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  1. Thomas double scattering in electron capture from oriented molecular hydrogen

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    Alston, S.; Brennan, T.; Bannon, F.

    1995-11-01

    Electron capture from hydrogen molecules by protons is treated using the second-order Born approximation. Differential cross sections in an adiabatic-nuclei approximation for specific molecular orientations and for an equally weighted averaging over all orientations are presented for incident energies of 2.5 and 10 MeV. A Hartree-Fock molecular wave function and linearized-propagator approximation are employed to evaluate the amplitude. An approximate factoring of the amplitude into double scattering and diffraction (arising from the two target nuclei) components is shown to give a poor description of high-velocity molecular capture.

  2. Use of silicon pixel detectors in double electron capture experiments

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    Cermak, P.; Stekl, I.; Shitov, Yu A.; Mamedov, F.; Rukhadze, E. N.; Jose, J. M.; Cermak, J.; Rukhadze, N. I.; Brudanin, V. B.; Loaiza, P.

    2011-01-01

    A novel experimental approach to search for double electron capture (EC/EC) is discussed in this article. R&D for a new generation EC/EC spectrometer based on silicon pixel detectors (SPDs) has been conducted since 2009 for an upgrade of the TGV experiment. SPDs built on Timepix technology with a spectroscopic readout from each individual pixel are an effective tool to detect the 2νEC/EC signature of the two low energy X-rays hitting two separate pixels. The ability of SPDs to indentify α/β/γ particles and localize them precisely leads to effective background discrimination and thus considerable improvement of the signal-to-background ratio (S/B). A multi-SPD system, called a Silicon Pixel Telescope (SPT), is planned based on the experimental approach of the TGV calorimeter which measures thin foils of enriched EC/EC-isotope sandwiched between HPGe detectors working in coincidence mode. The sources of SPD internal background have been identified by measuring SPD radiopurity with a low-background HPGe detector as well as by long-term SPD background runs in the Modane underground laboratory (LSM, France), and results of these studies are presented.

  3. Recent searches for double-electron capture of nuclei to excited states

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    Povinec, P. P.; Frekers, D.; Šimkovic, F.

    2015-10-28

    Double electron capture has been of interest of many theoretical and experimental works as a possible extension of double beta-decay investigations. The neutrinoless double-electron capture, similarly as the neutrinoless double beta-decay may help to clarify if neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac particles. Results obtained in several double electron capture experiments are reviewed and new experiments to be carried out in deep underground laboratories using enriched sources and multidimensional HPGe-HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry with a few years of counting time are proposed, which should be able to improve half-lives limits by at least an order of magnitude.

  4. Limit on the radiative neutrinoless double electron capture of ^{36}Ar from GERDA Phase I

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    Agostini, M.; Allardt, M.; Bakalyarov, A. M.; Balata, M.; Barabanov, I.; Barros, N.; Baudis, L.; Bauer, C.; Bellotti, E.; Belogurov, S.; Belyaev, S. T.; Benato, G.; Bettini, A.; Bezrukov, L.; Bode, T.; Borowicz, D.; Brudanin, V.; Brugnera, R.; Caldwell, A.; Cattadori, C.; Chernogorov, A.; D'Andrea, V.; Demidova, E. V.; di Vacri, A.; Domula, A.; Doroshkevich, E.; Egorov, V.; Falkenstein, R.; Fedorova, O.; Freund, K.; Frodyma, N.; Gangapshev, A.; Garfagnini, A.; Gooch, C.; Grabmayr, P.; Gurentsov, V.; Gusev, K.; Hakenmüller, J.; Hegai, A.; Heisel, M.; Hemmer, S.; Heusser, G.; Hofmann, W.; Hult, M.; Inzhechik, L. V.; Csáthy, J. Janicskó; Jochum, J.; Junker, M.; Kazalov, V.; Kihm, T.; Kirpichnikov, I. V.; Kirsch, A.; Kish, A.; Klimenko, A.; Kneißl, R.; Knöpfle, K. T.; Kochetov, O.; Kornoukhov, V. N.; Kuzminov, V. V.; Laubenstein, M.; Lazzaro, A.; Lebedev, V. I.; Lehnert, B.; Liao, H. Y.; Lindner, M.; Lippi, I.; Lubashevskiy, A.; Lubsandorzhiev, B.; Lutter, G.; Macolino, C.; Majorovits, B.; Maneschg, W.; Medinaceli, E.; Miloradovic, M.; Mingazheva, R.; Misiaszek, M.; Moseev, P.; Nemchenok, I.; Palioselitis, D.; Panas, K.; Pandola, L.; Pelczar, K.; Pullia, A.; Riboldi, S.; Rumyantseva, N.; Sada, C.; Salamida, F.; Salathe, M.; Schmitt, C.; Schneider, B.; Schönert, S.; Schreiner, J.; Schütz, A.-K.; Schulz, O.; Schwingenheuer, B.; Selivanenko, O.; Shirchenko, M.; Simgen, H.; Smolnikov, A.; Stanco, L.; Stepaniuk, M.; Vanhoefer, L.; Vasenko, A. A.; Veresnikova, A.; von Sturm, K.; Wagner, V.; Walter, M.; Wegmann, A.; Wester, T.; Wiesinger, C.; Wilsenach, H.; Wojcik, M.; Yanovich, E.; Zhitnikov, I.; Zhukov, S. V.; Zinatulina, D.; Zuber, K.; Zuzel, G.

    2016-12-01

    Neutrinoless double electron capture is a process that, if detected, would give evidence of lepton number violation and the Majorana nature of neutrinos. A search for neutrinoless double electron capture of ^{36}Ar has been performed with germanium detectors installed in liquid argon using data from Phase I of the GERmanium Detector Array ( Gerda) experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratory of INFN, Italy. No signal was observed and an experimental lower limit on the half-life of the radiative neutrinoless double electron capture of ^{36}Ar was established: T_{1/2} > 3.6 × 10^{21} years at 90% CI.

  5. Double K-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of 125I

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    Hindi, M. M.; Kozub, R. L.

    1992-03-01

    We have measured the probability of double K-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of 125I to the 35-keV level of 125Te. The probability was deduced from the number of triple coincidences between the Te hypersatellite and satellite x rays produced in filling the double vacancy, and the subsequent normal x ray accompanying the K internal conversion of the 35-keV level. The probability of double K-shell vacancy production per K-shell electron capture (PKK) was found to be (1.35+/-0.15)×10-5.

  6. Controlled energy-selected electron capture and release in double quantum dots

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    Pont, Federico M.; Bande, Annika; Cederbaum, Lorenz S.

    2013-12-01

    Highly accurate quantum electron dynamics calculations demonstrate that energy can be efficiently transferred between quantum dots. Specifically, in a double quantum dot an incoming electron is captured by one dot and the excess energy is transferred to the neighboring dot and used to remove an electron from this dot. This process is due to long-range electron correlation and shown to be operative at rather large distances between the dots. The efficiency of the process is greatly enhanced by preparing the double quantum dot such that the incoming electron is initially captured by a two-electron resonance state of the system. In contrast to atoms and molecules in nature, double quantum dots can be manipulated to achieve this enhancement. This mechanism leads to a surprisingly narrow distribution of the energy of the electron removed in the process which is explained by resonance theory. We argue that the process could be exploited in practice.

  7. Double resonant enhancement in the neutrinoless double-electron capture of 190Pt

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    Eibach, M.; Bollen, G.; Gulyuz, K.; Izzo, C.; Redshaw, M.; Ringle, R.; Sandler, R.; Valverde, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    Background: The observation of neutrinoless double-β transitions would indicate physics beyond the standard model as the lepton number conservation is violated. For a complete degeneracy in the energy of the initial and final states, the neutrinoless double-electron capture is resonantly enhanced. This shortens the half-life to similar orders of magnitude as the neutrinoless double-β decay and expands the set of nuclei for the search of neutrinoless double-β transitions as the observation of either process would be equally likely. Purpose: To clearly identify transitions that are resonantly enhanced, among other parameters the total energy of the decay, Qɛ ɛ, needs to be measured very precisely. Of the 12 initially identified candidates, the last remaining decay without a precise Qɛ ɛ was 190Pt(0 ν ɛ ɛ )190Os . Method: The Qɛ ɛ value was determined with the Penning trap mass spectrometer LEBIT by measuring the ratio of the cyclotron frequencies of +190Pt and +190Os in a 9.4-T superconducting magnet. Result: The Qɛ ɛ value was determined to be 1401.57(47) keV with an uncertainty reduction of an order of magnitude compared to its previously known value. The absolute value is shifted by 17.17(623) keV relative to the previously accepted one. Furthermore, the mass value of 190Pt was found to be shifted by more than three standard deviations. In addition we improved the mass values for Os,190186 and 194Pt. Conclusion: Transitions to the two nuclear excited states of 190Os with 1326.9(5) and 1387.00(2) keV energy were identified to be resonantly enhanced within a 1 σ uncertainty. The significantly reduced uncertainty of Qɛ ɛ confirmed the potential for a resonantly enhanced transition.

  8. Resonant Enhancement of Neutrinoless Double-Electron Capture in Gd152

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    Eliseev, S.; Roux, C.; Blaum, K.; Block, M.; Droese, C.; Herfurth, F.; Kluge, H.-J.; Krivoruchenko, M. I.; Novikov, Yu. N.; Minaya Ramirez, E.; Schweikhard, L.; Shabaev, V. M.; Šimkovic, F.; Tupitsyn, I. I.; Zuber, K.; Zubova, N. A.

    2011-02-01

    In the search for the nuclide with the largest probability for neutrinoless double-electron capture, we have determined the Qγγ value between the ground states of Gd152 and Sm152 by Penning-trap mass-ratio measurements. The new Qγγ value of 55.70(18) keV results in a half-life of 1026yr for a 1 eV neutrino mass. With this smallest half-life among known 0νγγ transitions, Gd152 is a promising candidate for the search for neutrinoless double-electron capture.

  9. Double K-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of 139Ce

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    Hindi, M. M.; Kozub, R. L.

    1991-02-01

    The probability of double K-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of 139Ce to the 166-keV level of 139La has been investigated. Triple coincidences between the 166-keV gamma ray, the La satellite Kα x ray, and the La hypersatellite Kα x ray were measured using two intrinsic Ge detectors. We looked for the sum of two of the three radiations in one detector in coincidence with the third radiation in the other detector. The probability of double K-shell vacancy production per K-shell electron capture (PKK) was found to be (2.0+/-1.6)×10-6. From this and the known PKK for 131Cs we estimate a probability for zero K-shell vacancy production (shakedown) per K-shell electron capture of <~2.4×10-5 for 139Ce.

  10. Comment on Double K -shell ionization in the electron capture decay of sup 55 Fe''

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    Hindi, M.M.; Kozub, R.L. ); Nagy, H.J. ); Schupp, G. )

    1991-11-01

    The corrections made in a recent paper to the published values for double {ital K}-shell ionization in the electron capture decays of {sup 54}Mn and {sup 65}Zn are not applicable to the data from which these values were derived. Attention is called to a recent article that is relevant to the topic of the paper.

  11. Transition operators entering neutrinoless double electron capture to excited nuclear states

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    Vergados, J. D.

    2011-10-01

    We construct the effective transition operators relevant for neutrinoless double electron capture leading to final nuclear states different than 0+. From the structure of these operators we see that if such a process is observed experimentally, it will be very helpful in singling out the very important light neutrino mass contribution from the other lepton violating mechanisms.

  12. Double K -shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of sup 125 I

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    Hindi, M.M.; Kozub, R.L. )

    1992-03-01

    We have measured the probability of double {ital K}-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of {sup 125}I to the 35-keV level of {sup 125}Te. The probability was deduced from the number of triple coincidences between the Te hypersatellite and satellite x rays produced in filling the double vacancy, and the subsequent normal x ray accompanying the {ital K} internal conversion of the 35-keV level. The probability of double {ital K}-shell vacancy production per {ital K}-shell electron capture ({ital P}{sub {ital K}{ital K}}) was found to be (1.35{plus minus}0.15){times}10{sup {minus}5}.

  13. Radiative double electron capture in collisions of fully-stripped fluorine ions with thin carbon foils

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    Elkafrawy, Tamer Mohammad Samy

    Radiative double electron capture (RDEC) is a one-step process in ion-atom collisions occurring when two target electrons are captured to a bound state of the projectile simultaneously with the emission of a single photon. The emitted photon has approximately double the energy of the photon emitted due to radiative electron capture (REC), which occurs when a target electron is captured to a projectile bound state with simultaneous emission of a photon. REC and RDEC can be treated as time-reversed photoionization (PI) and double photoionization (DPI), respectively, if loosely-bound target electrons are captured. This concept can be formulated with the principle of detailed balance, in which the processes of our interest can be described in terms of their time-reversed ones. Fully-stripped ions were used as projectiles in the performed RDEC experiments, providing a recipient system free of electron-related Coulomb fields. This allows the target electrons to be transferred without interaction with any of the projectile electrons, enabling accurate investigation of the electron-electron interaction in the vicinity of electromagnetic field. In this dissertation, RDEC was investigated during the collision of fully-stripped fluorine ions with a thin carbon foil and the results are compared with the recent experimental and theoretical studies. In the current work, x rays associated with projectile charge-changing by single and double electron capture and no charge change by F9+ ions were observed and compared with recent work for O8+ ions and with theory. Both the F 9+ and O8+ ions had energies in the ˜MeV/u range. REC, in turn, was investigated as a means to compare with the theoretical predictions of the RDEC/REC cross section ratio. The most significant background processes including various mechanisms of x-ray emission that may interfere with the energy region of interest are addressed in detail. This enables isolation of the contributions of REC and RDEC from the

  14. Single and double electron capture in p-He and α-He collisions

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    Samaddar, S.; Halder, S.; Mondal, A.; Mandal, C. R.; Purkait, M.; Das, T. K.

    2017-03-01

    The differential and total cross sections for both single and double electron capture in collisions of {{{H}}}+ and He2+ with ground state helium atom have been studied by means of the four-body model of target continuum distorted wave (TCDW-4B) approximation in the energy range from 30 to 1000 keV amu–1. In this model, distortion in the final channel related to the Coulomb continuum states of the active electron(s) in the field of residual target ion are included. The calculations are based on the independent electron model. The present computed results are compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results. Total cross sections are found to be in good agreement with the measurements. We have also analysed differential cross sections (DCS) for both single and double electron capture in the collision of proton and α-particles with helium atoms at different projectile energies. The present DCS data exhibits the typical steeply decreasing dependence on the projectile scattering angles, but neither oscillating structures characteristic of interference effects nor peaks reminiscent of the Thomas peak are observed at different projectile energies. The obtained results for the DCS into the ground state are compared with the experimental data and overall a satisfactory agreement has been found. Finally we have also studied the variation of double to single capture differential cross-section ratios with projectile scattering angles at different impact energies.

  15. Search for double electron capture on 124Xe with the XMASS-I detector

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    Hiraide, Katsuki; XMASS Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    The XMASS project is a multi-purpose experiment using highly-purified liquid xenon scintillator located underground at the Kamioka Observatory in Japan. A search for two-neutrino double electron capture on 124Xe is performed using 165.9 days of data collected with the XMASS-I detector. No significant excess above background was observed and we set a lower limit on the half-life as 4.7 × 1021 years at 90% confidence level.

  16. Double K-shell ionization in the electron capture decay of 55Fe

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    Campbell, J. L.; Maxwell, J. A.; Teesdale, W. J.

    1991-04-01

    The probability per K capture for double K-shell ionization in the electron capture decay of 55Fe was obtained by fitting a model spectrum to the x-ray spectrum recorded to very high statistics in a high-resolution Si(Li) detector. The result, PKK=(1.3+/-0.2)×10-4, confirms the trend wherein experimental data decrease smoothly with Z, and are intermediate between the theoretical predictions of Intemann and of Suzuki and Law. Corrections to some recently published PKK values reconcile them with this trend.

  17. Double K -shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of sup 139 Ce

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    Hindi, M.M.; Kozub, R.L. )

    1991-02-01

    The probability of double {ital K}-shell vacancy production in the electron capture decay of {sup 139}Ce to the 166-keV level of {sup 139}La has been investigated. Triple coincidences between the 166-keV gamma ray, the La satellite {ital K}{alpha} x ray, and the La hypersatellite {ital K}{alpha} x ray were measured using two intrinsic Ge detectors. We looked for the sum of two of the three radiations in one detector in coincidence with the third radiation in the other detector. The probability of double {ital K}-shell vacancy production per {ital K}-shell electron capture ({ital P}{sub {ital K}{ital K}}) was found to be (2.0{plus minus}1.6){times}10{sup {minus}6}. From this and the known {ital P}{sub {ital K}{ital K}} for {sup 131}Cs we estimate a probability for zero {ital K}-shell vacancy production (shakedown) per {ital K}-shell electron capture of {approx lt}2.4{times}10{sup {minus}5} for {sup 139}Ce.

  18. Double-electron capture by highly-ionized atoms isolated at very low energy

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    Fogwell Hoogerheide, Shannon; Dreiling, Joan M.; Sahiner, Arda; Tan, Joseph N.

    2016-05-01

    Charge exchange with background gases, also known as electron capture processes, is important in the study of comets, controlled fusion energy, anti-matter atoms, and proposed one-electron ions in Rydberg states. However, there are few experiments in the very low energy regime that could be useful for further theoretical development. At NIST, highly-charged ions extracted from an electron-beam ion trap can be isolated with energy < 10 eV in a compact Penning trap. By controlling the background gas pressure and composition, the charge exchange rates can be studied. Fully stripped neon or other ions are held in the trap for varying lengths of time and allowed to interact with different background gases at multiple pressures. The ions are then pulsed to a time-of-flight detector to count the population of each charge state. Analysis using a system of rate equations yields information about the ion cloud expansion and single-electron capture rates. A substantial amount of double-electron capture is also observed. We present the relative rates and discuss the error budget. SFH and JMD were funded by National Research Council Research Associateship Awards during some of this work.

  19. Studies of electron correlation effects in multicharged ion atom collisions involving double capture

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    Stolterfoht, N.; Sommer, K.; Griffin, D.C.; Havener, C.C.; Huq, M.S.; Phaneuf, R.A.; Swenson, J.K.; Meyer, F.W.

    1988-01-01

    We review measurements of L-Coster Kronig and Auger electron production in slow, multicharged collision systems to study electron correlation effects in the process of double electron capture. The n/sup /minus/3/ law was confirmed for the production of the Coster-Kronig configurations 1s/sup 2/2pn/ell/ (n greater than or equal to 6) in O/sup 6 +/ + He collisions. Enhancement of high angular momentum /ell/ in specific 1s/sup 2/2pn/ell/ configurations was observed by means of high-resolution measurements of the Coster-Kronig lines. The importance of electron correlation effects in couplings of potential energy curves leading to the 1s/sup 2/2pn/ell/ configurations is verified by means of Landau-Zener model calculations. 32 refs., 4 figs.

  20. Electron capture decay of {sup 116}In and nuclear structure of double {beta} decays

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    Bhattacharya, M.; Garcia, A.; Ortiz, C.E.; Kaloskamis, N.I.; Hindi, M.M.; Norman, E.B.; Davids, C.N.; Civitarese, O.; Suhonen, J.

    1998-08-01

    Quasiparticle-random-phase-approximation (QRPA) calculations of double {beta} decays have not been able to reproduce data in the A=100 system. We propose the A=116 system{emdash}because of its smaller deformation{emdash}as a simpler system to test QRPA calculations. We present results of two experiments we performed, which determine the electron-capture-decay branch of {sup 116}In to be (2.27{plus_minus}0.63){times}10{sup {minus}2}{percent}, from which we deduce logft=4.39{sub {minus}0.15}{sup +0.10}. We present QRPA calculations and compare their predictions to experimental data. Finally we use these calculations to predict the 2{nu} double-{beta}-decay rate of {sup 116}Cd to the ground and excited states of {sup 116}Sn. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Search for two-neutrino double electron capture on 124Xe with the XMASS-I detector

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    Abe, K.; Hiraide, K.; Ichimura, K.; Kishimoto, Y.; Kobayashi, K.; Kobayashi, M.; Moriyama, S.; Nakagawa, K.; Nakahata, M.; Norita, T.; Ogawa, H.; Sekiya, H.; Takachio, O.; Takeda, A.; Yamashita, M.; Yang, B. S.; Kim, N. Y.; Kim, Y. D.; Tasaka, S.; Liu, J.; Martens, K.; Suzuki, Y.; Fujita, R.; Hosokawa, K.; Miuchi, K.; Oka, N.; Onishi, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Kim, Y. H.; Lee, J. S.; Lee, K. B.; Lee, M. K.; Fukuda, Y.; Itow, Y.; Kegasa, R.; Kobayashi, K.; Masuda, K.; Takiya, H.; Uchida, H.; Nishijima, K.; Fujii, K.; Murayama, I.; Nakamura, S.

    2016-08-01

    Double electron capture is a rare nuclear decay process in which two orbital electrons are captured simultaneously in the same nucleus. Measurement of its two-neutrino mode would provide a new reference for the calculation of nuclear matrix elements whereas observation of its neutrinoless mode would demonstrate lepton number violation. A search for two-neutrino double electron capture on 124Xe is performed using 165.9 days of data collected with the XMASS-I liquid xenon detector. No significant excess above background was observed and we set a lower limit on the half-life as 4.7 ×1021 years at 90% confidence level. The obtained limit has ruled out parts of some theoretical expectations. We obtain a lower limit on the 126Xe two-neutrino double electron capture half-life of 4.3 ×1021 years at 90% confidence level as well.

  2. Double electron capture between an α particle and a helium atom in the presence of an intense laser field

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    Li, Shu-Min; Miao, Yan-Gang; Zhou, Zi-Fang; Chen, Ji; Liu, Yao-Yang

    1998-05-01

    In the first Born approximation, the symmetrical double-electron-capture collision between an α particle and a helium atom in the presence of an intense laser field is studied. The capture cross section is promoted considerably and is an increasing function of the ratio of the laser amplitude to frequency. With increasing impact energy, the dressing modification becomes notable.

  3. Examination of the possible enhancement of neutrinoless double-electron capture in 78Kr

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    Bustabad, S.; Bollen, G.; Brodeur, M.; Lincoln, D. L.; Novario, S. J.; Redshaw, M.; Ringle, R.; Schwarz, S.

    2013-09-01

    Penning-trap mass spectrometry was used at the Low-Energy Beam and Ion Trap (LEBIT) facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) to investigate 78Kr, a candidate for resonantly enhanced neutrinoless double-electron capture (0νECEC). The newly determined Q value of 2847.75 (27) keV is 1.4 keV greater than the value from the most recent atomic mass evaluation [Chin. Phys. C1674-113710.1088/1674-1137/36/12/003 36, 1603 (2012)], a change of two sigma, and the uncertainty has been reduced by a factor of three. The change in the Q value shifts allowed 0νECEC in 78Kr further from resonant enhancement. With the improved determination of the Q value, all known excited states can now be confidently excluded from possible 78Se candidates that could lead to resonantly enhanced 0νECEC.

  4. Search for two-neutrino double electron capture of 124Xe with XENON100

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    Aprile, E.; Aalbers, J.; Agostini, F.; Alfonsi, M.; Amaro, F. D.; Anthony, M.; Arneodo, F.; Barrow, P.; Baudis, L.; Bauermeister, B.; Benabderrahmane, M. L.; Berger, T.; Breur, P. A.; Brown, A.; Brown, E.; Bruenner, S.; Bruno, G.; Budnik, R.; Bütikofer, L.; Calvén, J.; Cardoso, J. M. R.; Cervantes, M.; Cichon, D.; Coderre, D.; Colijn, A. P.; Conrad, J.; Cussonneau, J. P.; Decowski, M. P.; de Perio, P.; di Gangi, P.; di Giovanni, A.; Diglio, S.; Duchovni, E.; Fei, J.; Ferella, A. D.; Fieguth, A.; Franco, D.; Fulgione, W.; Gallo Rosso, A.; Galloway, M.; Gao, F.; Garbini, M.; Geis, C.; Goetzke, L. W.; Greene, Z.; Grignon, C.; Hasterok, C.; Hogenbirk, E.; Itay, R.; Kaminsky, B.; Kessler, G.; Kish, A.; Landsman, H.; Lang, R. F.; Lellouch, D.; Levinson, L.; Le Calloch, M.; Levy, C.; Lin, Q.; Lindemann, S.; Lindner, M.; Lopes, J. A. M.; Manfredini, A.; Marrodán Undagoitia, T.; Masbou, J.; Massoli, F. V.; Masson, D.; Mayani, D.; Meng, Y.; Messina, M.; Micheneau, K.; Miguez, B.; Molinario, A.; Murra, M.; Naganoma, J.; Ni, K.; Oberlack, U.; Orrigo, S. E. A.; Pakarha, P.; Pelssers, B.; Persiani, R.; Piastra, F.; Pienaar, J.; Piro, M.-C.; Plante, G.; Priel, N.; Rauch, L.; Reichard, S.; Reuter, C.; Rizzo, A.; Rosendahl, S.; Rupp, N.; Dos Santos, J. M. F.; Sartorelli, G.; Scheibelhut, M.; Schindler, S.; Schreiner, J.; Schumann, M.; Scotto Lavina, L.; Selvi, M.; Shagin, P.; Silva, M.; Simgen, H.; Sivers, M. V.; Stein, A.; Thers, D.; Tiseni, A.; Trinchero, G.; Tunnell, C. D.; Wall, R.; Wang, H.; Weber, M.; Wei, Y.; Weinheimer, C.; Wulf, J.; Zhang, Y.; Xenon Collaboration

    2017-02-01

    Two-neutrino double electron capture is a rare nuclear decay where two electrons are simultaneously captured from the atomic shell. For 124Xe this process has not yet been observed and its detection would provide a new reference for nuclear matrix element calculations. We have conducted a search for two-neutrino double electron capture from the K shell of 124Xe using 7636 kg d of data from the XENON100 dark matter detector. Using a Bayesian analysis we observed no significant excess above background, leading to a lower 90% credibility limit on the half-life T1 /2>6.5 ×1020 yr. We have also evaluated the sensitivity of the XENON1T experiment, which is currently being commissioned, and found a sensitivity of T1 /2>6.1 ×1022 yr after an exposure of 2 t yr .

  5. Electron capture branching ratio measurements in an ion trap for double beta decay experiments at TITAN

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    Brunner, T.; Brodeur, M.; Champagne, C.; Frekers, D.; Krücken, R.; Lapierre, A.; Delheij, P.; Ringle, R.; Ryjkov, V.; Smith, M.; Tanihata, I.; Dilling, J.

    2008-10-01

    Double beta decay (ββ) is a nuclear decay mode expected to appear in at least two varieties, the double-neutrino (2ν) and the zero-neutrino (0ν) mode. The 0νββ-decay is of particular interest as it requires the neutrino to be a Majorana particle. The search for such a decay is presently being carried out or planned in a number of experiments, such as EXO, MAJORANA, GERDA, CUORE, COBRA, NEMO-III and SNO+. The 0ν-decay rate depends on the neutrino mass but, unfortunately, also on a rather complex nuclear matrix element, making the extraction of the mass heavily dependent on the underlying theoretical nuclear model. However, all theoretical models can readily be tested against the 2ν mode, which, unlike its 0ν counterpart, only involves simple Gamow Teller nuclear matrix elements. These elements can be determined experimentally either through charge-exchange reactions or, for the ground-state transition, through the electron capture (EC) or single β-decay of the intermediate odd odd nucleus. The present program is geared towards the measurement of the EC branching ratios (BR). In most cases, these ratios are poorly known or not known at all, because EC is usually suppressed by several orders of magnitude compared to the β-decay counterpart due to energy considerations. Traditional methods for measuring these ratios have so far suffered from overwhelming background generated by these high-energy electrons. Recently, a unique background-free method for measuring EC branching ratios was proposed using the TITAN ion trap at the TRIUMF ISAC (Isotope Separator and ACcelerator) radioactive beam facility. The measurements will make use of the EBIT (Electron Beam Ion Trap) operating in Penning mode where electrons from the β--decay will be confined by the magnetic field. K-shell X-rays from EC will be detected by seven X-ray detectors located around the trap, thus providing orders of magnitude background suppression and thus ideal low-BR measurement environment.

  6. New search for double electron capture in {sup 106}Cd decay with the TGV-2 spectrometer

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    Briançon, Ch.; Brudanin, V. B.; Egorov, V. G.; Jose, J. M.; Klimenko, A. A.; Kovalik, A.; Rosov, S. V.; Rukhadze, E. N.; Rukhadze, N. I. Salamatin, A. V.; Timkin, V. V.; Fajt, L.; Hodak, R.; Šimkovic, F.; Shitov, Yu. A.; Špavorova, M.; Štekl, I.; Yakushev, E. A.

    2015-09-15

    A new experiment devoted to searches for double electron capture in {sup 106}Cd decay is being performed at the Modane underground laboratory (4800 mwe) with the 32-detector TGV-2 spectrometer. The limit T{sub 1/2}(2νEC/EC) > 2.0×10{sup 20} yr at a 90%confidence level (C.L.) was obtained from a preliminary analysis of data obtained over 2250 h of measurements with about 23.2 g sample enriched in the isotope {sup 106}Cd to 99.57%. The limits T{sub 1/2}(KL, 2741 keV) > 0.9 × 10{sup 20} yr and T{sub 1/2}(KK, 2718 keV) ≫ 1.4 × 10{sup 20} yr at a 90% C.L. on the neutrinoless decay of {sup 106}Cd were obtained from measurements performed with the Obelix low-background spectrometer from high-purity germanium (HPGe spectrometer) for a sample of mass about 23.2 g enriched in the isotope {sup 106}Cd.

  7. Double electron capture of {sup 106}Cd in the TGV-2 experiment

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    Rukhadze, N. I.; Egorov, V. G.; Kovalik, A.; Rozov, S. V.; Salamatin, A. V.; Timkin, V. V.; Yakushev, E. A.; Briancon, Ch.; Brudanin, V. B.; Fajt, L.; Hodák, R.; Kouba, P.; Rukhadze, E.; Rychnovský, F.; Štekl, I.; Klimenko, A. A.; Piquemal, F.; Šimkovic, F.; Shitov, Yu. A.

    2015-10-28

    A new experimental run of searching for EC/EC decay of {sup 106}Cd was performed at the Modane underground laboratory (4800 m w.e.) using the TGV-2 spectrometer and ∼23.2 g {sup 106}Cd with enrichment of 99.57%. The limit on 2νEC/EC decay of {sup 106}Cd - T{sub 1/2}(2νEC/EC) > 3.1×10{sup 20} y, at 90% C.L was obtained from the preliminary calculation of experimental data accumulated for 7018 h of measurement. The limits on the resonance neutrino-less double electron capture decay of {sup 106}Cd were obtained from the measurement of ∼23.2 g of {sup 106}Cd with the low-background HPGe spectrometer OBELIX lasted 395 h - T{sub 1/2}(KL, 2741 keV) > 0.9×10{sup 20} y and T{sub 1/2}(KK, 2718 keV) > 1.4×10{sup 20} y at 90% C.L.

  8. Degeneracy at 1871 keV in {sup 112}Cd and implications for neutrinoless double electron capture

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    Green, K. L.; Garrett, P. E.; Demand, G. A.; Grinyer, G. F.; Leach, K. G.; Phillips, A. A.; Schumaker, M. A.; Svensson, C. E.; Wong, J.; Austin, R. A. E.; Colosimo, S.; Ball, G. C.; Bandyopadhyay, D. S.; Hackman, G.; Morton, A. C.; Pearson, C. J.; Cross, D.; Kulp, W. D.; Wood, J. L.; Yates, S. W.

    2009-09-15

    High-statistics {beta}-decay measurements of {sup 112}Ag and {sup 112}In were performed to study the structure of the {sup 112}Cd nucleus. The precise energies of the doublet of levels at 1871 keV, for which the 0{sup +} member has been suggested as a possible daughter state following neutrinoless double electron capture of {sup 112}Sn, were determined to be 1871.137(72) keV (0{sub 4}{sup +} level) and 1870.743(54) keV (4{sub 2}{sup +} level). The nature of the 0{sub 4}{sup +} level, required for the calculation of the nuclear matrix element that would be needed to extract a neutrino mass from neutrinoless double electron capture to this state, is suggested to be of intruder origin.

  9. Lepton-violating β-β-, β+β+ decays, (e -, e +) conversion and double electron capture in gauge theories

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    Vergados, J. D.

    1983-05-01

    The lepton violating processes β-β-, β+β+, (e -, e +) and double electron capture have been investigated in the context of modern gauge theories. Mechanisms involving light or heavy intermediate Majorana neutrinos, with or without right-handed currents, as well as Higgs particles, have been studied. The lepton-violating emission of light bosons, recently proposed by Georgi, Glashow and Nussinov, has also been analyzed. From the analysis of the 48Ca → 48Ti data the following limits emerge: ∣ < m v > ∣ < 80 eV, m N > (2-20) × 10 3GeV, m W R > 400 GeVand g v eoverlinevex 0 < 5 × 10 -3. The above limits are then used to predict the lifetimes for β+β+, (e -, e +) and double electron capture in the A = 58, 92 and 96 systems employing realistic nuclear models.

  10. Angular distributions of single- and double-electron capture in very-slow Ar sup 6+ -Ar collisions

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    Biedermann, C.; Levin, J.C.; Short, R.T.; Elston, S.B.; Gibbons, J.P.; Kimura, K.; Keller, N.; Sellin, I.A. . Dept. of Physics Oak Ridge National Lab., TN ); Cederquist, H.; Andersson, L.R.; Andersson, H.; Liljeby, L. )

    1990-01-01

    We have measured state-resolved angular distributions of one- and two-electron capture in 32 to 800 eV Ar{sup 6+} {minus} Ar collisions. The experimental energy-gain spectra show that single-electron capture mainly populates the 5s, 5p and 4f levels. We observe detailed structures in the corresponding angular distributions, but a final interpretation has to await a quantitative analysis of the collision dynamics. We tentatively ascribe the main features in the angular distribution of true double-electron capture at Q {approximately} 26 eV (4s4f and 4s5s) and Q {approximately} 42 eV (3d4d) to processes involving two consecutive one-electron transitions. For the transfer ionization process, we measure a Q-value of {approximately}eV, which we assign to autoionizing 4s5s (or 4s4f) levels. The 4s5s, 4s4f, and 3d4d levels all reside above the first ionization limit of Ar{sup 4+}, but we find that the 3d4d level stabilizes through radiative decay. 8 refs., 4 figs.

  11. Electron-capture branch of {sup 100}Tc and tests of nuclear wave functions for double-{beta} decays.

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    Sjue, S. K. L.; Melconian, D.; Garcia, A.; Ahmad, I.; Algora, A.; Aysto, J.; Elomaa, V.-V.; Eronen, T.; Hakala, J.; Hoedl, S.; Kankainen, A.; Kessler, T.; Moore, I. D.; Naabe, F.; Penttila, H.; Rahaman, S.; Saastamoinen, A.; Swanson, H. E.; Weber, C.; Triambak, S.; Deryckx, K.; Physics; Univ. of Washington; Texas A&M Univ.; Univ. of Valencia; Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Univ. of Jyvaskyla; Univ. of Michigan

    2008-12-30

    We present a measurement of the electron-capture branch of {sup 100}Tc. Our value, B(EC) = (2.6 {+-} 0.4) x 10{sup -5}, implies that the {sup 100}Mo neutrino absorption cross section to the ground state of {sup 100}Tc is roughly 50% larger than previously thought. Disagreement between the experimental value and QRPA calculations relevant to double-{beta} decay matrix elements persists. We find agreement with previous measurements of the 539.5- and 590.8-keV {gamma}-ray intensities.

  12. Electron-capture decay of [sup 100]Tc and the double-[beta] decay of [sup 100]Mo

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    Garcia, A.; Chan, Y.; da Cruz, M.T.F.; Larimer, R.M.; Lesko, K.T.; Norman, E.B.; Stokstad, R.G.; Wietfeldt, F.E.; Zlimen, I.; Moltz, D.M.; Batchelder, J.; Ognibene, T.J. ); Hindi, M.M. )

    1993-06-01

    We have measured the electron-capture decay branch of [sup 100]Tc to be (1.8[plus minus]0.9)[times]10[sup [minus]3]%, from which we deduce log[ital ft]=4.45[sub [minus]0.30][sup +0.18]. This indicates that a two-step process connecting only the ground states of [sup 100]Mo-[sup 100]Tc-[sup 100]Ru can account for the measured 2[nu] double-[beta]-decay rate of [sup 100]Mo.

  13. Single and double electron capture from He by Ar{sup 16+} studied using cold-target recoil-ion momentum spectroscopy

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    Abdallah, M.A.; Wolff, W.; Wolf, H.E.; Kamber, E.Y.; Stoeckli, M.; Cocke, C.L.

    1998-10-01

    Single and double electron capture from He targets by Ar{sup 16+} ions have been studied at projectile velocities from 0.3 to 1.5 a.u. Cold-target recoil-ion momentum spectroscopy was used to record the energy gain and scattering angle simultaneously. For single capture, the reaction window is found to spread in width approximately as the square root of the projectile velocity and to shift slightly toward smaller energy-gain values as the velocity increases. The angular distributions center at the half Coulomb angle over most of the velocity range covered, but differ in shape from multichannel Landau-Zener model results. For double capture, transfer ionization dominates and feeds primarily n-symmetric states, where {ital n} is the principal quantum number. True double capture feeds mainly n-asymmetric states. The angular distributions for double capture lie outside the half Coulomb angle, indicating the importance of two-step processes in populating doubly excited states. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  14. Three-body theory of electron capture

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    Macek, J.

    1987-10-30

    Capture of a free electron by a positive ion is forbidden by energy-momentum conservation. Capture of a bound electron does occur since the nucleus of the target atom can recoil and thereby absorb the energy and momentum needed to maintain energy-momentum conservation. Electron capture reactions therefore involve at least three particles all playing essential dynamical roles, that is, electron capture is an inherently three-body problem. Multiple scattering theories do incorporate much of the relevant three-body dynamics but require special care to avoid singularities peculiar the Coulomb potential. Some specific formulations will be reviewed with emphasis on observed features including the Thomas double collision peak, the continuum electron capture cusp and impact parameter dependent capture probabilities.

  15. Measurement of the double K-shell vacancy creation probability in the electron-capture decay of 55Fe with active-pixel detectors

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    Michel, Thilo; Bergmann, Benedikt; Durst, Jürgen; Filipenko, Mykaylo; Gleixner, Thomas; Zuber, Kai

    2014-01-01

    Background: In electron-capture decay, a second K-shell vacancy is eventually created with a small probability. Measurements of the double-vacancy creation probability per K-shell electron capture PKK of various nuclei undergoing electron-capture decays have already been performed, but the statistical accuracy of PKK of several nuclides is still not satisfying. Purpose: The purpose of this experiment was to improve the statistical error of PKK in the decay of 55Fe and to demonstrate the possibility of detecting double-vacancy creation events with position resolving pixel detectors. This enables angle resolved measurements. Method: For the first time, two active-pixel detectors (A,B) were used to detect satellite- and hypersatellite-line photons in coincidence either both in two clusters of triggered pixels in only one detector (A,B) or in both detectors (A∧B). PKK was determined for the two detectors regarded as one single, larger detector (PKK), for each detector separately (single-sided analysis: PKK ,A⊻B), and for both detectors in coincidence (double-sided analysis: PKK ,A∧B). Results: The result of the experiment is PKK=(1.531±0.079)×10-4 with a systematic error of (ΔPKK)syst=±0.023×10-4. This value is in agreement with the value previously measured by Campbell et al. of PKK=(1.3±0.2)×10-4. The discrepancy in literature between PKK of 54Mn to the expected value extrapolated from 55Fe almost vanished with our result. The asymmetry between the result of the single-sided analysis (PKK ,A⊻B) and the double-sided analysis (PKK ,A∧B) is consistent with zero: (PKK ,A⊻B-PKK ,A∧B)/(PKK ,A⊻B+PKK ,A∧B)=-0.003±0.051. This supports the assumption that angular correlations between the two photons are negligible within the achieved level of statistical accuracy for the given angular acceptance of our detectors. Conclusions: One can conclude that hybrid photon counting pixel detectors can be used to measure angular correlations between the directions

  16. Orbital electron capture by the nucleus

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    Bambynek, W.; Behrens, H.; Chen, M. H.; Crasemann, B.; Fitzpatrick, M. L.; Ledingham, K. W. D.; Genz, H.; Mutterer, M.; Intemann, R. L.

    1976-01-01

    The theory of nuclear electron capture is reviewed in the light of current understanding of weak interactions. Experimental methods and results regarding capture probabilities, capture ratios, and EC/Beta(+) ratios are summarized. Radiative electron capture is discussed, including both theory and experiment. Atomic wave function overlap and electron exchange effects are covered, as are atomic transitions that accompany nuclear electron capture. Tables are provided to assist the reader in determining quantities of interest for specific cases.

  17. Isotope separation by photoselective dissociative electron capture

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    Stevens, Charles G. [Pleasanton, CA

    1978-08-29

    A method of separating isotopes based on photoselective electron capture dissociation of molecules having an electron capture cross section dependence on the vibrational state of the molecule. A molecular isotope source material is irradiated to selectively excite those molecules containing a desired isotope to a predetermined vibrational state having associated therewith an electron capture energy region substantially non-overlapping with the electron capture energy ranges associated with the lowest vibration states of the molecules. The isotope source is also subjected to electrons having an energy corresponding to the non-overlapping electron capture region whereby the selectively excited molecules preferentially capture electrons and dissociate into negative ions and neutrals. The desired isotope may be in the negative ion product or in the neutral product depending upon the mechanism of dissociation of the particular isotope source used. The dissociation product enriched in the desired isotope is then separated from the reaction system by conventional means. Specifically, .sup.235 UF.sub.6 is separated from a UF.sub.6 mixture by selective excitation followed by dissociative electron capture into .sup.235 UF.sub.5 - and F.

  18. Isotope separation by photoselective dissociative electron capture

    DOEpatents

    Stevens, C.G.

    1978-08-29

    Disclosed is a method of separating isotopes based on photoselective electron capture dissociation of molecules having an electron capture cross section dependence on the vibrational state of the molecule. A molecular isotope source material is irradiated to selectively excite those molecules containing a desired isotope to a predetermined vibrational state having associated therewith an electron capture energy region substantially non-overlapping with the electron capture energy ranges associated with the lowest vibration states of the molecules. The isotope source is also subjected to electrons having an energy corresponding to the non-overlapping electron capture region whereby the selectively excited molecules preferentially capture electrons and dissociate into negative ions and neutrals. The desired isotope may be in the negative ion product or in the neutral product depending upon the mechanism of dissociation of the particular isotope source used. The dissociation product enriched in the desired isotope is then separated from the reaction system by conventional means. Specifically, [sup 235]UF[sub 6] is separated from a UF[sub 6] mixture by selective excitation followed by dissociative electron capture into [sup 235]UF[sub 5]- and F. 2 figs.

  19. Radiative electron capture by channeled ions

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    Pitarke, J.M. . Zientzi Fakultatea); Ritchie, R.H. Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics)

    1989-01-01

    Considerable experimental data have been accumulated relative to the emission of photons accompanying electron capture by swift, highly stripped atoms penetrating crystalline matter under channeling conditions. Recent data suggest that the photon energies may be less than that expected from simple considerations of transitions from the valence band of the solid to hydrogenic states on the moving ion. We have studied theoretically the impact parameter dependence of the radiative electron capture (REC) process, the effect of the ion's wake and the effect of capture from inner shells of the solid on the photon emission probability, using a statistical approach. Numerical comparisons of our results with experiment are made. 13 refs., 6 figs.

  20. Polysulfide intercalated layered double hydroxides for metal capture applications

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    Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Ma, Shulan

    2017-04-04

    Polysulfide intercalated layered double hydroxides and methods for their use in vapor and liquid-phase metal capture applications are provided. The layered double hydroxides comprise a plurality of positively charged host layers of mixed metal hydroxides separated by interlayer spaces. Polysulfide anions are intercalated in the interlayer spaces.

  1. Maximum entropy theory of recoil charge distributions in electron-capture collisions

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    Aberg, T.; Blomberg, A.; Tulkki, J.; Goscinski, O.

    1984-04-02

    A generalized Fermi-Dirac distribution is derived and applied to charge-state distributions in single collisions between multiply charged ions and rare-gas atoms. It relates multiple electron loss in single-electron capture to multiple ionization in multiphoton absorption and discloses inner-shell vacancy formation in double- and triple-electron capture.

  2. EVOLUTION OF PROGENITORS FOR ELECTRON CAPTURE SUPERNOVAE

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    Takahashi, Koh; Umeda, Hideyuki; Yoshida, Takashi E-mail: umeda@astron.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp

    2013-07-01

    We provide progenitor models for electron capture supernovae (ECSNe) with detailed evolutionary calculation. We include minor electron capture nuclei using a large nuclear reaction network with updated reaction rates. For electron capture, the Coulomb correction of rates is treated and the contribution from neutron-rich isotopes is taken into account in each nuclear statistical equilibrium (NSE) composition. We calculate the evolution of the most massive super asymptotic giant branch stars and show that these stars undergo off-center carbon burning and form ONe cores at the center. These cores become heavier up to the critical mass of 1.367 M{sub Sun} and keep contracting even after the initiation of O+Ne deflagration. Inclusion of minor electron capture nuclei causes convective URCA cooling during the contraction phase, but the effect on the progenitor evolution is small. On the other hand, electron capture by neutron-rich isotopes in the NSE region has a more significant effect. We discuss the uniqueness of the critical core mass for ECSNe and the effect of wind mass loss on the plausibility of our models for ECSN progenitors.

  3. Electron capture in carbon dwarf supernovae

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    Mazurek, T. J.; Truran, J. W.; Cameron, A. G. W.

    1974-01-01

    The rates of electron capture on heavier elements under the extreme conditions predicted for dwarf star supernovae have been computed, incorporating modifications that seem to be indicated by present experimental results. An estimate of the maximum possible value of such rates is also given. The distribution of nuclei in nuclear statistical equilibrium has been calculated for the range of expected supernovae conditions, including the effects of the temperature dependence of nuclear partition functions. These nuclide abundance distributions are then used to compute nuclear equilibrium thermodynamic properties. The effects of the electron capture on such equilibrium matter are discussed. In the context of the 'carbon detonation' supernova model, the dwarf central density required to ensure core collapse to a neutron star configuration is found to be slightly higher than that obtained by Bruenn (1972) with the electron capture rates of Hansen (1966).-

  4. Double coupled electron shuttle

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    Prada, M.; Platero, G.

    2012-10-01

    A nanoshuttle consisting of two movable islands connected in series and integrated between two contacts is studied. We evaluate the electron transport through the system in the presence of a source-drain voltage with and without an rf excitation. We evaluate the response of the system in terms of the net direct current enhanced by the mechanical motion of the oscillators. An introduction to the charge stability diagram is given in terms of electrochemical potentials and mechanical displacements. The low capacitance of the islands allows the observation of Coulomb blockade even at room temperature. Using radio frequency excitations, the nonlinear dynamics of the system is studied. The oscillators can be tuned to unstable regions where mechanically assisted transfer of electrons can further increase the amplitude of motion, resulting of a net energy being pumped into the system. The resulting amplified response can be exploited to design a mechanical motion detector of nanoscale objects.

  5. Neutrino mass, electron capture, and the shake-off contributions

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    Faessler, Amand; Gastaldo, Loredana; Šimkovic, Fedor

    2017-04-01

    Electron capture can determine the electron neutrino mass, while the β decay of tritium measures the electron antineutrino mass and the neutrinoless double β decay observes the Majorana neutrino mass. In electron capture, e.g., Ho16367+e-→Dy16366*+νe , one can determine the electron neutrino mass from the upper end of the decay spectrum of the excited Dy, which is given by the Q value minus the neutrino mass. The excitation of Dy is described by one, two, and even three hole excitations limited by the Q value. These states decay by x-ray and Auger electron emissions. The total decay energy is measured in a bolometer. These excitations have been studied by Robertson and by Faessler et al. In addition the daughter atom Dy can also be excited by moving in the capture process one (or more) electrons into the continuum. The escape of these continuum electrons is automatically included in the experimental bolometer spectrum. Recently a method developed by Intemann and Pollock was used by DeRujula and Lusignoli for a rough estimate of this shake-off process for "s " wave electrons in capture on 163Ho. The purpose of the present work is to give a more reliable description of "s " wave shake-off in electron capture on holmium. One uses the sudden approximation to calculate the spectrum of the decay of Dy16366* after electron capture on Ho16367. For that one needs very accurate atomic wave functions of Ho in its ground state and excited atomic wave functions of Dy including a description of the continuum electrons. DeRujula and Lusignoli use screened nonrelativistic Coulomb wave functions for the Ho electrons 3 s and 4 s and calculate the Dy* states by first-order perturbation theory based on Ho. In the present approach the wave functions of Ho and Dy* are determined self-consistently with the antisymmetrized relativistic Dirac-Hartree-Fock approach. The relativistic continuum electron wave functions for the ionized Dy* are obtained in the corresponding self

  6. Measurement of double-radiative pion capture on hydrogen

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    Tripathi, Sugata

    The first measurement of double radiative pion capture on hydrogen is presented. The experiment was conducted at the TRIUMF cyclotron using the RMC spectrometer, and detected gamma-ray coincidences following pi - stops in liquid hydrogen. The branching ratio for the double radiative capture reaction was found to be (3.05 +/- 0.27 (stat.) +/- 0.31 (syst.)) x 10-5. The measured branching ratio and angle-energy distributions support the theoretical prediction of a dominant contribution from the pi-pi + → gammagamma annihilation mechanism.

  7. Electron capture from solids by positrons

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    Howell, R.

    1987-08-01

    The capture of electrons in solids is modified from that in gasses by several factors. The most important is the collective interaction of the electrons which results in a density of electron states in the solid in wide bands. Also the high density of electrons in many solids gives a high frequency of interaction as compared to gasses, and quickly destroys any electron-positron states in the metal matrix. Consequently, most positrons implanted in a metal will rapidly thermalize, and unless they reach the surface will annihilate with an electron in an uncorrelated state. Positronium formation from positrons scattered at a metal surface is analogous to ion neutralization however, most of the positronium comes from positrons passing through the surface from the bulk. The dominant motivation for studying positronium formation has been the hope that the distribution of the electrons at the surface would be obtained through the annihilation properties of positrons trapped at the surface or through analysis of the energy and angular distributions of the positronium emitted into the vacuum. These distributions have been measured and are included in this paper. 17 refs.

  8. Can electron capture tell us the mass of the neutrino?

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    Faessler, Amand; Šimkovic, F.

    2016-04-01

    The neutrino masses are one of the most important open problems in particle physics. Presently major efforts are underway to measure the electron antineutrino-mass by the triton beta decay [1] and the effective Majorana neutrino mass by the double beta decay [2]. The best way to determine the neutrino mass by electron capture was assumed to be in {}163{Ho}. The total decay energy of the excited daughter atom has for all excitations the same upper energy limit of the Q-value minus the mass of the electron neutrino. Recently Robertson [3] claimed, that the excitation of the two-hole states makes the determination of the neutrino mass by this method practically impossible. But Faessler and Simkovic [4] showed, that the influence of the two-hole states is less than 1% near the Q-value, the area relevant for the determination of the neutrino mass. Even weaker are the contributions of the three-hole states [5]. The upper end of the calorimetric deexcitation spectrum of Dy is dominated by the highest energy one-hole resonance. With a Lorentzian profile of this resonance one has to fit after including the experimental sensitivity four parameters: (1) the neutrino mass, (2) the Q-value, (3) the width of the resonance and (4) its strength. This contribution discusses the problems of the determination of the neutrino mass by electron capture in {}163{Ho}. The conclusion of this work is, that the determination of the electron neutrino mass by electron capture in {}163{Ho} is difficult, but (probably) not impossible.

  9. Muon capture on light isotopes in Double Chooz

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    Strait, M.; Double Chooz Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    Using the Double Chooz reactor neutrino detector, we have measured the products of µ ‑ capture on 12C, 13C, 14N and 16O. Over a period of 490 days, we collected 2.3 × 106 stopping cosmic µ ‑, of which 1.8 × 105 captured on these nuclei in the inner detector. The resulting isotopes were tagged using prompt neutron emission (when applicable), the subsequent beta decays, and, in some cases, β-delayed neutrons. Production of these βn isotopes, primarily 9Li, which are {{{ν _e}} \\over {{ν _μ }}} backgrounds, was found at a significance of 5.5σ. The probability of 9Li production per capture on natC is (2.4 ± 0.9(stat) ± 0.1(syst)) × 10‑4. We have made the most precise measurement of the rate of 12C(µ ‑, ν)12B to date, 6.57 - 0.21 + 0.11 × {10^3}{{ }}{{{s}} - 1},{{ or }}≤ft( {17.35 - 0.59 + 0.35} \\right)% of nuclear captures. By tagging excited states emitting gammas, the ground state transition rate to 12B is found to be 5.68 - 0.23 + 0.14 × {10^3}{{ }}{{{s}} - 1}.

  10. Absolute measurements of electron capture cross sections of C3+ from atomic and molecular hydrogen

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    Sant'Anna, M. M.; Melo, W. S.; Santos, A. C. F.; Shah, M. B.; Sigaud, G. M.; Montenegro, E. C.

    2000-02-01

    Absolute measurements of single- and double-electron-capture cross sections by C3+ projectiles on atomic and molecular hydrogen targets were performed for projectile energies between 1.0 and 3.5 MeV for the single- and 1.0 and 2.0 MeV for the double-capture processes. The icons/Journals/Common/sigma" ALT="sigma" ALIGN="TOP"/> H /icons/Journals/Common/sigma" ALT="sigma" ALIGN="TOP"/> H2 cross section ratios were measured using an absolutely calibrated tungsten-tube furnace for the production of atomic hydrogen. The single-capture data are compared with calculations based on the boundary-corrected first Born approximation, the eikonal approximation and a semiclassical model, presenting a good overall agreement. Calculations for the double capture using an analytical expression, obtained within the independent electron approximation and based on the same semiclassical model, give a reasonable qualitative description of the data.

  11. Electron capture and single ionization in H+ + Ar collisions: classical calculations

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    Frémont, F.

    2016-03-01

    A classical model is used to study electron capture and single ionization (SI) following H+ + Ar collisions at projectile energies varying from 400 to 40 keV. In the present model, the Ar electrons are treated independently from each other, and only the 3s and 3p electrons are supposed to be captured by the projectile. In addition, a Coulombic potential with an effective charge Z eff = 6.75, derived from Slater rules, is used in the calculations to simulate the screening of the Ar nucleus due to the presence of the core and 2l electrons. Total cross sections for single electron capture and SI are calculated and compared with previous experiments and earlier calculations based on a semiclassical approach. The reasonable agreement we observed allows a preliminary study of double electron capture (DC). The total cross section for DC is found to be much larger than the experimental one. Possible reasons for this disagreement are discussed.

  12. Electron temperature differences and double layers

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    Chan, C.; Hershkowitz, N.; Lonngren, K. E.

    1983-01-01

    Electron temperature differences across plasma double layers are studied experimentally. It is shown that the temperature differences across a double layer can be varied and are not a result of thermalization of the bump-on-tail distribution. The implications of these results for electron thermal energy transport in laser-pellet and tandem-mirror experiments are also discussed.

  13. Consequences of nuclear electron capture in core collapse supernovae.

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    Hix, W R; Messer, O E B; Mezzacappa, A; Liebendörfer, M; Sampaio, J; Langanke, K; Dean, D J; Martínez-Pinedo, G

    2003-11-14

    The most important weak nuclear interaction to the dynamics of stellar core collapse is electron capture, primarily on nuclei with masses larger than 60. In prior simulations of core collapse, electron capture on these nuclei has been treated in a highly parametrized fashion, if not ignored. With realistic treatment of electron capture on heavy nuclei come significant changes in the hydrodynamics of core collapse and bounce. We discuss these as well as the ramifications for the postbounce evolution in core collapse supernovae.

  14. Anti-Capture to the Continuum via a Double Collision Mechanism in (e,2e) Collisions

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    Ward, S. J.; Roth, E. G.; Guo, B. N.; Golden, D. E.; Mueller, D. W.

    1997-04-01

    Recently, anti-capture to the continuum occurring via the (Thomas) double collision mechanism has been reported.(D. E. Golden, J. Xu, D. W. Mueller and J. Bernhard, Nucl. Inst. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 99) 202 (1995).^,(D. E. Golden, Z. Xu, J. Bernhard and D. W. Mueller, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 29) 3741 (1996). The doubly differential cross section was measured in coplanar geometry for electron-impact ionization of argon at a 1000 eV incident energy. The cross section is differential with respect to the solid angle of the ejected electron and scattered electron. The detector (split anode detector) measures the two outgoing electrons at approximately the same angle. Both a sharp dip---the signature of anti-electron capture to the continuum---and the Thomas peak were observed in the cross section. We computed the doubly differential cross section for electron-impact ionization of hydrogen. This was done by including in the Bethe-Born approximation a normalization factor that approximately incorporates electron-electron interactions in the final state. We considered hydrogen both in the ground state and the 2p excited state and were able to reproduce the main features of the measurements.

  15. Double-shot MeV electron diffraction and microscopy

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    Musumeci, P.; Cesar, D.; Maxson, J.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we study by numerical simulations a time-resolved MeV electron scattering mode where two consecutive electron pulses are used to capture the evolution of a material sample on 10 ps time scales. The two electron pulses are generated by illuminating a photocathode in a radiofrequency photogun by two short laser pulses with adjustable delay. A streak camera/deflecting cavity is used after the sample to project the two electron bunches on two well separated regions of the detector screen. By using sufficiently short pulses, the 2D spatial information from each snapshot can be preserved. This “double-shot” technique enables the efficient capture of irreversible dynamics in both diffraction and imaging modes. In this work, we demonstrate both modes in start-to-end simulations of the UCLA Pegasus MeV microscope column. PMID:28612040

  16. Double-shot MeV electron diffraction and microscopy

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    Musumeci, P.; Cesar, D.; Maxson, J.

    2017-05-19

    Here in this paper, we study by numerical simulations a time-resolved MeV electron scattering mode where two consecutive electron pulses are used to capture the evolution of a material sample on 10 ps time scales. The two electron pulses are generated by illuminating a photocathode in a radiofrequency photogun by two short laser pulses with adjustable delay. A streak camera/deflecting cavity is used after the sample to project the two electron bunches on two well separated regions of the detector screen. By using sufficiently short pulses, the 2D spatial information from each snapshot can be preserved. This “double-shot” technique enablesmore » the efficient capture of irreversible dynamics in both diffraction and imaging modes. Finally, in this work, we demonstrate both modes in start-to-end simulations of the UCLA Pegasus MeV microscope column.« less

  17. Controlled double-slit electron diffraction

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    Bach, Roger; Pope, Damian; Liou, Sy-Hwang; Batelaan, Herman

    2013-03-01

    Double-slit diffraction is a corner stone of quantum mechanics. It illustrates key features of quantum mechanics: interference and the particle-wave duality of matter. In 1965, Richard Feynman presented a thought experiment to show these features. Here we demonstrate the full realization of his famous thought experiment. By placing a movable mask in front of a double-slit to control the transmission through the individual slits, probability distributions for single- and double-slit arrangements were observed. Also, by recording single electron detection events diffracting through a double-slit, a diffraction pattern was built up from individual events.

  18. Neutronic effects on tungsten-186 double neutron capture

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    Garland, Marc Alan

    Rhenium-188, a daughter product of tungsten-188, is an isotope of great interest in therapeutic nuclear medicine, being used in dozens of laboratory and clinical investigations worldwide. Applications include various cancer therapy strategies, treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of restenosis following coronary artery angioplasty, and palliation of bone pain associated with cancer metastases. With its half-life of 17 hours, 2.12 MeV (maximum) beta-particle emission, chemical similarity to technetium-99m (the most widely used diagnostic radioisotope), and its availability in a convenient tungsten-188/rhenium-188 generator system, rhenium-188 is a superb candidate for a broad range of applications. Production of 188W is typically via double neutron capture by 186W in a high flux nuclear reactor, predominantly the High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Experience at HFIR has shown that production yields (measured in Ci of 188W produced per g of 186W target) decrease considerably as target size increases. While the phenomenon of neutron resonance self-shielding would be expected to produce such an effect, temperature effects on neutron flux distribution and neutron capture rates may also be involved. Experimental investigations of these phenomena have not been previously performed. The work presented in this thesis evaluates the factors that contribute to the decrease in 188W yield from both theoretical and experimental standpoints. Neutron self-shielding and temperature effects were characterized to develop a strategy for target design that would optimize production yield, an important factor in minimizing health care costs. It was determined that decrease in yield due to neutron self-shielding can be attributed to depletion of epithermal neutrons at resonant energies, most significantly within the initial 0.4 mm depth of the target. The results from these studies further show that 188W yield in the interior of the

  19. Electron-impact double ionization of magnesium

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    Ford, M.J.; El-Marji, B.; Doering, J.P.; Moore, J.H.; Coplan, M.A.; Cooper, J.W.

    1998-01-01

    Electron-impact double-ionization cross sections differential in the angles of the two ejected electrons have been measured at impact energies of 422 and 1052 eV. The energies of the ejected electrons were fixed at 100 eV each. The cross sections are very different at the two incident energies. At 1052 eV the ejected electrons are preferentially found in the forward direction with respect to the incident beam. At 422 eV they are found in the forward and backward directions with approximately equal probability. The 422-eV cross sections are largest when the incident-electron and ejected-electron momentum vectors lie in a common plane. The observations are discussed in the context of several models for double ionization. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Modified Faddeev treatment of electron capture

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    Alston, S. |

    1996-09-01

    The Faddeev multiple-scattering formalism in second order is modified to treat lower projectile energies. The electronic part of the amplitude is evaluated using a Hartree-Fock approximation to the helium wave function and a consistent screened target potential for the active electron. Off-energy-shell scattering states appearing in the electronic part of the full amplitude are corrected for loss of normalization. The high velocity Faddeev nuclear-scattering contribution is normalized to the eikonally transformed electronic amplitude at large angles. An application to proton-helium collisions at 293 keV shows good agreement with the experimental data. The effects of the various approximations are studied. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  1. Electron acceleration in stochastic double layers

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    Lotko, William

    1987-01-01

    Transversely localized double layers evolve randomly in turbulent regions of strongly magnetized plasma carrying current along the magnetic field. Results from numerical simulations and spacecraft observations in the auroral plasma indicate that the parallel electric field in such regions is microscopically intermittent or stochastic. The implications of stochastic double layer fields on electron acceleration will be discussed in terms of a statistical process involving ensemble averages over test particle motion. A Fokker-Planck equation can be derived for the electron phase space density, which depends on the mean and rms amplitudes of the double layers, the mean double layer density, and the initial electron velocity distribution. It is shown that the resulting electron acceleration is very sensitive to the ratio of the initial electron energy to the rms double layer amplitude. When this ratio is large, the acceleration process differs little from that expected in a dc electric field. When it is small, stochastic heating competes with directed acceleration. Evidence for both cases can be found in the auroral ionosphere in association with so-called inverted-V precipitation and collimated edge precipitation.

  2. Precision Measurement of Nuclear Electron Capture Decay

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    Koltick, David; Liu, Shih-Chieh; Wang, Haoyu; Heim, Jordan; Nistor, Jonathan

    2017-01-01

    The method of accurately measuring the radioactive decay constant of a isotope by measuring the decay rate as a function of time requires that both the detector and environment be stable over time periods comparable to the life-time of the isotope. In addition statistical accuracy requires initial counting rates be high but limited by the dead time capability of the data collection system and the detectors double-event resolving time. A High Purity Germanium (HPGe) spectrometer, sensitive to radiation from 3-KeV to over 3-MeV, has been built to measure radioactive decay constants to a level of 10-5 10-6 at a location only 6 meters from the core of the High Flux Isotope Reactor located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Such accuracy requires understanding of, background, signal-processing algorithms, and both the double and triple event pile-up in the observed spectrum. The approach taken is to fit the collected energy spectrum with invariant shapes, independent of event rate. By fixing the source-detector geometry and environmental conditions, the invariant shapes are (1) ideal energy spectrum without pile-up and background, (2) the ideal double event pile-up spectrum, (3) the ideal triple event pile-up spectrum, and (4) the stable background spectrum. A method is presented that finds these ideal shapes using the collected data in situ. Taking this approach the HPGe detector photopeak shape in the absence of background and pile-up is presented showing associated structure over a range of 7 orders of magnitude.

  3. Resonant electron capture by orotic acid molecules

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    Muftakhov, M. V.; Shchukin, P. V.; Khatymov, R. V.

    2017-09-01

    Resonant electron attachment by orotic acid molecules (6-COOH-uracil) are studied in the energy range of 0-14 eV via negative ion mass spectrometry. Molecular ions, whose lifetimes relative to electron autodetachment are found to be 300 μs are recorded in the region of thermal electron energies; they form in the valence state through a vibration-excited resonance mechanism. Unlike unsubstituted uracil, most dissociative processes occur in the low-energy region of <4 eV and are due to carboxylic anions. An absolute cross section of 2.4 × 10-17 cm2 is found for the most intense fragment ions [M-H]- at an output energy of 1.33 eV. The kinetics of decarboxylation is considered for these ions. This could be a model reaction for the last stage of uridine monophosphate biosynthesis.

