallow acceptors. Vanadium gettering contributed to the reduction of the concentration of shallow donors below the concentration of acceptors. The present findings clarify the long-standing controversy on the role of V in achieving semi-insulating GaAs.

  17. Atomically resolved silicon donor states of β-Ga2O3

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    Iwaya, K.; Shimizu, R.; Aida, H.; Hashizume, T.; Hitosugi, T.

    2011-04-01

    The electronic states of silicon donors in a wide gap semiconductor, β-Ga2O3(100), have been studied using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. We observe one-dimensional rows along [010], as expected from the crystal structure. In addition, substitutional Si donors are identified up to the fourth subsurface layer with clear spectroscopic features at the bottom of the conduction band. The decay length of each subsurface Si donor is systematically measured, and reasonably agrees with a picture of the Si donor in bulk β-Ga2O3. These results strongly suggest that Si impurities are shallow donors and responsible for the high electrical conductivity of β-Ga2O3.

  18. Donor impurity-related linear and nonlinear intraband optical absorption coefficients in quantum ring: effects of applied electric field and hydrostatic pressure

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    2012-01-01

    The linear and nonlinear intraband optical absorption coefficients in GaAs three-dimensional single quantum rings are investigated. Taking into account the combined effects of hydrostatic pressure and electric field, applied along the growth direction of the heterostructure, the energies of the ground and first excited states of a donor impurity have been found using the effective mass approximation and a variational method. The energies of these states are examined as functions of the dimensions of the structure, electric field, and hydrostatic pressure. We have also investigated the dependencies of the linear, nonlinear, and total optical absorption coefficients as a function of incident photon energy for several configurations of the system. It is found that the variation of distinct sizes of the structure leads to either a redshift and/or a blueshift of the resonant peaks of the intraband optical spectrum. In addition, we have found that the application of an electric field leads to a redshift, whereas the influence of hydrostatic pressure leads to a blueshift (in the case of on-ring-center donor impurity position) of the resonant peaks of the intraband optical spectrum. PMID:23021497

  19. Periodically driven Kondo impurity in nonequilibrium steady states

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    Iwahori, Koudai; Kawakami, Norio

    2016-12-01

    We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of a periodically driven anisotropic Kondo impurity model. The periodic time dependence is introduced for a local magnetic field which couples to the impurity spin and also for an in-plane exchange interaction. We obtain the exact results on the time evolution for arbitrary periodic time dependence at the special point in the parameter space known as the Toulouse limit. We first consider a specific case where the local magnetic field is periodically switched on and off. When the driving period is much shorter than the inverse of the Kondo temperature, an intriguing oscillating behavior (resonance phenomenon) emerges in the time average of the impurity spin polarization with increasing the local magnetic field intensity. By taking the high-frequency limit of the external driving, we elucidate that the system recovers the translational invariance in time and can be described by a mixture of the zero-temperature and infinite-temperature properties. In certain cases, the system is governed by either zero-temperature or infinite-temperature properties and, therefore, can be properly described by the corresponding equilibrium state.

  20. Photoluminescence study on heavily donor and acceptor impurity doped GaAs layers grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Islam, A. Z. M. Touhidul; Jung, D. W.; Noh, J. P.; Otsuka, N.

    2009-05-01

    Gallium arsenide layers doped with high concentrations of Be and Si by molecular-beam epitaxy are studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. PL peaks from doped layers are observed at energies significantly lower than the band-gap of GaAs. The growth and doping conditions suggest that the origin of these peaks is different from that of low energy PL peaks, which were observed in earlier studies and attributed to impurity-vacancy complexes. The dependence of the peak energy on the temperature and the annealing is found to differ from that of the peaks attributed to impurity-vacancy complexes. On the basis of these observations, it is suggested that the low energy peaks are attributed to short range ordered arrangements of impurity ions. This possibility is examined by calculations of the PL spectra with models of pairs of acceptor and donor delta-doped layers and PL experiments of a superlattice of pairs of Be and Si delta-doped layers.

  1. Shallow donorlike impurity states in n-type InP in magnetic field and under hydrostatic pressure

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    Kadri, A.; Zitouni, K.; Konczewicz, L.; Aulombard, R. L.

    1987-04-01

    Hall-coefficient and transverse magnetoresistivity measurements performed in magnetic fields up to 18 T and hydrostatic pressures up to 16.5 kbar reveal several features of the behavior of shallow donorlike impurity states in n-type InP with impurity concentrations spanning the metal-insulator transition (2.2×1015 cm-3<~Nd-Na<~6.2×1016 cm-3). At atmospheric pressure, the variation of the binding energy of the shallow donors versus magnetic field was found to follow the predicted hydrogenic behavior with increasing effects of electron correlations (screening of the long-range Coulomb potential) and overlap of impurity wave functions as the donor concentration increased. With increasing pressure, the binding energy increased only slightly up to ~10 kbar, then much more strongly at 10 kbar<~P<~16.5 kbar. This behavior, which additionally depended on the actual magnetic field strength, showed very close similarities to effects observed earlier in other III-V compounds and suggests an increasing influence of the short-range localized impurity potential.

  2. Density of states in gapped superconductors with pairing-potential impurities

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    Bespalov, Anton; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2016-03-01

    We study the density of states in disordered s -wave superconductors with a small gap anisotropy. We consider disorder in the form of common nonmagnetic scatterers and pairing-potential impurities, which interact with electrons via an electric potential and a local distortion of the superconducting gap. Using quasiclassical Green functions, we determine the bound-state spectrum at a single impurity and the density of states at a finite concentration of impurities. We show that, if the gap is isotropic, an isolated impurity with suppressed pairing supports an infinite number of Andreev states. With growing impurity concentration, the energy-dependent density of states evolves from a sharp gap edge with an impurity band below it to a smeared BCS singularity in the so-called universal limit. Within one spin sector, pairing-potential impurities and weak spin-polarized magnetic impurities have essentially the same effect on the density of states. We note that, if a gap anisotropy is present, the density of states becomes sensitive to ordinary potential disorder, and the existence of Andreev states localized at pairing-potential impurities requires special conditions. An unusual feature related to the anisotropy is a nonmonotonic dependence of the gap edge smearing on impurity concentration.

  3. Ground-state splitting of ultrashallow thermal donors with negative central-cell corrections in silicon

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    Hara, Akito; Awano, Teruyoshi

    2017-06-01

    Ultrashallow thermal donors (USTDs), which consist of light element impurities such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, have been found in Czochralski silicon (CZ Si) crystals. To the best of our knowledge, these are the shallowest hydrogen-like donors with negative central-cell corrections in Si. We observed the ground-state splitting of USTDs by far-infrared optical absorption at different temperatures. The upper ground-state levels are approximately 4 meV higher than the ground-state levels. This energy level splitting is also consistent with that obtained by thermal excitation from the ground state to the upper ground state. This is direct evidence that the wave function of the USTD ground state is made up of a linear combination of conduction band minimums.

  4. Nonmagnetic impurity in the spin-gap state

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    Nagaosa, N.; Ng, T.

    1995-06-01

    The effects of nonmagnetic strong scatterers (unitary limit) on magnetic and transport properties are studied for resonating-valence-bond states in both the slave-boson and slave-fermion mean-field theories with the gap for the triplet excitations. In the {ital d}-wave pairing state of the slave-boson mean-field theory in two dimensions, there is no true gap for spinons, but the Anderson localization occurs, which leads to the local moment when the repulsive interaction is taken into account. In the slave-fermion mean-field theory, local moments are found bound to nonmagnetic impurities as a result of (staggered) gauge interaction. However, in both theories, localization of spinon does not appear in the resistivity, which shows the classical value for the holon.

  5. Density of states in a two-dimensional electron gas: Impurity bands and band tails

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    Gold, A.; Serre, J.; Ghazali, A.

    1988-03-01

    We calculate the density of states of a two-dimensional electron gas in the presence of charged impurities within Klauder's best multiple-scattering approach. The silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) system with impurities at the interface is studied in detail. The finite extension of the electron wave function into the bulk is included as well as various dependences of the density of states on the electron, the depletion, and the impurity densities. The transition from an impurity band at low impurity concentration to a band tail at high impurity concentration is found to take place at a certain impurity concentration. If the screening parameter of the electron gas is decreased, the impurity band shifts to lower energy. For low impurity density we find excited impurity bands. Our theory at least qualitatively explains conductivity and infrared-absorption experiments on impurity bands in sodium-doped MOS systems and deep band tails in the gap observed for high doping levels in these systems.

  6. Bright Solid-State Emission of Disilane-Bridged Donor-Acceptor-Donor and Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Chromophores.

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    Shimada, Masaki; Tsuchiya, Mizuho; Sakamoto, Ryota; Yamanoi, Yoshinori; Nishibori, Eiji; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2016-02-24

    The development of disilane-bridged donor-acceptor-donor (D-Si-Si-A-Si-Si-D) and acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-Si-Si-D-Si-Si-A) compounds is described. Both types of compound showed strong emission (λem =ca. 500 and ca. 400 nm, respectively) in the solid state with high quantum yields (Φ: up to 0.85). Compound 4 exhibited aggregation-induced emission enhancement in solution. X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structures of 2, 4, and 12 had no intermolecular π-π interactions to suppress the nonradiative transition in the solid state.

  7. Direct spectroscopic observation of a shallow hydrogenlike donor state in insulating SrTiO3.

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    Salman, Z; Prokscha, T; Amato, A; Morenzoni, E; Scheuermann, R; Sedlak, K; Suter, A

    2014-10-10

    We present a direct spectroscopic observation of a shallow hydrogenlike muonium state in SrTiO(3) which confirms the theoretical prediction that interstitial hydrogen may act as a shallow donor in this material. The formation of this muonium state is temperature dependent and appears below ∼ 70K. From the temperature dependence we estimate an activation energy of ∼ 50 meV in the bulk and ∼ 23 meV near the free surface. The field and directional dependence of the muonium precession frequencies further supports the shallow impurity state with a rare example of a fully anisotropic hyperfine tensor. From these measurements we determine the strength of the hyperfine interaction and propose that the muon occupies an interstitial site near the face of the oxygen octahedron in SrTiO(3). The observed shallow donor state provides new insight for tailoring the electronic and optical properties of SrTiO(3)-based oxide interface systems.

  8. Understanding Philanthropic Motivations of Northeast State Community College Donors

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    Cook, Heather J.

    2012-01-01

    At Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) nearly 70% of students need some form of financial aid to attend. State support is flattening or decreasing and the gap is filled by private donors' support (Northeast State Community College, 2011). Hundreds of donors have made significant contributions to aid in the education of those in the Northeast…

  9. Understanding Philanthropic Motivations of Northeast State Community College Donors

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    Cook, Heather J.

    2012-01-01

    At Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) nearly 70% of students need some form of financial aid to attend. State support is flattening or decreasing and the gap is filled by private donors' support (Northeast State Community College, 2011). Hundreds of donors have made significant contributions to aid in the education of those in the Northeast…

  10. Stark effect of shallow donor impurities in HgS Inhomogeneous Quantum Dots

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    M’zerd, S.; Rahmani, K.; Janati, S.; Chrafih, Y.; Zorkani, I.; Jorio, A.

    2017-03-01

    Using the variational method, within the effective mass approximation, we have calculated the binding energy and the Polarizability of a shallow donor confined to move in [CdS/HgS/CdS] Inhomogeneous Quantum Dots, in the presence of a uniform electric field. We consider an infinitely deep well and we present our results as function of the size of the well and for several values of the electric field strength: (i) The Polarizability decreases when the electric field increases. We find that the Polarizability it is more influenced by the quantum confinement than by the electric field. (ii) The binding energy depends on the inner and the outer radius of the IQD, decrease when the electric field increases and depends strongly on the donor position, (iii) We have demonstrated the existence of a critical value of radius ratio which can be used to distinguish the tree dimension confinement from the spherical surface confinement.

  11. Direct visualization of the N impurity state in dilute GaNAs using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Ishida, Nobuyuki; Jo, Masafumi; Mano, Takaaki; Sakuma, Yoshiki; Noda, Takeshi; Fujita, Daisuke

    2015-10-28

    The interaction between nitrogen (N) impurity states in III-V compounds plays a key role in controlling optoelectronic properties of the host materials. Here, we use scanning tunneling microscopy to characterize the spatial distribution and electronic properties of N impurity states in dilute GaNAs. We demonstrated that the N impurity states can be directly visualized by taking empty state current images using the multipass scanning method. The N impurity states broadened over several nanometers and exhibited a highly anisotropic distribution with a bowtie-like shape on the GaAs(110) surface, which can be explained by anisotropic propagation of strain along the zigzag chains of Ga and As atoms in the {110} plane. Our experimental findings provide strong insights into a possible role of N impurity states in modifying properties of the host materials.

  12. Suppression of Superfluid Density and the Pseudogap State in the Cuprates by Impurities.

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    Erdenemunkh, Unurbat; Koopman, Brian; Fu, Ling; Chatterjee, Kamalesh; Wise, W D; Gu, G D; Hudson, E W; Boyer, Michael C

    2016-12-16

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ}. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω_{1}≈4  meV and Ω_{2}≈15  meV, allowing us to determine that, despite having a large magnetic moment, potential scattering of quasiparticles by Fe impurities dominates magnetic scattering. In addition, using high-resolution spatial characterizations of the local density of states near and away from Fe impurities, we detail the spatial extent of impurity-affected regions as well as provide a local view of impurity-induced effects on the superconducting and pseudogap states. Our studies of Fe impurities, when combined with a reinterpretation of earlier STM work in the context of a two-gap scenario, allow us to present a unified view of the atomic-scale effects of elemental impurities on the pseudogap and superconducting states in hole-doped cuprates; this may help resolve a previously assumed dichotomy between the effects of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities in these materials.

  13. Impurity shielding criteria for steady state hydrogen plasmas in the LHD, a heliotron-type device

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    Nakamura, Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Yoshimura, S.; Tamura, N.; Yoshinuma, M.; Tanaka, K.; Suzuki, C.; Peterson, B. J.; Sakamoto, R.; Morisaki, T.; the LHD Experiment Group

    2014-07-01

    Impurity behavior has so far been investigated in steady state hydrogen plasmas in the Large Helical Device, which is a heliotron-type device and excellent for steady state operation. There was always found to be an impurity accumulation window, as observed before (Nakamura et al 2002 Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 44 2121, Nakamura et al 2003 Nucl. Fusion 43 219). To clarify the boundary conditions, the dependences of impurity transport on edge plasma parameters are investigated with a database of steady state hydrogen discharges, and the boundary conditions for the impurity accumulation window are discussed. It is found that two different types of impurity screening effects are essential for preventing intrinsic impurities from entering the core plasma. One of them is due to positive radial electric field at the plasma edge on the low collisionality side and the other is impurity retention caused by friction force in the ergodic layer on the high collisionality side. The classification of steady state discharges on n-T space shows that the impurity behavior can be predicted by the impurity shielding criteria based on each empirical scaling.

  14. Suppression of Superfluid Density and the Pseudogap State in the Cuprates by Impurities

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    Erdenemunkh, Unurbat; Koopman, Brian; Fu, Ling; Chatterjee, Kamalesh; Wise, W. D.; Gu, G. D.; Hudson, E. W.; Boyer, Michael C.

    2016-12-16

    Here, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω1 ≈ 4 meV and Ω2 ≈ 15 meV , allowing us to determine that, despite having a large magnetic moment, potential scattering of quasiparticles by Fe impurities dominates magnetic scattering. In addition, using high-resolution spatial characterizations of the local density of states near and away from Fe impurities, we detail the spatial extent of impurity-affected regions as well as provide a local view of impurity-induced effects on the superconducting and pseudogap states. Lastly, our studies of Fe impurities, when combined with a reinterpretation of earlier STM work in the context of a two-gap scenario, allow us to present a unified view of the atomic-scale effects of elemental impurities on the pseudogap and superconducting states in hole-doped cuprates; this may help resolve a previously assumed dichotomy between the effects of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities in these materials.

  15. Suppression of Superfluid Density and the Pseudogap State in the Cuprates by Impurities

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    Erdenemunkh, Unurbat; Koopman, Brian; Fu, Ling; ...

    2016-12-16

    Here, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω1 ≈ 4 meV and Ω2 ≈ 15 meV , allowing us to determine that, despite having a large magnetic moment, potential scattering of quasiparticles by Fe impurities dominates magnetic scattering. In addition, using high-resolution spatial characterizations of the local density of states near and away from Fe impurities, we detail the spatial extent of impurity-affected regions as well as provide a local view ofmore » impurity-induced effects on the superconducting and pseudogap states. Lastly, our studies of Fe impurities, when combined with a reinterpretation of earlier STM work in the context of a two-gap scenario, allow us to present a unified view of the atomic-scale effects of elemental impurities on the pseudogap and superconducting states in hole-doped cuprates; this may help resolve a previously assumed dichotomy between the effects of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities in these materials.« less

  16. Donor-to-Donor vs Donor-to-Acceptor Interfacial Charge Transfer States in the Phthalocyanine-Fullerene Organic Photovoltaic System.

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    Lee, Myeong H; Dunietz, Barry D; Geva, Eitan

    2014-11-06

    Charge transfer (CT) states formed at the donor/acceptor heterointerface are key for photocurrent generation in organic photovoltaics (OPV). Our calculations show that interfacial donor-to-donor CT states in the phthalocyanine-fullerene OPV system may be more stable than donor-to-acceptor CT states and that they may rapidly recombine, thereby constituting a potentially critical and thus far overlooked loss mechanism. Our results provide new insight into processes that may compete with charge separation, and suggest that the efficiency for charge separation may be improved by destabilizing donor-to-donor CT states or decoupling them from other states.

  17. New data and developments pertaining to ideas about the electron system of hybridized states of cobalt impurity atoms in a mercury selenide crystal

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    Govorkova, T. E.; Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Lonchakov, A. T.; Okulov, V. I.; Okulova, K. A.; Podgornykh, S. M.; Bobin, S. B.; Deryushkin, V. V.; Paranchich, L. D.

    2017-04-01

    New experimental data on the manifestation of hybridization and spin polarization effects in 3d-states of donor electrons of a low concentration of cobalt atoms in mercury selenide crystals are obtained. The Hall concentration and mobility of conduction electrons as a function of impurity concentration, and the temperature dependences of the electron mobility, specific heat, and elastic moduli at low temperatures, are investigated. A quantitative interpretation of the observed dependences based on an earlier-developed theory in a justified simplified model of a single localization peak in the electron density of states is performed. As a result, the hybridization parameters of the cobalt states are determined by consistently fitting the observed experimental dependences, and evidence for the spontaneous spin polarization of electrons in the temperature dependences of the impurity specific heat and impurity contribution to the elastic moduli is detected.

  18. Impurity- and magnetic-field-induced quasiparticle states in chiral p-wave superconductors

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    Guo, Yao-Wu; Li, Wei; Chen, Yan

    2017-10-01

    Both impurity- and magnetic-field-induced quasiparticle states in chiral p-wave superconductors are investigated theoretically by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations self-consistently. At the strong scattering limit, we find that a universal state bound to the impurity can be induced for both a single nonmagnetic impurity and a single magnetic impurity. Furthermore, we find that different chiral order parameters and the corresponding supercurrents have uniform distributions around linear impurities. Calculations of the local density of states in the presence of an external magnetic field show that the intensity peak of the zero-energy Majorana mode in the vortex core can be enhanced dramatically by tuning the strength of the external magnetic field or pairing interaction.

  19. Efficient Donor Impurities in ZnO Nanorods by Polyethylene Glycol for Enhanced Optical and Glutamate Sensing Properties

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    Elhag, Sami; Khun, Kimleang; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Liu, Xianjie; Willander, Magnus; Nur, Omer

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we show that the possibility of using polyethylene glycol (EG) as a hydrogen source and it is used to assist the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanorods (ZNRs). EG doping in ZNRs has been found to significantly improve their optical and chemical sensing characteristics toward glutamate. The EG was found to have no role on the structural properties of the ZNRs. However, the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggests that the EG could induce donor impurities effect in ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) and UV-Vis. spectra demonstrated this doping effect. Mott-Schottky analysis at the ZNRs/electrolyte interface was used to investigate the charge density for the doped ZNRs and showed comparable dependence on the used amount of EG. Moreover, the doped ZNRs were used in potentiometric measurements for glutamate for a range from 10−6 M to 10−3 M and the potential response of the sensor electrode was linear with a slope of 91.15 mV/decade. The wide range and high sensitivity of the modified ZNRs based glutamate biosensor is attributed to the doping effect on the ZNRs that is dictated by the EG along with the high surface area-to-volume ratio. The findings in the present study suggest new avenues to control the growth of n-ZnO nanostructures and enhance the performance of their sensing devices. PMID:26861342

  20. Effect of magnetic field on the donor impurity in CdTe/Cd{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te quantum well wire

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    Kalpana, P.; Nithiananthi, P.; Jayakumar, K.; Reuben, A. Merwyn Jasper D.

    2016-05-23

    The donor impurity binding energy in CdTe / Cd{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te QWW with square well confinement along x – direction and parabolic confinement along y – direction under the influence of externally applied magnetic field has been computed using variational principle in the effective mass approximation. The spin polaronic shift has also been computed. The results are presented and discussed.

  1. Analytical results for semiconductor quantum-well wire: Plasmons, shallow impurity states, and mobility

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    Gold, A.; Ghazali, A.

    1990-04-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the electronic properties of a quasi-one-dimensional electron system at very low temperature. For a cylindrical quantum wire the electron-impurity interaction and the electron-electron interaction is calculated for a two-subband model. Our analytical results for the electron-impurity and the electron-electron interaction are in good agreement with the exact results for our model. Analytical results for the band bending due to the filling of the lowest subband are evaluated. Within our analytical results we discuss various aspects of the electronic properties of the semiconductor quantum wire: screening (intrasubband and intersubband plasmons), shallow impurity states (screened and unscreened), and mobility (ionized-impurity scattering and interface-roughness scattering). Analytical expressions are given for the dispersion of plasmons, the binding energies of shallow impurities, and the mobility. Our results on intersubband plasmons are compared with experiments.

  2. Relative influence of surface states and bulk impurities on the electrical properties of Ge nanowires.

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    Zhang, Shixiong; Hemesath, Eric R; Perea, Daniel E; Wijaya, Edy; Lensch-Falk, Jessica L; Lauhon, Lincoln J

    2009-09-01

    We quantitatively examine the relative influence of bulk impurities and surface states on the electrical properties of Ge nanowires with and without phosphorus (P) doping. The unintentional impurity concentration in nominally undoped Ge nanowires is less than 2 x 10(17) cm(-3) as determined by atom probe tomography. Surprisingly, P doping of approximately 10(18) cm(-3) reduces the nanowire conductivity by 2 orders of magnitude. By modeling the contributions of dopants, impurities, and surface states, we confirm that the conductivity of nominally undoped Ge nanowires is mainly due to surface state induced hole accumulation rather than impurities introduced by catalyst. In P-doped nanowires, the surface states accept the electrons generated by the P dopants, reducing the conductivity and leading to ambipolar behavior. In contrast, intentional surface-doping results in a high conductivity and recovery of n-type characteristics.

  3. Long-range ferromagnetic order induced by a donor impurity band exchange in SnO{sub 2}:Er{sup 3+} nanoparticles

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    Aragón, F. H.; Coaquira, J. A. H.; Chitta, V. A.; Hidalgo, P.; Brito, H. F.

    2013-11-28

    In this work, the structural and magnetic properties of Er-doped SnO{sub 2} (SnO{sub 2}:Er) nanoparticles are reported. The SnO{sub 2}:Er nanoparticles have been synthesized by a polymer precursor method with Er content from 1.0% to 10.0%. X-ray diffraction results indicate the formation of only the rutile-type structure in all samples. The estimated mean crystallite size shows a decrease from ∼10 to ∼4 nm when the Er content is increased from 1.0% to 10.0%. The particle size values have been corroborated by transmission electron microscopy technique. The thermal dependence of the magnetization is consistent with the 3+ oxidation state of erbium ions for all samples. A strong paramagnetic-like behavior coexisting with a ferromagnetic phase has been determined for samples with Er content below 5.0%. Above this concentration, only a paramagnetic behavior has been determined. Isothermal magnetization curves are consistent with the occurrence of long-range ferromagnetic order mediated by donor electrons forming bound magnetic polarons which overlap to produce a spin-split impurity band.

  4. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2017-03-01

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id‧-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id‧-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id‧-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry.

  5. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2017-01-01

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id′-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id′-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id′-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry. PMID:28281570

  6. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters.

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M

    2017-03-10

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id'-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id'-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id'-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry.

  7. The beauty of impurities: Two revivals of Friedel's virtual bound-state concept

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    Georges, Antoine

    2016-03-01

    Jacques Friedel pioneered the theoretical study of impurities and magnetic impurities in metals. He discovered Friedel oscillations, introduced the concept of virtual bound-state, and demonstrated that the charge on the impurity is related to the scattering phase-shift at the Fermi level (Friedel sum-rule). After a brief review of some of these concepts, I describe how they proved useful in two new contexts. The first one concerns the Coulomb blockade in quantum dots, and its suppression by the Kondo effect. The second one is the dynamical mean-field theory of strong electronic correlations.

  8. Charge state of sputtered impurity ions near a limiter or divertor in a tokamak

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    Boley, C.D.; Brooks, J.N.; Kim, Y.K.

    1983-03-01

    Many impurity atoms sputtered from a limiter or divertor plate are ionized in the scrapeoff zone and return to the sputtering surface bacause of friction with incoming plasma ions. The final charge state attained by such impurities has been calculated for a variety of plasma edge conditions. The surface materials considered are tungsten, beryllium, beryllium oxide, and carbon. Estimates of the successive ionization cross sections for tungsten are developed. In all cases examined, returning impurity ions are found to be multiply ionized. This implies a significant energy gain in the sheath region, with important implications for self-sputtering of redeposited surface material.

  9. Charge, quantum state, and energy distributions of impurities released in plasma-wall interaction processes

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    Gruen, D.M.

    1981-01-01

    Conventional wisdom has it that total sputtering yields correlate with high Z-impurity levels found in fusion plasmas. The charge, quantum states and energy distributions of sputtered atoms have been virtually ignored in these considerations. Impurity transport from the wall or limiter to the plasma is, however, strongly influenced by these factors which may play a crucial role in determining impurity levels in the deeper plasma regions. Preliminary calculations have shown that positively charged impurities would most likely be redeposited on their surfaces of origin. The conditions leading to charged or excited state atoms emission and the energy distributions of such species are reviewed. Techniques for measuring these quantities are discussed and the need for a wider data base in this field is pointed out.

  10. Electronic structure, donor and acceptor transitions, and magnetism of 3d impurities in In2O3 and ZnO

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    Raebiger, Hannes; Lany, Stephan; Zunger, Alex

    2009-04-01

    3d transition impurities in wide-gap oxides may function as donor/acceptor defects to modify carrier concentrations, and as magnetic elements to induce collective magnetism. Previous first-principles calculations have been crippled by the LDA error, where the occupation of the 3d -induced levels is incorrect due to spurious charge spilling into the misrepresented host conduction band, and have only considered magnetism and carrier doping separately. We employ a band-structure-corrected theory, and present simultaneously the chemical trends for electronic properties, carrier doping, and magnetism along the series of 3d1-3d8 transition-metal impurities in the representative wide-gap oxide hosts In2O3 and ZnO. We find that most 3d impurities in In2O3 are amphoteric, whereas in ZnO, the early 3d ’s (Sc, Ti, and V) are shallow donors, and only the late 3d ’s (Co and Ni) have acceptor transitions. Long-range ferromagnetic interactions emerge due to partial filling of 3d resonances inside the conduction band and, in general, require electron doping from additional sources.

  11. Impurity trapped exciton states related to rare earth ions in crystals under high hydrostatic pressure

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    Grinberg, M. Mahlik, S.

    2013-01-15

    Emission related to rare earth ions in solids takes place usually due to 4f{sup n} {yields} 4f{sup n} and 4f{sup n-1}5d{sup 1} {yields} 4f{sup n} internal transitions. In the case of band to band excitation the effective energy transfer from the host to optically active impurity is required. Among other processes one of the possibilities is capturing of the electron at excited state and hole at the ground state of impurity. Localization of electron or hole at the dopand site creates a long range Coulomb potential that attracts the second carrier which then occupies the localized Rydberg-like states. Such a system can be considered as impurity trapped exciton. Usually impurity trapped exciton is a short living phenomenon which decays non-radiatively leaving the impurity ion in the excited state. However, in several compounds doped with Eu{sup 2+} the impurity trapped exciton states become stable and contribute to the radiative processes though anomalous luminescence that appears apart of the 4f{sup 7} {yields} 4f{sup 7} and 4f{sup 7}5d{sup 1} {yields} 5f{sup 7} emission. In this contribution pressure effect on energies of the 4f{sup n-1}5d{sup 1}{yields}5f{sup n} transitions in Ln doped oxides and fluorides as well as influence of pressure on the energy of impurity trapped exciton states is discussed. The latest results on high pressure investigations of luminescence related to Pr{sup 3+}, and Eu{sup 2+} in different lattices are reviewed.

  12. Hospitalizations Following Living Donor Nephrectomy in the United States

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    Goldfarb, David A.; Buccini, Laura D.; Rodrigue, James R.; Mandelbrot, Didier; Heaphy, Emily L. G.; Fatica, Richard A.; Poggio, Emilio D.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background and objectives Living donors represented 43% of United States kidney donors in 2012. Although research suggests minimal long-term consequences of donation, few comprehensive longitudinal studies for this population have been performed. The primary aims of this study were to examine the incidence, risk factors, and causes of rehospitalization following donation. Design, setting, participants, & measurements State Inpatient Databases (SID) compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality were used to identify living donors in four different states between 2005 and 2010 (n=4524). Multivariable survival models were used to examine risks for rehospitalization, and patient characteristics were compared with data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Outcomes among patients undergoing appendectomy (n=200,274), cholecystectomy (n=255,231), and nephrectomy for nonmetastatic carcinoma (n=1314) were contrasted. Results The study population was similar to United States donors (for SRTR and SID, respectively: mean age, 41 and 41 years; African Americans, 12% and 10%; women, 60% and 61%). The 3-year incidence of rehospitalization following donation was 11% for all causes and 9% excluding pregnancy-related hospitalizations. After censoring of models for pregnancy-related rehospitalizations, older age (adjusted hazard ratio [AHR], 1.02 per year; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.01 to 1.03), African American race (AHR, 2.16; 95% CI, 1.54 to 3.03), depression (AHR, 1.88; 95% CI, 1.12 to 3.14), hypothyroidism (AHR, 1.63; 95% CI, 1.06 to 2.49), and longer initial length of stay were related to higher rehospitalization rates among donors. Compared with living donors, adjusted risks for rehospitalizations were greater among patients undergoing appendectomy (AHR, 1.58; 95% CI, 1.42 to 1.75), cholecystectomy (AHR, 2.25; 95% CI, 2.03 to 2.50), and nephrectomy for nonmetastatic carcinoma (AHR, 2.95; 95% CI, 2.58 to 3.37). Risks for

  13. Variable Charge State Impurities in Coupled Kinetic Plasma-Kinetic Neutral Transport Simulations

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    Stotler, D. P.; Hager, R.; Kim, K.; Koskela, T.; Park, G.

    2015-11-01

    A previous version of the XGC0 neoclassical particle transport code with two fully stripped impurity species was used to study kinetic neoclassical transport in the DIII-D H-mode pedestal. To properly simulate impurities in the scrape-off layer and divertor and to account for radiative cooling, however, the impurity charge state distributions must evolve as the particles are transported into regions of different electron temperatures and densities. To do this, the charge state of each particle in XGC0 is included as a parameter in the list that represents the particle's location in phase space. Impurity ionizations and recombinations are handled with a dedicated collision routine. The associated radiative cooling is accumulated during the process and applied to the electron population later in the time step. The density profiles of the neutral impurities are simulated with the DEGAS 2 neutral transport code and then used as a background for electron impact ionization in XGC0 via a test particle Monte Carlo method analogous to that used for deuterium. This work supported by US DOE contracts DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  14. Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies in blood donors in Yucatan state, Mexico.

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    García-Montalvo, Beatriz

    2011-01-01

    Blood transfusion is the second most frequent way of Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) transmission in Latin American countries. Few data exists on the geographic distribution and prevalence of T. cruzi seropositive blood donors in Mexico. The objective was to document T. cruzi antibody distribution, and identify the regions with the highest prevalence of seropositive blood donors. the analyzed data was collected over a six-year period during blood donations made at the Central Blood Bank and at the transfusion services and donation modules of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) located in the Yucatan state. Trypanosoma cruzi antibody reactivity was determined in 86343 blood donors. Overall seroprevalence was 0.70 % (607/86 343). Since 2002 to 2004, the majority (58 %) of seropositive donors were rural residents, but since 2005 to 2007 the majority (56.6 %) were urban residents. The two highest seroprevalences by region were in the Metropolitan area (0.42 %) and in rural south Yucatan (0.09 %). Most seropositive donors resided in the municipality of Merida (60.3 %). seroprevalence distribution was heterogeneous during the study period but urban transmission has apparently surpassed rural transmission in recent years.

  15. Evolution of quasiparticle states with and without a Zn impurity in doped 122 iron pnictides

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    Pan, Lihua; Li, Jian; Tai, Yuan-Yen; Graf, Matthias J.; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Ting, C. S.

    2014-10-01

    Based on a minimal two-orbital model [Tai et al., Europhys. Lett. 103, 67001 (2013), 10.1209/0295-5075/103/67001], which captures the canonical electron-hole-doping phase diagram of the iron-pnictide BaFe2As2, we study the evolution of quasiparticle states as a function of doping using the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations with and without a single impurity. Analyzing the density of states of uniformly doped samples, we are able to identify the origin of the two superconducting gaps observed in optimally hole- or electron-doped systems. The local density of states (LDOS) is then examined near a single impurity in samples without antiferromagnetic order. The qualitative features of our results near the single impurity are consistent with a work based on a five-orbital model [T. Kariyado et al., J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 79, 083704 (2010), 10.1143/JPSJ.79.083704]. Some of the results are consistent with recent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy experiments. This further supports the validity of our two-orbital model in dealing with LDOS in the single-impurity problem. Finally, we investigate the evolution of the LDOS with doping near a single impurity in the unitary or strong scattering limit, such as Zn replacing Fe. The positions of the in-gap resonance peaks exhibited in our LDOS may indirectly reflect the evolution of the Fermi surface topology according to the phase diagram. Our prediction of in-gap states and the evolution of the LDOS near a strong scattering single impurity can be validated by further experiments probing the local quasiparticle spectrum.

  16. Partial phenotyping in voluntary blood donors of Gujarat State

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    Gajjar, Maitrey; Patel, Tarak; Bhatnagar, Nidhi; Patel, Kruti; Shah, Mamta; Prajapati, Amit

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Partial phenotyping of voluntary blood donors has vital role in transfusion practice, population genetic study and in resolving legal issues. The Rh blood group is one of the most complex and highly immunogenic blood group known in humans. The Kell system, discovered in 1946, is the third most potent system at triggering hemolytic transfusion reactions and consists of 25 highly immunogenic antigens. Knowledge of Rh & Kell phenotypes in given population is relevant for better planning and management of blood bank; the main goal is to find compatible blood for patients needing multiple blood transfusions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of Rh & Kell phenotype of voluntary donors in Gujarat state. Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted by taking 5670 samples from random voluntary blood donors coming in blood donation camp. Written consent was taken for donor phenotyping. The antigen typing of donors was performed by Qwalys-3(manufacturer: Diagast) by using electromagnetic technology on Duolys plates. Results: Out of 5670 donors, the most common Rh antigen observed in the study population was e (99.07%) followed by D (95.40%), C (88.77%), c (55.89%) and E (17.88%). The frequency of the Kell antigen (K) was 1.78 %. Discussion: The antigen frequencies among blood donors from Gujarat were compared with those published for other Indian populations. The frequency of D antigen in our study (95.4%) and north Indian donors (93.6) was significantly higher than in the Caucasians (85%) and lower than in the Chinese (99%). The frequencies of C, c and E antigens were dissimilar to other ethnic groups while the ‘e’ antigen was present in high frequency in our study as also in the other ethnic groups. Kell antigen (K) was found in only 101 (1.78 %) donors out of 5670. Frequency of Kell antigen in Caucasian and Black populations is 9% & 2% respectively. The most common Kell phenotype was K-k+, not just in Indians (96.5%) but also

  17. Partial phenotyping in voluntary blood donors of Gujarat State.

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    Gajjar, Maitrey; Patel, Tarak; Bhatnagar, Nidhi; Patel, Kruti; Shah, Mamta; Prajapati, Amit

    2016-01-01

    Partial phenotyping of voluntary blood donors has vital role in transfusion practice, population genetic study and in resolving legal issues. The Rh blood group is one of the most complex and highly immunogenic blood group known in humans. The Kell system, discovered in 1946, is the third most potent system at triggering hemolytic transfusion reactions and consists of 25 highly immunogenic antigens. Knowledge of Rh & Kell phenotypes in given population is relevant for better planning and management of blood bank; the main goal is to find compatible blood for patients needing multiple blood transfusions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of Rh & Kell phenotype of voluntary donors in Gujarat state. The present study was conducted by taking 5670 samples from random voluntary blood donors coming in blood donation camp. Written consent was taken for donor phenotyping. The antigen typing of donors was performed by Qwalys-3(manufacturer: Diagast) by using electromagnetic technology on Duolys plates. Out of 5670 donors, the most common Rh antigen observed in the study population was e (99.07%) followed by D (95.40%), C (88.77%), c (55.89%) and E (17.88%). The frequency of the Kell antigen (K) was 1.78 %. The antigen frequencies among blood donors from Gujarat were compared with those published for other Indian populations. The frequency of D antigen in our study (95.4%) and north Indian donors (93.6) was significantly higher than in the Caucasians (85%) and lower than in the Chinese (99%). The frequencies of C, c and E antigens were dissimilar to other ethnic groups while the 'e' antigen was present in high frequency in our study as also in the other ethnic groups. Kell antigen (K) was found in only 101 (1.78 %) donors out of 5670. Frequency of Kell antigen in Caucasian and Black populations is 9% & 2% respectively. The most common Kell phenotype was K-k+, not just in Indians (96.5%) but also in Caucasians (91%), Blacks (98%) and Chinese (100%). Phenotype

  18. Donor States in a Gallium ARSENIDE/GALLIUM(1-X) Aluminum(x)arsenide Quantum Well Wire of Circular Cross-Section

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    Oyoko, Hannington Odhiambo

    The present work considers the donor states in a GaAs/Ga_{1-x}Al_{x} As QWW of circular cross section. Several trial wave functions are used to describe the ground state of the donor impurity. Using these trial wave functions the binding energy of the donor impurity in the ground state is determined for the hydrogenic case epsilon(o), and for the non -hydrogenic case, epsilon(r). The binding energy for the first excited state is also determined using a trial wave function which is orthogonal to the ground state trial wave function. Here again the calculation is carried out for the hydrogenic case epsilon(o), and for the non -hydrogenic case epsilon(r). It is found that in the ground state the binding energy increases with decreasing QWW radius for both the hydrogenic (epsilon(o)) and non-hydrogenic (epsilon(r)) cases. However, the binding energy increases much more rapidly with QWW radius in the non-hydrogenic than in the hydrogenic case. The spatial dielectric function leads to substantially enhanced binding energy. For the first excited state the binding energy also increases with decreasing QWW radius but here the screening effect of epsilon(r) is negligible. It is seen from the present work that the binding energy of a donor in a GaAs/Ga_{1-x}Al_{x} As increases with decreasing QWW radius and that for the ground state binding energy it is sensitive to the screening effect of epsilon(r). This is because in the first excited state the donor electron does not approach the impurity ion as closely as in the ground state.

  19. Mapping the orbital structure of impurity bound states in a superconductor

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    Choi, Deung-Jang; Rubio-Verdú, Carmen; de Bruijckere, Joeri; Ugeda, Miguel M.; Lorente, Nicolás; Pascual, Jose Ignacio

    2017-05-01

    A magnetic atom inside a superconductor locally distorts superconductivity. It scatters Cooper pairs as a potential with broken time-reversal symmetry, leading to localized bound states with subgap excitation energies, named Shiba states. Most conventional approaches regarding Shiba states treat magnetic impurities as point scatterers with isotropic exchange interaction. Here, we show that the number and the shape of Shiba states are correlated to the spin-polarized atomic orbitals of the impurity, hybridized with the superconductor. Using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, we spatially map the five Shiba excitations found on subsurface chromium atoms in Pb(111), resolving their particle and hole components. While particle components resemble d orbitals of embedded Cr atoms, hole components differ strongly from them. Density functional theory simulations correlate the orbital shapes to the magnetic ground state of the atom, and identify scattering channels and interactions, all valuable tools for designing atomic-scale superconducting devices.

  20. Mapping the orbital structure of impurity bound states in a superconductor.

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    Choi, Deung-Jang; Rubio-Verdú, Carmen; de Bruijckere, Joeri; Ugeda, Miguel M; Lorente, Nicolás; Pascual, Jose Ignacio

    2017-05-08

    A magnetic atom inside a superconductor locally distorts superconductivity. It scatters Cooper pairs as a potential with broken time-reversal symmetry, leading to localized bound states with subgap excitation energies, named Shiba states. Most conventional approaches regarding Shiba states treat magnetic impurities as point scatterers with isotropic exchange interaction. Here, we show that the number and the shape of Shiba states are correlated to the spin-polarized atomic orbitals of the impurity, hybridized with the superconductor. Using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, we spatially map the five Shiba excitations found on subsurface chromium atoms in Pb(111), resolving their particle and hole components. While particle components resemble d orbitals of embedded Cr atoms, hole components differ strongly from them. Density functional theory simulations correlate the orbital shapes to the magnetic ground state of the atom, and identify scattering channels and interactions, all valuable tools for designing atomic-scale superconducting devices.

  1. Edge states and local electronic structure around an adsorbed impurity in a topological superconductor

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    Tai, Yuan-Yen; Choi, Hongchul; Ahmed, Towfiq; Ting, C. S.; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2015-11-01

    Recently, topological superconducting states have attracted much interest. In this paper, we consider a topological superconductor with Z2 topological mirror order [Y.-Y. Tai et al., Phys. Rev. B 91, 041111(R) (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.041111] and s±-wave superconducting pairing symmetry, within a two-orbital model originally designed for iron-based superconductivity [Y.-Y. Tai et al., Europhys. Lett. 103, 67001 (2013), 10.1209/0295-5075/103/67001]. We predict the existence of gapless edge states. We also study the local electronic structure around an adsorbed interstitial magnetic impurity in the system, and find the existence of low-energy in-gap bound states even with a weak spin polarization on the impurity. We also discuss the relevance of our results to a recent scanning tunneling microscopy experiment on a Fe(Te,Se) compound with an adsorbed Fe impurity [J.-X. Yin et al., Nat. Phys. 11, 543 (2015), 10.1038/nphys3371], for which our density functional calculations show the Fe impurity is spin polarized.

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

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

    2009-07-01

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

  3. An impurity-induced gap system as a quantum data bus for quantum state transfer

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    Chen, Bing; Li, Yong; Song, Z.; Sun, C.-P.

    2014-09-01

    We introduce a tight-binding chain with a single impurity to act as a quantum data bus for perfect quantum state transfer. Our proposal is based on the weak coupling limit of the two outermost quantum dots to the data bus, which is a gapped system induced by the impurity. By connecting two quantum dots to two sites of the data bus, the system can accomplish a high-fidelity and long-distance quantum state transfer. Numerical simulations for finite system show that the numerical and analytical results of the effective coupling strength agree well with each other. Moreover, we study the robustness of this quantum communication protocol in the presence of disorder in the couplings between the nearest-neighbor quantum dots. We find that the gap of the system plays an important role in robust quantum state transfer.

  4. An impurity-induced gap system as a quantum data bus for quantum state transfer

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    Chen, Bing; Li, Yong; Song, Z.; Sun, C.-P.

    2014-09-15

    We introduce a tight-binding chain with a single impurity to act as a quantum data bus for perfect quantum state transfer. Our proposal is based on the weak coupling limit of the two outermost quantum dots to the data bus, which is a gapped system induced by the impurity. By connecting two quantum dots to two sites of the data bus, the system can accomplish a high-fidelity and long-distance quantum state transfer. Numerical simulations for finite system show that the numerical and analytical results of the effective coupling strength agree well with each other. Moreover, we study the robustness of this quantum communication protocol in the presence of disorder in the couplings between the nearest-neighbor quantum dots. We find that the gap of the system plays an important role in robust quantum state transfer.

  5. Molecular Bound States of Supercritical Charged Impurities on Graphene

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    Velizhanin, Kirill; Adamska, Lyudmyla; Solenov, Dmitry

    2015-03-01

    Functionalization of graphene by chemical groups/atoms allows one to tune its electronic, chemical and mechanical properties. For example, metallic adatoms (e.g., Li, Ca, Y) can be important in applications ranging from hydrogen storage to superconductivity. Such adatoms bind ionically to graphene and the resulting positive ions move along graphene relatively freely, so understanding the energetics of their interaction with graphene and between each other becomes critical for assessing stability of resulting materials in practical applications. It has recently been demonstrated that ions with charge greater than Z ~ 1 induce a very peculiar non-linear electronic polarization of graphene, which is reminiscent to the Dirac vacuum reconstruction around superheavy nuclei. In our work we demonstrate that such non-linear polarization qualitatively changes not only graphene electronic structure but also the energetics of the effective graphene-mediated interaction between such ions. In my talk, I will discuss the properties of such effective interaction and its dependence on various parameters of the system. In particular, I will report on our finding that molecular bound states of supercritically charged ions can be formed on graphene at certain conditions. This work was performed under the NNSA of the U.S. DOE at LANL under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  6. Two-electron bound states near a Coulomb impurity in gapped graphene

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    De Martino, Alessandro; Egger, Reinhold

    2017-02-01

    We formulate and solve the perhaps simplest two-body bound-state problem for interacting Dirac fermions in two spatial dimensions. A two-body bound state is predicted for gapped graphene monolayers in the presence of weakly repulsive electron-electron interactions and a Coulomb impurity with charge Z e >0 , where the most interesting case corresponds to Z =1 . We introduce a variational Chandrasekhar-Dirac spinor wave function and show the existence of at least one bound state. This state leaves clear signatures accessible by scanning tunneling microscopy. One may thereby obtain direct information about the strength of electron-electron interactions in graphene.

  7. Resonance states and beating pattern induced by quantum impurity scattering in Weyl/Dirac semimetals

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    Zheng, Shi-Han; Wang, Rui-Qiang; Zhong, Min; Duan, Hou-Jian

    2016-11-01

    Currently, Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are drawing great interest as a new topological nontrivial phase. When most of the studies concentrated on the clean host WSMs, it is expected that the dirty WSM system would present rich physics due to the interplay between the WSM states and the impurities embedded inside these materials. We investigate theoretically the change of local density of states in three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl bulk states scattered off a quantum impurity. It is found that the quantum impurity scattering can create nodal resonance and Kondo peak/dip in the host bulk states, remarkably modifying the pristine spectrum structure. Moreover, the joint effect of the separation of Weyl nodes and the Friedel interference oscillation causes the unique battering feature. We in detail an- alyze the different contribution from the intra- and inter-node scattering processes and present various scenarios as a consequence of competition between them. Importantly, these behaviors are sensitive significantly to the displacement of Weyl nodes in energy or momentum, from which the distinctive fingerprints can be extracted to identify various semimetal materials experimentally by employing the scanning tunneling microscope.

  8. Resonance states and beating pattern induced by quantum impurity scattering in Weyl/Dirac semimetals

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    Zheng, Shi-Han; Wang, Rui-Qiang; Zhong, Min; Duan, Hou-Jian

    2016-01-01

    Currently, Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are drawing great interest as a new topological nontrivial phase. When most of the studies concentrated on the clean host WSMs, it is expected that the dirty WSM system would present rich physics due to the interplay between the WSM states and the impurities embedded inside these materials. We investigate theoretically the change of local density of states in three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl bulk states scattered off a quantum impurity. It is found that the quantum impurity scattering can create nodal resonance and Kondo peak/dip in the host bulk states, remarkably modifying the pristine spectrum structure. Moreover, the joint effect of the separation of Weyl nodes and the Friedel interference oscillation causes the unique battering feature. We in detail an- alyze the different contribution from the intra- and inter-node scattering processes and present various scenarios as a consequence of competition between them. Importantly, these behaviors are sensitive significantly to the displacement of Weyl nodes in energy or momentum, from which the distinctive fingerprints can be extracted to identify various semimetal materials experimentally by employing the scanning tunneling microscope. PMID:27808262

  9. Strong suppression of impurity accumulation in steady-state hydrogen discharges with high power NBI heating on LHD

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    Nakamura, Y.; Tamura, N.; Yoshinuma, M.; Suzuki, C.; Yoshimura, S.; Kobayashi, M.; Yokoyama, M.; Nunami, M.; Nakata, M.; Nagaoka, K.; Tanaka, K.; Peterson, B. J.; Ida, K.; Osakabe, M.; Morisaki, T.; the LHD Experiment Group

    2017-05-01

    Strong suppression of impurity accumulation is observed in long pulse hydrogen discharges with high power NBI (neutral beam injection) heating (P nbi  >  10 MW) on the large helical device (LHD), even in the impurity accumulation window where the intrinsic impurities such as Fe and C are always accumulated into the plasma core. Density scan experiments in these discharges demonstrate to vanish the window and a new operational regime without impurity accumulation is found in steady state hydrogen discharges. Impurity pinch decreases with increasing ion temperature gradient and carbon Mach number. The peaking of the measured carbon profiles shows strong anti-correlations with the Mach number and its radial gradient. An external torque has a big impact on impurity transport and strong co-current rotation leads to an extremely hollow carbon profile, so-called ‘impurity hole’ observed in high ion temperature modes. Impurity pinch in the plasmas with net zero torque input (balanced NBI injection) is also strongly reduced by increasing ion temperature gradient, which can drive turbulent modes. The combination effect of turbulence and toroidal rotation plays an important role in the impurity transport.

  10. Impurity induced bond-softening and defect states in ZnO:Cu

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    Samanta, Kousik; Arora, A. K.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-08-01

    Phonons and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO have been investigated using micro-Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Two new modes found in Raman spectra are assigned to Cu-O impurity vibrations analogous to polar A1 and E1 modes of ZnO on the basis of a Cu-O force constant lower than that of the Zn-O bond. The reduction in the frequencies of the nonpolar E2 modes also appears to arise due to softening of the mixed crystal. In the PL spectrum at 80 K a prominent blue emission arises due to Cu-related intraband transitions. Temperature dependent PL spectrum confirms the existence of donor acceptor pair transition at 3.305 eV in ZnO:Cu system.

  11. Resonant impurity states in chemically disordered half-Heusler Dirac semimetals

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    Chadova, K.; Ködderitzsch, D.; Minár, J.; Ebert, H.; Kiss, J.; D'Souza, S. W.; Wollmann, L.; Felser, C.; Chadov, S.

    2016-05-01

    We address the electron transport characteristics in bulk half-Heusler alloys with their compositions tuned to the borderline between topologically nontrivial semimetallic and trivial semiconducting phases. Accurate first-principles calculations based on the coherent potential approximation (CPA) reveal that all the studied systems exhibit sets of dispersionless impurity-like resonant levels, with one of them being located at the Dirac point. By means of the Kubo-Bastin formalism we reveal that the residual conductivity of these alloys is strongly suppressed by impurity scattering, whereas the spin Hall conductivity exhibits a rather complex behavior induced by the resonant states. In particular for LaPt0.5Pd0.5Bi we find that the total spin Hall conductivity is strongly suppressed by two large and opposite contributions: the negative Fermi-surface contribution produced by the resonant impurity and the positive Fermi-sea term stemming from the occupied states. At the same time, we identify no conductivity contributions from the conical states.

  12. Tunneling observation of Tl quasi-localized impurity states in superconductive semiconductor Pb(Tl) Te

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    Murakami, Hironaru; Hattori, Wataru; Mizomata, Yoichi; Aoki, Ryozo

    1996-02-01

    The superconductivity of Pb(Tl) Te has shown a possibility of strong correlation with the resonance scattering of carriers with quasi-localized Tl impurity states. In order to detect the quasi-localized states directly, tunneling spectrum observation was carried out with use of several planar and point-contact junctions on well-defined HWE film samples. As a result, two quasi-localized Tl impurity states, QL1 and QL2 at an interval of 13-15 meV, were reproducibly observed on the spectra. Comparing these two states among the spectra observed on the samples with homogeneous Tl distribution, it is found that the upper QL1 state shows a half-width of ΓQL1 = 6±1 meV which is about a half of Γ QL2 for the second QL2 state. This result means the occurrence of stronger resonance scattering with the QL1 state, and shows a degree of consistency with the electrical transport characteristics as had been reported [1]. A larger enhancement in superconducting Tc had actually been observed at the upper QL1 state rather than at the QL2 state. The obtained results strongly support the resonance scattering model for the superconductivity in this Pb(Tl) Te system.

  13. Asymptotic behavior of impurity-induced bound states in low-dimensional topological superconductors

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    Kaladzhyan, V.; Bena, C.; Simon, P.

    2016-12-01

    We study theoretically the asymptotic behavior of the Shiba bound states associated with magnetic impurities embedded in both 2D and 1D anomalous superconductors. We calculate analytically the spatial dependence of the local density of states together with the spin polarization associated with the Shiba bound states. We show that the latter quantity exhibits drastic differences between s-wave and different types of p-wave superconductors. Such properties, which could be measured using spin-polarized STM, offer therefore a way to discriminate between singlet and triplet pairing in low-dimensional superconductors, as well as a way to estimate the amplitude of the triplet pairing in these systems.

  14. Asymptotic behavior of impurity-induced bound states in low-dimensional topological superconductors.

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    Kaladzhyan, V; Bena, C; Simon, P

    2016-12-07

    We study theoretically the asymptotic behavior of the Shiba bound states associated with magnetic impurities embedded in both 2D and 1D anomalous superconductors. We calculate analytically the spatial dependence of the local density of states together with the spin polarization associated with the Shiba bound states. We show that the latter quantity exhibits drastic differences between s-wave and different types of p-wave superconductors. Such properties, which could be measured using spin-polarized STM, offer therefore a way to discriminate between singlet and triplet pairing in low-dimensional superconductors, as well as a way to estimate the amplitude of the triplet pairing in these systems.

  15. Efficient DMFT impurity solver using real-time dynamics with matrix product states

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    Ganahl, Martin; Aichhorn, Markus; Evertz, Hans Gerd; Thunström, Patrik; Held, Karsten; Verstraete, Frank

    2015-10-01

    We propose to calculate spectral functions of quantum impurity models using the time evolving block decimation (TEBD) for matrix product states. The resolution of the spectral function is improved by a so-called linear prediction approach. We apply the method as an impurity solver within the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) for the single- and two-band Hubbard model on the Bethe lattice. For the single-band model, we observe sharp features at the inner edges of the Hubbard bands. A finite-size scaling shows that they remain present in the thermodynamic limit. We analyze the real time-dependence of the double occupation after adding a single electron and observe oscillations at the same energy as the sharp feature in the Hubbard band, indicating a long-lived coherent superposition of states that correspond to the Kondo peak and the side peaks. For a two-band Hubbard model, we observe an even richer structure in the Hubbard bands, which cannot be related to a multiplet structure of the impurity, in addition to sharp excitations at the band edges of a type similar to the single-band case.

  16. Superconducting Order Parameters with Sign Changes: the Density of States and Impurity Scattering.

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    Preosti, Gianfranco; Muzikar, Paul

    1996-03-01

    We(Gianfranco Preosti is now at: MSD Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439.) compute N_s(E) for a family of superconducting order parameters with sign changes at the Fermi surface, and find surprising results. We consider all Δ(hatk) such that Δ(hatk) = + Δ0 on part of the Fermi surface, and Δ(hatk) = - Δ0 on the rest, yielding an average of <Δ(hatk)> = rΔ_0, where 0 <= r <= 1. For 0 < r < 1, as the impurity concentration increases, the number of low-lying states increases, and the superconductor becomes gapless. As the impurity concentration is further increased, the gap in the spectrum is restored, and N_s(E) approaches the pure limit BCS form, with a renormalized gap.

  17. Impurity states in the magnetic topological insulator V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3

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    Peixoto, Thiago R. F.; Bentmann, Hendrik; Schreyeck, Steffen; Winnerlein, Martin; Seibel, Christoph; Maaß, Henriette; Al-Baidhani, Mohammed; Treiber, Katharina; Schatz, Sonja; Grauer, Stefan; Gould, Charles; Brunner, Karl; Ernst, Arthur; Molenkamp, Laurens W.; Reinert, Friedrich

    2016-11-01

    The ferromagnetic topological insulator V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 has been recently reported as a quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) system. Yet the microscopic origins of the QAH effect and the ferromagnetism remain unclear. One key aspect is the contribution of the V atoms to the electronic structure. Here the valence band of V :(Bi,Sb ) 2Te3 thin films was probed in an element-specific way by resonant photoemission spectroscopy. The signature of the V 3 d impurity band was extracted and exhibits a high density of states near the Fermi level, in agreement with spin-polarized first-principles calculations. Our results indicate the occurrence of a ferromagnetic superexchange interaction mediated by the observed impurity band, contributing to the ferromagnetism in this system.

  18. Observation of the symmetry of core states of a single Fe impurity in GaAs

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    Bocquel, J.; Kortan, V. R.; Campion, R. P.; Gallagher, B. L.; Flatté, M. E.; Koenraad, P. M.

    2017-08-01

    We report the direct observation of two mid-gap core d states of differing symmetry for a single Fe atom embedded in GaAs. These states are distinguished by the strength of their hybridization with the surrounding host electronic structure. The midgap state of Fe that does not hybridize via σ bonding is strongly localized to the Fe atom, whereas the other, which does, is extended and comparable in size to other acceptor states. Tight-binding calculations of these midgap states agree with the spatial structure of the measured wave functions and illustrate that such measurements can determine the degree of hybridization via π bonding of impurity d states. These single-dopant midgap states with strong d character, which are intrinsically spin-orbit-entangled, provide an opportunity for probing and manipulating local magnetism and may be of use for high-speed electrical control of single spins.

  19. The effect of magnetic field on the impurity binding energy of shallow donor impurities in a Ga1−xInxNyAs1−y/GaAs quantum well

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    2012-01-01

    Using a variational approach, we have investigated the effects of the magnetic field, the impurity position, and the nitrogen and indium concentrations on impurity binding energy in a Ga1−xInxNyAs1−y/GaAs quantum well. Our calculations have revealed the dependence of impurity binding on the applied magnetic field, the impurity position, and the nitrogen and indium concentrations. PMID:23095253

  20. Excitonic Insulator State of the Extended Falicov-Kimball Model in the Cluster Dynamical Impurity Approximation

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    Hamada, Kosuke; Kaneko, Tatsuya; Miyakoshi, Shohei; Ohta, Yukinori

    2017-07-01

    We comparatively study the excitonic insulator state in the extended Falicov-Kimball model (EFKM, a spinless two-band model) on the two-dimensional square lattice using the variational cluster approximation (VCA) and the cluster dynamical impurity approximation (CDIA). In the latter, the particle-bath sites are included in the reference cluster to take into account the particle-number fluctuations in the correlation sites. We thus calculate the particle-number distribution, order parameter, ground-state phase diagram, anomalous Green's function, and pair coherence length, thereby demonstrating the usefulness of the CDIA in the discussion of the excitonic condensation in the EFKM.

  1. Effects of spin-orbit coupling on zero-energy bound states localized at magnetic impurities in multiband superconductors

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    Seo, Kangjun; Sau, Jay D.; Tewari, Sumanta

    2017-05-01

    We investigate the effect of spin-orbit coupling on the in-gap bound states localized at magnetic impurities in multiband superconductors with unconventional (sign-changed) and conventional (sign-unchanged) s -wave pairing symmetry, which may be relevant to iron-based superconductors. Without spin-orbit coupling, for spin-singlet superconductors it is known that such bound states cross zero energy at a critical value of the impurity scattering strength and acquire a finite spin polarization. Moreover, the degenerate, spin-polarized, zero-energy bound states are unstable to applied Zeeman fields as well as a deviation of the impurity scattering strength away from criticality. Using a T -matrix formalism as well as analytical arguments, we show that, in the presence of spin-orbit coupling, the zero-energy bound states localized at magnetic impurities in unconventional, sign-changed, s -wave superconductors acquire surprising robustness to applied Zeeman fields and variation in the impurity scattering strength, an effect which is absent in the conventional, sign-unchanged, s -wave superconductors. Given that the iron-based multiband superconductors may possess a substantial spin-orbit coupling as seen in recent experiments, our results may provide one possible explanation to the recent observation of surprisingly robust zero bias scanning tunneling microscope peaks localized at magnetic impurities in iron-based superconductors provided the order parameter symmetry is sign changing s+--wave.

