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Sample records for ductile-brittle transition behavior

  1. Ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

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    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.J.; Busch, D.E.

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this work is to determine the effect of simultaneous displacement damage and dynamically charged helium on the ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti specimens irradiated to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE).

  2. Mapping the ductile-brittle transition of magma

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    Kendrick, J. E.; Lavallee, Y.; Dingwell, D. B.

    2010-12-01

    During volcanic unrest, eruptive activity can switch rapidly from effusive to explosive. Explosive eruptions require the fragmentation of magma, in which, if deformation rate is too fast to be relaxed, magma undergoes a transition in deformation mechanism from viscous and/or ductile to brittle. Our knowledge of the deformation mechanisms of magma ascent and eruption remains, to date, poor. Many studies have constrained the glass transition (Tg) of the interstitial melt phase; yet the effect of crystals and bubbles are unresolved. During ascent, magma undergoes P-T changes which induce crystallization, thereby inducing a transition from viscous to ductile and, in some cases, to brittle deformation. Here, we explore the deformation mechanisms of magma involved in the dome-building eruptions and explosions that occurred at Volcán de Colima (Mexico) since 1998. For this purpose, we investigated the rheology of dome lavas, containing 10-45 vol.% rhyolitic interstitial melt, 55-90 vol.% crystals and 5-20 vol.% bubbles. The interstitial glass is characterized by electron microprobe and Tg is characterized using a differential scanning calorimeter and a dilatometer. The population of crystals (fraction, shape and size distribution) is described optically and quantified using ImageJ and AMOCADO. The rheological effects of crystals on the deformation of magmas are constrained via acoustic emission (AE) and uniaxial deformation experiments at temperature above Tg (900-980 °C) and at varied applied stresses (and strain rates: 10-6 to 10-2 s-1). The ratio of ductile to brittle deformation across the ductile-brittle transition is quantified using the output AE energy and optical and SEM analysis. We find that individual dome lava sample types have different mechanical responses, yielding a significant range of measured strain rates under a given temperature and applied stress. Optical analysis suggests that at low strain rates, ductile deformation is mainly controlled by the

  3. Linking Nanoscales and Dislocation Shielding to the Ductile-Brittle Transition of Silicon

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    Hintsala, Eric; Teresi, Claire; Gerberich, William W.

    2016-12-01

    The ductile-brittle transition of nano/microscale silicon is explored at low-temperature, high stress conditions. A pathway to eventual mechanism maps describing this ductile-brittle transition behavior using sample size, strain rate, and temperature is outlined. First, a discussion of variables controlling the BDT in silicon is given and discussed in the context of development of eventual modeling that could simultaneously incorporate all their effects. For description of energy dissipation by dislocation nucleation from a crack tip, three critical input parameters are identified: the effective stress, activation volume, and activation energy for dislocation motion. These are discussed individually relating to the controlling variables for the BDT. Lastly, possibilities for measuring these parameters experimentally are also described.

  4. Atomistic simulations on ductile-brittle transition in ⟨111⟩ BCC Fe nanowires

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    Sainath, G.; Choudhary, B. K.

    2017-09-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to understand the influence of temperature on the tensile deformation and fracture behavior of ⟨111⟩ BCC Fe nanowires. The simulations have been carried out at different temperatures in the range 10-1000 K employing a constant strain rate of 1 × 108 s-1. The results indicate that at low temperatures (10-375 K), the nanowires yield through the nucleation of a sharp crack and fails in brittle manner. On the other hand, nucleation of multiple 1/2⟨111⟩ dislocations at yielding followed by significant plastic deformation leading to ductile failure has been observed at high temperatures in the range 450-1000 K. At 400 K, the nanowire yields through nucleation of crack associated with many mobile 1/2⟨111⟩ and immobile ⟨100⟩ dislocations at the crack tip and fails in ductile manner. The ductile-brittle transition observed in ⟨111⟩ BCC Fe nanowires is appropriately reflected in the stress-strain behavior and plastic strain at failure. The ductile-brittle transition increases with increasing nanowire size. The change in fracture behavior has been discussed in terms of the relative variations in yield and fracture stresses and change in slip behavior with respect to temperature. Further, the dislocation multiplication mechanism assisted by the kink nucleation from the nanowire surface observed at high temperatures has been presented.

  5. Determination of the ductile-brittle transition temperature from the microplastic-strain rate

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    Andreev, A. K.; Solntsev, Yu. P.

    2008-04-01

    The possibility of the determination of the tendency of cast and deformed steels to brittle fracture using the temperature dependence of the small-plastic-strain rate is studied. The temperature corresponding to the maximum in this curve is found to indicate an abrupt decrease in the steel plasticity, which makes it possible to interpret it as the ductile-brittle transition temperature depending only on the structure of a material.

  6. An analysis of ductile brittle fracture transition in layered composites

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    Biner, S.B.

    1996-12-31

    In this study the failure of the ductile layers in laminated composite systems was studied numerically. The results indicate that similar maximum stress values develop in the ductile layers as in the fracture test of the same ductile material if the crack tip in the brittle layer is already at the interface. For nondebonding interfaces brittle behavior of the ductile layers is dependent upon the extent of the cracks and the fracture characteristic of the brittle layers.

  7. Effects of helium on ductile-brittle transition behavior of reduced-activation ferritic steels after high-concentration helium implantation at high temperature

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    Hasegawa, A.; Ejiri, M.; Nogami, S.; Ishiga, M.; Kasada, R.; Kimura, A.; Abe, K.; Jitsukawa, S.

    2009-04-01

    The effects of He on the fracture behavior of reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels, including oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels and F82H, was determined by characterizing the microstructural evolution in and fracture behavior of these steels after He implantation up to 1000 appm at around 550 °C. He implantation was carried out by a cyclotron with a beam of 50 MeV α-particles. In the case of F82H, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) increase induced by He implantation was about 70 °C and the grain boundary fracture surface was only observed in the He-implanted area of all the ruptured specimens in brittle manner. By contrast, no DBTT shift or fracture mode change was observed in He-implanted 9Cr-ODS and 14Cr-ODS steels. Microstructural characterization suggested that the difference in the bubble formation behavior of F82H and ODS steels might be attributed to the grain boundary rupture of He-implanted F82H.

  8. Metallurgical control of the ductile-brittle transition in high-strength structural steels

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    Morris, J.W. Jr. |

    1999-08-01

    The models that have been successfully used to control the ductile-brittle transition in high strength structural steels are qualitative in nature, and address the microstructural control of the mechanisms of brittle fracture. The basic idea is incorporated in the Yoffee diagram, which dates from the 1920`s and attributes the ductile-brittle transition to the competition between deformation and fracture; the more difficult brittle fracture becomes, the lower the temperature at which ductile processes dominate. There are two important brittle fracture modes: intergranular separation and transgranular cleavage. The intergranular mode is usually due to chemical contamination, and is addressed by eliminating or gettering the contaminating species. There are also examples of brittle fracture that is due to inherent grain boundary weakness. In this case the failure mode is overcome by adding beneficial species (glue) to the grain boundary. Transgranular cleavage is made more difficult by refining the effective grain size. In high strength steel this is done by refining the prior austenite grain size, by interspersing islands of metastable austenite that transform martensitically under plastic strain, or by disrupting the crystallographic alignment of ferrite grains or martensite laths. The latter mechanism offers intriguing possibilities for future steels with exceptional toughness.

  9. Neutron irradiation effects on the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1997-08-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steels such as the conventional 9Cr-1MoVNb (Fe-9Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.06Nb-0.1C) and 12Cr-1MoVW (Fe-12Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.2C) steels have been considered potential structural materials for future fusion power plants. The major obstacle to their use is embrittlement caused by neutron irradiation. Observations on this irradiation embrittlement is reviewed. Below 425-450{degrees}C, neutron irradiation hardens the steels. Hardening reduces ductility, but the major effect is an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy, as measured by a Charpy impact test. After irradiation, DBTT values can increase to well above room temperature, thus increasing the chances of brittle rather than ductile fracture.

  10. Acoustic emissions accompanying the compressive ductile-brittle transition in highly- crystalline lavas.

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    Lavallee, Y.; Meredith, P.; Hess, K.; Cordonnier, B.; Dingwell, D. B.

    2007-12-01

    Understanding of the ductile-brittle transition in dome lavas may well contain the key to an adequate description of dome growth and stability. To elucidate this transition in dome lavas, a series of experiments were performed to characterize microcracking during compressive deformation of crystal-rich lavas. Multiphase lavas behave as visco-elastic fluids with a strain-rate dependence of viscosity across the ductile-brittle field. In order to map out the onset of brittle failure across the transition, we have deformed large volume samples (80 mm long by 40 mm diameter) in a high-load, high-temperature uniaxial press equipped with acoustic emission (AE) monitoring sensors. Our apparatus has been calibrated using an NBS717a standard glass. The absence of cracking and associated AE during deformation of this standard, which behaves as a homogeneous viscous melt under our experimental conditions, allows us to calibrate and filter out extraneous background noise. Samples from each of the five volcanoes chosen for this study (Colima, Unzen, Bezimianny, Krakatau, and Tungurahua) were deformed at two temperatures (940 and 980°C) and at stresses from 1 to 50 MPa. At low stresses (1-10 MPa), only a few AE events were detected and the AE rate decreased with increasing strain. Occasional high-energy events were recorded, and attributed to cracking of single crystals. Increasing the stress to 20-30 MPa resulted in an increased AE rate that stayed essentially constant with increasing strain. Occasional high-energy events persisted. At 40 and 50 MPa, the AE rate was higher still, and increased with increasing strain (overwhelming the few high energy events that continued to occur). Preliminary evaluation of the seismic b-value shows a decreasing trend from >3.0 at low stress to <1.5 at high stress, suggesting a shift from distributed small-scale cracking to more localized larger-scale cracking as stress is increased. These results will be discussed in terms of the deformation

  11. Neutron irradiation effects on the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1997-06-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steels such as the conventional 9Cr-1MoVNb (Fe-9Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.06Nb-0.1C) and 12Cr-1MoVW (Fe-12Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.2C) steels have been considered potential structural materials for future fusion power plants. The major obstacle to their use is embrittlement caused by neutron irradiation. Observations on this irradiation embrittlement will be reviewed. Below 425-450{degrees}C, neutron irradiation hardens the steels. Hardening reduces ductility, but the major effect is an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy, as measured by a Charpy impact test. After irradiation, DBTT values can increase to well above room temperature, thus increasing the chances of brittle rather than ductile fracture. In addition to irradiation hardening, neutrons from the fusion reaction will produce large amounts of helium in the steels used to construct fusion power plant components. Tests to simulate the fusion environment indicate that helium can also affect the toughness. Steels are being developed for fusion applications that have a low DBTT prior to irradiation and then show only a small shift after irradiation. A martensitic 9Cr-2WVTa (nominally Fe-9Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C) steel had a much lower DBTT than the conventional 9Cr-1MoVNb steel prior to neutron irradiation and showed a much smaller increase in DBTT after irradiation. 27 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Fracturing during ductile-brittle transition and development of flow banding in the Takanoobane Rhyolite lava of Aso volcano, Japan

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    Furukawa, K.; Uno, K.

    2014-12-01

    Flow banding, which is characterized by deformation of highly vesicular part, is ubiquitously observed in rhyolite lavas. To explore the origin of the highly vesicular part, we examined Takanoobane rhyolite lava (TR lava) in Aso caldera, Japan, which effused at 51+/-5 ka (Matsumoto et al., 1991). The highly vesicular parts characterized by ductile deformation are well developed in the central crystalline layer, at which the parts tend to be flattened with an increasing of distance from the source. The part develops into flow bands. The highly vesicular parts are also recognized around fractures that developed perpendicular to the flow direction, and adjacent to phenocrysts. The highly vesicular part is composed of cavities with mainly <100 μm in diameter. Microscopic observation and the SEM image show that the cavities have ragged walls characterized by the protrusion of groundmass crystals and phenocrysts. Smith et al. (2001) described such cavities in detail using three silicic lavas in Japan, and proposed that the cavities were formed by failure of the magma by flow during ductile-brittle transition. The authors described the fracturing mechanism as cavitation, and considered that groundmass adjacent to phenocryst also appears to act as a site of strong cavitation because of the steep strain gradient between deforming matrix and non-deforming phenocrysts. The similarity of the textures means that the highly vesicular part in TR lava was also formed by cavitation during ductile-brittle transition. The part would be deformed and flattened with progression of lava deformation. We analyzed the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) to estimate the deformation style of TR lava. The results show that the highly vesicular part was deformed by pure shear strain. We established the following model for the development of flow banding. In TR lava, the highly vesicular parts were formed by failure of the magma during ductile-brittle transition during and/or after lava

  13. The ductile-brittle size transition of iron aluminide ligaments in an FeAl/TiC composite

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    Subramanian, R.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1998-08-10

    The fracture surfaces of FeAl/TiC composites containing 70 vol% TiC were investigated. Since thin iron aluminide ligaments in the composites fractured in a ductile manner, whereas thicker ones fractured by cleavage, a systematic correlation of the fracture mode to the ligament thickness was performed. The results clearly show that FeAl ligaments thicker than about 1--2 {micro}m fracture by cleavage and those smaller in size fracture predominantly in a ductile manner. The ductile failure mode is attributed to the limited dislocation pile-up distance available for very thin ligaments, which prevents high stresses from building up and eliminates cleavage fracture. It is also shown that the ductile-brittle transition size is controlled by alloying and/or heat treatment. No significant dependence of the fracture toughness on the fracture mode would be found.

  14. Effects of neutron irradiation and hydrogen on ductile-brittle transition temperatures of V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Loomis, B.A.; Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.J.; Smith, D.L.

    1993-08-01

    The effects of neutron irradiation and hydrogen on the ductile- brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) of unalloyed vanadium and V-Cr-Ti alloys were determined from Charpy-impact tests on 1/3 ASTM standard size specimens and from impact tests on 3-mm diameter discs. The tests were conducted on specimens containing <30 appm hydrogen and 600-1200 appm hydrogen and on specimens after neutron irradiation to 28-46 dpa at 420, 520, and 600C. The DBTTs were minimum (< {minus}220{degree}C) for V-(105)Ti alloys under for V-4-Cr-4Ti alloy with <30 appm hydrogen. The effect of 600-1200 appm hydrogen in the specimens was to raise the DBTTs by 100--150{degree}C. The DBTTs were minimum (< {minus}220{degree}C) for V-(1-5)Ti alloys and V-4-Cr-4Ti alloys after neutron irradiation.

  15. A Unified Cohesive Zone Approach to Model Ductile Brittle Transition in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels

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    Pritam Chakraborty; S. Bulent Biner

    2014-08-01

    In this study, a unified cohesive zone model has been proposed to predict, Ductile to Brittle Transition, DBT, in Reactor Pressure Vessel, RPV, steels. A general procedure is described to obtain the Cohesive Zone Model, CZM, parameters for the different temperatures and fracture probabilities. In order to establish the full master-curve, the procedure requires three calibration points with one at the upper-shelf for ductile fracture and two for the fracture probabilities, Pf, of 5% and 95% at the lower-shelf. In the current study, these calibrations were carried out by utilizing the experimental fracture toughness values and flow curves. After the calibration procedure, the simulations of fracture behavior (ranging from completely unstable to stable crack extension behavior) in one inch thick compact tension specimens at different temperatures yielded values that were comparable to the experimental fracture toughness values, indicating the viability of such unified modeling approach.

  16. Specimen size effects on ductile?brittle transition temperature in Charpy impact testing

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    Kurishita, H.; Yamamoto, T.; Narui, M.; Suwarno, H.; Yoshitake, T.; Yano, Y.; Yamazaki, M.; Matsui, H.

    2004-08-01

    One key issue for small specimen test techniques is to clarify specimen size effects on test results. In consideration of size effects on determining the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) in Charpy impact testing, a method to evaluate the plastic constraint loss for differently sized Charpy V-notch (CVN) specimens is proposed and applied to a ferritic-martensitic steel, 2WFK, developed by JNC. In the method, a constraint factor, α, that is an index of the plastic constraint is defined as α=σ ∗/σ y∗. Here, σ ∗ is the critical cleavage fracture stress which is a material constant and σ y∗ is the uniaxial yield stress at the DBTT at the strain rate generated in the Charpy impact test. The procedures for evaluating each of σ ∗ and σ y∗ are described and a result of σ ∗ and σ y∗, thus the value of α, is presented for different types of miniaturized and full-sized CVN specimens of 2WFK.

  17. Determination of the gaseous hydrogen ductile-brittle transition in copper-nickel alloys

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    Parr, R. A.; Johnston, M. H.; Davis, J. H.; Oh, T. K.

    1985-01-01

    A series of copper-nickel alloys were fabricated, notched tensile specimens machined for each alloy, and the specimens tested in 34.5 MPa hydrogen and in air. A notched tensile ratio was determined for each alloy and the hydrogen environment embrittlement (HEE) determined for the alloys of 47.7 weight percent nickel to 73.5 weight percent nickel. Stacking fault probability and stacking fault energies were determined for each alloy using the x ray diffraction line shift and line profiles technique. Hydrogen environment embrittlement was determined to be influenced by stacking fault energies; however, the correlation is believed to be indirect and only partially responsible for the HEE behavior of these alloys.

  18. Positive feedback between strain localization and fluid flow at the ductile-brittle transition leading to Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore deposits in Lavrion (Greece)

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    Scheffer, Christophe; Tarantola, Alexandre; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier

    2016-04-01

    At the crustal scale, the ductile-brittle transition (DBT) might correspond to a physical barrier that separates a deep reservoir of metamorphic and magmatic fluids from a shallow reservoir of surficial fluids. Rock rheology, and thus the location of the DBT, is mainly governed by lithology, temperature and the presence/absence of fluids. Accordingly, the position of the DBT potentially evolves during orogenic evolution owing to thermal evolution and fluid circulation. In turn rocks are transferred across it during burial and exhumation. These processes induce connections between fluid reservoirs which might play a role on ore deposition. In this contribution, we discuss the impact of lithological heterogeneities on deformation, fluid flow and ore deposition based on the example of the Lavrion low-angle top-to-the-SSW detachment accommodating gravitational collapse of the Hellenides orogenic belt in Greece. The Lavrion peninsula, localized along the western boundary of the Attic-Cycladic Metamorphic Core Complex, is characterized by Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore mineralization mainly concentrated along a lithological contact (marble/schists) below and within a detachment shear zone. The mylonitic marble below the detachment shear zone is composed of white layers of pure marble alternating with blue layers containing impurities (SiO2, Al2O3, organic matter…). Development of the mylonitic fabric in competent impure blue marble is associated with its preferred dolomitization related to focused fluid infiltration. This mylonitic marble is cross-cut by several cataclastic horizons preferentially developed within the more competent impure blue marble and newly-crystallized dolomitic horizon. These cataclasites are invaded by fluorite and calcite gangue minerals showing locally Mn, Pb, Zn, Fe oxides and/or hydroxides, sphalerite, Ag-galena, Ag-sulfur and native Ag. Oxygen and carbon stable isotopes performed on marble sections point out decarbonation with magmatic contribution and

  19. Modeling the Ductile Brittle Fracture Transition in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels using a Cohesive Zone Model based approach

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    Pritam Chakraborty; S. Bulent Biner

    2013-10-01

    Fracture properties of Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) steels show large variations with changes in temperature and irradiation levels. Brittle behavior is observed at lower temperatures and/or higher irradiation levels whereas ductile mode of failure is predominant at higher temperatures and/or lower irradiation levels. In addition to such temperature and radiation dependent fracture behavior, significant scatter in fracture toughness has also been observed. As a consequence of such variability in fracture behavior, accurate estimates of fracture properties of RPV steels are of utmost importance for safe and reliable operation of reactor pressure vessels. A cohesive zone based approach is being pursued in the present study where an attempt is made to obtain a unified law capturing both stable crack growth (ductile fracture) and unstable failure (cleavage fracture). The parameters of the constitutive model are dependent on both temperature and failure probability. The effect of irradiation has not been considered in the present study. The use of such a cohesive zone based approach would allow the modeling of explicit crack growth at both stable and unstable regimes of fracture. Also it would provide the possibility to incorporate more physical lower length scale models to predict DBT. Such a multi-scale approach would significantly improve the predictive capabilities of the model, which is still largely empirical.

  20. Cyclical shear fracture and viscous flow during transitional ductile-brittle deformation in the Saddlebag Lake Shear Zone, California

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    Compton, Katharine E.; Kirkpatrick, James D.; Holk, Gregory J.

    2017-06-01

    Exhumed shear zones often contain folded and/or dynamically recrystallized structures, such as veins and pseudotachylytes, which record broadly contemporaneous brittle and ductile deformation. Here, we investigate veins within the Saddlebag Lake Shear Zone, central Sierra Nevada, California, to constrain the conditions and processes that caused fractures to form during ductile deformation. The shear zone mylonites contain compositional banding at centimeter- to meter- scales, and a ubiquitous, grain-scale, continuous- to spaced-foliation defined by aligned muscovite and chlorite grains. Veins of multiple compositions formed in two predominant sets: sub-parallel to the foliation and at high angle to the foliation. Some foliation sub-parallel veins show apparent shear offset consistent with the overall kinematics of the shear zone. These veins are folded with the foliation and are commonly boudinaged, showing they were rigid inclusions after formation. Quartz microstructures and fluid inclusion thermobarometry measurements indicate the veins formed by fracture at temperatures between 400-600 °C. Quartz, feldspar and tourmaline δ18O values (+ 2.5 to + 16.5) suggest extended fluid-rock interaction that involved magmatic, metamorphic, and meteoric-hydrothermal fluids. The orientation and spatial distribution of the veins shows that shear fractures formed along mechanically weak foliation planes. We infer fracture was promoted by perturbations to the strain rate and/or pore pressure during frictional-viscous deformation in a low effective stress environment. Evidence for repeated fracture and subsequent flow suggest both the stress and pore pressure varied, and that the tendency to fracture was controlled by the rates of pore pressure recovery, facilitated by fracture cementation. The tectonic setting and inferred phenomenological behavior were similar to intra-continental transform faults that host triggered tectonic tremor, suggesting the mechanisms that caused

  1. A simplified ductile-brittle transition temperature tester

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    Arias, A.

    1973-01-01

    The construction and operation of a versatile, simplified bend tester is described. The tester is usable at temperatures from - 192 to 650 C in air. Features of the tester include a single test chamber for cryogenic or elevated temperatures, specimen alining support rollers, and either manual or motorized operation.

  2. On the pressure and temperature dependent ductile, brittle nature of Hg0.91Mn0.09Te semiconductor

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    Shriya, S.; Sapkale, R.; Varshney, M.; Khenata, R.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2017-05-01

    The high-pressure structural phase transition and pressure as well as temperature induced elastic properties of cubic zincblende to rocksalt structures of Hg0.91Mn0.09Te compound have been performed using effective interionic interaction potential with emphasis on charge transfer interactions and covalent contribution. Estimated values of phase transition pressure and the volume discontinuity in pressure-volume phase diagram indicate the structural phase transition from ZnS to NaCl structure. From the investigations of elastic constants the pressure (temperature) dependent volume collapse/expansion, melting temperature TM, Hardness (HV), Poisson's ratio ν and Pugh ratio ϕ (= BT/GH) the Hg0.91Mn0.09Te lattice infers mechanical stiffening, thermal softening, and ductile (brittle) nature.

  3. Microstructural Features Controlling Ductile-to-Brittle Transition Behavior in High-Strength, Martensitic Steel Weld Metals

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    1990-10-01

    Development Report Microstructural Features Controlling Ductile-to- Brittle Transition Behavior in High-Strength, Martensitic Steel Weld Metals C 0by...Martensitic Steel Weld Metals PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) .J. DeLoach, Jr. .TYPE OF REPORT 13b TIME COVERED 114 DATE OF REPORT (Year, Month, Day) 1S PAGE COUNT I...if necessary and identify by block number) FIELD GROUP SUB-GROUP High strength steel , Ductile-brittle transition Martensitic Mechanical proper ties

  4. Ductile, Brittle Failure Characteristics as Determined by the State of the Material and the Imposed State of Stress

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    Christensen, R M

    2004-02-05

    A method is developed for determining whether a particular mode of failure is expected to be of ductile type or brittle type depending upon both the state of the material and the particular state of stressing the isotropic material to failure. The state of the material is determined by two specific failure properties and a newly formulated failure theory. The ductile versus brittle criterion then involves the state of the material specification and the mean normal stress part of the imposed stress state. Several examples are given for different stress states and a spectrum of materials types. Closely related to the failure mode types are the orientations of the associated failure surfaces. The resulting failure surface angle predictions are compared with those from the Coulomb-Mohr failure criterion. In uniaxial tension, only the present method correctly predicts the octahedral failure angle at the ductile limit, and also shows a distinct failure mode transition from ductile type to brittle type as the state of the material changes. The explicit D-B criterion and the related failure surface orientation methodology are intended to provide a refinement and generalization of the ductile-brittle transition viewed only as a state property to also include a dependence upon the type of stress state taken to failure.

  5. Review of deformation behavior of tungsten at temperature less than 0.2 absolute melting temperature

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1972-01-01

    The deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures 0.2 T sub m is reviewed, with primary emphasis on the temperature dependence of the yield stress and the ductile-brittle transition temperature. It appears that a model based on the high Peierls stress of tungsten best accounts for the observed mechanical behavior at low temperatures. Recent research is discussed which suggests an important role of electron concentration and bonding on the mechanical behavior of tungsten. It is concluded that future research on tungsten should include studies to define more clearly the correlation between electron concentration and mechanical behavior of tungsten alloys and other transition metal alloys.

  6. A review of the deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures less than 0.2 of the melting point /K/

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1974-01-01

    The deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures below 0.2 times the absolute melting temperature is reviewed with primary emphasis on the temperature dependence of the yield stress and the ductile-brittle transition. It is concluded that a model based on the high Peierls stress of tungsten best accounts for the observed mechanical behavior at low temperatures. Recent research suggests an important role of electron concentration and bonding on the mechanical behavior of tungsten. Future research on tungsten should include studies to define more clearly the correlation between electron concentration and mechanical behavior of alloys of tungsten and other transition metal alloys.

  7. Further study on the mechanism of the ductile-to-brittle fracture transition in C-Mn base and weld steel

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    Wang, G.Z.; Chen, J.H.; Li, Z.H.

    1997-08-01

    In the present study, the crack opening displacement (COD) tests of specimens of C-Mn base and weld steel were carried out in the ductile-brittle transition temperature region. The majority of the specimens were fractured and others were unloaded prior to fracture after ductile fracture initiated and extended. The cavities and cleavage microcracks located in the vicinities of tips of fibrous cracks of the unloaded specimens were observed in detail. The finite element method (FEM) calculations of the stress and strain distribution ahead of the tip of an extending fibrous crack were completed. The mechanism of the ductile-to-brittle fracture transition was further investigated. It was revealed that in the ductile-brittle transition temperature region, the ductile fracture process was independent of temperature. The ductile-to-brittle fracture transition was triggered by initiating a catastrophic extension of a cleavage crack ahead of the fibrous crack tip, which occurred in a condition satisfying a combined criterion composed of three items, i.e., {var_epsilon}{sub p} {ge} {var_epsilon}{sub pc} for initiating a crack nucleus; {sigma}{sub m}/{bar {sigma}} {ge} {Tc} for preventing the crack nucleus from blunting; and {sigma}{sub yy} {ge} {sigma}{sub f} for propagating the crack nucleus. For a specimen in which a fibrous crack occurred and propagated, the critical event for initiating a brittle cleavage fracture was the propagation of a ferrite grain-sized crack into neighboring grains. With extension of a fibrous crack, the behavior of the ductile-to-brittle fracture transition could be analyzed by the effect of the size of an active zone on the initiation of the brittle cleavage fracture.

  8. Dynamical behavior of octahedrite from the Henbury meteorite

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    Furnish, M.D.; Gray, G.T. III; Remo, J.L.

    1993-08-01

    A suite of dynamic property measurements and characterization studies on an iron-nickel single crystal from the Henbury octahedrite containing Widmanstaetten intergrowths of kamacite and taenite (initial density 7.810) has been performed. These measurements include six impact tests (wave profile compression/release) over the stress range 2-20 GPa, metallography, quasi-static and Hopkinson bar mechanical testing, and ultrasonic mapping and sound velocity measurements. A cryogenic impact test was included to evaluate effects of a brittle/ductile transition which has been reported at 200K. Temperature sensitivity of the dynamic behavior was measured at high and low strain rates. The impact test results show loading strength (HEL), Hugoniot and {alpha} {yields} {var_epsilon} transition signatures to be similar to those for Armco iron, and do not show evidence for a ductile-brittle transition at these extremely high strain rates. Metallographic analyses, quasi-static and Hopkinson bar testing suggest that the material is in a work-hardened state and that kamacite properties dominate the bulk octahedrite properties.

  9. Theoretical study of electronic structure, phase transition, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of ReN

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    Lei, Hui-Ru; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Lin; Yu, Bai-Ru; Chen, Long-Qing; Zou, Yang-Chun

    2015-02-01

    Phase transition of rhenium mononitride (ReN) in NaCl, CsCl, zincblende (ZB), NbO, wurtzite (WZ), NiAs, WC, PtS, Pmn21 and Cmc21 structures have been studied by using the projector augmented wave method. It is found that NbO-type structure is the most stable. This conclusion is consistent with the report of Wang et al., while contrary to the results of Zhao et al., Chen et al., Asvini et al., and Hlynsson et al. The phase transition from NbO-type to NiAs-type occurs at ca. 52.8 GPa, which is also in good agreement with that of Wang et al. The elastic constants of NbO- and NiAs-type ReN under high pressure are calculated and found to be increased with the increasing pressures. At the same time, the ductile-brittle behavior is evaluated by Pugh's criteria. Also, we have predicted the density of states and Vickers hardness for NbO and NiAs types of ReN. Finally, the Debye temperature ΘD, thermal expansion α and heat capacity CV for NbO-type structure at high pressures are also derived through the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  10. Cladding metallurgy and fracture behavior during reactivity-initiated accidents at high burnup

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    Chung, H.M.; Kassner, T.F.

    1996-12-01

    High-burnup fuel failure during a reactivity-initiated accident has been the subject of safety-related concern. Because of wide variations in metallurgical and simulation test conditions, it has been difficult to understand the complex failure behavior from major tests in NSRR and CABRI reactors. In this paper, a failure model based on fracture toughness and microstructural characteristics is proposed in which fracture toughness of high-burnup cladding is assumed to be sensitive to temperature and exhibit ductile-brittle transition phenomena similar to those of irradiated bcc alloys. Significant effects of temperature and shape of the pulse are predicted when a simulated test is conducted near the material`s transition temperature. Temperature dependence of fracture toughness is, in turn, sensitive to cladding microstructure such as density, distribution, and orientation of hydrides, oxygen distribution in the metallic phase, and irradiation-induced damage. Because all these factors are strongly influenced by corrosion, the key parameters that influence susceptibility to failure are oxide layer thickness and hydriding behavior. Therefore, fuel failure is predicted to be strongly dependent on cladding axial location as well as on burnup. 10 figs, 21 refs.

  11. Behavior of Zr1%Nb Fuel Cladding under Accident Conditions

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    Perez-Fero, E.; Hozer, Z.; Windberg, P.; Nagy, I.; Vimi, A.; Ver, N.; Matus, L.; Kunstar, M.; Novotny, T.; Horvath, M.; Gyori, Cs.

    2007-07-01

    The behavior of the VVER fuel (E110) cladding under accident conditions has been investigated at the AEKI in order to study the role of oxidation and hydrogen uptake on the cladding embrittlement and to understand the phenomena that took place during the Paks-2 cleaning tank incident (2003). The test programme covered small scale tests and large scale tests with electrically heated 7-rod bundles in the CODEX (Core Degradation Experiment) facility. Since a hydrogen rich atmosphere could have been formed in the closed tank, the experiments were carried out in hydrogen-steam mixture. According to the results of the small scale tests, a former correlation for the ductile-brittle transitions of E110 in pure steam remained valid in hydrogen rich steam atmosphere as well. During the large scale tests the main conditions of the incident were reconstructed. The test characterized the high temperature oxidation and embrittlement of zirconium in hydrogen rich steam. The observed cladding failure phenomena and the extent of the damage of the test bundle in the quenching phase were very similar to those of the VVER assemblies in the incident. The simulation of the cleaning tank incident provided detailed information on the most probable scenario of the incident. (authors)

  12. Fracture behavior of warm forged and CVD tungsten

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    Lassila, D.H.; Connor, A.

    1991-02-14

    The fracture behavior of warm forged and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) tungsten was studied. Three-point bend tests were used to determine ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTT) of the materials using a strain based criterion for the DBTT which was arrived at by analysis of computer code modelling results of the three-point bend test. The DBTT's of the warm forged materials were found to be considerably lower than those of the CVD materials. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning Auger electron spectroscopy (SAES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were performed to characterize the fracture morphologies and fracture surface compositions of the materials. All fracture surfaces were found to be comprised entirely of tungsten with significant and varying amounts of oxygen and carbon segregation. A large portion of the fracture surfaces of the warm forged materials is intergranular, although this is not always directly evident from SEM observations. The fracture surfaces of the CVD materials were clearly 100% intergranular. Results of the study suggest that the fracture paths of the different materials were related to the DBTTs. 22 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. First-principles calculations for transition phase, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of ZnS under extreme condition

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    Yang, Tao; Liu, Daijun; Ji, Junyi; Chen, Jianjun; Yu, Yang; Wu, Ruoxi

    2017-02-01

    The structural and mechanical properties of ZnS in both B3 and B1 phases have been investigated by the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) within the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory (DFT). The obtained lattice parameters and bulk modulus of ZnS for both B3 and B1 structures are well in line with the available theoretical and experimental results. Using the enthalpy-pressure data, we have predicted that the phase transition pressure of ZnS from B3 to B1 is 17.26 GPa, which is in good agreement with previous experimental values. The hydrostatic pressure-dependent elastic properties of the two structures, such as bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young’s modulus, are discussed. Then, the mechanical characteristics of ZnS, including ductile/brittle behavior and elastic anisotropy of the two cubic single-crystal structures, are investigated in details. Furthermore, the thermodynamic properties of ZnS under extreme condition are explored by quasi-harmonic Debye modeling. The calculated results show that the ductility and elastic anisotropy increase with pressure clearly except the ductility of B1. Besides, the temperature and pressure dependencies of the heat capacity and the Debye temperature are obtained and analyzed in the wide ranges.

  14. Nonuniversal surface behavior of dynamic phase transitions

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    Riego, Patricia; Berger, Andreas

    2015-06-01

    We have studied the dynamic phase transition (DPT) of the kinetic Ising model in systems with surfaces within the mean-field approximation. Varying the surface exchange coupling strength Js, the amplitude of the externally applied oscillating field h0, and its period P , we explore the dynamic behavior of the layer-dependent magnetization and the associated DPTs. The surface phase diagram shows several features that resemble those of the equilibrium case, with an extraordinary bulk transition and a surface transition for high Js values, independent from the value of h0. For low Js, however, h0 is found to be a crucial parameter that leads to nonuniversal surface behavior at the ordinary bulk transition point. Specifically, we observed here a bulk-supported surface DPT for high field amplitudes h0 and correspondingly short critical periods Pc, whereas this surface transition simultaneous to the bulk one is suppressed for slow critical dynamics occurring for low values of h0. The suppression of the DPT for low h0 not only occurs for the topmost surface layer, but also affects a significant number of subsurface layers. We find that the key physical quantity that explains this nonuniversal behavior is the time correlation between the dynamic surface and bulk magnetizations at the bulk critical point. This time correlation has to pass a threshold value to trigger a bulk-induced DPT in the surface layers. Otherwise, dynamic phase transitions are absent at the surface in stark contrast to the equilibrium behavior of the corresponding thermodynamic Ising model. Also, we have analyzed the penetration depth of the dynamically ordered phase for the surface DPT that occurs for large Js values. Here we find that the penetration depth depends strongly on Js and behaves identically to the corresponding equilibrium Ising model.

  15. Thermomechanical Fatigue Behavior of the Intermetallic γ-TiAl Alloy TNB-V5 with Different Microstructures

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    Roth, Marcel; Biermann, Horst

    2010-03-01

    The cyclic deformation and fatigue behavior of the γ-TiAl alloy TNB-V5 is evaluated under thermomechanical load for three different microstructures. For this purpose, strain-controlled thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) tests were carried out with different temperature-strain cycles, different temperature ranges from 400 °C to 800 °C (673 K to 1073 K), and with two different strain ranges to set a fatigue-life relation. Cyclic deformation curves, stress-strain hysteresis loops, and fatigue lives of the tests are presented. The microstructures near-gamma (NG) and duplex (DP) show comparable fatigue lives under all test parameters. The microstructure fully-lamellar (FL) offers longer fatigue lives at the same loading conditions. For a general life prediction, the damage parameter of Smith, Watson, and Topper, P SWT vs fatigue life, is well suitable, if the testing and the application temperature ranges, respectively, include temperatures above the ductile-brittle transition (approximately 750 °C). In the completely brittle material behavior regime the quality of the lifetime prediction is unacceptable. The damage parameter P HL by Haibach and Lehrke shows a comparable correlation to the fatigue life as P SWT. The results are discussed with microstructural investigations.

  16. Dynamic fracture behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with various stabilities of [beta] phase

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    Akmoulin, I.A.; Niinomi, M.; Kobayashi, T. . Dept. of Production Systems Engineering)

    1994-08-01

    The effect of stability of the body-centered cubic (bcc) [beta] phase on the dynamic fracture behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy at room temperature and 77 K has been studied. The presence of a highly unstable [beta] phase in the quenched alloy leads to a decrease in both the dynamic fracture toughness and the crack propagation energy, and this decrease becomes more pronounced when test temperature is reduced to 77 K. Somewhat improved fracture characteristics were obtained by applying anneal procedure to receive a fully stable [beta] phase. The highest fracture toughness as well as the greatest crack propagation resistance were observed in the air-cooled grade, where the lattice parameter of the bcc phase was intermediate between those pertaining to quenched and annealed Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The effect is attributed to the vanadium content in the [beta] phase, which is sufficiently high to suppress deformation-induced transformation. On the other hand, the V content should be low enough to retard ductile-brittle transition, typical for the bcc metals at cryogenic temperatures. As a result, marked toughening can be achieved, so that the lowest application temperature of high-strength titanium alloys containing the bcc phase can be decreased significantly.

  17. Effect of He implantation on fracture behavior and microstructural evolution in F82H

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    Yabuuchi, Kiyohiro; Sato, Kiminori; Nogami, Shuhei; Hasegawa, Akira; Ando, Masami; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

    2014-12-01

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs) are the primary candidate structural materials for fusion reactor blanket components. He bubbles, which formed under 14 MeV neutron irradiation, is considered to cause some mechanical property changes. In a previous study, Hasegawa et al. investigated the fracture behavior using Charpy impact test of He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, and the ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) was increased and intergranular fracture (IGF) was observed. However, the cause of the IGF was not shown in the previous study. To clarify the cause of the IGF of the He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, the microstructure of the He implanted F82H was investigated. After Charpy impact test at 233 K, the brittle fracture surface of the He implanted specimen was observed by SEM and TEM. By SEM observation, grain boundary surface was clearly observed from the bottom of the notch to a depth of about 400 μm. This area correspond to the He implanted region. On the other hand, at unimplanted region, river pattern was observed and transgranular fracture occurred. TEM observation revealed the He bubbles agglomeration at dislocations, lath boundaries, and grain boundaries, and the coarsening of precipitates on grain boundaries. IGF of the He implanted F82H was caused by both He bubbles and coarsening precipitates.

  18. Impact behavior of 9-Cr and 12-Cr ferritic steels after low-temperature irradiation

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    Klueh, R.L.; Vitek, J.M.; Corwin, W.R.; Alexander, D.J.

    1987-01-01

    Miniature Charpy impact specimens of 9Cr-1MoVNb and 12Cr-1MoVW steels and these steels with 1 and 2% Ni were irradiated in the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at 50/sup 0/C to displacement damage levels of up to 9 dpa. Nickel was added to study the effect of transmutation helium. Irradiation caused an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT). The 9Cr-1MoVNb steels, with and without nickel, showed a larger shift than the 12Cr-1MoVW steels, with and without nickel. The results indicated that helium also increased the DBTT. The same steels were previously irradiated at higher temperatures. From the present and past tests, the effect of irradiation temperature on the DBTT behavior can be evaluated. For the 9Cr-1MoVNb steel, there is a continuous decrease in the magnitude of the DBTT increase up to an irradiation temperature of about 400/sup 0/C, after which the shift drops rapidly to zero at about 450/sup 0/C. The DBTT of the 12Cr-1MoVW steel shows a maximum increase at an irradiation temperature of about 400/sup 0/C and less of an increase at either higher or lower irradiation temperatures.

  19. Multiferroic behavior at a spin state transition

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    Zapf, Vivien; Chikara, Shalinee; Singleton, John; Lin, Shizeng; Batista, Cristian; Scott, Brian; Smythe, Nathan

    Traditionally, multiferroic behavior is studied in materials with coexisting long-range orders, such as ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. Here we present multiferroic behavior at a spin-state transition (SST). SSTs, for example, the S = 1 to S = 2 transition in Mn3+ can become cooperative magneto-structural phase transitions due to structural coupling between ions. SSTs are accompanied by change in the orbital occupation and hence, strongly coupled to the lattice and charge degrees of freedom. They are a dominant functionality in metal-organic materials, persisting up to room temperature in some compounds. We demonstrate that a magnetic SST can induce ferroelectricity. We study a Mn-based metal-organic system in which a three-fold degenerate dynamic Jahn-Teller effect at high temperatures vanishes when the temperature is lowered, and the system drops into a lower spin state. Application of a magnetic field restores the high spin Jahn-Teller-active state and allows the Jahn Teller distortions to order cooperatively, creating a dielectric constant change and a net electric polarization. We use high magnetic fields at the NHMFL to study the magnetic and electric behavior of this system across a significant fraction of its T-H phase space, and compare to theoretical modeling.

  20. Dynamic fracture behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with various stabilities of βphase

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    Akmoulin, I. A.; Niinomi, M.; Kobayashi, T.

    1994-08-01

    The effect of stability of the body-centered cubic (bcc) β phase on the dynamic fracture behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy at room temperature and 77 K has been studied. The presence of a highly unstable β phase in the quenched alloy leads to a decrease in both the dynamic fracture toughness and the crack propagation energy, and this decrease bccomes more pronounced when test temperature is reduced to 77 K. Somewhat improved fracture characteristics were obtained by applying anneal procedure to receive a fully stable β phase. The highest fracture toughness as well as the greatest crack propagation resistance were observed in the air-cooled grade, where the lattice parameter of the bcc phase was intermediate between those pertaining to quenched and annealed Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The effect is attributed to the vanadium content in the β phase, which is sufficiently high to suppress deformation-induced transformation. On the other hand, the V content should be low enough to retard ductile-brittle transition, typical for the bcc metals at cryogenic temperatures. As a result, marked toughening can be achieved, so that the lowest application temperature of high-strength titanium alloys containing the bcc phase can be decreased significantly.

  1. Impact properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam welds of V-4Cr-4Ti

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    Chung, H.M.; Strain, R.V.; Tsai, H.C.; Park, J.H.; Smith, D.L.

    1996-10-01

    The authors are conducting a program to develop an optimal laser welding procedure that can be applied to large-scale fusion-reactor structural components to be fabricated from vanadium-base alloys. Results of initial investigation of mechanical properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam (EB) welds of the production-scale heat of V-4Cr-4Ti (500-kg Heat 832665) in as-welded and postwelding heat-treated (PWHT) conditions are presented in this paper. The laser weld was produced in air using a 6-kW continuous CO{sub 2} laser at a welding speed of {approx}45 mm/s. Microhardness of the laser welds was somewhat higher than that of the base metal, which was annealed at a nominal temperature of {approx}1050{degrees}C for 2 h in the factory. In spite of the moderate hardening, ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) of the initial laser ({approx}80{degrees}C) and EB ({approx}30{degrees}C) welds were significantly higher than that of the base metal ({approx}{minus}170{degrees}C). However, excellent impact properties, with DBTT < {minus}80{degrees}C and similar to those of the base metal, could be restored in both the laser and EB welds by postwelding annealing at 1000{degrees}C for 1 h in vacuum.

  2. Comparison of fracture behavior for low-swelling ferritic and austenitic alloys irradiated in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) to 180 DPA. Revision 1

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    Huang, F.H.

    1992-02-01

    Fracture toughness testing was conducted to investigate the radiation embrittlement of high-nickel superalloys, modified austenitic steels and ferritic steels. These materials have been experimentally proven to possess excellent resistance to void swelling after high neutron exposures. In addition to swelling resistance, post-irradiation fracture resistance is another important criterion for reactor material selection. By means of fracture mechanics techniques the fracture behavior of those highly irradiated alloys was characterized in terms of irradiation and test conditions. Precipitation-strengthened alloys failed by channel fracture with very low postirradiation ductility. The fracture toughness of titanium-modified austenitic stainless steel D9 deteriorates with increasing fluence to about 100 displacement per atom (dpa), the fluence level at which brittle fracture appears to occur. Ferritic steels such as HT9 are the most promising candidate materials for fast and fusion reactor applications. The upper-shelf fracture toughness of alloy HT9 remained adequate after irradiation to 180 dpa although its ductile- brittle transition temperature (DBTT) shift by low temperature irradiation rendered the material susceptible to brittle fracture at room temperature. Understanding the fracture characteristics under various irradiation and test conditions helps reduce the potential for brittle fracture by permitting appropriate measure to be taken.

  3. Comparison of fracture behavior for low-swelling ferritic and austenitic alloys irradiated in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) to 180 DPA

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    Huang, F.H.

    1992-02-01

    Fracture toughness testing was conducted to investigate the radiation embrittlement of high-nickel superalloys, modified austenitic steels and ferritic steels. These materials have been experimentally proven to possess excellent resistance to void swelling after high neutron exposures. In addition to swelling resistance, post-irradiation fracture resistance is another important criterion for reactor material selection. By means of fracture mechanics techniques the fracture behavior of those highly irradiated alloys was characterized in terms of irradiation and test conditions. Precipitation-strengthened alloys failed by channel fracture with very low postirradiation ductility. The fracture toughness of titanium-modified austenitic stainless steel D9 deteriorates with increasing fluence to about 100 displacement per atom (dpa), the fluence level at which brittle fracture appears to occur. Ferritic steels such as HT9 are the most promising candidate materials for fast and fusion reactor applications. The upper-shelf fracture toughness of alloy HT9 remained adequate after irradiation to 180 dpa although its ductile- brittle transition temperature (DBTT) shift by low temperature irradiation rendered the material susceptible to brittle fracture at room temperature. Understanding the fracture characteristics under various irradiation and test conditions helps reduce the potential for brittle fracture by permitting appropriate measure to be taken.

  4. Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides

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    Yang, Minghui; Allen, Amy J.; Nguyen, Minh T.; Ralston, Walter T.; MacLeod, Michelle J.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2013-09-15

    Transition metal nitrides (TMN) have many desirable characteristics such as high hardness and good thermal stability under reducing conditions. This work reports an initial survey of the chemical stability of mesoporous TMNs (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in water at 80 °C at neutral, acidic and alkaline pH. The mesoporous TMNs had specific surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g with average pore sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm. The high surface areas of these materials enhance the rate of corrosion per unit mass over that of a bulk material, making detection of corrosion much easier. The products were characterized by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns and by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Several nitrides have corrosion rates that are, within error, not distinguishable from zero (±1 Å/day). Of the nitrides examined, CrN appears to be the most corrosion resistant under acidic conditions. None of the nitrides studied are corrosion resistant under alkaline conditions. - Graphical abstract: Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in acidic and alkaline solutions at 80 °C for 2 weeks. Display Omitted - highlights: • Corrosion rates of mesoporous transition metal nitrides in aqueous solution is reported. • The mesoporous TMNs had surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g. • CrN is the most corrosion resistant under the conditions studied.

  5. Microstructural, textural and thermal evolution of an exhumed strike-slip fault and insights into localization and rheological transition

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    Cao, Shuyun; Neubauer, Franz; Liu, Junlai; Bernroider, Manfred; Genser, Johann

    2016-04-01

    The presence of deep exhumed crustal rocks with a dominant but contrasting mineralogy results in shear concentration in the rheological weakest layer, which exhibits contrasting patterns of fabrics and thermal conditions during their formation. We tested a combination of methodologies including microstructural and textural investigations, geochronology and geothermometry on deformed rocks from exhumed strike-slip fault, Ailao Shan-Red River, SE, Asian. Results indicate that the exhumed deep crustal rocks since late Oligocene (ca. 28 Ma) to Pliocene (ca. 4 Ma) typically involve dynamic microstructural, textural and thermal evolution processes, which typically record a progressive deformation and syn-kinematic reactions from ductile to semi-ductile and brittle behavior during exhumation. This transformation also resulted in dramatic strength reduction that promoted strain localization along the strike-slip and transtensional faults. Detailed analysis has revealed the co-existence of microfabrics ranging from high-temperatures (granulite facies conditions) to overprinting low-temperatures (lower greenschist facies conditions). The high-temperature microstructures and textures are in part or entirely altered by subsequent, overprinting low-temperature shearing. In quartz-rich rocks, quartz was deformed in the dislocation creep regime and records transition of microfabrics and slip systems during decreasing temperature, which lasted until retrogression related to final exhumation. As a result, grain-size reduction associated by fluids circulating within the strike-slip fault zone at brittle-ductile transition leads to rock softening, which resulted in strain localization, weak rock rheology and the overall hot thermal structure of the crust. Decompression occurred during shearing and as a result of tectonic exhumation. All these results demonstrate that the ductile to ductile-brittle transition involves a combination of different deformation mechanisms, rheological

  6. The Timing of School Transitions and Early Adolescent Problem Behavior

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    Lippold, Melissa A.; Powers, Christopher J.; Syvertsen, Amy K.; Feinberg, Mark E.; Greenberg, Mark T.

    2013-01-01

    This longitudinal study investigates whether rural adolescents who transition to a new school in sixth grade have higher levels of risky behavior than adolescents who transition in seventh grade. Our findings indicate that later school transitions had little effect on problem behavior between sixth and ninth grades. Cross-sectional analyses found…

  7. The Timing of School Transitions and Early Adolescent Problem Behavior

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    Lippold, Melissa A.; Powers, Christopher J.; Syvertsen, Amy K.; Feinberg, Mark E.; Greenberg, Mark T.

    2013-01-01

    This longitudinal study investigates whether rural adolescents who transition to a new school in sixth grade have higher levels of risky behavior than adolescents who transition in seventh grade. Our findings indicate that later school transitions had little effect on problem behavior between sixth and ninth grades. Cross-sectional analyses found…

  8. Tensile and impact behavior of the reduced-activation steels OPTIFER and F82H mod

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    Schäfer, L.

    2000-12-01

    Tensile and charpy impact tests were carried out on some OPTIFER steel grades and F82H mod. The steels show little difference in tensile properties, but pronounced differences in charpy impact properties. Combinations of low ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and high yield strength are favored for OPTIFER-IV. After aging at 600°C and higher, F82H mod steel embrittles due to precipitation of Laves phase (Cr, Fe)2W, whereas OPTIFER-IV is resistant to aging.

  9. Transitional Probability Analysis of Two Child Behavior Analytic Therapy Cases

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    Xavier, Rodrigo Nunes; Kanter, Jonathan William; Meyer, Sonia Beatriz

    2012-01-01

    This paper aimed to highlight the process of therapist direct contingent responding to shape client behavior in two Child Behavior Analytic Therapy (CBAT) cases using transitional probabilities. The Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Rating Scale (FAPRS) was used to code client behaviors and the Multidimensional System for Coding Behaviors in…

  10. Advance Notice for Transition-Related Problem Behavior: Practice Guidelines.

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    Brewer, Adam T; Strickland-Cohen, Kathleen; Dotson, Wesley; Williams, D Courtney

    2014-10-01

    Transitions between daily activities can occasion or elicit problem behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Providing advance notice to signal an upcoming transition is a common practice in early and special education settings (e.g., Riffel 2010; Sandall et al. 2005). While the literature contains many demonstrations of the efficacy of various advance notice procedures, other studies have shown negative results. Practitioners are faced with the challenge of deciding whether advance notice is a viable treatment option for transition-related problem behavior in light of these contradictory findings. To assist the practitioner in this decision-making process, we provide a brief review of the advance notice literature, concentrating on the studies reporting that advance notice is ineffective at reducing transition-related problems. The goal is to provide practitioners with a better understanding of the environmental conditions under which advance notice is likely to be ineffective at decreasing problem behavior as well as the conditions under which it can be effective at reducing transition-related problem behavior. Discriminating these conditions may yield a useful set of practice guidelines for deciding when advance notice is a viable treatment option for decreasing transition-related problem behavior.

  11. Behavioral Risks during the Transition from High School to College

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    Fromme, Kim; Corbin, William R.; Kruse, Marc I.

    2008-01-01

    The transition from high school to college is an important developmental milestone that holds the potential for personal growth and behavioral change. A cohort of 2,245 students was recruited during the summer before they matriculated into college and completed Internet-based surveys about their participation in a variety of behavioral risks…

  12. Adolescents' Transitions to Behavioral Autonomy after German Unification

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    Haase, Claudia M.; Silbereisen, Rainer K.; Reitzle, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    The present study examined the timing of behavioral autonomy transitions in two same-aged cohorts of East German adolescents assessed in 1991 and 1996. An earlier timing of autonomy privileges was associated with higher deviant behavior. A later timing of autonomy privileges and responsibilities was linked to structural constraints, specifically,…

  13. Adolescents' Transitions to Behavioral Autonomy after German Unification

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    Haase, Claudia M.; Silbereisen, Rainer K.; Reitzle, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    The present study examined the timing of behavioral autonomy transitions in two same-aged cohorts of East German adolescents assessed in 1991 and 1996. An earlier timing of autonomy privileges was associated with higher deviant behavior. A later timing of autonomy privileges and responsibilities was linked to structural constraints, specifically,…

  14. Behavioral transitions induced by speed and noise in animal aggregates

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    Cambui, Dorílson S.; Iliass, Tarras

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we used a self-propelled particle model to study the transition between phases of collective behavior observed in animal aggregates. In these systems, transitions occur when individuals shift from one collective state to another. We investigated transitions induced by both the speed and the noise. Statistical quantities that characterize the phase transition driven by noise, such as order parameter, the Binder cumulant and the susceptibility were analyzed, and we used the finite-size scaling theory to estimate the critical exponent ratios β/ν and γ/ν.

  15. Influence of TiN Inclusions on the Cleavage Fracture Behavior of Low-Carbon Microalloyed Steels

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    Yan, W.; Shan, Y. Y.; Yang, K.

    2007-06-01

    Toughness is a major concern for low-carbon microalloyed steels. In this work, the impact fracture behavior of two low-carbon Ti-V microalloyed steels was investigated in order to better understand the role of TiN inclusions in the toughness of the steels. The steels had similar chemical compositions and were manufactured by the same rolling process. However, there was an obvious difference in the ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) in the Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact tests of the two steels; one (steel 1) possessing a DBTT below -20 °C, while the DBTT of the other (steel 2) was above 15 °C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) fractography revealed that there were TiN inclusions at the cleavage fracture initiation sites on the fracture surfaces of steel 2 at both low and room temperatures. It is shown that the TiN inclusions had nucleated on Al2O3 particles and that they had pre-existing interior flaws. A high density of TiN inclusions was found in steel 2, but there was a much lower density in steel 1. Analysis indicates that these inclusions were responsible for the shift of DBTT to a higher temperature in steel 2. A mechanism is proposed for understanding the effect of the size and density of TiN inclusions on the fracture behavior, and the cleavage fracture initiation process is analyzed in terms of the distribution and development of stresses ahead of the notch tip during fracture at both low and room temperatures.

  16. High Throughput Interrogation of Behavioral Transitions in C. elegans

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    Liu, Mochi; Shaevitz, Joshua; Leifer, Andrew

    We present a high-throughput method to probe transformations from neural activity to behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans to better understand how organisms change behavioral states. We optogenetically deliver white-noise stimuli to target sensory or inter neurons while simultaneously recording the movement of a population of worms. Using all the postural movement data collected, we computationally classify stereotyped behaviors in C. elegans by clustering based on the spectral properties of the instantaneous posture. (Berman et al., 2014) Transitions between these behavioral clusters indicate discrete behavioral changes. To study the neural correlates dictating these transitions, we perform model-driven experiments and employ Linear-Nonlinear-Poisson cascades that take the white-noise stimulus as the input. The parameters of these models are fitted by reverse-correlation from our measurements. The parameterized models of behavioral transitions predict the worm's response to novel stimuli and reveal the internal computations the animal makes before carrying out behavioral decisions. Preliminary results are shown that describe the neural-behavioral transformation between neural activity in mechanosensory neurons and reversal behavior.

  17. Improving Coalition Performance by Exploiting Phase Transition Behavior

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    2004-09-01

    CODE 13. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 Words) This document describes research into the effects of phase transitions and related phenomena on the design...implications of these thresholds for "anytime", "good enough soon enough" behavior are discussed. Second, the effects of solution-clustering behavior on...20 Figure 4.4: Example of effects , in oPARIS, of learning simple CNF clauses versus learning of cardinality constraints

  18. The Effect of Impingement on Transitional Behavior in Underexpanded Jets

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    Inman, Jennifer A.; Danehy, Paul M.; Nowak, Robert J.; Alderfer, David W.

    2009-01-01

    An investigation into the development of flow unsteadiness in impinging axisymmetric underexpanded jets has been conducted at NASA Langley Research Center. The study has examined the effect of an impingement target placed at various distances and angles on transitional behavior of such jets. Two nozzles, with exit Mach numbers of 1.0 and 2.6, were used in this investigation. Planar laser-induced fluorescence of nitric oxide (NO PLIF) has been used to identify flow unsteadiness and to image transitional and turbulent flow features. Measurements of the location of the onset of various degrees of unsteady flow behavior have been made using these PLIF images. Both qualitative and quantitative comparisons are presented to demonstrate the observed effects of impingement and flow parameters on the process of the transition to turbulence. The presence of the impingement target was found to significantly shorten the distance to transition to turbulence by up to a factor of approximately three, with closer targets resulting in slightly shorter distance to transition and turbulence. The location at which the flow first exhibits unsteadiness was found to have a strong dependence on the presence and location of key flow structures. This paper presents quantitative results on transition criteria for free and impinging jets.

  19. Phase Transition Behavior in a Neutral Evolution Model

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    King, Dawn; Scott, Adam; Maric, Nevena; Bahar, Sonya

    2014-03-01

    The complexity of interactions among individuals and between individuals and the environment make agent based modeling ideal for studying emergent speciation. This is a dynamically complex problem that can be characterized via the critical behavior of a continuous phase transition. Concomitant with the main tenets of natural selection, we allow organisms to reproduce, mutate, and die within a neutral phenotype space. Previous work has shown phase transition behavior in an assortative mating model with variable fitness landscapes as the maximum mutation size (μ) was varied (Dees and Bahar, 2010). Similarly, this behavior was recently presented in the work of Scott et al. (2013), even on a completely neutral landscape, for bacterial-like fission as well as for assortative mating. Here we present another neutral model to investigate the `critical' phase transition behavior of three mating types - assortative, bacterial, and random - in a phenotype space as a function of the percentage of random death. Results show two types of phase transitions occurring for the parameters of the population size and the number of clusters (an analogue of species), indicating different evolutionary dynamics for system survival and clustering. This research was supported by funding from: University of Missouri Research Board and James S. McDonnell Foundation.

  20. Coordination of behavioral hierarchies during environmental transitions in Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Vidal-Gadea, Andrés G.; Davis, Scott; Becker, Lindsay; Pierce-Shimomura, Jonathan T.

    2012-01-01

    For animals inhabiting multiple environments, the ability to select appropriate behaviors is crucial as their adaptability is often context dependent. Caenorhabditis elegans uses distinct gaits to move on land and in water. Gait transitions can potentially coordinate behaviors associated with distinct environments. We investigated whether land and water differentially affect the behavioral repertoire of C. elegans. Swimming worms interrupted foraging, feeding, egg-laying and defecation. Exogenous dopamine induced bouts of these land-associated behaviors in water. Our finding that worms do not drink fluid while immersed may explain why higher drug doses are required in water than on land to elicit the same effects. C. elegans is a valid model to study behavioral hierarchies and how environmental pressures alter their balance. PMID:23525841

  1. Quantum critical behavior of the superfluid-Mott glass transition

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    Vojta, Thomas; Crewse, Jack; Puschmann, Martin; Arovas, Daniel; Kiselev, Yury

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the zero-temperature superfluid to insulator transitions in a diluted two-dimensional quantum rotor model with particle-hole symmetry. We map the Hamiltonian onto a classical (2 +1 ) -dimensional X Y model with columnar disorder which we analyze by means of large-scale Monte Carlo simulations. For dilutions below the lattice percolation threshold, the system undergoes a generic superfluid-Mott glass transition. In contrast to other quantum phase transitions in disordered systems, its critical behavior is of conventional power-law type with universal (dilution-independent) critical exponents z =1.52 (3 ) , ν =1.16 (5 ) , β /ν =0.48 (2 ) , γ /ν =2.52 (4 ) , and η =-0.52 (4 ) . These values agree with and improve upon earlier Monte Carlo results [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 015703 (2004)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.015703 while (partially) excluding other findings in the literature. As a further test of universality, we also consider a soft-spin version of the classical Hamiltonian. In addition, we study the percolation quantum phase transition across the lattice percolation threshold; its critical behavior is governed by the lattice percolation exponents in agreement with recent theoretical predictions. We relate our results to a general classification of phase transitions in disordered systems, and we briefly discuss experiments.