  4. Radiative electron capture in nonequilibrium plasmas

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    Milchberg, H.M.; Weisheit, J.C.

    1982-01-19

    Formulae have been obtained for the degree of linear polarization of recombination radiation from a homogeneous plasma having an anisotropic electron velocity distribution, f(v vector), characterized by an axis of symmetry. Polarization measurements are described which utilize these formulae to determine aspects of the anisotropy such as the symmetry axis direction and the lowest order even angular moments of f(v vector). As a special case, if the plasma conforms to a distribution such as a bi-Maxwellian with drift, one can determine the quantities u/sub D//T/sub parallel to/ and (1/T/sub parallel to/ - 1/T/sub perpendicular to/) which involve the electron drift speed, and the perpendicular and parallel electron temperatures. Also, the radiative recombination rate has been calculated for ions whose speeds are comparable to or greater than the electron thermal speed. The change in the rate is small for thermonuclear products in fusion plasmas, but large for cosmic rays in interstellar plasma.

  5. Electron emission from single-electron capture with simultaneous single-ionization reactions in 30-keV/u He{sup 2+}-on-argon collisions

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    Ma, X.; Zhang, S. F.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Li, B.; Liu, H. P.; Zhang, R. T.; Guo, D. L.; Yan, S. C.; Zhang, P. J.; Wang, Q.; Li, C. Y.; Wang, J. G.

    2011-05-15

    Electron emission from the single-electron capture with simultaneous single ionization in 30 keV/u He{sup 2+} on argon was investigated using a reaction microscope, providing the electron energy spectra and momentum distributions. Intensive peaks for electrons with near-zero kinetic energies have been observed. It is demonstrated that mechanisms contributing to the electron emission include direct transfer ionization (DTI), double-electron capture with autoionization (DECA), and single-electron capture with autoionization (SECA) of target. Comparison of resonance energies shows that Ar{sup +} ions in SECA decay mainly through the 3s3p{sup 5}3d states by emitting Auger electrons, and He** in DECA decay through the 2l2l' states. The dependence of electron emission on the transverse momentum exchange has been studied. In the transfer ionization channel studied here, the DTI process dominates the electron emission, and no saddle point electron mechanism has been found.

  6. Electron emission from single-electron capture with simultaneous single-ionization reactions in 30-keV/u He2+-on-argon collisions

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    Ma, X.; Zhang, R. T.; Zhang, S. F.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Guo, D. L.; Li, B.; Liu, H. P.; Li, C. Y.; Wang, J. G.; Yan, S. C.; Zhang, P. J.; Wang, Q.

    2011-05-01

    Electron emission from the single-electron capture with simultaneous single ionization in 30 keV/u He2+ on argon was investigated using a reaction microscope, providing the electron energy spectra and momentum distributions. Intensive peaks for electrons with near-zero kinetic energies have been observed. It is demonstrated that mechanisms contributing to the electron emission include direct transfer ionization (DTI), double-electron capture with autoionization (DECA), and single-electron capture with autoionization (SECA) of target. Comparison of resonance energies shows that Ar+ ions in SECA decay mainly through the 3s3p53d states by emitting Auger electrons, and He** in DECA decay through the 2l2l' states. The dependence of electron emission on the transverse momentum exchange has been studied. In the transfer ionization channel studied here, the DTI process dominates the electron emission, and no saddle point electron mechanism has been found.

  7. Electron-capture delayed fission properties of 244Es

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    Shaughnessy, Dawn A.; Gregorich, Kenneth E.; Adams, Jeb L.; Lane, Michael R.; Laue, Carola A.; Lee, Diana M.; McGrath, Christopher A.; Ninov, Victor; Patin, Joshua B.; Strellis, Dan A.; Sylwester, Eric R.; Wilk, Philip A.; Hoffman, Darleane C.

    2001-03-16

    Electron-capture delayed fission was observed in {sup 244}Es produced via the {sup 237}Np({sup 12}C,5n){sup 244}Es reaction at 81 MeV (on target) with a production cross section of 0.31{+-}0.12 {micro}b. The mass-yield distribution of the fission fragments is highly asymmetric. The average preneutron-emission total kinetic energy of the fragments was measured to be 186{+-}19 MeV. Based on the ratio of the number of fission events to the measured number of {alpha} decays from the electron-capture daughter {sup 244}Cf (100% {alpha} branch), the probability of delayed fission was determined to be (1.2{+-}0.4) x 10{sup -4}. This value for the delayed fission probability fits the experimentally observed trend of increasing delayed fission probability with increasing Q value for electron-capture.

  8. The role of conformation on electron capture dissociation of ubiquitin.

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    Robinson, Errol W; Leib, Ryan D; Williams, Evan R

    2006-10-01

    Effects of protein conformation on electron capture dissociation (ECD) were investigated using high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Under the conditions of these experiments, the electron capture efficiency of ubiquitin 6+ formed from three different solution compositions differs significantly, ranging from 51 +/- 7% for ions formed from an acidified water/methanol solution to 88 +/- 2% for ions formed from a buffered aqueous solution. This result clearly indicates that these protein ions retain a memory of their solution-phase structure and that conformational differences can be probed in an ECD experiment. Multiple conformers for the 7+ and 8+ charge states of ubiquitin were separated using FAIMS. ECD spectra of conformer selected ions of the same charge states differ both in electron capture efficiency and in the fragment ion intensities. Conformers of a given charge state that have smaller collisional cross sections can have either a larger or smaller electron capture efficiency. A greater electron capture efficiency was observed for ubiquitin 6+ that has the same collisional cross section as one ubiquitin 7+ conformer, despite the lower charge state. These results indicate that the shape of the molecule can have a greater effect on electron capture efficiency than either collisional cross section or charge state alone. The cleavage locations of different conformers of a given charge state were the same indicating that the presence of different conformers in the gas phase is not due to difference in where charges are located, but rather reflect conformational differences most likely originating from solution. Small neutral losses observed from the singly- and doubly-reduced ubiquitin 6+ do not show a temperature dependence to their formation, consistent with these ions being formed by nonergodic processes.

  9. Measurement of internal conversion electrons from Gd neutron capture

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    Kandlakunta, P.; Cao, L. R.; Mulligan, P.

    2013-03-01

    Gadolinium (Gd) is a suitable material for neutron conversion because of its superior neutron absorption cross-section. However, the principal secondary particles that generate electron-hole pairs in a semiconductor detector after Gd neutron capture are low-energy internal conversion (IC) electrons. We measured the IC electron spectrum due to Gd neutron capture by using a thermal neutron beam and a digitizer-based multidetector spectroscopy. We also discussed the effective use of the IC electrons in the context of a twin-detector design and the associated gamma-ray rejection issues. Extensive simulations of the spectra of IC electrons and gamma rays agreed well with the experimental results; both types of results support the feasibility of the proposed n-γ separation method.

  10. Theory of nuclear excitation by electron capture for heavy ions

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Scheid, Werner; Harman, Zoltán

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the resonant process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC), in which a continuum electron is captured into a bound state of an ion with the simultaneous excitation of the nucleus. In order to derive the cross section a Feshbach projection operator formalism is introduced. Nuclear states and transitions are described by a nuclear collective model and making use of experimental data. Transition rates and total cross sections for NEEC followed by the radiative decay of the excited nucleus are calculated for various heavy-ion collision systems.

  11. Simple electron beam guiding system including automatic capture circuitry

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    Stein, W.; Schulenburg, M.; Freund, F.

    1980-08-01

    The spatial stability of the point of impact of an electron beam is a stringent requirement in some experiments such as soft x-ray spectroscopy using a focussing curved crystal spectrometer. The occasinally poor design of moderately priced electron guns, thermal instabilities, electromagnetic stray fields and so on, make spot stabilization an arduous task. The problem can be solved to some extent by a simple electron beam guiding system: a small fraction of the electron beam is captured by a metal wire mounted in the vicinity of the target. The beam position is fixed, if this fraction is controlled by a feedback loop via the deflection plates of the gun.

  12. Electron Capture Reactions and Beta Decays in Steller Environments

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    Suzuki, T.; Mao, H.; Honma, M.; Yoshida, T.; Kajino, T.; Otsuka, T.

    2011-10-28

    Electron capture reactions on Ni and Co isotopes are investigated by shell model calculations in steller environments. The capture rates depend sensitively on the distribution of the Gamow-Teller (GT) strength. The capture rates obtained by using GXPF1J Hamiltonian for fp-shell are found to be consistent with the rates obtained from experimental GT strength in {sup 58}Ni and {sup 60}Ni. Capture rates in Co isotopes, where there were large discrepancies among previous calculations, are also investigated. Beta decays of the N = 126 isotones are studied by shell model calculations taking into account both the GT and first-forbidden (FF) transitions. The FF transitions are found to be important to reduce the half-lives by twice to several times of those by the GT contributions only. Implications of the short half-lives of the waiting point nuclei on the r-process nucleosynthesis are discussed for various astrophysical conditions.

  13. Oil droplet versus electron double slit diffraction

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    Jones, Eric; Lif, Adam; McGregor, Scot; Bach, Roger; Batelaan, Herman

    2012-06-01

    The double-slit experiments for photons and electrons are considered cornerstones of modern physics. Feynman's account of these experiments is one of the most popular. To get as close to Feynman's description of double-slit diffraction we did some experiments. This includes closing individual slits on demand, and taking a movie of the build-up of the diffraction pattern one particle at a time. In recent work done in Paris [1], macroscopic particle-wave duality with bouncing oil droplets was demonstrated for the first time ever. This may have implications for microscopic or quantum-mechanical particle-wave duality for electrons and photons. We will report on our attempts to reproduce the Paris results, and show new results of the individual droplet trajectories and how they compare to de Broglie-Bohm trajectories. [4pt] [1] Yves Couder and Emmanuel Fort, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 154101 (2006)

  14. Electronic capture and excitation of highly charged channeled ions

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    Andriamonje, S.; Blank, B.; Del Moral, R.; Dufour, J. P.; Faux, L.; Fleury, A.; Pravikoff, M. S.; Röhl, C.; Chevallier, M.; Dauvergne, D.; Kirsch, R.; Poizat, J. C.; Remillieux, J.; Cohen, C.; Girard, Y.; L'Hoir, A.; Rozet, J. P.; Schmaus, D.; Vernhet, D.; Dural, J.; Rothard, H.; Toulemonde, M.; Quéré, Y.; Cue, N.

    1994-04-01

    Two aspects of heavy ion channeling are presented. The first aspect is related to the fact that channeled ions interact only with the most loosely bound target electrons. One can take benefit of this feature to study processes such as radiative electron capture (REC) and resonant transfer and excitation (RTE) in a dense quasi-free electron gas. The experimental work, performed at GANIL, devoted to these two processes is described. A possible extension to Nuclear RTE or NEEC (nuclear excitation by electron capture) studies is also described. The second aspect discussed is related to the periodicity of the potential experienced by channeled ions. We show that in a well chosen case this could lead to a significant and detectable coherent excitation of the projectile nucleus.

  15. Electron-capture supernovae exploding within their progenitor wind

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    Moriya, Takashi J.; Tominaga, Nozomu; Langer, Norbert; Nomoto, Ken'ichi; Blinnikov, Sergei I.; Sorokina, Elena I.

    2014-09-01

    The most massive stars on the asymptotic giant branch (AGB), or the so-called super-AGB stars, are thought to produce supernovae triggered by electron captures in their degenerate O+Ne+Mg cores. Super-AGB stars are expected to have slow winds with high mass-loss rates, so their circumstellar density is high. The explosions of super-AGB stars are therefore presumed to occur in this dense circumstellar environment. We provide the first synthetic light curves for such events by exploding realistic electron-capture supernova progenitors within their super-AGB winds. We find that the early light curve - that is, before the recombination wave reaches the bottom of the hydrogen-rich envelope of supernova ejecta (the plateau phase) - is not affected by the dense wind. However, after the luminosity drop following the plateau phase, the luminosity remains much higher when the super-AGB wind is taken into account. We compare our results to the historical light curve of SN 1054, the progenitor of the Crab Nebula, and show that the explosion of an electron-capture supernova within an ordinary super-AGB wind can explain the observed light curve features. We conclude that SN 1054 could have been a Type IIn supernova without any extra extreme mass loss, which was previously suggested to be necessary to account for its early high luminosity. We also show that our light curves match Type IIn supernovae with an early plateau phase or the so-called Type IIn-P supernovae, and suggest that they are electron-capture supernovae within super-AGB winds. Although some electron-capture supernovae can be bright in the optical spectral range due to the large progenitor radius, their X-ray luminosity from the interaction does not necessarily get as bright as other Type IIn supernovae whose optical luminosities are also powered by the interaction. Thus, we suggest that optically bright X-ray-faint Type IIn supernovae can emerge from electron-capture supernovae. Optically faint Type IIn supernovae

  16. Improvement of electron capture efficiency by resonant excitation.

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    Mormann, Michael; Peter-Katalinić, Jasna

    2003-01-01

    A novel pulse sequence improving the efficiency for electron capture dissociation (ECD) of an unmodified Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer by more than an order of magnitude is presented. Commercially available FTICR instruments are usually equipped with a filament-based electron source producing an electron beam that has a rather small cross section. An ideal overlap between the rotating ion cloud and the electron beam appears to be a prerequisite for a high ECD efficiency. A reduced interception of the ion cloud and the electron beam is probably due to the contribution of the magnetron motion to the trajectory of the ions, resulting in a precession about the z-axis of the instrument. By increasing the kinetic energy and therefore increasing the cyclotron radii of the precursor ions by resonant excitation, the overlap of the rotating ion cloud with the electron beam is improved. By use of this protocol the efficiency of electron capture is substantially increased and consequently the acquisition time of ECD spectra is reduced significantly. The capability of resonant excitation of the precursor ions during the irradiation with electrons is demonstrated for standard peptides. This approach is particularly valuable for analysis and characterization of O-glycosylated peptides. In addition to amino acid sequence information, the attachment site of the labile glycan moiety is determined, and also radical-site-induced fragmentations of the glycosidic bonds are observed.

  17. Competition between radiative recombination and nuclear excitation by electron capture

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    Pály, A.; Harman, Z.; Surzhykov, A.; Scheid, W.

    2007-03-01

    The process of electron recombination is investigated considering the possible resonant channel of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC), in which a continuum electron is captured into a bound state of an ion with the simultaneous excitation of the nucleus. Transition rates and total cross sections for NEEC followed by the radiative decay of the nucleus are presented for various heavy-ion collision systems. The role played by radiative recombination (RR) in the NEEC recombination mechanism is investigated and theoretical estimates of the magnitude of the interference between the two processes are presented. We discuss the experimental possibility of discerning NEEC from the RR background, studying the angular distribution of the radiation emitted in the two processes.

  18. Coronal electron confinement by double layers

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    Li, T. C.; Drake, J. F.; Swisdak, M.

    2013-12-01

    In observations of flare-heated electrons in the solar corona, a longstanding problem is the unexplained prolonged lifetime of the electrons compared to their transit time across the source. This suggests confinement. Recent particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, which explored the transport of pre-accelerated hot electrons through ambient cold plasma, showed that the formation of a highly localized electrostatic potential drop, in the form of a double layer (DL), significantly inhibited the transport of hot electrons. The effectiveness of confinement by a DL is linked to the strength of the DL as defined by its potential drop. In this work, we investigate the scaling of the DL strength with the hot electron temperature by PIC simulations and find a linear scaling. We demonstrate that the strength is limited by the formation of parallel shocks. Based on this, we analytically determine the maximum DL strength, and also find a linear scaling with the hot electron temperature. The DL strength obtained from the analytic calculation is comparable to that from the simulations. At the maximum strength, the DL is capable of confining a significant fraction of hot electrons in the source.

  19. Electron capture from Ni surface resulting from H+ ion impact

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    Suzuki, Reiko; Suzuki, Reiko; Sato, Hiroshi; Kimura, Mineo

    1998-10-01

    Electron capture from Cu and Co surfaces by H+ and He+ ion bombardment has been investigated theoretically by using the molecular representation. Since an experimental condition was that the incoming particle was introduced on the surface with a large angle, the binary collision would be satisfied. We have obtained electronic states of the colliding pair by the ALCHEMY, and the scattering dynamics was solved by using the semiclassical close coupling treatment. We have included trajectories of compete recoils of the projectile through the coupling of electronic and nuclear motions. The preliminary result obtained shed much light on the understanding of the experimental finding.

  20. Electron capture dissociation in a digital ion trap mass spectrometer.

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    Ding, Li; Brancia, Francesco L

    2006-03-15

    Electron capture dissociation was implemented in a digital ion trap without using any magnetic field to focus the electrons. Since rectangular waveforms are employed in the DIT for both trapping and dipole excitation, electrons can be injected into the trap when the electric field is constant. Following deceleration, electrons reach the precursor ion cloud. The fragment ions produced by interactions with the electron beam are subsequently analyzed by resonant ejection. [Glu(1)]-Fibrinopeptide B and substance P were used to evaluate the performance of the current design. Fragmentation efficiency of 5.5% was observed for substance P peptide ions. Additionally, analysis of the monophosphorylated peptide FQ[pS]EEQQQTEDELQDK shows that in the resulting c- and z-type ions, the phosphate group is retained on the phophoserine residue, providing information on which amino acid residue the modification is located.

  1. Integrated affinity capture, purification, and capillary electrophoresis microdevice for quantitative double-stranded DNA analysis.

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    Toriello, Nicholas M; Liu, Chung N; Blazej, Robert G; Thaitrong, Numrin; Mathies, Richard A

    2007-11-15

    A novel injection method is developed that utilizes a thermally switchable oligonucleotide affinity capture gel to mediate the concentration, purification, and injection of dsDNA for quantitative microchip capillary electrophoresis analysis. The affinity capture matrix consists of a 20 base acrydite modified oligonucleotide copolymerized into a 6% linear polyacrylamide gel that captures ssDNA or dsDNA analyte including PCR amplicons and synthetic oligonucleotides. Double stranded PCR amplicons with complementarity to the capture probe up to 81 bases from their 5' terminus are reproducibly captured via helix invasion. By integrating the oligo capture matrix directly with the CE separation channel, the electrophoretically mobilized target fragments are quantitatively captured and injected after thermal release for unbiased, efficient, and quantitative analysis. The capture process exhibits optimal efficiency at 44 degrees C and 100 V/cm with a 20 microM affinity capture probe (TM = 57.7 degrees C). A dsDNA titration assay with 20 bp fragments validated that dsDNA is captured at the same efficiency as ssDNA. Dilution studies with a duplex 20mer show that targets can be successfully captured and analyzed with a limit of detection of 1 pM from 250 nL of solution (approximately 150,000 fluorescent molecules). Simultaneous capture and injection of amplicons from E. coli K12 and M13mp18 using a mixture of two different capture probes demonstrates the feasibility of multiplex target capture. Unlike the traditional cross-injector, this method enables efficient capture and injection of dsDNA amplicons which will facilitate the quantitative analysis of products from integrated nanoliter-scale PCR reactors.

  2. Counting statistics for electron capture in a dynamic quantum dot.

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    Fricke, Lukas; Wulf, Michael; Kaestner, Bernd; Kashcheyevs, Vyacheslavs; Timoshenko, Janis; Nazarov, Pavel; Hohls, Frank; Mirovsky, Philipp; Mackrodt, Brigitte; Dolata, Ralf; Weimann, Thomas; Pierz, Klaus; Schumacher, Hans W

    2013-03-22

    We report noninvasive single-charge detection of the full probability distribution P(n) of the initialization of a quantum dot with n electrons for rapid decoupling from an electron reservoir. We analyze the data in the context of a model for sequential tunneling pinch-off, which has generic solutions corresponding to two opposing mechanisms. One limit considers sequential "freeze-out" of an adiabatically evolving grand canonical distribution, the other one is an athermal limit equivalent to the solution of a generalized decay cascade model. We identify the athermal capturing mechanism in our sample, testifying to the high precision of our combined theoretical and experimental methods. The distinction between the capturing mechanisms allows us to derive efficient experimental strategies for improving the initialization.

  3. Considerations for electron capture dissociation efficiency in FTICR mass spectrometry

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    Gorshkov, Michael V.; Masselon, Christophe D.; Nikolaev, Eugene N.; Udseth, Harold R.; Pasa-Tolic, Ljiljana; Smith, Richard D.

    2004-05-01

    An experimental approach for increasing the efficiency of Electron Capture Dissociation (ECD) with Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) is presented. The approach is based on manipulating the spatial distribution of an ion cloud inside an FTICR trap during electron irradiation, which is realized by using both on-resonance pre-excitation of the ions and sustained off-resonance irradiation (SORI). The achieved fragmentation efficiency is compared with the theoretical prediction. This method may be useful in biological applications of FTICR, such as identification of posttranslational modifications in proteins and de novo sequencing, where the ECD technique is most applicable.

  4. Electron-capture collisions at keV energies of multiply charged ions of carbon and argon with molecular deuterium

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    Bliman, S.; Aubert, J.; Geller, R.; Jacquot, B.; Van Houtte, D.

    1981-04-01

    Single- and double-electron-capture cross sections have been measured for C/sup q/+ with initial charges 2 < or = q < or = 6 and for Ar/sup q/+ with initial charges 2 < or = q < or = 12 incident on molecular deuterium gas targets. The cross sections show little dependence on the incident-ion energy for the range studied 2q to 10q keV. The single-electron-capture cross sections do not vary monotonically with the initial charge, but show an oscillation about a mean curve, reflecting the projectile electronic structure.

  5. Proton emission following multiple electron capture in slow N{sup 7+}+HCl collisions

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    Fremont, F.; Martina, D.; Kamalou, O.; Sobocinski, P.; Chesnel, J.-Y.; McNab, I.R.; Bennett, F.R.

    2005-04-01

    Collisions between 98-keV N{sup 7+} ions and a HCl target have been investigated experimentally. The kinetic-energy distribution of fragment H{sup +} ions originating from multiple electron capture was detected at angles in the range 20 deg. -160 deg. with respect to the incident beam direction. Proton energies as large as 100 eV were observed, and calculations made in the simple Coulomb explosion model suggest that up to seven target electrons may be involved during the collision. Using the Landau-Zener model, we show that the N{sup 7+} projectile mainly captures outer-shell electrons from HCl. From the experimental data we derived multiple-capture cross sections which we compared with results from a model calculation made using the classical over-barrier model and also with a semiempirical scaling law. For the specific case of double capture, several structures appeared, which were assigned using ab initio calculations to states of HCl{sup 2+}.

  6. Modulation scheme for electron-electron double resonance spectroscopy

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    Mehlkopf, A. F.; Kuiper, F. G.; Smidt, J.; Tiggelman, T. A.

    1983-06-01

    A modulation scheme for electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR) spectrometers is presented. With this scheme an optimum stabilization signal for locking the pump microwave generator to the pumped electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) line is generated. A separate pump power level and a separate magnetic field modulation amplitude are used for the purpose of locking. In general, such a modulation scheme introduces false ELDOR lines. These false lines disturb the real ELDOR signals, or introduce an ELDOR signal in the absence of any communication between the observed EPR line and the pumped EPR line. With the described modulation scheme the frequencies of the false ELDOR signals are limited to even multiples of the frequency of the wanted ELDOR signals. This makes a suppression of the false ELDOR lines easy.

  7. Observation of electron capture into continuum states of neutral atoms

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    Sarkadi, L.; Palinkas, J.; Koever, A.; Berenyi, D.; Vajnai, T.

    1989-01-30

    Energy spectra of electrons ejected in the forward direction from 75-keV/amu He/sup 0/-He,Ar collisions have been measured in coincidence with the charge-state--selected outgoing projectiles He/sup 0/, He/sup +/, and He/sup 2+/. The appearance of the cusp-shaped peak in the electron spectrum in coincidence with He/sup 0/ gives the first clear experimental evidence that electron capture into the continuum states (ECC) occurs in collisions where the projectile is a neutral atom. The ECC for He/sup 0/ impact is characterized by a considerably smaller width of the cusp peak than for He/sup +/ impact.

  8. Scalable sensing electronics towards a motion capture suit

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    Xu, Daniel; Gisby, Todd A.; Xie, Shane; Anderson, Iain A.

    2013-04-01

    Being able to accurately record body motion allows complex movements to be characterised and studied. This is especially important in the film or sport coaching industry. Unfortunately, the human body has over 600 skeletal muscles, giving rise to multiple degrees of freedom. In order to accurately capture motion such as hand gestures, elbow or knee flexion and extension, vast numbers of sensors are required. Dielectric elastomer (DE) sensors are an emerging class of electroactive polymer (EAP) that is soft, lightweight and compliant. These characteristics are ideal for a motion capture suit. One challenge is to design sensing electronics that can simultaneously measure multiple sensors. This paper describes a scalable capacitive sensing device that can measure up to 8 different sensors with an update rate of 20Hz.

  9. Kinematic Isotope Effects in Low Energy Electron Capture

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    Stancil, P.C.; Zygelman, B.

    1995-08-21

    The replacement of hydrogen with its isotope deuterium, in collisions with multiply charged ions, is shown to lead to a suppression of total charge transfer cross sections at collision energies much higher than previously thought. We demonstrate, using a fully quantal calculation of electron capture in collisions of N{sup 4+}(2{ital s}) with H(1{ital s}) and D(1{ital s}), that this isotope effect is significant for capture into the N{sup 3+}(3{ital d}) states at collision energies approaching 10 eV/amu. Estimates of the magnitude of the effect, using the semiclassical Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg model, are made for several multiply charged systems.

  10. Electronic case report forms and electronic data capture within clinical trials and pharmacoepidemiology

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    Flynn, Robert W. V.; Grieve, Kerr; Doney, Alexander; Mackenzie, Isla; MacDonald, Thomas M.; Rogers, Amy

    2017-01-01

    Aims Researchers in clinical and pharmacoepidemiology fields have adopted information technology (IT) and electronic data capture, but these remain underused despite the benefits. This review discusses electronic case report forms and electronic data capture, specifically within pharmacoepidemiology and clinical research. Methods The review used PubMed and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers library. Search terms used were agreed by the authors and documented. PubMed is medical and health based, whereas Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is technology based. The review focuses on electronic case report forms and electronic data capture, but briefly considers other relevant topics; consent, ethics and security. Results There were 1126 papers found using the search terms. Manual filtering and reviewing of abstracts further condensed this number to 136 relevant manuscripts. The papers were further categorized: 17 contained study data; 40 observational data; 27 anecdotal data; 47 covering methodology or design of systems; one case study; one literature review; two feasibility studies; and one cost analysis. Conclusion Electronic case report forms, electronic data capture and IT in general are viewed with enthusiasm and are seen as a cost‐effective means of improving research efficiency, educating participants and improving trial recruitment, provided concerns about how data will be protected from misuse can be addressed. Clear operational guidelines and best practises are key for healthcare providers, and researchers adopting IT, and further work is needed on improving integration of new technologies with current systems. A robust method of evaluation for technical innovation is required. PMID:28276585

  11. Electron capture by bare ions on water molecules

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    Rivarola, Roberto; Montenegro, Pablo; Monti, Juan; Fojón, Omar

    2016-05-01

    Single electron capture from water molecules by impact of bare ions is theoretically investigated at intermediate and high collision energies. This reaction is of fundamental importance to determine the deposition of energy in biological matter irradiated with ion beams (hadrontherapy), dominating other ionizing processes of the target at low-intermediate impact velocities and giving principal contributions to the energetic region where electronic stopping power maximizes. The dynamics of the interaction between the aggregates is described within the one active-electron continuum distorted wave-eikonal initial state theory. The orbitals of the target in the ground state are represented using the approximate self-consistent complete neglect of differential orbitals (SC-CNDO) model. The contribution of different molecular orbitals on the partial cross sections to selected n-principal quantum number projectile states is discriminated as well as the collaboration of these n-states on total cross sections. The latter ones are dominated by capture to n=1 states at high enough energies decreasing their contribution as n increases.

  12. Isomer triggering via nuclear excitation by electron capture.

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Evers, Jörg; Keitel, Christoph H

    2007-10-26

    Triggering of long-lived nuclear isomeric states via coupling to the atomic shells in the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) is studied. NEEC occurring in highly charged ions can excite the isomeric state to a triggering level that subsequently decays to the ground state. We present total cross sections for NEEC isomer triggering considering experimentally confirmed low-lying triggering levels and reaction rates based on realistic experimental parameters in ion storage rings. A comparison with other isomer triggering mechanisms shows that, among these, NEEC is the most efficient.

  13. Isomer Triggering via Nuclear Excitation by Electron Capture

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Evers, Jörg; Keitel, Christoph H.

    2007-10-01

    Triggering of long-lived nuclear isomeric states via coupling to the atomic shells in the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) is studied. NEEC occurring in highly charged ions can excite the isomeric state to a triggering level that subsequently decays to the ground state. We present total cross sections for NEEC isomer triggering considering experimentally confirmed low-lying triggering levels and reaction rates based on realistic experimental parameters in ion storage rings. A comparison with other isomer triggering mechanisms shows that, among these, NEEC is the most efficient.

  14. Electron capture acceleration channel in a slit laser beam

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    Wang, P. X.; Scheid, W.; Ho, Y. K.

    2007-03-12

    Using numerical simulations, the authors find that the electrons can be captured and accelerated to high energies (GeV) in a slit laser beam with an intensity of I{lambda}{sup 2}{approx}10{sup 20} W/cm{sup 2} {mu}m{sup 2}, where {lambda} is the laser wavelength in units of {mu}m. The range of the optimum incident energy is very wide, even up to GeV. These results are of interest for experiments because the relatively low intensity can be achieved with present chirped pulse amplification technique and a wide range of incident energies means that a multistage acceleration is possible.

  15. Decay curve study in a standard electron capture decay

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    Nishimura, D.; Fukuda, M.; Kisamori, K.; Kuwada, Y.; Makisaka, K.; Matsumiya, R.; Matsuta, K.; Mihara, M.; Takagi, A.; Yokoyama, R.; Izumikawa, T.; Ohtsubo, T.; Suzuki, T.; Yamaguchi, T.

    2010-05-12

    We have searched for a time-modulated decay in a standard electron capture experiment for {sup 140}Pr, in order to confirm a report from GSI, where an oscillatory decay has been observed for hydrogen-like {sup 140}Pr and {sup 142}Pm ions in the cooler storage ring. {sup 140}Pr has been produced with the {sup 140}Ce(p, n) reaction by a pulsed proton beam accelerated from the Van de Graaff accelerator at Osaka University. Resultant time dependence of the K{sub a}lpha and K{sub b}eta X-ray intensities from the daughter shows no oscillatory behavior.

  16. The electron capture in 163Ho experiment - ECHo

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    Gastaldo, L.; Blaum, K.; Chrysalidis, K.; Day Goodacre, T.; Domula, A.; Door, M.; Dorrer, H.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Eberhardt, K.; Eliseev, S.; Enss, C.; Faessler, A.; Filianin, P.; Fleischmann, A.; Fonnesu, D.; Gamer, L.; Haas, R.; Hassel, C.; Hengstler, D.; Jochum, J.; Johnston, K.; Kebschull, U.; Kempf, S.; Kieck, T.; Köster, U.; Lahiri, S.; Maiti, M.; Mantegazzini, F.; Marsh, B.; Neroutsos, P.; Novikov, Yu. N.; Ranitzsch, P. C. O.; Rothe, S.; Rischka, A.; Saenz, A.; Sander, O.; Schneider, F.; Scholl, S.; Schüssler, R. X.; Schweiger, Ch.; Simkovic, F.; Stora, T.; Szücs, Z.; Türler, A.; Veinhard, M.; Weber, M.; Wegner, M.; Wendt, K.; Zuber, K.

    2017-06-01

    Neutrinos, and in particular their tiny but non-vanishing masses, can be considered one of the doors towards physics beyond the Standard Model. Precision measurements of the kinematics of weak interactions, in particular of the 3H β-decay and the 163Ho electron capture (EC), represent the only model independent approach to determine the absolute scale of neutrino masses. The electron capture in 163Ho experiment, ECHo, is designed to reach sub-eV sensitivity on the electron neutrino mass by means of the analysis of the calorimetrically measured electron capture spectrum of the nuclide 163Ho. The maximum energy available for this decay, about 2.8 keV, constrains the type of detectors that can be used. Arrays of low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters (MMCs) are being developed to measure the 163Ho EC spectrum with energy resolution below 3 eV FWHM and with a time resolution below 1 μs. To achieve the sub-eV sensitivity on the electron neutrino mass, together with the detector optimization, the availability of large ultra-pure 163Ho samples, the identification and suppression of background sources as well as the precise parametrization of the 163Ho EC spectrum are of utmost importance. The high-energy resolution 163Ho spectra measured with the first MMC prototypes with ion-implanted 163Ho set the basis for the ECHo experiment. We describe the conceptual design of ECHo and motivate the strategies we have adopted to carry on the present medium scale experiment, ECHo-1K. In this experiment, the use of 1 kBq 163Ho will allow to reach a neutrino mass sensitivity below 10 eV/ c 2. We then discuss how the results being achieved in ECHo-1k will guide the design of the next stage of the ECHo experiment, ECHo-1M, where a source of the order of 1 MBq 163Ho embedded in large MMCs arrays will allow to reach sub-eV sensitivity on the electron neutrino mass.

  17. Electron capture Q value of {sup 179}Ta

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    Hindi, M.M.; Faircloth, B.O.; Kozub, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    There is a discrepancy in the measured electron capture Q value of {sup 179}Ta; from the EC(L)/EC(K) capture ratio of Bisi et al.one obtains Q = 103{plus_minus}6 keV, while the ratio measured by Jopson et al. gives Q = 121 {plus_minus} 7 keV. To resolve this discrepancy we have remeasured the L to K capture ratio. A {sup 179}Ta source was produced by bombarding a natural Hf target with 20-MeV protons from LBL`s 88-inch cyclotron, and, after a suitable delay, extracted radiochemically from the Hf. The L x rays were counted in a planar Ge detector (FWHM = 280 eV at 8 keV) and the K x rays in a well-type NaI detector. From the ratio of L x rays in anti-coincidence with K x rays to those in coincidence with them we deduce a Q value of 111.2 {plus_minus} 1.9 keV. This value is in agreement with the recommended value of 110 {plus_minus} 5 keV found in the latest Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File.

  18. Attosecond metrology: from electron capture to future signal processing

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    Krausz, Ferenc; Stockman, Mark I.

    2014-03-01

    The accurate measurement of time lies at the heart of experimental science, and is relevant to everyday life. Extending chronoscopy to ever shorter timescales has been the key to gaining real-time insights into microscopic phenomena, ranging from vital biological processes to the dynamics underlying high technologies. The generation of isolated attosecond pulses in 2001 allowed the fastest of all motions outside the nucleus -- electron dynamics in atomic systems -- to be captured. Attosecond metrology has provided access to several hitherto immeasurably fast electron phenomena in atoms, molecules and solids. The fundamental importance of electron processes for the physical and life sciences, technology and medicine has rendered the young field of attosecond science one of the most dynamically expanding research fields of the new millennium. Here, we review the basic concepts underlying attosecond measurement and control techniques. Among their many potential applications, we focus on the exploration of the fundamental speed limit of electronic signal processing. This endeavour relies on ultimate-speed electron metrology, as provided by attosecond technology.

  19. CP-violation reach of an electron capture neutrino beam

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    Orme, Christopher

    2010-07-01

    This article extends the work of Bernabeu and Espinoza by examining the CP-violation reach of a 150Dy electron capture beam through the variation of the two Lorentz boosts, the number of useful electron capture decays, the relative run time of each boost and the number of atmospheric backgrounds. The neutrinos are assumed to be sourced at CERN with an upgraded SPS and are directed towards a 440 kton Water Cerenkov detector located at the Canfranc laboratory. Two large ‘CP-coverage’ choices for the boost pairings are found; a δ-symmetrical coverage for ( γ 1, γ 2) = (280, 160) and an δ-asymmetric coverage for ( γ 1 , γ 2) = (440,150). With a nominal useful decay rate of N ions = 1018 ions per year, the δ-symmetric setup can rule out CP-conservation down to sin2 2 θ 13 = 3•10-4. To reach sin2 2 θ 13 =1•10-3 for both δ < 0 and δ > 0 requires a useful decay rate of N ions = 6•1017 ions per year.

  20. Atomic electron excitation probabilities during orbital electron capture by the nucleus

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    Crasemann, B.; Chen, M. H.; Briand, J. P.; Chevallier, P.; Chetioui, A.; Tavernier, M.

    1979-01-01

    Approximate probabilities of electron excitation (shakeup/shakeoff) from various atomic states during nuclear ns electron capture have been calculated in the sudden approximation, using Hartree-Fock wave functions. Total excitation probabilities are much lower than during inner-shell ionization by photons or electrons, and ns states are more likely to be excited than np states. This latter result is borne out by K-alpha X-ray satellite spectra.

  1. Flexible CNT-array double helices Strain Sensor with high stretchability for Motion Capture

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    Li, Cheng; Cui, Ya-Long; Tian, Gui-Li; Shu, Yi; Wang, Xue-Feng; Tian, He; Yang, Yi; Wei, Fei; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2015-01-01

    Motion capture is attracting more and more attention due to its potential wide applications in various fields. However, traditional methods for motion capture still have weakness such as high cost and space consuming. Based on these considerations, a flexible, highly stretchable strain sensor with high gauge factor for motion capture is fabricated with carbon nanotube (CNT) array double helices as the main building block. Ascribed to the unique flexible double helical CNT-array matrix, the strain sensor is able to measure strain up to 410%, with low hysteresis. Moreover, a demonstration of using this strain sensor for capture hand motion and to control a mechanical hand in real time is also achieved. A model based on finite difference method is also made to help understand the mechanism of the strain sensors. Our work demonstrates that strain sensors can measure very large strain while maintaining high sensitivity, and the motion capture based on this strain sensor is expected to be less expensive, more convenient and accessible. PMID:26530904

  2. EMILIA, the LS counting efficiency for electron-capture and capture-gamma emitters

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    Grau Carles, A.

    2006-01-01

    This version includes new aspects that improve the computation of the counting efficiency for each one of the three available atomic rearrangement detection models (i.e., KLM, KL 1L 2L 3M and KLMN). The first modification involves a correction algorithm that simulates the non-linear response of the detector to photoionization for low-energy X-ray photons. Although this correction has the inconvenience of substantially increasing the number of atomic rearrangement detection pathways, the computed counting efficiency for low- Z nuclides is reduced by 2% for moderate quenching in agreement with experiment. The program also simulates how the addition of extra components, such as a quencher or aqueous solutions, affects the counting efficiency. Since the CIEMAT/NIST method requires identical ionization quench functions for the electron-capture nuclide and the tracer, the computation of the counting efficiency for 3H, the low-energy beta-ray emitter commonly used as tracer, is included in the program as an option. Program summaryTitle of program:EMILIA Catalogue identifier:ADWK Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADWK Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing previsions: none Computers: revisions: any IBM PC compatible with 80386 or higher Intel processors Operating systems under which the program has been tested:MS-DOS and higher systems Programming language used:FORTRAN 77 Memory required to execute with typical data: 253 kword No. of bits in a word: 32 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.:7147 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.:74 776 Distribution format:tar.gz Nature of the physical problem: The determination of radioactivity in liquid samples of electron-capture nuclides is demanded in radiation physics, radiation protection, dosimetry, radiobiology and nuclear medicine. The CIEMAT/NIST method has proved to be suitable for radionuclide

  3. Capturing Polyradical Protein Cations after an Electron Capture Event: Evidence for their Stable Distonic Structures in the Gas Phase

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    Baba, Takashi; Campbell, J. Larry

    2015-08-01

    We report on the formation and "capture" of polyradical protein cations after an electron capture event. Performed in a unique electron-capture dissociation (ECD) instrument, these experiments can generate reduced forms of multiply protonated proteins by sequential charge reduction using electrons with ~1 eV. The true structures of these possible polyradicals is considered: Do the introduced unpaired electrons recombine quickly to form a new two-electron bond, or do these unpaired electrons exist as radical sites with appropriate chemical reactivity? Using an established chemical probe—radical quenching with molecular oxygen—we demonstrate that these charge-reduced protein cations are indeed polyradicals that form adducts with up to three molecules of oxygen (i.e., tri-radical protein cations) that are stable for at least 100 ms.

  4. Multiple electron capture from isolated protein poly-anions in collision with slow highly charged ions.

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    Milosavljević, A R; Rousseau, P; Domaracka, A; Huber, B A; Giuliani, A

    2017-08-02

    Collisions of 375 keV Xe(25+) ions with trapped mass/charge selected poly-anions of the cytochrome C protein (∼12.5 kDa) were studied by coupling a linear quadrupole ion trap with low-energy ion beam facility. Tandem mass spectra were recorded for the protein precursor charge states ranging from -9 to -17. The present work reports the first study of slow highly charged ion collisions with poly-anions. A high signal to noise ratio allowed the study of the intensity of single and multiple electron removal by a projectile, as well as associated neutral losses, as a function of the target charge state. Relative single and double electron detachment cross sections were found to increase with increasing charge state of the precursor anion. The experimental findings are supported by the calculations of the total electron capture cross sections, based on the classical over-the-barrier model, restricted to a simple uniformly charged linear protein structure and a near-end electron capture.

  5. Electron capture from H2 molecule by He+ ions

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    Ghavaminia, Hoda; Gulyas, Laszlo; Sarkadi, Laszlo; Bene, Erika; Demes, Sandor; Juhasz, Zoltan

    2017-08-01

    The dynamics of the electron capture by He+ ions from H2 molecule has been investigated in the four-body first Born approximation. Cross sections differential in the scattering angle of the projectile ion have been calculated for various molecular orientations. The calculations account for the interference effects due to the coherent scattering of the particles from the two atomic centers. Total cross sections (integrated over the projectile's scattering angle and averaged over all the molecular orientations) have also been calculated by a three-body version of the classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) method based on use of a two-center molecular potential, as well as in a semi-classical quasi-molecular model. The obtained total cross sections are compared with the available experimental data and other theoretical calculations. For impact energies above 40 keV a reasonable agreement has been found between the present theoretical results and the experiment.

  6. Electron capture radioactive sources for intravascular brachytherapy: a feasibility study.

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    von Neumann-Cosel, Peter

    2003-06-21

    The feasibility of electron capture (EC) radionuclides as an alternative to the beta and high-energy gamma emitters presently in use for intravascular brachytherapy is investigated. A potential advantage of the low-energy x-ray radiation from EC isotopes may be an enhanced biological effectiveness with respect to the presently applied beta nuclides, but at the same time avoiding the shielding problems induced by the large penetrability of high-energy gamma rays. A survey considering the most important practical aspects such as dose delivery to the vessel walls in reasonable time spans, absorption properties, possible production of sources with the required specific activities and radiation safety reveals 71Ge as the most promising candidate.

  7. Influence of the Target - Density Effects on Electron - Capture Processes

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    Tolstikhina, I.Yu.; Shevelko, V.P.

    2004-12-01

    The influence of the target density on the electron-capture (EC) processes in collisions of fast ions with atoms and molecules is considered. The partial EC cross sections {sigma}n on the principal quantum number n of the scattered projectile, as well as the total {sigma}tot values are calculated for highly charged ions interacting with gaseous and solid targets in the energy range of E = 100 keV/amu to 10 MeV/amu. It is shown that with the target density increasing, the population of the excited states of the scattered projectiles, formed via the EC channel, is suppressed due to projectile ionization by the target particles and, as a result, the effective EC cross sections drastically decrease.

  8. Electronic case report forms and electronic data capture within clinical trials and pharmacoepidemiology.

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    Rorie, David A; Flynn, Robert W V; Grieve, Kerr; Doney, Alexander; Mackenzie, Isla; MacDonald, Thomas M; Rogers, Amy

    2017-09-01

    Researchers in clinical and pharmacoepidemiology fields have adopted information technology (IT) and electronic data capture, but these remain underused despite the benefits. This review discusses electronic case report forms and electronic data capture, specifically within pharmacoepidemiology and clinical research. The review used PubMed and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers library. Search terms used were agreed by the authors and documented. PubMed is medical and health based, whereas Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is technology based. The review focuses on electronic case report forms and electronic data capture, but briefly considers other relevant topics; consent, ethics and security. There were 1126 papers found using the search terms. Manual filtering and reviewing of abstracts further condensed this number to 136 relevant manuscripts. The papers were further categorized: 17 contained study data; 40 observational data; 27 anecdotal data; 47 covering methodology or design of systems; one case study; one literature review; two feasibility studies; and one cost analysis. Electronic case report forms, electronic data capture and IT in general are viewed with enthusiasm and are seen as a cost-effective means of improving research efficiency, educating participants and improving trial recruitment, provided concerns about how data will be protected from misuse can be addressed. Clear operational guidelines and best practises are key for healthcare providers, and researchers adopting IT, and further work is needed on improving integration of new technologies with current systems. A robust method of evaluation for technical innovation is required. © 2017 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Pharmacological Society.

  9. Coherent pump pulses in Double Electron Electron Resonance Spectroscopy

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    Tait, Claudia E.; Stoll, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    The recent introduction of shaped pulses to Double Electron Electron Resonance (DEER) spectroscopy has led to significant enhancements in sensitivity through increased excitation bandwidths and improved control over spin dynamics. The application of DEER has so far relied on the presence of an incoherent pump channel to average out most undesired coherent effects of the pump pulse(s) on the observer spins. However, in fully coherent EPR spectrometers that are increasingly used to generate shaped pulses, the presence of coherent pump pulses means that these effects need to be explicitly considered. In this paper, we examine the effects of coherent rectangular and sech/tanh pump pulses in DEER experiments with up to three pump pulses. We show that, even in the absence of significant overlap of the observer and pump pulse excitation bandwidths, coherence transfer pathways involving both types of pulses generate spin echoes of considerable intensity. These echoes introduce artefacts, which, if not identified and removed, can easily lead to misinterpretation. We demonstrate that the observed echoes can be quantitatively modelled using a simple spin quantum dynamics approach that includes instrumental transfer functions. Based on an analysis of the echo crossing artefacts, we propose efficient phase cycling schemes for their suppression. This enables the use of advanced DEER experiments, characterized by high sensitivity and increased accuracy for long-distance measurements, on novel fully coherent EPR spectrometers. PMID:27339858

  10. Cross sections of electron capture and electron capture with ionization of argon atoms by fast 3He2+ ions at various impact parameters

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    Afrosimov, V. V.; Basalaev, A. A.; Panov, M. N.

    2017-01-01

    The absolute differential cross sections of scattering of fast particles formed in processes with capture of one or two electrons from Ar atoms have been measured for 6-keV He2+ ions in the interval of scattering angles within 0°-2.5°. The cross sections of electron capture and electron capture with ionization have been determined as functions of the impact parameter. The probabilities of these processes are compared to the distribution of electron density in various shells of target atoms. Applicability of the models of screened Coulomb interaction potentials to description of the scattering of recharged particles is assessed.

  11. Analysis of electron capture process in charge pumping sequence using time domain measurements

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    Hori, Masahiro Watanabe, Tokinobu; Ono, Yukinori; Tsuchiya, Toshiaki

    2014-12-29

    A method for analyzing the electron capture process in the charge pumping (CP) sequence is proposed and demonstrated. The method monitors the electron current in the CP sequence in time domain. This time-domain measurements enable us to directly access the process of the electron capture to the interface defects, which are obscured in the conventional CP method. Using the time-domain measurements, the rise time dependence of the capture process is systematically investigated. We formulate the capture process based on the rate equation and derive an analytic form of the current due to the electron capture to the defects. Based on the formula, the experimental data are analyzed and the capture cross section is obtained. In addition, the time-domain data unveil that the electron capture process completes before the electron channel opens, or below the threshold voltage in a low frequency range of the pulse.

  12. ELECTRON-CAPTURE SUPERNOVAE AS ORIGIN OF {sup 48}Ca

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    Wanajo, Shinya; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Mueller, Bernhard

    2013-04-20

    We report that electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe), arising from collapsing oxygen-neon-magnesium cores, are a possible source of {sup 48}Ca, whose origin has remained a longstanding puzzle. Our two-dimensional, self-consistent explosion model of an ECSN predicts ejection of neutron-rich matter with electron fractions Y{sub e} Almost-Equal-To 0.40-0.42 and relatively low entropies, s Almost-Equal-To 13-15 k{sub B} per nucleon (k{sub B} is the Boltzmann constant). Post-processing nucleosynthesis calculations result in appreciable production of {sup 48}Ca in such neutron-rich and low-entropy matter during the quasi-nuclear equilibrium and subsequent freezeout phases. The amount of ejected {sup 48}Ca can account for that in the solar inventory when we consider possible uncertainties in the entropies. ECSNe could thus be a site of {sup 48}Ca production in addition to a hypothetical, rare class of high-density Type Ia supernovae.

  13. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Double Perovskites and Oxide Interfaces

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    Erten, Onur

    Transition metal oxides exhibit a wide range of fascinating phenomena ranging from high Tc superconductivity to colossal magnetoresistance. In this thesis, we examine the novel electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites and oxide interfaces. First we focus on Sr2FeMoO6 which has a half-metallic ground state and a ferrimagnetic Tc=420 K, well above the room temperature. There are very few half-metals in nature and along with its high Tc, Sr2FeMoO6 has enormous potential in spintronics applications. We develop a minimal model that couples the conduction electrons on Mo (4d1) to the core spins of Fe (3d5). Delocalization of conduction electrons and maximizing the kinetic energy drives the long-range magnetic order. "Integrating out" the conduction electrons, we derive a new effective Hamiltonian, H eff, only for the localized spins. Heff is unique to double perovskites, and with its peculiar double square root form, it is different from standard Heisenberg or Anderson-Hasegawa Hamiltonians. Using Heff, we perform the first 3D, finite temperature calculations of double perovskites, going well beyond previous mean field or small cluster calculations. Next we consider Sr2CrOsO6 which has the highest Tc among all perovskites with a net moment. Its insulating behavior is puzzling given that Cr and Os are in the 3d3 and 5d3 configurations, half filled in t2g orbitals. The net moment at low temperature is M(0)=0.75 muB and non-monotonic magnetization as a function of temperature are quite unusual. To address these questions, we organize the problem through the hierarchy of its energy scales. To deal with the highest energy scale, the charge sector, we develop a multi-band Hubbard model that has different on-site Coulomb correlations on the Cr and Os sites. We solve this model using slave-rotor mean field theory which captures the essentials of the metal-Mott insulator transition and goes well beyond Hartree-Fock. We find a new criterion for the Mott transition

  14. Amines immobilized double-walled silica nanotubes for CO2 capture.

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    Ko, Young Gun; Lee, Hyun Jeong; Oh, Hyun Chul; Choi, Ung Su

    2013-04-15

    Novel silica support has been required for high amine loading and good CO2 molecule diffusion into its pores to increase the performance of CO2 adsorbents. Herein, amine groups supported on double-walled silica nanotubes (DWSNTs) have been prepared via the immobilization of various aminosilanes (primary, secondary, tertiary, di-, and tri-aminosilanes) on DWSNT, and found to be a very effective adsorbent for CO2 capture. Amine groups immobilized DWSNTs captured CO2 reversibly in a temperature swing process at various adsorption temperatures (25°C, 50°C, 75°C, and 100°C). The amines on modified DWSNTs showed high CO2 capture capacity in the order of tri-, di-, primary, secondary, and tertiary amines. The CO2 capture capacity of all aminosilanes immobilized DWSNTs decreased linearly with the increase of the adsorption temperature. We expect that DWSNT would be able to inspire researchers to use it not only as a support for CO2 capture but also as a promising candidate for various applications.

  15. NUCLEOSYNTHESIS IN ELECTRON CAPTURE SUPERNOVAE OF ASYMPTOTIC GIANT BRANCH STARS

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    Wanajo, S.; Nomoto, K.; Janka, H.-T.; Kitaura, F. S.; Mueller, B. E-mail: nomoto@astron.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp E-mail: kitaura@mpa-garching.mpg.de

    2009-04-10

    We examine nucleosynthesis in the electron capture supernovae of progenitor asymptotic giant branch stars with an O-Ne-Mg core (with the initial stellar mass of 8.8 M {sub sun}). Thermodynamic trajectories for the first 810 ms after core bounce are taken from a recent state-of-the-art hydrodynamic simulation. The presented nucleosynthesis results are characterized by a number of distinct features that are not shared with those of other supernovae from the collapse of stars with iron core (with initial stellar masses of more than 10 M {sub sun}). First is the small amount of {sup 56}Ni (0.002-0.004 M {sub sun}) in the ejecta, which can be an explanation for the observed properties of faint supernovae such as SNe 2008S and 1997D. In addition, the large Ni/Fe ratio is in reasonable agreement with the spectroscopic result of the Crab nebula (the relic of SN 1054). Second is the large production of {sup 64}Zn, {sup 70}Ge, light p-nuclei ({sup 74}Se, {sup 78}Kr, {sup 84}Sr, and {sup 92}Mo), and in particular, {sup 90}Zr, which originates from the low Y{sub e} (0.46-0.49, the number of electrons per nucleon) ejecta. We find, however, that only a 1%-2% increase of the minimum Y{sub e} moderates the overproduction of {sup 90}Zr. In contrast, the production of {sup 64}Zn is fairly robust against a small variation of Y{sub e} . This provides the upper limit of the occurrence of this type of events to be about 30% of all core-collapse supernovae.

  16. Nucleosynthesis in Electron Capture Supernovae of Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars

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    Wanajo, S.; Nomoto, K.; Janka, H.-T.; Kitaura, F. S.; Müller, B.

    2009-04-01

    We examine nucleosynthesis in the electron capture supernovae of progenitor asymptotic giant branch stars with an O-Ne-Mg core (with the initial stellar mass of 8.8 M sun). Thermodynamic trajectories for the first 810 ms after core bounce are taken from a recent state-of-the-art hydrodynamic simulation. The presented nucleosynthesis results are characterized by a number of distinct features that are not shared with those of other supernovae from the collapse of stars with iron core (with initial stellar masses of more than 10 M sun). First is the small amount of 56Ni (0.002-0.004 M sun) in the ejecta, which can be an explanation for the observed properties of faint supernovae such as SNe 2008S and 1997D. In addition, the large Ni/Fe ratio is in reasonable agreement with the spectroscopic result of the Crab nebula (the relic of SN 1054). Second is the large production of 64Zn, 70Ge, light p-nuclei (74Se, 78Kr, 84Sr, and 92Mo), and in particular, 90Zr, which originates from the low Ye (0.46-0.49, the number of electrons per nucleon) ejecta. We find, however, that only a 1%-2% increase of the minimum Ye moderates the overproduction of 90Zr. In contrast, the production of 64Zn is fairly robust against a small variation of Ye . This provides the upper limit of the occurrence of this type of events to be about 30% of all core-collapse supernovae.

  17. Midwife to the greens: the electron capture detector.

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    Lovelock, J E

    1997-03-01

    James E. Lovelock makes an account of the path he has followed since he started his scientific research at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London in the 1940s, emphasizing the aspects related to environmental sciences. Lovelock explains the origins of the electron capture detector (ECD). So far, the ECD is the most sensitive, easily portable and inexpensive analytical apparatus capable of detecting substances present in the atmosphere at concentrations as low as parts per trillion (10(-12)). It has been the first device specifically sensitive to pollutants, and its use has provided the grounds for the development of environmental sciences, and green politics. The data gathered by the ECD about the persistence of pesticides in the environment led American biologist Rachel Carson to write her seminal book Silent Spring; data regarding the global presence of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) in the atmosphere led Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina to develop their theory of ozone depletion. The results of his research over the years led Lovelock himself to the development of the Gaia theory.

  18. Validation of undergraduate clinical data by electronic capture (barcode).

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    Chadwick, Barbara L; Oliver, Richard G; Gyton, Jane

    2002-03-01

    Assessment of clinical activity is common in dental schools. An audit project to confirm that dental undergraduate clinical activity recorded by electronic data capture is an accurate representation of the clinical case entry is reported. A printout of clinical activity for a period of a week was generated retrospectively and used to identify case notes. Activity recorded in the case notes was compared with the computer printout. All discrepancies were noted. A total of 125 patient files with 270 barcoded items of treatment were retrieved; 29 of 78 (37.1%) paediatric and 23 of 47 (48.9%) orthodontic cases had discrepancies between the case notes and the computer entry. However, some items recorded in the notes do not require barcoding and vice versa. When these were accounted for, only 19 items of treatment appeared in the notes that should have been barcoded, a 7% shortfall in recording of clinical activity. The barcode system is an accurate and reliable way of recording undergraduate clinical activity.

  19. Electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry of tyrosine nitrated peptides.

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    Jones, Andrew W; Mikhailov, Victor A; Iniesta, Jesus; Cooper, Helen J

    2010-02-01

    In vivo protein nitration is associated with many disease conditions that involve oxidative stress and inflammatory response. The modification involves addition of a nitro group at the position ortho to the phenol group of tyrosine to give 3-nitrotyrosine. To understand the mechanisms and consequences of protein nitration, it is necessary to develop methods for identification of nitrotyrosine-containing proteins and localization of the sites of modification. Here, we have investigated the electron capture dissociation (ECD) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) behavior of 3-nitrotyrosine-containing peptides. The presence of nitration did not affect the CID behavior of the peptides. For the doubly-charged peptides, addition of nitration severely inhibited the production of ECD sequence fragments. However, ECD of the triply-charged nitrated peptides resulted in some singly-charged sequence fragments. ECD of the nitrated peptides is characterized by multiple losses of small neutral species including hydroxyl radicals, water and ammonia. The origin of the neutral losses has been investigated by use of activated ion (AI) ECD. Loss of ammonia appears to be the result of non-covalent interactions between the nitro group and protonated lysine side-chains.

  20. ELECTRON-CAPTURE SUPERNOVAE AS SOURCES OF {sup 60}Fe

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    Wanajo, Shinya; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Mueller, Bernhard

    2013-09-01

    We investigate the nucleosynthesis of the radionuclide {sup 60}Fe in electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe). The nucleosynthetic results are based on a self-consistent, two-dimensional simulation of an ECSN as well as models in which the densities are systematically increased by some factors (low-entropy models). {sup 60}Fe is found to be appreciably made in neutron-rich ejecta during the nuclear quasi-equilibrium phase with greater amounts being produced in the lower-entropy models. Our results, combining them with the yields of core-collapse supernovae in the literature, suggest that ECSNe account for at least 4%-30% of live {sup 60}Fe in the Milky Way. ECSNe co-produce neutron-rich isotopes, {sup 48}Ca, {sup 50}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, some light trans-iron elements, and possibly weak r-process elements including some radionuclides such as {sup 93}Zr, {sup 99}Tc, and {sup 107}Pd, whose association with {sup 60}Fe might have been imprinted in primitive meteorites or in the deep ocean crust on the Earth.

  1. Quantum computing using electron-nuclear double resonances

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    Bowden, Charles M.; Dowling, Jonathan P.; Hotaling, Steven P.

    1997-07-01

    We consider the use of Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR) techniques in quantum computing. ENDOR resolution as a possible limiting factor is discussed. It is found that ENDOR and double-ENDOR techniques have sufficient resolution for quantum computing applications.

  2. Quantum electron-acoustic double layers in a magnetoplasma

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    Misra, A. P.; Samanta, S.

    2008-12-15

    Using a quantum magnetohydrodynamic (QMHD) model, the existence of small but finite amplitude quantum electron-acoustic double layers (QEADLs) is reported in a magnetized collisionless dense quantum plasma whose constituents are two distinct groups of cold and hot electrons, and the stationary ions forming only the neutralizing background. It is shown that the existence of steady state solutions of these double layers obtained from an extended Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation depends parametrically on the ratio of the cold to hot electron unperturbed number density ({delta}), the quantum diffraction parameter (H), the obliqueness parameter (l{sub z}), and the external magnetic field via the normalized electron-cyclotron frequency ({omega}). It is found that the system supports both compressive and rarefactive double layers depending on the parameters {delta} and l{sub z}. The effects of all these parameters on the profiles of the double layers are also examined numerically.

  3. Electron impact double ionization of krypton ions (q = 14-17)

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    Khouilid, M.; Cherkani-Hassani, S.; Adimi, N.; Rachafi, S.; Defrance, P.

    2001-08-01

    Absolute cross sections for electron impact double ionization of krypton ions Krq + (q = 14-17) have been measured from threshold to 5 keV. The animated crossed beam method has been employed. Direct double ionization is seen to reduce strongly along the isonuclear sequence. Ionization-autoionization from the inner L-shell is seen to be the dominant process. It is roughly approximated by the semi-empirical Lotz formula assuming total autoionization of the ionic intermediate states. Resonant capture and excitation processes implying the L-shell are also obtained for charge states 14-16.

  4. Low-Energy Electron Capture in Collisions of C3+ with He

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    Wu, Y.; Qi, Y. Y.; Yan, J.; Wang, J. G.; Li, Y.; Buenker, R. J.; Kato, D.; Krstic, Predrag S

    2009-01-01

    Charge transfer processes due to collisions of ground-state C{sup 3+}(1s{sup 2}2s {sup 2}S) ions with He atoms are studied using the quantum-mechanical molecular-orbital close-coupling method for energies in the range 10{sup -4}-2 x 10{sup 3} eV/u. The ab initio adiabatic potentials and radial couplings utilized in the calculations are obtained from the multireference single- and double-excitation configuration interaction approach. Total and state-selective single-electron capture cross sections and rate coefficients are calculated and compared with the available experimental and theoretical data. A good agreement is found between the measured cross sections and the present calculations. However, the previous calculations of total rate coefficients using the Landau-Zener model are one to two orders of magnitude smaller than the present results.

  5. Two-dimensional Electronic Double-Quantum Coherence Spectroscopy

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    Kim, Jeongho; Mukamel, Shaul

    2009-01-01

    CONSPECTUS The theory of electronic structure of many-electron systems like molecules is extraordinarily complicated. A lot can be learned by considering how electron density is distributed, on average, in the average field of the other electrons in the system. That is, mean field theory. However, to describe quantitatively chemical bonds, reactions, and spectroscopy requires consideration of the way that electrons avoid each other by the way they move; this is called electron correlation (or in physics, the many-body problem for fermions). While great progress has been made in theory, there is a need for incisive experimental tests that can be undertaken for large molecular systems in the condensed phase. Here we report a two-dimensional (2D) optical coherent spectroscopy that correlates the double excited electronic states to constituent single excited states. The technique, termed two-dimensional double-coherence spectroscopy (2D-DQCS), makes use of multiple, time-ordered ultrashort coherent optical pulses to create double- and single-quantum coherences over time intervals between the pulses. The resulting two-dimensional electronic spectrum maps the energy correlation between the first excited state and two-photon allowed double-quantum states. The principle of the experiment is that when the energy of the double-quantum state, viewed in simple models as a double HOMO to LUMO excitation, equals twice that of a single excitation, then no signal is radiated. However, electron-electron interactions—a combination of exchange interactions and electron correlation—in real systems generates a signal that reveals precisely how the energy of the double-quantum resonance differs from twice the single-quantum resonance. The energy shift measured in this experiment reveals how the second excitation is perturbed by both the presence of the first excitation and the way that the other electrons in the system have responded to the presence of that first excitation. We

  6. 77 FR 11588 - Certain Electronic Devices for Capturing and Transmitting Images, and Components Thereof

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    2012-02-27

    ... COMMISSION Certain Electronic Devices for Capturing and Transmitting Images, and Components Thereof AGENCY: U... capturing and transmitting images and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S... capturing and transmitting images and components thereof by reason of infringement of one or more of claims...

  7. Acupuncture and chiropractic care: utilization and electronic medical record capture.

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    Elder, Charles; DeBar, Lynn; Ritenbaugh, Cheryl; Vollmer, William; Deyo, Richard A; Dickerson, John; Kindler, Lindsay

    2015-07-01

    To describe acupuncture and chiropractic use among patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) at a health maintenance organization, and explore issues of benefit design and electronic medical record (EMR) capture. Cross-sectional survey. Kaiser Permanente members meeting EMR diagnostic criteria for CMP were invited to participate. The survey included questions about self-identified presence of CMP, use of acupuncture and chiropractic care, use of ancillary self-care modalities, and communication with conventional medicine practitioners. Analysis of survey data was supplemented with a retrospective review of EMR utilization data. Of 6068 survey respondents, 32% reported acupuncture use, 47% reported chiropractic use, 21% used both, and 42% used neither. For 25% of patients using acupuncture and 43% of those using chiropractic care, utilization was undetected by the EMR. Thirty-five percent of acupuncture users and 42% of chiropractic users did not discuss this care with their health maintenance organization (HMO) clinicians. Among chiropractic users, those accessing care out of plan were older (P < .01), were more likely to use long-term opioids (P = .03), and had more pain diagnoses (P = .01) than those accessing care via clinician referral or self-referral. For acupuncture, those using the clinician referral mechanism exhibited these same characteristics. A majority of participants had used acupuncture, chiropractic care, or both. While benefit structure may materially influence utilization patterns, many patients with CMP use acupuncture and chiropractic care without regard to their insurance coverage. A substantial percentage of acupuncture and chiropractic use thus occurs beyond detection of EMR systems, and many patients do not report such care to their HMO clinicians.