  2. Impurity-induced bound states inside the superconducting gap of FeSe

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    Jiao, Lin; Rößler, Sahana; Koz, Cevriye; Schwarz, Ulrich; Kasinathan, Deepa; Rößler, Ulrich K.; Wirth, Steffen

    2017-09-01

    We investigate the local density of states in the vicinity of a native dumbbell defect arising from an Fe vacancy in FeSe single crystals. The tunneling spectra close to the impurity display two bound states inside the superconducting gap, equally spaced with respect to zero energy but asymmetric in amplitude. Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations on realistic slab models with an Fe vacancy, we show that such a defect does not induce a local magnetic moment. Therefore, the dumbbell defect is considered as nonmagnetic. Thus, the in-gap bound states emerging from a nonmagnetic defect-induced pair breaking suggest a sign-changing pairing state in this material.

  3. Tight-binding analysis of the electronic states in AlAs with N isoelectronic impurities

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    Jo, M.; Mano, T.; Sakuma, Y.; Sakoda, K.

    2014-03-28

    Incorporation of nitrogen (N) atoms into III–V semiconductors significantly changes their electronic structures. The aim of this study was to assess the electronic states in AlAs that contained N impurities. An sp{sup 3}s{sup *} tight-binding model along with valence-force-field strain calculations were used to obtain the energy levels in N-doped AlAs. The calculations showed that an isolated N atom formed a resonant state above the conduction band edge in AlAs. In contrast, NN{sub 1}[110] and NN{sub 4}[220] pairs formed bound states inside the band gap. The formation of two bound states was consistent with the photoluminescence spectrum of N δ-doped AlAs.

  4. Donor-impurity-related second and third harmonic generation and optical absorption in GaAs-(Ga,Al)As 3D coupled quantum dot-rings under applied electric field

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    Duque, C. A.; Mora-Ramos, M. E.; Correa, J. D.

    2015-11-01

    The features of some donor-impurity-related nonlinear optical properties in coupled dot-ring nanostructures are investigated with the use of the effective mass and parabolic band approximations. The electron confinement is modeled via a recently reported analytical potential, and the influence of an externally applied static electric field is taken into account. The results show that the increase in the applied field strength causes the blueshift of all the optical responses considered, whereas they can be redshifted or blueshifted depending of the impurity position. For the parameters and interlevel transitions considered in this work, the third harmonic generation is absent when the impurity moves along the same direction of the polarization of the incident resonant radiation.

  5. HIV screening practices for living organ donors, New York State, 2010: need for standard policies.

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    Kwan, Candice K; Al-Samarrai, Teeb; Smith, Lou C; Sabharwal, Charulata J; Valente, Kim A; Torian, Lucia V; McMurdo, Lisa M; Shepard, Colin W; Brooks, John T; Kuehnert, Matthew J

    2012-10-01

    Our survey of kidney and liver transplant centers in New York State found a wide variation among transplant centers in evaluation and screening for HIV risk and infection among prospective living donors. Survey results underscore the need to standardize practices. A recent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a living donor to a kidney recipient revealed a possible limitation in existing screening protocols for HIV infection in living donors. We surveyed kidney and liver transplant centers (N = 18) in New York State to assess HIV screening protocols for living donors. Although most transplant centers evaluated HIV risk behaviors in living donors, evaluation practices varied widely, as did the extent of HIV testing and prevention counseling. All centers screened living donors for serologic evidence of HIV infection, either during initial evaluation or ≥1 month before surgery; however, only 50% of transplant centers repeated HIV testing within 14 days before surgery for all donors or donors with specific risk behaviors. Forty-four percent of transplant centers used HIV nucleic acid testing (NAT) to screen either all donors or donors with recognized risk behaviors, and 55% never performed HIV NAT. Results suggest the need to standardize evaluation of HIV risk behaviors and prevention counseling in New York State to prevent acquisition of HIV by prospective living organ donors, and to conduct HIV antibody testing and NAT as close to the time of donation as possible to prevent HIV transmission to recipients.

  6. Impurity-Induced Local Magnetism and Density of States in the Superconducting State of YBa2Cu3O7

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    Ouazi, S.; Bobroff, J.; Alloul, H.; Le Tacon, M.; Blanchard, N.; Collin, G.; Julien, M. H.; Horvatić, M.; Berthier, C.

    2006-03-01

    O17 NMR is used to probe the local influence of nonmagnetic Zn and magnetic Ni impurities in the superconducting state of optimally doped high TC YBa2Cu3O7. Zn and Ni induce a staggered paramagnetic polarization, similar to that evidenced above TC, with a typical extension ξ=3 cell units for Zn and ξ≥3 for Ni. In addition, Zn is observed to induce a local density of states near the Fermi energy in its neighborhood, which also decays over about 3 cell units. Its magnitude decreases sharply with increasing temperature. This allows direct comparison with the STM observations done in BiSCCO.

  7. Impurity effects on the d-wave state of the pair tunneling mechanism for high-T{sub c} superconductors

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    Bang, Y.

    1998-01-01

    We consider the impurity effects on the d-wave state in Anderson{close_quote}s interlayer pair tunneling (IPT) mechanism for high-T{sub c} superconductors. We found that the change of density of states and the T{sub c} suppression with impurities are qualitatively the same as the conventional BCS-type d-wave theory despite different gap equations. In particular, for the T{sub c} suppression with the in-plane impurities we solve the T{sub c} equation of the IPT mechanism explicitly including strong inelastic scattering [{Sigma}{sup {double_prime}}{approximately}{alpha}({h_bar}w+{pi}k{sub B}T)]. As expected, the effect of impurities for the T{sub c} suppression is strongly reduced by inelastic scattering and the results can fit most of the experimental data by varying the impurity scattering strength. The insensitivity of T{sub c} with the out-of-plane rare-earth impurities is shown to be consistent with the IPT mechanism. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. Impurity effect on entanglement asymptotic state in one-dimensional Ising system coupled to a dissipative environment

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    Sadiek, G.

    2017-07-01

    We consider a finite one-dimensional Ising spin chain under the influence of a dissipative Lindblad environment obeying the Born-Markovian constrain in presence of an external magnetic field with open boundary conditions. We study the effect of a single impurity, located at the terminal or center of the chain, on the time evolution and asymptotic steady state of the bipartite entanglement in the chain starting from a maximally entangled initial state. We found that the impurity has a significant effect on the bipartite entanglement of its nearest spins and can be used to tune their steady state value but has almost no noticeable impact on the far ones. At finite temperature, the thermal excitations suppress the dynamics of the system and reduce the value of the steady state and may completely wipe it out as the temperature is increased, which eliminates the effect of the impurity in that case.

  9. Study of donor Al impurity state in ZnO by fullerene like model

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    Ovsiannikova, L.; Dranchuk, M.; Lashkarev, G.; Kartuzov, V.; Godlewski, M.

    2017-07-01

    In this article the fullerene like Zn32Al4O36 cluster was investigated. The optimized geometry, cohesive and electronic properties of this cluster with different distribution of Al-O pairs were studied. The defect formation energies (VZn, Oi) and Al ionization energies were calculated. Analysis of the defects formation energies shows the smaller formation energy of interstitial Oi in a comparison with a formation of Zn vacancy. This allows to formulate recommendations for technological conditions of films deposition, with improved electroactivity.

  10. Distribution of impurity states and charge transport in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby nanocomposites

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    Liu, Yuanfeng; Makongo, Julien P. A.; Page, Alexander; Sahoo, Pranati; Uher, Ctirad; Stokes, Kevin; Poudeu, Pierre F. P.

    2016-02-01

    Energy filtering of charge carriers in a semiconducting matrix using atomically coherent nanostructures can lead to a significant improvement of the thermoelectric figure of merit of the resulting composite. In this work, several half-Heusler/full-Heusler (HH/FH) nanocomposites with general compositions Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby (0≤x≤0.15 and y=0.005, 0.01 and 0.025) were synthesized in order to investigate the behavior of extrinsic carriers at the HH/FH interfaces. Electronic transport data showed that energy filtering of carriers at the HH/FH interfaces in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby samples strongly depends on the doping level (y value) as well as the energy levels occupied by impurity states in the samples. For example, it was found that carrier filtering at HH/FH interfaces is negligible in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby (y=0.01 and 0.025) composites where donor states originating from Sb dopant dominate electronic conduction. However, we observed a drastic decrease in the effective carrier density upon introduction of HH/FH interfaces for the mechanically alloyed Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn0.995Sb0.005 samples where donor states from unintentional Fe impurities contribute the largest fraction of conduction electrons. This work demonstrates the ability to synergistically integrate the concepts of doping and energy filtering through nanostructuring for the optimization of electronic transport in semiconductors.

  11. Ground State Properties and Localized Excited States around a Magnetic Impurity Described by the Anisotropic s- d Interaction in Superconductivity

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    Yoshioka, Tomoki; Ohashi, Yoji

    1998-04-01

    We investigate the electronic state around a magnetic impurity in thesuperconductivity in order to clarify how the anisotropy of thes-d interaction works in the presence of the superconductingenergy gap. Using the numerical renormalization group method, weobtain regions induced by the anisotropy where two localizedexcited states with different energies appear at the same time; theycannot obtain as far as the isotropic interaction is considered. Thismeans that the anisotropy of the s-d interaction works relevantlyin some cases in the superconducting state. We also examine whether ornot the bound state energy for the anisotropic and antiferromagnetics-d interaction is scaled by T K/Δ (T K: Kondotemperature, Δ: superconducting order parameter), and find thatit does not hold in the regions with two bound states.

  12. Phase diagram of dirty two-band superconductors and observability of impurity-induced s +i s state

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    Silaev, Mihail; Garaud, Julien; Babaev, Egor

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the phase diagram of dirty two-band superconductors. This paper primarily focuses on the properties and observability of the time-reversal symmetry-breaking s +i s superconducting states, which can be generated in two-band superconductors by interband impurity scattering. We show that such states can appear in two distinct ways. First, according to a previously discussed scenario, the s +i s state can form as an intermediate phase at the impurity-driven crossover between s± and s++ states. We show that there is a second scenario where domains of the s +i s state exists in the form of an isolated dome inside the s± domain, completely detached from the transition between s± and s++ states. We demonstrate that in both cases the s +i s state generated by impurity scattering exists in an extremely small interval of impurity concentrations. Although this likely precludes direct experimental observation of the s +i s state formation due to this mechanism, this physics leads to the appearance of a region inside both the s± and s++ domains with unusual properties due to softening of normal modes.

  13. Investigation of Si and O Donor Impurities in Unintentionally Doped MBE-Grown GaN on SiC(0001) Substrate

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    Tingberg, Tobias; Ive, Tommy; Larsson, Anders

    2017-08-01

    We have investigated the unintentional n-type background doping in GaN(0001) layers grown on semi-insulating 4H-SiC(0001) substrate by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy under Ga-rich conditions at growth temperatures from 780°C and 900°C. All layers exhibited very smooth surface morphology with monolayer steps as revealed by atomic force microscopy. Hall-effect measurements showed that the sample grown at 900°C had carrier concentration of 9.8 × 1017 cm-3 while the sample grown at 780°C had resistivity too high to obtain reliable measurements. Secondary-ion mass spectroscopy revealed O and Si concentrations of <1017 cm-3 in the sample grown at 900°C but >1017 cm-3 in the sample grown at 780°C. The trend for the atomic concentrations of O and Si, which are common donor impurities in GaN, was thus contrary to the trend of the carrier concentration. The full-width at half-maximum for x-ray rocking curves obtained across the GaN(0002) and GaN(10 \\bar{1} 5) reflections for the sample grown at 900°C was 62 arcsec and 587 arcsec, respectively. The half-width increased with decreasing growth temperature. The atomic concentrations of O and Si are too low to account for the unintentional background doping levels. A possible explanation proposed in early reports for the background doping is N-vacancies.

  14. Trends in donor milk banking in the United States.

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    Arnold, L D

    2001-01-01

    Modern donor milk banking was conceived in the US in the early 1900s as a medicalized version of wet nursing. Over the course of the century the fortunes of donor milk banking have varied considerably. In the last 20 years donor milk banking has been negatively affected by the development of specialty formulas, safety issues related to viral transmission, and lack of clinical research. To survive, US milk banks have been receptive to clinical uses considered as "alternative medicine," and have cooperated with governmental agencies to develop standards for safety. A qualitative analysis of collected case histories of US donor milk recipients demonstrates that donor human milk banking can be critical to survival and the well-being of at-risk infants, children, and the occasional adult. By analyzing national data collected by survey method and examining the literature, the researcher compared German and US milk banks and distribution data. German milk banks use donor milk exclusively for premature infants and have less stringent operating standards, yet dispense volumes of milk greatly in excess of the US milk banks. While statistics are lacking for the total recipient population in the US, a projected analysis (based on German consumption) of the potential volume that could be dispensed in the US is presented, indicating that the population in need of this crucial public health service is currently under-served in the US.

  15. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Screening influence on the Stark effect of impurity states in strained wurtzite GaN/AlxGa1-xN heterojunctions under pressure

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    Zhang, Min; Ban, Shi-Liang

    2009-12-01

    The screening effect of the random-phase-approximation on the states of shallow donor impurities in free strained wurtzite GaN/AlxGa1-xN heterojunctions under hydrostatic pressure and an external electric field is investigated by using a variational method and a simplified coherent potential approximation. The variations of Stark energy shift with electric field, impurity position, Al component and areal electron density are discussed. Our results show that the screening dramatically reduces both the blue and red shifts as well as the binding energies of impurity states. For a given impurity position, the change in binding energy is more sensitive to the increase in hydrostatic pressure in the presence of the screening effect than that in the absence of the screening effect. The weakening of the blue and red shifts, induced by the screening effect, strengthens gradually with the increase of electric field. Furthermore, the screening effect weakens the mixture crystal effect, thereby influencing the Stark effect. The screening effect strengthens the influence of energy band bending on binding energy due to the areal electron density.

  16. Far-infrared spectroscopy of impurities in semiconductors

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    Stradling, R. A.

    1991-06-01

    Far-infrared spectroscopy of the electronic transitions between bound states of impurities provides a very high resolution technique for studying chemical shifts and thereby identifying residual contaminants. The use of photoconductivity generated within the sample itself, usually by the photothermal mechanism ("photothermal ionisation spectroscopy"), enables very high sensitivity to be achieved even with very thin films or ultrahigh-purity material. The current knowledge about the identity of the residual shallow donors in GaAs, InP, InAs and InSb obtained with this technique is reviewed. With high-purity materials the magneto-optical spectrum of the shallow donors can be particularly rich and more than fifty lines can be observed with both GaAs and InP. Hydrostatic pressure provides a valuable additional experimental parameter in studies of impurities. Not only does the pressure-induced increase in mass improve the resolution of the "fine structure" due to different chemical species but additional states can be introduced into the forbidden energy gap. Results with both InSb and GaAs have shown that generally donors in direct-gap III-V materials may be expected to have three types of state: the familiar gamma-associated donors, localised states with A 1 symmetry which are normally resonant within the conduction band and metastable DX states. Negatively charged shallow donor states (D - states) and "molecular" combinations where the electrons are shared between two or more donor sites have been studied by infrared spectroscopy of III-V materials. These states are important precursors of the metal-insulator transition. Recently there have been a number of studies of impurities within quantum wells and heterostructures. The dependence of impurity energy on distance from the well edge has been established and it has been shown that high concentrations of D - states can be formed by remote deping of the structures.

  17. Low-temperature effects of resonance electronic states at transition-element impurities in the kinetic, magnetic, and acoustic properties of semiconductors

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    Okulov, V. I.; Govorkova, T. E.; Gudkov, V. V.; Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Korolyev, A. V.; Lonchakov, A. T.; Okulova, K. A.; Pamyatnykh, E. A.; Paranchich, S. Yu.

    2007-02-01

    New research results on phenomena due to the existence of electronic resonance energy levels and hybridized states at impurities of transition elements in semiconductors are presented. The data show that the thermal conductivity and ultrasonic parameters of mercury selenide containing iron impurities have resonance anomalies due to the influence of these impurities. A consistent and detailed interpretation is offered for the set of observed effects of hybridized states in mercury selenide with iron impurities. The proposed interpretation of the data obtained on other systems is discussed.

  18. Living donor liver transplantation for inborn errors of metabolism - An underutilized resource in the United States.

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    Pham, Thomas A; Enns, Gregory M; Esquivel, Carlos O

    2016-09-01

    Inborn metabolic diseases of the liver can be life-threatening disorders that cause debilitating and permanent neurological damage. Symptoms may manifest as early as the neonatal period. Liver transplant replaces the enzymatically deficient liver, allowing for metabolism of toxic metabolites. LDLT for metabolic disorders is rarely performed in the United States as compared to countries such as Japan, where they report >2000 cases performed within the past two decades. Patient and graft survival is comparable to that of the United States, where most of the studies are based on deceased donors. No living donor complications were observed, suggesting that LDLT is as safe and effective as deceased donor transplants performed in the USA. Increased utilization of living donors in the USA will allow for early transplantation to prevent permanent neurological damage in those with severe disease. Pediatric transplant centers should consider utilizing living donors when feasible for children with metabolic disorders of the liver.

  19. High-magnetic-field and high-hydrostatic-pressure investigation of hydrogenic- and resonant-impurity states in n-type indium arsenide

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    Kadri, A.; Aulombard, R. L.; Zitouni, K.; Baj, M.; Konczewicz, L.

    1985-06-01

    Hall-effect and transverse-magnetoresistance measurements were performed on pure n-type InAs samples (n~=2×1016 cm-3) under magnetic fields up to 180 kG and hydrostatic pressures up to 18 kbar in the temperature range 2.7-8 K. At P<13 kbar, the magnetic freezeout takes place into a shallow-donor level which shifts downward from the Γ conduction-band minimum with the pressure coefficient -0.077 meV/kbar. At P>13 kbar, additional magnetic freezeout into a resonant-impurity level was observed. This resonant level lies at 68+/-1 meV above the Γ conduction band and moves with pressure at the rate of -4 meV/kbar with respect to this minimum. An extra deepening of the shallow-donor level takes place when the pressure and the magnetic field are sufficiently high to induce the occupation of the resonant states.

  20. Living donor liver transplantation in Brazil—current state

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    Andraus, Wellington; D’Alburquerque, Luiz A. C.

    2016-01-01

    Currently in Brazil, living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) represents 8.5% of liver transplantation (LT), being the majority pediatric one. Up to now, according to Brazilian Organ Transplantation Association (ABTO) annual report, 2,086 procedures have been done nationwide, most of them in southeast and south regions. Based on national centers reports, biliary complication is the most common recipient postoperative complication (14.5–20.6%), followed by hepatic artery thrombosis (3.1–10.7%) and portal vein thrombosis (2.3–9.1%). Patient and graft overall 5-y survival correspond to 76% and 74%, respectively. Regarding the donor, morbidity rate ranges from 12.4% to 28.3%, with a national mortality rate of 0.14%. In conclusion, Brazilian LDLT programs enhance international experience that this is a feasible and safe procedure, as well as an excellent alternative strategy to overcome organs shortage. PMID:27115012

  1. Optical detection and ionization of donors in specific electronic and nuclear spin States.

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    Yang, A; Steger, M; Karaiskaj, D; Thewalt, M L W; Cardona, M; Itoh, K M; Riemann, H; Abrosimov, N V; Churbanov, M F; Gusev, A V; Bulanov, A D; Kaliteevskii, A K; Godisov, O N; Becker, P; Pohl, H-J; Ager, J W; Haller, E E

    2006-12-01

    We resolve the remarkably sharp bound exciton transitions of highly enriched 28Si using a single-frequency laser and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy, as well as photocurrent spectroscopy. Well-resolved doublets in the spectrum of the 31P donor reflect the hyperfine coupling of the electronic and nuclear donor spins. The optical detection of the nuclear spin state, and selective pumping and ionization of donors in specific electronic and nuclear spin states, suggests a number of new possibilities which could be useful for the realization of silicon-based quantum computers.

  2. Tunneling spectroscopy of a phosphorus impurity atom on the Ge(111)-(2 × 1) surface

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    Savinov, S. V.; Oreshkin, A. I. E-mail: oreshkin@spmlab.ru; Oreshkin, S. I.; Haesendonck, C. van

    2015-06-15

    We numerically model the Ge(111)-(2 × 1) surface electronic properties in the vicinity of a P donor impurity atom located near the surface. We find a notable increase in the surface local density of states (LDOS) around the surface dopant near the bottom of the empty surface state band π*, which we call a split state due to its limited spatial extent and energetic position inside the band gap. We show that despite the well-established bulk donor impurity energy level position at the very bottom of the conduction band, a surface donor impurity on the Ge(111)-(2 × 1) surface might produce an energy level below the Fermi energy, depending on the impurity atom local environment. It is demonstrated that the impurity located in subsurface atomic layers is visible in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) experiment on the Ge(111)-(2 × 1) surface. The quasi-1D character of the impurity image, observed in STM experiments, is confirmed by our computer simulations with a note that a few π-bonded dimer rows may be affected by the presence of the impurity atom. We elaborate a model that allows classifying atoms on the experimental low-temperature STM image. We show the presence of spatial oscillations of the LDOS by the density-functional theory method.

  3. Impurity Resonant States p-type Doping in Wide-Band-Gap Nitrides

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    Liu, Zhiqiang; Yi, Xiaoyan; Yu, Zhiguo; Yuan, Gongdong; Liu, Yang; Wang, Junxi; Li, Jinmin; Lu, Na; Ferguson, Ian; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a new strategy for achieving efficient p-type doping in high bandgap nitride semiconductors to overcome the fundamental issue of high activation energy has been proposed and investigated theoretically, and demonstrated experimentally. Specifically, in an AlxGa1−xN/GaN superlattice structure, by modulation doping of Mg in the AlxGa1−xN barriers, high concentration of holes are generated throughout the material. A hole concentration as high as 1.1 × 1018 cm−3 has been achieved, which is about one order of magnitude higher than that typically achievable by direct doping GaN. Results from first-principle calculations indicate that the coupling and hybridization between Mg 2p impurity and the host N 2p orbitals are main reasons for the generation of resonant states in the GaN wells, which further results in the high hole concentration. We expect this approach to be equally applicable for other high bandgap materials where efficient p-type doing is difficult. Furthermore, a two-carrier-species Hall-effect model is proposed to delineate and discriminate the characteristics of the bulk and 2D hole, which usually coexist in superlattice-like doping systems. The model reported here can also be used to explain the abnormal freeze-in effect observed in many previous reports. PMID:26777294

  4. Epidemiologic and laboratory findings from 3 years of testing United States blood donors for Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    Custer, Brian; Agapova, Maria; Bruhn, Roberta; Cusick, Robin; Kamel, Hany; Tomasulo, Peter; Biswas, Hope; Tobler, Leslie; Lee, Tzong-Hae; Caglioti, Sally; Busch, Michael

    2012-09-01

    At most blood centers in the United States routine testing of donations for Trypanosoma cruzi using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is followed by supplemental testing by radioimmunoprecipitation assay (RIPA). The objective of this study was to report the results of routine testing and risk factor data from allogeneic blood donors. T. cruzi testing data from January 2007 through December 2009 were analyzed, and risk factor interviews and follow-up studies were conducted on seroreactive donors. Prevalences of confirmed infection and risk factors associated with infection were assessed using logistic and multivariable logistic regression. Of 2,940,491 allogeneic donations from 1,183,076 donors, 305 (0.01% per donation tested and 0.026% per blood donor) were repeat reactive (RR) and 89 of those were confirmed positive by RIPA, yielding an overall seroprevalence of 1 per 33,039 donations and 1 per 13,292 donors. Country of birth and US blood center location differences in the seroprevalence of T. cruzi were evident. The odds of confirmed infection were highest if the donor reported having been bitten by the reduviid (kissing) bug (odds ratio [OR], 76.1; 95% confidence interval [CI], 11.1-3173) followed by having lived in a rural area of Latin America (OR, 38.6; 95% CI, 15.1-102.5). In multivariable analyses, having spent 3 months or more in Mexico or Central and/or South America was associated with the highest odds of RIPA-confirmed infection (OR, 8.5; 95% CI, 2.7-26.5). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of ELISA RR donors exhibited low sensitivity (1/22 [4%] RIPA-confirmed donors was PCR positive). Risk factors for confirmed infection in US blood donors are consistent with the known epidemiology of Chagas disease. Blood donors or transfusions do not substantially contribute to the burden of T. cruzi infection in the United States. © 2012 American Association of Blood Banks.

  5. Deceased donor organ procurement injuries in the United States

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    Taber, Tim E; Neidlinger, Nikole A; Mujtaba, Muhammad A; Eidbo, Elling E; Cauwels, Roxane L; Hannan, Elizabeth M; Miller, Jennifer R; Paramesh, Anil S

    2016-01-01

    AIM: To determine the incidence of surgical injury during deceased donor organ procurements. METHODS: Organ damage was classified into three tiers, from 1-3, with the latter rendering the organ non-transplantable. For 12 consecutive months starting in January of 2014, 36 of 58 organ procurement organization’s (OPO)’s prospectively submitted quality data regarding organ damage (as reported by the transplanting surgeon and confirmed by the OPO medical director) seen on the procured organ. RESULTS: These 36 OPOs recovered 5401 of the nations’s 8504 deceased donors for calendar year 2014. A total of 19043 organs procured were prospectively analyzed. Of this total, 59 organs sustained damage making them non-transplantable (0 intestines; 4 pancreata; 5 lungs; 6 livers; 43 kidneys). The class 3 damage was spread over 22 (of 36) reporting OPO’s. CONCLUSION: While damage to the procured organ is rare with organ loss being approximately 0.3% of procured organs, loss of potential transplantable organs does occur during procurement. PMID:27358788

  6. Donor states in a semimagnetic Cd1 -xinMnxin Te /Cd1 -xoutMnxout Te Double Quantum Well

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    Kalpana, Panneer Selvam; Nithiananthi, Perumal; Jayakumar, Kalyanasundaram

    2017-02-01

    The theoretical investigation has been carried out on the binding energy of donor associated with the electrons confined in a Cd1 -xinMnxin Te /Cd1 -xoutMnxout Te Double Quantum Well (DQW) as a function of central barrier width for various well dimensions and impurity locations in the barrier and the well. The magnetic field can act as a tool to continuously change the interwell coupling inside this DQW systems and its effect on donor binding has also been studied. Moreover, the polaronic corrections, which is due to the strong exchange interaction between the magnetic moment of Mn2+ ion and the spin of the confined carrier, to the binding energy of the hydrogenic donor impurity has also been estimated with and without the application of magnetic field. The binding energy of the donor impurity is determined by solving the Schrodinger equation variationally in the effective mass approximation and the effect due to Bound Magnetic Polaron (BMP) is included using mean field theory with the modified Brillouin function. The results are reported and discussed.

  7. Living kidney donor follow-up: state-of-the-art and future directions, conference summary and recommendations.

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    Leichtman, Alan; Abecassis, Michael; Barr, Mark; Charlton, Marian; Cohen, David; Confer, Dennis; Cooper, Mathew; Danovitch, Gabriel; Davis, Connie; Delmonico, Francis; Dew, Mary Amanda; Garvey, Cathy; Gaston, Robert; Gill, John; Gillespie, Brenda; Ibrahim, Hassan; Jacobs, Cheryl; Kahn, Jeffery; Kasiske, Bert; Kim, Joseph; Lentine, Krista; Manyalich, Marti; Medina-Pestana, Jose; Merion, Robert; Moxey-Mims, Marva; Odim, Jonah; Opelz, Gerhard; Orlowski, Janice; Rizvi, Abid; Roberts, John; Segev, Dorry; Sledge, Tina; Steiner, Robert; Taler, Sandra; Textor, Steven; Thiel, Gil; Waterman, Amy; Williams, Errol; Wolfe, Robert; Wynn, James; Matas, Arthur J

    2011-12-01

    In light of continued uncertainty regarding postkidney donation medical, psychosocial and socioeconomic outcomes for traditional living donors and especially for donors meeting more relaxed acceptance criteria, a meeting was held in September 2010 to (1) review limitations of existing data on outcomes of living kidney donors; (2) assess and define the need for long-term follow-up of living kidney donors; (3) identify the potential system requirements, infrastructure and costs of long-term follow-up for living kidney donor outcomes in the United States and (4) explore practical options for future development and funding of United States living kidney donor data collection, metrics and endpoints. Conference participants included prior kidney donors, physicians, surgeons, medical ethicists, social scientists, donor coordinators, social workers, independent donor advocates and representatives of payer organizations and the federal government. The findings and recommendations generated at this meeting are presented.

  8. The influence of impurity profiles on mobility of two-dimensional electron gas in AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs heterostructures modulation-doped by donors and acceptors

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    Protasov, D. Yu.; Zhuravlev, K. S.

    2017-03-01

    The low-temperature mobility of two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) limited scattering by ionized impurities, alloy disorder, acoustic and optical phonons, and interface roughness was calculated for novel pseudomorphic modulation-doped by donors and acceptors InGaAs/AlGaAs quantum well structures promising for high power microwave transistors. Due to the high 2DEG density in the quantum well intersubband transitions were taken into account. Scattering by the ionized donors from δ-layer located in AlGaAs barriers dominates, whereas scattering by the ionized acceptors occupying the most part of AlGaAs barriers is negligibly weak. The width of donor doping profile is a key parameter to control 2DEG mobility, thus, increasing of the profile width from 0.25 nm to 4 nm due to segregation and diffusion of donor atoms halves the mobility. We have proposed a few approaches for the weakening of Coulomb scattering and the increase in 2DEG mobility in the novel heterostructures. The predicted mobility enhancement due to δ-layer splitting into two δ-sublayers was verified experimentally.

  9. Effects of anisotropy on the optical rectification of a disk-like quantum dot with donor impurity in external electric and magnetic fields

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    Soltani-Vala, Ali; Barvestani, Jamal

    2017-08-01

    Based on the compact density matrix formalism and the effective mass approximation, optical rectification of a disk-like quantum dot in the presence of impurity has been studied, in this work. The effects of applied magnetics and electric fields and its direction on the optical rectification of an elliptic anisotropic quantum dot are analyzed in details. Our results show that the optical rectification is strongly affected by the anisotropy degree and the direction of the electric field. Also, we found that the binding energies of on-center impurity can be tuned with direction of electric field and anisotropy degree.

  10. Projections in donor organs available for liver transplantation in the United States: 2014-2025.

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    Parikh, Neehar D; Hutton, David; Marrero, Wesley; Sanghani, Kunal; Xu, Yongcai; Lavieri, Mariel

    2015-06-01

    With the aging US population, demographic shifts, and obesity epidemic, there is potential for further exacerbation of the current liver donor shortage. We aimed to project the availability of liver grafts in the United States. We performed a secondary analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network database of all adult donors from 2000 to 2012 and calculated the total number of donors available and transplanted donor livers stratified by age, race, and body mass index (BMI) group per year. We used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention historical data to stratify the general population by age, sex, race, and BMI. We then used US population age and race projections provided by the US Census Bureau and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and made national and regional projections of available donors and donor liver utilization from 2014 to 2025. We performed sensitivity analyses and varied the rate of the rise in obesity, proportion of Hispanics, population growth, liver utilization rate, and donation after cardiac death (DCD) utilization. The projected adult population growth in the United States from 2014 to 2025 will be 7.1%. However, we project that there will be a 6.1% increase in the number of used liver grafts. There is marked regional heterogeneity in liver donor growth. Projections were significantly affected by changes in BMI, DCD utilization, and liver utilization rates but not by changes in the Hispanic proportion of the US population or changes in the overall population growth. Overall population growth will outpace the growth of available donor organs and thus potentially exacerbate the existing liver graft shortage. The projected growth in organs is highly heterogeneous across different United Network for Organ Sharing regions. Focused strategies to increase the liver donor pool are warranted.

  11. Probability of viremia with HBV, HCV, HIV, and HTLV among tissue donors in the United States.

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    Zou, Shimian; Dodd, Roger Y; Stramer, Susan L; Strong, D Michael

    2004-08-19

    Tissue-banking organizations in the United States have introduced various review and testing procedures to reduce the risk of the transmission of viral infections from tissue grafts. We estimated the current probability of undetected viremia with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) among tissue donors. Rates of prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibodies against HIV (anti-HIV), HCV (anti-HCV), and HTLV (anti-HTLV) were determined among 11,391 donors to five tissue banks in the United States. The data were compared with those of first-time blood donors in order to generate estimated incidence rates among tissue donors. The probability of viremia undetected by screening at the time of tissue donation was estimated on the basis of the incidence estimates and the window periods for these infections. The prevalence of confirmed positive tests among tissue donors was 0.093 percent for anti-HIV, 0.229 percent for HBsAg, 1.091 percent for anti-HCV, and 0.068 percent for anti-HTLV. The incidence rates were estimated to be 30.118, 18.325, 12.380, and 5.586 per 100,000 person-years, respectively. The estimated probability of viremia at the time of donation was 1 in 55,000, 1 in 34,000, 1 in 42,000, and 1 in 128,000, respectively. The prevalence rates of HBV, HCV, HIV, and HTLV infections are lower among tissue donors than in the general population. However, the estimated probability of undetected viremia at the time of tissue donation is higher among tissue donors than among first-time blood donors. The addition of nucleic acid-amplification testing to the screening of tissue donors should reduce the risk of these infections among recipients of donated tissues. Copyright 2004 Massachusetts Medical Society

  12. Deep donor state of the copper acceptor as a source of green luminescence in ZnO

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    Lyons, J. L.; Alkauskas, A.; Janotti, A.; Van de Walle, C. G.

    2017-07-01

    Copper impurities have long been linked with green luminescence (GL) in ZnO. Copper is known to introduce an acceptor level close to the conduction band of ZnO, and the GL has conventionally been attributed to transitions involving an excited state which localizes holes on neighboring oxygen atoms. To date, a theoretical description of the optical properties of such deep centers has been difficult to achieve due to the limitations of functionals in the density functional theory. Here, we employ a screened hybrid density functional to calculate the properties of Cu in ZnO. In agreement with the experiment, we find that CuZn features an acceptor level near the conduction band of ZnO. However, we find that CuZn also gives rise to a deep donor level 0.46 eV above the valence band of ZnO; the calculated optical transitions involving this state agree well with the GL observed in ZnO:Cu.

  13. Electrical flicker-noise generated by filling and emptying of impurity states in injectors of quantum-cascade lasers

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    Yamanishi, Masamichi Hirohata, Tooru; Hayashi, Syohei; Fujita, Kazuue; Tanaka, Kazunori

    2014-11-14

    Free running line-widths (>100 kHz), much broader than intrinsic line-widths ∼100 Hz, of existing quantum-cascade lasers are governed by strong flicker frequency-noise originating from electrical flicker noise. Understanding of microscopic origins of the electrical flicker noises in quantum-cascade lasers is crucially important for the reduction of strength of flicker frequency-noise without assistances of any type of feedback schemes. In this article, an ad hoc model that is based on fluctuating charge-dipoles induced by electron trappings and de-trappings at indispensable impurity states in injector super-lattices of a quantum-cascade laser is proposed, developing theoretical framework based on the model. The validity of the present model is evaluated by comparing theoretical voltage-noise power spectral densities based on the model with experimental ones obtained by using mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers with designed impurity-positioning. The obtained experimental results on flicker noises, in comparison with the theoretical ones, shed light on physical mechanisms, such as the inherent one due to impurity states in their injectors and extrinsic ones due to surface states on the ridge-walls and due to residual deep traps, for electrical flicker-noise generation in existing mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers. It is shown theoretically that quasi-delta doping of impurities in their injectors leads to strong suppression of electrical flicker noise by minimization of the dipole length at a certain temperature, for instance ∼300 K and, in turn, is expected to result in substantial narrowing of the free running line-width down below 10 kHz.

  14. Impurity-modulated Aharonov-Bohm oscillations and intraband optical absorption in quantum dot-ring nanostructures

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    Barseghyan, M. G.; Manaselyan, A. Kh.; Laroze, D.; Kirakosyan, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we study the electronic states in quantum dot-ring complex nanostructures with an on-center hydrogenic impurity. The influence of the impurity on Aharonov-Bohm energy spectra oscillations and intraband optical absorption is investigated. It is shown that in the presence of a hydrogenic donor impurity the Aharonov-Bohm oscillations in quantum dot-ring structures become highly tunable. Furthermore, the presence of the impurity drastically changes the intraband absorption spectra due to the strong controllability of the electron localization type.

  15. [State of collective immunity to poliomyelitis in Moscow donors].

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    Seĭbil', V B; Malyshkina, L P; Lavrova, I K; Efimova, V F; Sadovnikova, V N

    2002-01-01

    Immunity induced by immunization with oral poliomyelitis vaccine has long been considered to last for life, similarly to immunity developing after infection with wild poliomyelitis virus. Vaccine virus cannot circulate among the immune population for a long time. The vaccination of children against poliomyelitis, carried out in the course of many years, has made it possible to suggest that a considerable number of immune persons were present among the adult population. The examination of 1,030 Moscow donors has revealed that antibodies to poliomyelitis virus of types 1, 2 and 3 were detected in 47.3%, 45.5% and 76.4% of the examinees respectively, the values of the average geometric titers being low. It is known that passages of poliomyelitis vaccine virus through nonimmune persons may result in emergence of revertant viruses with increased neurovirulence. The nonimmune adult population, especially the mothers of vaccinated and revaccinated children, may serve as favorable environment for the circulation of vaccine viruses and the appearance of revertant viruses.

  16. Prevalence of Torque teno virus in healthy donors of Paraná State, southern Brazil

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    Mazzola, Jocimara Costa; Saito, Patrícia Keiko; Yamakawa, Roger Haruki; Watanabe, Maria Angélica Ehara; da Silva Junior, Waldir Veríssimo; Matta, Alessandra Cristina Gobbi; Borelli, Sueli Donizete

    2015-01-01

    Objective To determine the prevalence of the Torque teno virus in healthy donors in the northern and northwestern regions of the state of Paraná, southern Brazil. Methods The Torque teno virus was detected by a nested polymerase chain reaction using a set of oligoprimers for the N22 region. Results The prevalence of the virus was 69% in 551 healthy blood donors in southern Brazil. There was no statistically significant difference between the presence of the virus and the variables gender, ethnicity and marital status. There was significant difference in the prevalence of the virus regarding the age of the donors (p-value = 0.024) with a higher incidence (74.7%) in 18- to 24-year-old donors. Conclusion A high prevalence of Torque teno virus was observed in the population studied. Further studies are needed to elucidate the routes of contamination and the clinical implications of the virus in the healthy population. PMID:26408369

  17. Impurity Studies of Cd(0.8)Zn(0.2)Te Crystals Using Photoluminescence and Glow Discharge Mass Spectroscopy

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Scripa, Rosalie N.

    2005-01-01

    Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te semiconductor crystal is a highly promising material for room temperature x- and gamma-ray detector applications because of its high resistivity, long carrier lifetime, and relatively high hole and electron mobilities. This paper reports the investigation of the impurities in several Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te (x = 0.20) crystals grown using the vertical Bridgman method under a Cd overpressure. The impurity concentrations were measured using glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS). The energy states of the impurities were studied using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at liquid helium temperature. The PL spectra showed a series of sharp high energy lines which are associated with free excitons and excitons bound to impurities as donors and acceptors in the crystals. The impurities also contributed to donor-acceptor pair recombination. The correlation between the GDMS and PL results will be reported.

  18. Impurity Studies of Cd(0.8)Zn(0.2)Te Crystals Using Photoluminescence and Glow Discharge Mass Spectroscopy

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Scripa, Rosalie N.

    2005-01-01

    Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te semiconductor crystal is a highly promising material for room temperature x- and gamma-ray detector applications because of its high resistivity, long carrier lifetime, and relatively high hole and electron mobilities. This paper reports the investigation of the impurities in several Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te (x = 0.20) crystals grown using the vertical Bridgman method under a Cd overpressure. The impurity concentrations were measured using glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS). The energy states of the impurities were studied using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at liquid helium temperature. The PL spectra showed a series of sharp high energy lines which are associated with free excitons and excitons bound to impurities as donors and acceptors in the crystals. The impurities also contributed to donor-acceptor pair recombination. The correlation between the GDMS and PL results will be reported.

  19. On controlling the electronic states of shallow donors using a finite-size metal gate

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    Levchuk, E. A. Makarenko, L. F.

    2016-01-15

    The effect of an external electric field on the states of a shallow donor near a semiconductor surface is numerically simulated. A disk-shaped metal gate is considered as an electric-field source. The wavefunctions and energies of bound states are determined by the finite-element method. The critical characteristics of electron relocation between the donor and gate are determined for various gate diameters and boundary conditions, taking into account dielectric mismatch. The empirical dependences of these characteristics on the geometrical parameters and semiconductor properties are obtained. A simple trial function is proposed, which can be used to calculate the critical parameters using the Ritz variational method.

  20. Chemical states of 3d transition metal impurities in a liquid lead-bismuth eutectic analyzed using first principles calculations.

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    Han, Jeong-Hwan; Oda, Takuji

    2017-04-12

    Steels are easily corroded in a liquid lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) because their components, such as Fe, Cr and Ni, exhibit a high solubility in the liquid LBE. To understand the reason for such a high solubility of these 3d transition metals, we have performed first-principles molecular dynamics calculations and analyzed the pair-correlation functions, electronic densities of states, and Bader charges and volumes of the 3d transition metals dissolved in the liquid LBE as impurities. The calculations show that the 4s and 3d orbitals of the 3d impurity atoms largely interact with the 6p band of the LBE, which generates bonding orbitals. We suggest that the high stability of 3d metals in the liquid LBE is caused by the interactions of the 4s and 3d orbitals with the 6p band. Spin polarization is induced by V, Cr, Mn, Fe and Co impurity atoms in a similar manner to the Slater-Pauling curve of solid transition metals, which exhibits a downward shift in the atomic number by approximately two. Based on the degree of spin polarization and the shifted trend of the Slater-Pauling curve, we suggest that Ni exhibits a higher solubility than Cr and Fe because of the differences in their interaction strengths between their 3d orbitals and the 6p band. In addition, the 4s and 3d orbitals of the 3d impurity atoms were found to interact more favorably with the Bi 6p band than the Pb 6p band, which is consistent with the fact that liquid Bi is more corrosive to steels than is liquid Pb.

  1. Report From the American Society of Transplantation Conference on Donor Heart Selection in Adult Cardiac Transplantation in the United States.

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    Kobashigawa, J; Khush, K; Colvin, M; Acker, M; Van Bakel, A; Eisen, H; Naka, Y; Patel, J; Baran, D A; Daun, T; Luu, M; Olymbios, M; Rogers, J; Jeevanandam, V; Esmailian, F; Pagani, F D; Lima, B; Stehlik, J

    2017-10-01

    Cardiac transplantation remains the only definitive treatment for end-stage heart failure. Transplantation rates are limited by a shortage of donor hearts. This shortage is magnified because many hearts are discarded because of strict selection criteria and concern for regulatory reprimand for less-than-optimal posttransplant outcomes. There is no standardized approach to donor selection despite proposals to liberalize acceptance criteria. A donor heart selection conference was organized to facilitate discussion and generate ideas for future research. The event was attended by 66 participants from 41 centers with considerable experience in cardiac donor selection. There were state-of-the-art presentations on donor selection, with subsequent breakout sessions on standardizing the process and increasing utilization of donor hearts. Participants debated misconceptions and established agreement on donor and recipient risk factors for donor selection and identified the components necessary for a future donor risk score. Ideas for future initiatives include modification of regulatory practices to consider extended criteria donors when evaluating outcomes and prospective studies aimed at identifying the factors leading to nonacceptance of available donor hearts. With agreement on the most important donor and recipient risk factors, it is anticipated that a consistent approach to donor selection will improve rates of heart transplantation. © 2017 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  2. Electronic properties of substitutional impurities in InGaN monolayer quantum wells

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    Alfieri, G.; Tsutsumi, T.; Micheletto, R.

    2015-05-11

    InGaN alloys and, in particular, InGaN monolayer quantum wells (MLQWs) are attracting an increasing amount of interest for opto-electronic applications. Impurities, incorporated during growth, can introduce electronic states that can degrade the performance of such devices. For this reason, we present a density functional and group theoretical study of the electronic properties of C, H, or O impurities in an InGaN MLQW. Analysis of the formation energy and symmetry reveals that these impurities are mostly donors and can be held accountable for the reported degradation of InGaN-based devices.

  3. Studies on Valence Fluctuation and Orbital Occupancy in an Impurity Anderson Model with f2 Local-Singlet Ground State

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    Shiina, Ryousuke

    2017-03-01

    An interplay of valence fluctuation and orbital occupancy is studied for a two-orbital impurity Anderson model having f2 singlet ground and triplet excited states in the localized limit. Employing the numerical renormalization group method, we identify the existence of a quantum phase transition between the local-singlet and the Kondo-singlet states in a variation of the c-f hybridization, and clarify how it depends on the f2 singlet-triplet energy splitting. It is found that the transition takes place definitely at a finite strength of the hybridization even when the singlet-triplet splitting is infinitely large. It is also found that as the splitting becomes small, the occupancies of the singlet and triplet states display a drastic change in the vicinity of the transition point. The origin of these findings is discussed in view of the features of valence fluctuation from the local many-body singlet state.

  4. Effect of hydrostatic pressure and alloy composition on sulfur- and selenium-related impurity states in heavily doped n-type GaxIn1-xSb

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    Zitouni, K.; Kadri, A.; Aulombard, R. L.

    1986-08-01

    The properties of sulfur- and selenium-related impurity states have been studied as a function of pressure and composition in heavily doped GaxIn1-xSb. Hall-coefficient and electrical-resistivity measurements were made under hydrostatic pressures of up to 25 kbar, in the alloy composition range 0.30<~x<~0.78 and in the temperature range 77 K<~T<~300 K. In both S-doped and Se-doped samples, the results show the existence of an impurity level forming a localized resonance in the Γ1c band continuum. At x=0.78 and P=0 kbar, the resonance lay ~130+/-10 meV and ~180+/-10 meV above the Γ1c band edge in S-doped and Se-doped samples, respectively. As x decreased, the resonance remained almost fixed with respect to the top of the valence band. As the pressure increased, the impurity level was driven into the fundamental gap, independently of nearby band edges, thus demonstrating ``deep-level behavior.'' Furthermore, the pressure-induced occupation of this impurity level led to time-dependent effects at T<~110 K. The activated thermal electron emission over a potential barrier gave clear evidence for a large lattice relaxation around the impurity centers. These results show the dominant effect of the local non-Coulombic component of the impurity potential, suggesting the complex nature of the impurity centers.

  5. Impurity-related nonlinear optical rectification in double quantum dot under electric field

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    Bejan, D.

    2016-11-01

    The characteristics of donor-impurity-related nonlinear optical rectification in asymmetric double quantum dot under electric field are investigated within the compact density-matrix formalism and the effective mass approximation. The results show that: (i) the binding energy of the ground state varies strongly with the impurity position and it is raised or decreased by the applied field, depending on the impurity position; (ii) the optical rectification spectra are rather sensitive to the impurity position and the electric field intensity; (iii) the changes in the impurity position within the double quantum dot and the electric field value may induce red or blue shift of the resonant peaks of the nonlinear optical rectification.

  6. PREVALENCE OF CHAGAS DISEASE AMONG BLOOD DONOR CANDIDATES IN TRIANGULO MINEIRO, MINAS GERAIS STATE, BRAZIL.

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    Lopes, Patrícia da Silva; Ramos, Eliezer Lucas Pires; Gómez-Hernández, César; Ferreira, Gabriela Lícia Santos; Rezende-Oliveira, Karine

    2015-12-01

    Despite public health campaigns and epidemiological surveillance activities, Chagas disease remains a major health problem in Latin America. According to data from the World Health Organization, there are approximately 7-8 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi worldwide, a large percentage of which in Latin America. This study aims to examine the serological profile of blood donors in blood banks of Hemominas hematology center, in the town of Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The study sample consisted of 53,941 blood donors, which were grouped according to gender and age. Sample collections were performed from January 1991 to December 2011, and 277 donors (0.5%) were considered serologically ineligible due to Chagas disease. Analysis of data showed no significant difference between genders. As for age, the highest proportion of ineligible donors was from 40 to 49 years (30%), and there was a positive correlation between increasing age and the percentage of patients seropositive for Chagas disease. Therefore, adopting strategies that allow the safe identification of donors with positive serology for Chagas disease is essential to reduce or eliminate indeterminate serological results.

  7. PREVALENCE OF CHAGAS DISEASE AMONG BLOOD DONOR CANDIDATES IN TRIANGULO MINEIRO, MINAS GERAIS STATE, BRAZIL

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    LOPES, Patrícia da Silva; RAMOS, Eliezer Lucas Pires; GÓMEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, César; FERREIRA, Gabriela Lícia Santos; REZENDE-OLIVEIRA, Karine

    2015-01-01

    Despite public health campaigns and epidemiological surveillance activities, Chagas disease remains a major health problem in Latin America. According to data from the World Health Organization, there are approximately 7-8 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi worldwide, a large percentage of which in Latin America. This study aims to examine the serological profile of blood donors in blood banks of Hemominas hematology center, in the town of Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The study sample consisted of 53,941 blood donors, which were grouped according to gender and age. Sample collections were performed from January 1991 to December 2011, and 277 donors (0.5%) were considered serologically ineligible due to Chagas disease. Analysis of data showed no significant difference between genders. As for age, the highest proportion of ineligible donors was from 40 to 49 years (30%), and there was a positive correlation between increasing age and the percentage of patients seropositive for Chagas disease. Therefore, adopting strategies that allow the safe identification of donors with positive serology for Chagas disease is essential to reduce or eliminate indeterminate serological results. PMID:27049698

  8. Donor and Acceptor States in GaAs-(Ga, Al)As Quantum Dots:. Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure and AN Intense Laser

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    Miguez, A.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    We calculated the binding energies of shallow donors and acceptors in a spherical GaAs-Ga1-xAlx As quantum dot under the combined effect of isotropic hydrostatic pressure and an intense laser. We used a variational approach within the effective mass approximation. The binding energy was computed as a function of hydrostatic pressure, dot sizes and laser field amplitude. The results showed that the impurity binding energy increases with pressure and decreases with the laser field amplitude when other parameters are fixed. We also found that the pressure effects are more dramatic for donor than acceptor impurities, especially for quantum dots with small radii.

  9. Unconventional features in the quantum Hall regime of disordered graphene: Percolating impurity states and Hall conductance quantization

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    Leconte, Nicolas; Ortmann, Frank; Cresti, Alessandro; Roche, Stephan

    2016-03-01

    We report on the formation of critical states in disordered graphene, at the origin of variable and unconventional transport properties in the quantum Hall regime, such as a zero-energy Hall conductance plateau in the absence of an energy band gap and Landau-level degeneracy breaking. By using efficient real-space transport methodologies, we compute both the dissipative and Hall conductivities of large-size graphene sheets with random distribution of model single and double vacancies. By analyzing the scaling of transport coefficients with defect density, system size, and magnetic length, we elucidate the origin of anomalous quantum Hall features as magnetic-field-dependent impurity states, which percolate at some critical energies. These findings shed light on unidentified states and quantum-transport anomalies reported experimentally.

  10. Lindblad-driven discretized leads for nonequilibrium steady-state transport in quantum impurity models: Recovering the continuum limit

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    Schwarz, F.; Goldstein, M.; Dorda, A.; Arrigoni, E.; Weichselbaum, A.; von Delft, J.

    2016-10-01

    The description of interacting quantum impurity models in steady-state nonequilibrium is an open challenge for computational many-particle methods: the numerical requirement of using a finite number of lead levels and the physical requirement of describing a truly open quantum system are seemingly incompatible. One possibility to bridge this gap is the use of Lindblad-driven discretized leads (LDDL): one couples auxiliary continuous reservoirs to the discretized lead levels and represents these additional reservoirs by Lindblad terms in the Liouville equation. For quadratic models governed by Lindbladian dynamics, we present an elementary approach for obtaining correlation functions analytically. In a second part, we use this approach to explicitly discuss the conditions under which the continuum limit of the LDDL approach recovers the correct representation of thermal reservoirs. As an analytically solvable example, the nonequilibrium resonant level model is studied in greater detail. Lastly, we present ideas towards a numerical evaluation of the suggested Lindblad equation for interacting impurities based on matrix product states. In particular, we present a reformulation of the Lindblad equation, which has the useful property that the leads can be mapped onto a chain where both the Hamiltonian dynamics and the Lindblad driving are local at the same time. Moreover, we discuss the possibility to combine the Lindblad approach with a logarithmic discretization needed for the exploration of exponentially small energy scales.

  11. Lung Quality and Utilization in Controlled Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death Donors within the United States

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    Mooney, Joshua J; Hedlin, Haley; Mohabir, Paul K; Vazquez, Rodrigo; Nguyen, John; Ha, Richard; Chiu, Peter; Patel, Kapilkumar; Zamora, Martin R.; Weill, David; Nicolls, Mark R; Dhillon, Gundeep S

    2016-01-01

    While controlled donation after circulatory determination of death (cDCDD) donors could increase the supply of donor lungs within the United States, the yield of lungs from cDCDD donors remain low compared to donation after neurologic determination of death (DNDD) donors. To explore the reason for low lung yield from cDCDD donors, Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipient data were used to assess the impact of donor lung quality on cDCDD lung utilization by fitting a logistic regression model. The relationship between center volume and cDCDD use was assessed and distance between center and donor hospital was calculated by cDCDD status. Recipient survival was compared using a multivariable Cox regression model. Lung utilization was 2.1% for cDCDD donors and 21.4% for DNDD donors. Being a cDCDD donor decreased lung donation (adjusted OR 0.101, CI 0.085–0.120). A minority of centers have performed cDCDD transplant with higher volume centers generally performing more cDCDD transplants. There was no difference in center to donor distance or recipient survival (adjusted HR 1.03, CI 0.78–1.37) between cDCDD and DNDD transplants. cDCDD lungs are underutilized compared to DNDD lungs after adjusting for lung quality. Increasing transplant center expertise and commitment to cDCDD lung procurement is needed to improve utilization. PMID:26844673

  12. Ab Initio Excited State Properties and Dynamics of a Prototype σ-Bridged-Donor-Acceptor Molecule

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    Tapavicza, Enrico; Tavernelli, Ivano; Rothlisberger, Ursula

    2009-08-01

    The photophysical and dynamical properties of the donor-(σ-bridge)-acceptor molecule N-phenylpiperindone-malondinitrile are investigated by second-order approximate coupled cluster (CC2) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). The study is based on optimized equilibrium geometries for ground and excited states as well as on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. While CC2 and DFT both predict ground state geometries that are consistent with the crystal structure, equilibrium geometries for the fluorescent charge transfer (CT) state are qualitatively different between CC2 and TDDFT. CC2 reproduces the experimental results for vertical excitations (within 0.3 eV) and provides an orbital assignment of the experimental absorption bands that is supported by experiments. Using CC2, a good agreement is also found for fluorescence energies (within 0.1-0.6 eV). At contrast, CT absorption and fluorescence energies are strongly underestimated by TDDFT using the semi-local functional PBE but improved agreement is found for the hybrid functional PBE0. However, for both functionals, TDDFT fails to predict an equilibrium geometry of the intradonor excited state because of mixing between this state and an artificially low-lying CT state during the optimization. This is an example where the well documented CT failure of TDDFT affects properties of other locally excited states. The minimum of the intradonor locally excited state was therefore only located by the CC2 method. The internal conversion (IC) process from a locally excited donor state to the CT state is simulated by excited state ab initio molecular dynamics based on CC2 and where nonadiabatic transitions are described using the Landau-Zener approximation. We find the IC process to occur a few tens of femtoseconds after excitation. The simulation provides a detailed description of the atomic rearrangements in electron donor and acceptor that drive the interconversion process.

  13. Impurity breakdown and terahertz luminescence in n-GaN epilayers under external electric field

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    Shalygin, V. A.; Vorobjev, L. E.; Firsov, D. A.; Panevin, V. Yu.; Sofronov, A. N.; Melentyev, G. A.; Antonov, A. V.; Gavrilenko, V. I.; Andrianov, A. V.; Zakharyin, A. O.; Suihkonen, S.; Törma, P. T.; Ali, M.; Lipsanen, H.

    2009-12-01

    We report on the observation and experimental studies of impurity breakdown and terahertz luminescence in n-GaN epilayers under external electric field. The terahertz electroluminescence is observed in a wide range of doping levels (at noncompensated donor density from 4.5×1016 to 3.4×1018 cm-3). Spectra of terahertz luminescence and photoconductivity are studied by means of Fourier transform spectrometry. Distinctive features of the spectra can be assigned to intracenter electron transitions between excited and ground states of silicon and oxygen donors and to hot electron transitions to the donor states.

  14. Thermodynamic anomalous Hall effect in quantum oscillation regime in a semiconductor with low concentration of transition element impurities

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    Lonchakov, A. T.; Okulov, V. I.; Pamyatnykh, E. A.; Bobin, S. B.; Deryushkin, V. V.; Govorkova, T. E.; Neverov, V. N.; Paranchich, L. D.

    2017-10-01

    The given report is devoted to the study of anomalous Hall resistance of donor electron system of hybridized states of transition element impurities of low concentration in quantum oscillation regime. There presented theoretical description of predicted specific behaviors on the base of the ideas about thermodynamic anomalous Hall effect. In experiments on mercury selenide crystals with cobalt impurities of low concentration one revealed the quantum oscillations of anomalous contribution to the Hall resistance corresponding to the developed concepts.

  15. Effect of the state of vacancy equilibrium on diffusion of chromium impurity in gallium arsenide

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    Khludkov, S. S.

    2008-03-15

    The results of studying the diffusion of Cr impurity in GaAs according to electrical measurements are reported. Dependences of the diffusion coefficient and limiting solubility of electrically active Cr atoms in GaAs on temperature (at fixed pressures of As vapors) and on the pressure of As vapors (at fixed temperatures) are determined. The dependence of the Cr diffusion coefficient in GaAs on the ratio between the volume of the sample under study to the volume of the cell in the case of pronounced deviation from the crystal's stoichiometry towards Ga excess is established. The obtained experimental data are analyzed on the basis of concepts concerning the dissociative mechanism of migration of Cr atoms in the GaAs crystal lattice; according to this mechanism, the diffusion coefficient depends heavily on the concentration of Ga vacancies.

  16. Serologic survey on hantavirus in blood donors from the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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    Cordova, Caio Maurício Mendes de; Figueiredo, Luiz Tadeu Moraes

    2014-01-01

    Emergent diseases such as Hantavirus Cardio-pulmonary Syndrome (HCPS) are able to create a significant impact on human populations due to their seriousness and high fatality rate. Santa Catarina, located in the South of Brazil, is the leading state for HCPS with 267 reported cases from 1999 to 2011. We present here a serological survey on hantavirus in blood donors from different cities of the state of Santa Catarina, with an IgG-ELISA using a recombinant nucleocapsid protein from Araraquara hantavirus as an antigen. In total, 314 donors from blood banks participated in the study, geographically covering the whole state. Among these, 14 individuals (4.4%) had antibodies to hantavirus: four of 50 (8% positivity) from Blumenau, four of 52 (7.6%) from Joinville, three of 50 (6%) from Florianópolis, two of 50 (4%) from Chapecó and one of 35 (2.8%) from Joaçaba. It is possible that hantaviruses are circulating across almost the whole state, with important epidemiological implications. Considering that the seropositive blood donors are healthy individuals, it is possible that hantaviruses may be causing unrecognized infections, which are either asymptomatic or clinically nonspecific, in addition to HCPS. It is also possible that more than one hantavirus type could be circulating in this region, causing mostly benign infections.

  17. Prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies in blood donors from Veracruz State, Mexico.

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    Hernández-Romano, Pablo; Cámara-Contreras, Mireya; Bravo-Sarmiento, Elidé; López-Balderas, Nayali

    2015-03-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi is the causal agent of Chagas disease. Of the Mexican states, Veracruz is among the most affected by this sickness. However, the actual epidemiologic situation of this disease is not well understood. This study sought to determine the prevalence and risk factors for Chagas disease among Veracruzan blood donors. Blood donors from Centro Estatal de la Transfusion Sanguinea de Veracruz were included. Blood units were serologically scrutinized for T. cruzi antibodies using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. To identify risk factors, demographic data were collected from the medical records of positive donors and a representative sample of healthy donors. A total of 87,232 donations were analyzed, and the mean prevalence of T. cruzi was found to be 0.5%. The identified risk factors were living as a couple and in a rural area, having a low level of education, being a farmer, dwelling in a house with earthen or wooden walls and a tile or thatch roof, living with domestic animals, recognition of or exposure to triatomine bugs, and residing in the Huasteca region. An increase of rural-living donors infected with T. cruzi was observed in the past 3 years of the study period. The prevalence to Chagas disease has not decreased in the past decade and the disease appears to be spreading in rural areas of Veracruz. This increases the risk of T. cruzi transfusion-transmitted infection, not only in Veracruz and Mexico, but also in other nonendemic countries that receive immigrants from Veracruz State. © 2014 AABB.