  2. Irradiation effects on impact behavior of 12Cr-1MoVW and 2 1/4Cr-1Mo steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1990-01-01

    Charpy impact tests were conducted on 12CR-1MoVW steel after irradiation in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) and the Oak Ridge Research Reactor (OOR). One-half-size and one-third-size Charpy specimens were irradiated in FFTF at 365{degree}C. After irradiating half-size-specimens to {approximately}10 and 17 dpa, a shift in ductile-brittle-transition temperature (DBTT) of 160{degree}C was observed for both fluences, indicating a saturation in the shift. A shift DBTT of 151{degree}C was observed for the third-size specimens after irradiation to 10 dpa. Third-size specimens of 12Cr--1MoVW steel irradiated {approximately}7 dpa in the ORR at 330 and 400{degree}C developed shifts in DBTT of 200 and 120{degree}C, respectively, somewhat above and below the shifts observed after irradiation at 365{degree}C in FFTF. This correspondence of results in the mixed-spectrum ORR and the fast-spectrum FFTF is in marked contrast to large differences observed between specimens irradiated in the mixed-spectrum High Flux Isotope Reactor and the fast spectrum Experimental Breeder Reactor. The first data on the effect of fast reactor irradiation on the impact behavior 2{1/4} CR--1Mo steel were obtained. Third-size specimens were irradiated in FFTF to {approximately}10 dpa at 365{degree}C. An increase in DBTT of 170{degree}C was observed, similar of the shift observed for 12Cr--1MoVW steel following comparable irradiation. The reduction in the upper-shelf energy for the 2{1/4} Cr--1Mo steel was less than that observed for 12Cr--1MoVW steel. Because of the low DBTT of unirradiated 2{1/4} Cr--1Mo steel, the DBTT after irradiation remained below that for 12Cr--1MoVW steel.

  3. Deflagration to Detonation Transition Behavior of Aluminized HMX

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    1979-06-04

    NSWC TR 79-119 tLN DEFLAG RATION TO DETONATION TRANSITION BEHAVIOR OF ALUMINIZED HMX BY DONNA PRICE A. R. CLAIRMONT, JR 0 RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY...Detonation of Solid Explosives," J. Chem. Soc., 4154, 1960. 3Bernecker, R. R. and Price , D., "Studies in the Transition from Deflagration to Detonation in...Laboratory TR 74-186. 4 NSWC TR 79-119 tube with heavy end closures. The column length of the 0.35 g of 25/75 B/ KNO3 ignitor is 6.3 mm; the length of

  4. Social Transitions Cause Rapid Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Changes.

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    Maruska, Karen P

    2015-08-01

    In species that form dominance hierarchies, there are often opportunities for low-ranking individuals to challenge high-ranking ones, resulting in a rise or fall in social rank. How does an animal rapidly detect, process, and then respond to these social transitions? This article explores and summarizes how these social transitions can rapidly (within 24 h) impact an individual's behavior, physiology, and brain, using the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, as a model. Male A. burtoni form hierarchies in which a few brightly-colored dominant males defend territories and spawn with females, while the remaining males are subordinate, more drab-colored, do not hold a territory, and have minimal opportunities for reproduction. These social phenotypes are plastic and reversible, meaning that individual males may switch between dominant and subordinate status multiple times within a lifetime. When the social environment is manipulated to create males that either ascend (subordinate to dominant) or descend (dominant to subordinate) in rank, there are rapid changes in behavior, circulating hormones, and levels of gene expression in the brain that reflect the direction of transition. For example, within minutes, males ascending in status show bright coloration, a distinct eye-bar, increased dominance behaviors, activation of brain nuclei in the social behavior network, and higher levels of sex steroids in the plasma. Ascending males also show rapid changes in levels of neuropeptide and steroid receptors in the brain, as well as in the pituitary and testes. To further examine hormone-behavior relationships in this species during rapid social ascent, the present study also measured levels of testosterone, 11-ketotestosterone, estradiol, progestins, and cortisol in the plasma during the first week of social ascent and tested for correlations with behavior. Plasma levels of all steroids were rapidly increased at 30 min after social ascent, but were not correlated with

  5. Social Transitions Cause Rapid Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Changes

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    Maruska, Karen P.

    2015-01-01

    In species that form dominance hierarchies, there are often opportunities for low-ranking individuals to challenge high-ranking ones, resulting in a rise or fall in social rank. How does an animal rapidly detect, process, and then respond to these social transitions? This article explores and summarizes how these social transitions can rapidly (within 24 h) impact an individual’s behavior, physiology, and brain, using the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, as a model. Male A. burtoni form hierarchies in which a few brightly-colored dominant males defend territories and spawn with females, while the remaining males are subordinate, more drab-colored, do not hold a territory, and have minimal opportunities for reproduction. These social phenotypes are plastic and reversible, meaning that individual males may switch between dominant and subordinate status multiple times within a lifetime. When the social environment is manipulated to create males that either ascend (subordinate to dominant) or descend (dominant to subordinate) in rank, there are rapid changes in behavior, circulating hormones, and levels of gene expression in the brain that reflect the direction of transition. For example, within minutes, males ascending in status show bright coloration, a distinct eye-bar, increased dominance behaviors, activation of brain nuclei in the social behavior network, and higher levels of sex steroids in the plasma. Ascending males also show rapid changes in levels of neuropeptide and steroid receptors in the brain, as well as in the pituitary and testes. To further examine hormone–behavior relationships in this species during rapid social ascent, the present study also measured levels of testosterone, 11-ketotestosterone, estradiol, progestins, and cortisol in the plasma during the first week of social ascent and tested for correlations with behavior. Plasma levels of all steroids were rapidly increased at 30 min after social ascent, but were not correlated

  6. Transition between different search patterns in human online search behavior

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    Wang, Xiangwen; Pleimling, Michel

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the human online search behavior by analyzing data sets from different search engines. Based on the comparison of the results from several click-through data-sets collected in different years, we observe a transition of the search pattern from a Lévy-flight-like behavior to a Brownian-motion-type behavior as the search engine algorithms improve. This result is consistent with findings in animal foraging processes. A more detailed analysis shows that the human search patterns are more complex than simple Lévy flights or Brownian motions. Notable differences between the behaviors of different individuals can be observed in many quantities. This work is in part supported by the US National Science Foundation through Grant DMR-1205309.

  7. Power law behavior of the zigzag transition in Yukawa clusters

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    Sheridan, T. E.; Magyar, Andrew L.

    2010-11-15

    We provide direct experimental evidence that the width of a Yukawa cluster exhibits power law behavior during the one-dimensional (1D) to two-dimensional (2D) zigzag transition. Configurations of small dusty (complex) plasma clusters confined in a biharmonic potential well are characterized as the well anisotropy is varied. When the anisotropy is large the particles are in a 1D straight-line configuration. As the anisotropy is decreased the cluster undergoes a zigzag transition to a 2D configuration. The measured dependence of cluster width on anisotropy follows a power law. A second transition from the zigzag to an elliptical configuration is also observed. The results are in very good agreement with a model of identical particles interacting through a Yukawa potential.

  8. Intergenerational Transmission of Reproductive Behavior during the Demographic Transition

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    Jennings, Julia A.; Sullivan, Allison R.; Hacker, J. David

    2012-01-01

    New evidence from the Utah Population Database (UPDB) reveals that at the onset of the fertility transition, reproductive behavior was transmitted across generations--between women and their mothers, as well as between women and their husbands' family of origin. Age at marriage, age at last birth, and the number of children ever born are positively correlated in the data, most strongly among first-born daughters and among cohorts born later in the fertility transition. Intergenerational ties, including the presence of mothers and mothers-in-law, influenced the hazard of progressing to a next birth. The findings suggest that the practice of parity-dependent marital fertility control and inter-birth spacing behavior derived in part from the previous generation and that the potential for mothers and mothers-in-law to help in the rearing of children encouraged higher marital fertility. PMID:22530253

  9. Apparent Transition Behavior of Widely-Used Turbulence Models

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.

    2006-01-01

    The Spalart-Allmaras and the Menter SST kappa-omega turbulence models are shown to have the undesirable characteristic that, for fully turbulent computations, a transition region can occur whose extent varies with grid density. Extremely fine two-dimensional grids over the front portion of an airfoil are used to demonstrate the effect. As the grid density is increased, the laminar region near the nose becomes larger. In the Spalart-Allmaras model this behavior is due to convergence to a laminar-behavior fixed point that occurs in practice when freestream turbulence is below some threshold. It is the result of a feature purposefully added to the original model in conjunction with a special trip function. This degenerate fixed point can also cause nonuniqueness regarding where transition initiates on a given grid. Consistent fully turbulent results can easily be achieved by either using a higher freestream turbulence level or by making a simple change to one of the model constants. Two-equation kappa-omega models, including the SST model, exhibit strong sensitivity to numerical resolution near the area where turbulence initiates. Thus, inconsistent apparent transition behavior with grid refinement in this case does not appear to stem from the presence of a degenerate fixed point. Rather, it is a fundamental property of the kappa-omega model itself, and is not easily remedied.

  10. Apparent Transition Behavior of Widely-Used Turbulence Models

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.

    2007-01-01

    The Spalart-Allmaras and the Menter SST k-omega turbulence models are shown to have the undesirable characteristic that, for fully turbulent computations, a transition region can occur whose extent varies with grid density. Extremely fine two-dimensional grids over the front portion of an airfoil are used to demonstrate the effect. As the grid density is increased, the laminar region near the nose becomes larger. In the Spalart-Allmaras model this behavior is due to convergence to a laminar-behavior fixed point that occurs in practice when freestream turbulence is below some threshold. It is the result of a feature purposefully added to the original model in conjunction with a special trip function. This degenerate fixed point can also cause non-uniqueness regarding where transition initiates on a given grid. Consistent fully turbulent results can easily be achieved by either using a higher freestream turbulence level or by making a simple change to one of the model constants. Two-equation k-omega models, including the SST model, exhibit strong sensitivity to numerical resolution near the area where turbulence initiates. Thus, inconsistent apparent transition behavior with grid refinement in this case does not appear to stem from the presence of a degenerate fixed point. Rather, it is a fundamental property of the k-omega model itself, and is not easily remedied.

  11. TRANSITION FROM KINETIC TO MHD BEHAVIOR IN A COLLISIONLESS PLASMA

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    Parashar, Tulasi N.; Matthaeus, William H.; Shay, Michael A.; Wan, Minping

    2015-10-01

    The study of kinetic effects in heliospheric plasmas requires representation of dynamics at sub-proton scales, but in most cases the system is driven by magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity at larger scales. The latter requirement challenges available computational resources, which raises the question of how large such a system must be to exhibit MHD traits at large scales while kinetic behavior is accurately represented at small scales. Here we study this implied transition from kinetic to MHD-like behavior using particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, initialized using an Orszag–Tang Vortex. The PIC code treats protons, as well as electrons, kinetically, and we address the question of interest by examining several different indicators of MHD-like behavior.

  12. Transition from Kinetic to MHD Behavior in a Collisionless Plasma

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    Parashar, Tulasi N.; Matthaeus, William H.; Shay, Michael A.; Wan, Minping

    2015-10-01

    The study of kinetic effects in heliospheric plasmas requires representation of dynamics at sub-proton scales, but in most cases the system is driven by magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity at larger scales. The latter requirement challenges available computational resources, which raises the question of how large such a system must be to exhibit MHD traits at large scales while kinetic behavior is accurately represented at small scales. Here we study this implied transition from kinetic to MHD-like behavior using particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, initialized using an Orszag-Tang Vortex. The PIC code treats protons, as well as electrons, kinetically, and we address the question of interest by examining several different indicators of MHD-like behavior.

  13. From desires to behavior: Moderating factors in a fertility transition

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    Hayford, Sarah R.; Agadjanian, Victor

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Extensive research in both developed and developing countries has shown that preferences and intentions for future childbearing predict behavior. However, very little of this research has examined high-fertility contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the factors that increase or decrease correspondence between fertility desires and behavior in these settings are not well understood. OBJECTIVE This article documents the degree to which the desire to stop childbearing predicts fertility behavior over the short term among married women in rural southern Mozambique, a context where fertility transition is still in the early stages. Analyses test the moderating powers of individual, household, and community characteristics. METHODS Analyses use data from a longitudinal survey of married women of reproductive age (N=1678) carried out in 2006 and 2009 in rural areas of southern Mozambique. Logistic regression models are estimated to predict childbearing between 2006 and 2009 based on desires to stop childbearing and characteristics measured in 2006. RESULTS As expected, the desire to stop childbearing is strongly predictive of fertility behavior. Household wealth, local adult AIDS mortality, and being married to an unsuccessful labor migrant are associated with higher correspondence between reported desire to stop childbearing and fertility behavior. CONCLUSIONS Both factors related to the ability to carry out desires to stop childbearing and factors related to the strength and consistency of these desires moderate the association between desires and behaviors. Future research should expand measurement of fertility preferences to incorporate their strength and consistency as well as direction. PMID:23626485

  14. From desires to behavior: Moderating factors in a fertility transition.

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    Hayford, Sarah R; Agadjanian, Victor

    2012-05-31

    Extensive research in both developed and developing countries has shown that preferences and intentions for future childbearing predict behavior. However, very little of this research has examined high-fertility contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the factors that increase or decrease correspondence between fertility desires and behavior in these settings are not well understood. This article documents the degree to which the desire to stop childbearing predicts fertility behavior over the short term among married women in rural southern Mozambique, a context where fertility transition is still in the early stages. Analyses test the moderating powers of individual, household, and community characteristics. Analyses use data from a longitudinal survey of married women of reproductive age (N=1678) carried out in 2006 and 2009 in rural areas of southern Mozambique. Logistic regression models are estimated to predict childbearing between 2006 and 2009 based on desires to stop childbearing and characteristics measured in 2006. As expected, the desire to stop childbearing is strongly predictive of fertility behavior. Household wealth, local adult AIDS mortality, and being married to an unsuccessful labor migrant are associated with higher correspondence between reported desire to stop childbearing and fertility behavior. Both factors related to the ability to carry out desires to stop childbearing and factors related to the strength and consistency of these desires moderate the association between desires and behaviors. Future research should expand measurement of fertility preferences to incorporate their strength and consistency as well as direction.

  15. Experimental observation of transition behavior on a flat plate

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    Nagamatsu, H. T.

    1985-01-01

    In studying transition behavior a shock tube and tunnel were used to produce high temperatures, and thin-film platinum heat gauges were used to measure local heat flux as well as to detect the transition of the laminar boundary layer over a flat plate and a cone. Initial investigations were conducted in the hypersonic shock tunnel to obtain high-temperature information for the development of an ICBM nose cone. Shock Mach numbers as large as 50 with a temperature of 15,000 K after the incident wave were produced in the driven tube. Shock tubes are used to investigate the heat transfer over various surfaces to 2500 K for the development of future gas turbines.

  16. Slip-behavior transitions of a heterogeneous linear fault

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    Yabe, Suguru; Ide, Satoshi

    2017-01-01

    Geological faults have frictional heterogeneity. Here we investigate the slip behavior of such heterogeneous faults in the simplest situation, simulating antiplane shear slip along an infinite linear fault in a 2-D elastic model space, subjected to constant loading by external stresses characterized by stiffness and plate-motion velocity. The fault is discretized into many subfaults, each of which has either a velocity-weakening (VW) or velocity-strengthening (VS) friction law. We vary the proportion of the fault that is VW, revealing several different regimes of slip behavior. The first regime boundary, where stick-slip behavior is initiated, is located at the proportion of VW zones such that each VW zone reaches its nucleation size. The other boundary is located where the spatially averaged a - b value of the rate and state friction law is close to zero. Below this density, the VW zone slips seismically, whereas the VS zone shows afterslip. In contrast, above this density, the entire fault slips simultaneously at the seismic slip velocity. We observe transitional behavior at the second boundary, where relatively slower deformation dominates. We also explore the slip behavior of faults using Cantor-set distributions of frictional parameters. We propose that frictional heterogeneity on the fault may explain not only the diversity of seismic phenomena but also the observed scaling of frictional parameters, such as slip-weakening distance or the fracture energy of ordinary earthquakes.

  17. Phase transitions in tumor growth: III vascular and metastasis behavior

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    Llanos-Pérez, J. A.; Betancourt-Mar, J. A.; Cocho, G.; Mansilla, R.; Nieto-Villar, José Manuel

    2016-11-01

    We propose a mechanism for avascular, vascular and metastasis tumor growth based on a chemical network model. Vascular growth and metastasis, appear as a hard phase transition type, as ;first order;, through a supercritical Andronov-Hopf bifurcation, emergence of limit cycle and then through a cascade of bifurcations type saddle-foci Shilnikov's bifurcation. Finally, the thermodynamics framework developed shows that the entropy production rate, as a Lyapunov function, indicates the directional character and stability of the dynamical behavior of tumor growth according to this model.

  18. Emergent heavy fermion behavior at the Wigner-Mott transition.

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    Merino, Jaime; Ralko, Arnaud; Fratini, Simone

    2013-09-20

    We study charge ordering driven by Coulomb interactions on triangular lattices relevant to the Wigner-Mott transition in two dimensions. Dynamical mean-field theory reveals the pinball liquid phase, a charge ordered metallic phase containing quasilocalized (pins) coexisting with itinerant (balls) electrons. Based on an effective periodic Anderson model for this phase, we find an antiferromagnetic Kondo coupling between pins and balls and strong quasiparticle renormalization. Non-Fermi liquid behavior can occur in such charge ordered systems due to the spin-flip scattering of itinerant electrons off the pins in analogy with heavy fermion compounds.

  19. Behavioral transitions and weight change patterns within the PREMIER trial.

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    Bartfield, Jessica K; Stevens, Victor J; Jerome, Gerald J; Batch, Bryan C; Kennedy, Betty M; Vollmer, William M; Harsha, David; Appel, Lawrence J; Desmond, Renee; Ard, Jamy D

    2011-08-01

    Little is known about the transition in behaviors from short-term weight loss to maintenance of weight loss. We wanted to determine how short-term and long-term weight loss and patterns of weight change were associated with intervention behavioral targets. This analysis includes overweight/obese participants in active treatment (n = 507) from the previously published PREMIER trial, an 18-month, multicomponent lifestyle intervention for blood pressure reduction, including 33 intervention sessions and recommendations to self-monitor food intake and physical activity daily. Associations between behaviors (attendance, recorded days/week of physical activity, food records/week) and weight loss of ≥5% at 6 and 18 months were examined using logistic regression. We characterized the sample using 5 weight change categories (weight gained, weight stable, weight loss then relapse, late weight loss, and weight loss then maintenance) and analyzed adherence to the behaviors for each category, comparing means with ANOVA. Participants lost an average of 5.3 ± 5.6 kg at 6 months and 4.0 ± 6.7 kg (4.96% of body weight) by 18 months. Higher levels of attendance, food record completion, and recorded days/week of physical activity were associated with increasing odds of achieving 5% weight loss. All weight change groups had declines in the behaviors over time; however, compared to the other four groups, the weight loss/maintenance group (n = 154) had statistically less significant decline in number of food records/week (48%), recorded days/week of physical activity (41.7%), and intervention sessions attended (12.8%) through 18 months. Behaviors associated with short-term weight loss continue to be associated with long-term weight loss, albeit at lower frequencies. Minimizing the decline in these behaviors may be important in achieving long-term weight loss.

  20. Postirradiation deformation behavior in ferritic Fe-Cr alloys

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    Hamilton, M.L.; Gelles, D.S.; Gardner, P.L.

    1992-06-01

    It has been demonstrated that fast-neutron irradiation produces significant hardening in simple Fe-(3-18)Cr binary alloys irradiated to about 35 dpa in the temperature range 365 to 420{degrees}C, whereas irradiation at 574{degrees}C produces hardening only for 15% or more chromium. The irradiation-induced changes in tensile properties are discussed in terms of changes in the power law work-hardening exponent. The work-hardening exponent of the lower chromium alloys decreased significantly after low-temperature irradiation ({le} 420{degrees}C) but increased after irradiation at 574{degrees}C. The higher chromium alloys failed either in cleavage or in a mixed ductile/brittle fashion. Deformation microstructures are presented to support the tensile behavior.

  1. Postirradiation deformation behavior in ferritic Fe-Cr alloys

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    Hamilton, M.L.; Gelles, D.S. ); Gardner, P.L. )

    1992-06-01

    It has been demonstrated that fast-neutron irradiation produces significant hardening in simple Fe-(3-18)Cr binary alloys irradiated to about 35 dpa in the temperature range 365 to 420[degrees]C, whereas irradiation at 574[degrees]C produces hardening only for 15% or more chromium. The irradiation-induced changes in tensile properties are discussed in terms of changes in the power law work-hardening exponent. The work-hardening exponent of the lower chromium alloys decreased significantly after low-temperature irradiation ([le] 420[degrees]C) but increased after irradiation at 574[degrees]C. The higher chromium alloys failed either in cleavage or in a mixed ductile/brittle fashion. Deformation microstructures are presented to support the tensile behavior.

  2. Human behavioral regularity, fractional Brownian motion, and exotic phase transition

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yang, Guang; An, Kenan; Huang, Jiping

    2016-08-01

    The mix of competition and cooperation (C&C) is ubiquitous in human society, which, however, remains poorly explored due to the lack of a fundamental method. Here, by developing a Janus game for treating C&C between two sides (suppliers and consumers), we show, for the first time, experimental and simulation evidences for human behavioral regularity. This property is proved to be characterized by fractional Brownian motion associated with an exotic transition between periodic and nonperiodic phases. Furthermore, the periodic phase echoes with business cycles, which are well-known in reality but still far from being well understood. Our results imply that the Janus game could be a fundamental method for studying C&C among humans in society, and it provides guidance for predicting human behavioral activity from the perspective of fractional Brownian motion.

  3. Hypnagogic behavior disorder: complex motor behaviors during wake-sleep transitions in 2 young children.

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    Pareja, Juan A; Cuadrado, María Luz; García-Morales, Irene; Gil-Nagel, Antonio; Franch, Oriol

    2008-08-01

    A nondescribed behavioral disorder was observed during wake-sleep transitions in 2 young children. Two boys had episodes of abnormal behavior in hypnagogic-and occasionally hypnopompic-periods for 1 year from the time they were 1 year and several months old. The episodes consisted of irregular body movements, which could be either gentle or violent but never made the children get out of bed. They lasted from a few seconds to 2 hours and were associated with poor reactivity and amnesia of the events. Electroencephalography (EEG) recordings showed wake-state features, with brief bursts of hypnagogic hypersynchrony, and did not display seizure activity. A distinctive behavior disorder occurring during wake-sleep transitions with a wake EEG pattern has been identified in very early childhood. The clinical profile does not fit any of the known parasomnias and might belong to a new category of parasomnia.

  4. Chaos–order transition in foraging behavior of ants

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    Li, Lixiang; Peng, Haipeng; Kurths, Jürgen; Yang, Yixian; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim

    2014-01-01

    The study of the foraging behavior of group animals (especially ants) is of practical ecological importance, but it also contributes to the development of widely applicable optimization problem-solving techniques. Biologists have discovered that single ants exhibit low-dimensional deterministic-chaotic activities. However, the influences of the nest, ants’ physical abilities, and ants’ knowledge (or experience) on foraging behavior have received relatively little attention in studies of the collective behavior of ants. This paper provides new insights into basic mechanisms of effective foraging for social insects or group animals that have a home. We propose that the whole foraging process of ants is controlled by three successive strategies: hunting, homing, and path building. A mathematical model is developed to study this complex scheme. We show that the transition from chaotic to periodic regimes observed in our model results from an optimization scheme for group animals with a home. According to our investigation, the behavior of such insects is not represented by random but rather deterministic walks (as generated by deterministic dynamical systems, e.g., by maps) in a random environment: the animals use their intelligence and experience to guide them. The more knowledge an ant has, the higher its foraging efficiency is. When young insects join the collective to forage with old and middle-aged ants, it benefits the whole colony in the long run. The resulting strategy can even be optimal. PMID:24912159

  5. Chaos-order transition in foraging behavior of ants.

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    Li, Lixiang; Peng, Haipeng; Kurths, Jürgen; Yang, Yixian; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim

    2014-06-10

    The study of the foraging behavior of group animals (especially ants) is of practical ecological importance, but it also contributes to the development of widely applicable optimization problem-solving techniques. Biologists have discovered that single ants exhibit low-dimensional deterministic-chaotic activities. However, the influences of the nest, ants' physical abilities, and ants' knowledge (or experience) on foraging behavior have received relatively little attention in studies of the collective behavior of ants. This paper provides new insights into basic mechanisms of effective foraging for social insects or group animals that have a home. We propose that the whole foraging process of ants is controlled by three successive strategies: hunting, homing, and path building. A mathematical model is developed to study this complex scheme. We show that the transition from chaotic to periodic regimes observed in our model results from an optimization scheme for group animals with a home. According to our investigation, the behavior of such insects is not represented by random but rather deterministic walks (as generated by deterministic dynamical systems, e.g., by maps) in a random environment: the animals use their intelligence and experience to guide them. The more knowledge an ant has, the higher its foraging efficiency is. When young insects join the collective to forage with old and middle-aged ants, it benefits the whole colony in the long run. The resulting strategy can even be optimal.

  6. Deformation Behavior across the Zircon-Scheelite Phase Transition

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    Yue, Binbin; Hong, Fang; Merkel, Sébastien; Tan, Dayong; Yan, Jinyuan; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-09-01

    The pressure effects on plastic deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of materials are of great importance to both Earth science and technological applications. Zircon-type materials are abundant in both nature and the industrial field; however, there is still no in situ study of their deformation behavior. Here, by employing radial x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell, we investigate the dislocation-induced texture evolution of zircon-type gadolinium vanadate (GdVO4 ) in situ under pressure and across its phase transitions to its high-pressure polymorphs. Zircon-type GdVO4 develops a (001) compression texture associated with dominant slip along ⟨100 ⟩{001 } starting from 5 GPa. This (001) texture transforms into a (110) texture during the zircon-scheelite phase transition. Our observation demonstrates a martensitic mechanism for the zircon-scheelite transformation. This work will help us understand the local deformation history in the upper mantle and transition zone and provides fundamental guidance on material design and processing for zircon-type materials.

  7. Scaling behavior of nearly first order magnetic phase transitions.

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    Ferreira, P M G L; Souza, J A

    2011-06-08

    A scaling behavior between heat capacity C*(P) and thermal expansion coefficient times temperature ΩTλ, where λ is a scale factor, is obtained for ferromagnetic La(1 - x)Ca(x)MnO(3) with x = 0.20, 0.25, 0.30, 0.34, 0.40, and 0.45 compounds. The pressure derivative of the magnetic phase transition temperature obtained through a scaling method is in good agreement with experimental results for all samples. The critical exponents associated with the specific heat (α) for x = 0.25, 0.30, and 0.34 are very close to the phase boundary where continuous phase transitions become discontinuous. This is attributed to strong coupling among the spin, charge, and lattice degrees of freedom, which indicates that the magnetization alone would be a poor choice for the order parameter in these systems. Based on thermodynamic arguments, a phase diagram with diverging, cusp-like, near first order, and first order phase transitions is presented.

  8. Deformation Behavior across the Zircon-Scheelite Phase Transition.

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    Yue, Binbin; Hong, Fang; Merkel, Sébastien; Tan, Dayong; Yan, Jinyuan; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-09-23

    The pressure effects on plastic deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of materials are of great importance to both Earth science and technological applications. Zircon-type materials are abundant in both nature and the industrial field; however, there is still no in situ study of their deformation behavior. Here, by employing radial x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell, we investigate the dislocation-induced texture evolution of zircon-type gadolinium vanadate (GdVO_{4}) in situ under pressure and across its phase transitions to its high-pressure polymorphs. Zircon-type GdVO_{4} develops a (001) compression texture associated with dominant slip along ⟨100⟩{001} starting from 5 GPa. This (001) texture transforms into a (110) texture during the zircon-scheelite phase transition. Our observation demonstrates a martensitic mechanism for the zircon-scheelite transformation. This work will help us understand the local deformation history in the upper mantle and transition zone and provides fundamental guidance on material design and processing for zircon-type materials.

  9. Collective Behavior of Interacting Particles: Radius-Dependent Phase Transition

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    Tarras, I.; Moussa, N.; Mazroui, M.; Boughaleb, Y.; Hajjaji, A.

    2013-02-01

    The aim of this paper is to study and discuss the effect of three zones (repulsion zone, orientation zone and attraction zone) on the phase transition in 2D-collective moving particles. Our main motivation is to better understand the complex behavior of non-equilibrium multi-agent system by extending the earlier and original model proposed by Viscek et al. [T. Viscek et al., Phys. Rev. Lett.75 (1995) 1226] for one zone. The analysis is performed over different situations by using a numerical simulation method. It is found that the radius R2 of orientation zone plays an important role in the system. In effect, by varying the parameter R2 a phase transition can be achieved from disordered moving of individuals to a group to highly aligned collective motion. The results also show that, the critical value of R2 at which the transition emerges depends strongly on the size of the repulsion zone but not on the size of attraction one.

  10. Artificial emotion triggered stochastic behavior transitions with motivational gain effects for multi-objective robot tasks

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    Dağlarli, Evren; Temeltaş, Hakan

    2007-04-01

    This paper presents artificial emotional system based autonomous robot control architecture. Hidden Markov model developed as mathematical background for stochastic emotional and behavior transitions. Motivation module of architecture considered as behavioral gain effect generator for achieving multi-objective robot tasks. According to emotional and behavioral state transition probabilities, artificial emotions determine sequences of behaviors. Also motivational gain effects of proposed architecture can be observed on the executing behaviors during simulation.

  11. Slip-behavior transitions of a heterogeneous linear fault

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    Yabe, S.; Ide, S.

    2016-12-01

    Shear-slip behavior on the fault has diversity, such as ordinary earthquakes, afterslips, and shallow and deep slow earthquakes. Although the cause of this diversity is a hot topic in seismology, one possibility is the friction varying with tectonic environments (e.g., Blanpied et al., 1991). It is often explained that negative, neutral, and positive a-b of rate and state friction law corresponds to seismogenic zone, slow earthquake, and creeps in subduction zones, respectively. However, the frictional heterogeneity is expected to exist on the fault because of the fractal irregular fault surface in a wide scale range (Candela et al., 2012), which fluctuate rupture propagations. To understand the slip behavior of such heterogeneous fault, we have conducted the simplest numerical simulations with an infinite linear fault embedded in the 2D elastic medium, on which frictional parameters have cyclic bimodal distributions. As a result, we have observed several types of slip behavior changing with the density of velocity weakening zone (VWZ) on the fault. At low densities with VWZ smaller than the nucleation size (Rubin and Ampuero, 2005), the fault slips stably. At medium densities, where the spatial average of a-b is positive, seismic slip occurs in VWZ followed by an afterslip in velocity-strengthening zone (VSZ). At high densities where the spatial average of a-b is negative, the entire fault including VSZ slips seismically. When the spatial average of a-b is close to zero, the transitional behavior is observed, in which seismic slip in VWZ and fast aseismic slip in VSZ are strongly interacted, and relatively slower deformation dominates. We also provide some examples with more complex distributions of frictional parameter to explore the possibility that the frictional heterogeneity may explain not only the diverse seismic phenomena, but also the scaling of slip weakening distance of ordinary earthquakes.

  12. Reducing Transition Latency and Transition-Related Problem Behavior in Children by Altering the Motivating Operations for Task Disengagement

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    Sullivan, William E.; Martens, Brian K.; Morley, Allison J.; Long, Stephanie J.

    2017-01-01

    Activity schedules, guided compliance, and differential reinforcement are often used to reduce transition-related problem behavior in children with autism. One potential way to increase the effectiveness of these procedures when transitioning children from preferred to nonpreferred activities is to alter the motivating operations for…

  13. The mechanical thermal and microstructural behaviors of the strip silicates reinforced epoxy-based nanocomposites

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    Ho, Man Wai

    Ten different sets of epoxy samples with compositions from 0wt% to 8wt% nanoclay were prepared by mechanical stirring and then casting to mold dog-bone shape samples for tensile and other tests. A gradual trend of changes upon mechanical, thermal and microstructural behaviors were investigated. Introduction of strip silicates inside the epoxy matrix contributed to higher tensile strength, flexural strength and Vickers' hardness. From tensile tests, the ultimate tensile strength of samples from 0wt% to 8wt% nanoclay ranged from 42MPa to 46MPa. The epoxy samples with 1wt%, 4wt% to 6wt% nanoclay had a stepwise increase in the ultimate tensile strength of 5% when compared with a pure epoxy sample. In general, samples with nanoclay content below 1wt% were ductile, while samples with nanoclay content from 2wt% to 6wt% were in the ductile-brittle transition and developed higher strength than the pure epoxy sample. However, samples with nanoclay content above 7wt% were brittle and the ductility drastically dropped by more than 70% for 8wt% nanoclay sample and the failure was catastrophic. On the other hand, from X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD), it was shown that there was no nanoclay peak shifting in the epoxy matrix. Moreover, it was further verified by Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA), Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA) and Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) that there was no significant change of elastic modulus, glass transition, thermal expansion and decomposition temperature in the nanoclay-epoxy samples when compared with that of pure epoxy. Finally, it was found from Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) that as the nanoclay content in the epoxy samples increased, the fracture surfaces were rougher, irregular in shape and broken down into tiny pieces with stress whitened sharp edges. A lot of white spots or white lines which believed to be the nanoclay (strip silicates), were found coming out from the fracture surfaces. As a result, strip silicates reinforced epoxy composites

  14. Metamorphic core complexes: Expression of crustal extension by ductile-brittle shearing of the geologic column

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    Davis, G. H.

    1985-01-01

    Metamorphic core complexes and detachment fault terranes in the American Southwest are products of stretching of continental crust in the Tertiary. The physical and geometric properties of the structures, fault rocks, and contact relationships that developed as a consequence of the extension are especially well displayed in southeastern Arizona. The structures and fault rocks, as a system, reflect a ductile-through-brittle continuum of deformation, with individual structures and faults rocks showing remarkably coordinated strain and displacement patterns. Careful mapping and analysis of the structural system has led to the realization that strain and displacement were partitioned across a host of structures, through a spectrum of scales, in rocks of progressively changing rheology. By integrating observations made in different parts of the extensional system, especially at different inferred depth levels, it has been possible to construct a descriptive/kinematic model of the progressive deformation that achieved continental crustal extension in general, and the development of metamorphic core complexes in particular.

  15. Cancrinite: Crystal Structure, Phase Transitions, and Dehydration Behavior with Temperature

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    Hassan,I.; Antao, S.; Parise, J.

    2006-01-01

    The structural behavior of a cancrinite, Na{sub 5.96}Ca{sub 1.52}[Al{sub 6}Si{sub 6}O{sub 24}](CO{sub 3}){sub 1.57}{center_dot}1.75H{sub 2}O, was determined by using in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data [{lambda} = 0.91806(5) {angstrom}] at room pressure and from 25 to 982 {sup o}C. The sample was heated at a rate of about 9.5 {sup o}C/min, and X-ray traces were collected at about 15 {sup o}C intervals. The satellite reflections in cancrinite were lost at about 504 {sup o}C, where a phase transition occurs. All the unit-cell parameters for cancrinite also show a discontinuity at 504 {sup o}C. Initially, the [Ca{center_dot}CO{sub 3}] clusters and their vacancies are ordered in the channels, and this ordering is destroyed on heating to give rise to the phase transition. Cancrinite loses water continuously until about 625 {sup o}C; thereafter an anhydrous cancrinite phase exists. From 25 to 952 {sup o}C, a minimal amount of CO{sub 2} is lost from the structure. Over this temperature range, the average bridging angle, which is an indication of the degree of rotation of the tetrahedra, increases from 143.7(4) to 147.7(5){sup o}. Rotations of the tetrahedra are caused by expansion of the Na1-O2 bond lengths.

  16. Effects of Transitions to New Child Care Classes on Infant/Toddler Distress and Behavior

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    Cryer, Debby; Wagner-Moore, Laura; Burchinal, Margaret; Yazejian, Noreen; Hurwitz, Sarah; Wolery, Mark

    2005-01-01

    Changes in distress and problem behaviors of 38 infants/toddlers were examined after children transitioned from familiar to new classrooms to look at effects of non-continuity of caregiver. Child's age, classroom quality, teacher sensitivity, and transitioning with a peer were examined as possible mediators. Results suggest that transitions were…

  17. Transition Goals for Youth with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems: Parent and Student Knowledge

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    Harrison, Judith R.; State, Talida M.; Wills, Howard P.; Custer, Beth A.; Miller, Elaine

    2017-01-01

    Transition planning is a mandated component of individualized education plans (IEPs) designed to ensure successful transition to adult life for students with disabilities. Students with social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) needs experience poor post-school outcomes, suggesting a need for more effective transition planning. This study evaluated…

  18. A generalized methodology for obtaining quantitative charpy data from test specimens of nonstandard dimensions

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    Manahan, M.P. ); Charles, C. , Inc., Washington, DC )

    1990-05-01

    Miniaturized specimen technology enables mechanical behavior determination using a minimum volume of material. A method for obtaining the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of ferritic steels was developed using a miniaturized notch test (MNT). Comparisons between conventional and miniaturized specimen DBTTs show that the MNT specimens are capable of delivering a 41-J transition temperature shift with the same accuracy as that obtained using conventional specimens. The work reported was performed on an American Society for Testing Materials A508 steel.

  19. Behavior of transition-region lines during impulsive solar flares

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    Tandberg-Hanssen, E.; Reichmann, E.; Woodgate, B.

    1983-01-01

    The emissions observed in lines originating in the transition-region plasma, particularly during impulsive flares, are investigated using data collected by the Ultraviolet Spectrometer and Polarimeter on the Solar Maximum Mission. Data concerning lines from ions such as Si II, C IV, Si IV, O V, and Fe XXI are analyzed. Topics examined include the transition region away from sunspots, oscillatory motions above sunspots, the shape of the transition region, the transition region during flares, and O V and Fe XXI during flare flash phases.

  20. Aggression, academic behaviors, and popularity perceptions among boys of color during the transition to middle school.

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    Xie, Hongling; Dawes, Molly; Wurster, Tabitha J; Shi, Bing

    2013-01-01

    The transition to middle school often presents behavioral and academic challenges to youths. Boys of color (i.e., African American and Hispanic in this study) may be especially vulnerable. In this study, peer nominations of aggressive and academic behaviors as well as youths' perceptions of how these behaviors were related to popularity in peer networks were obtained from the spring semester of fifth grade through the spring semester of seventh grade, with the transition occurring as the students entered the sixth grade. The sample included 188 boys (71 Caucasian, 90 African American, and 27 Hispanic) from an urban school district in the northeastern United States. Trajectory analyses showed that African American boys scored lower in studentship and higher in rule-breaking and aggressive (both physical and social) behaviors prior to the transition, and such differences among ethnic groups were largely maintained during the transition. Hispanic boys displayed decreases in their studentship during the transition. African American boys' perception of how studentship affects popularity was more positive than other boys prior to the transition, but it decreased during the transition. African American boys also endorsed rule breaking and physical and social aggression more positively for popularity prior to the transition, whereas Caucasian and Hispanic boys' endorsement increased during the transition and eventually caught up with those of African American boys in seventh grade. A positive within-individual association was found between youths' popularity perception and their behavior for studentship, rule breaking, and physical aggression, which did not differ by ethnicity.

  1. Critical behavior in the hydrogen insulator-metal transition

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    Hemley, R. J.; Mao, H. K.

    1990-01-01

    The vibrational Raman spectrum of solid hydrogen has been measured from 77 to 295 K in the vicinity of the recently observed insulator-metal transition and low-temperature phase transition at 150 gigapascals. The measurements provide evidence for a critical point in the pressure-temperature phase boundary of the low-temperature transition. The result suggests that below the critical temperature the insulator-metal transition changes from continuous to discontinuous, consistent with the general criteria originally proposed by Mott (1949) for metallization by band-gap closure. The effect of temperature on hydrogen metallization closely resembles that of the lower-pressure insulator-metal transitions in doped V2O3 alloys.

  2. Critical behavior in the hydrogen insulator-metal transition

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    Hemley, R. J.; Mao, H. K.

    1990-01-01

    The vibrational Raman spectrum of solid hydrogen has been measured from 77 to 295 K in the vicinity of the recently observed insulator-metal transition and low-temperature phase transition at 150 gigapascals. The measurements provide evidence for a critical point in the pressure-temperature phase boundary of the low-temperature transition. The result suggests that below the critical temperature the insulator-metal transition changes from continuous to discontinuous, consistent with the general criteria originally proposed by Mott (1949) for metallization by band-gap closure. The effect of temperature on hydrogen metallization closely resembles that of the lower-pressure insulator-metal transitions in doped V2O3 alloys.

  3. Effects of an Interdependent Group Contingency on the Transition Behavior of Middle School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

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    Hawkins, Renee O.; Haydon, Todd; McCoy, Dacia; Howard, Andrea

    2017-01-01

    An ABAB design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of an interdependent group contingency with randomized components to improve the transition behavior of middle school students identified with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs) served in an alternative educational setting. The intervention was implemented by one teacher with three…

  4. Examining Behavioral Risk and Academic Performance for Students Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

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    Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Oakes, Wendy Peia; Carter, Erik W.; Messenger, Mallory

    2015-01-01

    We studied the transition from elementary to middle school for 74 fifth-grade students. Specifically, we examined how behavioral risk evident in the elementary years, as measured by the "Student Risk Screening Scale" (SRSS), impacts students transitioning from elementary to middle school. First, we examined how student risk status shifts…

  5. Modeling the nonlinear PMMA behavior near glass transition temperature: application to its thermoforming

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    Gilormini, P.; Chevalier, L.; Régnier, G.

    2011-01-01

    Using suitable constitutive equations, numerical simulation allows predicting the properties of transparencies that are thermoformed near their glass transition temperature. Such equations are presented, which describe the nonlinear viscoelastic behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) at large deformations near glass transition. The simulation of the thermoforming of a transparency at constant and uniform temperature is performed and compared with experimental results.

  6. Stakeholders' Voices: Defining Needs of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Transitioning between School Settings

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    Buchanan, Rohanna; Nese, Rhonda N. T.; Clark, Miriam

    2016-01-01

    Students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) too often do not receive adequate services or care in their school settings, particularly during transitions in educational placements. In addition, school support teams often struggle with creating transition plans that honor the needs of students with input from key stakeholders responsible…

  7. Examining Behavioral Risk and Academic Performance for Students Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

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    Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Oakes, Wendy Peia; Carter, Erik W.; Messenger, Mallory

    2015-01-01

    We studied the transition from elementary to middle school for 74 fifth-grade students. Specifically, we examined how behavioral risk evident in the elementary years, as measured by the "Student Risk Screening Scale" (SRSS), impacts students transitioning from elementary to middle school. First, we examined how student risk status shifts…

  8. Leisure Behavior Pattern Stability during the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood.

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    Raymore, Leslie A.; Barber, Bonnie L.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S.; Godbey, Geoffrey C.

    1999-01-01

    Studied leisure behavior patterns over 3 years during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood with data for 954 participants from the Michigan Study of Adolescent Life Transitions. Leisure pattern stability was the most common pathway into young adulthood. Discusses gender differences. (SLD)

  9. The Transition to Kindergarten: Predicting Socio-Behavioral Outcomes for Children with and without Disabilities

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    Welchons, Leah Wildenger; McIntyre, Laura Lee

    2017-01-01

    The transition to kindergarten is regarded as a critical early childhood developmental milestone with important implications for later school outcomes. Little prior research has focused on predictors of socio-behavioral kindergarten outcomes using longitudinal research designs. Further, few studies have examined kindergarten transition using…

  10. Study of physiological and behavioral response to transitions between rotating and nonrotating environments

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    Brady, J. F.

    1972-01-01

    Future manned space missions may require transition between artificial gravity and weightlessness environments. The frequency and rate of such transition will influence the psychophysiological responses of man. Abrupt transfers are examined between such rotating and nonrotating environments to determine the physiological and behavioral responses of man. Five subjects were tested using rates of rotation up to 5 rpm.

  11. The Transition to Kindergarten: Predicting Socio-Behavioral Outcomes for Children with and without Disabilities

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    Welchons, Leah Wildenger; McIntyre, Laura Lee

    2017-01-01

    The transition to kindergarten is regarded as a critical early childhood developmental milestone with important implications for later school outcomes. Little prior research has focused on predictors of socio-behavioral kindergarten outcomes using longitudinal research designs. Further, few studies have examined kindergarten transition using…

  12. Parents, peers, and sexual values influence sexual behavior during the transition to college.

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    Wetherill, Reagan R; Neal, Dan J; Fromme, Kim

    2010-06-01

    Several decades of research have identified the contributions of psychosocial influences on adolescent and young adult sexual behavior; however, few studies have examined parental and peer influence and sexual values during the transition from high school to college. The current study tested the influence of sexual values and perceived awareness and caring (PAC), or beliefs about how much parents and peers know and care about students' behavior, on sexual behavior during this transitional period. Using data from a longitudinal study, generalized estimating equations and the generalized linear model were used to examine the associations among sexual values, parental and peer PAC, and sexual behavior, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Participants (N = 1,847; 61% female) completed web-based surveys the summer before college matriculation and at the end of the first semester in college. Results indicated that individuals with high levels of both parental and peer PAC engaged in less frequent sexual behaviors and that PAC moderated the effect of sexual values on sexual behaviors. Furthermore, both PAC variables decreased during the transition from high school to college, and high school sexual values, parental PAC, and their interaction predicted the number of sexual partners during the first semester of college. Only sexual values and high school unsafe sexual behaviors predicted unsafe sexual behavior in college. Findings suggest that complex associations exist among perceived awareness and caring, sexual values, and sexual behaviors, and that the transition from high school to college may be an ideal time for safer-sex interventions.

  13. Thermodynamic behavior near a metal-insulator transition

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    Paalanen, M. A.; Graebner, J. E.; Bhatt, R. N.; Sachdev, S.

    1988-01-01

    Measurements of the low-temperature specific heat of phosphorus-doped silicon for densities near the metal-insulator transition show an enhancement over the conduction-band itinerant-electron value. The enhancement increases toward lower temperatures but is less than that found for the spin susceptibility. The data are compared with various theoretical models; the large ratio of the spin susceptibility to specific heat indicates the presence of localized spin excitations in the metallic phase as the metal-insulator transition is approached.

  14. Thermodynamic behavior near a metal-insulator transition

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    Paalanen, M. A.; Graebner, J. E.; Bhatt, R. N.; Sachdev, S.

    1988-01-01

    Measurements of the low-temperature specific heat of phosphorus-doped silicon for densities near the metal-insulator transition show an enhancement over the conduction-band itinerant-electron value. The enhancement increases toward lower temperatures but is less than that found for the spin susceptibility. The data are compared with various theoretical models; the large ratio of the spin susceptibility to specific heat indicates the presence of localized spin excitations in the metallic phase as the metal-insulator transition is approached.

  15. Mechanical properties of electron-beam-melted molybdenum and dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys

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    Klopp, W. D.; Witzke, W. R.

    1972-01-01

    A study of molybdenum and three dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys was undertaken to determine the effects of rhenium on the low temperature ductility and other mechanical properties of molybdenum. Alloys containing 3.9, 5.9, and 7.7 atomic percent rhenium exhibited lower ductile-brittle transition temperatures than did the unalloyed molybdenum. The maximum improvement in the annealed condition was observed for molybdenum - 7.7 rhenium, which had a ductile-brittle transition temperature approximately 200 C (360 F) lower than that for unalloyed molybdenum. Rhenium additions also increased the low and high temperature tensile strengths and the high temperature creep strength of molybdenum. The mechanical behavior of dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys is similar to that observed for dilute tungsten-rhenium alloys.

  16. Aging effects on the mechanical properties of alumina-forming austenitic stainless steels

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    Bei, Hongbin; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Brady, Michael P; Santella, Michael L

    2010-01-01

    Isothermal aging and tensile evaluation were conducted for recently developed alumina-forming austenitic stainless steels (AFAs). Microstructural observation reveals that NiAl-type B2 and Fe{sub 2}(Mo,Nb)-type Laves phase precipitates form as dominant second phases in the austenitic matrix during aging at 750 C. At room temperature these precipitates increase the strength but decrease the ductility of the AFA alloys. However, when tested at 750 C, the AFA alloys did not show strong precipitation hardening by these phases, moreover, the elongation to fracture was not affected by aging. Fracture surface and cross-sectional microstructure analysis after tensile testing suggests that the difference of mechanical behaviors between room temperature and 750 C results from the ductile-brittle transition of the B2 precipitates. At room temperature, B2 precipitates are strong but brittle, whereas they become weak but ductile above the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT).

  17. Feeding Behaviors of Transition Dairy Cows Fed Glycerol as a Replacement for Corn

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    Feed sorting is a natural behavior of dairy cows that can result in inconsistencies in nutritive value of a TMR. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of replacing high moisture corn with glycerol on feed sorting and feeding behavior of transition dairy cows. Twenty-six Holstein ...

  18. Affiliation with Antisocial Peers, Susceptibility to Peer Influence, and Antisocial Behavior during the Transition to Adulthood

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    Monahan, Kathryn C.; Steinberg, Laurence; Cauffman, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    Developmental theories suggest that affiliation with deviant peers and susceptibility to peer influence are important contributors to adolescent delinquency, but it is unclear how these variables impact antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthood, a period when most delinquent individuals decline in antisocial behavior. Using data from…

  19. A Survey of Transition Needs of Students with Behavior Disorders in the Midwest.

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    Bateman, David F.

    This paper addresses the need for transitional services for students with behavior problems. "Seriously emotionally disturbed" is an educational term related primarily to learning problems exhibited by students as a consequence of their emotional or behavioral problems. Follow-up studies of students with emotional and behavioral…

  20. Promising Practices for Effective Transition for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

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    Katsiyannis, Antonis; Zhang, Dalun; Mackiewicz, Sara Moore

    2012-01-01

    Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (E/BD) have been consistently experiencing dismal outcomes. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of outcomes for this population, examine school-based instructional and behavioral strategies, and discuss transition related practices intended to improve present and future…

  1. Critical behavior at a dynamic vortex insulator-to-metal transition

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    Poccia, Nicola; Baturina, Tatyana I.; Coneri, Francesco; Molenaar, Cor G.; Wang, X. Renshaw; Bianconi, Ginestra; Brinkman, Alexander; Hilgenkamp, Hans; Golubov, Alexander A.; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2015-09-10

    An array of superconducting islands placed on a normal metal film offers a tunable realization of nanopatterned superconductivity. This system enables elucidating open questions concerning the nature of competing vortex states and phase transitions between them. A square array creates the egg crate potential in which magnetic field-induced vortices are frozen into a vortex insulator. We observe a vortex insulator-to-vortex metal transition driven by the applied electric current and determine critical exponents strikingly coinciding with those for thermodynamic liquid-gas transition. Lastly, our findings offer a comprehensive description of dynamic critical behavior and establish a deep connection between equilibrium and nonequilibrium phase transitions.

  2. Asymptotic behavior of linearized pipe flow and implications for transition

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    Meseguer, Alvaro; Trefethen, Lloyd N.

    2000-11-01

    A solenoidal Petrov-Galerkin MATLAB spectral code is described for high-accuracy computation of linearized dynamics for Hagen-Poiseuille flow in an infinite circular pipe. Systematic studies are presented of the dependence of eigenvalues, transient growth factors, and other quantities on the discretization parameters, the axial and azimuthal wave numbers, and the Reynolds number Re for Re ranging from 10^2 to the idealized (physically unrealizable) value 10^7. Implications for transition to turbulence are considered in the light of the recent theoretical results of S. J. Chapman. Our computations are in agreement with Chapman's predicted threshold amplitude for transition of order Re-3/2 as Re --> ∞.

  3. A medical profession in transition: exploring naturopathic physician blogging behaviors.

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    Walden, Justin

    2013-01-01

    Naturopathic medicine is a holistic healing approach involving natural remedies, wellness, and disease prevention. A literature review shows the discipline is attempting to overcome several professional obstacles and expand into new areas. Amid this transition, the naturopathic community--like other groups--has adopted Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs. This article features interviews with one naturopathic medical student and 17 naturopathic physicians and reviews of interviewee blogs to understand this group's communication activities. Findings suggest blogs are venues for projecting both individual and group credibility to stakeholders. I conclude that blogs serve a "represent all of us" group function and are new examples of gray or alternative health literature.

  4. Effects of an Interdependent Group Contingency on the Transition Behavior of Middle School Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

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    Hawkins, Renee O; Haydon, Todd; McCoy, Dacia; Howard, Andrea

    2017-04-06

    An ABAB design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of an interdependent group contingency with randomized components to improve the transition behavior of middle school students identified with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs) served in an alternative educational setting. The intervention was implemented by one teacher with three classes of students, and the dependent variable was the percentage of students ready to begin class at the appropriate time. Data revealed significant improvements in student behavior, providing support for implementation of group contingencies for students with EBDs in alternative educational settings and an example of feasible procedures and data collection methods. (PsycINFO Database Record

  5. A Transitional Extracellular Matrix Instructs Cell Behavior During Muscle Regeneration

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    Odelberg, Shannon J.; Simon, Hans-Georg

    2011-01-01

    Urodele amphibians regenerate appendages through the recruitment of progenitor cells into a blastema that rebuilds the lost tissue. Blastemal formation is accompanied by extensive remodeling of the extracellular matrix. Although this remodeling process is important for appendage regeneration, it is not known whether the remodeled matrix directly influences the generation and behavior of blastemal progenitor cells. By integrating in vivo 3-dimensional spatiotemporal matrix maps with in vitro functional time-lapse imaging, we show that key components of this dynamic matrix, hyaluronic acid, tenascin-C and fibronectin, differentially direct cellular behaviors including DNA synthesis, migration, myotube fragmentation and myoblast fusion. These data indicate that both satellite cells and fragmenting myofibers contribute to the regeneration blastema and that the local extracellular environment provides instructive cues for the regenerative process. The fact that amphibian and mammalian myoblasts exhibit similar responses to various matrices suggests that the ability to sense and respond to regenerative signals is evolutionarily conserved. PMID:20478295

  6. Separate and Combined Effects of Visual Schedules and Extinction Plus Differential Reinforcement on Problem Behavior Occasioned by Transitions

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    Waters, Melissa B.; Lerman, Dorothea C.; Hovanetz, Alyson N.

    2009-01-01

    The separate and combined effects of visual schedules and extinction plus differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) were evaluated to decrease transition-related problem behavior of 2 children diagnosed with autism. Visual schedules alone were ineffective in reducing problem behavior when transitioning from preferred to nonpreferred…

  7. Scaling behavior of sleep-wake transitions across species

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    Lo, Chung-Chuan; Chou, Thomas; Ivanov, Plamen Ch.; Penzel, Thomas; Mochizuki, Takatoshi; Scammell, Thomas; Saper, Clifford B.; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2003-03-01

    Uncovering the mechanisms controlling sleep is a fascinating scientific challenge. It can be viewed as transitions of states of a very complex system, the brain. We study the time dynamics of short awakenings during sleep for three species: humans, rats and mice. We find, for all three species, that wake durations follow a power-law distribution, and sleep durations follow exponential distributions. Surprisingly, all three species have the same power-law exponent for the distribution of wake durations, but the exponential time scale of the distributions of sleep durations varies across species. We suggest that the dynamics of short awakenings are related to species-independent fluctuations of the system, while the dynamics of sleep is related to system-dependent mechanisms which change with species.

  8. Transitions.

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    Agnew, Jeanne L.; Choike, James R.

    1987-01-01

    Mathematical observations are made about some continuous curves, called transitions, encountered in well-known experiences. The transition parabola, the transition spiral, and the sidestep maneuver are presented. (MNS)

  9. Complex Transition to Cooperative Behavior in a Structured Population Model

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    Miranda, Luciano; de Souza, Adauto J. F.; Ferreira, Fernando F.; Campos, Paulo R. A.

    2012-01-01

    Cooperation plays an important role in the evolution of species and human societies. The understanding of the emergence and persistence of cooperation in those systems is a fascinating and fundamental question. Many mechanisms were extensively studied and proposed as supporting cooperation. The current work addresses the role of migration for the maintenance of cooperation in structured populations. This problem is investigated in an evolutionary perspective through the prisoner's dilemma game paradigm. It is found that migration and structure play an essential role in the evolution of the cooperative behavior. The possible outcomes of the model are extinction of the entire population, dominance of the cooperative strategy and coexistence between cooperators and defectors. The coexistence phase is obtained in the range of large migration rates. It is also verified the existence of a critical level of structuring beyond that cooperation is always likely. In resume, we conclude that the increase in the number of demes as well as in the migration rate favor the fixation of the cooperative behavior. PMID:22761736

  10. Complex transition to cooperative behavior in a structured population model.

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    Miranda, Luciano; de Souza, Adauto J F; Ferreira, Fernando F; Campos, Paulo R A

    2012-01-01

    Cooperation plays an important role in the evolution of species and human societies. The understanding of the emergence and persistence of cooperation in those systems is a fascinating and fundamental question. Many mechanisms were extensively studied and proposed as supporting cooperation. The current work addresses the role of migration for the maintenance of cooperation in structured populations. This problem is investigated in an evolutionary perspective through the prisoner's dilemma game paradigm. It is found that migration and structure play an essential role in the evolution of the cooperative behavior. The possible outcomes of the model are extinction of the entire population, dominance of the cooperative strategy and coexistence between cooperators and defectors. The coexistence phase is obtained in the range of large migration rates. It is also verified the existence of a critical level of structuring beyond that cooperation is always likely. In resume, we conclude that the increase in the number of demes as well as in the migration rate favor the fixation of the cooperative behavior.

  11. Unusual thermoelectric behavior indicating a hopping to bandlike transport transition in pentacene.

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    Germs, W Chr; Guo, K; Janssen, R A J; Kemerink, M

    2012-07-06

    An unusual increase in the Seebeck coefficient with increasing charge carrier density is observed in pentacene thin film transistors. This behavior is interpreted as being due to a transition from hopping transport in static localized states to bandlike transport, occurring at temperatures below ∼250  K. Such a transition can be expected for organic materials in which both static energetic disorder and dynamic positional disorder are important. While clearly visible in the temperature and density dependent Seebeck coefficient, the transition hardly shows up in the charge carrier mobility.

  12. A non-invasive method to evaluate gastrointestinal transit behavior in rat.

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    Bove, Geoffrey M

    2015-01-01

    Many factors alter gastrointestinal transit. Animal models are useful for preclinical studies of gastrointestinal transit, but terminal methods do not allow later study, and stressful assessment methods will likely alter the transit of the animal. To overcome these factors, we developed a new method to assay rat total gastrointestinal transit. Standard plastic cages with their bottoms cut off were placed on wire mesh floors. Custom apparatuses were built to contain fecal pellets as they fell through the floors. Webcams connected to a computer running a security program were placed to image the pellets at regular intervals. Custom food was obtained with and without blue pigment. After habituating to the cages and the non-pigmented food, the pigmented food was administered. The duration to the appearance of the first pigmented pellet was determined by reviewing the photographs. This duration represents the complete gastrointestinal behavior, including feeding. We compared 24-hour fecal pellet counts using images to counts by visual inspection, and also made hourly counts. After establishing baseline transit times and hourly fecal pellet discharge, rats were given buprenorphine, known to alter gastrointestinal transit. Transit times and hourly discharge were obtained again and compared to the baselines. The methods were successful in determining transit times. Baseline measures were consistent between three groups of 8 rats. Visual and image-based counts were highly correlated. Transit times and hourly pellet discharge were reduced by buprenorphine. The described method offers a relatively simple, inexpensive, and non-invasive means to measure rat gastrointestinal behavior. The method has potential for any study where altered total gastrointestinal transit is an experimental concern. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Quantum dot behavior in transition metal dichalcogenides nanostructures

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    Luo, Gang; Zhang, Zhuo-Zhi; Li, Hai-Ou; Song, Xiang-Xiang; Deng, Guang-Wei; Cao, Gang; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2017-08-01

    Recently, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) semiconductors have been utilized for investigating quantum phenomena because of their unique band structures and novel electronic properties. In a quantum dot (QD), electrons are confined in all lateral dimensions, offering the possibility for detailed investigation and controlled manipulation of individual quantum systems. Beyond the definition of graphene QDs by opening an energy gap in nanoconstrictions, with the presence of a bandgap, gate-defined QDs can be achieved on TMDCs semiconductors. In this paper, we review the confinement and transport of QDs in TMDCs nanostructures. The fabrication techniques for demonstrating two-dimensional (2D) materials nanostructures such as field-effect transistors and QDs, mainly based on e-beam lithography and transfer assembly techniques are discussed. Subsequently, we focus on electron transport through TMDCs nanostructures and QDs. With steady improvement in nanoscale materials characterization and using graphene as a springboard, 2D materials offer a platform that allows creation of heterostructure QDs integrated with a variety of crystals, each of which has entirely unique physical properties.

  14. Critical behavior of the black hole/black string transition

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    Kalisch, M.; Moeckel, S.; Ammon, M.

    2017-08-01

    We numerically construct static localized black holes in five and six spacetime dimensions which are solutions to Einstein's vacuum field equations with one compact periodic dimension. In particular, we investigate the critical regime in which the poles of the localized black hole are about to merge. A well adapted multi-domain pseudo-spectral scheme provides us with accurate results and enables us to investigate the phase diagram of those localized solutions within the critical regime, which goes far beyond previous results. We find that in this regime the phase diagram possesses a spiral structure adapting to the one recently found for non-uniform black strings. When approaching the common endpoint of both phases, the behavior of physical quantities is described by complex critical exponents giving rise to a discrete scaling symmetry. The numerically obtained values of the critical exponents agree remarkably well with those derived from the double-cone metric.