  8. Coincidence measurements of electron capture and loss in ion-atom collisions

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    DuBois, R.D.

    1990-09-01

    Collisions between fast, fully stripped projectiles and atomic targets predominantly result in target electrons being ejected to the continuum. For fast partially stripped projectiles which bring weakly bound electrons into the collision, projectile ionization can also contribute to the observed electron spectra. At lower impact velocities, electron capture by the projectile ion becomes important and higher order processes, often referred to as transfer ionization, can be a significant source of free electrons. In recent years, coincidence techniques have been used to evaluate the relative importance of electron capture and loss in free electron production, to separate the capture and loss contributions from those resulting from target ionization alone, and to provide more detailed information about electron capture and loss mechanisms than is available from total cross section measurements. A brief survey of these experiments will be presented. 23 refs., 9 figs.

  9. MAGNETIC FIELD-DECAY-INDUCED ELECTRON CAPTURES: A STRONG HEAT SOURCE IN MAGNETAR CRUSTS

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    Cooper, Randall L.; Kaplan, David L. E-mail: dkaplan@kitp.ucsb.edu

    2010-01-10

    We propose a new heating mechanism in magnetar crusts. Magnetars' crustal magnetic fields are much stronger than their surface fields; therefore, magnetic pressure partially supports the crust against gravity. The crust loses magnetic pressure support as the field decays and must compensate by increasing the electron degeneracy pressure; the accompanying increase in the electron Fermi energy induces nonequilibrium, exothermic electron captures. The total heat released via field-decay electron captures is comparable to the total magnetic energy in the crust. Thus, field-decay electron captures are an important, if not the primary, mechanism powering magnetars' soft X-ray emission.

  10. Double relativistic electron-accelerating mirror

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    Andreev, Aleksandr A; Platonov, Konstantin Yu

    2013-05-31

    A numerical simulation of the interaction of a laser pulse with ultrathin targets has revealed a possibility of generating thin dense relativistic electron layers. The maximum kinetic energy of the electron mirror can be gained using an optimal combination of the target thickness and the laser pulse intensity and duration. It is proposed to use an additional (second) laser target, located at an optimal distance from the first target to cut off the laser pulse from the electron layer when the latter gains a maximum kinetic energy. This relativistic electron mirror can be used for efficient generation of 'hard' coherent radiation via counter reflection of an additional (probe) laser pulse from the mirror. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  11. Highly efficient iodine capture by layered double hydroxides intercalated with polysulfides.

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    Ma, Shulan; Islam, Saiful M.; Shim, Yurina; Gu, Qingyang; Wang, Pengli; Li, Hao; Sun, Genban; Yang, Xiaojing; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2014-12-23

    We demonstrate strong iodine (I-2) vapor adsorption using Mg/Al layered double hydroxide (MgAl-LDH) nanocomposites intercalated with polysulfide (S-x(2-)) groups (S-x-LDH, x = 2, 4, 6). The as-prepared LDH/polysulfide hybrid materials display highly efficient iodine capture resulting from the reducing property of the intercalated polysulfides. During adsorption, the I-2 molecules are reduced to I-3(-) anions by the intercalated [S-x](2-) groups that simultaneously are oxidized to form S8. In addition to the chemical adsorption, additional molecular I-2 is physically captured by the LDH composites. As a result of these parallel processes, and despite their very low BET surface areas, the iodine capture capacities of S-2-LDH, S-4-LDH, and S-6-LDH are similar to 1.32, 1.52, and 1.43 g/g, respectively, with a maximum adsorption of 152% (wt %). Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and temperature-variable powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements show the resulting I-3(-) ions that intercalated into the LDH gallery have high thermal stability (>= 350 degrees C). The excellent iodine adsorption performance combined with the facile preparation points to the S-x-LDH systems as potential superior materials for adsorption of radioactive iodine, a waste product of the nuclear power industry.

  12. Electron capture processes in ZnS: The role of Al related and other donors

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    Przybylińska, H.; Godlewski, M.

    1986-12-01

    A transient electron spin resonance experiment shows that the Al-related donor in ZnS plays an insignificant role in electron-capture processes, which are dominated by a 35-meV native donor of unknown nature. The methods of determining effective capture cross sections of these donors are discussed.

  13. Capturing relic neutrinos with {beta}- and double {beta}-decaying nuclei

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    Hodak, Rastislav; Kovalenko, Sergey; Simkovic, Fedor

    2009-11-09

    Neutrinos are probably one of the most important structural constituents of the Universe. The Big Bang Theory predicts that the significant component of them is formed by the cosmic neutrino background, an analogues of the big bang relic photons comprising the cosmic microwave background radiation, which has been measured with amazing accuracy. Properties of the relic neutrino background are closely related to the ones of the cosmic microwave radiation. Relic neutrinos pervade space, but their temperature is extremely small, being of the order of 0.1 meV. Although belonging to the most abundant particles of the Universe, the relic neutrinos evade direct detection so far. This is because the low-energy neutrinos interact only very weakly with matter. In this contribution, we explore the feasibility to detect the cosmic neutrino background by means of {beta}-decaying ({sup 3}H and {sup 187}Re) and double beta decaying ({sup 100}Mo) nuclei. In addition, we address the question whether double relic neutrino capture on nuclei can be an obstacle for observation of neutrinoless double {beta}-decay.

  14. Ionization and electron-capture cross sections for single- and multiple-electron removal from H2O by Li3 + impact

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    Luna, H.; Wolff, W.; Montenegro, E. C.; Tavares, André C.; Lüdde, H. J.; Schenk, G.; Horbatsch, M.; Kirchner, T.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we report experimental and theoretical ionization and electron-capture cross sections for single-, double- and triple-electron removal from H2O by Li3 + impact at energies ranging from 0.75 to 5.8 MeV. The experiment was carried out by selecting both the final charge state of the projectile and the ejected fragments in coincidence to obtain cross sections associated with ionization and electron-capture channels. The ionic fragments and the emitted electrons produced under single-collision conditions were collected by a time-of-flight spectrometer with single-hit (e.g., OH++H0 ) and double-hit events (e.g., OH++H+ ) properly discriminated. For the one- and two-electron removal cases, the calculations based on the basis generator method for orbital propagation agree well with the experiment for most of the collision channels studied. Auger-electron emission after vacancy production in the inner 2 a1 orbital of H2O is shown to have a substantial effect on the final charge-state distributions over the entire impact-energy interval.

  15. A New Mass Criterium for Electron Capture Supernovae

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    Poelarends, Arend

    2016-06-01

    Electron capture supernovae (ECSN) are thought to populate the mass range between massive white dwarf progenitors and core collapse supernovae. It is generally believed that the initial stellar mass range for ECSN from single stars is about 0.5-1.0 M⊙ wide and centered around a value of 8.5 or 9 M⊙, depending on the specifics of the physics of convection and mass loss one applies. Since mass loss in a binary system is able to delay or cancel the second dredge-up, it is also believed that the initial mass range for ECSN in binary systems is wider than in single stars, but an initial mass range has not been defined yet.The last phase of stars in this particular mass range, however, is challenging to compute, either due to recurring Helium shell flashes, or due to convectively bound flames in the degenerate interior of the star. It would be helpful, nevertheless, to know before we enter these computationally intensive phases whether a star will explode as an ECSN or not. The mass of the helium core after helium core burning is one such criterium (Nomoto, 1984), which predicts that ECSN will occur if the helium core mass is between 2.0 M⊙ and 2.5 M⊙. However, since helium cores can be subject to erosion due to mass loss — even during helium core burning, this criterium will not yield accurate predictions for stars in binary systems.We present a dense grid of stellar evolution models that allow us to put constraints on the final fate of their cores, based on a combination of Carbon/Oxygen core mass, the mass of the surrounding Helium layer and C/O abundance. We find that CO cores with masses between 1.365 and 1.420 M⊙ at the end of Carbon burning will result in ECSN, with some minor adjustments of these ranges due to the mass of the Helium layer and the C/O ratio. While detailed models of stars within the ECSN mass range remain necessary to understand the details of pre-ECSN evolution, our research refines the Helium core criterion and provides a useful way

  16. Characterization of the 163Ho Electron Capture Spectrum: A Step Towards the Electron Neutrino Mass Determination

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    Ranitzsch, P. C.-O.; Hassel, C.; Wegner, M.; Hengstler, D.; Kempf, S.; Fleischmann, A.; Enss, C.; Gastaldo, L.; Herlert, A.; Johnston, K.

    2017-09-01

    The isotope 163Ho is in many ways the best candidate to perform experiments to investigate the value of the electron neutrino mass. It undergoes an electron capture process to 163Dy with an energy available to the decay, QEC, of about 2.8 keV. According to the present knowledge, this is the lowest QEC value for such transitions. Here we discuss a newly obtained spectrum of 163Ho, taken by cryogenic metallic magnetic calorimeters with 163Ho implanted in the absorbers and operated in anticoincident mode for background reduction. For the first time, the atomic deexcitation of the 163Dy daughter atom following the capture of electrons from the 5 s shell in 163Ho, the OI line, was observed with a calorimetric measurement. The peak energy is determined to be 48 eV. In addition, a precise determination of the energy available for the decay QEC=(2.858 ±0.01 0stat±0.0 5syst) keV was obtained by analyzing the intensities of the lines in the spectrum. This value is in good agreement with the measurement of the mass difference between 163Ho and 163Dy obtained by Penning-trap mass spectrometry, demonstrating the reliability of the calorimetric technique.

  17. Absolute differential cross sections for electron capture and loss by kilo-electron-volt hydrogen atoms

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    Smith, G. J.; Johnson, L. K.; Gao, R. S.; Smith, K. A.; Stebbings, R. F.

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports measurements of absolute differential cross sections for electron capture and loss for fast hydrogen atoms incident on H2, N2, O2, Ar, and He. Cross sections have been determined in the 2.0- to 5.0-keV energy range over the laboratory angular range 0.02-2 deg, with an angular, resolution of 0.02 deg. The high angular resolution allows observation of the structure at small angles in some of the cross sections. Comparison of the present results with those of other authors generally shows very good agreement.

  18. Electron-induced double ionization of oriented methane molecules

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    Oubaziz, Dahbia; Aitelhadjali, Zakia; Quinto, Michele Arcangelo; Boulifa, Rachida; Champion, Christophe

    2017-06-01

    We report here a theoretical study of the target orientation effect on the total cross sections for the double ionization of methane molecules impacted by electrons. The theoretical description is performed within the first Born approximation. The initial state of the collisional system is composed of an electron projectile modeled by a plane wave and a molecular target described by a one-center wave function while the final state is constituted by a scattered electron described by a plane wave and two ejected electrons both represented by a Coulomb wave and coupled with a Gamow factor. Secondary electron energetic distributions and total cross sections are reported for particular target configurations. Strong orientation effects on the double-ionization process are pointed out in particular when scrutinized orbital by orbital.

  19. A new analytical formula for neutron capture gamma dose calculations in double-bend mazes in radiation therapy

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    Ghiasi, Hosein; Mesbahi, Asghar

    2012-01-01

    Background Photoneutrons are produced in radiation therapy with high energy photons. Also, capture gamma rays are the byproduct of neutrons interactions with wall material of radiotherapy rooms. Aim In the current study an analytical formula was proposed for capture gamma dose calculations in double bend mazes in radiation therapy rooms. Materials and methods A total of 40 different layouts with double-bend mazes and a 18 MeV photon beam of Varian 2100 Clinac were simulated using MCNPX Monte Carlo (MC) code. Neutron capture gamma ray dose equivalent was calculated by the MC method along the maze and at the maze entrance door of all the simulated rooms. Then, all MC resulted data were fitted to an empirical formula for capture gamma dose calculations. Wu–McGinley analytical formula for capture gamma dose equivalent at the maze entrance door in single-bend mazes was also used for comparison purposes. Results For capture gamma dose equivalents at the maze entrance door, the difference of 2–11% was seen between MC and the derived equation, while the difference of 36–87% was found between MC and the Wu–McGinley methods. Conclusion Our results showed that the derived formula results were consistent with the MC results for all of 40 different geometries. However, as a new formula, further evaluations are required to validate its use in practical situations. Finally, its application is recommend for capture gamma dose calculations in double-bend mazes to improve shielding calculations. PMID:24377027

  20. Attosecond Electron Correlation Dynamics in Double Ionization of Benzene Probed with Two-Electron Angular Streaking

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    Winney, Alexander H.; Lee, Suk Kyoung; Lin, Yun Fei; Liao, Qing; Adhikari, Pradip; Basnayake, Gihan; Schlegel, H. Bernhard; Li, Wen

    2017-09-01

    With a novel three-dimensional electron-electron coincidence imaging technique and two-electron angular streaking method, we show that the emission time delay between two electrons can be measured from tens of attoseconds to more than 1 fs. Surprisingly, in benzene, the double ionization rate decays as the time delay between the first and second electron emission increases during the first 500 as. This is further supported by the decay of the Coulomb repulsion in the direction perpendicular to the laser polarization. This result reveals that laser-induced electron correlation plays a major role in strong field double ionization of benzene driven by a nearly circularly polarized field.

  1. SUPPRESSION OF ENERGETIC ELECTRON TRANSPORT IN FLARES BY DOUBLE LAYERS

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    Li, T. C.; Drake, J. F.; Swisdak, M.

    2012-09-20

    During flares and coronal mass ejections, energetic electrons from coronal sources typically have very long lifetimes compared to the transit times across the systems, suggesting confinement in the source region. Particle-in-cell simulations are carried out to explore the mechanisms of energetic electron transport from the corona to the chromosphere and possible confinement. We set up an initial system of pre-accelerated hot electrons in contact with ambient cold electrons along the local magnetic field and let it evolve over time. Suppression of transport by a nonlinear, highly localized electrostatic electric field (in the form of a double layer) is observed after a short phase of free-streaming by hot electrons. The double layer (DL) emerges at the contact of the two electron populations. It is driven by an ion-electron streaming instability due to the drift of the back-streaming return current electrons interacting with the ions. The DL grows over time and supports a significant drop in temperature and hence reduces heat flux between the two regions that is sustained for the duration of the simulation. This study shows that transport suppression begins when the energetic electrons start to propagate away from a coronal acceleration site. It also implies confinement of energetic electrons with kinetic energies less than the electrostatic energy of the DL for the DL lifetime, which is much longer than the electron transit time through the source region.

  2. Do electron-capture supernovae make neutron stars?. First multidimensional hydrodynamic simulations of the oxygen deflagration

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    Jones, S.; Röpke, F. K.; Pakmor, R.; Seitenzahl, I. R.; Ohlmann, S. T.; Edelmann, P. V. F.

    2016-09-01

    Context. In the classical picture, electron-capture supernovae and the accretion-induced collapse of oxygen-neon white dwarfs undergo an oxygen deflagration phase before gravitational collapse produces a neutron star. These types of core collapse events are postulated to explain several astronomical phenomena. In this work, the oxygen deflagration phase is simulated for the first time using multidimensional hydrodynamics. Aims: By simulating the oxygen deflagration with multidimensional hydrodynamics and a level-set-based flame approach, new insights can be gained into the explosive deaths of 8-10 M⊙ stars and oxygen-neon white dwarfs that accrete material from a binary companion star. The main aim is to determine whether these events are thermonuclear or core-collapse supernova explosions, and hence whether neutron stars are formed by such phenomena. Methods: The oxygen deflagration is simulated in oxygen-neon cores with three different central ignition densities. The intermediate density case is perhaps the most realistic, being based on recent nuclear physics calculations and 1D stellar models. The 3D hydrodynamic simulations presented in this work begin from a centrally confined flame structure using a level-set-based flame approach and are performed in 2563 and 5123 numerical resolutions. Results: In the simulations with intermediate and low ignition density, the cores do not appear to collapse into neutron stars. Instead, almost a solar mass of material becomes unbound from the cores, leaving bound remnants. These simulations represent the case in which semiconvective mixing during the electron-capture phase preceding the deflagration is inefficient. The masses of the bound remnants double when Coulomb corrections are included in the equation of state, however they still do not exceed the effective Chandrasekhar mass and, hence, would not collapse into neutron stars. The simulations with the highest ignition density (log 10ρc = 10.3), representing the case

  3. A Benign, Low Z Electron Capture Agent for Negative Ion TPCs

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    Martoff, C. J.; Dion, M. P.; Hosack, M.; Barton, D.; Black, J. K.

    2008-01-01

    We have identified nitromethane (CH3NO2) as an effective electron capture agent for negative ion TPCs (NITPCs). We present drift velocity and longitudinal diffusion measurements for negative ion gas mixtures using nitromethane as the capture agent. Not only is nitromethane substantially more benign than the only other identified capture agent, CS2, but its low atomic number will enable the use of the NITPC as a photoelectric X-ray polarimeter in the 1-10 keV band.

  4. Electron impact double ionization cross sections of light elements

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    Talukder, M. R.; Haque, A. K. F.; Uddin, M. A.

    2009-06-01

    A simple user-friendly semiempirical model is proposed to calculate electron impact double ionization cross sections of He, Li, Li+, B+, C+, C3+, O, O2+, O3+, Ne, Ne+, Ne2+, Na, Mg, Al3+, S, and Arq+ (q=0-7) targets for the incident electron energies from threshold to 106 eV. The contributions in the total double ionization cross sections from the direct double ionization and inner-shell ionization processes are taken into account on the basis of experimental data considered. The results of the present analysis are compared with the available experimental data and theoretical calculations. The model is found successful for the description of experimental cross sections. Since, this model may be a prudent selection to meet the demand level in plasma modeling due to its simple inherent structure.

  5. Capturing atomic-scale carrier dynamics with electrons

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    Baum, Peter; Krausz, Ferenc

    2017-09-01

    Light-driven electronic motion unfolds on times as short as the cycle period of light and on length scales as small as the distance between two neighboring atoms in a molecule. Visualizing fundamental light-matter interactions therefore requires access to attosecond and picometer dimensions. Here we report on a potential unification of electron diffraction and microscopy with attosecond technology, which could provide a full space-time access to elementary electronic processes in matter and materials. We review recent progress in ultrafast diffraction and microscopy towards temporal resolutions approaching 10 fs by use of state-of-the-art microwave technology and discuss our latest findings on all-optical compression approaches for reaching sub-femtosecond, sub-optical-cycle resolution. Four-dimensional electron diffraction with attosecond-picometer resolution will access all dynamics outside the atomic core, offering an all-embracing insight into fundamental electron-nuclear dynamics of complex materials.

  6. Equivalent electron correlations in nonsequential double ionization of noble atoms

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    Dong, Shansi; Han, Qiujing; Zhang, Jingtao

    2017-02-01

    Electron correlation is encoded directly in the distribution of the energetic electrons produced in a recollision-impact double ionization process, and varies with the laser field and the target atoms. In order to get equivalent electron correlation effects, one should enlarge the laser intensity cubically and the laser frequency linearly in proportion to the second ionization potentials of the target atoms. The physical mechanism behind the transform is to keep the ponderomotive parameter unchanged when the laser frequency is enlarged. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61475168 and 11674231) and sponsored by Shanghai Gaofeng & Gaoyuan Project for University Academic Program Development (Zhang).

  7. Image charge effects on electron capture by dust grains in dusty plasmas.

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    Jung, Y D; Tawara, H

    2001-07-01

    Electron-capture processes by negatively charged dust grains from hydrogenic ions in dusty plasmas are investigated in accordance with the classical Bohr-Lindhard model. The attractive interaction between the electron in a hydrogenic ion and its own image charge inside the dust grain is included to obtain the total interaction energy between the electron and the dust grain. The electron-capture radius is determined by the total interaction energy and the kinetic energy of the released electron in the frame of the projectile dust grain. The classical straight-line trajectory approximation is applied to the motion of the ion in order to visualize the electron-capture cross section as a function of the impact parameter, kinetic energy of the projectile ion, and dust charge. It is found that the image charge inside the dust grain plays a significant role in the electron-capture process near the surface of the dust grain. The electron-capture cross section is found to be quite sensitive to the collision energy and dust charge.

  8. Dynamics of O{sup 8+}+H electron capture in Debye plasmas

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    Liu, L.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2009-05-15

    The electron capture in O{sup 8+}-H collisions is studied by the two-center atomic-orbital close-coupling method when the interactions of charged particles are screened and have a Yukawa form. Atomic orbitals and eigenenergies of n{<=}7 states on O{sup 7+} and n{<=}2 states on H are calculated as a function of the interaction screening parameter and used in the atomic-orbital close-coupling dynamics scheme to calculate the electron capture cross sections in the energy range of 0.2-50 keV/u. It is shown that the degree of interaction screening determines the reduction in electron binding energies, the number of open electron capture channels, and the strength of the exchange couplings, thus affecting the entire collision dynamics and the magnitude and energy behavior of state-selective cross sections. The changes in electron binding energies and capture cross sections when the interaction screening varies introduce dramatic changes in the radiation spectrum of O{sup 7+}(nl) capture states with respect to the unscreened interaction case. The state-selective electron capture cross sections in this collision system, as well as the intensities of a number of charge exchange spectral lines, for a number of representative screening parameter values are presented and discussed.

  9. Analytical and computational studies of intramolecular electron transfer pertinent to electron transfer and electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry.

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    Neff, Diane; Simons, Jack

    2010-01-28

    Earlier work from this group has suggested that, in electron capture and electron-transfer mass spectrometry experiments on positively charged gas-phase samples of polypeptides, the initial electron attachment event most likely occurs at one of the peptide's positively charged sites (e.g., protonated side chains), although electron attachment can occur at a disulfide or amide site ca. 1-10% of the time. Focusing on the 90-99% dominant channel in which initial electron attachment occurs at a positive site, this paper addresses to what extent and over what distances electron transfer can take place from a positively charged site to a disulfide sigma* or amide pi* orbital, because it is thought that it is through such orbitals that disulfide or N-C(alpha) backbone bond cleavage occurs. Ab initio electronic structure calculations show that, as long as an SS sigma* (or OCN pi*) orbital experiences sufficient Coulomb stabilization from proximal positively charged groups, there are a myriad of excited Rydberg states located on positive sites that are able to induce such intrapeptide electron transfer. Computational data show that the transfer rates decay exponentially with distance for a given Rydberg orbital. An analytical model is developed that allows us to estimate the rates of Rydberg-to-valence and Rydberg-to-Rydberg electron transfers as functions of the Rydberg orbitals' n quantum numbers. This model suggests that transfer can occur over very long distances at rates that are more than competitive with the rates of radiationless relaxation within the manifold of Rydberg states (the latter processes eventually terminate the electron-transfer process an thus the disulfide or N-C(alpha) bond cleavages), and it gives formulas for how these rates depend on n (and thus the radial span of the Rydberg orbitals).

  10. Effects of hot electron inertia on electron-acoustic solitons and double layers

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    Verheest, Frank; Hellberg, Manfred A.

    2015-07-15

    The propagation of arbitrary amplitude electron-acoustic solitons and double layers is investigated in a plasma containing cold positive ions, cool adiabatic and hot isothermal electrons, with the retention of full inertial effects for all species. For analytical tractability, the resulting Sagdeev pseudopotential is expressed in terms of the hot electron density, rather than the electrostatic potential. The existence domains for Mach numbers and hot electron densities clearly show that both rarefactive and compressive solitons can exist. Soliton limitations come from the cool electron sonic point, followed by the hot electron sonic point, until a range of rarefactive double layers occurs. Increasing the relative cool electron density further yields a switch to compressive double layers, which ends when the model assumptions break down. These qualitative results are but little influenced by variations in compositional parameters. A comparison with a Boltzmann distribution for the hot electrons shows that only the cool electron sonic point limit remains, giving higher maximum Mach numbers but similar densities, and a restricted range in relative hot electron density before the model assumptions are exceeded. The Boltzmann distribution can reproduce neither the double layer solutions nor the switch in rarefactive/compressive character or negative/positive polarity.

  11. Carrier capture in InGaN/GaN quantum wells: Role of electron-electron scattering

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    Vallone, Marco; Goano, Michele; Bertazzi, Francesco; Ghione, Giovanni

    2017-03-01

    The competition of electron-electron interband scattering (ee) and longitudinal optical phonon emission (e-ph) as electron capture mechanisms is theoretically investigated in III-nitride quantum wells. The non-trivial separation of their scattering probabilities is discussed, and compact expressions for capture time are obtained in the framework of the quantum many-body formalism. At the typical operating conditions of light emitting diodes (LEDs), the model predicts an increasing importance of ee scattering as a capture mechanism with increasing carrier density. Verifications against recent experiments are presented to support this finding and confirm the need for population-dependent capture time expressions including both ee and e-ph mechanisms for an accurate description of LED carrier dynamics and efficiency.

  12. Dynamics of electron emission in double photoionization processes near the krypton 3d threshold

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    Penent, F.; Sheinerman, S.; Andric, L.; Lablanquie, P.; Palaudoux, J.; Becker, U.; Braune, M.; Viefhaus, J.; Eland, J. H. D.

    2008-02-01

    Two-electron emission following photoabsorption near the Kr 3d threshold is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. On the experimental side, electron/electron coincidences using a magnetic bottle time-of-flight spectrometer allow us to observe the complete double photo ionization (DPI) continua of selected Kr2+ final states, and to see how these continua are affected by resonant processes in the vicinity of the Kr 3d threshold. The analysis is based on a quantum mechanical approach that takes into account the contribution of three different processes: (A) Auger decay of the inner 3d vacancy with the associated post-collision interaction (PCI) effects, (B) capture of slow photoelectrons into discrete states followed by valence multiplet decay (VMD) of the excited ionic states and (C) valence shell DPI. The dominant process for each Kr2+(4p-2) final state is the photoionization of the inner shell followed by Auger decay of the 3d vacancies. Moreover, for the 4p-2(3P) and 4p-2(1D) final ionic states an important contribution comes from the processes of slow photoelectron capture followed by VMD as well as from double ionization of the outer shell involving also VMD.

  13. A low energy ion source for electron capture spectroscopy.

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    Tusche, C; Kirschner, J

    2014-06-01

    We report on the design of an ion source for the production of single and double charged Helium ions with kinetic energies in the range from 300 eV down to 5 eV. The construction is based on a commercial sputter ion gun equipped with a Wien-filter for mass/charge separation. Retardation of the ions from the ionizer potential (2 keV) takes place completely within the lens system of the sputter gun, without modification of original parts. For 15 eV He(+) ions, the design allows for beam currents up to 30 nA, limited by the space charge repulsion in the beam. For He(2 +) operation, we obtain a beam current of 320 pA at 30 eV, and 46 pA at 5 eV beam energy, respectively. In addition, operating parameters can be optimized for a significant contribution of metastable He*(+) (2s) ions.

  14. Conformation dependent electronic transport in a DNA double-helix

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    Kundu, Sourav Karmakar, S. N.

    2015-10-15

    We present a tight-binding study of conformation dependent electronic transport properties of DNA double-helix including its helical symmetry. We have studied the changes in the localization properties of DNA as we alter the number of stacked bases within every pitch of the double-helix keeping fixed the total number of nitrogen bases within the DNA molecule. We take three DNA sequences, two of them are periodic and one is random and observe that in all the cases localization length increases as we increase the radius of DNA double-helix i.e., number of nucleobases within a pitch. We have also investigated the effect of backbone energetic on the I-V response of the system and found that in presence of helical symmetry, depending on the interplay of conformal variation and disorder, DNA can be found in either metallic, semiconducting and insulating phases, as observed experimentally.

  15. Electron capture by an electric dipole in two dimensions

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    Glasser, M. L.; Nieto, L. M.

    2007-06-15

    The question of the existence of a nonzero minimum dipole moment D{sub 0} that can sustain an electron bound state for an electric dipole in two dimensions is examined both classically and quantum mechanically. The results suggest that in the latter case, D{sub 0}{<=}0.209 compared to the Fermi-Teller value 0.904 for three dimensions (in atomic units)

  16. Ultra-fast electron capture by electrosterically-stabilized gold nanoparticles

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    Ghandi, Khashayar; Findlater, Alexander D.; Mahimwalla, Zahid; MacNeil, Connor S.; Awoonor-Williams, Ernest; Zahariev, Federico; Gordon, Mark S.

    2015-07-01

    Ultra-fast pre-solvated electron capture has been observed for aqueous solutions of room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) surface-stabilized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs; ~9 nm). The extraordinarily large inverse temperature dependent rate constants (ke ~ 5 × 1014 M-1 s-1) measured for the capture of electrons in solution suggest electron capture by the AuNP surface that is on the timescale of, and therefore in competition with, electron solvation and electron-cation recombination reactions. The observed electron transfer rates challenge the conventional notion that radiation induced biological damage would be enhanced in the presence of AuNPs. On the contrary, AuNPs stabilized by non-covalently bonded ligands demonstrate the potential to quench radiation-induced electrons, indicating potential applications in fields ranging from radiation therapy to heterogeneous catalysis.Ultra-fast pre-solvated electron capture has been observed for aqueous solutions of room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) surface-stabilized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs; ~9 nm). The extraordinarily large inverse temperature dependent rate constants (ke ~ 5 × 1014 M-1 s-1) measured for the capture of electrons in solution suggest electron capture by the AuNP surface that is on the timescale of, and therefore in competition with, electron solvation and electron-cation recombination reactions. The observed electron transfer rates challenge the conventional notion that radiation induced biological damage would be enhanced in the presence of AuNPs. On the contrary, AuNPs stabilized by non-covalently bonded ligands demonstrate the potential to quench radiation-induced electrons, indicating potential applications in fields ranging from radiation therapy to heterogeneous catalysis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Calculations and procedure for the synthesis and determination of the gold nanoparticle concentration, μSR sample preparation, determination of rate constants for electron

  17. Double deflection system for an electron beam device

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    Parker, Norman W.; Golladay, Steven D.; Crewe, Albert V.

    1978-01-01

    A double deflection scanning system for electron beam instruments is provided embodying a means of correcting isotropic coma, and anisotropic coma aberrations induced by the magnetic lens of such an instrument. The scanning system deflects the beam prior to entry into the magnetic lens from the normal on-axis intersection of the beam with the lens according to predetermined formulas and thereby reduces the aberrations.

  18. Double differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of helium

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    Yun-fei, Yao; Zhang-jin, Chen

    1999-03-01

    The double differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of helium at incident energies of 200 eV, 100 eV and 64.6 eV have been calculated in the BBK model. The present results are found to be in generally good agreement with the latest measurements of Röder et al. and the theoretical results of the convergent close-coupling method although some quantitative discrepancy remains.

  19. On the cascade capture of electrons at donors in GaAs quantum wells

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    Aleshkin, V. Ya.

    2015-09-15

    The impact parameter for the cascade capture of electrons at a charged donor in a GaAs quantum well is calculated. A simple approximate analytical expression for the impact parameter is suggested. The temperature dependence of the impact parameter for the case of electron scattering by the piezoelectric potential of acoustic phonons is determined.

  20. Electron capture in collisions of S with H{sup +}

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    Zhao, L.B.; Stancil, P.C.; Gu, J.-P.; Liebermann, H.-P.; Funke, P.; Buenker, R.J.; Kimura, M.

    2005-06-15

    Within the framework of a fully quantum-mechanical molecular-orbital close-coupling (QMOCC) theory, charge transfer has been studied for collisions of S with H{sup +}. The multireference single- and double-excitation configuration-interaction method was utilized to evaluate the adiabatic potentials and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements for the SH{sup +} system. Cross sections and rate coefficients are presented for S({sup 3}P,{sup 1}D)+H{sup +}{yields}S{sup +}({sup 4}S{sup 0},{sup 2}D{sup 0},{sup 2}P{sup 0})+H with relative collision energies between 0.1 meV/u and 10 keV/u and temperatures between 10 K and 2.0x10{sup 6} K. The investigation shows that the charge-transfer process is dominated by S({sup 3}P)+H{sup +}{yields}S{sup +}({sup 2}P{sup 0})+H and that the cross sections and rate coefficients vary by orders of magnitude over the energy and temperature range considered. The current rate coefficients are in disagreement with the often adopted value of 1.30x10{sup -9} cm{sup 3}/s at low temperatures, and two orders of magnitude smaller than a previous estimate at T=10{sup 4} K, for the process S({sup 3}P)+H{sup +}{yields}S{sup +}({sup 2}D{sup 0},{sup 2}P{sup 0})+H. We also performed semiclassical close-coupling calculations, which give cross sections in excellent agreement agreement with the QMOCC results for energies above 30 eV/u. Application of the results to astrophysical environments is briefly discussed.

  1. Multi-electron double quantum dot spin qubits

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    Nielsen, Erik; Kestner, Jason; Barnes, Edwin; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2013-03-01

    Double quantum dot (DQD) spin quits in a solid state environment typically consist of two electron spins confined to a DQD potential. We analyze the viability and potential advantages of DQD qubits which use greater then two electrons, and present results for six-electron qubits using full configuration interaction methods. The principal results of this work are that such six electron DQDs can retain an isolated low-energy qubit space that is more robust to charge noise due to screening. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  2. Level-resolved quantum statistical theory of electron capture into many-electron compound resonances in highly charged ions

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    Berengut, J. C.; Harabati, C.; Dzuba, V. A.; Flambaum, V. V.; Gribakin, G. F.

    2015-12-01

    The strong mixing of many-electron basis states in excited atoms and ions with open f shells results in very large numbers of complex, chaotic eigenstates that cannot be computed to any degree of accuracy. Describing the processes which involve such states requires the use of a statistical theory. Electron capture into these "compound resonances" leads to electron-ion recombination rates that are orders of magnitude greater than those of direct, radiative recombination and cannot be described by standard theories of dielectronic recombination. Previous statistical theories considered this as a two-electron capture process which populates a pair of single-particle orbitals, followed by "spreading" of the two-electron states into chaotically mixed eigenstates. This method is similar to a configuration-average approach because it neglects potentially important effects of spectator electrons and conservation of total angular momentum. In this work we develop a statistical theory which considers electron capture into "doorway" states with definite angular momentum obtained by the configuration interaction method. We apply this approach to electron recombination with W20 +, considering 2 ×106 doorway states. Despite strong effects from the spectator electrons, we find that the results of the earlier theories largely hold. Finally, we extract the fluorescence yield (the probability of photoemission and hence recombination) by comparison with experiment.

  3. Electron capture of dopants in two-photonic ionization in a poly(methyl methacrylate) solid

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    Tsuchida, Akira; Sakai, Wataru; Nakano, Mitsuru; Yamamoto, Masahide

    1992-10-29

    Behavior of the electron produced by two-photonic excitation of an aromatic donor in a poly(methyl methacrylate) solid was studied by the addition of the electron scavengers to the system. According to the Perrin type analysis for the two-photonically ejected electron, the capture radii (R{sub c}) of the scavengers examined were estimated to be from 8 to 40 {Angstrom}. For the two-photonically ejected electrons, R{sub c} is a capture radius for thermalized electrons. In this case the parent electron donor is not necessarily within this radius. On the other hand, for the fluorescence quenching, the distance between the donor and acceptor is within the static quenching radius (R{sub q}) of the donor. 13 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Electron capture in collisions of Al2+ ions with He atoms at intermediate energies

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    Watanabe, A.; Sato, H.; Gu, J. P.; Hirsch, G.; Buenker, R. J.; Kimura, M.

    2001-09-01

    Electron capture resulting from collisions of Al2+ ions with He atoms from 0.15 to 1000 keV/u is investigated using a molecular-orbital representation within a semiclassical frame. Molecular electronic states and corresponding couplings are determined by the ALCHEMY program. Sixteen molecular states all connecting to single-electron-capture processes are included, and hence radial and rotational couplings among these channels are fully considered. The trajectory effect arising from the straight-line, Coulomb, and ground-state potential trajectories for electron-capture and excitation processes is carefully assessed. The electron-capture cross section by ground-state Al2+(2S) ions slowly increases before it reaches a maximum of 1.3×10-16 cm2 at 100 keV/u. Those for metastable Al2+(2P) ions sharply increase with increasing energy, and reach a peak at 1 keV/u with a value of 1.5×10-16 cm2. The earlier experimental data are found to be larger by an order of magnitude although their energy dependence is in good accord with the present result. Excitation cross sections for both the ground and metastable states are found to be much larger by a factor of 2-3 than corresponding capture cross sections above 1 keV/u although they become comparable below this energy.

  5. Development of Holmium-163 electron-capture spectroscopy with transition-edge sensors

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    Croce, Mark Philip; Rabin, Michael W.; Mocko, Veronika; ...

    2016-08-01

    Calorimetric decay energy spectroscopy of electron-capture-decaying isotopes is a promising method to achieve the sensitivity required for electron neutrino mass measurement. The very low total nuclear decay energy (QEC < 3 keV) and short half-life (4570 years) of 163Ho make it attractive for high-precision electron-capture spectroscopy (ECS) near the kinematic endpoint, where the neutrino momentum goes to zero. In the ECS approach, an electron-capture-decaying isotope is embedded inside a microcalorimeter designed to capture and measure the energy of all the decay radiation except that of the escaping neutrino. We have developed a complete process for proton irradiation-based isotope production, isolation,more » and purification of 163Ho. We have developed transition-edge sensors for this measurement and methods for incorporating 163Ho into high-resolution microcalorimeters, and have measured the electron-capture spectrum of 163Ho. Finally, we present our work in these areas and discuss the measured spectrum and its comparison to current theory.« less

  6. Development of Holmium-163 electron-capture spectroscopy with transition-edge sensors

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    Croce, Mark Philip; Rabin, Michael W.; Mocko, Veronika; Kunde, Gerd Joachim; Birnbaum, Eva R.; Bond, E. M.; Engle, Jonathan Ward; Hoover, Andrew Scott; Nortier, Francois Meiring; Pollington, Anthony Douglas; Taylor, Wayne Allen; Weisse-Bernstein, Nina R.; Wolfsberg, Laura Evon; Hays-Wehle, James P.; Schmidt, Dan R.; Swetz, D. S.; Ullom, Joel N.; Barnhart, Todd E.; Nickles, Robert J.

    2016-08-01

    Calorimetric decay energy spectroscopy of electron-capture-decaying isotopes is a promising method to achieve the sensitivity required for electron neutrino mass measurement. The very low total nuclear decay energy (QEC < 3 keV) and short half-life (4570 years) of 163Ho make it attractive for high-precision electron-capture spectroscopy (ECS) near the kinematic endpoint, where the neutrino momentum goes to zero. In the ECS approach, an electron-capture-decaying isotope is embedded inside a microcalorimeter designed to capture and measure the energy of all the decay radiation except that of the escaping neutrino. We have developed a complete process for proton irradiation-based isotope production, isolation, and purification of 163Ho. We have developed transition-edge sensors for this measurement and methods for incorporating 163Ho into high-resolution microcalorimeters, and have measured the electron-capture spectrum of 163Ho. Finally, we present our work in these areas and discuss the measured spectrum and its comparison to current theory.

  7. Development of Holmium-163 electron-capture spectroscopy with transition-edge sensors

    SciTech Connect

    Croce, Mark Philip; Rabin, Michael W.; Mocko, Veronika; Kunde, Gerd Joachim; Birnbaum, Eva R.; Bond, E. M.; Engle, Jonathan Ward; Hoover, Andrew Scott; Nortier, Francois Meiring; Pollington, Anthony Douglas; Taylor, Wayne Allen; Weisse-Bernstein, Nina R.; Wolfsberg, Laura Evon; Hays-Wehle, James P.; Schmidt, Dan R.; Swetz, D. S.; Ullom, Joel N.; Barnhart, Todd E.; Nickles, Robert J.

    2016-08-01

    Calorimetric decay energy spectroscopy of electron-capture-decaying isotopes is a promising method to achieve the sensitivity required for electron neutrino mass measurement. The very low total nuclear decay energy (QEC < 3 keV) and short half-life (4570 years) of 163Ho make it attractive for high-precision electron-capture spectroscopy (ECS) near the kinematic endpoint, where the neutrino momentum goes to zero. In the ECS approach, an electron-capture-decaying isotope is embedded inside a microcalorimeter designed to capture and measure the energy of all the decay radiation except that of the escaping neutrino. We have developed a complete process for proton irradiation-based isotope production, isolation, and purification of 163Ho. We have developed transition-edge sensors for this measurement and methods for incorporating 163Ho into high-resolution microcalorimeters, and have measured the electron-capture spectrum of 163Ho. Finally, we present our work in these areas and discuss the measured spectrum and its comparison to current theory.

  8. Development of Holmium-163 Electron-Capture Spectroscopy with Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Croce, M. P.; Rabin, M. W.; Mocko, V.; Kunde, G. J.; Birnbaum, E. R.; Bond, E. M.; Engle, J. W.; Hoover, A. S.; Nortier, F. M.; Pollington, A. D.; Taylor, W. A.; Weisse-Bernstein, N. R.; Wolfsberg, L. E.; Hays-Wehle, J. P.; Schmidt, D. R.; Swetz, D. S.; Ullom, J. N.; Barnhart, T. E.; Nickles, R. J.

    2016-08-01

    Calorimetric decay energy spectroscopy of electron-capture-decaying isotopes is a promising method to achieve the sensitivity required for electron neutrino mass measurement. The very low total nuclear decay energy (Q_EC < 3 keV) and short half-life (4570 years) of ^{163}Ho make it attractive for high-precision electron-capture spectroscopy (ECS) near the kinematic endpoint, where the neutrino momentum goes to zero. In the ECS approach, an electron-capture-decaying isotope is embedded inside a microcalorimeter designed to capture and measure the energy of all the decay radiation except that of the escaping neutrino. We have developed a complete process for proton irradiation-based isotope production, isolation, and purification of ^{163}Ho. We have developed transition-edge sensors for this measurement and methods for incorporating ^{163}Ho into high-resolution microcalorimeters, and have measured the electron-capture spectrum of ^{163}Ho. We present our work in these areas and discuss the measured spectrum and its comparison to current theory.

  9. Evaluation and optimization of electron capture dissociation efficiency in fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    McFarland, Melinda A; Chalmers, Michael J; Quinn, John P; Hendrickson, Christopher L; Marshall, Alan G

    2005-07-01

    Electron capture dissociation (ECD) efficiency has typically been lower than for other dissociation techniques. Here we characterize experimental factors that limit ECD and seek to improve its efficiency. Efficiency of precursor to product ion conversion was measured for a range of peptide (approximately 15% efficiency) and protein (approximately 33% efficiency) ions of differing sizes and charge states. Conversion of precursor ions to products depends on electron irradiation period and maximizes at approximately 5-30 ms. The optimal irradiation period scales inversely with charge state. We demonstrate that reflection of electrons through the ICR cell is more efficient and robust than a single pass, because electrons can cool to the optimal energy for capture, which allows for a wide range of initial electron energy. Further, efficient ECD with reflected electrons requires only a short (approximately 500 micros) irradiation period followed by an appropriate delay for cooling and interaction. Reflection of the electron beam results in electrons trapped in or near the ICR cell and thus requires a brief (approximately 50 micros) purge for successful mass spectral acquisition. Further electron irradiation of refractory precursor ions did not result in further dissociation. Possibly the ion cloud and electron beam are misaligned radially, or the electron beam diameter may be smaller than that of the ion cloud such that remaining precursor ions do not overlap with the electron beam. Several ion manipulation techniques and use of a large, movable dispenser cathode reduce the possibility that misalignment of the ion and electron beams limits ECD efficiency.

  10. [Clinical investigations: innovative management of data. Electronic Data Capture: IOStudy Office].

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    Marschner, N

    2001-08-01

    In the future clinical trials will increasingly be conducted using "electronic data capture EDC" in place of documentation on paper. The utilization of computer systems and special software programs will make quality optimization possible while speeding up the documentation and data processing. In the publication the software system IOStudy Office and its modules are presented. The facilitation of the data capturing process (physician), data monitoring (monitor), and project managment are discussed in detail.

  11. Coulomb-tail effect of electron-electron interaction on nonsequential double ionization

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    Zhou, Yueming; Huang, Cheng; Lu, Peixiang

    2011-08-01

    With the classical ensemble model, we investigate the manifestations of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction in nonsequential double ionization by comparing the results from the short-range electron-electron interaction with those from the Coulombic electron-electron interaction. At the intensity below the recollision threshold, the two-electron momentum distributions in the direction parallel to the laser polarization show an anticorrelated behavior for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction while a correlated behavior for the short-range interaction, which indicates the responsibility of the Coulomb tail of the electron-electron interaction for the experimentally observed anticorrelated emission [Y. Liu, S. Tschuch, A. Rudenko, M. Durr, M. Siegel, U. Morgner, R. Moshammer, and J. Ullrich, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.101.053001 101, 053001 (2008)]. In the transverse direction, for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction, the two electrons exhibit no effect of repulsion at an intensity below the recollision threshold while a strong repulsion effect at an intensity above the threshold, which becomes weaker as the laser intensity further increases. Back analysis shows that the role of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction leads asymmetric energy sharing (AES) to be prevalent at recollision. This AES results in the two electrons leaving the ion at different times or with different initial momenta, which is responsible for the anticorrelated behavior in the parallel direction and the intensity-dependent repulsion effect in the transverse direction.

  12. Coulomb-tail effect of electron-electron interaction on nonsequential double ionization

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    Zhou Yueming; Huang Cheng; Lu Peixiang

    2011-08-15

    With the classical ensemble model, we investigate the manifestations of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction in nonsequential double ionization by comparing the results from the short-range electron-electron interaction with those from the Coulombic electron-electron interaction. At the intensity below the recollision threshold, the two-electron momentum distributions in the direction parallel to the laser polarization show an anticorrelated behavior for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction while a correlated behavior for the short-range interaction, which indicates the responsibility of the Coulomb tail of the electron-electron interaction for the experimentally observed anticorrelated emission [Y. Liu, S. Tschuch, A. Rudenko, M. Durr, M. Siegel, U. Morgner, R. Moshammer, and J. Ullrich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 053001 (2008)]. In the transverse direction, for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction, the two electrons exhibit no effect of repulsion at an intensity below the recollision threshold while a strong repulsion effect at an intensity above the threshold, which becomes weaker as the laser intensity further increases. Back analysis shows that the role of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction leads asymmetric energy sharing (AES) to be prevalent at recollision. This AES results in the two electrons leaving the ion at different times or with different initial momenta, which is responsible for the anticorrelated behavior in the parallel direction and the intensity-dependent repulsion effect in the transverse direction.

  13. Realizing double Dirac particles in the presence of electronic interactions

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    Di Sante, Domenico; Hausoel, Andreas; Barone, Paolo; Tomczak, Jan M.; Sangiovanni, Giorgio; Thomale, Ronny

    2017-09-01

    Double Dirac fermions have recently been identified as possible quasiparticles hosted by three-dimensional crystals with particular nonsymmorphic point-group symmetries. Applying a combined approach of a b initio methods and dynamical mean-field theory, we investigate how interactions and double Dirac band topology conspire to form the electronic quantum state of Bi2CuO4 . We derive a downfolded eight-band model of the pristine material at low energies around the Fermi level. By tuning the model parameters from the free band structure to the realistic strongly correlated regime, we find a persistence of the double Dirac dispersion until its constituting time-reversal symmetry is broken due to the onset of magnetic ordering at the Mott transition. Our calculations suggest that the double Dirac fermions in Bi2CuO4 can be restored by experimentally accessible hydrostatic pressures. In light of the growing attention to the topological quantum chemistry approach, our results on Bi2CuO4 show how many-body effects must be included beyond the static mean-field level for reliable predictions on new materials.

  14. Simulating electron spin entanglement in a double quantum dot

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    Rodriguez-Moreno, M. A.; Hernandez de La Luz, A. D.; Meza-Montes, Lilia

    2011-03-01

    One of the biggest advantages of having a working quantum-computing device when compared with a classical one, is the exponential speedup of calculations. This exponential increase is based on the ability of a quantum system to create and operate on entangled states. In order to study theoretically the entanglement between two electron spins, we simulate the dynamics of two electron spins in an electrostatically-defined double quantum dot with a finite barrier height between the dots. Electrons are initially confined to separated quantum dots. Barrier height is varied and the spin entanglement as a function of this variation is investigated. The evolution of the system is simulated by using a numerical approach for solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for two particles. Partially supported by VIEP-BUAP.

  15. Examination of the calorimetric spectrum to determine the neutrino mass in low-energy electron capture decay

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    Robertson, R. G. H.

    2015-03-01

    Background: The standard kinematic method for determining neutrino mass from the β decay of tritium or other isotope is to measure the shape of the electron spectrum near the endpoint. A similar distortion of the "visible energy" remaining after electron capture is caused by neutrino mass. There has been a resurgence of interest in using this method with 163Ho, driven by technological advances in microcalorimetry. Recent theoretical analyses offer reassurance that there are no significant theoretical uncertainties. Purpose: The theoretical analyses consider only single vacancy states in the daughter 163Dy atom. It is necessary to consider configurations with more than one vacancy that can be populated owing to the change in nuclear charge. Method: The shakeup and shake-off theory of Carlson and Nestor is used as a basis for estimating the population of double-vacancy states. Results: A spectrum of satellites associated with each primary vacancy created by electron capture is presented. Conclusions: The theory of the calorimetric spectrum is more complicated than has been described heretofore. There are numerous shakeup and shake-off satellites present across the spectrum, and some may be very near the endpoint. The spectrum shape is presently not understood well enough to permit a sensitive determination of the neutrino mass in this way.

  16. Double layers and solitary structures in electron-positron-ion plasma with Kappa distributed trapped electrons

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    Ali Shan, Shaukat; Imtiaz, Nadia

    2017-10-01

    The effect of electron trapping in an electron-positron-ion plasma is modeled with κ-distributed electrons. The trapped electron number density is truncated to some finite order of the electrostatic potential Φ. Small amplitude solitary structures with Sagdeev potential approach and reductive perturbation method (through Schamel equation) are found to be modified under the impact of superthermality index κ and trapping efficiency β. A modified Schamel equation which gives rise to the small amplitude double layers (SIADLs) is obtained. The role of various plasma parameters in particular, the superthermality index, the positron concentration, and the electron trapping efficiency on the small amplitude ion acoustic double layers (SIADLs) has been investigated. It can be inferred from this investigation that these parameters play modifying character in the formation of nonlinear structures like solitary waves and SIADLs in e-p-i plasma.

  17. Thermally activated electron capture by mobile protons in SiO{sub 2} thin films

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    Vanheusden, K.; Karna, S.P.; Pugh, R.D.; Warren, W.L.; Fleetwood, D.M.; Devine, R.A.

    1998-01-01

    The annihilation of mobile protons in thin SiO{sub 2} films by capture of ultraviolet-excited electrons has been analyzed for temperatures between 77 and 500 K. We observe a strong increase in proton annihilation with increasing temperature, and derive an activation energy for electron capture of about 0.2 eV. Based on quantum chemical [(OH){sub 3}Si]{sub 2}{endash}O{endash}H{sup +} cluster calculations, we suggest photoexcitation of electrons from excited vibrational states of the ground electronic (valence band) state to a nearby excited electronic (SiO{sub 2} gap) state. It is argued that the latter excitation can result in H{sup 0} formation at elevated temperatures. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  18. Near infrared organic photodetector utilizing a double electron blocking layer.

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    Shafian, Shafidah; Hwang, Heewon; Kim, Kyungkon

    2016-10-31

    A near infrared organic photodiode (OPD) utilizing a double electron blocking layer (EBL) fabricated by the sequential deposition of molybdenum (VI) oxide (MoO3) and poly(3,4ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is reported. The double EBL improves the on/off current ratio of OPD up to 1.36 x 104 at -1V, which is one order of magnitude higher than PEDOT:PSS single EBL (2.45 x 103) and three orders of magnitude higher than that of MoO3 single EBL (7.86). The detectivity at near infrared (800 nm) at -1V is 4.90 x 1011 Jones, which is 2.83 times higher than the PEDOT:PSS single EBL and 2 magnitudes higher compared to the MoO3 single EBL.

  19. Elucidating the sequence of intact bioactive peptides by using electron capture dissociation and hot electron capture dissociation in a linear radio-frequency quadrupole ion trap.

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    Satake, Hiroyuki; Manri, Naomi; Kaneko, Akihito; Hirabayashi, Atsumu; Hasegawa, Hideki; Hashimoto, Yuichiro; Baba, Takashi; Sakamoto, Takeshi; Masuda, Katsuyoshi

    2013-12-15

    Electron capture dissociation (ECD) is useful tool for sequencing of peptides and proteins with post-translational modifications. To increase the sequence coverage for peptides and proteins, it is important to develop ECD device with high fragmentation efficiency. Sequence analysis of intact undigested bioactive peptides (3000-5000 Da) was performed by use of electron capture dissociation (rf-ECD) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) in a linear radio-frequency quadrupole ion trap that was coupled to a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. We applied rf-ECD, hot rf-ECD (rf-ECD with high electron energy), and CID for intact bioactive peptide ions of various charge states and evaluated the sequence coverage of their fragment spectra. Hot rf-ECD produced a higher number of c- and z-type fragment ions of modified peptide ions as electron energy increased in lower charged peptide ions, and sequence coverage greater than 80% was obtained compared with the CID case (40-80%). The result indicates that intact bioactive modified peptides (Ghrelin, ANP) were correctly identified by use of hot rf-ECD. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Note: Consecutive capture of images of ions and electrons using high-voltage vacuum relay

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    Yamada, S.; Himura, H.

    2016-03-15

    For the first time, images of both ions and electrons appearing on a fluorescent screen attached to a micro-channel plate (MCP) [S. Nakata et al., “Applicability of micro-channel plate followed by phosphor screen to charged particles,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. (submitted)] were captured in one attempt. The profile of electrostatic potential applied externally to the MCP with the fluorescent screen was quickly changed using a high-voltage vacuum relay. This method allows consecutive images of ions and electrons to be successfully captured.

  1. Electronic data capture platform for clinical research based on mobile phones and near field communication technology.

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    Morak, Jürgen; Schwetz, Verena; Hayn, Dieter; Fruhwald, Friedrich; Schreier, Gunter

    2008-01-01

    Electronic data capture systems support data acquisition for clinical research and enable the evaluation of new investigational medical devices. In case of evaluating a device the most challenging part is the user interface i.e. the solution how to acquire the data within a clinical setting and to synchronize them with a web-based data centre. The aim of this paper is to describe the development of an electronic data capture system with a mobile data input solution based on mobile phones and Near Field Communication technology. This system was evaluated within a real clinical setting and demonstrated high usability, security and reliability.

  2. The Skyrme-TQRPA calculations of electron capture on hot nuclei in pre-supernova environment

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    Dzhioev, Alan A. Vdovin, A. I.; Stoyanov, Ch.

    2016-11-15

    We combine the thermal QRPA approach with the Skyrme energy density functional theory (Skyrme–TQRPA) for modelling the process of electron capture on nuclei in supernova environment. For a sample nucleus, {sup 56}Fe, the Skyrme–TQRPA approach is applied to analyze thermal effects on the strength function of GT{sub +} transitions which dominate electron capture at E{sub e} ≤ 30 MeV. Several Skyrme interactions are used in order to verify the sensitivity of the obtained results to the Skyrme force parameters. Finite-temperature cross sections are calculated and the results are comparedwith those of the other model calculations.

  3. Two-electron cusp in the double ionization of helium

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    Gulyas, L.; Sarkadi, L.; Igarashi, A.; Kirchner, T.

    2010-09-15

    We analyze the double ionization of He under the impact of 100 keV He{sup 2+} projectiles. The process is described within the framework of the impact parameter and frozen-correlation approximations where the one-electron events are treated by the continuum distorted wave method. Correlation between the emitted electrons, which plays an important role in forming the shape of the differential distribution of the electron emission, is described by the Coulomb density of states approximation (CDS). Special attention is paid to the region of the two-electron cusp that has been observed in a recent experiment for 100 keV He{sup 0}+He collisions [L. Sarkadi and A. Orban, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 133201 (2008)]. In the cusp region the correlated motion of the two electrons is influenced dominantly by the outgoing projectile, that is, the correlation function of the CDS treatment is expected to depend on the electron momenta measured relative to the projectile rather than to the target nucleus. A qualitative agreement with the experiment is achieved with a CDS model based on the use of such a projectile-centered correlation function that applies effective charges as given in the dynamically screened three-Coulomb wave function.

  4. Two-electron cusp in the double ionization of helium

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    Gulyás, L.; Sarkadi, L.; Igarashi, A.; Kirchner, T.

    2010-09-01

    We analyze the double ionization of He under the impact of 100 keV He2+ projectiles. The process is described within the framework of the impact parameter and frozen-correlation approximations where the one-electron events are treated by the continuum distorted wave method. Correlation between the emitted electrons, which plays an important role in forming the shape of the differential distribution of the electron emission, is described by the Coulomb density of states approximation (CDS). Special attention is paid to the region of the two-electron cusp that has been observed in a recent experiment for 100 keV He0+He collisions [L. Sarkadi and A. Orbán, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.100.133201 100, 133201 (2008)]. In the cusp region the correlated motion of the two electrons is influenced dominantly by the outgoing projectile, that is, the correlation function of the CDS treatment is expected to depend on the electron momenta measured relative to the projectile rather than to the target nucleus. A qualitative agreement with the experiment is achieved with a CDS model based on the use of such a projectile-centered correlation function that applies effective charges as given in the dynamically screened three-Coulomb wave function.

  5. Electron capture in Ar++H2 collisions in the keV energy regime

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    Kimura, M.; Chapman, S.; Lane, N. F.

    1986-03-01

    Electron capture in Ar+( 2P)+H2(X 1Σg) collisions in the keV energy regime has been studied theoretically. The molecular-orbital expansion method was used within a semiclassical formalism and an electron translation factor correction was incorporated to the first order in the magnitude of the relative velocity V. The molecular wave function and eigenenergy were obtained using the diatoms-in-molecules (DIM) method. We have examined the effect of the orientation of the target H2 molecule on the electron-capture mechanism within the sudden adiabatic approximation. Since π symmetry arising from the p orbital of the Ar+ ion is involved in this system, a strong influence on the probability of the molecular orientation was found in all energies studied. As the collision energy increases, the Π-symmetry state in the initial channel becomes more important through the rotational coupling to the electron-capture mechanism, while at lower energies the Σ-symmetry state in the initial channel is the dominant source for the electron capture through strong radial coupling. Agreement of the present theory with measurements is good, but marked disagreement is seen with the atomic-orbital calculation.

  6. 2013 R&D 100 Award: Movie-mode electron microscope captures nanoscale

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    Lagrange, Thomas; Reed, Bryan

    2014-04-03

    A new instrument developed by LLNL scientists and engineers, the Movie Mode Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (MM-DTEM), captures billionth-of-a-meter-scale images with frame rates more than 100,000 times faster than those of conventional techniques. The work was done in collaboration with a Pleasanton-based company, Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions (IDES) Inc. Using this revolutionary imaging technique, a range of fundamental and technologically important material and biological processes can be captured in action, in complete billionth-of-a-meter detail, for the first time. The primary application of MM-DTEM is the direct observation of fast processes, including microstructural changes, phase transformations and chemical reactions, that shape real-world performance of nanostructured materials and potentially biological entities. The instrument could prove especially valuable in the direct observation of macromolecular interactions, such as protein-protein binding and host-pathogen interactions. While an earlier version of the technology, Single Shot-DTEM, could capture a single snapshot of a rapid process, MM-DTEM captures a multiframe movie that reveals complex sequences of events in detail. It is the only existing technology that can capture multiple electron microscopy images in the span of a single microsecond.

  7. 2013 R&D 100 Award: Movie-mode electron microscope captures nanoscale

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    Lagrange, Thomas; Reed, Bryan

    2016-07-12

    A new instrument developed by LLNL scientists and engineers, the Movie Mode Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (MM-DTEM), captures billionth-of-a-meter-scale images with frame rates more than 100,000 times faster than those of conventional techniques. The work was done in collaboration with a Pleasanton-based company, Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions (IDES) Inc. Using this revolutionary imaging technique, a range of fundamental and technologically important material and biological processes can be captured in action, in complete billionth-of-a-meter detail, for the first time. The primary application of MM-DTEM is the direct observation of fast processes, including microstructural changes, phase transformations and chemical reactions, that shape real-world performance of nanostructured materials and potentially biological entities. The instrument could prove especially valuable in the direct observation of macromolecular interactions, such as protein-protein binding and host-pathogen interactions. While an earlier version of the technology, Single Shot-DTEM, could capture a single snapshot of a rapid process, MM-DTEM captures a multiframe movie that reveals complex sequences of events in detail. It is the only existing technology that can capture multiple electron microscopy images in the span of a single microsecond.

  8. Shigella flexneri Spa15 Crystal Structure Verified in Solution by Double Electron Electron Resonance

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    Lillington, James E.D.; Lovett, Janet E.; Johnson, Steven; Roversi, Pietro; Timmel, Christiane R.; Lea, Susan M.

    2011-01-01

    Shigella flexneri Spa15 is a chaperone of the type 3 secretion system, which binds a number of effectors to ensure their stabilization prior to secretion. One of these effectors is IpgB1, a mimic of the human Ras-like Rho guanosine triphosphatase RhoG. In this study, Spa15 alone and in complex with IpgB1 has been studied by double electron electron resonance, an experiment that gives distance information showing the spacial separation of attached spin labels. This distance is explained by determining the crystal structure of the spin-labeled Spa15 where labels are seen to be buried in hydrophobic pockets. The double electron electron resonance experiment on the Spa15 complex with IpgB1 shows that IpgB1 does not bind Spa15 in the same way as is seen in the homologous Salmonella sp. chaperone:effector complex InvB:SipA. PMID:21075116

  9. High-resolution observation by double-biprism electron holography

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    Harada, Ken; Tonomura, Akira; Matsuda, Tsuyoshi; Akashi, Tetsuya; Togawa, Yoshihiko

    2004-12-01

    High-resolution electron holography has been achieved by using a double-biprism interferometer implemented on a 1 MV field emission electron microscope. The interferometer was installed behind the first magnifying lens to narrow carrier fringes and thus enabled complete separation of sideband Fourier spectrum from center band in reconstruction process. Holograms of Au fine particles and single-crystalline thin films with the finest fringe spacing of 4.2 pm were recorded and reconstructed. The overall holography system including the reconstruction process performed well for holograms in which carrier fringes had a spacing of around 10 pm. High-resolution lattice images of the amplitude and phase were clearly reconstructed without mixing of the center band and sideband information. Additionally, entire holograms were recorded without Fresnel fringes normally generated by the filament electrode of the biprism, and the holograms were thus reconstructed without the artifacts caused by Fresnel fringes.

  10. Electronic transport in double-strand DNA segments

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    Albuquerque, E. L.; Mauriz, P. W.; Moreira, D. A.

    2008-03-01

    We report in this work a numerical study of the electronic density of states in π-stacked arrays of DNA double-strand segments made up from the nucleotides guanine G, adenine A, cytosine C and thymine T. In order to reveal the relevance of the underlying correlations in the nucleotides distribution, we compare the results for a genomic DNA sequence, considering a segment of the first sequenced human chromosome 22 (Ch 22), with those of two artificial sequences forming a Rudin-Shapiro (RS) as well as a Fibonacci (FB) polyGC quasiperiodic sequences. Our theoretical method uses an electronic tight-binding Hamiltonian suitable to describe the DNA segments modeled by the quasiperiodic chains.

  11. Electron-electron double resonance in electron spin echo: Model biradical systems and the sensitized photolysis of decalin

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    Milov, A. D.; Ponomarev, A. B.; Tsvetkov, Yu. D.

    1984-09-01

    Model systems, comprising frozen glassy solutions of stabilized radicals and biradicals of the nitroxyl type, have been used to test the applicability of electron-electron double resonance in electron spin echo (ELDOR ESE) in studies of the spatial distributions of free radicals arranged in groups in solids. The method was used to investigate the spatial distribution of alkyl radicals generated by the sensitized photolysis of glassy naphthalene solutions in decalin at 77 K. and detected radical pairs.

  12. Dissipative electronic transport through double quantum dots irradiated with microwaves

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    Brandes, Tobias; Aguado, Ramon; Platero, Gloria

    2003-03-01

    Double quantum dots in the strong Coulomb blockade regime are realizations of two-level systems defined from two tunnel--splitted ground states, which are separated by a large energy gap from the remaining many--particle states. The interactions between electrons and bosonic degrees of freedom (photons, phonons) in these systems can be tested and manipulated in electronic transport experiments [1]. Monochromatic classical radiation (AC fields, microwaves) gives rise to various non-linear effects such as photo-sidebands or dynamical localization (coherent supression of tunneling) that show up in the time-averaged, stationary electronic current [2]. On the other hand, quantum noise of a dissipative environment strongly influences the transport properties of coupled quantum dots [3,4]. In this contribution, we quantitatively investigate the combined influence of a classical, monochromatic time-dependent AC field and a dissipative boson environment on the non-linear transport through a double quantum dot. We develop a Floquet-like theory [5] that takes into account the effect of the electron reservoirs (leads) and can be numerically evaluated for arbitrary strong AC fields and arbitrary boson environment. In limiting cases we reproduce previous analytical results (polaron tunneling, Tien-Gordon formula). [1] T. Fujisawa, T. H. Oosterkamp, W. G. van der Wiel, B. W. Broer, R. Aguado, S. Tarucha, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Science 282, 932 (1998); R. H. Blick, D. Pfannkuche, R. J. Haug, K. v. Klitzing, and K. Eberl, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 4032 (1998). [2] T. H. Stoof, Yu. V. Nazarov, Phys. Rev. B 53, 1050 (1996). [3] T. Brandes, B. Kramer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3021 (1999); T. Brandes, F. Renzoni, R. H. Blick, Phys. Rev. B 64, 035319 (2001); T. Brandes, T. Vorrath, Phys. Rev. B 66, 075341 (2002). [4] R. Aguado and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Phys. Rev. Lett, 84, 1986 (2000). [5] M. Grifoni, P. Hänggi, Phys. Rep. 304, 229 (1998).