  18. Hepatitis C virus infection in blood donors from the state of Puebla, Mexico

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    2010-01-01

    Background Worldwide, 130 million persons are estimated to be infected with HCV. Puebla is the Mexican state with the highest mortality due to hepatic cirrhosis. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain epidemiological data on HCV infection in asymptomatic people of this region. The objective of present study was to analyze the prevalence of antibodies and genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in blood donors from Puebla, Mexico. Results The overall prevalence was 0.84% (515/61553). Distribution by region was: North, 0.86% (54/6270); Southeast, 1.04% (75/7197); Southwest, 0.93% (36/3852); and Central, 0.79% (350/44234). Ninety-six donors were enrolled for detection and genotyping of virus, from which 37 (38.5%) were HCV-RNA positive. Detected subtypes were: 1a (40.5%), 1b (27.0%), mixed 1a/1b (18.9%), undetermined genotype 1 (5.4%), 2a (2.7%), 2b (2.7%), and mixed 1a/2a (2.7%). All recovered donors with S/CO > 39 were HCV-RNA positive (11/11) and presented elevated ALT; in donors with S/CO < 39 HCV-RNA, positivity was of 30.4%; and 70% had normal values of ALT. The main risk factors associated with HCV infection were blood transfusion and surgery. Conclusions HCV prevalence of donors in Puebla is similar to other Mexican states. The most prevalent genotype is 1, of which subtype 1a is the most frequent. PMID:20100349

  19. Hepatitis C virus infection in blood donors from the state of Puebla, Mexico.

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    Sosa-Jurado, Francisca; Santos-López, Gerardo; Guzmán-Flores, Belinda; Ruiz-Conde, Julia I; Meléndez-Mena, Daniel; Vargas-Maldonado, Martín T; Martínez-Laguna, Ygnacio; Contreras-Mioni, Laura; Vallejo-Ruiz, Verónica; Reyes-Leyva, Julio

    2010-01-25

    Worldwide, 130 million persons are estimated to be infected with HCV. Puebla is the Mexican state with the highest mortality due to hepatic cirrhosis. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain epidemiological data on HCV infection in asymptomatic people of this region. The objective of present study was to analyze the prevalence of antibodies and genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in blood donors from Puebla, Mexico. The overall prevalence was 0.84% (515/61553). Distribution by region was: North, 0.86% (54/6270); Southeast, 1.04% (75/7197); Southwest, 0.93% (36/3852); and Central, 0.79% (350/44234). Ninety-six donors were enrolled for detection and genotyping of virus, from which 37 (38.5%) were HCV-RNA positive. Detected subtypes were: 1a (40.5%), 1b (27.0%), mixed 1a/1b (18.9%), undetermined genotype 1 (5.4%), 2a (2.7%), 2b (2.7%), and mixed 1a/2a (2.7%). All recovered donors with S/CO > 39 were HCV-RNA positive (11/11) and presented elevated ALT; in donors with S/CO < 39 HCV-RNA, positivity was of 30.4%; and 70% had normal values of ALT. The main risk factors associated with HCV infection were blood transfusion and surgery. HCV prevalence of donors in Puebla is similar to other Mexican states. The most prevalent genotype is 1, of which subtype 1a is the most frequent.

  20. Donor acceptor electronic couplings in π-stacks: How many states must be accounted for?

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.

    2006-04-01

    Two-state model is commonly used to estimate the donor-acceptor electronic coupling Vda for electron transfer. However, in some important cases, e.g. for DNA π-stacks, this scheme fails to provide accurate values of Vda because of multistate effects. The Generalized Mulliken-Hush method enables a multistate treatment of Vda. In this Letter, we analyze the dependence of calculated electronic couplings on the number of the adiabatic states included in the model. We suggest a simple scheme to determine this number. The superexchange correction of the two-state approximation is shown to provide good estimates of the electronic coupling.

  1. Donor/Acceptor Mixed Self-Assembled Monolayers for Realising a Multi-Redox-State Surface.

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    Casado-Montenegro, Javier; Marchante, Elena; Crivillers, Núria; Rovira, Concepció; Mas-Torrent, Marta

    2016-06-17

    Mixed molecular self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold, based on two types of electroactive molecules, that is, electron-donor (ferrocene) and electron-acceptor (anthraquinone) molecules, are prepared as an approach to realise surfaces exhibiting multiple accessible redox states. The SAMs are investigated in different electrolyte media. The nature of these media has a strong impact on the types of redox processes that take place and on the redox potentials. Under optimised conditions, surfaces with three redox states are achieved. Such states are accessible in a relatively narrow potential window in which the SAMs on gold are stable. This communication elucidates the key challenges in fabricating bicomponent SAMs as electrochemical switches.

  2. Quasi-localized Impurity State in Doped Topological Crystalline Insulator Sn0.9In0.1Te Probed by 125Te-NMR

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    Maeda, Satoki; Katsube, Shota; Zheng, Guo-qing

    2017-02-01

    The In-doped topological crystalline insulator Sn1-xInxTe is a promising candidate for a topological superconductor, where it is theoretically suggested that In creates an impurity state responsible for superconductivity. We synthesized high purity Sn1-xInxTe samples and performed 125Te-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements. The NMR spectra under a magnetic field of H0 = 5 T show a broadening characteristic due to a localized impurity state. The spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) divided by temperature shows a Curie-Weiss like temperature-dependence under H0 = 0.1 T but is temperature-independent under H0 = 5 T. These results indicate the existence of quasi-localized impurity states due to In doping.

  3. Three Hydrogen Bond Donor Catalysts: Oxyanion Hole Mimics and Transition State Analogues

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    Beletskiy, Evgeny V.; Schmidt, Jacob C.; Wang, Xue B.; Kass, Steven R.

    2012-11-14

    Enzymes and their mimics use hydrogen bonds to catalyze chemical transformations. Small molecule transition state analogs of oxyanion holes are characterized by gas phase IR and photoelectron spectroscopy and their binding constants in acetonitrile. As a result, a new class of hydrogen bond catalysts is proposed (OH donors that can contribute three hydrogen bonds to a single functional group) and demonstrated in a Friedel-Crafts reaction.

  4. Study of impurity states in p-type Hg1-xCdxTe using far-infrared spectroscopy

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    Li, Biao; Gui, Yongsheng; Chen, Zhanghai; Ye, Hongjuan; Chu, Junhao; Wang, Shanli; Ji, Rongbin; He, Li

    1998-09-01

    This letter reports the far-infrared (FIR) transmission spectra of undoped and Sb-doped p-type Hg1-xCdxTe films grown by a liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) or molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) technique. The activation energies of cation vacancy acceptor are found to be ˜10-12 meV and are almost independent on Cd composition. The absorption strength per Hg vacancy, useful for evaluating the cation vacancy density from the absorption spectra, is derived as 3.4×10-12 cm. Further, Zeeman splitting resulting from two different acceptors is observed from magnetotransmission measurement for the Sb-doped LPE sample, and light hole effective mass is estimated. FIR transmission seems to be a powerful tool for nondestructive characterization of impurity states in Hg1-xCdxTe.

  5. The Impact of Heterogeneity and Dark Acceptor States on FRET: Implications for Using Fluorescent Protein Donors and Acceptors

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    Vogel, Steven S.; Nguyen, Tuan A.; van der Meer, B. Wieb; Blank, Paul S.

    2012-01-01

    Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy is widely used to study protein interactions in living cells. Typically, spectral variants of the Green Fluorescent Protein (FPs) are incorporated into proteins expressed in cells, and FRET between donor and acceptor FPs is assayed. As appreciable FRET occurs only when donors and acceptors are within 10 nm of each other, the presence of FRET can be indicative of aggregation that may denote association of interacting species. By monitoring the excited-state (fluorescence) decay of the donor in the presence and absence of acceptors, dual-component decay analysis has been used to reveal the fraction of donors that are FRET positive (i.e., in aggregates)._However, control experiments using constructs containing both a donor and an acceptor FP on the same protein repeatedly indicate that a large fraction of these donors are FRET negative, thus rendering the interpretation of dual-component analysis for aggregates between separately donor-containing and acceptor-containing proteins problematic. Using Monte-Carlo simulations and analytical expressions, two possible sources for such anomalous behavior are explored: 1) conformational heterogeneity of the proteins, such that variations in the distance separating donor and acceptor FPs and/or their relative orientations persist on time-scales long in comparison with the excited-state lifetime, and 2) FP dark states. PMID:23152925

  6. The excited states of stilbene and stilbenoid donor-acceptor dye systems. A theoretical study

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    Rettig, Wolfgang; Strehmel, Bernd; Majenz, Wilfried

    1993-07-01

    Semiempirical calculations within the CNDO/S framework are used to characterize the nature of the "phantom-singlet" excited state P * (double-bond twisted geometry) of stilbene and stilbenoid donor-acceptor dye systems including the laser dyes DCM and DASPMI. P * is highly polar (closed shell "hole-pair" nature) for weakly perturbed stilbenes but for larger donor-acceptor strength, the order of ground and excited state is reversed, and P * becomes of small polarity ("dot-dot" nature), fully consistent with the established model of biradicaloid states. For stilbene, a slight geometric symmetry reduction is necessary in order to localize the orbitals on the subunits. Only then are the calculated results consistent with those for methyl-substituted stilbene. The localized orbital description of twisted stilbene shows that P * contains negligible doubly excited character and possesses a very small gap to the ground state contrary to what is stated in the previous literature. The planar systems are also investigated and correlated with Dähne's triad rule of polymethine systems.

  7. Metal impurities in crystallographic voids of beta-rhombohedral boron lattice: Binding energies and electron levels

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    Chkhartishvili, Levan; Murusidze, Ivane; Darchiashvili, Maguli; Tsagareishvili, Otar; Gabunia, Domenti

    2012-11-01

    Applying quasi-classical approach, the binding energies and electron levels of metal impurities (Li, Mg, Al, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta, and Re) introduced into crystallographic voids of types A, D and E in the beta-rhombohedral boron lattice are calculated. Binding energies are estimated as ˜1 eV-60 eV per bond. The most of the obtained metal-boron bond lengths are very close to the mean radii of voids in the undoped crystal. Relatively light impurities (from Li to Cu) are found to form donor electron states directly inside the conduction band, i.e., they cause metallization of the material being introduced at sufficiently high concentrations. Heavy impurities (from Zr to Re) form shallow or deep donor levels inside the band gap or even valence band depending on dopants and voids of accommodation.

  8. Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Linear Polyenes: A Study of Excited State Intramolecular Charge Transfer, Photoisomerization and Fluorescence Probe Properties.

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    Hota, Prasanta Kumar; Singh, Anil Kumar

    2014-07-27

    Numerous studies of donor-acceptor conjugated linear polyenes have been carried out with the goal to understand the exact nature of the excited state electronic structure and dynamics. In this article we discuss our endeavours with regard to the excited state intramolecular charge transfer, photoisomerization and fluorescence probe properties of various donor-acceptor substituted compounds of diphenylpolyene [Ar(CH = CH) n Ar] series and ethenylindoles.

  9. Existence of zero-energy impurity states in different classes of topological insulators and superconductors and their relation to topological phase transitions

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    Kimme, Lukas; Hyart, Timo

    2016-01-01

    We consider the effects of impurities on topological insulators and superconductors. We start by identifying the general conditions under which the eigenenergies of an arbitrary Hamiltonian H belonging to one of the Altland-Zirnbauer symmetry classes undergo a robust zero energy crossing as a function of an external parameter which can be, for example, the impurity strength. We define a generalized root of detH and use it to predict or rule out robust zero-energy crossings in all symmetry classes. We complement this result with an analysis based on almost degenerate perturbation theory, which allows a derivation of the asymptotic low-energy behavior of the ensemble averaged density of states ρ ˜Eα for all symmetry classes and makes it transparent that the exponent α does not depend on the choice of the random matrix ensemble. Finally, we show that a lattice of impurities can drive a topologically trivial system into a nontrivial phase, and in particular we demonstrate that impurity bands carrying extremely large Chern numbers can appear in different symmetry classes of two-dimensional topological insulators and superconductors. We use the generalized root of detH (k ) to reveal a spiderweblike momentum space structure of the energy gap closings that separate the topologically distinct phases in px+i py superconductors in the presence of an impurity lattice.

  10. Coexistence of impurity-induced quasi-one-dimensional electronic structure and topological surface states of Bi2Se3

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    Shokri, R.

    2016-02-01

    Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy (microscopy) (STS, STM) in combination with angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), we report on the coexistence of the topological surface state with a long range periodic modulation of the electronic structure on the surface of Bi2Se3 at room temperature. The electronic modulation manifests itself as a two-dimensional commensurate superlattice characterized by stripes running parallel to the surface lattice vectors when the near-surface region of samples are doped with trace amounts of iron or cesium. In both cases, the electronic signature is observed in STM only at energies within the valence band more than 130 meV blow the Dirac point energy (ED). ARPES experiments show the presence of intact Dirac cone, indicating that the electronic stripes do not influence the Dirac surface states. We suggest that the stripe states are the bulk properties of Bi2Se3 induced by trace amounts of cesium and iron impurities residing in bismuth and selenium substitutional sites and/or in the van-der-Waals gap.

  11. Energies and wave functions of an off-centre donor in hemispherical quantum dot: Two-dimensional finite difference approach and ritz variational principle

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    Nakra Mohajer, Soukaina; El Harouny, El Hassan; Ibral, Asmaa; El Khamkhami, Jamal; Assaid, El Mahdi

    2016-09-01

    Eigenvalues equation solutions of a hydrogen-like donor impurity, confined in a hemispherical quantum dot deposited on a wetting layer and capped by an insulating matrix, are determined in the framework of the effective mass approximation. Conduction band alignments at interfaces between quantum dot and surrounding materials are described by infinite height barriers. Ground and excited states energies and wave functions are determined analytically and via one-dimensional finite difference approach in case of an on-center donor. Donor impurity is then moved from center to pole of hemispherical quantum dot and eigenvalues equation is solved via Ritz variational principle, using a trial wave function where Coulomb attraction between electron and ionized donor is taken into account, and by two-dimensional finite difference approach. Numerical codes developed enable access to variations of donor total energy, binding energy, Coulomb correlation parameter, spatial extension and radial probability density with respect to hemisphere radius and impurity position inside the quantum dot.

  12. Spectroscopic signature for bundling, edge states and impurities in 1D and 0D materials

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    Lingam, Kiran Kumar

    Study of nanomaterials has gained interest of researchers from various fields of science and technology due to their unique electronic and vibrational properties as compared to their bulk counterparts. In particular, carbon nanotechnology has evolved rapidly over the past few decades and nowadays, carbon nanotubes are used in various fields such as energy storage, electronics etc. However, the quest for new properties of this material is never ending and the invention of graphene generated enormous interest in the scientific community due to its excellent properties such as strength, high electron mobility, thermal conductivity etc. In this thesis, I aim at gaining better understanding of the electronic properties of carbon nanostructures and also discuss the effect of impurities on the vibrational properties of Bismuth nanorods. In the case of SWNTs, I have studied the effect of surrounding environment on their electronic properties, in particular Sub-nm SWNTs. Due to their unique electronic and vibrational properties, single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with sub-nanometer diameters d ˜ 0.5-0.9 nm have recently gained interest in the carbon community. Using UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy and ultra-centrifugation, we have conducted a detailed study of the π plasmon energy (present at˜5-7 eV) in sub-nm SWCNTs as a function of the size of the bundle. We find that the energy of the π plasmon peak E varies with the bundle diameter Dh as E = (0.023 eV )*ln(Dh/do) + 5.3 7 eV, where do = 0.5 nm and corresponds to the smallest tube diameter. This is compared with the same data for HiPCo and Carbolex SWCNTs of larger diameter (1-1.4 nm) confirming a clear dependence of E on the bundle size, which is present in addition to the previously reported dependence of E on SWCNT diameter d. In case of graphene, the carbon atoms at the edges of graphene sheet contribute to its electronic properties. This effect becomes more prominent in confined structures such as graphene

  13. State of deceased donor transplantation in India: A model for developing countries around the world.

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    Abraham, Georgi; Vijayan, Madhusudan; Gopalakrishnan, Natarajan; Shroff, Sunil; Amalorpavanathan, Joseph; Yuvaraj, Anand; Nair, Sanjeev; Sundarrajan, Saravanan

    2016-06-24

    Renal replacement therapy (RRT) resources are scarce in India, with wide urban-rural and interstate disparities. The burden of end-stage renal disease is expected to increase further due to increasing prevalence of risk factors like diabetes mellitus. Renal transplantation, the best RRT modality, is increasing in popularity, due to improvements made in public education, the deceased donor transplantation (DDT) programme and the availability of free and affordable transplant services in government hospitals and certain non-governmental philanthropic organizations. There are about 120000 haemodialysis patients and 10000 chronic peritoneal dialysis patients in India, the majority of them waiting for a donor kidney. Shortage of organs, lack of transplant facilities and high cost of transplant in private facilities are major barriers for renal transplantation in India. The DDT rate in India is now 0.34 per million population, among the lowest in the world. Infrastructural development in its infancy and road traffic rules not being strictly implemented by the authorities, have led to road traffic accidents being very common in urban and rural India. Many patients are declared brain dead on arrival and can serve as potential organ donors. The DDT programme in the state of Tamil Nadu has met with considerable success and has brought down the incidence of organ trade. Government hospitals in Tamil Nadu, with a population of 72 million, provide free transplantation facilities for the underprivileged. Public private partnership has played an important role in improving organ procurement rates, with the help of trained transplant coordinators in government hospitals. The DDT programmes in the southern states of India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry) are advancing rapidly with mutual sharing due to public private partnership providing vital organs to needy patients. Various health insurance programmes rolled out by the governments in the southern states are effective in

  14. State of deceased donor transplantation in India: A model for developing countries around the world

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    Abraham, Georgi; Vijayan, Madhusudan; Gopalakrishnan, Natarajan; Shroff, Sunil; Amalorpavanathan, Joseph; Yuvaraj, Anand; Nair, Sanjeev; Sundarrajan, Saravanan

    2016-01-01

    Renal replacement therapy (RRT) resources are scarce in India, with wide urban-rural and interstate disparities. The burden of end-stage renal disease is expected to increase further due to increasing prevalence of risk factors like diabetes mellitus. Renal transplantation, the best RRT modality, is increasing in popularity, due to improvements made in public education, the deceased donor transplantation (DDT) programme and the availability of free and affordable transplant services in government hospitals and certain non-governmental philanthropic organizations. There are about 120000 haemodialysis patients and 10000 chronic peritoneal dialysis patients in India, the majority of them waiting for a donor kidney. Shortage of organs, lack of transplant facilities and high cost of transplant in private facilities are major barriers for renal transplantation in India. The DDT rate in India is now 0.34 per million population, among the lowest in the world. Infrastructural development in its infancy and road traffic rules not being strictly implemented by the authorities, have led to road traffic accidents being very common in urban and rural India. Many patients are declared brain dead on arrival and can serve as potential organ donors. The DDT programme in the state of Tamil Nadu has met with considerable success and has brought down the incidence of organ trade. Government hospitals in Tamil Nadu, with a population of 72 million, provide free transplantation facilities for the underprivileged. Public private partnership has played an important role in improving organ procurement rates, with the help of trained transplant coordinators in government hospitals. The DDT programmes in the southern states of India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry) are advancing rapidly with mutual sharing due to public private partnership providing vital organs to needy patients. Various health insurance programmes rolled out by the governments in the southern states are effective in

  15. Fano-shaped impurity spectral density, electric-field-induced in-gap state, and local magnetic moment of an adatom on trilayer graphene

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    Zhang, Zu-Quan; Li, Shuai; Lü, Jing-Tao; Gao, Jin-Hua

    2017-08-01

    Recently, the existence of local magnetic moment in a hydrogen adatom on graphene was confirmed experimentally [González-Herrero et al., Science 352, 437 (2016), 10.1126/science.aad8038]. Inspired by this breakthrough, we theoretically investigate the top-site adatom on trilayer graphene (TLG) by solving the Anderson impurity model via self-consistent mean field method. The influence of the stacking order, the adsorption site, and external electric field are carefully considered. We find that, due to its unique electronic structure, the situation of TLG is drastically different from that of the monolayer graphene. First, the adatom on rhombohedral stacked TLG (r-TLG) can have a Fano-shaped impurity spectral density, instead of the normal Lorentzian-like one, when the impurity level is around the Fermi level. Second, the impurity level of the adatom on r-TLG can be tuned into an in-gap state by an external electric field, which strongly depends on the direction of the applied electric field and can significantly affect the local magnetic moment formation. Finally, we systematically calculate the impurity magnetic phase diagrams, considering various stacking orders, adsorption sites, doping, and electric field. We show that, because of the in-gap state, the impurity magnetic phase of r-TLG will obviously depend on the direction of the applied electric field as well. All our theoretical results can be readily tested in experiment, and may give a comprehensive understanding about the local magnetic moment of an adatom on TLG.

  16. Honoring our donors: a survey of memorial ceremonies in United States anatomy programs.

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    Jones, Trahern W; Lachman, Nirusha; Pawlina, Wojciech

    2014-01-01

    Many anatomy programs that incorporate dissection of donated human bodies hold memorial ceremonies of gratitude towards body donors. The content of these ceremonies may include learners' reflections on mortality, respect, altruism, and personal growth told through various humanities modalities. The task of planning is usually student- and faculty-led with participation from other health care students. Objective information on current memorial ceremonies for body donors in anatomy programs in the United States appears to be lacking. The number of programs in the United States that currently plan these memorial ceremonies and information on trends in programs undertaking such ceremonies remain unknown. Gross anatomy program directors throughout the United States were contacted and asked to respond to a voluntary questionnaire on memorial ceremonies held at their institution. The results (response rate 68.2%) indicated that a majority of human anatomy programs (95.5%) hold memorial ceremonies. These ceremonies are, for the most part, student-driven and nondenominational or secular in nature. Participants heavily rely upon speech, music, poetry, and written essays, with a small inclusion of other humanities modalities, such as dance or visual art, to explore a variety of themes during these ceremonies. © 2013 American Association of Anatomists.

  17. Impurity gettering

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    Picraux, S.T.

    1995-06-01

    Transition metal impurities are well known to cause detrimental effects when present in the active regions of Si devices. Their presence degrades minority carrier lifetime, provides recombination-generation centers, increases junction leakage current and reduces gate oxide integrity. Thus, gettering processes are used to reduce the available metal impurities from the active region of microelectronic circuits. Gettering processes are usually divided into intrinsic (or internal) and extrinsic (or external) categories. Intrinsic refers to processing the Si wafer in a way to make available internal gettering sites, whereas extrinsic implies externally introduced gettering sites. Special concerns have been raised for intrinsic gettering. Not only will the formation of the precipitated oxide and denuded zone be difficult to achieve with the lower thermal budgets, but another inherent limit may set in. In this or any process which relies on the precipitation of metal silicides the impurity concentration can only be reduced as low as the solid solubility limit. However, the solubilities of transition metals relative to silicide formation are typically found to be {approx_gt}10{sup 12}/cm{sup 3} at temperatures of 800 C and above, and thus inadequate to getter to the needed concentration levels. It is thus anticipated that future microelectronic device processing will require one or more of the following advances in gettering technology: (1) new and more effective gettering mechanisms; (2) quantitative models of gettering to allow process optimization at low process thermal budgets and metal impurity concentrations, and/or (3) development of front side gettering methods to allow for more efficient gettering close to device regions. These trend-driven needs provide a driving force for qualitatively new approaches to gettering and provide possible new opportunities for the use of ion implantation in microelectronics processing.

  18. Dissociation of charge-transfer states at donor-acceptor interfaces of organic heterojunctions

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    Inche Ibrahim, M. L.

    2017-02-01

    The dissociation of charge-transfer (CT) states into free charge carriers at donor-acceptor (DA) interfaces is an important step in the operation of organic solar cells and related devices. In this paper, we show that the effect of DA morphology and architecture means that the directions of CT states (where a CT state’s direction is defined as the direction from the electron to the hole of the CT state) may deviate from the direction of the applied electric field. The deviation means that the electric field is not fully utilized to assist, and could even hinder the dissociation process. Furthermore, we show that the correct charge carrier mobilities that should be used to describe CT state dissociation are the actual mobilites at DA interfaces. The actual mobilities are defined in this paper, and in general are not the same as the mobilities that are used to calculate electric currents which are the mobilites along the direction of the electric field. Then, to correctly describe CT state dissociation, we modify the widely used Onsager-Braun (OB) model by including the effect of DA morphology and architecture, and by employing the correct mobilities. We verify that when the modified OB model is used to describe CT state dissociation, the fundamental issues that concern the original OB model are resolved. This study demonstrates that DA morphology and architecture play an important role by strongly influencing the CT state dissociation as well as the mobilites along the direction of the electric field.

  19. Expanding the donor pool: can the Spanish model work in the United States?

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    Chang, George J; Mahanty, Harish D; Ascher, Nancy L; Roberts, John P

    2003-10-01

    Since the creation of the Organizacion Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) in 1989, the organ donation rate in Spain has doubled. Although often attributed to improved donor recruitment efforts, this increase may also represent higher utilization of marginal donors. Therefore, age-related donor recruitment in Spain and the US was evaluated. Data from the ONT, the US Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the US Census Bureau, and the Tempus databank of Spain's Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE) were analyzed. Between 1989 and 1999, the number of donors in Spain increased from 14.3 to 33.7 per million population (pmp; 136% increase) compared with an increase in the US from 16.2 to 21.5 donors pmp (33%). The largest difference between Spain and the US in the increased number of donors was in the 45-year-old group, representing 30.3% of donors in Spain in 1999 (44 donors pmp). If the US increased its older donor rates to match Spain's, an incremental 1235 donors per year would be realized. The high Spanish organ donation rates are largely attributable to increased use of older donors. Utilizing similar proportions of older donors in the US would increase the donor pool by almost 40%.

  20. On the Matsubara-Toyozawa Formalism to Treat Impurity Bands in δ-DOPED Quantum Wells

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    da Cunha Lima, I. C.; da Silva, A. Ferreira

    We obtain the density of the ground and excited states for electrons bound to shallow donors in a δ-dopping of a quantum well. We use the Matsubara-Toyozawa technique to treat disorder. The impurity bands are calculated for a concentration of 9.4×109 cm-2. We show that for this concentration of interest the excited bands do not overlap the ground state.

  1. Effect of a metallic gate on the energy levels of a shallow donor

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    Slachmuylders, A. F.; Partoens, B.; Peeters, F. M.; Magnus, W.

    2008-02-25

    We have investigated the effect of a metallic gate on the bound states of a shallow donor located near the gate. We calculate the energy spectrum as a function of the distance between the metallic gate and the donor and find an anticrossing behavior in the energy levels for certain distances. We show how a transverse electric field can tune the average position of the electron with respect to the metallic gate and the impurity.

  2. Electronic structure of Mu-complex donor state in rutile TiO2

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    Shimomura, K.; Kadono, R.; Koda, A.; Nishiyama, K.; Mihara, M.

    2015-08-01

    The hyperfine structure of the interstitial muonium (Mu) in rutile (TiO2, weakly n -type) has been identified by means of a muon-spin-rotation technique. The angle-resolved hyperfine parameters exhibit a tetragonal anisotropy within the a b plane and axial anisotropy with respect to the <001 > (c ̂) axis. This strongly suggests that the Mu is bound to O (forming an OH bond) at an off-center site within a channel along the c ̂ axis, while the unpaired Mu electron is localized around the neighboring Ti site. The hyperfine parameters are quantitatively explained by a model that considers spin polarization of the unpaired electron at both the Ti and O sites, providing evidence for the formation of Mu as a Ti-O-Mu-complex paramagnetic state. The disappearance of the Mu signal above ˜10 K suggests that the energy necessary for the promotion of the unpaired electron to the conduction band by thermal activation is of the order of 101 meV. These observations suggest that, while the electronic structure of Mu (and hence H) differs considerably from that of the conventional shallow level donor described by the effective mass model, Mu supplies a loosely bound electron, and thus, serves as a donor in rutile.

  3. Donor-acceptor substituted phenylethynyltriphenylenes – excited state intramolecular charge transfer, solvatochromic absorption and fluorescence emission

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    Nandy, Ritesh

    2010-01-01

    Summary Several 2-(phenylethynyl)triphenylene derivatives bearing electron donor and acceptor substituents on the phenyl rings have been synthesized. The absorption and fluorescence emission properties of these molecules have been studied in solvents of different polarity. For a given derivative, solvent polarity had minimal effect on the absorption maxima. However, for a given solvent the absorption maxima red shifted with increasing conjugation of the substituent. The fluorescence emission of these derivatives was very sensitive to solvent polarity. In the presence of strongly electron withdrawing (–CN) and strongly electron donating (–NMe2) substituents large Stokes shifts (up to 130 nm, 7828 cm−1) were observed in DMSO. In the presence of carbonyl substituents (–COMe and –COPh), the largest Stokes shift (140 nm, 8163 cm−1) was observed in ethanol. Linear correlation was observed for the Stokes shifts in a Lippert–Mataga plot. Linear correlation of Stokes shift was also observed with E T(30) scale for protic and aprotic solvents but with different slopes. These results indicate that the fluorescence emission arises from excited state intramolecular charge transfer in these molecules where the triphenylene chromophore acts either as a donor or as an acceptor depending upon the nature of the substituent on the phenyl ring. HOMO–LUMO energy gaps have been estimated from the electrochemical and spectral data for these derivatives. The HOMO and LUMO surfaces were obtained from DFT calculations. PMID:21085512

  4. Ground-state kinetics of bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules.

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    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Bruns, Carson J; Li, Hao; Trabolsi, Ali; Coskun, Ali; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2014-02-18

    The ability to design and confer control over the kinetics of theprocesses involved in the mechanisms of artificial molecular machines is at the heart of the challenge to create ones that can carry out useful work on their environment, just as Nature is wont to do. As one of the more promising forerunners of prototypical artificial molecular machines, chemists have developed bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) over the past couple of decades. These bistable MIMs generally come in the form of [2]rotaxanes, molecular compounds that constitute a ring mechanically interlocked around a dumbbell-shaped component, or [2]catenanes, which are composed of two mechanically interlocked rings. As a result of their interlocked nature, bistable MIMs possess the inherent propensity to express controllable intramolecular, large-amplitude, and reversible motions in response to redox stimuli. In this Account, we rationalize the kinetic behavior in the ground state for a large assortment of these types of bistable MIMs, including both rotaxanes and catenanes. These structures have proven useful in a variety of applications ranging from drug delivery to molecular electronic devices. These bistable donor-acceptor MIMs can switch between two different isomeric states. The favored isomer, known as the ground-state co-conformation (GSCC) is in equilibrium with the less favored metastable state co-conformation (MSCC). The forward (kf) and backward (kb) rate constants associated with this ground-state equilibrium are intimately connected to each other through the ground-state distribution constant, KGS. Knowing the rate constants that govern the kinetics and bring about the equilibration between the MSCC and GSCC, allows researchers to understand the operation of these bistable MIMs in a device setting and apply them toward the construction of artificial molecular machines. The three biggest influences on the ground-state rate constants arise from

  5. Density of states determination in organic donor-acceptor blend layers enabled by molecular doping

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    Fischer, Janine; Ray, Debdutta; Kleemann, Hans; Pahner, Paul; Schwarze, Martin; Koerner, Christian; Vandewal, Koen; Leo, Karl

    2015-06-01

    Charge carrier transport is a key parameter determining the efficiency of organic solar cells, and is closely related to the density of free and trapped states. For trap characterization, impedance spectroscopy is a suitable, non-invasive method, applicable to complete organic semiconductor devices. In order to contribute to the capacitive signal, the traps must be filled with charge carriers. Typically, trap filling is achieved by illuminating the device or by injecting charge carriers through application of a forward bias voltage. However, in both cases, the exact number of charge carriers in the device is not known and depends strongly on the measurement conditions. Here, hole trap states of the model blend layer ZnPc:C60 are filled by weak p-doping, enabling trap characterization in a blend layer at a controlled hole density. We evaluate impedance spectra at different temperatures in order to determine the density of occupied states (DOOS) directly from the capacitance-frequency spectra by assuming a simple energy diagram. The reconstructed DOOS distribution is analyzed at different doping concentrations and device thicknesses and compared to thermally stimulated current measurements performed on the same devices. In both methods, a pronounced Gaussian peak at about 0.4 eV below the transport level is found as well as deep, exponential tail states, providing a deeper insight into the density of states distribution of this donor-acceptor blend layer. Additionally, the effect of doping-induced trap filling on the solar cell characteristics is studied in these devices.

  6. Multiple Charge Transfer States at Ordered and Disordered Donor/Acceptor Interfaces

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    Fusella, Michael; Verreet, Bregt; Lin, Yunhui; Brigeman, Alyssa; Purdum, Geoffrey; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Giebink, Noel; Rand, Barry

    The presence of charge transfer (CT) states in organic solar cells is accepted, but their role in photocurrent generation is not well understood. Here we investigate solar cells based on rubrene and C60 to show that CT state properties are influenced by molecular ordering at the donor/acceptor (D/A) interface. Crystalline rubrene films are produced with domains of 100s of microns adopting the orthorhombic phase, as confirmed by grazing incidence XRD, with the (h00) planes parallel to the substrate. C60 grown atop these films adopts a highly oriented face-centered cubic phase with the (111) plane parallel to the substrate. For this highly ordered system we have discovered the presence of four CT states. Polarized external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements assign three of these to crystalline origins with the remaining one well aligned with the disordered CT state. Varying the thickness of a disordered blend of rubrene:C60 atop the rubrene template modulates the degree of crystallinity at the D/A interface. Strikingly, this process alters the prominence of the four CT states measured via EQE, and results in a transition from single to multiple electroluminescence peaks. These results underscore the impact of molecular structure at the heterojunction on charge photogeneration.

  7. Ground-state thermodynamics of bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules.

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    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Bruns, Carson J; Cao, Dennis; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2012-09-18

    Fashioned through billions of years of evolution, biological molecular machines, such as ATP synthase, myosin, and kinesin, use the intricate relative motions of their components to drive some of life's most essential processes. Having control over the motions in molecules is imperative for life to function, and many chemists have designed, synthesized, and investigated artificial molecular systems that also express controllable motions within molecules. Using bistable mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs), based on donor-acceptor recognition motifs, we have sought to imitate the sophisticated nanoscale machines present in living systems. In this Account, we analyze the thermodynamic characteristics of a series of redox-switchable [2]rotaxanes and [2]catenanes. Control and understanding of the relative intramolecular movements of components in MIMs have been vital in the development of a variety of applications of these compounds ranging from molecular electronic devices to drug delivery systems. These bistable donor-acceptor MIMs undergo redox-activated switching between two isomeric states. Under ambient conditions, the dominant translational isomer, the ground-state coconformation (GSCC), is in equilibrium with the less favored translational isomer, the metastable-state coconformation (MSCC). By manipulating the redox state of the recognition site associated with the GSCC, we can stimulate the relative movements of the components in these bistable MIMs. The thermodynamic parameters of model host-guest complexes provide a good starting point to rationalize the ratio of GSCC to MSCC at equilibrium. The bistable [2]rotaxanes show a strong correlation between the relative free energies of model complexes and the ground-state distribution constants (K(GS)). This relationship does not always hold for bistable [2]catenanes, most likely because of the additional steric and electronic constraints present when the two rings are mechanically interlocked with each other

  8. Gate-modulated conductance of few-layer WSe{sub 2} field-effect transistors in the subgap regime: Schottky barrier transistor and subgap impurity states

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    Wang, Junjie; Feng, Simin; Rhodes, Daniel; Balicas, Luis; Nguyen, Minh An T.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Mallouk, Thomas E.; Terrones, Mauricio; Zhu, J.

    2015-04-13

    Two key subjects stand out in the pursuit of semiconductor research: material quality and contact technology. The fledging field of atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) faces a number of challenges in both efforts. This work attempts to establish a connection between the two by examining the gate-dependent conductance of few-layer (1-5L) WSe{sub 2} field effect devices. Measurements and modeling of the subgap regime reveal Schottky barrier transistor behavior. We show that transmission through the contact barrier is dominated by thermionic field emission (TFE) at room temperature, despite the lack of intentional doping. The TFE process arises due to a large number of subgap impurity states, the presence of which also leads to high mobility edge carrier densities. The density of states of such impurity states is self-consistently determined to be approximately 1–2 × 10{sup 13}/cm{sup 2}/eV in our devices. We demonstrate that substrate is unlikely to be a major source of the impurity states and suspect that lattice defects within the material itself are primarily responsible. Our experiments provide key information to advance the quality and understanding of TMDC materials and electrical devices.

  9. The effect of dielectric constant on binding energy and impurity self-polarization in a GaAs-Ga1- x Al x As spherical quantum dot

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    Mese, A. I.; Cicek, E.; Erdogan, I.; Akankan, O.; Akbas, H.

    2017-03-01

    The ground state, 1s, and the excited state, 2p, energies of a hydrogenic impurity in a GaAs-Ga1- x Al x As spherical quantum dot, are computed as a function of the donor positions. We study how the impurity self-polarization depends on the location of the impurity and the dielectric constant. The excited state anomalous impurity self-polarization in the quantum dot is found to be present in the absence of any external influence and strongly depends on the impurity position and the radius of the dot. Therefore, the excited state anomalous impurity self-polarization can give information about the impurity position in the system. Also, the variation of E_{b1s} and E_{b2p} with the dielectric constant can be utilized as a tool for finding out the correct dielectric constant of the dot material by measuring the 1s or 2p state binding energy for a fixed dot radius and a fixed impurity position.

  10. Charge states of donor-hydrogen pairs in Si: A fragile balance

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    Estreicher, S.K. . Dept. of Physics); Seager, C.H.; Anderson, R.A. )

    1991-01-01

    The debonding rates of H-passivated P and As in silicon have been observed to be very sensitive to the concentration of majority and minority charge carriers. A theoretical study of the stable and metastable configurations of the {l brace}P,H{r brace} and {l brace}As,H{r brace} pairs in the 0 and +1 charge states has been carried out at the near-ab-initio Hartree-Fock level. These calculations show that the lowest-energy configuration in the 0 charge state is the highest-energy configuration in the +1 charge state and vice-versa. This bistability of donor-hydrogen pairs implies that H cannot remain in place upon change of charge state, whether 0 {r arrow} +1 or +1 {r arrow} 0. Quantitative differences between the P and the As cases are qualitatively consistent with the observed differences in the temperature dependence of the debonding rates of {l brace}P,H{r brace} and {l brace}As,H{r brace}. 14 refs., 1 fig.

  11. Estimation of electronic coupling in π-stacked donor-bridge-acceptor systems: Correction of the two-state model

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.

    2006-02-01

    Comparison of donor-acceptor electronic couplings calculated within two-state and three-state models suggests that the two-state treatment can provide unreliable estimates of Vda because of neglecting the multistate effects. We show that in most cases accurate values of the electronic coupling in a π stack, where donor and acceptor are separated by a bridging unit, can be obtained as Ṽda=(E2-E1)μ12/Rda+(2E3-E1-E2)2μ13μ23/Rda2, where E1, E2, and E3 are adiabatic energies of the ground, charge-transfer, and bridge states, respectively, μij is the transition dipole moments between the states i and j, and Rda is the distance between the planes of donor and acceptor. In this expression based on the generalized Mulliken-Hush approach, the first term corresponds to the coupling derived within a two-state model, whereas the second term is the superexchange correction accounting for the bridge effect. The formula is extended to bridges consisting of several subunits. The influence of the donor-acceptor energy mismatch on the excess charge distribution, adiabatic dipole and transition moments, and electronic couplings is examined. A diagnostic is developed to determine whether the two-state approach can be applied. Based on numerical results, we showed that the superexchange correction considerably improves estimates of the donor-acceptor coupling derived within a two-state approach. In most cases when the two-state scheme fails, the formula gives reliable results which are in good agreement (within 5%) with the data of the three-state generalized Mulliken-Hush model.

  12. Electronic structure of copper, silver, and gold impurities in silicon

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    Fazzio, A.; Caldas, M. J.; Zunger, Alex

    1985-07-01

    The electronic structure of Cu, Ag, and Au impurities in silicon is studied self-consistently using the quasiband crystal-field Green's-function method. We find that a substitutional model results in a two-level (acceptor and donor), three-charge-state (A+, A0, and A-) system, which suggests that these defects are amphoteric. Our results show that these substitutional impurities form e-type and t2-type crystal-field resonances (CFR) near the center of the valence band and a dangling-bond hybrid (DBH) t2 level in the gap. The eCFR and tCFR2 states are fully occupied and represent the perturbed and hybridized impurity atomic orbitals (not simply a ``d10'' configuration). They are magnetically and electrically inactive but are predicted to be optically active in the uv, producing both impurity-bound core excitons as well as localized-to-itinerant d-->s transitions with their attendant multiplet structure. The tDBH2 gap level comprises antibonding hybrids of the central impurity orbitals with the vacancy dangling bonds. Its delocalization suggests that both the exchange splitting and the many-electron multiplet separations are small, as opposed to the situation encountered in main-group 3d impurities (e.g., Cr, Mn, Fe) in silicon. Consequently, for group-IB impurities, Jahn-Teller distortions should not be suppressed; the magnetic and electrical response of the system is then determined by these split-off components of the tDBH2 orbital. The calculated donor and acceptor transition energies suggest a 0.15-0.25 eV lattice relaxation energy and that a spin S=(1/2) resonance may be observed for Si:Au0 if the Fermi energy is located above the donor but below the acceptor energy. Study of the bonding in these systems suggests a depopulation of the atomic s and d orbitals and participation of the metal p orbitals in bond formation. The results of this study conflict both with the Ludwig-Woodbury ionic model and with the s electron (i.e., corelike d orbital) model

  13. Influence of impurity and recycling on high-β steady-state plasmas sustained by rotating magnetic fields current drive

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    Guo, H. Y.; Grossnickle, J. A.; Hoffman, A. L.; Vlases, G. C.

    2009-06-01

    A new upgrade of the Translation, Confinement, and Sustainment (TCS) device, TCSU, has been built to form and sustain high temperature compact toroids (CT), known as Field Reversed Configurations, using Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF). In TCS the plasma temperature was limited to several 10s of eV due to high impurity content. These impurities are greatly reduced in TCSU by using advanced plasma chamber and helium glow discharge cleaning. Reducing impurity radiation, when coupled with reduced overall recycling, enabled the plasma to enter into a new, collisionless regime with temperatures well over 200 eV, substantially exceeding the radiation barrier. This is a first for CTs at low input power density. This was achieved using the simple even-parity RMF drive (despite transient opening of field lines by the RMF) because the associated energy loss is sheath-limited, coupled with the low edge density resulting from the RMF pinch effect.

  14. Thermoelectric effects of the single-spin state in the ferromagnetic-normal junction with artificial magnetic impurities

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    Xu, Li; Li, Zhi-Jian; Hou, Hai-Yan; Niu, Pengbin; Nie, Yi-Hang

    2016-10-01

    We theoretically analyze the thermoelectric properties of the single-spin state based on the resonant tunneling of electron in the ferromagnetic-normal junction with artificial magnetic impurities. The thermoelectric coefficients, such as electrical conductance G, thermal conductance K, thermopower S and effective figure of merit Y, have been calculated using the nonequilibrium Green function in the linear regime. It is found that the thermoelectric coefficients can achieve considerable values by adjusting key parameters of the hybrid mesoscopic structure, such as the level detuning, the interdot hopping coefficient, the external magnetic field and the angle θ. When the level detuning changes, the spectra of electrical conductance and thermal conductance exhibit the electronic Dicke-like effect in the low temperature. Two valleys of electrical conductance and thermal conductance are always located at the single-spin level of QD2 ({{\\varepsilon}2\\uparrow} and ~{{\\varepsilon}2\\downarrow} ), and can achieve the antiresonant point by adjusting the interdot hopping coefficient. Thermoelectric coefficients can achieve considerable values near valleys because the Wiedemann-Franz law is strongly violated. Thermopower S and effective figure of merit Y can get larger values in the vicinity of {{\\varepsilon}2\\uparrow} by adjusting key parameters of the hybrid mesoscopic structure, such as the level detuning, the interdot hopping coefficient and the polarization. But the thermoelectric effect is reversed by changing the angle θ. When the angle θ increases, S and Y are suppressed in the vicinity of {{\\varepsilon}2\\uparrow}, meanwhile, S and Y are enhanced in the vicinity of {{\\varepsilon}2\\downarrow}. {χ+}=\\cos \\fracθ{2}|\\uparrow >+\\sin \\fracθ{2}|\\downarrow > shows that an electron in the state {χ+} can virtually tunnel into the spin-up (or spin-down) state of the ferromagnet. The amplitude of electron tunneling is \\cos \\fracθ{2} (or \\sin \\fracθ{2

  15. Mobile impurities in ferromagnetic liquids

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    Kantian, Adrian; Schollwoeck, Ulrich; Giamarchi, Thierry

    2011-03-01

    Recent work has shown that mobile impurities in one dimensional interacting systems may exhibit behaviour that differs strongly from that predicted by standard Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid theory, with the appearance of power-law divergences in the spectral function signifying sublinear diffusion of the impurity. Using time-dependent matrix product states, we investigate a range of cases of mobile impurities in systems beyond the analytically accessible examples to assess the existence of a new universality class of low-energy physics in one-dimensional systems. Correspondence: Adrian.Kantian@unige.ch This work was supported in part by the Swiss SNF under MaNEP and division II.

  16. Non-linear optical response of an impurity in a cylindrical quantum dot under the action of a magnetic field

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    Portacio, Alfonso A.; Rodríguez, Boris A.; Villamil, Pablo

    2017-04-01

    The linear and nonlinear optical response in a cylindrical quantum dot (CQD) of GaAs / Ga0.6Al0.4 As with a donor impurity in a uniform magnetic field applied in the axial direction of the cylinder is studied theoretically. The calculations were carried out in approximations of effective mass and two-level quantum systems. Using the variational method, the binding energies and the wave functions of the 1s-like y 2pz-like states for different positions of the impurity inside the CQD were found. It was found that the binding energy is greatest in the center of the CQD and diminishes as the impurity moves radially and/or axially. The optical rectification, the change in the refractive index, and the optical absorption were studied as functions of the energy of a photon incident on the CQD and different intensities of the magnetic field, with an impurity located at various positions. It was found that in a CDQ with an impurity inside, the effect of the variation of the intensity of the magnetic field on the optical response is much less than the effect produced by the variation of the position of the impurity. The physical reason for this behavior is that in nanostructures with impurities the Coulomb confinement is stronger than the magnetic confinement. It was also found that when the impurity is in the center of the quantum dot, the optical rectification coefficient is zero, due to the symmetry that the wave function of the impurity exhibits at this geometric point. When the impurity moves in the axial direction, the symmetry is broken and the optical rectification coefficient is different from zero, and its value increases as the impurity moves away from the center of the CQD.

  17. Cost-effectiveness of blood donor screening for Babesia microti in endemic regions of the United States.

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    Simon, Matthew S; Leff, Jared A; Pandya, Ankur; Cushing, Melissa; Shaz, Beth H; Calfee, David P; Schackman, Bruce R; Mushlin, Alvin I

    2014-03-01

    Babesia microti is the leading reported cause of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion-transmitted infection in the United States. Donor screening assays are in development. A decision analytic model estimated the cost-effectiveness of screening strategies for preventing transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) in a hypothetical cohort of transfusion recipients in Babesia-endemic areas of the United States. Strategies included: 1) no screening; 2) Uniform Donor Health History Questionnaire (UDHQ), "status quo"; 3) recipient risk targeting using donor antibody and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening; 4) universal endemic donor antibody screening; and 5) universal endemic donor antibody and PCR screening. Outcome measures were TTB cases averted, costs, quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs; $/QALY). We assumed a societal willingness to pay of $1 million/QALY based on screening for other transfusion-transmitted infections. Compared to no screening, the UDHQ avoids 0.02 TTB cases per 100,000 RBC transfusions at an ICER of $160,000/QALY whereas recipient risk-targeted strategy using antibody/PCR avoids 1.62 TTB cases per 100,000 RBC transfusions at an ICER of $713,000/QALY compared to the UDHQ. Universal endemic antibody screening avoids 3.39 cases at an ICER of $760,000/QALY compared to the recipient risk-targeted strategy. Universal endemic antibody/PCR screening avoids 3.60 cases and has an ICER of $8.8 million/QALY compared to universal endemic antibody screening. Results are sensitive to blood donor Babesia prevalence, TTB transmission probability, screening test costs, risk and severity of TTB complications, and impact of babesiosis diagnosis on donor quality of life. Antibody screening for Babesia in endemic regions is appropriate from an economic perspective based on the societal willingness to pay for preventing infectious threats to blood safety. © 2013 American Association of Blood Banks.

  18. Selective stabilization of the chorismate mutase transition state by a positively charged hydrogen bond donor.

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    Kienhöfer, Alexander; Kast, Peter; Hilvert, Donald

    2003-03-19

    Citrulline was incorporated via chemical semisynthesis at position 90 in the active site of the AroH chorismate mutase from Bacillus subtilis. The wild-type arginine at this position makes hydrogen-bonding interactions with the ether oxygen of chorismate. Replacement of the positively charged guanidinium group with the isosteric but neutral urea has a dramatic effect on the ability of the enzyme to convert chorismate into prephenate. The Arg90Cit variant exhibits a >104-fold decrease in the catalytic rate constant kcat with a 2.7-fold increase in the Michaelis constant Km. In contrast, its affinity for a conformationally constrained inhibitor molecule that effectively mimics the geometry but not the dissociative character of the transition state is only reduced by a factor of approximately 6. These results show that an active site merely complementary to the reactive conformation of chorismate is insufficient for catalysis of the mutase reaction. Instead, electrostatic stabilization of the polarized transition state by provision of a cationic hydrogen bond donor proximal to the oxygen in the breaking C-O bond is essential for high catalytic efficiency.

  19. Temperature dependent spectroscopic and excited state dynamics of 3-hydroxychromones with electron donor and acceptor substituents.

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    Szalai, Alan; Giordano, Luciana; Sánchez, Verónica M; Atvars, Teresa D Z; Faleiros, Marcelo; Jares-Erijman, Elizabeth; Aramendía, Pedro F

    2017-05-15

    We have studied the photophysical and photochemical behavior of three compounds derived from 3-hydroxychromone (3-HC), capable of undergoing excited state proton transfer (ESIPT). The compounds have two substituents, located in positions 2 and 7, one on each ring of the 3-HC heterocycle. The substituent pattern shows different electron donating and acceptor features. The compounds were studied by absorption and emission spectroscopy, steady state anisotropy, and time resolved emission spectroscopy (TRES) as a function of temperature. Results were interpreted using time dependent density functional theory calculations. Compared to reference compounds of 3-HC substituted only in the 2 position, the compounds show similar absorption and emission spectra, shifted 20-30 nm to higher wavelengths due to extended conjugation. TRES shows the existence of ESIPT in the thermodynamic equilibrium regime. This process is endothermic in all three compounds. The different behavior compared to monosubstituted 3-HC is attributed to the extended conjugation and to the electron donor acceptor character of the substituents, which has a more pronounced effect when the electron acceptor is located in position 2.

  20. Spin relaxation and donor-acceptor recombination of Se+ in 28-silicon

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    Lo Nardo, Roberto; Wolfowicz, Gary; Simmons, Stephanie; Tyryshkin, Alexei M.; Riemann, Helge; Abrosimov, Nikolai V.; Becker, Peter; Pohl, Hans-Joachim; Steger, Michael; Lyon, Stephen A.; Thewalt, Mike L. W.; Morton, John J. L.

    2015-10-01

    Selenium impurities in silicon are deep double donors and their optical and electronic properties have been recently investigated due to their application for infrared detection. However, a singly ionized selenium donor (Se+) possesses an electron spin which makes it a potential candidate as a silicon-based spin qubit, with significant potential advantages compared to the more commonly studied group V donors. Here we study the electron spin relaxation (T1) and coherence (T2) times of Se+ in isotopically purified 28-silicon, and find them to be up to two orders of magnitude longer than shallow group V donors at temperatures above ˜15 K . We further study the dynamics of donor-acceptor recombination between selenium and boron, demonstrating that it is possible to control the donor charge state through optical excitation of neutral Se0.

  1. Cost-Effectiveness of Blood Donor Screening for Babesia microti in Endemic Regions of the United States

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    Simon, Matthew S.; Leff, Jared A.; Pandya, Ankur; Cushing, Melissa; Shaz, Beth H.; Calfee, David P.; Schackman, Bruce R.; Mushlin, Alvin I.

    2014-01-01

    Background Babesia microti is the leading reported cause of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion-transmitted infection in the United States (US). Donor screening assays are in development. Study Design and Methods A decision analytic model estimated the cost-effectiveness of screening strategies for preventing transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) in a hypothetical cohort of transfusion recipients in Babesia-endemic areas of the US. Strategies included: (1) No screening, (2) Uniform Donor Health History Questionnaire (UDHQ), “status quo”, (3) Recipient risk-targeting using donor antibody (Ab) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening, (4) Universal endemic donor Ab screening, (5) Universal endemic donor Ab and PCR screening. Outcome measures were TTB cases averted, costs, quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios ($/QALY). We assumed a societal willingness to pay of $1 million/QALY based on screening for other transfusion-transmitted infections. Results Compared to no screening, the UDHQ avoids 0.02 TTB cases per 100,000 RBC transfusions at an incremental cost effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $160,000/QALY whereas recipient risk-targeted strategy using Ab/PCR avoids 1.62 TTB cases per 100,000 RBC transfusions at an ICER of $713,000/QALY compared to the UDHQ. Universal endemic Ab screening avoids 3.39 cases at an ICER of $760,000/QALY compared to the recipient-risk targeted strategy. Universal endemic Ab/PCR screening avoids 3.60 cases and has an ICER of $8.8 million/QALY compared to universal endemic Ab screening. Results are sensitive to blood donor Babesia prevalence, TTB transmission probability, screening test costs, risk and severity of TTB complications, and impact of babesiosis diagnosis on donor quality of life. Conclusion Antibody screening for Babesia in endemic regions is appropriate from an economic perspective based on the societal willingness to pay for preventing infectious threats to blood safety. PMID

  2. Increasing the Number of Organ Transplants in the United States by Optimizing Donor Authorization Rates.

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    Goldberg, D S; French, B; Abt, P L; Gilroy, R K

    2015-08-01

    While recent policies have focused on allocating organs to patients most in need and lessening geographic disparities, the only mechanism to increase the actual number of transplants is to maximize the potential organ supply. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using OPTN data on all "eligible deaths" from 1/1/08 to 11/1/13 to evaluate variability in donor service area (DSA)-level donor authorization rates, and to quantify the potential gains associated with increasing authorization rates. Despite adjustments for donor demographics (age, race/ethnicity, cause of death) and geographic factors (rural/urban status of donor hospital, statewide participation in deceased-donor registries) among 52 571 eligible deaths, there was significant variability (p < 0.001) in donor authorization rates across the 58 DSAs. Overall DSA-level adjusted authorization rates ranged from 63.5% to 89.5% (median: 72.7%). An additional 773-1623 eligible deaths could have been authorized, yielding 2679-5710 total organs, if the DSAs with authorization rates below the median and 75th percentile, respectively, implemented interventions to perform at the level of the corresponding reference DSA. Opportunities exist within the current organ acquisition framework to markedly improve DSA-level donor authorization rates. Such initiatives would mitigate waitlist mortality while increasing the number of transplants. © Copyright 2015 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  3. Electric-field gradient characterization at 181Ta impurities in sapphire single crystals

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    Rentería, M.; Darriba, G. N.; Errico, L. A.; Muñoz, E. L.; Eversheim, P. D.

    2005-07-01

    We report Perturbed-Angular-Correlation (PAC) experiments on corundum Al2O3 single crystals implanted with 181Hf/181Ta ions at the ISKP at Bonn and measured at La Plata with high efficiency and time-resolution. The magnitude, asymmetry, and orientation (with respect to the crystalline axes) of the electric-field gradient (EFG) tensor were determined measuring the spin-rotation curves as a function of different orientations of the single crystals relative to the detector system. These results are analyzed in the framework of point-charge model and ab initio Full-Potential Linearized-Augmented Plane Wave calculations, and compared with EFG results coming from PAC experiments with 111In/111Cd impurities. This combined study enables the determination of lattice relaxations induced by the presence of the impurity and the state of charge of a deep impurity donor level in the band gap of the semiconductor.

  4. Resonant and deep impurity levels under hydrostatic pressure in pure n-type InAs

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    Kadri, A.; Aulombard, R. L.; Zitouni, K.; Konczewicz, L.

    1986-05-01

    Hall coefficient ( RH) and electrical resistivity (ϱ 0) were measured as a function of hydrostatic pressure up to 18 kbar, in the 4.2 K-120 K temperature range, on nominally undopted n-type InAs with free carrier concentration ∼2 × 10 16 cm -3. In the 4.2-30 K range, RH and ϱ 0 versus pressure variations indicate the deionization of impurity states which are resonant in the Γ 1c band at normal pressure. The position and the pressure variation of the resonant impurity level are discussed. At T>30 K, evidence is made for the existence of a donor-like impurity level lying ∼10 meV below the Γ 1c band minimum and moving with pressure at the rate of -1.8 meV/kbar with respect to this band.

  5. "Hot or cold": how do charge transfer states at the donor-acceptor interface of an organic solar cell dissociate?

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    Bässler, Heinz; Köhler, Anna

    2015-11-21

    Electron transfer from an excited donor to an acceptor in an organic solar cell (OSC) is an exothermic process, determined by the difference in the electronegativities of donor and acceptor. It has been suggested that the associated excess energy facilitates the escape of the initially generated electron-hole pair from their mutual coulomb well. Recent photocurrent excitation spectroscopy on conjugated polymer/PCBM cells challenged this view. In this perspective we shall briefly outline the strengths and weaknesses of relevant experimental approaches and concepts. We shall enforce the notion that the charge separating state is a vibrationally cold charge transfer (CT) state. It can easily dissociate provided that (i) there is electrostatic screening at the interface and (ii) the charge carriers are delocalized, e.g. if the donor is a well ordered conjugated polymer. Both effects diminish the coulomb attraction and assure that the in-built electric field existing in the OSC under short current condition is already sufficient to separate most the CT states. The remaining CT excitations relax towards tail states of the disorder controlled density of states distribution, such as excimer forming states, that are more tightly bound and have longer lifetimes.

  6. Observation of Low-Temperature Softening of Transverse Elastic Modulus Due to Cobalt Impurities in Mercury Selenide

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    Zhevstovskikh, Irina V.; Okulov, Vsevolod I.; Gudkov, Vladimir V.; Sarychev, Maksim N.; Medvedev, Kirill A.; Andriichuk, Myroslav D.; Paranchich, Lidiya D.

    2016-12-01

    Influence on elastic moduli of donor electron d-states of cobalt impurities has been investigated in mercury selenide crystals. Experiments have been carried out at the frequency of 53 MHz in the temperature interval of 1.3-100 K. Softening of the (C_{11} - C_{12})/2 modulus below 10 K has been observed in the impurity crystals in contrast with the (C_{11} + C_{12} + 2C_{44})/2 and C_{44} moduli those have exhibited hardening at cooling typical for dielectric and semiconductor crystals. The softening of the elastic modulus has been interpreted as manifestation of hybridization of the impurity d-states in the conduction band of the crystal. Comparison of theoretical calculations with experimental data has been proved to be in good agreement and has made it possible to determine the parameters characterizing the hybridized electron states.

  7. The influence of the nature of an electron donor solvent on the solvation state of tert-butyl-substituted dibenzenediisoindol macroring according to the NMR data

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    Aleksandriiskii, V. V.; Islyaikin, M. K.; Burmistrov, V. A.

    2007-11-01

    The influence of the nature of electron donors on the conformational and solvation state of a symmetrical tert-butyl-substituted macroheterocyclic compound was studied in binary mixtures containing electron donor solvating solvents and tetrachloromethane by 1H NMR spectroscopy and semiempirical quantum-chemical methods. The structure of H-complexes was determined. The macroring was found to selectively bind electron donors containing carbonyl and thiocarbonyl groups.

  8. EPR study of the ground state of Mn2+ impurity ions in alumoborates MAl3(BO3)4 (M = Y, Eu, Tm)

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    Prokhorov, А А; Prokhorov, A. D.; Chernush, L. F.; Dyakonov, V. P.; Szymczak, H.; Dejneka, A.

    2015-06-01

    New data about the ground state of the Mn2+ impurity ions in a series of single crystals of alumbrados MAl3(BO3)4, where M = Y,Eu,Tm were obtained. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the Mn2+ spectra were studied, the parameters of the spin Hamiltonian describing the angular dependence of the spectrum were defined. It was shown that Mn2+ ions substitute trivalent ions of rare earth metals without changing the symmetry of the substitution site. The charge compensation process was found to be a nonlocal one. The cooling of the crystals leads to the increase of the splitting of the ground state, which is associated with the anisotropy of the thermal expansion coefficient. It was shown that an application of the superposition model to explain the distortions induced by an impurity Mn2+ ion has some limitations. The EPR linewidth of the Mn2+ ion in the TmAl3(BO3)4 crystal increases with increasing temperature as a result of the dipole-dipole and exchange interactions with the excited states of the host lattice Tm3+ ion.