  15. Modeling and Simulating Passenger Behavior for a Station Closure in a Rail Transit Network.

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    Yin, Haodong; Han, Baoming; Li, Dewei; Wu, Jianjun; Sun, Huijun

    2016-01-01

    A station closure is an abnormal operational situation in which the entrances or exits of a rail transit station have to be closed for some time due to an unexpected incident. A novel approach is developed to estimate the impacts of the alternative station closure scenarios on both passenger behavioral choices at the individual level and passenger demand at the disaggregate level in a rail transit network. Therefore, the contributions of this study are two-fold: (1) A basic passenger behavior optimization model is mathematically constructed based on 0-1 integer programming to describe passengers' responses to alternative origin station closure scenarios and destination station closure scenarios; this model also considers the availability of multi-mode transportation and the uncertain duration of the station closure; (2) An integrated solution algorithm based on the passenger simulation is developed to solve the proposed model and to estimate the effects of a station closure on passenger demand in a rail transit network. Furthermore, 13 groups of numerical experiments based on the Beijing rail transit network are performed as case studies with 2,074,267 records of smart card data. The comparisons of the model outputs and the manual survey show that the accuracy of our proposed behavior optimization model is approximately 80%. The results also show that our model can be used to capture the passenger behavior and to quantitatively estimate the effects of alternative closure scenarios on passenger flow demand for the rail transit network. Moreover, the closure duration and its overestimation greatly influence the individual behavioral choices of the affected passengers and the passenger demand. Furthermore, if the rail transit operator can more accurately estimate the closure duration (namely, as g approaches 1), the impact of the closure can be somewhat mitigated.

  16. Modeling and Simulating Passenger Behavior for a Station Closure in a Rail Transit Network

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    Yin, Haodong; Han, Baoming; Li, Dewei; Wu, Jianjun; Sun, Huijun

    2016-01-01

    A station closure is an abnormal operational situation in which the entrances or exits of a rail transit station have to be closed for some time due to an unexpected incident. A novel approach is developed to estimate the impacts of the alternative station closure scenarios on both passenger behavioral choices at the individual level and passenger demand at the disaggregate level in a rail transit network. Therefore, the contributions of this study are two-fold: (1) A basic passenger behavior optimization model is mathematically constructed based on 0–1 integer programming to describe passengers’ responses to alternative origin station closure scenarios and destination station closure scenarios; this model also considers the availability of multi-mode transportation and the uncertain duration of the station closure; (2) An integrated solution algorithm based on the passenger simulation is developed to solve the proposed model and to estimate the effects of a station closure on passenger demand in a rail transit network. Furthermore, 13 groups of numerical experiments based on the Beijing rail transit network are performed as case studies with 2,074,267 records of smart card data. The comparisons of the model outputs and the manual survey show that the accuracy of our proposed behavior optimization model is approximately 80%. The results also show that our model can be used to capture the passenger behavior and to quantitatively estimate the effects of alternative closure scenarios on passenger flow demand for the rail transit network. Moreover, the closure duration and its overestimation greatly influence the individual behavioral choices of the affected passengers and the passenger demand. Furthermore, if the rail transit operator can more accurately estimate the closure duration (namely, as g approaches 1), the impact of the closure can be somewhat mitigated. PMID:27935963

  17. Transitions.

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    Nathanson, Jeanne H., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    This theme issue on transitions for individuals with disabilities contains nine papers discussing transition programs and issues. "Transition Issues for the 1990s," by Michael J. Ward and William D. Halloran, discusses self-determination, school responsibility for transition, continued educational engagement of at-risk students, and service…

  18. Separate and combined effects of visual schedules and extinction plus differential reinforcement on problem behavior occasioned by transitions.

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    Waters, Melissa B; Lerman, Dorothea C; Hovanetz, Alyson N

    2009-01-01

    The separate and combined effects of visual schedules and extinction plus differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) were evaluated to decrease transition-related problem behavior of 2 children diagnosed with autism. Visual schedules alone were ineffective in reducing problem behavior when transitioning from preferred to nonpreferred activities. Problem behavior decreased for both participants when extinction and DRO were introduced, regardless of whether visual schedules were also used.

  19. Gender-Role Attitudes and Behavior across the Transition to Parenthood

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    Katz-Wise, Sabra L.; Priess, Heather A.; Hyde, Janet S.

    2010-01-01

    On the basis of social structural theory and identity theory, the current study examined changes in gender-role attitudes and behavior across the first-time transition to parenthood and following the birth of a second child for experienced mothers and fathers. Data were analyzed from the ongoing longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work.…

  20. Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School: The Ecology of Black Males' Behavior

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    Mundy, Alma Christienne

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this mixed method study is to explain the ecology Black males experience as they transition from elementary school to middle school in terms of behavior. The Black male graduation rate is well below 50% nationally (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004; Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2010). Graduating from high school…

  1. The Impact of Serial Transitions on Behavioral and Psychological Problems among Children in Child Protection Services

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    Saint-Jacques, Marie-Christine; Cloutier, Richard; Pauze, Robert; Simard, Marie; Gagne, Marie-Helene; Poulin, Amelie

    2006-01-01

    This study focuses on the impacts of serial transitions on externalized and internalized behavior disorders, anxiety, and depression among children in child protection services. The research was carried out with a sample of 741 children. The findings demonstrate that the number of times a family is blended is a stronger predictive factor for…

  2. Gender-Role Attitudes and Behavior across the Transition to Parenthood

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    Katz-Wise, Sabra L.; Priess, Heather A.; Hyde, Janet S.

    2010-01-01

    On the basis of social structural theory and identity theory, the current study examined changes in gender-role attitudes and behavior across the first-time transition to parenthood and following the birth of a second child for experienced mothers and fathers. Data were analyzed from the ongoing longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work.…

  3. Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior Problems, Peer Affiliations, and Bullying Involvement across the Transition to Middle School

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    Farmer, Thomas W.; Irvin, Matthew J.; Motoca, Luci M.; Leung, Man-Chi; Hutchins, Bryan C.; Brooks, Debbie S.; Hall, Cristin M.

    2015-01-01

    Continuity and change in children's involvement in bullying was examined across the transition to middle school in relation to externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in fifth grade and peer affiliations in fifth and sixth grades. The sample consisted of 533 students (223 boys, 310 girls) with 72% European American, 25% African American,…

  4. Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School: The Ecology of Black Males' Behavior

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    Mundy, Alma Christienne

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this mixed method study is to explain the ecology Black males experience as they transition from elementary school to middle school in terms of behavior. The Black male graduation rate is well below 50% nationally (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004; Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2010). Graduating from high school…

  5. Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior Problems, Peer Affiliations, and Bullying Involvement across the Transition to Middle School

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    Farmer, Thomas W.; Irvin, Matthew J.; Motoca, Luci M.; Leung, Man-Chi; Hutchins, Bryan C.; Brooks, Debbie S.; Hall, Cristin M.

    2015-01-01

    Continuity and change in children's involvement in bullying was examined across the transition to middle school in relation to externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in fifth grade and peer affiliations in fifth and sixth grades. The sample consisted of 533 students (223 boys, 310 girls) with 72% European American, 25% African American,…

  6. The Impact of Serial Transitions on Behavioral and Psychological Problems among Children in Child Protection Services

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    Saint-Jacques, Marie-Christine; Cloutier, Richard; Pauze, Robert; Simard, Marie; Gagne, Marie-Helene; Poulin, Amelie

    2006-01-01

    This study focuses on the impacts of serial transitions on externalized and internalized behavior disorders, anxiety, and depression among children in child protection services. The research was carried out with a sample of 741 children. The findings demonstrate that the number of times a family is blended is a stronger predictive factor for…

  7. Phase Transition Behavior of Novel Soybean Oil-based Thermosensitive Polymers

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    The thermal phase transition behavior of novel soybean oil-based polymers was studied. The effect of polymer concentration on the cloud points was investigated. The light transmittance increased sharply with increasing temperature suggesting dissociation of polymer aggregates. The cloud points we...

  8. Structure and phase transition behavior of strontium modified barium zirconium titanate

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    Badapanda, T.; Sarangi, S.; Behera, B.; Saha, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2015-06-24

    Pervoskite ceramics with composition Ba{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} (x= 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) have been prepared by high energy ball milling. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirm that the all the compositions are in single phase. The composition shows tetragonal symmetry upto x=0.3 and with further increase in Sr content the structure changes to cubic. The temperature dependent dielectric behavior shows three phase transition in the parent material which merges with increase in Sr content. The transition temperature and dielectric constant decreases with increase in Sr concentration. The phase transition becomes more diffused with increment in doping concentration. The ferroelectric behavior of the ceramics is studied by the hysteresis loop.

  9. Examination of the phase transition behavior of nano-confined fluids by statistical temperature molecular dynamics.

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    Gai, Lili; Iacovella, Christopher R; Wan, Li; McCabe, Clare; Cummings, Peter T

    2015-08-07

    The fluid-solid phase transition behavior of nano-confined Lennard-Jones fluids as a function of temperature and degree of nanoconfinement has been studied via statistical temperature molecular dynamics (STMD). The STMD method allows the direct calculation of the density of states and thus the heat capacity with high efficiency. The fluids are simulated between parallel solid surfaces with varying pore sizes, wall-fluid interaction energies, and registry of the walls. The fluid-solid phase transition behavior has been characterized through determination of the heat capacity. The results show that for pores of ideal-spacing, the order-disorder transition temperature (T(ODT)) is reduced as the pore size increases until values consistent with that seen in a bulk system. Also, as the interaction between the wall and fluid is reduced, T(ODT) is reduced due to weak constraints from the wall. However, for non-ideal spacing pores, quite different behavior is obtained, e.g., generally T(ODT) are largely reduced, and T(ODT) is decreased as the wall constraint becomes larger. For unaligned walls (i.e., whose lattices are not in registry), the fluid-solid transition is also detected as T is reduced, indicating non-ideality in orientation of the walls does not impact the formation of a solid, but results in a slight change in T(ODT) compared to the perfectly aligned systems. The STMD method is demonstrated to be a robust way for probing the phase transitions of nanoconfined fluids systematically, enabling the future examination of the phase transition behavior of more complex fluids.

  10. Nonlinear light behaviors near phase transition in non-parity-time-symmetric complex waveguides.

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    Nixon, Sean; Yang, Jianke

    2016-06-15

    Many classes of non-parity-time (PT)-symmetric waveguides with arbitrary gain and loss distributions still possess all-real linear spectrum or exhibit phase transition. In this Letter, nonlinear light behaviors in these complex waveguides are probed analytically near a phase transition. Using multi-scale perturbation methods, a nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE) is derived for the light's amplitude evolution. This ODE predicts that a single class of these non-PT-symmetric waveguides supports soliton families and amplitude-oscillating solutions both above and below linear phase transition, in close analogy with PT-symmetric systems. For the other classes of waveguides, the light's intensity always amplifies under the effect of nonlinearity, even if the waveguide is below the linear phase transition. These analytical predictions are confirmed by direct computations of the full system.

  11. Critical behavior at a dynamic vortex insulator-to-metal transition

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    Poccia, Nicola; Baturina, Tatyana I.; Coneri, Francesco; ...

    2015-09-10

    An array of superconducting islands placed on a normal metal film offers a tunable realization of nanopatterned superconductivity. This system enables elucidating open questions concerning the nature of competing vortex states and phase transitions between them. A square array creates the egg crate potential in which magnetic field-induced vortices are frozen into a vortex insulator. We observe a vortex insulator-to-vortex metal transition driven by the applied electric current and determine critical exponents strikingly coinciding with those for thermodynamic liquid-gas transition. Lastly, our findings offer a comprehensive description of dynamic critical behavior and establish a deep connection between equilibrium and nonequilibriummore » phase transitions.« less

  12. On the behavior of Bronsted-Evans-Polanyi Relations for Transition Metal Oxides

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    Vojvodic, Aleksandra

    2011-08-22

    Versatile Broensted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations are found from density functional theory for a wide range of transition metal oxides including rutiles and perovskites. For oxides, the relation depends on the type of oxide, the active site and the dissociating molecule. The slope of the BEP relation is strongly coupled to the adsorbate geometry in the transition state. If it is final state-like the dissociative chemisorption energy can be considered as a descriptor for the dissociation. If it is initial state-like, on the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption energy is not suitable as descriptor for the dissociation. Dissociation of molecules with strong intramolecular bonds belong to the former and molecules with weak intramolecular bonds to the latter group. We show, for the prototype system La-perovskites, that there is a 'cyclic' behavior in the transition state characteristics upon change of the active transition metal of the oxide.

  13. Investigation of the atypical glass transition and recrystallization behavior of amorphous prazosin salts.

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    Kumar, Lokesh; Popat, Dharmesh; Bansal, Arvind K

    2011-08-25

    This manuscript studied the effect of counterion on the glass transition and recrystallization behavior of amorphous salts of prazosin. Three amorphous salts of prazosin, namely, prazosin hydrochloride, prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate were prepared by spray drying, and characterized by optical-polarized microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry was used to determine the glass transition and recrystallization temperature of amorphous salts. Glass transition of amorphous salts followed the order: prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate ~ prazosin hydrochloride. Amorphous prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate showed glass transition, followed by recrystallization. In contrast, amorphous prazosin hydrochloride showed glass transition and recrystallization simultaneously. Density Functional Theory, however, suggested the expected order of glass transition as prazosin hydrochloride > prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate. The counterintuitive observation of amorphous prazosin hydrochloride having lower glass transition was explained in terms of its lower activation energy (206.1 kJ/mol) for molecular mobility at Tg, compared to that for amorphous prazosin mesylate (448.5 kJ/mol) and prazosin tosylate (490.7 kJ/mol), and was further correlated to a difference in hydrogen bonding strength of the amorphous and the corresponding recrystallized salts. This study has implications in selection of an optimal amorphous salt form for pharmaceutical development.

  14. Investigation of the Atypical Glass Transition and Recrystallization Behavior of Amorphous Prazosin Salts

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    Kumar, Lokesh; Popat, Dharmesh; Bansal, Arvind K.

    2011-01-01

    This manuscript studied the effect of counterion on the glass transition and recrystallization behavior of amorphous salts of prazosin. Three amorphous salts of prazosin, namely, prazosin hydrochloride, prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate were prepared by spray drying, and characterized by optical-polarized microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry was used to determine the glass transition and recrystallization temperature of amorphous salts. Glass transition of amorphous salts followed the order: prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate ∼ prazosin hydrochloride. Amorphous prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate showed glass transition, followed by recrystallization. In contrast, amorphous prazosin hydrochloride showed glass transition and recrystallization simultaneously. Density Functional Theory, however, suggested the expected order of glass transition as prazosin hydrochloride > prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate. The counterintuitive observation of amorphous prazosin hydrochloride having lower glass transition was explained in terms of its lower activation energy (206.1 kJ/mol) for molecular mobility at Tg, compared to that for amorphous prazosin mesylate (448.5 kJ/mol) and prazosin tosylate (490.7 kJ/mol), and was further correlated to a difference in hydrogen bonding strength of the amorphous and the corresponding recrystallized salts. This study has implications in selection of an optimal amorphous salt form for pharmaceutical development. PMID:24310595

  15. Transitions.

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    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Includes four articles: "Career Aspirations" (Field); "Making the Transition to a New Curriculum" (Baker, Householder); "How about a 'Work to School' Transition?" (Glasberg); and "Technological Improvisation: Bringing CNC to Woodworking" (Charles, McDuffie). (SK)

  16. Magnetic collapse and the behavior of transition metal oxides at high pressure

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    Leonov, I.; Pourovskii, L.; Georges, A.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2016-10-01

    We report a detail theoretical study of the electronic structure and phase stability of transition metal oxides MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO in their paramagnetic cubic B 1 structure by employing dynamical mean-field theory of correlated electrons combined with ab initio band-structure methods. Our calculations reveal that under pressure these materials exhibit a Mott insulator-metal transition (IMT) which is accompanied by a simultaneous collapse of local magnetic moments and lattice volume, implying a complex interplay between chemical bonding and electronic correlations. Moreover, our results for the transition pressure show a monotonous decrease from ˜145 to 40 GPa, upon moving from MnO to CoO. In contrast to that, in NiO, magnetic collapse is found to occur at a remarkably higher pressure of ˜429 GPa. We provide a unified picture of such a behavior and suggest that it is primarily a localized to itinerant moment behavior transition at the IMT that gives rise to magnetic collapse in transition metal oxides.

  17. The dynamic behavior of phycobilisome movement during light state transitions in cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803.

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    Yang, Shuzhen; Zhang, Rui; Hu, Changchao; Xie, Jie; Zhao, Jingquan

    2009-02-01

    Light state transition is a physiological function of oxygenic organisms to balance the excitation of photosystem II (PSII) and photosystem I (PSI), hence a prerequisite of oxygen-evolving photosynthesis. For cyanobacteria, phycobilisome (PBS) movement during light state transition has long been expected, but never observed. Here the dynamic behavior of PBS movement during state transition in cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803 is experimentally detected via time-dependent fluorescence fluctuation. Under continuous excitation of PBSs in the intact cells, time-dependent fluorescence fluctuations resemble "damped oscillation" mode, which indicates dynamic searching of a PBS in an "overcorrection" manner for the "balance" position where PSII and PSI are excited equally. Based on the parallel model, it is suggested that the "damped oscillation" fluorescence fluctuation is originated from a collective movement of all the PBSs to find the "balance" position. Based on the continuous fluorescence fluctuation during light state transition and also variety of solar spectra, it may be deduced that light state transition of oxygen-evolution organisms is a natural behavior that occurs daily rather than an artificial phenomenon at extreme light conditions in laboratory.

  18. Transition Behaviors of Configurations of Colloidal Particles at a Curved Oil-Water Interface

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    Lee, Mina; Xia, Ming; Park, Bum Jun

    2016-01-01

    We studied the transition behaviors of colloidal arrangements confined at a centro-symmetrically curved oil-water interface. We found that assemblies composed of several colloidal particles at the curved interface exhibit at least two unique patterns that can be attributed to two factors: heterogeneity of single-colloid self-potential and assembly kinetics. The presence of the two assembly structures indicates that an essential energy barrier between the two structures exists and that one of the structures is kinetically stable. This energy barrier can be overcome via external stimuli (e.g., convection and an optical force), leading to dynamic transitions of the assembly patterns. PMID:28773263

  19. Transition between collective behaviors of micromotors in response to different stimuli.

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    Duan, Wentao; Liu, Ran; Sen, Ayusman

    2013-01-30

    We report a Ag(3)PO(4) microparticle system showing collective behaviors in aqueous medium. Transition between two emergent patterns, namely "exclusion" and "schooling", can be triggered by shift in chemical equilibrium upon the addition or removal of NH(3) or in response to UV light. The transitions are consistent with a self-diffusiophoresis mechanism resulting from ion gradients. The reported system is among the few examples of nanomotors that are based on a reversible nonredox reaction and demonstrates new design principles for micro/nanomotors. Potential applications of the reported system in logic gates, microscale pumping, and hierarchical assembly have been demonstrated.

  20. Glass transition behavior of ternary disaccharide-ethylene glycol-water solutions

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    Yu, Tongxu; Zhao, Lishan; Wang, Qiang; Cao, Zexian

    2017-06-01

    Glass transition behavior of ternary disaccharide-ethylene glycol-water solutions, in reference to that of the binary combinations, has been investigated towards a better understanding of their cryoprotective ability. In water-deficient solutions, the disaccharides, including trehalose, sucrose and maltose, can associate with more than 100 ethylene glycol molecules to form amorphous complex, one order of magnitude larger than the corresponding hydration numbers. In water-rich solutions, a second glass transition emerges with increasing molar fraction of ethylene glycol, indicating the possible synergy of disaccharides and ethylene glycol in vitrification of the ternary aqueous solution.

  1. Phase transition in lattice networks with heavy-tailed user behaviors

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    Zhang, Yue; Huang, Ning; Yin, Shigang; Sun, Lina

    2017-10-01

    The phase transition that network turns from free-flow state to congestion state is greatly influenced by the traffic. Empirical data analyses proved that actual traffic shows self-similarity (or long-range dependence) due to heavy-tailed user behaviors. Related literature works have pointed that there is a stable critical point of packets generation rate (PGR in short) at which the phase transition occurs, however, these works have ignored the heavy-tailed user behaviors and are only applicable to the short-range dependent traffic. In this paper, we make new contributions by analyzing the phase transition considering heavy-tailed user behaviors modeled by Pareto ON/OFF sources. We theoretically analyzed the critical point of PGR and proved that: (1) different from the previous works the critical point of PGR is varying with the heavy-tailed user behavior, which shows that it is unstable; (2) however, the average of critical point of PGR is derived to be same to the stable critical point of PGR with short-range dependent traffic; (3) particularly in the lattice networks with i.i.d heavy-tailed user behavior model, the average critical point of PGR is mainly determined by the average users number and an estimation of the critical point of average users number is provided. Numerical simulations have illustrated the effectiveness and validity of the theoretical results. Moreover, we also find the heavy-tailed behavior could make the network more congested and reduce the network transport efficiency by the simulations.

  2. Behavior of quasinormal modes and high dimension RN-AdS black hole phase transition

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    Chabab, M.; Moumni, H. El; Iraoui, S.; Masmar, K.

    2016-12-01

    In this work we use the quasinormal frequencies of a massless scalar perturbation to probe the phase transition of the high dimension charged AdS black hole. The signature of the critical behavior of this black hole solution is detected in the isobaric as well as in isothermal process. This paper is a natural generalization of Liu et al. (JHEP 1409:179, 2014) to higher dimensional spacetime. More precisely our study shows a clear signal for any dimension d in the isobaric process. As to the isothermal case, we find that this signature can be affected by other parameters like the pressure and the horizon radius. We conclude that the quasinormal modes can be an efficient tool to investigate the first-order phase transition, but fail to disclose the signature of the second-order phase transition.

  3. Critical behavior at dynamical phase transition in the generalized Bose-Anderson model

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    Chichinadze, Dmitry V.; Rubtsov, Alexey N.

    2017-05-01

    Critical properties of the dynamical phase transition in the quenched generalized Bose-Anderson impurity model are studied in the mean-field limit of an infinite number of channels. The transition separates the evolution toward ground state and toward the branch of stable excited states. We perform numerically exact simulations of a close vicinity of the critical quench amplitude. The relaxation constant describing the asymptotic evolution toward ground state, as well as asymptotic frequency of persistent phase rotation and number of cloud particles at stable excited state are power functions of the detuning from the critical quench amplitude. The critical evolution (separatrix between the two regimes) shows a non-Lyapunov power-law instability arising after a certain critical time. The observed critical behavior is attributed to the irreversibility of the dynamics of particles leaving the cloud and to memory effects related to the low-energy behavior of the lattice density of states.

  4. Unnotched Charpy Impact Energy Transition Behavior of Austempered Engineering Grade Ductile Iron Castings

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    Kisakurek, Sukru Ergin; Ozel, Ahmet

    2014-04-01

    Unnotched Charpy impact energy transition behavior of five different engineering grade ductile iron castings, as specified by EN 1563 Standards, were examined in as-cast, as well as in austempered states. ADIs were produced with the maximum impact energy values permissible for the grades. Austempering treatment detrimented the sub-zero impact properties of the ferritic castings, but considerably enhanced those of the pearlitic-ferritic irons. The impact energy transition behavior of the austempered states of all the grades examined were noted to be determined by the progressive transformation of the unavoidable carbon-unsaturated and untransformed regions of the austenite remaining in the matrix of the austempered ductile iron to martensite with decreasing temperature.

  5. Phase transition-like behavior in a low-pass filter

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    Krivine, H.; Lesne, A.

    2003-01-01

    We discuss an iterative electric circuit for which the limits of infinite number of elements and zero dissipation in each element do not commute. The circuit is taken from the Feynman lectures, where it was argued on physical considerations that an infinite circuit made only of inductances and capacitances would behave as a dissipative system with nonvanishing resistance below a threshold frequency. The understanding of this behavior requires that the two limits be taken in the appropriate order. This simple example illustrates that caution in multiple limiting procedures is necessary to obtain the correct physical behavior. A close analogy with the standard ferromagnetic transition of the Ising model is drawn.

  6. Guest-Dependent Spin-Transition Behavior of Porous Coordination Polymers.

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    Ohtani, Ryo; Hayami, Shinya

    2017-02-16

    The host-guest composites of Hofmann-type iron(II) spin-transition (ST) porous coordination polymers incorporating guest molecules show guest-dependent ST behavior in accordance with the respective guest species, which may be a gas, solvent, halogen, or organic molecule. The guest also works as a chemical stimulant to switch the spin state of the host between high and low spin at room temperature. In this review, we discuss guest properties including size, shape, flexibility, chemical properties, and pore loading content, which impact the spin states of the host framework and the ST behavior exhibited by the host-guest composites.

  7. Changes in feeding, drinking, and standing behavior of dairy cows during the transition period.

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    Huzzey, J M; von Keyserlingk, M A G; Weary, D M

    2005-07-01

    The aims of this study were to determine how measures of feeding, drinking, and standing behavior change over the period around calving, to derive objective meal and drinking bout criteria for transition cows, and to describe the within-cow consistency of these behavioral measures. Fifteen transition dairy cows were monitored from 10 d before until 10 d after calving. Meal criteria were calculated for each cow in both the pre- and postcalving periods and varied among cows from 5.3 to 105.2 min. There was a tendency for the average number of meals per day to be higher after calving than before calving, but time spent eating declined from 87 to 62 min/d from the precalving to the postcalving period. Time spent drinking before calving averaged 5.5 min/d and increased gradually after calving to an average of 6.8 min/d. Total daily standing times remained reasonably similar over the transition period but were highest at around calving (14.4 h) and lowest during the precalving period (12.3 h). On the day of calving, there was a dramatic increase in the number of standing bouts (21.8 bouts) compared with the pre- and postcalving averages of 11.7 and 13.1 bouts, respectively. In summary, changes in feeding behavior may help account for the well-documented changes in feed intake during transition. Documented changes in standing behavior suggest that cow comfort may be particularly important during the time around calving.

  8. Behavioral changes associated with economic development in the South Pacific: health transition in Vanuatu.

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    Dancause, Kelsey Needham; Dehuff, Christa; Soloway, Laura E; Vilar, Miguel; Chan, Chim; Wilson, Michelle; Tarivonda, Len; Regenvanu, Ralph; Kaneko, Akira; Garruto, Ralph M; Lum, J Koji

    2011-01-01

    Health patterns are changing in developing countries; as diet and activity patterns change with economic development, chronic disease prevalence increases, which is a characteristic of health transition. The islands of Vanuatu (South Pacific) have varying rates of economic development and provide a natural experimental model of health transition. To characterize behavioral changes associated with modernization. We surveyed 425 children and 559 adults on three islands varying in degree of economic development. We assessed diet (24-h dietary recall), physical activity (mode of transport, work activities, and recreation), substance use, and other behavioral patterns. Spending patterns and access to Western foods followed modernization gradients in our sample, whereas occupational patterns and ownership of technological goods were poor markers of modernization. With increasing economic development, participants consumed more animal proteins and simple carbohydrates. Physical activity levels were high; most participants were active in gardening, and sports were popular, especially in urban areas. However, urban participants spent more time in sedentary recreation. Men's use of alcohol and tobacco increased with economic development, but we observed marked differences in substance use patterns between two rural islands-one with and one without tourism. Economic development in Vanuatu is accompanied by nutrition transition and increased sedentary recreation, although physical activity levels remain high. Differences in substance use patterns between rural islands with and without tourism indicate a need for more research in rural areas. These findings might inform research in other communities in the early stages of health transition. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  9. Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated With Behavioral Problems And Worse Overall Health Among Children.

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    Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert; Denney, Justin T

    2015-11-01

    Children living in food-insecure households face myriad challenges to their well-being. The Great Recession of December 2007-June 2009 increased food insecurity to the highest levels ever measured in the United States. Using nationally representative data from the period 2010-12 for 6,300 children in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, with household incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level and a dynamic measure of food insecurity transitions, we assessed the impact of transitions into and out of household food insecurity on the academic achievement, behavioral problems, and health status of young children. We found negligible impacts of food insecurity transitions on academic achievement in first grade. However, we found consistent negative impacts of the transitions on teachers' reports of children's externalizing behaviors, self-control, and interpersonal skills and on parents' reports of children's overall health status. Taken together, our findings underline the importance of food security for children's healthy development. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  10. Zingerone regulates intestinal transit, attenuates behavioral and oxidative perturbations in irritable bowel disorder in rats.

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    Banji, David; Banji, Otilia J F; Pavani, Bandlapalli; Kranthi Kumar, Ch; Annamalai, A R

    2014-03-15

    Stress can lead to the manifestation of functional gastrointestinal disorders, the most prominent being irritable bowel disorder. The present study investigated the impact zingerone in ameliorating chronic water stress induced irritable bowel disorder, brain gut axis dysfunction and dysregulation of the intestinal barrier due to oxidative stress. Rats were randomly allocated to groups and subjected to chronic water stress for a period of 21 days for 1h and the fecal pellet output was measured. At the end of chronic stress, behavioral assessment for anxiety like behavior was recorded and plasma corticosterone levels were measured 60min after water stress. The colonic transit was determined, levels of oxidative and antioxidant biomarkers were measured in the colon homogenate. Myeloperoxidase activity was determined as an indirect index of neutrophil infiltration. Chronic water stress increased the rate of colonic transit, fecal output, induced behavioral changes, and decreased antioxidant levels. An increase in lipid peroxide levels, catalase and corticosterone was observed. Mast cell infiltration was evident in the stressed group. Zingerone significantly reduced colonic transit, fecal output, neutrophil infiltration, and lipid peroxide formation. The levels of catalase were not altered; however, a marginal increase in the levels of glutathione peroxidase was observed. Zingerone significantly enhanced the levels of superoxide dismutase, glutathione and decreased the levels of corticosterone. Zingerone produced marked improvement in stress induced irritable bowel disorder which could be attributed to the powerful antioxidant nature, direct effect on the intestinal smooth muscle and adaptogenic nature. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  11. Elevated temperature stress strain behavior of beryllium powder product

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    Abeln, S.P.; Field, R.; Mataya, M.C.

    1995-09-01

    Several grades of beryllium powder product were tested under isothermal conditions in compression over a temperature range of room temperature to 1000 C and a strain rate range from 0.001 s{sup {minus}1} to 1 s{sup {minus}1}. Samples were compressed to a total strain of 1 (64% reduction in height). It is shown that all the grades are strain rate sensitive and that strain rate sensitivity increases with temperature. Yield points were exhibited by some grades up to a temperature of 500 C, and appeared to be primarily dependent on prior thermal history which determined the availability of mobile dislocations. Serrated flow in the form of stress drops was seen in all the materials tested and was most pronounced at 500 C. The appearance and magnitude of the stress drops were dependent on accumulated strain, strain rate, sample orientation, and composition. The flow stress and shape of the flow curves differed significantly from grade to grade due to variations in alloy content, the size and distribution of BeO particles, aging precipitates, and grain size. The ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) was determined for each grade of material and shown to be dependent on composition and thermal treatment. Structure/property relationships are discussed using processing history, microscopy (light and transmission), and property data.

  12. The Influence of Family and Teacher Factors on Early Disruptive School Behaviors: A Latent Profile Transition Analysis

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    Racz, Sarah J.; O'Brennan, Lindsey M.; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Leaf, Philip J.

    2016-01-01

    The kindergarten year plays an important role in establishing children's academic, social, and behavioral adjustment. Early identification of children who experience difficulties with the kindergarten transition is crucial to prevent continued behavioral and emotional problems. Family and school predictors of these early behavioral patterns can…

  13. The Influence of Family and Teacher Factors on Early Disruptive School Behaviors: A Latent Profile Transition Analysis

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    Racz, Sarah J.; O'Brennan, Lindsey M.; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Leaf, Philip J.

    2016-01-01

    The kindergarten year plays an important role in establishing children's academic, social, and behavioral adjustment. Early identification of children who experience difficulties with the kindergarten transition is crucial to prevent continued behavioral and emotional problems. Family and school predictors of these early behavioral patterns can…

  14. Transition.

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    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This "feature issue" focuses on transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities. Included are "success stories," brief program descriptions, and a list of resources. Individual articles include the following titles and authors: "Transition: An Energizing Concept" (Paul Bates); "Transition…

  15. Fast and slow transitions in frontal ensemble activity during flexible sensorimotor behavior

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    Siniscalchi, Michael J.; Phoumthipphavong, Victoria; Ali, Farhan; Lozano, Marc; Kwan, Alex C.

    2016-01-01

    The ability to shift between repetitive and goal-directed actions is a hallmark of cognitive control. Previous studies have reported that adaptive shifts in behavior are accompanied by changes of neural activity in frontal cortex. However, neural and behavioral adaptations can occur at multiple time scales, and their relationship remains poorly defined. Here, we developed a novel adaptive sensorimotor decision-making task for head-fixed mice, requiring them to shift flexibly between multiple auditory-motor mappings. Two-photon calcium imaging of secondary motor cortex (M2) revealed different ensemble activity states for each mapping. Notably, when adapting to a conditional mapping, transitions in ensemble activity were abrupt and occurred before the recovery of behavioral performance. By contrast, gradual and delayed transitions accompanied shifts towards repetitive responding. These results demonstrate distinct ensemble signatures associated with the start versus end of sensory-guided behavior, and suggest that M2 leads in engaging goal-directed response strategies that require sensorimotor associations. PMID:27399844

  16. Sexual motivations and engagement in sexual behavior during the transition to college.

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    Patrick, Megan E; Lee, Christine M

    2010-06-01

    Motivations for and against sex are salient predictors of engaging in or abstaining from sex in cross-sectional studies. Participants (N = 637, 41.4% male) provided data on their motivations for and against sex and lifetime sexual behavior prior to entering college and six months into the first year in college. Longitudinal data were used to examine differences on motivations for and against sex reported the summer before college entrance for students who continued to abstain (Nevers, 44.7%), transitioned to sexual behavior in the following months (Transitioners, 11.0%), and who were previously sexually active (Actives, 44.3%). Multivariate analysis of variance analyses indicated that Transitioners evidenced mean-level differences in motivations surrounding sex (greater intimacy and enhancement motives for sex, lower values motives against sex) prior to their behavioral initiation compared to Nevers. In addition, Transitioners reported greater changes in motivations from pre-college to the six-month follow-up, including increased enhancement motivations for sex and decreased values and not ready motivations against sex. Men reported more important motivations for sex and less important motivations against sex than women, with an interaction showing that sexually experienced women reported more important intimacy motivations and sexually inexperienced men reported more important coping motivations for sex. Identifying salient motivations associated with imminent changes in sexual behavior may support the development of sexual health promotion programs that seek to reach sexually inexperienced individuals at important times of transition.

  17. Delinquent Behavior, the Transition to Adulthood, and the Likelihood of Military Enlistment

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    Teachman, Jay; Tedrow, Lucky

    2014-01-01

    Using data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth we examine the relationship between delinquency and enlistment in the military. We argue that delinquent behavior is positively related to enlistment because military service is an attractive alternative for delinquents to mark their transition to adulthood and their desistance from delinquent behavior. We also argue, however, that this relationship is not linear, with higher levels of delinquent behavior actually acting to reduce the likelihood of enlistment. We further suggest that the relationship between delinquency and enlistment is similar for men and women. We test and find support for our hypotheses using data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. PMID:24576626

  18. Critical behavior of the transport coefficients at the plateau-insulator transition in IQHE

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    Song, Juntao; Prodan, Emil

    2013-03-01

    Using the non-commutative Kubo formula for disordered lattice systems, we mapped the conductivity tensor σ (EF , T) as function of Fermi level EF and temperature T for the disordered Hofstadter model. Convergence and accuracy tests indicate that the simulations can be used to investigate the critical behavior near the plateau-insulator transition. Our analysis provides the first quantitative theoretical confirmation of the well established experimental facts about the critical behavior: 1) The semicircle law for the components of the conductivity tensor; 2) The existence of the quantized Hall insulator state characterized by zero direct and Hall conductivities, but with Hall resistivity quantized at h /e2 ; 3) Single scaling behavior with exponents that are consistent with previous studies. This work was supported by the U.S. NSF grants DMS-1066045 and DMR-1056168.

  19. Critical behaviors and phase transitions of black holes in higher order gravities and extended phase spaces

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    Sherkatghanad, Zeinab; Mirza, Behrouz; Mirzaiyan, Zahra; Mansoori, Seyed Ali Hosseini

    We consider the critical behaviors and phase transitions of Gauss-Bonnet-Born-Infeld-AdS black holes (GB-BI-AdS) for d = 5, 6 and the extended phase space. We assume the cosmological constant, Λ, the coupling coefficient α, and the BI parameter β to be thermodynamic pressures of the system. Having made these assumptions, the critical behaviors are then studied in the two canonical and grand canonical ensembles. We find “reentrant and triple point phase transitions” (RPT-TP) and “multiple reentrant phase transitions” (multiple RPT) with increasing pressure of the system for specific values of the coupling coefficient α in the canonical ensemble. Also, we observe a reentrant phase transition (RPT) of GB-BI-AdS black holes in the grand canonical ensemble and for d = 6. These calculations are then expanded to the critical behavior of Born-Infeld-AdS (BI-AdS) black holes in the third-order of Lovelock gravity and in the grand canonical ensemble to find a van der Waals (vdW) behavior for d = 7 and a RPT for d = 8 for specific values of potential ϕ in the grand canonical ensemble. Furthermore, we obtain a similar behavior for the limit of β →∞, i.e. charged-AdS black holes in the third-order of the Lovelock gravity. Thus, it is shown that the critical behaviors of these black holes are independent of the parameter β in the grand canonical ensemble.

  20. Progesterone receptor activation signals behavioral transitions across the reproductive cycle of the female rabbit.

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    Hoffman, K L; González-Mariscal, G

    2006-06-01

    The female rabbit is an exceptional experimental model to define mechanisms by which progesterone (P) controls the expression of reproductive behaviors. In the rabbit, the rise in P levels during pregnancy inhibits estrous scent marking ("chinning"), stimulates the excavation of a nest burrow ("digging"), and primes behaviors later used for nest construction. The pre-parturient fall of P triggers the construction of a straw nest ("straw carrying") that is lined with hair that she pulls from her own body ("hair pulling"). These behaviors can be replicated in ovariectomized (ovx) females given a schedule of estradiol (E) and P that mimics hormone levels during pregnancy (E from days 0 to 4, E + P from days 5 to 17, E from days 18 to 27). We administered PR antagonists RU486 or CDB(VA)2914 to ovx female rabbits during either the initial (days 5-11) or late (days 12-17) phases of P treatment, to determine the role of PR activation in coordinating the expression of these behaviors. Both antiprogestins attenuated the P-mediated decline in chinning and increase in digging when administered during days 5-11. When given across days 12-17, both antiprogestins triggered an early decline in digging, the onset of nest building in some Ss, and the reinstatement of chinning. These results point to a central role of PR activation for establishing and maintaining the behavioral phenotype of pregnancy, and for the behavioral transition from pregnancy to estrus.

  1. Affiliation With Antisocial Peers, Susceptibility to Peer Influence, and Antisocial Behavior During the Transition to Adulthood

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    Monahan, Kathryn C.; Steinberg, Laurence; Cauffman, Elizabeth

    2010-01-01

    Developmental theories suggest that affiliation with deviant peers and susceptibility to peer influence are important contributors to adolescent delinquency, but it is unclear how these variables impact antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthood, a period when most delinquent individuals decline in antisocial behavior. Using data from a longitudinal study of 1,354 antisocial youth, the present study examined how individual variation in exposure to deviant peers and resistance to peer influence affect antisocial behavior from middle adolescence into young adulthood (ages 14 to 22 years). Whereas we find evidence that antisocial individuals choose to affiliate with deviant peers, and that affiliating with deviant peers is associated with an individual’s own delinquency, these complementary processes of selection and socialization operate in different developmental periods. In middle adolescence, both selection and socialization serve to make peers similar in antisocial behavior, but from ages 16 to 20 years, only socialization appears to be important. After age 20, the impact of peers on antisocial behavior disappears as individuals become increasingly resistant to peer influence, suggesting that the process of desistance from antisocial behavior may be tied to normative changes in peer relations that occur as individuals mature socially and emotionally. PMID:19899911

  2. Behavioral health in young adults with epilepsy: Implications for transition of care.

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    Wagner, Janelle L; Wilson, Dulaney A; Kellermann, Tanja; Smith, Gigi; Malek, Angela M; Wannamaker, Braxton; Selassie, Anbesaw W

    2016-12-01

    Neurodevelopmental and behavioral health disorders commonly occur with epilepsy, yet risk for young adults is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution and risk characteristics of neurodevelopmental and behavior health comorbidities among young adults with epilepsy compared with those among young adults with migraine and healthy controls. A case-control study examining hospital admission, outpatient, and emergency department (ED) visits for young adults with an ICD-9-CM diagnosis of epilepsy, migraine, or lower extremity fracture (LEF) was conducted. The association of epilepsy, migraine, or LEF with comorbidities was evaluated with univariate and multivariate polytomous logistic regression. From 2000 to 2013, 29,139 young adults ages 19 to 25years were seen in hospitals and EDs for epilepsy (5666), migraine (17,507), or LEF (5966). Young adults with epilepsy had higher proportions of behavioral health comorbidities (51.8%) compared with controls with migraine (37.6%) or LEF (21.6%). In young adults with epilepsy compared with migraine, the increased risk of having any behavioral health comorbidity was 76%, and neurodevelopmental comorbidity was 297%. After adjustment, young adults with epilepsy showed significantly higher odds of each behavioral health comorbidity compared with controls with migraine and LEF. Young adults with epilepsy are particularly susceptible to behavioral health and neurodevelopmental disorders. Results are discussed within the context of transition to adult care. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Estimating Transitional Probabilities with Cross-Sectional Data to Assess Smoking Behavior Progression: A Validation Analysis

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    Chen, Xinguang; Lin, Feng

    2013-01-01

    Background and objective New analytical tools are needed to advance tobacco research, tobacco control planning and tobacco use prevention practice. In this study, we validated a method to extract information from cross-sectional survey for quantifying population dynamics of adolescent smoking behavior progression. Methods With a 3-stage 7-path model, probabilities of smoking behavior progression were estimated employing the Probabilistic Discrete Event System (PDES) method and the cross-sectional data from 1997-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Validity of the PDES method was assessed using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 and trends in smoking transition covering the period during which funding for tobacco control was cut substantively in 2003 in the United States. Results Probabilities for all seven smoking progression paths were successfully estimated with the PDES method and the NSDUH data. The absolute difference in the estimated probabilities between the two approaches varied from 0.002 to 0.076 (p>0.05 for all) and were highly correlated with each other (R2=0.998, p<0.01). Changes in the estimated transitional probabilities across the 1997-2006 reflected the 2003 funding cut for tobacco control. Conclusions The PDES method has validity in quantifying population dynamics of smoking behavior progression with cross-sectional survey data. The estimated transitional probabilities add new evidence supporting more advanced tobacco research, tobacco control planning and tobacco use prevention practice. This method can be easily extended to study other health risk behaviors. PMID:25279247

  4. Quantum phase transition and Fermi liquid behavior in Pd1 -xNix nanoalloys

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    Swain, P.; Srivastava, Suneel K.; Srivastava, Sanjeev K.

    2015-01-01

    The Pd1 -xNix alloy system is an established ideal transition-metal system possessing a composition-induced paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic quantum phase transition (QPT) at the critical concentration xc˜0.026 in bulk. A low-temperature non-Fermi liquid (NFL) behavior around xc usually indicates the presence of quantum criticality (QC) in this system. In this work, we explore the existence of such a QPT in nanoparticles of this alloy system. We synthesized single-phase, polydispersed and 40-50 nm mean diameter crystalline nanoparticles of Pd1 -xNix alloys, with x near xc and beyond, by a chemical reflux method. In addition to the determination of the size, composition, phase, and crystallinity of the alloys by microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, the existence of a possible QPT was explored by resistivity and dc magnetization measurements. A dip in the value of the exponent n near xc, and a concomitant peak in the constant A of the A Tn dependence of the low-temperature (T ) resistivity indicate the presence of a quantum-like phase transition in the system. The minimum value of n , however, remains within the Fermi liquid regime (n >2 ). The dc magnetization results suggest an anticipatory presence of a superparamagnetic-to-ferromagnetic QPT in the mean-sized nanoparticles. The observation of a possible quantum critical NFL behavior (n <2 ) through resistivity is argued to be inhibited by the electron-magnon scatterings present in the smaller nanoparticles.

  5. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid–liquid transition in water

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    Biddle, John W.; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A.

    2014-08-21

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid–liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid–liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H{sub 2}O-NaCl and H{sub 2}O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid–liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of “reaction” between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases.

  6. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-03-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials.

  7. Critical behavior of ultrasonic attenuation near interaction-driven metal-insulator transitions

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    Dobrosavljević, V.; Kirkpatrick, T. R.; Chen, Changfeng; Belitz, D.

    1991-09-01

    We consider the critical behavior of the ultrasonic attenuation (UA) near interaction-driven metal-insulator transitions. To first order in the disorder no localization corrections are found. Using a field-theoretical nonlinear σ-model representation, and performing a renormalization-group analysis, we show that the absence of first-order corrections follows from the presence of two scaling parts for the UA. The critical exponents for the UA are shown to be sensitive to both the symmetry class and the interaction range, in contrast to the behavior of the conductivity. We have examined the cases of strong magnetic fields and of magnetic impurities where the critical exponents prove to be universal for Coulomb interactions, but are found to be nonuniversal for short-ranged interactions. The UA was further examined near the pseudomagnetic transition that occurs in the absence of magnetic perturbations. In that case, the UA critical exponents were found to vanish, indicating that the UA stays uncritical at this transition.

  8. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid-liquid transition in water.

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    Biddle, John W; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A

    2014-08-21

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid-liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid-liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H2O-NaCl and H2O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid-liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of "reaction" between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases.

  9. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid-liquid transition in water

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    Biddle, John W.; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A.

    2014-08-01

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid-liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid-liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H2O-NaCl and H2O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid-liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of "reaction" between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases.

  10. Transitional behavior of convective patterns in porous media: Insights from basin stability analysis

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    Karani, Hamid; Huber, Christian

    2016-11-01

    The present study investigates the transitional behavior of convective modes in Horton-Rogers-Lapwood convection (HRLC). We first provide new pore-scale numerical and experimental evidences on the variation of the stability level of single-cell and double-cell convection modes in a 2D HRLC problem. In order to interpret this transitional behavior, we employ the concept of basin stability and develop a basin stability diagram of the first four convection modes in HRLC. This is in contrast to the standard bifurcation analysis of HRLC using linear stability analysis and continuation techniques, which only provides local information about the (range of) existence, and any possible co-existence of different convection modes. The present basin stability analysis of HRLC not only provides the local information about the (co-)existence of different patterns, but also, it determines their relative stability as well as how the basin of stability of these modes contract or expands as the Rayleigh number varies. The results of the present study show how establishing the dependence of basin stability on the Rayleigh number is essential to analyze the transition between different convection patterns observed experimentally and numerically.

  11. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-01-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials. PMID:25774619

  12. Glottal behavior in the high soprano range and the transition to the whistle register.

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    Garnier, Maëva; Henrich, Nathalie; Crevier-Buchman, Lise; Vincent, Coralie; Smith, John; Wolfe, Joe

    2012-01-01

    The high soprano range was investigated by acoustic and electroglottographic measurements of 12 sopranos and high-speed endoscopy of one of these. A single laryngeal transition was observed on glissandi above the primo passaggio. It supports the existence of two distinct laryngeal mechanisms in the high soprano range: M2 and M3, underlying head and whistle registers. The laryngeal transition occurred gradually over several tones within the interval D#5-D6. It occurred over a wider range and was completed at a higher pitch for trained than untrained sopranos. The upper limit of the laryngeal transition during glissandi was accompanied by pitch jumps or instabilities, but, for most singers, it did not coincide with the upper limit of R1:f(0) tuning (i.e., tuning the first resonance to the fundamental frequency). However, pitch jumps could also be associated with changes in resonance tuning. Four singers demonstrated an overlap range over which they could sing with a full head or fluty resonant quality. Glottal behaviors underlying these two qualities were similar to the M2 and M3 mechanisms respectively. Pitch jumps and discontinuous glottal and spectral changes characteristic of a M2-M3 laryngeal transition were observed on decrescendi produced within this overlap range. © 2012 Acoustical Society of America.

  13. Magnetostructural transition behavior in Fe-doped Heusler Mn-Ni-In ribbon materials

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    Li, Hongwei; Fang, Yue; Feng, Shutong; Zhai, Qijie; Luo, Zhiping; Zheng, Hongxing

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, we investigated magnetostructural transition behavior in Mn-rich Heusler Mn50-xFexNi41In9 (x=0, 1, 2, 3 at%) ribbon materials. Microstructural observations showed that substituting Mn with Fe in Mn50Ni41In9 led to striking grain refinement from ∼50 μm to 5-10 μm, and formation of a secondary phase when Fe content was increased up to 2 at%. Differential scanning calorimetric and thermomagnetic measurements indicated that a paramagnetic→ferromagnetic transition in austenite occurred first, followed with a weak-magnetic martensitic transition upon cooling for the Mn50-xFexNi41In9 (x=0, 1, 2). In case of Mn47Fe3Ni41In9, the martensitic transformation happened between paramagnetic austenite and weak-magnetic martensite, without the presence of the magnetic transition in austenite. The effective refrigeration capacity of Mn49Fe1Ni41In9 reached 137.1 J kg-1 under a magnetic field change of 30 kOe.

  14. Ejection of the Corona at State Transitions: a Common Behavior in Microquasars?

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    Prat, L.; Rodriguez, J.

    2009-05-01

    The onset of most microquasar outbursts is characterized by a state transition between a Low/Hard State (LHS) and a High/Soft State (HSS). Besides drastic spectral and timing changes, this transition often shows a discrete ejection event detectable in the radio range. However, the exact nature of the ejected material and the mechanisms that give birth to these phenomena are yet to be unraveled. Recent simultaneous radio and X-ray observations on several sources point to a coronal nature of the ejected material. In the cases of GRS 1915+105, XTE J1550-564, and the 2002 outburst of GX 339-4, the flux of the Compton component decreases sharply just before an ejection is detected in the radio range. Finally, in the case of H1743-322, drastic physical changes occurred in the corona just before the state transition, compatible with the disappearance of part of this medium. Thus, the behavior of at least 4 microquasars points in the direction of an ejection of the corona at the state transition, feature that is yet to be confirmed (or infirmed) in the case of other available sources.

  15. Effects of Multiple Maternal Relationship Transitions on Offspring Antisocial Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cousin-Comparison Analysis

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    Goodnight, Jackson A.; D’Onofrio, Brian M.; Cherlin, Andrew J.; Emery, Robert E.; Van Hulle, Carol A.; Lahey, Benjamin B.

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies of the association between multiple parental relationship transitions (i.e., when a parent begins or terminates an intimate relationship involving cohabitation) and offspring antisocial behavior have varied in their efforts to rule out confounding influences, such as parental antisocial behavior and low income. They also have been limited in the representativeness of their samples. Thus, it remains unclear to what degree parents’ multiple relationship transitions have independent effects on children’s antisocial behavior. Analyses were conducted using data on 8,652 6–9-year-old, 6,911 10–13-year-old, and 6,495 14-17-year-old offspring of a nationally representative sample of U.S. women. Cousin-comparisons were used in combination with statistical covariates to evaluate the associations between maternal relationship transitions and offspring antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence. Cousin-comparisons suggested that associations between maternal relationship transitions and antisocial behavior in childhood and early adolescence are largely explained by confounding factors. In contrast, the associations between maternal relationship transitions and offspring delinquency in late adolescence were robust to measured and unmeasured confounds. The present findings suggest that interventions aimed at reducing exposure to parental relationship transitions or addressing the psychosocial consequences of exposure to parental relationship transitions could reduce risk for offspring delinquency in late adolescence. PMID:22829173

  16. Effects of multiple maternal relationship transitions on offspring antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence: a cousin-comparison analysis.

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    Goodnight, Jackson A; D'Onofrio, Brian M; Cherlin, Andrew J; Emery, Robert E; Van Hulle, Carol A; Lahey, Benjamin B

    2013-02-01

    Previous studies of the association between multiple parental relationship transitions (i.e., when a parent begins or terminates an intimate relationship involving cohabitation) and offspring antisocial behavior have varied in their efforts to rule out confounding influences, such as parental antisocial behavior and low income. They also have been limited in the representativeness of their samples. Thus, it remains unclear to what degree parents' multiple relationship transitions have independent effects on children's antisocial behavior. Analyses were conducted using data on 8,652 6-9-year-old, 6,911 10-13-year-old, and 6,495 14-17-year-old offspring of a nationally representative sample of U.S. women. Cousin-comparisons were used in combination with statistical covariates to evaluate the associations between maternal relationship transitions and offspring antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence. Cousin-comparisons suggested that associations between maternal relationship transitions and antisocial behavior in childhood and early adolescence are largely explained by confounding factors. In contrast, the associations between maternal relationship transitions and offspring delinquency in late adolescence were robust to measured and unmeasured confounds. The present findings suggest that interventions aimed at reducing exposure to parental relationship transitions or addressing the psychosocial consequences of exposure to parental relationship transitions could reduce risk for offspring delinquency in late adolescence.

  17. Gender-role attitudes and behavior across the transition to parenthood.

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    Katz-Wise, Sabra L; Priess, Heather A; Hyde, Janet S

    2010-01-01

    On the basis of social structural theory and identity theory, the current study examined changes in gender-role attitudes and behavior across the first-time transition to parenthood and following the birth of a second child for experienced mothers and fathers. Data were analyzed from the ongoing longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work. Gender-role attitudes, work and family identity salience, and division of household labor were measured for 205 first-time and 198 experienced mothers and fathers across 4 time points from 5 months pregnant to 12 months postpartum. Multilevel latent growth curve analysis was used to analyze the data. In general, parents became more traditional in their gender-role attitudes and behavior following the birth of a child, women changed more than men, and first-time parents changed more than experienced parents. Findings suggest that changes in gender-role attitudes and behavior following the birth of a child may be attributed to both the process of transitioning to parenthood for the first time and that of negotiating the demands of having a new baby in the family. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

  18. Universal behavior of crystalline membranes: Crumpling transition and Poisson ratio of the flat phase

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    Cuerno, R.; Gallardo Caballero, R.; Gordillo-Guerrero, A.; Monroy, P.; Ruiz-Lorenzo, J. J.

    2016-02-01

    We revisit the universal behavior of crystalline membranes at and below the crumpling transition, which pertains to the mechanical properties of important soft and hard matter materials, such as the cytoskeleton of red blood cells or graphene. Specifically, we perform large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of a triangulated two-dimensional phantom network which is freely fluctuating in three-dimensional space. We obtain a continuous crumpling transition characterized by critical exponents which we estimate accurately through the use of finite-size techniques. By controlling the scaling corrections, we additionally compute with high accuracy the asymptotic value of the Poisson ratio in the flat phase, thus characterizing the auxetic properties of this class of systems. We obtain agreement with the value which is universally expected for polymerized membranes with a fixed connectivity.

  19. Flagella-induced transitions in the collective behavior of confined microswimmers

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    Cheng Hou Tsang, Alan; Kanso, Eva

    2014-08-01

    Bacteria are usually studied in free-swimming planktonic state or in sessile biofilm state. However, little is known about intermediate states where variability in the environmental conditions and/or energy supply to the flagellar propulsive system alter flagellar activity. In this Rapid Communication, we propose an idealized physical model to investigate the effects of flagellar activity on the hydrodynamic interactions among a population of microswimmers. We show that decreasing flagellar activity induces a hydrodynamically triggered transition in confined microswimmers from turbulentlike swimming to aggregation and clustering. These results suggest that the interplay between flagellar activity and hydrodynamic interactions provides a physical mechanism for coordinating collective behaviors in confined bacteria, with potentially profound implications on processes such as molecular diffusion and transport of oxygen and nutrients that mediate transitions in the bacteria physiological state.

  20. Universal behavior of crystalline membranes: Crumpling transition and Poisson ratio of the flat phase.

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    Cuerno, R; Gallardo Caballero, R; Gordillo-Guerrero, A; Monroy, P; Ruiz-Lorenzo, J J

    2016-02-01

    We revisit the universal behavior of crystalline membranes at and below the crumpling transition, which pertains to the mechanical properties of important soft and hard matter materials, such as the cytoskeleton of red blood cells or graphene. Specifically, we perform large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of a triangulated two-dimensional phantom network which is freely fluctuating in three-dimensional space. We obtain a continuous crumpling transition characterized by critical exponents which we estimate accurately through the use of finite-size techniques. By controlling the scaling corrections, we additionally compute with high accuracy the asymptotic value of the Poisson ratio in the flat phase, thus characterizing the auxetic properties of this class of systems. We obtain agreement with the value which is universally expected for polymerized membranes with a fixed connectivity.

  1. Solubility Behavior and Phase Stability of Transition Metal Oxides in Alkaline Hydrothermal Environments

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    S.E. Ziemniak

    2000-05-18

    The solubility behavior of transition metal oxides in high temperature water is interpreted by recognizing three types of chemical reaction equilibria: metal oxide hydration/dehydration, metal oxide dissolution and metal ion hydroxocomplex formation. The equilibria are quantified using thermodynamic concepts and the thermochemical properties of the metal oxides/ions representative of the most common constituents of construction metal alloys, i.e., element shaving atomic numbers between Z = 22 (Ti) and Z = 30 (Zn), are summarized on the basis of metal oxide solubility studies conducted in the laboratory. Particular attention is devoted to the uncharged metal ion hydrocomplex, M{sup Z}(OH){sub Z}(aq), since its thermochemical properties define minimum solubilities of the metal oxide at a given temperature. Experimentally-extracted values of standard partial molal entropy (S{sup 0}) for the transition metal ion neutral hydroxocomplex are shown to be influenced by ligand field stabilization energies and complex symmetry.

  2. Theory of the anomalous critical behavior for the smectic-A-hexatic transition.

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    Kats, E I; Lebedev, V V; Muratov, A R

    2016-06-01

    We propose a theoretical explanation for the long-standing problem of the anomalous critical behavior of the heat capacity near the smectic-A-hexatic phase transition. Experiments find a large specific heat critical exponent α=0.5-0.7, which is inconsistent with a small negative value α≈-0.01 expected for the three-dimensional XY universality class. We show that most of the observed features can be explained by treating simultaneously fluctuations of the hexatic orientational and translational (positional) order parameters. Assuming that the translational correlation length ξ_{tr} is much larger than the hexatic correlation length ξ_{h}, we calculate the temperature dependence of the heat capacity in the critical region near the smectic-A-hexatic phase transition. Our results are in quantitative agreement with the calorimetric experimental data.

  3. Exact coupling threshold for structural transition reveals diversified behaviors in interconnected networks

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    Darabi Sahneh, Faryad; Scoglio, Caterina; Van Mieghem, Piet

    2015-10-01

    An interconnected network features a structural transition between two regimes [F. Radicchi and A. Arenas, Nat. Phys. 9, 717 (2013), 10.1038/nphys2761]: one where the network components are structurally distinguishable and one where the interconnected network functions as a whole. Our exact solution for the coupling threshold uncovers network topologies with unexpected behaviors. Specifically, we show conditions that superdiffusion, introduced by Gómez et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 028701 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.028701], can occur despite the network components functioning distinctly. Moreover, we find that components of certain interconnected network topologies are indistinguishable despite very weak coupling between them.

  4. The role of goals and alcohol behavior during the transition out of college.

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    Radomski, Sharon A; Read, Jennifer P; Bowker, Julie C

    2015-03-01

    Personal goals are desired outcomes that guide behavior (Palfai, Ralston, & Wright, 2011), and are typically oriented around age-appropriate developmental tasks (e.g., college graduation, employment). Goals and their pursuit take on much salience during senior year of college as individuals prepare for the transition into adult roles. This also is a time during which naturalistic changes in alcohol consumption are occurring. These changes may impact the relationship between age-related goals and their attainment, thus compromising the likelihood of a successful transition out of college. The present study examined whether and how changes in drinking over senior year moderate the association between achievement goals and related developmental task attainment as students move toward transitioning out of college. Alcohol-involved college seniors (N = 437; 62.5% female) were assessed via web survey in September of their senior year and again 1 year later (T4). Results of multinomial logistic regression revealed that greater achievement goals were predictive of college graduation (vs. remaining a continuing undergraduate), but only for those whose drinking decreased during senior year. Among those graduated by T4 (n = 307), achievement goals predicted pursuing graduate education (vs. being unemployed), but only for students whose drinking increased during senior year. Thus, achievement goals are important predictors of goal attainment as students prepare to transition out of college, and these goals can interact with drinking in complex ways during this time. Findings suggest that interventions aimed at bolstering personal goals and reducing drinking during senior year may increase the likelihood of successful transitions out of the college environment.

  5. The Role of Goals and Alcohol Behavior during the Transition out of College

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    Radomski, Sharon A.; Read, Jennifer P.; Bowker, Julie C.

    2015-01-01

    Personal goals are desired outcomes that guide behavior (Palfai et al., 2011), and are typically oriented around age-appropriate developmental tasks (e.g., college graduation, employment). Goals and their pursuit take on much salience during senior year of college as individuals prepare for the transition into adult roles. This also is a time during which naturalistic changes in alcohol consumption are occurring. These changes may impact the relationship between age-related goals and their attainment, thus compromising the likelihood of a successful transition out of college. The present study examined whether and how changes in drinking over senior year moderate the association between achievement goals and related developmental task attainment as students move toward transitioning out of college. Alcohol-involved college seniors (N=437; 62.5% female) were assessed via web survey in September of their senior year and again one year later (T4). Results of multinomial logistic regression revealed that greater Achievement Goals were predictive of college graduation (versus remaining a continuing undergraduate), but only for those whose drinking decreased during senior year. Among those graduated by T4 (n=307), Achievement Goals predicted pursuing graduate education (versus being unemployed), but only for students whose drinking increased during senior year. Thus, Achievement Goals are important predictors of goal attainment as students prepare to transition out of college, and these goals can interact with drinking in complex ways during this time. Findings suggest that interventions aimed at bolstering personal goals and reducing drinking during senior year may increase the likelihood of successful transitions out of the college environment. PMID:25642583

  6. The Influence of Periodically Non-Stationary Afflux on Transition Behavior of Compressor Grids

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    Teusch, Reinhold

    2001-01-01

    The primary goal of this study is to obtain a deeper look into the physical occurrences within the shovel border layer. The author accomplishes this effort through a detailed examination of non-stationary flow behavior of compressor shovels with Controlled Diffusion Airfoil (CDA)-profiling under the influence of after-running depressions of current salient shovel rows. In addition to the checking of the precision of stationary and non-stationary calculatory processes, criteria are defined for the layout of modern compression shovels under the rubrick of rotor/stator interaction. An overview of the literature is then given regarding both the basic principles of non-stationary transition behavior under the influence of after-running depressions as well as the most up-to-date scholarship on the problematics of the field discussed.