  13. Testing the electron-capture supernova scenario using universal relations between neutron star properties

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    Newton, William

    2017-01-01

    8-10 solar mass stars may end their lives in electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe), in which ONeMg cores are destabilized by electron captures onto Neon and Magnesium. Strong circumstantial evidence exists that the Crab pulsar and PSR J0737-3039b were formed in ECSNe. Evidence for the existence of the ECSN mechanism has important implications for the rate of production of Be/X-ray binaries and the rate of binary neutron star mergers.I will discuss how supernova modeling suggests that neutron stars formed via the electron-capture mechanism have a specific gravitational binding energy. Recently, universal relations between neutron star properties including their binding energy, moment of inertia, quadrupole moments and tidal polarizability have been carefully examined. I will show how these relations, coupled with measurements of the post-Newtonian parameters of the PSR J0737-3039 system and of the acceleration of the Crab supernova remnant, can provide evidence for or against the electron-capture supernova formation scenario.

  14. Plasma injection and capture at electron cyclotron resonance in a mirror system with additional rf fields

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    Golovanivskii, K.S.; Dugar-Zhabon, V.D.; Karyaka, V.I.; Milant'ev, V.P.; Turikov, V.A.

    1980-03-01

    Experiments and numerical simulations have been carried out to determine how cyclotron-resonance rf fields in an open magnetic mirror system affect the capture and confinement of a plasma injected along the axis. The results show that at electron cyclotron resonance the fields greatly improve the longitudinal plasma confinement.

  15. The determination of cyclohexylamine in aqueous solutions of sodium cyclamate by electron-capture gas chromatography.

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    Solomon, M. D.; Pereira, W. E.; Duffield, A. M.

    1971-01-01

    A sensitive primary amine assay, capable of detecting 10 to the minus 11th g and utilizing the determination of the amine N-2,4-dinitrophenyl derivative by electron-capture gas chromatography is described. The method is exemplified by the determination of cyclohexylamine in sodium cyclamate.

  16. 77 FR 4059 - Certain Electronic Devices for Capturing and Transmitting Images, and Components Thereof; Receipt...

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    2012-01-26

    ... Images, and Components Thereof, DN 2869; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest... COMMISSION Certain Electronic Devices for Capturing and Transmitting Images, and Components Thereof; Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest AGENCY: U.S....

  17. Absolute intensity of internal bremsstrahlung from the electron capture decay of {sup 125}I

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    Hindi, M.M.; Kozub, R.L.; Robinson, S.J.

    1995-11-01

    The absolute intensity of the internal bremsstrahlung spectrum accompanying the electron capture decay of {sup 125}I has been measured and compared to the recent calculation of Suric {ital et} {ital al}. The measured intensity above the 1{ital s} end point is found to be (86{plus_minus}10)% of the calculated intensity.

  18. Formation and decay of C - 60 following free electron capture by C60

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    Matejčik, Štefan; Märk, Tilmann D.; Španěl, Patrik; Smith, David; Jaffke, Thomas; Illenberger, Eugen

    1995-02-01

    The results of a detailed crossed electron/molecular beam study of electron attachment to C60 molecules and electron detachment from C-60 over the range of electron energies from near zero to about 15 eV are described. It is shown by comparing the experimental data for the attachment cross sections (normalized to the absolute thermal cross sections determined using the flowing afterglow/Langmuir probe apparatus) with quantum calculations that attachment occurs at low energies in the p-wave channel, and in the d- and f-wave channels (and probably higher-order partial waves) at the higher electron energies. At electron energies above 7 eV, thermal detachment of electrons from the hot C-60 negative ions is seen to occur, and the unimolecular rate coefficients for detachment, kd, have been determined as a function of the energy of the attaching electron. Hence, by relating kd to the derived temperature of the hot C-60 ions, the electron detachment energy, Ed, has been determined as 2.6 eV, which is close to the electron affinity of C60 as measured by photodetachment from cold C-60 ions. Additionally, by combining the measured attachment rate coefficients, ka, from the previous flowing afterglow/Langmuir probe study with the kd data determined in this study, equilibrium constants for the detachment/attachment reactions have been obtained which are reconciled with those calculated using total partition functions. An important conclusion to be drawn from all these studies is that C60 very efficiently captures electrons over the wide electron energy range from about 0.2 eV to around 15 eV and retains them if the energy released in the electron capture process can be removed before thermal detachment can occur.

  19. Helicene-Grafted Silica Nanoparticles Capture Hetero-Double-Helix Intermediates during Self-Assembly Gelation.

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    Miyagawa, Masamichi; Yamaguchi, Masahiko

    2015-06-01

    A mixture of a pseudoenantiomeric ethynylhelicene (M)-tetramer and a (P)-pentamer forms a hetero-double-helix in a solution, which self-assembles and gelates solvents. When gelation was conducted in the presence of chiral silica (P)-nanoparticles grafted with (P)-helicene, the resulting hetero-double-helix intermediate was adsorbed on the (P)-nanoparticles, and was removed from the solution by aggregation and precipitation. The resulting precipitates contained only the hetero-double-helix, not random coil or clusters of the hetero-double-helix. (P)-Nanoparticles did not extract the hetero-double-helix from the self-assembly gels. The hetero-double-helix was then isolated by liberating it from the precipitates in 2-bromopropionic acid, and was crystallized from the solution. The crystalline hetero-double-helices were isolated for several other combinations of pseudoenantiomeric ethynylhelicene oligomers. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Double quantum coherence electron spin resonance on coupled Cu(II)-Cu(II) electron spins

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    Becker, James S.; Saxena, Sunil

    2005-10-01

    We demonstrate for the first time the ability to generate double quantum coherences (DQCs) for the case of Cu(II). We show that small splittings (˜7 MHz) from the Cu(II)-Cu(II) electron-electron magnetic dipolar interaction can be reliably resolved even though the inhomogeneously broadened Cu(II) linewidth is ˜2 GHz. A Cu(II)-Cu(II) distance of 2.0 nm was measured on a model peptide system, thus, demonstrating that distances on the nanometer scale may be measured using DQC electron spin resonance (ESR).

  1. A mobile and asynchronous electronic data capture system for epidemiologic studies.

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    Meyer, Jens; Fredrich, Daniel; Piegsa, Jens; Habes, Mohamad; van den Berg, Neeltje; Hoffmann, Wolfgang

    2013-06-01

    A Central Data Management (CDM) system based on electronic data capture (EDC) software and study specific databases is an essential component for assessment and management of large data volumes in epidemiologic studies. Conventional CDM systems using web applications for data capture depend on permanent access to a network. However, in many study settings permanent network access cannot be guaranteed, e.g. when participants/patients are visited in their homes. In such cases a different concept for data capture is needed. The utilized EDC software must be able to ensure data capture as stand-alone instance and to synchronize captured data with the server at a later point in time. This article describes the design of the mobile information capture (MInCa) system an EDC software meeting these requirements. In particular, we focus on client and server design, data synchronization, and data privacy as well as data security measures. The MInCa software has already proven its efficiency in epidemiologic studies revealing strengths and weaknesses concerning both concept and practical application which will be addressed in this article.

  2. Calculations on Electron Capture in Low Energy Ion-Molecule Collisions

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    Stancil, P.C.; Zygelman, B.; Kirby, K.

    1997-12-31

    Recent progress on the application of a quantal, molecular-orbital, close-coupling approach to the calculation of electron capture in collisions of multiply charged ions with molecules is discussed. Preliminary results for single electron capture by N{sup 2+} with H{sub 2} are presented. Electron capture by multiply charged ions colliding with H{sub 2} is an important process in laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. It provides a recombination mechanism for multiply charged ions in x-ray ionized astronomical environments which may have sparse electron and atomic hydrogen abundances. In the divertor region of a tokamak fusion device, charge exchange of impurity ions with H{sub 2} plays a role in the ionization balance and the production of radiative energy loss leading to cooling, X-ray and ultraviolet auroral emission from Jupiter is believed to be due to charge exchange of O and S ions with H{sub 2} in the Jovian atmosphere. Solar wind ions interacting with cometary molecules may have produced the x-rays observed from Comet Hyakutake. In order to model and understand the behavior of these environments, it is necessary to obtain total, electronic state-selective (ESS), and vibrational (or rotational) state-selective (VSS) capture cross sections for collision energies as low as 10 meV/amu to as high as 100 keV/amu in some instances. Fortunately, charge transfer with molecular targets has received considerable experimental attention. Numerous measurements have been made with flow tubes, ion traps, and ion beams. Flow tube and ion trap studies generally provide information on rate coefficients for temperatures between 800 K and 20,000 K. In this article, we report on the progress of our group in implementing a quantum-mechanical Molecular Orbital Close Coupling (MOCC) approach to the study of electron capture by multiply charged ions in collisions with molecules. We illustrate this with a preliminary investigation of Single Electron Capture (SEC) by N{sup 2+} with H

  3. Winter and summer home ranges and core use areas of double-crested cormorants captured near aquaculture facilities in the southeastern United States

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    Migration patterns of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) wintering in the southeastern United States are poorly understood. Movement data was analyzed from 28 cormorants captured in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and equipped with satellite transmitters. Four (3 immatur...

  4. Measurement of θ 13 in Double Chooz using neutron captures on hydrogen with novel background rejection techniques

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    Abe, Y.; Appel, S.; Abrahão, T.; ...

    2016-01-27

    We observed a measurement of the Double Chooz collaboration and the neutrino mixing angle θ13 using reactormore » $$\\bar{v}$$e via the inverse beta decay reaction in which the neutron is captured on hydrogen. Our measurement is based on 462.72 live days data, approximately twice as much data as in the previous such analysis, collected with a detector positioned at an average distance of 1050 m from two reactor cores. Several novel techniques have been developed to achieve significant reductions of the backgrounds and systematic uncertainties. Accidental coincidences, the dominant background in this analysis, are suppressed by more than an order of magnitude with respect to our previous publication by a multi-variate analysis. Furthermore, these improvements demonstrate the capability of precise measurement of reactor $$\\bar{v}$$e without gadolinium loading. Spectral distortions from the $$\\bar{v}$$e reactor flux predictions previously reported with the neutron capture on gadolinium events are confirmed in the independent data sample presented here. A value of sin2 2θ13= 0.0950.039+0.038 (stat+syst) is obtained from a fit to the observed event rate as a function of the reactor power, a method insensitive to the energy spectrum shape. A simultaneous fit of the hydrogen capture events and of the gadolinium capture events yields a measurement of sin2 2θ13 = 0.088 ± 0.033(stat+syst).« less

  5. Double asymptotic expansion of three-center electronic repulsion integrals

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    Alvarez-Ibarra, A.; Köster, A. M.

    2013-07-01

    A double asymptotic expansion for the evaluation of three-center electron repulsion integrals (ERIs) in the long-range limit is presented. For the definition of this limit, a natural division of space based on the atomic coordinates and basis function exponents in utilized. The resulting analytical expression for the calculation of three-center ERIs in the long-range limit are implemented in the density functional theory program deMon2k. Validation and benchmark calculations of n-alkanes, hydrogen saturated graphene sheets and hydrogen saturated diamond blocks are discussed. It is shown that for a sufficient large number of long-range ERIs, the linear scaling regime is reached.

  6. Frustrated double ionization in two-electron triatomic molecules

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    Chen, A.; Price, H.; Staudte, A.; Emmanouilidou, A.

    2016-10-01

    Using a semiclassical model, we investigate frustrated double ionization (FDI) in D3+ , a two-electron triatomic molecule, when driven by an intense, linearly polarized, near-infrared (800 nm) laser field. We compute the kinetic energy release of the nuclei and find a good agreement between experiment and our model. We explore the two pathways of FDI and show that, with increasing field strength, over-the-barrier ionization overtakes tunnel ionization as the underlying mechanism of FDI. Moreover, we compute the angular distribution of the ion fragments for FDI and identify a feature that can potentially be observed experimentally and is a signature of only one of the two pathways of FDI.

  7. Visualization of Distance Distribution from Pulsed Double Electron-Electron Resonance Data

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    Bowman, Michael K.; Maryasov, Alexander G.; Kim, Nak-Kyoon; DeRose, Victoria J.

    2004-01-01

    Double electron-electron resonance (DEER), also known as pulsed electron-electron double resonance (PELDOR), is a time-domain electron paramagnetic resonance method that can measure the weak dipole-dipole interactions between unpaired electrons. DEER has been applied to discrete pairs of free radicals in biological macromolecules and to clusters containing small numbers of free radicals in polymers and irradiated materials. The goal of such work is to determine the distance or distribution of distances between radicals, which is an underdetermined problem. That is, the spectrum of dipolar interactions can be readily calculated for any distribution of free radicals, but there are many, quite different distributions of radicals that could produce the same experimental dipolar spectrum. This paper describes two methods that are useful for approximating the distance distributions for the large subset of cases in which the mutual orientations of the free radicals are uncorrelated and the width of the distribution is more than a few percent of its mean. The first method relies on a coordinate transformation and is parameter free, while the second is based on iterative least-squares with Tikhonov regularization. Both methods are useful in DEER studies of spin labeled biomolecules containing more than two labels.

  8. Electron capture dissociation in a branched radio-frequency ion trap.

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    Baba, Takashi; Campbell, J Larry; Le Blanc, J C Yves; Hager, James W; Thomson, Bruce A

    2015-01-06

    We have developed a high-throughput electron capture dissociation (ECD) device coupled to a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer using novel branched radio frequency ion trap architecture. With this device, a low-energy electron beam can be injected orthogonally into the analytical ion beam with independent control of both the ion and electron beams. While ions and electrons can interact in a "flow-through" mode, we observed a large enhancement in ECD efficiency by introducing a short ion trapping period at the region of ion and electron beam intersection. This simultaneous trapping mode still provides up to five ECD spectra per second while operating in an information-dependent acquisition workflow. Coupled to liquid chromatography (LC), this LC-ECD workflow provides good sequence coverage for both trypsin and Lys C digests of bovine serum albumin, providing ECD spectra for doubly charged precursor ions with very good efficiency.

  9. 75 FR 8115 - In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices Having Image Capture or Display Functionality and...

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    2010-02-23

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices Having Image Capture or Display Functionality and... sale within the United States after importation of certain electronic devices having image capture or...

  10. Collective π -electronic excitations in BN double-walled nanotubes

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    Margulis, Vl. A.; Muryumin, E. E.; Gaiduk, E. A.

    2008-07-01

    We report a systematic theoretical study of the collective π -electronic excitations in boron nitride double-walled nanotubes (BN-DWNTs). For simplicity, it is assumed that both shells (inner and outer) of such tubes have a zigzag achiral structure. Taking into account intershell Coulomb coupling and neglecting intershell electron tunneling, we introduce the effective dynamic-dielectric-response function of the BN-DWNTs, which depends on frequency ω , wave number q , and angular momentum L . An explicit expression for this function is derived within the random-phase approximation using standard many-body techniques based on the Green’s function method. Numerical results are presented for the wave-number dispersion and damping of the π -plasmon modes with different L ’s, demonstrating a unified picture of the π -plasmon-energy variation with q for the BN-DWNTs of different diameters. According to this picture, the spectrum of the π plasmons, which are shown to be long lived and hence well-defined collective electronic excitations in the BN-DWNTs, consists of a set of nonintersecting upward-dispersed branches, which are well separated in their energies at small values of q , but which tend to merge with increasing q . Each of the branches corresponds to one and only one value of the angular momentum L=0,1,2,… and none of the branches starts from q=0 . The present calculations also show that the π plasmons in the BN-DWNTs can exist even at those q values at which the π -plasmon modes are not supported by either of the nanotube shells alone. It is found that the threshold value of the wavelength, at which the L=0 π -plasmon dispersion curve in the BN-DWNTs makes its start, is redshifted as compared to that in the inner and outer nanotube shells if they are considered separately. The most important features of our calculated results seem to be consistent, more or less reasonable, with those derived from the recent electron

  11. Reversible Ionic Liquids as Double-Action Solvents for Efficient CO2 Capture

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    Eckert, Charles; Liotta, Charles

    2011-09-30

    We have developed a novel class of CO{sub 2} capture solvents, Reversible Ionic Liquids (RevILs), that offer high absorption capacity through two modes of capture: chemical reaction (chemisorption) and physical solubility (physisorption). These solvents are silicon containing alkaline compounds such as silylamines that form a liquid salt (ionic liquid) upon reaction with CO{sub 2}. Subsequently, modest elevations in temperature reverse the reaction and yield pure CO{sub 2} for sequestration. By incorporating Si in the molecules we have reduced the viscosity, thereby improving the mass transfer rates of CO{sub 2} absorption/desorption and decreasing the processing costs for pumping the solvent. In this project, we have made systematic changes to the structure of these compounds to improve several physical and thermodynamic properties important for CO{sub 2} capture. Through these structure-property paradigms, we have obtained a RevIL which requires only a third of the energy required by conventional aqueous MEA process for 90% CO{sub 2} capture.

  12. Reversible Ionic Liquids as Double-Action Solvents for Efficient CO{sub 2} Capture

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    Charles Eckert; Charles Liotta

    2011-09-30

    We have developed a novel class of CO{sub 2} capture solvents, Reversible Ionic Liquids (RevILs), that offer high absorption capacity through two modes of capture: chemical reaction (chemisorption) and physical solubility (physisorption). These solvents are silicon containing alkaline compounds such as silylamines that form a liquid salt (ionic liquid) upon reaction with CO{sub 2}. Subsequently, modest elevations in temperature reverse the reaction and yield pure CO{sub 2} for sequestration. By incorporating Si in the molecules we have reduced the viscosity, thereby improving the mass transfer rates of CO{sub 2} absorption/desorption and decreasing the processing costs for pumping the solvent. In this project, we have made systematic changes to the structure of these compounds to improve several physical and thermodynamic properties important for CO{sub 2} capture. Through these structure-property paradigms, we have obtained a RevIL which requires only a third of the energy required by conventional aqueous MEA process for 90% CO{sub 2} capture.

  13. Electron capture by the thiyl radical and disulfide bond: ligand effects on the reduction potential.

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    Roos, Goedele; De Proft, Frank; Geerlings, Paul

    2013-04-15

    The effect of non-polar and polar ligands and of monovalent cations on the one-electron reduction potential of the thiyl radical and the disulfide bond was evaluated. The reduction potentials E° for the CH3S(.)-nL/CH3S(-)-nL and CH3SSCH3-L/CH3SSCH3(.-)-L redox couples were calculated at the B3LYP, M06-2X and MP2 levels of theory, with n=1, 2 and L=CH4, C2H4, H2O, CH3OH, NH3, CH3COOH, CH3CONH2, NH4(+), Na(+), K(+) and Li(+). Non-polar ligands decrease the E° value of the thiyl radical and disulfide bond, while neutral polar ligands favour electron uptake. Charged polar ligands and cations favour electron capture by the thiyl radical while disfavouring electron uptake by the disulfide bond. Thus, the same type of ligand can have a different effect on E° depending on the redox couple. Therefore, properties of an isolated ligand cannot uniquely determine E°. The ligand effects on E° are discussed in terms of the vertical electron affinity and reorganization energy, as well as molecular orbital theory. For a given redox couple, the ligand type influences the nature of the anion formed upon electron capture and the corresponding reorganization process towards the reduced geometry.

  14. Two-dimensional electron-hole capture in a disordered hopping system

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    Greenham, N. C.; Bobbert, P. A.

    2003-12-01

    We model the two-dimensional recombination of electrons and holes in a system where the mean free path is short compared with the thermal capture radius. This recombination mechanism is relevant to the operation of bilayer organic light-emitting diodes (LED’s), where electrons and holes accumulate on either side of the internal heterojunction. The electron-hole recombination rate can be limited by the time taken for these charge carriers to drift and diffuse to positions where electrons and holes are directly opposite to each other on either side of the interface, at which point rapid formation of an emissive neutral state can occur. In this paper, we use analytical and numerical techniques to find the rate of this two-dimensional electron-hole capture process. Where one species of carrier is significantly less mobile than the other, we find that the recombination rate depends superlinearly on the density of the less mobile carrier. Numerical simulations allow the effects of disorder to be taken into account in a microscopic hopping model. Direct solution of the master equation for hopping provides more efficient solutions than Monte Carlo simulations. The rate constants extracted from our model are consistent with efficient emission from bilayer LED’s without requiring independent hopping of electrons and holes over the internal barrier at the heterojunction.

  15. State-selective electron capture in 30- and 100-keV He++He collisions

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    Guo, D. L.; Ma, X.; Zhang, R. T.; Zhang, S. F.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Gao, Y.; Hai, B.; Zhang, M.; Wang, H. B.; Huang, Z. K.

    2017-01-01

    A combined experimental and theoretical study on single capture in 30- and 100-keV He+ on He collisions was performed. By using a reaction microscope, we obtained the state selective cross sections and the angular-differential cross sections. It was found that the experimental state-selective cross sections were in good agreement with the dynamic screening classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculation for 100-keV He+ incident. The comparisons with various versions of such calculations reveal the roles played by different electron-electron correlation effects. Moreover, a prominent oscillatory structure was observed in the angular-differential cross sections for both projectile energies. With the single capture probability distribution obtained from the classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculation, the oscillation structures can be well explained by atomic-size Fraunhofer-type diffraction.

  16. Cross sections for state-selective electron capture and excitation in He+-H collisions

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    Liu, Ling; Lin, Xiaohe; Wu, Yong; Wang, Jian-Guo; Janev, Ratko K.

    2017-09-01

    Electron-capture and excitation processes in He+ +H collisions have been studied by using the full quantum-mechanical molecular orbital close-coupling (QMOCC) and the two-center atomic orbital close-coupling (TC-AOCC) methods in the energy ranges 10-2-5 keV/u and 0.1-100 keV/u, respectively. The spin-selected state-selective cross sections for these processes in the He+ +H collision system are reported for the first time. The spin-averaged total electron capture and excitation cross sections, as well as the emission cross section for Balmer α radiation, are compared with the results of available experimental and previous theoretical results in the overlapping energy ranges.

  17. Simultaneous collision induced dissociation of the charge reduced parent ion during electron capture dissociation.

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    Bushey, Jared M; Baba, Takashi; Glish, Gary L

    2009-08-01

    A method of performing collision induced dissociation (CID) on the charge-reduced parent ion as it is formed during electron capture dissociation (ECD), called ECD+CID, is described. In ECD+CID, the charge-reduced parent ion is selectively activated using resonant excitation and collisions with the helium bath gas inside a linear quadrupole ion trap ECD device (ECD(LIT)). It has been observed that ECD+CID can improve the sequence coverage for beta-endorphin over performing ECD alone (i.e., from 72 to 97%). Perhaps just as important, ECD+CID can be used to reduce the extent of multiple electron capture events observed when performing ECD in the ECD(LIT). Consequently, the abundance of mass-to-charge ratios corresponding to ECD product ions that contain neutralized protons is decreased, simplifying the interpretation of the product ion spectrum.

  18. Electron Capture Processes Following Collisions of He^2+ Ions with Molecular Targets

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    Abu-Haija, O.

    2005-05-01

    Energy-gain spectra, absolute state-selective and total cross sections have been measured for single-electron capture processes in collisions of He^2+ ions with O2, H2O, CO2, N2, and NH3 at impact energies between 100 eV and 1600 eV and scattering angles between 0^o and 6^o using the translational energy-gain spectroscopy (TES) technique. As apparent from the translational energy-gain measurements, single-electron capture (SEC) from O2 and H2O proceeds by both dissociative and non-dissociative channels, whereas for N2 and CO2 only dissociative SEC has been observed. However, for NH3 the non-dissociative SEC channel is found to be predominantly populated. Total cross sections have also been compared with available measurements and theoretical calculations based on Landua-Zener model and Demkov model.

  19. Energy and angular distributions of electrons emitted by direct double auger decay.

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    Viefhaus, Jens; Cvejanović, Slobodan; Langer, Burkhard; Lischke, Toralf; Prümper, Georg; Rolles, Daniel; Golovin, Alexander V; Grum-Grzhimailo, Alexei N; Kabachnik, Nikolai M; Becker, Uwe

    2004-02-27

    We have observed the direct L(2,3)MMM double Auger transition after photoionization of the 2p shell of argon by angle-resolved electron-electron coincidence spectroscopy. The process is responsible for about 20% of the observed Auger electron intensity. In contrast to the normal Auger lines, the spectra in double Auger decay show a continuous intensity distribution. The energy and angular distributions of the emitted electrons allow one to obtain information on the electron correlations giving rise to the double Auger process as well as the symmetry of the associated two-electron continuum state.

  20. Electron spin coherence and electron nuclear double resonance of Bi donors in natural Si.

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    George, Richard E; Witzel, Wayne; Riemann, H; Abrosimov, N V; Nötzel, N; Thewalt, Mike L W; Morton, John J L

    2010-08-06

    Donors in silicon hold considerable promise for emerging quantum technologies, due to their uniquely long electron spin coherence times. Bismuth donors in silicon differ from more widely studied group V donors, such as phosphorous, in several significant respects: They have the strongest binding energy (70.98 meV), a large nuclear spin (I=9/2), and a strong hyperfine coupling constant (A=1475.4  MHz). These larger energy scales allow us to perform a detailed test of theoretical models describing the spectral diffusion mechanism that is known to govern the electron spin decoherence of P donors in natural silicon. We report the electron-nuclear double resonance spectra of the Bi donor, across the range 200 MHz to 1.4 GHz, and confirm that coherence transfer is possible between electron and nuclear spin degrees of freedom at these higher frequencies.

  1. Electron transport in coupled double quantum wells and wires

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    Harff, N.E.; Simmons, J.A.; Lyo, S.K.

    1997-04-01

    Due to inter-quantum well tunneling, coupled double quantum wells (DQWs) contain an extra degree of electronic freedom in the growth direction, giving rise to new transport phenomena not found in single electron layers. This report describes work done on coupled DQWs subject to inplane magnetic fields B{sub {parallel}}, and is based on the lead author`s doctoral thesis, successfully defended at Oregon State University on March 4, 1997. First, the conductance of closely coupled DQWs in B{sub {parallel}} is studied. B{sub {parallel}}-induced distortions in the dispersion, the density of states, and the Fermi surface are described both theoretically and experimentally, with particular attention paid to the dispersion anticrossing and resulting partial energy gap. Measurements of giant distortions in the effective mass are found to agree with theoretical calculations. Second, the Landau level spectra of coupled DQWs in tilted magnetic fields is studied. The magnetoresistance oscillations show complex beating as Landau levels from the two Fermi surface components cross the Fermi level. A third set of oscillations resulting from magnetic breakdown is observed. A semiclassical calculation of the Landau level spectra is then performed, and shown to agree exceptionally well with the data. Finally, quantum wires and quantum point contacts formed in DQW structures are investigated. Anticrossings of the one-dimensional DQW dispersion curves are predicted to have interesting transport effects in these devices. Difficulties in sample fabrication have to date prevented experimental verification. However, recently developed techniques to overcome these difficulties are described.

  2. β+ Gamow-Teller transition strengths from 46Ti and stellar electron-capture rates.

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    Noji, S; Zegers, R G T; Austin, Sam M; Baugher, T; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Campbell, C M; Cole, A L; Doster, H J; Gade, A; Guess, C J; Gupta, S; Hitt, G W; Langer, C; Lipschutz, S; Lunderberg, E; Meharchand, R; Meisel, Z; Perdikakis, G; Pereira, J; Recchia, F; Schatz, H; Scott, M; Stroberg, S R; Sullivan, C; Valdez, L; Walz, C; Weisshaar, D; Williams, S J; Wimmer, K

    2014-06-27

    The Gamow-Teller strength in the β(+) direction to (46)Sc was extracted via the (46)Ti(t,(3)He + γ) reaction at 115  MeV/u. The γ-ray coincidences served to precisely measure the very weak Gamow-Teller transition to a final state at 991 keV. Although this transition is weak, it is crucial for accurately estimating electron-capture rates in astrophysical scenarios with relatively low stellar densities and temperatures, such as presupernova stellar evolution. Shell-model calculations with different effective interactions in the pf shell-model space do not reproduce the experimental Gamow-Teller strengths, which is likely due to sd-shell admixtures. Calculations in the quasiparticle random phase approximation that are often used in astrophysical simulations also fail to reproduce the experimental Gamow-Teller strength distribution, leading to strongly overestimated electron-capture rates. Because reliable theoretical predictions of Gamow-Teller strengths are important for providing astrophysical electron-capture reaction rates for a broad set of nuclei in the lower pf shell, we conclude that further theoretical improvements are required to match astrophysical needs.

  3. β+ Gamow-Teller Transition Strengths from Ti46 and Stellar Electron-Capture Rates

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    Noji, S.; Zegers, R. G. T.; Austin, Sam M.; Baugher, T.; Bazin, D.; Brown, B. A.; Campbell, C. M.; Cole, A. L.; Doster, H. J.; Gade, A.; Guess, C. J.; Gupta, S.; Hitt, G. W.; Langer, C.; Lipschutz, S.; Lunderberg, E.; Meharchand, R.; Meisel, Z.; Perdikakis, G.; Pereira, J.; Recchia, F.; Schatz, H.; Scott, M.; Stroberg, S. R.; Sullivan, C.; Valdez, L.; Walz, C.; Weisshaar, D.; Williams, S. J.; Wimmer, K.

    2014-06-01

    The Gamow-Teller strength in the β+ direction to Sc46 was extracted via the Ti46(t ,He3+γ) reaction at 115 MeV /u. The γ-ray coincidences served to precisely measure the very weak Gamow-Teller transition to a final state at 991 keV. Although this transition is weak, it is crucial for accurately estimating electron-capture rates in astrophysical scenarios with relatively low stellar densities and temperatures, such as presupernova stellar evolution. Shell-model calculations with different effective interactions in the pf shell-model space do not reproduce the experimental Gamow-Teller strengths, which is likely due to sd-shell admixtures. Calculations in the quasiparticle random phase approximation that are often used in astrophysical simulations also fail to reproduce the experimental Gamow-Teller strength distribution, leading to strongly overestimated electron-capture rates. Because reliable theoretical predictions of Gamow-Teller strengths are important for providing astrophysical electron-capture reaction rates for a broad set of nuclei in the lower pf shell, we conclude that further theoretical improvements are required to match astrophysical needs.

  4. Photon angular distribution and nuclear-state alignment in nuclear excitation by electron capture

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Harman, Zoltán; Surzhykov, Andrey; Jentschura, Ulrich D.

    2007-01-01

    The alignment of nuclear states resonantly formed in nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) is studied by means of a density matrix technique. The vibrational excitations of the nucleus are described by a collective model and the electrons are treated in a relativistic framework. Formulas for the angular distribution of photons emitted in the nuclear relaxation are derived. We present numerical results for alignment parameters and photon angular distributions for a number of heavy elements in the case of E2 nuclear transitions. Our results are intended to help future experimental attempts to discern NEEC from radiative recombination, which is the dominant competing process.

  5. Introducing electron capture into the unitary-convolution-approximation energy-loss theory at low velocities

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    Schiwietz, G.; Grande, P. L.

    2011-11-01

    Recent developments in the theoretical treatment of electronic energy losses of bare and screened ions in gases are presented. Specifically, the unitary-convolution-approximation (UCA) stopping-power model has proven its strengths for the determination of nonequilibrium effects for light as well as heavy projectiles at intermediate to high projectile velocities. The focus of this contribution will be on the UCA and its extension to specific projectile energies far below 100 keV/u, by considering electron-capture contributions at charge-equilibrium conditions.

  6. Introducing electron capture into the unitary-convolution-approximation energy-loss theory at low velocities

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    Schiwietz, G.; Grande, P. L.

    2011-11-15

    Recent developments in the theoretical treatment of electronic energy losses of bare and screened ions in gases are presented. Specifically, the unitary-convolution-approximation (UCA) stopping-power model has proven its strengths for the determination of nonequilibrium effects for light as well as heavy projectiles at intermediate to high projectile velocities. The focus of this contribution will be on the UCA and its extension to specific projectile energies far below 100 keV/u, by considering electron-capture contributions at charge-equilibrium conditions.

  7. Proton-induced single electron capture on DNA/RNA bases.

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    Champion, C; Weck, P F; Lekadir, H; Galassi, M E; Fojón, O A; Abufager, P; Rivarola, R D; Hanssen, J

    2012-05-21

    In this work, we report total cross sections for the single electron capture process induced on DNA/RNA bases by high-energy protons. The calculations are performed within both the continuum distorted wave and the continuum distorted wave-eikonal initial state approximations. The biological targets are described within the framework of self-consistent methods based on the complete neglect of differential overlap model whose accuracy has first been checked for simpler bio-molecules such as water vapour. Furthermore, the multi-electronic problem investigated here is reduced to a mono-electronic one using a version of the independent electron approximation. Finally, the obtained theoretical predictions are confronted with the scarcely available experimental results.

  8. Theoretical investigation of the electron capture and loss processes in the collisions of He2+ + Ne.

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    Hong, Xuhai; Wang, Feng; Jiao, Yalong; Su, Wenyong; Wang, Jianguo; Gou, Bingcong

    2013-08-28

    Based on the time-dependent density functional theory, a method is developed to study ion-atom collision dynamics, which self-consistently couples the quantum mechanical description of electron dynamics with the classical treatment of the ion motion. Employing real-time and real-space method, the coordinate space translation technique is introduced to allow one to focus on the region of target or projectile depending on the actual concerned process. The benchmark calculations are performed for the collisions of He(2+) + Ne, and the time evolution of electron density distribution is monitored, which provides interesting details of the interaction dynamics between the electrons and ion cores. The cross sections of single and many electron capture and loss have been calculated in the energy range of 1-1000 keV/amu, and the results show a good agreement with the available experiments over a wide range of impact energies.

  9. Theoretical investigation of the electron capture and loss processes in the collisions of He2+ + Ne

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    Hong, Xuhai; Wang, Feng; Jiao, Yalong; Su, Wenyong; Wang, Jianguo; Gou, Bingcong

    2013-08-01

    Based on the time-dependent density functional theory, a method is developed to study ion-atom collision dynamics, which self-consistently couples the quantum mechanical description of electron dynamics with the classical treatment of the ion motion. Employing real-time and real-space method, the coordinate space translation technique is introduced to allow one to focus on the region of target or projectile depending on the actual concerned process. The benchmark calculations are performed for the collisions of He2+ + Ne, and the time evolution of electron density distribution is monitored, which provides interesting details of the interaction dynamics between the electrons and ion cores. The cross sections of single and many electron capture and loss have been calculated in the energy range of 1-1000 keV/amu, and the results show a good agreement with the available experiments over a wide range of impact energies.

  10. Investigation of ion capture in an electron beam ion trap charge-breeder for rare isotopes

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    Kittimanapun, Kritsada

    Charge breeding of rare isotope ions has become an important ingredient for providing reaccelerated rare isotope beams for science. At the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), a reaccelerator, ReA, has been built that employs an advanced Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) as a charge breeder. ReA will provide rare-isotope beams with energies of a few hundred keV/u up to tens of MeV/u to enable the study of properties of rare isotopes via low energy Coulomb excitation and transfer reactions, and to investigate nuclear reactions important for nuclear astrophysics. ReA consists of an EBIT charge breeder, a charge-over-mass selector, a room temperature radio-frequency quadrupole accelerator, and a superconducting radio-frequency linear accelerator. The EBIT charge breeder features a high-current electron gun, a long trap structure, and a hybrid superconducting magnet to reach both high acceptance for injected low-charge ions as well as high-electron beam current densities for fast charge breeding. In this work, continuous ion injection and capture in the EBIT have been investigated with a dedicated Monte-Carlo simulation code and in experimental studies. The Monte-Carlo code NEBIT considers the electron-impact ionization cross sections, space charge due to the electron beam current, ion dynamics, electric field from electrodes, and magnetic field from the superconducting magnet. Experiments were performed to study the capture efficiency as a function of injected ion beam current, electron beam current, trap size, and trap potential depth. The charge state evolution of trapped ions was studied, providing information about the effective current density of the electron beam inside the EBIT. An attempt was made to measure the effective space-charge potential of the electron beam by studying the dynamics of a beam injected and reflected inside the trap.

  11. Experimental investigations of electron capture from atomic hydrogen and deuterium by alpha particles

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    We have undertaken a program at the University of Missouri-Rolla to experimentally determine cross sections for ion-atom collisions of interest in fusion reactor development. During the last grant period, we have made measurements of total and singly-differential cross sections for the alpha double-capture reaction. He{sup ++} + He(ls{sup 2}) {yields} He({Sigma}n,{ell}) + He{sup ++}. Collisions of this type have been discussed as a basis for diagnostics in which alphas are neutralized in a single collisions either by a HeI beam or by the ablative cloud from mechanically introduced impurity pellets. We are now finishing measurements of cross sections for the alpha single capture reaction He{sup ++} + He(1s{sup 2}) {yields} He{sup +}(n) + He{sup +}(1s), and propose to study He{sup ++} + H(1s) {yields} He{sup +}(n) + H{sup +} during next year. Accurate knowledge of these cross sections is fundamental for modeling of neutral-hydrogen beam penetration in fusion plasmas as well as for spectroscopic diagnostics of alpha densities and velocity distributions, especially for the case of capture into the n = 4 state of the projectile He{sup +}. Our measurements are made using a unique collision spectrometer discussed in this paper.

  12. Internal Energy Loss of the Electrons Ejected in Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    Drukarev, E. G.; Amusia, M. Ya.; Chernysheva, L. V.

    2017-01-01

    The excitations of the electron shell in neutrinoless double beta decay shifts the limiting energy available for ejected electrons. We present the general equations for this shift and make computations for the decays of two nuclei—germanium and xenon.

  13. Identification and measurement of chlorinated organic pesticides in water by electron-capture gas chromatography

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    Lamar, William L.; Goerlitz, Donald F.; Law, LeRoy M.

    1965-01-01

    Pesticides, in minute quantities, may affect the regimen of streams, and because they may concentrate in sediments, aquatic organisms, and edible aquatic foods, their detection and their measurement in the parts-per-trillion range are considered essential. In 1964 the U.S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park, Calif., began research on methods for monitoring pesticides in water. Two systems were selected--electron-capture gas chromatography and microcoulometric-titration gas chromatography. Studies on these systems are now in progress. This report provides current information on the development and application of an electron-capture gas chromatographic procedure. This method is a convenient and extremely sensitive procedure for the detection and measurement of organic pesticides having high electron affinities, notably the chlorinated organic pesticides. The electron-affinity detector is extremely sensitive to these substances but it is not as sensitive to many other compounds. By this method, the chlorinated organic pesticide may be determined on a sample of convenient size in concentrations as low as the parts-per-trillion range. To insure greater accuracy in the identifications, the pesticides reported were separated and identified by their retention times on two different types of gas chromatographic columns.

  14. Structural studies on protein O-fucosylation by electron capture dissociation

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    Mormann, Michael; Macek, Boris; de Peredo, Anne Gonzalez; Hofsteenge, Jan; Peter-Katalinic, Jasna

    2004-05-01

    The low energy dissociation technique electron capture dissociation has been applied to a series of thrombospondin and properdin derived O-fucosylated glycopeptides. Followed by capture of an electron by multiply protonated precursor ions [M+nH]n+ reduced odd electron radical cations [M+nH](n-1)[radical sign]+ were generated. The latter mainly fragment by cleavage of the N---C[alpha] bonds of the peptide chain without loss of the labile sugar moiety allowing an unambiguous assignment of the glycosylation site. Apart from peptide backbone cleavages, side chain losses of aminocarbonylmethyl and aminocarbonylmethylthiyl radicals from carboxyamidomethylated cysteins are observed. The N---C[alpha] bond cleavage is greatly reduced on both sides of alkylated Cys. However, fragment ions that are formed by secondary fragmentations of z-type radical cations containing N-terminal cystein give rise to even electron z---[radical sign]SCH2CONH2 ions. The potential of the high mass accuracy for the identification of the protein modification topology has been fully explored.

  15. Electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR) with a loop-gap resonator

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    Hyde, James S.; Yin, Jun-Jie; Froncisz, W.; Feix, Jimmy B.

    Electron-electron double-resonance (ELDOR) experiments on nitroxide-radical-spin-labeled liposomes have been performed using a loop-gap resonator. The signal-to-noise ratio expressed on a molarity basis is 20-fold over the best that has been achieved using a bimodal cavity. This improvement permits ELDOR experiments on spin-labeled plasma membranes of intact cells, as illustrated by a prototype experiment on red blood cells labeled with stearic acid spin label. Moreover, 20 times greater pumping energy density at the sample is achievable for a given incident pump power, permitting ELDOR experiments on less readily saturated systems. Pump and observing frequencies are introduced directly into the loop-gap resonator, which has a relatively low Q, and the pump electron paramagnetic resonance signal is isolated from the receiver using a high Q trap microwave filter.

  16. A multifrequency high-field pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance/electron-nuclear double resonance spectrometer

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    Morley, Gavin W.; Brunel, Louis-Claude; van Tol, Johan

    2008-06-01

    We describe a pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer operating at several frequencies in the range of 110-336GHz. The microwave source at all frequencies consists of a multiplier chain starting from a solid state synthesizer in the 12-15GHz range. A fast p-i-n-switch at the base frequency creates the pulses. At all frequencies a Fabry-Pérot resonator is employed and the π /2 pulse length ranges from ˜100ns at 110GHzto˜600ns at 334GHz. Measurements of a single crystal containing dilute Mn2+ impurities at 12T illustrate the effects of large electron spin polarizations. The capabilities also allow for pulsed electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) experiments as demonstrated by Mims ENDOR of K39 nuclei in Cr :K3NbO8.

  17. Measurement of θ 13 in Double Chooz using neutron captures on hydrogen with novel background rejection techniques

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    Abe, Y.; Appel, S.; Abrahão, T.; Almazan, H.; Alt, C.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Barriere, J. C.; Baussan, E.; Bekman, I.; Bergevin, M.; Bezerra, T. J. C.; Bezrukov, L.; Blucher, E.; Brugière, T.; Buck, C.; Busenitz, J.; Cabrera, A.; Camilleri, L.; Carr, R.; Cerrada, M.; Chauveau, E.; Chimenti, P.; Collin, A. P.; Conrad, J. M.; Crespo-Anadón, J. I.; Crum, K.; Cucoanes, A. S.; Damon, E.; Dawson, J. V.; Dhooghe, J.; Dietrich, D.; Djurcic, Z.; Dracos, M.; Etenko, A.; Fallot, M.; von Feilitzsch, F.; Felde, J.; Fernandes, S. M.; Fischer, V.; Franco, D.; Franke, M.; Furuta, H.; Gil-Botella, I.; Giot, L.; Göger-Neff, M.; Gomez, H.; Gonzalez, L. F. G.; Goodenough, L.; Goodman, M. C.; Haag, N.; Hara, T.; Haser, J.; Hellwig, D.; Hofmann, M.; Horton-Smith, G. A.; Hourlier, A.; Ishitsuka, M.; Jochum, J.; Jollet, C.; Kaether, F.; Kalousis, L. N.; Kamyshkov, Y.; Kaneda, M.; Kaplan, D. M.; Kawasaki, T.; Kemp, E.; de Kerret, H.; Kryn, D.; Kuze, M.; Lachenmaier, T.; Lane, C. E.; Lasserre, T.; Letourneau, A.; Lhuillier, D.; Lima, H. P.; Lindner, M.; López-Castaño, J. M.; LoSecco, J. M.; Lubsandorzhiev, B.; Lucht, S.; Maeda, J.; Mariani, C.; Maricic, J.; Martino, J.; Matsubara, T.; Mention, G.; Meregaglia, A.; Miletic, T.; Milincic, R.; Minotti, A.; Nagasaka, Y.; Navas-Nicolás, D.; Novella, P.; Oberauer, L.; Obolensky, M.; Onillon, A.; Osborn, A.; Palomares, C.; Pepe, I. M.; Perasso, S.; Porta, A.; Pronost, G.; Reichenbacher, J.; Reinhold, B.; Röhling, M.; Roncin, R.; Rybolt, B.; Sakamoto, Y.; Santorelli, R.; Schilithz, A. C.; Schönert, S.; Schoppmann, S.; Shaevitz, M. H.; Sharankova, R.; Shrestha, D.; Sibille, V.; Sinev, V.; Skorokhvatov, M.; Smith, E.; Soiron, M.; Spitz, J.; Stahl, A.; Stancu, I.; Stokes, L. F. F.; Strait, M.; Suekane, F.; Sukhotin, S.; Sumiyoshi, T.; Sun, Y.; Svoboda, R.; Terao, K.; Tonazzo, A.; Thi, H. H. Trinh; Valdiviesso, G.; Vassilopoulos, N.; Veyssiere, C.; Vivier, M.; Wagner, S.; Walsh, N.; Watanabe, H.; Wiebusch, C.; Wurm, M.; Yang, G.; Yermia, F.; Zimmer, V.

    2016-01-27

    We observed a measurement of the Double Chooz collaboration and the neutrino mixing angle θ13 using reactor $\\bar{v}$e via the inverse beta decay reaction in which the neutron is captured on hydrogen. Our measurement is based on 462.72 live days data, approximately twice as much data as in the previous such analysis, collected with a detector positioned at an average distance of 1050 m from two reactor cores. Several novel techniques have been developed to achieve significant reductions of the backgrounds and systematic uncertainties. Accidental coincidences, the dominant background in this analysis, are suppressed by more than an order of magnitude with respect to our previous publication by a multi-variate analysis. Furthermore, these improvements demonstrate the capability of precise measurement of reactor $\\bar{v}$e without gadolinium loading. Spectral distortions from the $\\bar{v}$e reactor flux predictions previously reported with the neutron capture on gadolinium events are confirmed in the independent data sample presented here. A value of sin213= 0.0950.039+0.038 (stat+syst) is obtained from a fit to the observed event rate as a function of the reactor power, a method insensitive to the energy spectrum shape. A simultaneous fit of the hydrogen capture events and of the gadolinium capture events yields a measurement of sin213 = 0.088 ± 0.033(stat+syst).

  18. Electron Beam Analysis of Micrometeoroids Captured in Aerogel as Stardust Analogues

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    Graham, G. A.; Sheffield-Parker, J.; Bradley, P.; Kearsley, A. T.; Dai, Z. R.; Mayo, S. C.; Teslich, N.; Snead, C.; Westphal, A. J.; Ishii, H.

    2005-01-01

    In January 2004, NASA s Stardust spacecraft passed through the tail of Comet 81P/Wild-2. The on-board dust flux monitor instrument indicated that numerous micro- and nano-meter sized cometary dust particles were captured by the dedicated silica aerogel capture cell. The collected cometary particles will be returned to Earth in January 2006. Current Stardust analogues are: (i) Light-gas-gun accelerated individual mineral grains and carbonaceous meteoritic material in aerogels at the Stardust encounter velocity ca.approximately 6 kilometers per second. (ii) Aerogels exposed in low-Earth orbit (LEO) containing preserved cosmic dust grains. Studies of these impacts offer insight into the potential state of the captured cometary dust by Stardust and the suitability of various analytical techniques. A number of papers have discussed the application of sophisticated synchrotron analytical techniques to analyze Stardust particles. Yet much of the understanding gained on the composition and mineralogy of interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) has come from electron microscopy studies. Here we discuss the application of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for Stardust during the preliminary phase of post-return investigations.

  19. How getting noticed helps getting on: successful attention capture doubles children's cooperative play

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    Yuill, Nicola; Hinske, Steve; Williams, Sophie E.; Leith, Georgia

    2014-01-01

    Cooperative social interaction is a complex skill that involves maintaining shared attention and continually negotiating a common frame of reference. Privileged in human evolution, cooperation provides support for the development of social-cognitive skills. We hypothesize that providing audio support for capturing playmates' attention will increase cooperative play in groups of young children. Attention capture was manipulated via an audio-augmented toy to boost children's attention bids. Study 1 (48 6- to 11-year-olds) showed that the augmented toy yielded significantly more cooperative play in triads compared to the same toy without augmentation. In Study 2 (33 7- to 9-year-olds) the augmented toy supported greater success of attention bids, which were associated with longer cooperative play, associated in turn with better group narratives. The results show how cooperation requires moment-by-moment coordination of attention and how we can manipulate environments to reveal and support mechanisms of social interaction. Our findings have implications for understanding the role of joint attention in the development of cooperative action and shared understanding. PMID:24904453

  20. Spin labeling and Double Electron-Electron Resonance (DEER) to Deconstruct Conformational Ensembles of HIV Protease.

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    Casey, Thomas M; Fanucci, Gail E

    2015-01-01

    An understanding of macromolecular conformational equilibrium in biological systems is oftentimes essential to understand function, dysfunction, and disease. For the past few years, our lab has been utilizing site-directed spin labeling (SDSL), coupled with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, to characterize the conformational ensemble and ligand-induced conformational shifts of HIV-1 protease (HIV-1PR). The biomedical importance of characterizing the fractional occupancy of states within the conformational ensemble critically impacts our hypothesis of a conformational selection mechanism of drug-resistance evolution in HIV-1PR. The purpose of the following chapter is to give a timeline perspective of our SDSL EPR approach to characterizing conformational sampling of HIV-1PR. We provide detailed instructions for the procedure utilized in analyzing distance profiles for HIV-1PR obtained from pulsed electron-electron double resonance (PELDOR). Specifically, we employ a version of PELDOR known as double electron-electron resonance (DEER). Data are processed with the software package "DeerAnalysis" (http://www.epr.ethz.ch/software), which implements Tikhonov regularization (TKR), to generate a distance profile from electron spin-echo amplitude modulations. We assign meaning to resultant distance profiles based upon a conformational sampling model, which is described herein. The TKR distance profiles are reconstructed with a linear combination of Gaussian functions, which is then statistically analyzed. In general, DEER has proven powerful for observing structural ensembles in proteins and, more recently, nucleic acids. Our goal is to present our advances in order to aid readers in similar applications.

  1. Energy distribution of elastically scattered electrons from double layer samples

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    Tőkési, K.; Varga, D.

    2016-02-01

    We present a theoretical description of the spectra of electrons elastically scattered from thin double layered Au-C samples. The analysis is based on the Monte Carlo simulation of the recoil and Doppler effects in reflection and transmission geometries of the scattering at a fixed angle of 44.3 ° and a primary energy of 40 keV. The relativistic correction is taken into account. Besides the experimentally measurable energy distributions the simulations give many partial distributions separately, depending on the number of elastic scatterings (single, and multiple scatterings of different types). Furthermore, we present detailed analytical calculations for the main parameters of the single scattering, taking into account both the ideal scattering geometry, i.e. infinitesimally small angular range, and the effect of the real, finite angular range used in the measurements. We show our results for intensity ratios, peak shifts and broadenings for four cases of measurement geometries and layer thicknesses. While in the peak intensity ratios of gold and carbon for transmission geometries were found to be in good agreement with the results of the single scattering model, especially large deviations were obtained in reflection geometries. The separation of the peaks, depending on the geometry and the thickness, generally smaller, and the peak width generally larger than it can be expected from the nominal values of the primary energy, scattering angle, and mean kinetic energy of the atoms. We also show that the peaks are asymmetric even for the case of the single scattering due to the finite solid angle. Finally, we present a qualitative comparison with the experimental data. We find our resulting energy distribution of elastically scattered electrons to be in good agreement with recent measurements.

  2. High-energy two-electron capture with emission of a single photon

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    Drukarev, E. G.; Mikhailov, A. I.; Mikhailov, I. A.; Scheid, W.

    2007-12-15

    We investigate the two-electron capture with emission of a single photon to the ground state in the Coulomb field of a heavy nucleus in its collision with a light atom. Describing electron-electron interactions in the bound state perturbatively, we obtained an analytical formula for the high-energy limit of the cross section. In combination with previous results obtained in the same approach we calculated the cross section in a broad interval of energies of the collision. We show that the amplitude of the process at high energy depends on the behavior of the bound state wave function near the triple coalescence point. We analyze the properties of the approximate wave functions which are necessary for the description of the high-energy limit.

  3. Precision electron-capture energy in 202Pb and its relevance for neutrino mass determination

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    Welker, A.; Filianin, P.; Althubiti, N. A. S.; Atanasov, D.; Blaum, K.; Cocolios, T. E.; Eliseev, S.; Herfurth, F.; Kreim, S.; Lunney, D.; Manea, V.; Neidherr, D.; Novikov, Yu.; Rosenbusch, M.; Schweikhard, L.; Wienholtz, F.; Wolf, R. N.; Zuber, K.

    2017-07-01

    Within the framework of an extensive programme devoted to the search for alternative candidates for the neutrino mass determination, the atomic mass difference between 202Pb and 202Tl has been measured with the Penning trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. The obtained value Q_{EC} = 38.8(43) keV is three times more precise than the AME2012 value. While it will probably not lead to a replacement of 163Ho in modern experiments on the determination of the electron-neutrino mass, the electron capture in 202Pb would however allow a determination of the electron-neutrino mass on the few-eV level using a cryogenic micro-calorimeter.

  4. Quantum fluctuations and coherence in high-precision single-electron capture.

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    Kashcheyevs, Vyacheslavs; Timoshenko, Janis

    2012-11-21

    The phase of a single quantum state is undefined unless the history of its creation provides a reference point. Thus, quantum interference may seem hardly relevant for the design of deterministic single-electron sources which strive to isolate individual charge carriers quickly and completely. We provide a counterexample by analyzing the nonadiabatic separation of a localized quantum state from a Fermi sea due to a closing tunnel barrier. We identify the relevant energy scales and suggest ways to separate the contributions of quantum nonadiabatic excitation and back tunneling to the rare noncapture events. In the optimal regime of balanced decay and nonadiabaticity, our simple electron trap turns into a single-lead Landau-Zener back tunneling interferometer, revealing the dynamical phase accumulated between the particle capture and leakage. The predicted "quantum beats in back tunneling" may turn the error of a single-electron source into a valuable signal revealing essentially nonadiabatic energy scales of a dynamic quantum dot.

  5. N2O analysis in the atmosphere via electron capture-gas chromatography

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    Rasmussen, R. A.; Krasnec, J.; Pierotti, D.

    1976-01-01

    The potential of commercially available pulse-modulated electron capture detector (ECD)-equipped gas chromatographs for direct measurement of ambient levels of N2O is assessed. Since the sensitivity of ECD to N2O is directly proportional to the detector operating temperature and detector standing current, it is necessary to use a 'hot' ECD (250-350 C). The method is shown to be very precise with a standard error not exceeding 1% for automated analysis of ambient air samples. The technology is available to permit highly accurate routine direct analysis of N2O in the troposphere and stratosphere. Both captured air samples or direct real-time measurement from research vessels or airborne platforms are possible.

  6. Recoil Momentum Spectroscopy Study of Electron Capture from He by 10 MeV Hydrogenlike Fluorine

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    Saleh, L.; Winecki, S.; Stöckli, M.; Cocke, C. L.; Richard, P.; Ullrich, J.; Moshammer, R.

    1996-05-01

    We have used recoil momentum spectroscopy (COLTRIMS (J. Ullrich, et al., Comm. At. Mol. Phys. \\underline30), 285 (1994).) to determine final state momentum distributions in the single electron capture from He by 10 MeV F^8+ ions. A momentum resolution below 0.15 a.u. was obtained. The longitidunal momentum resolution is sufficient to allow the separation of final state populations of the L, M and higher states, and to identify excitation of the residual He^+ ion. This probability of this excitation is large in the capture process. Transverse momentum distributions were used to extract transverse cross sections (angular distributions) for different final states. Comparison of the data to theoretical expectations will be presented.

  7. Electron Capture into Rydberg States According to the Born Approximation: Correction of an Error

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    Omidvar, Kazem

    1980-01-01

    A general expression is derived for the Born amplitude for electron capture into high principal, and arbitrary angular momentum, quantum numbers, n and l, by bare nuclei from hydrogenic atom targets. Cross sections for capture into high n and l = 0,1 are given in analytic forms. The limiting values of the ratios of the Born over OBK cross sections for n >> 1 and l = 0,1 are found, and shown that they confirm the empirical law of Jackson and Schiff only approximately. For high angular momenta, it is shown that the Born cross section approaches the OBK cross section. An error in a previous publication by the author has been corrected.

  8. Activated Ion Electron Capture Dissociation (AI ECD) of proteins: synchronization of infrared and electron irradiation with ion magnetron motion.

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    Mikhailov, Victor A; Cooper, Helen J

    2009-05-01

    Here, we show that to perform activated ion electron capture dissociation (AI-ECD) in a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometer equipped with a CO(2) laser, it is necessary to synchronize both infrared irradiation and electron capture dissociation with ion magnetron motion. This requirement is essential for instruments in which the infrared laser is angled off-axis, such as the Thermo Finnigan LTQ FT. Generally, the electron irradiation time required for proteins is much shorter (ms) than that required for peptides (tens of ms), and the modulation of ECD, AI ECD, and infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) with ion magnetron motion is more pronounced. We have optimized AI ECD for ubiquitin, cytochrome c, and myoglobin; however the results can be extended to other proteins. We demonstrate that pre-ECD and post-ECD activation are physically different and display different kinetics. We also demonstrate how, by use of appropriate AI ECD time sequences and normalization, the kinetics of protein gas-phase refolding can be deconvoluted from the diffusion of the ion cloud and measured on the time scale longer than the period of ion magnetron motion.

  9. Fine-grid calculations for stellar electron and positron capture rates on Fe isotopes

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    Nabi, Jameel-Un; Tawfik, Abdel Nasser

    2013-03-15

    The acquisition of precise and reliable nuclear data is a prerequisite to success for stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis studies. Core-collapse simulators find it challenging to generate an explosion from the collapse of the core of massive stars. It is believed that a better understanding of the microphysics of core-collapse can lead to successful results. The weak interaction processes are able to trigger the collapse and control the lepton-to-baryon ratio (Y{sub e}) of the corematerial. It is suggested that the temporal variation of Y{sub e} within the core of a massive star has a pivotal role to play in the stellar evolution and a fine-tuning of this parameter at various stages of presupernova evolution is the key to generate an explosion. During the presupernova evolution of massive stars, isotopes of iron, mainly {sup 54-56}Fe, are considered to be key players in controlling Y{sub e} ratio via electron capture on these nuclides. Recently an improved microscopic calculation of weak-interaction-mediated rates for iron isotopes was introduced using the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase-approximation (pn-QRPA) theory. The pn-QRPA theory allows a microscopic state-by-state calculation of stellar capture rates which greatly increases the reliability of calculated rates. The results were suggestive of some fine-tuning of the Y{sub e} ratio during various phases of stellar evolution. Here we present for the first time the fine-grid calculation of the electron and positron capture rates on {sup 54-56}Fe. The sensitivity of the pn-QRPA calculated capture rates to the deformation parameter is also studied in this work. Core-collapse simulators may find this calculation suitable for interpolation purposes and for necessary incorporation in the stellar evolution codes.

  10. Electronic data capture and DICOM data management in multi-center clinical trials

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    Haak, Daniel; Page, Charles-E.; Deserno, Thomas M.

    2016-03-01

    Providing eligibility, efficacy and security evaluation by quantitative and qualitative disease findings, medical imaging has become increasingly important in clinical trials. Here, subject's data is today captured in electronic case reports forms (eCRFs), which are offered by electronic data capture (EDC) systems. However, integration of subject's medical image data into eCRFs is insufficiently supported. Neither integration of subject's digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data, nor communication with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), is possible. This aggravates the workflow of the study personnel, in special regarding studies with distributed data capture in multiple sites. Hence, in this work, a system architecture is presented, which connects an EDC system, a PACS and a DICOM viewer via the web access to DICOM objects (WADO) protocol. The architecture is implemented using the open source tools OpenClinica, DCM4CHEE and Weasis. The eCRF forms the primary endpoint for the study personnel, where subject's image data is stored and retrieved. Background communication with the PACS is completely hidden for the users. Data privacy and consistency is ensured by automatic de-identification and re-labelling of DICOM data with context information (e.g. study and subject identifiers), respectively. The system is exemplarily demonstrated in a clinical trial, where computer tomography (CT) data is de-centrally captured from the subjects and centrally read by a chief radiologists to decide on inclusion of the subjects in the trial. Errors, latency and costs in the EDC workflow are reduced, while, a research database is implicitly built up in the background.

  11. Improving the Electronic Capture of Advance Care Directives in a Healthcare Delivery System.

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    Kamo, Norifumi; Williams, Barbara L; Smith, Donna L; Blackmore, C Craig

    2017-05-01

    To determine the effectiveness of a multifaceted quality improvement intervention in outpatient clinics at an integrated healthcare delivery system on capture rate of advance directives (ADs) in the electronic medical record (EMR). Interrupted time series analysis with control groups between January 2010 and June 2015. Oncology, nephrology, and primary care outpatient clinics in an integrated healthcare delivery system. All individuals aged 65 and older with at least one office visit in any outpatient clinic in the care delivery system (n = 77,350 with 502,446 office visits). A series of quality improvement interventions to improve rates of advance care planning discussions and capture of those discussions in the EMR between 2010 and 2014. Capture rate of ADs in the EMR. Visits in the intervention primary care clinic were twice as likely to mention ADs in the EMR (53.4%) than visits in nonintervention primary care clinics (26.5%). Visits in the intervention oncology clinic were more than eight times as likely to mention ADs in the EMR (49.3% vs 6.0%), and visits in the intervention nephrology clinic were 2.5 times as likely to mention ADs (15.4% vs 6.0%) than visits in other specialty clinics. A series of quality improvement interventions to increase discussions about advance care planning and capture of advance care directives in the EMR significantly increased the rate of capture in primary care and specialty care outpatient settings. © 2017, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2017, The American Geriatrics Society.

  12. Electron capture into large-l Rydberg states of multiply charged ions escaping from solid surfaces

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    Nedeljković, N.; Nedeljković, Lj.; Mirković, M.

    2003-07-01

    We have investigated the electron capture into large-l Rydberg states of multiply charged ionic projectiles (e.g., the core charges Z=6, 7, and 8) escaping solid surfaces with intermediate velocities (v≈1 a.u.) in the normal emergence geometry. A model of the nonresonant electron capture from the solid conduction band into the moving large angular-momentum Rydberg states of the ions is developed through a generalization of our results obtained previously for the low-l cases (l=0, 1, and 2). The model is based on the two-wave-function dynamics of the Demkov-Ostrovskii type. The electron exchange process is described by a mixed flux through a moving plane (“Firsov plane”), placed between the solid surface and the ionic projectile. Due to low eccentricities of the large-l Rydberg systems, the mixed flux must be evaluated through the whole Firsov plane. It is for this purpose that a suitable asymptotic method is developed. For intermediate ionic velocities and for all relevant values of the principal quantum number n≈Z, the population probability Pnl is obtained as a nonlinear l distribution. The theoretical predictions concerning the ions S VI, Cl VII, and Ar VIII are compared with the available results of the beam-foil experiments.

  13. Fragmentation of peptide negative molecular ions induced by resonance electron capture

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    Vasil'ev, Yury V.; Figard, Benjamin J.; Morre, Jeff; Deinzer, Max L.

    2009-07-28

    A simple robust method to study resonance gas-phase reactions between neutral peptides of low volatility and free electrons has been designed and implemented. Resonance electron capture (REC) experiments were performed by several neutral model peptides and two naturally occurring peptides. The assignment of negative ions (NIs) formed in these gas-phase reactions was based on high mass-resolving power experiments. From these accurate mass measurements, it was concluded that fragment NIs formed by low (1-2 eV) energy REC are of the same types as those observed in electron capture/transfer dissociation, where the positive charge is a factor. The main feature resulting from these REC experiments by peptides is the occurrence of z{sub n}-1 ions, which are invariably of the highest abundances in the negative ion mass spectra of larger peptides. [M-H]{sup -} NIs presumably the carboxylate anion structure dominate the REC spectra of smaller peptides. There was no evidence for the occurrence of the complementary reaction, i.e., the formations of c{sub n}+1 ions. Instead, c{sub n} ions arose without hydrogen/proton transfer albeit with lower abundances than that observed for z{sub n}-1 ions. Only the amide forms of small peptides showed more abundant ion peaks for the c{sub n} ions than for the z{sub n}-1 ions. The mechanisms for the N-C{sub {alpha}} bond cleavage are discussed.