  9. Multi-state analysis illustrates treatment success after stem cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia followed by donor lymphocyte infusion

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    Eefting, Matthias; de Wreede, Liesbeth C.; Halkes, Constantijn J.M.; von dem Borne, Peter A.; Kersting, Sabina; Marijt, Erik W.A.; Veelken, Hendrik; Putter, Hein; Schetelig, Johannes; Falkenburg, J.H. Frederik

    2016-01-01

    In the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the common approach is to focus outcome analyses on time to relapse and death, without assessing the impact of post-transplant interventions. We investigated whether a multi-state model would give insight into the events after transplantation in a cohort of patients who were transplanted using a strategy including scheduled donor lymphocyte infusions. Seventy-eight consecutive patients who underwent myeloablative T-cell depleted allogeneic stem cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome were studied. We constructed a multi-state model to analyze the impact of donor lymphocyte infusion and graft-versus-host disease on the probabilities of relapse and non-relapse mortality over time. Based on this model we introduced a new measure for outcome after transplantation which we called ‘treatment success’: being alive without relapse and immunosuppression for graft-versus-host disease. All relevant clinical events were implemented into the multi-state model and were denoted treatment success or failure (either transient or permanent). Both relapse and non-relapse mortality were causes of failure of comparable magnitude. Whereas relapse was the dominant cause of failure from the transplantation state, its rate was reduced after graft-versus-host disease, and especially after donor lymphocyte infusion. The long-term probability of treatment success was approximately 40%. This probability was increased after donor lymphocyte infusion. Our multi-state model helps to interpret the impact of post-transplantation interventions and clinical events on failure and treatment success, thus extracting more information from observational data. PMID:26802054

  10. Multi-state analysis illustrates treatment success after stem cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia followed by donor lymphocyte infusion.

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    Eefting, Matthias; de Wreede, Liesbeth C; Halkes, Constantijn J M; von dem Borne, Peter A; Kersting, Sabina; Marijt, Erik W A; Veelken, Hendrik; Putter, Hein; Schetelig, Johannes; Falkenburg, J H Frederik

    2016-04-01

    In the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the common approach is to focus outcome analyses on time to relapse and death, without assessing the impact of post-transplant interventions. We investigated whether a multi-state model would give insight into the events after transplantation in a cohort of patients who were transplanted using a strategy including scheduled donor lymphocyte infusions. Seventy-eight consecutive patients who underwent myeloablative T-cell depleted allogeneic stem cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome were studied. We constructed a multi-state model to analyze the impact of donor lymphocyte infusion and graft-versus-host disease on the probabilities of relapse and non-relapse mortality over time. Based on this model we introduced a new measure for outcome after transplantation which we called 'treatment success': being alive without relapse and immunosuppression for graft-versus-host disease. All relevant clinical events were implemented into the multi-state model and were denoted treatment success or failure (either transient or permanent). Both relapse and non-relapse mortality were causes of failure of comparable magnitude. Whereas relapse was the dominant cause of failure from the transplantation state, its rate was reduced after graft-versus-host disease, and especially after donor lymphocyte infusion. The long-term probability of treatment success was approximately 40%. This probability was increased after donor lymphocyte infusion. Our multi-state model helps to interpret the impact of post-transplantation interventions and clinical events on failure and treatment success, thus extracting more information from observational data.

  11. Underutilization of Living Donor Liver Transplantation in the United States: Bias against MELD 20 and Higher.

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    Perumpail, Ryan B; Yoo, Eric R; Cholankeril, George; Hogan, Lupe; Deis, Melodie; Concepcion, Waldo C; Bonham, C Andrew; Younossi, Zobair M; Wong, Robert J; Ahmed, Aijaz

    2016-09-28

    Background and Aims: Utilization of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and its relationship with recipient Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) needs further evaluation in the United States (U.S.). We evaluated the association between recipient MELD score at the time of surgery and survival following LDLT. Methods: All U.S. adult LDLT recipients with MELD < 25 were evaluated using the 1995-2012 United Network for Organ Sharing registry. Survival following LDLT was stratified into three MELD categories (MELD < 15 vs. MELD 15-19 vs. MELD 20-24) and evaluated using Kaplan-Meier methods and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Overall, 2,258 patients underwent LDLT. Compared to patients with MELD < 15, overall 5-year survival following LDLT was similar among patients with MELD 15-19 (80.9% vs. 80.3%, p = 0.77) and MELD 20-24 (81.2% vs. 80.3%, p = 0.73). When compared to patients with MELD < 15, there was no significant difference in long-term post-LDLT survival among those with MELD 15-19 (HR: 1.11, 95% CI: 0.85-1.45, p = 0.45) and a non-significant trend towards lower survival in patients with MELD 20-24 (HR: 1.28, 95% CI: 0.91-1.81, p = 0.16). Only 14% of LDLTs were performed in patients with MELD 20-24 and the remaining 86% in patients with MELD < 20. Conclusion: LDLT is underutilized in patients with MELD 20 and higher.

  12. Underutilization of Living Donor Liver Transplantation in the United States: Bias against MELD 20 and Higher

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    Perumpail, Ryan B.; Yoo, Eric R.; Cholankeril, George; Hogan, Lupe; Deis, Melodie; Concepcion, Waldo C.; Bonham, C. Andrew; Younossi, Zobair M.; Wong, Robert J.; Ahmed, Aijaz

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background and Aims: Utilization of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and its relationship with recipient Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) needs further evaluation in the United States (U.S.). We evaluated the association between recipient MELD score at the time of surgery and survival following LDLT. Methods: All U.S. adult LDLT recipients with MELD < 25 were evaluated using the 1995–2012 United Network for Organ Sharing registry. Survival following LDLT was stratified into three MELD categories (MELD < 15 vs. MELD 15–19 vs. MELD 20–24) and evaluated using Kaplan-Meier methods and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Overall, 2,258 patients underwent LDLT. Compared to patients with MELD < 15, overall 5-year survival following LDLT was similar among patients with MELD 15–19 (80.9% vs. 80.3%, p = 0.77) and MELD 20–24 (81.2% vs. 80.3%, p = 0.73). When compared to patients with MELD < 15, there was no significant difference in long-term post-LDLT survival among those with MELD 15–19 (HR: 1.11, 95% CI: 0.85−1.45, p = 0.45) and a non-significant trend towards lower survival in patients with MELD 20–24 (HR: 1.28, 95% CI: 0.91−1.81, p = 0.16). Only 14% of LDLTs were performed in patients with MELD 20–24 and the remaining 86% in patients with MELD < 20. Conclusion: LDLT is underutilized in patients with MELD 20 and higher. PMID:27777886

  13. Electronic properties of the residual donor in unintentionally doped β-Ga2O3

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    Son, N. T.; Goto, K.; Nomura, K.; Thieu, Q. T.; Togashi, R.; Murakami, H.; Kumagai, Y.; Kuramata, A.; Higashiwaki, M.; Koukitu, A.; Yamakoshi, S.; Monemar, B.; Janzén, E.

    2016-12-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance was used to study the donor that is responsible for the n-type conductivity in unintentionally doped (UID) β-Ga2O3 substrates. We show that in as-grown materials, the donor requires high temperature annealing to be activated. In partly activated materials with the donor concentration in the 1016 cm-3 range or lower, the donor is found to behave as a negative-U center (often called a DX center) with the negative charge state DX- lying ˜16-20 meV below the neutral charge state d0 (or Ed), which is estimated to be ˜28-29 meV below the conduction band minimum. This corresponds to a donor activation energy of Ea˜44-49 meV. In fully activated materials with the donor spin density close to ˜1 × 1018 cm-3, donor electrons become delocalized, leading to the formation of impurity bands, which reduces the donor activation energy to Ea˜15-17 meV. The results clarify the electronic structure of the dominant donor in UID β-Ga2O3 and explain the large variation in the previously reported donor activation energy.

  14. Complexity of Quantum Impurity Problems

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    Bravyi, Sergey; Gosset, David

    2017-08-01

    We give a quasi-polynomial time classical algorithm for estimating the ground state energy and for computing low energy states of quantum impurity models. Such models describe a bath of free fermions coupled to a small interacting subsystem called an impurity. The full system consists of n fermionic modes and has a Hamiltonian {H=H_0+H_{imp}} , where H 0 is quadratic in creation-annihilation operators and H imp is an arbitrary Hamiltonian acting on a subset of O(1) modes. We show that the ground energy of H can be approximated with an additive error {2^{-b}} in time {n^3 \\exp{[O(b^3)]}} . Our algorithm also finds a low energy state that achieves this approximation. The low energy state is represented as a superposition of {\\exp{[O(b^3)]}} fermionic Gaussian states. To arrive at this result we prove several theorems concerning exact ground states of impurity models. In particular, we show that eigenvalues of the ground state covariance matrix decay exponentially with the exponent depending very mildly on the spectral gap of H 0. A key ingredient of our proof is Zolotarev's rational approximation to the {√{x}} function. We anticipate that our algorithms may be used in hybrid quantum-classical simulations of strongly correlated materials based on dynamical mean field theory. We implemented a simplified practical version of our algorithm and benchmarked it using the single impurity Anderson model.

  15. Ab initio multiconfiguration self-consistent-field calculations of the excited states of a Mn impurity in CaF2

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    Lewandowski, A. C.; Wilson, T. M.

    1994-08-01

    We analyze Mn absorption in CaF2:Mn by the employment of ab inito quantum-mechanical cluster calculations and ligand-field methods. The [MnF8]6- Oh cluster is chosen to represent the isolated Mn2+ substitutional impurity in an otherwise perfect crystal. The methods of unrestricted open-shell Hartree-Fock self-consistent field (SCF), Mo/ller-Plesset perturbation theory to second- and fourth-order, and singles and doubles configuration interaction are used to calculate the spin sextet and quartet ground states. With the active space consisting of the Mn 3d molecular orbitals, the spin quartet excited states are calculated by the method of multiconfiguration SCF. It was found that the presence of an external field designed to reproduce the Madelung potential difference within the cluster did not significantly affect the Mn d-to-d transitions. The crystal-field term splitting diagrams for the eight-coordinated Mn2+ impurity in Oh symmetry are calculated. The results showed a narrowing of the multiplet terms in energy with respect to the six-coordinated Oh result. This increases the crystal-field parameter Dq from the previously published value of 420-570 cm-1.

  16. Overview of genotoxic impurities in pharmaceutical development.

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    Bercu, Joel P; Dobo, Krista L; Gocke, Elmar; McGovern, Timothy J

    2009-01-01

    This symposium focuses on the management of genotoxic impurities in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Recent developments in both Europe and United States require sponsors of new drug applications to develop processes to control the risks of potential genotoxic impurities. Genotoxic impurities represent a special case relative to the International Conference on Harmonisation Q3A/Q3B guidances, because genotoxicity tests used to qualify the drug substance may not be sufficient to demonstrate safety of a potentially genotoxic impurity. The default risk management approach for a genotoxic impurity is the threshold of toxicological concern unless a more specific risk characterization is appropriate. The symposium includes descriptions of industry examples where impurities are introduced and managed in the synthesis of a pharmaceutical. It includes recent regulatory developments such as the "staged threshold of toxicological concern" when administration is of short duration (eg, during clinical trials).

  17. Effects of impurity location on the impurity bands and their spectral densities in quantum wells

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    Gold, A.; Ghazali, A.; Serre, J.

    1989-09-01

    The electronic density of states and the spectral density of quantum wells are calculated as functions of the impurity position zi. A multiple-scattering method which accounts for the formation of impurity bands is used. The study of the spectral densities provides us with the behavior of the averaged wave functions of the ground- and excited-state impurity bands in the k space. We demonstrate that our approach can be used to study hybridization effects between different bands.

  18. Volunteer donor apheresis.

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    Waxman, Dan A

    2002-02-01

    Volunteer donor apheresis has evolved from early plasmapheresis procedures that collected single components into technically advanced multicomponent procedures that can produce combinations of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma units. Blood collection and utilization is increasing annually in the United States. The number of apheresis procedures is also increasing such that single donor platelet transfusions now exceed platelet concentrates from random donors. Donor qualifications for apheresis vary from those of whole blood. Depending on the procedure, the donor weight, donation interval, and platelet count must be taken into consideration. Adverse effects of apheresis are well known and fortunately occur in only a very small percentage of donors. The recruitment of volunteer donors is one of the most challenging aspects of a successful apheresis program. As multicomponent apheresis becomes more commonplace, it is important for collection centers to analyze the best methods to recruit and collect donors.

  19. The weekend effect alters the procurement and discard rates of deceased donor kidneys in the United States

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    Mohan, Sumit; Foley, Karl; Chiles, Mariana C; Dube, Geoffrey K; Patzer, Rachel E; Pastan, Stephen; Crew, R John; Cohen, David; Ratner, Lloyd

    2016-01-01

    Factors contributing to the high rate of discard among deceased donor kidneys remain poorly understood and the influence of resource limitations of weekends on kidney transplantation is unknown. To quantify this we used data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and assembled a retrospective cohort of 181,799 deceased donor kidneys recovered for transplantation from 2000-2013. We identified the impact of the day of the week on the procurement and subsequent utilization or discard of deceased donor kidneys in the United States, as well as report the geographic variation on the impact of weekends on transplantation. Compared to weekday kidneys, organs procured on weekends were significantly more likely to be discarded than transplanted (odds ratio: 1.16; 95% confidence interval 1.13 – 1.19), even after adjusting for organ quality (adjusted odds ratio: 1.13; 95% confidence interval 1.10 – 1.17). Weekend discards were of a significantly higher quality than weekday discards (kidney donor profile index: 76.5 vs 77.3%). Considerable geographic variation was noted in the proportion of transplants that occurred over the weekend. Kidneys available for transplant over the weekend were significantly more likely to be used at larger transplant centers, be shared without payback, and experienced shorter cold ischemia times. Thus, factors other than kidney quality are contributing to the discard of deceased donor kidneys, particularly during weekends. Policy prescriptions, administrative or organizational solutions within transplant programs may potentially mitigate against the recent increase in kidney discards. PMID:27182001

  20. Low hepatitis E virus RNA prevalence in a large-scale survey of United States source plasma donors.

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    Roth, Nathan J; Schäfer, Wolfram; Alexander, Rick; Elliott, Kevin; Elliott-Browne, Wlenyeno; Knowles, Jonathan; Wenzel, Jürgen J; Simon, Toby L

    2017-08-21

    Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a small, nonenveloped, single-stranded, RNA virus of emerging concern in industrialized countries. HEV transmission through transfusion of blood components has been reported, but not via plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs) manufactured with virus inactivation and/or removal steps. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of HEV among US source plasma donors. Samples were collected from US source plasma donors at centers across the United States and were initially screened for HEV RNA in 96-sample minipools using the Roche cobas HEV test on the cobas 8800 system. Assuming a sensitivity of 18.6 IU/mL, the minipool screening strategy allowed for reliable detection of individual donations with HEV RNA titers of more than 2 × 10(3) IU/mL. Reactive minipools were resolved to individual donations, which were further analyzed to quantify viral RNA concentration, determine HEV genotype, and immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgM HEV antibody status. A total of 128,020 samples were collected from 96 CSL Plasma centers in the United States, representing 27 states. The prevalence of HEV RNA-positive samples was 0.002% with three unique HEV-positive donors identified, all HEV Subgenotype 3a. Virus titers of HEV-positive samples were relatively low (10(3) -10(4) IU HEV RNA/mL). One positive donation was HEV IgG seropositive. Routine screening of US source plasma donations for HEV would not substantially improve the safety of most PDMPs. The low prevalence and potential viral load of HEV, together with effective virus reduction steps in manufacturing processes, results in a low residual risk and acceptable safety margins for PDMPs derived from US plasma donors. © 2017 The Authors Transfusion published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of AABB.

  1. Impact of preimplantation genetic screening on donor oocyte-recipient cycles in the United States.

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    Barad, David H; Darmon, Sarah K; Kushnir, Vitaly A; Albertini, David F; Gleicher, Norbert

    2017-07-20

    Our objective was to estimate the contribution of preimplantation genetic screening to in vitro fertilization pregnancy outcomes in donor oocyte-recipient cycles. This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of US national data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting System between 2005 and 2013. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting relies on voluntarily annual reports by more than 90% of US in vitro fertilization centers. We evaluated pregnancy and live birth rates in donor oocyte-recipient cycles after the first embryo transfer with day 5/6 embryos. Statistical models, adjusted for patient and donor ages, number of embryos transferred, race, infertility diagnosis, and cycle year were created to compare live birth rates in 392 preimplantation genetic screening and 20,616 control cycles. Overall, pregnancy and live birth rates were significantly lower in preimplantation genetic screening cycles than in control cycles. Adjusted odds of live birth for preimplantation genetic screening cycles were reduced by 35% (odds ratio, 0.65, 95% confidence interval, 0.53-0.80; P < .001). Preimplantation genetic screening, as practiced in donor oocyte-recipient cycles over the past 9 years, has not been associated with improved odds of live birth or reduction in miscarriage rates. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Chagas Disease Screening in Maternal Donors of Publicly Banked Umbilical Cord Blood, United States

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    Gilner, Jennifer B.; Hernandez, Jose; Kurtzberg, Joanne; Heine, R. Phillips

    2016-01-01

    To assess patterns of Chagas disease, we reviewed results of screening umbilical cord blood from a US public cord blood bank during 2007–2014. Nineteen maternal donors tested positive for Trypanosoma cruzi parasites (0.04%). Because perinatal transmission of Chagas disease is associated with substantial illness, targeted prenatal programs should screen for this disease. PMID:27433974

  3. Matched unrelated donor transplants-State of the art in the 21st century.

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    Altaf, Syed Y; Apperley, Jane F; Olavarria, Eduardo

    2016-10-01

    Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the therapy of choice in many hematological malignant and non-malignant diseases by using human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched siblings as stem cell source but only one third of the patients will have HLA-matched siblings. Hence, physicians rely on the availability of matched unrelated donors (URD). The possibility of finding a matched URD is now more than 70% due to continuous expansion of URD registries around the world. The use of URD in adult patients is steadily increasing and in the last 8 years has superseded the numbers of matched sibling donor transplants and has become the most commonly used stem cell source. There is also an increasing trend to use peripheral blood (PB) stem cells rather than bone marrow (BM) stem cells. Outcomes following URD transplants depend mainly upon the indication and urgency of transplant, age and comorbidities of recipients, cytomegalovirus (CMV) matching/mismatching between donor and the recipient, and degree of HLA matching. In some studies outcome of unrelated stem cell transplants in terms of treatment-related mortality (TRM), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) is comparable to sibling donors.

  4. Binding energy of the donor impurities in GaAs-Ga 1- x Al x As quantum well wires with Morse potential in the presence of electric and magnetic fields

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    Aciksoz, Esra; Bayrak, Orhan; Soylu, Asim

    2016-10-01

    The behavior of a donor in the GaAs-Ga1-x Al x As quantum well wire represented by the Morse potential is examined within the framework of the effective-mass approximation. The donor binding energies are numerically calculated for with and without the electric and magnetic fields in order to show their influence on the binding energies. Moreover, how the donor binding energies change for the constant potential parameters (D e, r e, and a) as well as with the different values of the electric and magnetic field strengths is determined. It is found that the donor binding energy is highly dependent on the external electric and magnetic fields as well as parameters of the Morse potential. Project supported by the Turkish Science Research Council (TÜBİTAK) and the Financial Supports from Akdeniz and Nigde Universities.

  5. Donors' health state the year after peripheral haematopoietic progenitor cell collection: A prospective follow-up study in related and unrelated donors compared to first-time platelet donors.

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    Bank, I; Wiersum-Osselton, J C; Van Walraven, S M; Netelenbos, T; Fechter, M; Marijt-van der Kreek, T; Bär, B M A M; Van der Bom, J G; Brand, A

    2016-12-01

    Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilized peripheral haematopoietic progenitor cells collected by apheresis (HPC-A) are the most common source used for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Retrospective short and long-term donor follow-up studies show very low risks of serious complications and do not report compelling evidence of increased cancer occurrence. Some studies reported a prolonged period of leucopenia without an obvious association with infectious complications. However, beyond the first few weeks after the procedure a relationship between events is elusive. We therefore evaluated medical service utilization by prospectively recruited HPC-A donors and first-time platelet apheresis donors for comparison for 1 year after donation. Data were prospectively collected using questionnaires and by medical record review. A total of 215 HPC-A donors (111 unrelated donors and 104 related donors) and 96 first-time platelet donors consented to participation in the study. Follow-up was available for 202 (96%): questionnaires were returned by 74% and records from nonstudy contacts were available for 94% of donors. During the 1-year follow-up, 94 of the donors who returned questionnaires sought medical attention for diagnostic evaluation and/or treatment: 41% of HPC-A donors and 40% of platelet donors. Medical service utilization the first year after HPC-A donation is similar to that after first-time platelet donation. The occurrence of serious medical conditions in both related and unrelated HPC-A donors underscores the importance of participation in long-term follow-up in large cohorts. The findings in this relatively small cohort contribute to evidence on the safety of G-CSF mobilization and HPC-A. J. Clin. Apheresis 31:523-528, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Temperature-Dependent Compensation and Optical Quenching by Thermal Oxygen Donors in Germanium

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    Watson, D.; Guptill, M.; Huffman, J.; Krabach, T.; Raines, S.

    1994-01-01

    Photothermal ionization spectroscopy of germanium, doped in the impurity-band conduction range with gallium acceptors and with thermal oxygen donors, reveals that the donors and acceptors compensate each other at temperatures higher than about 5K, but that the impurities coexist as neutral donors and acceptors at lower temperatures.

  7. Temperature-Dependent Compensation and Optical Quenching by Thermal Oxygen Donors in Germanium

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    Watson, D.; Guptill, M.; Huffman, J.; Krabach, T.; Raines, S.

    1994-01-01

    Photothermal ionization spectroscopy of germanium, doped in the impurity-band conduction range with gallium acceptors and with thermal oxygen donors, reveals that the donors and acceptors compensate each other at temperatures higher than about 5K, but that the impurities coexist as neutral donors and acceptors at lower temperatures.

  8. Magnetic impurity doping induced spin-glass state and short-range zigzag order in the honeycomb iridate Na2IrO3.

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    Cai, W P; Yan, Z R; Liu, R M; Qin, M H; Zeng, M; Lu, X B; Gao, X S; Liu, J-M

    2017-10-11

    Based on the modified Heisenberg-Kitaev model, the effects of magnetic substitution on the magnetic properties of the honeycomb-lattice iridate [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] are studied using Monte Carlo simulations. It is observed that the long-range zigzag state of the original system is rather fragile and can be replaced by a spin-glass state even for small substitution, well consistent with the experimental observation in Ru-substituted samples (Mehlawat et al 2015 Phys. Rev. B 92 134412). Both the disordered Heisenberg and Kitaev interactions caused by the magnetic ion-doping are suggested to be responsible for the magnetic phase transitions in the system. More interestingly, a short-range zigzag order is suggested to survive above the freezing temperature even at high magnetic impurity doping levels.

  9. Magnetic impurity doping induced spin-glass state and short-range zigzag order in the honeycomb iridate Na2IrO3

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    Cai, W. P.; Yan, Z. R.; Liu, R. M.; Qin, M. H.; Zeng, M.; Lu, X. B.; Gao, X. S.; Liu, J.-M.

    2017-10-01

    Based on the modified Heisenberg–Kitaev model, the effects of magnetic substitution on the magnetic properties of the honeycomb-lattice iridate Na2 IrO3 are studied using Monte Carlo simulations. It is observed that the long-range zigzag state of the original system is rather fragile and can be replaced by a spin-glass state even for small substitution, well consistent with the experimental observation in Ru-substituted samples (Mehlawat et al 2015 Phys. Rev. B 92 134412). Both the disordered Heisenberg and Kitaev interactions caused by the magnetic ion-doping are suggested to be responsible for the magnetic phase transitions in the system. More interestingly, a short-range zigzag order is suggested to survive above the freezing temperature even at high magnetic impurity doping levels.

  10. Asymmetric Stark shift in an impurity doped dome-shaped quantum dot with wetting layer

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    Niculescu, E. C.; Cristea, M.; Bejan, D.

    2017-02-01

    The effects of vertical electric field and donor impurity on the electronic properties of the dome-shaped InAs/GaAs quantum dot coupled to its wetting layer were investigated. The dependence of the electron density, energy and Stark shift of the S-, P- and WL-states on the applied electric field was studied with and without impurity. The S- and P-states have no significant qualitative changes in the shape of the wave functions with increasing the electric field, except that they become slightly shifted due to the competition between the field action and the quantum confinement. The wave function of the WL-state is strongly modified in polarized structures. Our results reveal that the Stark shift of electron energies can be fitted with a quadratic dependence on the electric field, the linear and quadratic terms corresponding to the dipole moment and static electron polarizability. Their estimated values reasonable agree with those calculated.

  11. Effect of Donor-Acceptor Coupling on TICT Dynamics in the Excited States of Two Dimethylamine Substituted Chalcones.

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    Ghosh, Rajib; Palit, Dipak K

    2015-11-12

    Significant effect of coupling between the electron donor and acceptor groups in intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) dynamics has been demonstrated by comparing the photophysical properties of two isomeric N,N-dimethylaminochalcone derivatives (namely, DMAC-A and DMAC-B). In the case of the DMAC-B molecule, the distance between the donor (N,N-dimethylaniline or DMA) and the acceptor (carbonyl) groups is larger by one ethylene unit as compared to that in the case of DMAC-A. The excited singlet (S1) states of both the isomers have strong ICT character but their photophysical properties are remarkably different. In polar solvents, fluorescence quantum yields (and the lifetimes of the S1 state) of DMAC-A are more than 2 orders of magnitude lower (and shorter) than those of DMAC-B. Remarkable differences in the photophysical properties of these two isomers arise due to occurrence of the ultrafast twisting of the DMA group (or the TICT process) during the course of deactivation of the S1 state of the DMAC-A molecule, but not in the case of DMAC-B. In the later case, because of the presence of a large energy barrier along the twisting coordinate(s), TICT is not a feasible process, and hence, the S1 state of DMAC-B has the planar ICT structure. In the DMAC-A molecule, the strength of coupling between the donor and acceptor groups is relatively stronger because of a shorter distance between these groups. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopic measurements and DFT/TDDFT calculations have been adopted to establish the above aspects of the relaxation dynamics of the S1 states of these two isomeric chalcones.

  12. Impurity bubbles in a BEC

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    Timmermans, Eddy; Blinova, Alina; Boshier, Malcolm

    2013-05-01

    Polarons (particles that interact with the self-consistent deformation of the host medium that contains them) self-localize when strongly coupled. Dilute Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) doped with neutral distinguishable atoms (impurities) and armed with a Feshbach-tuned impurity-boson interaction provide a unique laboratory to study self-localized polarons. In nature, self-localized polarons come in two flavors that exhibit qualitatively different behavior: In lattice systems, the deformation is slight and the particle is accompanied by a cloud of collective excitations as in the case of the Landau-Pekar polarons of electrons in a dielectric lattice. In natural fluids and gases, the strongly coupled particle radically alters the medium, e.g. by expelling the host medium as in the case of the electron bubbles in superfluid helium. We show that BEC-impurities can self-localize in a bubble, as well as in a Landau-Pekar polaron state. The BEC-impurity system is fully characterized by only two dimensionless coupling constants. In the corresponding phase diagram the bubble and Landau-Pekar polaron limits correspond to large islands separated by a cross-over region. The same BEC-impurity species can be adiabatically Feshbach steered from the Landau-Pekar to the bubble regime. This work was funded by the Los Alamos LDRD program.

  13. Elemental Impurities in Pharmaceutical Excipients.

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    Li, Gang; Schoneker, Dave; Ulman, Katherine L; Sturm, Jason J; Thackery, Lisa M; Kauffman, John F

    2015-12-01

    Control of elemental impurities in pharmaceutical materials is currently undergoing a transition from control based on concentrations in components of drug products to control based on permitted daily exposures in drug products. Within the pharmaceutical community, there is uncertainty regarding the impact of these changes on manufactures of drug products. This uncertainty is fueled in part by a lack of publically available information on elemental impurity levels in common pharmaceutical excipients. This paper summarizes a recent survey of elemental impurity levels in common pharmaceutical excipients as well as some drug substances. A widely applicable analytical procedure was developed and was shown to be suitable for analysis of elements that are subject to United States Pharmacopoeia Chapter <232> and International Conference on Harmonization's Q3D Guideline on Elemental Impurities. The procedure utilizes microwave-assisted digestion of pharmaceutical materials and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for quantitative analysis of these elements. The procedure was applied to 190 samples from 31 different excipients and 15 samples from eight drug substances provided through the International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council of the Americas. The results of the survey indicate that, for the materials included in the study, relatively low levels of elemental impurities are present. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  14. Analytical advances in pharmaceutical impurity profiling.

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    Holm, René; Elder, David P

    2016-05-25

    Impurities will be present in all drug substances and drug products, i.e. nothing is 100% pure if one looks in enough depth. The current regulatory guidance on impurities accepts this, and for drug products with a dose of less than 2g/day identification of impurities is set at 0.1% levels and above (ICH Q3B(R2), 2006). For some impurities, this is a simple undertaking as generally available analytical techniques can address the prevailing analytical challenges; whereas, for others this may be much more challenging requiring more sophisticated analytical approaches. The present review provides an insight into current development of analytical techniques to investigate and quantify impurities in drug substances and drug products providing discussion of progress particular within the field of chromatography to ensure separation of and quantification of those related impurities. Further, a section is devoted to the identification of classical impurities, but in addition, inorganic (metal residues) and solid state impurities are also discussed. Risk control strategies for pharmaceutical impurities aligned with several of the ICH guidelines, are also discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Designing calcium release channel inhibitors with enhanced electron donor properties: stabilizing the closed state of ryanodine receptor type 1.

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    Ye, Yanping; Yaeger, Daniel; Owen, Laura J; Escobedo, Jorge O; Wang, Jialu; Singer, Jeffrey D; Strongin, Robert M; Abramson, Jonathan J

    2012-01-01

    New drugs with enhanced electron donor properties that target the ryanodine receptor from skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum (RyR1) are shown to be potent inhibitors of single-channel activity. In this article, we synthesize derivatives of the channel activator 4-chloro-3-methyl phenol (4-CmC) and the 1,4-benzothiazepine channel inhibitor 4-[-3{1-(4-benzyl) piperidinyl}propionyl]-7-methoxy-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1,4-benzothiazepine (K201, JTV519) with enhanced electron donor properties. Instead of activating channel activity (~100 μM), the 4-methoxy analog of 4-CmC [4-methoxy-3-methyl phenol (4-MmC)] inhibits channel activity at submicromolar concentrations (IC(50) = 0.34 ± 0.08 μM). Increasing the electron donor characteristics of K201 by synthesizing its dioxole congener results in an approximately 16 times more potent RyR1 inhibitor (IC(50) = 0.24 ± 0.05 μM) compared with K201 (IC(50) = 3.98 ± 0.79 μM). Inhibition is not caused by an increased closed time of the channel but seems to be caused by an open state block of RyR1. These alterations to chemical structure do not influence the ability of these drugs to affect Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase activity of sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase type 1. Moreover, the FKBP12 protein, which stabilizes RyR1 in a closed configuration, is shown to be a strong electron donor. It seems as if FKBP12, K201, its dioxole derivative, and 4-MmC inhibit RyR1 channel activity by virtue of their electron donor characteristics. These results embody strong evidence that designing new drugs to target RyR1 with enhanced electron donor characteristics results in more potent channel inhibitors. This is a novel approach to the design of new, more potent drugs with the aim of functionally modifying RyR1 single-channel activity.

  16. Human leukocyte antigen allele linkage disequilibrium and haplotype structure in volunteer bone marrow donors of Paraná State.

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    Costantino, Paulo Rincoski; Zeck, Suelen Camargo; da Silva, Waldir Antonio; Bicalho, Maria da Graça

    in the Asian group were not the most frequently observed in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility database and the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry for the state of Paraná. Linkage disequilibrium information may prove useful in the search for bone marrow donors for patients awaiting a suitable donor. Copyright © 2017 Associação Brasileira de Hematologia, Hemoterapia e Terapia Celular. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  17. Rich Donors, Poor Countries

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    Thomas, M. A.

    2012-01-01

    The shifting ideological winds of foreign aid donors have driven their policy towards governments in poor countries. Donors supported state-led development policies in poor countries from the 1940s to the 1970s; market and private-sector driven reforms during the 1980s and 1990s; and returned their attention to the state with an emphasis on…

  18. Valency configuration of transition metal impurities in ZnO

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    Petit, Leon; Schulthess, Thomas C; Svane, Axel; Temmerman, Walter M; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Janotti, Anderson

    2006-01-01

    We use the self-interaction corrected local spin-density approximation to investigate the ground state valency configuration of transition metal (TM=Mn, Co) impurities in n- and p-type ZnO. We find that in pure Zn{sub 1-x}TM{sub x}O, the localized TM{sup 2+} configuration is energetically favored over the itinerant d-electron configuration of the local spin density (LSD) picture. Our calculations indicate furthermore that the (+/0) donor level is situated in the ZnO gap. Consequently, for n-type conditions, with the Fermi energy {epsilon}F close to the conduction band minimum, TM remains in the 2+ charge state, while for p-type conditions, with {epsilon}F close to the valence band maximum, the 3+ charge state is energetically preferred. In the latter scenario, modeled here by co-doping with N, the additional delocalized d-electron charge transfers into the entire states at the top of the valence band, and hole carriers will only exist, if the N concentration exceeds the TM impurity concentration.

  19. Analytical modeling of AlGaN/AlN/GaN heterostructures including effects of distributed surface donor states

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    Goyal, Nitin; Fjeldly, Tor A.

    2014-07-14

    In this paper, a physics based analytical model is presented for calculation of the two-dimensional electron gas density and the bare surface barrier height of AlGaN/AlN/GaN material stacks. The presented model is based on the concept of distributed surface donor states and the self-consistent solution of Poisson equation at the different material interfaces. The model shows good agreement with the reported experimental data and can be used for the design and characterization of advanced GaN devices for power and radio frequency applications.

  20. Effects of an external magnetic field on shallow donor levels in semiconductors

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    Shen, S. C.

    1995-02-01

    The recent progress on investigation of the effects of external magnetic field on shallow impurity centers in semiconductors is discussed. As an example, the shallow donor levels of phosphorus in ultra pure silicon are investigated under magnetic fields and by use of photothermal ionization spectroscopy(PTIS). By selecting the configuration of B∥∥ kββ <100>, the linear and quadratic Zeeman splittings of phosphorus donor states are observed. By selecting the configuration of B∥∥k∥∥ <111>, the anticrossing between hybridized Zeeman states and the intensity evolution of Zeeman transitions near the anticrossing region are observed and measured quantitatively, which, in turn, gives the measurement of wavefunction composition and their evolutions with magnetic fields fox the hybridized Zeeman states of bounded electrons of impurities. An extension of Faulkner's method is made and a variational calculation in the framework of the effective mass approach(EMA) is performed to estimate theoretically the effects of magnetic fields on shallow donor levels and impurity transitions, especially to estimate the wave function compositions of hybridized states. A comparison has been made between the theoretical and experimental results.

  1. Enhanced ionized impurity scattering in nanowires

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    Oh, Jung Hyun; Lee, Seok-Hee; Shin, Mincheol

    2013-06-01

    The electronic resistivity in silicon nanowires is investigated by taking into account scattering as well as the donor deactivation from the dielectric mismatch. The effects of poorly screened dopant atoms from the dielectric mismatch and variable carrier density in nanowires are found to play a crucial role in determining the nanowire resistivity. Using Green's function method within the self-consistent Born approximation, it is shown that donor deactivation and ionized impurity scattering combined with the charged interface traps successfully to explain the increase in the resistivity of Si nanowires while reducing the radius, measured by Björk et al. [Nature Nanotech. 4, 103 (2009)].

  2. Impurities and electronic localization in graphene bilayers

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    Ojeda Collado, H. P.; Usaj, Gonzalo; Balseiro, C. A.

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the electronic properties of bilayer graphene with Bernal stacking and a low concentration of adatoms. Assuming that the host bilayer lies on top of a substrate, we consider the case where impurities are adsorbed only on the upper layer. We describe nonmagnetic impurities as a single orbital hybridized with carbon's pz states. The effect of impurity doping on the local density of states with and without a gated electric field perpendicular to the layers is analyzed. We look for Anderson localization in the different regimes and estimate the localization length. In the biased system, the field-induced gap is partially filled by strongly localized impurity states. Interestingly, the structure, distribution, and localization length of these states depend on the field polarization.

  3. Computational characterization of competing energy and electron transfer states in bimetallic donor-acceptor systems for photocatalytic conversion

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    Fredin, Lisa A.; Persson, Petter

    2016-09-01

    The rapidly growing interest in photocatalytic systems for direct solar fuel production such as hydrogen generation from water splitting is grounded in the unique opportunity to achieve charge separation in molecular systems provided by electron transfer processes. In general, both photoinduced and catalytic processes involve complicated dynamics that depend on both structural and electronic effects. Here the excited state landscape of metal centered light harvester-catalyst pairs is explored using density functional theory calculations. In weakly bound systems, the interplay between structural and electronic factors involved can be constructed from the various mononuclear relaxed excited states. For this study, supramolecular states of electron transfer and excitation energy transfer character have been constructed from constituent full optimizations of multiple charge/spin states for a set of three Ru-based light harvesters and nine transition metal catalysts (based on Ru, Rh, Re, Pd, and Co) in terms of energy, structure, and electronic properties. The complete set of combined charge-spin states for each donor-acceptor system provides information about the competition of excited state energy transfer states with the catalytically active electron transfer states, enabling the identification of the most promising candidates for photocatalytic applications from this perspective.

  4. Factors affecting the CD34(+) cell yields from the second donations of healthy donors: The steady-state lymphocyte count is a good predictive factor.

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    Guo, Zhi-Ping; Wang, Tao; Xu, Lan-Ping; Zhang, Xiao-Hui; Wang, Yu; Huang, Xiao-Jun; Chang, Ying-Jun

    2016-12-01

    A second allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion using cells from the same donor is a therapeutic option in the case of stem-cell graft failure or disease relapse, but little is known about the factors associated with the CD34(+) cell yields from second donations. One-hundred healthy donors who underwent a second mobilization treatment and peripheral blood stem-cell (PBSC) collection were studied. For both mobilization processes, 5 µg of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor per kg per day was administered. The blood counts of the donors were monitored during the processes. The second donations from the same donors provided lower apheresis yields than did the initial collections. The number of CD34(+) cells collected from normal donors after a second cycle of PBSC mobilization was associated with their steady-state lymphocyte counts and the intertransplantation interval. Female sex negatively affected the CD34(+) cell yields. The cutoff value for the steady-state absolute lymphocyte count was 2.055 × 10(9)/L. To harvest greater numbers of CD34(+) cells from second collections, male donors and those with intervals of longer than 9 months between donations should be selected. The lymphocyte counts prior to the first donations may predict the content of CD34(+) cells in the allografts prepared using the second donations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Electronic states and electrical conductivity of the Si(111) native oxide surface adsorbed with electron donor tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene

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    Yoshimoto, Shinya Shiozawa, Yuichiro; Koitaya, Takanori; Noritake, Hiroyuki; Mukai, Kozo; Yoshinobu, Jun

    2016-08-28

    Electronic states and electrical conductivity of the native oxide Si(111) surface adsorbed with an electron donor tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene (TDAE) were investigated using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and independently driven four-probe conductivity measurements. The formation of positively charged TDAE species is confirmed by the downward shift of the vacuum level by 1.45 eV, the absence of HOMO level in the valence band, and observation of the positively charged state in the N 1s XPS spectra. Si 2p XPS spectra and four-probe conductivity measurements revealed that TDAE adsorption induces an increase in downward band bending and a reduction in electrical resistance of the surface, respectively. The sheet conductivity and the electron density of the surface are 1.1 μS/◻ and 4.6 × 10{sup 9} cm{sup −2}, respectively, after TDAE adsorption, and they are as high as 350% of the original surface. These results demonstrate that the electron density of the semiconductor surface is successfully controlled by the electron donor molecule TDAE.

  6. Donors in Ge as qubits —Establishing physical attributes

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    Baena, A.; Saraiva, A. L.; Menezes, Marcos G.; Koiller, Belita

    2016-10-01

    Quantum electronic devices at the single-impurity level demand the understanding of the physical attributes of dopants with an unprecedented accuracy. Germanium-based technologies have been developed recently, creating the necessity to adapt the latest theoretical tools to the unique electronic structure of this material. We investigate basic properties of donors in Ge which are not known experimentally, but are indispensable for qubit implementations. Our approach provides a description of the wave function at multiscale, associating microscopic information from density functional theory and envelope functions from state-of-the-art multivalley effective mass calculations, including a central-cell correction designed to reproduce the energetics of all group-V donor species (P, As, Sb and Bi). With this formalism, we predict the binding energies of negatively ionized donors (D- state). Furthermore, we investigate the signatures of buried donors to be expected from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The naive assumption that attributes of donor electrons in other semiconductors may be extrapolated to Ge is shown to fail, similarly to earlier attempts to recreate in Si qubits designed for GaAs. Our results suggest that the mature techniques available for qubit realizations may be adapted to germanium to some extent, but the peculiarities of the Ge band structure will demand new ideas for fabrication and control.

  7. Cost-Effectiveness of Antibody-Based Induction Therapy in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation in the United States.

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    Gharibi, Zahra; Ayvaci, Mehmet U S; Hahsler, Michael; Giacoma, Tracy; Gaston, Robert S; Tanriover, Bekir

    2017-06-01

    Induction therapy in deceased donor kidney transplantation is costly, with wide discrepancy in utilization and a limited evidence base, particularly regarding cost-effectiveness. We linked the United States Renal Data System data set to Medicare claims to estimate cumulative costs, graft survival, and incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER - cost per additional year of graft survival) within 3 years of transplantation in 19 450 deceased donor kidney transplantation recipients with Medicare as primary payer from 2000 to 2008. We divided the study cohort into high-risk (age > 60 years, panel-reactive antibody > 20%, African American race, Kidney Donor Profile Index > 50%, cold ischemia time > 24 hours) and low-risk (not having any risk factors, comprising approximately 15% of the cohort). After the elimination of dominated options, we estimated expected ICER among induction categories: no-induction, alemtuzumab, rabbit antithymocyte globulin (r-ATG), and interleukin-2 receptor-antagonist. No-induction was the least effective and most costly option in both risk groups. Depletional antibodies (r-ATG and alemtuzumab) were more cost-effective across all willingness-to-pay thresholds in the low-risk group. For the high-risk group and its subcategories, the ICER was very sensitive to the graft survival; overall both depletional antibodies were more cost-effective, mainly for higher willingness to pay threshold (US $100 000 and US $150 000). Rabbit ATG appears to achieve excellent cost-effectiveness acceptability curves (80% of the recipients) in both risk groups at US $50 000 threshold (except age > 60 years). In addition, only r-ATG was associated with graft survival benefit over no-induction category (hazard ratio, 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.84-0.99) in a multivariable Cox regression analysis. Antibody-based induction appears to offer substantial advantages in both cost and outcome compared with no-induction. Overall, depletional induction (preferably r

  8. A design strategy for intramolecular singlet fission mediated by charge-transfer states in donor-acceptor organic materials.

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    Busby, Erik; Xia, Jianlong; Wu, Qin; Low, Jonathan Z; Song, Rui; Miller, John R; Zhu, X-Y; Campos, Luis M; Sfeir, Matthew Y

    2015-04-01

    The ability to advance our understanding of multiple exciton generation (MEG) in organic materials has been restricted by the limited number of materials capable of singlet fission. A particular challenge is the development of materials that undergo efficient intramolecular fission, such that local order and strong nearest-neighbour coupling is no longer a design constraint. Here we address these challenges by demonstrating that strong intrachain donor-acceptor interactions are a key design feature for organic materials capable of intramolecular singlet fission. By conjugating strong-acceptor and strong-donor building blocks, small molecules and polymers with charge-transfer states that mediate population transfer between singlet excitons and triplet excitons are synthesized. Using transient optical techniques, we show that triplet populations can be generated with yields up to 170%. These guidelines are widely applicable to similar families of polymers and small molecules, and can lead to the development of new fission-capable materials with tunable electronic structure, as well as a deeper fundamental understanding of MEG.

  9. Excitons Bound to Shallow Donors in Thin GaAs/AlAs Quantum Wells

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    da Cunha Lima, I. C.; Ghazali, A.; Emmel, P. D.

    1996-03-01

    The binding energy of excitons to ionized shallow donors in GaAs/AlAs quantum well in the vicinity of the type-I to type-II transition was obtained for impurities lying anywhere in the structure. We included the Γ -X hybridization in the Brillouin zone, which comes into play when the energies of the conduction subband minima in the two materials become close. The calculation is performed variationally using a three parameters trial function similar to the one describing a singly ionized molecule. We obtain a ratio between the binding energy of the bound exciton and that of the neutral donor equals to 0.95± 0.005, for all values of well widths explored, and independent on the impurity position inside the well. The joint density of states for the transition from free to bound exciton was obtained, and the role played by the doping and the compensation on the exciton dynamics was made clear.

  10. Trends in Usage and Outcomes for Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplantation in the United States Characterized by Kidney Donor Profile Index

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    Rege, Aparna; Irish, Bill; Castleberry, Anthony; Vikraman, Deepak; Sanoff, Scott; Ravindra, Kadiyala; Sudan, Debra

    2016-01-01

    There has been increasing concern in the kidney transplant community about the declining use of expanded criteria donors (ECD) despite improvement in survival and quality of life. The recent introduction of the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI), which provides a more granular characterization of donor quality, was expected to increase utilization of marginal kidneys and decrease the discard rates. However, trends and practice patterns of ECD kidney utilization on a national level based on donor organ quality as per KDPI are not well known. We, therefore, performed a trend analysis of all ECD recipients in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) registry between 2002 and 2012, after calculating the corresponding KDPI, to enable understanding the trends of usage and outcomes based on the KDPI characterization. High-risk recipient characteristics (diabetes, body mass index ≥30 kg/m2, hypertension, and age ≥60 years) increased over the period of the study (trend test p<0.001 for all). The proportion of ECD transplants increased from 18% in 2003 to a peak of 20.4% in 2008 and then declined thereafter to 17.3% in 2012. Using the KDPI >85% definition, the proportion increased from 9.4% in 2003 to a peak of 12.1% in 2008 and declined to 9.7% in 2012. Overall, although this represents a significant utilization of kidneys with KDPI >85% over time (p<0.001), recent years have seen a decline in usage, probably related to regulations imposed by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). When comparing the hazards of graft failure by KDPI, ECD kidneys with KDPI >85% have a slightly lower risk of graft failure compared to standard criteria donor (SCD) kidneys with KDPI >85%, with a hazard ratio (HR) of 0.95, a confidence interval (CI) of 0.94-0.96, and statistical significance of p<0.001. This indicates that some SCD kidneys may actually have a lower estimated quality, with a higher Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDRI), than some ECDs. The incidence of

  11. An introduction to blocked impurity band detectors

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    Geist, Jon

    1988-01-01

    Blocked impurity band detectors fabricated using standard silicon technologies offer the possibility of combining high sensitivity and high accuracy in a single detector operating in a low background environment. The solid state photomultiplier described by Petroff et al., which is a new type of blocked impurity band detector, offers even higher sensitivity as well as operation in the visible spectral region. The principle of operation and possible application of blocked impurity band detectors for stellar seismology and the search for extra-solar planets are described.

  12. Motion of a distinguishable Impurity in the Bose gas: Arrested expansion without a lattice and impurity snaking

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    Neil J. Robinson; Caux, Jean -Sebastien; Konik, Robert M.

    2016-04-07

    We consider the real-time dynamics of an initially localized distinguishable impurity injected into the ground state of the Lieb-Liniger model. Focusing on the case where integrability is preserved, we numerically compute the time evolution of the impurity density operator in regimes far from analytically tractable limits. We find that the injected impurity undergoes a stuttering motion as it moves and expands. For an initially stationary impurity, the interaction-driven formation of a quasibound state with a hole in the background gas leads to arrested expansion—a period of quasistationary behavior. In conclusion, when the impurity is injected with a finite center-of-mass momentum,more » the impurity moves through the background gas in a snaking manner, arising from a quantum Newton’s cradlelike scenario where momentum is exchanged back and forth between the impurity and the background gas.« less

  13. Motion of a distinguishable Impurity in the Bose gas: Arrested expansion without a lattice and impurity snaking

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    Neil J. Robinson; Caux, Jean -Sebastien; Konik, Robert M.

    2016-04-07

    We consider the real-time dynamics of an initially localized distinguishable impurity injected into the ground state of the Lieb-Liniger model. Focusing on the case where integrability is preserved, we numerically compute the time evolution of the impurity density operator in regimes far from analytically tractable limits. We find that the injected impurity undergoes a stuttering motion as it moves and expands. For an initially stationary impurity, the interaction-driven formation of a quasibound state with a hole in the background gas leads to arrested expansion—a period of quasistationary behavior. In conclusion, when the impurity is injected with a finite center-of-mass momentum, the impurity moves through the background gas in a snaking manner, arising from a quantum Newton’s cradlelike scenario where momentum is exchanged back and forth between the impurity and the background gas.

  14. Motion of a Distinguishable Impurity in the Bose Gas: Arrested Expansion Without a Lattice and Impurity Snaking

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    Robinson, Neil J.; Caux, Jean-Sébastien; Konik, Robert M.

    2016-04-01

    We consider the real-time dynamics of an initially localized distinguishable impurity injected into the ground state of the Lieb-Liniger model. Focusing on the case where integrability is preserved, we numerically compute the time evolution of the impurity density operator in regimes far from analytically tractable limits. We find that the injected impurity undergoes a stuttering motion as it moves and expands. For an initially stationary impurity, the interaction-driven formation of a quasibound state with a hole in the background gas leads to arrested expansion—a period of quasistationary behavior. When the impurity is injected with a finite center-of-mass momentum, the impurity moves through the background gas in a snaking manner, arising from a quantum Newton's cradlelike scenario where momentum is exchanged back and forth between the impurity and the background gas.

  15. Identification of rhenium donors and sulfur vacancy acceptors in layered MoS2 bulk samples

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    Brandão, F. D.; Ribeiro, G. M.; Vaz, P. H.; González, J. C.; Krambrock, K.

    2016-06-01

    MoS2 monolayers, a two-dimensional (2D) direct semiconductor material with an energy gap of 1.9 eV, offer many opportunities to be explored in different electronic devices. Defects often play dominant roles in the electronic and optical properties of semiconductor devices. However, little experimental information about intrinsic and extrinsic defects or impurities is available for this 2D system, and even for macroscopic 3D samples for which MoS2 shows an indirect bandgap of 1.3 eV. In this work, we evaluate the nature of impurities with unpaired spins using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in different geological macroscopic samples. Regarding the fact that monolayers are mostly obtained from natural crystals, we expect that the majority of impurities found in macroscopic samples are also randomly present in MoS2 monolayers. By EPR at low temperatures, rhenium donors and sulfur vacancy acceptors are identified as the main impurities in bulk MoS2 with a corresponding donor concentration of about 108-12 defects/cm2 for MoS2 monolayer. Electrical transport experiments as a function of temperature are in good agreement with the EPR results, revealing a shallow donor state with an ionization energy of 89 meV and a concentration of 7 × 1015 cm-3, which we attribute to rhenium, as well as a second deeper donor state with ionization energy of 241 meV with high concentration of 2 × 1019 cm-3 and net acceptor concentration of 5 × 1018 cm-3 related to sulfur vacancies.

  16. Ionization of high-density deep donor defect states explains the low photovoltage of iron pyrite single crystals.

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    Cabán-Acevedo, Miguel; Kaiser, Nicholas S; English, Caroline R; Liang, Dong; Thompson, Blaise J; Chen, Hong-En; Czech, Kyle J; Wright, John C; Hamers, Robert J; Jin, Song

    2014-12-10

    Iron pyrite (FeS2) is considered a promising earth-abundant semiconductor for solar energy conversion with the potential to achieve terawatt-scale deployment. However, despite extensive efforts and progress, the solar conversion efficiency of iron pyrite remains below 3%, primarily due to a low open circuit voltage (VOC). Here we report a comprehensive investigation on {100}-faceted n-type iron pyrite single crystals to understand its puzzling low VOC. We utilized electrical transport, optical spectroscopy, surface photovoltage, photoelectrochemical measurements in aqueous and acetonitrile electrolytes, UV and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Kelvin force microscopy to characterize the bulk and surface defect states and their influence on the semiconducting properties and solar conversion efficiency of iron pyrite single crystals. These insights were used to develop a circuit model analysis for the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy that allowed a complete characterization of the bulk and surface defect states and the construction of a detailed energy band diagram for iron pyrite crystals. A holistic evaluation revealed that the high-density of intrinsic surface states cannot satisfactorily explain the low photovoltage; instead, the ionization of high-density bulk deep donor states, likely resulting from bulk sulfur vacancies, creates a nonconstant charge distribution and a very narrow surface space charge region that limits the total barrier height, thus satisfactorily explaining the limited photovoltage and poor photoconversion efficiency of iron pyrite single crystals. These findings lead to suggestions to improve single crystal pyrite and nanocrystalline or polycrystalline pyrite films for successful solar applications.

  17. Quantum critical points in quantum impurity systems

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    Lee, Hyun Jung; Bulla, Ralf

    2005-04-01

    The numerical renormalization group method is used to investigate zero-temperature phase transitions in quantum impurity systems, in particular in the soft-gap Anderson model, where an impurity couples to a non-trivial fermionic bath. In this case, zero-temperature phase transitions occur between two different phases whose fixed points can be built up of non-interacting single-particle states. However, the quantum critical point cannot be described by non-interacting fermionic or bosonic excitations.

  18. Submonolayer epitaxy with impurities

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    Kotrla, Miroslav; Krug, Joachim; Smilauer, Pavel

    2000-03-01

    The effect of impurities on epitaxial growth in the submonolayer regime is studied using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of a two-species solid-on-solid growth model. Both species are mobile, and attractive interactions among adatoms and between adatoms and impurities are incorporated. Impurities can be codeposited with the growing material or predeposited prior to growth. The activated exchange of impurities and adatoms is identified as the key kinetic process in the formation a growth morphology in which the impurities decorate the island edges. The dependence of the island density N on flux F and coverage θ is studied in detail. The impurities strongly increase the island density without appreciably changing the exponent \\chi in the power law relation N ~ F^\\chi, apart from a saturation of the flux dependence at large F and small θ. Within the present model, even completely decorated island edges do not provide efficient barriers to the attachment of adatoms, and therefore the mechanism for the increase of \\chi proposed by D. Kandel [Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 499 (1997)] is not operative. A simple analytic theory taking into account only the dependence of the adatom diffusion constant on impurity coverage is shown to provide semi-quantitative agreement with many features observed in the simulations.

  19. Effects of oxygen impurity on the energy distribution of gap states in hydrogenated amorphous silicon studied by post-transit photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Sakata, I.; Kamei, T.; Yamanaka, M.

    2007-08-01

    Oxygen is normally present in the highest concentration ( 1018-1020cm-3 range) among the impurities in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and affects the electrical properties and light-induced changes in this material. However, little is known about how the energy distribution of trap states, g(E) , in undoped a-Si:H changes with the presence of oxygen. In this study, we prepare undoped a-Si:H samples in an ultrahigh-vacuum plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor-deposition chamber and intentionally introduce oxygen atoms at a concentration of 3×1019cm-3 by adding CO2 to the source gases. By comparing the results obtained for high-purity and oxygen-doped samples by post-transit photocurrent spectroscopy, we discuss the effects of oxygen on the energy distribution of electron and hole trap states before and after long exposure to light. It is found that the presence of oxygen atoms enhances the defect reactions during prolonged illumination, while the shapes of g(E) in the as-deposited state are similar between the high-purity and oxygen-doped samples in the energy range studied (from Ec-0.35eVtoEc-0.65eV for electron traps and from Ev+0.38eVtoEc+0.78eV for hole traps). A light-induced decrease of the hole trap density in the energy range from Ev+0.5toEv+0.75eV is observed and discussed.

  20. Impurities in snowpacks.

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    Sommerfeld, R A

    1989-04-01

    Snow can be involved in the acquisition, transport, storage and release of atmospheric impurities. Because it can store impurities for periods of time ranging from hours to millenia, it provides a medium for monitoring atmospheric impurities for a wide range of time scales.In most climates, snow is involved in the precipitation process. It can acquire atmospheric impurities either as aerosols or as gases. The aereosols can be included in the body of the snow crystals or adhered to their surfaces. Gases may be included in bubbles, particularly in the case of rime, or adsorbed on the ice surfaces. The amount of ice surface in a small storm is about 10(10) m(2).Snow on the ground can store the impurities acquired in the precipitation process and can acquire additional impurities as dry deposition. The low temperatures and the fact that ice is a solid reduces biological activity and rates of inorganic reactions. However, the assumption that there is no activity in the winter is not well found. Exchange is possible between different layers of the snow and between the snow and the atmosphere, resulting in relocation of gases and aerosols. These processes also insure that the impurities reside on the exterior surfaces of the ice particles that form the snowpack. Biological activity is possible near the ground-snow interface in most climates.The seasonal snowpack releases its impurities when it melts. Because below freezing processes relocate any internal impurities to the ice surfaces within the snowpack, the impurities are available to the first melt water. Pulses of both acidic and alkalinic impurities have been observed with the initial snow melt water. However, the monitoring of such pulses is difficult and the measurements are inconsistent.Impurities are incorporated for longer periods of time in perennial snowpacks and finally in ice fields. These can be glaciers, or, at the largest scale, continental ice sheets. Coring such ice is expensive but provides data on

  1. Evidence of Delocalization in Charge-Transfer State Manifold for Donor:Acceptor Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Guan, Zhiqiang; Li, Ho-Wa; Zhang, Jinfeng; Cheng, Yuanhang; Yang, Qingdan; Lo, Ming-Fai; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Tsang, Sai-Wing; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2016-08-24

    How charge-transfer states (CTSs) assist charge separation of a Coulombically bound exciton in organic photovoltaics has been a hot topic. It is believed that the delocalization feature of a CTS plays a crucial role in the charge separation process. However, the delocalization of the "hot" and the "relaxed" CTSs is still under debate. Here, with a novel frequency dependent charge-modulated electroabsorption spectroscopy (CMEAS) technique, we elucidate clearly that both "hot" and "relaxed" CTSs are loosely bound and delocalized states. This is confirmed by comparing the CMEAS results of CTSs with those of localized polaron states. Our results reveal the role of CTS delocalization on charge separation and indicate that no substantial delocalization gradient exists in CTSs.

  2. Phase Shift of the Asymmetric Friedel-Anderson Impurity

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    Bergmann, Gerd

    2013-04-01

    The ground state of the asymmetric Friedel-Anderson (aFA) impurity is calculated within the FAIR (Friedel artificially inserted resonance) theory. Its properties are investigated by means of the fidelity with different Friedel impurities and by its Friedel oscillations. Friedel impurities with a specific phase shift δ at the Fermi level possess a finite fidelity with the aFA impurity. This phase shift δ determines other properties of the aFA impurity such as the amplitude and displacement of its Friedel oscillations. One can find the parameters of a Friedel impurity which coincides in its Friedel oscillations almost perfectly with the aFA impurity, thereby avoiding an Anderson orthogonality catastrophe.

  3. Evaluating deceased donor registries: identifying predictive factors of donor designation.

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    Hajhosseini, Babak; Stewart, Bryan; Tan, Jane C; Busque, Stephan; Melcher, Marc L

    2013-03-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate and compare the performance of the deceased donor registries of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and to identify possible predictive factors of donor designation. Data were collected retrospectively by Donate Life America using a questionnaire sent to Donor Designation Collaborative state teams between 2007 and 2010. By the end of 2010, there were 94,669,081 designated donors nationwide. This accounted for 39.8 per cent of the U.S. population aged 18 years and over. The number of designated organ donors and registry-authorized recovered donors increased each year; however, the total number of recovered donors in 2010 was the lowest since 2004. Donor designation rate was significantly higher when license applicants were verbally questioned at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding their willingness to register as a donor and when DMV applicants were not given an option on DMV application forms to contribute money to support organ donation, compared with not being questioned verbally, and being offered an option to contribute money. State registries continue to increase the total number of designated organ donors; however, the current availability of organs remains insufficient to meet the demand. These data suggest that DMV applicants who are approached verbally regarding their willingness to register as a donor and not given an option on DMV application forms to contribute money to support organ donation might be more likely to designate themselves to be a donor.

  4. Donor defects and small polarons on the TiO{sub 2}(110) surface

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    Moses, P. G.; Janotti, A. Van de Walle, C. G.; Franchini, C.; Kresse, G.

    2016-05-14

    The role of defects in the chemical activity of the rutile TiO{sub 2}(110) surface remains a rich topic of research, despite the rutile (110) being one of the most studied surfaces of transition-metal oxides. Here, we present results from hybrid functional calculations that reconcile apparently disparate views on the impact of donor defects, such as oxygen vacancies and hydrogen impurities, on the electronic structure of the (110) rutile surface. We find that the bridging oxygen vacancy and adsorbed or substitutional hydrogen are actually shallow donors, which do not induce gap states. The excess electrons from these donor centers tend to localize in the form of small polarons, which are the factual cause of the deep states ∼1 eV below the conduction band, often observed in photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Our results offer a new framework for understanding the surface electronic structure of TiO{sub 2} and related oxides.