  7. Vagal neural crest cell migratory behavior: A transition between the cranial and trunk crest

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    Kuo, Bryan R.; Erickson, Carol A.

    2011-01-01

    Migration and differentiation of cranial neural crest cells are largely controlled by environmental cues, whereas pathfinding at the trunk level is dictated by cell-autonomous molecular changes owing to early specification of the premigratory crest. Here, we investigated the migration and patterning of vagal neural crest cells. We show that: 1) vagal neural crest cells exhibit some developmental bias and 2) they take separate pathways to the heart and to the gut. Together these observations suggest that prior specification dictates initial pathway choice. However, when we challenged the vagal neural crest cells with different migratory environments, we observed that the behavior of the anterior vagal neural crest cells (somite-level 1-3) exhibit considerable migratory plasticity whereas the posterior vagal neural crest cells (somite-level 5-7) are more restricted in their behavior. We conclude that the vagal neural crest is a transitional population that has evolved between the head and the trunk. PMID:22016183

  8. Interactions between Maternal Parenting and Children's Early Disruptive Behavior: Bidirectional Associations across the Transition from Preschool to School Entry

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    Combs-Ronto, Lindsey A.; Olson, Sheryl L.; Lunkenheimer, Erika S.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2009-01-01

    This study was a prospective 2-year longitudinal investigation of associations between negative maternal parenting and disruptive child behavior across the preschool to school transition. Our main goals were to 1) determine the direction of association between early maternal negativity and child disruptive behaviors across this important…

  9. Effects of Multiple Maternal Relationship Transitions on Offspring Antisocial Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cousin-Comparison Analysis

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    Goodnight, Jackson A.; D'Onofrio, Brian M.; Cherlin, Andrew J.; Emery, Robert E.; Van Hulle, Carol A.; Lahey, Benjamin B.

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies of the association between multiple parental relationship transitions (i.e., when a parent begins or terminates an intimate relationship involving cohabitation) and offspring antisocial behavior have varied in their efforts to rule out confounding influences, such as parental antisocial behavior and low income. They also have been…

  10. Interactions between Maternal Parenting and Children's Early Disruptive Behavior: Bidirectional Associations across the Transition from Preschool to School Entry

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    Combs-Ronto, Lindsey A.; Olson, Sheryl L.; Lunkenheimer, Erika S.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2009-01-01

    This study was a prospective 2-year longitudinal investigation of associations between negative maternal parenting and disruptive child behavior across the preschool to school transition. Our main goals were to 1) determine the direction of association between early maternal negativity and child disruptive behaviors across this important…

  11. The Influence of Role Status on Risky Sexual Behavior among African Americans during the Transition to Adulthood

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    Kogan, Steven M.; Brody, Gene H.; Gibbons, Frederick X.; Murry, Velma McBride; Cutrona, Carolyn E.; Simons, Ronald L.; Wingood, Gina; DiClemente, Ralph

    2008-01-01

    Little research has examined the links between role status changes during the transition to adulthood and sexual behaviors that place African Americans at risk for sexually transmitted infections. Moreover, the mediating processes that explain these links, or protective factors that may buffer young adults from risky sexual behavior, are unknown.…

  12. Effects of Multiple Maternal Relationship Transitions on Offspring Antisocial Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cousin-Comparison Analysis

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    Goodnight, Jackson A.; D'Onofrio, Brian M.; Cherlin, Andrew J.; Emery, Robert E.; Van Hulle, Carol A.; Lahey, Benjamin B.

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies of the association between multiple parental relationship transitions (i.e., when a parent begins or terminates an intimate relationship involving cohabitation) and offspring antisocial behavior have varied in their efforts to rule out confounding influences, such as parental antisocial behavior and low income. They also have been…

  13. Physical activity status of academic professors during their early career transition: an application of the theory of planned behavior.

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    Kirk, Megan A; Rhodes, Ryan E

    2012-01-01

    Life-transitions (e.g. parenthood) have been linked to physical inactivity, yet the topic requires further exploration. In this study, we evaluated changes in the physical activity (PA) of adults during their early career transition using retrospective analysis and the theory of planned behavior. Recruitment from January to March 2010 yielded a random sample of 267 assistant professors, ages 25-44, employed within the last five years. Repeated measures analysis of variance (RM ANOVA) concluded that PA declined across the transition (d = 0.36-0.43) and was further attenuated by marriage, work hours, and parenthood status. Discriminant function analysis (DFA) identified specific behavioral and control correlates about PA enjoyment, limited time, inconsistent schedule, work demands, and job pressures to distinguish between those who remained active from those who did not across the transition. PA interventions administered prior to career transitions may be needed to prevent physical inactivity.

  14. Interlocking Feedback Loops Govern the Dynamic Behavior of the Floral Transition in Arabidopsis[W][OA

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    Jaeger, Katja E.; Pullen, Nick; Lamzin, Sergey; Morris, Richard J.; Wigge, Philip A.

    2013-01-01

    During flowering, primordia on the flanks of the shoot apical meristem are specified to form flowers instead of leaves. Like many plants, Arabidopsis thaliana integrates environmental and endogenous signals to control the timing of reproduction. To study the underlying regulatory logic of the floral transition, we used a combination of modeling and experiments to define a core gene regulatory network. We show that FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) act through FD and FD PARALOG to regulate the transition. The major floral meristem identity gene LEAFY (LFY) directly activates FD, creating a positive feedback loop. This network predicts flowering behavior for different genotypes and displays key properties of the floral transition, such as signal integration and irreversibility. Furthermore, modeling suggests that the control of TFL1 is important to flexibly counterbalance incoming FT signals, allowing a pool of undifferentiated cells to be maintained despite strong differentiation signals in nearby cells. This regulatory system requires TFL1 expression to rise in proportion to the strength of the floral inductive signal. In this network, low initial levels of LFY or TFL1 expression are sufficient to tip the system into either a stable flowering or vegetative state upon floral induction. PMID:23543784

  15. Phase transitions and multicritical behavior in the Ising model with dipolar interactions

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    Bab, M. A.; Horowitz, C. M.; Rubio Puzzo, M. L.; Saracco, G. P.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the phase diagram of the ferromagnetic Ising model with dipole interactions is revisited with the aim of determining the nature of the phase transition between stripe-ordered phases with width n (hn) and tetragonal liquid (TL) phases. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations are performed in order to study the short-time dynamic behavior of the observables for selected values of the ratio between the ferromagnetic exchange and dipolar constants δ . The obtained results indicate that the h1-TL phase transition line is continuous up to δ =1.2585 , while for the h2-TL line a weak first-order character is found in the interval 1.2585 ≤δ ≤1.36 and becomes continuous for 1.37 ≤δ ≤1.9 . This result suggests the existence of a tricritical point close to δ =1.37 . When it is appropriate, the complete set of critical exponents is obtained, and in all the studied cases they depend on δ but do not belong to the Ising universality class. Furthermore, short-time dynamic studies reveal that at the point where the mentioned lines meet the h1-h2 line, i.e., at δ =1.2585 , the critical phase corresponding to the h1-TL transition coexists with the h2 phase.

  16. Anharmonic behavior and structural phase transition in Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Pandey, Sugandha Dogra; Samanta, K.; Singh, Jasveer; Sharma, Nita Dilawar Bandyopadhyay, A. K.

    2013-12-15

    The investigation of structural phase transition and anharmonic behavior of Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been carried out by high-pressure and temperature dependent Raman scattering studies respectively. In situ Raman studies under high pressure were carried out in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature which indicate a structural transition from cubic to hexagonal phase at and above 20.6 GPa. In the decompression cycle, Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} retained its high pressure phase. We have observed a Stark line in the Raman spectra at 337.5 cm{sup −1} which arises from the electronic transition between {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} and {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} multiplates of Yb{sup 3+} (4f{sup 13}) levels. These were followed by temperature dependent Raman studies in the range of 80–440 K, which show an unusual mode hardening with increasing temperature. The hardening of the most dominant mode (T{sub g} + A{sub g}) was analyzed in light of the theory of anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction and thermal expansion of the lattice. Using the mode Grüneisen parameter obtained from high pressure Raman measurements; we have calculated total anharmonicity of the T{sub g} + A{sub g} mode from the temperature dependent Raman data.

  17. Flow transition behavior between the film flow and rivulet flow on an inclined wall

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    Iso, Yoshiyuki; Chen, Xi

    2010-11-01

    Gas-liquid two-phase flows on the wall like liquid film flows, which are the so-called wetted wall flows, are observed in many industrial processes such as absorption, desorption, distillation and others. For the optimum design of packed columns widely used in those kind of processes, the accurate predictions of the wetted wall flow behavior in packing elements are important, especially in order to enhance the mass transfer between the gas and liquid and to prevent flooding and channeling of the liquid flow. The present study focused on the effects of the change of liquid flow rate and the wall surface texture treatments on the characteristics of wetted wall flows which have the drastic flow transition between the film flow and rivulet flow. In this paper, gas-liquid two-phase flow simulation by using the volume of fluid (VOF) model is applied into wetted wall flows. Firstly, present results showed that the hysteresis of the flow transition between the film flow and rivulet flow arose against the increasing or decreasing stages of the liquid flow rate. It was supposed that this transition phenomenon depends on the history of flow pattern as the change of curvature of interphase surface which leads to the surface tension. Secondary, the present simulations showed that surface texture treatments added on the wall can improve the prevention of liquid channeling and can increase the wetted area.

  18. Evaluation of transitional behavior of wetness/drought regimes in the Poyang Lake Basin, China

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    Zhang, Qiang; Sun, Peng; Singh, Vijay P.; Li, Jianfeng; Tu, Xinjun

    2016-11-01

    Transitional behavior of wetness/dryness regimes is investigated using the standardized precipitation/runoff indices (SPI-SRI) and the Markov chain model, and wetness/drought conditions are predicted. Results indicate that (1) the wetness/drought hazards have large negative impacts during initial conditions in the Xiuhe River Basin and manifest their negative impacts during the development condition of the wetness/droughts in the Fuhe and Xiuhe River Basins; in the Ganjiang and Raohe River Basins, however, droughts have their greatest impacts during the lasting time intervals, (2) the occurrence of meteorological or hydrological droughts/floods individually is subject to very low probability, implying close relations between meteorological and hydrological conditions within the Poyang Lake Basin, and (3) an abrupt shift between hydrometeorological wetness and dryness events is identified, specifically in northwest and northeast parts of the Poyang Lake Basin, which could be due to intensifying precipitation regimes in these regions under the influence of increasing temperature. The prediction of droughts indicates that the transitional probability from the second condition to the hydrological drought is the lowest and the transitional probability from the first (or third) condition to the fourth condition is the largest. Results of this study will be of value for developing measures for mitigation of droughts in a changing environment.

  19. Lasing behaviors upon phase transition in solution-processed perovskite thin films

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    Kao, Tsung Sheng; Chou, Yu-Hsun; Chou, Chun-Hsien; Chen, Fang-Chung; Lu, Tien-Chang

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, the temperature dependent lasing characteristics of solution-processed organic-inorganic halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 films have been demonstrated. The lasing temperature can be sustained up to a near room temperature at 260 K. Via the temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements, an emerged phase-transition band can be observed, ascribing to the crystalline structures changed from the orthorhombic to tetragonal phase states in the perovskites as a function of a gradual increase in the ambient temperature. The optical characteristics of the PL emission peaks and the anomalous shifts of the peak intensities are highly correspondent with the phase states in perovskites at different temperatures, showing a low-threshold lasing behavior at the phase transition. The laser cavities may be formed under multiple random scattering provided by the polycrystalline grain boundary and/or phase separation upon the phase transition. Since the threshold gain is potentially high in the random cavities, the large material gain exhibited by the solution-processed perovskite would be very promising in making practical laser devices.

  20. Phase transitions and multicritical behavior in the Ising model with dipolar interactions.

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    Bab, M A; Horowitz, C M; Rubio Puzzo, M L; Saracco, G P

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the phase diagram of the ferromagnetic Ising model with dipole interactions is revisited with the aim of determining the nature of the phase transition between stripe-ordered phases with width n (h_{n}) and tetragonal liquid (TL) phases. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations are performed in order to study the short-time dynamic behavior of the observables for selected values of the ratio between the ferromagnetic exchange and dipolar constants δ. The obtained results indicate that the h_{1}-TL phase transition line is continuous up to δ=1.2585, while for the h_{2}-TL line a weak first-order character is found in the interval 1.2585≤δ≤1.36 and becomes continuous for 1.37≤δ≤1.9. This result suggests the existence of a tricritical point close to δ=1.37. When it is appropriate, the complete set of critical exponents is obtained, and in all the studied cases they depend on δ but do not belong to the Ising universality class. Furthermore, short-time dynamic studies reveal that at the point where the mentioned lines meet the h_{1}-h_{2} line, i.e., at δ=1.2585, the critical phase corresponding to the h_{1}-TL transition coexists with the h_{2} phase.

  1. The Phase Transition Behavior of Side Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers Containing Sulfone Group

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    Lee, Daewon

    2005-03-01

    The phase transition behavior in side chain liquid crystalline polymers (SCLCPs) based on a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) main chain and a hydrophobic alkyl side chain containing sulfone groups was investigated by using DSC, POM, synchrotron X- ray scattering, FT-IR and rheological measurements. In the case of poly[oxy(octylsulfonylhexylthiomethyl) ethylene] (8S6EO) containing sulfone groups located at the intermediate position in the side chain, the presence of sulfone groups made it possible to obtain a highly ordered layer structure mainly due to the strong dipole-dipole interactions among sulfone groups. It is also noted that the scattering patterns completely disappeared in the isotropic state. On the other hand, a series of three SCLCPs containing sulfone groups near the hydrophilic backbone, poly[oxy(n-decylsulfonylmethyl) ethylene] (nSEO, n = 14, 16, 18), showed the evident mesophase stability due to its amphiphilic character. Interestingly, it was clearly observed for SEO-series that a broad scattering, related to the correlation hole peak due to the presence of dynamic density inhomogeneity in the disordered state, persisted even above the Ti. We also investigated the effect of length of alkyl side chains on the phase transition behavior of SEO-series, showing the layered structures with a periodic undulation of backbone chains for both 16SEO and 18SEO.

  2. Influence of plasticizer content on the transition of electromechanical behavior of PVC gel actuator.

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    Ali, Mohammad; Ueki, Takamitsu; Tsurumi, Daijiro; Hirai, Toshihiro

    2011-06-21

    The actuation performance of plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) gel actuators in an electric field depends on their chemical composition and electrical and mechanical properties. The influence of plasticizer (dibutyl adipate) content on electromechanical behavior of PVC gels was investigated by impedance spectroscopy and space charge measurement. By plasticizing the PVC, the dielectric constant and space charge density of PVC gel were drastically increased at 1:2 w/w ratio of PVC to plasticizer. To apply the results obtained from the impedance spectroscopy and space charge measurement, electrostatic adhesive forces generated between the PVC gel and the anode were measured. The electrostatic adhesive force at the anode was also dramatically increased at the same plasticizer content. All of the results indicated a transition of electromechanical behavior of PVC gel in the electric field, which was considered to originate from the orientation of polarized plasticizer molecules and dipole rotation of PVC chains. By using the electrostatic adhesive force of PVC gel derived from the electromechanical transition, a new electroactive actuator can be developed for novel applications.

  3. Syntax of Phase Transition Peptide Polymers with LCST and UCST Behavior

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    Garcia Quiroz, Felipe

    "Smart" polymers that sense stimuli in aqueous environments and that respond with a pronounced change in their solvation are of great utility in biotechnology and medicine. Currently, however, only few peptide polymers are known to display this behavior. Here, we uncover the syntax -- defined as the arrangement of amino acids (letters) into repeat units (words) that have a functional behavior of interest -- of a novel and extensive family of genetically encoded "smart" peptide polymers, termed syntactomers, that dictates their ability to undergo a soluble to insoluble phase transition at temperatures above a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) or below an upper critical solution temperature (UCST). We show that this syntax ranges from phase transition polymers composed of simple repeats of a few amino acids to polymers whose syntax resembles the complex sequence of peptide drugs and protein domains that exhibit dual levels of function, as seen by their stimulus responsiveness and biological activity. This seamless fusion of materials and protein design embodied by syntactomers promises, we hope, a new generation of designer polymers with multiple levels of embedded functionality that should lead to new functional materials of broad interest

  4. The Nonequilibrium Phase and Glass Transition Behavior of β-Lactoglobulin

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    Parker, Roger; Noel, Timothy R.; Brownsey, Geoffrey J.; Laos, Katrin; Ring, Stephen G.

    2005-01-01

    Concentrated solutions of bovine β-lactoglobulin were studied using osmotic stress and rheological techniques. At pH 6.0 and 8.0, the osmotic pressure was largely independent of NaCl concentration and could be described by a hard sphere equation of state. At pH 5.1, close to the isoelectric point, the osmotic pressure was lower at the lower NaCl concentrations (0 mM, 100 mM) and was fitted by an adhesive hard sphere model. Liquid-liquid phase separation was observed at pH 5.1 at ionic strengths of 13 mM and below. Comparison of the liquid-liquid and literature solid-liquid coexistence curves showed these solutions to be supersaturated and the phase separation to be nonequilibrium in nature. In steady shear, the zero shear viscosity of concentrated solutions at pH 5.1 was observed at shear rates above 50 s−1. With increasing concentration, the solution viscosity showed a progressive increase, a behavior interpreted as the approach to a colloidlike glass transition at ∼60% w/w. In oscillatory shear experiments, the storage modulus crossed the loss modulus at concentrations of 54% w/w, an indication of the approaching glass transition. Comparison of the viscous behavior with predictions from the Krieger-Dougherty equation indicates the hydrodynamic size of the protein decreases with increasing concentration, resulting in a slower approach to the glass transition than a hard sphere system. PMID:15923230

  5. Common behaviors associated with the glass transitions of water-like models

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    Horstmann, R.; Vogel, M.

    2017-07-01

    We perform molecular dynamics simulations to ascertain effects of the molecular polarity on structural and dynamical properties of water-like systems, in particular, on their glassy slowdown. To systematically vary the molecular dipole moments, we scale the partial charges of the established SPC/E and TIP4P/2005 models. In broad ranges of the molecular polarity, the studied SPC/E and TIP4P/2005 descendants show a density anomaly, which can be attributed to the removal of water molecules interstitial between the first and the second neighbor shells upon cooling. While all considered modified water models behave as typical glass formers, the structural relaxation time τ heavily depends on the molecular dipole moment. This large dynamical diversity is exploited to systematically ascertain characteristic properties of glass-forming liquids. For all studied water-like systems, we observe a close relation between the activation energy E∞ describing the Arrhenius behavior of the regular liquid and the glass transition temperature Tg characterizing the supercooled liquid, explicitly, E∞/Tg≈10 . Moreover, decomposing the activation energy of the structural relaxation according to E (T ) =E∞+Ec(T ) , we show that the glassy slowdown of all modified water molecules can fully be traced back to an exponential temperature dependence of the contribution Ec(T) related to cooperative dynamics. Extrapolation of this behavior suggests a common value at the glass transition temperature, Ec(Tg ) /Tg≈25 . Finally, we discuss links between the structural relaxation and the vibrational displacement, as proposed in various theoretical approaches to the glass transition.

  6. Mechanical behavior of limestone undergoing brittle-ductile transition: experiments and model

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    Nicolas, Aurélien; Fortin, Jérôme; Verberne, Berend; Regnet, Jean-Baptiste; Plümper, Oliver; Dimanov, Alexandre; Spiers, Christopher; Guéguen, Yves

    2017-04-01

    With increasing confining pressure, carbonate rocks can undergo the brittle-ductile transition at room temperature. In order to examine the brittle-ductile transition, we performed constant strain rate triaxial deformation and stress-stepping creep experiments on Tavel limestone (porosity 14.7%) under various conditions. The evolution of elastic wave velocities were recorded during each experiment and inverted to crack densities. The constant strain rate triaxial experiments were performed for varying confining pressure from 5 to 90 MPa. For Pc≤55 MPa our results show that the behavior is brittle. The latter is characterized by dilatancy due to crack propagation, leading to a stress drop at failure. For Pc≥70 MPa, the behavior is semi-brittle with elastic compaction followed by inelastic compaction, then leading to dilatancy and eventual failure. The semi-brittle behavior is characterized by diffuse deformation. Inelastic compaction is due to intra-crystalline plasticity (dislocation motions and twinning) and micro-cracking. Constant strain rates experiments were modelled taking into account (1) crack propagation from pre-existing flaws, (2) plastic pore collapse and (3) crack nucleation from dislocation pile-ups. The obtained model predictions are in good agreement with our experimental data. Stress stepping (creep) experiments were performed in a range of confining pressures crossing the brittle-ductile transition (from 20 to 85 MPa). In the brittle regime, the time-dependent axial deformation is coupled with dilatancy and a decrease of elastic wave velocities, which is characteristic of crack nucleation and/or propagation. In the semi-brittle regime, the first steps are inelastic compactant due to plastic pore collapse. All following stress steps are dilatant as a result of crack nucleation and/or propagation. In general, our results show that the axial strain rate is always controlled by plastic phenomena, until the last step, during which the axial strain

  7. Locomotor behavior across an environmental transition in the ropefish, Erpetoichthys calabaricus.

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    Pace, Cinnamon M; Gibb, Alice C

    2011-02-15

    Many amphibious organisms undergo repeated aquatic to terrestrial transitions during their lifetime; limbless, elongate organisms that make such transitions must rely on axial-based locomotion in both habitats. How is the same anatomical structure employed to produce an effective behavior across such disparate habitats? Here, we examine an elongate amphibious fish, the ropefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), and ask: (1) how do locomotor movements change during the transition between aquatic and terrestrial environments and (2) do distantly related amphibious fishes demonstrate similar modes of terrestrial locomotion? Ropefish were examined moving in four experimental treatments (in which the water level was to lowered mimic the transition between environments) that varied from fully aquatic to fully terrestrial. Kinematic parameters (lateral excursion, wavelength, amplitude and frequency) were calculated for points along the midline of the body and compared across treatments. Terrestrial locomotion in the ropefish is characterized by long, slow, large-amplitude undulations down the length of the body; in contrast, aquatic locomotion is characterized by short-wavelength, small-amplitude, high-frequency undulations that gradually increase in an anterior to posterior direction. Experimental treatments with intermediate water levels were more similar to aquatic locomotion in that they demonstrated an anterior to posterior pattern of increasing lateral excursion and wave amplitude, but were more similar to terrestrial locomotion with regard to wavelength, which did not change in an anterior to posterior direction. Finally, the ropefish and another elongate amphibious fish, the eel, consistently exhibit movements characterized by 'path following' when moving on land, which suggests that elongate fishes exhibit functional convergence during terrestrial locomotion.

  8. Universal behavior of the osmotically compressed cell and its analogy to the colloidal glass transition.

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    Zhou, E H; Trepat, X; Park, C Y; Lenormand, G; Oliver, M N; Mijailovich, S M; Hardin, C; Weitz, D A; Butler, J P; Fredberg, J J

    2009-06-30

    Mechanical robustness of the cell under different modes of stress and deformation is essential to its survival and function. Under tension, mechanical rigidity is provided by the cytoskeletal network; with increasing stress, this network stiffens, providing increased resistance to deformation. However, a cell must also resist compression, which will inevitably occur whenever cell volume is decreased during such biologically important processes as anhydrobiosis and apoptosis. Under compression, individual filaments can buckle, thereby reducing the stiffness and weakening the cytoskeletal network. However, the intracellular space is crowded with macromolecules and organelles that can resist compression. A simple picture describing their behavior is that of colloidal particles; colloids exhibit a sharp increase in viscosity with increasing volume fraction, ultimately undergoing a glass transition and becoming a solid. We investigate the consequences of these 2 competing effects and show that as a cell is compressed by hyperosmotic stress it becomes progressively more rigid. Although this stiffening behavior depends somewhat on cell type, starting conditions, molecular motors, and cytoskeletal contributions, its dependence on solid volume fraction is exponential in every instance. This universal behavior suggests that compression-induced weakening of the network is overwhelmed by crowding-induced stiffening of the cytoplasm. We also show that compression dramatically slows intracellular relaxation processes. The increase in stiffness, combined with the slowing of relaxation processes, is reminiscent of a glass transition of colloidal suspensions, but only when comprised of deformable particles. Our work provides a means to probe the physical nature of the cytoplasm under compression, and leads to results that are universal across cell type.

  9. Modeling the glass transition of amorphous networks for shape-memory behavior

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    Xiao, Rui; Choi, Jinwoo; Lakhera, Nishant; Yakacki, Christopher M.; Frick, Carl P.; Nguyen, Thao D.

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, a thermomechanical constitutive model was developed for the time-dependent behaviors of the glass transition of amorphous networks. The model used multiple discrete relaxation processes to describe the distribution of relaxation times for stress relaxation, structural relaxation, and stress-activated viscous flow. A non-equilibrium thermodynamic framework based on the fictive temperature was introduced to demonstrate the thermodynamic consistency of the constitutive theory. Experimental and theoretical methods were developed to determine the parameters describing the distribution of stress and structural relaxation times and the dependence of the relaxation times on temperature, structure, and driving stress. The model was applied to study the effects of deformation temperatures and physical aging on the shape-memory behavior of amorphous networks. The model was able to reproduce important features of the partially constrained recovery response observed in experiments. Specifically, the model demonstrated a strain-recovery overshoot for cases programmed below Tg and subjected to a constant mechanical load. This phenomenon was not observed for materials programmed above Tg. Physical aging, in which the material was annealed for an extended period of time below Tg, shifted the activation of strain recovery to higher temperatures and increased significantly the initial recovery rate. For fixed-strain recovery, the model showed a larger overshoot in the stress response for cases programmed below Tg, which was consistent with previous experimental observations. Altogether, this work demonstrates how an understanding of the time-dependent behaviors of the glass transition can be used to tailor the temperature and deformation history of the shape-memory programming process to achieve more complex shape recovery pathways, faster recovery responses, and larger activation stresses.

  10. Nonstationary Stochastic Dynamics Underlie Spontaneous Transitions between Active and Inactive Behavioral States.

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    Melanson, Alexandre; Mejias, Jorge F; Jun, James J; Maler, Leonard; Longtin, André

    2017-01-01

    The neural basis of spontaneous movement generation is a fascinating open question. Long-term monitoring of fish, swimming freely in a constant sensory environment, has revealed a sequence of behavioral states that alternate randomly and spontaneously between periods of activity and inactivity. We show that key dynamical features of this sequence are captured by a 1-D diffusion process evolving in a nonlinear double well energy landscape, in which a slow variable modulates the relative depth of the wells. This combination of stochasticity, nonlinearity, and nonstationary forcing correctly captures the vastly different timescales of fluctuations observed in the data (∼1 to ∼1000 s), and yields long-tailed residence time distributions (RTDs) also consistent with the data. In fact, our model provides a simple mechanism for the emergence of long-tailed distributions in spontaneous animal behavior. We interpret the stochastic variable of this dynamical model as a decision-like variable that, upon reaching a threshold, triggers the transition between states. Our main finding is thus the identification of a threshold crossing process as the mechanism governing spontaneous movement initiation and termination, and to infer the presence of underlying nonstationary agents. Another important outcome of our work is a dimensionality reduction scheme that allows similar segments of data to be grouped together. This is done by first extracting geometrical features in the dataset and then applying principal component analysis over the feature space. Our study is novel in its ability to model nonstationary behavioral data over a wide range of timescales.

  11. Social marketing as a tool to improve behavioral health services for underserved populations in transition countries.

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    Szydlowski, Steven J; Chattopadhyay, Satya P; Babela, Robert

    2005-01-01

    Human development efforts continue to change the world and improve quality of life for humans. Without the struggle and drive to contemplate new ideas to improve society, the global community would be in a constant state of oppression. Although cultures and norms change as international boundaries are crossed, the universal goal is to improve standards of living to include behavioral health services for underserved populations. In recent times, pioneers and community groups have used social marketing as an instrument to change public perceptions and behaviors within societies. These efforts have transformed nations in the acceptance and understanding of community health and rehabilitation, education, service, and human rights. This article examines the justification for utilization of the concepts and tools of social marketing to bring about proactive behavior modification among segments of underserved populations. A section of this article provides an overview of the basics of social marketing for the benefit of makers of health policy in transition countries. Finally, the case of 2 underserved population segments in the Republic of Slovakia, a new member of the European Union (former socialist block member), is examined for possible implementation.

  12. Effect of degree of branching on the thermoresponsive phase transition behaviors of hyperbranched multiarm copolymers: comparison of systems with LCST transition based on coil-to-globule transition or hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance.

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    Cheng, Haixing; Xie, Shaoai; Zhou, Yongfeng; Huang, Wei; Yan, Deyue; Yang, Jintian; Ji, Bing

    2010-05-20

    This work reports for the first time the influence of degree of branching (DB) on the thermoresponsive phase transition behaviors of hyperbranched multiarm copolymers. Two series of PEHO-star-PEOs (series A) and PEHO-star-PDMAEMAs (series B) with the hydrophobic DB-variable PEHO core and different kinds of linear arms (PEO arms or PDMAEMA arms) were synthesized. It was found these two series demonstrate thermoresponsive phase transitions with the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The studies on the LCST transition mechanism indicate that series A belongs to the thermoresponsive polymer system with LCST transition based on hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance, while series B belongs to the thermoresponsive polymer system with LCST transition based on coil-to-globule transition. Correspondingly, there is a big difference in the DB dependence of LCST transition between series A and series B. For series A, the LCST phase transition is highly dependent on the DB of the PEHO core in copolymers. For series B, the LCST phase transition is independent of the DB but dependent on solution pH. Such results may extend the knowledge on the structure-activity relationship of thermoresponsive highly branched polymers.

  13. Study of the critical behavior and scaling relationships at the N-to-I phase transition in hexyloxycyanobiphenyl.

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    Salud, J; Cusmin, P; de la Fuente, M R; Pérez-Jubindo, M A; López, D O; Diez-Berart, S

    2009-12-10

    An exhaustive analysis of the critical behavior of the nematic to isotropic (N-to-I) phase transition on the liquid crystal hexyloxycyanobiphenyl (6OCB) has been performed. To do so, the accurate evolution of various physical magnitudes (static dielectric permittivity data together with specific heat and volumetric determinations) around the N-to-I transition has been required. The specific heat data with the isobaric thermal expansion coefficient and the derivative of the static dielectric permittivity with temperature have been proven to be related to each other by a scaling relationship. However, some discrepancies have been observed for the dielectric data in relation to such a scaling relationship and the critical behavior of the N-to-I phase transition. All information has been used to get some insight on the strength of the first-order N-to-I phase transition of the 6OCB in relation to the other counterparts in the nOCB series of compounds.

  14. Transitions in latent classes of sexual risk behavior among young injection drug users following HIV prevention intervention.

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    Mackesy-Amiti, Mary Ellen; Ouellet, Lawrence J; Finnegan, Lorna; Hagan, Holly; Golub, Elizabeth; Latka, Mary; Wagner, Karla; Garfein, Richard S

    2014-03-01

    We analyzed data from a large randomized HIV/HCV prevention intervention trial with young injection drug users (IDUs). Using categorical latent variable analysis, we identified distinct classes of sexual behavior for men and women. We conducted a latent transition analysis to test the effect of the intervention on transitions from higher to lower risk classes. Men who were in a high-risk class at baseline who received the intervention were 86 % more likely to be in a low-risk class at follow-up compared to those in the control group (p = 0.025). High-risk intervention participants were significantly more likely to transition to the class characterized by unprotected sex with a main partner only, while low-risk intervention participants were significantly less likely to transition to that class. No intervention effect was detected on the sexual risk behavior of women, or of men who at baseline were having unprotected sex with a main partner only.

  15. Observation of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator to Anderson Insulator Quantum Phase Transition and its Scaling Behavior

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Li, Jian; Jain, J. K.; Liu, Chaoxing; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.; Chan, Moses H. W.

    2016-09-01

    Fundamental insight into the nature of the quantum phase transition from a superconductor to an insulator in two dimensions, or from one plateau to the next or to an insulator in the quantum Hall effect, has been revealed through the study of its scaling behavior. Here, we report on the experimental observation of a quantum phase transition from a quantum-anomalous-Hall insulator to an Anderson insulator in a magnetic topological insulator by tuning the chemical potential. Our experiment demonstrates the existence of scaling behavior from which we extract the critical exponent for this quantum phase transition. We expect that our work will motivate much further investigation of many properties of quantum phase transition in this new context.

  16. Observation of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator to Anderson Insulator Quantum Phase Transition and its Scaling Behavior.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Li, Jian; Jain, J K; Liu, Chaoxing; Moodera, Jagadeesh S; Chan, Moses H W

    2016-09-16

    Fundamental insight into the nature of the quantum phase transition from a superconductor to an insulator in two dimensions, or from one plateau to the next or to an insulator in the quantum Hall effect, has been revealed through the study of its scaling behavior. Here, we report on the experimental observation of a quantum phase transition from a quantum-anomalous-Hall insulator to an Anderson insulator in a magnetic topological insulator by tuning the chemical potential. Our experiment demonstrates the existence of scaling behavior from which we extract the critical exponent for this quantum phase transition. We expect that our work will motivate much further investigation of many properties of quantum phase transition in this new context.

  17. Addiction: From Context-Induced Hedonia to Appetite, Based on Transition of Micro-behaviors in Morphine Abstinent Tree Shrews.

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    Duan, Ying; Shen, Fang; Gu, Tingting; Sui, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Drug addiction is viewed as a maladaptive memory induced by contextual cues even in the abstinent state. However, the variations of hedonia and appetite induced by the context during the abstinence have been neglected. To distinguish the representative behaviors between hedonia and appetite, micro-behaviors in abstinent animal such as psycho-activity and drug seeking behaviors were observed in morphine conditioned place preference (CPP). To confirm the different effects of reward between drug and natural reward, a palatable food CPP paradigm was compared in current work. After a 10-day training in CPP with morphine or food, the preference was tested on day 1, 14, 28, and the changes of micro-behaviors were analyzed further. Our data showed that tree shrews treated with morphine performed more jumps on day 1 and more visits to saline paired side on day 28, which indicated a featured behavioral transition from psycho-activity to seeking behavior during drug abstinence. Meanwhile, food-conditioned animals only displayed obvious seeking behaviors in the three tests. The results suggest that the variations of micro-behaviors could imply such a transition from hedonic response to appetitive behaviors during morphine abstinence, which provided a potential behavioral basis for further neural mechanism studies.

  18. Addiction: From Context-Induced Hedonia to Appetite, Based on Transition of Micro-behaviors in Morphine Abstinent Tree Shrews

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    Duan, Ying; Shen, Fang; Gu, Tingting; Sui, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Drug addiction is viewed as a maladaptive memory induced by contextual cues even in the abstinent state. However, the variations of hedonia and appetite induced by the context during the abstinence have been neglected. To distinguish the representative behaviors between hedonia and appetite, micro-behaviors in abstinent animal such as psycho-activity and drug seeking behaviors were observed in morphine conditioned place preference (CPP). To confirm the different effects of reward between drug and natural reward, a palatable food CPP paradigm was compared in current work. After a 10-day training in CPP with morphine or food, the preference was tested on day 1, 14, 28, and the changes of micro-behaviors were analyzed further. Our data showed that tree shrews treated with morphine performed more jumps on day 1 and more visits to saline paired side on day 28, which indicated a featured behavioral transition from psycho-activity to seeking behavior during drug abstinence. Meanwhile, food-conditioned animals only displayed obvious seeking behaviors in the three tests. The results suggest that the variations of micro-behaviors could imply such a transition from hedonic response to appetitive behaviors during morphine abstinence, which provided a potential behavioral basis for further neural mechanism studies. PMID:27375516

  19. Implications of weak-link behavior on the performance of Mo/Au bilayer transition-edge sensors

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    Smith, Stephen J.; Adams, Joseph S.; Bailey, Catherine N.; Bandler, Simon R.; Busch, Sarah E.; Chervenak, James A.; Eckart, Megan E.; Finkbeiner, Fred M.; Kilbourne, Caroline A.; Kelley, Richard L.; Lee, Sang-Jun; Porst, Jan-Patrick; Porter, Frederick S.; Sadleir, John E.

    2013-08-01

    Understanding the physical properties of the superconducting-to-normal transition is fundamental for optimizing the design and performance of transition-edge sensors (TESs). Recent critical current IC measurements of square Mo/Au bilayer structures show that they act as weak superconducting links, exhibiting oscillatory, Fraunhofer-like behavior with applied magnetic field. In this paper, we investigate the implications of this behavior for TES x-ray detectors operated in the resistive transition. These devices include normal metal features used for absorber attachment and suppression of detector noise. We present extensive measurements of IC as a function of temperature T and field B, which show a complex temperature and current evolution when compared with the behavior expected from a simple geometry. We introduce a resistively shunted junction model for describing the TES resistive transition as a function of current I, temperature T, and magnetic field B. From this model, we calculate the R(T,I,B) transition and the logarithmic resistance sensitivity with respect to T and I (α and β, respectively), as a function of applied magnetic field and operating point within the resistive transition. Different examples are presented to illustrate the role of critical current on the transition parameters, and results are qualitatively compared with measurements. Results show that the important device parameters α and β exhibit oscillatory behavior with applied magnetic field due to the modulation of the critical current. This in turn affects the signal responsivity and noise, and the predicted energy resolution. These results show the significance of the critical current in determining the performance of TESs and how externally applied and self-induced magnetic fields can affect the transition and, thus, hold promise for future optimization.

  20. Reproductive behavior during the pre-transitional period: evidence from rural Bologna.

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    Rettaroli, Rosella; Scalone, Francesco

    2012-01-01

    A longitudinal, micro-level study of the effect of socioeconomic transformations on fertility mechanisms in the rural hinterland of Bologna between 1818 and 1900 (the beginning of the demographic transition) demonstrates that the premature death of a last-born child reduces the interval between two consecutive childbirths. Thus does it confirm the importance of breast-feeding in determining birth spacing. Women living in complex sharecropping households experienced a significantly higher risk of childbirth than did women in families headed by daily wage earners. In addition, the reproductive behavior of sharecroppers seemed to be substantially invariant to short-term ºuctuations in prices, whereas the laborers' group experienced a negative price effect. Both descriptive and multivariate analyses indicate a slight and gradual decrease in fertility levels during the period in question.

  1. Particular behavior of the adenine and guanine ring-breathing modes upon the DNA conformational transitions.

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    Ghomi, M; Letellier, R; Taillandier, E

    1988-06-01

    Harmonic dynamics calculations performed on the deoxyguanosine (dG) and deoxyadenosine (dA) residues, based on a reliable force field, show that the breathing motions of both guanine and adenine residues are involved in two different vibration modes (750-500 cm-1 spectral region). The calculated results reveal a strong coupling of these modes with the sugar pucker motions. This effect has been verified for the dG residue by the Raman spectra of polyd(G-C). As far as the dA residue is concerned, the particular behavior of the adenine residue breathing mode predicted by these calculations, has been confirmed by Raman spectra of polyd(A-T) undergoing a B----Z conformational transition.

  2. Functional analysis of maladaptive behaviors: Rule as a transitive conditioned motivating operation.

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    Belfiore, Phillip J; Kitchen, Thomas; Lee, David L

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the role of a staff-delivered rule on the occurrence of challenging behavior (stereotypic touching) of an adult with severe intellectual disabilities. Four experimental functional analysis conditions were developed: (a) attention, (b) rule+attention, (c) rule only, and (d) control. Results showed that the percentage of intervals in which stereotypic touching responses (STR) occurred was greater within the experimental condition where a rule statement was embedded with contingent attention. Results are discussed in light of the plasticity of functional analysis technology to allow for stimulus variation within the typical social attention condition, and the suggestion that the rule statement, in this study, may function as a Transitive Conditioned Establishing Operation (CEO-T), asserting that the provision of attention is more valued in the presence of the stated rule.

  3. Transitions in effective scaling behavior of accelerometric time series across sleep and wake

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    Wohlfahrt, Patrick; Kantelhardt, Jan W.; Zinkhan, Melanie; Schumann, Aicko Y.; Penzel, Thomas; Fietze, Ingo; Pillmann, Frank; Stang, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    We study the effective scaling behavior of high-resolution accelerometric time series recorded at the wrists and hips of 100 subjects during sleep and wake. Using spectral analysis and detrended fluctuation analysis we find long-term correlated fluctuations with a spectral exponent \\beta \\approx 1.0 (1/f noise). On short time scales, β is larger during wake (\\approx 1.4 ) and smaller during sleep (\\approx 0.6 ). In addition, characteristic peaks at 0.2-0.3 Hz (due to respiration) and 4-10 Hz (probably due to physiological tremor) are observed in periods of weak activity. Because of these peaks, spectral analysis is superior in characterizing effective scaling during sleep, while detrending analysis performs well during wake. Our findings can be exploited to detect sleep-wake transitions.

  4. Transition from unsteady to steady jet behavior in pulsing explosive eruptions

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    Reisner, J.; Valentine, G. A.

    2006-12-01

    Field studies of deposits (Paricutin, Lathrop Wells) associated with scoria cone volcanoes and observations of recent eruptions (e.g., Etna 2001) show that explosive basaltic eruptions can have significant sustained columns that produce fallout deposits that blanket hundreds of square kilometers. Such eruptions also typically have phases characterized by discrete explosions (commonly referred to as "Strombolian," after the type location for such activity), but tephra dispersal mainly occurs during periods of sustained eruption columns (so-called "violent Strombolian"). Transitions between Strombolian and violent Strombolian behavior depend, among many other factors, upon the frequency of explosions. Valentine et al. (2005, Geology, v. 33, 629-632) hypothesized that if explosion frequency increases to a value that is similar to or greater than the characteristic roll-over frequency of large eddies as the eruptive mixture exits the vent, then flow pulses will be swamped and mixed by turbulence such that the flow will effectively behave as a steady eruption column. We present results of numerical experiments that allow quantification of the explosion frequency below which each explosion maintains its separate integrity, and above which the "signal" of each explosion is mixed within one or two vent radii downstream from the vent, therefore producing an effectively steady jet (in the sense of the mean flow). Between these two end-members is a regime of behavior where the explosion pulses do not blend together until some height in the jet that is related to the downstream growth of eddy length scales. In such cases, an effectively steady jet is still obtained, but at some distance above the vent. This transitional regime is one way to define the boundary between true Strombolian and violent Strombolian eruptive behaviors, and in turn can help define the role of bubble dynamics in the rising magma column on eruptive behavior. If it is agreed that the term "Strombolian

  5. Behavior of transition state regulator AbrB in batch cultures of Bacillus thuringiensis.

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    Lozano Goné, Astrid Magdalena; Dinorín Téllez Girón, Jabel; Jiménez Montejo, Fabiola Eloisa; Hidalgo-Lara, María Eugenia; López Y López, Víctor Eric

    2014-11-01

    The transition state regulator AbrB is involved in the regulation of various cellular functions such as exponential growth, transition state and sporulation onset, due to its ability to activate, suppress or prevent the inappropriate expression of various genes in Bacillus subtilis. In order to understand combined behavior in batch cultures of AbrB in Bacillus thuringiensis, we cloned and expressed the abrB gene of B. thuringiensis in Escherichia coli. The deduced sequence of abrB gene coded for a protein consisting of 94 amino acids with ~10.5 kDa protein that shares 100 and 85 % identity with those from Bacillus cereus and Bacillus subtilis. The recombinant AbrB protein was used as antigen for the production of rabbit polyclonal antibodies anti-AbrB. Two media cultures with carbon: nitrogen ratios of 7.0, but varying access to nutrients were tested in batch cultures. In the case of both media, AbrB accumulation occurred from the beginning of the process and was maximal during early exponential growth. Thereafter, the level of AbrB decreased when there were no nutrient limitations and coincided with a decreased value in specific growth rate, although growth continued exponentially. Nonetheless, sporulation onset was determined 3 h and 4 h later, in media with highly metabolizable nutrients clean medium and Farrera medium, respectively. Hence, the maximal level of AbrB accumulation in batch cultures of B. thuringiensis is not influenced by limiting nutrients; however, nutrient availability affects the required time lapse for transition state regulator accumulation.

  6. Acetate Exposure Determines the Diauxic Behavior of Escherichia coli during the Glucose-Acetate Transition

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    Cocaign-Bousquet, Muriel; Portais, Jean-Charles; Letisse, Fabien

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Growth of Escherichia coli on glucose in batch culture is accompanied by the excretion of acetate, which is consumed by the cells when glucose is exhausted. This glucose-acetate transition is classically described as a diauxie (two successive growth stages). Here, we investigated the physiological and metabolic properties of cells after glucose exhaustion through the analysis of growth parameters and gene expression. We found that E. coli cells grown on glucose in batch culture produce acetate and consume it after glucose exhaustion but do not grow on acetate. Acetate is catabolized, but key anabolic genes—such as the genes encoding enzymes of the glyoxylate shunt—are not upregulated, hence preventing growth. Both the induction of the latter anabolic genes and growth were observed only after prolonged exposure to low concentrations of acetate and could be accelerated by high acetate concentrations. We postulate that such decoupling between acetate catabolism and acetate anabolism might be an advantage for the survival of E. coli in the ever-changing environment of the intestine. IMPORTANCE The glucose-acetate transition is a valuable experimental model for comprehensive investigations of metabolic adaptation and a current paradigm for developing modeling approaches in systems microbiology. Yet, the work reported in our paper demonstrates that the metabolic behavior of Escherichia coli during the glucose-acetate transition is much more complex than what has been reported so far. A decoupling between acetate catabolism and acetate anabolism was observed after glucose exhaustion, which has not been reported previously. This phenomenon could represent a strategy for optimal utilization of carbon resources during colonization and persistence of E. coli in the gut and is also of significant interest for biotechnological applications. PMID:26216845

  7. Behavioral risk factors for obesity during health transition in Vanuatu, South Pacific

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    Dancause, Kelsey Needham; Vilar, Miguel; Wilson, Michelle; Soloway, Laura E; DeHuff, Christa; Chan, Chim; Tarivonda, Len; Regenvanu, Ralph; Kaneko, Akira; Lum, J Koji; Garruto, Ralph M

    2012-01-01

    The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, like many developing countries, is currently experiencing a shift in disease burdens from infectious to chronic diseases with economic development. A rapid increase in obesity prevalence represents one component of this “health transition.” We sought to identify behaviors associated with measures of obesity in Vanuatu. We surveyed 534 adults from three islands varying in level of economic development. We measured height; weight; waist and hip circumferences; triceps, subscapular and suprailiac skinfolds; and percent body fat (%BF) by bioelectrical impedance. We assessed diet through 24-hour dietary recall and physical activity patterns using a survey. We calculated prevalence of obesity and central obesity based on multiple indicators (body mass index, %BF, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio), and analyzed differences among islands and associations with behavioral patterns. Obesity prevalence was lowest among rural and highest among suburban participants. Prevalence of central obesity was particularly high among women (up to 73.9%), even in rural areas (ranging from 14.7% to 41.2% depending on the measure used). Heavier reliance on animal protein and incorporation of Western foods in the diet – specifically, tinned fish and instant noodles – was significantly associated with increased obesity risk. Even in rural areas where diets and lifestyles remain largely traditional, modest incorporation of Western foods in the diet can contribute to increased risk of obesity. Early prevention efforts are thus particularly important during health transition. Where public health resources are limited, education about dietary change could be the best target for prevention. PMID:23505203

  8. Behavioral risk factors for obesity during health transition in Vanuatu, South Pacific.

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    Dancause, Kelsey Needham; Vilar, Miguel; Wilson, Michelle; Soloway, Laura E; DeHuff, Christa; Chan, Chim; Tarivonda, Len; Regenvanu, Ralph; Kaneko, Akira; Lum, J Koji; Garruto, Ralph M

    2013-01-01

    The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, like many developing countries, is currently experiencing a shift in disease burdens from infectious to chronic diseases with economic development. A rapid increase in obesity prevalence represents one component of this "health transition." To identify behaviors associated with measures of obesity in Vanuatu. Five hundred and thirty four adults from three islands varying in level of economic development were surveyed. Height, weight, waist, and hip circumferences; triceps, subscapular and suprailiac skinfolds; and percent body fat (%BF) by bioelectrical impedance were measured. Diet through 24-h dietary recall and physical activity patterns using a survey were assessed. We analyzed prevalence of obesity and central obesity based on multiple indicators (body mass index, %BF, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio), and analyzed differences among islands and associations with behavioral patterns. Obesity prevalence was lowest among rural and highest among suburban participants. Prevalence of central obesity was particularly high among women (up to 73.9%), even in rural areas (ranging from 14.7 to 41.2% depending on the measure used). Heavier reliance on animal protein and incorporation of Western foods in the diet-specifically, tinned fish and instant noodles-was significantly associated with increased obesity risk. Even in rural areas where diets and lifestyles remain largely traditional, modest incorporation of Western foods in the diet can contribute to increased risk of obesity. Early prevention efforts are thus particularly important during health transition. Where public health resources are limited, education about dietary change could be the best target for prevention. Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society.

  9. Tunable electronic behavior in 3d transition metal doped 2H-WSe2

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    Liu, Shuai; Huang, Songlei; Li, Hongping; Zhang, Quan; Li, Changsheng; Liu, Xiaojuan; Meng, Jian; Tian, Yi

    2017-03-01

    Structural and electronic properties of 3d transition metal Sc, Ti, Cr and Mn incorporated 2H-WSe2 have been systematically investigated by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The calculated formation energies reveal that all the doped systems are thermodynamically more favorable under Se-rich condition than W-rich condition. The geometry structures almost hold that of the pristine 2H-WSe2 albeit with slight lattice distortion. More importantly, the electronic properties have been significantly tuned by the dopants, i.e., metal and semimetal behavior has been found in Sc, Ti and Mn-doped 2H-WSe2, respectively, semiconducting nature with narrowed band gap is expected in Cr-doped case, just as that of the pristine 2H-WSe2. In particular, magnetic character is realized by incorporation of Mn impurity with a total magnetic moment of 0.96 μB. Our results suggest chemical doping is an effective way to precisely tailor the electronic structure of layered transition metal dichalcogenide 2H-WSe2 for target technological applications.

  10. Thermal phase transition behavior of lipid layers on a single human corneocyte cell.

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    Imai, Tomohiro; Nakazawa, Hiromitsu; Kato, Satoru

    2013-09-01

    We have improved the selected area electron diffraction method to analyze the dynamic structural change in a single corneocyte cell non-invasively stripped off from human skin surface. The improved method made it possible to obtain reliable diffraction images to trace the structural change in the intercellular lipid layers on a single corneocyte cell during heating from 24°C to 100°C. Comparison of the results with those of synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on human stratum corneum sheets revealed that the intercellular lipid layers on a corneocyte cell exhibit essentially the same thermal phase transitions as those in a stratum corneum sheet. These results suggest that the structural features of the lipid layers are well preserved after the mechanical stripping of the corneocyte cell. Moreover, electron diffraction analyses of the thermal phase transition behaviors of the corneocyte cells that had the lipid layers with different distributions of orthorhombic and hexagonal domains at 24°C suggested that small orthorhombic domains interconnected with surrounding hexagonal domains transforms in a continuous manner into new hexagonal domains. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Effect of vision angle on the phase transition in flocking behavior of animal groups.

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    Nguyen, P The; Lee, Sang-Hee; Ngo, V Thanh

    2015-09-01

    The nature of the phase transition in a system of self-propelling particles has been extensively studied during the past few decades. A theoretical model was proposed by [T. Vicsek et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 1226 (1995)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.75.1226] with a simple rule for updating the direction of motion of each particle. Based on the model of Vicsek et al., in this paper, we consider a group of animals as particles moving freely in a two-dimensional space. Due to the fact that the viewable area of animals depends on the species, we consider the motion of each individual within an angle φ=ϕ/2 (ϕ is called the angle of view) of a circle centered at its position of radius R. We obtained a phase diagram in the space (φ,η_{c}) with η_{c} being the critical noise. We show that the phase transition exists only in the case of a wide view's angle φ≥0.5π. The flocking of animals is a universal behavior of the species of prey but not the one of the predator. Our simulation results are in good agreement with experimental observation [C. Beccoa et al., Physica A 367, 487 (2006)PHYADX0378-437110.1016/j.physa.2005.11.041].

  12. Effect of vision angle on the phase transition in flocking behavior of animal groups

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    Nguyen, P. The; Lee, Sang-Hee; Ngo, V. Thanh

    2015-09-01

    The nature of the phase transition in a system of self-propelling particles has been extensively studied during the past few decades. A theoretical model was proposed by [T. Vicsek et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 1226 (1995), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.75.1226] with a simple rule for updating the direction of motion of each particle. Based on the model of Vicsek et al., in this paper, we consider a group of animals as particles moving freely in a two-dimensional space. Due to the fact that the viewable area of animals depends on the species, we consider the motion of each individual within an angle φ =ϕ /2 (ϕ is called the angle of view) of a circle centered at its position of radius R . We obtained a phase diagram in the space (φ ,ηc ) with ηc being the critical noise. We show that the phase transition exists only in the case of a wide view's angle φ ≥0.5 π . The flocking of animals is a universal behavior of the species of prey but not the one of the predator. Our simulation results are in good agreement with experimental observation [C. Beccoa et al., Physica A 367, 487 (2006), 10.1016/j.physa.2005.11.041].

  13. Analysis of Aero-Thermodynamic Behavior of EXPERT Capsule in Transitional Regime

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    Zuppardi, Gennaro; Morsa, Luigi; Schettino, Antonio; Votta, Raffaele

    2011-05-01

    The aerodynamic behavior of the EXPERT capsule has been already widely studied at low altitudes. In order to broaden the aerodynamic data base of the capsule, additional computations of the aerodynamic forces and an evaluation of the longitudinal stability and fluctuation of the pressure center have been carried out in the altitude interval 80-105 km. The effect of the rolling angle has been also evaluated. As EXPERT, in the considered altitude interval is in transitional regime, computations have been made by the DSMC code DS3V. Heat flux along the capsule surface has been also evaluated. This is an important topic because the nose and the frustum are made of low and high catalyticity materials, respectively. Computations, already performed in continuum regime by the CFD code H3NS, showed that, at the nose-frustum junction, an abrupt and strong peak of heat flux is present. In this work, this problem has been analyzed also in transitional regime. For this application, the DSMC 2-D code DS2V, requiring smaller computer resources, compared with the ones required by DS3V, has been used for making computations at lower altitudes. Furthermore, using DS2V made possible also to get a more detailed definition of the body surface and therefore to increase the surface resolution. The launch of the capsule is currently scheduled in 2011; flight data should be available to verify the results of the present computations.

  14. Ferromagnetic domain behavior and phase transition in bilayer manganites investigated at the nanoscale

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    Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Rosenkranz, S.; Norman, M. R.

    2015-12-14

    Understanding the underlying mechanism and phenomenology of colossal magnetoresistance in manganites has largely focused on atomic and nanoscale physics such as double exchange, phase separation, and charge order. Here in this article, we consider a more macroscopic view of manganite materials physics, reporting on the ferromagnetic domain behavior in a bilayer manganite sample with a nominal composition of La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 with x = 0:38, studied using in-situ Lorentz transmission electron microscopy. The role of magnetocrystalline anisotropy on the structure of domain walls was elucidated. On cooling, magnetic domain contrast was seen to appear first at the Curie temperature within the a - b plane. With further reduction in temperature, the change in area fraction of magnetic domains was used to estimate the critical exponent describing the ferromagntic phase transition. Lastly, the ferromagnetic phase transition was accompanied by a distinctive nanoscale granular contrast close to the Curie temperature, which we infer to be related to the presence of ferromagnetic nanoclusters in a paramagnetic matrix, which has not yet been reported in bilayer manganites.

  15. Ferromagnetic domain behavior and phase transition in bilayer manganites investigated at the nanoscale

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    Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.; Zheng, H.; ...

    2015-12-14

    Understanding the underlying mechanism and phenomenology of colossal magnetoresistance in manganites has largely focused on atomic and nanoscale physics such as double exchange, phase separation, and charge order. Here in this article, we consider a more macroscopic view of manganite materials physics, reporting on the ferromagnetic domain behavior in a bilayer manganite sample with a nominal composition of La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 with x = 0:38, studied using in-situ Lorentz transmission electron microscopy. The role of magnetocrystalline anisotropy on the structure of domain walls was elucidated. On cooling, magnetic domain contrast was seen to appear first at the Curie temperature within the amore » - b plane. With further reduction in temperature, the change in area fraction of magnetic domains was used to estimate the critical exponent describing the ferromagntic phase transition. Lastly, the ferromagnetic phase transition was accompanied by a distinctive nanoscale granular contrast close to the Curie temperature, which we infer to be related to the presence of ferromagnetic nanoclusters in a paramagnetic matrix, which has not yet been reported in bilayer manganites.« less

  16. Influences of behavior and academic problems at school entry on marijuana use transitions during adolescence in an African American sample

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    Reboussin, Beth A.; Ialongo, Nicholas S.; Green, Kerry M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study was to examine how patterns of academic and behavior problems in first grade relate to longitudinal transitions in marijuana use from middle school through entry into high school among African Americans. Methods: Latent class and latent transition analyses were conducted on a community sample of 458 low-income, urban-dwelling African-Americans. Results: Two behavior problem classes emerged at school entry; externalizing and attention/concentration. Academic problems co-occurred with both problem behavior classes although more strongly with attention/concentration. Youth in the attention/ concentration problem class were more likely to transition from no marijuana involvement to use and problems beginning in 7th grade and to use and problems given the opportunity to use marijuana early in high school compared to youth with no problems. Youth in the externalizing behavior problem class were significantly more likely to transition from no involvement to having a marijuana opportunity during the transition to high school compared to youth in the attention/concentration problems class. Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of developing prevention programs and providing school services that address the co-occurrence of academic and behavior problems, as well as their subtype specific risks for marijuana involvement, particularly for low-income minority youth who may be entering school less ready than their non-minority peers. These findings also provide evidence for a need to continue to deliver interventions in middle and high school focused on factors that may protect youth during these critical transition periods when they may be especially vulnerable to opportunities to use marijuana based on their academic and behavioral risk profile. PMID:25305658

  17. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-01-01

    We study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices. PMID:28300065

  18. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-03-16

    Here, we study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices.

  19. Temporal behavior of unresolved transition array emission in water window soft x-ray spectral region from multiply charged ions

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    Dinh, Thanh-Hung; Suzuki, Yuhei; Arai, Goki; Li, Bowen; Dunne, Padraig; O'Sullivan, Gerry; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Hasegawa, Noboru; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Nishikino, Masaharu; Higashiguchi, Takeshi

    2015-09-01

    We have characterized the spectral structure and the temporal history of the laser-produced high-Z multi-charged ion plasmas for the efficient water window soft x-ray sources. Strong unresolved transition array emission was observed due to 4d-4f and 4f-5g transitions from Au, Pb, and Bi plasmas in the 280-700 eV photon energy region. The temporal behavior of the emission was essentially similar of that of the laser pulse with a slight delay between different transitions. These results provide feedback for accurate modeling of the atomic processes with the radiative hydrodynamic simulations.

  20. Temporal behavior of unresolved transition array emission in water window soft x-ray spectral region from multiply charged ions

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    Dinh, Thanh-Hung Suzuki, Yuhei; Arai, Goki; Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Li, Bowen; Dunne, Padraig; O'Sullivan, Gerry; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Hasegawa, Noboru; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Nishikino, Masaharu

    2015-09-21

    We have characterized the spectral structure and the temporal history of the laser-produced high-Z multi-charged ion plasmas for the efficient water window soft x-ray sources. Strong unresolved transition array emission was observed due to 4d–4f and 4f–5g transitions from Au, Pb, and Bi plasmas in the 280–700 eV photon energy region. The temporal behavior of the emission was essentially similar of that of the laser pulse with a slight delay between different transitions. These results provide feedback for accurate modeling of the atomic processes with the radiative hydrodynamic simulations.

  1. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-03-01

    We study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices.

  2. The timing of entry into adult roles and changes in trajectories of problem behaviors during the transition to adulthood.

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    Martin, Monica J; Blozis, Shelley A; Boeninger, Daria K; Masarik, April S; Conger, Rand D

    2014-11-01

    This study of a cohort of 451 adolescents examined associations between trajectories of problem behaviors and the timing of entry into work, marriage, and parenthood. We used data from 12 assessments across adolescence, through emerging adulthood and into young adulthood. We employed 2-phase mixed-effects models to estimate growth in substance use and antisocial behavior across adolescence, deceleration in the period that follows, and the change point that marks the transition between the 2 phases. We then examined the degree to which the timing of entry into a specific adult role was associated with change in problem behaviors and the change point between the 2 phases. We hypothesized that earlier entries into adult roles would be associated with earlier transitions to the decline in problem behaviors generally observed during adulthood but that later entries would be associated with more quickly declining rates of problem behaviors during adulthood. As proposed, earlier entries into marriage and parenthood predicted earlier transitions to declining trajectories in both substance use and antisocial behavior during adulthood. The findings also indicated that delayed marriage and parenthood were associated with more quickly decreasing rates of change in substance use, but not antisocial behavior, during adulthood. Thus, the results are consistent with the idea that substance use decreases earlier but not as quickly during adulthood for those with earlier entries into marriage and parenthood. However, the timing of entry into work did not predict trajectory changes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).