  14. Capturing enveloped viruses on affinity grids for downstream cryo-electron microscopy applications.

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    Kiss, Gabriella; Chen, Xuemin; Brindley, Melinda A; Campbell, Patricia; Afonso, Claudio L; Ke, Zunlong; Holl, Jens M; Guerrero-Ferreira, Ricardo C; Byrd-Leotis, Lauren A; Steel, John; Steinhauer, David A; Plemper, Richard K; Kelly, Deborah F; Spearman, Paul W; Wright, Elizabeth R

    2014-02-01

    Electron microscopy (EM), cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) are essential techniques used for characterizing basic virus morphology and determining the three-dimensional structure of viruses. Enveloped viruses, which contain an outer lipoprotein coat, constitute the largest group of pathogenic viruses to humans. The purification of enveloped viruses from cell culture presents certain challenges. Specifically, the inclusion of host-membrane-derived vesicles, the complete destruction of the viruses, and the disruption of the internal architecture of individual virus particles. Here, we present a strategy for capturing enveloped viruses on affinity grids (AG) for use in both conventional EM and cryo-EM/ET applications. We examined the utility of AG for the selective capture of human immunodeficiency virus virus-like particles, influenza A, and measles virus. We applied nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid lipid layers in combination with molecular adaptors to selectively adhere the viruses to the AG surface. This further development of the AG method may prove essential for the gentle and selective purification of enveloped viruses directly onto EM grids for ultrastructural analyses.

  15. Electron capture and emission spectroscopy to study surface and interface magnetism

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    Rau, Carl

    1994-07-01

    Electron capture spectroscopy (ECS) and spin-polarized electron emission spectroscopy (SPEES) are extremely sensitive techniques to probe surface magnetic properties. Ultra-thin bct Fe(100)(1×1)/Pd(100) films exhibit 2D Ising critical behavior. The surface electron spin polarization (ESP) follows precisely the exact solution of the 2D Ising model as given by Yang. The average magnetization of the topmost surface layer is enhanced by 32% compared to that of bulk layers. Pd Auger electrons emitted from the Fe/Pd interface are spin-polarized, and the ESP is oriented parallel to that of emitted Fe Auger electrons. At surfaces of 5nm thick hcp Tb(0001)/W(110) films, strong surface magnetic surface anisotropies are found. The onset of ferromagnetism occurs ≈30 K above the bulk Curie temperature (220K) of Tb. For clean Fe and Fe/Pd surfaces, the ESP of low-energy (≈2 eV) emitted electrons is substantially enhanced by Stoner excitations. The existence of a nonzero ESP at O/Fe surfaces demonstrates the absence of a magnetically dead surface layer.

  16. The Sensitivity of Core-collapse Supernovae to Nuclear Electron Capture

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    Sullivan, Chris; O'Connor, Evan; Zegers, Remco G. T.; Grubb, Thomas; Austin, Sam M.

    2016-01-01

    A weak-rate library aimed at investigating the sensitivity of astrophysical environments to variations of electron-capture rates on medium-heavy nuclei has been developed. With this library, the sensitivity of the core-collapse and early post-bounce phases of core-collapse supernovae to nuclear electron capture is examined. The rates are adjusted by factors consistent with uncertainties indicated by comparing theoretical rates to those deduced from charge-exchange and β-decay measurements. To ensure a model-independent assessment, sensitivity studies across a comprehensive set of progenitors and equations of state are performed. We find a +16/-4% range in the mass of the inner core at shock formation and a ±20% range of peak {ν }e luminosity during the deleptonization burst. These ranges are five times as large as those seen from a separate progenitor study, where we evaluate the sensitivity of these parameters to 32 presupernova models. Additionally, the simulations are found to be more sensitive to a reduction in electron-capture rates than an enhancement, and specifically to the reduction in rates for neutron-rich nuclei near the N = 50 closed neutron shell. As measurements for medium-heavy (A\\gt 65) and neutron-rich nuclei are sparse, and because accurate theoretical models that account for nuclear structure considerations of individual nuclei are not readily available, rates for these nuclei may be overestimated. If more accurate estimates confirm this, results from this study indicate that significant changes to the core-collapse trajectory are expected. For this reason, experimental and theoretical efforts should focus on this region of the nuclear chart.

  17. Electron Capture by a Hydrated Gaseous Peptide: Effects of Water on Fragmentation and Molecular Survival

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    Prell, James S.; O'Brien, Jeremy T.; Holm, Anne I. S.; Leib, Ryan D.; Donald, William A.; Williams, Evan R.

    2008-01-01

    The effects of water on electron capture dissociation products, molecular survival, and recombination energy are investigated for diprotonated Lys-Tyr-Lys solvated by between zero and 25 water molecules. For peptide ions with between 12 and 25 water molecules attached, electron capture results in a narrow distribution of product ions corresponding to primarily the loss of 10-12 water molecules from the reduced precursor. From these data, the recombination energy (RE) is determined to be equal to the energy that is lost by evaporating on average 10.7 water molecules, or 4.3 eV. Because water stabilizes ions, this value is a lower limit to the RE of the unsolvated ion, but it indicates that the majority of the available RE is deposited into internal modes of the peptide ion. Plotting the fragment ion abundances for ions formed from precursors with fewer than 11 water molecules as a function of hydration extent results in an energy resolved breakdown curve from which the appearance energies of the b2+, y2+, z2+•, c2+, and (KYK + H)+ fragment ions formed from this peptide ion can be obtained; these values are 78, 88, 42, 11, and 9 kcal/mol, respectively. The propensity for H atom loss and ammonia loss from the precursor changes dramatically with the extent of hydration, and this change in reactivity can be directly attributed to a “caging” effect by the water molecules. These are the first experimental measurements of the RE and appearance energies of fragment ions due to electron capture dissociation of a multiply charged peptide. This novel ion nanocalorimetry technique can be applied more generally to other exothermic reactions that are not readily accessible to investigation by more conventional thermochemical methods. PMID:18761457

  18. Double-K-vacancy states in electron-impact single ionization of metastable two-electron N5+(1s2s 3S1) ions

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    Müller, A.; Borovik, A.; Huber, K.; Schippers, S.; Fursa, D. V.; Bray, I.

    2014-07-01

    The role of hollow states intermediately produced in electron-impact ionization of metastable He-like N5+(1s2s3S1) ions has been investigated in detail. A crossed-beam setup and suitable experimental techniques were employed for the measurement of accurate absolute cross sections and precise energy-scan data. Fine structures arising from K-shell excitations and associated resonances have been observed for this two-electron ion with less than ±0.5 eV uncertainty on the energy scale. Fine details, such as interference of the reaction pathways of direct ionization and excitation with capture of the incident electron followed by double-Auger decay, could be revealed. Ab initio calculations based on the convergent close coupling (CCC) approach are in good agreement with the experiment.

  19. Neutron Capture and Neutron Total Cross Sections Measurements for {sup 27}Al at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator

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    Guber, K.H.; Harvey, J.A.; Hill, N.W.; Koehler, P.E.; Leal, L.C.; Sayer, R.O.; Spencer, R.R.; Wright, R.Q.

    1999-08-30

    We have used the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) to measure neutron total and capture cross sections of {sup 27}Al in the energy range from 100 eV to {approximately}400 keV. We report the resonance parameters as well as the Maxwellian average capture cross sections.

  20. A partnership approach for Electronic Data Capture in small-scale clinical trials.

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    Franklin, Joshua D; Guidry, Alicia; Brinkley, James F

    2011-12-01

    Amid researchers' growing need for study data management, the CTSA-funded Institute for Translational Health Sciences developed an approach to combine technical and scientific resources with small-scale clinical trials researchers in order to make Electronic Data Capture more efficient. In a 2-year qualitative evaluation we found that the importance of ease of use and training materials outweighed number of features and functionality. EDC systems we evaluated were Catalyst Web Tools, OpenClinica and REDCap. We also found that two other systems, Caisis and LabKey, did not meet the specific user needs of the study group.

  1. Quantum interference between nuclear excitation by electron capture and radiative recombination

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Harman, Zoltán; Scheid, Werner

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the quantum interference between the resonant process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) followed by the radiative decay of the excited nucleus, and radiative recombination (RR). In order to derive the interference cross section, a Feshbach projection operator formalism is used. The electromagnetic field is considered by means of multipole fields. The nucleus is described by a phenomenological collective model and by making use of experimental data. The Fano profile parameters as well as the interference cross section for electric and magnetic multipole transitions in various heavy ions are presented. We discuss the experimental possibility of discerning NEEC from the RR background.

  2. [Assay of plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate by gas chromatography with electron-capture detection].

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    Oui, E; Habrioux, G; Mathian, B; Revol, A; Henry, R

    1986-01-01

    A sensitive and specific method for the determination of plasma S-DHA by gas chromatography (GC), with fused silica capillary column (stationary phase SE 54) and electron capture, after solvolysis of the sample and purification by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is described. The interest of the new internal standard (5 alpha androst-9(11)-ene-3 beta ol-17-one) for the determination of the DHA by GC is shown. The analytical characteristics of this method as well as a comparative study of the values obtained by this method and by radioimmuno-assay are described.

  3. Neutrino signal of electron-capture supernovae from core collapse to cooling.

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    Hüdepohl, L; Müller, B; Janka, H-T; Marek, A; Raffelt, G G

    2010-06-25

    An 8.8M{⊙} electron-capture supernova was simulated in spherical symmetry consistently from collapse through explosion to essentially complete deleptonization of the forming neutron star. The evolution time (∼9  s) is short because high-density effects suppress our neutrino opacities. After a short phase of accretion-enhanced luminosities (∼200  ms), luminosity equipartition among all species becomes almost perfect and the spectra of ν{e} and ν{μ,τ} very similar, ruling out the neutrino-driven wind as r-process site. We also discuss consequences for neutrino flavor oscillations.

  4. Neutrino Signal of Electron-Capture Supernovae from Core Collapse to Cooling

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    Huedepohl, L.; Mueller, B.; Janka, H.-T.; Marek, A.; Raffelt, G. G.

    2010-06-25

    An 8.8M{sub {center_dot}}electron-capture supernova was simulated in spherical symmetry consistently from collapse through explosion to essentially complete deleptonization of the forming neutron star. The evolution time ({approx}9 s) is short because high-density effects suppress our neutrino opacities. After a short phase of accretion-enhanced luminosities ({approx}200 ms), luminosity equipartition among all species becomes almost perfect and the spectra of {nu}{sub e} and {nu}{sub {mu},{tau}}very similar, ruling out the neutrino-driven wind as r-process site. We also discuss consequences for neutrino flavor oscillations.

  5. Electron-capture Rates for pf-shell Nuclei in Stellar Environments and Nucleosynthesis

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    Suzuki, Toshio; Honma, Michio; Mori, Kanji; Famiano, Michael A.; Kajino, Toshitaka; Hidakai, Jun; Otsuka, Takaharu

    Gamow-Teller strengths in pf-shell nuclei obtained by a new shell-model Hamltonian, GXPF1J, are used to evaluate electron-capture rates in pf-shell nuclei at stellar environments. The nuclear weak rates with GXPF1J, which are generally smaller than previous evaluations for proton-rich nuclei, are applied to nucleosynthesis in type Ia supernova explosions. The updated rates are found to lead to less production of neutron-rich nuclei such as 58Ni and 54Cr, thus toward a solution of the problem of over-production of neutron-rich isotopes of iron-group nuclei compared to the solar abundance.

  6. Determination of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine in plasma by gas chromatography with electron-capture detection

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    Nash, J.F.; Bopp, R.J.; Carmichael, R.H.; Farid, K.Z.; Lemberger, L.

    1982-10-01

    This gas-chromatographic method for assay of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine in human plasma involves extraction of the drugs and use of a /sup 63/Ni electron-capture detector. The linear range of detection is 25 to 800 micrograms/L for each drug. Overall precision (CV) in the concentration range of 10 to 100 micrograms/L for both drugs was approximately 10%. Accuracy (relative error) in the same concentration range was approximately +10%. None of the commonly prescribed antidepressants or tranquilizers that we tested interfere with the assay.

  7. Determination of the electron-capture coefficients and the concentration of free electrons in GaN from time-resolved photoluminescence.

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    Reshchikov, M A; McNamara, J D; Toporkov, M; Avrutin, V; Morkoç, H; Usikov, A; Helava, H; Makarov, Yu

    2016-11-30

    Point defects in high-purity GaN layers grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy are studied by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). The electron-capture coefficients for defects responsible for the dominant defect-related PL bands in this material are found. The capture coefficients for all the defects, except for the green luminescence (GL1) band, are independent of temperature. The electron-capture coefficient for the GL1 band significantly changes with temperature because the GL1 band is caused by an internal transition in the related defect, involving an excited state acting as a giant trap for electrons. By using the determined electron-capture coefficients, the concentration of free electrons can be found at different temperatures by a contactless method. A new classification system is suggested for defect-related PL bands in undoped GaN.

  8. Determination of the electron-capture coefficients and the concentration of free electrons in GaN from time-resolved photoluminescence

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    Reshchikov, M. A.; McNamara, J. D.; Toporkov, M.; Avrutin, V.; Morkoç, H.; Usikov, A.; Helava, H.; Makarov, Yu.

    2016-01-01

    Point defects in high-purity GaN layers grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy are studied by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). The electron-capture coefficients for defects responsible for the dominant defect-related PL bands in this material are found. The capture coefficients for all the defects, except for the green luminescence (GL1) band, are independent of temperature. The electron-capture coefficient for the GL1 band significantly changes with temperature because the GL1 band is caused by an internal transition in the related defect, involving an excited state acting as a giant trap for electrons. By using the determined electron-capture coefficients, the concentration of free electrons can be found at different temperatures by a contactless method. A new classification system is suggested for defect-related PL bands in undoped GaN. PMID:27901025

  9. The role of free electrons in MALDI: electron capture by molecules of alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid.

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    Pshenichnyuk, S A; Asfandiarov, N L

    2004-01-01

    Low-energy (0-12 eV) electron attachment to molecules of a typical matrix substance used for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS), namely alpha-cyano-4-hydroxicynnamic acid, has been investigated in the gas phase at different temperatures ranging from 140 degrees C to 260 degrees C by means of electron capture negative-ion mass spectrometry (ECNI MS). The yield of negative ions, formed by electron capture, was measured as a function of incident electron energy for four different temperatures. The long-lived parent molecular anion, [M]- (m/z 189), was observed in the negative-ion mass spectra of the substance under investigation. Its autodetachment lifetime was estimated to be approximately 600 micros. It was found that at 140 degrees C the main decay channel of the long-lived temporary molecular anion of alpha-cyano-4-hydroxicynnamic acid is a formation of the [M-COOH]-; fragment negative ion (m/z 144) with an intensity of 37.2% in percentage terms in respect of the total anion current. There are also [M-H]-, [M-CO2]- and [CN]- fragments in the spectra with intensities of about 7.7%, 21.6% and 3.1% at 140 degrees C. It was shown that the escape of the CO2 molecule from the parent molecular anion is a slow process. It takes [M]- about 10 micros to decay on carbon dioxide molecules and [M-CO2]- fragment anions. Increasing the temperature of the target molecule alters the negative-ion mass spectra of alpha-cyano-4-hydroxicynnamic acid significantly. A possible role for the findings in typical MALDI MS experiments is discussed.

  10. Spin labeling and Double Electron-Electron Resonance (DEER) to Deconstruct Conformational Ensembles of HIV Protease

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    Casey, Thomas M.; Fanucci, Gail E.

    2016-01-01

    An understanding of macromolecular conformational equilibrium in biological systems is oftentimes essential to understand function, dysfunction, and disease. For the past few years, our lab has been utilizing site-directed spin labeling (SDSL), coupled with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, to characterize the conformational ensemble and ligand-induced conformational shifts of HIV-1 protease (HIV-1PR). The biomedical importance of characterizing the fractional occupancy of states within the conformational ensemble critically impacts our hypothesis of a conformational selection mechanism of drug-resistance evolution in HIV-1PR. The purpose of the following chapter is to give a timeline perspective of our SDSL EPR approach to characterizing conformational sampling of HIV-1PR. We provide detailed instructions for the procedure utilized in analyzing distance profiles for HIV-1PR obtained from pulsed electron–electron double resonance (PELDOR). Specifically, we employ a version of PELDOR known as double electron–electron resonance (DEER). Data are processed with the software package “DeerAnalysis” (http://www.epr.ethz.ch/software), which implements Tikhonov regularization (TKR), to generate a distance profile from electron spin-echo amplitude modulations. We assign meaning to resultant distance profiles based upon a conformational sampling model, which is described herein. The TKR distance profiles are reconstructed with a linear combination of Gaussian functions, which is then statistically analyzed. In general, DEER has proven powerful for observing structural ensembles in proteins and, more recently, nucleic acids. Our goal is to present our advances in order to aid readers in similar applications. PMID:26477251

  11. Observations of a Newly "Captured" Magnetosheath Field Line: Evidence for "Double Reconnection"

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    Chandler, Michael O.; Avanov, Levon A.; Craven, Paul D.; Mozer, Forrest S.; Moore, Thomas E.

    2007-01-01

    We have begun an investigation of the nature of the low-latitude boundary layer in the mid-altitude cusp region using data from the Polar spacecraft. This region has been routinely sampled for about three months each year for the periods 1999-2001 and 2004-2006. The low-to-mid-energy ion instruments frequently observed dense, magnetosheath-like plasma deep (in terms of distance from the magnetopause and in invariant latitude) in the magnetosphere. One such case, taken during a period of northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), shows magnetosheath ions within the magnetosphere with velocity distributions resulting from two separate merging sites along the same field lines. Cold ionospheric ions were also observed counterstreaming along the field lines, evidence that these field lines were closed. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that double merging can produce closed field .lines populated by solar wind plasma. Through the use of individual cases such as this and statistical studies of a broader database we seek to understand the morphology of the LLBL as it projects from the sub-solar region into the cusp. We will present preliminary results of our ongoing study.

  12. Neutron capture cross-section studies of Tellurium isotopes for neutrinoless double beta decay applications

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    Bhike, Megha; Tornow, Werner

    2014-09-01

    The CUORE detector at Gran Sasso, aimed at searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay of 130Te, employs an array of TeO2 bolometer modules. To understand and identify the contribution of muon and (α,n) induced neutrons to the CUORE background, fast neutron cature cross-section data of the tellurium isotopes 126Te, 128Te and 130Te have been measured with the activation method at eight different energies in the neutron energy range 0.5-7.5 MeV. Plastic pill boxes of diameter 1.6 cm and width 1 cm containing Te were irradiated with mono-energetic neutrons produced via the 3H(p,n)3He and 2H(d,n)3He reactions. The cross-sections were determined relative to the 197Au(n, γ)198Au and 115In(n,n')115m In standard cross sections. The activities of the products were measured using 60% lead-shielded HPGe detectors at TUNL's low background counting facility. The present results are compared with the evaluated data from TENDL-2012, ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.2 and JENDL-4.0, as well as with literature data.

  13. Differentiation of Norvaline and Valine in Peptides by Hot Electron Capture Dissociation.

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    Yu, Xiang; Zhong, Wendy

    2016-06-07

    During the production of recombinant proteins, misincorporation of Nva (norvaline) is common and causes heterogeneity or even toxicity. To characterize Nva and differentiate it from Val (Valine), a systematic study was conducted using hot electron capture dissociation (HECD) and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry. The thorough investigation of the fragmentation behaviors of a set of model peptides led us to reveal the characteristic/diagnostic fragment ions, w ions, which can be used to differentiate Val and Nva. However, when both Nva and Val were present in one peptide, the observation of interfering ions may mislead the interpretation. Interestingly, HECD also produced v ions, which have the same nominal mass as the M+1 isotope of the w ion and can only be determined by MS with ultrahigh mass resolution and high mass accuracy. The energy-dependent study of the v ion provided an unambiguous identification of Nva and Val since the v ion was generated only when Val was present, not Nva within the electron energy range we studied. In addition, an electron energy-dependent curve provided an overall picture on how w ions and v ions, as well as interfering ions, behaved as the electron energy increased from 1.5 to 14 eV. The results suggest that careful selection of electron energy during a HECD experiment is crucial for the unambiguous differentiation of Val and Nva.

  14. On Cu(II) Cu(II) distance measurements using pulsed electron electron double resonance

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    Yang, Zhongyu; Becker, James; Saxena, Sunil

    2007-10-01

    The effects of orientational selectivity on the 4-pulse electron electron double resonance (PELDOR) ESR spectra of coupled Cu(II)-Cu(II) spins are presented. The data were collected at four magnetic fields on a poly-proline peptide containing two Cu(II) centers. The Cu(II)-PELDOR spectra of this peptide do not change appreciably with magnetic field at X-band. The data were analyzed by adapting the theory of Maryasov, Tsvetkov, and Raap [A.G. Maryasov, Y.D. Tsvetkov, J. Raap, Weakly coupled radical pairs in solids:ELDOR in ESE structure studies, Appl. Magn. Reson. 14 (1998) 101-113]. Simulations indicate that orientational effects are important for Cu(II)-PELDOR. Based on simulations, the field-independence of the PELDOR data for this peptide is likely due to two effects. First, for this peptide, the Cu(II) g-tensor(s) are in a very specific orientation with respect to the interspin vector. Second, the flexibility of the peptide washes out the orientation effects. These effects reduce the suitability of the poly-proline based peptide as a good model system to experimentally probe orientational effects in such experiments. An average Cu(II)-Cu(II) distance of 2.1-2.2 nm was determined, which is consistent with earlier double quantum coherence ESR results.

  15. Quantitative Detection of Trace Explosive Vapors by Programmed Temperature Desorption Gas Chromatography-Electron Capture Detector

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    Field, Christopher R.; Lubrano, Adam; Woytowitz, Morgan; Giordano, Braden C.; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L.

    2014-01-01

    The direct liquid deposition of solution standards onto sorbent-filled thermal desorption tubes is used for the quantitative analysis of trace explosive vapor samples. The direct liquid deposition method yields a higher fidelity between the analysis of vapor samples and the analysis of solution standards than using separate injection methods for vapors and solutions, i.e., samples collected on vapor collection tubes and standards prepared in solution vials. Additionally, the method can account for instrumentation losses, which makes it ideal for minimizing variability and quantitative trace chemical detection. Gas chromatography with an electron capture detector is an instrumentation configuration sensitive to nitro-energetics, such as TNT and RDX, due to their relatively high electron affinity. However, vapor quantitation of these compounds is difficult without viable vapor standards. Thus, we eliminate the requirement for vapor standards by combining the sensitivity of the instrumentation with a direct liquid deposition protocol to analyze trace explosive vapor samples. PMID:25145416

  16. Charge-changing collisions of argon ions on argon gas. One-electron capture

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    Aubert, J.; Bliman, S.; Geller, R.; Jacquot, B.; Van Houtte, D.

    1980-12-01

    Single-electron-capture cross sections have been measured for argon ions with initial charges 2< or =q< or =12 incident on an argon-gas target. The cross sections show little dependence on the incident ion energy in the range 1q--10q keV. A remarkable oscillating feature is seen for cross sections sigma/sub q/,q-1 when q> or =7. Particularly, sigma/sub 8,7/ is smaller than sigma/sub 7,6/ and sigma/sub 9,8/, the Ar/sup 8 +/ electronic structure being Ne-like. Variation of the cross section is shown as function of the initial charge at constant energy.

  17. Stellar electron capture rates on neutron-rich nuclei and their impact on stellar core collapse

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    Raduta, Ad. R.; Gulminelli, F.; Oertel, M.

    2017-02-01

    During the late stages of gravitational core-collapse of massive stars, extreme isospin asymmetries are reached within the core. Due to the lack of microscopic calculations of electron-capture (EC) rates for all relevant nuclei, in general simple analytic parametrizations are employed. We study here several extensions of these parametrizations, allowing for a temperature, electron density, and isospin dependence as well as for odd-even effects. The latter extra degrees of freedom considerably improve the agreement with large-scale microscopic rate calculations. We find, in particular, that the isospin dependence leads to a significant reduction of the global EC rates during core collapse with respect to fiducial results, where rates optimized on calculations of stable f p -shell nuclei are used. Our results indicate that systematic microscopic calculations and experimental measurements in the N ≈50 neutron-rich region are desirable for realistic simulations of the core collapse.

  18. Quantitative detection of trace explosive vapors by programmed temperature desorption gas chromatography-electron capture detector.

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    Field, Christopher R; Lubrano, Adam; Woytowitz, Morgan; Giordano, Braden C; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L

    2014-07-25

    The direct liquid deposition of solution standards onto sorbent-filled thermal desorption tubes is used for the quantitative analysis of trace explosive vapor samples. The direct liquid deposition method yields a higher fidelity between the analysis of vapor samples and the analysis of solution standards than using separate injection methods for vapors and solutions, i.e., samples collected on vapor collection tubes and standards prepared in solution vials. Additionally, the method can account for instrumentation losses, which makes it ideal for minimizing variability and quantitative trace chemical detection. Gas chromatography with an electron capture detector is an instrumentation configuration sensitive to nitro-energetics, such as TNT and RDX, due to their relatively high electron affinity. However, vapor quantitation of these compounds is difficult without viable vapor standards. Thus, we eliminate the requirement for vapor standards by combining the sensitivity of the instrumentation with a direct liquid deposition protocol to analyze trace explosive vapor samples.

  19. Fast gas chromatography of explosive compounds using a pulsed-discharge electron capture detector.

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    Collin, Olivier L; Niegel, Claudia; Derhodes, Kate E; McCord, Bruce R; Jackson, Glen P

    2006-07-01

    The detection of a mixture of nine explosive compounds, including nitrate esters, nitroaromatics, and a nitramine in less than 140 sec is described. The new method employs a commercially available pulsed-discharge electron capture detector (PDECD) coupled with a microbore capillary gas chromatography (GC) column in a standard GC oven to achieve on-column detection limits between 5 and 72 fg for the nine explosives studied. The PDECD has the benefit that it uses a pulsed plasma to generate the standing electron current instead of a radioactive source. The fast separation time limits on-column degradation of the thermally labile compounds and decreases the peak widths, which results in larger peak intensities and a concomitant improvement in detection limits. The combination of short analysis time and low detection limits make this method a potential candidate for screening large numbers of samples that have been prepared using techniques such as liquid-liquid extraction or solid-phase microextraction.

  20. Mechanism of 'GSI oscillations' in electron capture by highly charged hydrogen-like atomic ions

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    Krainov, V. P.

    2012-07-15

    We suggest a qualitative explanation of oscillations in electron capture decays of hydrogen-like {sup 140}Pr and {sup 142}Pm ions observed recently in an ion experimental storage ring (ESR) of Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI) mbH, Darmstadt, Germany. This explanation is based on the electron multiphoton Rabi oscillations between two Zeeman states of the hyperfine ground level with the total angular momentum F = 1/2. The Zeeman splitting is produced by a constant magnetic field in the ESR. Transitions between these states are produced by the second, sufficiently strong alternating magnetic field that approximates realistic fields in the GSI ESR. The Zeeman splitting amounts to only about 10{sup -5} eV. This allows explaining the observed quantum beats with the period 7 s.

  1. Energetics and electronic structure of double-walled boron nanotubes

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    Tang, Hui; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab

    2010-03-01

    Single-walled boron nanotubes have been studied extensively since their first successful fabrication in experiments. On the other hand, double-walled or multi-walled boron nanotubes have not yet been discussed in literature. Here, using density functional theory, we present a stable semiconducting two-dimensional double-layered boron sheet, which is 0.14 eV/atom more stable than the most stable single-layered α-sheet [1]. This double-layered sheet is stabilized due to the formation of inter-layer bonds. We show that double-walled boron nanotubes made from this double-layered sheet are all semiconducting. These double-walled nanotubes are more stable than single-walled ones for large nanotubes, but become less energetically favorable when the tube radius is smaller than 20 å due to their large curvature energies. To reduce the large curvature energies, we construct double-walled nanotubes whose inner and outer walls have different number of atoms around their circumference. The resulting nanotubes are more stable than single-walled ones for all radii.[4pt] [1] H. Tang, and S. Ismail-Beigi, PRL 99, 115501 (2007).

  2. Electron Capture from Linear Stark Rydberg States above the Matching Velocity

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    Ciocca, M.; Creasey, C.; MacAdam, K. B.

    1998-05-01

    The relative cross section for electron capture by singly charged ions from linear Stark Rydberg states of Na has been measured, both as a function of the angle of impact and of projectile velocity. The target, the topmost state of the n = 24 Stark manifold, was prepared by two-step laser excitation from the Na ground state, via 3p_3/2, in an electric field F_Stark= 160 V/cm. By means of a device perfected in our laboratory (the "Stark Barrel"), we aligned the target by adiabatically switching the electric field, after excitation, down to a preset low value and a desired direction in the plane determined by the ion and Na beams. Thermionic emission ion sources of Li and Na were operated at accelerating voltages 400-2000 V to allow study of electron capture in the reduced velocity range v = 1.0 - 2.5. This augments an earlier study by Homan footnote D. M. Homan, Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky 1997, unpublished. at lower velocities.

  3. Atmospheric measurements of carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide, and carbon disulfide using the electron capture sulfur detector

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    Johnson, James E.; Bates, Timothy S.

    1993-01-01

    Measurements of atmospheric dimethyl sulfide (DMS), carbonyl sulfide (COS), and carbon disulfide (CS2) were conducted over the Atlantic Ocean on board the NASA Electra aircraft during the Chemical Instrumentation Test and Evaluation (CITE 3) project using the electron capture sulfur detector (ECD-S). The system employed cryogenic preconcentration of air samples, gas chromatographic separation, catalytic fluorination, and electron capture detection. Samples collected for DMS analysis were scrubbed of oxidants with NaOH impregnated glass fiber filters to preconcentration. The detection limits (DL) of the system for COS, DMS, and CS2 were 5, 5, and 2 ppt, respectively. COS concentrations ranged from 404 to 603 ppt with a mean of 489 ppt for measurements over the North Atlantic Ocean (31 deg N to 41 deg N), and from 395 to 437 ppt with a mean of 419 ppt for measurements over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean (11 deg S to 2 deg N). DMS concentrations in the lower marine boundary layer, below 600-m altitude, ranged from below DL to 150 ppt from flights over the North Atlantic, and from 9 to 104 ppt over the Tropical Atlantic. CS2 concentrations ranged from below DL to 29 ppt over the North Atlantic. Almost all CS2 measurements over the Tropical Atlantic were below DL.

  4. Mechanistic Study on Electron Capture Dissociation of the Oligosaccharide-Mg2+ Complex

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    Huang, Yiqun; Pu, Yi; Yu, Xiang; Costello, Catherine E.; Lin, Cheng

    2014-01-01

    Electron capture dissociation (ECD) has shown great potential in structural characterization of glycans. However, our current understanding of the glycan ECD process is inadequate for accurate interpretation of the complex glycan ECD spectra. Here, we present the first comprehensive theoretical investigation on the ECD fragmentation behavior of metal-adducted glycans, using the cellobiose-Mg2+ complex as the model system. Molecular dynamics simulation was carried out to determine the typical glycan-Mg2+ binding patterns and the lowest-energy conformer identified was used as the initial geometry for density functional theory-based theoretical modeling. It was found that the electron is preferentially captured by Mg2+ and the resultant Mg+• can abstract a hydroxyl group from the glycan moiety to form a carbon radical. Subsequent radical migration and α-cleavage(s) result in the formation of a variety of product ions. The proposed hydroxyl abstraction mechanism correlates well with the major features in the ECD spectrum of the Mg2+-adducted cellohexaose. The mechanism presented here also predicts the presence of secondary, radical-induced fragmentation pathways. These secondary fragment ions could be misinterpreted, leading to erroneous structural determination. The present study highlights an urgent need for continuing investigation of the glycan ECD mechanism, which is imperative for successful development of bioinformatics tools that can take advantage of the rich structural information provided by ECD of metal-adducted glycans. PMID:24845360

  5. Capture and emission of electrons in quantum wells under applied electric field

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    Vinter, B.; Luc, F.; Bois, P.; Thibaudeau, L.; Rosencher, E.

    1994-06-01

    Important characteristics of Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors are determined almost entirely by the photoionization rate of electrons out of the Quantum Well (QW) and the recapture into the QWs. To elucidate these processes microscopically we have made structures in which the QWs are isolated from one contact by a completely blocking barrier, so that the steady state current vanishes. The transient current induced by photoionization out of the QWs gives a direct measurement of the photoionization cross section and the escape probability of a photoexcited electron. We have found that the variation of the latter with the electric field may be described by a simple barrier lowering model combined with statistical fluctuation of the QW width. The capture process has been studied by impedance spectroscopy in samples containing only one well. The capture velocity thus measured is found to decrease with increasing applied electric field but within experimental uncertainties it does not depend on the width of the well for well widths between 3 and 7.5 nm. Theoretical results on optical phonon mediated transitions in the applied field from barrier to well states show a generally good agreement with experiment at low fields but less dependence on the field.

  6. Breathing-mode lattice relaxation accompanying emission and capture by deep electronic levels in silicon

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    Samara, G. A.

    1989-05-15

    The breathing-mode (volume) lattice relaxations associated with carrier emission and capture by a variety of deep electronic levels in silicon are evaluated from high-pressure measurements of the emission rates and capture cross sections. Included are (1) the vacancylike acceptor levels associated with the oxygen-vacancy pair (or /ital A/ center) and the gold, platinum, and palladium impurities, (2) the chalcogenide donors in their singly and doubly charged states, (3) a number of 3/ital d/ transition-metal donors, and (4) the phosphorus-vacancy pair (or /ital E/ center) acceptor. The signs and magnitudes (which range from /similar to/0 to 5 A/sup 3//emitted-carrier) of these relaxations are discussed in terms of models for the impurities and defects responsible for the associated levels. The results on the chalcogenides are compared with recent theoretical results. The experimental method used appears to be the only viable experimental method for determining these relaxations which are a direct manifestation of the effective electron-phonon coupling at deep levels and which are important to the understanding of many of the properties of deep levels.

  7. Procurement of shared data instruments for Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap).

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    Obeid, Jihad S; McGraw, Catherine A; Minor, Brenda L; Conde, José G; Pawluk, Robert; Lin, Michael; Wang, Janey; Banks, Sean R; Hemphill, Sheree A; Taylor, Rob; Harris, Paul A

    2013-04-01

    REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a web-based software solution and tool set that allows biomedical researchers to create secure online forms for data capture, management and analysis with minimal effort and training. The Shared Data Instrument Library (SDIL) is a relatively new component of REDCap that allows sharing of commonly used data collection instruments for immediate study use by research teams. Objectives of the SDIL project include: (1) facilitating reuse of data dictionaries and reducing duplication of effort; (2) promoting the use of validated data collection instruments, data standards and best practices; and (3) promoting research collaboration and data sharing. Instruments submitted to the library are reviewed by a library oversight committee, with rotating membership from multiple institutions, which ensures quality, relevance and legality of shared instruments. The design allows researchers to download the instruments in a consumable electronic format in the REDCap environment. At the time of this writing, the SDIL contains over 128 data collection instruments. Over 2500 instances of instruments have been downloaded by researchers at multiple institutions. In this paper we describe the library platform, provide detail about experience gained during the first 25months of sharing public domain instruments and provide evidence of impact for the SDIL across the REDCap consortium research community. We postulate that the shared library of instruments reduces the burden of adhering to sound data collection principles while promoting best practices.

  8. Procurement of Shared Data Instruments for Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)

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    Obeid, Jihad S; McGraw, Catherine A; Minor, Brenda L; Conde, José G; Pawluk, Robert; Lin, Michael; Wang, Janey; Banks, Sean R; Hemphill, Sheree A; Taylor, Rob; Harris, Paul A

    2012-01-01

    REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a web-based software solution and tool set that allows biomedical researchers to create secure online forms for data capture, management and analysis with minimal effort and training. The Shared Data Instrument Library (SDIL) is a relatively new component of REDCap that allows sharing of commonly used data collection instruments for immediate study use by 3 research teams. Objectives of the SDIL project include: 1) facilitating reuse of data dictionaries and reducing duplication of effort; 2) promoting the use of validated data collection instruments, data standards and best practices; and 3) promoting research collaboration and data sharing. Instruments submitted to the library are reviewed by a library oversight committee, with rotating membership from multiple institutions, which ensures quality, relevance and legality of shared instruments. The design allows researchers to download the instruments in a consumable electronic format in the REDCap environment. At the time of this writing, the SDIL contains over 128 data collection instruments. Over 2500 instances of instruments have been downloaded by researchers at multiple institutions. In this paper we describe the library platform, provide detail about experience gained during the first 25 months of sharing public domain instruments and provide evidence of impact for the SDIL across the REDCap consortium research community. We postulate that the shared library of instruments reduces the burden of adhering to sound data collection principles while promoting best practices. PMID:23149159

  9. Heterogeneous electron transfer at nanoscopic electrodes: importance of electronic structures and electric double layers.

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    Chen, Shengli; Liu, Yuwen; Chen, Junxiang

    2014-08-07

    Heterogeneous electron-transfer (ET) processes at solid electrodes play key roles in molecular electronics and electrochemical energy conversion and sensing. Electrode nanosization and/or nanostructurization are among the major current strategies for performance promotion in these fields. Besides, nano-sized/structured electrodes offer great opportunities to characterize electrochemical structures and processes with high spatial and temporal resolution. This review presents recent insights into the nanoscopic size and structure effects of electrodes and electrode materials on heterogeneous ET kinetics, by emphasizing the importance of the electric double-layer (EDL) at the electrode/electrolyte interface and the electronic structure of electrode materials. It is shown, by general conceptual analysis and recent example demonstrations of representative electrode systems including electrodes of nanometer sizes and gaps and of nanomaterials such as sp(2) hybridized nanocarbons and semiconductor quantum dots, how the heterogeneous ET kinetics, the electronic structures of electrodes, the EDL structures at the electrode/electrolyte interface and the nanoscopic electrode sizes and structures may be related.

  10. Dependence of radiative stabilization on the projectile charge state after double-electron-transfer processes in slow, highly charged ion-molecule collisions

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    Krok, Franciszek; Tolstikhina, Inga Yu.; Sakaue, Hiroyuki A.; Yamada, Ichihiro; Hosaka, Kazumoto; Kimura, Masahiro; Nakamura, Nobuyuki; Ohtani, Shunsuke; Tawara, Hiroyuki

    1997-12-01

    We have measured the radiative stabilization probabilities after double-electron-transfer processes in slow (1.5q keV) Iq++CO collisions in the charge-state regime 8<=q<=26 by using the charge-selected-projectile-recoil-ion-coincidence method. It was found that the radiative stabilization probabilities Prad, defined as Prad=TDC/(TDC+ADC) (TDC is true double capture, and ADC autoionizing double capture), increases from about 1% at the lowest charge up to about 10% at the highest charge as the charge state of the projectile increases. A model is proposed which can explain such a feature, by incorporating a slight modification of the initial population of the transferred levels in the projectile predicted in the extended classical over-barrier model. Based upon the present model, theoretical radiative and autoionization decay rates have been calculated, using the Cowan code. Fairly good agreement between the measured and calculated results has been obtained.

  11. Fast electron beam measurements from relativistically intense, frequency-doubled laser-solid interactions

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    Scott, R. H. H.; Pérez, F.; Streeter, M. J. V.; Clark, E. L.; Davies, J. R.; Schlenvoigt, H.-P.; Santos, J. J.; Hulin, S.; Lancaster, K. L.; Dorchies, F.; Fourment, C.; Vauzour, B.; Soloviev, A. A.; Baton, S. D.; Rose, S. J.; Norreys, P. A.

    2013-09-01

    Experimental measurements of the fast electron beam created by the interaction of relativistically intense, frequency-doubled laser light with planar solid targets and its subsequent transport within the target are presented and compared with those of a similar experiment using the laser fundamental frequency. Using frequency-doubled laser light, the fast electron source size is significantly reduced, while evidence suggests the divergence angle may be reduced. Pyrometric measurements of the target rear surface temperature and the Cu Kα imager data indicate the laser to fast electron absorption fraction is reduced using frequency doubled laser light. Bremsstrahlung measurements indicate the fast electron temperature is 125 keV, while the laser energy absorbed into forward-going fast electrons was found to be 16 ± 4% for frequency doubled light at a mean laser intensity of 5 ± 3 × 1018 W cm-2.

  12. Measuring the axial form factor of {sup 3}He using weak capture of polarized electrons

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    Dutta, D.

    2013-11-07

    A low energy, high intensity polarized electron beam could enable the extraction of the A=3 weak axial form factors F{sub A} using the reaction →e+{sup 3}He→{sup 3}H+ν. These form factors have never been measured before. We discuss the feasibility of such an experiment using a small toroidal magnet and a radial low energy recoil detector to tag the recoil tritons. A moderately high intensity polarized electron beam (>500 μA) with beam energies between 50 - 150 MeV is necessary for the cross section measurement and to provides a free clean measurement of the background. Moreover, in addition to the cross section, by measuring the electron spin and recoil triton correlation coefficient it may be possible to search for second class currents and to extract the ratio of the axial to the vector form factor of the nucleon. Such novel electron scattering based measurements would have a completely different set of systematic uncertainties compared to polarized neutron beta decay, neutrino scattering and muon capture experiments which are typically used to extract the weak form-factors.

  13. Determination of nitrogen spin concentration in diamond using double electron-electron resonance

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    Stepanov, Viktor; Takahashi, Susumu

    2016-07-01

    Diamond has been extensively investigated recently due to a wide range of potential applications of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) defect centers existing in a diamond lattice. The applications include magnetometry and quantum information technologies, and long decoherence time (T2) of NV centers is critical for those applications. Although it has been known that T2 highly depends on the concentration of paramagnetic impurities in diamond, precise measurement of the impurity concentration remains challenging. In the present work we show a method to determine a wide range of the nitrogen concentration (n ) in diamond using a wide-band high-frequency electron spin resonance and double electron-electron resonance spectrometer. Moreover, we investigate T2 of the nitrogen impurities and show the relationship between T2 and n . The method developed here is applicable for various spin systems in solid and implementable in nanoscale magnetic resonance spectroscopy with NV centers to characterize the concentration of the paramagnetic spins within a microscopic volume.

  14. Charge-exchange reactions and electron-capture rates for presupernova stellar evolution

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    Zegers, Remco

    2015-04-01

    Weak reaction rates such as electron captures and beta decays play major roles in a variety of astrophysical phenomena, such as core-collapse and thermonuclear supernovae and accreting neutron stars. Consequently, the use of accurate weak reaction rates in astrophysical simulations to understand these phenomena is important. Unfortunately, the number of relevant nuclei is typically very large, and, except for a few special cases, it is impossible to rely on experimental results only: theoretical models must be used to estimate the weak reaction rates. These models can then be benchmarked and improved on the basis of a limited number of experimental data. The most important nuclear structure input that is required for calculating weak reaction rates are Gamow-Teller transition strengths. Although these can be extracted from beta and electron-capture decay data, the energy window accessible by such experiments is limited, if accessible at all. However, at the high temperatures and densities that occur in massive stars prior to the cataclysmic demise, transitions to final states at high excitation energies are important. In addition, to properly test theory, full Gamow-Teller transition strength distributions are very valuable. Fortunately, nature is kind: charge-exchange experiments at intermediate energies can provide the relevant strength distributions over a wide energy window and a variety of charge-exchange probes, such as (p,n), (n,p), (d,2 He) and (t,3 He) have been used to extract strengths of relevance for astrophysics (and for other purposes). This presentation will focus on efforts to validate electron capture rates calculated based on nuclear structure models for nuclei with masses ranging from A ~ 40-65, and on studies aimed at testing astrophysical sensitivities to uncertainties/deviations in the theoretical rates. These efforts include experiments with unstable isotopes, and special gamma-ray coincidence techniques to localize very weak, but

  15. Searching for Experimental Verification of the Oscillation of Electron Capture Decay Probability

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    Vetter, Paul

    2009-05-01

    A group from Gesellschaft f"ur Schwerionenforschung (GSI) last year published an observation of time oscillations of the electron capture decay rate of stored hydrogen-like ions of ^142Pm and ^140Pr.(Phys. Lett. B 664, 162 (2008)). They proposed that the oscillating decay rate was caused by interference between momentum states of the ion caused by neutrino mass and flavor mixing. This hypothesis has been controversial, with several authors arguing either that neutrino mixing can or cannot be responsible. If neutrino mixing is responsible for the decay rate oscillations, then it should be possible to detect these oscillations in a simpler experiment without using stored hydrogenic ions, by observing an electron capture decay rate with an appropriate experiment time structure. If this were possible, it could revolutionize the study of neutrino mixing by allowing much simpler experiments to make precise measurements of mass differences and mixing angles. At LBNL, we performed an experiment to search for oscillations in electron capture rate using ^142Pm produced with a time short compared to the oscillation period, and counting ^142Nd Kα x-rays from the daughter. The decay time spectrum is well-described by a simple exponential, and we observed no statistically significant decay rate oscillations at a level much lower than proposed. A literature search for previous experiments that might have been sensitive to the reported modulation uncovered a candidate in ^142Eu. A reanalysis of that published data shows no decay rate oscillation. A recent experiment at Munich also did not observe decay rate oscillations in decays of ^180Re. Other potential explanations for the GSI decay oscillation data have been proposed, including quantum beats by nearly degenerate initial parent ion states and Thomas precession in the stored ions. I will discuss the status of experimental results, and possibilities for experimental confirmation of the various models. This work was supported by

  16. Double electron-electron resonance with multiple non-selective chirp refocusing.

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    Doll, Andrin; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2017-01-04

    A new approach to double electron-electron resonance (DEER) for distance determination involving nitroxide spin labels at dilute concentrations is presented. In general, DEER pulse sequences rely on double resonance between pump and observer spins excited by selective pulses at two distinct microwave frequencies. In the new approach abbreviated as nDEER, non-selective chirp pulses that refocus all relevant spin pairs are combined with DEER. This non-selective refocusing results in suppression of unmodulated contributions, such as the constant contribution as well as the background curvature due to inter-molecular spin partners in ordinary DEER data. Due to this dipolar attenuation effect, primary nDEER data are closer to the dipolar modulation of primary interest than ordinary DEER data. Restrictions of nDEER are that secondary information related to these unmodulated contributions becomes difficult to retrieve. Accordingly, incomplete deconvolution of the inter-molecular background prevents the application of nDEER to rigid spin pairs at high concentrations. A key advantage of nDEER is the high fidelity of the chirp refocusing pulses, which is important for nDEER schemes that incorporate dynamical decoupling to access longer distances. In this context, nDEER with Carr-Purcell (CP) pulse trains having N = 2 and N = 4 refocusing pulses are demonstrated. These CP nDEER sequences require a total of N + 2 pulses, which is less than the 2N + 1 pulses required for CP DEER schemes. The pump pulse position is incremented throughout the refocusing pulses, which restricts the minimum time increment to 96 ns on our spectrometer and therefore complicates application to distances below 3 nm. At Q-band frequencies, unwanted modulations related to pulse imperfections contribute only 3.5% relative to the principal nDEER modulation. Accordingly, there is no need for dedicated data reconstruction methods as in CP DEER methods.

  17. Electron capture and excitation processes in collisions of H+ with H in finite-temperature quantum plasmas

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    Zhao, G. P.; Liu, L.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2017-10-01

    Electron capture and excitation processes in H+-H collisions imbedded in warm dense quantum plasmas are studied by the two-center atomic orbital close-coupling (TC-AOCC) method in the energy range 1-200 keV. The screened potential which is used to describe the interaction between charged particles incorporates the quantum electron degeneracy, exchange-correlation and finite-temperature gradient correlation effects. The total and state-selective electron capture and excitation cross-sections for this collision system with this potential are calculated in a wide range of plasma densities and temperatures. It is demonstrated that the screening of Coulomb interactions affects the collision dynamics and the magnitude and energy behavior of the excitation and electron capture cross-sections. The results at very low and high temperatures are also compared with those obtained for zero-temperature quantum plasmas and Debye plasmas, respectively.

  18. Relativistic effects on giant resonances in electron-impact double ionization

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    Pindzola, M.S.

    1987-06-01

    The electron-impact double-ionization cross section for Fr/sup +/ is calculated in the distorted-wave Born approximation. A giant resonance in the 5d subshell ionization-autoionization contribution to the cross section is found to be quite sensitive to changes in the double-well potential caused by relativistic effects on bound-state wave functions.

  19. Ultra-low Energy Calibration of LUX detector using 127Xe Electron Capture

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    Huang, Dongqing; Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Collaboration

    2015-04-01

    The LUX dark matter search experiment is a 350 kg two-phase liquid/gas xenon time projection chamber located at the 4850 ft level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD. We present an absolute calibration of the liquid xenon electron recoil (ER) charge yield and fluctuations over an energy range 190 eVee to 33.2 keVee using low energy 127 Xe electron capture decay events from the LUX 85-day first WIMP search dataset. The sequence of gamma and X-ray cascade associated with 127 I produce clearly identified 2-vertex events in the LUX detector. We observe the K (33.2 keVee), L (5.2 keVee), M (1.1 keVee), and N (190 eVee) shell cascade events and verifiy the relative ratio of observed events for each shell. We extract both the mean and sigma of the charge signal yields (Qy) associated with the K, L, M, and N shell events. The N shell cascade analysis includes single extracted electron events, and represents the lowest energy ER in-situ measurements that have been explored in Xe.

  20. Effect of piezoelectric field of threading dislocations on electron transport and capture in nitride semiconductors

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    Romanov, Dmitri; Auner, Gregory

    2001-03-01

    In nitride semiconductor structures, stress is known to induce considerable electric fields due to piezoelectric effect. We consider an AlN layer grown on a sapphire substrate and containing a number of threading dislocations. Most them are edge dislocations running in the growth direction. The strain field of such a dislocation results in electric field aligned with the dislocation axis and having alternate directions in the areas of compression and tension. These electric fields make for anisotropic electron diffusion in the layer. They also change the rates of electron capture by impurities, depending on the distance to the dislocation core. We apply these results to photoexcited electrons in a GaN/AlN quantum dot system where the dot nucleation occurred preferably in the tension regions near the dislocations [1]. The biased diffusion leads to photoinduced polarization of the dot-containing layer even in the absence of external electric field. [1] J.L. Rouviere, J. Simon, N. Pelekanos, B. Daudin, and G. Feuillet, Appl. Phys. Lett., 75, 2632-2634 (1999)

  1. Fragmentation of peptide negative molecular ions induced by resonance electron capture

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    Vasil’ev, Yury V.; Figard, Benjamin J.; Morré, Jeff; Deinzer, Max L.

    2009-01-01

    A simple robust method to study resonance gas-phase reactions between neutral peptides of low volatility and free electrons has been designed and implemented. Resonance electron capture (REC) experiments were performed by several neutral model peptides and two naturally occurring peptides. The assignment of negative ions (NIs) formed in these gas-phase reactions was based on high mass-resolving power experiments. From these accurate mass measurements, it was concluded that fragment NIs formed by low (1–2 eV) energy REC are of the same types as those observed in electron capture∕transfer dissociation, where the positive charge is a factor. The main feature resulting from these REC experiments by peptides is the occurrence of zn−1 ions, which are invariably of the highest abundances in the negative ion mass spectra of larger peptides. [M–H]− NIs presumably the carboxylate anion structure dominate the REC spectra of smaller peptides. There was no evidence for the occurrence of the complementary reaction, i.e., the formations of cn+1 ions. Instead, cn ions arose without hydrogen∕proton transfer albeit with lower abundances than that observed for zn−1 ions. Only the amide forms of small peptides showed more abundant ion peaks for the cn ions than for the zn−1 ions. The mechanisms for the N–Cα bond cleavage are discussed. PMID:19655877

  2. Repeatability and reproducibility of product ion abundances in electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry of peptides.

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    Ben Hamidane, Hisham; Vorobyev, Aleksey; Tsybin, Yury O

    2011-01-01

    Site-specific reproducibility and repeatability of electron capture dissociation (ECD) in Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) are of fundamental importance for product ion abundance (PIA)-based peptide and protein structure analysis. However, despite the growing interest in ECD PIA-based applications, these parameters have not yet been investigated in a consistent manner. Here, we first provide a detailed description of the experimental parameters for ECD-based tandem mass spectrometry performed on a hybrid linear ion trap (LTQ) FT-ICR MS. In the following, we describe the evaluation and comparison of ECD and infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) PIA methodologies upon variation of a number of experimental parameters, for example, cathode potential (electron energy), laser power, electron and photon irradiation periods and pre- irradiation delays, as well as precursor ion number. Ranges of experimental parameters that yielded an average PIA variation below 5% and 15% were determined for ECD and IRMPD, respectively. We report cleavage site-dependent ECD PIA variation below 20% and correlation coefficients between fragmentation patterns superior to 0.95 for experiments performed on three FT-ICR MS instruments. Overall, the encouraging results obtained for ECD PIA reproducibility and repeatability support the use of ECD PIA as a complementary source of information to m/z data in radical-induced dissociation applied for peptide and protein structure analysis.

  3. Calculations of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEET) in nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium plasmas

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    Morel, P.; Meot, V.; Gosselin, G.; Faussurier, G.; Blancard, C.

    2010-03-15

    The nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEET) process may occur when the energy differences between two nuclear levels and between two electronic states are nearly equal, provided the quantum selection rules are fulfilled. These resonant conditions drastically limit the number of possible candidates, even though thermodynamic conditions encountered in hot dense plasmas do modify the orbital electronic binding energy and the resonance conditions. {sup 201}Hg, with a low-lying isomeric state located at 1.565 keV, can be excited by NEET process in a laser-created plasma. However, its correct calculation requires nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium (non-LTE) atomic physics treatment because current laser-created plasmas do not reach high-enough temperature in the area at LTE. In this article, we describe the calculation leading to an estimated excitation rate and discuss the influence of LTE/non-LTE physics with an average-atom model and the use of a Gaussian variance calculation to estimate the broadening around the mean energy mismatch.

  4. Principles of electron capture and transfer dissociation mass spectrometry applied to peptide and protein structure analysis.

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    Zhurov, Konstantin O; Fornelli, Luca; Wodrich, Matthew D; Laskay, Ünige A; Tsybin, Yury O

    2013-06-21

    This tutorial review describes the principles and practices of electron capture and transfer dissociation (ECD/ETD or ExD) mass spectrometry (MS) employed for peptide and protein structure analysis. ExD MS relies on interactions between gas phase peptide or protein ions carrying multiple positive charges with either free low-energy (~1 eV) electrons (ECD), or with reagent radical anions possessing an electron available for transfer (ETD). As a result of recent implementation on sensitive, high resolution, high mass accuracy, and liquid chromatography timescale-compatible mass spectrometers, ExD, more specifically, ETD MS has received particular interest in life science research. In addition to describing the fundamental aspects of ExD radical ion chemistry, this tutorial provides practical guidelines for peptide de novo sequencing with ExD MS, as well as reviews some of the current capabilities and limitations of these techniques. The merits of ExD MS are discussed primarily within the context of life science research.

  5. Capturing buried defects in metal interconnections with electron beam inspection system

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    Xiao, Hong; Jiang, Ximan; Trease, David; Van Riet, Mike; Ramprasad, Shishir; Bhatia, Anadi; Lefebvre, Pierre; Bastard, David; Moreau, Olivier; Maher, Chris; MacDonald, Paul; Campochiaro, Cecelia

    2013-04-01

    In this paper we present a novel mode of electron beam inspection (EBI), entitled super wide optics (SWO) mode, which can effectively detect buried defects in tungsten (W) plugs and copper (Cu) wires. These defects are defects of interest (DOI) to integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers because they are not detectable in optical inspection, voltage contrast (VC) mode EBI or physical mode EBI. We used engineering systems to study two samples, a tungsten chemical mechanical polish (CMP) wafer and a copper CMP wafer with a silicon carbon nitride (SiCN) cap layer. EBI with our novel SWO mode was found to capture many dark defects on these two wafers. Furthermore, defect review with all three EBI modes found some of these dark defects were unique to SWO mode. For verification, physical failure analysis was performed on some SWO-unique DOI. The cross-sectional scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images confirmed that the unique DOI were buried voids in W-plugs and copper wire thinning caused by either buried particles or buried particle induced metal trench under-etch. These DOI can significantly increase the resistance of metal interconnects of IC chip and affect the chip yield. This new EBI mode can provide an in-line monitoring solution for these DOI, which does not exist before this study.

  6. Capturing relativistic wakefield structures in plasmas using ultrashort high-energy electrons as a probe.

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    Zhang, C J; Hua, J F; Xu, X L; Li, F; Pai, C-H; Wan, Y; Wu, Y P; Gu, Y Q; Mori, W B; Joshi, C; Lu, W

    2016-07-11

    A new method capable of capturing coherent electric field structures propagating at nearly the speed of light in plasma with a time resolution as small as a few femtoseconds is proposed. This method uses a few femtoseconds long relativistic electron bunch to probe the wake produced in a plasma by an intense laser pulse or an ultra-short relativistic charged particle beam. As the probe bunch traverses the wake, its momentum is modulated by the electric field of the wake, leading to a density variation of the probe after free-space propagation. This variation of probe density produces a snapshot of the wake that can directly give many useful information of the wake structure and its evolution. Furthermore, this snapshot allows detailed mapping of the longitudinal and transverse components of the wakefield. We develop a theoretical model for field reconstruction and verify it using 3-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. This model can accurately reconstruct the wakefield structure in the linear regime, and it can also qualitatively map the major features of nonlinear wakes. The capturing of the injection in a nonlinear wake is demonstrated through 3D PIC simulations as an example of the application of this new method.

  7. Capturing relativistic wakefield structures in plasmas using ultrashort high-energy electrons as a probe

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    Zhang, C. J.; Hua, J. F.; Xu, X. L.; Li, F.; Pai, C. -H.; Wan, Y.; Wu, Y. P.; Gu, Y. Q.; Mori, W. B.; Joshi, C.; Lu, W.

    2016-07-11

    A new method capable of capturing coherent electric field structures propagating at nearly the speed of light in plasma with a time resolution as small as a few femtoseconds is proposed. This method uses a few femtoseconds long relativistic electron bunch to probe the wake produced in a plasma by an intense laser pulse or an ultra-short relativistic charged particle beam. As the probe bunch traverses the wake, its momentum is modulated by the electric field of the wake, leading to a density variation of the probe after free-space propagation. This variation of probe density produces a snapshot of the wake that can directly give many useful information of the wake structure and its evolution. Furthermore, this snapshot allows detailed mapping of the longitudinal and transverse components of the wakefield. We develop a theoretical model for field reconstruction and verify it using 3-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. This model can accurately reconstruct the wakefield structure in the linear regime, and it can also qualitatively map the major features of nonlinear wakes. As a result, the capturing of the injection in a nonlinear wake is demonstrated through 3D PIC simulations as an example of the application of this new method.

  8. Capturing relativistic wakefield structures in plasmas using ultrashort high-energy electrons as a probe

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    2016-07-11

    A new method capable of capturing coherent electric field structures propagating at nearly the speed of light in plasma with a time resolution as small as a few femtoseconds is proposed. This method uses a few femtoseconds long relativistic electron bunch to probe the wake produced in a plasma by an intense laser pulse or an ultra-short relativistic charged particle beam. As the probe bunch traverses the wake, its momentum is modulated by the electric field of the wake, leading to a density variation of the probe after free-space propagation. This variation of probe density produces a snapshot of themore » wake that can directly give many useful information of the wake structure and its evolution. Furthermore, this snapshot allows detailed mapping of the longitudinal and transverse components of the wakefield. We develop a theoretical model for field reconstruction and verify it using 3-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. This model can accurately reconstruct the wakefield structure in the linear regime, and it can also qualitatively map the major features of nonlinear wakes. As a result, the capturing of the injection in a nonlinear wake is demonstrated through 3D PIC simulations as an example of the application of this new method.« less

  9. Electron capture by Ne{sup 4+} ions from atomic hydrogen

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    Havener, C.C.; Rejoub, R.; Vane, C.R.; Krause, H.F.; Savin, D.W.; Schnell, M.; Wang, J.G.; Stancil, P.C.

    2005-03-01

    Using the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ion-atom merged-beams apparatus, the absolute total electron-capture cross section has been measured for collisions of Ne{sup 4+} with hydrogen and deuterium at relative energies in the center-of-mass frame between 0.10 and 1006 eV/u. Comparison with previous measurements shows large discrepancies between 80 and 600 eV/u. For energies below {approx}1 eV/u, a sharply increasing cross section is attributed to the ion-induced dipole attraction between the reactants. Multichannel Landau-Zener calculations are performed between 0.01 and 5000 eV/u and compare well to the measured total cross sections. Below {approx}5 eV/u, the present total cross section calculations show a significant target isotope effect. At 0.01 eV/u, the H:D total cross section ratio is predicted to be {approx}1.4 where capture is dominated by transitions into the Ne{sup 3+} (2s{sup 2}2p{sup 2}3d) configuration.

  10. Capturing relativistic wakefield structures in plasmas using ultrashort high-energy electrons as a probe

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    Zhang, C. J.; Hua, J. F.; Xu, X. L.; Li, F.; Pai, C.-H.; Wan, Y.; Wu, Y. P.; Gu, Y. Q.; Mori, W. B.; Joshi, C.; Lu, W.

    2016-01-01

    A new method capable of capturing coherent electric field structures propagating at nearly the speed of light in plasma with a time resolution as small as a few femtoseconds is proposed. This method uses a few femtoseconds long relativistic electron bunch to probe the wake produced in a plasma by an intense laser pulse or an ultra-short relativistic charged particle beam. As the probe bunch traverses the wake, its momentum is modulated by the electric field of the wake, leading to a density variation of the probe after free-space propagation. This variation of probe density produces a snapshot of the wake that can directly give many useful information of the wake structure and its evolution. Furthermore, this snapshot allows detailed mapping of the longitudinal and transverse components of the wakefield. We develop a theoretical model for field reconstruction and verify it using 3-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. This model can accurately reconstruct the wakefield structure in the linear regime, and it can also qualitatively map the major features of nonlinear wakes. The capturing of the injection in a nonlinear wake is demonstrated through 3D PIC simulations as an example of the application of this new method. PMID:27403561

  11. Single- and double-electron loss from helium by collisions with v>=v0 multiply charged ions

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    Hvelplund, P.; Haugen, H. K.; Knudsen, H.

    1980-11-01

    Cross sections for single- and double-electron loss (electron capture plus impact ionization) for H+, Heq+, Oq+, and Auq+ incident on helium have been measured at velocities from ~v0 to ~10v0. The charge state q was varied from 1 to 21, depending on velocity and projectile. The energy and charge-state dependence of the single-loss cross section at the lower velocities is reasonably well described by the model of Olson based on Coulomb interaction between particles and classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations. The results for H+, He+, and He++ at high velocities are in good agreement with earlier experimental values of Pivovar et al. and with Bethe-Born calculations of Gillespie. The double-loss cross section, which for highly charged projectiles amounts to as much as 60% of the single loss, is found to behave quite differently from the single-loss cross section, both as a function of incident charge and velocity. While single-loss cross sections at velocities between v0 and 2v0 are almost independent of energy and proportional to q, the double-loss cross sections are approximately proportional to energy and to q2.

  12. Weak {gamma}-transition intensities in the electron capture decay of {sup 144}Pm

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    Robinson, S.J.; Altgilbers, A.S.; Hindi, M.M.; Norman, E.B.; Larimer, R.

    1996-09-01

    We have determined the absolute intensity of weak {gamma} transitions in the level scheme of {sup 144}Nd, observed following the electron capture decay of {sup 144}Pm. The absolute intensity of the 1397-keV {ital E}3 branch from the 2093-keV (5{sub 1}{sup {minus}}) level was determined to be (4.9 {plus_minus} 0.7) {times} 10{sup {minus}4}{percent}. This leads to a revised absolute transition rate of {ital B}({ital E}3;5{sub 1}{sup {minus}}{r_arrow}2{sup +}{sub 1})=26{sub {minus}12}{sup +15} Weisskopf units, which is still consistent with an interpretation of the 5{sub 1}{sup {minus}} level based on quadrupole-octupole coupling. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  13. Pesticide residue analysis of vegetables by gas chromatography with electron-capture detection.

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    Fenoll, José; Hellín, Pilar; Martínez, Carmen M; Flores, Pilar

    2007-01-01

    A new and original analytical method was developed for the routine analysis of 28 multiclass pesticide residues in vegetables (green pepper, red pepper, and tomato). The extraction was performed with acetone, and the pesticides were partitioned into ethyl acetate-cyclohexane (1 + 1, v/v). Residue levels in vegetables were determined by gas chromatography (GC) with electron-capture detection. Residue identities were confirmed by GC coupled with mass spectrometry in the selected ion monitoring mode. The average recoveries in pepper and tomato obtained for all analytes studied were 67.3 and 123.1%, respectively, with relative standard deviation between 1.8 and 7.0%. The detection limit for the pesticides studied varied from 0.1 to 2.6 microg/kg. The proposed method was applied to the analysis of these compounds in vegetables grown in experimental greenhouses.

  14. The Knowledge Program: an innovative, comprehensive electronic data capture system and warehouse.

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    Katzan, Irene; Speck, Micheal; Dopler, Chris; Urchek, John; Bielawski, Kay; Dunphy, Cheryl; Jehi, Lara; Bae, Charles; Parchman, Alandra

    2011-01-01

    Data contained in the electronic health record (EHR) present a tremendous opportunity to improve quality-of-care and enhance research capabilities. However, the EHR is not structured to provide data for such purposes: most clinical information is entered as free text and content varies substantially between providers. Discrete information on patients' functional status is typically not collected. Data extraction tools are often unavailable. We have developed the Knowledge Program (KP), a comprehensive initiative to improve the collection of discrete clinical information into the EHR and the retrievability of data for use in research, quality, and patient care. A distinct feature of the KP is the systematic collection of patient-reported outcomes, which is captured discretely, allowing more refined analyses of care outcomes. The KP capitalizes on features of the Epic EHR and utilizes an external IT infrastructure distinct from Epic for enhanced functionality. Here, we describe the development and implementation of the KP.