  5. Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Major Donors to Bowling Green State University

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    Latta, Marcia Sloan

    2010-01-01

    With declining state support, increased financial need on the part of the fastest growing demographic sections of the population, and public policy that discourages major increases in tuition for public higher education, the only logical source of additional finances for public colleges and universities is increased private funding through…

  6. Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Major Donors to Bowling Green State University

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    Latta, Marcia Sloan

    2010-01-01

    With declining state support, increased financial need on the part of the fastest growing demographic sections of the population, and public policy that discourages major increases in tuition for public higher education, the only logical source of additional finances for public colleges and universities is increased private funding through…

  7. The Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease Among Living Donor Liver Transplant Recipients in the United States.

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    Goldberg, D S; Ruebner, R L; Abt, P L

    2015-10-01

    Since initiation of model for end-stage liver disease (MELD)-based allocation for liver transplantation, the risk of posttransplant end-stage renal disease (ESRD) has increased. Recent US data have demonstrated comparable, if not superior survival, among recipients of living donor liver transplants (LDLT) when compared to deceased donor liver transplant (DDLT) recipients. However, little is known about the incidence of ESRD post-LDLT. We analyzed linked Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) and US Renal Data System (USRDS) data of first-time liver-alone transplant recipients from February 27, 2002 to March 1, 2011, and restricted the cohort to recipients with a laboratory MELD score ≤25 not on dialysis prior to transplantation, in order to evaluate the incidence of ESRD post-LDLT, and to compare the incidence among LDLT versus DDLT recipients. There were 28 707 DDLT and 1917 LDLT recipients included in the analyses. The 1-, 3- and 5-year unadjusted risk of ESRD was 1.7%, 2.9% and 3.4% in LDLT recipients, compared with 1.5%, 3.0% and 4.8% in DDLT recipients (p > 0.05), respectively. In multivariable competing risk Cox regression models, there was no association between receiving an LDLT and risk of ESRD (sub-hazard ratio: 0.99, 95% CI: 0.77-1.26, p = 0.92). In conclusion, the incidence of ESRD post-LDLT in the United States is low, and there are no significant differences among LDLT and DDLT recipients with MELD scores ≤25 at transplantation.

  8. Numerical Studies of Impurities in Fusion Plasmas

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    Hulse, R. A.

    1982-09-01

    The coupled partial differential equations used to describe the behavior of impurity ions in magnetically confined controlled fusion plasmas require numerical solution for cases of practical interest. Computer codes developed for impurity modeling at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are used as examples of the types of codes employed for this purpose. These codes solve for the impurity ionization state densities and associated radiation rates using atomic physics appropriate for these low-density, high-temperature plasmas. The simpler codes solve local equations in zero spatial dimensions while more complex cases require codes which explicitly include transport of the impurity ions simultaneously with the atomic processes of ionization and recombination. Typical applications are discussed and computational results are presented for selected cases of interest.

  9. Influence of magnetic shear on impurity transport

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    Nordman, H.; Fueloep, T.; Candy, J.; Strand, P.; Weiland, J.

    2007-05-15

    The magnetic shear dependence of impurity transport in tokamaks is studied using a quasilinear fluid model for ion temperature gradient (ITG) and trapped electron (TE) mode driven turbulence in the collisionless limit and the results are compared with nonlinear gyrokinetic results using GYRO [J. Candy and R. E. Waltz, J. Comput. Phys 186, 545 (2003)]. It is shown that the impurity transport is sensitive to the magnetic shear, in particular for weak, negative, and large positive shear where a strong reduction of the effective impurity diffusivity is obtained. The fluid and gyrokinetic results are in qualitative agreement, with the gyrokinetic diffusivities typically a factor 2 larger than the fluid diffusivities. The steady state impurity profiles in source-free plasmas are found to be considerably less peaked than the electron density profiles for moderate shear. Comparisons between anomalous and neoclassical transport predictions are performed for ITER-like profiles [R. Aymar, P. Barabaschi, and Y. Shimomura, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 44, 519 (2002)].

  10. Transport of Aluminum impurities in Helium Plasma

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    Hajjar, Rima; Hollmann, Eric; Krasheninnikov, Sergei; Doerner, Russell

    2013-10-01

    Impurity radiation losses at the edge of fusion devices are crucial for establishing detached divertor regimes in ITER and future tokamak reactors, despite the problem they cause in reducing plasma efficiency. Complex parallel and cross-field impurity transport suggest a rather fluid description when treating edge dynamics, leading somehow to marginal simulation results of the impurity transport problem. A kinetic description accounting for impurity/plasma collisions should be used instead, generating more details on the collision dynamics, while the relatively high mass difference between colliding particles leads to major simplifications in the physics of the problem. Modeling of Aluminum injection and entrainment into steady-state Helium plasma is presented. Multiple ionization and radial losses are included and numerical results are then compared to experimental data obtained from PISCES machine. Work was supported in part by the DOE Grant DE-FG02-04ER54739 at UCSD.

  11. Donor Human Milk for the High-Risk Infant: Preparation, Safety, and Usage Options in the United States.

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    2017-01-01

    The use of donor human milk is increasing for high-risk infants, primarily for infants born weighing <1500 g or those who have severe intestinal disorders. Pasteurized donor milk may be considered in situations in which the supply of maternal milk is insufficient. The use of pasteurized donor milk is safe when appropriate measures are used to screen donors and collect, store, and pasteurize the milk and then distribute it through established human milk banks. The use of nonpasteurized donor milk and other forms of direct, Internet-based, or informal human milk sharing does not involve this level of safety and is not recommended. It is important that health care providers counsel families considering milk sharing about the risks of bacterial or viral contamination of nonpasteurized human milk and about the possibilities of exposure to medications, drugs, or herbs in human milk. Currently, the use of pasteurized donor milk is limited by its availability and affordability. The development of public policy to improve and expand access to pasteurized donor milk, including policies that support improved governmental and private financial support for donor milk banks and the use of donor milk, is important.

  12. Coherent superpositions of three states for phosphorous donors in silicon prepared using THz radiation

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    Chick, S.; Stavrias, N.; Saeedi, K.; Redlich, B.; Greenland, P. T.; Matmon, G.; Naftaly, M.; Pidgeon, C. R.; Aeppli, G.; Murdin, B. N.

    2017-07-01

    Superposition of orbital eigenstates is crucial to quantum technology utilizing atoms, such as atomic clocks and quantum computers, and control over the interaction between atoms and their neighbours is an essential ingredient for both gating and readout. The simplest coherent wavefunction control uses a two-eigenstate admixture, but more control over the spatial distribution of the wavefunction can be obtained by increasing the number of states in the wavepacket. Here we demonstrate THz laser pulse control of Si:P orbitals using multiple orbital state admixtures, observing beat patterns produced by Zeeman splitting. The beats are an observable signature of the ability to control the path of the electron, which implies we can now control the strength and duration of the interaction of the atom with different neighbours. This could simplify surface code networks which require spatially controlled interaction between atoms, and we propose an architecture that might take advantage of this.

  13. Coherent superpositions of three states for phosphorous donors in silicon prepared using THz radiation.

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    Chick, S; Stavrias, N; Saeedi, K; Redlich, B; Greenland, P T; Matmon, G; Naftaly, M; Pidgeon, C R; Aeppli, G; Murdin, B N

    2017-07-24

    Superposition of orbital eigenstates is crucial to quantum technology utilizing atoms, such as atomic clocks and quantum computers, and control over the interaction between atoms and their neighbours is an essential ingredient for both gating and readout. The simplest coherent wavefunction control uses a two-eigenstate admixture, but more control over the spatial distribution of the wavefunction can be obtained by increasing the number of states in the wavepacket. Here we demonstrate THz laser pulse control of Si:P orbitals using multiple orbital state admixtures, observing beat patterns produced by Zeeman splitting. The beats are an observable signature of the ability to control the path of the electron, which implies we can now control the strength and duration of the interaction of the atom with different neighbours. This could simplify surface code networks which require spatially controlled interaction between atoms, and we propose an architecture that might take advantage of this.

  14. Mesomeric and twisted intramolecular-charge-transfer states as a key to polarity-dependent fluorescence of donor acceptor-substituted aryl pyrenes

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    Dekhtyar, M.; Rettig, W.; Weigel, W.

    2008-03-01

    Computational study by the AM1 method has been performed for pyrene-based donor-acceptor-substituted systems, with the aim to elucidate the origin of their polarity-dependent fluorescence governed by mesomeric and twisted internal-charge-transfer (MICT and TICT, resp.) states. Using theoretical methods, principal relationships have been established between the constitution of arylpyrene derivatives (donor-acceptor strength of substituents, the substitution pattern, sterical hindrance, inclusion of additional aryl spacers between the donor and acceptor moieties, etc.) and environmental effects (solvent polarity and external electric field strength), and the properties of the MICT and TICT states (energy, localization, dipole moment, allowedness). These relationships have been compared to the experimental fluorescence properties. The substituent-induced donor-acceptor difference has been varied in a continuous way in both directions by employing point charges in the molecular surrounding ("sparkles"). A remarkable feature of the phenylpyrene molecule has thus been revealed: it can exist in two MICT and two TICT states, the CT states in each pair being oppositely polarized and much the same in energy. It is shown, moreover, that the quantum-chemically calculated trends in MICT and TICT energies in the families of related compounds can be qualitatively judged from simple MO considerations including the analysis of frontier MO energies and shapes for the isolated molecular subunits. The approach employed is, therefore, applicable as a first-step tool in the design of compounds with the desired features of polarity-sensitive fluorescence.

  15. Ab initio ground and excited state potential energy surfaces for NO-Kr complex and dynamics of Kr solids with NO impurity.

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    Castro-Palacios, Juan Carlos; Rubayo-Soneira, Jesús; Ishii, Keisaku; Yamashita, Koichi

    2007-04-07

    The intermolecular potentials for the NO(X 2Pi)-Kr and NO(A 2Sigma+)-Kr systems have been calculated using highly accurate ab initio calculations. The spin-restricted coupled cluster method for the ground 1 2A' state [NO(X 2Pi)-Kr] and the multireference singles and doubles configuration interaction method for the excited 2 2A' state [NO(A 2Sigma+)-Kr], respectively, were used. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) show two linear wells and one that is almost in the perpendicular position. An analytical representation of the PESs has been constructed for the triatomic systems and used to carry out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the NO-doped krypton matrix response after excitation of NO. MD results are shown comparatively for three sets of potentials: (1) anisotropic ab initio potentials [NO molecule direction fixed during the dynamics and considered as a point (its center of mass)], (2) isotropic ab initio potentials (isotropic part in a Legendre polynomial expansion of the PESs), and (3) fitted Kr-NO potentials to the spectroscopic data. An important finding of this work is that the anisotropic and isotropic ab initio potentials calculated for the Kr-NO triatomic system are not suitable for describing the dynamics of structural relaxation upon Rydberg excitation of a NO impurity in the crystal. However, the isotropic ab initio potential in the ground state almost overlaps the published experimental potential, being almost independent of the angle asymmetry. This fact is also manifested in the radial distribution function around NO. However, in the case of the excited state the isotropic ab initio potential differs from the fitted potentials, which indicates that the Kr-NO interaction in the matrix is quite different because of the presence of the surrounding Kr atoms acting on the NO molecule. MD simulations for isotropic potentials reasonably reproduce the experimental observables for the femtosecond response and the bubble size but do not match

  16. Probing charge transfer in benzodifuran-C60 dumbbell-type electron donor-acceptor conjugates: ground- and excited-state assays.

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    Li, Hui; Schubert, Christina; Dral, Pavlo O; Costa, Rubén D; La Rosa, Andrea; Thüring, Jürg; Liu, Shi-Xia; Yi, Chenyi; Filippone, Salvatore; Martín, Nazario; Decurtins, Silvio; Clark, Timothy; Guldi, Dirk M

    2013-09-16

    Rigid electron donor-acceptor conjugates (1-3) that combine π-extended benzodifurans as electron donors and C60 molecules as electron acceptors with different linkers have been synthesized and investigated with respect to intramolecular charge-transfer events. Electrochemistry, fluorescence, and transient absorption measurements revealed tunable and structure-dependent charge-transfer processes in the ground and excited states. Our experimental findings are underpinned by density-functional theory calculations. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Blinking fluorescence of single donor-acceptor pairs: important role of "dark'' states in resonance energy transfer via singlet levels.

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    Osad'ko, I S; Shchukina, A L

    2012-06-01

    The influence of triplet levels on Förster resonance energy transfer via singlet levels in donor-acceptor (D-A) pairs is studied. Four types of D-A pair are considered: (i) two-level donor and two-level acceptor, (ii) three-level donor and two-level acceptor, (iii) two-level donor and three-level acceptor, and (iv) three-level donor and three-level acceptor. If singlet-triplet transitions in a three-level acceptor molecule are ineffective, the energy transfer efficiency E=I_{A}/(I_{A}+I_{D}), where I_{D} and I_{A} are the average intensities of donor and acceptor fluorescence, can be described by the simple theoretical equation E(F)=FT_{D}/(1+FT_{D}). Here F is the rate of energy transfer, and T_{D} is the donor fluorescence lifetime. In accordance with the last equation, 100% of the donor electronic energy can be transferred to an acceptor molecule at FT_{D}≫1. However, if singlet-triplet transitions in a three-level acceptor molecule are effective, the energy transfer efficiency is described by another theoretical equation, E(F)=F[over ¯](F)T_{D}/[1+F[over ¯](F)T_{D}]. Here F[over ¯](F) is a function of F depending on singlet-triplet transitions in both donor and acceptor molecules. Expressions for the functions F[over ¯](F) are derived. In this case the energy transfer efficiency will be far from 100% even at FT_{D}≫1. The character of the intensity fluctuations of donor and acceptor fluorescence indicates which of the two equations for E(F) should be used to find the value of the rate F. Therefore, random time instants of photon emission in both donor and acceptor fluorescence are calculated by the Monte Carlo method for all four types of D-A pair. Theoretical expressions for start-stop correlators (waiting time distributions) in donor and acceptor fluorescence are derived. The probabilities w_{N}^{D}(t) and w_{N}^{A}(t) of finding N photons of donor and acceptor fluorescence in the time interval t are calculated for various values of the energy

  18. Valley spin-orbit interaction for the triplet and doublet 1sground states of lithium donor center in monoisotopic {sup 28}Si

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    Ezhevskii, Alexander A.; Popkov, Sergey A.; Soukhorukov, Andrey V.; Guseinov, Davud V.; Konakov, Anton A.; Abrosimov, Nikolai V.; Riemann, Helge

    2013-12-04

    Valley spin-orbit interaction for the triplet and doublet 1s-ground states of lithium donor center in monoisotopic {sup 28}Si was studied in order to determine its contribution to the electron spin relaxation rate. We observed new electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of lithium in monoisotopic silicon with g<2.000 and found the spin Hamiltonian parameters for it. Using our experimental results and taking into account spin-orbit coupling between the triplet states and the triplet and doublet states we found that the lithium donor electron spectrum and g-factors for its states strongly depend on both the internal strains in the crystal and the intervalley spin-orbit interactions.

  19. Impurity gettering in semiconductors

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    Sopori, B.L.

    1995-06-20

    A process for impurity gettering in a semiconductor substrate or device such as a silicon substrate or device is disclosed. The process comprises hydrogenating the substrate or device at the back side thereof with sufficient intensity and for a time period sufficient to produce a damaged back side. Thereafter, the substrate or device is illuminated with electromagnetic radiation at an intensity and for a time period sufficient to cause the impurities to diffuse to the back side and alloy with a metal there present to form a contact and capture the impurities. The impurity gettering process also can function to simultaneously passivate defects within the substrate or device, with the defects likewise diffusing to the back side for simultaneous passivation. Simultaneously, substantially all hydrogen-induced damage on the back side of the substrate or device is likewise annihilated. Also taught is an alternate process comprising thermal treatment after hydrogenation of the substrate or device at a temperature of from about 500 C to about 700 C for a time period sufficient to cause the impurities to diffuse to the damaged back side thereof for subsequent capture by an alloying metal. 1 fig.

  20. Impurity gettering in semiconductors

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    Sopori, Bhushan L.

    1995-01-01

    A process for impurity gettering in a semiconductor substrate or device such as a silicon substrate or device. The process comprises hydrogenating the substrate or device at the back side thereof with sufficient intensity and for a time period sufficient to produce a damaged back side. Thereafter, the substrate or device is illuminated with electromagnetic radiation at an intensity and for a time period sufficient to cause the impurities to diffuse to the back side and alloy with a metal there present to form a contact and capture the impurities. The impurity gettering process also can function to simultaneously passivate defects within the substrate or device, with the defects likewise diffusing to the back side for simultaneous passivation. Simultaneously, substantially all hydrogen-induced damage on the back side of the substrate or device is likewise annihilated. Also taught is an alternate process comprising thermal treatment after hydrogenation of the substrate or device at a temperature of from about 500.degree. C. to about 700.degree. C. for a time period sufficient to cause the impurities to diffuse to the damaged back side thereof for subsequent capture by an alloying metal.

  1. Effectiveness of confidential unit exclusion in screening blood donors of the regional blood bank in Londrina, Paraná State

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    Vogler, Ingridt Hildegard; Saito, Mariza; Spinosa, Adriana Aparecida; da Silva, Marilza Celina; Munhoz, Egberto; Reiche, Edna Maria Vissoci

    2011-01-01

    Background For transfusion purposes, blood donors must be accepted both in clinical and serological evaluations and must not have excluded their own donation using the confidential unit exclusion. Aim The objective of this study was to verify whether blood donors who choose self exclusion are more likely to be positive in serological tests than donors who do not. Methods A cross-sectional analysis was carried out of 51,861 consecutive whole blood donations from January 2004 to December 2008 at a public blood bank in Londrina, Southern Brazil. Results Self exclusion was chosen in 1672 (3.2%) donations, most frequently by first-time blood donors (p-value < 0.0001), by blood donors from external collections (p-value < 0.0001), by men (p value < 0.0001) and by under 30-year-old donors (p-value < 0.0001). The frequency of positive serology was 5.3% in the group that chose self exclusion and 3.5% in the group that did not choose self exclusion (p-value < 0.0001). Conclusions These results show that confidential unit exclusion used in this blood bank is effective and is inexpensive. However, the diagnostic power to detect blood-borne infections was low and resulted in the discard of a high number of blood bags without any direct or indirect serologic markers of pathogens. The use of confidential unit exclusion could be replaced with molecular tests to screen blood donors. PMID:23049338

  2. Dual kidneys from marginal adult donors as a source for cadaveric renal transplantation in the United States.

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    Bunnapradist, Suphamai; Gritsch, H Albin; Peng, Alice; Jordan, Stanley C; Cho, Yong W

    2003-04-01

    The current organ shortage has led to the utilization of double kidney transplants from marginal adult donors, but outcomes data are limited. The United Network for Organ Sharing registry database was used to compare the outcomes of 403 dual adult kidney transplantations (DKT) and 11,033 single kidney transplantations (SKT) from 1997 to 2000. Graft and patient survival and the effect of multiple risk factors were evaluated. It was found that DKT patients were older, less sensitized, and received grafts from older, more mismatched donors with longer cold ischemia times. There was also a greater percentage of donors with a history of diabetes or hypertension and African-American recipients and donors in the DKT group. Graft survival was inferior in the DKT group, with a 7% lower graft survival rate at 1 yr. There was a higher incidence of primary nonfunction in the DKT group, although the incidence of delayed graft function, early rejection treatment, and graft thrombosis did not differ. Multivariate analysis was used to identify African-American recipient ethnicity and retransplant as risk factors for graft loss. Graft survival was comparable in DKT and SKT with donors over 55 yr of age. DKT resulted in inferior graft outcomes compared with SKT. When compared with SKT with donors over 55 yr of age, DKT resulted in similar graft outcomes. These otherwise discarded kidneys should be cautiously considered as a source of marginal donors.

  3. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity and hepatitis B surface antigenemia (HBSAG) among blood donors in Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.

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    Umolu, Patience Idia; Okoror, Lawrence Ehis; Orhue, Philip

    2005-03-01

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B virus are blood borne pathogens that can be transmitted through blood transfusion and could pose a huge problem in areas where mechanisms of ensuring blood safety are suspect. This study became necessary in a population where most of the blood for transfusion is from commercial blood donors. A total of 130 donors comprising 120 commercial donors and 10 voluntary donors were tested for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B surface antigen in Benin city using Immunocomb HIV - 1 and 2 Biospot kit and Quimica Clinica Aplicada direct latex agglutination method respectively. Thirteen (10%) samples were HIV seropositive and 7(5.8%) were HBsAg positive. The age bracket 18 - 25years had the highest numbers of donors and also had the highest number of HBsAg positive cases (7.8%) while the age group 29 - 38years had highest number of HIV seropositive cases. High prevalence of HIV antibodies and Hepatitis B surface antigen was found among commercial blood donors. Appropriate and compulsory screening of blood donors using sensitive methods, must be ensured to prevent post transfusion hepatitis and HIV.

  4. Optical density of states in ultradilute GaAsN alloy: Coexistence of free excitons and impurity band of localized and delocalized states

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    Bhuyan, Sumi; Pal, Bipul; Bansal, Bhavtosh; Das, Sanat K.; Dhar, Sunanda

    2014-07-14

    Optically active states in liquid phase epitaxy-grown ultra-dilute GaAsN are studied. The feature-rich low temperature photoluminescence spectrum has contributions from excitonic band states of the GaAsN alloy, and two types of defect states—localized and extended. The degree of delocalization for extended states both within the conduction and defect bands, characterized by the electron temperature, is found to be similar. The degree of localization in the defect band is analyzed by the strength of the phonon replicas. Stronger emission from these localized states is attributed to their giant oscillator strength.

  5. Donor Designation: Racial and Ethnic Differences in United States Non-Designators’ Preferred Methods for Disclosing Intent to Donate Organs

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    Purnell, Tanjala S.; Powe, Neil R.; Troll, Misty U.; Wang, Nae-Yuh; LaVeist, Thomas A.; Boulware, L. Ebony

    2011-01-01

    Main Problem Little is known about racial/ethnic differences in preferred methods of disclosing deceased organ donation intentions among persons not previously designating their organ donation preferences publicly or the association of medical mistrust with preferences. Methods We surveyed 307 United States (US) adults who had not yet designated their donation intentions via drivers’ licenses or organ donor cards (non-designators) to identify their preferred disclosure methods (personal discussions with family, physicians, or religious representatives or public registration via mail/telephone/computer, workplace, place of religious worship, or grocery store/bank/post office) and to assess the association of mistrust with preferences. In multivariable models, we assessed racial/ethnic differences in preferences and the influence of medical mistrust on preferences. Results Non-designators most preferred discussions with physicians (65%) or family members (63%). After adjustment, African Americans (AAs) were more likely than Whites to prefer discussion with religious representatives. In contrast, AAs and Hispanics were less likely than Whites to prefer registration at a workplace or through mail/telephone/computer. Medical mistrust was common and associated with less willingness to disclose via several methods. Conclusions Encouraging donation intention disclosure via discussions with physicians, family, and religious representatives and addressing medical mistrust could enhance strategies to improve non-designators’ donation rates. PMID:21777299

  6. Reduction of the primary donor P700 of photosystem I during steady-state photosynthesis under low light in Arabidopsis.

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    Tsuyama, Michito; Kobayashi, Yoshichika

    2009-01-01

    During steady-state photosynthesis in low-light, 830-nm absorption (A(830)) by leaves was close to that in darkness in Arabidopsis, indicating that the primary donor P700 in the reaction center of photosystem I (PSI) was in reduced form. However, P700 was not fully oxidized by a saturating light pulse, suggesting the presence of a population of PSI centers with reduced P700 that remains thermodynamically stable during the application of the saturating light pulse (i.e., reduced-inactive P700). To substantiate this, the effects of methyl viologen (MV) and far-red light on P700 oxidation by the saturating light pulse were analyzed, and the cumulative effects of repetitive application of the saturating light pulse on photosynthesis were analyzed using a mutant crr2-2 with impaired PSI cyclic electron flow. We concluded that the reduced-inactive P700 in low-light as revealed by saturating light pulse indicates limitations of electron flow at the PSI acceptor side.

  7. Spin-orbit coupling induced two-electron relaxation in silicon donor pairs

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    Song, Yang; Das Sarma, S.

    2017-09-01

    We unravel theoretically a key intrinsic relaxation mechanism among the low-lying singlet and triplet donor-pair states in silicon, an important element in the fast-developing field of spintronics and quantum computation. Despite the perceived weak spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in Si, we find that our discovered relaxation mechanism, combined with the electron-phonon and interdonor interactions, drives the transitions in the two-electron states over a large range of donor coupling regimes. The scaling of the relaxation rate with interdonor exchange interaction J goes from J5 to J4 at the low to high temperature limits. Our analytical study draws on the symmetry analysis over combined band, donor envelope, and valley configurations. It uncovers naturally the dependence on the donor-alignment direction and triplet spin orientation, and especially on the dominant SOC source from donor impurities. While a magnetic field is not necessary for this relaxation, unlike in the single-donor spin relaxation, we discuss the crossover behavior with increasing Zeeman energy in order to facilitate comparison with experiments.

  8. Pre-transplant immune state defined by serum markers and alloreactivity predicts acute rejection after living donor kidney transplantation.

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    Vondran, Florian W R; Timrott, Kai; Kollrich, Sonja; Steinhoff, Ann-Kristin; Kaltenborn, Alexander; Schrem, Harald; Klempnauer, Juergen; Lehner, Frank; Schwinzer, Reinhard

    2014-09-01

    Acute rejection (AR) remains a major cause for long-term kidney allograft failure. Reliable immunological parameters suitable to define the pre-transplant immune state and hence the individual risk of graft rejection are highly desired to preferably adapt the immunosuppressive regimen in advance. Donor and third party alloreactivities were determined by mixed lymphocyte cultures. Soluble forms of CD25, CD30, and CD44 were detected in patients' serum by ELISA. Various lymphocyte subpopulations were measured using flow cytometry. All patients received triple immunosuppression (tacrolimus/mycophenolate mofetil/steroids) and were grouped according to biopsy results within the first year: rejection-free (RF, n = 13), borderline (BL, n = 5), or acute rejection (AR, n = 7). Patients with AR showed the highest pre-transplant alloreactivities and serum levels (sCD25/sCD30/sCD44) according to the pattern RF < BL < AR. Relying on serum analysis only, multivariate logistic regression (logit link function) yielded a prognostic score for prediction of rejection with 75.0% sensitivity and 69.2% specificity. Patients with rejection showed markedly higher pre-transplant frequencies of CD4(+) /CD8(+) T cells lacking CD28, but lower numbers of CD8(+) CD161(bright) T cells and NK cells than RF individuals. Pre-transplant immune state defined by alloreactivity, serum markers, and particular lymphocyte subsets seems to correlate with occurrence of graft rejection after kidney transplantation. A prognostic score based on pre-transplant serum levels has shown great potential for prediction of rejection episodes and should be further evaluated. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Role of the Dark 2Ag State in Donor-Acceptor Copolymers as a Pathway for Singlet Fission: A DMRG Study.

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    Ren, Jiajun; Peng, Qian; Zhang, Xu; Yi, Yuanping; Shuai, Zhigang

    2017-05-18

    The mechanism of intramolecular singlet fission in donor-acceptor-type copolymers, especially the role of the dark 2Ag state, is not so clear. In this Letter, the electronic structure of the benzodithiophene (B)-thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) copolymer is calculated by density matrix renormalization group theory with the Pariser-Parr-Pople model. We find that the dark 2Ag state is the lowest singlet excited state and is nearly degenerate with the 1Bu state. So, a fast internal conversion from 1Bu to 2Ag state is highly possible. The 2Ag state has a strong triplet pair character, localized on two neighboring acceptor units, which indicates that it is an intermediate state for the intramolecular singlet fission process. With the increase of the donor-acceptor push-pull strength in our model, this triplet pair character of the 2Ag state becomes more prominent, and meanwhile the binding energy of this coupled triplet pair state decreases, which favors the separation into two uncoupled triplet states. We propose a model in which the competition between the singlet fission process and the nonradiative decay process from the 2Ag state would determine the final quantum yield.

  10. Magnetic impurities in spin-split superconductors

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    van Gerven Oei, W.-V.; Tanasković, D.; Žitko, R.

    2017-02-01

    Hybrid semiconductor-superconductor quantum dot devices are tunable physical realizations of quantum impurity models for a magnetic impurity in a superconducting host. The binding energy of the localized subgap Shiba states is set by the gate voltages and external magnetic field. In this work we discuss the effects of the Zeeman spin splitting, which is generically present both in the quantum dot and in the (thin-film) superconductor. The unequal g factors in semiconductor and superconductor materials result in respective Zeeman splittings of different magnitude. We consider both classical and quantum impurities. In the first case we analytically study the spectral function and the subgap states. The energy of bound states depends on the spin-splitting of the Bogoliubov quasiparticle bands as a simple rigid shift. For the case of collinear magnetization of impurity and host, the Shiba resonance of a given spin polarization remains unperturbed when it overlaps with the branch of the quasiparticle excitations of the opposite spin polarization. In the quantum case, we employ numerical renormalization group calculations to study the effect of the Zeeman field for different values of the g factors of the impurity and of the superconductor. We find that in general the critical magnetic field for the singlet-doublet transition changes nonmonotonically as a function of the superconducting gap, demonstrating the existence of two different transition mechanisms: Zeeman splitting of Shiba states or gap closure due to Zeeman splitting of Bogoliubov states. We also study how in the presence of spin-orbit coupling, modeled as an additional noncollinear component of the magnetic field at the impurity site, the Shiba resonance overlapping with the quasiparticle continuum of the opposite spin gradually broadens and then merges with the continuum.

  11. Identification of rhenium donors and sulfur vacancy acceptors in layered MoS{sub 2} bulk samples

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    Brandão, F. D. Ribeiro, G. M.; Vaz, P. H.; González, J. C.; Krambrock, K.

    2016-06-21

    MoS{sub 2} monolayers, a two-dimensional (2D) direct semiconductor material with an energy gap of 1.9 eV, offer many opportunities to be explored in different electronic devices. Defects often play dominant roles in the electronic and optical properties of semiconductor devices. However, little experimental information about intrinsic and extrinsic defects or impurities is available for this 2D system, and even for macroscopic 3D samples for which MoS{sub 2} shows an indirect bandgap of 1.3 eV. In this work, we evaluate the nature of impurities with unpaired spins using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in different geological macroscopic samples. Regarding the fact that monolayers are mostly obtained from natural crystals, we expect that the majority of impurities found in macroscopic samples are also randomly present in MoS{sub 2} monolayers. By EPR at low temperatures, rhenium donors and sulfur vacancy acceptors are identified as the main impurities in bulk MoS{sub 2} with a corresponding donor concentration of about 10{sup 8–12} defects/cm{sup 2} for MoS{sub 2} monolayer. Electrical transport experiments as a function of temperature are in good agreement with the EPR results, revealing a shallow donor state with an ionization energy of 89 meV and a concentration of 7 × 10{sup 15 }cm{sup −3}, which we attribute to rhenium, as well as a second deeper donor state with ionization energy of 241 meV with high concentration of 2 × 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} and net acceptor concentration of 5 × 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3} related to sulfur vacancies.

  12. The temporal dynamics of impurity photoconductivity in quantum wells in GaAs

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    Aleshkin, V. Ya. E-mail: aleshkin@ipm.sci-nnov.ru

    2015-10-15

    A theory of cascade capture at charged donors in quantum wells (QWs) is developed without using the Fokker-Planck approximation, which is not valid in QWs. The time dependences of impurity photoconductivity and photoelectron concentration in GaAs QWs are determined. The cascade capture time as a function of the charge donor concentration is calculated.

  13. Magnetic impurity in a Weyl semimetal

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    Sun, Jin-Hua; Xu, Dong-Hui; Zhang, Fu-Chun; Zhou, Yi

    2015-11-01

    We utilize the variational method to study the Kondo screening of a spin-1 /2 magnetic impurity in a three-dimensional (3D) Weyl semimetal with two Weyl nodes along the kz axis. The model reduces to a 3D Dirac semimetal when the separation of the two Weyl nodes vanishes. When the chemical potential lies at the nodal point, μ =0 , the impurity spin is screened only if the coupling between the impurity and the conduction electron exceeds a critical value. For finite but small μ , the impurity spin is weakly bound due to the low density of states, which is proportional to μ2, contrary to that in a 2D Dirac metal such as graphene and 2D helical metal, where the density of states is proportional to |μ | . The spin-spin correlation function Ju v(r ) between the spin v component of the magnetic impurity at the origin and the spin u component of a conduction electron at spatial point r is found to be strongly anisotropic due to the spin-orbit coupling, and it decays in the power law. The main difference of the Kondo screening in 3D Weyl semimetals and in Dirac semimetals is in the spin x (y ) component of the correlation function in the spatial direction of the z axis.

  14. On impurity handling in high performance stellarator/heliotron plasmas

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    Burhenn, R.; Feng, Y.; Ida, K.; Maassberg, H.; McCarthy, K. J.; Kalinina, D.; Kobayashi, M.; Morita, S.; Nakamura, Y.; Nozato, H.; Okamura, S.; Sudo, S.; Suzuki, C.; Tamura, N.; Weller, A.; Yoshinuma, M.; Zurro, B.

    2009-06-01

    The Large Helical Device (LHD) and Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X, under construction) are experiments specially designed to demonstrate long-pulse (quasi steady state) operation, which is an intrinsic property of stellarators and heliotrons. Significant progress has been made in establishing high performance plasmas. A crucial point is the increasing impurity confinement at high density observed at several machines (TJ-II, W7-AS, LHD) which can lead to impurity accumulation and early pulse termination by radiation collapse. In addition, theoretical predictions for non-axisymmetric configurations predict the absence of impurity screening by ion temperature gradients in standard ion-root plasmas. Nevertheless, scenarios were found where impurity accumulation was successfully avoided in LHD and W7-AS due to the onset of friction forces in the (high density and low temperature) scrape-off-layer (SOL), the generation of magnetic islands at the plasma boundary and to a certain degree also by edge localized modes, flushing out impurities and reducing the net impurity influx into the core. In both the W7-AS high density H-mode regime and in the case of application of sufficient electron cyclotron radiation heating power a reduction in impurity core confinement was observed. The exploration of such purification mechanisms is a demanding task for successful steady-state operation. Impurity transport at the plasma edge/SOL was identified to play a major role for the global impurity behaviour in addition to the core confinement.

  15. Dynamical impurity problems

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    Emery, V.J.; Kivelson, S.A.

    1993-12-31

    In the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in dynamical impurity problems, as a result of developments in the theory of correlated electron systems. The general dynamical impurity problem is a set of conduction electrons interacting with an impurity which has internal degrees of freedom. The simplest and earliest example, the Kondo problem, has attracted interest since the mid-sixties not only because of its physical importance but also as an example of a model displaying logarithmic divergences order by order in perturbation theory. It provided one of the earliest applications of the renormalization group method, which is designed to deal with just such a situation. As we shall see, the antiferromagnetic Kondo model is controlled by a strong-coupling fixed point, and the essence of the renormalization group solution is to carry out the global renormalization numerically starting from the original (weak-coupling) Hamiltonian. In these lectures, we shall describe an alternative route in which we identify an exactly solvable model which renormalizes to the same fixed point as the original dynamical impurity problem. This approach is akin to determining the critical behavior at a second order phase transition point by solving any model in a given universality class.

  16. Donor-deactivating defects above the equilibrium doping limit in GaAs:Te,Ge and GaAs:Te studied by annealing and Hall effect under pressure

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    Slupinski, T.; Wasik, D.; Przybytek, J.

    2017-06-01

    High temperature annealing experiments of n-type double-doped (co-doped) GaAs:Te,Ge single crystal samples close to or above the equilibrium doping limit are presented and compared to annealing results of very highly doped GaAs:Te known for a long time, but still not clarified satisfactorily. An addition of Ge impurity to GaAs:Te shifted the equilibrium doping limit to a lower free electron concentration - a result which is difficult to describe within models of doping limit assuming an electrical compensation mainly by native acceptors. Hall effect under hydrostatic pressure up to 1.5 GPa allowed to directly measure the change of concentration of GeGa donors caused by annealing, in addition to free electron concentration changes in GaAs:Te,Ge. GeGa donors were detected by the capture of free electrons by Ge DX states at high pressure, following the method described by Baj et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett.71, 3529 (1993)]. In highly doped GaAs:Te,Ge, the measured ratio of changes of free electrons and GeGa donors concentrations caused by high temperature annealing at 1100 °C, Δn / Δ [ GeGa ] =4.2+/- 0.6, supports the model of chemically bonded impurity-impurity molecules, probably of type Ge-Tem (where m =3÷4 atoms), which may be consistent with recently proposed models of paired impurities: DDX or double-DX centers.

  17. Cornea preservation time study: methods and potential impact on the cornea donor pool in the United States.

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    Lass, Jonathan H; Szczotka-Flynn, Loretta B; Ayala, Allison R; Benetz, Beth A; Gal, Robin L; Aldave, Anthony J; Corrigan, Michelle M; Dunn, Steven P; McCall, Ty L; Pramanik, Sudeep; Rosenwasser, George O; Ross, Kevin W; Terry, Mark A; Verdier, David D

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the aims, methods, donor and recipient cohort characteristics, and potential impact of the Cornea Preservation Time Study (CPTS). The CPTS is a randomized clinical trial conducted at 40 clinical sites (70 surgeons) designed to assess the effect of donor cornea preservation time (PT) on graft survival 3 years after Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). Eyes undergoing surgery for Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy or pseudophakic/aphakic corneal edema were randomized to receive donor corneas stored ≤7 days or 8 to 14 days. Donor and patient characteristics, tissue preparation and surgical parameters, recipient and donor corneal stroma clarity, central corneal thickness, intraocular pressure, complications, and a reading center-determined central endothelial cell density were collected. Surveys were conducted to evaluate pre-CPTS PT practices. The 1330 CPTS donors were: 49% >60 years old, 27% diabetic, had a median eye bank-determined screening endothelial cell density of 2688 cells/mm, and 74% eye bank prepared for DSAEK. A total of 1090 recipients (1330 eyes including 240 bilateral cases) had: median age of 70 years, were 60% female, 90% white, 18% diabetic, 52% phakic, and 94% had Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. Before the CPTS, 19 eye banks provided PT data on 20,852 corneas domestically placed for DSAEK in 2010 to 2011; 96% were preserved ≤7 days. Of 305 American Academy of Ophthalmology members responding to a pre-CPTS survey, 233 (76%) set their maximum PT preference at 8 days or less. The CPTS will increase understanding of factors related to DSAEK success and, if noninferiority of longer PT is shown, will have great potential to extend the available pool of endothelial keratoplasty donors.Clinical Trial Registration-URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01537393.

  18. Blood discard rate and the prevalence of infectious and contagious diseases in blood donors from provincial towns of the state of Paraná, Brazil

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    Borelli, Sueli Donizete; Mazzola, Jocimara Costa; Matta, Alessandra Cristina Gobbi; Takemoto, Angélica Yukari; Bértoli, Marta

    2013-01-01

    Background So that an improvement in the selection of donors can be achieved and the risk to the recipient of transfused blood can be reduced, prospective donors are submitted to clinical and serological screening. Objective This study investigated the blood discard rate and the rate of infectious and contagious diseases in blood donors from provincial towns of the state of Paraná, Brazil. Methods This study was an exploratory cross-sectional descriptive investigation with a quantitative approach of donations between January and December 2011. Results In the study period the Regional Blood center in Maringá, Brazil received 8337 blood donations from people living in the city and neighboring towns. However, 278 (3.33%) donations were discarded during serological screening owing to one or more positive serological markers. A total of 46.4% of the discarded blood units were confirmed positive by serology with anti-HBc being the most common (66.7%), followed by syphilis (22.5%), HBsAg (4.7%), anti-hepatitis C virus (3.1%), human immunodeficiency virus (1.5%) and Chagas' disease (1.5%). The rate of infectious-contagious diseases that can be transmitted by blood transfusions was 1.55% (129/8337) of the donor population with a frequency of 1.03% for anti-HBc and 0.35% for syphilis. Conclusion This study demonstrates a high prevalence of the anti-HBc marker in prospective blood donors from provincial towns in the state of Paraná, Brazil. PMID:24478604

  19. Characterization of liquid phase epitaxial GaAs forblocked-impurity-band far-infrared detectors

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    Cardozo, B.L.; Reichertz, L.A.; Beeman, J.W.; Haller, E.E.

    2004-04-07

    GaAs Blocked-Impurity-Band (BIB) photoconductor detectors have the potential to become the most sensitive, low noise detectors in the far-infrared below 45.5 cm{sup -1} (220 {micro}m). We have studied the characteristics of liquid phase epitaxial GaAs films relevant to BIB production, including impurity band formation and the infrared absorption of the active section of the device. Knowledge of the far-infrared absorption spectrum as a function of donor concentration combined with variable temperature Hall effect and resistivity studies leads us to conclude that the optimal concentration for the absorbing layer of a GaAs BIB detector lies between 1 x 10{sup 15} and 6.7 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}. At these concentrations there is significant wavefunction overlap which in turn leads to absorption beyond the 1s ground to 2p bound excited state transition of 35.5 cm{sup -1} (282 {micro}m). There still remains a gap between the upper edge of the donor band and the bottom of the conduction band, a necessity for proper BIB detector operation.

  20. Hydrostatic pressure investigation of the metastable character of S and Se impurity states in Ga 0.78In 0.22Sb mixed crystals

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    Zitouni, K.; Kadri, A.; Konczewicz, L.; Aulombard, R. L.

    1986-05-01

    Hall effect and resistivity measurements have been made on S-doped and Se-doped Ga xIn 1- xSb ( x = 0.78) at hydrostatic pressure up to 15 kbar. With increasing pressure at T = 300 K, in both kind of samples, the electrons are strongly trapped into a resonant impurity level. Moreover, the occupation of this level leads to time-dependent effects at T < 110 K. The activated thermal electron emission, with a potential barrier of ∼180 meV in S-doped and ∼240 meV in Se-doped samples, gives clear evidence for a large lattice relaxation around the impurity centers similar to that responsible for presistent photoconductivity observed in many semiconductor compounds and alloys.

  1. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Spectrum and Binding Energy of an Off-Center Hydrogenic Donor in a Spherical Quantum Dot

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    Yuan, Jian-Hui; Huang, Jin-Sheng; Yin, Miao; Zeng, Qi-Jun; Zhang, Jun-Pei

    2010-08-01

    Off-center impurity effects in a spherical quantum dot are theoretically studied by degenerate perturbation method in strong confinement. The energy levels and binding energies are computed for the typical GaAs material as function of the donor position. The numerical results show the quantum size effect. We note that the energy levels and binding energies are not only related to the position of donor and the strength of confinement, but also related to the fold of degenerate states. We can see obviously that gaps will appear among the degenerate states and the splitting of energy levels and binding energies will appear as the position of the impurity is shifted away off the center.

  2. Detection of impurity diamagnetic susceptibility and its behavior in n-Ge:As in the region of the insulator–metal phase transition

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    Veinger, A. I. Zabrodskii, A. G.; Makarova, T. L.; Tisnek, T. V.; Goloshchapov, S. I.; Semenikhin, P. V.

    2015-10-15

    The method of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry is used to measure and study low-temperature (T ≤ 100K) susceptibility in a series of samples of heavily doped Ge:As samples on the insulator side of the insulator–metal phase transition. Subtracting the known values of the magnetic susceptibility of the lattice from the measurement results, the values of the impurity magnetic susceptibility of the system are obtained. Using the method of electron spin resonance, the paramagnetic component of the impurity susceptibility is determined. Subtraction of the paramagnetic component from the total impurity susceptibility is used to obtain, for the first time, the values of the impurity diamagnetic susceptibility (∼5 × 10{sup –8} cm{sup 3}/g). The obtained result is consistent with estimates obtained for the localization radius of an electron at an As donor. Lowering the temperature to T ≤ 4 K leads to an increase in the diamagnetic susceptibility, which is consistent with the observed increase in the paramagnetic susceptibility. The observed effect is accounted for by the transition of impurity electrons from the singlet state to the triplet one.

  3. Experimental Demonstration of the Dependence of the First Hyperpolarizability of Donor-Acceptor Substituted Polyenes on the Ground-State Polarization and Bond Length Alternation

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    Bourhill, G.; Bredas, J-L.; Cheng, L-T.; Marder, S. R.; Meyers, F.; Perry, J. W.; Tiemann, B. G.

    1993-01-01

    The dependence of the product of the first hyperpolarizability, beta, and the ground-state dipole moment, mu, for a series of donor-acceptor polyenes with a large range of ground-state polarization, was measured in a variety of solvents by electric field induced second harmonic generation. The observed behavior of mu times beta as a function of ground-state polarization agrees well with theoretical predictions. In particular, as a function of increasing polarization, mu times beta was found to first increase, peak in a positive sense, decrease, pass through zero, become large and negative, and eventually peak in a negative sense.

  4. Detection of 549 new HLA alleles in potential stem cell donors from the United States, Poland and Germany.

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    Hernández-Frederick, C J; Cereb, N; Giani, A S; Ruppel, J; Maraszek, A; Pingel, J; Sauter, J; Schmidt, A H; Yang, S Y

    2016-01-01

    We characterized 549 new human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and class II alleles found in newly registered stem cell donors as a result of high-throughput HLA typing. New alleles include 101 HLA-A, 132 HLA-B, 105 HLA-C, 2 HLA-DRB1, 89 HLA-DQB1 and 120 HLA-DPB1 alleles. Mainly, new alleles comprised single nucleotide variations when compared with homologous sequences. We identified nonsynonymous nucleotide mutations in 70.7% of all new alleles, synonymous variations in 26.4% and nonsense substitutions in 2.9% (null alleles). Some new alleles (55, 10.0%) were found multiple times, HLA-DPB1 alleles being the most frequent among these. Furthermore, as several new alleles were identified in individuals from ethnic minority groups, the relevance of recruiting donors belonging to such groups and the importance of ethnicity data collection in donor centers and registries is highlighted.

  5. Assessment of variation in live donor kidney transplantation across transplant centers in the United States1 - 8

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    Reese, Peter P.; Feldman, Harold I.; Bloom, Roy D.; Abt, Peter L.; Thomasson, Arwin; Shults, Justine; Grossman, Robert; Asch, David A.

    2012-01-01

    Background Transplant centers vary in the proportion of kidney transplants performed using live donors. Clinical innovations that facilitate live donation may drive this variation. Methods We assembled a cohort of renal transplant candidates at 194 US centers using registry data from 1999 – 2005. We measured magnitude of live donor transplant (LDKTx) through development of a standardized live donor transplant ratio (SLDTR) at each center that accounted for center population differences. We examined associations between center characteristics and the likelihood that individual transplant candidates underwent LDKTx. To identify practices through which centers increase LDKTx, we also examined center characteristics associated with consistently being in the upper three quartiles of SLDTR. Results The cohort comprised 148,168 patients, among whom 34,593 (23.3%) underwent LDKTx. In multivariable logistic regression, candidates had an increased likelihood of undergoing LDKTx at centers with greater use of “unrelated donors” (defined as non-spouses and non-first-degree family members of the recipient; OR 1.31 for highest versus lowest use, p=0.02) and at centers with programs to overcome donor-recipient incompatibility (OR 1.33, p=0.01.) Centers consistently in the upper three SLDTR quartiles were also more likely to use “unrelated” donors (OR 8.30 per tertile of higher use, p<0.01), to have incompatibility programs (OR 4.79, p<0.01), and to use laparoscopic nephrectomy (OR 2.53 per tertile of higher use, p=0.02). Conclusion Differences in center population do not fully account for differences in the use of LDKTx. To maximize opportunities for LDKTx, centers may accept more unrelated donors and adopt programs to overcome biological incompatibility. PMID:21562451

  6. Surface donor states distribution post SiN passivation of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

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    Goyal, Nitin; Fjeldly, Tor A.

    2014-07-21

    In this paper, we present a physics based analytical model to describe the effect of SiN passivation on two-dimensional electron gas density and surface barrier height in AlGaN/GaN heterostructures. The model is based on an extraction technique to calculate surface donor density and surface donor level at the SiN/AlGaN interface. The model is in good agreement with the experimental results and promises to become a useful tool in advanced design and characterization of GaN based heterostructures.

  7. Characteristics of impurity-induced pseudogap

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    Numata, Yoshinori; Uto, Tatsuro; Matuda, Azusa

    2016-05-01

    We have performed STM/STS measurements on a single crystal of Bi2.1Sr1.9Ca (Cu1-xCox) 2O8+δ (Co-Bi2212), to reveal impurity effects on the pseudogap in cuprate high-Tc superconductors. We report a drastic change in the temperature dependence of a pseudogap and in the density of states (DOS) modulation with a 4a period, in a certain doping range. In the Co 4% substituted samples, the pseudogap gradually closed like a gap of a BCS superconductor for slightly overdoped and overdoped regime, while their low temperature values were enhanced due to impurity. In addition, a disappearance of a 4a periodic modulation and a development of new modulation were observed in the DOS spatial distribution. These results indicate an intimate relation between the DOS modulation and the pseudogap, and qualitative difference in the impurity enhanced pseudogap and conventional one.

  8. Single atom impurity in a single molecular transistor

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    Ray, S. J.

    2014-10-21

    The influence of an impurity atom on the electrostatic behaviour of a Single Molecular Transistor was investigated through Ab-initio calculations in a double-gated geometry. The charge stability diagram carries unique signature of the position of the impurity atom in such devices which together with the charging energy of the molecule could be utilised as an electronic fingerprint for the detection of such impurity states in a nano-electronic device. The two gated geometry allows additional control over the electrostatics as can be seen from the total energy surfaces (for a specific charge state), which is sensitive to the positions of the impurity. These devices which are operational at room temperature can provide significant advantages over the conventional silicon based single dopant devices functional at low temperature. The present approach could be a very powerful tool for the detection and control of individual impurity atoms in a single molecular device and for applications in future molecular electronics.

  9. Quantum dynamics of impurities coupled to a Fermi sea

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    Parish, Meera M.; Levinsen, Jesper

    2016-11-01

    We consider the dynamics of an impurity atom immersed in an ideal Fermi gas at zero temperature. We focus on the coherent quantum evolution of the impurity following a quench to strong impurity-fermion interactions, where the interactions are assumed to be short range like in cold-atom experiments. To approximately model the many-body time evolution, we use a truncated basis method, where at most two particle-hole excitations of the Fermi sea are included. When the system is initially noninteracting, we show that our method exactly captures the short-time dynamics following the quench, and we find that the overlap between initial and final states displays a universal nonanalytic dependence on time in this limit. We further demonstrate how our method can be used to compute the impurity spectral function, as well as describe many-body phenomena involving coupled impurity spin states, such as Rabi oscillations in a medium or highly engineered quantum quenches.

  10. Single atom impurity in a single molecular transistor

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    Ray, S. J.

    2014-10-01

    The influence of an impurity atom on the electrostatic behaviour of a Single Molecular Transistor was investigated through Ab-initio calculations in a double-gated geometry. The charge stability diagram carries unique signature of the position of the impurity atom in such devices which together with the charging energy of the molecule could be utilised as an electronic fingerprint for the detection of such impurity states in a nano-electronic device. The two gated geometry allows additional control over the electrostatics as can be seen from the total energy surfaces (for a specific charge state), which is sensitive to the positions of the impurity. These devices which are operational at room temperature can provide significant advantages over the conventional silicon based single dopant devices functional at low temperature. The present approach could be a very powerful tool for the detection and control of individual impurity atoms in a single molecular device and for applications in future molecular electronics.

  11. Seroprevalence of Babesia microti in blood donors from Babesia-endemic areas of the northeastern United States: 2000 through 2007.

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    Johnson, Stephanie T; Cable, Ritchard G; Tonnetti, Laura; Spencer, Bryan; Rios, Jorge; Leiby, David A

    2009-12-01

    Current estimates of 70 cases of transfusion-transmitted Babesia microti, with 12 associated deaths, suggest that Babesia is a growing blood safety concern. The extent of Babesia infections among blood donors has not been well defined. To determine how common exposure to B. microti is among blood donors, a seroprevalence study was undertaken in the American Red Cross Northeast Division. Blood donations at selected blood drives in Connecticut and Massachusetts (2000 through 2007) were tested for the presence of immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies to B. microti using immunofluorescence assay. Geographic and temporal trends of B. microti seroprevalence were estimated for donor's zip code of residence. Overall, a 1.1% seroprevalence was identified in Connecticut, with the highest levels found in two Southeastern counties (Middlesex and New London). Observed seroprevalence for offshore islands of Massachusetts was 1.4%. Seropositive donations were identified from donors residing in all eight counties in Connecticut and three counties in Massachusetts. Although a seasonal peak was found between July and September, seropositive donations were identified in every month of the year. Foci of statistically higher B. microti seroprevalence among blood donors were observed; however, B. microti transfusion transmission risk exists for blood collected throughout Connecticut and portions of Massachusetts. Similarly, a seasonal peak was identified; nevertheless, seropositive donations were found year-round. Thus, geographic and/or seasonal exclusion methods are insufficient to fully safeguard the blood supply from Babesia transmission. Steps should be taken to reduce risk of transfusion-transmitted B. microti, perhaps through implementation of year-round, regional testing.

  12. HLA-A, B and DRB1 allele and haplotype frequencies in volunteer bone marrow donors from the north of Parana State

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    Bardi, Marlene Silva; Jarduli, Luciana Ribeiro; Jorge, Adylson Justino; Camargo, Rossana Batista Oliveira Godoy; Carneiro, Fernando Pagotto; Gelinski, Jair Roberto; Silva, Roseclei Assunção Feliciano; Lavado, Edson Lopes

    2012-01-01

    Background Knowledge of allele and haplotype frequencies of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system is important in the search for unrelated bone marrow donors. The Brazilian population is very heterogeneous and the HLA system is highly informative of populations because of the high level of polymorphisms. Aim The aim of this study was to characterize the immunogenetic profile of ethnic groups (Caucasians, Afro-Brazilians and Asians) in the north of Parana State. Methods A study was carried out of 3978 voluntary bone marrow donors registered in the Brazilian National Bone Marrow Donor Registry and typed for the HLA-A, B and DRB1 (low resolution) loci. The alleles were characterized by the polymerase chain reaction sequence-specific oligonucleotides method using the LabType SSO kit (One Lambda, CA, USA). The ARLEQUIN v.3.11 computer program was used to calculate allele and haplotype frequencies Results The most common alleles found in Caucasians were HLA-A*02, 24, 01; HLA-B*35, 44, 51; DRB1*11, 13, 07; for Afro-Brazilians they were HLA-A*02, 03, 30; HLA-B*35, 15, 44; DRB1*13, 11, 03; and for Asians they were: HLA-A*24, 02, 26; HLA-B*40, 51, 52; DRB1*04, 15, 09. The most common haplotype combinations were: HLA-A*01, B*08, DRB1*03 and HLA-A*29, B*44, DRB1*07 for Caucasians; HLA-A*29, B*44, DRB1*07 and HLA-A*01, B*08 and DRB1*03 for Afro-Brazilians; and HLA-A*24, B*52, DRB1*15 and HLA-A*24, B*40 and DRB1*09 for Asians. Conclusion There is a need to target and expand bone marrow donor campaigns in the north of Parana State. The data of this study may be used as a reference by the Instituto Nacional de Cancer/Brazilian National Bone Marrow Donor Registry to evaluate the immunogenetic profile of populations in specific regions and in the selection of bone marrow donors PMID:23049380

  13. HLA-A, B and DRB1 allele and haplotype frequencies in volunteer bone marrow donors from the north of Parana State.

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    Bardi, Marlene Silva; Jarduli, Luciana Ribeiro; Jorge, Adylson Justino; Camargo, Rossana Batista Oliveira Godoy; Carneiro, Fernando Pagotto; Gelinski, Jair Roberto; Silva, Roseclei Assunção Feliciano; Lavado, Edson Lopes

    2012-01-01

    Knowledge of allele and haplotype frequencies of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system is important in the search for unrelated bone marrow donors. The Brazilian population is very heterogeneous and the HLA system is highly informative of populations because of the high level of polymorphisms. The aim of this study was to characterize the immunogenetic profile of ethnic groups (Caucasians, Afro-Brazilians and Asians) in the north of Parana State. A study was carried out of 3978 voluntary bone marrow donors registered in the Brazilian National Bone Marrow Donor Registry and typed for the HLA-A, B and DRB1 (low resolution) loci. The alleles were characterized by the polymerase chain reaction sequence-specific oligonucleotides method using the LabType SSO kit (One Lambda, CA, USA). The ARLEQUIN v.3.11 computer program was used to calculate allele and haplotype frequencies The most common alleles found in Caucasians were HLA-A*02, 24, 01; HLA-B*35, 44, 51; DRB1*11, 13, 07; for Afro-Brazilians they were HLA-A*02, 03, 30; HLA-B*35, 15, 44; DRB1*13, 11, 03; and for Asians they were: HLA-A*24, 02, 26; HLA-B*40, 51, 52; DRB1*04, 15, 09. The most common haplotype combinations were: HLA-A*01, B*08, DRB1*03 and HLA-A*29, B*44, DRB1*07 for Caucasians; HLA-A*29, B*44, DRB1*07 and HLA-A*01, B*08 and DRB1*03 for Afro-Brazilians; and HLA-A*24, B*52, DRB1*15 and HLA-A*24, B*40 and DRB1*09 for Asians. There is a need to target and expand bone marrow donor campaigns in the north of Parana State. The data of this study may be used as a reference by the Instituto Nacional de Cancer/Brazilian National Bone Marrow Donor Registry to evaluate the immunogenetic profile of populations in specific regions and in the selection of bone marrow donors.

  14. Three hundred and seventy-two novel HLA class II alleles identified in potential hematopoietic stem cell donors from Germany, the United States, and Poland.

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    Hernández-Frederick, C J; Cereb, N; Giani, A S; Ruppel, J; Maraszek, A; Pingel, J; Sauter, J; Schmidt, A H; Yang, S Y

    2014-11-01

    We have characterized 372 novel human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II alleles identified in newly registered stem cell donors, this includes 281 HLA-DRB1 alleles, 89 HLA-DQB1 alleles and 2 HLA-DPB1 alleles. Most novel alleles were single nucleotide variants when compared to their respective most homologous alleles. In 66.4% of all novel alleles non-synonymous nucleotide variations were identified, in 30.4% synonymous substitutions and in 3.2% nonsense mutations. Ninty-three (25.0%) novel alleles were found in several individuals; most often these were novel HLA-DRB1 alleles. Lastly, we underline the importance of recruiting ethnic minority donors in countries such as Germany and the United States, as novel alleles were frequently found among these groups.

  15. A theory of planned behavior study of college students' intention to register as organ donors in Japan, Korea, and the United States.

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    Bresnahan, Mary; Lee, Sun Young; Smith, Sandi W; Shearman, Sachiyo; Nebashi, Reiko; Park, Cheong Yi; Yoo, Jina

    2007-01-01

    This study investigated willingness of Americans, Koreans, and Japanese to register as organ donors using the theory of planned behavior. Although previous research showed that attitude toward donation and communication with family predicted organ donation behaviors for respondents in the United States, these variables were also significant for respondents in Japan and Korea. Perceived behavioral control predicted intention to register for Japanese participants whereas knowledge about organ donation was associated with reluctance to register for Koreans. Spiritual connection and concern were shown to be causal factors underlying attitude in all 3 countries. In spite of positive attitudes toward organ donation and comparable knowledge with Americans and Japanese, most Korean participants declined to take an application to register as a donor. Implications of these findings for future research are discussed.

  16. Mapping Local Quantum Capacitance and Charged Impurities in Graphene via Plasmonic Impedance Imaging.

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    Shan, Xiaonan; Chen, Shan; Wang, Hui; Chen, Zixuan; Guan, Yan; Wang, Yixian; Wang, Shaopeng; Chen, Hong-Yuan; Tao, Nongjian

    2015-10-28

    Local quantum capacitance of graphene is imaged with plasmonics-based electrical impedance microscopy, from which the local density and polarity of charged impurities, electron and hole puddles associated with the charged impurities, and the density of the impurity states are determined. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Chromium as resonant donor impurity in PbTe

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    Nielsen, M. D.; Levin, E. M.; Jaworski, C. M.; Schmidt-Rohr, K.; Heremans, J. P.

    2012-01-01

    We synthesize and perform structural, thermoelectric, magnetic, and 125Te NMR characterization measurements on chromium-doped PbTe. 125Te NMR and magnetic measurements show that Pb1-xCrxTe is a solid solution up to x = 0.4 at.% and forms an n-type dilute paramagnetic semiconductor. The Cr level is resonant and pins the Fermi level about 100 meV into the conduction band at liquid nitrogen temperatures and below, but it moves into the gap as the temperature increases to 300 K. 125Te NMR spectra exhibit a Knight shift that correlates well with Hall effect measurements and resolve peaks of Te near Cr. Magnetic behavior indicates that Cr exists mainly as Cr2+. No departure from the Pisarenko relation for PbTe is observed. Secondary Cr2Te3 and Cr3+δTe4 phases are present in samples with x > 0.4%.

  18. Electric field and image charge effects on impurity-bound polarons in a CdS colloidal quantum dot embedded in organic matrices

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    Asatryan, A. L.; Vartanian, A. L.; Kirakosyan, A. A.; Vardanyan, L. A.