  3. Vagal neural crest cell migratory behavior: a transition between the cranial and trunk crest.

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    Kuo, Bryan R; Erickson, Carol A

    2011-09-01

    Migration and differentiation of cranial neural crest cells are largely controlled by environmental cues, whereas pathfinding at the trunk level is dictated by cell-autonomous molecular changes owing to early specification of the premigratory crest. Here, we investigated the migration and patterning of vagal neural crest cells. We show that (1) vagal neural crest cells exhibit some developmental bias, and (2) they take separate pathways to the heart and to the gut. Together these observations suggest that prior specification dictates initial pathway choice. However, when we challenged the vagal neural crest cells with different migratory environments, we observed that the behavior of the anterior vagal neural crest cells (somite-level 1-3) exhibit considerable migratory plasticity, whereas the posterior vagal neural crest cells (somite-level 5-7) are more restricted in their behavior. We conclude that the vagal neural crest is a transitional population that has evolved between the head and the trunk. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  4. PARTNERSHIP TRANSITIONS AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN YOUNG ADULTHOOD: A WITHIN-PERSON, MULTI-COHORT ANALYSIS*

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    Siennick, Sonja E.; Staff, Jeremy; Osgood, D. Wayne; Schulenberg, John E.; Bachman, Jerald G.; VanEseltine, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Objectives This study examines the effects of young adult transitions into marriage and cohabitation on criminal offending and substance use, and whether those effects changed since the 1970s as marriage rates declined and cohabitation rates rose dramatically. It also examines whether any beneficial effects of cohabitation depend on marriage intentions. Methods Using multi-cohort national panel data from Monitoring the Future (N = 15,875), the authors estimated fixed effects models relating within-person changes in marriage and cohabitation to changes in criminal offending and substance use. Results Marriage predicts lower levels of criminal offending and substance use, but the effects of cohabitation are limited to substance use outcomes and to engaged cohabiters. There are no cohort differences in the associations of marriage and cohabitation with criminal offending, and no consistent cohort differences in their associations with substance use. There is little evidence of differences in effects by gender or parenthood. Conclusions Young adults are increasingly likely to enter romantic partnership statuses that do not appear as effective in reducing antisocial behavior. Although cohabitation itself does not reduce antisocial behavior, engagement might. Future research should examine the mechanisms behind these effects, and why non-marital partnerships reduce substance use and not crime. PMID:25484453

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

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

    2015-09-15

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

  6. Discharge Synchrony during the Transition of Behavioral Goal Representations Encoded by Discharge Rates of Prefrontal Neurons

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    Mushiake, Hajime; Saito, Naohiro; Aihara, Kazuyuki; Yano, Masafumi; Tanji, Jun

    2008-01-01

    To investigate the temporal relationship between synchrony in the discharge of neuron pairs and modulation of the discharge rate, we recorded the neuronal activity of the lateral prefrontal cortex of monkeys performing a behavioral task that required them to plan an immediate goal of action to attain a final goal. Information about the final goal was retrieved via visual instruction signals, whereas information about the immediate goal was generated internally. The synchrony of neuron pair discharges was analyzed separately from changes in the firing rate of individual neurons during a preparatory period. We focused on neuron pairs that exhibited a representation of the final goal followed by a representation of the immediate goal at a later stage. We found that changes in synchrony and discharge rates appeared to be complementary at different phases of the behavioral task. Synchrony was maximized during a specific phase in the preparatory period corresponding to a transitional stage when the neuronal activity representing the final goal was replaced with that representing the immediate goal. We hypothesize that the transient increase in discharge synchrony is an indication of a process that facilitates dynamic changes in the prefrontal neural circuits in order to undergo profound state changes. PMID:18252744

  7. Adolescents in transition: school and family characteristics in the development of violent behaviors entering high school.

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    Frey, Ariel; Ruchkin, Vladislav; Martin, Andrés; Schwab-Stone, Mary

    2009-03-01

    Adolescents are vulnerable to becoming involved in problematic behaviors, disengaging academically, and dropping out of school. This study was designed to evaluate the protective role of self-perceived school attachment and family involvement on the development of these negative behaviors during adolescence. The Social and Health Assessment (SAHA) survey was conducted among 652 predominantly minority, inner-city adolescents during their transition from middle to high school in order to examine school attachment, perceived teacher support, parental control, and exposure to community violence as predictors of engagement in violent activities, development of aggressive beliefs, perception of school climate, and academic motivation one year later. Family and school factors appeared to be differentially associated with the negative outcomes. School attachment was associated with lower levels of violent delinquency and aggressive beliefs, as well as with academic motivation. Perceived teacher support was associated with positive perceptions of school climate and with academic motivation. Parental control was associated with lower levels of violent activity and with higher levels of academic motivation. Violence exposure was related to violent delinquency and negative perception of school climate. School attachment, teacher support, parental control, and violence exposure must all be incorporated into school reform efforts intended to break the inner city cycle of violence.

  8. Molecular relaxation behavior and isothermal crystallization above glass transition temperature of amorphous hesperetin.

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    Shete, Ganesh; Khomane, Kailas S; Bansal, Arvind Kumar

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to investigate the relaxation behavior of amorphous hesperetin (HRN), using dielectric spectroscopy, and assessment of its crystallization kinetics above glass transition temperature (Tg ). Amorphous HRN exhibited both local (β-) and global (α-) relaxations. β-Relaxation was observed below Tg , whereas α-relaxation prominently emerged above Tg . β-Relaxation was found to be of Johari-Goldstein type and was correlated with α-process by coupling model. Secondly, isothermal crystallization experiments were performed at 363 K (Tg + 16.5 K), 373 K (Tg + 26.5 K), and 383 K (Tg + 36.5 K). The kinetics of crystallization, obtained from the normalized dielectric strength, was modeled using the Avrami model. Havriliak-Negami (HN) shape parameters, αHN and αHN .βHN , were analyzed during the course of crystallization to understand the dynamics of amorphous phase during the emergence of crystallites. HN shape parameters indicated that long range (α-like) were motions affected to a greater extent than short range (β-like) motions during isothermal crystallization studies at all temperature conditions. The variable behavior of α-like motions at different isothermal crystallization temperatures was attributed to evolving crystallites with time and increase in electrical conductivity with temperature. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  9. Subtask 12G3: Fracture properties of V-4Cr-4Ti irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

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    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.J.; Busch, D.E.; Smith, D.L.

    1995-03-01

    The objective of this work is to determine the effect of simultaneous displacement damage and dynamically charged helium on the ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti specimens irradiated to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE). One property of vanadium-base alloys that is not well understood in terms of their potential use as fusion reactor structural materials is the effect of simultaneous generation of helium and neutron damage under conditions relevant to fusion reactor operation. In the present DHCE, helium was produced uniformly in the specimen at linear rates ranging from {approx}0.4 to 4.2 appm helium/dpa by the decay of tritium during irradiation to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in Li-filled DHCE capsules in the Fast Flux Test Facility. Ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti, recently identified as the most promising vanadium-base alloy for fusion reactor use, was determined from multiple-bending tests (at -196{degrees}C to 50{degrees}C) and quantitative SEM fractography on TEM disks (0.3-mm thick) and broken tensile specimens (1.0-mm thick). No brittle behavior was observed at temperatures >-150{degrees}C, and predominantly brittle-cleavage fracture morphologies were observed only at -196{degrees}C in some specimens irradiated to 31 dpa at 425{degrees}C during DHCE. Ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) were -200{degrees}C to -175{degrees}C for both types of specimens. In strong contrast to tritium-trick experiments in which dense coalescence of helium bubbles is produced on grain boundaries in the absence of displacement damage, no intergranular fracture was observed in the bend-tested specimens irradiated in the DHCE. 24 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Mechanisms of phase transitions in sodium clusters: From molecular to bulk behavior

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    Calvo, F.; Spiegelmann, F.

    2000-02-01

    The thermodynamics of sodium clusters is investigated by means of a classical empirical potential and a simple quantal tight-binding model. Neutral and singly charged clusters of sizes ranging from 8 to 147 atoms are considered. A very particular attention is paid to the optimization and sampling problems. We determine the lowest-energy structures (global minima) with the "basin-hopping" technique, and the finite-temperature simulations are improved by using the "q-jumping" method and put together with the multiple histogram method. The clusters geometries may be very different on the model used, but also on the ionic charge, up to the size of about 40 atoms. The thermodynamical analysis is performed near the solid-liquid transition by calculating the complete calorific curves (heat capacities) as well as some microscopic parameters to probe the dynamics on the energy landscapes, including the spectra of isomers found by periodic quenching, isomerization indexes and the Lindemann parameter δ. Up to the largest sizes, we find that the heat capacity generally displays several features within the two models, although structural differences in the lowest-energy isomers usually induce different calorific curves. These premelting phenomena are characteristic of isomerizations taking place in a limited part of the configuration space. The thermodynamics appears to be directly related to the lowest-energy structure, and melting by steps is favored by the presence of defects on its surface. We estimate the melting temperatures Tmelt(n) and latent heats of melting L(n), and we observe two very different behaviors of their variations with the size n. Below about 75 atoms, both Tmelt and L exhibit strong non-monotonic variations typical of geometric size effects. This "microscopic" behavior is caused by the dominating premelting effects, and is replaced by a more "macroscopic" behavior for sizes larger than about 93 atoms. The premelting phenomena become there less important

  11. Phase transition and critical behavior of spin-orbital coupled spinel ZnV2O4

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    Li, Wang; Rong-juan, Wang; Yuan-yuan, Zhu; Zhi-hong, Lu; Rui, Xiong; Yong, Liu; Jing, Shi

    2016-01-01

    We present the temperature-dependent susceptibility and specific heat measurement of spinel ZnV2O4. The structural transition with orbital ordering and the antiferromagnetic transition with spin ordering were observed at 50 K and 37 K, respectively. By analysis of the hysteresis behavior between the specific heat curves obtained in warming and cooling processes, the structural transition was confirmed to be the first-order transition, while the antiferromagnetic transition was found to be of the second-order type. At the structural transition, the latent heat and entropy change were calculated from the excess specific heat, and the derivative of pressure with respect to temperature was obtained using the Clausius-Clapayron equation. At the magnetic transition, the width of the critical fluctuation region was obtained to be about 0.5 K by comparing with Gaussian fluctuations. In the critical region, the critical behavior was analyzed by using renormalization-group theory. The critical amplitude ratio A+/A- = 1.46, which deviates from the 3D Heisenburg model; while the critical exponent α is -0.011, which is close to the 3D XY model. We proposed that these abnormal critical behaviors can be attributed to strong spin-orbital coupling accompanied with the antiferromagnetic transition. Moreover, in the low temperature range (2-5 K), the Fermi energy, the density of states near the Fermi surface, and the low limit of Debye temperature were estimated to be 2.42 eV, 2.48 eV-1, and 240 K, respectively. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB821404), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51172166 and 61106005), the National Science Fund for Talent Training in Basic Science, China (Grant No. J1210061), and the Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 20110141110007).

  12. Ageneral approach to first order phase transitions and the anomalous behavior of coexisting phases in the magnetic case.

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    Gama, S.; de Campos, A.; Coelho, A. A.; Alves, C. S.; Ren, Y.; Garcia, F.; Brown, D. E.; da Silva, L. M.; Magnus, A.; Carvalho, G.; Gandra, G. C.; dos Santos, A. O.; Cardoso, L. P.; von Ranke, P. J.; X-Ray Science Division; Univ. Federal de Sao Paulo; Unv. Estadual de Champinas; Univ. Estadual de Maringa Lab. Nacional de Luz Sincrotron; Northern Univ.; Univ. de Estado do Rio de Janerio

    2009-01-01

    First order phase transitions for materials with exotic properties are usually believed to happen at fixed values of the intensive parameters (such as pressure, temperature, etc.) characterizing their properties. It is also considered that the extensive properties of the phases (such as entropy, volume, etc.) have discontinuities at the transition point, but that for each phase the intensive parameters remain constant during the transition. These features are a hallmark for systems described by two thermodynamic degrees of freedom. In this work it is shown that first order phase transitions must be understood in the broader framework of thermodynamic systems described by three or more degrees of freedom. This means that the transitions occur along intervals of the intensive parameters, that the properties of the phases coexisting during the transition may show peculiar behaviors characteristic of each system, and that a generalized Clausius-Clapeyron equation must be obeyed. These features for the magnetic case are confirmed, and it is shown that experimental calorimetric data agree well with the magnetic Clausius-Clapeyron equation for MnAs. An estimate for the point in the temperature-field plane where the first order magnetic transition turns to a second order one is obtained (the critical parameters) for MnAs and Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 2}Si{sub 2} compounds. Anomalous behavior of the volumes of the coexisting phases during the magnetic first order transition is measured, and it is shown that the anomalies for the individual phases are hidden in the behavior of the global properties as the volume.

  13. Nonstationary Stochastic Dynamics Underlie Spontaneous Transitions between Active and Inactive Behavioral States

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    Jun, James J.; Longtin, André

    2017-01-01

    Abstract The neural basis of spontaneous movement generation is a fascinating open question. Long-term monitoring of fish, swimming freely in a constant sensory environment, has revealed a sequence of behavioral states that alternate randomly and spontaneously between periods of activity and inactivity. We show that key dynamical features of this sequence are captured by a 1-D diffusion process evolving in a nonlinear double well energy landscape, in which a slow variable modulates the relative depth of the wells. This combination of stochasticity, nonlinearity, and nonstationary forcing correctly captures the vastly different timescales of fluctuations observed in the data (∼1 to ∼1000 s), and yields long-tailed residence time distributions (RTDs) also consistent with the data. In fact, our model provides a simple mechanism for the emergence of long-tailed distributions in spontaneous animal behavior. We interpret the stochastic variable of this dynamical model as a decision-like variable that, upon reaching a threshold, triggers the transition between states. Our main finding is thus the identification of a threshold crossing process as the mechanism governing spontaneous movement initiation and termination, and to infer the presence of underlying nonstationary agents. Another important outcome of our work is a dimensionality reduction scheme that allows similar segments of data to be grouped together. This is done by first extracting geometrical features in the dataset and then applying principal component analysis over the feature space. Our study is novel in its ability to model nonstationary behavioral data over a wide range of timescales. PMID:28374017

  14. Influences of structural mismatch on morphology, phase transition temperature, segmental dynamics and color-transition behaviors of polydiacetylene vesicles.

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    Pattanatornchai, Thanutpon; Charoenthai, Nipaphat; Traiphol, Rakchart

    2014-10-15

    In this contribution, we report a systematic study of polydiacetylene (PDA) vesicles fabricated by mixing two types of monomers, 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid (TCDA) and 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA). These diacetylene (DA) monomers constitute the same head group but different alkyl chain length, which in turn causes structural mismatch within the PDA layers. The PCDA:TCDA ratios are 100, 75, 50, 25 and 0mol%. Morphologies and properties of these PDA vesicles are explored by utilizing laser light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, temperature-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) measurements. An increase in DA mole ratio to 50mol% leads to significant increase in particle size. The mixed PDA vesicles also exhibit irregular shape with rather rough surface. The mismatch of alkyl side chain causes the drop of phase transition temperature. For the system of mixed poly(PCDA50:TCDA50), its transition temperature is lower than those of the pure PDAs. The NMR line shape analysis detects an abrupt change of proton signal adjacent to the PDA head group during the blue/red color-transition process. The T1 measurements also reveal different local environments of PDA alkyl side chains in the blue and red phases. The mismatch of PDA side chains causes significant drop of the color-transition temperature.

  15. Effect of heat treatment and irradiation temperature on impact behavior of irradiated reduced-activation ferritic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1998-03-01

    Charpy tests were conducted on eight normalized-and-tempered reduced-activation ferritic steels irradiated in two different normalized conditions. Irradiation was conducted in the Fast Flux Test Facility at 393 C to {approx}14 dpa on steels with 2.25, 5, 9, and 12% Cr (0.1% C) with varying amounts of W, V, and Ta. The different normalization treatments involved changing the cooling rate after austenitization. The faster cooling rate produced 100% bainite in the 2.25 Cr steels, compared to duplex structures of bainite and polygonal ferrite for the slower cooling rate. For both cooling rates, martensite formed in the 5 and 9% Cr steels, and martensite with {approx}25% {delta}-ferrite formed in the 12% Cr steel. Irradiation caused an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy. The difference in microstructure in the low-chromium steels due to the different heat treatments had little effect on properties. For the high-chromium martensitic steels, only the 5 Cr steel was affected by heat treatment. When the results at 393 C were compared with previous results at 365 C, all but a 5 Cr and a 9 Cr steel showed the expected decrease in the shift in DBTT with increasing temperature.

  16. Some surprising features of the plastic deformation of body-centered cubic metals and alloys

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    Christian, J.W.

    1983-07-01

    The metals which have the bcc structure at and below room temperature include iron, refractory metals of Groups VA and VIA, and alkali metals. Experimental and theoretical investigations of deformation behavior carried out in the last twenty years are reviewed. Attention is concentrated mainly on low temperature properties where many anomalous features have been discovered. The phenomena discussed include slip asymmetry, failure of the Schmid law of critical resolved shear stress, the observation of anomalous slip in very pure metals and alloys, solution softening, and the ductile-brittle transition.

  17. Impact tests of the tungsten coated stainless steels prepared by using magnetron sputtering with ion beam mixing or electron beam alloying treatment

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    Zou, Yu; Zhan, Chang-Yong; Yang, Bin; Wu, Jian-Chun

    2013-05-01

    Tungsten films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) with ion beam mixing (IBM) or electron beam alloying (EBA) treatment. The ductile-brittle transition behaviors of the specimens were investigated by means of instrumented Charpy impact test at a series of temperature, and SEM was used to observe the morphology of the cross section. Impact tests show that different treatment methods with W films do not have much influence on crack initiation, while EBA treatment with W films can more effectively prevent crack propagation, namely improve the impact toughness of SS than using IBM treatment. The reason that caused this difference was discussed.

  18. Family Intervention Effects on Co-Occurring Early Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Latent Transition Analysis Approach

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    Connell, Arin; Bullock, Bernadette Marie; Dishion, Thomas J.; Shaw, Daniel; Wilson, Melvin; Gardner, Frances

    2008-01-01

    This study used latent transition analysis (LTA) to examine changes in early emotional and behavioral problems in children age 2 to 4 years resulting from participation in a family-centered intervention. A sample of 731 economically disadvantaged families was recruited from among participants in a national food supplement and nutrition program.…

  19. Contextual Amplification of Pubertal Transition Effects on Deviant Peer Affiliation and Externalizing Behavior among African American Children.

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    Ge, Xiaojia; Brody, Gene H.; Conger, Rand D.; Simons, Ronald L.; Murry, Velma McBride

    2002-01-01

    Examined effects of the pubertal transition on behavior problems and its interaction with family and neighborhood circumstances in 10- to 12-year-old African Americans. Found that early-maturing youth living in disadvantaged neighborhoods were more likely to affiliate with deviant peers. Early-maturing youth experiencing harsh, inconsistent…

  20. Indoor-Outdoor Space; the Transitional Areas and Their Effect on Human Behavior. Exchange Bibliography No. 517.

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    Bartholomew, Robert

    This brief bibliography lists publications about the transitional areas between buildings or leading into or out of buildings. These spaces are usually public spaces, at least in urban areas, that perform functions influencing human behavior, including visual separation or connection, territorial definition, and control of traffic and climatic…

  1. Predicting Transition and Adjustment to College: Biomedical and Behavioral Science Aspirants' and Minority Students' First Year of College

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    Hurtado, Sylvia; Han, June C.; Saenz, Victor B.; Espinosa, Lorelle L.; Cabrera, Nolan L.; Cerna, Oscar S.

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to explore key factors that impact the college transition of aspiring underrepresented minority students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, in comparison with White, Asian students and non-science minority students. We examined successful management of the academic environment and sense of belonging during the…

  2. Family Intervention Effects on Co-Occurring Early Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Latent Transition Analysis Approach

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    Connell, Arin; Bullock, Bernadette Marie; Dishion, Thomas J.; Shaw, Daniel; Wilson, Melvin; Gardner, Frances

    2008-01-01

    This study used latent transition analysis (LTA) to examine changes in early emotional and behavioral problems in children age 2 to 4 years resulting from participation in a family-centered intervention. A sample of 731 economically disadvantaged families was recruited from among participants in a national food supplement and nutrition program.…

  3. Origin of exotic ferromagnetic behavior in exfoliated layered transition metal dichalcogenides MoS2 and WS2.

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    Luxa, Jan; Jankovský, Ondřej; Sedmidubský, David; Medlín, Rostislav; Maryško, Miroslav; Pumera, Martin; Sofer, Zdeněk

    2016-01-28

    Bulk layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show diamagnetic properties. When exfoliated, the materials' band gap increases and changes from an indirect band gap to a direct one. During the exfoliation, the TMDs may undergo a phase transition from 2H to 1T polymorph, which is likely electronically driven and accompanied by a metal-insulator transition. A significantly higher efficiency of the exfoliation was observed using sodium naphthalenide compared to butyllithium. Moreover we demonstrate that the exfoliation has a dramatic influence on the magnetic properties of two TMDs, MoS2 and WS2. These materials become partly ferromagnetic upon exfoliation, which is a highly unexpected behavior. Exotic ferromagnetism is generally observed on samples with a high degree of exfoliation, which indicates the association of this effect with defects formed on the edges of dichalcogenide sheets. Such an exotic ferromagnetic behavior, if properly understood and brought under material engineering control, shall open the door to new applications of these materials.

  4. Environmental, behavioral, and psychological predictors of transit ridership: Evidence from a community intervention.

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    Brown, Barbara B; Werner, Carol M; Smith, Ken R; Tribby, Calvin P; Miller, Harvey J; Jensen, Wyatt A; Tharp, Doug

    2016-06-01

    Understanding who takes advantage of new transit (public transportation) interventions is important for personal and environmental health. We examine transit ridership for residents living near a new light rail construction as part of "complete street," pedestrian-friendly improvements. Adult residents (n=536) completed surveys and wore accelerometer and GPS units that tracked ridership before and after new transit service started. Transit riders were more physically active. Those from environments rated as more walkable were likely to be continuing transit riders. Place attachment, but not perceived physical incivilities on the path to transit, was associated with those who continued to ride or became new riders of transit. This effect was mediated through pro-city attitudes, which emphasize how the new service makes residents eager to explore areas around transit. Thus, place attachment, along with physical and health conditions, may be important predictors and promoters of transit use.

  5. Environmental, behavioral, and psychological predictors of transit ridership: Evidence from a community intervention

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    Brown, Barbara B.; Werner, Carol M.; Smith, Ken R.; Tribby, Calvin P.; Miller, Harvey J.; Jensen, Wyatt A.; Tharp, Doug

    2016-01-01

    Understanding who takes advantage of new transit (public transportation) interventions is important for personal and environmental health. We examine transit ridership for residents living near a new light rail construction as part of “complete street,” pedestrian-friendly improvements. Adult residents (n=536) completed surveys and wore accelerometer and GPS units that tracked ridership before and after new transit service started. Transit riders were more physically active. Those from environments rated as more walkable were likely to be continuing transit riders. Place attachment, but not perceived physical incivilities on the path to transit, was associated with those who continued to ride or became new riders of transit. This effect was mediated through pro-city attitudes, which emphasize how the new service makes residents eager to explore areas around transit. Thus, place attachment, along with physical and health conditions, may be important predictors and promoters of transit use. PMID:27672237

  6. Feeding behaviors of transition dairy cows fed glycerol as a replacement for corn.

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    Carvalho, E R; Schmelz-Roberts, N S; White, H M; Wilcox, C S; Eicher, S D; Donkin, S S

    2012-12-01

    Feed sorting is a natural behavior of dairy cows that can result in inconsistencies in the nutritive value of a total mixed ration (TMR). The objective of this study was to determine the effects of replacing high-moisture corn with glycerol on feed sorting and the feed intake pattern of transition dairy cows. Multiparous Holstein cows (n=26) were paired by expected calving date, housed in individual tie stalls, and fed diets containing either glycerol or high-moisture corn once daily from d -28 to +56 relative to calving. Glycerol was included at 11.5 and 10.8% of the ration dry matter for the pre- and postpartum diets, respectively. The feed consumption pattern was determined by measuring TMR disappearance during the intervals from 0 to 4 h, 4 to 8 h, 8 to 12 h, and 12 to 24 h relative to feed delivery. Feed sorting was determined on d -16, -9, 9, 16, and 51 relative to calving at 4, 8, 12 and 24 h after feeding. The TMR particle size profile was determined at feed delivery and at 4, 8, 12, and 24 after feed delivery by using the Penn State Particle Separator (Nasco, Fort Atkinson, WI) to yield long (>19 mm), medium (<19 mm, >8 mm), short (<8 mm, >1.18 mm), and fine (<1.18 mm) particles. Overall feed intake did not differ between diets and was 14.7±0.4 and 20.2±0.5 kg/d for the pre- and postpartum intervals, respectively. During the prepartum period, glycerol decreased the amount of feed consumed during the first 4h after feed delivery (7.22 vs. 5.59±0.35 kg; control vs. glycerol, respectively) but increased feed consumed from 12 through 24 h after feed delivery (2.22 vs. 3.82±0.35 kg; control vs. glycerol, respectively). Similar effects on the feed consumption pattern were observed after calving. During the prepartum period, cows fed the control diet sorted against long particles, whereas cows fed glycerol did not sort against long particles (77.2 vs. 101.5±3.50% of expected intake for control vs. glycerol; significant treatment effect). The data indicate

  7. Simple models for heterogeneous catalysis: Phase transition-like behavior in nonequilibrium systems

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    Meakin, Paul; Scalapino, Douglas J.

    1987-07-01

    A simple model for heterogeneous catalysis, recently introduced by Ziff, Gulari, and Barshad (ZGB), has been explored using computer simulation. This is a nonequilibrium model which exhibits phase transition-like behavior. The only parameter in this model (Y) sets the ratio with which two reactive species (A and B2) are fed to the surface (lattice). On the square lattice, ZGB found a range of values of this parameter for which steady states with nonzero A and B concentrations occur. Outside of this range, the surface becomes completely covered with A or B sites. The range of Y values corresponding to steady state with nonzero A and B concentrations is bounded by two ``critical'' values Y1 and Y2. For values of Y close to but above Y1 we have obtained approximate values for the exponents which describe the dependence of the steady-state densities of A and B sites on (Y-Y1). These exponents both seem to have the same value independent of lattice details. We have extended the work of ZGB to the hexagonal lattice, one-dimensional lattice, and narrow strips. The results obtained for the hexagonal lattice are qualitatively similar to those obtained for the square lattice. For the 1D lattice and strips with a width of 2 lattice units, steady states with nonzero A and B site concentrations are not found. For widths of 3 or more lattice units, such steady states are found and the range of the relative probability parameter over which this behavior occurs grows steadily with increasing strip width. We have also obtained new results for the more simple C+D product reaction. Here C and D occupy single lattice sites and react immediately if they are nearest neighbors.

  8. Choice behavior in transition: development of preference for the higher probability of reinforcement.

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    Bailey, J T; Mazur, J E

    1990-01-01

    Ten acquisition curves were obtained from each of 4 pigeons in a two-choice discrete-trial procedure. In each of these 10 conditions, the two response keys initially had equal probabilities of reinforcement, and subjects' choice responses were about equally divided between the two keys. Then the reinforcement probabilities were changed so that one key had a higher probability of reinforcement (the left key in half of the conditions and the right key in the other half), and in nearly every case the subjects developed a preference for this key. The rate of acquisition of preference for this key was faster when the ratio of the two reinforcement probabilities was higher. For instance, acquisition of preference was faster in conditions with reinforcement probabilities of .12 and .02 than in conditions with reinforcement probabilities of .40 and .30, even though the pairs of probabilities differed by .10 in both cases. These results were used to evaluate the predictions of some theories of transitional behavior in choice situations. A trial-by-trial analysis of individual responses and reinforcers suggested that reinforcement had both short-term and long-term effects on choice. The short-term effect was an increased probability of returning to the same key on the one or two trials following a reinforcer. The long-term effect was a gradual increase in the proportion of responses on the key with the higher probability of reinforcement, an increase that usually continued for several hundred trials. PMID:2341823

  9. Distributional behavior of diffusion coefficients obtained by single trajectories in annealed transit time model

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    Akimoto, Takuma; Yamamoto, Eiji

    2016-12-01

    Local diffusion coefficients in disordered systems such as spin glass systems and living cells are highly heterogeneous and may change over time. Such a time-dependent and spatially heterogeneous environment results in irreproducibility of single-particle-tracking measurements. Irreproducibility of time-averaged observables has been theoretically studied in the context of weak ergodicity breaking in stochastic processes. Here, we provide rigorous descriptions of equilibrium and non-equilibrium diffusion processes for the annealed transit time model, which is a heterogeneous diffusion model in living cells. We give analytical solutions for the mean square displacement (MSD) and the relative standard deviation of the time-averaged MSD for equilibrium and non-equilibrium situations. We find that the time-averaged MSD grows linearly with time and that the time-averaged diffusion coefficients are intrinsically random (irreproducible) even in the long-time measurements in non-equilibrium situations. Furthermore, the distribution of the time-averaged diffusion coefficients converges to a universal distribution in the sense that it does not depend on initial conditions. Our findings pave the way for a theoretical understanding of distributional behavior of the time-averaged diffusion coefficients in disordered systems.

  10. Transition to superdiffusive behavior in intracellular actin-based transport mediated by molecular motors

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    Bruno, L.; Levi, V.; Brunstein, M.; Despósito, M. A.

    2009-07-01

    Intracellular transport of large cargoes, such as organelles, vesicles, or large proteins, is a complex dynamical process that involves the interplay of adenosine triphosphate-consuming molecular motors, cytoskeleton filaments, and the viscoelastic cytoplasm. In this work we investigate the motion of pigment organelles (melanosomes) driven by myosin-V motors in Xenopus laevis melanocytes using a high-spatio-temporal resolution tracking technique. By analyzing the obtained trajectories, we show that the melanosomes mean-square displacement undergoes a transition from a subdiffusive to a superdiffusive behavior. A stochastic theoretical model, which explicitly considers the collective action of the molecular motors, is introduced to generalize the interpretation of our data. Starting from a generalized Langevin equation, we derive an analytical expression for the mean square displacement, which also takes into account the experimental noise. By fitting theoretical expressions to experimental data we were able to discriminate the exponents that characterize the passive and active contributions to the dynamics and to estimate the “global” motor forces correctly. Then, our model gives a quantitative description of active transport in living cells with a reduced number of parameters.

  11. Weight change, lifestyle, and dietary behavior in the US military's Warrior in Transition Units.

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    Kieffer, Adam J; Cole, Renee E

    2012-01-01

    To identify lifestyle factors that may contribute to weight changes experienced by Warfighters assigned to Warrior in Transition Units (WTU). Multicenter, cross-sectional, descriptive study at 4 military installations (Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Sam Houston, TX; and Fort Gordon, GA). Participants completed a self-reported questionnaire regarding environmental, social, and dietary lifestyle behaviors. Study participants were recruited and data collected from February through July 2009. Four hundred twelve wounded Warfighters (97.6% Soldiers) participated; 51% indicated they were overweight and 61% desired weight loss. About 51% exceeded a normal body mass index (18.5 to 27.4 kg/m2) according to Army height and weight standards. Roughly 85% of all participants experienced weight change following their injury. Limited activity was self-reported as the main reason for weight gain (66.2%), and deployment as the main reason for weight loss (21.7%). Lifestyle factors that changed included skipping meals, eating snacks, eating at sit-down restaurants, performing aerobic and anaerobic physical activity. The majority of participants (more than 70%) consume 3 standard meals per day, with 25% reporting that the meal typically skipped was breakfast. The WTU Soldiers saw themselves as overweight, desired to lose weight, and reported several changes in lifestyle factors upon entry into the WTU. There is a need for more focused nutrition-related and physical fitness-oriented interventions to aid Warrior recovery, promote rehabilitation, and decrease length of time in the WTU.

  12. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Keratocystic Odontogenic Tumor: Possible Role in Locally Aggressive Behavior

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    Zhong, Wen-Qun; Chen, Gang; Zhang, Wei; Ren, Jian-Gang; Wu, Zhong-Xing; Zhao, Yi; Liu, Bing; Zhao, Yi-Fang

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to clarify whether epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is involved in the pathogenesis and development of keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT). The expression levels of EMT-related proteins and genes in normal oral mucosa (OM), radicular cyst (RC), and KCOT were determined and compared by real-time quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry. Our data showed that the expression of epithelial markers E-cadherin and Pan-cytokeratin was significantly downregulated in KCOT with upregulation of mesenchymal markers N-cadherin compared to OM and RC. Importantly, TGF-β, a potent EMT inducer, and Slug, a master transcription factor, were also found highly expressed in KCOT. In addition, the results from Spearman rank correlation test and clustering analysis revealed the close relationship between Slug and MMP-9, which was further evidenced by double-labeling immunofluorescence that revealed a synchronous distribution for Slug with MMP-9 in KCOT samples. All the data suggested EMT might be involved in the locally aggressive behavior of KCOT. PMID:25879017

  13. Transition to superdiffusive behavior in intracellular actin-based transport mediated by molecular motors.

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    Bruno, L; Levi, V; Brunstein, M; Despósito, M A

    2009-07-01

    Intracellular transport of large cargoes, such as organelles, vesicles, or large proteins, is a complex dynamical process that involves the interplay of adenosine triphosphate-consuming molecular motors, cytoskeleton filaments, and the viscoelastic cytoplasm. In this work we investigate the motion of pigment organelles (melanosomes) driven by myosin-V motors in Xenopus laevis melanocytes using a high-spatio-temporal resolution tracking technique. By analyzing the obtained trajectories, we show that the melanosomes mean-square displacement undergoes a transition from a subdiffusive to a superdiffusive behavior. A stochastic theoretical model, which explicitly considers the collective action of the molecular motors, is introduced to generalize the interpretation of our data. Starting from a generalized Langevin equation, we derive an analytical expression for the mean square displacement, which also takes into account the experimental noise. By fitting theoretical expressions to experimental data we were able to discriminate the exponents that characterize the passive and active contributions to the dynamics and to estimate the "global" motor forces correctly. Then, our model gives a quantitative description of active transport in living cells with a reduced number of parameters.

  14. Transitions in body and behavior: a meta-analytic study on the relationship between pubertal development and adolescent sexual behavior.

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    Baams, Laura; Dubas, Judith Semon; Overbeek, Geertjan; van Aken, Marcel A G

    2015-06-01

    The present meta-analysis studies the relations of pubertal timing and status with sexual behavior and sexual risk behavior among youth aged 10.5-22.4 years. We included biological sex, age, and ethnicity as potential moderators. Four databases were searched for studies (published between 1980 and 2012) on the relation between pubertal timing or status and sexual behavior. The outcomes were (1) sexual intercourse; (2) combined sexual behavior; and (3) risky sexual behavior. Earlier pubertal timing or more advanced pubertal status was related to earlier and more sexual behavior, and earlier pubertal timing was related to more risky sexual behavior. Further, the links between (1) pubertal status and combined sexual behavior and (2) pubertal timing and sexual intercourse status, combined sexual behavior, and risky sexual behavior were stronger for girls than boys. Most links between pubertal status, timing, and sexual behavior and sexual risk behavior were stronger for younger adolescents. Moderation by ethnicity did not yield consistent results. There was significant variation in results among studies that was not fully explained by differences in biological sex, age, and ethnicity. Future research is needed to identify moderators that explain the variation in effects and to design sexual health interventions for young adolescents.

  15. Facilitating Transitions between and within Academic Tasks: An Application of Behavioral Momentum

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    Lee, David L.

    2006-01-01

    Transitions are critical times for both teachers and students. Efficient between-task and within-task transitions can greatly improve academic learning time. The purpose of this article was to review one intervention, high-probability (high-p) task sequences, as a method to promote more effective transitions. High-p sequences involve presenting a…

  16. Observed Spectral Invariant Behavior of Zenith Radiance in the Transition Zone Between Cloud-Free and Cloudy Regions

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    Marshak, A.; Knyazikhin, Y.; Chiu, C.; Wiscombe, W.

    2010-01-01

    The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program's (ARM) new Shortwave Spectrometer (SWS) looks straight up and measures zenith radiance at 418 wavelengths between 350 and 2200 nm. Because of its 1-sec sampling resolution, the SWS provides a unique capability to study the transition zone between cloudy and clear sky areas. A surprising spectral invariant behavior is found between ratios of zenith radiance spectra during the transition from cloudy to cloud-free atmosphere. This behavior suggests that the spectral signature of the transition zone is a linear mixture between the two extremes (definitely cloudy and definitely clear). The weighting function of the linear mixture is found to be a wavelength-independent characteristic of the transition zone. It is shown that the transition zone spectrum is fully determined by this function and zenith radiance spectra of clear and cloudy regions. This new finding may help us to better understand and quantify such physical phenomena as humidification of aerosols in the relatively moist cloud environment and evaporation and activation of cloud droplets.

  17. Remarkable difference of phase transition behaviors between Langmuir monolayers and aqueous bilayer vesicles of oligopeptide-carrying lipids.

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    Ariga, Katsuhiko; Nakanishi, Takashi; Kawanami, Shin-ichi; Kosaka, Takatoshi; Kikuchi, Jun-ichi

    2006-06-01

    In this research, we synthesized six kinds of oligopeptide-carrying lipids which possessing glycine, diglycine, triglycine, alanine, dialanine, and trialanine residues (see Figure 1 for their formulae), and systematically investigated their phase transition behaviors both at the air-water interface and in aqueous bilayer vesicles. pi-A Isotherms of Langmuir monolayers of these lipids were measured at the air-water interfaces under varied temperature conditions and were analyzed based on compressibility of the monolayers. Above the specific temperature, the transition pressure from its expanded phase to condensed phase is not distinguishable with the collapse pressure of the monolayer, i.e., the monolayer collapses directly from the expanded phase without forming the condensed phase. This temperature was defined as the phase transition temperature of the monolayer, which was compared with the phase transition temperature of the corresponding bilayer vesicle in water. The phase transition temperatures of the oligoglycine-carrying lipids and oligoalanine-carrying lipids are significantly different at the air-water interface, while the corresponding difference is not obvious in their aqueous bilayer vesicles. Consideration based on molecular structures suggests necessity of the water mediation for effective formation of hydrogen bonding between the oligopeptide residues directly connected to dialkyl chains. Therefore, the differences in water accessibility to the films may cause the difference of the phase transition behaviors of the oligopeptide-carrying lipids between the Langmuir monolayers and the aqueous bilayer vesicles. Although the proposed mechanism is not fully supported by experimental evidences, the data presented here clearly demonstrated the presence of significant difference of the phase transition properties between the Langmuir monolayers at the air-water interface and aqueous bilayer vesicles of the oligopeptide-carrying lipids.

  18. Implications of Weak-Link Behavior on the Performance of Mo/Au Bilayer Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Smith, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the physical properties of the superconducting-to-normal transition is fundamental for optimizing the design and performance of transition-edge sensors (TESs). Recent critical current measurements of Mol Au bilayer test structures show that they act as weak superconducting links, exhibiting oscillatory, Fraunhofer-like behavior with applied magnetic field. In this paper we investigate the implications of this behavior for TES X-ray detectors, under operational bias conditions. These devices include normal metal features used for absorber attachment and unexplained noise suppression, which result in modifications to the previously reported critical current behavior. We present measurements of the logarithmic resistance sensitivity with temperature, a, and current, b, as a function of applied magnetic field and bias point within the resistive transition. Results show that these important device parameters exhibit similar oscillatory behavior with applied magnetic field, which in turn affects the signal responsivity and noise, and hence the energy resolution. These results show the significance of the critical current in determining the performance of TESs and hold promise to improve future.

  19. Asthma Self-Management Goals, Beliefs and Behaviors of Urban African American Adolescents Prior to Transitioning to Adult Health Care.

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    Gibson-Scipio, Wanda; Gourdin, Dustin; Krouse, Helene J

    2015-01-01

    Adolescence is a unique time of development incorporating a transition from child centered to adult centered health care. This transition period can be particularly challenging for individuals with a chronic disease such as asthma. Inadequate transition planning during adolescence may place an already vulnerable population such as African American adolescents with known health disparities in asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality at risk for a continuation of poor health outcomes across the lifespan. Central to transition planning for these youth is the core element of developing and prioritizing goals. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the asthma self-management goals, beliefs and behaviors of urban African American adolescents prior to transitioning from pediatric to adult health care. A focus group composed of 13 African American adolescents with asthma ages 14-18 years from an urban population was conducted. Responses from transcripts and field notes were reviewed using an iterative process to best characterize asthma self-management goals and beliefs that emerged. Four core themes were identified: 1) medication self-management, 2) social support, 3) independence vs. interdependence, and 4) self-advocacy. Medication self-management included subthemes of rescue medications, controller medications and medication avoidance. The social support theme included three subthemes: peer support, caregiver support and healthcare provider support. Findings suggest that adolescents with asthma form both short term and long term goals. Their goals indicated a need for guided support to facilitate a successful health care transition. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Membrane Lipid Phase Transition Behavior of Oocytes from Three Gorgonian Corals in Relation to Chilling Injury

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    Lin, Chiahsin; Kuo, Fu-Wen; Chavanich, Suchana; Viyakarn, Voranop

    2014-01-01

    The lipid phase transition (LPT) from the fluid liquid crystalline phase to the more rigid gel structure phase that occurs upon exposure to low temperatures can affect physical structure and function of cellular membranes. This study set out to investigate the membrane phase behavior of oocytes of three gorgonian corals; Junceela fragilis, J. juncea and Ellisella robusta,at different developmental stages after exposure to reduced temperatures. Oocytes were chilled to 5°C for 48, 96 or 144 h, and the LPT temperature (LPTT) was determined with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The J. fragilis oocytes had a higher LPTT (∼23.0–23.7°C) than those of J. juncea and E. robusta oocytes (approximately 18.3–20.3°C). Upon chilling for 96 h at 5°C, the LPTTs of J. juncea and E. robusta oocytes in the early (18.0±1.0 and 18.3±0.6°C, respectively) and late (17.3±0.6 and 17.7±1.2°C, respectively) stages were significantly lower than those of J. fragilis oocytes (20.3±2.1 and 19.3±1.5°C for the early and late stages, respectively). The LPTTs of early stage gorgonian oocytes was significantly lower than those of late stage oocytes. These results suggest that the LPT of three gorgonian oocytes at different developmental stages may have been influenced by the phospholipid composition of their plasma membranes, which could have implications for their low temperature resistance. PMID:24671092

  1. Randomized trial of parent training to prevent adolescent problem behaviors during the high school transition.

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    Mason, W Alex; Fleming, Charles B; Gross, Thomas J; Thompson, Ronald W; Parra, Gilbert R; Haggerty, Kevin P; Snyder, James J

    2016-12-01

    This randomized controlled trial tested a widely used general parent training program, Common Sense Parenting (CSP), with low-income 8th graders and their families to support a positive transition to high school. The program was tested in its original 6-session format and in a modified format (CSP-Plus), which added 2 sessions that included adolescents. Over 2 annual cohorts, 321 families were enrolled and randomly assigned to either the CSP, CSP-Plus, or minimal-contact control condition. Pretest, posttest, 1-year follow-up, and 2-year follow-up survey data on parenting as well as youth school bonding, social skills, and problem behaviors were collected from parents and youth (94% retention). Extending prior examinations of posttest outcomes, intent-to-treat regression analyses tested for intervention effects at the 2 follow-up assessments, and growth curve analyses examined experimental condition differences in yearly change across time. Separate exploratory tests of moderation by youth gender, youth conduct problems, and family economic hardship also were conducted. Out of 52 regression models predicting 1- and 2-year follow-up outcomes, only 2 out of 104 possible intervention effects were statistically significant. No statistically significant intervention effects were found in the growth curve analyses. Tests of moderation also showed few statistically significant effects. Because CSP already is in widespread use, findings have direct implications for practice. Specifically, findings suggest that the program may not be efficacious with parents of adolescents in a selective prevention context and may reveal the limits of brief, general parent training for achieving outcomes with parents of adolescents. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  2. Classical-to-quantum transition behavior between two oscillators separated in space under the action of optomechanical interaction.

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    Bai, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Dong-Yang; Wang, Hong-Fu; Zhu, Ai-Dong; Zhang, Shou

    2017-05-31

    We propose a scheme to show that the system consisting of two macroscopic oscillators separated in space which are coupled through Coulomb interaction displays the classical-to-quantum transition behavior under the action of optomechanical coupling interaction. Once the optomechanical coupling interaction disappears, the entanglement between the two separated oscillators disappears accordingly and the system will return to classical world even though there exists sufficiently strong Coulomb coupling between the oscillators. In addition, resorting to the squeezing of the cavity field generated by an optical parametric amplifier inside the cavity, we discuss the effect of squeezed light driving on this classical-to-quantum transition behavior instead of injecting the squeezed field directly. The results of numerical simulation show that the present scheme is feasible and practical and has stronger robustness against the environment temperature compared with previous schemes in current experimentally feasible regimes. The scheme might possibly help us to further clarify and grasp the classical-quantum boundary.

  3. Transition and protective agency of early childhood learning behaviors as portents of later school attendance and adjustment.

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    McDermott, Paul A; Rikoon, Samuel H; Fantuzzo, John W

    2016-02-01

    This article reports on the study of differential change trajectories for early childhood learning behaviors as they relate to future classroom adjustment and school attendance. A large sample (N=2152) of Head Start children was followed through prekindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade. Classroom learning behaviors were assessed twice each year by teachers who observed gradual declines in Competence Motivation and Attentional Persistence as children transitioned through schooling. Cross-classified multilevel growth models revealed distinct transitional pathways for future adjustment versus maladjustment and sporadic versus chronic absenteeism. Generalized multilevel logistic modeling and receiver operating characteristic curve analyses showed that teachers' earliest assessments were substantially predictive of eventual good classroom adjustment and school attendance, with increasing accuracy for prediction of future sociobehavioral adjustment as time progressed. Copyright © 2015 Society for the Study of School Psychology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. The transition to widowhood and the social regulation of health: consequences for health and health risk behavior.

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    Williams, Kristi

    2004-11-01

    This study estimates the effects of the transition to widowhood on changes in the social regulation of health and examines the consequences of this association for health and health risk behavior following spousal death. Analysis of longitudinal data from the Changing Lives of Older Couples Study tests the following hypotheses: (a) Widowed individuals experience greater declines in health regulation over time than their married counterparts and (b) the extent to which widowhood undermines health and increases health risk behavior depends on whether it is accompanied by a decline in health regulation. Compared with their continually married counterparts, those who experience the transition to widowhood report a significant decline in the frequency of health reminders and health assistance received from others. The decline in the frequency of health regulation has important consequences for health behavior and health outcomes. Widowhood undermines health and increases health risk behaviors only when it is accompanied by a decline in health regulation. Widowed individuals who experience increases in health regulation show improvements in health and declines in health risk behavior. Interventions targeted at improving the health habits of widowed individuals by mobilizing health-related support systems may be effective at minimizing the negative health consequences of spousal loss.

  5. Phase Behavior of Diblock Copolymer–Homopolymer Ternary Blends: Congruent First-Order Lamellar–Disorder Transition

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    Hickey, Robert J.; Gillard, Timothy M.; Irwin, Matthew T.; Morse, David C.; Lodge, Timothy P.; Bates, Frank S.

    2016-10-13

    We have established the existence of a line of congruent first-order lamellar-to-disorder (LAM–DIS) transitions when appropriate amounts of poly(cyclohexylethylene) (C) and poly(ethylene) (E) homopolymers are mixed with a corresponding compositionally symmetric CE diblock copolymer. The line of congruent transitions, or the congruent isopleth, terminates at the bicontinuous microemulsion (BμE) channel, and its trajectory appears to be influenced by the critical composition of the C/E binary homopolymer blend. Blends satisfying congruency undergo a direct LAM–DIS transition without passing through a two-phase region. We present complementary optical transmission, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy (DMS) results that establish the phase behavior at constant copolymer volume fraction and varying C/E homopolymer volume ratios. Adjacent to the congruent composition at constant copolymer volume fraction, the lamellar and disordered phases are separated by two-phase coexistence windows, which converge, along with the line of congruent transitions, at an overall composition in the phase prism coincident with the BμE channel. Hexagonal and cubic (double gyroid) phases occur at higher diblock copolymer concentrations for asymmetric amounts of C and E homopolymers. These results establish a quantitative method for identifying the detailed phase behavior of ternary diblock copolymer–homopolymer blends, especially in the vicinity of the BμE.

  6. Family intervention effects on co-occurring early childhood behavioral and emotional problems: a latent transition analysis approach.

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    Connell, Arin; Bullock, Bernadette Marie; Dishion, Thomas J; Shaw, Daniel; Wilson, Melvin; Gardner, Frances

    2008-11-01

    This study used latent transition analysis (LTA) to examine changes in early emotional and behavioral problems in children age 2 to 4 years resulting from participation in a family-centered intervention. A sample of 731 economically disadvantaged families was recruited from among participants in a national food supplement and nutrition program. Families with toddlers between age 2 and 3 were randomized either to the Family Check-Up (FCU) or to a nonintervention control group. The FCU's linked interventions were tailored to each family's needs. Assessments occurred at age 2, 3, and 4. The FCU followed age 2 and age 3 assessments. Latent class analyses were conducted on mother reports of behavior and emotional problems from age 2 to 4 to study transitions among the following four groups: (a) externalizing only, (b) internalizing only, (c) comorbid internalizing and externalizing, and (d) normative. LTA results revealed that participation in the FCU increased the likelihood of transitioning from either the comorbid or the internalizing class into the normative class by age 4. These results suggest family interventions in early childhood can potentially disrupt the early emergence of both emotional and behavioral problems.

  7. Personality, Freshmen Proactive Social Behavior, and College Transition: Predictors beyond Academic Strategies

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    Wang, Yi; Cullen, Kristin L.; Yao, Xiang; Li, Yixuan

    2013-01-01

    When transitioning to college freshmen must behave proactively in order to strive for success in their collegiate careers and their future life. Past research has mainly focused on the academic strategies of freshmen when investigating the predictors of successful college transition and has paid little attention to students' social strategies. The…

  8. Personality, Freshmen Proactive Social Behavior, and College Transition: Predictors beyond Academic Strategies

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    Wang, Yi; Cullen, Kristin L.; Yao, Xiang; Li, Yixuan

    2013-01-01

    When transitioning to college freshmen must behave proactively in order to strive for success in their collegiate careers and their future life. Past research has mainly focused on the academic strategies of freshmen when investigating the predictors of successful college transition and has paid little attention to students' social strategies. The…

  9. Dissipative Landau-Zener transitions of a qubit: Bath-specific and universal behavior

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    Saito, Keiji; Wubs, Martijn; Kohler, Sigmund; Haenggi, Peter; Kayanuma, Yosuke

    2007-06-01

    We study Landau-Zener transitions in a qubit coupled to a bath at zero temperature. A general formula that is applicable to models with a nondegenerate ground state is derived. We calculate exact transition probabilities for a qubit coupled to either a bosonic or a spin bath. The nature of the baths and the qubit-bath coupling is reflected in the transition probabilities. For diagonal coupling, when the bath causes energy fluctuations of the diabatic qubit states but no transitions between them, the transition probability coincides with the standard Landau-Zener probability of an isolated qubit. This result is universal as it does not depend on the specific type of bath. For pure off-diagonal coupling, by contrast, the tunneling probability is sensitive to the coupling strength. We discuss the relevance of our results for experiments on molecular nanomagnets, in circuit QED, and for the fast-pulse readout of superconducting phase qubits.

  10. Sleep stability and transitions in patients with idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder and patients with Parkinson's disease.

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    Christensen, Julie Anja Engelhard; Jennum, Poul; Koch, Henriette; Frandsen, Rune; Zoetmulder, Marielle; Arvastson, Lars; Christensen, Søren Rahn; Sorensen, Helge Bjarrup Dissing

    2016-01-01

    Patients with idiopathic rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (iRBD) are at high risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD). As wake/sleep-regulation is thought to involve neurons located in the brainstem and hypothalamic areas, we hypothesize that the neurodegeneration in iRBD/PD is likely to affect wake/sleep and REM/non-REM (NREM) sleep transitions. We determined the frequency of wake/sleep and REM/NREM sleep transitions and the stability of wake (W), REM and NREM sleep as measured by polysomnography (PSG) in 27 patients with PD, 23 patients with iRBD, 25 patients with periodic leg movement disorder (PLMD) and 23 controls. Measures were computed based on manual scorings and data-driven labeled sleep staging. Patients with PD showed significantly lower REM stability than controls and patients with PLMD. Patients with iRBD had significantly lower REM stability compared with controls. Patients with PD and RBD showed significantly lower NREM stability and significantly more REM/NREM transitions than controls. We conclude that W, NREM and REM stability and transitions are progressively affected in iRBD and PD, probably reflecting the successive involvement of brain stem areas from early on in the disease. Sleep stability and transitions determined by a data-driven approach could support the evaluation of iRBD and PD patients. Copyright © 2015 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Origin of exotic ferromagnetic behavior in exfoliated layered transition metal dichalcogenides MoS2 and WS2

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    Luxa, Jan; Jankovský, Ondřej; Sedmidubský, David; Medlín, Rostislav; Maryško, Miroslav; Pumera, Martin; Sofer, Zdeněk

    2016-01-01

    Bulk layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show diamagnetic properties. When exfoliated, the materials' band gap increases and changes from an indirect band gap to a direct one. During the exfoliation, the TMDs may undergo a phase transition from 2H to 1T polymorph, which is likely electronically driven and accompanied by a metal-insulator transition. A significantly higher efficiency of the exfoliation was observed using sodium naphthalenide compared to butyllithium. Moreover we demonstrate that the exfoliation has a dramatic influence on the magnetic properties of two TMDs, MoS2 and WS2. These materials become partly ferromagnetic upon exfoliation, which is a highly unexpected behavior. Exotic ferromagnetism is generally observed on samples with a high degree of exfoliation, which indicates the association of this effect with defects formed on the edges of dichalcogenide sheets. Such an exotic ferromagnetic behavior, if properly understood and brought under material engineering control, shall open the door to new applications of these materials.Bulk layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show diamagnetic properties. When exfoliated, the materials' band gap increases and changes from an indirect band gap to a direct one. During the exfoliation, the TMDs may undergo a phase transition from 2H to 1T polymorph, which is likely electronically driven and accompanied by a metal-insulator transition. A significantly higher efficiency of the exfoliation was observed using sodium naphthalenide compared to butyllithium. Moreover we demonstrate that the exfoliation has a dramatic influence on the magnetic properties of two TMDs, MoS2 and WS2. These materials become partly ferromagnetic upon exfoliation, which is a highly unexpected behavior. Exotic ferromagnetism is generally observed on samples with a high degree of exfoliation, which indicates the association of this effect with defects formed on the edges of dichalcogenide sheets. Such an exotic

  12. The Relationships between Mental Health Symptoms and Gambling Behavior in the Transition from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood.

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    Sagoe, Dominic; Pallesen, Ståle; Hanss, Daniel; Leino, Tony; Molde, Helge; Mentzoni, Rune A; Torsheim, Torbjørn

    2017-01-01

    There is a paucity of longitudinal investigations of gambling behavior in the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood. We conducted a longitudinal investigation of the associations and patterns of change between mental health symptoms and gambling behavior. A representative sample of Norwegians completed questionnaires containing demographic, mental health, and gambling measures at age 17 (N = 2055), and at ages 18 (N = 1334) and 19 (N = 1277). Using latent class analysis, three classes of gambling behavior were identified: consistent non-gambling (71.1%), consistent non-risk gambling (23.8%), and risky-and-problem gambling (5.1%). Being male, showing higher physical and verbal aggression and having more symptoms of depression were associated with greater odds of belonging to the risky-and-problem gambling class at age 17. Overall, the risky-and-problem gambling class had the highest physical and verbal aggression, anxiety, and depression at 19 years. Our findings elucidate the reciprocal relationship between mental health and gambling behavior in the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood, and the importance of recognizing these factors in designing targeted interventions.

  13. Trajectories of prosocial behaviors conducive to civic outcomes during the transition to adulthood: the predictive role of family dynamics.

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    Kanacri, Bernadette P Luengo; Pastorelli, Concetta; Zuffianò, Antonio; Eisenberg, Nancy; Ceravolo, Rosalba; Caprara, Gian Vittorio

    2014-12-01

    The current study explored the prediction of civic engagement by diverse trajectories of prosocial behaviors as well family dynamics (i.e., filial self-efficacy and relational parent-child support) across four times of assessment (from age 16-17 to age 22-23) during the transition to adulthood. Three different trajectories of prosocial behaviors were identified for 686 Italian youths: high-increasing (18%), medium-stable (48%), and low-stable (34%). An increasing pattern of change in prosocial behaviors was predicted by filial self-efficacy at age 16-17, which in turn mediated longitudinal relations to civic engagement and civic values at age 22-23. Results highlighted that during the transition to adulthood youths' beliefs about their ability to negotiate with their parents without losing autonomy and relatedness are relevant in promoting prosocial behaviors and civic involvement, especially in the context of Mediterranean countries. Copyright © 2014 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. The Relationships between Mental Health Symptoms and Gambling Behavior in the Transition from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood

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    Sagoe, Dominic; Pallesen, Ståle; Hanss, Daniel; Leino, Tony; Molde, Helge; Mentzoni, Rune A.; Torsheim, Torbjørn

    2017-01-01

    There is a paucity of longitudinal investigations of gambling behavior in the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood. We conducted a longitudinal investigation of the associations and patterns of change between mental health symptoms and gambling behavior. A representative sample of Norwegians completed questionnaires containing demographic, mental health, and gambling measures at age 17 (N = 2055), and at ages 18 (N = 1334) and 19 (N = 1277). Using latent class analysis, three classes of gambling behavior were identified: consistent non-gambling (71.1%), consistent non-risk gambling (23.8%), and risky-and-problem gambling (5.1%). Being male, showing higher physical and verbal aggression and having more symptoms of depression were associated with greater odds of belonging to the risky-and-problem gambling class at age 17. Overall, the risky-and-problem gambling class had the highest physical and verbal aggression, anxiety, and depression at 19 years. Our findings elucidate the reciprocal relationship between mental health and gambling behavior in the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood, and the importance of recognizing these factors in designing targeted interventions. PMID:28408894

  15. Job Performance of Transition-Age Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

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    Carter, Erik W.; Wehby, Joseph H.

    2003-01-01

    A study examined the job performance of 47 adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Significant discrepancies were found between supervisors' ratings of the importance of work behaviors and their ratings of adolescents' performance of the same behaviors. Adolescents' self-evaluations were significantly more favorable than the ratings…

  16. Critical behavior in the inverse to forward energy transition in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow.

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    Seshasayanan, Kannabiran; Alexakis, Alexandros

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the critical transition from an inverse cascade of energy to a forward energy cascade in a two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow as the ratio of magnetic to mechanical forcing amplitude is varied. It is found that the critical transition is the result of two competing processes. The first process is due to hydrodynamic interactions and cascades the energy to the large scales. The second process couples small-scale magnetic fields to large-scale flows, transferring the energy back to the small scales via a nonlocal mechanism. At marginality the two cascades are both present and cancel each other. The phase space diagram of the transition is sketched.

  17. Critical behavior in the inverse to forward energy transition in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow

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    Seshasayanan, Kannabiran; Alexakis, Alexandros

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the critical transition from an inverse cascade of energy to a forward energy cascade in a two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow as the ratio of magnetic to mechanical forcing amplitude is varied. It is found that the critical transition is the result of two competing processes. The first process is due to hydrodynamic interactions and cascades the energy to the large scales. The second process couples small-scale magnetic fields to large-scale flows, transferring the energy back to the small scales via a nonlocal mechanism. At marginality the two cascades are both present and cancel each other. The phase space diagram of the transition is sketched.

  18. Relationship Between Marital Transitions, Health Behaviors, and Health Indicators of Postmenopausal Women: Results from the Women's Health Initiative.

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    Kutob, Randa M; Yuan, Nicole P; Wertheim, Betsy C; Sbarra, David A; Loucks, Eric B; Nassir, Rami; Bareh, Gihan; Kim, Mimi M; Snetselaar, Linda G; Thomson, Cynthia A

    2017-04-01

    Historically, marital status has been associated with lower mortality and transitions into marriage were generally accompanied by improved health status. Conversely, divorce has been associated with increased mortality, possibly mediated by changes in health behaviors. This study uses data from a prospective cohort of 79,094 postmenopausal women participating in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS) to examine the relationship between marital transition and health indicators (blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index [BMI]) as well as health behaviors (diet pattern, alcohol use, physical activity, and smoking) in a sample of relatively healthy and employed women. Linear and logistic regression modeling were used to test associations, controlling for confounding factors. Women's transitions into marriage/marriage-like relationship after menopause were associated with greater increase in BMI (β = 0.22; confidence interval (95% CI), 0.11-0.33) and alcohol intake (β = 0.08; 95% CI, 0.04-0.11) relative to remaining unmarried. Divorce/separation was associated with a reduction in BMI and waist circumference, changes that were accompanied by improvements in diet quality (β = 0.78, 95% CI, 0.10-1.47) and physical activity (β = 0.98, 95% CI, 0.12-1.85), relative to women who remained married. Contrary to earlier literature, these findings among well-educated, predominantly non-Hispanic white women suggest that marital transitions after menopause are accompanied by modifiable health outcomes/behaviors that are more favorable for women experiencing divorce/separation than those entering a new marriage.

  19. Solidification in Channel Flows: Effects of Channel Irregularities on Transitional (Time-Dependent) Flow Behavior

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    Cashman, K. V.; Griffiths, R. W.; Kerr, R. C.