  15. Determination of acrylamide in nerve tissue homogenates by electron-capture gas chromatography.

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    Poole, C F; Sye, W F; Zlatkis, A; Spencer, P S

    1981-11-06

    Acrylamide in biological samples can be determined by gas chromatography with electron-capture detection after conversion to its 2,3-dibromopropionamide derivative. The derivatization is carried out in aqueous solution, plasma or tissue homogenates by ionic bromination and the reaction conditions and sample clean-up are described. The detection limit corresponds to 9.5.10(-12)g of acrylamide on column or 8.4.10(-9)g in the final biological extract (0.5 ml). The overall recovery of acrylamide spiked samples at the nanogram level exceeds 80%. It was found that the accumulation of free acrylamide in the sciatic nerve distal region of rats intoxicated with acrylamide was less than 2-8 ppm.

  16. Oscillating decay rate in electron capture and the neutrino mass difference

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    Peshkin, Murray

    2015-04-01

    Reported oscillations in the rate of decay of certain ions by K -electron capture have raised questions about whether and how such oscillations can arise in quantum-mechanical theory and whether they can measure the neutrino mass difference. Here I show that simple principles of quantum mechanics answer some questions and clarify what must be performed theoretically or experimentally to answer some others. The principal result is that quantum mechanics does allow mass-difference-dependent oscillations in principle, but it imposes conditions not obeyed by the approximate dynamical models that have been put forth up to now. In particular, indirect coupling between two neutrino mass channels must be taken into account. What needs to be done experimentally and theoretically is discussed.

  17. Single electron pumping in InAs nanowire double quantum dots

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    Fuhrer, A.; Fasth, C.; Samuelson, L.

    2007-07-01

    Closely spaced local gate electrodes are used to electrically define a double quantum dot along an InAs nanowire crystal. By applying a periodic pulse sequence to two plunger gate electrodes controlling the double quantum dot charge configuration, the device is operated as a single electron pump. The authors find that within measurement accuracy, the pumping current equals one electron per cycle for frequencies up to 2MHz, demonstrating the suitability of nanowire based quantum dots for pumping applications.

  18. Mobile Device–Based Electronic Data Capture System Used in a Clinical Randomized Controlled Trial: Advantages and Challenges

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    Liu, Yu; Wang, Hongyi; Sun, Ningling

    2017-01-01

    Background Electronic data capture (EDC) systems have been widely used in clinical research, but mobile device–based electronic data capture (mEDC) system has not been well evaluated. Objective The aim of our study was to evaluate the feasibility, advantages, and challenges of mEDC in data collection, project management, and telemonitoring in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Methods We developed an mEDC to support an RCT called “Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Antihypertensive Treatment (THAT)” study, which was a multicenter, double-blinded, RCT, with the purpose of comparing the efficacy of telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) monotherapy in high-sodium-intake patients with mild to moderate hypertension during a 60 days follow-up. Semistructured interviews were conducted during and after the trial to evaluate the feasibility, advantage, and challenge of mEDC. Nvivo version 9.0 (QSR International) was used to analyze records of interviews, and a thematic framework method was used to obtain outcomes. Results The mEDC was successfully used to support the data collection and project management in all the 14 study hospitals. A total of 1333 patients were recruited with support of mEDC, of whom 1037 successfully completed all 4 visits. Across all visits, the average time needed for 141 questions per patient was 53 min, which were acceptable to both doctors and patients. All the interviewees, including 24 doctors, 53 patients, 1 clinical research associate (CRA), 1 project manager (PM), and 1 data manager (DM), expressed their satisfaction to nearly all the functions of the innovative mEDC in randomization, data collection, project management, quality control, and remote monitoring in real time. The average satisfaction score was 9.2 (scale, 0-10). The biggest challenge came from the stability of the mobile or Wi-Fi signal although it was not a problem in THAT study. Conclusions The innovative mEDC has many merits and is well acceptable in supporting

  19. Mobile Device-Based Electronic Data Capture System Used in a Clinical Randomized Controlled Trial: Advantages and Challenges.

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    Zhang, Jing; Sun, Lei; Liu, Yu; Wang, Hongyi; Sun, Ningling; Zhang, Puhong

    2017-03-08

    Electronic data capture (EDC) systems have been widely used in clinical research, but mobile device-based electronic data capture (mEDC) system has not been well evaluated. The aim of our study was to evaluate the feasibility, advantages, and challenges of mEDC in data collection, project management, and telemonitoring in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). We developed an mEDC to support an RCT called "Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Antihypertensive Treatment (THAT)" study, which was a multicenter, double-blinded, RCT, with the purpose of comparing the efficacy of telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) monotherapy in high-sodium-intake patients with mild to moderate hypertension during a 60 days follow-up. Semistructured interviews were conducted during and after the trial to evaluate the feasibility, advantage, and challenge of mEDC. Nvivo version 9.0 (QSR International) was used to analyze records of interviews, and a thematic framework method was used to obtain outcomes. The mEDC was successfully used to support the data collection and project management in all the 14 study hospitals. A total of 1333 patients were recruited with support of mEDC, of whom 1037 successfully completed all 4 visits. Across all visits, the average time needed for 141 questions per patient was 53 min, which were acceptable to both doctors and patients. All the interviewees, including 24 doctors, 53 patients, 1 clinical research associate (CRA), 1 project manager (PM), and 1 data manager (DM), expressed their satisfaction to nearly all the functions of the innovative mEDC in randomization, data collection, project management, quality control, and remote monitoring in real time. The average satisfaction score was 9.2 (scale, 0-10). The biggest challenge came from the stability of the mobile or Wi-Fi signal although it was not a problem in THAT study. The innovative mEDC has many merits and is well acceptable in supporting data collection and project management in a timely

  20. Dynamic Phase Shifts in Nanoscale Distance Measurements by Double Electron Electron Resonance (DEER)†

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    Bowman, Michael K.; Maryasov, Alexander G.

    2007-04-01

    The off-resonant pump pulse used in double electron electron resonance (DEER) measurements produces dynamic phase shifts that are explained here by simple analytic and vector descriptions of the full range of signal behaviors observed during DEER measurements, including: large phase shifts in the signal; changes in the position and shape of the detected echo; and changes in the signal intensity. The dynamic phase shifts depend on the width, amplitude and offset frequency of the pump pulse. Isolated radicals as well as pairs or clusters of dipolar-coupled radicals have the same dynamic phase shift that is independent of pump pulse delay in a typical measurement. A method of calibrating both the pump pulse offset frequency and the pump pulse field strength is outlined. A vector model is presented that explains the dynamic phase shifts in terms of precessing magnetization that is either spin locked or precessing about the effective pump field during the pump pulse. Implications of the dynamic phase shifts are discussed as they relate to setting up, calibrating and interpreting the results of DEER measurements.

  1. Dynamic phase shifts in nanoscale distance measurements by double electron electron resonance (DEER)

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    Bowman, Michael K.; Maryasov, Alexander G.

    2007-04-01

    The off-resonant pump pulse used in double electron electron resonance (DEER) measurements produces dynamic phase shifts that are explained here by simple analytic and vector descriptions of the full range of signal behaviors observed during DEER measurements, including: large phase shifts in the signal; changes in the position and shape of the detected echo; and changes in the signal intensity. The dynamic phase shifts depend on the width, amplitude and offset frequency of the pump pulse. Isolated radicals as well as pairs or clusters of dipolar-coupled radicals have the same dynamic phase shift that is independent of pump pulse delay in a typical measurement. A method of calibrating both the pump pulse offset frequency and the pump pulse field strength is outlined. A vector model is presented that explains the dynamic phase shifts in terms of precessing magnetization that is either spin locked or precessing about the effective pump field during the pump pulse. Implications of the dynamic phase shifts are discussed as they relate to setting up, calibrating and interpreting the results of DEER measurements.

  2. Cysteine-Specific Cu2+ Chelating Tags Used as Paramagnetic Probes in Double Electron Electron Resonance

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    Cunningham, Timothy F.; Shannon, Matthew D.; Putterman, Miriam R.; Arachchige, Rajith J.; Sengupta, Ishita; Gao, Min; Jaroniec, Christopher P.; Saxena, Sunil

    2015-01-01

    Double electron electron resonance (DEER) is an attractive technique that is utilized for gaining insight into protein structure and dynamics via nanometer-scale distance measurements. The most commonly used paramagnetic tag in these measurements is a nitroxide spin label, R1. Here, we present the application of two types of high-affinity Cu2+ chelating tags, based on the EDTA and cyclen metal-binding motifs as alternative X-band DEER probes, using the B1 immunoglobulin-binding domain of protein G (GB1) as a model system. Both types of tags have been incorporated into a variety of protein secondary structure environments and exhibit high spectral sensitivity. In particular, the cyclen-based tag displays distance distributions with comparable distribution widths and most probable distances within 1–3 Å when compared to homologous R1 distributions. The results display the viability of the cyclen tag as an alternative to the R1 side chain for X-band DEER distance measurements in proteins. PMID:25608028

  3. A review of electron-capture and electron-transfer dissociation tandem mass spectrometry in polymer chemistry.

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    Hart-Smith, Gene

    2014-01-15

    Mass spectrometry (MS)-based studies of synthetic polymers often characterise detected polymer components using mass data alone. However when mass-based characterisations are ambiguous, tandem MS (MS/MS) offers a means by which additional analytical information may be collected. This review provides a synopsis of two particularly promising methods of dissociating polymer ions during MS/MS: electron-capture and electron-transfer dissociation (ECD and ETD, respectively). The article opens with a summary of the basic characteristics and operating principles of ECD and ETD, and relates these techniques to other methods of dissociating gas-phase ions, such as collision-induced dissociation (CID). Insights into ECD- and ETD-based MS/MS, gained from studies into proteins and peptides, are then discussed in relation to polymer chemistry. Finally, ECD- and ETD-based studies into various classes of polymer are summarised; for each polymer class, ECD- and ETD-derived data are compared to CID-derived data. These discussions identify ECD and ETD as powerful means by which unique and diagnostically useful polymer ion fragmentation data may be generated, and techniques worthy of increased utilisation by the polymer chemistry community.

  4. Electron impact, electron capture negative ionization and positive chemical ionization mass spectra of organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers.

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    Ma, Yuning; Hites, Ronald A

    2013-08-01

    Phosphate esters are important commercial products that have been used both as flame retardants and as plasticizers. To analyze these compounds by gas chromatographic mass spectrometry, it is important to understand the mass spectra of these compounds using various ionization modes. This paper is a systematic overview of the electron impact (EI), electron capture negative ionization (ECNI) and positive chemical ionization (PCI) mass spectra of 13 organophosphate esters. These data are useful for developing and optimizing analytical measurements. The EI spectra of these 13 compounds are dominated by ions such as H4 PO4 (+) , (M - Cl)(+) , (M - CH2 Cl)(+) or (M)(+) depending on specific chemical structures. The ECNI spectra are generally dominated by (M - R)(-) . The PCI spectra are mainly dominated by the protonated molecular ion (M + H)(+) . The branching of the alkyl substituents, the halogenation of the substituents and, for aromatic phosphate esters, ortho alkylation of the ring are all significant factors controlling the details of the fragmentation processes. EI provides the best sensitivity for the quantitative measurement of these compounds, but PCI and ECNI both have considerable qualitative selectivity. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Role of the bound-state wave function in capture-loss rates: Slow proton in an electron gas

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    Alducin, M.; Nagy, I.

    2003-07-01

    Capture and loss rates for protons moving in an electron gas are calculated using many-body perturbation theory. The role of the form of the bound-state wave function for weakly bound states around the proton is analyzed. We find significant differences (up to a factor of 2 higher) in the values of Auger capture and loss rates when using Hulthen-type instead of hydrogenic wave functions. Its relevance in stopping power is briefly discussed.

  6. Population of n, l States in Electron-Capture Collisions Between Highly Charged, Medium-Velocity Ions and H2

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    Hvelplund, P.; Samsoe, E.; Andersen, L. H.; Haugen, H. K.; Knudsen, H.

    1983-01-01

    The formation of excited states resulting from electron capture by Auq+ ions (q from 12 to 18, v = 2v0) colliding with H2 has been measured by means of optical methods. The capture cross sections into various n, l states are derived from measured emission cross sections by applying a simplified cascade correction. It is found that high l states are preferentially populated and that a large number of n states contributes to the total capture process. The general picture, which emerges from the present study, is in reasonable agreement with theoretical calculations by Olson, by Ryufuku and Watanabe, and by Crothers.

  7. Combining gas phase electron capture and IRMPD action spectroscopy to probe the electronic structure of a metastable reduced organometallic complex containing a non-innocent ligand.

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    Katari, Madanakrishna; Payen de la Garanderie, Eleonore; Nicol, Edith; Steinmetz, Vincent; van der Rest, Guillaume; Carmichael, Duncan; Frison, Gilles

    2015-10-21

    Combining electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry and infrared multiple photon dissociation action spectroscopy allows the formation, selection and characterisation of reduced metal complexes containing non-innocent ligands. Zinc complexes containing diazafluorenone ligands have been studied and the localisation of the single electron on the metal atom in the mono-ligated complex has been demonstrated.

  8. Electron dynamics of molecular double ionization by circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Tong, Aihong; Zhou, Yueming; Huang, Cheng; Lu, Peixiang

    2013-08-21

    Using the classical ensemble method, we have investigated double ionization (DI) of diatomic molecules driven by circularly polarized laser pulses with different internuclear distances (R). The results show that the DI mechanism changes from sequential double ionization (SDI) to nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) as the internuclear distance increases. In SDI range, the structure of the electron momentum distribution changes seriously as R increases, which indicates the sensitive dependence of the release times of the two electrons on R. For NSDI, because of the circular polarization, the ionization of the second electron is not through the well-known recollision process but through a process where the first electron ionizes over the inner potential barrier of the molecule, moves directly towards the other nucleus, and kicks out the second electron.

  9. Auger electron angular distribution of double core-hole states in the molecular reference frame.

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    Cryan, James P; Glownia, J M; Andreasson, J; Belkacem, A; Berrah, N; Blaga, C I; Bostedt, C; Bozek, J; Buth, C; DiMauro, L F; Fang, L; Gessner, O; Guehr, M; Hajdu, J; Hertlein, M P; Hoener, M; Kornilov, O; Marangos, J P; March, A M; McFarland, B K; Merdji, H; Petrović, V S; Raman, C; Ray, D; Reis, D; Tarantelli, F; Trigo, M; White, J L; White, W; Young, L; Bucksbaum, P H; Coffee, R N

    2010-08-20

    The Linac Coherent Light Source free electron laser is a source of high brightness x rays, 2×10(11) photons in a ∼5 fs pulse, that can be focused to produce double core vacancies through rapid sequential ionization. This enables double core vacancy Auger electron spectroscopy, an entirely new way to study femtosecond chemical dynamics with Auger electrons that probe the local valence structure of molecules near a specific atomic core. Using 1.1 keV photons for sequential x-ray ionization of impulsively aligned molecular nitrogen, we observed a rich single-site double core vacancy Auger electron spectrum near 413 eV, in good agreement with ab initio calculations, and we measured the corresponding Auger electron angle dependence in the molecular frame.

  10. Auger Electron Angular Distribution of Double Core-Hole States in the Molecular Reference Frame

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    Cryan, James P.; Glownia, J. M.; Andreasson, J.; Belkacem, A.; Berrah, N.; Blaga, C. I.; Bostedt, C.; Bozek, J.; Buth, C.; Dimauro, L. F.; Fang, L.; Gessner, O.; Guehr, M.; Hajdu, J.; Hertlein, M. P.; Hoener, M.; Kornilov, O.; Marangos, J. P.; March, A. M.; McFarland, B. K.; Merdji, H.; Petrović, V. S.; Raman, C.; Ray, D.; Reis, D.; Tarantelli, F.; Trigo, M.; White, J. L.; White, W.; Young, L.; Bucksbaum, P. H.; Coffee, R. N.

    2010-08-01

    The Linac Coherent Light Source free electron laser is a source of high brightness x rays, 2×1011 photons in a ˜5fs pulse, that can be focused to produce double core vacancies through rapid sequential ionization. This enables double core vacancy Auger electron spectroscopy, an entirely new way to study femtosecond chemical dynamics with Auger electrons that probe the local valence structure of molecules near a specific atomic core. Using 1.1 keV photons for sequential x-ray ionization of impulsively aligned molecular nitrogen, we observed a rich single-site double core vacancy Auger electron spectrum near 413 eV, in good agreement with ab initio calculations, and we measured the corresponding Auger electron angle dependence in the molecular frame.

  11. Tunable few-electron double quantum dots with integrated charge read-out

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    Elzerman, J. M.; Hanson, R.; Greidanus, J. S.; Willems van Beveren, L. H.; De Franceschi, S.; Vandersypen, L. M. K.; Tarucha, S.; Kouwenhoven, L. P.

    2004-11-01

    We report on the realization of few-electron double quantum dots defined in a two-dimensional electron gas by means of surface gates on top of a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Two quantum point contacts (QPCs) are placed in the vicinity of the double quantum dot and serve as charge detectors. These enable determination of the number of conduction electrons on each dot. This number can be reduced to zero, while still allowing transport measurements through the double dot. The coupling between the two dots can be controlled even in the few-electron regime. Microwave radiation is used to pump an electron from one dot to the other by absorption of a single photon. The experiments demonstrate that this quantum dot circuit can serve as a good starting point for a scalable spin-qubit system.

  12. Low Energy Electron Capture by Multi-Charged Ions from H(D).

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    Rejoub, R.; Krstic, P. S.; Schultz, D. R.; Havener, C. C.; Lee, T. G.

    2004-05-01

    Low energy electron capture cross sections are measured at the ORNL Multi-charged Ion Research Facility (MIRF) using the ion-atom merged-beams technique. Absolute measurements are performed for the fundamental one-electron He^2+ + H system and when combined with previous measurements establish an experimental benchmark for comparison with recent theory. New measurements for N^2+ + H in the collision energy range 0.015-100 eV/u show a typical 1/v increasing cross section below 10 eV/u with the possibility of structures below 1 eV/u. An investigation is underway to explore the origin of the structures observed at both low and high energies. The ion-atom merged-beams apparatus is being upgraded to take advantage of the high velocity and higher quality beams that will be produced by the ORNL HV platform upgrade project. Expected improvements include access to lower energies with better energy resolution for measurements with both H and D. Research supported by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DoE, Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 and by the NASA SARA program under Work Order No. 10,060 with UT-Batelle, LLC.

  13. Electron capture by U(91+) and U(92+) and ionization of U(90+) and U(91+)

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    Gould, H.; Greiner, D.; Lindstrom, P.; Symons, T. J. M.; Crawford, H.

    1984-01-01

    U(92+)/U(91+) and U(91+)/U(90+) electron-capture and ionization cross sections and equilibrium charge-state distributions are measured experimentally in mylar, Cu and Ta of varying thickness. Relativistic U(68+) ions at 437 or 962 MeV/nucleon are produced by a heavy-ion linear accelerator and synchrotron in tandem and passed through the target material into a magnetic specrometer and position-sensitive proportional counter for evaluation of charge states. The results are presented graphically and discussed. At 962 MeV/nucleon, beams containing 85 percent bare U(92+) nuclei are obtained using 150-mg/sq cm Cu or 85-mg/sq cm Ta; at 437 MeV/nucleon, 50 percent bare U(92+) nuclei are obtained with 90-mg/sq cm Cu. The techniques decribed can be applied to produce beams of bare U nuclei for acceleration to ultrarelativistic speeds or beams of few-electron U for atomic-physics experiments on quantum electrodynamics.

  14. Electron capture by U(91+) and U(92+) and ionization of U(90+) and U(91+)

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    Gould, H.; Greiner, D.; Lindstrom, P.; Symons, T. J. M.; Crawford, H.

    1984-01-01

    U(92+)/U(91+) and U(91+)/U(90+) electron-capture and ionization cross sections and equilibrium charge-state distributions are measured experimentally in mylar, Cu and Ta of varying thickness. Relativistic U(68+) ions at 437 or 962 MeV/nucleon are produced by a heavy-ion linear accelerator and synchrotron in tandem and passed through the target material into a magnetic specrometer and position-sensitive proportional counter for evaluation of charge states. The results are presented graphically and discussed. At 962 MeV/nucleon, beams containing 85 percent bare U(92+) nuclei are obtained using 150-mg/sq cm Cu or 85-mg/sq cm Ta; at 437 MeV/nucleon, 50 percent bare U(92+) nuclei are obtained with 90-mg/sq cm Cu. The techniques decribed can be applied to produce beams of bare U nuclei for acceleration to ultrarelativistic speeds or beams of few-electron U for atomic-physics experiments on quantum electrodynamics.

  15. Electron-capture Supernovae as The Origin of Elements Beyond Iron

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    Wanajo, Shinya; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Müller, Bernhard

    2011-01-01

    We examine electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe) as sources of elements heavier than iron in the solar system and in Galactic halo stars. Nucleosynthesis calculations are performed on the basis of thermodynamic histories of mass elements from a fully self-consistent, two-dimensional hydrodynamic explosion model of an ECSN. We find that neutron-rich convective lumps with an electron fraction down to Y e,min = 0.40, which are absent in the one-dimensional counterpart, allow for interesting production of elements between the iron group and N = 50 nuclei (from Zn to Zr, with little Ga) in nuclear (quasi-)equilibrium. Our models yield very good agreement with the Ge, Sr, Y, and Zr abundances of r-process-deficient Galactic halo stars and constrain the occurrence of ECSNe to ~4% of all stellar core-collapse events. If tiny amounts of additional material with slightly lower Y e,min down to ~0.30-0.35 were also ejected—which presently cannot be excluded because of the limitations of resolution and two dimensionality of the model—a weak r-process can yield elements beyond N = 50 up to Pd, Ag, and Cd as observed in the r-process-deficient stars.

  16. CO₂ sorbents with scaffold-like Ca-Al layered double hydroxides as precursors for CO₂ capture at high temperatures.

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    Chang, Po-Hsueh; Lee, Tai-Jung; Chang, Yen-Po; Chen, San-Yuan

    2013-06-01

    A highly stable high-temperature CO₂ sorbent consisting of scaffold-like Ca-rich oxides (Ca-Al-O) with rapid absorption kinetics and a high capacity is described. The Ca-rich oxides were prepared by annealing Ca-Al-NO₃ layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursors through a sol-gel process with Al(O(i)P)₃ and Ca(NO₃)₂ with Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, and 7:1. XRD indicated that only LDH powders were formed for Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 2:1. However, both LDH and Ca(OH)₂ phases were produced at higher ratios. Both TEM and SEM observations indicated that the Ca-Al-NO₃ LDHs displayed a scaffold-like porous structure morphology rather than platelet-like particles. Upon annealing at 600 °C, a highly stable porous network structure of the CaO-based Ca-Al-O mixed oxide (CAMO), composed of CaO and Ca₁₂Al₁₄O₃₃, was still present. The CAMO exhibited high specific surface areas (up to 191 m(2)g(-1)) and a pore size distribution of 3-6 nm, which allowed rapid diffusion of CO₂ into the interior of the material, inducing fast carbonation/calcination and enhancing the sintering-resistant nature over multiple carbonation/calcination cycles for CO₂ absorption at 700 °C. Thermogravimetric analysis results indicated that a CO₂ capture capacity of approximately 49 wt% could be obtained with rapid absorption from the porous 7:1 CAMO sorbents by carbonation at 700 °C for 5 min. Also, 94-98% of the initial CO₂ capture capability was retained after 50 cycles of multiple carbonation/calcination tests. Therefore, the CAMO framework is a good isolator for preventing the aggregation of CaO particles, and it is suitable for long-term cyclic operation in high-temperature environments.

  17. Electronic data capture in a rural African setting: evaluating experiences with different systems in Malawi

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    King, Carina; Hall, Jenny; Banda, Masford; Beard, James; Bird, Jon; Kazembe, Peter; Fottrell, Ed

    2014-01-01

    Background As hardware for electronic data capture (EDC), such as smartphones or tablets, becomes cheaper and more widely available, the potential for using such hardware as data capture tools in routine healthcare and research is increasing. Objective We aim to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of four EDC systems being used simultaneously in rural Malawi: two for Android devices (CommCare and ODK Collect), one for PALM and Windows OS (Pendragon), and a custom-built application for Android (Mobile InterVA – MIVA). Design We report on the personal field and development experience of fieldworkers, project managers, and EDC system developers. Results Fieldworkers preferred using EDC to paper-based systems, although some struggled with the technology at first. Highlighted features include in-built skip patterns for all systems, and specifically the ‘case’ function that CommCare offers. MIVA as a standalone app required considerably more time and expertise than the other systems to create and could not be customised for our specific research needs; however, it facilitates standardised routine data collection. CommCare and ODK Collect both have user-friendly web-interfaces for form development and good technical support. CommCare requires Internet to build an application and download it to a device, whereas all steps can be done offline with ODK Collect, a desirable feature in low connectivity settings. Pendragon required more complex programming of logic, using a Microsoft Access application, and generally had less technical support. Start-up costs varied between systems, and all were considered more expensive than setting up a paper-based system; however running costs were generally low and therefore thought to be cost-effective over the course of our projects. Conclusions EDC offers many opportunities for efficient data collection, but brings some issues requiring consideration when designing a study; the decision of which hardware and software to use

  18. Electronic data capture in a rural African setting: evaluating experiences with different systems in Malawi.

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    King, Carina; Hall, Jenny; Banda, Masford; Beard, James; Bird, Jon; Kazembe, Peter; Fottrell, Ed

    2014-12-01

    Background As hardware for electronic data capture (EDC), such as smartphones or tablets, becomes cheaper and more widely available, the potential for using such hardware as data capture tools in routine healthcare and research is increasing. Objective We aim to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of four EDC systems being used simultaneously in rural Malawi: two for Android devices (CommCare and ODK Collect), one for PALM and Windows OS (Pendragon), and a custom-built application for Android (Mobile InterVA - MIVA). Design We report on the personal field and development experience of fieldworkers, project managers, and EDC system developers. Results Fieldworkers preferred using EDC to paper-based systems, although some struggled with the technology at first. Highlighted features include in-built skip patterns for all systems, and specifically the 'case' function that CommCare offers. MIVA as a standalone app required considerably more time and expertise than the other systems to create and could not be customised for our specific research needs; however, it facilitates standardised routine data collection. CommCare and ODK Collect both have user-friendly web-interfaces for form development and good technical support. CommCare requires Internet to build an application and download it to a device, whereas all steps can be done offline with ODK Collect, a desirable feature in low connectivity settings. Pendragon required more complex programming of logic, using a Microsoft Access application, and generally had less technical support. Start-up costs varied between systems, and all were considered more expensive than setting up a paper-based system; however running costs were generally low and therefore thought to be cost-effective over the course of our projects. Conclusions EDC offers many opportunities for efficient data collection, but brings some issues requiring consideration when designing a study; the decision of which hardware and software to use should

  19. Electronic data capture in a rural African setting: evaluating experiences with different systems in Malawi.

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    King, Carina; Hall, Jenny; Banda, Masford; Beard, James; Bird, Jon; Kazembe, Peter; Fottrell, Ed

    2014-01-01

    As hardware for electronic data capture (EDC), such as smartphones or tablets, becomes cheaper and more widely available, the potential for using such hardware as data capture tools in routine healthcare and research is increasing. We aim to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of four EDC systems being used simultaneously in rural Malawi: two for Android devices (CommCare and ODK Collect), one for PALM and Windows OS (Pendragon), and a custom-built application for Android (Mobile InterVA--MIVA). We report on the personal field and development experience of fieldworkers, project managers, and EDC system developers. Fieldworkers preferred using EDC to paper-based systems, although some struggled with the technology at first. Highlighted features include in-built skip patterns for all systems, and specifically the 'case' function that CommCare offers. MIVA as a standalone app required considerably more time and expertise than the other systems to create and could not be customised for our specific research needs; however, it facilitates standardised routine data collection. CommCare and ODK Collect both have user-friendly web-interfaces for form development and good technical support. CommCare requires Internet to build an application and download it to a device, whereas all steps can be done offline with ODK Collect, a desirable feature in low connectivity settings. Pendragon required more complex programming of logic, using a Microsoft Access application, and generally had less technical support. Start-up costs varied between systems, and all were considered more expensive than setting up a paper-based system; however running costs were generally low and therefore thought to be cost-effective over the course of our projects. EDC offers many opportunities for efficient data collection, but brings some issues requiring consideration when designing a study; the decision of which hardware and software to use should be informed by the aim of data collection

  20. Breathing-mode relaxation associated with electron emission and capture processes of EL 2 in GaAs

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    Samara, G.A. ); Vook, D.W.; Gibbons, J.F. )

    1992-03-09

    Analysis of the effects of hydrostatic pressure on the electronic emission and capture properties of the (0/+) and (+/++) deep levels of the {ital EL}2 defect in GaAs leads to the following conclusions: (1) Both levels move higher in the band gap with pressure; (2) relatively large inward (outward) lattice relaxations accompany electron emission (capture) from (by) these levels; and (3) the magnitudes of the relaxations agree quantitatively with theoretical results which identify {ital EL}2 as the As antisite defect. These results which emphasize the antibonding character of the orbitals which describe {ital EL}2 are consistent with this identification.

  1. Evaluation of electron capture gas chromatographic method for determination of methyl mercury in freezer-case seafoods.

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    Alvarez, G H; Hight, S C; Capar, S G

    1984-01-01

    A method was recently adopted by AOAC for determination of methyl-bound mercury in canned and fresh-frozen seafood by electron capture gas chromatography. That method was applied to the analysis of commercially prepared freezer-case seafoods. None of the commercially added ingredients produced electron capture responses that interfered in the analysis for methyl mercury. Recoveries of 95.7-114% were obtained in fortification studies of methyl mercury at 0.2 and 1.0 ppm levels. The applicability of aqueous methyl mercuric chloride solution for fortification studies was demonstrated.

  2. Valence-electron correlation in the double K -shell photoionization of atomic beryllium

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    Saha, Hari P.

    2017-06-01

    We extended the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock (MCHF) + effective charge (EFC) method for double photoionization of atoms and investigated the effect of valence-electron correlation in the double K -shell photoionization of atomic beryllium. We used the MCHF method, which accounts for electron correlations, to calculate the initial-state wave function. The wave functions for the two continuum electrons in the final state are calculated in the angle-dependent EFC approximation. The actual interaction potential between the two final-state continuum electrons is approximated by the EFC, which is determined variationally. We studied the effect of valence shell electron correlation on the K -shell double photoionization of beryllium for both equal and unequal sharing of excess photon energies at four fixed scattered electron directions in order to study the effects near the double K -shell ionization threshold. We found considerable effect of valence shell correlation in the triple-differential cross section for double photoionization of the beryllium atom at each of the excess photon energies.

  3. Unipolar Complementary Circuits Using Double Electron Layer Tunneling Tansistors

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    Blount, M.A.; Hafich, M.J.; Moon, J.S.; Reno, J.L.; Simmons, J.A.

    1998-10-19

    We demonstrate unipolar complementary circuits consisting of a pair of resonant tunneling transistors based on the gate control of 2D-2D interlayer tunneling, where a single transistor - in addition to exhibiting a welldefined negative-differential-resistance can be operated with either positive or negative transconductance. Details of the device operation are analyzed in terms of the quantum capacitance effect and band-bending in a double quantum well structure, and show good agreement with experiment. Application of resonant tunneling complementary logic is discussed by demonstrating complementary static random access memory using two devices connected in series.

  4. Large amplitude double layers in a positively charged dusty plasma with nonthermal electrons

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    Djebli, M.; Marif, H.

    2009-06-15

    A pseudopotential approach is used to investigate large amplitude dust-acoustic solitary structures for a plasma composed of positively charged dust, cold electrons, and nonthermal hot electrons. Numerical investigation for an adiabatic situation is conducted to examine the existence region of the wave. The negative potential of the double layers is found to be dependent on nonthermal parameters, Mach number, and electrons temperature. A range of the nonthermal parameters values exists for which two possible double layers for the same plasma mix at different Mach numbers and with significant different amplitudes. The present model is used to investigate localized structures in the lower-altitude Earth's ionosphere.

  5. Retrocausation acting in the single-electron double-slit interference experiment

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    Hokkyo, Noboru

    The single electron double-slit interference experiment is given a time-symmetric interpretation and visualization in terms of the intermediate amplitude of transition between the particle source and the detection point. It is seen that the retarded (causal) amplitude of the electron wave expanding from the source shows an advanced (retrocausal) bifurcation and merging in passing through the double-slit and converges towards the detection point as if guided by the advanced (retrocausal) wave from the detected electron. An experiment is proposed to confirm the causation-retrocausation symmetry of the electron behavior by observing the insensitivity of the interference pattern to non-magnetic obstacles placed in the shadows of the retarded and advanced waves appearing on the rear and front sides of the double-slit.

  6. Analytical distance distributions in systems of spherical symmetry with applications to double electron-electron resonance

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    Kattnig, Daniel R.; Hinderberger, Dariush

    2013-05-01

    Based on a simple geometrical approach, we derive analytical expression of the probability density functions (pdfs) of distance of probe molecules distributed homogeneously in spherical aggregates with shell structure. These distance distributions can be utilized in the investigation of double electron-electron resonance (DEER) data of disordered nanometer-sized spin clusters. Structural insights and geometrical parameters of the aggregates can be extracted by modeling the DEER time traces based on the analytical pdfs. This approach is efficient and avoids difficulties of the model-free solution of the inverse problem that are related to multi-spin effects, limited excitation bandwidth, bias introduced by the regularization scheme, or ambiguity resulting from broad distance distributions. The derived pdfs can serve as building blocks, from which the distance distributions in arbitrary spherically symmetric objects can be assembled. The scenario of the pumped species being chemically distinct from the observed species is covered as well as that of a single type of probe molecules. We demonstrate the merits of analytical distance distributions by studying the distribution of three different spin probes in SDS micelles. By simultaneously analyzing DEER data corresponding to different spin probe concentrations, the distribution of the spin probes over the micelle can be determined. Employing Bayesian inference it is found that for all probes studied, a spherical shell model is most appropriate among the studied models and by orders of magnitude more likely than a homogeneous distribution in a ball. This statement also applies to probes that are deemed nonpolar. We envisage that the spin probe distributions in disordered soft and hard matter systems can now be quantified using DEER spectroscopy with greater precision and reduced ambiguity.

  7. Determination of phenoxy acid herbicides in water by electron-capture and microcoulometric gas chromatography

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    Goerlitz, D.F.; Lamar, William L.

    1967-01-01

    A sensitive gas chromatographic method using microcoulometric titration and electron-capture detection for the analysis of 2,4-D, silvex, 2,4,5-T, and other phenoxy acid herbicides in water is described. The herbicides are extracted from unfiltered water samples (800-1,000 ml) by use of ethyl ether ; then the herbicides are concentrated and esterilied. To allow the analyst a choice, two esterilication procedures--using either boron trifluoride-methanol or diazomethane--are evaluated. Microcoulometric gas chromatography is specific for the detection of halogenated compounds such as the phenoxy acid herbicides whereas it does not respond to nonhalogenated components. Microcoulometric gas chromatography requires care and patience. It is not convenient for rapid screening of l-liter samples that contain less than 1 microgram of the herbicide. Although electroncapture gas chromatography is less selective and more critically affected by interfering substances, it is, nevertheless, convenient and more sensitive than microcoulometric gas chromatography. Two different liquid phases are used in the gas chromatographic columns--DC-200 silicone in one column and QF-1 silicone in the other. The performance of both columns is improved by the addition of Carbowax 20M. The Gas Chrom Q support is coated with the liquid phases by the 'frontal-analysis' technique. The practical lower limits for measurement of the phenoxy acid herbicides in water primarily depend upon the sample size, interferences present, anal instrumentation used. With l-liter samples of water, the practical lower limits of measurement are 10 ppt (parts per trillion) for 2,4-D and 2 ppt for silvex and 2,4,5-T when electron-capture detection is used, and approximately 20 ppt for each herbicide when analyzed by microcoulometric-titration gas chromatography. Recoveries of the herbicides immediately after addition to unfiltered water samples averaged 92 percent for 2,4-D, 90 percent for silvex, and 98 percent for 2

  8. THE n-DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRONS AND DOUBLE LAYERS IN THE ELECTRON-BEAM-RETURN-CURRENT SYSTEM OF SOLAR FLARES

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    Karlicky, Marian

    2012-05-01

    We investigate processes in the electron-beam-return-current system in the impulsive phase of solar flares to answer a question about the formation of the n-electron distribution detected in this phase of solar flares. An evolution of the electron-beam-return-current system with an initial local density depression is studied using a three-dimensional electromagnetic particle-in-cell model. In the system the strong double layer is formed. Its electric field potential increases with the electron beam flux. In this electric field potential, the electrons of background plasma are strongly accelerated and propagate in the return-current direction. The high-energy part of their distribution at the high-potential side of the strong double layer resembles that of the n-distribution. Thus, the detection of the n-distributions, where a form of the high-energy part of the distribution is the most important, can indicate the presence of strong double layers in solar flares. The similarity between processes in solar flare loops and those in the downward current region of the terrestrial aurora, where the double layers were observed by FAST satellite, supports this idea.

  9. Momentum spectra for single and double electron ionization of He in relativistic collisions

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    Wood, C. J.; Olson, R. E.; Schmitt, W.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.

    1997-11-01

    The complete momentum spectra for single and double ionization of He by 1-GeV/u (β=0.88) U92+ have been investigated using a classical trajectory Monte Carlo method corrected for the relativistic projectile. The 1/r12 electron-electron interaction has been included in the post-collision region for double ionization to incorporate the effects of both the nuclear-electron and electron-electron ionizing interactions, and to access the effects of electron correlation in the electron spectra. Experimental measurements were able to determine the longitudinal momentum spectra for single ionization; these observations are in accordance with the theoretical predictions for the three-body momentum balance between projectile, recoil ion, and ionized electron. In particular, the Lorentz contraction of the Coulomb interaction of the projectile manifests itself in the decrease of the post-collision interaction of the projectile with the electron and recoil ion, causing them to recoil back-to-back as in the case for a short electromagnetic pulse. This feature is clearly displayed in both the theoretical and experimental longitudinal momentum spectra, and by comparing to calculations that are performed at the same collision speed but do not include the relativistic potentials. Moreover, collision plane spectra of the three particles demonstrate that the momenta of the recoil ion and ionized electron are preferentially equal, and opposite, to each other. The electron spectra for double ionization show that the inclusion of the electron-electron interaction in the post-collision regime partitions the combined ionization momentum of the electrons so that the electrons are preferentially emitted in opposite azimuthal angles to one another. This is in contrast to calculations made assuming independent electrons.

  10. On the threshold energization of radiation belt electrons by double layers.

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    Dimmock, A. P.; Osmane, A.; Pulkkinen, T. I.

    2014-12-01

    Recent in situ electric field measurements by the Van Allen Probes in the radiation belts have revealed the existence and ubiquitous presence of double layers [Mozer et al. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2013]. Encounters with double layers during 1 minute burst mode intervals were both common and indicative of large cumulative potential drops. With electric fields averaging 20 mV/m, and sometimes reaching as high as 100 mV/m, observed double layers have been suggested as possible accelerators of radiation belt electrons and generators of a seed population of 100 keV. Using a Hamiltonian approach we quantify the energization threshold of electrons interacting with radiation belts' double layers analytically and numerically. We find that double layers with electric field amplitude δE ranging between 10-100 mV/m and spatial scales of the order of few Debye lengths are very efficient in energizing electrons with initial velocities v ≤ vthermal≈3000 km/s to 1 keV levels, but are unable to energize electrons with energies E ≥ 10 keV. Our results therefore indicate that the localized electric field associated with the double layers are unlikely to generate a seed population of 100 keV necessary for a plethora of relativistic acceleration mechanisms and additional transport to higher energetic levels.

  11. Two-dimensional quasi-double-layers in two-electron-temperature, current-free plasmas

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    Merino, Mario; Ahedo, Eduardo

    2013-02-15

    The expansion of a plasma with two disparate electron populations into vacuum and channeled by a divergent magnetic nozzle is analyzed with an axisymmetric model. The purpose is to study the formation and two-dimensional shape of a current-free double-layer in the case when the electric potential steepening can still be treated within the quasineutral approximation. The properties of this quasi-double-layer are investigated in terms of the relative fraction of the high-energy electron population, its radial distribution when injected into the nozzle, and the geometry and intensity of the applied magnetic field. The two-dimensional double layer presents a curved shape, which is dependent on the natural curvature of the equipotential lines in a magnetically expanded plasma and the particular radial distribution of high-energy electrons at injection. The double layer curvature increases the higher the nozzle divergence is, the lower the magnetic strength is, and the more peripherally hot electrons are injected. A central application of the study is the operation of a helicon plasma thruster in space. To this respect, it is shown that the curvature of the double layer does not increment the thrust, it does not modify appreciably the downstream divergence of the plasma beam, but it increases the magnetic-to-pressure thrust ratio. The present study does not attempt to cover current-free double layers involving plasmas with multiple populations of positive ions.

  12. A triple resonance hyperfine sublevel correlation experiment for assignment of electron-nuclear double resonance lines

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    Potapov, Alexey; Epel, Boris; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2008-02-01

    A new, triple resonance, pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) sequence is described. It provides spin links between forbidden electron spin transitions (ΔMS=±1, ΔMI≠0) and allowed nuclear spin transitions (ΔMI=±1), thus, facilitating the assignment of nuclear frequencies to their respective electron spin manifolds and paramagnetic centers. It also yields the relative signs of the hyperfine couplings of the different nuclei. The technique is based on the combination of electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) and electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR)-detected NMR experiments in a way similar to the TRIPLE experiment. The feasibility and the information content of the method are demonstrated first on a single crystal of Cu-doped L-histidine and then on a frozen solution of a Cu-histidine complex.

  13. Small amplitude double layers in a warm electronegative plasma with trapped kappa distributed electrons

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    Shan, Shaukat Ali; Imtiaz, Nadia

    2017-06-01

    We employ quasipotential analysis to derive the Sagdeev potential which accounts for the effect of electron trapping in a warm electronegative plasma with κ-distributed electrons. The trapped electron density is truncated to some finite order of the electrostatic potential Φ. This consequently leads to an extended KdV equation which gives rise to small amplitude double layers (SIADLs). The effects of various plasma parameters, e.g., superthermality index, the electron trapping efficiency, the mass ratio of negative to positive ion, the number density ratio of electron to positive ion, and temperature ratio of positive ion to electron on the small amplitude ion acoustic double layers (SIADLs), have been investigated. It has been found that these parameters have a significant modifying role in the SIADLs.

  14. Boundary-corrected four-body continuum-intermediate-state method: Single-electron capture from heliumlike atomic systems by fast nuclei

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    Mančev, Ivan; Milojević, Nenad; Belkić, Dževad

    2015-06-01

    Single charge exchange in collisions between bare projectiles and heliumlike atomic systems at intermediate and high incident energies is examined by using the four-body formalism of the first- and second-order theories. The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the relative importance of the intermediate ionization continua of the captured electron compared to the usual direct path of the single electron transfer from a target to a projectile. In order to achieve this goal, comprehensive comparisons are made between the four-body boundary-corrected continuum-intermediate-states (BCIS-4B) method and the four-body boundary-corrected first Born (CB1-4B) method. The perturbation potential is the same in the CB1-4B and BCIS-4B methods. Both methods satisfy the correct boundary conditions in the entrance and exit channels. However, unlike the CB1-4B method, the second-order BCIS-4B method takes into account the electronic Coulomb continuum-intermediate states in either the entrance or the exit channel depending on whether the post or the prior version of the transition amplitude is used. Hence, by comparing the results from these two theories, the relative importance of the intermediate ionization electronic continua can be assessed within the four-body formalism of scattering theory. The BCIS-4B method predicts the usual second-order effect through double scattering of the captured electron on two nuclei as a quantum-mechanical counterpart of the Thomas classical two-step, billiard-type collision. The physical mechanism for this effect in the BCIS-4B method is also comprised of two steps such that ionization occurs first. This is followed by capture of the electron by the projectile with both processes taking place on the energy shell. Moreover, the role of the second, noncaptured electron in a heliumlike target is revisited. To this end, the BCIS-4B method describes the effect of capture of one electron by the interaction of the projectile nucleus with

  15. Dynamics of the cascade capture of electrons by charged donors in GaAs and InP

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    Aleshkin, V. Ya. Gavrilenko, L. V.

    2016-08-15

    The times for the cascade capture of an electron by a charged impurity have been calculated for pulsed and stationary excitations of impurity photoconductivity in GaAs and InP. The characteristic capture times under pulsed and continuous excitations are shown to differ noticeably both from each other and from the value given by the Abakumov–Perel–Yassievich formula for a charged impurity concentration greater than 10{sup 10} cm{sup –3}. The cause of this difference has been established. The Abakumov–Perel–Yassievich formula for the cascade capture cross section in the case of stationary excitation has been generalized. The dependences of the cascade capture rate on the charged impurity concentration in GaAs and InP have been found for three temperatures in the case of pulsed excitation.

  16. Evaluation of a mandatory quality assurance data capture in anesthesia: a secure electronic system to capture quality assurance information linked to an automated anesthesia record.

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    Peterfreund, Robert A; Driscoll, William D; Walsh, John L; Subramanian, Aparna; Anupama, Shaji; Weaver, Melissa; Morris, Theresa; Arnholz, Sarah; Zheng, Hui; Pierce, Eric T; Spring, Stephen F

    2011-05-01

    Efforts to assure high-quality, safe, clinical care depend upon capturing information about near-miss and adverse outcome events. Inconsistent or unreliable information capture, especially for infrequent events, compromises attempts to analyze events in quantitative terms, understand their implications, and assess corrective efforts. To enhance reporting, we developed a secure, electronic, mandatory system for reporting quality assurance data linked to our electronic anesthesia record. We used the capabilities of our anesthesia information management system (AIMS) in conjunction with internally developed, secure, intranet-based, Web application software. The application is implemented with a backend allowing robust data storage, retrieval, data analysis, and reporting capabilities. We customized a feature within the AIMS software to create a hard stop in the documentation workflow before the end of anesthesia care time stamp for every case. The software forces the anesthesia provider to access the separate quality assurance data collection program, which provides a checklist for targeted clinical events and a free text option. After completing the event collection program, the software automatically returns the clinician to the AIMS to finalize the anesthesia record. The number of events captured by the departmental quality assurance office increased by 92% (95% confidence interval [CI] 60.4%-130%) after system implementation. The major contributor to this increase was the new electronic system. This increase has been sustained over the initial 12 full months after implementation. Under our reporting criteria, the overall rate of clinical events reported by any method was 471 events out of 55,382 cases or 0.85% (95% CI 0.78% to 0.93%). The new system collected 67% of these events (95% confidence interval 63%-71%). We demonstrate the implementation in an academic anesthesia department of a secure clinical event reporting system linked to an AIMS. The system enforces

  17. DICOM for Clinical Research: PACS-Integrated Electronic Data Capture in Multi-Center Trials.

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    Haak, Daniel; Page, Charles-E; Reinartz, Sebastian; Krüger, Thilo; Deserno, Thomas M

    2015-10-01

    Providing surrogate endpoints in clinical trials, medical imaging has become increasingly important in human-centered research. Nowadays, electronic data capture systems (EDCS) are used but binary image data is integrated insufficiently. There exists no structured way, neither to manage digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data in EDCS nor to interconnect EDCS with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Manual detours in the trial workflow yield errors, delays, and costs. In this paper, requirements for a DICOM-based system interconnection of EDCS and research PACS are analysed. Several workflow architectures are compared. Optimized for multi-center trials, we propose an entirely web-based solution integrating EDCS, PACS, and DICOM viewer, which has been implemented using the open source projects OpenClinica, DCM4CHEE, and Weasis, respectively. The EDCS forms the primary access point. EDCS to PACS interchange is integrated seamlessly on the data and the context levels. DICOM data is viewed directly from the electronic case report form (eCRF), while PACS-based management is hidden from the user. Data privacy is ensured by automatic de-identification and re-labelling with study identifiers. Our concept is evaluated on a variety of 13 DICOM modalities and transfer syntaxes. We have implemented the system in an ongoing investigator-initiated trial (IIT), where five centers have recruited 24 patients so far, performing decentralized computed tomography (CT) screening. Using our system, the chief radiologist is reading DICOM data directly from the eCRF. Errors and workflow processing time are reduced. Furthermore, an imaging database is built that may support future research.

  18. Study of photon emission by electron capture during solar nuclei acceleration. 2: Delimitation of conditions for charge transfert establishment

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    Perez-Peraza, J.; Alvarez, M.; Gallegos, A.

    1985-01-01

    The conditions for establishment of charge transfer during acceleration of nuclei up to Fe, for typical conditions of solar flare regions T = 5 x 10 to the 3rd power to 2.5 x 10 to the 8th power degrees K were explored. Results show that such conditions are widely assorted, depending on the acceleration mechanism, the kind of projections and their velocity, the target elements, the source temperature and consequently on the degree of ionization of matter and the local charge state of the accelerated ions. Nevertheless, in spite of that assorted behavior, there are some general tendencies that can be summarized as follows. In atomic H electron capture is systematically established from thermal energies up to high energies, whatever the element and for both acceleration process. For a given element and fixed temperature (T), the probability and energy domain of electron capture and loss with Fermi are higher than with Betatron acceleration. For a given acceleration process the heavier the ion the higher the probability and the wider the energy range for electron capture and loss. For given acceleration mechanism and fixed element the importance and energy domain of capture and loss increase with T: for those reasons, the energy range of charge equilibrium (illustrated with solid lines on the next figs.) is wider with Fermi and increases with temperature and atomic number of projectiles. For the same reasons, electron loss is smaller while the lighter the element, the lower the temperature and the Betatron process, such that there are conditions for which electron loss is not allowed at low energies, but only electron capture is established.

  19. Effect of collective response on electron capture and excitation in collisions of highly charged ions with fullerenes.

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    Kadhane, U; Misra, D; Singh, Y P; Tribedi, Lokesh C

    2003-03-07

    Projectile deexcitation Lyman x-ray emission following electron capture and K excitation has been studied in collisions of bare and Li-like sulphur ions (of energy 110 MeV) with fullerenes (C(60)/C(70)) and different gaseous targets. The intensity ratios of different Lyman x-ray lines in collisions with fullerenes are found to be substantially lower than those for the gas targets, both for capture and excitation. This has been explained in terms of a model based on "solidlike" effect, namely, wakefield induced stark mixing of the excited states populated via electron capture or K excitation: a collective phenomenon of plasmon excitation in the fullerenes under the influence of heavy, highly charged ions.

  20. Electron-capture delayed fission properties of neutron-deficient einsteinium nuclei

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    Shaughnessy, Dawn A.

    2000-01-01

    Electron-capture delayed fission (ECDF) properties of neutron-deficient einsteinium isotopes were investigated using a combination of chemical separations and on-line radiation detection methods. 242Es was produced via the 233U(14N,5n)242Es reaction at a beam energy of 87 MeV (on target) in the lab system, and was found to decay with a half-life of 11 ± 3 seconds. The ECDF of 242Es showed a highly asymmetric mass distribution with an average pre-neutron emission total kinetic energy (TKE) of 183 ± 18 MeV. The probability of delayed fission (PDF) was measured to be 0.006 ± 0.002. In conjunction with this experiment, the excitation functions of the 233U(14N,xn)247-xEs and 233U(15N,xn)248-xEs reactions were measured for 243Es, 244Es and 245Es at projectile energies between 80 MeV and 100 MeV.

  1. Comparison of peptide mass mapping and electron capture dissociation as assays for histone posttranslational modifications

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    Zhang, Liwen; Freitas, Michael A.

    2004-05-01

    Posttranslational modifications of core histones play a critical role in the structure of chromatin and the regulation of gene activities. Improved techniques for determining these modification sites may lead to a better understanding of histone regulation at the molecular level. LC-MS peptide mass mapping was performed on pepsin, trypsin and Glu-C digests of bovine thymus H4 using a QqTOF instrument. The well established modification sites of H4 (acetylation of K8, 12, 16 and methylation of K20) were observed in addition to several recently discovered modifications including: methylation of K31, 44, 59 and acetylation of K20, 77, 79. For comparison, electron capture dissociation (ECD) was performed on intact H4 along with several peptides from enzymatic digestion. The results from the ECD experiments of histone H4 indicated the acetylation of K5, 12, 16, 31, 91 and the methylation of K20 and 59 in good agreement with the result from peptide mapping. The work is dedicated to Alan G. Marshall on his 60th birthday. His endeavors in the advancement of FT-ICR facilitated experiments reported herein.

  2. Towards a Room-Temperature Spin Quantum Bus in Diamond via Electron Photoionization, Transport, and Capture

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    Doherty, M. W.; Meriles, C. A.; Alkauskas, A.; Fedder, H.; Sellars, M. J.; Manson, N. B.

    2016-10-01

    Diamond is a proven solid-state platform for spin-based quantum technology. The nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond has been used to realize small-scale quantum information processing and quantum sensing under ambient conditions. A major barrier in the development of large-scale quantum information processing in diamond is the connection of nitrogen-vacancy spin registers by a quantum bus at room temperature. Given that diamond is expected to be an ideal spin transport material, the coherent transport of spin directly between the spin registers offers a potential solution. Yet, there has been no demonstration of spin transport in diamond due to difficulties in achieving spin injection and detection via conventional methods. Here, we exploit detailed knowledge of the paramagnetic defects in diamond to identify novel mechanisms to photoionize, transport, and capture spin-polarized electrons in diamond at room temperature. Having identified these mechanisms, we explore how they may be combined to realize an on-chip spin quantum bus.

  3. Rapidly evolving faint transients from stripped-envelope electron-capture supernovae

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    Moriya, Takashi J.; Eldridge, J. J.

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the expected rates and bolometric light-curve properties of stripped-envelope electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe) using stellar models from the Binary Population and Spectral Synthesis code. We find that 0.8 per cent (Z = 0.020) and 1.2 per cent (Z = 0.004) of core-collapse supernovae are stripped-envelope ECSNe. Their typical ejecta masses are estimated to be about 0.3 M⊙(Z = 0.020) and 0.6 M⊙ (Z = 0.004). Assuming ECSN explosion properties from numerical explosion simulations, an explosion energy of 1.5 × 1050 erg and a 56Ni mass of 2.5 × 10-3 M⊙, we find that stripped-envelope ECSNe have a typical rise time of around 7 d (Z = 0.020) or 13 d (Z = 0.004) and peak luminosity of around 1041 ergs-1 (-13.8 mag, Z = 0.020) or 7 × 1040 erg s-1 (-13.4 mag, Z = 0.004). Their typical ejecta velocities are around 7000 km s-1 (Z = 0.020) or 5000 km s-1 (Z = 0.004). Thus, stripped-envelope ECSNe are observed as rapidly evolving faint transients with relatively small velocities. SN 2008ha-like supernovae, which are the faintest kind of SN 2002cx-like (also known as Type Iax) supernovae, may be related to stripped-envelope ECSNe.

  4. Determination of guaifenesin in human serum by capillary gas chromatography and electron capture detection.

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    Sharaf, Maged H M; Stiff, Dwight D

    2004-06-29

    A method for the quantitation of guaifenesin in human serum has been developed and validated. The procedure involves liquid-liquid extraction of the serum sample in the presence of mephenesin as an internal standard, followed by derivatization and analysis using capillary gas chromatography (GC) and electron capture detection (ECD). Different solvents were tested for extraction of guaifenesin from serum. n-Hexane/dichloromethane (1:1, v/v) gave the highest recovery and the lowest background and was chosen as the extraction solvent. After extraction, the residue of guaifenesin was derivatized at 60 degrees C for 30 min, with trifluoroacetic acid anhydride (TFAA) in toluene in the presence of pyridine. Excess trifluoroacetic acid anhydride was removed using dilute solution of ammonium hydroxide. The method proved to be linear over the range of 25.0-1000 ng/ml. Recovery of guaifenesin from spiked samples was consistent, averaging 75.5% at 50.0 ng/ml with a range of 72.0-80.0% (N = 8 determinations) and averaging 78% at 800 ng/ml with a range of 76.0-81.0% (N = 8 determinations). The internal standard recovery was also consistent averaging 72.8% with a range of 67.0-76.0% (N = 16 determinations). Copyright 2004 Elsevier B.V.

  5. Determination of toxaphene enantiomers by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with electron-capture detection.

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    Bordajandi, Luisa R; Ramos, Lourdes; González, María José

    2006-09-01

    Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with micro electron-capture detection (GC x GC-microECD) has been evaluated for the enantioseparation of five chiral toxaphenes typically found in real-life samples (Parlar 26, 32, 40, 44 and 50). From the two enantioselective beta-cyclodextrin-based columns evaluated as first dimension column, BGB-176SE and BGB-172, the latter provided the best results and was further combined with three non-enantioselective columns in the second dimension: HT-8, BPX-50 and Supelcowax-10. The combination BGB-172 x BPX-50 was finally selected because it provided a complete separation among all enantiomers. A satisfactory repeatability and reproducibility of the retention times in both the first and the second dimension were observed for all target compounds (RSDs below 0.8%, n = 4). Linear responses in the tested range of 10-200 pg/microl and limits of detection in the range of 2-6 pg/microl were obtained. The repeatability and reproducibility at a concentration of 100 pg/microl, evaluated as the RSDs calculated for the enantiomeric fraction (EF), was better than 11% (n = 4) in all instances. The feasibility of the method developed for real-life analyses was illustrated by the determination of the enantiomeric ratios and concentration levels of the test compounds in four commercial fish oil samples. These results were compared to those obtained by heart-cut multidimensional gas chromatography using the same enantioselective column.

  6. Study of photon emission by electron capture during solar nuclei acceleration. 3: Photon production evaluations

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    Perez-Peraza, J.; Alvarez, M.; Gallegos, A.

    1985-01-01

    Lower limits of photon fluxes were evaluated from electron capture during acceleration in solar flares, because the arbitrary q sub c asterisk assumed in this work evolves very slow with velocity, probably much more slowly than the physical actual situation: in fact, more emission is expected toward the IR region. Nevertheless the authors claim to show that the factibility of sounding acceleration processes, charge evolution processes and physical parameters of the source itself, by the observational analysis of this kind of emissions. For instance, it would be interesting to search observationally, for the predicted flux and energy drift of F sub e ions interacting with the atomic 0 and F sub e of the source matter, or, even more feasible for the X-ray lines at 4.2 keV and 2.624 + 0.003 KeV from Fe and S ions in ionized Fe at T = 10 to the 7th power K respectively, the 418 + or - 2 eV and 20 + or - 4 eV lines of Fe and S in ionized Fe at 5 x 10 to the 6th power K, which are predicted from Fermi acceleration.

  7. A study of resonance electron capture ionization on a quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer.

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    Wei, J; Liu, S; Fedoreyev, S A; Voinov, V G

    2000-01-01

    Procedures that allow the realization of resonance electron capture (REC) mode on a commercial triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, after some simple modifications, are described. REC mass spectrometry (MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments were performed and spectra for some compounds were recorded. In particular, the charge-remote fragmentation (CRF) spectra of [M - H](-) ions of docosanoic and docosenoic acids under low-energy collisionally activated dissociation (CAD) conditions were obtained, and showed that there were no significant differences for [M - H](-) ions produced at different resonances (i.e. for [M - H](-) ions with different structures). This observation was explained on the basis of results obtained from deuterium-labeled fatty acids, which showed that different CRF ions (but with the same m/z value in the absence of labels) could be produced by different mechanisms, and all of them were obviously realized under CAD conditions that made spectra practically indistinguishable. The other example, which compared the REC-MS/MS spectrum of [M - H](-) ions and EI-MS/MS spectrum of M(+.) ions of daidzein, demonstrated the potential of the REC-MS/MS technique for more complex structure elucidation.

  8. Neuroinformatics Software Applications Supporting Electronic Data Capture, Management, and Sharing for the Neuroimaging Community

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    Nichols, B. Nolan; Pohl, Kilian M.

    2017-01-01

    Accelerating insight into the relation between brain and behavior entails conducting small and large-scale research endeavors that lead to reproducible results. Consensus is emerging between funding agencies, publishers, and the research community that data sharing is a fundamental requirement to ensure all such endeavors foster data reuse and fuel reproducible discoveries. Funding agency and publisher mandates to share data are bolstered by a growing number of data sharing efforts that demonstrate how information technologies can enable meaningful data reuse. Neuroinformatics evaluates scientific needs and develops solutions to facilitate the use of data across the cognitive and neurosciences. For example, electronic data capture and management tools designed to facilitate human neurocognitive research can decrease the setup time of studies, improve quality control, and streamline the process of harmonizing, curating, and sharing data across data repositories. In this article we outline the advantages and disadvantages of adopting software applications that support these features by reviewing the tools available and then presenting two contrasting neuroimaging study scenarios in the context of conducting a cross-sectional and a multisite longitudinal study. PMID:26267019

  9. Electronic data capture for registries and clinical trials in orthopaedic surgery: open source versus commercial systems.

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    Shah, Jatin; Rajgor, Dimple; Pradhan, Shreyasee; McCready, Mariana; Zaveri, Amrapali; Pietrobon, Ricardo

    2010-10-01

    Collection and analysis of clinical data can help orthopaedic surgeons to practice evidence based medicine. Spreadsheets and offline relational databases are prevalent, but not flexible, secure, workflow friendly and do not support the generation of standardized and interoperable data. Additionally these data collection applications usually do not follow a structured and planned approach which may result in failure to achieve the intended goal. Our purposes are (1) to provide a brief overview of EDC systems, their types, and related pros and cons as well as to describe commonly used EDC platforms and their features; and (2) describe simple steps involved in designing a registry/clinical study in DADOS P, an open source EDC system. WHERE ARE WE NOW?: Electronic data capture systems aimed at addressing these issues are widely being adopted at an institutional/national/international level but are lacking at an individual level. A wide array of features, relative pros and cons and different business models cause confusion and indecision among orthopaedic surgeons interested in implementing EDC systems. WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO?: To answer clinical questions and actively participate in clinical studies, orthopaedic surgeons should collect data in parallel to their clinical activities. Adopting a simple, user-friendly, and robust EDC system can facilitate the data collection process. HOW DO WE GET THERE?: Conducting a balanced evaluation of available options and comparing them with intended goals and requirements can help orthopaedic surgeons to make an informed choice.

  10. Strong neutrino cooling by cycles of electron capture and β- decay in neutron star crusts.

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    Schatz, H; Gupta, S; Möller, P; Beard, M; Brown, E F; Deibel, A T; Gasques, L R; Hix, W R; Keek, L; Lau, R; Steiner, A W; Wiescher, M

    2014-01-02

    The temperature in the crust of an accreting neutron star, which comprises its outermost kilometre, is set by heating from nuclear reactions at large densities, neutrino cooling and heat transport from the interior. The heated crust has been thought to affect observable phenomena at shallower depths, such as thermonuclear bursts in the accreted envelope. Here we report that cycles of electron capture and its inverse, β(-) decay, involving neutron-rich nuclei at a typical depth of about 150 metres, cool the outer neutron star crust by emitting neutrinos while also thermally decoupling the surface layers from the deeper crust. This 'Urca' mechanism has been studied in the context of white dwarfs and type Ia supernovae, but hitherto was not considered in neutron stars, because previous models computed the crust reactions using a zero-temperature approximation and assumed that only a single nuclear species was present at any given depth. The thermal decoupling means that X-ray bursts and other surface phenomena are largely independent of the strength of deep crustal heating. The unexpectedly short recurrence times, of the order of years, observed for very energetic thermonuclear superbursts are therefore not an indicator of a hot crust, but may point instead to an unknown local heating mechanism near the neutron star surface.

  11. Electron-capture delayed fission properties of the new isotope [sup 238]Bk

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    Kreek, S.A.; Hall, H.L.; Gregorich, K.E.; Henderson, R.A.; Leyba, J.D.; Czerwinski, K.R.; Kadkhodayan, B.; Neu, M.P.; Kacher, C.D.; Hamilton, T.M.; Lane, M.R.; Sylwester, E.R.; Tuerler, A.; Lee, D.M.; Nurmia, M.J.; Hoffman, D.C. )

    1994-04-01

    Electron-capture delayed fission ECDF was studied in the new isotope [sup 238]Bk produced via the [sup 241]Am(75-MeV [alpha], 7[ital n])[sup 238]Bk reaction. The half-life of the fission activity was measured to be 144[plus minus]5 seconds. The mass-yield distribution is predominantly asymmetric and the most probable preneutron emission total kinetic energy of fission is 179[plus minus]7 MeV. The ECDF mode in [sup 238]Bk was verified by an x-ray-fission coincidence experiment which indicated that the [sup 238]Cm fission lifetime is between about 10[sup [minus]15] and 10[sup [minus]9] seconds. The isotope was assigned to [sup 238]Bk through chemical separation and observation of the known 2.4-h [sup 238]Cm daughter activity. No alpha branch was observed in the decay of [sup 238]Bk. The production cross section for [sup 238]Bk is 150[plus minus]20 nb and the delayed fission probability is (4.8[plus minus]2)[times]10[sup [minus]4].