    2016-12-01

    An adiabatic variational approach is used to study the ground and first excited states of a hydrogen-like impurity bound polaron in a colloidal quantum dot (QD) under an external electric field, including image charge effect (ICE). The binding energy (BE) of donor impurity is calculated by taking into account the interaction of an electron with both bulk-type longitudinal optical (LO) phonons and interface optical phonons. Calculations have been carried out for CdS colloidal quantum dots embedded in thiophenol and oleic acid. Both parabolic confinement and electric field effects on the binding energy and its polaronic shift for 1s and 2s hydrogen-like states with and without ICE are investigated in detail.

  19. Identification of 2127 new HLA class I alleles in potential stem cell donors from Germany, the United States and Poland.

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    Hernández-Frederick, C J; Giani, A S; Cereb, N; Sauter, J; Silva-González, R; Pingel, J; Schmidt, A H; Ehninger, G; Yang, S Y

    2014-03-01

    We describe 2127 new human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I alleles found in registered stem cell donors. These alleles represent 28.9% of the currently known class I alleles. Comparing new allele sequences to homologous sequences, we found 68.1% nonsynonymous nucleotide substitutions, 28.9% silent mutations and 3.0% nonsense mutations. Many substitutions occurred at positions that have not been known to be polymorphic before. A large number of HLA alleles and nucleotide variations underline the extreme diversity of the HLA system. Strikingly, 156 new alleles were found not only multiple times, but also in carriers of various parentage, suggesting that some new alleles are not necessarily rare. Moreover, new alleles were found especially often in minority donors. This emphasizes the benefits of specifically recruiting such groups of individuals.

  20. Substitutional nitrogen impurities in pulsed-laser annealed silicon

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    Murakami, Kouichi; Itoh, Hisayoshi; Takita, Kôki; Masuda, Kohzoh

    1984-07-01

    Single-crystal Si samples with nitrogen (N) impurities (Si:N) and with N and phosphorus (P) impurities (Si:N:P) have been investigated by electron spin resonance measurements. It was found that substitutional N impurities Ns cannot be incorporated into Si by cw laser annealing of N ion-implanted Si or by N doping during crystal growth; however, Ns is incorporated into Si by pulsed-laser annealing (PLA) of N ion-implanted Si. The spin density of Ns decreases with doping of P shallow donors into PLA Si:N and increases by introduction of slight point defects in PLA Si:N:P. These results suggest that Ns with a negative charge are formed in PLA Si: N:P system.

  1. Excited State Dynamics Can Be Used to Probe Donor-Acceptor Distances for H-Tunneling Reactions Catalyzed by Flavoproteins

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    Hardman, Samantha J.O.; Pudney, Christopher R.; Hay, Sam; Scrutton, Nigel S.

    2013-01-01

    In enzyme systems where fast motions are thought to contribute to H-transfer efficiency, the distance between hydrogen donor and acceptor is a very important factor. Sub-ångstrom changes in donor-acceptor distance can have a large effect on the rate of reaction, so a sensitive probe of these changes is a vital tool in our understanding of enzyme function. In this study we use ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy to investigate the photoinduced electron transfer rates, which are also very sensitive to small changes in distance, between coenzyme analog, NAD(P)H4, and the isoalloxazine center in the model flavoenzymes morphinone reductase (wild-type and selected variants) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate reductase (wild-type). It is shown that upon addition of coenzyme to the protein the rate of photoinduced electron transfer is increased. By comparing the magnitude of this increase with existing values for NAD(P)H4-FMN distances, based on charge-transfer complex absorbance and experimental kinetic isotope effect reaction data, we show that this method can be used as a sensitive probe of donor-acceptor distance in a range of enzyme systems. PMID:24314085

  2. [Heterogeneous distribution of the prevalence of anti-Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies among blood donors in the State of Puebla, Mexico].

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    Monteón, Victor M; Reyes-López, Pedro A; Sosa-Palacio, Adalid; León-Tello, Gloria; Martínez-Murguía, Jaime; Sosa-Jurado, Francisca

    2005-01-01

    To determine the seroprevalence and associated factors, of antibodies against Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi Ab) among blood donors living in rural and suburban areas and risk regions. A cross-sectional study was conducted from January to December 2003, in 2489 blood donors of seven regions of Puebla, who were evaluated for mandatory viral and T. cruzi serological tests using validated procedures. The seroprevalence for T. cruzi Ab was 1.24% (31/2489), similar to hepatitis C (HVC) (1.5%) and higher than human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (0.4%) and hepatitis B (HVB) (0.3%). The highest seroprevalences were observed in the regions of Tehuacan-Sierra Negra and Mixteca, up to 2.6%, while in Sierra nororiental and Angelopolis no positive blood donors were identified. A positive association was observed between seropositivity and being older than forty years and being born and raised in Tehuacan-Sierra Negra and Mixteca. T. cruzi seroprevalence distribution is heterogeneous, from 0% to 2.6%, with higher seroprevalences in the regions of Tehuacan-Sierra Negra and Mixteca.

  3. Prevalence of anti-hepatitis C virus antibody among pregnant women and blood donors at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.

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    Hilda, Awoyelu E; Kola, Oloke Julius; Kolawole, Oladipo E

    2017-01-01

    Hepatitis C virus is one of the emerging infectious diseases that can be transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies among potential blood donors and pregnant women attending Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State. This hospital-based study was conducted from December 2014 to September 2015. The study group (N = 279) included potential blood donors and pregnant women. Data on socio-demographic characteristics and potential risk factors were collected using a structured questionnaire. The presence of anti-HCV antibodies in serum samples of the studied subjects were detected using third-generation Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) (WKEA Med Supplies Corp, China). Chisquare test was utilized to assess the association between the socio-demographic variables and HCV status. Logistic regression was done to determine the strength of association between risk factors and HCV status. Statistical significance was set at P ˂ 0.05. Overall seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus infection was found to be 1.79% consisting 0.36% of pregnant women and 1.43% of blood donors. None of the socio-demographic characteristics and potential risk factors among the study groups were significantly associated with hepatitis C virus infection. This study found a seroprevalence of anti-HCV antibody to be 1.79%, thus, screening of pregnant women and blood donors for HCV infections with the use of ELISA is recommended because of its important role in detecting the presence of anti-HCV antibody with utmost specificity and sensitivity.

  4. Donor Tag Game

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    ... Games > Donor Tag Game Printable Version Donor Tag Game This feature requires version 6 or later of ... LGBTQ+ Donors Blood Donor Community Real Stories SleevesUp Games Facebook Avatars and Badges Banners eCards Enter your ...

  5. Photon-modulated impurity scattering on a topological insulator surface

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    Deng, Ming-Xun; Deng, W. Y.; Shao, D. X.; Wang, Rui-Qiang; Shen, R.; Sheng, L.; Xing, D. Y.

    2017-03-01

    We consider the Dirac electron scattering off a pointlike impurity absorbed on the surface of a topological insulator, which is irradiated by a beam of circularly polarized light. It is found that the Dirac electron backscattering is allowed even for a nonmagnetic impurity due to the reshuffled spectrum caused by the light, and so exhibits interesting spin texture and Friedel oscillation in the real space. Furthermore, in the charge density of states, the interplay of the light irradiation and impurity scattering can lead to an in-gap bound state around the Dirac point, heavily modulating the Dirac dispersion. We discuss the different scenarios for resonant and off-resonant lights in detail. The impurity scattering feature is sensitive to the parameters of the polarized light, which suggests a possibility to optically manipulate the topological surface states.

  6. Three Redox States of a Diradical Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Triad: Gating the Magnetic Coupling and the Electron Delocalization.

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    Souto, Manuel; Lloveras, Vega; Vela, Sergi; Fumanal, Maria; Ratera, Imma; Veciana, Jaume

    2016-06-16

    The diradical acceptor-donor-acceptor triad 1(••), based on two polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals connected through a tetrathiafulvalene(TTF)-vinylene bridge, has been synthesized. The generation of the mixed-valence radical anion, 1(•-), and triradical cation species, 1(•••+), obtained upon electrochemical reduction and oxidation, respectively, was monitored by optical and ESR spectroscopy. Interestingly, the modification of electron delocalization and magnetic coupling was observed when the charged species were generated and the changes have been rationalized by theoretical calculations.

  7. Recent trends in the impurity profile of pharmaceuticals

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    Pilaniya, Kavita; Chandrawanshi, Harish K.; Pilaniya, Urmila; Manchandani, Pooja; Jain, Pratishtha; Singh, Nitin

    2010-01-01

    Various regulatory authorities such as the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA), and the Canadian Drug and Health Agency (CDHA) are emphasizing on the purity requirements and the identification of impurities in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). The various sources of impurity in pharmaceutical products are — reagents, heavy metals, ligands, catalysts, other materials like filter aids, charcoal, and the like, degraded end products obtained during \\ after manufacturing of bulk drugs from hydrolysis, photolytic cleavage, oxidative degradation, decarboxylation, enantiomeric impurity, and so on. The different pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, United State Pharmacopoeia, and Indian Pharmacopoeia are slowly incorporating limits to allowable levels of impurities present in APIs or formulations. Various methods are used to isolate and characterize impurities in pharmaceuticals, such as, capillary electrophoresis, electron paramagnetic resonance, gas–liquid chromatography, gravimetric analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, solid-phase extraction methods, liquid–liquid extraction method, Ultraviolet Spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, supercritical fluid extraction column chromatography, mass spectrometry, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and RAMAN spectroscopy. Among all hyphenated techniques, the most exploited techniques for impurity profiling of drugs are Liquid Chromatography (LC)-Mass Spectroscopy (MS), LC-NMR, LC-NMR-MS, GC-MS, and LC-MS. This reveals the need and scope of impurity profiling of drugs in pharmaceutical research. PMID:22247862

  8. Impurities in Kevlar 49 fibers

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    Pruneda, C.O.; Morgan, R.J.; Lim, R.; Gregory, L.J.; Fischer, J.W.

    1984-12-11

    The impurities in Kevlar 49 fibers (poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide)PPTA) are reported and discussed in terms of the fiber fabrication processes. These impurities were monitored by inductively coupled plasma emission and optical emission spectroscopy. The principal impurities Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and total S were analyzed chemically. From these chemical analyses together with C, N, H elemental analyses we show that there are 1.5 wt % impurities present in Kevlar 49 fibers of which approx. 50% are in the form of Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and the remainder probably in the form of benzene sulfonic -SO/sub 3/H PPTA side groups. There are 3 of these acid groups per each PPTA macromolecule. Organic impurities, such as terephthalic acid are discussed in the light of degradation studies of PPTA-H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ spinning dopes. Electron microprobe x-ray spectroscopy and laser-induced damage studies were utilized to investigate the distribution of impurities through the fiber cross-section. The distribution of impurities throughout the fiber are determined by the fiber fabrication processes and are discussed at the microscopic and molecular level. The defects caused by these impurities and their effect on the deformation and failure modes are also considered. 22 references, 3 tables.

  9. Impurities in silicon solar cells

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    Hopkins, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Metallic impurities, both singly and in combinations, affect the performance of silicon solar cells. Czochralski silicon web crystals were grown with controlled additions of secondary impurities. The primary electrical dopants were boron and phosphorus. The silicon test ingots were grown under controlled and carefully monitored conditions from high-purity charge and dopant material to minimize unintentional contamination. Following growth, each crystal was characterized by chemical, microstructural, electrical, and solar cell tests to provide a detailed and internally consistent description of the relationships between silicon impurity concentration and solar cell performance. Deep-level spectroscopy measurements were used to measure impurity concentrations at levels below the detectability of other techniques and to study thermally-induced changes in impurity activity. For the majority of contaminants, impurity-induced performance loss is due to a reduction of the base diffusion length. From these observations, a semi-empirical model which predicts cell performance as a function of metal impurity concentration was formulated. The model was then used successfully to predict the behavior of solar cells bearing as many as 11 different impurities.

  10. Kinetic neoclassical calculations of impurity radiation profiles

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    Stotler, D. P.; Battaglia, D. J.; Hager, R.; Kim, K.; Koskela, T.; Park, G.; Reinke, M. L.

    2016-12-30

    Modifications of the drift-kinetic transport code XGC0 to include the transport, ionization, and recombination of individual charge states, as well as the associated radiation, are described. The code is first applied to a simulation of an NSTX H-mode discharge with carbon impurity to demonstrate the approach to coronal equilibrium. The effects of neoclassical phenomena on the radiated power profile are examined sequentially through the activation of individual physics modules in the code. Orbit squeezing and the neoclassical inward pinch result in increased radiation for temperatures above a few hundred eV and changes to the ratios of charge state emissions at a given electron temperature. As a result, analogous simulations with a neon impurity yield qualitatively similar results.

  11. Kinetic neoclassical calculations of impurity radiation profiles

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    Stotler, D. P.; Battaglia, D. J.; Hager, R.; ...

    2016-12-30

    Modifications of the drift-kinetic transport code XGC0 to include the transport, ionization, and recombination of individual charge states, as well as the associated radiation, are described. The code is first applied to a simulation of an NSTX H-mode discharge with carbon impurity to demonstrate the approach to coronal equilibrium. The effects of neoclassical phenomena on the radiated power profile are examined sequentially through the activation of individual physics modules in the code. Orbit squeezing and the neoclassical inward pinch result in increased radiation for temperatures above a few hundred eV and changes to the ratios of charge state emissions atmore » a given electron temperature. As a result, analogous simulations with a neon impurity yield qualitatively similar results.« less

  12. Coupling of impurity modes in one-dimensional periodic systems.

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    Royo, P; Stanley, R P; Ilegems, M

    2001-07-01

    One-dimensional periodic dielectric structures are known to exhibit band gaps because of their symmetry. Defect states can be found in the band gaps if an impurity layer is added to the lattice such that the symmetry of the structure is broken. In this paper, we consider the case where a second impurity layer is added and we discuss the existence of coupling between the two defects. We discuss the possibility of exploiting the coupling of impurity modes in the realization of tunable wavelength emitting devices and dual-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

  13. Impurity bands and band tails in accumulation and inversion layers

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    Ghazali, A.; Gold, A.; Serre, J.

    The electronic density of states of silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor systems with charged impurities at the interface is calculated. We used Klauder's best multiple scattering approach and found a transition from an impurity band to a band tail at certain impurity concentration N i = Ñi. We studied the dependence of Ñi and of the binding energy EB (for Ni → 0 on the depletion density and found that Ñi and EB decrease by a factor of ten if the depletion density decreases from 10 12to 10 9 cm -2.

  14. Large impurity effects in rubrene crystals: First-principles calculations

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    Tsetseris, L.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2008-01-01

    Carrier mobilities of rubrene films are among the highest values reported for any organic semiconductor. Here, we probe with first-principles calculations the sensitivity of rubrene crystals on impurities. We find that isolated oxygen impurities create distinct peaks in the electronic density of states consistent with observations of defect levels in rubrene and that increased O content changes the position and shape of rubrene energy bands significantly. We also establish a dual role of hydrogen as individual H species and H impurity pairs create and annihilate deep carrier traps, respectively. The results are relevant to the performance and reliability of rubrene-based devices.

  15. Observation of the Triplet Metastable State of Shallow Donor Pairs in AlN Crystals with a Negative-U Behavior: A High-Frequency EPR and ENDOR Study

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    Orlinskii, Sergei B.; Schmidt, Jan; Baranov, Pavel G.; Bickermann, Matthias; Epelbaum, Boris M.; Winnacker, Albrecht

    2008-06-01

    Theoretical predictions about the n-type conductivity in nitride semiconductors are discussed in the light of results of a high-frequency EPR an ENDOR study. It is shown that two types of effective-mass-like, shallow donors with a delocalized wave function exist in unintentionally doped AlN. The experiments demonstrate how the transformation from a shallow donor to a deep (DX) center takes place and how the deep DX center can be reconverted into a shallow donor forming a spin triplet and singlet states.

  16. Straight quantum layer with impurities inducing resonances

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    Kondej, Sylwia

    2017-08-01

    We consider a straight three dimensional quantum layer with singular potential, supported on a straight wire which is localized perpendicularly to the walls and connects them. We prove that an infinite number of embedded eigenvalues appear in this system. Furthermore, we show that after introducing a small surface impurity to the layer, the embedded eigenvalues turn to the second sheet resolvent poles, which state resonances. We discuss the asymptotics of the imaginary component of the resolvent pole with respect to the surface area.

  17. Reevaluating the dead donor rule.

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    Collins, Mike

    2010-04-01

    The dead donor rule justifies current practice in organ procurement for transplantation and states that organ donors must be dead prior to donation. The majority of organ donors are diagnosed as having suffered brain death and hence are declared dead by neurological criteria. However, a significant amount of unrest in both the philosophical and the medical literature has surfaced since this practice began forty years ago. I argue that, first, declaring death by neurological criteria is both unreliable and unjustified but further, the ethical principles which themselves justify the dead donor rule are better served by abandoning that rule and instead allowing individuals who have suffered severe and irreversible brain damage to become organ donors, even though they are not yet dead and even though the removal of their organs would be the proximal cause of death.

  18. Diagram theory for the twofold-degenerate Anderson impurity model

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    Moskalenko, V. A.; Dohotaru, L. A.; Digor, D. F.; Cebotari, I. D.

    2014-02-01

    We develop a diagram technique for investigating the twofold-degenerate Anderson impurity model in the normal state with the strong electronic correlations of d electrons of the impurity ion taken into account. We discuss the properties of the Slater-Kanamori model of d electrons. After finding the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of all 16 local states, we determine the local one-particle propagator. We construct the perturbation theory around the atomic limit of the impurity ion and obtain a Dyson-type equation establishing the relation between the impurity electron propagator and the normal correlation function. As a result of summing infinite series of ladder diagrams, we obtain an approximation for the correlation function.

  19. Energy levels of isoelectronic impurities by large scale LDA calculations

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    Li, Jingbo; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2002-11-22

    Isoelectronic impurity states are localized states induced by stoichiometric single atom substitution in bulk semiconductor. Photoluminescence spectra indicate deep impurity levels of 0.5 to 0.9eV above the top of valence band for systems like: GaN:As, GaN:P, CdS:Te, ZnS:Te. Previous calculations based on small supercells seemingly confirmed these experimental results. However, the current ab initio calculations based on thousand atom supercells indicate that the impurity levels of the above systems are actually much shallower(0.04 to 0.23 eV), and these impurity levels should be compared with photoluminescence excitation spectra, not photoluminescence spectra.

  20. Discovery of iron group impurity ion spin states in single crystal Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} with strong coupling to whispering gallery photons

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    Goryachev, Maxim; Farr, Warrick G.; Carmo Carvalho, Natalia do; Creedon, Daniel L.; Le Floch, Jean-Michel; Probst, Sebastian; Bushev, Pavel; Tobar, Michael E.

    2015-06-08

    Interaction of Whispering Gallery Modes (WGMs) with dilute spin ensembles in solids is an interesting paradigm of Hybrid Quantum Systems potentially beneficial for Quantum Signal Processing applications. Unexpected ion transitions are measured in single crystal Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} using WGM spectroscopy with large Zero Field Splittings at 14.7 GHz, 18.4 GHz, and 25.4 GHz, which also feature considerable anisotropy of the g-tensors as well as two inequivalent lattice sites, indicating spins from Iron Group Ion (IGI) impurities. The comparison of undoped and Rare-Earth doped crystals reveal that the IGIs are introduced during co-doping of Eu{sup 3+} or Er{sup 3+} with concentration at much lower levels of order 100 ppb. The strong coupling regime between an ensemble of IGI spins and WGM photons have been demonstrated at 18.4 GHz and near zero field. This approach together with useful optical properties of these ions opens avenues for “spins-in-solids” Quantum Electrodynamics.

  1. Frequency shifts of vibrational and rotational states of dilute H2, D2, and HD impurities in solid Ar under pressure

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    Silvi, B.; Chandrasekharan, V.; Chergui, M.; Etters, R. D.

    1986-02-01

    The frequency shifts of the vibrational and rotational transitions of H2, D2, and HD molecules trapped in solid Ar are calculated at zero temperature and at pressures 0<=P<=373 kbar. It is found that the pure vibrational and rotational-vibrational transition frequencies are strongly red-shifted in the solid at P=0, compared to gas-phase values, and the agreement with Raman scattering measurements is generally good. The calculated pure rotational transitions also show a small red shift at P=0 in the solid and are in generally good agreement with the measurements of Jodl and Bier, but less so with those of Prochaska and Andrews, who, except for D2(Ar), measure small blue shifts. The calculated local-mode frequencies of the impurity molecules in the solid at P=0 are also in good agreement with experiment, especially when thermal corrections are considered. With increasing pressure all transition frequencies and the local-mode frequencies are strongly blue-shifted with respect to P=0 solid values.

  2. Alternative Donor--Acceptor Stacks from Crown Ethers and Naphthalene Diimide Derivatives: Rapid, Selective Formation from Solution and Solid State Grinding

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    Advanced Light Source; Liu, Yi; Klivansky, Liana; Cao, Dennis; Snauko, Marian; Teat, Simon J.; Struppe, Jochem O.; Koshkakaryan, Gayane

    2009-01-22

    Self assembling {pi}-conjugated molecules into ordered structures are of increasing interest in the field of organic electronics. One particular example is charge transfer complexes containing columnar alternative donor-acceptor (ADA) stacks, where neutral and ionic ground states can be readily tuned to modulate electrical, optical, and ferroelectrical properties. Aromatic-aromatic and charge transfer interactions have been the leading driving forces in assisting the self-assembly of ADA stacks. Various folding structures containing ADA stacks were assembled in solution with the aid of solvophobic or ion-binding interactions. Meanwhile, examples of solid ADA stacks, which are more appealing for practical use in devices, were obtained from cocrystalization of binary components or mesophase assembly of liquid crystals in bulk blends. Regardless of these examples, faster and more controllable approaches towards precise supramolecular order in the solid state are still highly desirable.

  3. Development of Organ-Specific Donor Risk Indices

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    Akkina, Sanjeev K.; Asrani, Sumeet K.; Peng, Yi; Stock, Peter; Kim, Ray; Israni, Ajay K.

    2012-01-01

    Due to the shortage of deceased donor organs, transplant centers accept organs from marginal deceased donors, including older donors. Organ-specific donor risk indices have been developed to predict graft survival using various combinations of donor and recipient characteristics. We will review the kidney donor risk index (KDRI) and liver donor risk index (LDRI) and compare and contrast their strengths, limitations, and potential uses. The Kidney Donor Risk Index has a potential role in developing new kidney allocation algorithms. The Liver Donor Risk Index allows for greater appreciation of the importance of donor factors, particularly for hepatitis C-positive recipients; as the donor risk index increases, rates of allograft and patient survival among these recipients decrease disproportionately. Use of livers with high donor risk index is associated with increased hospital costs independent of recipient risk factors, and transplanting livers with high donor risk index into patients with Model for End-Stage Liver Disease scores < 15 is associated with lower allograft survival; use of the Liver Donor Risk Index has limited this practice. Significant regional variation in donor quality, as measured by the Liver Donor Risk Index, remains in the United States. We also review other potential indices for liver transplant, including donor-recipient matching and the retransplant donor risk index. While substantial progress has been made in developing donor risk indices to objectively assess donor variables that affect transplant outcomes, continued efforts are warranted to improve these indices to enhance organ allocation policies and optimize allograft survival. PMID:22287036

  4. Related impurities in peptide medicines.

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    D'Hondt, Matthias; Bracke, Nathalie; Taevernier, Lien; Gevaert, Bert; Verbeke, Frederick; Wynendaele, Evelien; De Spiegeleer, Bart

    2014-12-01

    Peptides are an increasingly important group of pharmaceuticals, positioned between classic small organic molecules and larger bio-molecules such as proteins. Currently, the peptide drug market is growing twice as fast as other drug markets, illustrating the increasing clinical as well as economical impact of this medicine group. Most peptides today are manufactured by solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). This review will provide a structured overview of the most commonly observed peptide-related impurities in peptide medicines, encompassing the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API or drug substance) as well as the finished drug products. Not only is control of these peptide-related impurities and degradants critical for the already approved and clinically used peptide-drugs, these impurities also possess the capability of greatly influencing initial functionality studies during early drug discovery phases, possibly resulting in erroneous conclusions. The first group of peptide-related impurities is SPPS-related: deletion and insertion of amino acids are related to inefficient Fmoc-deprotection and excess use of amino acid reagents, respectively. Fmoc-deprotection can cause racemization of amino acid residues and thus diastereomeric impurities. Inefficient deprotection of amino acid side chains results into peptide-protection adducts. Furthermore, unprotected side chains can react with a variety of reagents used in the synthesis. Oxidation of amino acid side chains and dimeric-to-oligomeric impurities were also observed. Unwanted peptide counter ions such as trifluoroacetate, originating from the SPPS itself or from additional purification treatments, may also be present in the final peptide product. Contamination of the desired peptide product by other unrelated peptides was also seen, pointing out the lack of appropriate GMP. The second impurity group results from typical peptide degradation mechanisms such as β-elimination, diketopiperazine, pyroglutamate

  5. Resonant soliton-impurity interactions

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    Kivshar, Yuri S.; Fei, Zhang; Vázquez, Luis

    1991-09-01

    We describe a new type of soliton-impurity interaction and demonstrate that the soliton can be totally reflected by an attractive impurity if its initial velocity lies in certain resonance ``windows.'' This effect has an analogy with the resonance phenomena in kink-antikink collisions [Campbell, Schonfeld, and Wingate, Physica (Amsterdam) 9D, 1 (1983)], and it can be explained by a resonant energy exchange between the soliton and the impurity mode. Taking the sine-Gordon and φ4 models as examples, we find a number of resonance windows by numerical simulations and develop a collective-coordinate approach to describe the effect analytically.

  6. Designing shallow donors in diamond

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    Moussa, Jonathan

    2015-03-01

    The production of n-type semiconducting diamond has been a long-standing experimental challenge. The first-principles simulation of shallow dopants in semiconductors has been a long-standing theoretical challenge. A desirable theoretical goal is to identify impurities that will act as shallow donors in diamond and assess their experimental viability. I will discuss this identification process for the LiN4 donor complex. It builds a scientific argument from several models and computational results in the absence of computational tools that are both trustworthy and computationally tractable for this task. I will compare the theoretical assessment of viability with recent experimental efforts to co-dope diamond with lithium and nitrogen. Finally, I discuss the computational tools needed to facilitate future work on this problem and some preliminary simulations of donors near diamond surfaces. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program lab managed and operated by Sandia Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  7. High-contrast fluorescence sensing of aqueous Cu(I) with triarylpyrazoline probes: dissecting the roles of ligand donor strength and excited state proton transfer.

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    Morgan, M Thomas; Bagchi, Pritha; Fahrni, Christoph J

    2013-03-07

    Cu(I)-responsive fluorescent probes based on a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism generally show incomplete fluorescence recovery relative to the intrinsic quantum yield of the fluorescence reporter. Previous studies on probes with an N-aryl thiazacrown Cu(I)-receptor revealed that the recovery is compromised by incomplete Cu(I)-N coordination and resultant ternary complex formation with solvent molecules. Building upon a strategy that successfully increased the fluorescence contrast and quantum yield of Cu(I) probes in methanol, we integrated the arylamine PET donor into the backbone of a hydrophilic thiazacrown ligand with a sulfonated triarylpyrazoline as a water-soluble fluorescence reporter. This approach was not only expected to disfavor ternary complex formation in aqueous solution but also to maximize PET switching through a synergistic Cu(I)-induced conformational change. The resulting water-soluble probe 1 gave a strong 57-fold fluorescence enhancement upon saturation with Cu(I) with high selectivity over other cations, including Cu(II), Hg(II), and Cd(II); however, the recovery quantum yield did not improve over probes with the original N-aryl thiazacrown design. Concluding from detailed photophysical data, including responses to acidification, solvent isotope effects, quantum yields, and time-resolved fluorescence decay profiles, the fluorescence contrast of 1 is compromised by inadequate coordination of Cu(I) to the weakly basic arylamine nitrogen of the PET donor and by fluorescence quenching via two distinct excited state proton transfer pathways operating under neutral and acidic conditions.

  8. Expanding the Supply of Pasteurized Donor Milk: Understanding Why Peer-to-Peer Milk Sharers in the United States Do Not Donate to Milk Banks.

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    Perrin, Maryanne Tigchelaar; Goodell, L Suzanne; Fogleman, April; Pettus, Hannah; Bodenheimer, Amanda L; Palmquist, Aunchalee E L

    2016-05-01

    Lactating women in the United States have several options for what they do with excess breast milk, including donating to milk banks that serve medically fragile infants, sharing directly with families seeking milk, and selling to individuals or for-profit entities. The World Health Organization and the US Surgeon General have issued calls to increase access to pasteurized donor milk for medically fragile infants. To explore how lactating women with a surplus of breast milk come to the decision to share their milk with a peer rather than donate to a milk bank. A qualitative design using a grounded theory approach was employed. Semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with 27 women who had shared milk with a peer but not with a milk bank. Five dominant themes were identified: a strong belief in the value of breast milk, unexpected versus planned donation, sources of information regarding milk exchange, concerns and knowledge gaps about milk banks, and helping and connecting. This research offers insights into potential strategies for promoting milk bank donation among peer-to-peer milk sharers, including developing donor education campaigns focused on knowledge gaps regarding milk banks and developing health care professional referral programs that can reduce barriers associated with the convenience of milk bank donation. © The Author(s) 2016.

  9. Global migration of impurities in tokamaks

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    Hakola, A.; Airila, M. I.; Björkas, C.; Borodin, D.; Brezinsek, S.; Coad, J. P.; Groth, M.; Järvinen, A.; Kirschner, A.; Koivuranta, S.; Krieger, K.; Kurki-Suonio, T.; Likonen, J.; Lindholm, V.; Makkonen, T.; Mayer, M.; Miettunen, J.; Müller, H. W.; Neu, R.; Petersson, P.; Rohde, V.; Rubel, M.; Widdowson, A.; the ASDEX Upgrade Team; Contributors, JET-EFDA

    2013-12-01

    The migration of impurities in tokamaks has been studied with the help of tracer-injection (13C and 15N) experiments in JET and ASDEX Upgrade since 2001. We have identified a common pattern for the migrating particles: scrape-off layer flows drive impurities from the low-field side towards the high-field side of the vessel. Migration is also sensitive to the density and magnetic configuration of the plasma, and strong local variations in the resulting deposition patterns require 3D treatment of the migration process. Moreover, re-erosion of the deposited particles has to be taken into account to properly describe the migration process during steady-state operation of the tokamak.

  10. Spin pumping through magnetic impurity effect

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    Deng, Wei-Yin; Sheng, Li; Xing, Ding-Yu

    2015-08-01

    We propose a simple adiabatic quantum spin pump to generate pure spin current. The spin pump is driven by an ac gate voltage and a time-dependent magnetic impurity potential. It is found that the total pumped spin per cycle exhibits oscillations, whose magnitude decays exponentially with changing strength of the impurity potential. The proposed method may be useful for spintronic applications. Project supported by the State Key Program for Basic Research of China (Grant Nos. 2015CB921202, 2014CB921103, 2011CB922103, and 2010CB923400), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11225420, 11174125, and 91021003), and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.

  11. Complete Monitoring of Coherent and Incoherent Spin Flip Domains in the Recombination of Charge-Separated States of Donor-Iridium Complex-Acceptor Triads.

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    Klein, Johannes H; Schmidt, David; Steiner, Ulrich E; Lambert, Christoph

    2015-09-02

    The spin chemistry of photoinduced charge-separated (CS) states of three triads comprising one or two triarylamine donors, a cyclometalated iridium complex sensitizer and a naphthalene diimide (NDI) acceptor, was investigated by transient absorption spectroscopy in the ns-μs time regime. Strong magnetic-field effects (MFE) were observed for two triads with a phenylene bridge between iridium complex sensitizer and NDI acceptor. For these triads, the lifetimes of the CS states increased from 0.6 μs at zero field to 40 μs at about 2 T. Substituting the phenylene by a biphenyl bridge causes the lifetime of the CS state at zero field to increase by more than 2 orders of magnitude (τ = 79 μs) and the MFE to disappear almost completely. The kinetic MFE was analyzed in the framework of a generalized Hayashi-Nagakura scheme describing coherent (S, T0 ↔ T±) as well as incoherent (S, T0 ⇌ T±) processes by a single rate constant k±. The magnetic-field dependence of k± of the triads with phenylene bridge spans 2 orders of magnitude and exhibits a biphasic behavior characterized by a superposition of two Lorentzians. This biphasic MFE is observed for the first time and is clearly attributable to the coherent (B < 10 mT) and incoherent (10 mT < B < 2 T) domains of spin motion induced by isotropic and anisotropic hyperfine coupling. The parameters of both domains are well understood in terms of the structural properties of the two triads, including the effect of electron hopping in the triad with two donor moieties. The kinetic model also accounts for the reduction of the MFE on reducing the rate constant of charge recombination in the triad with the biphenyl bridge.

  12. Forced diffusion of impurities in natural diamond and polycrystalline diamond films

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    Popovici, Galina; Sung, T.; Khasawinah, S.; Prelas, M. A.; Wilson, R. G.

    1995-06-01

    A method is proposed for the determination of the state of an impurity (donor, acceptor, or deep level) in semiconductor lattice. To demonstrate the method boron was diffused into type Ia natural diamond under a dc electric field. The concentration and diffusion profiles of boron were affected by the applied field. Boron diffuses as a negative ion since it is an acceptor shallow enough to be partially ionized at the temperature of diffusion. The drift velocity of boron ions at the temperature of diffusion was also estimated. The diffusion of lithium and oxygen from a Li2CO3 source in chemical vapor deposited diamond films was performed under bias at 1000 °C in an argon atmosphere. After diffusion, the concentrations of Li, O, and H in the diamond films were found to be around (3-4)×1019 cm-3. No dependence of these concentrations on the applied bias was observed. It was found that the diffusion of Li goes primarily through grain boundaries, which may explain why it does not depend on the applied voltage. Fluorine was present as an impurity in the dopant source. Its concentration in the films was around (1-2)×1017 cm-3 and did depend on the applied bias, indicating that fluorine may have formed a shallow level in the diamond band gap.

  13. [Prevalence of types of hepatitis C virus in Spanish blood donors: results of a state-based multicenter study. Spanish Group for the Study of Blood Donors with Risk of HCV Transmission].

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    León, P; López, J A; Amela, C; Elola, C; Echevarría, J M

    1999-11-01

    The prevalences established up to the present in Spain for the different types of hepatitis C virus are based on data obtained in populations in which the nature of the population itself may have based the data in favor of certain types of the virus. The study of seropositive blood donors identified through screening of blood donations may provide prevalences closer to the truth among the general population. Typing of genomes in samples from 441 donors was performed using the blood bank generated during the multicenter study performed by the Spanish Study Group of Blood Donors with Risk of Transmission of the Hepatitis C Virus. The antibodies present were typed in the seropositive samples in the above donors and in 337 more in whom a viral genoma was not detected. In total, the infection was typed in 685 donors. On analysis of the results corresponding to 386 donors, whose number and distribution by autonomous communities were previously fixed to represent all of Spain, type 1 was largely the more prevalent (85.5%) followed by types 3 (4.4%), 2 (4.1%), 4 (3.4%) and 5 (0.5%) and by a group of apparent mixed infections which altogether represented 2.1% of the total. Among the donors in whom the genomes were typed, infectious due to the 1b subtype (78% of the 441 samples genotypes) clearly predominated. The participation of the different types of type 1 was significantly greater in those lacking antibodies detectable versus epitopes codified in the NS4 region of the viral genome. This study avoids some bias in sampling which may have affected previous studies and provides data which should more closely approach the real prevalence in the general Spanish population. Thus, it should provide a better base of comparison for any study on the distribution of the types of the hepatitis C virus in selected populations or others performed during tha investigation of outbreaks of hepatitis C virus infection.

  14. Acceleration of impurity ions during plasma expansion into vacuum

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    Anisimov, S. I.; Ivanov, M. F.; Medvedev, Iu. V.; Shvets, V. F.

    1982-09-01

    The problem of the acceleration of impurity aluminum ions in a hydrogen plasma which is expanding into vacuum is solved by numerical simulation. Particular emphasis is placed on the role played by Coloumb collisions during the ion acceleration. The motion of the major plasma species is assumed to be collisionless, obeying the Vlasov kinetic equation. For the impurity components, the self-consistent-field effects and collisions with the ions of the major species and the electrons are taken into account. The conditions under which collisions play a governing role in the acceleration of the impurity ions are determined. Under these conditions, a steady-state energy spectrum is formed for the impurity ions comparatively rapidly. This spectrum then changes slowly as a result of ion acceleration by the self-consistent field. It is also shown that the dependence of the average energy of the various components on the charge weakens with increasing charge and with increasing plasma density.

  15. Acceleration of impurity ions during plasma expansion into vacuum

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    Anisimov, S.I.; Ivanov, M.F.; Medvedev, Y.V.; Shvets, V.F.

    1982-09-01

    The problem of the acceleration of impurity aluminum ions in a hydrogen plasma which is expanding into vacuum is solved by numerical simulation. Particular emphasis is placed on the role played by Coloumb collisions during the ion acceleration. The motion of the major plasma species is assumed to be collisionless, obeying the Vlasov kinetic equation. For the impurity component, the self-consistent-field effects and collisions with the ions of the major species and the electrons are taken into account. The conditions under which collisions play a governing role in the acceleration of the impurity ions are determined. Under these conditions, a steady-state energy spectrum is formed for the impurity ions comparatively rapidly. This spectrum then changes slowly as a result of ion acceleration by the self-consistent field. It is also shown that the dependence of the average energy of the various components on the charge weakens with increasing charge and with increasing plasma density.

  16. Transport Simulations of DIII-D Discharges with Impurity Injection

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    Mandrekas, J.; Stacey, W. M.; Murakami, M.

    2001-10-01

    Several recent DIII-D discharges with external impurity injection into L-mode plasmas are analyzed with a coupled main plasma and multi-charge state 1frac 12-D impurity transport code. These discharges exhibit various degrees of confinement improvement, which has been attributed to the synergistic effects of impurity induced enhancement of the E×B shearing rate and reduction of the drift wave turbulence growth rate (M. Murakami, et. al., Nucl. Fusion 41) (2001) 317.. Impurity transport is described by empirical and neoclassical transport models. Both the standard neoclassical theory as well as an enhanced theory which takes into account the effects of external momentum input and radial momentum transport (W.M. Stacey, Phys. Plasmas 8) (2001) 158. have been considered.

  17. Effect of impurity doping in gapped bilayer graphene

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    Han, Qi; Yan, Baoming; Jia, Zhenzhao; Niu, Jingjing; Yu, Dapeng; Wu, Xiaosong

    2015-10-19

    Impurity doping plays a pivotal role in semiconductor electronics. We study the doping effect in a two-dimensional semiconductor, gapped bilayer graphene. By employing in situ deposition of calcium on the bilayer graphene, dopants are controllably introduced. Low temperature transport results show a variable range hopping conduction near the charge neutrality point persisting up to 50 K, providing evidence for the impurity levels inside the gap. Our experiment confirms a predicted peculiar effect in the gapped bilayer graphene, i.e., formation of in-gap states even if the bare impurity level lies in the conduction band. The result provides perspective on the effect of doping and impurity levels in semiconducting bilayer graphene.

  18. Donor spectroscopy at large hydrostatic pressures and transport studies in compound semiconductors

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    Hsu, Leonardo

    1997-06-01

    In the first part of this work, the author describes studies of donors in AlSb and in GaAs at large hydrostatic pressures, two materials in which the conduction band minimum is not parabolic, but has a camel`s back shape. These donors were found to display only one or two absorption lines corresponding to ground to bound excited state transitions. It is shown that due to the non-parabolic dispersion, camel's back donors may have as few as one bound excited state and that higher excited states are auto-ionized. Thus, it is possible that transitions to these other states may be lost in the continuum. In the second part, calculations of mobilities in GaN and other group III-Nitride based structures were performed. GaN is interesting in that the carriers in nominally undoped material are thought to originate from impurities which have an ionization energy level resonant with the conduction band, rather than located in the forbidden gap. These donors have a short range potential associated with them which can be effective in scattering electrons in certain situations. It was found that effects of these resonant donors can be seen only at high doping levels in III-Nitride materials and in AlxGa1-xN alloys, where the defect level can be pushed into the forbidden gap. Calculations were also performed to find intrinsic mobility limits in AlxGa1-xN/GaN modulation doped heterostructures. Theoretical predictions show that electron mobilities in these devices are capable of rivaling those found in the best AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs heterostructures structures today. However, the currently available nitride heterostructures, while displaying mobilities superior to those in bulk material, have sheet carrier concentrations too large to display true two-dimensional electron gas behavior.

  19. Reduction of electron accumulation at InN(0001) surfaces via saturation of surface states by potassium and oxygen as donor- or acceptor-type adsorbates

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    Eisenhardt, A.; Reiß, S.; Krischok, S. Himmerlich, M.

    2014-01-28

    The influence of selected donor- and acceptor-type adsorbates on the electronic properties of InN(0001) surfaces is investigated implementing in-situ photoelectron spectroscopy. The changes in work function, surface band alignment, and chemical bond configurations are characterized during deposition of potassium and exposure to oxygen. Although an expected opponent charge transfer characteristic is observed with potassium donating its free electron to InN, while dissociated oxygen species extract partial charge from the substrate, a reduction of the surface electron accumulation occurs in both cases. This observation can be explained by adsorbate-induced saturation of free dangling bonds at the InN resulting in the disappearance of surface states, which initially pin the Fermi level and induce downward band bending.

  20. Magnetic impurities on the surface of a topological insulator

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    Liu, Qin; Liu, Chao-Xing; Xu, Cenke; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-03-25

    The surface states of a topological insulator are described by an emergent relativistic massless Dirac equation in 2+1 dimensions. In contrast to graphene, there is an odd number of Dirac points, and the electron spin is directly coupled to the momentum. We show that a magnetic impurity opens up a local gap and suppresses the local density of states. Furthermore, the Dirac electronic states mediate an RKKY interaction among the magnetic impurities which is always ferromagnetic, whenever the chemical potential lies near the Dirac point. These effects can be directly measured in STM experiments. We also study the case of quenched disorder through a renormalization group analysis.

  1. Are carbon nanotubes with impurities and structure disorder metals or semiconductors?

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    Bobenko, N. G.; Egorushkin, V. E.; Melnikova, N. V.; Ponomarev, A. N.

    2014-06-01

    Electron relaxation time and density of states near the Fermi level were calculated for ‘dirty’ carbon nanotubes taking into account multiple elastic electrons scattering on impurities and structural inhomogeneities of a short-range order type. A possible explanation of low-temperature behavior of density of states and electrical conductivity depending on defect structure, impurities and diameter of nanotube is presented.

  2. Hierarchical Liouville-space approach for accurate and universal characterization of quantum impurity systems.

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    Li, ZhenHua; Tong, NingHua; Zheng, Xiao; Hou, Dong; Wei, JianHua; Hu, Jie; Yan, YiJing

    2012-12-28

    A hierarchical equations of motion based numerical approach is developed for accurate and efficient evaluation of dynamical observables of strongly correlated quantum impurity systems. This approach is capable of describing quantitatively Kondo resonance and Fermi-liquid characteristics, achieving the accuracy of the latest high-level numerical renormalization group approach, as demonstrated on single-impurity Anderson model systems. Its application to a two-impurity Anderson model results in differential conductance versus external bias, which correctly reproduces the continuous transition from Kondo states of individual impurity to singlet spin states formed between two impurities. The outstanding performance on characterizing both equilibrium and nonequilibrium properties of quantum impurity systems makes the hierarchical equations of motion approach potentially useful for addressing strongly correlated lattice systems in the framework of dynamical mean-field theory.

  3. Classical impurities and boundary Majorana zero modes in quantum chains

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    Müller, Markus; Nersesyan, Alexander A.

    2016-09-01

    We study the response of classical impurities in quantum Ising chains. The Z2 degeneracy they entail renders the existence of two decoupled Majorana modes at zero energy, an exact property of a finite system at arbitrary values of its bulk parameters. We trace the evolution of these modes across the transition from the disordered phase to the ordered one and analyze the concomitant qualitative changes of local magnetic properties of an isolated impurity. In the disordered phase, the two ground states differ only close to the impurity, and they are related by the action of an explicitly constructed quasi-local operator. In this phase the local transverse spin susceptibility follows a Curie law. The critical response of a boundary impurity is logarithmically divergent and maps to the two-channel Kondo problem, while it saturates for critical bulk impurities, as well as in the ordered phase. The results for the Ising chain translate to the related problem of a resonant level coupled to a 1d p-wave superconductor or a Peierls chain, whereby the magnetic order is mapped to topological order. We find that the topological phase always exhibits a continuous impurity response to local fields as a result of the level repulsion of local levels from the boundary Majorana zero mode. In contrast, the disordered phase generically features a discontinuous magnetization or charging response. This difference constitutes a general thermodynamic fingerprint of topological order in phases with a bulk gap.

  4. Interactions of structural defects with metallic impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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    McHugo, S.A.; Hieslmair, H.; Weber, E.R.; Rosenblum, M.D.; Kalejs, J.P.

    1996-11-01

    Interactions between structural defects and metallic impurities were studied in multicrystalline silicon for solar cells applications. The objective was to gain insight into the relationship between solar cell processing, metallic impurity behavior and the resultant effect on material/device performance. With an intense synchrotron x-ray source, high sensitivity x-ray fluorescence measurements were utilized to determine impurity distributions with a spatial resolution of {approx} 1{micro}m. Diffusion length mapping and final solar cell characteristics gauged material/device performance. The materials were tested in both the as-grown state and after full solar cell processing. Iron and nickel metal impurities were located at structural defects in as-grown material, while after solar cell processing, both impurities were still observed in low performance regions. These results indicate that multicrystalline silicon solar cell performance is directly related to metal impurities which are not completely removed during typical processing treatments. A discussion of possible mechanisms for this incomplete removal is presented.

  5. High-contrast fluorescence sensing of aqueous Cu(I) with triaryl-pyrazoline probes: Dissecting the roles of ligand donor strength and excited state proton transfer

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    Morgan, M. Thomas; Bagchi, Pritha; Fahrni, Christoph J.

    2012-01-01

    Cu(I)-responsive fluorescent probes based on a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism generally show incomplete fluorescence recovery relative to the intrinsic quantum yield of the fluorescence reporter. Previous studies on probes with an N-aryl thiazacrown Cu(I)-receptor revealed that the recovery is compromised by incomplete Cu(I)-N coordination and resultant ternary complex formation with solvent molecules. Building upon a strategy that successfully increased the fluorescence contrast and quantum yield of Cu(I) probes in methanol, we integrated the arylamine PET donor into the backbone of a hydrophilic thiazacrown ligand with a sulfonated triarylpyrazoline as a water-soluble fluorescence reporter. This approach was not only expected to disfavor ternary complex formation in aqueous solution but also to maximize PET switching through a synergistic Cu(I)-induced conformational change. The resulting water-soluble probe 1 gave a strong 57-fold fluorescence enhancement upon saturation with Cu(I) with high selectivity over other cations, including Cu(II), Hg(II), and Cd(II); however, the recovery quantum yield did not improve over probes with the original N-aryl thiazacrown design. Concluding from detailed photophysical data, including responses to acidification, solvent isotope effects, quantum yields, and time-resolved fluorescence decay profiles, the fluorescence contrast of 1 is compromised by inadequate coordination of Cu(I) to the weakly basic arylamine nitrogen of the PET donor and by fluorescence quenching via two distinct excited state proton transfer pathways operating under neutral and acidic conditions. PMID:23169532

  6. Mental health status after living donor hepatectomy.

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    Wang, Szu-Han; Lin, Ping-Yi; Wang, Jiun-Yi; Huang, Mei-Feng; Lin, Hui-Chuan; Hsieh, Chia-En; Hsu, Ya-Lan; Chen, Yao-Li

    2017-05-01

    Donor safety and preservation of donor health after living liver donation are of paramount importance. In addition, the preoperative mental state of a donor is an important factor in determining the psychological impact of donor hepatectomy. Thus, we aimed to explore the mental health status of living liver donors after hepatectomy. We enrolled 60 donors who were scheduled to undergo living donor hepatectomy during the period January 2014 to March 2015 at a single medical center. Mental health status was measured before and 3 months after surgery using 3 self-report questionnaires, namely the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) to assess depressive symptoms, the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire to measure quality of life, and the Chinese Health Questionnaire (CHQ) to screen for minor psychiatric disorders. A comparison of the pre- and postdonation CES-D scores revealed a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after surgery (P = .031). There were significant improvements in the physical health domain (P = .031), the psychological health domain (P = .005), the social relationships domain (P = .005), and the environmental health domain (P = .010) of the WHOQOL-BREF. There were no significant changes in CHQ scores after donor hepatectomy (P = .136). All donors reported that they would donate again if required. Approximately one-third (33.3%) of donors experienced more pain than they had anticipated in the immediate postoperative period, and 20.0% of donors had complications after donor hepatectomy. Donor mental health status tended to improve as donors regained physical function during the 1st 3 months of recovery. Long-term monitoring of living donors' mental health is needed to minimize the adverse psychological outcomes of living liver donation.

  7. Highly n -doped silicon: Deactivating defects of donors

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    Mueller, D. Christoph; Fichtner, Wolfgang

    2004-12-01

    We report insight into the deactivation mechanisms of group V donors in heavily doped silicon. Based on our ab initio calculations, we suggest a three step model for the donor deactivation. In highly n -type Si grown at low temperatures, in the absence of excess native point defects, the intrinsic limit to ne seems to rise in part by means of donor deactivating distortions of the silicon lattice in the proximity of two or more donor atoms that share close sites. Also, donor dimers play an important part in the deactivation at high doping concentrations. While the dimers constitute a stable or metastable inactive donor configuration, the lattice distortions lower the donor levels gradually below the impurity band in degenerate silicon. On the other hand, we find that, in general, none of the earlier proposed deactivating donor pair defects is stable at any position of the Fermi level. The lattice distortions may be viewed as a precursor to Frenkel pair generation and donor-vacancy clustering process (step 2) that account for deactivation at elevated temperature and longer annealing times. Ultimately, and most prominently in the case of the large Sb atoms, precipitation of the donor atoms may set in as the last step of the deactivation process chain.

  8. Nonmagnetic impurity effects in a superconducting topological insulator

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    Nagai, Yuki; Ota, Yukihiro; Machida, Masahiko

    2015-03-01

    Unconventional features in superconductivity are revealed by responses to impurity scattering. We study nonmagnetic impurity effects in a superconducting topological insulator, focusing on an effective model of Cu-doped topological insulator Bi2Se3. Typically, this superconducting compound is considered to be dirty owing to the copper intercalated process. Using a self-consistent T-matrix approach for impurity scattering, we examine in-gap states in density of states. It is well known that the unconventional superconductors such as p-wave diminish via non-magnetic impurity scattering, different from the robustness of an s-wave state (Anderson's theorem). We show that the impurity effects are well characterized by a simple material variable, which measures relativistic effects in the Dirac Hamiltonian. We find that the topological superconductor has two aspects, p- and s-wave features, depending on the weight of relativistic effects. The topological superconductors can not be simply regarded as one of the conventional unconventional superconductors.

  9. Germanium Blocked Impurity Band (BIB) detectors

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    Haller, E. E.; Baumann, H.; Beeman, J. W.; Hansen, W. L.; Luke, P. N.; Lutz, M.; Rossington, C. S.; Wu, I. C.

    1989-01-01

    Information is given in viewgraph form. The advantages of the Si blocked impurity band (BIB) detector invented by M. D. Petroff and M. G. Stabelbroek are noted: smaller detection volume leading to a reduction of cosmic ray interference, extended wavelength response because of dopant wavefunction overlap, and photoconductive gain of unity. It is argued that the stated advantages of Si BIB detectors should be realizable for Ge BIB detectors. Information is given on detector development, subtrate choice and preparation, wafer polising, epitaxy, characterization of epi layers, and preliminary Ge BIB detector test results.

  10. The origin of deep-level impurity transitions in hexagonal boron nitride

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    Du, X. Z.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2015-01-12

    Deep ultraviolet photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy has been employed to investigate the origin of the widely observed deep level impurity related donor-acceptor pair (DAP) transition with an emission peak near 4.1 eV in hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). A set of h-BN epilayers were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) under different ammonia (NH{sub 3}) flow rates to explore the role of nitrogen vacancies (V{sub N}) in the deep-level transitions. The emission intensity of the DAP transition near 4.1 eV was found to decrease exponentially with an increase of the NH{sub 3} flow rate employed during the MOCVD growth, implying that impurities involved are V{sub N}. The temperature-dependent PL spectra were measured from 10 K up to 800 K, which provided activation energies of ∼0.1 eV for the shallow impurity. Based on the measured energy level of the shallow impurity (∼0.1 eV) and previously estimated bandgap value of about 6.5 eV for h-BN, we deduce a value of ∼2.3 eV for the deep impurity involved in this DAP transition. The measured energy levels together with calculation results and formation energies of the impurities and defects in h-BN suggest that V{sub N} and carbon impurities occupying the nitrogen sites, respectively, are the most probable shallow donor and deep acceptor impurities involved in this DAP transition.

  11. A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Study of Dissociation of Charge Transfer States at the Donor-Acceptor Interface of Organic Solar Cells.

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    Tscheuschner, Steffen; Bässler, Heinz; Huber, Katja; Köhler, Anna

    2015-08-13

    The observation that in efficient organic solar cells almost all electron-hole pairs generated at the donor-acceptor interface escape from their mutual coulomb potential remains to be a conceptual challenge. It has been argued that it is the excess energy dissipated in the course of electron or hole transfer at the interface that assists this escape process. The current work demonstrates that this concept is unnecessary to explain the field dependence of electron-hole dissociation. It is based upon the formalism developed by Arkhipov and co-workers as well as Baranovskii and co-workers. The key idea is that the binding energy of the dissociating "cold" charge-transfer state is reduced by delocalization of the hole along the polymer chain, quantified in terms of an "effective mass", as well as the fractional strength of dipoles existent at the interface in the dark. By covering a broad parameter space, we determine the conditions for efficient electron-hole dissociation. Spectroscopy of the charge-transfer state on bilayer solar cells as well as measurements of the field dependence of the dissociation yield over a broad temperature range support the theoretical predictions.

  12. ALUMINUM IMPURITY DIFFUSION IN MAGNESIUM

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    Brennan, Sarah; Warren, Andrew; Coffey, Kevin; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Todd, Peter J; Sohn, Yong Ho; Klimov, Mikhail

    2012-01-01

    The Al impurity diffusion in polycrystalline Mg (99.9%) via depth profiling with secondary ion mass spectrometry was studied in the temperature range of 673-573K, utilizing the thin film method and thin film solution to the diffusion equation. Multiple samples were utilized and multiple profiles were obtained to determine statistically confident coefficient with maximum standard deviation of 16%. Activation energy and pre-exponential factor of Al impurity diffusion in Mg was determined as 155 kJ/mole and 3.9 x 10-3 m2/sec.

  13. Electronic Structure and Valence of Mn impurities in III-V semiconductors

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    Schulthess, Thomas C.

    2003-11-01

    Mn doped III-V semiconductors have recently become very popular materials since they are ferromagnetic at reasonably high temperatures and in some cases show carrier induced magnetism, where the Curie temperature can be altered by changes in the carrier concentration. It is expected that these materials will play an important role in Spintronics devices. Substitutional Mn impurities in III-V semiconductors can acquire either a divalent or a trivalent configuration. For example, it is generally accepted that Mn in GaAs is in a (d^5+h) configuration with five occupied Mn d-orbitals and a delocalized hole in the valence band. In contrast, Mn in GaN is believed to be in a d^4 configuration with a deep impurity state that has d-character. But there have recently been some discussions about the possibility of having some Mn ion in GaN assuming a divalent (d^5+h) type configuration. In order to achieve carrier induced ferromagnetism, the desired state of the Mn ions in III-V semiconductors is the (d^5+h) configuration. We have therefore performed ab-initio calculations of the Mn valence when it substitutes Ga in various III-V semiconductor hosts. We use the self-interaction corrected local spin density (SIC-LSD) method which is able to treat localized impurity orbitals properly. In particular we find that the method is capable of predicting the (d^5+h) state of Mn in GaAs. For Mn in GaP and GaN the calculations predict a trivalent d^4 state in the idealized system. The energy differences between d^4 and (d^5+h) configurations in GaP are, however, very small. Introduction of defects or donors does change the valence of Mn in GaP, favoring the divalent state under certain circumstances. Work done in collaboration with W. Temmerman and S. Szotek, Daresbury Laboratory, G. M. Stocks, ORNL, and W. H. Butler, MINT Center University of Alabama. This work supported by the Defense Advanced Research Agency and by DOE Office of Science trough ASCR/MICS and BES/DMSE under Contract No

  14. Estimated risk of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus infection among potential organ donors from 17 organ procurement organizations in the United States.

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    Ellingson, K; Seem, D; Nowicki, M; Strong, D M; Kuehnert, M J

    2011-06-01

    To prevent unintentional transmission of bloodborne pathogens through organ transplantation, organ procurement organizations (OPOs) screen potential donors by serologic testing to identify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Newly acquired infection, however, may be undetectable by serologic testing. Our objective was to estimate the incidence of undetected infection among potential organ donors and to assess the significance of risk reductions conferred by nucleic acid testing (NAT) versus serology alone. We calculated prevalence of HIV and HCV-stratified by OPO risk designation-in 13,667 potential organ donors managed by 17 OPOs from 1/1/2004 to 7/1/2008. We calculated incidence of undetected infection using the incidence-window period approach. The prevalence of HIV was 0.10% for normal risk potential donors and 0.50% for high risk potential donors; HCV prevalence was 3.45% and 18.20%, respectively. For HIV, the estimated incidence of undetected infection by serologic screening was 1 in 50,000 for normal risk potential donors and 1 in 11,000 for high risk potential donors; for HCV, undetected incidence by serologic screening was 1 in 5000 and 1 in 1000, respectively. Projected estimates of undetected infection with NAT screening versus serology alone suggest that NAT screening could significantly reduce the rate of undetected HCV for all donor risk strata.

  15. Diffusion of electrons scattered by short-range impurities in a quantizing magnetic field

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    Andreev, S. P. Pavlova, T. V.

    2008-04-15

    Formulas for transverse diffusion and conductivity in a semiconductor are obtained for electrons scattered by neutral impurities in a quantizing magnetic field. The formulas are valid for an impurity potential of arbitrary depth. Based on Kubo's theory, calculations are performed using electron wavefunctions of the problem of single-impurity scattering in a magnetic field. The poles of the scattering amplitude correctly determine electron eigenstates and magnetic impurity states. As a result, an exact expression is found for the dependence of transverse diffusion coefficient D{sub perpendicular} on longitudinal electron energy {epsilon} due to scattering by short-range (neutral) impurities. The behavior of D{sub perpendicular} ({epsilon}) is examined over an interval of magnetic field strength for several values of impurity potential depth. The experimental observability of diffusion and conductivity using IR lasers is discussed.

  16. Impurity doping effects on the orbital thermodynamic properties of hydrogenated graphene, graphane, in Harrison model

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    Yarmohammadi, Mohsen

    2016-12-01

    Using the Harrison model and Green's function technique, impurity doping effects on the orbital density of states (DOS), electronic heat capacity (EHC) and magnetic susceptibility (MS) of a monolayer hydrogenated graphene, chair-like graphane, are investigated. The effect of scattering between electrons and dilute charged impurities is discussed in terms of the self-consistent Born approximation. Our results show that the graphane is a semiconductor and its band gap decreases with impurity. As a remarkable point, comparatively EHC reaches almost linearly to Schottky anomaly and does not change at low temperatures in the presence of impurity. Generally, EHC and MS increases with impurity doping. Surprisingly, impurity doping only affects the salient behavior of py orbital contribution of carbon atoms due to the symmetry breaking.

  17. Impurity effects on BCS-BEC crossover in ultracold atomic Fermi gases

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    Che, Yanming; Zhang, Leifeng; Wang, Jibiao; Chen, Qijin

    2017-01-01

    We present a systematic investigation of the effects of "nonmagnetic" impurities on the s -wave BCS-BEC crossover in atomic Fermi gases within a pairing fluctuation theory. Both pairing and impurity scattering T matrices are treated self-consistently at the same time. While the system is less sensitive to impurity scattering in the Born limit, for strong impurity scatterers, both the frequency and the gap function are highly renormalized, leading to significant suppression of the superfluid Tc, the order parameter, and the superfluid density. We also find the formation of impurity bands and smearing of coherence peak in the fermion density of states, leading to a spectrum weight transfer and finite lifetime of Bogoliubov quasiparticles. In the BCS regime, the superfluidity may be readily destroyed by the impurity of high density, leading to a superfluid-insulator quantum phase transition at zero temperature. In comparison, the superfluidity in unitary and BEC regimes is relatively more robust.

  18. Effects of electron-phonon interaction and impurity on optical properties of hexagonal-shaped quantum wires

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    Khordad, R.; Bahramiyan, H.