    2001-12-01

    The surfaces of basaltic lava channels evolve in both space and time from crust-free to crust-dominated. The presence or absence of stable lava crusts, in turn, dictates the rate of heat loss from the lava core and controls the mechanisms of lava flow advance. For this reason, we extended experimental studies of the cooling and solidification of channel flows to investigate unsteady behavior observed near the transition from `open channel' flow to `tube' flow in both uniform and irregular channels. The experiments used polyethylene glycol wax flowing at moderate Reynolds numbers under cold water down a 3m-long, sloping, rectangular channel. For a straight uniform channel, flows at conditions of 0.4 < U0ts/W < 1 initially developed a strong crust that spanned the entire width of the channel but continued to move downstream. With time, the crust backed up from the downstream end of the channel, and was repeatedly over-run by newly crusted flow from upstream. Hence the flow became progressively deeper in the distal regions, and the effects of the downstream end of the channel (a free fall into a reservoir) propagated towards the source. The result was a complex flow that evolved toward fully developed `tube' flow under a stationary, insulating roof. Up-flow propagation of lava tubes is observed at Mt. Etna, Italy (Calvari and Pinkerton, 1998) and Kilauea, Hawaii (Peterson et al., 1994) when slopes flatten and flows widen, or at channel bends and constrictions. We explored several configurations of channel geometry to examine their effect on time-dependent flow behavior. When a flow encountered an 80% expansion in channel width (at 1.2m from the source), the flow speed decreased at the expansion. This promoted the formation of rigid crust and shifted the onset of tube flow to larger values of U0ts/W. When the flow encountered a decrease in channel width (at 0.6m from the source), acceleration of the flow caused disruption of the surface crust inside the constriction

  20. Ashkin-Teller criticality and weak first-order behavior of the phase transition to a fourfold degenerate state in two-dimensional frustrated Ising antiferromagnets

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    Liu, R. M.; Zhuo, W. Z.; Chen, J.; Qin, M. H.; Zeng, M.; Lu, X. B.; Gao, X. S.; Liu, J.-M.

    2017-07-01

    We study the thermal phase transition of the fourfold degenerate phases (the plaquette and single-stripe states) in the two-dimensional frustrated Ising model on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice using Monte Carlo simulations. The critical Ashkin-Teller-like behavior is identified both in the plaquette phase region and the single-stripe phase region. The four-state Potts critical end points differentiating the continuous transitions from the first-order ones are estimated based on finite-size-scaling analyses. Furthermore, a similar behavior of the transition to the fourfold single-stripe phase is also observed in the anisotropic triangular Ising model. Thus, this work clearly demonstrates that the transitions to the fourfold degenerate states of two-dimensional Ising antiferromagnets exhibit similar transition behavior.

  1. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-10-21

    Here, we examine the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q (Tc-T) , where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent was close to , as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. We also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Finally, based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.

  2. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; ...

    2016-10-21

    Here, we examine the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q (Tc-T) , where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent was close to , as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. We also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperaturemore » in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Finally, based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.« less

  3. Ferroelectric Transition and Curie—Weiss Behavior in Some Filled Tungsten Bronze Ceramics

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    Zhu, Xiao-Li; Chen, Xiang-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Ferroelectric transitions in filled tungsten bronze ceramics Sr4R2Ti4Nb6O30, Sr5RTi3Nb7O30 (R=La, Nb, Sm & Eu) and Ba4Nd2Ti4Nb6O30 are investigated with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the Curie—Weiss law fitting to the dielectric constant. The magnitude of the Curie-Weiss constant C ~ 105 suggests displacement-type ferroelectric transition in the present compounds. The large ΔT difference between dielectric maximum temperature Tm and Curie—Weiss temperature T0) values indicate the difficult formation of ferroelectric domains or polar nanoregions in the present compounds and also the characteristics of the first order ferroelectric transition. Three categories are suggested for the ferroelectric transition in the above tungsten bronzes. The ferroelectric transition exhibits large thermal hysteresis. According to the DSC results, gradual recovery of the endothermic peak occurs after aging at temperature below the Curie point, indicating the gradual stability of the ferroelectric phase after cooling from the high-temperature para-electric phase. The relationship between the Curie—Weiss law fitting parameters and the nature of the ferroelectric transition is modified for the filled tungsten bronzes.

  4. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    We have examined the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q ∼ (Tc−T)β, where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent β was close to ¼, as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. However, we also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells. PMID:27767049

  5. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-10-01

    We have examined the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q ˜ (Tc-T)β, where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent β was close to ¼, as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. However, we also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.

  6. The effect of pressure on the phase transition behavior of tridecane, pentadecane, and heptadecane: A Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study

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    Yamashita, Motoi; Hirao, Atsushi; Kato, Minoru

    2011-04-01

    The effect of pressure on the phase transition behavior of tridecane (C13), pentadecane (C15), and heptadecane (C17) has been investigated up to 489, 220, and 387 MPa, respectively, using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy at 25 °C. The transition between the high pressure ordered (HPO) and high pressure rotator (HPR) phases has been observed in the pressure ranges of 270-220, 106-95, and 152-181 MPa for C13, C15, and C17, respectively, and the transition between the HPR and liquid phases was observed in the pressure ranges of 171-112, 73-47, and 43-70 MPa for C13, C15, and C17, respectively. The P1+P3 band of the methylene rocking mode exhibits factor group splitting caused by intermolecular vibrational coupling. This was observed in both the HPO and HPR phases, while the P1+P3 band did not split in the liquid phase. The separation of the peaks in the P1+P3 band changed discontinuously at the HPO-HPR and HPR-liquid phase transitions, even though the separation is known to change continuously in the transition from the liquid to the high temperature rotator (HTR) phase. In the HPR phase, the ratio of the intensities of the higher and lower frequency components in the P1+P3 doublet is roughly unity independent of pressure, while it is known to be much less than unity in the HTR phase. The separation of the P1+P3 doublet in the HPR phase is found to be larger for longer alkanes. From the intensity ratio, a large proportion of alkane molecules is believed to participate in intermolecular vibrational coupling and possess herringbone-type short-range positional order in the HPR phase. Conversely, in the HTR phase only small proportion of alkane molecules participate in intermolecular vibrational coupling. From the pressure dependence of the separation of the doublet, intermolecular vibrational coupling and herringbone-type short-range positional order is considered to change discontinuously at the HPR-liquid phase transition, while they are reported to change

  7. The effect of pressure on the phase transition behavior of tridecane, pentadecane, and heptadecane: a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study.

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    Yamashita, Motoi; Hirao, Atsushi; Kato, Minoru

    2011-04-14

    The effect of pressure on the phase transition behavior of tridecane (C(13)), pentadecane (C(15)), and heptadecane (C(17)) has been investigated up to 489, 220, and 387 MPa, respectively, using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy at 25 °C. The transition between the high pressure ordered (HPO) and high pressure rotator (HPR) phases has been observed in the pressure ranges of 270-220, 106-95, and 152-181 MPa for C(13), C(15), and C(17), respectively, and the transition between the HPR and liquid phases was observed in the pressure ranges of 171-112, 73-47, and 43-70 MPa for C(13), C(15), and C(17), respectively. The P(1)+P(3) band of the methylene rocking mode exhibits factor group splitting caused by intermolecular vibrational coupling. This was observed in both the HPO and HPR phases, while the P(1)+P(3) band did not split in the liquid phase. The separation of the peaks in the P(1)+P(3) band changed discontinuously at the HPO-HPR and HPR-liquid phase transitions, even though the separation is known to change continuously in the transition from the liquid to the high temperature rotator (HTR) phase. In the HPR phase, the ratio of the intensities of the higher and lower frequency components in the P(1)+P(3) doublet is roughly unity independent of pressure, while it is known to be much less than unity in the HTR phase. The separation of the P(1)+P(3) doublet in the HPR phase is found to be larger for longer alkanes. From the intensity ratio, a large proportion of alkane molecules is believed to participate in intermolecular vibrational coupling and possess herringbone-type short-range positional order in the HPR phase. Conversely, in the HTR phase only small proportion of alkane molecules participate in intermolecular vibrational coupling. From the pressure dependence of the separation of the doublet, intermolecular vibrational coupling and herringbone-type short-range positional order is considered to change discontinuously at the HPR-liquid phase transition

  8. Widespread and persistent invasions of terrestrial habitats coincident with larval feeding behavior transitions during snail-killing fly evolution (Diptera: Sciomyzidae).

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    Chapman, Eric G; Przhiboro, Andrey A; Harwood, James D; Foote, Benjamin A; Hoeh, Walter R

    2012-09-10

    Transitions in habitats and feeding behaviors were fundamental to the diversification of life on Earth. There is ongoing debate regarding the typical directionality of transitions between aquatic and terrestrial habitats and the mechanisms responsible for the preponderance of terrestrial to aquatic transitions. Snail-killing flies (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) represent an excellent model system to study such transitions because their larvae display a range of feeding behaviors, being predators, parasitoids or saprophages of a variety of mollusks in freshwater, shoreline and dry terrestrial habitats. The remarkable genus Tetanocera (Tetanocerini) occupies five larval feeding groups and all of the habitat types mentioned above. This study has four principal objectives: (i) construct a robust estimate of phylogeny for Tetanocera and Tetanocerini, (ii) estimate the evolutionary transitions in larval feeding behaviors and habitats, (iii) test the monophyly of feeding groups and (iv) identify mechanisms underlying sciomyzid habitat and feeding behavior evolution. Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood analyses of molecular data provided strong support that the Sciomyzini, Tetanocerini and Tetanocera are monophyletic. However, the monophyly of many behavioral groupings was rejected via phylogenetic constraint analyses. We determined that (i) the ancestral sciomyzid lineage was terrestrial, (ii) there was a single terrestrial to aquatic habitat transition early in the evolution of the Tetanocerini and (iii) there were at least 10 independent aquatic to terrestrial habitat transitions and at least 15 feeding behavior transitions during tetanocerine phylogenesis. The ancestor of Tetanocera was aquatic with five lineages making independent transitions to terrestrial habitats and seven making independent transitions in feeding behaviors. The preponderance of aquatic to terrestrial transitions in sciomyzids goes against the trend generally observed across eukaryotes. Damp

  9. Widespread and persistent invasions of terrestrial habitats coincident with larval feeding behavior transitions during snail-killing fly evolution (Diptera: Sciomyzidae)

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    2012-01-01

    Background Transitions in habitats and feeding behaviors were fundamental to the diversification of life on Earth. There is ongoing debate regarding the typical directionality of transitions between aquatic and terrestrial habitats and the mechanisms responsible for the preponderance of terrestrial to aquatic transitions. Snail-killing flies (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) represent an excellent model system to study such transitions because their larvae display a range of feeding behaviors, being predators, parasitoids or saprophages of a variety of mollusks in freshwater, shoreline and dry terrestrial habitats. The remarkable genus Tetanocera (Tetanocerini) occupies five larval feeding groups and all of the habitat types mentioned above. This study has four principal objectives: (i) construct a robust estimate of phylogeny for Tetanocera and Tetanocerini, (ii) estimate the evolutionary transitions in larval feeding behaviors and habitats, (iii) test the monophyly of feeding groups and (iv) identify mechanisms underlying sciomyzid habitat and feeding behavior evolution. Results Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood analyses of molecular data provided strong support that the Sciomyzini, Tetanocerini and Tetanocera are monophyletic. However, the monophyly of many behavioral groupings was rejected via phylogenetic constraint analyses. We determined that (i) the ancestral sciomyzid lineage was terrestrial, (ii) there was a single terrestrial to aquatic habitat transition early in the evolution of the Tetanocerini and (iii) there were at least 10 independent aquatic to terrestrial habitat transitions and at least 15 feeding behavior transitions during tetanocerine phylogenesis. The ancestor of Tetanocera was aquatic with five lineages making independent transitions to terrestrial habitats and seven making independent transitions in feeding behaviors. Conclusions The preponderance of aquatic to terrestrial transitions in sciomyzids goes against the trend generally observed

  10. Mechanical behaviors and phase transition of Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Ren, Xiangting; He, Duanwei E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn; Chen, Bin; Yang, Wenge E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn

    2014-07-21

    Mechanical properties and phase transition often show quite large crystal size dependent behavior, especially at nanoscale under high pressure. Here, we have investigated Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals with in-situ x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy under high pressure up to 33.5 GPa. When compared to the structural transition routine cubic -> monoclinic -> hexagonal phase in bulk Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure, the nano-sized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows a much higher onset transition pressure from cubic to monoclinic structure and followed by a pressure-induced-amorphization under compression. The detailed analysis on the Q (Q = 2π/d) dependent bulk moduli reveals the nanosized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles consist of a clear higher compressible shell and a less compressible core. Insight into these phenomena shed lights on micro-mechanism studies of the mechanical behavior and phase evolution for nanomaterials under high pressure, in general.

  11. Birefringence in the vicinity of the smectic-A to smectic-C phase transition: Crossover from X Y critical to tricritical behavior

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    Das, Malay Kumar; Chakraborty, Susanta; Dabrowski, Roman; Czerwiński, Michał

    2017-01-01

    High-resolution birefringence (Δ n ) measurements are carried out to probe the critical behavior at the smectic-A -smectic-C (Sm-A -Sm-C ) phase transition in a binary system. The critical behavior of this transition is explored with the aid of a differential quotient extracted from the Δ n values. The results obtained reveal that the Sm-A -Sm-C and nematic-smectic-A (N -Sm-A ) transitions exhibit nonuniversal behaviors with effective exponents lying between the tricritical and three-dimensional X Y values and follow two distinctly different curves with decreasing width of the Sm-A and N phases, respectively. The origin of such critical behavior is a unique feature for the respective phase transitions.

  12. Anomalous Structural Transition and Electrical Transport Behaviors in Compressed Zn2SnO4: Effect of Interface

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    Zhang, Haiwa; Ke, Feng; Li, Yan; Wang, Li; Liu, Cailong; Zeng, Yi; Yao, Mingguang; Han, Yonghao; Ma, Yanzhang; Gao, Chunxiao

    2015-01-01

    The interface effect is one of the most important factors that strongly affect the structural transformations and the properties of nano-/submicro-crystals under pressure. However, characterization of the granular boundary changes in materials is always challenging. Here, using tetrakaidecahedral Zn2SnO4 microcrystals as an example, we employed alternating current impedance, X-ray diffraction methods and transmission electron microscopy to elucidate the effect of the interface on the structure and electrical transport behavior of the Zn2SnO4 material under pressure. We clearly show that grain refinement of the initial microcrystals into nanocrystals (approximately 5 nm) occurs at above 12.5 GPa and is characterized by an anomalous resistance variation without a structural phase transition. A new phase transition pathway from the cubic to hexagonal structure occurs at approximately 29.8 GPa in Zn2SnO4. The unexpected grain refinement may explain the new structural transition in Zn2SnO4, which is different from the previous theoretical prediction. Our results provide new insights into the link between the structural transition, interface changes and electrical transport properties of Zn2SnO4. PMID:26399167

  13. A Conserved Behavioral State Barrier Impedes Transitions between Anesthetic-Induced Unconsciousness and Wakefulness: Evidence for Neural Inertia

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    Friedman, Eliot B.; Sun, Yi; Moore, Jason T.; Hung, Hsiao-Tung; Meng, Qing Cheng; Perera, Priyan; Joiner, William J.; Thomas, Steven A.; Eckenhoff, Roderic G.; Sehgal, Amita; Kelz, Max B.

    2010-01-01

    One major unanswered question in neuroscience is how the brain transitions between conscious and unconscious states. General anesthetics offer a controllable means to study these transitions. Induction of anesthesia is commonly attributed to drug-induced global modulation of neuronal function, while emergence from anesthesia has been thought to occur passively, paralleling elimination of the anesthetic from its sites in the central nervous system (CNS). If this were true, then CNS anesthetic concentrations on induction and emergence would be indistinguishable. By generating anesthetic dose-response data in both insects and mammals, we demonstrate that the forward and reverse paths through which anesthetic-induced unconsciousness arises and dissipates are not identical. Instead they exhibit hysteresis that is not fully explained by pharmacokinetics as previously thought. Single gene mutations that affect sleep-wake states are shown to collapse or widen anesthetic hysteresis without obvious confounding effects on volatile anesthetic uptake, distribution, or metabolism. We propose a fundamental and biologically conserved concept of neural inertia, a tendency of the CNS to resist behavioral state transitions between conscious and unconscious states. We demonstrate that such a barrier separates wakeful and anesthetized states for multiple anesthetics in both flies and mice, and argue that it contributes to the hysteresis observed when the brain transitions between conscious and unconscious states. PMID:20689589

  14. Critical Behavior in Doping-Driven Metal-Insulator Transition on Single-Crystalline Organic Mott-FET.

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    Sato, Yoshiaki; Kawasugi, Yoshitaka; Suda, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M; Kato, Reizo

    2017-02-08

    We present the carrier transport properties in the vicinity of a doping-driven Mott transition observed at a field-effect transistor (FET) channel using a single crystal of the typical two-dimensional organic Mott insulator κ-(BEDT-TTF)2CuN(CN)2Cl (κ-Cl). The FET shows a continuous metal-insulator transition (MIT) as electrostatic doping proceeds. The phase transition appears to involve two-step crossovers, one in Hall measurement and the other in conductivity measurement. The crossover in conductivity occurs around the conductance quantum e(2)/h, and hence is not associated with "bad metal" behavior, which is in stark contrast to the MIT in half-filled organic Mott insulators or that in doped inorganic Mott insulators. Through in-depth scaling analysis of the conductivity, it is found that the above carrier transport properties in the vicinity of the MIT can be described by a high-temperature Mott quantum critical crossover, which is theoretically argued to be a ubiquitous feature of various types of Mott transitions.

  15. Head-up transition behavior of pilots with and without head-up display in simulated low-visibility approaches

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    Haines, R. F.; Fischer, E.; Price, T. A.

    1980-01-01

    To quantify head-up transition behavior with and without a flightpath type head-up display, eight rated B-727 pilots each flew 31 manual and coupled approaches in a simulator with B-727 dynamics and collimated model board external scene. Data were also obtained on the roll played by the head-up display in the coupled-to-manual transition. Various wind shears, low visibilities, and ceilings were tested along with unexpected misalignment between the runway and head-up display symbology. The symbolic format used was a conformal scene. Every pilot except one stayed head-up, flying with the display after descending below the ceiling. Without the display and as altitude decreased, the number of lookups from the instrument panel decreased and the duration of each one increased. No large differences in mean number or duration of transitions up or down were found during the head-up display runs comparing the no-misalignment with the lateral instrument landing system offset misalignment runs. The head-up display led to fewer transitions after the pilot made a decision to land or execute a missed approach. Without the display, pilots generally waited until they had descended below the ceiling to look outside the first time, but with it several pilots looked down at their panel at relatively high altitudes (if they looked down at all). Manual takeover of control was rapid and smooth both with and without the display which permitted smoother engine power changes.

  16. Parental involvement protects against self-medication behaviors during the high school transition.

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    Gottfredson, Nisha C; Hussong, Andrea M

    2011-12-01

    We examined how drinking patterns change as adolescents transition to high school, particularly as a function of parental involvement. Stress associated with the transition to high school may deplete psychological resources for coping with negative daily emotions in an environment when opportunities to drink are more common. A cohort of elevated-risk middle school students completed daily negative affect (sadness, worry, anger, and stress) and alcohol use assessments before and after the transition to high school, resulting in a measurement burst design. Adolescents who reported less parental involvement were at higher risk for drinking on any given day. After (but not before) the transition to high school, daily within-person fluctuations of sadness predicted an increased probability of same-day alcohol use for adolescents who reported that their parents were minimally involved in their lives. The other negative affect indicators were not predictive of use. Our results suggest that the transition to high school may represent an important intervention leverage point, particularly for adolescents who lack adequate parental support to help them cope with day-to-day changes in sadness.

  17. Treatment of behavior disorders in mental retardation: report on transitioning to atypical antipsychotics, with an emphasis on risperidone.

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    Aman, Michael G; Gharabawi, Georges M

    2004-09-01

    Mental illnesses are more common in people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities than in the general population. Due to the difficulty of making specific psychiatric diagnoses in these patients, the target of medication is often a behavioral symptom. For many symptoms, antipsychotic medications are effective, but the serious side effect profile of conventional antipsychotics renders their use problematic. Recent findings concerning the safety and efficacy of atypical antipsychotics for control of certain disruptive behaviors in adults and children led a Special Topic Advisory Panel to draw up guidelines for transitioning patients with specific symptoms from classical antipsychotics to risperidone and, by extrapolation, to other atypical agents. Participants were chosen by Janssen Pharmaceutica, based on individual achievements and lifetime experience. The Special Topic Advisory Panel on Transitioning to Risperidone Therapy in Patients With Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities comprised academic clinicians with at least 10 years' experience in the field of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. It included a clinical pharmacist, consultant pharmacists, a certified developmental disabilities nurse, psychiatrists, a family physician, and a psychologist. The Panel considered recent studies of the efficacy and tolerability of risperidone and other atypical antipsychotics in adults and children with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. MEDLINE searches were conducted using the name of each atypical antipsychotic and the following terms: mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and behavior disorders. Searches were conducted starting in July 2002 and done periodically through April 2004 to capture new additions to the literature. Searches were confined to English. GUIDELINES PROCESS: The Panel reviewed the available evidence, identified optimal doses and titration schedules, considered instruments and rating

  18. Integer quantum Hall effect in a triangular-lattice: Disorder effect and scaling behavior of the insulator-plateau transition

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    Yu, H. L.; Jiang, C.; Zhai, Z. Y.

    2017-01-01

    We investigate numerically the integer quantum Hall effect in a three-band triangular-lattice model. The three bands own the Chern number C=2,-1,-1, respectively. The lowest topological flat band carrying Chern number C=2, which leads to the Hall plateau σH = 2 (e2 / h) . This Hall plateau is sensitive to the disorder scattering and is rapidly destroyed by the weak disorder. Further increasing the strength of disorder, the gap of density of states always disappears before the vanishing of the corresponding Hall plateau. The scaling behavior of quantum phase transition between an insulator and a quantum Hall plateau is studied. We find that the insulator-plateau transition becomes sharper with increasing the size of system. Due to the different of edge states, the critical energy Ec1 gradually shifts to the center of Hall plateau while Ec2 is unaffected with increasing the disorder strength.

  19. [Biologic behavior of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCGH) in transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder].

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    Moreno Sierra, J; Gómez Ruiz, J J; Rodríguez Molina, J; Blanco Jiménez, E; Silmi Moyano, A; Corral Rosillo, J; Ortega Heredia, D; Maestro de las Casas, M L; Resel Estévez, L

    1993-01-01

    Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder carries a high rate of local recurrence and 15%-30% of the cases progress to advanced stages of the disease. The multiple forms of the tumor make it difficult to find reliable diagnostic elements of tumor evolution and some authors have advocated the use of tumor markers for the diagnosis and follow-up of malignant bladder tumors. This study was conducted to determine the biological behaviour of the HCG beta subunit it transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. One hundred patients were entered into the study; the control group comprised 30 healthy subjects and the patient group comprised 70 cases of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. The results showed the HCG beta subunit increased with the size and degree of tumor infiltration, although the data were not statistically significant. Similarly, analysis of the degree of tumor differentiation/non differentiation provided no statistically significant data.

  20. Experimental Study of Transitional Flow Behavior in a Simulated Low Pressure Turbine

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    Sohn, Ki Hyeon; DeWitt, Kenneth J.

    1998-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the flow physics occurring on the suction side of a simulated Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) blade was performed. A contoured upper wall was designed to simulate the pressure distribution of an actual LPT airfoil onto a flat lower plate. The experiments were carried out for the Reynolds numbers of 35,000, 70,000, 100,000 and 250,000 with four levels of freestream turbulence ranging from 1% to 4%. For the three lower Reynolds numbers, the boundary layer on the flat plate was separated and formed a bubble. The size of laminar separation bubble was measured to be inversely proportional to the freestream turbulence levels and Reynolds numbers. However, no separation was observed for the Re = 250,000 case. The transition on a separated flow was found to proceed through the formation of turbulent spots in the free shear layer as evidenced in the intermittency profiles for Re = 35,000, 70,000 and 100,000. Spectral data show no evidence of Kelvin-Helmholtz or Tollmien-Schlichting instability waves in the free shear layer over a separation bubble (bypass transition). However, the flow visualization revealed the large vortex structures just outside of the bubble and their development to turbulent flow for Re = 50,000, which is similar to that in the free shear layer (separated-flow transition). Therefore, it is fair to say that the bypass and separated-flow transition modes coexist in the transitional flows over the separation bubble for certain conditions. Transition onset and end locations and length determined from intermittency profiles decrease as Reynolds number and freestream turbulence levels increase.

  1. Experimental Study of Transitional Flow Behavior in a Simulated Low Pressure Turbine

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    Sohn, Ki Hyeon; DeWitt, Kenneth J.

    2007-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the flow physics occurring on the suction side of a simulated Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) blade was performed. A contoured upper wall was designed to simulate the pressure distribution of an actual LPT airfoil onto a flat lower plate. The experiments were carried out for the Reynolds numbers of 35,000, 70,000, 100,000, and 250,000 with four levels of freestream turbulence ranging from 1 to 4 percent. For the three lower Reynolds numbers, the boundary layer on the flat plate was separated and formed a bubble. The size of laminar separation bubble was measured to be inversely proportional to the freestream turbulence levels and Reynolds numbers. However, no separation was observed for the Re = 250,000 case. The transition on a separated flow was found to proceed through the formation of turbulent spots in the free shear layer as evidenced in the intermittency profiles for Re = 35,000, 70,000, and 100,000. Spectral data show no evidence of Kelvin-Helmholtz of Tollmien-Schlichting instability waves in the free shear layer over a separation bubble (bypass transition). However, the flow visualization revealed the large vortex structures just outside of the bubble and their development to turbulent flow for Re = 50,000, which is similar to that in the free shear layer (separated-flow transition). Therefore, it is fair to say that the bypass and separated-flow transition modes coexist in the transition flows over the separation bubble of certain conditions. Transition onset and end locations and length determined from intermittency profiles decreased as Reynolds number and freestream turbulence levels increase.

  2. Adolescents in Transition: School and Family Characteristics in the Development of Violent Behaviors Entering High School

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    Frey, Ariel; Ruchkin, Vladislav; Martin, Andres; Schwab-Stone; Mary

    2009-01-01

    Adolescents are vulnerable to becoming involved in problematic behaviors, disengaging academically, and dropping out of school. This study was designed to evaluate the protective role of self-perceived school attachment and family involvement on the development of these negative behaviors during adolescence. The Social and Health Assessment (SAHA)…

  3. Acculturation and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Latina Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adulthood

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    Lee, Jieha; Hahm, Hyeouk Chris

    2010-01-01

    Latinas in the United States are at a disproportionate risk for STDs and sexual risk behaviors. Among Latinas, acculturation has been found to be one of the most important predictors of these behaviors. Therefore, this study examined the longitudinal association between Latina adolescents' level of acculturation and multiple sexual risk outcomes,…

  4. The Kindergarten Transition: Behavioral Trajectories in the First Formal Year of School

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    Welsh, Megan E.; Miller, Faith G.; Kooken, Janice; Chafouleas, Sandra M.; McCoach, D. Betsy

    2016-01-01

    During the first year of school, student success hinges on learning not only new academic skills, but also behavioral expectations and developing self-regulation skills in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to investigate development in behavioral regulation during the kindergarten year. The authors used multilevel models to explore the…

  5. Assessing the Transition-Related Social Behavior of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents.

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    Bullis, Michael

    1990-01-01

    The newsletter describes two projects of the Teaching Research Infant and Child Center (Oregon) which are developing assessment systems for use with severely emotionally disturbed (SED) adolescents. The first project focuses on job-related social behavior while the second project addresses social behavior in community settings. An introductory…

  6. Acculturation and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Latina Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adulthood

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    Lee, Jieha; Hahm, Hyeouk Chris

    2010-01-01

    Latinas in the United States are at a disproportionate risk for STDs and sexual risk behaviors. Among Latinas, acculturation has been found to be one of the most important predictors of these behaviors. Therefore, this study examined the longitudinal association between Latina adolescents' level of acculturation and multiple sexual risk outcomes,…

  7. The Kindergarten Transition: Behavioral Trajectories in the First Formal Year of School

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    Welsh, Megan E.; Miller, Faith G.; Kooken, Janice; Chafouleas, Sandra M.; McCoach, D. Betsy

    2016-01-01

    During the first year of school, student success hinges on learning not only new academic skills, but also behavioral expectations and developing self-regulation skills in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to investigate development in behavioral regulation during the kindergarten year. The authors used multilevel models to explore the…

  8. Assessment of Behavioral Chaos with a Focus on Transitions in Depression.

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    Heiby, Elaine M.

    1995-01-01

    This second article of the special section on chaos theory addresses implications of the definition of chaotic behavior for its measurement. The requirements to test the presence of chaotic relations among variables are in agreement with the conceptual and methodological hallmarks of behavioral assessment. (SLD)

  9. Recurring features of mid-Miocene transitional geomagnetic field behavior: Observations from NE Nevada and SE Oregon

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    Bogue, S. W.; Glen, J. M. G.

    2014-12-01

    Paleomagnetic results from a 150m thick stack of 15.2 my old lava flows in the Sheep Creek Range (north central Nevada; 40.7N, 243.2E) show that distinctive aspects of the reversing geomagnetic field can recur after 1.5 million years. The Sheep Creek lavas preserve a partial record of what is likely the C5Br-C5Bn geomagnetic reversal. That event occurred 1.5 million years and five polarity switches after reversal (C5Cr-C5Cn) recorded in great detail at Steens Mountain in SE Oregon. During both transitions, the VGP made repeat visits to low latitude positions in South America and near Africa although in different order. This behavior implies a control that varies over a timescale much longer that associated with flow in the outer core (~60 yrs), presumably lateral variations in lower mantle temperature or topography on the core-mantle boundary. Furthermore, the field in both reversals moved from clearly transitional to normal-polarity-like (i.e., down and north) directions before "rebounding" to intermediate directions. It has been suggested recently (Valet et al., Nature 2012) that this kind of behavior (i.e., directional change in the form of precursor- main polarity switch-rebound) may be a systematic aspect of transitional field behavior, a suggestion reinforced by these new observations. The distinctive, two component magnetization of a particular lava flow in the Sheep Creek section has been interpreted by Bogue and Glen (GRL, 2010) as evidence of directional change (~1 deg/week) orders of magnitude faster than normal secular variation. If the field was strong at the end of the directional change, then a large change in the local geomagnetic field vector is implied by the directional data for any initial field strength. Preliminary paleointensity experiments aimed at resolving this aspect of the record are in progress.

  10. Crossover behavior in the phase transition of the Bose-Einstein condensation in a microwave-driven magnon gas

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    Rezende, Sergio M.

    2009-09-01

    A magnon gas in a film of yttrium iron garnet driven by microwave radiation exhibits Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) when the driving power exceeds a critical value. We show that the nature and the critical exponents of the BEC transition change dramatically if the BEC magnons are significantly coupled to the zone-center magnons. The theoretical results explain the diverse behavior of the order parameter inferred from the experimental data for the light scattering and the microwave emission from the BEC observed with coherent and incoherent microwave pumping.

  11. Pretransitional behavior above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of an auxetic trimer liquid crystal.

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    Kang, D; Mahajan, M P; Zhang, S; Petschek, R G; Rosenblatt, C; He, C; Liu, P; Griffin, A C

    1999-10-01

    Static light scattering and electric field-induced Kerr measurements were performed above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of a terminal-lateral-lateral-terminal negative Poisson ratio trimer. For both measurements the inverse susceptibility was observed to be nearly linear with temperature, a result inconsistent with our previously reported Kerr data [Phys. Rev. E 58, 2041 (1998)].

  12. Music as Transitional Object and Practice: Children's Spontaneous Musical Behaviors in the Subway

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    Custodero, Lori A.; Calì, Claudia; Diaz-Donoso, Adriana

    2016-01-01

    This study looks at children's music making in a public setting designed for society writ large. Although known to most children in the city, the subway presents a unique environment, both structurally predictable yet sonically dynamic; it is in continuous transition. Adopting Winnicott's psychoanalytical perspective, we make a case for viewing…

  13. Molecular Motion in Polymers: Mechanical Behavior of Polymers Near the Glass-Rubber Transition Temperature.

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    Sperling, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    The temperature at which the onset of coordinated segmental motion begins is called the glass-rubber transition temperature (Tg). Natural rubber at room temperature is a good example of a material above its Tg. Describes an experiment examining the response of a typical polymer to temperature variations above and below Tg. (Author/JN)

  14. Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook

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    Clark, Hewitt B., Ed.; Unruh, Deanne K., Ed.

    2009-01-01

    This comprehensive professional handbook will help transition specialists, general and special educators, school psychologists, and administrators support youth and young adults in setting goals and achieving positive outcomes across employment, education, and community settings. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful…

  15. Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook

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    Clark, Hewitt B., Ed.; Unruh, Deanne K., Ed.

    2009-01-01

    This comprehensive professional handbook will help transition specialists, general and special educators, school psychologists, and administrators support youth and young adults in setting goals and achieving positive outcomes across employment, education, and community settings. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful…

  16. Scaling Behavior of Factorial Moments of the Multiplicity Difference and Phase Transition Qgp to Hadrons

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    Babichev, L. F.; Khmialeuski, A. N.

    2011-10-01

    The multiplicity difference correlators between two well-separated bins in high energy heavy-ion collisions are studied using Monte-Carlo simulations. Numerical value of the universal scaling exponents γ is calculated and compared whit results obtained within the framework of Ginzburg-Landau theory. Simulations of phase transitions using Monte Carlo generators are discussed.

  17. Lipid insertion domain unfolding regulates protein orientational transition behavior in a lipid bilayer.

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    Cheng, Kwan Hon; Qiu, Liming; Cheng, Sara Y; Vaughn, Mark W

    2015-11-01

    We have used coarse-grained (CG) and united atom (UA) molecular dynamics simulations to explore the mechanisms of protein orientational transition of a model peptide (Aβ42) in a phosphatidylcholine/cholesterol (PC/CHO) lipid bilayer. We started with an inserted state of Aβ42 containing a folded (I) or unfolded (II) K28-A42 lipid insertion domain (LID), which was stabilized by the K28-snorkeling and A42-anchoring to the PC polar groups in the lipid bilayer. After a UA-to-CG transformation and a 1000ns-CG simulation for enhancing the sampling of protein orientations, we discovered two transitions: I-to-"deep inserted" state with disrupted K28-snorkeling and II-to-"deep surface" state with disrupted A42-anchoring. The new states remained stable after a CG-to-UA transformation and a 200ns-UA simulation relaxation. Significant changes in the cholesterol-binding domain of Aβ42 and protein-induced membrane disruptions were evident after the transitions. We propose that the conformation of the LID regulates protein orientational transitions in the lipid membrane.

  18. Compromise, Well-Being, and Action Behaviors in Young Adults in Career Transition

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    Creed, Peter A.; Blume, Kellie

    2013-01-01

    The authors surveyed 186 first-year university students and assessed their level of career compromise associated with making the transition to university. Compromise was operationalized as the discrepancy between the job characteristics of ideal and expected occupations. The authors also assessed career well-being (satisfaction, distress), action…

  19. Compromise, Well-Being, and Action Behaviors in Young Adults in Career Transition

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    Creed, Peter A.; Blume, Kellie

    2013-01-01

    The authors surveyed 186 first-year university students and assessed their level of career compromise associated with making the transition to university. Compromise was operationalized as the discrepancy between the job characteristics of ideal and expected occupations. The authors also assessed career well-being (satisfaction, distress), action…

  20. Music as Transitional Object and Practice: Children's Spontaneous Musical Behaviors in the Subway

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    Custodero, Lori A.; Calì, Claudia; Diaz-Donoso, Adriana

    2016-01-01

    This study looks at children's music making in a public setting designed for society writ large. Although known to most children in the city, the subway presents a unique environment, both structurally predictable yet sonically dynamic; it is in continuous transition. Adopting Winnicott's psychoanalytical perspective, we make a case for viewing…

  1. Stick-slip and creep behavior in lubricated granular material: Insights into the brittle-ductile transition

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    Reber, Jacqueline E.; Hayman, Nicholas W.; Lavier, Luc L.

    2014-05-01

    Crustal deformation can occur via stick-slip events, viscous creep, or strain transients at variable rates. Here we explore such strain transients with physical experiments comprising a quasi-two-dimensional shear zone with elastic, acrylic discs and interstitial viscous silicone. Experiments of solely elastic discs produce stick-slip events and an overall (constant volume) strengthening. The addition of the viscous silicone enhances localization but does not greatly change the overall pattern of strengthening. It does, however, damp the stick-slip events, leading to transient, creep-like behavior that approaches the behavior of a Maxwell body. There is no gradual transition from frictional to viscous deformation with increasing amounts of silicone, suggesting that the mixed rheology is in effect as soon as an interstitial fluid is present. Our experiments support the hypothesis that a possible cause for strain transients in nature is an interstitial viscous phase in shear zones.

  2. Meaning made of stress among veterans transitioning to college: examining unique associations with suicide risk and life-threatening behavior.

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    Holland, Jason M; Malott, Jesse; Currier, Joseph M

    2014-04-01

    Meaning made of stress has been shown to be a unique predictor of mental and physical health. In this study, we examined the unique associations between two facets of meaning made of stress (comprehensibility and footing in the world) and suicide risk and life-threatening behavior among military veterans who have transitioned to college were examined, controlling for demographic factors, religiousness, combat-related physical injury, combat exposure, depressive symptoms, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Findings suggest that comprehensibility (having “made sense” of a stressor) is uniquely associated with lower suicide risk and a lower likelihood of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and engaging in self-mutilating behaviors.

  3. New Jersey Children's Behavioral Healthcare System: cross service delivery planning for transitional population of youth (ages 16 and 18+ years).

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    McGill, Kenneth; McGill, Scott A

    2011-08-01

    The continued need for improvement within a 'system of care' is essential as the need for mental health services by those 'youth' within the child welfare system continually grows. This article outlines the statewide reform of New Jersey's Children's Behavioral Healthcare System, which began in 2000, as well as including the recommendations of the University of South Florida as part of their 'Final Report: Independent Assessment of New Jersey's Child Behavioral Health Services' on continued changes within the system of care. Successful outcomes have resulted from this welfare reform initiative, which include most notably the significant caseload decrease of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and the creation of a new cabinet entity, the Department of Children and Families (DCF). This article specifically outlines systemic recommendations to best serve the target population of 'transitional' youth between the ages of 16 to 18+ years utilizing interagency cooperation based upon 'theory of change' and Total Clinical Outcomes Management (TCOM) strategies.

  4. Understanding behavior under nonverbal transitive-inference procedures: Stimulus-control-topography analyses.

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    Galizio, Ann; Doughty, Adam H; Williams, Dean C; Saunders, Kathryn J

    2017-07-01

    Following training with verbal stimulus relations involving A is greater than B and B is greater than C, verbally-competent individuals reliably select A>C when asked "which is greater, A or C?" (i.e., verbal transitive inference). This result is easy to interpret. Nonhuman animals and humans with and without intellectual disabilities have been exposed to nonverbal transitive-inference procedures involving trained arbitrary stimulus relations. Following the training of A+B-, B+C-, C+D-, and D+E-, B reliably is selected over D (i.e., nonverbal transitive inference). Such findings are more challenging to interpret. The present research explored accounts of nonverbal transitive inference based in transitive inference per se, reinforcement, such as value-transfer theory, and operant stimulus control. In Experiment 1, college students selected B>G following the training of A+B-, B+C-, C+D-///E+F-, F+G-, and G+H- (where///signifies the omission of D+E-). In Experiment 2, college students selected B>G following the training of A+B-, B+C-, C+D-///E+F-, F+G-, and G+X- (where X refers to 10 stimuli that alternated across trials). In Experiment 3, college students selected G>B following the training of Y+B-, B+C-, C+D-///E+F-, F+G-, and G+X- (where Y and X refer to 10 stimuli, respectively, that alternated across trials). These findings are discussed in the context of operant stimulus control by offering an approach based in stimulus B typically acquiring only a select stimulus control topography. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The transient behavior of scaling in the atmosphere: stratiform/convective transition and applications to sub-grid scale statistics

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    Nogueira, M.; Barros, A. P.

    2014-12-01

    Multifractal behavior holds to a remarkable approximation over wide ranges of spatial scales in orographic rainfall and cloud fields. The scaling exponents characterizing this behavior are shown to be fundamentally transient with nonlinear dependencies on the particular atmospheric state and terrain forcing. In particular, a robust transition is found in the scaling parameters between non-convective (stable) and convective (unstable) regimes, with clear physical correspondence to the transition from stratiform to organized convective orographic precipitation. These results can explain two often reported scaling regimes for atmospheric wind, temperature and water observations. On the one hand, spectral slopes around 2-2.3 arise under non-convective or very weak convective conditions when the spatial patterns are dominated by large-scale gradients and landform. On the other hand, under convective conditions the scaling exponents generally fluctuate around 5/3, in agreement with the Kolmogorov turbulent regime accounting for the intermittency correction. High-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are able to reproduce the ubiquitous scaling behavior of observed atmospheric fields down to their effective resolution length-scale, below which the variability is misrepresented by the model. The effective resolution is shown to be a transient property dependent on the particular simulated conditions and NWP formulation, implying that a blunt decrease in grid spacing without adjusting numerical techniques may not lead to the improvements desired.Finally, the application of transient spatial scaling behavior for stochastic downscaling and sub-grid scale parameterization of cloud and rainfall fields is investigated. The proposed fractal methods are able to rapidly generate large ensembles of high-resolution statistically robust fields from the coarse resolution information alone, which can provide significant improvements for stochastic hydrological prediction

  6. Child Effortful Control as a Mediator of Parenting Practices on Externalizing Behavior: Evidence for a Sex-Differentiated Pathway across the Transition from Preschool to School

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    Chang, Hyein; Olson, Sheryl L.; Sameroff, Arnold J.; Sexton, Holly R.

    2011-01-01

    An explanatory model for children's development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children's externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys)…

  7. Child Effortful Control as a Mediator of Parenting Practices on Externalizing Behavior: Evidence for a Sex-Differentiated Pathway across the Transition from Preschool to School

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    Chang, Hyein; Olson, Sheryl L.; Sameroff, Arnold J.; Sexton, Holly R.

    2011-01-01

    An explanatory model for children's development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children's externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys)…

  8. Personality and externalizing behavior in the transition to young adulthood: the additive value of personality facets.

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    Klimstra, Theo A; Luyckx, Koen; Hale Iii, William W; Goossens, Luc

    2014-08-01

    The directionality of effects in the associations between personality and externalizing behavior (i.e., delinquency, soft drugs use, and alcohol abuse) is unclear. Moreover, previous studies only examined personality trait domains when examining these associations, whereas personality facets underlying these broad domains provide more specificity. To address these limitations, the present study examined the directionality of effects between externalizing behavior and personality while employing a facet-level approach to personality. Cross-lagged panel models were employed to four annual measurement waves of longitudinal data on 485 Belgian-Caucasian late adolescents (87.4 % female; M age = 18.63 years, SD = 0.61). Participants filled out the NEO-FFI as a measure of personality, the Deviant Behavior Scale as a measure of delinquency, and single items for soft drugs use and alcohol abuse on all four measurement occasions. The incremental value of personality facets over broad trait domains was demonstrated, as it was often the case that only some, but not all, facets underlying a specific trait domain were significantly associated with specific externalizing behaviors. Furthermore, linkages between personality and externalizing behavior were shown to be complex. Depending on the personality trait domain or facet and the specific behavior under investigation, the directionality of effects may differ. To capture the full complexity of the linkages between personality and externalizing behavior, a facet approach to personality is recommended. This information is potentially important for clinicians, as it indicates which specific aspects of a broad trait domain affect, and are affected by, specific externalizing behaviors.

  9. Ab initio calculations for structural, electronic and magnetic behaviors of nitrogenized monolayer graphene decorated with 5d transition metal atoms

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    Rafique, Muhammad; Shuai, Yong; Xu, Meng; Zhang, Guohua; Guo, Yanming

    2017-09-01

    Graphene-based magnetic materials have revealed great potential for developing high-performance electronic units at sub-nanometer such as spintronic data storage devices. However, a significant ferromagnetism behavior and ample band gap in the electronic structure of graphene is required before it can be used for actual engineering applications. Based on first-principles calculations, here we demonstrate the structural, electronic and magnetic behaviors of 5d transition metal (TM) atom-substituted nitrogenized monolayer graphene. We find that, during TMN(3)4 cluster-substitution, tight bonding occurs between impurity atoms and graphene with significant binding energies. Charge transfer occurs from graphene layer to the TMN(3)4 clusters. Interestingly, PtN3, TaN4 and ReN4 cluster-doped graphene structures exhibit dilute magnetic semiconductor behavior with 1.00 μB, 1.04 μB and 1.05 μB magnetic moments, respectively. While, OsN4 and PtN4 cluster-doped structures display nonmagnetic direct band gap semiconductor behavior. Remaining, TMN(3)4 cluster-doped graphene complexes exhibit half metal properties. Detailed analysis of density of states (DOS) plots indicate that d orbitals of TM atoms should be responsible for arising magnetic moments in graphene. Given results pave a new route for potential applications of dilute magnetic semiconductors and half-metals in spintronic devices by employing TMN(3)4 cluster-doped graphene complexes.

  10. Some behavioral aspects of energy descent: how a biophysical psychology might help people transition through the lean times ahead.

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    De Young, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    We may soon face biophysical limits to perpetual growth. Energy supplies may tighten and then begin a long slow descent while defensive expenditures rise to address problems caused by past resource consumption. The outcome may be significant changes in daily routines at the individual and community level. It is difficult to know when this scenario might begin to unfold but it clearly would constitute a new behavioral context, one that the behavioral sciences least attends to. Even if one posits a less dramatic scenario, people may still need to make many urgent and perhaps unsettling transitions. And while a robust response would be needed, it is not at all clear what should be the details of that response. Since it is likely that no single response will fix things everywhere, for all people or for all time, it would be useful to conduct many social experiments. Indeed, a culture of small experiments should be fostered which, at the individual and small group level, can be described as behavioral entrepreneurship. This may have begun, hidden in plain sight, but more social experiments are needed. To be of help, it may be useful to both package behavioral insights in a way that is practitioner-oriented and grounded in biophysical trends and to propose a few key questions that need attention. This paper begins the process of developing a biophysical psychology, incomplete as it is at this early stage.

  11. Some behavioral aspects of energy descent: how a biophysical psychology might help people transition through the lean times ahead

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    De Young, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    We may soon face biophysical limits to perpetual growth. Energy supplies may tighten and then begin a long slow descent while defensive expenditures rise to address problems caused by past resource consumption. The outcome may be significant changes in daily routines at the individual and community level. It is difficult to know when this scenario might begin to unfold but it clearly would constitute a new behavioral context, one that the behavioral sciences least attends to. Even if one posits a less dramatic scenario, people may still need to make many urgent and perhaps unsettling transitions. And while a robust response would be needed, it is not at all clear what should be the details of that response. Since it is likely that no single response will fix things everywhere, for all people or for all time, it would be useful to conduct many social experiments. Indeed, a culture of small experiments should be fostered which, at the individual and small group level, can be described as behavioral entrepreneurship. This may have begun, hidden in plain sight, but more social experiments are needed. To be of help, it may be useful to both package behavioral insights in a way that is practitioner-oriented and grounded in biophysical trends and to propose a few key questions that need attention. This paper begins the process of developing a biophysical psychology, incomplete as it is at this early stage. PMID:25404926

  12. Anomalous structural behavior in the metamagnetic transition of FeRh thin films from a local viewpoint

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    Wakisaka, Yuki; Uemura, Yohei; Yokoyama, Toshihiko; Asakura, Hiroyuki; Morimoto, Hiroyuki; Tabuchi, Masao; Ohshima, Daiki; Kato, Takeshi; Iwata, Satoshi

    2015-11-01

    The metamagnetic transition in FeRh thin films has been investigated via temperature-dependent x-ray-absorption fine-structure spectroscopy in order to gain correlations between magnetization and local electronic and geometric structures. According to the Fe and Rh K -edge x-ray-absorption near-edge structure (XANES), strong hybridization between Fe and Rh was revealed to exist. This Fe-Rh hybridization was observed to decrease during the phase transition from the antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) phases from the systematic change in the Fe K -edge XANES. In addition, only the Debye-Waller factor of the Fe-Fe pair in the AFM phase was observed to be considerably enhanced when compared with that in the FM phase, which was ascribed to local structural fluctuation inherent in the AFM phase. By considering the different features of the exchange interactions in Fe-Rh and Fe-Fe, this anomalous behavior is interpreted as being consistent with the recent theoretical study proposing the local fluctuations of spin and structure. Therefore, we consider that the local spin and Fe-Fe distance fluctuations play an important role in driving the metamagnetic transition, whereas the Fe-Rh hybridization correlates with the static stability of each magnetic phase.

  13. Critical behavior of the three-dimensional Ising model with anisotropic bond randomness at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line

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    Papakonstantinou, T.; Malakis, A.

    2013-01-01

    We study the ±J three-dimensional (3D) Ising model with a spatially uniaxial anisotropic bond randomness on the simple cubic lattice. The ±J random exchange is applied on the xy planes, whereas, in the z direction, only a ferromagnetic exchange is used. After sketching the phase diagram and comparing it with the corresponding isotropic case, the system is studied at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line using parallel tempering and a convenient concentration of antiferromagnetic bonds (pz=0;pxy=0.176). The numerical data clearly point out a second-order ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition belonging in the same universality class with the 3D random Ising model. The smooth finite-size behavior of the effective exponents, describing the peaks of the logarithmic derivatives of the order parameter, provides an accurate estimate of the critical exponent 1/ν=1.463(3), and a collapse analysis of magnetization data gives an estimate of β/ν=0.516(7). These results are in agreement with previous papers and, in particular, with those of the isotropic ±J three-dimensional Ising model at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line, indicating the irrelevance of the introduced anisotropy.

  14. Family Transitions in Cohabiting Families: a Longitudinal Investigation of the Role of Parent Depressive Symptoms in Youth Problem Behaviors.

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    Parent, Justin; Peisch, Virginia D; Forehand, Rex; Golub, Andrew; Reid, Megan

    2017-05-01

    Cohabiting family structures are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States but are less stable than married family unions. In this longitudinal study we examine the change in psychosocial adjustment of adolescents when a non-biologically related male cohabiting partner (MCP) transitions out of the family home. Of particular interest, the role of maternal and MCP depressive symptoms was examined as a moderator. At wave 1, the sample was comprised of 111 low-income urban Black families, consisting of an adolescent (42.3 % male; Mage = 13), a biological mother, and a non-biologically-related male cohabiting partner (MCP). Wave 2 and 3 assessments occurred over the course of the subsequent 29 months, with 38 % of MCPs transitioning out of the home. We used latent growth curve modeling to characterize trajectories of youth internalizing and externalizing symptom change across the 3 waves. Both maternal and MCP depressive symptoms interacted with whether a transition occurred, consistent with the notion that adolescent problem behaviors are shaped by the dynamic interplay of individual- and family-characteristics.

  15. Half-Metallic Behavior in Doped Sr2CrOsO6 Double Perovskite with High Transition Temperature

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    Samanta, Kartik; Sanyal, Prabuddha; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-01-01

    Half-metallic magnets with metallic behavior in one spin channel and insulating in the other, have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application possibility. The spin-dependent nature of the carrier scattering due to half-metallic nature of these materials, allows for the resistance to be strongly influenced by the low magnetic field. However, the operating temperatures of such known materials are generally low, opening up the need for half-metallic magnets with high transition temperatures. The double perovskites having general formula A2BB′O6 with alternating ordered arrangement of two transition metal sites, B and B′ offer an attractive possibility in this respect. Here, we consider the case of Sr2CrOsO6, which is a ferrimagnetic insulator with transition temperature (Tc) of 725 K, highest ever known in the oxide family, and show that moderate amount of La and Na doping at Sr site can drive the compound half-metallic with high Tc. PMID:26446395

  16. Half-Metallic Behavior in Doped Sr2CrOsO6 Double Perovskite with High Transition Temperature.

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    Samanta, Kartik; Sanyal, Prabuddha; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-10-08

    Half-metallic magnets with metallic behavior in one spin channel and insulating in the other, have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application possibility. The spin-dependent nature of the carrier scattering due to half-metallic nature of these materials, allows for the resistance to be strongly influenced by the low magnetic field. However, the operating temperatures of such known materials are generally low, opening up the need for half-metallic magnets with high transition temperatures. The double perovskites having general formula A2BB'O6 with alternating ordered arrangement of two transition metal sites, B and B' offer an attractive possibility in this respect. Here, we consider the case of Sr2CrOsO6, which is a ferrimagnetic insulator with transition temperature (Tc) of 725 K, highest ever known in the oxide family, and show that moderate amount of La and Na doping at Sr site can drive the compound half-metallic with high Tc.

  17. Critical behavior of the three-dimensional Ising model with anisotropic bond randomness at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line.

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    Papakonstantinou, T; Malakis, A

    2013-01-01

    We study the ±J three-dimensional (3D) Ising model with a spatially uniaxial anisotropic bond randomness on the simple cubic lattice. The ±J random exchange is applied on the xy planes, whereas, in the z direction, only a ferromagnetic exchange is used. After sketching the phase diagram and comparing it with the corresponding isotropic case, the system is studied at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line using parallel tempering and a convenient concentration of antiferromagnetic bonds (p(z)=0;p(xy)=0.176). The numerical data clearly point out a second-order ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition belonging in the same universality class with the 3D random Ising model. The smooth finite-size behavior of the effective exponents, describing the peaks of the logarithmic derivatives of the order parameter, provides an accurate estimate of the critical exponent 1/ν=1.463(3), and a collapse analysis of magnetization data gives an estimate of β/ν=0.516(7). These results are in agreement with previous papers and, in particular, with those of the isotropic ±J three-dimensional Ising model at the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition line, indicating the irrelevance of the introduced anisotropy.

  18. First-order transition and tricritical behavior of the transverse crystal field spin-1 Ising model

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    Costabile, Emanuel; Viana, J. Roberto; de Sousa, J. Ricardo; de Arruda, Alberto S.

    2015-06-01

    The phase diagram of the spin-1 Ising model in the presence of a transverse crystal-field anisotropy (Dx) is studied within the framework of an effective-field theory with correlation. The effect of the coordination number (z) on the phase diagram in the T -Dx plane is investigated. We observe only second-order transitions for coordination number z < 7, while that for z ≥ 7 we have first- and second-order transitions, with the presence of two tricritical points. The lower tricritical temperature (Tt) decreases monotonically with the increasing value of z, and in the limit of z → ∞ we found Tt = 0, corresponding to the mean-field solution [Ricardo de Sousa and Branco, Phys. Rev. E 77 (2008) 012104] with a single tricritical point in the phase diagram.

  19. Critical behavior of the absorbing state transition in the contact process with relaxing immunization

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    Cruz, Claudia P. T.; Lyra, M. L.; Fulco, U. L.; Corso, Gilberto

    2012-11-01

    We introduce a model for the Contact Process with relaxing immunization CPRI. In this model, local memory is introduced by a time and space dependence of the contamination probability. The model has two parameters: a typical immunization time τ and a maximum contamination probability a. The system presents an absorbing state phase transition whenever the contamination probability a is above a minimum threshold. For short immunization times, the system evolves to a statistically stationary active state. Above τc(a), immunization predominates and the system evolves to the absorbing vacuum state. We employ a finite-size scaling analysis to show that the transition belongs to the standard directed percolation universality class. The critical immunization time diverges in the limit of a→1. In this regime, the density of active sites decays exponentially as τ increases, but never reaches the vacuum state in the thermodynamic limit.

  20. Learning by looking: Infants' social looking behavior across the transition from crawling to walking.

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    Clearfield, Melissa W; Osborne, Christine N; Mullen, Molly

    2008-08-01

    This study investigated how infants gather information about their environment through looking and how that changes with increases in motor skills. In Experiment 1, 9.5- and 14-month-olds participated in a 10-min free play session with both a stranger and ambiguous toys present. There was a significant developmental progression from passive to active social engagement, as evidenced by younger infants watching others communicate more and older infants making more bids for social interaction. Experiment 2 examined longitudinally the impact of age and walking onset on this progression. The transition to independent walking marked significant changes in how often infants watched others communicate and made active bids for social interaction. Results suggest that infants transition from passive observers as crawlers to active participants in their social environment with the onset of walking.

  1. Pressure behavior of phonons and phase transition effects in Hg2I2 model virtual ferroelastics

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    Markov, Yu. F.; Mirovitskii, V. Yu.; Roginskii, E. M.

    2014-11-01

    The Raman spectra of virtual ferroelastic Hg2I2 crystals have been studied in a broad range of hydrostatic pressures. Linear pressure dependences of phonon frequencies are obtained at P < P c, which exhibit jumps and breaks at the phase transition point ( P c = 9 kbar). Grüneisen parameters of the Hg2I2 crystals are determined. The spectra of a ferroelastic phase ( P > P c) in various polarizations exhibit the excitation of new lines from the X point of the Brillouin zone, including transverse (TA) and longitudinal (LA) acoustic phonons. Based on analysis of the experimental and theoretical results, the Raman spectra of ferroelastic Hg2I2 crystals are interpreted and a model of the phase transition in these crystals is proposed.

  2. Two-wave behavior under various conditions of transition area from cancellous bone to cortical bone.

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    Nagatani, Yoshiki; Mizuno, Katsunori; Matsukawa, Mami

    2014-07-01

    The two-wave phenomenon, the wave separation of a single ultrasonic pulse in cancellous bone, is expected to be a useful tool for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. However, because actual bone has a complicated structure, precise studies on the effect of transition conditions between cortical and cancellous parts are required. This study investigated how the transition condition influenced the two-wave generation using three-dimensional X-ray CT images of an equine radius and a three-dimensional simulation technique. As a result, any changes in the boundary between cortical part and trabecular part, which gives the actual complex structure of bone, did not eliminate the generation of either the primary wave or the secondary wave at least in the condition of clear trabecular alignment. The results led us to the possibility of using the two-wave phenomenon in a diagnostic system for osteoporosis in cases of a complex boundary.

  3. Phase behavior of polydisperse spheres: simulation strategies and an application to the freezing transition.

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    Wilding, Nigel B; Sollich, Peter

    2010-12-14

    The statistical mechanics of phase transitions in dense systems of polydisperse particles presents distinctive challenges to computer simulation and analytical theory alike. The core difficulty, namely, dealing correctly with particle size fractionation between coexisting phases, is set out in the context of a critique of previous simulation work on such systems. Specialized Monte Carlo simulation techniques and moment free energy method calculations, capable of treating fractionation exactly, are then described and deployed to study the fluid-solid transition of an assembly of repulsive spherical particles described by a top-hat "parent" distribution of particle sizes. The cloud curve delineating the solid-fluid coexistence region is mapped as a function of the degree of polydispersity δ, and the properties of the incipient "shadow" phases are presented. The coexistence region is found to shift to higher densities as δ increases, but does not exhibit the sharp narrowing predicted by many theories and some simulations.

  4. Vortex phase transition and anisotropy behavior of optimized (Li1-x Fe x OH)FeSe single crystals

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    Yi, Xiaolei; Wang, Chunlei; Tang, Qingbin; Peng, Tao; Qiu, Yang; Xu, Junqi; Sun, Haibin; Luo, Yongsong; Yu, Benhai

    2016-10-01

    (Li1-x Fe x OH)FeSe single crystals have been successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal ion-exchange technique. We have carried out systematic research on the influence of the concentration of selenourea (c m) on the superconducting properties of (Li1-x Fe x OH)FeSe single crystals. The optimized specimens possess an onset superconducting transition temperature T c of up to 42 K obtained at c m = 0.8 mol l-1, and the corresponding residual resistivity ratio (RRR = ρ (300 K)/ρ (T c)) is estimated to be 11. The vortex liquid-to-glass phase transition has been discussed based on the collective pinning model. The large distance between the H g and H c2 lines, as well as the much narrower region of the pinned vortex-liquid phase, indicate a weak vortex-pinning ability in (Li1-x Fe x OH)FeSe single crystals. The big out-plane anisotropy behavior versus temperature has been explored according to the anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau theory, and the anisotropy factor Γ displays linear behavior towards temperature similar to that of SmFeAsO1-x F x superconductors.

  5. First-principles phonon spectrum in bcc Ba: Three-ion forces and transition-metal behavior

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    Moriarty, John A.

    1986-11-01

    The influence of d electrons on the structural and vibrational properties of the heavy alkaline-earth metals increases with atomic number. The occurrence of the bcc structure in Ba (versus fcc in Ca and Sr) suggests the onset of transition-metal behavior, where the bottom of the 5d band has crossed below the Fermi level. This behavior also appears to be revealed in the recently measured phonon spectrum, which is found to be somewhat anomalous. We have made a first-principles analysis of the phonon spectrum of Ba in the context of the new transition-metal generalized pseudopotential theory. We find that partial filling of the 5d band is essential both to stabilize the bcc structure and to lower the calculated phonon frequencies into the measured range. Furthermore, the inclusion of three-ion angular forces (in addition to normal two-ion pair forces) is necessary to explain the observed anomalous lowering of the longitudinal branch below the transverse branch in the [100] direction.

  6. Upper-nose temper phenomena and transition behavior of fracture toughness of 2. 25Cr-1Mo pressure vessel steel

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    Holzmann, M.; Man, J.; Vlach, B. . Academy of Sciences)

    1993-12-15

    A non-reversible upper-nose temper embrittlement (UNTE) which is characterized by transcrystalline cleavage could occur in low alloy steels when tempered or post-weld heat treated at temperatures ranging between 600 C to A[sub c1] for longer-time period. The deterioration of mechanical properties, in particular toughness, associated with this process, is a very relevant problem for fabricators of large components in petrochemical and power industry. One must be very careful when evaluating the embrittlement of the structure itself, using results of the Charpy test. The authors of the present work have reported in a recent paper that the cleavage fracture stress [sigma][sub CF], due to structural changes during temper treatment, has fallen steadily from the very beginning of tempering and a model has been suggested, explaining the transition behavior in the Charpy test. Even though the Charpy tests provide valuable information regarding impact toughness properties, the fracture toughness is a more exact material characteristic defining the fracture resistance properties. Therefore, the fracture toughness temperature curves, measured for a variety of tempered conditions, aim to reveal to what extent UNTE phenomena can influence the level and transition behavior of this material characteristic. Some representative results are given in the present paper.