  12. Electron capture dissociation mass spectrometric analysis of lysine-phosphorylated peptides.

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    Kowalewska, Karolina; Stefanowicz, Piotr; Ruman, Tomasz; Fraczyk, Tomasz; Rode, Wojciech; Szewczuk, Zbigniew

    2010-12-01

    Phosphorylation of proteins is an essential signalling mechanism in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Although N-phosphorylation of basic amino acid is known for its importance in biological systems, it is still poorly explored in terms of products and mechanisms. In the present study, two MS fragmentation methods, ECD (electron-capture dissociation) and CID (collision-induced dissociation), were tested as tools for analysis of N-phosphorylation of three model peptides, RKRSRAE, RKRARKE and PLSRTLSVAAKK. The peptides were phosphorylated by reaction with monopotassium phosphoramidate. The results were confirmed by 1H NMR and 31P NMR studies. The ECD method was found useful for the localization of phosphorylation sites in unstable lysine-phosphorylated peptides. Its main advantage is a significant reduction of the neutral losses related to the phosphoramidate moiety. Moreover, the results indicate that the ECD-MS may be useful for analysis of regioselectivity of the N-phosphorylation reaction. Stabilities of the obtained lysine-phosphorylated peptides under various conditions were also tested.

  13. Characterization of neurohistone variants and post-translational modifications by electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry

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    Garcia, Benjamin A.; Siuti, Nertila; Thomas, C. Eric; Mizzen, Craig A.; Kelleher, Neil L.

    2007-01-01

    Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of histones are intimately involved in chromatin structure and thus have roles in cellular processes through their impact on gene activation or repression. At the forefront in histone PTM analysis are mass spectrometry-based techniques, which have capabilities to produce improved views of processes affected by chromatin remodeling via histone modifications. In this report, we take the first mass spectrometric look at histone variant expression and post-translational modifications from histones isolated from rat brain tissue. Analyses of whole rat brain identified specific histone H2A and H2B gene family members and several H4 and H3 post-translational modification sites by electron capture dissociation (ECD) mass spectrometry. We subsequently compared these results to selected rat brain regions. Major differences in the expression profiles of H2A and H2B gene family members or in the post-translational modifications on histone H4 were not observed from the different brain regions using a Top Down approach. However, "Middle Down" mass spectrometry facilitating improved characterization of the histone H3 tail (1-50 residues), revealed an enrichment of trimethylation on Lys9 from cerebellum tissue compared to H3 extracted from whole brain, cerebral cortex or hypothalamus tissue. We forward this study in honor of Professor Donald F. Hunt, whose pioneering efforts in protein and PTM analyses have spawned new eras and numerous careers, many exemplified in this special issue.

  14. Strong neutrino cooling by cycles of electron capture and decay in neutron star crusts

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    Schatz, Hendrik; Gupta, Sanjib; Moeller, Peter; Beard, Mary; Brown, Edward; Deibel, A. T.; Gasques, Leandro; Hix, William Raphael; Keek, Laurens; Lau, Rita; Steiner, Andrew M; Wiescher, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The temperature in the crust of an accreting neutron star, which comprises its outermost kilometre, is set by heating from nuclear reactions at large densities, neutrino cooling and heat transport from the interior. The heated crust has been thought to affect observable phenomena at shallower depths, such as thermonuclear bursts in the accreted envelope. Here we report that cycles of electron capture and its inverse, decay, involving neutron-rich nuclei at a typical depth of about 150 metres, cool the outer neutron star crust by emitting neutrinos while also thermally decoupling the surface layers from the deeper crust. This Urca mechanism has been studied in the context of white dwarfs13 and type Ia supernovae, but hitherto was not considered in neutron stars, because previous models1, 2 computed the crust reactions using a zero-temperature approximation and assumed that only a single nuclear species was present at any given depth. The thermal decoupling means that X-ray bursts and other surface phenomena are largely independent of the strength of deep crustal heating. The unexpectedly short recurrence times, of the order of years, observed for very energetic thermonuclear superbursts are therefore not an indicator of a hot crust, but may point instead to an unknown local heating mechanism near the neutron star surface.

  15. The Impact of Phosphorylation on Electron Capture Dissociation of Proteins: A Top-Down Perspective

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    Chen, Bifan; Guo, Xiao; Tucholski, Trisha; Lin, Ziqing; McIlwain, Sean; Ge, Ying

    2017-09-01

    Electron capture dissociation (ECD) is well suited for the characterization of phosphoproteins, with which labile phosphate groups are generally preserved during the fragmentation process. However, the impact of phosphorylation on ECD fragmentation of intact proteins remains unclear. Here, we have performed a systematic investigation of the phosphorylation effect on ECD of intact proteins by comparing the ECD cleavages of mono-phosphorylated α-casein, multi-phosphorylated β-casein, and immunoaffinity-purified phosphorylated cardiac troponin I with those of their unphosphorylated counterparts, respectively. In contrast to phosphopeptides, phosphorylation has significantly reduced deleterious effects on the fragmentation of intact proteins during ECD. On a global scale, the fragmentation patterns are highly comparable between unphosphorylated and phosphorylated precursors under the same ECD conditions, despite a slight decrease in the number of fragment ions observed for the phosphorylated forms. On a local scale, single phosphorylation of intact proteins imposes minimal effects on fragmentation near the phosphorylation sites, but multiple phosphorylations in close proximity result in a significant reduction of ECD bond cleavages. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Kuang's Semi-Classical Formalism for Calculating Electron Capture Cross Sections and Sample Application for ENA Modeling

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    Barghouty, A. F.

    2013-01-01

    Accurate estimates of electron-capture cross sections at energies relevant to ENA modeling (approx. few MeV per nucleon) and for multi-electron ions must rely on detailed, but computationally expensive, quantummechanical description of the collision process. Kuang's semi-classical approach is an elegant and efficient way to arrive at these estimates. Motivated by ENA modeling efforts, we shall briefly present this approach along with sample applications and report on current progress.

  17. Divergency problem of the electron capture to the continuum cusp: Classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulation and experimental data

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    Sarkadi, L.; Barrachina, R.O.

    2005-06-15

    The question whether the velocity of the projectile and that of the electrons at the maximum of the ECC (electron capture to the continuum) cusp are equal is analyzed by means of classical mechanical calculations. The analysis is made for collisions of 20 keV protons with He atoms. Our theoretical results as well as experimental data do not support the large energy shift of the ECC cusp observed recently by Shah et al. [Phys. Rev. A 67, 010704(R) (2003)].

  18. Computer-automated tuning of semiconductor double quantum dots into the single-electron regime

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    Baart, T. A.; Vandersypen, L. M. K.; Eendebak, P. T.; Reichl, C.; Wegscheider, W.

    2016-05-23

    We report the computer-automated tuning of gate-defined semiconductor double quantum dots in GaAs heterostructures. We benchmark the algorithm by creating three double quantum dots inside a linear array of four quantum dots. The algorithm sets the correct gate voltages for all the gates to tune the double quantum dots into the single-electron regime. The algorithm only requires (1) prior knowledge of the gate design and (2) the pinch-off value of the single gate T that is shared by all the quantum dots. This work significantly alleviates the user effort required to tune multiple quantum dot devices.

  19. Valence double ionization electron spectra of CH3F, CH3Cl and CH3I

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    Hult Roos, A.; Eland, J. H. D.; Koulentianos, D.; Squibb, R. J.; Karlsson, L.; Feifel, R.

    2017-07-01

    Valence double ionization electron spectra of the methyl fluoride, methyl chloride, and methyl iodide molecules have been recorded using a time-of-flight photoelectron-photoelectron coincidence technique. The spectra are interpreted by comparison with existing ionization data, Auger spectra, and theoretical calculations. The lowest double ionization energies have been found to be around 35.0 eV, 30.6 eV, and 26.67 eV for CH3F, CH3Cl and CH3I, respectively. These energies are also compared with the predictions and implications of an empirical rule for the lowest double ionization energy in molecules.

  20. Two-dimensional electron-electron double resonance and electron spin-echo study of solute dynamics in smectics

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    Gorcester, Jeff; Rananavare, Shankar B.; Freed, Jack H.

    1989-05-01

    Electron spin-echo (ESE) and two-dimensional electron-electron double resonance (2D ELDOR) experiments have been performed as a function of director orientation and temperature in the smectic A phase of the liquid crystal S2 for the spin-probe PD-tempone(2×10-3 M). Over the entire temperature range studied (288-323 K) we observe significant 2D ELDOR cross peaks only for ΔMI =±1 indicative of 14N spin-relaxation and negligible Heisenberg exchange. From the angular dependent 14N spin-relaxation rates we obtain the dipolar spectral densities at the hyperfine (hf) frequency, whereas from a combination of ESE and 2D ELDOR we obtain the dipolar and Zeeman-dipolar spectral densities at zero frequency. The angular dependent spectral densities were successfully decomposed into their basic components in accordance with theory. The angular dependent spectral densities at the hf frequency are not predicted by a model of anisotropic rotational diffusion in a nematic orienting potential, but are consistent with predictions of a model due to Moro and Nordio of solute rototranslational diffusion in a McMillan-type potential. The angular dependence also indicates that order director fluctuations in the smectic phase are suppressed at frequencies on the order of 10 MHz. An additional contribution to solute reorientation due to cooperative hydrocarbon chain fluctuations is suggested to account for the behavior of the observed spectral densities at zero frequency. An evaluation of the relevance of several other dynamical models to this experimental work is also presented.

  1. Young's double-slit interference observation of hot electrons in semiconductors.

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    Furuya, Kazuhito; Ninomiya, Yasunori; Machida, Nobuya; Miyamoto, Yasuyuki

    2003-11-21

    We have carried out Young's double-slit experiment for the hot-electron wave in man-made semiconductor structures with a 25-nm-space double slit in an InP layer buried within GaInAs, a 190-nm-thick GaInAsP hot-electron wave propagation layer, and a collector array of 80 nm pitch. At 4.2 K, dependences of the collector current on the magnetic field were measured and found to agree clearly with the double-slit interference theory. The present results show evidence for the wave front spread of hot electrons using the three-dimensional state in materials, for the first time, and the possibility of using top-down fabrication techniques to achieve quantum wave front control in materials.

  2. Intriguing radical-radical interactions among double-electron oxidized adenine-thymine base pairs

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    Wang, Mei; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Laibin; Su, Xiyu; Su, Hanlei; Bu, Yuxiang

    2015-01-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the structural and electronic properties of double-electron oxidized adenine-thymine base pair as well as its deprotonated Watson-Crick derivatives. Double-electron oxidation can destabilize the AT unit, leading to a barrier-hindered metastable A+T+ state with a dissociation channel featuring negative dissociation energy. This unusual energetic phenomenon originates from the competition of electrostatic repulsion and attractively hydrogen-bonding interaction co-existing between Arad + and Trad +. The associated double-proton-transfer process is also explored, suggesting a possible two-step mechanism. Magnetic coupling interactions of various diradical structures are controlled by both intra- and inter-molecular interactions.

  3. Single- and double-electron detachment from H- in collisions with He

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    Víkor, L.; Sarkadi, L.; Penent, F.; Báder, A.; Pálinkás, J.

    1996-09-01

    The single- and double-electron detachment processes have been studied for 85 keV H- on He collisions measuring the energy spectra of the electrons emitted in forward direction. In the spectrum belonging to the single-electron loss (SEL) the nonresonant part (cusp) has been resolved from the resonant part [lines from the (2s2p)1Po shape resonance of H-]. The ratio of the integrated yield of the double-electron loss (DEL) to that of SEL was found to be 0.36+/-0.02. The yield of the cusp in the SEL spectrum was found to be surprisingly small, only (70+/-20)% of the yield of the cusp in the DEL spectrum. The formation of the cusp in SEL is interpreted as a result of dipolar interaction between the electron and the outgoing H0 atom.

  4. Double-electron recombination in high-order-harmonic generation driven by spatially inhomogeneous fields

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    Chacón, Alexis; Ciappina, Marcelo F.; Lewenstein, Maciej

    2016-10-01

    We present theoretical studies of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) driven by plasmonic fields in two-electron atomic systems. Comparing the single- and two-electron active approximation models of the hydrogen negative ion, we provide strong evidence that a nonsequential double-electron recombination mechanism appears to be mainly responsible for the HHG cutoff extension. Our analysis is carried out by means of a reduced one-dimensional numerical integration of the two-electron time-dependent Schrödinger equation, and on investigations of the classical electron trajectories, resulting from the Newton's equation of motion. Additional comparisons between the hydrogen negative ion and the helium atom suggest that the double recombination process depends distinctly on the atomic target. Our research paves the way to the understanding of strong field processes in multielectronic systems driven by spatially inhomogeneous fields.

  5. Angular distributions in the double ionization of DNA bases by electron impact

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    Khelladi, M. F.; Mansouri, A.; Dal Cappello, C.; Charpentier, I.; Hervieux, P. A.; Ruiz-Lopez, M. F.; Roy, A. C.

    2016-11-01

    Ab initio calculations of the five-fold differential cross sections for electron-impact double ionization of thymine, cytosine, adenine and guanine are performed in the first Born approximation for an incident energy close to 5500 eV. The wavefunctions of the DNA bases are constructed using the multi-center wave functions from the Gaussian 03 program. These multi-center wave functions are converted into single-center expansions of Slater-type functions. For the final state, the two ejected electrons are described by two Coulomb wave functions. The electron-electron repulsion between the two ejected electrons is also taken into account. Mechanisms of the double ionization are discussed for each case and the best choices of the kinematical parameters are determined for next experiments.

  6. The double window for electron beam injection into the flue gas process vessel

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    Chmielewski, A. G.; Zimek, Z.; Panta, P.; Drabik, W.

    1995-06-01

    The double window configuration for electron beam injection into the flue gas treatment process vessel applied in Polish Pilot Plant was described. The effectiveness of such a system was discussed and flue gas dosimetry results were presented. Approximately 64% of total beam power with initial electron energy 0.7 MeV was delivered into the gas phase due to the losses in double window (two 50 μm titanium foils and 70 mm air gap between them) and process vessel definite diameter 1.6 m.

  7. Transition from nonsequential to sequential double ionization in many-electron systems

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    Pullen, Michael G.; Wolter, Benjamin; Wang, Xu; Tong, Xiao-Min; Sclafani, Michele; Baudisch, Matthias; Pires, Hugo; Schröter, Claus Dieter; Ullrich, Joachim; Pfeifer, Thomas; Moshammer, Robert; Eberly, J. H.; Biegert, Jens

    2017-09-01

    Understanding strong-field double ionization of many-electron systems is an important fundamental problem with potential implications for molecular imaging within this regime. Using mid-IR radiation, we unambiguously identify the transition from nonsequential (e , 2 e ) to sequential double ionization in Xe at an intensity below 1014W /c m2 . Ionization from excited orbitals is found to be decisive at low intensities, but we demonstrate that such mechanisms are unimportant in the sequential regime. We utilize these facts to successfully image a molecular dication using laser-induced electron diffraction. This methodology can be used to study molecular dynamics on unprecedented few-femtosecond time scales.

  8. Ion-acoustic double-layers in a magnetized plasma with nonthermal electrons

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    Rios, L. A.; Galvão, R. M. O.

    2013-11-15

    In the present work we investigate the existence of obliquely propagating ion-acoustic double layers in magnetized two-electron plasmas. The fluid model is used to describe the ion dynamics, and the hot electron population is modeled via a κ distribution function, which has been proved to be appropriate for modeling non-Maxwellian plasmas. A quasineutral condition is assumed to investigate these nonlinear structures, which leads to the formation of double-layers propagating with slow ion-acoustic velocity. The problem is investigated numerically, and the influence of parameters such as nonthermality is discussed.

  9. Electron capture by tetra- and di-chlorobenzene molecules. Comparative studies by position annihilation and ODESR methods

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    Anisimov, O. A.; Lozovoy, V. V.; Pedersen, N. J.; Mogensen, O. P.

    1985-05-01

    Experiments on inhibition and anti-inhibition of Ps formation and also on optical detection of ESR spectra in squalene solutions with 1,2,4,5-C 6H 2Cl 4 and p-C 6H 4Cl 2 have demonstrated the presence of short-lived molecular radical-anions (products of the spur electron capture by additives), their lifetimes being longer than roughly 10 ps and shorter than 10-30 ns. The cross section of electron capture by p-C 6H 4Cl 2 in squalane is nearly one-tenth of that by 1,2,4,5-C 6H 2Cl 4 and CCl 4 at concentration ⩽ 0.02 M, while 10% of the electrons cannot be trapped even at 0.25 M p-C 6H 4Cl 2. Probably the electrons in the high-electric-field (0.3-3 MV/cm) regions of the spurs cannot be effectively captured by p-C 6H 4Cl 2, which is a shallow electron trap. Similar effects of the high electric fields of the charged spur series seem to influence the Ps formation appreciably, along with the other effects discussed in previous papers. Several new results can be predicted, by use of this interpretation. Both methods employed are emphasized to be selective with respect to geminate spur particles.

  10. Single-electron capture by low-energy Ar{sup q+} ions from He and Ne

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    Akgungor, K.; Kamber, E.Y.; Ferguson, S.M.

    1996-05-01

    State selective differential and total cross sections for single-electron capture processes by low-energy Ar{sup q+} (q = 4 - 8) ions from He and Ne targets have been studied experimentally at impact energies between 30 and 100 qeV, and laboratory scattering angles between 0{degrees} and 5{degrees}, by means of translational energy-gain spectroscopy. The ions were produced in a recoil ion source, pumped by a fast beam from the WMU Van de Graaff accelerator. The dominant processes are found to be single-electron capture (SEC) into the excited states of the projectile products. In additional to SEC, transfer excitation processes are also observed. It is found that the population of the dominant reaction channels is consistent with the predictions of the classical over-barrier model. The multichannel Landau-Zener (MCLZ) model has been used to obtain cross sections for capture into individual states. The MCLZ calculations are shown to be in good agreement with the measured energy-gain spectra. Total cross sections for single-electron capture are compared to the single-crossing Landau-Zener model, classical over-barrier model and available measurements. The general features of the angular distributions are discussed in terms of a semiclassical curve-crossing model.

  11. Determination of deep level capture cross sections in wide band-gap semiconductors by means of an electron beam

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    Von Roos, O.

    1980-01-01

    The paper presents a general theory for the determination of the short circuit current generated by a sinusoidally amplitude-modulated electron beam in the presence of recombination centers with an arbitrary number of charge states. It is shown that a measurement of the coherent phase shift with respect to the incident beam as a function of the modulation frequency of the beam ascertains the magnitudes of electron and hole capture cross sections. The surface exposed to the electron beam must have a negligible surface recombination velocity for the measurements to be unambiguous.

  12. Shifts in electron capture to the continuum at low collision energies: Enhanced role of target postcollision interactions

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    Shah, M. B.; McGrath, C.; Luna, H.; Crothers, D.S.F.; O'Rourke, S.F.C.; Gilbody, H.B.; Illescas, Clara; Riera, A.; Pons, B.

    2003-01-01

    Measurements of electron velocity distributions emitted at 0 deg. for collisions of 10- and 20-keV H{sup +} incident ions on H{sub 2} and He show that the electron capture to the continuum cusp formation, which is still possible at these low impact energies, is shifted to lower momenta than its standard position (centered on the projectile velocity), as recently predicted. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations reproduce the observations remarkably well, and indicate that a long-range residual interaction of the electron with the target ion after ionization is responsible for the shifts, which is a general effect that is enhanced at low nuclear velocities.

  13. Electron-capture supernovae of super-asymptotic giant branch stars and the Crab supernova 1054

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    Nomoto, Ken'ichi; Tominaga, Nozomu; Blinnikov, Sergei I.

    2014-05-02

    An electron-capture supernova (ECSN) is a core-collapse supernova explosion of a super-asymptotic giant branch (SAGB) star with a main-sequence mass M{sub Ms} ∼ 7 - 9.5M{sub ⊙}. The explosion takes place in accordance with core bounce and subsequent neutrino heating and is a unique example successfully produced by first-principle simulations. This allows us to derive a first self-consistent multicolor light curves of a core-collapse supernova. Adopting the explosion properties derived by the first-principle simulation, i.e., the low explosion energy of 1.5 × 10{sup 50} erg and the small {sup 56}Ni mass of 2.5 × 10{sup −3} M{sub ⊙}, we perform a multigroup radiation hydrodynamics calculation of ECSNe and present multicolor light curves of ECSNe of SAGB stars with various envelope mass and hydrogen abundance. We demonstrate that a shock breakout has peak luminosity of L ∼ 2 × 10{sup 44} erg s{sup −1} and can evaporate circumstellar dust up to R ∼ 10{sup 17} cm for a case of carbon dust, that plateau luminosity and plateau duration of ECSNe are L ∼ 10{sup 42} erg s{sup −1} and {sup t} ∼ 60 - 100 days, respectively, and that a plateau is followed by a tail with a luminosity drop by ∼ 4 mag. The ECSN shows a bright and short plateau that is as bright as typical Type II plateau supernovae, and a faint tail that might be influenced by spin-down luminosity of a newborn pulsar. Furthermore, the theoretical models are compared with ECSN candidates: SN 1054 and SN 2008S. We find that SN 1054 shares the characteristics of the ECSNe. For SN 2008S, we find that its faint plateau requires a ECSN model with a significantly low explosion energy of E ∼ 10{sup 48} erg.

  14. Electron-capture supernovae of super-asymptotic giant branch stars and the Crab supernova 1054

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    Nomoto, Ken'ichi; Tominaga, Nozomu; Blinnikov, Sergei I.

    2014-05-01

    An electron-capture supernova (ECSN) is a core-collapse supernova explosion of a super-asymptotic giant branch (SAGB) star with a main-sequence mass MMs ˜ 7 - 9.5M⊙. The explosion takes place in accordance with core bounce and subsequent neutrino heating and is a unique example successfully produced by first-principle simulations. This allows us to derive a first self-consistent multicolor light curves of a core-collapse supernova. Adopting the explosion properties derived by the first-principle simulation, i.e., the low explosion energy of 1.5 × 1050 erg and the small 56Ni mass of 2.5 × 10-3 M⊙, we perform a multigroup radiation hydrodynamics calculation of ECSNe and present multicolor light curves of ECSNe of SAGB stars with various envelope mass and hydrogen abundance. We demonstrate that a shock breakout has peak luminosity of L ˜ 2 × 1044 erg s-1 and can evaporate circumstellar dust up to R ˜ 1017 cm for a case of carbon dust, that plateau luminosity and plateau duration of ECSNe are L ˜ 1042 erg s-1 and t ˜ 60 - 100 days, respectively, and that a plateau is followed by a tail with a luminosity drop by ˜ 4 mag. The ECSN shows a bright and short plateau that is as bright as typical Type II plateau supernovae, and a faint tail that might be influenced by spin-down luminosity of a newborn pulsar. Furthermore, the theoretical models are compared with ECSN candidates: SN 1054 and SN 2008S. We find that SN 1054 shares the characteristics of the ECSNe. For SN 2008S, we find that its faint plateau requires a ECSN model with a significantly low explosion energy of E ˜ 1048 erg.

  15. Monitoring compliance with transfusion guidelines in hospital departments by electronic data capture

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    Norgaard, Astrid; de Lichtenberg, Trine Honnens; Nielsen, Jens; Johansson, Pär I.

    2014-01-01

    Background The practice of transfusing red blood cells is still liberal in some centres suggesting a lack of compliance with guidelines recommending transfusion of red blood cells at haemoglobin levels of 6–8 g/dL in the non-bleeding patient. Few databases provide ongoing feedback of data on pre-transfusion haemoglobin levels at the departmental level. In a tertiary care hospital, no such data were produced before this study. Our aim was to establish a Patient Blood Management database based on electronic data capture in order to monitor compliance with transfusion guidelines at departmental and hospital levels. Materials and methods Hospital data on admissions, diagnoses and surgical procedures were used to define the populations of patients. Data on haemoglobin measurements and red blood cell transfusions were used to calculate pre-transfusion haemoglobin, percentage of transfused patients and transfusion volumes. Results The model dataset include 33,587 admissions, of which 10% had received at least one unit of red blood cells. Haemoglobin measurements preceded 96.7% of the units transfused. The median pre-transfusion haemoglobin was 8.9 g/dL (interquartile range 8.2–9.7) at the hospital level. In only 6.5% of the cases, transfusion was initiated at 7.3 g/dL or lower as recommended by the Danish national transfusion guideline. In 27% of the cases, transfusion was initiated when the haemoglobin level was 9.3 g/dL or higher, which is not recommended. A median of two units was transfused per transfusion episode and per hospital admission. Transfusion practice was more liberal in surgical and intensive care units than in medical departments. Discussion We described pre-transfusion haemoglobin levels, transfusion rates and volumes at hospital and departmental levels, and in surgical subpopulations. Initial data revealed an extensive liberal practice and low compliance with national transfusion guidelines, and identified wards in need of intervention. PMID

  16. Atypical behavior in the electron capture induced dissociation of biologically relevant transition metal ion complexes of the peptide hormone oxytocin

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    Kleinnijenhuis, Anne J.; Mihalca, Romulus; Heeren, Ron M. A.; Heck, Albert J. R.

    2006-07-01

    Doubly protonated ions of the disulfide bond containing nonapeptide hormone oxytocin and oxytocin complexes with different transition metal ions, that have biological relevance under physiological conditions, were subjected to electron capture dissociation (ECD) to probe their structural features in the gas phase. Although, all the ECD spectra were strikingly different, typical ECD behavior was observed for complexes of the nonapeptide hormone oxytocin with Ni2+, Co2+ and Zn2+, i.e., abundant c/z' and a'/y backbone cleavages and ECD characteristic S-S and S-C bond cleavages were observed. We propose that, although in the oxytocin-transition metal ion complexes the metal ions serve as the main initial capture site, the captured electron is transferred to other sites in the complex to form a hydrogen radical, which drives the subsequent typical ECD fragmentations. The complex of oxytocin with Cu2+ displayed noticeably different ECD behavior. The fragment ions were similar to fragment ions typically observed with low-energy collision induced dissociation (CID). We propose that the electrons captured by the oxytocin-Cu2+ complex might be favorably involved in reducing the Cu2+ metal ion to Cu+. Subsequent energy redistribution would explain the observed low-energy CID-type fragmentations. Electron capture resulted also in quite different specific cleavage sites for the complexes of oxytocin with Ni2+, Co2+ and Zn2+. This is an indication for structural differences in these complexes possibly linked to their significantly different biological effects on oxytocin-receptor binding, and suggests that ECD may be used to study subtle structural differences in transition metal ion-peptide complexes.

  17. Plasma parameters controlled by remote electron shower in a double plasma device

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    Mishra, M. K.; Phukan, A.

    2012-07-01

    The principal feature of this experiment is the electron showers consisting of three tungsten wires embedded by the plasma, which are heated up consequently emitting electrons inside the diffused plasma to control the plasma parameters in the discharge section of a double plasma device. These cold electrons emitted by the heated filament are free from maintenance of discharge which is sustained in the source section. The target plasma, where electrons are injected is produced as a result of diffusion from the source section. It is found that, plasma density and plasma potential can be effectively controlled in this way.

  18. Multimodal RNA-seq using single-strand, double-strand, and CircLigase-based capture yields a refined and extended description of the C. elegans transcriptome.

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    Lamm, Ayelet T; Stadler, Michael R; Zhang, Huibin; Gent, Jonathan I; Fire, Andrew Z

    2011-02-01

    We have used a combination of three high-throughput RNA capture and sequencing methods to refine and augment the transcriptome map of a well-studied genetic model, Caenorhabditis elegans. The three methods include a standard (non-directional) library preparation protocol relying on cDNA priming and foldback that has been used in several previous studies for transcriptome characterization in this species, and two directional protocols, one involving direct capture of single-stranded RNA fragments and one involving circular-template PCR (CircLigase). We find that each RNA-seq approach shows specific limitations and biases, with the application of multiple methods providing a more complete map than was obtained from any single method. Of particular note in the analysis were substantial advantages of CircLigase-based and ssRNA-based capture for defining sequences and structures of the precise 5' ends (which were lost using the double-strand cDNA capture method). Of the three methods, ssRNA capture was most effective in defining sequences to the poly(A) junction. Using data sets from a spectrum of C. elegans strains and stages and the UCSC Genome Browser, we provide a series of tools, which facilitate rapid visualization and assignment of gene structures.

  19. Relativistic contributions to single and double core electron ionization energies of noble gases.

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    Niskanen, J; Norman, P; Aksela, H; Agren, H

    2011-08-07

    We have performed relativistic calculations of single and double core 1s hole states of the noble gas atoms in order to explore the relativistic corrections and their additivity to the ionization potentials. Our study unravels the interplay of progression of relaxation, dominating in the single and double ionization potentials of the light elements, versus relativistic one-electron effects and quantum electrodynamic effects, which dominate toward the heavy end. The degree of direct relative additivity of the relativistic corrections for the single electron ionization potentials to the double electron ionization potentials is found to gradually improve toward the heavy elements. The Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian is found to predict a scaling ratio of ∼4 for the relaxation induced relativistic energies between double and single ionization. Z-scaling of the computed quantities were obtained by fitting to power law. The effects of nuclear size and form were also investigated and found to be small. The results indicate that accurate predictions of double core hole ionization potentials can now be made for elements across the full periodic table.

  20. Relativistic contributions to single and double core electron ionization energies of noble gases

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    Niskanen, J.; Norman, P.; Aksela, H.; Aagren, H.

    2011-08-07

    We have performed relativistic calculations of single and double core 1s hole states of the noble gas atoms in order to explore the relativistic corrections and their additivity to the ionization potentials. Our study unravels the interplay of progression of relaxation, dominating in the single and double ionization potentials of the light elements, versus relativistic one-electron effects and quantum electrodynamic effects, which dominate toward the heavy end. The degree of direct relative additivity of the relativistic corrections for the single electron ionization potentials to the double electron ionization potentials is found to gradually improve toward the heavy elements. The Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian is found to predict a scaling ratio of {approx}4 for the relaxation induced relativistic energies between double and single ionization. Z-scaling of the computed quantities were obtained by fitting to power law. The effects of nuclear size and form were also investigated and found to be small. The results indicate that accurate predictions of double core hole ionization potentials can now be made for elements across the full periodic table.

  1. Development of an electronic research permissions management system to enhance informed consents and capture research authorizations data.

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    Obeid, Jihad S; Gerken, Katherine; Madathil, Kapil Chalil; Rugg, Daniel; Alstad, Colin E; Fryar, Katrina; Alexander, Randall; Gramopadhye, Anand K; Moskowitz, Jay; Sanderson, Iain C

    2013-01-01

    Informed consents are a critical and essential component of the clinical research process. Currently, most consents and research privacy authorizations are being captured on paper. In this paper we describe a novel method of capturing this information electronically. The objective is to allow easier tracking of research participants' intent for current and future research involvement, enhance consent comprehension and facilitate the research workflow. After multidisciplinary analysis in key hospital registration areas and research participant enrollment, an open source software product was designed to capture this data through a user-friendly touch screen interface. The data may then be fed into a clinical data warehouse for use in cohort discovery or consent tracking. Despite ethical, legal and informatics challenges in clinical and research environments, we propose that this technology opens new avenues for significantly enhancing the consent process and positively impacting recruitment.

  2. Development of an Electronic Research Permissions Management System to Enhance Informed Consents and Capture Research Authorizations Data

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    Obeid, Jihad S.; Gerken, Katherine; Madathil, Kapil Chalil; Rugg, Daniel; Alstad, Colin E.; Fryar, Katrina; Alexander, Randall; Gramopadhye, Anand K.; Moskowitz, Jay; Sanderson, Iain C.

    Informed consents are a critical and essential component of the clinical research process. Currently, most consents and research privacy authorizations are being captured on paper. In this paper we describe a novel method of capturing this information electronically. The objective is to allow easier tracking of research participants’ intent for current and future research involvement, enhance consent comprehension and facilitate the research workflow. After multidisciplinary analysis in key hospital registration areas and research participant enrollment, an open source software product was designed to capture this data through a user-friendly touch screen interface. The data may then be fed into a clinical data warehouse for use in cohort discovery or consent tracking. Despite ethical, legal and informatics challenges in clinical and research environments, we propose that this technology opens new avenues for significantly enhancing the consent process and positively impacting recruitment. PMID:24303263

  3. High current magnetized plasma discharges and electron beams for capture and cooling of charged leptons and hadrons

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    Hershcovitch, A.

    1997-07-01

    Nowadays most magnetic lenses used to capture and to focus pions and muons utilize azimuthal magnetic fields generated by large axial currents, like horns or lithium rods (or even a Z-pinch at GSI). Capture and focusing angle is proportional to the product of the current and length of the lens. State-of-the-art for these lenses is no more than 750 kA and 70 cm. A meter long, multi-MA, magnetized axial discharges were generated by the early days of fusion. Lenses based of such devices can increase the capture angle of pions, e.g., by more than a factor of 2. Electron beam cooling is presently achieved in storage rings by having charged particles interact with a co-moving electron beam. In these devices, typical parameters are electron beam currents of about 1 A, an interaction length of about 1 meter, and interaction time of about 30 msec. Multi-MA electron beams can be used for single-pass final stage cooling in a number of machines. Calculations for some applications, as well as other advantages indicate that these schemes deserve further more serious consideration.

  4. Modification of magicity toward the dripline and its impact on electron-capture rates for stellar core collapse

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    Raduta, Ad. R.; Gulminelli, F.; Oertel, M.

    2016-02-01

    The importance of microphysical inputs from laboratory nuclear experiments and theoretical nuclear structure calculations in the understanding of core-collapse dynamics and the subsequent supernova explosion is largely recognized in the recent literature. In this work, we analyze the impact of the masses of very neutron-rich nuclei on the matter composition during collapse and the corresponding electron-capture rate. To this end, we introduce an empirical modification of the popular Duflo-Zuker mass model to account for possible shell quenching far from stability. We study the effect of this quenching on the average electron-capture rate. We show that the pre-eminence of the closed shells with N =50 and N =82 in the collapse dynamics is considerably decreased if the shell gaps are reduced in the region of 78Ni and beyond. As a consequence, local modifications of the overall electron-capture rate of up to 30% can be expected, depending on the strength of magicity quenching. This finding has potentially important consequences on the entropy generation, the neutrino emissivity, and the mass of the core at bounce. Our work underlines the importance of new experimental measurements in this region of the nuclear chart, the most crucial information being the nuclear mass and the Gamow-Teller strength. Reliable microscopic calculations of the associated elementary rate, in a wide range of temperatures and electron densities, optimized on these new empirical information, will be additionally needed to get quantitative predictions of the collapse dynamics.

  5. Shock waves and double layers in electron degenerate dense plasma with viscous ion fluids

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    Mamun, A. A.; Zobaer, M. S.

    2014-02-15

    The properties of ion-acoustic shock waves and double layers propagating in a viscous degenerate dense plasma (containing inertial viscous ion fluid, non-relativistic and ultra-relativistic degenerate electron fluid, and negatively charged stationary heavy element) is investigated. A new nonlinear equation (viz. Gardner equation with additional dissipative term) is derived by the reductive perturbation method. The properties of the ion-acoustic shock waves and double layers are examined by the analysis of the shock and double layer solutions of this new equation (we would like to call it “M-Z equation”). It is found that the properties of these shock and double layer structures obtained from this analysis are significantly different from those obtained from the analysis of standard Gardner or Burgers’ equation. The implications of our results to dense plasmas in astrophysical objects (e.g., non-rotating white dwarf stars) are briefly discussed.

  6. Pulsed Electron Double Resonance in Structural Studies of Spin-Labeled Nucleic Acids

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    Fedorova, O. S.; Tsvetkov, Yu. D.

    2013-01-01

    This review deals with the application of the pulsed electron double resonance (PELDOR) method to studies of spin-labeled DNA and RNA with complicated spatial structures, such as tetramers, aptamers, riboswitches, and three- and four-way junctions. The use of this method for studying DNA damage sites is also described. PMID:23556128

  7. Comparative analysis of the effects of electron and hole capture on the power characteristics of a semiconductor quantum-well laser

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    Sokolova, Z. N. Pikhtin, N. A.; Tarasov, I. S.; Asryan, L. V.

    2015-11-15

    The operating characteristics of a semiconductor quantum-well laser calculated using three models are compared. These models are (i) a model not taking into account differences between the electron and hole parameters and using the electron parameters for both types of charge carriers; (ii) a model, which does not take into account differences between the electron and hole parameters and uses the hole parameters for both types of charge carriers; and (iii) a model taking into account the asymmetry between the electron and hole parameters. It is shown that, at the same velocity of electron and hole capture into an unoccupied quantum well, the laser characteristics, obtained using the three models, differ considerably. These differences are due to a difference between the filling of the electron and hole subbands in a quantum well. The electron subband is more occupied than the hole subband. As a result, at the same velocities of electron and hole capture into an empty quantum well, the effective electron-capture velocity is lower than the effective hole-capture velocity. Specifically, it is shown that for the laser structure studied the hole-capture velocity of 5 × 10{sup 5} cm/s into an empty quantum well and the corresponding electron-capture velocity of 3 × 10{sup 6} cm/s into an empty quantum well describe the rapid capture of these carriers, at which the light–current characteristic of the laser remains virtually linear up to high pump-current densities. However, an electron-capture velocity of 5 × 10{sup 5} cm/s and a corresponding hole-capture velocity of 8.4 × 10{sup 4} cm/s describe the slow capture of these carriers, causing significant sublinearity in the light–current characteristic.

  8. Quantum Computing Using Pulse-Based Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance (endor):. Molecular Spin-Qubits

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    Sato, Kazuo; Nakazawa, Shigeki; Rahimi, Robabeh D.; Nishida, Shinsuke; Ise, Tomoaki; Shimoi, Daisuke; Toyota, Kazuo; Morita, Yasushi; Kitagawa, Masahiro; Carl, Parick; Höfner, Peter; Takui, Takeji

    2009-06-01

    Electrons with the spin quantum number 1/2, as physical qubits, have naturally been anticipated for implementing quantum computing and information processing (QC/QIP). Recently, electron spin-qubit systems in organic molecular frames have emerged as a hybrid spin-qubit system along with a nuclear spin-1/2 qubit. Among promising candidates for QC/QIP from the materials science side, the reasons for why electron spin-qubits such as molecular spin systems, i.e., unpaired electron spins in molecular frames, have potentialities for serving for QC/QIP will be given in the lecture (Chapter), emphasizing what their advantages or disadvantages are entertained and what technical and intrinsic issues should be dealt with for the implementation of molecular-spin quantum computers in terms of currently available spin manipulation technology such as pulse-based electron-nuclear double resonance (pulsed or pulse ENDOR) devoted to QC/QIP. Firstly, a general introduction and introductory remarks to pulsed ENDOR spectroscopy as electron-nuclear spin manipulation technology is given. Super dense coding (SDC) experiments by the use of pulsed ENDOR are also introduced to understand differentiating QC ENDOR from QC NMR based on modern nuclear spin technology. Direct observation of the spinor inherent in an electron spin, detected for the first time, will be shown in connection with the entanglement of an electron-nuclear hybrid system. Novel microwave spin manipulation technology enabling us to deal with genuine electron-electron spin-qubit systems in the molecular frame will be introduced, illustrating, from the synthetic strategy of matter spin-qubits, a key-role of the molecular design of g-tensor/hyperfine-(A-)tensor molecular engineering for QC/QIP. Finally, important technological achievements of recently-emerging CD ELDOR (Coherent-Dual ELectron-electron DOuble Resonance) spin technology enabling us to manipulate electron spin-qubits are described.

  9. Periodic sequence distribution of product ion abundances in electron capture dissociation of amphipathic peptides and proteins.

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    Ben Hamidane, Hisham; He, Huan; Tsybin, Oleg Yu; Emmett, Mark R; Hendrickson, Christopher L; Marshall, Alan G; Tsybin, Yury O

    2009-06-01

    The rules for product ion formation in electron capture dissociation (ECD) mass spectrometry of peptides and proteins remain unclear. Random backbone cleavage probability and the nonspecific nature of ECD toward amino acid sequence have been reported, contrary to preferential channels of fragmentation in slow heating-based tandem mass spectrometry. Here we demonstrate that for amphipathic peptides and proteins, modulation of ECD product ion abundance (PIA) along the sequence is pronounced. Moreover, because of the specific primary (and presumably secondary) structure of amphipathic peptides, PIA in ECD demonstrates a clear and reproducible periodic sequence distribution. On the one hand, the period of ECD PIA corresponds to periodic distribution of spatially separated hydrophobic and hydrophilic domains within the peptide primary sequence. On the other hand, the same period correlates with secondary structure units, such as alpha-helical turns, known for solution-phase structure. Based on a number of examples, we formulate a set of characteristic features for ECD of amphipathic peptides and proteins: (1) periodic distribution of PIA is observed and is reproducible in a wide range of ECD parameters and on different experimental platforms; (2) local maxima of PIA are not necessarily located near the charged site; (3) ion activation before ECD not only extends product ion sequence coverage but also preserves ion yield modulation; (4) the most efficient cleavage (e.g. global maximum of ECD PIA distribution) can be remote from the charged site; (5) the number and location of PIA maxima correlate with amino acid hydrophobicity maxima generally to within a single amino acid displacement; and (6) preferential cleavage sites follow a selected hydrogen spine in an alpha-helical peptide segment. Presently proposed novel insights into ECD behavior are important for advancing understanding of the ECD mechanism, particularly the role of peptide sequence on PIA. An improved ECD

  10. Cross sections for electron capture in H{sup +}-Li(2p{sigma},{pi}{sup {+-}}) collisions

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    Liu, L.; Liu, C. H.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2011-09-15

    State-selective and total single-electron-capture cross sections in collisions of H{sup +} with the excited Li{sup *}(2p) atom have been investigated by using the full quantum-mechanical molecular orbital close-coupling (QMOCC) method in the energy range 0.001-3 keV/u and by the two-center atomic orbital close-coupling (TC-AOCC) method in the energy range 0.1-100 keV/u. The present results are also compared with data from other sources when available. It is found that the total and partial electron-capture cross sections are sensitive to the initial p-state charge cloud alignment, particularly in the low-energy region.

  11. A data capture system for outcomes studies that integrates with electronic health records: development and potential uses.

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    Yamamoto, Keiichi; Matsumoto, Shigemi; Tada, Harue; Yanagihara, Kazuhiro; Teramukai, Satoshi; Takemura, Tadamasa; Fukushima, Masanori

    2008-10-01

    In conventional clinical studies, the costs of data management for quality control tend to be high and collecting paper-based case report forms (CRFs) tends to be burdensome, because paper-based CRFs must be developed and filled out for each clinical study protocol. Use of electronic health records for this purpose could result in reductions in cost and improvements in data quality in clinical studies. The purpose of this study was to develop a data capture system for observational cancer clinical studies (i.e. outcomes studies) that would integrate with an electronic health records system, to enable evaluation of patient prognosis, prognostic factors, outcomes and drug safety. At the Outpatient Oncology Unit of Kyoto University Hospital, we developed a data capture system that includes a cancer clinical database system and a data warehouse for outcomes studies. We expect that our new system will reduce the costs of data management and analysis and improve the quality of data in clinical studies.

  12. L -shell ionization accompanied by one-electron capture in Cq+ , Oq+ (q=2,3)-Ne collisions

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    Ding, B. W.; Chen, X. M.; Yu, D. Y.; Fu, H. B.; Sun, G. Z.; Liu, Y. W.

    2008-12-01

    The L -shell ionization processes of a Ne gas target associated with single-electron capture by bombardment of Cq+ and Oq+ (q=2,3) are investigated using the projectile-recoil-ion coincidence method in the energy range from 80to400keV/u (vp=1.8-4a.u.) . The cross-section ratios (Rk1) of k -fold ionization to single capture are compared with the results for He2+-Ne collisions by Dubois [Phys. Rev. A 36, 2585 (1987)]. All the velocity dependences are quite similar. The ratios increase as the projectile energy increases in the lower-energy region, reach the maxima for projectile energies around Emax=160q1/2keV/u , and then decrease at higher energies. These results qualitatively agree with our calculations in terms of the Bohr-Lindhard model within the independent-electron approximation.

  13. Collisionless Electron-ion Shocks in Relativistic Unmagnetized Jet-ambient Interactions: Non-thermal Electron Injection by Double Layer

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    Ardaneh, Kazem; Cai, Dongsheng; Nishikawa, Ken-Ichi

    2016-08-01

    The course of non-thermal electron ejection in relativistic unmagnetized electron-ion shocks is investigated by performing self-consistent particle-in-cell simulations. The shocks are excited through the injection of a relativistic jet into ambient plasma, leading to two distinct shocks (referred to as the trailing shock and leading shock) and a contact discontinuity. The Weibel-like instabilities heat the electrons up to approximately half of the ion kinetic energy. The double layers formed in the trailing and leading edges then accelerate the electrons up to the ion kinetic energy. The electron distribution function in the leading edge shows a clear, non-thermal power-law tail which contains ˜1% of electrons and ˜8% of the electron energy. Its power-law index is -2.6. The acceleration efficiency is ˜23% by number and ˜50% by energy, and the power-law index is -1.8 for the electron distribution function in the trailing edge. The effect of the dimensionality is examined by comparing the results of three-dimensional simulations with those of two-dimensional simulations. The comparison demonstrates that electron acceleration is more efficient in two dimensions.

  14. Water promoting electron hole transport between tyrosine and cysteine in proteins via a special mechanism: double proton coupled electron transfer.

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    Chen, Xiaohua; Ma, Guangcai; Sun, Weichao; Dai, Hongjing; Xiao, Dong; Zhang, Yanfang; Qin, Xin; Liu, Yongjun; Bu, Yuxiang

    2014-03-26

    The proton/electron transfer reactions between cysteine residue (Cys) and tyrosinyl radical (Tyr(•)) are an important step for many enzyme-catalyzed processes. On the basis of the statistical analysis of protein data bank, we designed three representative models to explore the possible proton/electron transfer mechanisms from Cys to Tyr(•) in proteins. Our ab initio calculations on simplified models and quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations on real protein environment reveal that the direct electron transfer between Cys and Tyr(•) is difficult to occur, but an inserted water molecule can greatly promote the proton/electron transfer reactions by a double-proton-coupled electron transfer (dPCET) mechanism. The inserted H2O plays two assistant roles in these reactions. The first one is to bridge the side chains of Tyr(•) and Cys via two hydrogen bonds, which act as the proton pathway, and the other one is to enhance the electron overlap between the lone-pair orbital of sulfur atom and the π-orbital of phenol moiety and to function as electron transfer pathway. This water-mediated dPCET mechanism may offer great help to understand the detailed electron transfer processes between Tyr and Cys residues in proteins, such as the electron transfer from Cys439 to Tyr730(•) in the class I ribonucleotide reductase.

  15. Measurements of energetic electrons in a Current-Free Double layer

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    Gulbrandsen, Njaal; Fredriksen, Ashild

    2016-09-01

    In inductively coupled helicon sources, current-free double layers (CFDL) can be formed self-consistently without external current forcing. The CFDLs are evidenced by an ion beam formed as a result of a potential drop between the source and the diffusion chamber. The electrons in the double layer play an important role in balancing the ion beam current, but apart from some observations of electron energy probability functions (EEPFs) by means of Langmuir probes, little information has up to now been obtained about the electron population. By means of an inverted retarding field energy analyzer (RFEA) we have measured for the first time the high-energy part of the electron distribution along the radial direction in the diffusion chamber. In this configuration, the RFEA repeller grid is set to a large positive potential, repelling ions and collecting electrons through the discriminator grid. We find a prominent peak of high-energy electrons up to 60 eV at the footprint of the magnetic field lines emerging from the layer near the wall of the source. This coincides with increased electron temperatures and ion densities at this position. Another small but significant distribution of electrons at energies more than 100 eV are observed within the region of the ion beam itself.

  16. Neutrino energy spectrum and electron capture of Nuclides 56Fe, 56Co, 56Ni, 56Mn, 56Cr and 56V in stellar interiors

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    Liu, Jing-Jing

    2014-08-01

    Based on the shell-model Monte Carlo method and random phase approximation theory, the neutrino energy spectrum (NES) and the electron capture (EC) of 56Fe 56Co 56Ni, 56Mn, 56Cr and 56V are investigated in presupernova surroundings. The results show that the EC rates are affected greatly at different densities and temperatures. The rates increase greatly and even exceed six orders of magnitude at lower temperature. On the other hand, the NES is very sensitive to stellar temperature and electron energy. The higher the temperature and the lower the electron energy, the larger the influence on NES is. For example, the maxima of NES in the ground state are 9.02, 160, 80, 24.01, 0.44, 1.42 me c2 for 56Fe, 56Co, 56Ni, 56Mn, 56Cr and 56V respectively at ρ7 = 10.7, Ye = 0.45 and T9 = 15. Furthermore, the influence on NES due to EC for different nuclei has some otherness because of different Q0-values. For example, the spectrum of 56Co shows a double bump structure.

  17. In situ correction of the spherical aberration in a double-toroidal electron analyzer

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    Liu, Xiao-Jing; Nicolas, Christophe; Miron, Catalin

    2017-02-01

    In an energy-dispersive electron spectrometer, the electrons with the same kinetic energy but different polar angles fly along different paths and impinge upon the detector at different locations. This behavior materializes the spherical aberration of the electron optics, which deteriorates the focussing quality on the detector, and thus the energy resolution of the instrument. Here, we demonstrate that, in general, the electron time of flight changes monotonically as a function of the polar angle. Combining the impact position on the detector and the time of flight of electrons, the spherical aberration can be corrected and the energy resolution can be significantly improved, 1.5× in the case of our double toroidal analyser. This correction method has a general applicability and can be of interest to experimentalists willing to push further the performances of their electron spectrometers when the time of flight is available.

  18. State-selective electron capture in collisions of ground and metastable O2+ ions with H(1s)

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    Cabello, C. N.; Errea, L. F.; Fernández, L.; Méndez, L.; Macías, A.; Rabadán, I.; Riera, A.

    2003-01-01

    An ab initio calculation of the electron capture cross sections for collisions of ground and metastable states of O2+ with H(1s) is presented. For impact energies between 0.125 and 3.4 keV amu-1, we find good agreement between the cross sections from the ground state ion with the mixed beam experimental data of Phaneuf et al (Phaneuf A, Alvarez I, Meyer F W and Crandall D H 1982 Phys. Rev. A 26 1892).

  19. An electron-capture gas–liquid-chromatographic method for the determination of prostaglandin F2α in biological fluids

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    Wickramasinghe, Asoka J. F.; Shaw, Robert S.

    1974-01-01

    A sensitive electron-capture gas–liquid-chromatographic method for the determination of sub-nanogram quantities of prostaglandin F2α was developed. The method is based on the sub-microgram scale conversion of the prostaglandin into the electron-capturing pentafluorobenzyl ester, and analysis of the latter as the tris-trimethylsilyl ether. The lower limit of detection was 12.5pg of the ester injected `on-column' as the silylated product. The method was successfully applied to the determination of prostaglandin F2α in monkey plasma. The specificity of the analytical procedure was increased by incorporating a thin-layer chromatographic fractionation before gas–liquid chromatography. The utility of the analytical methodology developed was demonstrated by its application to the determination of plasma concentrations of intact prostaglandin F2α in a Rhesus monkey, after subcutaneous administration of a single dose of prostaglandin F2α. The electron-capture gas–liquid-chromatographic assay is compared with the radioimmunoassay and the gas–liquid-chromatographic–mass-spectrometry assay for the determination of prostaglandin F2α. PMID:4218093

  20. Electron correlation in two-photon double ionization of helium from attosecond to FEL pulses

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    Collins, Lee

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the role of electron correlation in the two-photon double ionization of helium for ultrashort pulses in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) regime with durations ranging from a hundred attoseconds to a few femtoseconds. We perform time-dependent ab initio calculations for pulses with mean frequencies in the so-called 'sequential' regime ({Dirac_h}{omega} > 54.4 eV). Electron correlation induced by the time correlation between emission events manifests itself in the angular distribution of the ejected electrons, which strongly depends on the energy sharing between them. We show that for ultrashort pulses two-photon double ionization probabilities scale non-uniformly with pulse duration depending on the energy sharing between the electrons. Most interestingly we find evidence for an interference between direct ('nonsequential') and indirect ('sequential') double photoionization with intermediate shake-up states, the strength of which is controlled by the pulse duration. This observation may provide a route towards measuring the pulse duration of x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) pulses.

  1. First operation of a dielectric-loaded double-stripline free-electron maser experiment

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    Einat, M.; Jerby, E.; Shahadi, A.

    1995-12-31

    A tabletop free-electron maser (FEM) experiment based on a dielectric-loaded double-stripline waveguide is presented. It employs a low-energy (8 keV, 0.5 A) electron beam and a folded-foil wiggler ({lambda}w = 2 cm). Metal striplines protects the dielectric slabs from the electron beam and support quasi-TEM modes in the waveguide. Radiation output is observed at f = 3.5 GHz, in agreement with the dielectric-loaded FEM tuning relation.

  2. Hedgehog excitations in double-exchange magnetism: Energetics and electronic structure

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    Pekker, David; Goldbart, Paul; Salamon, Myron; Abanov, Alexander

    2004-03-01

    Topological hedgehog excitations of the magnetic state are believed to play an important role in the three-dimensional ferromagnet-to-paramagnet phase transition. This is true not only in Heisenberg magnets but also in double-exchange magnets, for which the transition is accompanied by a metal-insulator transition. The energetics and electronic structure of hedgehog excitations in double-exchange systems are investigated using a model in which the electrons move through a lattice of classical spins, to which they are coupled via Hund's Rule interactions. The core energy of hedgehog excitations is determined, as is the extent to which charge is expelled from the hedgehog cores. In settings involving pairs of hedgehogs, the manner in which the electronic energetics determines the magnetic structure is explored variationally, especially in the region between the hedgehogs.

  3. Tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers.

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    Lee, Young Keun; Lee, Hyosun; Park, Jeong Young

    2014-04-03

    We demonstrate a tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers. The tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell is composed of two metal/semiconductor interfaces. Two types of tandem cells were fabricated using TiO2/Au/Si and TiO2/Au/TiO2, and photocurrent enhancement was detected. The double Schottky barriers lead to an additional pathway for harvesting hot electrons, which is enhanced through multiple reflections between the two barriers with different energy ranges. In addition, light absorption is improved by the band-to-band excitation of both semiconductors with different band gaps. Short-circuit current and energy conversion efficiency of the tandem-structured TiO2/Au/Si increased by 86% and 70%, respectively, compared with Au/Si metal/semiconductor nanodiodes, showing an overall solar energy conversion efficiency of 5.3%.

  4. Tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers

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    Lee, Young Keun; Lee, Hyosun; Park, Jeong Young

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers. The tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell is composed of two metal/semiconductor interfaces. Two types of tandem cells were fabricated using TiO2/Au/Si and TiO2/Au/TiO2, and photocurrent enhancement was detected. The double Schottky barriers lead to an additional pathway for harvesting hot electrons, which is enhanced through multiple reflections between the two barriers with different energy ranges. In addition, light absorption is improved by the band-to-band excitation of both semiconductors with different band gaps. Short-circuit current and energy conversion efficiency of the tandem-structured TiO2/Au/Si increased by 86% and 70%, respectively, compared with Au/Si metal/semiconductor nanodiodes, showing an overall solar energy conversion efficiency of 5.3%. PMID:24694838

  5. Observation of warm, higher energy electrons transiting a double layer in a helicon plasma

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    Sung, Yung-Ta; Li, Yan; Scharer, John

    2015-11-01

    Experimental observations in MadiHeX indicate that fast electrons with substantial density fractions can be created at low helicon operating pressure. Two-temperature electron distributions including a fast (>80 eV) tail are observed in an inductive RF helicon argon plasma double layer at 0.17 mTorr Ar pressure. The fast, untrapped electrons measured downstream of the double layer have a higher temperature of 13 eV than the trapped, upstream electrons with a temperature of 4 eV. The reduction of plasma potential and density observed in the double layer region would require an upstream temperature ten times the measured 4 eV if occurring via Boltzmann ambipolar expansion. Upstream fluctuations of +/- 30% are also observed in the emissive probe measured plasma potential. Sideband frequencies have been observed at +/- 2 kHz of the driven RF frequency of 13.56 MHz, implying a beam instability effect dominantly upstream of the double layer. This can affect ion acceleration and electron temperature distribution in the region. The mechanism behind this has been explored via several plasma diagnostics tools. An RF-compensated Langmuir probe has been used to measure the electron temperatures and densities, which are cross-checked with ADAS, OES and millimeter wave IF. The EEDF in the plasma has also been profiled to understand the acceleration mechanism. A four-grid RPA and an emissive probe have been used to measure the IEDF and plasma potential. The measured IEDF has also been checked with LIF techniques.

  6. Single and double ionization of magnesium by electron impact: A classical study

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    Dubois, J.; Berman, S. A.; Chandre, C.; Uzer, T.

    2017-02-01

    We consider electron impact-driven single and double ionization of magnesium in the energy range of 10 to 100 eV. Our classical Hamiltonian model of these (e ,2 e ) and (e ,3 e ) processes sheds light on their total cross sections and reveals the underlying ionization mechanisms. Two pathways are at play in single ionization: delayed and direct. In contrast, only the direct process is observed in double ionization, ruling out the excitation-autoionization channel. We also provide evidence that the so-called Two-Step 2 mechanism predominates over the Two-Step 1 mechanism, in agreement with experiments.

  7. Effects of intersubband interaction on multisubband electron transport in single and double quantum wells

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    Hai, G.-Q.; Studart, N.; Marques, G. E.; Peeters, F. M.; Koenraad, P. M.

    1998-07-01

    The multisubband electron transport properties are studied for doped single quantum well and gated double asymmetric quantum well structures. The effects due to intersubband interaction and screening of the ionized impurity scattering are also investigated. We show that intersubband coupling plays an essential role in describing the screening properties as well as the effect of ionized impurity scattering on the mobility in a doped single quantum well. For coupled double quantum well structures, negative transconductance is found theoretically which is due to resonant tunneling between the two quantum wells.

  8. Scaling of cross sections for K-electron capture by high-energy protons and alpha-particles from the multielectron atoms

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    Omidvar, K.

    1979-01-01

    Electron capture by protons from H, He, and the K shell of Ar, and electron capture by alpha particles from He are considered. Using the experimental data, a function of the capture cross section is formed. It is shown that when this function is plotted versus the inverse of the collision energies, at high energies a straight line is obtained. At lower energies the line is concave up or down, depending on the charge of the projectile and/or the effective charge and the ionization potential of the electron that is being captured. The plot can be used to predict cross sections where experimental data are not available, and as a guide in future experiments. High-energy scaling formulas for K-electron capture by low-charge projectiles are given.

  9. Electrochemical Electron Transfer and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer: Effects of Double Layer and Ionic Environment on Solvent Reorganization Energies

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    Ghosh, Soumya; Soudackov, Alexander V.; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2016-06-14

    Electron transfer and proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions at electrochemical interfaces play an essential role in a broad range of energy conversion processes. The reorganization energy, which is a measure of the free energy change associated with solute and solvent rearrangements, is a key quantity for calculating rate constants for these reactions. We present a computational method for including the effects of the double layer and ionic environment of the diffuse layer in calculations of electrochemical solvent reorganization energies. This approach incorporates an accurate electronic charge distribution of the solute within a molecular-shaped cavity in conjunction with a dielectric continuum treatment of the solvent, ions, and electrode using the integral equations formalism polarizable continuum model. The molecule-solvent boundary is treated explicitly, but the effects of the electrode-double layer and double layer-diffuse layer boundaries, as well as the effects of the ionic strength of the solvent, are included through an external Green’s function. The calculated total reorganization energies agree well with experimentally measured values for a series of electrochemical systems, and the effects of including both the double layer and ionic environment are found to be very small. This general approach was also extended to electrochemical PCET and produced total reorganization energies in close agreement with experimental values for two experimentally studied PCET systems. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  10. Current oscillations in semi-insulating GaAs associated with field-enhanced capture of electrons by the major deep donor EL2

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    Kaminska, M.; Parsey, J. M.; Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.

    1982-01-01

    Current oscillations thermally activated by the release of electrons from deep levels in undoped semiinsulating GaAs were observed for the first time. They were attributed to electric field-enhanced capture of electrons by the dominant deep donor EL2 (antisite AsGa defect). This enhanced capture is due to the configurational energy barrier of EL2, which is readily penetrated by hot electrons.

  11. Electronic transport in double-strand poly(dG)-poly(dC) DNA segments

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    Sarmento, R. G.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Sesion, P. D.; Fulco, U. L.; de Oliveira, B. P. W.

    2009-04-01

    We study the electronic properties of a double-strand quasiperiodic DNA molecule modeled by a one-dimensional effective Hamiltonian, which includes contributions from the nucleobasis system as well as the sugar-phosphate backbone. Our theoretical approach makes use of Dyson's equation together with a transfer-matrix treatment, considering an electronic tight-binding Hamiltonian model to investigate the electronic density of states (DOS) and the electronic transmissivity of sequences of DNA finite segments. To mimic the DNA segments, we consider the finite quasiperiodic sequences of Fibonacci's type, in a poly(dG)-poly(dC) configuration, whose building blocks are the bases guanine G and cytosine C. We compared the electronic transport found for the quasiperiodic structure to those using a sequence of natural DNA, as part of the human chromosome Ch22.

  12. Ion acceleration enhanced by additional neutralizing electrons in a magnetically expanding double layer plasma

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    Takahashi, Kazunori; Fujiwara, Tamiya

    2010-10-15

    Electrons neutralizing an ion beam are additionally supplied to a magnetically expanding double layer (DL) plasma from the downstream side of the DL. The rf power and the argon gas pressure are maintained at 200 W and 55 mPa, respectively, and the source magnetic field is varied in the range of about 70-550 G. It is observed that the ion beam energy corresponding to the DL potential drop increases up to 30 eV with an increase in the magnetic field when supplying the additional electrons, while it saturates at 20 eV for the case of the absence of the additional electrons. The supplied electrons are believed to be an energy source for the DL such that increasing the magnetic field is able to increase the potential drop beyond the limit found in the absence of the supplied electrons.

  13. Van der Waals-coupled electronic states in incommensurate double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Liu, Kaihui; Jin, Chenhao; Hong, Xiaoping; Kim, Jihoon; Zettl, Alex; Wang, Enge; Wang, Feng

    2014-10-01

    Non-commensurate two-dimensional materials such as a twisted graphene bilayer or graphene on boron nitride, consisting of components that have no finite common unit cell, exhibit emerging moiré physics such as novel Van Hove singularities, Fermi velocity renormalization, mini Dirac points and Hofstadter butterflies. Here we use double-walled carbon nanotubes as a model system for probing moiré physics in incommensurate one-dimensional systems, by combining structural and optical characterizations. We show that electron wavefunctions between incommensurate inner- and outer-wall nanotubes can hybridize strongly, contrary to the conventional wisdom of negligible electron hybridization due to destructive interference. The chirality-dependent inter-tube electronic coupling is described by one-dimensional zone folding of the electronic structure of twisted-and-stretched graphene bilayers. Our results demonstrate that incommensurate van der Waals interactions can be important for engineering the electronic structure and optical properties of one-dimensional materials.

  14. Correlated electron dynamics in nonsequential double ionization by orthogonal two-color laser pulses.

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    Zhou, Yueming; Huang, Cheng; Tong, Aihong; Liao, Qing; Lu, Peixiang

    2011-01-31

    We have investigated the correlated electron dynamics in nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of helium by the orthogonally polarized two-color pulses that consisted of an 800-nm and a 400-nm laser fields using the classical ensemble model. Depending on the relative phase of the two-color field, the electron momentum distributions along the polarization direction of the 800-nm field exhibit a surprisingly strong anticorrelated or correlated behavior. Back analysis reveals that recollisions eventually leading to NSDI are concentrated in a time window as short as several hundreds attoseconds with this scheme. By changing the relative phase of the two-color field, the revisit time of recolliding electron wave packet has been controlled with attosecond precision, which is responsible for the various correlated behaviors of the two electrons. Our results reveal that the orthogonally polarized two-color field can serve as a powerful tool to control the correlated electron dynamics in NSDI.

  15. Complete voltage recovery in quantum dot solar cells due to suppression of electron capture.

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    Varghese, A; Yakimov, M; Tokranov, V; Mitin, V; Sablon, K; Sergeev, A; Oktyabrsky, S

    2016-04-07

    Extensive investigations in recent years have shown that addition of quantum dots (QDs) to a single-junction solar cell decreases the open circuit voltage, VOC, with respect to the reference cell without QDs. Despite numerous efforts, the complete voltage recovery in QD cells has been demonstrated only at low temperatures. To minimize the VOC reduction, we propose and investigate a new approach that combines nanoscale engineering of the band structure and the potential profile. Our studies of GaAs solar cells with various InAs QD media demonstrate that the main cause of the VOC reduction is the fast capture of photoelectrons from the GaAs conduction band (CB) to the localized states in QDs. As the photoelectron capture into QDs is mainly realized via the wetting layers (WLs), we substantially reduced the WLs using two monolayer AlAs capping of QDs. In the structures with reduced WLs, the direct CB-to-QD capture is further suppressed due to charging of QDs via doping of the interdot space. The QD devices with suppressed photoelectron capture show the same VOC as the GaAs reference cell together with some improvements in the short circuit current.