    2017-03-01

    We have investigated the influence of electron-phonon (e-p) interaction and hydrogenic donor impurity simultaneously on energy difference, binding energy, the linear, nonlinear and total refractive index changes and absorption coefficients of a hexagonal-shaped quantum wire. For this goal, we have used finite-element method (FEM), a compact density matrix approach and an iterative procedure. It is deduced that energy difference and binding energy decrease by changing the impurity position with and without e-p interaction. The dipole matrix elements have complex behaviours in the presence of impurity with and without e-p interaction. The refractive index changes and absorption coefficients increase and shift towards lower energies by enhancing a 1 with central impurity. In the presence of central impurity, the absorption coefficients and refractive index changes enhance and shift toward higher energies when e-p interaction is considered.

  19. Current fluctuations in unconventional superconductor junctions with impurity scattering

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    Burset, Pablo; Lu, Bo; Tamura, Shun; Tanaka, Yukio

    2017-06-01

    The order parameter of bulk two-dimensional superconductors is classified as nodal if it vanishes for a direction in momentum space, or gapful if it does not. Each class can be topologically nontrivial if Andreev bound states are formed at the edges of the superconductor. Nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor affect the formation of Andreev bound states and can drastically change the tunneling spectra for small voltages. Here, we investigate the mean current and its fluctuations for two-dimensional tunnel junctions between normal-metal and unconventional superconductors by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently, including the presence of nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor. As the impurity strength increases, we find that superconductivity is suppressed for almost all order parameters since (i) at zero applied bias, the effective transferred charge calculated from the noise-current ratio tends to the electron charge e , and (ii) for finite bias, the current-voltage characteristics follows that of a normal-state junction. There are notable exceptions to this trend. First, gapful nontrivial (chiral) superconductors are very robust against impurity scattering due to the linear dispersion relation of their surface Andreev bound states. Second, for nodal nontrivial superconductors, only px-wave pairing is almost immune to the presence of impurities due to the emergence of odd-frequency s -wave Cooper pairs near the interface. Due to their anisotropic dependence on the wave vector, impurity scattering is an effective pair-breaking mechanism for the remaining nodal superconductors. All these behaviors are neatly captured by the noise-current ratio, providing a useful guide to find experimental signatures for unconventional superconductivity.

  20. Dielectric Response to Impurity Ions in GALLIUM(1 -X)ALUMINUM(X)ARSENIDE/GALLIUM-ARSENIDE/GALLIUM(1- X)aluminum(x) Arsenide Quantum Wells.

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    Elabsy, Abdelsalam Mohamed

    The present work considers the dielectric response to donor and acceptor ions by the valence electrons in GaAs quantum wells (QWs) of infinite and finite depths. It is found that, as far as the binding energy for a donor is concerned, the dielectric response of the GaAs QWs leads to deviations with respect to the hydrogenic theory. The effect of the nonparabolicity of the GaAs conduction band on the binding energy for a hydrogenic donor placed at on- and off-center positions in a GaAs QW, leads to substantially enhanced binding. A model of the kinetic energy operator, adapted by Morrow and Brownstein for an electron in the presence of an abrupt heterojunction, has also been used to calculate the binding energy for a donor placed at the center of the GaAs QW. It is found that the binding energy considering the linearized screening theory is larger than that for the hydrogenic theory. It is also found that an acceptor ion binding a heavy hole is much more affected by the dielectric response of the valence electrons of the GaAs than that associated with a light hole. It is clear from this work that consideration of the dielectric response of the valence electrons of a GaAs QW is an important factor in investigating the energy states of impurities.

  1. Monte-Carlo Impurity transport simulations in the edge of the DIII-D tokamak using the MCI code

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    Evans, T.E.; Mahdavi, M.A.; Sager, G.T.; West, W.P.; Fenstermacher, M.E.; Meyer, W.H.; Porter, G.D.

    1995-07-01

    A Monte-Carlo Impurity (MCI) transport code is used to follow trace impurities through multiple ionization states in realistic 2-D tokamak geometries. The MCI code is used to study impurity transport along the open magnetic field lines of the Scrape-off Layer (SOL) and to understand how impurities get into the core from the SOL. An MCI study concentrating on the entrainment of carbon impurities ions by deuterium background plasma into the DIII-D divertor is discussed. MCI simulation results are compared to experimental DIII-D carbon measurements.

  2. Control of impurities in toroidal plasma devices

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    Ohkawa, Tihiro

    1980-01-01

    A method and apparatus for plasma impurity control in closed flux plasma systems such as Tokamak reactors is disclosed. Local axisymmetrical injection of hydrogen gas is employed to reverse the normally inward flow of impurities into the plasma.

  3. Screening charged impurities and lifting the orbital degeneracy in graphene by populating Landau levels.

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    Luican-Mayer, Adina; Kharitonov, Maxim; Li, Guohong; Lu, Chih-Pin; Skachko, Ivan; Gonçalves, Alem-Mar B; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Andrei, Eva Y

    2014-01-24

    We report the observation of an isolated charged impurity in graphene and present direct evidence of the close connection between the screening properties of a 2D electron system and the influence of the impurity on its electronic environment. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and Landau level spectroscopy, we demonstrate that in the presence of a magnetic field the strength of the impurity can be tuned by controlling the occupation of Landau-level states with a gate voltage. At low occupation the impurity is screened, becoming essentially invisible. Screening diminishes as states are filled until, for fully occupied Landau levels, the unscreened impurity significantly perturbs the spectrum in its vicinity. In this regime we report the first observation of Landau-level splitting into discrete states due to lifting the orbital degeneracy.

  4. TOPICAL REVIEW: Impurity band Mott insulators: a new route to high Tc superconductivity

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    Baskaran, Ganapathy

    2008-10-01

    Last century witnessed the birth of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The physics behind these revolutionary developments is certain quantum mechanical behaviour of 'impurity state electrons' in crystalline 'band insulators', such as Si, Ge, GaAs and GaN, arising from intentionally added (doped) impurities. The present article proposes that certain collective quantum behaviour of these impurity state electrons, arising from Coulomb repulsions, could lead to superconductivity in a parent band insulator, in a way not suspected before. Impurity band resonating valence bond theory of superconductivity in boron doped diamond, recently proposed by us, suggests possibility of superconductivity emerging from impurity band Mott insulators. We use certain key ideas and insights from the field of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and organics. Our suggestion also offers new possibilities in the field of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The current level of sophistication in solid state technology and combinatorial materials science is very well capable of realizing our proposal and discover new superconductors.

  5. First-principles electronic structure and formation energies of group V and VII impurities in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys

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    Xia, Congxin; Jia, Yu; Zhang, Qiming

    2014-09-21

    Based on density functional theory, the electronic structures, formation energy, and transition level of the selected group V and VII impurities in α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} are investigated by means of first-principles methods. Numerical results show that the group V and VII atoms-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} can be energetically favorable under the Fe-rich condition. Group V atom substituting O atom can induce the acceptor impurity level, while the deep donor impurity states are formed inside the band gap when group VII atom substitute O atom in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Moreover, our results show that halogen atom F substituting O atom should be very easy in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition, our results also show that for both group V and VII atom-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the upper sides of valence band are modified obviously, while the conduction band edge does not change.

  6. Magnetic impurity formation in quantum point contacts.

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    Rejec, Tomaz; Meir, Yigal

    2006-08-24

    A quantum point contact (QPC) is a narrow constriction between two wider electron reservoirs, and is the standard building block of sub-micrometre devices such as quantum dots and qubits (the proposed basic elements of quantum computers). The conductance through a QPC changes as a function of its width in integer steps of G(0) = 2e2/h (where e is the charge on an electron, and h is Planck's constant), signalling the quantization of its transverse modes. But measurements of these conductance steps also reveal an additional shoulder at a value around 0.7G(0) (refs 1-4), an observation that has remained a puzzle for more than a decade. It has recently been suggested that this phenomenon can be explained by the existence of a magnetic 'impurity' in the QPC at low electron densities. Here we present extensive numerical density-functional calculations that reveal the formation of an electronic state with a spin-1/2 magnetic moment in the channel under very general conditions. In addition, we show that such an impurity will also form at large magnetic fields, for a specific value of the field, and sometimes even at the opening of the second transverse mode in the QPC. Beyond explaining the source of the '0.7 anomaly', these results may have far-reaching implications for spin-filling of electronic states in quantum dots and for the dephasing of quantum information stored in semiconductor qubits.

  7. Mitochondrial-Associated Cell Death Mechanisms Are Reset to an Embryonic-Like State in Aged Donor-Derived iPS Cells Harboring Chromosomal Aberrations

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    Prigione, Alessandro; Hossini, Amir M.; Lichtner, Björn; Serin, Akdes; Fauler, Beatrix; Megges, Matthias; Lurz, Rudi; Lehrach, Hans; Zouboulis, Christos C.

    2011-01-01

    Somatic cells reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) acquire features of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and thus represent a promising source for cellular therapy of debilitating diseases, such as age-related disorders. However, reprogrammed cell lines have been found to harbor various genomic alterations. In addition, we recently discovered that the mitochondrial DNA of human fibroblasts also undergoes random mutational events upon reprogramming. Aged somatic cells might possess high susceptibility to nuclear and mitochondrial genome instability. Hence, concerns over the oncogenic potential of reprogrammed cells due to the lack of genomic integrity may hinder the applicability of iPSC-based therapies for age-associated conditions. Here, we investigated whether aged reprogrammed cells harboring chromosomal abnormalities show resistance to apoptotic cell death or mitochondrial-associated oxidative stress, both hallmarks of cancer transformation. Four iPSC lines were generated from dermal fibroblasts derived from an 84-year-old woman, representing the oldest human donor so far reprogrammed to pluripotency. Despite the presence of karyotype aberrations, all aged-iPSCs were able to differentiate into neurons, re-establish telomerase activity, and reconfigure mitochondrial ultra-structure and functionality to a hESC-like state. Importantly, aged-iPSCs exhibited high sensitivity to drug-induced apoptosis and low levels of oxidative stress and DNA damage, in a similar fashion as iPSCs derived from young donors and hESCs. Thus, the occurrence of chromosomal abnormalities within aged reprogrammed cells might not be sufficient to over-ride the cellular surveillance machinery and induce malignant transformation through the alteration of mitochondrial-associated cell death. Taken together, we unveiled that cellular reprogramming is capable of reversing aging-related features in somatic cells from a very old subject, despite the presence of genomic

  8. Fundamental aspects of metallic impurities and impurity interactions in silicon during device processing

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    Graff, K.

    1995-08-01

    A review on the behavior of metallic impurities in silicon can be considerably simplified by a restriction on pure, dislocation-free, monocrystalline silicon. In this case interactions between different impurities and between impurities and grown-in lattice defects can be reduced. This restriction is observed in Chapter 1 for discussing the general behavior of metallic impurities in silicon.

  9. Donor Considerations in Fecal Microbiota Transplantation.

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    Barnes, Danielle; Park, K T

    2017-03-01

    Tremendous acceleration has been made in understanding the gut microbiota in the past decade and, with it, further understanding of the pathologic role of dysbiosis and the use of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as therapy. FMT has been studied in many disease states including the most common indication of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), though many questions regarding stool donor selection remain. Though traditionally, one donor has provided stool for one patient, research is underway to explore many donor selection considerations from the use of pooled donor stool to selection of a high diversity donor. It is well-known that dietary intake shapes the gut microbiota and the potential implications of this on FMT donor selection are being explored. Though further high-quality research is needed, optimizing the fecal microbiota inoculum holds great promise.

  10. Time-resolved EPR studies of charge recombination and triplet-state formation within donor-bridge-acceptor molecules having wire-like oligofluorene bridges.

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    Miura, Tomoaki; Carmieli, Raanan; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2010-05-13

    Spin-selective charge recombination of photogenerated radical ion pairs within a series of donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) molecules, where D = phenothiazine (PTZ), B = oligo(2,7-fluorenyl), and A = perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximide) (PDI), PTZ-FL(n)-PDI, where n = 1-4 (compounds 1-4), is studied using time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectroscopy in which the microwave source is either continuous-wave or pulsed. Radical ion pair TREPR spectra are observed for 3 and 4 at 90-294 K, while the neutral triplet state of PDI ((3)*PDI) is observed at 90-294 K for 2-4 and at 90 K for 1. (3)*PDI is produced by three mechanisms, as elucidated by its zero-field splitting parameters and spin polarization pattern. The mechanisms are spin-orbit-induced intersystem crossing (SO-ISC) in PDI aggregates, direct spin-orbit charge-transfer intersystem crossing (SOCT) from the singlet radical pair within 1, and radical pair intersystem crossing (RP-ISC) as a result of S-T(0) mixing of the radical ion pair states in 2-4. The temperature dependence of the spin-spin exchange interaction (2J) shows a dramatic decrease at low temperatures, indicating that the electronic coupling between the radical ions decreases due to an increase in the average fluorene-fluorene dihedral angle at low temperatures. The charge recombination rates for 3 and 4 decrease at low temperature, but that for 2 is almost temperature-independent. These results strongly suggest that the dominant mechanism of charge recombination for n >or= 3 is incoherent thermal hopping, which results in wire-like charge transfer.

  11. Flat panel display Impurity doping technology for flat panel displays

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    Suzuki, Toshiharu

    2005-08-01

    Features of the flat panel displays (FPDs) such as liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, etc. using low temperature poly-Si (LTPS) thin film transistors (TFTs) are briefly reviewed comparing with other FPDs. The requirements for fabricating TFTs used for high performance FPDs and system on glass (SoG) are addressed. This paper focuses on the impurity doping technology, which is one of the key technologies together with crystallization by laser annealing, formation of high quality gate insulator and gate-insulator/poly-Si interface. The issues to be solved in impurity doping technology for state of the art and future TFTs are clarified.

  12. Critical quasiparticles in single-impurity and lattice Kondo models

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    Vojta, M.; Bulla, R.; Wölfle, P.

    2015-07-01

    Quantum criticality in systems of local moments interacting with itinerant electrons has become an important and diverse field of research. Here we review recent results which concern (a) quantum phase transitions in single-impurity Kondo and Anderson models and (b) quantum phase transitions in heavy-fermion lattice models which involve critical quasiparticles. For (a) the focus will be on impurity models with a pseudogapped host density of states and their applications, e.g., in graphene and other Dirac materials, while (b) is devoted to strong-coupling behavior near antiferromagnetic quantum phase transitions, with potential applications in a variety of heavy-fermion metals.

  13. Magnetic Vortex Induced by Nonmagnetic Impurity in Frustrated Magnets

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    Lin, Shi-Zeng; Hayami, Satoru; Batista, Cristian D.

    2016-05-01

    We study the effect of a nonmagnetic impurity inserted in a two-dimensional frustrated ferromagnet above its saturation magnetic field Hsat for arbitrary spin S . We demonstrate that the ground state includes a magnetic vortex that is nucleated around the impurity over a finite range of magnetic field Hsat≤H ≤HsatI. Upon approaching the quantum critical point at H =Hsat, the radius of the magnetic vortex diverges as the magnetic correlation length: ξ ∝1 /√{H -Hsat }. These results are derived both for the lattice and in the continuum limit.

  14. Impurity effects and bandgap closing in massive Dirac systems

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    Rostami, Habib; Cappelluti, Emmanuele

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the effects in the spectral properties of a massive Dirac system of the dynamical renormalization induced by disorder/impurity scattering within the self-consistent Born approximation. We show how these effects lead to a remarkable closing of the bandgap edge. Above a critical value Uc of the impurity scattering the gap eventually closes, giving rise to a finite density of states at zero energy. We show that the bandgap closing stems from the quasiparticle dynamical renormalization, and it is not associated with the vanishing of the effective massive term. Incoherent processes are fundamental to describe such physics.

  15. Neutrality point of graphene with coplanar charged impurities.

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    Fogler, Michael M

    2009-12-04

    The ground state and the transport properties of graphene subject to the potential of in-plane charged impurities are studied. The screening of the impurity potential is shown to be nonlinear, producing a fractal structure of electron and hole puddles. Statistical properties of this density distribution as well as the charge compressibility of the system are calculated in the leading-log approximation. The conductivity depends logarithmically on alpha, the dimensionless strength of the Coulomb interaction. The theory is asymptotically exact when alpha is small, which is the case for graphene on a substrate with a high dielectric constant.

  16. Characterization of Zn impurity resonances in strongly underdoped Bi-2212

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    Slezak, James A.; McElroy, Kyle; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Davis, J. C.

    2005-03-01

    Using atomically resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), we investigate the local density of states (LDOS) in the vicinity of Zn impurity atoms in strongly underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x. Previous studies have shown a correlation between the local superconducting energy gap and the locations of these impurities (Lang et al, Nature, 415, 2002; McElroy et al, cond-mat/040620). Different classes of scattering resonance are observed, and we present the results of preliminary experiments to characterize them and determine their relationship to the local electronic structure found in the underdoped samples.

  17. The influence of ionized impurity scattering on the thermopower of Si nanowires.

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    Oh, Jung Hyun; Jang, Moon-Gyu; Shin, Mincheol

    2013-12-18

    The thermopower of Si nanowires was investigated on the basis of electronic transport theory, taking into account ionized impurity scattering as well as electron-phonon scattering. It was found that the enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient in nanowires arising from quantum confinement is unimportant due to the ionized impurity scattering associated with donor deactivation. Furthermore, because the electrical conductivity is degraded significantly as the nanowire size becomes smaller, despite the accompanying slightly enhanced Seebeck coefficient, the reduction of the nanowire size is not beneficial, at least for the thermopower of devices.

  18. Robustness against non-magnetic impurities in topological superconductors

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    Nagai, Y.; Ota, Y.; Machida, M.

    2014-12-01

    We study the robustness against non-magnetic impurities in a three-dimensional topological superconductor, focusing on an effective model (massive Dirac Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) Hamiltonian with s-wave on-site pairing) of CuxBi2Se3 with the parameter set determined by the first-principles calculation. With the use of the self-consistent T- matrix approximation for impurity scattering, we discuss the impurity-concentration dependence of the zero-energy density of states. We show that a single material variable, measuring relativistic effects in the Dirac-BdG Hamiltonian, well characterizes the numerical results. In the nonrelativistic limit, the odd-parity fully-gapped topological superconductivity is fragile against non-magnetic impurities, since this superconductivity can be mapped onto the p-wave superconductivity. On the other hand, in the ultrarelativistic limit, the superconductivity is robust against the non-magnetic impurities, since the effective model has the s-wave superconductivity. We derive the effective Hamiltonian in the both limit.

  19. Deformation potential constants of gallium impurity in germanium

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    Martin, A. D.; Fisher, P.; Freeth, C. A.; Salib, E. H.; Simmonds, P. E.

    1983-12-01

    The deformation potential constants and intensity parameters of some of the states and optically induced transitions of gallium impurity in germanium have been determined both experimentally and theoretically. The latter are based on the effective mass wavefunctions of Kohn and Schechter and of Mendelson and James. Reasonably good agreement is found between the experimental and theoretical results.

  20. Observation of impurity accumulation and concurrent impurity influx in PBX

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    Sesnic, S.S.; Fonck, R.J.; Ida, K.; Bol, K.; Couture, P.; Gammel, G.; Kaita, R.; Kaye, S.; Kugel, H.; LeBlanc, B.

    1986-07-01

    Impurity studies in L- and H-mode discharges in PBX have shown that both types of discharges can evolve into either an impurity accumulative or nonaccumulative case. In a typical accumulative discharge, Zeff peaks in the center to values of about 5. The central metallic densities can be high, n/sub met//n/sub e/ approx. = 0.01, resulting in central radiated power densities in excess of 1 W/cm/sup 3/, consistent with bolometric estimates. The radial profiles of metals obtained independently from the line radiation in the soft x-ray and the VUV regions are very peaked. Concurrent with the peaking, an increase in the impurity influx coming from the edge of the plasma is observed. At the beginning of the accumulation phase the inward particle flux for titanium has values of 6 x 10/sup 10/ and 10 x 10/sup 10/ particles/cm/sup 2/s at minor radii of 6 and 17 cm. At the end of the accumulation phase, this particle flux is strongly increased to values of 3 x 10/sup 12/ and 1 x 10/sup 12/ particles/cm/sup 2/s. This increased flux is mainly due to influx from the edge of the plasma and to a lesser extent due to increased convective transport. Using the measured particle flux, an estimate of the diffusion coefficient D and the convective velocity v is obtained.

  1. Application of the donor-acceptor concept to intercept low oxidation state group 14 element hydrides using a Wittig reagent as a Lewis base.

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    Swarnakar, Anindya K; McDonald, Sean M; Deutsch, Kelsey C; Choi, Paul; Ferguson, Michael J; McDonald, Robert; Rivard, Eric

    2014-08-18

    This article outlines our attempts to stabilize the Group 14 element dihydrides, GeH2 and SnH2, using commonly employed phosphine and pyridine donors; in each case, elemental Ge and Sn extrusion was noted. However, when these phosphorus and nitrogen donors were replaced with the ylidic Wittig ligand Ph3P═CMe2, stable inorganic methylene complexes (EH2) were obtained, demonstrating the utility of this under-explored ligand class in advancing main group element coordination chemistry.

  2. Studies of Magnetic Impurities in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Calleja, Eduardo; Dai, Jixia; Gu, Genda; McElroy, Kyle

    2013-03-01

    Impurities in high temperatures superconductors, studied with spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling spectroscopy (SI-STS) have served as a valuable tool to investigate the electronic structure of these materials (E.W. Hudson et al., Nature 411, 920 (2001), S.H.Pan et al., Nature 403,746 (2000)). These experiments revealed the appearance of a quasi-localized bound state near the impurity site whose structure is sensitive to the superconducting gap symmetry and the band structure and originates from the charge scattering nature of these impurities. We studied the effects of Fe impurities in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and discovered that the impurities have a different behavior than those previously observed. In particular the quasi bound state near the impurity seems to be behaving as that predicted for a magnetic impurity. The superconducting gap and local electronic density of states was studied in the vicinity of the impurities using SI-STS and will be presented.

  3. Radiation rates for low Z impurities in edge plasmas

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    Clark, R.; Abdallah, J.; Post, D.

    1994-08-01

    The potential role of impurity radiation in the reduction of heat loads on divertor plates places a new degree of importance on the accuracy of low Z impurity radiation emission rates for electron temperatures below 300 eV. We have calculated the radiated power loss using a collisional-radiative model for Be, B, C, Ne and Ar using a multiple configuration interaction model which includes density dependent effects, as well as a very detailed treatment of the energy levels and meta-stables. These rates indicate that significant enhancements above steady state collisional-radiative rates due to such effects as rapid recycling and charge exchange recombination will be necessary for impurity radiation to reduce the peak heat loads on divertor plates for high heat flux experiments such as ITER.

  4. Reprint of ``Characteristics of impurity-induced pseudogap"

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    Numata, Yoshinori; Uto, Tatsuro; Matuda, Azusa

    2016-11-01

    We have performed STM/STS measurements on a single crystal of Bi2.1Sr1.9Ca (Cu1-xCox) 2O8+δ (Co-Bi2212), to reveal impurity effects on the pseudogap in cuprate high-Tc superconductors. We report a drastic change in the temperature dependence of a pseudogap and in the density of states (DOS) modulation with a 4a period, in a certain doping range. In the Co 4% substituted samples, the pseudogap gradually closed like a gap of a BCS superconductor for slightly overdoped and overdoped regime, while their low temperature values were enhanced due to impurity. In addition, a disappearance of a 4a periodic modulation and a development of new modulation were observed in the DOS spatial distribution. These results indicate an intimate relation between the DOS modulation and the pseudogap, and qualitative difference in the impurity enhanced pseudogap and conventional one.

  5. μ SR insight into the impurity problem in quantum kagome antiferromagnets

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    Gomilšek, M.; Klanjšek, M.; Pregelj, M.; Luetkens, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, Q. M.; Zorko, A.

    2016-07-01

    Impurities, which are unavoidable in real materials, may play an important role in the magnetism of frustrated spin systems with a spin-liquid ground state. We address the impurity issue in quantum kagome antiferromagnets by investigating ZnCu3(OH) 6SO4 (Zn-brochantite) by means of muon spin spectroscopy. We show that muons dominantly couple to impurities, originating from Cu-Zn intersite disorder, and that the impurity spins are highly correlated with the kagome spins, allowing us to probe the host kagome physics via a Kondo-like effect. The low-temperature plateau in the impurity susceptibility suggests that the kagome spin-liquid ground state is gapless. The corresponding spin fluctuations exhibit an unconventional spectral density and a nontrivial field dependence.

  6. Impurity diffusion in transition-metal oxides

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    Peterson, N.L.

    1982-06-01

    Intrinsic tracer impurity diffusion measurements in ceramic oxides have been primarily confined to CoO, NiO, and Fe/sub 3/O/sub 4/. Tracer impurity diffusion in these materials and TiO/sub 2/, together with measurements of the effect of impurities on tracer diffusion (Co in NiO and Cr in CoO), are reviewed and discussed in terms of impurity-defect interactions and mechanisms of diffusion. Divalent impurities in divalent solvents seem to have a weak interaction with vacancies whereas trivalent impurities in divalent solvents strongly influence the vacancy concentrations and significantly reduce solvent jump frequencies near a trivalent impurity. Impurities with small ionic radii diffuse more slowly with a larger activation energy than impurities with larger ionic radii for all systems considered in this review. Cobalt ions (a moderate size impurity) diffuse rapidly along the open channels parallel to the c-axis in TiO/sub 2/ whereas chromium ions (a smaller-sized impurity) do not. 60 references, 11 figures.

  7. Gaseous trace impurity analyzer and method

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    Edwards, Jr., David; Schneider, William

    1980-01-01

    Simple apparatus for analyzing trace impurities in a gas, such as helium or hydrogen, comprises means for drawing a measured volume of the gas as sample into a heated zone. A segregable portion of the zone is then chilled to condense trace impurities in the gas in the chilled portion. The gas sample is evacuated from the heated zone including the chilled portion. Finally, the chilled portion is warmed to vaporize the condensed impurities in the order of their boiling points. As the temperature of the chilled portion rises, pressure will develop in the evacuated, heated zone by the vaporization of an impurity. The temperature at which the pressure increase occurs identifies that impurity and the pressure increase attained until the vaporization of the next impurity causes a further pressure increase is a measure of the quantity of the preceding impurity.

  8. Self-pumping impurity control

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    Brooks, J.N.; Mattas, R.F.

    1983-12-21

    It is an object of the present invention to provide an apparatus for removing impurities from the plasma in a fusion reactor without an external vacuum pumping system. It is also an object of the present invention to provide an apparatus for removing the helium ash from a fusion reactor. It is another object of the present invention to provide an apparatus which removes helium ash and minimizes tritium recycling and inventory.

  9. Impurity solvation in a liquid

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    Tehver, Riina; Cole, Milton W.; Maritan, Amos; Koplik, Joel; Banavar, Jayanth R.

    1998-02-01

    A set of model calculations is presented concerning the problem of impurity solvation. The methods include lattice gas, evaluated exactly as well as in the mean-field approximation, and molecular-dynamics simulation. Our results are in quantitative accord with simple energy balance arguments, but a solvation parameter suggested by Ancilotto, Lerner and Cole [J. Low Temp. Phys. 101, 1123 (1995)] is found to be nonuniversal.

  10. Exchange donor renal transplantation.

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    Kim, Soo Jin; Kim, Myoung Soo; Park, Kiil

    2013-01-01

    Nearly 20 years of experience at Severance Hospital has shown that utilizing exchange donors increases the donor pool safely, with outcomes comparable to living related donor grafts. The exchange donor program is invaluable for incompatible donor-recipient pairs to consecutively proceed to transplantation. Recently, newer desensitization protocols have been devised to approach incompatible donor-recipient pairs, but not without risks. These desensitization protocols may be an alternative when confronting the limitations in the exchange program. Therefore, the exchange program and the desensitization protocols should be complementary, not competing strategies and centers should weigh the merits and limitations of each protocol in each incompatible donor-recipient pair to select the optimal method for a safe and successful transplantation.

  11. Deep Impurity States in Gallium Arsenide.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-10-01

    Proc. 13th Int. Conf. Physics of Semiconductors. Rome ed F G Fumi (Rome: Tipografia Marves) pp 1065 8 Peka G P and Karkhanin Yu I 1972 Soy. Phys...Rome: Tipografia Marves) pp 611-4 Turner W J and Petit G D 1964 Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 9 269 Tyler E. Jarv, M and Penchina C M 1977 Appl. Phys. Lett. 31

  12. Natural orbitals renormalization group approach to the two-impurity Kondo critical point

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    He, Rong-Qiang; Dai, Jianhui; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2015-04-01

    The problem of two magnetic impurities in a normal metal exposes the two opposite tendencies in the formation of a singlet ground state, driven respectively by the single-ion Kondo effect with conduction electrons to screen impurity spins or the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction between the two impurities to directly form impurity spin singlet. However, whether the competition between these two tendencies can lead to a quantum critical point has been debated over more than two decades. Here, we study this problem by applying the newly proposed natural orbitals renormalization group method to a lattice version of the two-impurity Kondo model with a direct exchange K between the two impurity spins. The method allows for unbiased access to the ground state wave functions and low-lying excitations for sufficiently large system sizes. We demonstrate the existence of a quantum critical point, characterized by the power-law divergence of impurity staggered susceptibility with critical exponent γ =0.60 (1 ) , on the antiferromagnetic side of K when the interimpurity distance R is even lattice spacing, while a crossover behavior is recovered when R is odd lattice spacing. These results have ultimately resolved the long-standing discrepancy between the numerical renormalization group and quantum Monte Carlo studies, confirming a link of this two-impurity Kondo critical point to a hidden particle-hole symmetry predicted by the local Fermi liquid theory.

  13. Kinetic theory for a mobile impurity in a degenerate Tonks-Girardeau gas.

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    Gamayun, O; Lychkovskiy, O; Cheianov, V

    2014-09-01

    A kinetic theory describing the motion of an impurity particle in a degenerate Tonks-Girardeau gas is presented. The theory is based on the one-dimensional Boltzmann equation. An iterative procedure for solving this equation is proposed, leading to the exact solution in a number of special cases and to an approximate solution with the explicitly specified precision in a general case. Previously we reported that the impurity reaches a nonthermal steady state, characterized by an impurity momentum p(∞) depending on its initial momentum p(0) [E. Burovski, V. Cheianov, O. Gamayun, and O. Lychkovskiy, Phys. Rev. A 89, 041601(R) (2014)]. In the present paper the detailed derivation of p(∞)(p(0)) is provided. We also study the motion of an impurity under the action of a constant force F. It is demonstrated that if the impurity is heavier than the host particles, m(i)>m(h), damped oscillations of the impurity momentum develop, while in the opposite case, m(i)state momentum as a function of the applied force is determined. In the limit of weak force it is found to be force independent for a light impurity and proportional to √[F] for a heavy impurity.

  14. Dynamics of {sup 3}He impurities in {sup 4}He films

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    Clements, B.E. |; Krotscheck, E. |; Saarela, M.

    1995-08-01

    Using a microscopic variational theory the authors calculate the binding energy of {sup 3}He impurities in films of {sup 4}He absorbed to a graphite substrate. Without adjustable parameters, they obtain excellent agreement with the experimental binding energies for the ground state of the {sup 3}He impurity. To calculate excited states, they then introduce a time-dependent variational wave function. In that way, the impurity acquires a hydrodynamic effective mass for its motion parallel to the surface due to hydrodynamic backflow. Excited states have a finite lifetime. When these effects are included, both the energy of the first excited state of the impurity, and the effective mass of the ground state, also agree well with experimental data.

  15. Solid-state and solution-state coordination chemistry of the zinc triad with the mixed N,S donor ligand bis(2-methylpyridyl) sulfide.

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    Berry, Steven M; Bebout, Deborah C; Butcher, Raymond J

    2005-01-10

    The binding of group 12 metal ions to bis(2-methylpyridyl) sulfide (1) was investigated by X-ray crystallography and NMR. Seven structures of the chloride and perchlorate salts of Hg(II), Cd(II), and Zn(II) with 1 are reported. Hg(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2), Cd(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2), and Zn(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2).CH(3)CN form mononuclear, six-coordinate species in the solid state with 1 binding in a tridentate coordination mode. Hg(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2) has a distorted trigonal prismatic coordination geometry while Cd(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2) and Zn(1)(2)(ClO(4))(2).CH(3)CN have distorted octahedral geometries. With chloride anions, the 1:1 metal to ligand complexes Hg(1)Cl(2), [Cd(1)Cl(2)](2), and Zn(1)Cl(2) are formed. A bidentate binding mode that lacks thioether coordination is observed for 1 in the four-coordinate, distorted tetrahedral complexes Zn(1)Cl(2) and Hg(1)Cl(2). [Cd(1)Cl(2)](2) is dimeric with a distorted octahedral coordination geometry and a tridentate 1. Hg(1)Cl(2) is comprised of pairs of loosely associated monomers and Zn(1)Cl(2) is monomeric. In addition, Hg(2)(1)Cl(4) is formed with alternating chloride and thioether bridges. The distorted square pyramidal Hg(II) centers result in a supramolecular zigzagging chain in the solid state. The solution (1)H NMR spectra of [Hg(1)(2)](2+) and [Hg(1)(NCCH(3))(x)()](2+) reveal (3)(-)(5)J((199)Hg(1)H) due to slow ligand exchange found in these thioether complexes. Implications for use of Hg(II) as a metallobioprobe are discussed.

  16. Impurity-induced divertor plasma oscillations

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    Smirnov, R. D.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.; Pigarov, A. Yu.; Rognlien, T. D.

    2016-01-07

    Two different oscillatory plasma regimes induced by seeding the plasma with high- and low-Z impurities are found for ITER-like divertor plasmas, using computer modeling with the DUSTT/UEDGE and SOLPS4.3 plasma-impurity transport codes. The oscillations are characterized by significant variations of the impurity-radiated power and of the peak heat load on the divertor targets. Qualitative analysis of the divertor plasma oscillations reveals different mechanisms driving the oscillations in the cases of high- and low-Z impurity seeding. The oscillations caused by the high-Z impurities are excited near the X-point by an impurity-related instability of the radiation-condensation type, accompanied by parallel impurity ion transport affected by the thermal and plasma friction forces. The driving mechanism of the oscillations induced by the low-Z impurities is related to the cross-field transport of the impurity atoms, causing alteration between the high and low plasma temperature regimes in the plasma recycling region near the divertor targets. As a result, the implications of the impurity-induced plasma oscillations for divertor operation in the next generation tokamaks are also discussed.

  17. Impurity-induced divertor plasma oscillations

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    Smirnov, R. D. Krasheninnikov, S. I.; Pigarov, A. Yu.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Rognlien, T. D.

    2016-01-15

    Two different oscillatory plasma regimes induced by seeding the plasma with high- and low-Z impurities are found for ITER-like divertor plasmas, using computer modeling with the DUSTT/UEDGE and SOLPS4.3 plasma-impurity transport codes. The oscillations are characterized by significant variations of the impurity-radiated power and of the peak heat load on the divertor targets. Qualitative analysis of the divertor plasma oscillations reveals different mechanisms driving the oscillations in the cases of high- and low-Z impurity seeding. The oscillations caused by the high-Z impurities are excited near the X-point by an impurity-related instability of the radiation-condensation type, accompanied by parallel impurity ion transport affected by the thermal and plasma friction forces. The driving mechanism of the oscillations induced by the low-Z impurities is related to the cross-field transport of the impurity atoms, causing alteration between the high and low plasma temperature regimes in the plasma recycling region near the divertor targets. The implications of the impurity-induced plasma oscillations for divertor operation in the next generation tokamaks are also discussed.

  18. Impurity-induced divertor plasma oscillations

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    Smirnov, R. D.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.; ...

    2016-01-07

    Two different oscillatory plasma regimes induced by seeding the plasma with high- and low-Z impurities are found for ITER-like divertor plasmas, using computer modeling with the DUSTT/UEDGE and SOLPS4.3 plasma-impurity transport codes. The oscillations are characterized by significant variations of the impurity-radiated power and of the peak heat load on the divertor targets. Qualitative analysis of the divertor plasma oscillations reveals different mechanisms driving the oscillations in the cases of high- and low-Z impurity seeding. The oscillations caused by the high-Z impurities are excited near the X-point by an impurity-related instability of the radiation-condensation type, accompanied by parallel impurity ionmore » transport affected by the thermal and plasma friction forces. The driving mechanism of the oscillations induced by the low-Z impurities is related to the cross-field transport of the impurity atoms, causing alteration between the high and low plasma temperature regimes in the plasma recycling region near the divertor targets. As a result, the implications of the impurity-induced plasma oscillations for divertor operation in the next generation tokamaks are also discussed.« less

  19. Impurity-induced divertor plasma oscillations

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    Smirnov, R. D.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.; Pigarov, A. Yu.; Rognlien, T. D.

    2016-01-01

    Two different oscillatory plasma regimes induced by seeding the plasma with high- and low-Z impurities are found for ITER-like divertor plasmas, using computer modeling with the DUSTT/UEDGE and SOLPS4.3 plasma-impurity transport codes. The oscillations are characterized by significant variations of the impurity-radiated power and of the peak heat load on the divertor targets. Qualitative analysis of the divertor plasma oscillations reveals different mechanisms driving the oscillations in the cases of high- and low-Z impurity seeding. The oscillations caused by the high-Z impurities are excited near the X-point by an impurity-related instability of the radiation-condensation type, accompanied by parallel impurity ion transport affected by the thermal and plasma friction forces. The driving mechanism of the oscillations induced by the low-Z impurities is related to the cross-field transport of the impurity atoms, causing alteration between the high and low plasma temperature regimes in the plasma recycling region near the divertor targets. The implications of the impurity-induced plasma oscillations for divertor operation in the next generation tokamaks are also discussed.

  20. Interactions of structural defects with metallic impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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    McHugo, S.A.; Thompson, A.C.; Hieslmair, H.

    1997-04-01

    Multicrystalline silicon is one of the most promising materials for terrestrial solar cells. It is critical to getter impurities from the material as well as inhibit contamination during growth and processing. Standard processing steps such as, phosphorus in-diffusion for p-n junction formation and aluminum sintering for backside ohmic contact fabrication, intrinsically possess gettering capabilities. These processes have been shown to improve L{sub n} values in regions of multicrystalline silicon with low structural defect densities but not in highly dislocated regions. Recent Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) results indirectly reveal higher concentrations of iron in highly dislocated regions while further work suggests that the release of impurities from structural defects, such as dislocations, is the rate limiting step for gettering in multicrystalline silicon. The work presented here directly demonstrates the relationship between metal impurities, structural defects and solar cell performance in multicrystalline silicon. Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) multicrystalline silicon in the as-grown state and after full solar cell processing was used in this study. Standard solar cell processing steps were carried out at ASE Americas Inc. Metal impurity concentrations and distributions were determined by use of the x-ray fluorescence microprobe (beamline 10.3.1) at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The sample was at atmosphere so only elements with Z greater than silicon could be detected, which includes all metal impurities of interest. Structural defect densities were determined by preferential etching and surface analysis using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in secondary electron mode. Mapped areas were exactly relocated between the XRF and SEM to allow for direct comparison of impurity and structural defect distributions.

  1. Scattering of a composite quasiparticle by an impurity on a lattice

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    Suzuki, Fumika; Litinskaya, Marina; Unruh, William G.

    2017-08-01

    We study scattering of a composite quasiparticle, which possesses a degree of freedom corresponding to relative separation between two bound excitations, by a δ -like impurity potential on a one-dimensional discrete lattice. First, we show that, due to specific properties of their dispersion, lattice excitations bind to impurities with both negative and positive potentials. We demonstrate that the finite size of the composite excitation leads to formation of multiple excitation-impurity bound states. The number and the degree of localization of these bound states depend on the signs and relative magnitudes of the impurity potential and the binding strength of two quasiparticles. We also report the existence of excitation-impurity bound states whose energies are located in the continuum band. Secondly, we study a change in the entanglement between the center of mass and relative coordinate degrees of freedom of a biexciton wave packet during single impurity scattering and decoherence caused by it. For a composite quasiparticle on a lattice, the entanglement between its relative and center of mass coordinate degrees of freedom arises naturally due to inseparability of the two-particle Hamiltonian. One of the main focuses of our study is to investigate how this inseparability affects the creation of the biexciton-impurity bound states and the entanglement dynamics.

  2. Impurity effect in electron-doped high-T c superconductors

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    Shen, Xiao-Ling; Zhou, Tao

    2016-12-01

    The quasiparticle states around a nonmagnetic impurity in electron-doped high-T c superconductors are studied systematically based on the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. In the antiferromagnetic state, one in-gap impurity resonance state is revealed. As the impurity scattering potential increases, the resonance peak shifts to the gap edge and finally disappears for a strong impurity. The antiferromagnetic order and superconducting order coexist when the doping density increases. In this coexisting state, the in-gap resonance peaks are rather robust and appear in pairs that are lying symmetric with the Fermi energy. The peak positions and intensities strongly depend on the impurity potentials and the next-nearest-neighbour hopping constants. For a rather strong impurity, the resonance peaks shift to near the gap edge. When further increasing the doping density, the system is in the pure superconducting state. The resonance peaks still appear in pairs, with the peak intensities being weaker compared to those in the coexisting state. The two resonance peaks may occasionally merge into one zero-energy peak for both the coexisting state and the pure superconducting state. The spin-resolved LDOS are also investigated and may be used to detect possible antiferromagnetic order.

  3. Optical and electronic properties of quantum dots with magnetic impurities

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    Govorov, Alexander O.

    2008-10-01

    The article discusses some of the recent results on semiconductor quantum dots with magnetic impurities. A single Mn impurity incorporated in a quantum dot strongly changes the optical response of a quantum-dot system. A character of Mn-carrier interaction is very different for II-VI and III-V quantum dots (QDs). In the II-VI QDs, a Mn impurity influences mostly the spin-structure of an exciton. In the III-V dots, a spatial localization of hole by a Mn impurity can be very important, and ultimately yields a totally different spin structure. A Mn-doped QD with a variable number of mobile carriers represents an artificial magnetic atom. Due to the Mn-carrier interaction, the order of filling of electronic shells in the magnetic QDs can be very different to the case of the real atoms. The "periodic" table of the artificial magnetic atoms can be realized in voltage-tunable transistor structures. For the electron numbers corresponding to the regime of Hund's rule, the magnetic Mn-carrier coupling is especially strong and the magnetic-polaron states are very robust. Magnetic QD molecules are also very different to the real molecules. QD molecules can demonstrate spontaneous breaking of symmetry and phase transitions. Single QDs and QD molecules can be viewed as voltage-tunable nanoscale memory cells where information is stored in the form of robust magnetic-polaron states. To cite this article: A.O. Govorov, C. R. Physique 9 (2008).

  4. Tunneling current of the contact between impurity-containing graphene nanoribbons

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    Belonenko, M. B.; Pak, A. V. Lebedev, N. G.

    2013-05-15

    The current-voltage characteristics of a tunneling contact between two graphene nanoribbons containing impurity atoms are obtained based on the previously calculated density of states. The dependences on the nanoribbon geometrical and energy characteristics are calculated.

  5. Impurity scattering on the surface of topological-insulator thin films

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    Shiranzaei, Mahroo; Parhizgar, Fariborz; Fransson, Jonas; Cheraghchi, Hosein

    2017-06-01

    We address the electronic structure of the surface states of topological-insulator thin films with embedded local nonmagnetic and magnetic impurities. Using the T -matrix expansion of the real-space Green's function, we derive the local density of electron states and corresponding spin-resolved densities. We show that the effects of the impurities can be tuned by applying an electric field between the surface layers. The emerging magnetic states are expected to play an important role both in the ferromagnetic mechanism of magnetic topological insulators and in its transport properties. In the case of magnetic impurities, we have categorized the possible cases for different spin directions of the impurities as well as the spin direction in which the spin-resolved density of electron states is calculated and have related them to the spin susceptibility of the system.

  6. Impurity-induced moments in underdoped cuprates

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    Khaliullin, G. |; Kilian, R.; Krivenko, S.; Fulde, P.

    1997-11-01

    We examine the effect of a nonmagnetic impurity in a two-dimensional spin liquid in the spin-gap phase, employing a drone-fermion representation of spin-1/2 operators. The properties of the local moment induced in the vicinity of the impurity are investigated and an expression for the nuclear-magnetic-resonance Knight shift is derived, which we compare with experimental results. Introducing a second impurity into the spin liquid an antiferromagnetic interaction between the moments is found when the two impurities are located on different sublattices. The presence of many impurities leads to a screening of this interaction as is shown by means of a coherent-potential approximation. Further, the Kondo screening of an impurity-induced local spin by charge carriers is discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  7. Impure placebo is a useless concept.

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    Louhiala, Pekka; Hemilä, Harri; Puustinen, Raimo

    2015-08-01

    Placebos are allegedly used widely in general practice. Surveys reporting high level usage, however, have combined two categories, 'pure' and 'impure' placebos. The wide use of placebos is explained by the high level usage of impure placebos. In contrast, the prevalence of the use of pure placebos has been low. Traditional pure placebos are clinically ineffective treatments, whereas impure placebos form an ambiguous group of diverse treatments that are not always ineffective. In this paper, we focus on the impure placebo concept and demonstrate problems related to it. We also show that the common examples of impure placebos are not meaningful from the point of view of clinical practice. We conclude that the impure placebo is a scientifically misleading concept and should not be used in scientific or medical literature. The issues behind the concept, however, deserve serious attention in future research.

  8. Phonon induced spin relaxation times of single donors and donor clusters in silicon

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    Hsueh, Yuling; Buch, Holger; Hollenberg, Lloyd; Simmons, Michelle; Klimeck, Gerhard; Rahman, Rajib

    2014-03-01

    The phonon induced relaxation times (T1) of electron spins bound to single phosphorous (P) donors and P donor clusters in silicon is computed using the atomistic tight-binding method. The electron-phonon Hamiltonian is directly computed from the strain dependent tight-binding Hamiltonian, and the relaxation time is computed from Fermi's Golden Rule using the donor states and the electron-phonon Hamiltonian. The self-consistent Hartree method is used to compute the multi-electron wavefunctions in donor clusters. The method takes into account the full band structure of silicon including the spin-orbit interaction, and captures both valley repopulation and single valley g-factor shifts in a unified framework. The single donor relaxation rate varies proportionally to B5, and is of the order of seconds at B =2T, both in good agreement with experimental single donor data (A. Morello et. al., Nature 467, 687 (2010)). T1 calculations in donor clusters show variations for different electron numbers and donor numbers and locations. The computed T1 in a 4P:5e donor cluster match well with a scanning tunneling microscope patterned P donor cluster (H. Buch et. al., Nature Communications 4, 2017 (2013)).

  9. Remuneration of hematopoietic stem cell donors: principles and perspective of the World Marrow Donor Association.

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    Boo, Michael; van Walraven, Suzanna M; Chapman, Jeremy; Lindberg, Brian; Schmidt, Alexander H; Shaw, Bronwen E; Switzer, Galen E; Yang, Edward; Egeland, Torstein

    2011-01-06

    Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a curative procedure for life-threatening hematologic diseases. Donation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from an unrelated donor, frequently residing in another country, may be the only option for 70% of those in need of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To maximize the opportunity to find the best available donor, individual donor registries collaborate internationally. To provide homogeneity of practice among registries, the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) sets standards against which registries are accredited and provides guidance and regulations about unrelated donor safety and care. A basic tenet of the donor registries is that unrelated HSC donation is an altruistic act; nonpayment of donors is entrenched in the WMDA standards and in international practice. In the United States, the prohibition against remuneration of donors has recently been challenged. Here, we describe the reasons that the WMDA continues to believe that HSC donors should not be paid because of ethical concerns raised by remuneration, potential to damage the public will to act altruistically, the potential for coercion and exploitation of donors, increased risk to patients, harm to local transplantation programs and international stem cell exchange, and the possibility of benefiting some patients while disadvantaging others.

  10. Kinetics of thermal donor generation in silicon

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    Mao, B.-Y.; Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.

    1984-01-01

    The generation kinetics of thermal donors at 450 C in Czochralski-grown silicon was found to be altered by high-temperature preannealing (e.g., 1100 C for 30 min). Thus, when compared with as-grown Si, high-temperature preannealed material exhibits a smaller concentration of generated thermal donors and a faster thermal donor saturation. A unified mechanism of nucleation and oxygen diffusion-controlled growth (based on solid-state plate transformation theory) is proposed to account for generation kinetics of thermal donors at 450 C, in as-grown and high-temperature preannealed Czochralski silicon crystals. This mechanism is consistent with the main features of the models which have been proposed to explain the formation of oxygen thermal donors in silicon.

  11. Citrate Anticoagulation: Are Blood Donors Donating Bone?

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    Bialkowski, Walter; Bruhn, Roberta; Edgren, Gustaf; Papanek, Paula

    2015-01-01

    An estimated 2.4 million volunteer apheresis blood donation procedures were performed in the United States in 2010 and increases in the proportion of transfused blood products derived from apheresis blood collections have been consistently reported. Anticoagulation is required during apheresis and is achieved with citrate. Donor exposure to citrate causes an acute physiological response in the donor maintaining serum mineral homeostasis. Some data are available on the sequelae of this acute response in the days and weeks following exposure, raising questions about bone mineral density in regular apheresis donors. New research is emerging that addresses the potential long term health outcomes of repeated citrate exposure. This article reviews the acute physiological response to citrate anticoagulation in volunteer blood donors, presents contrasting perspectives on the potential effects of citrate exposure on bone density, and identifies key knowledge gaps in our understanding of long term health outcomes in apheresis donors. PMID:26607494

  12. Anisotropic inflation from vector impurity

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    Kanno, Sugumi; Kimura, Masashi; Soda, Jiro; Yokoyama, Shuichiro E-mail: mkimura@sci.osaka-cu.ac.jp E-mail: shu@a.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp

    2008-08-15

    We study an inflationary scenario with a vector impurity. We show that the universe undergoes anisotropic inflationary expansion due to a preferred direction determined by the vector. Using the slow roll approximation, we find a formula for determining the anisotropy of the inflationary universe. We discuss possible observable predictions of this scenario. In particular, it is stressed that primordial gravitational waves can be induced from curvature perturbations. Hence, even in low scale inflation, a sizable amount of primordial gravitational waves may be produced during inflation.

  13. O-Glycosyl Donors

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    López, J. Cristóbal

    O-Glycosyl donors, despite being one of the last successful donors to appear, have developed themselves into a burgeoning class of glycosyl donors. They can be classified in two main types: O-alkyl and O-aryl (or hetaryl) glycosyl donors. They share, however, many characteristics, they can be (1) synthesized from aldoses, either by modified Fisher glycosidation (O-alkyl) or by nucleophilic aromatic substitution (O-aryl or O-hetaryl), (2) stable to diverse chemical manipulations, (3) directly used for saccharide coupling, and (4) chemoselectively activated. Among these, n-pentenyl glycosides stand apart. They were the first O-alkyl glycosyl donors to be described and have paved the way to many conceptual developments in oligosaccharide synthesis. The development of the chemoselectivity-based "armed-disarmed" approach for saccharide coupling, including its stereoelectronic or torsional variants, now extended to other kinds of glycosyl donors, was first recognized in n-pentenyl glycosides. The chemical manipulation of the anomeric substituent in the glycosyl donor to induce reactivity differences between related species (sidetracking) was also introduced in n-pentenyl glycosides. An evolution of this concept, the "latent-active" strategy for glycosyl couplings, first described in thioglycosyl donors (vide infra), has been elegantly applied to O-glycosyl donors. Thus, allyl and vinyl glycosides, 2-(benzyloxycarbonyl)benzyl (BCB) glycosides and 2'-carboxybenzyl (CB) glycosides are useful "latent-active" glycosyl pairs. Finally, unprotected 3-methoxy-2-pyridyl (MOP) glycosides have been used in glycosylation processes with moderate success.

  14. A nonmagnetic impurity in a 2D quantum critical antiferromagnet

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    Troyer, Matthias

    2003-03-01

    We compute the properties of a mobile hole and a static impurity injected into a two-dimensional antiferromagnet or superconductor in the vicinity of a magnetic quantum critical point. A static S=1/2 impurity doped into a quantum-disordered spin gap system induces a local moment with spin S=1/2 and a corresponding Curie-like impurity susceptibility, while the same impurity in a Néel ordered state only gives a finite impurity susceptibility. For the quantum critical system however an interesting field-theoretical prediction has been made that there the impurity spin susceptibility still has a Curie-like divergence, but with a universal effective spin that is neither an integer nor a half-odd integer [1]. In large-scale quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations using the loop algorithm we calculate the impurity susceptibility and find that, unfortunately, this effect is not observable since the renormalization of the effective spin away from S=1/2 is minimal. Other predictions of the field theory, such as a new critical exponent η' describing the time-dependent impurity spin correlations can however be confirmed [2]. Next we compute the spectral function of a hole injected into a 2D antiferromagnet or superconductor in the vicinity of a magnetic quantum critical point [3]. We show that, near van Hove singularities, the problem maps onto that of a static vacancy. This allows the calculation of the spectral function in a QMC simulation without encountering the negative sign problem. We find a vanishing quasiparticle residue at the critical point, a new exponent η_h0.080.04 describing the frequency dependence of the spectral function G_h(ω)(ɛ_0-ω)-1+ηh and discuss possible relevance to photoemission spectra of cuprate superconductors near the antinodal points. ^1 S. Sachdev, C. Buragohain and M. Vojta, Science 286, 2479 (1999). ^2 M. Troyer, in Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. 145 (2002); M. Körner and M. Troyer, ibid. ^3 S. Sachdev, M. Troyer, and M. Vojta, Phys. Rev

  15. Profile of Rh, Kell, Duffy, Kidd, and Diego blood group systems among blood donors in the Southwest region of the Paraná state, Southern Brazil.

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    Zacarias, Joana Maira Valentini; Langer, Ieda Bernadete Volkweis; Visentainer, Jeane Eliete Laguila; Sell, Ana Maria

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the distribution of alleles and genotypes of the blood group systems Rh, Kell, Duffy, Kidd, and Diego in 251 regular blood donors registered in the hemotherapy unit of the Southwestern region of Paraná, Southern Brazil. The frequencies were obtained by direct counting on a spreadsheet program and statistical analyses were conducted in order to compare them with other Brazilian populations using chi-squared with Yates correction on OpenEpi software. The frequencies of RHD* negative, RHCE*c/c and RHCE*e/e were higher than expected for the Caucasian population. A difference was also observed for FY alleles, FY*01/FY*01 genotype and FY*02N.01 -67T/C (GATA Box mutation). Two homozygous individuals were defined as a low frequency phenotype K + k- (KEL*01.01/KEL*01.01) and, for Diego blood group system the rare DI*01 allele was found in ten blood donors, of which one was DI*01/DI* 01 (0.4%). The allele and genotype frequencies of Kidd blood group system were similar to expected to Caucasians. The results showed the direction in which to choose donors, the importance of extended genotyping in adequate blood screening and the existence of rare genotypes in Brazilian regular blood donors.

  16. Impurity study of TMX using ultraviolet spectroscopy

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    Allen, S.L.; Strand, O.T.; Moos, H.W.; Fortner, R.J.; Nash, T.J.; Dietrich, D.D.

    1981-01-31

    An extreme ultraviolet (EUV) study of the emissions from intrinsic and injected impurities in TMX is presented. Two survey spectrographs were used to determine that the major impurities present were oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and titanium. Three absolutely-calibrated monochromators were used to measure the time histories and radial profiles of these impurity emissions in the central cell and each plug. Two of these instruments were capable of obtaining radial profiles as a function of time in a single shot.

  17. Trace organic impurities in gaseous helium

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    Schehl, T. A.

    1973-01-01

    A program to determine trace organic impurities present in helium has been initiated. The impurities were concentrated in a cryogenic trap to permit detection and identification by a gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric technique. Gaseous helium (GHe) exhibited 63 GC flame ionization response peaks. Relative GC peak heights and identifications of 25 major impurities by their mass spectra are given. As an aid to further investigation, identities are proposed for 16 other components, and their mass spectra are given.

  18. Experimental detection of quantum oscillations of anomalous Hall resistance in mercury selenide crystals with cobalt impurities

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    Lonchakov, A. T.; Bobin, S. B.; Deryushkin, V. V.; Okulov, V. I.; Govorkova, T. E.; Neverov, V. N.; Pamyatnykh, E. A.; Paranchich, L. D.

    2017-04-01

    Quantum oscillations of the anomalous component of Hall resistance with an amplitude exceeding the amplitude of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations of transverse magnetoresistance are observed in mercury selenide crystals doped with low concentrations of cobalt impurity. In accordance with the predictions of the Hall effect theory for systems with spontaneous spin polarization of hybridized donor electrons, the observed oscillations correspond to magnetic quantum oscillations caused by the thermodynamic anomalous Hall effect.

  19. Effect of subband mixing on the energy levels of a hydrogenic impurity in a GaAs/Ga1-xAlxAs double quantum well in a magnetic field

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    Nguyen, N.; Ranganathan, R.; McCombe, B. D.; Rustgi, M. L.

    1992-05-01

    In view of the recent evidence found in favor of subband mixing in coupling of confined impurity states in doped double-quantum-well structures, a variational approach employing Gaussian trial wave functions has been used to calculate the binding energies of the ground, (1s, m=0) and first excited, (2p-, m=-1) states of a hydrogenic donor associated with the mixture of subbands of a double-GaAs quantum well coupled by a layer of Ga1-xA1xAs in the presence of a magnetic field. Two different well sizes and three different locations of the impurity, (A) at the outer edge, (B) at the center, and (C) at the inner edge of the well, are considered, and the barrier width is allowed to vary. It is found that for the structures considered here the results from the calculations using the mixture of only first (symmetric) and second (asymmetric) subbands are significantly different from those using only the lowest (symmetric) subband, especially for the intermediate barrier widths, and depend strongly on the location of the impurity in the well. These results demonstrate that subband mixing should be included in double-quantum-well structure calculations. The effect of varying the magnetic field on the binding energies is also studied. A comparison with the measurements of Ranganathan et al. [Phys. Rev. B 44, 1423 (1991)] demonstrates that the agreement is not improved when mixing of subbands higher than the lowest two is included in the calculation.

  20. Optical Hyperpolarization and Detection of Electron and Nuclear Spins of Phosphorus Donors in Highly Enriched Silicon-28

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    Yang, Albion

    The linewidths of optical transitions associated with shallow impurities have been shown in recent studies to be much narrower in isotopically enriched 28Si as compared to natural Si. This is true of the no-phonon P donor bound exciton transition in 28Si, and using photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy, fine structure previously not seen in natural Si is revealed. Under a small external magnetic field, the P bound exciton transition shows a complicated structure consisting of six sets of doublets, with the doublet splitting being due to the splitting of the donor ground state by the hyperfine interaction between the spin of the donor electron and that of the 31P nucleus. The electron spin populations and the 31P nuclear spin populations can be determined by measuring the relative intensities of the hyperfine components in the photoluminescence excitation spectrum. Additionally, the predominant Auger recombination channel of these bound excitons is used to observe the same resolved hyperfine components in the photocurrent spectrum. By selectively ionizing donors in a specific hyperfine state via optical pumping of a specific hyperfine component, large polarizations of the electron and nuclear spins of 31P donors can be achieved at low field. Electron and nuclear polarizations of 90% and 76%, respectively, are obtained in less than a second, providing an initialization mechanism for qubits based on these spins, and enabling further ESR and NMR studies on dilute 31P in 28Si. A measurement of the homogeneous linewidth of the transitions associated with the 31P bound exciton, determined by spectral hole burning, is also presented. The observed 10 neV linewidth is only four times the limit set by the bound exciton lifetime.

  1. Structure and vibrations of different charge Ge impurity in α-quartz

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    Kislov, A. N. Mikhailovich, A. P. Zatsepin, A. F.

    2014-10-21

    Atomic structure and localized vibrations of α‐SiO{sub 2}:Ge are studied using computer modeling techniques. The simulation was carried out by the lattice dynamics calculation of the local density of vibrational states. Local structures parameters are calculated, localized symmetrized vibrations frequency caused by Ge impurity in different charge states are defined. The movements of atoms located near Ge impurity are analyzed and their contribution into localized vibrations of different type is evaluated.

  2. Method for detecting trace impurities in gases

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    Freund, Samuel M.; Maier, II, William B.; Holland, Redus F.; Beattie, Willard H.

    1981-01-01

    A technique for considerably improving the sensitivity and specificity of infrared spectrometry as applied to quantitative determination of trace impurities in various carrier or solvent gases is presented. A gas to be examined for impurities is liquefied and infrared absorption spectra of the liquid are obtained. Spectral simplification and number densities of impurities in the optical path are substantially higher than are obtainable in similar gas-phase analyses. Carbon dioxide impurity (.about.2 ppm) present in commercial Xe and ppm levels of Freon 12 and vinyl chloride added to liquefied air are used to illustrate the method.

  3. Method for detecting trace impurities in gases

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    Beattie, W.H.; Freund, S.M.; Holland, R.F.; Maier, W.B.

    1981-04-28

    A technique for considerably improving the sensitivity and specificity of infrared spectrometry as applied to quantitative determination of trace impurities in various carrier or solvent gases is presented. A gas to be examined for impurities is liquefied and infrared absorption spectra of the liquid are obtained. Spectral simplification and number densities of impurities in the optical path are substantially higher than are obtainable in similar gas-phase analyses. Carbon dioxide impurity (*2 ppm) present in commercial xe and ppm levels of freon 12 and vinyl chloride added to liquefied air are used to illustrate the method.