  7. Trends in contraceptive patterns and behaviors during a period of fertility transition in China: 1988-2006.

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    Zheng, Xiaoying; Tan, Lingfang; Ren, Qiang; Cui, Zhijun; Wu, Junqing; Lin, Ting; He, Jie; Chen, Hua

    2012-09-01

    This paper explores how contraceptive patterns and behaviors changed during the course of China's population transition and a period of low fertility from 1988 to 2006. Based on data from Chinese nationwide surveys of family planning and reproductive health undertaken in 1988, 1997, 2001 and 2006, this study uses a multinomial logit model to analyze changes in, regional differences in and determinants of contraceptive behaviors during this period. The overall prevalence of contraceptive use among married women aged 15-49 years changed little during these 20 years, holding steady at about 90%. However, there were notable changes in the method mix: the predominant methods used were the long-term methods of the intrauterine device (IUD) and female sterilization, and contraceptive use gradually shifted from sterilization to IUDs and condoms. There existed a close relationship between contraceptive methods used and sociodemographic characteristics. Hans, rural, old and less educated women are more likely to use sterilization, while minorities, urban, young and educated women are more likely to use IUDs. There are marked changes in the method mix among different demographic groups during the course of China's population transition and a period of low fertility. The findings indicate that future works aimed at promoting reproductive health should be diverse among different populations. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Eye Gaze Behavior at Turn Transition: How Aphasic Patients Process Speakers' Turns during Video Observation.

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    Preisig, Basil C; Eggenberger, Noëmi; Zito, Giuseppe; Vanbellingen, Tim; Schumacher, Rahel; Hopfner, Simone; Gutbrod, Klemens; Nyffeler, Thomas; Cazzoli, Dario; Annoni, Jean-Marie; Bohlhalter, Stephan; Müri, René M

    2016-10-01

    The human turn-taking system regulates the smooth and precise exchange of speaking turns during face-to-face interaction. Recent studies investigated the processing of ongoing turns during conversation by measuring the eye movements of noninvolved observers. The findings suggest that humans shift their gaze in anticipation to the next speaker before the start of the next turn. Moreover, there is evidence that the ability to timely detect turn transitions mainly relies on the lexico-syntactic content provided by the conversation. Consequently, patients with aphasia, who often experience deficits in both semantic and syntactic processing, might encounter difficulties to detect and timely shift their gaze at turn transitions. To test this assumption, we presented video vignettes of natural conversations to aphasic patients and healthy controls, while their eye movements were measured. The frequency and latency of event-related gaze shifts, with respect to the end of the current turn in the videos, were compared between the two groups. Our results suggest that, compared with healthy controls, aphasic patients have a reduced probability to shift their gaze at turn transitions but do not show significantly increased gaze shift latencies. In healthy controls, but not in aphasic patients, the probability to shift the gaze at turn transition was increased when the video content of the current turn had a higher lexico-syntactic complexity. Furthermore, the results from voxel-based lesion symptom mapping indicate that the association between lexico-syntactic complexity and gaze shift latency in aphasic patients is predicted by brain lesions located in the posterior branch of the left arcuate fasciculus. Higher lexico-syntactic processing demands seem to lead to a reduced gaze shift probability in aphasic patients. This finding may represent missed opportunities for patients to place their contributions during everyday conversation.

  9. Relative permittivity behavior and temperature changes in linoleic acid during the phase transition

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    Kościesza, R.; Siegoczyński, R. M.; Rostocki, A. J.; Tefelski, D. B.; Kos, A.; Ejchart, W.

    2008-07-01

    In our earlier works several fatty liquids (edible oils and unsaturated fatty acids) which exhibit existence of a new phase induced by high pressure were presented. Conclusion of those experiments is that C=C bonds existence in these liquids plays a dominant role in a new phase occurrence. Relative permittivity in pure acids investigated till now seems to behave in specific way. That is why we decided to investigate linoleic acid (C18H32O2) under high pressure. In our experiment such quantities as: electric capacity, pressure and temperature were recorded. The experimental setup gives us also a possibility to conduct optical investigations. We observed a transmitted and scattered beams of close infrared light (λ = 800nm) in directions 0° and 90° towards the incident beam. Due to the rapid grow of temperature and the rapid change of transmitted and scattered beams we may say that observed phenomenon is a first order phase transition and a proof for the significant change of liquid structure. This paper contains time dependencies of permittivity, temperature, transmitted and scattered light intensity and also permittivity vs. pressure changes during the phase transition in linoleic acid and first of all measured data analysis which lets us explain the transition reasons.

  10. Influence of moisture, particle size and pulse flour composition on phase transition behavior of rice flour.

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    Nithya, D J; Saravanan, M; Mohan, R Jagan; Alagusundaram, K

    2015-04-01

    Study on the phase transition characteristics is an important parameter in extrusion processing. The influence of Moisture Content (MC), particle size and level of cereal-pulse blend on the glass transition (Tg) and melt (Tm) temperatures of a ready to eat cereal-pulse formulation was determined. All samples were moisture conditioned in a 9 to 27 % with 3 % interval. Tg and Tm were measured by phase transition analyser (PTA). A substantial decrease in Tg and Tm was observed as moisture content level increased from 9 to 27 %. However Tg and Tm values could not be clearly defined below 9 % moisture content and above 27 % moisture content. The Tg and Tm values of the cereal-pulse formulation were found to be increased with increasing pulse composition (5 to 30 % with 5 % interval). Increase in particle size (150, 180, 212, 300, 425 and 500 μ) exhibited significant increase effect on Tg while less significant effect on Tm. This may be due to crystalline regions which play a role in cross linking amorphous regions of the polymeric network and thus suppress the mobility of amorphous regions. The observed differences in Tg and Tm induced by the moisture content, concentration of Bengal gram and particle size will be useful in simulation and optimization of barrel temperature set during extrusion processing.

  11. Socio-demographic, behavioral, and health correlates of nutrition transition dietary indicators in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    Colón-Ramos, Uriyoán; Pérez-Cardona, Cynthia M; Monge-Rojas, Rafael

    2013-11-01

    To identify socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related correlates of food preferences in Puerto Rico that will help determine Caribbean-region populations vulnerable to nutrition transition. Data from a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 858 adults residing in the San Juan Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico were analyzed. Multivariable ordinal logistic regressions were used to model the frequency of consumption of 1) fruits and vegetables, 2) tubers/starchy root vegetables, 3) fried foods, and 4) Western-style fast foods as a function of socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related characteristics. Higher frequency of consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with being physically active and older and having a medium to high level of education, whereas intake of tubers was associated with being older, having a low income, not using government insurance, and having elevated levels of triglycerides. Frequency of consumption of fast food was associated with younger age, higher income, 12-15 years of formal education, and a higher body mass index (BMI), whereas frequency of consumption of fried food was associated with being younger and male, not being a smoker, and having elevated levels of fasting blood glucose. The results indicate a nutrition transition in Puerto Rico with health consequences for the Caribbean region. The characteristics of this nutrition transition seem to be determined by income, education, and age, but may also be dictated by access to various food groups. These results set the stage for needed investigation of environmental and individual-level factors that could shape patterns in food consumption.

  12. 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.

  13. Socio-demographic, behavioral, and health correlates of nutrition transition dietary indicators in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Colón-Ramos, Uriyoán; Pérez-Cardona, Cynthia M.; Monge-Rojas, Rafael

    2014-01-01

    Objective To identify socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related correlates of food preferences in Puerto Rico that will help determine Caribbean-region populations vulnerable to nutrition transition. Methods Data from a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 858 adults residing in the San Juan Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico were analyzed. Multivariable ordinal logistic regressions were used to model the frequency of consumption of 1) fruits and vegetables, 2) tubers/starchy root vegetables, 3) fried foods, and 4) Western-style fast foods as a function of socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related characteristics. Results Higher frequency of consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with being physically active and older and having a medium to high level of education, whereas intake of tubers was associated with being older, having a low income, not using government insurance, and having elevated levels of triglycerides. Frequency of consumption of fast food was associated with younger age, higher income, 12–15 years of formal education, and a higher body mass index (BMI), whereas frequency of consumption of fried food was associated with being younger and male, not being a smoker, and having elevated levels of fasting blood glucose. Conclusions The results indicate a nutrition transition in Puerto Rico with health consequences for the Caribbean region. The characteristics of this nutrition transition seem to be determined by income, education, and age, but may also be dictated by access to various food groups. These results set the stage for needed investigation of environmental and individual-level factors that could shape patterns in food consumption. PMID:24553760

  14. Behavioral changes in autistic individuals as a result of wearing ambient transitional prism lenses.

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    Kaplan, M; Edelson, S M; Seip, J A

    1998-01-01

    A double-blind crossover design was used to assess the efficacy of wearing ambient lenses to reduce the behavioral symptoms of autism. Eighteen autistic individuals, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years, participated in the study. Behavior, attention, and orientation were evaluated at 1 1/2 months, 2 months, 3 months, and 4 months. Compared to the placebo condition, the results showed a decrease in behavior problems at the 1 1/2 and 2 month assessment periods and a slight loss of these benefits at the 3 and 4 month assessment periods. These findings support the prediction that ambient lenses, worn without engaging in visual-motor exercises, have positive effects on autistic individuals.

  15. Drinking Behaviors and Life Course Socioeconomic Status During the Transition From Adolescence to Adulthood Among Whites and Blacks

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    Lui, Camillia K; Chung, Paul J; Ford, Chandra L; Grella, Christine E; Mulia, Nina

    2015-01-01

    Objective: This study sought to determine how socioeconomic status (SES) changes during the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and to understand the effects of SES on drinking behaviors in early adulthood among U.S. Whites and Blacks. Method: Secondary data analysis was conducted using three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a school-based sample of adolescents (Grades 7–12) followed through adulthood (age range: 25–31 years). Through latent class analysis, SES was operationalized as economic (i.e., income, home ownership) and human capital (i.e., education, occupation). Drinking behavior was categorized into no past-year use, current drinking without weekly heavy episodic drinking (HED), and weekly HED. Models were stratified by race: Whites (n = 5,248) and Blacks (n = 1,875). Results: For Whites, four economic capital groups (persistently low, upward, downward, and persistently high) and five human capital groups (persistently low, upward with work, upward with school, downward with work, and persistently high) were found. Blacks had roughly similar SES groups as Whites but with lower economic and human capital levels across all groups and without downward groups in either domain. Among both Whites and Blacks, lower economic and human capital groups reported higher abstinence. Persistently low Blacks, however, reported higher HED, whereas persistently low Whites did not. Moreover, economically upward Whites reported lower HED, whereas upwardly mobile Blacks did not. Conclusions: Racial disparities were evident by economic and human capital during the transition into adulthood. Although abstinence profiles were similar for Whites and Blacks, both persistently low and upward trajectory groups signified differential HED risks. Future research should examine the mechanisms by which SES trajectories affect drinking behaviors. PMID:25486395

  16. Drinking behaviors and life course socioeconomic status during the transition from adolescence to adulthood among Whites and Blacks.

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    Lui, Camillia K; Chung, Paul J; Ford, Chandra L; Grella, Christine E; Mulia, Nina

    2015-01-01

    This study sought to determine how socioeconomic status (SES) changes during the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and to understand the effects of SES on drinking behaviors in early adulthood among U.S. Whites and Blacks. Secondary data analysis was conducted using three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a school-based sample of adolescents (Grades 7-12) followed through adulthood (age range: 25-31 years). Through latent class analysis, SES was operationalized as economic (i.e., income, home ownership) and human capital (i.e., education, occupation). Drinking behavior was categorized into no past-year use, current drinking without weekly heavy episodic drinking (HED), and weekly HED. Models were stratified by race: Whites (n = 5,248) and Blacks (n = 1,875). For Whites, four economic capital groups (persistently low, upward, downward, and persistently high) and five human capital groups (persistently low, upward with work, upward with school, downward with work, and persistently high) were found. Blacks had roughly similar SES groups as Whites but with lower economic and human capital levels across all groups and without downward groups in either domain. Among both Whites and Blacks, lower economic and human capital groups reported higher abstinence. Persistently low Blacks, however, reported higher HED, whereas persistently low Whites did not. Moreover, economically upward Whites reported lower HED, whereas upwardly mobile Blacks did not. Racial disparities were evident by economic and human capital during the transition into adulthood. Although abstinence profiles were similar for Whites and Blacks, both persistently low and upward trajectory groups signified differential HED risks. Future research should examine the mechanisms by which SES trajectories affect drinking behaviors.

  17. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bishop, David

    2012-01-01

    Relative humidity (PH2O, partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known PH2O conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na?/Ca2? cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na?/Ca2? cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under highand low-PH2O conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si O/Al O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation H2O Al Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na?/Ca2? cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na?/Ca2? order disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  18. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bish, David L.

    2012-04-01

    Relative humidity ( P_{{{text{H}}_{ 2} {text{O}}}} , partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known P_{{{text{H}}_{ 2} {text{O}}}} conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na+/Ca2+ cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na+/Ca2+ cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under high- and low- P_{{{text{H}}_{ 2} {text{O}}}} conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation-H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si-O/Al-O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation-H2O-Al-Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na+/Ca2+ cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na+/Ca2+ order-disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  19. Mechanical behavior and brittle-ductile transition of high-chromium martensitic steel

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    Odnobokova, M. V.; Kipelova, A. Yu.; Belyakov, A. N.; Kaibyshev, R. O.

    2016-04-01

    The article presents data on the static tensile tests and dynamic impact-toughness tests of a highchromium martensitic 10Kh9V1M1FBR steel (0.12 wt % C, 9.8 wt % Cr, 0.93 wt % W, 1.01 wt % Mo, 0.2 wt % V, 0.05 wt % Nb, 0.05 wt % N, 0.003 wt % B, 0.36 wt % Mn, 0.2 wt % Ni, 0.06 wt % Si, 0.01 wt % P, 0.008 wt % S, 0.02 wt % Cu, 0.1 wt % Co, 0.015 wt % Al, and the remainder is Fe) in the temperature range from 20 to-196°C. In the case of static loading, a reduction in the temperature leads to an increase in the strength characteristics; upon a drop in the temperature from 20 to-100°C, the plasticity also increases. This is connected with the fact that the ductile fracture remains the basic mechanism down to cryogenic temperatures. The brittle-ductile transition related to the transition from ductile intragranular fracture to quasibrittle one is observed at-45°C. The steel exhibits high impact toughness to the temperature of-60°C ( KCV -60 = 95 J/cm2), at which the fraction of the ductile component in fracture is equal to 20%. At 80°C, the impact toughness decreases down to critical values (30 J/cm2), which correlates with the decrease in the fraction of the ductile component on the fracture surface down to 1%. The further decrease in the impact toughness down to 10 J/cm2 at-196°C is related to the transition from intragranular to intergranular brittle fracture.

  20. Thermal behavior of long wavelength absorption transitions in Spirulina platensis photosystem I trimers.

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    Cometta, A; Zucchelli, G; Karapetyan, N V; Engelmann, E; Garlaschi, F M; Jennings, R C

    2000-01-01

    In photosystem I trimers of Spirulina platensis a major long wavelength transition is irreversibly bleached by illumination with high-intensity white light. The photobleaching hole, identified by both absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopies, is interpreted as the inhomogeneously broadened Q(y) transition of a chlorophyll form that absorbs maximally near 709 nm at room temperature. Analysis of the mean square deviation of the photobleaching hole between 80 and 300 K, in the linear electron-phonon frame, indicates that the optical reorganization energy is 52 cm(-1), four times greater than that for the bulk, short-wavelength-absorbing chlorophylls, and the inhomogenous site distribution bandwidth is close to 150 cm(-1). The room temperature bandwidth, close to 18.5 nm, is dominated by thermal (homogeneous) broadening. Photobleaching induces correlated circular dichroism changes, of opposite sign, at 709 and 670 nm, which suggests that the long wavelength transition may be a low energy excitonic band, in agreement with its high reorganization energy. Clear identification of the 709-nm spectral form was used in developing a Gaussian description of the long wavelength absorption tail by analyzing the changing band shape during photobleaching using a global decomposition procedure. Additional absorption states near 720, 733, and 743 nm were thus identified. The lowest energy state at 743 nm is present in substoichiometric levels at room temperature and its presence was confirmed by fluorescence spectroscopy. This state displays an unusual increase in intensity upon lowering the temperature, which is successfully described by assuming the presence of low-lying, thermally populated states. PMID:11106627

  1. Novel Electronic Behavior Driving NdNiO3 Metal-Insulator Transition.

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    Upton, M H; Choi, Yongseong; Park, Hyowon; Liu, Jian; Meyers, D; Chakhalian, J; Middey, S; Kim, Jong-Woo; Ryan, Philip J

    2015-07-17

    We present evidence that the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a tensile-strained NdNiO3 (NNO) film is facilitated by a redistribution of electronic density and that it neither requires Ni charge disproportionation nor a symmetry change [U. Staub et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 126402 (2002); R. Jaramillo et al., Nat. Phys. 10, 304 (2014)]. Given that epitaxial tensile strain in thin NNO films induces preferential occupancy of the e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital we propose that the larger transfer integral of this orbital state with the O 2p orbital state mediates a redistribution of electronic density from the Ni atom. A decrease in the Ni d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital occupation is directly observed by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering below the MIT temperature. Furthermore, an increase in the Nd charge occupancy is measured by x-ray absorption at the Nd L(3) edge. Both spin-orbit coupling and crystal field effects combine to break the degeneracy of the Nd 5d states, shifting the energy of the Nd e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbit towards the Fermi level, allowing the A site to become an active acceptor during the MIT. This work identifies the relocation of electrons from the Ni 3d to the Nd 5d orbitals across the MIT. We propose that the insulating gap opens between the Ni 3d and O 2p states, resulting from Ni 3d electron localization. The transition seems to be neither a purely Mott-Hubbard transition nor a simple charge transfer.

  2. Novel Electronic Behavior Driving NdNiO3 Metal-Insulator Transition

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    Upton, M. H.; Choi, Yongseong; Park, Hyowon; Liu, Jian; Meyers, D.; Chakhalian, J.; Middey, S.; Kim, Jong-Woo; Ryan, Philip J.

    2015-07-01

    We present evidence that the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a tensile-strained NdNiO3 (NNO) film is facilitated by a redistribution of electronic density and that it neither requires Ni charge disproportionation nor a symmetry change [U. Staub et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 126402 (2002); R. Jaramillo et al., Nat. Phys. 10, 304 (2014)]. Given that epitaxial tensile strain in thin NNO films induces preferential occupancy of the eg dx2-y2 orbital we propose that the larger transfer integral of this orbital state with the O 2 p orbital state mediates a redistribution of electronic density from the Ni atom. A decrease in the Ni dx2-y2 orbital occupation is directly observed by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering below the MIT temperature. Furthermore, an increase in the Nd charge occupancy is measured by x-ray absorption at the Nd L3 edge. Both spin-orbit coupling and crystal field effects combine to break the degeneracy of the Nd 5 d states, shifting the energy of the Nd eg dx2-y2 orbit towards the Fermi level, allowing the A site to become an active acceptor during the MIT. This work identifies the relocation of electrons from the Ni 3 d to the Nd 5 d orbitals across the MIT. We propose that the insulating gap opens between the Ni 3 d and O 2 p states, resulting from Ni 3 d electron localization. The transition seems to be neither a purely Mott-Hubbard transition nor a simple charge transfer.

  3. Do Teachers' Behavioral Expectations Effect the Transition from a Psychiatric Program to Community Schools?

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    McLeer, S.; And Others

    Moving children from a psychiatric treatment facility to community schools presents significant challenges for children, teachers, and families. This study examined the potential conflicts between the expectations of receiving teachers and the behaviors of elementary school students (N=17) using the Assessments for Integration into Mainstream…

  4. Teacher Perceptions of Emotional Behavior Disorder Students in a Rural High School Transition Program

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    Watson, Brian Craig

    2013-01-01

    Little research has examined the perceptions of special education teachers who teach students with Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD). This study aimed to provide insight into how educators are preparing EBD students for post-high school living. The conceptual framework for the study was based on Braun's theory, which examines teachers'…

  5. Developmental Transitions in Youth Behavioral Opposition and Maternal Beliefs in Social Ecological Context

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    Ehrensaft, Miriam K.; Cohen, Patricia; Chen, Henian; Berenson, Kathy

    2007-01-01

    We investigated age-based changes in mothers' complaints about offspring behavioral opposition, and offspring reports of opposition in a prospective longitudinal design (N = 821). Maternal complaints declined from pre-adolescence to early adulthood, but more slowly in low socioeconomic status (SES) and single-parent families. Mothers complained…

  6. Factors Associated with Transitional Shifts in College Students' Physical Activity Behavior

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    Levy, Susan S.; Cardinal, Bradley J.

    2006-01-01

    The Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & Marcus, 1994) has been widely used as a framework for understanding exercise behavior change. The purpose of this study was to clarify equivocal research findings reported for model predictions when examining stage movement over time rather than static stages and to provide some evidence of the construct…

  7. A Cross-Sectional Behavioral Genetic Analysis of Task Persistence in the Transition to Middle Childhood

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    Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Petrill, Stephen A.; Thompson, Lee A.; DeThorne, Laura S.

    2005-01-01

    Task persistence, measured by a composite score of independent teacher, tester and observer reports, was examined using behavioral genetic analysis. Participants included 92 monozygotic and 137 same-sex dizygotic twin pairs in Kindergarten or 1st grade (4.3 to 7.9 years old). Task persistence was widely distributed, higher among older children,…

  8. Developmental Transitions in Youth Behavioral Opposition and Maternal Beliefs in Social Ecological Context

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    Ehrensaft, Miriam K.; Cohen, Patricia; Chen, Henian; Berenson, Kathy

    2007-01-01

    We investigated age-based changes in mothers' complaints about offspring behavioral opposition, and offspring reports of opposition in a prospective longitudinal design (N = 821). Maternal complaints declined from pre-adolescence to early adulthood, but more slowly in low socioeconomic status (SES) and single-parent families. Mothers complained…

  9. Phase transition behavior and electrical properties of lead-free (Ba1-xCax)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Tian, Ye; Chao, Xiaolian; Wei, Lingling; Liang, Pengfei; Yang, Zupei

    2013-05-01

    Lead-free (Ba1-xCax)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3(BCZT) ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state sintering process. The Ca ion substitutions on phase transition behavior, microstructure, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of BCZT ceramics were systemically investigated. The diffuse phase transition (DPT) behavior was suppressed, while the orthorhombic → tetragonal (O→T) and rhombohedral → orthorhombic (R→O) phase transitions were observed when the Ca content is at x = 0.05. Further increasing the Ca content, the DPT behavior gradually enhanced, and both the O→T and R→O phase transitions gradually evolved into R→T phase transition when the Ca content increases up to 0.15 at 25 °C. This behavior was related with phase structure and morphology, which significantly impacted the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties near the R→T phase boundary. As a result, the sample with Ca contents of 0.15 shows the outstanding piezoelectric properties (with d33 = 572 pC/N, kp = 57%, Qm = 125, ɛr = 4821, and tan δ = 0.015) while negligible change for the ferroelectric properties. The abnormal ferroelectric behavior and potential factor contributing to large piezoelectric response also were discussed.

  10. The cognitive roles of behavioral variability: idiosyncratic acts as the foundation of identity and as transitional, preparatory, and confirmatory phases.

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    Eilam, David

    2015-02-01

    Behavior in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), in habitual daily tasks, and in sport and cultural rituals is deconstructed into elemental acts and categorized into common acts, performed by all individuals completing a similar task, and idiosyncratic acts, not performed by all individuals. Never skipped, common acts establish the pragmatic part of motor tasks. Repetitive performance of a few common acts renders rituals a rigid form, whereby common acts may serve as memes for cultural transmission. While idiosyncratic acts are not pragmatically necessary for task completion, they fulfill important cognitive roles. They form a long preparatory phase in tasks that involve high stakes, and a long confirmatory phase in OCD rituals. Idiosyncratic acts also form transitional phases between motor tasks, and are involved in establishing identity and preserving the flexibility necessary for adapting to varying circumstances. Behavioral variability, as manifested in idiosyncrasy, thus does not seem to be a noise or by-product of motor activity, but an essential cognitive component that has been preserved in the evolution of behavioral patterns, similar to the genetic variability in biology.

  11. DAF-16/FOXO regulates homeostasis of essential sleep-like behavior during larval transitions in C. elegans.

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    Driver, Robert J; Lamb, Annesia L; Wyner, Abraham J; Raizen, David M

    2013-03-18

    Sleep homeostasis, which refers to the maintenance of sleep amount or depth following sleep deprivation, indicates that sleep and sleep-like states serve fundamental functions that cannot be bypassed [1]. Homeostasis of sleep-like behavior is observed during C. elegans lethargus, a 2-3 hr behavioral quiescent period that occurs during larval state transitions [2]. Here, we report a role for DAF-16/FOXO, a transcription factor that is active under conditions of stress [3], in the response to deprivation of lethargus quiescence. Forced locomotion during lethargus results in nuclear translocation of DAF-16. The formation of dauer larvae, a developmental state promoted by daf-16, is increased in response to quiescence deprivation. daf-16 mutants show an impaired homeostatic response to deprivation of lethargus quiescence and are hypersensitive to the lethal effects of forced locomotion during lethargus. DAF-16 expression in muscle cells, but not in neurons, is sufficient to restore a homeostatic response to deprivation of quiescence, pointing to a role for muscle in sleep homeostasis. These findings are relevant to clinical observations of altered metabolic signaling in response to sleep deprivation and suggest that these signaling pathways may act in nonneuronal tissue to regulate sleep behaviors.

  12. Transitions in Wetting Behavior Between Liquid Ag-CuO Alloys and Al2O3Substrates

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    Friant, Jared R.; Meier, Alan; Darsell, Jens T.; Weil, K. Scott; Rohrer, G.

    2012-02-24

    Reactive air brazing (RAB) is a method for joining ceramics with applications in high temperature technologies such as gas separation and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components. An understanding of wetting behavior is critical for optimization of the brazing process. In the current study, the wetting behavior of Ag-CuO on Al2O3 was evaluated. Based on in-situ contact angle measurements, three regions of wetting behavior were identified in the composition range of 0 to 40 mol% CuO. The first transition, a 20° decrease between 2 mol% CuO and 4 mol% CuO, was attributed to the liquid composition miscibility gap, and the second, a 10° decrease between 10 mol% CuO and 20 mol% CuO, was hypothesized to be dominated by the formation of a reaction product. Small, discontinuous reaction regions were identified via electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) but could not be verified with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis (XPS).

  13. Critical behavior of the order-disorder phase transition in β -brass investigated by x-ray scattering

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    Madsen, A.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Hallmann, J.; Roth, T.; Lu, W.

    2016-07-01

    β -brass exhibits an archetypical example of an order-disorder transition with a critical behavior that was previously investigated by neutron scattering. The data were well described by the three-dimensional (3d) Ising model but the relatively crude experimental resolution prevented an in-depth examination of the single-length scaling hypothesis, a cornerstone in the theory of critical phenomena. With the development of synchrotron x-ray experiments, high-resolution data could be recorded and surprisingly it was found that the single-length scaling did not hold in most critical systems, possibly due to strain originating from surface defects and/or impurities. In this paper we demonstrate single-length critical behavior using high-resolution x-ray scattering in β -brass. The investigations confirm that β -brass behaves like a 3d Ising system over a wide range of length scales comprising correlated clusters of millions of atoms. To vary the surface sensitivity, experiments have been performed both in Bragg reflection and Laue transmission geometries but without any substantial differences observed in the scaling and critical behavior.

  14. Local, cell-nonautonomous feedback regulation of myosin dynamics patterns transitions in cell behavior: a role for tension and geometry?

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    Saravanan, Surat; Meghana, C.; Narasimha, Maithreyi

    2013-01-01

    How robust patterns of tissue dynamics emerge from heterogeneities, stochasticities, and asynchronies in cell behavior is an outstanding question in morphogenesis. A clear understanding of this requires examining the influence of the behavior of single cells on tissue patterning. Here we develop single-cell manipulation strategies to uncover the origin of patterned cell behavior in the amnioserosa during Drosophila dorsal closure. We show that the formation and dissolution of contractile, medial actomyosin networks previously shown to underlie pulsed apical constrictions in the amnioserosa are apparently asynchronous in adjacent cells. We demonstrate for the first time that mechanical stresses and Rho1 GTPase control myosin dynamics qualitatively and quantitatively, in amplitude and direction, both cell autonomously and nonautonomously. We then demonstrate that interfering with myosin-dependent contractility in single cells also influences pulsed constrictions cell nonautonomously. Our results suggest that signals and stresses can feedback regulate the amplitude and spatial propagation of pulsed constrictions through their influence on tension and geometry. We establish the relevance of these findings to native closure by showing that cell delamination represents a locally patterned and collective transition from pulsed to unpulsed constriction that also relies on the nonautonomous feedback control of myosin dynamics. PMID:23741052

  15. Adolescent transitions in reflexive and non-reflexive behavior: Review of fear conditioning and impulse control in rodent models.

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    Hunt, Pamela S; Burk, Joshua A; Barnet, Robert C

    2016-11-01

    Adolescence is a time of critical brain changes that pave the way for adult learning processes. However, the extent to which learning in adolescence is best characterized as a transitional linear progression from childhood to adulthood, or represents a period that differs from earlier and later developmental stages, remains unclear. Here we examine behavioral literature on associative fear conditioning and complex choice behavior with rodent models. Many aspects of fear conditioning are intact by adolescence and do not differ from adult patterns. Sufficient evidence, however, suggests that adolescent learning cannot be characterized simply as an immature precursor to adulthood. Across different paradigms assessing choice behavior, literature suggests that adolescent animals typically display more impulsive patterns of responding compared to adults. The extent to which the development of basic conditioning processes serves as a scaffold for later adult decision making is an additional research area that is important for theory, but also has widespread applications for numerous psychological conditions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. DAF-16/FOXO regulates homeostasis of essential sleep-like behavior during larval transitions in C. elegans

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    Driver, Robert J.; Lamb, Annesia L.; Wyner, Abraham J.; Raizen, David M.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Sleep homeostasis, which refers to the maintenance of sleep amount or depth following sleep deprivation, indicates that sleep and sleep-like states serve fundamental functions that cannot be bypassed [1]. Homeostasis of sleep-like behavior is observed during C. elegans lethargus, a 2-3 hour behavioral quiescent period that occurs during larval state transitions [2]. Here, we report a role for DAF-16/FOXO, a transcription factor that is active under conditions of stress [3], in the response to deprivation of lethargus quiescence. Forced locomotion during lethargus results in nuclear translocation of DAF-16. The formation of dauer larvae, a developmental state promoted by daf-16, is increased in response to quiescence deprivation. daf-16 mutants show an impaired homeostatic response to deprivation of lethargus quiescence, and are hypersensitive to the lethal effects of forced locomotion during lethargus. DAF-16 expression in muscle cells but not in neurons is sufficient to restore a homeostatic response to deprivation of quiescence, pointing to a role for muscle in sleep homeostasis. These findings are relevant to clinical observations of altered metabolic signaling in response to sleep deprivation and suggest that these signaling pathways may act in non-neuronal tissue to regulate sleep behaviors. PMID:23477722

  17. Heterogeneous ice nucleation: Exploring the transition from stochastic to singular freezing behavior

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    Stratmann, F.; Niedermeier, D.; Hartmann, S.; Shaw, R. A.; Clauss, T.; Wex, H.

    2011-12-01

    Heterogeneous ice nucleation directly influences cloud physical processes, precipitation formation, global radiation balances, and therefore Earth's climate (Cantrell and Heymsfield, 2005 and references therein). It is important to understand the heterogeneous freezing process at a fundamental level in order to describe this process in a physically-based way that will behave robustly in weather and climate models. There is longstanding debate as to whether heterogeneous ice nucleation is a stochastic process (e.g., Carte, 1956) or whether it exhibits singular behaviour (e.g., Langham and Mason, 1958). Fundamentally, the stochastic ice nucleation behavior implies ice nucleation being time dependent, while singular behavior is characterized by ice nucleation taking place on specific particle surface sites at a certain temperature and being time independent (Vali and Stansbury, 1966). We addressed this issue using both experimental and theoretical methods. Experiments focused on immersion freezing of Arizona Test Dust (ATD) were carried out using the Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS), a seven meter long laminar flow diffusion chamber. Both, temperature and time dependencies of ATD-particle induced immersion freezing were investigated. It was found, that ATD-particle induced immersion freezing took place over a wide temperature range and exhibited no detectable time dependence within the range investigated. The theoretical investigations were carried out using a Classical Nucleation Theory (CNT) based, i.e., purely stochastic, numerical model. This idealized model treats statistically similar particles as being covered with surface sites (patches of finite area) characterized by different nucleation barriers, but with each surface site following the stochastic nature of ice embryo formation. The model provides a phenomenological explanation for seemingly contradictory experimental results obtained in the past. Based on CNT alone, a population of

  18. Interactions Between Maternal Parenting and Children’s Early Disruptive Behavior: Bidirectional Associations across the Transition from Preschool to School Entry

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    Olson, Sheryl L.; Lunkenheimer, Erika S.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2014-01-01

    This study was a prospective 2-year longitudinal investigation of associations between negative maternal parenting and disruptive child behavior across the preschool to school transition. Our main goals were to 1) determine the direction of association between early maternal negativity and child disruptive behaviors across this important developmental transition and 2) examine whether there would be different patterns of associations for boys and girls. Participants were 235 children (111 girls; T1; M= 37.7 months, T2; M=63.4 months) and their mothers and teachers. Observational and multi-informant ratings of child disruptive behavior showed differential patterns of stability and associations with measures of parenting risk. Results indicated bidirectional and interactive contributions of externalizing behavior and negative parenting across time. Results also indicated that risk mechanisms operate similarly for both sexes. Findings support transactional models of disruptive child behavior that highlight the joint contributions of parents and children. PMID:19533326

  19. Changes in the Autism Behavioral Phenotype during the Transition to Adulthood

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    Taylor, Julie Lounds; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick

    2010-01-01

    We examined whether exiting high school was associated with alterations in rates of change in autism symptoms and maladaptive behaviors. Participants were 242 youth with ASD who had recently exited the school system and were part of our larger longitudinal study; data were collected at five time points over nearly 10 years. Results indicated overall improvement of autism symptoms and internalized behaviors over the study period, but slowing rates of improvement after exit. Youth who did not have an intellectual disability evidenced the greatest slowing in improvement. Lower family income was associated with less improvement. Our findings suggest that adult day activities may not be as intellectually stimulating as educational activities in school, reflected by less phenotypic improvement after exit. PMID:20361245

  20. Phenomenological theory of electric-field-induced phase transition behavior of antiferroelectric ceramic (Pb,Ba,La)(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 under uniaxial compressive pre-stress

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    Xu, Yonghao; Feng, Yujun; Zhang, Na; Yan, Yangxi; Liao, Liming

    2012-08-01

    The phase transition behavior of antiferroelectric ceramic (Pb,Ba,La)(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 under uniaxial compressive pre-stress is observed at stress up to 100 MPa using a homebuilt experimental setup in conjunction with a modified Sawyer-Tower circuit. The results reveal that the saturation polarization (Psat) decrease with increasing compressive pre-stress, while the phase transition fields increase as the compressive pre-stress increases. Meanwhile the applied pre-stress virtually does not affect the transition field hysteresis (ΔE). The longitudinal strain (S) increases with increasing compressive pre-stress and reaches to maximum at 20 MPa, and then gradually decreases. A phenomenological thermodynamic theory has been developed to model the first-order phase transition behavior of the material.

  1. Polyphase ductile/brittle deformation along a major tectonic boundary in an ophiolitic nappe, Alpine Corsica: Insights on subduction zone intermediate-depth asperities

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    Magott, Rémi; Fabbri, Olivier; Fournier, Marc

    2017-01-01

    In an ophiolitic nappe of Alpine Corsica, a major fault zone superimposes metagabbro over serpentinite and peridotite. Ductile and brittle deformation structures are observed in the fault damage zones. In the metagabbro damage zone, early deformation culminates in blueschist or eclogite facies conditions and consists of west-verging mylonitization alternating with pseudotachylyte-forming faulting with undetermined vergence. This early deformation is likely coeval with west-verging seismic (pseudotachylyte-forming) reverse faulting in the footwall peridotite or with aseismic distributed cataclastic deformation of footwall serpentinite. These early events (aseismic mylonitization or distributed cataclasis and seismic faulting) are interpreted as reverse faulting/shear in an east-dipping subducting oceanic lithosphere in Cretaceous to Eocene times. Late deformation events consist of ductile shear and seismic faulting having occurred under retrograde greenschist conditions. Kinematics of the ductile shear is top-to-the-east. These events are interpreted as the result of syn-to post-collision extension of Alpine Corsica in Eocene to Miocene times. The heterogeneous distribution of pseudotachylyte veins along the fault zone (abundant at peridotite-metagabbro interfaces, rare or absent at serpentinite-metagabbro interfaces) is interpreted as the consequence of contrasted frictional properties of the rocks in contact. High-friction peridotite-metagabbro contacts could correspond to asperities whereas low-friction serpentinite-metagabbro contacts could correspond to creeping zones.

  2. Visual analysis of ductility/brittleness of welding fracture points on charpy test specimens using graphical blocks on field programmable gate arrays

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    Tickle, Andrew J.; Camargo-Rodriguez, Anyela; Smith, Jeremy S.

    2008-09-01

    The charpy impact is a technique used to evaluate the toughness of an engineering material that determines the amount of energy absorbed by it during fracture. Initially, measurements were estimated manually and later replaced by a PC version. This study reports the development of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) portable version. The FPGA based version allows easy analysis of samples without the need of sending them to a lab for analysis. The process, presented here, as the original, is based on measuring the percent of crystal in the test sample after impact, to determine if the material is ductile or brittle. The FPGA version, adapted under the MATLAB Simulink environment, shows a graphical block representation of the charpy impact PC version. An important asset of the FPGA version is its portability, it has to be easily modified and downloaded onto a device to estimate the percent of brittle fracture of the broken Charpy surface. The beauty of the DSP Builder programme is that it allows the model to be compiled to various types of optimised code for any Altera FPGA device. To provide a firm basis for scientific comparison to the new FPGA system, images already analysed via the PC based Java system were also used for testing and comparison purposes. The FPGA system converts the image into an 8 bit grayscale image and analyses it in a 5x5 sampling window. This produces texture features that can be used in a comparison system, similar to the Support Vector Machine (SVM) used in the original. The output is a signal that states the material being tested is brittle or not via an output of '1' for brittle and a '0' for ductile. A detailed pixel by pixel analysis of the various output images is then investigated to state the percentage difference between the PC and FPGA based systems.

  3. Heterogeneous ice nucleation: exploring the transition from stochastic to singular freezing behavior

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    Niedermeier, D.; Shaw, R. A.; Hartmann, S.; Wex, H.; Clauss, T.; Voigtländer, J.; Stratmann, F.

    2011-08-01

    Heterogeneous ice nucleation, a primary pathway for ice formation in the atmosphere, has been described alternately as being stochastic, in direct analogy with homogeneous nucleation, or singular, with ice nuclei initiating freezing at deterministic temperatures. We present an idealized, conceptual model to explore the transition between stochastic and singular ice nucleation. This "soccer ball" model treats particles as being covered with surface sites (patches of finite area) characterized by different nucleation barriers, but with each surface site following the stochastic nature of ice embryo formation. The model provides a phenomenological explanation for seemingly contradictory experimental results obtained in our research groups. Even with ice nucleation treated fundamentally as a stochastic process this process can be masked by the heterogeneity of surface properties, as might be typical for realistic atmospheric particle populations. Full evaluation of the model findings will require experiments with well characterized ice nucleating particles and the ability to vary both temperature and waiting time for freezing.

  4. Coupled effects of substrate adhesion and intermolecular forces on polymer thin film glass-transition behavior.

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    Xia, Wenjie; Keten, Sinan

    2013-10-15

    Intermolecular noncovalent forces between polymer chains influence the mobility and glass-transition temperature (Tg), where weaker interchain interactions, all else being the same, typically results in lower bulk polymer Tg. Using molecular dynamics simulations, here we show that this relation can become invalid for supported ultrathin films when the substrate-polymer interaction is extremely strong and the polymer-polymer interactions are much weaker. This contrasting trend is found to be due to a more pronounced substrate-induced appreciation of the film Tg for polymers with weaker intermolecular interactions and low bulk Tg. We show that optimizing this coupling between substrate adhesion and bulk Tg maximizes thin film Tg, paving the way for tuning film properties through interface nanoengineering.

  5. Electron affinities of d1 transition metal chloride clusters and onset of super halogen behavior

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    Behera, Swayamprabha; Joseph, Jorly; Jena, Purusottam

    2011-03-01

    Geometry, electronic structure, and electron affinity of d1 transition metal chloride clusters (MCl n , M = Sc,Y, La; n = 1--5) have been calculated using density functional theory. Chlorine atoms are chemically bound in all cases except for MCl 5 . The electron affinities of MCl n (n = 1--3) are small and increase only marginally as a function of n until the valence of the metal atom is consumed. Beyond this, they rise sharply and reach a value of 5.96, 6.03 and 5.90 eV for ScCl 4 , YCl 4 and LaCl 4 , respectively and remain high for n = 5. MCl n , (n = 4,5) clusters, therefore, behave as superhalogens. Results are compared with available experimental data

  6. Electron affinities of d1 transition metal chloride clusters and onset of super halogen behavior

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    Joseph, Jorly; Behera, Swayamprabha; Jena, Purusottam

    2010-09-01

    Geometry, electronic structure, and electron affinity of d1 transition metal chloride clusters (MCl n, M = Sc, Y, La; n = 1-5) have been calculated using density functional theory. Chlorine atoms are chemically bound in all cases except for MCl 5. The electron affinities of MCl n ( n = 1-3) are small and increase only marginally as a function of n until the valence of the metal atom is consumed. Beyond this, they rise sharply and reach a value of 5.96, 6.03 and 5.90 eV for ScCl 4, YCl 4 and LaCl 4, respectively and remain high for n = 5. MCl n, ( n = 4,5) clusters, therefore, behave as superhalogens. Results are compared with available experimental data.

  7. Speed-Dependent Modulation of the Locomotor Behavior in Adult Mice Reveals Attractor and Transitional Gaits

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    Lemieux, Maxime; Josset, Nicolas; Roussel, Marie; Couraud, Sébastien; Bretzner, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    Locomotion results from an interplay between biomechanical constraints of the muscles attached to the skeleton and the neuronal circuits controlling and coordinating muscle activities. Quadrupeds exhibit a wide range of locomotor gaits. Given our advances in the genetic identification of spinal and supraspinal circuits important to locomotion in the mouse, it is now important to get a better understanding of the full repertoire of gaits in the freely walking mouse. To assess this range, young adult C57BL/6J mice were trained to walk and run on a treadmill at different locomotor speeds. Instead of using the classical paradigm defining gaits according to their footfall pattern, we combined the inter-limb coupling and the duty cycle of the stance phase, thus identifying several types of gaits: lateral walk, trot, out-of-phase walk, rotary gallop, transverse gallop, hop, half-bound, and full-bound. Out-of-phase walk, trot, and full-bound were robust and appeared to function as attractor gaits (i.e., a state to which the network flows and stabilizes) at low, intermediate, and high speeds respectively. In contrast, lateral walk, hop, transverse gallop, rotary gallop, and half-bound were more transient and therefore considered transitional gaits (i.e., a labile state of the network from which it flows to the attractor state). Surprisingly, lateral walk was less frequently observed. Using graph analysis, we demonstrated that transitions between gaits were predictable, not random. In summary, the wild-type mouse exhibits a wider repertoire of locomotor gaits than expected. Future locomotor studies should benefit from this paradigm in assessing transgenic mice or wild-type mice with neurotraumatic injury or neurodegenerative disease affecting gait. PMID:26941592

  8. Bimodal behavior and isobestic transition pathway in surface plasmon resonance sensing

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    Dhawan, Anuj; Canva, Michael; Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    2012-01-01

    In traditional interpretation of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensing and imaging data, total surface coverage of adsorbed or deposited chemical and biological molecules is generally assumed. This homogenous assumption leads to the modeling of monomodal propagation of plasmons on the surface of the metallic film corresponding to a certain relative permittivity and thickness of the medium—such as molecular thin film—next to the metal. In actual SPR Imaging (SPRI) and SPR sensing situations, the plasmonics-active platforms (e.g., biochips) employed may capture the biomolecular targets as aggregates of different domain sizes on the surface of the thin metallic films. Indeed, such binding of target material always has a finite thickness and is characterized by aggregate lateral sizes possibly varying from tens of nanometers to hundreds of micrometers. This paper studies the propagation of surface plasmons in metallic films, with dielectric domain sizes varying within such ranges. Through rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) calculations, it is indicated that when the domain size is small, only a single mode of propagation—i.e. ‘monomodal’ propagation behavior—occurs as indicated by only one dip in the angular reflectance curves associated with metallic film having a periodically structured array of molecules on its surface. On the other hand, as the domain size is increased, there is a transition from the ‘monomodal propagation behavior’ to the existence of a ‘mixture of monomodal and bimodal propagation behavior’, which changes to a purely ‘bimodal behavior’ after the size of the domain periodicity is increased beyond about ten micron. Such a transition pathway clearly exhibits isobestic points. The calculations presented in this paper can enable correct interpretation of experimental angular or spectral reflectance data. PMID:23188328

  9. Sol-Gel transition behavior of pure iota-carrageenan in both salt-free and added salt states.

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    Hossain, K S; Miyanaga, K; Maeda, H; Nemoto, N

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes how strongly the gelation process of iota-carrageenan is affected by addition of metallic ions from the creep and creep recovery, dynamic viscoelasticity (DVE) and DSC measurements. Creep results at T = 25 degrees C indicate that below a polymer concentration C of 3.0 wt % the salt-free system behaves as a viscous solution, and it starts to exhibit viscoelasticity as C exceeds 3.0 wt %. In the range C = 5.0-7.0 wt %, the salt-free system shows gellike behavior whereas the added salt system, measured in the low C range 1.0-2.5 wt %, showed gellike behavior at the same temperature. The sol-gel transition temperature T(c) was determined using Winter's criterion as the temperature at which both G'(omega) and G' '(omega) follow power law behavior with the same exponent n. DSC measurements reveal that salt-free and added salt systems take different types of thermal behavior within the same temperature range. The temperature T(c) is quite close to the gelation temperature T(m) determined from DSC measurement. The Eldrige-Ferry plot was performed to estimate activaton enthalpy, which shows that physical cross-links in the salt-free iota-carrageenan is not strong in comparison with those of samples which contains metal ions. We conclude from the data analysis of C dependence of the plateau modulus using the theory developed by Jones and Marques for rigid networks based on the fractal theories that addition of metallic ions gives rise to a rigid fiber like structure even at low C of iota-carrageenan in contrast to the salt-free system for which a flexible structure has been maintained at higher C.

  10. Effect of Tantalum on Ferroelectric Phase Transition Behavior of SrBi4Ti4O15 Sintered Discs

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    Madhavi, K.; Kumar, G. S.; Prasad, G.

    Tantalum modified strontium bismuth titanate ceramic discs with general formula SrBi4Ti(4-5x)Ta4xO15 with x = 0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 have been prepared through solid state reaction method. The samples are poled and dielectric constant, loss and AC conductivity measurements are done in the temperature region (30-600°C). Ta5+ doping brought out interesting changes in dielectric phase transition behavior of the samples. Dielectric loss and conductivity measurements indicate the presence of charged defects. The results indicate changes in the distortion of the lattice. The distortion is calculated from the changes in the Curie temperature. AC conductivity results are understood in terms of the unoccupied sites and oxygen vacancies that are present in the samples.

  11. General behavior of chalcogenides of rare-earth metals in transition to the intermediate valence state under high pressures

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    Tsiok, O. B.; Khvostantsev, L. G.; Golubkov, A. V.; Smirnov, I. A.; Brazhkin, V. V.

    2014-10-01

    High-precision measurements of the electric resistance, thermopower, and volume of TmS, TmSe, and TmTe under hydrostatic pressures up to 8.5 GPa were conducted. Comparison of the behavior of the electron-transport characteristics and volume of TmTe and SmTe in the electron transition region demonstrates a complete analogy up to the quantitative coincidence. We found that the thermopower of all samarium and thulium chalcogenides in the lattice-collapse region and during the subsequent reconstruction of the electronic spectrum obeys the universal dependence, which corresponds to the intersection of the Fermi level with the peak of the electron density of states. The results obtained testify in favor of the exciton nature of the intermediate valence state in chalcogenides of the rare-earth metals.

  12. Spin-glass phase transition and behavior of nonlinear susceptibility in the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model with random fields

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    Morais, C. V.; Zimmer, F. M.; Lazo, M. J.; Magalhães, S. G.; Nobre, F. D.

    2016-06-01

    The behavior of the nonlinear susceptibility χ3 and its relation to the spin-glass transition temperature Tf in the presence of random fields are investigated. To accomplish this task, the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model is studied through the replica formalism, within a one-step replica-symmetry-breaking procedure. In addition, the dependence of the Almeida-Thouless eigenvalue λAT (replicon) on the random fields is analyzed. Particularly, in the absence of random fields, the temperature Tf can be traced by a divergence in the spin-glass susceptibility χSG, which presents a term inversely proportional to the replicon λAT. As a result of a relation between χSG and χ3, the latter also presents a divergence at Tf, which comes as a direct consequence of λAT=0 at Tf. However, our results show that, in the presence of random fields, χ3 presents a rounded maximum at a temperature T* which does not coincide with the spin-glass transition temperature Tf (i.e., T*>Tf for a given applied random field). Thus, the maximum value of χ3 at T* reflects the effects of the random fields in the paramagnetic phase instead of the nontrivial ergodicity breaking associated with the spin-glass phase transition. It is also shown that χ3 still maintains a dependence on the replicon λAT, although in a more complicated way as compared with the case without random fields. These results are discussed in view of recent observations in the LiHoxY1 -xF4 compound.

  13. Structure-mediated transition in the behavior of elastic and inelastic properties of beach tree bio-carbon

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    Kardashev, B. K.; Orlova, T. S.; Smirnov, B. I.; Gutierrez, A.; Ramirez-Rico, J.

    2013-09-01

    Microstructural characteristics and amplitude dependences of the Young modulus E and of internal friction (logarithmic decrement δ) of bio-carbon matrices prepared from beech tree wood at different carbonization temperatures T carb ranging from 600 to 1600°C have been studied. The dependences E( T carb) and δ( T carb) thus obtained revealed two linear regions of increase of the Young modulus and of decrease of the decrement with increasing carbonization temperature, namely, Δ E ˜ AΔ T carb and Δδ ˜ BΔ T carb, with A ≈ 13.4 MPa/K and B ≈ -2.2 × 10-6 K-1 for T carb < 1000°C and A ≈ 2.5 MPa/K and B ≈ -3.0 × 10-7 K-1 for T carb > 1000°C. The transition observed in the behavior of E( T carb) and δ( T carb) at T carb = 900-1000°C can be assigned to a change of sample microstructure, more specifically, a change in the ratio of the fractions of the amorphous matrix and of the nanocrystalline phase. For T carb < 1000°C, the elastic properties are governed primarily by the amorphous matrix, whereas for T carb > 1000°C the nanocrystalline phase plays the dominant part. The structurally induced transition in the behavior of the elastic and microplastic characteristics at a temperature close to 1000°C correlates with the variation of the physical properties, such as electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and thermopower, reported in the literature.

  14. Hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior caused by magnetic phase transition in Ni-doped Ba-122 pnictides

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    Lee, Seokbae; Choi, Ki-Young; Jung, Eilho; Rho, Seulki; Shin, Soohyeon; Park, Tuson; Hwang, Jungseek

    2015-01-01

    We studied two BaFe2−xNixAs2 (Ni-doped Ba-122) single crystals at two different doping levels (underdoped and optimally doped) using an optical spectroscopic technique. The underdoped sample shows a magnetic phase transition around 80 K. We analyze the data with a Drude-Lorentz model with two Drude components (D1 and D2). It is known that the narrow D1 component originates from electron carriers in the electron-pockets and the broad D2 mode is from hole carriers in the hole-pockets. While the plasma frequencies of both Drude components and the static scattering rate of the broad D2 component show negligible temperature dependencies, the static scattering rate of the D1 mode shows strong temperature dependence for the both samples. We observed a hidden quasi-linear temperature dependence in the scattering rate of the D1 mode above and below the magnetic transition temperature while in the optimally doped sample the scattering rate shows a more quadratic temperature dependence. The hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior in the underdoped sample seems to be related to the magnetic phase of the material. PMID:26184412

  15. Structural Phase Transition Effect on Resistive Switching Behavior of MoS2 -Polyvinylpyrrolidone Nanocomposites Films for Flexible Memory Devices.

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    Zhang, Peng; Gao, Cunxu; Xu, Benhua; Qi, Lin; Jiang, Changjun; Gao, Meizhen; Xue, Desheng

    2016-04-01

    The 2H phase and 1T phase coexisting in the same molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) nanosheets can influence the electronic properties of the materials. The 1T phase of MoS2 is introduced into the 2H-MoS2 nanosheets by two-step hydrothermal synthetic methods. Two types of nonvolatile memory effects, namely write-once read-many times memory and rewritable memory effect, are observed in the flexible memory devices with the configuration of Al/1T@2H-MoS2 -polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/indium tin oxide (ITO)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Al/2H-MoS2 -PVP/ITO/PET, respectively. It is observed that structural phase transition in MoS2 nanosheets plays an important role on the resistive switching behaviors of the MoS2 -based device. It is hoped that our results can offer a general route for the preparation of various promising nanocomposites based on 2D nanosheets of layered transition metal dichalcogenides for fabricating the high performance and flexible nonvolatile memory devices through regulating the phase structure in the 2D nanosheets.

  16. Correlation between thermal parameters, structures, dendritic spacing and corrosion behavior of Zn Al alloys with columnar to equiaxed transition

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    Ares, A. E.; Gassa, L. M.; Gueijman, S. F.; Schvezov, C. E.

    2008-04-01

    The columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) has been examined for many years and the significance of CET has been treated in several articles. Experimental observations in different alloy systems have shown that the position of the transition is dependent on parameters like cooling rate, velocity of the liquidus and solidus fronts, local solidification time, temperature gradients and recalescence. The dendritic structure in alloys results in microsegregation of solute species which affects significantly the mechanical properties of the material. The main parameters characterizing the microstructure and the length range of microsegregation is the spacing which is classified as primary, secondary and tertiary. Properties like mechanical resistance and ductility are influenced by the dimensions and continuity of the primary branches, while the secondary and tertiary branches permit the isolation of interdendritic phases which can deteriorate the mechanical behavior of the material. Since the morphology and dimensions of the dendritic structure is related to the solidification parameters mentioned above, for each type of alloy it is essential to correlate dimensions and solidification conditions in order to control the structure. The objective of the present research consists on studying the influence of solidification thermal parameters with the type of structure (columnar, equiaxial or with the CET); and with grain size and dendritic spacing (primary and secondary) in Zn-Al (ZA) alloys (Zn—4 wt%Al, Zn—16 wt%Al and Zn—27 wt%Al, weight percent). Also, correlate the thermal parameters, type of structure, grain size and dendritic spacing with the corrosion resistance of these alloys.

  17. Effect of specimen size on ductile to brittle transition behavior of martensitic 9Cr steels after various heat treatments

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    Abe, Fujio; Kayano, Hideo

    1996-09-01

    The effect of specimen size on the ductile to brittle transition behavior has been investigated using the full-size and 1/3-size Charpy V-notch specimens of martensitic 9Cr-WVTa steels after quenching, tempering and subsequent prolonged aging treatments. The upper shelf energy (USE) and ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) were widely changed by the heat treatments; the USE varied from 90 to 292 J, and the DBTT from 188 to 325 K. The nominal volume ( Bb) {3}/{2}, where B is the specimen thickness and b the ligament size, was effective as a normalization factor for the USE only in the large USE region above 210 and 8.5 J for the full-size and 1/3-size specimens, respectively. A new normalization factor depending on the USE level was proposed. Although the relationship between the DBTT for the full-size and 1/3-size specimens was different from steel to steel, the shift in DBTT caused by the heat treatments was described by Δ DBTT{1}/{3}- size = (1.2 ± 0.1) ΔDBTT full-size for all the steels examined.

  18. Effects of cold work and phosphorous on the ductile to brittle transition behavior of F82H steels

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    Kim, Byung Jun; Kasada, Ryuta; Kimura, Akihiko; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

    2011-10-01

    The effects of cold work and phosphorous on ductile to brittle transition behavior were investigated in order to evaluate the effects of hardening and intergranular degradation on the ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of F82H steel. Yield strength and ultimate tensile strength are increased by increasing the level of cold work. Phosphorous additions resulted in a small increase in the strength of F82H. The DBTT after cold work is shifted to high temperature and upper shelf energy (USE) is decreased. The shift of DBTT and the reduction of USE increase with the cold work level. F82H as-received and cold worked steel fractured in a cleavage mode at temperatures of lower shelf energy (LSE) region. The DBTT is shifted to higher temperatures with increasing phosphorus additions accompanied by the reduction of the USE. Although the hardening is small, a significant embrittlement was observed in the steels added with phosphorus, which was accompanied by intergranular cracking at temperatures in LSE region.

  19. Glass transition behavior of octyl β-D-glucoside and octyl β-D-thioglucoside/water binary mixtures.

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    Ogawa, Shigesaburo; Asakura, Kouichi; Osanai, Shuichi

    2010-11-22

    The lyotropic behavior and glass-forming properties of octyl β-D-glucoside (C8Glu) and octyl β-D-thioglucoside (C8SGlu)/water binary mixtures were evaluated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). The results clearly indicate that the mixture forms a glass in the supercooling state of liquid crystalline phases such as cubic, lamellar, and smectic. The glass transition temperature (T(g)) of the mixture was strongly dependent on solute concentration, with a higher concentration correlating with a higher T(g). The experimental T(g) was consistent with the predicted value calculated using the Couchman-Karasz equation in both the C8Glu and C8SGlu/water mixtures. The change of heat capacity at T(g) showed the two bending points under variation of concentrations. And the highest temperature of phase transition from lamellar to isotropic solution was observed at around 50% molar concentration. It was expected that non-percolated state of water existed in extremely higher concentration ranges. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Critical behavior at the isotropic to nematic, nematic to smectic-A and smectic-A to smectic-C phase transitions in a pyrimidine liquid crystal compound

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    Chakraborty, Anish; Chakraborty, Susanta; Kumar Das, Malay

    2015-12-01

    High-resolution optical birefringence (∆n) measurement of a pyrimidine liquid crystal compound having nematic, smectic-A and smectic-C phases are reported. The high-resolution ∆n data are rather successful in assessing the critical anomaly at different phase transitions in the investigated compound with a reasonably good accuracy. The critical exponent β, describing the limiting behavior of the nematic order parameter close to the isotropic-nematic (I-N) phase transition, is found to be in good agreement with the tricritical hypothesis. The critical behavior at the nematic-smectic-A (N-Sm-A) and the smectic-A-smectic-C (Sm-A-Sm-C) phase transitions has been explored with the aid of a differential quotient extracted from the ∆n values. The yielded effective critical exponent α‧ is appeared to be nearly tricritical in nature for the N-Sm-A phase transition. For the Sm-A-Sm-C phase transition, α‧ exhibits a weak dependence on the fit range and assumes tricritical value for large temperature range considered, which again is found to be diminished slightly with reduction in the temperature range. Related critical amplitude quotient and corrections-to-scaling quotient are found to display deviations from the theoretical models. Such behavior signals the appearance of a non-Landau character for the orthogonal to tilted smectic phase transition in the investigated compound.

  1. Effect of hockey-stick-shaped molecules on the critical behavior at the nematic to isotropic and smectic-A to nematic phase transitions in octylcyanobiphenyl

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    Chakraborty, Anish; Chakraborty, Susanta; Das, Malay Kumar

    2015-03-01

    In the field of soft matter research, the characteristic behavior of both nematic-isotropic (N -I ) and smectic-A nematic (Sm -A N ) phase transitions has gained considerable attention due to their several attractive features. In this work, a high-resolution measurement of optical birefringence (Δ n ) has been performed to probe the critical behavior at the N -I and Sm -A N phase transitions in a binary system comprising the rodlike octylcyanobiphenyl and a laterally methyl substituted hockey-stick-shaped mesogen, 4-(3-n -decyloxy-2-methyl-phenyliminomethyl)phenyl 4-n -dodecyloxycinnamate. For the investigated mixtures, the critical exponent β related to the limiting behavior of the nematic order parameter close to the N -I phase transition has come out to be in good conformity with the tricritical hypothesis. Moreover, the yielded effective critical exponents (α', β', γ') characterizing the critical fluctuation near the Sm -A N phase transition have appeared to be nonuniversal in nature. With increasing hockey-stick-shaped dopant concentration, the Sm -A N phase transition demonstrates a strong tendency to be driven towards a first-order nature. Such a behavior has been accounted for by considering a modification of the effective intermolecular interactions and hence the related coupling between the nematic and smectic order parameters, caused by the introduction of the angular mesogenic molecules.

  2. Cooperative behavior and phase transitions in co-evolving stag hunt game

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    Zhang, W.; Li, Y. S.; Xu, C.; Hui, P. M.