  16. The Role of Superthermal Electrons in the Formation of Double Layers and their Application in Space Plasmas

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    Singh, N.

    2014-12-01

    It is now widely recognized that superthermal electrons commonly exist with the thermal population in most space plasmas. When plasmas consisting of such electron population expand, double layers (DLs) naturally forma due to charge separation; the more mobile superthermal electrons march ahead of the thermal population, leaving a positive charge behind and generating electric fields. Under certain conditions such fields evolve into thin double layers or shocks. The double layers accelerate ions. Such double-layer formation was first invoked to explain expansion of laser produced plasmas. Since then it has been studied in laboratory experiments, and applied to (i) polar wind acceleration,(ii) the existence of low-altitude double layers in the auroral acceleration, (iii) a possible mechanism for the origination of the solar wind, (iv) the helicon double layer thrusters, and (v) the deceleration of electrons after their acceleration in solar flare events. The role of superthermal-electron driven double layers, also known as the low-altitude auroral double layers in the upward current region, in the upward acceleration of ionospheric ions is well-known. In the auroral application the upward moving superthermal electrons consist of backscattered downgoing primary energetic electrons as well as the secondary electrons. Similarly we suggest that such double layers might play roles in the acceleration of ions in the solar wind across the coronal transition region, where the superthermal electrons are supplied by magnetic reconnection events. We will present a unified theoretical view of the superthermal electron-driven double layers and their applications. We will summarize theoretical, experimental, simulation and observational results highlighting the common threads running through the various existing studies.

  17. Capturing enveloped viruses on affinity grids for downstream cryo-electron microscopy applications

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    Electron microscopy cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography are essential techniques used for characterizing basic virus morphology and determining the three-dimensional structure of viruses. Enveloped viruses, which contain an outer lipoprotein coat, constitute the largest group of pa...

  18. On the bonding nature of electron states for the Fe-Mo double perovskite

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    Carvajal, E.; Oviedo-Roa, R.; Cruz-Irisson, M.; Navarro, O.

    2014-05-01

    The electronic transport as well as the effect of an external magnetic field has been investigated on manganese-based materials, spinels and perovskites. Potential applications of double perovskites go from magnetic sensors to electrodes in solid-oxide fuel cells; besides the practical interests, it is known that small changes in composition modify radically the physical properties of double perovskites. We have studied the Sr2FeMoO6 double perovskite compound (SFMO) using first-principles density functional theory. The calculations were done within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) scheme with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional. We have made a detailed analysis of each electronic state and the charge density maps around the Fermi level. For the electronic properties of SFMO it was used a primitive cell, for which we found the characteristic half-metallic behavior density of states composed by eg and t2g electrons from Fe and Mo atoms. Those peaks were tagged as bonding or antibonding around the Fermi level at both, valence and conduction bands.

  19. Orientation effect on the secondary-electron distributions for the HCl double ionization

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    Mokrani, S.; Aouchiche, H.; Champion, C.

    2017-07-01

    Multiple differential cross sections of the double ionization of hydrogen chloride molecule impacted by electrons are here provided within the first Born approximation. The incident and scattered electrons are represented by plane wave functions, whereas the target is described by means of a single-center molecular wave function. The two ejected electrons are modeled by Coulomb wave functions and a Gamow factor is introduced to take into account the Coulomb repulsion between the two outgoing particles. In this work, we study the relative contributions of the four outermost orbitals of the HCl molecule to the double ionization process in the particular case of two electrons ejected from different subshells. The multiple differential cross sections are analyzed for specific target orientations and compared in terms of magnitude and shape. We report a strong dependence of the cross sections versus the target orientation by pointing out the signature of the well-known double ionizing processes, namely, the shake-off and the two-step 1 mechanisms.

  20. On the bonding nature of electron states for the Fe-Mo double perovskite

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    Carvajal, E.; Cruz-Irisson, M.; Oviedo-Roa, R.; Navarro, O.

    2014-05-15

    The electronic transport as well as the effect of an external magnetic field has been investigated on manganese-based materials, spinels and perovskites. Potential applications of double perovskites go from magnetic sensors to electrodes in solid-oxide fuel cells; besides the practical interests, it is known that small changes in composition modify radically the physical properties of double perovskites. We have studied the Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6} double perovskite compound (SFMO) using first-principles density functional theory. The calculations were done within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) scheme with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional. We have made a detailed analysis of each electronic state and the charge density maps around the Fermi level. For the electronic properties of SFMO it was used a primitive cell, for which we found the characteristic half-metallic behavior density of states composed by e{sub g} and t{sub 2g} electrons from Fe and Mo atoms. Those peaks were tagged as bonding or antibonding around the Fermi level at both, valence and conduction bands.

  1. Electron capture and excitation in collisions of O+ ( 4S , 2D , 2P ) with H2 molecules

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    Pichl, Lukáš; Li, Yan; Liebermann, Heinz-Peter; Buenker, Robert J.; Kimura, Mineo

    2004-06-01

    Using an electronic-state close-coupling method, we treated the electron capture and excitation processes of O+ ions both in ground state O+ ( 4S ) and metastable states O+* ( 2D ) and O+* ( 2P ) in collisions with the H2 molecule. In the ground-state projectile energy region considered (from 50 eV/amu to 10 keV/amu ), the experimental data vary by orders of magnitude: our results smoothly connect to the data by FleschNg, J. Chem. Phys.9419912372 and Xuet al., J. Phys. B2319901235 at low energy and agree with Phaneufet al., Phys. Rev. A171978534 in the high-energy region. The present values differ from Sieglaffet al., Phys. Rev. A5919993538 and Nuttet al., J. Phys. B121979L157, especially in the energy region below 1 keV/amu . We provide the first calculated state-resolved cross sections of electron capture and target-projectile electronic excitations for the O+ ( 4S , 2D , 2P )- H2 collision system.

  2. Theoretical studies on the electron capture properties of the H2SO4...HOO˙ complex and its implications as an alternative source of HOOH.

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    Li, Ping; Ma, Zhiying; Wang, Weihua; Song, Rui; Zhai, Yazhou; Bi, Siwei; Sun, Haitao; Bu, Yuxiang

    2011-04-07

    To better understand the potential role of sulfuric acid aerosols in the atmosphere, the electron capture properties of the H(2)SO(4)...HOO˙ complex have been systematically investigated by employing the MP2 and B3LYP methods in combination with the atoms in molecules (AIM) theory, energy decomposition analysis (EDA), and ab initio molecular dynamics. It was found that the electron capture process is a favorable reaction thermodynamically and kinetically. The excess electron can be captured by the HOO˙ fragment initially, and then the proton of the H(2)SO(4) fragment associated with the intermolecular H-bonds is transferred to the HOO˙ fragment without any activation barriers, resulting in the formation of the HOOH species directly. Therefore, the electron capture process of the H(2)SO(4)...HOO˙ complex provides an alternative source of HOOH in the atmosphere. The nature of the coupling interactions in the electron capture products are clarified, and the most stable anionic complex is also determined. Additionally, the influences of the adjacent water molecules on the electron capture properties are investigated, as well as the distinct IR features of the most stable electron capture product.

  3. Nb2O5 as a new electron transport layer for double junction polymer solar cells.

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    Siddiki, Mahbube K; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Qiao, Qiquan

    2012-04-14

    Nb(2)O(5) as a new electron transport layer (ETL) was used for double junction polymer solar cells. The Nb(2)O(5) ETL was prepared by spin coating a Nb(2)O(5) sol-gel solution onto the active layer of the optical front subcell. The double junction devices using Nb(2)O(5) ETL exhibit an open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 1.30 V, which is close to the sum of the s of the individual subcells. The current density-voltage (J-V) simulation showed that the double junction device performance using Nb(2)O(5) as ETL could be significantly increased by reducing the series resistance (R(se)) and matching the current densities of the individual subcells.

  4. Distance measurements between paramagnetic centers and a planar object by matrix Mims electron nuclear double resonance

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    Zänker, Paul-Philipp; Jeschke, Gunnar; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2005-01-01

    Frequency-domain electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), two time-domain electron nuclear double resonance techniques, and electron spin echo envelope modulation spectroscopy are compared with respect to their merit in measurements of small hyperfine couplings to nuclei with intermediate gyromagnetic ratio such as 31P. The frequency-domain Mims ENDOR experiment is found to provide the most faithful line shapes. In the limit of long electron-nuclear distances of more than 0.5 nm, sensitivity of this experiment is optimized by matching the first interpulse delay to the transverse relaxation time of the electron spins. In the same limit, Mims ENDOR efficiency scales inversely with the sixth power of distance. Hyperfine splittings as small as 33 kHz can be detected, corresponding to an electron-31P distance of 1 nm. In systems, where a certain kind of nuclei is distributed in a plane, measurements of intermolecular hyperfine couplings can be analyzed in terms of a distance of closest approach of a paramagnetic center to that plane. By applying this technique to spin-labeled lipids in a fully hydrated lipid bilayer it is found that for a fraction of lipids, chain tilt angles can be 25° larger than the mean tilt angle of the lipid chains. This model of all-trans hydrocarbon chains with a broad distribution of tilt angles is also consistent with orientation selection effects in high-field ENDOR spectra.

  5. Distance measurements between paramagnetic centers and a planar object by matrix Mims electron nuclear double resonance.

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    Zänker, Paul-Philipp; Jeschke, Gunnar; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2005-01-08

    Frequency-domain electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), two time-domain electron nuclear double resonance techniques, and electron spin echo envelope modulation spectroscopy are compared with respect to their merit in measurements of small hyperfine couplings to nuclei with intermediate gyromagnetic ratio such as 31P. The frequency-domain Mims ENDOR experiment is found to provide the most faithful line shapes. In the limit of long electron-nuclear distances of more than 0.5 nm, sensitivity of this experiment is optimized by matching the first interpulse delay to the transverse relaxation time of the electron spins. In the same limit, Mims ENDOR efficiency scales inversely with the sixth power of distance. Hyperfine splittings as small as 33 kHz can be detected, corresponding to an electron-31P distance of 1 nm. In systems, where a certain kind of nuclei is distributed in a plane, measurements of intermolecular hyperfine couplings can be analyzed in terms of a distance of closest approach of a paramagnetic center to that plane. By applying this technique to spin-labeled lipids in a fully hydrated lipid bilayer it is found that for a fraction of lipids, chain tilt angles can be 25 degrees larger than the mean tilt angle of the lipid chains. This model of all-trans hydrocarbon chains with a broad distribution of tilt angles is also consistent with orientation selection effects in high-field ENDOR spectra. 2005 American Institute of Physics.

  6. Structural and electronic analysis of Li/Al layered double hydroxides and their adsorption for CO2

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    Hou, Xin-Juan; Li, Huiquan; He, Peng; Sun, Zhenhua; Li, Shaopeng

    2017-09-01

    The most stable structures and electronic properties of different Li/Al layered double hydroxides models (i.e., Li/Al-X, X = F-, Cl-, Br-, OH-, NO3-, CO32-, SO42-) and their hydrates, the adsorption of CO2 on Li/Al-X (X = Cl-, NO3-, CO32-) were ascertained by means of density functional theory. Results revealed that the planes of NO3- and CO32- are parallel with the layers in dehydrated state, although the plane of NO3- becomes vertical with the layers upon the introduction of water molecules. Electronic density analysis suggested that SO42- and CO32- significantly strengthens the reducibility of the Li/Al layered double hydroxides. The distribution of the frontier orbitals indicated the high reactivity of the anions and hydroxyl groups of the layers. The orders of the predicted stability are F- > Cl- > Br- > NO3- for the monovalent anions and SO42- > CO32- for the divalent anions. The calculated adsorption energies of CO2 in Li/Al-X (X = Cl-, NO3-, CO3-) supported the experimental observation that Li/Al-CO3 exhibits higher CO2 capture capacity than Li/Al-NO3 and Li/Al-Cl. Non-covalent interaction analysis indicated that the interactions among mineral surfaces, anions, water and CO2 are dominated by H-bonds, electrostatic interactions, and van der Waals forces. In addition, radial distribution functions were applied to provide insight for the interaction of water or CO2 with carbonate ion and hydroxyl layers.

  7. Electronic promotion effect of double proton transfer on conduction of DNA through improvement of transverse electronic communication of base pairs

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    Liu, Haiying; Li, Genqin; Zhang, Laibin; Li, Jilai; Wang, Meishan; Bu, Yuxiang

    2011-10-01

    The effect of double proton transfer (DPT) on charge migration of DNA was investigated by the nonequilibrium Green's function method combined with density functional theory. The results revealed that DPT not only lowers ionization potentials, but also improves the delocalization of the localized π-orbitals at each base moiety through adjusting energy levels and spatial distributions of their molecular orbitals. Furthermore, DPT leads to both the strengthening of the second-order interactions of the Watson-Crick H-bond zones, and the promotion of the charge transfer transitions between two pairing bases in the UV absorption spectra. Electronic transport calculations indicated that DPT can improve the charge migration along the DNA duplex for specific sequences through enhancing transverse base-to-base electronic communication. This work will provide a new insight into the understanding of DNA charge conduction which can be electronically promoted or regulated by DPT.

  8. USING A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH, THE FIRST ELECTRON BACKSCATTERED KIKUCHI PATTERNS WERE CAPTURES FOR A PU ALLOY

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    C. J. BOEHLERT

    2001-06-01

    Microstructural characterization of plutonium by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) has been previously elusive primarily because of the extreme toxicity and surface oxidation rates associated with plutonium metal. In this work, initial electron backscattered diffraction pattern (EBSP) observations of a plutonium-gallium (Pu-Ga) alloy were made. Samples were prepared using standard metallographic and electropolishing techniques that were performed inside gloveboxes and/or an open front hood to prevent spread of radioactive contamination. A scanning Auger microprobe (SAM), equipped with an ion-gun, was used to characterize and remove surface chemical impurities (in particular carbon (C) and oxygen (O)) and a specially designed vacuum transfer device was used to minimize oxidation during the sample transfer from the SAM to the scanning electron microscope (SEM). EBSD patterns of the {delta}-phase (face-centered-cubic) were captured and the experimental techniques and parameters used to perform EBSD characterization are described in detail.

  9. Coupling capacitance between double quantum dots tunable by the number of electrons in Si quantum dots

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    Uchida, Takafumi Arita, Masashi; Takahashi, Yasuo; Fujiwara, Akira

    2015-02-28

    Tunability of capacitive coupling in the Si double-quantum-dot system is discussed by changing the number of electrons in quantum dots (QDs), in which the QDs are fabricated using pattern-dependent oxidation (PADOX) of a Si nanowire and multi-fine-gate structure. A single QD formed by PADOX is divided into multiple QDs by additional oxidation through the gap between the fine gates. When the number of electrons occupying the QDs is large, the coupling capacitance increases gradually and almost monotonically with the number of electrons. This phenomenon is attributed to the gradual growth in the effective QD size due to the increase in the number of electrons in the QDs. On the other hand, when the number of electrons changes in the few-electron regime, the coupling capacitance irregularly changes. This irregularity can be observed even up to 40 electrons. This behavior is attributable the rough structure of Si nano-dots made by PADOX. This roughness is thought to induce complicated change in the electron wave function when an electron is added to or subtracted from a QD.

  10. Electron-acoustic solitons and double layers in the inner magnetosphere

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    Vasko, I. Y.; Agapitov, O. V.; Mozer, F. S.; Bonnell, J. W.; Artemyev, A. V.; Krasnoselskikh, V. V.; Reeves, G.; Hospodarsky, G.

    2017-05-01

    The Van Allen Probes observe generally two types of electrostatic solitary waves (ESW) contributing to the broadband electrostatic wave activity in the nightside inner magnetosphere. ESW with symmetric bipolar parallel electric field are electron phase space holes. The nature of ESW with asymmetric bipolar (and almost unipolar) parallel electric field has remained puzzling. To address their nature, we consider a particular event observed by Van Allen Probes to argue that during the broadband wave activity electrons with energy above 200 eV provide the dominant contribution to the total electron density, while the density of cold electrons (below a few eV) is less than a few tenths of the total electron density. We show that velocities of the asymmetric ESW are close to velocity of electron-acoustic waves (existing due to the presence of cold and hot electrons) and follow the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) dispersion relation derived for the observed plasma conditions (electron energy spectrum is a power law between about 100 eV and 10 keV and Maxwellian above 10 keV). The ESW spatial scales are in general agreement with the KdV theory. We interpret the asymmetric ESW in terms of electron-acoustic solitons and double layers (shocks waves).

  11. Subcycle electron emission in sequential double ionization by elliptical laser pulses

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    Tong, Ai-Hong; Li, Ying-Bin

    2016-12-01

    Using a classical ensemble method, we have investigated sequential double ionization (SDI) of Ar atoms driven by elliptical laser pulses. The results show that the ion momentum distribution of the Ar atoms depends strongly on the pulse duration. As the pulse duration increases, the ion momentum distribution changes from two bands to four bands and then to six bands and finally to an eight-band structure. Back analysis of double ionization trajectories shows that the variation of the band structure originates from pulse duration dependent multiple ionization bursts of the second electron. Our calculations indicate that the subcycle electron emission in the SDI could be more easily accessed by using elliptical laser pulses with a longer wavelength. Moreover, we show that there is good correspondence between the scaled radial momentum and the ionization time.

  12. Electronic energy band structure of the double perovskite Ba2MnWO6.

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    Fujioka, Yukari; Frantti, Johannes; Nieminen, Risto M

    2008-06-05

    The electronic and magnetic structures of the double perovskite oxide Ba 2MnWO6 (BMW) were determined by employing the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) + U approach. BMW is considered a prototype double perovskite due to its high degree of B-site ordering and is a good case study for making a comparison between computations and experiments. By adjusting the U-parameter, the electronic energy band structure and magnetic properties, which were consistent with the experimental results, were obtained. These computations revealed that the valence bands are mainly formed from Mn 3d and O 2p states, while the conduction bands are derived from W 5d and O 2p states. The localized bands composed from Mn 3d states are located in the bandgap. The results imply that the formation of polarons in the conduction band initiate the resonance Raman modes observed as a series of equidistant peaks.

  13. Nonlinear ion-acoustic double-layers in electronegative plasmas with electrons featuring Tsallis distribution

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    Ghebache, Siham; Tribeche, Mouloud

    2016-04-01

    Weakly nonlinear ion-acoustic (IA) double-layers (DLs), which accompany electronegative plasmas composed of positive ions, negative ions, and nonextensive electrons are investigated. A generalized Korteweg-de Vries equation with a cubic nonlinearity is derived using a reductive perturbation method. Different types of electronegative plasmas inspired from the experimental studies of Ichiki et al. (2001) are discussed. It is shown that the IA wave phase velocity, in different mixtures of negative and positive ions, decreases as the nonextensive parameter q increases, before levelling-off at a constant value for larger q. Moreover, a relative increase of Q involves an enhancement of the IA phase velocity. Existence domains of either solitary waves or double-layers are then presented and their parametric dependence is determined. Owing to the electron nonextensivity, our present plasma model can admit compressive as well as rarefactive IA-DLs.

  14. Breathing mode lattice relaxation associated with carrier emission and capture by deep electronic levels in silicon

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    Samara, G.A.

    1987-01-01

    The breathing mode (volume) lattice relaxations associated with carrier emission and capture are evaluated for a variety of deep levels in silicon using a recently proposed method based on high pressure measurement of the emission rates and capture cross sections. Included are (1) the vacancy-like acceptor levels associated with the oxygen-vacancy pair (or A-center) and the gold, platinum and palladium impurities, (2) the chalcogenide donors in their singly- and doubly-charged states and (3) a number of 3d transition metal donors. The signs and magnitudes (which range from approx.0 to 5A/sup 3//emitted carrier) of these relaxations are discussed in terms of models for the impurities and defects responsible for the associated levels. The results on the chalcogenides are compared with recent theoretical calculations. 8 refs., 1 tab.

  15. The feasibility of using 'bring your own device' (BYOD) technology for electronic data capture in multicentre medical audit and research.

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    Faulds, M C; Bauchmuller, K; Miller, D; Rosser, J H; Shuker, K; Wrench, I; Wilson, P; Mills, G H

    2016-01-01

    Large-scale audit and research projects demand robust, efficient systems for accurate data collection, handling and analysis. We utilised a multiplatform 'bring your own device' (BYOD) electronic data collection app to capture observational audit data on theatre efficiency across seven hospital Trusts in South Yorkshire in June-August 2013. None of the participating hospitals had a dedicated information governance policy for bring your own device. Data were collected by 17 investigators for 392 individual theatre lists, capturing 14,148 individual data points, 12, 852 (91%) of which were transmitted to a central database on the day of collection without any loss of data. BYOD technology enabled accurate collection of a large volume of secure data across multiple NHS organisations over a short period of time. Bring your own device technology provides a method for collecting real-time audit, research and quality improvement data within healthcare systems without compromising patient data protection.

  16. State-selective electron capture in {sup 3}He{sup 2+} + He collisions at intermediate impact energies

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    Alessi, M.; Otranto, S.; Focke, P.

    2011-01-15

    In this work we have measured single-electron capture in collisions of {sup 3}He{sup 2+} projectiles incident on a helium target for energies of 13.3-100 keV/amu with the cold-target recoil-ion momentum spectroscopy setup implemented at the Centro Atomico Bariloche. State-selective single-capture cross sections were measured as a function of the impact energy. They were found to agree with previous existing data from the Frankfurt group, starting at the impact energy of 60 keV/amu; as well as with recent data, at 7.5 keV/amu, from the Lanzhou group. The present experimental results are also contrasted to the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method with dynamical screening.

  17. Absolute cross sections for electron loss, electron capture, and multiple ionization in collisions of C{sup 3+} with noble gases

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    Santos, A. C. F.; Sant'Anna, M. M.; Montenegro, E. C.; Sigaud, G. M.; Melo, W. S.

    2010-07-15

    Absolute charge-state-correlated cross sections for projectile electron loss, electron capture, and target multiple ionization in collisions between C{sup 3+} ions and noble gases have been measured for energies between 1.3 and 3.5 MeV. The data have been compared with other similar absolute cross sections existent in the literature for several projectiles. Calculations for the single-loss-multiple-ionization channel have been performed for the screening mode, using both an extended version of the classical-impulse free-collision model and the plane-wave Born approximation (PWBA), and for the antiscreening mode within the PWBA. The energy dependence of the average number of target active electrons which contribute to the antiscreening has been described by means of a simple function, which is ''universal'' for noble gases but, in principle, projectile dependent. A method has been developed to obtain the number of active target electrons for each subshell in the high-velocity regime, which presented physically reasonable results. Analyses of the dependences of the single-capture and transfer-ionization (SC and TI, respectively) processes on the projectile charge states showed that, for He, equally charged bare and dressed projectiles have very similar cross sections; the latter thus acting as structureless point charges. A behavior similar to that in the SC has been observed for the pure single ionization of He by projectiles with different charge states and of the other noble gases by singly charged projectiles. It has been shown that the q{sup 2} dependence of the pure-single and total-ionization cross sections, predicted by first-order models, is only valid for high-collision velocities. For slower collisions, the electron capture process becomes more relevant and competes with the ionization channel, a feature which grows in importance as the projectile charge state increases.

  18. Double ionization of single oriented water molecules by electron impact: Second-order Born description

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    Dal Cappello, C.; Champion, C.; Kada, I.; Mansouri, A.

    2011-06-15

    The double ionization of isolated water molecules fixed in space is investigated within a theoretical approach based on the second-order Born approximation. Electron angular distributions have been studied for specific kinematical conditions. The three usual mechanisms, the shake-off and the two two-step mechanisms, have been identified. A significant contribution of the two-step mechanism is clearly visible for some particular kinematics.

  19. Double-spin asymmetries in electron-nucleon scattering in Halls B and C at Jlab

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    Donald Crabb

    2003-07-15

    Three experiments at JLab have measured the double polarization asymmetries in the nucleon resonance region, using polarized electron beams incident on polarized proton and deuteron targets. The analysis for the first experiment, eg1a in Hall B, is nearly finished and preliminary values of the spin structure function g1(x, Q2) and the first moment (x) have been extracted. The other two experiments, one in Hall B and one in Hall C, are still analyzing data. Some results are presented.

  20. Effect of spin-flip scattering on the electron transport through double quantum dots

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    Yang, Fu-Bin; Huang, Rui; Cheng, Yan

    2015-05-01

    We systematically investigate the electron transport through double quantum dots (DQD) with particular emphasis on the spin-flip scattering of an electron in the DQD. By means of the slave-boson mean-field approximation, we calculate the linear conductance and the transmission in the Kondo regime at zero temperature. The obtained results show that both the linear conductance and transmission probability are quite sensitive to the spin-flip strength when the DQD structure is changed among the serial, parallel and T-shaped. It is suggested that such a theoretical model can be used to study the physical phenomenon related to the spin manipulation transport.

  1. Frustrated double and single ionization in a two-electron triatomic molecule H+ 3

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    Chen, A.; Lazarou, C.; Price, H.; Emmanouilidou, A.

    2016-12-01

    Using a semi-classical model, we study the formation of highly excited neutral fragments during the fragmentation of {{{H}}}3+, a two-electron triatomic molecule, driven by an intense near-IR laser field. To do so, we first formulate a microcanonical distribution for arbitrary one-electron triatomic molecules. We then study frustrated double and single ionization in strongly driven {{{H}}}3+ and compute the kinetic energy release of the nuclei for these two processes. Moreover, we investigate the dependence of frustrated ionization on the strength of the laser field as well as on the geometry of the initial molecular state.

  2. Characteristics of a Sheath with Secondary Electron Emission in the Double Walls of a Hall Thruster

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    Duan, Ping; Li, Xi; Shen, Hongjuan; Chen, Long; E, Peng

    2012-09-01

    In order to investigate the effects of secondary electrons, which are emitted from the wall, on the performance of a thruster, a one-dimensional fluid model of the plasma sheath in double walls is applied to study the characteristics of a magnetized sheath. The effects of secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficients and trapping coefficients, as well as magnetic field, on the structure of the plasma sheath are investigated. The results show that sheath potential and wall potential rise with the increment of SEE coefficient and trapping coefficient which results in a reduced sheath thickness. In addition, magnetic field strength will influence the sheath potential distributions.

  3. High frequency electron nuclear double resonance at 239 GHz using a far-infrared laser source

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    Paschedag, L.; van Tol, J.; Wyder, P.

    1995-10-01

    We report on the application of {sup 14}N electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) at 8.5 T and 239 GHz ({lambda}=1.2 mm) in a {gamma}-irradiated betaine arsenate single crystal. A laser was used as a far-infrared radiation source in a transmission-type electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) setup without a cavity. The four expected nitrogen ENDOR lines were observed, but due to insufficient saturation of the EPR transitions the signal/noise ratio was not larger than 10 and the signals vanished at temperatures above 20 K. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  4. Tunable surface electron spin splitting with electric double-layer transistors based on InN.

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    Yin, Chunming; Yuan, Hongtao; Wang, Xinqiang; Liu, Shitao; Zhang, Shan; Tang, Ning; Xu, Fujun; Chen, Zhuoyu; Shimotani, Hidekazu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Chen, Yonghai; Ge, Weikun; Shen, Bo

    2013-05-08

    Electrically manipulating electron spins based on Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is a key pathway for applications of spintronics and spin-based quantum computation. Two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs) offer a particularly important SOC platform, where spin polarization can be tuned with an electric field perpendicular to the 2DES. Here, by measuring the tunable circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE), we present a room-temperature electric-field-modulated spin splitting of surface electrons on InN epitaxial thin films that is a good candidate to realize spin injection. The surface band bending and resulting CPGE current are successfully modulated by ionic liquid gating within an electric double-layer transistor configuration. The clear gate voltage dependence of CPGE current indicates that the spin splitting of the surface electron accumulation layer is effectively tuned, providing a way to modulate the injected spin polarization in potential spintronic devices.

  5. Double layer electric fields aiding the production of superthermal electrons within magnetic reconnection exhausts

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    Egedal, Jan; Daughton, William; Le, Ari

    2015-11-01

    Using a kinetic simulation of magnetic reconnection it was recently shown that parallel electric fields (E∥) can be present over large spatial scales in reconnection exhausts. The largest values of E∥ are observed within double layers, which form through large parallel streaming of electrons into the reconnection region. The electron confinement, provided in part by the structure in E∥, allows sustained energization by perpendicular electric fields (E⊥). The energization is a consequence of the confined electrons' chaotic orbital motion that includes drifts aligned with the reconnection electric field. The mechanism is effective in an extended region of the reconnection exhaust allowing for the generation of superthermal electrons in reconnection scenarios, including those with only a single x-line. The numerical and analytical results agree with detailed spacecraft observations recorded during reconnection events in the Earth's magnetotail. Supported by NSF GEM award 1405166 and NASA grant NNX14AC68G.

  6. Electron-nuclear correlation in above-threshold double ionization of molecules

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    Lu, Peifen; Zhang, Wenbin; Gong, Xiaochun; Song, Qiying; Lin, Kang; Ji, Qinying; Ma, Junyang; He, Feng; Zeng, Heping; Wu, Jian

    2017-03-01

    We report on the experimental observation of photon energy sharing among two electrons and two ions ejected from a doubly ionized molecule exposed to an intense ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulse. Although two electrons are successively released one after the other, bridged by the nuclear motion via their interactions, photon energy sharing among four particles is observed as multiple energy conservation lines in their joint energy spectrum. For sequential double ionization of H2, the electron-nuclear joint energy spectrum allows us to identify three pathways towards the charge-resonance enhanced ionization of the stretching H2+ in strong laser fields. By counting the photon number absorbed by the molecule, we trace the accessibility, enhancement, and suppression of various pathways. The correlated electron-nuclear motion provides profound insights of the complicated strong-field dynamics of molecules.

  7. Shock waves and double layers in a quantum electron-positron-ion plasma

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    Dip, P. R.; Hossen, M. A.; Salahuddin, M.; Mamun, A. A.

    2016-02-01

    The ion-acoustic (IA) shock waves and double layers (DLs) in an unmagnetized, dissipative, quantum electron-positron-ion (EPI) plasma (composed of a viscous heavy ion fluid, Fermi electrons and positrons) have been theoretically investigated. The higher-order Burgers and Gardner equations are derived by employing the reductive perturbation method. The basic features of the IA shock waves and the DLs are identified by analyzing the solutions of both the higher-order Burgers and Gardner equations. The ratio of the Fermi temperature of the positron to that of the electron, the Fermi pressure of electrons and positrons, the viscous force, the plasma particle number densities, etc. are found to change remarkably the basic features (viz. amplitude, width, phase speed, etc.) of the IA waves. The results of our investigation may be helpful in understanding the nonlinear features of localized IA waves propagating in quantum EPI plasmas which are ubiquitous in astrophysical, as well as laboratory, environments.

  8. Single- and double-electron detachment from H{sup {minus}} in collisions with He

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    Vikor, L.; Sarkadi, L.; Penent, F.; Bader, A.; Palinkas, J.

    1996-09-01

    The single- and double-electron detachment processes have been studied for 85 keV H{sup {minus}} on He collisions measuring the energy spectra of the electrons emitted in forward direction. In the spectrum belonging to the single-electron loss (SEL) the nonresonant part (cusp) has been resolved from the resonant part [lines from the (2{ital s}2{ital p}){sup 1}{ital P}{sup {ital o}} shape resonance of H{sup {minus}}]. The ratio of the integrated yield of the double-electron loss (DEL) to that of SEL was found to be 0.36{plus_minus}0.02. The yield of the cusp in the SEL spectrum was found to be surprisingly small, only (70{plus_minus}20){percent} of the yield of the cusp in the DEL spectrum. The formation of the cusp in SEL is interpreted as a result of dipolar interaction between the electron and the outgoing H{sup 0} atom. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  9. Capturing Structural Dynamics in Crystalline Silicon Using Chirped Electrons from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator.

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    He, Z-H; Beaurepaire, B; Nees, J A; Gallé, G; Scott, S A; Pérez, J R Sánchez; Lagally, M G; Krushelnick, K; Thomas, A G R; Faure, J

    2016-11-08

    Recent progress in laser wakefield acceleration has led to the emergence of a new generation of electron and X-ray sources that may have enormous benefits for ultrafast science. These novel sources promise to become indispensable tools for the investigation of structural dynamics on the femtosecond time scale, with spatial resolution on the atomic scale. Here, we demonstrate the use of laser-wakefield-accelerated electron bunches for time-resolved electron diffraction measurements of the structural dynamics of single-crystal silicon nano-membranes pumped by an ultrafast laser pulse. In our proof-of-concept study, we resolve the silicon lattice dynamics on a picosecond time scale by deflecting the momentum-time correlated electrons in the diffraction peaks with a static magnetic field to obtain the time-dependent diffraction efficiency. Further improvements may lead to femtosecond temporal resolution, with negligible pump-probe jitter being possible with future laser-wakefield-accelerator ultrafast-electron-diffraction schemes.

  10. Capturing Structural Dynamics in Crystalline Silicon Using Chirped Electrons from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator

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    He, Z.-H.; Beaurepaire, B.; Nees, J. A.; Gallé, G.; Scott, S. A.; Pérez, J. R. Sánchez; Lagally, M. G.; Krushelnick, K.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Faure, J.

    2016-11-01

    Recent progress in laser wakefield acceleration has led to the emergence of a new generation of electron and X-ray sources that may have enormous benefits for ultrafast science. These novel sources promise to become indispensable tools for the investigation of structural dynamics on the femtosecond time scale, with spatial resolution on the atomic scale. Here, we demonstrate the use of laser-wakefield-accelerated electron bunches for time-resolved electron diffraction measurements of the structural dynamics of single-crystal silicon nano-membranes pumped by an ultrafast laser pulse. In our proof-of-concept study, we resolve the silicon lattice dynamics on a picosecond time scale by deflecting the momentum-time correlated electrons in the diffraction peaks with a static magnetic field to obtain the time-dependent diffraction efficiency. Further improvements may lead to femtosecond temporal resolution, with negligible pump-probe jitter being possible with future laser-wakefield-accelerator ultrafast-electron-diffraction schemes.

  11. Electron Capture-delayed neutron-emissions in neutron star crust simulations using a Hauser-Feshbach model

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    Gupta, Sanjib S.; Heger, A.; Moeller, P.; Kawano, T.

    2008-04-17

    Recently, Electron Captures (henceforth EC) into excited states of neutron-rich nuclei were shown by the LANL-Michigan State-Mainz collaboration to result in Neutron Star (henceforth NS) Crust heating which was 4-5 times that of previous calculations. That result also highlighted the importance of a spread in X-ray burst abundances over several mass chains which could contribute to substantial heating through large shell and sub-shell gaps showing up in the excitation energy spectrum of the EC daughter. Such effects did not dominate when a single beta-stable species was evolved in an accreted parcel of matter in earlier calculations. We are now exploring the nucleosynthesis and heating from neutron processes deeper in the NS Crust around 10{sup 11} gcm{sup -3}. Electron captures into excited states of neutron-rich nuclei above neutron separation energies requires a Hauser-Feshbach code to calculate the branchings between 1-, 2-, 3-,...neutron emission rates in the stellar environment. Since the evolving composition has a free neutron fraction at a very density, the equilibrium composition at a given depth requires readjustments with respect to both the electron chemical potential and the neutron chemical potential, and the emitted neutrons can be captured into other mass chains with a net release of heat. From a nucleosynthesis perspective, we have a very interesting and hitherto unexplored pattern of weak interactions and neutron processes similar to the r-process, with the exception that the weak processes are primarily density-driven in the rather cold crust (T{sub 9} = 0.4-0.6) and in the {beta}{sup +} direction, that is, toward increasing neutron richness.

  12. [Introduction to Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and REDCap2SDTM, a Conversion Tool to Facilitate Clinical Research Data Sharing].

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    Yamamoto, Keiichi

    2017-07-01

    Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC), Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) is used in new drug application studies and for sharing and reuse of accumulated clinical research data. Clinical trial manuscripts submitted to International Committee of Medical Journal Editors member journals are required to contain a statement on data sharing. We introduce here Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and REDCap2SDTM, a tool for converting research data to CDISC SDTM for facilitating data sharing. This tool will help reduce the workload in new drug application studies and allow the effective reuse of clinical research data.

  13. Determination of chloramphenicol residue in fish and shrimp tissues by gas chromatography with a microcell electron capture detector.

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    Ding, Shuangyang; Shen, Jianzhong; Zhang, Suxia; Jiang, Haiyang; Sun, Zhiwen

    2005-01-01

    A gas chromatography method with microcell electron capture detection was developed for the determination of chloramphenicol residue in fish and shrimp muscle tissues. The tissue samples were extracted with ethyl acetate, defatted with hexane, and derivatized with Sylon BFT [N,O-bis (trimethylsilyl) trifluoroacetamide-trimethylchlorosilane (99 + 1)]. The limit of detection was 0.04 ng/g and the limit of quantitation 0.1 ng/g. Average recoveries were 70.8-90.8% for fish and 69.9-86.3% for shrimp, respectively. The method was validated for the determination of practical samples.

  14. The Use of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Software to Create a Database of Librarian-Mediated Literature Searches

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    LYON, JENNIFER A.; GARCIA-MILIAN, ROLANDO; NORTON, HANNAH F.; TENNANT, MICHELE R.

    2015-01-01

    Expert-mediated literature searching, a keystone service in biomedical librarianship, would benefit significantly from regular methodical review. This paper describes the novel use of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) software to create a database of literature searches conducted at a large academic health sciences library. An archive of paper search requests was entered into REDCap, and librarians now prospectively enter records for current searches. Having search data readily available allows librarians to reuse search strategies and track their workload. In aggregate, this data can help guide practice and determine priorities by identifying users’ needs, tracking librarian effort, and focusing librarians’ continuing education. PMID:25023012

  15. Detection of trace levels of triclopyr using capillary gas chromatography-electron-capture negative-ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Begley, P; Foulger, B E

    1988-04-01

    Triclopyr, after esterification, is shown to be a suitable candidate for detection by gas chromatography-electron-capture negative-ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry forming a characteristic carboxylate anion which offers a high detection sensitivity. A detection limit of 70 fg reaching the ionizer is indicated. Low backgrounds and an absence of chemical interferences are shown for vegetation extracts, using a simple method of extraction and derivatisation. A similar behaviour is demonstrated for 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T.

  16. Characterization of the iron-binding properties of pyoverdine using electron-capture dissociation-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Qi, Yulin; Hayen, Heiko; Volmer, Dietrich A

    2016-02-01

    Pyoverdines (PVD) are a group of siderophores produced by fluorescent Pseudomonads. Identification of PVD variants mostly relies on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) using collision-induced dissociation (CID). Here, both CID and the novel dissociation technique electron-capture dissociation (ECD) were applied to characterize PVD succinamide and its Fe(III)-chelated complex. The results clearly showed that ECD produced diagnostic side chain fragmentation of the PVD peptide chain and preserved the labile Fe(III) binding to the chromophore in contrast to CID. The ECD technique is therefore expected to support the understanding of strain-specific Fe(III) transport processes of PVDs.

  17. Measurement of the {beta}{sup +} and Orbital Electron-Capture Decay Rates in Fully Ionized, Hydrogenlike, and Heliumlike {sup 140}Pr Ions

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    Litvinov, Yu. A.; Geissel, H.; Winckler, N.; Knoebel, R.; Litvinov, S. A.; Scheidenberger, C.; Bosch, F.; Beckert, K.; Brandau, C.; Dimopoulou, C.; Hess, S.; Kozhuharov, C.; Mazzocco, M.; Nociforo, C.; Nolden, F.; Prochazka, A.; Reuschl, R.; Steck, M.; Stoehlker, T.; Trassinelli, M.

    2007-12-31

    We report on the first measurement of the {beta}{sup +} and orbital electron-capture decay rates of {sup 140}Pr nuclei with the simplest electron configurations: bare nuclei, hydrogenlike, and heliumlike ions. The measured electron-capture decay constant of hydrogenlike {sup 140}Pr{sup 58+} ions is about 50% larger than that of heliumlike {sup 140}Pr{sup 57+} ions. Moreover, {sup 140}Pr ions with one bound electron decay faster than neutral {sup 140}Pr{sup 0+} atoms with 59 electrons. To explain this peculiar observation one has to take into account the conservation of the total angular momentum, since only particular spin orientations of the nucleus and of the captured electron can contribute to the allowed decay.

  18. Bond cleavage reactions in the tripeptide trialanine upon free electron capture

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    Puschnigg, Benjamin; Huber, Stefan E.; Scheier, Paul; Probst, Michael; Denifl, Stephan

    2014-05-01

    In the present study we performed dissociative electron attachment (DEA) measurements with the tripeptide trialanine, C9H17N3O4, utilizing a crossed electron-molecular beam experiment with high electron energy resolution (~100 meV). Anion efficiency yields as a function of the incident electron energy are obtained for the most abundant anions up to electron energies of ~4 eV. Quantum chemical calculations are performed to determine the thermochemical thresholds for the anions observed in the measurements. There is no evidence of a molecular anion with lifetime of mass spectrometric timescales. The dehydrogenated closed shell anion (M-H)- is one of the fragment anions observed for which the calculations show that H-loss is energetically possible from carboxyl, as well as amide groups. In contrast to the dipeptide dialanine and monomer alanine the cleavage of the N-Cα bond in the peptide chain is already possible by attachment of electrons at ~0 eV. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Nano-scale Insights into Ion-beam Cancer Therapy", edited by Andrey V. Solov'yov, Nigel Mason, Paulo Limão-Vieira and Malgorzata Smialek-Telega.

  19. Concerted double proton-transfer electron-transfer between catechol and superoxide radical anion.

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    Quintero-Saumeth, Jorge; Rincón, David A; Doerr, Markus; Daza, Martha C

    2017-09-20

    We have carried out a computational study on the reactivity of catechol (1,2-dihydroxybenzene) towards superoxide radical anion (O2˙(-)) in water, N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), pentyl ethanoate (PEA) and vacuum using density functional theory and the coupled cluster method. Five reaction mechanisms were studied: (i) sequential proton transfer followed by hydrogen atom transfer (PT-HT), (ii) sequential hydrogen atom transfer followed by proton transfer (HT-PT), (iii) single electron transfer (SET), (iv) radical adduct formation (RAF) and (v) concerted double proton-transfer electron-transfer (denoted as global reaction, GR). Our results show that catechol and superoxide do not react via a sequential reaction mechanism (initial PT, initial HAT or SET). Instead, the reaction proceeds via a concerted double proton-transfer electron-transfer mechanism yielding hydrogen peroxide and catechol radical anion. The protons are transferred asynchronously between the σ orbitals of the catechol oxygen atoms to superoxide, while the electron is transferred between oxygen π orbitals in the same direction. The calculated rate constants in aqueous media agree with the experimental values reported in the literature. This suggests that the mechanism proposed in this work is adequate to describe this reaction. In addition, our results show that the reaction exhibits a large tunneling effect.

  20. Improved procedure for the determination of malonaldehyde by gas-chromatography with electron-capture detection as 2,4,6-trichlorophenylhydrazine derivative.

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    Sangalli, Lorenzo; Chiesa, Luca Maria; Passerò, Elena; Manzocchi, Ada; Maffeo, Giovanni; Biondi, Pier Antonio

    2003-10-25

    A previously described derivatization method using trichlorophenylhydrazine was developed for the estimation of malonaldehyde measured by gas-chromatography (GC) with electron-capture detection. The precision and reliability of the procedure are improved here by the use of methylmalonaldehyde as internal standard and by the introduction of a diverter valve at the end of the capillary column to protect the electron-capture detector, respectively. The method was applied to determine malonaldehyde content in bovine plasma samples.

  1. Glycopeptide identification using liquid-chromatography-compatible hot electron capture dissociation in a radio-frequency-quadrupole ion trap.

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    Manri, Naomi; Satake, Hiroyuki; Kaneko, Akihito; Hirabayashi, Atsumu; Baba, Takashi; Sakamoto, Takeshi

    2013-02-19

    We developed a liquid chromatography (LC) compatible electron capture dissociation (ECD) mass spectrometer for glycoproteomics, with which ECD and hot ECD (HECD) experiments can be flexibly switched by quickly changing the electron energy without further tuning of the mass spectrometer. Desialylated glycopeptides were dissociated well in both ECD and HECD experiments. For sialylated glycopeptides, on the other hand, ECD with electron energy higher than 4 eV showed significantly higher sequence coverage than that with an electron energy of 0.2 eV. A nano LC system was coupled to our ECD mass spectrometer to investigate N-linked glycopeptides from lysylendopeptidase (Lys-C) digests of human transferrin. ECD spectra at multiple electron energies of 0.2, 5.0, and 9.0 eV were obtained for each targeting precursor ion in a single LC injection. Glycopeptides with a sialylated bi-, tri-, or tetra-antennary complex N-glycan were identified with high sequence coverage by HECD. Glycopeptides with tri- or tetra-antennary N-glycans have seldom been analyzed by ECD or ETD before this report. We also found that a preferential dissociation of nonreducing termini of glycans in glycopeptides by ECD and HECD.

  2. Singlet-triplet electron spin qubit in Si/SiGe double quantum dot

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    Wu, Xian

    In this thesis, we study the electronic properties of devices made from Si/SiGe heterostructures and demonstrate universal control of a two-electron spin qubit in a double quantum dot. First, we introduce the basic concepts of a quantum bit (qubit), which is the fundamental building block of a quantum computer. We choose to use electron spin states in a solid state device as the hardware for implementing a qubit. The solid state device is made in a Si/SiGe heterostructure, in which a two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) forms at the interface of a Si layer and a SiGe layer at cryogenic temperatures. Metal gates are patterned on top of the heterostrucutres to confine electrons in the two lateral directions. We characterize the material by fabricating Hall bars and performing magnetotransport measurements on those Hall bars to extract the carrier density and mobility of the 2DEG formed in each material. We study the surface effects of modulation doped heterostructures on the 2DEG formed underneath and demonstrate that the quality of the surface affects the property of the buried 2DEG in a Si/SiGe heterostructure. In a double quantum dot, the spin singlet state and the spin-zero triplet state of two electrons can be used as the qubit basis states. The energy difference between singlet and triplet states induces rotations about the Z axis in the Bloch sphere. The difference in magnetic field DeltaB between the two sides of the double dot, arising from the coupling to the nuclear spins in the host material, drives singlet-triplet state rotation about the X axis in the Blochsphere. X rotation is poor because this nuclear Delta B is unstable. We fabricate a Si/SiGe double quantum dot with an integrated micromagnet, which generates a larger and more stable Delta B to improve X rotation. Using this DeltaB, we demonstrate coherent rotation of the qubit's Bloch vector about two different axes of the Bloch sphere. The inhomogeneous spin coherence time T 2* is determined. We

  3. Bright-field scanning confocal electron microscopy using a double aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope.

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    Wang, Peng; Behan, Gavin; Kirkland, Angus I; Nellist, Peter D; Cosgriff, Eireann C; D'Alfonso, Adrian J; Morgan, Andrew J; Allen, Leslie J; Hashimoto, Ayako; Takeguchi, Masaki; Mitsuishi, Kazutaka; Shimojo, Masayuki

    2011-06-01

    Scanning confocal electron microscopy (SCEM) offers a mechanism for three-dimensional imaging of materials, which makes use of the reduced depth of field in an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope. The simplest configuration of SCEM is the bright-field mode. In this paper we present experimental data and simulations showing the form of bright-field SCEM images. We show that the depth dependence of the three-dimensional image can be explained in terms of two-dimensional images formed in the detector plane. For a crystalline sample, this so-called probe image is shown to be similar to a conventional diffraction pattern. Experimental results and simulations show how the diffracted probes in this image are elongated in thicker crystals and the use of this elongation to estimate sample thickness is explored.

  4. Electron capture decay of 58-min U-229(92) and levels in Pa-229(91)

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    Ahmad, I.; Chasman, R. R.; Greene, J. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Zhu, S.

    2015-08-17

    Electron capture decay of U-229 is investigated by measuring the gamma-ray and conversion electron spectra of mass-separated and unseparated U-229 sources with high-resolution germanium and silicon detectors, respectively. Gamma-gamma coincidence measurements are also performed using germanium detectors. These studies provide level energies and level ordering in Pa-229. Single-particle assignments are given to these levels which are in agreement with the systematics in this region and also with theory. In a previous study, we report the observation of a 5/2(+/-) parity doublet in the Pa-229 ground state, which is a signature of octupole deformation. The present analysis of the data still shows a splitting of 60 +/- 50 eV, but with this large uncertainty the existence of the doublet is not certain.

  5. Efficiency enhancement of planar perovskite solar cells by adding zwitterion/LiF double interlayers for electron collection.

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    Sun, Kuan; Chang, Jingjing; Isikgor, Furkan Halis; Li, Pengcheng; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2015-01-21

    Double interlayers consisting of a zwitterionic small molecule layer and a LiF layer were introduced between the electron transport layer and the cathode of perovskite solar cells. The double interlayers improve the photovoltaic efficiency to 13.2%, which is higher than that of control devices without the double interlayer (9.2%) or with LiF (11.0%) or rhodamine 101 zwitterion (12.1%) alone.

  6. Asymmetric electron energy sharing in electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Silenou Mengoue, M.; Tetchou Nganso, H. M.

    2016-12-01

    We present the fully fivefold differential cross sections (FDCSs) for (e ,3 e ) processes in helium within the first Born approximation. The calculation is performed for a coplanar geometry in which the incident electron is fast (˜6 keV), the momentum transfer is small (0.24 a.u.), and for an asymmetric energy sharing between both slow ejected electrons at excess energy of 20 eV. Two cases have been considered: E1=15 eV, E2=5 eV and E1=8 eV, E2=12 eV. While waiting for new theoretical and experimental results for confrontations, in particular for asymmetric energy sharing, our results clearly demonstrate that, for the same incident energy, the same momentum transfer and the same excess energy, the (e ,3 e ) process in helium with asymmetric energy sharing between ejected electrons is more likely than the case with symmetric energy sharing. The two- and three-dimensional representation of the FDCSs covering all possible values of the angle of ejections are presented and discussed. The theoretical cross sections are calculated by using a compact-kernel-integral-equation approach associated with the Jacobi matrix method to calculate a three-body wave function and which leads to a full convergence in terms of the basis size.

  7. Ion Acoustic Solitons and Double Layers in the Solar Wind Having Kappa Distributed Electrons

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    Lakhina, G. S.; Singh, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    It is shown that two types of, slow and fast, ion-acoustic solitary waves can occur in a solar wind plasma consisting of fluid hot protons, hot alpha particles streaming with respect to protons, and suprathermal electrons having k- distribution. The fast ion-acoustic mode is similar to the ion-acoustic mode of proton-electron plasma, and can support only positive potential solitons. The slow ion-acoustic mode is a new mode that occurs due to the presence of alpha particles. This mode can support both positive and negative solitons and double layers. The slow ion-acoustic mode can exist even when the relative streaming, U0, between alphas and protons is zero, provided alpha temperature, Ti, is not exactly equal to 4 times the proton temperature, Tp. An increase of the k- index leads to an increase in the critical Mach number, maximum Mach number and the maximum amplitude of both slow and fast ion-acoustic solitons. The model can explain the amplitudes and widths, but not shapes, of the weak double layers (WDLs) observed in the solar wind at 1 AU by Wind spacecraft in terms of slow ion-acoustic double layers. It is proposed that both slow and fast ion-acoustic solitons may be responsible for the ion- acoustic like wave activity in the solar wind.

  8. Electronic Structure of Graphene and Germanene Based on Double Hexagonal Structure

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    Naji, S.; Belhaj, A.; Labrim, H.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, we study the electronic structure of monolayer materials based on a double hexagonal geometry with (1×1) and (√ 3 × √ 3)R30o superstructures. Inspired from the two-dimensional root system of an exceptional Lie algebra called G2, this hexagonal atomic configuration involves two hexagons of unequal side length at angle 30°. The principal unit hexagonal cell contains twelve atoms instead of the usual configuration involving only six ones relying only on the (1×1) superstructure. Using ab initio calculations based on FPLO9.00-34 code, we investigate numerically the graphene and the germanene with the double hexagonal geometry. In particular, we find that the usual electronic properties and the lattice parameters of such materials are modified. More precisely, the lattice parameters are increased. It has been shown that, in the single hexagonal geometry, the grapheme and the germanene behave as a gapless semiconductor and a semi-metallic, respectively. In double hexagonal geometry however, both materials becomes metallic.

  9. Capturing Structural Dynamics in Crystalline Silicon Using Chirped Electrons from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator

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    He, Z.-H.; Beaurepaire, B.; Nees, J. A.; Gallé, G.; Scott, S. A.; Pérez, J. R. Sánchez; Lagally, M. G.; Krushelnick, K.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Faure, J.

    2016-01-01

    Recent progress in laser wakefield acceleration has led to the emergence of a new generation of electron and X-ray sources that may have enormous benefits for ultrafast science. These novel sources promise to become indispensable tools for the investigation of structural dynamics on the femtosecond time scale, with spatial resolution on the atomic scale. Here, we demonstrate the use of laser-wakefield-accelerated electron bunches for time-resolved electron diffraction measurements of the structural dynamics of single-crystal silicon nano-membranes pumped by an ultrafast laser pulse. In our proof-of-concept study, we resolve the silicon lattice dynamics on a picosecond time scale by deflecting the momentum-time correlated electrons in the diffraction peaks with a static magnetic field to obtain the time-dependent diffraction efficiency. Further improvements may lead to femtosecond temporal resolution, with negligible pump-probe jitter being possible with future laser-wakefield-accelerator ultrafast-electron-diffraction schemes. PMID:27824086

  10. Role of nonthermal electrons on dust ion acoustic double layer with variable dust charge

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    Borah, Prathana; Gogoi, Deepshikha; Das, Nilakshi

    2016-01-01

    The presence of nonthermal electron may play an important role in the formation of nonlinear structures in plasma. On the other hand, fluctuation of dust charge is an important and unique feature of complex plasma and it gives rise to a dissipative effect in the system leading to the formation of nonlinear structures due to the balance between nonlinearity and dissipation. In this paper, the propagation of nonlinear dust ion acoustic (DIA) wave in unmagnetized collisionless dusty plasma consisting of ions, nonthermal electrons and dust grains with variable negative charge has been investigated using the Sagdeev potential method. The existence domain of rarefactive double layer (DL) in the DIA wave has been investigated for the range of plasma parameters. The real potential has been obtained by numerically solving the Poisson equation and dust charging equation. It is observed that the presence of nonthermal electrons strengthens the DIA DL.

  11. A double-layer based model of ion confinement in electron cyclotron resonance ion source

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    Mascali, D. Neri, L.; Celona, L.; Castro, G.; Gammino, S.; Ciavola, G.; Torrisi, G.; Sorbello, G.

    2014-02-15

    The paper proposes a new model of ion confinement in ECRIS, which can be easily generalized to any magnetic configuration characterized by closed magnetic surfaces. Traditionally, ion confinement in B-min configurations is ascribed to a negative potential dip due to superhot electrons, adiabatically confined by the magneto-static field. However, kinetic simulations including RF heating affected by cavity modes structures indicate that high energy electrons populate just a thin slab overlapping the ECR layer, while their density drops down of more than one order of magnitude outside. Ions, instead, diffuse across the electron layer due to their high collisionality. This is the proper physical condition to establish a double-layer (DL) configuration which self-consistently originates a potential barrier; this “barrier” confines the ions inside the plasma core surrounded by the ECR surface. The paper will describe a simplified ion confinement model based on plasma density non-homogeneity and DL formation.

  12. Non uniform shrinkages of double-walled carbon nanotube as induced by electron beam irradiation

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    Zhu, Xianfang Li, Lunxiong; Gong, Huimin; Yang, Lan; Sun, Chenghua

    2014-09-01

    Electron beam-induced nanoinstabilities of pristine double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) of two different configurations, one fixed at both ends and another fixed at only one end, were in-situ investigated in transmission electron microscope at room temperature. It was observed that the DWCNT fixed at both ends shrank in its diameter uniformly. Meanwhile, the DWCNT fixed at only one end intriguingly shrank preferentially from its free cap end along its axial direction whereas its diameter shrinkage was offset. A mechanism of “diffusion” along with “evaporation” at room temperature which is driven by the nanocurvature of the DWCNTs, and the athermal activation induced by the electron beam was proposed to elucidate the observed phenomena. The effect of the interlayer interaction of the DWCNTs was also discussed.

  13. Channeling, volume reflection, and volume capture study of electrons in a bent silicon crystal

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    Wistisen, T. N.; Uggerhoj, U. I.; Wienands, U.; ...

    2016-07-05

    Here, we present the experimental data and analysis of experiments conducted at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory investigating the processes of channeling, volume-reflection and volume-capture along the (111) plane in a strongly bent quasimosaic silicon crystal. These phenomena were investigated at 5 energies: 3.35, 4.2, 6.3, 10.5, and 14.0 GeV with a crystal with bending radius of 0.15 m, corresponding to curvatures of 0.053, 0.066, 0.099, 0.16, and 0.22 times the critical curvature, respectively. Based on the parameters of fitting functions we have extracted important parameters describing the channeling process such as the dechanneling length, the angle of volume reflection, themore » surface transmission, and the widths of the distribution of channeled particles parallel and orthogonal to the plane.« less

  14. Analysis of the substate distribution of H(n=3) atoms from electron capture by protons on Ar

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    Renwick, S.P.; Martell, E.C.; Weaver, W.D.; Risley, J.S.

    1993-05-01

    We present a measurement of diagonal and real off-diagonal germs of the density matrix describing H(n=3) atoms produced by electron capture of 20 - 100 keV protons colliding with Ar. These elements of the excited atoms` density matrix are used to determine important parameters of the collisionally-produced H atom, including the atom`s electric dipole moment and cross sections for electron capture to angular momentum substates of n=3. The matrix is determined by analysis of the polarization of Balmer-{alpha} light emitted by the radiative decay of the atoms in an external electric field. A new polarimeter, employing a photoelastic modulator, has allowed us to subtract undesired background from excited Ar atoms. The dipole moment and the probablity density of the excited H atoms produced from the Ar target show similar qualitative behavior to those from a He target at higher beam energies, while their behavior is markedly different below 35 keV. Data will be presented along with a comparison of the PEM to other polarimeters.

  15. An antibiotic linked to peptides and proteins is released by electron capture dissociation fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Fagerquist, Clifton K; Hudgins, Robert R; Emmett, Mark R; Håkansson, Kristina; Marshall, Alan G

    2003-04-01

    Desfuroylceftiofur (DFC) is a bioactive beta-lactam antibiotic metabolite that has a free thiol group. Previous experiments have shown release of DFC from plasma extracts after addition of a disulfide reducing agent, suggesting that DFC may be bound to plasma and tissue proteins through disulfide bonds. We have reacted DFC with [Arg(8)]-vasopressin (which has one disulfide bond) and bovine insulin (which has three disulfide bonds) and analyzed the reaction products by use of electron capture dissociation Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ECD FT-ICR MS), which has previously shown preferential cleavage of disulfide bonds. We observe cleavage of DFC from vasopressin and insulin during ECD, suggesting that DFC is indeed bound to peptides and proteins through disulfide bonds. Specifically, we observed dissociative loss of one, as well as two, DFC species during ECD of [vasopressin + 2(DFC-H) + 2H](2+) from a single electron capture event. Loss of two DFCs could arise from either consecutive or simultaneous loss, but in any case implies a gas phase disulfide exchange step. ECD of [insulin + DFC + 4H](4+) shows preferential dissociative loss of DFC. Combined with HPLC, ECD FT-ICR-MS may be an efficient screening method for detection of drug-biomolecule binding.

  16. Electron capture dissociation Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry of cyclodepsipeptides, branched peptides, and [var epsilon]-peptides

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    Cooper, Helen J.; Hudgins, Robert R.; Marshall, Alan G.

    2004-05-01

    Although electron capture dissociation (ECD) offers many advantages for structural elucidation, a fundamental understanding of all possible processes following electron capture is necessary if ECD is to succeed in the characterization of unknowns. Many biologically active compounds have non-standard structures, e.g, N-alkylation, branching, cyclization, and ester linkages. Here we report ECD of cyclodepsipeptides (valinomycin and beauvericin), including N-methylated structures (beauvericin), branched peptides (AcA3K(G3)A3---NH2 and A3K(G3)A3---NH2), and oligomers of [var epsilon]-amino acids ([var epsilon]-peptides) (Ac(Ahx)6K and (Ahx)6K) to establish the behavior of such non-standard structures. ECD of cyclodepsipeptides yielded numerous backbone fragments but no charge-reduced species, consistent with a radical cascade mechanism. ECD of [var epsilon]-peptides resulted in a[radical sign] and y fragments only, suggesting that the N---C[alpha] c/z[radical sign] fragmentation channel is impeded in those structures. ECD of branched peptides resulted in complex fragmentation patterns, characterized by the presence of the immonium related m ion from the modified residue.

  17. On the Significance of the Contribution of Multiple-Electron Capture Processes to Cometary X-Ray Emission

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    Ali, R; Neill, P A; Beiersdorfer, P; Harris, C L; Rakovi?, M J; Wang, J G; Schultz, D R; Stancil, P C

    2005-05-12

    We report laboratory studies of the role played by multiple-electron capture (MEC) in solar wind induced cometary X-ray emission. Collisions of Ne{sup 10+} with He, Ne, Ar, CO, and CO{sub 2} have been investigated by means of the traditional singles X-ray spectroscopy in addition to the triple-coincidence measurements of X-rays, scattered projectile, and target recoil ions for the atomic targets. The coincidence measurements enable the reduction of the singles X-ray spectra into partial spectra originating in single-electron capture (SEC) and MEC collisions. The measurements provide unequivocal evidence for a significant role played by MEC, and strongly suggest that models based solely on SEC are bound to yield erroneous conclusions on the solar wind composition and velocities and on cometary atmospheres. The experimental relative importance of MEC collisions is compared with molecular classical-over-the-barrier model (MCBM), classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC), and multi-channel Landau-Zener (MCLZ), calculations which can qualitatively reproduce the experimental trends.

  18. Observation of electron hole, double layer, and turbulent heating in a laboratory plasma

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    Tsukishima, T.; Inuzuka, H.

    1990-08-01

    Nonlinear phenomena such as electron hole, double layer, and turbulent heating, which were observed in a linear mirror device, THE NU-II, are reviewed. Observations were carried out with a temporal resolution of 2 ns and a spatial resolution of 1 mm, respectively. Upon applying a voltage difference of the order of 10 kV between two electrodes inserted in the cylindrical plasma at a distance of 67 cm, the nonlinear phenomena evolved consecutively. In particular, a strong current limited double layer was formed, and its lifetime was found to satisfy a simple empirical law. One dimensional computer simulations based on a kinetic code were carried out with boundary conditions close to the experimental ones. The effect of magnetic field was taken into consideration in the simulations.

  19. Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Colgan, James P; Pindzola, M S; Robicheaux, F

    2008-01-01

    Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium are calculated using a non-perturbative time-dependent close-coupling method. Collision probabilities are found by projection of a time evolved nine dimensional coordinate space wave function onto fully antisymmetric products of spatial and spin functions representing three outgoing Coulomb waves. At an incident energy of 106 eV, we present double energy differential cross sections and pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections. The pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections are found to be in relative agreement with the shapes observed in recent (e,3e) reaction microscope experiments. Integration of the differential cross sections over all energies and angles yields a total ionization cross section that is also in reasonable agreement with absolute crossed-beams experiments.

  20. First Principles Study of Electronic and Magnetic Structures in Double Perovskites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ball, Molly

    At present, electronic devices are reaching their storage and processing limit causing a major push to find materials that can be used in the next generation of devices. Double perovskites with A2BB'O 6 stoichiometry form one of the leading classes of materials currently being studied as a potential candidate because of their extremely wide range and tunability of functional properties, along with economic and highly scalable synthesis routes. Having a thorough understanding of their electronic and magnetic structure and their dependence on composition and local structure is the basis for targeted development of novel and optimized double perovskites. While the body of knowledge and rules within the field of materials chemistry has enabled many previous discoveries, recent developments within density functional theory (DFT) allow by now a rather realistic description of the electronic and magnetic properties of materials and especially identification of their origin from geometry and orbital structure. This thesis details computational work based on DFT within several collaborative studies to better understand the electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites and related materials that show promise for future use in multifunctional devices. First, we will begin with a general introduction to the double perovskite structure, their properties, and the computational methods used to study them. In the next section, we will look at the case of the antiferromagnetic, insulating double perovskite Sr2CoOsO6, where measurements showed that the transition metal ions in the two sublattices undergo magnetic ordering independently of each other, indicating weak magnetic short-range coupling and a dominance of longer-range interactions, which has previously not been observed. Here, we performed DFT calculations to extract the exchange strengths between the ions and explain this unique dominance of the long-range interactions. Then, we will look at studies done on thin