  4. Method for detecting trace impurities in gases

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    Freund, S.M.; Maier, W.B. II; Holland, R.F.; Beattie, W.H.

    A technique for considerably improving the sensitivity and specificity of infrared spectrometry as applied to quantitative determination of trace impurities in various carrier or solvent gases is presented. A gas to be examined for impurities is liquefied and infrared absorption spectra of the liquid are obtained. Spectral simplification and number densities of impurities in the optical path are substantially higher than are obtainable in similar gas-phase analyses. Carbon dioxide impurity (approx. 2 ppM) present in commercial Xe and ppM levels of Freon 12 and vinyl chloride added to liquefied air are used to illustrate the method.

  5. Low hemoglobin deferral in blood donors

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    Mast, Alan E.

    2013-01-01

    Low hemoglobin deferral occurs in about 10% of attempted whole blood donations and commonly is a consequence of iron deficiency anemia. Pre-menopausal women often have iron deficiency anemia caused by menstruation and pregnancy and have low hemoglobin deferral on their first donation attempt. Frequent donors also develop iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia because blood donation removes a large amount of iron from the donor and the 56-day minimum inter-donation interval for donors in the United States is not sufficient for recovery of hemoglobin and iron stores. Other causes for low hemoglobin deferral range from a medically insignificant deferral of a woman with hemoglobin between 12.0 and 12.4 g/dL, which is within the normal reference range but below the 12.5 g/dL needed to donate blood, to anemia caused by an unrecognized malignancy in a “healthy” individual attempting to donate blood. The diverse causes of anemia in blood donors make it difficult to provide accurate information to donors about the cause of their low hemoglobin deferral and complicate implementation of programs to prevent them by blood collecting agencies. This article reviews how hemoglobin is measured and the demographics and causes of low hemoglobin deferral in blood donors. It provides recommendations for how blood collection agencies can provide donors with accurate information about the cause of their deferral and discusses programs that can be implemented to decrease these deferrals in regular donors. PMID:24332843

  6. Payment for donor kidneys: pros and cons.

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    Friedman, E A; Friedman, A L

    2006-03-01

    Continuous growth of the end stage renal disease population treated by dialysis, outpaces deceased donor kidneys available, lengthens the waiting time for a deceased donor transplant. As estimated by the United States Department of Health & Human Services: '17 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.' Strategies to expand the donor pool--public relations campaigns and Drivers' license designation--have been mainly unsuccessful. Although illegal in most nations, and viewed as unethical by professional medical organizations, the voluntary sale of purchased donor kidneys now accounts for thousands of black market transplants. The case for legalizing kidney purchase hinges on the key premise that individuals are entitled to control of their body parts even to the point of inducing risk of life. One approach to expanding the pool of kidney donors is to legalize payment of a fair market price of about 40,000 dollars to donors. Establishing a federal agency to manage marketing and purchase of donor kidneys in collaboration with the United Network for Organ Sharing might be financially self-sustaining as reduction in costs of dialysis balances the expense of payment to donors.

  7. Identification and characterization of potential impurities in raloxifene hydrochloride.

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    Reddy, Reguri Buchi; Goud, Thirumani Venkateshwar; Nagamani, Nagabushanam; Kumar, Nutakki Pavan; Alagudurai, Anandan; Murugan, Raman; Parthasarathy, Kannabiran; Karthikeyan, Vinayagam; Balaji, Perumal

    2012-01-01

    During the synthesis of the bulk drug Raloxifene hydrochloride, eight impurities were observed, four of which were found to be new. All of the impurities were detected using the gradient high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method, whose area percentages ranged from 0.05 to 0.1%. LCMS was performed to identify the mass number of these impurities, and a systematic study was carried out to characterize them. These impurities were synthesized and characterized by spectral data, subjected to co-injection in HPLC, and were found to be matching with the impurities present in the sample. Based on their spectral data (IR, NMR, and Mass), these impurities were characterized as Raloxifene-N-Oxide [Impurity: 1]; EP impurity A [Impurity: 2]; EP impurity B [Impurity: 3]; Raloxifene Dimer [Impurity: 4]; HABT (6-Acetoxy-2-[4-hydroxyphenyl]-1-benzothiophene or 6-Hydroxy-2-[4-acetoxyphenyl]-1-benzothiophene) [Impurity: 5]; PEBE (Methyl[4-[2-(piperidin-1-yl)ethoxy

  8. PROCESS FOR RECOVERY OF URANIUM VALUES FROM IMPURE SOLUTIONS THEREOF

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    Kilner, S.B.

    1959-11-01

    A process is presented for the recovery of uraninm values from impure solutions which are obtained, for example, by washing residual uranium salt or uranium metal deposits from stainless steel surfaces using an aqueous or certain acidic aqueous solutions. The solutions include uranyl and oxidized iron, chromium, nickel, and copper ions and may contain manganese, zinc, and silver ions. In accordance with one procedure. the uranyl ions are reduced to the uranous state, and the impurity ions are complexed with cyanide under acidic conditions. The solution is then treated with ammonium hydroxide or alkali metal hydroxide to precipitate uranous hydroxide away from the complexed impurity ions in the solution. Alternatively, an excess of alkali metal cyanide is added to the reduced solution until the solution becomes sufficiently alkaline for the uranons hydroxide to precipitate. An essential feature in operating the process is in maintaining the pH of the solution sufficiently acid during the complexing operation to prevent the precipitation of the impurity metal hydroxides.

  9. Neoclassical transport in density pedestals with non-trace impurities

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    Buller, Stefan; Pusztai, Istvan; Landreman, Matt

    2016-10-01

    We study neoclassical transport in steady-state density pedestals with non-trace impurities using the Eulerian δf code Perfect, with an emphasis on radially global effects and the effects of impurities. To properly describe transport in a tokamak pedestal, radial coupling must be included, which strongly affects the transport. We find that radial coupling reduces the pedestal heat flux compared to local predictions. Furthermore, the influence of the pedestal persists several orbit widths into the core. The electron flux is significant in the pedestal, and global neoclassical transport is not intrinsically ambipolar. Thus, the impurity flux is not simply opposing the ion flux. The resulting radial current gives a torque that is balanced by a non-negligible radial transport of toroidal momentum. The effective Prandtl number is comparable to typical turbulent values in the core (0.1 - 0.3), and is sensitive to the impurity content. Global effects have a strong contribution to the poloidal flows of low- Z ions, which give rise to larger in-out flow asymmetries. Supported by the INCA Grant of Vetenskapsrådet (Dnr. 330-2014-6313). ML is supported by the USDoE Grants DEFG0293ER54197 and DEFC0208ER54964. The simulations used computational resources of Hebbe at C3SE (C3SE2016-1-10 & SNIC2016-1-161).

  10. Survival probability in a quenched Majorana chain with an impurity

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    Rajak, Atanu; Nag, Tanay

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the dynamics of a one-dimensional p -wave superconductor with next-nearest-neighbor hopping and superconducting interaction derived from a three-spin interacting Ising model in transverse field by mapping to Majorana fermions. The next-nearest-neighbor hopping term leads to a new topological phase containing two zero-energy Majorana modes at each end of an open chain, compared to a nearest-neighbor p -wave superconducting chain. We study the Majorana survival probability (MSP) of a particular Majorana edge state when the initial Hamiltonian (Hi) is changed to the quantum critical as well as off-critical final Hamiltonian (Hf), which additionally contains an impurity term (Himp) that breaks the time-reversal invariance. For the off-critical quenching inside the new topological phase with Hf=Hi+Himp , and small impurity strength (λd), we observe a perfect oscillation of the MSP as a function of time with a single frequency (determined by the impurity strength λd) that can be analyzed from an equivalent two-level problem. On the other hand, the MSP shows a beating like structure with time for quenching to the phase boundary separating the topological phase (with two edge Majoranas at each edge) and the nontopological phase where the additional frequency is given by inverse of the system size. We attribute this behavior of the MSP to the modification of the energy levels of the final Hamiltonian due to the application of the impurity term.

  11. Local Electronic Structure of a Single Magnetic Impurity in a Superconductor

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    Flatte, M.E.; Byers, J.M.

    1997-05-01

    We present the first three-dimensional, self-consistent calculation of the electronic structure near a strong classical magnetic impurity in a superconductor. Localized excited states are found within the energy gap which are half electron and half hole. The spatial structure of the positive-frequency (electronlike) spectral weight (or local density of states) can differ strongly from that of the negative frequency (holelike) spectral weight. The effect of the impurity on the continuum states above the energy gap is calculated with good spectral resolution for the first time. For sufficiently strong impurity potentials, the order parameter may change sign at the impurity site. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Donor Telomere Length SAA

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    A new NCI study has found that, among patients with severe aplastic anemia who received a hematopoietic cell transplant from an unrelated donor, those whose donor white blood cells had longer telomeres had higher survival rates five-years after transplant

  13. Susceptibility measurements of impurity-helium condensates containing magnetic impurities

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    Paulsen, C.; Järvinen, J.; Bernard, E. P.; Khmelenko, V. V.; Lee, D. M.

    2009-02-01

    The magnetic susceptibilities of impurity-helium condensates (IHCs), containing nanocrystals of molecular oxygen and atomic nitrogen free radicals embedded in molecular N2 have been measured via a SQUID magnetometer in the temperature range between 1.1 and 2.1 K. The susceptibilities of the samples containing nitrogen atoms followed Curie-Weiss behavior with very small Weiss temperatures ranging from 0 to -0.4 K. The behavior of samples composed of O2 nanocrystals deviated sharply from results for bulk solid. The susceptibilities of the samples were 102 larger than for bulk solid O2 and showed Curie-Weiss behavior with a Weiss temperature in the range from -4.5 K to -5 K. This result is qualitatively consistent with results obtained in other laboratories for O2 confined in restricted geometries.

  14. [Donors' personal profile in Tuscany's network of milk banks].

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    Strambi, M; Anselmi, A; Coppi, S

    2012-10-01

    An investigation on human milk donors among the milk banks of Tuscany's network was carried out. Milk banks select, collect, check, process, store and deliver human milk, whose donors should have certain physical and psychological well-being features. The aim of the study was to describe a personal and social profile of milk donors. The study included a sample of 100 milk donors and a sample of 100 non-milk donor mothers; a questionnaire that collected data about mothers' general information, clinical history, pregnancy and delivery, weight variations, state of health, lifestyle, breastfeeding and knowledge about milk banks was administered to all of them. Then information about food history of mothers has also been collected. First the samples of donors were analysed for all variables considered. Subsequently the samples of donors were compared with the samples of non-donors: statistical analysis was carried out with χ2 test and documented significant differences between donors and non-donors for the majority of variables considered in the questionnaire and for food history. Milk donors have a good state of health, and the integration in milk donation initiative headed towards a healthier lifestyle. It is necessary to promote an advertising campaign to integrate social and sanitary politics, fitting to local socio-economical contest. Furthermore, the improvement of milk banks of public hospitals is necessary, as hospitals are places of major stream both of potential donors and newborns.

  15. Coulomb impurities in two-dimensional topological insulators

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    Zhu, Jia-Lin; Li, Guo; Yang, Ning

    2017-03-01

    Introducing a powerful method, we obtain the exact solutions for a Coulomb impurity in two-dimensional infinite and finite topological insulators. The level order and zero-energy degeneracy of the spectra are found to be quite different between topological trivial and nontrivial phases. For quantum dots of topological insulator, the variation of the edge and Coulomb states with dot size, Coulomb potential, and magnetic field are clearly shown. It is found that for small dots the edge states can be strongly coupled with the Coulomb states and for large dots the edge states are insensitive to the Coulomb fields but sensitive to the magnetic fields.

  16. Path-integral Monte Carlo simulations for electronic dynamics on molecular chains. II. Transport across impurities

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    Mühlbacher, Lothar; Ankerhold, Joachim

    2005-05-01

    Electron transfer (ET) across molecular chains including an impurity is studied based on a recently improved real-time path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) approach [L. Mühlbacher, J. Ankerhold, and C. Escher, J. Chem. Phys. 121 12696 (2004)]. The reduced electronic dynamics is studied for various bridge lengths and defect site energies. By determining intersite hopping rates from PIMC simulations up to moderate times, the relaxation process in the extreme long-time limit is captured within a sequential transfer model. The total transfer rate is extracted and shown to be enhanced for certain defect site energies. Superexchange turns out to be relevant for extreme gap energies only and then gives rise to different dynamical signatures for high- and low-lying defects. Further, it is revealed that the entire bridge compound approaches a steady state on a much shorter time scale than that related to the total transfer. This allows for a simplified description of ET along donor-bridge-acceptor systems in the long-time range.

  17. Effect of the Type-I to Tipe-II Transition on the Shallow Donor Binding Energy in GaAs/AlAs Quantum Wells

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    da Cunha Lima, A. T.; da Cunha Lima, I. C.; Ferreira da Silva, A.

    1996-03-01

    In GaAs-Ga_1-xAl_xAs quantum wells with x <= 0.4 the low energy states of the conduction band are obtained from Γ-type bulk states. The other minima with different simmetries, e.g. L and X, give states with higher energies. However, for x > 0.4 and below a certain value of the QW width, the GaAs layer becomes a barrier for the electron. We have calculated the binding energy of a shallow donor in the GaAs layer of a GaAs/AlAs QW (x =1.) for widths just larger and smaller than the one corresponding to the type-I to type-II transition (37ÅWe have used, for estimating the impurity ground state energy, a trial function composed of the unperturbed envelope function modulated by a separable confining function exp(-ρ/α)× exp (-\\vert z-z_i\\vert/β) where α and β are variational parameters and zi is the impurity position in the growth direction. Our results show an important decrease of the binding energy, and also a change in the state symmetry, since the obtained bound state in the type-II structure is predominantly a p-like state.

  18. Zika virus RNA detection in asymptomatic blood donors during an outbreak in the northeast region of São Paulo State, Brazil, 2016.

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    Slavov, Svetoslav N; Hespanhol, Marta R; Rodrigues, Evandra S; Levi, José E; Ubiali, Eugênia M A; Covas, Dimas T; Kashima, Simone

    2017-09-16

    In 2015, there was a large Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in Brazil. The proportion of asymptomatic infections is very high, and it is possible for transfusion-transmitted ZIKV (TT-ZIKV) infection to occur. The prevalence of asymptomatic ZIKV infection among Brazilian blood donors during this epidemic outbreak is unknown. Plasma samples obtained between October 2015 and May 2016 from 1393 volunteer blood donors were tested for ZIKV RNA. The viral load was quantified using an in-house standard curve. Additionally, positive ZIKV RNA samples were tested for anti-ZIKV immunoglobulin (Ig)M and anti-ZIKV IgG. Of the 1393 blood samples, ZIKV RNA was detected in 37 (n = 37/1393; 2.7%). The median infection viral load detected was 7714 copies/mL (ranging from 135-124,220 copies/mL). The majority of the positive samples (70.3%) exhibited a viral load of approximately 10(3) copies/mL. Six samples that were positive for ZIKV RNA were also positive for anti-ZIKV IgM and IgG (n = 6/37; 13.5%). This is the first study evaluating the prevalence of ZIKV RNA among Brazilian blood donors, which was relatively high and might lead to TT-ZIKV infection. It is unclear whether the simultaneous presence of anti-ZIKV IgM and IgG in RNA-positive donations or the viral load influences transfusion transmission of the infection. This study also adds to the global understanding of ZIKV prevalence in blood donors during outbreaks and the transfusion impact of the infection. © 2017 AABB.

  19. Non-perturbative study of impurity effects on the Kubo conductivity in macroscopic periodic and quasiperiodic lattices

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    Sánchez, Vicenta; Ramírez, Carlos; Sánchez, Fernando; Wang, Chumin

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we analyze the effects of site and bond impurities on the electrical conductance of periodic and quasiperiodic systems with macroscopic length by means of a real-space renormalization plus a convolution method developed for the Kubo-Greenwood formula. All analyzed systems are connected to semi-infinite periodic leads. Analytical and numerical conductivity spectra are obtained for one and two site impurities in a periodic chain, where the separation between impurities determines the number of maximums in the spectra. We also found transparent states at the zero chemical potential in Fibonacci chains of every three generations with bond impurities, whose existence was confirmed by an analytical analysis within the Landauer formalism. For many impurities, the spectral average of the conductivity versus the system length reveals a power-law behavior, when the distance between impurities follows the Fibonacci sequence. Finally, we present an analysis of the conductance spectra of segmented periodic and Fibonacci chains and nanowires.

  20. Full-f XGC1 gyrokinetic study of improved ion energy confinement from impurity stabilization of ITG turbulence

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    Kim, Kyuho; Kwon, Jae-Min; Chang, C. S.; Seo, Janghoon; Ku, S.; Choe, W.

    2017-06-01

    Flux-driven full-f gyrokinetic simulations are performed to study carbon impurity effects on the ion temperature gradient (ITG) turbulence and ion thermal transport in a toroidal geometry. Employing the full-f gyrokinetic code XGC1, both main ions and impurities are evolved self-consistently including turbulence and neoclassical physics. It is found that the carbon impurity profile self-organizes to form an inwardly peaked density profile, which weakens the ITG instabilities and reduces the overall fluctuations and ion thermal transport. A stronger reduction appears in the low frequency components of the fluctuations. The global structure of E × B flow also changes, resulting in the reduction of global avalanche like transport events in the impure plasma. Detailed properties of impurity transport are also studied, and it is revealed that both the inward neoclassical pinch and the outward turbulent transport are equally important in the formation of the steady state impurity profile.

  1. Eliminating Impurity Traps in the Silane Process

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    Coleman, L. M.

    1982-01-01

    Redistribution reaction section of silane process progressively separates heavier parts of chlorosilane feedstock until light silane product is available for pyrolysis. Small amount of liquid containing impurities is withdrawn from processing stages in which trapping occurs and passed to earlier processing stage in which impurities tend to be removed via chemical reactions.

  2. Cryogenic Laser Calorimetry for Impurity Analysis

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    Swimm, R. T.

    1985-01-01

    The results of a one-year effort to determine the applicability of laser-calorimetric spectroscopy to the study of deep-level impurities in silicon are presented. Critical considerations for impurity analysis by laser-calorimetric spectroscopy are discussed, the design and performance of a cryogenic laser calorimeter is described, and measurements of background absorption in high-purity silicon are presented.

  3. Effect of dilute strongly pinning impurities on charge density waves

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    Okamoto, Jun-ichi; Millis, Andrew J.

    2015-05-01

    We study theoretically the effects of strong pinning centers on a charge density wave in the limit that the charge density wave coherence length is shorter than the average interimpurity distance. An analysis based on a Ginzburg-Landau model shows that long-range forces arising from the elastic response of the charge density wave induce a kind of collective pinning which suppresses impurity-induced phase fluctuations, leading to a long-range ordered ground state. The correlations induced by impurities are characterized by a length scale parametrically longer than the average interimpurity distance. Long-wavelength fluctuations are found to be gapped, implying the stability of the ground state. We also present Monte Carlo simulations that confirm the basic features of the analytical results.

  4. Algorithms for Entanglement Renormalization: Boundaries, Impurities and Interfaces

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    Evenbly, G.; Vidal, G.

    2014-04-01

    We propose algorithms, based on the multi-scale entanglement renormalization ansatz, to obtain the ground state of quantum critical systems in the presence of boundaries, impurities, or interfaces. By exploiting the theory of minimal updates (Evenbly and Vidal, arXiv:1307.0831, 2013), the ground state is completely characterized in terms of a number of variational parameters that is independent of the system size, even though the presence of a boundary, an impurity, or an interface explicitly breaks the translation invariance of the host system. Similarly, computational costs do not scale with the system size, allowing the thermodynamic limit to be studied directly and thus avoiding finite size effects e.g. when extracting the universal properties of the critical system.

  5. Sperm donors describe the experience of contact with their donor-conceived offspring

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    Hertz, R.; Nelson, M.K.; Kramer, W.

    2015-01-01

    This study explores the attitudes and experiences of 57 sperm donors who responded to a survey posted online in the United States and indicated that they had had contact with their donor-conceived offspring or the parents of their donor-conceived offspring. On average, 18 years had elapsed since the respondents donated sperm. In the interim between donating and having contact with offspring, most had become curious about their offspring. Most made contact through a bank or online registry. Most respondents had communicated with at least one offspring at least once and most had exchanged photos with offspring. Approximately two-thirds had met in person once; the same proportion had communicated over email or text. Other forms of communication were less common. Almost half of the respondents now considered their donor-conceived offspring to be like a family member. At the same time, donors are respectful of the integrity of the family in which their offspring were raised. Donors with contact are open to having their partners and children know their donor-conceived offspring. Although contact is generally positive, donors report that establishing boundaries and defining the relationship can be very difficult. Some donors also urge those who are thinking of donating to consider the consequences and some suggest avoiding anonymity. There were no significant differences in attitudes and experiences between those who donated anonymously and those who had been identity-release for their offspring when they turned 18. PMID:26175887

  6. Stimulated emission from donor transitions in silicon

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    Pavlov; Zhukavin; Orlova; Shastin; Kirsanov; Hubers; Auen; Riemann

    2000-05-29

    The observation of far-infrared stimulated emission from shallow donor transitions in silicon is reported. Lasing with a wavelength of 59 &mgr;m due to the neutral donor intracenter 2p(0)-->1s(E) transition in Si:P pumped by CO2 laser radiation is obtained. Populations of D0 and D- center states and the balance of the radiation absorption and amplification are theoretically analyzed.

  7. The effect of structurally related impurities on crystallinity reduction of sulfamethazine by grinding.

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    Hamada, Yoshito; Ono, Makoto; Ohara, Motomu; Yonemochi, Etsuo

    2016-12-30

    In this study, the effect of structurally related impurities on crystallinity reduction of sulfamethazine by grinding was evaluated. The crystallinity of sulfamethazine was not decreased when it was ground alone. However, when structurally related impurities with sulfonamide derivatives were blended, the crystallinity of sulfamethazine was decreased by grinding. Other materials without a sulfonamide moiety showed no such effect. The Raman spectra of sulfamethazine demonstrated that there was a difference between its crystalline and amorphous states within its sulfonamide structure. It was suggested that the sulfonamide structure of the impurities was important in causing the inhibition of recrystallization of sulfamethazine during grinding.

  8. Influence of the impurity scattering on charge transport in unconventional superconductor junctions

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    Lu, Bo; Burset, Pablo; Tanuma, Yasunari; Golubov, Alexander A.; Asano, Yasuhiro; Tanaka, Yukio

    2016-07-01

    We study the influence of nonmagnetic impurity scatterings on the tunneling conductance of a junction consisting of a normal metal and a disordered unconventional superconductor by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently. We find that the impurity scatterings in both the Born and the unitary limits affect the formation of the Andreev bound states and modify strongly the tunneling spectra around zero bias. Our results are interpreted well by the appearance of odd-frequency Cooper pairs near the interface and by the divergent behavior of the impurity self-energy. The present paper provides a useful tool to identify the pairing symmetry of unconventional superconductors in experiments.

  9. Mg impurity in helium droplets

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    Navarro, J.; Mateo, D.; Barranco, M.; Sarsa, A.

    2012-02-01

    Within the diffusion Monte Carlo approach, we have determined the structure of isotopically pure and mixed helium droplets doped with one magnesium atom. For pure 4He clusters, our results confirm those of Mella et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 123, 054328 (2005), 10.1063/1.1982787] that the impurity experiences a transition from a surface to a bulk location as the number of helium atoms in the droplet increases. Contrarily, for pure 3He clusters Mg resides in the bulk of the droplet due to the smaller surface tension of this isotope. Results for mixed droplets are presented. We have also obtained the absorption spectrum of Mg around the 3s3p 1P1 ← 3s2 1S0 transition.

  10. Unified model for impurity diffusion in silicon

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    Orlowski, M.

    1988-10-01

    A new theoretical framework for impurity diffusion in silicon is proposed. The basic mechanism employed here is the point defect-impurity pair diffusion as presented by Mulvaney and Richardson [Appl. Phys. Lett. 51, 1439 (1987)] in a generalized description of the impurity-interstitial model by Morehead and Lever [Appl. Phys. Lett. 48, 151 (1986)]. The model consists of coupled equations for the impurities and point defects, in which all species including structural defects (major new process variables) are treated on the same footing. Among other things, the model accounts for long-range point defect mediated enhancement and retardation of the diffusion. The essential features of the present formalism are the new equations for interstitials and vacancies which provide the major coupling between the impurities apart from the coupling via the Fermi level. This approach allows, for the first time, a consistent analysis and exploration of the diffusion phenomena step by step on various levels of complexity.

  11. Analytical control of process impurities in Pazopanib hydrochloride by impurity fate mapping.

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    Li, Yan; Liu, David Q; Yang, Shawn; Sudini, Ravinder; McGuire, Michael A; Bhanushali, Dharmesh S; Kord, Alireza S

    2010-08-01

    Understanding the origin and fate of organic impurities within the manufacturing process along with a good control strategy is an integral part of the quality control of drug substance. Following the underlying principles of quality by design (QbD), a systematic approach to analytical control of process impurities by impurity fate mapping (IFM) has been developed and applied to the investigation and control of impurities in the manufacturing process of Pazopanib hydrochloride, an anticancer drug approved recently by the U.S. FDA. This approach requires an aggressive chemical and analytical search for potential impurities in the starting materials, intermediates and drug substance, and experimental studies to track their fate through the manufacturing process in order to understand the process capability for rejecting such impurities. Comprehensive IFM can provide elements of control strategies for impurities. This paper highlights the critical roles that analytical sciences play in the IFM process and impurity control. The application of various analytical techniques (HPLC, LC-MS, NMR, etc.) and development of sensitive and selective methods for impurity detection, identification, separation and quantification are highlighted with illustrative examples. As an essential part of the entire control strategy for Pazopanib hydrochloride, analytical control of impurities with 'meaningful' specifications and the 'right' analytical methods is addressed. In particular, IFM provides scientific justification that can allow for control of process impurities up-stream at the starting materials or intermediates whenever possible. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. [Motivations of oocytes donors].

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    Cauvin, P

    2009-01-01

    Oocyte donation is a complex situation that requires the applicant couple to deal with the presence of the donor in the history of the child conception. Accepting the eggs is not the same thing than accepting the donor. Her place in the child's life depends on how his parents will accept her phantasmal reality beyond her real person. Paying attention to the story told by the donors on their motivations may help parents internalize this conception to three. We show from two clinical observations, that the generosity of donors is connected to personal issues that do not relate to unborn child or its parents. If there are two mothers in oocyte donation, they are not really in competition because there are also two children: the child conceived through donation is that of the project of the couple, the child to which the donor thinks, is and will remain in phantasmal domain, i.e. linked to the personal history of the donor. We also show that the psychological interview fully responds to the donor expectations when it seeks to highlight her motives.

  13. The Influence of Impurities on the Zinc Fixed Point

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    Rudtsch, Steffen; Aulich, Antje

    2017-02-01

    Impurities are considered to be the most significant source of uncertainty for the realization of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 by means of metal fixed points. The determination and further reduction in this uncertainty require a traceable chemical analysis of dissolved impurities in the fixed-point metal and accurate knowledge of the specific temperature change caused by impurities (slope of the liquidus line). We determined the slope of the liquidus line for three binary systems and present results and conclusions from the chemical analysis of zinc with a nominal purity of 7N. For the Fe-Zn system, we determined a liquidus slope of (-0.91± 0.14) mK / (μ g{\\cdot } g^{-1}) from the evaluation of freezing plateaus and (-0.76 ± 0.20) mK / (μ g{\\cdot } g^{-1}) from the evaluation of melting plateaus; for the Pb-Zn system, the corresponding results are (-0.27 ± 0.05) mK / (μ g{\\cdot } g^{-1}) and (-0.26 ± 0.05) mK / (μ g{\\cdot } g^{-1}). Although for the Sb-Zn system, we determined a liquidus slope of about -0.8 mK / (μ g{\\cdot } g^{-1}), our investigations showed that a correction of the influence of antimony is highly questionable because antimony can be found in zinc in a fully dissolved state or precipitated as an insoluble compound. Iron is the only impurity where a correction of the fixed-point temperature was possible. For the realization of the zinc fixed point at PTB, this correction is between 2 μ K and 16 μ K depending on the batch of zinc used. The influence of the sum of all impurities was estimated by means of the OME method. The resulting uncertainty contribution is between 12 μK and 48 μK.

  14. Ab Initio Study of Aluminium Impurity and Interstitial-Substitutional Complexes in Ge Using a Hybrid Functional (HSE)

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    Igumbor, E.; Mapasha, R. E.; Meyer, W. E.

    2017-07-01

    The results of an ab initio modelling of aluminium substitutional impurity ({\\hbox {Al}}_Ge), aluminium interstitial in Ge [{\\hbox {I}}_Al for the tetrahedral (T) and hexagonal (H) configurations] and aluminium interstitial-substitutional pairs in Ge ({\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge) are presented. For all calculations, the hybrid functional of Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof in the framework of density functional theory was used. Defects formation energies, charge state transition levels and minimum energy configurations of the {\\hbox {Al}}_Ge, {\\hbox {I}}_Al and {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge were obtained for -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 charge states. The calculated formation energy shows that for the neutral charge state, the {\\hbox {I}}_Al is energetically more favourable in the T than the H configuration. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge forms with formation energies of -2.37 eV and -2.32 eV, when the interstitial atom is at the T and H sites, respectively. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge is energetically more favourable when the interstitial atom is at the T site with a binding energy of 0.8 eV. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al in the T configuration, induced a deep donor (+2/+1) level at EV+0.23 eV and the {\\hbox {Al}}_Ge induced a single acceptor level (0/-1) at EV+0.14 eV in the band gap of Ge. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge induced double-donor levels are at E_V+0.06 and E_V+0.12 eV, when the interstitial atom is at the T and H sites, respectively. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al and {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge exhibit properties of charge state-controlled metastability.

  15. Study of impurity-helium condensates formed by multishell nanoclusters

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    Mao, Shun

    Impurity-helium condensates (IHCs) are porous gel-like materials created by injecting a mixed beam of helium gas and an impurity gas into super fluid 4He. Van der Waals forces lead to the formation of clusters of impurities each surrounded by a thin layer of solid helium. Inside super fluid helium the clusters tend to aggregate into a gel-like structure with wide distribution of pore sizes. Matrix isolation of free radical impurities in IHCs leads to unusually high concentrations of these impurities. Impurity-helium condensates (IHCs) containing nitrogen and krypton atoms immersed in super fluid 4He have been studied via a CW electron spin resonance (ESR) technique. It was found that the addition of krypton atoms to the nitrogen-helium gas mixture used for preparation of IHCs increases efficiency of stabilization of nitrogen atoms. We have achieved high average (5x1019 cm --3) and local (2x1021 cm--3) concentrations of nitrogen atoms in krypton-nitrogen-helium condensates. High concentrations of nitrogen atoms achieved in IHCs provide an important step in the search for magnetic ordering effects at low temperatures. Impurity-helium condensates created by injection of hydrogen (deuterium) atoms and molecules as well as rare gas (RG) atoms (Ne and Kr) into super fluid 4He also have been studied via electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques. Measurements of the ground-state spectroscopic parameters of hydrogen and deuterium atoms show that the nanoclusters have a shell structure. H and D atoms reside in solid molecular layers of H2 and D2 , respectively. By monitoring the recombination of H atoms in the collection of hydrogen-neon nanoclusters, we show that nanoclusters form a gel-like porous structure which enables the H atoms to be transported through the structure via percolation. Observation of percolation in the collection of nanoclusters containing stabilized hydrogen atoms opens new possibilities for a search for macroscopic collective quantum phenomena at

  16. The nature of dielectric state and self compensation mechanisms in PbTe doped with Ga

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    Petrenko, T. L.; Bryksa, V. P.

    2014-04-01

    The long-standing problem of impurity states in narrow-gap PbTe crystals doped with group-III element Ga was analized by means of density functional theory. We focus on the mechanisms of the self-compensation during growth as well as during post-growth annealing to clarify the mechanism of dielectric state formation necessary for the device fabrication. The unique feature of the presented work is consideration of the simplest impurity complex {{\\left( 2{\\rm{Ga}} \\right)}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} as well as of a lead vacancy {{V}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}}, gallium substituting for Pb site {\\rm{G}}{{{\\rm{a}}}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} and interstitial gallium {\\rm{G}}{{{\\rm{a}}}_{\\operatorname{int}}} in various charge states. Calculations show that complex {{\\left( 2{\\rm{Ga}} \\right)}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} has the lowest formation energy among other gallium-related defects and is a double donor. {\\rm{G}}{{{\\rm{a}}}_{\\operatorname{int}}} is a single donor while {\\rm{G}}{{{\\rm{a}}}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} is amphoteric impurity which act as a donor or acceptor depending on the Fermi level position. Moreover, we conclude that neutral impurity {\\rm{Ga}}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}^{0} is metastable due to the self-compensation and formation of {{(2{\\rm{Ga}})}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} complex with simultaneous creation of {{V}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}}. Calculated binding energy of this complex suggests that it is stable for the actual temperatures and concentrations. In addition the {{(2{\\rm{Ga}})}_{{\\rm{Pb}}}} defect is responsible for spontaneous creation of lead vacancy which prevents an increasing of the carrier concentration. Therefore, the considered complex determines the most striking features of PbTe crystals doped with Ga, namely DX-like properties and dielectric state formation. This defect plays a crucial role in real crystals and clarifies the nature of properties important for device fabrication.

  17. National Marrow Donor Program

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    2008-08-05

    IIB.3 Hypothesis 3 – Algorithm to Predict Best Donor 10 IIB.3.1 Aim 1 – Phase I of EM Haplotype Logic No Activity 10 IIB.3.2 Aim 2 – Enhancement...1.1 Aim 1 – Donor Recipient Pair Project Open 12 IIC.2 Hypothesis 1 – Role of Other Loci and GVHD 13 IIC.2.1 Aim 1 – Analysis of Non-HLA Loci Open 13...and on the nuances of HLA typing can be used to design computer algorithms to predict the best matched donor. IIB.3.1 Aim 1: Phase I of EM

  18. National Marrow Donor Program

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    2010-11-05

    AlGorithm to Predict Best Donor Task 1 -Incorporate Frequencies into Matchin" AI"orithm Open Task 2 - Enhancement of EM Algorithm Open Task 3 - Optimal...Immunooenetic Studies Ob.jective 1- Influence ofHLA Mismatches Task I - Donor Recipient Pair Project Open Objective 1- Role of Other Loci and GVHD Task I...typing can be used to design computer algorithms to predict the best matched donor. IIB.3. Task 1: Period 8 Activity: Phase I of EM Worked on a

  19. National Marrow Donor Program

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    2008-11-17

    Algorithm No Activity 13 IIB.3 Hypothesis 3 – Algorithm to Predict Best Donor 14 IIB.3.1 Aim 1 – Phase I of EM Haplotype Logic No Activity 14 IIB...of HLA Mismatches 15 IIC.1.1 Aim 1 – Donor Recipient Pair Project Open 15 IIC.2 Hypothesis 1 – Role of Other Loci and GVHD 16 IIC.2.1 Aim 1...frequencies and on the nuances of HLA typing can be used to design computer algorithms to predict the best matched donor. IIB.3.1 Aim 1: Phase I of EM

  20. Spin noise and magnetic screening of impurities in a BCS superconductor

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    Le Dall, Matthias; da Silva, Luis G. G. V. Dias; de Sousa, Rogério

    The coupling of a localized impurity to a BCS superconductor (SC) leads to the formation of impurity Cooper-pairs via the proximity effect, generating two bound states within the SC energy gap, the so-called Yu-Rusinov-Shiba (YSR) states. They are similar to the Andreev Bound States that originate from Andreev reflection, e.g. when the impurity is hosted in a Josephson junction, and are known to produce sharp sub-gap resonances in charge noise [de Sousa et al., PRB 2009], providing a natural explanation for the observation of microresonators in superconducting devices [Simmonds et al., PRL 2004]. Here we present a theory for the spin noise generated by magnetic impurities in a SC, and discuss the impact of the Shiba states on models of flux noise in superconducting qubits. We use a combination of analytical methods and the numerical renormalization group technique to calculate the spin noise of an Anderson impurity in a SC, unveiling the competition between the proximity effect and Kondo correlations. Both mechanisms produce magnetic screening and a corresponding reduction in spin noise, giving rise to new insights on the kinds of impurities that are responsible for the observed 1 /fα flux noise in superconducting circuits. This research is supported by NSERC CRD/478366-2015.

  1. Binding of holes to magnetic impurities in a strongly correlated system

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    Poilblanc, D.; Scalapino, D.J.; Hanke, W. )

    1994-11-01

    The effect of a magnetic ([ital S]=1/2) impurity coupled to a two-dimensional system of correlated electrons (described by the [ital t]-[ital J] model) is studied by exact diagonalizations. It is found that, if the exchange coupling of the impurity with the neighboring spins is ferromagnetic or weakly antiferromagnetic, an extra hole can form bound states of different spatial symmetries with the impurity extending to a few lattice spacings. The binding energy is maximum when the impurity is completely decoupled (vacancy) and vanishes for an antiferromagnetic coupling exceeding [similar to]0.3[ital J]. Several peaks appear in the single-hole spectral function below the lower edge of the quasiparticle band as signatures of the [ital d]-, [ital s]-, and [ital p]-wave bound states.

  2. Impurity scattering rate and coherence factor in vortex core of sign-reversing s -wave superconductors

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    Nagai, Yuki; Kato, Yusuke

    2010-11-01

    We investigate the impurity scattering rates for quasiparticles in vortex cores of sign-reversing s -wave superconductors as a probe to detect the internal phase difference of the order parameters among different Fermi surfaces. The impurity scattering rates and coherence factors are related to quasiparticle interference effect by the scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy technique. With use of the Born and Kramer-Pesch approximations for the Andreev bound states, we show that the sign-reversed forward scatterings are dominant in vortex cores. Owing to the coherence factor in vortex cores of ±s -wave superconductors, the impurity scattering rate of the Andreev bound states has a characteristic distribution on the Fermi surfaces. For comparison, the impurity scattering rates in vortex cores of s -wave and d -wave superconductors are also discussed.

  3. Effect of impurities on the superheating field of type-II superconductors

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    Lin, F. Pei-Jen; Gurevich, A.

    2012-02-01

    We consider the effect of nonmagnetic and magnetic impurities on the superheating field Hs in a type-II superconductor. We solved the Eilenberger equations, which take into account the nonlinear pairbreaking of Meissner screening currents, and calculated Hs(T) for arbitrary temperatures and impurity concentrations in a single-band s-wave superconductor with a large Ginzburg-Landau parameter. At low temperatures, nonmagnetic impurities suppress a weak maximum in Hs(T), which has been predicted for the clean limit, resulting, instead, in a maximum of Hs as a function of impurity concentration in a moderately clean limit. It is shown that nonmagnetic impurities weakly affect Hs even in the dirty limit, while magnetic impurities suppress both Hs and the critical temperature Tc. The density of quasiparticles states N(ɛ) is strongly affected by an interplay of impurity scattering and current pairbreaking. We show that a clean superconductor at H=Hs is in a gapless state, but a quasiparticle gap ɛg in N(ɛ) at H=Hs appears as the concentration of nonmagnetic impurities increases. As the nonmagnetic scattering rate α increases above αc=0.36, the quasiparticle gap ɛg(α) at H=Hs increases, approaching ɛg≈0.32Δ0 in the dirty limit α≫1, where Δ0 is the superconducting gap parameter at zero field. The effects of impurities on Hs can be essential for the nonlinear surface resistance and superconductivity breakdown by strong RF fields.

  4. Impurity Profiles in the MST Reversed-Field Pinch

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    Woehrer, D.; den Hartog, D. J.; Chapman, J. T.

    1996-11-01

    We have spectroscopically measured the radial distribution of several impurities in the MST Reversed-Field Pinch plasma.(This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy.) For several years we have operated a passive high-speed Doppler spectrometer [D. J. Den Hartog and R. J. Fonck, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 65, 3238 (1994)] on MST to measure impurity flow velocity and ion temperature. We have evidence that the flow velocity radial profile has substantial structure, with the flow at the edge sometimes oppositely directed to that in the core. These measurements were taken by comparing the flow of an edge state (C III, for example) to a core state (C V). It is crucial that we precisely measure this flow profile and its variation during a sawtooth cycle. Therefore, we must accurately measure the location of the various emission shells of the impurity ionization states. This is being accomplished with an array of small f = 20 cm holographic grating monochromators. Light is coupled into them via separate fused silica fiber optic bundles from a radial array of light collection chords. We will make measurements of emission profiles from ions such as B III, B IV, C III, C V, and O V.

  5. Exchange-donor renal transplantation.

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    Huh, Kyu Ha; Kim, Hyun Jung; Jeon, Kyung Ock; Kiml, Beom Seok; Kim, Yu Seun; Park, Kill

    2009-01-01

    Exchange-donor programs may prevent the current loss of many suitable living donors. Both incompatible donor-recipient pairs--with ABO incompatibility or positive cross-matches--and compatible pairs who wish to locate more suitable donors should be encouraged to participate in exchange-donor programs. Advantages and limitations of exchange-donor programs must be carefully explained to prevent interfamilial conflict. Exchange-donor programs may relieve shortages of donor organs and offer good posttransplant outcomes. Therefore, this program should be widely implemented.

  6. Live donor transplantation--the incompetent donor: comparative law.

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    Wolfman, Samuel; Shaked, Tali

    2008-12-01

    Informed consent of the patient to medical treatment is an essential prerequisite for any invasive medical procedure. However in emergency cases, when the patient is unable to sign a consent form due to unconsciousness or to psychotic state, than the primary medical consideration shall take place. In such a case, in order to save life or even prevent a major medical hazard to the patient, doctors are allowed, in certain cases and in accordance with well accepted medical practice, to perform invasive procedures, major surgery or risky pharmacological treatment, without the explicit consent of the patient. All the above refers to the cases when avoidance of such non-consented treatment may harm severely the health and wellbeing of the patient and there is no doubt that such treatment is for the ultimate benefit of the patient. The question, however, shall arise when such a medical procedure is not necessarily for the benefit of the patient, but rather for the benefit of somebody else. Such is the case in the transplantation area and the question of living donor-donee relationship. This paper shall analyze the legal situation in cases of non competent donors whose consent cannot be considered legal consent given in full understanding and out of free will. It will also compare three legal systems, the Israeli, the American and the traditional Jewish law, with regard to the different approaches to this human problem, where the autonomy of the donor may be sacrificed for the purpose of saving life of another person.

  7. Heteroaromatic donors in donor-acceptor-donor based fluorophores facilitate zinc ion sensing and cell imaging.

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    Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Divya, Kizhumuri P; Jayamurthy, Purushothaman; Mathew, Jomon; Anupama, V N; Philips, Divya Susan; Anees, Palappuravan; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2012-11-01

    The excited state intra molecular charge transfer (ICT) property of fluorophores has been extensively used for the design of fluorescent chemosensors. Herein, we report the synthesis and properties of three donor–π-acceptor–π-donor (D–π-A–π-D) based molecular probes BP, BT and BA. Two heteroaromatic rings, pyrrole (BP), and thiophene (BT) and a non-heteroaromatic ring N-alkoxy aniline (BA) were selected as donor moieties which were linked to a bipyridine binding site through a vinylic linkage. The heteroaromatic systems BP and BT perform selective and ratiometric emission signalling for zinc ions whereas the non-heteroaromatic probe BA does not. The advantages of the D–π-A–π-D design strategy in the design of ICT based probes for the selective fluorescent ratiometric signalling of zinc ions in biological media is discussed. Further, the use of BP, BT and BA for imaging Zn(2+) ions from MCF-7 cell lines is demonstrated.

  8. Kinetic model of phase separation in binary mixtures with hard mobile impurities.

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    Ginzburg, V V; Peng, G; Qiu, F; Jasnow, D; Balazs, A C

    1999-10-01

    We develop a mean-field rate-equation model for the kinetics of phase separation in binary mixtures with hard mobile impurities. For impurities preferentially wet by one of the components, the phase separation is arrested in the late stage. The "steady-state" domain size depends strongly on both the particle diffusion constant and the particle concentration. We compare theoretical results with the simulation data and find good qualitative agreement.

  9. Lanczos transformation for quantum impurity problems in d-dimensional lattices: Application to graphene nanoribbons

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    Büsser, C. A.; Martins, G. B.; Feiguin, A. E.

    2013-12-01

    We present a completely unbiased and controlled numerical method to solve quantum impurity problems in d-dimensional lattices. This approach is based on a canonical transformation, of the Lanczos form, where the complete lattice Hamiltonian is exactly mapped onto an equivalent one-dimensional system, in the same spirit as Wilson's numerical renormalization, and Haydock's recursion method. We introduce many-body interactions in the form of a Kondo or Anderson impurity and we solve the low-dimensional problem using the density matrix renormalization group. The technique is particularly suited to study systems that are inhomogeneous, and/or have a boundary. The resulting dimensional reduction translates into a reduction of the scaling of the entanglement entropy by a factor Ld-1, where L is the linear dimension of the original d-dimensional lattice. This allows one to calculate the ground state of a magnetic impurity attached to an L×L square lattice and an L×L×L cubic lattice with L up to 140 sites. We also study the localized edge states in graphene nanoribbons by attaching a magnetic impurity to the edge or the center of the system. For armchair metallic nanoribbons we find a slow decay of the spin correlations as a consequence of the delocalized metallic states. In the case of zigzag ribbons, the decay of the spin correlations depends on the position of the impurity. If the impurity is situated in the bulk of the ribbon, the decay is slow as in the metallic case. On the other hand, if the adatom is attached to the edge, the decay is fast, within few sites of the impurity, as a consequence of the localized edge states, and the short correlation length. The mapping can be combined with ab initio band structure calculations to model the system, and to understand correlation effects in quantum impurity problems starting from first principles.

  10. Determining factors for the presence of impurities in selectively collected biowaste.

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    Puig-Ventosa, Ignasi; Freire-González, Jaume; Jofra-Sora, Marta

    2013-05-01

    The presence of impurities in biodegradable waste (biowaste) causes problems with the management of waste, among which are additional costs derived from the need to improve pre-treatment of biowaste, loss of treatment capacity and the difficulty selling treated biowaste as compost owing to its low quality. When treated biowaste is used for soil conditioning it can also cause soil pollution. Understanding the reasons why impurities are in biowaste and the factors affecting the percentage of impurities present can be used to determine ways to minimise these negative effects. This article attempts to identify the main causes for the presence of impurities in biowaste. In order to do so, it carries out an empirical analysis of the level of impurities in biowaste from municipal waste collection in two steps. First, a bivariate analysis focuses on significant correlations between the presence of impurities and several variables. Second, the construction of an explanatory model based on the significant relations obtained in the first step, and on literature research, are used to check the stated hypothesis. The estimates demonstrate that the collection system, the global levels of separate collection, the urban density of the municipality and the requirement to use compostable bags may be the main drivers of impurity levels in biowaste.

  11. Fabrication of Gate-tunable Graphene Devices for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies with Coulomb Impurities.

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    Jung, Han Sae; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Wong, Dillon; Germany, Chad; Kahn, Salman; Kim, Youngkyou; Aikawa, Andrew S; Desai, Dhruv K; Rodgers, Griffin F; Bradley, Aaron J; Velasco, Jairo; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Wang, Feng; Zettl, Alex; Crommie, Michael F

    2015-07-24

    Owing to its relativistic low-energy charge carriers, the interaction between graphene and various impurities leads to a wealth of new physics and degrees of freedom to control electronic devices. In particular, the behavior of graphene's charge carriers in response to potentials from charged Coulomb impurities is predicted to differ significantly from that of most materials. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) can provide detailed information on both the spatial and energy dependence of graphene's electronic structure in the presence of a charged impurity. The design of a hybrid impurity-graphene device, fabricated using controlled deposition of impurities onto a back-gated graphene surface, has enabled several novel methods for controllably tuning graphene's electronic properties. Electrostatic gating enables control of the charge carrier density in graphene and the ability to reversibly tune the charge and/or molecular states of an impurity. This paper outlines the process of fabricating a gate-tunable graphene device decorated with individual Coulomb impurities for combined STM/STS studies. These studies provide valuable insights into the underlying physics, as well as signposts for designing hybrid graphene devices.

  12. Magnetic Field Effect on Crossover Temperature from Non-Fermi Liquid to Fermi Liquid Behavior in f2-Impurity Systems with Crystalline-Electric-Field Singlet State Competing with Kondo--Yosida Singlet State

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    Nishiyama, Shinya; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2011-12-01

    We investigate the magnetic field dependence of the physical properties of f2-configuration systems with a crystalline-electric field (CEF) singlet ground state, which gives rise to a non-Fermi liquid (NFL) fixed point due to the competition between the Kondo--Yosida singlet and CEF singlet states. On the basis of the numerical renormalization group method, we find that the magnetic field breaks this NFL fixed point via two mechanisms: one causing the polarization of f-electrons and the other giving the ``channel'' anisotropy. These two mechanisms induce a difference in the magnetic field dependence of the characteristic temperature TF*(H), the crossover temperature from NFL to Fermi-liquid behavior. While the polarization of f-electrons gives TF*(H) \\propto Hx (x ≃ 2.0), the ``channel'' anisotropy gives the H-independent TF*(H). These two mechanisms cross over continuously at approximately the crossover magnetic field Hc, where an anomalous H-dependence of TF*(H) appears. Such TF*(H) well reproduces the NFL behaviors observed in Th1-xUxRu2Si2. We also find that the H-dependence of the resistivity and the magnetic susceptibility are in good agreement with the experimental results of this material. These results suggest that the NFL behaviors observed in Th1-xUxRu2Si2 can be understood if this material is located in the CEF singlet side near the critical phase boundary between the two singlet states.

  13. Direct Visualization of an Impurity Depletion Zone

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    Chernov, Alex A.; Garcia-Ruiz, Juan Ma; Thomas, Bill R.

    2000-01-01

    When a crystal incorporates more impurity per unit of its volume than the impurity concentration in solution, the solution in vicinity of the growing crystal is depleted with respect to the impurity I,2. With a stagnant solution, e. g. in microgravity or gels, an impurity depletion zone expands as the crystal grows and results in greater purity in most of the outer portion of the crystal than in the core. Crystallization in gel provides an opportunity to mimic microgravity conditions and visualize the impurity depletion zone. Colorless, transparent apoferritin (M congruent to 450 KDa) crystals were grown in the presence of red holoferritin dimer as a microheterogeneous impurity (M congruent to 900 KDa) within agarose gel by counterdiffusion with Cd(2+) precipitant. Preferential trapping of dimers, (distribution coefficient K = 4 (exp 1,2)) results in weaker red color around the crystals grown in the left tube in the figure as compared to the control middle tube without crystals. The left and the middle tubes contain colored ferritin dimers, the right tube contains colored trimers. The meniscus in the left tube separate gel (below) and liquid solution containing Cd(2+) (above). Similar solutions, though without precipitants, were present on top of the middle and right tube allowing diffusion of dimers and trimers. The area of weaker color intensity around crystals directly demonstrates overlapped impurity depletion zones.

  14. Paramagnetic Attraction of Impurity-Helium Solids

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    Bernard, E. P.; Boltnev, R. E.; Khmelenko, V. V.; Lee, D. M.

    2003-01-01

    Impurity-helium solids are formed when a mixture of impurity and helium gases enters a volume of superfluid helium. Typical choices of impurity gas are hydrogen deuteride, deuterium, nitrogen, neon and argon, or a mixture of these. These solids consist of individual impurity atoms and molecules as well as clusters of impurity atoms and molecules covered with layers of solidified helium. The clusters have an imperfect crystalline structure and diameters ranging up to 90 angstroms, depending somewhat on the choice of impurity. Immediately following formation the clusters aggregate into loosely connected porous solids that are submerged in and completely permeated by the liquid helium. Im-He solids are extremely effective at stabilizing high concentrations of free radicals, which can be introduced by applying a high power RF dis- charge to the impurity gas mixture just before it strikes the super fluid helium. Average concentrations of 10(exp 19) nitrogen atoms/cc and 5 x 10(exp 18) deuterium atoms/cc can be achieved this way. It shows a typical sample formed from a mixture of atomic and molecular hydrogen and deuterium. It shows typical sample formed from atomic and molecular nitrogen. Much of the stability of Im-He solids is attributed to their very large surface area to volume ratio and their permeation by super fluid helium. Heat resulting from a chance meeting and recombination of free radicals is quickly dissipated by the super fluid helium instead of thermally promoting the diffusion of other nearby free radicals.

  15. DETECTING LOW-LEVEL SYNTHESIS IMPURITIES IN MODIFIED PHOSPHOROTHIOATE OLIGONUCLEOTIDES USING LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY - HIGH RESOLUTION MASS SPECTROMETRY.

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    Nikcevic, Irena; Wyrzykiewicz, Tadeusz K; Limbach, Patrick A

    2011-07-01

    An LC-MS method based on the use of high resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTIRCMS) for profiling oligonucleotides synthesis impurities is described.Oligonucleotide phosphorothioatediesters (phosphorothioate oligonucleotides), in which one of the non-bridging oxygen atoms at each phosphorus center is replaced by a sulfur atom, are now one of the most popular oligonucleotide modifications due to their ease of chemical synthesis and advantageous pharmacokinetic properties. Despite significant progress in the solid-phase oligomerization chemistry used in the manufacturing of these oligonucleotides, multiple classes of low-level impurities always accompany synthetic oligonucleotides. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry has emerged as a powerful technique for the identification of these synthesis impurities. However, impurity profiling, where the entire complement of low-level synthetic impurities is identified in a single analysis, is more challenging. Here we present an LC-MS method based the use of high resolution-mass spectrometry, specifically Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTIRCMS or FTMS). The optimal LC-FTMS conditions, including the stationary phase and mobile phases for the separation and identification of phosphorothioate oligonucleotides, were found. The characteristics of FTMS enable charge state determination from single m/z values of low-level impurities. Charge state information then enables more accurate modeling of the detected isotopic distribution for identification of the chemical composition of the detected impurity. Using this approach, a number of phosphorothioate impurities can be detected by LC-FTMS including failure sequences carrying 3'-terminal phosphate monoester and 3'-terminal phosphorothioate monoester, incomplete backbone sulfurization and desulfurization products, high molecular weight impurities, and chloral, isobutyryl, and N(3) (2-cyanoethyl) adducts of the full

  16. DETECTING LOW-LEVEL SYNTHESIS IMPURITIES IN MODIFIED PHOSPHOROTHIOATE OLIGONUCLEOTIDES USING LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY – HIGH RESOLUTION MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    Nikcevic, Irena; Wyrzykiewicz, Tadeusz K.; Limbach, Patrick A.

    2010-01-01

    Summary An LC-MS method based on the use of high resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTIRCMS) for profiling oligonucleotides synthesis impurities is described. Oligonucleotide phosphorothioatediesters (phosphorothioate oligonucleotides), in which one of the non-bridging oxygen atoms at each phosphorus center is replaced by a sulfur atom, are now one of the most popular oligonucleotide modifications due to their ease of chemical synthesis and advantageous pharmacokinetic properties. Despite significant progress in the solid-phase oligomerization chemistry used in the manufacturing of these oligonucleotides, multiple classes of low-level impurities always accompany synthetic oligonucleotides. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry has emerged as a powerful technique for the identification of these synthesis impurities. However, impurity profiling, where the entire complement of low-level synthetic impurities is identified in a single analysis, is more challenging. Here we present an LC-MS method based the use of high resolution-mass spectrometry, specifically Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTIRCMS or FTMS). The optimal LC-FTMS conditions, including the stationary phase and mobile phases for the separation and identification of phosphorothioate oligonucleotides, were found. The characteristics of FTMS enable charge state determination from single m/z values of low-level impurities. Charge state information then enables more accurate modeling of the detected isotopic distribution for identification of the chemical composition of the detected impurity. Using this approach, a number of phosphorothioate impurities can be detected by LC-FTMS including failure sequences carrying 3′-terminal phosphate monoester and 3′-terminal phosphorothioate monoester, incomplete backbone sulfurization and desulfurization products, high molecular weight impurities, and chloral, isobutyryl, and N3 (2-cyanoethyl) adducts

  17. Comparison between psychosocial long-term outcomes of recipients and donors after adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation.

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    Noma, Shun'ichi; Hayashi, Akiko; Uehara, Minako; Uemoto, Shinji; Murai, Toshiya

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine psychosocial states of recipients and donors several years after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and to find out the pre-transplant predictors of desirable post-transplant psychosocial states. The recipients and donors of adult-to-adult LDLT at Kyoto University Hospital, Japan, from November 2001 through July 2003 were interviewed and examined by means of questionnaires about anxiety, depression, and quality of life (QOL), and the participants were evaluated by the same test batteries sent by mail three to five yr after LDLT. Twenty-seven pairs of recipients and donors, 13 recipients, and three donors participated in this study. The recipients and the donors had a decline in social QOL. The main predictor of psychosocial states of the recipients was the length of wait for LDLT, and the predictors of the donors were family or support system availability and recipients' depressive states at LDLT. The donors who were spouses of the recipients had better QOL than other donors. It might be better to perform LDLT as soon as possible once LDLT has been judged to be necessary, and the relative who is on close terms with the recipient should be selected as donor.

  18. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy.

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    Deger, S; Giessing, M; Roigas, J; Wille, A H; Lein, M; Schönberger, B; Loening, S A

    2005-01-01

    Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy (LDN) has removed disincentives of potential donors and may bear the potential to increase kidney donation. Multiple modifications have been made to abbreviate the learning curve while at the same time guarantee the highest possible level of medical quality for donor and recipient. We reviewed the literature for the evolution of the different LDN techniques and their impact on donor, graft and operating surgeon, including the subtleties of different surgical accesses, vessel handling and organ extraction. We performed a literature search (PubMed, DIMDI, medline) to evaluate the development of the LDN techniques from 1995 to 2003. Today more than 200 centres worldwide perform LDN. Hand-assistance has led to a spread of LDN. Studies comparing open and hand-assisted LDN show a reduction of operating and warm ischaemia times for the hand-assisted LDN. Different surgical access sites (trans- or retroperitoneal), different vessel dissection approaches, donor organ delivery techniques, delivery sites and variations of hand-assistance techniques reflect the evolution of LDN. Proper techniques and their combination for the consecutive surgical steps minimize both warm ischaemia time and operating time while offering the donor a safe minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. LDN has breathed new life into the moribund field of living kidney donation. Within a few years LDN could become the standard approach in living kidney donation. Surgeons working in this field must be trained thoroughly and well acquainted with the subtleties of the different LDN techniques and their respective advantages and disadvantages.

  19. Molecular engineering of organic dyes with a hole-extending donor tail for efficient all-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lu, Jianfeng; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Cheng, Hsu-Yang; Wu, Hui-Ping; Cheng, Yibing; Wang, Mingkui; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2015-08-10

    We report a new concept for the design of metal-free organic dyes (OD5-OD9) with an extended donor-π-acceptor (D-π-A) molecular framework, in which the donor terminal unit is attached by a hole-extending side chain to retard back electron transfer and charge recombination; the π-bridge component contains varied thiophene-based substituents to enhance the light-harvesting ability of the device. The best dye (OD9) has a D-A-π-A configuration with the hexyloxyphenylthiophene (HPT) side chain as a hole-extension component and a benzothiadiazole (BTD) internal acceptor as a π-extension component. The co-sensitization of OD9 with the new porphyrin dye LW24 enhanced the light-harvesting ability to 800 nm; thus, a power conversion efficiency 5.5 % was achieved. Photoinduced absorption (PIA) and transient absorption spectral (TAS) techniques were applied to account for the observed trend of the open-circuit voltage (VOC ) of the devices. This work provides insights into the molecular design, photovoltaic performance, and kinetics of charge recombination.

  20. Theoretical Studies of the Interaction of Excitons with Charged Impurities in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Tayo, Benjamin O.

    A fundamental theory of the electronic and optical properties of semiconductors shows the importance of impurities, which are often unavoidable and can alter intrinsic properties of semiconductor materials substantially. While the subject of impurity doping is well understood in bulk semiconductors, the role and impact of doping in low dimensional materials like carbon nanotubes is still under investigation and there exists significant debate on the exact nature of electronic impurity levels in single-walled carbon nanotubes associated with adatoms. In this work, we address the role of impurities in single-walled carbon nanotubes. A simple model is developed for studying the interaction of bright (singlet) excitons in semiconducting single-wall nanotubes with charged impurities. The model reveals a red shift in the energy of excitonic states in the presence of an impurity, thus indicating binding of excitons in the impurity potential well. Signatures of several bound states were found in the absorption spectrum below the onset of excitonic optical transitions in the bare nanotube. The dependence of the binding energy on the model parameters, such as impurity charge and position, was determined and analytical fits were derived for a number of tubes of different diameter. The nanotube family splitting is seen in the diameter dependence, gradually decreasing with the diameter. By calculating the partial absorption coefficient for a small segment of nanotube the local nature of the wave function of the bound states was derived. Our studies provide useful insights into the role of the physical environment (here, a charged impurity atom) in the manipulation of the excited states of carbon nanotubes. We performed very detailed calculations of the electronic and optical properties of carbon nanotubes in the presence of an immobile impurity atom, thus going beyond previous many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) studies in which the carbon nanotubes were considered in vacuum