    2016-02-01

    Cooperative behavior and different phases in a co-evolving network dynamics based on the stag hunt game is studied. The dynamical processes are parameterized by a payoff r that tends to promote non-cooperative behavior and a probability q for a rewiring attempt that could isolate the non-cooperators. The interplay between the parameters leads to different phases. Detailed simulations and a mean field theory are employed to reveal the properties of different phases. For small r, the cooperators are the majority and form a connected cluster while the non-cooperators increase with q but remain isolated over the whole range of q, and it is a static phase. For sufficiently large r, cooperators disappear in an intermediate range qL ≤ q ≤qU and a dynamical all-non-cooperators phase results. For q >qU, a static phase results again. A mean field theory based on how the link densities change in time by the co-evolving dynamics is constructed. The theory gives a phase diagram in the q- r parameter space that is qualitatively in agreement with simulation results. The sources of discrepancies between theory and simulations are discussed.

  3. Weathering the Great Recession: Psychological and Behavioral Trajectories in the Transition from School to Work*

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    Vuolo, Mike; Staff, Jeremy; Mortimer, Jeylan T.

    2011-01-01

    Studies of career development highlight the importance of finding a good “fit” between individual values, needs, and abilities and the experiences and rewards to be found in particular occupations. Rapid economic change and labor market turbulence make career choice and development life-long processes. Still, early careers are particularly unstable, as young workers move from “survival jobs” to “career jobs” in their quest for a good person-job fit. Little is known, however, about the psychological orientations and behaviors in the post-adolescent period that foster longer-term success in the world of work. The maintenance of high aspirations, crystallization of career goals, and intensive job search may be particularly important. Using multilevel latent class analysis applied to longitudinal data obtained from 1,010 youth surveyed by the ongoing Youth Development Study (YDS), this article examines the interrelations of psychological orientations and behaviors indicative of agentic striving from age 18 to 31. In addition, we assess how these trajectories influence adaptation to declining labor market conditions during the severe economic recession that began in 2007. We find that those who maintain high aspiration and certainty over career goals are better insulated against unemployment between 2007 and 2009 (age 33 to 35), even when educational and self-identified career attainments, adolescent achievement orientations, and social background variables indicative of advantage are controlled. They also have higher hourly wages in 2009. PMID:22059449

  4. Carrier behavior in special multilayer device composed of different transition metal oxide-based intermediate connectors

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    Deng, Yan-Hong; Chen, Xiang-Yu E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn; Ou, Qing-Dong; Wang, Qian-Kun; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Li, Yan-Qing E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn

    2014-06-02

    The impact of illumination on the connection part of the tandem organic light-emitting diodes was studied by using a special organic multilayer sample consisted of two organic active layers coupled with different transition metal oxide (TMO)-based intermediate connectors (ICs). Through measuring the current density-voltage characteristic, interfacial electronic structures, and capacitance-voltage characteristic, we observe an unsymmetrical phenomenon in current density-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3} composed devices, which was induced by the charge spouting zone near the ICs region and the recombination state in the MoO{sub 3} layer. Moreover, Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} composed device displays a photovoltaic effect and the V{sub oc} shifts to forward bias under illumination. Our results demonstrate that the TMO-based IC structure coupled with photovoltaic effect can be a good approach for the study of photodetector, light sensor, and so on.

  5. Behavioral/Systems/Cognitive Cortical Processing of Dynamic Sound Envelope Transitions

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    Zhou, Yi; Wang, Xiaoqin

    2012-01-01

    Slow envelope fluctuations in the range of 2-20Hz provide important segmental cues for processing communication sounds. For a successful segmentation, a neural processor must capture envelope features associated with the rise and fall of signal energy, a process that is often challenged by the interference of background noise. This study investigated the neural representations of slowly varying envelopes in quiet and in background noise in the primary auditory cortex (A1) of awake marmoset monkeys. We characterized envelope features based on the local average and rate of change of sound level in envelope waveforms and identified envelope features to which neurons were selective by reverse correlation. Our results showed that envelope feature selectivity of A1 neurons was correlated with the degree of non-monotonicity in their static rate-level functions. Non-monotonic neurons exhibited greater feature selectivity than monotonic neurons in quiet and in background noise. The diverse envelope feature selectivity decreased spike-timing correlation among A1 neurons in response to the same envelope waveforms. As a result, the variability, but not the average, of the ensemble responses of A1 neurons represented more faithfully the dynamic transitions in low-frequency sound envelopes both in quiet and in background noise. PMID:21148013

  6. Glass transition and time-dependent crystallization behavior of dehydration bioprotectant sugars.

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    Schebor, Carolina; Mazzobre, María Florencia; Buera, María del Pilar

    2010-01-26

    It has been suggested that the crystallization of a sugar hydrate can provide additional desiccation by removing water from the amorphous phase, thereby increasing the glass transition temperature (T(g)). However, present experiments demonstrated that in single sugar systems, if relative humidity is enough for sugar crystallization, the amorphous phase will have a short life. In the conditions of the present experiments, more than 75% of amorphous phase crystallized in less than one month. The good performance of sugars that form hydrated crystals (trehalose and raffinose) as bioprotectants in dehydrated systems is related to the high amount of water needed to form crystals, but not to the decreased water content or increased T(g) of the amorphous phase. The latter effect is only temporary, and presumably shorter than the expected shelf life of pharmaceuticals or food ingredients, and is related to thermodynamic reasons: if there is enough water for the crystal to form, it will readily form. 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Internal structure and phase transition behavior of stimuli-responsive microgels in PEG melts.

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    Schneider, Florian; Balaceanu, Andreea; Di, Zhenyu; Melnichenko, Yuri B; Allgaier, Jürgen; Pich, Andrij; Schneider, Gerald J; Richter, Dieter

    2017-02-20

    In this work we investigated the behaviour of stimuli-responsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL) microgels in poly(ethylene glycol) (PEGs) with a linear architecture. We performed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments at two different microgel concentrations and various temperatures. The results were compared with those on PVCL microgels in water. PVCL in PEG (molecular weight MW = 2 kg mol(-1)) exhibits a volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) at a temperature between 160 and 180 °C. The diameter of the swollen microgel is only slightly smaller than in water. Furthermore, with increasing molecular weight of the surrounding polymer matrices fewer chains penetrate the microgel particles. In agreement with that, we identify a decreasing diameter with increasing molecular weight. In the short chain polymers up to MW = 3 kg mol(-1), PVCL is well dispersed in the matrices with only minor signatures of agglomeration. For the well dispersed systems, we find unperturbed chain conformation of the PEG. Our results clearly show that the miscibility of PVCL and PEG disappears in a molecular weight range of 3 to 10 kg mol(-1).

  8. Ligational behavior of Schiff bases towards transition metal ion and metalation effect on their antibacterial activity

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    Devi, Jai; Batra, Nisha; Malhotra, Rajesh

    2012-11-01

    New Schiff bases pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (phenyl-pyridin-2-yl-methylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-bp) HL1 and pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-pc) HL2 derived from condensation of pyrazine carboxylic hydrazide (Hpch) with 2-benzoyl pyridine (bp) or pyridine 2-carbaldehyde (pc) and their transition metal complexes of type ML(1-2)2 have been synthesized, where M = Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II). Characterization of ligands and their metal complexes was carried out by elemental analysis, conductimetric studies, magnetic susceptibility, spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-VIS, NMR, ESR, Mass) and thermogravimetric analysis. The physico-chemical studies revealed octahedral geometry or distorted octahedral geometry around metal ion. These azomethine Schiff base ligands acted as tridentate ? coordinating through carbonyl, azomethine and pyridine nitrogen present in the ligand. The thermodynamic and thermal properties of the complexes have been investigated and it was observed on the basis of these studies that thermal stability of complexes follows the order Mn < Zn < Cu < Co < Ni. The ligands and their complexes were tested for in vitro antibacterial activity at different concentrations against bacteria viz. Gram positive Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus luteus and Gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas mendocina. A marked enhancement in biocidal activity of the ligands under similar experimental conditions was observed as a consequence of coordination with metal ions. The trend of growth inhibition in the complexes was found to be in the order: Cu > Mn > Ni > Co > Zn.

  9. Extensive Intestinal Resection Triggers Behavioral Adaptation, Intestinal Remodeling and Microbiota Transition in Short Bowel Syndrome

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    Mayeur, Camille; Gillard, Laura; Le Beyec, Johanne; Bado, André; Joly, Francisca; Thomas, Muriel

    2016-01-01

    Extensive resection of small bowel often leads to short bowel syndrome (SBS). SBS patients develop clinical mal-absorption and dehydration relative to the reduction of absorptive area, acceleration of gastrointestinal transit time and modifications of the gastrointestinal intra-luminal environment. As a consequence of severe mal-absorption, patients require parenteral nutrition (PN). In adults, the overall adaptation following intestinal resection includes spontaneous and complex compensatory processes such as hyperphagia, mucosal remodeling of the remaining part of the intestine and major modifications of the microbiota. SBS patients, with colon in continuity, harbor a specific fecal microbiota that we called “lactobiota” because it is enriched in the Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc group and depleted in anaerobic micro-organisms (especially Clostridium and Bacteroides). In some patients, the lactobiota-driven fermentative activities lead to an accumulation of fecal d/l-lactates and an increased risk of d-encephalopathy. Better knowledge of clinical parameters and lactobiota characteristics has made it possible to stratify patients and define group at risk for d-encephalopathy crises. PMID:27681910

  10. Interactions between metal ions and carbohydrates: the coordination behavior of neutral erythritol to transition metal ions.

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    Yang, Limin; Tian, Wen; Xu, Yizhuang; Su, Yunlan; Gao, Song; Wang, Zheming; Weng, Shifu; Yan, Chunhua; Wu, Jinguang

    2004-08-01

    The single crystals of coordinated complexes of neutral erythritol (C4H10O4) with various transition metal ions were synthesized and studied using FT-IR and single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Two CuCl2-erythritol complexes (denoted as CuE(I) and CuE(II)) were obtained. In CuE(I), Cu2+ coordinates with two chloride ions and four OH groups from two erythritol molecules. Two copper centers are linked by one erythritol molecule to form a zigzag chain. For CuE(II), each Cu2+ coordinates with two OH groups from an erythritol molecule and two chloride ions. The crystal of CuE(II) contains complexed and free erythritol, the dimers of [Cu2Cl4(C4H10O4)] further form a [Cu2Cl4(C4H10O4)]infinity chain via secondary Cu...Cl bonds, both the dimer unit of [Cu2Cl4.(C4H10O4)] and non-coordinated C4H10O4 unit exist side by side in the crystal. MnCl2-erythritol complex whose structure is similar to CuE(I) is also acquired. The OH groups of erythritol act as ligand to coordinate to metal ions on one hand, one the other hand, OH groups form hydrogen bonds network that link chain and layer together to build three-dimensional structures.

  11. Head-up transition behavior of pilots during simulated low-visibility approaches

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    Haines, R. F.

    1980-01-01

    Each of 13 commercial pilots from four airlines flew a total of 108 manual flight director approaches in a moving base simulation of a medium-sized turbojet (95,000 lb gross weight) which had a day and night Redifon external scene. Three levels of runway visual range (RVR) (1,600; 2,400; and greater than 8,000 ft), three wind-shear profiles, nine ceiling heights, and continuous and intermittent visibility after initial breakout were tested. The results indicated that: (1) mean decision time ranged from 2 to 4.6 sec for ceilings under 380 ft across the three RVR conditions; (2) mean vertical distance traveled during the visual-cue assessment period was a relatively constant proportion below the existing ceiling; (3) a significant three way interaction in mean decision time between wind shear, day-night, and ceiling RVR variables occurred; (4) mean number of head-up transitions to VFR conditions after breakout ranged from 4.6 to 13.4 and increased as a function of ceiling and severity of wind shear; the typical duration of fixation out the window was 1.5 sec; and (5) subjective pilot ratings of controllability and precision of control as well as amount of skill, attention, or effort required to make the landing were influenced significantly by the wind shear, night conditions, and low breakout ceiling conditions.

  12. Geometrically disordered network models, quenched quantum gravity, and critical behavior at quantum Hall plateau transitions

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    Gruzberg, I. A.; Klümper, A.; Nuding, W.; Sedrakyan, A.

    2017-03-01

    Recent results for the critical exponent of the localization length at the integer quantum Hall transition differ considerably between experimental (νexp≈2.38 ) and numerical (νCC≈2.6 ) values obtained in simulations of the Chalker-Coddington (CC) network model. The difference is at least partially due to effects of the electron-electron interaction present in experiments. Here, we propose a mechanism that changes the value of ν even within the single-particle picture. We revisit the arguments leading to the CC model and consider more general networks with structural disorder. Numerical simulations of the new model lead to the value ν ≈2.37 . We argue that in a continuum limit the structurally disordered model maps to free Dirac fermions coupled to various random potentials (similar to the CC model) but also to quenched two-dimensional quantum gravity. This explains the possible reason for the considerable difference between critical exponents for the CC model and the structurally disordered model. We extend our results to network models in other symmetry classes.

  13. Oh baby! Motivation for healthy eating during parenthood transitions: a longitudinal examination with a theory of planned behavior perspective

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    2013-01-01

    Background Transitioning to parenthood is a major life event that may impact parents’ personal lifestyles, yet there is an absence of theory-based research examining the impact of parenthood on motives for dietary behaviour. As a result, we are unaware of the social cognitive variables that predict eating behaviour among those transitioning to parenthood. The purpose of the study was to examine eating behaviour motives across 12 months within the framework of the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and compare these across groups of new parents, non-parents, and established parents. Methods Non-parents (n = 92), new parents (n = 135), and established parents (n = 71) completed TPB questionnaires assessing attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and intentions and three day food records at baseline, and 6- and 12-months post-delivery (for parents) and 6- and 12-months post-baseline (for non-parents). Results Repeated measures ANOVAs revealed that among men, new- and established-parents had greater intentions to eat healthy compared to non-parents, F(2) = 3.59, p = .03. Among women, established parents had greater intentions than new- and non-parents, F(2) = 5.33, p = .01. Among both men and women during the first 6-months post-delivery, new-parents experienced decreased PBC, whereas established parents experienced increased PBC. Overall, affective attitudes were the strongest predictor of intentions for men (β = 0.55, p < .001) and women (β = 0.38, p < .01). PBC predicted changes in fruit and vegetable consumption for men (β = 0.45, p = .02), and changes in fat consumption for men (β = −0.25, p = .03) and women (β = −.24, p < .05), regardless of parent status. Conclusion The transition to parenthood for new and established parents may impact motivation for healthy eating, especially PBC within the framework of TPB. However, regardless of parental status, affective

  14. Oh baby! Motivation for healthy eating during parenthood transitions: a longitudinal examination with a theory of planned behavior perspective.

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    Bassett-Gunter, Rebecca L; Levy-Milne, Ryna; Naylor, Patti Jean; Symons Downs, Danielle; Benoit, Cecilia; Warburton, Darren E R; Blanchard, Chris M; Rhodes, Ryan E

    2013-07-06

    Transitioning to parenthood is a major life event that may impact parents' personal lifestyles, yet there is an absence of theory-based research examining the impact of parenthood on motives for dietary behaviour. As a result, we are unaware of the social cognitive variables that predict eating behaviour among those transitioning to parenthood. The purpose of the study was to examine eating behaviour motives across 12 months within the framework of the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and compare these across groups of new parents, non-parents, and established parents. Non-parents (n = 92), new parents (n = 135), and established parents (n = 71) completed TPB questionnaires assessing attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and intentions and three day food records at baseline, and 6- and 12-months post-delivery (for parents) and 6- and 12-months post-baseline (for non-parents). Repeated measures ANOVAs revealed that among men, new- and established-parents had greater intentions to eat healthy compared to non-parents, F(2) = 3.59, p = .03. Among women, established parents had greater intentions than new- and non-parents, F(2) = 5.33, p = .01. Among both men and women during the first 6-months post-delivery, new-parents experienced decreased PBC, whereas established parents experienced increased PBC. Overall, affective attitudes were the strongest predictor of intentions for men (β = 0.55, p < .001) and women (β = 0.38, p < .01). PBC predicted changes in fruit and vegetable consumption for men (β = 0.45, p = .02), and changes in fat consumption for men (β = -0.25, p = .03) and women (β = -.24, p < .05), regardless of parent status. The transition to parenthood for new and established parents may impact motivation for healthy eating, especially PBC within the framework of TPB. However, regardless of parental status, affective attitudes and PBC are critical antecedents of

  15. Laser-Induced Transition between Nonlinear and Linear Resonant Behaviors of a Micromechanical Oscillator

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    Yang, Tao; Bellouard, Yves

    2017-06-01

    We investigate both theoretically and experimentally a laser-based controlled tuning of the nonlinear behaviors of a single mechanical resonator. Thanks to localized three-dimensional modifications induced by femtosecond-laser irradiation, a Duffing-like oscillator is switched from a hardening resonance to a linear response and then to a softening resonance and exhibits a wide tunability of the resonant frequency and a remarkable increase of its linear dynamic range. The principles that underlie laser-tuned nonlinear oscillators are generic and simple, suggesting its wide applicability not only for micro- or nano-optomechanical systems but also as a generic framework for characterizing and understanding the physics of in-volume laser-affected zones.

  16. Transition of temporal scaling behavior in percolation assisted shear-branching structure during plastic deformation

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    Ren, Jingli; Chen, Cun; Wang, Gang; ...

    2017-03-22

    This study explores the temporal scaling behavior induced shear-branching structure in response to variant temperatures and strain rates during plastic deformation of Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG). The data analysis based on the compression tests suggests that there are two states of shear-branching structures: the fractal structure with a long-range order at an intermediate temperature of 223 K and a larger strain rate of 2.5 × 10–2 s–1; the disordered structure dominated at other temperature and strain rate. It can be deduced from the percolation theory that the compressive ductility, ec, can reach the maximum value at the intermediate temperature.more » Furthermore, a dynamical model involving temperature is given for depicting the shear-sliding process, reflecting the plastic deformation has fractal structure at the temperature of 223 K and strain rate of 2.5 × 10–2 s–1.« less

  17. Molecular Weight Effects on the Glass Transition and Confinement Behavior of Polymer Thin Films.

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    Xia, Wenjie; Hsu, David D; Keten, Sinan

    2015-08-01

    Nanoscale polymer thin films exhibit strong confinement effects on Tg arising from free surfaces. However, the coupled influence of molecular weight (MW) and surface effects on Tg is not well understood for low MW film systems below the entanglement length. Utilizing atomistically informed coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations for poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), it is demonstrated that the decrease in free-standing film Tg with respect to bulk is more significant for low MW compared to high MW systems. Investigation of the local interfacial properties reveals that the increase in the local free volume near the free surface is greater for low MW, explaining the MW dependence of Tg -confinement behaviors. These findings corroborate recent experiments on low MW films, and highlight the relationship between nanoconfinement phenomena and local free volume effects arising from free surfaces. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Scaling behavior of the quantum Hall plateau-plateau transition in graphene p-n-p junctions

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    Wang, Wei-Hua; Liu, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Po-Hsiang; Woo, Tak-Pong; Chen, Chun-Wei; Liang, Chi-Te

    We present the observation of scaling behavior in graphene p-n-p junctions achieved by controlled metallic diffusion. Generally, metal deposition on graphene surface introduces substantial carrier scattering, which undermines the high mobility of intrinsic graphene. However, we discover a weakly functionalized regime of the deposited contact with small carrier scattering, while p-type doping of graphene is realized due to the metal oxide formation. Consequently, the resulted graphene channel are composed of p-type doped and an intrinsic regions. The high-quality graphene p-n-p junctions is evidenced by a pronounced quantum Hall effect and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. Remarkably, we observed a well-defined QH plateau-plateau transition of zeroth Landau level, yielding a scaling exponent of ∖kappa =0.21 ∖pm0.01. Moreover, the graphene p-n-p junctions exhibit weak localization behavior, and the coherence length was found to be correlated to carrier scattering in the graphene devices.

  19. Partially satisfied to fully satisfied transitions in co-evolving inverse voter model and possible scaling behavior

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    Choi, C. W.; Xu, C.; Hui, P. M.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding co-evolving networks characterized by the mutual influence of agents' actions and network structure remains a challenge. We study a co-evolving inverse voter model in which agents adapt to achieve a preferred environment with more opposite-opinion neighbors by rewiring their connections and switching opinion. Numerical studies reveal a transition from a dynamic partially satisfied phase to a frozen fully satisfied phase as the rewiring probability is varied. A simple mean field theory is shown to capture the behavior only qualitatively. An improved mean field theory carrying a longer spatial correlation gives better results. Motivated by numerical results in networks of different degrees and mean field results, we propose a scaling variable that combines the rewiring probability and mean degree in a special form. The scaling variable is shown to work well in analyzing data corresponding to different networks and different rewiring probabilities. An application is to predict the results for networks of different degrees based solely on results obtained from networks of one degree. Studying scaling behavior provides an alternative path for understanding co-evolving agent-based dynamical systems, especially in light of the trade-off between complexity of a theory and its accuracy.

  20. Unusual magnetic hysteresis and the weakened transition behavior induced by Sn substitution in Mn{sub 3}SbN

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    Sun, Ying; Guo, Yanfeng; Li, Jun; Wang, Xia; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Wang, Cong; Feng, Hai L.; Sathish, Clastin I.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Matsushita, Yoshitaka

    2014-01-28

    Substitution of Sb with Sn was achieved in ferrimagnetic antiperovskite Mn{sub 3}SbN. The experimental results indicate that with an increase in Sn concentration, the magnetization continuously decreases and the crystal structure of Mn{sub 3}Sb{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}N changes from tetragonal to cubic phase at around x of 0.8. In the doping series, step-like anomaly in the isothermal magnetization was found and this behavior was highlighted at x = 0.4. The anomaly could be attributed to the magnetic frustration, resulting from competition between the multiple spin configurations in the antiperovskite lattice. Meantime, H{sub c} of 18 kOe was observed at x = 0.3, which is probably the highest among those of manganese antiperovskite materials reported so far. With increasing Sn content, the abrupt change of resistivity and the sharp peak of heat capacity in Mn{sub 3}SbN were gradually weakened. The crystal structure refinements indicate the weakened change at the magnetic transition is close related to the change of c/a ratio variation from tetragonal to cubic with Sn content. The results derived from this study indicate that the behavior of Mn{sub 3}Sb{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}N could potentially enhance its scientific and technical applications, such as spin torque transfer and hard magnets.

  1. Transitional behavior of low energy protons based on Van Allen Probes observation

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    Yue, C.; Bortnik, J.; Ma, Q.; Thorne, R. M.

    2016-12-01

    The low energy ( 1 eV - 50 keV) plasma dynamics in the Earth's inner magnetosphere are regulated by the large-scale electric and magnetic fields, yet there have been only few direct observational demonstrations of the drift behaviors of different energy ions on the magnetic equatorial plane before the launch of the Van Allen Probes. In this study, we have statistically analyzed proton differential flux distributions near the equatorial plane by using HOPE measurements onboard of the Van Allen Probes from October 2012 to December 2015, to investigate the dynamics of H+ with energies from 1 eV to 50 keV under the regulation of electric and magnetic fields. Our survey clearly indicates three types of H+ behaviors within different energy ranges: (1) Dayside ionospheric outflowing H+ is the main contribution to the low energy (E < 6 eV) H+ population observed in the near-Earth equatorial region (L < 4) with a minimum flux observed around the post-midnight sector; (2) Eastward drifting H+ with energies between 6 eV to 5 keV coming from the tail plasma sheet, probably originate from the ionosphere or solar wind, are regulated mainly by the large-scale co-rotational and convectional electric fields with highest number flux around the dawn sector; (3) H+ with E > 5 keV exhibit peak fluxes in the dusk sector due to their magnetic field gradient and curvature drift paths. Using simple electric and magnetic field models in the UBK coordinates, we have further constrained the source regions of different energy particles and their drift directions.

  2. Increasing on-task behavior in every student in a second-grade classroom during transitions: validating the Color Wheel system.

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    Fudge, Daniel L; Skinner, Christopher H; Williams, Jacqueline L; Cowden, Dan; Clark, Janice; Bliss, Stacy L

    2008-10-01

    A single-case (B-C-B-C) experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of the Color Wheel classroom management system (CWS) on on-task (OT) behavior in an intact, general-education, 2nd-grade classroom during transitions. The CWS included three sets of rules, posted cues to indicate the rules students are expected to be following at that time, and transition procedures for altering activities and rules. Class-wide data analysis showed large, immediate, and sustained increases in OT behavior when the CWS was applied, with OT behavior returning to baseline levels when typical classroom management (TCM) procedures were reinstated. Each student's average phase data also showed increases in OT behavior when the CWS was applied and re-applied, and showed reductions when the CWS was withdrawn. Discussion focuses on evaluating the internal, external, and contextual validity of class-wide remediation and prevention procedures.

  3. Ligational behavior of Schiff bases towards transition metal ion and metalation effect on their antibacterial activity.

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    Devi, Jai; Batra, Nisha; Malhotra, Rajesh

    2012-11-01

    New Schiff bases pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (phenyl-pyridin-2-yl-methylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-bp) HL(1) and pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-pc) HL(2) derived from condensation of pyrazine carboxylic hydrazide (Hpch) with 2-benzoyl pyridine (bp) or pyridine 2-carbaldehyde (pc) and their transition metal complexes of type ML((1-2)2) have been synthesized, where M=Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II). Characterization of ligands and their metal complexes was carried out by elemental analysis, conductimetric studies, magnetic susceptibility, spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-VIS, NMR, ESR, Mass) and thermogravimetric analysis. The physico-chemical studies revealed octahedral geometry or distorted octahedral geometry around metal ion. These azomethine Schiff base ligands acted as tridentate coordinating through carbonyl, azomethine and pyridine nitrogen present in the ligand. The thermodynamic and thermal properties of the complexes have been investigated and it was observed on the basis of these studies that thermal stability of complexes follows the order MnMn>Ni>Co>Zn.

  4. Artificial biomembrane based on DPPC--Investigation into phase transition and thermal behavior through ellipsometric techniques.

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    González, Carmen M; Pizarro-Guerra, Guadalupe; Droguett, Felipe; Sarabia, Mauricio

    2015-10-01

    Organic thin film deposition presents a multiplicity of challenges. Most notably, layer thickness control, homogeneity and subsequent characterization have been not cleared yet. Phospholipid bilayers are frequently used to model cell membranes. Bilayers can be disrupted by changes in mechanical stress, pH and temperature. The strategy presented in this article is based on thermal study of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) through analysis of slight changes in material thickness. The sample was prepared by depositing X- or Y-type DPPC bilayers using Langmuir-Blodgett technique over silicon wafer. Thus, molecular inclination degree, mobility and stability of phases and their respective phase transitions were observed and analyzed through ellipsometric techniques during heating cycles and corroborated by Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction and Atomic Force Microcopy measurements. DPPC functional group vibrations were detected by Raman spectra analysis. Scanning Electron Microscope with Field Emission gun (FE-SEM) and conventional SEM micrographs were also used to characterize sample morphology, demonstrating that homogenous bilayer formations coexist with some vesicles or micelles at surface level. Contact angle measurements corroborate DPPC surface wettability, which is mainly related to surface treatment methods of silicon wafer used to create either hydrophilic or hydrophobic nature regarding the substrate surface. Also, shifting and intensity changes of certain functional groups into Raman spectra confirm water presence between DPPC layers. Signal analysis detects certain interdigitation between aliphatic chains. These studies correspond to the base of future biosensors based on proteins or antimicrobial peptides stabilized into phospholipid bilayers over thin hydrogel films as moist scaffold. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Fracture mechanics toughness behavior of pressure vessel steels in the ductile-to-brittle transition region: An important issue to nuclear reactor integrity

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    DeAquino, C.T.; Andrade, A.H.P.; Liendo, M.F.; Landes, J.D.; McCabe, D.E.

    1996-12-01

    ASTM E-08 Committee has been developing a new standard, to deal with the fracture mechanics behavior of steels in the ductile to brittle transition region. This paper presents a comparison between the current approach and a new proposal to be used by the nuclear industry to face the problem of determining the behavior of ferritic steels. An emphasis will be given to the application of this proposal and its evaluation using a Brazilian A508 Class 3 nuclear steel.

  6. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih -Chun; ...

    2015-12-04

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive themore » heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Finally, not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.« less

  7. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih -Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-04

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Finally, not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.

  8. In the proper context: Neuropeptide regulation of behavioral transitions during food searching

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    Bhattacharya, Raja; Francis, Michael M

    2015-01-01

    Neuromodulation enables transient restructuring of anatomically fixed neural circuits, generating alternate outputs and distinct states that allow for flexible organismal responses to changing conditions. We recently identified a requirement for the neuropeptide-like protein NLP-12, a Caenorhabditis elegans homolog of mammalian Cholecystokinin (CCK), in the control of behavioral responses to altered food availability. We showed that deletion of nlp-12 impairs turning during local food searching while nlp-12 overexpression is sufficient to induce deep body bends and enhance turning. nlp-12 is solely expressed in the DVA interneuron that is located postsynaptic to the dopaminergic PDE neurons and presynaptic to premotor and motor neurons, well-positioned for modulating sensorimotor tasks. Interestingly, DVA was previously implicated in a NLP-12 mediated proprioceptive feedback loop during C. elegans locomotion. Here, we discuss the modulatory effects of NLP-12 with an emphasis on the potential for circuit level integration with olfactory information about food availability. In addition, we propose potential mechanisms by which DVA may integrate distinct forms of sensory information to regulate NLP-12 signaling and mediate context-dependent modulation of the motor circuit. PMID:26430569

  9. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers' transition rate theory.

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-04

    Kramers' theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers' classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.

  10. Influence of both cation and alginate nature on the rheological behavior of transition metal alginate gels.

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    Agulhon, Pierre; Robitzer, Mike; Habas, Jean-Pierre; Quignard, Françoise

    2014-11-04

    The rheological properties of several ionotropic alginate hydrogels were investigated according to the nature of the divalent cation (Mn(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+)) and the guluronic fraction of the alginate (HG and LG for "high G-content" and "low G-content"). Six hydrogels (Mn-LG, Mn-HG, Co-LG, Co-HG, Cu-LG and Cu-HG) were synthesized and studied by spectromechanical analyses. On one hand, Cu-HG, Cu-LG and Co-HG behaved as viscoelastic solids: the elastic contribution was higher than the dissipative component in all the frequency range studied (G'>G"). No flow zone (G">G') was detected even at very low values of the shearing frequency. On the other, Mn-HG, Mn-LG and Co-LG presented a spectromechanical behavior that resembled that observed classically for entangled polymers. Indeed, at high frequency, these latter materials could be compared to a viscoelastic solid but at low frequency, the flow zone was described and the viscous character became prevalent with finite relaxation time. Very good correlations with the microscopic structurations of the network were evidenced (rubbery vs. flow zone and fibrillar vs. complex morphology respectively).

  11. Transition of Temporal Scaling Behavior in Percolation Assisted Shear-branching Structure during Plastic Deformation

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    Ren, Jingli; Chen, Cun; Wang, Gang; Liaw, Peter K.

    2017-03-01

    This paper explores the temporal scaling behavior induced shear-branching structure in response to variant temperatures and strain rates during plastic deformation of Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG). The data analysis based on the compression tests suggests that there are two states of shear-branching structures: the fractal structure with a long-range order at an intermediate temperature of 223 K and a larger strain rate of 2.5 × 10‑2 s‑1 the disordered structure dominated at other temperature and strain rate. It can be deduced from the percolation theory that the compressive ductility, ec, can reach the maximum value at the intermediate temperature. Furthermore, a dynamical model involving temperature is given for depicting the shear-sliding process, reflecting the plastic deformation has fractal structure at the temperature of 223 K and strain rate of 2.5 × 10‑2 s‑1.

  12. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-01

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.

  13. Transition of Temporal Scaling Behavior in Percolation Assisted Shear-branching Structure during Plastic Deformation

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    Ren, Jingli; Chen, Cun; Wang, Gang; Liaw, Peter K.

    2017-01-01

    This paper explores the temporal scaling behavior induced shear-branching structure in response to variant temperatures and strain rates during plastic deformation of Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG). The data analysis based on the compression tests suggests that there are two states of shear-branching structures: the fractal structure with a long-range order at an intermediate temperature of 223 K and a larger strain rate of 2.5 × 10−2 s−1; the disordered structure dominated at other temperature and strain rate. It can be deduced from the percolation theory that the compressive ductility, ec, can reach the maximum value at the intermediate temperature. Furthermore, a dynamical model involving temperature is given for depicting the shear-sliding process, reflecting the plastic deformation has fractal structure at the temperature of 223 K and strain rate of 2.5 × 10−2 s−1. PMID:28327562

  14. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale. PMID:26634333

  15. Atomic-Resolution Visualization of Distinctive Chemical Mixing Behavior of Ni, Co and Mn with Li in Layered Lithium Transition-Metal Oxide Cathode Materials

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    Yan, Pengfei; Zheng, Jianming; Lv, Dongping; Wei, Yi; Zheng, Jiaxin; Wang, Zhiguo; Kuppan, Saravanan; Yu, Jianguo; Luo, Langli; Edwards, Danny J.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie; Pan, Feng; Chen, Guoying; Zhang, Jiguang; Wang, Chong M.

    2015-07-06

    Capacity and voltage fading of layer structured cathode based on lithium transition metal oxide is closely related to the lattice position and migration behavior of the transition metal ions. However, it is scarcely clear about the behavior of each of these transition metal ions. We report direct atomic resolution visualization of interatomic layer mixing of transition metal (Ni, Co, Mn) and lithium ions in layer structured oxide cathodes for lithium ion batteries. Using chemical imaging with aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and DFT calculations, we discovered that in the layered cathodes, Mn and Co tend to reside almost exclusively at the lattice site of transition metal (TM) layer in the structure or little interlayer mixing with Li. In contrast, Ni shows high degree of interlayer mixing with Li. The fraction of Ni ions reside in the Li layer followed a near linear dependence on total Ni concentration before reaching saturation. The observed distinctively different behavior of Ni with respect to Co and Mn provides new insights on both capacity and voltage fade in this class of cathode materials based on lithium and TM oxides, therefore providing scientific basis for selective tailoring of oxide cathode materials for enhanced performance.

  16. Structure, phase transition, and controllable thermal expansion behaviors of Sc(2-x)Fe(x)Mo₃O₁₂.

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    Wu, Meimei; Liu, Xinzhi; Chen, Dongfeng; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Liu, Yuntao

    2014-09-02

    The crystal structures, phase transition, and thermal expansion behaviors of solid solutions of Sc(2-x)Fe(x)Mo3O12 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) have been examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), neutron powder diffraction (NPD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). At room temperature, samples crystallize in a single orthorhombic structure for the compositions of x < 0.6 and monoclinic for x ≥ 0.6, respectively. DSC results indicate that the phase transition temperature from monoclinic to orthorhombic structure is enhanced by increasing the Fe(3+) content. High-temperature XRD and NPD results show that Sc(1.3)Fe(0.7)Mo3O12 exhibits near zero thermal expansion, and the volumetric coefficients of thermal expansion derived from XRD and NPD are 0.28 × 10(-6) °C(-1) (250-800 °C) and 0.65 × 10(-6) °C(-1) (227-427 °C), respectively. NPD results of Sc2Mo3O12 (x = 0) and Sc(1.3)Fe(0.7)Mo3O12 (x = 0.7) indicate that Fe substitution for Sc induces reduction of the mean Sc(Fe)-Mo nonbond distance and the different thermal variations of Sc(Fe)-O5-Mo2 and Sc(Fe)-O3-Mo2 bond angles. The correlation between the displacements of oxygen atoms and the variation of unit cell parameters was investigated in detail for Sc2Mo3O12.

  17. Reducing Risks for Problem Behaviors During the High School Transition: Proximal Outcomes in the Common Sense Parenting Trial.

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    Mason, W Alex; Fleming, Charles B; Ringle, Jay L; Thompson, Ronald W; Haggerty, Kevin P; Snyder, James J

    2015-09-01

    This study tests Common Sense Parenting (CSP)®, a widely used parent-training program, in its standard form and in a modified form known as CSP Plus, with low-income 8(th) graders and their families during the high school transition. The six-session CSP program proximally targets parenting and child emotion regulation skills. CSP Plus adds two sessions that include youth, and the eight-session program further targets skills for avoiding negative peers and activities in high school. Over two cohorts, 321 families were enrolled and randomly assigned to either CSP, CSP Plus, or minimal-contact control conditions. To date, pretest and posttest assessments have been completed, with 93% retention over about a 6-month interval. Here, analyses of preliminary outcomes from pretest to posttest focus on data collected from parents, who represent the primary proximal intervention targets. Intent-to-treat structural equation modeling analyses were conducted. CSP and CSP Plus had statistically significant effects on increased parent-reported child emotion regulation skills. CSP Plus further showed a statistically significant effect on increased parent perceptions of their adolescent being prepared for high school, but only in a model that excluded the CSP condition. Neither program had a significant proximal effect on parenting practices. Emotion regulation, one indicator of self-control, is a robust protective factor against problem behaviors. Intervention effects on this outcome may translate into reduced problems during high school. Moreover, CSP Plus showed some limited signs of added value for preparing families for the high school transition.

  18. Do testosterone declines during the transition to marriage and fatherhood relate to men's sexual behavior? Evidence from the Philippines.

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    Gettler, Lee T; McDade, Thomas W; Agustin, Sonny S; Feranil, Alan B; Kuzawa, Christopher W

    2013-11-01

    Testosterone (T) is thought to help facilitate trade-offs between mating and parenting in humans. Across diverse cultural settings married men and fathers have lower T than other men and couples' sexual activity often declines during the first years of marriage and after having children. It is unknown whether these behavioral and hormonal changes are related. Here we use longitudinal data from a large study in the Philippines (n=433) to test this model. We show that among unmarried non-fathers at baseline (n=153; age: 21.5 ± 0.3 years) who became newly married new fathers by follow-up (4.5 years later), those who experienced less pronounced longitudinal declines in T reported more frequent intercourse with their partners at follow-up (p<0.01) compared to men with larger declines in T. Controlling for duration of marriage, findings were similar for men transitioning from unmarried to married (without children) (p<0.05). Men who remained unmarried and childless throughout the study period did not show similar T-sexual activity outcomes. Among newly married new fathers, subjects who had frequent intercourse both before and after the transition to married fatherhood had more modest declines in T compared to peers who had less frequent sex (p<0.001). Our findings are generally consistent with theoretical expectations and cross-species empirical observations regarding the role of T in male life history trade-offs, particularly in species with bi-parental care, and add to evidence that T and sexual activity have bidirectional relationships in human males.

  19. Stepwise behavior of vortex-lattice melting transition in tilted magnetic fields in single crystals of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8 + delta).

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    Mirković, J; Savel'ev, S E; Sugahara, E; Kadowaki, K

    2001-01-29

    The vortex-lattice melting transition in Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8 + delta) single crystals was studied using in-plane resistivity measurements in magnetic fields tilted away from the c axis to the ab plane. In order to avoid the surface barrier effect which hinders the melting transition in the conventional transport measurements, we used the Corbino geometry of electric contacts. The complete H(c) - H(ab) phase diagram of the melting transition in Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8 + delta) is obtained for the first time. The c-axis melting field component H(c)(melt) exhibits the novel, stepwise dependence on the in-plane magnetic fields H(ab) which is discussed on the basis of the crossing vortex-lattice structure. The peculiar resistance behavior observed near the ab plane suggests the change of phase transition character from first to second order.

  20. Transition metal and rare earth-doped ZnO: a comparison of optical, magnetic, and structural behavior of bulk and thin films

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    Fenwick, W. E.; Kane, M. H.; Varatharajan, R.; Zaidi, T.; Fang, Z.; Nemeth, B.; Keeble, D. J.; El-Mkami, H.; Smith, G. M.; Nause, J.; Summers, C. J.; Ferguson, I. T.

    2007-02-01

    Recent theoretical predictions of ferromagnetic behavior in transition metal (TM)-doped ZnO have focused significant attention on these materials for use as spintronic materials. Moreover, rare earth (RE) elements in wide bandgap semiconductors would be useful not only in spintronics but also in optoelectronic applications. This work presents results obtained from an investigation into the optical, magnetic, and structural properties of transition-metal (TM)- doped ZnO and rare earth (RE) doped ZnO (TM = Mn, Co, Ni, and Fe; RE = Gd, Eu, and Tb) bulk crystals and thin films. Properties of TM- and RE-doped ZnO bulk crystals and thin films were studied and compared in order to better understand the nature of these dopant centers and their effects on the properties of the host crystal. Optical properties confirm the incorporation of substitutional transition metal ions on cation sites. While most thin film samples show ferromagnetic behavior, the magnetic response of the bulk crystals varies. This suggests that the magnetic behavior of TM-doped ZnO is highly dependent on growth conditions, and growth conditions which favor the formation of grain boundaries and interfaces may be more likely to result in ferromagnetic behavior. Origins of this ferromagnetic behavior are still under investigation. Defect luminescence observed in the RE-doped samples suggests that these materials may prove useful in optoelectonic applications as well.

  1. Universal behavior of the γ⁎γ→(π0,η,η′) transition form factors

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    Melikhov, Dmitri; Stech, Berthold

    2012-01-01

    The photon transition form factors of π, η and η′ are discussed in view of recent measurements. It is shown that the exact axial anomaly sum rule allows a precise comparison of all three form factors at high-Q2 independent of the different structures and distribution amplitudes of the participating pseudoscalar mesons. We conclude: (i) The πγ form factor reported by Belle is in excellent agreement with the nonstrange I=0 component of the η and η′ form factors obtained from the BaBar measurements. (ii) Within errors, the πγ form factor from Belle is compatible with the asymptotic pQCD behavior, similar to the η and η′ form factors from BaBar. Still, the best fits to the data sets of πγ, ηγ, and η′γ form factors favor a universal small logarithmic rise Q2FPγ(Q2)∼log(Q2). PMID:23226917

  2. Mechanical Behavior of Collagen-Fibrin Co-Gels Reflects Transition From Series to Parallel Interactions With Increasing Collagen Content

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    Lai, Victor K.; Lake, Spencer P.; Frey, Christina R.; Tranquillo, Robert T.; Barocas, Victor H.

    2012-01-01

    Fibrin and collagen, biopolymers occurring naturally in the body, are biomaterials commonly-used as scaffolds for tissue engineering. How collagen and fibrin interact to confer macroscopic mechanical properties in collagen-fibrin composite systems remains poorly understood. In this study, we formulated collagen-fibrin co-gels at different collagen-tofibrin ratios to observe changes in the overall mechanical behavior and microstructure. A modeling framework of a two-network system was developed by modifying our micro-scale model, considering two forms of interaction between the networks: (a) two interpenetrating but noninteracting networks (“parallel”), and (b) a single network consisting of randomly alternating collagen and fibrin fibrils (“series”). Mechanical testing of our gels show that collagen-fibrin co-gels exhibit intermediate properties (UTS, strain at failure, tangent modulus) compared to those of pure collagen and fibrin. The comparison with model predictions show that the parallel and series model cases provide upper and lower bounds, respectively, for the experimental data, suggesting that a combination of such interactions exists between the collagen and fibrin in co-gels. A transition from the series model to the parallel model occurs with increasing collagen content, with the series model best describing predominantly fibrin co-gels, and the parallel model best describing predominantly collagen co-gels. PMID:22482659

  3. Improvement of Sintering, Thermal Behavior, and Electrical Properties of Calcium- and Transition Metal-Doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Cramer, Carolyn N.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2010-06-21

    The A-site calcium doped yttrium chromite was additionally doped with various transition metals on the B-site to improve the sintering, thermal behavior and electrical properties of these ceramics for future use as an interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). With 10 % addition of Co, Cu, Ni, Fe, and Mn, the single phase orthorhombic perovskite structure remained stable over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The substitution of Cu for chromium remarkably improved the sinterability and allowed full densification in air by sintering at 1400 degrees C. The substitution of Co and Ni significantly improved the electrical conductivity of yttrium chromites in both oxidizing and reducing environments. This was explained by the increase of charge carrier density with nickel and cobalt doping, as confirmed by Seebeck measurements. With 10% of nickel dopant, the electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2CrO3±δ increased from 12 to 38 S/cm in air and from 2 to 15 S/cm in reducing atmosphere at 950 degrees C. Mn doping had a negative effect on the sintering and electrical conductivity.

  4. Facilitating and Inhibiting Factors of Sexual Behavior among Migrants in Transition from Mexico to the United States.

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    Guerra-Ordoñez, Jesús Alejandro; Benavides-Torres, Raquel A; Zapata-Garibay, Rogelio; Onofre-Rodríguez, Dora Julia; Márquez-Vega, María Aracely; Zamora-Carmona, Gabriela

    2017-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in the border region of Mexico due to the flow of migrants under desperate conditions, encouraging casual and unprotected sex. Since this has become a binational public health problem, it is important to understand the factors that predict these sexual behaviors. The aim of the current study was to investigate the facilitators and inhibitors of transition in the sexual behavior of migrants from two border regions on the Mexico-United States (US) border. This was a predictive and cross-sectional study. A sample of 256 migrants in shelters for migrants on the border between Mexico and US were selected through systematic random sampling. Predictor variables investigated for effect on the safe sexual behavior (SSB) of the migrant were reasons for having sex; sexual attitudes; sexual machismo; knowledge about HIV; access to health services; and social discrimination. The sample was predominantly male (89.5%), with 46.1% reporting being single. The average age was 33.38 years (SD = 9.73) and the average number of years of education reported was 8.05 (SD = 3.37). A permissive sexual attitude and sexual machismo both correlated with condom use (rs = 0.130, p < 0.01 and rs = -0.174, p < 0.01, respectively). Regression analysis showed that a permissive sexual attitude decreased the practice of safe sex (β = 0.17, t = 4.16, p < 0.001), as did sexual machismo (β = -0.28, t = -4.83, p < 0.001) and HIV knowledge (β = -0.11, t = -2.62, p = 0.006). It was found that access to health services did not influence the SSB of migrants, as suggested by the literature. However, a permissive sexual attitude, sexual machismo, and HIV knowledge were all variables capable of predicting SSB. It is recommended that the study is extended to study migrant populations from other parts of the border, as well

  5. Pressure Dependence of the Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition of Nanopore Water Doped Slightly with Hydroxylamine, and a Phase Behavior Predicted for Pure Water

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    Nagoe, Atsushi; Iwaki, Shinji; Oguni, Masaharu; Tôzaki, Ken-ichi

    2014-09-01

    Phase transition behaviors of confined pure water and confined water doped with a small amount of hydroxylamine (HA) with a mole fraction of xHA = 0.03 were examined by high-pressure differential thermal analyses at 0.1, 50, 100, and 150 MPa; the average diameters of silica pores used were 2.0 and 2.5 nm. A liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) of the confined HA-doped water was clearly observed and its pressurization effect could be evaluated, unlike in the experiments on undoped water. It was found that pressurization causes the transition temperature (Ttrs) to linearly decrease, indicating that the low-temperature phase has a lower density than the high-temperature one. Transition enthalpy (ΔtrsH) decreased steeply with increasing pressure. Considering the linear decrease in Ttrs with increasing pressure, the steep decrease in ΔtrsH indicates that the LLPT effect of the HA-doped water attenuates with pressure. We present a new scenario of the phase behavior concerning the LLPT of pure water based on the analogy from the behavior of slightly HA-doped water, where a liquid-liquid critical point (LLCP) and a coexistence line are located in a negative-pressure regime but not in a positive-pressure one. It is reasonably understood that doping a small amount of HA into water results in negative chemical pressurization and causes the LLPT to occur even at ambient pressure.

  6. Effect of the polymer chain length of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) on the temperature-responsive phase transition behavior of its conjugates with [60]fullerene.

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    Uchida, Katsumi; Tamura, Atsushi; Yajima, Hirofumi

    2010-03-01

    In order to develop biomedical materials with specific functionalities, thermoresponsive conjugates [poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-C(60) (PIPAAm-C(60)) ]of [60]fullerene (C(60)) and PIPAAm with two different polymer chain lengths (4 and 20 kDa) were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization. The effects of the polymer chain length on the temperature-responsive phase transition behavior of the synthetic PIPAAm-C(60) conjugates were probed by means of various physicochemical techniques. The coexistence of unimers and molecular assemblies of PIPAAm-C(60) was observed by gel permeation chromatography and dynamic light scattering studies in two PIPAAm-C(60) aqueous solutions below their lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs). Additionally, below their LCSTs, differences in PIPAAm chain length gave rise to changes in the composition of the unimers and molecular assemblies. In response to temperature, the absorbance of the PIPAAm-C(60) aqueous solution changed according to a two-step behavior profile. Increasing temperature during the primary stage, where a change in the absorbance of the PIPAAm-C(60) aqueous solution took place, did not change the transition temperature, regardless of the solution concentration of PIPAAm-C(60). This absorbance change was associated with the phase transition of the molecular assemblies of PIPAAm-C(60). However, at the second stage, the transition temperature shifted to a higher value with the decrease in the concentration of PIPAAm-C(60), in the same manner as free PIPAAm chains. The second change was associated with the phase transition of the unimeric PIPAAm-C(60). Differences in PIPAAm chain length gave rise to the change in the phase transition behavior of PIPAAm-C(60) aqueous solution. Therefore, the chain length of PIPAAm was found to be a predominant factor involved in the solution characteristics of PIPAAm-C(60). Consequently, the PIPAAm-C(60) is expected to be an intelligent biomaterial possessing heat

  7. Computational modelling of the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline metals based on the deformation mechanisms and their transitions

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    Zhu, Baozhi

    There has been a growing research interest in understanding the mechanical behaviors and the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline metals and alloys in the past a few decades, due to their extraordinary mechanical prosperities, such as high strength; hardness, and wear resistance, which have great potentials in engineering applications. As grain sizes in crystalline metals and alloys transit down to the lower end of the nanometer range, the plastic deformations are no longer dominated by the intragrain dislocation activities. Instead deformations assisted by grain boundary start to play a more important role in deciding the mechanical response of the bulk materials, as the interfacial volume fraction increases with the reduction of grain sizes. A polycrystalline constitutive theory is developed in the form of the extend aggregate Taylor model of Asaro and Needleman for the nanocrystalline metals. The plastic deformation description is based on the Asaro, Krysl and Kad (AKK) model, which considers deformation mechanisms such as the emission of perfect, partial dislocations and deformation twins from grain boundary and grain boundary sliding when the grain size is sufficiently small in the nanometer regime (less than 100nm), and their transitions are governed by the factors such as grain size, stacking fault energy, temperature, and strain rate, etc. Therefore the effect of grain size distributions in addition to the mean grain size is considered important on the mechanical response in this constitutive theory. The grain size distributions can be simulated with the experimentally determined lognormal distributions for the electro-deposited nanocrystalline metals for example. Numerical simulations are carried out for nanocrystalline Ni, Cu, Al and Pd, and the simulated phenomena include the mechanical response of these materials when subjected to uniaxial tension and compression under different deformation rates, texture development under high pressure torsion

  8. Effects of surface wettability and roughness of microchannel on flow behaviors of thermo-responsive microspheres therein during the phase transition.

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    Zhou, Ming-Yu; Xie, Rui; Yu, Ya-Lan; Chen, Gang; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Yang, Lihua; Liang, Bin; Chu, Liang-Yin

    2009-08-01

    The flow characteristics of monodisperse thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microspheres during the phase transition in microchannels with different surface wettabilities and roughnesses are investigated systematically. Glass microchannels are modified by hydroxylation treatment to achieve hydrophilic surface, by self-assembly of chlorotrimethylsilane to realize hydrophobic surface, and by coating with silica nanoparticles to generate rough surface. The phase transition of PNIPAM microspheres in microchannels is induced by local heating. The results show that the surface wettability and roughness of microchannel significantly affect the flow behaviors of PNIPAM microspheres during the phase transition. It is much easier for the PNIPAM microspheres in microchannel with hydrophobic surface to stop right after the phase transition than those in microchannel with hydrophilic surface, and it is also much easier for the PNIPAM microspheres in microchannel with rough surface to stop right after the phase transition than those in microchannel with smooth surface. These results indicate that hydrophobic and rough surface properties of the microchannel can enhance the site-specific targeting of PNIPAM microspheres caused by the phase transition. The results in this study provide valuable information for the application of thermo-responsive drug carriers in site-specific targeting therapy.

  9. Transition from the Lactational Amenorrhea Method to other modern family planning methods in rural Bangladesh: barrier analysis and implications for behavior change communication program intervention design.

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    Kouyaté, Robin Anthony; Ahmed, Salahuddin; Haver, Jaime; McKaig, Catharine; Akter, Nargis; Nash-Mercado, Angela; Baqui, Abdullah

    2015-06-01

    The timely transition from Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)(2) to another modern family planning method contributes to healthy spacing of pregnancies by increasing the adoption of family planning during the first year postpartum. Yet, literature suggests challenges in completing a timely LAM transition. To guide program implementation in Bangladesh, this study identified factors influencing women's transition decisions. Eighty postpartum women, comprising 40 who transitioned from LAM(3) and 40 who did not,(4) participated. Half of each group participated in in-depth interviews to explore the decision-making process. All participants responded to a "Barrier Analysis" questionnaire to identify differences in eight behavioral determinants. More than half of transitioners switched to another modern method before or within the same month that LAM ended. Of the 18 transitioners who delayed,(5) 15 waited for menses to return. For non-transitioners, key barriers included waiting for menses to return, misconceptions on return to fertility, and perceived lack of familial support. The LAM transition can help women prevent unintended pregnancy during the first year postpartum. Increased emphasis on counseling women about the risk of pregnancy, and misconceptions about personal fertility patterns are critical for facilitating the transition. Strategies should also include interventions that train health workers and improve social support.

  10. Identification and Development of Simple Acceptance Tests for MRE Film Pouch Materials

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    2006-01-26

    obtained. These tests were performed under various conditions including temperature , backing material, rate, orientation, etc. Based on these...product. Some material properties that are generally important in packaging materials include glass-transition temperature (Tg), melting temperature ...Tm), the ductile-brittle transition temperature (Tdb), heat-seal temperature , oxygen and moisture permeability, and cost. These properties can be

  11. Thermal glass transition beyond the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann behavior for glass forming diglycidylether of bisphenol A.

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    Krüger, J K; Britz, T; Baller, J; Possart, W; Neurohr, H

    2002-12-31

    For the low molecular weight fragile liquid diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A we report, based on Brillouin and dielectric spectroscopy, on a thermal glass transition where the relaxation time of the alpha process does not go to infinity. Instead, the structural alpha relaxation disappears spontaneously at the transition point. That discontinuity in relaxation time coincides with a kink in the longitudinal hypersonic velocity and determines unambiguously the transition from the liquid to the glassy state.

  12. Local magnetic behavior across the first order phase transition in La(Fe0.9Co0.015Si0.085)13 magneto caloric compound

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    Bennati, C.; Laviano, F.; Durin, G.; Olivetti, E. S.; Basso, V.; Ghigo, G.; Kuepferling, M.

    2016-02-01

    We visualize, with a magneto optical imaging technique with indicator film, the local magnetic response of the compound La(Fe0.9Co0.015Si0.085)13 during its first order magneto structural transition. The technique allowed us by comparing the stray fields of the main magneto caloric phase and of secondary phases present in the sample to obtain the magnetic behavior of each phase above and below the Curie temperature with respect to the surrounds. Computing the change in the total magnetic flux, when the sample crosses the Curie point, both in cooling and heating, we are able to correlate the average thermal hysteresis of the transition with the local magnetic properties at single sites and analyze the influence of defects on the transition dynamics.

  13. Planning for the Future: A Model for Using the Principles of Transition to Guide the Development of Behavior Intervention Plans

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    Mueller, Tracy Gershwin; Bassett, Diane S.; Brewer, Robin D.

    2012-01-01

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the implementation of a behavior intervention plan based on a functional behavioral assessment when a student's behavior necessitates disciplinary actions. However, IDEA does not provide any clear guidelines as to what the plans should contain nor how they can address behaviors that…

  14. Critical behavior of the number of minima of a random landscape at the glass transition point and the Tracy-Widom distribution.

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    Fyodorov, Yan V; Nadal, Celine

    2012-10-19

    We exploit a relation between the mean number N(m) of minima of random Gaussian surfaces and extreme eigenvalues of random matrices to understand the critical behavior of N(m) in the simplest glasslike transition occuring in a toy model of a single particle in an N-dimensional random environment, with N>1. Varying the control parameter μ through the critical value μ(c) we analyze in detail how N(m)(μ) drops from being exponentially large in the glassy phase to N(m)(μ)~1 on the other side of the transition. We also extract a subleading behavior of N(m)(μ) in both glassy and simple phases. The width δμ/μ(c) of the critical region is found to scale as N(-1/3) and inside that region N(m)(μ) converges to a limiting shape expressed in terms of the Tracy-Widom distribution.

  15. Child effortful control as a mediator of parenting practices on externalizing behavior: evidence for a sex-differentiated pathway across the transition from preschool to school.

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    Chang, Hyein; Olson, Sheryl L; Sameroff, Arnold J; Sexton, Holly R

    2011-01-01

    An explanatory model for children's development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children's externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys) and their parents and teachers. Three dimensions of parenting, warm responsiveness, induction, and corporal punishment, were assessed via maternal report when children were 3 years old. Child effortful control at age 3 was measured using laboratory tasks and a mother-report questionnaire. Mothers and teachers contributed ratings of child externalizing behavior at age 6. Results showed that the hypothesized model fit the data well and that the pattern of associations between constructs differed for boys and girls. For boys, parental warm responsiveness and corporal punishment had significant indirect effects on children's externalizing behavior three years later, mediated by child effortful control. Such relations were not observed for girls. These findings support a sex-differentiated pathway to externalizing behavior across the transition from preschool to school.

  16. Child Effortful Control as a Mediator of Parenting Practices on Externalizing Behavior: Evidence for a Sex-Differentiated Pathway across the Transition from Preschool to School

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    Olson, Sheryl L.; Sameroff, Arnold J.; Sexton, Holly R.

    2014-01-01

    An explanatory model for children’s development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children’s externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys) and their parents and teachers. Three dimensions of parenting, warm responsiveness, induction, and corporal punishment, were assessed via maternal report when children were 3 years old. Child effortful control at age 3 was measured using laboratory tasks and a mother-report questionnaire. Mothers and teachers contributed ratings of child externalizing behavior at age 6. Results showed that the hypothesized model fit the data well and that the pattern of associations between constructs differed for boys and girls. For boys, parental warm responsiveness and corporal punishment had significant indirect effects on children’s externalizing behavior three years later, mediated by child effortful control. Such relations were not observed for girls. These findings support a sex-differentiated pathway to externalizing behavior across the transition from preschool to school. PMID:20632205

  17. Increasing On-Task Behavior in Every Student in a Second-Grade Classroom during Transitions: Validating the Color Wheel System

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    Fudge, Daniel L.; Skinner, Christopher H.; Williams, Jacqueline L.; Cowden, Dan; Clark, Janice; Bliss, Stacy L.

    2008-01-01

    A single-case (B-C-B-C) experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of the Color Wheel classroom management system (CWS) on on-task (OT) behavior in an intact, general-education, 2nd-grade classroom during transitions. The CWS included three sets of rules, posted cues to indicate the rules students are expected to be following at that…

  18. Increasing On-Task Behavior in Every Student in a Second-Grade Classroom during Transitions: Validating the Color Wheel System

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    Fudge, Daniel L.; Skinner, Christopher H.; Williams, Jacqueline L.; Cowden, Dan; Clark, Janice; Bliss, Stacy L.

    2008-01-01

    A single-case (B-C-B-C) experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of the Color Wheel classroom management system (CWS) on on-task (OT) behavior in an intact, general-education, 2nd-grade classroom during transitions. The CWS included three sets of rules, posted cues to indicate the rules students are expected to be following at that…

  19. Phase transition and critical behaviors of spin-orbital coupling spinel compound CdV{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Wang, Li; Sun, Duohua; Wang, Rongjuan; Xiong, Rui; Liu, Yong E-mail: jshi@whu.edu.cn; Shi, Jing E-mail: jshi@whu.edu.cn; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Lu, Zhihong

    2016-03-07

    The temperature dependent susceptibility and specific heat of spinel compound CdV{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated. The structural transition accompanied with orbital order appearing at 89.6 K is confirmed to be a first order transition, while the magnetic transitions at 30.2 K is revealed to be a second order one. For the paramagnetism-antiferromagnetic transition, the width of critical region was estimated to be about 1.5 K by differentiating with Gaussian fluctuation. In critical region, the critical behavior of specific heat was compared with renormalization-group theory. Critical exponent α and critical amplitude ratio (A{sup +}/A{sup −}) fitting to the data was found to be −0.017 and 1.26, respectively. The value of A{sup +}/A{sup −} shows the critical behavior of CdV{sub 2}O{sub 4}'s deviates from 3D-Heisenberg and shifts to 3D-XY. The analysis of specific heat in low temperature range gives out that Debye temperature Θ{sub D} for CdV{sub 2}O{sub 4} is estimated to be 190 K.

  20. [Raman spectral investigations on the phase transition behaviors of MgSO4.7H2O crystals in different efflorescence processes].

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    Wang, Feng; Zhang, Yun-hong

    2011-03-01

    In the present paper, the in situ confocal Raman spectra of MgSO4.7H2O crystal in different efflorescence processes were obtained through changing relative humidities in differernt ways. Thus, detailed investigation of phase transition of MgSO4.7H2O crystal was achieved. At 3% RH, the phase transition of MgSO4 crystal from MgSO4.7H2O to MgSO4.3H2O both occurred in the fast-efflorescence and slow-efflorescence processes. However, in the deliquescence process, distinct phase transition behaviors were found between the MgSO4.3H2O crystals which formed in different efflorescence processes, the MgSO4. 3H20 crystals formed in fast-efflorescence process transformed to MgSO4.6H2O crystals at 70% RH in the deliquescence process. On the contrary, the MgSO4.3H2O crystals formed in slow-efflorescence process deliquesced to supersaturated MgSO4 droplet. The studies indicated that there is a correlation between the phase transition behaviors and ways of changing RH for the different MgSO4 crystal hydrates.